September 25, 2012
In addition to special features, tips from stock experts, budgeting advice and the like, we get the judgment and bankruptcy listings.
This week, 33 people were listed with new judgments totaling $478,716 to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers.
This week, five people were listed having satisfied judgments totaling $57,261 to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers.
This week, two people were listed in the bankruptcy section with a hospital, doctor, or other medical provider as the major unsecured creditor, totaling $26,497.
September 21, 2012
September 19, 2012
September 18, 2012
Today, my hometown paper the Syracuse Post-Standard kicked off a whole new business section, the CNY Business Exchange, or bizX. The new section includes many new features, along with the judgments, judgment satisfactions, and bankruptcies that were always included in Monday's paper.
This week, thirteen people were listed with new judgments to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers totaling $108, 832.
This week, one person was listed as having satisfied a judgment to a hospital, doctor, or other medical provider totaling $7,522.
This week, one person was listed in the bankruptcies section with a hospital, doctor, or other medical provider as the major unsecured creditor, totaling $5,546.
September 16, 2012
Our district has a slight Republican majority, but that doesn’t amount to much oomph for the Republican candidates. At the top of the ticket, Obama (57% favorable/41% unfavorable) and Vice President Joe Biden (53/42) are rated higher than Romney (39/56) and Congressman Paul Ryan (36/48); and we’d vote to re-elect Obama/Biden by a 19% margin.
No one holds a candle to Governor Andrew Cuomo in this category; he scored a 75% favorable/19% unfavorable rating. Even Republicans like Cuomo, with only 18% having an unfavorable opinion, against 66% favorable. It's constantly speculated that Cuomo, a Democrat, may throw his hat into the ring in 2016, although he's not commenting on that.
- We sort of like the Affordable Care Act, with 52% favoring quickly and fully implementing it, compared with 42% in favor of repeal; Independents are split 47/47.
- We don’t like the Bush tax cuts for incomes over $250K (61% say eliminate them); Independents agree by a large margin; 56% favor eliminating, vs. 41% keep.
- On the question of whether we're on the right track or the wrong track, wrong track wins by a very slight margin, 48% to 46%. But 50% of independents thing we're going off the rails.
Last, when asked whether we’d like to see the Republicans maintain control of the House of Representatives, or the Democrats take over, 51% of us (including 48% of Independents) would prefer the Dems take over.
September 11, 2012
- Sales are up overall, compared to 2011;
- The average sales price across all jurisdictions is up;
- In 14 of the 20 jurisdictions, the number of homes sold is up; of the remaining six, one is even, and three are only off by one sale;
- Only two towns are down in both number of sales and average sales price;
- And in the city of Syracuse, sales are up by 70 homes and the average priceis up $4,100.
Overall, based on these numbers, our local market seems to be in fairly good shape; how are things in your neighborhood?
September 10, 2012
This week, twenty seven people were listed with new judgments totaling $660,673 to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers.
This week, three people were listed as having satisfied judgments totaling $65,358 to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers.
This week, two people were listed in the bankruptcy section with a hospital, doctor, or other medical provider as the major unsecured creditor, totaling $248,025.
September 9, 2012
- new residents, or returning residents, and the energy they'd bring
- families with children, injecting new blood and interest in the city schools
- a strengthening of the city tax base
- reduced stress and traffic during daily drive times, since folks would already be in the city, where most county residents work
- the potential for small businesses to spring up in the newly energized neighborhoods
- reduced impact and stress on the environment, as we'd be developing areas that already had the necessary infrastructure
September 8, 2012
The first was John Burton, the chair of the California delegation to the Democratic National Convention, discussing what he believed to be lies told by Republicans.
Here's his apology:
If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie -- I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment.And here's why he had to apologize:
They lie and they don't care if people think they lie. As long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels, the big lie, you keep repeating it, you know. That was Goebbels, a big lie, they said they don't care about facts. They're going to lie so, I mean, that's not pejorative to them. They probably wear it as a compliment.Well, that was a helpful contribution to our political discourse, don't you think? I mean, I get that people think the R's lied at their convention and on the campaign trail - I feel that way myself sometimes. But Goebbels? Really?
The second was Maryland Republican Roscoe Bartlett, discussing student loans. Yes, student loans, and the fact that in his reading of the Constitution there's no reference to student loans. Clearly, that's a Holocaustic topic if there ever was one, right?
First, his apology:
While explaining my position on an important Constitutional issue I regrettably used an extreme example as a comparison that was ill-advised and inappropriate. I should never use something as horrific as the Holocaust to make a political point, and I deeply apologize to anyone I may have offended.And here's why he needed to apologize:
Not that it’s not a good idea to give students loans; it certainly is a good idea to give them loans. But if you can ignore the Constitution to do something good today, tomorrow you will be ignoring the Constitution to do something bad. You could. There are more people in our, in America today of German ancestry than any other [inaudible]. The Holocaust that occurred in Germany — how in the heck could that happen? And when you start down the wrong road, it can be a very slippery slope.What happened after their statements was equally interesting. The Romney Jewish Coalition (who knew?) managed to tie President Obama to the remarks, saying that Obama had "promised to lift up American politics" but his supporters were "bringing it down to the gutter." Even better, though, was the response from the California Republicans, saying Burton's remarks were
exactly the kind of desperate, deranged rhetoric the Democrats are going to employ to distract voters from their failed record over the past four years.Hmm. The Desperate Deranged Democratic Demagoguery & Distraction Division has a nice ring to it, I guess.
Meanwhile, on the other side, Rebuild the Dream, an organization representing the 99% (who's acted with assistance from MoveOn.org) immediately called for Barnett's resignation. They have not yet called for Burton's resignation.
Listen: President Obama had nothing to do with this. Democrats are not going to employ this kind of rhetoric, only foolish people are. And organizations calling for a Republican to resign, but ignoring a Dem who made just as stupid a remark, lose credibility pretty quickly.
September 7, 2012
Yeah, I did say
in Alaska you can see Russia
from our land base
and I was making the point that
we are strategically
located on the globe
when it comes to transportation corridors
that are shared and fought over,
Alaska and I
as the governor
had known what
I was doing
in dealing with some international
issues that had to do with
that could help
secure the nation
September 6, 2012
Kimatian, in his wandering trip down a memory lane littered with broken dreams, forgotten strengths, and lost ambition, chose to repeated the oft-maintained Republican contention that President Obama gutted the welfare reform initiatives that have been in place since the (Bill) Clinton era:
After President Clinton established workfare and President Bush continued the practice, President Obama abolished the need for recipients to work for any benefits, all toward the Democrat philosophy of requiring no sacrifice. Yet many of those in the program felt this was misguided, as they enjoyed the opportunity to work and the meaning it gave to their lives.He got that wrong, folks, just as he got wrong the real meaning of Robert Frost's classic, "The Road Not Taken." As the poem notes, the roads are basically equal. The decision to take on over the other was not about actually taking the road less travelled, it was about saying you took it. That was the point of my post from September 2012; it's what actually happened, not what people say happened.
The Republicans are saying that President Obama is gutting welfare, eliminating the work requirement, simply handing over checks to beneficiaries. Almost makes me want to quit my day job and go on welfare.
The claim, made in an actual Romney ad (not a Super PAC ad) is ridiculous. Rick Santorum has made the same claim. The Republicans so fiercely believe this that they embedded it in their 2012 Platform - not once, but twice:
We salute Republican Members of the House of Representatives for enshrining in the Rules of the House the requirement that every bill must cite the provision of the Constitution which permits its introduction. Their adherence to the Constitution stands in stark contrast to the antipathy toward the Constitution demonstrated by the current Administration and its Senate allies by...gutting welfare reform by unilaterally removing its statutory work requirementAnd again:
So what really happened back in July? An Information Memorandum was issued by HHS, with the purpose of
The Republican-led welfare reforms enacted in 1996 marked a revolution in government's approach to poverty. They changed the standard for policy success from the amount of income transferred to the poor to the number of poor who moved from welfare to economic independence. We took the belief of most Americans - that welfare should be hand up not a hand out - and made it law. Work requirements, though modest, were at the heart of this success. That is why so many are now outraged by the current Administration's recent decision to permit waivers for work requirements for welfare benefits, in other words, to administratively repeal the most successful anti-poverty policy in memory.
And there's more. The Informational Memorandum was accompanied by a letter which reiterated that this was all about improving employment, not gutting the work requirement. Here are just a few examples:
encouraging states to consider new, more effective ways to meet the goals of TANF, particularly helping parents successfully prepare for, find, and retain employment. Therefore, HHS is issuing this information memorandum to notify states of the Secretary’s willingness to exercise her waiver authority under section 1115 of the Social Security Act to allow states to test alternative and innovative strategies, policies, and procedures that are designed to improve employment outcomes for needy families.States led the way on welfare reform in the 1990s — testing new approaches and learning what worked and what did not. The Secretary is interested in using her authority to approve waiver demonstrations to challenge states to engage in a new round of innovation that seeks to find more effective mechanisms for helping families succeed in employment.As described below, however, HHS will only consider approving waivers relating to the work participation requirements that make changes intended to lead to more effective means of meeting the work goals of TANF.Moreover, HHS is committed to ensuring that any demonstration projects approved under this authority will be focused on improving employment outcomes and contributing to the evidence base for effective programs.
Clearly, the Republicans know that what they're saying is simply not true. And just as clearly, we deserve better.
On February 28, 2011, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum that directed federal agencies “to work closely with state, local, and tribal governments to identify administrative, regulatory, and legislative barriers in Federally funded programs that currently prevent states, localities, and tribes, from efficiently using tax dollars to achieve the best results for their constituents.”
The Administration for Children and Families took this charge seriously and held a series of consultation meetings with states, tribes, and territories on a variety of topics including TANF. During those consultations, many jurisdictions expressed a strong interest in greater flexibility in TANF and indicated that greater flexibility could be used by states to improve program effectiveness. We also heard concerns that some TANF rules stifle innovation and focus attention on paperwork rather than helping parents find jobs. States offered a range of suggestions for ways in which expanded flexibility could lead to more effective employment outcomes for families. Two states – Utah and Nevada – submitted written comments that specifically identified waivers as one mechanism for testing new approaches to promoting employment and self-sufficiency, and a number of others states – including California, Connecticut, and Minnesota - have asked about the potential for waivers.States have shown their ability to innovate in ways that help parents find jobs. In 2009 and 2010, 42 states used the TANF Emergency Fund authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to create 260,000 subsidized jobs for jobless parents and disadvantaged youth. Over a short period of time, states exhibited enormous creativity as they developed new subsidized employment initiatives that responded to an urgent need for jobs in communities across the country.It is critical that we work together to develop effective employment strategies that prepare workers for the jobs of the 21st century. We stand ready to work with states interested in developing innovative demonstration projects that test new approaches to helping parents succeed in the labor market.
Politicians need to stop dumbing us down, stop treating us like we're idiots who will fall for whatever nonsense-filled commercial they put on television.
September 3, 2012
This week, fifteen people were listed with new judgments totaling $263,464 to hospitals, doctors, or other medical providers.
September 2, 2012
Another of my other favorites is the way some of them manage to make sure the world knows that it revolves around them. You know what I mean: the banners at public events large and small proclaiming the politician's undying support of and contributions to the event, as if we didn't know that it's our own tax dollars that the politician is taking credit for spending.
And of course there's the obligatory photo op, whether holding a baby, or a shovel at a ground-breaking for some business, or a sausage sandwich at the New York State Fair. Out capacity for seeing pics of politicians seems only exceeded by their appetite for being in the public eye.
Here's a great example of one of our local pols with his appetite on full display, at the Fair on opening day, which is traditionally Governor's Day.
That tall guy in the blue blazer in the middle of the picture? That's Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York. That short guy to the Gov's right is State Senator John DeFrancisco, who represents part of the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County in Albany.
It's really an unremarkable picture, fairly standard stuff. But again, it's Governor's Day at the Fair...
|photo from Sen. DeFrancisco's web site|
...so it makes perfect sense for the headline on the Senator's website to read "Senator DeFrancisco Kicks Off the Start of the 2012 Great New York State Fair" doesn't it?
September 1, 2012
If you are poor and apply for welfare you have to have ID, so why can't you afford to get ID to vote?? If you are too poor or lazy to get ID to vote then maybe you shouldn't vote... just saying
The big question is, why is this just an issue this election, why was it not an issue back in the day of Nixon, Reagan, Carter, Clinton, Bush I, Bush II? Did voter fraud just fall off the turnip truck when Obama got elected? Or is it really, like the politician from Pennsylvania said, we pass Voter ID and we get Romney elected?
it sounds like Obama can't get re-elected unless he has all these people that can't prove who they are to vote for him.
Ha ha - sure sounds like Romney can't get elected without these new laws keeping people from voting...
Bottom line should be that if you want to vote and be counted get off your lazy ass and get an ID, no reason to not be able to, none what so ever!!!!
Boy, I'm sure glad that the Republican National Convention is over and we're not going to be divisive anymore.