Thursday, February 25, 2010
The imp is screeching, again.
North Korea threatened a "powerful" attack if the U.S. and South Korea proceed with joint military drills next month, warning Thursday that it could even resort to nuclear means.
A mayor claims religious prejudice after some French fast-food outlets replace their bacon burger.
Blue Cross recently raised monthly rates 50% or more for some, prompting them to drop or switch coverage.
Other insurers are also rushing to increase premiums.
David Swanson and his daughter Terra have breakfast on Wednesday. The Swansons have seen a big rate increase from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, part of it due to Terra turning 17.
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If you're facing a steep health insurance increase, here are a few tips:
Shop around: It's a hassle, especially if you have to switch physicians, but there is competition.
Ask about options: Insurers don't want to lose customers.
Check out cheaper plans: You can often get a lower rate by reducing benefits or increasing your deductible.
File a complaint: Contact the N.C. Department at 800-546-5664 or www.ncdoi.com. The agency also publishes a "Consumer's Guide to Health Insurance" with useful information.
Rising Blue Cross bills stun N.C. families
By Nicole Belle:
I think my irony meter just redlined:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (retard) remains something of a powerhouse in Republican circles, so it seemed noteworthy that he doesn't seem to have much respect for a certain former half-term governor of Alaska.
In a recent interview with Newsmax, Bush was asked whether he thought Palin was a viable candidate for president. Though he had some nice things to say about her "charisma," it was clear that Bush thinks Palin doesn't have the intellectual heft to occupy the oval office. He said that Palin's success depends on her willingness to add a "depth of understanding of the complexity of life we're living in today" to her rhetoric.
"That's up to her," he said. "I mean, I don't know what her deal is, but my belief is in 2010 and 2012, public leaders need to have intellectual curiosity."
Seriously? The need for "intellectual curiosity" wasn't necessary in 2000 or 2004, was it, Jeb? The mind boggles.
I haven't stop laughing since I first read this!
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was a learning curve really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I know I did not make any changes to.
14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -- ever.
15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking great and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste of good hair products and makeup.
17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
18. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would happen if you ran over a ninja?" How the hell do I respond to that?
19. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
20. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lights than Kay.
These 12 fruits and veggies contain the highest levels of pesticides when grown conventionally.
Exit rows and bulkhead seats offer a more comfortable coach alternative.
The Afghan government took official control of the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, installing an administrator and raising the national flag while U.S.-led troops worked to root out final pockets of militants.Full Story
The Gaston Gazette reported Thursday that Richard Peterson's probation officer spotted him on the TV program taped in Connecticut.
NC man jailed for 3 days as probation violator for appearing on Jerry Springer show
Always said only idiots are on Springer.
Photo via InHouse
I thought Bill Nye was awesome when I was a kid, and he's still awesome now. Take this video clip, for example, in which the onetime (and always!) Science Guy keeps a cool head while explaining the science behind global warming to Bill O'Reilly and the frantic TV meteorologist/denier shill Joe Bastardi:
Fired Georgia jailer pleads guilty in beating of inmate
Tennessee family claims police brutality
Court says no, Maryland police officer cannot claim immunity from suit for intentional acts of assault, battery, false arrest and false imprisonment
Police brutality case filed against small-town Washington police
DEA removes evidence from scene of peculiar fatal shooting at home of "burglar"
New Jersey cop charged with aggravated assault
And a note to all waitstaff and restaurants ... tipping is NOT required regardless of your policy or great service.
As such, he believes the killer whale's actions at SeaWorld Orlando, from earlier on Wednesday, were intentional.
Dawn Brancheau, 40, a veteran trainer at Orlando, FL's SeaWorld, was killed by an orca during a show at Shamu Stadium at the theme park.
The recession has actually eased traffic jams, but the relief isn't going to last.
A sudden backlash against Scott Brown is just the start of eruptions within the party.
Wednesday was a poster child for the winter of 2009-10 – cold and wet.
A chilly rain fell much of the day, adding to what will go into the books as the coldest and wettest winter in the Charlotte region in decades. Today’s high is forecast to be only 42 degrees – 16 below average.
“It gets dreary after a while,” Cotswold Elementary School Principal Denise Hearne said shortly before 3 p.m., about 20 minutes before staff members donned heavy coats to get students onto buses or into the car pickup line. “These wet, cold days affect everyone’s mood.”
Temperatures in Charlotte are the coldest in 33 years, and the precipitation total is the heaviest in more than 40 years, said John Tomko, a National Weather Service meteorologist who keeps statistics for the office in Greer, S.C.
“It’s been nasty,” Tomko said.
Looking for a scapegoat? Blame it on El Nino.
That weather phenomenon of above-normal sea surface temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean is delivering a steady stream of storm systems across California, the Southwest, Texas and the Southeast.
“It’s a typical El Nino winter – a very wet pattern for the Southeast,” Tomko said.
The Carolinas have been spared outbreaks of truly cold air. Instead, the trend has been a stream of days with temperatures 6, 7 or 8 degrees below average.
Strangely, it hasn’t been a particularly snowy winter for Charlotte, with 5.5 inches having fallen. But Asheville has recorded about 30 inches, for its snowiest winter in 38 years. And much of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are setting records for seasonal snow.
Charlotte has escaped heavy snow because temperatures were a degree or two above freezing during two major storms, on Dec. 18 and Feb. 5.
Of course, not everyone is upset with the winter of 2009-10.
“It’s been great for us – more than 100 inches of snow already,” said Kim Jochl, a spokeswoman for the Sugar Mountain Ski Resort in Avery County.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Leuven, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium
Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Alberton, Gauteng, South Africa
Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom
Peer, Limburg, Belgium
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
London, England, United Kingdom
Cape Town, Western cape, South Africa
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands
Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
as well as Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and the United States in cities like - Hilo, Brookings, Beaverton, Absecon, Arroyo Grande, Antioch, Chippewa Falls, Lake Orion and more
You usually don't have time to mess around with long, involved explanations, detailed descriptions or drawn-out instant replays of who said what to whom.
But at the moment, you just can't get enough of it -- all of it.
So if someone tries to blow you off with just a couple of quick quips, you won't stand for it.
Don't take 'no' for an answer -- get the information you need and don't settle for less.
Oh, I will.