There Was No Knife

Now the government is saying that Ibragim Todashev, the Chechen friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was killed in Orlando by an FBI agent, was unarmed at the time of his death.  Original reports said that Todashev, who supposedly was about to sign a confession implicating himself and Tamerlan in a triple murder in Waltham, MA on 9/11/11, had a knife.

Happy Days Are Here Again…

Consumer confidence is at its highest level since February 2008.

Housing prices in 20 major cities jumped 10.9% in the past year, the biggest annual increase since April 2006.

We know the deficit is looking much, much better than expected, as recovery brings more revenue to the government.

So for 2014, the GOP is left trying to sabotage Obamacare and trying to milk all the mileage they can out of the Benghazi, IRS, and reporter (AP/Fox’s James Rosen) “scandals.”  I remain unconvinced that any of these is really a true scandal.

Please Help!

Please go to Change.org and sign the petition to get Austin McNary the drug Eteplirsen for his Duchene muscular dystrophy.

Austin’s brother Max, 11, has been in a clinical trial for the drug for almost two years and is doing great.  Meanwhile Austin, 14, is dying.

This is the petition site:  http://www.change.org/petitions/fda-please-approve-the-medicine-my-boys-need-to-survive-both-of-my-sons-deserve-to-live.

If this link doesn’t work, if you Google “McNary petition,” it will come up.

I sign these petitions all the time and don’t blog about them, but this one just grabbed me by the throat.

Quote of the Day

“Still, here’s what it seems is about to happen [as Obamacare goes into effect]:  millions of Americans will suddenly gain health coverage, and millions more will feel much more secure knowing that such coverage is available if they lose their jobs or suffer other misfortunes.  Only a relative handful of people will be hurt at all.  And as contrasts emerge between the experience of states like California that are making the most of the new policy and that of states like Texas whose politicians are doing their best to undermine it, the sheer meanspiritedness of the Obamacare opponents will become ever more obvious.”

Paul Krugman, “The Obamacare Shock,” NYT

Not just people who lose their jobs, but people who have stayed in jobs they hate just for the health insurance, and people who have worked full-time for health insurance who would rather work part-time.  To a lot of people, Obamacare will equal Freedomcare.