Thursday Thoughts

Thought #1

It sounds like it might be time to get outside and relax for a while.

Exposure to specific bacteria in the environment, already believed to have antidepressant qualities, could increase learning behavior, according to research presented at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego.

“Mycobacterium vaccae is a natural soil bacterium which people likely ingest or breath in when they spend time in nature,” says Dorothy Matthews of The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, who conducted the research with her colleague Susan Jenks.

Thought #2

Do you live in an apartment? You may want to keep something in mind if you do.

Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry. This is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part of the continuing “American Community Survey” conducted by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.

What many Americans don’t realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.” If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.

Since when is it okay for a federal employee to enter your home with unfettered access?

Thought #3

Our Disgrace In Chief will be in Chicago this weekend, completely ignoring the long standing tradition of presidents laying a wreath at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day.

On Monday, Obama will make remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, south of Chicago – missing the usual tradition of presidents speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Why not? He has ignored nearly all of the other traditions most presidents have kept, and it’s not like he will miss anything anyway. Some of our fallen heroes might be there in Chicago with him.

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

Maybe, if we’re lucky, he’ll stop showing up for work at the White House, since most U.S. Presidents have kept that tradition as well.

Washington. The One-Stop Money Shop

Now that April Fool’s Day is almost over… Seriously. ObamaCare!?! Too bad it wasn’t just some cruel joke.

Just in time to snap you back to reality, take a look at this.

Powerhouse student loan provider Sallie Mae says layoffs are imminent as a result of President Obama’s new student loan overhaul.

“This legislation will force Sallie Mae to reduce our 8,600-person workforce by 2,500,” Conwey Casillas, Vice President of Sallie Mae Public Affairs, said in a statement to Fox News.

Twenty-nine percent of the people who work for Sallie Mae are going to lose their jobs just because of the student loan overhaul.

What? Oh, you didn’t know? In the reconciliation package for the health-care bill, which was sent to the President for his signature, was a complete overhaul of the student loan process in the United States.

In addition to being the nation’s leading banker, insurance agent, mortgage company, and wall street investment firm, the United States government will now be the sole provider of student loans.

You wanted change America. You definitely got change America.

In the old days, when you had a student loan, you just kept paying and paying until it’s paid off. My wife had just finished paying off a student loan before we got married, but she paid it off. Now, with Obama Savings & Loan, students who pay for 20 years will have the balance written off at that time, unless they work in public service or for a non-profit, then the cutoff is 10 years.

So who do you think is going to pay for all those balances that get “written off”? That’s right. John Q. Taxpayer. The same John Q. Taxpayer who is already paying for bankswho keep their doors open for you, Wall Street investment firms who keep trading your stocks for you, insurance companies who keep insuring you, and mortgage companies who make sure you stay in your house.

I don’t know where President Obama got the idea, but John Q. Taxpayer is not as rich as he thinks he is.

On a side note, did you return your Census form? If you didn’t you might get a visit from a real life human being going door to door to get that information from you. Or not.

April 1 was Census Day – a day marked by events to remind people to return their census questionnaires. But some Census workers were abruptly dismissed from their part-time jobs on Census Day with no explanation.

In Northern Virginia, hundreds of Census workers were told on Thursday to turn in all materials, including partially completed enumeration assignments, because the Group Quarters Enumeration project was being canceled.

So much for those “awesome” unemployment numbers, huh? Just remember. Be patient.

Facing a public still wary of his massive health care overhaul, President Barack Obama urged Americans not to judge the nearly $1 trillion legislation he signed into law last week until the reforms take hold.

Many of the “reforms” don’t take effect until 2014, which is the very reason we were RUSHING the legislation in the first place, right?

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