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Dear Friends: I am looking forward to chatting with Charles Fettinger of Doo Doo Economics and the San Diego Local Order of Bloggers (SLOBs) this Thursday on Canto Talk (Nov. 14, 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST; click here for podcast).

Charles Fettinger

Some of our topics:

California real estate forecast: Bigger inventories and higher prices

It’s not breaking news that the California housing market is heating up, but now the California Association of Realtors is confirming it on the record, predicting that the trend will continue upward into 2014.

In its latest forecast, CAR predicts primary home buyers will make a comeback after a period of tough competition with investors for what has been a limited supply of homes on the market.

“We’ve come up against an exceptionally low-inventory situation in California for at least the last year and half, and it has started to take a bite out of sales” says Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s chief economist.  She says the market is still “robust” but predicts a 2.1 percent drop in the number of homes sold this year over last year due to limited supply. But two trends are changing that, says Appleton-Young.

One is a rapid rise in home values.  It’s lifting many underwater homeowners — those who owed more in mortgage payments than their homes were worth — providing them with the opportunity to sell. Appleton-Young says that’s beginning to boost the number of real estate listings.

The ObamaCare Insurance Fraud Scandal

With all the discussion, no one in the media is explaining why insurance companies supported ObamaCare. The progressive-socialist vision is of a health care system without “greedy” insurance companies. The president on many occasions called ObamaCare a “transitional step” toward government run “single payer” health care. So, why did insurance companies support a law designed to destroy their industry?
They were promised an unaccountable system ripe for massive fraud.

Covered California required heath insurers to cancel plans

President Obama just apologized for the millions of insurance policy cancellations under the Affordable Care Act, usually called Obamacare. He also has blamed “bad apple” insurers for the cancellations.

But in California, critics of the program insist the cancellations were not made by the insurers, but by Covered California, the state’s implementation of Obamacare. California compelled insurers participating in the Covered California health exchange to cancel noncompliant individual policies.

“In California, insurers did not ‘choose’ to eliminate individual plans for the efficiency of one health-reform compliant platform, California forced it on them,” Craig Gottwals told me; he is a health care policy attorney and Obamacare expert with BB&T-Liberty Benefit Insurance.

He said Covered California didn’t want to leave to chance forcing people into the insurance exchanges. The San Francisco Business Times detailed how Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Health Net and Blue Shield of California finally admitted their Covered California contracts required the cancellations. Other plans on the exchange are subject to the same contract language.

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Dear Readers: It will be my measure to chat with two dynamic men this Thursday…my friend Silvio Canto Jr. and Jonathan Taylor. Johnathan is the founder of the website,” A Voice for Male Students” will discuss his group that advocates fair treatment for men on campus, as well as current events viewed from a college perspective. (Click HERE for podcast link; the show will be this Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/ 10 pm EST).

Voice for Male Students

He had a fabulous introduction to his group in College Insurrection:

My name is Jonathan Taylor. I am the founder of the website A Voice for Male Students and a former instructor of freshman composition and argumentation at Texas A&M University-Commerce. I’d like to thank Mr. Jacobson for inviting me to submit a guest post about my website, why I launched it, and what it aims to address.

AVFMS is part of an emerging presence of voices advocating fair treatment for men and boys. Some call us Men’s Rights Activists, or Men’s Human Rights Activists. I don’t claim to speak for all or most of them, however. Only myself. The motto of AVFMS is educational equity for men and boys. I started up the website and its adjoining Facebookpage and YouTube channel because men and boys are suffering in a wide variety of areas in our educational institutions, and because those issues are plagued not only with a lack of awareness, but also deliberate and systemic neglect.

I divide the issues into three main areas: educational attainment and well-being, the culture of our academic institutions and society at large, and rights and protections. If you would like a thorough list of those issues, I invite you to peruse the Summary of Issues page on the AVFMS website as well as the blog entries. I will also address the issues in brief below.

The site is on top of some fascinating stories…

All male students punished for bomb hoax. Girl made similar hoax last year. My email to administrators and their superiors.

 

And we will be chatting about the topics of the day, including Obamacare as it relates to this post…College student writes viral letter ‘Obamacare Has Raped My Future’

A University of Michigan graduate penned an open letter that went viral online as she described how President Barack Obama’s signature health care law hurts the working poor, and has “raped” her future.

Ashley Dionne, 26, posted the now-viral letter to conservative radio host Dennis Prager’s Facebook page earlier this week.

Here is the letter:

“My name is Ashley Dionne and I’m a 26-year-old recent graduate from Michigan.

The phony Obamacare signup poster boy made me want to send a message about how Obamacare is really affecting people.

I graduated from The University of Michigan in 2009. In my state, this used to mean something, but even with a bachelor’s I was told I was too educated and wouldn’t stay. I watched as kids with GEDs and high school diploma’s took the low-paying jobs for which I applied.

I went back to school and got a second degree and finally found work at a gym. I work nights and only get 32 hours a week for eight dollars an hour. I’m unable to find a second job at this time.

I have asthma, ulcers, and mild cerebral palsy. Obamacare takes my monthly rate from $75 a month for full coverage on my “Young Adult Plan,” to $319 a month. After $6,000 in deductibles, of course.

Liberals claimed this law would help the poor. I am the poor, the working poor, and I can’t afford to support myself, let alone older generations and people not willing to work at all.

This law has raped my future.

It will keep me and kids my age from having a future at all.

This is the real face of Obamacare and it isn’t pretty.”

Its a mixed bag, helping some, hurting others.  Its a rushed piece of crap legilsation.

America deserves better.

 

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Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to have two guests this Thursday night on Canto Talk. My friend and fellow SLOB, Deadliest Blogger’s Barry Jacobsen, and my friend and inspiration, Zumba instructor and dancer extraordinaire, Kavita Sheth. The featured topic: All Things Indian. (Click HERE for podcast link; the show is at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST Thursday, Aug. 22).

Here is a bit more about Kavita’s newest enterprise:

Kavits Sheth at Studio K's Opening Night

Kavits Sheth at Studio K’s Opening Night

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Tierrasanta Expands Zumba Party into Kearny Mesa

Tierrasantans have been having so much fun with resident Kavita Sheth’s Zumba class that she has just opened up a brand new studio in Kearny Mesa. Her new place is Studio K Dance and Fitness (9340 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite F), where she offers classes, featuring dance and aerobic-oriented forms (e.g., Zumba, Yoga, Hip Hop, Bollywood, Salsa, Insanity, etc.) done to a novel mix of world music styles.

“Everybody has a desire to dance,” said Sheth. “I match this need with the fact many want a solid workout in a fun atmosphere. I have gotten so many requests for such different Zumba and dance styles, that opening up Studio K was the best next step.”

Sheth had an opening night party in late July, which was attended by many Teirrasantans, including Cheri Korobkin.
“I love Kavita’s class; it’s the most fun I have had exercising ever,” explained Korobkin. “I love dancing in the dark with the special studio lights, as well as the fact I don’t feel self-conscious when I do the routines”. Korobkin also takes her two tweens regularly to class, who enjoy the dance exercises and are enthusiastic inspirations to their mom.

Sheth notes that Zumba is “not just for women, but it’s something men can really enjoy, too.” Jorge Ceniceros, Tierrasanta resident and one of Sheth’s original students, agrees and confirms that Zumba is a real workout.

“Between Zumba ands Metafast, I have easily lost 50 pounds,” Ceniceros remarked. “I came at first with my significant other, and have stayed because it was very fun and I came out trashed…in a good way. I have also learned dance to the point I am able to follow the instructor”.

Sheth has recruited a wide array of Zumba and dance instructors for her studio. Program styles include “groove”, hip-hop, and a new alphabet-based movement routine called Bokwa (an increasingly popular routine). The course offerings will also include a combination of pilates and yoga called “Piyo”.

During Studio K’s opening night, Sheth’s Bollywood instructor, Jonathan Bosco, lead the crowd in creating and performing a full Indian-based dance routine that thrilled the entire audience. Bosco competed in India’s popular “Just Dance” competition and has choreographed many acclaimed routines.

“Bollywood is for everyone: Men, women, young, old,” noted Bosco. “One of Bollywood’s biggest stars, Hritik Roshan, is the perfect example of fitness. I am happy that Studio K is giving me the opportunity to share many of Indian dance styles with new people, new fans.”

Sheth, a Tierrasanta resident, has been dancing since the age of 5. She eventually plans to offer Latin-style dance programs, including Bachata that was inspired by a life-changing trip to the Dominican Republic. A highlight of the July opening was a Bachata performance she did with an instructor-in-training, Hector Perez-Garcia.

Besides being fun, Studio K is family-friendly. Her studio includes an area for childcare, and Studio K will eventually be offering classes for children.

Sheth has been a certified Zumba instructor since 2010. She has training in Basic 1, Basic 2, and Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Sentao, Core and Glutes. Her studio also features programs with other instructors who possess a wide array of certifications.

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As a MUT Temple Bonus, here is one of my favorite Bollywood clips:

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ROMANIA NEWS: Colin Powell Denies Affair With Romanian Diplomat After Guccifer Hacking

Affair: Check.

Denials of an affair. Check, check.

Electronic proof of said affair: And check.

Here is a story confirming that Colin Powell is following standard Washington, D.C. protocol on the respectful treatment of women!

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell denied allegations of an affair with a Romanian diplomat, The Smoking Gun reported on Thursday.

The denial comes after famed hacker Guccifer breached Powell’s email and Facebook accounts, revealing 10 years of communication with Corina Cretu, a member of the European Parliament. Powell, who left the State Department in 2005, kept in touch with Cretu over email after leaving his post.

“Over time, the emails became of a very personal nature, but did not result in an affair,” Powell said in a statement.

Powell, who married his wife Alma in 1962, reportedly asked Cretu to delete the email exchange, as Guccifer posted personal emails from 2010 and 2011 online this week.

Maybe he missed the sex harassment training, too?  Related, here is a link to a must-watch videoYour skin is not going to crawl….it’s going to spider-walk across the ceiling like Linda Blair in “The Exorcist”.

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How Catholics Should Think about Immigration

One of my favorite Catholics, John Zmirak,  analyzes how some Church leaders view immigration policy and what should really be considered.  MUT’s must-read post.

There is a Catholic teaching on immigration, and it is grounded in natural law, not divine Revelation. The Church does not aspire to rule as a theocracy which imposes beliefs that only those gifted with the supernatural virtue of Faith can understand. We may not, without sin, use our neighbors’ tax money and employ the guns and the jails of the State to enforce laws based solely on verses from the bible or quotes from Our Lady at Fatima. 

Nor do we have the right to favor immigration because many of the immigrants are Catholics and we feel a spiritual kinship with them. That is blatantly unfair to our non-Catholic fellow citizens, whose ancestors admitted our Catholic forefathers on the understanding that they would be loyal citizens, not secret agents working for their fellow Catholics around the world regardless of the best interest of Americans. We cannot flush the natural virtue of patriotism down the toilet of religious (or racial) tribalism (unless we want to prove that the Know-Nothings were right when they tried to keep Catholics out).

 

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MARRIED TO A #WIENER: HUMA KNEW WHAT SHE WAS GETTING

Good friend and fellow SLOB Barry Jacobsen posts an op-ed from one of his good friends, which offers a great perspective on the sex scandal in New York City.  It pairs nicely with the Filner scandal I have been covering for Legal Insurrection.

However, she is the archetype of the political animal frequently found to inhabit the circles in which she travels and has deliberately inserted herself. An  intelligent, well-educated, and ambitious young woman, she hitched herself to a  promising young prince of the Democratic power structure – hoping to rise, as  her mentor (Hillary Clinton) did, to a position of power and influence – only to find out she had married an embarrassing self-indulgent, compulsive narcissist [I am being  polite] who is addicted to other things more despicable than political life and  power.

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Signs of Stranded Amelia Earhart in Old Photos?

As a distant relation to the man who married the legendary aviatrix, I wanted to share this intriguing update.

This aerial view of a remote island could be one of the last sights Amelia Earhart saw as a pilot when she flew over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937 in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

 

Taken 18 months after the legendary aviator’s disappearance, the photo shows a patch of the coast of Nikumaroro, an uninhabited tropical atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, which is believed to be Earhart’s final resting place by researchers of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).

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