Restaurateur Passing Obamacare Costs to Diners

Video, John Metz imposes surcharge on restaurant customers to cover Obamacare costs

Mizz Snarkity Snark stumbled over this little twist on Obamacare in the hospitality biz this morning and nearly choked on her vanilla chai snark-laced tea:

While some business owners threaten to cut workers’ hours to avoid paying for their health care, a West Palm Beach, Fla., restaurant owner is going even further. John Metz said he will add a 5 percent surcharge to customers’ bills to offset what he said are the increased costs of Obamacare, along with reducing his employees’ hours. (Huffington Post, Nov.14)

The restaurant in question? Denny’s. The man’s curriculum vitae? Metz is the franchisor of Hurricane Grill & Wings, which has 48 locations, five of which are corporate owned, and president and owner of RREMC Restaurants, which runs approximately 40 Denny’s and several Dairy Queen locations.

Denny’s, DQ, Obamacare, Surcharge, Florida

So, MSS deduces that if you’re a Denny’s diner in a bit of Florida, you might just pay for Obamacare at least twice: Once for that yummy breakfast of hog ‘n eggs and once for Obamacare care itself, and thrice if your own employer passes Obamacare costs on to you.

MSS does not claim to understand Obamacare. No matter what she reads about it, the words get all blurry-fuzzy and her poor snark-attuned brain turns to Meyer Lemon marmalade.

Once again, twice in the space of a mere month, MSS laments the passing of William F. Buckley Jr., one of the few humans besides Stephen Hawking (too busy inventing space) and Al Gore (too busy reinventing the Internet) who would have understood Obamacare and explained it to the rest of us mere mortals.

But Mizz Snarkity Snark digresses, and poorly at that.

Any National Health Plan That Starts with “It’s very simple, really,” Isn’t.

Mizz Snarkity Snark would like to leave you, Gentle Reader, with these critical thoughts from her own marmalade brain:

  • Did the esteemed President Woodrow Wilson have his hands on the Treaty of Versailles? or the Treaty of Wilson?
  • Was President Abraham Lincoln known as the Great Emancipator? or the Great Abraham?
  • President Theodore Roosevelt crafts the New Teddy

    President Theodore “Happy Guy” Roosevelt crafts the New Teddy.

    Did the wondrously mustachioed President Theodore Roosevelt craft the New Deal? or the New Teddy?

Perhaps the newly re-elected President Barack Obama would want to urge renaming Obamacare to something less linked to his time(s) in office. Perhaps he should change the name of Obamacare to Club Med. The ramifications could be amusing.

Much love to each of you. Stay healthy, my friend. Or perhaps skip the Denny’s meals with the side of Obamacare.

More States’ Citizens Push for Secession

jello shots

Secession is on the lips and fingertips of citizens in a wide variety of states around these United States of America.

petitions filed at

Citizen petitions want to rip the US of A into itty bitty bits. It takes 25,000 signatures to get considered and, at this snapshot, Texas had 77k+.

Beyond providing material for comedians everywhere, this secession uprising has little in common with common sense.

Our nation, rabidly attracted to scandal, divorce, celebrity breakups (the Biebs! Selena! Oh noes!), seems to pick breakup songs over national anthems, and a shotgun divorce (aka secession) over working it out.

Mizz Snarkity Snark thinks one way to pause a mass exodus is to give secession enthusiasts a taste of Christmases yet to come.

Envisioneering After the Secession State Nations

The Secession Shake-out Years (2013-2015)

The word for today, children, is import-export. Yes, we know that’s two words. It’s how we get corn oil from Ohio to Indiana along TransNational Highway since the secession fractured the breadbasket. Those toll booths you see, with the barbed wire and machine guns? That’s where we used to have a double-sided sign, “Welcome to Indiana,” and “Now Leaving Ohio. Have a Nice Day.”

“The former state of South Dakota, now known as Dakota, declared a national holiday today, to be named Mount Six Grandfathers Day, adopting the name of the mountain previously known as Mt Rushmore. Petitions to rename Dakota to Lakota have been trickling into the nation’s capital of Sioux Falls (selected after Pierre announced it would be renamed to Bambi and be known as Bambi, King of Dakota).”

19 States Petition to Secede from USA

states petitioning to secede are in gold

Secede? Welladay! (which means Woe, sorrow, regret, disbelief, originating from Middle English wei la wei or “woe! lo! woe!)

secede from the union - why not, everyone's doing it

Secede from the Union? Why not. Everyone’s doing it these days. (Golden = petitioning to secede)

This afternoon, Mizz Snarkity Snark reads that nearly a quarter of the United States has a resident ticked off enough to generate a petition to take their state out of the Union.

Do pardon while MSS faints from shock. (What was that punctuation mark they proposed for sarcasm?)

In the space of a week, we can watch the United States of America go from being a combination of red states and blue states to red states, blue states and golden states – Golden Parachute?

What if All States Secede?

What happens when a state hits the required 25,000 signatures to get their petition considered seems obvious. The petition gets considered.

But what happens when 50 states get petitions in place, reach 25,000 signatures and get their petitions considered? Eh? Does the whole place turn into a jigsaw puzzle? Do we annex Washington State to British Columbia — and does legal marijuana go with the deal?

When Montana secedes, does it split in half vertically and join Alberta and Saskatchewan, forming Moerta and Saskatanatatana? And do they magically become Canadian and eligible for nationalized healthcare that works?

We’ve always known Texas wanted to secede. They’ve made it clear every time a non-Texan moves into the White House.

California would probably go back to Mexico, along with Arizona and New Mexico. North of that would all join hands and become Deseret. We still have the blueprint somewhere.

A brief reminder to my California neighbors: This Is Humor. Put down that pitchfork and stop torching my dead tomato plants. You’re scaring the cats. Thanks.

But What About the Children!?

Larger states with already near-bankrupt economies may feel better when they secede. Texas economy is rumored to be the 15th largest in the world. They’ll get by. They could probably just buy Oklahoma and the northeastern area of Mexico, Louisiana maybe, and be set for square footage. A second Louisiana Purchase, as it were.

But what about the smaller states crammed all up against each other on the Eastern Seaboard? You know, the ones small enough that mapmakers use arrows to their borders since they can’t fit the initials into such a small space. NH,RI,CT,NJ,DE,MD! Wagon-riding folks must have decided as they moved west that the next state they’d settle in would have some ROOM.

Future Seceded State Complications

Will we need passports to go to the Great Nation of Nevada and its cash cow, Las Vegas? Will the new nation of New York make the new nation of Nevada remove the New York New York casino? Does the term “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” refer to revenue now?

Sorry, sir. Our records show that on entering the Nation of Nevada, you had $2057 in cash and plastic assets. You won $800 at El Presidente Casa de Fun, and you owe Nevada $750 in national income taxes on those winnings. We can’t let you leave the country until your national income tax is paid. Yes, we have extradition arrangements with Idaho.

Who gets the National Parks when the state leaves the nation? Do Montana and Wyoming arm-wrestle over Yellowstone?

What about bridges across waterways like Mississippi. The Potomac? The Hudson? Exactly how does this work now? If you live in Missouri and work in Illinois, has your job been outsourced?

West Virginia starts a trade embargo with Virginia and Kentucky, upholding the terms of a generations-old feud between two families. Surprise.

New Hampshire and Vermont collaborate on maple syrup prices, crippling the region’s exports. Maine joins in, then Massatoothetts, followed by Connecticut and Rhode Island, forming the New Nation of New England. Rumor is PEI, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are considering the kind offer to join.

Deja Vu All Over Again, Again

George III, George William Frederick,

George III had fifteen children. Well, his wife Queen Charlotte probably had fifteen children. None of them ended up leading these United States of America.

Across the Atlantic, the leader of a relatively small island comes as close to grinning as Her Majesty does, and whispers to herself, “Only took 236 years, George III, but you were right. They’re shattering right on schedule.”  (That’s pronounced SHED-yule. You’ll get used to it.)

Welladay, bickering children. Welladay.

By the by, Britain was a republic also. From 1649 to 1660. Then they got a clue and went back to being a monarchy. It only took them eleven years.

So far on the list at

  1. Alabama
  2. Colorado
  3. Florida
  4. Georgia
  5. Indiana
  6. Kentucky
  7. Louisiana
  8. Missouri
  9. Michigan
  10. Mississippi
  11. Montana
  12. New Jersey
  13. New York
  14. North Carolina
  15. North Dakota
  16. Oregon
  17. South Carolina
  18. Tennessee
  19. Texas

Much love to each of you. Miss you, Andy Rooney. You’d have a field day with this one, old son.

America’s Got Deficit, 2013 Season Auditions

America's Got Fiscal Talent
America's Got Fiscal Talent

Has America got enough talent to balance the budget?

Since Mizz Snarkity Snark just spent a most productive night watching the unwatched episodes of America’s Got Talent 2012, she’s got an idea.

Of course. When does she not have an idea, eh?

Next season’s AGT needs a special category. Heck with balancing chainsaws and juggling roaring motorcycles on your chin. Mizz Snarkity Snark wants to see someone come on stage and balance the Federal budget. Now THAT’s an act MSS thinks we should vote for!

Coming to a theater in a city near you. Soon. Honest.

Much love to each of you. Remember, it’s not great snark unless hot coffee is shooting out your nose.

FEMA Costs Money, States Captain Obvious

no FEMA for this one
no FEMA for this one

The Great Earthquake at New Madrid, a 19th-century woodcut from Devens’ Our First Century (1877)

Mizz Snarkity Snark has overheard from Captain Obvious that it is time to pay the FEMA piper for the dance Mizz Sandy attended last week on the Eastern Seaboard.

It’s called Disaster Preparedness for a reason. We need to be Prepared for Disasters, up to and including replays of the Great Flood.

Funds are supposed to come in from the Federal budget to keep that bucket from running dry, no? The Federal gummint gets all pissy when MSS doesn’t send in HER share to the bucket on time, that’s for sure. So MSS feels like the Federal gummint should hold up at least part of its end of the deal.

Now, however, the day before the Presidential Election in these United States of Still-Swimming Out of Disaster, our beloved Texas-sized Congressman Ron Paul (this week’s holder of the Captain Obvious scepter and wand) announces how much FEMA assistance is going to set back Americans in terms of the impact to inflation by that FEMA assistance.

Warning: Fiscal Double-Talk Ahead

Now, it’s only going to cost somewhere between $20 and, let’s say, $100 billion. Yes, that’s a B. Billion. Not a T, Trillion, or we’d be in all sorts of trouble.

Soon we are going to have to have a new currency word. Trillion is already losing some of its shock ‘n awe flavor. Quadrillion doesn’t feel like it needs to seem real yet, though it could be close and who’d tell us, mm? Tribbillion sounds like a bad Star Trek episode. Which means, of course, that Spocktillion is right out.

Mizz Snarkity Snark would like each of you to resist shouting at the top of your lungs, “SAY WHAT!?”

Much love to each of you. Much more was said but evaporated into the ether that is the Interwebs.