Monday, November 25, 2013

Lots of good Monday news

Your one-stop-shop for political news and opinion. Please forward to friends who need to be informed. This blog is created by many readers who send me items for inclusion, which I would have likely missed or skipped. As always, we owe them thanks and appreciation. I post articles because I think they are of interest and will stimulate thought and discussion. Doing so doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree (or disagree) with every—or any—opinion in the posted article, or that I was able to verify the information presented, which is the responsibility of the author. I try not to post things that are false, or too far a stretch, regardless of the view point, but I don’t always succeed. As always on the Net, or in the legacy media, you must read critically and with skepticism. ~Bob

Hitler's health insurance is cancelled
Yet another funny take off. ~Bob

Excerpt: First marriages are taking place later in life. And, increasingly, couples are opting out of marriage entirely. Living together prior to marriage — or as a substitute for marriage — is about 15 times more common today than it was 50 years ago. About half of all women of childbearing age have lived with a romantic partner prior to marriage. This figure approaches three-quarters of women in their 20s. Social conservatives may dismiss this as a case of waning morality — morally-challenged couples shacking up rather than entering into holy matrimony. Yet the reasons could be partially economic. The decline of marriage may be partly due to so-called marriage penalties in the federal tax code, and in government welfare programs. You can add another penalty to the list: the ObamaCare exchange marriage penalty.

Slow Regulatory Approval in Canada Hinders Cancer Survival
Excerpt: More than 5,000 patients could have been negatively affected by delayed federal regulatory and provincial reimbursement approval for five new oncology drugs approved in Canada between 2003 and 2011 for the treatment of advanced solid tumors. If each of these patients had received the drugs and achieved the median survival benefit identified in each drug's pivotal randomized clinical trial, a total extension in survival over standard therapy of 1,696 patient-years would have resulted. The monetary value of this extension in life was estimated to be between $339.2 million and $559.6 million. Each drug received approval from Health Canada between 205 and 591 days after the U.S. Federal Drug Administration approval, and the time required to review each drug was 1.5 to 4.5 times longer in Canada than in the United States. (The more government is involved in healthcare, the worse it gets. ~Bob)

For beleaguered IRS, a crucial test still awaits after troubled rollout of health-care law
Excerpt: Whether the new law can be enforced will be up to the Internal Revenue Service, an already beleaguered agency charged under the act with carrying out nearly four dozen new tasks in what represents the biggest increase in its responsibilities in decades. None is more crucial than enforcing the requirement that all citizens secure health insurance or pay a penalty. (The IRS is the military wing of the Democrat party. ~Bob)

Yes, It Can . . . Be Repealed: If Obamacare produces as many losers as winners, its future will be in doubt. By John Fund
Excerpt: “These people don’t understand what the government is trying to do for them,” said then-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dan Rostenkowski in August 1989, after senior citizens angry over a federal health-care law booed him and chased him down a Chicago street. That law was repealed a few months later by a Democratic Congress and a Republican president who had supported it just the year before. Everything old is new again. We are starting to hear in D.C. that today’s unpopular health-care law might be in real trouble, spelled with a capital T, as The Music Man would put it.

Hispanic Group: We Don’t Trust White House Deadlines On Spanish-Language Obamacare Site Anymore
Excerpt: When users visit, the Spanish version of the Obamacare exchange website, they can’t start an application, browse providers, or buy insurance. The site, effectively a placeholder, doesn’t work — and nobody seems to know when it will.Now one of the largest Latino advocacy organizations in America is voicing frustration with the White House for the failure, with one official there telling BuzzFeed she no longer trusts the administration’s promises to deliver the site by their own deadlines. and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality
Excerpt: It’s certainly true that Federal IT is chronically challenged by its own processes. But the biggest problem with was not timeline or budget. The biggest problem was that the site did not work, and the administration decided to launch it anyway. This is not just a hiring problem, or a procurement problem. This is a management problem, and a cultural problem.

Barton: OCare Website Hidden Source Code Says Users "Have No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy"

Dems worry leaders in denial on Obamacare
Excerpt: Democratic leaders claim the bungled launch of Obamacare is just the latest news sensation — a media-stirred tempest that looks in the heat of the moment like it could upend the midterm election, but ends up fizzling well before voters head to the polls.
Some party strategists say they’re in denial.

Excerpt: “The cuts for 2014, about half of those are related to the Affordable Care Act…We anticipate a reduction in workforce,” Cleveland Clinic executive director of communications Eileen Sheil said in an interview with The DC. The Cleveland Clinic is reducing its 2014 budget by $330 million. 

Excerpt: “It’s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn’t built into it,” said David Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec. “We’re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.”

Excerpt: Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act through Colorado's health insurance exchange is barely half the state's worst-case projection, prompting demands from exchange board members for better stewardship of public money. The shortfall could compromise the exchange's "ability to deliver on promises made to Colorado citizens" and threatens the funding stream for the exchange itself, according to board e-mails obtained by The Denver Post in an open records request.

Obama's looming deadline to win back his own party
Excerpt: The Obama administration has one week left before its self-imposed deadline to get working for the vast majority of users, and a failure to hit that goal could trigger yet another round of Democratic panic over the health care law.

"We didn't read it yet passed it anyway. We lied about it. We shut down the govt over it. Now it doesn't work & its all their fault!"

Uh oh: Many younger consumers won’t get subsidies in ObamaCare exchanges
Excerpt: If CNN’s analysis is correct, then the website is the least of the White House’s worries on ObamaCare. The administration, specifically Kathleen Sebelius, insisted that anyone earning less than 400% of poverty level would qualify for subsidies on the exchanges, but that may not actually be true. 

USA Today Fact check: estimates may be misleading

Good Stuff: Ace of Spades' Talking Points for Talking With Your Obnoxious Progressive Family Members About Obamacare This Thanksgiving

A Health scare is when your neighbor loses their HC coverage. A Nightmare is when you lose yours.

Excerpt: And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning also indicates that 53% of Americans now believe that Obama is not honest and trustworthy, the first time that a clear majority in CNN polling has felt that way. ... Fifty-six percent say he is not a person they admire, and an equal number say he does not agree with them on important issues. Fifty-six percent also say he does not inspire confidence, and 53% don't view him as a strong and decisive leader. (Too late they see. ~Bob)

Guest Post: Destroying The United States Military

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Hope trumps experience in Iran deal
Excerpt: It's easy to see what Iran gets out of this: a reprieve from crippling economic sanctions worth some $6 billion to $7 billion in cash. It's more difficult to figure that Iran views this as the first step toward giving up its nuclear ambitions. Iran will stall some of its development efforts, but it will not significantly step back from the timetable it faces to build a nuclear weapon.

Excerpt: The ink isn’t even dry on the temporary Iran nuclear deal and it already has that distinct “passed it to find out what’s in it” scent. 

Iran’s top officials hail nuclear deal as beginning of new era
Excerpt: Addressing concerns over the language in the agreement between the six world powers and Iran regarding Tehran’s ability to continue work on its nuclear program, Rouhani said, “Let anyone make his own reading, but this right is clearly stated in the text of the agreement that Iran can continue its enrichment, and I announce to our people that our enrichment activities will continue as before.”

Trumpeting deal, Iranians say agreement stymies ‘Zionist plot’
Excerpt: Ultimately, Iran’s foreign minister says, accord will remove all sanctions and allow Iran to pursue nuclear power free of international pressure

IRAN DISSES OBAMA: Gov’t TV Broadcasts ‘Down With America’ to Mark Nuclear Deal

Israeli Leaders Denounce Geneva Accord
Excerpt: Having failed to stop Sunday’s signing of a nuclear deal between Iran and six Western powers despite a relentless campaign of criticism, Israeli leaders say their mission now is to ensure that, as several put it, this first step is not the last step.

Israeli PM Netanyahu: Iran nuclear deal 'historic mistake'
Excerpt: "What was concluded in Geneva last night is not a historic agreement, it's a historic mistake," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters. "It's not made the world a safer place. Like the agreement with North Korea in 2005, this agreement has made the world a much more dangerous place." ... "If in five years, a nuclear suitcase explodes in New York or Madrid," said Naftali Bennett, the Israeli minister of trade and industry, "it will be because of the agreement that was signed this morning."

Saudi Prince: Obama In Over His Head With Iran
Excerpt: Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says President Obama is "outmatched" by Iran and is only willing to accept the current nuclear agreement because he is politically desperate. (Both Israel and Saudi Arabia oppose the nuke deal with Iran. Like they'd know more about the Middle East than a community organizer from Chicago. ~Bob)

Top Democrats, Republicans blast Obama's nuclear deal with Iran
Excerpt: Top lawmakers on both side of the aisle on Sunday voiced skepticism about the newly struck agreement with Iran, and vowed to keep up the pressure with sanctions.
Senior members in both chambers said that, at first glance, Iran got the better end of the deal with western powers, China and Russia – effectively exchanging looser sanctions for very little progress in impeding Tehran’s nuclear capabilities.

Congressional leaders cautious but accepting of Iran nuclear deal for now
Excerpt: Sen. Charles Schumer, D- N.Y., said he was "disappointed" by the interim agreement "because it does not seem proportional. Iran simply freezes its nuclear capabilities while we reduce the sanctions.... This disproportionality...makes it more likely that Democrats and Republicans will join together and pass additional sanctions when we return in December."

Excerpt: The Munich deal rested on the ridiculous notion that Hitler could be satiated. The new pact builds on the equally ludicrous idea that Iran would give up the means to build a nuclear weapon that will serve as the tip of its foreign-policy spear. The saddest part of this negotiated fiasco is that everyone agrees why Iran came to the bargaining table. The sanctions worked; the mullahs had run out of cash, and Tehran determined that the easiest way to get the funds flowing was to get the West to back off.

Rouhani: Nuclear Deal Marks Failure of Enemies’ Attempts to Promote Iranophobia
Excerpt: Rouhani referred to the negotiations held with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) in New York and Geneva after his election as the new Iranian president in June, and said, “The result of the negotiations is that the G5+1 or, in other words, the world powers have now recognized Iran’s nuclear rights.”"During the talks, the world came to understand that respecting the Iranian nation would bear results, and sanctions would not work," he added.

Worth Reading: Fiasco in Geneva. By P. David Hornik 
Excerpt: Israel is the sinister, unclean, rabid dog of the region…. The Zionist regime is a regime whose pillars are extremely shaky and is doomed to collapse.” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said that on Wednesday to a huge assembly of his Basij militiamen. The Times of Israel noted that “Footage of the event showed the crowd shouting ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel.’”

Why Obama’s Iran Nuke Deal Is a Good Thing. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Israel and Saudi Arabia have both issued statements making it clear that they will not accept an Iranian bomb. And unlike Obama, they actually mean it. What they will do about it is another question, but now they, and everyone on the firing line, knows that Obama will do nothing and that sets them free to act.

Iran to Reap $7 Billion in Sanctions Relief Under Accord
Excerpt: Iran will get as much as $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions over six months under the first-step agreement reached today in Geneva, the Obama administration said.

It's 1938 all over again. By Melanie Phillips
Excerpt: The man who actually calls the shots — the only man who matters — is Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Earlier this week, Khamenei said the Jews of Israel 'cannot be called humans, they are like animals, some of them' and that Israel was 'the rabid dog of the region'. What do you do with rabid dogs? That's right: you put them down. That's what Khamanei intends to do to the Jews of Israel.

World Doubts Obama Will Enforce Red Line on Iran. By Josh Rogin
Excerpt: “My worry is not over the next six months,” said Dov Zakheim, former undersecretary of Defense in the Bush administration. “The problem to me is that the president has once again laid out another red line and his track record with red lines is ambiguous. The red line this time is the six months.” (Obama erased the red line in Syria and replaced it with a green light for Iran. --Rush.)

Can't decide who's America's worst Secretary of State: the one who owes his career to his wife or the one who owes her career to her husband.

Was the Christian pastor's release part of this weekend's "historic" deal struck with Iran? If not, why not?

Liberals celebrate ending sanctions on a nation that lynches gays, stones women & wants to exterminate Jews, But they boycott Chick-fil-A.

Feds gave billions to energy firm with no business model
Excerpt: A chronically failing nuclear energy company using a technique one-twentieth as efficient as its competitors' has wrangled billions of dollars in cash, materials and research from the Department of Energy in deals that dwarf the Solyndra loan scandal. The United States Enrichment Corp. has facilities in Kentucky and Ohio, home states of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner, respectively. The company has received support from those lawmakers, as well as from professed small-government stalwart Sen. Rand Paul, who also hails from Kentucky. All three men are Republicans, but USEC has also enjoyed backing from prominent Democrats, including President Obama.

Subsidizing SolarCity: A California solar-panel company could be another Solyndra in the making. By Andrew Stiles
Excerpt: San Mateo–based SolarCity Corporation, whose financial backers include prominent Obama supporters such as Al Gore and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, has received millions of dollars in federal tax credits since 2008, despite posting a net loss of more than $300 million over that same period.

China creates new air defense zone in East China Sea amid dispute with Japan
Excerpt: China said Saturday that noncommercial aircraft entering a broad zone over the East China Sea must first identify themselves to Beijing, at the risk of facing “defensive emergency measures” by Chinese armed forces. China’s establishment of a so-called air defense identification zone, announced by its Ministry of National Defense, adds a new dimension to the simmering territorial dispute with Japan and raises the odds of armed conflict.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Race in America. By Bruce Bawer 
Excerpt: In the year 2013, here’s what goes by the name of racism in the United States. Earlier this month, at UCLA, Professor Emeritus Val Rust was subjected to a classroom sit-in by black graduate students who charged that his correction of their grammar and spelling mistakes on dissertation proposals was a case of racially motivated “micro-aggression.” Rust made it clear that he wasn’t motivated by racism but by a belief that correcting such errors was part of his job. But what did that matter, alongside his students’ feelings?

Excerpt: A new map details how many companies across the world have been infected by malware by the National Security Agency's team of hackers, and where the companies are located. Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad reports the NSA uses malware to infect, infiltrate and steal information from over 50,000 computer networks around the globe. This new, previously unreported scope of the NSA's hacking operation comes from another PowerPoint slide showing a detailed map of every infection leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden.

High Oil Prices Taxing American Families—But There’s A Solution. By Ken Blackwell
Excerpt: Just like the payroll tax increase, increased fuel costs in the form of high gasoline prices are eating up paychecks while providing no additional economic benefit or utility. In 2012, the average household spent a record $2,912 on gasoline. Compared to the 2002 average of $1,235, that is an extra $1,677 that families have been forced to spend on transportation costs. That’s money that could otherwise be saved or used to grow the economy, such as by starting a new business.

63 Percent Chance Weather Predictors Are Skeptics on Global Warming. By John Ransom
Excerpt: The report found that only 37% of meteorologists who did not make a living by publishing papers supporting the theory that global warming is caused by human activity actually think that man-made global warming is real. That is meteorologists who make a living predicting weather events are the ones least likely to believe the theories created by new found “climate science.”

“Give Truth a Chance” Message Key to 2014 Republican Sweep. By Fred J. Eckert 
Excerpt: Any hope Democrats have for keeping control of the Senate and avoiding further decline in the House rests entirely on being able to sucker Republicans into joining with them in a bi-partisan effort to postpone Obamacare as presently constituted until after the 2014 elections to help voters forget all the lies, all the sleaze, all the mind-boggling ineptitude -- or else get Republicans to act as if the truly big difference now is merely over which side is better at tricking voters into believing it has the better “fix” for the broken “If you like, you can keep” scam.

Excerpt: A number of newspapers in the region are reporting that the Republic of Angola has outlawed Islam, apparently in an effort to thwart the spread of Muslim radicalism in the country….“The process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights,” Cruz e Silva said. …Other faiths which don’t meet government approval will face the same restrictions.

Store Clerk To Robbers: My Gun Is Bigger Than Yours

Marine veteran, 61, seriously hurt after he tried to catch woman who threw herself off Oakland Raiders stadium after game
Excerpt: A marine veteran, 61, put his life at risk on Sunday night after he tried to catch a woman who threw herself off the third deck of the Oakland Coliseum, critically injuring them both.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the anti-Christie. By Marc A. Thiessen
Excerpt: During the 2012 recall fight in Wisconsina group of protesters dressed as zombies disrupted Gov. Scott Walker’s speech at a ceremony for kids participating in the Special Olympics. Walker just ignored the protesters. Afterwards, talk radio host Charlie Sykes told Walker he should have “gone Chris Christie on them.” But Walker wanted to keep the focus on the Special Olympics athletes, saying “it was their day.”

Excerpt: 50 shades of government-controlled filth is not exactly what parents send their children to school for, is it? Thanks to Common Core proponents, an erotic novel landed in the hands of 10th graders who had to read the book out loud in their Arizona classroom. When you read the excerpt, you will understand why parents are fuming.

Excerpt: But now, according to Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s office, the cycle is beginning to shift in the other direction and payment delays are once again getting longer. The backlog of bills waiting to be paid in the comptroller’s office has grown by $3 billion since the spring, when the state was flush with tax revenue.

Guess what Obama was doing while blasting GOP for campaigning instead of working?
Excerpt: While campaigning Sunday on behalf of Democratic candidates for the 2014 midterm elections instead of doing his job, President Barack Obama blasted House Republicans for campaigning for Republican candidates for the 2014 midterm elections instead of doing their job.

Global cooling: When the climate changed astonishingly fast
Excerpt: After a half millennium of very benign temperatures, the Northern Hemisphere began gradually to cool after about 1550. Slow cooling plunged into deep freeze in about 1620. Over the next half-century, the peoples of the Northern Hemisphere suffered climate catastrophe after climate catastrophe:

The invisible island where New York buries its poor and unidentified: Nearly one million people are buried in mass graves off of the Bronx. But the city prefers you know nothing about it.
Excerpt: Four days a week, prisoners from Riker's Island lay plain pine boxes into two mass graves. In the adult grave, coffins are stacked three high. It will be filled with between 150 and 165 bodies (depending on the number of extra-wide coffins), plus separate coffins for body parts, and covered with 36 inches of dirt. The other grave, for fetuses and stillborn babies, will be loaded with 1,000 miniature coffins buried five deep. Both trenches are already open, dug by a yellow Caterpillar backhoe.

Gen. Paul Vallely: America Has Come To A Crossroads
Excerpt: America is imploding and we are at a critical crossroads. It is now obvious; from the ObamaCare debacle, to the myriad scandals, to our ever burgeoning debt, to the neutering of our world power status, to the rise of our enemies, and the demise of our allies’ trust in America; implosion is imminent. (What I've been saying for a couple of years. The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. ~Bob)

Executive Orders: Reagan - 5 in 8 years, Bush 3 in 4 years, Clinton 15 in 8 years, George W. 62 in 8 years OBAMA - 923 in 3 1/2 years!

Excerpt: Libyan Army Special Forces have been clashing in the last few hours with Ansar Al-Sharia in Benghazi. Despite a curfew, protesters, angry at the destruction that the Islamic terrorist group has brought to their city, at great personal risk to their own safety, stormed the Ansar al-Sharia base and set fire to it. (Obama's lead-from-behind, unauthorized war continues to bear its bitter fruit. ~Bob)

If blacks are scared that "Stand Your Ground" laws don't help them - then they should get a gun (legally) and join the NRA (He's black. ~Bob)

Excerpt: A judge with at least minor involvement in a secret investigation of campaign fundraising and spending during Wisconsin's recent recall elections signed the recall petition against Gov. Scott Walker two years ago.

The girls for whom rape is a part of daily life
Excerpt: Girls who associate with gangs are victims of sexual violence on a massive scale.
These are the chilling words of Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England Sue Berelowitz before a report published tomorrow after a two-year investigation into the sexual exploitation of children in gangs. “We are talking about rape, including gang rape, of girls as young as 11 but mostly in their mid-teens, rape that is part of the warp and weft of daily gang life,” she added. 

Excerpt: The green automaker Fisker Automotive filed for bankruptcy last week as the Obama administration sold off the financially troubled firm’s loan guarantee for a $139 million loss.
This may not be the end for Fisker, though, as the bankruptcy filing was done with plans to be acquired by the same Chinese group that also bought the company’s loan from the Obama administration.

CNN Blasts “Obama Propaganda Machine”

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