Wednesday, November 27, 2013

News of a lot of turkeys for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving (and Happy Hanukah to those celebrating it). Despite everything, including much of the news below, we still have much to be thankful for and should have grateful hearts.

Blog Down? If you get this notice, it means Google has logged me out of G-mail and, in what I'm sure they call another improvement, blocked access to my blog until I get on the computer and log back in. And, BTW G-mail's new compose window and hard-to-read CAPTCHA still suck. Sorry. ~Bob

Comments on "My Thanksgiving Prayer." ~Bob

  • What a beautifully written prayer. God bless this exceptional country.
  • Beautiful, brother.
  • Very nice prayer.......Thanks.
  • Excellent! I sent it on to my SIL, a Lutheran minister.
  • Beautifully written....thank you for sending.
  • POSTED...Well voiced.
  • Thanks Bob - Excellent!
  • Well said! 
  • Beautifully stated prayer, Bob.
  • Beautiful. (From a pastor)
  • Amen.
  • Amen and amen. 

Guest Post: I Was Hacked Again
Good warning for computer users. ~Bob

Important: Administration announces new delay in online enrollment for small businesses
Excerpt: In another delay for the health care law and another sign of problems with its central website, the Obama administration announced a day before the Thanksgiving holiday that it would push off online enrollment for small businesses by another year. The Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that it will delay the launch of the online SHOP Marketplace -- which is meant for small businesses -- until November 2014. Critics said the move would create more "onerous" paperwork for job creators. (Until after the election. For "settled law," he sure changes it a lot. ~Bob)

Obamacare & the hidden message
Excerpt: This is a really fascinating video. Watch a congressman question one of the implementers of Obamacare. Anyone who values their privacy should watch this video. The government is hiding this from the citizens while requiring them to sign up for ObamaCare. The woman being questioned here is the woman who owns the company that got the multi-HUNDRED million dollar contract from the Obama administration to design the computer system for signing up for "Obamacare." Her company has a record of past failures in setting up large computer systems. Her company has again failed terribly in setting up the Obamacare system. She is a close friend of Michelle Obama, and was Michelle's classmate at Princeton

Blue State Blues. ~Bob

Democrats eagerly seeking signs of success with health-care law
Excerpt: The political battle over the future of the national health-care law is about to become a media faceoff between Republican accounts of mishap and failure vs. Democratic stories that hint at eventual success. In a pre-Thanksgiving messaging memo, Democratic senators are being urged to use the holiday break to find success stories and “aggressively publicize them so that people can see the law is delivering on its promise.”

Least Sympathetic Obamacare Victims…Ever. By Daniel J. Mitchell 
Excerpt: Yet even though I am brimming with empathy for the victims of Obamacare, there is one group that is suffering and I can say without hesitation or reservation that the people affected don’t tug on my heart strings or engender feelings of sympathy.

The Number: 157,000,000 from The Patriot Post
According to the Federal Register listing of Obama administration rules and regulations -- posted on 17 June 2010 -- the number of small employer insurance policies subject to O'Care cancellation is 76%. The number of large employer policies subject to O'Care cancellation is 55%. The grand total of employer-provided insurance cancellations due to ObamaCare is now estimated to be 157 million policies. No wonder the Demos changed the Senate rules so they could stack the DC Circuit Court with their own ideological regulatory gate keepers. The chances of Demos retaining the Senate in 2014 continue to narrow.

Give back my health care policy. By Sharon B. Ingerson
Excerpt: I am a 41-year-old woman with three children (one with moderate-severe autism and mental retardation). ... The new Obamacare plans are worse in every regard. They are not better and I do not save $2,500, as President Obama promised so many times. Here is the closest plan to mine: $3,250 deductible (worse), $6,500 family deductible (worse), and the premium is an outrageous $674 per month (far worse). 

True, this: The Bad-Faith Presidency. By Rich Lowry
Excerpt: At the end of the day, the root of President Obama’s mendacity on Obamacare was simple: He didn’t dare tell people how the law would work. He couldn’t tell people how the law would work. Forthrightness was the enemy. It served no useful purpose and could only bring peril, and potentially defeat. It had to be banished. Instead of candor, Obama made the sale on the basis of dubious blandishments and outright deceptions.

‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories. By Joe Schoffstall 
Excerpt: With the roll out of Obamacare being as disastrous as possible for the Obama administration, one group was given a $1 million grant to help lead a rebranding effort with hopes of salvaging the law in the eyes of the American people.

Obamacare's Healthcare for the Holidays Website
Somehow they managed to meet the deadline for getting that website to work. A healthy society does not feature a leader who sends messages to his followers, asking them to make a pledge to have a conversation with their families about his agenda at Thanksgiving. This is cult-like. -- Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt

As In Every Year Past, Obama's Elder Minions Urge Lesser Minions to Fight With Their Families At Thanksgiving Dinners
Excerpt: It truly is insidious, I think, this devotion to cause such that one would seriously -- earnestly! -- urge others to fight with family in order to advance a political goal. It's not just about the casual denigration of the family in favor of the Real Family, which is of course like-minded socialists in the Progressive Cult. It is that, but it's not just that. (If you like your friendly Thanksgiving dinner conversation, you can keep it. Period. ~Bob)

Good Column: 9 things conservatives need to know about ObamaCare (going forward). By Matt K. Lewis
Excerpt: There are many important facets to understand about ObamaCare going forward, but here are 9 important things conservatives probably need to understand:
1. Health Care has always been a Democratic issue because they had the great sob stories. But for the first time, we are beginning to see sob stories about people who’ve been screwed by government.

Another ObamaCare Anecdote With Cancer Loses Coverage
Excerpt: Fishericks is battling kidney cancer, and while one of the benefits of ObamaCare was supposed to be that people with pre-existing conditions could not be denied insurance, those who already had it are losing it. As with Fishericks, the policies they liked and helped to keep them alive have been decreed "substandard" and must be replaced with compliant and more expensive policies the Obama administration considers "better."

A Plea to Avoid Crush of Users at Health Site
Excerpt: White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users. At the same time, administration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile

Tweets from (joke site) HealthCare.Gov ‏@HealthDotGov
An important part of planning tomorrow's signups is to call the 800 number to make an appointment to use the web site. But remember to use the other web site to make an appointment to call the 800 number, because we only have one line. Also, because we also built that 800-appointment site, there's another 800 number to call to make an appointment to use it.

Well, I finally had the 'talk' with my 10 year-old daughter the other night. Yes, I told her the truth about this 'President' and Obamacare.

ObamaCare's Looming Land Mine. By Lewis Dovland
Excerpt: Those who wrote the PPACA legislation were much more brilliant than most conservatives have given them credit for. They have hidden a landmine in the way it all works that will ensure an eventual takeover of the entire health care industry by the government.

Obama pardons "Popcorn" the turkey. The real turkey #ObamaCare is going to be stuffed down our throats.

Obamacare Centralized Medical Database Nightmare Just Happened to My Daughter
Excerpt: With this system in place, you can kiss your HIPPA privacy goodbye.
Last week, we heard from our youngest daughter that she was receiving doctor’s bills from a doctor she’s never seen. Some of the bills were from visits earlier this year and because they have not been paid, her credit score has been dinged.

The Spectacular Collapse of Obamacare’s Holiday Propaganda Blitz. By Noah Rothman
Excerpt: The Affordable Care Act’s Hindenburg-like debut has been characterized a series of spectacular failures, the latest being an attempt by PresidentBarack Obama’s political arm, Organizing for America, to furnish their followers with effective pro-ACA talking points. This army of true believers was instructed to bombard their unsuspecting kin with counterpoints to deflect the unceasing stream of bad ACA news screaming at them from the television set.

Leno: Pres Obama's approval rating is his lowest ever, 37%. It's so low that the turkey he's pardoning tomorrow said, "No pictures!"

Slavery radically destroys traditional societies and breaks down family units; conservatism seeks to [conserve] society and family.

Replace "racism" with "communism" and I defy you to tell the difference between MSNBC and a 1958 John Birch Society newsletter.
Excerpt: And who was that mysterious young man heckling him from the crowd? Presumably, in one of those crazy time travel mix-em-ups, it was Barack Obama from June of 2012.

Excerpt: The searches are conducted without warrants — unless the targeted individuals refuse to cooperate, in which case the raiders will “seek a warrant and lock down the house until they get results.” California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that will use a $24 million surplus from firearms purchase fees to hire 36 new jackboots for the squad.

U.S. flies two warplanes over East China Sea, ignoring new Chinese air defense zone
Excerpt: The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it had defied Beijing by flying two warplanes over the East China Sea on a training exercise, ignoring a recent edict from China that it be informed in advance of any such flights in the region.

CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents against al-Qaeda
Excerpt: In the early years after Sept. 11, 2001, the CIA turned some Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents, sending them home to help the United States kill terrorists, current and former U.S. officials said. The CIA promised the prisoners freedom, safety for their families and millions of dollars from the agency’s secret accounts. It was a gamble. Officials knew there was a chance that some prisoners might quickly spurn their deal and kill Americans.

U.S. to Be Top Oil Producer by 2015 on Shale, IEA Says
Excerpt: The U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by 2015, and be close to energy self-sufficiency in the next two decades, amid booming output from shale formations, the IEA said. Crude prices will advance to $128 a barrel by 2035 with a 16 percent increase in consumption supporting the development of so-called tight oil in the U.S. and a tripling in output from Brazil, the International Energy Agency said today in its annual World Energy Outlook. 

Global effects of unorthodox monetary policies. By Desmond Lachman 
Excerpt: In the aftermath of the Great Recession, major central banks have scrambled to support economic recovery and to avoid deflation through highly accommodative and unorthodox monetary policy stances. Although relatively successful in the short term, these policies have given rise to incipient asset- and credit-market bubbles and to spillover effects on the emerging-market economies, which could threaten the longer-run world economic outlook. Going forward, these central banks need to be very much more mindful than they have been to date of the longer-term unintended consequences of their policy actions. 

Excerpt: If you find it perplexing that a liberal Democrat would take that position, you are probably too young to remember that for most of the 20th century the Democratic Party was the party of war. The Republican Party was the party of peace. In fact, a not inconsiderable faction of the Republican Party was downright isolationist. Our anti-communist, Cold War foreign policy was almost completely shaped by Democrats

Why Johnny can't write, and why employers are mad
Excerpt: Can you tell a pronoun from a participle; use commas correctly in long sentences; describe the difference between its and it's? If not, you have plenty of company in the world of job seekers. Despite stubbornly high unemployment, many employers complain that they can't find qualified candidates for the jobs they do have.

Excerpt: Egypt’s tough new anti-protest law got its first major test Tuesday when dozens of demonstrators gathered in the capital to protest harsh police tactics -- and were met with drenching water-cannon blasts.

Md. woman admits stealing millions from D.C. nonprofit
Excerpt: An administrative assistant admitted Monday to stealing more than $5 million from the Association of American Medical Colleges in one of the largest embezzlement schemes from a Washington area nonprofit organization.

Ministry: 500 Turks join Qaeda fighters in Syria
Excerpt: Hundreds of Turks have crossed the border into Syria to fight with al-Qaeda linked jihadists against the Damascus regime, according to a Turkish interior ministry report.

Iraq violence: Shootings and bombings leave 33 dead
Excerpt: In Baghdad, the bodies of 18 people who had been executed were found in Shia and Sunni districts, including three men and two women from the same family.

Worth Reading: Environmentalism Is the New Racism. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: The left knows that idealism is a puny force compared to the power of profit. It may employ the slogans of idealism, recruiting college students to wave signs, dress up as polar bears and cry Armageddon; but it uses the appeal of cold hard cash to invest as many people as it can into its cause. Wealth redistribution gave the left a firm grip on power in America.

Unmanned Navy Stealth Plane
Cool. ~Bob

In The Capital Of Crete, Churches Vandalized And Icons Burned
Excerpt: Cases of vandalism in churches of Heraklion and graffiti in Arabic left by criminals, which have become more frequent, are causing the authorities and the Archdiocese of Crete serious concern, reports, citing the Greek agency Romphea.

Picturing the perpetually offended crowd, at the WH, with torches, if Bush said this - Obama: I Can Spot Immigrants ‘Just Looking at Faces’

Great Column: The Thanksgiving guide to making conservative arguments liberals can understand. By Timothy P. Carney 
Excerpt: Your Baby Boomer aunts are unshakable in their faith in Hillary Clinton. Your nephew Trevor won't stop spouting vapid Democratic talking points in favor of Obamacare. When Thanksgiving talk turns political, do you feel like you and your liberal relatives can't communicate?

Yemen to Finally Ban Child Marriage?
Excerpt: With no minimum age of marriage in Yemen, while Hiba and others are out of danger for the moment, without any legal sanctions to support them, these girls remain at serious risk. (According the Hadith, considered almost as sacred as the Qur'an, the Prophet (PBUH) married his youngest wife when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine. He is considered the perfect example of conduct for Muslims, thus the wide spread prevalence of child marriage in Islam and its defense in many mainstream schools of Islamic teaching. ~Bob)

Hudak will resign seat to end recall threat, hold Democrats’ Senate majority
Excerpt: State Sen. Evie Hudak has decided to resign rather than risk facing a recall election that, should she lose, would flip control of the senate to Republicans, FOX31 Denver was first to report Wednesday. Later Wednesday morning, Hudak made her resignation letter public. (Run away! Run away! This is the Senator who said "You don't need a gun to prevent rape." ~Bob)

Alec Baldwin Blasts Bashir, MSNBC's Double Standards. By Tony Lee
Excerpt: On Tuesday, hours after he was reportedly fired from MSNBC for an off-set anti-gay rant, Alec Baldwin lashed out at the network for terminating him while not disciplining Martin Bashir, who suggested on air that someone should defecate and urinate in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's mouth. (That's because vicious Homophobia is not PC, but vicious misogynist attacks on Palin are fine. I think both should have been fired. ~Bob)

Bearing Witness: Survivor Describes Nigerian Islamist Terror. By Andrew E. Harrod
Excerpt: "Are you ready to die as a Christian?" asked Habila Adamu's AK-47-armed assailants from Nigeria's Boko Haram (BH) Islamist terrorist organization. During a recent visit to Washington, D.C., Adamu recounted surviving a massacre of Christians, in an effort to focus American attention on the bloody turmoil BH poses for Nigeria. ... "I am ready," Adamu responded when asked about dying. An AK-47 round then entered Adamu's face by the nose and exited his head.

Sound Familiar?
Mussolini, "for the fascist, everything is in the state, and no human or spiritual thing exists, or has any sort of value, outside the state."

Obama's tortured history with sanctions against Iran
Excerpt: On Nov. 23, when President Obama addressed the nation to tout the deal his administration struck with Iran over its nuclear program, he credited bipartisan sanctions passed by Congress for making such progress possible. ... In December 2009, as Congress moved on Iran sanctions, Obama's State Department sent a letter to John Kerry (then chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee) expressing concern that pending legislation “might weaken rather than strengthen international unity and support for our efforts” to pressure Iran.

Iran president: We won, enrichment will never stop
Excerpt: Iran boasted on Tuesday that it has created a major crack in the international sanctions against its nuclear program, claiming it has achieved its goal of acceptance of its nuclear development.

Black unemployment FELL from 19.5% to 11.4% under Reagan.

Group of 15 ‘religious extremists’ arrested in Moscow, explosives, weapons seized
Excerpt: Moscow police have arrested 15 members of Takfir Wal-Hijra, an extremist organization. The cell had a stash of weapons and explosives, which was seized in the police raid.

Happy Thanksgiving: City Orders Bar To Remove Sign Saluting America's Veterans
Excerpt: A bar in Huntington Beach, California has been given two days to remove a sign (or face a fine) that some residents of the city find offensive. The sign’s message? “Thank a veteran for your freedom.”

Amazon Goes Postal. By Stella Paul
Excerpt: The bride was gorgeous; the groom was old and arthritic, and everyone agreed they were an odd match. When Amazon married the United States Postal Service for its new Sunday package delivery service, who got the better deal? Most people probably would pick USPS, the quasi-government agency operating with all the fiscal sanity of Obamacare. Prevented by Congress from implementing cost-cutting measures, USPS has lost a staggering $45 billion since 2007, and already has defaulted three times on its obligations. Its business model is kaput; first-class mail volume decreased by 30 percent over seven years, and the future looks even more bleak.

Good Column: Is It Too Soon To Say "I Told You So"? By Ann Coulter
Excerpt: In Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's very first year in office, the murder rate fell 20 percent. The Times acknowledged the dramatic drop in crime with an article titled, "New York City Crime Falls But Just Why Is a Mystery." By Giuliani's last year in office, there were only 714 murders in the entire city, a drop of 64 percent from Dinkins' personal best. By continuing Giuliani's aggressive crime policies, Mayor Michael Bloomberg got the murder rate for 2012 down to 419 in a city of 8 million people. 

Obama says his policies are built on ‘kindness.’ By Neil Munro
Excerpt: One day after a new poll showed that only a minority of Americans trust President Barack Obama, the president told an audience that his policies are based on kindness. “Kindness covers all of my political beliefs,” Obama told his audience of wealthy investors, high-tech donors, journalists and fellow Democrats Tuesday, only two months after he slashed at GOP legislators, calling them arsonists, nuclear blackmailers, economic wreckers, hostage-takers, obsessives and irresponsible extremists. (Ah, semantics. Hitler was “kind” to all those Jews he ordered in the ovens and gas showers to relieve their misery. DHS and Soc Sec buying all that ammo, CDC all those syringes, DHS making sure each community has an armored surplus half-track/tank for “emergency law enforcement” and spraying all that stuff in the air daily is “kind” to the peons and sheeple. What plans he makes and webs he weaves to be “kind.” Anyone else believe this spiel for LaLaLand of Hollywood progressives/Marxists? Really kind that you don’t have a job, can’t find one and if you had one, you may lose it because of Obamacare. Really kind that old people are just extra garbage to be sent to a group home for elimination; get their estates and get rid of them soon; higher profit margin. Some nursing homes have been doing this for years. Suffering with cancer or a rare genetic disorder? Isn’t it more kind to eliminate your misery and just not renew your insurance (can’t say “cancel it”) or disenfranchise the facility providing your care if top quality in favor of cheaper, poorer care providers? Welcome to “what’s in it.” Crimes against the people….how kind of Reid, Pelosi, Holder, Democrats and their ilk. You are seeing the transformation to a Marxist state, a command economy, where an oligarch or dictator rules always at the expense of the many whose lives and properties and freedoms are forfeit. Whimper and enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving for all the bountiful blessings bequeathed to the sheeple out of “kindness.” --Barb. tell the people suffering from cancer who lost insurance how kind he is. ~Bob)

Excerpt: However, the agency isn’t just working on limiting emissions from coal plants. The EPA is also working on a rule that would expand the definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act to include water on private property….“If the draft rule is approved, it would allow the EPA to regulate virtually every body of water in the United States, including private and public lakes, ponds and streams.” (Why don’t they just stop spraying aluminum and boron from the white, unmarked jets all over the country? Would improve the water and ocean purity, the air quality, decrease healthcare costs and emergency room visits, and leave the world a bit as God intended, versus coercing with their progressive agendas? Think of the amount we could reduce his deficit…Barb)

Author chronicling ‘knockout’ game: ‘The most recent attacks are just more of the same’
Excerpt: As the brutal “knockout” game sweeps across the U.S., one author isn’t surprised by the attacks or the media reaction.Colin Flaherty, author of the book “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How The Media Ignore It,” began chronicling the new wave of violence nearly a year ago — revealing disturbing racial motivations behind the attacks and a pattern of media denial. (Points that many in media—including talk media—are not making: It is race hatred crime. It is NOT a game. It is black against white, Jew, Asian….Not against their own kind. It is sanctioned by the Department of Injustice and many communities who are ignoring it and not naming it for the sadistic premeditated assault that it is. They should be careful, for what is put out in the Universe will return unto them… sometimes magnified… just seems to be a Law of Energy. --Barb)

NSA spying reaches its dirtiest levels yet
Excerpt: The latest Snowden-leaked document about NSA surveillance brings to light what the agency watches after dark — porn habits. …“Wherever you are, the NSA’s databases store information about your political views, your medical history, your intimate relationships and your activities online,” American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer said. ”The NSA says this personal information won’t be abused, but these documents show that the NSA probably defines ‘abuse’ very narrowly.”

Excerpt: Egyptian security forces operating in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid killed Mohammed Hussein Muhareb (also known as Abu Mounir), his son, and a third Islamist militant this morning. Abu Mounir, 62, was wanted in connection with a number of recent attacks in the Sinai, including the Aug. 19 execution of more than 20 Egyptian policemen, according to press reports.

VIDEO (1:11): Changing the Narrative: Some fresh faces including James O'Keefe (ACORN Videos): "I get the government to respond to us...I can get scalps."
Excerpt: We have videos of leadership, we have videos of Enroll America, we have videos of a group called Battleground Texas. And we’re going to roll them out one by one. Each time we do, there’ll be a reaction, and the media will be forced to cover it. And that’s pretty much what I do. 

Excerpt: Yesterday’s heckler at Obama’s pro-amnesty speech in San Francisco was Ju Hong, an approved guest of the White House and an illegal alien from South Korea who recently graduated from UC Berkeley. People who still say illegal aliens “live in the shadows” obviously don’t know this guy: He’s on Twitter and LinkedIn, was a member of student government, has lobbied for taxpayer subsidies for illegal-alien students, and has been the subject of so much fawning news coverage he has his own topic page at the Cal student paper.

Bill Ayers: I wrote "Dreams for my father"
Excerpt: Ayers, a 1969 co-founder of the self-described communist revolutionary group Weather Underground, is now promoting his new book, "Public Enemy," and his publisher is using suggestions that Ayers wrote the president's book in its publicity material, reports Investor's Business Daily.

Girlie Stuff from Kate: Nigella Lawson: No One Envies the Domestic Goddess Now. By Allison Pearson.
Excerpt: She was 41 years old and she had already lost her mother and younger sister to cancer at 48 and 32 respectively, and now her husband [to cancer] at 47. If Nigella did turn to painkillers or drugs at this point, all one can say is that she had an awful lot of pain to kill.

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