Wind Chills tonight in
expected to be between -18 and
-26 degrees. I should do something to honor the vets of the Chosin Reservoir
fight. I don't know how they could do it--better men than me, I think.
Meanwhile, where's that Global Warming the liberals promised me? ~Bob Madison,
The Obamacare Train Wreck
Excerpt: “No, there won’t be a doctor shortage,” wrote Zeke Emanuel and Scott Gottlieb in The New York Times the other day. ObamaCare will weather that challenge just fine. How? Nurses and other paramedic personnel can substitute for physicians and new technology is making remote monitoring of patients easier than ever before. All that is true. But those changes are likely to happen slowly; and even if they happened quickly, I’m afraid that it won’t be enough. Here’s why. Two features of ObamaCare will substantially increase the demand, while (surprisingly) nothing in the law increases supply.
ObamaCare: A Word of Warning from
By Enza Ferreri Britain
Excerpt: In light of the ongoing ObamaCare debacle, it can be interesting to see how a state-run national health system free for all, like
National Health Service (NHS) – Obama’s favourite model – has failed to
deliver. The UK is one of
the few countries in the world – mostly concentrated in Europe
– to have completely free universal health. It sounds cuddly and comfy, but,
like in all utopias and fairy tales, reality is a different matter. ... By
cancer survival rate comparisons, the NHS is one of the worst health systems in
the Western world, even overtaken by former European communist countries.
Amazing: Landrieu Completely Throws Obama Under the Bus in First TV Ad. By Daniel Doherty
Excerpt: I’m confused. Last week Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) said if she could vote for Obamacare again, she would. Now for some reason she’s completely distancing herself from it?
If you are to believe this ad, President Obama lied to her constituents. Not her.
7 million Obamacare customers?
Excerpt: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius once described 7 million new Obamacare customers in the first year as what “success looks like.” The White House is now trying to affix another label to the estimate: meaningless. It might be too late
WaPo Fact Checker: Harry Reid’s explanation for why not all of his staff is going on ‘Obamacare’
Excerpt: As for Pinocchios, we find ourselves wavering between two and three, though we do not give 1/2 Pinocchios. This was a difficult judgment to make. But it tips ever so slightly toward Three.
Uh oh: Only 5-15% of enrollees have paid their first month of premiums in some ObamaCare plans
Excerpt: A good way to tell whether a media outlet is serious about ObamaCare reporting is to see if they cover this bombshell as a corollary to the new enrollment data. If 365,000 have “signed up” but only one-tenth of them, say, have paid their first month of premiums to activate their new coverage, how many people are really “enrolled” in ObamaCare plans right now? Last week an insurer in
told CNN that one of their plans had received payment from only 20 percent of
people who signed up so far. According to Charles Ornstein’s sources, that
insurer was doing relatively well.
Video Report: CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell Drops Obamacare Bombshell – Customers Have to Spend More of Their Own Money Before Insurance Kicks in Under Obamacare: Lowest Deductible on Healthcare.gov Exceeds $5,000
Hill staffers warned not to rely on info from ObamaCare exchange
Excerpt: Capitol Hill staffers who signed up for ObamaCare through the
, healthcare exchange, called DC Health
Link (DCHL), are being told to confirm their enrollments in person, and not to
rely on data provided by the website. Washington, D.C.
Each Obamacare Enrollee Costs Taxpayers $14,000
Excerpt: ATR calculated that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spent $4.5 billion to promote Obamacare and $677 million to build healthcare.gov. Health and Human Services says 364,682 people have selected plans under Obamacare.
The Rest of the News
House, Senate negotiators reach budget deal
The one good thing about the Ryan-Murray budget deal is that it may deny Obama the thing he needs most right now, another government shutdown the media will blame on Republicans. -Bob
Marine Corps ranked worst service branch to join
Obama’s Cash for Universal Preschool Clunker Plan. By Michelle Malkin
Excerpt: It’s elementary: When Democrats find themselves in political trouble, they reach for your wallets. After squandering billions on an ineffectual stimulus, failed green energy boondoggles and the disastrous Unaffordable Care Act, the Obama White House wants to dump $75 billion more into “free” preschool for all. That’ll solve everything.
New Evidence Raises Doubts on Obama’s Preschool for All. By Grover J.
"Russ" Whitehurst Reading
Excerpt: My career since 2001 has largely been about advancing evidence-based education, which is the endeavor of collecting and using the best possible evidence to support policy and practice in education. Since the president’s state of the union address, I’ve been writing that the evidence is decidedly mixed on the impact of the type of preschool investments the president has called for and that we now see in the legislation introduced in Congress. It may seem in the pieces I’ve written that I’m wearing only my evidence-based education hat. But in fact if you’re an advocate of strengthening early childhood programs, as I am, you also need to pay careful attention to the evidence – all of it. Poor children deserve effective programs, not just programs that are well-intentioned.
A closer look at the
lie: New photos
confirm the attack’s coordination and its cover-up. By Tom Fitton Benghazi
Excerpt: The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in
Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new
photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate.
They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior
walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any
reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack,
carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was far more interested in
political-damage control than serious damage assessment. (The Administration
wants the sands of time to cover up the Benghazi
mess, but fortunately there are people who will not let this go. As they keep
digging with determination, bit by bit evidence is revealed of what really
happened. Which was all known to those in charge when they were spouting lies
by the minute. Will they someday have to face up to what they did? Let's hope
so. -- Del)
Excerpt: No, my real complaint is with how vulgarity has gone viral. We constantly hear that there is no common culture anymore. But that’s not really true. Rather, newspapers notwithstanding, almost everyone thinks the common culture is someone else’s problem.
Obama Approval Plunge Pulls Down Democrats,
National Poll Finds Quinnipiac University
Excerpt: President Barack Obama's job approval among American voters drops to a new low, a negative 38 - 57 percent, as the outlook for Democrats running for Congress and the U.S. Senate fades also, according to a national poll released today. He even gets a negative 41 - 49 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old and a lackluster 50 - 43 percent approval among Hispanic voters.
and Britain suspended
non-lethal aid to northern Syria after Islamist fighters seized
Western-backed rebel weapons warehouses, highlighting fears that supplies could
end up in the wrong hands. (This administration has been o bad, there's no
longer joy even in saying "I told you so." ~Bob)
Active Volcanoes, Not CO2, Are Melting West Antarctic Ice Sheet
Excerpt: Researchers have discovered a chain of smoldering active volcanoes under the West Antarctic ice sheet — which happens to be the ice sheet that climate hysterics say is proof of man-caused global warming. (Oops, another bit of actual science that doesn't really support the AGW theory. Sorry about that. --
Do Bans on Plastic Grocery Bags Save Cities Money?
Excerpt: A November 2010
ordinance outlawed retail use of thin-film polyethylene bags. Los Angeles County, Calif.
faced significant spending cuts during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 budget years
of more than $175 million and $35 million, respectively. Budget cuts did not
extend to solid waste collection or disposal. Spending for solid waste rose
30.17 percent from the budget year 2006-2007 to 2011-2012, and projected
spending rose 5.9 percent from 2011-2012 to the adopted budget for 2012-2013. Los Angeles County
How Solid Is The Case For Raising The Minimum Wage? By Scott Winship
Excerpt: My point is not that a minimum-wage hike would have no impact on inequality—it’s that we have little basis for saying what that impact would be. Dube notes that earlier this year just one-third of economists in an expert panel agreed that raising the federal minimum wage to $9 would make it tougher for less-skilled workers to find jobs. He neglects to share that one-third disagreed with that claim and the remaining third were unsure, had no opinion, or chose not to respond. This is what research ambiguity looks like.
Reid says Senate will not extend farm law
Excerpt: Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not extend current farm law if Congress can't agree on a new farm bill before adjourning next week. House leaders have reserved space on their agenda this week for extending the current law until the end of January. Lawmakers fear that milk prices might rise sharply if dairy subsidies expire Jan. 1.
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Arrest of Revenge Porn Website Operator
Excerpt: Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of the alleged owner and operator of a revenge porn website who facilitated the posting of more than 10,000 sexually explicit photos and extorted victims for as much as $350 each to remove the illicit content.
Obama hires revolving-door lobbyist and
fixer John Podesta. By Timothy P. Carney Clinton
Excerpt: John Podesta is a revolving-door corporate lobbyist. He's also a former Bill Clinton fixer and opposition research consultant for the Democrats. So it’s fitting President Obama has officially brought Podesta onto the White House staff.
Excerpt: If the gotterdammerung Obamacare program ultimately dies on the vine I don't believe it will be because their enrollment software was faulty; I believe the American people are revolting because, for the first time, they can see the "down and dirty" true costs of paying your medical premium...as well as the premium of one of Obama's "free riders". The tripling and quadrupling of your medical premiums is direct payment for Obama's bribery of 30 million tit-suckers last November, a bill run up to buy Barack Obama an election.
Hillary Clinton shields Obama from
By Neil Munro Benghazi
Excerpt: “What I want to avoid is some kind of political gotcha or blame game,”
CNN. “I know that we’re very close to an election … [and] we are at our best as
Americans when we pull together,” she claimed in Peru, where she was attending
conference on women’s issues. “ Clinton appeared
to be trying to inoculate President Obama from criticism as he prepared for
Tuesday’s [campaign] debate,” The New York Times wrote after the comments.
Excerpt: If President Barack Obama has been looking at your taxes, the D.C.-based watchdog group Cause of Action wants to know about it. The group filed a suit Tuesday morning against the Internal Revenue Service over refusing to release the names of businesses and individuals whose returns interest the president. “We’re concerned with the transparency of the president’s administration.
Again: Turkish Students Arrested for Nazi Salutes at
Excerpt: Two Turkish tourists could face up to two years in prison for giving Nazi salutes outside the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in
unclaimed veterans, one soldier at a time America
How gun control is losing, badly (in charts)
Excerpt: The advocates of stoning in
and do claim that they are simply implementing Islamic law. The caliph Umar,
one of Muhammad's closest companions, maintained that the punishment of stoning
for adultery (this story doesn't specify the method of punishment, but the
outcome of the punishment is the same in any case) was originally in the
Illegal Alien Using Fake Social Security Number Sues Over Job Rejections
Excerpt: The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is being sued by a
man for its multiple rejections of his employment application. The CDCR
rejected the applications on the grounds that the applicant, Victor Guerrero
34, admitted that he used a fake social security number. Mr Guerrero believes
that his former illegal status and the use of a fake social security number is
not grounds for the CDCR to deny his employment.
Excerpt: The Ahrar al Sham Islamic Movement, one of six units of the newly formed Islamic Front, conducted a joint raid with al Qaeda's two official branches in
against Hezbollah and pro-Assad militias. Ahrar al Sham also was involved in
the recent takeover of a large cache of weapons and munitions owned by the Free
Tweet from Prof. Carol M. Swain @carolmswain
I'm just saying we are in trouble folks. Everything is topsy turvy and the old rules and norms no longer apply. Welcome to Obama's
Global warming skeptic buries Sierra Club director under avalanche of facts
Excerpt: Marc Morano, a global warming skeptic and the editor of ClimateDepot.com, fought the climate sob stories peddled by Sierra Club Director Michael Brune with cold, hard facts on CNN Tuesday night. “‘Global weirding’ is nothing more than a pseudoscience expression,” he said on Don Lemon’s “11th Hour,” pushing back against Lemon’s contention that the “extreme” cold weather wracking much of the country is a symptom of climate change.
Interview: David Horowitz on the Glasnov Gang: The Black Book of the American Left: First volume of ten volumes
Excerpt: "Stalin killed more communists than all the capitalists put together."
AP photo director pens scathing op-ed on 'Obama's Orwellian image control'. By Hadas Gold
Excerpt: The crusade against the White House's practice of barring press photographers from certain events continues: On Wednesday, The New York Times published a scathing op-ed by Santiago Lyon, the Associated Press's Vice President and Director of Photography, titled "Obama's Orwellian Image Control."
Was the sign-language interpreter at the Mandela memorial faking it?
s world leaders paid tribute to Mandela at the memorial service on Tuesday, the international deaf community expressed outrage that the sign-language interpreter to the side of the podium was signing nonsense. The male interpreter appeared to be provided by the ANC party. A female interpreter, provided by the broadcast station, could be seen in a box in the corner of the screen. Her interpreting was fine. You can see the difference between them in this clip: