Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday's News--the Train Wreck Gose On

My Christmas Poems and Short Story
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The Obamacare Train Wreck

Must Read: 12 questions the White House press corps could have asked Obama about Obamacare. By Mary Katharine Ham
Excerpt: Let’s start with the newsiest based on giant news that broke just hours before the press conference and move on from there. (But they'd have to be journalists...~Bob)

Heroin Found in Massachusetts Labeled 'Obamacare.' By Heather Ginsberg
Excerpt: Earlier today, Massachusetts State troopers found 1,250 bags of heroin labeled with “Obamacare” during a traffic stop in Hatfield, MA. I guess this isn’t exactly what the White House was looking for when they wanted to increase Obamacare recognition! (Wear Pajamas. Shoot up. Talk about Obamacare. ~Bob)

Excerpt: More people believe the moon landing was a hoax than believe Obamacare will lower healthcare costs, according to a recent survey. In fact, a Public Policy Pollfrom earlier this year that found that Americans are more likely to buy into a number of conspiracy theories and folklore than to believe many of the benefits touted by Obamacare supporters.

Oregon Exchange Robocalls Applicants, Warns Them To Seek Coverage Elsewhere
Excerpt: On Friday, Cover Oregon, the troubled ObamaCare health exchange, began robocalls to applicants, warning them, that if they haven't heard from the exchange by Monday, they should seek health insurance elsewhere. With less than two weeks until the mandated January 1st deadline for individuals to have health insurance, the exchange's late warning may cause gaps in coverage.

ObamaCare may make finding treatment harder for mentally ill
Excerpt: Even in well-served areas, such as Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts, demand is so high practitioners frequently decline to take new patients or private insurance, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Such shortages are expected to only grow now, as the federal health-care law goes into effect and allows more people to seek help

Good Article: With gift to hospitals, Democrats continue to scrap Obamacare deficit-reduction. By Timothy P. Carney 
Excerpt: You’ve heard of “buy now, pay later.” Obamacare is “buy now, defund later.”
Since Democrats haphazardly pieced together the Affordable Care Act in early 2010 (declaring proudly that the bill would reduce the deficit) the Obama administration and Congress have steadily stripped out the provisions that were supposed to pay for the law’s subsidies to high-risk patients and well-connected industries. (Hard to get upset. Anyone with a brain made of something besides fairy dust knew when it passed that "deficit reduction" was as big an Obamacare lie as "premium reduction," "keep your plan" "keep your doctors" and all the rest of Obama's lies. ~Bob)

Flashback: Paul Krugman Gets Owned on Canadian Healthcare. By Christine Rousselle
Excerpt: This video is old, but is beginning to make the rounds again. In it, economist Paul Krugman attempted to show how amazing the Canadian healthcare system was. As it turns out, actual Canadians are not so fond of it. Enjoy!

Minnesota Mulls Obamacare Deadline Postponement: "Zero Policy Cards Have Been Issued." By Cortney O'Brien
Excerpt: The Obamacare deadline is coming. One state well aware of the date is Minnesota, where computer problems have surfaced since the Oct. 1 launch of its health insurance marketplace MNsure, leaving many frustrated and without insurance. As Guy reported, in the midst of this crisis executive director April Todd-Malmlov did what any overseer would do: She went to Costa Rica.

We Are Not SUBJECTS (and Other Observations About Obamacare.) ByLaura Hollis 
Excerpt: The unveiling of the dictatorial debacle that is Obamacare absolutely flabbergasts me. It is stunning on so many levels, but the most shocking aspect of it for me is watching millions of free Americans stand idly by while this man, his minions in Congress and his cheerleaders in the press systematically dismantle our Constitution, steal our money, and crush our freedoms. The President, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (with no small help from Justice John Roberts) take away our health care, and we allow it. They take away our insurance, and we allow it. They take away our doctors, and we allow it. (A great declaration of war on Progressivism. Like the Declaration of Independence, it tells you what has been done wrong, and it tells you why you have to vote against anyone and everyone who is not ready to repeal ObamaCare. Rolling back this focused effort to lessen our freedoms is essential to our future, and the future of our upcoming generations. --Del)

Obamacare outreach hits the clubs. By Natalie Villacorta
Excerpt: For Obamacare outreach, a Zumba class may work better than a gay bar. Washington’s new health insurance exchange dispatched a signup envoy to one of the city’s gay clubs one recent night to get out the word about Obamacare. It envisioned men mingling on the dance floor, a cocktail in one hand and enrollment information in the other. But the brochures about DC Health Link, as the exchange is called, weren’t snapped up as quickly as the free condoms provided by a local clinic.

NY Times' David Brooks Sees Path Of Obamacare's Ultimate Demise
Excerpt: On PBS’s “NewsHour” Friday, New York Times columnist David Brooks explained that the clock is ticking on ObamaCare. He said if it continues to be politically untenable (to) Senate Democrats, the individual mandate will be weakened and ultimately the law will go away. 

And in other news...

Excerpt: Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 18 Iraqi Army officers, including a senior general and members of his staff, in a complex suicide attack in the western province of Anbar.

K Street mints money from regs surge. By Megan R. Wilson
Excerpt: Lobbyists are minting money from the surge in government regulations. Top K Street officials say their regulatory work has accelerated in recent years thanks to the sprawling rule-making from the healthcare and financial reform laws. (See Obama has created jobs...for lawyers and lobbyists. ~Bob)

Part of American Free Speech: Offending the Offenders
Excerpt: With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton. If this doesn’t offend you, then I’m going to guess you already have a Hillary 2016 sticker on your car.

Having a Servant Is Not a Right. By Ananya Bhattacharyya
Excerpt AT the heart of the fracas surrounding the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York who promised to pay her housekeeper $9.75 per hour, in compliance with United States labor rules, but instead paid her $3.31 per hour, is India’s dirty secret: One segment of the Indian population routinely exploits another, and the country’s labor laws allow gross mistreatment of domestic workers.

Four taken into custody in fatal Short Hills mall carjacking in New Jersey
White victim, black killers, no statement from Obama, Jackson, Holder or Sharpton. ~Bob

Qatari Muslim professor and human rights advocate identified as major financier of al-Qaeda
Excerpt: I am frequently criticized for pointing out that there is no reliable way to distinguish between "moderate" and "extremist" Muslims, i.e., jihad terrorists and Islamic supremacists and Muslims who are peaceful and have no involvement in jihad or supremacist activity. This is routinely cited as evidence of my "bigotry," as if I am somehow impugning peaceful Muslims by pointing it out and implying that all Muslims are terrorists. These are games the Left and Islamic supremacists play in order to demonize and discredit their opposition, of course, for actually what I mean is quite clear: that jihadists and jihad sympathizers are not generally put out of mosques and Islamic organizations, but move freely within even those who style themselves as "moderate": witness the many terror convictions of former officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which despite its Hamas ties is routinely presented in the mainstream media as a respectable civil rights organization. (It is worth subscribing to the newsletter. ~Bob)

Excerpt: A terror-loving top attorney whose clientele has included Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and jihadist loving Lynne Stewart was indicted Thursday for failing to report more than $3 million in income.

'If my son did what Michael Adebolajo did, I would be happy': Hate preacher Omar Bakri Muhammad says he is proud of Lee Rigby killer
The Religion of Peace. ~Bob

Excerpt: Don’t write off all academia just yet: The American Studies programs of at least two schools, Penn State Harrisburg and Brandeis, have now cut their ties with an academic outfit that voted to boycott Israeli universities. Too bad universities in New York City have yet to do likewise.

A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

4 wounded as US military aircraft takes on fire during evacuation mission in South Sudan
Excerpt: Rebel gunfire hit a U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens caught in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country’s military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded.

I'm looking for one person defending Phil Robertson's free speech rights who also defended Martin Bashir's free speech rights. Anyone?

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller Says A&E Network No Longer Welcome to Film "Duck Dynasty" at Douglas County Sheriff's Office or Facilities.
Excerpt: “I know it will not matter to A&E, but it will make me feel better. A&E has produced more than a half dozen programs with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. They will not do any more with my assistance while I am sheriff. It is time for someone other than Hollywood and the news media to stand up for what is right!” (I couldn't get interested in the Duck Dynasty thing. Censorship is when the government stops speech. But an employer has a perfect right to terminate an employee who brings discredit on the organization, though not to stop his speech. ~Bob)

Cracker Barrel puts Duck Dynasty back in stores: ‘We made a mistake. . . we apologize’

Cracker Barrel: We screwed up big time
Excerpt: That’s the message Cracker Barrel is sending to enraged customers after the restaurant chain removed Duck Dynasty items from its stores over fears it might offend people. “Our intent was to avoid offending but that’s just what we’ve done,” Cracker Barrel said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. “You told us we made a mistake. (We haven’t eaten in Cracker Barrel in years since mom saw improper handling of food by wait staff. --Barb)

Piers Morgan I dare you to do an interview with a Muslim and ask him about homosexuality, I dee double dare you

Report: Pink Mafia Bullies GLAAD Experiencing "Record Levels Of Backlash" After Getting A&E To Suspend Duck Dynasty Star.
Excerpt: “In the five-and-a-half years I’ve worked at GLAAD, I’ve never received so many violently angry phone calls and social media posts attacking GLAAD for us speaking out against these comments,” the media watchdog organization’s vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told TheWrap."

USSR 'secret' Vietnam soldiers speak out: 3000 Soviet Vets in Vietnam

Only 7? Someone is auditioning for 'under-achiever of the year'. --GS

OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING - Washington, D.C. in the cross-hairs - The Out-of-Control Government Must Be Stopped. By Harry Riley 
Excerpt: (Please add the above title and some or all data from below to your FB, Twitter, Blog, Email list) TO: Patriots (black, white, male, female, civilian, military, truckers, bikers, militias, veterans, old, young, every American that loves freedom and liberty) We are past the point of no return, thus must move forward with an effort to save our nation, as there is no other choice. We are asking, pleading with you, and any others that have resources, national voices, email lists, blogs, FB, Twitter, to call for a non-violent American Spring sometime in the April/May 2014 time, in Washington D.C. We must appeal to ten million and more American patriots to come and stay in Washington, D.C. to stop the White House and Congress from total destruction of the United States. It’s now or never. God help us. (Col Riley has been very active in matters related to veterans and protests for some years now. Now he has arrived at a point where he believes it's time for a really major action, which he proposes here. I don't know if this will fly or not, but am passing it on for others to consider. Those of you with your own mailing lists may wish to circulate this as well. I certainly agree that this government has been a disaster for the nation, and for them to continue doing damage for three more years is a very scary proposition. Maybe have some hundreds of thousands of protesters show up in DC and stay for a while would get their attention. We can hope. --Del)

Mild He Lays His Glory By. By Archbishop Cranmer
Excerpt: It is a curious thing for God to become man; for the Word to become flesh and dwell among us. We are about to celebrate the day when the Son of God was born a baby in Bethlehem; when Christ emptied Himself and laid His glory by; born that man no more may die. He surrendered aspects of His divinity to assume the mantle of humanity: as the ancient creeds remind us, He was fully man and yet fully God.

What This School Did To ‘Silent Night’ Isn’t Going Over Well With Some Parents. By Billy Hallowell
Excerpt: A Long Island, N.Y., school district has apologized after it came under fire following a fifth grade choir’s removal of some key lyrics from the traditional Christmas song “Silent Night.” Many of the religious lines that point to the very heart of the Christmas season were simply axed from the students’ Dec. 12 performance at Ralph J. Osgood Intermediate School. (And again, the secularists in grade schools act to remove the faintest trace of religion (Christian religion, of course) from the lives of the school children. How utterly insane is this. The link takes you to the news article, and there's video there of the kids singing mutilated Christmas songs. Unbelievable. --Del)

Obama's Syria policy is pretty much dead, and there are few good options. By Dan Murphy
Excerpt: President Barack Obama's Syria policy, such as it's been, is now dead. That it was on life support has been clear for a long time. But with the routing of the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) from its headquarters recently by Islamist rebel fighters, the plug should be pulled.

DHS Complicit In Drug Cartel Human Trafficking
Excerpt: A federal judge finds that the Department of Homeland Security, instead of arresting cartel members and the clients who pay them to smuggle children into the U.S., helps the drug lords complete the transactions.

Three videos before breakfast

Laying the foundation for blatant fascism in the U.S. By Larry Pinkney
Excerpt: When corporations and government become, in actuality, intertwined as one entity, the end result is fascism. ... The initial grooming and subsequent installation of Barack Obama as president of the U.S. was arranged and choreographed by the corporate power elite for whom he has been and is a very dangerous tool against struggling everyday people of all colors nationally and internationally. ... Associate Editor Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black Panther Party, ...

Al Sharpton's Chicago Town Hall Erupts Into Revolt Against Machine Politics
Excerpt: On Thursday, a town hall meeting hosted by Al Sharpton and the National Action Network to address gun violence exploded into a revolt against “Chicago Machine” politics, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and the aldermen in City Hall, with panel and audience members calling to vote out their elected officials. One 82-year-old preacher even called for “Tea Party” style meetings in some of Chicago’s south side communities such as Altgeld Gardens and Trumbull Park.

Liberal Hero Farrakhan’s Call for Gays to be Beheaded Gets No Reaction from Media
Excerpt: It is amazing that Leftist hero and Obama buddy Louis Farrakhan can talk about beheading and stoning gays to death and you won’t hear a word from the media. The silence is telling and very predictable.

Obama commutes sentence of Deval Patrick's cousin along with seven others convicted on drug charges - but the governor insists he had nothing to do with it
Excerpt: Governor Deval Patrick is a close ally of President Obama's but he said that he was not involved in the commutation application for Reynolds Allen Wintersmith Jr., his 39-year-old cousin who was sentenced to life in prison for possession and intent to distribute.

Oh Little Scrote of Bethnal Green
New carol from the UK. ~Bob

Funny Christmas Tweets
Most from the UK. ~Bob

Papal Economics. By John C. Goodman 
Excerpt: "Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as 'a new tyranny,'" reads the lead of the Reuters story by Naomi O'Leary. She is referring to the Evangelii Gaudium, the latest apostolic exhortation from the Holy Father. Similar headlines appeared at NBC, at the Daily Kos, in the Nation and elsewhere. But as Robert Ramono points out, nowhere did the pope actually say those words.

Muslim cleric: "Blowing oneself up for the sake of Allah is acceptable" -- People who want to ban this are "trying to alter the religion of Allah"

New Rash of Church Closings Sweeps Across Indonesia. By Ryan Morgan
Excerpt: I watched as the pastor began to cry, tears welling up in his eyes as he described the scene to me. It was May 18th, 2012, and there were hundreds upon hundreds of screaming fanatics hurling rocks, dirt, and even bags filled with urine at his congregation as the police stood by and watched. Signs hanging near his church read "Jesus is a dog" and "Kill the Christians." The rioters claimed the pastor had never obtained the proper permits to operate his church, and the local government agreed, sealing the building and prohibiting the pastor and his congregation from ever returning.

FBI Raids Gulen School in New Orleans
Excerpt: FBI and Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School officials aren’t saying why the FBI converged on the Baton Rouge school’s campus Wednesday evening, carting off boxes.
But the school has ties to a controversial education movement inspired by a Turkish Muslim scholar, Fethullah Gulen. And other schools connected with that movement have reportedly been investigated by the FBI.

Israeli National Skin Bank
Older, but Snopes says true. ~Bob. Excerpt: This is how I was asked to supply skin for an Arab woman from Gaza, who was hospitalized in Soroka Hospital in Beersheva, after her family burned her. ... One day she was caught at a border crossing wearing a suicide belt. She meant to explode herself in the outpatient clinic of the hospital where they saved her life.

Cambodia Apes Vietnam in Its War on Religion. By Michael Benge
Excerpt: The axiom "monkey see, monkey do" comes to mind in a recent incident at the Buddhist Temple Wat Kanteyaram(Eastern United Temple Foundation of Jacksonville Inc.). The Cambodian Buddhist community rallied in JacksonvilleFlorida on November 29 through December 1, 2013 to protest "The Great Supreme Patriarch," Tep Vong, who was to officiate at the Temple's sacred Seima Kam Buddhist sanctification ceremony. The community was adamant that the sanctification would be desecrated by Tep Vong's presence, since he stands accused of a litany of human rights abuses that make him ineligible to preside over the ceremony.

Please explain why Obama/Holder went after TrueTheVote but did nothing when the Black Panthers manned voting polls with weapons? (Holder explained when he said blacks were "my people." ~Bob) Please explain why Obama spoke out in defense of Trayvon Martin but was silent on Delbert Belton's murder?

More fruit from Obama's non-Congressionally-authorized, lead-from-behind war. ~Bob

Aspirin risks may outweigh benefits in healthy adults
Healthy adults who take daily aspirin to stave off heart disease may be inviting more harm than benefit, according to a new review of past studies. Adults face a crush of conflicting health messages about aspirin and the role it plays as a preventive medicine. In an attempt to bring clarity to the topic, UK researchers sifted through the most recent evidence from nine randomized controlled trials – which are considered medicine's gold standard – and other systematic reviews of such trials. (Mentions well-known GI bleeding, ulcers issues. Does NOT mention increased risk of macular degeneration (blindness) posed to geriatric patients by aspirin protocol.

In a rare public apology, the militant leader of Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen has said that one of his fighters disobeyed orders and attacked a hospital attached to the Defense Ministry during an assault that killed 52 people earlier this month. …We accept full responsibility for what happened in the hospital and will pay blood money for the victims' families." The apology seemed prompted by Yemen state television earlier broadcasting a video showing a gunman attacking doctors and other hospital staff. 

Dr. Manny: ‘Sex Sent Me to the ER’ TV show makes me sick
Excerpt: As a women’s doctor, I can’t think of anything more disgusting and reprehensible than glamorizing injuries associated with having sex. This is exactly what is happening on a new TLC show, premiering on Dec. 28, called “Sex Sent Me to the ER,” during which scripted actors reenact real-life sex injuries incurred by regular people. In reports of one episode, a 440-pound man manages to put his 110 pound girlfriend’s head through a sheetrock wall while having sex with her. (Saw the previews while watching TLC. Makes you understand how sick and disgusting the American culture has become with the current bent of leadership in government, LGBT, progressives, atheists, ACLU and Satanists throwing out God, Jesus and the 10 Commandments. How sick to do this just after Christmas…let alone charge us money on our cable and satellite bills for this type of programming. More fodder for the radical Islamists….dumb, dumb and dumber. --Barb)

11 for 13. Not sure which i missed. ~Bob

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