Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thursday's News

Two Marines waiting for a lung for PF

NOT A JOKE: Video called ‘Forget About The Price Tag’ wins HHS grand prize for promoting Obamacare
Excerpt: The Department of Health and Human Services has crowned a YouTube video' class="itxtrst itxtrstimg itxthookicon" v:shapes="itxthook0icon">  entitled “Forget About The Price Tag” as the grand prize winner in a contest meant to encourage young people to sign up for Obamacare. ... Without a hint of irony, McDonald sings her chorus: “Ain’t about the, uh, cha-ching cha-ching. Ain’t about the, yeah, bla-bling bla-bling. Affordable Care Act. Don’t worry ’bout the price tag.”

Administration Finalizes Obamacare Tax Over Holiday Weekend: Health Insurance Tax to Raise Premiums by 3%, Cost $60 Billion Over Next 5 Years
Excerpt: The Obama administration quietly finalized the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a provision in Obamacare that will cost nearly $60 billion over the next five years and raise health care premiums by 3 percent.

Dropped Coverage: How the media missed the two biggest Obamacare screw-ups. By Trudy Lieberman
Excerpt: But did the press do a good job of covering the Affordable Care Act before the health care exchanges went online—sort of—on Oct. 1? Were we adequately warned of the troubles that were to come? And now that’s problems are headline news, is the coverage of it any better? (Tweet from David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog "How did media miss this Obamacare story?" wonders site who's been face down in Obama's lap for 5 years)

Ed Haislmaier Explains Why Obamacare Is Killing Health Insurance Competition
Excerpt: There has been a 29 percent reduction in the number of individual health insurance plans offered across the country under Obamacare, he explained. Some states saw far sharper declines.

Tech experts: Working Obamacare site should have cost at most ‘$5 million to $10 million’

One Private Meeting Between President, Sebelius In 3.5 Years Leading Up To Obamacare Launch
Excerpt: A stunning new study unveiled on Fox News' Hannity finds that President Barack Obama’s White House calendar records just one face-to-face meeting between Obama and his Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the more than three-and-a-half years leading up to the disastrous Obamacare launch.

Worth Reading: Drafting Docs: Look for doctors to be conscripted to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients. By Kevin D. Williamson
Excerpt: Obamacare promises to make this worse by proposing to further reduce physicians’ fees at the same time it is proposing to raise them. The Obamacare price-fixing authority, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, is explicitly charged with reducing Medicare spending, but it is also legally forbidden to do so by reducing benefits, which leaves physicians’ compensation as pretty much the only meaningful source of cuts. So while higher demand + limited supply = higher prices, higher demand + limited supply + price controls = shortages. 

Excerpt: Earlier this week I noted that the words “Affordable Care Act” and/or “Obamacare”do not appear on the DCCC’s home page. Their spokesmen insisted that a section labeled “GOP Hypocrites” counts, although even on that link, there’s no mention of the president’s signature domestic legislation; it’s merely an attack that “Republicans are so intent upon taking away your health care that they shut down the government over it.” (Conflating Obamacare with “your health care” is the point, obviously.)

Obamacare's Next Problem: Doc Shock. By Debra J. Saunders
Excerpt: It would be easier to believe the president if he hadn't said in 2009, "If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too."
One million Californians who lose their individual plans in 2014 know that's not true; when many saw their new premiums, they experienced "sticker shock." Next comes "doc shock" -- the revelation that many folks also won't be able to keep their doctors.

Megyn Kelly Loses It Over Huge New Obamacare Problem: ‘That’s Your Money!’
Excerpt: Megyn Kelly kicked off her show Tuesday night utterly bewildered at a report she touted as striking another blow for Obamacare, after two whole months of problem after problem plaguing the health care website. This time, it’s about the payment mechanism for the site, and Kelly was astonished to discover that because no one is able to actually pay for plans on the site yet, the plan is to “estimate” the cost of each plan and for the government to just work out that estimate with insurers. Yep. A program designed to provide affordable healthcare to millions of people will be temporarily whittling the payment system down to a crap shoot. Kelly cited a new report from Reuters on a “short-term” fix for the Obamacare site’s payment system as they get the kinks sorted out.


Clare and the Reasons play - Over The Obama - at the Night and Day Cafe
I hope a spoof...--GS

Excerpt: Extremely disturbing video footage from Argentina shows a mob of feminists at a recent protest attacking and sexually molesting a group of Rosary-praying Catholic men who were peacefully protecting the cathedral in the city of San Juan from threats of vandalism. (Tweet from Katie Pavlich ‏@KatiePavlich. The same feminists who scream about sexual harassment and rape culture apparently think it's cool to molest men

Progressives Are Perplexed by Sex; Conservatives Know What They’re Doing

Al Sharpton on Whites, Blacks and Gays
Could be a spoof--is even he that stupid? ~Bob

Excerpt: Members of the House Intelligence Committee learned in a closed-door briefing yesterday that more contractors are corroborating the report that the Obama administration had plenty of time to respond to the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic facility. (Like Fast and Furious, and the IRS, they have probably stonewalled themselves safely past this scandal. ~Bob)

Congressional Study: Murder Rate Plummets As Gun Ownership Soars
Excerpt: A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report shows that while gun ownership climbed from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms in 2009, crime fell—and fell sharply. According to the report, the "firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide" rate was 6.6 per 100,000 Americans in 1993. Following the exponential growth in the number of guns, that rate fell to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2000.

Excerpt: You've probably heard someone say, "I'm fat but fit." Several recent studies have suggested this statement could be true. But a new review of existing studiespublished this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine may put a stop to the rumor. "Healthy obesity" is just a myth, the study authors say.

The True Measure of JFK's Greatness. By Taki Theodoracopulos
Excerpt: Kennedy was at the helm when the “Strategic Hamlets” program in Vietnam saw hundreds of thousands of peasants deracinated in return for cash in order to deprive safe havens to the Viet Cong. (Vietnamese rulers stole the cash.) Kennedy blamed Diem rather than himself, agreed to the coup that killed the Vietnamese strongman with a $40,000 payment, and was assassinated himself three weeks later. These are facts; the rest is guesswork.

Dementia epidemic looms with 135 million sufferers expected by 2050
Many governments are woefully unprepared for an epidemic of dementia currently affecting 44 million people worldwide and set to more than treble to 135 million people by 2050, health experts and campaigners said on Thursday. Fresh estimates from the advocacy group Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) showed a 17 percent increase in the number of people with the incurable mind-robbing condition compared with 2010, and warned that by 2050 more than 70 percent of dementia sufferers will be living in poorer countries. (Cease and desist global arial spraying of aluminum particles for “global engineering.” Israelis having some success with hyperbaric oxygen treatments; MD in S. FL doing same. Current practices sending those with dementia to NO CODE status and nontreatment. Eugenics, folks. So much for the native American concept of valuing elders as stores of knowledge. Welcome your worst sci-fi nightmare a la UN, Illuminati, et al. --Barb)

Obama's end-runs around Congress spark bipartisan criticism
President Obama has repeatedly pledged, "If Congress refuses to act, I'll do everything in my power to act without them," and as he makes good on his promise it's sparking criticism from both the right and left. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week, GOP lawmakers repeatedly expressed frustration with the president's end-runs around Congress on everything from non-enforcement of immigration laws to massive re-writes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., says the president, "doesn't have a debate in the Oval Office about what he wants to do," adding, "he does what he wants to do, and then you no longer have representative democracy." (From “A Man For All Seasons,” the play/film: William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law! Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in Englandto do that! Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? --Barb)

Excerpt: An assignment sent home from an Oak ForestIL high school government class is raising eyebrows among parents who are shocked by the questionnaire they and their children are required to fill out. The questionnaire (below) has the parents identify their positions on a number of highly-charged issues, and then places them on a “political spectrum."

Afraid of China, State Dept Undermines Two Centuries of U.S. Doctrine: Trust John Kerry's State Department to walk into a Chinese-made trap.
Excerpt: On Monday, the State Department called on China to withdraw the rules it imposed when announcing its East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. “The fact that China’s announcement has caused confusion and increased the risk of accidents only further underscores the validity of concerns and the need for China to rescind the procedures,”said spokeswoman Jen Psaki at the department’s daily press briefing. Psaki’s statement — a little too diplomatic given the circumstances — was a first step in undoing the harm the State Department caused on Friday when it advised U.S. carriers to comply with Beijing’s demands for its new zone.

Congress Warned Obama’s Actions Making the Body ‘Less and Less Relevant.’ Lawmakers told a “fourth branch” of government may be on the horizon, where federal agencies can determine their own jurisdictions.
Excerpt: The House Judiciary Committee debated on Tuesday whether President Obama acted within his purview when he delayed the new healthcare law and changed immigration enforcement. Republicans have accused Obama of circumventing the nation’s laws by picking and choosing which laws to enforce, and at least one expert told the committee that this could change government as the nation knows it. From the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to the DREAM Act and more, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said the Obama administration has repeatedly ignored what Congress has passed, while enacting executive orders and other exercises without congressional approval.

Excerpt: What’s interesting is that Omar testified during his trial that the future POTUS stayed at Onyango’s apartment in Cambridge in the 1980s while Barack attended Harvard Law. Obama has previously denied ever having even met Omar. But the Kenyan’s landlord corroborated under oath Barack Sr.’s brother’s testimony. 

Excerpt: He understood that a divided Congress is an ambitious president’s best friend, because a divided Congress will be unable to act against a president who steps outside his authority. When half of the divided Congress agrees with his actions because it views the ends as justifying the means, the president has license to break, violate, ignore and rewrite laws according to his whims. When he has a media that remains in love with him, he has sufficient air support to divide and destroy what remains of his opposition.

Report: Serious Cybersecurity Breaches At DHS
Excerpt: The breaches listed were: (1) systems are being operated without authority to operate; (2) plans of action and milestones are not being created for all known information security weaknesses or mitigated in a timely manner; and (3) baseline security configuration settings are not being implemented for all systems. Additional information security program areas that need improvement include incident detection and analysis, specialized training, account and identity management, and contingency planning. (This is for the Department of Homeland Security? --Barb)

Why being a Christian could be the most dangerous identity to hold in the world today. By Charles Lewis
Excerpt: There are many reasons why it is hard to see Christians as the world’s most aggrieved victims: there are 2.2. billion Christians worldwide, far too numerous to be vulnerable; Christians themselves, rightly or wrongly, are still perceived as history’s great persecutors. Today, everyone knows a church in Iraq or in Egypt might be attacked with lives lost but those are thought to be isolated incidents brought on by radical Islam. John Allen, the highly esteemed veteran Vatican-based journalist for the National Catholic Reporter, believes this attitude is toxic. In his new book, The Global War on Christians, he makes a compelling case that the most dangerous identity to hold in the world today is that of a Christian.( All over the world Christians are being attacked and killed, churches burned, and yet it's not a matter of international scandal as it should be. We in the USA are so used to religious freedom and a culture based on Judao-Christian values that we rarely think about what it means to be peresecuted for our faith. But we need to wake up and consider what is going on elsewhere in the world. And for that matter, the steady aggression by secularists and atheists against Christianity here. We should not be afraid or reluctant to stand up for our faith, and all Christians of different denominations need to stand with and for each other. --Del)

Heroic Allies. By Harry F. Noyes III
Excerpt: They were small, talked in sing-song squeaks, put a smelly fish sauce on their food, and often held hands with each other. It is not surprising that American troops sent to Southeast Asia -- mostly young, indifferently educated, and molded by a society with too much self-esteem and too little understanding of other cultures -- found it hard to empathize with South Vietnam's soldiers. Still, it is a pity that many veterans of the Vietnam War have joined radical agitators, draft dodgers and smoke-screen politicians to besmirch the honor of an army that can no longer defend itself. (This may have been around before, but it's worth sending on just to be sure everyone has a chance to see it and understand more of what went on in the war. The great majority of Americans who served in Viet Nam did so during times when the stories of poor behavior by the ARVN were common, and before Vietnamization really took hold and all the RVN armed forces improved dramatically. They fought battles in 1972 bigger than any we were in, and won, and it's important to know that. And it's important to know that our Congress let them down hard, with cutbacks to essential supplies that weakened them tremendously by 1975. Had we kept all our promises to the South, chances are high that today there would be two Viet Nams, like there are two Koreas. Sadly, that did not happen, and they paid very heavily for fighting the takeover by the communists. --Del)

Temperatures remain frigid in the West as new wintry storm likely to develop
How can Arctic air be causing a cold snap? Aren't the polar bears all drowning due to the melting of the polar caps? Maybe The Arctic is getting warmer by sending all the cold air south. Yes, that's it. Keep buying all those carbon credits. They're on to something. You might also think about emigrating to the North Pole. --Don Hank. With the low expected to hit -7 degrees next week, two weeks before the start of winter here in Wisconsin, it looks like Global Warming is another empty Obama promise we won't see in my lifetime. ~Bob

Why Hillary Will Lose Again. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award.
Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative.

History casts doubt upon non-aggression pact with Iran. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: In this supposed win-win deal, America does not have to worry about another costly and unpopular preemptive military action to stop proliferation. Iran keeps its nuclear program. It makes lots of money and can apparently maintain its ongoing support for global Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, such pacts of mutual advantage involving dictatorships do not have a good historical pedigree.

Excerpt: A few years ago out in California a number of liberal interests PACs spent some serious movie star money running public opinion polls about the general public's views on giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens. Although the results of the poll reflected a slight 51-49 bias against it, the liberals were encouraged enough to put a proposition on the ballot to do just that. As soon as that proposition won qualification for the ballot, an opposing group drew up their own proposition against giving driver's licenses to illegals. When the election came around Californians overwhelmingly voted against illegal drivers licenses. Those liberal lobbyists up in Sacramento were stunned by the lopsided defeat and wondered how their polling failed them.

Georgia School Confiscates Christmas Cards

Excerpt: For as long as anyone can remember, teachers at Brooklet Elementary School have posted Christmas cards in the hallways outside their classrooms – until Monday. When boys and girls returned from Thanksgiving break, they discovered that their teachers’ Christmas cards had been removed – under orders from the Georgia school’s administration.

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