Friday, January 10, 2014

Your Weekend Political News

Truthful Media Protection Agency
Consumers are fed up with media distorting the news and feeding false information to the public. They are also sick and tired of many Internet blogs and supposed Internet news outlets as well as "Talk Radio" doing the same. Finally they are fed up with individuals spreading untruths via email. President Obama should follow Putin's lead and dissolve all offending news agencies and create the Truthful Media Protection Agency(TMPA). A Presidential Executive Order should do the job. If Putin can do it, Obama can do it. Why should Russians have better access to truthful news than Americans? The new TMPA should be a sub-agency of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the news and news providers will be regulated and overseen without congressional oversight just like financial companies. CFPB Director, Richard Cordray, will have the authority to establish rules and regulations on all news whither generated by business or individuals and transmitted by mail, on the Internet, or by any other method. This is a preventive medicine mental health issue so under the Affordable Care Act all insurance company policies should include required mandatory subscriptions to government approved news. Occasional random testing will be performed to ensure that everyone is actually consuming and understanding the news. IRS will be responsible for testing and collecting additional taxes in the event of failure to comply with this area of the Affordable Care Act or for failing a random test. --MM

Small Businesses Weigh Sending Sick Workers to Obamacare Exchanges
Excerpt: Can an employer pay chronically ill workers to leave the company health plan and get insurance somewhere else? That’s a question some business owners are asking, now that no one can be turned away from individual health plans under Obamacare.

California woman gets $1200 taken from her account by Anthem Blue Cross (via ObamaCARE) after cancelling coverage
Excerpt: Schermerhorn-was surprised to learn that Anthem Blue Cross (via Covered California/ObamaCARE) debited $1,200 from her account. This was without Alliso Schermerhorn’s knowledge, and after she cancelled her coverage.

Staples Accused Of Cutting Employee Hours Ahead Of Obamacare
Excerpt: Staples is limiting the number of hours part-time associates can work to 25 hours a week, a move that has drawn the ire of disgruntled workers who claim it is a way to skirt impending rules requiring companies to provide health insurance for full-time employees or face a steep penalty.

Oops: Insurance Companies Have No Record of Some Obamacare Applicants. By Christine Rousselle 
Excerpt: Another day, another Obamacare glitch. This time, the issue is more than 13,000 people who have signed up for health insurance, but the insurance companies have no idea who they are.

Surprise! Walmart health plan is cheaper, offers more coverage than Obamacare. By Richard Pollock 
Excerpt: New Obamacare health insurance enrollees may feel a pang of envy when they eye the coverage plans offered by Walmart to its employees. For many years, the giant discount retailer has been the target ofunions and liberal activists who have harshly criticized the company'shealth care plans, calling them “notorious for failing to provide health benefits” and "substandard.”

Good Column: Pull-ups - Pulling Down the Corps. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Gender-neutrality (essentially building men into women) is designed to fix the problem.

Syria: al Qaida kills 50 prisoners in Aleppo, activists say
Excerpt: The prisoners were killed at a former eye hospital in Aleppo, the activists said. The sources said the executions were carried out by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al Qaida-linked militant group in Syria which has been attacked by local insurgents over the past few days.

Congressional Exodus Grows: Two House Dems Call It Quits
Excerpt: Two veteran Democratic members of Congress have decided to retire at the end of the term, making it tougher for Democratic plans to recapture a House majority this fall. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, a nine-term Democrat from New York, and Rep. Mike McIntyre, a nine-term Democrat from North Carolina, both announced Wednesday that they have had enough.

U.S. Fertility Rate Hits Record Low
Excerpt: The fertility rate of women in the United States fell to a record low for the second year in a row in 2012, according to data released last week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also for the second year in a row, 40.7 percent of the babies born in the United States were born to unmarried mothers.

Christie’s Waterloo
Excerpt: Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented that in September they gleefully engineered George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse their boss’ reelection. Local officials say the gridlock they caused delayed ambulances in responding to four calls, including one involving an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died.

The Number of Christians Murdered by Muslims Doubled in 2013
Excerpt: Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from the year before, with Syria accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012, according to an annual survey. Open Doors, a non-denominational group supporting persecuted Christians worldwide, said on Wednesday it had documented 2,123 “martyr” killings, compared with 1,201 in 2012. There were 1,213 such deaths in Syria alone last year, it said. (Still only a tiny fraction of the Muslims murdered by Muslims in the name of Allah. ~Bob)

Define Income Inquality: The Left sees it as a disease; the Right sees it as a symptom. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: As a broad generalization, liberals see income as a public good that is distributed, like crayons in a kindergarten class. If so-and-so didn’t get his or her fair share of income, it’s because someone or something — government, the system — didn’t distribute income properly. To the extent conservatives see income inequality as a problem, it is as an indication of more concrete problems. (Notice those prating about "income inequality" never try to get the organizations they work for, such as the White House, to pay everyone employed there, from the boss to the janitor, exactly the same equal salary? ~Bob)

Changes in the Pacific: A Return to the 1930sChina believes it’s now time for its military to reflect its economic power. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: In the 1920s, Japan began to translate its growing economic might — after a prior 50-year crash course in Western capitalism and industrialization — into formidable military power. At first, few of its possible rivals seemed to care. America and condescending European colonials did not quite believe that any Asian power could ever dare to threaten their own Pacific interests.

Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever in Middle East. By Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland
Excerpt: From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites.
Indeed, al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history. (Silly story from CNN. In the last election, Barack "Lead From Behind" Obama assured us he had al Qaeda on its heels and on the run. And if you can't trust the President... ~Bob)

Ex-Defense Secretary Robert Gates has harsh words for Obama and Biden,0,1276282.story#axzz2pumI0sfX
Excerpt: President Obama became progressively more pessimistic about prospects for a successful ending to the war in Afghanistan, goaded by inexperienced White House advisors and a dislike of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, according to his former Defense secretary, Robert M. Gates. In a forthcoming memoir that mixes strong praise with scathing criticism for Obama and his administration, Gates says Obama doubted his own policy after he decided to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan early in his first term. (As a presidential candidate in 2008, Obama called Afghanistan "the war we must win." ~Bob)

New Documentary coming: Bankrupt: How Cronyism & Corruption Took Down Detroit 
Excerpt: Detroit U.S.A.: Once the most prosperous city in America. With a booming manufacturing sector and cultural magnetism, the city had bright horizons after World War II. But as the 1960′s rolled in, the marriage of Big Business and Big Government overtook Detroit. The central planners in government needed the powerful corporations, and the powerful corporations came to depend on the bureaucracy, too. 

Syria Reports 2 Attacks on Chemical Arms Sites
Excerpt: Syria’s government said Wednesday that insurgents had assaulted two storage sites for some of the deadly chemical weapons components it has pledged to eliminate. It was the first time the Syrian authorities had reported such attacks in the three months since an international effort began to sequester and purge the country of the banned munitions.

War on Poverty at 50 -- despite trillions spent, poverty won. By Michael D. Tanner
Excerpt: If we are losing the War on Poverty, it certainly isn’t for lack of effort. 
In 2012, the federal government spent $668 billion to fund 126 separate anti-poverty programs. State and local governments kicked in another $284 billion, bringing total anti-poverty spending to nearly $1 trillion. That amounts to $20,610 for every poor person in America, or $61,830 per poor family of three.

Policies That Discourage Full-Time Work. By Casey B. Mulligan
Excerpt: A higher income tax or payroll tax rate tilts the balance toward part-time work because it reduces an important benefit of full-time work: extra income to spend. A lower rate does the opposite.

Fraud still a problem in extended unemployment benefit programs. By M.D. Kittle 
Excerpt: The state and federal unemployment insurance system has helped a lot of people in need, but it’s also allowed some ineligible recipients to fraudulently help themselves to the pocketbooks of businesses and taxpayers. States recorded some $7.7 billion dollars in improper unemployment insurance payments in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Possible Repercussions From Turkey's Corruption Scandal. By Abigail R. Esman
Excerpt: On Dec. 17, the Turkish public watched the largest government corruption scandal in their history unfold before their eyes. Bribery schemes, gold-for oil-trades, and shoe boxes stuffed with $4.5 million dominated news coverage. Within a week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had fired or reassigned dozens of law-enforcement officials, and four members of parliament resigned or were dismissed.

Excerpt: Today the Drudge Report covers the Justice Department’s racialist attack on school discipline policies. The DOJ policy is based on the idea that school discipline policies are racially discriminatory because black students comprise a greater percentage of students disciplined than their percentage in the general population. Call it exceeding the bad-behavior quota.

Military Brass Immune to Pension Rate Cuts
Excerpt: In 2007, Congress passed a Pentagon-sponsored proposal that boosted retirement benefits for three- and four-star admirals and generals, allowing them to make more in retirement than they did on active duty. The Pentagon had requested the change in 2003 to help retain senior officers as the military was fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and wanted to entice officers to remain on active duty.(I don't recall ever reading or hearing about this pension plan for 3 and 4 stars. These are the officers at the Pentagon who talk to Congress and the Secretary of Defense. Apparently, they don't believe it's in the interest of the troops they lead to speak out against the budget deal that reduces enlisted and lower ranking officer's retired pay. They got theirs and it doesn't affect them. --MasterGuns)

So Chris Christie claim of ignorance of #bridgegate is beyond belief but Obamas on Fast & Furious, NSA, AP, Solyndra, Benghazi, IRS is not?

Fraternal Order of Police: Obama DOJ Nominee Is Cop-Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Supporter
Well, I assume Obama is too, like so many of his supporters. ~Bob

Thug Life: Who’s your daddy? Apparently, no one. By Crystal Wright
Liberals and some liberal blacks have expressed disdain for the Omaha police in posting the video, claiming it stereotypes blacks and the man’s behavior is an anomaly. But the opposite is true. In DC where I currently live and witness frequently uneducated blacks calling each other and their children the same sorts of heinous names. I have never seen white people talk to each other this way, much less their children. (Black writer I follow. ~Bob)

QUIZ: Match the Political Scandal to the Apology

ISN’T THAT SPECIAL: Obama Donor to Head IRS Tea Party Targeting Investigation
Excerpt: The attorney heading the internal investigation into potential unfair targeting of conservative groups by the IRS is a frequent and significant donor to both the Democratic National Committee and President Obama, Rep. Darrell Issa revealed today, in what he calls a ”startling conflict of interest” that jeopardizes the investigation. (The arrogance is boundless. --JB).

Department Of Justice’s Message To Schools: Singling Out Black Students For Poor Behavior Is “Racist”
Excerpt: Obama’s Department of Justice, under career race-baiter Eric Holder, issued a stark warning for schools across the country. It’s time to end the “racial disparity” in classrooms. Apparently, it is now “racist” to single out black students for misbehaving in the classroom. No longer is it acceptable to punish a black student, or other minority student, for behaviors that would negate suspension or strong disciplinary action. Thus, this only proves how racist the Department of Justice is in its deliberate manipulation of school policy.

“The worldwide cancer of terrorism by some Muslims is inspired by the teachings of Islam. To deny this fact is intellectual dishonesty.” By Tarek Fatah
Excerpt: While fireworks lit up the New Year sky over much of the globe, a different type of fire was burning in the Islamic world. Death and destruction rained down as jihadi terrorists caused mayhem from Mindanao in the east to Volgograd in the west.

The Christie Bridge Closing Scandal. By Jonah Goldberg, the Goldberg file
Worth subscribing to. ~Bob. Excerpt: But forget about the IRS scandal. Obama's whole shtick is to pretend that he's above politics while being rankly political about everything, including his stated desire to "punish our enemies." By comparison, Chris Christie looks like Diogenes and Cincinnatus rolled into one. From inauguration day forward, this whole crew has behaved like Chicago goons dressed in Olympian garb, and the press has fallen for it. We don't need to recycle the whole sordid history of the sequester and the shutdown to remember that this White House sincerely, deliberately, and with malice aforethought sought to make things as painful as possible for millions of Americans. Traffic cones on the George Washington Bridge are a stain on the honor of New Jersey. (Stop laughing!) But deliberately pulling air-traffic controllers to screw with millions of people is just fine? Shafting World War II vets and vacationing families at National Parks is something only crazy right-wingers on Twitter would have a problem with? And keep in mind, it is at least plausible Christie didn't know what his staff was doing. It is entirely implausible that the president didn't know about the WWII memorial closure, after the news appeared in the president's daily briefing (a.k.a. the New York Times). I'd say I just don't get it, but I do get it. For the mainstream media, skepticism comes naturally when a Republican is in the crosshairs. It comes reluctantly, slowly, and painfully — if at all— when it's a Democrat.

Excerpt: But I do know this: abuse of power is a completely expected result of government authority. That goes triple for Chicago, New Jersey and the federal government. It’s not our fault. As Samuel Johnson’s Imlac said in “Rasselas,” “No form of government has yet been discovered by which cruelty can be wholly prevented. Subordination supposes power on the one part, and subjection on the other, and if power be in the hands of men, it will sometimes be abused.”

Excerpt: For some, the Holy Grail of power is renewable energy. But energy insiders and anyone who understands the physics of energy and its basic economics knows that viable renewable energy, with current technology, remains a pipedream. For others, its radical, social impacting energy efficiency schemes. But here’s the thing. As noble as the pursuit of energy efficiency is, the simple fact is that, in the grander scheme of things, our energy efficiencies do NOT, ultimately, save energy. And here’s why.

State Department names groups behind Benghazi strike
Excerpt: The State Department on Friday for the first time blamed specific groups and militants for the 2012 Benghazi attack, designating them as terrorists -- a move that further undermines initial claims the attack was spontaneous. 

Discovery of Bombs and Corpses Rattles Tense Caucasus Region
Excerpt: The discovery of several improvised explosive devices and the bodies of six men shot dead put security forces on higher alert in the North Caucasus region of Russia on Thursday and added new concerns about violence ahead of the Olympic Games planned for the nearby resort city of Sochi next month.

Syria conflict: Rebel clashes 'leaves almost 500 dead'
Excerpt: At least 482 people have been killed in clashes between Syrian rebels and the al-Qaeda-linked Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), activists say. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll comprised 85 civilians, 240 rebels and 157 ISIS fighters.

Call to Honor Pakistani Boy in Fatal Tackle of a Bomber
Excerpt: Aitzaz Hasan, a 15-year-old ninth grader, was late for school and rushing with two friends to make the morning assembly when they were stopped by a stranger wearing the same uniform as theirs, who curiously asked for directions. Aitzaz grew suspicious, and tackled the stranger as he tried to flee. Then the stranger blew himself up, killing them both. (This was a man. ~Bob)

Why People Fail. By Daniel Greenfield 
Excerpt: And yet it’s undeniable that some cultures succeed where others fail.
The left refuses to distinguish between culture and race; denouncing everything from criticism of Islam to complaints about gang culture as racist. It treats culture as equivalent to race because it doesn’t believe that people are capable of change.

U.S. Economy Adds 74K Jobs in December, Well Below Views
Excerpt: The headline unemployment rate fell to 6.7%, the lowest level in five years. But the rate fell primarily because hundreds of thousands of people left the workforce unable to find jobs, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor. With 347,000 dropping out of the workforce, the labor force participation rate, which measures people actively looking for work, fell to 62.8%, a four-decade low.

Apparently Democrats cannot properly handle guns so their Second Amendment rights should be forfeit and they should not be allowed to buy or own firearms. Oops, the same Second Amendment that protects one protects all, but could we at least ban gun ownership for all the idiots that support gun control for everyone except themselves? --MM 

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