Thursday, November 14, 2013

Today's news

Good Column: The Office Of President - An Objective Opinion. By Andy Weddington
Excerpt: Make no mistake, the public oath of office swearing allegiance to country reigns over self and political party loyalty.

(WWP) Wounded Warriors Is A Fraud
The link to the article I posted yesterday didn't work. Here's a different article with much of the same info. ~Bob. Excerpt: We have personally investigated Wounded Warriors and what we have learned is very disturbing. They advertise heavily on T.V. and if you pay close attention they do not show one actual thing they have done to help a Wounded Warrior. They show pictures and stories of Wounded Warriors and use them as a heart tugging way to solicit donations.

Good Chicago Tribune Editorial: Truth, consequences and Obamacare
Excerpt: The American public is having a credibility-shattering debate about the president: Did he not bother to learn the details of the law before he told us we could keep our doctors and our insurance, or did he know the truth and flat-out lie?

Obama announces change to address health insurance cancellations
Excerpt: President Obama announced Thursday an administrative change in one of the bedrock ideas of the new health-care law, allowing insurers to continue offering individual insurance plans for another year even if they do not comply with the law’s rules for minimum benefits. (I think it will be hard or impossible for the companies to restore cancelled plans--then Obama will blame them. ~Bob)

In Obama we trust? Americans don’t see it that way anymore — in two charts. By Sean Sullivan
Excerpt: President Obama has a trust problem. New polling data released this week show that one of Obama’s long-held political assets is looking more like a liability these days. Americans’ trust in the president has eroded to record low levels amid a torrent of criticism about the rollout of the federal health-care law, including the revelation that his long-standing refrain that all Americans can keep their health plans if they want isn’t accurate. Two charts tell the story.

Only 106,185 Enroll in Health Insurance Nationwide Using Marketplaces
Excerpt: Those numbers include people who selected a plan, but might not have yet paid their first month's premium, the administration said. (USA Today's Headline: Shocking Shortfall. I wonder how many of them are healthy young people? ~Bob)

The Best Insurance Policy? From The Patriot Post
Obama wants you to cling to government, but Americans are clinging to their guns instead. According to statistics from the FBI, there were 1,687,599 firearms background checks processed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) during the month of October. Compare this to the 106,185 individuals who are rumored to have enrolled through O'Care's federal exchange. That's a 15:1 ratio. Indeed, the Second Amendment is the best insurance policy!

Calif. Insurance Commissioner: More Than 1M Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACA
Excerpt: Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to a two-month extension of about 104,000 individual policies after failing to give the required 90-day cancellation notice, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Tuesday.

To Speak To A Nigerian Prince About Your Health Care, Press '1' Now. By Ann Coulter
Excerpt: In a weird confluence of the nation's two most pressing issues -- Obamacare and our insane immigration laws -- this week we found out that the tens of thousands of "navigators" hired by the government to enroll people in Obamacare will include convicted felons. Despite some "navigators" having already been exposed as having arrest warrants against them, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has no plans to screen out the criminals. (But rest assured: If your identity is stolen as a result of trying to sign up for Obamacare, no one will be more upset about it than President Obama.) 

House Democrats Have Lost Their Patience With The White House Over Obamacare
Excerpt: “The frustration is they are setting up deadlines they know they can’t meet. They are not going to meet the Nov. 30 deadline, I would bet anything on that. If I had a farm I’d bet the farm on that,” said Virginia Rep. Jim Moran. (D-Tea Party?) Moran also faulted the president for promising that Americans could keep their health care plans, arguing that it put Democrats in a difficult spot. He claimed that House Democrats did not make such promises, although many, in fact, did repeatedly before and after the health care law passed.

Obamacare Schadenfreudarama. It feels pretty good to watch the whole thing fail. By Jonah Goldberg
Excerpt: If you can’t take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth, in the unprecedentedly spectacular beclowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and, to no small degree, liberalism itself, then you need to ask yourself why you’re following politics in the first place. Because, frankly, this has been one of the most enjoyable political moments of my lifetime. I wake up in the morning and rush to find my just-delivered newspaper with a joyful expectation of worsening news so intense, I feel like Morgan Freeman should be narrating my trek to the front lawn. Indeed, not since Dan Rather handcuffed himself to a fraudulent typewriter, hurled it into the abyss, and saw his career plummet like Ted Kennedy was behind the wheel have I enjoyed a story more.

John Cornyn: End the Obamacare Navigator Program Immediately. By Katie Pavlich 
Excerpt: Republicans and Democrats have been warning for months about the potential for Obamacare navigator fraud. Two weeks ago, Health and Human Services Secretary admitted under oath during congressional testimony that it is possible for convicted felons to become employed as Obamacare navigators handling sensitive health and personal information.

Al Gore’s Firm Poised To Cash In On Obamacare Debacle
On Tuesday, Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer appeared on Fox & Friends and revealed that former Vice President Al Gore and other Obama cronies are cashing in on the Obamacare debacle. In 2004, David Blood and former Vice President Al Gore co-founded Generation Investment Management. Schweizer says despite the perception that Gore’s investments are all green energy-related, Blood and Gore’s investment portfolio is currently comprised of 27% health care investments and stands poised to score big from Obamacare. (Per article, Mr. Blood an Obama bundler. --Barb)

NYT: Obama’s lies are merely ‘incorrect promises’
Excerpt: From the newspaper that brought us the immortal phrase “Fake But Accurate” to describe a lie told about the president of the United States, here’s a great euphemism for a lie told by the president of the United States. Michael D. Shear and Robert Pear, NYT:… It was an incorrect promise. He made a promise, but it turned out to be incorrect. (Taquiyya. --Barb. I'd like to borrow $50k from the NYT and I'll incorrectly promise to pay it back. ~Bob)

Obama’s Obamacare Mandate Delay
Excerpt: According to Harry Reid, this move by Obama (the legality of which is questionable) is “working to fix and improve” Obamacare. Really? Last month, when Republicans offered the exact same proposal as a compromise to end the shutdown, Obama and Reid refused, and chose not to negotiate.

The Obamacare model is a Latino immigrant
Excerpt: The woman, whose first name is Adriana, is a Columbian legal immigrant living in Maryland. ABC News detailed how she became the face of the website: Seeking free family photographs, Adriana emailed a contact at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency responsible for the Affordable Care Act’s rollout, about having photos of her and her family taken in exchange for allowing the photos to be used to market the new health care law. She was never paid. (Not sure why people care about this. not policy related. ~Bob)

Two Secret Service agents cut from Obama’s detail after alleged misconduct
Excerpt: A call from the Hay-Adams hotel this past spring reporting that a Secret Service agent was trying to force his way into a woman’s room set in motion an internal investigation that has sent tremors through an agency still trying to restore its elite reputation.

Hagel Says Cuts to Pay and Benefits are Needed
Excerpt: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Tuesday that troops and their families will be asked to sacrifice on pay and benefits to preserve readiness in an era of tighter budgets. (Great idea, Chuck. Just what we need to really get our military in top shape, and reward those who safeguard us all. I can't believe this bit of real stupidity. --Del)

Watch the Video: New Jersey Teens come up with a new game called "Knockout"
We have been hearing about "The Knockout Game" for a couple of years now. Apparently it is spreading. Watch the video from a news broadcast, and be prepared to be shocked and dismayed. Not just when you see the violence, but when you hear the kids talking with big smiles about the game and what fun it is. This is how barbarism has crept into parts of our society. This has been going on for way more than long enough that we should be seeing Black leaders all over the country making speeches and delivering sermons condemning it, but so far there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of that. Do we wonder that race relations in the country are now really worse than they were 5 years ago? --Del)

Has the Government Competence Bubble Finally Burst? Or the Government Cares Bubble?
Excerpt: I remember how the critics attacked George Bush and his administration after the FEMA response to Hurricane Katrina. Much of the anger was probably deserved.

Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe
Excerpt: U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books. (Catcher in the Rye? --JB).

Excerpt: Months before the murder of a U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, American intelligence analysts documented a massive al-Qaida rally a few miles from the ambassador's residence. At that rally, terror leaders called for the murder of American diplomats. Three U.S. intelligence reports, unearthed by the American Media Institute and detailed here for the first time, offer vivid descriptions of the al-Qaida meeting. (But nobody in the DC ranks of power wanted to see it. There are none so blind as those who WILL NOT see. --Del)

Vanishing Lead Of N.C. Pro-ObamaCare Senator Bad Omen For Democrats
Excerpt: Just a month ago, when Democrats were mau-mauing Republicans over the government shutdown, it looked as though they'd make gains in the 2014 midterms. Oh, how the worm turns.
ObamaCare has become a huge liability for Democrats, and it might just cost them the Senate.
They pretend the disastrous new government program they crammed down the public's throat is not a problem for them. (How Sweet It Is....That was the old Jackie Gleason exclamation when things finally went his way. And for those of us unhappy with Obamacare and the Liberals in general, the news about what's happening to the Democrats who were so supportive of it is so nice to hear. We want to watch again the news conference with Hagan choking and stammering about what had been promised, and listen to the newscasters talking about the swing in the voters. The only bad thing is that next November is so far away. If that election were held tomorrow, there's be changes in the makeup of Congress for sure. But if Obamacare remains a train wreck for the next six months, which is likely, next November will be close enough. --Del)

America jumps off the tiger's back. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: The Obama administration apparently has tired of the global order that American power created. The president seems determined that America should become unexceptional, and his five-year-long efforts are now bearing fruit. The result is that no one knows where global violence will break out next, much less who will stop it.

Excerpt: Okay, you people. I'm going to do you all a huge favor. As the holidays approach your sometimes cynical hearts melt like a Hershey bar on the dash board. And you read about the needs of your fellow man...and you don't know what charities are eating up your donation with administrative costs, or whom you are really helping, even the guy with the sign on the side of the road. Well, I'm gonna give you a good cause and I'm gonna ask you to put your trust in me and donate what you can afford to a fellow and his wife who had their house burned down last night. Their names are Jerry and Betty Craddock from Minco, Oklahoma. They are the Uncle and Aunt of my dear cousin Tammy who spends most of her waking hours donating her time and money to schools, her church, Ronald McDonald House and Oklahoma hurricane victims. Last night Jerry and Betty's house caught on fire and they lost everything. They didn't have insurance. .. So I'm doing you all a great favor; I'm giving you a good cause to donate to. And I don't want you to give till it hurts; if you can't afford to buy a t-shirt, please put two bucks in an envelope and send it to Tammy Jameson Fouch, 1006 SW Maple Minco, Oklahoma 73059

Excerpt: While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority. The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard. The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States” would include all ponds, lakes, wetlands and natural or manmade streams that have any effect on downstream navigable waters — whether on public lands or private property.

Details emerge about Americans badly injured in Benghazi attack
Excerpt: In addition to the four Americans killed in the Benghazi terror attack last year, at least two other Americans were severely injured in the fighting that night, Fox News has learned. The injuries were sustained by U.S. personnel after mortars struck the CIA annex rooftop they were defending. Fox News is told that one former government contractor -- who is expected to testify this week along with four other contractors in classified sessions on Capitol Hill -- has had multiple surgeries since the attack and has still not regained full use of one arm. 

Rep. Olson Introduces Articles Of Impeachment Against Eric Holder
Excerpt: Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) has introduced an Articles of Impeachment resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in Operation Fast and Furious and other scandals of President Barack Obama’s administration. Seven congressman have signed onto the resolution thus far in addition to Olson. They are Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Phil Roe (R-TN), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Roger Williams (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Randy Weber (R-TX). (Unless 20 Democrat Senators will vote for it, waste of time and energy. ~Bob)

Excerpt: A federal court ruled on Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security has 30 days to disclose its plans for an “Internet kill switch,” The Washington Free Beacon reports. In order to prevent terrorists from using cell phones to remotely detonate bombs, DHS developed secret protocols, called Standard Operating Procedure 303, to govern how the agency would direct the shutdown of wireless networks in the event of an emergency. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has been battling the agency since July 2012 to release the protocols — considered “Internet kill switch” — to the public. (What, POTUS make that free Obamaphone useless? What if they’ve gotten 4 or 5? Useless? There goes the community organizing of all those flash mobs. --Barb)

Reason in the Age of the Flail-Ex

Excerpt: I once heard a quote attributed to Aristotle that says; "The Law is Reason, Free from Passion". While this may be the theoretical desired handling of legal matters, it is never-the-less apparent that only a percentage of any given legal and political population actually practices this. What we have been witnessing is an era in which the sitting political party has displayed Compassion, Free from Reason. In their effort to "solve" some of the more troubling issues present in all cultures, those of our left-listing brothers and sisters have chosen, rather to adopt a stance known as the "flail-ex".

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