ObamaCare's Arrogance, Corruption and Abuse is Just Beginning
When the dust settles, millions of Americans who had health insurance will have to do without a policy and pay a less expensive “tax,” as Justice Roberts euphemistically labeled the fines for individual non-compliance with the ACA. After all, for many it comes down to paying the rent and feeding their kids, or paying premiums double or triple their 2013 rates.
Obamacare's Threat to Liberalism
If liberals wanted the federal government to take on big new projects – more to the point, if liberals wanted taxes to pay for them – they needed the public to believe that the money would be well spent. It was more comforting for people to feel as if disinterested technicians, not party hacks, were going to be running the show. And, for a while at least, the rhetoric helped firm up the legitimacy of the growing state.
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Week ending 1 December 2013
|The Bad-Faith Presidency
At the end of the day, the root of President Obama’s mendacity on Obamacare was simple: He didn’t dare tell people how the law would work. He couldn’t tell people how the law would work. Forthrightness was the enemy. It served no useful purpose and could only bring peril, and potentially defeat. It had to be banished.
|Cancer Patient Who Spoke Out Against ObamaCare
Now Being Audited
Would the IRS actually go after a cancer patient, who had voted for Obama initially, just for appearing on FOX and now being sharply critical of Obama and suggesting that he resign for his health plan lie? The fact that we are even having this discussion shows how badly Obama has undermined confidence in government institutions and the rule of law.
|IRS Reminder: Tax Audits Are No Laughing Matter|
A President Shouldn't Even Joke About Abusing IRS Power.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Barack Obama owes his presidency in no small part to the power of rhetoric. It's too bad he doesn't appreciate the damage that loose talk can do to America's tax system, even as exploding federal deficits make revenues more important than ever.
Consumers See Progress But Insurers Smell Trouble
As the Obama administration closes in on its self-imposed deadline to fix the troubled online health insurance marketplace, consumer advocates say it is becoming easier for people to sign up for coverage but insurers warn that critical flaws continue to hinder participating health plans.
Another Setback: Small Biz Hit With 'onerous' ObamaCare Change;
Continue To Be Low On The Implementation Priority List
In another delay for the health care law and another sign of problems with its central website, the Obama administration announced a day before the Thanksgiving holiday that it would push off online enrollment for small businesses by another year.
ObamaCare's Plans Are Worse
How the ACA raises prices and limits medical choices.
Wall Street Journal Editorial
Mr. Obama and his liberal allies call the old plans "substandard," but he doesn't mean from the perspective of the consumers who bought them. He means people were free to choose insurance that wasn't designed to serve his social equity and income redistribution goals.
16 Market Survey: Doctors Rebelling Against Obamacare,
Major Hospitals Declining To Join
ObamaCare applicants across the country are finding their premiums are tripling, their favorite doctors aren't available, the physicians they can see are often far away and many prestigious hospitals offering specialized care are off-limits to them, according to a Washington Examiner survey of health insurance agents and brokers across the country.
Employer Forced to Terminate Cancer Victim's Health Care
Due to Obamacare
"We've heard about the computer glitches associated with the Affordable Care Act website, now some are saying, you can add broken promises to the list of problems," says the WDBJ-TV anchor. Reporter "Susan McGinnis visits a Virginia Beach woman who says her work insurance was fine until ACA came along."
My Obamacare Cancellation
"Seething at a President I helped elect."
We received the letter in the mail a couple months ago. The good people at Regence Bluecross Blueshield were pleased to inform us that due to Obamacare, our... medical policy would no longer exist come January 1, 2014... New premium: $1,123. A 94% increase. Once the sound of boiling blood dissipated, I heard my Republican friends in my head chuckling at the sight of a liberal Democrat hoisted ten stories high on his own petard.
|'Non-partisan' group, Families USA, paid $1 Million to
Produce Positive Obamacare Stories
Philippe Villers, the president of Families USA, serves as the Secretary and Treasurer of Board of a little-known group called the Herndon Alliance. The Herndon Alliance originated in Herndon, VA in 2005 and produced research the left used to sell the overhaul of the United States health care system and counteract opposition as the president was making a push for Obamacare.
|Medicaid Fraud: Obamacare Promise of Free Quality Healthcare
William A. Jacobson
The biggest lie of all is that 15-30 million additional people who will be enticed or shoved onto Medicaid will receive quality health care. In reality, they will receive health care "insurance," but there will be few doctors willing to see them because the reimbursement rates are so low.
|Labor Relations Board OKs Unions Paying People To
Protest, Picket Walmart
National Labor Relations Board lawyers okayed a major union's practice of paying people to protest against Walmart in a legal memorandum earlier this month. The federal labor law enforcement agency said the practice of paying workers $50 apiece to join protests "did not constitute unlawful … coercion of employees."
|Why Are Unions Protesting Walmart Again? Is It Because
Five Million Americans Applied for 500,000 Union-Free Jobs?
With one million associates, if the unions were to unionize Walmart (at $40 per month), not counting initiation fees to join, union bosses would stand to rake in nearly half a billion dollars in union dues from Walmart associates every year. No wonder the unions are upset.
|The Knockout Game – NYT/NPR Say No Big Deal
The "knockout game" – and the media underreporting of it – combines the breakdown of the family with the media's condescending determination to serve as a public relations bureau for blacks... From a distance, the media can spot some lone idiot holding up an offensive sign at a tea party rally. But when it comes to black perp/white victim crime, there is a very different attitude.
|Elderly Woman Could Be NYC's 10th ‘knockout’ Victim
A 76-year-old Brooklyn woman was punched in the back of the head by a stranger in what residents fear could be the city's tenth "knockout game" attack. Yvonne Small fell to the ground after being punched by her assailant on Alabama Ave. and Wortman Ave. in East New York about 11:35 a.m., according to police sources.
|More Cracks in the Core:
Massachusetts Halts Common Core Implementation
The board decided to delay implementation for two years while it compares the Common Core aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests to their existing – and widely praised – Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam... Massachusetts is known for its quality state academic standards and student achievement levels.
|Common Core Third Grade Book Goes Full
‘Dear Leader’ on Obama
The ground is being laid for future racial strife over Barack Obama once he is out of office. His fanatical supporters, especially in the African-American community which has remained solidly in his camp despite all his demonstrated incompetence and lies, are being set up to see him as a martyr.
|The Front Man
Kevin D. Williamson
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year – the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language.
|Obama Administration Supports Tenn. Mosque,|
Call Islam 'recognized religion'
Federal attorneys on Monday jumped into a court battle over the construction of a Tennessee mosque by offering legal proof that Islam is a recognized religion entitled to constitutional protection. U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin of Nashville said his office would not sit by while mosque opponents raise questions in court about whether Islam is a recognized religion.
|Angola Bans Islam To Stop Spread of Muslim Extremism,
Begins Tearing Down Mosques
According to several Angolan newspapers, Angola has become the first country in the world to ban Islam and Muslims, taking first measures by destroying mosques in the country. “The process of legalization of Islam has not been approved by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, their mosques would be closed until further notice.”
|Afghanistan Plans To Reintroduce Public Stoning
The move has shocked human rights campaigners and will dismay donors who have poured billions of pounds into the country for reconstruction. It will be viewed as another backwards step at the end of a year that has seen women’s rights undermined, with a slew of legislation and murders of prominent women.
Week ending 24 November 2013
|The Scheme Behind the
Andrew C. McCarthy
The point of showing that Obama is carrying out a massive scheme to defraud – one that certainly would be prosecuted if committed in the private sector – is not to agitate for a prosecution that is never going to happen. It is to demonstrate that there is logic to the lies. There is an objective that the fraud aims to achieve.
|ObamaCare by the Numbers
219 Democrats voted for it in the House of Representatives, and zero Republicans voted for it. 60 Democrats voted for it in the Senate, and zero Republicans voted for it. President Obama and Congressional Democrats own this legislation; keep that in mind, while reading how much money this has cost.
|Iran Nuclear Deal Fuels Anger,
Jitters In Mideast
Israel and Gulf countries led by Saudi Arabia have formed an unlikely alliance in their opposition to Sunday's deal, joined together by shared concerns about a nuclear-armed Iran. While most Gulf countries remained silent in the first hours after the deal was reached in Geneva, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wasted little time in criticizing it, calling it a "historic mistake" and saying he was not bound by the agreement.
Capitol Hill Skepticism Over Iran Nuclear Deal Results In
Bipartisan Call For More Sanctions
“A nuclear weapons-capable Iran presents a grave threat to the national security of the United States and its allies and we are committed to preventing Iran from acquiring this capability," the group of top senators said. “We will work together to reconcile Democratic and Republican proposals over the coming weeks and to pass bipartisan Iran sanctions legislation as soon as possible.”
Top Dems, Republicans Blast Obama's Nuke Deal with Iran
Top lawmakers on both side of the aisle on Sunday voiced skepticism about the newly struck agreement with Iran, and vowed to keep up the pressure with sanctions. Senior members in both chambers said that, at first glance, Iran got the better end of the deal with western powers, China and Russia – effectively exchanging looser sanctions for very little progress in impeding Tehran’s nuclear capabilities.
|Kuwait Mulls Screening People
Entering the Country for
Homosexuality as Part of Their "Sharia Duty"
After a Kuwaiti official said the country may start using routine health screenings to detect homosexuality in expatriates seeking entry, Kuwaiti authorities announced their intention to increase enforcement of anti-gay legislation in both Kuwait and the Gulf countries. Those found to be homosexual would be denied entry, according to a report by MEMRI.
|Sebelius Asked To Explain $2
BILLION in Obamacare Loans
Several leading GOP members of Congress are asking Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, under whose watch the Healthcare.gov website rollout has experience one fiasco after another, to explain the $2 billion in taxpayer money loaned to various interests to get health insurance CO-OPs up and running – and whether the taxpayers will get any of that back.
|New Revelations Transform Obamacare
from Fiasco into Scandal
Negligence? Absolutely. Incompetence? The case can be made. But scandalous? To suggest that the White House has willfully engaged in the intentional misleading of the public and an outrageous dereliction of its responsibilities to enforce the laws passed by Congress has been a bridge too far. Until recently...
|"Racist" President Says
Now You can Keep Your "Substandard Insurance"
We have the happy pleasure of watching the arrogant press's favorite party face humiliating and ruinous exposure as know-nothings who lied, covered up, ignored normal legislative procedures, constitutional law, public sentiment, math, technology, and common sense. Just a few days ago the president's defenders were calling his critics "racists"...
|Obamacare No-Bid Contract Awarded
to Company That
Previously Mishandled More Than 20 Government IT Projects
CGI Federal, the main Web site developer, entered the U.S. government market a decade ago when its parent company purchased American Management Systems, a Fairfax County contractor that was coming off a series of troubled projects.
Security Expert: Healthcare.gov 'may already have been compromised';
Cyber Experts – Americans Should Not Use the Site at Present
One key problem facing Healthcare.gov is that security wasn't built into the site from the very beginning... "There's not a lot of security built into the site… David Kennedy told the committee. "It's not only social security numbers... it's one of the largest collections of personal data, social security and everything else, that we've ever seen," Kennedy said.
Woman Hailed by President as Obamacare Success Story
Now Can't Afford Obamacare
"Wow. You guys really screwed me over," Jessica Sanford wrote on a Facebook post about the Washington state exchange website. "Now I have been priced out and will not be able to afford the plans you offer. But, I get to pay $95 and up for not having health insurance. I am so incredibly disappointed and saddened. You majorly screwed up."
Real Life: ObamaCare Forced Mom Into Medicaid
Nicole L. Hopkins
My mother is not one to seek attention by complaining, so her recent woeful Facebook post caught my eye: "I just received a notice: 'In order to comply with the new healthcare law, your current health plan will be discontinued on December 31, 2013.' Currently my premium is $276 and it is a stretch for me to cover. The new plan ... are you ready ... projected new rate $415.20. Now I can't afford health insurance."
|Why Youth Is Revolting Against Obama
(Hint: It's Not Just Obamacare)
In 2008, he seemed like the coolest cat to hit the national scene in a long time, almost scientifically engineered to appeal to idealistic young Americans. How times have changed. It's like totally official, now, bro: Even the young Americans who were central to Barack Obama's election in 2008 and 2012 are sick of the president...
|How well is Government-run Health
Care Working Out in
If you're a big-government sort of person, then you would love the Venezuelan health care system. Price controls make sure that doctors and hospitals don't make any money by providing care. Everyone is equal and you have to wait your turn in line whether you pay taxes or not.
|Why Do We Have Excess Regulation,
and Can We Get Rid of It?
Veronique de Rugy
As a general rule, the main incentive faced by regulatory agencies is to produce more and more regulations. They have no incentives to even make sure that these regulations are needed, appropriately addressing a problem, or not causing more harm than good. The result is more and more regulations.
|A new regulation every 2-1/2 hours|
|New Jersey Town Denied FEMA
Rebuilding Funds on
Ocean Grove has been denied rebuilding funds from FEMA. In one sense, this denial is part of the Obama administration's quiet campaign against religion in the public square. Yet the story of FEMA's conflict with Ocean Grove is about more than just Barack Obama. It's the story of modern America's rebellion against its religious foundations, rendered in miniature.
|Media Suppressing Racial,
Anti-Semitic Elements Behind 'Knockout' Game
Former New York City Police Department detective Bo Dietl explained why the "Knockout" game ... is something the news media should be devoting more attention to, despite its racial aspects. According to Dietl, the media has largely ignored the trend because it involves black-on-white crime.
MLive Gets It Right. Almost.
Victim Shoots Attacker in Knockout Game
An intended victim of the Knockout Game shot his attacker. So far so good. This version of the game had a twist: Instead of punching the victim in the face, the predator used a taser – a KL-800 Type Stun Gun capable of generating 1.8 million volts. The assailants had scouted the site, the victim and even practiced firing the taser. But then it all went wrong. Or right.
Six 'Knockout' Attacks in New Haven, Connecticut
The New Haven Independent reported that a group of young men approached five males and a 68 year-old woman at different times on Monday and Tuesday evenings. In all cases, one of the young men in the group faced off with the victim, punched him or her in the face or head, then ran off with the rest of the group, laughing.
|Army Considers Reclassifying Fort
NBC 5 Investigates has learned the United States Army plans to launch another review of the Fort Hood shooting to see if it was an act of “international terrorism.” The result of that review could have a big impact on the victims who’ve been denied Purple Heart medals and the financial benefits that come with them.
|Islamist Inciter of Violence Found
Guilty, CAIR Cries 'Setup'
Yousef Khattab explained on camera that he does not want to force non-Muslims to convert to Islam, but he does want them to live under Islamic law. "There is no compulsion in Islam. That means we can't force it on you, but we will force Islamic Sharia," he said. "It just takes time. The American people are waking up now."
|U.N. Delegates Applaud As
'[Non]State of Palestine' Casts First Vote
Delegates at the U.N. General Assembly applauded enthusiastically on Monday as the Palestinian representative to the world body for the first time cast a vote on behalf of the "State of Palestine." The vote itself was a relatively minor one, but Palestinian delegate Riyad Mansour called it symbolically significant.
|BENGHAZI UPDATE: Staffers Told:
'You Are On Your Own,'
Lawmaker Puts Blame Squarely on Hillary Clinton
A congressman has revealed a new detail about the 2012 Benghazi attack, disclosing that staff members at the besieged U.S. special mission were told in a directive, "You are on your own."
|Feds Consider New Gun Regulations
The ATF would not comment on the draft rule, since it has not yet been released to the public, but a description provided by the White House asserts that it would target cases where guns go missing "in transit." The White House office has 90 days to review the proposed rule before releasing it to the public and allowing them to comment.
|Obama Administration Pondering New
Carbon Emission Cuts
In Wake of Warsaw Climate Change Conference
The Obama Administration is planning to introduce a pledge to make additional steep cuts in U.S. carbon emissions after 2020 in the wake of a little-noticed United Nations conference on greenhouse gas emissions that is the latest step toward a new treaty to take the place of the tattered Kyoto Protocol.
|Feds Reverse Course and Open Tesla
Battery Fire Probe
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it is opening a formal investigation into 13,100 Tesla Motors Model S electric vehicles for battery fires – one month after it declined to do so.
|Census Bureau 'faked' 2012 Election
In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply – from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September – might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated. And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it.
|Homeland Security Still Hasn't
Fired Black Supremacist
Who Called for Mass Murder of Whites
The Southern Poverty Law Center first exposed Ayo Kimathi in August, prompting a small media firestorm that led DHS to place the procurement officer on administrative leave with pay pending review. DHS deputy press secretary Gillian Christensen confirmed that his status has not changed and that he is still on leave pending review.
|'Knockout game' Leads To Arrests,
More Police Patrols
Recent attacks in New York, New Haven, Conn., Washington, D.C. and suburban Philadelphia have raised concerns across the country. The violence is not new, though. In 2011, St. Louis had a rash of similar incidents, one of which led to the death of a Vietnamese immigrant. Some of the assaults are recorded and posted on social media by the attackers.
|Urban Decay To Be Replaced with
Farmland in Detroit
A private company is snapping up 150 acres on the Motor City's East End – property where more than 1,000 homes once formed a gritty neighborhood – and turning it into what is being billed as the world's largest urban farm.
Week ending 17 November 2013
|The Man Who Called It
Jim Capretta: America's Indispensable Man On Healthcare Policy
Jim Capretta saw the Obamacare debacle coming when it was months away. On July 5, the Obama administration released a 600 page regulation announcing a one-year delay in part of Obamacare's implementation. States would not have to check the income of people applying for subsidies, according to the administration's guidance. The administration simply would not be ready in time.
|When the Obama Magic Died
The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama's policies – and, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that.
Obama’s Dubious Legacy
In March 2010, Barack Obama placed a giant bet on the docility and stupidity of the American people, when he decided in the face of three huge electoral warnings to force his health plan down the unwilling throats of the American people. And by November 2013, it was clear he had lost.
|Obama Didn’t Consult Insurers
Before Making Change
According to the New York Times, “many” insurers who attended a hastily called meeting Friday at the White House with Obama ”expressed anger that the president had not consulted them before Thursday’s announcement.”
|Associated Press Report
The Secret, Dirty Cost of Obama's Green Power Push
Report Indicts Obama, the EPA, DOE and Dept. of Agriculture
The government's predictions of [ethanol's] benefits have proven so inaccurate that independent scientists question whether it will ever achieve its central environmental goal: reducing greenhouse gases. That makes the hidden costs even more significant. "This is an ecological disaster," said Craig Cox with the Environmental Working Group, a natural ally of the president that, like others, now finds itself at odds with the White House.
Next Generation of Biofuels a "bridge to nowhere"
Ethanol from corn has proven far more damaging to the environment than the government predicted, and cellulosic fuel hasn't emerged as a replacement. "A lot of people were willing to go with corn ethanol because it's a bridge product," said Silvia Secchi, an agricultural economist at Southern Illinois University. But until significant cellulosic fuel materializes, she said, "It's a bridge to nowhere."
|Unitedhealth Drops Thousands of
Doctors from Insurance Plans
UnitedHealth Group dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
Bowie State U.: Obamacare Cause of End of Student Health Plan
at Historic Black College
Officials at one one of the nation's oldest and most elite historically black colleges are citing the Affordable Care Act as the reason they have cancelled a school-wide affordable health care plan they had offered students. The official website for Bowie State explains that Obamacare's new regulations would force the cost of the insurance to rise from $50 to $900 a semester ($1800 per year). More from Bowie
The Truth About Navigators
James O'Keefe Reveals Corruption at the Heart of Obamacare
The events of O'Keefe's video of a Texas navigator site run by the National Urban League are a familiar sight to viewers of his past efforts exposing Medicaid and voter fraud. Government-paid workers supposedly trained to uphold the law advise clients on how to lie on government forms, evade legal requirements, and ignore proper procedures.
Second Video Appears
Memo Warned of "limitless" Security Risks for HealthCare.gov
Henry Chao said he was unaware of a Sept. 3 government memo written by another senior official at CMS. It found two high-risk issues, which are redacted for security reasons. The memo said "the threat and risk potential (to the system) is limitless." The memo shows CMS gave deadlines of mid-2014 and early 2015 to address them. But Chao testified he'd been told the opposite.
WebMD Pockets Millions from Feds to Promote Obamacare
Two months before enrollment began in the Obamacare exchanges, the administration's top health care official heaped praise on WebMD for launching an online resource to help Americans navigate the complex law. The consumer health care site had the occasional nice thing to say about Obamacare, too.
Little-Known Obamacare Tax Affects Homeowners
If you are single with an adjusted gross income of $200,000 or file jointly with an income of $250,000 or more, you may be impacted. Once you sell your home, any profits over the first $500,000 are already subject to a capital gains tax. And now those profits will have an additional 3.8% tax to fund Obamacare.
|Lies, Damn Lies and ObamaCare
When it comes to ObamaCare, everyone’s mincing words these days. They’re afraid to say our leaders lied. And they’re afraid to say they’re still lying. That’s entirely understandable. They want to be accurate. They want to be truthful. They want to be honest. Well thank God somebody does. Nobody in Washington seems to.
During the government shutdown, Barack Obama held fast, heroically refusing to give an inch to the hostage-taking, barbaric orcs of the Tea Party who insisted on delaying Obamacare... But we didn't know something back then: Obama desperately needed a delay of Healthcare.gov. In his arrogance, though, he couldn't bring himself to admit it.
|Not a joke, The New York
Times reports that "kickbacks and bribes"
are legal now in Obamacare
They can't get the website right. The president lied to the American people about whether they'd lose their health coverage. Billions in subsidies are soon to flow to the Big 5 health insurers directly from the pockets of taxpayers. And now HHS has ruled that kickbacks are a perfectly reasonable form of business in the context of Obamacare?
|The Drift Toward Despotism
I am not one for cheap historical analogies: My mother spent four of her childhood years under Nazi occupation, and it is insulting to her and millions of others who know the real thing to bandy overheated comparisons. But there is a despotic trend in American government.
|Americans' Personal Data Shared with
CIA, IRS, Others in Security Probe
The unprecedented creation of such a list and decision to disseminate it widely demonstrate the ease with which the federal government can collect and share Americans' personal information, even when there's no clear reason for doing so.
|Aussies Buck Environmentalists, Win
Fight To Repeal Global Warming Taxes
"We have said what we mean, and will do what we say. The carbon tax goes," Prime Minister Abbott told lawmakers. "Repealing the carbon tax should be the first economic reform of this parliament." "The Australian Prime Minister's decision will be noticed around the world and sends an important message," said Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Parliamentary Secretary Paul Calandra.
Australia Says 'No' To $100 Billion UN Climate Fund;
Rejects "socialism masquerading as environmentalism"
The federal cabinet has ruled that Australia will not sign up to any new contributions, taxes or charges at this week's global summit on climate change, in a significant toughening of its stance as it plans to move within days to repeal the carbon tax. This rules out Australia playing any role in a wealth transfer from rich countries to developing nations to pay them to decrease their carbon emissions.
|Solar Panels Frying Birds Along
Major Migration Path;
Many Are Federally Protected Species
Some animal rights activists are wondering just how many birds green energy may unintentionally kill as more and more birds turn up dead at solar energy facilities throughout California. It happens that many of California's solar plants are, the article claims, in the path of "the four major north-to-south trajectories for migratory birds" called "the Pacific Flyway."
|Windfarms Lethal for Eagles|
|What Do Green Groups Want More:
Saving the Planet or Saving the Senate?
As the 2014 midterm-election year approaches, green political operatives will face a test that pits their principles against their long-standing reputation for pragmatism. Control of the Senate is in play, and the Democrats' margin is held by senators representing conservative, energy-producing states.
|EPA Blocks Cities from Installing
Philadelphia has 119 fire hydrants that cost about $2,000 each waiting in a warehouse to be installed, yet they sit high and dry because federal regulators say their fittings might taint drinking water with lead. Manufacturers... which represents utilities that serve about 80 percent of Americans, are urging the agency to reconsider or at least allow more time to comply.
|Lawmakers Urge Administration to
Stop EPA Takeover
of Ponds, Ditches, Streams
Lawmakers are urging EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and the WH to put the brakes on rulemaking that would drastically expand the agency's jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The 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.
|Why Does the Global Warming Hoax
Think... Over $22 Billion in Fiscal 2013
The catastrophic anthropogenic global warming theory has now been, in my opinion, definitively refuted. Yet the global warming machine grinds on, oblivious to the science. Why? Because there is a great deal of money at stake. Over $165 Billion since 1993.
|Japan Slashes Greenhouse Gas
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government's top spokesman, said the earlier target set in 2009 by a center-left government under then-prime minister Yukio Hatoyama was never realistic. "Our government has been saying... that the 25 percent reduction target was totally unfounded and wasn't feasible," he told reporters in Tokyo.
|Al-Qaeda-linked Rebels Apologize
Beheading the Wrong Man
Radical anti-government fighters in Syria mistakenly beheaded a wounded fellow rebel soldier after assuming he was a supporter of President Bashar al-Assad, according to an online statement from the radical fighters' group. A separate online video showed a gruesome display of radical fighters holding what appeared to be the victim's head.
|What is Arabic for
|Pennsylvania Town Gives Anti-Gun
Mayor the Boot
Chambersburg, PA residents voted Mayor Pete Lagiovane (D) out of office on November 5th after he signed up to be part of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
|Obama Using Food-stamp Cash to Fund
Michelle's 'Let's Move'
On Nov. 1, sizable cuts were gouged into the federal food-stamp program which feeds 47.6 million people, or nearly one in six Americans. But news has spread among the poor, like leafy green vegetables, that it wasn't heartless Republicans who triggered the cuts. Rather, some of the food-stamp cash was snatched to pay for Michelle Obama's pet project, Let's Move.
|CEO's OpEd a Tacit Admission That
There Is No Labor Shortage In America – Contradicts Push for
"Many companies have recognized [the fact that Americans, particularly veterans, need jobs], with Starbucks most recently announcing their commitment to hire 10,000 veterans over the next five years," Bill Simon wrote. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said that Republicans should flip this debate on its head, targeting pro-amnesty Democrats by pointing out that they have abandoned American workers.
|Unions Reject Boeing Offer, May
Loose Jobs to Another State
Despite warnings that production of Boeing's next generation 777 plane could go to another state, machinists in the Northwest voted late Wednesday to reject a contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs. In response, the Boeing Co. said it would begin a bid process to find a home for its 777X production line.
|The World Turned Upside Down
Who ever thought that when it came to foreign affairs we would someday be saying "Thank God for the French"? It seems that even France can't take the "modalities" of the French-looking John Kerry ("modalities" being the precious word Kerry used on Meet the Press yesterday to describe appeasement). Maybe Kerry forgot to pack his magic hat.
|'White privilege' Theory Prevalent
is the Brainchild of 1960s Radicals, SDS
Sometimes, in the back of our minds, we wonder about the origins of nutty leftist academic theories, such as "white privilege." It has become the mainstream view of America's education establishment. But where does it come from? According to a recent article on SocialistWorker.org, the originally named "white skin privilege," was first floated in a pamphlet produced by the radical group Students for a Democratic Society in 1967.
|History Channel Plans to
Remake Roots – Historians and Genealogists
Now Widely Agree It Has Been Discredited as a Historical Hoax
In the wake of successful slavery-themed movies like "12 Years a Slave," "The Butler" and "Lincoln," the History Channel just announced plans to remake "Roots," the landmark 1977 mini-series that drew record ratings. How will they handle the hoax problem?
|Report: Government Redistributes
More Than $2 Trillion in 2012 Alone
The Obama Admin. redistributed more than $2 trillion in income from the top 40 percent of American society to the bottom 60 percent in 2012, according to a new study from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. The study tracked the beneficiaries of government spending programs largely paid for by taxpayers who are not very big beneficiaries of those programs.
|There was no update for
Week ending 10 November 2013
Week ending 3 November 2013
|God, Lies, and Obama
Roger L. Simon
Americans are far from strangers to presidential lying. Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon excelled at it. Both, however, were liars of what we could call self-defense. They were guys that got caught... Barack Obama is another matter. His lies are not mainly for self-defense (although Benghazi has elements of that). They are lies of ideological volition. He lies to get his way.
|The Wages of
Victor Davis Hanson
[Obama's] distortions and broken promises have now become so frequent that many at home and abroad are finally tuning out the president. Almost nothing promised about the Affordable Care Act is proving true. Contrary to presidential assurances, Obamacare has not lowered premiums or deductibles. It will not reduce the deficit or improve business competitiveness.
|Senate Democrats Call for AUTOMATIC
Debt Limit Hikes;
Only a Veto-Proof Majority Could Stop Obama Spending
Democrats controlling the Senate proposed Tuesday to avoid future showdowns over the so-called debt ceiling by giving the president authority to authorize additional federal borrowing unless Congress can muster veto-proof margins to block him.
|Exclusive: HealthCare.gov Users
Cite Security Risk,
Breach of Privacy
Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled. What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state. “I was in complete shock,” said Hadley, who contacted Heritage after becoming alarmed at the breach of privacy.
Top 40 Troubling Listings from the Obamacare
Navigator/Assister Security Nightmare
The consumer is vulnerable, but so is the taxpayer. The program is rife with organizations that have advocated for "open borders," have helped illegal immigrants dodge apprehension, and have attempted to give illegal immigrants access to additional taxpayer-funded resources.
|Of Sharks and Windshields
The Obama administration is beginning to resemble a damaged car windshield: A small ding from an unexpected flying pebble turns into a spider web of cracks, leaving the windshield difficult to see through and dangerously unstable. But where most windshields remain serviceable for months after the first chip, the façade of President Obama's credibility is cracking up with stunning rapidity, even among some ardent "journalist" supporters and erstwhile human shields.
|Time To Use The F-word About
Lies Needed to Prevent a ‘Harry and Louise’ Failure
The word is “fraud.” It is now clear that the American people and their representatives in Congress were lied to, in order to obtain passage of Obamacare. When someone is induced to undertake an action based on false representations, that constitutes fraud… incompetence does not negate the fraudulent nature of the passage of Obamacare.
|Can We Finally Stop Pretending?
Jeffrey T. Brown
For those on the left who seem befuddled by the train wreck that is ObamaCare, perhaps some introspection is in order. The political lynching of conservatives for the last five years has been an unmitigated lie. Everything conservatives predicted is coming to pass. Every truth they told is playing out publicly.
|In 2010 Senate Democrats
Unanimously Voted for Rule
That Led To Insurance Cancellations
In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama's promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it. On a party line vote, Democrats killed the resolution.
Obama Officials Knew In 2010 That 93 Million Americans
Would Be Unable To Keep Their Health Plans Under Obamacare
It turns out that in an obscure report buried in a June 2010 edition of the Federal Register, administration officials predicted massive disruption of the private insurance market. Contrary to the reporting of NBC, the administration's commentary in the Federal Register did not only refer to the individual market, but also the market for employer-sponsored health insurance.
‘Agitated’ Dems Vent On ObamaCare Woes;
They Were for It Weeks Ago, Now Not So Much
Senate Democrats vented their frustrations over the faulty rollout of the Affordable Care Act in a meeting Thursday with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior officials. "There's a lot of frustration, everywhere," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said after the meeting.
Obama Tells Insurance Companies To Shut Up,
If They Know What's Good for Them
"What is going on is a behind-the-scenes attempt by the White House to at least keep insurers from publicly criticizing what is happening on this Affordable Care Act rollout," reports Andrew Griffin of CNN. "Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you're going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet."
Canceled Health Plans Have Some Calling Obamacare a ‘betrayal’
In Washington state, most of the 290,000 people covered by insurance plans they purchased on the individual market received letters this fall telling them that their plans are going away. “This whole experience has converted a lifelong Democrat into a foot soldier for the Republican Party,” Bill Fullner said. He’s not alone in his frustration.
NY Doctors Resist ObamaCare;
Few Will Accept Health Plan Patients
A poll conducted by the NY State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation's new health-care plan. Another 33 percent say they're still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers. "There's a lot of resistance. Doctors don't know what they're going to get paid."
|The Obama Facade Cracks at Last
Janice Shaw Crouse
Only now – five years into his presidency – are we seeing some cracks in the protective shield surrounding President Obama, and then only after the abuse of reporters' privacy has been threatened. Bob Woodward, one of the journalists famed for breaking the Watergate story, called the Obama Administration a "rat's nest of concealment and lies" and described it as a "secret government."
|Britain's National Health Service
Pulls the Plug On its £11bn IT System
A plan to create the world's largest single civilian computer system linking all parts of the National Health Service is to be abandoned by the Government after running up billions of pounds in bills. Ministers are expected to announce that they are scrapping a central part of the much-delayed and hugely controversial 10-year National Programme for IT.
|Did Jarrett and Michelle Pick an
Incompetent Website Firm?
Investor´s Business Daily Editorial
[CGI's] performance on Ontario, Canada's health care medical registry for diabetes sufferers was so poor that officials ditched the $46.2 million contract after three years of missed deadlines... CGI is also the company behind the $2.7 billion failed, Liberal-launched Canadian Gun Registry that was so plagued with corruption and mismanagement it brought on an investigation by Canadian Auditor General Sheila Fraser.
|Global Warming 'pause' May Last for
20 More Years;
IPCC Computer Models – Not ‘fit for purpose’
A paper in the peer-reviewed journal Climate Dynamics amounts to a stunning challenge to climate science orthodoxy. Not only does it explain the unexpected pause, it suggests that the scientific majority – whose views are represented by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – have underestimated the role of natural cycles and exaggerated that of greenhouse gases.
|Fracking Gets a Clean Bill of Health
The British government's health agency is the latest body to give fracking a clean bill of health, in a move that should galvanize the country to act on its considerable reserves of shale gas. Energy prices are the topic du jour for British politicians right now, as parties compete over who can further distance themselves from the green policies that have been pushing electricity prices higher and higher.
|Britain says 'no' to Green Levies:
More Than Half of Voters Object to Paying Eco Taxes
A total of 60 per cent of voters object to the charges, which will hit households with an extra £270 per year on their energy bills by 2020. Just 18 per cent support the taxes. The findings, in a Survation poll, come after a week in which double-digit hikes by the energy companies dominated debate at Westminster.
|Obama Has Presided Over 5 of 6
Largest Deficits in U.S. History
President Barack Obama has now presided over five of the six largest annual budget deficits the U.S. government has ever run, according to data released yesterday by the U.S. Treasury. Even when adjusted for inflation, the $680.276 billion fiscal 2013 deficit is only exceeded by one pre-Obama deficit – the one the U.S. government ran in 1943, during the height of World War II.
|IRS' Lois Lerner Gave Confidential
Tea Party Tax Info to FEC,
Violating Federal Law
Emails obtained by Judicial Watch show that the IRS, which was considering the tax status of the groups, gave the FEC the tax returns of the groups, including income, expenditures and staff pay. The emails also revealed the exact working of the prying political questions the IRS wanted the groups to reveal, such as their goals and the requests for brochures and ads.
|Fox News's Kirsten Powers:
The Journey from Atheist to Christian
Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I'd be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religion – especially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt.
|Philadelphia City Council Wants
Socialism Taught In Schools
Philadelphia city council members have approved a resolution that calls for socialist historian Howard Zinn's book A People's History of the United States to be taught in public high schools. The resolution was backed by council members who believe that Zinn's far-left socialist vision of American history is currently missing from high school textbooks.
|How Historic Revisionism Justifies
How important, really, is history to current affairs? Do events from the 7th century – or, more importantly, how we understand them – have any influence on U.S. foreign policy today? By way of answer, consider some parallels between academia's portrayal of the historic Islamic jihads and the U.S. government's and media's portrayal of contemporary Islamic jihads.
|UK Bishop Fears ‘Sharia Bonds’ Pave
Way for More Islamic Law
Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former bishop of Rochester, said proposals to make Britain the first non-Muslim country to sell a bond that complies with sharia could trigger a series of “unforeseen consequences”. He also voiced broader fears that Christianity was being increasingly excluded from the administration of law.
|Palestinian Authority TV Cartoon
The Devil and the Jews are united in Hatred of Prophet Muhammad
During Ramadan, Palestinian Authority TV broadcast an Egyptian cartoon series for children called The Raids of Prophet Muhammad. The cartoon shows the Devil ecstatic because he saw that the Jews who were filled with "hate and loathing" for Muhammad schemed to unite the Arab-pagan tribes to fight Muhammad.
|52 Felons Given 'Routine
Unauthorized Access' to Navy Installations
A DoD official told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday that about 50 convicted felons were given access to Navy installations without the proper checks, and no one has been held accountable.
|Suspected LAX Gunman Reportedly
Wrote Telling Note;
Once Again It's Not Guns but, Mental State of Mind
The suspect accused of opening fire inside the Los Angeles airport left a note in which he allegedly wrote that he wanted to kill at least one TSA officer and didn’t care which one, authorities said Saturday. [A] note found in his duffel bag reportedly suggested the 23-year-old unemployed motorcycle mechanic was willing to kill almost any officer he could confront with his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
|'Uncomfortable truth' in Matthew
Gay journalist Stephen Jimenez unearthed a story that few people wanted to hear. And it calls into question everything you think you know about the life and death of one of the leading icons of our age. Matthew Shepard, college student. Killed, at 21, for being gay. Or was he?
|Another Fake Hate Crime: Black
Minister Given Two Years In Prison
A black Baptist minister from Chesterfield County was sentenced Thursday to serve two years in prison for setting his front porch ablaze in a phony hate crime attack that included racist graffiti he painted to deceive police.
|Man Accused of Writing "N-Word" On
Red Lobster Receipt To Sue Waitress and Restaurant – Handwriting Expert
The mystery of how a racist epithet came to be scrawled on a receipt handed to a Tennessee Red Lobster waitress has only become more muddled, as the man accused of writing the offensive word now says he plans to sue the waitress and the Red Lobster chain.
Week ending 27 October 2013
Electronic Medical Records Wreck
Has Doctors Leaving the Practice
Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, a Philadelphia orthopedic surgeon, has a timely reminder for everyone encountering the federal health care exchange meltdown: “If you think signing up for Obamacare is a nightmare, ask your doctor how the EMR mandate is going.”
In an essay "Freedom of the Press" George Orwell wrote presciently about the dangers of a press too bound to prevailing orthodoxy to print anything else: Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.
|At Current Spending Levels U.S.
Debt Will Reach $22 Trillion...
It's been almost a week since Congress reached a temporary deal to suspend the U.S. government's debt ceiling and the Treasury department has already wasted no time by adding another $375 billion in new debt. Suspension of a cap on U.S. debt, which was previously fixed at $16.69 trillion, means the Treasury department, headed by Jack Lew, can effectively spend whatever amount of money it needs or wants.
|Report: U.S. Spent $3.7 Trillion on
Welfare Over Last 5 Years
"We have just concluded the 5th fiscal year since President Obama took office. During those five years, the federal government has spent a total $3.7 trillion on approximately 80 different means-tested poverty and welfare programs."... "The enormous sum spent on means-tested assistance is nearly five times greater than the combined amount spent on NASA, education, and all federal transportation projects over that time.
|Census: 49% of Americans Get Gov’t
In total, the Census Bureau estimated, 151,014,000 Americans out of a population then estimated to be 306,804,000 received benefits from one or more government programs during the last three months of 2011. Those 151,014,000 beneficiaries equaled 49.2 percent of the population.
|Obamacare Sticker Shock Will Soon
Replace Website Anger
Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama's signature legislation.
Elderly Patients Sick Over Losing Doctors Under Obamacare
Elderly New Yorkers are in a panic after getting notices that insurance companies are booting their doctors from the Medicare Advantage program as a result of the shifting medical landscape under ObamaCare. That leaves patients with unenviable choices: keep the same insurance plan and find another doctor, pay out of pocket or look for another plan where their physician is a member.
Millions Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare
"16 million people are now receiving letters from their carriers saying they are losing their current coverage and must re-enroll in order to avoid a break in coverage and comply with the new health law's benefit mandates – the vast majority by January 1. Most of these will be seeing some pretty big rate increases."
Feds Tell Blue Cross Blue Shield Not to Release Sign-up Numbers
James Nichol of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota told the forum crowd his company received the request from the federal government earlier Monday. Still, a spokeswoman from Blue Cross Blue Shield says about 14 North Dakotans have signed up for coverage since the federal exchange went live Oct. 1. That brings total statewide enrollment to 20 – less than one a day.
It Appears as 2012 Election Neared
WH Diverted Attention Away From Obamacare Preparation
At the height of the 2012 presidential election campaign, it was crunch time for the Obama administration to release key instructions so contractors could work toward the October 2013 deadline. But a Health and Human Services official who was closely involved tells CBS News that in late summer, the administration stopped issuing proposed rules for the Affordable Health Care Act until after the election.
Kirsten Powers Was Longtime Obamacare Supporter,
Until She Got “The Letter”…
In an appearance on “The Kelly File” Thursday, Kirsten told host Megyn Kelly that she received “the letter” that millions of Americans across the country are receiving. Kirsten is a healthy single woman whose health insurance premiums are going to double under ObamaCare.
|No hablo español - indefinitely|
|Michelle Obama’s Princeton
Classmate Is Executive at Company
That Built Obamacare Website
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
|A Software Installer's View On the
Obamacare IT Mess
A reader who says that he has done large software installations for one of the big accounting firms wrote the following in an email. It seems to validate [my] concerns about the Obamacare IT mess... My prediction is that the December 15 drop dead date will come without these problems solved.
|Online Fundraiser Works Fine As
Obamacare Meltdown To Raise Cash
President Barack Obama is using the disastrous crash of his Obamacare website to extract cash and volunteer hours from his supporters. "By now, you've probably heard that the website has not worked as smoothly as it was supposed to," Obama told his supporters in an email sent out late Tuesday. "That's why I need your help," he said.
|Obama’s Valerie Jarrett:
Often Whispered about, But Never Challenged
Jarrett, an old Chicago friend of both Barack and Michelle Obama, appears to exercise such extraordinary influence she is sometimes quietly referred to as “Rasputin” on Capitol Hill, a reference to the mystical monk who held sway over Russia’s Czar Nicholas as he increasingly lost touch with reality during World War I.
|IRS Paid Out $132 Billion in Bogus
Earned Income Tax Credits
Over Last Decade
Bogus payments can include those that never should have been paid, or were paid out in the wrong amount. According to the audit, the improper payments accounted for between 21 percent and 25 percent of all EITC claims in 2012. That means between $11.6 billion and $13.6 billion was misspent.
|Shocking Admission On Army
No Training In The Last 6 Months
Gen. Ray Odierno told a Washington conference Monday that the U.S. Army had not conducted any training in the last six months of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. And, he said, there currently are only two Army brigades rated combat-ready. That´s less than one-third what 's regarded as necessary for national security. [Snip] All this to comply with Obama administration orders to drastically shrink the Army and military spending.
|Emails Reveal: White House, State
Department Coordinated with
Journalist On National Security Leaks
White House and State Department officials cooperated extensively on background with a New York Times journalist during the period that he broke confidential national security information in a series of leaks that prompted outrage from lawmakers, according to unearthed 2011 and 2012 emails.
|Getting Assad Regime Out Serves
M. Zuhdi Jasser
In foreign policy, negligence paves the way for the forces of evil to overpower the forces of good. Washington's negligence with regard to Syria has left the people for dead. In the context of the Assad regime's genocidal horrors against them, they are spinning into a vortex of destitution, foreign exploitation and radicalization.
|Israel Clashes with U.S. As It
Calls for Destruction of
Iran's Nuclear Industry
The Israeli prime minister made clear his dismay at Washington's softer approach towards Iran. He said the ongoing negotiations should insist that Tehran end all enrichment of uranium, destroy all fissile material and close water plants and underground bunkers that he said could only be used to build a nuclear bomb.
|Feds Told GM To Drop Pontiac or,
No Bailout, Ex-GM Exec Says
When General Motors shut down Pontiac, it left a lot of enthusiasts wondering why. It was primed with a lineup of powerful, rear-wheel drive models, and seemed like it had a bright future ahead of it. It turns out that GM killed it on government orders, according to former GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz.
|Muslim NY City Councilman Pleased
As Candidates Back School Holidays – Days Off Getting Out of Hand
Some critics have said adding holidays to the school calendar is not a good idea – particularly given the proposals to add additional holidays for other faiths and cultural celebrations too. NY State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) believes children should also be given days off for the Chinese New Year. Councilman Daniel Dromm (D) said a day off should also be awarded for the Hindu holiday of Diwali.
|Taxpayers Foot £350k Legal Bill for
Muslim Pubic Hair Battle
In 2011 the couple applied to the family court for their daughter, now in her thirties, to be returned home and raised the "stark" issue of her pubic hair being removed – leading to a long-running, £350,000 taxpayer-funded legal battle.
Week ending 20 October 2013
|After Communism, Specter
of Islam Haunting the Free World
The biggest danger confronting the West today is not the economic situation, nor is it youth unemployment, nor the dire budget situation of our governments; the biggest danger is one of which we are reminded on an almost daily basis. And, yet, many politicians seem to fail to notice.
|The Press Endures
Obama's Unrequited Love
Some years ago Bernard Goldberg wrote a book, "A Slobbering Love Affair With Obama", about the way the press treated his 2008-9 campaign and election as President. The mainstream press continues to protect Obama, often rather blatantly. The curious thing about this is that it is not reciprocated. More and more, the press acts and sounds like an abused wife.
|National Park Service Admits
It Discussed Plan To Close War Memorials with White House
Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee believe that the National Park Service closed open-air monuments such as the World War II memorial in order to maximize the disruption caused by the shutdown.
|Fast-food CEO says Obama 'wrong,'
Health Law Is Hurting Job Creation
"It's very simple if you increase the cost of something businesses will use less of it," Andy Puzder said. "If you decrease the cost they will use more of it. So if you increase the cost of full time employment, there will be less full time employees. If you decrease the cost of part time employment, you'll have more part time employment."
$12,600 Deductible, 40% Co-pay, Zero Competition
"This is why we've been working so hard to dismantle and repeal this bill, so that we can begin to pass step-by-step reforms that transform the health care delivery system by putting patients in charge, giving them more choices, and reducing the cost of health care so that more people can afford it," said Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander.
|Healthcare.gov Obama’s Biggest
Lollygag To Date
A website up and running smoothly would be the best education in existence to teach people exactly how much ObamaCare is going to cost them. Obama can’t afford that kind of knowledge coming out until he and his Democrats are safely past next year’s midterms. Forbes magazine hit the nail on the head when it headlined “Obama’s Website is Crashing Because It Doesn’t Want You to Know How Costly Its Plans Are”.
|The Frightening Power of Unelected
Obamacare Regulations are 30X as Long as the Law Itself
Bureaucracies in the Obama Administration have thus far published approximately 11,588,500 words of final Obamacare regulations, while there are only 381,517 words in the Obamacare law itself. That means unelected federal officials have now written 30 words of regulations for each word in the law.
Obamacare Woes Widen As Insurers Get Inaccurate Data
Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far, in a sign that technological problems extend further than the website traffic and software issues already identified.
Thousands of Doctors Fired by United HealthCare
In the midst of major changes in health care, UnitedHealthCare has sent thousands of pink slips to Connecticut doctors. Termination letters went to physicians caring for Medicare patients. Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for 'Medicare Advantage' patients.
Democratic Trickery on Obamacare,
Why They Are Selectively Delaying Parts of the Law
Democrats want a lot of people to sign up for Obamacare during the first year. To do that, they are willing to do whatever is necessary, including a lot of taxpayer money. Democrats have ignored the law and simply allowed people to get larger subsidies than they are legally entitled to.
Health Insurance Execs Afraid To Talk On Record
About Obamacare Computer Problems
William A. Jacobson
Among Obamacare's many problems, technology is the least of it. Obamacare vests more power in more bureaucracies which have shown themselves willing and able to act with petty vindictiveness, spite and political partisanship. Nice little medical condition you have there. Would be a shame if that leaked out.
Obamacare: "There's so much wrong, you just don't know what's broken until you get a lot more of it fixed." –AETNA CEO
Asked if he would have delayed the launch of the exchange given its earlier problems, Mark Bertolini said, "I would have, if I'd been in their seat." But, he added, "the politics got in the way of a good business decision." He said it could take three years or so before the marketplace's problems are fully sorted out.
Obamacare Website Security Called 'Outrageous'
In the two weeks since the Affordable Healthcare Act site, www.healthcare.gov, went live, most complaints have centered on long wait times with sites initially overloaded by interested visitors. In response, government officials are scrambling to get more capacity for the main site and its satellites. But potentially far more serious questions are emerging about cybersecurity.
|The House GOP Voted 11 Times To
Reopen The Government
As I've mentioned in previous posts, the Republicans DID compromise to avoid a shutdown. They were going to keep the government open, but asked that Obamacare be delayed. Yes, even Planned Parenthood would get their annual funding from the government. Senate Democrats under Harry Reid said no.
|GM Got Bailout, Now Ships Jobs to
China as Obama Quietly
Eases Restriction That Bailout Receivers Produce in USA
Saving General Motors from bankruptcy was among President Obama's most frequently cited achievements when he ran for re-election last year. Democrats everywhere touted the company's revival as proof of the 2009 bailout's wisdom. That was then. Now GM is spending billions of dollars building up its production capacity in ... China.
|It seems – now – that Romney was right about GM|
|Add Electric Vehicles to Obamacare
as Another Failure
Plug-In Cars Account for Less Than Half of 1% of Auto Sales
In his 2011 "State of the Union" address, President Obama predicted that the U.S. would "become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015," and backed up his prediction with $2.4 billion in federal grants to companies that produce lithium-ion batteries to power them.
|New Extremist Foxes Welcomed into
U.S. Chicken Coop
Imagine that in recent weeks alone, dozens of Muslims around the world had been murdered by Christian extremists armed with suicide belts and similar paraphernalia. Imagine that at the same time, around other parts of the world, Christian mobs had set fire to, and burned to the ground, the holy places of some of the oldest and most established Muslim communities in the world. Do you think there would be a reaction to such events?
|U.S. Army Defines Christian
Ministry as 'domestic hate group'
Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values.
|White House Ready to 'quickly' lift
Sanctions on Iran
The comments on the eve of new negotiations in Geneva are at odds with the position of many lawmakers of both parties in Congress, who want to increase – not decrease – the pressure on Iran.
World Risks 'historic mistake' on Iran, Warns Netanyahu
Mr. Netanyahu warned that it was only the crippling economic pressure of sanctions that had forced Iran back to the negotiating table in the first place and that it would be foolish to relax them now. "It would be a historic mistake to ease the pressure on Iran a moment before the sanctions achieve their objective," he said.
|Taliban Execute Teen for Teaching English in
A teenage boy who was teaching English at a local school was dragged into the street and executed by Taliban militants, the provincial police chief reported. "The boy, who was teaching English to other students after school hours, had been warned by the militants to stop teaching," provincial police chief Esmatuallh Alizai said.
|Malaysia: Muslim 3 Judge Panel
Rules Use of 'Allah'
Exclusive to Muslims
A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word "Allah" to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tensions and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.
|Down and Out: the French Flee a
Nation In Despair and High Taxes
A poll on the front page of last Tuesday’s Le Monde, that bible of the French Left-leaning Establishment, translated into stark figures the winter of François Hollande’s discontent. More than 70 per cent of the French feel taxes are “excessive”, and 80 per cent believe the president’s economic policy is “misguided” and “inefficient”.
|Documents: Anti-Redskins Indian
Not a Legitimate Member of His Oneida Tribe
The American Indian leader spearheading the campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins is not a legitimate member of the tribe he leads, according to a New York State Assemblywoman, but rather an Obama crony who is raking in casino money and paying back only small stipends to his tribe members.
|Was part of $2.5M Obama
|Black Mob Attacks Cop in Chicago.
Fractured Skull. Media Silent.
A Chicago police officer is hospitalized in serious condition with a fractured skull, a victim of black mob violence. The officer was responding to a call early Saturday morning when he found dozens of people in the street, creating mayhem. He immediately called for back up, but instead of waiting for reinforcements, went to the assistance of a woman under attack.
Walter E. Williams
Black congressmen and black public officials in general, including Barack Obama, always side with teachers unions in their opposition to educational vouchers, tuition tax credits, charter schools and other measures that would allow black parents to take their children out of failing public schools.
Racial Trade-offs: Part II
Walter E. Williams
Today white teen unemployment is about 20 percent, while that for blacks is about 40 percent and more than 50 percent in some cities. In 1948, the unemployment rate of black 16-year-old and 17-year-old males was 9.4 percent, while that of whites was 10.2 percent.
|Group Report Finds Even LA
Sheriff's Dogs are Racists
[I]n the first six months of this year, every single victim of a bite by a LASD dog was African-American or Latino. The data was published in a new report by the Police Assessment Resource Center (Parc), a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization, devoted to "advancing effective and accountable policing".
|Holy War in Harlem: Pastors Want Al
The prince of the pulpit may have a revolution on his hands. Four upstart clergymen have invited more than 100 churches to knock Rev. Al Sharpton off his Harlem political throne. Mount Neboh pastor Johnnie Green, 51, said Sharpton has neglected black New York while pursuing national fame and acclaim.
Week ending 13 October 2013
|The Threat We Face
The fact that I had a radical past allowed me to see much of this coming. But even I never thought we would be looking so soon at the prospect of a one-party state. Those words may sound hyperbolic, but take a moment to think about it… The good news is that the bad five years we have just been through have aroused a sleeping giant among Americans who didn't see it coming and couldn't imagine that it would.
|How Federal Workers
Became Obama's Private Army
Seventy-four years later [since the Hatch Act, 1939], the civil-service system has been exposed as a failure – at least in this administration. Instead of an independent workforce of professionals who implement federal regulation in an even-handed and competent manner, we have returned to the era of partisan retribution and politically-motivated malevolence.
|Arlington Graves Stripped of
In Controversial Clean-Up
The carefully-chosen mementos that cover graves in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery offer a deeply personal glimpse into the lives of grieving military families. These reminders have now been scrubbed away following a new policy which has banned family and friends from placing tributes on the graves. Headstones have been stripped of photos, drawings and poignant notes, in particular those in Section 60, home to the graves of more than 800 service members killed while doing their duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
|No pain is too great if it furthers "the agenda"|
|Democrats Under Majority Leader Reid
Reject Bipartisan Proposal to Reopen the Government
Harry Reid rejected the plan – which calls for funding the government for six months and increasing the federal debt limit through January – purportedly, in part, because the spending level of $967 billion next year was too low, despite it providing more flexibility in administering the federal budget cuts under sequester.
|Progressive Insurance Co-founder
Seeks To Destroy Conservatives
John R. Smith
Progressive's Peter Lewis is part of a billionaires club that has plotted to build a left-wing political infrastructure and a deeper progressive bench, to undermine and destroy the future of conservative causes… The next time you see Flo on TV asking you to buy insurance from Progressive, think about what some of your money will end up supporting.
|How it Went Down:
Delta Force Commandos Seize 'Most Wanted' al-Qaeda Terrorist
Al-Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdulhamed al-Ruqaie, has been on the FBI's 'Most Wanted' list for more than a decade. He was indicted by federal prosecutors in 2000 and has evaded capture for 15 years. Al-Libi's 19-year-old son, said masked men surrounded al-Libi and broke out his window. They seized his gun and forced him into a black Mercedes.
|Darrell Issa: Benghazi Attack was a
result of Hillary Clinton's
reckless, ill-advised 'war on terror' policies
"We know from Hillary Clinton on down there was a policy of normalization to make it appear as though we had won the war on terror," Issa said. "I was in Libya just the other day, and one thing that I came back with was a strong opinion that [the] 'stand down' had everything to do with the fight between Department of State headed Hillary Clinton and the Defense Department..."
|Committee to Protect Journalism
Under Obama, Journalism Is an Inside Game
Obama’s strength as a campaigner has undermined his ability to enter into the complexities of political dialogue. Politics is a give and take, yet in this increasingly polarized political environment, which has come to a head in the shutdown, this give and take has devolved into a zero-sum game of partisan ideological push.
|Job Engine Sputters as Hospitals
Lower Medicare Payments Under Obamacare One Factor
Health care providers announced more layoffs than any other industry last month – 8,128 – mostly because of reductions by hospitals, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. So far this year, the health care sector has announced 41,085 layoffs, the third-most behind financial and industrial companies.
|Dollars & Cents:
Obamacare's winners and losers in S.F. Bay Area
"I was laughing at Boehner – until the mail came today," Tom Waschura said. "I really don't like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family's pocket each year, that's otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy."
Only 2 People Attend 'Obamacare and You!' Event in S. Carolina
"Let's discuss what this Affordable Care Act means for you and your community. This session will help you understand the benefits and will equip you to spread the word about the benefits of Obamacare in your community. Come out and get the facts!!," the event advertisement said.
NYC: Another New ObamaCare Tax
It’s highway robbery! City hacks now have to shell out 6 cents per fare so they can pay for tutorials on ObamaCare... The hack tax, mandated by the city Taxi and Limousine Commission, went into effect Oct. 1 and requires that drivers pay for “disability insurance and health-care navigation services.” Cost = $10–15M annually.
|How One Lawyer Bilked Social
Security Disability for
Hundreds of Clients and Over $4.5 Million
The Senate's chief investigative committee on Monday will release a report laying out a major scheme to bilk Social Security's disability system, accusing a small-town Kentucky lawyer of colluding with a judge to approve bogus cases, in a scheme that appears to expose major holes in how Social Security polices itself.
Widespread Fraud Reported in Social Security Administration's
Disability Program – Funds May Run Dry in 18 Months
A two-year investigation by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found widespread fraud in the Social Security Administration's Disability Program. The fraud is so rampant, and disability cases have so proliferated in recent years, that the Fund may run out of money in only 18 months.
|Journal Connects Britain’s ‘White
Widow’ to al Shabaab Terror Group
A Kenyan intelligence report and excerpts from the personal journal of a suspected terrorist known as the “White Widow,” reveal new details about the inner workings of the al Shabaab terror network, which masterminded last month’s deadly attack on a Nairobi mall.
|Obama's Evasive Letter to Benghazi
On September 11, 2013, Charles Woods appeared on Fox News's Hannity and read aloud four questions about Benghazi from a letter he’d sent to President Obama. Woods, whose son, ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, was one of four Americans killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, added: “What we want are not just answers. We also want the truth.”
|When the Bleeding Heart Becomes the
Welcome to liberal utopia, where barriers are not erected against terrorists or illegal aliens on our nation's borders, but rather against citizens, and where wheelchair-bound veterans enroute to honor their comrades face tighter security than terrorists enroute to murder a U.S. Ambassador.
|It Is Not True That 15% of
Americans Live In Poverty
The 15% number is not the number living in poverty. It is the number who would be living in poverty if it weren't for all the money n'stuff we give to the poor. For when we calculate the poverty number we ignore almost all of what is done to alleviate poverty. We leave out all four of the largest anti-poverty programs in fact.
|We Need Zero Tolerance for “Zero
When I was a youngster a prize possession of every boy was a set of toy cowboy six-shooters and, if you were especially blessed, a belt and holsters as well. In the pre-television days we all went to the Saturday matinees to see our heroes and to learn what it meant to be a man.
|Girls ‘harassed’ In School Bathroom
by Transgender Student
Told His Rights Trump Their Privacy
The rights of a transgendered high school student are being put ahead of girls the boy harasses in the girls bathroom. A male student at Florence, CO, High School who claims to be transgendered has caused controversy by harassing female students in the girls room, but will not face any discipline – this despite vocal protests from the girls’ parents.
|California Officials Raid Offices
of Obama Mega Donor
Kareem Ahmed had practically no history of political giving, and Landmark Medical Management had little public profile, before he began giving large amounts of money to Obama, Democrats, and Democratic outside spending groups in 2012. Ahmed and his wife contributed well over a million dollars to Democratic efforts in 2012 – with the bulk of the money going to Priorities USA Action, the most prominent Obama-supporting super PAC.
|JPAC Admits to Phony Ceremonies
Honoring ‘returning’ Remains
The Department of Defense unit charged with recovering service members’ remains abroad has been holding phony “arrival ceremonies” for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains returning that day from old battlefields.
|White Combat Veteran Killed by
Group of Black Thugs
Yelling Racial Slurs
As the verbal confrontation ensued, the driver of the vehicle realized the men were actually combat veterans and called his friends off. While the men headed back to their vehicle, one of the suspects appeared to have bumped into the victim, witnesses say. The soldiers saw their friend fall to the ground as the car sped away.
Update: Three Blacks Arrested – Now Cops Say NOT a Hate Crime??
|Navy Solves Budget Woes By Selling
Ship Naming Rights,
Launches USS Ford F-150
Faced with looming budget cuts that could cost three aircraft carriers as well as a host of other ships, the U.S. Navy has been courting corporate sponsorships to pay for its fleet, sources confirmed. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus first hit on the money-making idea in a staff meeting.
Week ending 6 October 2013
Victor Davis Hanson
In his political style, Obama seems to operate on the medieval concept of exemption... Plenty of presidents have proved vicious, but few so adept in attributing their own base behavior to others. Damning fat cats and corporate-jet owners allows a president to hold serial $50,000-a-head fundraisers.
|The Gang Religion of
Islamic violence we are told is an aberration. But it isn't. To the extent that Islam is anything, it is violence. Islam may have become a religion, but it began as a code. Like the Pirate Code or the Thieves Law of Russia, it was a set of rules that allowed a select group of bandits to choose leaders, plan attacks and divide the loot.
|Senior Obama Official: “We Are
It Doesn't Really Matter To Us” When Shutdown Ends
With this view, it explains why President Obama won't agree to any piecemeal legislation that would keep Veterans Affairs and NIH open during the shutdown. And it explains why President Obama would rather cancel his Asia trip than negotiate with Republicans.
|How the Democrats Got Us to a
A shutdown is, purely for procedural reasons, a natural and logical consequence of the massive failure of the Senate to do its job. Let's work through the details. The budget process starts every year with the President offering his budget in the first week of February. But that's not what happened.
|No Retreat, No Surrender
Republicans Caved in '95 Just as Clinton was Ready to Cave
Deeply ingrained in the psyche of every congressional Republican is the government shutdown of 1995, for which Republicans were blamed. While many Republicans now believe the shutdown was a mistake, more think the problem was that the party lost its nerve.
|Obamacare Leaves Hospital $45
In an ironic twist, Grady Memorial Hospital faces a $45 million funding loss directly related to a new health care law designed to benefit the hospital. The result could mean major cuts at Georgia's largest trauma center... Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol are aware of the funding issues and are trying to work on solutions.
Cancer Patient Loses Life Enabling Insurance Coverage
Due to Obamacare
In 2012, his treatment bill was more than $350,000. But because of his insurance, his out-of-pocket was only $4,500. That's about to change because Michael Cerpok just got a letter from his insurance carrier saying as of January 1, he would be dropped from coverage because of new regulations under Obamacare.
It’s Obvious Why People Don’t Trust ObamaCare
If you’re puzzled why ObamaCare is so polarizing, consider how a law that’s ostensibly about fairness – health care for all – can be so unfair. Favored groups like unions and some businesses have carved out exceptions for themselves, while the average American could see their hours cut or their job eliminated.
Obama's ACORN Pals Cashing In on Obamacare Enrollment
Given who's running United Labor Unions (ULU), ACORN founder Wade Rathke, it is a foregone conclusion that ULU Obamacare enrollers will abuse the sensitive financial, medical, and demographic information they take from vulnerable Americans, using the data for community organizing and partisan political advantage.
Obamacare Phones Offered to Health Insurance Buyers
Say hello to Obamacare phones. In Tennessee, those shopping on the new health insurance co-ops could end up with more than just some health insurance. They might even walk away with a free smartphone as reported in the Nashville Business Journal.
Security Firm McAfee Predicts Hackers Will Attack
Online Obamacare Exchanges and Users
"I can say with a high degree of certainty that they will come. We live in a world where people look at compelling events and look to do something malicious. This is just the nature of the beast," said Gary Davis, vice president of global consumer marketing at McAfee.
Obamacare Security Breach: MN Exchange Employee Sends List of
2,400 Social Security Numbers to Broker
Minnesota insurance broker Jim Koester was looking for information about assisting with Obamacare implementation; instead, what landed in his inbox last month was a document filled with the names, Social Security numbers and other pieces of personal information belonging to his fellow Minnesotans.
|A List: Over 300 Employers Cut
Due to Obamacare Mandate
Investor's Business Daily
In the interest of an informed debate, we've compiled a list of job actions with strong proof that ObamaCare's employer mandate is behind cuts to work hours or staffing levels. As of Sept. 25, our ObamaCare scorecard included 313 employers.
|Somebody is keeping tabs!|
|Study: Obamacare Costing 66,000
Jobs in Illinois
The Illinois Policy Institute studied the three employment sectors – retail, food, and merchandise – whose average hours were closest to 30 hours per week prior to the Affordable Care Act. The institute found that all three have now dipped below 30 hours per week, the threshold for a full-time worker under the law. Average hours for these sectors had remained steadily above 30 before Obamacare was enacted.
|100 Unintended Consequences of
From major corporations to local mom-and-pop shops, from entire states to tiny school districts, a wide range of companies and institutions have seen Obamacare's negative impact on their workers, budgets, and production. Here are 100 examples of how Obamacare is falling short of what was promised...
|Obama Administration: Lawmakers,
Staff Can Get Abortion Coverage;
Some Question Legality Under Federal Law
The Office of Personnel Management ruled Monday that members of Congress and their staffs will be able to buy health care plans that pay for abortions, even though the premiums are funded largely by taxpayer money – a move that conservatives say breaks federal law on abortion funding.
|IRS Waives Individual Mandate for
The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to carry health insurance or pay a tax penalty – and there's a reason we say "most" rather than "all." Americans who live abroad at least 330 days of the year will be treated as if they have qualifying insurance coverage and won't owe any tax penalty, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
|Where does the authority for such waivers come from?|
|WH Didn't Spend Much Time Planning
Thought It Would Never Happen
The White House never though the government would actually shut down and as a result West Wing officials hardly spent any time over the past week planning for it, an administration aide said. It was only at the weekend after House Republicans decided to prolong their fight on health care and send a budget bill back to the Senate with a one-year delay in Obamacare, that the reality of the situation became apparent.
Barrycades: Feds Try to Shut Down Privately Owned Mount Vernon
“Deliberate effort by Obama to hurt the public”
Paul Joseph Watson
In some cases, efforts to shut down these sites actually require more manpower and resources than if they had been left open, highlighting the fact that this is an act of partisan theater by the Obama administration to pin the blame for the government shutdown on Republicans and opponents of Obamacare.
Obama Admin Wants Maximum Pain says Parks Ranger: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways. The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause.
Former Interior Secretary: Parks Service
“Has a Long History of Dramatizing Budget Issues”
House Republicans want answers from the National Parks Service (NPS) regarding its controversial actions during the government shutdown. They are particularly interested to know why barricades were erected to in front of open-air monuments such as the World War II memorial, and are concerned that NPS decisions are being motivated by politics – intended to cause maximum disruption and public outrage.
Wake Up Call:
Over 93% of EPA Employees Considered 'Non-Essential'
More than nine out of every ten employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are considered "non-essential" and have been furloughed in the federal government's shutdown. [T]he agency said it would "classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential," which is about 6.6% of the agency's workforce.
|Border Patrol Representative Claims
Agents Being Ordered to Stand Down
"It doesn't matter whether it's drugs, bodies, or how large the group is, our agents are being ordered to stand down by Border Patrol management," said Moran. "I have received reports from our agents in every single sector from San Diego to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas that they are receiving these orders."
|Stunt at WW II Memorial Shows More
Evidence Obama is a Thug
It is long past time for the American people to embrace the reality that Barack Obama is a Chicago street thug in a thousand dollar suit. He is ruthless, arrogant, imperious, and filled with disdain not only for those who oppose him but also for the ignorant voters who put him in office.
reporter: Obama admin “most closed,
control-freak administration I’ve ever covered”
Remember when the media rushed to talk about transparency in the Barack Obama “Hope and Change” era?... “Whenever I’m asked what is the most manipulative and secretive administration I’ve covered, I always say it’s the one in office now,” Bob Schieffer, CBS News anchor and chief Washington correspondent, told former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie.
|Why is Obama's Hatred of America
Even though the hatred of Obama toward the U.S. has been palpable ever since his election, it is tolerated. Proof of that tolerance was showcased when he was re-elected last November... As President of the United States of America, Obama's hatred is something that cannot be avoided.
|Obama Falls for Iranian 'Fatwa'
Hoax on Nuclear Weapons
Last week, President Barack Obama assured the United Nations General Assembly that Iran did not actually seek nuclear weapons. However, the basis for Obama's defense of Iranian intentions is an elaborate hoax. Obama said that a "fatwa," or religious ruling, by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (to whom Obama referred by the official honorific, "Supreme Leader"), banned nuclear weapons...
|Falls for or, perpetuates?|
|A Look at Minnesota's Somalis, But
Not Too Close
Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the United States. We know they are mostly Muslim – we can see the hijabs, we are familiar with the many local controversies to which their faith has given rise over the past 10 years – but are they loyal residents or citizens of the United States?
|A War on Coal
According to the industry group the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, more than 280 coal plants are slated to close, and EPA regulations are largely to blame... The real reason behind the EPA's move is to circumvent Congress, which four years ago failed to pass a law requiring cap and trade limits on carbon emissions.
|The EPA Takes an Ax to
Most Woodburning Stoves Will Soon Be Illegal
The EPA's new environmental regulations reduce the amount of airborne fine-particle matter from 15 micrograms to 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air. This means that most wood burning stoves would now fall into a class that would deemed unacceptable under these new draconian measures.
|Tesla Stock Tumbles After Model S
The car's liquid-cooled 85 kilowatt-hour battery, mounted below the passenger compartment floor, uses lithium-ion chemistry similar to batteries that power laptop computers and mobile phones. Millions of such rechargeable batteries were recalled in 2006 and 2007 after it was discovered they could overheat and ignite.
|PR Nightmare for Tesla and Lithium batteries|
|Cleanup of Bankrupt Company Abound
Solar to Cost Nearly $4M
The company was considered a "large quantity generator" of hazardous waste. State inspectors have conducted several inspections of the facility, including on Nov. 28, 2012, when inspectors found 30 55-gallon drums, a 1,500-gallon tank and a 1,000-gallon tank containing cadmium-contaminated water as well as cadmium-tainted glass and wipes.
|Three Years Later, TheTeaParty.net
Finally Gets IRS Tax-exempt OK
One of the groups at the center of the IRS scandal has finally received its tax-exempt status after a three year delay prompted by a politically driven move to block Tea Party and other conservative groups, many that slammed the president during his reelection, from winning the special status.
|California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs
Law Allowing Kids with
Same-Sex Parents to Have More Than Two Legal Parents
Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.
Now Officially a Sanctuary State: Jerry Brown Signs Law Forbidding Law
Enforcement from Turning Illegal Aliens Over to Feds
The Trust Act is the second milestone bill on immigration signed by the governor in two days. On Thursday he approved a measure allowing immigrants in the country illegally to receive California driver’s licenses. “While Washington waffles on immigration, California’s forging ahead,” Brown said. “I’m not waiting.”