The ObamaCare Hydra-Headed Monster
Investor's Business Daily
ObamaCare is turning out like the nine-headed Hydra monster of Greek mythology. Every time President Obama tries to lop off one of its failures, two more emerge. In the myth, Hercules eventually figured out how to kill the Hydra monster, which had been terrorizing the countryside, for good. One can only hope Republicans find a way to do the same to ObamaCare.
Obama's Journey from Arrogance to Incompetence
When he ran for the presidency, it was Barack Obama who never put limits on his criticisms of others. He spoke as if the problems of the world would disappear with two events: the removal from office of his predecessor and his arrival as president of the United States. Even in a profession not known for attracting modest individuals, Mr. Obama's arrogance set him apart.
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Week ending 9 March 2014
|President Obama's Foreign Policy is Based on Fantasy
Washington Post Editorial
For five years, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which "the tide of war is receding" and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world.
|Ukraine Conflict Tests Obama´s Credibility On The World Stage
The crisis in Ukraine has brought out a fresh round of critics of President Obama´s foreign policy who see a pattern emerging: the president tries to assert his authority and direct events on the world stage with empty threats, which inevitably have no follow through. With each instance, U.S. power grows weaker as foreign powers view Mr. Obama as the president who cried wolf.
|Obama's Mistaken Belief That Others See the World as He Sees It|
Solipsism. It's a fancy word which means that you assume others see the world as you do and will behave as you would. It's a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves – like a presidential candidate confident that he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, knows more about policy than his policy directors and is a better political director than his political director.
|Labor Force Participation in 2013 Lowest in 35 Years;|
Reaches Down to Jimmy Carter Level of 1978
The average annual labor force participation rate hit a 35-year-low of 63.2 percent in the United States in 2013, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The last time the average annual labor force participation rate was that low was in in 1978, when it was also 63.2 percent.
|Union: Obamacare Will Slash Wages By Up To $5 An Hour|
A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality” President Obama says he is campaigning to fix. “Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality,” said the report from the union Unite Here.
|Poll: Just 11% of Blacks Say Life Under Obama|
Is Better for Young African-Americans
President Obama is going to have to do a whole lot more than promise to make things better for young blacks under his new "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, because 71 percent of voters in a new poll say life for the group is the same or worse than before he came into office.
|HHS: We Need $1.8 BILLION to Run Obamacare Portal!
President Obama's top health officials said Tuesday they expect Congress to front the money needed to fund Obamacare's federal marketplace in fiscal 2015 as they work to make HealthCare.gov operate better this fall.
Obama Would Eliminate Half of all Existing Medicare Part D Plans;
The Part D Plan is a Rare Government Program Success Story
The Obama administration's new proposed rule for Medicare Part D would eliminate half of all Part D plans and raise prescription drug premiums for millions of seniors by up to 20 percent, according to a U.S. House subcommittee chairman. "Today, the average senior has 35 different [Medicare Part D] plans to choose from this year. This rule would reduce that choice to two plans.
Another Nightmare for Doctors
Stephen F. Hayes
Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley? Chances are slim. But should any of these unfortunate injuries befall you after October 1, 2014, your doctor, courtesy of the federal government, will have a code to record it.
Nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Casino Workers
Might Go On Strike Because of Obamacare
On Feb. 20, thousands of housekeepers, porters, cooks, cocktail servers, and others represented by Nevada's largest union voted to end a contract extension the workers agreed to last summer. The union wants to maintain its current benefits – including health care coverage at no cost to workers, pensions, and guaranteed 40-hour workweeks.
Health Care Law Could Cost University $46M
After years of having its budget squeezed by state budget cuts and rising enrollments, the University of North Carolina system now faces a potential $46 million hit from the Affordable Care Act. Starting next year, large employers must provide insurance for all employees who work more than 30 hours a week.
|John Kerry Urges American Ambassadors to
Make Climate Change a Priority
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called on American ambassadors around the world to make the fight against climate change a top priority ahead of new UN talks next year."Protecting our environment and meeting the challenge of global climate change is a critical mission for me as our country's top diplomat," Kerry said.
|EPA Attacks the Prospect of World’s Largest Copper Mine
We can now add another attack on natural resources because the EPA has announced its intention to restrict, if not prohibit, the development of Pebble Mine in Alaska. The mine could be one of the world’s largest sources of copper. Beyond the economic benefits the mine would create, it would not only produce copper, but strategic metals like molybdenum and rhenium.
|Research: D.C. 'Green' Buildings Actually Using MORE Energy
The Environmental Policy Alliance analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn't receive this green stamp of approval.
|The Return of “The Horror of History”
Ayatollahs, Communists in China and Islamists in Turkey are carefully following the developments around Ukraine. They want to see what actions the West will take next, in order to make their own conclusions. They have all the reasons to believe that the West would limit itself by verbal reprimand. The West has voluntarily left the stage of History.
|Muslim Gang Seizes Christian Man and Thrusts Crucifix Into His Heart
A Muslim gang in Syria seized a young Christian man, and as soon as they spotted his Crucifix, they violently seized him, decapitated him, and then took his Crucifix and thrusted it into his heart. The police arrested the five terrorists who committed the murder and when they told the mother that they caught the killers of her son, she replied, "May the Lord forgive them."
|Iranian Cleric: Albert Einstein was a Secret Shiite Muslim
[Funny thing, Einstein was Jewish!]
An Iranian cleric claims that the Albert Einstein, the great 20th century scientist who developed the Theory of Relativity, was a Shiitie Muslim, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.
|Cyber 'Snake' Plagues Ukraine Networks
An aggressive cyber weapon called Snake has infected dozens of Ukrainian computer networks including government systems in one of the most sophisticated attacks of recent years... experts say it is comparable in its complexity with Stuxnet, the malware that was found to have disrupted Iran’s uranium enrichment program in 2010.
|What is Lois hiding?
New York Post Editorial
Where Lois Lerner goes, drama follows. On Wednesday, the former IRS officer again invoked the Fifth before the House Oversight Committee. That precipitated a heated exchange between the committee's Republican chairman, Darrell Issa, and Democratic ranking member Elijah Cummings, who called the hearings "un-American."
|Rutgers Rage Against Rice –
Why Do Liberals Have So Much Hate for Black Conservatives?
Have you heard the news? Condoleezza Rice lacks "moral authority." She fails to meet the standards of "exemplary citizenship" and she does not have what it takes to "inspire" graduating college seniors. That crazy thinking comes from the New Brunswick Faculty Council of Rutgers University.
|Palin Re-Writes Dr. Seuss: 'I Do Not Like This Uncle Sam,
I Do Not Like His Health Care Scam'
Sarah Palin, inspired by Ted Cruz's reading of Green Eggs and Ham during his filibuster last year, re-wrote the Dr. Seuss classic to whack Uncle Sam at CPAC... 2-1/2 minutes of fun!
|Report: More Than a Million Students Stopped Buying
School Lunches After Michelle Obama's Overhaul
The Government Accountability Office, a watchdog agency inside the federal government, told members of Congress in a little-noticed January 28 report that participation in the school lunch program declined by 1,086,000 in that one year, the biggest drop on record.
Senator Obama pushed bill that helped destroy more than 15,000 TONS of
ammunition, 400,000 small arms and 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles in
As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.
Week ending 2 March 2014
|All the President's IRS
Agents: The targeting of groups opposed to
the Democratic agenda has not ended – it's gotten worse.
Kimberley A. Strassel
Few presidents understand the power of speech better than Barack Obama, and even fewer the power of denying it to others. That's the context for understanding the White House's unprecedented co-option of the Internal Revenue Service to implement a political campaign to shut up its critics and its opponents.
|Connecting the Dots in
the IRS Scandal
Bradley A. Smith
The mainstream press has justified its lack of coverage over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups because there´s been no "smoking gun" tying President Obama to the scandal. This betrays a remarkable, if not willful, failure to understand abuse of power.
|´Weak´ Obama is Blasted for His
´Laughable´ Response to Putin as both Parties say President is Letting
Russia Push Him Around
Senior U.S. politicians from both parties criticized President Barack Obama's threats to Russian President Vladimir Putin and called for immediate sanctions if troops are not immediately withdrawn from Ukraine.
|Department of Veterans Affairs
Employees Destroyed Veterans' Medical Records to Cancel Backlogged Exam
Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans' medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller. Audio of an internal VA meeting obtained by TheDC confirms that VA officials in Los Angeles intentionally canceled backlogged patient exam requests.
|IRS Uproar Intensifies
The House has passed legislation that would bar the IRS from issuing new regulations for one year. Also, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has released a letter demanding further testimony from Lois Lerner, the ex-senior IRS official at the heart of an ongoing scandal over the agency's self-admitted targeting of the Tea Party and other groups seeking tax exemption.
Reining In the IRS
The House GOP Plan Proscribes Political Acts
The 1988 bill that restructured and reformed the IRS spells out ten actions for which the IRS commissioner must terminate an agency employee after an "administrative or judicial determination" that the employee has committed the prohibited action... Today's bill would add the commission of politically motivated acts to the list.
New IRS Rules Called
'Campaign Finance Regulation Disguised as Tax Regulation'
A panel of experts said the IRS targeting of conservative groups is just the latest in a series of attacks against political opponents of President Obama that date all the way back to 2008. Kimberley Strassel, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, said the IRS targeting scandal is only the latest type of political attack that ties directly to Obama's campaign style before his presidency.
Obama's Proposed IRS Rules To Limit Tax-exempt Status
Concern Liberals, Too
The American Civil Liberties Union said the proposed rule "threatens to discourage or sterilize an enormous amount of political discourse in America." The Alliance for Justice, a coalition of more than 100 progressive groups, was opposed from the start.
Free Speech Threatens Liberalism and Must Be Destroyed
If this Harvard University student got her way, free speech on campus would be abolished and professors with dissenting views fired, because radical leftism is the only permissible political philosophy and the First Amendment is a barrier preventing modern colleges from fulfilling their proper role as indoctrination camps.
|Harry Reid Launches Chilling Attack
on Free Speech
Coming from just about anyone else, Reid’s screed could be dismissed as so much political noise. But Sen. Reid controls the Senate, and was in control of it when Obamacare was passed. He is accountable for the same lies that earned the president four Pinocchios. He is also responsible for defending Americans’ right of free speech...
|Costs of ObamaCare Bungles Start To
With Maryland First At About $30.5M
Maryland could end up spending as much as $30.5 million as a result of a glitch in its ObamaCare website, as the Obama administration steps in to help states with problematic exchanges. Because of Maryland’s defective exchange, the state cannot determine whether customers remain eligible for Medicaid, according to a report by state budget analysts released Thursday.
IRS Warns: Obamacare Tax Must Be Paid with Return;
One of at Least 7 New Taxes Hitting Average Families
President Obama's Internal Revenue Service today quietly released a series of Obamacare "Health Care Tax Tips" warning Americans that they must obtain "qualifying" health insurance – as defined by the federal government – or face a "shared responsibility payment" when filing their tax returns in 2015.
Reid Hammered by GOP After Claiming
All Obamacare ‘horror stories’ Untrue
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is being hammered by Republican lawmakers after he claimed on the Senate floor that all the Obamacare "horror stories" being circulated are untrue... Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips, in response, said Reid had effectively "attacked the character and integrity of every American who had the courage to share how they're being hurt by the president's health care law."
Drug Rationing for Seniors Begins
Buried beneath the avalanche of recent news reports about the latest Obamacare-mandated funding cuts to the Medicare Advantage program is a related but far more disturbing story – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has taken a major step toward rationing medications to the elderly.
Obama Earns 4 More Pinocchios for Claim That 7 Million Got 'access to health care for the first time' because of his Medicaid Expansion
The Fact Checker has written several times about the fuzziness of the Medicaid numbers issued by the Obama administration. But it is like playing whack-a-mole. Every time we rap someone for getting it wrong, the same problem pops up someplace else.
33,000 Jobs Impacted Due to Obamacare's Medical Device Tax
A new study reveals that nearly 33,000 jobs have been impacted due to the Affordable Care Act's medical device excise tax. According to the report, the tax has led to employment reductions of approximately 14,000 industry workers and foregone hiring of 19,000 workers," the study stated.
|The Human Face of Obamacare
If you like your president, you can keep him. Period. But what if you don't? Stephen Blackwood, the president of the fledging Ralston College in Savannah, Georgia, has a sad, infuriating piece about his mother's experience with Obamacare this morning in the Wall Street Journal.
|125,000 Illegal Immigrants to
Qualify for Medicaid In California
Thanks to Obama Executive Order
The Affordable Care Act bars insurance subsidies and enrollment in the Medicaid expansion for undocumented immigrants, but a wrinkle in California rules does offer coverage for those with "deferred action status", a classification created by Obama in 2012 sometimes referred to as "dreamers".
|Making an end-run around ACA restrictions|
|FOIA Obtained Documents Reveal that
Air Force One Cost Per Hour Jumps 27% to $228,288
“The Obamas are abusing the public trust and the taxpayers with unnecessary luxurious vacations and travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These staggering costs show why these documents were covered up and we had to sue in federal court to get them. Another transparency fail for the Obama gang.”
|Climate Change Advocates Try To
Krauthammer does challenge the notion that the science on climate change is settled and says those who insist otherwise are engaged in “a crude attempt to silence critics and delegitimize debate.” How ironic, then, that some environmental activists launched a petition urging the Wash. Post not to publish Krauthammer’s column on Friday.
More Reliable Than Warming Climate Models
Investor's Business Daily
Last fall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center predicted above-normal temperatures from November through January across much of the continental U.S. The Farmers' Almanac, first published in 1818, predicted a bitterly cold, snowy winter.
No Scientific Evidence of Man-made Global Warming
There is no scientific evidence that human activity is causing the planet to warm, according to Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, who testified in front of a Senate committee on Tuesday. Moore argued that the current argument that the burning of fossil fuels is driving global warming over the past century lacks scientific evidence.
|Law to Eliminate Wasteful Spending
by ICE Signed in 2013
Now being Ignored by 'Imperial' Executive
Rep. Diane Black put a halt to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) “public advocate,” a lobbying agent for illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. Her amendment to end the program was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2013. Black discovered that the program was still there five months later under a different name.
|The Progressive Destruction of the
Barack Obama is the final piece of the map in the progressive movement’s century of steady destruction of the U.S. dollar, income taxation, and massive, liberal intrusion into the lives of all Americans from birth to death.
|Obama Administration Let Anti-Gay
Muslim Leader Into U.S.
Even as the Obama administration denounced what it called anti-gay legislation in Arizona and the president sat out the Sochi Olympics because of Russia’s crackdown on same-sex couples, the State Department allowed an Islamic preacher who called for the death penalty for homosexuals into the country for a tour of hate.
|Top American Imam Says Jews Control
the U.S. Court System
The September 11 attacks in the United States were used by the US government as a "pretext" to "declare open warfare on Islam and Muslims," an American activist says. "It's totally illegal what the government is doing," said Abdul Alim Musa, the director of Masjid Al-Islam in Washington, D.C...
|Islamists Ambush Anti-Polio Team
with Roadside Bomb, 11 Killed
A bomb attack on a polio vaccination team in north-west Pakistan has killed at least 11 people, officials say. A roadside bomb went off as the police-guarded convoy drove through a village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province near the Afghan border. The attack is the latest in a series targeting polio teams in the country.
|Muslim Separatists Blamed for
'Chinese 9/11' Knife Attack
China's president, Xi Jinping, has called for "all-out efforts" to bring to justice the black-clad assailants who killed 29 people with knives and machetes in a bloody terror attack in the south-western city of Kunming on Saturday night. Officials blamed Xinjiang separatists for the frenzied violence at a crowded train station.
|UK: ‘Islamist plot to take over
Birmingham city council began an inquiry after the circulation of what purport to be strategy documents outlining ways of ousting head teachers in Muslim areas of the city in order to establish schools run on Islamic principles.
|Libyan Islamists Caught as They
Tried to Send
Deadly Chemical Weapons to Syrian Terrorists
The report quoted Colonel Mansour al-Mazini as saying that the extremists had been caught with a container of mustard gas. The gas was confiscated by Libyan soldiers.
|Parents´ Fear As Mysterious
Polio-Like Illness Paralyzes
Californian Children with NO Hope of Improvement
A mysterious illness doctors are comparing to polio has struck down up to 25 children in California, leaving them with paralyzed limbs and a bad prognosis. Medical experts have identified the illness in Californian children over the course of a year. The children, aged between two and 16, all suffered paralysis of the arms or legs and some experienced respiratory difficulties.
|Black Pastors Launch Petition
Campaign to Impeach Holder
A coalition of black pastors announced on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that they are launching a campaign to gather one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder for violating his oath of office by trying "to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex 'marriage' agenda."
|Americans Rising Up Against
Glenn Harlan Reynolds
America's ruling class has been experiencing more pushback than usual lately. It just might be a harbinger of things to come... Though people have taken to the streets from Egypt, to Ukraine, to Venezuela to Thailand, many have wondered whether Americans would ever resist the increasing encroachments on their freedom. I think they've begun.
|Enough with the Gay Mania
It's one thing to be tolerant of what once were known as "alternative lifestyles." It's another thing to be asked to celebrate them, as the exuberant mythologizers of Michael Sam and Johnny Weir ask us to do. And it is way beyond the pale to hold forth on any sort of sex life – perhaps apart from self-restraint – as if it's a form of heroism.
|No Longer Loyal to Scouts, Boys
Join Trail Life
Chatting in the living room one night, Ron Orr gave his 15-year-old son Andrew a choice: He could stick with the Boy Scouts of America and his mission to become an Eagle Scout, or he could join Trail Life USA – the new Christian-based alternative that excludes openly gay boys.
Week ending 23 February 2014
|New ‘climate change’
tack: It’s the economy, stupid
"U.S. Scientist Sees New Ice Age Coming," said a Washington Post headline in 1971. "The world could be as little as 50 or 60 years away from a disastrous new ice age, a leading atmospheric scientist predicts." The NYT went one further, saying: "Climate Changes Called Ominous." But it wasn't just theory.
|Climate Prophets and
The carbon-trading schemes enacted with such fanfare just a few years ago have effectively ceased to operate amid collapsing prices. Germany, which has taken its climate-change fetish further than any other major economy, is now coming to grips with a comprehensive fiasco of higher energy prices and higher carbon emissions.
|Regulation Blizzard: Government
adds 1,516 Pages
to the Federal Register – Equal to 1 every 3 Hours
So far this year there have been six final rules deemed "economically significant," meaning they will have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. At this point, these six regulations have an estimated monetary impact of somewhere in between $614 million and $885 million.
|Media Silence Explained?:
Soros Fingerprints On FCC Newsroom Probe
The real mystery behind the FCC´s now abandoned "study" to police American newsrooms is why the mainstream media refused to raise holy hell over it. While Obama´s lapdogs refused to bark, it was conservative media who fought for newsroom independence and got the FCC to finally back down.
|U.S. Justice Dept. Revises Media
The Justice Department issued guidelines on Friday aimed at bolstering government oversight when journalists' records are sought for use in federal investigations. The new rules, outlined in a 20-page document under the signature of Attorney General Eric Holder, promise that news organizations would be provided with advance notice in most cases before the government sought records in leak inquiries and other investigations.
|The IRS Targets Political Speech
Discouraging Debate and Curbing Information
Chicago Tribune Editorial
The IRS wants to curb such efforts, and it doesn't display much concern about the likely effect on free speech. But groups that engage in political advocacy, including the nonpartisan kind, are genuinely alarmed. The groups affected are called "social welfare" groups, and they have always been allowed to spread their views about public policy.
|Dinesh D’Souza Speculates on
‘Vindictive’ Obama Sees Critics as Enemies
Author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza speculated to Megyn Kelly Friday night that FBI’s indictment of him for campaign finance fraud may be Alinsky-style political retribution for his anti-Obama film 2016. Earlier this week, four Senators sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey demanding an explanation for what they termed the “selective prosecution” of D’Souza.
Senators Demand FBI Head Answer Questions
About Indictment of Dinesh D'Souza
Four United States Senators have a written a letter to FBI director James Comey about the indictment of author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza. The letter quotes Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz as saying, "I can't help but think that [D'Souza's] politics have something to do with it. ... It smacks of selective prosecution."
|Censusgate: When and What Did Labor
A tipster tried to warn the Labor Department in 2011 that its unemployment statistics were being fabricated by the people at the Census Bureau who compile the data. But the warning was either missed or ignored by Labor. That allegedly allowed the data falsification to go on for years.
|Fraud in the unemployment
|Obama's War on America: Killing
Coal to Kill U.S. Electrical Power
Any regulation seeking to limit the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere deliberately and deceptively ignores facts that anyone can understand. Bonner Cohen spelled out the basic scientific facts, but it is essential to keep in mind that CO2 is essential to all life on Earth, providing the "food" that all vegetation depends.
|GE Sees ‘The Light’ and Will No
Longer Design Projects
to Please Climate Change Advocates
In a watershed moment and a huge victory over environmentalists, General Electric has agreed to stop projects that are designed solely for the purpose of carbon dioxide reductions to please those who lobby for climate change concessions.
|The Myth of ‘Settled Science’
I repeat: I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists.
|No, Global Warming Did NOT Cause
the Storms, says UK Climate Expert
Mat Collins said the storms have been driven by the jet stream – the high-speed current of air that girdles the globe – which has been 'stuck' further south than usual. 'There is no evidence that global warming can cause the jet stream to get stuck in the way it has this winter. If this is due to climate change, it is outside our knowledge.'
Rep. Blackburn to Obama:
Stop Funding Green Firms That Benefit Chinese Investors
This is the second time a green energy company that got a loan guarantee from the Obama administration was sold off to Chinese investors, garnering criticism from conservatives that hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted for the benefit of foreign businessmen.
Why Kerry Is Flat Wrong on Climate Change
The Skeptics Bucked 'consensus' and said the Earth Was Round
Richard McNider and John Christy
Secretary of State John Kerry assailed climate-change skeptics as members of the "Flat Earth Society" for doubting the reality of catastrophic climate change. He said, "We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists" and "extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts." But who are the Flat Earthers, and who is ignoring the scientific facts?
Solar Energy Plants In Tortoises' Desert Habitat
Pit Green Against Green
Plans to create two solar energy plants on public lands in California and Nevada are pitting renewable energy advocates against environmentalists who fear the facilities will endanger federally threatened desert tortoises in the area.
|George Will: When a Politician Says the
Climate Debate Is Over, You Can Be Sure He Is Losing
|25 Charged in Largest Medicaid
Fraud Bust in D.C. History
Federal authorities say 25 people have been charged in a wide-ranging scheme to obtain millions of dollars in fraudulent Medicaid payments from the District of Columbia government. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen calls it the largest health-care fraud case in the city’s history.
|Nation's Largest Teachers Union
Begins Pulling Support for
Common Core, Implementation "Botched"
National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel's statement suggests quite a rocky road ahead for the Common Core standards, which are meant to instill more rigorous language-arts and math instruction in public schools – and which have been a priority of the Obama administration.
|Cancer, Obamacare Victim at
Center of Political Storm – Shocked at Attempts to Silence Her
Julie Boonstra, a cancer patient who was kicked of off her health plan due to Obamacare, lashed out at Rep. Gary Peters (D., Mich.) on Saturday after lawyers for his campaign demanded that Michigan broadcasters cease airing ads featuring her story. Boonstra, a Michigan resident, was diagnosed with leukemia five years ago.
Fourth Georgia Hospital Closes Due To Obamacare Payment Cuts
The fourth Georgia hospital in two years is closing its doors due to severe financial difficulties caused by Obamacare's payment cuts for emergency services. Many hospitals in the 25 states that rejected the Medicaid expansion are facing similar financial problems.
Man's Back Surgery Canceled As
Doctors Deny Obamacare Coverage
A Sonora mechanic is in so much pain that he can barely walk, but he can't seem to find a doctor to fix his ailing back after he and his wife switched their insurance coverage through Covered California.
Obamacare's 'Disincentive' Scheme
The law taxes low-income people and encourages them to work less.
Hoover Institute by David R. Henderson
Economists who were paying attention pointed out that reducing the subsidy as people earn more would act like a tax on income and, thus, would reduce the incentive to earn income. A reasonable estimate is that this implicit tax rate is about 15 percent! That’s on top of the federal income tax rate of 15 percent for many low-income families...
Republicans Open Investigations Into Obamacare's Disaster Sites
Republicans are launching investigations into three state-run ObamaCare exchanges that are failing disastrously. Lawmakers are setting their sites on exchanges in Oregon, Maryland and Massachusetts, where Democratic governors embraced the healthcare law, and are demanding to know why their expensive online portals remain useless more than four months after launch.
|“Cultural Imperalism?” Obama Calls
Homosexuality One of our
‘fundamental freedoms’ in Statement Slamming Ugandan Bill
American observers said President Obama's remarks are an act of cultural hubris. “His arrogance is breathtaking,” said Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse. The “president repeatedly insists that his personal values and beliefs are equated with the nation's values and beliefs. When he insists that those controversial ideas constitute a human right, the president is saying that the deeply-held religious beliefs of many Americans are irrelevant.”
|Video Busts Illegal Voter Scheme to
'Turn Texas Blue' –
Democrat Group Claims They Do This Routinely
The footage shows Battleground Texas volunteer Jennifer Longoria saying the group uses the phone numbers from voter registration forms in later efforts to boost turnout on election day. Texas Election Code prohibits the use of, or even the copying of, phone numbers provided by individuals registering to vote. "Every time we register somebody to vote, we keep their name, address, phone number," Longoria said.
|First 'smart' Pistol Hits Shelves
Is Excessive Cost the New 'Gun Control'?
The Smart System iP1, a .22-caliber pistol made by the German gun-maker Armatix GmbH, can only function with an accompanying wristwatch, which is sold separately. The pistol sells for $1,399 and the watch retails for another $399 – more than double the cost of .40-caliber Glock handgun, according to the article.
|Iranian Oil Exports Soar as Obama
Allows Sanctions to Collapse
Iranian oil exports soared in January, hitting new highs just months after the United States consented to billions of dollars in economic sanctions relief under the interim nuclear deal. Exports of Iranian crude oil jumped to 1.32 million barrels, up from December's high of 1.06 million barrels, according to data from the International Energy Agency.
|Lech Walesa: Obama 'Wasn't Ready'
to Be a World Leader
Anti-communist crusader and former president of Poland Lech Walesa tells Newsmax that of all the national leaders currently on the world stage, the one who has "disillusioned" him the most is President Barack Obama. Walesa also asserts that Obama "wasn't ready" to take on the task of leading the world's most dominant superpower.
|American Humanist Association
Stop Feeding Starving Kids
Stop feeding starving children, or else! The American Humanist Association sent that message to a school in Robbinsdale, Minn., accusing them of violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing students to participate in a community service project at a church that involved preparing meals for impoverished children in Haiti.
|How Do You Weaponize a Rabbit?
A bacteria found in rabbits could be turned into a potent bioweapon by terrorists. In fact, it's been done before. There are four major infectious agents that officials fear terrorists will turn into potent bioweapons. The first three you know – smallpox, anthrax, and the plague. The fourth? An itty bitty bacterium that wikes to wive in bunny wabbits. Don't let its host of choice fool you – tularemia is a serious disease.
Week ending 16 February 2014
How The Left Will Grow Its Power in America's Schools
Dr. Susan Berry
With the new nationalized standards having been accepted in some Catholic schools; with college entrance tests such as the ACT and SAT, and even the GED, being aligned with Common Core; and with the Obama administration’s decision to use Race To The Top funding to lure states into funding universal preschool, more students will be exposed to the social indoctrination than ever before.
|Liberal Media in Free
The press advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders, just announced its 2014 World Press Freedom Index. Under the Obama administration the U.S. fell 13 slots from 32nd to 46th among 180 nations measured in terms of official abuse, media independence, and infrastructure to determine how free journalists are free to report.
|Obama's Warmed-over Fudge On Global
Washington Times Editorial
President Obama was sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution, but his oath of office shouldn't be confused with the courtroom oath requiring witnesses to "tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth." With every passing week, the whoppers served up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue grow ever more supersized, and in sheer size, nothing tops the fib about global warming.
|'Be Open-Handed Toward Your
Arthur C. Brooks
According to the 1996 General Social Survey, those who strongly agreed that "the government has a responsibility to reduce income inequality" gave away $140 on average to charity. Among those who strongly disagreed, the average gift was $1,637.
|Heart Breaking: Viewing the Future
6-yr-old Denied Surgery Due to ‘Budget Cuts’
The family of a six-year-old girl with cerebral palsy have condemned 'cruel' NHS bosses after an operation to help her walk was cancelled at the last moment – because of budget cuts. Shannon Bowley can only shuffle around on her bottom or take a few slow steps with the aid of a walking frame.
Slight-of-Hand: Pre-existing Conditions Covered but
Not the Needed Medications Due to “Closed Drug Formulary”
Dr. Scott Gottlieb of the American Enterprise Institute explains,"if the medicine that you need isn't on that list, it's not covered at all. You have to pay completely out of pocket to get that medicine, and the money you spend doesn't count against your deductible, and it doesn't count against your out of pocket limits, so you're basically on your own."
Report: 'Avalanche' of Regulations Still to Come Under Obamacare
The Obama administration has yet to finalize 28 additional regulations under Obamacare that could lead to an "avalanche" of regulatory burden on the economy... A report released Monday details the billions in cost and millions in paperwork hours that will result from the pending regulations, including the individual mandate, which has yet to be finalized.
HIV/AIDS Patients May Get Shut Out of Obamacare Exchanges
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has begun notifying hundreds of residents in the state with HIV/AIDS that they are at risk of losing their plans obtained through Obamacare's exchanges if they used funds from a program that provides financial aid to people with the disease to pay for the plans.
Enrollees in Calif. Health Exchange Complain of
‘Bait & Switch’
Brent Undridge is one of those complaining. The Castro Valley resident said when he signed up for a Covered California plan back in December, he was led to believe he could continue seeing the same medical group he has been using for the past two decades. But that did not turn out to be the case.
Mass. Health Care Connector Chief Brought to Tears
Describing Backlog Caused by Merging with Obamacare
The state's health insurance website was working smoothly until October, when it was revamped to comply with the more complicated requirements of the federal health care law. Since then, it has been bedeviled by error messages and is often very sluggish or crashes entirely, officials said.
|Firm Hired To Help Fix
Has Had a Long Series of Software and Ethical Stumbles
Jerry Markon and Alice Crites
Accenture, the contractor urgently tapped to help fix the federal health-insurance Web site, is a favorite of corporate America but has a record that includes troubled projects and allegations of ethical lapses, a review of the consulting giant's history shows.
|In a Major Blow to Unions
Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen Factory Reject UAW
The setback is a major defeat for the UAW's effort to expand in the growing South, where foreign automakers have 14 assembly plants, eight built in the past decade, said Kristin Dziczek, director of the labor and industry group at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Michigan.
|The Hilda Solis Files:
Former Labor Secretary in Yet Another Union Corruption Scandal
Put on your super-shocked faces, everyone: Former Obama administration official Hilda Solis, who is now running for yet another government position in Los Angeles, is embroiled in yet another union corruptocracy scandal. The "Hope" and "Change" hits just keep on coming.
|To Salvage Their Unmitigated Energy
Germany Should Get To Fracking
Germany began what they hoped would be a magnificent transition away from fossil-fuel based energy sources a few years ago, but after their decision to simultaneously retire their nuclear energy plants, hugely subsidize wind and solar energy, and decline to further frack their own natural-gas reserves, they have little to show for it besides an unmitigated disaster of skyrocketing energy prices and a revival of coal-powered energy plants.
|Germany’s Energy Goals Backfire
Germany now has the most expensive electricity in Europe. In September 2013, Der Spiegel, the country’s premier weekly, gave the headline “How electricity became a luxury good” to its report on Germany’s new energy poverty.
|Report: Coal Power Plant Shutdowns
FOIA Docs Show Collaboration Between the EPA and Enviros
Federal energy regulators are predicting more coal power plant retirements than have yet been announced due to onerous environmental regulations and low natural gas prices. Scheduled retirements are currently concentrated among smaller, more inefficient coal plants. By 2016, larger plants that provide significantly more power will begin shutting down.
|EPA Rule Would Increase Power
Prices by 70 or 80 Percent
An Obama administration official has said that the new clean coal rules could increase electricity prices by as much as 80 percent. Dr. Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant secretary for clean coal at the Department of Energy, told House lawmakers that the first generation of carbon capture and storage technology would increase wholesale electricity prices by "70 or 80 percent."
|5 Ways Liberals Make War on Women
Having liberals claim that someone else is waging a "war on women" is like Anteaters claiming Ladybugs are making war on ants. Not only is the Left much more unfriendly to women than the Right, liberals are actually leaving a body count behind.
|Article V of the Constitution:
An Emergency Solution, Hidden In Plain Sight
Since the government has tried to reach into our homes, medical care, and pockets, frustrated citizens have talked of rebelling against the government or even secession. But this extreme reaction ignores the fact that the founders saw this day coming and gave us a Constitutional tool which allows us to restrain the out-of-control federal government.
|Is Obama Quietly Courting a
Coalition with Iran?
In a realclearworld.com article, Stratford analyst Robert Kaplan argues that the Obama administration sees the recently elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "as a potential Deng Xiaoping, someone from within the ideological solidarity system who can, measure-by-stealthy-measure, lead his country away from ideology and toward internal reform."
Rookie Austin Dillon Puts the Iconic #3 Chevy on Daytona 500 Pole
Austin Dillon woke up around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, watched a movie, ate a burger wrap, walked out to the garage and put on his firesuit. He then jumped into his No. 3 Chevy and drove off into history. The iconic No. 3 is on the pole for the Daytona 500. Let that percolate for a while. Savor it. Embrace the moment.
|Oliver Stone and Jeremy Scahill
Rail Against Obama’s ‘lack of spine’
and His MSNBC Defenders
Journalist Jeremy Scahill and filmmaker Oliver Stone believe that, on issues of civil liberties and warfare, President Obama has entirely abandoned his 2008 rhetoric. And they see MSNBC and stars like Bill Maher as the biggest cheerleaders for such abrogations.
|Muslim Arrested for Torching Packed
Gay Bar in Seattle Told Friend “Homosexuals Should Be Exterminated”
According to investigative documents filed in King County Superior Court, the 30-year old Masmari told a friend “that homosexuals should be exterminated.” That friend, a member of the local Muslim community, went straight to the FBI because he believed Masmari may have also been planning a terrorist attack.
|‘Knock That White Boy Out’: Mob of
Teens Attack Disabled Vet
During the attack, the teens made several derogatory remarks about Robinson. “What they were saying was, ‘Knock that boy out!’ ‘White boy.’ ‘Cracker,’” he was quoted as saying about the incident. “They were saying, ‘Knock that white boy out.’”
|Such attacks becoming an epidemic|
|New Jersey Democrats Push to Rename
the Sea of Japan
On Monday, five New Jersey Democrats introduced a bill that would rename the sea between Japan and the Korean peninsula. According to the Star-Ledger newspaper, the bill would require “the state and all its political subdivisions, ‘to the extent practicable’” to refer to the body of water as both the “East Sea” and the “Sea of Japan.” Textbooks in New Jersey schools would have to adopt the new names starting in 2016.
|Is the 'Black Sea' next?|
Week ending 9 February 2014
Troubling View On Work
America now has a government that views work as a trap and celebrates those who escape it. That is the upshot of last week’s remarkable exchange over ObamaCare. It began when the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the interplay of taxes and subsidies in the law “creates a disincentive for people to work.”
|Americans Learn to
Succeed by Learning from Failure
America succeeds because Americans fail and forgive. That's the intriguing message – or part of it – of Megan McArdle's new book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success. She combines a shrewd knowledge of economics and practical experience with a writing style that every so often segues into comedy monologue.
|Bombshell Email Reveals IRS Planned
Secret New Rules To
Justify Targeting Tea Party Groups Two Years Ago
The revelation that the IRS planned two years ago to change the way it approached approving those [tea party] groups for tax-exempt status is raising eyebrows because it indicates the agency was aware early on that its practice of singling out conservative groups was out of sync with existing regulations.
Obama’s IRS ‘Confusion’
Wall Street Journal
House committees are still digging into the IRS political targeting scandal, and based on a hearing Wednesday there’s more to learn. The day produced more evidence blowing apart President Obama’s claims that there was "not even a smidgen of corruption" or political motivation in the IRS handling of groups applying for tax-exempt status.
Inside the IRS
Bill Henck via PowerLine
"I have been an attorney in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel for over 26 years. Over a number of years, I have attempted, largely unsuccessfully, to alert the public to abuse within the IRS. One of my kids suggested that I contact a blog and Power Line has graciously agreed to publish this account."
“This scandal is not over. The lying has not stopped.”
Cleta Mitchell, attorney for an assortment of Tea Party groups that received very special attention from Barack Obama's politicized Internal Revenue Service, lowered the boom on what she described as a "sham, non-existent" Justice Department investigation of the scandal during House Ways and Means Committee hearings on Thursday:
Targeting the IRS
What should conservatives do next about the Orwellian intimidation of political opponents using the IRS? Here is a partial action plan. (snip) For the good of the entire country, Catherine Englebrecht, the National Organization for Marriage, or Christine O´Donnell need to file a "RICO" lawsuit. This would allow depositions, document requests, and subpoenas to get at the truth.
Testifying Attorney Blasts Obama's Claim
There Was No Corruption at IRS
During a congressional hearing into the IRS admitted targeting of conservative groups prior to the 2012 election cycle, an attorney representing some of those groups severely chastised President Barack Obama for asserting during an interview with Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly that there was not a "smidgen" of corruption at that agency. Attorney Jay Sekulow said that the IRS scandal goes "as high as it gets."
|Democrats Now Going After Treasury
Congressional Democrats have revived their interest in Russell George, the Treasury inspector general that outlined the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups, with a pair of lawmakers filing a formal ethics complaint. Democrats have for months said that George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, crafted a flawed, misleading report that helped fan the flames of the IRS targeting controversy.
|When Will Obama Start Caring?
Sen. Rand Paul
Just when you thought Obamacare couldn’t get any worse, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported on Tuesday that the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs will be lost due to Obamacare. We can’t afford to lose any more jobs.
|Barack’s Assault on Work Merely His Latest
Stupid Insult Against Common Sense
The confounding statement by Obama’s spokesman regarding whether Americans under ObamaCare will choose to work is nothing short of appalling and nonsensical. Certainly, of all the myriad attacks Obama has launched against Americans, this may be the most fundamental and perverse.
|Specter of Welfare State Jolts
The White House and congressional Democrats tried to limit the fallout Wednesday from the politically damaging conclusion in a Congressional Budget Office report that the Obamacare entitlement creates a major incentive for some people not to work.
|Obamacare Enrollees Finding Few
A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business. Experts have warned for months that the logjam was inevitable.
'Doc Shock' Reaches the Masses
In December, I predicted that "doc shock" was going to be a major problem for the U.S. health-care overhaul, as people found out that the narrow networks insurers use to keep premiums low often don't cover the top-notch doctors you'd like to see if you get really sick...
NY Hospital Turns Down Cancer Patient with Obamacare
Stage-four cancer patient Bruce Johnston seems to be the latest victim of Obamacare’s terrible rollout, as his insurance under Obamacare was recently denied at Stony Brook University Hospital. When told the hospital did not take his insurance, Johnston was shocked. “It leaves me high and dry,” Johnston said.
AIDS Patients In Obamacare Limbo As Insurers Reject Checks
Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana trying to obtain coverage under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about preventing Obamacare fraud.
|al Qaeda Inc. on the Rise
Experts: al Qaeda’s Brand is Stronger Than Ever
A panel of terrorism and national security experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies said Wednesday that al Qaeda’s brand is the strongest its ever been, contrary to administration claims... Bruce Hoffman, the director of the Center for Security Studies, said “The core may not be as strong, but the al Qaeda brand I would argue is just as strong if not stronger.”
|Vandalism? Sniper Attack On Silicon
Valley Power Grid
Spurs Security Crusade
A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley's power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility's owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout. But this week, a former top power regulator offered a far more ominous interpretation: The attack was terrorism, he said.
Grid Review Sought After
San Jose Substation Attack Called Terrorism
Four U.S. senators concerned about the sabotage of Silicon Valley’s power grid and phone lines last April asked federal officials on Friday if mandatory security standards are needed. They are asking if requiring power companies to comply with what are now voluntary security standards would improve grid safety.
|Iranian TV Airs Simulated Bombing
of Tel Aviv, U.S. Aircraft Carrier
A documentary featuring a computerized video of Iran’s drones and missiles bombing Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ben Gurion Airport and the Dimona nuclear reactor in a hypothetical retaliation for an Israeli or American strike on the Islamic Republic. Iranian drones and missiles are also shown carrying out simulated strikes on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, downing American aircraft and striking American military targets in the Persian Gulf.
|Herridge: Fmr. CIA Director Morell
May Have Altered
Benghazi Talking Points to Benefit Obama Admin.
On September 15 one day before Susan Rice made her infamous appearances on various Sunday shows, according to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report Morell received an email from the CIA station chief in Libya indicating the Benghazi attacks were "not/not an escalation of protests."
|Senate Democrat Blocks Widow of
Fallen Cop from
Testifying on Obama DOJ Pick
The Philadelphia DA is speaking out against President Obama's nominee for a top Justice Department post, saying his link to the case of a convicted cop killer "sends a message of contempt" to police – as the widow of the fallen officer is apparently denied the chance to testify.
|FBI Agents Revolt Against Eric
First it was the Justice Department's career prosecutors; now it's FBI agents. The federal employees responsible for fighting crime are simply unable to digest the anti-law enforcement slop being served up by their boss, Attorney General Holder. The FBI's beef is with the selection of Debo Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.
|Obama at Prayer Breakfast: 'Killing
the Innocent' Is
'Ultimate Betrayal of God's Will'
At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, President Barack Obama said that "killing the innocent" is the "ultimate betrayal of God's will." But the president was talking about terrorism, not abortion.
|Yes, He Said That!|
| Geraldo: Bill O’Reilly Stripped Obama of
Here in miniature is the problem with those on the left. Geraldo Rivera thinks O’Reilly was wrong to call Obama a “community organizer”. But he WAS a community organizer, why is it wrong to say that he was? Geraldo even says he doesn’t want to bring up race, but..implying that O’Reilly referred the “community organizer” because inherently O’Reilly’s racist.
|Black Caucus Upset with Valerie
A feud between President Obama and black lawmakers over racial diversity among judges escalated Wednesday. Valerie Jarrett, the president's closest adviser, met with Congressional Black Caucus members and refused to back down over controversial nominees despite a growing storm of criticism.
|NAACP Holding March To Protest
Voter ID Laws
Tells Marchers They Have To Bring A Photo ID
The NAACP is holding a march in North Carolina today to protest voter ID laws among other liberal causes. In the NAACP’s typical hypocritical style, they told the people attending to bring a photo ID.
|You just can't make this stuff up!|
|State Dept. Worker Kim Pleads
Guilty In Fox News Leak Case
A contractor charged with leaking top-secret information about North Korea to Fox News entered a guilty plea Friday and agreed to serve a 13-month prison term. During an 80-minute hearing at U.S. District Court, Stephen Kim pled guilty to a single felony count of disclosing national defense information to an unauthorized person, Fox News reporter James Rosen.
|Libs Continue to Attack Piers
Morgan for Saying
Transsexual was "Born A Boy"
Marc Lamont Hill: …[F]or me Piers, the bigger issue isn’t the use of language. It’s the fact that so much of the interview centered around the sensational aspects – about genitalia. There’s so much more about trans life, trans experience, that I wanted you to cover….
Morgan: No, wait a minute – wait a minute, okay?…I never mentioned her genitalia at all ever in either interview.
|Were book sales behind a 'forced' conflict?|
|NIH Spent $464,272 On Why Gay Men
Get Syphilis In Peru
The National Institutes of Health has spent millions of dollars studying male sex workers in Peru... “Syphilis remains an uncontrolled infectious disease globally, with high prevalence and incidence in certain high risk populations, affecting more than 20 percent of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Peru,” according to the grant, awarded by the NIH.
Week ending 2 February 2014
|The Poison of Postmodern
Victor Davis Hanson
All presidents have, at one time or another, fudged on the truth. Most politicians pad their résumés and airbrush away their sins. But what is new about political lying is the present notion that lies are not necessarily lies anymore – a reflection of the relativism that infects our entire culture.
|Feeling Sorry for Jay
And other random thoughts on the passing scene.
Ever since I learned as a teenager that the Saturday Evening Post magazine was actually published on Wednesday mornings, I have been very skeptical about words. "Gun control" laws do not control guns, "rent control" laws do not control rent, and government "stimulus" spending does not stimulate the economy.
|Super Bowl: Obama Blasts Fox News
In Testy O’Reilly Interview
The duo were sparring almost from the beginning in the interview O’Reilly did today with the President live from the White House this afternoon as a part of Fox’s Super Bowl XLVIII pregame show. Obama also took on Fox News Channel itself when O’Reilly asked him about reports the IRS was investigating Tea Party-related groups for political reasons.
|Lawmaker: Text of Iran Deal Being
Kept in 'Super Secret Location'
Lawmakers and experts alike criticized the White House for refusing to release publicly the full text of the deal, which temporary halts some of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in economic sanctions relief. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R., Fla.) said on Tuesday during a HFAC hearing about the deal that even members of Congress must climb through hoops in order to view the deal.
|Poll: Under Obama most used words
like "divided," "troubled,"
and "deteriorating" to describe the current state of the nation.
As President Barack Obama enters his sixth year in the White House, 68 percent of Americans say the country is either stagnant or worse off since he took office, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Just 31 percent say the country is better off, and a deep pessimism continues to fuel the public's mood.
|Attorney General Eric Holder Can't
Constitutional Basis for Obama's Executive Orders
Sen. Mike Lee (R_Utah) had based his question on a standard legal test, first described by Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, who said the president's authority to issue executive orders is strongest when he does so with the backing of Congress (category one), more dubious when he issues an order pertaining to a topic on which Congress has not passed a law (category two), and weakest when the executive order is "incompatible with a congressional command" (category three), to use Lee's paraphrase.
|Economists See Few Dollars and
Little Sense On Obama Agenda
Five years after the Wall Street collapse, the plan President Obama laid out this week to try to revive a sluggish economy and build "ladders of opportunity" into the middle class has been received largely with yawns from economists and business groups, who argue that his small, targeted policy proposals aren't substitutes for a broader vision of less spending and regulation and of fundamental tax reform.
|Senate Republicans Pitch Obamacare
Seizing on the public's continued anxiety over the ObamaCare rollout, a trio of Republican senators on Monday unveiled a sweeping alternative proposal they say would gut the law's mandates and taxes while preserving consumer protections. Sens. Orrin Hatch, of Utah; Tom Coburn, of Oklahoma; and Richard Burr, of North Carolina, announced their plan one day before President Obama delivers his State of the Union address.
|A Republican Plan To Replace
Cover Pre-Existing Conditions And Lower Costs
Sen. Richard Burr, Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D., Sen. Orrin Hatch
We agree that the pre-ObamaCare status quo was unsustainable and unacceptable. The problem is that the law failed to fix most of the problems in health care, and made many even worse. That is why we have decided to outline a proposal to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with sustainable reforms that actually lower health spending, instead of increasing it.
Good Score for GOP Obamacare Alternative
The Center for Health and Economy scores the leading Republican replacement to ObamaCare and finds the plan proposed by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Orrin Hatch R-Utah would lower premium prices and save $1.4 trillion while providing coverage to a similar number of people that ObamaCare promises to enroll. The group found the plan could lower premiums by 2 percent and would lower federal Medicaid spending.
|A Few More Reasons To Repeal
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D
Moody's rating agency has lowered the outlook for health insurers from stable to negative, blaming ObamaCare. Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act forces taxpayers to make insurers whole for most of the losses incurred selling ObamaCare exchange plans through 2016. The bailout is designed to conceal the failure of the president's signature health law until he is out of office.
Union Officials say Obama Betrayed Them In Health-Care Rollout
Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.
Folks Losing Their Doctors Because of Obamacare,
Can't Find New Ones Who Will Take Their New Insurance
Some people who are going to the doctor for the first time are finding some complications. "We have health insurance that is worthless," said customer Shawnna Simpson. Simpson found out last week the new insurance for which she is paying $600 a month was a bad choice for her family.
Obamacare 2.0: More Regulations On the Way
More than a dozen rules, ranging from technical to significant, are slated to come out this year or later. That count, detailed in a Congressional Research Service report this month, doesn't include several dozen proposed and final rules that were expected during a 12-month period dating back to last July.
In California: Only One-Third Have Regained Insurance Lost
California has long been the flagship for Obamacare... Yet many of Covered California's "successes" are only relative to the failure of the program as a whole, and most of them are overblown. For example, on the day Obamacare enrollment started, Covered California reported that it had received 5 million web hits. In fact, however, it had received only 645,000 – roughly 10% of what was initially reported.
Secret Abortion Fees Hidden In Obamacare Premiums
Insurance companies working under the Obamacare umbrella have secretly added a surcharge to cover the cost of abortions, an apparent violation of federal law that forbids the practice, congressional leaders charge.
|Four Words in the ACA Could Spell
George F. Will
Someone you probably are not familiar with has filed a suit you probably have not heard about concerning a four-word phrase you should know about. The suit could blow to smithereens something everyone has heard altogether too much about, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
|Amnesty, but Not for D’Souza – For
Obama’s Justice Department,
Campaign-Finance Law is a Partisan Club
Andrew C. McCarthy
Mr. D’Souza’s real crime, the only offense that really matters in Washington these days, is being an Obama critic. Oh, they say he borrowed a couple of people’s names, but his real mistake was doing it in the Wendy Long Senate campaign. For Obama 2008 donors, borrowing other people’s names seems to have been a requirement.
|Alan Dershowitz, Law Enforcement
Experts Slam D'Souza Targeting
"This is clearly a case of selective prosecution for one of the most common things done during elections, which is to get people to raise money for you," famed law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax. "If they went after everyone who did this, there would be no room in jails for murderers."
Producer: 'I Never Feared My Govt Until Now'
Gerald Molen, the producer of Dinesh D'Souza's documentary film 2016: Obama's America, says he never feared his government before he learned that D'Souza is under federal investigation for election fraud. "I'm a little bit taken aback by the whole thing because he's such a great American," Molen said.
|Iranian Commander: We Have Targets
“America, with its strategic ignorance, does not have a full understanding of the power of the Islamic Republic,” Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said in a televised interview. “We have recognized America’s military strategy, and have arranged our abilities, and have identified centers in America [for attack] that will create a shock.”
|What a Surprise! Iran Lied About
Supreme Leader's Holocaust Denial Being a Mistranslation
You can barely get into conversation with a Western peacenik or an Iranian diplomat on the subject of Iran without them trying to wriggle out of the extreme threats the regime has made to wipe out Israel or its vicious anti-Semitism by saying that this is all a mistranslation or it's been taken out of context. This matters enormously because the premise of the latest moves in Western policy towards the Islamic repubic is that we can take Iran at its word.
|Iranian Official Confirms Country
Sought To Build Nuclear Weapons
A founder of Iran's Revolutionary Guards now admits that the Islamic Republic was seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. This is the first time any regime official has made such an admission, even as another report claims that one of Iran's most radical clerics was the spiritual overseer of the nuclear weapons program.
|Build the Keystone Pipeline,
President Obama has repeatedly said he wants to turn the economy around, put America back to work, produce more energy, improve public safety, and open new markets to goods stamped “Made in the USA.” Most Americans are no longer fooled by empty hope and change hype.
|A Jocular Podesta Says Obama Will
Use Executive Orders for
'Climate change' and Energy
President Obama has "warmed up" to using executive authority, and when he believes "he has the authority" to "make progress" without action by Congress, he will do it, White House adviser John Podesta told NPR Tuesday morning. "But he doesn't like to do this, does he?" the NPR host asked Podesta. "Uh, I think he's warmed up to it," Podesta replied, laughing.
|Why Socialism is a Pseudoscience
Socialism is morality masquerading as science
An astounding number of current world problems are traceable directly, or indirectly, to the intellectual infection called Marxism. Just last century an incomprehensibly large number of persons were directly murdered, or indirectly caused to die as a result of applying Karl Marx’s ideas.
|Obama Advisor Jarrett Thinks
Americans are Ready
for an Imperial President
"People around our country are hungry for action," White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday. "And what you'll hear from the president tonight is going to be all about action – creating opportunity – and it's going to be a very optimistic speech."
|Sandy Hook Killer's PC Reveals
Man/Boy Love, Pedophile Info
The state's attorney report on the horrific murders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by shooter Adam Lanza found no "conclusive motive" for his actions but did document unsettling facts about the 20-year-old killer, including computer files he kept on the rights of pedophiles, a movie about man/boy love, instant messages concerning "homosexual fantasies," numerous mass murder documents, and a computer game entitled "School Shooting."
|Mitt Romney Is The 2016 Republican
New Hampshire Poll
The Netflix documentary about his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns was recently released to the excitement of political insiders everywhere. GOP insiders want him to come back: "You know what a lot of them say to me?" an anonymous "operative" told BuzzFeed. "I think we need Mitt back." Romney was even on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to slow jam the news.
|NYC School Cuts Popular Gifted
Program Over Lack of Diversity
A popular gifted-student program at a New York City elementary school is getting the ax after school officials decided it lacked diversity. PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald told parents in a letter Jan. 24 that Students of Academic Rigor, or SOAR, would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners.
Blow’s New Euphemism for Abortion:
‘A Full Range of Reproductive Options for Women’
To the euphemistic lexicon of "pro-choice," "women's health," "reproductive freedom," etc. ad nauseum, Charles Blow has made the latest contribution. His New York Times column of today speaks of Republican candidates opposing "a full range of reproductive options for women."
|Obama's High School Pot Dealer
Murdered Over 'Flatulence'
Raymond Boyer, known as 'Gay Ray' to Obama and his marijuana smoking 'Choom Gang', was bludgeoned to death with a hammer seven years after he sold the future president and his friends drugs. His lover Andrew Devere, a male prostitute, gave police a laundry list of reasons for the killing.
|Gibson Issues 'Government Series'
Made Out of Confiscated Woods
More than four years after federal agents first raided the Gibson Guitar factory in Nashville, the company is striking back with a new guitar featuring wood seized during those government raids. The new Government Series II Les Paul guitar – produced in “government tan” color – features actual rosewood that was seized by the federal government during two raids in Nashville.
|More: What Gibson Guitars Did|