How Obamacare uncertainty is hurting US economy
EmaxHealth ^ | 2013-12-04 20:21 | Teresa Tanoos
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 11:02:15 PM by Armen Hareyan
President Obama\’s health insurance program and other regulations have unknown corporate costs that are hurting the economy and employment in the U.S., said business leaders on Wednesday.
According to a survey released by the Business Roundtable, the primary concern for approximately 39 percent of company CEOs in America is regulatory costs over the next six months.
The survey comes on the heels of Obama’s renewed push for his health insurance program on Tuesday, when he told Americans he’s going to make certain that the federal health care law works, even if even if has to spend the rest of his second term doing so.
As for all the problems that have plagued the website at HealthCare.gov, the president characterized them as typical for any kind of new start-up, shifting the focus quickly to health reform and the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
According to a report released Tuesday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which runs the Obamacare website, over 1.46 million Americans have learned they are eligible for Medicaid since the disastrous launch of the site and its online marketplaces on Oct. 1.
A blog post from the Department of Health and Human Services is reporting that, “In October, states that are fully participating in the expansion of Medicaid coverage made possible by the law, we’ve seen a more than 15 percent jump in applications compared to the average monthly enrollment in July through September.”
The post goes on to say that, “This shows a real need and desire for coverage for low income Americans.\”
Nevertheless, the launch of the online marketplaces at HealthCare.gov has been a disaster that has attracted plenty of criticism from Republicans and others who are against Obamacare. Same goes for some Democrats, as well as some Americans who initially embraced the federal health act, but have since soured after a series of serious problems erupted when the website debuted on Oct. 1.
To compound matters, the CMS reported for the first time on Tuesday that a single “bug”, which they said has been fixed, was behind many of the glitches, but an insurance industry source told CNBC that software-data errors at HealthCare.gov will likely affect people who have already enrolled for a plan, which could delay the coverage they signed up for from going into effect in a timely fashion.
In the meantime, the White House administration is saying that the Obamacare website received one million visitors on Monday, but despite their claims that the site was now working for most people and could deal with up to 50,000 visitors at once, problems continued, with technicians having to take the site down when 30,000 visitors apparently caused the site to stagger.
Visitors to the site also complained about experiencing more of the same problems they previously had, such as error pages, slow loading of pages and other glitches that prevented them from accessing and signing up for a health plan at HealthCare.gov. There were also continuing problems with the crucial last step of enrollment – paying for the plans in order to get health insurance coverage.
SOURCES: 1. Business Roundtable survey, Dec. 4, 2013; 2. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services, HealthCare.gov Progress and Performance Report, Dec. 1, 2013
Stories of life, death and faith: \’To Heaven and Back\’
CNN ^ | 11-30-2013 | By Randi Kaye and Chelsea J. Carter
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 10:59:31 PM by Carbonsteel
(CNN) — One woman is under water and without oxygen for 30 minutes after a kayaking accident. Another has end-stage cancer. A teenage boy suffers heart failure.
On the brink of death, all three tell stories of leaving their bodies, going to heaven and coming back.
For each, their story raises questions: Is heaven real? What does it feel like to die?
And for each, their answer — airing Sunday on CNN\’s \”To Heaven and Back\” — will be grounded in their experience. These are their accounts:
(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com …
Oh Happy Day!! House Judiciary Has Begun **IMPEACHMENT** Proceedings! Bye Bye Obama! (Video) | Conspiracy Theories
(Before It\’s News)
HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HAS BEGUN DISCUSSING IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST PRES OBAMA!!!
December 07, 2013
As a result of a couple comments at the House Judiciary Committee hearing last week, we perhaps begin to see the first sustained public discussion of whether Obama should be impeached. But Obama may be backing the members of Congress into a corner wherein they either a) have to accept further (or ramped-up) violations of the Constitution, alongside further obstructions of scandal-investigations, and thus appear to endorse the idea that impeachment for such violations, or b) impeach him.
AMERICA IS FINISHED WITH THE TYRANNICAL REIGN OF THE MULTI-PERSONALITY OBAMA!!
(Before It\’s News)
Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld of “The Five” says Obama’s a ”Kenyan-born lady-hating interloper.”
Listen at 1:59.
This has come a long way, people. Because of Obamacare’s debacle it’s open season on hunting Obama.
I’m the one who’s revealing Antichrist Obama.
Chris Matthews: ‘Little Puke’. Video. Mark Levin Goes Ballistic Against Radical Leftist Freak Chris Matthews. “What A Moron / SOB”
I’m the Messiah.
Obama Honors Pearl Harbor Dead with Picture of Himself
Breitbart ^ | 12/8/13 | William Bigelow
Posted on 12/08/2013 3:03:25 PM PST by Nachum
President Barack Obama’s Facebook page on Saturday posted a message honoring the dead from Pearl Harbor—accompanied by a picture of Obama descending the stairs next to the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground.
The post\’s statement reads:
Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served.
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com …
Why Americans Are So Angry
BI – Economist ^ | 12-8-2013 | Economist
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 6:22:24 PM by blam
Why Americans Are So Angry
Dec. 8, 2013, 4:07 PM
Flag Burning Obama protestFlickr/Kevin Skahan
A protester burns an American flag during a rally against President Obama in Oakland July 23, 2012.
BELIEVE the polls, and Americans have decided that they live in Italy: hobbled by dishonest leaders and such endemic corruption that only fools would trust strangers.
Grim findings have been coming thick and fast. Most Americans no longer see President Barack Obama as honest. Half think that he “knowingly lied” to pass his Obamacare health law.
Fewer than one in five trust the government in Washington to do what is right all or most of the time.
Confidence in Congress has fallen to record lows: in America, as in Italy and Greece, just one in ten voters expresses trust or confidence in the national parliament. Frankly straining credulity, a mammoth, 107-country poll by Transparency International, a corruption monitor, this summer found Americans more likely than Italians to say that they feel that the police, business and the media are all “corrupt or extremely corrupt”.
Americans are also turning on one another. Since 1972 the Chicago-based General Social Survey (GSS) has been asking whether most people can be trusted, or whether “you can’t be too careful” in daily life. Four decades ago Americans were evenly split. Now almost two-thirds say others cannot be trusted, a record high. Recently the Associated Press sought to add context to the GSS data, asking Americans if they placed much trust in folk they met away from home, or in the workers who swiped their payment cards when out shopping. Most said no.
The press is full of headlines about an American crisis of trust.
(Excerpt) Read more at economist.com …
Blogging “Gays” Urge Murder, Castration Of Christians
westernjournalism.com ^ | December 7, 2013 | Matt Barber
Posted on 12/08/2013 3:34:26 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
It happened Dec. 2, 2013, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. LifeSiteNews.com broke the story with the headline: “Violent mob of topless pro-abort feminists attacks praying men defending cathedral.”
The raw footage is disturbing to the extreme (warning: viewer discretion advised for nudity, lesbian lewdness, and violence. A censored version is available in this WND story.) Both the video and the story have since gone viral. WND summarizes the attacks as follows: “Chanting, ‘Get your rosaries out of our ovaries,’ a mob of pro-abortion feminists – many of whom were topless with Nazi swastikas on their chests and foreheads – attacked and sexually molested a group of Roman Catholic men who were praying as they stood outside a cathedral in Argentina to protect it from threats of vandalism.” WND managing editor David Kupelian called the siege a “display of demonic fury.” Indeed, it’s hard to watch the footage without discerning the palpably dark spirit that possesses many of the estimated 17,000 lesbian, pro-abortion, and feminist assailants (but I repeat myself). Thousands of painted, topless pagans prancing a ring around the pope burned in effigy – for the chief purpose of celebrating a “right” to sacrifice, alive, their own children to goddess abortion – is eerily redolent of ancient Baal worshipers dancing about the inferno and live-roasting, in burnt offering, their own children to Moloch.
(Excerpt) Read more at westernjournalism.com …
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Tongues of Fire ~ Pillars of Light
The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-8-2013 | Jedediah
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 7:43:22 PM by Jedediah
My gifts are \”ALIVE\” in you though some have forgotten,
They have not died with the Apostles For My Fruit can not rotten,
\”My Spirit is Eternal \” and Desires to renew ( ( ) ) ~ ( ( ) ),
The Day of Pentecost to \”ARISE IN YOU\” !/
So raise up your hands o/ and begin to receive !
You Shall do greater things if you just believe ,
I AM \”HAS\” sent you so will you stand up and go ?!
For I AM your Talent so let my freedom within you Flow ~ ~ ~
I have already placed in you ,
ALL that you need \” MY FULLNESS\” The Father\’s will TO DO !
Just as I did for ALL , My Heart laid bare ,
Give My love to others I will meet you there !
Do NOT be that empty sounding gong,
I have called you to sing My Song ~ ~ ~
Go out My children and testify me !
The TREE OF LIFE for all to see ,
For I AM The LAMB that Abraham knew !
But your Calvary is not through ,
Fear not persecution I Will be be with you there ,
Just carry My WORD your cross to bare ,
I AM , I was and I SHALL BE !
Go my children and \”Set the captive FREE\” !
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
2 When the day of Pentecost had arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like that of a violent rushing wind came from heaven, and it filled the whole house where they were staying. 3 And tongues, like flames of fire that were divided, appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, as the Spirit gave them ability for speech.
5 There were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 When this sound occurred, a crowd came together and was confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 And they were astounded and amazed, saying,[a] “Look, aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 How is it that each of us can hear in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites; those who live in Mesopotamia, in Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
Seymour Hersh Alleges Obama Administration Lied on Syria Gas Attack
Yahoo ^ | 12/8/13 | Adrian Lee
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 7:52:03 PM by DemforBush
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh has dropped yet another bombshell allegation: President Obama wasn\’t honest with the American people when he blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a sarin-gas attack in that killed hundreds of civilians…
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com …
We Asked A Military Expert If All The World\’s Armies Could Shut Down The US
Vice.com ^ | 04 October 2013 | Oscar Rickett
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 7:53:26 PM by zeestephen
Interview with: Dylan Lehrke, Americas Armed Forces Analyst at IHS Jane\’s. \”As the world military balance stands today, even in the unlikely case that the entire world aligns against them, the United States could not be conquered.\”
(Excerpt) Read more at vice.com …
Obama administration considers changing driver license guidelines for elderly
State Column ^ | 12-8-13 | Kramer Phillips
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 7:57:16 PM by knak
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says it will work to change its strategic plan to ensure the safety of the U.S.’s growing population of older drivers and passengers.
In a statement released earlier this week, the NHTSA says its changes are the result of the growing population of elderly drivers. The agency says it will make a number of changes, including researching a number of advanced vehicle technologies including vehicle-to-vehicle communications, refining its data collection systems, and shifting its focus to efforts on public education and identifying functional changes including vision, strength, flexibility and cognition.
“NHTSA’s Older Driver Highway Safety Program Guidelines are based on best practices around the country and include countermeasures that can be implemented to ensure the safety of older drivers, including at-risk drivers,” the agency said in a statement. “The guidelines encourage state highway safety offices to work closely with driver license officials, state departments of transportation, medical providers and aging services providers, among others.”
The agency was careful to note that the changes are not the result of any changes in how the elderly are driving, but rather the result of a changing environment and a better, more complete understanding of safety practices.
“Although older drivers are some of the safest drivers on our roads, our plan builds upon the NHTSA’s current work to help older people drive as safely and as long as possible,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.
Schizophrenic\’ US foreign policy pushing Arab states toward Russia, Bahrain warns
Telegraph ^ | 12/8/13 | Con Coughlin
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:47:22 PM by Nachum
America’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East could result in many key Arab states deciding to align themselves more closely with Russia, the rulers of Bahrain warned on Sunday. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, warned that Barack Obama´s administration would lose influence in the region if it persisted with what a “transient and reactive” foreign policy. There has been a sharp rise in tensions between Washington and several major Arab states in the wake of last month’s controversial interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk …
Barbara Walters Decries Presidents Swearing Oath on Bible
Christian Post ^ | 12/07/2013 | Anugrah Kumar
Posted on 12/08/2013 6:53:26 PM PST by SeekAndFind
As a host of the daytime talk show \”The View,\” Barbara Walters questioned why politicians, including the presidents, swear on a Bible while taking office when there is separation of church and state.
\”That is very true, but it starts almost with the oath of office which usually ends with \’So help me God,\’\” Walters said during the talk show, after actress Jane Seymour\’s remarks over a new political ad by Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas in which he apologizes for backing President Barack Obama\’s signature health care law, or \”Obamacare,\” and also highlights the importance of the Bible in politics.
Seymour told the hosts of the show Thursday: \”I think it\’s really unfortunate when you have to bring religion into politics. I think religion is a very personal thing, a very personal thing.\”
\”Now, most presidents swear on a Bible before taking office, even though we have the separation between church and state,\” Walters continued during the talk show, which has aired on ABC since 1997.
\”You see it again and again,\” Walters said during the show which focuses on a panel of five female co-hosts who discuss social and political issues. \”You don\’t have to use a Bible. Teddy Roosevelt didn\’t. John Quincy Adams swore on a law book and Lyndon Johnson took the oath on a book he thought was the Bible. We don\’t know what the book was … We talk about the separation between church and state and almost every president ends up saying so help me God.\”
(Excerpt) Read more at christianpost.com …
Satanists plan statue to stand alongside Ten Commandments in Oklahoma
theguardian.com ^ | December 8, 2013
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 5:39:10 PM by ilovesarah2012
In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including Satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument outside the statehouse.
The Republican-controlled legislature in the state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt authorised the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in 2009. It was placed on the Capitol grounds last year despite criticism from legal experts, who questioned its constitutionality. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking its removal.
But the New York-based Satanic Temple saw an opportunity. It notified the state\’s Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to donate a monument and plans to submit one of several possible designs this month, said Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the temple.
\”We believe that all monuments should be in good taste and consistent with community standards,\” Greaves wrote in letter to state officials. \”Our proposed monument, as an homage to the historic/literary Satan, will certainly abide by these guidelines.\”
Greaves said one potential design involves a pentagram, a satanic symbol, while another is meant to be an interactive display for children. He said he expects the monument, if approved by Oklahoma officials, would cost about $20,000.
(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com …
Rand Paul: My wife says \’no\’ to presidential bid
Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 8 2013 | Brad Knickerbocker
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 1:41:41 PM by gooblah
He’s the maverick Republican/libertarian US Senator and son of another maverick Republican/libertarian who ran for the White House three times and shook up the GOP in the process – retired US Rep. Ron Paul. Sen. Paul is just a couple of points behind front-runner New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the nomination in the RealClearPolitics.com polling average.
(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com …
You, Sir, Are No Abe Lincoln
ToBeRight ^ | December 5, 2013 | PeggyN
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 3:25:59 PM by Kenny
On November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address, arguably the most famous speech in history.
On November 19, 2013, the first black President of the United States blew off the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. This from a President who has repeatedly claimed he had much in common with President Lincoln.
The White House spin zone worked frantically on some kind of an acceptable excuse for the snub but the truth is pretty obvious, President Obama would be smart to avoid any side-by-side comparison to President Lincoln. These two men don’t have subtle…………..
Krauthammer On Dems & Obamacare: \”I Can\’t Believe It\’s A Coordinated Campaign, It\’s Too Insane\”
RCP video / FNC Special Report ^ | 12/5/2013
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 3:29:31 PM by Republican Wildcat
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Look, as for Harry Reid, I can\’t believe it\’s a coordinated campaign. It\’s too insane. I think it\’s Harry Reid wearing, trying on a tin hat. And I would just say, Harry, give it up. You can argue all you want but the sunrises in the west, it\’s not going to work. And you get this sort of speaking against the wind on things that, as Kirsten says, are empirically untrue. People are receiving cancellations. They know they lost their insurance. There is no way to talk around it.
The other thing that the Obama administration, the White House, is pushing is the success of the exchanges because they got 30,000 people supposedly enrolled. let\’s assume it\’s enrolled. They aren\’t enrolled.
BRET BAIER: There\’s nobody that really paid their premium.
KRAUTHAMMER: Exactly. Shopping and semi-enrolled — aspirationally enrolled, let\’s put it that way — in two days. Well, if you do the math on that and you continue that enrollment up until the deadline of the 23rd of December, you come out with a number, which means that of the 5 million people who have lost insurance, 6% will have it restored. All the rest will not have it. And that\’s without adding a single person who never had insurance in the first place. It is a disaster with the numbers that the White House is touting.
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com …
Singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger\’s syndrome, a form of autism
New York Daily News ^ | 12/08/2013 | BY DAVID HARDING
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 4:16:34 PM by SeekAndFind
Susan Boyle revealed she has Asperger\’s syndrome, a form of autism.
The Scottish singer who shot to worldwide fame in 2009 with her jaw-dropping performance on \”Britain\’s Got Talent\” was diagnosed last year, but has now decided to reveal her news publicly for the first time.
Speaking to the Observer newspaper, Boyle said, \”It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid.
\”I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what\’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.\”
Asperger\’s has an impact on social and communication skills. It also hinders the ability to form relationships and behave appropriately in certain social
(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com …
Obama Not His Own Man, Incompetent, And Beyond Learning
livetradingnews.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Paul Ebeling
Posted on 12/08/2013 2:20:22 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
“He’s beyond learning. He has another agenda and, firstly, I don’t think Obama is his own man,” Mr. Williams said in a TV interview at the weekend.
“He is a puppet of George Soros,” he added, referring to the liberal billionaire businessman and philanthropist.
Mr. Williams believes Mr. Obama’s presidency ultimately will be regarded along the lines of Jimmy Carter’s “as a somewhat failed” administration.
He said it is unfortunate that America’s 1st black President is “incompetent.”
(Excerpt) Read more at livetradingnews.com …
Republican Author of Patriot Act Seeks Prosecution of Obama\’s Intelligence Director
Townhall.com ^ | December 8 | Mike Shedlock
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 1:19:35 PM by Kaslin
Obama\’s National Intelligence Director, James Clapper, blatantly lied to Congress last Spring when in response to a question stated the NSA does not \”not wittingly\” collect information on Americans in bulk. The lie was revealed thanks to American hero and true patriot, Edward Snowden.
Statement of the South African Communist Party on Nelson Mandela (Yep, he was a commie)
Workers World ^ | Friday, December 6, 2013
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 12:06:32 PM by kristinn
“The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.”
Last night, the millions of the people of South Africa, majority of whom the working class and poor, and the billions of the rest of the people the world over, lost a true revolutionary, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Tata Madiba.
The South African Communist Party joins the people of South Africa and the world in expressing its most sincere condolences to Ms. Graca Machel and the entire Mandela family on the loss of what President Zuma correctly described as South Africa’s greatest son, Comrade Mandela.
We also wish to use this opportunity to express our solidarity with the African National Congress, an organisation that produced him and that he also served with distinction, as well as all his colleagues and comrades in our broader liberation movement. As Tata Madiba said, “It is not the kings and generals that make history but the masses of the people, the workers, the peasants. …”
The passing away of Comrade Mandela marks an end to the life of one of the greatest revolutionaries of the 20th century, who fought for freedom and against all forms of oppression in both their countries and globally. As part of the masses that make history, Comrade Mandela’s contribution in the struggle for freedom was located and steeled in the collective membership and leadership of our revolutionary national liberation movement as led by the ANC — for he was not an island. In Comrade Mandela we had a brave and courageous soldier, patriot and internationalist who, to borrow from Che Guevara, was a true revolutionary guided by great feelings of love for his people, an outstanding feature of all genuine people’s revolutionaries.
At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our Party’s Central Committee. To us as South African communists, Comrade Mandela shall forever symbolise the monumental contribution of the SACP in our liberation struggle. The contribution of communists in the struggle to achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the history of our country. After his release from prison in 1990, Comrade Madiba became a great and close friend of the communists till his last days.
The one major lesson we need to learn from Mandela and his generation of leaders was their commitment to principled unity within each of our Alliance formations as well as the unity of our Alliance as a whole and that of the entire mass democratic movement. Their generation struggled to build and cement the unity of our Alliance, and we therefore owe it to the memory of Comrade Madiba to preserve the unity of our Alliance. Let those who do not understand the extent to which blood was spilt in pursuance of Alliance unity be reminded not to throw mud at the legacy and memory of the likes of Madiba by being reckless and gambling with the unity of our Alliance.
The SACP supported Madiba’s championing of national reconciliation. But national reconciliation for him never meant avoiding tackling the class and other social inequalities in our society, as some would like to make us believe today. For Madiba, national reconciliation was a platform to pursue the objective of building a more egalitarian South African society free of the scourge of racism, patriarchy and gross inequalities. And true national reconciliation shall never be achieved in a society still characterized by the yawning gap of inequalities and capitalist exploitation.
In honour of this gallant fighter, the SACP will intensify the struggle against all forms of inequality, including intensifying the struggle for socialism, as the only political and economic solution to the problems facing humanity.
For the SACP, the passing away of Madiba must give all those South Africans who had not fully embraced a democratic South Africa, and who still in one way or the other hanker to the era of white domination, a second chance to come to terms with a democratic South Africa founded on the principle of majority rule.
We call upon all South Africans to emulate his example of selflessness, sacrifice, commitment and service to his people.
The SACP says, “Hamba kahle Mkhonto!” [“Go well, brave warrior!”]
Poll: If you could abolish income inequality, or poverty, but not both, which one would you choose?
wordpress ^ | December 8, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 12:14:28 PM by grundle
If you could abolish income inequality, or poverty, but not both, which one would you choose?
Scenario #1: Income inequality has been abolished, but poverty remains.
Scenario #2: Poverty has been abolished, but income inequality remains.
(Excerpt) Read more at danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com …
Eric Holder’s kickbacks for community organizers
Hot Air ^ | 12/07/2013 | Jazz Shaw
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 12:06:59 PM by Rusty0604
The government has quite the tidy little deal going in terms of getting money out of large banking interests lately. The latest example was the $13B dollar “settlement” reached with JP Morgan, which certainly must have taught them a thing or two. But some observers have been digging into the details of the deal and finding that it might be even sweeter for certain progressive interest groups than anyone had previously imagined.
It appears the Obama administration has a strategy for reviving subprime mortgage lending by coercing banks to fund community organizing groups that may once more put low-income families into mortgages beyond their means.
But wait… you can’t just take the penalty money and hand it out to your friends, can you? According to the breakdown from Investors.com, apparently you can.
Just when we thought its post-crisis probe of banks couldn’t get more corrupt, the Obama administration has cut radical Democrat groups in on the record $13 billion JPMorgan Chase subprime loan deal.
On Page 5 of “Annex 2″ of the recently released consent order, you’ll find this little gem: The Justice Department mandates that JPMorgan fork over any unclaimed or unpaid consumer damages to a nonprofit group that finances Acorn clones and other shakedown groups.
They stand to reap millions. The “consumer relief” portion of the deal by itself totals $4 billion.
(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com …
Obama Administration Announces Nationwide Muslim Outreach Program For Children Grades K-12
Conservative Frontline ^ | December 7, 2013 | Staff
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 10:04:36 AM by Twotone
Washington, DC — At a press conference today, President Obama announced plans for the first ever federally funded Muslim outreach program. The program will be available nationwide for all elementary school students grade K-12 beginning February 1st, 2014.
A United States \’Spring\’ Coming?
ABC News ^ | December 5, 2013 | Matthew Dowd
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 11:59:20 AM by 2ndDivisionVet
Could an \”Arab Spring\” type of upheaval be brewing in the United States? Is the frustration and anger toward our dysfunctional politics and economics beginning to reach a tipping point where young folks begin to push for profound change? Has our democracy become so broken that citizens are going to find creative avenues to express their feelings? Will we pass through the holidays and winter of our dysfunction to arrive at a spring of change? I sense a movement of social unrest growing strongly and quietly towards our own version of the Arab Spring.
Let\’s take a look at some of the factors that might be pointing in this direction. This past week the GDP showed very positive growth (up 3.6 percent in the third quarter), corporations are booking huge profits, the stock market is at an all time high, and we have more multimillionaires and billionaires than ever before. So why does 70 percent of the country believe the United States is off on the wrong track? Why is trust of our economic, governmental and political institutions at a historic low? Why is the poverty rate back to a historical high?
For more than a generation, the middle class of this country has not seen any significant improvement in their financial situation. In fact, when you factor in inflation, the majority of the country has actually seen a decline in their economic status over the past 25 years…
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com …
NYPD cops beat up my loved ones, killed my parakeet: Staten Island mom
NY Daily News ^ | DECEMBER 8, 2013 | JOHN MARZULLI
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 11:56:25 AM by EinNYC
They Don\’t Just Kill Dogs Any More…
City cops barged into the home of a Staten Island mom without a warrant, beat up her family and callously killed her pet parakeet, according to court papers. Evelyn Lugo’s beloved bird Tito was ejected from his cage after it was knocked off a dresser when cops came into the St. George home, the lawsuit alleges.
“I screamed, ‘The bird!’ ” Lugo’s daughter Anna Febles told the Daily News, “and he said, ‘F— the bird,’ and he, like, stepped on it.”
“I was shocked,” Febles, 30, said. “It was a blue and green bird. It was really pretty.”
Lugo, 57, the mother of 10 children, was not informed of Tito’s demise until the next day because her daughters feared she would become hysterical.
Lugo was already dealing with the stress of two sons and a daughter who had been arrested and grandchildren traumatized by pepper spray used inside the home.
“They (the cops) don’t care about us as humans, they’re going to care about the bird?” she said.
The violent incident occurred Sept. 2, 2012, as Lugo’s family was celebrating a Labor Day barbecue, the suit said.
Lugo’s son Edwin Avellanet was taking a bag of garbage outside when cops stopped and questioned him about an orange construction cone placed in front of their Corson Ave. home to save a parking spot, according to lawyer Jason Leventhal.
The cops demanded to see identification and Avellanet, 26, refused, stating that he had done nothing wrong. A cop grabbed Avellanet by the arm, but he was able to break free and retreat into the house, according to the suit.
The lawyer said cops started smashing several first-floor windows with their equipment. Lugo opened the front door to see who was outside and the cops barged in, Leventhal said.
“It was completely uncalled for,” Leventhal said. “There was no excuse for going into the house without a warrant.”
Additional cops arrived and swarmed throughout the house looking for Avellanet.
“They threw me like a piece of garbage on the floor,” Lugo said.
Another son, George Lugo, and family friend Luis Ortega were struck in the head repeatedly with a baton and suffered severe facial injuries, according to the complaint filed Nov. 29 in Brooklyn Federal Court. Lugo’s daughter, Alba Cuevas, has asthma and was having difficulty breathing due to the pepper spray cops used. She ducked into a bedroom to catch her breath and was arrested. Criminal charges against Ortega, Lugo and Cuevas were later dismissed and sealed, according to the suit. Avellanet, the subject of the cops’ initial stop-and-question, was not charged.
“Ever since then I have been sick and depressed,” Lugo said. “I was hurt on the inside, in my heart.”
The suit, alleging unlawful search and seizure, excessive force and malicious prosecution, seeks unspecified damages.
A spokeswoman for the city Law Department said a copy of the suit had not yet been received. An NYPD spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Quick quiz: who said these things?
Coach is Right ^ | 12/8/13 | Kevin \”Coach\” Collins
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 11:24:10 AM by Oldpuppymax
Here are a few quotes made famous by the person who said them. See if you can remember who said them.
“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Who said it; A) Barack Obama B) Michael Moore C) Jesse Jackson D) Nelson Mandela?
“Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and…
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Method of Recording Brain Activity Could Lead to Mind-Reading Devices
The Almagest ^ | 12/04/2013 | The Almagest Press
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 10:53:22 AM by Rusty0604
The finding could lead to “mind-reading” applications that, for example, would allow a patient who is rendered mute by a stroke to communicate via passive thinking. Conceivably, it could also lead to more dystopian outcomes: chip implants that spy on or even control people’s thoughts. Any fears of impending mind control are, at a minimum, premature, said Greely. “Practically speaking, it’s not the simplest thing in the world to go around implanting electrodes in people’s brains. It will not be done tomorrow, or easily, or surreptitiously.”
Parvizi agreed. “We’re still in early days with this,” he said. “If this is a baseball game, we’re not even in the first inning. We just got a ticket to enter the stadium.”
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Beware an unchecked president (in LA Times!)
Los Angeles Times ^ | DEc 8, 2013 | Jacob S. Hacker and Oona A. Hathaway
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 11:15:43 AM by Innovative
Subtitle: The solution to a dysfunctional Congress is not for Obama to govern the country all by himself.
In the face of congressional gridlock, President Obama has started taking more and more matters into his own hands. In recent months, he has announced new gun control measures, put in place limited immigration reform and made fixes to the Affordable Care Act — all without Congress. Many liberals who once worried about presidential overreach have applauded his robust use of presidential power.
Yet the president\’s increasing unilateralism shouldn\’t be cause for celebration. Bypassing Congress means bypassing democratic checks. It also means giving up on government\’s ability to effectively address serious long-term challenges. The solution to a dysfunctional Congress isn\’t an unchecked executive; it\’s a Congress that actually works.
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…..So, Iran has become Obama’s new Best Friend Forever. Or at least until it acquires nuclear weapons of its own and, by then, he is likely to be out of office and hailed as a “statesman” by the slavish mainstream press. He is the only U.S. President who was given a Nobel Peace Prize for having accomplished nothing in the early months of his first term.
If This Doesn\’t Put You In The Christmas Spirit, Your Name Is Obama
Michelle Obama\’s Mirror ^ | 12-8-2013 | MOTUS
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 10:49:03 AM by NOBO2012
In the spirit of the season’s message of “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men,” I’m taking Sundays off from the madness that has transformed our world.
So, in honor of Big Guy’s eternal prancing down the steps of Air Force Won to the tune of the Little Drummer Boy, I offer up this far more entertaining and season worthy rendition for your enjoyment.
Pentatonix Little Drummer Boy
Please feel free to post your favorite song of the season, your favorite photo of Barry drumming – or whatever -
majorette barry copy
or just carry-on as you see fit. I’m going to make some cookies. There’s not a chance in the world they’ll be anywhere near as cute as Robin H’s “ugly Christmas sweaters” cookies butt they’ll taste good.
Robin\’s Ugly Christmas Sweaters CookiesRobin H’s yummy Christmas cookies
And if you decide to make cookies, be sure to share them with us too!
Posted from: Michelle Obama’s Mirror
Update on the Cancellation of Syndicated Talk Show Hosts Jim Quinn and Rose Tennant
Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 12/8/2013 | MANHUNTER
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 10:22:09 AM by ManHunter
Attached is a link to a PPG article about Jim Quinn\’s and Rose Tennant\’s first public appearance since their removal from Quinn & Rose, \”America\’s Morning Show\”. Apparently, the turnout was quite large. I listened to Quinn & Rose for over 18 years until they were abruptly removed from the air a couple weeks ago. Clear Channel originally stated that \”contract negotiations had broken down\” and that they \”were unable to come to financial terms\”. What I have learned from well-placed \”A1\” sources with access is that Quinn & Rose were summarily fired; they were NOT in contract negotiations. Unfortunately, a non-compete clause in their contract requires that they not be on the air in the Pittsburgh market for six months. So, for those of us who\’ve started our days with a cup of coffee and a hefty dose of honest, non-partisan conservatism for years, it appears we\’ll have to wait a few months for them to return.
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New Yorkers have recently had to suffer yet another irresponsible blackjacking at the hands of power-drunk labor unions. This time it was the bridge tenders and garbage-incinerator workers who, angered at the state legislature's balking at their receiving pensions that no private industry could afford, took their frustrations out on an innocent public by not only striking but sabotaging traffic facilities.
The new movie "V for Vendetta" has provoked public discussion of the meaning of anarchism. Murray Rothbard was an advocate of the stateless society, but he was never accepted by the anarchist movement and is still considered more a "capitalist lackey" than anarchist thinker. Indeed, anarcho-capitalism has always been considered an oxymoron by the self-proclaimed "true" anarchists.
And They Called Me Pure Evil
Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2013 | John Ransom
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:17:09 AM by Kaslin
Swift Boat Captn wrote: And things were so great before Obama took over. Let\’s go back to the Chimp\’s economy that he started by turning surpluses into deficits then finished by losing 800,000 jobs per month and Wall Street on the brink of extinction. – This Won’t End End Well: Obama Giveth X and Taketh Away 7.6 Percent More
Dear Comrade Kerry,
In February 2007, when the terrible, evil George W. Bush was president, there were 2,427,000 more jobs than there are today.
In February 2007, when the terrible, evil George W. Bush was president, there were 5,167,000 fewer unemployed.
There’s more money in the system, going to fewer people than ever before.
The average American can’t afford to buy a new car now. Thanks GM/Obama.
The average American is watching as home prices climb for rich Americans, but stagnate for everyone else.
Top tier homes are selling- and have been selling since Obama became pope- outpacing middle tier and lower tier homes.
The rest of us have to make due with home prices that equal those seen in 1894…That’s 1894…not, 1994.
“Whether real or manufactured by record-low foreclosures, bank supply withdrawals, and fed-subsidized cash REO-to-rent trades,” writes Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge, “the sad truth is that jobs (and the GDP-enhancing multiplier effect that they create) are just not coming. Even Bob Shiller prefers the potential for 4% gains in stocks over housing risk in the medium-term as he points out that – inflation-adjusted – house prices are back at levels first seen in 1894… now that is a long-term investor. “
And just because the Dow’s making new highs, you think everything is wonderful. What happened toOccupy Wall Street?
This is a system that was deliberately crafted by your buddy BHO.
Congrats Comrade Kerry!
You’re right: In America, you in particular, have a right to be stupid.
Donald6189 wrote: Sort of, but not quite on topic, just wondering if anyone has come up with a tshirt with the caption \”The government went on Sequestration and all I got was this lousy economy!\”? Sort of fits with the topic just not completely. – This Jobs Report Not Actual Size
Dear Comrade Don,
Actually it doesn’t fit with the topic, nor is it correct. It’s not even funny.
The economy was lousy before sequestration. Sequestration is aimed at improving the economy even though the politicians would have you believe otherwise.
The only problem I have with sequestration is that it didn’t start a long time ago and it isn’t big enough.
As Mark Twain once observed of his misshapen theatrical production Ah Sin:
When this play was originally completed it was so long, and so wide and so deep–in places–and so comprehensive that it would have taken two weeks to play it…. [B]ut the manager said no, that wouldn\’t do; to play two weeks was sure to get us into trouble with the Government, because the Constitution of the United States says you sha\’n\’t inflict cruel and unusual punishments. So he set to work to cut it down….I never saw a play improve as this one did. The more he cut out of it the better it got right along. He cut out, and cut out, and cut out; and I do believe this would be one of the best plays in the world to-day if his strength had held out, and he could have gone on and cut out the rest of it.
If Congress just had just half of the strength of that theater manager, I’d feel less cruel and unusual toward the government.
Half of sequester is aimed at money that is an increase in spending over what we are spending today rather than true cuts.
As Larry Kudlow explains:
IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers
dailycaller.com ^ | 10:26 AM 12/07/2013
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 9:44:38 AM by BenLurkin
In formal guidance issued to IRS agents inspecting historical conservation sites, however, Google Maps and the online real estate database Zillow are mentioned as tools to help determine whether a property meets the regulatory requirements necessary to receive charitable contributions.
In addition to using freely available aerial and street photographs to survey property, agents are also encouraged to use search engines to research background information on suspected tax cheats.
“The Internet (using Google or other similar search engine) can be an excellent source of background information relevant to the taxpayer, done organization and appraiser,” states the agency’s manual.
The guidance, which is posted publicly online at the IRS’s website, was last revised on Jan. 3, 2012. An agency manual, effective Oct. 1, 2013, also lists Google, Google Maps, and a number of other Internet search tools to help agents spy on taxpayers.
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Obama Administration Announces Nationwide Muslim Outreach Program For Children Grades K-12
Conservative Frontline ^ | December 7, 2013 | Staff
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 10:04:36 AM by Twotone
Washington, DC — At a press conference today, President Obama announced plans for the first ever federally funded Muslim outreach program. The program will be available nationwide for all elementary school students grade K-12 beginning February 1st, 2014. The program is designed to educate children about the fundamentals of the Muslim religion and Islamic belief.
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In Government We Trust: The Progressive Religion
Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2013 | Derek Hunter
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 10:05:43 AM by Kaslin
With a storied history of attacking people of faith as extremists, radicals and the greatest threat this nation faces, it seems odd to see progressives embrace religion in their “advance the agenda at any and all costs” march. But they are, with vigor.
The wheels are coming off the progressives’ dream of a cradle-to-grave entitlements, amnesty-ridden nanny state. Their wish list…………………
Dangerous Times: Inspector Clouseau Brings Peace... " He looks like Charlie Chaplin carrying stacks of teetering dinner plates, causing chaos on all sides, but never noticing anything wrong. Peter Sellers could have done Obama as Inspector Clouseau. Somewhere in the great beyond Flip Wilson is polishing the greatest act ever for a black comedian. The Devil made me do it! Obama is never responsible for the chaos he spreads. "
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Sunday, December 8, 2013
Psychological projection was described by Sigmund Freud as an immature “defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously rejects his or her own unacceptable attributes by ascribing them to objects or persons in the outside world.” (Sigmund Freud, Case Histories II, p. 132)
So it is that Democracy for America, the progressive organizational arm of the Democrat Party, agitating their voting constituents against the rest of the country, has sent out a memo, accusing Republicans of waging a War on Christmas – “Well, this year there is a real ‘War on Christmas;’ and it’s not being waged by the ACLU or the Democratic (sic) Party.”
Our outrageous media created the Tea Party (Cover that monitor)
Salon ^ | December 7, 2013 | Professors Jeffrey M. Berry and Sarah Sobieraj
Posted on Saturday, December 07, 2013 9:39:10 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
Sandra Fluke’s statement on behalf of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice during a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in February 2012 placed her in the center of a firestorm. Her public advocacy for insurance coverage of contraceptives resulted in an extended series of personal attacks from radio personality Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh’s three-day tirade began on February 29, when he offered demeaning characterizations of Fluke, including that she “wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.” Although this suggests that Fluke proposed that tax revenues be used to pay for contraceptives, her actual position was that contraception should be covered by the student-funded health insurance in place, which was not subsidized by the (Catholic) university or the government.
The next day Limbaugh was even more aggressive, revisiting his prostitution analogy and adding new fuel to the fire remarking,…………………..
Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S.
Puget Sound Business Journal ^ | December 6, 2013 | Valerie Bauman
Posted on Saturday, December 07, 2013 10:15:36 PM by pluvmantelo
Former Secretary of State and longtime Republican Colin Powell is calling for a universal health care solution in the U.S. “We are a wealthy enough country with the capacity to make sure that every one of our fellow citizens has access to quality health care,” he said Thursday at a Seattle fundraiser for prostate cancer. “(Let’s show) the rest of the world what our democratic system is all about and how we take care of all of our citizens.\” The retired four-star general, a prostate cancer survivor, spoke at the Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast, organized by UW Medicine and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center . Powell took the opportunity to share some of his own experiences and to publicly call for a health care solution similar to those in Canada, Japan and other countries that have a universal, single-payer system. In the case of his own cancer diagnosis, he recovered, thanks to what he described as universal health care offered through the U.S. military. “I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, or however you choose to describe it, but I do know this: I have benefited from that kind of universal health care in my 55 years of public life,” Powell said. “And I don’t see why we can’t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these other places are doing.”
Obama Stars in The No-Name Law That Sank His Party
American Thinker ^ | December 8, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 3:15:50 AM by Cincinatus\’ Wife
\”….Obama shut down the federal government rather than delay UFA\’s individual mandate provision though he keeps exempting new favored blocs and delaying various provisions. Instead he\’s cranked up the propaganda machine, particularly the stuff aimed at the young. The efforts have been ridiculous, a clear sign, I suppose of how little regard he has for the intellectual capacity of those who voted disproportionately for him (a point on which he and I are in rare agreement}.
By way of example, HHS named as a winner of their video propaganda outreach one entry which is titled \”Forget About the Price Tag.\”
In a White House Youth Summit, Obama \”called on young people to do whatever they can to promote his signature health care law — including plying their customers with cheap booze. \”If you are a bartender, have a happy hour,\” Obama said as the crowd laughed. \”And also probably get health insurance because a lot of people don\’t have it.\” Obama also encouraged young people who are student body presidents or workers at nonprofit organizations to help people get enrolled. \”If you\’ve got a radio show, spread the word on air,\” Obama added. Obama called on young people\’s sense of patriotism to join….\”
Increasingly, more substantive problems with UFA were making themselves known. Many top hospitals were refusing to participate. Many doctors were retiring rather than go along with this quality care killer. Indeed, it was reliably reported by Washington Examiner\’s Richard Pollack that seven out of ten California doctors were refusing to participate in that state\’s health exchange. Reminds me of Sam Goldwyn\’s observation that when people don\’t want to come to the theater nothing can stop them.
………..the disaster will snowball. As my friend DoT notes: \”Once the employer mandate kicks in they\’ll be hunting Democrats with dogs in this country.\”
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com …
Mary Katharine Ham: Obama ‘narrating the presidency, not actually holding the office’ [VIDEO]
The Daily Caller ^ | December 6, 2013 | Brendan Bordelon
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 4:52:58 AM by 2ndDivisionVet
Journalist Mary Katharine Ham reacted Friday to President Obama’s interview with MSNBC last night, telling Fox News his excuses for Obamacare’s flaws proves he is “narrating the presidency, not actually holding the office of the presidency.”
Ham spoke with Fox’s Bill Hemmer and the Washington Examiner’s Byron York about Obama’s justification for his healthcare law’s stumbles. “It’s not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization,” he claimed. “We have these big agencies — some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly.”
Let me first say that I agree with the president that the federal bureaucracy is an obstacle for the government doing things well,” Ham said, “and that is one of the reasons that many people like myself were skeptical about them being able to undertake this and do it well.”
“But second, here he is again sort of narrating the presidency, not actually holding the office of president,” she continued. “Presumably he’s in charge of these things and could have made a difference. In this case, he says this is a problem that he knew about and will be solved sometime in the future, absolving himself and his administration of all the problems he’s caused in the meantime.”(continued)
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com …