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OVERSIGHT ARCHIVE, JUL-DEC 2013


OVERSIGHT ARCHIVE, JUL-DEC 2013

NEWS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE GLEANED FROM THE MAIN STREAM MEDIA

IF YOU LIKE YOUR TEA PARTY YOU CAN KEEP YOUR TEA PARTY•

Compiled by Ed. Wolff – Updated January 3, 2014

As more recent OVERSIGHT posts preempt older posts, those older posts are moved here to serve as a searchable resource.
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OVERSIGHT CONTRIBUTORS

The people involved in the oversight activities and the initials used to identify their contributions are:
Joe Burge – J.B.; Marion Frank – M.F.; Mickey Gallagher – M.G.; Barbara, Mel Grossman – B.M.G.; Sally Schmiedl – S.S.; Carol Wagner – C.W.

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Posted 12/27/2013

CONTENTS

1.
Student Loan Debt Debacle

2.
Obama Poses with Controversial Separatist Leader

3.
The Crony Obama Donors In Charge Of DHS

4.
EPA’s Leading Climate Change Expert Pleads Guilty to Elaborate Fraud

5.
Texas judge: Search warrants can be obtained based on predictions of future crimes

6.
Google Glass Update: The Ultimate Wet Dream for Perverts, Law Enforcement and the Government

7.
Government Using NSA to Change Amount in Bank Accounts, Warns Panel

8.
U.N. Suspends Human Rights Measure Hailed by U.S. as a Major Achievement

9.
AP Interview: Obama’s brother writes about abuse

10.
The Case That Could Topple Obamacare

11.
S&P strips EU of its top AAA credit rating

12.
John Boehner’s Betrayal

13.
FCC Begins Tracking ‘Obama Phone’ Use

14.
ObamaCare May Devastate the Real Estate and Travel Industries

15.
Spiritual Warfare

16.
Dutch Move From Welfare State To ‘Participation Society’

17.
Google: Surge in pressure from Governments to delete chunks of the web

18.
Virtually all chicken breasts sold in US contaminated with ‘potentially harmful bacteria’

19.
Tea Party: Let’s Rewrite the U.S. Constitution

20.
Overstock.com (OSTK) Looking to Accept Bitcoin in Second-Half of 2014

21.
10 Florida Bills You May Not Hear About

22.
Who Says Obama Hasn’t United the Country?

23.
‘Comedy of errors’: Sensitive FBI interrogation manual surfaces at Library of Congress

24.
White House panel: Little to no indication mass NSA surveillance thwarts terrorism

25.
Bigger, Badder NDAA 2014 Quietly Passed the House and Senate – and It Is On the Way to Obama’s Desk

26.
TEPCO detects record radiation at Fukushima’s reactor 2, new leak suspected

27.
Liberal Rep. Frankel forged bonds with tea party in first year

28.
Robots to the rescue at DARPA trials in Florida

29.
Is US losing global influence?

30.
Judge Rules: Obama Social Security Card Fraud May Finally Get Answers

31.
On The 100th Anniversary of The Federal Reserve Here Are 100 Reasons To Shut It Down Forever

32.
California police department gets $650,000 37,000 lb. armored military truck

33.
Miami-Dade puts a stop to ‘ICE Hold’ program

34.
Seven50 Bureaucrats: Blinded by Paternalism

35.
Global Muslim Bloc Launches War On Free Speech In West

36.
Electricity Price Index at All-Time High in U.S.

37.
Smart Grid Technology, Now Spreading Across U.S., Will Raise Energy Prices to Reduce Demand

38.
Common Core Movie: Building the Machine (trailer)

39.
Here We Go Again: The Next Debt Ceiling Fight

40.
South Carolina Set to Block Implementation of Obamacare

41.
Obamacare May Make It ‘Literally Impossible’ In US Territories To Buy Insurance

42.
A New Twist in International Relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause

43.
This Takedown of The TSA Is Blistering

44.
Oldest Rep. Plans One Last Term in Congress at 90

45.
Noah’s Ark Has Been Found. Why Are They Keeping Us In The Dark?

46.
Did the White House just inadvertently confirm Obama ID fraud?

47.
The Obamacare 12 Days of Christmas


1.
Student Loan Debt Debacle

.  America is a nation mired in debt.  The federal government is so far in debt we may never see a balanced budget again.  Most of the 50 states are so debt-ridden they have to borrow money to pay their on-going obligations such as state retirements.  Finally, individual Americans are drowning in debt.  Most Americans owe on their cars, owe on their houses, and owe on their credit cards.  In fact, the average credit card debt for American citizens is now $15, 159 and growing.   But credit card debt is nothing when compared to student loan debt.  The average student loan debt is now $35,200 and growing.  But student loan debts exceeding $100,000 are not uncommon.  To make matters worse, most students who graduate owing on a large student loan also carry a heavy burden of credit card debt on top of it.  Things have gotten so out of hand with student loans that I predict the next major crack in our economy will come from college students defaulting on their government guaranteed student loans.

2.
Obama Poses with Controversial Separatist Leader

.  The White House is facing questions after a photograph surfaced of President Barack Obama smiling next to the leader of an authoritarian separatist group known for its past terrorism and what experts dubbed egregious human rights violations. The controversial photo in question appears to capture a smiling President Obama standing next to Mohamed Abdelaziz, the leader of the Polisario Front, a Moroccan separatist group in Algeria that commits massive human rights infractions and has been cited as a “prime recruiting grounds for al Qaeda.”

3.
The Crony Obama Donors In Charge Of DHS

.  Dirty Harry Reid sabotaged the filibuster, and now the Democrats are running wild in Washington. Mark my words: We all will pay a price. Thanks to Reid’s crony-coddling rule change, unqualified stooges will manage the Obama Department of Homeland Security. It’s a bundler’s world, and we’re just living in it. God help us. On Monday night, Senate Democrats voted 57-37 to end debate on the nomination of Jeh Johnson to head DHS. That’s three votes short of the traditional 60-vote filibuster threshold that Reid nuked last month. Johnson went on to win his appointment by a 78-16 margin. The White House performed its Snoopy happy dance soon after, with President Obama declaring Johnson “a strong leader with a deep understanding of the threats we face and a proven ability to work across agencies and complex organizations to keep America secure.”

4.
EPA’s Leading Climate Change Expert Pleads Guilty to Elaborate Fraud

.  The misconduct of former EPA official John Beale must be read to be believed. Honestly, if the following details didn’t involve a lazy, greedy congenital liar swindling taxpayers out of nearly a million dollars over more than a decade of abuse, they’d be laugh-out-loud funny. Alas, it’s all true, so indignation is the only proper response: The EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.

5.
Texas judge: Search warrants can be obtained based on predictions of future crimes

.  Police in Texas may now obtain a search warrant based on “a prediction of a future crime,” according to a dissenting judge on the state’s criminal appeals court. The ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came last week, ending a controversial case in which police searched a house before obtaining a warrant but were still able to present the confiscated evidence during a trial.

6.
Google Glass Update: The Ultimate Wet Dream for Perverts, Law Enforcement and the Government

.  Google Glass has been updated. Users can now take a photograph by winking…even when the unit is turned off. Google said the wink feature in its Glass could have various other uses in the future.

7.
Government Using NSA to Change Amount in Bank Accounts, Warns Panel

.  A White House review panel report into the activities of the NSA suggested that the government was using the spy agency to launch cyber attacks against financial institutions and change the amounts held in bank accounts.

8.
U.N. Suspends Human Rights Measure Hailed by U.S. as a Major Achievement

.  The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday suspended an initiative that aims to protect human rights defenders from reprisals by repressive governments, just three months after its passage at the U.N. Human Rights Council was hailed by the U.S. and others as a major achievement.

9.
AP Interview: Obama’s brother writes about abuse

.  In this Dec. 17, 2013 photo, Mark Obama Ndesanjo, U.S. President Barack Obama’s half-brother, holds his self-published book “Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery” during an interview in Hong Kong. The book recounts Ndesandjo’s first encounter with Obama, who was visiting Kenya in 1988. They did not hit it off. “Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black,” Ndesandjo said. “He was an American searching for his African roots, I was a Kenyan, I’m an American but I was living in Kenya, searching for my white roots.” The 500-page book includes an appendix listing a number of alleged factual errors in Obama’s 1995 memoir, “Dreams from my Father,” such as quotes incorrectly attributed to Ndesandjo’s mother. “It’s a correction. A lot of the stuff that Barack wrote is wrong in that book and I can understand that because to me for him the book was a tool for fashioning an identity and he was using composites,” Ndesandjo said. “I wanted to bring it up because first of all I wanted the record to be straight. I wanted to tell my own story, not let people tell it for me,” he said.

10.
The Case That Could Topple Obamacare

.  A little-heard of challenge currently making its way through the court system may represent opponents’ last best hope of, as they are fond of saying, driving a stake through the heart of the law. At issue are the federal subsidies for individuals buying insurance in their state’s health care exchanges. The law stipulates that those subsidies should be allotted for plans purchased “through an Exchange established by the State under Section 1311” (italics added), a reference to the section of the law that establishes state-run exchanges. Did the law provide subsidies for only state-run exchanges and not federal ones? The law requires that the federal government step in to create an exchange when a state declines to do so. But does it fail to give subsidies to the residents of those states?

11.
S&P strips EU of its top AAA credit rating

.  The Standard & Poor’s rating agency stripped the European Union of its triple A credit rating in the wake of a bitter budget battle and the debt problems afflicting a number of its members.

12.
John Boehner’s Betrayal

.  There’s a political axiom that says if nobody is upset with what you’re doing, you’re not doing your job. We’ve seen this proved time and again in the liberal attacks on conservatives like Sarah Palin and Dr. Benjamin Carson, who provide principled examples to women and minorities and are savaged by the left for doing that job so well. But cheap-shot politics isn’t relegated to Democrats. Last week the House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, attacked conservative groups who criticized the budget deal, hashed out by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, and Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, for failing to reduce spending and for raising taxes. Make no mistake: The deal is a betrayal of the conservatives who fueled the Republicans’ 2010 midterm shellacking of Democrats.

13.
FCC Begins Tracking ‘Obama Phone’ Use

.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has finally started to crack down on waste and fraud in its phone subsidy program for the poor by compiling a database of subscribers.

14.
ObamaCare May Devastate the Real Estate and Travel Industries

.  Americans are among the most mobile people on earth, but ObamaCare may soon start freezing them in place. Millions are losing their health insurance policies and being forced onto the ObamaCare exchanges, where most plans only provide local medical coverage. As Americans realize they must pay for all non-emergency medical care when they leave their home state, their decisions may have a profound impact on the real-estate market, particularly the second home sector, and on the travel business.

15.
Spiritual Warfare

.  It is overwhelmingly obvious to all paying attention that we are being governed by people who absolutely do not share in the traditional values that made this country great. The vast majority of people in this nation; however, still hold the ideal of individual liberty in very high regard as well as the fundamental Christian principles that were the driving force behind the creation of our government and system of laws. People still believe our constitution should remain the law of the land and furthermore many people are becoming increasingly frustrated with the continuous usurpations of power by the current governing body. In fact, many people are fully aware that we are being governed by communists whose number one goal is the destruction of American sovereignty in favor of a global hierarchy in which we find ourselves subservient to the whims of global dictators. In order to overcome this we have to understand it for what it is, spiritual warfare.

16.
Dutch Move From Welfare State To ‘Participation Society’

.  Europe is thought of as a collection of welfare states loved by some and detested by others. That lineup, though, is headed for change: The Dutch are wisely dismantling the system that they can no longer sustain. The Netherlands has been known for its generous welfare system. Three decades ago, when the U.S. was spending about 22% of its GDP on entitlement programs, the Dutch were spending more than 40%. The Financial Times named the Dutch system a “comprehensive egalitarian social model” built in the 1960s and 1970s. But everything is about to change.

17.
Google: Surge in pressure from Governments to delete chunks of the web

.  Governments, judges, cops and politicians are continuing to lobby Google to tear down online material critical of their operations, we’re told. Today, the advertising giant said that, in the first six months of 2013, it received 3,846 demands from public officials to remove 24,737 personal blog posts, YouTube videos and other pieces of content it hosts. That’s up 68 per cent on the second half of 2012.

18.
Virtually all chicken breasts sold in US contaminated with ‘potentially harmful bacteria’

.  A new study by Consumer Reports has found that a disturbingly high percentage of raw chicken breasts sold in the United States contain potentially harmful bacteria. According to the study, researchers discovered at least one of six different kinds of bacteria in 97 percent of all the chicken breasts it purchased across 26 states in the US. To make matters worse, many of the bacteria is resistant “to three or more antibiotic classes, making them multiple-drug resistant,”

19.
Tea Party: Let’s Rewrite the U.S. Constitution

.  Tea Party groups in Palm Beach County are getting hyped on the national movement’s latest hobby horse, a national convention of states to rewrite the U.S. Constitution. The scheme is deeply, consciously antidemocratic, giving Wyoming, for example, with fewer than 700,000 residents, as much say in the process as California, with its 38 million. A mere one-third of America’s citizens could dictate to the rest of us.

20.
Overstock.com (OSTK) Looking to Accept Bitcoin in Second-Half of 2014

.  Overstock.com (Nasdaq: OSTK) might lead the e-commerce revolution into Bitcoin. Initially reported by the New York Times in October, NewsBTC quotes Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne in saying the e-commerce giant will begin accepting Bitcoin in the second-half of 2014. The company will be working independently to implement a proprietary system for accepting Bitcoin payments, he noted.

21.
10 Florida Bills You May Not Hear About

.  It’s not all about budgets, taxes, Medicaid, education and pensions for Florida lawmakers. Nope, these folks know there’s so much more to Florida than those issues, and they’re getting ready to debate some of the more pressing ones in advance of the 2014 legislative session. Here are 10 of our favorites awaiting lawmakers’ action.

22.
Who Says Obama Hasn’t United the Country?

.  Yesterday the Obama administration suddenly moved to allow hundreds of thousands of people who’ve lost their insurance due to Obamacare to sign up for bare-bone “catastrophic” plans. It’s at least the 14th unilateral change to Obamacare that’s been made without consulting Congress.  “It shows that the Obamacare insurance products aren’t selling so, at the last minute, the administration is holding a fire sale on a failed launch,” says Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute, a health-care advocacy group. “Just think how you must feel if you were one of the people who spent the last two months fighting their way through HealthCare.gov to buy a policy that will be thousands of dollars more expensive than this catastrophic insurance!”

23.
‘Comedy of errors’: Sensitive FBI interrogation manual surfaces at Library of Congress

.  An FBI agent who authored a secret bureau interrogation manual made the seemingly unusual decision to submit the document for copyright protection, thereby making it publicly accessible through the Library of Congress, according to a new report.

24.
White House panel: Little to no indication mass NSA surveillance thwarts terrorism

.  At least one member of the White house panel charged with reviewing the NSA policies unveiled by Edward Snowden admitted he was surprised to learn that there is no evidence the massive collection of phone records has stopped any terrorist attacks.

25.
Bigger, Badder NDAA 2014 Quietly Passed the House and Senate – and It Is On the Way to Obama’s Desk

.  While everyone is distracted with the holiday festivities, Congress has been hard at work, screwing us over in the name of national security. The indefinite detention allowed by the original NDAA is still here, and it’s actually worse now, because there are provisions that will make it easier for the government to target those who disagree.  Section 1071 outlines the creation of the “Conflict Records Research Center”, where the unconstitutionally obtained information that the NSA has collected is compiled and shared with the Department of Defense.  The information, called in the wording  “captured records,” can be anything from your phone records, emails, browsing history or posts on social media sites.

26.
TEPCO detects record radiation at Fukushima’s reactor 2, new leak suspected

.  TEPCO has found a record 1.9 million becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances at its No.2 reactor. Also radioactive cesium was detected in deeper groundwater at No.4 unit’s well, as fears grow of a new leak into the ocean.

27.
Liberal Rep. Frankel forged bonds with tea party in first year

.  Lois Frankel, an anti-war liberal Democrat from South Florida, bonded with some of the most strident conservatives from the tea-party movement during her first year in Congress — and really came to like them. They include Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., who famously shouted “You lie!” at President Barack Obama during a State of the Union address, and Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Steve King of Iowa, known for their caustic attacks on liberal causes. “I have traveled with people who I had only read about in the newspapers and who I thought were a little bit odd,” Frankel said last week with a laugh. “But I get to meet them up close and personal. When you have dinner together and fly together, you realize they are very personable, nice people to deal with. It’s just that our political philosophies are so different.”

 28.
Robots to the rescue at DARPA trials in Florida

.  The agency, which funded basic science research for now commonplace technologies such as the internet and global positioning satellites, hopes the competition will spur the development of robots that can work in places too dangerous for humans. The challenge was launched in 2011 in response to the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant after it was hit by a massive earthquake-spawned tsunami. Nearly 160,000 people were forced to flee the area. The back-up power systems needed to cool the plant’s reactors failed and an emergency team from Tokyo Electric Power Company was unable to enter the damaged reactor building due to the intense radiation. DARPA sent robots designed to disarm improvised explosive devices in Iraq to Japan, yet by the time workers were trained to use them it was too late to prevent a nuclear meltdown.

29.
Is US losing global influence?

.  A mounting set of foreign policy challenges is raising hackles among conservatives, who argue that the White House is squandering American influence around the globe. In the Middle East, longtime U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia have been rattled by the administration’s nuclear talks with Iran, which led to an interim agreement in November. Under its terms, some sanctions were lifted on the longtime U.S. enemy. In the Pacific, China has flexed its muscle, unilaterally setting up an air defense zone over a set of islands it says are its territory. That led to a fly-over by U.S. jets but a later recommendation from the State Department that American commercial airlines should accede to Beijing’s request for advance notice of flights into the area.

30.
Judge Rules: Obama Social Security Card Fraud May Finally Get Answers

.  It took years for Watergate to unravel fully. The controversy over Barack Hussein Obama and his past, along with fraudulent documents continues to make headlines. Yet, the items needed to actually verify who Obama is continue to be kept from the public eye. Well, that all may be about to change. Attorney Orly Taitz may have just found a chink in the federal government’s armor in protecting Barack Obama from scrutiny, following a judge’s ruling over her Freedom of Information Act request from the Social Security Administration. Taitz has claimed that Obama uses the Social Security number of Harry Bounel and has submitted several Freedom of Information Act requests for the information from the Social Security Administration. Each time, she has been met with stonewalling by the Social Security Administration. However, Judge Ellen Lipton Hollander has ruled to give Taitz “an opportunity to file a second amended complaint and add allegations of SSA not doing a proper search and withholding records.”

31.
On The 100th Anniversary of The Federal Reserve Here Are 100 Reasons To Shut It Down Forever

.  December 23rd, 1913 is a date which will live in infamy.  That was the day when the Federal Reserve Act was pushed through Congress.  Many members of Congress were absent that day, and the general public was distracted with holiday preparations.  Now we have reached the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, and most Americans still don’t know what it actually is or how it functions.  But understanding the Federal Reserve is absolutely critical, because the Fed is at the very heart of our economic problems.  Since the Federal Reserve was created, there have been 18 recessions or depressions, the value of the U.S. dollar has declined by 98 percent, and the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 5000 times larger.  This insidious debt-based financial system has literally made debt slaves out of all of us, and it is systematically destroying the bright future that our children and our grandchildren were supposed to have.  If nothing is done, we are inevitably heading for a massive amount of economic pain as a nation.  So please share this article with as many people as you can.  The following are 100 reasons why the Federal Reserve should be shut down forever.

32.
California police department gets $650,000 37,000 lb. armored military truck

.  The armored truck was given free of charge to the department as part of the 1033 program that reallocates government equipment. Some residents believe that the imposing vehicle is a military weapon with no place in civilian life. Police Chief Kelly McMillin says the vehicle will only be used to protect officers and citizens. The $650,000 truck has caused quite a stir in the town, with many residents questioning why a military armored vehicle would be needed in civilian situations.

33.
Miami-Dade puts a stop to ‘ICE Hold’ program

.  Call it a move to save tax dollars or a humanitarian effort. Either way, Miami-Dade County no longer will detain illegal immigrants under the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s “ICE Hold” program

34.
Seven50 Bureaucrats: Blinded by Paternalism

.  Much like Seven50 denies the existence of economic law, the benefits of voluntary exchange, property rights without interference and the desire of people to plan for themselves it is now apparent that Seven50 denies reality. Today it is apparent they are in denial of reality. Denying that because Martin County set a date to no longer be involved in the plan that coincided with the dates of the current grant funding the organization that Martin County did not get out of the plan.

35.
Global Muslim Bloc Launches War On Free Speech In West

.  An influential bloc of 57 Muslim countries demands that the West make it an international crime to criticize Islam. Then stop making it such an easy target. In its 94-page document on “Islamophobia,” the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation lists as potential felonies: expressing “ideas that Muslims are inclined to violence” and “Islam is an inherently expansionist religion.” Under those standards, however, the OIC would have to indict itself. Its charter espouses violent jihad and the global implementation of Shariah law.

36.
Electricity Price Index at All-Time High in U.S.

.  The seasonally adjusted electricity price index hit an all-time high in the United States in November, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average price for a kilowatt hour of electricity also set a record for the month of November, according to BLS.

37.
Smart Grid Technology, Now Spreading Across U.S., Will Raise Energy Prices to Reduce Demand

.  The Obama administration is spending billions of dollars to modernize the nation’s power grid, with the goal of changing the way Americans use energy. Your electric bill will go way up, unless you allow the utility to control your energy load at times of peak demand. “Smart grid” technology involves a wireless, two-way flow of information between individual homes and the power plant. This allows the utility to charge more for electricity, depending on when it is used; and it enables the utility to manage energy for the consumer, to reduce the impact on the grid. Customers eventually will be able to program their “smart” appliances and thermostats so the utility company can turn them off at times of peak electricity usage.

38.
Common Core Movie: Building the Machine (trailer)

.  Here is the trailer for the upcoming Common Core documentary movie, Building the Machine.

39.
Here We Go Again: The Next Debt Ceiling Fight

.  Last week Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Congress that they project the debt ceiling to be breached in the weeks after February 7th, and that President Obama will not negotiate. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is telling Congress that he will have only a few weeks after Feb. 7 to avoid an unprecedented default on the nation’s debt. He says Congress should act quickly next year to raise the borrowing limit.

40.
South Carolina Set to Block Implementation of Obamacare

.  In January, when key provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect, South Carolina’s Republican-led state Senate is scheduled to vote on fast-tracked legislation that would prohibit all state agencies, public officials and state employees from implementing the federal health care law. Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who has been a vocal opponent of Obamacare, is expected to sign the South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act (H 3101), which could become a model for other states. “We will not pursue the type of government-run health exchanges being forced on us by Washington,” Haley said in May. “Despite the rose-colored rhetoric coming out of D.C., these exchanges are nothing more than a way to make the state do the federal government’s bidding in spending massive amounts of taxpayer dollars on insurance subsidies that we can’t afford.”

41.
Obamacare May Make It ‘Literally Impossible’ In US Territories To Buy Insurance

.  Obamacare was drafted so poorly that residents in America’s territories like the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam may literally be unable to purchase health insurance on the private market next year, even if they are healthy and want to voluntarily do so. Though Obamacare requires insurance companies in the territories to accept all applicants regardless of preexisting conditions, the law “does not mandate that all territorial residents buy plans nor does it provide subsidies to make coverage more affordable–as it does in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.”

42.
A New Twist in International Relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause

.  Some companies are apparently so concerned about the NSA snooping on their data that they’re requiring – in writing – that their technology suppliers store their data outside the U.S. In Canada, a pharmaceutical company and government agency have now both added language to that effect to their contracts with suppliers, as did a grocery chain in the U.K.

43.
This Takedown of The TSA Is Blistering

.  In a blistering takedown of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s approach to airport security, the former chief of security for Israeli airports described an agency riddled with incompetence and wastefulness and that, despite large infusions of government money, may never have actually stopped a single terror attack. The TSA may even be inviting a deadly attack on airline passengers due to poor planning, he charged. Airline security expert Rafi Sela detailed serious flaws in American airport protection, ones he contrasted starkly with his own experience in Israel.

44.
Oldest Rep. Plans One Last Term in Congress at 90

.  Republican Rep. Ralph Hall has announced that he’s preparing for a final run in Congress at the grand old age of 91. Hall was first elected as a Democrat to the fourth district in Texas in 1980, but switched his allegiance after 50 years as a Democrat to the GOP in 2004. The former chairman of the Committee on Space and Technology, Hall vowed that if he’s elected to serve a 17th term he plans to retire in 2016 when he will be 93.

45.
Noah’s Ark Has Been Found. Why Are They Keeping Us In The Dark?

.  The Ark of Noah has been found. It’s real. I’ll describe the evidence in some detail and end with the historical and religious implications.

46.
Did the White House just inadvertently confirm Obama ID fraud?

.  President Obama’s personal data is “not in particular government data bases” so his identity cannot be verified. And this according to White House sources. Huh? What kind of data? And what kind of president cannot have his identity verified. And this little disclosure comes just as Americans are turning off the news to an extent that makes the classic “Friday afternoon data dump” look like publicity-seeking.

47.
The Obamacare 12 Days of Christmas.  

.  Obamacare Is the Gift That No One Wants. Americans now see, often first-hand, that Obamacare is a disaster. From employee hours being cut, to rising health insurance premiums, to losing doctors and insurance plans, Obamacare is bad for the country



Posted 12/20/2013

CONTENTS

1.
Colleges can’t ban guns, rules Florida court in major 2nd Amendment victory

2.
Picture surfaces that blows up left-wing’s ‘racist’ voter ID cry

3.
Lib group ranks some of the worst election sites as some of the best:

4.
Conservative Leaders Voice Outrage at Firing of RSC Executive Director

5.
Tea Party Patriots: Paul Teller Firing Act Of War Against Conservatives

6.
Yes, America, We Have A Dictator
– B.M.G.
7.
Budget deal rips vets retirement
– B.M.G.
8.
Neurologist: CMS Downgraded Me Because I Followed Standard Protocol for MS Patients

9.
The administration is hiding from Darrell Issa’s investigators, and that could be a crime

10.
Obamacare’s homecare cuts to hit sick and old New Years Day

11.
Syria Aid Cutoff Exposes U.S. Weakness, Incompetence

12.
Drowning In A Costly, Intrusive Federal Regulatory Flood

13.
The Real Story Behind the Infamous Signer at Mandela’s Memorial

14.
Legislators Introducing Bill to Nullify Obamacare in Georgia

15.
Administration: Issa can’t be trusted

16.
Wife of US Pastor Held in Iran: ‘I Never Thought I’d Have to Battle My Own Gov’t For My Husband’s Freedom’

17.
USDA raises estimate of corn use, lowers price forecast

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SC congressman introduces resolution to sue Obama over executive overreach
19.
No Citizenship? No Problem! Here, Have a Gun and a Badge!

20.
The Budget Deal’s Sneaky Tax Increases

21.
The TPP for Dummies

22.
The 40 Best Conservative Websites Of 2013

23.
Radiation alerts hit U.S. Cities

24.
Did Obama imply U.S. Founders were communist?

25.
Dent, Faber, Celente, Maloney, Rogers – What Do They Say Is Coming In 2014?

26.
By now Americans should be well aware of the President’s fondness for people and groups aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.

27.
Obama’s Big Lie: The Unemployment Rate

28.
AFT’s Weingarten: Common Core Implementation Will Be Worse Than Obamacare

29.
Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters

30.
The Tragic Self Beclowning of Speaker John Boehner

31.
Four big government failures besides Obamacare

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Obama Offers High School Seniors $30,000+ to Snoop for NSA

33.
How Presidents Lie

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City to evict woman for living “off the grid”
– B.M.G.
35.
Obamacare Exchange ‘Mistakenly Debting Bank Accounts’

36.
Paul Ryan Twisted Truth To Sell Budget Deal To House

37.
Secret Obamacare handbook they don’t want you to see

38.
North America to Drown in Oil as Mexico Ends Monopoly

39.
Company begins selling 3D food printers for 2014 delivery

40.
Update on Common Core in Florida

41.
Creepiest Obama story yet

42.
Sudden Threat Endangers Hillary’s 2016 Run

43.
America’s Chief Export: Immorality

44.
China Lands On Moon While U.S. Shuttle Sits In Museums

45.
Asian, Mideast Alliances Signal Growing U.S. Weakness

46.
An Act of War: CIA Leak Gives “Incontrovertible Evidence” That 9/11 Was State Sponsored

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Obama Allows Great Lakes Water To Be Sold To China As Half The U.S. Faces Extreme Water Crisis

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Yes, Please: Sen. Marco Rubio Accepts Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare Subsidy

49.
How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income

50.
Brand Obama: Totalitarianism 2.0

51.
NSA Official Says First Amendment Should Be “Reformed”

52.
Corporate Socialism: GM Says No Way It Will Pay Back $10 Billion

53.
Fed Monetary Policy Can’t Solve Our Economic Ills

54.
Universal Tax-Paid Pre-K Good For Bureaucrats Not Kids

55.
83 Numbers From 2013 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

56.
FEMA Estimates New Madrid Quake Would Displace Over 7 Million People

57.
Arrogant narcissism…Obama’s calling card

58.
IRS vendor owed $525M in back taxes

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Palm Beach County agrees to pursue sales tax increase

60.
What the Government Got You This Year (in Pictures)

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Pinocchio Obama’s Top 20 presidential lies

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Audits reveal more subpar state contracts

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Judge smacks Obama secrecy in unique FOIA case

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Incompetence

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Actor, comedian ‘Larry the Cable Guy’ offers hilarious interpretation of ObamaCare


1.
Colleges can’t ban guns, rules Florida court in major 2nd Amendment victory

. The Florida appeals court ruling that the University of North Florida was violating state law when it prohibited a woman from storing a gun in her vehicle while she attended class will spill over to cities and counties statewide, an attorney said Wednesday.

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Picture surfaces that blows up left-wing’s ‘racist’ voter ID cry

. Each time the far-left cries “racism” at a state’s attempt to protect voter integrity by enacting voter ID laws, it should be shown this photo of a world-renowned black leader enthusiastically supporting that very thing.

3.
Lib group ranks some of the worst election sites as some of the best:

. The liberal activist group Center for American Progress praised Broward and St. Lucie county election officials in a new report on Florida’s 2012 Election Day performance despite long lines, lost ballots, and late reporting of results.

4.
Conservative Leaders Voice Outrage at Firing of RSC Executive Director

. Tensions between the Republican establishment and conservative movement reached a fever pitch Wednesday after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) attacked conservative groups and a long-time Capitol Hill staffer lost his job as executive director of the Republican Study Committee.

5.
Tea Party Patriots: Paul Teller Firing Act Of War Against Conservatives

. On Wednesday, the Tea Party Patriots said the firing of Paul Teller, the Executive Director of the House Republican Study Committee (RSC), was a declaration of war against conservatives by the Republican establishment.

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Yes, America, We Have A Dictator
– B.M.G.
. We are living under the tyranny of a man who sees himself as the equivalent of Castro, the late Hugo Chavez, and the Kings and Emperors to whom he bows. While it’s easy to blame Obama and the far left, his rise to power could not have been achieved without the help of the Republicans in Congress. The premier “aide-de-camp” to the Obama dictatorship has been none other than Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Minority leader of the Senate during the five years of Obama’s reign.

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Budget deal rips vets retirement
– B.M.G.
. The FY 2014 budget proposal drafted by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan includes a provision that cuts the annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for military retirees by 1 percent a year until reaching age 62.??The cuts will have a devastating and long-lasting impact, reducing retired pay for those who serve a 20-year career by nearly 20 percent at age 62.

8.
Neurologist: CMS Downgraded Me Because I Followed Standard Protocol for MS Patients

. A neurologist that treats patients with multiple sclerosis testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday that he received a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in February 2012, saying that he overused MRIs or brain scans, which is the best way of evaluating brain injury, and is standard protocol for MS patients to undergo every one to two years

9.
The administration is hiding from Darrell Issa’s investigators, and that could be a crime

. Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is Congress’ chief investigator and oversight chairman, but the Obama administration doesn’t seem interested in complying with his latest probe. The agency in charge of the failed Obamacare website is telling its contractors and employees not to cooperate with Rep. Issa’s investigators, something that could be criminal.

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Obamacare’s homecare cuts to hit sick and old New Years Day

. Starting Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin slashing 14 percent of their Home Health Care Prospective Payment Program budget, driving small home health-care providers out of business and potentially affecting millions of poor, elderly citizens in need of physical rehabilitation.

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Syria Aid Cutoff Exposes U.S. Weakness, Incompetence

. In April, the U.S. doubled its aid to Syria’s anti-government rebels. Now we’ve cut it off because we may very well have been funding al-Qaida. It’s yet another administration foreign policy debacle.

12.
Drowning In A Costly, Intrusive Federal Regulatory Flood

. That wave fast approaching the U.S. is not the tide coming in. It’s a wall of rules issued by the White House that will hit the economy and private lives with the force of a killer tsunami. The federal regulatory machine is coming not only for power plants, as the president promised while campaigning in 2008. It also has its eye on controlling private property. Earlier this week, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has a long history of highlighting Washington’s regulatory excess, said that during the first week of December, “95 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register,” which followed “77 new final rules” published the previous week. It’s “the equivalent of a new regulation every one hour and 46 minutes.”

13.
The Real Story Behind the Infamous Signer at Mandela’s Memorial

. The whole world is laughing at the hapless fellow who was next to President Obama during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Once people stop laughing the question of security is discussed. Who was this guy, how did he get into the bullet proof enclosure, etc. The answer is really quite simple and makes a public mockery of the outpourings of love and adoration for Mandela’s true legacy. The ANC’s black-economic-empowerment laws Madiba’s dream come true are responsible for the joke but in reality they are anything but funny.The laws are designed to redress past wrongs by ensuring that black business ownership is increased and white men are precluded from applying for jobs in South Africa. Work and contracts are awarded on a points system based mainly on color. The top points would be given to a black, female with a disability and the lowest to a white male. Ability, credentials and experience are low down on the criteria list.

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Legislators Introducing Bill to Nullify Obamacare in Georgia

. Four state representatives announced today that they are introducing legislation to block Obamacare in Georgia. “The bill’s main thrust is to prohibit state agencies, officers and employees of the state from implementing any provisions of the Affordable Care Act, leaving implementation entirely in the hands of the federal government, which lacks the resources or personnel to carry out the programs it mandates.”

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Administration: Issa can’t be trusted

. The Obama administration on Thursday escalated its feuding with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), telling him he cannot have physical copies of ObamaCare security documents because he might leak them. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has requested copies of six reports prepared by a contractor that outline security vulnerabilities with the ObamaCare enrollment portal HealthCare.gov. In an letter sent Thursday, the administration argues that because of Issa’s history of selective leaks to the media, he can’t be trusted with the materials.

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Wife of US Pastor Held in Iran: ‘I Never Thought I’d Have to Battle My Own Gov’t For My Husband’s Freedom’

. Those who have been following the story of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor who was sentenced to eight years in a brutal Iranian prison for his Christian faith, were shocked to learn his name was not even mentioned during negotiations with Iran last month.

17.
USDA raises estimate of corn use, lowers price forecast

. The USDA boosted its estimate for domestic corn use 2013-2014 corn use by 100 million bushels in this month’s Feed Outlook report, based on projected increases in ethanol production and grain exports for the new crop.

18.
SC congressman introduces resolution to sue Obama over executive overreach

. A South Carolina Congressman wants the House of Representatives to take President Obama to court over his “failure to faithfully execute the laws.” South Carolina Republican Rep. Tom Rice introduced a resolution Thursday that would direct the House “to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch.”

19.
No Citizenship? No Problem! Here, Have a Gun and a Badge!

. If you have difficulty coming into the United States as a legal immigrant, don’t worry! Just come across illegally, provide fake documents, and you might even get a job as a police officer.

20.
The Budget Deal’s Sneaky Tax Increases

. The congressional budget deal includes some “user fees.” For the Washington establishment, that’s apparently the politically correct way of telling Americans they’ll be paying more to the federal government. For the rest of us, it’s a tax increase. The Ryan-Murray budget deal, which passed the House on a 332-94 vote, includes a number of “fee” increases. One would make flying more expensive. Travelers are currently charged $2.50 per flight under the Transportation Security Administration’s airline security “fee.” Under the budget deal, that would increase to $5.60 per flight or $11.20 for a round-trip ticket.

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The TPP for Dummies

. If you keep hearing about the TPP and really only have a general idea of what this is, there is a good reason for that. The negotiations have been kept a closely guarded secret, and those participating don’t want you to know what it is until it’s too late to change it. TPP stands for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The countries involved in this proposed partnership are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. It boils down to being a massive free trade agreement, which would eliminate tariffs on goods and services and harmonize various regulations between the partner countries. If the agreement goes through, it will affect more than 40% of the imports and exports of the United States.

22.
The 40 Best Conservative Websites Of 2013

. So as someone who spends every day of his life immersed in conservative websites great and small, I want to take the time to recognize some of the best websites out there, regardless of size. Not all of them are giants, but these are the websites I end up on the most over the course of a week

23.
Radiation alerts hit U.S. Cities

. A private organization that monitors radiation data from network points across the United States issued email alerts today for two Western U.S. cities, Reno, Nev., and St. George, Utah.

24.
Did Obama imply U.S. Founders were communist?

. When it came to covering the Nelson Mandela memorial, most commentators focused on President Obama’s tacky “selfie” or his handshake with Castro. Dr. Savage, however, was more concerned about Obama’s speech, in which he compared Mandela to America’s Founding Fathers. “That’s like saying our Founding Fathers were communists,” said Savage. After all, “Mandela was a member of the Communist Party who supported the murderous dictatorship in Cuba” and other far left regimes.

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Dent, Faber, Celente, Maloney, Rogers – What Do They Say Is Coming In 2014?

. Some of the most respected prognosticators in the financial world are warning that what is coming in 2014 and beyond is going to shake America to the core. Many of the quotes that you are about to read are from individuals that actually predicted the subprime mortgage meltdown and the financial crisis of 2008 ahead of time. So they have a track record of being right. Does that guarantee that they will be right about what is coming in 2014? Of course not. In fact, as you will see below, not all of them agree about exactly what is coming next. But without a doubt, all of their forecasts are quite ominous. The following are quotes from Harry Dent, Marc Faber, Gerald Celente, Mike Maloney, Jim Rogers and nine other respected economic experts about what they believe is coming in 2014 and beyond…

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By now Americans should be well aware of the President’s fondness for people and groups aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.

. Indeed, Obama’s appreciation of all things Islam does not stop there. Thanks to Adam Andrzejewski‘s watch dog organization, Open the Books, we discover that Louis Farrakhan, rabid Nation of Islam leader, has a little pet project, Muhammad Farms, which received $103,529 in aid between 2008 and 2011. Hmmm. Farm subsidies in urban Chicago. That’s novel.

27.
Obama’s Big Lie: The Unemployment Rate

. The national unemployment rate is a shell game played by President Obama and other government officials in an attempt to make Americans think the economy is doing better than it actually is. In fact, the unemployment rate is just another of President Obama’s big lies. In the first place, the unemployment rate is not even the best indicator of how the economy is performing in terms of job creation. In fact, it is an easily manipulated indicator that provides an incomplete picture of economic growth, a picture that can be misleading and that can induce feelings of false optimism. Why, then, do elected officials focus so intently on the unemployment rate? The answer is simple. The unemployment rate, unless it is accompanied by the “U6” rate and the “employment rate” makes things appear to be better than they actually are. Hence, a declining unemployment rate is the politician’s best friend.

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AFT’s Weingarten: Common Core Implementation Will Be Worse Than Obamacare

. Obamacare implementation is bad? The implementation of the Common Core is far worse,” said American Federation for Teachers president Randi Weingarten at the National Education Writers Association last month. Though she is ostensibly supportive of national standards, Weingarten joins a chorus of concern about the push for Common Core standards and tests and their hasty implementation.

29.
Chinese Naval Vessel Tries to Force U.S. Warship to Stop in International Waters

. A Chinese naval vessel tried to force a U.S. guided missile warship to stop in international waters recently, causing a tense military standoff in the latest case of Chinese maritime harassment, according to defense officials. According to the officials, the run-in began after a Chinese navy vessel sent a hailing warning and ordered the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens to stop. The cruiser continued on its course and refused the order because it was operating in international waters. Then a Chinese tank landing ship sailed in front of the Cowpens and stopped, forcing the Cowpens to abruptly change course in what the officials said was a dangerous maneuver.

30.
The Tragic Self Beclowning of Speaker John Boehner

. Speaker Boehner rammed through the house an ill-conceived, self-defeating budget deal negotiated by Paul Ryan. The he went on to belittle conservative members and groups as “having no credibility” because they criticized the bill without having read it. They hadn’t read it because Boehner moved the bill in the face of his own repeated promise to allow 72 hours for a bill to be examined. He did that because he knew the budget bill was of the “we have to pass the bill to know what’s in it” variety and that were members and activists given 72 hours to examine the bill it would never pass.

31.
Four big government failures besides Obamacare

. Obamacare’s failure to launch wasn’t the only major government debacle this year. Around the world, government planners saw their dreams come crashing down around them as their best laid plans fell apart. The Obama administration’s error-riddled rollout of HealthCare.gov — that only cost taxpayers $174 million to build — was only one among several failed social experiments by bureaucrats this year.

32.
Obama Offers High School Seniors $30,000+ to Snoop for NSA

. Obama is offering high school seniors $30,000 a year for college tuition, PLUS a job, housing, transportation and a galore of other benefits. Apparently, Obama is having a hard time finding youths willing to spy on their friends, so he’s upping the ante.

33.
How Presidents Lie

. It’s nothing new for a president to lie to us, but Obama’s style is unique. In the past there have been all sorts of presidential fibbing. Some chief executives make promises that they know they probably cannot or will not keep. Before his reelection for his third term in the midst of a world war, Franklin Roosevelt swore that he would never send American boys to fight in a foreign war. In just a little over a year, he did just that. Lyndon Johnson likewise before the 1964 election said he would not send troops to Vietnam. But once reelected, he sent nearly 200,000 troops to fight the North Vietnamese; by the time he left office, over a half-million Americans were deployed in Vietnam.

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City to evict woman for living “off the grid”
– B.M.G.
. It was just a matter of time before the City of Cape Coral caught up with her. We first told you about Robin Speronis last month… and her alternative lifestyle, called Living Off the Grid. She lives without running water or electricity — by choice. But her off-the-grid home is now on the radar of Cape Coral code enforcement. “I’m going to bring this to the attention of anyone who will listen until justice is served,” Robin Speronis tells 4 In Your Corner’s Liza Fernandez as both sit outside her home. And Speronis says — what the City of Cape Coral did the day after the story about her “Off the Grid” lifestyle aired in November is — unjust. “A code enforcement officer came, knocked on the door then posts a placard that says uninhabitable property, do not enter,” says Robin as she reads the sign.

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Obamacare Exchange ‘Mistakenly Debting Bank Accounts’

. For the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts. Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative. “The first thing I thought was, ‘I got screwed,’” she said. The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday.

36.
Paul Ryan Twisted Truth To Sell Budget Deal To House

. House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) misled his colleagues in the House of Representatives about several major areas of the budget deal he cut with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Breitbart News has learned. Misrepresentations include serious budget details ranging from how much deficit reduction is actually in the plan to how spending in this plan compares to spending if the current law, the Budget Control Act (BCA), remains the law of the land.

37.
Secret Obamacare handbook they don’t want you to see

. A confidential training manual for Obamacare navigators that threatens prosecution for unauthorized dissemination is on the Internet for the world to see. The 217-page manual reads like a primer for Amway or novice car salesmen, offering sales advice on how to disarm potential customers who could be lured into purchasing insurance through exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act. Section headers include “Smile: Maintain a Positive Demeanor,” “Make the Customers Feel Welcome,” “Listen” and — in what must now seem ironic given Barack Obama’s troubles with over-promising — “Build Trust: Be True to Your Word.”

38.
North America to Drown in Oil as Mexico Ends Monopoly

. The flood of North American crude oil is set to become a deluge as Mexico dismantles a 75-year-old barrier to foreign investment in its oilfields. Plagued by almost a decade of slumping output that has degraded Mexico’s take from a $100-a-barrel oil market, President Enrique Pena Nieto is seeking an end to the state monopoly over one of the biggest crude resources in the Western Hemisphere. The doubling in Mexican oil output that Citigroup Inc. said may result from inviting international explorers to drill would be equivalent to adding another Nigeria to world supply, or about 2.5 million barrels a day.

39.
Company begins selling 3D food printers for 2014 delivery

. The future isn’t so far away as a company claiming to have combined technology, food, art and design created a 3D food printer available for purchase next year. The “Foodini” won’t be a total replacement for the chef at home, but is more likely to produce edible designs and prepare some foods in specials shapes that can in turn be cooked.

40.
Update on Common Core in Florida

. Unfortunately, the Florida legislature and the Florida Dept. of Education appear to be moving forward with Common Core Standards, despite the outcry from parents across the state. The federal dollars attached to Common Core are just too tempting for politicians to resist.

41.
Creepiest Obama story yet

. Twitchy has the pic of what appears to be a life size Obama tapestry hanging on the wall in our embassy in London.

42.
Sudden Threat Endangers Hillary’s 2016 Run

. Specifically, a new criminal complaint has been filed with Egypt’s attorney general, Hisham Barakat, alleging then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton collaborated with Naglaa Mahmoud, the wife of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, in seeking to incite domestic insurrections to topple Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian general who has been commander in chief of the Egyptian armed forces, as well as minister of defense, since Aug. 12, 2012.

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America’s Chief Export: Immorality

. Why are Americans so peeved? Is it Obamacare? Well, partly – and in a big way. One wonders, in fact, if that sign language interpreter at the Mandela funeral moonlighted as the lead IT consultant for Healthcare.gov. But it’s much more than just Obamacare. How do we explain America’s red-level economic and socio-political misery index? Is it rising unemployment, or the shrinking economy? Is it explosive debt and deficits, or pervasive government eavesdropping? Is it the atrophy of individual liberty, or an unprecedented trampling of the First, Second, Fourth and nearly every other amendment to the U.S. Constitution? Finally, is it the systematic assault on natural marriage and family, or government sanctioning of mass infanticide?

44.
China Lands On Moon While U.S. Shuttle Sits In Museums

. China becomes the third country to land a spacecraft on the moon in preparation for a manned visit. Meanwhile, U.S. astronauts have to ride Russian spacecraft to fix toilets on the International Space Station. Tourists visiting the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where one of America’s retired space shuttles now resides, were no doubt able to see news reports of the landing of China’s first lunar vehicle, a solar-powered rover, on the surface of the moon.

45.
Asian, Mideast Alliances Signal Growing U.S. Weakness

. For nearly seven decades since winning World War II, an America trusted by its allies has enjoyed superpower status. Now new alliances in both Asia and the Middle East confirm our steepening decline. Beyond ICBMs and advanced aircraft carriers, will and power are what make a nation a force to be reckoned with. When Argentina invaded the Falklands in 1982, every one of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s civilian advisers told her that “recapture was all but impossible,” Charles Moore recounted in his new biography of the Iron Lady. Then Adm. Sir Henry Leach, the First Sea Lord, asked to launch a massive naval task force to take back the islands. When Thatcher asked if they really could succeed, the admiral replied:

46.
An Act of War: CIA Leak Gives “Incontrovertible Evidence” That 9/11 Was State Sponsored

. If you have ever questioned the official narrative for the September 11th attacks then you have, without a doubt, been dubbed a conspiracy nut by the establishment media and those who hang on their every word. Like the Warren Commission report on the JFK assassination, the 9/11 Report assembled by a Congressional investigation is unraveling and being revealed for what it really is – nothing more than a cover story.This is no longer a conspiracy theory… it’s conspiracy fact.

47.
Obama Allows Great Lakes Water To Be Sold To China As Half The U.S. Faces Extreme Water Crisis

. What in the world is Barack Obama thinking? At a time when the United States is facing the greatest water crisis that it has ever known, Obama is allowing water from the Great Lakes to be drained, bottled and shipped to China and other countries around the globe. Right now, the Great Lakes hold approximately 21 percent of the total supply of fresh water in the entire world. Considering the fact that global water supplies are becoming extremely tight, that is an invaluable resource. One recent UN report projected that two-thirds of the people in the world will be dealing with “water stress” and 1.8 billion people will be facing “absolute water scarcity” by the year 2025. So why are we allowing foreign corporations such as Nestle to make millions upon millions of dollars pumping water out of the Great Lakes and selling it overseas? Considering the massive worldwide water crisis that we know is coming in the years ahead, shouldn’t we be doing everything that we can to protect this precious natural resource? Most Americans don’t realize this, but earlier this year water levels in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan were at their lowest levels ever recorded.

48.
Yes, Please: Sen. Marco Rubio Accepts Taxpayer-Funded Obamacare Subsidy

. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), an Obamacare critic, has signed up for health insurance on the District of Columbia exchange, and he’s accepted a $10,000 taxpayer subsidy to defray the cost of his family’s health insurance. “It’s an employer contribution,” Rubio was quoted as saying on Monday. “It’s available to every employee of the federal government.”

49.
How the EPA Plans to Kill Jobs and Reduce Your Income

. How’s your heating bill? If you feel like you’re not paying enough, you’re in luck. President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pushing new regulations on power plants—regulations that will kill jobs, jack up your energy costs, and even end up reducing families’ income because of the impact on the prices of everything you buy.

50.
Brand Obama: Totalitarianism 2.0

. History has witnessed almost every kind of dictatorship imaginable, but what Americans are facing in the 21st century is a form of totalitarianism so pernicious that it is able to camouflage its unified agenda behind a veil of contrived partisan politics that tricks people into believing they have choice and freedom, when in reality the entire country and the office of president has been seized by a cabal of corporate looters.

51.
NSA Official Says First Amendment Should Be “Reformed”

. An unnamed official with the NSA told a reporter during a recent media “open day” that President Obama should crack down on the free press, and that the First Amendment should be reformed.

52.
Corporate Socialism: GM Says No Way It Will Pay Back $10 Billion

. It’s another glaring example you’re here to pay for the losses incurred by banks and transnational corporations. General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said during a question and answer session at the National Press Club in Washington his corporation is not obliged to payback $10 billion the government plopped down to save the corporation from its own lousy business decisions.

53.
Fed Monetary Policy Can’t Solve Our Economic Ills

. The final meeting of the year for the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee will ideally result in the Fed finding a way out of its asset purchase, or Quantitative Easing (QE), program. It’s also time for the Fed to acknowledge that the slow economic growth over the past several years was caused by non-monetary policies beyond its control. That means that Keynesians at the Fed and elsewhere need to accept this generalization: Whenever a country’s growth is slow for a protracted period, the reason is always and everywhere poor government microeconomic policy.

54.
Universal Tax-Paid Pre-K Good For Bureaucrats Not Kids

. In an attempt to shift public discussion from the ObamaCare train wreck, President Obama is again promoting universal tax-paid daycare for preschoolers. But spending $75 billion on free preschool for all won’t work any better than the numerous times it’s been tried before. Progressives don’t call it spending but instead use the code word “investments” to disguise tax increases. Obama wants to line up big-business support with a fairy tale that daycare “investments” will pay off by turning out kids who will be better trained to work in the future.

55.
83 Numbers From 2013 That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

. During 2013, America continued to steadily march down a self-destructive path toward oblivion. As a society, our debt levels are completely and totally out of control. Our financial system has been transformed into the largest casino on the entire planet and our big banks are behaving even more recklessly than they did just before the last financial crisis. We continue to see thousands of businesses and millions of jobs get shipped out of the United States, and the middle class is being absolutely eviscerated. Due to the lack of decent jobs, poverty is absolutely exploding. Government dependence is at an all-time high and crime is rising. Evidence of social and moral decay is seemingly everywhere, and our government appears to be going insane. If we are going to have any hope of solving these problems, the American people need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and finally admit how bad things have actually become. If we all just blindly have faith that “everything is going to be okay”, the consequences of decades of incredibly foolish decisions are going to absolutely blindside us and we will be absolutely devastated by the great crisis that is rapidly approaching. The United States is in a massive amount of trouble, and it is time that we all started facing the truth. The following are 83 numbers from 2013 that are almost too crazy to believe…

56.
FEMA Estimates New Madrid Quake Would Displace Over 7 Million People

. FEMA estimates that more than 7 million people would be displaced, and at least 15 bridges destroyed if a major earthquake hits the New Madrid fault line. They are also concerned about the issues that could arise from the 15 nuclear power stations in the area. They are all the same design as the Fukushima plant, which we now know, are prone to earthquake damage. The New Madrid fault line runs from Cairo, Illinois to Marked Tree, Arkansas, a distance of 130 miles. The upper end of the fault is beneath the Mississippi Delta.

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Arrogant narcissism…Obama’s calling card

. Narcissist: someone with excessive love or admiration for oneself characterized by self-preoccupation and lack of empathy for anyone other than themselves. Barack HUSSEIN Obama will forever be known as the most narcissistic of all America’s presidents. Everything is all about him …ranging from ‘selfies’ taken at a state funeral, to photo-ops garnered on the backs of dead children, to single-handily taking out Osama bin-Laden (in his own mind anyway). Every press conference, every speech, every address to the nation is done for his adoration alone…for the man who is our president (gag) fancies himself King of America.

58.
IRS vendor owed $525M in back taxes

. The Internal Revenue Service has been doing business with nearly 1,200 vendors that owe back taxes, including one unnamed contractor that owed a whopping $525 million, a new inspector general’s report says. 1,168 IRS vendors owed back taxes totaling $589 million as of July 2012, according to the report released Tuesday. Only 50 were in a payment plan to pay off their debt. “When the IRS conducts business with vendors that do not comply with federal tax laws, it conveys a contradictory message in relation to its mission to ensure compliance with the tax laws,” said J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for tax administration.

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Palm Beach County agrees to pursue sales tax increase

. Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday agreed to consider putting a sales tax increase referendum on the November ballot. If approved, the 1/2-cent-per-dollar increase could raise $100 million a year for road fixes and other infrastructure improvements.

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What the Government Got You This Year (in Pictures)

. The office of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released its 2013 “Wastebook” yesterday, listing 100 examples it deems wasteful spending this year. In our infographic below, we’ve picked just a few of the highlights of your tax dollars at work.

61.
Pinocchio Obama’s Top 20 presidential lies

. Obama is a man of empty pledges and unkept promises. Yet mainstream media sympathizers or accomplices , with their “nothing to report here” treatment of Obama, have largely let him get away with a stream of lies and broken promises by diverting attention to other events, or whitewashing them.

62.
Audits reveal more subpar state contracts

. A DFS report shows auditors reviewed 898 contracts during the 2012-2013 fiscal year and found that 56 percent of them had “deficiencies,” defined as not having a clear scope of work or a verifiable way to measure progress, not having clear financial penalties for nonperformance, not defining standards for subcontractors or not referring to state statutes regarding contract standards.

63.
Judge smacks Obama secrecy in unique FOIA case

. In a Freedom of Information Act victory, a federal judge has slapped the Obama administration for its secretive ways and ordered officials to turn over a bland-sounding foreign policy document. Chastising what she called “the government’s unwarranted expansion of the presidential communications privilege at the expense of the public’s interest in disclosure,” U.S. District Judge Ellen Seal Huvelle ruled the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development is not exempt from FOIA.

64.
Incompetence

. I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the White House, and when I say, “That place just doesn’t seem to work,” they don’t defend it, they offer off-the-record examples of how poorly the government is run. One thing that’s clear this holiday season: New York’s Democrats, to the degree they ever loved the president, don’t love him anymore, and have moved on. They are not thinking about what progress he might make in Washington next year, they’re talking about what Hillary might do the year after that.

65.
Actor, comedian ‘Larry the Cable Guy’ offers hilarious interpretation of ObamaCare

. Larry the Cable Guy was on Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday night and offered his unique interpretation of Obamacare.



Posted 12/13/2013

CONTENTS

1.
No Room for Spending Cuts? How About Government Employee Trips to the Caribbean?

2.
House subcommittee: Obamacare’s $300 billion Medicare Advantage raid will hurt seniors next year

3.
Feds not required to report security breaches of Obamacare exchange website

4.
Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrates Obama Administration

5.
America’s Allies Abandoned By Obama Administration

6.
Pelosi: Dems Would Shut Down Government If Unemployment Benefits Aren’t Extended As Part of Budget Deal

7.
Congress: Not Too Busy to Hear Vital Testimony on Space Aliens

8.
Studies focus on drawbacks of biomass energy, benefits of Atlantic Ocean oil drilling

9.
China City. A perfect storm EB-5 proposal in upstate New York

10.
41% of Net New Jobs in November Were in Government

11.
Obamacare Reg Treats Congress That Spent $3.5 Trillion as a ‘Small Business’

12.
House of Representatives 2014 Calendar

13.
Mandela Love Fest Ignores Dark Side of Legacy

14.
Homeland Security Searches Vehicles at Ferry Crossing Checkpoint

15.
Another ObamaCare Lie: Protecting Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

16.
China Blows up Free Trade Talks, Threatens Global Economy

17.
Officials give green light to Boston’s first parking-free condo development

18.
Private sector SHRANK in 41 states under Obama

19.
1,148,000 Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than 7 Years Ago

20.
Politico Destroys White House Claim Of Secret Obama-Sebelius Meetings

21.
Obama To Give Wind Farms 30-Year Pass On Eagle Deaths

22.
Barton: OCare Website Hidden Source Code Says Users “Have No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy”

23.
U.S. Intelligence Adviser Worked With Chinese Firmed Deemed Espionage Threat

24.
University sends email to alumni equating the tea party with the KKK

25.
5 trends beneath the surface in Nov. jobs report

26.
Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

27.
India to push for freeing Internet from U.S. control

28.
IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers

29.
Is this Common Core math question the worst math question in human history?

30.
California Obamacare exchange giving out customer information

31.
United Nations Treaty Compromises Parents’ Rights to Their Children

32.
‘He was not an AMERICAN!’: Sheriff defies Obama’s order to lower flag for Mandela

33.
Obama Honors Pearl Harbor Dead With Picture Of Himself

34.
‘Nothing is beyond our reach’: Evil octopus strangling the world becomes latest US intelligence seal

35.
Politics Is Not a Soap Opera

36.
America’s Coastal Royalty

37.
A Tale of Two Cities
– B.M.G.
38.
David Gergen: Report On Obamacare Prep Shows ‘No One In Charge’ Of White House

39.
Is the constitution outlandish?

40.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to the Future™ – Comic Coloring Activity Book

41.
The Criminalization of Everyday Life

42.
Iran foreign minister alludes to deceiving Obama administration during nuclear negotiations

43.
ObamaCare created a Medicaid time bomb

44.
Police state: County censors government employee who dares criticize Obamacare

45.
The Conservative Alternative to Obamacare

46.
Six “bones of contention” with Common Core State Standards

47.
Cellphone data spying: It’s not just the NSA

48.
Income-Inequality Revisionism

49.
Obama: Eliminating Every ‘Nut and Bolt’ of Iran’s Nuclear Program Not an Option

50.
37 Reasons Why “The Economic Recovery Of 2013? Is A Giant Lie

51.
California County Suspends the Constitution and Bill of Rights

52.
70 percent of California doctors plan to boycott Obamacare exchanges

53.
South Carolina voting on bill to end Obamacare in state

54.
Starvation: Coming to Your Town…Soon

55.
Obama’s Draft Registration Card Forged Per AZ Sheriff Arpaio Investigation and Retired ICE Agent Stephen Coffman

56.
Florida Becomes Third State to Pre-File

57.
No, You Can’t Keep Your Drugs Either Under Obamacare

58.
Obama Gets ‘Executive Power’ Czar

59.
Palm Beach County Wants to Increase the Sales Tax

60.
John Boehner: Conservative Groups’ Reaction to Budget Deal Is ‘Ridiculous’

61.
Planet Earth: Is It As Fragile As Environmentalists Say?

62.
Hospitals vow to reverse budget cuts

63.
The More You Buy, the More You Save

64.
Cavuto: Mr. President, we at Fox News are not the problem

65.
The Platters – The Great Pretender

66.
You Picked a Fine Time To Leave Me Blue Shield


1.
No Room for Spending Cuts? How About Government Employee Trips to the Caribbean?

. If government employees can enjoy a stay in a luxury hotel made famous on The Bachelor, then surely Congress could find somewhere to make spending cuts. In November, a group of federal government employees connected with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force enjoyed a trip to St. Croix, courtesy of taxpayers. Though no reports of long bar tabs and souvenir receipts have surfaced—as what happened when the General Services Administration held a conference in Las Vegas—a few details have raised eyebrows.

2.
House subcommittee: Obamacare’s $300 billion Medicare Advantage raid will hurt seniors next year

. Obamacare “raided” $300 billion for Medicare Advantage and seniors will begin feeling the cuts next year, according to an analysis Tuesday by the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Obamacare took $700 billion from Medicare and $300 billion from Medicare Advantage alone for its own funding, according to the subcommittee. The cuts to Medicare Advantage beneficiaries will “begin to be fully realized in the next year,” according to the subcommittee.

3.
Feds not required to report security breaches of Obamacare exchange website

. Americans who buy health insurance through the federal Obamacare exchange website could have their personal information stolen by hackers and never even know it. Most of the state-run health exchange websites will be covered by state laws that require notification when government databases are breached by hackers. But there is no law requiring notification when databases run by the federal government are breached, and even though the Department of Health and Human Services was asked to include a notification provision in the rules being drawn up for the new federal exchange, it declined to do so.

4.
Muslim Brotherhood Infiltrates Obama Administration

. The radical Muslim Brotherhood is often dismissed in the media as a distant threat. In fact, this sworn U.S. enemy isn’t just overseas. It’s inside the gates of the White House. At least six American Islamist activists who work closely with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism and the Center for Security Policy in Washington

5.
America’s Allies Abandoned By Obama Administration

. Three crises, one president, many bewildered friends. The first crisis, barely noticed here, is Ukraine’s sudden turn away from Europe and back to the Russian embrace. After years of negotiations for a major trading agreement with the European Union, Ukraine succumbed to characteristically blunt and brutal economic threats from Russia and abruptly walked away. Ukraine is instead considering joining the Moscow-centered Customs Union with Russia’s fellow dictatorships Belarus and Kazakhstan. This isn’t trivial. Ukraine isn’t just the largest country in Europe, it’s the linchpin for Vladimir Putin’s dream of a renewed imperial Russia, hegemonic in its neighborhood and rolling back the quarter-century advancement of the “Europe whole and free” bequeathed by America’s victory in the Cold War.

6.
Pelosi: Dems Would Shut Down Government If Unemployment Benefits Aren’t Extended As Part of Budget Deal

. The leader of House Democrats says her rank and file won’t support any year-end budget deal unless it includes plans to extend expiring unemployment benefits for long-term victims of the recession. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California made the comment today as senior lawmakers struggled elsewhere in the Capitol to find a compromise that would ease across-the-board cuts in the budget that both parties would like to eliminate. Majority Republicans in the House have not ruled out extending the benefits that are due to begin expiring on Dec. 28, but say they have no plans to pursue legislation on their own.

7.
Congress: Not Too Busy to Hear Vital Testimony on Space Aliens

. Since the US Congress doesn’t have enough to worry about, oh, I don’t know, running the economy into the ground, allowing the NSA to snoop through our phone calls, and otherwise trashing the Constitution, they spent valuable Congressional hearing time hearing about the possibility of life on other planets. In a situation of epically misdirected priorities, Congress heard testimony from Massachusetts Institute of Technology planetary science and physics Professor Sara Seager, who told the lawmakers that the chances of another Earthlike, populated planet were very high.

8.
Studies focus on drawbacks of biomass energy, benefits of Atlantic Ocean oil drilling

. One study issued Thursday raised concerns about the effects on Southern forests of using wood to produce electricity while another promoted the economic benefits of drilling off the nation’s Atlantic coast, including Florida. The biomass energy report commissioned by the National Wildlife Foundation and the Southern Environmental Law Center raises concerns about natural forests being converted into pine plantations to feed energy plants. Some forests would benefit from thinning, researchers said, but there is a lack of regulation to guide forest management decisions.

9.
China City. A perfect storm EB-5 proposal in upstate New York

. The latest EB-5 investor visa controversy is based on the idea of building an all-Chinese residential and commercial development, China City of America (CCOA), about a 90-minute drive northwest of New York City at the southern edge of the Catskill Mountains. It would be largely financed by funds from immigrant investors, each of whom, in turn, would get a set of green cards for their half-million-dollar checks. It would be on Yankee Lake, in Sullivan County, N.Y.

10.
41% of Net New Jobs in November Were in Government

. Federal, state and local governments hired a net additional 338,000 workers in November, equaling 41 percent of the total of 818,000 net additional jobs created in the United States during the month. At the same time, the unemployment rate for government workers fell from 4.4 percent in October to 3.2 percent in November. (The overall national unemployment rate fell from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent.)

11.
Obamacare Reg Treats Congress That Spent $3.5 Trillion as a ‘Small Business’

. An Obamacare regulation issued by the Office of Personnel Management in October treats the U.S. Congress—which employs more than 11,000 staffers and which spent $4,329,000,000 on its own operations and $3,454,253,000,000 to fund the full government in fiscal 2013–as a “small business.” OPM did this so that the Treasury can pay federal subsidies of up to $11,378 per year to help members of the House and Senate and their staff buy health-insurance plans in the Obamacare “Small Business Health Options Program” (SHOP) Marketplace set up for “small employers” in Washington, D.C.

12.
House of Representatives 2014 Calendar

. “Part of our goal in scheduling the House is to ensure that we never lose touch with the constituents we each represent while completing our work in Washington. Time”

13.
Mandela Love Fest Ignores Dark Side of Legacy

. Expect Obama to use your hard-earned confiscated tax dollars to pay for an expensive trip to South Africa where he will attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral. The chief teleprompter reader for the banks and corporations that control the government has already ordered flags be flown at half mast. This 17th century ritual is usually reserved for members of U.S. government officialdom, but Mandela is a special case. Here’s what you won’t hear. Nelson Mandela was a terrorist. His Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the African National Congress, targeted civilians. On May 20, 1983, Umkhonto we Sizwe (aka “Spear of the Nation”) set off a car bomb near the Nedbank Square building on Church Street in the South African capital of Pretoria. The bomb was timed to go off at the height of rush hour. The attack killed 19 people and wounded 217.

14.
Homeland Security Searches Vehicles at Ferry Crossing Checkpoint

. A video shows the Department of Homeland Security conducting warrantless searches of vehicles at a ferry crossing in Galveston, Texas, in yet another example of how the agency is setting up checkpoints across the country.

15.
Another ObamaCare Lie: Protecting Those With Pre-Existing Conditions

. The Affordable Care Act gets curioser and curioser. President Obama promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions and help the uninsured. Yet these vulnerable groups are getting clobbered. Congress needs to act to protect them and not wait until the entire misadventure plays out.

16.
China Blows up Free Trade Talks, Threatens Global Economy

. China has crippled trade talks by insisting on a huge wall of tariffs for 57 categories of products. Beijing’s intransigence has put a chokehold on negotiations that would have expanded global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) trade by up to $800 billion per year.

17.
Officials give green light to Boston’s first parking-free condo development

. Boston regulators Thursday night approved the city’s first parking-free condominium building next to North Station, setting a bold precedent in an effort to reduce automobile use in the densely-packed downtown. Redevelopment Authority voted Thursday to change previously-approved plans for the project to eliminate a 315-space parking garage—a move the developers had requested to make the project more financially feasible.

18.
Private sector SHRANK in 41 states under Obama

. The Obama administration is painting a much rosier picture of American jobs than the data supports, two researchers claim. They have been touting their recent study showing that nearly every state has seen its private sector shrink under the Obama administration.

19.
1,148,000 Fewer Americans Have Jobs Today Than 7 Years Ago

. 1,148,000 fewer Americans held jobs this November than did seven years ago in November 2006, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Back then, according to BLS, 145,534,000 Americans held jobs. This November, according to BLS, only 144,386,000 Americans hold jobs. That is a drop of 1,148,000 in the number of Americans working.

20.
Politico Destroys White House Claim Of Secret Obama-Sebelius Meetings

. Late Friday afternoon, Politico Magazine published an update dismantling White House claims that President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held “dozens” of unrecorded one-on-one working meetings over the last three-and-a-half years leading up to Obamacare’s unveiling. The update, written by Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer, refuted Friday comments by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. In a telling exchange between Carney and NBC News reporter Peter Alexander and ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, Carney claimed the GAI report showing one meeting between Obama and Sebelius since Obamacare’s signing was incorrect because it was based on spotty White House visitor logs. The problem, wrote Schweizer in the Politico Magazine update, is that the GAI report was not based on visitor logs; it was based on the White House’s own official calendar and was further verified by Politico’s comprehensive presidential calendar.

21.
Obama To Give Wind Farms 30-Year Pass On Eagle Deaths

. The Obama administration is about to approve a rule that will ensure the death of golden and bald eagles for the next 30 more years. Hundreds of thousands of birds die each year flying into the deadly turbine blades atop the soaring towers that compose wind farms. The rule will give wind farms thirty year permits for the “non purposeful take of eagles-that is where the take is associated with but not the purpose of, the activity.’’ The take of eagles is also a euphemism for the slaughter of them.

22.
Barton: OCare Website Hidden Source Code Says Users “Have No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy”

. This is a congressman questioning a person under oath about hidden source code not shown to the users.

23.
U.S. Intelligence Adviser Worked With Chinese Firmed Deemed Espionage Threat

. Adviser to the U.S. director of national intelligence Theodore H. Moran resigned after it was learned that he had worked as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd.

24.
University sends email to alumni equating the tea party with the KKK

. A public university sent an email to alumni highlighting the esteemed research of one of its professors — research that notes many similarities between the old Ku Klux Klan and its modern-day equivalent, the tea party. The University of Washington’s email to alumni asked the question four separate times: “Is The Tea Party like the Ku Klux Klan?”

25.
5 trends beneath the surface in Nov. jobs report

. Holiday sales jobs are now likelier to be in warehouses and trucks than in retail stores. Amazon alone planned to hire 20,000 more holiday workers this year, according to the personnel firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Factory workers are getting more overtime, while pay is nearly flat for hotel and restaurant employees. Retirement-age Americans are staying on the job. And for people who’ve been out of work for more than six months, the outlook has gone from painful to desperate.

26.
Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

. A large, classified unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman is now flying—and it demonstrates a major advance in combining stealth and aerodynamic efficiency. Defense and intelligence officials say the secret unmanned aerial system (UAS), designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, is scheduled to enter production for the U.S. Air Force and could be operational by 2015. Funded through the Air Force’s classified budget, the program to build this new UAS, dubbed the RQ-180, was awarded to Northrop Grumman after a competition that included Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The aircraft will conduct the penetrating ISR mission that has been left unaddressed, and under wide debate, since retirement of the Lockheed SR-71 in 1998.

27.
India to push for freeing Internet from U.S. control

. In view of its growing cyber security concerns, India has decided to challenge the U.S. government’s control over the Internet and ensure that the trio of the U.S., Russia and China does not ignore India’s concerns while developing an international regime for Internet governance.

28.
IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers

. Agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are using Google Maps as part of their tool kit to audit taxpayers and organizations, The Daily Caller has learned. A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS’s examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner’s association.

29.
Is this Common Core math question the worst math question in human history?

. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has promised to improve education quality vastly by pushing for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. What, exactly, is the content of this Common Core that’s going to make American kids so much smarter? So far it appears to be a slew of worksheets and tests involving various, incomprehensible arrays of squares and circles. There are also traditional word problems. Twitchy has found a word problem that may be the most egregiously awful math problem the Common Core has produced yet. “15. Juanita wants to give a bag of stickers to her friends. She wants to give the same number of stickers toeach friend. She is not sure if she needs 4 bags or 6 bags of stickers. How many stickers should she buy so there are no stickers left over?”

30.
California Obamacare exchange giving out customer information

. Widespread fears that Affordable Care Act exchanges would fail to guard customer information are already coming true in California, where the state exchange is giving selected insurance agents customer contact information, resulting in unwanted calls and emails to Californians who have checked out the exchange but declined to buy insurance.

31.
United Nations Treaty Compromises Parents’ Rights to Their Children

. Congress is considering signing a United Nations treaty that the mass media is not discussing. This treaty, called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), is up for discussion and will likely go to the Senate for a vote in early December. The UNCRPD appears to be an innocuous document, but is worded in such a way that if disabled individuals, including children, are not afforded their right to communicate, reproduce, and learn, in the way the States Parties deem best, the States Parties can intervene and take control. Of primary concern is the fact that once Congress signs the UNCRPD, it will be much easier for Congress to get the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child signed.

32.
‘He was not an AMERICAN!’: Sheriff defies Obama’s order to lower flag for Mandela

. For one South Carolina sheriff, defying President Obama’s order to lower the American flag to half-staff in honor of former South African President Nelson Mandela is simple: Mandela “was not an American.” Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark took to Facebook Friday to explain to seemingly supportive residents why he will not lower the flag at the Sheriff’s Office for Mandela, despite Obama’s Dec. 5 Presidential Proclamation:

33.
Obama Honors Pearl Harbor Dead With Picture Of Himself

. 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.

34.
‘Nothing is beyond our reach’: Evil octopus strangling the world becomes latest US intelligence seal

. Billions of dollars annually are being used to fund operations conducted by the United States intelligence community, the likes of which allow the government to eavesdrop on emails, listen to world leaders’ phone calls and about everything in-between. One thing that budget hasn’t bought, however, is subtlety. The US National Reconnaissance Office launched a top-secret surveillance satellite into space Thursday evening, and the official emblem for the spy agency’s latest mission is, well, certainly accurate, to say the least.

35.
Politics Is Not a Soap Opera

. The problem with the soap opera that is modern American politics is that politics is not soap opera. The object of the latter is entertainment through a daily, hokey maintenance of suspense. This necessarily requires the viewer’s suspension of disbelief, particularly when it comes to the lead characters. Depending on what improbable twists and turns the plot must take to meet the demands of day-in-day-out drama, the stars of the show slip seamlessly from villain’s to hero’s role, from incorrigible vice to transcendent virtue. Soap fans buy in because they know it is not real. It is, to the contrary, their escape from reality. Politics is our reality. It only seems like soap opera because of the way it is covered.

36.
America’s Coastal Royalty

. The densely populated coastal corridors from Boston to Washington and from San Diego to Berkeley are where most of America’s big decisions are made. They remind us of two quite different Americas: one country along these coasts and everything else in between.

37.
A Tale of Two Cities
– B.M.G.
. A table showing comparable populations and non-comparable crime

38.
David Gergen: Report On Obamacare Prep Shows ‘No One In Charge’ Of White House

. A veteran Washington adviser who has worked for four Presidents on both sides of the political aisle said that the stunning Government Accountability Report report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare over three years ago is an indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the Obama administration has bordered on “malfeasance.”

39.
Is the constitution outlandish?

. This week, the Sacramento-based Tea Party Express endorsed Sen. Mike Lee for re-election … in 2016. In throwing their support behind the Utah Republican, the group stated that Washington, D.C. needs “more conservatives like Mike Lee to protect the Constitution and the American people, he’s fighting for what is good for this country.” While the 2016 endorsement is unique in that the 2014 elections haven’t even occurred yet, far more striking was the response by Utah’s Democrat Party Chairman Jim Dubakis and what it says about the ideological differences between progressive liberals and traditional conservatives. It does not bode well for tackling our country’s pressing issues anytime soon. Dubakis said of the endorsement: “All he’s [Mike Lee] involved in is this outlandish constitutional view. That’s his constituency. That’s his passion. That’s his whole reason for being. It’s not the people of Utah.”

40.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to the Future™ – Comic Coloring Activity Book

. Inspiring – Educational Book Cruz to the Future™ on U.S. Senator Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz Really Big Coloring Books ®, Inc. of Saint Louis, Mo. releases educational comic coloring and activity book for youth, parents and teachers which details Ted Cruz’s life, principles, values and mission. In a continuation of the company’s popular series “Tell the Truth – Tell it Often – Tell the Children” designed for all ages to promote positive healthy discussion and understanding, Really Big Coloring Books®, Inc. (RBCB) turns complex challenges or issues into a relevant format with an emphasis for youth.

41.
The Criminalization of Everyday Life

. Sometimes a single story has a way of standing in for everything you need to know. In the case of the up-arming, up-armoring, and militarization of police forces across the country, there is such a story. Not the police, mind you, but the campus cops at Ohio State University now possess an MRAP; that is, a $500,000, 18-ton, mine-resistant, ambush-protected armored vehicle of a sort used in the Afghan War and, as Hunter Stuart of the Huffington Post reported, built to withstand “ballistic arms fire, mine fields, IEDs, and nuclear, biological, and chemical environments.” Sounds like just the thing for bouts of binge drinking and post-football-game shenanigans.

42.
Iran foreign minister alludes to deceiving Obama administration during nuclear negotiations

. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called America’s assertions about the interim nuclear agreement reached recently in Geneva “nonsense” and said the Islamic Republic’s strategy will collapse the sanctions program. U.S. officials have called the nuclear agreement a first step in rolling back the Islamic regime’s nuclear program. President Barack Obama praised them as “substantial limitations” on Iran’s nuclear activities — but Zarif said Iran can easily reverse any enrichment limitations.

43.
ObamaCare created a Medicaid time bomb

. The good news, if you want to call it that, is that roughly 1.6 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare so far. The not-so-good news is that 1.46 million of them actually signed up for Medicaid. If that trend continues, it could bankrupt both federal and state governments.

44.
Police state: County censors government employee who dares criticize Obamacare

. A California county has banned a veteran employee from criticizing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because a coworker who overheard the criticism was offended.

45.
The Conservative Alternative to Obamacare

. We’ve been very critical of Obamacare because it’s hurting Americans. But that has caused some to ask, “What’s your alternative?” The truth is, we’ve always had alternatives, but our critics weren’t ready to listen. Now, the disastrous rollout of Obamacare has a lot of people asking for alternatives to government-run health care. And conservatives are ready.

46.
Six “bones of contention” with Common Core State Standards

. If you’re a critic of Common Core State Standards, unassuming Iowan Shane Vander Hart may be the most important person you’ve never heard of.

47.
Cellphone data spying: It’s not just the NSA

. Law enforcement using methods from nsa playbook. Local police are increasingly able to scoop up large amounts of cellphone data using new technologies, including cell tower dumps and secret mobile devices known as Stingrays. Here’s a closer look at how police do it.

48.
Income-Inequality Revisionism

. Obama rewrites the history of the Reagan revolution as the beginning of the bad times. To consider only the seen while neglecting the unseen, as 19th-century political economist Frederic Bastiat warned, risks cognitive errors. Policymakers must try to imagine the counterfactual when making a decision, taking an action, or analyzing history. President Obama’s big speech on inequality last week illustrates vividly the value of asking, “What if . . . ?” Rising income inequality and declining economic mobility, the president declared, are “a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe.” This factually suspect argument is put forth by Obama to promote his agenda of higher taxes, a higher minimum wage, and higher spending. To support it, he gave a revisionist history lesson worthy of Howard Zinn.

49.
Obama: Eliminating Every ‘Nut and Bolt’ of Iran’s Nuclear Program Not an Option

. President Obama argued at the weekend that it was unrealistic to envisage an agreement with Iran requiring a complete end to uranium enrichment. But Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu countered that turning up the pressure could deliver “a better deal,” describing the issue as “the paramount challenge of our generation.”

50.
37 Reasons Why “The Economic Recovery Of 2013? Is A Giant Lie

. “If a lie is repeated often enough, people will believe it.” Sadly, that appears to be the approach that the Obama administration and the mainstream media are taking with the U.S. economy. They seem to believe that if they just keep telling the American people over and over that things are getting better, eventually the American people will believe that it is actually true. On Friday, it was announced that the unemployment rate had fallen to “7 percent”, and the mainstream media responded with a mix of euphoria and jubilation. For example, one USA Today article declared that “with today’s jobs report, one really can say that our long national post-financial crisis nightmare is over.” But is that actually the truth? As you will see below, if you assume that the labor force participation rate in the U.S. is at the long-term average, the unemployment rate in the United States would actually be 11.5 percent instead of 7 percent. There has been absolutely no employment recovery. The percentage of Americans that are actually working has stayed between 58 and 59 percent for 51 months in a row. But most Americans don’t understand these things and they just take whatever the mainstream media tells them as the truth.

51.
California County Suspends the Constitution and Bill of Rights

. Santa Clara County, the heart of the Silicon Valley has revoked the Constitution along with the Bill of Rights. Norina Mooney, who has spent the last 20 years of her life working for Santa Clara County, made a comment to a fellow employee at the water fountain about the millions who has had their insurance cancelled by Obamacare. Just a short while later, she found herself in her supervisor’s office, being ragged on about her derogatory statement about Obamacare. The commissar told her that in the future, if she felt mthe need to criticize “The One” or any of his policies, she would have to leave government property to do it.

52.
70 percent of California doctors plan to boycott Obamacare exchanges

. About 70 percent of California’s 104,000 doctors are reportedly planning to stay out of the state’s health insurance exchange, a move that could have significant impact on implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As states across the country work to enroll Americans in the ACA, one question that remains is exactly what kind of doctor access patients will have when their coverage kicks in. According to the president of the California Medical Association, Dr. Richard Thorp, residents there could find limited options at the start of the new year. Thorp told the Washington Examiner the primary reason that seven-out-of-10 California doctors are boycotting the Obamacare exchange is due to the state’s low Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement rates, which typically land 30 percent below those in other parts of the country. For example, Medicare typically pays doctors $76 for return-office visits, but in California doctors only receive $24. A tonsillectomy, meanwhile, pays out between $500 and $700, whereas doctors in California receive $160 for the procedure.

53.
South Carolina voting on bill to end Obamacare in state

. A bill set for fast-track passage in the South Carolina Senate in January aims to eliminate Obamacare in the state. The law could become a model for other states fed up with the federal health-care law. House Bill 3101, titled the “South Carolina Freedom of Health Care Protection Act,” passed the state House of Representatives last April by a 65-34 vote. The bill now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate with special-order priority, setting up the likelihood that South Carolina will become the first state to exempt citizens and businesses from all participation in the Affordable Care Act.

54.
Starvation: Coming to Your Town…Soon

. Way back in 2006, NASA’s David Hathaway said on their website that Solar Cycle 25, which will start around 2022 was going to be a low sunspot cycle. Low sunspot cycles, as is rapidly becoming apparent, is linked to future cold weather. Neither they nor the government said anything at the time or during the seven years since it was published.

55.
Obama’s Draft Registration Card Forged Per AZ Sheriff Arpaio Investigation and Retired ICE Agent Stephen Coffman

. Links are provided to the report and the sources.

56.
Florida Becomes Third State to Pre-File

. Good news from the Sunshine State! Florida State Senator Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) filed SM 476 on Friday petitioning Congress to call an Article V Convention of States. Senator Hays stated, “Everywhere I go, people ask me what can be done to reform Washington, D.C. This petition to Congress to convene the Article V convention is the first step toward that reform. This ‘runaway’ Federal government is of great concern to Americans of all political parties and of all the states.”

57.
No, You Can’t Keep Your Drugs Either Under Obamacare

. The President famously promised that you could keep your health plan and doctor. For many people, both of those pledges are turning out to be false. And now, you might not be able to keep your medicine, either. There are two reasons why. The first has to do with the higher out of pocket costs patients will face. The second issue may be even more significant. Simply put, many drugs may not be covered at all, and the costs patients incur by buying them with cash won’t count against out of pocket caps. This has repercussions for drug makers with big portfolios of specialty and primary care drugs (more on that later). But most of all, it has implications for patients. Drugs on your health plan’s formulary will typically have fixed co-pays. These costs usually count toward your deductible and the out of pocket and lifetime limits on the total amount of money that your health plan can ask you to spend. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, these co-pays can already be substantial, pushing people quickly to their annual out-of-pocket limits — $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for families (after which insurers pay the full tab).

58.
Obama Gets ‘Executive Power’ Czar

. Specializes in bypassing Congress to enact ‘progressive change’. A senior progressive strategist and former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton who specializes in the use of executive authority to bypass Congress is reportedly joining the White House. The New York Times is reporting John Podesta, founder of the Center for American Progress, has agreed to serve as counselor to President Obama for a year.

59.
Palm Beach County Wants to Increase the Sales Tax

. At next Tuesday’s 12/17 BCC Meeting (time certain 10:30), staff will propose raising the sales tax to 6.5%, projected to raise $110M per year starting in 2015 and running until the end of 2020. Unlike a preliminary proposal that would have competed with the School District which also seeks higher taxes, this revenue would be shared. 40% ($44M/year) would flow to the Schools, 36% ($40M/year) to the county, and 24% ($26M/year) to be divided up among the 38 municipalities. The tax would generate $660M over the six years it would be effective, if approved by the voters next fall.

60.
John Boehner: Conservative Groups’ Reaction to Budget Deal Is ‘Ridiculous’

. House Speaker John Boehner went off on outside conservative groups Wednesday morning for pushing against the new budget deal. “They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals,” he said. “This is ridiculous.” Several key conservative groups are against the sequester relief within the new budget deal. “Though conservatives support more spending restraint, the discretionary spending limits defined in the Budget Control Act represent a promise to the American people to marginally slow the growth of government,” reads a letter signed by the heads of Heritage Action, the Family Research Council, and the American Conservative Union. Heritage Action’s Michael Needham penned an op-ed in USA Today on Tuesday calling the deal “a step backward.” The Cato Institute called the deal a “huge Republican cave-in.”

61.
Planet Earth: Is It As Fragile As Environmentalists Say?

. Let’s examine just how fragile the Earth is. The 1883 eruption of the Krakatoa volcano, in present-day Indonesia, had the force of 200 megatons of TNT. That’s the equivalent of 13,300 15-kiloton atomic bombs, the kind that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945. Preceding that eruption was the 1815 Tambora eruption, also in present-day Indonesia, which holds the record as the largest known volcanic eruption. It spewed so much debris into the atmosphere, blocking sunlight, that 1816 became known as the “Year Without a Summer” or “Summer That Never Was.” It led to crop failures and livestock death in much of the Northern Hemisphere and caused the worst famine of the 19th century. An A.D. 535 Krakatoa eruption had such force that it blotted out much of the light and heat of the sun for 18 months and is said to have led to the Dark Ages Geophysicists estimate that just three volcanic eruptions, Indonesia (1883), Alaska (1912) and Iceland (1947), spewed more carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere than all of mankind’s activities in our entire history.

62.
Hospitals vow to reverse budget cuts

. The nation’s hospitals are being forced to swallow additional Medicare cuts as lawmakers rush to approve a budget deal before the holiday recess. The deal reached between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) finds $28 billion in deficit savings by extending sequester cuts to Medicare until 2023. Those cuts had been scheduled to expire in 2021. With the deal on the fast track to passage, hospital groups are resigned to the agreement becoming law. But they are already plotting to reverse the changes in 2014.

63.
The More You Buy, the More You Save

. ‘Tis the season for sales. But beware of this enticing line: “The more you buy, the more you save!” Because, when the bill comes, the truth is: The more you buy, the more you spend.
Some Members of Congress are using this logic in their latest budget proposal. They’re promising savings—but they’re actually just spending more (of your money).

64.
Cavuto: Mr. President, we at Fox News are not the problem

. Cavuto’s reply to Obama’s statements that Fox New was part of the problem with Obama Care.

65.
The Platters – The Great Pretender

. Could the Platters have known in 1955 that their song would be so appropriate today, 58 years later?

66.
You Picked a Fine Time To Leave Me Blue Shield

. The Blue Shield Song;



Posted 12/6/2013

CONTENTS

1.
China Is On A Debt Binge And A Buying Spree Unlike Anything The World Has Ever Seen Before

2.
Thanksgiving: A Florida Tradition Since 1564

3.
Celebs, PETA Threaten Macy’s Parade Tradition

4.
EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

5.
London is mediating indirect secret talks between US and Hezbollah

6.
32 Privacy Destroying Technologies That Are Systematically Transforming America Into A Giant Prison

7.
Obama: I Haven’t Made Fun of Tea Baggers

8.
Obama Knew Iran Collaborating With North Korea On Rocket Boosters For Long Range Missiles

9.
Government employee union boss calls for thug tactics against voter ID

10.
The 2016 Presidential Candidate That No One is Talking About

11.
School Lesson Portrays Obama as Messiah

12.
Top California hospitals don’t like Obamacare either

13.
Washington Post op-ed: Repeal presidential term limits

14.
Obama: ‘We Have Accomplished As Much, If Not More, Than Any Time in Our History’

15.
Kerry Duped As North Korea And Iran Develop New ICBM

16.
Netanyahu defies Obama’s request to ‘take a breather’ from Iran deal criticism

17.
Feds Starting To Bail Out Detroit?

18.
Bombshell Obama Vetting: 1979 Newspaper Article by Valerie Jarrett Father-In-Law Reveals Start of Muslim Purchase of U.S. Presidency
– B.M.G.
19.
Obama’s Knockout Game against America
– B.M.G.
20.
Budget Battles and the Growth of the Administrative State

21.
New Standards for Social Studies Have Zero Content

22.
If Obama doesn’t have Israel’s back, why do American Jews have Obama’s?

23.
US exempts India from Iran sanctions for six months

24.
Here’s What Happened When Families Brought Up Obamacare Over Thanksgiving.

25.
Seven Phony Hate Crimes Trumpeted By The Media

26.
First Climate Change Refugee Appeal Officially Rejected

27.
Church Group Trying To Feed The Homeless Ordered To Stop

28.
How Common Core teaches Gettysburg Address is a ‘travesty!’

29.
Common Core-aligned lesson plan for third-graders casts Obama as modern messiah

30.
A New Theory of Human Origins: Chimp and Pig Rendevouz Resulted in Your Ancestors

31.
President for Life: The Push Begins

32.
Don’t Believe the Obamacare Spin – Here’s What’s Still Wrong

33.
Amazon testing delivery by drone, CEO Bezos says

34.
Going up? Expanding Landfills Vertically Could Solve Florida’s Trash Problems

35.
Intel chair warns of ‘huge malevolence’

36.
California mega church requires group leaders to register their fingerprints with the FBI

37.
Backdoor gun control is here: no lead means no bullets

38.
Report: Obama Arranging Tehran Visit for Next Year

39.
Cities Railroaded by All Aboard Florida Seek State Bailout
– B.M.G.
40.
Obamacare website-maker runs failed Army Human Terrain System program

41.
Obama Throws Japan Under The Bus And Bows To China

42.
‘Brer’ Karzai’s Deal With U.S. Would Let Terrorists Out Of Gitmo

43.
Directive Provides Government With Intelligence After Declaration of Martial Law

44.
New Russian Submarines Are So Silent That The U.S. Navy Calls Them “Black Holes”

45.
Bill would nearly double federal gasoline tax

46.
Obamacare’s effective minimum wage hike will cost jobs in 2015

47.
Obama Accused of Negotiating Release Of Convicted Iranian Nuclear Scientist

48.
Obama, Eric Holder, cartoons and Lady Gaga are among the ‘inappropriate’ images purged from FBI counter-terror training

49.
China to US: ‘Take Your 60,000 Tons of GMO-Contaminated Corn and Shove It’

50.
Florida’s Students Fall Behind in International Tests

51.
Supreme court to admit Obama broke law?

52.
Blue States Turning On Controversial ‘Common Core’ School Standards

53.
After 12 Yrs of U.S. Occupation, Afghanistan Sets Record for Growing Opium

54.
EPA Chief: ‘No More Urgent Threat to Public Health Than Climate Change’

55.
Creeping sharia creeps along thanks to Barack HUSSEIN Obama

56.
Editorial asks if Obama’s entire life is fiction

57.
Canadian denied entry to the US after agent cites private medical records

58.
Bolsheviks at the Door

59.
California Adopts Failed Venezuelan Model Of Energy Management

60.
JPMorgan Shakedown Includes Acorn-Style Kickback

61.
Running up the tab: State Dept. bought $180,000 in liquor before shutdown

62.
“Obama youth”

63.
The 18 Most Corrupt Countries in The World

64.
Russia to Outlaw US Dollar?

65.
Wall Street is betting against HealthCare.gov

66.
Gowdy: If Obama Chooses Not to Enforce Immigration Laws, Can He Suspend Election Laws Too?


1.
China Is On A Debt Binge And A Buying Spree Unlike Anything The World Has Ever Seen Before

. When it comes to reckless money creation, it turns out that China is the king. Over the past five years, Chinese bank assets have grown from about 9 trillion dollars to more than 24 trillion dollars. This has been fueled by the greatest private debt binge that the world has ever seen. According to a recent World Bank report, the level of private domestic debt in China has grown from about 9 trillion dollars in 2008 to more than 23 trillion dollars today. In other words, in just five years the amount of money that has been loaned out by banks in China is roughly equivalent to the amount of debt that the U.S. government has accumulated since the end of the Reagan administration. And Chinese bank assets now absolutely dwarf the assets of the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England combined. You can see an amazing chart which shows this right here. A lot of this “hot money” has been flowing out of China and into U.S. companies, U.S. stocks and U.S. real estate. Unfortunately for China (and for the rest of us), there are lots of signs that the gigantic debt bubble in China is about to burst, and when that does happen the entire world is going to feel the pain.

2.
Thanksgiving: A Florida Tradition Since 1564

. While Thanksgiving conjures up images of Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims sharing turkey and corn with Native Americans, Florida had its own role in America’s earliest Thanksgiving celebrations. Decades before the Pilgrims gathered around a table in Massachusetts in 1621, Florida had seen at least two separate Thanksgiving celebrations and, as in the more familiar tale from New England, they involved Native Americans and religious liberty.

3.
Celebs, PETA Threaten Macy’s Parade Tradition

. In the classic 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is featured and celebrated — even introducing us to the movie’s most cherished character, Kris Kringle. But, its prominence wasn’t limited to the silver screen — the parade became an American institution. Fast forward to today’s politically correct environment. The same parade steeped in years of tradition is now also steeped in controversy. Animal activists plan to line the route of Thursday’s parade to protest a SeaWorld float after accusations in a new documentary called “Blackfish” that the theme parks treat whales badly. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), or, as my dad likes to call them, “People Eating Tasty Animals,” claims it has sent Macy’s more than 80,000 emails from animal lovers demanding that the store remove the float.

4.
EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

. Happy holidays from the Obama administration. Federal agencies are currently working on rolling out hundreds of environmental regulations, including major regulations that would limit emissions from power plants and expand the agency’s authority to bodies of water on private property. On Tuesday, the White House released its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone.

5.
London is mediating indirect secret talks between US and Hezbollah

. The US and Hezbollah are in secret indirect talks managed by London dealing with the fight against Al-Qaida, regional stability and other Lebanese political issues. Senior British diplomatic sources, quoted in a report in Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai on Wednesday, said British diplomats are holding discussions with leaders of the Lebanese organization and transferring the information to the Americans.

6.
32 Privacy Destroying Technologies That Are Systematically Transforming America Into A Giant Prison

. If you live in the United States, you live in a high tech surveillance grid that is becoming more oppressive with each passing day. In America today, the control freaks that run things are completely obsessed with watching, tracking, monitoring and recording virtually everything that we do. If we continue on the path that we are currently on, we will be heading into a future where there will be absolutely no privacy of any kind. In fact, many would argue that we are essentially there already. Many people speak of this as being the “Information Age“, but most Americans don’t really stop and think about what that really means. Most of the information that is considered to be so “valuable” is actually about all of us. Businesses want to know as much about all of us as possible so that they can sell us stuff. Government officials want to know as much about all of us as possible so that they can make sure that we are not doing anything that they don’t like. There is a constant hunger for even more information, and so the surveillance technologies just continue to become even more advanced and the Big Brother control grid being constructed all around us just continues to become even more pervasive. Even though you may not be consciously aware of it, the truth is that it is surrounding you right now even as you read this. We live in a society where liberty and freedom are literally being strangled to death, but most Americans don’t seem to care.

7.
Obama: I Haven’t Made Fun of Tea Baggers

. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, President Obama used the term “tea-bagger” in a letter response to a Texas teacher, Thomas J. Ritter. Ritter wrote a letter to President Obama expressing his concerns about the way he, and others in his administration, handles criticism over issues like healthcare.

8.
Obama Knew Iran Collaborating With North Korea On Rocket Boosters For Long Range Missiles

. Iranian collaboration with North Korea on a new rocket booster for long-range missiles undermines the deal with Tehran on its nuclear program, key Senate and House Republicans said on Tuesday. “While the president was undertaking his secret negotiations—which Congress wasn’t informed of—he had to know Iran and North Korea were testing new engines for ballistic missiles to target the United States,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces. Rogers said in a statement that despite sharp budget cuts, U.S. space monitoring systems would not miss the development of the new booster engine.

9.
Government employee union boss calls for thug tactics against voter ID

. J. David Cox, the national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, pledged to ignore the Supreme Court and said that he and the labor movement would “fight in the streets” against Republican governors’ supporters of voter integrity efforts. “I’m committing myself, I’m committing our union, and the labor movement. We will not — we will not — allow Republican governors to control the vote in this country,” he said to applause. “That is a God-given right of every citizen. The right to vote! We are going to fight ‘em. We’re going to fight them in the streets. We are going to fight them anywhere. We are going to fight them! I don’t care what the Supreme Court says.”

10.
The 2016 Presidential Candidate That No One is Talking About

. There is a candidate lurking for a 2016 run that could change our nation’s history forever, and not in a good way. I am going to go on record with a prediction here and I honestly hope I end up with egg on my face. It is my belief that a 3rd party candidate is being hand-picked and/or groomed as we speak. This is not just a normal 3rd party candidate that will get 1-2% of the vote. I believe this candidate will be more like Ross Perot and seriously complicate the election while guaranteeing that Hillary Clinton will become our next president. It’s time for a reality check. We need to look no further than the recent Virginia Governor’s race. It was not necessarily the strength of McAuliffe that defeated Ken Cuccinelli. It was more the presence of a third party (Libertarian) candidate named Robert Sarvis who was able to gain 6.5% of the popular vote. Most of those votes came from Cuccinelli and thus guaranteed a McAuliffe victory. I do not fault Sarvis or the Libertarian Party for competing in this election and trying to win. But people need to understand that most third party votes will come from the GOP, at least until third party candidates from the hard left (Socialist Party, Communist Party, etc.) start to become more relevant. OK, now here’s the point… Do you not think that the democrats know what happened in Virginia? Do you not think they took notes? Do you not think that Hillary Clinton will use this same strategy to win an election in 2016? Of course she will use it. Some say that her and Bill invented it.

11.
School Lesson Portrays Obama as Messiah

. A new lesson plan for American school students, offered on an open marketplace for educators, is reprising what some devout followers have called Barack Obama for several years already – a messiah. Created by Sherece Bennett, it’s based on the book “Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope” by Nikki Grimes. Kyle Olson reported the plan on his Education Action Group website, commenting that it casts Obama “in a messianic light. Literally.”

12.
Top California hospitals don’t like Obamacare either

. President Obama has been claiming that people can keep their favorite doctors under the Affordable Care Act. But anyone who wants a premier hospital in California better do some homework before signing up. A survey of the state’s top hospitals has revealed that most contract with only one or two insurance companies under Obamacare, even though the Covered California exchange has 11 companies to choose from. And one hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, has refused to participate altogether and has no contracts.

13.
Washington Post op-ed: Repeal presidential term limits

. As President Obama faces a small revolt within his own party, a Washington Post op-ed is calling for the United States to end presidential term limits and allow him to run again in 2016. “Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for — or against — him,” writes New York University Jonathan Zimmerman professor of history and education. “Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.”

14.
Obama: ‘We Have Accomplished As Much, If Not More, Than Any Time in Our History’

. President Barack Obama told the crowd at a Democratic fundraiser in Beverly Hills on Tuesday that he has accomplished “as much, if not more” than any other president.

15.
Kerry Duped As North Korea And Iran Develop New ICBM

. Proliferation: As we shutter our ICBM squadrons and destroy our silos, Iran and North Korea are working on technology to deliver nukes Pyongyang already has and Tehran is a few centrifuge rotations from acquiring. As Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon reports, groups of technicians from the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), a unit in charge of building Iran’s liquid-fueled missiles, have made repeated trips to North Korea during the past several months, including as recently as late October, to work on a new 80-ton rocket booster being developed by the North Koreans,

16.
Netanyahu defies Obama’s request to ‘take a breather’ from Iran deal criticism

. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently isn’t heeding President Obama’s suggestion to sit down and shut up about the Iranian nuclear deal reached by world leaders last weekend. During last Sunday’s phone call between Obama and Netanyahu, the president reportedly asked Netanyahu “to take a breather from his clamorous criticism” of the interim agreement reached with Iran, David Ignatius reported for the Washington Post Wednesday. Netanyahu, though, will not be silenced. At a Hanukkah candle-lighting celebration at the Western Wall Thursday evening, Netanyahu reaffirmed Israel will act alone, if necessary, to ensure Iran never develops nuclear weapons, and referenced a “popular children’s song for the holiday.” “We came to drive out the darkness, and the largest darkness that threatens the world today is a nuclear Iran,” Netanyahu said, according to The Times of Israel. “We are bound to do all we can to prevent this darkness. If possible we will do this diplomatically, if not we will act as ‘a light unto the nations’.”

17.
Feds Starting To Bail Out Detroit?

. O’Dell Tate has volunteered for the city’s Angels’ Night patrols for more than a decade and has watched as firefighters battle blazes that strain resources and put neighborhoods on edge. Now, with a $24.2 million federal grant — the largest ever awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to a fire department — and two savvy grant writers, the city stands to hire 150 new firefighters. “It couldn’t come at a better time,” Tate said. “We have wonderful firefighters here, but for a city Detroit’s size, to increase our numbers would be a great asset.”

18.
Bombshell Obama Vetting: 1979 Newspaper Article by Valerie Jarrett Father-In-Law Reveals Start of Muslim Purchase of U.S. Presidency
– B.M.G.
. Why would Muslim oil billionaires finance and develop controlling relationships with black college students? Well, like anyone else, they would do it for self-interest. And what would their self-interest be? We all know the top two answers to that question: 1. a Palestinian state and 2. The advancement of Islam in America. The idea then was to advance blacks who would facilitate these two goals to positions of power in the Federal government, preferably, of course, the Presidency. And why would the Arabs target blacks in particular for this job? Well, for the same reason the early communists chose them as their vanguard for revolution (which literally means “change”) in America. Allow me to quote Trotsky, in 1939: “The American Negroes, for centuries the most oppressed section of American society and the most discriminated against, are potentially the most revolutionary element of the population. They are designated by their historical past to be, under adequate leadership, the very vanguard of the proletarian revolution.” Substitute the word “Islam” for the words “the proletarian revolution,” and you most clearly get the picture, as Islam is a revolutionary movement just like communism is. (Trivia: it is from this very quote that communist Van Jones takes his name. Van is short for vanguard. He was born “Anthony”). In addition, long before 1979, blacks had become the vanguard of the spread of Islam in America, especially in prisons.

19.
Obama’s Knockout Game against America
– B.M.G.
. One of the latest fads young people are involved with is called the Knockout Game. President Obama has been doing his version of the Knockout Game for years. An unsuspecting America elects him and is made to think he will save it. Then he begins lowering the boom on the citizens,and America is still reeling. He said he would make creating jobs his number one priority. WHAM. He makes baling out his supporters and Wall Street his number one priority. He claims he wants students to receive the best education possible. WHAM. He shuts down the Washington, DC voucher program that allows parents in the District of Columbia to receive vouchers so they can send their kids to better schools. Maybe he feared poor students would be better than his two daughters.

20.
Budget Battles and the Growth of the Administrative State

. As seen in the recent government shutdown and the showdown over the debt limit—the latest in a long series of such crises in Washington—the federal budget stands at the heart of American politics. With few exceptions, the budget has formed the battleground between the political branches of the government—the executive and the legislative—in every administration since LBJ’s Great Society

21.
New Standards for Social Studies Have Zero Content

. In September, the National Council for the Social Studies released “The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History.” The 110-page “C3 Framework” took three years to develop, with the help of 15 social-studies-related organizations. The social studies standards introduction states that “the C3 Framework . . . is intended to serve as a frame for organizing curricular content, rather than a prescription for the specific content to be taught.” Exemplifying the maxim that a camel is a horse designed by a committee, the C3 Framework is confusing, overly complicated, and fails to include any content whatsoever. Since the originators say that states will need to infuse their own content into the framework, some may wonder why anyone bothered to spend the time and money to create C3.

22.
If Obama doesn’t have Israel’s back, why do American Jews have Obama’s?

. During Hanukkah, the American Jewish community remembers the victory of the Maccabean army led by Judah Maccabee against the invading Hellenic army, the restoration of the Holy Temple and the miracle of the oil in the 2nd century BC. During a phone call between Obama and Netanyahu last week, the president reportedly asked Netanyahu “to take a breather from his clamorous criticism” of the interim agreement reached with Iran. First of all I would recommend our man-child president not take on someone with a warrior’s heart in the vein of the Maccabees, who is a former Airborne Commando in the Israeli Defense Force. I find it astounding, if not humorous, that a skinny community organizer would try to intimidate a combat veteran and true leader who lives under constant threat in a country regularly rocketed and bombed — sorry but I just had a very funny vision of Obama as Mini-me trying to scare PM Netanyahu.

23.
US exempts India from Iran sanctions for six months

. After the landmark nuclear deal with Iran, US has exempted India and eight other countries from Iran sanctions for another six months with “additional significant reductions” in their Iranian crude oil purchases. Based “on an analysis of these economies’ purchasing activity over the previous six months”, besides India, China, Korea, Turkey, and Taiwan “have again qualified for an exception to sanctions,” secretary of state John Kerry announced Friday. Additionally, Malaysia, South Africa, Singapore, and Sri Lanka have also qualified again for the exception under US law because they no longer purchase crude oil from Iran, he said.

24.
Here’s What Happened When Families Brought Up Obamacare Over Thanksgiving.

. In the runup to Thanksgiving, Organizing For Action, the group whose sole mission is to promote President Barack Obama’s agenda, with the “help” of an absolutely horrid video, encouraged its members to “have the talk with your loved ones” about signing up for Obamacare. Here’s what happened when Obamacare came up at Thanksgiving dinners. For some families, Obamacare at the holiday table was a recipe for disaster. New Thanksgiving tradition: Screaming arguments. But Obamacare chatter at the dinner table didn’t just lead to misery. For some, there was family unity … but not in the way Dems intended: “We discussed Obamacare over dinner as we were instructed. First time this family has been in total agreement about anything. Obamacare SUCKS”

25.
Seven Phony Hate Crimes Trumpeted By The Media

. One of the oldest rules in psychology and economics is that if you reward a behavior, you can expect to see it more often. In America, we reward victimhood. That makes us feel good about ourselves and in some cases, it helps improve the lives of the people who’ve been victimized, but there’s a dark side to it as well. It creates perverse incentives for people, it helps legitimize a victimhood mentality, and it also encourages people to fake hate crimes. Under normal circumstances, that would seldom happen. However, in a society where we celebrate victimhood and savagely attack people we decide are “bullies”, being a “victim” can potentially be the high point of someone’s life. It can mean getting attention from the media, being showered with sympathy, and even making thousands of dollars.

26.
First Climate Change Refugee Appeal Officially Rejected

. Townhall covered a Pacific Islander’s attempt to become the first climate change refugee and avoid deportation from New Zealand. It’s official: the High Court described the appeal as “novel,” but ultimately inadequate. Perhaps the most ironic aspect of the whole affair is that, despite thwarting Teitiota’s attempt, both New Zealand and Kiribati have taken UN climate change warnings very seriously and are taking pre-emptive action. The Wall Street Journal reports:

27.
Church Group Trying To Feed The Homeless Ordered To Stop

. Happy Thanksgiving to all, but apparently not for the homeless living at Palm Beach County’s John Prince Park in Lake Worth, FL. This holiday is supposed to be a day to think of others, which is exactly what church members from Acts 2 Worship Center in Loxahatchee, FL wanted to do. But when the small group tried to deliver food to the homeless living at the park, a park ranger ordered them to stop. “God takes care of us,” said Steven Griffin, who’s homeless. “We don’t starve. We’re grateful.”

28.
How Common Core teaches Gettysburg Address is a ‘travesty!’

. The Civil War may have had a significant influence on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, but the Common Core curriculum prefers to leave it out.

29.
Common Core-aligned lesson plan for third-graders casts Obama as modern messiah

. Another biography of President Barack Obama is making waves. This one is entitled “Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope.” The author, Nikki Grimes, paints the 44th president as nothing short of a messianic figure. Eagnews.org has found a language arts lesson plan for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders revolving around the book at the website TeachersPayTeachers.com. The description of the $3.60 lesson plan by Sherece Bennett boasts that it is officially “aligned” with the Common Core State Standards Initiative, an attempt to standardize various K-12 curricula around the country. The book treats Obama as sort of a modern combination of Moses and the Joseph of the Old Testament—with a bit of Johnny Appleseed thrown in for good measure.

30.
A New Theory of Human Origins: Chimp and Pig Rendevouz Resulted in Your Ancestors

. A pig and a chimpanzee went into a bar and…. Okay – for real: A new hypothesis that makes Darwin’s theory of evolution look positively pleasant in comparison is certain to incite rage amongst Creationists. Dr. Eugene McCarthy, a geneticist from the University of Georgia, believes that humans evolved from a rather mindboggling sexual encounter between an ancient chimpanzee and a prehistoric pig.

31.
President for Life: The Push Begins

. Did your anti-threat antenna fully extend the other day when Obama told Bawbaw Wawa of the State Propaganda Machine that he might just hang around DC for a few years after his term ends? He sounded amazingly life-like when he expressed concern that his younger daughter be allowed to finish school there. What a hoot. He wanna make sure rich girl get to finish rich girl school paid for with (dirty) cash money, not the vouchers he won’t allow to the poor students in DC’s failed schools. Of course that’s a bunch of hooey. Rich girl can go to any rich girl school anywhere. The very kindest interpretation you can find is that this slug in a suit has found a place even more corrupt than Chicago. Leaving DC voluntarily would be like walking out of a candy store before you’ve emptied the shelves directly into your pockets.

32.
Don’t Believe the Obamacare Spin – Here’s What’s Still Wrong

. Today is the day of President Obama’s self-imposed “deadline” for marked improvements in functionality for Healthcare.gov, a crucial cog in the Rube Goldberg machine of Obamacare. Don’t be surprised if the Obama Administration’s out there front and center with spin on how they’ve met their deadline. Don’t believe it. The bureaucrats who answer to President Obama are the only people in the world who will be privy to the actual numbers. The public isn’t going to know if the Obama Administration doesn’t hit whatever target they think they’re trying to hit. HHS this week said that “90% of users are able to create accounts,” which is certainly… something, even if it’s not that they can actually buy the insurance that President Obama is forcing them to buy.

33.
Amazon testing delivery by drone, CEO Bezos says

. Amazon.com is testing delivering packages using drones, CEO Jeff Bezos said on the CBS TV news show 60 Minutes Sunday. The idea would be to deliver packages as quickly as possible using the small, unmanned aircraft, through a service the company is calling Prime Air, the CEO said.

34.
Going up? Expanding Landfills Vertically Could Solve Florida’s Trash Problems

. Cities and counties across the country have for years buried trash in landfills. But are we finally running out of space? Mark Roberts, vice president of HDR Inc., a global engineering firm, doesn’t think so. “Florida has lots of airspace,” Roberts told Watchdog.org in a recent interview. Using airspace, or “going up,” is an innovative approach to garbage disposal that’s not just proving effective, but undermines many of the capacity concerns historically expressed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, environmentalists and media.

35.
Intel chair warns of ‘huge malevolence’

. Americans are in more danger of terrorist attacks than ever before, the leaders of congressional intelligence panels said on Sunday. “The threat level has never been more diverse than it is today,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.” “The more efforts [extremists] try, the more perfect you have to be in trying to stop something, and that’s a challenge,” he said. Rogers and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, discussed threats from terrorists with greater numbers and evolving methods. “There are more groups than ever and there is huge malevolence out there,” Feinstein said.

36.
California mega church requires group leaders to register their fingerprints with the FBI

. About 4 months ago my family started hosting a bible study with some measured success and budding relationships among the members. Last week, out of the blue, I received an email from a church administrator telling me that the church is requiring all group leaders to register with LifeScan registry – a database maintained by the FBI.

37.
Backdoor gun control is here: no lead means no bullets

. I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives. That’s why I stress the importance of staying focused on the modern liberal socialist policies of the Obama administration, not the sideshow antics. However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends. And I believe we’ve found a very disturbing one. it seems that back door gun control is in full effect in the United States. Why? Thanks to Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we can no longer smelt lead from ore in the United States.

38.
Report: Obama Arranging Tehran Visit for Next Year

. The Kuwaiti news outlet Al-Jarida reports that President Obama is seeking to arrange a trip to Tehran, Iran next year. The headline of the article reads, “Obama would like to visit Tehran, official invitation after details resolved.” “Al-Jarida has learned from a U.S. diplomat that President Barack Obama is seeking to visit Tehran in the middle of next year,” the report reads, based on a translation using Google Translate. “The source said that the desire to visit is shared, and that Tehran and Washington are waiting for the conclusion of the arrangements prior to Iranian President Hassan Rohani issuing an official invitation to his American counterpart to visit Tehran.

39.
Cities Railroaded by All Aboard Florida Seek State Bailout
– B.M.G.
. West Palm Beach is concerned with the noise pollution that All Aboard Florida will bring to the city and since they can’t afford the safety measure to reduce the noise the state must, obviously, pay for it. City leaders in West Palm Beach are calling for the construction of more than 39 “quiet zones” when trains start running under the All Aboard Florida project. But Mayor Jeri Muoio and commissioners say they don’t have the $5 million needed to pay for the work and they want the state to pick up the tab.

40.
Obamacare website-maker runs failed Army Human Terrain System program

. The company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website also runs the Army’s disastrous Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan, which has been accused of fraud, sexual harassment and racism. The much-maligned Human Terrain System (HTS), launched in 2007, sends academics from social science fields like anthropology and linguistics into war zones to help soldiers understand the local population. The Army spent $58 million on the program in 2013, down from $114 million in 2011.

41.
Obama Throws Japan Under The Bus And Bows To China

. As the media praised the president for sending two B-52s through disputed air space claimed by China, the administration instructed U.S. airlines to get approval as demanded from the Chinese government. The Japanese government, bristling at this infringement of its sovereignty, instructed its carriers not to comply with China’s demand. In contrast, the New York Times reports, administration officials said they made the decision to urge civilian planes to adhere to Beijing’s new rules in part because they worried about an unintended confrontation.

42.
‘Brer’ Karzai’s Deal With U.S. Would Let Terrorists Out Of Gitmo

. In his latest demand, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, he will not sign the long-term security agreement that extends the stay of U.S. troops in Afghanistan through 2024 unless the U.S. agrees to release all 17 Afghans being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba. Karzai views the release of the alleged terrorists in Guantanamo, according to U.S. and Afghan officials, as a carrot to get the warring Taliban to the peace table. In other words, American troops will be allowed to stay in harm’s way in Afghanistan for an extra decade if we ship back to Afghanistan from Guantanamo the guys who are in all probability hell-bent on killing them. At that stage in the negotiations, security adviser Rice should have asked Karzai if he knew about Brer Rabbit. “To entrap Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox created a sticky situation by making Tar Baby, a doll made out of tar and dressed in baby clothes,” Rice could have explained. “Fighting with Tar Baby because it wouldn’t talk, Brer Rabbit became stuck.

43.
Directive Provides Government With Intelligence After Declaration of Martial Law

. Even in the unlikely event there is a nuclear war or some other catastrophic event, a directive issued by the director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, will make sure the NSA still listens in on your calls, that is if there are any phones or cell towers left following Armageddon. The directive, issued on November 12, makes certain the “President, the Vice President, statutory successors, and other national leaders, as appropriate, are provided with timely, insightful, objective, and relevant national intelligence wherever they are located and in all conditions.” Clapper’s directive sets in motion NSPD 51, which provides the Department of Homeland Security with ominous police state authority. “The new Directive implements the Bush Administration’s 2007 National Security Presidential Directive 51 on ‘National Continuity Policy.’ Presidential directives remain in force unless or until they are superseded or rescinded,” the FAS Project on Government Secrecy reported on December 2.

44.
New Russian Submarines Are So Silent That The U.S. Navy Calls Them “Black Holes”

. Russia is building submarines that are so quiet that the U.S. military cannot detect them. These “black hole” submarines can freely approach the coastlines of the United States without fear of being detected whenever they want. In fact, a “nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles” sailed around in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks without being detected back in 2012. And now Russia is launching a new class of subs that have “advanced stealth technology”. The U.S. Navy openly acknowledges that they cannot track these subs when they are submerged. That means that the Russians are able to sail right up to our coastlines and launch nukes whenever they want. But instead of trying to find a way to counteract this potential threat, the Obama administration has been working very hard to dismantle the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal. In the end, we could potentially pay a great price for this utter foolishness.

45.
Bill would nearly double federal gasoline tax

. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is introducing legislation that would nearly double the 18.4-cents-per-gallon federal gas tax that is traditionally used to pay for federal transportation projects. Blumenauer’s bill would increase the gas tax by 15 cents, matching a proposal that was included in the 2011 Simpson-Bowles budget reform recommendations. The legislation would result in drivers paying an extra 33.4 cents per gallon on their purchases, in addition to state taxes.

46.
Obamacare’s effective minimum wage hike will cost jobs in 2015

. Will President Barack Obama be discouraged if his plan to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour doesn’t pass the House? Probably not — Obamacare is already effectively raising the minimum wage to $10.30. Obamacare’s employer mandate, which requires businesses to provide health coverage to full-time workers, raises the cost of employing a single person by $2.24 per hour. Job cuts and small business-downsizing can be expected, according to a significant new report by the Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk and Patrick Tyrrell. This effective minimum wage hike is strictly enforced under Obamacare. Small businesses of at least 50 employees will have to pay hefty fines for each worker not insured — fines that essentially add up to the cost of providing all workers insurance.

47.
Obama Accused of Negotiating Release Of Convicted Iranian Nuclear Scientist

. President Obama is being accused striking the Iranian nuclear deal, with the use of a captured and convicted Iranian nuclear scientist, who was arrested in the United States back in 2011 for allegedly trying to buy technology that would, and could be used for Iran’s nuclear program.

48.
Obama, Eric Holder, cartoons and Lady Gaga are among the ‘inappropriate’ images purged from FBI counter-terror training

. A photo of President Obama in a turban and cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad that led to terrorist plots against the Danish newspaper that published them are among documents purged from FBI counter-terrorism training materials, new disclosures from the agency show. The documents deemed unfit for inclusion in FBI classrooms range from slides showing verses in the Quran favored by terrorists to a video called “God Hates Lady Gaga” produced by a fundamentalist church best known for its intrusive anti-gay protests at veterans’ funerals.

49.
China to US: ‘Take Your 60,000 Tons of GMO-Contaminated Corn and Shove It’

. China recently rejected 60,000 tons of corn being imported into the country from the United States when it was found to be contaminated with Syngenta’s MIR162, an insect-resistant strain of transgenic corn. It seems MIR162 is not authorized in China, and the batch was returned according to regulations regarding genetically modified imports into the country. This strain of Bacillus thuringiensis (or Bt) corn is only approved for food and/or feed in 11 countries throughout the world; the first country it was approved for human consumption in was the U.S., back in 2008.

50.
Florida’s Students Fall Behind in International Tests

. Bad news for Florida’s education system: Students in the Sunshine State who took international tests in math, reading and science last year did worse than other teens in the country and performed far worse than teenagers in the world’s top-performing education systems in Asia, according to Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores released Tuesday morning. The PISA test is used to test 15-year-old students and see whether they can apply what they know to “real-life situations.” Florida was one of three states to pay $600,000 to participate in the international test. Connecticut and Massachusetts also participated in the test.

51.
Supreme court to admit Obama broke law?

. President Obama’s three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board last year were ruled unconstitutional by an appeals court, but the appointees are still in place as the dispute moves to the U.S. Supreme Court.

52.
Blue States Turning On Controversial ‘Common Core’ School Standards

. As controversy intensifies over new the Common Core educational standards, two Democrat-led states are showing signs of distancing themselves from the curriculum that the Obama administration has supported.

53.
After 12 Yrs of U.S. Occupation, Afghanistan Sets Record for Growing Opium

. After 12 years of occupation by U.S. military forces, Afghanistan set a record for growing opium poppies in 2013, according to newly released data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. “Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a sobering record high in 2013,” said the UNODC. “According to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, cultivation amounted to some 209,000 hectares, outstripping the earlier record in 2007 of 193,000 hectares, and representing a 36 per cent increase over 2012.” In fact, according to the latest worldwide data on opium-poppy cultivation, Afghanistan dedicates more land to the cultivation of opium poppies than all of the rest of the world combined.

54.
EPA Chief: ‘No More Urgent Threat to Public Health Than Climate Change’

. Ahead of her upcoming trip to China, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told a liberal advocacy group in Washington on Monday that she has dedicated her life to protecting the environment: “And I really see no greater issue and no more urgent threat to public health than climate change.”

55.
Creeping sharia creeps along thanks to Barack HUSSEIN Obama

. While we have all been focused on the disaster known as ObamaCare…diverted to focus on I should say…something very dangerous… something Barack HUSSEIN Obama sanctions… has silently and under the radar been creeping into the fabric of our American society…and its name is sharia law. Creeping slowly over this year into cities across America, sharia law…a form of soft jihad…is the first step in Obama’s and his muslim buddies goal of turning our beloved America into an islamic caliphate.

56.
Editorial asks if Obama’s entire life is fiction

. We know ObamaCare was sold on a lie, but what about the Obama presidency itself? Rumors that Obama’s violent leftist pal Bill Ayers ghostwrote the memoir that launched his political career may actually be true. Obama has always claimed authorship of his bestselling “Dreams from My Father.” In October 2009, Ayers told an interviewer at Reagan National Airport in Washington that he wrote “Dreams From My Father.” Asked if he meant he “heavily edited” the book for his friend, Ayers insisted, “I wrote it.” What difference does it make now? If someone else wrote the book the president has repeatedly claimed he did — a book that proved significant in his election and earned him millions in late royalties — it not only exposes him as a fraud, but further indicts the national media for failing to properly vet him. In fact, the media elite used the book to help promote him for the presidency. Time magazine, for one, gushed that “Dreams From My Father” “may be the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician.” Others waxed proudly about how his tangled and biracial life story reflected “the diversity of America.” But this myth-making was recently busted by Obama biographer David Maraniss, who documented at least 38 instances in the president’s life story that were fabricated. Obama made up people, events and history. Much of the book was pure fiction. The real story may be that Obama was deeper in bed with an unrepentant America-hating militant socialist than he has admitted. Did America elect a fiction to the White House? Are voters victims of an elaborate con? It’s high time the national media started asking hard questions.

57.
Canadian denied entry to the US after agent cites private medical records

. A wheelchair-bound Canadian woman was denied entry to the United States this week because she was previously diagnosed with clinical depression. Now she wants to know why the US Department of Homeland Security had her medical history on file.

58.
Bolsheviks at the Door

. There comes a time when even the master of the house must be coerced into answering a knock on the door. In the Biblical account, it was a persistent widow who needed relief from oppression. In our case, it is the House of Representatives who need to answer the call of the suffering populace who gain no relief from the overbearing Commander in Chief. It pains me to ascribe such attribute to one who consistently shreds the rules that have adequately balanced the power of the three branches of our federal government for almost 240 years. The House has the power, no, the duty, to audit the expenditures of the federal budget. They are doing a lousy job. It would be interesting to know how many of our representatives, who spend our taxpayers’ money like a drunken gambler, have ever lived on a budget, or even know how a budget is supposed to work. With most of them in the millionaire bracket, I guess it’s just for the poor suckers who either have to live on what they bring home or join the 50+ million who live comfortably on that little plastic card they receive that seems to have a direct connection to Fort Knox.

59.
California Adopts Failed Venezuelan Model Of Energy Management

. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro unveiled his big plan for socialism Monday night, just as a blackout engulfed the country. Sure, it’s comical. But it’s less so upon realizing that California may see the same thing. The downward slide in Caracas is becoming more of a cautionary tale than just a freak show of Stalinist communist throwbacks run wild. In California, energy officials warn that the state and others like it face a catastrophic collapse of its power grid due to the many green energy schemes that have made managing energy flow difficult. “Energy officials worry a lot these days about the stability of the massive patchwork of wires, substations and algorithms that keep electricity flowing,” reported Evan Halpert in Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times, citing wind, solar and geothermal energy coming online.

60.
JPMorgan Shakedown Includes Acorn-Style Kickback

. Extortion: 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.

61.
Running up the tab: State Dept. bought $180,000 in liquor before shutdown

. While the rest of the government prepared to shut down this fall, the State Department was busy stocking up on embassy liquor supplies. In September, the final month of the fiscal year, the State Department spent about $180,000 — and racked up a total of more than $400,000 for the whole year, three times the entire liquor tab for all of 2008. The liquor bill, split among purchase orders placed at embassies around the world, included some major last-minute pre-shutdown splurges:

62.
“Obama youth”

. Freaky and creepy. “Obama Youth” — it is so eerily reminiscent of Hitler Youth. Same name and same approach to the young and impressionable and stupid. “Obama Youth Summit!” You have to think that the Alinsky-driven administration wants to bait the opposition in order to ridicule those of us who question their fuhrer. “Look, those crazy teabaggera are calling Obama Hitler!” Of course, considering Obama’s recent dramatic and catastrophic foreign policy reversal allowing Iran to build nuclear weapons, it’s not an altogether wrong comparison. As for any young person who shows up to this obvious PR circus psyop — they should be the object of scorn and derision from their peers for being such tools of the government.

63.
The 18 Most Corrupt Countries in The World

. Transparency International has published its 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their administrative and political institutions are perceived to be on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) and a 100 (very clean). Compiled from a combination of surveys and assessments of “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain,” the CPI is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide.

64.
Russia to Outlaw US Dollar?

. Russian lawmakers are debating a bill that would ban the US dollar in Russia as a means of avoiding the negative effects of the dollar collapsing.

65.
Wall Street is betting against HealthCare.gov

. One Obama campaign fundraiser is leading the Wall Street bet against the president’s lead HealthCare.gov contractor in light of the website’s disastrous debut. James Chanos infamously made his fortune short-selling Enron stock at its peak — right before the energy firm’s value crashed amid scandal in 2004, taking the company with it. Chanos — who convinced his considerable network of Wall Street associates to donate at least $200,000 to Obama’s campaign — just made a new bet against CGI Group, the parent company of CGI Federal, which was commissioned to build HealthCare.gov.

66.
Gowdy: If Obama Chooses Not to Enforce Immigration Laws, Can He Suspend Election Laws Too?

. At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Tuesday asked if President Barack Obama has the “prosecutorial discretion” not to enforce immigration and marijuana laws, what’s to stop him from deciding not to enforce election laws.



Posted 11/29/2013

CONTENTS

1.
American Muslim in Syria: “we’ve come to spread sharia over the earth, and we’ll kill anyone in our way”

2.
Scrap The Monroe Doctrine? What Is John Kerry Thinking?

3.
Pentagon Wants To Power Navy With Used Cooking Grease

4.
Al-Qaida Strengthens Its Presence In America’s Heartland

5.
Does the Government Own Your Children?

6.
Colo. man signs up for his insurance, his dog gets covered instead

7.
Seriously? HHS Plans to Spend Up to $7B to Find Ways to Reduce Costs Under Obamacare

8.
Seven states have now straight-up rejected Obama’s faux insurance “fix”

9.
Pentagon tries sequester guilt trip

10.
States Fight for Their Rights with the EPA

11.
Tyranny: City uproots Florida couple’s 17-year-old garden

12.
DOJ’s New Policy: Leaving ‘Unwanted’ Flowers Is Workplace ‘Stalking’

13.
Do single-family homes threaten the planet?
– B.M.G.
14.
Physicians’ duty to stand for patients means “implement and comply” is not an option
– M.F.
15.
Portland school sees racism in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

16.
Obamacare Then, Affordable Care Act Now

17.
Despite Promises, Obama Planning to Close ICBM Squadron

18.
Medical Marijuana Support Soars in Florida

19.
Charlie Crist’s Lead over Rick Scott Narrowing

20.
Doctors are concerned about pay scales under health care law

21.
Venezuela Cracking Down on Capitalism. Are we next?

22.
PBOC Says No Longer in China’s Interest to Increase Reserves

23.
Don’t Make Us Tell Child Welfare: Schools Insist on Forced Medical Exams for Kids

24.
Older Hill aides shocked by Obamacare prices

25.
Common Core Textbook Tells Fourth Graders ‘White Voters’ Were Unlikely To Support Black President

26.
Virginia Files Application for COS

27.
Gov. Scott: Statewide Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.7 Percent As Private Sector Jobs Dramatically Increase

28.
New video alleges Enroll America official conspired to pass along personal data

29.
LG promises update for ‘spying’ smart TV

30.
McConnell: Tea Party ‘Bullies’ Who Need Punch In Nose

31.
IRS Complaint Filed Against Jeb Bush’s Ed Reform Foundation
– B.M.G.
32.
The Death of the Senate

33.
Andrew Huszar: Confessions of a Quantitative Easer

34.
Nevada prostitutes love Obamacare even though America doesn’t

35.
Senate Republicans Can Retaliate. Will They?

36.
US worried about China’s nuclear bombers hitting military bases

37.
It’s a weak deal at Warsaw

38.
NJ City Pursues Eminent Domain as Latest Mortgage Bailout Scheme

39.
The Real Unemployment Rate Is Over 30%

40.
Officials hide evidence: After 4 years of Common Core – test scores plummet
– B.M.G.
41.
You have to see these unintelligible Common Core assignments posted by angry parents

42.
Worse Than Munich

43.
Measuring The Dollar Disaster

44.
NSA infected 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malware

45.
A China Triangle: Bitcoin, Baidu, And Beijing

46.
Florida’s Importance to Human Space Exploration Rejuvenated

47.
Intel chair: US rewarded bad behavior

48.
Tax plan sends chill down Madison Avenue

49.
Two Comets Now Hurtling Towards Earth

50.
U.S. Generals Now Take Action to Watch Obama

51.
Illegals March across Classified Military Base

52.
The Tea Party Patriots Thanksgiving Toolkit

53.
Top US hospital laying off staff due to Obamacare

54.
US DOJ Cancels School Board Meeting Amid Protests Over Common Core Book

55.
Sixth Graders Polled On Gay Marriage, Abortion And Gun Control
– B.M.G.
56.
Graduation requirements not aligned with Common Core

57.
St. Paul YMCA and police start Somali girls swim group

58.
Consumer Confidence Declines Again in November

59.
Jerusalem, Riyadh stunned: Obama makes Iran 7th world power on regional issues, including Palestinians

60.
Obama FBI Partners with Left-Wing Extremist Group

61.
Jesuit Trained Pope Trashes Capitalism in Call for Worldwide Socialism

62.
Obama seeks limits on tax-exempt groups

63.
Agenda 21 For Dummies

64.
Tales of the Red Tape #42: Peeling Back Nonsense in Vehicle Regulation

65.
Send out the clowns


1.
American Muslim in Syria: “we’ve come to spread sharia over the earth, and we’ll kill anyone in our way”

. What can we expect from the American Muslims when they return to the US? Here’s the crazy part: Obama is backing these savages. Note the music in the video, the melding of the inane drone of jihadic prayer with ….. cowboy twanging.

2.
Scrap The Monroe Doctrine? What Is John Kerry Thinking?

. Secretary of State John Kerry just scrapped 190 years of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, casually declaring the Monroe Doctrine is over. Why didn’t he just ring the dinner triangle for Russia, China, Iran and their terrorist catspaws to set up shop, too? “President James Monroe,” Kerry told the Organization of American States in Washington Monday, “declared that the United States would unilaterally, and as a matter of fact, act as the protector of the region… And throughout our nation’s history, successive presidents have reinforced that doctrine and made a similar choice. “Today, however, we have made a different choice. The era of the Monroe Doctrine is over,” he declared.

3.
Pentagon Wants To Power Navy With Used Cooking Grease

. Forget Navy blue. The U.S. fleet is turning green. That might make the eco-left happy, but it’ll be an unnecessary burden for taxpayers with no advantages for the military. Reports tell us that the Navy continues to “invest” in a green-fuels future, paying startups to develop fuels from algae, switch grass, wood chips, old cooking oil, even household garbage. This program hit the high seas in the summer of 2012, when the Navy launched its Great Green Fleet demonstration. The official line said “alternative fuels, including nuclear power” were to be “used in an operational setting, fueling helicopters and jets from the deck of an aircraft carrier, and refueling a cruiser and two destroyers.”

4.
Al-Qaida Strengthens Its Presence In America’s Heartland

. Al-Qaida’s abilities to strike in the U.S. are “more dangerous and more numerous than before 9/11,” says House intelligence chief Mike Rogers. Why is his hair on fire? Bigger question: Why isn’t our president’s? Al-Qaida terrorists linked to wars in Iraq and Syria — including several dozen whom Homeland Security mistakenly let into the U.S. as war “refugees” — have recently been found stockpiling heavy weapons and possibly building cells in Kentucky and North Carolina and other unlikely places in the heart of America.

5.
Does the Government Own Your Children?

. Cop arrests dad for trying to pick kids up from school. Why is the state trying to make your children their property? Tennessee’s South Cumberland Elementary, in all its wisdom, decided to institute a policy which banned parents from collecting their children from school, forcing the kids to walk out into moving traffic where parents were ordered to wait in their vehicles.

6.
Colo. man signs up for his insurance, his dog gets covered instead

. The Colorado healthcare exchange has processed applications for thousands of people … and one dog. Shane Smith, of Fort Collins, says his dog Baxter received a letter informing him that a health insurance account had been opened in his name through Connect for Health Colorado. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is so awesome,’” Smith said with a laugh. “They have gone out of their way to insure my 14-year-old Yorkie.” Smith had called Connect for Health Colorado to sign himself up for insurance because his old plan was cancelled due to Obamacare. He’s not sure exactly how the confirmation letter went to his dog, but he says he thinks it’s because of a series of security questions a representative asked him over the phone.

7.
Seriously? HHS Plans to Spend Up to $7B to Find Ways to Reduce Costs Under Obamacare

. The Department of Health and Human Services revealed on Wednesday a plan to spend up to $7 billion to find ways to reduce spending under the Affordable Care Act while maintaining or improving the quality of health care. The solicitation for bids for this wide-ranging project appeared today on the Federal Business Opportunities website:

8.
Seven states have now straight-up rejected Obama’s faux insurance “fix”

. Almost immediately after President Obama announced his questionably legal, blame-shifting “administrative fix” for the millions of Americans whose plans are being cancelled via ObamaCare’s most august auspices, a few states came out swinging against the last-minute snafu that allowing insurance companies to temporarily extend non-OCare compliant plans, and the list has grown a bit larger over the past few days (not even including that unfortunate incident in DC over the weekend).

9.
Pentagon tries sequester guilt trip

. Pentagon leaders are drafting a plan to cut education, healthcare and housing benefits in an effort to get Congress to end the sequester. The fiscal 2015 budget is the first spending plan offered by the Pentagon that takes sequestration cuts into account.

10.
States Fight for Their Rights with the EPA

. EPA regulations have been getting tougher, and now the states are fighting back to try and take back some of their power in this situation. The newest carbon emissions standards for existing power plants will be coming out in June and the states are looking to keep the EPA from destroying their abilities to make their own decisions. The National Association of State Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) adopted a resolution today calling on the EPA to recognize the primacy of states to “lead the creation of emission performance systems that reflect the policies, energy needs, resource mix, economic conditions of each State and region.”

11.
Tyranny: City uproots Florida couple’s 17-year-old garden

. Few things in life are as benign as a home vegetable garden. But for the residents of Miami Shores, Fla., growing veggies can land you a fine — the type you eventually can’t afford. That’s what happened to Hermine Ricketts and her husband, Tom Carroll. For the past 17 years they’ve grown a garden in the front yard of their modest South Florida home. The backyard, they say, doesn’t get enough sunlight. But in May, the city put the couple’s garden, and any others like it, in their legal crosshairs. A new zoning ordinance designed to “protect the distinctive character of the Miami Shores Village,” was enacted and specifically prohibited vegetables – not fruit, trees or even plastic flamingos – from appearing in front yards.

12.
DOJ’s New Policy: Leaving ‘Unwanted’ Flowers Is Workplace ‘Stalking’

. The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday became the first major federal agency to announce a new, “dignified” policy addressing domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the workplace. The policy says workers should get flexible time off to deal with their victimhood — with pay if possible; it says workplace violence may include acts that occur outside the workplace but have an impact on the workplace; and it says “leaving unwanted items, presents, or flowers for the victim” can be construed as stalking.

13.
Do single-family homes threaten the planet?
– B.M.G.
. A plan to squeeze most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area into multifamily housing offers a test case of whether land-use bureaucracies nationwide, encouraged by the Obama administration, should be allowed to transform American lifestyles under the pretext of combating climate change. Currently, 56 percent of households in the nine-county Bay Area live in single-family homes. That number would drop to 48 percent by 2030, under a high-density development blueprint called Plan Bay Area, recently enacted by the Association of Bay Area Governments and the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Plan Bay Area has already drawn several legal challenges, and the debate could spread nationwide if, as may happen, it becomes a model for regulators in other parts of the country. Owning a single-family home has long been part of the American dream, but Plan Bay Area embraces a dramatically different vision of the ideal community: crowded rows of high-rises and mass-transit platforms.

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Physicians’ duty to stand for patients means “implement and comply” is not an option
– M.F.
. Thank you for seeking solutions as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is resulting in millions of Americans losing their healthcare plans, in spite of the repeated promise this would not happen. Three years ago I spent weeks reading, trying to understand, and summarizing less than 100 ACA pages. I knew immediately that the ACA was the manifesto for the promised fundamental transformation of the United States of America. The ACA is the usurpation of the Constitution of the United States incarnate. Since that time, the espoused “Law of the Land” has proven to be the biggest fraud and annihilation of liberty ever perpetrated on a free people.

15.
Portland school sees racism in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

. Verenice Gutierrez picks up on the subtle language of racism every day. Take the peanut butter sandwich, a seemingly innocent example a teacher used in a lesson last school year. “What about Somali or Hispanic students, who might not eat sandwiches?” says Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, a diverse school of 500 students in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood.

16.
Obamacare Then, Affordable Care Act Now

. The term “Obamacare” has largely disappeared from the mouths of Democrats as the president’s health care reform law has gone from a rallying cry to a political grenade. President Obama once said he embraced the phrase on the 2012 campaign trail, telling supporters, “I do care.” As recently as Nov. 8, Obama predicted to a laughing crowd in New Orleans that his political opponents would stop using the term once the law became popular.

17.
Despite Promises, Obama Planning to Close ICBM Squadron

. The Obama administration has drafted a plan to shutter an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) squadron three years after it assured hesitant lawmakers that the New START U.S.-Russia arms reduction treaty would not lead to deep cuts in the ICBM force. A new timeline prepared by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon maps out a strategy to eliminate an ICBM squadron—and destroy its missile silos—by Dec. 5, 2017. An environmental assessment would begin next month.

18.
Medical Marijuana Support Soars in Florida

. Florida voters widely support medical marijuana, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. The poll found most voters — 82 percent — said they support allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical use if it is prescribed by a doctor. That support was overwhelming among every group surveyed.

19.
Charlie Crist’s Lead over Rick Scott Narrowing

. Things look troubling for Gov. Rick Scott as he enters his re-election year. According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, the governor is trailing former governor Charlie Crist by 7 points and more than half of Floridians believe Scott doesn’t deserve to be re-elected. But there’s a silver lining to the Q-poll: Crist’s lead has been narrowing since March.

20.
Doctors are concerned about pay scales under health care law

. Many doctors are disturbed that they’ll be paid less – often a lot less – to care for the millions of patients who are projected to buy coverage through the health law’s new insurance marketplaces. Some have complained to medical associations – including those in Texas, California, Georgia, Connecticut and New York – saying the discounted rates could lead to a two-tiered system in which fewer doctors participate, perhaps making it harder for consumers to get the care they need.

21.
Venezuela Cracking Down on Capitalism. Are we next?

. What’s happening in Venezuela is a prime example of what a runaway government looks like at its worst. Are we beginning to see similar signs inside our own country? Andrew talks to Joel Frewa, an immigrant from Venezuela, to discuss what’s happening in his former country and the similarities he’s starting to see in America.

22.
PBOC Says No Longer in China’s Interest to Increase Reserves

. The People’s Bank of China said the country does not benefit any more from increases in its foreign-currency holdings, adding to signs policy makers will rein in dollar purchases that limit the Yuan’s appreciation. “It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves,” Yi Gang, a deputy governor at the central bank, said in a speech organized by China Economists 50 Forum at Tsinghua University yesterday. The monetary authority will “basically” end normal intervention in the currency market and broaden the yuan’s daily trading range, Governor Zhou Xiaochuan wrote in an article in a guidebook explaining reforms outlined last week following a Communist Party meeting. Neither Yi nor Zhou gave a timeframe for any changes.

23.
Don’t Make Us Tell Child Welfare: Schools Insist on Forced Medical Exams for Kids

. What would you do if you received a threatening letter from your child’s school, demanding that you take your youngster to a medical doctor and dentist at the whims of the school administrators, or risk being reported to the child welfare authorities? Parents in at least two states have gotten exactly such letters.

24.
Older Hill aides shocked by Obamacare prices

. Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they’ll pay under Obamacare, and they’re scrambling to find a cure. “In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before,” Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), wrote to fellow Democratic chiefs of staff in an email message obtained by POLITICO. “Simply unacceptable.”

25.
Common Core Textbook Tells Fourth Graders ‘White Voters’ Were Unlikely To Support Black President

. Fourth grade students in Dupo, Illinois assigned to reading a Common Core approved biography of President Barack Obama are being told that all white voters were unlikely to vote for a black president due to racism. Children at Bluffview Elementary who have been assigned to read the book, entitled “Barack Obama,” published by Lerner Publications and a part of Scholastic’s “Reading Counts” program, were informed on page 40 that despite Obama being a “nice fellow,” many allegedly believed that no white American would vote for him in 2008 based solely on the color of his skin.

26.
Virginia Files Application for COS

. The Convention of States Project is pleased to announce that states are now beginning to pre-file applications to call a Convention of States for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Virginia was the first state to call the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. Once again, the historic state is standing up to defend the rights of the American people. With several states soon to follow, Virginia recently claimed the title of first to pre-file an application to call a Convention of States.

27.
Gov. Scott: Statewide Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.7 Percent As Private Sector Jobs Dramatically Increase

. Governor Rick Scott today announced that the statewide unemployment rate for September 2013 was 6.8 percent and 6.7 percent for October 2013. The statewide unemployment rate has remained below the national average of 7.3 percent since March 2013. Florida has created 440,900 private sector jobs since December 2010.

28.
New video alleges Enroll America official conspired to pass along personal data

. The third video from Project Veritas is out, following the first two exposing Obamacare navigators in north Texas allegedly encouraging people to lie on health care applications. The latest video appears to show an employee of the non-profit Enroll America wheeling and dealing with a Democratic political action committee — a big no-no. The same actor from the first two videos, Dallas native Lawrence Jones, is in the third. This time, he’s posing a representative of a Democratic political action committee He’s meeting in Austin with Christopher Tarango, the communications director for Enroll America.The undercover video was shot Nov. 8 at an Austin coffee shop.

29.
LG promises update for ‘spying’ smart TV

. LG has admitted it continued collecting data on viewing habits even after users had activated a privacy setting designed to prevent it. The television maker has apologized to its customers and told the BBC it would issue an update to correct the problem.

30.
McConnell: Tea Party ‘Bullies’ Who Need Punch In Nose

. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on a conference call organized by Karl Rove’s Crossroads organization for large donors and their advisers on Oct. 30 that the Tea Party movement, in his view, is a “nothing but a bunch of bullies” that he plans to “punch … in the nose.” On the call, according to a donor who was on it, McConnell personally named Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) as Tea Party conservatives he views as problematic for him. “The bulk of it was an attack on the Tea Party in general, Cruz in particular,” the source, a prominent donor, said in a phone interview with Breitbart News.

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IRS Complaint Filed Against Jeb Bush’s Ed Reform Foundation
– B.M.G.
. Jeb Bush has focused on education reform through his Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE). The foundation has provided a platform for working on a bipartisan public policy front—and access to potential donors among big companies trying to privatize public schools and tap into billions of tax dollars. This week, as Bush is back in the limelight in Boston kicking off his foundation’s annual education reform summit, a New Mexico advocacy group, ProgressNowNM, has filed a complaint with the IRS alleging that Bush’s foundation has failed to publicly disclose on its 990 tax forms thousands of dollars it paid to bring public school superintendents, education officials and lawmakers to foundation events where they had private “VIP” meetings with the foundation’s for-profit sponsors. Nonprofits are required to disclose payments for public officials’ travel and entertainment if it exceeds $1,000. Public records unearthed by the New Mexico group show payments for travel exceeding that amount for several state education officials whose travel wasn’t reported on FEE’s 990 form. The complaint alleges that Bush’s foundation disguised travel payments for officials as “scholarships” to hide the fact that the nonprofit was basically facilitating lobbying between big corporations and public officials who control local tax dollars. The complaint notes:

32.
The Death of the Senate

. No one should be confused about what happened yesterday. The Obama Democrats killed the United States Senate as a deliberative body 226 years after the Founding Fathers created it.

33.
Andrew Huszar: Confessions of a Quantitative Easer

. I can only say: I’m sorry, America. As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program of the Fed’s first plunge into the bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing. The central bank continues to spin QE as a tool for helping Main Street. But I’ve come to recognize the program for what it really is: the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.

34.
Nevada prostitutes love Obamacare even though America doesn’t

. Move over, Moms for Obama. The President has a new batch of fans thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and it’s “Hookers for Obama” now. The “independent contractors” — prostitutes — at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nev., used to be virtually uninsurable because insurance companies classified them as “illegal working girls,” many of whom had high rates of getting sexually transmitted diseases or AIDS, Nevada’s News 10 reported. But the Affordable Care Act solves all of their problems, and for the first time, receiving health coverage is a possibility. Starting January 1, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny these independent contractors access to health insurance. And many prostitutes at the Bunny Ranch view Obamacare as a blessing.

35.
Senate Republicans Can Retaliate. Will They?

. There is one simple thing Republicans can do to retaliate. They can start by ending the Democrat super-majority on legislative issues. They can easily pledge to filibuster every piece of legislation and deny all requests for unanimous consent until the rules change is overturned. Just an hour after Reid blew up the Senate, Republicans rewarded him by not objecting to the first unanimous consent. Every day, standing committees need consent to conduct hearings. This is a prime opportunity to grind the Senate to a halt until Reid changes his ways.

36.
US worried about China’s nuclear bombers hitting military bases

. China in 2013 expanded and diversified its arsenal of weapon systems capable of placing U.S. ships, aircraft, and bases in the Western Pacific at risk. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) also continued to pursue cyber, electronic warfare, and counterspace capabilities that will enable Beijing to degrade or disrupt the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance that are essential to U.S. military power projection on behalf of its interests in the region. As these capabilities mature, the costs and risks to the United States of intervention in a potential regional conflict involving China will increase.

37.
It’s a weak deal at Warsaw

. Negotiators gathered at the Polish capital sealed the new climate change agreement avoiding a crash late in the evening on Saturday. But, this required the countries to also lock themselves to a compromised agreement with a low level of ambition to fight climate change. Against a backdrop of developed countries unwilling to neither increase their short-term emission reduction targets nor provide a road-map to capitalise the existing Green Climate Fund nor show leadership on framing of the elements of the 2015 climate agreement, the fortnight of talks took the global community only an inch forward in the fight against climate change and not a leap that was expected.

38.
NJ City Pursues Eminent Domain as Latest Mortgage Bailout Scheme

. Irvington, New Jersey, is the second municipality in the nation to approve a plan to seize underwater mortgages from investors who loaned money to its residents. The plan involves “eminent domain” — the right of governments to take private property for a public purpose. It has typically been used to acquire real estate for projects like highways or parks. In this case, the city would take the mortgage instead of the property. Irvington would then reduce the amount owed by the homeowner to reflect the property’s current appraised value, and let the investor absorb all the losses. Who owns mortgage-backed securities? People with savings in pension funds, insurance companies, mutual funds, hedge funds, and other public and private investments may own shares in these pools of mortgage loans. An Irvington resident could find that his own employer’s retirement savings fund is invested in mortgages from his neighborhood. The city said it will only pursue eminent domain on privately owned mortgage-backed securities, not those underwritten by government agencies like Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

39.
The Real Unemployment Rate Is Over 30%

. The number of people who do not want a job was 87.1 million Americans in June. This includes some who can’t work obviously. But if there are not 87.1 million people who can’t work in this country, certainly there are some disabled people that would qualify for that classification. What many people do not understand is that unemployment rates do not officially include people who are no longer looking for work because they have given up. The rates also do not include those career welfare seekers who should work but refuse to. Are these people not unemployed?

40.
Officials hide evidence: After 4 years of Common Core – test scores plummet
– B.M.G.
. At a recent meeting by Superintendent Glen East, parents were told that the test scores of the district had improved dramatically under the implementation of the Common Core curriculum. The Superintendent made his claims regarding dramatic academic improvement of all students by using ONLY the scores of the top 150 students.

41.
You have to see these unintelligible Common Core assignments posted by angry parents

. Twitchy’s CEO Michelle Malkin has been one of the more vocal critics of the imposition of Common Core standards on our schools. One of the controversial issues has to do with the emphasis on unorthodox (often unclear) paths to solutions, rather than simply asking kids to solve problems. Some parents are taking to Twitter to register their anger and confusion over the weird instruction their children are receiving, reportedly from Common Core-aligned curricula:

42.
Worse Than Munich

. President Obama’s cowardly deal with the Iranian regime – a regime dedicated to the destruction of Israel, pursuing nuclear weapons in violation of multiple United Nations resolutions, and the persecution of Christians – marks the most ignominious moment in western foreign policy in decades. The easy comparison is to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler in Munich in 1938, when he signed allowed Hitler to consolidate his gains in the Sudetenland on the bare promise of no further aggression in Europe.

43.
Measuring The Dollar Disaster

. Did you realize that if you have a dollar bill in your pocket, you actually have a fairly reliable standard of measurement? You see the long side of a dollar bill laid flat on a surface, measures exactly six inches long. Practically speaking, this means that if you have a dollar in your pocket you have a very reliable six-inch ruler at your disposal. Regrettably, what you don’t have at your disposal is a dollar. You see, as a standard of linear measurement, the dollar bill might be a reliable tool, but as a measure of wealth the dollar bill is a disaster. Because dollar bills are printed by the Federal Reserve without anything of real value to back them up and because even more dollars are loaned into existence by Federal Reserve member banks, the ones you have in your pocket are constantly losing their buying power. It’s like if you were playing a game of Monopoly and one of the players could simply print money and spend it into the game whenever he ran out.

44.
NSA infected 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malware

. The US’ National Security Agency reportedly hacked 50,000 computer systems globally and infected them with malware, according to the classified documents revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The latest claims come from a digital presentation slide, which show a world map highlighting hard computer networks and ‘world-wide implants’ under the category. CNE (Computer Network Exploitation), NSA jargon for malware infections.

45.
A China Triangle: Bitcoin, Baidu, And Beijing

. Thinking of buying trinkets in Beijing? Don’t forget to bring your Bitcoins. China, in the last few weeks, has gone crazy over the cryptocurrency, which is now accepted by Chinese online retailers, a Shanghai real estate developer, and traders in Tiananmen Square. Perhaps you want a latte in Zhongguancun? Yes, you can use Bitcoins to pay for caffeine in Beijing’s high-tech zone. There’s no mystery why Chinese vendors just love to take the digital currency. China continues to hold the record for the highest price paid for a Bitcoin, and prices continue to climb. On Tuesday, the price of a Bitcoin exceeded 7,000 Yuan (about $1,120) on the BTC China platform.

46.
Florida’s Importance to Human Space Exploration Rejuvenated

. There is good news for the Space Coast — for Brevard County, the Kennedy Space Center and all of Florida now that America is developing the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System (SLS). These are two programs helping to foster a new era of technological development and discovery in space with capabilities to support human missions to the moon, asteroids and beyond.

47.
Intel chair: US rewarded bad behavior

. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said the new Iran nuclear agreement “rewarded very bad and dangerous behavior.” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said that the agreement, which gives limited relief from sanctions against Iran, softened the one policy that was pressuring Tehran.

48.
Tax plan sends chill down Madison Avenue

. Lawmakers knew they would have to tangle with K Street when they tackled tax reform. But are they ready to mess with Madison Avenue? Sen. Max Baucus’s (D-Mont.) latest discussion draft bill for tax reform slashes into the business expense deduction for advertising. The plan could trigger a lobbying backlash from advertisers, broadcasters and cable television. Reducing that tax break would strike at Big Media’s bottom line, but lobbyists said it would hurt Main Street as well.

49.
Two Comets Now Hurtling Towards Earth

. On Thursday, NASA spotted comet ISON coming on strong. Images captured by NASA’s STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) show that ISON is still intact. The images also captured comet Encke. The tails of the two comets can be seen wavering as they pass through the sun’s solar wind (particles that stream outward from the sun at 1 million miles per hour).

50.
U.S. Generals Now Take Action to Watch Obama

. After one of them called for the “forced resignations” of President Obama and congressional leaders in response to multiple grievances, including the alleged political purge of hundreds of senior military officers, two retired U.S. generals are creating a citizens’ commission to scrutinize Obama administration actions on national security and economic issues. “America’s Provisional Leadership Council” will look at major concerns, as outlined by Army Gen. Paul E. Vallely and Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, in an eight-point paper titled “The Americans Project.”

51.
Illegals March across Classified Military Base

. An investigative report from an Arizona television station reveals illegal aliens routinely are marching across a classified military base in order to enter the U.S., and the military’s perspective is that it’s not the Department of Defense’s responsibility to chase down invaders. The report comes from KVOA-TV in Tucson, which reported that the fort, which is the home to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, is having hundreds, perhaps thousands, of illegal aliens come across its 73,000 acres. The site is located in the Huachuca Mountains only a few miles from the border with Mexico, and its location and uses should be a concern to Americans, according to a former Border Patrol agent. “I think the average American should be petrified,” Dave Stoddard, a former supervisor of the federal border agency, told the station.

52.
The Tea Party Patriots Thanksgiving Toolkit

. The Holiday season is just around the corner and if you thought you were going to get a chance to sit around the table and forget about the craziness of this world and enjoy some good quality time with your family, think again. Organizing for Action (formerly President Obama’s campaign engine Obama for America, then Organizing for America) is calling on its membership to sell socialized medicine at the family dinner table. They have created a series of talking points and persuasive tactics to try to convince their loved ones to sign up for Obamacare. Please find our toolkit that tells the truth about the harms of Obamacare and please use it if the situation calls for it. There is just too much at stake for us not to be making these points with as many of our loved ones as possible so that we can gain enough momentum to achieve full repeal.

53.
Top US hospital laying off staff due to Obamacare

. The Cleveland Clinic, which is ranked among the top four U.S. hospitals, is making layoffs and cutting its budget more than $100 million as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, the Daily Caller has learned.

54.
US DOJ Cancels School Board Meeting Amid Protests Over Common Core Book

. There is a controversy brewing in Volusia County, Florida over a particular textbook used to teach World History in the high school. It includes 36 pages devoted to Islam and a major chapter, but no chapters on any other religion. Parents had planned to protest at the school board’s meeting, but the meeting was cancelled in the interest of public safety. The school district was contacted by the United States Department of Justice over safety concerns due to the parent protest and had the school board cancel the meeting. This shows the degree of federal control over the implementation of the Common Core curriculum.

55.
Sixth Graders Polled On Gay Marriage, Abortion And Gun Control
– B.M.G.
. Parents of a sixth grade student at the Milam Elementary School in Tupelo, Mississippi were shocked when their daughter brought home a political beliefs worksheet that teachers asked students to fill out. The in-class assignment entitled “Are you a Democrat or Republican?” was posted to the “Stop Common Core in Mississippi” Facebook page with a message alleging that the young female student was told not to talk about or take the assignment outside of class, although some refuted the claim.

56.
Graduation requirements not aligned with Common Core

. While Florida parents and educators debated Common Core State Standards for public schools, lawmakers reached a compromise last session on the Core’s recommended math requirement for high school graduation. The sweeping education bill Gov. Rick Scott signed in April created three pathways to a high school diploma, two of them allowing a high school student to graduate without taking Algebra 2. That means those students will earn a diploma that the education advocacy group Achieve says doesn’t meet the “college and career ready” requirements of Common Core.

57.
St. Paul YMCA and police start Somali girls swim group

. Somali-American girls get private time to learn the basics of swimming and water safety. Rayan Dhamuke, 12, doesn’t get to swim a lot, unlike her brothers. During the past summer, she had to visit the pool at 5 a.m. so that she would have the privacy she needed to enjoy the water while still adhering to her family’s cultural and religious beliefs. To better accommodate girls like Dhamuke, the downtown St. Paul YMCA, in partnership with the St. Paul Police Department, has started a swim group for Somali-American girls. The group, which began in October, is serving as an outlet for girls ages 5 to 17 to learn the basics of swimming..

58.
Consumer Confidence Declines Again in November

. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had decreased sharply in October, declined again in November. The Index now stands at 70.4 (1985=100), down from 72.4 in October. The Present Situation Index edged down to 72.0 from 72.6. The Expectations Index declined to 69.3 from 72.2 last month.

59.
Jerusalem, Riyadh stunned: Obama makes Iran 7th world power on regional issues, including Palestinians

. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry secretly agreed to elevate Iran to the status of seventh world power, as a strong inducement for signing the interim nuclear accord in Geneva Sunday, Nov. 24, for living up to its obligations in the coming six months and for then signing a comprehensive agreement. While Iran has always demanded respect and equal standing as a regional power, never in their wildest dreams had the ayatollahs expected to be granted big power standing, with an authoritative role recognized by the six big powers for addressing issues in a broad region spanning the Persian Gulf, the Middle East and Western Asia, including Afghanistan.

60.
Obama FBI Partners with Left-Wing Extremist Group

. The magnitude of this Obama administration’s “progressive” radicalism becomes more evident with each passing day. In recent months, there has been a drastic spike in acts of both anti-Christian and anti-conservative discrimination and intimidation on military bases across the country. This mounting harassment is not being carried out at the hands of regular enlisted folk but, rather, at the hands of high-ranking officials who, in their official capacity, are targeting Christian and conservative organizations and individuals in an effort to silence them.

61.
Jesuit Trained Pope Trashes Capitalism in Call for Worldwide Socialism

. Pope Francis released his first encyclical on Tuesday. In addition to restating opposition by the Catholic Church to abortion, the new Pope criticized free market capitalism and advocated wealth redistribution. He said “some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”

62.
Obama seeks limits on tax-exempt groups

. The Obama administration on Tuesday moved to rein in the “dark money” groups that have spent millions of dollars in political campaigns without disclosing their donors. In draft guidance to be issued by Treasury and the IRS, the administration proposes new standards for tax-exempt groups like the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS and Organizing for Action, the offshoot of President Obama’s own campaign apparatus. “This proposed guidance is a first critical step toward creating clear-cut definitions of political activity by tax-exempt social welfare organizations,” said Mark Mazur, Treasury’s assistant secretary for tax policy. The move springs directly from the controversy over IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, which began after compliance officers singled out political groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.

63.
Agenda 21 For Dummies

. This is an interesting compilation from speakers, some of whom were involved in setting up Agenda 21 committees and advancing the movement. They speak about what was discussed at these meetings and the effects that Agenda 21 will have on the American people. What these people saw and heard changed their opinions on what lies ahead for the United States.

64.
Tales of the Red Tape #42: Peeling Back Nonsense in Vehicle Regulation

. General Motors Corp. (GM) is recalling 18,941 Chevy Camaros (model years 2013 and 2014) for violating Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 208—Occupant Crash Protection. Defective seat belts? Air bag malfunction? Brake failure? Nope. GM is recalling 18,941 Chevy Camaros because the air bag warning label on the sun visor may peel. Seriously. The recall decision was made by the Executive Field Action Decision Committee, following a review by the Field Performance Evaluation Review Committee. So, pursuant to 49 CFR §573.6, the automaker submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) its determination of noncompliance for the requirement that the visor label be “permanently affixed.”

65.
Send out the clowns

. America is run by the people for the people–let us not forget. Morphs by Brisson Design, music by Carolina Taylor produced by Steve Nagel of UVPAQLITE in memory of David A. Noble (1984-2012) he never liked clowns.



Posted 11/22/2013

CONTENTS

1.
‘Crazy ants’ reported in Florida

2.
You Can Help Cut Acrylamide in Your Diet

3.
Judge: Release ‘Internet Kill Switch’ Plans

4.
Churches Enlisted As ‘Trusted Partners’ To Sell Obamacare

5.
Homeland Security Nominee Angers Senator With ‘Cut and Paste’ Answers on Questionnaire

6.
IRS Training Manual: Pay ‘Special Attention’ to Groups Involved in ‘Sensitive Political Issues’

7.
The United Nations: On Florida’s Doorstep

8.
Department Of Defense’s Death Spiral

9.
Google: US spying tripled in three years

10.
$1 Billion TSA ‘Chat Down’ Program a Complete Failure

11.
Is Emanuel’s Chicago On Path To Financial Collapse?

12.
Allen West “He is a manipulative liar and his arrogance is beyond comprehension”

13.
Researchers unveil ‘shape-changing’ technology that could change computer interaction forever

14.
Watch this high school senior’s epic takedown of Common Core

15.
Little-Known Tax Funding Obamacare

16.
NY Teacher Takes Ed Commissioner To Task At Forum

17.
Dept. of Education Spent $20.3 Million on 10 Equity Centers To Fight the ‘

18.
CIA Spying On Americans’ Financial Data

19.
Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe

20.
$4.5M Fed Study: ‘Effects of Climate Change on Indoor Air

21.
Countdown: US Hits Debt Ceiling In 84 Days

22.
China Owns $1.3 Trillion of Our Debt. That Shouldn’t Bother You.

23.
How Self-Driving Cars Could Change the World

24.
Congressman Warns of Obamacare “Secret Security Force”

25.
New Xbox Can See Through Your Clothes Like TSA Scanners

26.
More Americans Have Done These 25 Things Than Have Signed Up for Obamacare

27.
America Rotting

28.
Lawmakers seek $8.2 B infrastructure deal

29.
Students at historically black college complain Obamacare has left them uninsured

30.
Democrat Rep: Insurance Cancellation Letters Should Have Just Said Things Are Getting Better

31.
Thousands of Doctors Dropped From Medicare Advantage

32.
US farm belt to feel one-child policy change in China

33.
Report: Obama is an Actor Trained by Harry Lennix

34.
Arne Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant’

35.
WaPo: After Being Critical of Obamacare “Fix,” DC Insurance Commissioner Fired

36.
Tea Party, other activists wage campaign against regional development plan

37.
Dem Senator: ‘We All Knew’ Obama Was Lying

38.
Boeing Bombshell: Machinists Union Bosses Negotiated Secretly Behind Local Members’ Backs

39.
Obamacare: The Final Nail In The Coffin For The Middle Class

40.
Seven States Sue EPA To Crack Down on Residential Wood Burning

41.
Federal Reserve Steals From the Poor and Gives to the Rich

42.
Australia, Canada Oppose Multi-Nation Climate-Change Fund

43.
Escape ObamaCare by Joining an Indian Tribe

44.
The frightening rise of the progressive NGO

45.
Proof of Obamacare’s Intentional Deception

46.
Health-care Web site’s lead contractor employs executives from troubled IT company

47.
TSA Rolls Out ‘Detention Pods’ at Airport Terminal Exits

48.
Parents’ Worst Common Core Fears Materialize

49.
Obamacare Deadlines Shortened By Lack of Payment Options

50.
“Climate Change” Confab Not Going Well In Warsaw

51.
Why ObamaCare is a fantastic success

52.
Treasury Forced to Issue $1T in New Debt in First 6 Weeks of FY14

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Cumulative Effect of Three Major Regulations on Targeted Industry: 20% Less Jobs

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Speeding in Philly Changes Traffic Light to Red

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‘Superbugs could erase a century of medical advances,’ experts warn

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Obama State Dept May Allow Russia to Build Monitoring Stations Inside US

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Census ‘faked’ 2012 election jobs report

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Why Obama Fears the Gettysburg Address

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Obama Removes ‘God’ From Gettysburg Address

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Judge won’t allow Holder appeal now in contempt case

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Establishment Proposes: “Have the Government Give Every Adult a Basic Income”

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NHTSA May Mandate That New Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

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How Obamacare Will Try to Control What You Eat

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GOP wins one for blue-collar parents in Louisiana

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North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood

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Exclusive: FBI Video Shows Al Qaeda in Kentucky Handling Heavy Weapons

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Obama: ‘We’re Going to Have to…Re-market and Re-brand’ the Affordable Care Act

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Wisconsin Political Speech Raid


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‘Crazy ants’ reported in Florida

. Crazy ants, which are known for their resistance to chemicals and their ability to multiply quickly, are invading the Gulf Coast, including Florida. The invasive species, named for its non-linear movements, doesn’t bite people, but it can starve out entire populations of fire ants. Not that bad, right? Wrong. Since each colony has multiple queens, the population spreads like wildfire. We’re talking millions of ants littering people’s yards and driving out other insects.

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You Can Help Cut Acrylamide in Your Diet

. If you’re trying to lose weight, you may already be telling your waiter to hold the fries. Now there’s another health benefit you can reap: Cutting down on certain fried foods can also help you cut down on the amount of acrylamide you eat. That’s a good thing because high levels of acrylamide have been found to cause cancer in animals, and on that basis scientists believe it is likely to cause cancer in humans as well. FDA chemist Lauren Robin explains that acrylamide is a chemical that can form in some foods—mainly plant-based foods—during high-temperature cooking processes like frying and baking. These include potatoes, cereals, coffee, crackers or breads, dried fruits and many other foods. According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, acrylamide is found in 40 percent of the calories consumed in the average American diet.

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Judge: Release ‘Internet Kill Switch’ Plans

. A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government’s “Internet kill switch,” a plan to deactivate wireless communications networks in a crisis, is not protected by secrecy laws and must be disclosed to the public.

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Churches Enlisted As ‘Trusted Partners’ To Sell Obamacare

. The Obama administration and a closely aligned partner are aggressively marketing Obamacare to American churches, many of them African-American denominations, as part of a multimillion dollar campaign to persuade America’s uninsured to buy health insurance.

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Homeland Security Nominee Angers Senator With ‘Cut and Paste’ Answers on Questionnaire

. (CNSNews.com) – Jeh Johnson, nominated by President Obama to be the next Homeland Security Secretary, took shortcuts in responding to questions put to him by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the ranking Republican said on Wednesday. “I’m extremely disturbed by the responses to the questionnaire, because the staff both — either the legislative staff or the White House — has cut and pasted identical answers to 23 questions in your form — in your response – identical responses to that of other nominees before this committee,” Sen. Tom Coburn said in his opening remarks. “So they’re not you’re answers,” Coburn said. “They’re their answers.”

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IRS Training Manual: Pay ‘Special Attention’ to Groups Involved in ‘Sensitive Political Issues’

. A training manual used by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help senior level screeners determine whether non-profit groups were entitled to tax-exempt status instructed them to pay “special attention” to “applications from organizations involved in sensitive political issues such as voter registration, voter guides, voter education, and voter polling…regardless of whether it appears the application is suitable for merit closure in screening.”

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The United Nations: On Florida’s Doorstep

. Most residents of Florida would be shocked to realize how the United Nations has established a formidable presence in the sunshine state. As The United Nations casts its long shadow over representational government via local and regional economic development/sustainability plans, such as Seven50, to silently weave a web which runs contrary to economic freedom, property rights and individual liberty. History shows this anti-freedom progression starting decades ago. The World Heritage Treaty of 1972 granted special powers to designate selected American treasures as “World Heritage Sites and Properties” and “Biosphere Reserves.” Since that time, 68 percent of all U.S. national parks, monuments and preserves are controlled by United Nations UNESCO, including the Everglades in Florida. Paragraph 3(c) states the World Heritage Committee will, [S]eek to ensure an appropriate and equitable balance between conservation, sustainability and development, so that World Heritage properties can be protected through appropriate activities contributing to the social and economic development and the quality of life of our communities.” This has lead to the creation of the Atlas of Florida’s Natural Heritage published by Florida State University Institute of Science and Public Affairs and Florida Natural Inventory. The problem is the Atlas used by decision makers across Florida is based on false science.

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Department Of Defense’s Death Spiral

. The American armed forces are in a death spiral. The potential danger far exceeds the health insurance debacle occurring in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The Department of Defense is as susceptible to the effects of onerous, ideologically driven policies as the economy and the health system. The implications of the DoD’s death spiral are possibly even more devastating. President Obama’s administration seems to be at war with its military leadership. In the past five years, Obama has sacked more senior officers than all other presidents combined. It wasn’t until the last 60 years that the United States was considered a top military power. Today, the American military is on the verge of becoming weaker than it was in 1939 when Hitler started his European rampage and Japan pushed its aggression into Asia.

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Google: US spying tripled in three years

. The number of U.S. government requests for Google user data have more than tripled over the past three years, the company said Thursday. In the first half of 2013, there were 10,918 U.S. requests for data on 21,683 users. In the second half of 2009, when Google first started compiling the data, there were only 3,580 requests in the United States. The statistics cover subpoenas, which give the authorities access to IP addresses, names and other account information, as well as search warrants, which police can use to seize emails, photos and other content. The United States requested far more information than any other government, according to the company. Worldwide, Google received 25,879 government requests covering 42,500 accounts in the first half of 2013. Google complied with 63 percent of the total worldwide requests and 83 percent of the U.S. requests.

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$1 Billion TSA ‘Chat Down’ Program a Complete Failure

. The TSA’s $1 billion dollar ‘chat down’ program, where TSA screeners identify suspicious people and talk to them, has been deemed a complete failure by a Government Accountability Office investigation. According to the GAO, the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques program is “no better than chance” when it comes to identifying security threats, which suggests that it has been a colossal waste of time and money.

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Is Emanuel’s Chicago On Path To Financial Collapse?

. Fiscal Disaster: A major credit rating agency has just given Chicago, with more general obligation debt per capita than Detroit, its second triple-notch downgrade in six months. Its bonds are perilously close to junk status. Citing skyrocketing pension costs and a lack of meaningful solutions, Fitch Ratings lowered Chicago’s debt to A- from AA- last week, making it the second serious downgrade since July. The move by Fitch follows a triple downgrade of Chicago’s bond rating by Moody’s Investors in mid-July. Moody’s cited the city’s “very large and growing” pension liabilities and “significant” debt service payments, among other factors.

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Allen West “He is a manipulative liar and his arrogance is beyond comprehension”

. The time has come to stop dancing around the word “impeachment.” I just landed in one of the most politically corrupt cities in America: Chicago. It is the home of “Rules for Radicals” author Saul Alinsky as well as the most corrupt, lying, radical president this country will ever know, Barack Hussein Obama. Clearly, the Rule of Law is not applicable in Obama’s world, it’s just a framework which he feels he can fundamentally transform at his will. But America does not live by imperial edict granted from on high by his highness. Heck, that’s why we had a revolution in the first place. In Boston, Obama said these plans were junk and the insurance companies were bad apples. His own henchwoman, HHS Secretary Sebelius issued a decree making these plans non-compliant. But now the Emperor waves his hand and presto change-o, they are in compliance — in other words our Dear Leader is granting his permission.

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Researchers unveil ‘shape-changing’ technology that could change computer interaction forever

. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a device that can render digital 3D content physically and which could change the way we interact with PCs. Called the inFORM, the device was unveiled this week on MIT’s website by its creators, PhD students Sean Follmer and Daniel Leithinger, along with Professor Hiroshi Ishii of MIT’s Tangible Media Group.

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Watch this high school senior’s epic takedown of Common Core

. A Tennessee high school senior is receiving widespread attention for an eloquent speech he made against Common Core at a school board meeting. Ethan Young, a senior at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made an impassioned argument for dropping the new national education guidelines, which he called “a glowing conflict of interest … that illustrate a mistrust of teachers.” “Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves,” he said.

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Little-Known Tax Funding Obamacare

. The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare seems to be in the headlines every day because of all of the problems surrounding the launch. And while most realize the law is funded in part by the individual mandate and penalty tax, it is also being funded in ways that are not discussed as much in the media. If you are single with an adjusted gross income of $200,000 or file jointly with an income of $250,000 or more, you may be impacted. Once you sell your home, any profits over the first $500,000 are already subject to a capital gains tax. And now those profits will have an additional 3.8% tax to fund Obamacare.

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NY Teacher Takes Ed Commissioner To Task At Forum

. The Common Core forums that were cancelled in NY state and then reinstated after public outcry are still not going very well for Education Commissioner John King. An attendee at one such forum held just last night at Ward Melville High School shot some video of a teacher letting King have it.

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Dept. of Education Spent $20.3 Million on 10 Equity Centers To Fight the ‘

. The Department of Education (DOE) spent $20,396,892 over the last three years to set up and staff 10 Equity Assistance Centers (EACs) across the United States that work with school districts and state boards of education to fight “all of the –isms, like racism, ableism, orientation, etc.,” Velma Cobb, director of the EAC at Touro College in Lower Manhattan, told CNSNews.com. The EACs cover 10 regions throughout the United States, and are funded under Title IV of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. DOE spent $6,575,460 on EACs in 2013, $6,938,817 in 2012, and $6,882,615 in 2011.

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CIA Spying On Americans’ Financial Data

. The Central Intelligence Agency is secretly collecting bulk records of international money transfers handled by companies like Western Union — including transactions into and out of the United States — under the same law that the National Security Agency uses for its huge database of Americans’ phone records, according to current and former government officials. The C.I.A. financial records program, which the officials said was authorized by provisions in the Patriot Act and overseen by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, offers evidence that the extent of government data collection programs is not fully known and that the national debate over privacy and security may be incomplete.

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Americans’ personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe

. U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books. Federal officials gathered the information from the customer records of two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed a list of 4,904 people – along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Although the polygraph-beating techniques are unproven, authorities hoped to find government employees or applicants who might have tried to use them to lie during the tests required for security clearances. Officials with multiple agencies confirmed that they’d checked the names in their databases and planned to retain the list in case any of those named take polygraphs for federal jobs or criminal investigations.

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$4.5M Fed Study: ‘Effects of Climate Change on Indoor Air

. The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking non-profit organizations to conduct “research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects.” The total funding for the grants, announced on Oct. 25, is $4.5 million and applicants have until Jan. 23, 2014 to submit proposals.

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Countdown: US Hits Debt Ceiling In 84 Days

. Twelve weeks from today, the US government will hit its borrowing limit. When Congress lifted the debt ceiling last month, for the first time ever, it pegged the increase to a specific date, rather than a dollar amount. The current borrowing authority expires in just 84 days, on February 7th. Three major policy challenges are converging in January. Government spending authority expires in the middle of the month, just three weeks ahead of the debt ceiling. There is also likely to be ongoing agonizing about the implementation of ObamaCare.

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China Owns $1.3 Trillion of Our Debt. That Shouldn’t Bother You.

. “No subject attracts as much wrong commentary from people in positions of authority and influence as China’s purchases of American government debt,” wrote Slate blogger Matt Yglesias last month. He may not be a person of authority, but asked about the nation’s debt in an in-depth profile in Bloomberg this week, Euro Pacific Capital CEO and perennial pessimist Peter Schiff rang the China bell as loud as he could:

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How Self-Driving Cars Could Change the World

. In 1906, future President Woodrow Wilson said the automobile offered “a picture of the arrogance of wealth.” It was, in his mind, an ostentatious luxury available to only a few. The personal computer was treated similarly seven decades later. A 1984 article complained that email “reduces human contact and the pleasantries that accompany phone calls.” New technology can be not only written off but scorned by those who don’t understand it and view it as a crutch for laziness. Something similar may be occurring right now with the blossoming technology of self-driving cars. Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) aims to develop a car capable of driving itself 90% of the time within three years. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG ) is developing a fleet of self-driving cars that have “logged hundreds of thousands of test miles without incident,” according to The Wall Street Journal. Nissan plans to sell “affordable” self-driving vehicles by 2020.

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Congressman Warns of Obamacare “Secret Security Force”

. During an appearance on the Janet Mefferd Show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) warned that a provision within Obamacare could create an armed “secret security force”. Referring to a section of the gargantuan Obamacare law which discusses “the president’s own commissioned and non-commissioned officer corps,” Gohmert drew attention to the notion that under the pretext of a “national emergency,” such individuals could be used to impose some form of medical martial law. Under the Affordable Care Act, the Ready Reserve Corps is directed to “assist full-time Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions.” “It says it is for international health crises, but then it doesn’t include the word ‘health’ when it talks about national emergencies,” said Gohmert. “I’ve asked, what kind of training are they getting….I want to know are they using weapons to train, or are they being taught to use syringes and health care items?” asked the Congressman, adding that “no clear answers” had been forthcoming on the issue.”

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New Xbox Can See Through Your Clothes Like TSA Scanners

. The most startling revelation is that the new Kinect device, to be sold in combination with the XBox One, at times has the ability to map out in high-definition the shape of genitalia, something fine and dandy for consenting adults, but which could ultimately be exploited by hackers and perverts to gain access to images of children. The cameras aren’t exactly designed to scope out your man or womanhood; it just happens that way because the technology simply works too well, says Fast Company writer Mark Wilson.

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More Americans Have Done These 25 Things Than Have Signed Up for Obamacare

. The dismal numbers are in on Americans who have registered for Obamacare. 106,185 people “signed up” but many of those people only have a plan in their shopping carts – they have not yet actually purchased the plan. However, in the sense of fair play, we’ll go with that number, assuming every single person with a plan in their cart fully intends to fork over the money. Remember, 106,185 is the magic number. Just for fun, we thought it would be interesting to compare the Obamacare registrants with some other American statistics. Here are 25 things that more Americans have done this year th

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America Rotting

. It is said that a fish rots from the head. So goes America. We are rotting from the head…from our Government. Washington stinks of theft, corruption, crony capitalism, law breakers, and State sanctioned murder. Obama likes to whine that the rich just keep getting richer and he’s right. His administration has been very good to the ultra-wealthy and the Liberals in power are getting more powerful. They don’t want us to see it but it’s there. The head of America is rotten. The rest of it is beginning to stink too. Those of us who are paying attention can smell it. Those of us who are not paying attention are to blame for not stopping it.

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Lawmakers seek $8.2 B infrastructure deal

. Negotiators from the House and Senate are getting down to work on legislation that would provide about $8.2 billion in funding for port and waterway projects. Facing pressure from the White House, lawmakers involved in the conference committee say they are optimistic about the chances for reaching a deal that both sides can live with.

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Students at historically black college complain Obamacare has left them uninsured

. Students at Bowie State University assailed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Thursday after administrators cancelled a low cost school-wide health care plan due to new regulations in the law. Many students told Campus Reform that the now cancelled plans, which provided coverage for just $50 per semester, were the only insurance they could afford. That $50 premium has since skyrocketed to $900 per semester, making students hopping mad.

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Democrat Rep: Insurance Cancellation Letters Should Have Just Said Things Are Getting Better

. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, told National Review Online today that instead of sending out cancellation letters, insurance companies should have told their customers that their coverage was about to get better. She said she wrote an amendment before the president’s announcement that would require insurance companies to “tell the truth.” “The cancellation notice was not the truth,” she says. “It should have been: ’We intend to or expect to modify your insurance.’” She adds that cancellation is what happens “when you don’t pay your premium, or something has happened in the bad old days,” but that’s not what’s happening here. “A cancellation notice was the inappropriate document to send without notice,” she continues. “All they had to do is that, ‘This is a notice to say that we’re going to improve your insurance, not, in essence, eliminate your insurance.’”

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Thousands of Doctors Dropped From Medicare Advantage

. The Wall Street Journal reports that private insurance provider United Health is dropping thousands of doctors from its Medicare Advantage networks. Medicare Advantage is very popular with senior citizens, but United Health says that “government cuts” will “leave many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors.” The insurer said in October that underfunding of Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly could not be fully offset by the company’s other healthcare business. The company also reported spending more healthcare premiums on medical claims in the third quarter, due mainly to government cuts to payments for Medicare Advantage services.

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US farm belt to feel one-child policy change in China

. The ripples of China’s one-child policy change may be felt as far away as the fields and processing plants of the U.S. farm belt, which has already been shipping a growing share of its soybeans, pork and other products to feed the Asian giant. Economists said anything that further grows China’s population—which had been projected to peak around 1.4 billion in 2020—is likely to add to demand for U.S. farm goods. In particular, China will need more corn, wheat, soybeans and meal made from the oilseeds to feed the chickens, hogs, cattle and dairy cows it will need to produce to feed its growing population.

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Report: Obama is an Actor Trained by Harry Lennix

. Radio host Eric ‘Mancow’ Muller revealed that actor Harry Lennix told him he was hired to train Obama how to look presidential by mimicking the actor’s demeanor and body language. Lennix, who was born and grew up in Chicago, gave frequent lectures before he became an actor, while also teaching music and civics in the Chicago Public School system. Lennix is best known for his role in the recent Superman Man of Steel movie and his part as White House Chief of Staff in the ABC television series Commander in Chief. Muller, who knew Obama in Chicago before he became president, said Lennix told him that, “He was the actor hired to teach Obama to be Harry Lennix – watch The Blacklist and you can see Obama – this is an actor that we hired in our president.” “He’s leaving our studio and sees a cut-out of Obama and says ‘he’s a rat bastard’ – oh because I’m black I have to like Obama,” said Muller. “He says, Mancow do I remind you of him?….Barack Obama is me, you’ve seen me on TV, you’ve seen me on movies, he is me.”

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Arne Duncan: ‘White suburban moms’ upset that Common Core shows their kids aren’t ‘brilliant’

. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”

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WaPo: After Being Critical of Obamacare “Fix,” DC Insurance Commissioner Fired

. A day after he questioned President Obama’s decision to unwind a major tenet of the health-care law and said the nation’s capital might not go along, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired.

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Tea Party, other activists wage campaign against regional development plan

. Seven50, a new planning initiative spearheaded by the Treasure Coast and South Florida regional planning councils, takes its name from its purpose — a development vision over the next 50 years for the seven-county region that stretches from Indian River County to Monroe County.

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Dem Senator: ‘We All Knew’ Obama Was Lying

. On Sunday, appearing on ABC’s This Week with fill-in host Martha Raddatz, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) admitted that Democrats knew full well that Americans would be booted from their health insurance plans as an effect of Obamacare implementation. When asked whether Democrats were misled by President Obama about whether Americans would be able to keep their plans in the individual insurance market, Gillibrand answered: “He should’ve just been specific. No, we all knew.”

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Boeing Bombshell: Machinists Union Bosses Negotiated Secretly Behind Local Members’ Backs

. With the news last week that Machinists’ union members employed by Boeing in Puget Sound overwhelmingly rejected a proposed contract that would have meant years worth of work on the new Boeing 777X, much of the attention was focused on what it would mean for union members’ future and where the work would go following their rejection. As the long-term contract they voted down had numerous concessions, it is understandable that it would have been a hard sell to get the members to accept it. Yet, that hard sell by local union leaders did not take place. In fact, the proposed contract was torn up by IAM District 751 President Tom Wroblewski, who called the contract a “piece of crap.” Now, as the work is likely heading elsewhere, more news coming out of Puget Sound that helps explain the union membership’s overwhelming rejection of the deal. According to Heraldnet.com, local union members and local union leadership were shut out of the negotiations entirely.

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Obamacare: The Final Nail In The Coffin For The Middle Class

. If there were any shreds of hope left that the stunning decline of the middle class could be turned around, Obamacare has absolutely destroyed them. Over the past decade or so, the middle class in the United States has been absolutely eviscerated. The number of working age Americans without a job has increased by 27 million since the year 2000, median household income in the U.S. has fallen for five years in a row, and the poverty numbers in this country are spiraling out of control. And now here comes Obamacare. As you will see below, Obamacare is causing millions of Americans to lose their current health insurance policies, it is causing health insurance premiums to explode to absolutely ridiculous levels, and it is systematically killing jobs even though the employer mandate has been delayed for a while. All of this is creating a tremendous amount of stress for millions of middle class families that are already stretched extremely thin financially. According to CNN, a survey that was conducted earlier this year found that 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Most of those families simply cannot afford to pay much higher health insurance premiums for new policies that also come with much larger deductibles and significantly increased out-of-pocket costs. Millions of those families will ultimately end up choosing to do without health insurance altogether, and that will create a whole host of new problems. This is a disaster that is so enormous that it is really hard to put into words. If the U.S. health care system was a separate country, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire globe all by itself. And now Obamacare is going to bring the entire U.S. health care system to its knees.

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Seven States Sue EPA To Crack Down on Residential Wood Burning

. A lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by seven states is seeking to force the federal agency to impose stringent new regulations on residential wood-burning heaters, which they claim “can increase particle pollution to levels that cause significant health concerns.” The lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont, is directed against currently unregulated “indoor and outdoor wood boilers,” which have become an increasingly popular way to heat homes, particularly in rural areas. –

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Federal Reserve Steals From the Poor and Gives to the Rich

. Last Thursday the Senate Banking Committee held hearings on Janet Yellen’s nomination as Federal Reserve Board Chairman. As expected, Ms. Yellen indicated that she would continue the Fed’s “quantitative easing” (QE) polices, despite QE’s failure to improve the economy. Coincidentally, two days before the Yellen hearings, Andrew Huszar, an ex-Fed official, publicly apologized to the American people for his role in QE. Mr. Huszar called QE “the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.” As recently as five years ago, it would have been unheard of for a Wall Street insider and former Fed official to speak so bluntly about how the Fed acts as a reverse Robin Hood. But a quick glance at the latest unemployment numbers shows that QE is not benefiting the average American. It is increasingly obvious that the Fed’s post-2008 policies of bailouts, money printing, and bond buying benefited the big banks and the politically-connected investment firms. QE is such a blatant example of crony capitalism that it makes Solyndra look like a shining example of a pure free market! It would be a mistake to think that QE is the first time the Fed’s policies have benefited the well-to-do at the expense of the average American. The Fed’s polices have always benefited crony capitalists and big spending politicians at the expense of the average American.

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Australia, Canada Oppose Multi-Nation Climate-Change Fund

. Days after introducing a bill into parliament repealing a carbon tax introduced by his Labor predecessor, Australia’s conservative new prime minister stoked fresh controversy by opposing plans for a fund to help impoverished members of the Commonwealth deal with climate change. At a summit in Sri Lanka of leaders of the 53-member Commonwealth – a grouping of Britain and its former colonies – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott rejected a decision to launch a “green capital fund.” The only other country opposing the move was Canada, whose prime minister was one of three Commonwealth leaders boycotting the gathering to protest Sri Lanka’s human rights record.

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Escape ObamaCare by Joining an Indian Tribe

. Want to escape ObamaCare, but don’t feel like going Amish or founding the Church of No ObamaCare? There’s still another option. The tribal option. Members of Federally recognized Indian tribes are exempt from the individual mandate subject to verification of Indian status. Now you may be saying to yourself, “But, I’m not an Indian. Sure I’ve got a distant family legend about a Cherokee ancestor. But that’s about it.”Well joining a tribe, like getting on disability, is not that hard and it doesn’t actually require all that much. Some tribes are eager for more members and have fairly low entrance requirements. Some may require 1/4 parentage, so you’re probably out there. But some go for 1/16th.

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The frightening rise of the progressive NGO

. Author and human rights investigator Edwin Black exposed the sinister underbelly of the progressive Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) movement and explains why measures to control them often fail in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller. We have need to worry — it is time that we rein in some of these NGOs,” Black said. “The problem is, if they don’t like the law that tries to rein them in, such as the New Israel Fund, which is devoted to democracy, they will convince Knesset members to not even show up and vote in their own Knesset. That is not a democratic value.”

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Proof of Obamacare’s Intentional Deception

. A group that has been the driving force in branding Obamacare has recommended a series of phrases, some deceptive, that the White House and Democrats have used to sell the health-care law to the public, WND has found. The little-known Herndon Alliance has been behind the marketing of Obamacare since the inception of the legislation. It was the group that crafted President Obama’s false claim that Americans can maintain their “choice” of doctors and insurance plans. Along with advising the Obama administration, Herndon has been providing strategy to Enroll America, the main organization pushing for the uninsured to sign up for Obamacare. Enroll America’s executive director, Ron Pollack, was a founding member of Herndon. The Herndon Alliance is “the most influential group in the health arena that the public has never heard of,” reported Politico in 2009.

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Health-care Web site’s lead contractor employs executives from troubled IT company

. The lead contractor on the dysfunctional Web site for the Affordable Care Act is filled with executives from a company that mishandled at least 20 other government IT projects, including a flawed effort to automate retirement benefits for millions of federal workers, documents and interviews show. CGI Federal, the main Web site developer, entered the U.S. government market a decade ago when its parent company purchased American Management Systems, a Fairfax County contractor that was coming off a series of troubled projects. CGI moved into AMS’s custom-made building off Interstate 66, changed the sign outside and kept the core of employees, who now populate the upper ranks of CGI Federal.

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TSA Rolls Out ‘Detention Pods’ at Airport Terminal Exits

. The TSA is funding the rollout of exit pods at major airport terminals across the country that temporarily detain passengers before they are allowed to leave, another example critics say of how the federal agency’s policies treat travelers as prisoners. Travelers are forced to be bottlenecked through the pods as they leave the airport terminal. A robotic voice gives instructions to wait inside the pod until a green light is shown and the door opens. The pods have already been installed at Syracuse International Airport as part of a $60 million dollar renovation and are likely to make their way into other major airports soon. Once travelers exit the pods, they are unable to re-enter the terminal.

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Parents’ Worst Common Core Fears Materialize

. On Long Island earlier this month a hacker apparently was able to access records in the Sachem School District and leak personal student data to a web forum. The records included medical and disciplinary reports.

49.
Obamacare Deadlines Shortened By Lack of Payment Options

. When the Obama administration launched the Healthcare.gov website on October 1, the president and his officials focused on the coverage that would now be available to the uninsured as of January 1, 2014. However, with the recent flood of cancellations of those who were told they could “keep their plan,” millions more will need new insurance in place by the beginning of the new year. The well publicized “glitches” have slowed enrollment considerably, and now there is new evidence that consumers will find themselves with even less time to secure coverage than originally thought. When the Obama administration launched the Healthcare.gov website on October 1, the president and his officials focused on the coverage that would now be available to the uninsured as of January 1, 2014. However, with the recent flood of cancellations of those who were told they could “keep their plan,” millions more will need new insurance in place by the beginning of the new year. The well-publicized “glitches” have slowed enrollment considerably, and now there is new evidence that consumers will find themselves with even less time to secure coverage than originally thought. er, paying the premium is not necessarily a simple matter. An online chat with a Healthcare.gov representative revealed that the site is not recommending using the exchange to make the initial premium payment. The representative was not even completely sure the option was being offered.

50.
“Climate Change” Confab Not Going Well In Warsaw

. Evidence that the “climate change” racket is falling apart has been pouring out of the conference under way in Warsaw. The big news is that Japan is pretty much washing its hands of “greenhouse gas” mythology, in part because it’s been moving away from nuclear power following the Fukushima tsunami crisis.

51.
Why ObamaCare is a fantastic success

. There are two major political parties in America. I’m a member of the naïve, stupid, and cowardly one. I’m a Republican. How stupid is the GOP? They still don’t get it. I told them 5 years ago, 2 books ago, a national bestseller ago (“The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide “), and in hundreds of articles and commentaries, that ObamaCare was never meant to help America, or heal the sick, or lower healthcare costs, or lower the debt, or expand the economy. The GOP needs to stop calling ObamaCare a “trainwreck.” That means it’s a mistake, or accident. That means it’s a gigantic flop, or failure. It’s NOT. This is a brilliant, cynical, and purposeful attempt to damage the U.S. economy, kill jobs, and bring down capitalism.

52.
Treasury Forced to Issue $1T in New Debt in First 6 Weeks of FY14

. Between Oct. 1, 2013, the first day of fiscal 2014, and Nov. 14—which was less than a month after Congress agreed to temporarily suspend the legal limit on the federal debt—the Treasury was forced to issue more than $1 trillion in new debt. During that time, according to the Daily Treasury Statement, the Treasury issued $1,014,215,000,000 in new bills, notes, bonds and other securities.

53.
Cumulative Effect of Three Major Regulations on Targeted Industry: 20% Less Jobs

. (CNSNews.com) – The cumulative effect of three “economically significant government regulations” is a 20 percent reduction in employment in the targeted industry, according to a new study by the American Action Forum (AAF).

54.
Speeding in Philly Changes Traffic Light to Red

. If you drive too fast on one particular street in Philadelphia, the light at the intersection ahead will turn red. You can thank wireless technology for the new traffic control measure.

55.
‘Superbugs could erase a century of medical advances,’ experts warn

. Drug-resistant “superbugs” represent one of the gravest threats in the history of medicine, leading experts have warned. Routine operations could become deadly “in the very near future” as bacteria evolve to resist the drugs we use to combat them. This process could erase a century of medical advances, say government doctors in a special editorial in The Lancet health journal.

56.
Obama State Dept May Allow Russia to Build Monitoring Stations Inside US

. A report by the New York Times claims that the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon have been engaged in trying to stop the State Department from allowing Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, to construct several monitor stations inside the United States. While the Times article presents Edward Snowden’s revelations about the massive spying taking place in America on Americans, and seems to indicate that Snowden was some sort of threat, it goes on to point out that the greater threat, and I would add real threat, may come from a “seemingly innocuous dome-topped antenna perched atop an electronics-packed building surrounded by a security fence somewhere in the United States.”

57.
Census ‘faked’ 2012 election jobs report

. In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington. The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated. And the Census Bureau, which does the unemployment survey, knew it. Just two years before the presidential election, the Census Bureau had caught an employee fabricating data that went into the unemployment report, which is one of the most closely watched measures of the economy. And a knowledgeable source says the deception went beyond that one employee — that it escalated at the time President Obama was seeking reelection in 2012 and continues today.

58.
Why Obama Fears the Gettysburg Address

. President Barack Obama has elected not to attend the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on Tuesday, Nov. 19th. Lincoln’s speech is remembered because it expressed, simply and elegantly, why hundreds of thousands risked their lives for an idea: “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” When President Obama sought to rouse Americans to support a “targeted military strike” on Syria, he failed to move the nation. Now, he prefers to counsel the nation to accept a weak compromise with tyranny. The contrast is striking. Obama has repeatedly likened himself to Lincoln, launching his presidential campaign from the Old State House in Springfield. He cast his candidacy as the fulfillment of the promise Lincoln made at Gettsyburg–“that all men are created equal.” Like Lincoln, Obama came up through the Illinois legislature. Like Lincoln, Obama became known for his oratory. But Lincoln’s speeches had something Obama’s never will. Lincoln’s speeches are admired not just because they are well-constructed, but because they contain timeless principles to which he devoted his career and to which he committed the nation. The fate of Obama’s speeches is to serve a political purpose, then fade.

59.
Obama Removes ‘God’ From Gettysburg Address

. Barack Obama omitted the words “under God” from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary. Burns had filmed all living presidents as well as various Hollywood personalities and luminaries to pay homage to the speech which was delivered by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, today.

60.
Judge won’t allow Holder appeal now in contempt case

. A federal judge has refused Attorney General Eric Holder’s request that he be allowed to proceed now with an appeal in a case where the House of Representatives is seeking to enforce subpoenas for documents related to the controversial Operation Fast and Furious gun investigation. In a ruling Monday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said her September 30 ruling rejecting Holder’s request to dismiss the lawsuit was not such a close call that it deserved immediate review from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. “While the Court agrees with defendant’s characterization of the matter as significant, that is not the test,” Jackson wrote in her new four-page decision (posted here). ” Jackson’s latest ruling means it is likely the Justice Department will have to produce a detailed log of what was withheld from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and why. Rounds of protracted litigation over the legitimacy of the withholdings seem all but certain, unless the sides come to an agreement which has heretofore eluded them.

61.
Establishment Proposes: “Have the Government Give Every Adult a Basic Income”

. With government intervention now becoming the only viable solution being touted for everything from individual health care and the economy to our personal safety and how we educate our children, it would only make sense that officials in Washington also figure out a way to use their power of confiscation and redistribution to equalize the income playing field.

62.
NHTSA May Mandate That New Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

. Before the end of this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will decide whether or not to begin the rulemaking process to mandate that newly manufactured cars include what is being called “vehicle-to-vehicle” (V2V) communications technology that constantly broadcasts via radio wave the car’s location, direction, speed and, possibly, even the number of passengers it is carrying.

63.
How Obamacare Will Try to Control What You Eat

. Did you know there are 34 million different ways to make a Domino’s pizza? Mary Lynne Carraway can’t fit that on a menu board. But that’s what Obamacare says she has to do: Put up a menu board in each of her 60 Domino’s stores that tells people the calorie count of every possible combination. Of course, all the information is already available online. “Right now I’m 60 to 70 percent Internet,” Carraway said of her business. “So people can go online and they can look at the nutritional values because it’s all broken up there.” What would it mean for each of her stores to have to install such a menu board? A cost of about $5,000 per store—and that hits the managers and employees of each store. Those people aren’t numbers; Carraway knows her workers well.

64.
GOP wins one for blue-collar parents in Louisiana

. President Barack Obama’s justice department has retreated one step in its campaign to impose racial quotas on Louisiana schools — and GOP leaders are claiming a share of the win. A federal court in Louisiana announced that the Justice Department had changed the legal strategy it is pursuing against school vouchers. On Friday, a court said that Obama’s lawyers had given up on a claim demanding that education vouchers for each white, black and Latino kid be held up by federal authorities, on the grounds that school choice could change the racial composition of schools.

65.
North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood

. Some drivers in North Fort Worth on Friday were stopped at a police roadblock and directed into a parking lot where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood. The request was part of a government research study aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers.

66.
Exclusive: FBI Video Shows Al Qaeda in Kentucky Handling Heavy Weapons

. An al Qaeda-linked terrorist, who was resettled in the U.S. as an Iraq War refugee after allegedly killing American soldiers, was caught on camera in Kentucky handling heavy weapons that the FBI said he believed would be sent to insurgents back in Iraq.

67.
Obama: ‘We’re Going to Have to…Re-market and Re-brand’ the Affordable Care Act

. President Barack Obama told a gathering of corporate executives Tuesday he’s confident that his model of health care will work in the end, but he said he’s going to have to “re-brand” it to sell it to a skeptical public. He didn’t use the word “Obamacare” once on Tuesday in talking about his health care law, but he mentioned the “Affordable Care Act” seven times.

68.
Wisconsin Political Speech Raid

. Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms. In recent weeks, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has hit dozens of conservative groups with subpoenas demanding documents related to the 2011 and 2012 campaigns to recall Governor Walker and state legislative leaders.



Posted 11/15/2013

CONTENTS

1.
Rick Scott’s Everglades Plan Ready to Roll

2.
Unions might dodge ObamaCare tax

3.
Obama High School Friend: Barry Soetoro “Portrayed Himself as a Foreigner”

4.
Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan

5.
Kerry: US considers Israeli settlements to be ‘illegitimate’

6.
ESPN Analyst: ‘Star Spangled Banner’ A ‘War Anthem,’ Shouldn’t Be Played Before Games

7.
Why Are U.S. Textbooks Suddenly Pushing Islam?

8.
SpongeBob SquarePants – New Hero to Conservatives (Seriously)

9.
Democrats now see why tea party wants to delay Obamacare

10.
Obama’s Recovery: $1.3 Trillion Below Average

11.
Common Core Lessons Are Bringing Politics Into the Classroom

12.
Half of Tax Returns Prepared by IRS Volunteers Completed Incorrectly

13.
Obamacare likely to also increase food stamp, welfare participation

14.
Obama administration now seeks to outlaw cookies

15.
‘I am Malala’ banned in private schools

16.
State Obamacare exchanges illegally allowed to skip security assessment

17.
Rhetoric vs. reality

18.
Profits of Doom for Obama’s Insurance Partners

19.
Netanyahu says nuclear deal with Iran would be a ‘mistake of historic proportions’

20.
91,541,000 Americans Not in Labor Force Climbs to Another Record in October

21.
IRS Sent 343 Refunds Worth $156K to 1 Address–in Shanghai, China

22.
Only a Third of 8th Graders Can Read, Compute At Grade Level

23.
Obama secretly lifted Iran sanctions months ago

24.
How China Can Cause the Death of the Dollar and the Entire U.S. Financial System

25.
The “Inconvenient Truth” About Obamacare

26.
No Joke; Obama Issues 2nd Open Govt. National Action Plan

27.
Pentagon Manual Says White Males Have Unfair Advantage

28.
Is Crumbling Health Care System A Preview Of ObamaCare?

29.
Fed Anxiety Rises as QE Increases Risk of Loss With Costs

30.
Palm Beach County Tea Party Obamacare debate

31.
Obama Accused of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ At International Criminal Court

32.
Made-in-China home appliances contain spy chips

33.
Kerry Threatens Israel with ‘Third Intifada’

34.
Sugar, salt next targets of FDA after trans fats?

35.
Mike Lee Lays Out Road Forward For Tea Party in Iowa

36.
The New York Times endorsed a secretive trade agreement that the public can’t read

37.
Saudis Show Good Sense in Rejecting the United Nations

38.
CAIR & Muslim Leaders Plot Shariah Law Court

39.
U.S. fought WWII quicker than launching healthcare website

40.
Sheriff exposes Dems ‘dangerous’ abuse of power to bring down governor

41.
White guy wins after leading voters to believe he’s black

42.
10 Facts about The Growing Unemployment Crisis In America That Will Blow Your Mind

43.
Judge: Show me Obama foreign aid order

44.
Obama’s Stunning Snub

45.
New Mental Health Mandate Will Make Obamacare More Expensive, Increase Fraud And Canceled Policies

46.
National Motto “In God We Trust” Too Religious to Hang in School

47.
China Pressures Bloomberg News to Kill Damaging Report on Communist Rulers

48.
The Case for “No Ball”. The Obamacare Bait & Switch

49.
Exciting News from Florida: Seven/50 Plan rejected by 2 Counties!

50.
Feds Deploy National Spy System of Microphones Capable of Recording Conversations

51.
Obama grasps for climate legacy as second-term agenda crumbles

52.
Obama’s Promise of “Competition” in Obamacare: Also False

53.
Obama’s Fraud was Bigger Than Madoff’s

54.
Study finds IRS suppression of Tea Party swung 2012 election

55.
Habakkuk for Today

56.
You Are a Rogue Device

57.
Govt Documents Reveal DHS Domestic Spy Takeover

58.
Company Admits New ‘Smart’ Street Lights Can Analyze Voices, Track People

59.
The Pursuit of Fairness Can Also Lead to Ruin

60.
Sun’s magnetic field close to flipping

61.
Syrian Muslims infected with Kuru, a disease of cannibals

62.
State backs Mississippi lawsuit over flood insurance

63.
The American Dream: Foreigners Get It But We Don’t

64.
NSA Can Track Your Location Even When Your Phone is Turned Off

65.
Obama’s Ethanol Policies Have Scarred The Earth

66.
President’s Lies Go Well Beyond “Keep Your Plan”

67.
Libs should shudder: Chuck Norris takes on Common Core


1.
Rick Scott’s Everglades Plan Ready to Roll

. A 15-billion-gallon water-treatment project designed to deliver clean water to the Everglades won approval from the state Wednesday. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection granted a permit to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) that allows the agency, which is responsible for Everglades restoration, to build the L-8 Flow Equalization Basin south of Lake Okeechobee. According to DEP, the project will act as a reservoir able to hold stormwater instead of releasing it to tide. Florida experienced one of the wettest years ever this year, causing a multitude of problems for the coastal St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries as well as flooding the water conservation areas near Everglades National Park, which drowned wildlife.

2.
Unions might dodge ObamaCare tax

. The labor movement appears likely to dodge a key tax under ObamaCare less than two months after the White House refused to make union plans eligible for subsidies. The Obama administration indicated last week it will propose exempting certain self-insured, self-administered insurance plans from two of the healthcare law’s three-year reinsurance fees. The policies that would escape the fees include the multi-employer or “Taft Hartley” plans that are commonly held by union members The disclosure, buried in rules released by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, would give unions some of the relief they have sought from ObamaCare.

3.
Obama High School Friend: Barry Soetoro “Portrayed Himself as a Foreigner”

. James Manning recently interviewed a high school friend of Barack Obama, who claims to have known him back in the 1970s as Barry Soetoro. Mia Marie Pope says that Obama identified himself as a foreigner and a crack-smoking homosexual. Ms. Pope was born in 1962, in California, and moved with her family to Hawaii when she was still an infant. Pope claims that she did not meet or see Barry Soetoro until about 1977. She said that she, Barry and other kids would hang out at the beach at Waikiki. Mia Marie Pope says that Barry Soetoro “always portrayed himself as a foreign student.” While Soetoro was a little older than her and didn’t always run around with the circle of friends that she had, Pope says that he “very much was in sort of the ‘gay community,'” which she says that even back then was “thriving.”We knew Barry as, just common knowledge, that girls were never anything that he was ever interested in, and as a young teenager….as a young girl…..it was clear to me that Barry was strictly into men,” Pope said. She also indicated that she had no desires for him and said that they didn’t get along, largely in part to the fact that he was “a pathological liar, even back then.”

4.
Saudi nuclear weapons ‘on order’ from Pakistan

. Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight. While the kingdom’s quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran’s atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic. Earlier this year, a senior Nato decision maker told me that he had seen intelligence reporting that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery.

5.
Kerry: US considers Israeli settlements to be ‘illegitimate’

. Jews living in the Jewish homeland are not settlers; their homes are not “settlements.” Obama is brash in his respect for Islamic anti-semitism. He was raised on it. His hatred of Israel and his history of forging anti-Semitic alliances is meticulously detailed in my book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America. Now it is yielding stinking, rotting, poisonous fruit.

6.
ESPN Analyst: ‘Star Spangled Banner’ A ‘War Anthem,’ Shouldn’t Be Played Before Games

. On ESPN’s Around the Horn, frequent guest Kevin Blackistone of the Dallas Morning News said that football games should not include the singing of the national anthem beforehand, as that added to the “military symbolism.” He actually called the Star-Spangled Banner a “war anthem.” Blackistone was addressing controversy over Northwestern University’s American flag-themed football uniforms, designed to raise money for the Wounded Warriors

7.
Why Are U.S. Textbooks Suddenly Pushing Islam?

. U.S. textbooks are now biased toward Islam…at the same time that Christianity is under attack! Is this the trickle down effect of a President who praises Islam (story here) and disses Christianity on a regular basis? Has Islamic Jihad ramped it up a bit? Has the stealth jihad, civilization jihad, sped up because of a Muslim-ring-wearing, Muslim-raised President? Or is the Islamic infiltration that has been quiet for the last 20 years finally reached phase II in the Caliphate process.

8.
SpongeBob SquarePants – New Hero to Conservatives (Seriously)

. SpongeBob is a cartoon that most of you political types probably never think about (or maybe you do, ya bunch of weirdos). But, conservatives have started singing this yellow sponge’s praises. In an upcoming episode, SpongeBob is laid off by his boss, Mr. Krabs. So, SpongeBob’s buddy, Patrick (the blobby starfish guy), responds saying, “Being unemployed is the best gig I know” to which good old SB replies, “Unemployment may be fun for you, but I need to get a job.”

9.
Democrats now see why tea party wants to delay Obamacare

. What a difference a few weeks make. When congressional conservatives and Tea Party Patriots fought to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate during the debate over the partial government shutdown, Democrats engaged in some of the most incendiary name-calling Americans have heard in years. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California called opponents “arsonists.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called them “anarchists.” Other Democrats resorted to more colorful language, like “political terrorism,” and said their political foes were “guilty of murder.” That was then. Fast-forward to November and suddenly Democrats are advocating the conservative position. “Allowing extra time for consumers is critically important so they have the opportunity to become familiar with the [Obamacare] website, survey their options and enroll,” wrote New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a letter to President Barack Obama, calling for a delay in the individual mandate.

10.
Obama’s Recovery: $1.3 Trillion Below Average

. The latest GDP report shows that President Obama’s policies continue to weigh down the economy. Now 51 months old, his recovery is by far the weakest since the Great Depression. At 2.8%, real growth in the third quarter was higher than expected, a rarity. But the latest government data also hinted at weakness, as consumer and business spending slowed. In short, the strong growth everyone predicted at the start of the year is a no-show, just as the previous predictions of prosperity just around the corner proved false.

11.
Common Core Lessons Are Bringing Politics Into the Classroom

. There’s been no end to the criticism Common Core has received—and this lesson for an English class is a good example why: It’s exactly what critics of the Common Core school curriculum warned about: Partisan political statements masquerading as English lessons finding their way into elementary school classrooms.

12.
Half of Tax Returns Prepared by IRS Volunteers Completed Incorrectly

. A report issued in September and released this week by the IRS’s Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found continuing problems with the agency’s Volunteer Program, which provides free tax preparation and electronic filing for “low- and moderate-income, elderly, disabled, and limited-English-proficient taxpayers.” The report, titled “Inconsistent Adherence to Quality Requirements Continues to Affect the Accuracy of Some Tax Returns Prepared at Volunteer Sites,” found errors in 19 of 39 returns prepared by volunteers. In each case, a TIGTA staffer anonymously approached a member of the Volunteer Program for assistance with one of three test scenarios developed by TIGTA for the review. The errors were the result of “incorrect application of the tax law, insufficient requests for information during the intake/interview process, or lack of adherence to quality review requirements.”

13.
Obamacare likely to also increase food stamp, welfare participation

. Obamacare could lead more people enrolling in assistance programs, like food stamps, cash assistance and childcare. Obamacare’s individual mandate — which compels more people to seek out health insurance — paired with the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare has created a perfect storm for an increase in low-income assistance program participation, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Senate Budget Committee staff explained to The Daily Caller this week. “Many states use an online system to streamline the enrollment process for low-income assistance programs. After entering some information about your family structure and financial resources, these systems guide individuals through an application for a series of programs, Medicaid and [the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps] included,” the staffers explained. Once people learn they are eligible for a program, they are more likely to enroll.

14.
Obama administration now seeks to outlaw cookies

. The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that they will seek banning artificial trans fats in processed foods. “Artificial trans fat is a uniquely powerful promoter of heart disease, and today’s announcement will hasten its eventual disappearance from the food supply,” Michael Jacobson, executive director of the non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest, said. In the FDA’s official statement, they cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which estimates that a further reduction of trans fat in the food supply can prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and up to 20,000 heart attacks each year. While some trans fats are produced naturally, nearly half of trans fats consumed by Americans are artificially produced. The FDA says that artificial trans fats are “produced when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it more solid.” Artificial trans fats are found in popular American snacks and meals, such as frozen pizza, movie theater popcorn, coffee creamer, cake frosting, and even the ever-popular Girl Scout cookie, the Thin Mint. These foods are often considered American staples, and have been popular due to both their shelf life and their ability to feed time-crunched families.

15.
‘I am Malala’ banned in private schools

. Malala Yousufzai’s recent book ‘I am Malala’ will be banned completely due to its ‘controversial’ contents in all private schools across the country, Pakistan Today has learnt. The decision was announced by All Pakistan Private Schools Federation President Mirza Kashif on Wednesday who said children were idealising Malala and reading her book will leave them in a ‘confused’ state of mind. “Our academics have thoroughly studied her (Malala’s) book and have concluded that reading that book will only confuse our children. Malala’s defence of Salmaan Rushdie in the name of freedom of expression, not writing Peace Be Upon Him after the name of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and criticising the Quranic injunctions about the status of women in testifying as witnesses are only a few things which will challenge the ideological foundations of our next generation,” Kashif said while talking to Pakistan Today. Malala Yousafzai is the teen aged girl whom the Taliban tried to assassinate because she dared say that women should be educated. Malala became a worldwide celebrity, when she was taken to England for treatment and, after a three month recovery, was able to return to Pakistan where she became the symbol for women’s rights in the Muslim world.

16.
State Obamacare exchanges illegally allowed to skip security assessment

. The Department of Health and Human Service’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services allowed state Obamacare exchanges to launch at the beginning of October without having an independent security assessment completed, as required by OMB guidelines and federal law. A recently discovered document published by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), raises serious questions about the security and privacy of the state health insurance exchanges and further highlights the extent to which the Obama Administration skirted federal standards in order to launch the exchanges by October 1.

17.
Rhetoric vs. reality

. Charles Krauthammer: I’m not surprised that Obama tells untruths. He’s surely not the only politician to do so. I’m just surprised that he chooses to tell such obvious ones — ones that will inevitably be found out. Who will tell Obama that lies so transparent render rhetoric not just useless but ridiculous?

18.
Profits of Doom for Obama’s Insurance Partners

. Members of President Obama’s team say they are angry that insurance companies would place “profits ahead of people.” That’s odd because their own health law dictates just how much profit insurance companies are allowed to make. Insurance companies have to pay out 80 percent of everything they take in, with the 20 percent paying all their costs and leaving little room for profit. Like selling bananas, if volume is high, margins can be low and still allow for healthy profits. And that was the idea when big insurance companies partnered up with Obama to pass his law. They were going to see margins shrink but would see tens of millions of new customers flood through the doors. When insurance companies partnered with Obama, it was way back in those halcyon days when ObamaCare was just a second milepost in what the president said was going to be an economic and cultural transformation of America. By now, Americans would probably be downloading ObamaCare apps aboard high-speed trains on their way to enroll in free higher-education classes to train for green jobs. As it turns out, the president is going to spend the overwhelming majority of his presidency in a health insurance quagmire.

19.
Netanyahu says nuclear deal with Iran would be a ‘mistake of historic proportions’

. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday against an agreement with Iran that stops short of getting it to halt its uranium enrichment, amid reports that just such a deal was in the works. “Israel understands that there are proposals on the table in Geneva today that would ease the pressure on Iran for concessions that are not concessions at all. This proposal would allow Iran to retain the capabilities to make nuclear weapons,” he said during a speech to the Jewish Agency.

20.
91,541,000 Americans Not in Labor Force Climbs to Another Record in October

. The number of Americans who are 16 years or older and who have decided not to participate in the nation’s labor force has climbed to a record 91,541,000 in October, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics The BLS counts a person as participating in the labor force if they are 16 years or older and either have a job or have actively sought a job in the last four weeks. A person is not participating in the labor force if they are 16 or older and have not sought a job in the last four weeks.

21.
IRS Sent 343 Refunds Worth $156K to 1 Address–in Shanghai, China

. A new audit-report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) shows that the IRS sent at least 343 potentially fraudulent tax returns in 2011 to the same, single address in Shanghai, China, for a total of $156,533 in tax refunds. same report also shows that 655 potentially fraudulent tax refunds totaling $220,489 were sent to the same address in Kaunas, Lithuania. Other potentially fraudulent refunds, 580 of them, were sent to the same address in Orlando, Fla.; 355 to the same address in Lakewood, Colo; and another 291 to another single address in Orlando, Fla. In total, those potentially fraudulent refunds totaled $2,715,391.

22.
Only a Third of 8th Graders Can Read, Compute At Grade Level

. Despite small gains in test scores over the past two years, only a third of 8th graders enrolled in the nation’s public schools can read and do math at grade level, according to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released Thursday. (See NAEP.pdf) NAEP reading and math tests, commonly known as the “Nation’s Report Card,” are administered to 4th and 8th graders across the U.S. every two years.

23.
Obama secretly lifted Iran sanctions months ago

. Long before a nuclear deal was in reach, the U.S. was quietly lifting some of the financial pressure on Iran, a Daily Beast investigation reveals. How the sanctions were softened. The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September. While those negotiations now appear on the verge of a breakthrough the key condition for Iran—relief from crippling sanctions—began quietly and modestly five months ago. A review of Treasury Department notices reveals that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June.

24.
How China Can Cause the Death of the Dollar and the Entire U.S. Financial System

. The death of the dollar is coming, and it will probably be China that pulls the trigger. What you are about to read is understood by only a very small fraction of all Americans. Right now, the U.S. dollar is the de facto reserve currency of the planet. Most global trade is conducted in U.S. dollars, and almost all oil is sold for U.S. dollars. More than 60 percent of all global foreign exchange reserves are held in U.S. dollars, and far more U.S. dollars are actually used outside of the United States than inside of it. As will be described below, this has given the United States some tremendous economic advantages, and most Americans have no idea how much their current standard of living depends on the dollar remaining the reserve currency of the world. Unfortunately, thanks to reckless money printing by the Federal Reserve and the reckless accumulation of debt by the federal government, the status of the dollar as the reserve currency of the world is now in great jeopardy.

25.
The “Inconvenient Truth” About Obamacare

. If you’ve ever been on a used car lot, you have experienced one of the great truisms in sales – often the harder the pitch, the weaker the product. And from the beginning, we’ve seen an unprecedented effort by the Obama administration to polish up its lemon of a health care overhaul and to convince the American people they’re getting a luxury vehicle. We know about the “misleading” advertisements featuring former television star Andy Griffith, the high-priced marketing firm, hired by the Obama administration to craft its messaging, the massive internet search engine campaign – all at taxpayer’s expense. We know about these things because Judicial Watch has done the gritty work of forcing the release of government records. (The total cost of the Obamacare propaganda campaign was estimated to be as high as $200 million, by the way.) And regarding the purpose of this propaganda machine, remember this gem from documents we uncovered from HHS? “Health and program-related messages are processed by the target audience according to a particular reality, which he or she experiences. Attitudes, feelings, values, needs, desires, behaviors and beliefs all play a part in the individual’s decision to accept information and make a behavioral change.” That one still creeps me out as it is the exact description of brainwashing.

26.
No Joke; Obama Issues 2nd Open Govt. National Action Plan

. It may seem like a cheap prank but the Obama administration, which has proven to be among the most secretive, has actually issued its second “Open Government National Action Plan” that promises to build on (delusional) “past successes.” Even the president’s many friends and supporters in the mainstream media have conceded that government secrecy has actually increased significantly since he moved into the White House, despite promises of an “unprecedented level of openness in government.” Instead, federal agencies have found creative excuses to keep an alarming number of public records secret, according to an analysis conducted several years ago by a national news organization.

27.
Pentagon Manual Says White Males Have Unfair Advantage

. Political Correctness: A healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian man has unfair advantages in the U.S. military over other soldiers, says a training manual approved by the Pentagon, warning in great detail about a so-called White Male Club. Those who thought the U.S. military was already the ultimate level playing field, a place where skill and fighting ability were what mattered, not gender, race or religious belief, were sadly mistaken, at least according to a 600-plus-page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers.

28.
Is Crumbling Health Care System A Preview Of ObamaCare?

. Socialism: As the U.S. fixates on ObamaCare, south of our border another “free and universal” health care system is collapsing, according to a report from the Associated Press. It’s an uneasy portent. The idea of free, universal health care has always seemed like a perfect solution. At least that was the thinking behind Venezuela’s constitutionally enshrined “right” to free health care since 1999, winning the late President Hugo Chavez a lot of elections and seeming to be the logic behind ObamaCare. But post-Chavez, Venezuela’s health care system is a shambles. Massive shortages of basic supplies plague both public and private hospitals. Everything from drugs, syringes and needles, to respirators, incubators and ultrasound monitors, is in short supply, reports AP’s Frank Bajak.

29.
Fed Anxiety Rises as QE Increases Risk of Loss With Costs

. The longer the Federal Reserve continues its bond-buying stimulus, the higher the odds it will face a year without any money to give the U.S. Treasury after taxpayers received a record $88.4 billion profit in 2012. The Fed’s financial-crisis actions — from acquiring debt in the 2008 rescues of Bear Stearns Cos. and American International Group Inc. to three rounds of quantitative easing — have led so far to the record payments. Now, the prospect of a stronger economy and rising interest rates means the value of the Fed’s bond holdings will fall at the same time its funding costs climb because the central bank pays interest on the excess reserves it holds for banks. This could cause operating losses and invite increased scrutiny from lawmakers already critical of the central bank’s policies.

30.
Palm Beach County Tea Party Obamacare debate

. BOCA RATON — An Obamacare debate this week in Palm Beach County sponsored by a tea party group delivered impassioned positions, some jeering and boos. The surprise might have been a musical number. The crooning came in the wake of more than 400,000 policies coming to an end in Florida, including about 300,000 at the state’s largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, or Florida Blue. The crooning was performed to the tune of the country lament “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille,” as performed by debater Barry Silver, rabbi, attorney and former state legislator: Silver represented the “pro” position in the debate Wednesday evening sponsored by the Palm Beach County Tea Party, though by his own account, it was not a defense of the U.S. president’s signature program to provide affordable health care to millions more Americans. Silver defended government attempts to provide health care to low-income people more generally, was openly critical of Obamacare itself as a favor to the insurance industry and endorsed a single-payer system. The “con” position included no singing but plenty of preaching to the choir at a tea party gathering of more than 70 at the West Boca Raton branch of the Palm Beach County public library. It was offered by Marion Frank, a Wellington-based practice Manager for a private anesthesia group and National Co-Chair for a group called the Docs 4 Patient Care Alliance.

31.
Obama Accused of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ At International Criminal Court

. According to Egyptian newspaper El Watan, a group of Egyptian lawyers has submitted a complaint charging U.S. president Barrack Hussein Obama with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. The complaint charges Obama of being an accessory to the Muslim Brotherhood, which incited widespread violence in Egypt both before and after the June 30 Revolution.

32.
Made-in-China home appliances contain spy chips

. Those cheap made-in-China home appliances you bought from Walmart, like electric irons and tea kettles, may contain computer chips that will infect your computer with viruses.

33.
Kerry Threatens Israel with ‘Third Intifada’

. US Secretary of State John Kerry sounded a threatening tone in an interview with Channel 2 television that was aired Thursday, and warned of “chaos” and a “third intifada” if Israel’s “peace talks” with the Palestinian Authority (PA) fail. “Failure of the talks will increase Israel’s isolation in the world,” Kerry said. “The alternative to getting back to the talks is a potential of chaos. I mean, does Israel want a third intifada?”

34.
Sugar, salt next targets of FDA after trans fats?

. It might be time to start stocking up on pretzels and Hershey bars. On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration told Americans that eating trans fats is no longer permitted in their diets. Now it looks like sugar and salt are next on their list of banned foods additives, with several leading scientists believing the FDA will move forward on these prohibitions. According to Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist from Harvard University, the scientific consensus is that excessive sodium consumption by Americans is hazardous to your health. He suspects “sodium is next” to be looked at by the FDA. Continuing down the slippery slope in light of Thursday’s FDA ruling, Tom Neltner, an analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., asserts that the FDA will scrutinize sugar as well.

35.
Mike Lee Lays Out Road Forward For Tea Party in Iowa

. Lee compared the movement’s next stages to those of the American revolution, noting how the earliest stages of revolution began in Boston with the Boston Tea Party, where a band of protesters dumped British tea in the Boston Harbor as a sign of disapproval of the high taxes the British had levied on them. That eventually turned into the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia after Americans fought and won their independence from the British. Lee explained how the Founding Fathers of America “pressed forward from Boston” and continued their protest and “began a journey toward the kind of government they did want” instead of just protesting a government they disliked. “It took them 14 long years to get from Boston to Philadelphia, where in 1787 they created, in the Constitution, the kind of government they did want,” Lee said. “Boston to Philadelphia. That is a good model for us to follow today.”

36.
The New York Times endorsed a secretive trade agreement that the public can’t read

. The Obama administration is secretly negotiating a treaty that could have significant effects on domestic law. Officially, it’s a “free trade” treaty among Pacific rim countries, but a section of the draft agreement leaked in 2011 suggested that it will require signers, including the United States, to make significant changes to copyright law and enforcement measures. Strangely, the administration seems to be encouraging the public to have a debate on the treaty before they know what’s in it. The Office of the United States Trade Representative has solicited comments about the treaty on its Web site, but there is no particularly detailed information about the content of the agreement, or a draft of the current version of the proposal.

37.
Saudis Show Good Sense in Rejecting the United Nations

. October 18, 2013 was a historic day in world history. This was the day Saudi Arabia did what the United States and 159 other nations of the world did not have the good sense to do: reject the United Nations for its impotence in doing what it was chartered to do—prevent wars. But the Saudis were not content to just speak out against the United Nations. They put some muscle behind their words by refusing to accept the most coveted gift the U. N. can offer: a seat on its Security Council. Just hours after being elected to the Security Council, the Saudis turned down the “honor,” primarily because they are upset with the Obama Administration’s handling of the Syrian crisis and the on-going turmoil in the Middle East. I have no doubt that the Saudis will eventually accept a seat on the Security Council. However, at least for the short term they have made a powerful statement that is getting the attention of a lot of other nations. Here is what the Saudi Foreign Ministry had to say in rejecting the Security Council seat: “Allowing the ruling regime in Syria to kill its people and burn them with chemical weapons in front of the entire world and without any deterrent or punishment is clear proof and evidence of the U.N. Security Council’s inability to perform its duties and shoulder its responsibilities.” He is right and I could list hundreds of other cases of U. N. impotence over the years. Saudi Foreign Ministry officials are also upset about how the Security Council has mishandled or failed to handle other crisis situations in the Middle East, particularly President Obama’s recent coziness with Iran. Once again the Saudis are right. Iran has been poorly handled from the outset by the Obama Administration.

38.
CAIR & Muslim Leaders Plot Shariah Law Court

. Approximately 15 Muslim leaders, including Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter, met at the end of September to discuss establishing Islamic Shariah law courts that would grant women a divorce. Apparently, an article by Natasha Dado of the Arab American News, sparked the meeting, due to her exposing the difficulties Muslim women have in getting a divorce because their husbands refuse to grant them one.

39.
U.S. fought WWII quicker than launching healthcare website

. The United States can fight a world war in less time than it can put together a successful website. “Putting things in perspective: March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days. December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day. What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage. Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. Turning the tide in North Africa, Invading Italy, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Race to Berlin – all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!! And in that amount of time – this administration can’t build a working webpage.”

40.
Sheriff exposes Dems ‘dangerous’ abuse of power to bring down governor

. But Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. isn’t above using an ancient symbol to illustrate his contention that secret investigations into conservatives driven by his county’s Democrat-led district attorney’s office “don’t pass the smell test.” Multiple sources close to the latest investigation have told Wisconsin Reporter that the Milwaukee County DA’s office, led by Democrat John Chisholm, has targeted state conservatives and even such national groups as Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth and the Republican Governors Association.

41.
White guy wins after leading voters to believe he’s black

. Dave Wilson chuckles as he talks about his unorthodox political campaign. Wilson, a gleeful political troublemaker, printed direct mail pieces strongly implying that he’s black. His fliers were decorated with photographs of smiling African-American faces — which he readily admits he just lifted off websites — and captioned with the words “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.” One of his mailers said he was “Endorsed by Ron Wilson,” which longtime Houston voters might easily interpret as a statement of support from a former state representative of the same name who’s also African-American. Fine print beneath the headline says “Ron Wilson and Dave Wilson are cousins,” a reference to one of Wilson’s relatives living in Iowa. “He’s a nice cousin,” Wilson says, suppressing a laugh. “We played baseball in high school together. And he’s endorsed me.”

42.
10 Facts about The Growing Unemployment Crisis In America That Will Blow Your Mind

. Did you know that there are more than 102 million working age Americans that do not have a job? Yes, I know that number sounds absolutely crazy, but it is true. Right now, there are more than 11 million Americans that are considered to be “officially unemployed”, and there are more than 91 million Americans that are not employed and that are considered to be “not in the labor force”. When you add those two numbers together, the total is more than 102 million. Overall, the number of working age Americans that do not have a job has increased by about 27 million since the year 2000. But aren’t things getting better? After all, the mainstream media is full of headlines about how “good” the jobs numbers for October were. Sadly, the truth is that the mainstream media is not being straight with the American people. As you will see below, we are in the midst of a long-term unemployment crisis in America, and things got even worse last month.

43.
Judge: Show me Obama foreign aid order

. A federal judge is demanding to see a copy of a government-wide foreign-aid-policy order President Barack Obama issued three years ago which administration lawyers have argued is protected by executive privilege. The Obama administration acknowledges that the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development the president signed in 2010 is unclassified, but officials have steadfastly refused to make any portion of it public, even after a watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the document earlier this year.

44.
Obama’s Stunning Snub

. In October 1863, President Abraham Lincoln received the same plain envelope that was sent to hundreds of people, requesting attendance at a dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery here. Col. Clark E. Carr, a confidante of several U.S. presidents and a member of the commission that organized the event, later admitted that commissioners scrambled to send a more personal invitation after Lincoln indicated he would attend. Asking Lincoln to deliver a “few appropriate thoughts,” Carr said, was “an afterthought.” Lincoln was asked to speak here only as an afterthought. The request for Obama to speak has been sought for more than a year. It would be an occasion for him to honor a crucial time in our past, to create a historical bridge to today. His dismissal of the request shows a man so detached from the duty of history, from the men who served in the White House before him, that it is unspeakable in its audacity.

45.
New Mental Health Mandate Will Make Obamacare More Expensive, Increase Fraud And Canceled Policies

. Even as stories pour in of Americans facing steeply higher health insurance premiums and canceled coverage, Team TISI +0.13% Obama just imposed new regulations that will make those problems worse. It’s almost like they can’t help themselves. On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new regulations mandating health insurers cover mental and behavioral health to the same extent they cover physical health care. The administration is desperately trying to redirect peoples’ attention from the Obamacare rollout that has become a non-stop string of stories about failed websites, higher premiums and canceled policies. President Obama’s latest effort to divert public attention ignores a fundamental problem: it’s much easier to know when a broken bone has healed than a broken mind. That ambiguity opens the door to overtreatment and fraud.

46.
National Motto “In God We Trust” Too Religious to Hang in School

. A North Carolina school refused to hang posters depicting an American Flag and the national motto “In God We Trust” because their legal counsel feared the signs would be seen as promoting religion. The American Legion offered the free posters to the Watauga County School District, but found the 130 framed images unwanted.

47.
China Pressures Bloomberg News to Kill Damaging Report on Communist Rulers

. The decision came in an early evening call to four journalists huddled in a Hong Kong conference room. On the line 12 time zones away in New York was their boss, Matthew Winkler, the longtime editor in chief of Bloomberg News. And they were frustrated by what he was telling them. The investigative report they had been working on for the better part of a year, which detailed the hidden financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders, would not be published. Editors at Bloomberg maintain that these stories have not been killed and are still ongoing. But the Times also notes that Bloomberg upset the Chinese government with reports on the wealth of the country’s communist leaders in 2012. Since then, “financial news terminal subscriptions, which cost more than $20,000 per year and are the main revenue generator for Bloomberg, slowed for a spell in China, after officials issued orders to some Chinese companies to avoid buying subscriptions.” China has also denied Bloomberg and the New York Times residency visas for new journalists in apparent retaliation for unfavorable coverage. The Chinese government also has a history of blocking access to the New York Times and other websites whenever reports on the wealth and corruption of Chinese leaders appears.

48.
The Case for “No Ball”. The Obamacare Bait & Switch

. “No Ball”, an idea for a new toy product with which no one could be hurt and no damage could be done to personal property. We would simply buy an assortment of boxes, empty, and ship to buyers for $19.99, plus shipping & processing fees. Larger boxes, of course, would cost a little bit more. We would fill the advertisements with people on video experiencing the joy of playing with the new toy. The actors would be shown just after having thrown the toy at windows, other people, etc. We could guarantee the toy could pose no risk to people, pets or property. It is environmentally safe. Obamacare is the “No Ball”.

49.
Exciting News from Florida: Seven/50 Plan rejected by 2 Counties!

. What does it take to re-erect your sovereignty? Just ask the American Coalition For Property Rights: you show up and do the work. Educate your elected officials. Get the information out to fellow citizens. Hold informational meetings. Support other activists in cities and counties that are working on plan implementation.

50.
Feds Deploy National Spy System of Microphones Capable of Recording Conversations

. Hidden in plain sight: The next level of NSA snooping will detect dissent via ubiquitous audio sensors. The revelations of Edward Snowden shone fresh light on NSA spying targeting the American people, but what has gone largely unnoticed is the fact that a network of different spy systems which can record real time conversations are already in place throughout many urban areas of the United States, as well as in the technology products we buy and use on a regular basis.

51.
Obama grasps for climate legacy as second-term agenda crumbles

. President Obama has a chance to craft a second-term legacy on climate change even as the rest of his agenda runs aground in Congress. Gun control legislation is dead; immigration reform is on life support; and reaching a fiscal deal with Republicans appears to be a long shot. To make matters worse, what was supposed to be his signature first-term achievement — ObamaCare — is suffering from a disastrous rollout. But there’s one thing that’s going right for Obama: Executive action on climate change is moving full-speed ahead at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “He may be able to do more through climate change [rules] because the EPA has the authority,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told The Hill on Thursday.

52.
Obama’s Promise of “Competition” in Obamacare: Also False

. Here’s what the President said in 2009: My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition. Heritage expert Alyene Senger has bad news for President Obama: Obamacare did absolutely nothing to fix that. “In the vast majority of states, the number of insurers competing in the state’s exchange is actually less than the number of carriers that previously sold individual market policies in the state,” Senger reveals in a new report. That’s right—unsurprisingly, Obamacare made another problem worse.

53.
Obama’s Fraud was Bigger Than Madoff’s

. It is arguable now who committed the greater fraud, Bernie Madoff or Barack Obama. Madoff defrauded a few. This is defrauding the entire country. The president of the United States lied to the entire country on the most important thing to people, their health care and their current plan

54.
Study finds IRS suppression of Tea Party swung 2012 election

. A new study by the American Enterprise Institute — “Do Political Protests Matter? Evidence From The Tea Party Movement” — finds that the movement boosted Republican turnout by three to six million votes in the 2010 election. This effect was blunted in the 2012 election, though, because growth in the movement stalled. That slowdown happened, co-author and AEI economist Stan Veuger notes, at the same time that the IRS began coming down hard on these groups. He argues in a RealClearMarkets.com article that this most likely had a major impact in the 2012 election. “The founders, members, and donors of new Tea Party groups found themselves incapable of exercising their constitutional rights, and the Tea Party’s impact was muted in the 2012 election cycle,” Veuger said.

55.
Habakkuk for Today

. You might say it is the worst of times…”best” are hard to find. There is pollution in the White House; the land is ruled by adulterers, thieves, sexual deviates and uncountable corrupt politicians. We are shown the spoiling and violence day after day, and crying for deliverance from this wickedness falls on ears. We even attempt to defend ourselves and our families with weapons, but we, ourselves are thrown into prison. How can we continue to live in such insufferable state? After all, the politicians rule…and appealing to them is a waste of breath. We seek justice in the courts and even they are corrupt and lean to the influence of the media and the powerful. Habakkuk, the Jewish “reporter” of 650 BC, surely was not reporting on today’s United States, was he?

56.
You Are a Rogue Device

. A New Apparatus Capable of Spying on You Has Been Installed Throughout Downtown Seattle. Very Few Citizens Know What It Is, and Officials Don’t Want to Talk About It. f you’re walking around downtown Seattle, look up: You’ll see off-white boxes, each one about a foot tall with vertical antennae, attached to utility poles. If you’re walking around downtown while looking at a smartphone, you will probably see at least one—and more likely two or three—Wi-Fi networks named after intersections: “4th&Seneca,” “4th&Union,” “4th&University,” and so on. That is how you can see the Seattle Police Department’s new wireless mesh network, bought from a California-based company called Aruba Networks, whose clients include the Department of Defense, school districts in Canada, oil-mining interests in China, and telecommunications companies in Saudi Arabia.

57.
Govt Documents Reveal DHS Domestic Spy Takeover

. Exclusive documents obtained by Infowars from an insider government source have revealed the true origin and nature of the highly secretive ‘mesh network’ spy grid that has garnered massive media attention due to the fact that the network’s strange downtown Seattle spy boxes can track the last 1,000 GPS locations of cellphone users. But as new documents reveal, the grid is far deeper than the media is telling you. The Seattle DHS spy system ultimately ties in with an enormous stealth database that acts as an intelligence hub for all of your personal data. On page 55 of the “Port Security Video Surveillance System with Wireless Mesh Network” project document that we have obtained, a diagram reveals the system’s basic communication abilities in regards to the Port of Seattle that the DHS has refused to comment on despite funding with millions in taxpayer dollars:

58.
Company Admits New ‘Smart’ Street Lights Can Analyze Voices, Track People

. The company behind a new ‘smart’ street lighting system which is being rolled out in major cities like Las Vegas admits that the technology has the capability of analyzing voices and tracking people, features that will aid the Department of Homeland Security in “protecting its citizens.” A page on the Intellistreets website which highlights “benefits and applications” features a section on security wherein it is admitted that the hi-tech system includes “voice stress analyzers,” amongst several other sophisticated sensors that “assist DHS in protecting its citizens and natural resources.”

59.
The Pursuit of Fairness Can Also Lead to Ruin

. When it comes to socialism, you don’t jump in the deep end, in most cases. You start in the shallow end and wade until you are under water. Example: When I was an editorial page editor, Gov. Lawton Chiles tried to persuade me that it would be a good idea for the state to increase a subsidy for families with children. Naturally, I balked, but he succeeded in convincing me and we supported his effort. (As hard as it is to believe, editorial writers make mistakes.) The argument always is that it is unfair to those just above the threshold for the subsidy. Maybe so. But every time you raise it, guess what? There’s more unfairness still looming over the horizon. If someone making $20,000 gets a subsidy from the government worth $1,100, then he becomes better off than someone making $21,000 who does not get that subsidy.

60.
Sun’s magnetic field close to flipping

. Scientists have said that the Sun’s magnetic field will flip soon. They said that Sun’s northern hemisphere’s polarity has already flipped, and the southern hemisphere should reverse its polarity soon, Fox News reported. Every 11 years or so, Sun’s two hemispheres’ magnetic field reverses their polarity, which creates a ripple effect that can be felt throughout the solar system. Scientists working at Stanford University’s Wilcox Solar Observatory said that the sun is going through one of those flips in its cycle. Todd Hoeksema, a solar physicist at Stanford said in a video about the polarity reversal that the sun’s poles are reversing, and this is a large-scale process that takes place over a few months, but it happens once every 11 years. He said that what they’re looking at is really a reversal of the whole heliosphere, everything from the sun out past the planets.

61.
Syrian Muslims infected with Kuru, a disease of cannibals

. You’ve heard of Mad Cow Disease, the scientific name of which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy — a type of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). TSE is an incurable fatal disease that affects the brain and nervous system of many animals, including humans. Autopsies of infected brain tissue show a myriad of tiny holes in the cortex, giving it a sponge-like appearance — hence spongiform. But there is another form of human TSE called Kuru that is caused by humans ingesting TSE-infected human tissue. In other words, Kuru is the result of cannibalism.

62.
State backs Mississippi lawsuit over flood insurance

. Florida endorsed a Mississippi federal lawsuit Tuesday, challenging the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s decision to raise rates in the National Flood Insurance Program.

63.
The American Dream: Foreigners Get It But We Don’t

. I recently went on a hiking excursion in the mountains of western North Carolina. The hikes were day trips. At night we stayed in a rustic inn that had been built in 1876. It was wonderful in its bucolic simplicity—no television, radio, Internet, or cell phone reception. In this place an IPhone was just a worthless paperweight. The inn’s only nod to modernity was indoor plumbing with hot water. For heat you cut wood and burned it in a fireplace or wood burning stove depending on how your room was equipped. The temperature during my stay went down to 27 degrees. That was cold for this Floridian. During my stay in this inn, I met a retired physician who was one originally from Europe. She was an 86 year old dynamo with the energy of a teenager who had immigrated to America to escape the devastation of World War II and to pursue the American dream. At night guests of the inn did the only thing there was to do—we talked. My conversations with the transplanted European physician were enlightening. What I took away from our conversations is that she—a legal immigrant who had to work her way through medical school while fighting to survive the devastation of a world war—knew more about what made America great than many of us born here. In fact, she knew more about the American dream than did the native-born Americans staying at the inn. However, she was worried about our country.

64.
NSA Can Track Your Location Even When Your Phone is Turned Off

. Feds have had technology for at least 10 years. This admission went largely unnoticed in a Washington Post report entitled NSA growth fueled by need to target terrorists. In the article, writer Dana Priest details how teams of NSA employees stationed around the globe are dedicated to tracking phones in real time.

65.
Obama’s Ethanol Policies Have Scarred The Earth

. Green Fraud: After fomenting fears of fracking and fossil fuels, the administration’s campaign to put food in our gas tanks has wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies. Ethanol was supposed to save the earth and pave the way to energy independence. It has done neither. We are getting closer to energy independence but it is thanks to the technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has unleashed our vast reserves of oil and natural gas formerly trapped in shale formations underneath much of the U.S.

66.
President’s Lies Go Well Beyond “Keep Your Plan”

. Trust: The second Obama term is collapsing after exposure of the “you can keep your plan” promise. But the president has trampled his word many times before, always with a straight face. The untruths and the broken pledges certainly didn’t begin with the so-called Affordable Care Act, even the name of which has become a late-night punchline. In its latest embarrassment, the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services finally provided the public with the ObamaCare enrollment numbers. Remember the 47 million uninsured that liberals were calling a national disgrace before “Change We Can Believe In” took over the executive branch with promises of getting them covered?

67.
Libs should shudder: Chuck Norris takes on Common Core

. Chuck Norris has taken his famous roundhouse kick and planted one straight to the face of Common Core. “Stop Common Core right now!” the badass conservative wrote in his new column on Newsbusters. Part one of Norris’ article on Common Core State Standards offers an in-depth examination of the government’s overreach into the “local academic arenas” of our children.



Posted 11/8/2013

CONTENTS

1.
Will private insurers surge into flood insurance market?

2.
Don’t Worry – The Government Says That the Inflation You See Is Just Your Imagination

3.
If I Were the Devil, I Would…

4.
Climate Camp OFA Miami

5.
Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare

6.
White House exerting ‘massive pressure’ on insurance companies to keep quiet

7.
Feds threaten merchant for ‘Department of Homeland Stupidity’ T-shirts

8.
DOJ argues international treaty can trump the Constitution

9.
Old America is Not Coming Back
– B.M.G.
10.
Chinese state media show plans for nuke strikes on US cities

11.
Japan’s ‘toxic’ monster creeping towards US

12.
Kid Cages at School Bus Stops Spark Outrage

13.
Obama’s new climate council to regulate economy

14.
Are You Going to Give Your Fingerprint to a Smartphone?

15.
The Ten Most Terrifying Things about The Obama Administration

16.
Barack Obama’s DHS Advisor Mohamed Elibiary: “America is an Islamic Country”

17.
Top generals: Obama is ‘purging the military’

18.
Add Treasury Attack On Germany As Another Obama Foreign Policy Mistake

19.
Cash for Clunkers program falls short

20.
Navy SEALs ordered to remove ‘don’t tread on me’ Navy Jack from uniforms

21.
Are the feds targeting JPMorgan for criticizing Obama?

22.
Obama takes on climate-fueled storms

23.
Now JIMMY CARTER is calling Obama an incompetent loser

24.
Muslim Brotherhood Operatives in the U.S.

25.
5 Things the Obama Administration Had No Idea the Obama Administration Was Doing

26.
AP editors: Obama relies on staged propaganda photos

27.
Israel ‘furious’ with White House for leak on Syria strike

28.
The Humanitarian Shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act

29.
The First Hustler Runs the Big Con

30.
FBI tracking down Medicare fraud fugitives from South Florida

31.
Venezuela Seizes Houston Company Oil Rigs

32.
Gloves Off: GOP Establishment Goes After Tea Party

33.
Virginia Democrat Calls For Forcing Doctors To Accept Medicare And Medicaid Patients

34.
Obamacare User Sent Other People’s ‘Eligibility Letters’

35.
Docs resisting ObamaCare

36.
How the U.N. plans to defend Earth from asteroids

37.
Plane Travels from Canada to Nashville and Crashes…Undetected by Homeland Security

38.
Dallas Fed’s Fisher Says U.S. Economy Hog-Tied by Government

39.
The Cost of Common Core

40.
Newspapers Directed: Cover Up Black Violence

41.
Obama Admin. Threatens Journalists Who Make Obama Look Bad

42.
52 Felons Given ‘Routine Unauthorized Access’ to Navy Installations

43.
Rallying for McAuliffe, Obama tears into tea party

44.
$1.1 T: CMS Sets Record for Annual Spending by a Federal Agency

45.
Did White House cook UN global warming report?

46.
PBC ethics commission under fire for ‘evidence tampering’; state orders ‘cease and desist’

47.
Mitch McConnell has declared war on conservative groups

48.
U.S. About to Lose Its Vote at the U.N. Education and Cultural Agency

49.
The Reality of ENDA

50.
Churchill Bust Tossed From Oval Office Has A New Home

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New nationwide coalition recently formed to repeal 16th Amendment

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Teacher’s union head investigates whether parent is a neo-Nazi

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Obama Administration Rules Obamacare Exchange Is Not A Federal Program

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Top hospitals opt out of Obamacare

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School board meeting canceled after protest over history book referencing Islam

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ObamaCare price hikes hit ‘red states’ hardest

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Feds Spent $29 Million on Prescription Drugs for 4,139 Illegal Aliens

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Obama Secret Service Agent: “It’s Worse Than People Know… and I’m Not Trying to Scare You Either”

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ObamaCare is systematically dismantling the individual insurance market, as its architects intended from the start.

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TSA to Pre-Screen Air Travelers’ Tax Info, Property Records, Travel History

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Obama Plans To Force Israel To Accept A Palestinian State With Jerusalem As The Capital

62.
Letter Sent To AG Bondi Demanding Investigation into Misconduct By Florida Elected And Appointed Officials
– B.M.G.
63.
We Are Heading For The Greatest Doctor Shortage In American History

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Obama Administration to Destroy Ivory Stockpiles

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If You Like Your God, You Can Keep Him

66.
Must See! The Hilarious Gift That Made Kathleen Sebelius Scowl


1.
Will private insurers surge into flood insurance market?

. As Congress begins to move on legislation to delay skyrocketing flood insurance rate hikes for four years, some private insurers are beginning to move into the market that has traditionally been covered by the National Flood Insurance Program, a federal government insurance pool. After the recent mega-storms of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, though, the NFIP is underfunded, owing millions to the federal government. That led Congress to pass the Biggert-Waters Act in 2012, increasing rates in coastal areas that advocates of a financially sound NFIP said were subsidized. Homeowners, Realtors and local officials in places such as Pinellas County were shocked, however, to discover rate increases of thousands of dollars in some areas, as well as automatic rate increases when home is transferred, making home sales more difficult.

2.
Don’t Worry – The Government Says That the Inflation You See Is Just Your Imagination

. If you believe that there is high inflation in the United States, you are just imagining things. That is the message that the U.S. government and the Federal Reserve would have us to believe. You might have noticed that the government announced on Wednesday that the cost of living increase for Social Security beneficiaries will only be 1.5 percent next year. This is one of the smallest cost of living increases that we have ever seen. The federal government is able to get away with this because the official numbers say that there is hardly any inflation in the U.S. right now. Of course anyone that shops for groceries or that pays bills regularly knows what a load of nonsense the official inflation rate is. The U.S. government has changed the way that inflation is calculated numerous times since 1978, and each time it has been changed the goal has been to make inflation appear to be even lower. According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if the inflation rate was still calculated the same way that it was back when Jimmy Carter was president, the official rate of inflation would be somewhere between 8 and 10 percent today. But if the mainstream news actually reported such a number, everyone would be screaming and yelling about getting inflation under control. Instead, the super low number that gets put out to the public makes it look like the Federal Reserve has plenty of room to do even more reckless money printing. It is a giant scam, but most Americans are falling for it.

3.
If I Were the Devil, I Would…

. If I were the Devil, I would be the World’s Leader and all Nations would pay homage to the “Prince of Darkness”. I’d engulf the Earth with a dark fear and bitter hopeless oppression yielding subservience to me. In 1964 I’d own 1/3 of its Real Estate and 4/5’s of its population. Still, I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized its ripest apple on the tree, America, THEE. So, I would go about utilizing whatever deviates were at my disposal to eviscerate and begin usurping the Superpower and Blessed United States, to bow it’s knee to Me.

4.
Climate Camp OFA Miami

. Mark your calendar for Climate Camp OFA, happening right here in Miami. This training will be a crash course in organizing to combat climate change. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you’ve never organized before, we want you to take advantage of this opportunity to take your organizing to the next level. OFA is also partnering with the New Organizing Institute, which is launching the Climate Fellowship program, designed to place talented individuals in progressive climate organizations for a 3-month, paid internship.

5.
Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare

. Americans who sign up for insurance on the state exchanges may not have access to the nation’s top hospitals, Watchdog.org reports. The Obama Administration has been claiming that insurance companies will be competing for your dollars under the Affordable Care Act, but apparently they haven’t surveyed the nation’s top hospitals Americans who sign up for Obamacare will be getting a big surprise if they expect to access premium health care that may have been previously covered under their personal policies. Most of the top hospitals will accept insurance from just one or two companies operating under Obamacare.

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White House exerting ‘massive pressure’ on insurance companies to keep quiet

. The White House is pressuring insurance companies not to speak publicly about Obama administration policies that could eliminate the existing health insurance plans of millions of Americans. The administration made “clarifications” to the 2010 Affordable Care Act after it was passed that have already wiped out hundreds of thousands of existing health plans. “Basically, if you speak out, if you’re quoted, you’re going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet,” said CNN investigative reporter Drew Griffin on Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday night. Insurance companies executives, Griffin said, ask heads of consulting firms not to criticize the Obamacare rollout debacle publicly.

7.
Feds threaten merchant for ‘Department of Homeland Stupidity’ T-shirts

. The Department of Justice, on behalf of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has threatened to criminally prosecute a novelty store owner for selling mugs and t-shirts that say, among other things, “Department of Homeland Stupidity” and “The NSA: The only part of government that actually listens.” The novelty items are sold online at Zazzle.com, which is operated by merchant Dan McCall. The NSA and DHS sent “cease and desist” letters to Zazzle stating that the parody products violate statutes that protect their official seals from misuse.

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DOJ argues international treaty can trump the Constitution

. Justice Department attorneys are advancing an argument at the Supreme Court that could allow the government to invoke international treaties as a legal basis for policies such as gun control that conflict with the U.S. Constitution, according to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Their argument is that a law implementing an international treaty signed by the U.S. allows the federal government to prosecute a criminal case that would normally be handled by state or local authorities. That is a dangerous argument, according to Cruz.

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Old America is Not Coming Back
– B.M.G.
. “The most charitable way of explaining the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo – for the incumbent President and for a divided Congress. They must enjoy gridlock, partisanship, incompetence, economic stagnation and avoidance of responsibility. Romney lost because the conservative virtues – the traditional American virtues – of liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral greatness – no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate. The simplest reason why Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete against free stuff.

10.
Chinese state media show plans for nuke strikes on US cities

. Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific. On Monday, leading media outlets including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily ran identical, top-headlined reports about the “awesomeness” of the People’s Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force. They know they have nothing to fear from our current President.

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Japan’s ‘toxic’ monster creeping towards US

. An enormous debris field is creeping toward the U.S. in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan in 2011, killing nearly 16,000 people and launching 1.5 million tons of floating objects into the sea. That most concentrated part of the junk field is easily broader than Texas and centered approximately 1,700 miles off the Pacific coast, between California and Hawaii, although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hasn’t published more precise estimates. The agency estimates that the trash overall is scattered across an area in the ocean about three times the size of the continental United States.

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Kid Cages at School Bus Stops Spark Outrage

. Environmentalists have galvanized behind a movement to resurrect wolf populations in rural America. Public support, particularly from urban regions, appears to favor the idea of returning this iconic symbol of the wilderness to America’s rural landscapes. Unfortunately there is a lack of public awareness to the real life consequences for those living with wolves. The result is a misguided Federal wolf introduction program that disregards protests from states where wolves are forced on communities that don’t want them.

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Obama’s new climate council to regulate economy

. President Barack Obama has given the nation a new “Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” that expands government bureaucrats’ role in how Americans use their lands, energy, waters and property. Obama announced the executive order Friday, the day after Halloween. The order is titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.” The new order was issued even though recent scientific data have contradicted claims that use of carbon energy — such as gasoline — will drive up the world’s temperature and induce damaging climate change. Average temperatures have leveled for more than a decade, despite the sharply rising use of carbon energy in China and other countries.

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Are You Going to Give Your Fingerprint to a Smartphone?

. f you’re a fan of this site, you’re probably really cool, so you’ve probably already heard about the new iPhones that allow you to do everything by using your fingerprint. When I first heard about this, I thought “Cool! I could be a secret spy…I could be like Alias!” But then, I heard Eric Yaverbaum, the associate publisher of Social Media Magazine, talk about how the new smartphone is the end to privacy. As cool and convenient as it is to pay for everything with the touch of your finger and as amazing it is that your phone can track whether you’re walking or running and as incredible it is that your smart devises track what you do and what you like and can practically predict what you’re going to do in the future…what’s the consequence?

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The Ten Most Terrifying Things about The Obama Administration

. In honor of the year’s spookiest day, Human Events has compiled a list of ten monstrous things that prove why Obama and company have earned the title of “Scariest Presidential Administration.” If you have the guts, read on, but be forewarned that the following will strike fear into the hearts of men, women, children, and liberals everywhere:

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Barack Obama’s DHS Advisor Mohamed Elibiary: “America is an Islamic Country”

. I was alerted earlier today on Facebook that Barack Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood member and Department of Homeland Security advisor Mohamed Elibiary has claimed that the United States is an Islamic Country. Perhaps, he thinks so because he is a Muslim Brotherhood member and an Islamist, Barack Obama, is the President. Well I have news for him. Friends of FreedomOutpost.com, I cannot be silent, nor politically correct when it comes to this issue, so I will state it openly: Barack Obama and Mohamed Elibiary are engaging in taqiyya. They are deceiving the American people about Islam. They are deceiving them about our history.

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Top generals: Obama is ‘purging the military’

. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as other top retired officers, say President Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win. “There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady told WND. “They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,” one source told WND. Not only are military service members being demoralized and the ranks’ overall readiness being reduced by the Obama administration’s purge of key leaders, colonels – those lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals – are quietly taking their careers in other directions.

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Add Treasury Attack On Germany As Another Obama Foreign Policy Mistake

. We seem to be going out of our way to alienate friends and allies in recent months, even as we embolden our foes. Next up for special treatment: Germany. Britain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Mexico, Russia, the European Union — all have found, to varying degrees, an unreliable partner in the U.S. under President Obama. To an astounding degree, the diplomacy of this administration has been both inept and, in many cases, reckless. Now, it’s the Federal Republic of Germany’s turn for the Obama treatment. In an insulting swipe, Obama’s Treasury Department took Germany to task last week for running a big trade surplus with the rest of the world — as if making products that are so good others want to buy them is a bad thing.

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Cash for Clunkers program falls short

. The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) or “cash for clunkers” program, launched during the height of the recession with the intention of stimulating the economy, creating jobs, and reducing emissions, was actually far more expensive per job created than alternative fiscal stimulus programs.

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Navy SEALs ordered to remove ‘don’t tread on me’ Navy Jack from uniforms

. The Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror. So why would ranking SEAL commanders ban the historical symbol? Is the proverbial top bass banning the flag? Is President Obama? Clearly the administration and sycophant “top brass” officers have degraded America’s military prestige; from hand-tying rules of engagement, to uniform regulations that make our military allegedly more compatible with foreign forces, to the banning of an awe-inspiring flag that traces its roots to the first U.S. Navy. We have a civilian-led military, but why should our ranking commanders be complicit in the administration’s war on it? Why don’t they stand up to Obama and his leftist cronies?

21.
Are the feds targeting JPMorgan for criticizing Obama?

. JPMorgan Chase admitted it is under investigation by the Justice Department over its hiring practices in Hong Kong, the latest in a string of federal probes and lawsuits against the bank that some believe is motivated by political payback. Reuters reports that JPMorgan — the largest U.S. bank by assets — disclosed the investigation Friday as part of a routine filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is also looking into alleged cronyism in the bank’s hiring process in China. But although JPMorgan has been relentlessly targeted by federal investigators, its behavior isn’t much different from other American megabanks — including Goldman Sachs, which was largely spared by regulators. According to critics, JPMorgan is being deliberately targeted due to CEO Jamie Dimon’s critique of the Obama administration’s economic policies before the 2012 election.

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Obama takes on climate-fueled storms

. President Obama on Friday demanded “new strategies” to boost the nation’s resilience to powerful storms, drought, heat waves and other dangerous weather linked to climate change. Obama issued a wide-ranging executive order designed to support “climate resilient” infrastructure investment in states and communities It also calls on federal agencies to change their policies and rules “to make the Nation’s watersheds, natural resources, and ecosystems, and the communities and economies that depend on them, more resilient in the face of a changing climate.” The executive order, echoing Obama’s second-term climate agenda released in June, recognizes that climate change is inevitable even as the U.S. takes steps to lower greenhouse gas emissions It sets up a new “interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” and, to inform federal efforts, a “State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience.”

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Now JIMMY CARTER is calling Obama an incompetent loser

. It’s been a disastrous couple of weeks for President Barack Obama. His signature legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is a slow-motion train wreck. His poll numbers have tanked. Now, things have gotten so bad for Obama that former president Jimmy Carter has called President Obama incompetent in the family-friendly pages of Parade magazine. “He’s done the best he could under the circumstances,” Carter said of Obama in an interviewed published on Thursday. “His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best.” (RELATED: Jimmy Carter: America no longer has a functioning democracy)

24.
Muslim Brotherhood Operatives in the U.S.

. El Watan, one of Egypt’s most widely circulated and read newspapers, has published a report discussing the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence over the United States, especially in the context of inciting pro-Brotherhood policies against Egypt’s popular June 30 Revolution, which resulted in the ousting of Muhammad Morsi and the Brotherhood from power. Titled (in translation), “With Names, Identities, and Roadmap… El Watan Exposes Brotherhood Cells in America,” it’s written by investigative journalist Ahmed al-Tahiri, who begins the report by saying: … El Watan then goes on to name names, saying that the following activists and entities are Brotherhood operatives working within the United States (reproduced verbatim):

25.
5 Things the Obama Administration Had No Idea the Obama Administration Was Doing

. What’s the point of having a President who learns about everything his administration is doing from the newspapers, just like everyone else? When do you start to ask, “Is this guy stupid or just dishonest?” Given that Barack Obama seems to know so little about what’s going on in his administration that it’s starting to resemble a “Hogan’s Heroes” rerun with Bo playing the role of Colonel Klink, maybe the answer is “both.”

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AP editors: Obama relies on staged propaganda photos

. Editors of The Associated Press condemned the White House’s refusal to give photojournalists real access to President Obama, who prefers to circulate press release-style pictures taken by his own paid photographers. These official photographs are little more than propaganda, according to AP director of photography Santiago Lyon. The AP has only been permitted to photograph the president alone in the Oval Office on two occasions–both in his first term–and has never been allowed to photograph the president with his staff in the office. The AP generally receives access when foreign leaders are visiting, but at other times the White House relies on its own photographers to take pictures and distribute them to the press. Previous administrations were less strict about photos, undermining Obama’s frequent claim that he strives to run “the most transparent administration” in history.

27.
Israel ‘furious’ with White House for leak on Syria strike

. Jerusalem considers administration’s confirmation of Israeli air attack on missile stores to be ‘scandalous’; TV analyst warns US risks starting ‘major flare-up’. Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday, hitting weaponry that was set to be transferred to Hezbollah. Israel is fuming with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday, hitting weaponry that was set to be transferred to Hezbollah. Israel’s Channel 10 TV on Friday night quoted Israeli officials branding the American leak as “scandalous.” For Israel’s ally to be acting in this way was “unthinkable,” the officials were quoted as saying. A second TV report, on Israel’s Channel 2, said the leak “came directly from the White House,” and noted that “this is not the first time” that the administration has compromised Israel by leaking information on such Israeli Air Force raids on Syrian targets

28.
The Humanitarian Shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act

. Web problems can be fixed. The problems inherent in the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) are another story. The problem is that in making government policy, unmovable obstacles often stand between motives and desired results. The laws of economics and politics thwart the best intentions. Sheer will is not enough to overcome these obstacles, because they are implicit in the logical structure of human action. One cannot merely decree that there be good and affordable medical care for all. Setting up a byzantine bureaucracy won’t do the trick either. Reality is simply not subject to the human will in that way. The maxim “nature to be commanded must be obeyed” applies here.

29.
The First Hustler Runs the Big Con

. Nothing is lost save honor.” So said Jim Fisk after he and Jay Gould survived yet another scrape in their corrupt and storied careers in the Gilded Age Fisk’s dismissal of honor came to mind while watching Barack Obama in Boston smugly explain how his vow — “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it!” — was now inoperative. All along, it had been a bait-and-switch by the first hustler.

30.
FBI tracking down Medicare fraud fugitives from South Florida

. In Miami’s very deep sea of Medicare fraud, Carmen Gonzalez was a minnow So when federal agents recently nabbed her after five years on the lam, it didn’t exactly make a splash. But her arrest was the latest in an under-the-radar round-up of fugitive scammers who have branded Miami with the dubious title of the nation’s capital of healthcare corruption. Gonzalez had played a supporting role in one of the region’s biggest, baddest Medicare rip-offs. She first worked as a cleaning lady, and then as a nurse who paid kickbacks to patients, for the notorious Benitez brothers — three sharks who ran 11 Miami-Dade clinics that swindled a staggering $84 million from the taxpayer-funded program, authorities say. In the spring of 2008, Gonzalez and her father, Enrique, who also worked for the Benitez brothers, fled Miami after they were separately charged. The brothers — Carlos, Luis and Jose — also left Miami soon after they were indicted that May. Where did they all go? Cuba — No. 1 among Latin American destinations of choice for South Florida’s Medicare fraud fugitives. Together, they stole hundreds of millions of dollars by filing billions in false claims for everything from medical equipment to HIV-therapy infusion drugs. Gonzalez and some 30 other defendants have been captured over the last half-dozen years, with the pace of arrests beginning to pick up this year. There are still another 150 fugitives from outstanding Medicare fraud cases in South Florida, most of them Cuban-born immigrants who fled to Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and other Spanish-speaking countries to evade federal trials. View more of the fugitives in our database.

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Venezuela Seizes Houston Company Oil Rigs

. Venezuela is quietly seizing control of two oil rigs owned by a unit of Houston-based Superior Energy Services after the company shut them down because the state oil monopoly was months behind on payments. The seizure started Thursday after a judge in the state of Anzoategui entered a Superior depot and ordered the company to hand over the rigs to an affiliate of state-owned PDVSA. Four members of the local police and National Guard are overseeing the equipment’s removal. PDVSA in a court document obtained by The Associated Press calls the expropriation essential to Venezuela’s development.

32.
Gloves Off: GOP Establishment Goes After Tea Party

. The National Republican Senate Committee, the GOP campaign arm responsible for Senate elections, has decided to use its political power to block consulting firm Jamestown Associates from receiving political work from GOP candidates or incumbents. Jamestown’s “sin” is working with the Senate Conservative Fund, an organization that supports conservative candidates for the US Senate. NRSC communications staffer Brad Dayspring, a former spokesman for House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), told The New York Times on Friday, “We’re not going to do business with people who profit off of attacking Republicans. Purity for profit is a disease that threatens the Republican Party.” Jamestown Associates has done work with the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), a conservative group largely responsible for the elections of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rand Paul (R-KY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), among others. Former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who left the U.S. Senate last year to become the president of the Heritage Foundation, founded SCF.

33.
Virginia Democrat Calls For Forcing Doctors To Accept Medicare And Medicaid Patients

. You would think that when your party is burying a hole that is getting harder and harder to get out of, you wouldn’t want to that hole get deeper faster. But here is Kathleen Murphy, Democrat running for the House of Delegates against Barbara Comstock, telling a forum in Great Falls that she believes it should law to force doctors to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients. Forced by government decree, mind you. A birdie sent me this:

34.
Obamacare User Sent Other People’s ‘Eligibility Letters’

. Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled. What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state.

35.
Docs resisting ObamaCare

. New York doctors are treating ObamaCare like the plague, a new survey reveals. A poll conducted by the New York State Medical Society finds that 44 percent of MDs said they are not participating in the nation’s new health-care plan. Another 33 percent say they’re still not sure whether to become ObamaCare providers. Only 23 percent of the 409 physicians queried said they’re taking patients who signed up through health exchanges. “This is so poorly designed that a lot of doctors are afraid to participate,” said Dr. Sam Unterricht, president of the 29,000-member organization. “There’s a lot of resistance. Doctors don’t know what they’re going to get paid.”

36.
How the U.N. plans to defend Earth from asteroids

. It’s called the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and it means business. t’s a scenario familiar to any science fiction fan: An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and humans must deflect or destroy it to save themselves and every other living creature on the planet. But unlike most sci-fi plots, this one is a real threat, right now. And the United Nations is on it. Last week, the U.N. General Assembly approved the creation of an International Asteroid Warning Group. Former NASA astronaut Ed Lu and other members of the Association of Space Explorers have been calling for the formation of a global asteroid-fighting group for years, but the meteor that exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February got people taking the ASE’s recommendations seriously.

37.
Plane Travels from Canada to Nashville and Crashes…Undetected by Homeland Security

. Nashville International Airport officials are under fire for ignoring a fatal plane crash on early Tuesday morning. A Canadian pilot died when a single-engine Cessna crashed in the airport. Another pilot discovered the plane at about 8:45 a.m., hours after the actual crash. “At this point we’re still examining the air traffic control tapes and radar to determine if there was any communication between the aircraft and the control tower,” Jay Neylon, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, says. No flight plan has been entered and the pilot’s identity is not known at this point. The aircraft has been rented from Windsor Flying Club in Ontario, club president David Gillies tells the Tennessean. “There are so many uncertainties surrounding this occurrence. I have no idea what flight plan he made. From our records we see that he was legally flying the airplane,” Gillies says.

38.
Dallas Fed’s Fisher Says U.S. Economy Hog-Tied by Government

. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said fiscal discord has led to the U.S. government playing a suppressive role in the economy’s recovery and the central bank should transition back to interest-rate driven monetary policy at the earliest possible time. “I am not a proponent of increasing government spending without restraint,” Fisher, who will hold a vote on monetary policy next year, said a speech in Sydney today. “The excessively over-indebted U.S. government has, as mentioned, been hog tied — prevented from providing stimulus. It has thus played a counter-cyclical, suppressive role.” Fisher said the views expressed were his own.

39.
The Cost of Common Core

. Times are a-changin’ for Florida’s education system, with the onset of Common Core State Standards off in the not-so-distant future and a new assessment test on the horizon for students across the Sunshine State. On top of a new set of education standards and a new test comes a whole new set of costs for Florida’s education system. Florida has already joined 44 other states in signing onto the national education standards, but some opponents of Common Core have expressed concerns over how much the initiative will actually end up costing the state. “When the federal government offers money in exchange for implementing one of their programs, it is like promising cold water to a vagabond in the desert in exchange for his shirt,” wrote FSCCC. “It seems like a good deal at first — until there is no water and the sun starts beating down on a bare back. The federal government is already multitrillions of dollars in debt. It does not have any money to offer. Therefore, in short, the entire system is based on an empty promise.”

40.
Newspapers Directed: Cover Up Black Violence

. When a mom and daughter were kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from an ATM, raped, then shot last week, the Indianapolis Star played it by the book: Do not mention the suspects are black. The “book” in this case is written by the Society of Professional Journalists, headquartered just three miles from the scene of the crime. In last month’s issue of the SPJ magazine, the oldest and largest organization of journalists in America reminded its members how they should report racial violence. Don’t. The SPJ story was just repeating what dozens of chapters around the country tell its members in regular seminars: Unless someone is considerate enough to wave around a sign saying, “Kill Honky,” or issue a press release or utter racial expletives in front of lots of witnesses, the fact that the suspects just happen to be black has no bearing on the story.

41.
Obama Admin. Threatens Journalists Who Make Obama Look Bad

. On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Carol Costello made a shocking statement on air. Later in the panel, CNN contributor Will Cain said, “There’s a consistency in the Obama administration of going after people who embarrass the administration. But not those that cover for the administration.” Costello responded, “And Will really does have a point. Because I felt it first hand when I was, you know, reporting on the presidential race. I mean President Obama’s people can be quite nasty. They don’t like you to say anything bad about their boss, and they’re not afraid to use whatever means they have at hand to stop you from doing that, including threatening your job.”

42.
52 Felons Given ‘Routine Unauthorized Access’ to Navy Installations

. A DoD official told the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday that about 50 convicted felons were given access to Navy installations without the proper checks, and no one has been held accountable.A Sept. 16, 2013 DoD inspector general’s report, which was released the same day as the Navy Yard shooting, found that the Navy Commercial Access Control System (NCACS) “did not effectively mitigate access control risks associated with contractor installation access” because Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNJC) officials tried to “reduce access control costs.”

43.
Rallying for McAuliffe, Obama tears into tea party

. President Barack Obama cast Republican Ken Cuccinelli on Sunday as part of an extreme tea party faction that shut down the government, throwing the political weight of the White House behind Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final days of a bitter race for governor. Seeking an upset, Cuccinelli cast this week’s Virginia gubernatorial election as a referendum on Obama’s troubled national health care law.

44.
$1.1 T: CMS Sets Record for Annual Spending by a Federal Agency

. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the federal government’s major health-care programs as well as the Obamacare insurance exchange, spent $1,113,178,000,000 in fiscal 2013, according to the Monthly Treasury Statement for September, which was released last week. That sets a record for the most money ever spent by a federal agency or department in a single year. It also means CMS spent more in inflation-adjusted dollars than the entire federal government spent in 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation creating the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

45.
Did White House cook UN global warming report?

. Senate Republicans are questioning the Obama administration about reports that U.S. officials tried to suppress the 15-year global warming hiatus in the United Nations’ climate report. The Associated Press reported in September that the Obama administration, along with several European nations, lobbied the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to omit or downplay data showing that global warming stopped in 1998. In response, Republican senators have sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, questioning her knowledge of these international lobbying efforts.

46.
PBC ethics commission under fire for ‘evidence tampering’; state orders ‘cease and desist’

. A committee of state lawmakers is seeking a criminal investigation by the state attorney general’s office of a Palm Beach County attorney’s charge that audio records of a Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics were tampered with. The Joint Legislative Auditing Committee also agreed Monday to send a “cease and desist” letter to the Palm Beach County Commission demanding that the ethics commission halt its operations until the tampering charge and other problems can be dealt with.

47.
Mitch McConnell has declared war on conservative groups

. At first, the sound of Mitch McConnell attacking Matt Bevin last week hit the ears like the start of a train wreck with the potential to consume the Senate Minority Leader. Instead, several allies of McConnell and other Senate Republicans say the senator is now planning a two-front war: one against Grimes and the other against the fundraising groups that are supporting Bevin. McConnell’s real targets are the Senate Conservatives Fund, which announced its endorsement of Bevin on Oct. 18, Heritage Action for America, Madison Project, FreedomWorks and other outside groups. If McConnell can crush Bevin, the thinking goes, he can expose a lack of ideological consistency in the outside groups, allowing him to separate Tea Party voters from Tea Party fundraising groups.

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U.S. About to Lose Its Vote at the U.N. Education and Cultural Agency

. The United States is set to lose its vote at the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in the coming days, unless the administration requests and is granted a special exemption on the grounds that its inability to pay its dues is beyond its control. The situation is a direct result of UNESCO’s decision in 2011 to grant full membership to the Palestinian Authority (P.A.), the first U.N. agency to do so. Under laws passed in the 1990s, the U.S. as a result was obliged to cut its funding, which accounts for 22 percent of UNESCO’s regular budget. Although the administration sought a waiver to enable it to resume contributions, it has not been successful.

49.
The Reality of ENDA

. President Obama urged Congress to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in a blog post published late last night. All Americans should oppose unjust discrimination, but ENDA does not advance that goal. In fact, it moves us in the wrong direction, as a new Heritage Backgrounder explains. President Obama asks in his blog post: “Does it make a difference if the firefighter who rescues you is gay—or the accountant who does your taxes, or the mechanic who fixes your car?” Of course it doesn’t. But sexual orientation and gender identity are used to describe behaviors as well as identities, and sometimes it could be reasonable for businesses to consider the impact of behaviors at the workplace. No doubt these are difficult and delicate issues, and that is why they are best left to those closest to the decision—not a one-size-fit-all rule from Washington.

50.
Churchill Bust Tossed From Oval Office Has A New Home

. You may recall one of the first things the brand-new 44th president did 1,749 days ago was have the honored bust of Winston Churchill, Britain’s legendary war leader, prime minister and author, removed from the Oval Office. Many people suspect Barack Obama harbors ill-disguised ill feelings toward Great Britain stemming from its long colonial rule of Kenya, homeland of Obama’s father. So, it was with some emotion and perhaps a little political nose-thumbing this past week that Republican House Speaker John Boehner presided over the installation of a new, larger-than-life Churchill bust in a place of honor in the U.S. Capitol. Ex-Sen. John Kerry even attended. Boehner hailed Churchill as “the best friend the United States ever had.” The son of an American mother, Churchill was a self-assigned student of many things, including Americana. He was an expert on the U.S. Civil War and deeply revered Abraham Lincoln, whose statue resides by the British Parliament.

51.
New nationwide coalition recently formed to repeal 16th Amendment

. We are excited to tell you about a new nationwide coalition that recently formed. Repeal 16 is a grassroots effort to fully repeal the 16th Amendment, which created the IRS and the federal income tax. As you are no doubt aware, the IRS has been targeting and harassing tea party and other conservative groups for the past three years. We now know that the IRS illegally disclosed sensitive tax and donor information of conservative organizations in an attempt to intimidate them. And, perhaps most alarmingly, the IRS will have an even bigger role in our lives as Obamacare is being fully implemented!

52.
Teacher’s union head investigates whether parent is a neo-Nazi

. A Pennsylvania father is steaming mad after the head of a local teacher’s union suggested he may be a “neo-Nazi” for questioning a school assignment. Josh Barry, of Camp Hill, Penn., expressed concern after his daughter brought home an assignment analyzing a New York Times article discussing the recent government shutdown. Examiner.com first reported the story. The assignment asked questions like, “Whom do you hold most responsible for the government shutdown?” and “Do you feel it is principled or irresponsible for politicians to threaten a shutdown?” Barry thought it was an exercise in indoctrination. After contacting his daughter’s teacher, Barry heard back from the school’s principal. After a discussion, a friend of Barry’s relayed a voicemail she received from another teacher named Cydnee Cohen. Cohen, who is also the president of the local chapter of the teacher’s union — the East Pembrook Education Association, which is part of the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) — said on the voicemail, “We’re having some problems with a parent in our school district and on his [Facebook] page you are one of his friends … but I would like to know, some of it seems like he is a neo-Nazi.” Cohen then says, “Maybe he is Jewish, I don’t know.” After it was confirmed that Barry is, in fact, Jewish, Cohen sent text messages to the mutual friend which read “he went to bishop mcdevitt!!” and “he is tea party right wing!” Bishop McDevitt is a nearby private Catholic high school. “How absolutely disgusting,” Barry told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

53.
Obama Administration Rules Obamacare Exchange Is Not A Federal Program

. The Affordable Care Act is the biggest new health care program in decades, but the Obama administration has ruled that neither the federal insurance exchange nor the federal subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of low-income people are “federal health care programs.” The surprise decision, disclosed last week, exempts subsidized health insurance from a law that bans rebates, kickbacks, bribes and certain other financial arrangements in federal health programs, stripping law enforcement of a powerful tool used to fight fraud in other health care programs, like Medicare.

54.
Must See! The Hilarious Gift That Made Kathleen Sebelius Scowl

. A Republican State Senator of Tennessee gave Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a “gift” that made her scowl angrily, even though it may just help her out of her website woes. The prize for single-handedly showing the abject incompetence of the Obama administration and demonstrating with historical clarity how big government screws up everything it touches? A copy of “Web Sites for Dummies”!

55.
School board meeting canceled after protest over history book referencing Islam

. Dozens gathered outside the Volusia County School Board offices on Tuesday to voice their concerns about a history book, specifically a chapter dedicated to Islam. “In the world history book, an entire chapter is devoted to one particular religion, and if they’re going to be teaching world history and world religions, it should be taught equally,” said Rick Sarmiento. Others stood in support of the religion, including the very high school students that are learning from the book. “The fact that an entire chapter is devoted to Islam is, in my opinion, really great, because it affords the students the ability to learn about something they may not have encountered in formal education before now,” said Brian Vaughn, a student in the district.

56.
ObamaCare price hikes hit ‘red states’ hardest


. Experiencing sticker-shock at the price of insurance on ObamaCare exchanges? That’s more likely if you live in a “red state” that didn’t vote for Obama, according to price data compiled by the Heritage Foundation. In red states, premiums for 27-year-olds rose an average of 78% on ObamaCare exchanges, whereas in “blue states” that voted for Obama, premiums rose a smaller 50%. Senate critics of ObamaCare say the difference is one way in which the bill is unfair. “It’s unfair, outrageous and unacceptable,” Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who is also an orthopedic surgeon, said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “After discovering that the President broke his promise that Americans can definitely keep their coverage, many red state Americans are now finding out that their rates will soar under ObamaCare. This… proves once again that the President’s health care law picks winners and losers across the country,” he added.

57.
Feds Spent $29 Million on Prescription Drugs for 4,139 Illegal Aliens

. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services. (See Medicare prescription drugs.pdf) CMS “inappropriately accepted 279,056 PDE [prescription drug event] records with unallowable gross drug costs totaling $28,990,718” between 2009 and 2011, Levinson reported. Total federal expenditures under Medicare Part D during that same two-year time period came to $227 billion –

58.
Obama Secret Service Agent: “It’s Worse Than People Know… and I’m Not Trying to Scare You Either”

. You may have your suspicions about what’s going on behind closed doors at the White House. But according to one of President Obama’s former body guards it’s much worse than we can even imagine. Dan Bongino has protected numerous Presidents over his career, including President Obama. He has been within ear-shot of many a discussion in the Oval Office, but up until this administration has stayed out of the lime light. Apparently, however, the activities of this administration are so abhorrent that he could no longer keep quiet. Bongino is so upset with what he witnessed that he is now running for Congress because he feels it’s the only way to take America back from the sycophants who have made every effort to enrich themselves with money and power at the expense of the American people.

59.
ObamaCare is systematically dismantling the individual insurance market, as its architects intended from the start.

. For all of the Affordable Care Act’s technical problems, at least one part is working on schedule. The law is systematically dismantling the individual insurance market, as its architects intended from the start. The millions of Americans who are receiving termination notices because their current coverage does not conform to Health and Human Services Department rules may not realize this is by design. Maybe they trusted President Obama’s repeated falsehood that people who liked their health plans could keep them. But Americans should understand that this month’s mass cancellation wave has been the President’s political goal since 2008. Liberals believe they must destroy the market in order to save it.

60.
TSA to Pre-Screen Air Travelers’ Tax Info, Property Records, Travel History

. Owe money to the IRS? Having trouble making your mortgage payments? Ever been sued or been arrested? Soon, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will know the answers to these questions before you pass through security, and they might affect whether you are cleared for travel.

61.
Obama Plans To Force Israel To Accept A Palestinian State With Jerusalem As The Capital

. The United States intends to try and force a peace agreement on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), IDF Radio reported Monday. The radio station says the US has informed Israel and the Palestinian Authority that if negotiations between them do not advance, Washington will propose its own solution, that will include a US position on every point that is in contention. In effect, according to the report, this will be an attempt to force the sides to agree on a solution formulated by the US. MK Zehava Galon (Meretz) was quoted as saying Monday that senior US officials told her the US offer would be presented in January of 2014. PA sources also cited January as the month in which the US intends to propose, or impose, its plan.

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Letter Sent To AG Bondi Demanding Investigation into Misconduct By Florida Elected And Appointed Officials
– B.M.G.
. A coalition of twelve Florida based organizations has sent a letter to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi stating, “We the undersigned, ask that your office immediately launch an investigation into the possibility of widespread official misconduct potentially involving fraudulent activity and malfeasance, by elected and appointed officials. While our concerns are primarily involved with SE Florida, the results of such an investigation may affect all Floridians, with likely national ramifications.”

63.
We Are Heading For The Greatest Doctor Shortage In American History

. The United States already has an emerging shortage of doctors, and thanks to Obamacare that shortage is about to become much, much worse. Right now, the U.S. has close to a million doctors, and about half of them are over the age of 50. Many of them are beginning to wonder if practicing medicine is worth it anymore. In some specialties, treating Medicaid and Medicare patients pays so little that many doctors are now turning them away. Other doctors are charging their regular patients enormous amounts in order to make up for the money that they are losing on Medicaid and Medicare patients. And of course the paperwork and the red tape imposed on doctors by the health insurance companies and the federal government gets worse with each passing year. Some doctors actually spend more time filling out paperwork and dealing with red tape than they do seeing patients. On top of everything else, there is the constant and never-ending threat of being sued by predatory lawyers and losing everything. The giant malpractice insurance premiums that many doctors have to pay are an extreme financial burden on many practices. When you add it all together, it really is not surprising to learn that large numbers of doctors all over the nation are being driven into bankruptcy. Unfortunately, Obamacare is going to make all of the problems that I have just discussed even worse. This is going to result in much longer waits to see a doctor, and the level of health care in this country is going to go down substantially.

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Obama Administration to Destroy Ivory Stockpiles

. The Obama administration has a message for consumers and vendors of illegal ivory: the United States will not stand for poaching. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping that the message is heard loud and clear when they use a rock-crusher to pulverize six tons of ivory the government has seized over the past 25 years on Nov. 14. At the national wildlife repository in Denver, hordes of raw and carved tusks, ivory ornaments, and jewelry will be destroyed in the Obama administration’s latest effort of promoting wildlife conservation. The African Conservation Act largely banned imports and exports of the material in 1989 after a surge in poaching wiped out nearly two-thirds of the African Elephant species. Since, the U.S. has been seizing ivory at borders, shipping ports and other points of entry.

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If You Like Your God, You Can Keep Him

. On Nov. 1, the Gilardi brothers, devout Roman Catholics who operate their own fresh produce business in Ohio, won round two in a battle against the White House. The Obama administration tried to claim that freedom of religion means freedom to pray, not necessarily to practice your beliefs. Once you leave church, you have to obey government regulations, even when they conflict with your faith. Francis and Philip Gilardi insisted on living their beliefs as they run their business. For a decade, they’ve provided health insurance for their 400 employees but excluded abortion drugs, contraception and sterilization because they conflict with Catholic teachings.

66.
Must See! The Hilarious Gift That Made Kathleen Sebelius Scowl

. A Republican State Senator of Tennessee gave Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a “gift” that made her scowl angrily, even though it may just help her out of her website woes. The prize for single-handedly showing the abject incompetence of the Obama administration and demonstrating with historical clarity how big government screws up everything it touches? A copy of “Web Sites for Dummes”!



Posted 11/1/2013

CONTENTS

1.
The U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate Is At A 35 Year Low

2.
Army Calls Christians & Tea Party “Terror Threats”

3.
$1 Billion/Day To Prevent Global Warming As Antarctic Sea Ice Hits Record High

4.
Hidden In Obamacare Site: Applicants Surrender Right To Privacy

5.
Does the truth matter?

6.
NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

7.
“Thought Police” Ban All Words

8.
Estimate: 16 Million Americans Will Lose Current Coverage Because of Obamacare

9.
At Current Spending Pace U.S. Will Reach $22 Trillion in Debt by February

10.
Administration Caught in New Obamacare Dilemma

11.
Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov’t Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers

12.
Surveillance Scandal: Germany and France Tell Obama, Let’s Talk

13.
What Happened to All of Obama’s Technology Czars?

14.
Gov. Scott: All agencies must find cuts in search for $100 million in savings

15.
Where Obama and Sebelius Part Company on the ObamaCare Crash

16.
25 Stats That Prove That The American Dream Is Being Systematically Destroyed

17.
We’re taking scalps. Starting with Mitch McConnell.

18.
Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

19.
How to Opt Out Of Obamacare Without Paying The Fine

20.
How Badly Will ObamaCare Screw You? Answers Here!

21.
Prelude to Disaster: The Coming Instantaneous Collapse of Obamacare Services

22.
How Obamacare Threatens Marriage

23.
1st auction of solar rights on public lands in Colorado draws no bids

24.
Cruz calls for ‘grassroots army’ to trample ObamaCare

25.
A black box in your car? States see a source of tax revenue

26.
John McAfee on Obamacare: ‘This is a hacker’s wet dream’

27.
Barack Obama knew about NSA’s spying on Angela Merkel

28.
IRS doles out $11.6 billion in erroneous tax credit checks

29.
World’s anger at Obama policies goes beyond Europe and the NSA

30.
Obama Prevents Smithsonian from Display of Armenian Artifact on Genocide

31.
Obamacare Appropriations: Billions of Taxpayer Dollars You Weren’t told About Even After They Passed the Law

32.
US warns allies on leaks of intelligence cooperation

33.
Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria

34.
The White House’s Smear Strategy

35.
Obama says he doesn’t want to hear about spending cuts

36.
Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

37.
Tom Pauken: No More Common Core

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Echoes of Impeachment In NSA Scandal

39.
Sexual predator honored with U.S. Postage stamp

40.
‘Stop Watching Us’ rally in DC pulls off the impossible

41.
EU could run out of money by the middle of November

42.
Conservative Powerhouse Calls for Primary Challenges

43.
Against Despair

44.
29 Incredible Facts Which Prove That Poverty In America Is Absolutely Exploding

45.
Barack Obama’s Twitter & Facebook Hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

46.
Department of Homeland Security is quietly considering lifting ban on Libyans coming to US

47.
God’s Judging America: He’s Giving Us Gutless Leaders and Effeminate Men

48.
Under Obamacare: Your Home’s a Hospital; Your Doctor’s a ‘Team’

49.
New FBI director tells agents to visit MLK monument

50.
In Fed and out, many now think inflation helps

51.
Michelle Obama’s ‘no-bid’ friend spent Christmas at the White House

52.
Gov’t Workers ‘Absent’ 50% More than Private-Sector Workers

53.
Consumer Confidence Decreases Sharply in October

54.
100-Plus United Nations-Marked MRAPS Deploy To Camp Grayling; FEMA Camps Prepare For Civil Unrest

55.
U.S. Intelligence Officials “Furious” With Obama For Throwing Them Under The Bus, Claiming He Didn’t Know They Were Spying On World Leaders.

56.
Under Perez, Labor Department produces a blizzard of new rules

57.
Obama’s Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years

58.
Bin Laden Is Dead, Terrorism Is More Alive Than Ever

59.
Obama’s ‘Transformed’ America Is Worse In Every Respect

60.
Obama’s Health Care Reform Has Been A Lie From Day One

61.
10 Signs That Obamacare Is Going To Wreck The U.S. Economy

62.
Deportations plummet in 2013, lowest since 2007

63.
Justice and State departments blocking access to survivors of Benghazi attack

64.
PETA Launches Drone Program to Spy On Hunters

65.
EU spying backlash threatens billions in US trade

66.
Exposed: Australia’s Asia spy network

67.
Obama and Sebelius: Obamacare Didn’t Cancel Your Plans

68.
Would-Be New York City Mayor Would Gut Central Park

69.
Now ‘Hitler’ blasts Obamacare failure.


1.
The U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate Is At A 35 Year Low

. The percentage of Americans that are participating in the labor force is the lowest that it has been in 35 years. During the 70s, 80s and 90s, the labor force participation rate consistently rose as large numbers of women entered the workforce. It peaked at 67.3 percent in early 2000, and just before the last recession it was sitting at about 66 percent. Since the start of the last recession, the labor force participation rate has not stopped falling and it is now at a 35 year low. In September, 11,255,000 Americans were considered to be “unemployed”, and an astounding 90,609,000 Americans were considered to be “not in the labor force”. The number of Americans “not in the labor force” has increased by more than 10 million since Barack Obama entered the White House. When you add the number of unemployed Americans to the number of Americans “not in the labor force”, you come up with a grand total of more than 101 million working age Americans that do not have a job.

2.
Army Calls Christians & Tea Party “Terror Threats”

. First, it was the American Family Association. Now, the full picture is becoming much more clear. Even though the military denied such allegations of labeling the AFA a “domestic hate group,” there is no question that this is a lie. The Obama Administration’s full on assault on all things Christian in the military is obvious, and well documented. In an October 17th briefing, two Ft. Hood soldiers said Christians and the Tea Party were called out as “terror threats,” and that anyone donating to these groups would be punished.

3.
$1 Billion/Day To Prevent Global Warming As Antarctic Sea Ice Hits Record High

. Governments and private entities throughout the world spent $359 billion last year – or nearly $1 billion per day – to prevent global warming even though the Earth’s temperature has remained virtually flat for the past 17 years.

4.
Hidden In Obamacare Site: Applicants Surrender Right To Privacy

. During Thursday’s congressional hearing with the contractors responsible for building the troubled ObamaCare federal exchanges, we learned that whether you end up enrolling in ObamaCare or not, no one who puts any information into the ObamaCare website can expect to have their privacy protected. Moreover, the fact that you are giving up your right to privacy is hidden in source code that reads, “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication of any data transmitted or stored on this information system.”

5.
Does the truth matter?

. In Minnesota, there is a new ‘political truth’ web site that is being heralded as a place for people to go and compare what Minnesota and National politicians are saying versus what they are really doing.

6.
NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

. The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The confidential memo reveals that the NSA encourages senior officials in its “customer” departments, such the White House, State and the Pentagon, to share their “Rolodexes” so the agency can add the phone numbers of leading foreign politicians to their surveillance systems.

7.
“Thought Police” Ban All Words

. Seattle is considering banning the words “brown bag” and “citizen” because the words offend black people and illegals.

8.
Estimate: 16 Million Americans Will Lose Current Coverage Because of Obamacare

. The U.S. individual health insurance market currently totals about 19 million people. Because the Obama administration’s regulations on grandfathering existing plans were so stringent about 85% of those, 16 million, are not grandfathered and must comply with Obamacare at their next renewal. The rules are very complex. For example, if you had an individual plan in March of 2010 when the law was passed and you only increased the deductible from $1,000 to $1,500 in the years since, your plan has lost its grandfather status and it will no longer be available to you when it would have renewed in 2014.

9.
At Current Spending Pace U.S. Will Reach $22 Trillion in Debt by February

. With the end of the government shutdown, we also saw a hike in the debt ceiling. For the last few years we have been witness to several different debt ceiling discussions and whether or not we should continue to raise our debt limit year after year. Well after this most recent hike, it seems clear that the U.S. government is behaving no better than a teenage girl at the mall with a limitless credit card. In just the last week, since Congress reached the deal to suspend the government’s debt ceiling, the Treasury department has managed to spend another $375 billion. Before the most recent deal, the U.S. debt was fixed at $16.69 trillion. But now that the Treasury has a suspended debt limit through February 7, 2014, the department can basically spend as much money as they want.

10.
Administration Caught in New Obamacare Dilemma

. Remember sequestration? Those automatic budget cuts that went into effect when Congress failed to do real budgeting a couple of years ago? It’s hitting Obamacare now. Both laws have been around for awhile, but the Obama Administration hasn’t done anything to prepare for their collision. The cuts are hitting a set of subsidies that were supposed to help pay deductibles and co-pays for lower-income Americans with Obamacare coverage. An Obama official pledged there would be a plan before the Obamacare exchanges opened on October 1, but that didn’t happen.

11.
Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov’t Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers

. Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.

12.
Surveillance Scandal: Germany and France Tell Obama, Let’s Talk

. Germany and France plan to seek talks with Washington with the aim of reaching an understanding “before the end of the year” on the alleged National Security Agency surveillance of European leaders and citizens. The announcement came late Thursday from European Commission president Herman van Rompuy, reporting back on a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels.

13.
What Happened to All of Obama’s Technology Czars?

. Why does the White House need a private-sector “tech surge” to repair its wretched Obamacare website failures? Weren’t all of the president’s myriad IT czars and their underlings supposed to ensure that taxpayers got the most effective, innovative, cutting-edge and secure technology for their money? Now is the perfect time for an update on Obama’s top government titans of information technology. As usual, “screw up, move up” is standard bureaucratic operating procedure. Let’s start with the “federal chief information officer.” In 2009, Obama named then 34-year-old “whiz kid” Vivek Kundra to the post overseeing $80 billion in government IT spending. At 21, Kundra was convicted of misdemeanor theft. He stole a handful of men’s shirts from a J.C. Penney’s department store and ran from police in a failed attempt to evade arrest. Whitewashing the petty thief’s crimes, Obama instead effused about his technology czar’s “depth of experience in the technology arena.”

14.
Gov. Scott: All agencies must find cuts in search for $100 million in savings

. State agencies hoping to replenish their budgets next year in light of a healthy projected surplus may be in for disappointment. Gov. Rick Scott released a white paper this week announcing he will seek $100 million in spending cuts next year. He says every department must find areas to cut back to meet the goal. “Every agency should be able to find efficiencies. We’ll do the same thing: We’ll review every contract, we’ll look at office space, we’ll look at all the services we buy, we’ll look at can we help our employees become more efficient in what they do every day,” Scott told The Florida Current in a telephone interview.

15.
Where Obama and Sebelius Part Company on the ObamaCare Crash

. We are being told two seemingly contradictory things about the crash of the ObamaCare enrollment mechanism: It is a “glitch” detracting not a whit from the new benefit program itself but also a problem so serious that it would have required two more years of intensive work and untold millions more dollars to have prevented. In a now-infamous interview with CNN before skipping town ahead of the start of congressional investigations, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that it would have been better if her agency would have had five years instead of three for building the Internet portal. The Internet is only 21 years old, so devoting nearly a quarter of its lifespan to the creation of one site sounds a bit excessive.

16.
25 Stats That Prove That The American Dream Is Being Systematically Destroyed

. The 25 statistics that you are about to read are solid proof that the middle class in America is being systematically wiped out. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world. It seemed like almost everyone owned a home, had a couple of nice vehicles and could provide a very comfortable lifestyle for their families. Sadly, that has all changed. In America today, prices are rising at a very brisk pace but incomes are not. There aren’t nearly enough jobs for everyone anymore, and most of the jobs that are being “created” are jobs that pay very little. The largest employer in America is Wal-Mart, and the second largest employer is actually a temp agency (Kelly Services). In a desperate attempt to make ends meet, millions of American families endlessly pile up more debt, and millions of other American families find themselves forced to turn to the government for help. At this point, more than 49 percent of all Americans receive benefits from the federal government each month. The percentage of Americans that cannot financially take care of themselves is rising every single year, and our independence is being whittled away as we become increasingly dependent on the government. Unfortunately, our politicians continue to stand aside and do nothing as our jobs are shipped overseas, inflation steals our purchasing power and the middle class continues to shrink. The following are 25 stats that prove that the American Dream is being systematically destroyed…

17.
We’re taking scalps. Starting with Mitch McConnell.

. With the Chamber of Commerce and Grover Norquist openly declaring war on conservative, it’s time to fight back! Like we did in 2010; we will return and we are taking scalps! Four years ago, mainstream Americans rose up from out of nowhere and declared that they had had enough. At the time, their targets were mostly Democrats. These were some of the meanest Democrats in the county. People like Ike Skelton, a 17 term Congressman from Missouri who was widely regarded as unbeatable. In Wisconsin, political n00b took down powerful 3 term Senator Russ Feingold. We hammered them good, and many others who refused to listen to the will of the American People.

18.
Feds confiscate investigative reporter’s confidential files during raid

. A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August — leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter.

19.
How to Opt Out Of Obamacare Without Paying The Fine

. Less than two-hours ago, I submitted a revised W-4 form to our payroll department. My goal is to avoid being in a position where at the end of next year I am owed a refund from the federal government. As an act of civil disobedience, I am refusing to purchase health insurance. This means that I am subject to a tax/fine of 1% of my income (2% the following year, 2.5% thereafter). But the beautiful thing is that unless I am owed a tax refund, the government will never get any of that money.

20.
How Badly Will ObamaCare Screw You? Answers Here!

. Well well lookie what the cat dragged in. That’s a link to the unsubsidized data dump — all 78,437 records — for each county and State under the Obamacare exchange program. I can verify that for at least my state and county the table is correct, since you can now look it up on Healthcare.gov without creating an account first (which I am not about to do.) There are several very interesting statistical facts that come from this. First, if you’re “27”, the average premium is $266.20/month or $3,194.40 per year. How many 27 year olds have an extra $3,200 to spend on this? Remember, this is the price that virtually every uninsured 27 year old must be willing — and able — to cough up in order to prevent the model this system is predicated on from collapsing.

21.
Prelude to Disaster: The Coming Instantaneous Collapse of Obamacare Services

. There is no doubt that President Obama’s health care system promises to fundamentally transform America. It’s been touted as the saving grace of the working class. But how feasible is it really? We know it’s essentially a wealth redistribution scheme that takes money from one group of people in the form of forced tax payments, only to shift that money into the pockets of those who didn’t earn it in the form of government subsidies to their health care premiums. But like all universal programs, the promise of free anything only works so long as you don’t run out of other people’s money. That being said, a basic analysis of how Obamacare premiums work across the spectrum of America’s wide ranging socio-economic population suggests that it’s dead on arrival. Either the Obamacare system itself collapses under its own weight, or the U.S. economy falls apart because of the extreme burden being hoisted on those who are responsible for paying the bill.

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How Obamacare Threatens Marriage

. Obamacare’s consequences go well beyond all the website malfunctions. For example, Obamacare will tax marriage — another blow to the institution that lies at the heart of our societ. A tax on married couples will effectively fund couples who cohabitate, divorce, or never marry, The Heritage Foundation’s Collette Caprara explains. This strain will put a burden on married couples at all income brackets. Under Obamacare, couples would be better off financially to separate or never commit to marriageKeeping traditional marriages and families intact was already an uphill battle as both government policies like welfare and social changes have reduced marriage and increased cohabitation. Not only does marriage provide positive effects for the husband and wife, their children reap benefits as well because they are less likely to experience issues with health, education, and poverty.

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1st auction of solar rights on public lands in Colorado draws no bids

. The plan to auction rights to federal land across the West for solar-power plants got off to a rocky start Thursday when no bidders showed up for the first auction in Colorado. Uncertainties about the solar market and federal rules probably were major factors in the auction’s failure, industry officials said. Five companies had filed preliminary applications for the three San Luis Valley parcels, and there were another 27 inquires about the sites, according to Bureau of Land Management officials. Based on that interest, officials scheduled an auction at the BLM Colorado office in Lakewood for the 3,700 acres of valley land. “We are going to have to regroup and figure out what didn’t work,” said Maryanne Kurtinaitis, renewable-energy program manager for the BLM in Colorado.

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Cruz calls for ‘grassroots army’ to trample ObamaCare

. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Saturday that his 21-hour Senate speech was a long time, but that’s almost as long as it takes signing up on the ObamaCare website. He was taking a shot at HealthCare.gov’s technical setbacks, referring to his 21-hour floor speech in which he attacked the law ahead of the government shutdown. Cruz made the comment in his keynote speech at the Defenders of Freedom event in Le Mars, Iowa Saturday afternoon. “I seem to recall two weeks ago when every newspaper, every political TV station was saying that it is impossible for the president to delay any part of ObamaCare. You guys are nuts,” the freshman senator said. “This week, the president and the Democrats are saying ‘holy cow, this thing is really not working.’”

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A black box in your car? States see a source of tax revenue

. As America’s road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car. The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America’s major roads. The usually dull arena of highway planning has suddenly spawned intense debate and colorful alliances. Libertarians have joined environmental groups in lobbying to allow government to use the little boxes to keep track of the miles you drive, and possibly where you drive them — then use the information to draw up a tax bill.

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John McAfee on Obamacare: ‘This is a hacker’s wet dream’

. On Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto” on Wednesday, computer programmer and founder of McAfee, Inc. John McAfee said the online component of Obamacare “is a hacker’s wet dream” that will cause “the loss of income for the millions of Americans who are going to lose their identities.” For starters, McAfee said the way it is set up makes it possible for fake websites be set up to fool people to think they’re signing up for Obamacare. “It’s seriously bad,” McAfee said. “Somebody made a grave error, not in designing the program but in simply implementing the web aspect of it. I mean, for example, anybody can put up a web page and claim to be a broker for this system. There is no central place where I can go and say, ‘OK, here are all the legitimate brokers, the examiners for all of the states and pick and choose one.’” “Instead, any hacker can put a website up, make it look extremely competitive, and because of the nature of the system — and this is health care, after all — they can ask you the most intimate questions, and you’re freely going to answer them,” he continued. “What’s my Social Security number? My birth date? What are my health issues?”

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Barack Obama knew about NSA’s spying on Angela Merkel

. US President Barack Obama knew that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone was being tapped and personally approved the spying, which may have begun as early as 2002, a damning media report said today. Obama was informed about the National Security Agency’s tapping of Merkel’s mobile phone already in 2010 by its director Keith Alexander, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported, widening the espionage scandal. The president “not only did not stop the operation, but he also ordered it to continue,” a high-ranking NSA official was quoted as saying by the paper.

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IRS doles out $11.6 billion in erroneous tax credit checks

. It’s another public-relations black eye for the Internal Revenue Service, and this one cost taxpayers at least $11.6 billion in fiscal year 2012. The federal agency that spent nearly $50 million of taxpayer money on conferences and targeted conservative organizations made nearly $62 billion in Earned Income Tax Credit payments in fiscal year 2012, according to an audit released Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The IRS estimated that 21 to 25 percent of the EITC payments were made in error. A TIGTA official tells Watchdog.org the amount likely is higher.

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World’s anger at Obama policies goes beyond Europe and the NSA

. WASHINGTON — Whether miffed over spying revelations or feeling sold out by U.S. moves in the Middle East, some of the United States’ closest allies are so upset that the Obama administration has gone into damage-control mode to ensure the rifts don’t widen and threaten critical partnerships. The quarrels differ in their causes and degrees of seriousness. As a whole, however, they pose a new foreign policy headache for an administration whose overseas track record is seen in many quarters at home and abroad as reactive and lacking direction. In Europe and the Middle East, rifts that once would’ve been quietly smoothed over have exploded into headlines and public remonstrations. The uproar in Europe over revelations from fugitive former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the United States spied on as many as 35 government leaders, including Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, has become so great that early Friday 28 European leaders said Merkel and French President Francois Hollande would open negotiations with the United States over a “no-spying agreement.”

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Obama Prevents Smithsonian from Display of Armenian Artifact on Genocide

. The rug was woven by orphans in the 1920s and formally presented to the White House in 1925. A photograph shows President Calvin Coolidge standing on the carpet, which is no mere juvenile effort, but a complicated, richly detailed work that would hold its own even in the largest and most ceremonial rooms. If you can read a carpet’s cues, the plants and animals depicted on the rug may represent the Garden of Eden, which is about as far removed as possible from the rug’s origins in the horrific events of 1915, when the fracturing and senescent Ottoman Empire began a murderous campaign against its Armenian population. Between 1 million and 1.5 million people were killed or died of starvation, and others were uprooted from their homes in what has been termed the first modern and systematic genocide. Many were left orphans, including the more than 100,000 children who were assisted by the U.S.-sponsored Near East Relief organization, which helped relocate and protect the girls who wove the “orphan rug.” It was made in the town of Ghazir, now in Lebanon, as thanks for the United States’ assistance during the genocide.

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Obamacare Appropriations: Billions of Taxpayer Dollars You Weren’t told About Even After They Passed the Law

. Little was ever reported on some indefensible sections in the health care law. Remember, no Republican voted for this monstrosity. A few media organizations, Fox, Newsweek and a few financial/insurance websites, exposed this: Section 1102 Reinsurance for Early Retirees, more commonly known as ERRP. I condensed the section to isolate specific terms and to show proof of appropriated funding totaling $5 Billion dollars:

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US warns allies on leaks of intelligence cooperation

. The United States is warning some of its foreign intelligence counterparts that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden obtained documents detailing their cooperation with the United States, The Washington Post reported. They could compromise operations if revealed, officials said. Sources told the newspaper Snowden took tens of thousands of documents from a top-secret network run by the Defense Intelligence Agency, which is used by the intelligence arm of military services. Snowden accessed the classified information through the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System. Separate from the trove of NSA surveillance information, the new documents detail standard intelligence of other countries.

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Saudi Arabia severs diplomatic ties with US over response to conflict in Syria

. Upset at President Barack Obama’s policies on Iran and Syria, members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are threatening a rift with the United States that could take the alliance between Washington and the kingdom to its lowest point in years. Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief is vowing that the kingdom will make a ‘major shift’ in relations with the United States to protest perceived American inaction over Syria’s civil war as well as recent U.S. overtures to Iran, a source close to Saudi policy said on Tuesday. Prince Bandar bin Sultan told European diplomats that the United States had failed to act effectively against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was growing closer to Tehran, and had failed to back Saudi support for Bahrain when it crushed an anti-government revolt in 2011, the source said.

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The White House’s Smear Strategy

. It is a revealing insight into the way the Obama White House conducts its business. Apparently, Obama’s deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors told top Senate Democrats Harry Reid, Dick Durbin and Patty Murray that during a White House meeting, a senior House Republican leader had said to the President, “I cannot even stand to look at you.” Senator Durbin then repeated the story on his Facebook page, where it came to the attention of House leaders, who denied it. As it turns out, it was a lie. Jay Carney himself has confirmed that the incident never took place. It is easy to see the purpose that the manufactured smear was intended to serve. Clearly, the White House was trying to demonstrate to Senate Democrats — and through them, to others on Capitol Hill, the media and the country — that the Republicans’ position during the shut down was motivated not by principle, but by personal animus toward the President.

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Obama says he doesn’t want to hear about spending cuts

. President Obama told Republicans in Congress that he doesn’t want to hear about additional cuts to government programs after the 16-day shutdown. The president said the country can afford to make investments in areas like education, and he noted that the shutdown cut into the economy. “Don’t tell me we can afford to shut down the government, which costs our government billions of dollars, but we can’t afford to invest in our kids,” Obama said at a school in Brooklyn. This obsession with cutting for the sake of cutting hasn’t helped our economy grow, it’s held us back,” Obama said.

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Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

. First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.

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Tom Pauken: No More Common Core

. Republican advocates for the Common Core State Standards have been surprised to discover deep and persistent opposition to a top down, educational system driven by a “testing to the test” mindset which seeks to push all students towards a four year university degree. You might say that, by failing to anticipate objections from grassroots conservatives, Common Core advocates are guilty of the soft bigotry of low expectations. But, the trajectory of the debate and the passion it engenders from many parents, educators, grassroot conservatives and employers dissatisfied with the increasing state and national control over local public education, is not at all surprising to those of us in Texas who have watched and participated in the battle over our state’s education policy in recent years. As Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, I was heavily involved in that battle.

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Echoes of Impeachment In NSA Scandal

. A group of entertainment celebrities are fed up with the Obama administration’s willingness to spy on American citizens through the National Security Agency, or NSA – even comparing his actions to those exposed by Nixon’s Watergate scandal. Actors John Cusack, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Will Wheaton join director Oliver Stone, former talk host Phil Donahue and several others appearing in a new video called “Stop Watching Us.”

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Sexual predator honored with U.S. Postage stamp

. Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Franklin evidently failed to envisage today’s postmodern left. For the conservative, there exists at least one other certainty, and it is this: The degree to which “progressives” attack you corresponds precisely to the degree with which you challenge any among their assorted, distorted and sordid sacred cows. What would you call a 33-year-old man who both had and axiomatically acted upon a deviant sexual appetite for underage, drug-addicted, runaway boys? (No, not Jerry Sandusky.)

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‘Stop Watching Us’ rally in DC pulls off the impossible

. Rarely do political opposites agree on much, but groups from all across the political spectrum came together Saturday at the Stop Watching Us rally in Washington, D.C., to oppose the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance program. The all out war between U.S. major political parties has ramped up significantly in recent months making a civilized rally like this one something most people would have thought impossible.The rally’s website listed sponsors covering a broad coalition of left- and right-leaning public advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Green Party, Color of Change and Daily Kos on the left, and the Libertarian Party, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, FreedomWorks and Young Americans for Liberty on the right.

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EU could run out of money by the middle of November

. In a shocking reflection of the recent budgetary crisis in America, the EU looks set to fall foul of a massive shortfall in November. Parliament President Martin Schulz told MEPs this morning that he had received a call from Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso who warned the EU would default unless it was given an extra €2.7 billion from member states. In an extraordinary development it would seem that the UK blocked discussing a €3.9 billion amendment to the 2013 budget from the recent General Affairs Council meeting, leading to any budget debate being postponed which could lead to potential default.

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Conservative Powerhouse Calls for Primary Challenges

. A conservative powerhouse credited for organizing Ronald Reagan’s huge victory in 1980 and the founding of multiple conservative organizations is calling for challenges to the elected GOP officials who may not be fully in line with the party’s roots. “If conservatives want to govern American we have to face the same reality Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan did when they heard the Siren song of those advocating the formation of a third party,” wrote Richard Viguerie at his ConservativeHQ.com. “It’s the primaries stupid!

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Against Despair

. Prior to the government shutdown, the House Republican leadership offered a plan to force the Senate to hold a symbolic vote on defunding Obamacare before allowing it to move on to a so-called clean continuing resolution — one, that is, with no anti-Obamacare provisions. The plan was denounced by various conservative groups as a sell-out and caused a revolt in the caucus. A few weeks and a government shutdown later, all Republicans had to show for their trouble was . . . a symbolic vote on defunding and a clean CR. They were back where they had started, only with lower poll numbers and more poisonous divisions.

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29 Incredible Facts Which Prove That Poverty In America Is Absolutely Exploding

. Did you know that the number of Americans on welfare is higher than the number of Americans that have full-time jobs? Did you know that 1.2 million public school students in the U.S. are currently homeless? Anyone that uses the term “economic recovery” to describe what is happening in the United States today is being deeply insulting to the nearly 150 million Americans that are considered to be either “poor” or “low income” at this point. Yes, things are great in New York City, Washington D.C. and San Francisco, but almost everywhere else economic conditions continue to steadily get worse. The gap between the wealthy and the poor is at a level that America has never seen before, and this is beginning to create a “Robin Hood mentality” that could cause a tremendous amount of social chaos in the years ahead. Anger at the “haves” in America continues to rise at a very alarming pace, and the “have nots” are becoming increasingly desperate. At some point all of this anger is going to boil over, and you won’t want to be anywhere around major population centers when that happens. Despite unprecedented borrowing by the federal government in recent years, and despite unprecedented money printing by the Federal Reserve, poverty in the United States keeps getting worse with each passing year. The following are 29 incredible facts which prove that poverty in America is absolutely exploding…

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Barack Obama’s Twitter & Facebook Hijacked by Syrian Electronic Army

. President Obama’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts – which have a combined audience of 76 million followers – were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army and used to promote a link to a video which highlights how US-backed rebels are committing terror attacks in Syria. The account was compromised less than a day after Obama’s presidential campaign website was also hacked by the SEA .

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Department of Homeland Security is quietly considering lifting ban on Libyans coming to US

. The Department of Homeland Security is quietly considering lifting a long-standing ban on Libyans coming to the U.S. for training in the aviation and nuclear fields, according to an internal document, raising red flags for lawmakers who say Libya is still a security threat. “Now, more than ever, we have concerns about terrorist activity in that country,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told FoxNews.com. “Now the administration wants to normalize — that’s just not acceptable.”

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God’s Judging America: He’s Giving Us Gutless Leaders and Effeminate Men

. Hey, reader: have you ever noticed the lack of men in our culture nowadays? You haven’t? Well, then allow me to be the first to tell you that you’re either… a. Blind, undoubtedly deaf and you probably live in a van down by the river. b. You’re simply not paying attention. c. You are too young to have a historical reference point to when men were actually men and not giddy and roughed X-Factor hopefuls, or turkey-necked, unprincipled politicians, or earring sporting “ministers” of the “gospel”. d. All of the above.

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Under Obamacare: Your Home’s a Hospital; Your Doctor’s a ‘Team’

. President Obama’s former health policy adviser says the law is changing the nation’s health care system for the better, as more people are treated by a health care “team,” in their homes instead of in hospitals.

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New FBI director tells agents to visit MLK monument

. New FBI Director James Comey will tell all the Bureau’s new agents and analysts to visit the monument to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. Previous FBI directors had instructed new agents to visit the Holocaust museum in Washington, which shows “abuse of power on a massive, almost unimaginable, scale,” Comey told FBI agents and staff at his Oct. 28 swearing-in ceremony. Comey said he would continue that practice, while also instructing new agents to visit the memorial to King.

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In Fed and out, many now think inflation helps

. Inflation is widely reviled as a kind of tax on modern life, but as Federal Reserve policy makers prepare to meet this week, there is growing concern inside and outside the Fed that inflation is not rising fast enough. Some economists say more inflation is just what the American economy needs to escape from a half-decade of sluggish growth and high unemployment. The Fed has worked for decades to suppress inflation, but economists, including Janet Yellen, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Fed starting next year, have long argued that a little inflation is particularly valuable when the economy is weak. Rising prices help companies increase profits; rising wages help borrowers repay debts. Inflation also encourages people and businesses to borrow money and spend it more quickly.

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Michelle Obama’s ‘no-bid’ friend spent Christmas at the White House

. More details are coming out about the relationship between first lady Michelle Obama and Toni Townes-Whitley, a senior executive with HealthCare.gov vendor CGI Federal, the company granted a no-bid contract to develop the Obamacare website. The two women shared a Christmas celebration in 2010, along with their husbands, discovered on Townes-Whitley’s Facebook page in a “Christmas at the White House” album which included photos with the first couple. Townes-Whitely, who is a senior vice-president with CGI, was a classmate of the first lady graduating the same year at Princeton, and were members of student groups that hosted a pro-terror speaker, according to the Daily Caller.

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Gov’t Workers ‘Absent’ 50% More than Private-Sector Workers

. A government worker is 38 percent more likely to be absent from work for personal reasons or illnesses than a private-sector worker, and government workers miss 50 percent more of their usual work hours as a result of such absences than do private sector workers, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Consumer Confidence Decreases Sharply in October

. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had declined moderately in September, decreased sharply in October. The Index now stands at 71.2 (1985=100), down from 80.2 in September. The Present Situation Index decreased to 70.7 from 73.5. The Expectations Index fell to 71.5 from 84.7 last month.

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100-Plus United Nations-Marked MRAPS Deploy To Camp Grayling; FEMA Camps Prepare For Civil Unrest

. Using secondary roads and traveling only at night, truckers from more than a dozen four truck convoys have made their way from the west coast to Camp Grayling in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula where they unloaded their cargo: More than 100 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles – MRAPs.

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U.S. Intelligence Officials “Furious” With Obama For Throwing Them Under The Bus, Claiming He Didn’t Know They Were Spying On World Leaders.

. The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping. Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies. […]

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Under Perez, Labor Department produces a blizzard of new rules

. Newly installed Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is presiding over a burst of rule-making unseen at the agency for years. Perez, in his first three months on the job, has overseen new rules on wages, hiring and chemical exposure, some of which had been bogged down by years of delay. In an interview with The Hill, Perez promised he was finding the proper balance. “The choice between job creation and job safety is a false choice. I categorically reject it,” he said. “We can ensure that workers are safe without undermining an employer’s ability to grow.”

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Obama’s Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years

. What the president calls “my military” is being cleansed of any officer suspected of disloyalty to or disagreement with the administration on matters of policy or force structure, leaving the compliant and fearful. We recognize President Obama is the commander-in-chief and that throughout history presidents from Lincoln to Truman have seen fit to remove military commanders they view as inadequate or insubordinate. Turnover in the military ranks is normal, and in these times of sequestration and budget cuts the numbers are expected to tick up as force levels shrink and missions change. Yet what has happened to our officer corps since President Obama took office is viewed in many quarters as unprecedented, baffling and even harmful to our national security posture. We have commented on some of the higher profile cases, such as Gen. Carter Ham. He was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.

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Bin Laden Is Dead, Terrorism Is More Alive Than Ever

. Osama bin Laden is dead, drones are eliminating people and privacy everywhere, but terrorist killings hit a record of nearly 15,500. So much for the claim that “al-Qaida has been decimated.” Basking in his re-nomination at last year’s Democratic convention, President Obama promised “to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and we have … al-Qaida is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead.” Bin Laden may be dead, but could terrorism be any more on the upswing if he were alive?

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Obama’s ‘Transformed’ America Is Worse In Every Respect

. I have been broadcasting for 31 years and writing for longer than that. I do not recall ever saying on radio or in print that a president is doing lasting damage to our country. I did not like the presidencies of Jimmy Carter (the last Democrat I voted for) or Bill Clinton. Nor did I care for the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush. In modern political parlance “compassionate” is a euphemism for ever-expanding government. But I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America. The only question is whether this can ever be undone.

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Obama’s Health Care Reform Has Been A Lie From Day One

. Florida Blue canceled policies for 300,000 Floridians, Kaiser Permanente dropped 160,000 individual plan holders in California, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina mailed out 160,000 cancellation notices. It’s happening nearly everywhere. People were promised they could keep their health insurance plan. That was a lie. They were duped and dropped. The liar is none other than the president of the United States. On June 15, 2009, President Obama told a town hall meeting: “No matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise … if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.” The fine print in his health law proves that he never intended to keep that promise.

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10 Signs That Obamacare Is Going To Wreck The U.S. Economy

. It is hard to find the words to adequately describe how much of a disaster Obamacare is turning out to be. The debut of Healthcare.gov has been probably the worst launch of a major website in history, millions of Americans are having their current health insurance policies canceled, millions of others are seeing the size of their health insurance premiums absolutely explode, and this new law is going to result in massive numbers of jobs being lost. It is almost as if Obamacare was specifically designed to wreck the U.S. economy. Not that what we had before Obamacare was great. In fact, I have long argued that the U.S. health care system is a complete and total train wreck. But now Obamacare is making everything that was bad about our system much, much worse. Americans are going to pay far more for health care, the quality of that care is going to go down, they are going to have to deal with far more medical red tape, and thousands upon thousands of U.S. employers are considering getting rid of the health plans that they offer to employees altogether due to Obamacare. If the U.S. health care system was a separate nation, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet, and now Obamacare is going to absolutely cripple it. To say that Obamacare is an “economic catastrophe” would be a massive understatement.

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Deportations plummet in 2013, lowest since 2007

. Authorities deported fewer illegal immigrants in fiscal 2013 than at any time since President Obama took office, according to secret numbers obtained by the Center for Immigration Studies that suggest Mr. Obama’s nondeportation policies have hindered removals. Just 364,700 illegal immigrants were removed in fiscal 2013, according to internal numbers from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement that CIS released Wednesday — down 11 percent from the nearly 410,000 who were deported in 2012.

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Justice and State departments blocking access to survivors of Benghazi attack

. The Justice and State departments are now citing a year-old FBI investigation and a future criminal prosecution to block access to survivors of last year’s Benghazi terror attack. In an Oct. 28 letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Julia Frifield, refers to “significant risks” and “serious concerns about having the survivors of the attack submit to additional interviews.”

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PETA Launches Drone Program to Spy On Hunters

. Harassing a hunter is illegal under Massachusetts law, but that’s not stopping People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) from launching a new surveillance drone dubbed the “Air Angel.” This drone is designed to follow hunters who are possibly engaged in illegal hunting practices. For about $325, a person can purchase a drone from PETA’s catalog, and use that drone to film hunters who they believe to be engaging in illegal activity. The program went live on the first day of the Massachusetts bow hunting season.

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EU spying backlash threatens billions in US trade

. The backlash in Europe over U.S. spying is threatening an agreement that generates tens of billions of dollars in trans-Atlantic business every year — and negotiations on another pact worth many times more. A growing number of European officials are calling for the suspension of the “Safe Harbor” agreement that lets U.S. companies process commercial and personal data — sales, emails, photos — from customers in Europe. This little-known but vital deal allows more than 4,200 American companies to do business in Europe, including Internet giants like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon.

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Exposed: Australia’s Asia spy network

. Australian embassies are being secretly used to intercept phone calls and data across Asia as part of a US-led global spying network, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden and a former Australian intelligence officer. The top secret Defence Signals Directorate operates the clandestine surveillance facilities at embassies without the knowledge of most Australian diplomats.

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Obama and Sebelius: Obamacare Didn’t Cancel Your Plans

. Obamacare dictates what government-approved health insurance looks like. That’s the whole point of the law. You must buy government-approved health insurance, and the bureaucrats will tell you what it must cover. But President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are now denying this. Yesterday, they both came out publicly to tell America that it’s not Obamacare that’s causing you to receive a cancellation notice—it’s your insurance company.

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Would-Be New York City Mayor Would Gut Central Park

. This is why we can’t have nice things, New Yorkers might have muttered when they heard the news: Bill de Blasio, a shoo-in to be elected mayor next month, supports a plan to gut one of New York City’s most successful policy innovations of the past three decades. That innovation is Central Park, the crown jewel of America’s urban parks. De Blasio made headlines when it was revealed that he supports a plan to redistribute money from Central Park’s operating budget to other, smaller parks throughout the city. “I think we have to share the wealth a little bit here,” de Blasio said in an interview over the summer. Such a plan to raid the coffers of private, not-for-profit groups would likely not pass constitutional muster, but if it did, the result would be dreadful for all parks—and philanthropy—in New York City.

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Now ‘Hitler’ blasts Obamacare failure.

. The president, members of Congress, celebrities and many others have gone on video to praise or criticize Obamacare, the administration’s signature health-care law that will consume huge portions of the American economy and radically change the way health-care decisions are made. Now Adolf Hitler is joining the crowd.



Posted 10/25/2012

CONTENTS

1.
Obama to House: Now Let’s Negotiate Citizenship for Illegals

2.
Politically Connected Firms Got Lion’s Share of Health Exchange Contracts

3.
Foreign nationals from China and Middle East had free rein at U.S. nuclear lab

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Obama’s Immigration Pivot Is Politically Self-Serving

5.
The American Coalition 4 Property Rights Stunning Presentation to St Lucie County Board
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They’re Not Going To Take It Anymore: New Generation Of Immigrant Advocates Take Radical Approach

7.
More enroll for Mars trip than for health exchange

8.
The Tea Party’s coming vindication

9.
Obamacare Website Violates Licensing Agreement for Copyrighted Software

10.
33 Stats That Prove That SOMETHING Desperately Needs To Be Done About The National Debt

11.
9 Signs That China Is Making A Move Against The U.S. Dollar

12.
The Government Is Researching How To Use Technology To Change Your Religious Beliefs

13.
Workers tearing down Sandy Hook school sworn to confidentiality

14.
Business Groups Preparing To Fight Conservatives Over Immigration

15.
China deploys offensive weapons in space which can destroy U.S. military satellites

16.
A Tyrant’s Dream: Congress Cedes Control Of Federal Debt

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GOP: EPA move ‘unprecedented’

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U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion — tops $17 trillion for first time

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Did the Obama administration know Healthcare.gov would fail?

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GOP grassroots unite to block immigration ‘disaster’

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Why Republican Leaders Joined Obama in Attacking Cruz and Tea Party

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Scotland Shuts Down Childhood Immunization Program After Muslims Complain

23.
FBI investigates possible water supply threat in Wichita, Kansas

24.
Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International Wire Transfers

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Capital controls begin

26.
FL Taxpayers to Subsidize Cable Channel Pushing Immigration Reform
– B.M.G.
27.
Obama Behind Muslim Brotherhood Caliphate Conspiracy

28.
Unmasking Barack Obama’s Master: Saul Alinsky

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D.C.’s ‘Corrupt Bastards Club’

30.
New study finds that Tea Party members more likely to understand science than other conservatives

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ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets

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‘Tech Surge’ Planned to Fix Obamacare Exchanges

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Obamacare seeks to segregate patients, doctors by race

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China smog emergency shuts city of 11 million people

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Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!

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Shopping billboard features Obama as Hitler, demands impeachment

Are they signing up for Obamacare, or for Medicaid?
38.
Obama opened U.S. to Iran missile danger

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MSNBC: White House Is Lying About Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

40.
Republicans Must Get Wise To Obama’s Hard-Line Fiscal Strategy

41.
Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown

42.
Obama to import another 70,000 refugees to US in FY 2014

43.
Slow Assault On Our Faith Heritage

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Exclusive–Documents: Congress Charges Secret Fee To Land Top Committee Spots

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France summons US envoy over NSA surveillance claims

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Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

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ICE agents’ leader turns up heat on Obama immigration ‘scandal’

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Congressman Tom McClintock Calls for Americans to Rise Up Against Obama’s Un-Constitutional Usurpations

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154,000 Fewer Women Held Jobs in September; Female Participation in Labor Force Matches 24-Year Low

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Political bullies…existing at all levels of government

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School Assignments Have Become Rotten To The Core

52.
Saudi Arabia Is Newest Obama Foreign Policy Failure

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Death Panels Alive And Well In Canada And Coming Here

54.
New Zealand Moving to 3 Days a Week Mail Service

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The militarization of U.S. police forces

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Brown Bag Ban: Fed Government Tells Preschool Parents No Lunch From Home Without a Doctor’s Note

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New Domestic Threat: Food-Stamp Riots

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Don’t Forget Obamacare’s Electronic Medical Records Wreck

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Emails: White House, State Department coordinated with journalist on national security leaks

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How Obama Is Remaking Federal Courts in One Chart

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Super Bowl Champs Get $130,000 to Promote Obamacare

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Obama Admin Asks Blue Cross Blue Shield To Hide Poor Enrollment Numbers

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The Population Control Agenda Is Being Relentlessly Pushed In American Public Schools

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If we declared the entire US/Mexico border a national park…would it be closed?


1.
Obama to House: Now Let’s Negotiate Citizenship for Illegals

. In a statement delivered from the White House this morning, President Barack Obama said that now that Congress has enacted a continuing resolution to fund the government–that includes funding to implement Obamacare–he would like to negotiate with the House with the aim of enacting the immigration bill passed by the Senate earlier this year. The key provision in that Senate bill would allow illegal aliens currently in the United States to become legal residents here and get on a “path to citizenship.”

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Politically Connected Firms Got Lion’s Share of Health Exchange Contracts

. “Legacy contractors with deep political pockets” who hired “some of the biggest lobbying powerhouses in Washington” and donated $32 million to federal candidates in 2011 and 2012 got the lion’s share of the estimated $634 million the Obama administration spent to build the glitch-ridden Healthcare.gov, according to an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group

3.
Foreign nationals from China and Middle East had free rein at U.S. nuclear lab

. Although all U.S. nuclear weapons sites were ordered after 9/11 to increase security to defend against the possibility of a terrorist attack, an internal audit by the Department of Energy found that security at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee is grossly lacking. Thousands of foreign nationals from communist and Middle Eastern countries were given unaccompanied free access to the nuclear lab.

4.
Obama’s Immigration Pivot Is Politically Self-Serving

. With the budget deal done, President Obama is pivoting to immigration in a gambit to distract from his economic failures and divide the GOP. But is it good for the country? For a leader who’s dispensed so much bad medicine to his country — from the botched rollout of health reform to the endless debt debacle over government spending — it’s almost surreal to see him make his next priority amnesty for illegal immigrants, an idea about as popular with the public as ObamaCare

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The American Coalition 4 Property Rights Stunning Presentation to St Lucie County Board
– B.M.G
. The American Coalition 4 Property Rights made a powerful but balanced presentation to the St Lucie County Board of Commissioners on October 15, 2013. The Commissioners gave te group time on their regular agenda to present our opposition to the Seven50 Plan. Listen for yourself to this 53 minute presentation by Bret McCain and Judy Culpepper. For the best understanding of this presentation we recommend the following 3 steps:.

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They’re Not Going To Take It Anymore: New Generation Of Immigrant Advocates Take Radical Approach

. The frustration, say immigration advocates, is reaching a fever pitch. That is why, many say, recent weeks have seen activists use chains and pipes to tie themselves to the tires of buses that carry immigrants slated for deportation to court, block traffic on Capitol Hill and get arrested, surround Tucson police when they targeted two immigrants during a traffic stop, and chain themselves and block the entrance of a federal detention center.

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More enroll for Mars trip than for health exchange

. The hits just keep on coming with Obamacare enrollee tales of disaster, with the latest joke that more people have actually completed an online application to journey to Mars than successfully signed into the White House’s websites for health reform exchanges. The Daily Mail reported that Twitter exploded on Thursday after it was revealed that 202,586 individuals had successfully signed up for the Mars One colony project to populate the red planet as soon as the technology becomes available. By comparison, the analytics firm Compete.com found that only 36,000 have registered for Obamacare via the official government site, Healthcare.gov.

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The Tea Party’s coming vindication

. The debt deal simply hastens the day of reckoning The conventional wisdom is wrong. The mainstream media — and their parrots in the Republican establishment — are claiming that President Obama decisively won the government shutdown battle. In fact, the narrative being peddled is that the GOP brand has been badly damaged, paving the way for a possible Democratic Party takeover of the House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. This is puerile nonsense. Tea Party Republicans, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, may have lost the battle, but they are poised for a major victory in the larger Obamacare war.

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Obamacare Website Violates Licensing Agreement for Copyrighted Software

. Healthcare.gov, the federal government’s Obamacare website, has been under heavy criticism from friend and foe alike during its first two weeks of open enrollment. Repeated errors and delays have prevented many users from even establishing an account, and outside web designers have roundly panned the structure and coding of the site as amateurish and sloppy. The latest indication of the haphazard way in which Healthcare.gov was developed is the uncredited use of a copyrighted web script for a data function used by the site, a violation of the licensing agreement for the software.

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33 Stats That Prove That SOMETHING Desperately Needs To Be Done About The National Debt

. The U.S. national debt is 36 times larger than it was just 40 years ago. That is not a misprint. That is actually the truth. We are literally destroying the future of America, but most Americans don’t really seem to care. In fact, the most hated politicians in America are the Tea Party politicians that recently tried to take a stand against the out of control borrowing that the federal government has been doing. Pew Research has just released a new survey that shows that the popularity of the Tea Party is at an all-time low. So while many Americans may say that they theoretically want something to be done about the national debt, when push comes to shove they don’t actually mean that. You see, the reality of the matter is that about 128 million Americans get money from the federal government every month. That accounts for the majority of all government spending. Anyone who tries to take those goodies away is going to be hated. So we are going to continue down this crazy path until the system completely crashes someday.

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9 Signs That China Is Making A Move Against The U.S. Dollar

. On the global financial stage, China is playing chess while the U.S. is playing checkers, and the Chinese are now accelerating their long-term plan to dethrone the U.S. dollar. You see, the truth is that China does not plan to allow the U.S. financial system to dominate the world indefinitely. Right now, China is the number one exporter on the globe and China will have the largest economy on the planet at some point in the coming years. The Chinese would like to see global currency usage reflect this shift in global economic power. At the moment, most global trade is conducted in U.S. dollars and more than 60 percent of all global foreign exchange reserves are held in U.S. dollars. This gives the United States an enormous built-in advantage, but thanks to decades of incredibly bad decisions this advantage is starting to erode. And due to the recent political instability in Washington D.C., the Chinese sense vulnerability. China has begun to publicly mock the level of U.S. debt, Chinese officials have publicly threatened to stop buying any more U.S. debt, the Chinese have started to aggressively make currency swap agreements with other major global powers, and China has been accumulating unprecedented amounts of gold. All of these moves are setting up the moment in the future when China will completely pull the rug out from under the U.S. dollar.

12.
The Government Is Researching How To Use Technology To Change Your Religious Beliefs

. Should the U.S. government be trying to figure out how to use technology to change the beliefs of “religious extremists”? Before you answer yes to that question, perhaps you should consider whether or not the U.S. government considers you to be a “religious extremist”. After all, as I have documented previously, conservatives, libertarians, Tea Party activists and evangelical Christians are all considered to be “extremists” in various U.S. government documents. So if we open up Pandora’s Box and say that it is okay for the government to use technology to wipe away the religious beliefs of some “extremists”, what would stop them from using that same technology on you someday? The truth is that this kind of technology should never be used on anyone, and it is very disturbing that the government seems so determined to develop it.

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Workers tearing down Sandy Hook school sworn to confidentiality

. In less than two months, it will be the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre — the shootings on December 14, 2012 by alleged killer Adam Lanza of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. And yet we don’t know any more about the killings than we did six months ago. Why? Because the authorities are determined to keep the massacre enshrouded in secrecy. In the United States, death certificates — like birth and marriage certificates — are public domain documents that serve as a mechanism for upholding the integrity of information in which there is a public interest. As an example, death certificates can be and are used to maintain voting integrity by removing dead people from registered voter lists. But Newtown’s town clerk Debbie Aurelia — with the support of the Connecticut state legislature — refused to release the death records of those killed in Sandy Hook, despite Freedom of Information requests from the New York Post, the Connecticut Post, the Associated Press, the Hartford Courant, and other media. The ostensible reason is to protect the “feelings” of the parents of the child victims.

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Business Groups Preparing To Fight Conservatives Over Immigration

. Business groups that want Republicans to compromise more with Democrats and Washington’s permanent political class on comprehensive immigration reform may declare war on Tea Party candidates by putting money behind moderate and centrist candidates in Republican primaries. According to the Wall Street Journal, groups like the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable are thinking about “backing challengers to tea-party conservatives in GOP primaries, increasing political engagement with centrist Republicans.” The Chamber of Commerce is reportedly “researching” what races they can influence in GOP primaries “in hopes of replacing tea-party conservatives with more business-friendly pragmatists” who would include support for comprehensive immigration reform.

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China deploys offensive weapons in space which can destroy U.S. military satellites

. A brief article in a Chinese-language news site, Qianzhan.com (?? Forward Looking), makes an alarming claim — the People’s Republic of China is deploying offensive weapons in space which have the capabilities of destroying U.S. military satellites.

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A Tyrant’s Dream: Congress Cedes Control Of Federal Debt

. The bargain rushed through Congress on Wednesday night clobbers the U.S. Constitution. It shifts control over the debt ceiling from Congress to the president, in violation of Article 1, Section 8, and pushes the nation toward a slippery slope of allowing the president unlimited power to borrow. Article 1, Section 8, states that “Congress shall have the Power To lay and collect Taxes … to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; . .. To borrow Money on the credit of the United States … ” Until 1917, the president had to ask Congress’ permission for each borrowing and frequently acquiesced to conditions. That year, Congress devised the debt ceiling, which gave the president flexibility to borrow up to a certain amount in order to fund a world war.

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GOP: EPA move ‘unprecedented’

. Republican leaders of the House Science Committee are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of rushing a rule to establish broad authority over streams and wetlands. In a letter to the agency on Friday, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah) alleged that it is trying to initiate a “sweeping reinterpretation” of its jurisdiction in a potential new rule. The regulation to expand the EPA’s oversight would give it “unprecedented control over private property across the nation,” they asserted. In September, the EPA began the process of asserting that it can regulate streams, estuaries and other small bodies of water under authority granted by the Clean Water Act. The agency said that the new rule is necessary to clear up confusion caused by two recent Supreme Court cases.

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U.S. debt jumps a record $328 billion — tops $17 trillion for first time

. U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week. The debt now equals $17.075 trillion, according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday. The $328 billion increase shattered the previous high of $238 billion set two years ago. The giant jump comes because the government was replenishing its stock of “extraordinary measures” — the federal funds it borrowed from over the last five months as it tried to avoid bumping into the debt ceiling.

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Did the Obama administration know Healthcare.gov would fail?

. The British multinational in charge of processing Obamacare paper applications received a hefty contract boost just days before Healthcare.gov’s disastrous roll-out, a sign that the Obama administration may have expected serious problems with the website. The Business of Federal Technology (FCW) reports that on Sept. 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) increased their planned payout to Serco’s U.S. subsidiary by 75 percent, adding an extra $87 million to the $114 million promised for processing initial Obamacare enrollment applications.

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GOP grassroots unite to block immigration ‘disaster’

. Tea party groups and small-government activists are applying grassroots pressure to stop the House from approving the Senate immigration bill, which would triple immigration to roughly 33 million people over 10 years. An Oct. 17 letter from more than 100 conservative leaders and tea party activists to the Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, says the Senate bill is so flawed that it would create a “disaster” for Americans, even if it is merged with a perfect House immigration bill.

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Why Republican Leaders Joined Obama in Attacking Cruz and Tea Party

. The finger pointing and savaging of the Tea Party and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz began weeks ago and it has been unrelenting. Many in the senate had been laying in wait all through the summer as Senator Cruz traveled the nation calling attention to Obamacare and its potentially devastating impact on Americans and their families. Instead of locking arms in solidarity many of the Republicans in the mainstream joined the liberal pundits and President Barrack Obama in undermining the very facts that Cruz and other Tea Party leaders had been presenting. The Obama scare machine was in full effect and much of its fuel was supplied by so-called Republican lawmakers like Senator John McCain and Lindsey Graham. These beltway insiders were attempting to deal Cruz and the Tea Party a fatal knockout punch after Cruz’s twenty-one hour senate filibuster.

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Scotland Shuts Down Childhood Immunization Program After Muslims Complain

. If they don’t want modern medicine and science, why leave their primitive, culturally deprived lands? Seriously. We see this rejection of medicine and science in Nigeria, where Muslims are more brazen. They slaughter the doctors. The Taliban enforce this barbarity. Why would the West cave to the primitives? It was revealed yesterday the immunisation programme had been halted days after its launch by First Minister Alex Salmond because Muslim parents were not told the vaccine contained pork gelatine.

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FBI investigates possible water supply threat in Wichita, Kansas

. The FBI is investigating possible threats to the water supply systems in Wichita, Kansas, and several other Midwestern cities that are as yet unsubstantiated, a spokeswoman said on Friday. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation learned of the threats in the past two days and has contacted the water supply facilities and law enforcement offices for the municipalities, said Bridget Patton, a spokeswoman for the FBI office in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International Wire Transfers

. Capital controls imposed on small business owners. The fact that these letters were being sent out to Chase customers was confirmed at the time that we published, but in the last 24 hours we have confirmed that even large businesses doing international transactions have also received the same letters. What this constitutes is a war on cash and a war on small business and individuals. Two years ago we saw a giant backlash against Bank of America when they announced customers would be charged for using their own money via their debit card. We have crossed the rubicon where now the currency has been so devalued that you will have to pay fees to have your money in a bank or use a debit card.

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Capital controls begin

. The Great Cyprus Bank Robbery earlier this year was our first wake-up call. If you recall, indebted up to its eyeballs, Cyprus’ government made a deal with their Eurozone financial masters to confiscate steal 80% of “large” bank deposits. Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge warned us that when bankrupt insolvent governments “run out of fingers to plug the dikes,” history shows that they fall back on a very limited playbook. Simon Black of Sovereign Man blog enumerated 8 steps in the playbook of bankrupt governments: 1. Direct confiscation (the Cyprus model); 2. Taxes; 3. Inflation; 4. Capital controls; 5. Wage and price controls; 6. Wage and price controls on steroids; 7. Increased regulation; 8. War and national emergency. Step #4 is here.

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FL Taxpayers to Subsidize Cable Channel Pushing Immigration Reform
– B.M.G.
. Florida taxpayers are set to subsidize a joint venture between Univision and ABC that will try to use a new cable channel to “own” the debate on comprehensive immigration reform. According to a report in the Miami Herald, Fusion, the cable channel that will debut on October 28 in roughly 20 million homes, may collect nearly $10 million in subsidies “pledged by Miami-Dade County and Florida for the new venture, with the state contributing $7?million to the package.”

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Obama Behind Muslim Brotherhood Caliphate Conspiracy

. The Arab Spring was perceived to be a spontaneous movement whereby one by one, secular leaders were replaced by Islamic dictators. But it was in fact a tightly orchestrated operation conducted by the Muslim Brotherhood, George Soros front groups, our own State Department, and especially the community-organizer-in-chief, Barack Hussein Obama. In this exclusive video, Western Center for Journalism reveals how Barack Hussein Obama is behind a movement to establish a world-wide Islamic caliphate—that may even include the United States!

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Unmasking Barack Obama’s Master: Saul Alinsky

. This has been a week of attacks on the American people like none other. If Barack Hussein Obama and his criminal administration are not being exposed for more crimes that the IRS committed against the American people (targeting of conservative groups, tea parties, churches, etc.), then they are being called out for attacking America’s faith as well as America’s military. My friends, this is just the tip of the iceberg. All of this is coming from the one that is entertaining America’s sworn enemies … within the White House. (Leviticus 26:16)

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D.C.’s ‘Corrupt Bastards Club’

. The Corrupt Bastards Club. They said it. I didn’t. In Alaska we had a group of politicos who chuckled as they dubbed themselves the “CBC,” which stands for “Corrupt Bastards Club.” But it was no laughing matter. I, and many others, took them on. We won. When I served as chairman of our state’s Oil and Gas Commission, I reported on the cronyism of the chair of my own Party, who had been appointed by our governor to that same energy regulating commission. The whistle blowing resulted in him receiving the largest ethics fine in the state’s history. But that was just the tip of the oily iceberg. The FBI investigated Alaskan lawmakers for taking bribes from the oil industry in exchange for votes favorable to that industry, and politicos ended up in jail. The lawmakers actually called themselves the Corrupt Bastards Club and even emblazoned the CBC initials on baseball caps they gifted each other – that’s how untouchable they believed they were. But average, concerned citizens said, “Enough is enough,” and shook things up. Though some of the CBC members ended up in horizontal pinstripes, much of the compromised party apparatus stayed in power.

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New study finds that Tea Party members more likely to understand science than other conservatives

. So much for Democrats calling Tea Partiers unintelligent or idiots. A new study by Yale Law School professor Dan Kahan found that members of the Tea Party are more knowledgable about science than other Republicans. In fact, the findings were so surprising that Kahan, who conducted the study and posted it on his blog earlier this week, was embarrassed by them.

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ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets

. After months of anguished debate over mass shootings, gun control and Second Amendment rights, the Justice Department finds itself on the defensive after a training manual surfaced that suggests federal agents could face a firing squad for leaking government secrets. A photo in the online manual for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — complete with a photo of a turn-of-the-century firing squad — was obtained by The Washington Times from a concerned federal law enforcement official, and it immediately drew protests from watchdogs who said it showed a lack of sensitivity to gun violence and the continuing hostile environment toward whistleblowers.

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‘Tech Surge’ Planned to Fix Obamacare Exchanges

. The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday it was bringing in outside help to resolve some of the technical woes that have beset the federally run insurance exchanges, which the agency acknowledged “has not lived up to the expectations of the American people.” “We are committed to doing better,” agency officials said in a blog post that also said that “our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve healthcare.gov.”
. ” Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.” -Fred Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month, January 1, 1975

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Obamacare seeks to segregate patients, doctors by race

. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor under Obamacare — if you both belong to the same race. Obamacare’s spectacular flop of a rollout distracts from its crude calculus that encourages the allocation of healthcare resources along racial lines and a doctor-patient system splintered into ethnicities. While the 2010 Patient Protecion and Affordable Care Act’s language on diversity sounds innocuous, a review of the frankly separatist thinking of the law’s ardent supporters indicates Obamacare is aiming for a health care system that puts political correctness above the struggle against illness and death. A 2009 report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) examining the House and Senate bills eventually signed by President Barack Obama advocates pairing patients and doctors of the same race, a goal toward which the law channels taxpayer dollars.

34.
China smog emergency shuts city of 11 million people

. Choking smog all but shut down one of northeastern China’s largest cities on Monday, forcing schools to suspended classes, snarling traffic and closing the airport, in the country’s first major air pollution crisis of the winter. An index measuring PM2.5, or particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), reached a reading of 1,000 in some parts of Harbin, the gritty capital of northeastern Heilongjiang province and home to some 11 million people. A level above 300 is considered hazardous, while the World Health Organisation recommends a daily level of no more than 20.

35.
Changing demographics influencing taste buds; salsa beats ketchup!

. Salsa overtaking ketchup as America’s No. 1 condiment was just the start. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously “American,” most people don’t even consider them ethnic. Welcome to the taste of American food in 2013. As immigrant and minority populations rewrite American demographics, the nation’s collective menu is reflecting this flux, as it always has. And it goes beyond the mainstreaming of once-esoteric ethnic ingredients, something we’ve seen with everything from soy sauce to jalapenos.

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Are they signing up for Obamacare, or for Medicaid?

. How many people have tried to sign up for Obamacare? How many have completed the process? Those numbers are important, but let’s keep something else in mind here — there’s another important number that a lot of publications are failing to separate out. That is, how many people are enrolling in the private insurance plans within the Obamacare exchanges — as opposed to those applying who report very low incomes and get steered into the Medicaid program? I haven’t been able to find a copy of the memo the AP obtained on this topic, but when the administration set its goal of 500,000 enrollments this month, it appears they meant the exchanges only — in which case they’re likely to miss it badly. In terms of getting more people insured, it might seem like a minor detail. But the private insurance exchanges, a centerpiece of Obamacare, need a very large number of people to sign up if they are to be viable insurance pools. By the Obama administration’s estimate, they need about 7 million people to sign up for the exchanges nationwide. (They also estimate they need 2.7 million of those to be young/healthy types, a separate but related issue.) There is a separate goal of enrolling another 8 million poor people in Medicaid.

37.
Shopping billboard features Obama as Hitler, demands impeachment

. A digital billboard sign at a shopping center in Indiana definitely turned heads the day it ran flashing images of President Obama with a Hitler-like mustache. The billboard advertisement calling for Obama’s impeachment was featured on a sign for the Cornerstone Plaza in Kendallville.

38.
Obama opened U.S. to Iran missile danger

. In an attempt to “disarm America,” President Obama has canceled a defense system, placing the U.S. home front in danger of a missile attack, including one that could be launched from Iran, charged the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Inhofe told Klein that Obama’s cancellation of the U.S. missile-defense complex in Poland places America in grave danger.

39.
MSNBC: White House Is Lying About Obamacare Enrollment Numbers

. The media, specifically MSNBC, believe the White House is openly lying to them about not having the numbers on those who have enrolled for ObamaCare. Monday on Morning Joe, the AP’s Julie Pace said that on a daily basis she is being told by the Obama administration that “we don’t have the number yet.” A few sentences later, Pace reveals that she knows the administration is lying to her, “We know that they have these numbers.” Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle agreed with her. Rather than being outraged over being lied to, though, Pace seemed amused by the whole thing.

40.
Republicans Must Get Wise To Obama’s Hard-Line Fiscal Strategy

. Judging from the speech Obama gave following the deal to end the government shutdown, Republicans better get wise to the president’s next fiscal gambit when the three-month stop-gap budget and debt measures come due. As was the case with his hard-line defense of Obamacare, the president likely will be inflexible on ending sequestration budget caps, pushing for massive tax hikes, and permitting only the most inconsequential entitlement reforms. Obama is interested in busting the GOP in 2014. He’s not interested in true budget restraint or other economic-growth measures.

41.
Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown

. Over the past few months, the discoveries of two engineers have led to a steady trickle of alarms from the Department of Homeland Security concerning a threat to the nation’s power grid. Yet hardly anyone has noticed. The advisories concern vulnerabilities in the communication protocol used by power and water utilities to remotely monitor control stations around the country. Using those vulnerabilities, an attacker at a single, unmanned power substation could inflict a widespread power outage. Still, the two engineers who discovered the vulnerability say little is being done.

42.
Obama to import another 70,000 refugees to US in FY 2014

. In accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the “Act”) (8 U.S.C. 1157), as amended, and after appropriate consultations with the Congress, Obama made the following determinations and authorized the following actions: The admission of up to 70,000 refugees to the United States during fiscal year (FY) 2014 is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest; provided that this number shall be understood as including persons admitted to the United States during FY 2014 with Federal refugee resettlement assistance under the Amerasian immigrant admissions program, as provided below.

43.
Slow Assault On Our Faith Heritage

. I recently visited the Five Star Veterans Center in Jacksonville, Florida on behalf of the Allen West Foundation where we had a nice gathering of Americans and the theme of “The American Dream.” As I drove home after the event heading to South Florida, ‘round about Cocoa Beach I gazed over in amazement at a disturbing electronic billboard sign. I thought perhaps my eyes were just tired. However, as we got further down the road near Vero Beach, I saw the sign again: “Find Jesus in the Quran” with some quranic verse number and the website, whyislam.org.

44.
Exclusive–Documents: Congress Charges Secret Fee To Land Top Committee Spots

. Members of Congress must pay secret fees known as “party dues” to the Democratic and Republican parties to secure and maintain top committee chairmanships and assignments, newly uncovered internal documents reveal. The never-before-published lists are reprinted inside the new book Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets, written by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer. Senior congressional staffers say the committee price lists have long been rumored to exist but that few people on Capitol Hill have seen them, giving them an almost “mythical” quality.

45.
France summons US envoy over NSA surveillance claims

. The French government summoned the US ambassador in Paris on Monday to demand an urgent explanation over claims that the National Security Agency had engaged in widespread phone and internet surveillance of French citizens. The French daily Le Monde published details from the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden suggesting the US agency had been intercepting French phone traffic on what it termed “a massive scale”. Le Monde said more than 70m French phone calls had been recorded in one 30-day period late last year. Techniques included the automatic recording of conversations from certain numbers, and sweeping up text messages based on keywords. The paper warned that the interceptions were likely to have targeted not just those with suspected terrorist links but also people in business, politics and the French administration.

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Where is the White House getting the money for ObamaCare’s “tech surge”?

. Sebelius told Congress this afternoon that she will indeed agree to testify about the O-Care rollout — just not this week, as she has a scheduling conflict. Here’s a question for her when she does via Byron York: How are they paying for this all-hands-on-deck salvage operation of Healthcare.gov, which even The One himself described as a “tech surge” in the Rose Garden today?

47.
ICE agents’ leader turns up heat on Obama immigration ‘scandal’

. The Obama administration is inflating deportation numbers while ordering immigration agents to ignore the law they are sworn to uphold, the head of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents’ union told Fox News. Crane said President Obama’s selective enforcement of the law – halting deportations of illegal aliens who meet certain conditions – is a scandal on par with the IRS targeting of conservative groups and the coverup of the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.

48.
Congressman Tom McClintock Calls for Americans to Rise Up Against Obama’s Un-Constitutional Usurpations

. Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA) took to the floor of the House of Representatives amidst the shutdown dealings to break down the debt crisis and to point out Barack Obama’s agenda to destroy Republicans, Congress and the Constitution, while gaining control of the American purse, usurping power as a dictator. He ended his remarks by stating that he believed that the salvation of the nation would be the American people standing up against un-constitutional usurpations just as our veterans did last week.

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154,000 Fewer Women Held Jobs in September; Female Participation in Labor Force Matches 24-Year Low

. American women participated in the nation’s labor force in September at a rate that matched the lowest level in 24 years, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time, the number of women actually holding jobs declined by 154,000 from August to September. Because the number of women participating in the labor force declined in September, the drop in the number of women who were actually employed did not cause an increase in the unemployment rate for women.

50.
Political bullies…existing at all levels of government

. Bullying…the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others. Bullying…what better word is there to describe the growing number of RINOs in the House. And while lately the issue and consequences of bullying in general has been all over the news…as in bullies in our schools, bullies on the playground, bullies in sports…sadly, the bullies within the ranks of the Republican party…certain long-term way past time to leave RINO bullies… seem to be dominating the headlines. These political bullies…as in the likes of John McCain and Lindsey Graham to name but two…held Republican lawmakers in both chambers hostage with their made-up doomsday scenarios about defaulting as they sold their party…and ‘We the People’…out to the Obama political machine.

51.
School Assignments Have Become Rotten To The Core

. Have you checked your kids’ school assignments lately? You might be shocked if you do. Sixth-grade children in a history class in the Bryant School District in Arkansas (whose website brags that the district “has embraced” Common Core standards) were assigned a project to update the U.S. Bill of Rights because it is “outdated.” They were instructed to “prioritize, revise, omit two and add two amendments.” The written assignment is full of lies, such as “the government of the United States is currently revisiting the Bill of Rights”; that “they (presumably the government) have determined that it is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer”; and that our Constitution can be changed by a “National Revised Bill of Rights Task Force (NRBR)” (to which students could be appointed).

52.
Saudi Arabia Is Newest Obama Foreign Policy Failure

. Mideast: “Throughout the Middle East, we must harness American power to reinvigorate American diplomacy,” said candidate Obama. We can now add Saudi Arabia to the list of his diplomatic failures as president. The Middle East is gradually falling apart with Barack Obama as leader of the free world. America’s relationship with Israel has never been worse. Our key ally Egypt was propelled into revolution and its future remains unclear after our president’s “New Beginning” speech at Cairo University in 2009. That address also helped ignite destabilizing upheavals in Tunisia, Libya and Yemen, plus uprisings or demonstrations in a half-dozen other Islamic countries. The direct, top-level contact Obama now has with the Iranians, after four and a half years of dithering, seems to be a new, dangerous chapter in the Islamofascist state’s deft string-along of the West.

53.
Death Panels Alive And Well In Canada And Coming Here

. Health Care: Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that under the “law of the land” in Ontario, a government board, not the family or doctors, has the ultimate power to pull the plug on a patient. Lost in the discussion of defunding ObamaCare and the failed effort in Congress is the fact that failure means the government’s ability to defund your life through the ObamaCare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) remains. IPAB is regarded by many, starting with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as a death panel whose decisions based on cost effectiveness would result in health care rationing.

54.
New Zealand Moving to 3 Days a Week Mail Service

. Mail will soon be delivered to suburban New Zealand homes just three days a week as the country’s postal service responds to the rise of smartphones and the decline of letters. On Wednesday, the government agreed to a steep reduction in the six day a week service from 2015 following lobbying from New Zealand Post. The company said reduced delivery days will result in significant job losses.

55.
The militarization of U.S. police forces

. This month, more Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles (MRAPs) have found their way from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Main Streets of America. These are just the latest acquisitions in a growing practice by Pentagon that’s militarizing America’s municipal police forces. Police departments in Boise and Nampa, Idaho, each acquired an MRAP, as did the force in High Springs, Florida. The offer of war-ready machinery, at practically no cost, has proven hard to resist for local police departments. Increasingly, they are looking like soldiers equipped for battle. The growing similarity between our domestic police forces and the U.S. military is a result of the Pentagon’s 1033 Program. This allows the Defense Department to donate surplus military equipment and weapons to law enforcement agencies. In addition to the frightening presence of paramilitary weapons in American towns, the program has led to rampant fraud and abuse.

56.
Brown Bag Ban: Fed Government Tells Preschool Parents No Lunch From Home Without a Doctor’s Note

. It looks like the days of trading half of your peanut butter and jelly sandwich for half of your best friend’s ham sandwich may soon be over if the federal government has anything to do with it. A Richmond, Virginia mother received the following note, telling her not to pack a lunch: Dear Parents, I have received word from Federal Programs Preschool pertaining to lunches from home. Parents are to be informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition requiring a specific diet, along with a physician’s note to that regard. I am sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact …the Health Coordinator for Federal Programs Preschool.

57.
New Domestic Threat: Food-Stamp Riots

. With 20 percent of all American households on food stamps, amounting to 23.1 million households and 47.6 million individuals in July, an across-the-board cut in food-stamp benefits is scheduled to go into effect in November, even though most recipients know nothing about the coming change. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, the benefit increase granted by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help people adversely affected by the recession is scheduled to expire Nov. 1. The USDA projects that the average monthly food stamp payment of approximately $272 per household will decline in November by $36 for a family of four. Will the resulting drop in benefits prompt riots? A WND investigation has found the problem of abuse in income-transfer programs for low-income individuals and families is not limited to the USDA food stamp, or SNAP, program. In the EU, austerity programs on government programs designed to transfer income to the poor has resulted in riots.

58.
Don’t Forget Obamacare’s Electronic Medical Records Wreck

. Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, a Philadelphia orthopedic surgeon, has a timely reminder for everyone encountering the federal health care exchange meltdown: “If you think signing up for Obamacare is a nightmare, ask your doctor how the EMR mandate is going.” Instead of concentrating on care, doctors face exhausting regulatory battles over the definition of “meaningful use” of technology, skyrocketing costs and unwarranted Big Brother intrusions on the practice of medicine.

59.
Emails: White House, State Department coordinated with journalist on national security leaks

. White House and State Department officials cooperated extensively on background with a New York Times journalist during the period that he broke confidential national security information in a series of leaks that prompted outrage from lawmakers, according to unearthed 2011 and 2012 emails.

60.
How Obama Is Remaking Federal Courts in One Chart

. President Obama and his supporters constantly claim that Senate Republicans are being “obstructionist” and preventing the confirmation of his federal court nominees. If you look at the facts, however, Obama’s confirmation record is higher than the last three Presidents—even though he hasn’t made judicial nominations a priority.

61.
Super Bowl Champs Get $130,000 to Promote Obamacare

. The professional football team that won this year’s Super Bowl is getting $130,000 from American taxpayers to promote Obamacare, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch this week. The deal was secured on September 9 between the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) and Maryland health officials. The White House has tried recruiting professional sports leagues—especially the NFL and the National Basketball Association (NBA)—to help promote the president’s healthcare law but they have declined.

62.
Obama Admin Asks Blue Cross Blue Shield To Hide Poor Enrollment Numbers

. In a bombshell revelation, a consumer sales manager for North Dakota’s largest health insurer said Monday that the Obama Administration asked Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota to hide how many people registered for health insurance through an online exchange that just went up. James Nichol of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota told a forum in Fargo that the Obama Administration had made the request. The forum was designed for people who wanted to obtain coverage through the online exchange.

63.
The Population Control Agenda Is Being Relentlessly Pushed In American Public Schools

. Do you want your kids to be taught that the earth has too many people and that they should have no more than two children for the good of the planet? Yes, I know that this sounds absolutely crazy, but this is actually the kind of propaganda that is being forced upon our young people all over America. The population control agenda is being relentlessly pushed in high school textbooks, in classroom instruction and by outside organizations that are given constant access to our high school students. As you will see below, the number one population control organization in the United States, Planned Parenthood, conducts nearly 900 presentations in high schools in the Los Angeles area every single year. And the population control propaganda gets even worse once our kids go off to college. I know – I spent eight years in the classroom at U.S. public universities and most parents would be absolutely horrified to learn what their children are being taught.

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If we declared the entire US/Mexico border a national park…would it be closed?



Posted 10/18/2012

CONTENTS

1.
Obamus Caesar: “No Limits On the Power of the President if He Calls for a National Catastrophe”

2.
Scott, Bondi, Atwater blast federal flood inaction

3.
You can’t trust Obamacare navigators to give you accurate information about the law

4.
Working For The Spooks

5.
Postal service to destroy michelle o. ‘Just move’ stamp series over safety concerns

6.
CPJ report reflects seriousness of US press freedom gaps

7.
Starting In The 1960s, Being A Liberal Meant Being A Scold

8.
Health Care vs. Death Care: 20 Ways to Stay Well (for Less Money than Obamacare)

9
Obama’s Park Service Removes Handles From Water Fountains In Park Frequented By Joggers And Bikers

10.
Parents Launch Executive Order to Stop Common Core and to Stop Student Data Mining

11.
3 Insane Laws Just Signed in California

12.
Public Hearings on Common Core Already Bringing Backlash

13.
Indiana Pushes Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

14.
Obamacare: It’s The Fight We’re In

15.
Obama, The resurrection of Hitler

16.
Protestors break down barricades at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

17.
Hard Truths: Presidential Report Card 1,725 Days In

18.
Allen West calls Obama ‘spoiled brat child, pathological liar’

19.
Ben Carson: Obamacare ‘worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery’

20.
JPAC admits to phony ceremonies honoring ‘returning’ remains

21.
Big Banks Have Big Problems

22.
Court: NSA can continue sweeping phone data collection (Video)

23.
United Healthcare ends relationship with thousands of doctors

24.
Common Core 2.0, Oregon’s “P20w” Project Goes Prenatal

25.
National Park Service Produces Videos Praising Islam’s Contributions To Women’s Rights

26.
Sheila Jackson Lee Suggests Martial Law to End Government Shutdown

27.
Post-American Foreign Policy: Egypt Renews Nuclear Program

28.
China Calls for World to Be ‘De-Americanised’

29.
Has the “Shining City on a Hill” been Fundamentally Changed?

30.
Texas politician says state is preparing to become ‘independent nation’ in case union ‘falls apart’

31.
Is red state America seceding?

32.
Lew’s Testimony on Debt Mirrors SEC’s Definition of Ponzi Scheme

33.
A Phony from a Phony: ‘2,700-year old artifact’ Obama gave Rohani was made in 1999

34.
Obamacare tax stiffing New York cabbies

35.
Media Silent As Democrats Take Country ‘Hostage’ To Demand More Spending

36.
Obamacare Exchange Website Asks Applicants to Register to Vote

37.
Obama: “Islam has Always Been a Part of America’s History”

38.
Obama: Not Allowing Gov’t to Borrow More ‘Would Amount to a New Tax’

39.
People angry they can’t pay their respects at Flight 93 Memorial due to government shutdown

40.
Error 4-0-What? 5 Internet Problems You Didn’t Know Existed Before Obamacare

41.
No Fast Track for Obama’s Next Power Grab

42.
Obamacare’s Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn’t Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are

43.
To All Enslaved By the “Bliss” Of Their Ignorance: Knowledge Is Power

44.
Obama’s Curious Purge Of The Military Continues

45 http
Obamacare website firm’s execs had White House access

46.
Seven50: It’s Agenda 21’s Baby Cousin in Florida – B.M.G.

47.
Experts Weigh in on Common Core at Public Hearing

48.
Illegal immigrant hired as Obamacare ‘navigator’

49.
Obama’s “Tea Tards” Sign Insults The Mentally Challenged

50.
Principal cancels Pledge of Allegiance citing shutdown; may be disciplined

51.
Obama says he’ll veto bill that mandates Obamacare for himself, Congress

52
Obama adviser ‘architect’ of showdown: author

53.
USDA Proceeds with Job-Killing Rule

54.
Obama spokesman promises more taxes, spending and immigration

55.
Feds sweep Twitter for ‘depression surveillance,’ tweet at depressed people

56.
Washington state sues lobbyists over campaign against GMO labeling

57.
S&P: Shutdown cost economy at least $24B

58.
Stenographer dragged off House floor for biblical rant: ‘You can’t serve two masters!’

59.
USDA tells states to shut down food stamp program until deal reached

60.
McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project


1.
Obamus Caesar: “No Limits On the Power of the President if He Calls for a National Catastrophe”

. “President Obama is prepared to take power and begin to rule from day one.” -Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States. Should Congress and the President fail to come to an agreement on America’s debt ceiling we could well be facing a situation that leads Barack Obama to implement a last ditch strategy that would be nothing short of a complete takeover of the United States. So says former US Treasury Undersecretary Paul Craig Roberts, who knows a thing or two about finance, debt and the inner workings of our government :

2.
Scott, Bondi, Atwater blast federal flood inaction

. Gov. Rick Scott and two state Cabinet officers said Thursday that Florida will file a federal court brief in support of Mississippi’s lawsuit to block “unconscionable” rate increases in the National Flood Insurance Program. Reflecting a recurring theme in his re-election campaign, Scott accused President Barack Obama of failing to show leadership in the flood controversy, which has drawn loud protests from the Florida congressional delegation and leaders in other states. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater alluded to Obama’s national health care act, saying the president didn’t know what was in the flood insurance act before he signed it.

3.
You can’t trust Obamacare navigators to give you accurate information about the law

. WKMG television aired this false report — they should have known better than to trust something an Obamacare navigator told them. The navigator has since admitted she was completely wrong about Obamacare and credit scores.

4.
Working For The Spooks

. Most of us ultimately work for our clients or customers. But people who run companies that provide communications services are learning that they may actually work for the government – or at least the government thinks so. The New York Times recently reported on newly public details of the events that led Ladar Levison to close his company, email provider Lavabit. The small company received a publicity boost when it became known that National Security Agency contractor-turned-leaker Edward Snowden used the service due to its above-average security features.

5.
Postal service to destroy michelle o. ‘Just move’ stamp series over safety concerns

. According to Linn’s Stamp News, the US Postal Service has now been forced to destroy the entire run of stamps based on Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. That’s because three of the stamps showed children doing unsafe activities: one showed a child jumping cannonball-style into water; a second showed a child skateboarding without kneepads; a third showed a child doing a headstand without a helmet.

6.
CPJ report reflects seriousness of US press freedom gaps

. On Thursday CPJ launched its first comprehensive examination of press freedom conditions in the United States. The report, “The Obama Administration and the Press: Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America,” highlights the growing threat to reporting on national security and similar sensitive government issues. It was written by Leonard Downie, Jr., the former executive editor of The Washington Post. CPJ determined that a systematic examination of these issues was warranted and commissioned Downie to ensure the report was thoroughly and carefully reported. We knew Len’s contacts, access, and reputation would be helpful in such an endeavor and that his integrity would ensure the report was comprehensive and fair.

7.
Starting In The 1960s, Being A Liberal Meant Being A Scold

. She thought it robbed his death of any meaning. But a meaning would be quickly manufactured to serve a new politics. First, however, an inconvenient fact — Oswald — had to be expunged. So, 24 months after the assassination, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the Kennedys’ kept historian, published a thousand-page history of the thousand-day presidency without mentioning the assassin. The transformation of a murder by a marginal man into a killing by a sick culture began instantly — before Kennedy was buried. The afternoon of the assassination, Chief Justice Earl Warren ascribed Kennedy’s “martyrdom” to “the hatred and bitterness that has been injected into the life of our nation by bigots.” The next day, New York Times luminary James Reston wrote in a front-page story that Kennedy was a victim of a “streak of violence in the American character,” but especially of “the violence of the extremists on the right.”

8.
Health Care vs. Death Care: 20 Ways to Stay Well (for Less Money than Obamacare)

. How about instead of paying for Obamacare, we just spend that extra money on living well and healthfully? With the amount of money that families will be spending, they could make some amazing healthy lifestyle choices that would reduce their need for healthcare in many instances. It all boils down to two options: For the cost involved, would you rather pay for health care, by preventing disease with good choices, or death care, by treating disease with toxic chemicals and invasive medical interventions?

9
Obama’s Park Service Removes Handles From Water Fountains In Park Frequented By Joggers And Bikers

. Until very recently, the National Park Service was one of the least-loathed government agencies in the country. Now, with orders from on high to keep the public from visiting beloved parks and monuments the agency is developing a poor reputation. In what looks like a spiteful move, the NPS even removed handles from water spigots along the Chesapeake and Ohio canal where bikers and joggers exercise as well as along the Great Allegheny Passage, just to ensure people don’t get any water from them. Instead of saving money, the NPS is expending additional resources to go out of its way to close such locations and to make people miserable.

10.
Parents Launch Executive Order to Stop Common Core and to Stop Student Data Mining

. This week, a group of Florida parents, supported by parents and educators nationwide, released an executive order, demanding an end to Common Core and the parentally unauthorized student data mining that’s taking place in every state. As parents, we claim the privilege of directing our childrens’ educations, free from SLDS (state longitudinal database tracking systems), free from Common Core-aligned testing, standards, or “model” curriculum; free from private trade group EIMAC/CCSSO data collection, free from federal micromanagement, free from federal “accountability”; free from the both student and teacher data mining and tracking that is offensive to individual liberty and to Constitutional, local control.

11.
3 Insane Laws Just Signed in California

. California Governor Jerry Brown has been on a signing spree, and the new laws are quite controversial. Some have pointed out that the Right’s reaction has been “surprisingly muted” – but it might be that conservatives cannot decide where to begin on the shocking new legislation. Three of the most insane laws going into effect in California are:

12.
Public Hearings on Common Core Already Bringing Backlash

. Public hearings on Common Core State Standards are set to begin Tuesday in Tampa, but they are already setting off a wave of controversy even before they’ve begun. Gov. Rick Scott ordered the hearings last month after his office encountered a barrage of backlash over the standards and their assessments from members of the public and legislators across the state. When the hearings were announced, the governor said it was possible that public input could lead to changes in the standards; opponents of Common Core say that’s not so. Last week, Florida Stop Common Core Coalition sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott expressing disappointment over how the public hearings would proceed. They argue that three hours — the allotted time for the hearings — is insufficient to gather genuine public opinion.

13.
Indiana Pushes Obamacare Back to the Supreme Court

. It looks like Obamacare is going to be taken back to the Supreme Court, if a group of Indiana school districts get their way. Fifteen Indiana school districts and the State of Indiana filed a lawsuit that involves the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The suit names the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Department of the Treasury and the United States Department of Health and Human Services as defendants. Indiana is the lead plaintiff in the suit. The lawsuit revolves around the ACA’s mandate that employers provide health insurance to all employees who work more than 30 hours per week. According to the lawsuit, the Affordable Care Act will impose significant penalties on employers who fail to provide all of their full-time workers with affordable, minimum coverage. The state and schools said the penalties would result in “catastrophic financial consequences for Indiana public school corporations.”

14.
Obamacare: It’s The Fight We’re In

. For years, folks have talked about the hypothetical impact of Obamacare. Unfortunately, we no longer have to guess at how this unworkable law will impact Americans. Remember when President Obama declared “for those who have insurance now, nothing will change”? For far too many Americans, it is painfully clear the law has changed everything. While these Americans are clamoring for a way out of Obamacare, many politicians in Washington are desperately searching for a way out of President Obama’s government shutdown.

15.
Obama, The resurrection of Hitler

. This video shows several parallels between Hitler and Obama. It proves Obama is using Hitlers play book almost to the letter. The resemblance is uncanny. Truly incredible!

16.
Protestors break down barricades at Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

. Protestors broke down barricades at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. KLTV’s Taylor Hemness is there reporting from the scene. Thirty East Texas World War II veterans are there as well.

17.
Hard Truths: Presidential Report Card 1,725 Days In

. Public opinion polls, the experts always tell us, are merely snapshots of American opinion at a moment in time. Six out of 10 Americans now believe their federal government has become too powerful. That’s the largest percentage this century and one point higher than the previous top, 21 months into the Obama administration. Democrats (38%), independents (65%) and Republicans (81%) agree on this concern, and all three have been trending higher after the first eight months under Obama, with Democrats’ concern jumping the most (50%).

18.
Allen West calls Obama ‘spoiled brat child, pathological liar’

. When West appeared for a telephone interview on The Steve Malzberg Show Friday, the show’s host read an excerpt of a piece written by Dr. Keith Ablow that said the president has a “victim mentality” that makes him view opponents as “abusive, predatory and threatening to him.” When Malzberg asked how else one can explain Obama’s rhetoric and ad hominem arguments, West got less psychological and more basic. “A spoiled brat child, and a pathological liar,” he described Obama. And that was just the beginning. Listen to the exchange below.

19.
Ben Carson: Obamacare ‘worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery’

. Former Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson addressed the Values Voter Summit on Friday, comparing Obamacare to slavery. “Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson said. “It is slavery, in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government.” Carson said that the legislation was never about health care, it was about control. That’s why, he said, when the administration took office, it put everything it had into getting it passed.

20.
JPAC admits to phony ceremonies honoring ‘returning’ remains

. WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense unit charged with recovering servicemembers’ remains abroad has been holding phony “arrival ceremonies” for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains returning that day from old battlefields. The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn’t even fly, and were towed into position. The story was first reported on nbcnews.com.

21.
Big Banks Have Big Problems

. Janet Yellen, dubbed “Ms. QE Infinity” by some wags because of her support for printing money to create jobs, and her willingness to pierce the Fed’s long-held 2 percent annual inflation ceiling, will have more to worry about than monetary policy when she steps into Ben Bernanke’s ample shoes on February 1. There is the small matter of regulating the nation’s banks, a chore made difficult for her by two unrelated facts. The first is that she does not have as firm a theoretical grasp of regulatory issues as she does of monetary policy. Second, her relations with fellow Fed governor Daniel Tarullo are reported to be more than a little fraught. And Tarullo, a one-time Obama campaign adviser still close to the White House, has primary responsibility for the Fed’s bank-regulation program. The differences between Tarullo and Yellen is not doctrinal – both favor aggressive regulation – but personal, which unfortunately often proves to be the more difficult to overcome.

22.
Court: NSA can continue sweeping phone data collection (Video)

. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has granted the National Security Agency (NSA) permission to continue its collection of records on all U.S. phone calls. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced the court’s approval in a statement late Friday. The court authorizes the program for only limited time periods and requires that the government submit new requests every several months for re-authorization. The existence of the bulk phone data collection was one of the most controversial revelations from the leaks by Edward Snowden.

23.
United Healthcare ends relationship with thousands of doctors

. United Healthcare has sent letters ending its relationship with thousands of doctors in Connecticut, according to a local TV station. “Those letters were sent out to doctors caring for ‘Medicare Advantage’ patients,” WTNH News 8 reported Thursday. “It’s a plan marketed to seniors to provide additional services through UnitedHealthCare.”

24.
Common Core 2.0, Oregon’s “P20w” Project Goes Prenatal

. Oregon – Common Core State Standards, the new nationwide education plan that has been garnering major criticism for it’s heavily intrusive nature, data collection, and top-down control, has been taken to the next level by educators through a program called P20W, which would begin preparing children for education while they are still in their mother’s womb.

25.
National Park Service Produces Videos Praising Islam’s Contributions To Women’s Rights

. Another example of your hard-earned tax dollars at work! Apparently, the National Park Service has a ton of money lying around and thought that maybe producing some pro-Islam videos might further their mission to provide national parks to Americans. Seems legit. So they hired a media person to visit the AnNur Islamic School in Schenectady, NY and got the real truth about Islam. Which may surprise you.

26.
Sheila Jackson Lee Suggests Martial Law to End Government Shutdown

. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who has been rumored as being considered to replace Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security, used some very strange language earlier this week to characterize a sentiment for a clean resolution to end the government shutdown. She labeled it a form of “martial law.”

27.
Post-American Foreign Policy: Egypt Renews Nuclear Program

. Egypt recently announced the renewal of its plan to establish a nuclear power plant. This intention was expressed in statements made by the Egyptian minister of electricity and energy in mid-September 2013 during meetings he held with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials, and in a speech given by Egyptian President ‘Adly Mansour on the 40th anniversary of the 1973 war last week. Another legacy of the Obama administration: the nuclear race among Islamic nations in the Middle East. Generations to come will remember well Obama’s contribution to their safety and security when they are held hostage by nuclear Islamic regimes whose objective is to install the universal caliphate living under the sharia.

28.
China Calls for World to Be ‘De-Americanised’

. China’s official news agency has called for the creation of a “de-Americanised world”, saying the destinies of people should not be left in the hands of a hypocritical nation with a dysfunctional government. The official news agency of China, which is seen as the pretender to the world’s superpower crown, then rubbed in more salt, calling American economic pre-eminence just a seeming dominance.

29.
Has the “Shining City on a Hill” been Fundamentally Changed?

. President Obama declared defiantly Tuesday that his signature health-care law is “here to stay” and urged Republicans to abandon what he called a right-wing “ideological crusade” to derail it, saying they have the ability to “reopen the government” following a shutdown that took effect at midnight. I watched with ambivalence the President of the United States “scapegoat” the Republican Party over and over for the past 4 1/2/ years but this was the final movement into stirring “mob hatred”. It was a fearful sight for those who are weak and faint of heart but I truly believe that somehow Right — and I don’t mean an ideology but “Right” in the sense of a “RIGHTEOUS” heart and hand will prevail.

30.
Texas politician says state is preparing to become ‘independent nation’ in case union ‘falls apart’

. A prominent Texas politician, who is running to be the state’s next Attorney General, said this week his state is actively preparing to secede from the union and become an “independent nation” if the U.S. “falls apart.” Barry Smitherman, currently the Texas Railroad Commissioner, made the comments in an interview published in World Net Daily (WND) on Monday.

31.
Is red state America seceding?

. In the last decade of the 20th century, as the Soviet Empire disintegrated, so, too, did that prison house of nations, the USSR. Out of the decomposing carcass came Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Moldova, all in Europe; Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus; and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in Central Asia. Transnistria then broke free of Moldova, and Abkhazia and South Ossetia fought free of Georgia. Yugoslavia dissolved far more violently into the nations of Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo. The Slovaks seceded from Czechoslovakia. Yet a Europe that plunged straight to war after the last breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939 this time only yawned. Let them go, all agreed. The spirit of secession, the desire of peoples to sever ties to nations to which they have belonged for generations, sometimes for centuries, and to seek out their own kind, is a spreading phenomenon. Scotland is moving toward a referendum on independence from England, three centuries after the Acts of Union. Catalonia pushes to be free of Madrid. Milanese and Venetians see themselves as a European people apart from Sicilians, Neapolitans and Romans. Dutch-speaking Flanders wants to cut loose of French-speaking Wallonia in Belgium. Francophone Quebec, with immigrants from Asia and the Third World tilting the balance in favor of union, appears to have lost its historic moment to secede from Canada. What are the forces pulling nations apart? Ethnicity, culture, history and language – but now also economics. And separatist and secessionist movements are cropping up here in the United States. While many red state Americans are moving away from blue state America, seeking kindred souls among whom to live, those who love where they live but not those who rule them are seeking to secede. The five counties of western Maryland – Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll, which have more in common with West Virginia and wish to be rid of Baltimore and free of Annapolis, are talking secession.

32.
Lew’s Testimony on Debt Mirrors SEC’s Definition of Ponzi Scheme

. When Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew testified in the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, urging Congress to enact a new law allowing the administration to increase the federal debt, his description of how the Treasury handles that debt mirrored the Securities and Exchange Commission’s definition of a Ponzi Scheme. “A Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that involves the payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors,” says the Securities and Exchange Commission. “With little or no legitimate earnings, the schemes require a consistent flow of money from new investors to continue,” explains the SEC. “Ponzi schemes tend to collapse when it becomes difficult to recruit new investors or when a large number of investors ask to cash out.” On Thursday, Lew candidly told the Finance Committee that the U.S. Treasury will not be able to pay off current government debt-holders when their debt is due if the Treasury is not able to turn around and issue an even greater amount in new debt to get the cash it needs to do so.

33.
A Phony from a Phony: ‘2,700-year old artifact’ Obama gave Rohani was made in 1999

. Remember that ‘ancient’ artifact that US President Hussein Obama gave Iranian President Hassan Rohani during their meeting at the UN? Well, it’s not so ancient. In fact, it’s about as ‘ancient’ as my 6th child – vintage 1999. Not only is it a fake, it’s a bad fake. The saga of the griffin, from its production to its much-touted return to Iranian President Rouhani during his recent visit to New York, demonstrates how fakers of ancient art fool the gullible wealthy with the connivance of museums and scholars. More profoundly, it shows how ancient (or not so ancient) artifacts are made to carry cultural and diplomatic weight, in this case for a deeply problematic opening in relations between the United States and Iran.

34.
Obamacare tax stiffing New York cabbies

. New York City cab drivers are hopping mad. They’re being saddled with a six cent per fare tax that they thought was to pay for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But instead it’s going to pay for Obamacare tutorials. Welcome to the Obamacare tax nation. U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., lists some 20 new or higher taxes that will supposedly pay for the Affordable Care Act. That doesn’t count the $716 billion it takes from the already under-financed Medicare program the Washington Post reported. That doesn’t count the excessive premiums, co-pays and deductibles policyholders are expected to pay.

35.
Media Silent As Democrats Take Country ‘Hostage’ To Demand More Spending

. Who are the “hostage-takers” now? Convinced by opinion polls that the media will let them get away with it, Democrats are now refusing to pass a “clean” continuing resolution to end the government shutdown, as well as a straightforward debt ceiling increase, in order to undo the sequester cuts that went into effect earlier this year. They are the ones holding a gun to Republicans’ heads, threatening default if their demands are not met. Just like Obamacare, the sequester–passed in the Budget Control Act of 2011–is the “law of the land.” And yet Democrats want to undo it–or else they will keep nearly 400,000 federal employees out of work and let the country risk not paying its bills. Where is the outrage at this disgusting hypocrisy? Where are all the dire warnings about children with cancer and catastrophic interest rates and the end of civilization as we know it?

36.
Obamacare Exchange Website Asks Applicants to Register to Vote

. The Obamacare exchange website is complicated to use and has seen more than a few glitches since it officially opened on October 1st, but the MacIver Institute has found that once you get through the application process, the website asks individuals to register to vote.

37.
Obama: “Islam has Always Been a Part of America’s History”

. Recently I gave a speech to a regional Republican group. After my speech I took questions from the audience. One of the questions had nothing to do with the topic of my speech, but it was an excellent question nonetheless. I was asked to comment on the accuracy of President Obama’s statement made during a speech in Egypt that “Islam has always been a part of America’s history.” My response was simple. I said the President’s comment was “absurd” and that I would like him to explain what significant role in America’s history Muslims have played. In this column I take a closer look at the President’s comment.

38.
Obama: Not Allowing Gov’t to Borrow More ‘Would Amount to a New Tax’

. President Barack Obama used his Saturday radio address to press for an end to “this Republican shutdown” and for an increase in the debt limit. “It wouldn’t be wise,” he said, “to just kick the debt-ceiling can down the road for a couple months, and flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season. Because damage to America’s sterling credit rating wouldn’t just cause global markets to go haywire; it would become more expensive for everyone in America to borrow money. Students paying for college. Newlyweds buying a home. It would amount to a new tax — a Republican default tax — on every family and business in America.”

39.
People angry they can’t pay their respects at Flight 93 Memorial due to government shutdown

. SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. — The closure of national parks and memorials due to the government shutdown has people outraged in Somerset County. Angry visitors have taken out their frustration on the closure sign at the Flight 93 Memorial.

40.
Error 4-0-What? 5 Internet Problems You Didn’t Know Existed Before Obamacare

. With the President’s landmark healthcare legislation finally starting to make its way into the hands of the general public, the problems have been piling on. Even before the healthcare “exchanges” opened on October 1, the Obama administration was delaying the law piece by piece, giving breaks to businesses, members of congress, even his own family.

41.
No Fast Track for Obama’s Next Power Grab

. President Obama is seeking power the Constitution has assigned to Congress. Soon, he will formally ask Congress to surrender its constitutional authority and grant him “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority. And House Republicans are inexplicably ready to give it to him.

42.
Obamacare’s Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn’t Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are

. A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away. HHS didn’t want users to see Obamacare’s true costs “Healthcare.gov was initially going to include an option to browse before registering,” report Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky in the Wall Street Journal. “But that tool was delayed, people familiar with the situation said.” Why was it delayed? “An HHS spokeswoman said the agency wanted to ensure that users were aware of their eligibility for subsidies that could help pay for coverage, before they started seeing the prices of policies.”

43.
To All Enslaved By the “Bliss” Of Their Ignorance: Knowledge Is Power

. We have all heard the term “Ignorance is Bliss.” If this is the case than The United States should be the most blissful nation on earth because it has become very apparent that ignorance has come to rule the day. Many of us have a hard time dealing with this because we understand what is at stake and we understand the inherent nature of man. Man seeks power, and we are blessed with a constitution that ensures that power remains largely in the hands of the people as the constitution binds the hands that govern. To those understanding the virtues of liberty and the responsibility it requires, three branches of government ensure that no single branch will amass dictatorial powers over another. Each branch has specific and separate powers that are designed to protect the liberties of the people first and foremost. To many young people, an executive branch that doesn’t have the dictatorial powers to give them what they think they deserve is the new definition of oppression. Representatives that are accountable to their constituents is the new form of tyranny as many people may not share the same values as those who are so enlightened to know what is best for everyone. There truly is only one word to describe this and that word is ignorance.

44.
Obama’s Curious Purge Of The Military Continues

. The firing of two nuclear commanders in a week adds to a body count that suggests we have either the most corrupt and incompetent general staff in history or our military is being reshaped for other purposes.

45 http
Obamacare website firm’s execs had White House access

. Senior executives from CGI Federal — the company that won the Obamacare website contract — enjoyed high-level access to top Obama administration officials, according to White House visitors’ logs. CGI Federal is the U.S. subsidiary of CGI Group, the Canadian company based in Montreal that won the $93 million contract from the Department of Health and Human Services in December 2011 to build Healthcare.gov, the main Obamacare web site. Prior to the official award, senior CGI executives met with top White House officials and attended a number of invitation-only addresses by President Obama.

46.
Seven50: It’s Agenda 21’s Baby Cousin in Florida
– B.M.G.
. The folks behind Seven50 swear up and down their “blueprint for growing a more prosperous, more desirable Southeast Florida during the next 50 years” is no reincarnation of widely reviled Agenda 21. Maybe. But it sure walks like a duck and quacks like a duck

47.
Experts Weigh in on Common Core at Public Hearing

. The Florida Department of Education is also accepting public input on its website for parents and members of the public who can’t attend the meeting. As of Monday, the department had received over 5,000 comments from members of the public. However, the co-founder of FSCCC, Dr. Karen Effrem, is skeptical about whether the comments will actually be taken seriously. “[The department] is taking online comments, but who knows what will happen to those and whether they are actually examined,” she said. Effrem and her coalition have been getting more and more involved in the battle against Common Core in recent months. She enlisted the help of two high-profile education experts to help make the case against Common Core State Standards, which have been causing a frenzy throughout the state and the nation. FSCCC brought in Sandra Stotsky, who has been credited with developing one of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students as well as the strongest academic standards when she served as senior associate commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education. Massachusetts has been lauded as the city on a hill for education standards throughout the years. Ze’Ev Wurman joined Stotsky in Tampa to speak on the quality of mathematics standards. Wurman was a Senior Policy Adviser at the U.S. Department of Education official under George W. Bush. He also served on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that evaluated the suitability of Common Core’s standards for California. Both Wurman and Stotsky agreed that Common Core standards are a much lower level of learning than other standards, and that could spell trouble.

48.
Illegal immigrant hired as Obamacare ‘navigator’

. An illegal immigrant in New York is serving as an Obamacare navigator, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, a non-profit limited immigration group. According to a CIS report, Maria Marroquin — identified as an illegal immigrant as recently as March 2013 — from Peru is also the “Health Education Organizer” for the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY).

49.
Obama’s “Tea Tards” Sign Insults The Mentally Challenged

. Members of Obama’s Organizing for Actions hold a rally on the Capitol steps.

50.
Principal cancels Pledge of Allegiance citing shutdown; may be disciplined

. A Nebraska high school principal is now finding himself in “agua caliente” for doing something President Obama has been accused of doing for two weeks now. He cancelled a favored, patriotic display that costs nothing to continue by citing “government shutdown.” In this case, it wasn’t a national monument but the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

51.
Obama says he’ll veto bill that mandates Obamacare for himself, Congress

. President Barack Obama is reportedly telling congressional officials he will veto any debt-ceiling bill from Congress that includes the so-called Vitter amendment, which would make the Affordable Care Act applicable to senior executive branch officials, including the president and vice president.

52
Obama adviser ‘architect’ of showdown: author

. President Obama’s top adviser Valerie Jarrett was behind a plan to force a showdown with Republicans over ObamaCare as part of a strategy to regain Democratic control of the House next year, claims author Ed Klein. Klein — who wrote a provocative biography about Obama last year entitled “The Amateur” — said White House insiders refer to Jarrett as “The Night Stalker” because she is the only presidential aide who frequently spends time in the family quarters and dines with the Obamas.

57.
S&P: Shutdown cost economy at least $24B

. The government shutdown cost the nation’s economy at least $24 billion and shaved 0.6 percent off the nation’s economic growth, according to new analysis from Standard & Poor’s.

58.
Stenographer dragged off House floor for biblical rant: ‘You can’t serve two masters!’

. As Wednesday night’s House vote to re-open the federal government and raise the debt ceiling came to a close, a Congressional stenographer had apparently heard enough and gave the chamber a piece of her mind. She went to the well of the chamber, grabbed the microphone and began shouting what seemed to be Biblically-inspired rants, including, “He will not be mocked!” and, “The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God! It never was!” She also admonished the House members that “You cannot serve two masters!” and “A house divided must fall!”

59.
USDA tells states to shut down food stamp program until deal reached

. If Congress doesn’t reach a deal on the debt ceiling to the president’s liking by the end of the month, the Obama administration has ordered states to withhold food stamps.

60.
McConnell-Reid Deal Includes $3 Billion Earmark for Kentucky Project

. A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project. Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.



Posted 10/11/2013

CONTENTS

1.
California Nullifies NDAA Indefinite Detention

2.
Yellowstone Supervolcano Alert: The Most Dangerous Volcano In America Is Roaring To Life

3.
Seven stupid things the gov’t spent money on during the shutdown

4.
5.

Obama Warns Wall Street Of More Chaos To Come

6.
ObamaCare…health care by intimidation

7.
Does Obama’s 2014 Budget nationalize retirement accounts?

8.
Government Bans “God Bless America” Sign

9.
Definition of Tyranny: You can’t quit Obamacare

10.
Female Student Ordered To Change Out Of ‘Offensive’ NRA T-Shirt

11.
Real Jobs Numbers Are Far Worse Than Official Numbers Suggest

12.
Who Shut Down The Government? The Democrats or GOP?

13.
Voter Fraud Destroys Freedom
– B.M.G.
14.
Obama’s Super Secret Treaty Which Will Push The Deindustrialization Of America Into Overdrive

15.
Lesson taught at miami-dade county public schools: “it is ok to throw away food!” But why?

16.
‘Million Vet March’ to descend on DC

17.
Boy suspended after using finger as pretend gun

18.
The cheap tricks of the game

19.
Feds Attempt Shutdown of the Ocean

20.
White House: We Don’t Really Care When the Government Shutdown Ends

21.
Military Priests Face Arrest For Celebrating Mass In Defiance Of Shutdown

22.
Does China Plan To Establish “China Cities” And “Special Economic Zones” All Over America?

23.
Lake Mead property owners forced out until shutdown ends

24.
Heroes of Private-Property Rights Still Mopping Up in Landmark Florida Case

25.
2016 Hopefuls Should Keep Kansas-Nebraska Act in Mind as Shutdown Continues

26.
Federal judge rules against Issa; reminds him he caused shutdown

27.
*Updated* The List: Unnecessarily Shut Down By Obama To Inflict Public Pain

28.
Armed Assailants Target Anti-Obama Protesters

29.
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

30.
Obamacare phones offered to health insurance buyers

31.
ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent’s Fast and Furious book

32.
Foreign vote-count firm expands U.S. Reach through Soros

33.
Even Before Shutdown, Networks Dumped Most Blame on Conservatives

34.
Interventionist Policies Cause Of, Not Cure For, Busts

35.
Signs say National Mall closed, but immigration reform rally is a go

36.
Progressive insurance co-founder seeks to destroy conservatives

37.
Military commissaries closed, but look what’s open for ‘President Stompy Foot’ . . .

38.
Homeland Security advisor admits radical Islamic ties

39.
Obama meets privately to ‘woo’ hand-picked conservative journalists

40.
New group hits Sharpton, targets MSNBC advertisers

41.
Calvin Turnquest formally files to run against Dem. Patrick Murphy

42.
US adults are dumber than the average human

43.
Police Arrest Vietnam Veterans at NYC Memorial

44.
Super-Rally Against President In Works

45.
3 Alternatives to President Obama’s Scare Tactics About Social Security and the Debt Limit

46.
Nuclear scare at Navy submarine base after ‘unbelievable’ failures

47.
White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info

48.
Government shutdown prompts acts of defiance across U.S.


1.
California Nullifies NDAA Indefinite Detention

. California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 351 into law yesterday that opposes not only the indefinite detention sections of the National Defense Authorization Act, but any and all federal law, which would seek to disregard one’s constitutional rights, specifically with regards to the Fifth Amendment.

2.
Yellowstone Supervolcano Alert: The Most Dangerous Volcano In America Is Roaring To Life

. Right now, the ground underneath Yellowstone National Park is rising at a record rate. In fact, it is rising at the rate of about three inches per year. The reason why this is such a concern is because underneath the park sits the Yellowstone supervolcano – the largest volcano in North America. Scientists tell us that it is inevitable that it will erupt again one day, and when it does the devastation will be almost unimaginable. A full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would dump a 10 foot deep layer of volcanic ash up to 1,000 miles away, and it would render much of the United States uninhabitable. When most Americans think of Yellowstone, they tend to conjure up images of Yogi Bear and “Old Faithful”, but the truth is that sleeping underneath Yellowstone is a volcanic beast that could destroy our nation in a single day and now that beast is starting to wake up.

3.
Seven stupid things the gov’t spent money on during the shutdown

. The government is shut down and thousands of government workers have been sent home. But will it save any money? Here are seven things that the government, in all its wisdom, has opted to do during the current shutdown.

4.
Scooter Store scammed $108m from U.S. taxpayers

. You’ve seen those ubiquitous ads on TV of a seemingly good-hearted store that promised elderly and disabled Americans a motorized scooter FOR FREE! Because, the ad assures its viewers, Medicare will pay for it!!!! I’ve seen those ads too, and had wondered how the Scooter Store could be so 100% confident that *ANYONE* who wanted a scooter was assured one — FOR FREE! To quote the eminently sensible Judge Judy: “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true.” When was the last time you’ve seen a Scooter Store commercial? At least many months, if not a year or two. Here’s why. Founded in 1991 by Doug and Susanna Harrison, the privately-owned Scooter Store is headquartered in New Braunfels, Texas, and serve 48 states. It is the largest supplier of mobility vehicles in the United States. In February 2013 the company Store filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and ceased all cash sales to the public, after a raid by more than 150 FBI agents and local cops for Medicare-Medicaid fraud of as much as $108 million.

5.
Obama Warns Wall Street Of More Chaos To Come

. Shutdown: “Wall Street,” according to President Obama, “should be concerned” about the shutdown he just engineered. Why is the nation’s chief executive talking down the growth engine of the U.S. economy? To hear the White House these days, you would think it wants an epic economic failure — or at the very least, market panic. “When you have a situation in which a faction is willing to default on U.S. obligations, then we are in trouble,” the president said. Maybe so. But it is, of course, Obama and his Democrat supporters in Congress who are the “faction” “willing to default” here. It is they who have steadfastly refused to deal with the opposition Republicans, opting for perpetual confrontation and chaos over negotiations and stability. This is what you see in tyrant-run dictatorships in the Third World, not in great nations such as the U.S. As has been pointed out many times before, our constitutional system is one of balance: The president’s job is to see that the laws of the land are faithfully executed, while Congress wields the power of the purse. Obama seems to think that he can dictate the outcome of debt talks. The peons in Congress simply have to go down on bended knee and do his bidding.

6.
ObamaCare…health care by intimidation

. Intimidation: to make timid or fearful; to frighten especially to compel or deter by or as if by threats. And so was and is the reality that is ObamaCare. Barack HUSSEIN Obama and his minions threatened Americans with the fear of NOT getting medical care if they did NOT have health insurance…his version of health insurance…intimidated the middle class and the poor into hating the wealthy who could afford the best medical care their money or their insurance could buy. Deliberately initiating class warfare over medical care when in reality the poor get better medical care than either the middle class or the wealthy as they can waltz into any emergency room in this country and NOT get turned away. And guess who foots the bill for them…the middle class and the wealthy who already have health insurance. And all the promises made by Barack HUSSEIN Obama that you can keep your own insurance if you like it…that you can keep your doctors if you like them…that death panels and rationed health care are just figments of Republican’s imagination… that under ObamaCare monthly premiums will be less than your monthly cell phone bill…well guess what…lies…it was ALL lies. And Obama knew he was lying from day one. ObamaCare…NOTHING but laying the groundwork for what Obama believes will be a strong impenetrable Democratic base so that the liberal left remains in power in 2016, 2020, and beyond. And sadly, ObamaCare did NOT have to be reality if the Republicans in the House had stood strong from day one and NOT caved into intimidation for fear of offending the poor…the minorities…and the ILLEGALS…the ILLEGALS who get the best medical care our country offers but who do NOT pay even one bloody dime for it.

7.
Does Obama’s 2014 Budget nationalize retirement accounts?

. This is what Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of the U.S. Government actually says about retirement accounts:
1. Automatic Individual Retirement Accounts: Employers who don’t have retirement plans for their employees will be required to enroll their workers in direct-deposit Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA), but employees can opt out. Below are direct quotes from FY 2014 Budget:

8.
Government Bans “God Bless America” Sign

. The city of Bartow, Florida, is fining residents $25 a day for displaying a “God Bless American” sign in the front yard. About 300 of the signs were handed out at First Baptist Church of Bartow following a Fourth of July sermon. But three months later, City of Bartow Code Enforcement says the temporary signs have worn out their welcome. The city says that the signs can only be displayed on days that are ”relevant” to the signs, such as the 4th of July.

9.
Definition of Tyranny: You can’t quit Obamacare

. The opposite of freedom is enslavement — the denial of the exercise of our free will and free choice. When a government engages in enslavement, under the guise of legislation and taxation, it is tyranny. Obamacare is exactly that — and more — as explained by G. Keith Smith, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and the co-founder of The Surgery Center of Oklahoma

10.
Female Student Ordered To Change Out Of ‘Offensive’ NRA T-Shirt

. A female student at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills was ordered to change out of her t-shirt because it promoted the NRA. According to CBS Los Angeles, Haley Bullwinkle said she was sent to the principal’s office in September “for violating the school’s dress code that forbids offensive, violent, or divisive clothing.” The “offensive” shirt was a gift from Bullwinkle’s father, which he gave her after he became a member of the NRA. shirt “shows a buck, an American flag, and a hunter’s silhouette.” Under this is inscribed: “National Rifle Association of America: Protecting America’s Traditions Since 1871.”

11.
Real Jobs Numbers Are Far Worse Than Official Numbers Suggest

. Labor Market: For many economy-watchers and investors, the nonrelease of jobs data due to the government shutdown is a big problem. How can they know how the economy is doing? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Investor’s Business Daily has been polling Americans each month on the job market for well over a decade. Unlike the numbers released each month by the Labor Department, ours haven’t been crunched, tweaked, twisted, seasonally adjusted or otherwise tortured to tell a comforting story. In October, our jobs data continued to tell a consistent story about the economy under President Obama’s disastrous policies. And it isn’t pretty. The government’s official unemployment report in September showed 11.3 million people, or about 7.3% of the labor force, without jobs. Not good, but not disastrous, right? Well, those data exclude a lot of people — particularly the millions of discouraged workers who have simply given up looking for a job. So the real unemployment number is bigger — a lot bigger.

12.
Who Shut Down The Government? The Democrats or GOP?

. Even when it comes to something as basic, and apparently as simple and straightforward, as the question of who shut down the federal government, there are diametrically opposite answers, depending on whether you talk to Democrats or to Republicans. There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare. This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the Congressional Record. As for the House’s right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House, which means that congressmen there have a right to decide whether or not they want to spend money on a particular government activity. Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion.

13.
Voter Fraud Destroys Freedom
– B.M.G.
. Nothing in a FREE society governed by the polling station is more critical to maintaining that FREEDOM, than is utmost election honesty. And for the LEFT to do all that it can to SUPPRESS any and all attempts to GUARANTEE that ONLY qualified American CITIZENS can vote . . . is as Un-American as it gets.

14.
Obama’s Super Secret Treaty Which Will Push The Deindustrialization Of America Into Overdrive

. Did you know that Barack Obama has been secretly negotiating the most important trade agreement since the formation of the World Trade Organization? Did you know that this agreement will impose very strict Internet copyright rules, ban all “Buy American” laws, give Wall Street banks much more freedom to trade risky derivatives and force even more domestic manufacturing offshore? If you have not heard about this treaty, don’t feel bad. Obama has refused to even give Congress a copy of the draft agreement and he has banned members of Congress from attending the negotiations. The plan is to keep this treaty secret until the very last minute and then to railroad it through Congress and have it signed into law by October. The treaty is known as “the Trans-Pacific Partnership”, and the nations that are reported to be involved in the development of this treaty include the United States, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia. Opponents of this treaty refer to it as “the NAFTA of the Pacific”, and if it is enacted it will push the deindustrialization of America into overdrive.

15.
Lesson taught at miami-dade county public schools: “it is ok to throw away food!” But why?

. What are you doing?,” asked Ms. Alvarez of students in an angry yet confused tone, as she saw them throwing away unopened milk cartons and cereal boxes, not to mention unpeeled bananas. Ms. Alvarez added, “If you are not going to eat the food, please do not take it when you go through the lunch line! There are children starving all over the world, and you will throw away all of this food?” The students respectfully stood in silence looking toward the floor as Ms. Alvarez reprimanded them. The truth is, as Ms. Alvarez would later learn, she had just further confused these well-intentioned students. Later that same day, as a student walked into class, she said, “Ms. Alvarez, I saw you were upset this morning in the cafeteria. But, please, Ms. Alvarez, do not be upset at the students.” The student further explained, “Ms. Alvarez, students are forced to take food from the lunch line. Even when we tell the cafeteria employees that we do not want the food, they force us to take it. We tell them that we will not eat it and that we will throw it away, but they still force us to take it!” The student sadly admitted that she feels bad throwing away all of the food, as do many students, but that that is just the way it is. They do not have the choice and precluded from doing the right thing.

16.
‘Million Vet March’ to descend on DC

. Outraged that veterans are being turned away from numerous memorials in Washington, D.C., due to the government shutdown, a group organizing a march on the capitol is gathering support from all over the country. “Million Vet March on the Memorials” launched a website and is planning an Oct. 13 event.

17.
Boy suspended after using finger as pretend gun

. The mother of an 8-year-old Central Florida boy is fighting back after her son was suspended from school for using his finger as a play gun. Bonnie Bennett said her son, Jordan, was suspended Friday at Harmony Community School in Osceola County after playing cops and robbers with another student. “There was nothing in his hand. He used his thumb and index finger,” said Bennett. “It was a game. He made no threatening advances or threats to harm anyone. No words were said.” Bennett said she would have been satisfied with some form of punishment but is worried now that since he’s been suspended, her son will be seen as a violent child.“They took a child that has never been in trouble before and went to the extreme,” said Bennett. “A child that has no history of violence is now classified as a violent offender.” The Osceola County School District said it wasn’t just a simple game. A school representative said the district can’t comment on the specifics of what happened because of confidentiality, but after reviewing the entire incident, Jordan’s actions showed to have violated the code of student conduct.

18.
The cheap tricks of the game

. The games politicians play: Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways. The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause. It’s a variation on the grade-school ritual of “you show me yours, and I’ll show you mine.” The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help. “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

19.
Feds Attempt Shutdown of the Ocean

. Charter guides received a message from the National Park Service this week informing them that they are not permitted to take clients fishing in Florida Bay until the feds get back to work. That means that more than 1,100 square miles of prime fishing is off limits between the southern tip of the mainland to the Keys until further notice. The closing affects not only fishing guides, but anyone with a license to conduct business in the park, including tour operators and paddling guides — anyone with a Commercial Use Authorization permit, said Dan Kimball, superintendent of Everglades and Dry Tortugas national parks. Biscayne National Park is also off limits. Enforcement rangers will be on duty, Kimball said.

20.
White House: We Don’t Really Care When the Government Shutdown Ends

. Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.” White House allies, however, say a long shutdown could make the White House’s position less tenable. Mr. Obama is the most visible symbol of the U.S. government, they say, and will inevitably share in the blame as hardships mount and people weary of the infighting.

21.
Military Priests Face Arrest For Celebrating Mass In Defiance Of Shutdown

. Our government is out of control. First, it was the World War II veterans who had to break down barriers to see the open air, un-attended memorial erected in their honor. A memorial which is on public land but is supported – including the National Park Service fee – with private funds. This week there was more security surrounding this memorial — just to keep elderly veterans out — than there was at our embassy in Benghazi the night it was attacked. And for what? To inflict as much pain as possible through this government shutdown. It’s called Washington Monument Syndrome, and it’s pure political theater. But now there’s a story just coming to light that takes things even further. According the Archdiocese for Military Services, GS and contract priests (who are paid by the federal government as independent contractors in places where there aren’t enough active-duty priests to meet the needs of Catholics in military service) are being forbidden from celebrating Mass, even on a volunteer basis. If they violate this restriction, they face possible arrest. FOR CELEBRATING MASS.

22.
Does China Plan To Establish “China Cities” And “Special Economic Zones” All Over America?

. What in the world is China up to? Over the past several years, the Chinese government and large Chinese corporations (which are often at least partially owned by the government) have been systematically buying up businesses, homes, farmland, real estate, infrastructure and natural resources all over America. In some cases, China appears to be attempting to purchase entire communities in one fell swoop. So why is this happening? Is this some form of “economic colonization” that is taking place? Some have speculated that China may be intending to establish “special economic zones” inside the United States modeled after the very successful Chinese city of Shenzhen. Back in the 1970s, Shenzhen was just a very small fishing village, but now it is a sprawling metropolis of over 14 million people. Initially, these “special economic zones” were only established within China, but now the Chinese government has been buying huge tracts of land in foreign countries such as Nigeria and establishing special economic zones in those nations. So could such a thing actually happen in America? Well, according to Dr. Jerome Corsi, a plan being pushed by the Chinese Central Bank would set up “development zones” in the United States that would allow China to “establish Chinese-owned businesses and bring in its citizens to the U.S. to work.” Under the plan, some of the $1.17 trillion that the U.S. owes China would be converted from debt to “equity”. As a result, “China would own U.S. businesses, U.S. infrastructure and U.S. high-value land, all with a U.S. government guarantee against loss.” Does all of this sound far-fetched? Well, it isn’t. In fact, the economic colonization of America is already far more advanced than most Americans would dare to imagine.

23.
Lake Mead property owners forced out until shutdown ends

. The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they’re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land. Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They’ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn’t an option. The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they’ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out.

24.
Heroes of Private-Property Rights Still Mopping Up in Landmark Florida Case

. “The highest court in the land has recognized that money is a form of property, and the Constitution prohibits grabbing money from property owners the same way it prohibits grabbing land without compensation,” Beard explained. In 1994, Koontz’s dad, Coy Sr., wanted to develop commercial land on a 15-acre parcel, most of it within a riparian habitat protection zone in Orange County. So, he applied for a dredge and fill permit with the St. Johns Water Management District. Coy Koontz Sr. agreed to deed the district 11 acres of the property and just develop the rest. St. Johns agreed to grant the permit, but only on the condition that he place a conservation easement over his land, and perform mitigation off-site by replacing culverts and plugging certain drainage canals on other properties Koontz didn’t own — miles away from the property he did. When Koontz refused to perform the off-site mitigation, St. Johns denied the permit.

25.
2016 Hopefuls Should Keep Kansas-Nebraska Act in Mind as Shutdown Continues

. As the federal shutdown drags on, Democrats and Republicans alike who are thinking about running for the presidency in 2016 would do well to hit the books and study up on the political fallout from the Kansas-Nebraska Act. After the Compromise of 1850, the tensions between the North and the South over slavery and other issues cooled down until political leaders in Washington ripped off the bandages by passing the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. By allowing residents of the Kansas territory to determine whether they would have slavery or not when it became a state, the politicians sped the nation along the path toward the Civil War. Two years later during the 1856 presidential election, the Democrats wanted nothing to do with the Kansas-Nebraska Act despite the fact that they passed it and a president from their party, Franklin Pierce, signed it into law. When Democrats met to nominate a candidate, they refused to turn to Pierce again, making him the first elected president to be denied renomination by his own party. They also rejected members of Pierce’s strong Cabinet which included the likes of William Marcy, Caleb Cushing and Jefferson Davis. The Democrats also refused to nominate Stephen Douglas who had been one of the chief champions of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in the Senate.

26.
Federal judge rules against Issa; reminds him he caused shutdown

. A federal judge not only sided with the Obama administration in a request prompted by the government shutdown, but she seems to have taken sides on who’s at fault in the standoff with the Republican-led House.

27.
*Updated* The List: Unnecessarily Shut Down By Obama To Inflict Public Pain

. While our president still enjoys his essential employees and locations: the White House chefs, Camp David, and a military golf course, there doesn’t seem to be any question that in mercenary pursuit of a political win, this White House is determined to unreasonably punish as many everyday people as possible. And this includes children sick with cancer. That might sound like hyperbole, but it is not.

28.
Armed Assailants Target Anti-Obama Protesters

. As public sentiment against Barack Obama continues to grow, more and more patriots are joining forces with a nationwide campaign to impeach the failed president. Many of these protesters join with other locals to hold signs of disapproval on overpasses across the U.S. While opposition is to be expected with any politically charged event, one group of Georgia women recently learned just how threatening the left can be toward conservatives. While holding signs above one road in Gwinnett County, protesters say they received multiple threats — including one by a man with a gun. The man reportedly pulled up to the group, brandished a firearm, and doused one woman with an unknown liquid. “I felt it on my foot,” Marge Moore said in an interview with local media. Though the product was not identified, she said “it burned, so I thought it was a household chemical.” This assault came shortly after another car stopped long enough for its occupants to threaten to kill the protesters.

29.
Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold: (1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate. (2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.

30.
Obamacare phones offered to health insurance buyers

. In Tennessee, those shopping on the new health insurance co-ops could end up with more than just some health insurance. They might even walk away with a free smartphone. The Nashville Business Journal is reporting that Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s Obamacare health insurance co-op, is using the prospect of a free phone to encourage folks to enroll:

31.
ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent’s Fast and Furious book

. Separately, a top ATF official has been reviewing Mr. Dodson’s manuscript for any concerns about sensitive or classified information, potentially leaving open the possibility a process by which it could be published for free, a senior law enforcement official told The Times.

32.
Foreign vote-count firm expands U.S. Reach through Soros

. The foreign-headquartered company that recently purchased the leading U.S. electronic voting firm has just announced the acquisition of the software division of a non-profit election organization tied to George Soros’ Open Society Institute. SCYTL said it is purchasing the software division of Gov2U, described as a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting the use of technology in the fields of governance and democracy. A SCYTL press release says: “Gov2U created its software division in 2004 and, since then, it has developed a wide array of innovative award-winning eDemocracy solutions that have been implemented in multiple countries across Europe, Africa and America at the local, regional and federal government levels.”

33.
Even Before Shutdown, Networks Dumped Most Blame on Conservatives

. On Monday morning, Time/MSNBC political analyst Mark Halperin explained an obvious political reality to his fellow Morning Joe panelists: “The White House does not have much incentive” to negotiate on the government shutdown, because Democrats expect the liberal news media to hand them a public relations victory. As Halperin put it: “The press is largely sympathetic to their arguments that it’s the House Republicans’ fault.”

34.
Interventionist Policies Cause Of, Not Cure For, Busts

. Time is nearly up for Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve who supposedly applied his scholarly knowledge of the Great Depression to steer the U.S. to safety after the financial crisis.In truth, Bernanke navigated a monetarist course that favored intensive intervention, following in the footsteps of many mainstream economists who grossly misunderstood the lessons of the Crash of 1929 and the ensuing malaise. That lesson is that when corrective crashes occur, intervention is far from the cure — it is the cause.

35.
Signs say National Mall closed, but immigration reform rally is a go

. Even though isolated barricades with “closed” signs remained on the National Mall on Tuesday, the setup for the immigration reform rally said otherwise. A giant stage with lights and an “Immigration Reform Now” banner was set up in the center of the mall, along with three large portable screens. On one side of the mall, more than 100 porta potties were set up for protesters who will attend the rally today.

36.
Progressive insurance co-founder seeks to destroy conservatives

. We’ve all seen the Progressive Insurance TV commercials, with the perky, irresistible “Flo,” played by actress Stephanie Courtney. But as captivating as Flo is, some BizPac Review readers who have purchased Progressive’s auto insurance may be surprised to learn where some of their money goes. Progressive’s single biggest individual shareholder is board Chairman Peter Lewis, who co-founded the firm with his father. Lewis is now worth about $1.6 billion, according to Forbes magazine. You would think a man who made an immense fortune through America’s entrepreneurial system would be grateful to capitalism, not finance “progressive” causes that endanger free enterprise. But you would think wrong. Lewis is a major contributor to far-left causes, much like his buddy, George Soros, reaching his stride in the early to late part of the last decade. According to a Jan. 6, 2006, Fox News segment, Lewis poured $25 million over the prior five years into the ACLU, opposed by many conservatives because it spearheads opposition to war on terror policies and opposes the Patriot Act at every turn.

37.
Military commissaries closed, but look what’s open for ‘President Stompy Foot’ . . .

. There is a good reason why conservatives on Twitter nicknamed President Obama “President Stompy Foot” during the government shutdown, and why the new nickname and logo #SpiteHouse was trending on Sunday. In a painful hit to our military, commissaries on bases throughout the country, including on Andrews Air Force Base, have shutdown “forcing troops and their families to shop at local [grocery] stores that cost about 30 percent more,” But guess what remains open at Andrews Air Force Base? Obama’s preferred golf course.

38.
Homeland Security advisor admits radical Islamic ties

. Nothing good can ever come from having the proverbial fox guarding the henhouse. But so it goes with Mohamed Elibiary, the self-described Muslim Brotherhood supporter recently promoted to a senior advisory position within the Department of Homeland Security. The Washington-based, national security think tank, Center for Security Policy, published a disturbing 33-page report based on a series of interviews with Elibiary about his admitted ties to a man who raised funds for Hamas and “other radical Islamist causes,” all while serving and advising the Obama administration.

39.
Obama meets privately to ‘woo’ hand-picked conservative journalists

. On more than one occasion, President Obama has quietly met with a chosen few in the media. These off-the-record meetings were notable in that conservative journalists were seldom included. On Tuesday, the tables were turned somewhat as Obama invited a small number of conservative reporters, columnists and commentators to the White House for a private chat, but is the president looking for an edge in the ongoing budget impasse with Congress? Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large of Breitbart News, called the meeting “a clear attempt to woo largely establishment conservative commentators who have loudly opposed the GOP’s current government shutdown strategy.”

40.
New group hits Sharpton, targets MSNBC advertisers

. TruthRevolt, a brainchild of Breitbart News’ editor-at-large Ben Shapiro, is a new project launched by the David Horowitz Freedom Center. Its purpose? — to reveal “leftists in the media,” and its first target is the Rev. Al Sharpton and his MSNBC show “PoliticsNation.” The Freedom Center announced TruthRevolt’s inauguration Monday, and described Sharpton as a “race-baiting demagogue” who helped “gin up racial hatred against three innocent Duke lacrosse players, and who helped turn Trayvon Martin into a martyr and George Zimmerman into the target of race-baiting vigilantes,” according to the group’s announcement.

41.
Calvin Turnquest formally files to run against Dem. Patrick Murphy

. Former Tequesta Councilman and Vice Mayor Calvin Turnquest is the latest Republican looking to beat the man who beat Col. Allen West in Florida’s Congressional District 18. Turnquest now joins a growing field of GOP candidates vying to challenge the freshman Democratic incumbent, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. Turnquest told BizPac Review Tuesday, he has filed his paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, but due to the government shutdown, it is unknown when it will be accepted. No stranger to politics, Turnquest served three terms as Tequesta councilman before resigning for an unsuccessful run for the Florida House’s 82nd District in 2012.

42.
US adults are dumber than the average human

. It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either. In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday. Adults in Japan, Canada, Australia, Finland and multiple other countries scored significantly higher

43.
Police Arrest Vietnam Veterans at NYC Memorial

. Veterans of the Vietnam War were arrested earlier tonight at the New York City memorial after staying on the premises past the curfew time of 10 p.m. Police gave multiple warnings as veterans continued to read from a list of names. Video from the event shows that not only veterans were loaded into the paddy wagon, but also younger participants in the vigil as well.

44.
Super-Rally Against President In Works

. Veterans first fought America’s wars, then they fought the National Park Service over White House-ordered closures of war memorials because of the partial shutdown of the federal government. Now they’re developing a response to President Obama’s “war” against them: A rally. The Million Vet March on the Memorials will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. Eastern at the World War II memorial on the National Mall, the location where rangers under orders from the White House tried, unsuccessfully, to prevent vets from visiting in recent days.

45.
3 Alternatives to President Obama’s Scare Tactics About Social Security and the Debt Limit

. President Obama continues to needlessly scare senior citizens by threatening Social Security benefits. “In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time,” he said last week. “In an economic shutdown, if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, they don’t go out on time.” This simply isn’t true. The 57 million Americans who receive Social Security benefits should know that their benefits will not be affected if the U.S. runs out of borrowing authority at the debt limit — unless President Obama and the Treasury deliberately choose not to pay them. Heritage Foundation expert Romina Boccia lists three reasons why President Obama and the Treasury can continue to issue Social Security payments at the debt limit:

46.
Nuclear scare at Navy submarine base after ‘unbelievable’ failures

. A major nuclear incident was narrowly averted at the heart of Britain’s Royal Navy submarine fleet, The Independent on Sunday can reveal. The failure of both the primary and secondary power sources of coolant for nuclear reactors at the Devonport dockyard in Plymouth on 29 July last year followed warnings in previous years of just such a situation. Experts yesterday compared the crisis at the naval base, operated by the Ministry of Defence and government engineering contractors Babcock Marine, with the Fukushima Daiichi power-station meltdown in Japan in 2011.

47.
White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info

. Top Internal Revenue Service Obamacare official Sarah Hall Ingram discussed confidential taxpayer information with senior Obama White House officials, according to 2012 emails obtained by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and provided to The Daily Caller.

48.
Government shutdown prompts acts of defiance across U.S.

. (Reuters) – As the U.S. government shutdown enters its second week, squeezed businessmen, exasperated citizens and even a few fed-up politicians have joined forces across the United States in acts of defiance large and small. From re-opening monuments and scaling park barricades to hiring lawyers, individuals and institutions have stopped waiting for the House Republicans and the White House to end the feud that has tied up many government services.



Posted 10/4/2013

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1.
Obamacare Navigators Won’t Have to Pass Background Checks

. When individuals sign up for federal insurance exchanges, they are required to enter their personal information into a new Federal Data Hub. We are talking about information like medical records, Social Security numbers, tax information, and bank account information. This is done by allowing seven government agencies, including the IRS, Department of Justice, Social Security Administration and others, to share and verify information in order to determine eligibility for an insurance subsidy. In short, basically everything about you will be shared among multiple agencies. Remember, no actual agency can see or access any information. People working in those agencies do. So who, specifically, will be able to access this information? They are called Navigators. Men and women who are being hired to work for between $20 and $48 dollars an hour. Sounds like specialized work that will require highly trained individuals, but not so much. The requirements to become one of these navigators do not even include a high school diploma. Though these navigators will have access to just about every piece of personal information on Americans enrolled in this exchange, they are not even required to pass a background check.

2.
Government Has $20 Billion Less Cash Than Treasury Estimated

. The government is closer to running out of money to pay its bills than previously thought — about $20 billion short of previous estimates, the Treasury Department warned Wednesday. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the government would be left with just $30 billion in cash available “no later” than Oct. 17; he said officials had predicted in late August there would be $50 billion to fund the government on Oct. 15. The Congressional Budget Office predicted the $30 billion would dry up sometime between Oct. 22 and Oct. 31 if legislation isn’t enacted to raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit, The Wall Street Journal reported. Lew’s letter marks the first time he has given a date certain for when the government would hit the debt ceiling and comes as Congress is at another impasse on how to keep the government running and pay its past bills. “I think people don’t understand what this does to the market psychology. It’s not within Congress’ full control,” Steve Bell, economic policy director for the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former managing director of Salomon Brothers, told USA Today. The nation has been at the debt limit since May 17. Since then, the Treasury Department has undertaken what it calls “extraordinary measures,” which include delaying pension fund payments and drawing down an emergency fund.

3.
EPA admits banning coal plants won’t impact global warming

. The Obama administration is effectively banning the construction of new coal-fired power plants, a move officials admit will have little to no impact on global warming. “The EPA does not anticipate that this proposed rule will result in notable CO2 emission change … by 2022,” the agency writes in its proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions. “EPA knows there aren’t benefits,” Dan Simmons, director of regulatory and state affairs at the Institute for Energy Research, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “EPA and environmentalists are being disingenuous when they claim this rule will have an impact on the climate or the environment.” Last week, the EPA unveiled the first ever carbon emissions limits for new power power plants, hailing them as the first step to combating global warming and protecting future generations.

4.
Shortage of primary care doctors in D.C., new report finds

. Of the more than 8,000 physicians licensed to work in the nation’s capital, only 453 of them are primary-care doctors who spend more than 20 hours a week seeing patients, according to a report released Wednesday by the D.C. Board of Medicine.The number of actively practicing primary-care doctors comes from a survey conducted when doctors renewed their licenses last year. It puts a number on a complaint that patients and health-care providers have long had: It’s hard to find a doctor in Washington.

5.
Scarborough admits Obama wasn’t ready to be president; sold to us like bag of chips

. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough is waking up to the fact that despite all the hype that accompanied President Barack Obama when he made his 2008 presidential run, he wasn’t ready for primetime. “Barack Obama has proven over the past five years that he wasn’t ready to be president of the United States,” Scarborough said on his show Tuesday, according to Newsmax. “And he proves it still today.” Scarborough said Obama “came out of nowhere” as a freshman senator, and “a couple years later, people elected him president of the United States.” Obama served less than a decade in the Illinois Senate with a less-than-stellar record that included numerous instances of voting “present.” He followed that distinguished service with less than a full term in the U.S. Senate, also unimpressive. Most of his time there seemed to be spent running for the presidency.

6.
Liberal Lunacy In America—Examples Abound

. It would hard to find a more Alice-in-Wonderland-like phenomenon than liberal logic. A more apt description of liberal logic is liberal lunacy, and examples of this phenomenon abound. For example, liberals like to call themselves “progressives.” The Free dictionary defines progressivism as “Promoting progress toward better conditions…” If Barack Obama and crowd are progressives, then the concept of “better conditions” means higher unemployment, more Americans on welfare, an insurmountable national debt, weakness in foreign relations, and domestic policies that hurt the very people they were enacted to help. These things are not progress. They are lunacy—liberal lunacy. Examples of liberal lunacy abound. For example, liberals in Hollywood make gratuitously violent movies while decrying the amount of violence in American society. They turn out a steady supply of shoot-‘em-up movies while supporting the anti-gun lobby and trying to overturn the Second Amendment. What is even worse is that these vacuous Hollywood hypocrites don’t even see the irony in their say-one-thing-but-do-another approach to life. This is liberal lunacy.

7.
Clinton 2030: The World Will Come to an End

. The Clinton Global Initiative to Keep Hil and Bill Relevant convened in New York this week. And there’s really, really, really bad news. The world will come to an end in 2030. Quick! We better elect Hillary president before the world comes to an end and we run out of the opportunity to elect the first woman president of United States. History books later would be very unkind to us if we didn’t elect her now. “The numbers are stark,” reports CNBC on the meeting for the Society for the Preservation of the Clintons. “While the current world population of about 7 billion is projected to top 8 billion by 2030, almost all of that growth is expected to come in the developing world. That means the current population of consumers— people with more than $10 a day to spend— is expected to more than double from 1.8 billion to 4.8 billion.”

8.
The Clintons to Obama’s Rescue

. Tuesday was almost surreal. At one point, CNN showed a three-way split-screen with former President Bill Clinton trying to help President Obama save Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz giving a non-filibuster filibuster (for technical reasons it was not a filibuster because it did not delay a vote, but it did earn a lot of attention and gave Cruz a chance to make his case endlessly), and the new Iranian president speaking at the United Nations. When a president of the United States is reduced to one-third of a screen in a political news broadcast, it’s not a good day for his administration. When the same president is reduced to one-third of a screen while being helped by the former and (Democrats hope) future Clinton presidents, there is really something wrong with White House planning. Tuesday was supposed to be about the President’s big visit to the United Nations. He gave what was supposed to be an important foreign policy speech in the morning. His administration broadcast that he might finally meet face-to-face with Iran’s president. Then he stepped all over it with his appearance at the Clinton Foundation (actually a Hillary warm-up rally for 2016).

9.
Iran’s Tyrants Roll Obama Around Just As They Did Jimmy Carter

. Weakness: After weeks of kowtowing to Iran’s tyrants, President Obama couldn’t so much as get Hasan Rouhani to shake his hand at the U.N. Tuesday. Seems the mullahs still have a knack for detecting weakness in U.S. leaders. Has the U.S. ever fallen in global stature as far and as fast as it has under the Obama administration? Not even Jimmy Carter drew so many snubs, insults and slights from world leaders in such a short period as Obama has in this past month.

10.
Democrats Constitutionally Ignorant In ObamaCare Feud

. Displaying their ignorance of the U.S. Constitution, Democratic bigwigs are excoriating Republican members of the House of Representatives for attaching a condition — no ObamaCare — to a stopgap bill to fund the government. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called it “extortion.” Sen. Steny Hoyer labeled it “hostage-taking.” Rep. Nancy Pelosi termed it “legislative arson.” In truth, what the House Republicans are doing is not blackmail. It’s checks and balances in action. Congress has always had the power to attach almost any condition — including repealing or changing a law — to appropriations. The framers wrote the Constitution that way for good reason.

11.
$5.25 Million For Senate Hair Care And 21 Other Ways Politicians Are Living The High Life At Your Expense

. If you want to live the high life, you don’t have to become a rap star, a professional athlete or a Wall Street banker. All it really takes is winning an election. Right now, more than half of all the members of Congress are millionaires, and most of them leave “public service” far wealthier than when they entered it. Since most of them have so much money, you would think that they would be willing to do a little “belt-tightening” for the sake of the American people. After all, things are supposedly “extremely tight” in Washington D.C. right now. In fact, just the other day Nancy Pelosi insisted that there were “no more cuts to make” to the federal budget. But even as they claim that things are so tough right now, our politicians continue to live the high life at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. The statistics that I am about to share with you are very disturbing.

12.
Senate Website Gets Second Amendment Wrong

. A Senate.gov web page covering the Constitution gets the scope of the Second Amendment wrong, telling readers that it is not clear whether the amendment protects an individual right or a collective right. Here is what the Senate’s web page on the Constitution says about the Second Amendment: “Whether this provision protects the individual’s right to own firearms or whether it deals only with the collective right of the people to arm and maintain a militia has long been debated.” This is simply not true on at least two levels.

13.
Another Obamacare delay

. The Obama administration is delaying another piece of Obamacare — this time postponing enrollment in most of the small-business exchanges scheduled to open Oct. 1. Small businesses looking to enroll in coverage on so-called SHOP exchanges run by the federal government can start their applications on Oct. 1 — they just won’t be able to enroll online until November. The one-month delay is not a major blow to the health care law — the exchanges for individuals are still expected to open on time. But it’s yet another PR headache for the White House as it ramps up a major Obamacare sales pitch just five days before open enrollment is scheduled to begin.

14.
$1B To Be Spent To Promote Obamacare In ‘Normandy Invasion’ Of Health System

. Obamacare proponents are reportedly expected to spend $1 billion on a six-month campaign to get Americans to sign up for coverage under “Obamacare” when the healthcare exchanges open on October 1. The Obama administration intends to use social media promotions to target “young adults in urban areas that are home to many of the nation’s estimated 47 million uninsured people.” Reuters reports that proponents of Obamacare, including “health insurers, hospitals, and health systems,” and groups like AARP and “charities to Walgreen and CVS pharmacy chains,” are also expected to pour in $1 billion in marketing initiatives. “This is a Normandy invasion of the health system,” Uwe Reinhardt, a healthcare economist at Princeton University, told Reuters.

15.
Muslim Brotherhood moves office… to London

. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has decided to move its media offices to London, following a Cairo court decision to proscribe the Islamist entity’s activities and any subsidiary institution related to it. The Brotherhood already maintains a London presence through which it was previously running the administrative affairs of the organisation. The London headquarters is a “research centre” headed by Ibrahim Mounir, former member of the Guidance Bureau and former Secretary General of the international organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has also used the London headquarters to communicate with the West, publishing a weekly journal entitled “The Brotherhood Message”, a which explains the organisation’s stances on the current events and its vision on reform. Brotherhood leaders have also made appearances on satellite channels broadcast from their media office, which was fully transferred to London after recent prosecutions in Egypt. The office published a statement today in which it remarked that the recent decisions in Egypt would not persuade them to abandon their ideas but would instead give them faith to further adhere to the principles they preach.

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HHS Spending $2.5 Million Educating ‘Rural America’ on Obamacare

. The federal government is giving $2.5 million to medical centers and universities to educate “rural America” about Obamacare, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week. Fifty-two hospitals and nonprofits will receive grants of $25,000 each from the HHS to “help people in their communities understand the benefits available to them” in the health insurance marketplace, which begins on Oct. 1. Additionally, the University of Georgia will receive $1.25 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for Obamacare “outreach” targeted at rural Americans.

17.
Timber industry suffers as loggers blame federal regs for lost jobs

. The Rough and Ready Sawmill was an institution in southern Oregon for 91 years. Its lumber helped fuel the post-World War II building boom and settle the rural West. Now, it sits empty, the last of 22 mills in Josephine County to shut down for good, signaling the end of an era. For Ivan Cross, it’s the end of the only job he’s ever had. “I haven’t drawn an unemployment check in 43-and-a-half years,” said Cross. “Now, that’s what I do for a living.” While Rough and Ready sits in the middle of America’s richest timber country, the federal government owns 80 percent of the land. Many in these decimated small towns blame The Endangered Species Act, which paved the way for a flood of lawsuits blocking federal timber sales, because of an endangered species in the region.

18.
Dem senator hints that NSA tracked locations for millions of cellphones

. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) suggested on Thursday that the National Security Agency tracked or considered tracking the cellphone location data of millions of people in the United States. During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Wyden asked NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander whether “the NSA has ever collected — or made any plans to collect — Americans’ cell site information in bulk.” As a member of the Intelligence Committee, Wyden has access to classified information about the NSA’s surveillance programs. “Under [Patriot Act] Section 215, NSA is not receiving cell site location data and has no current plans to do so,” Alexander responded. He said the director of national intelligence already sent Wyden a classified document with additional details about cell site data collection. But Wyden cut off Alexander, saying the NSA chief was not answering his question. Wyden repeated his inquiry, emphasizing whether the NSA has “ever” collected cell site location data. “What I don’t want to do, senator, is to put out in an unclassified forum on anything that’s classified here,” Alexander said. “General, if you’re responding to my question by not answering it because you think that’s a classified matter, that is certainly your right,” Wyden said. “We will continue to explore that because I believe this is something the American people have a right to know.”

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Coach suspends entire football team to teach lesson about character

. It’s been an unusual week of practice for Union High School’s football team. They’ve pulled weeds. They’ve cleaned school hallways and washed windows. They’ve spent time visiting with residents at two long-term care facilities. It might not be what one would typically expect from a team with a 3-2 record heading into its homecoming game Friday. However, it’s exactly what head coach Matt Labrum said he wants to see. “We’re still practicing, but we’re practicing on some different skills,” Labrum said. Labrum knew that a few of his players were struggling with academic issues and attitude problems this season. Then, last week the coaches learned that a Cougar player or two might have used the social media website ask.fm to anonymously engage in cyber-bullying. The target was a Union student who is not on the team. “It just felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men going,” Labrum said. “We felt like we needed to make a stand.” So after a tough home loss to Judge Memorial Catholic High School on Sept. 20, the coaches told all 80 varsity and junior varsity players to hand in their jerseys. “We were looking at football as a right, rather than a privilege,” Labrum said. “We were pretty open with (our team) about what we’d heard,” he said. “We don’t want that represented in our program. … Whoever it is (bullying another student), we want to help get them back on the right path.” The coaches’ decision, which was not based on the team’s performance against Judge, “got an emotional response from the boys,” said Labrum, who is a Union High alumni. “I think it really meant something to them, which was nice to see,” he said.

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5 Ways Obamacare Could Impact You in 5 Days

. Today, Senators face a choice on the fate of Obamacare. Will they allow Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to force Obamacare back into the government funding bill or stand with the House to defund this unfair, unaffordable, and unworkable law?With Obamacare’s government takeover of health care beginning in just five days, its effects on American men and women—already felt by many—may be hitting you soon.

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Obamacare: The cost of merely enormous premium increases is lack of access

. My old boss Robert Novak often liked to refer to Henny Youngman — the comic who, when asked how his wife was, would answer, “Compared to what?” That’s a bit before my time. When President Obama talks about premiums under Obamacare being lower than expected, I think of the old Ren and Stimpy sketch on the “littlest giant.” He was the smallest of his kind — merely enormous. When you’re comparing things, you can come up with a lot of misleading language, and that’s precisely what Obamacare’s defenders are doing now to avoid a conversation about “rate shock.” As President Obama noted, the premiums on the exchanges will be lower than expected — what he leaves out is that for the very patients the exchanges absolutely must attract, they will be much higher than they are today. Obamacare’s defenders won’t have as easy a time discussing the even more important reality of “access shock,” which is becoming an issue in a number of states. In order to keep rate increases “merely enormous” in the face of expanded coverage, insurers are making ends meet by reducing their coverage in terms of access to doctors and hospitals. By restricting customers to a narrower network, they can save money. If you’re had a hard time seeing a doctor recently, you ain’t seen nothing yet. And if you like your doctor, you might not be able to keep him.

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DOJ backpedals on Louisiana voucher lawsuit

. The U.S. Department of Justice’s motion asking Louisiana to stop giving vouchers to students in certain school districts was never intended to keep vouchers from students, the department is saying now. It was just looking for information. “The Justice Department is back-pedaling furiously on its motion. It appears, at least for now, to be abandoning its demand for an injunction. But its new approach is disingenuous. If this was really about data collection, it never would have demanded such drastic relief,” said Clint Bolick, vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute, who is representing Louisiana families, in an email. Louisiana awarded vouchers to nearly 5,000 low-income students assigned to average-to-failing schools last year, giving them an opportunity to attend private schools. More than 90 percent of voucher recipients are minorities, and more than 80 percent are assigned to schools rated D or F, according to the program’s website.

23.
Obamacare Supporters Petition to Put Birth Control in Water Supply

. In another display of ignorance, Mark Dice asks Obamacare supporters to sign a petition that would add birth control to America’s water supply. Seriously, it’s things like this that make me wonder if some of these individuals are literally the walking dead, unable to think about what they are even doing. Dice tells the petitioners that since there is a desire to remove birth control from college campuses, the petition is to put sterilants into the water supply in a similar manner to fluoride, in order to reduce birth rates. He even makes it clear that it’s a “modern day eugenics program” and that whether people want it or not they’ll be getting a dose of birth control.Dice tells some of the signers that “Obama’s science czar” has recommended free birth control in the water supply.

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Gov Targets Private Bank Accounts: Seizes Funds Of Innocent Americans Without Charge or Trial

. Do you still keep a hefty portion of your savings in a U.S. bank? If so you may want to reconsider your options. Because if the following report from theInstitute of Justice is any indication, nothing you hold in private bank account is safe anymore. Can the government use civil forfeiture to take your money when you have done nothing wrong—and then pocket the proceeds? The IRS thinks so. For over 30 years, Terry Dehko has successfully run a grocery store in Fraser, Mich., with his daughter Sandy. In January 2013, without warning,the federal government used civil forfeiture to seize all of the money from the Dehkos’ store bank account (more than $35,000) even though they’ve done absolutely nothing wrong. Their American Dream is now a nightmare.Federal civil forfeiture law features an appalling lack of due process: It empowers the government to seize private property from Americans without ever charging, let alone convicting, them of a crime. Perversely, the government then pockets the proceeds while providing no prompt way to get a court to review the seizure.

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California Enters The Era Of Broken Promises

. When something important happens, it often happens first in California. It is therefore unsurprising that the Golden State is where a national age of reckoning may hit its stride. I call it the Era of Broken Promises. In California, as in Detroit, the immediate focus is on retirement and health care benefits for public employees. Three of the state’s cities filed for bankruptcy even before Detroit’s filing this summer. California’s second-largest municipality, San Diego, and its third-largest, San Jose, have both moved to cut benefits for new hires and, if voters and courts permit, for existing workers as well. Public employee labor unions are resisting these moves. Across the state, municipal services are being slashed. Swimming pools are closing, parks are unkempt, library hours are shorter, and police and firefighter staffs are being cut. All of this is happening in order to free up cash to pay for current benefits and to fund future benefits for those employees who remain on the payroll. Welcome to the Era of Broken Promises. And congratulations, if any are in order, to California, for showing us how it’s going to be.

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The Ugly Face of Tyranny: Feinstein Comes For Your Right To Speak Freely Online

. Senator Diane Feinstein has taken up the fight for truth and liberty, just as she has done for health care and the widespread disarmament of American citizens. This month Congess has been debating a new media shield law, which according to its authors, aims to protect journalists and bloggers from being forced to testify about their work should their sources or information come into question. But Diane Feinstein has refused to support the bill, noting that the law would essentially grant this shield privilege to anyone who chooses to share their opinion on the internet (including those pajama sporting bloggers and news aggregators working out of their basements). But because freedom of speech, as interpreted by Feinstein, is nothing more than a privilege granted to us by her and her ilk in Congress, she has taken steps to ensure that only those journalists sanctioned by the government will be protected by the new shield laws.

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An Energy Star Window Into EPA Ineptitude

. For two decades, the Energy Star program has guided consumers to reasonably priced energy-saving windows and doors. Now, the EPA’s mindless pursuit of tougher energy efficiency standards threatens it. Started in 1992, this voluntary program lets manufacturers put an Energy Star label on everything from computers to refrigerators to windows if they meet certain EPA-set efficiency standards. For a government effort, it has been a success. Since 2000, Americans have bought about 3.8 billion Energy Star-rated products, according to the EPA, saving $230 billion in energy costs and preventing 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Over time, the EPA has tightened its Energy Star standards, as technology allowed for more efficiency gains without adding much in costs. But in its zeal for ever greater energy efficiency, the EPA now plans to impose new standards for windows that will add significantly to their price, putting Energy Star-rated windows out of reach of most consumers. In colder climates, the new standard would likely require expensive triple-paned windows, the industry warns. In an early draft, the EPA admitted that it would add an average $20 to Energy Star-rated windows.

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20 Obama Quotes About Islam Contrasted With 20 Obama Quotes About Christianity

. You are about to read some of the most shocking quotes that Barack Obama has ever uttered in public. A few of these have been widely circulated, but most of them are very obscure. Even though he claims to be a Christian, throughout his political career Obama has repeatedly attacked traditional Biblical Christianity and he has a very long history of anti-Christian actions. In public speeches he has repeatedly cast doubt on the Bible, he has repeatedly stated that he does not believe that Jesus is necessary for salvation, and he has consistently said that he believes that all “people of faith” believe in the same God. At the same time, Obama has always referred to Muhammed as “the Prophet”, he has always expressed great love and respect for Islam, and he has even removed all references to Islam from terror training materials used by federal government agencies. So what in the world does “the leader of the free world” actually believe? Read the quotes below and decide for yourself…

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Savaged By Incivility

. I rarely ever stay up late for any reason; even company. A friend of mine several years ago got so tired of his guests that he went to his bedroom, put on his pajamas and reappeared to say “goodnight” to his guests. Well, I wouldn’t go quite that far. But Tuesday afternoon I wanted to see just what Senator Cruz had up his sleeve and so I began to watch – and listen, critically, I might add, to what he had to say in his attempt to keep the floor of the Senate occupied as long as he could stand. The Senator from Texas impressed me with his knowledge, ability and desire to deliver what should have been a convincing argument for defunding the ACA, Affordable Care Act. He, I thought, gave more reasons than necessary for striking down this monstrosity, not the least of which were the innumerable “exceptions,” seemingly granted to President Obama’s friends and even including Congress. And so I stayed up much of the night to listen to what he had to say. I remember when President Obama promised that those who had health insurance that they liked could keep it. When the Teamster’s Union president, Mr. Hoffa, found out that the President had lied to them and that this new law was turning out to be a huge job killer to all the hard working men and women who helped him get elected, he wrote a very uncomplimentary letter to the President venting his anger at their betrayal. Senator Cruz read the letter during his time on the floor. Needless to say, this new law is very unpopular with the Teamsters.

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Is it time for a revolution?

. America is going through a dark time. To anyone with sense, it’s clear that the principles that once defined our nation — personal liberty, individual pursuit of happiness, reliance on God, dedication to preserving the legitimate rights of mankind, devotion to education, moral strength and the ideal of excellence — have been co-opted by men and women who have used their power and wealth to transform our nation into a Marxist state and reduce our people to a future of virtual slavery. Many of us conservatives have been talking for years about the need to renew the country and revive those founding principles found in the Constitution, the Declaration and the spirit of those Colonials who threw off the yoke of British oppression to transform themselves into Americans. But at some point, as the saying goes, the rubber has to meet the road. Is now that time? Larry Klayman, the outspoken founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, has announced a plan to go to Washington, D.C., on November 19 and escort President Obama from office. He’s hoping that the disgruntled right, we of the long complaints, will join him and answer the question “you and what army?” OK, patriots. It’s gut check time. Klayman, who isn’t known to be clinically insane, says that demonstrators will model their invasion after the tactics of Gandhi and “peacefully shut the city down, by blocking roads and massing in front of the White House chanting for Obama to get out of our nation’s capital.” He also hopes to put victims of Obama’s policies on stage across from the White House, including those who have lost loved ones because of the president’s decisions.

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Terrorist Professor Bill Ayers and Obama’s Federal School Curriculum
– B.M.G.
. Three years after the Department of Education announced a contest called Race-to-the-Top for $4.35 billion in stimulus funds, some parents, teachers, governors, and citizen and public policy groups are coming to an awful realization about the likely outcomes:
. A national curriculum called Common Core
. Regonalism, or the replacement of local governments by federally appointed bureaucrats
. A leveling of all schools to one, low national standard, and a redistribution of education funds among school districts
. An effective federal tracking of all students
. The loss of the option of avoiding the national curriculum and tests through private school and home school

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Obama drops below 40 percent approval in two polls

. As President Barack Obama’s signature Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enters the all-important sign-up phase next week, the president finds himself with some of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency even as Republicans in an unpopular Congress maneuver to block the health-care legislation from taking effect. A Reuters-Ipsos poll of 1,729 Americans taken Sept. 20-24 found only 39 percent of those surveyed approve of the job Obama is doing as president, while 55 percent disapprove. Obama can take some small solace in the fact that overall congressional approval is even lower than his own numbers, with a Sept. 21-23 weekly tracking poll by The Economist/YouGov finding only 9 percent approval for “the way the United States Congress is handling its job.” Comparing numbers from two different polls can be a lot like comparing apples and oranges, but The Economist/YouGov pollsters also asked respondents to give their opinions on Obama. Of the 1,000 registered voters surveyed over the Web in that poll, only 38 percent approved of how Obama is “handling his job as president.” Fifty-five percent disapproved.

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13 Things About America That Would Make The Founding Fathers Turn Over In Their Graves

. We’re a nation that was founded by principled revolutionaries who took on the super power of their day over almost insignificant taxes they felt Britain had no right to levy. These men were small government fanatics who felt very comfortable with God, guns, and taking care of themselves. The principles those men put in place and the standards they set were what helped turn America into the most successful nation that has ever existed on God’s green earth.

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Windmill farm seeks first ever permit to kill eagles

. The wind energy industry, putting renewable energy above treasured wildlife, is seeking America’s first ever permit to kill golden eagles Shiloh IV Wind Project, a large Solano County, Calif., wind farm, would be allowed to kill five golden eagles a year for five years under a draft plan released Thursday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. If the plan is approved, the farm would make history as the first renewable energy project afforded a permit to kill eagles, the Chronicle reported.

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New U.S. Mayor sets sights on ‘black nation’

. Voters in Jackson, Miss., a mid-sized city in the heart of the Deep South, have picked a Democrat as their mayor. What’s different about this individual is that he is a former leader of the Republic of New Afrika, a group dedicated to creating an independent black nation out of five southern states. Now leading the city of about 175,000 is Chokwe Lumumba – who has a long history of radical activism and whose plans for the largest city in Mississippi could be called “revolutionary.” A co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, which promotes black “self-determination,” Lumumba was sworn in on July 1, after winning 86 percent of the vote in the general election. He had won the Democrat nomination with 54 percent of the vote.

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Small number of schools drop out of federal lunch program

. The Agriculture Department says 524 schools — out of about 100,000 — have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year. The new standards have been met with grumbling from school nutrition officials who say they are difficult and expensive to follow, conservatives who say the government shouldn’t be dictating what kids eat and — unsurprisingly — from some children who say the less-greasy food doesn’t taste as good. But USDA says the vast majority of schools are serving healthier food, with some success.

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On the eve of destruction, a government spending spree

. As Congress battles back and forth over spending and whether or not we’ll even be able to keep the lights on in Washington, government agencies have been busy running out and spending like mad to use up all the remaining cash in their budgets so they don’t lose it for next year. This past week, the Department of Veterans Affairs bought $562,000 worth of artwork. In a single day, the Agriculture Department spent $144,000 on toner cartridges. And, in a single purchase, the Coast Guard spent $178,000 on “Cubicle Furniture Rehab.” This string of big-ticket purchases was an unmistakable sign: It was “use it or lose it” season again in Washington.

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Paperless Problems: Doctors Hurting From Obamacare’s Digital Record Mandate

. The HITECH Act is a frightening diagnosis for doctors already fearful of the Obamacare unknown. It is a mandate that requires physicians to transition to computerized versions of patients’ paper charts by 2015, according to healthit.gov, and is another unfortunate arm of the Affordable Care Act. While some applaud this Electronic Health Records implementation process as proof healthcare is moving into the 21st century, many doctors are wary of having to rely solely on computers to access their patients’ records.

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Top MIT scientist: Newest UN climate report is ‘hilariously’ flawed

. Not all scientists are panicking about global warming — one of them finds the alarmism “hilarious.” A top climate scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lambasted a new report by the UN’s climate bureaucracy that blamed mankind as the main cause of global warming and whitewashed the fact that there has been a hiatus in warming for the last 15 years. “I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence,” Dr. Richard Lindzen told Climate Depot, a global warming skeptic news site. “They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase.”

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A List Of Over 300 Employers Who Have Cut Their Employees’ Hours Because Of Obamacare

. ObamaCare’s impact on jobs is hotly debated by politicians and economists. Critics say the Affordable Care Act, with its employer mandate to provide health insurance, gives businesses an incentive to cut workers’ hours. This year, report after report has rolled in about employers restricting work hours to fewer than 30 per week — the point where the mandate kicks in. Data also point to a record low workweek in low-wage industries. In the interest of an informed debate, we’ve compiled a list of job actions with strong proof that ObamaCare’s employer mandate is behind cuts to work hours or staffing levels. As of Sept. 25, our ObamaCare scorecard included 313 employers. Here’s our latest analysis, focusing on cuts to adjunct hours at nearly 200 college campuses. The ObamaCare list methodology is explained further in our initial coverage; click on the employer names in the list below for links to supporting records, mostly news accounts or official documents.

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Obamacare Website Quietly Deletes Reference to ‘Free Health Care’

. Even as President Obama and his administration are making a last minute push to encourage enrollment in Obamacare, a quiet change was made on the Healthcare.gov website regarding those who will still not be able to afford coverage after the program kicks in. From at least June 26, 2013 to as recently as September 15, under the topic, “Where can I get free or low-cost care in my community?” the following statement appeared: “If you can’t afford any health plan, you can get free or low-cost health and dental care at a nearby community health center.”

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Dems Attempt Power Grab That Could Kill Keystone Pipeline

. With all eyes trained on the fight over government spending and Obamacare, the House is scheduled to take up a non-controversial land-swap bill that would trade 2000 acres of federal land in Arizona for 5000 acres of pristine land owned by Resolution Copper mine. The bill has bipartisan support and should it be enacted, it is estimated that nearly 4,000 jobs will be created in the area. Radical environmentalists of course oppose this swap and have joined with local tribes to offer an amendment to the swap bill that, if adopted, would become the environmentalists’ most powerful tool to kill economic development throughout the nation. Rep. Ben Lujan (D-NM) has promised to offer an amendment to the legislation that would empower the Secretary of Interior to override existing laws that protect tribal sacred sites and designate land as an Indian “cultural site.” Such a designation would kill the mine project, its 4,000 jobs and serve as a model to kill other projects. Federal law already protects Native America “sacred” land. So, what is a “cultural” site? No one knows for sure. Proponents of the Lujan Amendment argue that any land where Native Americans have prayed and gathered is enough to trigger the designation. Is there any land in the United States that does not meet that threshold?

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Barack Obama is political king of the fake Twitter followers, with more than 19.5 MILLION online fans who don’t really exist

. Among influential U.S. political tweeters, President Barack Obama is the undisputed king of the fake followers. A MailOnline analysis ranks his sizable Twitter following as the most deceptive total among the 21 most influential accounts run by American politicians: More than 19.5 million of his 36.9 million Twitter followers are accounts that don’t correspond to real people. The four phoniest accounts in the sample, which included Democratic and Republican Party leaders in Washington, D.C., were those belonging to President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, first lady Michelle Obama and the White House communications shop. Of the president’s 36.9 million Twitter followers, an astonishing 53 per cent – or 19.5 million – are fake accounts, according to a search engine at the Internet research vendor StatusPeople.com. Just 20 per cent of Obama’s Twitter buddies are real people who are active users.

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NSA. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens

. Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials. The spy agency began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after N.S.A. officials lifted restrictions on the practice, according to documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.

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Americans are more conservative than they have been in decades

. James Stimson knows as much about public opinion as anyone in America. He has been tracking the nation’s policy preferences for more than 20 years using a “policy mood” index derived from responses to a wide variety of opinion surveys involving hundreds of specific policy questions on topics ranging from taxes and spending to environmental regulation to gun control. The latest update of Stimson’s policy mood series suggests that the American public in 2012 was more conservative than at any point since 1952. (Actually, since mood in each year is estimated with some error, it seems safer to say that the current level of conservatism roughly equals the previous highs recorded in 1980 and 1952.) While the slight increase in conservatism from 2011 to 2012 is too small to be significant, it continues a marked trend that began as soon as Barack Obama moved into the White House.

46.
The Truth Behind ‘the Truth’ About Common Core

. I’m calling for a hogwash alert on the recent National Review Online article about Common Core. It’s written without any links or references for its Common Core-promoting claims, and it’s written by two authors whose employers are largely funded by the main funder of all things Common Core: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Can anyone take seriously those who praise Common Core while being paid to do so? The article makes “truth” claims such as that Common Core is “more rigorous,” (where’s the proof?) and the standards allow policymaking to happen locally. How can that be? The standards were written behind closed doors in D.C. The standards are copyrighted and are unamendable by locals. There is a 15 percent cap on adding to them, written into federal waivers for No Child Left Behind. And there is no amendment process; thus, no local control.

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ObamaCare’s Bitter Irony: It May Increase Number Of Uninsured

. Could ObamaCare, the goal of which was universal health coverage, actually increase the number of uninsured? If it does, the blame will fall almost entirely on provisions in the law, not Republican opposition to it. ObamaCare has three key parts intended to greatly expand the number of Americans with health coverage: (1) The individual mandate requiring nearly every American to have insurance or pay a penalty tax; (2) health insurance exchanges, where people below 400% of the federal poverty level will get federal subsidies (i.e., tax dollars) to help pay for coverage, and (3) a massive expansion of Medicaid up to 138% of the poverty level. What has become clear is that all three legs of the ObamaCare stool are wobbly and could collapse as more pressure is applied.

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Lost Generation Of College Graduates Betrayed By Obama

. It used to be that a college degree was a ticket to a pretty good job. No more. College graduates are now called the “Lost” generation because more than half of recent graduates are jobless or working only non-career part-time jobs or working jobs that don’t require a college degree. Today’s college students have been betrayed by the Obama administration in so many ways. It was just the start when government invited them to mortgage their futures by taking out big loans to pay extravagant tuition prices and then they discover they can’t get a job worth the price of the loans. Government loans even encourage students to borrow money to spend five or six years in college because, unprepared for college-level studies, they must take remedial courses to learn what they should have been taught in high school. Student loans now total $1 trillion, and the average student owes $25,000.

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National FFA Organization Membership Explodes

. Analysts forecast that the world’s population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050. With global needs today to fight hunger and prepare for the expected population explosion, the agriculture industry needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability. Students are answering that call, evidenced by an explosion in FFA membership throughout the U.S, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in the past year. Membership in FFA today stands at 579,678 students in grades seven through 12. More than 22,300 new students joined FFA during the 2012-13 school year. The number of new, local FFA chapters throughout the country has grew to 7,570

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Gallup: At Least 25% of Uninsured Americans Say They Will Stay That Way

. Nearly two in three uninsured Americans say they will get insurance by Jan. 1, 2014, rather than pay a fine as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while one in four say they will pay the fine. Less than half of the uninsured say they plan on getting health insurance specifically through a federal or state health insurance exchange.

51.
These Are Not the Normal Activities of a Government Planning for Peace and Stability

. Something is amiss. Most Americans know this – they can feel it deep down inside – even if they don’t know what it is, things just don’t seem right. The signs are everywhere. The headlines are true. The global economy is faltering. The United States has become wholly dependent on the Federal Reserve injecting nearly $1 trillion dollars a year into financial markets and the U.S. government just to stay afloat. Over one hundred million Americans are living in poverty and dependent on government disbursements just to make ends meet. Across the world the cold war between the U.S., Russia, China and regions in the middle east is heating up. Just last month our President brought the entire planet to the very brink of what could have easily devolved into conflict on such a scale that even global leaders were suggesting that World War III was imminent. War mongers in Congress were so adamant about launching a middle east strike on Syria that one of them even suggested a nuclear weapon could be detonated over South Carolina if we failed to act. On the domestic front, homeland security preparations and exercises have accelerated to the point that the government has now said that a cyber attack capable of taking down the national power grid is a 100% certainty. They’ve stocked tens of millions of emergency ration and supplies, and nearly 2 billion rounds of ammunition. They’ve trained for the last decade for scenarios that include economic collapse and the subsequent civil unrest that would follow. These are not the normal activities of a government planning for peace and stability

52.
Attorney Larry Klayman Sets Date for Revolution to End Obama’s ‘Reign of Terror’

. In the wake of bikers roaring through the streets of DC in protest and just ahead of a planned shut down of DC by truckers, founder of Judicial Watch Larry Klayman has set a date of November 19,2013 on which he is calling for Americans to “descend on Washington, D.C., en masse, and demand that he leave town and resign from office if he does not want to face prison time” for pushing “his Muslim, socialist, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, anti-white, pro-illegal immigrant, pro-radical gay and lesbian agenda.”

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Beware of these ‘Obamacare’ scams

. The Affordable Care Act has finally gone into effect. It brings sweeping changes to America’s health care system. As usual, I’m not going to comment on any of the politics involved. But I think everyone will agree that navigating the new system is very confusing. As with any moment of confusion, scammers are jumping in. They’ve got some new scams cooked up to scare and trick you. Let’s start with insurance scams. One widely publicized requirement of the Affordable Care Act is that everyone needs insurance. I know some people are just going to grab whatever plan is cheapest. You might be tempted to fire up Google and search for insurance companies, but that’s a bad idea. Scammers are setting up tons of fake insurance websites. You think you’re signing up for insurance, but you’re really giving away your information.

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Family Owned Conestoga Wood Specialties Files Lawsuit Against Obamacare with Supreme Court

. Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. David Green has been embattled in a fight against the Obamacare mandate for some time now. Last year, Hobby Lobby took on the Obama administration, claiming that mandating that employers provide employee insurance that includes abortifacients which murder unborn children violating the First Amendment, which restricts Congress from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Now, family owned Conestoga Wood Specialties in Pennsylvania is engaging in the same battle.

55.
Court Says Holder Can’t Stop Fast And Furious Truth Search

. The truth about how and why Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexican nationals were killed with weapons supplied by this administration may yet come out as a court lets a lawsuit proceed. The most transparent administration in history suffered a defeat Monday, when U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department’s request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking “Fast and Furious” documents hidden by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department after President Obama invoked executive privilege. The lawsuit was brought by Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the president asserted executive privilege to prevent records about the administration’s response to the “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal from being turned over to Congress.

56.
Border Patrol Union VP Says Feds ‘Cooking Books’ On Illegal Immigration

. Shawn Moran, the Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, recently spoke out on behalf of U.S. Border Patrol agents who routinely risk their lives to keep our nation safe and our borders as secure as possible to Breitbart News. “The politically-appointed class within the U.S. Border Patrol and in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency are cooking the books to make it appear that illegal immigration is decreasing,” Moran claimed.

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Obama Tells Military He’s Going To Get Rid Of ‘His’ Sequester

. Our amigo Larry O’Connor over at Breitbart, posted President Obama’s little “Charm Offensive” towards are Military, in an effort to reassure them that he was the Commander-In-Chief that would make sure they and their families get everything that they deserve, and roll-back the sequester cuts. FYI, the sequester was all of President Obama’s doing-it was his idea in the first place.

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Dr. Ben Carson’s encounter with IRS after Prayer Breakfast speech

. The renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson revealed Monday night that he has something in common with conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status — he became a target of the Internal Revenue Service. Carson said that shortly after that speech, he received his first visit from an IRS agent

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Open for Business: Gov’t to Erect $98,670 Outhouse

. The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently paid $98,670 for the purchase and installation of an outhouse at the Swede Park Trail Head in Alaska. The purchase includes a single-vault Romtec 1011 “Aspen Single” prefabricated waterless toilet and its installation at the parking area for the trail head. KJ Mushovic of the BLM tells CNSNews.com, “Almost half of it (contract expense) is for the cost of the toilet.” The Oregon based company Romtec lists the “Aspen Single” model on its website for “as low as $9,999”, but the BLM says the price they paid likely includes shipping to Alaska.

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Obama admin. knew about WWII veterans’ request and rejected it

. The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Palazzo helped the veterans commit an act of civil disobedience against the Park Service Tuesday, when the heroes stormed through barricades around the closed memorial.

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Obama Sued For ‘Illegal’ Obamacare Move

. Another lawsuit has been filed against the president’s health care takeover strategy – this time by a Florida company complaining that Barack Obama had no authority to simply go in and change the law once it had been approved by Congress and signed. The lawsuit, filed by Judicial Watch, however, is attempting to draw the reins on such arbitrary and capricious changes to existing federal law. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on behalf of Boca Raton-based employer Kawa Orthodontics LLP, and it argues that the delay of the employer mandate “exceeded [the Obama administration’s] statutory authority, is arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law, and is otherwise unlawful.” The employer mandate, which subjects certain large employers to tax penalties if they do not offer “affordable,” “minimum essential” health insurance coverage to their employees, is “one of the pillars” of Obamacare, according to Judicial Watch. But Obama’s decision to suddenly announce a change in the law caused “Kawa Orthodontics to lose the value of its substantial efforts to prepare for the controversial provision taking effect beginning next year.”

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Obamacare hotline number sums up Obama’s message to US: 1800FU .

. The Obama administration seemingly remained consistent with its brand when one considers the phone number for the Obamacare hotline. A reporter for the Washington Free Beacon, Lachlan Markay, tweeted the following (cleaned up, for language): “@lachlan Fun fact: if you exclude the 1 (no associated letters), the federal Obamacare hotline is 1-800-F***-YO.” Taking into account that the number 1 on most keypads doesn’t have any letters associated with it, one seeking answers to their Obamacare questions would dial 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 1-800-F1U-CKYO.

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White House ordered WWII memorial closed

. A spokesperson from the National Park Service confirmed Wednesday morning that Washington D.C.’s World War II Memorial was ordered closed by the White House Office of Management and Budget.



Posted 9/27/2013

South Florida has a newspaper that is not part of the main stream media. You are encouraged to view it at South Florida Weekender.

1.
Janet Yellen: What A Horrifying Choice For Fed Chairman She Would Be

. Are you ready for Janet Yellen? Wall Street wants her, the mainstream media wants her and it appears that her confirmation would be a slam dunk. She would be the first woman ever to chair the Federal Reserve, and her philosophy is that a little bit of inflation is actually good for an economy. She was reportedly the architect for many of the unprecedented monetary decisions that Ben Bernanke made during his tenure, and that has many on Wall Street and in the media very excited. Noting that we “already know that Yellen is on board with Bernanke’s easy money policies”, CNN recently even went so far as to publish a rabidly pro-Yellen article with this stunning headline: “Dear Mr. President: Name Yellen now!” But after watching what a disaster Bernanke has been, do we really want more of the same? It doesn’t really matter whether she is a woman, a man, a giant lizard or a robot, the question is whether or not she is going to continue to take us down the path to ruin that Bernanke has taken us. As I have written about so many times, the Federal Reserve is at the very heart of our economic problems, and under Bernanke the Fed has created a mammoth financial bubble unlike anything that we have ever seen before. If Yellen keeps us going down that road, financial disaster is inevitable. Sadly, Yellen is not a woman that believes in free markets. She had the following to say back in 1999. “Will capitalist economies operate at full employment in the absence of routine intervention? Certainly not.”

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San Leandro to fly flag of People’s Republic of China

. Over the objections of residents and human rights groups, the city will raise the flag of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, a day that honors the formation of the sovereign state in 1949 by communist leader Mao Zedong. The City Council voted 4-3 Monday to approve the request by Councilman Benny Lee, a Chinese-American who said he intended the move as a sign of support for the city’s growing Chinese population and a sign the city is open for Chinese business and investment.

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Why did Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis create a website called “Mohammed Salem”?

. Yesterday, NBC News posted a story bylined by Kyle Eppler, Pete Williams, and Erin McClam, titled “Navy Yard gunman’s mother says she is heartbroken and sorry for families.” The following appears in the 21st paragraph: Law enforcement officials told NBC News that Alexis created a webpage with the name “Mohammed Salem,” but they said he never did anything with it. They said they had found nothing else that might indicate any interest in violent jihad or even in Islam Are we allowed to ask why this mass-murderer would’ve created a site called “Mohammed Salem”? Was he a fan of Emirati soccer player Mohammed Salem Saleh Al Saadi? Did he appreciate the work of Palestinian photojournalist Mohammed Salem, or the Dubai news anchor with the same name? Or perhaps one of the other Mohammed Salems out there in the world? That must be it. It couldn’t have anything to do with Alexis’ own religious beliefs, because by now everybody knows he was a Buddhist. So it’s safe to assume that this whole “shooting” was a false flag operation by teabaggers who hate Obama because he’s black. They framed yet another innocent African-American and killed him for no reason.

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Daytona’s Embry-Riddle Offers Master’s in Drone Warfare

. War games have come home, and they’re not so much games anymore. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach is offering what may seem an unlikely master’s degree — in drone warfare. But it’s 100 percent on the up and up, and it’s a profession that could earn graduates $150,000 a year. The government budget for drone warfare has shot up from a relatively minuscule $667 million in 2002 to more than $3.9 billion today, a Congressional Research Service report claims.

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University of Florida Among Nation’s Leaders in Startup Launches

. The University of Florida helped create 15 startups last year, ranking fourth nationally just behind leading institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to a new report. In fact, MIT, with 16 startups, and UF were bested only by the entire University of California and University of Texas systems, according to statistics from the Association of University Technology Managers, or AUTM.

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‘Pimp’ and ‘mobstaz’: Mother shocked over Common Core 4th-grade homework

. A mother in Vermillion Parish, La., was shocked when her 9-year-old son brought home a fourth-grade homework assignment that used urban slang for the word “twist.” Who wouldn’t be? Brittany Badeaux was helping her son with homework, when in the midst of explanations of tornadoes and the 1950’s dance craze, the Twist, the worksheet offered historical background on“twista”

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America’s whiner-in-chief…whines yet again

. Oh what a president we have as the blame game takes center stage…and the oh so familiar whining begins anew. Oh what a president we have…a president who will sit down and talk with any vile despot, dictator, and terrorist group leader in the world, but heaven forbid he sits down and talks with John Boehner and the Republicans about the dreaded and unwanted ObamaCare or the looming debt ceiling crisi Oh what a president we have…a president who protects by exemptions his cronies…his minions…and those who orbit around him…protects them from ObamaCare but sticks ‘We the People’ with this monstrosity. And with a possible government shutdown hovering because of ObamaCare and the debt ceiling crisis, Obama had the audacity to accuse House Republicans of ‘extortion’, saying a ‘faction’ of lawmakers threaten to force the country into default unless he agrees to delay or defund his ‘beloved’ ObamaCare…complete with its death panels and medical treatment decided upon by bureaucrats and NOT by doctors.

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Obama’s DHS Seizing Local Power

. The Department of Homeland Security under President Obama is demonstrating troubling signs the agency is shifting the balance of power away from local and state municipalities toward a centralized federal authority, charges a recently released book. In “Impeachable Offenses: The Case to Remove Barack Obama from Office,” New York Times bestselling authors Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott document the DHS has likely violated the Posse Comitatus Act. The law expressly forbids direct participation by the military in a “search, seizure, arrest, or other similar activity.”

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Chaffetz: Unacceptable Al Jazeera Got Benghazi Report Before Congress

. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) blasted the chairman of an investigative panel on the Benghazi attacks for allowing its report to be leaked to Al Jazeera America before Congress even obtained copies of it. At a Thursday House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Benghazi, Chaffetz asked Mark Sullivan, the chairman of the Independent Panel of Best Practices, how lawmakers in Congress could have learned about the report on Al Jazeera. The report found that the State Department knew of security problems in Benghazi and failed to do anything about it. Chaffetz said Congressmen still do not have the report while Al Jazeera America has had it for a month.

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Medicaid-expanding senator to constituent: screw you, dude! (video)

. A so-called Republican ‘Gang of Eight’ lawmaker got into a pointed exchange with a conservative constituent about his vote to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly half a million Michiganders. The confrontation occurred at a luncheon in Petoskey, yesterday, between State Senator Howard Walker, R-Traverse City, (pictured above, in the middle) and Petoskey resident and radio talk show host Brian Sommerfield (pictured, left).

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Median Income Below Ronald Reagan Era..Welcome to Obamatown

. Liberals shoot off their mouth and accuse Ronald Reagan of ruining the economy. The voters didn’t agree. He won reelection by carrying 49 of the 50 states. If you look at Reagan’s last year in office, the median income in the United States was, $51,681. (Adjusted for inflation) Today, under Obama, the median income is $51,017. In less than 5 years, Obama has been able to erase the gains of the last 25. There has always been some fluctuation. During the Clinton years median income took a drop and under George Bush, the median income reached an all time high at nearly, $56,000. Of all races, Asians score the highest median income with $68, 636. White, non Hispanics are second with $57, 007. Hispanics are next with $39,005 and blacks are last with $33,321. Meanwhile the Ego is traveling around the country, patting himself on the back and taking credit for this wonderful economy. Thanks to him, we have more of everything. More bailouts. (85 billion a month) More people not in the workforce. (Highest since the 70s). More food stamps. More disability. More poverty. More homeless. More children starving. Whatta man!!, who appears the likely choice to head the fed will pump money into the banks until Kingdom come and call it success. 7 billion in new debt and all we have to show for it is a lousy t shirt.

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Obama’s Bluff

. President Obama has adopted the unsustainable position that he will not negotiate with Congress over spending and the debt ceiling. He is betting he can get Republicans to fold without having to give up anything he wants. That’s why we’re hearing ridiculous claims from him like the one he made speaking to the Business Roundtable this week: “You have never seen in the history of the United States the debt ceiling or the threat of not raising the debt being used to extort a president or a governing party and trying to force issues that have nothing to do with the budget and nothing to do with the debt.” This is nonsense, of course. As Speaker of the House John Boehner pointed out recently, “every major effort to deal with the deficit over the past 30 years has been tied to the debt limit.” Moreover, the implication that Obamacare has “nothing to do with the budget and nothing to do with the debt” is simply dishonest. The law accounts for a large part of the budget and we now know that it will cost twice as much in the next ten years as President Obama promised before it was passed.

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Press Underplay Ex-Obama Defense Chiefs’ Criticisms

. Have you heard that two of President Obama’s former defense secretaries last week slammed his Syria policy as “not a strategy” and projecting “weakness”? Likely not, given how the media shield this incumbent. Imagine if Caspar Weinberger in 1988, the year after leaving the Pentagon, had criticized President Reagan’s address to Moscow students beneath a huge bust of Lenin, claiming that what the Soviets “are seeing right now is an element of weakness.” Or if Donald Rumsfeld in 2007, the year after he left the Pentagon, said President George W. Bush’s surge in Iraq was “throwing gasoline on a very complex fire in the Middle East.” All three networks, CNN and the front pages of the New York Times and Washington Post would be blaring that a high-ranking figure who knows the president well has lost confidence in him. Well, if you made it to Page 12 of Thursday’s Times, you’d have found that two former Obama defense secretaries — not just one — “publicly questioned the administration’s handling of the Syrian crisis,” as the newspaper put it.

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Six Principles Of Propaganda Lenin Used To Consolidate Power

. Having attained power in late 1917 on a raft of promises — land to Russia’s peasants, bread to Russia’s starving cities and peace to Russia’s World War I-weary soldiers — V.I. Lenin was able to dispense with every one of them by advancing civil war from 1918 to 1921 to justify his acts by crisis. In place of promises of liberty and rights, Lenin gave Russians propaganda, empowering the Bolsheviks to govern through knoutish messages, if not the barrel of the gun. In so doing, he sought to undermine Russia’s weak democracy and to transform society fundamentally. “The Russian Revolution was permeated with propaganda of a forceful and brutal kind,” wrote historian Dmitri Volkogonov in his 1995 “Lenin: Life and Legacy,” based on materials briefly available from the Soviet archives. The propaganda was used not so much to win people over with ideas but by bludgeoning them with coercion, repression and making examples. “The type of propaganda that the Bolsheviks carried out is absolutely central to our understanding of the regime they created,” wrote Peter Kenez in “The Birth of the Propaganda State: Soviet Methods of Mass Mobilization, 1917-1929.”

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In blow to immigration reform, House `gang of seven’ bill looks dead

. In a blow to the hopes of passing immigration reform anytime soon, the bipartisan House “gang of seven” plan is probably dead, and almost certainly won’t be introduced this fall as promised, a top Democrat on the “gang” acknowledges. “It doesn’t appear that we’re going to move forward with the group of seven,” Dem Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a key player on immigration as a member of the gang, said in an interview with me. “The process is stalled. I don’t believe we’re going to produce a bill anytime soon.”

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Dem Rep. Alan Grayson Praises Rise of ‘Stealth Socialism’ in America

. In a recent interview with Salon, outspoken progressive Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) hailed the rise of what he called “stealth socialism” through America’s recent monetary policy decisions. Asked by interviewer David Dayen whether the financial system has become “safer” in the years since the financial collapse and subsequent government interventions like 2010’s Dodd-Frank bill, Grayson praised the Federal Reserve for its “unconventional” policies that have “put us back on a low-level track toward growth.” Asked about the Fed’s expanding balance sheet, the Florida Democrat said: “We’ve had a government takeover of the bond market. Stealth socialism’s been created. Government simply ends up owning more and more and more.” “If government had taken over the steel industry, maybe it would have been more noticeable,” he added. “They’ve taken over the financing of housing industry as well, with a desired result.”

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FDA Requires Tracking Codes On Medical Implants

. Federal health regulators will begin tracking millions of medical devices, from pacemakers to hip replacements, using a new electronic system designed to protect patients by catching problematic implants earlier. The Food and Drug Administration published new rules Friday that require most medical devices sold in the U.S. to carry a unique code, identifying its make, manufacture date and lot number. The codes will be stored in a publicly accessible database to help regulators, doctors and companies monitor safety issues with devices.

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Several banks considered too big to fail are even bigger

. There is rare agreement among many Democrats and Republicans in Washington that a number of banks are still too big to fail, leaving the nation’s economy even more at risk. Just before the financial crisis hit, Wells Fargo & Co. had $609 billion in assets. Now it has $1.4 trillion. Bank of America Corp. had $1.7 trillion in assets. That’s up to $2.1 trillion. And the assets of JPMorgan Chase & Co., the nation’s biggest bank, have ballooned to $2.4 trillion from $1.8 trillion. Ending the problem of so-called too-big-to-fail firms was a rallying cry for politicians and regulators after the unprecedented bailouts in fall 2008. The issue was the major impetus for enacting the sweeping Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul two years later. President Obama and key financial regulators said the law’s reforms, many still not finished, will prevent another financial industry rescue by reducing the chances that a mega-bank would collapse and by giving the government new powers to handle one if it did. Yet five years after the crisis, several of the nation’s largest banks are even larger. Total assets at the nation’s 10 biggest banking companies shot up 28% to $11.3 trillion, as of the end of June, federal regulators said. There is rare agreement among many Democrats and Republicans in Washington that those banks still are too big to fail, leaving the nation’s economy even more at risk.

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House CR Forks over $174,000 for Late Senator’s Wife

. There are many things House Republicans liked about the government continuing resolution. It defunds Obamacare, locks in the sequester spending cuts and keeps the government running. But there’s one provision tucked into the CR that may anger constituents back home: Among the various sections of the House-passed CR are 28 words that would pay $174,000 to the widow of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. “Sec. 134. Notwithstanding any other provision of this joint resolution, there is appropriated for payment to Bonnie Englebardt Lautenberg, widow of Frank R. Lautenberg, late a Senator from New Jersey, $174,000.” The death gratuity — a long-practiced, little-known, unofficial perk of office — has been a staple of congressional deaths. A Congressional Research Service report on members who die in office says: “…it has been the typical practice of the House to provide a death gratuity equal to the member’s annual salary, payable to the deceased member’s widow or widower, or children either in the annual legislative branch appropriations act or a measure providing supplemental funds for the legislative branch. By statute, a death gratuity is considered a gift.” Before Lautenberg’s death, he was No. 8 on Roll Call’s 50 Richest Members of Congress with a net worth of at least $56.8 million.

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‘Top’ DC Republicans Sent Oppo Research To ‘Hammer’ Cruz

. On Sunday, Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, said that Republicans in Washington were savaging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) behind Cruz’s back before Cruz’s appearance on the program to discuss defunding Obamacare. In an appearance on Washington D.C.’s Fox 5 to preview his Sunday show, Wallace said, “I will tell you I have never in my time in Washington seen a party so upset with one of its own members.” He said he had been flooded with opposition research on Cruz–from Republicans. Later on Fox News Sunday, Wallace said these “top Republicans” gave him “unsolicited research and questions” to “hammer” Cruz. “Since we announced that Ted Cruz was going to be on the show, I’ve been getting background research and questions going after Cruz not from Democrats but from other Republicans,” Wallace said on Fox 5. “They really feel he has put them in this corner that they can’t get out of gracefully and they’re not very happy with him.”

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The Redskins should become the Washington Foreskins

. Despite various polls showing that 90% of American Indians take pride in sports names reflecting their heritage, the Washington Redskins name offends those who are perpetually offended. To win more Jewish fans the team should be renamed the Washington Foreskins.

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Facebook Blocks Freedom Outpost for Telling the Truth About Obama Arming Jihadists While Disarming Americans

. I am one that recognizes that websites are considered personal property and therefore, the owners can pretty much do what they want. They can allow comments or not allow them. They can ban people if they desire to or let every troll and spammer post on their site. I have no problem with that. So what I’m about to write is not about personal property rights, nor is it about the First Amendment, since the First Amendment is about limiting the Federal Congress. This is about Facebook and its clear disregard for its own rules, applying them differently based on whether people are upset about something or not. Recently we posted a picture, seen below, and were blocked for twelve hours. There was no threat made, it isn’t hate speech, but is filled with truth.

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Cloak of invisibility removed from elephant!

. It is like an elephant has just suddenly appeared. However, just as with the proverbial one in the room, no one acknowledges it. Sadly, I can understand the indoctrinated public not taking notice, but it is truly disheartening when you realize how far our representatives have fallen. How else can you explain the silence? If this were a Hollywood production, by now there would be crowds in the streets, Congress would be beating on the doors of the White House demanding justice. Treason… Treason! Would be the common cry.
. Now just in the hope, albeit false, that a Congressional Representative should read this, I will type real slow and try to use small words. Webster defines treason: (1) the betrayal of a trust. What has the president vowed that we are supposed to entrust to him? He swore, I ”will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” OK, I know those words might have been a little big for you congressional representatives, please try to stay with me.

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Three Attackers in Kenya Mall Siege Lived in US

. Three of the attackers at the Westgate Mall siege in Nairobi, Kenya, are from the United States, sources within the terror group that orchestrated the attack told CNN on Sunday. CNN reported that the American-linked militants from the terrorist group al-Shabab are among nine people listed on a since-shuttered Twitter account linked to the group. Sources told CNN that other names linked to the account include two individuals from Somalia and one each from Canada, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom. They range in age from 20 to 27 years old. Two of the Americans are from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and the other is from Kansas City, Missouri. Minneapolis has a large Somali community that in the past has been linked to recruitment efforts by al-Shabab as well as al-Qaida. The U.S. State Department is trying to match the names released by al-Shabab, but is growing more confident that American citizens were involved in the attack, according to CNN.

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Martin County vs. The World: Here Come de Judge

. Why would county commissioners approve changes to their comprehensive plan they knew would be challenged by a state agency, a constitutional authority and as many as four private stakeholders? The same commissioners pushing tax increases in the next budget, by the way. Why would they want to throw citizens into another hot, potentially costly soup?

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Grocery Store Named After Obama Charged With Food Stamp Fraud

. After Obama’s election in 2009 a small grocery store/convenience store in Florida changed its name to the Obama Express. Several other stores across the country did the same thing. One of those was a location in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, in 2013, the Maryland outlet is under investigation, accused of illegally trafficking in food stamps. On September 17, WBAL reported that nine retailers in Baltimore County had been arrested for illegally redeeming food stamps for cash and kicking back a portion to food stamp recipients. The retailers did not sell them any merchandise or food.

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Farmer: DPS detained, then released illegal immigrants

. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers briefly detained and then released about 20 people suspected of being in the country illegally Saturday morning on a farmer’s land 24 miles north of central Mission, the landowner said. About 8 a.m. Saturday, Lee Adams said he noticed “a lot of activity” in the brush on his large rural property. He called a DPS trooper, who called for backup. A group of troopers – which included five cars and two helicopters – eventually rounded up a group of people who appeared to possibly be in the country illegally, Adams said. But in less than an hour, the cars and helicopters scattered, allowing the people they detained to do the same. “They said there’s nothing they can do, the only thing they could do was detain them for 30 minutes and they’ve been there for 45,” Adams said. “Which I don’t agree with, I think all law enforcement agencies should work together.” Adams then called a local constable’s deputy. He and the deputy found 27 people who were still on the property, he said. With Adams agreeing to press charges, the deputy held the people for criminal trespass until U.S. Border Patrol agents came in at least three waves between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick them up for suspected immigration violations.

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A Thousand Little Tyrants

. If there has been a unifying theme of Barack Obama’s presidency, it is the inexorable growth of the administrative state. Its growth, across diverse areas, has followed a pattern: First, expand federal powers beyond their enumerated constitutional limits. Second, delegate those powers to agencies and away from elected politicians in Congress. Third, insulate civil servants from politics so they can wield their discretion without accountability. Finally, force the courts to defer unthinkingly to Congress’s acts of delegation and agency regulation. Obamacare represents the apotheosis of this administrative state. Congress claimed authority to take over one-sixth of the American economy. But instead of passing the rules for this massive new government program, the large Democratic majorities in Congress vested the power to regulate health care in the Department of Health and Human Services. Even the Supreme Court, with a majority of Republican-appointed justices, did not stand in the way.

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The Cult of Apple

. “The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything” – G.K. Chesterton
. This is why America is in the shape it is. What were you doing last Friday, Sept. 20, 2013? you at work? I was home, and although I’m technically retired from university teaching, I’m working harder than ever in my retirement — taking care of my family, home and garden, and writing-administering two blogs, including FOTM. Hundreds of Americans however had so much free time that they lined up for hours, even days, at Apple stores across America, so that they could fork over hundreds of dollars for the latest iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Other Apple cultists paid as much as $14 per hour for “line-sitters” to wait in line for them. Analysts expect Apple to sell as many as 6.5 million iPhone 5 units this opening weekend.

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Americans are fleeing, saying goodbye to tax-hungry America

. Americans are fleeing the country. For keeps. U.S. citizens are moving away and ditching passports in record numbers, saying goodbye to America. Why? Taxes are screaming upward at a steep incline, socialism is creeping, and regulations are heaped on, to a backbreaking point. The number of citizens renouncing citizenship is surging this year, soaring six-fold in the second quarter from the prior year, according to Bloomberg News. This piggybacks onto a “sevenfold increase in Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship between 2008 and 2011,” Time magazine reported. The number of exiting citizens is expected to set a record by the end of 2013. Worse, the government is introducing scorching penalties against Americans who have already had enough with federal socialism and are making the once-unthinkable decision to move to another country. The United States is a rarity among countries in that is the only nation in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development that taxes citizens on worldwide income, according to Bloomberg. If they live and work in another country, they are double-taxed — they must pay U.S. taxes even though they don’t use U.S. government services.

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Quantitative Easing Worked For the Weimar Republic For A Little While Too

. There is a reason why every fiat currency in the history of the world has eventually failed. At some point, those issuing fiat currencies always find themselves giving in to the temptation to wildly print more money. Sometimes, the motivation for doing this is good. When an economy is really struggling, those that have been entrusted with the management of that economy can easily fall for the lie that things would be better if people just had “more money”. Today, the Federal Reserve finds itself faced with a scenario that is very similar to what the Weimar Republic was facing nearly 100 years ago. Like the Weimar Republic, the U.S. economy is also struggling and like the Weimar Republic, the U.S. government is absolutely drowning in debt. Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve has decided to adopt the same solution that the Weimar Republic chose. The Federal Reserve is recklessly printing money out of thin air, and in the short-term some positive things have come out of it. But quantitative easing worked for the Weimar Republic for a little while too. At first, more money caused economic activity to increase and unemployment was low. But all of that money printing destroyed faith in German currency and in the German financial system and ultimately Germany experienced an economic meltdown that the world is still talking about today. This is the path that the Federal Reserve is taking America down, but most Americans have absolutely no idea what is happening.

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‘Red line’ just one of roughly 500 Obama promises that have come and gone

. President Obama vowing that Syria would “cross a red line” by using chemical weapons is far from the only marker he’s laid down or promise he’s tried to keep since running for president in 2008. The president has made more than 500 campaign-related promises alone. And just last week he re-drew a line in the sand for congressional Republicans flirting with shutting down the government over his Affordable Care Act and looking for spending cuts as part of a separate deal to increase the federal debt limit. “That’s not happening,” Obama said. “I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States.” The president has had mixed success in keeping that vow over the past few years.

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Black-mob violence destroys U.S. Landmark

. Black-mob violence and black-on-white crime has not destroyed the entire American Tobacco Trail, only the small chunk that goes through Durham, N.C. The “high crime” part. The gang-infested part. The poor part. The urban part. The sketchy part. The part that local media calls every name imaginable except one: The black part. Otherwise, most of the 22.5 miles of this trail is a safe, sometimes bucolic experience for runners, bikers, strollers and even equestrians. As long as they stay away from the trail near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Since 2011, dozens of people have been beaten, robbed, pushed off bikes and threatened in that part of the trail. All of the suspects in this violence and mayhem are black. Though most of the time the local media is loathe to say so. In the most recent assault, WRAL-TV described one of the assailants as having a “dark complexion.” Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent.

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Welcome to the New Libya, a Country ‘Liberated’ by NATO: No Oil Revenues, No Security, No Water, No Electricity.

. Welcome to the new Libya, a country ‘liberated’ by NATO which now finds itself without the oil revenues which could make it rich, with no security, no stability and assassinations and corruption at unprecendented levels. Last Friday, the Economist magazine published a report about the implosion of Libya. My attention was caught by the pictures that illustrated the piece – particularly one of some graffitti on the wall of a sea front cafe in the capital Tripoli. ‘The only way to Heaven is the way to the airport’ it read. The joke is indicative of the troubled state of Libya nowadays following ‘liberation’ by NATO warplanes in the sky and the revolution on the ground which toppled the dictatorial regime of Muammar al-Ghadaffi. Recently I have met many peope who are visiting London from Libya and they tell stories of life there which are hard to believeThe capital Tripoli had no water or electricity for a whole week. The armed militia dominate and rule the streets in the absence of a workable government, a national security establishment and basic municipal services.

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Boom in energy production sends US shipyards into overdrive

. The Great American Energy Boom is having a major ripple effect on the shipbuilding industry, which thanks to a 1920s maritime law, is busier than it has been in decades. Some ten supertankers are currently under construction at U.S. shipyards, with orders for another 15 in the pipeline. That may not seem like a huge number, but considering there are only about 75 such tankers plying American ports now, it represents a genuine boat-building boom. “We haven’t seen something like this since the 1970s,” Matthew Paxton, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America said to FoxNews.com. “The movement of more oil has built up a real commercial shipbuilding renaissance.”

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101.5M to 97.2M: Gov’t Health-Plan Enrollees Outnumber Full-Time Private Sector Workers

. In 2012, according to data released this week by the Census Bureau, approximately 101,493,000 people in the United States got health-insurance coverage through government-run programs, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, military-related health-care programs, the Indian Health Service, and state-government-run health plans. At the same time, according to Census Bureau data, there were only approximately 97,180,000 people who worked full-time in the private sector in 2012. That means that even before the full implementation of Obamacare, there were already more people on government health care in this country than people working full-time in the private sector.

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Albany NY NDAA Resolution Introduced That Will Use Force Against Feds

. Many states have passed National Defense Authorization Act Nullification or are currently looking at legislation to do so to some extent or another. However, in the heart of the tyrannical state of New York, the city of Albany has introduced their own NDAA resolution that will not only nullify the federal NDAA and not support it with state resources, but will actively call upon law enforcement to stand between citizens and federal officials and the U.S. military. Now that’s a resolution with some teeth in it!

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Education Dep’t Strategy Is to Educate Adult Non-Citizens

. The U.S. Education Department, anticipating an influx of foreigners in the years ahead under immigration reform, says it plans to create an “adult learning infrastructure” to meet demand for “high-quality English language” skills and other basics. On page 10 of its draft strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018, the Education Department says it will work to “transform” the adult education system — “and create an adult learning infrastructure that better meets the demand for high-quality English language, literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills. This infrastructure must accommodate the increased demand for skills from industry and business, as well as for services that may result from comprehensive immigration reform.”

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U.N. Calls On World To Punish Leaders Who Don’t Buy Into Global Warming Hoax At The Ballot Box

. Since when did it become the UN’s job to try and influence elections? Political leaders who reject urgent action to cut emissions should be punished at the ballot box because the world is heading for a “heart attack” caused by rising temperatures, according to one of the UN’s top climate officials. Halldor Thorgeirsson was speaking before today’s opening of a meeting of scientists and government officials from around the world to negotiate the final wording of a major report on climate change. The negotiations, which take place in private over the next five days in Stockholm, Sweden, will include a debate about how the report should explain an unexpected slowdown in the rate of warming since 1998.

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Obamacare Administrator: So, We Might Have to Tweak the Definition of “Start”

. Obamacare supporters are already trying to manage expectations — or, more accurately, begin the damage control effort — by trying to change Americans’ expectations for next week’s launch date. The Washington Post quotes a former HHS official defining down the word “start” as it pertains to the law’s implementation: “Nobody is going to say we’re not starting on October 1,” says Joel Ario, who previously oversaw health exchanges at HHS, “but in some situations, you may see a redefinition of what ‘start’ means.”

41.
One man’s ObamaCare nightmare

. Andy and Amy Mangione of Louisville, Ky. and their two boys are just the kind of people who should be helped by ObamaCare. But they recently got a nasty surprise in the mail. “When I saw the letter when I came home from work,” Andy said, describing the large red wording on the envelope from his insurance carrier, “(it said) ‘your action required, benefit changes, act now.’ Of course I opened it immediately.” It had stunning news. Insurance for the Mangiones and their two boys,which they bought on the individual market, was going to almost triple in 2014 — from $333 a month to $965. The insurance carrier made it clear the increase was in order to be compliant with the new health care law. “This isn’t a Cadillac plan, this isn’t even a silver plan,” Mangione said, referring to higher levels of coverage under ObamaCare.

42.
Dept. of Labor Employees Charged $3.8M In Unauthorized Purchases

. Department of Labor (DOL) employees charged an estimated $3.8 million in unauthorized expenses on their government-issued travel cards, according to an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released Sept. 13. One unnamed federal worker “incurred more than $10,000 in unauthorized transactions” on the travel cards, which are issued to federal workers to pay for “official expenses, such as hotel rooms and airline tickets” that exceed $75.

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Pelosi: Death of 40-hour work week means freedom to ‘follow your passion’

. Americans with a lot free time on their hands thanks to Obamacare can spend it pursuing their happiness instead of earning a living, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday. During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Candy Crowley read Pelosi part of a letter signed by union goon James Hoffa Jr. that described Obamacare’s impact on employers as a way to “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week.” “That’s pretty tough from a loyal Democratic constituency,” said Crowley, sometimes considered a pretty loyal Democratic constituency herself. Pelosi was unfazed. Some parts of Obamacare need to be clarified, she acknowledged, but losing that 40-hour work week will really free Americans to “pursue your happiness … follow your passion.”

44.
Girl Battles Border Patrol Over Her Constitutional Rights… & Wins!

. The following video demonstrates what every law-abiding citizen should do when they come to border patrol checks inside the United States. I’m not talking about those at the border, but those 100 miles inside the border. Though the young lady who is being illegally detained by US Border Patrol agents does not cite the Fourth Amendment, she is clearly referencing the fact that these men didn’t have a clue about what the law of the land is. In the end, after being threatened with arrest and the young lady calls their bluff, they fold and demonstrate they have nothing. They have detained her for approximately 15 minutes for absolutely no reason at all.

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Obama’s HUD Policy: Dismantle Suburbs By Forcing Minorities Into ‘Prosperous’ Neighborhoods
– B.M.G
. Prosperous Suburbs are now ‘racist’ and in the name of Diversity – Obama plans on identifying every neighborhood in America by race-population and ‘rectifying’ ”geospatial discrimination’ Think you own your property and have private rights? Think again. If you live in a predominantly White and /or prosperous suburb – the Obama regime says you are racist and discriminating against inner city blacks. Obama plans on addressing “geospatial discrimination’ of minorities by ‘mapping’ every neighborhood in America in regards to it’s racial make-up and financial strength. Then, HUD will impose new rules that will go out to suburbs that are not racially diverse and demand ”affirmatively further fair housing” in the suburbs for minorities. Grantees who fail to comply will be denied federal funding. The Kelo decision on Eminent Domain gives the government the precedent to seize your house and property as they see fit for such social experimentation if taxation can be shown to be an economic benefit. The notorious 2005 ruling in Kelo v. City of New London, upheld the use of eminent domain to transfer property from one private owner to another for the sake of economic development. What that means, is that using the precedent set by SCOTUS, Obama can use Eminent Domain to transfer your property to his inner city constituents for the sake of ‘economic development’.

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We need to cut off President Obama and his liberal Congressional allies.

. If you’re following the stand off between House Republicans, Senate Democrats, and the White House, I know you’ll agree it’s disgraceful. We should be ashamed that Congress and the White House have allowed our country to return to the edge of the fiscal cliff after we should have cut spending and balanced the budget in 2011 when we reached the debt ceiling then! It’s time to usher in a new generation of conservative leadership to replace the ineffective and uninspiring “leaders” we have today.

47.
Shrinking IRS staff means less revenues

. A shrinking IRS staff is appearing to be having an impact in the form of fewer collections. The Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration said in a new report released Tuesday that revenue collected by the IRS fell 9 percent in fiscal 2012 to 50.2 billion — down from $55.2 billion in fiscal 2011. Since 2010, revenue has fallen 13 percent — about the same reduction as the 14 percent drop in enforcement personnel, according to the report.

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Most Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare

. Census Bureau data reveals that most U.S. families headed by illegal immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare programs on behalf of their American-born anchor babies.Even before the recession, immigrant households with children used welfare programs at consistently higher rates than natives, according to the extensive census data collected and analyzed by a nonpartisanWashington D.C. group dedicated to researching legal and illegal immigration in the U.S. The results, published this month in a lengthy report, are hardly surprising.Basically, the majority of households across the country benefitting from publicly-funded welfare programs are headed by immigrants, both legal and illegal. States where immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62%), Texas, California and New York with 61% each and Pennsylvania(59%).The study focused on eight major welfare programs that cost the government $517 billion the year they were examined. They include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the disabled, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), a nutritional program known as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), food stamps, free/reduced school lunch, public housing and health insurance for the poor (Medicaid).Food assistance and Medicaid are the programs most commonly used by illegal immigrants, mainly on behalf of their American-born children who get automatic citizenship. On the other hand, legal immigrant households take advantage of every available welfare program, according to the study, which attributes it to low education level and resulting low income.The highest rate of welfare recipients come from the Dominican Republic (82 %), Mexico and Guatemala (75%) and Ecuador (70%), according to the report, which says welfare use tends to be high for both new arrivals and established residents.

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Urban Infidel

. I went to the New York City Muslim Day Parade yesterday. At the same time as devout Muslims were separating Muslim children from non-Muslim children and executing them in cold blood in an upscale mall in Kenya, Muslims marched down Madison Avenue under the flag of jihad (the same flag the Muslims in Kenya were killing under).According to the official parade program, this year’s theme was, “Islam’s Contribution to Human Civilization.” Yes, you read that right. And yes, it is singular, not plural. To quote the editor over at The Religion of Peace, “Other than a big stack of dead bodies, I can’t think of much else. Guess they’ll have to be creative.” Well, they didn’t even bother trying to be creative. It was the same old, same old, with lots more of the same. No inclusiveness. No reaching out to their fellow man, just a lot of victimhood and no mention of terrorism, such as the mall siege in Nairobi over the weekend or the suicide bombing of an historic Christian church in Pakistan during services yesterday. Not even a peep about the many innovations that Islam lays claims to. It was just more Islamic jihad with extra jihad.

50.
7th-graders suspended for playing with airsoft gun in own yard

. Two seventh-grade students in Virginia Beach, Va., were handed long-term suspensions Tuesday that will last until the end of the school year for playing with an airsoft gun in one of their front yards while waiting for the school bus. WAVY-TV reports that 13-year-old Khalid Caraballo and Aidan Clark will face an additional hearing in January to determine if they will be expelled for “possession, handling and use of a firearm” because the guns were fired at two others playing in Caraballo’s yard. A neighbor saw Khalid shooting the airsoft gun in his yard and called 911, telling the dispatcher, “He is pointing the gun, and it looks like there’s a target in a tree in his front yard,” the station reported.

51.
Conservatives decry federal ‘food police’

. A panel of experts convened Monday at the conservative Heritage Foundation cast a slate of federal regulations meant to improve food safety and curb obesity as misguided government overreach. The Obama administration and congressional Democrats are pressing forward on numerous fronts to protect public health. Current and pending regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus, labels on genetically modified foods and stringent school lunch requirements are the work of the federal “food police,” the experts argued. “They are trying to actually influence what you eat,” said Daren Bakst, a Heritage research fellow with expertise in agricultural and regulatory policy.

52.
Arctic Ocean Predicted To Be Ice Free By 2013 — Oops!

. Junk Science: Earth has gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, the largest increase on record. There is more sea ice now than there was in mid-September 1990. Al Gore, call your office. A 2007 prediction that summer in the North Pole could be “ice-free by 2013” that was cited by former Vice President Al Gore in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech has proven to be off . .. by 920,000 square miles. But then Democrats have never been good at math — or climate science. In his Dec. 10, 2007, “Earth has a fever” speech, Gore referred to a prediction by U.S. climate scientist Wieslaw Maslowski that the Arctic’s summer ice could “completely disappear” by 2013 due to global warming caused by carbon emissions as the seas rose to swallow up places like the island of Manhattan. The inconvenient truth is that planet Earth now has the equivalent of 330,000 Manhattans of Arctic ice, Steve Goddard notes in the blog Real Science. Even before the annual autumn re-freeze was scheduled to begin, he says, NASA satellite images showed an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretched from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores. No polar bears were seen drowning.

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ObamaCare Making Doctor Shortage Crisis Even Worse

. America’s doctor shortage is quickly becoming a crisis. No less than 14 states have introduced legislation or created new programs to deal with the problem. The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that the country is currently short 20,000 doctors. Over the next decade, that number could quintuple. And ObamaCare is only making things worse. Physicians are responding to the health reform law’s intrusive regulations and insufficient payments by treating fewer patients — or even abandoning the medical profession altogether.

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Liberal Brit calls for UN invasion to disarm America

. This is cute in a four year old saying swear words to get attention sort of way. Without the United States, the United Nations would have trouble disarming a large Boy Scout troop; so it would be hard to see how they could pull this off. Of course, they’re always welcome to come on over and try it if they like as long as they send enough body bags along so that we can send them back where they came from.
. That’s America, we say, as news of the latest massacre breaks – last week it was the slaughter of 12 people by Aaron Alexis at Washington DC’s navy yard – and move on. But what if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an international humanitarian crisis – a quasi civil war, if you like, that calls for outside intervention? As citizens of the world, perhaps we should demand an end to the unimaginable suffering of victims and their families – the maiming and killing of children – just as America does in every new civil conflict around the globe. ….Talking to American friends, I always sense a kind of despair that the gun lobby is too powerful to challenge and that nothing will ever change. The same resignation was evident in President Obama’s rather lifeless reaction to the Washington shooting last week. There is absolutely nothing he can do, which underscores the fact that America is in a jam and that international pressure may be one way of reducing the slaughter over the next generation. This has reached the point where it has ceased to be a domestic issue. The world cannot stand idly by.

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Cyprus-Style Wealth Confiscation Is Now Starting To Happen All Over The Globe

. Now that “bail-ins” have become accepted practice all over the planet, no bank account and no pension fund will ever be 100% safe again. In fact, Cyprus-style wealth confiscation is already starting to happen all around the world. As you will read about below, private pension funds were just raided by the government in Poland, and a “bail-in” is being organized for one of the largest banks in Italy. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning. The precedent that was set in Cyprus is being used as a template for establishing bail-in procedures in New Zealand, Canada and all over Europe. It is only a matter of time before we see this exact same type of thing happen in the United States as well. From now on, anyone that keeps a large amount of money in any single bank account or retirement fund is being incredibly foolish.

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What the media won’t tell you about the Navy Yard massacre

. By now, you all know from media reports that Alexis likely was mentally ill, although there is no record that he was diagnosed as such. Just a month and a half before the Navy Yard killings, Alexis had filed a police report in Rhode Island claiming to hear voices in his head, and that he was being harassed and stalked by people who were using invisible, electronic means and preventing him from sleeping. On August 23, he went to the VA hospital emergency room seeking assistance with his sleeping problem, and was prescribed Trazadone, an anti-depressant. What you probably don’t know, if you rely on the mainstream media for information, are the following:
1. Aaron Alexis was an Obamabot Democrat…

57.
What the Administration Didn’t Tell You About Obamacare Exchange Plans

. Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report regarding premiums and plan offerings in Obamacare’s exchanges for next year. Despite the Administration’s claims, premiums are going up due to Obamacare—and the quality of the “coverage” is, in many cases, going down. In both today’s report and an earlier report released in July, HHS claims that premiums are “lower than projected.” HHS bases its claim on a March 2012 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate stating that premiums for a family would average $15,400 per year on the exchanges. The Administration report claims that weighted average premiums are “16 percent below projections” based on that CBO report—therefore Obamacare is lowering premiums. What HHS didn’t mention is that CBO also estimated in a November 2009 analysis that individually purchased insurance premiums would go up by an average $2,100 per family, due to the increased mandates and requirements included in Obamacare. So when HHS says that premiums are “below projections,” it really means that premiums are still going up as a result of Obamacare—just by less than originally advertised. That’s a far cry from candidate Obama’s promise that his health plan would lower premiums by $2,500 per year.



Posted 9/20/2013

South Florida has a newspaper that is not part of the main stream media. You are encouraged to view it at South Florida Weekender.

1.
The Collapse of the Obama Presidency

. How bad has 2013 been for Barack Obama? Let us count the ways. In the first year of his second term, the president has failed on virtually every front. He put his prestige on the line to pass federal gun-control legislation–and lost. He made climate change a central part of his inaugural address–and nothing has happened. The president went head-to-head with Republicans on sequestration–and he failed. He’s been forced to delay implementation of the employer mandate, a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare is more unpopular than ever, and it’s turning out to be a “train wreck” (to quote Democratic Senator Max Baucus) in practice. The most recent jobs report was the worst in a year, with the Obama recovery already qualifying as a historically weak one. Immigration reform is going nowhere. And then there’s Syria, which has turned out to be an epic disaster. (To be sure, Mr. Obama’s Middle East failures go well beyond Syria–but Syria is the most conspicuous failure right now).

2.
Putin Punks The Lyin’ King…Again

. In the latest iteration of the Syrian crisis that the Imperial President devoutly wished to foment, Vladimir Putin has cut in and taken over leaving The Lyin’ King alone on the dance floor while events whirl on, without him. First there was the infamous “red line” that the Imperial President cited as his reason to attack Syria; al-Assad, he insisted, used chemical weapons on his own people. Despite al-Assad’s denials and admissions by Syrian rebels to the Associated Press that they were responsible, that was his story and he was sticking to it. Then objections to an attack on Syria became more vociferous, domestically. Suddenly, President-Unilateral-Action needed Congressional approval for military action, finding it necessary to spread the blame for the snafu. When it looked as if Congress was going to hand The Lyin’ King a huge setback, the first vote of no confidence in history for a presidential request for military action, the president’s back-peddle picked up speed. The Lyin’ King, despite print, audio and visual records to the contrary, denied that he had ever invoked a “red line;” the rest of the world had and Congress was responsible for doing something about it: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line …Congress set a red line when it indicated that… some of the horrendous things that are happening on the ground (in Syria) need to be answered for…” As with all of The Lyin’ King’s ludicrous fantasies, he chose to ignore reality; an admission Syrian rebels had made to the Associated Press, taking responsibility for the gas attack. Assad’s denial of culpability. He elected, instead, to invest in his own creation of events, ignoring the depravity displayed by the Syrian rebels and their ties with Al-Qaeda. Elizabeth O’Bagy, WSJ op-ed writer (since fired for falsifying her credentials) and authenticator of Syrian fictions for the regime, has been found to be a Syrian-rebel sympathizer and liar. No surprises there.

3.
AFL-CIO Realizes They Can’t Keep Their Union Healthcare Plans Under Obamacare

. The AFL-CIO is finally realizing one thing: When President Obama said “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it,” he wasn’t telling the truth. In the case of union worker healthcare plans, without a fix, Obamacare will make current coverage unaffordable and therefore unavailable. Late Wednesday, the AFL-CIO passed another scathing resolution criticizing President Obama’s signature legislation.

4.
9-11, 2013: Treason And Betrayal In The White House

. Twelve years ago today, Muslim terrorists linked to al-Qaeda hijacked four jetliners and flew them into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. That the fourth did not hit its target is a lasting testimony to the courage of a few Americans on board Flight 93. Still, the attacks killed thousands of people who had done nothing to deserve being burned alive, hurled to their deaths or crushed into dust. It was one of the most horrific mass murders in history, and the Bush Administration rightly dedicated itself to hunting down and killing as many members of al-Qaeda as it could lay its hands on. Whatever else you think of the Iraq war or President Bush, the War on Terror was about seeking justice. The definition of treason, according to the Legal Dictionary, is “the betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.” Al-Qaeda is our enemy. It has always considered itself such, and on 9-11, we finally realized it too. Why then is President Obama siding with the al-Qaeda-led “rebels” in Syria? Why did Obama in June approve open military aid to the rebels that included rifles, ammunition, grenades and rockets?

5.
Liberalism And The Future Of The World

. The World has been in an economic crisis since 2008 and there is no end in sight. Why? Because bodies like the IMF, World Bank and the vast majority of countries believe in liberal policies and continue to support policies that have never worked and will never work. It is time the people rose up and said liberal policies MIGHT sound great, but they do not work. The only explosion of growth in the history of the world came from free market capitalism so it’s time to end Liberalism and this experiment. There can be little doubt that liberalism in the last 100 years has caused more harm to people and has more blood on its hands than ANY collection of dictators in the history of the world. The hour grows late and if you want to save this world, now is the time to do it.

6.
Fracking Pioneer Abandons An Energy And Job Foolish New York

. After more than five years of a fracking moratorium, a leading energy company walks away from its leases, leaving New York, its natural gas riches — and the jobs and wealth they could generate — unrealized. In 2000, people from Chesapeake Energy began arriving in Broome County, New York, a few miles north of the Pennsylvania border. Broome had seen better economic days but was lucky to be sitting right atop the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation, which stretches through much of the Northeast. Over the next few years, Chesapeake was able to snap up drilling rights to some 13,000 acres across Broome and neighboring Tioga County, just as it was doing in neighboring Pennsylvania. But unlike the Keystone State, which wisely chose to develop its energy riches, New York imposed a fracking moratorium in 2008 to save the planet from the fracking boogeyman. Now, Chesapeake has decided to walk away from those leases and leave New York wandering in its energy desert.

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Fruits Of Obama’s Incompetence: Weaker U.S., Stronger Russia

. The president of the United States takes to the airwaves to urgently persuade the nation to pause before doing something it has no desire to do in the first place. Strange. And it gets stranger still. That “strike Syria, maybe” speech begins with a heart-rending account of children consigned to a terrible death by a monster dropping poison gas. It proceeds to explain why such behavior must be punished. It culminates with the argument that the proper response — the most effective way to uphold fundamental norms, indeed human decency — is a flea bite: something “limited,” “targeted” or, as so memorably described by Secretary of State John Kerry, “unbelievably small.” The mind reels, but there’s more. We must respond — but not yet. This “Munich moment” (Kerry again) demands first a pause to find accommodation with that very same toxin-wielding monster, by way of negotiations with his equally cynical, often shirtless, Kremlin patron bearing promises. The promise is to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. The negotiations are open-ended. Not a word from President Obama about any deadline or ultimatum. And utter passivity: Kerry said hours earlier that he awaited the Russian proposal. Why? The administration claims (preposterously, but no matter) that Obama has been working on this idea with Putin at previous meetings. Take at face value Obama’s claim of authorship. Then why isn’t he taking ownership? Why isn’t he calling it the “U.S. proposal” and defining it? Why not issue a U.S. plan containing the precise demands, detailed timeline and threat of action should these conditions fail to be met?

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Grassley: DOJ ‘Giving Green Light to an Entire Industry Predicated on Breaking Federal Law’

. A Republican senator is questioning the Obama administration’s refusal to challenge state laws in Colorado and Washington State that make it legal to smoke marijuana for fun. (21 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes.)

9.
County worker unfairly targeted for personal Facebook post criticizing Quran

. The spokesman for Palm Beach County, Fla. is in a bit of hot water after – wait for it – exercising his First Amendment right to free speech on his personal Facebook wall Wednesday. John Jamason, the Public Information Officer for the county, is rightfully standing behind the thoughts he shared as a private citizen on September 11 with a Facebook post that read:
. “Never forget. There is no such thing as radical Islam. All Islam is radical. There may be Muslims who don’t practice their religion, much like others. But the Quran is a book that preaches hate, dominance and intolerance. America should continue to fight Islam not embrace it.”

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Florida bans Obamacare navigators from county health departments

. The state of Florida issued a directive late Monday prohibiting the so-called Obamacare navigators from working on the premises of county health departments. Deputy Health Secretary C. Meade Grigg issued the order to Florida’s 60 local health department directors, according to the Miami Herald. Although Grigg didn’t comment, agency spokeswoman Ashley Carr said the order’s purpose was to promote “clarity” and “a consistent message” across the agency. “Navigators are not acting on behalf of the Department of Health and this program has raised privacy concerns due to the consumer information that will be gathered for use in a federal database,” Carr said in a statement.

11.
They Denied That We Were In A Depression In 1933 And They Are Doing It Again In 2013

. The more things change, the more things stay the same. The Great Depression actually started in 1929, but as you will see below, as late as 1933 the Associated Press was still pumping out lots of news stories with optimistic economic headlines and many Americans still did not believe that we were actually in a depression. And of course we are experiencing a very similar thing today. The United States is in the worst financial shape that it has ever been in, our economic infrastructure is being systematically gutted, and poverty isabsolutely exploding. Since the stock market crash of 2008, the Federal Reserve has been wildly printing money and the federal government has been running trillion dollar deficits in a desperate attempt to stabilize things, but in the process they have made our long-term economic problems far worse. It would be hard to overstate how dire our situation is, and yet the mainstream media continues to assure us that everything is just fine and that happy days are here again. As I have already noted, the mainstream media was doing the exact same thing back during the days of the Great Depression.

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Muslims caught trespassing Boston reservoir now a “criminal matter”

. U.S. officials have determined that some of the wildfires that burnt in California last year were started by al-Qaeda operatives. (See “Wildfires started by Al-Qaeda as economic warfare against America“) It is therefore not at all far-fetched to think that terrorists would also target America’s water-supply. Do you remember the news from last May, about 7 Muslims caught trespassing after midnight at the Quabbin Reservoir that supplies water to Boston, Massachusetts? At the time, we were told that the seven were “chemical engineers” who were on an innocent “field trip” to observe the water storage structure. At midnight! Ha! Now comes news that the trespassing is a “criminal matter.” But do we hear/see this news on the alphabet TV networks?

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Senate demands answers on EPA’s armed raid of Alaskan gold mine
– B.M.G.
. Republican senators are demanding answers from the Environmental Protection Agency after agency officials participated in an armed raid of gold mines near Chicken, Alaska. According to reports, in late August agents of the Alaska Environmental Crimes Task Force swarmed the mine in groups of four to eight and even went so far as to wear body armor and carry guns while investigating a supposed violation of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. No arrests were made in the raid and no citations were issued.

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CFPB threatens independence of bankruptcy office

. Serious allegations are being raised in the legal community that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has recruited the U.S. Trustee Program to collect bankruptcy data on its behalf to aid a controversial data-mining program. Documents obtained by the Washington Examiner describe efforts by the CFPB to collect a decade’s worth of private financial data on the consumer behavior of five million American citizens without their knowledge or consent. The CFPB data-mining campaign has alarmed privacy watchdogs.

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Kentucky Trial Balloon: RFID Tracking Chips on All Guns

. The Senate of the state of Kentucky wants to run an experiment. It has passed a bill that establishes a new law. As of January 1, all gun owners in one city must bring in their guns. The police will attach a battery-powered chip that will track its whereabouts. The police will charge the gun owners for this service. Anyone who fails to do this could be fined or sent to jail. The city chosen is Winchester. You think the politicians are not sending a message? If there had been a Kentucky city called Glock, they would have chosen it instead.

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Under ObamaCare, Doctor’s Visits Will Be Interrogations

. If you think the Obama health law is only for the uninsured and you won’t be affected, you’re in for a surprise next time you go to the doctor. Be prepared for questions unrelated to why you are seeking medical help — questions that you don’t want to answer. Whether you’re at the dermatologist or the cardiologist, you’ll likely be asked: “Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?” Doctors are being turned into government agents, pressured financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential. Going to the doctor can be embarrassing. But for your own good, you confide things to a doctor you wouldn’t tell anyone else. What is happening here is different.

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Emails Show Liar Lerner Targeted ‘Dangerous’ Tea Party

. New emails show that the woman at the center of the IRS scandal over special scrutiny of conservative groups’ applications for tax-exempt status targeted tea party applications specifically and directed they be held up. Yet another reason for her silence has been unearthed by a 2011 email released by the House Ways and Means Committee in which the woman who claimed she had done nothing wrong admitted that the tea party was not only targeted, but targeted at her direction, in response to the Citizens United case that so outraged President Obama because it reaffirmed the free-speech rights of those who oppose him. In the February 2011 email, Lerner advised her staff — including then-Exempt Organizations Technical Manager Michael Seto and then-Rulings and Agreements director Holly Paz — that a tea party matter is “very dangerous” and something “Counsel and (Lerner adviser) Judy Kindell need to be in on.” Lerner added: “Cincy should probably NOT have these cases.”

18.
Remington Considers a Move

. Remington Arms has been located in Ilion, NY , ever since Eliphalet Remington II forged his first rifle here in 1816. Odds are they will not celebrate their 200th anniversary in this town. Even worse is the fact that the 8,000 residents in this town depend on Remington for their check one way or another. Remington and every other manufacturer of guns and ammunition are facing the same problems. The decision to stay or to leave is not an easy one. People have their lives tied up some of these factories and their children and grandchildren live there. Plus the cost of moving a factory is quite expensive, especially where large equipment is needed and you need special permits to move it through each and every state. You also lose a lot of manufacturing time while a move is in progress. All of these things have to be considered. By the same token, there are many companies who feel they must move for a variety of reasons. For one, many hunters and other gun owners have quit buying arms manufactured in states that are unfriendly towards the second amendment and some gun manufacturers have already seen a 10% drop in business. Secondly, they have to consider that states passing these Draconian laws will eventually regulate them out of business , should they decide to stay. And what happens 5 or 10 years from now when someone gets shot by some whacked out leftist, using equipment not allowed by state law? Then they will pressure the government to issue orders that not only mandate what you can sell within a state’s border, but also what can be manufactured there.

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Why I Oppose Attacking Syria

. Earlier this week, President Obama addressed the nation on why he believes American military intervention may be necessary in Syria. I strongly disagree, and would oppose authorizing an attack by the United States against Syria. I simply cannot support a unilateral strike in the Middle East with no clear military objective or vital national security interest at stake The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against innocent civilians is deplorable. But the use of these weapons alone, after more than 100,000 Syrians have been killed in a two-year-old civil war, does not warrant American intervention that could incite further chaos in a part of the world that is already on the brink.

20.
Obama outsources nation’s economic management to Bain consultant

. President Barack Obama’s new top economic deputy is a former management consultant who worked for Gov. Mitt Romney’s Bain & Company investment firm. The appointment of Jeff Zients as head of the National Economic Council is likely to annoy some union officials and some liberal groups who are focused on declining working-class wages and growing poverty, and it clashes with the populist anti-business invective used by Obama and his aides on the 2012 campaign trail to paint Romney as uncaring. On the campaign, Obama repeatedly slammed Romney’s management-consulting business, and one of his TV-ads even suggested Romney was responsible for the death of a former employee’s spouse, who passed away after a battle with cancer.

21.
ICE Released 2,837 Convicted Alien Sex Offenders to Comply With Supreme Court Ruling

. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released 2,837 convicted criminal alien sex offenders back into American communities in order to comply with a Supreme Court decision authored by Clinton-appointed Justice Stephen Breyer, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The 2,837 sex offenders represented five percent of the 59,347 deportable aliens that have been released from detention under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to the GAO report, which was released Thursday.

22.
White House Petition Asks Obama to give Putin his Nobel Peace Prize

. A new petition on the White House’s “We the People” petition submission site seeks to have President Obama hand over his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to Russian president Vladimir Putin, given the former KGB agent’s work in bringing talks over a potential U.S. military assault on Syria to a halt.

23.
Teacher to Students: Pretend You’re a 9/11 Victim, Write ‘Goodbye Letter’ to Family

. A teacher in Alvin, Texas is under fire for a controversial assignment that has some parents fuming. The language arts instructor asked her seventh grade class to write a goodbye letter to loved ones from the perspective of one of the victims of the September 11 attacks.

24.
AZ School District Pulls Sexually Explicit Book Recommended By Common Core Standards

. An Arizona school district has pulled from its reading list a sexually explicit novel that is recommended as an “exemplar text” in the Common Core Standards. Parents and community members at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona expressed concern about the novel Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia. According to the Sierra Vista Herald, school district curriculum director Terri Romo informed the school board Tuesday that she contacted the Arizona Department of Education to find out how the book came to be placed on the list of Common Core recommendations. Romo said she was told the “exemplar texts” are intended to show the correct reading level and are not recommendations for purchase.

25.
NSA and Israeli intelligence: memorandum of understanding – full document

. Top-secret document shows how intelligence being shared with Israel would not be filtered in advance by NSA analysts to remove US communications

26.
The Unintended Consequences of Liberal Social Engineering
– B.M.G.
. Social engineering is on the verge of being imposed on entire neighborhoods, adults and children alike. I want to read a little paragraph here from a document about the Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD. “The agency wants the power to dismantle local zoning so communities have what it considers the right mix of economic, racial and ethnic diversity. A finding of discriminatory behavior, or allegations of discrimination, would no longer be necessary. “HUD will supply ‘nationally uniform data’ of what it thinks 1,200 communities should look like.” Again, HUD ” wants the power to dismantle local zoning so communities have what it considers the right mix…” HUD wants to be able to force people to move into certain neighborhoods so that there is racial, economic, and ethnic diversity in the neighborhood, not just bus kids to schools. This is that times 10. What this is, is nationalizing neighborhoods.

27.
Boston school recites Muslim poem instead of Pledge of Allegiance on 9/11 anniversary

. A school in Boston reportedly had a Muslim poem recital over the intercom instead of the Pledge of Allegiance on the 12th anniversary of 9/11. The principal of Concord Carlisle High School, Peter Badalament issued an apology and said that a ‘small number’ of people were outraged at the poem, which was meant to promote ‘cross-cultural understanding’. According to the Washington Times, the Pledge of Allegiance was not read because of some confusion and the principal said that the school was unaware that their student pledge reader was unavailable that day. The report said that Mohja Kahf’s ‘My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears’ was recited in which a granddaughter’s account of watching her grandmother adhere to the religious Muslim custom of washing her feet five times a day, is described.

28.
The mechanics, perils and pitfalls of destroying Assad’s chemical weapons arsenal

. Aides to Secretary of State John Kerry said he and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, joined by teams of technical advisers, intelligence and military officers, lawyers and policy experts, slogged through “hard-fought” talks that did not, in the end, result in complete agreement. For example, the two delegations never came to terms on exactly how many sites the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses to produce, mix, and store chemical weapons, nor on whether all of those sites are in areas that remain under regime control, as the U.S. maintains, and Russia denies. U.S. officials disclosed that they went into the negotiations asserting that within Syria, there are at least forty-five sites related to the chemical weapons arsenal, nearly half of which contain what weapons experts call “exploitable quantities” of chemical weapons. Responding to recent reports that the Assad regime has worked assiduously to disperse its banned stockpile to different locations, in apprehension of possible U.S. military action aimed at degrading the regime’s ability to use these weapons, U.S. officials said they had seen “indications” of such activity but have “limited information” about it.

29.
Texas law gets tough on public, private drone use

. Texas is among seven states to recently pass a law limiting drone use in civilian airspace. While discussion in almost every state legislature has mainly focused on protecting private citizens from too much surveillance by law enforcement, the new law in Texas limits the use of drones by public entities and ordinary citizens. It also includes a broad exception that allows police to forgo required search warrants if they have probable cause or suspicion of wrongdoing. Supporters say Texas is ensuring privacy protections keep pace with technology. But opponents worry the law may violate citizens’ constitutional rights and bar the media from using unmanned aircraft to chase stories.

30.
Why 2014 shapes up to be Another Tea Party Year

. The last year has been highly informative for Americans who have been looking for information on hypocrisy, shabby intellectualism, broken promises, opportunism, populist dreck, and IPhones. Since almost the moment Obama celebrated his re-election with Republican leader John Boehner by proposing to raise taxes on all of us, God has played an enormous practical joke on liberals. In only ways He could, God has shown that liberals are wrong. Not just wrong, but really, really, seriously wrong. Demented even. And yeah, I’m talking about Ezra Klein. No, the world really doesn’t work the way liberals want, they’ve found out, and what’s more, liberal leaders and scribblers know it. They have known it for years. Liberals have, in 50 years, morphed from the idealism of Camelot to the reality-game show hostness of Al Sharpton. It’s not even just that they are wrong, it’s that at the top of the liberal pyramid they are liars, intellectually bankrupt, the moral and intellectual equivalents of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, spreading a gospel which not only they don’t understand, but the they exploit for their own, and no one else’s gain. It’s been little less than a year for people who enthusiastically voted for Obama in 2012 to find this out. And what liberals miss in being wrong on specifics, they make up in volume.

31.
Global warming is just HALF what we said: World’s top climate scientists admit computers got the effects of greenhouse gases wrong

. A leaked copy of the world’s most authoritative climate study reveals scientific forecasts of imminent doom were drastically wrong. The Mail on Sunday has obtained the final draft of a report to be published later this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the ultimate watchdog whose massive, six-yearly ‘assessments’ are accepted by environmentalists, politicians and experts as the gospel of climate science. They are cited worldwide to justify swingeing fossil fuel taxes and subsidies for ‘renewable’ energy. Yet the leaked report makes the extraordinary concession that the world has been warming at only just over half the rate claimed by the IPCC in its last assessment, published in 2007.

32.
First big Obamacare security breach reported

. A staffer accidentally sent confidential information to a broker, including Social Security numbers of 2,400 insurance agents. A MNsure employee accidentally sent an e-mail file to an Apple Valley insurance broker’s office on Thursday that contained Social Security numbers, names, business addresses and other identifying information on more than 2,400 insurance agents. An official at MNsure, the state’s new online health insurance exchange, acknowledged it had mishandled private data. A MNsure security manager called the broker, Jim Koester, and walked him and his assistant through a process of deleting the file from their computer hard drives. Koester said he willingly complied, but was unnerved.

33.
Don’t cage my speech! Student sues college and wins

. How can a tiny group of students possibly fight against the restrictive free speech policies of a university? This short but compelling “David and Goliath” story tells how a couple of Ohio students did exactly that. “Free speech zones” sound so innocuous, but they really amount to nothing short of cages springing up on college campuses across the country to restrict the dissemination of information rather than facilitate it. When Young Americans for Liberty member Chris Morbitzer wanted to get the word out about the issues of the day, the University of Cincinnati restricted him and other group members to a tiny spit of land comprising 0.1 percent of the campus. The university’s “free speech zone” was also set up away from normal foot traffic, making it harder for group members to be seen, let alone heard. They were told they’d be arrested for trespassing if they ventured outside the designated area. “I think it is absurd that they were threatening to put me in jail for exercising what is a constitutional right,” Morbitzer said in a video video produced by The FIRE.

34.
California lawmakers approve measure to allow driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

. In the waning hours of the 2013 legislative session, the Assembly on Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses. The surprise 55-19 vote moved California a signature away from putting into law a measure that immigrant advocates have sought fruitlessly for years, with past attempts thwarted by legislative vote and gubernatorial veto. “This is a moment, members,” sponsor Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, said in closing remarks on the Assembly floor, “that years from now you’re going to look back on.”

35.
As texans fight common core, cscope in public schools, why is international baccalaureate unnoticed?

. As Texas public school curriculum controversies remain focused on CSCOPE and Common Core, is International Baccalaureate (IB) getting a pass? CSCOPE controversy continues as Red Hot Conservative generated headlines last week by publishing CSCOPE Assessments (i.e., tests) for numerous Social Studies lessons. Media coverage predictably maintained standard talking points while education activists filled in the blanks regarding the numerous troubling aspects of this program found by parents and engaged taxpayers.
. Meanwhile, is IB getting a pass? The Texas IB Schools web site says “Texas International Baccalaureate programs have grown from a small number of diploma programs to over 50 authorized diploma, middle years, and primary years programs and at least 35 more schools at some stage of the application and authorization process.”

36.
University with deep ties to NSA forced professor to remove blog post critical of spy agency

. Administrators at John Hopkins University in Maryland have acknowledged they ordered a well-known cryptography professor to a remove a blog post he wrote lambasting the nearby National Security Agency (NSA) for tinkering with encryption standards and recruiting large corporations to offer them unrestricted access to American’s data. “The NSA has been doing some very bad things,” Green wrote in the Thursday post, entitled “A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering.” The university, which according to its official website enjoys sponsorship as a “designated trusted agent to the National Security Agency (NSA),” has now acknowledge it that ordered Prof. Matthew D. Green in an email to remove the post or get a lawyer.

37.
Obamacare Medical Device Tax Causes Layoffs

. Among the other things we learned about Obamacare bill after it was passed that there 23 new taxes included within, of which 16 which affect costs to the poor and middle class. One of the more onerous taxes is the medical device tax, which could be construed to cover even tampons. A tax of 2.3% is levied against every single medical device sold in the country. This is not a tax on the profits. This is a tax on the devices and if the company loses 10 million dollars on sales of 50 million, not only do they lose 10 million, but they owe another 1.15 million for the new tax. Among the other things we learned about Obamacare bill after it was passed that there 23 new taxes included within, of which 16 which affect costs to the poor and middle class. One of the more onerous taxes is the medical device tax, which could be construed to cover even tampons. A tax of 2.3% is levied against every single medical device sold in the country. This is not a tax on the profits. This is a tax on the devices and if the company loses 10 million dollars on sales of 50 million, not only do they lose 10 million, but they owe another 1.15 million for the new tax.

38.
Let’s prosecute some prosecutors

. It’s time to put the brakes on one of the most egregious examples of just how evil government can become in asserting its power over the people. It’s time to curb the excesses of over-zealous prosecutors who are turning poor decisions by individuals into criminal acts. Too often, they convert simple negligence or civil blunders into crimes. It’s a far-left concept: “Somebody” must be held responsible for every bad thing that happens. Internal Revenue Service prosecutors were reversed and blown out of the courtroom when a federal appeals court reversed “conspiracy” convictions of two Ernst & Young employees. These men had given a favorable opinion for a tax shelter designed to avoid (not evade) paying tax on a gain from the sales of businesses. The court ruled there was no criminal intent.

39.
U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’ (29 January 2013)

. Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country. A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme ‘approved by Washington’ is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

40.
Disapproval of ObamaCare reaches new high, poll finds

. A new poll finds 53 percent of people disapprove of ObamaCare and President Obama’s approach to healthcare policy, a record high on both questions. The poll revealed that 40 percent now prefer the GOP on healthcare compared to 39 percent who prefer Democrats, erasing a preference for Democrats that had stretched back more than 20 years.

41.
25 Fast Facts About The Federal Reserve

. As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the creation of the Federal Reserve, it is absolutely imperative that we get the American people to understand that the Fed is at the very heart of our economic problems. It is a system of money that was created by the bankers and that operates for the benefit of the bankers. The American people like to think that we have a “democratic system”, but there is nothing “democratic” about the Federal Reserve. Unelected, unaccountable central planners from a private central bank run our financial system and manage our economy. There is a reason why financial markets respond with a yawn when Barack Obama says something about the economy, but they swing wildly whenever Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke opens his mouth. The Federal Reserve has far more power over the U.S. economy than anyone else does by a huge margin. The Fed is the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world, and if the American people truly understood how it really works, they would be screaming for it to be abolished immediately. The following are 25 fast facts about the Federal Reserve that everyone should know…

42.
Has The Tide Turned Against the Warmongers?

. Will the history books record these past couple of weeks as the point when the tide finally turned against our interventionist foreign policy? We began September with the Obama Administration on the verge of launching Tomahawk missiles at Syria. The missiles were needed, the administration claimed, to punish the Syrian government for using poison gas on its own people. There were reports that in addition to missiles, the administration was planning airstrikes and possibly even more military action against Syria. The talks of a punishing “shot across the bow” to send a message to the Syrian government also escalated, as some discussed the need to degrade the Syrian military to help change the regime. They refused to rule out a US ground invasion of Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry even invoked an old bogeymen that had worked so many times before. Assad was another Hitler, we were told, and failure to attack would equate to another Neville Chamberlain-like appeasement.

43.
5 Ways Obama Has Trampled the Constitution

. Today, the Constitution turns 226 years old. Let’s not forget it states that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” The Obama Administration has done the opposite, turning the law on its head and ignoring constitutional limitations on its power. Here are five of the Administration’s largest violations:

44.
Senate bill attempts to make the “right” of free press a “privilege”

. The Senate Judiciary committee has moved forward a bill that would offer “Shield Law” protections for journalists and prevent them from having to testify about their work. The bill moved forward on Thursday after members of the committee took it upon themselves to define who is a journalist and who is not. Senator Charles Schumer says that this bill “balances the need for national security with that of a free press.” Though wouldn’t that beg the question, if the press (media) is restricted (balanced with security), how could it be free? Of course the real story here centers around Senator Dianne Feinstein who has for weeks insisted that the committee must create and limit a definition for the title of “reporter”. Feinstein says that she cannot support everyone who has a blog with “special privilege”, going on to say “If Edward Snowden were to sit down and write this stuff, he would have privilege. I’m not going to go there.”

45.
Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition

. President Obama waiveda provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to “vetted” opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad’s regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah. The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction.”

46.
Iran aggressively recruiting ‘invisible army’ of latin american converts to infiltrate U.S. Through ‘soft belly’ of the southern border

. Iran is recruiting an “invisible army” of revolutionary sympathizers in Latin America to infiltrate the U.S. through the “soft belly” of the southern border, U.S. officials and national security experts told TheBlaze. And they’re using one website in particular to do it. The Iranian regime’s conversion efforts are becoming increasingly aggressive, especially over the Internet, with the goal of conducting operations against United States interests in the Western Hemisphere, according to U.S. government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the nature of their work in the region. Islamoriente.com, which focuses on religion and politics, is one of Iran’s main recruitment and conversion websites for Latin America on the Internet, TheBlaze has learned. The site, which launched in 2008, includes links to Iranian television for Spanish speakers, anti-American news stories, essays on reasons to convert to Islam, chat rooms and a personal message from the Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran.

47.
Syria chemical weapons attack: Rockets used bore Russian writing, United Nations report reveals

. UN weapons inspectors reveal that missiles used in the August 21 attack which killed hundreds had Cyrillic characters on them. The discovery of Cyrillic characters was disclosed in a long-awaited report today that also said there was “clear and compelling evidence” that they carried the nerve agent Sarin. Russia is a strong ally of Bashar al-Assad and the disclosure came as Moscow was at loggerheads with the West over how to ensure the brutal dictator gives up his chemical arsenal. See the UN report.
See the UN report.

48.
40 federal agencies have armed divisions

. We know that certain agencies in the federal government are armed — and for good reason. They include the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. More and more, however, other federal agencies are getting armed — to the teeth. It began more than 3 years ago, in March 2010, when news came that the U.S. Department of Education purchased 27 Remington 870 shotguns. Four months later, DHS added high-powered battle rifles to its arsenal, followed by its purchase of yet millions more rounds of hollow-point bullets a month later, and sightings of heavily-armored DHS vehicles another month later. In April 2013, we learned that DHS used 1,000 more rounds per person than the U.S. Army! But DHS and the Dept. of Education are not the only federal agencies acquiring arms:

49.
Unions Get Obamacarried Away

. The unions are steaming. They had agreed to support Obamacare, with Richard Trumka even doing commercials for them. In return, they were promised that provisions within the bill that hurt unions would be “fixed”. Last week, the union leaders went to the White House to see Obama and to get their fix. They walked away with their hats in their hands. The cost of fixing Obamacare for the unions would be 19 billion a year and rising into infinity. And that only covers the Cadillac tax provision in the bill. Trade unions still need a mechanism for healthcare cost sharing, for employees who work for multiple contractors during the year. Unions are already upset at Obama and the democrats for such things as halting the Keystone Pipeline and the roadblocks to drilling for oil that provides high paying jobs for union employees.

50.
On Moral Relativism And The Decline Of American Exceptionalism

. It has been quite a week wouldn’t you say? Pretty normal in the way our current Commander in Chief makes a fool of himself and a laughing stock of the nation; unusual however in the respect that we actually witnessed the Russian President run an op-ed in the New York Times in which he lectures us on his perceived falsities of American Exceptionalism. It seems that President Obama and Vladimir Putin have similar ideas when it comes to the greatness of this country, they both seem to believe that Americans should not view themselves as exceptional and to do so in fact, is offensive to the rest of the world. To this notion I would ask the Russian president how many of his fellow communists would voluntarily enlist to fight for another’s freedom based on principle alone with no promise of reward?

51.
Common Core Takes Center Stage at State Board Meeting

. Board of Education had its first meeting of the school year in West Palm Beach on Tuesday, where Pam Stewart was selected as the new commissioner of education and the implementation of Common Core State Standards was further discussed. The standards once again took center stage at the meeting, as two board members — Kathleen Shanahan and Sally Bradshaw — expressed their division from the rest of the board in regard to Common Core and how Gov. Rick Scott was handling education across the state

52.
Forgoing Work for Welfare Pays in Most States, Not in Florida

. In 35 states, welfare pays more than a minimum-wage job, and in 13 states it pays more than $15 an hour. But Florida is nowhere near the top of either list. Neither is it among the 11 states in which welfare pays more than the average pre-tax first year wage for a teacher, or among the 39 states where the welfare wage beats a starting secretary’s.

53.
CIA Employee Who Refused to Sign Non-Disclosure on Benghazi Suspended

. A CIA employee who refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement barring him from discussing the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, has been suspended as a result and forced to hire legal counsel, according to a top House lawmaker. Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.) revealed at an event on Monday that his office was anonymously informed about the CIA employee, who is purportedly facing an internal backlash after refusing to sign a legal document barring him from publicly or privately discussing events surrounding the Benghazi attack.

54.
Obamacare navigators pull out of Florida, return federal funds

. Cardon Outreach is now pulling out as Affordable Care Act navigators because of the increased regulatory scrutiny state officials are giving the program, and will return the $800,000 in federal funds paid them. “The emerging state and federal regulatory scrutiny surrounding the Navigator program requires us to allocate resources which we cannot spare and will distract us from fulfilling our obligations to our clients,” Cardon Outreach explained in an email to federal officials, according to MediaTrackers. Out of concern that Federal Obamacare navigators are both un-vetted and poorly trained, but will nonetheless have access to personal health and financial information, Florida is among more than a dozen states to impose licensing requirements

55.
The Greatest Debt Crisis The World Has Ever Seen Is Coming

. The largest mountain of debt in the history of the world just continues to grow even larger, and everyone knows that this colossal debt spiral is not going to end well. But we all keep playing along because nobody wants the party to end. Right now, there is an unprecedented ocean of red ink covering the planet. Globally, governments have never been in so much debt, corporations have never been in so much debt and consumers have never been in so much debt. But every time someone suggests that this is a problem and that we should at least try to get debt levels to settle down a bit, people start screaming that “austerity” will hurt the global economy. And of course it will. But we can’t continue to live way, way above our means indefinitely. Well, we can try, but at some point this entire house of cards is going to come crashing down and we are going to be facing the greatest economic crisis the world has ever seen. It is kind of like watching a slow-motion train wreck that you have no chance of possibly stopping that you know will end up killing lots of innocent people. This debt crisis is going to end up destroying the global financial system (NYSEARCA:XLF), but there is not a thing that you or I can do to prevent it from happening. The unprecedented debt binge that we are witnessing right now is going to continue until someday we hit a brick wall of financial disaster. We can yell and we can scream, but it isn’t going to stop what is happening.

56.
Increasing sin taxes on alcohol is bad for consumers and state budgets

. On the heels of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that sent shockwaves through the media by declaring that alcohol abuse costs America more than $200 billion in “lost productivity” each year, a task force is recommending that states increase taxes and restrictions on alcohol sales. Although the CDC’s numbers look scary, the science behind them is even scarier, and new sin taxes would be a gross overreaction to some questionable data. The CDC study at the center of the uproar relies on lost productivity metrics, a dubious field of statistics that many analysts believe grossly overstates the impact of common behaviors. By these same measures, “disengaged employees“ cost the economy about twice as much as alcohol abusers, and parents pull more than $300 billion from the economy when they are stressed about child care.

57.
Median Household Income Has Fallen For FIVE YEARS IN A ROW

. If the economy is getting better, then why do incomes keep falling? According to a shocking new report that was just released by the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income (adjusted for inflation) has declined for five years in a row. This has happened even though the federal government has been borrowing and spending money at an unprecedented rate and the Federal Reserve has been on the most reckless money printing spree in U.S. history. Despite all of the “emergency measures” that have been taken to “stimulate the economy”, things just continue to get worse for average American families. Americans are working harder than ever, but their paychecks are not reflecting that. Meanwhile, the cost of everything just keeps going up. The Federal Reserve insists that inflation is “low”, but anyone that goes grocery shopping or that stops at a gas station knows that is a lie. In fact, if inflation was calculated the exact same way that it was calculated back in 1980, the inflation rate would be somewhere between 8 and 10 percent right now. Paychecks are being stretched more than ever before, and that is probably the reason why about three-fourths of the entire country is living paycheck to paycheck at this point.

58.
Obama’s Weak-Horse Diplomacy Claims Another Victim: Brazil

. President Obama put all the U.S.’ foreign policy eggs on Latin America in a Brazilian basket, lavishing attention on the giant in a big “reset.” Now that Brazil has walked out on a state visit, the U.S. has egg on its face. It’s believed to be the first time ever that a world leader has canceled a state visit to the U.S., a visit so special, so elaborate, and so intent on showing the esteem in which the U.S. holds its guest of honor that it was the only one planned for 2013. Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff Tuesday told the U.S. thanks, but no thanks, for the Oct. 23 dinner, making it clear her nation is furious about revelations from National Security Agency renegade Edward Snowden, who claimed the U.S. had spied on Brazil’s leaders, its communications and the state-run oil company, Petrobras.

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Visualizing Health Policy: Premium Subsidy Scenarios Under Obamacare
– S.S.
. This month’s Visualizing Health Policy infographic shows 3 scenarios that illustrate the cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act for families in different circumstances, both before and after premium subsidies (in the form of a tax credit).

60.
Former Senior Clinton Foundation Official Is A Top Muslim Brotherhood Official Arrested In Egypt For Inciting Violence

. A senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until recently, had been employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence. Gehad el-Haddad served as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top communications officials until Egyptian security forces seized him as part of a wider crackdown on officials loyal to ousted former President Mohamed Morsi. Before emerging as a top Brotherhood official and adviser to Morsi, el-Haddad served for five years as a top official at the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former President Bill Clinton. El-Haddad gained a reputation for pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhood’s crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt. He was raised in a family of prominent Brotherhood supporters and became the public face of the Islamist organization soon after leaving his post at the Clinton Foundation. However, much of his official work with the Brotherhood took place while he was still claiming to be employed by the Clinton Foundation.

61.
The Great Divide And Chaos Governance

. There is an ever-widening divide between the statist elected class and its enforcers (government) and the mundanes, or hoi polloi. The general populace would prefer to go about its daily business without interaction with or interference from anyone in or representing government. That is because government on almost all levels is at best oppressive, intrusive, unsympathetic and autonomic. There is now an awakening and growing recognition that the U.S. government is self-serving, unrepresentative and supererogatory and that it needs to be reined in. The divide and awakening are best demonstrated over the past couple of weeks in the reaction of the people to the possibility of Syrian intervention.

62.
Food Stamps Accepting Ice Cream Truck Rolls On in Florida

. We all know that times are tough, and more and more Americans are receiving government assistance, but you just can’t make this up. Apparently, ice cream trucks, at least in the Orlando, Florida area, are now accepting EBT, or food stamp cards from their customers. Is this the first Obama ice cream truck of its kind? What’s next, EBT accepting food trucks, and Sabrett hot dog stands?



Posted 9/13/2013

South Florida has a newspaper that is not part of the main stream media. You are encouraged to view it at South Florida Weekender.

1.
‘It’s A Fire Sale On The SGR’
– S.S.
. Amid the partisan battles over the 2010 health care law known as Obamacare, lawmakers may be close to bipartisan consensus on another health care issue – overhauling how Medicare pays physicians. Three Capitol Hill committees are discussing how to replace the “Sustainable Growth Rate” – known as the SGR. For years, Congress has passed last-minute patches to the formula to prevent Medicare physician payment cuts. And while there isn’t a unified approach or agreement on how to finance a fix, many analysts say Congress appears closer than ever to replacing the SGR.

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Navigators Say GOP Lawmakers’ Information Requests Are ‘Shocking’
– S.S.
. Organizations that received the latest round of health law navigator grants say last week’s letter from House Republicans could have a chilling effect on efforts to hire and train outreach workers to sign up Americans for health insurance by Oct. 1, the opening day for new online insurance marketplaces. The letters were signed by 15 Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and requested that the organizations provide extensive new documents about their participation in the program and schedule a congressional briefing by Sept. 13. The letters went out to 51 organizations–including hospitals, universities, Indian tribes, patient advocacy groups and food banks—out of 104 that shared $67 million in grants.

3.
China sent ships to the coast of Syria (translation)

. The Chinese military blog that specializes in articles about military equipment of the United States, Russia and China, said that several Chinese ships are already close to the shores of Syria, citing its sources in the PLA. If the U.S. attacks Syria are these ships there to respond?

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Mounting evidence raises questions about Syrian chemical weapon attack

. There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the Aug. 21 chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a premeditated provocation by the Syrian opposition. The extent of U.S. foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light.

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Obama Has Little Support in Florida Delegation on Syria Action

. As President Barack Obama looks to round up congressmen and senators to support military intervention in Syria, he will have little luck winning the backing of legislators in the Sunshine State. The Republican majority in the caucus is firmly against it; the Democrats are very divided.

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“Mothers Of Beslan” Call Upon Usa President Not To Use Force Against Syria

. The “Mothers of Beslan” public organization has sent in an open letter to the president of the USA Barack Obama, in which it has called upon him not to launch a military strike against Syria, reported the head of this organization Susanna Dudieva to ITAR-TASS on September 4. “This madness must be stopped, but not by a new violation or by a military invasion which will only aggravate the situation and bring more grief to the Syrian people. “Mothers of Beslan”, who have just finished a three-day commemoration of the children killed during the terrorist attack in Beslan, are reminding the president of the USA that, first of all, children will suffer,” said Dudieva.

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Tampa Muslims push for early school dismissal every Friday for prayers

. A non-profit Islamic group in Florida is requesting that Muslim students be released early from public schools “every Friday” so children can attend mandatory prayer services, for under Islamic law, it is “sin” to miss the obligatory prayer sermon. The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area published an official permission slip on its website for parents to “request early dismissal every Friday” for their children to “attend and perform the mandatory Friday Khutbah (sermon) and prayers starting at 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm.”

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‘Obama’ commode sparks controversy in NM town

. Just a stone’s-throw away from historic Route 66 in Tucumcari sits a sign that everyone’s talking about. The sign sits atop an outhouse and says “Obama’s Presidential Library.” Some in town say it’s in bad taste, while others support it. Either way, everyone knows about it. One man said people have been treating it like a tourist destination, taking pictures all the time.

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5 Immigration Falsehoods from the White House

. Congress gets back to its regularly scheduled work on Monday—and there’s plenty of immigration propaganda greeting them. The falsehoods from the White House just keep on coming, Cecilia Muñoz, assistant to the President and director of the Domestic Policy Council, laid out the Obama Administration’s take on the benefits of “commonsense immigration reform.” The blog, complete with “fact sheets” and the reposting of an animated video, made numerous claims about what the Senate-passed immigration bill (S. 744) would do for U.S. citizens and immigrants alike. Here is how five of the White House’s latest claims stack up against the facts.

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Audit of insurance regulators finds lack of documentation for rate decisions

. A report from the state auditor general released last week found that state insurance regulators don’t have proper documentation to back up their decisions on rate changes sought by property and casualty insurance companies. The audit of the Office of Insurance Regulation found that “while Office staff documented responses to certain criteria when evaluating the reasonableness of a rate filing, Office policies and procedures did not require that Office staff document the reasoning, judgments, and calculations supporting those responses or the rate filing decisions made.” That means regulators are “limited” in being able to explain their reasons for approving, denying or modifying rate increases, the audit states. A similar finding was noted in a previous audit.

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The United Nations Plays the Race Card… Demands Answers on Zimmerman/Martin Case

. A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of the United States to finalize the ongoing review of the case involving the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, an African –American teenager who was shot in 2012 by a neighbourhood watchman in the state of Florida. “We call upon the US Government to examine its laws that could have discriminatory impact on African Americans, and to ensure that such laws are in full compliance with the country’s international legal obligations and relevant standards,” said human rights expert Verene Shepherd, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent.

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“Ghost Voters” In the 2012 Florida General Election

. Did the 2012 Florida election have a mysterious appearance of 238,764 ‘Ghost Voters’? That’s what the voter data may indicate. Obama beat Romney by just over 74,000 votes in a surprise Florida election upset. Could the Ghost Voters have been the difference in the presidential election in Florida? In the State of Florida, as in other states, you can get a complete copy of the voter file sent to you from the Department of State. This voter file has a complete copy of the Florida voters and election history. The monthly file release is designed to meet the requirements of the Florida Sunshine law. This voter information is what I display on my website VotersDNA.org. The monthly file is a snapshot of the voters as of the end of each month. I use the voter file to help candidates with their elections and for analytical purposes. In analyzing the 2012 presidential general election I found a very troubling occurrence. The records in the October 31, 2012 voter file dropped out 238,764 voters that voter history said voted in the 2012 general election. These voters are part of the December 31, 2012 version of the voter file. The Ghost voters are included as part of the voter file submitted to the legislature in compliance with Section 98.0981 of Florida Statutes. These voters are missing again from the January 2013 version of the voter file. That is why I call them Ghost Voters. They seem to appear and disappear from the voter file and the official statewide voter database.

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Pentagon Report Exposes the Lies of John Kerry

. Pentagon knew in 2012 that it would take 75,000 GROUND TROOPS to secure Syria’s chemical weapons facilities. Securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles and the facilities that produced them would likely require the U.S. to send more than 75,000 ground troops into the Middle Eastern country, MailOnline learned Wednesday. That estimate comes from a secret memorandum the U.S. Department of Defense prepared for President Obama in early 2012. U.S. Central Command arrived at the figure of 75,000 ground troops as part of a written series of military options for dealing with Bashar al-Assad more than 18 months ago, long before the U.S. confirmed internally that the Syrian dictator was using the weapons against rebel factions within his borders.

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Barack Obama is heading for a humiliating defeat over Syria: this will be a massive blow to his presidency

. Politico has an eye-opening piece today revealing the extent to which the White House is staring defeat in the face over Syria. According to the influential Washington-based publication, President Obama doesn’t have the votes in the House of Representatives to secure a win, with large-scale opposition among Republicans, and lukewarm backing among Democrats:

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Forget rabbit, duck season — it’s drone season for hunters in Colorado town

. Hunters in Colorado are lining up for a hot new license: $25 to shoot down a government drone over the village of Deer Trail. Supporters acknowledge the licenses would be only symbolic, and a town election authorizing them is more than a month away. Still, about 1,000 people have applied for one

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Senate Breaks Own Rules in Rush to Vote on Syria War

. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved a modified war resolution Wednesday afternoon by vote of 10–7 with one member, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), voting present. The committee’s action allows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to bring the measure to the floor as early as Monday, following a break for the Jewish holidays. That would allow a vote by the full Senate as soon as Wednesday, giving the Senate a chance to pass a war resolution before the House has a chance to craft and pass a resolution of its own. But some GOP Senate offices are upset with what they see as a rush by Democratic leadership to pass the war authorization outside the rules that govern how legislation goes through the committee process.

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Get Us Involved in One Civil War and You Might Get Two

. Americans can only accept so much TREASON before they react. I am writing this today with the hopes that some of those involved in this Syria debate might actually take a step back and listen. The only reason that the people of this country have not already risen up against our federal government is simply because we continue to hope and pray that common sense will prevail. But there are only so many “red lines” that our own elected officials can cross before we will be left with no alternative.

18.
President Lucifer is a geography & history idiot

. In the case of geography, Harvard Law School graduate Barack Obama recently lectured, “If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf — places like Charleston, South Carolina; or Savannah, Georgia; or Jacksonville, Florida . . . ” The problem is that all the examples he cited are cities on the East Coast, not the Gulf of Mexico. If Obama does not know where these ports are, how can he deepen them?

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Meager August Jobs Growth Obscures A Disastrous Employment Picture

. Some economists and pundits viewed the 169,000 new jobs created in August as confirmation of a continuing modest rebound in job growth that’s now underway. They’re wrong. In fact, the data are far worse than they appear. Not only did the actual number of jobs come up short, but June and July totals were revised down by 74,000. Recovery summer, anyone? Other data in the jobs report show similar weakness: Some 90.5 million Americans are now out of the labor force, with almost a third of a million leaving in July alone and nearly 10 million workers departing since Obama took office. Meanwhile, 115,000 fewer Americans were employed in August than in July.

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The Social Catastrophes Created By Government Policy

. One of the many unintended consequences of the political crusade for increased homeownership among minorities, and low-income people in general, has been a housing boom and bust that left many foreclosed homes that had to be rented, because there were no longer enough qualified buyers. The repercussions did not stop there. Many homeowners have discovered that when renters replace homeowners as their neighbors, the neighborhood as a whole can suffer. The physical upkeep of the neighborhood, on which everyone’s home values depend, tends to decline. “Who’s going to paint the outside of a rented house?” one resident was quoted as saying in a recent New York Times story.

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IRS Gave Black Nonprofits Preferential Treatment

. At the same time the IRS harassed Republican nonprofit groups during the 2012 political campaign, it selectively advised black churches and other Democrat nonprofits on how far they can go in campaigning for President Obama and other Democrats. This raw exercise in political favoritism has not been reported in the context of the still-smoldering IRS scandal, in which the agency in 2012 audited big GOP donors and blocked Tea Party groups trying to obtain tax-exempt status as part of what House investigators suspect was an effort to re-elect the president. But that same year, top officials with both the IRS and Justice Department — including the IRS commissioner and attorney general — met in Washington with several dozen prominent black church ministers representing millions of voters to brief them on how to get their flocks out to vote without breaking federal tax laws.

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Obama backed Syrian jihad “rebels” post image of burning U.S. Capitol

. A photo-illustration from the Facebook page of the al-Aqsa Islamic Brigades, a faction of the opposition Free Syrian Army fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad, shows Islamic fighters marching away from a burning U.S. Capitol.

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Iran threatens brutal attacks on Americans, Obama family if US hits Syria

. Iran is vowing to back Bashar al-Assad’s regime to the hilt and threatening to unleash terrorism should the U.S. strike. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Forces, Wednesday told the Assembly of Experts — the body that chooses the supreme leader — that “[w]e will support Syria to the end.” And in an unprecedented statement, a former Iranian official has warned of mass abductions and brutal killings of American citizens around the world and the rape and killing of one of Obama’s daughters should the United States attack Syria.

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IRS busted again: $10k training video mocking Donald Trump surfaces

. The Internal Revenue Service said it has cut spending on training video production by 90 percent over last year’s expenses – while yet another silly parody is released. The House Ways and Means Committee released the video modeled after Donald Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice.” The cost of to produce the video was $10,000, according to Government Executive website, prepared for a conference of the IRS’ Small Business/Self-Employed Division. “Another day, another example of abuse and waste at the IRS,” U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany Jr., R-La., chairman of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, said in a statement. “Months ago, I demanded the IRS come clean about the time and money it spent to produce these frivolous videos. While we may have no answers, we do have an endless supply of what appears to be the IRS’ idea of entertainment. Whether it is wasteful conferences and videos or the inexcusable targeting of taxpayers based on their personal beliefs, there is nothing amusing about the American people footing the bill for this rogue and out-of-control agency.”

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Pentagon Is Ordered to Expand Potential Targets in Syria With a Focus on Forces

. President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons while Congress debates whether to authorize military action. Mr. Obama, officials said, is now determined to put more emphasis on the “degrade” part of what the administration has said is the goal of a military strike against Syria — to “deter and degrade” Mr. Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons. That means expanding beyond the 50 or so major sites that were part of the original target list developed with French forces before Mr. Obama delayed action on Saturday to seek Congressional approval of his plan.

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Obama: I’m Bypassing the ‘Hocus Pocus’ of the United Nations

. President Obama said that the U.S. talk of military action in Syria is bypassing the “hocus pocus” of the U.N.: “Frankly, if we weren’t talking about the need for an international response right now, this wouldn’t be what everybody would be asking about,” said Obama at a press conference this morning. “You know, there would be some resolutions that were being proffered in the United Nations and the usual hocus pocus, but the world and the country would have moved on. So trying to impart a sense of urgency about this, why we can’t have an environment in which over time, people start thinking this we can get away with chemical weapons use–it’s a hard sell, but it’s something I believe in.”

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Obama relying on student’s spin on Syria?

. Evidence is mounting that the strategy by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Secretary of State John F. Kerry to cast members of the Free Syria Army as “moderates” among the rebel forces opposing the government of Bashir al-Assad was the brain-child of Elizabeth O’Bagy, a 26-year-old graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Arab studies and political science at Georgetown University, who is working on a dissertation on woman’s militancy. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Kerry cited O’Bagy, arguing that the war in Syria is “not being waged entirely or even predominately by dangerous Islamists and al-Qaida die-hards,” but rather the struggle is being led but “moderate opposition forces – a collection of groups known as the Free Syria Army.”

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Speaker of Syrian People’s Assembly to US: “If You Bomb Us, Shall We not Bleed?”

. In a passionate letter, dated September 4, 2013, the Speaker of the People’s Assembly of the Syrian Arab Republic Mohammad Jihad al-Lahham wrote to Speaker of the House John Boehner and asked that he read it before the Congress. In the letter, al-Lahham pleaded with the United States Congress to listen not only as “fellow Parliamentarians,” but also as “fathers and mothers….human beings” asking, “if you bomb us, shall we not bleed?” The Speaker also pointed out that many innocent people would be harmed in such an attack. “Local tragedies become regional wars that led to global conflict because of the lack of communication among nations,” al-Lahham writes. “We urge you to communicate with us through civilized dialogue rather than the language of fire and blood.” The Syrian Speaker says that Syria and the United States have a common enemy in what he refers to as the “Wahhabi Jihadist Ideology.” In fact, he states “the hatred Wahhabi Jihadist Ideology adopted and financed by Saudis” was “the main factor of 9.11 attacks.” Al-Lahham pointed out that Syria is the “last living genuine secular state in the Middle East” and that it was the “first country that faced fundamentalist fanatic terrorism in the late seventies.” His country is now facing “tens of thousands of none (sic) Syrian jihadists.”

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Barack Obama, 2012: “No country on earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.”

. As Barack Obama and thugs in his administration dance around who designed a “red line” with Syria and whether or not there will be troops sent in “limited military strikes” against the Middle East country, let us remind ourselves of Mr. Obama’s own words that were made less than one year ago. Speaking in Thailand on November 18, 2012, Barack Obama defended Israel’s counter-assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip by saying, “There’s no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.”

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Truth leaking out? Nerve gas points to rebels
– J.B.
. Former U.S. intelligence analysts claim current intelligence analysts have told them Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not responsible for the Aug. 21 poison gas attack on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, which killed 1,429 people, of whom more than 400 where children. They claim the “growing body of evidence” reveals the incident was a pre-planned provocation by the Syrian opposition and its Saudi and Turkish supporters. “The aim is reported to have been to create the kind of incident that would bring the United States into the war,” one former U.S. intelligence analysts said. The analysts referred to a meeting a week before the Aug. 21 incident in which opposition military commanders ordered preparations for an “imminent escalation” due to a “war-changing development” that would be followed by the “U.S.-led bombing of Syria.”

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Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

. There is a growing volume of new evidence from numerous sources in the Middle East — mostly affiliated with the Syrian opposition and its sponsors and supporters — which makes a very strong case, based on solid circumstantial evidence, that the August 21, 2013, chemical strike in the Damascus suburbs was indeed a pre-meditated provocation by the Syrian opposition. The extent of US foreknowledge of this provocation needs further investigation because available data puts the “horror” of the Barack Obama White House in a different and disturbing light. On August 13-14, 2013, Western-sponsored opposition forces in Turkey started advance preparations for a major and irregular military surge. Initial meetings between senior opposition military commanders and representatives of Qatari, Turkish, and US Intelligence [“Mukhabarat Amriki”] took place at the converted Turkish military garrison in Antakya, Hatay Province, used as the command center and headquarters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their foreign sponsors. Very senior opposition commanders who had arrived from Istanbul briefed the regional commanders of an imminent escalation in the fighting due to “a war-changing development” which would, in turn, lead to a US-led bombing of Syria.

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Washington’s ‘Fair Housing’ Assault on Local Zoning
– B.M.G.
. Do you think it is a good idea to give the Department of Housing and Urban Development unchecked power to put an apartment building in your neighborhood? HUD has proposed a new rule that could do just that. In July, HUD published its long-awaited proposal on “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” in the Federal Register. It is a sweeping set of land-use regulations that has attracted little national attention. The agency wants the power to dismantle local zoning so communities have what it considers the right mix of economic, racial and ethnic diversity. A finding of discriminatory behavior, or allegations of discrimination, would no longer be necessary. HUD will supply “nationally uniform data” of what it thinks 1,200 communities should look like. Local governments will have to “take meaningful actions to further the goals identified.” If they fail to comply, HUD can cut federal funding. Westchester County north of New York City has firsthand experience of what the rest of the nation can expect HUD and Westchester are battling over local zoning that arose from a 2009 settlement (signed by my predecessor) to build 750 affordable-housing units in 31 mostly white communities. Westchester is well ahead of schedule in meeting these obligations. Almost 400 units have financing and 124 are already occupied. But HUD isn’t satisfied because it wants to control local zoning and remake communities. HUD has told Westchester that any limits on the size, type, height and density of buildings are “restrictive practices.” It demands that the county sue its localities over such common zoning regulations, which are not exclusionary by any stretch of the imagination. If HUD can define what constitutes exclusionary practices, then local zoning as it is known today disappears. Apartments, high rises or whatever else the federal government or a developer wants can be built on any block in America.

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Senator Feinstein to Homeland Security: Stop Enforcing Immigration Law

. In a letter to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano, Senator Diane Feinstein (D–CA) has asked that DHS stop enforcing immigration law regarding farm workers: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement has wisely used its prosecutorial discretion to defer removal of young people who arrived in the United States without documentation as children.… I respectfully suggest that you adopt a similar policy of exercising prosecutorial discretion to defer enforcement against agricultural employers and workers.” In other words, “We already aren’t enforcing the law for some, so why can’t we keep doing it for others in order to help my state?”

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Conservative wins Australia by landslide; declares end to climate change ‘crap’

. Things can be a bit upside down when you’re “down under.” What’s called the Liberal Party is actually conservative. But one thing crystal clear is that Tony Abbott, the Liberal Party’s leader, is now Australia’s prime minister, and he’s set to perform some major house cleaning — beginning with the “absolute crap” of this thing called climate change, Business Insider reported.

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Florida celebrates first ‘real’ Thanksgiving 56 years ahead of Pilgrims

. Florida historian Michael Gannon has not abandoned his claim that the first Thanksgiving took place in St. Augustine in 1565, 56 years ahead of the Pilgrims. Gannon, professor emeritus of history at the University of Florida, says the first Thanksgiving happened in St. Augustine on Sept. 8, 1565, not in 1621 in the Plimoth Colony in Massachusetts. He says the key to his assertion is that St. Augustine’s was the “first community act of thanksgiving in a permanently established European settlement.” It was founded 42 years before Jamestown, Va., and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. He said other explorers to the New World also gave thanks for a safe voyage but not as an act in a permanently occupied European settlement.

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Privacy Scandal: NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data

. SPIEGEL has learned from internal NSA documents that the US intelligence agency has the capability of tapping user data from the iPhone, devices using Android as well as BlackBerry, a system previously believed to be highly secure. The United States’ National Security Agency intelligence-gathering operation is capable of accessing user data from smart phones from all leading manufacturers. Top secret NSA documents that SPIEGEL has seen explicitly note that the NSA can tap into such information on Apple iPhones, BlackBerry devices and Google’s Android mobile operating system.

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Footage of chemical attack in Syria is fraud

. There is proof the footage of the alleged chemical attack in Syria was fabricated, Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery in Qara, Syria, told RT. She says she is about to submit her findings to the UN. Mother Agnes, a catholic nun, who has been living in Syria for 20 years and has been reporting actively on what has been going on in the war-ravaged country, says she carefully studied the video featuring allegedly victims of the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian village of Guta in August and now questions its authenticity. In her interview with RT, Mother Agnes doubts so much footage could have been taken in so little time, and asks where parents of the supposedly dead children are. She promises to send her report to the UN. The nun is indignant with the world media for apparently turning a blind eye to the Latakia massacre by rebel extremists, which left 500 civilians including women and children dead. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has called on the international community to pay attention to revelations made by Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib.

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10 Ways Obamacare Isn’t Working

. Obamacare is an unworkable law. It’s obvious because the Administration keeps trying to “fix” it—to no avail. It has delayed parts of the law, ignored others, and carved out exemptions for its political allies.

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Senate Prez wants to start auditing lobbying reports

. Florida lobbyists have enjoyed little scrutiny in reporting what they’re paid to ply their trade with