Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Democrat Congressman Warns America that ‘It’s Gonna Hit the Fan’ After the 2014 Elections

As the delays keep piling up and the horror stories keep rolling in, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) says that, in the next few years, ObamaCare is going to “hit the fan.” - IJ Review

During an interview late last week, Lynch spoke specifically about individuals whose group healthcare plans exceed $10,200, which he referred to as “Cadillac plans.”
“They’re gonna have to pay that employer if they provide that – and many do today, never mind in 2018 – will have to pay a 40 percent tax on the amount over the maximum established under the Affordable Care Act.
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So, that’s a huge tax. It’ll be the first time in this country’s history that we have taxed healthcare.”

“Because of this standoff, I have looked into BLM’s authority to conduct such paramilitary raids against American citizens, and it appears that BLM is acting in a lawless manner in Nevada.”

Obama Accused By Congressman Of Illegal Action At Bundy Ranch: He cites a severe violation of U.S. Code -- 43 U.S.C. Section 1733, Subsection C - Western Journalism

He cited the limited powers granted to the federal government, noting the bureau has no “right to assume preemptory police powers, that role being reserved to the States,” and explained “many federal laws require the federal government to seek assistance from local law enforcement whenever the use of force may become necessary.”

The letter included a section of the U.S. Code — 43 U.S.C. Section 1733, Subsection C — stating exactly that point. [Emphasis Stockman's]
“When the Secretary determines that assistance is necessary in enforcing Federal laws and regulations relating to the public lands or their resources he shall offer a contract to appropriate local officials having law enforcement authority within their respective jurisdictions with the view of achieving maximum feasible reliance upon local law enforcement officials in enforcing such laws and regulations.”
In the case of the Bundy Ranch, he continued, “the relevant local law enforcement officials appear to be the Sheriff of Clark County, Nevada, Douglas C. Gillespie.”
...The stated purpose of the correspondence is for the Obama administration “to bring the BLM into compliance with 43 U.S.C. section 1733.”

Absent a full investigation into the agency’s actions, he concluded, “the federal government must not only stand down, but remove all federal personnel from anywhere near the Bundy ranch.”

Legislators and law enforcement personnel have stood alongside state militia members and the Bundy family in opposing the excessive force employed by the BLM. Stockman’s letter adds even more weight to the growing sentiment against the federal overreach.

Bill Gates is a sad clown today because his bizarre $100 million student data project has failed

Common Core-loving billionaire Bill Gates has suffered a stinging defeat in his ambitious quest to reform every cranny of the American K-12 public education system. - Eric Owens/Daily Caller

The nonprofit educational-software company InBloom Inc., which the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corp. of New York financed to the tune of $100 million, announced on Monday that it will shut down permanently.

The reason for the shutdown is a steady cascade of parental and legislative anxiety about student privacy, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The strategy driving inBloom had been to create a huge database connecting local school districts and state education bureaucracies with behemoth education companies.

To accomplish this goal, the nonprofit had hoped to provide a smorgasbord of data about students. What homework are they doing? What tests are they assigned? What are their test scores? Their specific learning disabilities? Their disciplinary records? Their skin colors? Their names? Their addresses?

The Atlanta-based company had originally signed up nine states for the database. It planned to charge school districts between $2 and $5 per student for the privilege of participating in the student data collection scheme.

Many parents across the country – particularly in the otherwise fairly disparate states of New York and Louisiana – hated the bizarrely intrusive idea from the start and rallied key state legislators to their causes.

The final blow came earlier this year when the New York state legislature forced its state education bureaucrats to abandon the invasive Gates-funded project.

“Hopefully, today’s announcement that inBloom is closing its doors will make government officials, corporations and foundations more aware that parental concerns cannot be ignored,” Leonie Haimson, a former New York City public-schools parent who successfully lobbied lawmakers against inBloom, told the Journal....

Why are Common Core tests in New York chock full of product placement? Why?


Mandatory Common Core tests in New York just happen to be full of corporate brand names - Daily Caller

Across the state of New York, this year’s Common Core English tests have reportedly featured a slew of brand-name products including iPod, Barbie, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers. For Nike, the tests even conveniently included the shoe company’s ubiquitous slogan: “Just Do It.”

The brands – and apparently even some of their familiar trademark symbols – appeared in tests questions for students ranging from third to eighth grades, reports The Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Over one million students were required to take the tests.

Parents, teachers and school administrators have speculated that the kid-friendly brand names are a new form of product placement.

Education materials behemoth Pearson, which has a $32 million five-year contract to develop New York’s Common Core-related tests, has barred teachers and school officials from disclosing the contents of the tests.

Students and parents are not so barred, though, and many have complained.

“‘Why are they trying to sell me something during the test?’” Long Island mother Deborah Poppe quoted her son as saying, according to Fox News. “He’s bright enough to realize that it was almost like a commercial.”

Five things you need to know about Common Core - TavernKeepers

...Because it is unconstitutional and violates specific federal law for the Department of Education to create a national curriculum / standards, the work was done through non government organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Governor’s Association. The federal government in turn did what it does best, provided unfunded mandates to the states to drain money and then offered money back in return for adopting Common Core.

...Because it was created by these groups, they hold the copyright on the standards. They can change them at any time with the states having no ability to change them. At most, the states can add 15 percent new standards, but that is it. This control is achieved through the copyright and agreements from receipt of federal money such as Race to the Top.

"Obama rigged the system so millions of people would have their insurance policies cancelled… and now is bragging that those same millions have purchased the only alternative now on offer, his government-run plans."


THE TRUTH BEHIND OBAMACARE’S PHONY 8 MILLION SIGNUPS - Robert Hutchinson/Human Events

The U.S. media, following a carefully prepared script from the White House, have declared that Obamacare is now a total and complete success because 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through government-run exchanges.

The tone of the partisan victory cries is unmistakable....

The equally jubilant New York Times, however, did concede that the White House and its media allies weren’t being totally forthcoming about their statistics, although the concession came eight paragraphs into its lead story. “The administration did not release two other crucial statistics that would help determine the success of the law: the number of people among the eight million who bought insurance for the first time and the number who paid for their premiums.”

Well, that’s an understatement if ever there were one!

Polling data has revealed that a substantial portion of the 8 million signups have come from two sources: previously insured people who had their “substandard” private policies cancelled by government edicts and were forced to buy Obamacare policies to replace them… and people signing up for free coverage through Medicaid.

Last December, the Associated Press estimated that 4.7 million Americans lost their coverage due to Obamacare rules.

In other words: Obama rigged the system so millions of people would have their insurance policies cancelled… and now is bragging that those same millions have purchased the only alternative now on offer, his government-run plans.

◼ Like this: Obamacare Sign-Ups Hit 8 Million In Remarkable Turnaround - Huffington Post

◼ However: Older voters aren't fooled by Obamacare hype - Hugh Hewitt/Washington Examiner

...This is why Democrats are panicked about the fall elections. This is why they should be panicked. Older voters know exactly what is going on with their heath care. They know exactly what has happened to their premiums and the availability of their doctors. They also know that President Obama could appear in the Rose Garden a hundred times proclaiming victory for Obamacare and it won't change a thing about the impact on their lives. They know about the manipulations to try and postpone the very worst of what is coming their way, and they know -- because they read the fine print -- that the president is fudging every number in an attempt to deceive them....

The ‘We Do What We Want, Bleep You’ Administration - Tom Blumer/PJMedia

"No aspect of this administration’s performance exemplifies its 'bleep you' approach more than Obamacare."

Why I’m a Republican


Last year I was invited to speak at the University of Chicago Law School. During the question and answer session, a black female student asked me a pointed question: “In today’s America, how can a black woman be a Republican?” - Mia Love

...Fiscal discipline, limited government, personal responsibility: These are the values that have made America a strong and free country, a shining city on a hill that countless millions throughout history have sacrificed everything to come to.

I believe conservative values are what lift people out of poverty. I believe conservative values lead to the greatest amount of prosperity for the greatest number of people. I believe conservative values allow immigrants like my parents to come here with nothing but $10 in their pockets, and then within one generation witness their daughter serve as her city’s mayor and possibly—hopefully—as her district’s representative in Congress.

The incidence of black conservatism is far deeper and more widespread than most believe.


T.W. Shannon - rising black Republican star - Star Parker/Urban Cure

T.W. Shannon is making new headlines. He has stepped down from his position as House speaker to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) has just joined Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Dr. Ben Carson and Sarah Palin in endorsing Shannon.

Should Shannon succeed – there are several Republicans already in contention in the upcoming primary - he would become the second sitting black U.S. Senator, joining South Carolina Republican Tim Scott....

Needless to say, the prospect of a new, courageous, and unapologetic conservative in the U.S. Senate is a something I find most appealing.

But I am also happy to see another black conservative voice joining the ranks of political power in America....

Conventional wisdom that black liberalism is somehow natural and genetic needs to be disabused and, as more black conservatives like T.W. Shannon come on the scene and win elections, the many black conservatives around the country will feel more comfortable stepping forth and taking public stands for what they believe.

And when this starts happening, America will see that the incidence of black conservatism is far deeper and widespread than most believe.

The Finneys said the officer was kind, but told them being on school property while actively opposed to the test was “kind of a trespassing thing.” Further, the Finneys claim, they were told their kids weren’t permitted on school grounds if they were not participating in the state exams.

Parents Thought They Were Meeting With the School Principal to Complain About State Testing — Instead, They Were Greeted by a Cop - The Blaze

...Mary and Tracy Finney oppose their children taking the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests and had initially sent an email to administrators asking if they could opt out.... “With all due respect, we never requested to opt out,” Tracy Finney wrote in response. “We are REFUSING the CRCTs.”

The parents then scheduled a meeting with the school principal Wednesday morning. The meeting was confirmed at 6:40 p.m. the night before, but later canceled via email by Smits at 9:04 p.m.

The Finneys claim they didn’t receive notice of the cancellation and showed up at the school in the morning. They were greeted by a police officer.

...The police officer’s report confirmed the parents were told they and their children would be trespassing if they remained at the school, the Journal reported.

Tracy Finney told TheBlaze he was “shocked” when the officer greeted him and his wife.

“[W]e were not there to fight,” he said. “We were there to ensure our children were not forced to sit in the class during the test and told to stay quiet.”

Monday, April 21, 2014

Calif. moves to ban judges affiliated with Boy Scouts

California is proposing to ban members of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) from serving as judges because the Boy Scouts do not allow gay troop leaders, The Daily Caller has learned. - Daily Caller

In a move with major legal implications, The California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on The Code of Judicial Ethics has proposed to classify the Boy Scouts as practicing “invidious discrimination” against gays, which would end the group’s exemption to anti-discriminatory ethics rules and would prohibit judges from being affiliated with the group.

“The Committee’s invitation ignores the fact that the change also encompasses other youth organizations whose membership is limited on the basis of gender, e.g., the Girl Scouts, as well as the military, which continues to practice ‘discrimination’ on the basis of gender,” wrote Catherine Short, legal director of the pro-life group Life Legal Defense Foundation, in a letter to the Committee obtained by TheDC that predicts possible implications for pro-life judges in the future.

“Perhaps this is not an unintended consequence,” wrote Short.

“This proposed amendment has as its overtly-stated purpose the branding of the BSA as an organization whose members must be assumed to be biased and thus unfit for the bench. The Committee states that ‘eliminating the exemption… would enhance public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary,’” Short said.

Words at Play

No happy medium between right and wrong usage. - Peter Hannaford/American Spectator – 4.21.14

Datelined “Los Angeles,” the news story began, “Social media has been buzzing for weeks...” Has they? I thought. Who would use the word “media” as if it were singular? The answer, of course, was anyone who had not been taught the difference between the two words, both derived directly from Latin (“media” is plural — always; a “medium” is singular). For example, Facebook and Twitter are social media; Facebook by itself is a social medium.

As for those who were not taught the difference it is probably a large number of people, inasmuch as few public schools today teach spelling and word definitions, let alone grammar and sentence structure. In this case, though, the article was written by an Associated Press reporter who should know better. If not, his or her copy editor should have caught it. Either the writer or the copy editor are probably graduates of a journalism school. Alas, those schools seem indifferent to whether their students become proficient in English language usage.

Copy editors are essential to news organizations. Most importantly, they correct mistakes in spelling and grammar and often write the headline for a story. With heavy pressure on budgets, some newspapers have dispensed with discrete copy editors and spread the function among other editors. It shows.

English being an elastic and welcoming language, new words — neologisms, they’re called — are invented frequently. Some become well seasoned and remain; others fall by the wayside after a brief burst of fame and usage. “Elastic” and “welcoming” does not mean, however, that the language should be used recklessly by news reporters, whom readers expect to be correct.

Misuse of “media” is one glaring example. There are plenty of others. Take “Intel,” picked up from up from intelligence-gathering agencies. Or, “intercept” used as a noun (it’s a verb; “interception” is the noun). These shortened and converted words are jargon in intelligence agencies. When those engaged in a field day after day a shortened version of certain words used by all in the field are a short cut that saves time. For outsiders, such as news reporters, truncating words and turning verbs into nouns doesn’t save a nanosecond. Instead, they may use tthe jargon because they are lazy or, more likely, because it conveys to the reader, listener or viewer the idea that the reporter is delivering inside information.

One nonsensical word coined in recent years is “proactive.” It is widely used today by public officials and is being picked up frequently in newspaper stories, although it originated in the business world. I first heard it several years ago from a corporate public relations man who said, “Our company can’t just be reactive, we must be ‘pro-active.’” He didn’t mean “in favor of being active,” which would be alright. Rather, he meant, “We must anticipate events and be get on top of them.” The right word for that is “active.”

Broadcast media interviewers and their guests have not only changed a verb to a noun, but in the process have created a newly pronounced word which involves a certain amount of tongue twisting. It is “Construct,” pronounced “CON-struct,” as in “This legislation is a CON-struct that is likely to fail.” The owner of a construction business would be laughed at if he were to say, I’m in the CON-struct business.” Although “CON-struct” is usually applied to policy or political propositions, “construction” is still the right word for such things and takes less time than to remember to pronounce “CON-struct.”

The legendary Typhoid Mary carried the disease (though she didn’t have it herself). Reporters who spread bad word usage and tortured language not only infect their audiences, but also themselves have chronic cases of the disease. It’s curable, but would take acts of will the victims may not have.
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Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. His latest book is ◼ “Presidential Retreats.” Robert Zaposochny is an analyst specializing in the decline and end of the Cold War.

The death of the watchdog media

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson on Sunday became the latest media figure to expose the rot underneath the facade of "speaking truth to power" that so many media organizations like to present. - Charles Hoskinson/Washington Examiner



Blunt Sharyl Attkisson on CNN: 'I Didn't Sense Any Resistance...Ever' to Negative Bush Stories at CBS - Newsbusters

SHARYL ATTKISSON SUGGESTS MEDIA MATTERS WAS PAID FOR PROPAGANDA ATTACK CAMPAIGN AGAINST HER - Breitbart

HHS MOVES TO CANCEL MORE INSURANCE PLANS

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. - Mike Flynn/Breitbart

Fixed indemnity plans, which pay insured customers a set amount towards medical expenses and are often cost-effective relative to more comprehensive health insurance, are popular forms of coverage, and potentially becoming more popular in the wake of Obamacare.

Health insurance industry representatives say that fixed indemnity plans have been attracting more interest as many Americans look for a way to mitigate against the high deductibles applicable to many insurance policies available on the Obamacare exchanges (fixed indemnity plans are not Obamacare-compliant, but they are seen by some consumers as pairing nicely with Obamacare-compliant insurance).

...Under the proposal, consumers who can afford only fixed indemnity insurance may wind up carrying no insurance at all and simply paying the Obamacare penalty. Consumers could face higher risks of medical cost-related bankruptcy, while a lower number of consumers- especially younger consumers, who may be able to afford fixed indemnity but not an Obamacare-compliant policy- reject entering the insurance marketplace full stop, thus risking driving up insurance costs for existing insured consumers.

It could also mean that hospitals and other health care providers have a harder time recouping costs for treatment, as more patients go "naked," lacking even the basic coverage that fixed indemnity plans offer, and cause further inflation in health care costs as providers seek to recoup losses from those who can and will pay.

How Obama lost friends and influence in the Brics

The president’s real pivot is not to Asia but to America, inspired by domestic sentiment - FT

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When Barack Obama took office, he pledged a new overture to the world’s emerging powers. Today each of the Brics – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – is at loggerheads with America, or worse. Last month four of the five abstained in a UN vote condemning the fifth’s annexation of Crimea. Next month India is likely to elect as its new leader Narendra Modi, who says he has “no interest in visiting America other than to attend the UN in New York”. As the world’s largest democracy, and America’s most natural ally among the emerging powers, India’s is a troubling weathervane. How on earth did Mr Obama lose the Brics?

Barack Obama and the politics of lies

That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. - Washington Examiner EDITORIAL

He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …”

It comes as no surprise today that Obama's defenders are sparing no invective for Fox News in the wake of that survey. But it was the president, not Fox News, who repeatedly and knowingly misled the American people with two infamous Obamacare lies: “You can keep your health insurance if you like it. Period. You can keep your doctor. Period.” For better or worse, Obama will forever be known as the president who chose repeatedly to propagate two falsehoods. Those two lies were profoundly significant because they were designed to hide the truth about how Obamacare would affect the daily lives and health of hundreds of millions of Americans....

Such questions go to the heart of the issue of the president's probity. If he lied about keeping health insurance plans and doctors, why should fellow citizens believe his claim that nothing else could have been done to save four Americans in Benghazi, or that there isn't "a smidgen of corruption" at the IRS? That is Obama's legacy and his burden.

Jews urged to flee Ukraine by Holocaust survivor

ALL Jewish people should leave Ukraine at once, a Holocaust survivor warned last night, after “grotesque” anti-Semitic leaflets were handed out in the country. - Marco Giannangel/Express UK

The pamphlets and posters, distributed in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, demanded that the Jewish population register, pay a new tax or leave.

They are a terrifying echo of the anti-Jewish atrocities carried out by Ukrainians under Nazi occupation during the Second World War.

The leaflets, apparently signed by pro-Russian group the People’s Republic of Donetsk, have enraged the world....

Sam Pivnik, 86, was only 14 when his family were rounded up in Bedzin, western Poland, and sent to the death camp at Auschwitz.

After his parents, brothers and a sister were chosen “with the flick of a glove” for extermination by “Angel of Death” Dr Josef Mengele, the teenager, tattooed with a prisoner number, was left to survive alone. Mr Pivnik, who now lives in Golders Green, north London, said he was not surprised by the literature’s anti-Semitism....

As the climate of fear grows, however, the authenticity of the pamphlets is being called into question. Denis Pushilin, leader of the breakaway pro-Russian People’s Republic, vehemently denied his organisation was behind the leaflets. “Look at this document, I have never called myself the people’s governor, my job is different,” he told the Sunday Express.

“The stamp is bigger than it should be because it was Photoshopped from some real document.”

...They called on Ukraine’s police and secret services to find the real culprits, claiming the authors “tried to provoke a conflict”, and pin blame on the separatists.

Dr Efraim Zuroff, of the respected Simon Wiesenthal Centre, agreed, suggesting the Donetsk flyers were “an attempt to paint the pro-Russian forces as anti-Semitic”.