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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Massachusetts drug bust yields bags of heroin marked 'Obama Care' | Fox News

Massachusetts drug bust yields bags of heroin marked 'Obama Care' | Fox News: Massachusetts State Police took four people into custody Friday morning after discovering 1,250 individual bags of heroin marked "Obama Care," authorities said.

New Health Law Frustrates Many in Middle Class - NYTimes.com

New Health Law Frustrates Many in Middle Class - NYTimes.com: An analysis by The New York Times shows the cost of premiums for people who just miss qualifying for subsidies varies widely across the country and rises rapidly for people in their 50s and 60s. In some places, prices can quickly approach 20 percent of a person’s income.

Federal judge deals another blow to ObamaCare contraceptive mandate | Fox News

Federal judge deals another blow to ObamaCare contraceptive mandate | Fox News: In his 16-page decision, Judge Timothy DeGiusti said the ministries have the right to challenge the health care law's contraceptive mandate and that an injunction is needed to prevent the federal government from enforcing it on them.

Twitter / rupertmurdoch: Amid Xmas extravagance and ...

Twitter / rupertmurdoch: Amid Xmas extravagance and ...


Friday, December 20, 2013

Now the Hard Part: 3 Weeks to Apportion $1 Trillion | Hawkings Here

Now the Hard Part: 3 Weeks to Apportion $1 Trillion | Hawkings Here: The four-dozen or so members involved have given themselves less than three weeks to agree on the several thousand line items in the bill, which will be written as non-amendable legislation dictating all of the government’s discretionary spending for the final 37 weeks of this budget year.

What is sad is that half the country doesn't... - Kevin Sorbo Official Facebook Page

What is sad is that half the country doesn't... - Kevin Sorbo Official Facebook Page
What is sad is that half the country doesn't care anymore how much or elected officials lie. There is nothing but truth here. Half of you don't care. The bar has been raised. All behavior is okay now. Obama has had more big scandals than Watergate and yet…..no one cares.

Famous Presidential Lies


LBJ:
We were attacked

Nixon
I am not a crook

Clinton:
I did not have sex with that woman…Ms. Lewinski

Bush - 41:
Read my lips - No new taxes

Obama:
My mother died of cancer after being denied coverage for a preexisting condition.

I will have the most transparent administration in history.

TARP is to fund Shovel-ready jobs.

I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.

The IRS is not targeting anyone.

It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.

I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism".

You didn't build that!

I will restore trust in Government.

The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.

The Public Will Have 5 Days To Look At Every Bill That Lands On My Desk

It's not my red line - it is the world’s red line.

Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.

I will not allow lobbyists in my staff.

“We got back Every Dime we Used to Rescue the Banks, with interest. Same for the Auto Companies”

I will close Gitmo.

I'll save the average family $8,000 in gas each year.

I pledge to cut the deficit we inherited in half by the end of my first term in office.

I'm not going to make any excuses.

I will be held accountable.

I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future.

I am not spying on American citizens.

ObamaCare will be good for America .

No Tax increases on the Middle Class.

You can keep your family doctor, period.

Premiums will be lowered by $2500.

If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan, period.

It's just like shopping at Amazon.
I, Barack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

#politics #apathy

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com: "I know you're all eager to skip town and spend time with your families," the president said at the presser's opening. But, "you know what they say, it's the most wonderful press conference of the year." Obama continued, more seriously, saying "I firmly believe 2014 can be a breakthrough year for America."

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com: There are still three more years, and plus, he's eager to point out much of the trouble in government over the last year stemmed from Congress. "You know, I think that hopefully folks have learned their lesson in terms of brinksmanship," he said.

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com: On Obamacare, the president allowed he'd made mistakes when it came to health care roll-out.

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com: Speaking on the week's NSA news, the president said that he's "going to make a pretty definitive statement about all of this in January." Obama again defended the agency's bulk collection, saying that "I have confidence that the NSA is not engaging in domestic surveillance and not snooping around." But "we have to refine this to give people more confidence."

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com

Obama's Last Press Conference of the Year Got Feisty - NationalJournal.com: The president also reiterated that "we're not going to negotiate" over raising the debt-ceiling, which needs to be raised by early March at the latest.

MSNBC: If Phil Robertson And Bobby Jindal Tried Anal Sex They Might Like It… | Weasel Zippers

MSNBC: If Phil Robertson And Bobby Jindal Tried Anal Sex They Might Like It… | Weasel Zippers

Blog: Jobless Claims Up

Blog: Jobless Claims Up: Economists watch the weekly reports of initial jobless claims for the first indication of possible new trends in the American economy. The latest two reports suggest that a possible new trend could be negative. On Thursday, the Department of Labor reported that, for the second week in a row, jobless claims rose.

Articles: Ben Carson in His Own Words

Articles: Ben Carson in His Own Words: After five years of President Obama, we want a dynamic conservative candidate who we can believe in to take us to 2016. With names on the horizon like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, and Nikki Haley, we have some promising politicians; and another name has risen to the top: Dr. Ben Carson.

Mystery Illness Kills Alex Jones’ Family Member & Has Sickened More Of Them… (Video) | RedFlagNews.com

Mystery Illness Kills Alex Jones’ Family Member & Has Sickened More Of Them… (Video) | RedFlagNews.com

"President Kennedy Proposes Tax Cut" - Universal Newsreel (1962)

JFK Cutting Taxes: A Fiscal Camelot | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation

JFK Cutting Taxes: A Fiscal Camelot | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation

As the country marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, there are many reflections about the man and his legacy. For those old enough, the emotion of the day will never be forgotten.
When it comes to his economic decisions, it may surprise some to take a look his tax policies. They contrast sharply with the Democratic Party of today, and, in particular, with the tax policies pursued by President Obama.
JFK Cut Taxes to Get Out of a Recession
Like our current President, Kennedy came to office amidst a recession and stubbornly high unemployment. Rather than raise taxes, President Kennedy proposed across-the-board tax cuts, taking the top rate from 91 percent to 70 percent.
According to The Tax Foundation, President Kennedy’s tax cut was larger than the Reagan tax cuts and any single Bush tax cut, compared with national income. While no one would deem a 70 percent top rate desirable, it was a fiscal Camelot compared to the 91 percent top rate in existence when Kennedy took office. It reflected his belief that cutting taxes—not raising taxes—would benefit the economy.
Kennedy said that high taxes were a “deterrent to private initiative” and harmed economic recovery. In a speech to Congress advocating his tax cuts, President Kennedy declared, “Every dollar released from taxation that is spared or invested will help create a new job and a new salary.”
JFKontaxation
Even with the largest tax rate cut in history, Dr. Daniel Mitchell, then a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, noted that “Tax revenues climbed from $94 billion in 1961 to $153 billion in 1968, an increase of 62 percent (33 percent after adjusting for inflation).” The strong economic growth that resulted from the pro-growth tax cut helped sustain revenues. Although it’s hard to know what revenues would’ve been without the tax cuts, rates were so high at the time it is possible they had little or no effect on revenue.
President Obama has tried to tax and spend out of the recession. With tax increases totaling more than $3 trillion and full employment still on the wish list, Congress and President Obama should take some cues from JFK.
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Your Liberal Aunt | Turning Point USA

Your Liberal Aunt | Turning Point USA

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Twitter / kateesackhoff: Everyone needs to help these ...

Twitter / kateesackhoff: Everyone needs to help these ...


Bankruptcy Is Better Than a Bailout

Bankruptcy Is Better Than a Bailout: Today Senators John Cornyn (R–TX) and Pat Toomey (R–PA) introduced the Taxpayer Protection and Responsible Resolution Act to begin repairing some of the damage caused by the Dodd–Frank regulations.

Ryan Knew About, Ignored Military Pension Cuts 'Mistake' in Budget Deal

Ryan Knew About, Ignored Military Pension Cuts 'Mistake' in Budget Deal: Apparently, Ryan knew the mistake was in the legislation for at least two full days before the House vote. He has not, however, provided any explanation for why he did nothing to fix it.

homely - Wiktionary

homely - Wiktionary

Court Rejects Obama Admin Executive Privilege Arguments | Washington Free Beacon

Court Rejects Obama Admin Executive Privilege Arguments | Washington Free Beacon

U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled the presidential order is not within the bounds of executive privilege and called the government’s arguments in favor of secrecy “troubling.”
“The government appears to adopt the cavalier attitude that the President should be permitted to convey orders throughout the Executive Branch without public oversight … to engage in what is in effect governance by ‘secret law,’” Huvelle said.

In 2008 Al Gore Predicts That Arctic Would be Ice Free by 2013 - Conservative Hideout 2.0

In 2008 Al Gore Predicts That Arctic Would be Ice Free by 2013 - Conservative Hideout 2.0

A couple years ago, I predicted that the global cooling global warming climate change alarmists would stop making predictions, because if they continued, their predictions would not happen, making obvious their failure.  Today, we have an example of why I’m right.   It seems that in 2008, and again in 2009, Al Gore reported that the arctic sea ice would be gone by…right. about. now…

Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine! - Washington Times

Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine! - Washington Times: Click here for reprint permission.

MORNING BRO: PETA thinks this girl deserved to get mauled? | The Daily Caller

MORNING BRO: PETA thinks this girl deserved to get mauled? | The Daily Caller: It’s been a sick week. First, PETA said that a young girl who got mauled by a bear deserved it for hunting. And as if that wasn’t enough, Michelle Obama entered the Obamacare fray with a poorly written op-ed and instructions on how to bother your neighbor (a theme with this administration). Oh, and the NSA is sad that foreigners don’t trust our spies, or something.

Unicode Character 'WHEEL OF DHARMA' (U+2638)

Unicode Character 'WHEEL OF DHARMA' (U+2638): Unicode Character 'WHEEL OF DHARMA' (U+2638)

Gingrich Schools Robert Reich On 'Income Inequality': 'Every Major City Which Is A Poverty Center Is Run By Democrats' - Fox Nation

Gingrich Schools Robert Reich On 'Income Inequality': 'Every Major City Which Is A Poverty Center Is Run By Democrats' - Fox Nation

Gingrich Schools Robert Reich On ‘Income Inequality’: “Every Major City Which Is A Poverty Center Is Run By Democrats”
ONATHAN KARL, SUBSTITUTE HOST: And let me ask you, Mr. Gingrich, Speaker, when you look at that issue of inequality - and this is something he's put front and center, the Pope has. It's something of course that President Obama talks a lot about. We saw the story about homelessness in New York--
NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Sure.
KARL: Stark reality of the gap in the nation's biggest city. Is this an issue that Republicans should be talking about?
GINGRICH: Absolutely. I mean, how can you justify the level of wealth in those big towers in New York City and the level of poverty in those alleys? And without talking about government, say, surely a society that cared, that believed every person was endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness, would come up with a better solution than 22,000 children that are homeless.
And I think that the Republican Party has an obligation to rethink some of its indifference to the very poor. And I think the Democrats have an obligation to ask themselves after 50 years of the war on poverty, isn't it clear that government is not a very good [unintelligible].
(CROSSTALK)
ROBERT REICH: The war on poverty - which next year we are going to celebrate the 50th anniversary in addition to the Civil Rights Act - the war on poverty was successful for a time. What has happened however over the last 30 years is that much of the, much of the ardor, much of the concern, much of the, what propelled that war on poverty has dissipated.
KARL: Why after five years of President Barack Obama we see the problem worse?
REICH: Well the problem is worse; I think it has something to do, perhaps, with the intransigence of the Speaker's Party, because every time there was a jobs bill, every time there was an effort to expand a low income housing, every time there was an effort to provide better opportunities for young people. We're talking about equal opportunity.
GINGRICH: Every major, every, this is baloney.
REICH: At the basis of this, what is baloney?
GINGRICH: Here's the baloney. Every major city which is a center of poverty is run by Democrats. Every major city. Their policies have failed, they're not willing to admit and the fact is it's the poor who suffer

Amnesty International: Al-Qaeda Running Syria 'Torture Jails'

Amnesty International: Al-Qaeda Running Syria 'Torture Jails': Against the background of the ongoing civil war in Syria, torture and summary executions are rife in secret prisons run by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group. A new report by Amnesty International says the al-Qaeda affiliate has committed serious rights abuses, including some, like abductions and arbitrary detention, amounting to war crimes...

Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Is Hurting Our Employees | Washington Free Beacon

Whole Foods CEO: Obamacare Is Hurting Our Employees | Washington Free Beacon

Mackey told Varney that Whole Foods, which has been in business for 35 years and employees 80,000 workers, is being hit hard by Obamacare. “It’s raising our costs…We’ll have to cover things that are expensive that we may not want to cover, our team members may not want to have covered,” Mackey said. He explained that that costs will be raised, which could either depress wage increases or the corporation will be forced to pass the cost on to Whole Foods employees.
Obamacare mandates that employers must provide health care coverage for employees working more than 30 hours a week, a requirement that Mackey says is counterintuitive.
“[The mandate] creates the wrong incentives for employers. It creates incentive for fewer full time workers and more part time,” Mackey said. “If all our competitors are going that direction, we’ll probably have that same kind of incentive to do the same.”
Whole Foods has maintained a 75 percent full time and 25 percent part time work structure, something Mackey says is unusual in retail. Because of Obamacare, Whole Foods will be forced to adjust the full time/part time ratio to 70/30.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Poll: Both uninsured, insured skeptical about Obamacare - CBS News

Poll: Both uninsured, insured skeptical about Obamacare - CBS News: Just 15 percent of insured Americans think the health care law will help them personally, but that number rises to 33 percent among the uninsured.

Blue Cross NJ: “Government Told Us You Can’t Keep Your Policy” | Weasel Zippers

Blue Cross NJ: “Government Told Us You Can’t Keep Your Policy” | Weasel Zippers: I had a very basic EPO plan because I’m 29 years old and who cares right? In September, I was told that the plan would be discontinued under Obamacare and to get out in front of it, I should subscribe to a new policy which meets the regulations of Obamacare.

Twitter / HilariousEdited: http://t.co/Xlm8DEAPUi

Twitter / HilariousEdited: http://t.co/Xlm8DEAPUi


Progressives Abusing Future Generations with Government Debt

Progressives Abusing Future Generations with Government Debt: Think about what Mr. Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi are asking of our children. They are saddling them with $17 trillion in immediate debt and over $100 trillion in long term liabilities. They also want them to provide health care for the very people who buried them in this mountain of debt.

Senate Dems Side with Illegal Immigrants Over Veterans - Fox Nation

Senate Dems Side with Illegal Immigrants Over Veterans - Fox Nation: Senate Dems block amendment to restore veteran benefits by closing illegal immigrant welfare loophole.

Vildhjarta - Dagger Lyrics

Vildhjarta - Dagger Lyrics: It takes a critical mind to broach the lies.

Senate GOP fails in final bid to block military pension cuts in budget bill | Fox News

Senate GOP fails in final bid to block military pension cuts in budget bill | Fox News: A provision in the already House-passed bill would cut retirement benefits for military retirees by $6 billion over 10 years.

Sessions wanted to instead eliminate an estimated $4.2 billion in annual spending by reining in an IRS credit that illegal immigrants have claimed.

He and fellow senators argued the bill unfairly sticks veterans and other military retirees with the cost of new spending.

‘Search Warrants May Now Be Based on Predictions of the Commission of Future Crimes’ | TheBlaze.com

‘Search Warrants May Now Be Based on Predictions of the Commission of Future Crimes’ | TheBlaze.com: Texas police can now obtain search warrants based on “predictions of the commission of future crimes,” a judge noted in his dissent to an opinion last week.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence Meyers made the claim after the judicial body ruled that evidence authorities had first found during a search they had executed without a warrant was admissible in the court of law, according to the Dallas Observer.

Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High | CNS News

Price of Ground Beef Hits All-Time High | CNS News: The average price for a pound of ground beef hit its all-time in the United States in November, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In January 1980, when BLS started tracking the average price of 100-percent beef ground chuck, a pound cost $1.82. By this November, the same pound of ground beef cost $3.61 per pound. That was up from $3.49 per pound in October.

The Singularity Is Near - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Singularity Is Near - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology is a 2005 non-fiction book about artificial intelligence and the future of humanity by inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil.

This is his first book to embrace the Singularity as a term, but the ideas contained within are derived from his previous books, the The Age of Spiritual Machines (1999) and The Age of Intelligent Machines (1990).

Biocentrism or eccentrism? | Open Parachute

Biocentrism or eccentrism? | Open Parachute: A third of the way through this book the authors say: “Quantum theory has unfortunately become a catch-all phrase for trying to prove various kinds of New Age nonsense.” And they refer to film “What the Bleep Do We Know?” as an example of the misuse of quantum mechanics. This might suggest the book’s message is similar to Stenger’s “Quantum Gods,” which argues against quantum mysticism and quantum theology? But it turns out to be the complete opposite.

Expanded Medicaid’s fine print holds surprise: ‘payback’ from estate after death | Local News | The Seattle Times

Expanded Medicaid’s fine print holds surprise: ‘payback’ from estate after death | Local News | The Seattle Times: As thousands of state residents enroll in Washington’s expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised at fine print: After you’re dead, your estate can be billed for ordinary health-care expenses. State officials are scrambling to change the rule.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hercules: The Thracian Wars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hercules: The Thracian Wars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Yesterday, a tormented Demigod walked the earth: Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus. For this, he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labors and the loss of his family, the dark and world-weary soul turned his back on the gods, finding his only solace in combat. Over the years, he warmed to the company of six similar friends, their only bond being their love of fighting and presence of death. These men and women never questioned where they would go to fight or why or whom, just how much they would be paid - until the King of Thrace hired them to train his men to become the greatest army of all time. It was time for the group of lost souls to finally have their eyes opened to how far they have fallen, when they must train an army to become as ruthless and bloodthirsty as their reputation has become.

Penny dreadful - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Penny dreadful - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: With the rise of capitalism and industrialization, people began to spend more

Warren bill ends credit checks on job applicants | TheHill

Warren bill ends credit checks on job applicants | TheHill: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday proposed legislation to prevent companies from using a person's credit history as a factor in the hiring process, a practice that Warren says makes it harder for poor people to land a job.

"A bad credit rating is far more often the result of unexpected medical costs, unemployment, economic downturns, or other bad breaks than it is a reflection on an individual's character or abilities," Warren said. "Families have not fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis, and too many Americans are still searching for jobs.

Fine print: State can seize your assets to pay for care after you’re forced into Medicaid by Obamacare « Hot Air

Fine print: State can seize your assets to pay for care after you’re forced into Medicaid by Obamacare « Hot Air

Somebody's Got a Bad Case of the Second-Term Bushitis - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Somebody's Got a Bad Case of the Second-Term Bushitis - Hit & Run : Reason.com:


Bush and Obama made the same mistake. Both men convinced themselves that they were reelected because of their agendas, rather than because of negative campaign strategies that essentially disqualified their rivals—Democrat John Kerry and Republican Mitt Romney. In fact, many of the issues claimed as presidential mandates in 2005 and 2013 actually received relatively little attention from the candidates and from the media in 2004 and 2012.

Scott Walker Mulls Eliminating Income Tax in Wisconsin | TheBlaze.com

Scott Walker Mulls Eliminating Income Tax in Wisconsin | TheBlaze.com: “We want to look at areas where we may not stack up well against other states, where particular aspects of our tax code may be out of line with other states,” Chandler said. “We want to get the overall burden down, and we want to make all elements of the tax code as competitive as possible.”

Denver Council Makes Move To Decriminalize Marijuana For Minors « CBS Denver

Denver Council Makes Move To Decriminalize Marijuana For Minors « CBS Denver: People under 21 with pot were left open to criminal charges that would stay on their permanent record.

Denver city councilors want it to become a civil charge still enforced by a petty fine but with no lasting legal consequences.

Freakonomics » Is Academia Like a Drug Gang?

Freakonomics » Is Academia Like a Drug Gang?

In Freakonomics, Dubner and Levitt wrote about how working for a drug gang is like working for McDonald’s. On LSE’s Impact of Social Sciences blog, Alexandre Afonso writes about how the academic labor market also resembles a drug gang:
Academic systems rely on the existence of a supply of “outsiders” ready to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably high salaries that tenured positions entail….The academic job market is structured in many respects like a drug gang, with an expanding mass of outsiders and a shrinking core  of insiders. Even if the probability that you might get shot in academia is relatively small (unless you mark student papers very harshly), one can observe similar dynamics.
Afonso tracks employment trends in the academic labor market and explains the “insider-outsider” divide: like a drug gang, academia is a place where there are eager outsiders willing to forgo other employment opportunities to become an “insider” — a tenured professor. This creates a dual labor market:
On the one hand, there are relatively good conditions at the bottom at the PhD level, and opportunities have expanded recently because of massive investments in research programs and doctoral schools generating a mass of new very competitive PhDs. On the other hand, there are good jobs at the top, where full professors are comparatively well paid and have a great deal of autonomy. The problem is that there is nothing in the middle: for people who just received their PhD, there is just a big hole, in which they have to face a period of limbo in fixed-term contracts (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter) or substitute professor (Vertretungsprofessur) for a number of years, after which they can hope to get their first permanent job in their mid-40s, while this could happen in their mid-30s in the 1970s.

If you think voters are upset know, just wait

Democrats haven't had much to celebrate when it comes to their crowning achievement, ObamaCare. Lately they've resorted to promoting the number of people signing up (never mind the fact that people are, of course, mandated by law to do this).  This would be akin to using long lines at the DMV as a talking point for government success.  
The dirty little secret that vulnerable Democrats are trying to keep quiet is that the worst of ObamaCare is yet to come. As Michael Boskin writes in the Wall Street Journal this morning, Americans should "be prepared for eligibility, payment and information protection debacles—and longer waits for care."

Coburn Releases Annual Wastebook Highlighting Most Egregious Spending - Press Releases - Tom Coburn, M.D., United States Senator from Oklahoma

Coburn Releases Annual Wastebook Highlighting Most Egregious Spending - Press Releases - Tom Coburn, M.D., United States Senator from Oklahoma: “This report speaks volumes about why confidence in government is at an all-time low. The hard truth is we’d much rather borrow than cut. The American people are right to expect more,” said Dr. Coburn.

From the wacky to the infuriating, Sen. Tom Coburn's annual Wastebook catalogs government waste in lean times | WashingtonExaminer.com

From the wacky to the infuriating, Sen. Tom Coburn's annual Wastebook catalogs government waste in lean times | WashingtonExaminer.com: Coburn noted in his latest report that the questionable spending continued even while the government was slashing other programs and services to meet the spending mandates of the 2010 Budget Control Act.

The 2013 Wastebook includes 100 examples of what Coburn called fiscal mismanagement that apparently escaped the axe of those sequestration cuts.

45 States Still Haven't Hit 10% of Enrollment Goals for Obamacare | National Review Online

45 States Still Haven't Hit 10% of Enrollment Goals for Obamacare | National Review Online: The only states that have reached 10 percent of their enrollment goals are California, Colorado, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island; Kentucky is close.

Twitter / LadySandersfarm: Obamanomics http://t.co/2NagYyfGDx

Twitter / LadySandersfarm: Obamanomics http://t.co/2NagYyfGDx

Monday, December 16, 2013

Jean-Paul Sartre - Wikiquote

Jean-Paul Sartre - Wikiquote: Your crystal? That’s silly. Whom do you think you are fooling? Come on, everyone knows that I threw the baby out of the window. The crystal is shattered on earth, and I do not care. I am no longer anything but a skin, and my skin does not belong to you.

Estelle to Inès, Act 1, sc. 5

Pancha Ganapati - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pancha Ganapati - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Pancha Ganapati is a modern five-day Hindu festival celebrated from December 21 through 25 in honor of Lord Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Guardian of Culture.
During each of the five days of Pancha Ganapati, a special sadhana, spiritual discipline, is focused upon by the entire family. Because of the festival’s importance as a new beginning and mending of all past mistakes, a shrine is created in the main living room of the home and decorated in the spirit of this festive occasion. At the center is placed a large wooden or bronze five-faced statue of Lord Pancha Ganapati. If this is not available, any large picture or statue of Lord Ganesha will do. Lord Ganesha is often depicted as coming from the forest; therefore, pine boughs (or banana leaves) may be used. Flashing lights, tinsel and colorful hanging ornaments may also be added. Each morning the children dress or decorate Ganesha in a different color: golden yellow on December 21, then royal blue, ruby red, emerald green and finally brilliant orange. These are the colors of His five powers, or shaktis.
Each day a tray of sweets, fruits and incense is offered to Lord Ganapati, often prepared and presented by the children. Chants, songs and bhajanas are sung in His praise. After puja, the abundant, diverse sweets are shared by one and all as prasada. Each day gifts are given to the children, who place them before Pancha Ganapati to open only on the fifth day. Gifts need not be extravagant or expensive; they should be within the means of each family. Ganesha does not want gift-giving to promote Western commercialism but to further the great Hindu culture. Greeting cards, ideally made by the children, offer Hindu art and wisdom, such as verses from the Vedas.

December 21 (Golden Yellow)

The family sadhana for the first day of Pancha Ganapati is to create a vibration of love and harmony among immediate family members. The day begins early, and the entire family works together to design and decorate the shrine with traditional symbols, rangoli, lamps and more. Then a grand puja is performed invoking the spirit of Pancha Ganapati in the home. The sadhana of the day now begins. The family sits together for the purpose of easing any strained relationships that have arisen during the year. They make amends one with another for misdeeds performed, insults given, mental pain and injuries caused and suffered. When forgiveness is offered to all by one and all, they speak of each other’s good qualities and resolve that in the days ahead they will remember the futility of trying to change others and the practicality changing one’s self to be the silent example for all to witness. Gifts are then exchanged and placed unopened before Pancha Ganapati.As the family writes on the doorstep, they pray for well being in the house.

December 22 (Royal Blue)

Day two is devoted to creating a vibration of love and harmony among neighbors, relatives and close friends and presenting them with heartfelt gifts. The sadhana of the day is to offer apologies and clear up any misunderstandings that exist. Relatives and friends in far-off places are written to or called, forgiveness is sought, apologies made and tensions released. Gifts received are placed unopened before Pancha Ganapati.

December 23 (Ruby Red)

The sadhana for the third day is to create a vibration of love and harmony among business associates, the casual merchant and the public at large. This is the day for presenting gifts to fellow workers and customers and to honor employers and employees with gifts and appreciation. The sadhana today is the settling of all debts and disputes. Gifts received are placed unopened before the Deity.

December 24 (Emerald Green)

The sadhana of day four is to draw forth the vibration of joy and harmony that comes from music, art, drama and the dance. Family, relatives and friends gather for satsang to share and enjoy their artistic gifts. Then all sit together before Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Guardian of Culture, discussing Hindu dharma and making plans to bring more cultural refinements into the home. More gifts are placed before Pancha Ganapati.

December 25 (Brilliant Orange)

The family sadhana for the final day is to bring forth love and harmony within all three worlds. Because of sadhanas well performed during the first four days, the family is now more open and aware of Ganesha’s grace, and their love for Him is now overflowing. On this day the entire family experiences an outpouring of love and tranquility from the great God Himself. His blessings fill the home and the hearts of everyone within it, inspiring them anew for the coming year.

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Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up | Wired Magazine | Wired.com

Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up | Wired Magazine | Wired.com: Dunbar came away from his in vivo studies with an unsettling insight: Science is a deeply frustrating pursuit. Although the researchers were mostly using established techniques, more than 50 percent of their data was unexpected. (In some labs, the figure exceeded 75 percent.) “The scientists had these elaborate theories about what was supposed to happen,” Dunbar says. “But the results kept contradicting their theories. It wasn’t uncommon for someone to spend a month on a project and then just discard all their data because the data didn’t make sense.” Perhaps they hoped to see a specific protein but it wasn’t there. Or maybe their DNA sample showed the presence of an aberrant gene. The details always changed, but the story remained the same: The scientists were looking for X, but they found Y.

House Report: Ill-Trained Obamacare Navigators Encouraging Fraud, Jeopardizing Private Info

House Report: Ill-Trained Obamacare Navigators Encouraging Fraud, Jeopardizing Private Info: Navigators from the Urban League of Dallas were captured on video encouraging applicants to lie on their health insurance application so the applicants could qualify for tax subsidies. Navigators were also recorded advising an applicant to lie about her smoking habits to obtain a lower monthly premium. It was later discovered that two of the so-called Navigators involved in the incident were assisting consumers with their applications even though they had not completed their training and certification requirements.
One self-identified Navigator gave a television interview in which she told viewers blatantly incorrect information—that applicants’ credit scores could impact their eligibility for certain plans. It later came to light that the woman was not a certified Navigator but rather a volunteer with a Navigator organization.
Mountain Project, Inc., a Navigator organization in North Carolina, has been collecting and mailing paper applications on behalf of applicants, in violation of Navigator rules and procedures.

House Report: Ill-Trained Obamacare Navigators Encouraging Fraud, Jeopardizing Private Info

House Report: Ill-Trained Obamacare Navigators Encouraging Fraud, Jeopardizing Private Info: The Committee report concluded that "documents call into question the effectiveness of the Navigator program and the Obama administration's ability to safeguard consumer information." HHS’s mismanagement of the Navigator and Assister programs "induces fraudulent behavior and poses real threats to the safety of consumers’ personally identifiable information, such as one's social security number, yearly income, and other sensitive tax information," the report found.

Shock Report: Federal Government Will Bill Peoples' Estates After Death To Pay For Medicaid Expenses

Shock Report: Federal Government Will Bill Peoples' Estates After Death To Pay For Medicaid Expenses


As of last week, about 1.6 million Americans had "enrolled" in ObamaCare, and of those,  1.46 million of them had actually signed up for Medicaid (in some cases against their will.

With Medicaid already America’s third-largest government program, folks are wondering how this massive expansion won't bankrupt both federal and state governments.

A woman in Seattle Washington, who read the fine print buried deep in her application for free health insurance through the expanded state Medicaid program, discovered a possible answer to that question.

She was shocked: If you’re 55 or over, Medicaid can come back after you’re dead and bill your estate for ordinary health-care expenses.

The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly “free” for Washington residents 55 or older. It’s a loan, one whose payback requirements aren’t well advertised. And it penalizes people who, despite having a low income, have managed to keep a home or some savings they hope to pass to heirs, Prins said.

Obama's amazing, generous, compassionate, "signature achievement" enables the Federal government to go after your estate after you die in order to pay for the healthcare expenses you have incurred while on Medicaid.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

IBM Says Economy Remains Discouraging - Bloomberg

IBM Says Economy Remains Discouraging - Bloomberg: International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), the world’s largest provider of computing services, continues to face economic challenges as it tries to reignite declining sales, Senior Vice President Erich Clementi said.

Demand for technology services, IBM’s biggest source of revenue, “depends on what the economic climate is, and that has not been very encouraging,” Clementi said at a Bank of Montreal conference in New York yesterday. “Europe has shown signs of recovery. North America has been a little more uncertain.”

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Reports of erroneous WA health exchange debits | kgw.com Portland

Reports of erroneous WA health exchange debits | kgw.com Portland: 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.

Obamacare Has Lost the Uninsured - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Obamacare Has Lost the Uninsured - Hit & Run : Reason.com: A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week asked uninsured individuals whether or not they thought the law was a good idea. Just 24 percent said they thought it was. In contrast, half the uninsured polled said they thought it was a bad idea. As the Journal points out, that represents an 11 point drop in support for the law amongst the uninsured since September. The same poll also finds that 56 percent of the uninsured believe the law will have a negative effect on the U.S. health care system.

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