Obama blamed for rising health costs, AP poll, 69 percent say premiums rising, 59 percent deductibles or copayments increasing, Spouse coverage restricted or eliminated, Millions received cancellation notices

Obama blamed for rising health costs, AP poll, 69 percent say premiums rising, 59 percent deductibles or copayments increasing, Spouse coverage restricted or eliminated, Millions received cancellation notices

“If you like your plan, you can keep it.”…Barack Obama

“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.”…Barack Obama

“millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.”…NBC News October 29, 2013

 

 

From Page A7 of the Greensboro News Record.

“Obama blamed for rising health costs”

From the Washington Times December 16, 2013.

“POLL: Obamacare to drive up health care cost for everyone”

“Just when the government’s insurance websiteis starting to run more smoothly, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds a potentially bigger problem for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Americans who already have coverage and aren’t looking for any more government help are blaming the law for their rising premiums and deductibles.

Those are the 85 percent of Americans that the White House says don’t have to be worried about the president’s historic push to expand coverage for the uninsured. Overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly as health care remains a politically charged issue going into next year’s midterm congressional elections.

In the survey, nearly half of those with job-based or other private coverage say their policies will be changing next year — mostly for the worse. Nearly 4 in 5 (77 percent) blame the changes on the Affordable Care Act, even though the trend toward leaner coverage predates the law’s passage.

Sixty-nine percent say their premiums will be going up, while 59 percent say annual deductibles or copayments are increasing.

Only 21 percent of those with private coverage said their plan is expanding to cover more types of medical care, though coverage of preventive care at no charge to the patient has been required by the law for the past couple of years.

Fourteen percent said coverage for spouses is being restricted or eliminated, and 11 percent said their plan is being discontinued.

“Rightly or wrongly, people with private insurance looking at next year are really worried about what is going to happen,” said Robert Blendon, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, who tracks public opinion on health care issues. “The website is not the whole story.”

Employers trying to control their health insurance bills have been shifting costs to workers for years, but now those changes are blamed increasingly on “Obamacare” instead of the economy or insurance companies.

Political leanings seemed to affect perceptions of eroding coverage, with larger majorities of Republicans and independents saying their coverage will be affected.

The White House had hoped that the Oct. 1 launch of open enrollment season for the uninsured would become a teaching moment, a showcase of the president’s philosophy that government can help smooth out the rough edges of life in the modern economy for working people.

Instead, the dysfunctional website became a parable for Republicans and others skeptical of government.

At the same time, a cresting wave of cancellation notices hit millions who buy their policy directly from an insurer. That undercut one of Obama’s central promises — that you can keep the coverage you have if you like it. The White House never clearly communicated the many caveats to that promise.

Disapproval of Obama’s handling of health care topped 60 percent in the poll.”

Read more:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/16/another-worry-about-new-health-law-ap-gfk-poll/?page=all#pagebreak

 

 

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  1. Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional

    Washington (CNN) — A federal judge said Monday that he believes the government’s once-secret collecting of domestic phone records was unconstitutional, setting up likely appeals and further challenges to the data-mining revealed by classified leaker Edward Snowden.

    U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said the bulk collection of metadata — phone records of the time and numbers called without any disclosure of content — was an apparent violation of privacy rights.

    His preliminary ruling was in favor of four plaintiffs challenging the National Security Agency program, but Leon limited the decision only to their case.

    “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval,” said Leon, an appointee of President George W. Bush. “Surely, such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/16/justice/nsa-surveillance-court-ruling/index.html

  2. Opinionated Vogon

    Lie of the year? No, lie of the century! I made this parody video to illustrate all the lies told to sell Obamacare, and its funnier than the clownshow over at Politifarce too!

    Hitler’s health insurance is cancelled

    Cheers,

    O.V.

  3. This is going to ruin O’baby killer’s day:

    NY Catholics Win Court Challenge to Obamacare Contraception Mandate

    The groups “have demonstrated that the mandate, despite accommodation, compels them to perform acts that are contrary to their religion,” Cogan wrote. “And there can be no doubt that the coercive pressure here is substantial.”

    Groups that don’t comply with the mandate are subject to fines of $100 a day per affected beneficiary, Cogan said.

    Catholic Health Services of Long Island, the largest of the groups, oversees six hospitals, three nursing homes and a hospice service and has a health plan covering almost 25,000 people.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/catholics-obamacare-contraception-mandate/2013/12/16/id/542094#ixzz2ngGIQGZ4

  4. The Architect of Destruction

    By Maureen Scott

    Barack Obama appears to be a tormented man filled with resentment, anger, and disdain for anyone of an opinion or view other than his. He acts in the most hateful, spiteful, malevolent, vindictive ways in order to manipulate and maintain power and control over others. Perhaps, because, as a child, he grew up harboring an abiding bitterness toward the U.S. that was instilled in him by his family and mentors…it seems to have never left him.

    It is not the color of his skin that is a problem in America. Rather it is the blackness that fills his soul and the hollowness in his heart where there should be abiding pride and love for this country.

    Think: Have we ever heard Obama speak lovingly of the U.S. or its people, with deep appreciation and genuine respect for our history, our customs, our sufferings and our blessings? Has he ever revealed that, like most patriotic Americans, he gets “goose bumps” when a band plays “The Star Spangled Banner,” or sheds a tear when he hears a beautiful rendition of ” America the Beautiful?” Does his heart burst with pride when millions of American flags wave on a National holiday – or someone plays “taps” on a trumpet? Has he ever shared the admiration of the military, as we as lovers of those who keep us free, feel when soldiers march by? It is doubtful because Obama did not grow up sharing our experiences or our values. He did not sit at the knee of a Grandfather or Uncle who showed us his medals and told us about the bravery of his fellow troops as they tramped through foreign lands to keep us free. He didn’t have grandparents who told stories of suffering and then coming to America, penniless, and the opportunities they had for building a business and life for their children.

    Away from this country as a young child, Obama didn’t delight in being part of America and its greatness. He wasn’t singing our patriotic songs in kindergarten, or standing on the roadside for a holiday parade and eating a hot dog, or lighting sparklers around a campfire on July 4th as fireworks exploded over head, or placing flags on the grave sites of fallen and beloved American heroes.

    Rather he was separated from all of these experiences and doesn’t really understand us and what it means to be an American. He is void of the basic emotions that most feel regarding this country and insensitive to the instinctive pride we have in our national heritage. His opinions were formed by those who either envied us or wanted him to devalue the United States and the traditions and patriotism that unites us.

    He has never given a speech that is filled with calm, reassuring, complimentary, heartfelt statements about all the people in the U.S. Or one that inspires us to be better and grateful and proud that in a short time our country became a leader, and a protector of many. Quite the contrary, his speeches always degenerate into mocking, ridiculing tirades as he faults our achievements as well as any critics or opposition for the sake of a laugh, or to bolster his ego. He uses his Office to threaten and create fear while demeaning and degrading any American who opposes his policies and actions. A secure leader, who has noble self-esteem and not false confidence, refrains from showing such dread of critics and displaying a cocky, haughty attitude.

    Mostly, his time seems to be spent causing dissension, unrest, and anxiety among the people of America, rather than uniting us (even though he was presented to us as the “Great Uniter”). He creates chaos for the sake of keeping people separated, envious, aggrieved and ready to argue. Under his leadership Americans have been kept on edge, rather than in a state of comfort and security. He incites people to be aggressive toward, and disrespectful of, those of differing opinions. And through such behavior, Obama has lowered the standards for self-control and mature restraint to the level of street-fighting gangs, when he should be raising the bar for people to strive toward becoming more considerate, tolerant, self-disciplined, self-sustaining, and self-assured.

    Not a day goes by that he is not attempting to defy our laws, remove our rights, over-ride established procedures, install controversial appointees, enact divisive mandates, and assert a dictatorial form of power.

    · Never has there been a leader of this great land who used such tactics to harm and hurt the people and this country.

    · Never have we had a President who spoke with a caustic, evil tongue against the citizenry rather than present himself as a soothing, calming and trustworthy force.

    · Never, in this country, have we experienced how much stress one man can cause a nation of people – on a daily basis!

    Obama has promoted the degeneration of peace, civility, and quality of cooperation between us. He thrives on tearing us down, rather than building us up. He is the Architect of the decline of America, and the epitome of a Demagogue.

    © Maureen Scott

  5. Congress Initiates President Obama’s Impeachment

    While many have speculated over the potential of impeaching Pres. Barack Obama, several members of Congress have finally filed.

    A resolution written by Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) claims Obama should be impeached for his defiance against the Constitution. The congressman officially stated the purpose of initiating the impeachment process was to “bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch.”

    http://americanoverlook.com/congress-initiates-president-obamas-impeachment/107389

  6. Bob Strauss……..
    Hey Bob, doesn’t it seem a little vain to lock the stable door AFTER THE HORSE HAS LONG SINCE DEPARTED? But….in this instance he might return and take up residence FOREVER….At least this way he might find himself under significant rifle fire from WITHIN.

  7. Will Obama even loose the support of domestic terrorists?

    Though the reasons vary, Obama is hemorrhaging supporters as his administration continues to self-destruct – taking the rest of the nation down with it.

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/obama-loses-terrorist-pals-support/

  8. …..getting rid of Mooch might not be very easy either. At this point I personally believe that Barry is NOT legally married to her. Guess what……thereis no record in the entire state of Illinois of a LEGALLY obtained license for marriage for Barry Soetoro. If a marriage license was obtained in the then invalid Obama name then he is NOT LEGALLY MARRIED to MOOCH. I believe that the alleged marriage which was allegedly performed by the ALLEGED reverend Wright,there is a very strong probability that the entire ceremony was a complete SHAM.. This was done to make it appear that Soetoro was “straight”. Most people are already in the belief that Soetoro was ,and still is a practicing HOMOSEXUAL.

  9. Bob Strauss re 8:12 PM
    Hopefully the SELF DESTRUCT will take the SLIMEY SUPPORTERS with it. This to name one,would be MSSSSSSSSSS. IMPORTANT, and I would pay almost any price to see Chucky baby, get his SO ENLIGHTENED CRAPOLA rammed right back down his throat. In case you don’t know who Chucky Baby is…..it is the usually acid mouthed NY NITWIT whose surname is SCHUMMER.

  10. My next great pleasure would be in watching the WHINING QUEER who allegedly is the Senate leader. As such the presence of Harriet Reid, only detracts from the respectability of the position that she holds. Even seeing his face sickens me.

  11. oldsailor81,
    I certainly hope they will do something to get rid of the usurper.

    In typical DC fashion they will probably come up with a solution that will be politically palatable to prevent bloodshed, but will cost Americans trillions in “hush” money, just to get rid of the bastard.

    If it were me, I’d throw the book at the bastard usurper, and let the chips fall where they may, and I would also make an example out of every democrat involved, to the extent that would make anyone think twice before trying to pull this BS again. Might even be time for a few public lynchings, to drive home the point.

  12. and now, the LUNATIC LEFT is claiming that it has NEUTRALISED Foxnews, har har de har har! Those MORONS couldnt,neutralise anal gas, even if they had a specially built gas eradicator. Roger Ailes is a hell of a lot smarter than that. He knows that what is broadcast over Fox is edited to fit the LEGAL standards of the broadcasting industry,and the MORONS at Huffington Post and elsewhere think they have NEUTRALISED Fox are TOTALLY OUT OF THEIR MINDS…..but then you have to have a mentality before you can be deemed out of your mind. Of course they still have the likes of Hannity,and Justice Jeanine to NEUTRALISE har har.

  13. Bob Strauss…….
    In olden Maritime England, when a pirate was captured he was HUNG in PUBLIC, and his body was left dangling for all seafarers to see each time they exited or entered a port. I would be willing to bet that this PUBLICITY had a hell of a lot to do with the dormancy of pirating then. Now we see it all over again in the Indian Ocean. The bastard PERPETRATORS all need to be hung from the mainmast of their piece of shi# boats,then put adrift,for their comrads to look upon.

  14. People like Soetoro,try very hard to neutralise international laws governing the open sea. These are laws which have existed for CENTURIES,and NOBODY has had any problems with the laws. Now for some unknown reason the UN has suddenly asserted the fact that they are the supreme rulers of international waters. They ARE NOT. This moves in LOCKSTEP with the ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT IDIOCY. The UN needs to be THROWN OUT of the US. Hell even it’s predecessor the League of Nations was a bettr quality than the UN…..and the League of Nations was seen as IMPOTENT.

  15. The Obama administration is requesting that all contractors of Obamacare’s healthcare.gov website stop cooperating with Congress.

    Luckily, not every contractor is on board with Obama’s illegal request. Two contractors have defied the president’s request and told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) that they will, in fact, comply with the Congressional subpoenas.

    http://americanoverlook.com/obama-orders-healthcare-gov-contractors-not-to-cooperate-with-congress/107393

  16. December 17, 2013

    “Dana Loesch Smacks Down Race-Baiting Obot Over Birther Issue”

    “… When Dick was unable to provide any proof that the Tea Party is racist he threw out the Birther Card saying people (Tea Party folks) are looking for Obama’s birth certificate.”

    http://www.birtherreport.com/2013/12/dana-loesch-slaps-obot-over-birther-issue.html

  17. John in Illinois

    Dana Loesch should have replied by citing Zullo’s proof of a forgery ! And a “Criminal” investigation.

  18. John in Illinois

    Dana needs a “Sheriff’s Kit”

  19. December 16, 2013

    sundance:

    “Cultural Marxism Running Amock: New Jersey Shooting – How Can You Find The Suspects When The Media Is Unwilling (Politically Correct Fear) To Describe Them?”

    “The Adam Leitman Bailey law firm has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. [...] Meanwhile, police were asking for the public’s help in identifying the carjackers, who vanished after dumping the SUV with license plate U26-BVD. Tipsters are being urged to call the DA’s office …”

    “But guess what ? The media are unwilling to publish descriptions of the thugs who killed Dustin Friedland. Ask yourself why?”
    ===
    “NEW JERSEY – The Hoboken lawyer killed by carjackers at an upscale New Jersey mall gave up his life — to protect his wife.

    Dustin Friedland had just let his beloved Jamie into their luxury SUV and was walking around to the driver’s side when he was ambushed by two crooks who demanded the keys, a source close to the investigation told The Daily News.

    “He knew his wife was in there and he refused,” the source said Monday.

    Instead, the brave lawyer resisted and in the struggle four shots were fired, one of which mortally wounded Friedland, police said.”
    ===
    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/12/16/cultural-marxism-running-amock-new-jersey-shooting-how-can-you-find-the-suspects-when-the-media-is-unwilling-politically-correct-fear-of-describing-them/
    *****
    LittleLaughter’s comment: “This was in New Jersey, where there have been numerous victims of the knockout game. The media has been doing everything they can to dim the lights on the fact that it has been racist attacks. So naturally, they won’t dare report the race of the thugs who did this. The article says “she got a good look at them”, yet they wouldn’t provide a description?? Shameful!”

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/12/16/cultural-marxism-running-amock-new-jersey-shooting-how-can-you-find-the-suspects-when-the-media-is-unwilling-politically-correct-fear-of-describing-them/#comment-634523

  20. December 17, 2013

    Jack Cashill:

    “The Book That Trayvon’s Parents Should Write”

    “Trayvon Martin’s Parents Are Planning a Book” — so reads the headline of a gentle December 13 article in the New York Times. The Times obviously found it newsworthy that the parents of the slain teen, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, met with publishing executives this week to shop a book about their son.

    Reporter Julie Bosman wrote in hushed tones about “the somber and moving meeting” the parents had with their agent and several publishers. Although “faith” will be a central element of the book, Bosman acknowledged that it “has the potential to attract major media attention, especially on cable television, which exhaustively covered the fatal shooting and subsequent trial.”

    I read this story with particular interest, as those same cable channels have had less than zero interest in the honest account I wrote about the Zimmerman case, If I Had A Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman.

    Now that the media have finally acknowledged the “knock out game,” the parents might ask whether their son was playing that “game.” To find out, they might demand an honest sit-down with the one person who would know: Rachel Jeantel, the girl with whom their son was speaking up until the moment of his death. Was she really imploring their son to run, or was she urging him to sucker-punch that “creepy ass cracka?”

    Sucker-punch Zimmerman, a man nearly half a foot shorter, is what Martin did. The evidence was overwhelming, which is why the jurors voted to acquit, not even knowing that Martin was an aspiring mixed martial artist who pouted if his opponents did not “b[leed] nuff.””

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/the_book_that_trayvons_parents_should_write.html
    ==========
    “‘If I Had a Son’: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman”

    [video at link - click "Watch This Program"]

    http://www.booktv.org/Program/15141/If+I+Had+a+Son+Race+Guns+and+the+Railroading+of+George+Zimmerman.aspx

  21. George Zimmerman original painting went on sale yesterday at eBay. Current bid – US $99,966.00……..

    http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewBids&_trksid=p2047675.l2565&rt=nc&item=111239922810

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  23. Good Morning from the West Coast, the Socialist Republic of California. However, there are a lot of rural, Conservative counties here. We’re trying.

    And trying to catch up here, I read with interest from the previous thread the conversation between Pete and emm Kay from Hawaii. It is true, we are undoubtedly monitored, but may I say something?

    I used to work for a branch of NSA called the Army Security Agency and later INSCOM. There were really tight controls to prevent spying on US citizens, with stiff penalties for even attempting to violate this. Apparently that has all changed. As for us being monitored, however, given the wide expanse of collecting data, the problem NSA has always had is too much information to analyze. Even though our stuff here is being picked up, it is a drop in the bucket to what they aren’t able to handle. They have to be looking for something specific for us to draw attention. I would hope that most of the personnel in that field are still patriotic Americans–just a little out of line, violating the old restrictions due to the “war on terror.” (The courts will have to deal with this.)

    But getting back to the death of Loretta Fuddy–it is curious to me is that she was under a subpoena to appear in court regarding the Orly Taitz’s legal challenges concerning Obama’s birth certificate. Fuddy was ignoring the subpoena, but for how long would she be able to do that? Now she is conveniently out of the way.

    This information would be of no concern to NSA, but how the White House might be abusing certain elements within the agency is another question. We have to be cautious but I admire emm kay for posting here and speaking out. More needs to come out in the open.

  24. Dean M. – December 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm —

    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/loretta-fuddy-dies-in-water-in-life-jacket-first-reported-fuddy-remained-in-fuselage-keith-yamamoto-she-let-go-and-there-was-no-response-from-her-obama-birth-certificate-witness-dies-and-we-are-sup/#comment-302417

    “The website, ISRAEL INSIDER, had an article back in 2008, suggesting Malcolm X (Little) as the true biological father. Malcolm’s Muslim name was Malik Shabazz and his son, Bari Shabazz according to one conspiracy theory.”
    ==========
    GORDO – December 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm —

    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/loretta-fuddy-dies-in-water-in-life-jacket-first-reported-fuddy-remained-in-fuselage-keith-yamamoto-she-let-go-and-there-was-no-response-from-her-obama-birth-certificate-witness-dies-and-we-are-sup/#comment-302422

    ["israelinsider" link is dead ]

    Using “The Wayback Machine”:

    “Posted by Israel Insider on November 9, 2011 at 7:38pm”

    “Re-post in honor of Bari Shabazz z’l: Is Barack Obama the Secret Son of Malcolm X?”

    http://web.archive.org/web/20111112011904/http://israelinsider.net/profiles/blogs/re-post-in-honor-of-bari-shabazz-z-l-is-barack-obama-the-secret-s

  25. Sadly the sick,perverted,and mentally twisted obots who operate on Twitter,don’t seem to realise that threats made on twitter are just as prosecutable as those made in any other PUBLIC MEDIUM. I take a great deal of satisfaction from watching the trials, and imprisonment of the slimey little creeps,who make such threats. These are scum bags who only know how to either pick their noses, and/or play with themselves. Most are deviates.

  26. Sue K:
    I was wondering if you could comment about this article and the apparent rising of radiation levels across the USA. Is it related to the Japanese incident, is it a normal occurence or is it something the govt. is keeping silent about I wonder? If we are being exposed to higher levels of rad and our govt. is keeping silent, I think some noise needs to be made asap.

    US Naval members from the USS Ronald Reagan crew with thyroid cancers, leukemia, brain tumors, bleeding, blindness after Fukushima disaster, people 21, 22 and 23, years old going blind. Sailors are now suffering the effects of the Fukushima disaster, 70-75 of which are now suing, according to attorney Charles Bonner, who is representing them.

    http://wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.com/2013/12/fuked-us-navy-sailors-going-blind-video.html#.Uq3kRCd2N0Q

  27. Dean M……….
    While I fundamentally disagree with your analysis of what NSA is doing, I would say that there are NO CHECKS, BALANCES,or any other restrictions which are imposed upon NSA. They monitor wherever,and whenever they choose,and I would also add ….UNCONSTITUTIONALLY! I look upon Snowden as a person who was deeply angered by what he saw going on at NSA.

  28. CJZAK………..
    Atmospheric radiation varies a little from day to day. You can test one day and see the counter register 15 miliroengtens. The very next day at the same exact spot you might only see a level of 12 milliroengtens. Both of these levels of radiation are looked upon as NORMAL across the US. I would venture to say that if you started seeing an atmospheric level of 20, or more milliroengtens then you would have cause for concern. I seriously doubt that the residual emissions from the Japanese site would be putting a dangerous level of radiation into the atmosphere I believe that the Japanese have the problems pretty close to under control. It would require a extremely high level of radiatin issuing from the damaged reactors at Fukushima on a CONTINUOUS basis to cause any substantial increase in our atmospheric radiation levels. The levels which we see is basically radion from the SUN.

  29. typo= radion= NO, correct word RADIATION. I apologise for the mispell.

  30. cjzak…….
    While my knowledge relating to nuclear understanding is not nearly as broad as that of Suek, I pride myself in having an above average comprehension relating to it. I was at the Marshall Islands,(Eniwetok) 1954 Hydrogen bomb tests, and all of those who were at the tests were required to complete a month long very comprehensive schooling on the subject of nuclear energy, as well as radiation from the tests….what is normal,and what is not normal. Nuclear fission produces ionising radiation which takes a number of forms. If it is fallout from a nuclear test it could be one opr several elements some of which have half lives of thirty years or more. Anybody who would ingest any of these substances could easilly face various cancers which would not show up immediately. Often not until 30 or 40 yeatrs has passed.

  31. Once again I am mispelling, my stubby fingers are refusing to hit the intended keys. Please forgive. I guess I must have some vice at 81 years of age. Getting back to the subject I suggest you type into your search engine Nuclear test BRAVO 1954. Then read what comes back.

  32. While a actual nuclear detonation expells a lot of different compounds probably the most potentially dangerous is Cesium 137. It has a half life which exceeds thirty years, and even longer in some circumstances. I do not believe that a nucler reactor which goes to critical mass will actually detonate rather it will emit other types of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. But as I said earlier it takes a really catastrophic melt down, or an act of nature which severly damages the reactor,or it’s auxiliary systems. As was the case at Fukushima the root cause was a severe earthquake below the ocean which generated a tsunami which came ashore and SEVERLY damaged TWO reactors. The Japanese are a people who have had extensive training in dealing with radiation…beginning with the detonation of Atomic weapons in 1945,over two of their cities. They have spent the interim years learning about nuclear energy,and I have a great deal of trust in their judgement regarding the two damaged reactors..I believe that if there was another leak to the atmosphere from either of them they would be HOT AND HEAVY on getting it under control.

  33. ….unfortunately a meltdown generates some really severe levels of radiation. However this usually is in the initial cloud which is driven extremely high in the atmosphere. This is not to say that there would NOT BE ANY FALLOUT….rather the fallout would be very small but possibly would track across thousands of miles in an Eastward direction. I would not expect to see any substantial elevation of our natural radiation figure which emanates from the sun. Most of the radiation would deteriorate fairly quick, and probably before it reached the earth surface.. However the IMMEDIATE areas are the areas that usually receive a heavy concentration of radiation,as was the case at Chernobyl.

  34. Perhaps SueK will comment on this subject as well. She has the training which goes much further than my own.

  35. bye bye….. have a great day! Godbless!

  36. Shock Claim: Ted Cruz Said Obama Not Eligible To Be President; Citizen Parents?

    “I am honored that so many Americans want me to run for the office of President. However, my moral convictions require that I state clearly for the record that I am not eligible for the office of president or vice president according to Article II – Section I – Clause V of the U.S. Constitution, which requires that only a Natural Born Citizen of the United States, born of an American Citizen Father, seek or hold these offices. As I was born the son of a Cuban Citizen living in Canada at the time, I am not a Natural Born Citizen of the United States. On this Constitutional ground, I hereby state that Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a Kenyan Citizen Father, is also not a Natural Born Citizen of the United States…I hereby call for the immediate investigation and resignation of Barack Hussein Obama and all who were involved in the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the world, as well as all who have engaged in the greatest political cover-up in the history of politics.”

    http://www.birtherreport.com/2013/12/shock-claim-ted-cruz-said-obama-not.html

  37. I think that was a suggestion for what Cruz “could” say if he was honorable:

    What Senator Cruz can do is very simple, though it will not be easy. It will require that both Ted and his father set aside their own ambitions in a selfless act of true heroism, for the greater good of America. It will require brave and bold actions that only Ted is in the position to take. It is simple, but not easy, because it requires the Senator to stand up before the world and make the following proclamation…

  38. Thanks Observer, for a minute I thought someone in DC had listened to reason, and was actually going to do something about it.

  39. Old Sailor, thank you for your discussion and info on my questions. I appreciate the time you took to comment about it. Maybe SueK will also comment. You both seem very knowledgeable about the subject matter. It is very confusing because the reports of a cover up and silence about the dangers at Fukashima is mentioned in many places. I am just looking for the truth about how serious, or not serious, that issue has become for the USA. Thanks again!

  40. December 17, 2013

    Noel Sheppard:

    “Barbara Walters on Obama: ‘We Thought He Was Going To Be The Next Messiah’”

    “On CNN’s Piers Morgan Live Tuesday, in a brief discussion about President Obama …”

    ” PIERS MORGAN, HOST: You have interviewed every president of my lifetime. Why is Obama facing so much opposition now? Why is he struggling so much to really fulfill the great flame of ambition and excitement that he was elected on originally in 2009?

    BARBARA WALTERS: Well, you’ve touched on it to a degree. He made so many promises. We thought that he was going to be – I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but – the next messiah. …”

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/12/17/barbara-walters-obama-we-thought-he-was-going-be-next-messiah

  41. December 18, 2013

    Stella Paul:

    “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 county, their decisions may have a profound impact on the real-estate market, particularly the second home sector, and on the travel business.

    Moreover, ObamaCare may soon start impacting access to emergency room care. With Americans no longer able to receive routine medical services when they travel, will they start showing up in emergency rooms for sore throats and backaches? And how will these new throngs of patients affect the waiting time of people with genuine medical emergencies?

    “I have 35 years in the industry, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” the New York insurance broker told me. “ObamaCare is a rolling disaster. Every time we go down the road, we get hit with another catastrophe.””

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/more_obamacare_devastation.html

    Comment by FeralCat:
    …..
    “ObamaCare is a rolling disaster. Every time we go down the road, we get hit with another catastrophe.”
    …..
    “ObamaCare is a slow motion rolling 9/11 against millions of Americans.”

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/more_obamacare_devastation_comments.html#comment-1168467383

    From >>> October 23, 2013

    Kris Zane:

    “ObamaCare is a Trojan Horse for Socialized Medicine”

    “Barack Obama traveled the country promising that ObamaCare would lower the cost of health insurance and increase availability to healthcare. But it has had the opposite effect: Health insurance costs are skyrocketing. Doctors are dropping out of the healthcare market in droves, and HMOs are firing doctors by the thousands.

    But this was no surprise to Obama’s central planners. They knew that health insurance premiums would skyrocket for most Americans. They knew that doctors would drop out of the healthcare market in droves. They knew that most would opt out of Obamacare and pay the fine.

    And they know Obamacare will eventually collapse.

    With Obamacare and the entire healthcare industry in shambles, the public will clamor for single-payer, socialized medicine that will eventually put everything—insurance, doctors, nurses, hospitals, medical equipment—even our own bodies—under the all-wise control of government.

    It’s called stealth socialism.”

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/obamacare-trojan-horse-socialized-medicine/

  42. Following the money trail. Judge orders executive release of foreign aid.expenditures. http://www.trunews.com/judge-orders-obamas-secret-foreign-aid-order-released

  43. Good morning CW et al,

    I have one question this morning. If the original budget bill did not contain cut backs for disabled U.S. American Soldiers, then when did it get put in, and who did it?

  44. Now that is not to say in my opinion, that military retirement payments need to be reconsidered. But I do disagree with those disabled due to combat injuries.

    It is, and can be a misused federal taxpayer payout like any other program, of that, there is not doubt. Like many other federal programs, federal employees are allowed to draw their retirements far prior to age limits in the private sector.

    I have one friend that I went to school with (several grades below me) and is retired from the military as an officer , and drawing nearly 35K a year from retirement, but is only 45 years old, and making a 6 digit figure in the private sector. Is that necessary? Or should they wait until 65 plus like the private sector? Congress does the same thing pertaining to retirement, and so does nearly every Federal government employee! Should they not have the same?

    Again, I am not speaking of those disabled due to combat injuries. That is a separate category. But, that is also misused by some portion. I personally know a few of them as well.

  45. Ted Cruz. photoshops Obamacare Christmas message. “Artist for Obama”, join in, scroll page. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3102432/posts

  46. I don’t have any problem of those not disabled and having to wait for retirement payments, same as the private sector; but I do disagree with combat injured soldiers having their benefits cuts.

  47. In case you missed this.
    Revealing photo of Nelson Mandela wearing T-shirt telling people to
    get a voter ID, as required by The Constitution that he, Mandela,
    supported and signed into law in South Africa

    http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/13/voter-id-worth-thousand-words

    “…….South Africa’s constitution, which was signed into law by Mandela after his historic 1994 election as president, “supports a rigorous election integrity process far more stringent that anything GOP lawmakers have proposed in Wisconsin.”

  48. Here’s a novel Idea,

    How about John Bolton for President, or V.P.? Certainly understands the United States of America and Policies better than anyone.

  49. This cutting of vet benefits may be a path to reinstating the draft. There won’t be as many volunteers in the future with all of these policies against the military; no incentives. It would make a place for all the unemployed youth; take skilled workers out of the economy; complete the bankruptcy of the economy et al. Zero would then have total control over any fit to fight…and that will more than likely include women in the draft….the new “progressive” way of thinking. May be far fetched but I wouldn’t put anything beyond what this ValJar/wussie men regime might think of.

  50. Not farfetched at all, Observer.

  51. OT, but a couple of days ago someone posted that George Soros claimed he had “neutralized” (I believe that was the word) Fox News and was rejoicing over it. I remember Old Sailor asserting otherwise.

    Old Sailor, haven’t you noticed how much more often there is a guest on from the liberal think-tank, Center for American Progress? That is funded by George Soros, and I believe that John Podesta, who recently has been recruited by Obama for the White House, is the founder. Podesta was in the Clinton WH.

    Also, there is a significant increase, imho, of appearances by leftists of all sorts. Juan Williams is being used more often, and other progressives like Tamara Holder are frequent guests, as well as Dem operatives.

    Let’s say that Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdock have approved of Fox being more “fair and balanced” by giving more of a platform to the left. George Soros is genuinely happy. I believe there is evidence of that.

  52. Cabby my dear,

    As always, paying strict attention to details hun,

  53. CabbyAZ
    While wars are being fought,ground is often given because it has no end reason to be held in the first place. If Roger Ailes and Murdoch have allowed more foaming at the mouth radicals to spew their insanity,over FOXNEWS so be it. But I have to add it is the LISTENER,and viewer who DECIDES the truth of what is said by all. I am sure that Ailes and Murdoch both KNOW THIS, so people like “bat guano” Williams,and other LIBERAL HALFWITS makes no difference to the viewers. In fact when BAT GUANO shows up I turn off fox and go to another channel.. I can’t stand to look at him,much less listen to his HALFWIT BULLCRAP.

  54. ……………and I have to add that the HALFWIT LIBERALS have done nothing to change my opinion of them or Fox news. I listen to what I CHOOSE to LISTEN TO, and I watch what I CHOOSE TO WATCH. It is my decision to make and the liberals do not have a say in what I choose to do. If they don’t like that then they ALL can go STRAIGHT TO HELL. I simply believe that both Murdoch,and Ailes have been forced to at least allow more of the lunatics to tell their lies, and twisted political reasoning because as I stated they know that it won’t change a DAMN THING with most Fox viewers.

  55. Hi Old Sailor,
    Your logic is good and I agree basically, but there are a lot of numbskull viewers who have very little discernment. What really gets to me is that Fox has become more of a platform for these progressives to spout their poison. Yes, we here can turn off the flaming libs, but a lot of people, including a few of my friends, don’t have a clue and are subtly influenced.

    I have tweeted some of these progressives after they have been on Fox, including Juan W. It probably does little good, but it makes me feel better.
    :)

  56. ………….BTW the LUNATIC liberals have NOT NEUTRALISED ME!……….only PI$$ED me off more than ever. Somehow I have the feeling that I AM NOT the only one who feels as I do. I would venture to guess that anybody with a HALF a brain,or more can see through the LIBERAL BULLSH#T.

  57. Cabby AZ………..
    Well I would then argue that when the numbskulls start PAYING for their alleged healthcare insurance, Fox news will no longer be needed. har har

  58. Cabby AZ………..
    As for me the only time I even attempt to contact a POLITICIAN is when I am about 90% sure that when he/she reads what I have to say will suffer one hell of a case of ACID INDIGESTION.

  59. CabbyAZ
    There is no amount of words that will ever change the one track mindset,of a LIBERAL LOONEY. But, somehow I have the feeling that they will soon begin to become REPROGRAMMED…..probably about Jan. of 2014. Not very far down the road now. I will be listening for all the HOWLS,screams,and many expletives, that will be utterred when they GET THE BILL. har har………pardon the pun but it will be “good for what ails them”.

  60. …………….and ONCE AGAIN Msssssssss.Walters has demonstrated her twisted mentality ……..”the next MESSIAH”….har har har,only in her twisted liberal mind.

  61. Msssssssssss.Walters is a practicing lesbian,and her twisted mindset as such tells it all.

  62. Once again the sicko regime is projecting its own vileness on others:

    Obama’s latest best buddy, Podesta: New Obama Adviser Compares Republicans To A ‘Cult Worthy Of Jonestown’

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/john-podesta-jonestown-cult-quote-republicans-obama-2013-12#ixzz2nrHWqoqK

  63. bye bye Have a great day everybody! God bless!

  64. Before I leave here is a question which might pi$$ off a few people…………I am wondering if Podesta playes SPADES, ………..maybe even “DROP THE SOAP”. bye bye again!

  65. oldsailor81 | December 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm |

    Before I leave here is a question which might pi$$ off a few people…………I am wondering if Podesta playes SPADES, ………..maybe even “DROP THE SOAP”. bye bye again!
    ************************************
    oldsailor81,
    I heard that Podesta was moving into the Whitehouse to ready the place for Hillary, after she wins the presidency, in 2016.

    My take on the subject, Podesta is going to learn how to steal the election, and rig voting machines, the Usurper’s way.

  66. “Mortgage Applications Collapse To New 13-Year Low”

    “This morning’s “if we build them, they will buy’em” false headline spike in housing starts (seasonally-adjusted) is yet another delusional divergence as the mortgage applications index collapses (down 60% from 2013 highs) to a new 13-year low.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-18/mortgage-applications-collapse-new-13-year-low

  67. Interested Bystander

    William,

    I agree with you about military retirement, but what about the people who signed a contract stating thet they would be paid if they stayed in the regular ARMY for 20 years?

    I believe we need to start NOW. I know it MAY be harder to recruit, but I would also state that generally new military enlistees aren’t thinking 20 years in the future. They’re thinking about the bonus they are going to get when the graduate basic, or whenever they get their bonus, so the point is, I don’t think it will hurt recruitment that much.

    Same with Government employees who retire.

  68. Interested Bystander

    While I’m here…………

    The Republican party sold us down the river again!!!!

    This “budget deal” is nothing more than spending like drunken sailors with some cuts going in to effect in 2022.

  69. Interested Bystander

    With the budget issue being resolved, it paves the way for our fine Government elitists to go forward with the single payer health system that Obama wants so desperately.

    What WILL be on Obama’s agenda now that there’s no budget issue any longer?

    Amnesty for illegals?

    Pardoning Blago?

    Planning his library?

    More vacations?

    Widening drone attacks to include citizens within our borders? Fuddy comes to mind.

    I’m just asking.

  70. Interested Bystander

    Not sure if I shared this with you, but a couple weeks ago I got a call and was asked to take a poll.

    I agreed and it turned out to be mostly about gun control.

    When the caller asked me the question

    Why do you think school gun violence was on the rise(?) the choices given did not include the glorification of the acts by the main stream media.

    The choices were something like:

    Violence on TV
    Violence in video games
    Lack of parental guidance
    Availability of guns

    My point is that these polls are easily skewed, I believe we here all know this.

    I honestly believe that the media going 24/7 with school shootings has more of an impact than any of the other choices.

    When I gave my answer, the caller said:

    I read you a list, and you choose from that list.

    Some “opinion” poll…………….huh?

  71. CIA Agents Confirm Benghazi “Stand Down” Order DID Happen

    In the end, we know Hillary knew the truth when she lied to congress. She intentionally lied to congress… and lying to congress is a felony.

    Should Hillary Clinton be prosecuted?

    It was said that those who were in a position to answer the Benghazi consulate’s cries for help were specifically told to “stand down,” and now the CIA’s Benghazi team is coming forward with confirmation.

    Before, we just had word of this from Rep. Ann Wagner (MO), a former US ambassador, who said that the orders would have come from the President of the United States.

    It has since been revealed in the CIA officers’ recent testimonies to Congress about the murders of US Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods that the order to ignore these men did happen.

    http://www.capitalisminstitute.org/cia-confirms-stand-down/

  72. “Plamegate” was a CIA/State Dept. disinformation campaign

    http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2013/12/18/plamegate-was-a-ciastate-dept-disinformation-campaign/

  73. Record High in U.S. Say Big Government Greatest Threat

    Now 72% say it is greater threat than big business or big labor

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/166535/record-high-say-big-government-greatest-threat.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=All

    Unfortunately that large percentage is apparently too terrorized by that very govt. to do anything about it.

  74. German Chancellor Angela Merkel blasted the president’s surveillance programs as reminiscent of the East German secret police.

    This tongue-lashing on the world stage is embarrassing…

    http://www.ijreview.com/2013/12/102569-german-chancelor-lights-obama-nsa-spying-comparable-communists/

  75. Mystery Virus in Texas 50% fatality rate
    Mystery virus is not the flu. 8 men reported infected, 4 have died but if you read the comments on the local news stories it seems there is a nasty virus going around that is negative for influenza, but leaving people bedridden for a weeks.

    http://www.click2houston.com/news/fo…b/-/index.html

  76. Notice: Names Revealed Of Congressmen Receiving Obama ID Fraud Evidence

    Exclusive: Citizen Reveals Names
    of Congressmen Receiving Sheriff’s Kits
    BOEHNER, CANTOR, HOYER, PELOSI AND OTHERS
    By Sharon Rondeau | The Post & Email

    http://www.birtherreport.com/2013/12/notice-names-revealed-of-congressmen.html

  77. New Obama Advisor, Podesta’s Published Plan for Installing Communism in the US

    http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/open-government/report/2010/11/16/8658/the-power-of-the-president/

  78. bob strauss

    I just heard on local news. One of those sickened tested positive for H1N1 (swine) flu. All others tested negative for any flu. I don’t know if the one with swine flu is one of the four that have died. There have been some very dangerous pneumonias going around.

  79. Duck Dynasty all the way. Sick of babies crying all the time if someone says boo to them. I may not agree with folks all the time, but we need freedom of religion. Stop the war on Christians.

  80. cabbyaz, I can’t stand that Juan W.I turn it off, if he is on.

  81. BREAKING: Ohio officials announced today that some non-citizens illegally cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election in this key swing state.

  82. Good morning CW et al,

    Bob,

    Do you a link for this news?

  83. Good morning William, et al.

  84. “In the week ending December 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 379,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week’s figure of 369,000. The 4-week moving average was 343,500, an increase of 13,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 330,250.”

    http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm

    Over half the states had an increase of 1,000+

  85. “Blind Man Gets To Keep Dog Who Tried To Save Him From Being Run Over By Subway Train”

    “Happy ending, plus. This dog has such nobility.”

    http://anakin.weaselzippers.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/blind-man-service-dog-550×366.jpg

    “Via NY Post:

    A blind man who nearly died after falling onto subway train tracks will get to keep the loyal dog who tried to save him — thanks to New Yorkers who whipped out their checkbooks to help the duo stay together.

    Cecil Williams, 61 — whose 11-year-old pooch, Orlando, leaped onto the tracks after his master fainted on Tuesday — said the lovable lab will retire as a seeing-eye dog and become a pet with the help of donation money.”

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/19/blind-man-gets-to-keep-dog-who-tried-to-save-him-from-being-run-over-by-subway-train/

  86. CW,

    Last Christmas you posted a video about the shroud of Turin. I’ve looked it up on Youtube, but I can only find the very long version. If you have it handy in your “stack”, could you repost? Thanks.

  87. SueQ.
    Not sure if that video is still available.
    Check out the History channel:

    http://www.history.com/shows/the-real-face-of-jesus

  88. Citizenwells,
    “In the week ending December 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 379,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week’s figure of 369,000. The 4-week moving average was 343,500, an increase of 13,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 330,250.”

    This is not economic recovery. This is bouncing along the bottom.

  89. December 19, 2013

    “Target Data Breach Exposes 40 Million Credit Card Numbers”

    “Via Washington Post:

    Retailer Target revealed Thursday that 40 million of its customers’ credit and debit card accounts may have been revealed to cyber-criminals who gained unauthorized access to the store’s payment card data.

    The company said the customer names, debit or credit card numbers, card expiration dates were taken, along with the three-digit security codes often imprinted on the backs of cards, known as CVVs. With that information, it would be easy for criminals to ring up purchases at most Web sites.”

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/19/target-data-breach-exposes-40-million-credit-card-numbers/

  90. I’m on a regular email list of updates on the latest info about the Shroud put out by Barrie Schwortz who has been in on all of the studies throughout the years of the Shroud of Turin. He’s Jewish and was fascinated by this shroud! Since his first look he’s been hooked on finding the truth via science which has convinced him of the authenticity. Here is a great interview with Barrie that shows what the very best scientists of the world have discovered…all to the proof that this IS the Shroud of Jesus and the history of the Shroud:

    and here is his website with the latest events:

    http://www.shroud.com/

  91. From >>> February 2, 2012

    Alex Wawro:

    “Was Your Email Account Hacked? PwnedList Can Tell You”

    “If you have an account with a company whose servers have been hacked, it’s nerve-wracking to wonder whether or not your private data has been leaked onto the Internet. Thankfully, a new Web service seeks to aggregate all the leaked account data on the Internet and make it easy for you to check and see if you’re on the list.”

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/249148/was_your_email_account_hacked_pwnedlist_can_tell_you.html
    ==========
    From >>> March 19, 2012

    Andy Greenberg:

    “With 12 Million Hacked Users’ Data, Pwned List Launches As A Breach Monitoring Service”

    “Having your usernames and passwords stolen and sprayed across the Web is never fun, as millions have discovered after hackers breach a company where they work or where they’ve registered an account. But worse yet is to have that personal information hung out for all to see and not even know it.

    Nine months ago, Pwned List was created to answer a simple question for users: Is your account among the millions whose credentials have been spilled onto the web? Visit PwnedList.com, (whose name comes from the verb “to pwn,” slang for hacking someone or something) type in your email address or username, and the site will check it against a database that has now grown to 12 million compromised credentials it’s collected from crawling public sites where hackers post stolen data. For each of those 12 million usernames or email addresses, Pwned List has confirmed that a password was also published online.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/03/19/with-12-million-hacked-accounts-data-pwned-list-launches-as-a-breach-monitoring-service/
    ==========
    [free]

    “Have your accounts been compromised?

    Use the world’s largest database of account credentials to identify and secure vulnerable accounts before you become a victim of fraud or a cyber attack.”

    https://pwnedlist.com/
    —–
    https://pwnedlist.com/query

  92. [h/t 22tula215 at ORYR]

    “Jack Cashill Documents Obama’s Troubling Lies”

    Published on December 18, 2013

  93. “Existing Home Sales Tumble, Post First Annual Decline In 29 Months On Day After Taper Begins”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-12-19/existing-home-sales-tumble-post-first-annual-decline-29-months-day-after-taper-begin

  94. Thanks William.

    “The last time he saw Fuddy, she seemed fine, he said. “It was devastating to say the least,” he said of learning later that she had died. “I could not understand how that could have happened….everybody seemed fine when we got out of the airplane.””

  95. Housing, jobs data weaken, but overall economic picture still upbeat
    U.S. home resales hit a near one-year low in November and new filings for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, putting a wrinkle in an otherwise brightening economic picture.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/19/us-economy-jobless-idUSBRE9BI0OP20131219

    And then there’s this:
    Housing starts rose almost 23% last month, touching their highest level in more than five years and further demonstrating the housing market’s growing strength.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/18/housing-starts-november-2013/4091401/
    ******************************
    What a mixed bag! Then throw in some “creative” statistics under this regime. Grrrrr………Wish we could trust just anything these thugs put out.

    Also, Bernanke says that quantitative easing is going to taper off next year, and I have a gut feeling that this could be timed before the election so that the stock market will take a precipitous drop to try to sully the Tea Party candidates and take the electorate’s minds off of ObamaCare.

  96. CW, in rereading posts here I was reminded that you covered the decline in mortgage applications yesterday. How does that square with all of the supposed housing starts? Builders have to usually borrow in the form of construction loans……Hmm……more fuzzy math or downright misrepresentation?

  97. MortimerGarfinkle

    I wonder when the White House is going to give the Center For Effective Government a copy of the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, a 2010 document also known as PPD-6. Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered them to do so. It might be very interesting what changes Obama made for USAID dollars.

  98. cabbyaz.
    Bingo!

  99. William | December 19, 2013 at 7:34 am |

    Good morning CW et al,

    Bob,

    Do you a link for this news?
    **********************************
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/18/non-citizens-caught-voting-in-2012-presidential-election-in-key-swing-state/

  100. December 19, 2013

    sundance:

    “Armed 19-year-old Thug Robs Seattle Bus – One Passenger Says NO and Fights Back – “He Was Such A Good Kid” – Until He Wasn’t”

    “Trevonnte Brown, 19, boarded a Seattle public bus with a ski mask and a handgun. He immediately started robbing passengers at gunpoint.

    After taking possessions from three people, the fourth would-be victim fought back. He stuck his finger into the trigger guard, behind the trigger, to prevent the thug from being able to fire the gun. Others joined in and Brown was pummeled and subdued.

    After police placed him in a squad car, he smashed a car window with his feet.

    Relatives of the 19 year old monster told media that “he is a good kid.” Trevonnte Brown pleaded not guilty despite the video of his dastardly crimes. Brown has been convicted of theft in the past, but it was removed from his record because he was a juvenile.

    Because the THUG is black you won’t find this story outside of local reporting. It doesn’t fit the narrative – Even though the footage is dramatic.”

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/12/19/armed-19-year-old-thug-robs-seattle-bus-one-passenger-says-no-and-fights-back-he-was-such-a-good-kid-until-he-wasnt/

  101. citizenwells | December 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    cabbyaz.
    Bingo!
    *************************
    In confirmation of the peculiarities surrounding large increases in housing starts vs. drop in mortgage lending, I just had a call from someone who has been in the building trade business for years as an auxiliary, not home construction itself, and he said that in his area there are vast areas of above average new homes in progress, but the money is extremely tight when it comes to paying the sub-contractors. What is going on? Do you suppose that the initial construction loan money is coming from foreign sources?
    I have some contractor clients that have not been able to obtain financing for five years, although they were very successful in getting small construction loans for several decades prior and they are very solvent. They have been reduced to small remodeling jobs and have been able to keep afloat.

    And things are supposed to be getting better?

  102. cabbyaz.
    Numbers don’t lie.
    The actual unemployment rate, increased part time workers and now increased health care costs.
    How will these people afford homes?

  103. Catholic Groups Win First Amendment Victory Over ObamaCare

    Health Reform: In yet another legal blow to the president’s signature law, a federal judge rules that its contraceptive mandate does not trump Catholic groups’ right to exercise their religious liberty and conscience.

    Religious liberty advocates and First Amendment defenders are cheering the stunning decision by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in New York that promises to speed up the unraveling of ObamaCare. Cogan not only found that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that requires health insurance to include contraceptive coverage was constitutionally questionable, he actually forbade HHS from enforcing it.

    As the New York Post details, in ruling on the lawsuit, Cogan decided that the plaintiffs “demonstrated that the mandate, despite accommodation, compels them to perform acts that are contrary to their religion. And there can be no doubt that the coercive pressure here is substantial.”

    Most prior lawsuits have focused on the law’s constitutionality. Cogan’s ruling deals with its regulatory enforcement based on the phrase “the secretary shall determine” that appears in the Affordable Care Act no fewer than 1,005 times. This ruling essentially says that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius cannot enforce a mandate that Congress did not approve and that she cannot unilaterally decide what the First Amendment means or whether it is rendered irrelevant by her edicts.

    In other words, regulations do not trump the Constitution.

    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-obama-care/121813-683478-religious-groups-get-contraceptive-mandate-win.htm
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    This ruling is significant!
    “The secretary shall determine” appears in the Affordable Care Act no fewer than 1,005 times!!! –

    The judge is obviously aware that this law clearly violates the Constitution separation of powers by giving Sebelius authority to do whatever she damn well pleases. Can this be the unraveling of Obamacare????

  104. Interested Bystander

    citizenwells asked:

    “How will these people afford homes?”

    That’s easy CW:

    Obama money

  105. Interested Bystander

    cabbyaz:

    I admire and respect you more than you know, but I have to add:

    If you keep asking these LOGICAL questions, I see “re-education” in your future.

    Get in line and with the program.

  106. Interested Bystander

    I’d also like to comment that I miss RMinNC.

    Hope all is well with you Sir.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

    Hurry back, or at least stop in and give us an update.

  107. Barack Obama’s past as murky as his word
    December 18, 2013 4:18 PM
    Jack Kelly / The Pittsburgh Press

    Onyango “Omar” Obama, 69, half-brother of Barack Obama Sr., came to the United States on a student visa in 1963, remained here illegally after it expired, was ordered to leave the U.S. in 1986, 1989 and 1992, but ignored the deportation orders.

    After Onyango Obama was arrested for drunken driving in 2011, President Barack Obama said he’d never met “Uncle Omar.”

    At a deportation hearing this month, Onyango Obama told the judge young Barack Obama lived with him for a few weeks while he was attending Harvard Law School. His landlord recalled seeing the future president in the Cambridge apartment.

    Compared to Mr. Obama’s frequent assertion that his mother, dying of cancer, had been denied health insurance, or his oft-repeated promise that “if you like your health insurance, you can keep it, period” — this was just an itty bitty lie.

    But it reminds us how little we really know about Barack Obama, and how much of what we think we know depends on what he’s told us.

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/jack-kelly/2013/12/18/Obama-s-past-as-murky-as-his-word/stories/201312180132#ixzz2nzE890Ns

  108. @OBSERVER. Thank you so much for posting that EWTN video with Barrie Schwortz. God bless from Spain.

  109. BREAKING: Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen accused the Obama Administration of Assisting in a Criminal Conspiracy to Smuggle Illegal-Alien Children into U.S.

    http://www.SayNoToAmnesty.com

  110. Can’t wait for the next election, when the demorats get a little payback.
    ************************************
    Ad every Dem should fear…

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/366617/wapo-every-democrat-should-be-scared-obamacare-ad-john-fundhttp://www.nationalreview.com/corner/366617/wapo-every-democrat-should-be-scared-obamacare-ad-john-fund

  111. December 20, 2013

    sundance:

    “Fake Delivery Men Pistol Whip Elderly Residents During Robberies – And The Cultural Marxism Behind The Story….”

    “This horrific story is absolutely typical of two things. #1) Methods deployed by thugs as they rob/steal from people. #2) How a Liberal epicenter [Boston, Massachusetts] will not address the descriptive nature of the thugs and actively seek to protect the Politically Correct (Cultural Marxism) narrative.

    First the story – bullet point #1. (After reviewing the article/attack we’ll show how the media does #2)

    BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Police are investigating three similar attacks on city residents in which someone comes right up to their front door pretending to be delivering a package.

    In the most recent case, on Dorchester’s Lonsdale Street, a pair of criminals entered the victims’ home and pistol whipped the elderly couple that let them in.

    *NOTE* The picture at the top of the post is the actual picture CBS Boston uses to highlight their story. Note what is intentionally cropped out. Boston, in general is exceptionally liberal, and letting the reader quickly identify Black Men = Thug is not part of the PC allowance from news.

    However, two things: First the optical PC manipulation is subtle. Second, in this case, it takes actual effort to conceal the racial component of the perpetrator because the picture is from a video surveillance within the story itself. If you watch the video you see how a screen grab had to be maneuvered and cropped to avoid highlighting the brutally obvious fact that BLACK MALES are committing the crime they are reporting on.

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/12/20/fake-delivery-men-pistol-whip-elderly-residents-during-robberies-and-the-cultural-marxism-behind-the-story/

    Watch and see for yourself:”

  112. Would this scene be ALLOWED today ?

    From “Sudden Impact” – 1983

    “Dirty Harry – Go Ahead, Make My Day”

  113. Gordo……………
    Perhaps it is time to draft Clint Eastwood for POTUS, and pray hard that he will use his Dirty Harry routine every minute of his term in office……when dealing with POLITICAL A$$HOLES. “Go ahead punk…..make my day” should be inscribed upon a plaque, and placed over the door to the OVAL OFFICE,after he is elected POTUS…the only exception will be the scene will not be a film studio,and it will be REAL,not fantasy.

  114. Dirty Harry Reid scumbag is in the hospital…. But they say he is going to be alright. :( :( :(

  115. Jonah

    Do you know of a good ‘criminal’ defense attorney in Saint Louis County?

  116. Gordo….
    If you look closely the video reveals just enough of the alleged delivery driver’s nose to ascertain that he is BLACK.

  117. Ginger………..
    You must mean Harriet Reid. He sounds like a female when he opens his mouth,so I call him Harriet.

  118. Harriet must have gotten a turd crosswise,in his bowel and needed a PLUNGER SQUAD.to straighten it out. har har

  119. ……there I go,being CRUDE,and LEWD again…I can’t help it when somebody mentions his name it effects me in exactly the same way as when I hear,or see the name Juanita Williams.

  120. Gordo….re 9:45 AM
    …………..and Suek has to work amongst the Boston LOONEY TOONS. If I was in her place you can be damn sure that I would be carrying CONCEALED HEAT.

  121. bye bye time to go to confessions. Have a great day! Godbless!

  122. oldsailor81 at 12:44 pm —

    ” …and Suek has to work amongst the Boston LOONEY TOONS. If I was in her place you can be damn sure that I would be carrying CONCEALED HEAT.”
    ********************
    SueK on February 4, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/solar-activity-organic-farming-cause-global-warming-sun-and-earthworms-harming-planet-un-and-dutch-studies-obama-and-left-to-ban-earthworms/#comment-271881

    “Congrats, Tina!

    I took and passed the state-mandated Firearms Safety course this past weekend. The next step is to apply to my town for my concealed carry permit then, purchase a handgun for personal protection and a nice shotgun (not like barky’s) for home defense.

    Like you, I’m getting ready…”
    ==========
    Tina on February 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    http://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/solar-activity-organic-farming-cause-global-warming-sun-and-earthworms-harming-planet-un-and-dutch-studies-obama-and-left-to-ban-earthworms/#comment-271888

    “Way to go. SueK. Glad you are getting a concealed carry permit. That is very cool.”

  123. Gordo……….
    Thanks for the reference,but I already knew that she had applied for a concealed carry permit. However I am not certain if she actually followed through with it. Nor am I certain that she has actually purchased a weapon. I was stationed at Boston for the last year of my enlistment, and it didn’t take long to discover that it is a Democratic Mecca, which still exists today.

  124. “Washington, D.C., is viewed with skepticism among the public writ large
    as a 77%-majority of Americans are “very” or “somewhat” concerned
    about corruption in the federal government. A three-quarters consensus is
    noteworthy given the tough, legally consequential word used, “corruption.”
    This goes beyond the incompetence and intransigence that many
    Americans associate with the nation’s capital.”

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Judicial-Watch-Breitbart-Nationwide-Omnibus-Survey-Report-and-Analysis-TO-CLIENT-12.17.2013.pdf?V=1

  125. Ginger,

    I don’t know any criminal defense lawyers. Most of the lawyers I’ve heard about are criminals though. :-)

  126. Interested Bystander | December 19, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
    cabbyaz:

    I admire and respect you more than you know, but I have to add:

    If you keep asking these LOGICAL questions, I see “re-education” in your future.

    Get in line and with the program.
    **************************
    Hi, IB,
    Do you mean “re-education” like in “camps”? I’m going to make a plea to be in one in Ind. so as to be near a couple of others I met here, including you – LOL :) Yeah, we are not buying the line.

  127. Engine of Makani Kai plane headed for NTSB exam
    The wreckage of the aircraft that crashed off Molokai Dec. 11 has been recovered

    The NTSB initially believed the plane couldn’t be recovered, but it was spotted off the north shore of Molokai.

    No autopsy results have been released on the cause of Fuddy’s death. She was able to make it out of the plane after it crashed, witnesses said.

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/20131220__Engine_of_Makani_Kai_plane_headed_for_NTSB_exam.html?id=236681721

    Then there’s this:
    NTSB: Officials still trying to determine Fuddy’s cause of death

    It could take some time before officials determine exactly how Hawaii Health Director Loretta Fuddy died, said the lead investigator for the Molokai plane crash. 

    It’s common for a cause of death not to be immediately known in these types of investigations, Hawaii-based National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jim Struhsaker said today. 

    Fuddy was the sole fatality out of nine people aboard the Makani Kai Air flight that crashed in the water soon after taking off from Kalaupapa on Dec. 11.

    A passenger and the pilot have said they were shocked to hear she didn’t survive because she seemed fine in the moments after everyone got out of the plane and waited in the water for help to arrive. 
    It’s been a week since an autopsy was conducted.

    http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20131220_NTSB_Officials_still_trying_to_determine_Fuddys_cause_of_death.html

  128. During a panel discussion of Obama’s low poll numbers, CNN’s John King tells Wolf Blitzer that Obama is “0 for 2013″ and is making the Democrats nervous about their chances in the 2014 elections.

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/cnns-john-king-obama-0-2013/

  129. Senator Mike Lee is demanding that congress finally act to stop Barack Obama’s flagrant violations of the constitution. The movement is growing. Please help and SHARE.

    The Senator explained, “The president is acting outside of his constitutional and statutory authority. Congress has got to do something.”

    http://www.capitalisminstitute.org/mike-lee-stop-obamas-lawlessness/

  130. Did you all see the usurper and family singing, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, at the Christmas Party on TV. The Usurper was shuckin, and jivein on stage trying to draw attention to himself. The camera angle was so far away, probably on purpose, that you couldn’t see their mouths moving. I tried hard to see if Moochelle was singing, but I couldn’t tell.

  131. Good morning CW et al,

  132. Bob Strauss……..
    Yeah Bob Soetoro was definitely CONFIRMING to everyone what an A$$ he really is. You didn’t even have to look very closely. Slowly but surely the wheel of correction is beginning to turn, in spite of all the LIBERAL attempts to derail it. I pray that soon there will be an inditement of Holder handed down for his refusal to obay the SUBPOENA that was issued months back. Rightfully he should have been locked up at that point. I know that in ANY Superior Court,ignoring a subpoena can get you a vacation at the LOCAL SLAMMER

  133. Greg Townsend

    I totally agree that the health care law is destroying our country. But while we are so focused on that , have you looked up or maybe you already know about the new law to go effect on July 1,2014. Currency law July 1, 2014 . Google it see if it’s true or am I just crazy. It sounds like it could allow the president to declare marshal law. I’m not the smartest man but I’ve been told no elections go on and the president can’t be removed from office during marshal law. If I am off in left field I am sorry for wasting your time.

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