What bias? Big three networks spend 17 times more airtime on Christie’s ‘bridgegate’ in 24 hours than Obama’s IRS scandal in 6 months
The media is so predictable. So unbelievably predictable. They hilariously claim they’re not biased but then they do stuff like this. Facepalm.
From the Washington Examiner:
The Big Three networks, in a frenzy over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s traffic headache dubbed “Bridgegate,” have devoted a whopping 34 minutes and 28 seconds of coverage to the affair in just the last 24 hours.
By comparison, that’s 17 times the two minutes, eight seconds devoted to President Obama’s IRS scandal in the last six months, according to an analysis by the Media Research Center.
“While routinely burying new stories on the IRS scandal, the media practically fell over themselves to start taking shots at the potential 2016 Republican presidential nominee,” said the conservative media watchdog.
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What’s somewhat befuddling about all of this is that Christie is a big-government progressive who is also (amazingly enough) the early front-runner for the Republican nomination in 2016. It seems to me that a Christie vs. Hillary race would be exactly the match-up that a statist media would want. It would be a total win-win for them: Big-government progressive vs. big-government progressive. But the media is so eager to destroy someone with an ‘R’ after their name that they can’t even muster the restraint they need to ensure it.
11:03 am • 11 January 2014 • View comments
Change! Obama’s new hire to fix Obamacare site paid $63.7 million in 2011 for defrauding the US government
Today, the Obama administration finally fired CGI, the company who had a no-bid contract to build the Obamacare health insurance exchange. The new hire to replace CGI is already looking bad. Three years ago, they paid $63.7 million in fines for defrauding the US government.
Global consulting giant Accenture has agreed to pay $63.7 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that it defrauded the US government, US officials said on Monday.
"Accenture has agreed to resolve allegations that it received kickbacks for its recommendations of hardware and software to the government," the US Department of Justice said in a statement.
The firm also “fraudulently inflated prices and rigged bids in connection with federal information technology contracts,” the statement said.
The lawsuit was brought against Accenture in the southern state of Arkansas by two whistleblowers who are entitled to receive part of the settlement under a US law designed to help ferret out fraud in government contracting.
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Accenture just received a $90 million to fix the broken Obamacare website. Anybody want to take a guess who Accenture’s top recipient of political donations in the last election was? That’s right…Barack Hussein Obama.
6:15 pm • 10 January 2014 • View comments
GLOBAL WARMING ALERT! Great Lakes froze more earlier this year than any year since 1930s
So much for all that melting ice. This year we’ve got more ice faster than we’ve had it in any time in recent memory. I know, I know. Global warming isn’t weather…unless it fits the narrative. This definitely does not fit the narrative.
In the midst of record-breaking bitter cold, the U.S. Coast Guard has been relentlessly fighting against ice buildup in the Great Lakes region in an effort to keep important shipping channels open.
A massive swath of arctic air, known as a “Polar Vortex,” plunged temperatures well below zero from Chicago to Tulsa. In those temperatures, ice can form up to a foot thick in the rivers that connect the Great Lakes.
The Coast Guard uses ice cutters — heavy ships that have thick, reinforced hulls and polar ice-breaking bows — to clear the major shipping route that separates the U.S. and Canada, so that freight-carrying ships can get through. Without the ice cutters, large freighters can get stuck.
The Bristol Bay is one of four ice cutters that have been working around the clock to keep the shipping lanes open for freighters that use the Great Lakes and connecting channels to deliver goods between the Midwest and the East Coast. These massive ships range in length from 730 feet to over 1,000 feet — a ship that is 730 feet long can carry 37,000 tons.
“The biggest cargo for these lakers: iron ore, coal, heating oil and grain,” Henry said. “They pretty much come and service all the Great Lakes, coming through the Soo Locks and then heading either to Lake Erie or Lake Michigan.”
The Coast Guard said it was the earliest the ice had frozen here since the 1930s, and the river connecting Lakes Superior and Huron has been some of the toughest ice they have seen.
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For those of you who would claim that the “Polar Votex” is caused by global warming, know this…back in the 1970s, liberals were blaming the Polar Votex on global cooling. So which is it?
6:05 pm • 10 January 2014 • View comments
Obama admin finally fires company that had no-bid contract on Obamacare website
The Obamacare insurance exchange has been a complete debacle, costing the American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Today, the Obama administration finally terminated the no-bid contract with CGI, who built the website.
from WaPo (emphasis mine):
The Obama administration has decided to jettison CGI Federal, the main IT contractor that was responsible for building the defect-ridden online health insurance marketplace and has been immersed in the work of repairing it.
Federal health officials are preparing to sign a 12-month contract worth roughly $90 million, probably early next week, with a different company, Accenture, after concluding that CGI has not been effective enough in fixing the intricate computer system underpinning the federal Web site, HealthCare.gov, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Accenture, which is one of the world’s largest consulting firms, has extensive experience with computer systems on the state level, and it built California’s new health insurance exchange. But it has not done substantial work on any federal health-care program.
In a statement Friday, CGI spokeswoman Linda Odorisio said that even as the company’s work on HealthCare.gov was wrapping up, “CGI’s 15-year relationship with CMS will continue, including work on the nearly $37 million in contracts that have been awarded to CGI since October 1, 2013.”
“We are proud that more than 400 CGI employees worked around the clock from October through December to deliver a consumer experience that works for a vast majority of Americans,” she added.
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Many tech experts over the last several months have indicated that the Obamacare website is fatally flawed at its core and to fix the system would take a total overhaul. Spending $90 million more on a new company to come in and clean up CGI’s mess isn’t going to make the situation any better.
5:20 pm • 10 January 2014 • View comments
Hope and Change: Number of Americans not in work force at all time high
Want to know how the economy can get worse while the unemployment rate goes down? People have given up looking for work.
From Zero Hedge:
Curious why despite the huge miss in payrolls the unemployment rate tumbled from 7.0% to 6.7%? The reason is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the New Normal: it dropped from 155.3 million to 154.9 million, which means the labor participation rate just dropped to a fresh 35 year low, hitting levels not seen since 1978, at 62.8% down from 63.0%.
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For those of you still in obama-denial, this is a direct result of the big-government, extreme left policies of President Obama. There is no doubt about it.
11:10 am • 10 January 2014 • View comments
Super. IRS considering new ‘Tea Party rules’
Hey, remember that scandal where the IRS, one of the most powerful arms of the massive federal government, was specifically targeting those who dared criticize the
king, er, president? Well, these unconscionable and unconstitutional actions are “still under investigation” (by the perpetrators, of course) which is another way of saying “nothing will ever be done about it.” But don’t worry, the scandal is about to get worse. How? The actions of the IRS agents at the center of the “investigation” are about to be company policy.
From The Washington Times:
The Internal Revenue Service is getting a special new power: a “license to kill” groups that oppose the Obama agenda. James Bond’s license to kill isn’t nearly as broad.
The power to tax is the power to destroy. Its new powers will let the IRS destroy certain groups, especially those connected to the Tea Party, by imposing a tax on their work and messages during campaign seasons. Even the value of volunteer work could be taxed.
Suspicion traces the plan directly to President Barack Obama, since he personally met with IRS chief counsel William Wilkins — an Obama political appointee and long-time supporter — in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012, two days before the IRS issued its key internal directives to target Tea Party and other conservative groups.
…The IRS wants to create a new bureaucratic definition that re-labels those common voter information activities by re-naming them “candidate-related political activity.”
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In other words, all political activity is subject to extra scrutiny and certain activity is strictly prohibited…unless you’re not critical of the regime.
For more details, go here and here.
9:24 am • 9 January 2014 • View comments
Obama making poor people poorer, poverty rate breaks 50-year record
In my opinion, the most frustrating thing about the state of politics in America isn’t corruption or the lack of principle among the electorate, it is ignorance. It is that so many obvious straw men arguments and cliches perpetuated by pop culture, the media and politicians are accepted as pertinent fact. It is the willingness of the average person to simply believe lies, regardless of the evidence.
For example, facts show unequivocally that crime rates, especially violent crime, goes down when more people have access to weapons for personal protection. But anti-gun activists, the media and the average, uninformed voter, believes (or preaches) the exact opposite. So when someone campaigns for gun control, they are literally campaigning for more crime.
Perhaps the biggest of these political lies is that government welfare is a form of charity which actually helps poor people. When in reality, much like gun control, the opposite is true.
From The Washington Times:
Fifty years after President Johnson started a $20 trillion taxpayer-funded war on poverty, the overall percentage of impoverished people in the U.S. has declined only slightly and the poor have lost ground under President Obama.
Aides said Mr. Obama doesn’t plan to commemorate the anniversary Wednesday of Johnson’s speech in 1964, which gave rise to Medicaid, Head Start and a broad range of other federal anti-poverty programs. The president’s only public event Tuesday was a plea for Congress to approve extended benefits for the long-term unemployed, another reminder of the persistent economic troubles during Mr. Obama’s five years in office.
“What I think the American people are really looking for in 2014 is just a little bit of stability,” Mr. Obama said.
Although the president often rails against income inequality in America, his policies have had little impact overall on poverty. A record 47 million Americans receive food stamps, about 13 million more than when he took office.
The poverty rate has stood at 15 percent for three consecutive years, the first time that has happened since the mid-1960s. The poverty rate in 1965 was 17.3 percent; it was 12.5 percent in 2007, before the Great Recession.
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Twenty. Trillion. Dollars.
There are a couple of things that should be noted here. First of all, while poverty rates might be seemingly stagnant, the definition of poverty today is different than what it used to be. After all, technology has done wonders in raising the standard of living for virtually everyone — especially those in poverty. Also, economies ebb and flow which, in turn, causes poverty rates to fluctuate.
But do not make the mistake of thinking that poverty will be eliminated by government. This is utterly illogical. As with anything else, when you subsidize it, you get more of it. Forcibly taking money from those who have earned it and giving it to those who haven’t does nothing to incentivize productivity or prosperity. Rather, this institutionalizes poverty. In short, when you pay people not to work, they will not work. It has the exact opposite of its intended effect.
Our good friend Benjamin Franklin had good something good to say about this:
“I am for doing good to the poor, but…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed…that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
12:40 pm • 8 January 2014 • View comments
California legislators: What say we ban the NSA in California?
Well this certainly would be interesting. A bipartisan group of California legislators is proposing legislation aimed at running the NSA out of California by essentially smoking them out.
From US News:
A bipartisan team of California state senators introduced legislation Monday that would prohibit the state and its localities from providing “material support” to the National Security Agency.
If the bill becomes law, it would deny NSA facilities access to water and electricity from public utilities, impose sanctions on companies trying to fill the resulting void and outlaw NSA research partnerships with state universities.
Companies with state contracts also would be banned from working with the NSA.
"I agree with the NSA that the world is a dangerous place," state Sen. Ted Lieu, the bill’s Democratic co-author, said in a statement. "That is why our founders enacted the Bill of Rights. They understood the grave dangers of an out-of-control federal government."
Lieu said the NSA’s surveillance programs pose “a clear and present danger to our liberties.”
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Read that bold text again and enjoy it….
Lieu is exactly right. And as I’ve said before (and certainly will again), I’d rather live with the danger that accompanies unbridled liberty than the shackles that accompany an all-powerful government.
9:54 pm • 7 January 2014 • View comments
Who needs Congress? Obama administration issues a whopping 3,659 regulations in 2013
In 2013, the Obama administration issued a staggering 3,659 new regulations — a record. This is just a shade more than the number of bills he actually signed into law: 65.
From The Washington Examiner:
The Obama administration made up for the lack of laws passed in Congress last year, issuing a whopping 3,659 rules regulations, crushing claims that Washington isn’t doing anything.
Only 65 public laws were signed by President Obama in 2013, meaning that his government issued an average of 56 new regulations for every one, a record high ratio, according to the annual analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
The surge in regulations has led critics to charge that Congress is now a bystander to federal regulatory agencies.
Said CEI’s Wayne Crews, who provided Secrets with his new analysis, “The deterioration of the Constitution’s separation of, and balance of, powers means that regulators and bureaucrats now make most laws. Congress is so 1789, after all. The executive branch increasingly imposes its will: President Obama and his administration repeatedly say they are not going to wait for Congress, so brace yourselves.”
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Keep in mind, legally, Obama isn’t allowed to dictate anything to anyone. He isn’t a king….or so he says.
This is serious stuff, folks. The president who, according to the Constitution, is not a dictator and doesn’t get to write laws, literally created more than ten laws per day in 2013. This should be frightening to every American regardless of political persuasion.
One person should not have the power to control 300 million lives simply because they won a popularity contest by a few percentage points. This isn’t liberty and it’s certainly not what our founders intended.
9:26 pm • 7 January 2014 • View comments
Frustrated Obamacare consumers walk out of hospitals without treatment
We knew Obamacare would make hospitals and doctors’ offices like the DMV, but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. I suppose we should just get used to it, though.
From The UK Daily Mail:
Hospital staff in Northern Virginia are turning away sick people on a frigid Thursday morning because they can’t determine whether their Obamacare insurance plans are in effect.
Patients in a close-in DC suburb who think they’ve signed up for new insurance plans are struggling to show their December enrollments are in force, and health care administrators aren’t taking their word for it.
In place of quick service and painless billing, these Virginians are now facing the threat of sticker-shock that comes with bills they can’t afford.
'They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!' a coughing Maria Galvez told MailOnline outside the Inova Healthplex facility in the town of Springfield.
She was leaving the building without getting a needed chest x-ray.
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But that’s not all. Another report tells the story of a doctor’s office staying on hold with an Obamacare insurer for more than two hours awaiting a routine surgery confirmation. The doctor eventually gave up and performed the surgery anyway.
Paperwork problems almost delayed suburban Chicago resident Sheri Zajcew’s scheduled surgery Thursday, but Dr. John Venetos decided to operate without a routine go-ahead from the insurance company. That was after Venetos’ office manager spent two hours on hold with the insurer Thursday, trying to get an answer about whether the patient needed prior authorization for the surgery. The office manager finally gave up.
“I’m not a happy camper,” said Nate Zajcew, the patient’s husband. The couple signed up for a Blue Cross Blue Shield bronze plan through the federal HealthCare.gov site on Dec. 16. “I understand it’s just a matter of paperwork and yesterday was a holiday. I can be an SOB, too, at times, but since they’re going on with the procedure, it’s OK.”
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Look, Obamacare is a disaster and the average Obama voter is starting to figure that out. But it’s important to remember that even if every facet of the law magically begins to work exactly as billed (and it won’t, that’s an impossibility), it still would be a gross violation of the Constitutional rights of Americans, regardless of how five justices want to twist the words of the founders.
10:54 am • 4 January 2014 • View comments
Police State: Feds detain and strip search woman, take her to hospital for ‘body cavity probes’, now she has $5,000 in hospital bills
This is surreal. According to report, Federal agents abused their power by illegally detaining and strip-searching a woman before taking her to the hospital where she underwent extensive body cavity searches and probes. Wow.
Federal agents wrongfully strip-searched a New Mexico woman at the El Paso border crossing, then took her to a hospital where she was forced to undergo illegal body cavity probes in an attempt to find drugs, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in El Paso said the unnamed 54-year-old U.S. citizen was “brutally” searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in December 2012 after being selected for additional random screening at the Cordova Bridge in El Paso when a drug sniffing dog jumped on her. The woman was returning from a visit to a recently deported family friend in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, the lawsuit said.
Agents quickly stripped searched her and did cavity searches but found no evidence of drugs, court documents said. But the woman was transported in handcuffs to the University Medical Center of El Paso, the lawsuit said, where doctors subjected her to an observed bowel movement, a CT scan and other exams without a warrant.
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I understand that being a law enforcement officer must be tough. They are human, they lose their temper, they get tired, they forget things, they simply make mistakes. But honestly, regardless of the reasoning, is there any excuse for doing this? Have these officers ever heard of the Constitution?
The liberty of the individual who has not been convicted of a crime should be the most important thing to any officer.
11:35 pm • 2 January 2014 • View comments
Suprise! Number of emergency room visits to skyrocket due to Obamacare
Hey remember when Obama and his supporters promised that emergency room visits would go down because of Obamacare? Yeah, not so much.
From the…um…New York Times:
Supporters of President Obama’s health care law had predicted that expanding insurance coverage for the poor would reduce costly emergency room visits as people sought care from primary care doctors. But a rigorous new study conducted in Oregon has flipped that assumption on its head, finding that the newly insured actually went to the emergency room more often.
The study, published in the journal Science, compared thousands of low-income people in the Portland area who were randomly selected in a 2008 lottery to get Medicaid coverage with people who entered the lottery but remained uninsured. Those who gained coverage made 40 percent more visits to the emergency room than their uninsured counterparts. The pattern was so strong that it held true across most demographic groups, times of day, and types of visits, including for conditions that were treatable in primary care settings.
The finding casts doubt on the hope that expanded insurance coverage will help rein in rising emergency room costs just as more than two million people are gaining coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Instead, the study suggests that the surge in the numbers of insured people may put even greater pressure on emergency rooms and increase costs. Nearly 30 million uninsured Americans could gain coverage under the law, about half of them through Medicaid. The first policies took effect on Wednesday.
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I know you’re shocked, shocked to learn this information. It’s not as if anyone could have predicted this information years ago. Progressives, your failure is inevitable and utterly predictable to anyone willing to pay attention.
8:48 pm • 2 January 2014 • View comments
Land of the free: 40,000 new laws to come in 2014
How many times have you heard someone say “that should be illegal”? While most of the time this is said in jest, lawmakers are apparently taking it to heart as the United States will see more than 40,000 new laws in 2014. So much for that whole sweet land of liberty thing.
It may have been the least productive year for Congress in history, at least in terms of passing laws – fewer than 60 of which made it through the House and Senate and were signed by President Barack Obama.
Across the country, however, state lawmakers were busy getting more than 40,000 bills passed, ones that tackle everything from drones to food stamp benefits.
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It’s hilarious to me that CNN measures congressional productivity by how many laws they passed. We should be measuring its productivity by how many laws are repealed, not passed.
In any case, welcome to 2014, the year of 40,000 new laws.
8:43 am • 1 January 2014 • View comments
Happy New Year!
From the small staff here at Poor Richard’s News, have a blessed 2014! May it bring happiness, prosperity and a complete repeal of Obamacare!
11:40 pm • 31 December 2013 • View comments
MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: sorry about all that racist mocking of Mitt Romney’s black grandson
Melissa-Harris Perry stepped into deep, racist doo doo yesterday when she led a panel discussion mocking Mitt Romney for his adopted grandson because of the color of his skin. The panel sat around mocking Romney and the GOP over this photo, in which his grandson is seated on his lap:
Today, Harris-Perry tweeted a series of apologies (complete with their own hashtag!).
I’m sorry, but if you #hashtag your apology, somehow it doesn’t come off as very sincere.
9:57 am • 31 December 2013 • View comments