Idol worship from CNN’s Piers Morgan: Obama “is a perfect physical specimen”
And they wonder why we conservatives complain about bias in the media… Last Night, CNN’s Piers Morgan made a statement about President Obama that landed somewhere between lust and idol worship.
Here’s the video:
This is just as bad as Chris Matthews’s infamous “thrill going up my leg” comment.
What Piers Morgan does is not journalism. It’s more akin to the “glorification of dear leader” that happens over in North Korea.
10:41 am • 3 December 2013 • View comments
Uh Oh. Obama admin refuses to brief Congress on Obamacare web security, even behind closed doors
Reports are coming in that the Obamacare “fixes” have made the security holes in the website even more grave. Rep. Mike Rogers, who sounded the alarm about the lack of security for users private information, says today that the Obama administration now refuses to even talk about the problems, even in closed door briefings with Congress.
Here’s an interview with Rogers:
Word of advice: if you don’t want to get your identity stolen, don’t use Healthcare.gov.
10:30 am • 3 December 2013 • View comments
Super. Feds now subsidizing insurers losing money due to Obama’s ‘fix’
The federal government is already scheduled to subsidize private insurers to the tune of more than a trillion dollars over the next decade in an attempt to “keep insurance premiums low” (feel free to laugh at the irony). It’s one of the reasons insurance companies were eager to go along with Obamacare in the first place. But according to a new report, because of Obama’s illegal “fix” that allows insurance companies to keep existing plans for another year, many insurance companies are losing money yet again because only unhealthy customers are keeping or returning to their recently illegal plans. The solution? You guessed it! Another federal government subsidy!
From the NYT:
The White House is offering more money to insurance companies as an incentive for them to let people keep insurance policies that were to have been canceled next year.
The administration floated several proposals on Monday to “help offset the loss in premium revenue and profit” that it said might occur if insurers went along with President Obama’s request to reinstate canceled policies.
Millions of people have received notices saying their policies were being canceled because they did not comply with minimum coverage requirements of the new health care law.
In a notice published Monday in the Federal Register, the administration acknowledged that insurers had a valid concern: They may be stuck with sicker, higher-cost customers in the new insurance exchanges because healthier Americans will stay on their existing health plans for another year.
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This could be a case study in both unintended consequences and crony capitalism.
Remember, this is the New York Times we’re talking about here. While I applaud them for reporting on this, they don’t even come close to actually criticizing Obama. In fact, the article goes on to hilariously present two “opposing views”: One far-left group who is thankful for the government assistance and one far-left group who is angry that the government would give money to those evil, evil private companies.
Nowhere is it even mentioned that Obama and the other statists in our government caused this entire mess in the first place. And, truthfully, that’s one of the most infuriating things about politics today. Many still view government as the solution to virtually every problem when, the vast majority of the time, it was the very entity that caused the problem in the first place.
9:25 am • 3 December 2013 • View comments
UPS drops insurance for spouses due to Obamacare
Do you have insurance through your spouse who works for UPS? Don’t expect to be insured much longer. UPS has confirmed that they are officially canceling the insurance policies offered to spouses of employees.
From CNN Money:
United Parcel Service is planning to drop 15,000 workers’ spouses from its health insurance plan, citing higher costs due to Obamacare.
In an undated memo to employees, UPS said it will discontinue coverage for all working spouses who are eligible for insurance with their own employer. That applies to about 15,000 spouses covered by UPS today.
The internal document was obtained by Kaiser Health News. UPS told the nonprofit news agency that the policy applies only to non-union U.S. workers. It hasn’t responded to questions from CNNMoney.
In the memo, UPS said it’s willing to take care of its own, but it won’t bear a burden that other companies can take on.
…Most of the company’s workers, such as delivery workers and truck drivers, are unionized through the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and receive insurance under a different plan.
UPS blamed the move on several aspects of Obamacare, including mandatory coverage for dependent children up to age 26 and new government fees.
"We are making these changes to offset cost increases due to the [Affordable Care Act]," the memo states.
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Interesting that it’s only the non-union members.
We knew it was just a matter of time before big companies began whittling away at the healthcare benefits of their employees. Just wait until this starts happening en masse.
2:40 pm • 2 December 2013 • View comments
Thousands of Seniors losing their doctors due to Obamacare’s cuts in Medicare Advantage
The AARP pushed Obamacare on Seniors, telling them they would receive better coverage under Obamacare, but those promises, like the majority of Obamacare promises, are turning out to be false. Now, because of Obamacare’s cuts in Medicare Advantage, thousands of seniors who own United Health Care/AARP Medicare Advantage policies will no longer be able to see their doctors.
from USA Today:
Dorathy Senay’s doctor had some bad news after her last checkup, but it wasn’t about her serious blood disorder called amyloidosis. Her Medicare Advantage managed care plan from UnitedHealthcare/AARP is terminating the doctor’s contract Feb. 1.
She is also losing her oncologist at the prestigious Yale Medical Group — the entire 1,200 physician practice was axed.
Senay, 71, of Canterbury, Conn., is among thousands of UnitedHealthcare Medicare members in 10 states whose doctors will be cut from their plan network.
The company is the largest Medicare Advantage insurer in the country, with nearly 3 million members. More than 14 million older or disabled Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, an alternative to traditional Medicare that offers medical and usually drug coverage but members have to use the plan’s network of providers.
The Affordable Care Act phases in reductions in government payments to Medicare Advantage plans — $156 billion over 10 years — to bring the program into line with the costs of caring for seniors in traditional Medicare.
The Ohio State Medical Association estimates that UnitedHealthcare has canceled contracts with hundreds of Ohio doctors effective Jan. 1.
The cancelations include most of the orthopedic surgeons in Dayton, the only hand specialty practice serving the Cincinnati area, a large gastroenterology practice with 2,500 patients that also provides most of the inpatient care at five Cincinnati area hospitals, and the largest practice of retina specialists serving 600 UnitedHealthcare members, many with macular degeneration, in central and southern Ohio.
In Connecticut, UnitedHealthcare is terminating about 2,250 physicians, including 810 specialists, Feb. 1, said Mark Thompson, executive director of the Fairfield County Medical Association, prompting the medical associations in Fairfield and Hartford counties to file a federal lawsuit to stop the cancelations.
In New York City, UnitedHealthcare’s contracts with about 2,100 physicians will be canceled, affecting some 8,000 patients, according to the Medical Society of New York.
In Florida, UnitedHealthcare has dropped the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer treatment facility, the Moffitt Cancer Center and its 250 physicians in Tampa.
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Make no mistake, these are not “cost saving” cuts. Neither will they somehow magically create better health care for anyone. This is a case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Democrats accused Republicans of “throwing granny off a cliff” for not supporting Obamacare and favoring a free-market approach to health care. Now, here they are taking doctors away from thousands of seniors, and lining the pockets of the AARP executives while they do it.
11:16 am • 2 December 2013 • View comments
Man detained and ticketed for tossing money into a crowd of people during “Let it Snow” performance
The nanny state is in full-on ludicrous mode in Bloomington, Minnesota. On friday a man was detained and ticketed at the Mall of America after he tossed $1000 in $1 bills into the crowd gathered to hear a live performance of the classic song “Let it Snow.”
Here’s video of the man:
Serge Vorobyov said in a YouTube video following the incident at the mall in Bloomington that it was his “last $1,000” and that he’s going through divorce.
"I thought I’d just spread some holiday cheer, be positive and pay-it-forward type of thing," he said in the video. "And make it snow money."
As the trio sang the stanza, ‘Let it snow’, Vorobyov, who was riding an escalator, pulled the singles from a bag by the handful and tossed the money over the railing, prompting the crowd below to audibly gasp and reach to the sky in an attempt to catch the falling bills.
Bloomington police gave Vorobyov a ticket for disorderly conduct for the his elaborate stunt, the Star Tribune reported.
"I don’t see how holiday cheer is disorderly conduct," Vorobyov responded.
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Absolutely ridiculous. If this fellow wants to give away his last $1,000 in dramatic fashion, there is no reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to do so. Mall of America spokesperson Sarah Schmidt said the incident “could’ve caused a serious situation.”
Yeah, well, it didn’t. And even so, Serge isn’t really responsible for how people respond when they see money floating through the air, is he?
That’s the nanny state for you…can’t even give away money. That’s their job. They don’t like competition.
10:50 am • 2 December 2013 • View comments
Surprise! “Fixed” Obamacare website still crashing.
The Obama administration promised that the Obamacare website would be “fully functional” on November 30th, and here we are on December 2nd. Well, how did they do? CNN tried to logon yesterday on the air, and it didn’t work out to well. The site crashed live on the air yet again.
Here’s the video:
Chris Wallace and his team at Fox News Sunday did some more detailed digging into the problems still plaguing the website, and here’s their report from this weekend.
Here’s that report:
Yet another Obamacare promise broken by the habitual liars in the White House.
10:39 am • 2 December 2013 • View comments
Meet the Vassar College student who faked hate speech on campus
You’ve probably heard about the new trend that involves people faking hate crimes and other outlandish acts of prejudice in an apparent attempt to shed light on injustice or something. Apparently it’s all the rage these days. I guess the people doing it don’t understand that they’re making things harder on themselves in the long run. That being said, the case involving several “bias incidents” at Vassar College in New York might be a little different than all the others. Why? Because the perpetrator was one of the students in charge of investigating the “bias incidents”.
From the DC (content warning):
Reports of bias incidents at Vassar College that involved hateful messages left on students’ doors were actually elaborate hoaxes — and the perpetrator is none other than the student member of the Bias Incident Response Team, The Daily Caller has learned.
This fall semester at the liberal arts college in New York saw a curiously high number of bias incident reports. On Nov. 14, the college sent a mass email to students advising them that Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) had received at least six reports in the last few months of hateful and insensitive messages being scrawled and spray painted on student residences. Messages included “Avoid Being Bitches,” “Fuck Niggers,” and most prominently, “Hey Tranny. Know Your Place.”
…The email also outlined BIRT’s purpose and role in bias incident response. The task force receives the reports of bias incidents, meets with victims, and provides support for campus efforts to foster diversity and inclusion.
The task force had one student member: Genesis Hernandez, who is transgendered and was also a vice president of the Vassar Student Association (VSA), the student government.
…Five days after the email was sent, Vassar President Catharine Hill sent a follow-up email announcing that the bias incidents were hoaxes perpetrated by two students.
…“It is our unfortunate duty to report that two Vassar students have admitted responsibility for creating a number of recent bias and hate-speech messages in public spaces on campus,”
…The DC has learned that one of the perpetrators was none other than Genesis Hernandez.
Informed sources within Vassar told The DC that administrators pinpointed Hernandez as a responsible party…
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Bias Incident Response Team? Really? I need some duct tape.
Let me state, for the record, that I believe the entire idea of so-called “hate crimes”, specifically, is ludicrous. A crime is a crime. End of story. A person’s motive for committing that crime is irrelevant and should have no bearing on the punishment given (with the obvious exception of having lesser punishments for things like crimes of passion, etc). By having unequal punishments, it is implied that certain victims’ lives are worth more than others. This is quite the opposite of justice.
Not only this, but it gives prosecutors the broad power to determine what constitutes a “hate crime” and what doesn’t. This leaves the door wide open for abuse by officials who might have a personal bias of their own. This is unacceptable.
That being said, this particular story doesn’t necessarily involve hate crimes, per se, but rather, mean name-calling. And, in an attempt to shed light on all the name-calling, transgendered student Genesis Hernandez had the bright idea to start…calling people names. Does anyone else see the paradoxical irony here? If the hateful name-calling was so bad, why fabricate it? However, if it wasn’t, then what was the point of the Bias Incident Response Team? That’s like saying “no one ever goes to the mall anymore because it’s too crowded.” It’s completely senseless.
The left loves a good straw man—that’s how President Obama got elected twice. But it seems to me that if these so-called ”bias incidents” keep turning out to be fake, many will start to wake up to the fact that the United States citizenry isn’t exactly made up of a bunch of backwards, racist, sexist, bigots secretly looking to reinstate lynchings and witch burnings. And that’s a straw man the left must have in order to win elections.
Exit Question: Why is it assumed by everyone that the hateful messages were fake? How do we know that Genesis doesn’t actually have personal biases against certain groups?
1:03 am • 2 December 2013 • View comments
Florida church ordered to stop feeding the homeless in Palm Beach
Ah, the Nanny State’s ever watchful eye glares at competition. In Palm Beach Florida, a local church wanted to feed Thanksgiving meals to the homeless gathered in John Prince Park, but local park rangers turned the group away, ordering them to stop.
Happy Thanksgiving to all, but apparently not for the homeless living at Palm Beach County’s John Prince Park in Lake Worth, FL. This holiday is supposed to be a day to think of others, which is exactly what church members from Acts 2 Worship Center in Loxahatchee, FL wanted to do. But when the small group tried to deliver food to the homeless living at the park, a park ranger ordered them to stop.
"God takes care of us,” said Steven Griffin, who’s homeless. “We don’t starve. We’re grateful." Griffin and his wife Dominique have lived at John Prince Park in Lake Worth for years, and they’re not the only ones.
"You get all these other people coming in,” said Griffin, as his wife nodded in agreement. “I guess it’s because of the economy.” For that reason, a dozen church members like Tereza Del Rio from Acts 2 showed up with packaged Thanksgiving meals.
"We do a lot of mission trips and helping the homeless and stuff like that,” said Del Rio. “I do whatever I can.”
"We brought our kids out here so they could see what it’s really like for people that are struggling,” said church member Brian Oakes. And this act of kindness was greatly appreciated.
“We’re grateful you know,” said Kevin Rudd, who’s also homeless. “They hand out; we meet the guys and stuff. They give us a prayer and everything.”
But then, just as the homeless like Kevin were being fed, a Palm Beach County park ranger came up to the church group and ordered them to stop and leave!
“And everybody just went, ‘huh?’” said a confused Rudd.
“It’s very disappointing,” said Brian. “We didn’t intend for this today. We just wanted to give the food and be able to bless people.”
So CBS 12 news walked around Prince Park and followed the church members who just wanted to deliver the remaining Thanksgiving packages. This despite being told by the park ranger they had to leave or else be ticketed.
“Thank you very much,” said a family receiving the food.
“Mr. Park Ranger,” said CBS 12 reporter Israel Balderas, “how are you sir?” CBS 12 tracked down the park ranger that witnesses say was kicking out the church members.
“I’m not allowed to talk with you,” said the park ranger, also identified as Mark. “You have to take your questions to the administration building.”
“They’re saying that you told some church people to leave,” said the reporter to the park ranger.
“Hi,” waved the park ranger to the camera. “I can’t talk to you; my bosses don’t want me to talk.”
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I’m sick and tired of hearing park rangers and law enforcement officers use the cop-out excuse that they’re just following orders. When your orders are immoral or unconstitutional, you’re moral duty is to stand up and defy them. The reason why situations like this persist is because there aren’t enough principled men and women out there willing to take a stand and do what’s right and just. What’s more important? Saving your own hide or doing the right thing?
Blind obedience to a boss or administration that asks you to commit an immoral, illegal, or unconstitutional act makes one just as guilty as the bosses doing the ordering.
12:56 pm • 30 November 2013 • View comments
PRIORITIES: Obama administration declares war on…piano teachers
The Obama administration has declared war on what they apparently think is a scourge of price fixing in the United States. And what industry have the singled out for this scrutiny? Big Pharma? The oil industry? No…it’s the humble piano teacher.
from Wall Street Journal:
Teddy Roosevelt busted Standard Oil. The Obama administration? It’s making the world safe from rapacious piano teachers.
Every month, it seems, brings a new story of this presidency leveling the intimidating powers of the federal government against some law-abiding citizen. Now comes a terrifying tale of how the Federal Trade Commission, a governmental Goliath, crushes an average David—because it can.
In March of this year, a small nonprofit in Cincinnati—the Music Teachers National Association—received a letter from the FTC. The agency was investigating whether the association was engaged in, uh, anticompetitive practices.
This was bizarre, given that the MTNA has existed since 1876 solely to advance the cause of music study and support music teachers. The 501(c)(3) has about 22,000 members, nearly 90% of them piano teachers, including many women who earn a modest living giving lessons in their homes. The group promotes music study and competitions and helps train teachers. Not exactly U.S. Steel.
The association’s sin, according to the feds, rested in its code of ethics. The code lays out ideals for members to follow—a commitment to students, colleagues, society. Tucked into this worthy document was a provision calling on teachers to respect their colleagues’ studios, and not actively recruit students from other teachers.
That’s a common enough provision among professional organizations (doctors, lawyers), yet the FTC avers that the suggestion that Miss Sally not poach students from Miss Lucy was an attempt to raise prices for piano lessons. Given that the average lesson runs around $30 an hour, and that some devoted teachers still give lessons for $5 a pop, this is patently absurd.
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That’s the Obama administration for you: no enemy is too small to attack. Don’t these clowns have anything better to do than regulate little old ladies who teach kiddies to play “Chopsticks”?
10:50 am • 30 November 2013 • View comments
As Obamacare’s Medicaid boom creates doctor shortage, many are already refusing Medicaid patients
We’ve said it a lot around here in recent months: having health insurance is not the same as having health care. What Obamacare does is overload the US health system with insurance and does very little to make actual care more available or more affordable to anybody.
from New York Times:
In California, with the nation’s largest Medicaid population, many doctors say they are already overwhelmed and are unable to take on more low-income patients. Dr. Hector Flores, a primary care doctor in East Los Angeles whose practice has 26,000 patients, more than a third of whom are on Medicaid, said he could accommodate an additional 1,000 Medicaid patients at most.
“There could easily be 10,000 patients looking for us, and we’re just not going to be able to serve them,” said Dr. Flores, who is also the chairman of the family medicine department at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles.
California officials say they are confident that access will not be an issue. But the state is expecting to add as many as two million people to its Medicaid rolls over the next two years — far more than any other state. They will be joining more than seven million people who are already in the program here. One million of the newly eligible will probably be enrolled by July 2014, said Mari Cantwell, an official with the state’s Department of Health Care Services.
On top of that, only about 57 percent of doctors in California accept new Medicaid patients, according to a study published last year in the journal Health Affairs — the second-lowest rate in the nation after New Jersey. Payment rates for Medicaid, known in California as Medi-Cal, are also low here compared with most states, and are being cut by an additional 10 percent in some cases just as the expansion begins.
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Really, there are only two ways to look at the effect that Obamacare is having on the US health care system. It is either the result of grave incompetence and a complete lack of understanding of basic economics. Or worse, it is an intentional effort to implement a Cloward-Piven-style overload of the welfare system for the purpose of collapsing it and moving to a broader redistribution of wealth in the United States.
10:31 am • 30 November 2013 • View comments
Despite filibuster limits, Senate GOP can still use “blue slip rule” to block judicial nominees
Democrats have already used “the nuclear option” to end the filibuster on Presidential nominations, but there are still tools in the Republicans’ arsenal that they can use to keep Obama from stacking the courts with radical, activist judicial nominees.
from New York Times:
The decision by Senate Democrats to eliminate filibusters for most judicial nominations only marginally enhanced President Obama’s power to reshape the judiciary, according to court watchers from across the political spectrum, because Republican senators can still veto his nominees to most currently vacant appeals court seats.
The new Senate rule clears the way for eight appeals court nominees who have already had confirmation hearings to win approval with simple majority votes, including three on the powerful Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which reviews federal policies and regulations. But it left unchanged the Senate’s “blue slip” custom, which allows senators to block nominees to judgeships associated with their states.
“It is hard to overstate the change’s importance for the D.C. Circuit, which has a disproportionate impact on the world, but it won’t have overwhelming impact elsewhere,” Kathryn Ruemmler, the White House counsel, said in an interview. “The blue slip rule for judges has been more problematic than the filibuster, in part because it is a silent, unaccountable veto.”
Twelve more appeals court seats are either vacant or will be by the end of 2014. All but one are in states with at least one Republican senator. As a result, Mr. Obama still lacks unrestricted power to swiftly appoint a flurry of more clearly left-of-center judges than he has done to date, despite the fears of conservatives and the hopes of liberals, specialists said.
In particular, the blue slip rule could come under additional scrutiny. Under the prerogative, both home-state senators must sign off on a blue slip allowing a confirmation hearing for a nominee. Facing that obstacle, presidents generally do not make nominations without such senators’ consent.
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The White House’s assertion that the “blue-slip” is a silent, unaccountable veto is downright laughable. In order to block a nomination, a senator would have to stand alone and would be accountable to all the voters of his state. It also gives each Senator an added level of accountability with their constituents.
If President Obama nominates a Senator from a state with at least one Republican Senator, that senator will, by himself, be responsible for his decision to sign off or refuse to sign off.
The White House doesn’t desire accountability. If this were so, they wouldn’t have nuked the filibuster in the first place.
12:34 am • 30 November 2013 • View comments
Global Warming Alert! Nearly 1,000 Record low temps set across US
I know, I know. Weather isn’t climate (unless it’s warm, of course). But I do feel like it’s important to note that nearly 1,000 record low temperatures and 205 snowfall records were broken in the United States over a seven day period ending on November 28th. I suppose it’s things like this that are causing meteorologists and other scientists to question the entire AGW
hypothesis…er, consensus altogether.
As we at Poor Richard’s News have stated repeatedly, while we are not scientists, we are big fans of science. We understand that impartial scientists investigating, observing and objectively reporting data, whatever it may be, is crucial for improving the lives of virtually everyone. It’s for this reason precisely that we view AGW alarmism with such skepticism.
Where there should be honest debate, there is a “consensus” that rejects it. Where there should be objective research, there are universities, scientists and organizations who feel pressured to report false or misleading results in order to obtain more grant money (see “hide the decline”) or notoriety.
To make matters worse, the issue of AGW has led to more crony capitalism (which is, in some respects, the exact opposite of capitalism), than probably any issue in US history. The government is often literally deciding winners and losers, giving politicians and those in high places a frightening amount of power that they will not easily relinquish.
I don’t pretend to understand everything that effects our global climate, but I do know political theater when I see it. And AGW alarmism has become exactly that. What once may have been based on science is now politics. And that’s a shame.
12:12 am • 30 November 2013 • View comments
"Immediately surrender your rifle" - New York City sends out gun confiscation letters.
New York City is sending registered gun owners letters that indicate they must surrender their guns or permanently move them out of the city.
from Washington Times:
New York City authorities have been sending out notices to residents who own guns that now violate new ammunition capability laws, demanding they relinquish their weapons — and even though the notifications may just be standard police procedure, the text is a shocker.
At issue: Weapons that hold more than five rounds of ammo, The Blaze reported.
One such notice to a city resident, dated Nov. 18 and posted on The Blaze, reads: “Immediately surrender your rifle and/or shotgun to your local police precinct, and notify this office of the invoice number. The firearm may be sold or permanently removed from the City of New York thereafter. Permanently remove your rifle and/or shotgun from New York City.”
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Here’s a copy of one such letter:
Apparently, the 2nd Amendment is going the way of trans fats in New York City.
9:47 pm • 29 November 2013 • View comments
VIDEO: Woman takes Obama’s advice to talk about Obamacare at Thanksgiving dinner…hilarity ensues
President Obama decided to take yet another holiday and make it all about his own political agenda, telling parents to talk to their children about enrolling in Obamacare over Thanksgiving dinner. With cameras rolling, one woman tried just that…and got laughed out of the room…
here’s the video (via Right Scoop):
Had I tried to do this at my own family’s dinner, not only would I have gotten laughed out, I probably would have gotten thrown out!
5:56 pm • 29 November 2013 • View comments