Just 51,000 people completed Obamacare applications during its websites’ first week, according to MailOnline, The target for the six-month open enrollment period is 7 million for the program to be financially feasible. At this rate, they will come up 5 million short. All this for Healthcare.gov websites that cost taxpayers over $500 million, according to an estimate from Andrew Couts of Digitaltrends.com: The reason for this nationwide headache apparently stems from poorly written code, which buckled under the heavy influx of traffic that its engineers and administrators should have seen coming. But the fact that Healthcare.gov can’t do the
National Security: Britain´s new MI-5 intelligence chief has blasted NSA leaker Edward Snowden´s indiscriminate revelations as "a gift to the terrorists." How pathetic that we aren´t seeing the same clarity from the U.S. To hear President Obama tell it, Snowden, the renegade National Security Agency contractor, was just a "30-year-old programmer" whom it was pretty much beneath his office to pursue and apprehend after he hacked into and stole U.S. and allied classified secrets before skipping the country. And the uproar that his leaks to newspapers such as the U.K. Guardian caused — from the growing public distrust in government, to the
Taxpayer-funded union activity is drawing new scrutiny after the Obama administration carved out a furlough exemption for government workers who serve as labor representatives. The Office of Personnel Management, the agency managing federal employee issues, last Friday opened the door for some workers who serve as union representatives across the federal government to return to work and receive regular paychecks while most of their colleagues remain furloughed.
Unlike the real world, where managers and employees are judged on results and held accountable for their performance, in Washington, D.C., loyalty and partisanship almost always come first. Accountability comes later, if it comes at all. This happens in every administration, and President Obama’s is no different, as we’ve seen with the fatal mistakes made regarding the Fast & Furious gun program and in the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Democrats, claiming to see these as partisan witch hunts designed to hurt the administration politically, circled the wagons. Obama stood loyally by Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton. Loyalty is generally
Buoyed by a new poll showing that the current federal shutdown has whacked the Republicans and lifted support for Obamacare, one of the president´s closest allies decided to thank the architect of the GOP strategy with a fancy gift basket. “Dear Ted,” said the card to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on the fruit and snack basket from 1-800-FLOWERS sent by Brad Woodhouse, president of Americans United for Change and the former Democratic Party communications director. “A Texas sized thank you!! Thanks to you, Obamacare is more popular and the GOP is less so. Keep up the Good Work!! Yours, Americans United
Perhaps Barack Obama really does want to find a way out of the impasse after all. According to Jonathan Strong at National Review, aides from the White House have taken over the negotiations on a deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown, and Harry Reid isn’t invited to the party: Back before the government shutdown and before the fault lines of the current situation became clear, many Republicans viewed Reid, not Obama, as their most likely negotiating partner on both the continuing resolution and the debt ceiling. As evidenced by their public bickering over who wronged
The findings of the newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll are simply brutal for congressional Republicans. Not only are they getting the lion´s share of the blame for the government shutdown, but President Obama´s numbers have actually improved. Worse, Obamacare´s numbers are improving, as well. That poll caused quite a sensation on Twitter last night, and while it is worse for Republicans than recent readings from the Associated Press´s poll, NBC News/Wall Street Journal has a long track record of solid readings. This is not a result to be taken lightly. Moreover, it makes empirical sense considering the message coming from
Speaking with Sports Spectrum magazine, Duck Dynasty stars Willie and Phil Robertson stated that editors on Duck Dynasty had edited out Jesus’ name in prayers to spare Muslim sensitivities. Phil stated: When we prayed, we said, ‘in Jesus’ name, amen.’ I don’t have a verse that says you must always use pray in the name of Jesus, but it’s a very good idea, I think. So they would have me say, ‘Thank you, Oh Lord, for the food, thank you for the leavens, amen.’ So I said, ‘Why would you cut out “in Jesus’ name”? And they said, ‘Well, those editors
Immigrant-rights activists said Friday morning they are blocking buses in Tucson, Ariz., filled with illegal immigrants who are on their way to be being sentenced to jail and then processed for deportation. The activists said those on the buses are part of Operation Streamline, which is designed to give illegal immigrants jail sentences before they are deported, as a deterrent to keep them from trying to reenter the country in the future. The activists, though, say the program circumvents due process rights. “Anyone who witnesses Operation Streamline will come away convinced that it is both unconstitutional and immoral,” said activist Roberto Cintli
Dr. Ben Carson, a rising star in conservative circles, on Friday compared President Obama´s health-care law to slavery. "You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery," Carson, who is African American, said Friday in remarks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. "And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control." Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon who was recently hired to be a contributor at Fox News, has stoked controversy with his remarks before.
On Thursday, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh fiercely defended Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) from criticism against those in the Republican commentariat--like Grover Norquist and Charles Krauthammer--that have assailed Lee and Cruz recently for what they have said was the "delusional" defunding Obamacare strategy. Limbaugh said those in the Republican establishment do not want to give Tea Party conservatives any credit for weakening President Barack Obama, whose approval rating is at a new low of 37%, according to the most recent Associated Press poll. Instead, Limbaugh said the Washington establishment Republicans "continue to portray these people as
DALLAS — At 75, former striptease dancer Tammi True has finally revealed all. On the brink of what is now being mocked as “JFK Month” in Dallas, Jack Ruby’s star stripper has reminded us that Ruby was just not the conspiracy type. On Nov. 24, 1963, two mornings after the Kennedy assassination, Ruby overslept. Then, the nightclub owner grabbed his favorite pet dachshund and scrambled downtown to wire money to a stripper in Fort Worth. He only happened to wander into the city jail sally port exactly when he could get a close-range shot at accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. “Jack did it because he
On Wednesday, former Gov. Sarah Palin used an appearance by Democrat Anthony Weiner on Fox News´s Hannity and a letter written by a 79-year old American dying of cancer to his Washington senators to assail Washington´s permanent political class. Palin first expressed disbelief that liberals and the mainstream press propped up someone like Weiner while he was ambitiously rising up the ranks in Congress: Really, liberals, to think you supported this fine gent in Congress all those years with minions in the media propping him up? Hmmmmmm. I hope Weiner continues to be a spokesman for the liberal cause because his position
Whether it’s thousands or millions who turn out for the ‘Million Vet March on the Memorials’ in Washington, D.C. this Sunday, Barack Hussein Obama is being publicly and loudly called out for the hypocrite he is. War memorials and monuments are not props to advance political agendas. They belong to the people, and not even a high-handed Marxist administration can change that kind of rightful ownership. The Million Vet March has already won before even setting foot on Capitol grounds. They’ve called out Obama leaving him no place to run: “In a mean-spirited fit of selfish anger, Barack Obama has shut down
A conservative super PAC is increasing its TV ad buy against Liz Cheney, who is vying for the Republican Senate nomination in Wyoming. American Principles Fund initially launched its ad on Monday for a one-week flight backed by $75,000. (Snip) The group is promising to invest further in this and other races around the country. “The feedback we’ve gotten from APF’s launch and our first ad has been tremendously positive — consider us ‘all in’ both in Wyoming and any other important race in which there is a clear contrast between the candidates on a defining moral issue,”
Do you remember Richard Dawkins? Of course you do. He’s the arch self-promoter and professional atheist who got himself into a spot of bother in his recent memoir over his unfortunate use of the term “mild pedophilia.” A lovely fellow. He’s not really taken seriously amongst genuine philosophers and theologians, but he is ostentatious about his hatred of God and all things Godly. He does well when fawned over, but gets very petulant when challenged. This week he became extremely angry because some atheist students at the London School of Economics in Britain were told to cover up T-shirts depicting
"The world should know Utah is open for business," said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, after he signed a contract with the Federal government that would allow Utah to open its five national parks by Saturday. The deal requires Utah to pay to a total of $1.67 million for the 10 days, $166,572 a day, so eight sites – including five national parks, two national monuments and a national recreation area – can reopen as early as Saturday morning. The deal came after Herbert wrote a letter to President Obama on Tuesday, requesting that Utah´s national parks and monuments be allowed to open.
A recent survey covering more than 1,000 physician practices confirms what many experts had feared—many doctors will not participate in Obamacare’s exchanges. The survey was conducted by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), a trade group representing multi-physician medical practices. The results are in, and they’re unambiguous: A majority (55.5 percent) of practices believe the exchanges will have an unfavorable, or very unfavorable, impact on their practice. Fewer than three in 10 practices (29.2 percent) definitely plan to “participate with any new health insurance product(s) sold” on an exchange, with a majority (56.4 percent) still uncertain. Of those not participating in the exchanges, the
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson left team practice on Thursday to be with his critically-injured young son, according to reports. TMZ reported that Peterson´s two-year-old son was brutally beaten by his mother´s boyfriend in Sioux Falls, S.D., Wednesday evening. Emergency responders found the child unresponsive at the apartment where he lives and rushed him to a local hospital, where doctors found evidence of abuse. Twenty-seven-year-old Joseph Patterson was arrested and charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant. Peterson´s son suffered severe head injuries, local law enforcement officials told TMZ.
Shortly after returning from his historic flight to space in 1961, Alan Shepard got a surprise gift from General Motors -- a dazzling white 1962 Chevrolet Corvette. The gift would spark a budding relationship between NASA astronauts and the automaker, and experts say the association helped to define the Corvette as the iconic American sports car. "In the 1960s, astronauts were the American heroes that every child idolized and every adult respected," Corvette historian Jerry Burton told GM in a 2011 interview. "That so many of them drove Corvettes really helped establish the Corvette as America´s sports car." But the
After his recent 21-hour filibuster-style marathon speech on Obamacare, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz found himself heckled over and over again by liberal activists during remarks at a conservative conference in Washington D.C. on Friday. The constant interrupting by hecklers throughout his speech at the Values Voter Summit led the Republican lawmaker to throw out a number of crowd-pleasing one-liners: In response to one heckler, Cruz said: “Thank you, sir, for being here. You know, look, it is a great thing that people can express their First Amendment rights. And I only wish the Obama administration respected First Amendment rights that
We´ve been hearing these reports for years, but this appears to be the real deal. On a flight from Washington to Orlando last month, several Middle Eastern men caused what was termed a commotion and "appeared to be conducting a test run to gauge procedure and reaction to an in-flight threat during an incident aboard US Airways Flight 1880 from Reagan National Airport to Orlando International Airport on Sept. 2," according to Fox News: "They are trying to pull out air marshals if they are on board, or law enforcement if they are on board," an unidentified federal air marshal
President Obama and senior Republicans were hoping to thrash out a deal to end the deadlock over the government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling time bomb today in a series of crunch talks. Obama was meeting with GOP Senators this morning, who have come up with their own plan to end the stand off, after talks with House Speaker John Boehner broke up with no agreement last night. In addition to ending the shutdown and increasing the debt limit, the proposal includes an easing of the across-the-board spending cuts that began taking effect a year ago, and replacing them with curbs
Most science teachers undergo the unpleasant experience of catching students fudging experimental data so as to yield desired results. If the data is not easily faked, students may simply run the experiment repeatedly until the “right” data are collected. They then discard the contradictory data. Some such cheaters make it right through the education system; perhaps some become politicians, willing to direct staff to find evidence supporting decisions they have already made for political reasons. So it goes with the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which deserves to be disbanded following the release of their latest report. With the