Several dozen U.S. Army active duty and reserve troops were told last week that the American Family Association, a well-respected Christian ministry, should be classified as a domestic hate group because the group advocates for traditional family values. The briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi and listed the AFA alongside domestic hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. A soldier who attended the briefing contacted me and sent me a photograph of a slide show presentation that listed AFA as a domestic hate group. Under the AFA headline is a photograph
RUSH: And greetings to you, music lovers, thrill-seekers, conversationalists all across the fruited plain. Rush Limbaugh and the EIB Network, and the Limbaugh Institute For Advanced Conservative Studies. Great to be with you, folks. We are coming to you today from Los Angeles. We´re here all week long, came out over the weekend. It´s just a nice little change of pace, a couple super secret meetings and so forth and some people to see that we haven´t seen in a while. We´ll be out here in our secret basement confines for the balance of the busy broadcast week. Now, we don´t
Adolfo Osma, a panel beater, lost an entire day of work only to buy four packages of precooked corn flour, a basic staple used to prepare many traditional Venezuelan dishes. Those four packages will only last for about a week, since he has eight mouths to feed at home. Osma lives in low-income Las Adjuntas sector, (southeast Caracas), but he had to leave his house early in the morning to look for the precious corn flour across the city, in the Catia sector (northwest Caracas). He knew he would not find anything in the first supermarket he visited: there was no
The Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces have been a tale of two ITs. In states like Kentucky and Washington, consumers have used the new information technology systems to easily shop for health coverage. But they’re the exception. (Snip) Industry analyst Bob Laszewski surveyed health plans last week and reported back with pessimistic news: “Not more than about 5,000 individuals and families signed up for health insurance” through healthcare.gov as of last Monday, he concluded. “In the federal exchanges, the big market share guys were only getting about 20 [contracts] a day on October 7,” Laszewski told me,
Debbie and Larry Underkoffler launched a boutique staffing agency in what they call the worst economy ever, doing anything they could to stand out to potential clients. (Snip) Through years of hard work, they built North Georgia Staffing to the point it now has 18 full-time employees, whom the Underkofflers happily provide with generous health benefits. "We have very good employees, and we want to take very good care of them," Debbie Underkoffler said. But under ObamaCare, the Georgia company now faces a tough choice -- cover all of its temporary workers as well, or pay a hefty fine.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), chair of the House Budget Committee, told conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes Monday morning that House Republicans had demanded a one-year delay in Obamacare´s individual mandate, along with an end to congressional exemptions, while offering a six-week debt ceiling hike to allow room for negotiations on broader budget issues. The offer was made to President Barack Obama last Thursday. President Obama, said Ryan, listened but declined to respond. In the meantime, Ryan said, it became clear the president was negotiating separately to obtain more favorable terms from Senate Republicans, trying to "jam" the House Republicans
Aetna (AET)´s CEO gave a harshly critical review of the federal government´s Obamacare marketplace Tuesday, saying "there´s so much wrong, you just don´t know what´s broken until you get a lot more of it fixed." Asked on CNBC´s "Squawk Box" if he knew the roll-out of the federal Healthcare.gov website would be problematic, Aetna chief Mark Bertolini said his giant insurance company´s role as an alpha tester for the system gave it a sense of how many problems the health insurance marketplace was facing on the eve of launch. "We were pretty nervous as we got further along," Bertolini said.
A Libyan who has been held and interrogated for a week aboard a U.S. warship is now in New York awaiting trial on terrorism charges, U.S. officials said Monday. The Al Qaeda suspect, known as Abu Anas al-Libi, has been under federal indictment in New York for more than a decade. He’s due to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. Two U.S. officials said he arrived in New York on Saturday and has been held while he awaits an arraignment in federal court.
On the pages of The Washington Post, columnist Kathleen Parker (who poses as a Republican) compared the Republican Party to a fictional mafia crime family and refers to Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz as "Ted bin Laden," an obvious reference to the Osama bin Laden, the Islamist terrorist responsible for the murder of thousands of Americans: In trying to understand the Republican Party’s internal battles, it helps to think of Michael and Sonny. Corleone, that is. … That would be Ted Cruz, the Texas senator who grabbed headlines by speaking for 21 hours against Obamacare. Cruz is neither Michael nor
Former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs joined the chorus of media voices slamming Obamacare‘s rollout Monday on Now With Alex Wagner, calling the launch of his old boss’ law “excruciatingly embarrassing.” Now an MSNBC contributor, Gibbs added the architects of the website should be fired for botching the site so badly: OBERT GIBBS: This is excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and for the Department of Health and Human Services. This was bungled badly. This was not a server problem, like just too many people came to the website.
At the American Majority New Leaders Summit in West Chester, PA on 10/11/13, I asked Lt. Col. Allen West, former Congressman, distinguished Army career officer, Tea Party favorite and potential candidate for President in 2016 a three-part question. Given the Obama administration’s willingness to usurp powers Constitutionally mandated to Congress and their contempt for courts, did he believe that President Obama would go so far as to use a real or false-flag event as cause to abrogate Posse Commitatus, and use American troops against citizens on American soil?
Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that people should be fired over the botched rollout of ObamaCare´s new insurance exchanges. "I hope they´re working day and night to get this done. And when they get it fixed, I hope they fire some people that were in charge of making sure that this thing was supposed to work," Gibbs said on MSNBC. "We knew there were going to be some glitches, but these are glitches that go way beyond the pale of what should be expected." Gibbs, formerly one of Obama´s top advisers, said the problems with healthcare.gov
President Obama will meet top congressional leaders on Monday at the White House amid signs that senators could be nearing a deal to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Obama will meet with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at 3 p.m., a White House official said. Vice President Biden will attend as well. Reid and McConnell, who took the reins of the fiscal talks over the weekend, huddled for 30 minutes on Monday morning.
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have given some childhood sex abuse victims more time to file lawsuits, after a heated opposition campaign led by the Catholic Church that stretched from Capitol hallways to Los Angeles church pews. In an unusually detailed three-page veto message released Saturday, the Democratic governor, a former Jesuit seminarian, said the bill raised questions of equal treatment of public and private employers. Pointing to a centuries-long tradition of limiting the period when legal claims can be filed, Brown said institutions should feel secure that "past acts are indeed in the past
Colorado Governor Democrat John Hickenlooper, still stinging from a recall vote that saw his party lose seats in the state senate last month after members of his party followed him off the cliff with radical gun control measures, is advising anti-2nd amendment activists to stay out of Colorado politics. A new round of recalls are expected to reach a state-wide ballot in the coming months and if they go the way of the last ballot, the Democrats will lose control of the Senate in the Rocky Mountain State. Hickenlooper believes Coloradans didn´t take kindly to a big city New York mayor like
Throughout the government shutdown and the debt ceiling fight, President Barack Obama and the Democrats have attempted to use the specter of economic collapse to force Republicans to make concessions. On Oct. 3, President Obama even attempted to talk stock prices down--"this time Wall Street should be concerned"--not caring about the damage he might inflict on investors, pensioners, and the economy in general. Now--with Republicans "on the run" in polls--National Public Radio (NPR), which has been a cheerleader for the Democrats throughout the debate, has admitted that there are attempts to drive stock prices down in an attempt to force
Wal-Mart (WMT) stores in Springhill and Mansfield, La., saw a stampede and a shelf-clearing rush Saturday after a computer glitch for food stamp recipients led to benefit cards allowing unlimited purchases. Police were called as entire shelves were being cleared out, until the glitch was fixed and low-income residents using the cards were no longer allowed to make purchases. Police were called as entire shelves were being cleared out, until the glitch was fixed and low-income residents using the cards were no longer allowed to make purchases.
Newark — A Hawthorne man has pleaded guilty to making a threatening phone call to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. A federal judge in Newark accepted Ronnie McMillian Jr.´s plea agreement last week. The 28-year-old admitted making the call to Jindal last September and leaving a voicemail saying Jindal and other Republicans would "get a bullet in your head." At the time of his arrest last December, prosecutors said McMillian regularly called the offices of public officials and used vulgar language to attack the official´s position on gay rights. He was alleged to have made calls to a staffer for
Monday, after MSNBC´s "Morning Joe" spent two about hours blasting the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, and Ted Cruz as bubbled, dangerous, and stupid -- in other words, a typical Monday on "Morning Joe" -- the show hosted Bill Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist. To no one´s surprise, hosts Mika Brzezinski and Time´s Mark Halperin treated the co-founder of the Weather Underground and friend of Barack Obama with extraordinary deference as he hawked a new book. [Video] The "Morning Joe" crew was even allowed Ayers to describe his terrorism as "extreme tactics," as opposed to what it really was: a bombing
Federal officials considered only one firm to design the Obamacare health insurance exchange website that has performed abysmally since its Oct. 1 debut. Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services´ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance. CMS officials are tight-lipped about why CGI was chosen or how it happened. They also refuse to say if other firms competed with CGI, or if there was
The American Spectator has been provided with the text of a political message sent on Saturday evening, using Department of Defense communications systems, on behalf of President Obama and Secretary of Defense Hagel. It is addressed to “all US government employees” and further specified by the DoD sender to go to “all subordinate commands,” in compliance with Hagel’s call for “the widest possible distribution.” The message contains standard presidential lauding of public service, but goes on to attack the current government shutdown by specifically castigating the House of Representatives, saying that the House — which is unsubtle code for Republicans — should
Stanville, a tiny town in eastern Kentucky, seems an unlikely place for a multimillion-dollar empire. Yet for decades, an unscrupulous lawyer named Eric Christopher Conn has been working the Social Security disability system, securing benefits for even the most undeserving of clients, according to a new report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. The report describes a lucrative scheme that involved not only Conn but also a disability judge and several doctors with bad reputations — all of whom may have profited substantially. “Together, they moved hundreds of claimants onto the disability rolls based on manufactured medical evidence
Sen. John McCain has a joke that he likes. When he told it over the weekend, it went like this: Congress "can’t get lower in the polls. We’re down to blood relatives and paid staffers now." But, alarmingly, McCain has used the same punchline for years, even as Congressional approval has declined — obviously meaning that the ranks of Congress´ relatives and staff have been completely decimated. But how? The Atlantic Wire investigates. May 17, 2007. At a presidential primary debate in South Carolina, McCain refers to Congress´ popularity. "[T]he reason why congressional approval ratings — I saw them at 28
Increasingly desperate New York Republicans, seeking the political equivalent of a Hail Mary pass, are trying to get Donald Trump to run against Gov. Cuomo next year, The Post has learned. They’re seeking to make the case that while Trump is only an apprentice politician, he’s the only Republican on the horizon who has the name recognition, guts and money to tell Cuomo, “You’re fired!” They’re also arguing that Trump could launch a 2016 presidential run — which he has clearly been eyeing with his criticisms of President Obama and Washington — by first winning the election for
Travelers who attempt to make a joke about strict security procedures at airports have been warned they face arrest. A loudspeaker announcement made by the Transport Security Administration warns the public: ´Any inappropriate remarks or jokes concerning security may result in your arrest.´ Concerned passenger Matt Miller recorded the loudspeaker message while passing through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. In the recording a female voices on the public address system says: ´Pay particular attention to your luggage. Any unintended luggage will, and personal belongings may be treated as a danger to the facility. ´Do not be persuaded by strangers