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Computer says no
The Economist, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 10/26/2013 3:42:39 PM     Post Reply
A HANDSOME man told television viewers to pick up their phones and shop. “The phone number…is 1-800-318-2596,” he said on October 21st. “I want to repeat that: 1-800-318-2596.” This was not a microwave salesman, but the president of the United States. Barack Obama urged Americans to buy health insurance by phone, by mail and in person, because the website for his most important domestic reform does not work. Since Mr Obama’s online health exchanges were launched October 1st, they have been crippled by technical glitches. Mr Obama insists that these will be fixed and that the Affordable Care Act, better known

Roger Moore interview: ´If I had
24 hours to live, I’d make a dry martini’
Telegraph [UK], by Veronica Lee    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/26/2013 3:17:12 PM     Post Reply
There are some people whose conversational style calls out to be recorded in a typeface called “ironic”, and Sir Roger Moore, who played James Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985, turns out to have a sense of humour even drier than his louche secret agent’s martinis. “Call me Charlie,” he says when I address him as Sir Roger. He has always been unfailingly modest about his achievements and quite happy to admit that the knighthood, which he has had since 2003, was bestowed for services to the charity Unicef – not for his acting. Nevertheless, his latest stage

New Yorkers are about to elect
a Left-wing extremist, Bill de
Blasio, as their mayor. Why?
Telegraph [UK], by Robert Wargas    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 10/26/2013 2:57:21 PM     Post Reply
New York voters, in all their wisdom, are on the verge of electing a Left-wing extremist named Bill de Blasio. Recent polls by the firm Penn Schoen Berland show that de Blasio maintains a commanding lead, which he’s enjoyed for quite some time. What a shame. New York City is one of the most important economies in the United States, and it will certainly suffer under this man’s vague and childish populism.[Snip] Earlier this year, we learned that in his youth (described by the New York Times, of course, as “idealist”) de Blasio was an ardent supporter of the Sandinistas



Cruz: Shutdown successful
because it sparked debate
CBS News/Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/26/2013 2:17:43 PM     Post Reply
Des Moines IA -Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says this month´s partial government shutdown and his key role in it were a success: They got people talking. "One of the things we accomplished in the fight over Obamacare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how much Obamacare is hurting millions of Americans across this country," Cruz told about 600 Iowa Republicans on Friday at the Iowa GOP´s annual fundraising dinner in Des Moines.Cruz´s crusader´s spirit was the perfect example of what longtime Republicans in Iowa and nationally say is at the root of

More legal trouble for Affordable
Care Act
Los Angeles Times, by David G. Savage    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 10/26/2013 2:10:48 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON— If computer glitches are not enough of a problem, President Obama´s healthcare law also has a legal glitch that critics say could cause it to unravel in more than half the nation. The Affordable Care Act proposes to make health insurance affordable to millions of low-income Americans by offering them tax credits to help cover the cost. To receive the credit, the law twice says they must buy insurance "through an exchange established by the state." But 36 states have decided against opening exchanges for now. Although the law permits the federal government to open exchanges instead, it does

Small group of protesters
oppose appearances by Cruz,
King in northwest Iowa
Des Moines Register [IA], by William Petroski    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/26/2013 2:07:50 PM     Post Reply
LE MARS, Ia. – About a half-dozen people toting signs stood outside the Le Mars Convention Center on Saturday morning to protest the appearances of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Steve King. Cruz, a Texas Republican, went pheasant hunting Saturday morning in northwest Iowa with King, whose congressional district includes Plymouth County. Both were scheduled to appear at a noon fundraising luncheon to benefit King’s GOP reelection campaign. The luncheon was a sell-out with all 300 tickets sold. “We are totally against both King and Cruz,” said Mark Sturgeon, 49, of Le Mars, one of the protesters, who

Obama: GOP ´rooting´ for
ObamaCare failure
The Hill (Washington DC), by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/26/2013 1:53:58 PM     Post Reply
President Obama blasted GOP opponents of his healthcare law as hypocrites after Republicans expressed concerns about the rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov. In his weekly address, Obama suggested that the GOP´s focus on the issue was in bad faith because Republicans have pushed for years to repeal, defund or dismantle ObamaCare. Republicans "spent the last few years so obsessed with denying … people access to health insurance that they just shut down the government and threatened default over it," Obama said. "It´s well past the time for folks to stop rooting for [the law´s] failure." Obama´s comments come after a tough



Dems: Cruz ´leading the
Republican Party´
The Hill (Washington DC), by Alexandra Jaffe    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/26/2013 1:51:13 PM     Post Reply
Democrats charged in a Friday memo that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is leading the Republican Party, and that his "brand of conservatism" will hurt Republicans running for office in Iowa in 2014. The memo, issued by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign committees for both chambers and the party´s governors, came as Cruz is slated to headline a Friday night fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa. "Make no mistake: Ted Cruz is leading the Republican Party. Candidates want to be him. Incumbents are afraid of him. The Republican Party base is energized by him," the memo reads. It´s the

Company behind Obamacare
website in charge of nearly $2
billion in Sandy relief
Daily Caller, by Allison Coyle    Original Article
Posted By: MDMuskrat- 10/26/2013 1:44:45 PM     Post Reply
CGI Federal Inc., the mastermind behind healthcare.gov, is assisting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the distribution of $1.7 billion in relief for Hurricane Sandy. In a memo obtained by FreedomWorks titled, “Minutes of the 295th meeting of the members of the Housing Trust Fund Corporation held on May 9, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.,” CGI Federal is tasked with implementing the Disaster Housing Assistance Program. The resolution was passed and scheduled to “take effect immediately.”

The White House Comedy Club
Washington Post, by Kathleen Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/26/2013 1:44:05 PM     Post Reply
While the nation’s attention has been riveted on the Keystone Congress, the executive branch was busy developing its own comedy routine. Picture the cast (you know the characters) shrugging their shoulders in unison: “Who, me?” This would be the response to the glitch-rich health-care rollout, for which no one seems responsible. “Beats me. I thought it was working!” This would also be the response to the eavesdropping scandal, which soon could become an international showdown. “Who knew?” Hint: He used to work at the National Security Agency (NSA) and now lives in Russia. Not least, the shrug also would be

Several Injured, Arrested
Outside Howard U. Concert
NBC 4 [Washington DC], by Mila Mimica    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/26/2013 1:40:43 PM     Post Reply
A group tried to ram the gate of a Howard University homecoming concert in D.C. Friday afternoon, resulting in several injuries. D.C. Police responded to 6th Street and Howard Place NW just after 3 p.m. after several individuals tried to rush a gate into the YardFest concert, hosted by Howard University. Seven people were injured, including two officers and one other person was hospitalized. A video obtained by News4´s Shomari Stone shows one woman jumping the gate outside the event, then tracked down by several police officers and slammed to the ground, later arresting her. Another video posted on social



Inside the wire: A fascinating
look inside Southern prison
farms that were built on slave
plantations in the 1960s and ´70s
Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 10/26/2013 1:27:37 PM     Post Reply
Documentary photographer Bruce Jackson has created a striking photographic record of Southern prison farms of the 1960s and ´70s, when he was given unsupervised access to prison grounds, guards and prisoners themselves. In his book, Inside the Wire, Jackson documents a prison culture that ´is a direct descendant of the 19th century slave plantation,´ the Texas and Arkansas prison systems, where he shot photographs between 1964 and 1979. ´Not only were southern agricultural prisons based on the structural model of the American slave plantation, but many of them occupied land that had literally been slave plantations before the Civil War,

Excerpts From a New Johnny Cash
Biography Capture His Iconoclastic Genius
Daily Beast, by Robert Hillburn    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 10/26/2013 1:16:14 PM     Post Reply
Robert Hilburn’s vivid new biography, Johnny Cash: The Life, thoroughly examines all aspects of the performer’s life, from his start in the Arkansas cotton fields to his late-life renaissance working with producer Rick Rubin. (Snip)1956 Gladewater and Longview would be just two more names on the list of the hundreds of towns in which Cash performed over five decades—except that he most likely wrote “I Walk the Line” in one of the two neighboring East Texas locales. Cash usually said Gladewater; Marshall Grant [Cash’s bass player] always claimed it was Longview. There was even sharp disagreement over the distinctive hum at

We Told You So:
Obamacare Is a Disaster
Breitbart´s Big Government, by David Bossie    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 10/26/2013 12:28:33 PM     Post Reply
President Obama promised that his health insurance exchanges would make all of our lives better. In exchange for forcing us to buy insurance, Obama promised that his new government-run markets would be simple, one-stop-shops for quality, affordable coverage. He was wrong. Instead, Americans are stuck with websites that don’t work and health plans they can’t possibly afford. Those who do have insurance are getting cancellation notices, and those that don’t can’t find affordable coverage. On Monday, President Obama said, “No one is madder than me” about the website’s countless failures. The tough questions continued on Tuesday for White House Spokesman

White House Declares ObamaCare
Truth Telling A Firing Offense
Investor´s Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: PageTurner- 10/26/2013 12:20:50 PM     Post Reply
Accountability: To date, no one in the Obama administration has been fired for the Hindenburg-like Affordable Care Act. Oh, wait, there is one: The lowly telephone operator who told the truth about it to Fox News´ Sean Hannity. One can be forgiven for wondering if this White House has some wimpy aversion to firing anyone, given the scale of unpunished blundering seen in the Benghazi attack, the IRS suppression of political dissent, the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal and now the incompetence of the ObamaCare rollout. But there does seem to be one offense where a red line has been drawn: telling



Cruz: Dems will pay the
price for ObamaCare
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Elise Viebeck    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/26/2013 11:53:45 AM     Post Reply
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) predicted Friday that Democrats will pay a high political price for supporting ObamaCare, a law he says is guaranteed to fail. Cruz made the prediction during a speech to top Republicans in Iowa, a high-profile event for the senator following the recent government shutdown. Addressing an Iowa GOP fundraising dinner, the Texas Republican argued that the shutdown had not been in vain because it drew attention to the healthcare law. "One of the things we accomplished in the fight over ObamaCare is we elevated the national debate over what a disaster, what a train wreck, how

President Obama calls Brooklyn
´cool´ on tour of P-Tech school
New York Daily News, by Ben Chapman , Mara Gay*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 10/26/2013 11:52:29 AM     Post Reply
Take it from President Obama, Brooklyn is cool. The commander-in-chief showed the BK love Friday as he returned to the borough he briefly called home back in the 1980s. Obama visited a cutting-edge school that has been a showcase for Mayor Bloomberg’s education reforms, and then he joined mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio for a campaign-style visit to Junior’s, the landmark cheesecake emporium. Obama, who lived in a brownstone on Second St. in Park Slope after he graduated from Columbia University in 1984, marveled at how Brooklyn had changed.

At Colgate University, Hillary Clinton
talks surveillance, world view, future
but not her future
Post-Standard [Syracuse, NY], by Michelle Breidenbach    Original Article
Posted By: PeoplesRepublikNY- 10/26/2013 11:52:23 AM     Post Reply
Hamilton, N.Y. - If Hillary Rodham Clinton was a candidate for president, the terms "scorched earth" and "evidence-free zone" would likely be household terms. [Snip] Her first public speech was Oct. 4 at Hamilton College, in Clinton. She spoke at the University of Buffalo on Wednesday. She said she visited Corning, Inc. earlier Friday. Her talks are essentially a briefing on the state of the world with context about the way others view a country that shut down its government and fought to the brink of a debt crisis. Her speech does not have the repetition of a political stump

Obama seeks Iran
sanctions pause
Telegraph (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 10/26/2013 11:48:43 AM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is asking Congress to hold fire on enacting new sanctions against Iran, to give negotiators flexibility in current nuclear talks.Even as US officials argue that tough sanctions are what brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place, the White House and State Department said the administration wanted politicians to wait on new sanctions to give the negotiations time to get traction. Some politicians have argued that now is not the time to ease pressure and that pursuing new sanctions will give the US additional leverage in the talks. But State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said it was

First lady pins blame on
Congress for ´legislative defeats´
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Emily Goodin    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/26/2013 11:46:59 AM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama blamed Congress for the administration´s legislative defeats. Michelle Obama blamed Congress for the administration´s legislative defeats. "Some of our most frustrating defeats happened" because of Congress, she told attendees at the Democratic National Committee´s Women´s Leadership Forum on Friday. Citing the DREAM Act and gun legislation as examples, the first lady pointed out that the DREAM Act "failed twice — once by just five votes in the Senate, and once by just four. So the President had to sign an executive order to finally get these kids some relief." She noted that gun legislation failed by six votes


Chris Noth: Another
‘brain dead’ actor
Human Events, by Larry Elder    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/26/2013 11:35:26 AM     Post Reply
Add another actor to the list. Chris Noth, currently starring in “The Good Wife,” played Detective Mike Logan on “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “Mr. Big” on “Sex and the City.” Noth has now outed himself — as yet another liberal. Worse, his moronic anti-GOP, anti-tea party comments put him into the category of “brain dead” Hollywood liberal, to use an expression from playwright David Mamet. Noth, unhappy with the partial government shutdown, tweeted this thoughtful analysis: “Highest level of racism was shown yesterday when Republicans forced a shutdown of our government. Mostly because our

Grayson, media bias, and
the new totalitarianism
Breitbart´s InstaBlog, by John Hayward    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 10/26/2013 11:30:29 AM     Post Reply
In response to Alan Grayson Accuses Martin Bashir of ´Collaborating´ With The Tea Party (Video): Grayson is a great example of the "soft" media bias that shields Democrats. He´s a straight-up foaming-at-the-mouth lunatic who daily says the kind of idiotic and offensive things that would immediately end any Republican´s career. More importantly, if he was a Republican, every other member of the party would be routinely asked to denounce him, right up to the President. Failure to do so would be considered agreement with his lunacy, and if they obliged with the denunciations, the party would be slammed for its

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