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The First Hippie President
PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 4:57:35 AM     Post Reply
Bill Clinton, the cliché goes, was the first black president, no matter his skin color. That being the case, Barack Obama is not the first black president, or the first African-American president, if you prefer, but the first hippie president. Clinton’s southern background and lifestyle were indeed more typically black, just as Obama’s was more typically hippie. And we’re not just talking about the “Choom gang” here, scarfing “Maui Wowie” on the sands of Oahu. We’re talking about all of it, the whole multi-culti-missing-white-mother-vanished-Kenyan-father-anti-imperialist-America-is-always-the-enemy-and-don’t-you-forget-it-nine-yards. And like most hippie culture as I knew and experienced it, it wasn’t about “peace and love.” Not

NEA Employees Must Be
Paid for Time in Prison
Hot Air, by Mike Antonucci    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 4:54:49 AM     Post Reply
Though I have written about the fact often, it bears repeating that the National Education Association and its affiliates are employers. Between them they hire thousands of workers to perform a variety of tasks. Virtually all of these workers are covered by collective bargaining agreements in which the teachers’ union is management – bosses, to put it plainly. Union employees use the contract to set salaries, benefits, working conditions and protections against arbitrary actions by union executives. About 500 people work at NEA national headquarters in Washington, DC. A handful of unions represent them, the largest being the National Education Association

Senate Democrats Just Took Us a Step
Closer to the Imperial Presidency
Daily Beast, by David Frum    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 4:51:12 AM     Post Reply
Why would the Democrats, who never seem to stop worrying about overweening presidential control, roll back the filibuster—and hand their own power to Obama? They’ll be sorry, and soon. I’m one of those neocons you used to hear so much about. I want a powerful presidency, able to project American power effectively. My bias is that Congress tends to be parochial, irresponsible, and self-interested. Worse, it’s dangerously easy for Congress to be captured by a minority of a minority of a minority: the Tea Party of today; the ultra-liberal Democrats of the mid-1970s. Under the theory of the Constitution, Congress



Tommy the Chimp Subject of
Bid for Legal Personhood
ABC News, by Susan Donaldson James    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 4:44:07 AM     Post Reply
Tommy, a 26-year-old chimpanzee owned by a couple in upstate New York, has a lawyer and a trust fund in a bid by a nonhuman rights group to have him declared the first animal to be considered a person under the law. In what may be the first case of its kind, the Boston-based Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) is asking a court to free Tommy from what they describe as a "small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed" in Gloversville, N.Y. NhRP argues, based on "law, science and history" that the chimp has all the rights of habeas corpus

Obama Tries to Move Past
Health Care Website Woes
Associated Press, by Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 4:39:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public´s attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law. President Barack Obama will focus on those benefits at a White House event Tuesday. Flanked by Americans who the White House says have benefited from the overhaul, the president will try to remind Americans that his health law is preventing insurance discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions and is allowing young people to stay on their parents´ coverage

CMS won´t reveal error rate
for sharing data with insurers
Washington Examiner (DC), by Brian Hughes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 4:30:01 AM     Post Reply
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday declined to detail the error rates for the back-end process that provides insurers with information about enrollees in Obamacare´s new insurance exchanges. The White House is trumpeting fixes to the healthcare.gov website, saying it met a self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline to deliver a smooth user experience to the “vast majority” of consumers. Insurers, however, say the federal website is nowhere near fixed, citing back-end issues with the online marketplaces. Insurance companies say they have been unable to receive data on many users who have successfully enrolled in Obamacare exchanges, preventing them

Pension vote tears at
political allegiances
Chicago Tribune, by Ray Long & Monique Garcia    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 4:09:48 AM     Post Reply
SPRINGFIELD— Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday are poised for a landmark vote on fixing the state´s financially out-of-whack government worker pension system, testing long-standing political allegiances among both political parties. For Democrats, a vote to cut retirement benefits could alienate public worker unions that provide campaign contributions and foot soldiers at election time. Republicans, meanwhile, were split. Hard-liners argued that the agreement doesn´t do enough to cut pension benefits for state workers, and others contended the measure inflicts too much pain on employees. Business groups jumped on board, providing Republican lawmakers with a measure of political cover. While understanding the proposal



The hardwired difference between
male and female brains
could explain why men
are ´better at map reading´
Independent (UK), by Steve Conner    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 12/2/2013 10:39:46 PM     Post Reply
A pioneering study has shown for the first time that the brains of men and women are wired up differently which could explain some of the stereotypical differences in male and female behaviour, scientists have said. Researchers found that many of the connections in a typical male brain run between the front and the back of the same side of the brain, whereas in women the connections are more likely to run from side to side between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This difference in the way the nerve connections in the brain are “hardwired” occurs during

U.S. sends submarine-hunting
jets to E. China Sea post
Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:32:35 PM     Post Reply
U.S. military authorities dispatched the first of six top-tech submarine-hunting jets to its Okinawa post near the disputed East China Sea, a move sure to ratchet up tensions among China and the United States. The Navy plans to send in a total of six P-8 Poseidon patrol craft, aimed at bolstering the United States’ ability to root out submarines in the area, Reuters reported. The deployment was planned months ago, but nonetheless comes as China declared an air defense zone above islands that it’s fighting Japan to control. President Obama, in response to the declaration, flew in two B-52 bombers

Obama administration: Private
sector runs better websites
Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:29:36 PM     Post Reply
On Cyber Monday, millions of Americans flock to popular websites such as Amazon.com to begin holiday shopping — and most do so without encountering any technical problems or glitches. Those visiting HealthCare.Gov, however, still are experiencing delays, a fact that demonstrates how the private sector simply is better than the government when it comes to building a functional website, according to the White House. “What is absolutely the case is the private sector does some things very well and better than the government can, and running effective websites may be one of them, is one of them,” White House press

Health-care enrollment
on Web plagued by bugs
Washington Post, by Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:26:28 PM     Post Reply
The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month. The errors affect roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own. The mistakes include failure to notify insurers about new customers, duplicate enrollments or cancellation notices for the same person, incorrect information about family



Piers Morgan: ´The Perfect
Barack Obama, Who´s a
Perfect Physical Specimen´
Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Bubbasuncle- 12/2/2013 10:20:24 PM     Post Reply
CNN host wondered out loud on his show this evening whether the physically unfit Chris Christie could follow the "perfect physical specimen" Barack Obama into the White House: "After the perfect Barack Obama, who´s a perfect physical specimen to many people´s eyes, does it matter?" Morgan asked his guest. "Or is actually somebody very different, someone who´s much more of a regular kind of guy who likes cheeseburgers and beer, but appears to be a straight talker, somebody perhaps more of a straight talker than it appears Barack Obama turned out to be?"

Tiger Beat... White House
Beat... Who Can Tell?
National Review Online, by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:12:14 PM     Post Reply
These have been tough times for the Obammysoxers of the US media. So many mean-spirited right-wing extremists want to blow up out of all proportion one itsy-bitsy website and a few million bad-apple health insurance cancelations. But fortunately there are lots more important things for the expensively credentialed news journalist to cover. Hence the Associated Press’s hold-the-front-page news on five NEW things you never knew about President Obama! Number One: He sings in the bathroom! Number Two: The mother of a Pakistani roommate taught him to cook “an exciting lentil dish known as daal”! Number Three: He once got a

Alaskan Misled about
Her O’care Premiums
Now Can’t Cancel Plan
National Review Online, by Sterling Beard    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 10:07:02 PM     Post Reply
Could the only thing more difficult than signing up for Obamacare be canceling it? Lara Imler, an Anchorage-based hairstylist, managed to enroll in Obamacare, but problems with her application — her new insurer didn’t have it and nobody she reached on the HealthCare.gov hotline could help her figure out why; she also discovered that the exchange under-calculated the subsidy she was supposed to receive by $50 — made her want to cancel her enrollment. “If you look at my profile on the website it shows my full subsidy, but it says I’m only using part of it,” Imler told Alaska Public Radio.

Alabama fan shot dead outside
football party after she said she
didn´t care that Crimson Tide
lost to rival Auburn
Daily Mail (UK), by Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: muncsdad- 12/2/2013 9:50:25 PM     Post Reply
An Alabama fan was shot dead after a fight outside a football-watching party shortly after the Crimson Tide lost in a stunning upset to the Auburn Tigers Saturday. Michelle Shepherd was attacked by fellow fans of the University of Alabama after she commented that she didn´t care that much that the team had lost, her sister says. Saturday's 34-28 loss to in-state rivals the Auburn Tigers in a remarkable last-second touchdown means Alabama lost its No. 1 ranking and, likely, its chance to play for a third-consecutive national championship. Ms Shepherd, a mother of three and a career social worker



Accidental Hero
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 12/2/2013 9:48:00 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s foreign policy clout it growing from an unexpected source. First some background. In the Caribbean, where Venezuela’s PetroCaribe diplomacy once ruled the roost, the Chavez enterprise is on the verge of collapse. The reason is it’s going broke from more competition. (Snip) It is being beggared by not only the mismanagement of the Venezuelan oil industry but by fracking. Megan McArdle explained that scarcity — artificial or natural — was OPEC’s friend. Abundance was its enemy. "As long as prices were high, all of this was fine; Saudi and everyone else were pumping a lot and taking in

How Much Trouble
Are the Democrats In?
Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 9:42:29 PM     Post Reply
The generic Congressional ballot is a pretty good proxy for the parties’ standing with voters. It is surprisingly volatile: you might expect that preferences for one party over the other would change slowly, over generations, but in fact the generic ballot number is quite sensitive to the news cycle. That said, the normal state of the generic ballot question is for Democrats to lead. Equality in the generic ballot generally translates into a big year for Republicans. So when Republicans pulled even or took a slight lead in generic preference polling a week ago, wiping out the big lead the

Study: Having daughters
makes households more
likely to be Republican
Hot Air, by Mary Katharine Ham    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 12/2/2013 9:39:26 PM     Post Reply
Hm. In newly published findings that challenge earlier research, Dalton Conley of New York University and Emily Rauscher of the University of Kansas found that having more daughters than sons and having a daughter first “significantly reduces the likelihood of Democratic identification and significantly increases the strength of Republican Party identification.” Not only is the daughter effect statistically significant, it’s substantively large. They found that overall, “compared to those with no daughters, parents with all daughters are 14% less likely to identify as a Democrat….[and] 11% more likely to identify as a Republican than parents with no daughters,” they write

Online Obamacare Enrollment
Surges in November, but Still Lagging
ABC News, by Devin Dwyer    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 12/2/2013 9:36:46 PM     Post Reply
Around 100,000 Americans successfully signed up for health insurance in November through the troubled federal online marketplace, HealthCare.gov, a person familiar with the preliminary data confirmed to ABC News. The figure reflects a surge in enrollment as software and hardware fixes to the site were made over the course of the month. In October, only 26,000 people could successfully enroll in Obamacare plans, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. "We´ve been working 24/7 to make improvements, and more consumers are successfully shopping online and enrolling in a health plan each week," Health and Human Services Secretary

Reward offered for missing
Kentucky bourbon
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:30:30 PM     Post Reply
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentucky authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps authorities solve the disappearance of hundreds of bottles of pricey bourbon. The 65 cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye were taken from the Buffalo Trace Distillery at Frankfort in mid-October. The missing whiskey is valued at more than $26,000, and the case has become a compelling mystery in a state that produces 95 percent of the world´s bourbon. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said Monday the reward could provide "a heck of a Christmas" for someone


Obama Asks Americans to Join
#WHYouth for Online Session
Breitbart Big Government, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:26:12 PM     Post Reply
On Monday, the White House tweeted out that it wanted Americans to join a Google Hangout with Obama ally Kal Penn on Obamacare. The White House recommended that Americans ask questions with “#WHYouth”: [Tweet] The Google Hangout touted, “Calling All Young Americans: Youth Summit Preview.” The hashtag #WHYouth prompted all sorts of Hitler Youth-related mockery: [...more Tweets]

Landmark moment in making:
judge to rule on Detroit bankruptcy
Reuters, by Joseph Lichterman    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:16:47 PM     Post Reply
DETROIT- The largest-ever municipal bankruptcy petition in U.S. history faces a watershed moment on Tuesday, as the judge overseeing Detroit´s bankruptcy case is scheduled to rule whether the city is eligible for protection from creditors - an event that has citizens, public officials, creditors, retirees and others awaiting the judge´s words and preparing responses. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes has scheduled a hearing for 10 a.m. EST on Tuesday to announce his decision, which will be followed by the release of a written opinion. Rhodes´ ruling will begin a new chapter in the case that first arrived in federal court

Obama´s ´Tech Surge´
Consisted of Six People
Breitbart the Conversation, by John Sexton    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/2/2013 9:10:31 PM     Post Reply
President Obama stood in the Rose Garden and promised a "tech surge" to fix healthcare.gov. In reality, the surge was a tiny influx of "about a half-dozen people." In a multi-page story on the effort to rebuild the troubled website, the NY Times reported Saturday that one of the President´s fixes was actually a bit of hyperbole. The "tech surge," which the President announced during a Rose Garden speech last month, was not a wave of software engineers. It was a tiny handful of people: In fact, the surge centered on about a half-dozen people who had taken leave from

Obama Is Down, but Not Out
National Review Online, by Quin Hillyer    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 12/2/2013 9:01:13 PM     Post Reply
New Black Panthers. Fast and Furious. NSA domestic spying. Spying even on reporters. Solyndra. Pigford-settlement fraud. Contempt of court concerning offshore drilling. IRS harassment of conservative groups. E-mail lawbreaking at the Environmental Protection Agency. All sorts of reversals, embarrassments, and scandals at the Department of Justice, including egregious trial misconduct. And, of course, the incompetence and cover-ups related to Benghazi. Every time decent people think the scandals and embarrassments circling Barack Obama will sink this presidency, we look up and see Obama still there — chin jutting out, countenance haughty, voice dripping with disdain for conservatives — utterly unembarrassed, utterly undeterred

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