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Pop-up Affordable Care Act enrollment
center opens near S.C. Aquarium
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Lauren Sausser    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/3/2013 6:39:54 AM     Post Reply
A new pop-up health insurance enrollment center near the South Carolina Aquarium was crowded during its first hour of business Monday morning--but not with residents eager to sign up for a policy under the Affordable Care Act. The small storefront, provided by the city of Charleston free of charge, was mainly full of volunteers and paid navigators. They were busy organizing pamphlets, answering cellphones, setting up a Christmas tree--all preparing for the rush of residents they hope will walk in over the next three weeks.[Snip] “Over the next three weeks, I would love to see at least 100 consumers helped

White House returns to
Obamacare sales mode
Politico, by Carrie Budoff Brown*    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/3/2013 6:35:37 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama will launch a coordinated campaign Tuesday by the White House, congressional Democrats and their outside allies to return attention to why the Affordable Care Act passed in the first place. After two months of intense coverage of the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, the president will host a White House event kicking off a three-week drive to refocus the public on the law’s benefits, senior administration officials told POLITICO. The White House will take the lead in emphasizing a different benefit each day until the Dec. 23 enrollment deadline for Jan. 1 coverage. The daily message will be amplified

Ashes from cremated
remains left on Auburn´s
field after Iron Bowl
Sporting News, by Troy Machir    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 6:28:38 AM     Post Reply
Chris Davis´ miraculous game-winning 100-yard field goal return for a touchdown will go down as the greatest finish in Iron Bowl history. It´s the type of finish that a fan wants to remember forever, if it means taking a commemorative photo, storming the field, or even scattering the ashes of a loved one following the game. In Alabama, college football is life and death, and following the Tigers´ incredible 34-28 win over the Crimson Tide on Saturday, one fan scattered the cremated remains of a loved one on the turf at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

  


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Cyber Monday gave Amazon its biggest day
ever as it handled 47 orders per SECOND -
despite computer meltdown that left millions
of Natwest customers frozen out
Daily Mail [UK], by Sean Poulter, Kieran Corcoran    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/3/2013 6:28:32 AM     Post Reply
Britons went Christmas crazy yesterday, spending £600million on a record Cyber Monday - but thousands found themselves frozen out of the frenzy by bank errors that left them unable to access their cash. Shoppers are thought to have made at least 7.7million purchases, including 4.1million from Amazon´s website alone, despite problems with RBS and Natwest accounts which left eager consumers unable to spend their money and, in a few cases, finding that their funds had completely vanished. The errors, however, did little to dampen the spirits of online retailers like Amazon, which beat last year´s sales record of 3.5million items

A terrible act of inhumanity that shows
why justice must never be secret
Daily Mail [UK], by Christopher Booker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/3/2013 6:20:50 AM     Post Reply
Throughout all my years reporting on scores of chilling examples of what social workers are allowed to do behind the closed doors of our secret family courts, the case reported yesterday on the front page of the Daily Mail is not just the most disturbing of all. It also illustrates how far our ‘child protection’ system has now gone horrendously off the rails. The facts are so shocking they beggar belief. A pregnant Italian mother who was visiting Britain had her baby forcibly removed from her womb by British doctors on the orders of a secret court, before the child

Grandma Obamacare
American Spectator, by Jeffrey Lord    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 6:18:50 AM     Post Reply
You can call her Grandma. Grandma Obamacare. Hillary Clinton is the matriarch of the disaster that Americans now scorn as Obamacare. And helpfully for opponents, she was kind enough to detail her role in this unending rolling disaster. As it were, in chapter if not verse. In fact, Mrs. Clinton’s 2003 memoir Living History, an autobiography that takes her from childhood to the U.S. Senate, can be viewed as something unique in the annals of candidate biographies. Hillary Clinton’s book is a literary landmine. A self-detailed look at just where all those false promises — about keeping your doctor and your health insurance if

Student who held up ´send
Bitcoin´ sign during College
Game Day TV show gets
$24,000 in donations from strangers
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 12/3/2013 6:11:17 AM     Post Reply
It was a money-making opportunity that could have gone either way - and could have only have been pulled off by the most tech-savvy of people. A college student has somehow been able to amass over $24,000 by waving a sign at a television camera. The hopeful venture started on Saturday with the ESPN show College GameDay, a football program that is filmed at a different campus each weekend and was in Auburn, Alabama. The student came armed with a banner that had seemed to plea for money from his mother. It also included the logo for Bitcoin, a US payment network, and a

  


  

Scrooged: Wisconsin governor asked parents
to make campaign contributions INSTEAD of
buying their children gifts on Black Friday
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/3/2013 6:07:30 AM     Post Reply
Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker´s re-election campaign risked a Scrooge image last week with a Black Friday promotion asking parents to make campaign contributions instead of buying their children Christmas presents. ´Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season,´ a Walker re-election campaign email instructed, ´help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of.´ It was ´a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores,´ the campaign claimed: ´Donate $5, $10 or $25 to help Governor Walker get reelected

Dropped Coverage
Politico Magazine, by Trudy Lieberman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 6:03:00 AM     Post Reply
Nobody could accuse the press of ignoring the fiasco-on-a-server that is HealthCare.gov. The Obamacare website’s woes are dominating coverage on the network news, the cable talk shows, the blogs and, of course, high-octane websites like POLITICO. But did the press do a good job of covering the Affordable Care Act before the health care exchanges went online—sort of—on Oct. 1? Were we adequately warned of the troubles that were to come? And now that HealthCare.gov’s problems are headline news, is the coverage of it any better? Sure, one can find a few examples of one news outlet or another warning of impending

Pentagon Memo: Please Leave
Unapproved Bombs at Home
Wall Street Journal, by Dion Nissenbaum    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 5:56:26 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has a message for its 24,000 employees who work in the massive building: Please don’t bring your unapproved bombs to work. In an e-mail to Defense Department workers, the Pentagon’s top security officer is reminding people that they aren’t allowed to bring bombs to work – even if they don’t work anymore – without prior permission. Bringing a bomb to work might seem like a no-brainer. But this is the Pentagon facility, after all, home of the nation’s top anti-roadside bomb experts, so it’s not uncommon for people to have a few so-called IEDs – Improvised Explosive Devices

Power struggle: Green energy
versus a grid that´s not ready
Los Angeles Times, by Evan Halper    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/3/2013 5:53:01 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — In a sprawling complex of laboratories and futuristic gadgets in Golden, Colo., a supercomputer named Peregrine does a quadrillion calculations per second to help scientists figure out how to keep the lights on. Peregrine was turned on this year by the U.S. Energy Department. It has the world´s largest "petascale" computing capability. It is the size of a Mack truck. Its job is to figure out how to cope with a risk from something the public generally thinks of as benign — renewable energy. Energy officials worry a lot these days about the stability of the massive patchwork of wires, substations

  


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Spain forced to release terrorists and
murderers by European human rights ruling
Telegraph [UK], by Fiona Govan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/3/2013 5:50:30 AM     Post Reply
Spanish courts have been forced to release a triple child killer, serial rapists and Basque terrorists from prison early after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) overruled a Spanish legal doctrine that had effectively prolonged their sentences. [Snip] Angel Juanes, who is chief justice of Spain´s high court, has warned that the release of so many prisoners would create "social alarm" but both the government and judicial authorities say they are powerless to act against the ECHR´s ruling. Last Friday, Miguel Ricart, who was convicted in 1997 for the kidnap, rape and murder of three teenage girls from Alcasser,

What dialect do you speak?
A map of American English
Washington Post, by Reid Wilson    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/3/2013 5:46:16 AM     Post Reply
Do you pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd? Do you refer to multiple people as “dey”? Is a jelly doughnut called a “bismark,” or is everything that comes out of a soda fountain called a coke, even if it’s really 7-Up? Do you root for Da Bears? The way we speak, both the phrases we use and the accents that inflect those phrases, come from our upbringings. And in a nation of more than 300 million people, it’s little wonder that those accents vary widely. More than a decade ago, Robert Delaney, a reference associate at Long Island University, put together

How Author Obama Foreshadowed
President Obama
American Thinker, by Jack Cashill    Original Article
Posted By: DW626- 12/3/2013 5:43:46 AM     Post Reply
"I´ve written two books," Senator Barack Obama told a crowd of teachers in Virginia on the campaign trial in July of 2008. The teachers applauded. "I actually wrote them myself," he added with a wink and a nod, and now the teachers exploded in laughter. They got the joke: Republicans were too stupid to write their books. Although few fussed over Obama´s second book, a first-person memoir/ policy brief published in 2006 titled The Audacity of Hope, Obama´s 1995 memoir Dreams from My Father had emerged as the sacred text in the cult of Obama "There is no underestimating the importance

The Politics of Faith,
Trust, and Pixie Dust
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 5:38:21 AM     Post Reply
Poor David Plouffe. The former Obama senior adviser and ABC News contributor said on This Week that the Affordable Care Act will “work really well” when all states run their own health-care exchanges and fully expand Medicaid–actions that may not be seen until President Obama is out of office in 2017. How convenient. The gift that ObamaCare is for America will only dawn on Americans after the president has left the scene. Mr. Plouffe added these observations. “Let’s fast forward to the State of the Union and the months after that. Health care working better, a lot of people signing up, the economy continuing

  


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Will the (lack of) state exchanges
bring Obamacare down?
Daily Caller, by Paul Bedford    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 5:34:09 AM     Post Reply
Obamacare’s penalties for not buying insurance, as well as the subsidies that make its plans affordable in the first place, may not be legal in a majority of states, according to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Pruitt is suing the federal government on those grounds. According to the letter of the law, the government can only reward subsidies and levy penalties in states that have created Obamacare state exchanges, but conservative resistance has stopped state exchanges from being set up in a number of states, including Oklahoma. “While the president’s health law is vast and extraordinarily complex, it is in one respect very

Pope Francis Was a
Bouncer in Buenos Aires
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 5:25:01 AM     Post Reply
Pope Francis told Italian churchgoers that he was a bouncer before he became pontiff. Francis spoke about his past careers while visiting the church of San Cirillo Alessandrino outside of Rome, Catholic News Services reported. No longer kicking troublemakers out of clubs, he has discovered the secret to bringing people back, this time, into the church. … He told one group that when he was young, he worked as a bouncer, and that his work later in life, teaching literature and psychology, taught him how to get people back into the church. The pope had served as a bouncer at a Buenos Aires nightclub

One-Third of HealthCare.gov
Enrollments Contain Errors
National Review Online, by Patrick Brennan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/3/2013 5:22:31 AM     Post Reply
One-third of the people who’ve chosen health-care plans on the federal health-insurance exchange have, unbeknownst to them, had something gone wrong with their enrollment, according to the Washington Post. Their errors with these “834 reports,” the information transmitted to insurers once people pick plans, “include failure to notify insurers about new customers, duplicate enrollments or cancellation notices for the same person, incorrect information about family members, and mistakes involving federal subsidies.” Insurers have been complaining since the site launched about these problems. If they go unresolved, it’s a big problem for consumers, too: Insurance companies won’t be able to mail them

Why mass transit is doomed
in America: Politicians don’t
know people who use it
Salon, by Alex Pareene    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 5:15:10 AM     Post Reply
If you want to know why mass transit is doomed in the United States, look at the place where it is undoubtedly more successful — and more widely used — than anywhere else in the country: New York. In 2008, Michael Bloomberg proposed congestion pricing for Manhattan’s inner core, proposing an $8 charge for most passenger cars, to be charged only once a day. The money would’ve gone to the MTA, to fix up subway stations, improve bus and subway service, and help pay for extensions to the system. Naturally, it died in Albany without even coming up for a vote.

Why a Pacific War Is Possible:
The Dangerous Hatred
Between China and Japan
Time, by Michael Crowley    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 5:12:20 AM     Post Reply
From the long-distance perspective of an American, Asia looks like one of the world’s most peaceful places. And it is — for the moment. But when Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Tokyo on Monday, he stepped into what has suddenly become a dangerous diplomatic crisis between China and Japan. On the surface, it’s a dull dispute over a string of uninhabited Pacific islands. Underneath, as I realized on a recent visit to China, it’s a story reaching back some 75 years that involves war, brutality, rape and historical reckoning. And now threatens to drag in the U.S. The immediate

  



Obama stays silent as
Americans held hostage
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 5:07:13 AM     Post Reply
Often the only hope for an American rotting away in some Third World dungeon is that the president of the United States demands his freedom. Right now, too many Americans find themselves in this predicament. The most recent addition to this sorry list is Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old Korean War vet who was removed from a plane leaving Pyongyang and forced to confess to alleged war crimes. Merrill joins another involuntary guest of the Communist regime, Kenneth Bae, a missionary whose “crime” seems to be helping refugees flee the Korean gulag. Alas, these men are by no means unique. In Cuba, Alan

´I felt I was on trial for murdering
the Beatles´: Yoko says fans wrongly
convicted her for 40 years
Daily Mail [UK], by Daniel Bates    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 12/3/2013 5:03:59 AM     Post Reply
Yoko Ono has told how being blamed for The Beatles’ split made her feel like she was on trial for murder. She said: ‘It feels like I was accused of something that I didn’t do, which was breaking up The Beatles. It’s like you’re accused of murder and you’re in prison and you can’t get out.’ Since the Fab Four broke up in 1970, Miss Ono has been blamed by many fans for their demise because she was in a relationship with John Lennon. The couple moved to New York a year later so they could work more closely on the burgeoning

How long before YOU are eating
frankenfish: It grows at terrifying
speed and could wipe out other
species. The GM super salmon*
Daily Mail (UK), by David Derbyshire    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/3/2013 4:57:54 AM     Post Reply
As they splash around in their tanks, they look like any other healthy Atlantic salmon. Their eyes are bright, their skin is gloriously silvery and their fully grown bodies exude power. It’s only when you look closely at their hatching dates that the alarm bells start to ring. A normal Atlantic salmon takes 30 months to grow to maturity .?.?. this variety took just 16. The majestic specimens are ‘frankenfish’ — genetically modified salmon created in a secretive research base in the Panama rainforest. The salmon have been given genes from two other species of fish to make them grow

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

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