Health Care Site Flagged In Heartbleed Review

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Another glitch

Via WISTV

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the HealthCare.gov site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government’s Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov petitions page.

The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services have been working to insulate themselves against the problem and are also recommending that users change their website passwords.

Officials said the administration was prioritizing its analysis of websites with heavy traffic and the most sensitive user information. A message that will be posted on the health care website starting Saturday reads: “While there’s no indication that any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers’ passwords out of an abundance of caution.”

The health care website became a prime target for critics of the Obamacare law last fall when the opening of the insurance enrollment period revealed widespread flaws in the online system. Critics have also raised concerns about potential security vulnerabilities on a site where users input large amounts of personal data.

The website troubles were largely fixed during the second month of enrollment and sign-ups ultimately surpassed initial expectations. Obama announced this week that about 8 million people had enrolled in the insurance plans.

The full extent of the damage caused by the Heartbleed is unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet’s Web servers and went undetected for more than two years. Although it’s conceivable that the flaw was never discovered by hackers, it’s difficult to tell.

The White House has said the federal government was not aware of the Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report earlier this month. The federal government relies on the encryption technology that is impacted – OpenSSL – to protect the privacy of users of government websites and other online services.

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Obama Talks Easter And What It Means To Christians Like Him

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“Shared commitment to love our neighbors as ourselves”? Yes, I can see that in his treatment of Republicans.

Boko Haram gives a great demonstration of it when they are slaughtering Christians in Nigeria.

The “we all believe the same thing” is a sop, when there are many Muslims who believe in the Caliphate and believe it is their duty to kill us.

Via Washington Times:

President Obama on Saturday took a break from his usual partisan weekly address and instead simply wished Americans a happy Easter.

Rather than push for immigration reform, a hike in the minimum wage or other initiatives he’s pushed in recent weeks, the president kept this weekend’s comments free from any controversy.

“For me, and for countless other Christians, Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal. We remember the grace of an awesome God, who loves us so deeply that He gave us his only Son, so that we might live through Him,” Mr. Obama said. “The common thread of humanity that connects us all — not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs — is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”

But Republicans countered by offering clear distinctions between their party and the party of the president, touting GOP alternatives on education, health care and a wide variety of other issues.

“Republicans want to enable and empower you. We want to be the iPhone party. We believe government ought to be a platform that gives you more opportunity and freedom to create a happier, more prosperous and safer life,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, Tennessee Republican. “Usually in Washington, Republicans are the enablers and Democrats are the mandators … Just imagine the Internal Revenue Service, the Food and Drug Administration or the Labor Department enabling you rather than ordering you around.”

Dumb: Dem Sen. Richard Blumenthal Nearly Hit By Train – Dumber: During Press Conference On Commuter Safety…

Fail of the day.

Chicago Magazine: Rahm Emanuel Fudging Crime Stats To Make It Look Like They’re Dropping

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Oopsie, looks like Rahm caught…

Make sure you read the original article, link provided below in the post, for an adventure in corruption.

Via Fox News:

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy frequently insists that warm weather does not cause shootings. However,the last week’s temperatures support the notion that a break from the cold brings gun-toting gang members back to the streets.

Vendettas, which were on ice over the long brutal winter, are hot and fresh again.

Temperatures on Thursday nudged up into the 60s and eight people were shot, including a 12-year-old boy.

Last weekend, restaurant owners scrambled to set up their outdoor dining in the sunshine. At the same time, 36 were shot in 36 hours.

“We’re making progress but we need to do more,” McCarthy said.

However, an investigation published by Chicago Magazine claims that the “progress” is an illusion. The article says that under pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago cops have been reclassifying murders and violent crimes. The result is a nearly unprecedented drop in numbers.

“This is a betrayal of public trust in a sense that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Superintendent Garry McCarthy are public servants. They are paid by our tax dollars and we deserve in return truth from them,” said Elizabeth Fenner, Editor in Chief of Chicago Magazine.

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HT: Jeff Gunn

Montana Democrats Feud In U.S. Senate Race

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Current G2 is that Walsh is riding Tester’s coattails and letting Tester do all the talking.

Via TPM

Max Baucus’ decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. But his early resignation after being named U.S. ambassador to China may have bolstered Democratic prospects of retaining the seat they’ve held for a century, thanks to the value of incumbency.

Baucus’ China appointment by President Barack Obama allowed Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, to name his lieutenant governor, John Walsh, to fill the suddenly vacant Senate seat until January. That makes the little known state adjutant general the odds on favorite to win the Democratic primary in June and mount a general election challenge of likely GOP nominee Steve Daines, a freshman congressman who won his statewide congressional seat by wide margin in 2012.

In the June 3 primary, Walsh faces former Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger, who switched parties to run for the Senate, and rancher Dirk Adams, who is making his first run for office. Both have taken issue with the advantage Bullock gave Walsh by appointing him to Baucus’ seat. They were further dismayed when the Montana Democratic Party endorsed Walsh before the primary.

“Something’s rotten within the Montana Democratic Party,” said Bohlinger. “They broke a longstanding tradition of not getting involved in primaries.”

Daines has a big fundraising and name recognition edge in the GOP primary against state Rep. Champ Edmunds and political newcomer Susan Cundiff, an administrative assistant at the University of Montana.

Republicans have a built-in advantage in Montana, where voters are skittish about the still-recovering economy and Democrats are running into headwinds from an unpopular president and his even more unpopular health care law. Obama lost Montana in 2012 by nearly 14 percentage points, but voters still re-elected Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and put Bullock in office in that same election.

And Walsh, now a member of the Senate, can no longer run as an outsider. By the fall, he will have a record of nearly a year of votes to defend.

Before his appointment, Walsh had been an unknown commodity in Montana politics. He spent 33 years in the Montana National Guard before Bullock picked him as a running mate. His name recognition was relatively low and his political track record nil.

And early in the campaign, Walsh came under fire amid reports that he was reprimanded by the U.S. Army in 2010 for using his position as adjutant general to pressure troops to join the National Guard Association of the United States. Walsh was running for a leadership position in the private association at the time. He denied any wrongdoing and released about 400 pages of his military records in response to the reprimand.

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Obama Back On The Golf Course…

Round #168.

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Florida Cops Order Jesus Down From The Cross…

The anti-Christian bigots win again.

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - A Good Friday crucifixion display didn’t quite go as planned as Lee county sheriff’s deputies ordered “Jesus” to come down from the cross and move the show elsewhere.

“This gentleman has had a passion on his heart to do a representation public,” one of the display organizers said of the man who was tied to the cross.

But it also generated some angry passion among drivers and pedestrians who didn’t think the display should be set up right next to a busy intersection on public property.

Traffic backed up as drivers slowed down to catch a glimpse and take pictures.

Other passersby believed the bloody display was too much for children and others who might not be prepared for the very realistic scene.

Lee sheriff’s deputies showed up after getting complaints.

Fox 4 asked one of the display organizers what the sheriff’s office told them people were complaining about.

“Near accidents,” said the organizer.

“That we’re on public property, and we shouldn’t be here.”

He said the sheriff’s office told him, “there were a lot of close calls with accidents and traffic back ups,” because of the display.

A spokesman for the Lee County Sheriff’s office told us the display was creating a public safety hazard because of traffic danger.

But some people who stopped to see the display were furious to see it disappearing.

“It’s ridiculous that they’re making you take him down,” one woman told the organizers.

“I really think we need to recognize and be reminded of what Jesus did for us,” said another woman.

“I wish it would have stayed,” she said of the display.

She and others who stopped to show support said they didn’t understand why some consider the fake blood and wounds “inappropriate.”

“Jesus is appropriate for everywhere,” she said.

“Kids need to see how he was born and hung from the cross for us,” said another woman who took a picture of her son with the man playing Jesus.

“And I yes I honestly do think it’s appropriate,” she added.

The man playing Jesus also weighed in as he was untied from the cross.

“Easter is not about bunny rabbits and little chicks,” he said.

“This what our Christ endured for us. For our sins.”

“And to hide that, is to not to live to the true faith of what he did for us,” he added.

Organizers said they made a conscious decision to put up the display alongside the busy road instead of the campus of a church.

“It’s a very public place out in the middle of town,” said one organizer.

“When Jesus was crucified, he was done so right on edge of down where everyone would come by.”

Global Warming Idiocy: Blaming Everest Avalanche On Climate Change

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Global warming started in 1922?

Via Yid With Lid

Well that didn’t take long. Even before all the bodies have been recovered Live Science is blaming the tragic avalanche at Mount Everest on Climate Change:

The icy slopes of Mount Everest have seen hundreds of deaths in the years since 1922, when seven people perished during the British Mount Everest Expedition.

An avalanche today (April 18) claimed at least 12 lives, in what may be the single deadliest climbing event in the history of the world’s tallest mountain (29,029 feet, or 8,848 meters). The death toll may rise, because other climbers are still missing, according to the BBC.

All of the deceased were guides from the ethnic Sherpa community, who were securing ropes for the start of the spring climbing season. And many Sherpas insist that Mount Everest and other mountains in the area have become more dangerous because of climate change. [Ice World: Gallery of Awe-Inspiring Glaciers]

Not only doesn’t Live Science offer any proof that Sherpas insist mountains become more dangerous because of climate changes, but it doesn’t explain if the avalanche was related to global warming, why it didn’t happen a long time ago. After all, as of this writing the Earth hasn’t warmed in 17 years and 8 months.

HT Climate Depot

ISIS: “After Syria, We Are Going For You Barack Obama!”…

Two 7 Year Old Twin Boys Beat Car Jacker With A Toy Snake Until He Lets Them Go

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Love this story, can’t you just see it?

Via Daily Mail:

A thief was forced to stop the car he had stolen minutes before and release the children in the back seat after the a pair of 7-year-old twins attacked the driver with a toy snake.

The car was taken from the home of Lucia Lozada in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday as the mother of the twin boys and a 1-year-old buckled in the back seat stood just a few feet from the vehicle.

The family was preparing to go to church and the children’s father had just run back inside the house to get a baby bottle when a man hopped into the car and drove off, thankfully with a backseat full of combatant kids who weren’t about to let their captor get away without letting them go first.

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Mooch Teams Up With Rapper Bow-Wow For Some Unknown Reason…

She’s so hip, or something.

Via WaPo:

On Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama and rapper-slash-actor Bow Wow joined 37 students from Chicago public high schools for a tour of Howard University, our colleague Krissah Thompson reports. According to the first lady’s office, Obama specifically requested Bow Wow for the event, an annual college visit called “Escape to the Mecca” — a nod to the university’s nickname “the mecca.”

“This isn’t bad,” Obama said as she stepped inside a dorm room in Frazier Hall where one enterprising student had the perfect product placement on her desk: a portfolio and résumé. During the sneak peek, Obama encouraged the visiting students to step in and look around too. “You might be living here. I’m just visiting,” she said.

As Obama made her way through Howard’s famous quad, posing for photos with the Chicago group, female Howard students inside the dorms shouted greetings through open windows. “Hi Michelle!!!” several young women screamed, prompting more fans of the first lady to also shout hello. “Michelllllle! First lady! We love you.”

Later that afternoon at a roundtable discussion led by Bow Wow, the rapper recalled his first time voting, casting his ballot for Barack Obama.

“I remember him saying how much they needed us, the youth. It’s us that’s going to shape this world and turn it around,” said Bow Wow. “Maybe the next president is right here in this room.”

The first lady said she was “very fond” of Bow Wow, whom she met during a 2013 appearance on BET’s “106th and Park,” the hip-hop talk show he co-hosts. She praised his commitment to education and encouraged the students to pursue higher education. ”No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough in today’s globalizing economy.”

Alabama Widows Get Their Health Plans Cancelled Because Of Obamacare

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Widows. More of Harry Reid’s “liars”, I’m sure…

Via Fox News:

As President Obama touts rising enrollment in ObamaCare and declares “this thing is working,” one Alabama county has reported another negative side effect from the law — widows of county workers getting dropped from their insurance.

A report by Huntsville-based WHNT said that more than a dozen widows of retired Madison County employees lost their coverage earlier this year.

They originally had been covered under the county’s self-insured plan. But, according to WHNT, officials learned that it would have been too expensive to keep providing that coverage and comply with the Affordable Care Act’s coverage mandates.

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Obama Admin Gives Iran $450 Million In Frozen Assets For Good Behavior…

Obama’s foreign policy in a nutshell.

(Reuters) – The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million (267.9 million pounds) instalment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that “all sides have kept the commitments made” under the agreement. She said that “as Iran remains in line with its commitments,” the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union “will continue to uphold our commitments as well.”

The report by the U.N. nuclear agency showed that Iran had – as stipulated under the November 24 agreement – diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium reserve to a fissile content less prone to bomb proliferation. Tehran has also continued to convert the other half of its stock of uranium gas refined to a 20 percent fissile purity, the IAEA report said.

Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution — A Factory Of Billionaires

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Communists who don’t abide by their own rules? What the hell is next?! Cats and dogs living together?

Via Jenny Blando:

Bolibourgeoisie: A portmanteau of the words Bolivarian and Bourgeoisie; a term describing the new bourgeois created by the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chávez and Chavismo, made up of people who became rich under the Chavez administration. (wikipedia.com)

At the time of his death Hugo Chavez and his family were estimated to be worth between 1 and 2 billion USD. Paradoxically, for 14 years Chavez consistently spewed anachronistic revolutionary propaganda, highlighting statements like ‘capitalism is bad,’ ‘end to the bourgeoisie,’ ‘rich people don’t work’ ‘rich people are lazy,’ and last but not least ‘the United States is evil’. Oddly enough Chavez, his family, and his buddies have all benefited from Imperialist influence.

With billions of dollars worth of refineries in the United States, and a network of CITGO gas stations; anti-imperialism coexists incongruously with profitable North American investment and business.

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The U.N.: What Is It Good For?

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Agenda 21 and pushing the global warming scam

Via Legal Insurrection

Is there anything that the U.N. does right?

I noticed a story earlier this week, Apology for UN refusal to stop Rwanda genocide. The context for the apology is the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

Former New Zealand ambassador Colin Keating issued the rare apology during a council meeting to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide and examine what has been done since to prevent new genocides.

The open session elicited praise for the U.N.’s stepped-up commitment to put human rights at the center of its work but widespread criticism of its failure to prevent ongoing atrocities in Syria, Central African Republic and South Sudan.

Keating was the President of the Security Council twenty years ago.

Of course, another U.N. official was in charge of peacekeeping operations at the time one million Rwandan’s were killed. His name is Kofi Annan. Despite his failure to prevent the genocide he was promoted to Secretary General of the United Nations. (There is even a Kofi Annan Peacekeeping Training Centre in his native Ghama. It’s as if he actually succeeded at his job. The job he’s good at is funding vanity projects.) To be sure Annan apologized for his failure ten years ago.

Two months ago, U.N. diplomat, Lakhdar Brahimi also apologized:

“I am very, very sorry, and I apologize to the Syrian people that…we haven’t helped them very much,” said Mr. Brahimi, the United Nations/Arab League Joint Special Representative, telling a press conference that while no date was set to resume the talks, he presented both sides with an agenda for the next round, “so that we don’t lose another week or 10 days as we have this time.”

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Dinesh D’Souza: Bundy Ranchers Faced The Real “Domestic Terrrorists”

Racist Fox Destroying Mooch’s White House Garden…

Via Daily Caller:

The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties.

The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching.

President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls.

The bushy-tailed visitor first made his appearance at the White House just before the October government shutdown, the Journal’s Carol Lee reports.

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Iranians Carry ‘Death To Israel’ Signs As Rouhani Tells Crowd He Supports Dialogue

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Heinz Kerry and Obama believe him

Via JPost

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday.

Chanting “God is Greatest”, troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”, armored personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft as well as small submarines with men wearing aqua-lungs alongside.

Unlike hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani did not use his speech to lash out at the United States and Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognize.

“We told the world during the (nuclear) talks and we repeat that we don’t support any aggression … We support dialogue,” Rouhani said in the live broadcast.

“We don’t attack any country and don’t want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran,” he said, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed in the parade area in the south of the capital near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Rouhani, whose election in June paved the way for a major thaw in ties with the West, was referring to the talks with six major powers to hammer out a permanent agreement aimed at resolving the decade-old nuclear standoff.

Under a November preliminary agreement between Iran and the world powers, that took effect on Jan. 20, Iran is to scale back its nuclear activities in exchange for initial relief from international trade and financial sanctions.

The next meeting between Iran, the United States, France, Russia, Germany, China and Britain is set for May 13 in Vienna, where they will start drafting the final agreement.

Kidnapped Boy, 9, Gets Kidnapper To Let Him Go By Singing Gospel Hymn

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Check the link for video of the adorable little boy with great presence of mind.

ATLANTA — A young boy’s love of gospel music may have saved his life.

Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. He allegedly drove the boy around for some time before dropping him off unharmed in East Point.

But Willie’s actions during those terrifying three hours are inspiring people around the country. Willie says he sang the gospel song “Every Praise” until the man let him go.

Thursday evening, community leaders held a meeting in Willie’s honor, celebrating his happy ending, but also telling other parents and children what to do if this happens to them.

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Barack Obama Welcomes Spring Weather With A Picture of . . . Barack Obama…

The Narcissist-in-Chief strikes again.

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