Congress’ Surprising Definition Of Hate-Speech

Truth-hate-speech

Same as the definition of a hate crime

Via Black Sphere

If you think there’s a magical force field like in the movie Men In Black, protecting our Constitution from alien attack, sorry Slick, but we need to talk.

The Constitution doesn’t defend itself, and we don’t get to cruise along on the momentum of the people who fought before us. Liberalism, Collectivism, Marxism, Socialism, or whatever the kids these days are calling the cancerous tumor on society that is at its core Statism, does…not…sleep.

The only cavalry is you and me, standing up, shouting “‘Molon Labe, MoFo!”

The left wing is so emboldened, that they now are attack in broad daylight. This is not the ‘intellectual elite’, hawking Marxist pretzel-logic in Ivy League poli-sci courses. This is mainstream media and retail politics stealing your crap right from under your nose.

There are two bills currently moving though Congress right now, whose purpose is to criminalize “hate speech.”

Spoiler alert: it’s not the “kill cracker babies” uttered by the New Black Panther Party, nor is it Guy Cimbalo’s piece on “Conservative women I’d love to rape.”

No the “hate speech” Congress wants to kill is more the “marriage is between a man and woman” type.

Hate-speech is not when New York governor Andrew Cuomo declares the 2nd Amendment invalid, and openly discusses confiscating firearms. Nor is it hate-speech when a Seattle Socialist politician called for workers to “take over the Boeing factory.”

It’s not hate-speech, when Obama made it clear that he doesn’t care about the people and our silly laws: Congress makes the laws; he may enforce some of them.

It’s not in the mainstream media’s Liberal DNA to even recognize these stories, much less consider them hateful.

To recognize such utterances is to acknowledge the disease. If you don’t discuss the problem, it doesn’t exist. The infringement on your freedom of speech doesn’t exist, nor is there an attempt to take your guns. SHHHH…

Leftists like to quiet people (who disagree with them).

Quiet people don’t question why freedom of speech only applies to people who think the way they do. Quiet people don’t ask why gun control cities are the most dangerous cities in the world. Quiet people don’t ask how we’re supposed to ‘COEXIST’ with someone who thinks homosexuality is a death-penalty sin.

QUIET. So they can go on about the business of making us equal. Equally poor. Equally obedient. Equally defenseless. They can and do punish dissidents who step out of line.

Even still. Let’s get to steppin’. Or you can just go back to tiptoeing…quietly.
Magic doesn’t protect the Constitution and our rights. We do!

War On Women: Major Dem Donor Pleads Guilty To Beating Girlfriend, Gets Community Service

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But..But…binders of women!

Via Daily Caller:

Multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal was charged with 45 felony counts for a vicious incident where he allegedly punched and kicked his girlfriend 117 times and attempted to smother her.

After a judge ruled the video footage taken from Chahal’s bedroom inadmissible in court and Chahal’s girlfriend withdrew her testimony, he pled guilty to two charges — one of domestic violence battery and one of battery.

His punishment was a mere 25 hours of community service, three years of probation and a 52-hour education course on domestic violence, The Daily Mail reports.

Chahal is a prominent donor to Democratic causes and has visited the White House on two occasions since 2011 to meet with Obama.

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‘Squatters’ Took Over Soldier’s Home After He Was Deployed; Outrageous Law Lets Them Stay!

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They have a “right” to due process

Via BPR

A soldier being deployed to Afghanistan is sure to have a lot on his mind, but having squatters take over his home while he is away is probably not high on the list.

But that appears to be precisely what happened to one soldier in Florida.

Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago and asked a friend to keep an eye on his home in New Port Richey, Fla. while he was away, according to the local NBC affiliate WFLA.

The soldier, currently station in Hawaii, later learned that strangers moved into the house and now refuse to leave.

“I want the people out,” Sharkey said. “They’re criminals living in my house.”

WFLA reported that Julio Ortiz and his girlfriend are living in the home and they know Sharkey doesn’t want them there, but Ortiz said he had worked out a deal with the friend looking after the home to fix it up in exchange for living there free of charge.

“I don’t want problems,” Ortiz said. “We’re not doing anything wrong.”

The soldier’s friend, Lisa Pettus, disputes that there was an agreement. She told WFLA that Ortiz did some work on the home, but she did not know he had moved in until she drove by the house a couple of months later.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Pettus said. “And now they’re using my name to justify this. It’s wrong.”

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Ken Doll told WFLA it will take a court order to evict the couple because they have established residency in the home.

“I don’t think I should have to pay hundreds of dollars and go through that aggravation,” Sharkey said. “I work hard, long hours, and these people never had permission to live in my home. They should be thrown out.”

The couple’s criminal history only adds to Sharkey’s worries.

WFLA reported:

Ortiz spent a combined twelve years in prison in New Jersey for robbery, car jacking and selling drugs on school property. He was released in 2011. Fatima Cardorso spent more than two years in prison on drug charges and was released in 2006.

Ortiz was arrested three times in Pasco County last year on minor charges. Cardoso has been arrested in Pasco County seven times on drug charges since 2011.

“They are criminals,” Sharkey said. “I am serving my country, and they have more rights to my home than I do.”

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Eric Holder Cancels Speech At Police Graduation, After Crowds Flock To Protest Him

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Aww, what a shame! Guy with the sign has it right.

Via WFB:

Attorney General Eric Holder canceled a speech to a graduating class of police cadets in Oklahoma City on Thursday, after crowds of Oklahomans flocked to the ceremony to protest his appearance.

Protest organizers said Holder’s planned speech to the law enforcement graduates was “inappropriate,” and argued that the attorney general has failed to uphold the law himself.

“A lot of people just felt that it was very inappropriate for this man, with his track record, to speak to law enforcement officers that demand and expect to be backed up by the government working on behalf of the citizens, not against the citizens,” State Rep. Mike Turner (R.), who is running for U.S. congress, told the Washington Free Beacon.

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‘Hillary’s Nightmare’ Could Derail Clinton’s Election Bid After All

Liz has the same credentials as Obama

Via The Telegraph

She has been described as “Hillary’s nightmare” — a banker-bashing, consumer-championing US senator who liberals believe could mount a serious challenge to Mrs Clinton for the Democrat nomination in the 2016 presidential election.

Officially, Elizabeth Warren, a 64-year-old former Harvard law professor and Massachusetts senator, has no ambitions for the White House.

“I’m not running for president,” she told ABC News yesterday.

But she was in the television studios to promote a new autobiography that, in the traditions of books such as Barack Obama’s The Audacity of Hope, sounded to many pundits very much like a campaign manifesto; and in Washington circles her denials that she would run only succeeded in deepening speculation that she might.

The publication of A Fighting Chance, which tells the story of Mrs Warren’s hard-scrabble upbringing in Oklahoma, comes out six weeks before Mrs Clinton’s own campaign book, Hard Choices, hits the bookstores in June.

Asked in the same interview if she thought that the former first lady would make a good president, Mrs Warren stopped short of unequivocal endorsement, replying obliquely: “I think Hillary Clinton is terrific.”

Mrs Warren, a figurehead of the liberal Left and popular on late-night television chat shows for her attacks on Wall Street and income inequality, has been spoken of as a possible presidential contender ever since her barn-storming speech at the Democrat convention in 2012.

Then, as in her new book, Mrs Warren lashed out at an economy that she says is “rigged” in favour of big business, a message that polls show is popular among America’s disgruntled middle classes who have seen little evidence of recovery in their own wages since the end of the 2007 financial crisis. “Big corporations hire armies of lobbyists to get billion-dollar loopholes into the tax system and persuade their friends in Congress to support laws that keep the playing field tilted in their favour,” Mrs Warren writes.

“Meanwhile, hard-working families are told that they’ll just have to live with smaller dreams for their children.”

Although Mrs Warren was among the 16 Democrat female senators who signed a secret letter last year urging Mrs

Clinton to run for president, her deeply populist message contrasts somewhat with the Clintons’ establishment profile and Wall Street ties. She has made much of her own tough upbringing as a carpet salesman’s daughter who attended government schools, was waiting at tables aged 13, got married at 19 and lived on the “ragged edge” of the American middle classes.

Mrs Warren cuts a solo figure in public life, with her family making very few appearances on the campaign trail when she ran for the Senate in 2012.

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HT Theo Spark

Young Girl Hands Michelle Obama Resume From Unemployed Father…

I doubt Mooch realizes it’s her husband’s policies that are the reason he can’t find a job.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama’s annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand the first lady his resume.

The first lady seemed a little taken aback but then explained to the other children, who might not have heard the girl’s comment, that the matter was “a little private, but she’s doing something for her dad.” Mrs. Obama promised to deal with the matter later.

When the event ended, Mrs. Obama gave the girl, Charlotte Bell, a hug and then reached back to grab the resume off a table as she left the East Room. The first lady played host to the children at the White House on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Charlotte’s family had joked over the weekend about making a job pitch to the first lady, but her parents didn’t know she would give it a try, according to her mother, an executive branch employee who did not want to be identified.

Charlotte’s father, Ben Bell, has been looking for a policy job for more than two years and recently has been trying to get a job with the Obama administration. He worked on the Obama campaign in 2012.

Michelle Obama’s annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees has taken a somber turn.

A young girl in the front row at Thursday’s event told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand Mrs. Obama her dad’s resume.

The first lady seemed taken aback. Then Mrs. Obama explained to the other children, who might not have heard the girl’s comment, that it was a private matter but the girl was “doing something for her dad.” Mrs. Obama promised to deal with the matter later.

VA Official Accused In Dozens Of Veterans’ Deaths, Cover-Up…Update: More Video On Depth Of Cover-Up

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Sharon Helman, remember that name. She not only let them die, she lied and created an elaborate hoax, covering up the wait times. She got a bonus for her efforts. Click on the link to see Fox video. Just shameful.

Via Fox News:

A Veterans Affairs official accused of keeping double books to hide the fact that dozens of veterans died awaiting care previously ran a Washington state VA facility that allegedly fudged suicide numbers, FoxNews.com has learned.

Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, is accused with other management officials of keeping a fake waiting list that made it appear sick veterans were being treated in a timely manner — while hiding the real list that showed up to 1,600 sick veterans were waiting months to see a physician. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said investigators have evidence that two sets of records were kept by the facility to conceal the lengthy delays in care.

At least 40 veterans on the secret list allegedly died while waiting for appointments, prompting congressional committees to launch investigations into the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

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Update:

Absolutely terrific report by CNN (who’d have thought?) on these absolutely shameful actions:

See more here.

Up to 1600 still waiting for care in Phoenix, and Phoenix VA still refuses to answer questions on the case. As CNN notes, this problem is not just in Phoenix, but country-wide, Phoenix is just more glaring because of the cover-up.

White House Has Missed 25 Statutory Deadlines Under Obamacare…

Barack Obama

Because he’s the Imperial President, that’s why.

Via Weekly Standard:

It is becoming increasingly hard to tell whether Obamacare is the law of the land, or just the law of the parts of the land that don’t reside in (or aren’t in the good graces of) the executive branch.  One wonders:  Is it really too much to expect an administration that championed the passage of a 2,700-page overhaul of American medicine to live by the same law it was so eager to impose on others?

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has just released a memo (posted here at the 2017 Project) listing deadlines that Obamacare imposed on the Obama administration—or, if you prefer, that the Obama administration imposed on itself through Obamacare—and reporting whether the administration has met them or not.  To date, it appears that the administration has missed 25 deadlines that it was required, as a matter of law—as a matter of the president’s signature law—to meet.

For example, the CRS writes that Obamacare “[r]equires the Interagency Working Group on Health Care Quality, convened by the President and chaired by the HHS [Health and Human Services] Secretary, to submit to Congress, and publish on the Internet, a report on its progress and recommendations.”  Even though that report was due on New Year’s Eve 2010—1,206 days before the April 21, 2014 date of the CRS memo—the CRS writes, “No report has been submitted to Congress.”

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U.S. Ambassador Donates New Goat Quarantine Facility to Liberia

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Heinz Kerry has already exceeded Hillary’s accomplishments as Secretary of State

Via All Africa

U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac has officially handed over a new goat quarantine facility to Liberia’s Center for Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) outside Gbarnga, in Bong County.

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Food and Enterprise Development Program (FED), rehabilitated the former livestock facility so that it can house up to 500 goats at a time. The facility is scheduled to receive the first shipment of goats through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress goat program sometime during May 2014.

Goats are a core asset for rural village households and farms in Liberia. However, nearly 80 percent of all goat meat consumed in Liberia is imported from neighboring countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Mali.

To reverse that trend, Ambassador Malac told an audience of CARI, FED and local officials (April 4) that USAID and USDA are collaborating with CARI to improve the genetic pool of goats in Liberia through importation of improved breeds of healthy goats. The programs are also working collectively with farmers to vaccinate their animals and train them on how to keep their stocks healthy and reduce the deaths of young goats.

The goat quarantine facility is critical to increasing Liberia’s national goat herd and represents how USAID/FED, USDA, and Liberia’s Ministry of Agriculture will work together to secure the future of goat farmers in Liberia.

FED is now in its third year of implementation in Liberia, and there has been a strong collaboration between the Governments of Liberia and the United States since its beginning, as well as with other key stakeholders, in developing agriculture and agribusinesses in Liberia. The U.S. Government has made, and will continue to make, major investments to support agriculture and agribusiness in Liberia through its close partnership with government institutions and agencies like the Ministry of Agriculture and CARI.

Through projects such as the goat quarantine facility and the establishment of a thriving goat sector in Liberia, the U.S. Government reaffirms its long-standing commitment to help Liberia reduce poverty and achieve food security in the future.

Ambassador Malac also visited a private goat farm outside Ganta, Nimba County, which has become a model for goat farmers in the region.

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Nigerian Clerics Use Mosques to Recruit Terrorists For Boko Haram…

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Any churches out there recruiting terrorists?

Via The Sun:

Nigerian Muslim clerics living in the border towns of Cameroon and Nigeria are recruiting Boko Haram members in their mosques, the government of Cameroon has alleged. Worse still, government officials in the North East states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa collaborate with the terrorists and take bribes from them, thereby, hindering the fight against the terrorists. Governors of these states also capitalize on their civilian fears to berate the army and the federal government.

These allegations were published in a report, yesterday, by US-based online military news agency, StrategyPage. The magazine explains that the army wants governors in the affected states removed because “many officials in those states are cooperating with Boko Haram (to avoid attack) and are taking bribes from the Islamic terrorists.

“Some of these officials are covering themselves in case Boko Haram should gain power and the governors are often just responding to civilian fears of army misconduct,” it noted.

The magazine said: “Cameroon is also concerned about pro-Boko Haram clerics from Nigeria quietly preaching and recruiting for Boko Haram in Cameroon mosques.

“Islamic conservative clergy are not unusual on either side of the border, but those who do not denounce Boko Haram are suspected of quietly recruiting young men to join the “jihad” (struggle) and fight (and often die) in Nigeria. These preachers have to recruit quietly because otherwise police in Cameroon will arrest and deport them, sometimes after a vigorous interrogation. Evidence of this recruiting is showing up when some of the recruits return from Nigeria with tales of disillusionment and adversity while with Boko Haram,” the report said.

BREAKING: Russian Democracy-Mobiles Being Unloaded At Port In Venezuela UPDATED:

Taken in Puerto Cabelleo these photographs are of what looks like a lot to me like a  Russian BTR-60 being unloaded onto the docks and being transported into the Venezuelan state of Carabobo.

Russia is Venezuela’s largest supplier of weapons and armored vehicles but this is the first instance I’m aware of where a BTR is seen.

UPDATE:

It appears this move today was part of a larger campaign aimed against the Venezuelan people, specifically those protesting the government and attempting to reinstate Democracy.

National Guard troops flooded the Northern area of Merida, a state in Venezuela and began shutting down streets and kicking doors in.

Sales Of New U.S. Homes Plunge 14.5 Percent In March

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Recovering with unicorn blood.

Via KATU

The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate’s spring buying season is off to a weak start.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales of new homes declined 14.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. That was the second straight monthly decline and the lowest rate since July 2013.

Sales plunged in the Midwest, South and West in March. But they rebounded in the Northeast, where snowstorms in previous months curtailed purchases.

New-home sales have declined 13.3 percent over the past 12 months.

“Our core view is that the housing market has stalled and won’t contribute” to overall economic growth this year, said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.

Rising home prices have caused some buyers to back off at the lower end of the market, while new-home buyers at the top continue to buy. As a result, median sales prices jumped 12.6 percent during the past month to $290,000.

Home sales usually improve with the start of the spring. More would-be buyers venture to open houses. Families with children often begin to look for homes so that they can move once the school year ends.

Builders anticipated a snap back with the warmer weather. There were 193,000 new homes for sale at the end of the month, about 39,000 more than the same period last month.

Several other indicators also show that housing activity was muted last month.

The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that sales of existing homes edged down 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million. It was the seventh drop in the past eight months.

Sales have fallen, in part, because few homes are for sale. There is a 5.2-month supply of existing homes on the market, much less than the 6-month level seen in healthier markets. More construction is needed to boost the supply, the Realtors’ group argues.

But the improvement in building has been slight.

Builders started work on 946,000 homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in March, up 2.8 percent from 920,000 in February, the Commerce Department said last week. Those figures include both single-family homes and rental properties. Applications for permits, a gauge of future activity, fell 2.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 990,000.

The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index was 47 in April. Readings below 50 indicate that more builders view sales conditions as poor rather than good.

Sales have also been modest because of affordability issues.

Rising prices over the past year and higher mortgage rates have made it harder for many Americans to afford a home. Real estate data provider CoreLogic says home prices rose 12.2 percent in the past year. Wage growth last year failed to keep pace with the higher buying costs.

The average rate on a 30-year mortgage was 4.27 percent last week. Rates surged about 1.25 percentage points from May through September, peaking at 4.6 percent. Those increases began after the Federal Reserve signaled that it would begin to pull back from its bond-buying program.

Those Fed bond purchases were designed to keep long-term interest rates low to spur more borrowing and boost economic growth. Since December, the Fed has reduced the size of its monthly purchases to $55 billion from $85 billion.

Woman Sentenced For Stealing VA Money Intended For Homeless Vets

Birdie Anderson

She went to the block of government cheese three times. Government writes a check with no follow up.

Via Stars and Stripes:

Birdie Anderson, 56, of Nashville, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell to serve two years in prison for making false statements to the Department of Veterans Affairs and stealing public money, according to David Rivera, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Anderson pleaded guilty in April 2013 to stealing the money obtained in three VA grants, totaling more than $364,000 during 2006 and 2007, which was intended to assist indigent and homeless veterans.

“This is a truly egregious violation,” said Rivera. “There is no group as worthy of government assistance as those who have served their country in the military, and have since fallen on hard times. This defendant’s greed and deception deprived that group of assistance they needed, and as a result they will not receive the benefit of the money she stole and squandered. Hopefully others like defendant who may be tempted to take advantage of government programs that are intended to help others will take heed of this case.”

According to testimony at the hearing, in April 2007 Anderson obtained the first VA grant of $80,000 to buy a dwelling. The grant agreement specified she would not be required to repay the grant on condition she would maintain the property as a residence for homeless veterans for a period of seven years.

She represented the property was worth $124,000 and she had the rest of the money on hand in cash for the purchase. In truth she did not have the balance of the purchase price in cash, but instead took out a mortgage loan of $75,000 to buy the property.

She then used only about $55,000 of the $80,000 cash grant provided by VA to close on the property, and simply kept the rest. She made only one payment on the mortgage and defaulted on the loan. Though the property was used to house veterans for a period of time, it has been repossessed and is no longer available to veterans as a home.

In December 2007, Anderson received a second grant of $25,000, which she said she would combine with matching funds to buy a $40,000 specialty van for use in transporting veterans to medical appointments and job interviews. Anderson submitted a sales contract and a vehicle identification number for the van she represented she was going to buy in support of her grant application. She received and kept the cash VA deposited into her bank account, but simply never bought the van.

In March 2009, Anderson applied for and got a third VA grant of more than $250,000 for the purchase of a large apartment building worth $398,000. Anderson again said she would maintain this building as a residential dwelling for homeless veterans, and the city of Nashville had agreed to provide the matching funds for the purchase.

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Vulnerable Dem Sen. Mary Landrieu Bizarrely Claims Her Support For Obamacare Will Help Her Win Re-Election, Calls It A “Solid Law”…

Going down with the ship.

Via WaPo:

Senator Mary Landrieu is one of the most vulnerable of red state Democratic incumbents, and her reelection challenges — like those of other red state Dems — are said to be all about Obamacare.

But in an interview today, Landrieu vowed to campaign aggressively against GOP foe Bill Cassidy’s opposition to the Medicaid expansion in the state, offered a spirited defense of the law — while acknowledging it has some problems — and even insisted he’d be at a “disadvantage” over the issue.

This week a state legislative committee in Louisiana is expected to consider a measure that would put a constitutional amendment before the voters this fall that, if approved, would direct the state to accept $16 billion in Medicaid money to cover 242,000 people. Even if the ballot measure is not green-lighted by the legislature, Landrieu said she will continue to press the issue — and hit Rep. Cassidy over it.

“That would be a real setback for the people of Louisiana, many of whom are working 30, 40, 50 hours a week but find themselves caught in the Jindal gap because the state refuses to expand health care options to the working poor at little to no expense,” Landrieu told me, referring to Governor Bobby Jindal’s opposition to the expansion. [...]

“It’s a solid law that needs improvement,” Landrieu said. “My opponent offers nothing but repeal, repeal, and repeal. And even with all the law’s setbacks, we’re seeing benefits for thousands of people in Louisiana.”

Oregon Panel Recommends Scrapping Train Wreck $304 Million Obamacare Exchange, Switching To Healthcare.gov

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Will the taxpayers get their money back? Yeah, no.

PORTLAND (AP) — An advisory board has recommended dumping Cover Oregon as a one-stop portal for health insurance enrollment and joining the federal health exchange. A final decision is expected Friday at 10 a.m.

The committee was tasked Thursday with deciding whether it would be more cost effective to ditch the glitch-filled portal and replace it with the federal website, or try to fix the existing system with the help of a new contractor.

The recommendation to drop Cover Oregon came nearly seven months after the exchange was supposed to go live so that residents could use it to compare and buy health insurance plans.

Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa Banning Men From Owning Gold-Plated Cell Phones…

Errr…

Via Emirates 24/7:

A well-known Saudi Islamic scholar has issued a fatwa (religious edict) prohibiting men from using a gold-plated mobile phone.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Fowzan, a jurisprudence professor and member of the Saudi human rights commission, said women can use such handsets.

“As for men, they are prohibited from using gold or gold-plated mobile handsets…such handsets are allowed for women but not men,” he said on his Twitter page in response to a query from a reader.

Saudi newspapers said Fowzan’s fatwa came as thousands of men in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states started to opt for gold-plated mobile phones.

Frustrated Mom Vents On Bizarre Common Core Math Question…

Via EAG News:

Some parents have had quite enough of the crazy, convoluted and sometimes error-filled Common Core math worksheets.

Deanne Knight is one of them, and she let her feelings be known.

Her daughter’s worksheet, which came from the New York Department of Education’s EngageNY lesson plan website and was emblazoned with “NY’s Common Core Mathematics Curriculum,” asks students to review a fictitious student’s work and circle the correct mathematical procedure.

The second portion of the lesson has students “fix the student work that was incorrect by making new drawings in the space below.” What follows is a series of long lines and circles – apparently adding up to the desired answer: 25.

Students are then supposed to write “a suggestion for improvement.”

At that point, Knight couldn’t help it. She wrote in large letters on her daughter’s worksheet: “Go back to basic math! – mom’s opinion!”

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WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart: Global Warming Skepticism Will Lead To “End of The Republican Party”…

In reality global warming barely registers on the list of issues voters are most concerned with.

Via Newsbusters:

On the Wednesday, April 23, PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart asserted that Republican doubts about global warming would be “one more thing that is going to hasten the demise, the end of the Republican Party” as he reacted to a clip of several North Carolina Republican Senate candidates expressing doubts when asked if “climate change” is a “fact.”

And, as she appeared as a guest, allegedly right-leaning MSNBC host Abby Huntsman predicted that Republicans would be “out of business” if they lose the elections of 2016. [...]

The Washigton Post columnist, who already predicted an end to the Republican Party just last week, concluded:

And if the Republican Party wants to keep nominating people who are questioning the science and then in some instances electing people who keep questioning the science, then that’s going to be one more thing that is going to hasten the demise, the end of the Republican Party.

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Connecticut Dems Advance Bill Mandating Schools Teach Pro-Union Propaganda…

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Even worse, they defeated an amendment requiring students study the U.S. Constitution.

Via EAG News:

Legislation that would require Connecticut education officials to create a special K-12 curriculum about the virtues of organized labor and capitalism took a big step toward becoming reality on Wednesday.

CTPost.com reports the state’s Senate – which is controlled by labor-union friendly Democrats – passed the bill 25-10, after lawmakers engaged in a rollicking 90-minute debate. (It’s worth noting that an amendment requiring the study of the U.S. Constitution was defeated 26-9 during that process.)

The bill now heads to the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

If the bill passes both chambers and is signed into law by Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy, “it would order state education officials to develop a (pro-labor and pro-capitalism) curriculum, but would not require its inclusion in local school programs,” CTPost.com reports.

Make no mistake – this is mostly a pro-labor bill. The only reason pro-capitalism lessons are included in the proposed curriculum is because Big Labor’s previous attempts to slip their agenda into Connecticut classrooms have failed. This time, the unionists shrewdly decided to include free market teachings as a sweetener for on-the-fence lawmakers – and that strategy appears to be working.

During Wednesday’s floor debate, Democrats argued that the special pro-labor lessons are necessary so students don’t leave school thinking child labor laws, work safety requirements and the 40-hour work week just fell out the sky. Instead, they want students to know those landmarks of modern life were created by organized labor.

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Report: Second Wave of Health Care Cancellations On The Way Thanks To Obamacare…

But… but… but… the debate is over!

Via Vox:

The Obama administration is quietly trying to stamp out some of the skimpiest health plans, a decision that industry officials say could trigger yet another wave of cancellation notices.

The administration is targeting a type of coverage called fixed benefit or indemnity insurance, which give patients a fixed sum of money whenever they visit the doctor or land in a hospital.

These plans are less expensive than regular medical insurance because they are less robust. And new federal regulations would make it illegal for insurers to sell these plans as stand-alone insurance coverage. Instead, the Obama administration only wants to allow people to buy fixed-benefit plans as supplemental insurance to a more comprehensive medica

It’s worth being clear that even now a fixed-benefit plan doesn’t satisfy the individual mandate. The new rule would mainly affect people who had chosen to pay the individual mandate, or who were exempt from the mandate, and who bought a fixed-benefit plan as a stopgap. The Obama administration is saying that they can’t do that unless they also buy a more comprehensive plan.

This change has been lauded by consumer advocates, who say the whole point of health reform is ensuring Americans into better health insurance plans. But its been criticized by insurers and some regulators for eliminating a source of coverage for those who can’t afford a true medical plan.

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