Poll: Just 27% Of Americans Have A Favorable View Of Muslims…

For blatantly obvious reasons.

(Reuters) – How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

Only 27 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Muslims, down from 35 percent in 2010, according to the Zogby poll, commissioned by the non-profit Arab American Institute. Favorable attitudes toward Arabs dropped to 32 percent from 43 percent in 2010.

The poll also found that 42 percent of respondents believe an American Muslim’s religion would influence his or her decision making in an important government job. The same percentage believe it is justified for law enforcement to profile Arab Americans or American Muslims.

83,000 Alabamians’ Insurance At Risk From Court Ruling? Not When You Factor Deadbeats

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Appears Blue Cross has a monopoly in Alabama.

Via AL Com

AL.com reported last week that a court ruling could jeopardize health insurance for more than 83.000 Alabamians who signed up for government-subsidized policies under Obamacare.

But that likely overstates the true number.

Why? Because not everyone who bought a policy has actually paid.

First, some background. The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled on July 22 that the subsides under the law – formally called the Affordable Care Act – were illegal on the federal exchange because the statute authorized them only on state-run exchanges.

Since Alabama is one of 36 states that chose not to set up an exchange, that would mean that everyone with a subsidized health plan would lose the assistance if the court ruling survives further appeals. In Alabama, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s most recent data, that number is 83,190.

But that figure reflects only people who completed a purchase on the federal exchange and qualified for a subsidy. In order to keep insurance, customers must pay the premium every month.

Kaiser officials said they do not have statistics on the number of customers who have paid their premiums. But Koko Mackin, a spokeswoman for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, said 76 percent of its customers who selected a plan on the exchange have continued to pay their premiums. The company normally requires premiums to be paid the first of each month, but Mackin said customers who bought through the exchange are given additional time.

Blue Cross, by far, is the state’s dominant insurance carrier; it was the only choice on the federal exchange in all but a handful of counties.

So if the 76 percent figure is representative of all paying customers on the exchange, that would mean the number of Alabamians who could lose insurance if the subsidies go away is more like 63,224.

Obama Aghast: Some People Think I’m A Terrible President…

Don’t worry, Barack, I’m sure it’s just a handful of people who feel that way.

HT: Twitchy

Israeli Knesset Member: Obama Talked To Netanyahu Like He Was The “Leader Of The Taliban”…

Obama’s a pompous jerk? – Who knew?

Via Truth Revolt

Beyond Parody: MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Worried About Lack Of “Racial Diversity” In Emojis…

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Via Newsbusters:

On a truly idiotic segment of the July 29 edition of Ronan Farrow Daily, the host of the Lean Forward network’s “next-generation news show” discussed the current state of emojis with linguist John McWhorter, CNet’s Maggie Reardon, and journalist Dave Cullen. Farrow commented how the popular emoticons are “becoming more and more the fabric of the kind of communication you see,” and truly out-liberaled himself with his question to McWhorter, who happens to be black.

After wondering whether emojis, which originated in Japan, could alter “tech-driven communication across international lines,” Farrow asked McWhorter, “do you think there’s a limitation we’re suffering from in terms of the racial diversity of these emojis?”

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Hamas Sermon From The Gaza Strip: Our Doctrine Entails Exterminating The Jews…

If Hamas had the weapons they wouldn’t think twice about massacring every Jew in Israel.

Small-Business Owners Tell Emanuel They Back Minimum-Wage Hike

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The business owners can take the initiative and raise the wages instead of waiting for nanny government.

Via Chicago Sun Times

Progressive small-business owners in Chicago voiced their support Monday for raising the minimum wage, but most said the move would still cost them.

They agreed that neither they nor their employees can live on minimum wage, especially if they live in Chicago, and that it’s essential to have “happy” employees. Satisfied employees are productive, more loyal, stay on the job longer and have no need to report to work exhausted because they’re working second and third jobs to pay the bills, said the seven small-business owners who spoke Monday at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s invitation during a roundtable at Dimo’s Pizza in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

Emanuel set the stage to rally support for his proposed ordinance, to be introduced to City Council on Wednesday, to boost the city’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018. The minimum wage currently is $7.25 an hour at the federal level and $8.25 in Illinois.

Emanuel’s proposed ordinance also calls for a $1 increase over two years in the minimum wage governing tips — from the current state minimum of $4.95 — and for the local minimum wage to retain existing state exemptions for workers under 18 and individuals undergoing training, among others.

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Pic: Obamabot Flips Out After Meeting Dear Leader, “He’s So Handsome, Oh My God!”…

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Instant classic.

Via pool report:

A woman with blonde hair and glasses rose to shake his hand from another table.

“He’s so handsome, oh my God!” she exclaimed.

“I’m paying for her food,” he said after hugging her.

“You’re so handsome,” she continued. “The First Lady is so lucky.”

She became choked up as she shook his hand a final time…

AP Poll: Nearly 7-In-10 Americans Disapprove Of Obama On Illegal Immigration…

Why is everyone being so mean to Barry?

Via Breitbart:

Nearly 70% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s handling of illegal immigration, and a plurality oppose any emergency funding to address the border crisis, according to a new national poll.

The Associated Press-GfK poll found that 68% disapprove of Obama on illegal immigration while only 31% approve. When asked if they “favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose emergency spending by the federal government to improve living conditions for children currently being detained for crossing the border illegally and to allow deportation hearings for those children to proceed more quickly,” 38% of respondents opposed while 32% favored authorizing emergency funds.

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Obama Regime Won’t Say Where Illegals Are Being Sent…

Why no, we don’t have a right to know.

Via Washington Times:

The Obama administration is concealing key details about its response to the surge of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the southern border, including where the unaccompanied minors are being sheltered and the circumstances under which some are set free inside the U.S.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill say the lack of information has handicapped their push to pass legislation to gain a handle on the surge — a debate taking place this week in both chambers.

“We’re getting almost no information, and there is all kinds of conflicting information,” said Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, who for months has been hounding the administration for answers about where unaccompanied minors, who crossed the border without their parents, are detained and released.

The Department of Health and Human Services, which is bound by law to house and care for unaccompanied children and teens from Central America, rebuffed repeated inquires from The Washington Times about the location of shelters where many of the children are detained.

“We do not identify the approximately 100 regular/permanent Unaccompanied Alien Children program shelters for the safety and security of minors and staff at the facilities,” Kenneth Wolfe, deputy director of communication for HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, said in an email.

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Southern Accent Reduction’ Class Cancelled At Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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The request had to come from a transplanted Yankee

Via Knoxville News Sentinel

It’s OK to talk Southern and work at a national lab — after all.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has cancelled plans for a “Southern Accent Reduction” class because of objections from lab staff members, some of whom said they were offended by the training opportunity.

ORNL’s human resources department early last week distributed a registration notice for the six-week course to be taught by Lisa Scott, “a nationally certified speech pathologist and accent reduction trainer.”

Here was the pitch to get employees to sign up for the speech rehab program: “Feel confident in a meeting when you need to speak with a more neutral American accent, and be remembered for what you say and not how you say it.”

The notice said the class would cover “some of the most common pronunciation and grammatical differences between Southern dialects and standard American English.”

It added: “In this course you will learn to recognize the pronunciation and grammar differences that make your speech sound Southern, and learn what to do so you can neutralize it through a technique called code-switching.”

Carolyn Ward of ORNL’s Learning and Development Services said the lab simply offered the class in response to an employee request. “We try to provide whatever requests we have,” she said.

ORNL spokesman David Keim said managers quickly cancelled the class after staff members complained.

“Given the way that it came across, they decided to cancel it,” Keim said. “It probably wasn’t presented in the right way and made it look like ORNL had some problem with having a Southern accent, which of course we don’t. That was not the intent at all.”

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has one of the region’s most diverse work populations, with employees from all parts of the United States and many different countries of origin, as well as visiting scientists from around the globe.

“We’ve offered accent reduction training to foreign nationals for years,” Keim said. “But this one obviously surprised some folks.”

HT Chattanooga Times Free Press

Islamist Fighters Led By Ansar Al-Sharia Overrun Libyan Special Forces Base In Benghazi After Fierce Fighting…

Hey, look, another crisis for Obama to ignore.

(Reuters) – Militant fighters overran a Libyan special forces base in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday after a battle involving rockets and warplanes that killed at least 30 people.

A special forces officer said they had to abandon their main camp in the southeast of Benghazi after coming under sustained attack from a coalition of Islamist fighters and former rebel militias in the city.

“We have withdrawn from the army base after heavy shelling,” Saiqa Special Forces officer Fadel Al-Hassi told Reuters.

A separate special forces spokesman confirmed the militants had taken over the camp after the troops pulled out. Part of the area is Camp 36 in the Bu Attni district and the special forces school.

Intense fighting in Benghazi, Libya’s second city, and battles between rival militias in the capital Tripoli have pushed the nation deeper into chaos after two weeks of the fiercest violence since the civil war which ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Benghazi has been at the centre of fighting between special forces and ex-rebel fighters of the Benghazi Shura Council who have joined up with the Ansar al Sharia, a militant Islamist group, residents said.

Last Crew Member Of Enola Gay Dies In Georgia

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Via Stars and Stripes

The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Georgia.

Theodore VanKirk, also known as “Dutch,” died Monday of natural causes at the retirement home where he lived in Stone Mountain, Georgia, his son Tom VanKirk said. He was 93.

VanKirk was the navigator of the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress aircraft that dropped “Little Boy” – the world’s first atomic bomb – over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The bomb killed 140,000 in Hiroshima. A second atomic bomb dropped by another plane killed 80,000 in Nagasaki three days later. VanKirk was 24 years old at the time.

Tom VanKirk said he and his siblings are very fortunate to have had such a wonderful father who remained active until the end of his life.

“I know he was recognized as a war hero, but we just knew him as a great father,” he said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.

In a 2005 interview with the AP, VanKirk said his World War II experience showed that wars and atomic bombs don’t settle anything, and he’d like to see the weapons abolished.

A funeral service was scheduled for VanKirk on Aug. 5 in his hometown of Northumberland, Pennsylvania. He will be buried in Northumberland next to his wife, who died in 1975. The burial will be private.

MSNBC’s Ratings Tank In July, Lowest Numbers In Nearly A Decade…

Feel good story of the day.

Via Daily Caller:

With a growing crisis on the southern border, an airline shoot down, civil war in eastern Ukraine and a fierce fight between the Israeli government and Hamas in Gaza, July was one intense month for news. And that was bad news for MSNBC.

The ultra-liberal cable news network touts itself as “The Place For Politics.” But when actual news breaks, the American public breaks away from MSNBC, with the channel’s daytime and primetime lineup both suffering some of its worst numbers in eight years.

According to Nielsen Media Research, MSNBC’s total day viewership was down 35 percent in the key 25-54 demographic from last year, the lowest it’s been since May 2006. Every single one of the major daytime shows — from “The Daily Rundown” at 9 a.m. through to “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at noon and “Politics Nation” with Al Sharpton at 6 p.m. — is down 40 percent or more in the target demographic.

Most of those time slots haven’t seen numbers that low since 2004, during the first term of the Bush administration. Amazingly, even HLN — a network so obscure that no one really know what its acronym even stands for — beat out MSNBC in total day numbers for the 25-54 age group.

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Mike Pence Learned HHS Was Dumping Illegal Alien Children In Indiana From The Press, Not HHS

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Which non-governmental organization (NGO) housed or placed the children with relatives?

Via NRO

Indiana governor Mike Pence said he first learned the federal government had placed 245 unaccompanied alien children in Indiana through media reports.

In a letter to President Obama, Pence wrote that the Department of Health and Human Services informed him that the federal government had housed hundreds of unaccompanied alien children in Indiana from January 1, 2014, to July 7, 2014, but only after reports surfaced in the media.

“While we feel deep compassion for these children, our country must secure its borders and provide for a legal and orderly immigration process,” Pence wrote. “Failure to expedite the return of unaccompanied children thwarts the rule of law and will only continue to send a distorted message that illegally crossing into America is without consequence.”

Pence said HHS would only provide him with updated monthly numbers of unaccompanied alien children living in the Hoosier State during the first week of each month. Pence called this unacceptable and noted that Indiana may be expected to be responsible for the illegal immigrant children’s education, health and welfare.

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Hamas Using Bunker Beneath Gaza’s Largest Hospital As Its Main Command Center…

Apparently the MSM is well aware of Hamas’ bunker beneath Shifa Hospital but have chosen not to report it. Hmmm, I wonder why?

Via Tablet Magazine:

The idea that one of Hamas’ main command bunkers is located beneath Shifa Hospital in Gaza City is one of the worst-kept secrets of the Gaza war. So why aren’t reporters in Gaza ferreting it out? The precise location of a large underground bunker equipped with sophisticated communications equipment and housing some part of the leadership of a major terrorist organization beneath a major hospital would seem to qualify as a world-class scoop—the kind that might merit a Pulitzer, or at least a Polk.

So why isn’t the fact that Hamas uses Shifa Hospital as a command post making headlines? In part, it’s because the location is so un-secret that Hamas regularly meets with reporters there. On July 15, for example, William Booth of the Washington Post wrote that the hospital “has become a de facto headquarters for Hamas leaders, who can be seen in the hallways and offices.” Back in 2006, PBS even aired a documentary showing how gunmen roam the halls of the hospital, intimidate the staff, and deny them access to protected locations within the building—where the camera crew was obviously prohibited from filming. Yet the confirmation that Hamas is using Gaza City’s biggest hospital as its de facto headquarters was made in the last sentence of the eighth paragraph of Booth’s story—which would appear to be the kind of rookie mistake that is known in journalistic parlance as “burying the lede.”

But Booth is no rookie—he’s an experienced foreign reporter, which means that he buried the lede on purpose. Why? Well, one reason might be that the “security sources” quoted whenever the location of the Hamas command bunker is mentioned—which, as evidenced by this 2009 article by the excellent and highly experienced foreign correspondent Steven Erlanger of the New York Times, happens every time there’s a war in Gaza—are obviously Israelis, not members of Hamas. It might be hard to believe the Israelis, the simple logic might run, since they obviously have an investment in arguing that Hamas is using hospitals and schools as human shields.

The Israelis are so sure about the location of the Hamas bunker, however, not because they are trying to score propaganda points, or because it has been repeatedly mentioned in passing by Western reporters—but because they built it. Back in 1983, when Israel still ruled Gaza, they built a secure underground operating room and tunnel network beneath Shifa hospital—which is one among several reasons why Israeli security sources are so sure that there is a main Hamas command bunker in or around the large cement basement beneath the area of Building 2 of the Hospital, which reporters are obviously prohibited from entering.

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UK Police To Start Seizing Drivers’ Cell Phones After All Crashes

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Coming to America next.

Via The Independent

Police are to start seizing drivers’ mobile phones after a crash in order to check whether they were texting or calling while at the wheel.

Previously mobiles have only been taken when drivers are seriously injured or killed in a crash, but new guidelines issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers says that officers should check drivers’ mobiles even in the event of a minor shunt.

The intent is to crack down on mobile distractions while driving, with recent reports suggesting that more than 500 people are killed or seriously injured each year in the UK because drivers have been calling, texting or posting to social media.

Road safety charity Brake welcomed the new guidelines, with spokesperson Ed Morrow saying: “We are fully supportive of the efforts by the police to clamp down on mobile phone use at the wheel. Offenders need to know they will be caught, they will be prosecuted, and there will be serious consequences.”

The crackdown might also be accompanied by an increase in the penalty for texting at the wheel to six points on drivers’ licenses instead of three. This would mean that drivers could be banned if they are caught using their phones just twice while driving.

However, some individuals are concerned that the new powers could be abused. Hugh Bladon of the Alliance of British Divers told Yahoo News: “I am 100 per cent against anyone texting while driving and those caught deserve everything they get. But I’m worried police could overdo it, just because someone is involved in a minor shunt, surely it shouldn’t mean they should lose their phone.”

Discussing the change to penalty points earlier this month, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin described the amount of casualties from drivers using their mobile as “absolutely appalling”. “We’ve got to change this,” he said.

HT The Vulgar Curmudgeon

Jerry Brown: Instead Of Sending Troops To Secure Border, We Should Heed The “Religious Call” And Allow Illegals To Overrun America…

Gov. Jerry Brown

They don’t call him “Moonbeam” for nothing.

MEXICO CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown suggested Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ordering of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to address the surge in border crossings is misguided, urging politicians instead to heed the “religious call … to welcome the stranger” in addressing the crisis.

“This is a human problem, and it has been the religious call of all religions to welcome the stranger, and it’s in that spirit that I believe the clergy can call the United States, Mexico and all the players to perhaps a higher response than might otherwise happen,” Brown said on the first full day of his trade mission to Mexico.

The Democratic governor is in the country to discuss the environment and trade, but tension over the illegal crossing of thousands of young immigrants from Central America has flared in recent weeks, and the subject was the focus of questioning by a throng of Mexican reporters after a private meeting between Brown and José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Mexico’s foreign affairs secretary.

“These are children, and many of them have relatives that are in California and other parts of the United States who are working, contributing to the well-being of people in the United States,” Brown said. “So given the principle of family values and family reconciliation, I want to give utmost consideration to what is in the best interest of those children, not what is in the best interest of politicians who might want to exploit this particular topic.”

Consumers Asked To Verify Income, Other Information Or Risk Losing Government Subsidies For Health Insurance

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The health care web site wasn’t one stop shopping.

Via Miami Herald

Luis Martinez of Hialeah survived two heart attacks during the more than 10 years that he went without health insurance.

So he was relieved to finally find coverage on the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange in March, two weeks before the enrollment deadline.

But four months after he and his wife signed up for a subsidized, bronze-level health plan with Coventry, Martinez, 51, said he feels as though he has fallen into a black hole of government bureaucracy while trying to prove his income and his wife’s citizenship in order to keep their coverage, part of a national effort to verify policyholders’ eligibility.

Martinez, who has stents implanted in his coronary arteries, said he has tried repeatedly for more than a month to comply with the government’s requests for additional documentation to resolve inconsistencies in his personal information — or risk losing his $457 monthly subsidy, and health insurance for him and his wife, Rocio Balbin, 46.

So far, officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are not satisfied with his response.

“I am against time,” said Martinez, a computer systems administrator who is studying at night to earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. “I have a dream, and I want to finish my career before I die. This is stressing me out.”

HHS officials declined to comment on Martinez’s case, but the agency is contacting hundreds of thousands of people with subsidized health plans bought under the ACA to verify their eligibility, particularly income and citizenship status, months after they first applied for and received financial aid to help them pay premiums and out-of-pocket costs for their coverage.

About eight million people signed up for a health plan through the ACA exchanges. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 85 percent of them were eligible for financial aid, and the government is expected to deliver about $10 billion in subsidies during the first year.

Healthcare analysts say some consumers will end up paying higher monthly premiums as a result of the verification process, while others may have to repay some or all of their subsidies if they are found to be ineligible.

But for some, like Martinez, the verification process has become a maze of red tape.

Martinez has receipts showing that he mailed at least five identical packages — containing, he said, copies of his U.S. passport, his wife’s residency card, their 2013 income tax statement and his Florida driver license — by certified mail to the HHS-designated address in London, Kentucky.

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HuffPo Article Compares Palestinians In Gaza To The “Besieged Jews In The Warsaw Ghetto”…

Just a tad detached from reality.

Via HuffPo:

Gaza is a tough place; it’s tiny, overcrowded and besieged. But the people are kind. The food is delicious, and the beach, though filthy, allows us to pretend that we’re free. The sunset at sea is a spectacular scene, despite the Israeli warships dotting the landscape. Take a stroll down the street, and you’ll meet vendors, mostly young children hawking their wares. Take a taxi, and by the time you get off, you’ll be exchanging phone numbers with your newest friend, the taxi driver.

Our markets are complete chaos, an experience for all five senses. Rush hour is when school children, dressed in UNRWA uniforms or Barcelona and Real Madrid t-shirts, finish classes and flood the streets on their way back home. It is when I realize how young Gaza’s population is. Night is as lively a time as daytime. Smoke shisha at a beach or downtown café or chill with the family. The people in Gaza, too, are humans.

But this isn’t the scene in Gaza anymore. The streets are deserted, and so is the beach. Schools have become makeshift shelters crammed with displaced people fleeing death to a supposedly safer place. The beautiful noise of life has been replaced by a horrid one of death. Drones are humming overhead, and jet fighters are roaring. [...]

A ceasefire might be negotiated and agreed upon. Hamas might soon stop firing rockets, but then will Israel cease to exercise its violence against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank on a daily basis? The reality is that if Palestinians stop resisting, Israel won’t stop occupying, as its leaders repeatedly affirm. The besieged Jews of the Warsaw ghetto had a motto “to live and die in dignity.” As I sit in my own besieged ghetto, I think how Palestinians have honored this universal value. We live in dignity and we die in dignity, refusing to accept subjugation.