If you are smart enough to be called a geek then you are smart enough to know Obamacare is a crappy deal.
Via Politico WH Reporter Jennifer Epstein:
If you are smart enough to be called a geek then you are smart enough to know Obamacare is a crappy deal.
Via Politico WH Reporter Jennifer Epstein:
More fear mongering from the Senate Dems “talkathon.”
Another bag man for the Democrats caught.
Via DC Crime Stories
D.C. businessman and political donor Jeffrey E. Thompson pleaded guilty Monday in an campaign finance conspiracy to help elect Mayor Vincent Gray and others to office.
Now, his efforts may help derail Gray’s re-election.
Thompson, whose companies received hundreds of millions of dollars in city and federal contracts, is accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions to various candidates since 2006.
His role in the shadow campaign has been a critical focus of the ongoing criminal probe for three years.
In court Monday, prosecutors said Thompson asked Gray to call him “Uncle Earl” to hide his identity.
Gray remains uncharged as he battles to stay atop of the polls in the upcoming 2014 mayoral election. Voting starts next week.
The mayor sat down with NBC4′s longtime reporter Tom Sherwood to address the allegations.
“These are lies. These are absolute likes,” Gray told NBC4.
Except they aren’t.
Via The Hill:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called a poll that finds he has a 30 percent job approval in Arizona “bogus” on Monday.
“There is a bogus poll out there,” McCain said on Fox Business’ “Cavuto.” “I can sense the people of my state. When I travel around, which I do constantly, they like me, and I am very grateful.”
McCain did not mention any poll by name, but a poll released last week by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning group, found that McCain’s 30 percent approval in his home state was the lowest of any senator in the country.
Authorities don’t know what has happened to the plane. They theorize the plane crashed or disintegrated but haven’t found any evidence of that. But if that were true, why were some of the phones still on, at least as of yesterday?
Via Washington Post:
One of the most eerie rumors came after a few relatives said they were able to call the cellphones of their loved ones or find them on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ that indicated that their phones were still somehow online.
A migrant worker in the room said that several other workers from his company were on the plane, including his brother-in-law. Among them, the QQ accounts of three still showed that they were online, he said Sunday afternoon.
Adding to the mystery, other relatives in the room said that when they dialed some passengers’ numbers, they seemed to get ringing tones on the other side even though the calls were not picked up.
The phantom calls triggered a new level of desperation and anger for some. They tried repeatedly Sunday and Monday to ask airline and police officials about the ringing calls and QQ accounts. However unlikely it was, many thought the phones might still be on, and that if authorities just tracked them down, their relatives might be found. But they were largely ignored.
According to Singapore’s Strait Times, a Malaysia Airlines official, Hugh Dunleavy, told families that the company had tried calling mobile phones of crew members as well and that they had also rang. The company turned over those phone numbers to Chinese authorities.
Sorry for the Al Jazeera link, they were the only ones who have this story
Via Al Jazeera:
A student leader was fatally shot in the western university city of San Cristobal after a long day of street clashes in which Venezuelan security forces attacked and dismantled barricades at key intersections, according to the city’s mayor.
Local TV reporter Beatriz Font said there were unconfirmed reports of at least two others wounded by gunfire after dark on Monday in the city of 600,000 people where student-led protests erupted last month and where anti-government unrest has been fiercest.
The human rights group PROVEA tweeted that one student was seriously wounded by a bullet.
National Guardsmen firing tear gas and plastic shotgun pellets had battled protesters all day in residential neighborhoods, Font told the Associated Press news agency.
The slain student leader, Daniel Tinoco, was shot in the chest after dark, San Cristobal Mayor Daniel Ceballos said on Twitter. The opposition politician did not say who might have killed Tinoco, but tweeted that armed paramilitaries allied with the government known as “colectivos” had battled protesters along with the National Guard.
Dingy out-douches himself.
Via The Hill:
Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) are leading the charge and more than 20 other Democrats participated, including members of leadership, in the Senate’s 35th all-night session.
“Climate change deniers still exist,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said at the beginning of the talkathon at 6:30 p.m. Monday. “They exist, I’m sorry to say, in this Congress. … Climate change exists and it’s time to stop denying it.”
Schatz and Whitehouse said Congress could reduce harmful effects of climate change if the United States relied less on fossil fuels.
“Climate change it real and climate change is caused by humans and climate change is solvable and we will not stop until Congress acts,” Schatz said.
Dude, wheres the welfare office?
They’ve come from as far away as Australia and Canada, or as close as Oklahoma.
They are of different backgrounds and ages, but they’ve all moved to Colorado for the same thing: medical marijuana to treat their sick children.
“Jordan had her first seizure at 6 months old. I had never seen a seizure before,” says her mother, Paula Lyles. “We took her to the hospital. The doctors said that would probably be the only one she’d have and sent us home.”
But when Jordan was 18 months old, the seizures began in earnest.
But she didn’t receive a diagnosis until she was nearly 11. It was Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy characterized by uncontrolled, continuous seizures. Jordan was put on a combination of three anti-seizure medications.
But “the drugs take her personality away. The side effects of the cure are horrible,” Lyles says. Jordan started having “drop seizures” — which caused her muscles to go limp. The medications took her speech away for two weeks, along with her ability to eat.
“I would rather have her lost to a seizure than watch her stolen away by the side effects of the medicine,” Lyles says.
She’d heard about the healing properties of cannabis, but Lyles lived in Ohio, where medical marijuana is not legal.
Please, Barack, tell us how evil we are.
Via NY Post:
President Obama is coming to Manhattan Tuesday for yet another fund-raiser, hosted by longtime Hillary Clinton friend and bundler Alan Patricof.
While the president is flying in on Air Force One for the intimate “fireside chat” at Patricof’s home in front of just 26 people at the $32,400 per ticket event, private equity and venture capital pioneer Patricof has made it clear the fund-raiser is not to bolster Obama, but to boost the Democratic National Committee ahead of a possible Clinton presidential run.
An e-mail from Patricof to donors reads, “[Wife] Susan and I have been relatively quiet on the political front for the past several years following Hillary’s loss in the primary election for the Presidency in 2008 . . . While we, like all good Democrats, were supportive to President Obama afterwards, we decided early on not to take an active role in any of the campaign activities, including fund-raising.”
But he added in the e-mail obtained by Politico, “The most effective way that we all can be helpful to Hillary, and the Democratic Party in general, is to make sure that the Democratic National Committee is as strong as possible if Hillary should decide to run in 2016.”
From the Senate Dems all-night “talkathon”:
Via Tom Nelson
Whether they are terrorists or not, it’s a little unsettling to see people so easily smuggled onto planes and into Europe.
Via Fox News:
Interpol said Tuesday that the two passengers who used stolen passports to board a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared early Saturday morning were Iranians seeking asylum in Europe.
Interpol secretary general Ronald K. Noble identified the men as Pouri Nourmohammadi, 19, and Delavar Seyedmohammaderza, 29. Noble said that the two men had traveled to Malaysia from Tehran using Iranian passports, but had secured stolen Italian and Austrian passports in Kuala Lumpur for their journey to Beijing and Amsterdam, for which both had tickets and planned to travel together.
Malaysian authorities said that Nourmohammadi planned to proceed from Amsterdam to Frankfurt, Germany, where his mother lives. The woman contacted authorities when her son failed to arrive as planned. The BBC reported that Seyedmohammaderza’s intended final destination was Copenhagen, Denmark.
Via The Hill:
President Obama faced off with Zach Galifianakis in the latest episode of the comedian’s awkward, antagonistic web talk show “Between two Ferns” on Tuesday in the latest bid to promote ObamaCare enrollment for young Americans.
The show features Galifianakis badgering celebrities with awkward and uncomfortable questions about their career and private lives, and the president was no exception.
The “Hangover” star asked Obama whether his presidential library would be located in Kenya. He also asked why the president, who recently told The New Yorker he wouldn’t let his hypothetical son play football, why he assumed his son wouldn’t be a nerd like him.
“Do you think a woman like Michelle would marry a nerd?” Obama, feigning anger, responded. “Why don’t you ask her where she thinks I’m a nerd.”
“Can I?” Galifianakis responded.
“No,” Obama said. “I’m not going to let her near you.”
Asked by the comedian if he desired a third term, Obama swiped back again.
“If I ran a third time it would be sort of like doing a third ‘Hangover’ movie – didn’t really work out very well, did it?” the president asked.
Another game of guess the political party
Via FOX News
A broker who says he gave $36,000 to Arkansas’ former treasurer to help her during a rough patch testified at her federal corruption trial Monday that he received around $2.5 million in commissions for business he did for the state.
Bond dealer Steele Stephens said he gave money to then-Treasurer Martha Shoffner as a friend, and her lawyer worked Monday to illustrate that the money was given to her as a friend and not with the intent to bribe her. Stephens said he knew the payments were wrong.
Shoffner faces 14 counts alleging bribery and extortion. She has pleaded not guilty and said during a court hearing last May that she did not steer any extra state business toward Stephens because of his generosity. Stephens had testified Friday that he wanted to help Shoffner years ago after her mother died and she lost an apartment and access to a state vehicle.
What the ….?
Via Daily Surge:
Democrat Rep. Luis Gutierrez really didn’t want to answer questions about President Obama repeatedly changing major portions of Obamacare without congressional authorization. In fact, rather than give his take on the myriad delays issued to the health-care law, Gutierrez instead whistled strange melodies to himself and scurried to his vehicle.
“If the Affordable Care Act is so affordable, why does the White House keep delaying it without congressional approval?” Daily Surge publisher Jason Mattera asked the Illinois Congressman.
The usually verbose Gutierrez had nothing substantive to say: “Call the office” and “I don’t have time” were his initial responses. Gutierrez was also asked if individuals, not just the business community, should be granted relief from Obamacare’s onerous mandates.
Via Turkish Daily News:
Turkish ruling party lawmaker and former Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan has said he would understand if a Jew or an atheist were behind the Dec. 17 graft operation, questioning how a Muslim could undertake such an operation.
Speaking during a public rally on Saturday, Çağlayan, who resigned after being implicated in a highly publicized corruption operation launched on Dec. 17, 2013, said in Mersin’s Tarsus district that the primary target of the corruption investigation is to halt the settlement process aimed at ending decades-old conflict between the Turkish state and a terrorist organization.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and people around him have described the investigation as a “coup against an elected government” and have vowed to “bury the allegations in the ballot box” in the March 30 municipal elections.
“The nation sees very well what kind of mentality we are fighting against. There are many things that I can tell you. But I would understand if a Jew, an atheist, a Zoroastrian would do all these things to us. Shame on them if these things are done by those who claim to be Muslim. How can a Muslim do this?” Çağlayan was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera Turk.
They can thank his policies.
Via The Hill:
The election is coming, the election is coming!
That’s the message coming from President Obama as he tries desperately to rouse Democrats out of a midterm election stupor that could cost his party control of the Senate — and bury his agenda once and for all.
Obama has increasingly sounded like the nerdy kid in a bad horror movie constantly warning his friends to stay out of danger as he’s called on the Democratic base to not be complacent in 2014.
“You’ve got to pay attention to the states,” he begged at a recent fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association. Obama lamented that Democrats don’t think state-level races in the 2014 midterms are “sexy enough.”
Raising cash for Senate Democrats in Virginia, Obama said Democrats tend to get “a little sleepy” and “distracted.”
“We’re good at Senate and House elections during presidential years — it’s something about midterms,” Obama said. “I don’t know what it is about us.”
And at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Boston, Obama said poor turnout could lead the party’s candidates to get “walloped.”
“It’s happened before and it could happen again,” said Obama, who remembers all too well the shellacking his party took in 2010, when it lost control of the House.
A $4 million ransom was reportedly paid to the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front for the release of 13 Greek Orthodox nuns that were held by the rebel group for four months, Lebanese media reported on Monday.
In addition to that, some 150 imprisoned Syrian women were to be released in exchange for the nuns from Syrian government jails, along with three other women were taken from their convent in the Christian-dominated town of Maaloula during clashes in December.
The nuns’ release was reportedly delayed because the kidnappers added further conditions before agreeing to hand over the hostages.
They were released early Monday in a rare deal between the Syrian government and rebels of the Nusra Front, mediated by the Gulf country of Qatar, traditionally a rebel supporter.
The freed nuns arrived in Damascus on Monday morning, where they received a warm welcome at the Church of the Cross in the predominantly Christian neighborhood of Qassaa, official news agency SANA reported.
“All of Syria is happy today (for their return),” Bishop Luka al Khoury told Reuters. “These are women who do nothing but pray…They don’t have weapons or bombs. On the contrary, they pray for people to be safe and secure.”
Giving and not taking
Via Allen B. West
The reason why I make such a dogged and determined stand for America is because of what this country has done for me.
When I consider the incredible opportunities this great nation has afforded me over my entire life, it just makes my chest swell with pride — and unlike First Lady Michelle Obama, this isn’t the first time I’ve felt this way.
Sunday evening I landed at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut and was driven to Old Saybrook where I’m here to do the audio recording for my book Guardian of the Republic.
But what is so amazing is where I’m staying: the Deacon Timothy Pratt Bed and Breakfast in the lovely antique Library Room. In 1746 when this home was constructed no one could have ever imagined that 268 years later I would be sitting here documenting this phenomenal experience. Yet, here I am the kid from the Old Fourth Ward in Atlanta chilling out at Deacon Pratt’s place.
This morning I took a nice run down Main Street to the Connecticut River, crossed over Bridge Street and gazed towards the South Cove.
This, ladies and gentlemen is the true America. The exceptional America. Not the contrived “social justice” and “equality of outcomes” America into which Barack Obama seeks to transform our Republic. This is the America that says there are no limits on what you can do or what you can become as an individual.
What a shame.
Via Daily Mail:
A British rapper who joined rebels fighting the Syrian regime has claimed he was kidnapped, tortured and robbed by members of rival Islamic terror groups.
Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, 23, walked out of his family’s £1million home in Maida Vale, west London, last year to join militant groups, telling them he was ‘leaving everything for the sake of Allah’.
Now Bary – whose music has featured on BBC Radio 1 – has posted on Twitter that he and another Briton were abducted and robbed, with their money, phones and guns stolen by other jihadists.
Bary, who posts under the name ‘Terrorist’, said: ‘Me & Abu Hussein al britani got kidnapped /tortured by FSA/IF scum they stole our 4 ak’s and a 7mm, my vechile & our phones and cash.’
The tweet was posted last month. A Foreign Office spokesman said he had no details on the claims.
Maduro waning …
Constitutionally-enshrined affirmative action.
Via Campus Reform:
The University of California may be able to consider race, gender, and national origin when selecting students for admission if a state constitutional amendment passes this November.
The proposed amendment, SCA-5, would nullify restrictions imposed by Proposition 209, which restricts admission standards on the basis of “race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin.” Proposition 209 was originally approved in 1996 in order to prohibit state institutions from giving preferential treatment to select individuals for public employment, public contracting, or public education.
SCA-5 has to pass the California State Assembly to appear as a referendum on the ballot in November. State Senator Edward Hernandez (D) authored the legislation as a response to the decrease in minority enrollment within the UC system.
The UC Board of Regents will only take a stance on SCA-5 if it makes it to the ballot, Shelly Meron, a spokeswoman for the UC Office of the President, told The Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara’s student-run newspaper.
Additionally, any policy changes would have to go through a long implementation process in the UC system, where it would be have to be reviewed and approved by the by the Board of Regents and Academic Senate, she said.
Originality continues to elude the left.
Via LA Times:
[A]nd all those fabricated Obamacare horror stories wholesaled by Republican and conservative opponents of the Affordable Care Act and their aiders and abetters in the right-wing press? Their purpose is to sow doubt about the entire project of healthcare reform; if the aim were to identify specific shortcomings of the act, they’d have to accompany every story with a proposal about how to fix it.
Proctor came to the study of agnotology through his study of the Nazi scientific establishment and subsequently of the tobacco industry’s defensive campaign.
Early in his career, he told me, he asked an advisor if Nazi science was an appropriate topic of research. “Of course,” he was told. “Nonsense is nonsense, but the history of nonsense is scholarship.” As part of his scholarship, Proctor says he ”watches Fox News all the time.” [...]
As Stanton A. Glantz of UC San Francisco documented last year, the tobacco industry was deeply involved in the evolution of the tea party movement, which promoted some of the industry’s cherished aims, such as fighting tobacco taxes and anti-smoking laws.
“The Tea Party of the late 2000s has become the ‘movement’” envisioned by a Reynolds executive 10 years earlier, Glantz concluded, “grounded in patriotic values of ‘freedom’ and ‘choice’ to change how people see the role of ‘government’ and ‘big business’ in their lives.”
Given the torrent of misinformation washing about the public space and the multiplicity of pathways for its distribution, is there any hope for beating back the tide? Agnotologists are divided. “I don’t see any easy out,” says UCLA’s Wise. “All of the forces are on the side of undermining public trust in science.”
Nuclear scientists escaping the Israeli assassins.
The tickets of the two men traveling with fake passports on Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 were purchased by an Iranian man in Tehran, according to a report by The Financial Times on Monday.
The tickets for the flight, which disappeared off the coast of Vietnam on Saturday, were booked by a Mr. Ali through the Thai travel agency Horizon Travel. The agency has stated that Mr. Ali was a businessman who has worked with them for the past three years.
Originally Mr. Ali asked to book both tickets for “friends” on the cheapest flights – two separate flights at the time. However, he did not confirm the purchase and was forced to re-order.
The travel agency said that the second time both tickets were booked on Malaysia Airlines because they were the cheapest flights at the time. The end destination for both passengers was Europe.
According to Malasyian Minister of Defense Hishamuddin Hussein, photographs of both of the men traveling under false identities were been revealed to US officials in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Speculation has been raised as to the possibility of a terror-motivated hijacking, although no supporting evidence has been discovered. The fact that some of the electronic signal evidence shows the plane may have attempted to turn back towards Kuala Lumpur points to a technical problem rather than terrorism.
Political correctness rears its ugly head. Update to a previous story
A military judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Army improperly interfered with a decision to reject an offer by Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair to plead guilty to lesser charges in his sexual assault case.
The judge, Col. James C. Pohl, ruled that Army officials exerted “unlawful command influence’’ when a three-star general turned down Sinclair’s offer before the trial. He gave defense attorneys the option of renewing Sinclair’s original plea offer or a different plea offer; in any case, the judge said, the case must be overseen by a new command authority.
Evidence of command decisions in the case did not come to light until after Sinclair’s accuser, a fellow Army officer, testified Friday that Sinclair sexually assaulted her and threatened to kill her and her family if she disclosed their three-year sexual affair.
Defense attorneys learned of the new evidence over the weekend, when Army lawyers turned over emails from Army lawyers and the three-star general.
“We’re in a rather unusual place,” the judge said Monday.
The defense has contended that the Army trumped up charges against Sinclair in response to intense political pressure to show that it is cracking down on sexual abuse. Sinclair was charged at a time of heightened political and public concern about a surge of sexual violence in the military.
Pohl last week dismissed an earlier defense motion to drop all charges because of unlawful command influence. But that was before the incriminating emails were aired in court Monday morning.
Probably the least shocking thing you will read all day.
Via Christian Post:
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hatewatch” fails to use objective criteria in determining which organizations should be labeled a “hate group,” George Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, finds in a new study, “Watching the Watchers: The Neglect of Academic Analysis of Progressive Groups,” published in the January issue of the journal Academic Questions.
SPLC’s list dubiously lists Family Research Council as a hate group while ignoring anti-Christian groups that use similar rhetoric, which demonstrates that the list is more about mobilizing liberals than providing an objective source for hate groups, Yancey argues. SPLC has escaped critical analysis of its work in academia because of a liberal bias among academicians, the study additionally claims.
SPLC’s Hatewatch has become the definitive guide among some scholars, authors and media organizations to what is, or is not, a “hate group.” Conservatives have long criticized the list for labeling social conservative organizations, such as Family Research Council, as hate groups.
FRC’s appearance on the list gained national attention in 2012 when a gunman, Floyd Corkins, entered FRC headquarters with the intent of killing everyone there. FRC’s building manager, Leo Johnson, subdued Corkins and was shot in the process. Corkins targeted FRC after finding the group on Hatewatch. SPLC has continued to label FRC a hate group even after the shooting.
All the groups listed on Hatewatch, with the exception of black separatists, Yancey notes, are either political or religious conservatives. Yancey believes this is because SPLC is a liberal organization and it is using subjective criteria to choose which groups belong on the list.
“The subjective nature of the criteria for determining a hate group provides a conceptual structure more vulnerable to social bias than an objective criteria applying to groups across a wide political, cultural, and religious spectrum,” he wrote.