And oh boy, did we find out…
And oh boy, did we find out…
Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of Floridians who lost their health insurance because of Obamacare.
Via The Hill:
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) said Sunday that President Obama’s controversial healthcare law has been “great” for residents of his state.
Crist has sharply criticized the healthcare law in the past. But the former Republican governor and 2008 GOP vice-presidential short-lister is running for his old post this year as a Democrat this year.
Crist said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would have no problem running on the healthcare bill, which is known colloquially as ObamaCare, as he seeks to regain his former office.
“I don’t think so at all,” Crist said when he was asked if the healthcare law was hurting Florida citizens, especially seniors, as Republicans have alleged.
“I think it’s been great,” Crist continued. “I know the rollout was difficult, I’m sure the president feels that way too. I had the opportunity to visit with him Friday in Miami…I know that he has a compassionate heart. People getting healthcare is like a civil right. People need to have shelter, they need food, they water and they need healthcare and they deserve it. We’re the richest country in the world and we ought to provide it and God Bless [Obama] for doing it.”
Try talking to them as they assault you, I’m sure that will work…
Via Daily Caller:
Top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat whenever illegal immigrants throw rocks at them, and to avoid getting in front of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug shipments.
“Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.
Agents were also directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by.
Agents can’t use guns against “a moving vehicle merely fleeing from agents,” say the instructions.
Typical union goon behavior.
Via Red State:
In the latest development of a more than year-long labor dispute in Vancouver, the National Labor Relations Board has accused picketers of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 4 of a multitude of horrific acts which include violence, threats of rape and implied harm to children, as well as racial slurs toward company security officers.
These acts, according to The Oregonian include the pinning of a security officer’s legs under a moving vehicle, blocking drivers’ vision and causing permanent eye injury to a security officer, reckless pursuit of company vans, as well as threatening a manager’s daughter with rape and “implied threats to harm a manager’s children by telling him they would ‘see his children at school’ and asking, ‘are (his) children okay today?’”
The labor dispute began in February 2013, when United Grain Corporation–a wheat exporter that runs a terminal in Vancouver, Washington–locked out 44 ILWU workers following six months of “fruitless negotiations” and after an ILWU member allegedly sabotaged the company’s equipment. [...]
In addition to the acts alleged by the NLRB, the union has used religious leaders to accuse the company of sins, “including the sin of ‘theft in stealing the right to work,’ the sin of ‘heartlessness in failing to acknowledge the humanity of their workers’ and the sin of “manipulation in hiring replacement workers who need the money.’”
It’s for the children…
Via Daily Caller:
Members of the Inglewood, Calif. community were outraged to learn that school district administrators had spent $38,000 worth of public money vacationing at a luxurious hotel and spa — ostensibly for the purpose of discussing strategies for implementing the Common Core standards at schools in the impoverished district.
Later, when the spa trip was uncovered and reported by local news, a veritable army of police officers was dispatched to one of the schools to prevent a protest by angry students.
Cash-strapped Inglewood Unified Schools was taken over by the state of California in 2012 and bailed out to the tune of $55 million. Still, administrators found the money to buy themselves a lavish vacation at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa.
Except he was Jewish.
An Iranian cleric claims that the Albert Einstein, the great 20th century scientist who developed the Theory of Relativity, was a Shiitie Muslim, Israel Radio reported on Saturday.
The report cites a video by Ayatolla Mahadavi Kani, described as the head of the Assembly of Experts in the Islamic Republic of Iran, who says that there are documents proving the Jewish scientist embraced Shiite Islam and was an avid follower of Ja’far Al-Sadiq, an eighth-century Shi’i imam.
In the video, Kani quotes Einstein as saying that when he heard about the ascension of the prophet Mohammed, “a process which was faster than the speed of light,” he realized “this is the very same relativity movement that Einstein had understood.”
The ayatollah adds: “Einstein said, ‘when I heard about the narratives of the prophet Mohamad and that of the Ahle-Beit [prophet's household] I realized they had understood these things way before us.’”
Reports of Einstein’s affinity to Islam circulated in 2012 as well, when the grandson of the late Ayatollah Hossein Borujerdi claimed the scientist was “corresponding with the cleric and had admitted Shia Islam was the most scientific and just religion in the world.”
There’s that flexibility again…
Via Daily Mail:
As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.
In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site.
The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds.
After a stopover in London, the senators returned to Washington and declared that the U.S. should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition.
Harry “The Obstructionist” strikes again.
Via The Hill
House Democrats are urging their Senate counterparts to move their bills in the upper chamber this year.
Out of the 195 House-passed bills that are now stalled in the Senate, 31 were written by Democrats, and many have been awaiting Senate approval for close to a year.
Most of these Democratic bills are non-controversial. But House Democrats are stressing the importance of passing them.
GOP House leaders and Senate Democrats have engaged in a back-and-forth blame game on the gridlock in Washington.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has set up a website showcasing all bills “stuck in the Senate.” President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), meanwhile, have criticized the House for not acting on immigration reform, which passed the Senate last year.
But the fact that House Democratic bills are sitting in the Senate gives GOP leaders political ammunition.
“Democratic bills, Republican bills, bipartisan bills — the House has moved scores of legislation to help hard-working families and build an America that works,” Cantor Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye said. “Harry Reid’s do-nothing Senate must not have gotten the memo that President Obama declared 2014 a year of action.”
Reid’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Only half of the stalled Democratic bills have a companion measure in the Senate. All but one are being sponsored by Democratic senators. The exception is Rep. George Miller’s (D-Calif.) Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predator’s Act, which has a companion bill crafted by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
Three of the stalled Democratic bills deal with veterans and the military.
Along with Ellison’s fundraising “reception,” fellow moonbat Dem Rep. Mike Honda will also address CAIR.
Via CAIR California:
The home invader wouldn’t need to have fired, just breaking into the home would have justified firing.
Via Bearing Arms:
When five people attempt to invade your home, and the first one in the door pulls a pistol and apparently fires a shot, what should you do?
Most sane people would attempt to defend themselves with their own firearms, but Suffolk County, NY prosecutors are now charging a man with manslaughter for doing just that:
A Huntington Station man has been indicted on manslaughter charges for shooting an alleged home burglar who later died, but his attorney says it’s a clear case of self-defense.
Youssef Abdel-Gawad says a man with a gun was attempting to break into his Huntington Station home back in August. His family shared surveillance video of the incident with News 12 Long Island, and in it, the alleged burglar is seen trying to enter a door. The burglar then pulls out a gun, and a flash is seen that appears to be the burglar firing a shot into the home.
Youssef Abdel-Gawad’s attorney says he came to the door with a rifle and returned fire at the burglar and his alleged accomplices, striking one of them. The accomplice later died.
HT: Adam Smith
Joe Biden, did say you should get a shotgun? Maybe you were right…
A militant group has issued a rare apology for a twin suicide bombing in Beirut that killed eight people and wounded dozens, including children from a nearby orphanage.
The al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades issued a statement on militant websites apologizing for civilian deaths.
It said a “technical fault” affected the second of two Feb. 19 suicide bombings targeting an Iranian cultural center in Beirut, but didn’t specify what it was. The group insisted its suicide bombers were trained to not target civilians.
“We affirm, always to our suicide bombers, to be cautious, and to abort any operation if they believe it will hit others but the targeted,” it said.
More than a dozen bombings have targeted Shiite-dominated areas of Lebanon in recent months.
Somewhere between now and never, I suspect.
Via Daily Caller:
The IRS still has not responded to allegations from a former Center for American Progress (CAP) employee that the left-wing think tank coordinates on editorial content with the White House — revelations that could threaten the organization’s nonprofit status.
Former ThinkProgress reporter Zaid Jilani wrote a piece this week detailing his experiences working for the liberal blog, which is run by CAP’s 501(c)(4) nonprofit Action Fund, the advocacy arm of White House counselor John Podesta’s think tank.
A missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner may have turned back from its scheduled route before vanishing from radar screens, military officers said on Sunday, deepening the mystery surrounding the fate of the plane and the 239 people aboard.
More than 36 hours after the last contact with Flight MH370, officials said they were widening the search to cover vast swathes of sea around Malaysia and off Vietnam, and were investigating at least two passengers who may have been using false identity documents.
Despite dozens of military and civilians vessels and aircraft criss-crossing waters to the east and west of Malaysia, no wreckage has been found, although oil slicks have been reported in the sea south of Vietnam.
“What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that we have and we realized there is a possibility the aircraft did make a turnback,” Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, told reporters at a news conference.
There were no reports of bad weather and no sign of why the Boeing 777-200ER disappeared about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing early on Saturday.
European officials said it appeared two people on board were using stolen passports and Malaysian Transport Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said authorities were also checking the identities of two other passengers.
This is the full Palin video, not just the Dr. Seuss part. That part starts at 8:00, but the whole speech is worth listening to.
Via The Blaze:
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin encouraged conservative activists Saturday to reject the policies of the Obama administration and to embrace the principles of smaller government.
Sarah Palin Trashes Republican Establishment, Obama Administration in Crowd Pleasing Speech (That Even Invokes Dr. Seuss)
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin addresses the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md., Saturday, March 8, 2014. (Image source: AP/Cliff Owen)
“The age of Obama is almost over,” she promised those gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington, D.C. “This is the end of an error, he is the lamest of lame ducks.”
The former GOP vice presidential nominee continued, attacking the Republican “establishment,” arguing that its members have for too long behaved fecklessly.
She also admitted that it would be politically wise to sit back and allow government programs such as the Affordable Care Act to implode and force Democrats to defend their failures. However, she noted, Republicans need to get in the game.
HT: Adam Smith
Everybody says something stupid and offensive at one time or another. But it takes a special kind of ideologue to turn it into a speech repeated over and over. And that ideologue is NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue.
We missed it the first time she told a crowd that pro-lifers are “un-American.” That was at a Feb. 4 event in Washington, D.C. marking the pro-abortion group’s 45th anniversary (see video below). But Hogue liked it so much she said it again in San Francisco on March 4, at an event featuring Sandra Fluke, America’s most famous birth control user.
And lest anyone miss Hogue’s eloquence, NARAL tweeted it on March 6: “‘That, my friends, is not anti-abortion — what it is is anti-American.’ - @ilyseh on current anti-choice efforts in the US.#NARAL45.”
There is not a one size fits all for Veterans.
A well-timed bear hug from a Vietnam veteran persuaded Jonathan Wicks to put down the gun he’d raised to his head and start seeking therapy for the post-traumatic stress he developed after serving in Iraq.
Nine years later, Wicks is the one giving back to former military service members as a counselor at the Tacoma Vet Center. It’s rewarding work for a veteran inspired by his own therapists at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“PTSD showed me what my meaning is” in life, he said.
Wicks shared his story Friday with an audience of nearly 200 at the University of Washington Tacoma, urging them to show compassionate, nonjudgmental care for veterans leaving the military after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His testimony was part of a conference on veterans and military families that was targeted at professionals in social work, counseling and human resources. They’re among those most likely to encounter veterans struggling to adjust to civilian living.
“We have to learn how to come home just as well as we learned how to go into the military,” said Stephen Robinson, a retired soldier who helped bring the conference together as vice president of external affairs for Prudential.
The caregivers at the conference aim to help veterans move on to fulfilling lives. In the South Sound, more than 9,000 troops are leaving the military out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord every year.
Across the military, the Defense Department is shedding tens of thousands of positions for soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.
Why we gotta prove our entitlements?
Via The IP
After a public flirtation with requiring food stamps be used only to buy healthier foods, Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration has decided to take a different course and require more food-stamp recipients find a job.
The S.C. Department of Social Services said Friday it will seek a federal waiver for a pilot project that would require many food-stamp recipients in Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties to prove they either have jobs or are looking for employment.
In its announcement of the proposed “SNAP Work 2 Health” waiver, Social Services cited an Ohio State University study that found Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients gained more weight the longer they received food stamps.
“Research shows a strong correlation between unemployment and obesity and other significant health conditions,” Social Services said in a news release. “The research also shows that SNAP recipients are more likely to become less healthy the longer they receive SNAP benefits.”
But Jay Zagorsky, the lead author of the Ohio State study, has said the takeaway from that study should be that food-stamp benefits are too meager to pay for healthy foods. Zagorsky’s proposed solution? Create incentives to encourage food-stamp recipients to buy healthier food, which was where the S.C. effort originally seemed headed.
Which means this Kerry brokered “agreement” is pretty empty.
Via Arutz Sheva:
The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday.
Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final agreement.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been adamant on the PA recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, explaining that the Arabs’ refusal to recognize Israel stands at the heart of the conflict.
The PA has already formally refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, stating that “the Arab states will never recognize a Jewish state.” PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reiterated this position on Friday, when he told young members of his Fatah movement that “there is no way” he would recognize Israel.
Psaki’s comments come ahead of a trip by Abbas to Washington on March 17, where he will meet President Barack Obama as part of the U.S. push to achieve a peace agreement between the sides.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who has made it his mission to achieve a peace agreement, is currently working on a framework that will allow him to continue the talks past the April deadline that has been set.
The same Al-Quds newspaper reported last week that Israel and the PA have already received copies of Kerry’s framework.
Psaki would not directly respond when asked by the newspaper if the sides had indeed received the framework, but stressed, “The framework agreement has not yet been finalized. Therefore any publications about it are pure speculation.”
Just “protecting people” with landmines and shooting over their heads…
A new frontier has been laid down within Europe as Russian forces laid landmines at the top of the Crimean peninsula and fired warning shots at a European observer mission.
A convoy from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was stopped by Russian soldiers and armed militias on a main road into the Crimean peninsula.
Three bursts of automatic gunfire were fired into the air as the checkpoint commanders insisted the OSCE had no authorisation to enter the area. Witness said the shots were fired by men in balaclavas.
The OSCE mission, consisting of more than 50 officers drawn from European armies, was dispatched by the Vienna-based organisation to address Russia allegations that Russian speakers in Crimea were being threatened by the new Western-backed government in Kiev.
This image is being reported by multiple sources across Twitter and the blogsphere as being an account balance statement for Aristóbulo Istúriz, right-hand man of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
If true, this means Aristóbulo is violating Maduro’s Socialist doctrine by a) hording money b) hording it off shore and c) OMG HES THE ONE PERCENT GET HIM!
Like my grandfather used to say: “Ain’t no party like the Communist party!”
According to the flyer she posted Planned Parenthood is going to be involved.
Via FOX News
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center have refused to eat and say they are on a hunger strike.
An immigrant activist says the hunger strike started Friday as a protest of deportations as well as center conditions.
The center currently houses nearly 1,300 people, being investigated for possible deportation.
ICE spokesman Andrew Munoz says the agency respects the right of people to express their opinions without interference.
The detainees are under continuous observation by center staff and medical personnel.
Activist Maru Mora says the hunger strikers are seeking better food and treatment as well as better pay for center jobs.
ICE detention standards state that a detainee who has not eaten for 72 hours is considered to be on a hunger strike.