And Mooch is less than thrilled about it.
US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with an unidentified official next to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
You’d think they would show a sense of urgency considering their exchange still hasn’t enrolled a single person, and you’d be wrong.
Dateline Monday December 9, 2013: Cover Oregon, Oregon’s Obamacare, has yet to sign up at single applicant online. The web site is well over two months late, with Oregon being rated *last* among peers. You would think this would invoke a sense or urgency in the Cover Oregon Board members appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber. Apparently not so. The Board met on Thursday November 14, 2013 in Northeast Portland. In these clips, members can be seen dining off a taxpayer funded buffet at a time when many Oregonians are having trouble making ends meet. Two of Kitzhaber’s Kronies, Ken Allen (Executive Director at AFSCME) and Dr, George Brown (CEO Legacy Health) are seen arriving late. A couple of the members, Brown, and Executive Director Rocky King can also been seen “resting their eyes” during the meeting.
BUT ITS WARMER NOW!!
Temperatures in Chicago hit an 18-year low overnight, when the mercury dipped to one degree below zero.
It was the first time since 1995 that the temperature was below zero in Chicago, and that’s just the start of frigid conditions.
Though temperatures will get into the low 20s on Tuesday, they could drop below zero again Wednesday night. Before that, Chicago likely will get more snow.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Chicago area from midnight Tuesday night through 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
The snow will begin sometime in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with the heaviest snowfall likely between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. in the Chicago area, according to the National Weather Service. A total of 2 to 4 inches are expected.
Global Warming Alert: Antarctica Sets Record For Lowest Temperature Ever Recorded On Earth, -135.8 Degrees…
With snow and ice falling in North America, new data about record cold weather in Antarctica puts things into some perspective.
New analysis from a NASA satellite revealed that East Antarctica reached minus-135.8 degrees in August 2010, NBC reports, the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Antarctica hit close to that temperature again on July 31,2013 when it reached minus-135.3 degrees.
In announcing the data Monday, the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s Ted Scambos said that the temperature is “50 degrees colder than anything that has ever been seen in Alaska or Siberia or certainly North Dakota. … It’s more like you’d see on Mars on a nice summer day in the poles.”
Our tax dollars, hard at work.
UPDATE: Video fixed.
Via Jesse Watters
At long last, Detroit is getting some girl power: automaker General Motors GM -0.05% has named its first female CEO, the company announced Tuesday morning. Mary Barra, the company’s executive vice president of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, will take over for current CEO Dan Akerson on January 15, 2014.
Via National Review:
Multiple state-run health-care exchanges are vulnerable to a type of Wi-Fi attack that can allow hackers to intercept usernames and passwords, KSTP, a Minnesota ABC affiliate, reports.
According to Mark Lanterman, the CEO and chief technology officer of Computer Forensic Services who ran the simulated attack for KSTP, state-run exchanges in Minnesota, Hawaii, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are vulnerable to it.
Lanterman tested at least a dozen of the state-run exchanges to determine if they had the vulnerability. Kentucky, Rhode Island, Vermont, Massachusetts, and California did not. HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange, also is not vulnerable to the attack.
Via Daily Caller:
President Barack Obama’s expected 10-minute speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial will cost taxpayers at least $500,000 per minute.
That’s not counting any cakes and coffee he and his inner circle consume aboard Air Force One during the 18,000-mile round trip to Johannesburg, via Dakar, in Senegal.
The 28-hour two-way flight will cost $5 million because the four-engined Boeing 747 costs roughly $180,000 an hour to operate, according to a May 2012 report by the Congressional Research Service.
Again, none of them cozied up to murderous dictators.
JOHANNESBURG — Celebrating one of his personal heroes, President Barack Obama praised Nelson Mandela as the last great liberator of the 20th century, urging the world to carry on his legacy by fighting inequality, poverty and discrimination.
At a memorial service in Johannesburg, Obama compared the former South African President to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. He said Mandela had earned his place in history through struggle, shrewdness, persistence and faith.
“For nothing he achieved was inevitable,” Obama said. “In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness, persistence and faith. He tells us what’s possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well.”
Via Rollcall Blog:
For Democrats especially, any talk about cutting billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is uncomfortable and certain to create internal strife. But negotiators on the farm bill believe they’ve found a way to make about $8 billion in savings from the program palatable for most Democrats.
The key is eliminating a loophole that enables states to help some low-income residents with nominal subsidies to pay for their heating in the winter in order to trigger much higher food stamp benefits. Some states, such as New York, will make a $1 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program payment to low-income people in order to automatically qualify them for the maximum federal food stamps Standard Utility Allowance for 12 months.
According to a source tracking the farm bill talks, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that raising the minimum energy subsidy states would be required to make to $20 would be enough to disincentivize states from utilizing the loophole, potentially saving the government $8 billion over 10 years.
Though most Democrats would prefer the maximum benefits to be paid out — they often point to a Moody’s study that estimates that each dollar the federal government spends on food stamps generates $1.70 of economic activity — finding savings by eliminating a loophole is more politically palatable for them than the deeper cuts proposed by the House.
Though these changes to LIHEAP — and the utilities payments affiliation with the food stamps program, are a little convoluted — the Department of Health and Human Services has a good explainer here.
Emboldened by its shakedown of mortgage lenders, the administration is now accusing car lenders of racism. On what grounds? It refuses to say, raising suspicion of another witch hunt.
Some of the nation’s largest auto lenders, including Ally Bank, are now under federal investigation for allegedly discriminating against black and Latino borrowers — a deplorable crime, if true.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is heading the new crusade with help from the Justice Department. It claims it has “statistical evidence” showing car lenders and dealers marking up loan prices for minorities vs. whites. Lenders and dealers insist they’re pricing for risk, not race; and if there are differences, they’re explained by neutral credit factors affecting loans.
Still, the administration claims loan pricing policies that have a “disparate impact” on minorities are discriminatory — the same shaky legal ground it trod to go after home lenders. For the first time, federal civil-rights enforcers are relying on stats rather than actual acts or intent to prove racism.
While that’s bad enough, the administration won’t reveal the methodology it’s using to find discrimination in the numbers. CFPB, the consumer bureau, is keeping its analytical formula secret.
Speaking of clueless.
Why does Sharpton feel the need to scream his way through his show?
HT: Truth Revolt
The US killed two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in a drone strike today in an eastern province in Yemen where the terror group has stepped up its activities.
The remotely piloted strike aircraft fired several missiles at a vehicle as it traveled in the Al Qutn area of Hadramout, Reuters reported. The identity of those killed was not disclosed; a Yemeni intelligence official told the news agency that the bodies were burned beyond recognition.
The target of today’s strike was not disclosed. No senior AQAP commanders or operatives are reported to have been killed at this time. AQAP has not released a statement on the attack.
Today’s strike is the first reported in Yemen since Nov. 19, when three AQAP fighters were killed in the Ghayl Bawazir area of Hadramout.
It’s not just a handshake, notice the tip of the head and bend of the back, it’s a bow. Notice also Castro did not bow back.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 10, 2013
Ukraine: Video Of Gov Forces Breaking Into Offices Of Opposition Party, Media Also Raided; Protesters Still In Tense Standoff
Things are really heating up in the Ukraine.
Hundreds of thousands have protested in the Ukraine over the past week in opposition to the President Viktor Yanukovych’s abrupt decision to reject a broad free-trade agreement with the European Union, and instead remain aligned with Russia. Many are now demanding his removal.
Protesters barricaded themselves in buildings like the city hall and barricaded Independence Square. What is fascinating is the age range of protesters, not just young people, but people of all ages, many older men and women among the protesters, signaling the broad range of dissent.
Another Lenin statue bites the dust:
— KyivPost (@KyivPost) December 9, 2013
The government appears to have responded by trying to suppress media and the political opposition.
Here is a chilling tape of government forces raiding the offices of the opposition Batkivshchyna party.
The government has tried to justify the attack claiming that this action was supported by a court order and the opposition was guilty of fraud and “abuse”.
Law enforcement also raided the offices of Vechirni Visti newspaper, online TV station INTV and news website Cenzor.net. The Kyiv Post has reported being DDOsed over night; they have been running continuous coverage of the events.
U.S. and EU representatives called for restraint by the government.
Catherine Ashton, representing the European Union is to meet with the embattled President today and has expressed concern:
“On the eve of my visit to Kyiv, I follow with concern the reports that police forces forcibly entered the office of the biggest opposition party, Batkivshchyna. This comes on the afternoon of the same day that President Yanukovych proposed the establishment of a national roundtable, bringing together the leaders of all political forces and the three former Presidents of Ukraine. These latest events seriously risk to derail the process. I call on the Ukrainian authorities to exercise utmost restraint and refrain from any further use of force, in order to give space for a negotiated solution out of the current political stalemate.”
Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland has met with the opposition and Joe Biden warned President Yanukovych against attempting a violent crackdown on protesters.
Anyone else get the feeling Tingles wets the bed a lot?
MATTHEWS: Michelle, I have a sense talking to people, not just from the South but from New York State for example, the Tea Party’s still growing… We here at MSNBC may offer a different point of view some, most of the time. But I gotta tell you I sense it’s still out there and festering. I don’t think the center in the Republican party that survives these years has the strength to take it on!
Serious American Badass: Marine Kills Two Taliban At Close Range, Beats Third To Death With His Own Gun…
This is an older story that has been making the rounds again, which is fine with me because it’s beyond awesome and I’ll take any excuse to post it.
I’ve seen this story making its rounds again on military networks in social media and it’s definitely worth reading.
On June 17, 2010, Then-Cpl. Clifford Wooldridge was with his Marines in a humvee when his convoy came under heavy attack from approximately 15 Taliban fighters.
What happened next was astounding.
His Navy Cross citation — reads:
“The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Clifford M. Wooldridge, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Vehicle Commander, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon White, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, FIRST Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Afghanistan, on 18 June 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
When their mounted patrol came under intense enemy fire, Corporal Wooldridge and his squad dismounted and maneuvered on the suspected enemy location. Spotting a group of fifteen enemy fighters preparing an ambush, Corporal Wooldridge led one of his fire teams across open ground to flank the enemy, killing or wounding at least eight and forcing the rest to scatter. As he held security alone to cover his fire team’s withdrawal, he heard voices from behind an adjacent wall. Boldly rushing around the corner, he came face-to-face with two enemy fighters at close range, killing both of them with his M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon. As he crouched back behind the wall to reload, he saw the barrel of an enemy machine gun appear from around the wall. Without hesitation, he dropped his empty weapon and seized the machine gun barrel.
He overwhelmed the enemy fighter in hand-to-hand combat, killing him with several blows to the head with the enemy’s own machine gun. His audacious and fearless actions thwarted the enemy attack on his platoon. By his bold and decisive leadership, undaunted courage under fire, and total dedication to duty, Corporal Wooldridge reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.”
Here’s how his summary of action (a longer version of the story, used to approve the citation) recounts the struggle:
“Corporal Wooldridge then took cover back around the corner and quickly began to reload. While attempting to reload his weapon, he saw the barrel of a machine gun appear around the corner of the wall just a few feet from him. Without hesitation, he threw his empty SAW to the ground, and grabbed the barrel of the machine gun.
Corporal Wooldridge then wrestled the surprised enemy fighter to the ground. As the two grappled for control of the machine gun, the enemy fighter released the machine gun and reached for one of his grenades in an attempt to kill himself and Corporal Wooldridge. Corporal Wooldridge immediately took control of the machine gun and beat the enemy fighter to death by hitting him with several blows to the head with his own weapon before the enemy could pull the pin on the grenade.
Shortly after, the remaining members of his team came around the corner and witnessed the three dead enemy fighters and Corporal Wooldridge standing over one fighter holding the machine gun.”
As far as I know MLK, Gandhi and Mother Teresa didn’t support ultra-violent dictators.
Via ABC News:
Former President Jimmy Carter told NBC News on Monday that he places Nelson Mandela alongside Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa as exemplars of inspiration and moral virtue in world history.
In an interview with Brian Williams from Johannesburg, the 39th president said that Mandela belongs among figures to be looked upon “with a great deal of admiration.”
“They weathered very difficult times, they came through with flying colors, they inspired other people,” Carter said. “I think that Nelson would go down in history as one of the leading people of the century.”
Carter is in South Africa to attend a memorial service Tuesday for Mandela, the giant of the anti-apartheid movement, who died last week at age 95. President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will also attend.
Ha, some of these are the same folks that allowed the government in to root around their media (Twitter claims it hasn’t), now they’re trying to create daylight between themselves and the government because of angry customer backlash.
Via Daily Mail:
Eight of the world’s largest technology companies have urged Barack Obama and other leaders to rein in internet surveillance.
Firms including Facebook, Apple, Google and Twitter signed a joint letter warning that in many countries the balance between security and individual freedom is tipped too far in the State’s favour.
It comes after former intelligence operative Edward Snowden disclosed details of mass surveillance techniques used by the US and Britain.
In their letter to President Obama and Congress, the firms said: ‘We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide.’
The rare show of unity by usually fierce competitors is seen as a reflection of the damage in public confidence inflicted by leaks from the former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Snowden.
Because who wouldn’t want crappy health insurance for Christmas?
Via The Hill:
New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who has been vocal about his interest in running for president in 2016, won’t shy away from a fight with another tough-talking Northeastern politician.
“You should ask Chris Christie if me being in the race disqualifies him,” King told City & State when asked whether the New Jersey governor’s likely candidacy will preclude his own.
King announced his interest in the race earlier this year but hasn’t yet made an official decision to enter, and many observers believe Christie’s candidacy would overshadow King’s, as they’re both tough-taking moderate Republicans from neighboring states.
King has so far held his fire on Christie, however, choosing instead to focus on early attacks in the GOP primary on two other potential opponents: Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Hey they just save lives, who needs them, right?
Via Daily Mail:
Volunteer fire departments all across the U.S. could find themselves out of money and unable to operate unless Congress or the Obama Administration exempts them from the Affordable Care Act.
‘I thought the kinks were worked out of Obamacare at the first of the month, Central Florida volunteer firefighter Carl Fabrizi told Sunshine State News. ‘Man, oh, man, this could potentially destroy some real good companies in Florida.’
The U.S. Department of Labor takes the term ‘volunteer’ literally, but the IRS says volunteer firefighters are technically employees if they’re on the job more than 30 hours per week, making them subject to Obamacare’s employee-mandate rules.
The feeling is mutual, Bette.
Except you will.
Via CNS News:
With the ski season underway in the United States, a petition that was announced in May asking lawmakers to address “climate change” is again in the spotlight as climate change advocates launched a video campaign on social media last week.
The 1-minute, 36-second video shows skiers in dramatic footage linked by messages about the economic benefits of the ski industry and the threat of climate change.
“We must tackle climate change to ensure #moresnowdays,” the video message states.
Ceres, a U.S.-based environmental advocacy group working for a “sustainable global economy” and its BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) asked ski resorts and ski-related businesses to sign its “climate declaration,” which is “calling for U.S. policy action on climate change.”
“Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century,” the declaration states.
Old And Busted: Obama Blows Off Margaret Thatcher Funeral. New And Hot: Obama, Mooch, Holder, Rice, Jarrett Attending Mandela Funeral…
Via Daily Caller:
President Barack Obama is bringing his family of aides and advisors down to South Africa for Nelson Mandela’s mass-media send-off.
“For us it’s the President and the First Lady, the Attorney General [Eric Holder], Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett,” Ben Rhodes, the White House’ deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, told reporters during an impromptu press conference on Air Force One. [...]
Obama’s eagerness to bring his inner circle to the memorial for the dead South African leader stands in contrast to the snub he sent to the United Kingdom a couple of years ago.
In April 2011, Obama only sent a few former diplomats to mark the death of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who had revived the U.K. economy with free-market policies and also solidified the U.S.-U.K. alliance.
No surprise considering Planned Parenthood is an unofficial arm of the Obama administration.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries financially from the success of Obamacare, which funds abortions and is funding the abortion giant directly. [...]
Meanwhile, pro-life blogger Jill Stanek reports on the use of top celebrities to push Obamacare. These are well-known entertainers who have a long-standing relationship with the abortion business.
Next week, a number of celebrities will join in an effort organized by an independent group to boost enrollment on the online exchanges, said a person familiar with the plan, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about it. An advertising blitz will begin in January after the holiday season has ended, said the person.
Scarlett Johansson, Aisha Tyler, and Gabrielle Union have recorded phone messages that Planned Parenthood is using to promote enrollment. Actresses Lena Dunham of “Girls” and Elizabeth Banks of “Hunger Games” posted Twitter messages to promote a Planned Parenthood Internet town hall this week on Obamacare.
In addition, Planned Parenthood, which provides health services to women, will “ramp up significantly” its efforts to promote enrollment in January, deploying hundreds of staff members with a goal of contacting a half-million people in Texas, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, said Rachel Fleischer, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Or as the left calls it, wealth redistribution.
Via CNS News:
The top 40 percent of households by before-tax income actually paid 106.2 percent of the nation’s net income taxes in 2010, according to a new study by the Congressional Budget Office.
At the same time, households in the bottom 40 percent took in an average of $18,950 in what the CBO called “government transfers” in 2010.
Taxpayers in the top 40 percent of households were able to pay more than 100 percent of net federal income taxes in 2010 because Americans in the bottom 40 percent actually paid negative income taxes, according to the CBO study entitled, “The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2010.”
“When refundable tax credits, such as the earned income tax credit and the child tax credit, exceed the other federal tax liabilities of the households in an income group, those households are said to have a negative average tax rate,” said the CBO study.
Possible Dem 2016 ticket: Autopen/Teleprompter.