January 26, 2014

AP Report Acts As If Obamacare-Driven Coverage Drops and Spouse Exclusions Only ‘May’ Occur

When it comes to reporting on aspects of Obamacare, the press is really good at pretending to speculate about outcomes which have already happened in the real world, and at contradicting Obama administration assertions without telling readers that’s what they’ve just done.

Case in point: Last Tuesday at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, Carla K. Johnson and Tom Murphy told readers that Obamacare “could touch … people who have insurance through work,” and that “The law may prompt some companies to drop coverage for their part-time workers” and to “start excluding spouses.” The law has already “prompted” all of these things. Excerpts follow the jump.

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012614)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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The latest odious Benghazi narrative is that it is somehow Ambassador Christopher Stevens’s fault that he was killed. Rebuttal:

To sum up: Chris Stevens was not responsible for the reduction in security personnel. His requests for additional security were denied or ignored. Officials at the State and Defense Departments in Washington made the decisions that resulted in reduced security that led to not only his death but 3 others as well and it was not because of “cut-backs by Republicans.” Hillary was Stevens’ boss, so……

Like I asked in my last article, “Hillary, you allowed Americans to be murdered in Benghazi – Do you really think we are going to let you forget that?” Or for that matter- get away with it?

No, but the press will try mightily to let her get away with it with the low-info population.

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Emails: “Obama Administration Colluded With Enviro Groups To Waylay Keystone Pipeline”

I don’t expect this administration to allow Keystone to go forward at all, with one possible exception: It might do a feint towards approval ahead of the November 2014 elections if it thinks doing so will save a Senate seat or two. But it won’t be sincere.

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Nullifying the 2nd Amendment: Smith & Wesson Victim Of California Regs.” The state’s microstamping requirement is really a ruse to prevent the sale and manufacture of guns.

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At Zero Hedge: “20 early warning signs that we are rapidly approaching a global economic meltdown.” It was written Thursday evening, and included that day’s 176-point Dow drop. It did not include Friday’s 300-point-plus drop.

The biggest of the 20 to me was the prediction that “U.S. consumers should expect a “tsunami” of store closings in the retail industry.”

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U.S braces itselffor coldest month of the century with yet another Arctic blast as fears grow for Super Bowl Sunday.

As of Saturday afternoon, the forecast for the Super Bowl (check here for the latest, and look for February 2) was a “wintry mix,” with temps in the high-20s to low 30s.

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Really? CNN graphic puts Frank Sinatra and Justin Bieber together. As if …

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At The Week: “The Republicans’ new primary calendar is rigged.” They want candidates even worse than McCain and Romney, if that’s even possible (unfortunately, it is).

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Obamacare Insecurity Update: “Security Expert: Attacker Can Host Any Content Under Healthcare.gov Umbrella”

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At American Thinker“Pro-death Insanity Envelops Belgium.” The journey down the slippery slope has been swift.

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“While overall food stamp use grew by 53 percent between Fiscal Year 2007 and Fiscal Year 2010 (from about 26 million to nearly 40 million), it more than doubled among able-bodied adults without dependents during this time–from 1.7 million to 3.9 million–an increase of roughly 127 percent.”

Given that the number on Food Stamps is now over 47 million, it’s a virtual certaintly that the number of able-bodied collecting Food Stamps hasn’t come down, and has perhaps increased, even though the economy has marginally improved and the official unemployment rate has come down. This situation is indefensible.

Positivity: 40,000 Pro-Lifers Line the Streets of Paris, France During Jan. 19 French March for Life

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Paris via Life News:

1/19/14 8:53 PM

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, so there are several thousand words on the March for Life in Paris, France today.

There’s no better report on today’s March for Life in France that could display the job of thousands of people marching for pro-life values in Europe than the pictures … courtesy Marche Pour La Vie.

Go here for the photos.