February 2, 2014

Not Establishment Press News: Two Large Unions’ Deep Dissatisfaction With Obamacare

Over at the Associated Press’s national site, there’s a story about how “Some of the largest public labor unions in Illinois filed a long-awaited lawsuit Tuesday challenging the state’s new pension reform law.”

Given that it involves hundreds of thousands of workers, it’s probably fair to say that the news deserves national attention. But how about another story which involves over 800,000 union members who are deeply dissatisfied with Obamacare? Searches at AP on Unite Here and LUINA, the two unions involved, come up empty and with nothing relevant, respectively.


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020214)

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.


Mixed-race household facts for the bigots at MSNBC“… among families with step-children or adopted children, 11 percent of conservatives were living in mixed race households compared to 10 percent of liberals living in mixed-race households.”


While Obama is focusing everyone on what he might unconstitutionally do with his executive authority, his regulators are doing the real dirty work.

One example:

President Barack Obama’s environmental regulators will spend the rest of this year writing climate rules that would reshape the nation’s electricity supply, throw a cloud over the future of coal power and take the biggest stride ever in throttling the nation’s greenhouse gas pollution.

And that’s just the beginning.

All based on the hoax known around here as globaloney.


Retiring California Congressman Henry Waxman’s legacy is notrich.” It’s repressive.


At CNS News“Solar Provides 0.2% of Electric Supply–Up From 0.02% Before Obama.” At that rate of incremental increase (0.18% every five years), it will provide 1% of the nation’s electric supply in 2037.


At the Jerusalem Post“Kerry pressure on Israel has anti-Semitic undertones.”

Specifically, “First-term MK Motti Yogev claims the secretary of state ‘wants to decrease the Jewish presence in the Land of Israel.’” That’s pretty much a given, seeing how the Obama administration insists that Israel retreat to it pre-1967 borders.


A MassResistance email informs me: “This week … Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD) against a Catholic girls prep school because the school declined to hire a man because he is ‘married’ to another man.”

Chances are you’ll never see this covered in the press unless the litigant wins.

Of all the lies of the past 40 years, the following from the “LGBT community” is among the worst: “Just give us our rights, and we’ll leave you alone.”


At the Hollywood Reporter“Oscar Winner Pens Letter Accusing Academy of Christian ‘Bigotry’ in Song Flap.” It appears that the Motion Picture Association searched desperately for a reason to disqualify the already nominated “Alone Yet Not Alone” — and came up with one that doesn’t pass the laugh test.

Gerald Molen, an Oscar-winning producer of “Schindler’s List,” is calling BS: “Critics will pounce and accuse us of being out of touch and needlessly offending middle America by stripping this song — a song sung by a quadriplegic hero to evangelical Christians who has captured the imagination of the American people — of its nomination …” From all appearances, the “critics” are correct.


Via Sean Davis at TheFederalist.com“11 Facts About The Minimum Wage That President Obama Forgot To Mention.”

Here’s one which goes directly against an Obama SOTU claim: “A Full-Time Minimum Wage Worker In 2014 Will Make 24 Percent More Than The Federal Poverty Limit. … And that’s before federal benefits like Medicaid and food stamps are included.”

Related, at Heritage: “How Obamanomics Promotes Inequality”:

his poll-tested focus on inequality and a struggling middle class is an indictment of his own policies. Debt, stimulus, Obamacare, welfare expansions, green energy, and higher tax rates were all supposed to lift the middle class and poor from this funk. This was supposed to be a shared prosperity and we have gotten just the opposite.


At Breitbart“CA OBAMACARE SPENT $1.37 MILLION ON RICHARD SIMMONS LIVE STREAM.” And that’s with Simmons supposedly getting no compensation.


At Twitchy“‘I will not comply’: Doctor slams Obamacare, sends must-read breakup letter to Aetna”

Positivity: Walk for Life West Coast draws witness across generations

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

From San Francisco:

Jan 27, 2014 / 08:52 am

This past Saturday the tenth annual Walk for Life West Coast drew people from across the nation and of all age groups, particularly young adults and college students, to a prayerful witness to the value of life.

“We drove up yesterday, an eight hour drive, and we’re here to support the movement to end abortion, and to join with other Christians, and other people of faith – and people not of faith – because abortion is not a Christian topic … to fight alongside them, and to pray for an end to abortion,” Simon Esshaki, 22, told CNA Jan. 25 while preparing to begin the Walk.

Esshaki, a seminarian of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle, had traveled on a bus from San Diego among a sizable group of Chaldean Catholics to participate in the pro-life witness held annually in San Francisco.

Many of the some 50,000 participants were university students, coming from Berkeley across the bay, Thomas Aquinas College downstate, and even from Wyoming Catholic College, four states away.

Jordan Gunnaway, a senior at Wyoming Catholic, told CNA she was “extremely impressed by the number of people.”

She noted the unity of Christians of different denominations who were “all there for the same purpose,” as well as the enthusiasm of the Walk’s participants, especially “the joy of everyone singing, praying, chanting.”

Participants came from across the country – as far away as Virginia, and alongside Catholics were Lutherans, Anglicans, Baptists, and agnostics as well.

At a rally held just before the Walk, one of the event’s co-founders, Eva Muntean, stressed the importance of changing hearts, and transforming the culture of death into a culture of life. “Laws change because people change,” she reminded those gathered.

The rally’s speakers included Grace Dulaney, of the Agnus Dei Foundation, who spoke of the importance of adoption in supporting the value of life, and Clenard Childress, who addressed the profound threat abortion is to the African-American community.

Monica Snyder, of the group Secular Pro-Life, noted that abortion “is not solely a religious” issue. The agnostic called abortion an issue of “human rights, not religion,” pointing out that it doesn’t take faith to recognize abortion as murder. …

Go here for the rest of the story.