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Or maybe she's just misinformed, because unlike her president, she doesn't read the newspapers.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (D-TN) blasted HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today at the House Hearing on the Obamacare website:
Blackburn: Before, during and after the law was passed the president said if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it. So is he keeping his promise?
Sebelius: Yes he is.
Which would seem to contradict this news item, printed in today's Bergen Record.
One in 10 New Jerseyans will need to change their health coverage over the next year under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, industry experts say, despite repeated assurances from the Obama administration that those who liked their current plan could keep it.
Their policies currently do not include all of the health benefits required by the new law, such as pediatric dental and vision care, and had to be redesigned and repriced before the main part of the law takes effect in January.
Governor Christie added his voice to the mounting criticism from Republicans on Tuesday, saying that "people weren't told the truth" about the Affordable Care Act.
"They were told they would be able to keep their policies if they liked them," he said in an interview with "CBS This Morning." "Now you hear hundreds of thousands of people across the country being told they couldn't. The White House needs to square that with what was told to the American people and told to the Congress beforehand."
About 150,000 New Jersey residents who buy their own insurance and 650,000 who get coverage through businesses with fewer than 50 workers have learned — or will learn over the next year — that they need to choose another option, said Ward Sanders, president of the New Jersey Association of Health Plans.
Who you gonna believe? Kathleen Sebelius, or your own lyin' eyes?
I suppose it depends on what the meaning of "is" is.
But in case you need another reason to ditch those ubiquitous orange boxes this Halloween, a recent UN audit report blasted their fundraising programs.
Halloween is an important event for the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, as hundreds of thousands of trick-or-treaters go house-to-house asking for pennies or dollars to help the world's needy children. But according to the U.N. Board of Auditors, which monitors the organization's finances, the cost of funneling such private sector money through UNICEF's national committees to the global organization is getting so expensive that it merits special notice.
A report by the auditors that was published last June, but won't be considered by UNICEF's supervisory executive board until next year, highlights the fact that those national committees last year kept an average of 29 percent of overall private sector contributions for themselves, either as expenses or as stockpiled cash.
In all, more than $341 million in donations was held back by administrators in 2012, and more than $2.39 billion over the period from 2006 to 2012, amounts that the auditors dryly labeled as "high."
In fact, for six of ten unnamed biggest donors the hold-back rate was higher than 30 percent, the report noted, and in one case, it reached a towering 61 percent.
They're sitting on $2.39 billion dollars in cash.
They keep up to 61 cents of every dollar for "administrative" expenses.
Does UNICEF really need your quarters?
Helping poor children is an admirable idea. We should all try to do what we
can. So help the poor kids in your home town. Donate to your local food pantry.
And tell UNICEF to clean up their act.
There's big news this morning — Obama knew millions would lose their health insurance due to Obamacare!
NBC is reporting that the Obama administration knew years ago that millions of Americans would lose their health insurance.
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.
Ah, the Obama Administration knew. But dollars to donuts, President Obama knew nothing. How could he? He doesn't know anything.
Four Americans died in Benghazi. President Obama was blissfully ignorant about the details, but it had something to do with an internet video, right?
Top-level White House operatives spied on AP and Fox News reporters. President Obama didn't know anything about that.
The IRS persecuted Tea Party groups, and funneled their 501c(4) applications through the White House Counsel's Office. President Obama found out about that when he picked up a newspaper.
The Healthcare.gov website crashed and burned. But President Obama was completely clueless. He had no interest in monitoring the launch of his signature legislative achievement.
The NSA is spying on everybody, including our allies. President Obama was shocked, yes Shocked!, to learn about it. And he immediately ordered them to stop. Or not. Depends on who you ask.
ATF passed out guns (and grenades) like candy to Mexican drug lords. Hundreds were massacred with them, including a US Border Agent. The White House wasn't involved, honest!, and they're hiding all the memos regarding it behind Executive Privilege just to be sure.
Candidate Obama had no knowledge of his Auntie Zeituni's immigration status. But he sure did help her beat the system once he was elected president.
All of this would be funny if it wasn't so serious.
And so the obvious question is, who's in charge?
Who is running the government? Why is the president content not to know so many things? At this point one has to conclude he is intentionally ignorant. If he really wanted to be in the loop, people who didn't inform him would be fired and the pace of "I didn't know" excuses would slow. Instead it's ticked up. Perhaps he refuses to hear bad news. Maybe his second-term team is hopelessly incompetent. Whatever the reason, Obama's ignorance is no longer (if it ever had been) a valid excuse. His continual cluelessness is an indictment now of his administration's collapse.
Someone is pulling President Chauncey Gardiner's strings. And I think we all
who that is.
All of them, I suspect. Which is why I laugh at the "horror stories" detailing how liberals are experiencing sticker shock after signing up for Obamacare. Serves 'em right!
Universities are cutting back on adjunct professors' work hours to comply with Obamacare — an unfortunate wake up call for some liberal academics who supported the law.
Fred Thompson: "An Illinois man wrote his Congressman to say that, thanks to Obamacare, my premium is now higher than my mortgage. Can't wait until Obama fixes the problem by making home ownership mandatory."
Sticker shock, the Joe Manchin Edition: According to the Manhattan Institute, on average, the cheapest plan offered in a given state, under Obamacare, will be 99 percent more expensive for men, and 62 percent more expensive for women, than the cheapest plan offered under the old system.
Obamacare deductibles a dose of sticker shock: Insurance companies requiring higher out-of-pocket expenses to comply with new rules.
Is it any wonder that I'm cheering for President Obama to fix his web site? He assures us he'll have it running like a top in just 5 more weeks. And then the Real Fun can begin! C'mon liberals, sign up! When it comes to your health insurance, you deserve less than half the value at more than twice the price! And Barack Obama is just the guy to make sure you get it.
Think of it as your reward for loyalty to the Democratic Party.
Remember when Obama said most of the guys in Gitmo were students or "low level" operatives like taxi drivers? And that releasing them wasn't a big risk to National Security?
Meet Sufian bin Qumu, a one-time guest of the United States Government, freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2007, who just happened to be on the ground in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. And no, he wasn't driving a taxi.
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee with Al Qaeda ties was in Benghazi the night of the Sept. 11 attack, according to a source on the ground in Libya.
The source told Fox News that ex-detainee Sufian bin Qumu, who is suspected of running camps in eastern Libya where some of the assailants trained, is also a "respected member" of Ansar al-Sharia -- one of the Islamist groups identified in State Department email traffic two hours after the attack.
While it is not clear whether bin Qumu was directing the assault, his security file from Guantanamo may be revealing. While in Afghanistan in 1998, alongside Usama bin Laden, the Libyan national "communicated with likely extremist elements via radio during this period indicating a position of leadership," the file shows.
OK, all you "close Gitmo" goofballs, you wanna explain this one to me? He's in "a position of leadership" in al Qaeda, we've got him locked up, and we let him go. Nobody thought that maybe he'd go right back and hook up with Terrorists R Us?
Bin Qumu was transferred to Guantanamo on May 5, 2002, and released to Libya on Sept. 28, 2007, where he was initially held and later released. His Guantanamo review file, originally a classified document but made public by WikiLeaks, says he is a "former member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a probable member of al Qaida and a member of the North African Extremist Network. Detainee is a medium to high risk and he is likely to pose a threat to the US and it's interests and allies."
Hmm. Somebody did notice. Obama just wasn't paying attention. That seems to be a recurring theme, by the way.
Anyhow, let's connect some dots.
A review of State Department cables, also made public by WikiLeaks, shows that former Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in the 2012 attack, was interested in bin Qumu's fate once he was transferred from the U.S. military detention facility to Libya. Stevens had one of his subordinates meet with bin Qumu at the Libyan jail.
Interesting! There is a connection between a known terrorist, who was formerly in US custody, and our Ambassador to Libya. That terrorist is part, maybe a big part of a well-coordinated attack which results in the death of our Ambassador and three other Americans. An attack that Barack Obama ignored so he could attend a fund-raiser.
Now if we had a media that cared about pursuing presidential scandals, they might look into why Sufian bin Qumu was given his walking papers and sent to Libya. They'd try to find out what he was doing there prior to his arrival in Benghazi. And if any other former guests of Barack Obama's Home For Wayward Misunderstanders Of Islam were also involved in the attack.
Yeah, I know, at this point, what difference does it make?
Unless they could connect it all to George Bush. Or Halliburton. Then the gloves come off, for sure.
UPDATE 25 Oct 2013 17:25:
CORRECTION! This gomer was released in 2007, so we really can't blame Obama for that.
So my earlier headline was inaccurate. Sorry for the confusion.
But it still reflects poorly on the "close Gitmo" crowd. Clearly the terrorists locked up there aren't choirboys.
Just in time for winter, PSE&G is lowering their rates.
The Newark utility announced yesterday it is providing a two-month bill credit for residential gas customers that will cut the average monthly bill by about 33 percent in November and December.
For the typical residential customer, that translates into a total savings of $93.10, according to the utility. Depending on meter-reading schedules, many customers will see some of the credit in November and December, with the rest in January.
The drop in rates is the latest in a string of reductions in customer bills that started in January 2009, which have saved the average residential PSE&G customer about $674 per year.
"We're pleased that we can provide this substantial credit to our customers, especially at this time of year," said Jorge Cardenas, vice president of asset management and centralized services. "This bill credit will return money to customers as temperatures are dropping and they strive to keep heating bills affordable."
Cardenas attributed the drop in bills by as much as 39 percent to the steady decline in natural gas prices, a trend not only resulting in lower heating bills, but also reduced electric bills.
"Our close proximity to the abundance of gas supply in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania, plus our transportation and storage capabilities and the way we manage our pipeline contracts, enabled us to seize this opportunity to once again reduce costs for our customers," he said.
Ah yes, the Marcellus Shale, where fracking is unleashing a torrent of clean, and as it turns out, cheap natural gas. And providing good-paying jobs for burly men to bolster our economy too. What's not to like?
So, the next time you meet an anti-fracking nut, ask her if she's willing to
put her money where her big mouth is and cough up the difference in your
heating bill. Because you can't heat your house with rainbows and unicorns.
Frank Pallone is one really classy guy. Because calling someone a "monkey" is only racist when Republicans do it.
From C-SPAN (video not embeddable, alas):
00:00:00 INFORMATION BEING PROVIDED.
00:00:02 THAT'S NOT IN PLAY HERE TODAY.
00:00:05 NO HEALTH INFORMATION IS REQUIRED IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
00:00:10 AND WHY IS THAT?
00:00:11 BECAUSE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS DON'T MATTER.
00:00:13 SO ONCE AGAIN, HERE WE HAVE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES TRYING TO SCARE EVERYBODY -- >> IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD?
00:00:19 >> NO, I WILL NOT YIELD TO THIS MONKEY COURT OR WHATEVER -- >> THIS IS NOT MONKEY COURT.
00:00:23 >> DO WHATEVER YOU WANT.
00:00:25 I AM NOT YIELDING.
You really have to watch the video to get the full effect of The Distinguished Gentleman's mocking tone, complete with animated bobble-head inanity.
It's a shame the good people of Monmouth County didn't replace this horse's ass
with Anna Little when they had the chance.
Say it ain't so Barry! Tell me today's Star-Ledger is lying! Their headline — Deadline Extended for Health Coverage, potential buyers get 6 more weeks — can't possibly be true. Can it?
It's not on their website, so maybe it's a misprint.
I mean, just 3 weeks ago the president insisted he would never delay Obamacare. N-E-V-E-R. Never.
Surely it takes longer than 3 weeks for "never" to arrive?
Er, then I guess NBC is lying too.
Amid mounting criticism, the White House said Wednesday that it plans to soften the deadline for when Americans are required to purchase health insurance. The date by when Americans would be penalized for not having signed up for health insurance could be "slid" back by as much as six weeks, administration officials told NBC News.
But it was not immediately clear Wednesday whether the adjustment to a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act would need to be approved by Congress or could be done by the Department of Health and Human Services administratively.
As the law stands now, individuals are expected to begin the application process via HealthCare.gov by Feb. 15 to avoid a financial penalty when the deadline hits on March 31, since it generally takes about six weeks for the insurance to kick in.
But under the prospective change, individuals will only be expected to have started enrollment by March 31 to avoid incurring a penalty.
So, they had to pass the law to find out what's in it. And when find out they don't like what's in it, they just arbitrarily decide to change it, without any authorization from Congress. For something like the 97th time, I might add.
Does anyone here remember Checks And Balances? It used to be in all the Civics
textbooks. I guess Dear Leader decided it was too anachronistic a notion, and
nullified it by Executive Order. Dictators do that kind of thing all the time.
How else will your president ever get the unemployment rate down to zero?
The Star-Ledger was particularly ebullient yesterday — Unemployment rate dips to 7.2 percent nationally, a 5-year low!
The Labor Department said today that the rate fell to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent in August. Unemployment remains historically high but is near a five-year low and is down from 7.9 percent at the start of 2013.
Isn't it great? Obama's policies are working!
Sadly though, Americans are not. Working, I mean. Only 148,000 new jobs were added last month, barely 3,000 per state. And buried in the Labor Department's numbers is this little gem: The number of Americans who left the labor force hits another all-time high.
The number of Americans who are 16 years or older and who have decided not to participate in the nation's labor force has climbed to a record 90,609,000 in September.
In January 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, there were 80,507,000 Americans not in the labor force. Thus, the number of Americans not in the labor force has increased by 10,102,000 during Obama's presidency.
Ten million Americans have answered their president's call and are honorably doing their patriotic duty. But it's not enough. Dear Leader needs more of you to give up! If you are still trying to find a job, you are making your president look bad. And we all know what happens when someone makes your president look bad.
The time to act is now. Get out of the labor force comrades, and drive the
unemployment rate to zero!
This press release arrived in my inbox today.
Generation Opportunity to Award CGI Federal with Prestigious Youth Defender Award
Firm behind HealthCare.gov is recognized for helping millions of young people Opt Out of Obamacare
Washington, DC — (10/22/13) — Generation Opportunity is proud to announce CGI Federal, the American subsidiary of the Canadian multinational CGI Group and the main contractor behind HealthCare.gov, as the winner of the first ever Youth Defender Award. CGI is recognized for doing more than anyone to date to save young people from the increased costs and privacy invasions of Obamacare.
Clearly, CGI was concerned that if young Americans were able to log-in and enroll, the government would compile their sensitive personal information into a federal datahub already proven insecure. Millennials are already suffering 15.9% youth unemployment and can hardly afford to pay the skyrocketing premiums under Obamacare anyway.
Ezra Klein lauded CGI's efforts on behalf of young people, saying "[t]hey have a Web site that almost nobody has been able to successfully use." Sure, CGI is billing the government over 300% of their original contract, and taxpayers could be on the hook for $292 million dollars or the healthcare equivalent of Project ORCA. But no cost is too much to bear to help young people avoid this expensive and creepy law.
Generation Opportunity congratulates all the worthy candidates, including the runner-up, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who reminded young people on The Daily Show that they can get the same exemption from Obamacare as businesses by opting out and paying the penalty. After all, Sebelius had the foresight to hire CGI knowing they had a track record of protecting patients from government-run health care. The Canadian government had previously fired CGI's parent company for failing to create a functioning website for Ontario's medical registry.
Through a puppet whisperer, Creepy Uncle Sam, unofficial spokesman for Obamacare, issued the following statement:
"I am disappointed that CGI Federal has been successful enough to receive this honor (or honour, as they would say back in Canada). I can only realize my dream of playing doctor and snooping on young Americans if they enroll in Obamacare.
On the bright side, CGI has helped set the Obamacare implementation bar so low that nobody can now expect the government to offer anything but expensive, inefficient, and low-quality health care."
For more information and resources for choosing a health insurance plan outside of the Obamacare exchanges, please visit www.optout.org, a website that actually works.
I'll try to find out when the award ceremony will be televised, because it's sure to be a star-studded celebrity extravaganza. And you'll get to meet these two guys:
He had his chance to delay Obamacare. And President Smug flat out refused.
Fine. Bring it, bitch. Bring your craptacular website up to snuff. Now.
No excuses. No delays. The mandate stands, as written in the law. If Americans get screwed over in the process, well, that's on his head. It'll be his legacy.
But the GOP is still fighting the last battle. Senator Marco Rubio plans to introduce legislation giving Obama a Get Out of Jail Free Card.
Republicans are redoubling their push for a delay amid the problems. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told Fox News he plans to introduce a bill that would delay the mandate until the problems are addressed.
"How are you going to go after people next year ... if the thing you're forcing them to buy isn't available to buy?" he asked. Rubio's plan would delay the mandate until the Government Accountability Office certifies the system is "up and running and effectively working for six months, consecutive."
No. No. No.
A thousand times, No.
Don't let Obama off the hook. He created this fiasco, without a single Republican on board. Now is not the time to go all bi-partisan, trying to fix what he broke.
Attack! Showcase Obamacare signup horror stories! The clowns he trotted out yesterday, for instance.
Then there were the people Obama used as backdrops for his speech, people he said have "benefited from the Affordable Care Act already." It turns out that was a stretch. One was a man who works in a Philadelphia restaurant, does not have health care through his employer, but has, according to a White House press handout, "recently used Healthcare.gov to process his application and is waiting for the options for potential plans."
Another was a man just out of graduate school who has no health coverage but "is planning to enroll after he explores his coverage options on the D.C. exchange." Yet another was a Tennessee small business owner who "was able to register through Healthcare.gov and now plans to comparison shop for the best plan that meets her budget and needs."
Remember, these are success stories. A guy registered! He's waiting
Godot his "options." Another guy might sign up!
I'm sure we can find lots of folks who are completely frustrated, befuddled, angry, and out of patience. They've waited three years to sign up for insurance, and they're still hosed. Put those folks on TV, hanging like an albatross around Obama's neck. Hit him with his own trainwreck. And then hit him again.
Obamacare is imploding, all by itself. All we have to do is stand by, watch, and be ready to shove the entire debacle up his ass in 2014 and 2016.
Remember the quaint notion that government is beholden to We The People?
And, once again, tough guy Chris Christie won't stand up to them.
Gov. Chris Christie announced today that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey by withdrawing his his appeal of a major case that was being heard by the state Supreme Court.
Christie said the court, in rejecting his plea for a stay, had made strong statements that settled the larger case.
Colin Reed, a spokesman for Christie, said that Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, writing for the court in a 7-0 opinion last Friday, "left no ambiguity about the unanimous court's view on the ultimate decision in this matter when he wrote, 'same-sex couples who cannot marry are not treated equally under the law today.' "
Principles? Chris Christie has 'em. And when the winds shift, he's got others.
"Although the governor strongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for the constitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of the people, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of the New Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is the law," Reed said. "The governor will do his constitutional duty and ensure his administration enforces the law as dictated by the New Jersey Supreme Court."
The operative word being dictated. Seven black-robed poobahs, dictating the law. Kneel Before Zod!, sayeth the NJ State Supreme Court, and Chris Christie obediently kneeled.
You know, I remember voting for a governor who promised to stand up to the
judicial bullies. I wonder what happened to that guy.
New Jersey law is clear. You cannot get married until 72 hours after you obtain your marriage license. Unless, of course, you're homosexuals who want to Make History. Then a sympathetic judge will let you ignore the law.
After a lower court ruled that same-sex marriage was allowed in New Jersey, and after the state Supreme Court had denied a request to stay the ruling, gay couples across New Jersey wanted to be among the first to be wed.
There was one small problem. State law requires a 72-hour waiting period between obtaining a marriage license and getting married. Licenses were only granted Friday afternoon, after the state Supreme Court handed down its ruling.
That meant unless a couple had been married in another state — meaning they already had a license — they would have to wait until Monday afternoon, at the earliest, to marry.
But for four Essex couples that problem was solved when Superior Court Judge Patricia Costello granted waivers.
"I'm going to waive the 72-hour waiting period and you will be able to get married 12 o'clock Monday, Costello told longtime partners Gabriela Celeiro and Elizabeth Salerno inside her Essex County chambers tonight, clearing the last hurdle blocking same-sex marriages in New Jersey.
We're all equal under the law. Except homosexuals are more equal. They can ignore the laws they don't like! Riddle me this Batman; why should we bother with having a legislature at all if judges can simply rewrite laws on the fly?
After the couple heard about Friday's Supreme Court decision, Salerno said they wanted to get hitched as soon as possible.
"I want to get something in paper that this actually happened," she said.
Oh, that's why. These Very Special narcissists want to get something in the paper!
There's your proof this same-sex "marriage" nonsense isn't about securing
rights. It's purpose is to get In Your Face — Look At Me! I'm Special!
— because "equality" is always a one-way street in homosexual-town.
Commenting today on Mitch McConnell's white flag of surrender — Mitch promises to never again shut down the government — a Facebook friend posted this:
Why the enemy will win - they don't have limits. They don't care who they hurt or what is destroyed. The Republicans, particularly the Tea Party, loves the United States and its people. That is a weakness. The Democrats just love power. The Democrats won't negotiate even if it means the destruction of the economy. The Republicans blink, the Democrats win, and another day down the path to socialism.
Truer words were never spoken.
A while ago I happened to overhear a rabidly partisan Democrat strategizing for the upcoming township council election here in Caldwell. His bottom line? "We have to get 'our people' back in town hall." Nice, eh? They don't care about what's best for our town, they care about what's best for them.
Because without "their people" in place, they can't steal. The power to award
no-bid contracts is the power to fleece the taxpayers. And nobody's better at
fleecing the taxpayers than an Essex County Democrat.
I guess it should come as no surprise that the most activist state supreme court in the nation would unamimously rule to discriminate against 6,000 years of Judeo-Christian tradition. And so the sodomites can "marry."
The New Jersey Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, refused to delay the start of gay marriages, as Gov. Chris Christie had requested. Marriages are expected to begin as soon as 12:01 a.m. Monday. From a legal standpoint, Christie's basis for opposing same-sex marriage was flat-out rejected in the decision.
Of course, religious people must now hide our beliefs. We are left to cower in fear of the Hate Crime Patrol, while licentiousness is the law of the land. All thanks to 7 black-robed poobahs who took it upon themselves to create "rights" out of whole cloth.
And yet there is one Judge above them. On the day that sinners stand before Him to account for their lives, may He have mercy on their souls.
Because an eternity in the fires of Hell is a very long time indeed.
Gee, I wonder why the Democrats would think that?
And New Jersey's large RINO population is A-OK with it too.
With the election for governor less than three weeks away, Gov. Chris Christie has a 26-point lead over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll out today. The Republican governor is ahead, 59 percent to 33 percent — a 6-point increase in the margin since last month.
"Barbara Buono is not making any new gains, even among those who should gravitate to her," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. "Chris Christie simply seems to be a force of nature all but unstoppable in this particular election."
Can you feel another hug from Obama coming on? Because I can.
And the GOP establishment is gonna kiss his ring for 2016, while the Democrats keep their partisanship alive and well.
Christie, who's also mulling a bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, has been touting his bipartisan accomplishments as he runs for re-election in a state where Democrats greatly outnumber Republicans.
Booker and Christie have worked closely together on projects in the past and the two are friends, but Booker told CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper that it doesn't mean he'll cross party lines to vote for Christie.
"When I look at all the issues, Barbara Buono is clearly in line with the voters of New Jersey," Booker told Tapper Thursday on "The Lead."
With "friends" like that, who needs enemies?
Please do not adjust your set, state-run media will tell you everything you need to know. Bloggers? We're the enemy. Your president said so today.
… now that the government has reopened and this threat to our economy is removed, all of us need to stop focusing on the lobbyists, and the bloggers, and the talking heads on radio …
Hey Barry. Fuck you.
You don't get to supercede the First Amendment. Not today. And not tomorrow.
I don't care how much of a dictator you fancy yourself to be. In the immortal
words of Ronald Reagan, I paid for this microphone. And no pissant
community organizer is gonna take it away from me.
I've been looking for some good news this dismal morning, and guess what I found? Detroit, that bastion of Progressive Nirvana, teetering on the edge of municipal bankruptcy, has dumped their retirees into Obamacare!
As bankruptcy hearings continue in Detroit to determine the legality of the city's historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing in July, state workers are hoping to get some clarity on the future of their pension benefits.
While bankruptcy and union lawyers continue to battle it out, the city has already announced significant changes to its retiree health benefits program. Effective Jan.1, retired city workers under age 65 will no longer receive full coverage from the state and will instead receive a $125 stipend to shop in Michigan's health-care exchange under the newly-rolled out Affordable Care Act.
That is, if they can ever log in to the damned website.
Steve Kreisberg, AFSCME director of Collective Bargaining, says the drop to a $125 monthly stipend to cover health costs isn't enough for retirees younger than 65, especially since spousal and child coverage is being eliminated.
"This will have a major impact, especially if they insured their spouses and children, there is no longer room for that," Kreisberg says. "They are also replacing coverage that cost between $500 and $600 a month with $125 a month."
He says the changes have left former city workers confused, angry and concerned.
My heart bleeds.
It's about time you freeloaders figured out your messianic president was going to screw everybody, including you.
Steve Lonegan fought the good fight. The people of New Jersey are just too stupid to see Cory Booker for the empty suit he really is. Newark is a cesspool, and Booker's done nothing to clean it up, but I guess it's their ideal vision of paradise.
That, or Free Stuff. Booker promised 'em rainbows and unicorns; Lonegan's reliance on facts couldn't compete with that.
So Senator McTwitter gets to rubber-stamp Obozo, further advancing Socialism throughout the land.
Enjoy your government cheese, moochers. I hope you all choke on it.
As you head to the polls for today's special election, ponder this:
Our #njsen choice couldn't be any clearer: do we want a country where you get up every day to work for yourself, your family and your community? Or for the government and its growing class of dependents? You're not voting for class president, folks. This is a contest of ideas versus celebrity. Vote accordingly.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because, Liberty. And Freedom.
President Barack Obama told House Democratic leaders Tuesday that he would veto debt-ceiling legislation if it includes a provision pushed by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and House GOP leaders that would cut health subsidies for congressional and senior executive branch officials, according to sources familiar with the discussion at a private White House meeting.
The version of the provision included in a bill the House is slated to consider Tuesday night would eliminate employer contributions for lawmakers' and Hill staffers' health insurance purchases, and require the president, vice president and political appointees to enter into Obamacare exchanges without a tax subsidy.
We can't have the Obamas enrolling in Obamacare! That's racist, or something.
Oh, about those "subsidies." The text of Obama's Affordable Care Act explicitly prohibits them. It does. You could look it up.
But our Washington panjandrums didn't like the idea of paying for their own health insurance, even as they plotted to make us pay for ours. So Obama issued a dead-of-night Executive Order authorizing the Office of Personnel Management to ignore the law.
That's what Obama is going to the mattresses to protect. He can surely afford to pay for his own health insurance. The law he championed and signed with fanfare requires him to sign up with the insurance exchanges and pay for his own health insurance. But like a spoiled child, he doesn't want to buy and pay for his own health insurance.
And so he demonizes Republicans for daring to expose his mendacity.
A wise man once said, sunshine is the best disinfectant. Well then, here's a little sunshine.
"Unless we raise the debt ceiling, we will default." A lie. The government takes in 10 times more money than is necessary to pay the interest on the debt. We default only if the Treasury Department forces one.
Would Obama force a default? Is the Pope Catholic?
Oh, but he has a good reason. He's protecting his Obamacare exemption. Taking
America down the tubes? That's just icing on his cake.
It's about time someone stood up to the anti-religion homofascists. Here's the tale of two very special knuckleheads who picked on the wrong art gallery.
A Mennonite couple in Iowa who declined to host a same-sex wedding at their business has filed a counter-lawsuit against the state's Civil Rights Commission, fearing that the agency will make them pay financial damages and host the events.
In August, Dick and Betty Odgaard, who operate The Gortz Haus Gallery in Grimes, declined a request from Lee Stafford and his partner, Jared, to host a same-sex wedding.
"They did so because their religion forbids them from personally planning, facilitating or hosting wedding ceremonies not between one man and one woman," the counter-lawsuit says.
Stafford filed a complaint with Iowa's Civil Rights Commission accusing the Odgaards of violating state law.
"[They] discriminated against us based on our sexual orientation. Iowa code says if you have a public accommodation, you can't discriminate based on sexual orientation," Stafford told KCCI.
The Odgaards responded on Oct. 7 by filing the counter-lawsuit through the nonprofit Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty.
Religious liberty is under attack by the forces of homosexuality. Thank God for The Beckett Fund! Rock on, Mr. and Mrs. Odgaard!
"The Iowa Civil Rights Commission is now seeking to force the Odgaards to plan, facilitate and host same-sex wedding ceremonies at the Gallery," the counter-lawsuit says. "Publicly associating with a wedding ceremony that violates their beliefs would send a message to others who share their beliefs, including some of their employees, that those beliefs are untrue or unworthy of devotion, and thereby cause those others to sin."
That is, of course, precisely the message the homosexuals want to send: Sin trumps religion. The First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom is subserviant to the purveyors of deviancy; they won't rest until Jesus gets it up the ass from Zorro The Gay Blade.
I stand with Dick and Betty Odgaard, athwart history, yelling "Stop."
Mr. Stafford and his "partner" have since found an alternative location to host their non-traditional nuptials. No harm, no foul, right?
Er, no. They aren't looking for equality, they're out to impose their disjointed version of "morality" on every art gallery in America. Open your doors to the public and you're required to admit sin along with the paying customers.
Civil rights? Sorry, people of faith can't have civil rights.
Not now. But maybe, if the Odgaards prevail, we can breathe a little easier.
Obama the tin pot dictator continues his war on the Catholic Church, this time by padlocking church doors and threatening the pastor with arrest if he says Mass.
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit exposes this president's thuggery:
In the wake of the government shutdown, despite provisions in the Pay Our Military Act, Catholics at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia are being denied religious services. The Catholic priest who serves this community has been prohibited from even volunteering to celebrate Holy Mass without pay, and was told that if he violated that order, he could be subject to arrest. Protestant services continue to take place. Only Catholic services have been shutdown.
Is this still America? Father Ray Leonard, the base chaplain, isn't sure.
"In China, I was disallowed from performing public religious services due to the lack of religious freedom in China. I never imagined that when I returned home to the United States, that I would be forbidden from practicing my religious beliefs as I am called to do, and would be forbidden from helping and serving my faith community."
Believe it Father.
Barack Obama is America's Henry VIII, determined to subjugate Holy Mother Church beneath his despotic thumb.
Obamacare's assault on Catholic doctrine was only the beginning. Then came the designation of Christian ministries as "domestic hate groups," because they refuse to kneel before the proponents of same-sex "marriage."
So today, under the pretext of a government shutdown, he decided to teach some bothersome priests a lesson, by denying their ability to say Mass for the brave men and women who serve our nation. You can almost hear him snicker, "Where is your God now?" as he annoints himself Supreme Pontiff of his government-approved catholic (yes, small-c) church.
Our forefathers came to these shores in search of religious liberty.
Under this president, the only place we'll find it is in the history books.
Are you a high school student interested in applying to college? Chances are you're going to use the Online Common Application. That is, if the folks behind it can ever get it to work.
With early admission deadlines looming for hundreds of thousands of students, the new version of the online Common Application shared by more than 500 colleges and universities has been plagued by numerous malfunctions, alarming students and parents and putting admissions offices weeks behind schedule.
"It's been a nightmare," Jason C. Locke, associate vice provost for enrollment at Cornell University. "I've been a supporter of the Common App, but in this case, they've really fallen down."
Colleges around the country have posted notices on their admissions Web sites, warning of potential problems in processing applications. Some Minnesota colleges have created an optional partial application. The Georgia Institute of Technology has one of the earliest fall application deadlines, Oct. 15, but it was not able to start reviewing applications on a large scale until last week and has postponed the deadline for some supporting paperwork until Nov. 1.
For the nonprofit company, also called the Common Application, that creates the form, it has been a summer and fall of frantic repair work, cataloged on its Web site, and frequent mea culpas.
Let me guess, it's being brought to you by the same bozos behind healthcare.gov?
Problems became evident as soon as the application was released in August, including some confusing wording that was later changed. Students who thought they had finished the application found that it was incomplete because questions had been added after its release. As changes were made, some who had started their applications early found themselves locked out of the system.
Sure sounds like the Obamacare signup process, doesn't it?
They're rolling out a complete rewrite of their online system. And it appears they didn't sufficiently beta test it. Or rather, this year's applicants are their beta testers. Sorry it sucks for you, but they'll have all the bugs worked out by next year!
I learned a long time ago that large IT projects are hard.
What's that saying? Oh yeah, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Except I think folks today do remember the past, but they believe they're smarter than those other guys.
One self-important county judge wraps herself in a rainbow flag and she demands everyone dance to her tune? That's not the America I want to live in!
A state Superior Court judge Thursday refused to delay the Oct. 21 start date she set to begin same-sex marriages in New Jersey, rejecting the Christie administration's contention that no gay weddings should be peformed while the case is still being fought in the courts.
Judge Mary Jacobson, who last month ordered the state to allow same sex marriages because she said gay couples are being denied equal rights "every day," Thursday wrote that delaying the start date would prolong "violations of their constitutional rights."
Ye gads! By all means let's overturn 6,000 years of Judeo-Christian principle at the drop of a hat, because one judge said so!
Who needs King Barack when you've got Judge Mary Jacobson? She's god-like in her omniscience. Just ask her.
In her 17-page decision Thursday, Jacobson said allowing marriages to move forward would cause no harm to the state and the administration was unlikely to succeed on appeal.
See? She believes she's smarter than everyone else. Here's an idea — cede all government power and complete control over our lives to Mary Jacobson. We don't need elected representatives. We don't need to think for ourselves. She's omnipotent!
Er, not so fast there madam.
It's possible the Oct. 21 start date could still be put on hold. The Christie administration quickly responded Thursday by requesting the state Appellate Division grant the delay instead. The appeals court could consider the motion as soon as next week, according to filing deadlines it set for both sides to make their case.
Lost in all the rush, of course, is our First Amendment right to religious liberty. The impetus behind the same-sex "marriage" juggernaut is to demolish the tenets of Christianity. Why else would its proponents insist on garnering the explicit endorsement of devoutly religious citizens?
Demanding that a Christian photographer document their faux wedding is a direct affront to the First Amendment. Forcing a Catholic baker to supply them with a "wedding" cake forever damages his immortal soul. And when Adam and Steve clamor for the "right" to sashay down the aisle at Saint Patrick's Cathedral it's only to mock all of us who hold and teach the Catholic faith.
The supposed "right" of homosexuals to engage in sodomy cannot, must not, trump religious liberty.
If, and this is a very big if given the activist nature of our judiciary and the utter contempt which homosexuals hold for religion, but if a respectful religious carve-out could be conceived and enforced, then perhaps we could all live together in harmony.
Fat chance of that though. Homosexuals talk "love" whilst spewing hatred.
In their world "tolerance" is a one-way street. And so a nation founded on
the premise of religious liberty descends inexorably into bacchanalian
No wonder Cory Booker spends so little time in Newark these days, he doesn't want to get mugged for his cell phone.
A group of teenagers drove from bus stop to bus stop in Newark's South Ward in August, attacking and robbing six people in a span of 10 minutes.
In February, an Essex County freeholder was carjacked at gunpoint near his home. Days later, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union was mugged outside of his office.
And just last month, a mob of juveniles swarmed an off-duty federal agent in the city's Ironbound section, pummeling the man during an attempted robbery until he pulled out his sidearm and opened fire.
Hundreds of people — 1,759 to be exact — have suffered the same fate this year in Newark, which has experienced a surge in robberies that is as random as it is violent.
Newark has seen a 23 percent jump in robberies in 2013, and the city is on pace to have its highest annual robbery total since 1999, according to Uniform Crime reports compiled by the State Police and city crime data.
And where is Mayor McTwitter? Sitting on Oprah's couch. Yucking it up with Conan. And packing his bags for greener pastures in Washington, D.C. He can't wait to get the hell out of Newark. Someone else will have to clean up his mess; he's got bigger fish to fry now!
In New Jersey, Newark seems to be the only large city reporting a major uptick in robberies this year. As of Sept. 30, robberies were down in Camden, Paterson, Jersey City and Trenton compared to 2012, according to uniform crime reports.
Purely coincidentally, Newark is also the only city with an absentee mayor.
Remember 10 murders in 10 days? Yeah, that was just a typical summer in Cory Booker's Newark.
And there's been 17 more murders since September 1st, while Cory is gallivanting around the country hobnobbing with celebrities.
Meanwhile Steve Lonegan is here in New Jersey. Taking his message to the people. Meeting with them, listening to their concerns, and proposing solutions that don't involve the same tired old platitudes.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because an absentee mayor doesn't deserve a
promotion to absentee senator.
America, your president is an asshole. A petulant, childish, spiteful asshole.
In what looks like a spiteful move, the NPS even removed handles from water spigots along the Chesapeake and Ohio canal where bikers and joggers exercise as well as along the Great Allegheny Passage, just to ensure people don't get any water from them.
But did he turn off the water fountains he set up for illegal aliens trespassing in Arizona? Hell no!
He actually arrested Vietnam veterans for honoring their fallen comrades.
He denied death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers.
He forcibly removed American citizens from their homes.
And he decreed that Catholic priests are barred from saying Mass.
And Dingy Harry has stymied every attempt by the House to re-authorize funding for these "non-essential" government programs. The House is working for the American people; the Senate, and this president, are not.
Priorities dontcha know.
Barack Obama is not a president. He's a tyrant.
You know what? Americans know how to deal with tyrants. We kicked King George's ass back in the day.
We'll kick Barry's ass too.
The days are getting shorter. The air is clean and crisp, and nights are pleasantly cool. Which can mean only one thing — Fall is here. And as the leaves fall from the trees our government wants us to know there are regulations for how we rake them.
Pages and pages of regulations. For leaves.
Two collection dates are assigned to each street in Caldwell. Residents can rake leaves to the curb up to six days prior to the scheduled pick-up date. All leaves must be curbside by 7 a.m. on the curbside pick up date.
Residents who place leaves on roadways before and after the specified dates will be subject to fines.
Mother Nature, fined for littering!
Biodegradable bags will be available for purchase at Caldwell Borough Hall and Caldwell Community Center during normal operating hours.
Yes, you have to use The Official Leaf Bags. You can't put leaves in plastic bags. You can't put leaves in the trash. And you can't make this stuff up.
Additional restrictions and requirements include:
Do not include any branches, grass clippings, cans, bottles, or debris in the leaf piles. Foreign materials damage your town's equipment and risk employee safety.
Do not place leaves within 10 feet of any storm drain or fire hydrant.
Arrange leaves in a long row across your property's frontage rather than in large piles. Leaf rows should not extend into the street more than 4 feet for safety.
Do not park vehicles over leaf piles. This makes leaf collection difficult and it is also a significant fire hazard. Avoid parking vehicles on streets during scheduled pick up days.
Got that? Thou shalt not run afoul of the leaf inspectors!
Really. There's a guy who drives around town all day in a white pickup truck, checking on the leaves. Because he has nothing better to do.
Back when I was a kid we burned our leaves in a big metal garbage can. Sitting around that fire, with my uncles drinking beer and telling stories, those were good times.
Leave it to government to take all the fun out of everything it touches.
Because it shows Mayor McTwitter being endorsed by … Barack Obama.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! He thinks for himself. And no one would mistake
him for an Obama rubber stamp.
Not when it's Mike Bloomberg's money. And not when it's going to help Cory Booker!
Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire mayor of New York City, is spending $1 million to help Newark Mayor Cory Booker's U.S. Senate campaign amid increasing nervousness about his performance, according to a report.
The ads, which begin running today and are funded by Bloomberg's super PAC, tout Booker as "a senator who can get things done in a divided Washington," according to the report.
Where are all those liberals whinging about "Citizens United" when you need them?
Cashing Mike Bloomberg's checks, that's where they are.
Write this down so you don't forget kids. Money in politics is only bad when it's spent on (or by) Republicans.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because his influence isn't for sale.
Those teachers unions, always looking out for the children.
It was a late homework assignment and Newark school district officials missed the deadline Thursday, after teachers union officials refused to sign off on an application for $30 million in coveted federal Race to the Top funding.
Newark Teachers Union president, Joseph Del Grosso, [criticized] the application as a waste of money.
"It's riddled with pork," complained Del Grosso, who heads the 4,200-member union. "The thing should be called Race to the Hog because that's what's going on. It's not about funneling money into classrooms."
The dispute led to an hours-long war of words, statements and e-mails between the two sides, as a 4 p.m. deadline for submitting the application came, and then went, with Anderson reaching out to Mayor Cory Booker, members of the city council and other community leaders in an effort to pressure Del Grosso to change his mind.
He never budged, arguing the application allocated no money for putting more teachers in classrooms.
Ah ha! "More teachers in classrooms" == more union members == more union dues!
So the kids lose out on $30 million bucks worth of probably needed stuff, all because the unionistas couldn't skim their vig off the top first.
I'm reminded of the late Albert Shanker's epitaph. Mr. Del Grasso will care
about the children when the children start paying union dues. Until then? Not
Call it the tale of two endorsements.
"Steve Lonegan will fight to preserve our Liberty against government regulations
like Obamacare that seek to limit our prosperity. Let's come together, turn out,
work hard, and elect conservative Steve Lonegan to the U.S. Senate on October
— Sarah Palin
Meanwhile, Cory Booker picked up the endorsement of his one-time rival, convicted felon Sharpe James. And James' accolades pretty much tell you all you need to know about Mayor McTwitter:
"He'd be a great U.S. senator for New Jersey," he said amid a cascade of applause, then added, "What other senator do you know who sits on Oprah's couch, and then goes on Jimmy Fallon, and then Conan?"
If those aren't qualifications to be a U.S. senator from New Jersey, well then, I don't know what are. How about you? Do you think that Oprah, Jimmy Fallon, or Conan even know where New Jersey is?
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because Hollywood already has two senators.
Yesterday a group of World War II veterans made Obama look foolish and mean-spirited. What kind of schmuck puts barricades around an open-air park thats normally open 24/7/365? The Obama kind!
So what's a petulant dictator to do? Double down on spite!
Live from the WWII memorial where park officials are setting up more gates and tape to block visitors pic.twitter.com/XkzBTWFMEE— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 2, 2013
7 officials working here today - one carrying wire ties pic.twitter.com/9LEz4WrSg7— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 2, 2013
Some media here as well as one flag bearing protestor pic.twitter.com/dO6LbLsmXr— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 2, 2013
After conferring with each other for a moment, park workers fled after cameras started filming. No wire ties on the gates.— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 2, 2013
Park workers back at WWII memorial using zip ties to put up more "closed" signs pic.twitter.com/q3cK2z7W33— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 2, 2013
Go ahead Obamabots, defend your president now.
He spits on brave men who risked death to defend this nation from fascism.
Does he really think a couple of zip ties are going to keep them from honoring their fallen comrades?
Ah, but what do Obama and his sycophants know of honor?
UPDATE 2 OCT 2013 11:17:
Vets storm the gates!
You can't keep The Greatest Generation down.
Gates breached without incident ; Sen Claire McCaskill already inside pic.twitter.com/QrwNmuX310— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 2, 2013
Afterward they should storm the golf course and give that POS president a
piece of their mind.
Definitely not ready for Prime Time.
Meanwhile Dear Leader is holding a press conference to tell us how wonderful this steaming pile of excrement really is.
Maybe he should try signing his own family up for it, then get back to us.
Oh, right, he's exempt.