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… What was Alan Grayson thinking ? ….

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,October 28th,2013

.. Alan Grayson is an over – the – top political figure , that is without question . But what he has done this time has put him waaaay past waaaay over the line .

.. There are quite a few demagogues in the Democratic party . Usually , these find a line that it is not acceptible to cross . Unfortunately , Alan Grayson is not one of them . When he sees any type of that line he either ignores it , or erases it . And as lunatic left fringe as the party leadership is (safe Steny Hoyer of Maryland) , I would think that they would find this commentary” far less than helpful ” . ..  One thing is fundraising . A lightning rod such as Grayson is a perfect foil to lash the DemoCraps with to the mizzen mast . Even more than that , it also represents the future lunacy that is in story (politics and policy both) if the Dems continue in any kind of power , anywhere , ever again . .. Another thing is candidate recruitment . You do not want nuts . But you do want the serious , and the committed . These days ,  the wealthiest the potential candidate , the better …

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… see what I mean …

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… Hi Again , Folks ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,October 28th,2013

.. sorry to have been away for awhile . I was hospitalized for 4 days , because I had to deal with a nasty infection . No , it was not life – threatening , thank god !

.. I am doing very nicely , now , fine thank you , for those who might ask . talk again , sooon ….

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… Nice Going , Genius [Aid to Egypt] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 22nd,2013

… cutting off aid to Egypt is a really bad idea .

.. Egypt is a key piece in the Middle East puzzle . They are the largest of the Arab nations , at nearly 80 million people . Like many other Arab nations , they are a homogenous people . They are host to the centuries – old Coptic Christian church , which numbers nearly 12 million adherents . For centuries , these peoples have lived more or less in peace and harmony . Sometimes , things have been a bit touch , to say the least . In general , the majority Muslim population has been very protective of the Copts . That is , until now .

.. The big problem is the Muslim Brotherhood . Of all the nations that have the MB within their midst , blame Egypt for the Brotherhood coming into being . Ironically , Al Quadea represents the co – opting , in part , of the Brotherhood . Guess why ?

… Ayman al – Zawahiri , that is why . He is Egyptian by birth , but he has , for the most part , turned his back on the country of his birth . It represented a strategic backwater in the Middle East , at least to him . A very bad mistake . With the military liberating  Egypt from the “creeping Islamization” by the Morsi – led government , Zawahiri may well find both common cause with the Brotherhood , and what he would see as the needs of his homeland .

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… Volkswagen blundered on this one [.. trying to aid the UAW ..] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 22nd,2013

.. European companies frequently have what are known as “vworks councils . ” It gives unions an even more active voice than they do here in the United States .

.. Contrary to U.S. labor law , which is inherently an adversarial labour – management relationship , the European system fosters a somewhat more collaborative and collegial working relationship . Inherent in the European system , especially in Germany , they have a more activist role in the management of the company …

.. It does not mean that the unions run a German company or a European company , though . It does mean that most day-to-day , and virtually all major decisions cannot be done without strong consultation with the unions , through the ” works council . ”

.. The structure of U.S. labour law does not allow for that . That type of tight labour – management collaboration would be illegal under either the Wagner Act (the National Labor Relations Act) of 1935 , or of the Taft – Hartley Act of 1947 .

… from the Washington Free Beacon
BY: Bill McMorris Follow @FBillMcMorris
October 16, 2013 4:40 pm

Tennessee autoworkers have filed a second set of complaints alleging that Volkswagen’s corporate headquarters pressured employees to join the United Auto Workers Union.

Four autoworkers filed a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board alleging that members of the German-based company’s board of directors threatened to end plant expansion in the right-to-work state if employees did not join a European-style works council.

The support that corporate leaders are lending to the UAW amounts to coercion, according to the complaint filed by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW).

“Bernd Osterloh, vice-chairman of VW and head of VW’s global works council, who makes production decisions for VW, said publicly that employees in Chattanooga must form a works council and bring in the UAW as their agent if their plant is going to be given the opportunity to produce additional products for VW,” the complaint states.

“Volkswagen AG through their officers, directors, and/or agents are thus interfering with Chattanooga facility employees’ rights to choose whether or not to engage in self-organization to form, join, or assist labor organizations.”

VW has been urging the Tennessee plant to form a works council, a collaborative labor group that gives workers a direct line of communication to management regarding work conditions. These councils do not typically involve labor unions, which are more adversarial.

UAW officials hijacked the process in September by convincing workers to sign cards that went beyond the formation of works council. UAW regional director Gary Casteel said on Sept. 12 that a majority of 2,500 workers at VW’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant signed cards endorsing full union organization.

Osterloh is also a member of IG Metall, a German engineering union with close ties to the UAW, in addition to his position as a VW executive. IG Metall pressured VW’s board to form a works council at the start of 2013 and in March lent its support for UAW’s organizing attempts.

NRTW president Mark Mix said that corporate pressure is a two-way street. If companies are not allowed to use tactics like threats to campaign against a union, they should not be able to do so in support of labor groups.

“With reports that Volkswagen is considering Chattanooga to build its new SUV, this is no idle threat,” said Mix.

“If VW management was discouraging workers from joining the UAW with threats, there’s little question that an NLRB prosecution would have already begun at the UAW’s behest.”

One auto expert found VW’s sudden push for unionization suspicious. The company has been expanding operations in countries that offer far more hazardous work conditions and far less worker protections than American plants—without ever calling for the formation of a works council.

“Volkswagen’s expansion plans are focused on China, India, and Russia, three countries where its plants do not operate under works councils,” the source said. “That indicates to me that if Chattanooga unionizes it would be unlikely to benefit from future product expansion. So the real loser here wouldn’t be Volkswagen, so much as American workers.”

VW did not respond to requests for comment.

The four autoworkers are also participating in a separate NLRB complaint against the UAW for using misleading and potentially illegal organizing tactics to gain access to the plant.

.. LEC here — this presumes that one would get a fair hearing at the  N.L.R.B. . At the ObamaCrap NLRB , that is highly in question . It may take taking this legal fight up into the United States Federal Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit for the ObamaCraps and the NLRB to get the message . Also , for Volkswagen and other European companies .

.. you cannot use your structure or the use of “works councils” to coerce U.S. workers at U.S.-based companies , especially where they presently do not have unions . U.S. law allows them the right to choose , but , also , the right to have unions of their free choice , and the right not to be coerced in their choice .

.. this type and other types of coercion are under attack in the United States . They are of at best questionable and more likely dubious legality . If you give one a fair hearing , and a fair judgement under U.S. labor law , that kind of coercion , or any kind of mutual cooperation between unions and companies is a very big no – no .

.. In recent decades , unions that are seeking to organize companies seek to reach legal agreements in advance of any organizing campaign . The company knows that , if they do not , what is known in the trade as a “corporate campaign” could very well result against the company . The company can and usually does end up remaining non – union , but the cost to the company in expense and lost man – and woman – hours is usually considerable . Many do not always seek to want to continue this kind of fight .

.. What the union seeking to organize does is reach a neutrality agreement with the targeted employer . They thus gain access to the grounds of the employer ‘ s facility , without usually comes with the ususally expensive brawl between the target company and their own employees . The union then has a chance to gain communication with the employees , seeking their legal consent , in the form of a “consent card” that , with a sufficient number , allows the union to become the exclusive bargaining agent for that company , or , potentially , for that industry .

.. What those geniuses do not realize is that they have used what is , in effect , blackmail , as well as coercion , against the employer . The Wagner Act does not prohibit this , but the Taft – Hartley Act does , also creating several new protections for both employees , as well as employers .

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… Nice Catch , Matt [ShutDown Theatre] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 17th,2013

.. this article is from National Review ‘ s Bench Memos , courtesy of legal pundit and analyst Matt Franck …

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz has a somewhat overheated op-ed in the New York Times today, arguing that the Fourteenth Amendment’s provision on the public debt somehow authorizes President Obama to take “emergency” steps of his own in the event of a default if the debt ceiling is not raised.

Except that Wilentz acknowledges that the amendment itself “does not give the president the power to raise the debt limit summarily.” So what exactly is Wilentz arguing?

Taking a hyper-Lincolnian view of emergency powers, coupled with a downright un-Lincolnian vagueness about the facts of the case, Wilentz argues that the president, after more pointless talking about this all being the Republicans’ fault, could, “once a default occurred, use his emergency powers to end it and save the nation and the world from catastrophe.” Sure. Then he could step back into that phone booth and become mild-mannered Barack Obama again. Seriously, that is the sum total of Wilentz’s recommendation.

Let’s review. The Fourteenth Amendment says, in Section 4: “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law . . . shall not be questioned.” The debts authorized by law are those to which Congress has obligated the nation by employing its power in Article I, Section 8 to “borrow Money on the credit of the United States.” The debt ceiling is fixed by congressional action under this clause of the Constitution. The president is constitutionally powerless to undertake any further borrowing on the credit of the nation without congressional authorization.

In truth, Section 4 of the Fourteenth Amendment does not empower the president to take any emergency powers that would incur more obligations of debt. On the contrary, it should be read to constrain him to pay the debts we already owe, from current Treasury accounts, before spending on anything else.

Annual service on the national debt, according to the Treasury, is in the neighborhood of $415 billion. The Treasury’s income (total receipts from taxes and other sources) for fiscal 2013, was close to $2.5 trillion. There is roughly six times as much income at the Treasury as is needed to pay the interest (and any capital due on bonds) on the national debt.

If the debt ceiling is not raised, the president is obligated by the Fourteenth Amendment to see to it that Treasury services the outstanding debt. All other spending, from the standpoint of the Constitution, is truly “discretionary,” including all “entitlement” spending, which is not in the category of constitutionally protected debt obligations. The nation’s creditors are at the head of the line. But there is plenty in the Treasury to take care of them. It’s the rest of the public budget that is at risk, not the nation’s credit.

Wilentz’s default emergency, in short, is wholly imaginary. So therefore is his conjuring of extra-constitutional “emergency” powers residing in the president to “save the nation and the world from catastrophe.” Long before we might need to ask Professor Wilentz what Chavezian powers he has in mind, we will be past this particular “crisis.”

… LEC again here — actually , the revenue is closer to about $2.9 to $3.0 trillion for the coming fiscal year . Yea , it is that much . That is about $248 billion a month . Other than individual income taxes , which are withheld , and come in throughout the year …

… there are some estimated taxes , paid by wealthier investors , as well as companies , that are paid quarterly . Those quarterlies are due by either the 15th of the month , or the last day of the month , in March , June , September , and December .

.. So , the tax money comes in , more or less , pretty steady . Matt ‘ s estimate on interest expense is probably spot – on , as well .

.. What things also come to includes the 14th Amendment to the Constitution . It , along with the 13th and 15th Amendments , were brought in , more or less , as a group , in the 1860s , culminating in the ratification of the 15th Amendment in 1870 . They were all proposed during the 1st term of Lincoln , while the Civil War was still raging . But , after his assasination , and the end of the war , the Amendments were pushed through with relish to curb the power of the eventually – to – return Southern states .

.. They were also aimed at curbing (somewhat) the Presidential powers of the new President , Andrew Johnson , a Democrat from Tennessee . Johnson was the only Southern senator who did not resign his seat when the Civil War broke out , and when Abe Lincoln needed a running mate in the 1864 presidential election (against George McClellan) , he chose Johnson , thus making him (eventually) Vice – President .  No one foresaw what was to come , though  .

.. Those amendments were not just passed to enfranchise black citizens , and establish their citizenship , and their civil rights . As  a part of the 14th Amendment , the so – called radical GOP wanted to block Johnson , or any successor , from taking in Southern war debts of the returning states . They wanted to be absolutely sure , so in it went .

.. Section 4 acts to prevent anyone in the Government , most of all a President , or anyone in his (or her) cabinet , from even thinking of repudiating or questioning U.S. debts . The Congress has the power to authorize the ability to borrow on the Credit of the United States , and they did not want anyone playing around with the credit or debt of the country . So Professor Sean Wilentz ‘ s New York Slimes op – ed is waaaay off .

.. Dr. Wilentz is a law professor , as well as a professor of history . For God ‘ s Sake , he should know better …

… the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution …

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

LEC here again — the 13th Amendment was passed in 1864 , and ratified in 1865 . It was the one to specificly ban slavery itself , forevermore . The 14th Amendment was passed in 1868 and ratified the same year , as a consequence of the impeachment and near –  removal of Andrew Johnson . They knew with him leaving , and Ulysses Grant incoming , he could act to do some kind of fiscal or legal skullduggery in retaliation . The 14th acts , as I said above , to put some specific limits on Presidential power , so Professor Wilentz is way off base .

.. The 15th Amendment was passed in 1869 , and ratified in 1870 , to ensconce minority voting rights in our Constitution . At least , that was the idea . Unfortunately , the Amendment was tailored far too narrowly , and subsequent Court precedents allowed the Jim Crow laws , poll taxes , and other immoral acts to deny blacks and other minorities the franchise (the right to vote ) . It took eventually until the 1960s , culminating in the passage of the 24th Amendment (banning poll taxes and literacy tests) and the Voting Rights Act [in 1965] to firmly entrench the rights of minorities to vote in the U.S. Constitution  .

.. Prof . Wilentz ‘ s article , in full …

Obama and the Debt

SEAN WILENTZ

PRINCETON, N.J. — THE Republicans in the House of Representatives who declare that they may refuse to raise the debt limit threaten to do more than plunge the government into default. They are proposing a blatant violation of the 14th Amendment, which states that “the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law” is sacrosanct and “shall not be questioned.”

Yet the Obama administration has repeatedly suppressed any talk of invoking the Constitution in this emergency. Last Thursday Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said, “We do not believe that the 14th Amendment provides that authority to the president” to end the crisis. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew reiterated the point on Sunday and added that the president would have “no option” to prevent a default on his own.

In defense of the administration’s position, the legal scholar Laurence H. Tribe, who taught President Obama at Harvard Law School, has insisted, as he put it two years ago, that “only political courage and compromise” can avert disaster.

These assertions, however, have no basis in the history of the 14th Amendment; indeed, they distort that history, and in doing so shackle the president. In fact, that record clearly shows that Congress intended the amendment to prevent precisely the abuses that the current House Republicans blithely condone.

Congress passed the 14th Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification in June 1866. Its section on the public debt began as an effort to ensure that the government would not be liable for debts accrued by the defeated Confederacy, but also to ensure that its own debt would be honored.

That was important because conservative Northern Democrats, many of whom had sympathized with the Confederacy, were in a position to obstruct or deny repayment on the full value of the public debt by paying creditors in depreciated paper money, or “greenbacks.” This effective repudiation of obligations already accrued — to, among others, hundreds of thousands of Union pensioners and widows, as well as investors — would destroy confidence in the government and endanger the economy.

As the wording of the amendment evolved during the Congressional debate, the principle of the debt’s inviolability became a general proposition, applicable not just to the Civil War debt but to all future accrued debts of the United States. The Republican Senate leader, Benjamin F. Wade of Ohio, declared that by placing the debt “under the guardianship of the Constitution,” investors would be spared from being “subject to the varying majorities which may arise in Congress.”

Two years later, on the verge of the amendment’s ratification, its champions inside the Republican Party made their intentions absolutely clear, proclaiming in their 1868 party platform that “national honor requires the payment of the public indebtedness in the utmost good faith to all creditors at home and abroad,” and pronouncing any repudiation of the debt “a national crime.”

More than three generations later, in 1935, Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, ruling in the case of Perry v. the United States, revisited the amendment and affirmed the “fundamental principle” that Congress may not “alter or destroy” debts already incurred.

House Republicans threatening to refuse to raise the debt ceiling — that is, force a repudiation of debts already accrued — would violate that “fundamental principle” of the Constitution.

Surely the lawyers advising and defending the White House, let alone the president, know as much. Refraining from stating this loudly and clearly, and allowing Congress to slip off the hook, has been a puzzling and self-defeating strategy, leading to the crippling sequester and the politics of chronic debt-ceiling crisis. More important, by failing to clarify the constitutional principles involved, the administration has neglected to do its utmost to defend the Constitution.

That failure has led to another abdication, involving constitutional action as well as constitutional principle. The White House, along with Mr. Tribe, has rightly pointed out that the 14th Amendment does not give the president the power to raise the debt limit summarily.

But arguing that the president lacks authority under the amendment to halt a default does not mean the executive lacks any authority in the matter. As Abraham Lincoln well knew, the executive, in times of national crisis, can invoke emergency powers to protect the Constitution.

Should House Republicans actually precipitate a default and, as expected, financial markets quickly begin to melt down, an emergency would inarguably exist.

In all, the Constitution provides for a two-step solution. First, the president can point out the simple fact that the House Republicans are threatening to act in violation of the Constitution, which would expose the true character of their assault on the government.

Second, he could pledge that, if worse came to worst, he would, once a default occurred, use his emergency powers to end it and save the nation and the world from catastrophe.

Were the president to act with fortitude, Republicans would continue to lambaste him as the sole cause of the crisis and scream that he is a tyrant — the same epithet hurled at Andrew Jackson, Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Lincoln, who became accustomed to such abuse, had some choice words in 1860 for Southern fire-eaters who charged that he, and not they, would be to blame for secession if he refused to compromise over the extension of slavery: “A highwayman holds a pistol to my ear, and mutters through his teeth, ‘Stand and deliver, or I shall kill you, and then you will be a murderer!’ ”

It is always possible that if the administration follows the two-step constitutional remedy, the House might lash out and try to impeach Mr. Obama. Recent history shows that an unreasonable party controlling the House can impeach presidents virtually as it pleases, even without claiming a constitutional fig leaf.

But the president would have done his constitutional duty, saved the country and undoubtedly earned the gratitude of a relieved people. Then the people would find the opportunity to punish those who vandalized the Constitution and brought the country to the brink of ruin.

Sean Wilentz is a professor of history at Princeton University.

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… How Dense is Main InJustice …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 17th,2013

.. and with this one , you can add Main MisEducation to the mix …

Race-Based Admissions after Fisher

.. It is depressing that the legality and morality of racial discrimination in education continues to be a contested issue.

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.. You have to consider the so – called “guidance” that was issued by the ObamaCraps for universities on the meaning of the Supreme Court’s decision last June in Fisher v. University of Texas. The guidance (and accompanying “Questions & Answers “)predictably reiterates that the administration “strongly support[s] diversity” — including, of course, using discrimination in order to achieve it — but, as a legal matter, this is irrelevant if a school is sued .

.. The fact is that this “guidance” is designed not to help schools follow the law , but to push them to adopt dubious race-based policies that the Supreme Court has warned against . These policies will continue to provoke and prompt lawsuits , but are policies that the ObamaCraps and its political allies stubbornly support. The whole tone of the new guidance is to offer encouragement to schools that want to engage in racial discrimination: The administration promises that it “will continue to be a resource” for such schools. It is as if the FBI offered eager encouragement to state and local police that wanted to engage in racial profiling without violating the law.

.. What is worse though, is that the guidance is probably telling many schools just what they want to hear: Study after study by the Center for Equal Opportunity has shown that universities across the country are only too happy to weigh race very heavily indeed in their admissions. What they end up doing is taking up race as not one factor  , but as the primary factor . Which is not what the Supreme Court  had in mind , or intended .

.. If they (and their lawyers) read the Fisher decision honestly, it ought to make them gulp and reconsider such discriminatory policies. And I should add that, in the run-up to the ruling, it became clear how increasingly unpopular and discredited racial preferences in admissions are, even among liberals who had once supported them. This ought to prompt some serious soul-searching among university presidents on whether “diversity” is really worth the price of racial discrimination.

In Fisher, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, before race can be used in university admissions, a university must give “serious, good faith consideration of workable race-neutral alternatives” to achieving the goals that are purportedly being achieved by weighing race in admissions decisions. The high court said that the lower court, on remand, “must assess whether the university has offered sufficient evidence that would prove that its admissions program is narrowly tailored to obtain the educational benefits of diversity.” The Court also said that there must be “a careful judicial inquiry into whether a university could achieve sufficient diversity without using racial classifications.” And: “The reviewing court must ultimately be satisfied that no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity.” A nondiscriminatory approach must be used if it “could promote the substantial interest about as well and at tolerable administrative expense.”

There is certainly enough in this language to justify an aggressive and thorough challenge to universities’ use of race in admissions, and so they should expect as much. Universities must now be able to document their consideration of alternatives to weighing race, including any reason for not adopting such alternatives. If they do not , they will regret it .

..  A particular example would be documentation of how the educational benefits of considering race in admissions would be greater than the educational benefits of considering other, nonracial factors instead. How is education improved by using race, exactly — and how much, exactly, are those benefits of “diversity” enhanced by considering race in admissions, rather than nonracial characteristics that provide actual diversity in backgrounds, such as income or parents’ professions/educational level or geography or age or work experience or whatever?

If a nonracial admissions system would achieve similar benefits and with fewer costs, then the consideration of race cannot be said to have been narrowly tailored to the achievement of those benefits.

More fundamentally, schools must now be able to document why and how race is considered in student admissions and must periodically review and rejustify those considerations. And they must be able to document not only (a) the anticipated benefits but also (b) the possible costs associated with the consideration of race in student admissions at the university — and especially, with regard to the latter, the relative academic performance of members of groups that have received such favorable consideration …

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… Bullying of Pro – Lifers is not an American Phenomenon …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 17th,2013

.. the Australian government (specifically , theVictoria State police) stood by , and did nothing , while pro – death supporters in  capitoal of Melbourne attacked a pro –  life rally on Saturday ,  October 12th …

… from LifeSiteNews …

Australian March for Babies turns violent: U.S. pro-life activists, MPs assaulted by pro-abort mob

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Bryan Kemper sits on the ground praying while waiting for the police to clear a path for the pro-life march get past the mob of pro-abortion counter-protesters. According to Kemper, the police took no steps to help the pro-life activists, or protect them from violent pro-aborts.

MELBOURNE, Australia, Oct. 12 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – American pro-life activist Bryan Kemper says he is bruised and sore, but recovering, after a mob of pro-abortion counter-protesters attacked him and his team of pro-life activists during the March for the Babies in Melbourne, Australia.

Kemper, the founder of Prolife Stand True Ministries, a ministry of Priests for Life, told LifeSiteNews.com today that he was thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked. Several other members of his team were also roughed up.

Pro-life Victoria Member of Parliament Bernie Finn also told the press that he was “belted in the head” and pelted with eggs, and that fellow pro-life MP Andrew Elsbury was thrown to the ground and stomped on.

“What we saw today was literally a public mugging on the streets of Melbourne and Victoria Police let it happen,” Finn fumed. “We had people being assaulted, being kicked, being stomped on and they sat back and watched.”

Trouble began brewing even before the march began, said Kemper. When the pro-life activists tried to begin the march, they were blocked by the mob of about 200 pro-abortion protesters.

“So we all sat in protest and started praying,” he said. “Then the police let them start attacking us.”

The pro-abortion protesters steal the pro-life signs from the stage set up by the March for Babies organizers.

After this the pro-lifers tried to begin marching again, but the counter-protesters pushed back, preventing them from doing so. The standoff continued for over an hour, before the pro-lifers decided to change their route.

But that was when things started to get really ugly.

“As we got to the stage the pro-aborts took over our stage and starting stealing banners and signs,” said Kemper. “That is when I was knocked to the ground and kicked and stepped on.”

“Eventually we got our stage back and finished but many of our people were assaulted. But we never gave up and I gave my speech.”

“The police were useless,” Kemper said.

Kemper sent out an emergency appeal on Facebook during the event, pleading for prayer. “Near riot situation we are being attacked as we march. Prayers please. Very bad. I’ve been hit many times already,” he said. “They are surrounding us. Police won’t arrest them. I am in front protecting our people. This is the craziest thing ever. Over a thousand. This is scary.”

Despite the violence on the part of the pro-abortion protesters, no arrests were made. A spokeswoman for the police downplayed the seriousness of the day’s events in remarks to Sky News.

“No one has been charged with assault and no matters have been brought to the attention of police,” she said.

The organizer of the pro-abortion rally, Liz Walsh, admitted that there had been a “scuffle.” “Part of that was standing our ground and not wanting to be intimidated by people who want to shame women for having control over their own reproductive lives,” she said.

The annual March for Babies marks the passage in 2008 of the Abortion Law Reform Act, which organizers of the event describe as “one of the most extreme abortion laws in the world.”

The law legalized abortion in the state up until the point of birth.

The first sign that this year’s march might not go as smoothly as previous years came the night before the march, when Kemper was delivering a speech to the Youth for Life dinner. A group of pro-aborts burst into the room and started chanting.

“I stopped the talk and cleared a whole table of people and asked them to sit down, have some food and wine and join us,” Kemper wrote on the Stand True Facebook page shortly before the March. “They did. They sat there for about 10 minutes listening before getting restless again and they left without incident.

“It was obvious they did not expect to be welcomed and loved instead of yelled at, I can’t wait to see them all at the Australian March for Life today and talk to them.”

… and this was the response from LifeSiteNews …

Oct. 12 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A few days ago we publshed the report of a very violent, totally unprovoked attack against a woman Life Chain participant in  Toronto, Canada. Thankfully, in that case police quickly acted and arrested and charged the attacker.

However, in Melbourne Australia today, a large mob of violent pro-abortion militants was allowed to physically attack a group of totally peaceful pro-life people attempting to engage in a March for the Babies and plenty of police present did nothing. They merely observed all the assaults and did not interfere or charge anyone. This has to be perhaps the most disturbing incident of police collusion with a violent pro-abort mob that LifeSiteNews has ever reported.

Australian citizens and citizens from around the world must contact the Australian government to demand justice in this situation, criminal charges against all protesters who committed assaults, the firing of all officers who were present at the event and government action to ensure that such criminal negligence by police is never permitted to occur again.

If this is not done it allows a precedent that is certain to be repeated in other jurisdictions.

Government needs to come down hard on the Melbourne police, given the seriousness of the violent lawlessness that they did absolutely nothing to stop and could have very easily stopped. Not only were pro-life marchers injured, but it might have happened that one or more could have been killed depending on whether some weapons  were present as one was in the Ottawa incident.

Fair-minded persons from arount the world must make a united, strong effort to deluge the Australian government to take very strong action on this situation or that goverrnment will be help responsible for more injuries and possibly much worse physical assaults against protesters peacefully excercising democratic rights.

It they do not take such action freedom is in danger everywhere, not only for pro-life protesters, but for any protesters regarding any issue.

.. LEC here again — here ! here ! Australia  has been a traditional pro – life nation … that is , at least , until 2008 , when the Labour

Tony Abbott - Caricature

Tony Abbott – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

government under Julia Gillard passed an Abortion Rights bill that legalized abortion (literally) virtually all of the way through all 3 trimesters of the pregnancy . How disgusting and pro – death is that ! …

.. now that there is a new Tory Government under Prime Minister Tony Abbott , they will hopefully be able to do something about it . The Liberals campaigned on a soundly conservative , and (presumably) pro – life leaning party platform . Unfortunately , with the election results in the Australian Senate , some of the reforms will be slowed down , at least for a while . Once there is another Aussie Senate election (which could come sometime next year , due to the coming brawl over the carbon tax repeal ) , then this disgusting excuse for a pro  – death Abortion bill can be substantially modified , or , better yet , repealed …

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… Anyone able to Screen out Abortion Coverage ? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 17th,2013

..courtesy of ObamaCrapCare , and their “Essential Benefits Package , ” lwell , one can end up paying for murder , er , abortion coverage in O.C.C. , without knowing it …

… from LifeNews (Steven Ertelt) …

Obamacare Exchanges Hide Info on Abortion Coverage, Mandatory Abortion Surcharge

by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 10/12/13 3:16 AM

With the exchanges of Obamacare activated this month, it has become evident that it is nearly impossible for individuals to try to determine which exchange plans on their state exchange, if any, exclude abortion, said a group of lawmakers at a bipartisan press conference Wednesday.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) unveiled his legislation, H.R. 3279, the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” —cosponsored by 70 other Members of the House—to ensure full disclosure of abortion coverage, requiring prominent and transparent disclosure of abortion coverage for each plan offered on an exchange. This is crucial information for millions of Americans since the many plans that include elective abortion are required by law to impose a monthly mandatory abortion surcharge. Many Americans object to paying a surcharge into a fund to be used solely for the purpose of aborting unborn babies.

Smith said the inauguration of the Obamacare exchanges reveals that many health insurance plans throughout the nation will include abortion on demand—even late term abortions. Smith recalled that in October 2009, President Obama said in a speech to a joint session of Congress that, “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion… .” A week after the Obamacare rollout, many are now discovering that—contrary to solemn promises made by the President himself—Obamacare violates the Hyde Amendment by funding plans that include abortion.

“The new law requires premium payers to be assessed an abortion surcharge every month to pay for abortions,” said Rep. Smith. “But many pro-life Americans may unwittingly purchase pro-abortion plans because of a marketing secrecy clause embedded in Obamacare which stipulates that the surcharge be minimally disclosed only at the time of enrollment. In other words, bury it in the fine print. This is a Right to Know bill. Americans have a right to know upfront and with full transparency when they are purchasing a plan that subsidizes the killing of unborn children. Even the most ardent advocate of abortion should embrace full disclosure.”

Joining Smith and Dan Lipinksi (D-IL), co-chairs of the Pro-Life Caucus, were Reps. Joe Pitts (PA-16) and Diane Black (TN-06), Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) and Trent Franks (AZ-08).

“Americans buying their insurance through the new healthcare exchanges shouldn’t have to spend hours trying to figure out if the money they pay for premiums will be spent to provide abortions. This bill will give the American people the transparency they need to make informed decisions that are in line with their religious and moral beliefs,” Rep. Dan Lipinski said. “None of this would be a problem if we pass the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.’ There is a longstanding principle in our country that the federal government does not subsidize abortions. Yet under Obamacare, taxpayer money under the guise of federal subsidies will be paying for insurance that covers elective abortion. This needs to stop.”

“The President tells Americans that they can go online, find the plan that covers what they need, and make a selection,” said Rep. Joe Pitts. “If Obamacare is all about choice, then why is the administration making it so difficult for people to find out about whether a plan pays for abortion? It’s time that we got some truth in advertising.”

“The Obamacare exchange launch has been an unmitigated disaster,” said Congressman Diane Black. “One of the most troubling problems is that many consumers are unclear as to what exactly will be covered by the plans they purchase online. Clearly Americans who are pro-life would object to paying for a health care plan that included abortion coverage and then be forced to pay an abortion surcharge into a fund that is meant to be used solely for the purposes of destroying human life. And this is equally problematic for the millions of Americans who simply don’t believe the federal government should be subsidizing abortions. The Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act would simply require that all plans on the exchanges disclose whether or not the plan includes abortion coverage. This is not a partisan issue—this is commonsense.”

I support the legislation that Rep. Chris Smith has put forward, and I adamantly believe that we need to lift the veil of secrecy from Obamacare while ensuring transparent policies,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler. “I commend every member that has signed on to this bill, and I also encourage members of both parties and the Senate to vote for this common-sense legislation. We must eliminate the “secrecy clauses” and “abortion fees” from current taxpayer subsidized insurance plans and fight to restore individual religious liberty and moral conscience to our medical decisions.”

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… It is the Second Amendment , You Idiot ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 16th,2013

.. it figures , for someone as aloof and as arrogant Piers Morgan of CNN .

.. Someone should have briefed him about the United States Constitution , in general , and the Second Amendment , in specific . This video clip , seen [here] , shows how absolutely obtuse Morgan really is …

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… Banning ” Extraordinary Measures ” could reduce Default Risk [ShutDown Theatre] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 16th,2013

.. POTUS & Co are objecting to a measure that includes language  that the GOP is trying to restrict the Treasury’s ability to maneuver under the debt ceiling with a provision that could, counterintuitively, have the effect of reducing the possibility of a default in the future. House Republicans are considering legislation to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government that includes language banning the Treasury from using “extraordinary measures” to create headroom under the debt ceiling in the future.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has been using such measures, which include issuing IOUs to government employee retirement funds and shifting around government accounts, since the debt reached the statutory limit of $16.7 trillion in May. Lew has said that he will run out of the measures on Thursday, at which point he will be left with only cash and incoming revenues with which to pay the country’s bills.

.. His projection has been interpreted by many in the government and media as a hard deadline for avoiding a default on Treasury obligations. The actual hard deadline was May 31st , 2013 . The extraordinary measures have been used to manuveur around below the ceiling ,  since then .

.. People think that this October 17th is a hard deadline . Matter of fact , it is not . The Treasury likely has enough funds on hand to meet all its bills through October 22nd , at the earliest , or November 1st , at the latest, according to many calculations .

.. Confusion over when exactly the government faces default is hurting the Obama administration’s credibility, former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee said last week. Goolsbee called it a “fuzziness problem”: The public doesn’t understand the timing of the default threat, even if they believe it’s a real threat. Removing the use of extraordinary measures might clear up that fuzziness.

.. Removing the ability of Treasury to maneuver under the debt ceiling for months at a time could mean that whatever day the Treasury hits the debt limit is a hard deadline. That, in turn, could decrease Congress’ willingness to push negotiations to the last minute.  Nevertheless, President Obama and Lew have objected to the GOP measure. Treasury officials under both Democratic and Republican presidents have used the maneuvers, and ending them would represent a transfer of power away from the executive branch.

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… How Petty is This [NPS goon squad tactics]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 16th,2013

.. this I picked up from CNSnews . com …

CNSNews.com) – National Park Service (NPS) rangers removed the handles from some 40 public water pumps and closed

Map of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National ...

Map of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, along the former Chesapeake and Ohio Canal between Cumberland, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

restrooms in the 184.5 mile- C&O Canal National Historical Park, but they haven’t been able to keep hikers and bikers off the popular trail known as a “cyclist’s dream.”

“It’s full every day,” said Gail Hall, who runs Mountain Side Bikes at the trailhead in Cumberland, Md. “They’re bringing in their own water and utilizing the tree-lined areas [of the park] for restrooms. Some towns like Harper’s Ferry even brought in potties to accommodate them. As long as they can pedal, they don’t care.”

Cumberland Times-News reporter Matthew Bieniek, who first reported that the handles on the park’s old-fashioned water pumps had been removed as part of the federal government shutdown, told CNSNews.com that Park Superintendent Kevin Brandt told him that the pumps had been disabled “to discourage people from attempting to use the park.”

But Michael Nardolilli, president of the non-profit C&O Canal Historical National Park Trust, which runs interpretive programs at the park’s historic lockhouses, later said that the pump handles were removed for “public health reasons.”

“The State of Maryland requires the park to monitor 40 public wells for contaminants every two weeks,” he told CNSNews.com. “When the park was shut down on October 1st, they furloughed the park employees who do the testing,” and the park was “not in compliance with Maryland water quality standards.”

Nardolilli added that C&O is home to “1,300 historical structures, more than any other unit in the National Park Service,” and “60 rare or endangered species.” He said there are currently “no eyes and ears to protect these resources” because the “handful of Park Police still on duty” are too busy patrolling the entrances to the park’s 15,000 acres in a futile attempt to keep people out.

As of Monday, there were no barriers on the footpaths in Cumberland leading to the towpath, which stretches along the Potomac River to Washington, D.C., Bieniek confirmed. “A lot of people are riding their bikes on the towpath. I have not heard about a single person being asked to leave” since the park officially closed, he added.

Nardolilli said he also has not heard any reports that people who enter the park are being arrested or given citations by park police. Neither has Hall. “No one has reported any problems,” she said.

The 150-mile Great Alleghany Passage, which runs from Pittsburgh, Penn. and joins the C&O Canal towpath in Cumberland, is run by a private non-profit and is still open as usual, Hall said. And all but a few NPS-funded campgrounds along the route are also open for business.

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which was chartered by President James Monroe, opened in 1828 to allow horse-and mule-pulled barges to transport coal, lumber and agricultural products to Washington. It was used as a shipping lane until 1924.
.. LEC here — It is nice to see that the non – profits and the locals along the trail have picked up the ball . The trail was going to get activity , in any case  . They moved and acted to see that the visitors along the way would be taken care of , and would  not be forgotten about …

.. Northeast Ohio (where I am from) has done something fairly similar . We in Ohio have only one national park in the entire state . It is the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area , which was created in 1974 ,  and designated as a national park in 2001 .

.. It is , as you might expect , is officially “closed . ” However , the length of the recreation area is a transportation and recreation thoroughfare for folks throughout the region (Greater Cleveland and Greater Akron) … Even if they wanted to zip it up tight , they could not . Hopefully , they have not gotten this petty ,  as the National Park Service has been in the D.C./Maryland/WV/Pa region .. Boy , have they ever , from millions  of tweets …

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… God Bless You , Humberto Fontova ! [Cuban / American hero] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 16th,2013

.. and from the entire conservative blogger community on the loss of your mother .

.. Especially from this blogger . I have lost my mother , quite a few years ago . There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about her , Humberto . So , our mothers are with Angels now , where we all may be someday …

.. the extended Fontova family .. Humberto is at left , his mother , Esther , is at the center ...

.. the extended Fontova family .. Humberto is at left , his mother , Esther , is at the center …

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… Gotcha ! [the ObamaCrapCare disaster !] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 15th,2013

.. I am a beginning computer professional . I know others that are better at this than I am , and they are , as it is said , L – M – A – O ! .

.. You got it right . These idiots should have known better that this stuff just ” was not ready for prime time … ” . Someone better and a Great Communicator at it could tell you better than I , the MahaRushie

… transcript …

.. the October 9th , 2013 show …

The Obamacare Rollout Disaster
October 09, 2013

Windows Media

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: From the NBC website, First Read. It is NBC News’ version of an early-morning summary of the news, supposedly the news. NBC’s version of what’s happening, what has happened, what’s important. There are many paragraphed items there, and here is one about four or five into it.

“Another tough health-care story for the White House: Another day, another story about how the White House was warned for weeks, if not months, that healthcare.gov had flaws. This one comes courtesy of the Washington Post: ‘Major insurers, state health-care officials and Democratic allies repeatedly warned the Obama administration in recent months that the new federal health-insurance exchange had significant problems, according to people familiar with the conversations. Despite those warnings and intense criticism from Republicans, the White House proceeded with an Oct. 1 launch.’ The White House continues to claim all of its web site problems are simply traffic related but there are clearly plenty of folks who think, it’s more than that, that it was designed poorly.”

What does this mean? It means that the regime knew that HealthCare.gov wasn’t ready. They knew it couldn’t handle the load. It also knew that its structure was flawed. Even if it could handle the load, it was not right. They went ahead and did it anyway because it doesn’t matter. I’ve gotten blue in the face, and I know if you’re a 24-year-old frightened woman, this is gonna scare you, but the fact of the matter is Obama himself doesn’t care about details like this. He doesn’t care what it ends up costing people. All that matters is what he will say about it and what will be reported about what he says and therefore what you will be told to believe.

ObamacareDoctorNBCObamacaresite

The reality is he doesn’t care. He really doesn’t, and he hasn’t for a long time. Because Obamacare is not about improved health care or cheaper insurance or better treatment or insuring the uninsured, and it never has been about that. It’s about statism. It’s about expanding the government. It’s about control over the population. It is about everything but health care. And that purpose has been served. It’s the law. So now it doesn’t matter whether it works. These are little details that we’ll flesh out as it unrolls. It didn’t matter whether it was ready. It didn’t matter whether all the promises made were kept. That is irrelevant. Selling it, getting it passed and signed into law was all that mattered. Ditto the sequester. Ditto anything else.

The president hasn’t told the truth about much, and yesterday in his press conference he continued. The whoppers yesterday, folks, I can’t let go of this. He talked yesterday in his press conference about the default and how it’s gonna happen. We’re not gonna default. We take in sufficiently more money every month via tax revenue than we are required to pay to service the debt. That’s about $18 billion. And we take in $250 billion. We’re nowhere near a default, even if we don’t raise the debt ceiling. He knows it, but it doesn’t matter. The truth is not what matters. What matters is what he can make you think, along with his media friends, of the Republicans. That’s all that matters.

When it comes to Obamacare, what it is, in reality, is irrelevant. The fact that it doesn’t work doesn’t matter. It’s the law now. It’s an achievement. It’s an accomplishment the Democrats have sought for 50 years. Doesn’t work. Even the media is on to it. Washington Examiner: “Obamacare Still Broken: Website says try back ‘in a few days’ — Over a week after Obamacare kicked in, the HealthCare.gov computer system is still blocking insurance applicants due to major glitches and traffic, prompting a live chat room host on the government’s website to suggest that it would be best to ‘wait a few days.’

“Secrets,” that’s the name of the column here, “attempted again on Wednesday to enter the system but within two minutes a red line crossed the computer screen reading: ‘Important. Your account couldn’t be created at this time. The system is unavailable.'”

... the first liar ! ...

… the first liar ! …

Another story from something called The Federalist: “Obamacare Rollout A Case Study In Government Ineptitude.” Let me just read you three pull quotes from this story. The first one. “The HealthCare.gov snafu illustrates the core incompetency of the federal government: because of how it is structured and who it attracts, it is simply incapable of doing much of anything that the private sector can do. If the private tech sector’s motto is ‘Faster, better, cheaper,’ then the federal government’s would have to be, ‘Slower, worse, and crazy expensive.'”

Second pull quote. “So what gives? How is it that the president who gave us an unquestionably brilliant campaign tech team couldn’t deliver the goods for a simple government-run website that lists health care plans? ‘It’s pretty simple,’ one federal IT contractor told me. ‘The government is not exactly hiring the best of the best to manage and develop these projects. It’s not like they’re bringing in people from Facebook or Google.’ The private sector gets the best, and the government gets the rest.”

Another pull quote. “Another major problem goes beyond the tech talent itself to the people who manage the developers. One common complaint I heard was unclear, yet constantly changing contract requirements. ‘I can’t tell you how many times I’d be 90 percent done with one requested task, only to have it changed at the last minute to something completely different,’ the contractor told me. ‘Most of the time I never had the chance to go back and finish that last 10 percent.'”

It is an utter disaster.

The Weekly Standard: “Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities.'” Obamacare has not-so-hidden provisions that allow them to give all of your health information to the police and to the IRS anytime they want. And all your e-mails to Obamacare about private matters, those will be shared by the government as well.

Jacksonville, Illinois, Journal-Courier news: “Growing concerns about identity theft and fraud have led the Illinois Department of Insurance to issue a public warning, just as the new health insurance exchanges enter their implementation phase. Concern focuses on those charged with assisting Illinoisans with enrollment to the new health insurance exchanges, the so-called ‘navigators.’ … This will give navigators access to individuals’ personally identifiable information: the information necessary for identity theft.”

It’s an utter disaster.

CBS News has piled on now. Washington Post has piled on. NBC, at least they’re reporting it. They’re not condemning it, they’re just reporting, and they’re concerned, they’re worried. See, these are the true believers. The Obama media people actually believe this was designed to work. They actually think it’s gonna be the best thing going. They actually think it’s gonna lower costs. They actually think it’s gonna ensure the 30 million uninsured. They actually believe all the crap that they’re told, because they’re good people. They have big hearts. And they have good intentions. And they have lots of compassion.

They believe all this tripe. They believe the government does it better than anybody else. They believe the government should. So here comes a smooth talker like Obama promising the moon, they eat it up. Then when it doesn’t happen, they’re genuinely worried. They don’t want their guy to look bad. They don’t want Obama to look bad. They don’t want the Democrat Party to look bad. This is not the way it was supposed to be. And they’re like anybody else, they go to any website, private sector, and it works. Amazon, iTunes, you name it, they go there, it works. This doesn’t. This just doesn’t work.

Ashley Dionne is a 26-year-old Michigan University student. She sent a letter to Dennis Prager, my old buddy from Los Angeles. She said, “My name is Ashley Dionne and I’m a 26-year-old recent graduate from Michigan. The phony Obamacare signup poster boy made me want to send a message about how Obamacare is really affecting people.

“I graduated from The University of Michigan in 2009. In my state, this used to mean something, but even with a bachelor’s I was told I was too educated and wouldn’t stay. I watched as kids with GEDs and high school diploma’s took the low-paying jobs for which I applied. I went back to school and got a second degree and finally found work at a gym. I work nights and only get 32 hours a week for eight dollars an hour. I’m unable to find a second job at this time. I have asthma, ulcers, and mild cerebral palsy. Obamacare takes my monthly rate from $75 a month for full coverage on my ‘Young Adult Plan,’ to $319 a month. After $6,000 in deductibles, of course.”

What Ashley Dionne is describing here is what happened to her when she left the nest, because all kids eventually become 27 years old, and at that point they’re no longer covered by mom and dad. They are finding that with Obamacare they’re going broke. And this woman wrote Prager a note about it.

“‘Liberals claimed this law would help the poor. I am the poor, the working poor, and I can’t afford to support myself, let alone older generations and people not willing to work at all. This law has raped my future. It will keep me and kids my age from having a future at all. This is the real face of Obamacare and it isn’t pretty.’ In a statement to Campus Reform, Dionne clarified her reason for writing the letter. ‘I wanted to get my message about Obamacare out, because I’m being directly and negatively affected by it, but I know it’s not just me. Obamacare will make my life more difficult. It will hurt more people than it will help.’ Ashley Dionne is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 2012 graduate of Baker College.”

She can’t afford it. She can’t find work that pays more than eight bucks an hour and 32 hours a week. The new America. I don’t know if she voted for Obama or not. It doesn’t say. It doesn’t sound like she did. It sounds like she was predisposed to knowing what this was all about but maybe didn’t realize how bad it was, but I’m just guessing. I don’t know who she voted for. I probably shouldn’t speculate.

... liar , liar , pants on fire ! ...

… liar , liar , pants on fire ! …

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: You know, ladies and gentlemen, do you remember Maxine Waters? She was on I think CNN, Roland Martin still worked there then, and now he’s somewhere else at like Media One or Media One and a half, I don’t know where he is, but he was at CNN, and she was a guest on his show, and she said — and we had the audio — Cookie, you don’t need to go get it. She said (paraphrasing), “The president has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life. It’s gonna be very, very powerful. And that database will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it’s never been done before. And whoever runs for president on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database, and the concerns of those people, because they can’t get around it. And he, Obama, he’s been very smart. It’s very powerful, what he’s leaving in place.”

You remember that? You know, Maxine screws up every now and then and let’s the whole cat out of the bag. She’s talking to the oil executives one day. “We want to take over your companies.” They had to send the mayor of Washington to her apartment, say, “Shut up. We don’t say that in public.” But she did. As I’m listening to Joanne talk about all this, I’m remembering Maxine Waters talking about this massive Obama database that he’s setting up that nobody’s ever had before. The point that she was making, any Democrat that runs against him is gonna just be humiliated and embarrassed if they try to unseat him, ’cause they’re gonna know every bit of dirt that there is. And then he’s gonna have this thing in place, he’s gonna leave it to the Democrat Party when he leaves, and they’re gonna have access to it.

We just learned from The Politico, when you go to HealthCare.gov and you’re just looking around, one of the first things you have to do is set up an account. And once you do that, you can never delete it. Politico is reporting, once you set up your account, and that means your user name and password and all of your vitals, that’s what’s setting up the account is, all the questions, you can never delete your account. And everybody’s signing up at HealthCare.gov. This is the database that Maxine’s talking about. HealthCare.gov, you set up your account, and you can’t delete it. It’s your permanent record, folks. Even if you just go there to play around and see what this thing is, before you can do that, you have to set up your account, and once that’s done, you can’t delete it. It is there forever.

END TRANSCRIPT

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… Absurdity begets Absurdity …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 15th,2013

.. at least , now , we get a chance to whack back at the Climate Science lunatics . After the  judicial fraud in Mass V EPA , we get a chance to get even with those idiots . Their attempts at so – called ” global warming science ” have been debunked . The follow on science behind their pursuit of climate change is not far behind . And now , with the new case ,  Utility Air Reg Group v EPA  , we have a chance to hit back …

… from Professor Jonathan Adler , @ the Volokh Conspiracy …

This morning, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. This is quite significant. Although the grant is limited, it focuses on one of the most important legal questions raised by this litigation, and puts some of the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources in play.

Harvard’s Richard Lazarus comments:

The Court’s jurisdictional ruling is significant in terms of both what the Court granted and did not grant. The regulations the Court has agreed to review represent the Obama Administration’s first major rulemaking to address the emissions of greenhouse gases from major stationary sources across the country. At the same time, the Court declined to review EPA’s determination that greenhouse gases from new motor vehicles endanger public health and welfare and therefore has left intact the government’s current regulation of motor vehicles emissions to address climate change.

I largely agree, but would go farther in certain respects.

Here’s some background (see also my prior posts here and here). Various states, industry groups, and activist organizations had filed cert petitions – nine in total – and others filed amicus briefs (including yours truly) urging the Court to take this case. The Court was asked to consider many different questions, but only agreed to consider one of its own devising. Specifically, the Court granted six of the nine petitions and agreed to consider the following question: “Whether EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from new motor vehicles triggered permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases.” In other words, the Court wants to know whether the EPA was required to apply Section 165 and Title V of the Act to greenhouse gases once it regulated GHGs from motor vehicles. If not, the EPA need not have rewritten these portions of the Act to avoid the “absurd results” of applying these provisions to carbon dioxide.

In my view, the grant is welcome, despite the limitations. Many of the questions for which industry sought review, such as whether the EPA properly considered the relevant scientific research or set permissible standards for vehicular emissions under Section 202 of the Clean Air Act, were not cert worthy. The issue embodied in the Court’s reformulated question presented, on the other hand, most definitely is. While I would have liked the Court to reconsider Massachusetts v. EPA, particularly given that decisions adoption of faulty premises about how the Clean Air Act works, such a grant would have been a heavy lift. The Court does not lightly reconsider its own statutory interpretations. This is still a welcome grant. (That’s my view, however, as I suspect Professor Lazarus disagrees.)

So the Court will not reconsider Mass v. EPA in this case, but the question presented will force the Court to confront the consequences the Mass decision. In particular, this case will force the Court to reconsider the assumption made by Justice Stevens in Mass v. EPA that application of the Clean Air Act to GHGs would not produce absurd results. As we’ve since learned, applying the CAA to GHGs does produce such results, particularly if the regulation of GHGs under Section 202 requires regulation of GHGs under the Clean Air Act’s Title V and PSD provisions. These portions of the Act expressly require the EPA (and state permitting authorities) to regulate more facilities than it could ever hope to have the resources to regulate. The EPA has used this fact to justify rewriting the Act in its regulations, and so the Court’s grant presents the opportunity to question whether the EPA should have at least considered an alternative construction of the Act. In other words, the Court now has the opportunity to force the EPA (and the D.C. Circuit) to adopt an interpretation of the CAA that vindicates the Court’s interpretation in Mass v. EPA by avoiding the absurd results EPA’s approach has generated. We’ll see whether the Court actually takes that opportunity.

… LEC here again — the grant of “certiorari” may well be limited , at least at this time . However , indirectly , it gives the Court a chance to revisit the logic behind the science behind the decision , as well as the law .

.. given the reputation of some times that the link may not work , I wanted to include a copy of a [Clean Air Act as Obstacle (Greenhouse Gas regs)] to Professor Adler ‘ s new paper … oops , wrong [lProliferation of GHG Reg under the OC [Adler]]

.. Remember , a great deal of the “ClimateGate” monkeyshines has come out since 2007 , and in the case of the ObamaCrap antics , since 2009 . The Supreme Court cannot ignore that , and that the lack of effect of the greenhouse gases on our climate is clear and undeniable . The Court used that effect the last time in Mass to help rope in the regulation , now the other side can use logic , science , and the law to “cut the rope …”

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… What is This Guy doing in A Civilian Court [al Libi ?] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 15th,2013

… this joker was captured in Africa . He is a terrorist . He belongs in front of a military tribunal . One place that he does not belong is …

High-profile terror suspect taken to N.Y. to face trial

    Photo - FILE - This file Image from the FBI website shows Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, who was captured in an Oct. 5, 2013, raid and held aboard a U.S. warship, is now in the United States. He is expected to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. (AP Photo/FBI, File)  FILE – This file Image from the FBI website shows Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, who…

The Obama administration Monday on transferred an alleged top al Qaeda figure captured by U.S. special forces to New York to face charges in federal court. The move is likely to revive debate about whether suspected terrorists should be tried in civilian or military courts.

.. Abu Anas al-Libi, a suspect in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians, was captured by the U.S. Army Delta Force in Tripoli, Libya on Oct. 5. He was then whisked onto a Navy ship in the in the Mediterranean Sea where he was questioned by U.S. intelligence officials.

.. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the chief federal prosecutor for Manhattan, said the military handed al-Libi to U.S. civilian law enforcement over the weekend and he was brought directly to the New York area. He is expected to appear before a judge on Tuesday.

.. LEC again — he is the definition of a terrorist ,folks . He belongs in Guantanamo Bay , Cuba , not New York City …

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… What Governor Kasich is doing is Wrong ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 15th,2013

… more than that , I believe what he is doing is unconstitutional …

… The State of Ohio has what is known as a Controlling Board . What it is is a (Fiscal) Contrl Board , that can make minor

English: The Great Seal of Ohio.

English: The Great Seal of Ohio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

changes , within fiscal years , or between fiscal years . Oh yea , this stuff is authorized and approved by the Constitution of the State of Ohio . But what Gov. Kasich is proposing to do is waaaay off base .

.. John Kasich wants to utilize the Ohio Controlling Board to approve the rerouting of federal obamacrapcare funding to allow for the expansion of ObamaCrapCare to poor Ohioans . Normally , this is something that the Governor signs off on , after legislation is passed by the Ohio General Assembly [the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate , each voting to approve the bill] . It is also something that can be placed into Ohio ‘ s two – year biennial budget . However , it was not done in either case .

.. from PJMedia ‘ s Paula Bolyard
Despite Tea Party Opposition, Kasich Will Bypass Ohio Legislature to Expand Medicaid

This week, Ohio Governor John Kasich’s administration asked the seven-member Ohio Controlling Board to appropriate federal Obamacare funds for the purpose of Medicaid expansion, bypassing the state legislature.

The Obama administration approved Ohio’s request to amend its Medicaid program so that people making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level ($32,499 for a household of four) would be covered. The state’s Medicaid director, John McCarthy, submitted the request Sept. 26 with a corresponding request for the Controlling Board to appropriate the federal funds without the approval of the Republican-controlled legislature, which has stalled Kasich’s plans for Medicaid expansion.

The Controlling Board consists of the chairs of the Senate and House Finance Committees (currently Republicans) and a

John Kasich

John Kasich (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Republican and Democrat from both houses. The director of the OMB (a Kasich appointee) serves as the board’s president. Generally, the board’s duties include transferring funds between line items or fiscal years, allowing for emergency funding, and approving grants and loans made by the Department of Development. There is speculation that the two Democrats and the Kasich appointee would vote for the Medicaid expansion, so Kasich would only need to secure one additional Republican vote to win approval from the board. Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican, said he believes Kasich has the authority to turn the decision over to the Controlling Board. “I’m certainly a defender of legislative rights, and I would think a better solution would be a legislative option, but the governor does have that authority,” he said.

However, questions remain about the authority of the board. The Ohio Revised Code prohibits the Controlling Board from carrying out any action “which does not carry out the legislative intent of the general assembly.” But Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols justified the action, saying, “Only the General Assembly can authorize Medicaid to spend funds in this way, either through a bill or the Controlling Board.” Kasich, vacationing in Europe, was not available for comment, the Dispatch reported.

Despite Kasich’s heavy-handed lobbying and arm-twisting on behalf of Medicaid expansion, the Republican legislature stripped the provision from Kasich’s biennial budget and has failed to act on his demands to expand the program to an estimated 270,000 additional Ohioans.

In 2011, Ohioans overwhelmingly voted for a ballot initiative to pass the Ohio Healthcare Freedom Amendment, designed to protect citizens from the Affordable Care Act. Despite vocal opposition from Tea Party groups and many other conservative groups in the state, Kasich has continued to push for the expansion, collaborating with a variety of progressive groups to promote the measure. Amy Brighton, co-founder and co-coordinator of Medina Tea Party Patriots, said, “Obviously, the idea of a representative government doesn’t mean anything to Kasich and his Administration, since they are seeking to intentionally defy the will of Ohioans who overwhelmingly voted to pass the Healthcare Freedom Amendment in 2011.”

Kasich’s aggressive move to force Medicaid expansion without legislative approval comes as Republicans are working on reforms to existing programs to help the uninsured in the state. On Thursday, Senate Republicans unveiled a Medicaid reform plan that would increase oversight, contain costs, and improve outcomes for patients. House Republicans have said they are working on more fiscally responsible plans to reform existing programs in order to better serve those without access to medical services.

But Greg Moody, director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, stressed the urgency of the situation. “To be able to get this done by Jan. 1, we are at the point where we do need to act now,” he said.

Rep. Ron Amstutz, chairman of House Finance and Appropriation Committee, released a statement critical of Kasich’s move to subvert the legislature.

“I have grave concerns about the place, the time and the substance of this proposed Controlling Board action,” Amstutz said. “Based on our solid track record of passing tough bills, I would expect a far superior and more creative solution by legislative enactment than what I fear may result from effectively crimping the legislative process.”

Amstutz, a leading candidate to replace term-limited House Speaker William Batchelder, has worked through the summer and in the early days of the legislative session on plans to reform the state’s medical care for the poor.

Brighton, from Medina Tea Party Patriots, said this decision could hurt Kasich’s re-election chances. “It’s interesting that Kasich would succumb to Pelosi-esque tactics to implement Medicaid expansion,” she said. “After forcing the healthcare law on the American people, Pelosi and the House Democrats faced electoral consequences. I guess Kasich is willing to take that chance.”

Kasich defeated Democrat Ted Strickland in the 2010 election by two points — 77,000 votes. That year, the Libertarian Party candidate garnered 92,000 votes, or two percent of the total. In 2014, a third-party candidate may play the spoiler for Kasich if he continues to lose support from the conservative base in a state where 57% of Republicans voted for conservative candidates and 10% voted libertarian in the 2010 Republican primary.

.. LEC here again — I do not think that the Ohio Supreme Court will allow this to happen . Governor Kasich ‘ s action through the Controlling Board will be challenged , I will guarantee that . The approval of H.H.S. to repurpose ObamaCrapCare funds is meaningless .

.. Where it applies is where it hits Medicaid . Each state ‘ s Medicaid program must be approved by it ‘  s state ‘ s legislature . Ohio ‘  s Medicaid program has been , but the proposed ObamaCrapCare expansion has not . The Ohio Legislature specifically acted to delete the expansion of the Medicaid program from the new budget that took effect July 1st , 2013 . That will stand up for quite a big in the eyes of the Ohio Supreme Court .

.. Ohio ‘ s Supreme Court is heavily conservative . It consists of 7 people , basically 5 conservatives , 1 loonie leftie , and 1 R.I.N.O. . It consists of 2 women (both GOP , both conservative , including Chief  Justice Maureen O ‘ Connor) , and 5 men . They will decide whether the act of the Controlling Board is legal , as well as constitutional . I believe that it is not either one . The expansion  will be delayed , until the Court can hear the case , and then make a decision .

.. Look for Chief Justice O ‘ Connor to write the opinion ….

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… Costas , You should Stand Down from doing the Game …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 15th,2013

.. many of you have heard about the uproar over Bob Costas , and his using his perch at pNBC to preach on the subject of the name “Redskins.” ..

.. so that you can judge it for yourself , this is a link to a clip of the comments , carried at the Daily Caller [link]

.. LEC again here —  I think that if Costas felt this strongly about this , he should have asked his bosses for the night off . Using his halftime commentary segment for his diatribe is waaay out – of – bounds . He was not one of the game announcers , but one of the network commentators . He has to make a judgement on when something like this is  allowable and dignified …

.. a long time ago , here in Greater Cleveland , a sports anchor made a commentary segment early on in the Iran Hostage Crisis . He was , as you might think , severely critical of the thugocracy in Qum , and , believe it or not , burned an Iranian flag , and then tossed it off of the set . It was out – of – bounds then , and Costas was out – of – bounds last night …

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… Congratulations , Professor Shiller ! [Nobel Prize in Economics] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,October 14th,2013

.. Robert Shiller , a well – known economics and finance professor (and a conservative – leaner , as well) today was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics .

.. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the laureates’ insights “provide guidance for the development of theory as well as for professional investment practice”. Fama, tipped as a Nobel winner for many years, has been called the father of modern finance and is well-known for research showing certain groups of stocks tend to outperform over time, and for thinking about markets as efficient.

.. Shiller , the father of the now well – known Case / Shiller Housing Price Index , the  view of how assets are priced is at odds with Shiller’s belief that investors can fall prey to “Irrational Exuberance,” the title of his 2000 book, shortly before the bursting of a global bubble in information technology stocks.

Hansen, who voiced caution about the ability of economists to spot asset bubbles in advance, said there were different ways to interpret evidence.

.. “In terms of overall understanding I guess there is a sense in which one could view them as complimentary,” he said of the research of his co-winners. “But right now, they would both have very different guesses about what is the right set of models going forward,” he said in an interview.

.. Fama and Hansen are professors at the University of Chicago, while Shiller is a professor at Yale University. Collectively, with research spanning decades, their work helped the emergence of index funds in stock markets, the award-giving body said.

..Peter Englund, professor of banking at the Stockholm School of economics and member of the prize committee, said their research had deeply influenced modern finance. “The most obvious application, that follows on from Fama’s research, is the insight that you can’t beat the market. It is impossible to prove that equity analysis is worth the money,” he told Reuters.

“That has led to the development of index funds and that most households actually put their savings in index funds.”

… Congratulations , Professors Fama , Hansen , & Shiller !! …

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… No Kidding [ObamaCrapCare does not Work] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,October 14th,2013

.. well , it is 10 days in , and we all see the mess that ObamaCrapCare is in . What a colossal train wreck !

.. this is a link to an article @ Silicon Angle , a pretty reputable industry blog . See what they have to say …

.. they have a video to play . The link is [here] . My web page was a bit cranky , but you all may have some better luck …

The ObamaCare Website – The Biggest Tech Gaggle Ever?

John Casaretto | October 10th

Despite the quiet here on this subject thus far at SiliconANGLE we have been keeping our eyes on what is possibly the biggest tech topic happening in the news right now.  The issue at hand is the launch of ObamaCare online.  It’s a hot topic that is philosophically dividing the country right now along political lines, along socio-economic lines, along just about every line there is to be divided over, many Thanksgivings could get cancelled over this (there’s also this big government shutdown) – it’s that contentious.  Regardless of the variety of places to hear whatever facts and justification align with how you feel about the program, it is undeniable that this launch has been an incredible technical failure.

.. Straight up – an absolute failure !

404, Not Available- Could it Get Worse?

Everywhere you look there are reports of issues across the board in just its first 8 days.  Reports of the site just not being available.  Reports of people unable to even create accounts.  Those are just the first steps.  Many people have reported being unable to sign up at all, or getting caught up in loops of reset passwords and lost accounts.  If you’re lucky, once those things are clear, you can shop and select a health plan.  It’s not just reports, I saw this myself when I personally tried on the third day to see what my costs would be, my browser was in la-la land stuck waiting with an hourglass for 5 hours just to get in to generate my profile.  And then I got kicked off. I haven’t been back.

To think, this thing hasn’t even hit the next stage yet.  The messaging being put out has been to be patient, the system is overwhelmed, but hey it’s popular, so that’s a good thing?  They’re even setting up online “waiting rooms” – you know so that way your screen at least shows something when you’re trying to sign up for healthcare.  Consider that not everyone that is going to sign up has even tried yet, because by several reports only 1/8 of the citizens that will be signing up for the program even knew the systems were coming online last week.  We keep hearing that things will get better but as the Dec 15th deadline approaches, it could actually get worse.

$634 Million Disaster

This is really playing out as a clinic in how not to launch a major website project, failing in every respect across the board, from planning, to the communications, to testing and everything in between.  Can you think of anything in history of the web that was worse?  This is the government of course and history indicates that the exchange was probably built by a number of the cheapest available contractors through a bidding program, that is actually pretty close, but just wait until you hear about the money.  The contractors behind the exchange were CGI Federal, who built the site, Quality Software Systems Inc. (CSSI) – a Canadian company that built the information hub, and Booz Allen who is responsible for enrollment and eligibility technical support.  Somewhere in that soup of contractors, they built a site that – /wait for it/ – was built for 50,000 to 60,000 concurrent users at a total cost (so far) of $634 million.  Feel free to replay that ratio. $634,000,000/50,000.  Here’s another ratio to ponder – 50,000 users in 50 states.  I guess if you can get the work….you do it.  In this case unfortunately for many the product is downright poor.

We Think the Site Might Suck – But Launch it Anyway

Now you’re probably thinking at some point someone must have said something, spoken up, right?  Well they did, the administration was reportedly warned about this.  Repeatedly.  Major insurers, state health-care officials and even Democratic allies reported in the weeks and months leading up to the rollout that there were significant problems with the exchange, that it wasn’t ready.  Yet they were reassured that all would be fine.

Robert Laszewski, a health-care consultant with clients in the insurance industry, said insurers were complaining loudly that the site, http://www.healthcare.gov, was not working smoothly during frequent teleconferences with officials at the Department of Health and Human Services before the exchange’s launch and afterward. “People were pulling out their hair,” he said.

So exactly what’s happening and where has this thing failed?  Well, the possibility of a cyber attack – sorry, that has been eliminated.  That capacity statement of 50-60k users, if true, would mean a tremendous design error as projections should have been significantly higher than that.  It assumes that just as a matter of crude math, no more than 1,000 people per state would be on the site at any given time, across the country.

The Site that DDoS’s Itself

That alone is a massive bungle, but it does get worse, it appears however this thing was designed, the site is essentially pulling a Denial of Service attack on itself.  Yeah.

One possible cause of the problems is that hitting “apply” on HealthCare.gov causes 92 separate files, plug-ins and other mammoth swarms of data to stream between the user’s computer and the servers powering the government website, said Matthew Hancock, an independent expert in website design. He was able to track the files being requested through a feature in the Firefox browser.

Of the 92 he found, 56 were JavaScript files, including plug-ins that make it easier for code to work on multiple browsers (such as Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer and Google Inc’s Chrome) and let users upload files to HealthCare.gov.

It is not clear why the upload function was included.

“They set up the website in such a way that too many requests to the server arrived at the same time,” Hancock said.

So perhaps the traffic was the first mistake, but the application itself is poorly, poorly written.  From a technical standard the operation has failed on every single level possible.

Sorry, You Have to Start Over

Communications and support on these issues – another flaming issue and colossal fail.  Check this out – one of the most recent “fixes” was to reset the passwords of every single account in the system.  So for that “fortunate” minority that actually got to register at one point but didn’t get as far as the database – all of those people will now have to completely re-register because their account names will not be available.

It’s Not Looking Good

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is about as ugly any kind of site deployment gets.  They had three and a half years to get this right, do better and more testing.  They have failed miserably and they are handling it miserably.  There clearly should have been more testing, and with all due respect to Matthew Hancock, discovering these issues was as easy as using some freely available plugins to a free web browser used by millions of people around the world. That’s pretty sad.  Now, there are ways to fix it using technology – Application monitoring, machine data, DevOps, Big Data – those are all things that could help.  Get some people in there, maybe Google, or Facebook or someone – they handle way more traffic than that.  You have to wonder if it’s too late. We were told this was for the 47 million uninsured.  Is there any way this site can serve even half of that?  A quarter?  Until the word is out that things are better or just the plain truth of “we screwed up” – I’m giving the Affordable Care Act technical effort a big thumbs down, one-star review, whatever – this is not ready for primetime.  Hopefully this is not a harbinger of things to come, but many have predicted that to be the case.

404 Picture credit: Hot Air
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… An Amazing , Powerful , and Dynamic Speaker …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,October 14th,2013

.. his name is Dr. Benjamin Carson , the now – retired pediatric neurosurgeon (from Johns – Hopkins Medical Center , no less) .

Ben Carson

… Dr. Benjamin Carson … (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

.. This is a video of  his speech before the Values Voters Summit that was just held in Washington , D.C. . Ironically , it was being held at the same time that conservatives have been battling with you – know – who over the government shutdown and the debt limit increase .

.. as you might imagine , Dr. Carson is not wild about the idea of added spending , especially on the priorities that POTUS and the DemoCraps want to enhance . Most of all , Dr. Carson is particularly teed off at ObamaCrapCare . He compared it to , of all things , slavery . Yes , slavery , believe it or not .

.. the link for the video is [here] . I can believe . As Dr. Carson put it , it is about dependence and control …

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… Further Pro – Life News (from the E.U.) …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,October 12th,2013

EU set to suppress doctors’ conscience rights and proclaim abortion a ‘human right’

Hilary White

BRUSSELS, October 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A coalition of socialists at the European Union have moved to suppress conscientious objection rights of doctors and healthcare workers throughout the EU.

The European Parliament is set to vote this month on the Draft Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, adopted by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on September 18.

The report, promoted by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, argues for legalizing abortion throughout all 27 EU member states, calling it a “human right.”

Citing the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1979 United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the EU report declares that “sexual and reproductive rights” and the “comprehensive sexual education” are “human rights,” and complains of a “disparity in the standard of sexual and reproductive health between and within Member States.”

“Member States should regulate and monitor the use of conscientious objection so as to ensure that reproductive health care is guaranteed as an individual’s right,” the report states.

It complains that, although“legal, abortion is often prevented or delayed by obstacles…such as the widespread use of conscientious objection.”

Section G of the report says, “Access to safe abortion…remains widely unavailable, though legal, through the abuse of conscientious objection or overly restrictive interpretations of existing limits.”

Zita Gurmai, MEP for the Hungarian Socialist Party

It adds, “These barriers clearly contradict human rights standards.”

This claim, however, was flatly denied by the pro-life group European Dignity Watch, that said that nowhere in international law is abortion named as a “human right.”

But the committee, the group said, “is ready to sacrifice internationally recognized rights, such as the right to conscientious objection.”

Indeed, the claim of abortion as a human right contradicts the findings in August this year by the Council of Europe that there is “no consensus” across Europe on legalizing abortion. Forty-seven European ministers were unable to answer two direct questions about abortion: Should the Council promote abortion? Is abortion a human right under the European Convention on Human Rights?

With a possible reference to the explosive growth of pro-life organizations and hugely popular Marches for Life across Europe in recent years, the document also noted the increase of “opposition to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) has increased in Europe and worldwide.”

Recently, a European-wide citizen’s initiative, the “One of us” petition project, gathered more than 1 million signatures asking the EU to end funding for the destruction of human embryos.

Zita Gurmai, an MEP for the Hungarian Socialist Party, praised the report’s “clear stance in favor of legalizing abortion in all member states” and called the demand for abortion to be made “legal, safe, and accessible to all” an “encouraging position.”

“We Socialists have always believed that women, everywhere in Europe, should have the same opportunity and access to fully carry out their choice — a choice, which should not be determined by geographical location or by social status,” Gurmai said.

Patrick Buckley, the international affairs officer for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said that the European Union has no legal jurisdiction to instruct member states to legalize abortion.

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He said the draft report also “seeks to sexualize children through the introduction of so called comprehensive sexuality education.”

The report calls on member states “to ensure compulsory, age-appropriate, and gender-sensitive sexuality and relationship education for all children and adolescents (both in and out of school).” Such education “must include the fight against stereotypes and prejudices, shed light on gender and sexual orientation discrimination, and structural barriers to substantive equality.”

Sophia Kuby, spokesman for European Dignity Watch, commented, “One can only speculate on the exact method of implementation of these noble-sounding but eminently dangerous aims.”

Kuby added that this is not the first all-out attempt by a European international body to suppress conscience rights. She cited the case of the notorious 2010 “McCafferty Report” by the British politician and pro-abortion activist Christine McCafferty, “when a radical attempt to limit freedom of conscience” was introduced and later soundly defeated.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, (PACE), a body legally distinct from the European Union, instead adopted Resolution 1763, which asked member states to “guarantee the right to conscientious objection in relation to participation in the medical procedure in question.” The Assembly also stated that “in the vast majority of Council of Europe member states, the practice of conscientious objection is adequately regulated”.

Italian government statistics recently showed that the number of doctors and other health care practitioners who refuse to participate in abortion is steadily increasing. This includes more than 80 percent of all gynecologists – up to 91 percent in some areas – as well as more than half of anesthesiologists and nurses.

In 2007, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists complained that “unprecedented numbers,” of doctors are opting out of abortion, 80 percent of which are paid for in Britain by the National Health Service.

The report itself repeats these statistics, noting also that doctors are increasingly refusing to participate in Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia, “where nearly 70 per cent of all gynecologists and 40 per cent of all anesthesiologists conscientiously object to providing abortion services.”

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… Europe can be Worse …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,October 12th,2013

.. those idiots want to make Murder – on – demand (i.e. , abortion) a protected fundamental right .

.. How sick , insane , and disgusting is that ! …

… from CNSnews . com …

EU May Declare Abortion a ‘Human Right’

Patrick Goodenough

Protesters opposed to abortion hold placards outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast, Northern Ireland in this October 2012 file photo. Marie Stopes is a recipient of E.U. funding. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

(CNSNews.com) – European lawmakers this month will vote on a measure that promotes abortion as a fundamental human right, while taking aim at the conscientious objection rights of pro-life doctors and health workers.

Critics see the move as an attempt to dictate abortion policy to individual European Union governments, despite an acknowledgement by leading E.U. institutions that there is no consensus on the matter across the 28 member-states.

The controversial draft report, which is being promoted by socialist members of the European Parliament (MEPs), was passed last month by the legislature’s committee on women’s rights and gender equality.

According to supporting documents, 20 E.U. member-states legally permit abortion on demand, while six others have limitations which are either interpreted broadly (Britain, Finland, Cyprus) or restrictively (Ireland, Poland, Luxembourg). Malta prohibits all abortions. (The 28th and newest member, Croatia, had not joined the E.U. when the legislation was being drafted.)

Even in countries where abortion is legal, the report states, it is often made unavailable “through the abuse of conscientious objection or overly restrictive interpretations of existing limits.” Other obstacles include “medically unnecessary waiting periods or biased counseling.”

(Some E.U. countries have compulsory waiting period of up to seven days and pre-abortion counseling, either for all women or in some cases for adolescents only.)

The measure would therefore require member states to “regulate and monitor the use of conscientious objection so as to ensure that reproductive health care is guaranteed as an individual’s right, while access to lawful services is ensured and appropriate and affordable referrals systems are in place.”

An explanatory note complains that objectors deny women information about and access to “lawful interruption of pregnancy.”

“There are cases reported from Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Ireland and Italy where nearly 70 percent of all gynecologists and 40 percent of all anesthesiologists conscientiously object to providing abortion services,” it says. “These barriers clearly contradict human rights standards and international medical standards.”

Aside from the anti-conscientious objection language, arguably the most explosive part of the draft report is a clause that says “as a human rights concern, abortion should be made legal, safe and accessible to all.”

Pro-life European lawmaker Anna Zaborska of Slovakia led the opposition in committee against a draft report that seeks to promote abortion as a human right and calls for concscientious objectors to be monitored and regulated. (Photo: Zaborska website)

In a minority opinion committee member Anna Zaborska, a pro-life Slovak MEP, said the report could not be used to establish a “right to abortion.”

“No international legally binding treaty nor the ECHR [European Convention on Human Rights] nor customary international law can accurately be cited as establishing or recognizing such right,” she said.

“All E.U. institutions, bodies and agencies must remain neutral on the issue of abortion.”

Zaborska, who represents the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and is a former chairwoman of the committee, also objected strongly to the language about conscientious objection.

“No person, hospital or institution shall be coerced, held liable or discriminated against in any manner because of a refusal to perform, accommodate, assist or submit to practices which could cause the death of a human embryo,” she said.

European Dignity Watch, a pro-life non-governmental organization based in Brussels, slammed the attempt to establish “a so-called ‘right to abortion.’”

“The majority who voted in favor of the report in committee bluntly ignores that such a right exists nowhere in international law and is ready to sacrifice internationally-recognized rights, such as the right to conscientious objection,” it said in a statement.

“Their ideological zeal to trample on other rights and impose the ‘right to abortion’ on the rest of Europe embodies precisely the arrogant and patronizing attitude that threatens the freedom of conscience — and that we should all vociferously reject.”

Another part of the report says member-states should ensure compulsory sex education for all children, both in and out of school, which “must include the fight against stereotypes and prejudices, shed light on gender and sexual orientation discrimination, and structural barriers to substantive equality.”

“One can only speculate on the exact method of implementation of these noble-sounding but eminently dangerous aims,” said European Dignity Watch, “but there is a clear political will that some of these radical ideas would be transmitted to pupils through the educational system.”

The report also calls on on the E.U. to finance abortion in developing countries as part of the E.U. development aid program, which it says should have “a strong and explicit focus, and concrete targets on SRHR [sexual and reproductive health and rights].”

It argues that “investments in reproductive health and family planning are among the most cost-effective, in terms of development, and the most effective ways to promote the sustainable development of a country.”

Push back

The report heads for a vote by the full European Parliament later this month at a time when citizens are pushing back against abortion funding.

Under the Lisbon Treaty, an effort to reform and strengthen the E.U., a new tool called the European citizens’ initiative (ECI) was introduced with the aim of improving participatory democracy.

November 1 this year is the deadline for the first registered ECIs to pass a target of one million signatures, including a proscribed minimum number of signatures required from at least seven member-states. Currently only two are on track, and one of them is a pro-life initiative that seeks to end E.U. funding for abortion and all research practices involving the destruction of human embryos.

With three weeks to go to the deadline, the initiative known as “One of us” has attracted more than 1.2 million signatures. It has received the backing of the Pope, and the largest numbers of signatures so far have come from Italy, Poland, Germany, Romania and France.

Under the ECI rules, the E.U.’s executive commission will have three months to respond to an initiative that meets the requirements.

A European Dignity Watch study last year found that two of the world’s largest abortion providers, Marie Stopes and International and International Planned Parenthood Federation, are recipients of E.U. development funding.

Banning E.U. funding for abortion would be a similar move to the Mexico City Policy, a Reagan-era measure that prohibits U.S. aid to organizations that promote or perform abortions around the world.

The politically-sensitive policy, which opponents call the “global gag rule,” was rescinded by President Clinton in 1993, revived by President Bush in 2001, and reversed again by President Obama in 2009.
.. – See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/eu-may-declare-abortion-human-right#sthash.uBAW6Dlw.dpuf

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… Those Idiots in California have Done It Again …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,October 12th,2013

.. no , unbelievably , it is not on taxes , or on spending …

… or , even on even more debt …

… it is fertility treatments , not for married couples . That at least would make sense ….

… not even for POS (people of the opposite sex) … they did not have a  right to it , before . It may not be moral , but at least there is some kind of sense to it …

… it is fertility treatments for same – sex couples . How insane is that . Earth to the People ‘ s Republic of California , you need the intervention of a third party , no matter what , for a same – sex couple to have (conceive of) a child . It is just physically impossible for them to do it any other way , no matter what .

… same – sex relationships are , to me , immoral and unnatural . If God had intended for us to have same – sex couplings , He would have Constructed us diffferently . We are not , that is for sure .

… How insane is that . Guys and gals , it does not work that way . Come back to the straight and narrow …

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… POTUS is behaving like a Petulant Child …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,October 12th,2013

.. especially on ObamaCrapCare , so treat him as such .

.. No negotiation , no debt limit increase , no reopened government .

.. The out-of-control growth in the size and breath of government is causing our fiscal problems to be exacerbated . So , let us have

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

it out now .

.. Until Obama acts and behaves like an adult , treat him like a child !

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… Pssst , Brian [on Convicted Corrupt Criminal] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,October 12th,2013

… this is a piece (link [here]) about now former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kirkpatrick , who was just sentenced to 28 years at hard labor on various corruption charges …

… you want to guess on his political party . You can guess . Brian Williams (of NBC) never mentions it in this piece . No , try again . Guess ? …

.. You got it … D – E  – M – O – C – R – A – T !!!!

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… Why Does Kathleen Sebelius Still Have a Job [Miss ObamaCrapCare !!]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,October 11th,2013

.. yes , Miss ObamaCrapCare !
.. Unlike the real world, where managers and employees are judged on results and held accountable for their performance . In

Official portrait of United States Health and ...

… Official portrait of United States Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Gilligan Sebelius … . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the case of FantasyLand by the Potomac (Washington, D.C.)., loyalty and partisanship almost always come first . Accountability comes later, if it ever does at all.

.. Accountability comes with embarassment . You embarass your political masters in public , and you can guess what happens ? You end up getting shown the door . Loyalty is usually a one – way street . Partisanship never is .

.. This happens in every administration , and Obama ’ s is no different . We have seen this with the fatal mistakes made regarding the Fast & Furious gun program , and in the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Democrats, claiming to see these as partisan witch hunts , designed to hurt the administration politically, circled the wagons. Obama stood loyally by Eric Holder and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

.. Loyalty is generally a good thing, in politics, as in life . It also helps to presume competence . But Kathleen Sebelius and the situation with her agency ’ s rollout of Obamacare is different.

.. Sebelius ’ department had over 3 years to prepare to implement ObamaCrapCare . No one ever suggested that commandeering one-sixth of the American economy would be an easy task. It is a next – to – impossible one(Many Republicans suggested the opposite and were dismissed as killjoys for their efforts.) But after the debacle of the last two weeks, liberals and Democrats—not conservatives or Republicans—should be calling for Sebelius’s head.

.. The administration’s handling of the implementation of Obamacare over the past three years has been a slow-moving train wreck: a mixture of embarrassing delays, hard-to-justify waivers, and assorted bad news about the unintended consequences of the law . Some of this was Sebelius’s fault, some of it was not. The crowning blunder came 10 days ago with the rollout of the healthcare.gov website, the centerpiece of the administration’s effort to sign individuals up for coverage through the government-run health care exchanges that are at the heart of the legislation. To say this was vitally important to the overall success of the law is an understatement. It is the aspect of Obamacare that the president himself has said is utterly essential—and backed up those words by letting the federal government shut down rather that give in to Republican demands to gut it. Nonetheless, its premiere was a giant flop – and Kathleen Sebelius is responsible.

.. The cost of the government ‘ s website is an outrage . It was supposed to cost only $75 million . The current cost of the site is $650 million … and counting . This is more than LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Spotify , put togeth . It has been a disaster from the get-go, freezing, crashing, and locking people out.

.. Does the ObamaCrap crowd have an excuse ? Sure …. but , as usual , it is a lie . The administration’s line is that the website was overwhelmed by surprisingly strong demand, which they cast as a good thing . Yea , right …. Programmers who peeked under the hood of the website scoffed at that assertion, saying that the site was so poorly constructed, so full of glitches , and full of bugs in the code that it could never have supported even the most modest of traffic levels. Some of that code was actually caused by spelling errors in Javascript.

.. It is industry Web standard that you test your creation , inside at out , for any and all forseeable possibilities . As many dry runs as one can budget for are done , to make sure the creation works , and to find the kinks . Even the Obama for America campaign did so for its own campaign websites , as well as its campaign ops . Did HHS ? Nooooooo. Worse still, despite repeated warnings about the deficiency of the site, it apparently was not even taken out for a test drive before the administration launched the thing.

.. “It wasn’t designed well, it wasn’t implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it,” database programmer Luke Chung told CBS. “I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that.” The website remains a mess to this day, and even though Sebelius has issued repeated assurances her team is working around the clock to get it fixed, serious damage has already been done. According to one estimate, just 51,000 people in the entire United States were able to complete applications on the site during the first week.

.. When the Obama administration someone on the liberal side , such as Jon Stewart , you know you have a serious problem . Right now , things are bad. Supporters of Obamacare have a right to be furious with Sebelius. Her agency’s bungling has created a colossal disaster , and has put POTUS ‘ signature achievement, and his legacy, at risk.

.. The GOP is fond of saying that government would work much better if it were run like a business. Any corporation that allowed a COO (or these days , a CTO (or Chief Technology Officer) to mismanage a new product line as important to its image as the Affordable Care Act is to Obama ‘ s would be contemplating their severance package … at best . Most likely , they would be heading out the door … Rapidly !

.. The fact that Republicans haven’t called for Sebelius’ scalp should tell Democrats all they need to know about how much conservatives think she is hurting Obamacare’s cause . The GOP would rather have her stay in place , as a signature of the law . Many political gains can be made off of her disastrous creation . If the president cares about rescuing his signature policy initiative, he should consider putting it under new management right away.

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… Those Union Protests in Las Vegas are Sick …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,October 11th,2013

.. what i am referring to are Culinary Workers union protests at one of the largest non – union hotels that is left in the region . The Cosmopolitan is a large hotel , around [2,995] rooms , and it is owned by , of all people , Deutche Bank . Originally , Hyatt Hotels (the Pritzker family company) was going to build this monster , but the 2008 recession scuttled the plans . DB bought  the hotel / condo / parking garage / casino complex for around $1.2 billion .  .

.. Casinos are a big business . Ohio now has casino gambling , although the effect of the business is limited . There is no casino competition in Ohio . There are only 4 casinos , one each in Cleveland , Toledo , Columbus , and Cincinnati . Caesars owns and manages 2 ,  while Hollwood owns and manages the other 2 .

.. In Ohio , like the other states , casino gambling is tightly regulated . Ohio patterned its regulatory setup after New Jersey , where the regulatory setup is generally considered to be the best in the country . Right now , casino gambling in Ohio is set in the state ‘ s  constitution , so it will not grow for quite some time . In other states , it is quite different .

.. In Nevada , the casino industry is huge . Las Vegas is the nation ‘ s and the world ‘ s casino gambling capital .  Any gambling – related company that is anyone is there in Nevada . The size of the casinos . Geez whiz ! . They are as large as (the second coming) of the MGM – Grand , with over , you heard me right , [xx] rooms . Wow !

.. It will not be easy for the Culinary Workers . Most of the city ‘ s casino workers [porters , dealers , service , etc] are members of one union or another . However , the Culinary (Food Service) Workers are the largest and the most influential .  They are , like most  unions , heavily DemoCrap – leaning .  No big surprise there .

.. However , Nevada is unlike other states . Nevada has a significant – sized Latino community , and it is growing still . However , Clark County , in which Las Vegas sits , has resumed growing like crazy after the 2008-2011 recession . It is also , unlike the People ‘ s Republic of Taxifornia , much more Republican – leaning . Dean Heller , a Republican , is one of the U.S. Senator (with Dingy Harry Reid being the other) . Governor Brian Sandoval , a latino Republican , and former federal district court judge , is leading the way .

.. Nevada is a right – to – work state , but its efects are limited . A stronger right – to – work law would be very , very helpful . It will take a GOP legislature to do that . That would be nice . Also , it would take some balls among the casino hotel companies to stand up to the union thuggery . Once they do , their hold on the industry will be broken  , and done so for good …

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… Janet Yellen ‘ s Fed Nomination is …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 10th,2013

.. an absolute disaster . Clear and Simple …

.. Now that Janet Yellen has been named to lead the Federal Reserve , the global financial markets should factor out any possibility that the Fed will diminish their Quantitative Easing program anytime during her tenure . In fact , financial forecasts should assume that not only is a taper off the table, but that the QE program is now more likely to be perpetuated and expanded . That fact is in and of itself a disaster .

.. Unlike her predecessors,  Janet Yellen has never had a youthful dalliance with hawkish monetary ideas. Before taking charge of

In 1935, Cret designed the Seal of the Board o...

In 1935, Cret designed the Seal of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the Fed both Alan Greenspan , and to a lesser extent Ben Bernanke , had advocated for the benefits of a strong currency and low inflation . Both had warned of the dangers of overly accommodative policy and unnecessary stimulus. (Both largely abandoned these ideals once they took the reins of power , but their urge to stimulate may have been restrained by a vestigial bias against the excesses of Keynesianism). Janet Yellen , who has been on the liberal/dovish end of the monetary spectrum for her entire professional career, has no such baggage. As a result, we can expect her to never waver in her belief that stimulus is the answer to every economic question . When it is not .

.. Private Sector “stimulus” is the answer to our problems ; government “stimulus is not . Government stimulus means more taxation , more spending , more debt , and a fiscal disaster . Private sector “stimulus,” ie , a favourable investment climate , more favourable tax rates , and lower taxes , is what is needed most of all . The geniuses like Yellen think jobs can be invented out of whole cloth . It does not work that way . You will get demand , but you must have a strong currency ,  and supply – side investment incentives . The Keynesians have had their day . Their arguments have been a failure ,  every time they have they have been tried .

.. You look at things now , and we are somewhat lucky . Things overseas are much worse …

.. The Federal Reserve was originally charged with the single mandate of maintaining price stability . Along with it comes the stability of the financial system , and of the currency . Unfortunately , then came Humphrey – Hawkins Full Employment Act in 1977 . In recent decades that mission evolved into a dual mandate of seeking price stability and full employment . Eventually , H – H will have to go . Once it does , then the Fed can dip its toe (sometimes) into the arena of economic management . It does has some levers , but that stuff is best left to the remainder of the Government …

.. I believe that a Yellen – led Fed will return once again to a single mandate , but it will now focus only on employment . That could not be more wrong . Worse yet , it can and will be dangerous . Based on her clear beliefs in the ability of dovish monetary policy to relive human suffering she will be inclined to dig in her heels into the ongoing QE program more than anyone else President Obama may have appointed . This is terrible news for the U.S. dollar and the U.S. economy.

.. For now at least the crisis in Washington has squelched any immediate discussion of a taper in the remaining months of 2013. Any predictions that a Yellen-led Fed will somehow show more resolve towards responsibility in 2014 or 2015 should be looked at as delusional . Unfortunately , it will take a Burns – type collapse to get rid of her (with her resignation) ,  and then a Republican President can appoint a hard money hardcase to clean up the mess  …

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… Bravo , George Will ! [on NPR interview] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 10th,2013

… Will was in an interview on NPR with Steve Inskeep (link [here]) , and chopped the heck out of POTUS and his position . To be honest , it was an equal opportunity chew – out , thus giving the GOP a fair bit of grief …

… [h/t — the Daily Caller]  …

On NPR’s “Morning Edition” on Wednesday, Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor George Will attacked President Barack Obama for what seems to be his view of the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers, saying he must have “cut class the day they got to the separation of powers because he seems to consider it not just an inconvenience but an indignity.”

In an interview with National Public Radio’s Steve Inskeep, Will explained that the sort of impasses plaguing the federal government like the budget shutdown are part of what he called “the Madisonian scheme,” which intentionally makes moving the federal government in one direction difficult.

“This is the Madisonian scheme,” Will said, referring to former President James Madison, who has been called “the father of the Constitution.”

“Each institution shall be the jealous asserter of its prerogatives and try to maximize its power,” Madison continued. “I sometimes think that when he was at Harvard Law School, Mr. Obama cut class the day they got to the separation of powers because he seems to consider it not just an inconvenience but an indignity. Although he got 270 electoral votes and therefore gets to be president, he didn’t get everything. The Madisonian scheme is for the government to be hard to move. It’s supposed to be. People look at Washington and say, ‘Oh gosh this is so difficult.’ It’s supposed to be difficult.”

Inskeep said that although that is the Madisionian scheme, detractors of the current Republican efforts to defund Obamacare by using the purse strings as leverage are short-circuiting a system that has seemed to approve of Obamacare based on the last presidential election. But Will disagreed, noting the argument that Obamacare is the “law of the land” neglects to realize a lot of other bad laws were once laws of the land.

“How does this short-circuit the system?” he replied. “I mean, I hear Democrats say ‘the Affordable Care Act is the law’ as though we’re supposed to genuflect at that sunburst of insight and move on. Well, the Fugitive Slave Act was the law. ‘Separate but Equal’ was the law. A lot of things were the law and then we changed them. And this is part of the bruising, untidy, utterly democratic technique for changing laws.”

He added that using measures as the Republicans are doing is not unprecedented, as two prominent congressional Democrats had tried in the early 1970s.

“It’s been tried — something like that,” Will replied. “In 1973, as I’m sure you know, the debt ceiling came up and [Democrats] Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale attached a campaign finance scheme to the debt ceiling. It didn’t work. This is not novel.”

Will did admit that the strategy as it is currently being implemented by congressional Republicans won’t give the political win in this battle. But he explained that Speaker of the House John Boehner was forced to go this route by a very active constituency. He also pointed out that the Congress flexed its muscle in a similar way in 1970 when former President Richard Nixon ordered the invasion of Cambodia, but was stripped of funding by the passage of the Cooper-Church Amendment.

“This is why Madison, my hero, emphasized where you put the power of the purse,” he added.

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… Outrageous ! [NPS ShutDown tactics] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,October 10th,2013

… this one is courtesy of CBN News . The link to the video is [here] .

… these folks are running businesses . They have a right to operate . The National Park Service is the landlord , and they own the building . However , it does not entitle them to behave like a bunch of goons . These folks have a right to be in business , without the harassment of their landlord , ie. the Feds , trying to run them out of business during the shutdown …

…YORKTOWN, Va. — The shutdown of Washington has now become the battle of Yorktown.

In the same place where America fought its final battle of independence, one American businessman is refusing to bow to pressure to close up shop during the shutdown.

His story is just one example of what many view as the Obama administration’s widespread overreach during the government gridlock.

‘Battle of Yorktown’

Glenn Helseth loves serving up good food at his Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant in historic Yorktown — something he’s been doing for the past 11 years. But the government shutdown recently forced the eatery to close its doors.

The National Park Service owns the building he uses, so Helseth was ordered to move out within 48 hours when the government shutdown began last week.

“I was called about 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, Oct. 1,” Helseth told CBN News. “I was told I had three hours to vacate my restaurant. I was shocked and called back to say I can’t quite possibly do that.”

He was granted a three-day stay but eventually closed the restaurant. A week later, in defiance of government orders, he reopened for business. He knows the move was risky, but he considered it well worthwhile.

“I’m willing to go to jail for this,” Helseth said. “If the Parks Service wants to put me in jail because I want to honor the terms of my contract, well, I suppose they have that right.”

He says he can’t understand why he should have to close his business — something he says would hurt his bottom line.

“This is October. This is our busiest month of the year. I need October to make my year,” Helseth explained.

He also points out that during the shutdown he was still obligated to pay other expenses for the facility.

“I’m paying for the insurance on this building,” he said. “While it’s closed I’m paying for the utilities on this building. I’m paying for the security system that is protecting this building and I cannot use this building.”

His employees’ welfare is also a big concern.

“My staff is not getting any back pay,” Helseth continued. “My people aren’t getting paid for the days we missed. I need to look out for the welfare of my staff.”

Supporters Lining Up

As evidenced by the lines outside the Carrot Tree, the actions of the restaurant owner have ignited a firestorm of support, with many calling it the new battle of Yorktown.

“We’re the little man against the big government,” said supporter Lindsay Munce. “He owns a business and supports workers and he did what was right and could cause him a personal sacrifice.”

Another supporter, Williamsburg, Va., resident Heather Harmon, agreed.

“If he gets fined I’ll be the first one on the front line raising the money to pay for his fines for him,” she said. “I think it’s remarkable what he’s doing — it takes guts.”

Robert Waring of Virginia Beach, Va., says he believes the government’s treatment of Helseth is illegal.

“He’s got a lease with the government to run a business that doesn’t require Park Service to be present,” he reasoned. “They don’t work here — all he has to do is open his doors and do business.”

‘Gestapo’ Tactics

In addition to the controversy with Helseth, the National Park Service has been involved in several other incidents that have outraged Americans. For instance, the Obama administration has closed public areas that stayed open in past shutdowns.

Rangers locked a tour group, including senior citizens and foreign visitors, in a hotel as they visited Yellowstone National Park when the shutdown began.

The tour guide told the local newspaper, the Livingston Enterprise, that the Park Service used “Gestapo tactics.”

The service told Bruce O’Connell to close his inn and restaurant, the Pisgah Inn. It sits on federal land on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Initially, he complied but then re-opened it. But the service closed him down — with armed rangers.

One angry Park Service ranger in Washington told the Washington Times, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

The Weekly Standard said, “The conduct of the National Park Service over the last week might be the biggest scandal of the Obama administration.”

Congressional Republicans say they’re getting numerous reports on the matter and will investigate. CBN News contacted the National Park Service for an interview but the calls were not returned.

Meanwhile, Helseth has the following message for those in Washington.

“Please settle your issues so we can continue going about our business. That’s all I want to do,” he said. I want to do what we were meant to do — if I can do so now while you all continue squabbling, me alone, to sell my carrot cake.”

Helseth runs a second restaurant in Jamestown that was also forced to close.

LEC here again — may God Bless you Glenn Helseth , and hopefully you will win your battle , and the “war” …

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