Tuesday, November 12, 2013

HHS Resurrects 'ACORN' Through ObamaCare [VOTER REGISTRATION!]

Breitbart.com ^ | April 03, 2013 | Mike FLynn

ObamaCare provides millions of dollars in grants to hire community activists and others as "navigators" to assist individuals enroll in health insurance provided by state or federal exchanges and, according to recent reports, register people to vote. In a new rule proposed Wednesday, HHS lays out numerous guidelines for these "navigators", including paying them up to $48/hour for their work. The rule, guidelines and voter registration effort are a potential vehicle to resurrect ACORN or an ACORN-like entity.
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Sarah Palin has Matt Lauer for breakfast in Obamacare discussion on the Today Show


by Doug Book,  editor
Matt Lauer should have known better than to quote the Democrat Party line to Sarah Palin. From his “only 5% are losing their current policies” to “Republicans have never come up with a plan,” Lauer looks like a perturbed 3rd grader hoping to prove his teacher wrong.
It’s a video worth watching as liberals never come out looking so hot in one on one discussions with a conservative.

Sarah Palin: Bill Clinton Was Right, Obama Was ‘Not Qualified’

Gateway Pundit ^ | November12,2013 | Jim Hoft

The Hill reported:

Sarah Palin says former President Bill Clinton’s statements from 2008 about President Obama not being ready for the White House were on the mark.

In an interview to air Tuesday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” Palin recalled statements Bill Clinton made when Hillary Clinton was campaigning against Obama during the 2008 primary season.

“I’ll never forget Bill Clinton saying about Barack Obama and his story, his agenda, that it was the biggest fairy tale he’d ever seen,” Palin said during the CNN interview.

“And he was right, because Barack Obama was not qualified, he was not prepared, and the manifestation of that today is the problem that we see left and right in our economy,” she said.

NY Daily News Editorial Attacks America’s ‘Immaturity’ for Showing Anger Over Obamacare’s Lies

Mediaite ^ | November 11, 2013 | Noah Rothman

We were just asking for it. This is, essentially, what Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen took to the pages of the New York Daily News on Monday to say. In a profound scolding, Cohen diagnoses America’s “immaturity” as demonstrated by the backlash against President Barack Obama over to his oft-repeated and false claim that every American who was happy with their health insurance would be able to keep their health insurance.
This was never true. The president and his staff were aware this was not true as early as February, 2010. Some media outlets reported that, for millions of Americans, they would not be able to keep their insurance plans. But, for Cohen, it was a noble lie – one that Americans should accept. He contends that a “schizophrenic” public welcomes the radical reforms contained within the Affordable Care Act but selfishly balks at the prospect of breaking a few eggs to achieve this virtuous end.
“[B]efore we fully castigate the President for his rhetorical flights of fancy, it’s important to keep in mind that Obama was — to a large degree — telling Americans what they wanted to hear,” Cohen writes, as though noting that lying to the public over telling them unwelcome truths was simply easier and therefore exonerating.
“Americans regularly express dissatisfaction with the status quo and demand political change,” he continues. “But at the same time, they recoil at any reform that affects them directly.”
After asserting that “most Americans are largely unaffected” by the ACA, he notes that catastrophic policies purchased on the individual market “could barely be considered insurance.”
“That these Americans would not be able to keep their plans was not a bug of Obamacare; it was the point,” Cohen clarifies, shedding light on a point that would have been informative had he alerted us to it at any time over the course of the last three years.
Acknowledging that reality would have been the honest thing to do. So would asking healthier and wealthier Americans to sacrifice for the greater good of ensuring every American have health-care coverage.
But doing so would have opened Obama and his democratic allies up to the charge that Obamacare would lead to widespread dislocations — and made the path to reform that much politically harder to traverse.
“So accuse Obama of lying about health-care reform,” he concludes, “but understand the simple underlying reality: we can’t handle the truth.”
The instinct to display contempt for those who react poorly to having been lied to by their president, and who are frustrated at those media outlets that failed to adequately debunk this untruth before they became its victims, is a confusing one.
Chances are, however, that Cohen wrote what many of the president’s supporters think but dare not commit to paper – yet. That those voters who are rejecting the president, evidenced in opinion polling and elsewhere, are undeserving of his genius and compassion.
That sense of superiority must be comforting in times like these.

Medicaid signups an early Obamacare bright spot (Media celebrates the new Medicaid Mooches)

CBS ^ | 11/12/13 | staff

The underdog of government health care programs is emerging as a rare early success story of President Obama's technologically challenged health overhaul.
Often dismissed, Medicaid has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states in the six weeks since open enrollment began, according to Avalere Health, a market analysis firm that compiled data from those states. Twenty-five states are expanding their Medicaid programs, but data for all of them was not available.
Meanwhile, private plans offered through troublesome online markets are expected to have enrolled a much smaller number of people.
Around 50,000 people so far have successfully enrolled in a private health insurance plan via HealthCare.gov, the Obamacare federal website, according to the Wall Street Journal and CBS News' confirmation from industry analysts.
Combined with the reported enrollment data from state-run Obamacare marketplaces, the enrollment levels in the new health insurance programs appear, so far, to fall well below the Obama administration's expectations.
According to a September memo, the administration initially anticipated that nearly 500,000 people would sign up for a private insurance plan on the new marketplaces by the end of October, after one month of open enrollment. The open enrollment lasts through March, by which point the administration expected to have 7 million enrolled.
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The Newest Liberal Criminal Assault: The Right to Self Defense

Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2013 | John Ransom

Now it all becomes clear: Liberals want you to lay still and think of England while all manner of people molest your peace, you property and your body.
Three cheers for old King George!
At least that’s what it’s come to in a growing number of self-defense cases around the country. Not only are we questioning a person’s right to arm themselves, we are questioning a person’s right to defend themselves at all.
It’s happening in Reading, Pennsylvania; Sanford, Florida; Mesquite, Texas; Seattle, Washington.
My body, my choice apparently only applies to killing innocent babies, not threats to YOUR life and property.
By leaps and bounds, liberals are trying to stifle your right to self-defense because, you know, that’s the government’s RIGHT, not the right of private citizens.
“And you don't know if you feel like you're going to be raped,” said Uber-Liberal Rep. Luis Salazar (R)ocky Mountain Highness) on the debate about restricting the 2nd Amendment, “or if you feel like someone's been following you around or if you feel like you're in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop ... pop a round at somebody.”
Yes, because the government knows better whether I might be raped than I do. Better that they get to decide who gets a round popped into them.
It’s best to let the authorities straighten things out, like they did once they got involved in the Trayvon Martin case.
That worked out well for everyone.
The Martin case was a clear case of self-defense under the law, if in fact George Zimmerman felt threatened.
As my friend and constitutional scholar Henry Holzer explained to me: “The only thing that matters was what was Zimmerman’s state of mind at the time of the shooting?”
If he thought he was acting in self-defense, he was acting in self-defense.
The Zimmerman-Martin case wasn’t about liberal use of racism to pander for votes as we all assumed. It was about taking away the right to self-defense.
Last week I wrote about the families of two bad guys who were upset with a citizen for shooting and killing the robbers after they robbed a store in Reading, Pennsylvania.
"He had no right to lose his life over something that man could have called the police for," said the dead robber’s mom. "He [the self-defending citizen] took the law into his own hands and walked away scot-free."
Yeah, I suppose, if one thinks self-defense is a crime. Which apparently one of the relations to the robbers does think it’s a crime: “How about if people just start running around here, policing the city on their own? How much worse is it going to get?" said Peter Ratel, one of the robbers cousins.
Now comes word from Gonzaga University that two students have been placed on probation because they drove off, by gunpoint, an intruder who tried to break into their apartment.
“Gonzaga University has placed two students on probation for violating a weapons policy after one of them displayed a gun to drive off an intruder at their apartment,” says the Associated Press. “Seniors Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh were informed Sunday of the probation, which allows them to remain in the Washington state school. They had been facing expulsion. Both plan to appeal.”
Well THAT’S reassuring. I wasn’t aware that a university could suspend the 2nd Amendment.
I’m glad the university allows those young fellows to vote. I’m sure they aren’t allowed to express their political views unrestricted, however, since, you know… it’s a UNIVERSITY, a school of higher learning and only the liberal side need be heard there.
It shouldn’t surprise us that a society that is truly confused that the “gun-free” zone they created behind the main building of the New York Public Library didn’t prevent a 16-year old from shooting someone over a coat he wanted; that that society also can’t understand the concept of "self-defense."
And it’s not just confined to New York either. The contagion has spread to Texas.
Yeah. Texas!
In 2012, a Houston-area man was arrested after firing a gun into the ground to warn off burglars who were trying to break through his fence into his yard.
It worked…kind of. The burglars were scared off, but the man was arrested for illegally discharging a firearm…into the ground…ground that he owns.
No word as of yet whether any endangered species of worm was at risk in the shooting.*
“The Mesquite Police Dept issued a statement in this case,” writes former Harris County prosecutor Katherine Cabaniss. “They reported that they did not believe the homeowner should have felt threatened by the burglar’s actions. The police stated that because they believed the homeowner’s actions were reckless and unreasonable, the use of the weapon was unlawful. For this reason, they discounted the self-defense laws and arrested the homeowner for discharging a weapon.”
Here’s my counter statement: “I do not believe that the Mesquite Police Dept, the administrators of Gonzaga University or the extended family of the slain robbers in Reading, Pennsylvania should feel threatened by private individuals exercising their right to self-defense. I think that NOT defending ourselves would be reckless and unreasonable. The alternative is relying upon the Mesquite Police Dept, the administrators of Gonzaga University or the extended family of the slain robbers in Reading, Pennsylvania for self-defense. And you know what that would get us.”
Dead, that’s what.
Long live the King. The rest of us, not so much. 

*I could come up with dozens of case like this where people are arrested for self-defense, but even my column has to have some limits. So I have limited myself to three examples.



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