Friday, January 24, 2014

Little Sisters of the Poor Win Another Round Against Obamacare(take That obama)

Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2014 | Ken Klukowski 

This is an update to our Jan. 3 report that Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an emergency injunction against the Obama administration, ordering that it could not enforce Obamacare’s abortion pill mandate against a Catholic nuns’ charity until the Supreme Court decided how to proceed.
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Ted Cruz previews Obama SOTU speech!

Politico ^ | 01/23/14 1:53 PM EST | TAL KOPAN 

Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday the annual State of the Union address is nothing but a performance, and he’s getting flashes of the circus.
“I’m having visions of going to the circus and seeing clowns juggling things on fire,” Cruz said on Glenn Beck’s radio show on Thursday, according to a show transcript.
Beck agreed, saying both parties know what to expect and that the annual speech by President Barack Obama to Congress is “nothing real.”
“Particularly with this president,” Cruz said. “This president consistently is not addressing the challenges facing this country. I mean, we know what’s going to come next week. He’s going to propose raising the minimum wage. He’s going to propose more government spending. He’s going to propose more debt. He’s going to propose more taxes. He’s going to propose all of the policies that he’s been doing for the last five years that aren’t working and they are making the problem worse.”
The Texas Republican said the president is ignoring the issues he should be talking about.
“He’s going to ignore the enormous harms that people are suffering because of Obamacare, that are suffering because we have the lowest work force participation in decades, because the Obama economic policies aren’t working,” Cruz said. “And he’s certainly going to ignore the scandals of IRS and Benghazi.”
Beck also brought up Cruz’s effort last year to defund Obamacare through the budget, a tactic that resulted in a government shutdown in October, saying Cruz was “destroyed by your own party.” He said for once, the major conservative radio personalities were all in agreement that the Republican Party either needs a new focus or a new challenge.
“For the first time ever, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck, and hopefully Rush Limbaugh, are all on the same page,” Beck said. “We’ve all come to the same understanding ourselves … and we’re all moving in the same direction. And none of us are moving in the direction of the GOP. For the very first time, all of talk radio, which is supposed to be this GOP organ, is the furthest thing from a GOP organ.”
Beck told Cruz he thought the party could benefit from more people like the senator.
“I think you and Mark and Sean and Rush are like Paul Revere and Patrick Henry,” Cruz said. “You are sounding the alarm, and you’re speaking the truth. And that is powerful. It’s critically important. But I think the answer is to bring the Republican Party back to the principles we should have been standing for.”
Cruz said he hoped for a time like the 1970s when Ronald Reagan was able to unite the GOP, but played coy when Beck and his co-host suggested Cruz may be the answer as the Republican presidential candidate in 2016.
“I’ll say this: I think every person who might be thinking about it, the path that they ought to follow is to stand up and help lead the fight,” Cruz said.
The president will deliver his State of the Union on Tuesday.

Sperm, Craigslist, Lesbians and Welfare: What Could Go Wrong? ^ | January 24, 2014 | John Ransom
There is so much wrong with the following story that like other great art that imitates life, I think I’ll let the story mostly speak for itself…and many of the ills of society in general.
So, stop me if you heard this one….
Two lesbians put up an ad on Craigslist looking for a sperm donor.
This is not in dispute.
They put up an ad on Craigslist looking for sperm, like sperm are a couch or a T.V. or those old worthless beanie babies your haggard aunt collected.
In response to the ad, one William Marotta, who apparently thinks of his sperm as a couch or a T.V. or those old worthless beanie babies his haggard aunt collected, was subsequently chosen as the "donor"-- a.k.a. the father in olden times parlance.
Marotta it turns out “donated” sperm three times, according to the birth mother, who subsequently “used a syringe to inseminate.”
These facts are not in dispute.
And do you know what?
A child was born. A daughter to be exact, although labeling her as a daughter is rather old fashioned of me.
Nevertheless, the child is a daughter whose parents are one William Marotta, willing victim and father, and Jennifer Schreiner, mother, lesbian, dupe and duper.
Turns out that there was a good reason for Schreiner and her partner, Mr. or Mrs. Schreiner, mother part deux, lesbian, dupe and duper, to use a free ad on Craigslist trolling for sperm donors and willing victims.
They did it because they're poor. They couldn't afford to pay the fees associated with artificial insemination through a doctor.
This is the part where Art takes over, the jerk.
When one is poor, one might not be able to afford a child either, which the last time I checked-- that is daily as the parent of a 16-year old-- is MUCH more expensive than artificial insemination.
So, Mrs. and Mr. Schreiner, like all good American these days, eventually applied for welfare benefits to take care of their daughter. It's only right that the Schreiners should lay off the financial duty of taking care of their daughter on you and me.
And the state, like all good Americans, asked: “What about the father?”
Oh no; like all good Americans, the state wasn’t concerned with his rights, or the psychological benefit a man might have in his “daughter’s” life.
The state was about the money.
When anyone applies for welfare benefits, both parents are examined for financial support, as is right.
Marotta and Schreiner both produced copies of contracts – albeit different versions—that acknowledged that one William Marotta, was indeed nothing more than a sperm donor and a willing victim and father.
Not good enough says the state, which doesn’t want to pay out welfare benefits for just anyone.
It seems the state's position is that the sperm was not procured through a medical doctor as is required by law. In order to be transubstantiated from the outdated father-mother model to the new, improved mother-mother model, the sperm donation, according to humanists, has to be touched by a doctor.
Fish meet bicycle.
Apparently the humanists at the Kansas state legislature believe that sperm must first pass through their highest of high priest’s hands, the “medical doctor,” in order for fatherhood-- that is confirmed by sperm’s DNA-- to be stripped from a man and transferred to a women pretending to be a man, pretending to be a woman, who can then be the father in the only two senses that matters to the welfare state—legally and financially.
Or something.
“We stand by that contract,” says one of Marotta’s attorneys, Benoit Swinnen. “The insinuation is offensive, and we are responding vigorously to that. We stand by our story. There was no personal relationship whatsoever between my client and the mother, or the partner of the mother, or the child. Anything the state insinuates is vilifying my client, and I will address it.”
Too bad says the state, which wants Marotta to pay child support.
I’m relieved that there was “no personal relationship” with THAT women.
Oh wait, no I’m not.
Yes, I am. Oh, wait….
What a mess.
I don’t know anyone who might have any valid reasons to question the wisdom of homosexuality as a lifestyle, artificial insemination or gay marriage.
You know, besides overturning millennia of legal, ethical and moral thought on these subjects.
Only racists and homophobes would do that.
And those type of people are obviously the very people who are uncomfortable with Art imitating life.
Because it isn’t like Art has a daughter involved in this, right?
It's only a child, after all. And he was only the "donor".
Who now pays child support for a child he never wanted yet willingly fathered.
The liberal faith in the power of the legislature can't change the DNA evidence.
Good Job American Humanists!
Another grand creation.
Oh well. When you play God, as Mary Shelley taught us, you end up with a few Frankensteins. All you have to do now is kill the monster.

ONE of my all-time heroes is Diogenes the Cynic,
who spent most of his life chilling in his barrel
outside the city-state of Corinth . He was the original
Cynic because he believed that men and women lived
a life dictated by rules and taboos and therefore no one
was really truthful or honest. Actually Diogenes is my hero
because he was witty, rude, and had little respect for authority.

Government Overreliance: The Devil is in the Details! ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg 

The Constitution is powerless against Satan.

Earlier this month, the state of Oklahoma received a proposal from New York-based Satanists to build near the state Capitol a 7-foot-high statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed pagan idol. The Satanists' letter boasted that, "The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation."
Now, while the Satanists are real, there's a lot of fakery involved. It's a stunt -- a clever one -- exploiting the constitutional injunction against governmental favoritism towards religion. The Oklahoma Capitol has a statue of the Ten Commandments on its grounds, and that vexes atheist activists and Satanists alike. It's a version of the old rule about bringing candy to school. If you didn't bring enough for everyone, then no one can have any. If Christians and Jews can have a statue of the Ten Commandments on public property, so can everyone else. And if they can't, no one can.
It's doubtful that Oklahoman children will be sitting on Baphomet's stony lap any time soon, and that's more than fine with me. But that doesn't mean, at least as a matter of logic alone, that the Satanists don't have a point.
Indeed, if you want to argue that erecting a tribute to Lucifer on public property is a bad idea, the Constitution is pretty useless. That's no knock on the Constitution, mind you. Lots of wonderful things are of little utility in fighting Satan. Puppies, ice cream, the warranty on a Ford Pinto: These are as helpful in fighting Satan as a winning smile is in putting out a house fire.
The Satan statue controversy is of course absurd, but absurdities are often useful in illuminating more substantial issues.
America is becoming vastly more diverse -- ethnically, culturally, religiously and morally. In a great many ways that's a good thing. But in this life, no good thing comes without a downside.
Consider immigration, historically a boon to America. Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam (a liberal in good standing) found that increased immigration hurts "social trust," causing people to "hunker down" within their own bands of friends or alone in front of the TV. Everything from trust in political leaders and the political process -- both of which are at or near all-time lows, by the way -- to voting and carpooling drops precipitously as more strangers move into a community.
Conversely, people increasingly look more to government -- the police, local politicians and bureaucrats -- to solve problems that once could have been worked out in a neighborly conversation. This reliance on legal authority and entitlements further crowds out the charitable mechanisms and institutions of civil society, inviting yet more government intrusions.
By the way, Putnam explicitly rejects racism as the culprit here. Rather, the cause is a breakdown in shared norms, customs, language and the other often invisible and intangible but no less real sinews that bind a community together.
Family breakdown, the decline in good blue-collar jobs, the decline of organized religion, etc., are all equally good or better examples of things sapping the strength from social trust and cohesion and encouraging government to pick up the slack. In Europe, charitable giving and voluntarism are anemic because people think charity is what they pay taxes for. The churches are all subsidized but the pews are empty.
And when the connective tissues of an organic society are removed, all that is left is the bone of abstract principle. For conservatives, that mostly means invoking the Constitution -- which is rightly silent on how people should live. For liberals, that often means shrugging and saying, "Who are we to judge?"
Neither response offers much of an argument against giving equal time to devil worshippers.
For many liberals that's OK, because a strong civil society isn't a big priority. Indeed, they often talk about the state as if it's synonymous and overlapping with society. That's why ridiculous phrases like "government is just a word for the things we do together" are so popular with people such as president Obama.
But government isn't synonymous with civil society, nor is it a substitute for family, church or community. And if you mistake the state as a replacement for such things, you further weaken them.
The unraveling of the old cultural, moral and religious consensus has been a boon to individual freedom in myriad ways. But you can say this for the old civilizational confidence: It didn't lack for arguments against state-sponsored devil worship.


Breitbart ^ | 1/23/14 | MATTHEW BOYLE 

As House Republican leaders prepare an immigration proposal that could go much further towards amnesty than their prior public stances, conservative lawmakers are quietly plotting to push back.
Aides from over a dozen House offices secretly convened today on the Senate side of the Capitol at a meeting organized by Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a top immigration hawk who has recently involved himself more aggressively in the affairs of the lower chamber.
“Over here in the Senate working for Senator Sessions, we learned a lot last year about the strategies employed by the powerful forces pushing bad immigration policies--and how to counter them,” reads a copy of the invitation to the meeting provided to Breitbart News by a House staffer.
Officials close to the matter say conservative critics of Speaker John Boehner's planned immigration push are working to issue their own rival immigration principles to vie with the document Boehner is drafting.
“There is definitely a growing mood of confusion and aggravation among conservatives in the House over the immigration issue right now,” one House GOP aide said in an email to Breitbart News, adding that many on the right find the “political logic” of riling up the party's base so close to a low-turnout midterm election baffling. “Do we really want to just give up the midterms like this?” the aide asked.
The building backlash could create for a tumultuous three-day retreat next week as Republicans gather in Maryland to plan the party's future. Upping the pressure, a key outside conservative today requested access to the retreat to brief lawmakers on the issue.
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Tea Partiers Hope To Crash Sen. Graham's Re-Election Bid (NPR piece)! ^ | 1/23/14 | Ailsa Chang 

This year marks the first time Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has had to run for office since the emergence of the Tea Party. Graham has never faced much Republican opposition during his two decades in Congress, but this June, he's already heading into a primary with four Republican challengers who say he's not conservative enough for the Palmetto State. Voters say the race has become a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party in South Carolina.
For many Republicans, Graham's race for re-election comes down to one question: Is he a true South Carolina conservative? When you ask Graham that question, he immediately compares himself to Ronald Reagan.
"I think I represent the traditional way of being a conservative," Graham said during a recent interview in Columbia, the state capital. "You know, Ronald Reagan was a pretty conservative guy. Tip O'Neill was a pretty liberal guy. They were able to find common ground to save Social Security from bankruptcy for about 40 years. Somebody's got to take it to the next level. I'd like to be in that mix."
Sen. Lindsey Graham shooting at the Palmetto State Armory in Columbia, S.C., where he appeared at an event this week to promote safety locks on guns.i
Sen. Lindsey Graham shooting at the Palmetto State Armory in Columbia, S.C., where he appeared at an event this week to promote safety locks on guns. Ailsa Chang/NPR
Sen. Lindsey Graham shooting at the Palmetto State Armory in Columbia, S.C., where he appeared at an event this week to promote safety locks on guns.
Graham says being a conservative doesn't mean you can't work with the other side to get things done. And he notes that Democrats need Republicans to do the big things. That's why he says he helped broker a bipartisan immigration deal last June that offered illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
But at a Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C., this past weekend, there were hordes of people who said a true conservative doesn't make deals like that.
"He is the Democrats' favorite Republican, which should tell you something about him," said Keith Tripp of the Laurens County Tea Party Patriots.
"He starts talking the conservative talk, but he doesn't walk the conservative walk," Carol Williamson of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party said.
Pat Dansbury of Ridgeland offered this analogy: "He's like the cow that gives you a can of milk and then kicks it back over again. He does really good things and he does really horrific things."
Horrific things, they say, beyond that immigration deal, like when he criticized his Republican colleagues when they refused to fund the government unless Congress defunded Obamacare. And when he voted for the big bank bailout.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 38 Arizona inmates who defaced flag to eat only bread, water

CNN ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | Faith Karimi 

A diet of bread and water is the punishment for dozens of Arizona inmates who allegedly defaced American flags placed in their jail cells.
The 38 male inmates are part of the Maricopa County jail system, which is under the control of controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio.
For their alleged unpatriotic acts, the sheriff said Thursday, they'll survive on bread and water for seven days.
"These inmates have destroyed the American flag that was placed in their cells," Arpaio said. "Tearing them, writing on them, stepping on them, throwing them in the toilet, trash or wherever they feel. It's a disgrace ... this is government property that they are destroying, and we will take action against those who act this way."
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Obama Wants the Privilege without the Accountability of Being the First Black President!

Conservative Black Chick ^ | Crystal Wright 

... Obama enjoys the celebrity and uniqueness of being America’s first black president but loathes the accountability that comes with the job. Since day one, Obama has cried racism as the cause for his inability to work with Republicans in Congress or basically get anything meaningful done in five years of his presidency.
The very thing that got Obama elected, his race, is the very crutch he continuously uses to eschew criticism for a job poorly done. So, it was no surprise to read in the New Yorker’s sweeping interview with the president that he blames the failures of his presidency on racists.
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,” said Obama.
Granted there are and will always be white people who will never get comfortable with the idea of a black president.  But the reason why Obama’s approval numbers have tanked to a record low of 39% is because whether he’s black, white, gray or purple, he’s turning out to be one of the most ineffective presidents in modern times.
What the American people don’t like the idea of is a president who thinks public relations, giving speeches, media interviews and excoriating the political opposition is  leadership. America is arguably in the worst shape of her history at home and abroad since the Great Depression.
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Drilling More Holes in Obamacare’s Sinking Ship! ^ | January 24, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell

The President’s main “accomplishment” has been such a disaster that I wonder whether it’s time to feel sorry for Obama.
And if you looked in the dictionary for a definition of Schadenfreude, you might find a picture of me reading a story exposing more evidence that Obamacare isn’t working.
Heck, I’ve even shared Hitler parody videos (two of them!) mocking the law.
But to paraphrase Mae West, there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing.
Today, we’re going to look at the opinions of two experts, both of whom expect further bad news for Obamacare.
Here’s some of what Michael Tanner, my Cato colleague, wrote for the New York Post.
…“the State of ObamaCare” is growing ever more troubled. For starters, it’s falling far short of the goal of universal coverage. …just 1.5 million have actually completed the ObamaCare checkout, including payment. Worse, surveys indicate that less than a third of those enrolling were previously uninsured. …Even using the most optimistic reading of these figures, fewer than 11 percent of uninsured Americans have gotten coverage because of the ObamaCare law; most likely, fewer. This is what we’re getting for the $2.7 trillion that ObamaCare will cost over the next 10 years? Plus, we should subtract the roughly 500,000 Americans who, by the White House’s own count, have lost insurance because of ObamaCare.
And Mike expects things will get worse over time.
…that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because those policy-killing rules will hit another part of the market over the course of this year — namely, the “small group” market, where employers now buy health policies that cover about 78 million Americans. Many of those with cancelled plans will ultimately end up with similar, if more expensive, employment-based policies, but some are likely to simply wind up uninsured. …Then there’s the bad news about who is enrolling in ObamaCare plans — or rather, who isn’t: not enough of the young and healthy folks that the program needs to overpay for insurance so as to offset the costs of covering older and sicker people. …Oh, and a Reuters survey finds that new enrollees are also less healthy than ObamaCare’s designers hoped, too. Humana, one of the nation’s largest insurers, reports that so far enrollment in its exchange-based plans has been far “more adverse than previously expected.”

The other racism (a courageous black woman tells it like it is) ^ | 1/23/2014 | Sylvia Thompson 

With the ascendancy to power of leftists Barack Obama and Eric Holder (Obama's front man in the war against justice in America), open black racial hatred of whites has increased. These two men are the most powerful of a long list of leftist blacks, nearly all of whom take their marching orders – directly or indirectly – from them. It is now fashionable to be a racist black; you have power backing up your behavior. After all, racist whites had power behind them when it was fashionable to be a racist white. It is payback time.
That this is what the country has come to under the tenure of its so-called first black President is an insult to my black ancestry. I am certain that these circumstances are not what they envisioned as a more free and equitable America.
The banality of these two small men, Barack Obama and Eric Holder, is a disgrace. Neither of them chose to rise above the petty, vindictive nature of small men in human history that came before them. They have squandered a chance to move this nation forward to even greater heights than it had already achieved under the guidance of an Almighty God and the call of the Founders. As a citizen, I am thoroughly disgusted. As a black person, I am simply ashamed.
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Schumer Suggests 'Electoral Reform' As Way to 'Lessen the Grip of the Tea Party'

CNSNews ^ | 1/24.2014 | Susan Jones 

Although the tea party's influence is "undeniable," it is not inevitable -- and it must be crushed for the good of the nation, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued in a long political speech on Thursday.

"They've won elections, stymied Democratic priorities and taken a sledgehammer to programs that are important to tens of millions of Americans," he complained.
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Newspaper chain plans 'state-by-state' concealed weapon databases! (here we go AGAIN!)

foxnews ^ | 01/24/14 | Joshua Rhett Miller 

A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is considering building “state-by-state databases” on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal e-mail.

The plan, laid out in an email from a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, could be similar to a controversial project a New York state newspaper carried out in 2012 which included an online map that identified gun owners in two counties by name and address. Civitas' database project was detailed the plan in a Jan. 19 e-mail to newsrooms in 11 states, including Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

The newest project "examines the explosion of ‘conceal and carry’ gun permits across the U.S.,” wrote Jim Lawitz, Civitas’ director of content, in an e-mail first obtained by the Buckeye Firearms Association. “Through public records act requests, we will attempt to build state-by-state databases that list those who have the right to carry a concealed weapon.”

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Why California is broke and Texas is not!


* The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor's dog, then bites the Governor.

* The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie"Bambi" and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.

* He calls animal control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

* He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.

* The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.

* The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.

* The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a "coyote awareness program" for residents of the area.

* The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.

* The Governor's security agent is fired for not stopping the attack. The state spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training re the nature of coyotes.

* PETA protests the coyote's relocation and files a $5 million suit against the state.


* The Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.

* The Governor shoots the coyote with his state-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.

* The buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, my friends, is why California is broke and Texas is not.