Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fort Hood shooting victims will soon be eligible to receive Purple Heart!

Washington TImes ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jacqueline Klimas 

Victims of the Fort Hood shooting will soon be eligible to receive the Purple Heart, with Congress pushing ahead with a policy change that would officially recognize domestic terrorism as an issue, rather than the “workplace violence” designation the Obama administration had used.
The issue has been contentious since the 2009 attack, with victims and their family members saying Army Maj. Nidal Hasan’s shooting spree was clearly linked to the broader war on terror that the U.S. is fighting overseas.
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20 Signs You Are Living in a Progressive Utopia

TheBlaze ^ | 2014-12-14 | TheBlaze 

1) When the executive branch has effectively become the legislative branch
2) When the notions of secure borders and national sovereignty are considered thinly-veiled euphemisms for racial hatred
3) When justice means determining a person is guilty before seeing any evidence, then rioting, looting and destroying property when said person does not even make it to trial
4) When those who riot, loot and destroy property are considered freedom-fighters, and those who peacefully assemble are considered radical extremists ... 10) When countries like Egypt and the United Arab Emirates designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, but yours does not
11) When Christianity and Judaism can be unmercifully attacked, yet Islam and sharia law may not even be critically examined
12) When the people overwhelmingly despise and distrust its leaders, yet continually votes to cede more and more of its rights to said leaders
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GOP asks Supreme Court to take on another ObamaCare case!

The Hill ^ | December 4, 2014 | sarah Ferris 

Members of the GOP are asking the Supreme Court to take up another case against ObamaCare, this time challenging a controversial medical board that the party has called “a death panel.”
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and several other Republicans will file an amicus brief Thursday urging the court to reconsider a case against a piece of the healthcare law called the Independent Payment Advisory Board.
“Because the law frees [the board] of any checks and balances, waiting could be dangerous. The Supreme Court should hold that the time to answer these constitutional questions is now, not later,” Coburn and Roe, who are both doctors, wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed late Wednesday.
They criticized the board, which would be comprised of 16 medical experts picked by the president, for its ability to write rules to cut Medicare spending that become law unless Congress votes to strike them down.
“There is nothing ‘advisory’ about its vast powers,” they wrote. “The law gives this board sweeping authority to do so, with virtually no constraints.”
The case, Coons v. Lew, argues that the medical advisory board oversteps the bounds of separation of powers. The lawsuit was previously dismissed by an appeals court.
Coburn and Poe argue that the Affordable Care Act protects the medical board from constraints of the law, “achieving an unprecedented trifecta of bureaucratic rule: an administrative agency whose actions cannot be checked by the executive, legislative or judicial branches.”
The panel of experts, which was memorably called a “death panel” by 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and also described as “healthcare rationing” by Democrats, does not yet have members and has drafted no policy.
But it has again entered the spotlight as the GOP plot ways to take down the law as they regain control of the Senate next month.

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