Monday, June 8, 2015

Franklin Graham Calls for Boycott of Pro-Gay Businesses! ^ | June 8, 2015 | 

Franklin Graham is calling on Christians to boycott businesses that fund and promote the gay activist agenda.
Graham made the comment on Facebook, announcing that his ministry is pulling its accounts from Wells Fargo Bank because they're using a same-sex couple in their ads.
"This is one way we as Christians can speak out," Graham said. "We have the power of choice. Let's just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against almighty God's laws and His standards."
Gay activist bloggers are mocking Graham, saying it will be nearly impossible to do what he says because so many businesses now support the gay agenda.
In an earlier Facebook post, Graham called on Christians to pray for Supreme Court justices as they prepare to rule on gay marriage.
Graham said declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right would be a "wicked, wicked thing," adding, "The only hope we have is prayer."
"Imagine tens and tens and tens of thousands of Americans praying for God to hear their prayers and to change the hearts of these justices," Graham continued. "He might just do that."

Being obese may boost heart attack victims' chances of survival

National Post ^ | June 8, 2015 | Sarah Knapton 

Being obese could actually improve the chances of survival after a heart attack because excess fat appears to fight heart disease, a study has shown.
Scientists have been puzzled as to why people classed as very overweight lived longer after a heart attack than those with a healthy Body Mass Index.
However, a study of tissue collected from patients undergoing heart surgery found that fat surrounding damaged blood vessels releases chemicals that start to battle heart disease.
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Democrat scandals and corruption just keep on rollin’ along!

Coach is Right ^ | 6/8/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi 

The defunct mainstream media conveniently dropped news offerings on the huge scandals engulfing Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen, some of which surfaced just before the November, 2014 election fight with Senator Scott Brown (R-MA who moved to NH). Brown was up by a point and one half one week before the election! This week’s hearings on the IRS targeting of Conservative, non-profit 501 (c) (4) may be commendable; however, the damage has already been done.
And once again, the corrupt tactics of the Democrats and their win at any cost methods paid off for Shaheen. “Mary Howard, IRS’s Director of Privacy, Governmental Liaison, and Disclosure Division, told the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on 6-3-15 that SHE NEVER SAW ANY OF THE INFORMATION REQUESTS BECAUSE THE REQUESTS WERE FORWARDED TO THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE,” (read the Dems black hole.) (1) These information demands that the media let drop involved probes into Tea Party concerns about the ways in which Conservative groups were intimidated and probed by the IRS, America’s weapon of choice by heavy handed Democrat and White House political appointees “just doing their jobs.”
Another Daily Caller revelation concerns, “The President’s Man at the IRS, William J. Wilkins, [who] briefed Shaheen about a coordinated IRS/Department of Treasury plot to target political activity by non-profit 501 (4) (c) groups!” (2) Wilkins, a frequent signatory of the White House’s visitors’ log, allegedly sent, on OFFICIAL DoT letterhead stationery this memo, hand stamped by himself, bringing Shaheen up to date on what Lois Lerner was doing out of her Tax Exempt Government Entities Division. Keep in mind here, Lerner apparently skates and faces no sanctions because of her ex-post-facto-pardon by Obama imprimaturs. This filthy scandal is made even worse by the fact that our erstwhile ethical and/or once effective GOP Congress...
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Aloha: Hawaii sends its Obamacare exchange to the death panel [Another one bites the dust]

Hotair ^ | 06/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw 

Cue up the Queen soundtrack… another one bites the dust. Hawaii is throwing in the towel and shutting down its state Obamacare exchange. $200M in federal taxpayer cash has essentially disappeared down a rat hole. Customers will instead be directed to the federal system.
Hawaii is taking its troubled ObamaCare insurance exchange off life support, the governor’s office announced Friday, the latest addition to a growing number of state exchanges forced to close after operations became unsustainable.
The once-highly praised Hawaii Health Connector has been “unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations,” Gov. David Ige’s office said in a statement. The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) informed the exchange last week that federal funds were no longer available to support long-term operations.
“The state is working with the Connector and CMS to determine what functions can be transitioned to state oversight to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the next Open Enrollment in November 2015,” Ige said.
Ige said that Hawaii will maintain a Supported State-based Marketplace in which the state would provide local customer support.
The Hawaii exchange was a rather odd duck to begin with, at least when compared to the rest of the nation. Unlike many others – Oregon being the first to come to mind – their state exchange actually worked. That comes with the caveat that it experienced some hiccups in the beginning as all of them did, but they managed to get the thing up and running in fairly good order. Their problem wasn’t a lack of functionality, but that they simply couldn’t get enough people to sign up for it to the point where it was financially self-sustaining.
The Governor had predicted that 300,000 people would enroll, but not only did they miss that target, they never even got to the 70K mark which would have kept them at the break even point financially. That might not be too much of a mystery, though, and it has little to do with the appeal of Obamacare or lack thereof. The historical health insurance trends of the Aloha State show that they weren’t in much trouble to begin with. As of 2008there were only 96,000 Hawaiians without health insurance out of a population of more than 1.4 million. In order to reach that 300K figure they were going to need a lot of people to abandon their existing plans for Obamacare in addition to insuring every one of the 96,000 without it. (Perhaps too many of them actually believed they could keep their plan if they liked it?)
The residents were already being served by Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act (PHCA) for more than four decades and they had beaten their uninsured resident problem nearly into extinction. It was another case of letting a state deal with its own problems rather then mandating a federal solution in a top down fashion. Of course, to be fair, Hawaii has an easier time with such things given its position as one of the smaller population states as well as being one of the top ten wealthiest. Their unemployment rate is back near 4% now and never went above 8% even during the worst of the economic collapse in the summer of 2009.
I wonder if this decision wasn’t also one which serves to hedge their bets against the outcome in King v. Burwell. Keep in mind that each state with their own exchange could be set to take a huge hit if that case goes against the White House.
If the subsidies are struck down, the fallout would be immense. Those who lose their subsidy would likely be unable to afford coverage, raising the number of uninsured. It could destabilize the entire individual, or nongroup, insurance market, raising premiums and costs for millions.
Insurance companies, which would still be required to comply with other parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the requirement to cover people with pre-existing conditions, would lose clients and face financial difficulties because their risk pool would be out of balance.
In all likelihood, even if the SCOTUS ruling struck down the subsidies Hawaii could just fall back on PHCA, though they would have to eat the losses for the money they flushed into the exchange. But by being shut down in advance… problem solved. And the system was bleeding money already, so this is probably a win-win for them.

Musings Of An Average Joe: Did Carly Fiorina Say Education Is Overrated? If So, She’s Right

Fox Nation ^ | June 7, 2015 | Joe Bilello 

Speaking to the Iowa-based blog Caffeinated Thoughts earlier this year, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina expressed her opposition to Common Core, criticizing the Chinese model of education and the idea of using standardized testing to gauge success in education.
"I also think the argument for Common Core is frequently, 'Oh, we have to compete with the Chinese. I have been doing business in China for decades, and I will tell you that yeah, the Chinese can take a test, but what they can't do is innovate. They are not terribly imaginative."
Fiorina’s comments may be more important than anyone, including herself, may realize and must become the predominant theme of her campaign and the rest of the 2016 GOP field as well.
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Rise of Ted Cruz: The Absolutist

Real Clear Politics ^ | June 30, 2014 | Jeffrey Toobin 

Ted Cruz, the Republican junior senator from Texas, has heard the line about how the Party needs to become more moderate to win Presidential elections. “It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always ‘Surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats,’ ” he told me. “That’s been true for my entire lifetime.
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Jeb Bush: The GOP Candidate Democrats Want

Breitbart ^ | June 7, 2015 | Dan Riehl 

You wouldn’t know that the fawning New York Magazine piece on Jeb Bush was written by someone who “agrees with exactly nothing the governor says,” if they didn’t tell you. Clearly, Jeb is the choice of liberal Democrats. Perhaps they inherently sense that Hillary Clinton would make short work of him in a general election.
Jennifer Senior writes for New York Magazine:
Anyone who’s familiar with Jeb, though, doesn’t seem nearly as fixated on this episode as members of the national press corps. They know that freestyling is his natural political mode. As governor, Jeb genuinely enjoyed mixing it up with local reporters, almost always fielding more queries than his staff would have liked. “He’d do a five-minute gaggle” — mediaspeak for a mini press conference — “and you’d get five stories,” says Adam C. Smith, the political editor of the Tampa Bay Times. “He’d think out loud, he liked to banter. Compared to Charlie Crist, who never said anything, he was fun to cover.” But now, it seems, the very qualities that served Jeb well with the Florida press — spontaneity, authenticity — are serving him poorly on the national stage. Which is a shame, in its way: One of the pleasures of being around him, day to day, on the stump, is his enthusiasm for speaking off the cuff. (And I report this, it should be noted, as a person who agrees with exactly nothing the governor says.)

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People in Blue States seek psychiatric help 50% more often than in Red States!

newsmachete ^ | June 7, 2015 | Newsmachete 

People who live in liberal states search for psychologists on Google 50% more, per capita, than people from conservative states. Vermont has the most searchers for mental health help, at 74% greater than the national average, which makes sense, since it is a far-left state with a socialist Senator, Bernie Sanders, who likes to talk about the joys of rape. People in liberal Massachusetts and far-left New York search 55% and 56% more often for therapists as well (California, which you would expect to be worst of all, is "only" 41% above average). By contrast, in Idaho, (adjusted for population size), people search 51% less often for therapists, 34% less often in Wyoming, and 29% less in Oklahoma. There is also an astonishing 76% more therapists per capita in Blue States.
If you read the Times article about this they will be quick to say that every one needs therapy in equal amounts and it's just that the people in Red states aren't getting as much. I have a different interpretation. People in Blue states are more likely to be liberals, and liberals are more likely to be mentally ill. Liberals suffer from:
1) Phobias, such as fears that they are destroying the Earth (when in reality, they are only destroying America)
2) Guilt, for being white or male or having a job or earning money
3) Unhappiness with their bodies or sexuality, due to schizophrenia or gender identity disorder
4) Greed and envy, towards other people's property
5) Anger towards people of different genders or races
and so on. Is is any wonder that they need psychological counseling more often, when their whole ideology is based various forms of mental disorders? Just take so-called "Transgenderism". The small percentage of people who have it are clearly mentally ill, but instead of treating it like an illness, the media and educators in Blue State treat it like something that should be fashionable, and actually promote this sort of illness to others. The culture there teaches people, in order words, to embrace these mental disorders. Today is Bruce Jenner on the cover of Vogue; what will it be tomorrow, someone else celebrating the joys of schizophrenia? Paranoia? Tourette's?

Can King v. Burwell Revive the Economy?

American Spectator ^ | 6/8/2015 | David Catron 

The Democrats and their media allies have predicted wrack and ruin if the Supreme Court rules against the government in King v. Burwell, a decision that would stop the IRS from issuing Obamacare subsidies through federal insurance exchanges in three-dozen states. They have wildly exaggerated the inconvenience that such a ruling would cause a tiny percentage of the population and ignored the benefits that it would provide tens of millions of Americans. One of these benefits would be the removal of PPACA’s dead weight from an economy whose first quarter performance suggests that the anemic Obama recovery may be stalling.
During the first three months of 2015, Gross Domestic Product contracted at an annual rate of 0.7 percent. And, euphoric “news” stories about the government’s May jobs report notwithstanding, this year’s monthly job gains remain well below last year’s average. It is difficult to prove that Obamacare alone has caused the slowdown, but it tends to confirm the inauspicious findings of several Federal Reserve surveys concerning the law’s economic effects. Even if “reform” isn’t solely to blame, there can be little doubt that removing its mandates from the backs of employers and workers in three-quarters of the states would stimulate the national economy.
And a SCOTUS ruling against the Obama administration would eliminate those job-killing mandates ...
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