Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Obamacare Implosion Continues: Anthem Exits

Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 8, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh 

RUSH:”Anthem Insurance to Exit Nevada’s Obamacare Exchange and Almost Half of Georgia’s Counties in 2018 — American health insurance giant Anthem announced [yesterday] that it will exit the Obamacare exchange in Nevada and will stop offering plans in roughly half of Georgia’s counties next year.” There’s something that didn’t make this story. Certain Anthem customers in New York City and state have recently received an email — a letter, if you will –from Anthem saying, “Guess what?

“We’re ending your coverage. We are terminating your policy. Your options are to go get a private policy at this elsewhere location.” But there isn’t that location. There isn’t that option. The option presented to current Anthem customers doesn’t exist. They’re just pulling out. Anthem “stated that it will offer ‘catastrophic plans’ in which Americans under 30-years-old or low-income citizens can purchase outside of Nevada’s exchange. Anthem said that the individual market remains ‘volatile.’
“Anthem suggested in a statement that a deteriorating marketplace and uncertainty regarding the future of Obamacare fueled their exit from [Nevada].” This in addition to saying they “will only offer Obamacare plans in 85 of Georgia’s 159 counties … Earlier this month Anthem revealed that they will pull out of 16 of 19 regions in California in 2018.” Anthem is pulling out of America, essentially, here. “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported recently that next year 1,332 counties will only have one health insurer on the Obamacare exchanges.
“The CMS also reported that 40 counties currently do not have any health insurers on the Obamacare marketplaces.” By the way, this Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services, CMS? These are the people who run Obamacare, and when they were selling the public on Obamacare, they lied their heads off about how many exchanges there would be and how plentiful the choices would be and how affordable the options would be — and yet it’s just another insurer pulling out.
Now, what’s interesting is that the media hasn’t covered Anthem’s decision to cancel some policies there. I don’t know how widespread it is, but they are not offering any individual plan alternatives in New York City. And there’s not a single report about Anthem leaving the exchange markets in New York. Is the media’s ignoring that, I wonder, or maybe they haven’t figured it out.

Trump slashing Obama’s regulation binge, saves businesses billions!

The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2017 | Dave Boyer 

President Trump’s assault on red tape has saved businesses nearly $4 billion per year compared with President Barack Obama’s pace of imposing regulations, a new study found Tuesday.

Final rule costs during Mr. Trump’s first six months in office will cost U.S. businesses about $378 million per year, compared with $4.2 billion for the same period of Mr. Obama’s presidency, according to the conservative American Action Forum.
“The results are substantial,” said Dan Goldbeck, an analyst at AAF who prepared the report. “New regulatory burdens are a fraction of those established under President Obama’s first six months; overall regulatory volume has slowed to historically low levels; and a number of notable deregulatory measures have been initiated.”
Compared with the Obama administration, Mr. Trump has imposed 5 percent of the lifetime costs on businesses, 9 percent of the annual costs and 12.5 percent of the employee hours required for paperwork, the study found.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | 08/08/2017 | Bill Donohue 

It continues to confound liberals and conservatives alike: Why would the Left defend Islamists?
The latest victim of this fascinating alliance is Richard Dawkins, the English left-wing atheist who was disinvited by a Berkeley left-wing radio station after it was discovered that Dawkins said Islam is the world’s “most evil” religion.
It did not matter to KPFA that Dawkins has made a career out of bashing Christianity, especially Catholicism—that was laudatory—but it did matter when he ripped Islam. Why did that bother the Left?
On the surface, it makes no sense for the Left to embrace Islamists. After all, the Left counsels a sexual free-for-all, and Islamists want a sexual noose on women and gays. How can libertinism and sharia be squared?
Scratch beneath the surface and it quickly becomes apparent that what unites the Left and Islamists is hate: hatred of the West. They hate America, they hate Europe, and they would like to destroy Israel.
It is that animus that commits the haters to targeting the Judeo-Christian ethos, upon which the West was built. That is why they want to gut it. The Left will support any movement that seeks to disable the West. Even after 9/11, the Left attacked Christianity, not Islam.
Dawkins finds it ironic that a Berkeley radio station is silencing him, noting that Berkeley is home to the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s. If he were an independent thinker, he wouldn’t be so shocked. A closer look at that event reveals how little the activists valued free speech...
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Hillary's Plea Bargain

Newsmax ^ | 08/08/2017 | Ed Klein 

The Justice Department has reopened the investigation of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified material on her private email system while she was secretary of state, and is considering offering her a plea bargain if she will agree to plead guilty to charges of breaking the law, according to a Clinton attorney.
The discussion of a plea bargain took place late last month and was offered by a high-ranking Justice Department official to the Clinton lawyer.
During the exploratory talks with the prosecutor, the Clinton attorney was told that despite former FBI Director James Comey's decision last July not to prosecute Hillary, the Justice Department has reexamined the email case and believes there are ample grounds for prosecuting Hillary on a number of counts.
Under the Justice Department's plea offer, Hillary would be required to sign a document admitting that she committed a prosecutable crime. In return, the DOJ would agree not to bring charges against Hillary in connection with the email probe.
Also as part of the agreement, the Justice Department would not proceed with an investigation of Hillary's pay to play deals with foreign governments and businessmen who contributed to the Clinton Foundation or who paid Bill Clinton exorbitant speaking fees.
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NYT Caught Switching Out Documents To Fix Botched Climate Change Article!

The Daily Caller ^ | 08/08/2017 | Michael Bastasch 

The New York Times has quietly updated its Tuesday front page article on a “sweeping” global warming report some scientists fear “would be suppressed” by the Trump administration.
TheNYT reported they had obtained an unreleased draft copy of the National Climate Assessment (NCA), which is set for release in 2018. The paper claimed the NDA draft had “not yet been made public” and “concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now.”
However, TheNYT published a “third order draft” of the NCA that’s been available online since January. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published the draft online in March.
The paper did not issue a formal correction by the time this article was published, and did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s inquiry into whether or not a correction would be issued.
“We clearly note in the story that this has been reviewed by NAS and was not a secret within the scientific community,” NYT reporter Lisa Friedman told TheDCNF about the inconsistencies. “The latest draft was not however public.”
The NYT then uploaded the actual never-before-seen “fifth order draft” of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) to its website but without issuing any correction or update to their original article.
A close look at Friedman’s article still shows the publicly available “third order draft” report as what was leaked. Clicking on the link, however, brings up the “fifth order report.”
“It’s very disappointing, yet entirely predictable to learn The New York Times would write off a draft report without first verifying its contents with the White House or any of the federal agencies directly involved with climate and environmental policy,” a White house official told theDCNF.
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AP and Honors classes will be decided by skin color, not intelligence!

Fox News ^ | 8 Aug 2017 | Todd Starnes 

A Virginia high sent a disturbing letter to parents and students announcing they would be selecting students for Advanced Placement and honors classes at least partly based on skin color, a concerned parent told Fox News.
Martin Luther King, Jr. must be turning over in his grave.
A parent forwarded me a copy of the letter sent from John Handley High School in Winchester.
“Through our collective work, advanced classes such as AP and Honors will have proportional representation,” read the letter. “Proportional representation is 40% White, 35% Hispanic, 12% African American, 10% mixed race.”
The letter went on to explain that public schools across the country “continue to see outcomes that are disproportionate by race and social class.”
“American demographic trends indicate that America will be a majority minority nation in the next 25 years,” the letter read. “Therefore, the new work of American public schools is to develop systems to address disparate outcomes.”
Interesting -- I thought the work of American public schools was to teach kids how to read, write, multiply and divide.
A school district spokesperson reached out to me and strongly denied that they have any policies dictating racial quotas for advanced courses.
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There’s no way Trump can win!

Flopping Aces ^ | 08-08-17 | DrJohn 

While scanning the various sites obsessed with Donald Trump hatred one does tend to come to the conclusion that there really is such a thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Morning Joe has Trump on a suicide watch:
But it was former Ted Cruz presidential campaign spokesman, Rick Tyler — now a regular MSNBC contributor — who had the sharpest words.“Joe, if I were a political consultant looking at a candidate who had these kind of numbers, I’d have him on 24-hour suicide watch. These numbers are not good. They don’t look recoverable The administration and the vice president can complain about the New York Times story but we wouldn’t have this story if the president’s polls numbers were in the mid fifties, high fifties, or low sixties”
You remember Tyler:
Tyler was picked up by MSNBC shortly after being fired by the Cruz campaign for spreading fake news about then-rival Marco Rubio.
CNN has a new poll out claiming that Americans don't trust Trump:
The new poll says that only 38% of Americans approve of the Trump Administration’s performance so far, while 56% say they disapprove. This is broken down further by indicators that only 24% of people strongly approve of Trump, 14% moderately approve, 9% moderately disapprove, and a whopping 47% strongly disapprove.The poll also asked contributors about whether they think the White House tells the truth. The findings indicate that only 24% of Americans can say they trust the Trump Administration, while 73% believe the White House is partially, if not, completely untruthful. The poll also notes that there’s been a 14% decrease in Republicans who strongly support the president.
More findings show that 36% of the participants believe Trump’s presidency has been successful, while 59% see it as a failure. Only 34% consider Trump someone they are proud to call president, and 55% think he has lowered the stature of the office.
And that pompous elitist ass Fareed Zakaria says he got it wrong- he missed how stupid, uneducated hicks were going to vote Trump instead of the voting for the anointed queen:
Zakaria examined not just his own failure in predicting the election outcome, but how the media at large didn’t see it coming.However, while Zakaria admits that he got the election wrong, the CNN host still refers to Trump voters as “tribal” and claimed the election was a referendum against “educated” people living in diverse urban cities — or the coastal elites, as many Trump voters affectionately call them.
His investigation into Trump’s support found that they feel “deeply resentful about the direction the country is going in and the people who run the country… Donald Trump is their guy.”
In a CNN opinion piece promoting his special, Zakaria added onto his critique of Trump voters by saying that a rise in minority populations and a promotion of LGBT rights are worrying “a segment of the older, white population, which fears that the national culture they grew up with is fading.”
Yeah, that same old white population - the same old white guys- who founded this country and made it what it is.
Maxine Waters has Trump impeached every day- certainly by December:
Waters said that she saw Trump was a “deplorable human being” early in the campaign and didn’t have any “good” values. She continued that right after Trump got elected, she started talking about impeaching him because “not only the way that he conducted himself during the campaign, but we learned a lot about his allies and his associates who had ties to Russia and to the Ukraine and to oil. And so, I knew that this was someone who had been involved with collusion with the Russians in undermining our democracy.”She added, “I believe it is possible to impeach him. How long is it going to take? I don’t know, but I give it to about December. … Our new Special Counsel, Mr. Mueller, has empaneled a grand jury, as you know, as of yesterday. And they will be involved with investigations and they can do indictments also. So, little by little, drip by drip, it’s happening.”
And once she "gets" Trump, she'll 'get" Pence.
The media continues its efforts to invalidate the election because it didn't go their way:
(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net ...

US Marines Test All-Male Squads Against Mixed-Gender Ones – And The Results Are Bleak!

The Federalist Papers ^ | 8/7/2017 

In 2013, the US military lifted its ban on women serving in combat. Shortly after, the Marine Corps began what it calls an “unprecedented research effort” to understand the impact of gender integration on its combat forces.

That took the form of a year-long experiment called the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, in which 400 Marines — 100 of them female — trained for combat together and then undertook a simulated deployment, with every aspect of their experience measured and scrutinized.
All branches of the military faced a January 1, 2016 deadline to open all combat roles to women, and the Marine Corps used this experiment to decide whether to request exceptions to that mandate. The Corps’ summary of the experiment concludes that combat teams were less effective when they included women.

Overall, the report says, all-male teams and crews outperformed mixed-gender ones on 69% of tasks evaluated (93 out of 134). All-male teams were universally faster “in each tactical movement.” On “lethality,” the report says:
All-male 0311 (rifleman) infantry squads had better accuracy compared to gender-integrated squads. There was a notable difference between genders for every individual weapons system (i.e. M4, M27, and M203) within the 0311 squads, except for the probability of hit & near miss with the M4.
All-male infantry crew-served weapons teams engaged targets quicker and registered more hits on target as compared to gender-integrated infantry crew-served weapons teams, with the exception of M2 accuracy.
All-male squads, teams and crews and gender-integrated squads, teams, and crews had a noticeable difference in their performance of the basic combat tasks of negotiating obstacles and evacuating casualties. For example, when negotiating the wall obstacle, male Marines threw their packs to the top of the wall, whereas female Marines required regular assistance in getting their packs to the top. During casualty evacuation assessments, there were notable differences in execution times between all-male and gender-integrated groups, except in the case where teams conducted a casualty evacuation as a one-Marine fireman’s carry of another (in which case it was most often a male Marine who “evacuated” the casualty)
The report also says that female Marines had higher rates of injury throughout the experiment.
While the conclusions make it look like having women in combat isn’t a good idea, one important caveat of the tests is that many of of the male study participants had previously served in combat units, whereas female participants, by necessity, came directly from infantry schools or from noncombat jobs.
Hopefully, with more training in combat, women will be a strength for the military, but the most important thing to remember is that risking the lives of a military unit in combat to provide career opportunities or accommodate the personal desires of an individual is not only bad, but very dangerous military judgment.

Is College Education Worth It?-The scam of higher education.

Frontpagemagazine ^ | August 8, 2017 | Walter Williams 

August is the month when parents bid farewell to not only their college-bound youngsters but also a sizable chunk of cash for tuition. More than 18 million students attend our more than 4,300 degree-granting institutions. A question parents, their college-bound youngsters and taxpayers should ask: Is college worth it?

Let's look at some of the numbers. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, "when considering all first-time undergraduates, studies have found anywhere from 28 percent to 40 percent of students enroll in at least one remedial course. When looking at only community college students, several studies have found remediation rates surpassing 50 percent." Only 25 percent of students who took the ACT in 2012 met the test's readiness benchmarks in all four subjects (English, reading, math and science). Just 5 percent of black students and 13 percent of Hispanic students met the readiness benchmarks in all four subjects. The NCSL report says, "A U.S. Department of Education study found that 58 percent of students who do not require remediation earn a bachelor's degree, compared to only 17 percent of students enrolled in remedial reading and 27 percent of students enrolled in remedial math."
The fact of business is that colleges admit a far greater number of students than those who test as being college-ready. Why should students be admitted to college when they are not capable of academic performance at the college level? Admitting such students gets the nation's high schools off the hook. The nation's high schools can continue to deliver grossly fraudulent education — namely, issue diplomas that attest that students can read, write and compute at a 12th-grade level when they may not be able to perform at even an eighth- or ninth-grade level.
You say, "Hold it, Williams. No college would admit a student who couldn't perform at an eighth- or ninth-grade level." During a recent University of North Carolina scandal, a learning specialist hired to help athletes found that during the period from 2004 to 2012, 60 percent of the 183 members of the football and basketball teams read between fourth- and eighth-grade levels. About 10 percent read below a third-grade level. These were students with high-school diplomas and admitted to UNC. And it's not likely that UNC is the only university engaging in such gross fraud.
. Many students who manage to graduate don't have a lot to show for their time and money. New York University professor Richard Arum, co-author of "Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses," says that his study shows that more than a third of students showed no improvement in critical thinking skills after four years at a university. That observation is confirmed by the many employers who complain that lots of recent graduates cannot seem to write an email that will not embarrass the company. In 1970, only 11 percent of adult Americans held college degrees. These degree holders were viewed as the nation's best and brightest. Today, over 30 percent hold college degrees, with a significant portion of these graduates not demonstrably smarter or more disciplined than the average American. Declining academic standards and grade inflation tend to confirm employer perceptions that college degrees say little about job readiness.
What happens to many of these ill-prepared college graduates? If they manage to become employed in the first place, their employment has little to do with their degree. One estimate is that 1 in 3 college graduates have a job historically performed by those with a high-school diploma or the equivalent. According to Richard Vedder, who is a professor of economics at Ohio University and the director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, we had 115,000 janitors, 16,000 parking lot attendants, 83,000 bartenders and about 35,000 taxi drivers with bachelor's degrees in 2012.
The bottom line is that college is not for everyone. There is absolutely no shame in a youngster's graduating from high school and learning a trade. Doing so might earn him much more money than many of his peers who attend college.

Sorry, Everyone: PETA Says Eating Cheese is Sexist

Townhall ^ | August 7, 2017 | Christine Rousselle 

From the same people who declared that milk was a symbol of white supremacy comes this blisteringly-hot take: cheese is the most sexist food there is, cows are regularly raped on farms, and the act of eating cheese is failing to combat sexism.

"Contrary to popular belief," explains PETA, cows only produce milk when they're pregnant or have just given birth. In order to keep producing milk, PETA describes how cows are "raped" to become pregnant again and again and how their calves are treated immediately after birth.
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Why 2018 might not be such an amazing election for Democrats

CNN Politics ^ | August 7, 2017 | Chris Cillizza, Editor-at-large 

All the signs suggest that 2018 is going to be a very good year for Democrats.
Midterm elections are historically terrible for the president's party. In 18 of the last 20 midterm elections, the president's party has lost seats. In those 18 elections, the average seat loss is 33. Those numbers are even more daunting for presidents under 50% job approval -- as Donald Trump is right now. Since 1946, the average seat loss in the House in that situation is 36 seats.
But before Democrats get too delirious about the election to come, they should read this paragraph from David Wasserman's terrific analysis of the 2018 election on FiveThirtyEight:
"Even if Democrats were to win every single 2018 House and Senate race for seats representing places that Hillary Clinton won or that Trump won by less than 3 percentage points — a pretty good midterm by historical standards — they could still fall short of the House majority and lose five Senate seats."(continued)
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