News of the Week (November 17th, 2013)

 

News of the Week for November 17th, 2013


 

Obama Scandals

 

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Obamacare Navigators Counsel Applicants to “Lie”
Yes, as if the roll-out of Obamacare hasn’t been disastrous enough, Project Veritas has caught Obamacare navigators counseling citizens to lie about their income and deceive the IRS, commit fraud on applications by not reporting full health history, and worse.

Insurance Industry: Obama’s “Fix” Is Entirely Unworkable
“Changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law, Obamacare, could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers.”

Gun Rights

 

Gun Ownership vs. Homicide rates
A global graphic

Texas A&M Law Professor: Time ‘to Repeal and Replace Second Amendment’
Speaking in a gun violence symposium at University of Connecticut’s School of Law, Texas A&M law professor Mary Margaret Penrose said it’s time “to repeal and replace [the] Second Amendment.”

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Antarctic sea ice hit 35-year record high Saturday
Antarctic sea ice has grown to a record large extent for a second straight year, baffling scientists seeking to understand why this ice is expanding rather than shrinking in a warming world.

Australian Cabinet ministers have decided to reject any measures of “socialism masquerading as environmentalism”
Australin Federal cabinet has ruled that Australia will not sign up to any new contributions, taxes or charges at this week’s global summit on climate change, in a significant toughening of its stance as it plans to move within days to repeal the carbon tax. –

Environmental activist marries tree
Environmental activist and actor, Richard Torres, walked down the aisle to draw attention to global environmental concerns. He placed symbolic offerings at the bottom of the tree before saying his vows and switching rings.

Green Energy Policies Are Destroying the Environment
I’ve been on an ObamaCare run the last few weeks, but that isn’t the only federal program that was created to benefit a small minority of people and wound up screwing up the thing it was supposed to save. Remember how dumping ethanol into our gas tanks was going to save the planet? Oops.

Why and How the IPCC Demonized CO2 with Manufactured Information
Elaine Dewar spent several days with Maurice Strong at the UN and concluded in her book The Cloak of Green that, “Strong was using the U.N. as a platform to sell a global environment crisis and the Global Governance Agenda.” Strong conjectured about a small group of world leaders who decided the rich countries were “the principle risk to the world.” These countries refused to reduce their environmental impact. The leaders decided the only hope for the planet was for collapse of the industrialized nations and it was their responsibility to bring that about. Strong knew what to do. Create a false problem with false science and use bureaucrats to bypass politicians to close industry down and make developed countries pay.

Green Failure
A list of faltering or bankrupt green-energy companies

New study: ‘…climate system is only about half as sensitive to increasing CO2 as previously believed’
Warming since 1950s partly caused by El Niño

Solar Panels Frying Birds Along Major Migration Path
Some animal rights activists are wondering just how many birds green energy may unintentionally kill as more and more birds turn up dead at solar energy facilities throughout California.

Cities Raise Alarms Over EPA’s Surprise Hydrant Lead Rule
Philadelphia has 119 fire hydrants that cost about $2,000 each waiting in a warehouse to be installed, yet they sit high and dry because federal regulators say their fittings might taint drinking water with lead.

Cheap Hydrogen from Sunlight and Water
Stanford researchers say new materials could help lower the cost of producing fuel with solar energy.

Slavery Makes a Comeback: Eco-Activists Voluntarily Enslave Themselves as Manual Laborers
The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States — but the authors of that Amendment didn’t take into account how to cope with people who want to become slaves as a political statement.

Climate and Human Civilization over the last 18,000 years
This document is meant to explain the accompanying poster and expand on the poster’s content. Some references to the images and data shown in the poster are on the poster and others are in the bibliography. I’ve done my best to verify the accuracy of the content by checking multiple sources. When references had different dates for the same event, I chose the most commonly cited date or the date from the most prestigious sources. I considered dates from articles in Nature, Science, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and Steven Mithen’s book2 to be the most reliable.

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Memo warned of “limitless” security risks for HealthCare.gov
CBS News has learned that the project manager in charge of building the federal health care website was apparently kept in the dark about serious failures in the website’s security. Those failures could lead to identity theft among buying insurance. The project manager testified to congressional investigators behind closed doors, but CBS News has obtained the first look at a partial transcript of his testimony.

Obamacare Navigator Fraud Continues
Project Veritas caught Obamacare Navigators counseling applicants to lie on their applications, which is cheating the federal government, the American taxpayer, and the countless families who truly need quality health care.

Obamacare advocate poised to become next U.S. surgeon general
President Barack Obama will nominate the head of a doctors group that promotes his signature healthcare law to be the next U.S. surgeon general, the White House said on Thursday, shortly after Obama proposed a “fix” for the latest problem with the law.

Why liberals are panicked about Obamacare
So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his “you like your plan, you can keep your plan” pledge. And calls for the Affordable Care Act to be changed, despite furious White House resistance to the very idea.

UnitedHealth drops thousands of doctors from insurance plans: WSJ
UnitedHealth Group dropped thousands of doctors from its networks in recent weeks, leaving many elderly patients unsure whether they need to switch plans to continue seeing their doctors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

D.C. insurance commissioner fired a day after questioning Obamacare fix
A day after he questioned President Obama’s decision to unwind a major tenet of the health-care law and said the nation’s capital might not go along, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired.

HealthCare.gov goal is for 80% of users to be able to enroll for insurance
The Obama administration will consider the new federal insurance marketplace a success if 80 percent of users can buy health-care plans online, according to government and industry officials familiar with the project.

Democratic Congressman Clyburn: Obamacare about Changing Values

 

War & Terror

 

U.S. sends aircraft carrier to bolster Philippines relief efforts
The United States is sending the USS George Washington aircraft carrier and other ships to bolster relief efforts in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon killed thousands of people, U.S. officials said on Monday.

Court: Homeland Security Must Disclose ‘Internet Kill Switch’
DHS protocol governs shutting down wireless networks to prevent bomb detonation

Obama vs. the Generals
After a spate of news stories this summer citing tensions between President Barack Obama and his top military commanders over the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough hastened to assure the Washington Post that everything was, in fact, copacetic: The president “appreciates” candid military advice “above all else,” McDonough insisted, and has “close, and in some instances warm, relationships with his military chiefs,” as the Post put it. During my own time at the Pentagon, where I worked as an Obama appointee from the spring of 2009 until mid-2011, few seemed to hold this view. I recall asking one general, recently back from Afghanistan, if he’d shared his experiences and insights with the president. Rolling his eyes, he told me grimly that the White House preferred the military to be seen but not heard.

National

 

New streetlights in Las Vegas can record your conversations

Chris Christie: Don’t worry about the Waistline GOP, Worry about the Coattails
One house seat? That’s it? You mean to tell me Chris Christie, the Savior of the GOP, the model for Republicans nationwide, success in advancing his party within his own state was barely more successful than a camel spotter in an election he won by 20 points?

The Elephant in Elizabeth Warren’s Room
That thing, of course, is that for which Elizabeth Warren is best known outside the progressive circle of writers and friends, and about which she will be subject to scrutiny if she runs: Her rip off of Native American identity to get herself on lists of Minority Law Teachers and Women of Color in Legal Academia as she was climbing the law school ladder.

STOP THE MADNESS: Third person reports being anally violated by police
A third New Mexico resident is claiming that she was physically abused by police and medical staff who exceeded their authority to search for drugs she never had.

College Leftist says: Wear Fur, Endure a rape
You could have guessed what kind of people would be running the country today if you looked back to the lunacy preached on college campuses back when hippies roamed the earth. Indeed, many of those former campus hippies have changed places; they are still there, only now they are doing the teaching.

Proposed Calif. Law Requires Protective Eyewear in Porn
In a recent amendment to a law regulating the porn industry, porn stars would be required to wear protective goggles.

Render unto Seizure
In the year 1215, Magna Carta provided a freeman of England with the right to a trial in a fixed, local law court, and protected him from being “amerced [fined] for a slight offence, except in accordance with the degree of the offence; and for a grave offence he shall be amerced in accordance with the gravity of the offence, yet saving always his contentment; and a merchant in the same way, saving his merchandise” – i.e., even for a “grave offence,” a man shall not be deprived of the ability to make his living.
Four-fifths of a millennium later, a 21st-century American merchant does not enjoy the rights of his 13th-century English forebear. The Economist reports on yet another case of “civil forfeiture” by the corrupt and diseased IRS – a Michigan grocery store owned by the Dehkos family

Student/Teacher conference on “transmasculine genderqueer and transmen”
WTF is difference between LGBTT2IQQA youth, LGBTQI2S youth, & just LGBTQ2S youth???

Gay Lawmaker Votes Against Gay Marriage, Cites Religious Liberty
Jo Jordan, a member of the Hawaii state senate, has become the U.S.’s first openly gay lawmaker to vote against gay marriage. Jordan looked at the effects gay marriage would have on religious liberty and balked

Kay Hagan on the Ropes
The Democratic senator from North Carolina is vulnerable in a state where Obamacare is unpopular

Common Core rollout mirrors Obamacare debacle
The Ithaca Journal has an investigative article on the rollout of Common Core in the upstate Southern Tier region of New York State, Common Core fix for schools has broken parts.

A 2014 U.S. Senate Run for Ken Cuccinelli?
Virginia Republicans may have a strong candidate for the 2014 US Senate seat in Ken Cuccinelli. As reported in the Daily Caller, conservative writer and Congressional candidate Quin Hillyer gives voice to a movement to draft Ken to run against incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Warner.

Are ObamaCare Navigators Teaming With Battleground Texas To Turn The Lone Star State Blue?
Earlier this year, a left-wing group of organizers and operatives formed a group called Battleground Texas. Headed by a former field director of Obama for America, Battleground Texas’ sole aim is to turn Texas from a so-called “red state” to another California–that is, almost singularly controlled by liberal Democrats.

Dark HEAVY METAL star fires up jets, vomits hot ROCK into space
Black hole spews nickel and iron, intrigues sky-watching boffins

GOP Rep. Confirms Articles of Impeachment Will Be Filed Against Eric Holder – Here Are the Lawmakers Who Are Supporting the Effort
A group of fed-up House Republicans, who say they are tired of being stonewalled by Attorney General Eric Holder, plan to formally introduce articles of impeachment on Thursday in a bid to remove the nation’s top law enforcement officer from office.

Hotel tycoon Bigelow wants to establish private property rights on the moon
NASA is in the middle of jettisoning its old business model. The U.S. space agency is trying to figure out what kinds of products and services it should buy “off the shelf” from companies like SpaceX, and how much should it invest in its own development in order to push American discovery to the next level.

Federal Case Could Make It Easier For Victims To Defend Themselves Against Civil Forfeiture
Without a search warrant, federal agents entered Robert Moser’s California home and seized $28,000 in currency. Under civil forfeiture, someone does not have to be convicted or charged with a crime to lose their property. But rather remarkably for a civil forfeiture case, Moser won his money back.

Locked in the Cabinet
The worst job in Barack Obama’s Washington

Stu Rothenberg: Michigan Senate race no longer a lock for the Democrats.
Hey, tell me again how utterly doomed the Republican party is next year.

 

Economy
& Taxes

 

Labor Participation Rate Is Collapsing
In case you are wondering how Obama manages to keep official unemployment under 10% even while imposing policies that appear explicitly designed to drive up unemployment

Wall Street Feasts on Blue Model Failures
Most blue model supporters don’t like to think they’re at all complicit in fattening up the financial sector. But hedge fund managers, investment bankers and Wall Street lawyers are increasingly sharing tips and advice on how to maximize profits off the failure of blue model government.

Janet Yellen and Monetary Statism
There is perhaps no entity of government that has more autonomous power to centrally plan our economy than the Federal Reserve. The endless monetary stimulus, artificially low interest rates, and juicing up the stock market, has devalued the dollar, inflated commodities, distorted the housing market, enabled the growth of government (with cheap borrowing), and redistributed wealth from savers to borrowers. With current Chairman Ben Bernanke stepping down, Republicans must utilize the confirmation process of Janet Yellen to focus attention on the deleterious policies of the Fed.

Dire predictions if Detroit bankruptcy is rejected Story
Sam Walker jumps to attention when he hears noises at his Detroit home. But now he has an ally to help him see what’s happening outside: a bright streetlight that replaced one that was dim and barely effective.

 

International

 

Ukraine’s Genocide by Famine
Eighty years later, there’s no denying the Soviet atrocity.

Belgium, where death becomes the norm, living the exception
Recently I received an invitation to fly to Calgary in mid-November to attend the North American première of a film called End Credits at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival. I was asked to lead a post-screening conversation with the audience and was given access to a copy of the film with English subtitles, which I viewed once. My access has since been blocked and my invitation to attend the festival withdrawn. The scenes from the film, which I describe below, are accurate to the best of my recollection.

Innocent man commits suicide after paedophile accusation
Graham Smith, 56, “became a hermit” after the allegations of sexual abuse of a young girl more than 20 years ago

Toronto Public School Board: Unborn Children Are Sexual Beings
But abortion is still okay, right?

Self-Described “Queerpolypervy & gender-fluid” PhD Student Spoke to K-12 Students at Toronto Public School Conference
Andrea Zanin, a.k.a. Sex Geek, wears her glasses when she fucks. For over a decade, she has been teaching about queer sexuality, polyamory and BDSM/leather for universities, colleges, sex shops, community groups and conferences in Canada, the States and internationally, and she brings an awareness of privilege and oppression to all her work

16 American cities foreign governments warn their citizens about
Planning a trip abroad? It’s probably best to check out the State Department’s list of travel warnings for countries with unsafe political situations. At the moment, the State Department has issued travel warnings for 34 countries, from the Central African Republic and El Salvador to Iraq and North Korea.

The Long War in Africa
A little more than a week ago two French journalists were kidnapped in Kidal, a town in northern Mali, driven into the desert and murdered. Today a prosecutor in Paris named the chief suspect: Baye Ag Bakabo, a drug trafficker and known member of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Kurds in Syria declare autonomy
While everyone has been focused on the Obamacare and Iranian-nuke debacles, the Kurdish region of Syria declared itself autonomous, which combined with the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq and the large Kurdish region in Turkey, may mark a significant step towards the establishment of a Kurdish state.

Herpes virus in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
‘What can we do that has never been done before?’ our colleague Stijn Van de Voorde must have thought when he struggled to fill his programme. The programme maker then instructed two university professors to examine the ten most borrowed books at the Antwerp lending library. The findings were pretty surprising.

Chile election could signal ‘radical changes’
Chile has seen rapid economic growth and rising incomes under the pro-business policies of a conservative president who spurned the class warfare ideologies that have wracked many of its neighbors.

Vancouver’s ban on the humble doorknob likely to be a trendsetter
It is a ubiquitous piece of equipment found in virtually every building, a requirement for entry, a necessity for exit.

 

Opinion

 

Cruz Explains Why Americans with Disabilities Will Not Benefit from U.N. Disabilities Treaty
The United States is the world leader regarding the rights of people with disabilities. But a United Nations treaty seeks to use Americans’ concern for the disabled to undermine U.S. sovereignty.

Political Correctness Will Eat Itself
Eventually there comes a point where too many victim groups are clamoring for their slice of the victimhood pie. In these moments we see the absurdity of Political Correctness in all of its hilarity.

The Republican Party Isn’t Really the Anti-Science Party
Conservative conflict with science on evolution and global warming has been exaggerated—while liberals get a free pass for their own failings.

Abortion Zealots and the GOP’s Empty Playbook
Why doesn’t the GOP have an effective response to the ‘War on Women’?

America’s Wilderness Years
Most two-term presidents leave some sort of legacy. Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. George W. Bush prevented another 9/11, and constructed an anti-terrorism protocol that even his critical successor embraced and often expanded.

Marxism Lite is Still Marxism
Given the political proclivities of the people running the federal government, this may sound hard to believe, but Marxism is dead. Incapable of producing a functioning economic system, it perished with the Soviet Union.

The Word ‘Bully’ Has Lost All Meaning
So the day has finally come. Our continued infantilization of young adults and the desperate need for content have finally collided to create an actual story that exists about bullying… bullying in the NFL.

Proposed New Law: The No Taxation Without Honest Representation Act
The purpose of the law is to make sure the American public is given an honest, candid report on the actual costs of a bill. American democracy cannot function unless the public offers actual consent to the laws passed in citizens’ names, and they cannot render that actual consent without knowing what costs would-be laws would actually impose on them.

My Family is Interracial, and I’ve Only Seen Liberals ‘Gag’ Over It
I’m a lawyer for the Tea Party. In fact, I (along with my ACLJ colleagues) represent 41 tea-party and other conservative groups in 22 states as we sue the IRS in response to its systematic targeting of conservative groups. Arguably, it would be tough to find a conservative litigator who represents and works with more tea-party groups. In other words, I’m “right-wing.” Even worse, I’m Evangelical right-wing. Oh, and my family is interracial.

Feminists Fear the Republican Uterus
Professional athletes can spawn with multiple baby mamas, and feminists have no word of complaint. Gay men hiring surrogates to breed children for them? Lesbians raising adopted child sex-change experiments? No problem, say the Womyn’s Studies majors. In response to the general plague of divorce and fatherlessness, the poverty-inducing epidemic of illegitimacy that replicates underclass misery, the collective reaction of the Official Women’s Movement is . . . crickets chirping.

Toure’, Progressivism And The Attitude That Endangers A Republic
Toure’ Neblett’s Mistakes Would Grate less If He Respected Others More

Hope Springs Eternal for Obama’s True Believers
I’m starting to think that health insurance is the new afterlife for Obama cultists. The creeps at Talking Points Memo dusted off one of their readers who professes his utter gratitude to the Unicorn Prince for causing his insurance to be cancelled.

Trans women are women of the patriarchy
Calling yourself a woman does not make you a woman.

 

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5 Responses to News of the Week (November 17th, 2013)

  1. Thanks for the links! Very nice roundup.

  2. avatar Socktopus says:

    NotW is sufficiently comprehensive that I’ve considerably reduced the number of hours I spend each week surfing general news blogs. I’m confident I will not have missed anything once I read my favorite Sunday digest.

    Thanks again P.H.

  3. avatar Socktopus says:

    One question — Where’s the donation link?