In a surprise announcement, Washington state’s insurance commissioner broke rank with President Barack Obama and said he would not allow insurers to extend policies to 290,000 residents who’ve been told they will soon lose their coverage.
Washington State Health Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said in a statement late this morning that he did not believe Obama’s proposal was a good deal for the state.
“In the interest of keeping the consumer protections we have enacted and ensuring that we keep health insurance costs down for all consumers, we are staying the course,” said Kreidler, a Democrat. “We will not be allowing insurance companies to extend their policies. I believe this is in the best interest of the health insurance market in Washington.”
“We have worked for three years to implement the Affordable Care Act in a way that works best for Washingtonians,” Kreidler said. “One goal of our efforts has been to build a stable, fair and competitive individual health insurance market.”
The President’s plan is not in the best interest of the health insurance market in Washington, Kreidler said.
And hit the tip jar. I need a nap!
Two arsonist terrorist obstructionist state insurance commissioners have already thrown cold water on Obama's "fix." Both are Democrats.
And here’s House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) this morning, before President Obama’s press conference: (emphasis in transcript mine)
“The White House says it’s looking for some administrative ‘fix’. Of course, no one can identify anything the president could do administratively to keep his pledge that is both legal and effective. Promise after promise from this administration has turned out not to be true. So when it comes to this healthcare law, the White House doesn’t have much credibility. Let’s be clear: the only way to fully protect the American people is to scrap this law once and for all. You can’t fix this government-run healthcare plan called Obamacare. This is going to destroy the best healthcare delivery system in the world….”
Maybe this isn’t such a new phenomena after all. The former Vermont governor said this about Boehner in 2011:
“I think John Boehner’s a reasonable person. I certainly don’t agree with his political thought philosophy, but I think he’s a good Speaker, and I think he understands how you get things done in Washington,”
Democrats trying to cover for the failings of the Obama White House on Obamacare like to point to the ‘bumpy’ roll-out of Medicare Part D. Sure, there are similarities. But they fail to point out similarities that are negative. In October, Politico reported: (emphasis mine)
There certainly were some similarities. Just like Obamacare, Medicare Part D had a six-month open enrollment period to allow seniors to sign up for the first time, too. It ran from Nov. 15, 2005, through May 15, 2006. And the first few months were terrible, terrible months.
One reason: The Medicare Plan Finder website, which was supposed to help seniors compare prescription drug plans, was overloaded and worked slowly, when it worked at all.
Mark McClellan, who ran CMS when the new Medicare benefit was unveiled, recalls one key difference between then and now: The Part D website had a “soft launch” in which seniors could browse for drug plans for a few weeks before they could sign up. That allowed some time to look for glitches, he said….
“It was the same kind of thing. People were trying to get on, and they couldn’t get on,” recalls Jack Hoadley, a health policy analyst at Georgetown University who followed the launch closely. “It gradually improved,” he said, but the website “only got to be up to an optimal level of performance in Year Two or Year Three.”
But that wasn’t the biggest crisis in the Part D launch — partly because the website wasn’t as central to the prescription drug program as it is to Obamacare…
Year Two or Year Three. The Obamacare website won’t be ready on December 1st, and the White House and its Democrat allies out continuing to spread that lie after Obamacare Failure Day know it.
As the United Nations gathers in Poland this week to assess international efforts to fight climate change, a report from development advocacy group Oxfam says there has been a lot of confusion and “smoke and mirrors” about who promised what.
“What is needed is certainty in uncertain times,” Oxfam spokeswoman Kelly Dent said. “The U.S. needs to provide certainty to developing countries that it is actually serious about the 2020 commitment and it needs to increase its commitments to reach the 2020 goal.”….
“I hope President Obama is able to follow through on what he has promised,” Ms. Dent said. “We’re happy with the signals Obama has sent, but it remains to be seen whether he can follow through on his promises to reduce emissions.”
The Obama administration also left developing countries wondering how much support it would provide in 2014, until Tuesday, when American envoy Trigg Talley told reporters the U.S. would provide $2.7 billion next year.
Meteorologist Anthony Watts has awarded climatologist and global warming kook Dr. Heidi Cullen as the winner of the first Haiyun BS award for this tweet about the tragic and destructive Philippines Super Typhoon.
On his “Watts Up With That” blog, Watts cites an inconvenient observation by author Bob Tisdale, based on data from the NOAA NOMAD website (see above graphic):
Lots of the typical BS accumulating already about Typhoon Haiyan. Let’s push some of it aside and present the sea surface temperature anomalies for the early portion of Haiyan’s storm track.
There was nothing unusually warm about the sea surface temperature anomalies for the early portion of Typhoon Haiyan’s storm track last week, the week of Wednesday October 30, 2013.
Currently a member of kook scientist group Climate Central, Heidi Cullen is no stranger to controversy. As host of The Weather Channel’s weekly global warming show “The Climate Code” in 2007, she suggested on her blog that broadcast meteorologists be stripped of their scientific certification if they express skepticism about predictions of man-made catastrophic global warming.
As much as we’d like to discount scare tactics and inaccurate pronouncements from activists like Cullen, it’s foolhardy. On Monday, during climate talks in Poland, Filipino politicians pushed the idea that Typhoon Haiyan merits an “emergency climate pathway”. This naked attempt to use the deaths and displacement of thousands of their own citizens is only the means to move their crazy progressive agenda ahead of an international climate pow-wow in Paris in 2015.
In September and early October, a friend of mine took a trip overseas. Around the same time, he left a job he’d held for about three years. Along with a few other people in his field, he’s also being sued by a convicted serial bomber, drug trafficker and perjurer.
What does any of this have to do with establishment Republicans-versus-conservatives infighting?
Apparently, quite a bit.
Lee Stranahan is an conservative investigative journalist who– until recently– worked at Breitbart News. He was a friend and protégé of Andrew Breitbart, taking on the Pigford black farmers’ fraud story while still a card-carrying member of the left-wing media. Stranahan’s work is proof that he’s willing to strike at any target that conceals the truth. For example, he helped to investigate the John Edwards story as a writer at The Huffington Post. Brett Kimberlin, the aforementioned convicted felon, is suing bloggers and journalists (including Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin and Erick Erickson) and other media entities whom he dislikes writing about him.
Here’s the current problem: yes, Ken Cuccinelli lost. It’ll be months (or years) before we can fully understand what happened there. Terry McAuliffe is a despicable, scumball hack who has never before held elected office. Yes, Chris Christie’s celebrating his re-election as New Jersey’s governor. This wasn’t a surprise (neither the celebratory clamor nor the win). And the Obamacare individual mandate is still in effect. For now.
None of those things should be allowed to distract us from a crucial goal: keeping Hillary Clinton and her progressive minions as far as possible from positions of influence.
You watched as CBS went back under heel on Lara Logan’s “60 Minutes” piece. That was from Media Matters For America.
So, where does Stranahan’s project stand today? He said earlier, on Twitter, that there hadn’t been “a penny” of support for the Caliphate project in three days.
The fact that there’ve been no donations for three days says something– to me, at least. Either no one’s using Twitter (pretty unlikely), or people are spending their social media capital on calling out who’s a RINO and who isn’t, who’s on Chris Christie’s (substitute Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell or your Republican of choice) side and who isn’t. In a bizarre twist, the day after the campaign ended a nationally-broadcasted conservative radio host eviscerated a blogger who was slightly critical of the Cuccinelli campaign. A conservative blogger. How can this be constructive, in the long run?
Yes, we need to have the conversation about where the Republican party is going. People like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz (and others) are making compelling arguments. But should that mean losing the path we’re all on, the one that leads to beating back the forces of the Left who despise us and everything we have built together as Americans? Should that fall victim to our squabbles? Not on Veterans Day, not any day. While we’re busy infighting about whether someone’s speaking the conservative message exactly the way we’d like them to, we’re losing the #War.
And honestly, whether former Madame Secretary Clinton runs for president in 2016 is moot. Her influence can be brought to bear in other, important ways– as the Virginia gubernatorial race results revealed. The Left would love more victories like that one, and they’ll get them if we remain divided.
The mainstream media will keep running in circles, after a new treat from their leftist masters. And conservative outlets can chase the latest uproar within the ranks. But that doesn’t mean we have to follow along. Show where your focus is. Lend support for Stranahan’s Caliphate documentary now.
Damon is one of Hollywood’s most politically vocal actors. He shoots from the hip often about political matters in interviews and reveals himself to be passionately opinionated, albeit misguided and hypocritical. I’ve written about him before, about his very active promotion of the subversive work of radical historian Howard Zinn; his shout-outs to the treacherously influential academic Noam Chomsky in Good Will Hunting, the movie that made Damon a star; his demonization of Tea Partiers as being willing to drive the American economy “off a cliff”; and his apparent affinity for the Occupiers’ social revolution. He has even expressed frustration with President Obama in the past and at Comic-Con for not living up to his more progressive promises and not providing more leadership for the Occupy movement….
More than 100 people came together Tuesday at Purdue to read and celebrate the work of the controversial anti-war historian whose name has been uttered frequently around campus this year.
When he was Indiana governor, Purdue President Mitch Daniels tried to rid from schools Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States, which he called execrable and inaccurate….
Purdue professors and history scholars nationwide denounced Daniels for what some called an attack on academic freedom. In response, Daniels doubled down on his criticism of Zinn, who he called an “anti-American academic” in emails he sent to his staff members and others while he was in office….
The event’s featured speakers included historian and labor activist Staughton Lynd, Lies My Teacher Told Me author James Loewen, Anthony Arnove, who co-edited with Zinn Voices of a People’s History of the United States, former U.S. diplomat and peace activist Anne Wright, and Indiana University associate professor Alex Lichtenstein. Arnove said Zinn’s work inspired and millions of others to think about history in a different way.
The event was live streamed online and hosted in solidarity with 11 campuses — including Ohio State University, Stony Brook University and Berea College in Kentucky — that held similar events Tuesday to honor Zinn.
Zinn’s most influential work, “A People’s History of the United States,” was published in 1980 with an initial print run of 4,000 copies. His story line appealed to young and old alike, with the unshaded good-guy, bad-guy narrative capturing youthful imaginations, and his spirited takedown of “the Man” reminding middle-aged hippies of happier days. Hollywood’s love for Zinn and a movie tribute to his work [Matt Damon-produced The People Speak] has made him even more mainstream. As his acolytes have climbed the rungs of power, still seeking revolution, “A People’s History” has increased in popularity. To date, it has sold 2.2 million volumes, with more than half of those sales in the past decade.
In Zinn’s telling, America is synonymous with brute domination that goes back to Christopher Columbus. “The American system,” he writes in “A People’s History,” is “the most ingenious system of control in world history.” The founding fathers were self-serving elitists defined by “guns and greed.”…
Yet despite the lack of hard evidence in three-plus decades that using “A People’s History” produces positive classroom results, a number of well-coordinated groups recently have been set up to train teachers in the art of Zinn. Founded five years ago out of a partnership between Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change, the Zinn Education Project offers more than 100 lesson plans and teachers’ guides to Zinn’s books, among a variety of other materials, including “Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practice Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development.” Already, the project claims to have enlisted 20,000 teachers in its efforts.
Matt Damon and Howard Zinn at “The People Speak” premier, Nov. 19, 2009. Photo: LAN/Corbis
More than $8,000 already has been pledged to the fund, which will support American studies graduate students whose research focuses on dissenters and marginalized groups, and it will continue indefinitely if it reaches $25,000.
“For those of us that believe the voices of dissent, the voices of the marginalized, the voices of the oppressed are worth hearing, this is the kind of research award we want to support,” [Purdue history professor Susan] Curtis said.
This is not simply a matter a discrimination — although conservatives are deliberately and openly discriminated against, especially in graduate departments in the humanities and social sciences — but also a result of the self-replicating nature of any ideology that gains intellectual hegemony within academia. If an educated person is someone who attends school, and if all schools teach liberalism, within a generation there will be no person who is both “educated” (i.e., holding advanced credentials) and conservative.
For instance: today Bill Schmalfeldt made what I interpret as a public request on Twitter for my legal assistance in his dispute with John Hoge, which involves a protective order Mr. Hoge secured to prevent Mr. Schmalfeldt from contacting him.
Mr. Hoge is a defendant in Brett Kimberlin’s frivolous and censorious state and federal lawsuits against critical bloggers; Mr. Schmalfeldt is a vigorous advocate for Mr. Kimberlin, a bearer of Mr. Kimberlin’s tales, an apparent recipient of tips and leaks from Mr. Kimberlin about lawsuits and legal strategy, and an enthusiastic supporter of Mr. Kimberlin’s abuse of the court system and the First Amendment.
I’ve offered and given limited assistance to Mr. Hoge, and other defendants, in the Kimberlin suits. I believe that rules governing conflicts of interest would prohibit me from offering assistance to Mr. Schmalfeldt in a case in which he is directly adverse to Mr. Hoge, especially because the adversity is connected to Mr. Schmalfeldt’s efforts on behalf of Brett Kimberlin. I understand that the restraining order against Mr. Schmalfeldt arose from his campaign against Mr. Hoge because of Mr. Hoge’s criticism of Mr. Kimberlin.
Moreover, I think my ability to be an effective advocate for Mr. Schmalfeldt is compromised, and could be questioned, because he has posted a fantasy about me being murdered, apparently because he is angry that I offered pro bono assistance to Patrick Frey in a First Amendment suit. Though I think his murder fantasy ultimately did not constitute a true threat that could be subject to criminal or civil sanction, I think his intent was to threaten me over my pro bono work on behalf of someone he doesn’t like, and that he would have been very happy if someone had murdered me in reaction to him encouraging them to do so and posting my office address. That may not have been a likely result of his post, given his limited (in every sense of the word) readership, but it was a possibility, and one I suspect he relished. That would make it unreasonably difficult for me to be effective on his behalf.
This comes from the second half of an 2002 interview with cult Massachusetts singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman. (You may recognize him from the Farrelly Brothers film, “There’s Something About Mary”.)
The second half of the Jonathan interview from the live DVD, circa 2002.
Part I. (including the story about how a 16-year-old Jonathan met The Velvet Underground)
Richman & John Cale (ex- Velvet Underground) Interview, 1983:
Watch this September 16, 1993, Late Night with Conan O’Brien performance of “Ordinary Clothes”… Stick with it. The beginning may fool you into thinking Jonathan’s unprepared, but he’s just drawing you in for the kill.
The Jindal administration vowed late Wednesday to strip food stamp benefits from recipients who misled retailers about their spending limits during a technical malfunction.
Recipients who walked away with groceries that exceeded their food stamp balances face losing their benefits for a year, two years or permanently depending on how many prior infractions they have. Exactly how many stand to be punished is unclear. More than 12,000 transactions generated insufficient funds notices once the electronic benefit transfer, or EBT, system came back online Oct. 12 and retailers could process stored transactions.
However, retailers might have repeatedly run transactions through in an attempt to get payment on groceries sold when the system was down…. Suzy Sonnier, secretary of the state Department of Children and Family Services, said the Jindal administration will start with the most egregious cases first.
“We must protect the program for those who receive and use their benefits appropriately according to the law. We are looking at each case individually, addressing those recipients who are suspected of misrepresenting their eligibility for benefits or defrauding the system,” Sonnier said in a prepared statement.
Sonnier’s announcement came just days after U.S. Sen. David Vitter urged the Jindal administration to take action in a national news story that unfolded with the help of smartphone technology. Shoppers snapped images of empty store shelves and bulging grocery carts at Wal-Marts in Springhill and Mansfield.
The Jindal administration said Wednesday that problems occurred with people who spent more than their balances and with people who weren’t even eligible for food stamps.
Any minute now, the compassionate voices of the Left, the supposed saviors of the people who chose to pillage stores all across the Bayou State, will start hurling epithets at Governor Bobby Jindal and those retailers. And you know what?That’s how you know we’re winning.