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  • GAO hits Medicaid on waste

    12/11/2012 8:34:43 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 1 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/12 5:06 AM EST | By JENNIFER HABERKORN
    The Medicaid program has government employees and contractors doing some of the exact same work, which is wasting government time and money, according to a new Government Accountability Office report released Monday. Medicare, meanwhile, could better use data programmed into claims processing systems to stop fraud, GAO said in a separate report. GAO made the recommendations in reports requested by Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and others. The reports come as lawmakers are likely to look to both programs for potential savings in the fiscal cliff negotiations and are part of the constant effort on Capitol Hill to...
  • December 21: Mayan Apocalypse Believer Camps out at French Doomsday Mountain

    12/11/2012 8:33:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Dec 2012
    Meet the 30-year-old plumber and Mayan apocalypse believer who has been camping below Mount Bugarach for a week, waiting for the end of the world. Sparked by rumours on the internet, dedicated believers including Ludovic Broquet hope that the peak might provide a refuge from the impending apocalypse which dedicated followers of the Mayan calendar think will come about just 4 days before Christmas. December 21 marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year "Long Count" Mayan calendar. The 30-year old Mr Brouquet, a plumber and apocalypse believer travelled from Bordeaux for the occasion. He has been camping in the mountains near...
  • Atheist to drop nativity scene lawsuit

    12/11/2012 8:25:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    fox ^ | 12.06.12 | Melissa Cutler
    DALLAS - A San Antonio man says he plans to drop his lawsuit against the city of Athens for putting up a nativity scene in front of the Henderson County courthouse as a Christmas decoration. But he isn't giving up his fight. In short, atheist Patrick Green said it's no longer a fair fight because Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has offered to step in and assist the city or the county. Greene's original suit claims the city is helping fund the display, which is a violation of both state and federal law. But he doesn't believe his suit will...
  • HHS Tells States It Will Not Fund Partial Medicaid Expansion

    12/11/2012 8:24:22 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    Kaiser health news ^ | Dec 10, 2012 | By Phil Galewitz and Mary Agnes Carey
    The Obama administration answered a key question from governors on Monday with a clear "no": States may not expand Medicaid only part of the way and still get the additional federal funding provided in the Affordable Care Act. The decision, announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a letter sent to governors, is significant because after the Supreme Court ruling in June made the Medicaid expansion optional, several states have floated the idea of a less generous expansion than called for in the federal health law. In a letter to governors, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, shown here...
  • Kurdistan leader vows to defend claims over disputed city

    12/11/2012 8:23:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe ^ | December 10, 2012
    Iraqi Kurdistan's president vowed to protect Kurdish interests during a visit to the city of Kirkuk on Monday, in a show of defiance of Iraq's central government over disputed territory and oil. Tensions are running high between autonomous Kurdistan and Baghdad after both sent troops to reinforce areas along their disputed internal border, bringing them close to confrontation in their long-running feud. Dressed in military uniform and flanked by troops, Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani visited Kurdish-controlled areas of Kirkuk, a city long seen as a flashpoint for Arab-Kurdish tensions after the U.S. military withdrawal a year ago. "Kurds, throughout history,...
  • Churches Face Challenge on Same-Sex Unions

    12/11/2012 8:21:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11 Dec 2012 | Tim Ross
    Churches could be sued by homosexual rights activists who want same-sex marriage, the Government has admitted.The Coalition yesterday announced new proposals to legalise same-sex weddings in churches, synagogues and other faith organisations that choose to opt in. The Church of England and the Church in Wales are to be explicitly banned by law from holding same-sex weddings under the Bill. Maria Miller, the equalities minister, promised that “watertight” protections would prevent religious organisations from being forced to conduct same-sex weddings against their wishes. However, she admitted that the Government was powerless to prevent campaigners bringing legal action against churches in...
  • Graffiti gang who caused £150,000 worth of damage to trains described by judge as “talented artists”

    12/11/2012 8:21:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:13 EST, 11 December 2012 | Kerry McDermott
    A judge described a graffiti gang who caused £150,000 ($242,000) worth of damage in planned attacks on trains as “talented artists”, as he locked them up for a combined total of almost four years. Keiron Cummings, 21, Alex Rowe, 22, and Billy McColl, 17, targeted train and tube carriages across London in a three-year campaign described as vandalism on “an industrial scale”. The trio, who called themselves “SMT”, caused huge disruption to train services by spraying their tag onto carriages under cover of darkness. But Judge Henry Blacksell said the defendants had “got talent”, and that he would pass the...
  • Lawyer Says Nativity Was Illegal; Century Declares Nativity Scene Surplus

    12/11/2012 8:18:29 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    The Town of Century has declared their nativity scene as surplus property and will sell it to the highest bidder, months after an attorney for a Wisconsin group that represents agnostics and atheists sent letters to the town claiming that a nativity display on public property is illegal.A nativity scene had been displayed in front of the Century Town Hall for several years. It was displayed for a just a few days during the 2011 Christmas season, but was removed because it was basically falling apart due to age.In a July 17, 2012, story about the Century Town Council’s...
  • Birger Stromsheim, Hero on Skis in an Anti-Nazi Raid, Dies at 101

    12/11/2012 8:16:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 9, 2012 | WILLIAM YARDLEY
    There was no Google Earth, no Gore-Tex and only a modest measure of hope on the February night in 1943 when six Norwegians parachuted into the remote and frigid Telemark region of their home country for an outdoor challenge like few others. They had skis and explosives and a destination: the German-controlled Norsk Hydro facility, high on an isolated and snowy ridge. The Norwegians intended to destroy equipment inside that the Germans were using to produce what is known as heavy water, a crucial ingredient in making a nuclear weapon and one they feared the Nazis would use to build...
  • Sen. Rand Paul Congratulates Michigan Right To Work Law

    12/11/2012 8:14:58 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 2 replies
    Rand Paul Senate ^ | Dec 11, 2012 | Rand Paul
    Sen. Rand Paul Statement on Michigan Right to Work Law Rand Paul Dec 11, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C. -Sen. Rand Paul issued the following statement regarding Michigan's recently passed right to work legislation. "I offer my congratulations to the Michigan state legislature on their hard work on and passage of freedom in the workplace legislation, and to Gov. Rick Snyder for signing these bills into law, making Michigan the country's 24th Right to Work state," Sen. Paul said. "No one should be forced to join or pay dues in order to work. Voluntary associations will both preserve worker freedom and...
  • Authorities Scramble to Kill off Fictional Swede

    12/11/2012 8:11:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Dec 12
    The Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket) scrambled this week to block a personal identification number, linked to Wednesday's date, which could have given a newborn boy a lengthy and somewhat confusing health record. Tolvan Tolvansson (tolv means "twelve" in Swedish) is constantly ill and pops up at hospitals and clinics across the country. At one point, he was both pregnant and suffering prostate cancer, medical journal Dagens Medecin reports. Tolvansson has also been pronounced dead on numerous occasions. Yet he is a completely fictional character, made up for health care staff to learn their way around different databases. He never really...
  • Teachers Unions Shut Down School Districts to Protest Right-To-Work Law

    12/11/2012 8:04:37 PM PST · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    With Michigan teachers unions outraged over the state’s new right-to-work law that allows teachers to work without joining the union, the state’s current teachers are preparing to close down schools in protest. To recap: unions are bankrupting Michigan schools and shutting them down as the localities run out of money. To stop that, Michiganders passed a right-to-work law. Now, in protest of that right-to-work law, unions want to shut down schools.
  • George Soros Funded Human Rights Watch Turns Their Back On Genocide

    12/11/2012 7:58:53 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 3 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | December 10, 2012 | Wolff Bachner
    It is truly hard to fathom how any human rights organization could engage in an internal debate about whether or not the behavior of Iran toward the nation of Israel constitutes a human rights violation. Yet unbelievably, this is exactly what is going on behind the scenes at George Soros funded Human Rights Watch. According to a scathing article by David Feith in the respected Wall Street Journal, Mr. Sid Sheinberg, Vice Chairman of Human Rights Watch, sent a stunning email recently to colleagues. In the email, Mr. Sheinberg makes a powerful observation about the conduct of his organization: “Sitting still while Iran claims a...
  • Michigan Union Goon who Threatened to shoot ID'd (Nice lipstick pic-lol)

    12/11/2012 7:57:43 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 20 replies
    Dana Loesch has been doing quick work on identifyingthe union thugs in Michigan who attacked and threatened a conservative reporter from Fox News. She identifies one goon as Chris Opalewski who yelled “I’ll kill a [the?] motherf**ker with a gun! I killed 20 motherf**kers with a gun!” According to his myspace page, it seem he may well have had the chance as some photos show him posing with weapons and he claims he is a 4 year army vet. Among other interesting pics of this tough guy is this one:
  • Can Jeb Bush sway the GOP on taxes, debt?

    12/11/2012 7:57:15 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Jeff Smith
    Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, is a potential GOP candidate for the 2016 presidential election. (CNN) -- No American family embodies mainstream Republicanism more than the Bushes, noted a New York Times article this year. For three generations, Bush men have occupied towering positions in the party pantheon, and the party's demographic and ideological shifts can be traced through the branches of the Bush family tree: from Prescott, the blue-blooded Eisenhower Republican, and George H.W. Bush, the transitional figure who tried and failed to emulate the approach of the New Right, to George W. Bush, who embodied the new...
  • U.S. oil prices could sink to $50

    12/11/2012 7:54:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Steve Hargreaves
    U.S. oil prices could sink to $50 a barrel at some point over the next two years, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. But don't expect a corresponding drop in gas prices. Merrill analysts expect U.S. oil prices to still average about $90 a barrel over the same time period. Global oil prices meanwhile, which more closely dictate the price of gasoline in the United States, are expected to remain high as growth in global oil supplies lags population growth and economic output. The drop in U.S. oil prices would likely be temporary, caused by the difficulty...
  • Michigan right to work: Disappointed protesters return to Muskegon

    12/11/2012 7:50:31 PM PST · by quantim · 31 replies ^ | December 11, 2012 at 7:37 | Delal Pektas
    MUSKEGON, MI -- Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed historic right to work legislation Tuesday with thousands of protesters in the Capitol. Among them were at least five busloads of union members and supporters from the Muskegon area. All five buses left Tuesday morning and joined 10,000 other protesters in Lansing. Around 5:20 p.m., a bus full of disappointed protesters returned to the CIO hall on Western Avenue in downtown Muskegon. “It wasn’t fair at all. It was partisan politics to its finest,” Don Kosheba of Ravenna said of the day's activities in the state House and Senate. “It’s bad for...
  • Secession petitions: Why Americans don't really want to break up

    12/11/2012 7:37:52 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, December 9, 2012
    Independence movements are on the march in many Western countries, but the secessionists who have been making news in the US since last month's election are not, realistically, going anywhere. Americans are, in fact, unusually keen to stick together. Why is this? The USA is a divided country, we're often told, polarised in a cultural civil war between the blue and red bits on its map. Unlike almost all of their Western counterparts, however, Americans appear remarkably happy to stay together despite their differences. While separatist parties are thriving in Canada and Europe, recent bids to take individual states out...
  • NYPD sergeant photographed with Obama at 9/11 ceremony, Stephanie Moses, found dead in apparent

    12/11/2012 7:36:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    N Daily News ^ | 12/11/12 | Joe Kemp AND Rocco Parascandola
    An NYPD sergeant who rose to fame when she was photographed with President Obama during a 9/11 anniversary wreath ceremony last year was found dead in an apparent suicide at her Long Island home Tuesday, sources said. The body of Sgt. Stephanie Moses, 40, was found in her Baldwin home in the early afternoon with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the sources said. The 17-year veteran was a member of the department’s ceremonial unit.
  • Layoffs since the election

    12/11/2012 7:32:06 PM PST · by null and void · 9 replies
    Mostly ^ | 12/11/12 | nully
    Since the election: (Updated 12/11/12 at 7:30 PM PST)Layoffs and closures. Number of jobs lost listed where reported Organization Location # Laid off Running total Sector Notes Date Ace’s Sports Bar & Grill Dresden, OH 0 Restaurant Closure, no number reported 11/20/12 4 prisons OH 0 Government Facility closure 12/11/12 Adirondack Health Sarnac Lake, NY 17 17 Health 12/7/12 Advanced Auto Parts Andersonville. TN 80 97 Automotive 11/16/12 Aerodynamics, Inc Waterford TWP, 86 183 Service 12/6/12 AFL Quality Voorhees, NJ 63 246 Publishing 11/29/12 AFL Web Printing Secaucus, NJ 100 346 Publishing Plant Closure 12/3/12 AGC 70 416 Glass fabricator...