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  • Ayn Rand Unpublished Novel, 'Ideal,' Due Out in July

    12/04/2014 11:16:04 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    The first Ayn Rand novel since the iconic "Atlas Shrugged" was published in 1957 will be released in hardcover and paperback on July 7, the New American Library, which is associated with Penguin Random House, announced Thursday. Rand wrote the book, "Ideal" as a novel at first, but shelved the manuscript when she was not satisfied with it, and later rewrote it as a stage play. The play itself didn’t have its New York premiere until 2010, reports The Wall Street Journal.
  • Anti-Military Anthem Played at ´Concert for Valor´

    11/11/2014 6:16:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 65 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/11/14 | Ethan Epstein
    Who would have thought that that Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown, accomplished musicians all, would be so, well, tone-deaf? But how else to explain their choice of song—Creedence Clearwater´s famously anti-war anthem “Fortunate Son”—at the ostensibly pro-military “Concert for Valor” this evening on the National Mall? The song, not to put too fine a point on it, is an anti-war screed, taking shots at "the red white and blue." It was a particularly terrible choice given that Fortunate Son is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in
  • Waiters denies skipping anthem for religious reasons; stands for it Friday

    11/08/2014 11:09:27 AM PST · by Kazan · 29 replies
    CBS Sportsline ^ | 11/7/2014 | Matt Moore
    UPDATE: There has been a Twitter denial (from Waiters), which is strange because the original story used a direct quote: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters told he recently informed Cavs ownership that he is Muslim and that he will abstain from joining his team during the national anthem, doing so Wednesday night in Utah -- though Waiters did stand with the Cavs during Friday's anthem at Denver. On Wednesday, the first game Waiters was coming off the bench for Cleveland, he was not on the floor during the anthem or when the starters were introduced. Waiters told the Northeast...
  • Jewish Rapper Creates Anti-Hamas Anthem

    09/12/2014 4:47:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/12/14 | Stephen Gutowski
    Rapper Ari Lesser penned a catchy song that outlines what Hamas is, and why he thinks it is foolish to support them. The rap, titled “Hamas,” outlines the way the terrorist organization oppresses fellow Palestinians, kidnaps civilians, and fires thousands of rockets in Israel. So you want to criticize Israel that’s cool But if you support Hamas, you’re a fool Unless you want radical Islamic rule And stockpiles of rockets at your kids’ school Remember they send their own people out strapped With suicide bombs blowing up in their lap You think they seek peace, that’s a bunch of crap...
  • Sticking It: US Soldier Interrupts Afghani ‘Prayer Time’ with National Anthem

    09/10/2014 12:39:18 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 28 replies ^ | Sept 10/2014 |
    This video has been making the stops on Facebook. It is of a US soldier in Afghanistan jamming the National Anthem on an electric guitar during a flag raising.
  • Watch Usain Bolt during U.S. National Anthem (video)

    02/16/2014 8:50:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    In a time when everybody seems to disrespect what it means to be American, watch what Usain Bolt does.
  • Watch Usain Bolt during U.S. National Anthem (video)

    02/15/2014 2:52:19 PM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies ^ | february 15, 2014 | kevin jackson
    I have seen many Americans, particularly blacks, do nothing when the national anthem is played. And yet, here is a Jamaican sprinter who has the class to stop an interview, and pay tribute to Americans. I an now an Usaniac!
  • Anthem to raise some premiums as much as 25%

    01/31/2014 7:04:07 AM PST · by Innovative · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | Jan 30, 2014 | Chad Terhune
    Thousands of Anthem Blue Cross individual customers with older insurance policies untouched by Obamacare are getting some jarring news: Their premiums are going up as much as 25%. These increases, 16% on average, are slated to go into effect April 1 for up to 306,000 people — unless California regulators persuade the state's largest for-profit health insurer to back down. Amid the fury last fall over canceled health policies, consumer advocates and state officials warned people that holding onto grandfathered policies purchased before the federal healthcare law was enacted in 2010 wouldn't shield them from significant rate hikes.
  • Opera singer Renee Fleming chosen to sing anthem at Super Bowl

    01/27/2014 7:10:03 AM PST · by rhema · 48 replies
    Wash. Post ^ | Jan. 22, 2014
    Renée Fleming has hit some important pop-culture markers in the past few months. In September, she went on David Letterman’s show to sing the Top Ten list. Now, she’s going to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Musical attention at the Super Bowl usually focuses on the halftime show, but since this kind of attention is so rare in classical music these days, and since Fleming is the first opera singer ever to be accorded this, well, honor, the announcement has caused quite a stir.
  • New French Anthem, Sharia for Eurabia

    12/25/2013 7:22:32 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    You Tube ^ | Simply Minded
  • Hundred-yard American flag rips in Buffalo during national anthem

    11/17/2013 1:49:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 52 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 11/17/13 | Ross.Jones
    **SNIP** The giant flag was spread across the entire field during the national anthem when it tore.
  • Fighter jets roar overhead during World Series game #1 opener, Fox TV Network ignores them

    10/23/2013 5:25:40 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 28 replies
    October 23, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Regarding World Series opening game #1, did anyone notice that the FOX11 TV network COMPLETELY IGNORED the 'fighter jet flyover' as Mary J. Blige sang our National Anthem? I could HEAR THE JETS but no attempt was made by FoxTV to show them as they roared overhead! Was this a slap in the face to our troops, or what? This really P*SSED ME OFF!!!
  • Madison Rising - The Star Spangled Banner

    10/05/2013 3:32:11 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | Francis Scott Key
    A rousing rock music rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."
  • WellPoint's Anthem Blue Cross spurns Calif. small-business exchange

    07/19/2013 12:33:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    L A Times ^ | 7/19/13 | Chad Terhune
    Health insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross said it won't participate in California's new insurance market for small businesses. Anthem, a unit of WellPoint Inc., is California's largest insurer for small employers. This surprising move could hamper the state's ability to enroll businesses in its new exchange called Covered California that opens Jan. 1 as part of the federal healthcare law. Instead, Anthem said it will keep selling coverage to small firms outside the exchange in direct competition with the state-run market. Anthem also remains one of 13 health insurers that will offer policies to individuals in Covered California. Nonetheless, Anthem's...
  • Texas Teen Suing School District-Didn't recite Mex. Nat. Anthem

    02/28/2013 6:30:53 PM PST · by Signalman · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/28/2013 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    A Texas high school student has filed suit against her school district, claiming she was punished for refusing to recite the Mexican national anthem and pledge of allegiance as part of a Spanish class assignment. Brenda Brinsdon, then 15, told TheBlaze exclusively in 2011 that students in her intermediate Spanish class were instructed to recite the Mexican anthem and pledge individually in front of their peers at Achieve Early College High School in McAllen, Texas. Brinsdon refused, telling TheBlaze at the time that “Reciting pledges to Mexico and being loyal to it has nothing to do with learning Spanish.” She...
  • A Day Will Come

    02/21/2013 4:02:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Latma TV ^ | 6/1/13 | Caroline Glick
  • Exclusive: Beyoncé lip-synched Star Spangled Banner at inauguration

    01/22/2013 10:10:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    Tje Times UK ^ | 1-22-13 | Staff
    Beyoncé did not sing the national anthem live at President Obama’s inauguration. Millions of viewers around the world were stunned by the singer’s spectacular rendition of the anthem but The Times has learnt that she was lip-syncing to a pre-recorded backing track. A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band Kristen DuBois said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather
  • Anthem Blue Cross seeks to raise individual policyholders' rates

    11/28/2012 5:30:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 34 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 11/28/12 | Chad Terhune
    California´s largest for-profit health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross, is seeking to raise rates an average of 18% for more than 630,000 individual policyholders, drawing scrutiny from regulators and the ire of consumers already struggling with soaring premiums. Some Anthem customers may see rates rise as much as 25% in February under the company´s proposal at a time when medical inflation is running at historic lows nationwide. The increases are among several others proposed by California insurers, including Aetna Inc. and Health Net Inc. California insurance regulators will take the next month to review whether these rate increases are warranted,
  • Iraq aims to unite with new flag and anthem

    09/22/2012 1:57:58 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/9/12
    In a move aimed at providing unity in a country plagued with decades of conflict and civil unrest, Iraq is seeking to replace its flag and national anthem. "We are determined to finish the new flag and anthem this year, in this legislative session," MP Ali Shlah, the chairman of parliament's culture and media commission, told AFP. Shlah said a new anthem and flag "will be a unifying factor" for Iraqis...
  • Usain Bolt is a class act

    08/05/2012 7:17:30 PM PDT · by krb · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | August 5, 2012 | NBC
    Check out the ad hoc performance of the fastest man on the planet, Mr. Usain Bolt:
  • Gabby's Gold Ceremony Question? vanity

    08/03/2012 1:09:35 AM PDT · by jdirt · 80 replies
    Aug 2, 2012 | jd
    Is it just me? I was watching the Olympics tonight in a restaurant. There was no sound. Gabby Douglas was receiving the Gold medal for her all-around performance in gymnastics. She did wonderful from what I saw. BUT when she received the Gold, she did not put her hand over her heart when they played the National Anthem. She was holding flowers in the middle of her body with her right hand and had her left hand behind her back.. I blew it off, kinda. But hubby saw it too and we both went into shock. I have never seen...
  • Video: Man, wrongly imprisoned for 27 years, sings National Anthem before Rays game

    07/20/2012 9:32:56 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 4 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | July 19, 2012 | Dayn Perry
    So this is very cool. William Dillon was sent to prison for murder at the age of 21 and spent the next 27 years behind bars. The only problem is that Dillon didn't commit that murder, as was later proved, thanks in large part to the necessary work of the Innocence Project. Dillon, though, doesn't seem to be consumed by bitterness (which would be thoroughly understandable). Rather, he's making the most of his newfound freedom. For instance, he asked to sing the National Anthem before a Rays game, and on Wednesday night that wish was granted ...
  • Today is National Anthem Day

    03/03/2012 8:37:50 PM PST · by moviefan8 · 8 replies
    Delaware County News Network ^ | March 3, 2012 | Anne Neborak
    March 3 is National Anthem Day. Today is the day to celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner. Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner during the war of 1812. In August 1814 the British detained Dr. William Beanes as a prisoner of war. Beanes was a friend of Key. Key and a United States negotiator boarded a British vessel where Beanes was being held and negotiated his friend’s release. The British decided to capture Key and the negotiator. They were held until after the attack on Fort McHenry which guarded the harbor and city of Baltimore, Maryland. The story goes that...
  • Correct Singing of the National Anthem

    01/22/2012 3:55:47 PM PST · by SgtHooper · 50 replies
    Vanity ^ | today | sgthooper
    So does any bimbo really prepare anymore to learn the words of the national anthem? At the start of the 49ers game, she inserted "vallantly" rather than "gallantly". Good grief.
  • Anthem members who use Walgreens

    01/05/2012 3:42:41 PM PST · by Libertynotfree · 5 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | Jan05,2012 | Libertynotfree
    • Members who visit a Walgreens on or after January 1, 2012, and the claim is rejected (because Walgreens is no longer in network) • Members who use Walgreens, are on maintenance medication(s) and are approaching their refill date • Members who use Walgreens, are on maintenance medication(s) and missed their refill window
  • VANITY .. The Star Spangled Banner

    10/08/2011 5:22:32 PM PDT · by knarf · 12 replies ^ | October 8, 2011 | Francis Scott Key
    While looking for music for my wife and I to sing to, I discovered this.It's just a few, but dynamic minutes
  • (Vanity) Did you just see/hear the singing of the National Anthem at the Bears/Falcons game?!?!?!

    09/11/2011 10:15:17 AM PDT · by Blueflag · 45 replies
    Unsung hero who sang ^ | 9/11/11 | Francis Scott Key
    I don't know WHO that guy was/is who sang the national anthem to kick off the game at Chicago stadium, but he SANG (not performed) in the most onwderful way. The crowd was roaring and cheering at his rendition and broke into a great USA USA USA chant ... but Fox broke away to a commercial. Wish I could been there. GREAT day. I don't even care if the Falcons win. Chicago deserves it for picking THAT GUY to sing, and letting him sing it that way. WOW!!!
  • Indiana College Bans "Too Violent" National Anthem

    08/26/2011 11:56:23 AM PDT · by rjsclassics · 25 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | Greg Wilson
    First it banned the words, now the whole song. Tiny Goshen College in Indiana has banned the "The Star Spangled Banner: at all sporting events because the Mennonite school's president considers the National Anthem's words to be too violent. The 1,000-student school had already banned the words last year, but the band could still play the music for patriots in attendance. Now, the school has banned the song entirely, according to NBC Sports. The school’s board of directors told college President Jim Brenneman to “find an alternative to playing the National Anthem that fits with sports tradition, that honors country...
  • Tea Party Member Stuns Crowd! ORIGINAL!!! (Happy Flag Day)

    06/13/2011 10:07:24 PM PDT · by granite · 4 replies
    Tea Party Member Stuns Crowd! ORIGINAL!!!
  • Goshen College Board of Directors ask for alternative to playing the national anthem

    06/07/2011 6:56:10 AM PDT · by Newton · 69 replies
    GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College Board of Directors announced today that it has asked President James E. Brenneman to find an alternative to playing the Star-Spangled Banner that fits with sports tradition, that honors country and that resonates with Goshen College's core values and respects the views of diverse constituencies. The Board took the action during its regular meeting, June 3-4, and today released a Decision Statement, which is available at The Board expressed a strong commitment to advancing with President Brenneman the vision for Goshen College to be an influential leader in liberal arts education with a...
  • No more national anthem at pacifist Indiana college

    06/07/2011 10:17:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    WTHR 13 ^ | 6/7/11 | Staff
    Goshen - A small northern Indiana college has decided to stop playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at sporting events after starting to do so for the first time last year. Goshen College's board of directors says it will find an alternative that honors the country and the Mennonite Church-affiliated school's pacifist traditions. The 1,000-student college has been playing an instrumental version of the national anthem, followed by a peace prayer, before games and other events. Some were upset with the school's decision last year because the song's lyrics contain references to using war and military might to defend the country.
  • Super Bowl Entertainment Showcases Degenerate State of American Culture

    02/08/2011 4:41:39 AM PST · by scottfactor · 93 replies · 3+ views ^ | 02/08/2011 | Gina Miller
    I had not planned to write about the Super Bowl or its entertainment, but after seeing and hearing it, I’m going to do it; so forgive me a small, but intermediate, critique of the lousy state of modern “music” and culture. We were getting ready to go to our next-door neighbors’ house to watch the Super Bowl, and we had our radio tuned to the National Football League broadcast of the pre-game. So, here comes the National Anthem, sung by Christina Aguilera. First of all, I have long hated the trend of singers nowadays to do these wild vocal gymnastics...
  • They Won’t Back Down: Top 10 Pro-Freedom Pop Songs

    12/20/2010 2:32:41 PM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 36 replies · 1+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | December 19, 2010 | David Forsmark
    With the release of Kid Rock’s terrific pro-freedom and pro-American anthem “Born Free,” and the latest installment of John Ondrasik’s "For the Troops" compilation, I got to thinking about songs that go against the so-called liberal grain of pop culture and espouse either a pro-military, pro-American, or just pro-liberty theme.Some are overtly topical to the political or cultural situation in their time or even battle cries. Others are merely personal anthems that project an American sense of independence, self-reliance or willingness to fight for what is right. They are alike in their timeless appeal. Here are my Top 10, with...
  • Video: Man flubs National Anthem at Chiefs game, gets jeered by fans

    12/07/2010 10:04:00 AM PST · by greatdefender · 21 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | Chris Chase
    The Eli Young Band has performed at countless venues across the country, including at a music Festival that can draw up to 70,000 fans per day. So singing the National Anthem before the Kansas City Chiefs game shouldn't have been too out of the ordinary for the band's singer, Mike Eli. But, oh, it was. And let's just say the Chiefs fans didn't shower Mr. Eli with that Midwestern hospitality for which they're known after he forgot what comes after "twilight's last gleaming"
  • Anthem Blue Cross Individual Business to Suspend Child-Only Coverage Effective 9/23/10

    09/17/2010 9:19:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Anthem Blue Cross ^ | 9/17/10 | Anthem Blue Cross
    Anthem Blue Cross is committed to offering a broad range of products and services that meet customer needs in the changing health insurance market, and to implementing the new health care reform legislation in a way that benefits our customers and members. We have reviewed the rules regarding the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA) limiting the application of pre-existing condition exclusions for children under 19. Unfortunately, there remains a great deal of uncertainty as to how the rules will be implemented and what the impacts might be on participating insurers. While some carriers may continue...
  • Students Silenced for Singing Anthem at Lincoln Memorial

    08/12/2010 5:06:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    NBC, ^ | 8/12/10 | P J Orvetti
    In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let Marian Anderson perform before an integrated audience at Constitution Hall. The Board of Education of the then-segregated District also refused to let her perform in the auditorium of a white public high school. So Anderson turned to a symbol of freedom: the Lincoln Memorial.That April, Anderson held an open-air concert on the steps of the monument to the end of slavery and the ideals of the Republic.
  • Students at Lincoln Memorial Told to Stop Singing National Anthem

    08/10/2010 8:26:54 AM PDT · by nmh · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/9/10 | Todd Starnes
    A group of high school students attending a conservative leadership conference in Washington, D.C. said they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a June 25 visit to the Lincoln Memorial. “They told them to stop singing,” said Evan Gassman, a spokesman for the Young America’s Foundation. “I was taken aback. You wouldn’t expect a display of national patriotism to be censored." ... “If their idea of civil disobedience is singing the national anthem, then so be it,” Gassman said. “Let them disobey.” The crime was "singing it loudly".
  • Students at Lincoln Memorial Told to Stop Singing National Anthem

    08/09/2010 6:48:13 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/9/10 | Todd Starnes
    A group of high school students attending a conservative leadership conference in Washington, D.C. said they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a June 25 visit to the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Pink Floyd anthem rewritten for young Iranians

    08/05/2010 4:36:52 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 5, 2010 | JOHN CARUCCI
    "Roger Waters" NEW YORK – The Pink Floyd rock music classic "Another Brick in the Wall" has been transformed by a Canadian band to reflect dissent young Iranians have for their government. The song replaces the teacher reference with "Hey, Ayatollah, leave those kids alone!" It's performed by a Toronto-based rock band fronted by two Iranian brothers called Blurred Vision. It's been seen by more than 160,000 viewers on YouTube. Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters gave Blurred Vision
  • Star Spangled Banner - Another Verse

    06/05/2010 6:40:12 PM PDT · by scottfactor · 7 replies · 471+ views ^ | 06/05/2010 | Scott Factor
    “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from “Defence of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old amateur poet Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812 (“Defence” proper spelling for time period). Most people can recite the first verse of the poem, as it is the verse our National Anthem is based on. However, at a recent Tea Party event, a man began singing the...
  • Video: Tea Party Member Stuns Crowd! (Former Marine) - Powerful!

    06/05/2010 12:49:32 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 54 replies · 3,183+ views
    You tube ^ | June 4, 2010
    Tea Party Member Stuns Crowd! Asked a question by Herman Cain ...and responds by bursting into song!
  • Insurer Fights Maine Regulator on Premiums

    04/02/2010 6:25:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 323+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 2, 2010 | ANNA WILDE MATHEWS And AVERY JOHNSON
    ... Since 1993, Maine has required sellers of individual health-insurance policies to accept all applicants—foreshadowing a key provision of the national overhaul that will fully take effect in 2014. ... Anthem says these requirements, along with the state's high medical costs, have helped push up expenses, with 1% of individual policyholders in Maine driving 50% of claims costs. As premiums then rise, it says, they give healthy people incentives to forgo insurance in Maine, which has had no requirement that everyone be insured. "As those younger, healthier folks choose not to participate in the risk pool, the average costs per...
  • *In Case You Missed it ( Zer0 during National Anthem )*

    03/28/2010 2:32:56 AM PDT · by Cyropaedia · 20 replies · 1,083+ views
    ABC News (via YouTube) ^ | September 27, 2009 | ABC News
    Incredible Vvdeo from the '08 campaign.
  • Copy of the letter Anthem Blue Cross sent to the chair of the Assembly Health Committee

    03/12/2010 9:44:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies · 419+ views
    Anthem Blue Cross ^ | 3/12/10 | Leslie A. Margolin President and General Manager Anthem Blue Cross
    VIA EMAIL AND OVERNIGHT DELIVERY Assembly Member Dave Jones Chair, Assembly Health Committee State of California Assembly 915 L Street, Suite 110 Sacramento, CA 95814 Dear Chairman Jones: Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you and the members of your Assembly Health Committee last Tuesday. Committee members’ questions were, by and large, thoughtful, appropriate and aimed at getting to an understanding of the drivers of escalating premium costs. I am sorry I was not better able to answer questions regarding the Individual market; however, I am assured you will receive responses to your questions on those issues in...
  • Retreats, Million-Dollar Salaries Paid For As Anthem Blue Cross Sought Rate Hike

    02/24/2010 2:33:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 728+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 24, 2010 | Rob Hotakainen
    Retreats, Million-Dollar Salaries Paid For As Anthem Blue Cross Sought Rate Hike Rob Hotakainen WASHINGTON - While Anthem Blue Cross proposed a 39 percent rate increase on thousands of its California customers, its parent company paid 39 of its executives more than $1 million each and spent more than $27 million on 103 lavish executive retreats, congressional investigators say. "One question we asked is where does all of this money go?" Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of Los Angeles said at a House subcommittee hearing today. "Corporate executives at WellPoint are thriving, while its policyholders are paying the price." In response...
  • Anthem Blue Cross broke law more than 700 times, official says

    02/22/2010 2:15:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies · 434+ views
    L..A. Times ^ | 2/22/10 | Duke Helfand
    California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner says the insurer failed to pay medical claims on time and misrepresented policies from 2006 to 2009. The firm faces up to $7 million in fines. California's largest for-profit health insurer violated state law more than 700 times over a three-year period by failing to pay medical claims on time and misrepresenting policies to customers, the state's insurance commissioner said Monday. Anthem Blue Cross could face fines of up to $7 million stemming from the alleged violations from 2006 to 2009. Commissioner Steve Poizner said that the insurer repeatedly failed to respond to state regulators...
  • Great at Athletics, Not at Anthems (U.S. Gold Medalists Can't/Won't Sing the National Anthem)

    02/20/2010 7:37:58 AM PST · by tellw · 68 replies · 2,289+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 20, 2010 | David Biderman
    'Oh, Say, Can You See, by the...Um...Help!' They can ski down steep slopes at lightning speeds, perform quad spins on ice and do backflips on halfpipes, so how's this for a new, novel Olympic challenge: Singing your country's national anthem on the medal stand. A scant 21.2% of gold-medal winners in these Games actually sang their entire national anthem, with an additional 18.2% mustering bits and pieces while mumbling or entirely missing other parts, according to a Wall Street Journal study of 33 winners through Thursday's events. Six Americans were part of this assessment and only one, snowboarder Seth Wescott,...
  • ABC Asks if Insurance Premium Hikes are 'Legal'

    02/17/2010 3:23:43 PM PST · by 198ml · 7 replies · 465+ views
    Business and Media Institute ^ | 02/17/10 | Anthony Kang
    Following the White House’s lead, “Good Morning America” criticized insurance companies on Feb. 17 going so far as to insinuate they might be breaking the law by raising premiums. “Now to the outrage over skyrocketing health insurance premiums, some Americans covered by Anthem Blue Cross were recently hit by a whopping 39 percent rate increase. President Obama called out Anthem and a congressional hearing on this big rate hike is coming next week, but in the mean time regulators are trying to determine if rate hikes like this are even legal,” George Stephanopoulos said. Those rate hikes averaging around 24...
  • Anthem Blue Cross's Announcement That It Will Temporarily Suspend a 39% Rate Increase

    02/13/2010 8:36:18 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies · 666+ views
    breitbart ^ | 2/13/10 | breitbart
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued today by Consumer Watchdog -- Anthem Blue Cross's announcement today that it will temporarily suspend a premium increase of up to 39% or more should not deter the California Legislature from taking immediate action to regulate health insurance premium increases, said Consumer Watchdog.
  • Muse - Uprising [OFFICIAL VIDEO] (They Will Not Control Us...Rock anthem for Tea Partiers?)

    01/18/2010 12:16:21 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 17 replies · 1,111+ views
    You Tube ^ | 2009 | Matthew Bellamy
    An unofficial anthem for Tea Partiers??An awesome song