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  • Survey: one-third of uninsured plan to stay that way

    03/18/2014 7:12:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The problem all along with treating the entire bloc of Americans without health insurance as a monolith is what brought us ObamaCare in the first place. The massive reorganization of the health-care sector presumed that 40 million (or 48 million, or 37 million) people lacked insurance all for the same reason — obstacles such as pre-existing conditions or economic hardship. A great many of those were either transitionally uninsured or uninsured by choice. Not surprisingly, a new survey shows that a significant number still don’t want to pay for health insurance, mandates notwithstanding: A new report finds that one in...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Returning to Iowa

    03/18/2014 7:07:53 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies ^ | Mar 18, 2014 at 6:11 AM CDT
    <p>DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Tea party darling U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is logging some serious face-time in Iowa. And he's doing it before most other potential 2016 White House hopefuls.</p> <p>Texas' freshman senator will be in Iowa on Tuesday, marking his fourth trip in eight months to the state that kicks off presidential voting. That's more Iowa trips than any other possible presidential contender except for fellow tea party-backed U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.</p>
  • Another Obama nominee faces confirmation struggle: Another Democratic Rebellion in Less than 2 weeks

    03/18/2014 7:00:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Another stupid Democrat trick threatens to blow up in the face of Harry Reid like Wylie Coyote lighting an exploding cigar given to him by the Roadrunner.In theory, Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” change to simple majority Senate confirmation ought to have ushered in easy confirmation for even the wackiest left wing nominees to high posts in the federal government. But those pesky voters are going to speak in November, and thanks to ObamaCare a growing list of Senate Democrats up for re-election fear accountability. So all of a sudden, confirmation is no sure thing: Burgess Everett and Josh Gerstein report...
  • Hollywood Actress: Public Schools Are Brainwashing Kids With 'Progressive Agenda'

    03/18/2014 6:57:03 AM PDT · by GailA · 27 replies
    Heritage ^ | 4/2/14 | NA
    Of course school is the most political, because thats where the progressive agenda is coming out the strongest and the hardest, said Sorbo. Sorbo said she was hesitant to reveal her faith or political beliefs publicly because of possible backlash and negative reaction from Hollywood. But she could not remain silent on education. You people who send your kids to school, you have no idea what the schools are doing to their fresh little brains, in brainwashing them into this progressive, liberalits antithetical to America, the agenda that theyre being indoctrinated with, Sorbo said.
  • The Rule-or-Ruin Faction of the GOP: Republicans take aim, not at Democrats, but at each other

    03/18/2014 6:54:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/18/2014 | Thomas Sowell
    At a time when polls show public opinion turning against the Democrats, some Republicans seem to be turning against each other. Even with the prospect of being able to win control of the Senate in this falls elections, some Republicans are busy manufacturing ammunition for their own circular firing squad. A Republican factions demonization of their own Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, is a classic example. If you listen to some of those who consider themselves the only true conservatives, you would never guess that Senator McConnell received a lifetime 90 percent ranking by the American Conservative Union and...
  • Irish economy in surprise decline, threatens debt-cutting plan

    03/18/2014 6:45:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 14.03.14 @ 09:29 | Benjamin Fox
    Irelands economy suffered a shock decline in the final months of 2013, posting negative growth for the year and casting a pall over the countrys full return to the financial markets. Data from the countrys Central Statistics Office (CSO) on Thursday (13 March) indicated that its gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 2.3 percent in the fourth quarter, turning a year that had been expected to yield modest growth into a 0.3 percent recession for the year as a whole. [] Analysts attributed the decline to the so-called pharmaceutical patent cliff, with a sharp drop-off in revenue from pharmaceutical sales...
  • Ayn Rand Reconsidered

    03/18/2014 6:25:16 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 38 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 14, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Shes been derided in academia for decades: Panels disparaging her works are not unusual at the Modern Language Associations annual confab. Yet and still, her virulent atheism has made her controversial on the right, where, it would seem, she would find a more sympathetic audience. Nevertheless, when it came to worldly matters, she was uncommonly prescient. For one thing, the Russian-born novelist had a keener understanding of the U. S. Constitution than many American Constitutional law professors do today. The Bill of Rights was not directed against private citizens, but against the governmentas an explicit declaration that individual rights supersede...
  • Transcript In Part Of President Putin's Address To Parliament

    03/18/2014 6:24:56 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/18/2014 | President Vladimir V. Putin
    Dear friends, we have gathered here today in connection with an issue that is of vital, historic significance to all of us. A referendum was held in Crimea on March 16 in full compliance with democratic procedures and international norms. More than 82 percent of the electorate took part in the vote. Over 96 percent of them spoke out in favour of reuniting with Russia. These numbers speak for themselves. To understand the reason behind such a choice it is enough to know the history of Crimea and what Russia and Crimea have always meant for each other. Everything in...
  • Democrats Lining Up to Oppose Obama's Anti-Gun Nominee For Surgeon General

    03/18/2014 6:15:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 3/18/2014 | Katie Pavlich
    President Obama's anti-gun nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, could go down in flames on the Senate floor. Murthy, who has a history of calling guns a "healthcare issue," classifying guns as a "public health threat" and of slamming the National Rifle Association, is being opposed not by just Republicans, but numerous Democrats in an election year. ....render Majority Leader Harry Reid's elimination of the filibuster worthless.
  • U.S. government: Americans are 'killer zombies'

    03/18/2014 6:11:28 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 20 replies
    WND ^ | March 18,2014 | Steve Peacock
    A bloodthirsty zombie version of the Uncle Sam character bites the neck of a foreign man in a promotional video the Obama administration is using to catch the attention of Pakistani youth. Voice of America, through a local cable company, currently distributes Zindagi 360, a program VOA uses to target young adults in Pakistan, but the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors is setting its sights higher. BBG now is aiming for a Pakistan-wide broadcast of the show, which focuses on topics that resonate with young people in Pakistan, such as music and life in America. The topics apparently include the...
  • (Florida) Senate Panel Backs Bipartisan Tweak To Stand Your Ground

    03/18/2014 6:11:25 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 23 replies
    SeeBSMiami ^ | 17 MAR 2014 | Margie Menzel
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) A bipartisan bill that would tweak the controversial stand your ground self-defense law sailed through the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Monday, passing unanimously with the backing of both the National Rifle Association and Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown. The measure (SB 130) by Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, would make several changes recommended in 2012 by Gov. Rick Scotts Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, which Scott appointed amid a national uproar that followed the shooting death of teen Trayvon Martin.
  • Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent?

    03/18/2014 5:50:07 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 27 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 13 Mar 14 | Lawrence Torcello
    The importance of clearly communicating science to the public should not be underestimated. Accurately understanding our natural environment and sharing that information can be a matter of life or death. When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on. With such high stakes, an organised campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent. The earthquake that rocked L'Aquila Italy in 2009 provides an interesting case study of botched communication. This natural disaster left more than 300 people dead and nearly 66,000 people...
  • Local Anti-Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Efforts Around Virginia

    03/18/2014 5:28:10 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 7 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | March 18, 2014 | Shelby Mertens and Kate Miller
    Data from the Polaris Project and other research studies indicate human trafficking in Virginia primarily takes place in the urban areas of state. Studies suggest northern Virginia, Richmond and the Hampton Roads region experience the most trafficking. The Virginia Free Citizen reached out to local law enforcement officials in these areas to investigate the presence of human trafficking in Virginia and their anti-human trafficking efforts. Last week we reported on Virginias statewide efforts. Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force Receives $1 Million Grant to Combat Human Trafficking Detective Bill Woolf, with the Fairfax County Police Department, said human trafficking is...
  • Gun control bills introduced in the Minnesota Senate: two hearings Thursday

    03/18/2014 5:10:26 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    On Thursday, a Senate committee will hear two bills -- six hours apart -- that would infringe on the rights of Minnesota gun owners. Gun Confiscation Court Orders Civil rights opponent Ron Latz, chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced SF2639, a bill that would create de facto confiscation of firearms from persons accused of domestic violence. THE BILL WILL BE HEARD THURSDAY EVENING, March 20, at 6 p.m. in Room 15 of the Capitol. While GOCRA has no love for wife-beaters, this bill goes far beyond protecting victims, and would impose a back-door theft of personal property through...
  • Two open-carry backers lead to Germantown police response

    03/18/2014 4:54:34 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 18 mar 2014 | Ashley Luthern
    A Sheboygan Falls man caused a stir last weekend in Germantown when he openly carried two firearms, prompting residents to call police and the police chief to post an update on the department's Facebook page which led to another open-carry advocate traveling to Germantown. William Polster of Sheboygan Falls has spent the last year openly carrying his firearms throughout Wisconsin and recording his interactions with the public and police. "So many people just call the cops on it," he said Monday. "If you feel threatened, that's one thing. If it's properly carried in a non-threatening manner, it should not...
  • Most Transparent Administration: Obama Denies Freedom of Information Requests At Record Rates

    03/18/2014 4:00:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | March 18, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    President Obama was swept to office amidst his pledge that he'd run the "most transparent administration in history." A new report out finds that he hasn't even run the most transparent administration since the previous one. The Associated Press analyzed the federal government's own Freedom of Information Act data and found that federal agencies under President Obama have been as uncooperative as ever: More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record...
  • Obama giving Medal of Honor to 24 vets from 3 wars

    03/18/2014 2:36:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    AP ^ | 3/18/2014 | NANCY BENAC
    President Barack Obama is moving to right old wrongs by belatedly awarding the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans who served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Just three of those being honored during Tuesday's ceremony at the White House are still alive, all of them combat veterans of Vietnam.
  • Florida Senate Rules Committee: Call to an Article V Amendment Convention.

    03/18/2014 2:32:32 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 80 replies
    The Rules Committee of the Florida Senate will take up SM476 this coming Thursday, March 20th at 10:30 AM. SM476 is an application to Congress for an Article V state amendment convention: Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: (1) That the Legislature of the State of Florida does hereby make application to Congress pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the United States to call an Article V convention for the sole purpose of proposing amendments to the Constitution of the United States which: (a) Impose fiscal restraints on the Federal Government. (b) Limit the power and...
  • Former Gov., ex-convict (RAT felon) Edwin Edwards to run for Congress

    03/18/2014 2:18:26 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/17/14 | Dana Davidsen
    (CNN) - Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards said Monday he's running for the state's 6th Congressional district. Edwards, who was released from federal prison three years ago after serving nearly a decade on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and extortion, made the announcement at a Press Club meeting in Baton Rouge. "I acknowledge that there are good reasons why I should not run. I know that, but there are better reasons why I should and good reasons have to give way to better reasons and therefore, I will be a candidate for congress in the sixth congressional district this year," Edwards...
  • Michelle Obama and family take another taxpayer-funded trip

    03/18/2014 2:02:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/17/2014 | Neil Munro
    The first lady, her mother, her two kids, plus numerous White House aides and security personnel are going to tour China this month, butWhite House officials are refusing to say how much the taxpayers will pay for the trip.However, they did say it would be a thrill for everyone on the trip, including for Michelle Obamas top aide, Tina Tchen.It is a real honor and privilege, and I think we are all, here in the first ladys office, quite excited about the upcoming trip, said Chen, just after she declared that my parents emigrated from China in the late 40s,...