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  • America's favorite fast food chain is Chick-fil-

    07/05/2015 4:13:26 PM PDT · by vis a vis · 41 replies
    Dailymail ^ | 05 jul 15 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    Full title--- America's favorite fast food chain is Chick-fil-a while McDonald's is at the bottom of the heap in new survey The annual American Consumer Satisfaction index polled 70,000 people for their opinions on various consumer offerings, including fast food. In its first year on the index, the Southern-born, Christian-run sandwich chain debuted at the top.
  • In Health Law, a Boon for Diet Clinics

    07/05/2015 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 4, 2015 | By RACHEL ABRAMS and KATIE THOMAS
    Dr. Michael Kaplan looked across his desk at a woman who had sought out his Long Island Weight Loss Institute and asked the question he often poses to new patients: “Where do you think you go wrong with food?” The 38-year-old patient was about 20 pounds overweight and, as she described it, desperate. Weight Watchers, nutritionists — she had tried them all in vain. A physician like Dr. Kaplan, she reasoned, might be the only one left who could help her. “I’m really tired of it,” the woman said one recent afternoon, declining to give her name to a reporter....
  • Multiple Factors At Work As Many Brace For Higher Health Insurance Premiums In 2016

    07/05/2015 3:08:32 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 11 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | July 3, 2015 | Kathleen McGrory
    The Affordable Care Act has weathered its share of punches in recent weeks, including a Supreme Court challenge that could have led to its unraveling. Its next bout could hit consumers in the pocketbook. In Florida, several big-name insurance providers — including Aetna, Cigna, Coventry and United Healthcare — have already proposed double-digit rate increases for individual health insurance plans, federal records show. The figures are not final, and they represent only a slice of the plans available on the individual insurance market. (Companies requesting single-digit hikes don't have to publish their rates until later in the year.) But experts...
  • For Many, Obamacare Is Becoming The Unaffordable Care Act

    07/05/2015 1:25:31 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 37 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 5, 2015 | By Richard Eisenberg
    Let me start by saying this is not a political screed against Obamacare; I’m thrilled that some 18 million Americans now have health insurance who didn’t before the law took effect, lowering the percentage of uninsured adults from 18% in 2013 to 11.9% today. But I’m growing concerned that for some people — especially older, middle- and lower-income adults — the Affordable Care Act is becoming The Unaffordable Care Act. A Growing Problem: The Underinsured Several recent studies suggest to me that due to a combination of Obamacare’s incentives to reduce premiums; the rise of so-called “consumer-driven” and high-deductible health...
  • Twelve Things to Remember if the SCOTUS Decision Upsets You

    07/05/2015 5:21:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 3, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The Supreme Court decision allowing gay “marriage” in the United States has upset all right minded Christians, and rightly so.It is pretty clear that the Supreme Court has rubber stamped a widespread rejection of Christian morality by a large segment of the American people.Not only has the Supreme Court ratified same sex “marriage” but they have overturned majority opinions of the people, set themselves up as arbiters of human morality, trampled on states’ rights, ignored not only historic Christian teaching, but the understanding of marriage held by all people at all times and in all cultures down through history.We’re right...
  • As Book Is Released, Ted Cruz Sours on His Role Model

    07/04/2015 3:55:36 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jun 30, 2015 | JANET HOOK
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, in his new memoir “A Time for Truth,” confides that when he was a young lawyer learning how to argue a case in the Supreme Court, he had a role model: John G. Roberts, whom he described as “a brilliant Supreme Court lawyer,” the “best advocate” of his generation.That would be the same John Roberts, now chief justice of the Supreme Court, that Mr. Cruz has been lambasting of late for last week’s ruling upholding a key piece of President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law.“When I began practicing, I worked hard to emulate his argument...
  • Church ‘obsessions’ As culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church...with truth

    07/04/2015 1:26:25 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 7/1/2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Church ‘obsessions’ As the culture pushes abortion and sex outside of marriage, the Church is called to respond with truth Msgr. Charles Pope OSV Newsweekly 7/1/2015 Question: My sister-law is hostile to the Church and says that we are obsessed by sex and abortion and don’t care about the same things Jesus did, like the poor. Is there an effective answer to this charge? Name withheld, Newark, New Jersey Answer: The charge that the Church is “obsessed” with sex and abortion — and many today add homosexuality — is not sustainable. Any look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church...
  • Republicans look to deliver blow against ObamaCare tax

    07/04/2015 9:27:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 4,2015 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding ObamaCare subsidies, opponents of the law remain poised to strike a key blow against another component of the health care overhaul in a matter of months. Republicans, with help from Democrats, have gained momentum in their long-running effort to repeal the law's controversial 2.3 percent excise tax on medical devices. The House voted 280-140 to nix the tax, which went into effect in 2013, in June; the debate heads next to the Senate. While Republicans have tried dozens of times to unravel all or parts of the law through repeal legislation, this bill...
  • Ted Cruz Is Right to Call for Retention Elections for the Supreme Court

    07/04/2015 9:18:13 AM PDT · by VinL · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/4/15 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Within the space of just 48 hours, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the president is above the law; that straightforward statutory words may be twisted to mean the opposite of what they say; that discrimination — heretofore, the textbook example of a willful act — can be committed unconsciously, thereby supplanting our constitutional foundation of equal opportunity for all with the totalitarian’s dream of guaranteed outcomes for favored factions; and that five politically unaccountable lawyers, by dint of being issued robes, may impose their vision of the good society on 320 million Americans, reimagining our most basic institutions,...
  • Starting Wednesday, Obamacare will punish businesses who help employees with health care

    07/04/2015 9:18:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 7-4-15 | Eric Boehm
    Employers who reimburse their workers for health care costs will face massive tax penalties beginning Wednesday. Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, with its mandate that all Americans purchase insurance and requirement for businesses to offer employees insurance plans, many small companies provided coverage by directly reimbursing medical costs or for the cost of private insurance plans. Businesses do it because that’s a less complicated process than dealing with an official health insurance plan, but continuing to do so after July 1 could cost them hundreds of dollars in fines each day. Business groups are calling attention...
  • Specter Of McCain Haunts, Closed Primary Resolutions Pass

    07/04/2015 6:06:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    The specter of John McCain was present at a recent meeting the Arizona’s Legislative District 2, as Precinct Committeemen moved to pass a resolution to close the Republican primaries. Despite his operatives’ best efforts the resolution vehemently opposed by McCain passed. LD2 Chair Sergio Arellano, who told the group that he personally supported closed primaries, pleaded with attendees to delay the vote until Arizona GOP head Robert Graham could address the group. According to Arellano, Graham, who was in France, wanted the group to refrain from voting on the resolution until he could talk them out of it. Arellano entertained...
  • Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016

    07/04/2015 7:37:56 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    NYT ^ | July 3, 2015 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back. Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government...
  • Pound Sand, Your Honor! More Americans Want States to Ignore Federal Courts

    07/03/2015 8:02:37 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 17 replies
    The New American ^ | 03 July 2015 | Selwyn Duke
    While dissenting from the recent Supreme Court decision rubber-stamping same-sex “marriage,” Justice Antonin Scalia warned his colleagues that with “each decision ... unabashedly based not on law” the Court moves “one step closer to being reminded of [its] impotence.” And a new poll shows that another such step has in fact been taken, with more Americans supporting the idea that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings. Writes Rasmussen Reports, “A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings...
  • Pope Francis Comment on Gays

    If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge? We shouldn't marginalise people for this. They must be integrated into society. Pope Francis Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/slideshow/authors/top_10_pope_francis_quotes.html#QDU6y5fekEMZIW9l.99
  • In letter to employees, Humana CEO promises some jobs to remain in Louisville

    07/03/2015 1:07:17 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 15 replies
    WDRB News ^ | 07/03/2015
    OUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB News has obtained an e-mail message that was distributed to Humana employees this morning, after news of a proposed sale of Humana to Aetna became public. The e-mail was from Bruce Broussard, the president and CEO of Humana. The text of that e-mail is reproduced below: (Click HERE to also view a FAQ that was distributed to stakeholders.) A Message from Bruce Broussard Today marks an important and exciting day in our company’s history. We have just announced that Aetna and Humana will merge to create a new healthcare organization. While there are many reasons...
  • MCCONNELL: Proposed sale of Humana the result of 'Obamacare'

    07/03/2015 12:57:00 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 40 replies
    WDRB News ^ | July 3, 2015
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell issued a statement Friday morning, saying he predicted the "type of consolidation" exhibited by the proposed sale of Humana to Aetna and pointed to the Affordable Care Act as the root cause. McConnell's statement reads as follows: "For more than 30 years, Humana has been a cornerstone of economic growth and a great philanthropic partner in our community. This morning’s announcement, as I predicted during the debate five years ago, is the inevitable result of Obamacare’s push toward consolidation as doctors, hospitals, and insurers merge in response to an ever-growing government."
  • Clinton warns GOP will repeal Obamacare

    07/03/2015 12:41:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 3, 2015 3:15 PM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning New Hampshire voters that if the country elects a Republican president, the next administration will repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The Democratic presidential front-runner says she will offer continuity on the policies under Obama that have worked for the vast majority of Americans. And she says the federal budget was in order under her husband’s administration until it was “rudely interrupted” by Republicans. …
  • Top sheriff: America now ruled by 'oligarchy' - David Clarke issues 'wake-up call'....

    07/03/2015 10:33:07 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 40 replies
    WND ^ | July 2, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Sheriff David Clarke Jr. of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin One of America’s most popular sheriffs has issued a “wake-up call” for conservatives following the Supreme Court’s two landmark decisions on same-sex marriage and Obamacare. The way Sheriff David Clarke sees it, the wild horse has broken loose and is halfway out of the barn, threatening to trample the crops. If the court can redefine marriage and force people to buy health care from a private business, there is nothing it can’t do, said Clarke, the sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and frequent Fox News contributor. “The thing that bothers me...
  • Supreme Court May Have Saved Obamacare, but It Doomed Young Americans’ Health Care Options

    07/03/2015 10:16:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2015 | Justin Haskins
    Six Americans in black robes have, yet again, saved the Affordable Care Act (ACA) from a major crisis, but the most important part of this story for young people is their atrocious ruling will cause significant problems for the nationÂ’s youngest and healthiest citizens. In the wake of the Supreme CourtÂ’s decision in the highly anticipated case King v. Burwell, pictures of young Americans celebrating at rallies in Washington, DC flooded the Internet and newspapers across the country. Nothing could be more ironic. Since the ACA was first implemented in 2013, prices for all health care insurance consumers have skyrocketed,...
  • YOUGOV Poll: Most approve of last week's Supreme Court decisions

    07/03/2015 10:28:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    YOUGOV ^ | 07/03/2015
    Most Americans back the Supreme Court's decisions to legalize same sex marriage and to protect federal exchange subsidies Americans approve of the two major decisions made by the Supreme Court last week, but they continue to view the two issues differently: there is majority support for a national right to same-sex marriage, but Americans in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll are still not convinced that the Affordable Care Act is working or is the right thing for the country. Americans support the Court’s decision in King v. Burwell that those who purchased health insurance on the federal exchange could still receive...
  • Left-wing mayor of Madrid plans to rename Plaza currently dedicated to Margaret Thatcher [...]

    07/03/2015 3:49:01 AM PDT · by Moltke · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 3 July 2015 | Chris Pleasance
    FULL TITLE: Left-wing mayor of Madrid plans to rename Plaza currently dedicated to Margaret Thatcher after Socialist gay rights activist Spain's Left-wing Mayor has said she is planning to rename a Plaza currently dedicated to Margaret Thatcher after a former Socialist Party leader and gay rights activist. Manuela Carmena, who took over from Madrid's former conservative mayor in May, said Thatcher's name was inappropriate because she was 'the Iron Lady who enslaved the workers'. Her announcement comes just ten months after Mark Thatcher was invited to the Spanish capital to name the plaza after his mother and the former British...
  • White House Asks That You Ruin Your Family BBQ with ObamaCare

    07/03/2015 6:56:43 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 33 replies
    Louderwithcrowder.com ^ | 07/03/2015 | Steve Crowder
    It wouldn’t be a holiday if the Obama Administration didn’t send it’s low information followers home with propaganda to help ruin family time. So if you’re going to a family BBQ, make sure you read this handy blog post on ObamaCare…
  • Brigham’s Transfer Ownership for 7 Abortion Clinics Was A Sham, Says New Jersey Attorney General...

    07/03/2015 5:55:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    operationrescue.org ^ | July 2, 2015 | Cheryl Sullenger
    FULL TITLE: Brigham’s Transfer Ownership for 7 Abortion Clinics Was A Sham, Says New Jersey Attorney General’s Office Trenton, NJ – A complaint filed by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office alleges that the notorious abortionist Steven Chase Brigham continues to illegally operate seven abortion facilities in New Jersey, having never actually transferred ownership to his long-time associate, abortionist Vikram H. Kaji. A complaint was filed by the Attorney General’s office on June 16, 2015. It charged Kaji with fraud for claiming he had taken over ownership of Brigham’s New Jersey abortion businesses after Brigham’s medical license was revoked last...
  • Joel Osteen on Why He Avoids Political, Social Issues: 'It's Not What I'm Called to Do;'

    07/03/2015 5:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Joel Osteen, the popular 52-year-old leader of America's largest protestant church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, bluntly revealed that the reason why he avoids speaking out on hot button social and political issues, such as same-sex marriage, is because he believes that's not what he's called to do as a pastor. In a recent interview on WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program Osteen, who was asked if he felt these hot button social and political issues are important, said: "I think they are important but I think everybody has their own calling." He further explained that "It's not what I'm...
  • Kansas AG plans to appeal ruling blocking anti-abortion law

    07/03/2015 5:50:50 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    kwch.com ^ | Jul 01, 2015 | kwch
    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to appeal a state district court judge's ruling blocking the state's first-in-the-nation ban on a common second trimester abortion procedure. Attorneys representing Schmidt filed a notice Wednesday in Shawnee County District Court that they intend to ask the Kansas Court of Appeals to overturn the ruling last week from Judge Larry Hendricks. The law was model legislation from the National Right to Life Committee and was to take effect Wednesday. It would have barred doctors from using forceps, clamps or similar instruments on a living fetus to remove it from...
  • 70-year-old Aussie pro-lifer suffers fractured jaw after assault outside abortion facility

    07/03/2015 6:26:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    lifesitenews.org ^ | Jul 2, 2015 | Andrew Smith, Australian correspondent
    ALBURY, Australia, July 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- A retired farmer and Vietnam war veteran has been felled by an unidentified young man outside the Fertility Control Clinic in Albury, New South Wales. The victim, Greg, who is in his seventies was taken by ambulance to Albury Base Hospital where scans revealed a fractured jaw. He also suffered an injury to his back. In video obtained by LifeSiteNews, the younger man is seen approaching the member of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants and assaults him. Greg raises his own arm as a natural act of self-defence and steps back. While...
  • [Ed Peters:] Excommunication of same-sex ‘marriage’ Catholic SCOTUS Justices for Heresy

    07/03/2015 4:54:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 7/2/15 | Fr John Zuhsdorf
    From Ed Peters, distinguished canonist, on Catholic SCOTUS Justices (Kennedy, Sotomayor) who ruled for Obergefell v. Hodges: Obergefell and canonical criminal lawDcn Greg Kandra calls attention to a question floating around out there, namely, [QUAERITUR…]should Catholic justices who voted to impose “same-sex marriage” on America be excommunicated? We can deal with most of that question pretty quickly.Excommunication can impact any Catholic (there are no exemptions for those in high civil office), but it can be incurred only for twelve specifically delineated crimes (CLSA Comm. 932, not counting a couple of excommunicable crimes listed outside the Code). Now, voting to impose...
  • Aetna to acquire Humana for $37 billion [Obamacare Moves Closer to Full Blown Fascism]

    07/03/2015 4:40:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    WDRB-TV ^ | 7/3/15 | Dalton Main
    Aetna has reached a $37 billion deal to buy Humana. A news release from the two companies says Aetna will acquire all outstanding shares of Humana for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $230 per share. The deal was unanimously approved by the board of directors....
  • Polygamy: The Marriage of the Tea Party, Wall Street, and Evangelicals Dissolves

    07/02/2015 7:18:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | June 30, 2015 | Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow, Demos
    It was a difficult marriage from the beginning. Its success was largely regional and state by state. But where it worked, it worked well, mainly the South and parts of the West. They papered over their differences for years. Now they've grown apart and a messy divorce looms. It wasn't exactly a shotgun marriage. The Wall Street/Koch Brothers crowd gleefully accepted the support of Tea Party and evangelical leaders, as long as austerity, high-end tax cuts and deregulation were part of the agenda. The cultural right needed money and legitimacy. Everybody got along. No more. The split was thrust into...
  • America’s views on abortion still don’t match Amanda Marcotte’s caricatures, and she can’t stand it

    07/02/2015 6:58:28 PM PDT · by Morgana
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jul 2, 2015 | Calvin Freiburger
    Last week’s Supreme Court ruling forcing every state to recognize same-sex marriage has inspired a New York Times post by David Leonhardt and Alicia Parlapiano, exploring why increasing public acceptance of homosexuality hasn’t been accompanied by increasing acceptance of abortion. This is a question we’ve explored here before too, and they come to basically the same conclusion: while the case against same-sex marriage is somewhat abstract and gay causes tend to have an edge with Americans’ live-and-let-live sensibilities, the fact that abortion has a specific victim means an “unavoidable tension between a mother’s rights and a fetus’s” can never be...
  • ‘Holistic’ cardiologist in Santa Fe accused of fraud

    07/02/2015 5:16:52 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 2, 2015 | Mark Oswald
    SANTA FE – Dr. Roy G. Heilbron, 51, a self-described “holistic” cardiologist in Santa Fe, has been charged with health care fraud and wire fraud in a 24-count federal indictment. The indictment, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs from January 2010 to May 2011 by submitting false and fraudulent claims. Heilbron entered a not-guilty plea in federal court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. His medical license had been suspended by the New Mexico Medical Board for three months last...
  • Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

    07/02/2015 3:51:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Life News ^ | July 2, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT, REBECCA DOWNS
    Earlier this month, LifeNews.com reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle canÂ’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for...
  • White House: Have you talked to your family about ObamaCare lately?

    07/02/2015 7:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 2, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend. After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be less-than-enthused that ObamaCare is here to stay. “You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, ‘Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!’” a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a blog post on Thursday. For instance, if your Uncle Ted starts calling Obamacare a train wreck, you should calmly explain that he’s...
  • Trump: Obama calls some immigrants "gang-bangers" -- where's the outcry?

    07/02/2015 5:37:33 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 28 replies
    The Rebel ^ | July 2, 2015 | The Rebel Staff
    Donald Trump is not the most cautious speaker in the Republican presidential primary field. The Donald speaks his mind -- and it is this personality trait that often lands the red-topped billionaire in political, and often legal, hot water. The outspoken real estate mogul, whose net worth is currently valued at US$4.1 billion, has most recently been on the receiving end of a torrent of criticism over comments suggesting Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and drug dealers. Speaking at the New York launch of his presidential run on June 16, Mr. Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending...
  • CMS’ Secretive Settlement: $1.3 billion in improper hospital claims paid out

    07/02/2015 1:21:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 2, 2015 2:00 pm | Joe Schoffstall
    The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services secretly paid out over a billion dollars in improper hospital claims earlier last month, despite auditors labeling them unnecessary previously. The payments, which were quietly announced on June 1 by CMS, totaled $1.3 billion and involved 1,900 hospitals and 300,000 claims that had been already denied by CMS auditors on two different levels as medically unnecessary. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals settled hundreds of thousands of appeals for 68 cents on the dollar. The money used to cover the claims will be taken from the...
  • Catholic leaders press GOP to heed pope on climate, poor

    07/02/2015 1:10:43 PM PDT · by familyop · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2015 | Rachel Zoll, Thomas Beaumont
    The vocal pivot from such traditional social issues marks the first time U.S. Catholic bishops have publicly asked those seeking the White House to heed the admonitions of Francis' June encyclical, said Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines. In Francis' major teaching document, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics called for a "sweeping revolution" to correct a "structurally perverse" economic system that allows the rich to exploit the poor and has turned the Earth into an "immense pile of filth."
  • Our New Godzilla: Health Insurance Consolidation

    07/02/2015 12:24:51 PM PDT · by Rona_Badger · 10 replies
    The American Medical Money Machine ^ | July 2, 2015 | TAMMM Staff
    There are five major medical insurers in America and soon there may be only three. What does this health insurance consolidation mean for the future of healthcare? Clearly, the sacred and confidential nature of the relationship between doctor and patient is history. Big Money has moved in to stay. The medical insurance 500 pound gorilla is about to consolidate into an even more intrusive and dense trust which—as with the banks—will be too big to fail and far too big to control. Few know that during the debate over the Affordable (Unaffordable) Care Act, there were eight lobbyists for each...
  • Are Americans still in charge of our lives?

    07/02/2015 11:43:43 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 13 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | July 2, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    Amid unending political horserace punditry — who’s up, who’s down in the wake of Supreme Court rulings, Congress’ trade-promotion votes, Iranian nuclear negotiations and the racist Charleston massacre — let’s Think Again about the most important concern: Are the American people winning or losing? Are “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” — the national promise Americans celebrate on July Fourth — secure in this year of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary? That watershed moment in the annals of human liberty curbed a tyrannical monarch, like the American founding it helped inspire. Initially an agrarian backwater in a socially stratified...
  • A GOP Disaster Avoidance Plan (Barf Alert!!!)

    07/02/2015 11:00:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | John Warren
    With Governor ChristieÂ’s splash in the pool, the population pining to be POTUS is now large enough to hold a special Republican Primary: only the declared wannabes would participate, each egotist getting three votes. Naturally, weÂ’d eliminate all their first choices and zero in on the next two, thereby distilling a much tighter cluster of potential electables.Seriously, we now have a candidate for almost every splinter view imaginable, and good people though each of them are, they collectively exemplify a party in confusion and dysfunction. As one wag pointed out, the last time there were this many declared candidates, a...
  • What Was So Dreadful About Last Week?

    07/02/2015 10:31:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- If you dutifully read the weekend newspapers and watched the Sunday morning gasbags on television, I suspect you departed the chaos with a terrible headache. Possibly you departed for the bar. Typical of the news stories was one The Washington Post headlined: "GOP Struggles For Footing As Cultural Ground Shifts Leftward." Who was doing the shifting? Well, a couple of delusional Supreme Court justices supported by a homicidal maniac seated in someone's backyard flying the Confederate flag over his puny shoulder and a narcissistic self-promoter who recently changed his/her name to Caitlyn. Such are the dynamic forces driving...
  • Jim DeMint: What Do We Do Now? (5 Steps About ObamaCare & Homosexual Marriage)

    07/02/2015 6:51:37 AM PDT · by xzins · 79 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 1 Jun 15 | Demint & Anderson
    Conservatives are reeling after two outrageous decisions last week by the Supreme Court. In one case they reinterpreted Obamacare so that “established by the state” magically meant “or the federal government.” In another, they redefined marriage—even though nothing in our Constitution gives the court the authority to do that. What do we do now? The Obamacare case is the simpler of the two when it comes to next steps. While the court refused to enforce the plain meaning of the text, Congress can still vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-focused, market-based healthcare reforms that will truly serve...
  • How Obamacare could lead inadvertently to free market health care

    07/02/2015 4:34:43 AM PDT · by Marcus · 19 replies
    Houston Politics Examiner ^ | July 2, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The president’s chest thumping boasting to the contrary, Obamacare is still a mess that has caused health insurance premiums and deductibles to skyrocket. Some advocates of Canadian-style single-payer systems, such as socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, maintain that this state of affairs will lead Americans to accept a universal, government run “Medicare for all” system. Such a system would also feature rationing and death panels, as has been the case in countries that have adopted such arrangements. However, a Wednesday article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that Obamacare will, inadvertently, lead to a free market, customer-driven health care system...
  • What SCOTUSCare Means for Second Amendment Supporters

    06/30/2015 5:41:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On June 25th, 2015, the majority of Supreme Court Justices, lead by Chief Justice Roberts, ruled that what the law says does not matter.   What matters is what the Justices want the law to say. This is an important break down in the rule of law.  We have seen it before from the Supreme Court, particularly from the Warren Court, and during the Roosevelt revolution of the 1930's and on.   There seemed to be a brief period in the early 2000s when the Court might actually follow the law of the land.  This was labelled by the left as...
  • Facebook Struggles with Gaining a Diverse Employee Base, Remains Predominately White

    07/01/2015 8:20:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    Latin Post ^ | By Nicole Akoukou Thompson
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has voiced a desire to transform the demographics of Facebook's employee base to better echo the company's billion-plus international users. However, Facebook's most recent diversity report revealed that white men continue to have a claim on positions at Facebook. The online social networking service claims that diversity is central to the company's mission, observing "genders, races, ages, sexual orientations, characteristics and points of view." Additionally, they've insisted that a diverse workforce "is not only the right thing to do - it's the smart thing to do for our business." With that said, numbers show that Facebook...
  • The orgy prude: How I finally admitted I don’t like meaningless, porn-star sex (Salon)

    07/01/2015 4:46:52 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 47 replies
    Salon ^ | 3/22/15 | Tracy Chabala
    Below are excerpts from a Salon article by Tracy Chabala, in which she expresses doubts about the "sexual revolution." She begins by talking about how a boyfriend was abusive during sexual relations, but, "For some reason, I pretended to like it." Other excerpts: You may wonder why I remained bewitched by him. There were the understandable reasons: He was brilliant, educated at a good college, ostensibly classy and a self-professed feminist. All of this was hugely attractive to me. And I was so used to his kind of sexuality — that rough and detached porn-style sex — I just figured...
  • CRUZ: SCOTUS ‘ELITES’ THINK ‘FLYOVER COUNTRY’ VIEWS SHOULDN’T BE RESPECTED

    07/01/2015 2:36:18 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jun 2015 | IAN HANCHETT
    Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that the “elites” on the Supreme Court “look over much of this country as flyover country. They think that our views are simply parochial and don’t deserve to be respected” on Monday’s broadcast of NBC’s “Today.”Cruz stood by earlier comments that the Supreme Court’s rulings constituted “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history,” stating, “What happened last week is, twice, back-to-back, the US Supreme Court, a majority of the justices, violated their judicial oath. On Thursday of last week, the court rewrote Obamacare, rewrote the statute,...
  • Catholic Bishop: ‘Our Nation Has Suffered a Loss of Virtue and Honor that Threatens Our Freedom’

    07/01/2015 2:03:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 1, 2015 | CNSNews.com Staff
    (CNSNews.com) - Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., delivered a homily on Sunday in which he said that the United States “has suffered a loss of virtue and honor that threatens our freedom with decision of the Supreme Court” to declare same-sex marriage a “right.” Bishop Paprocki went on to assert that “the state has no moral authority to change what God has created.” Near the conclusion of his homily, the bishop rhetorically asked: “Why has God allowed these attacks on our faith and our Church to happen? “Why did He not answer...
  • Obama Refers To Some Illegal Immigrants As ‘Gang Bangers’

    07/01/2015 1:21:13 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 1, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    During a town hall style event in Nashville to discuss Obamacare, President Obama referred to some illegal immigrants as “gang-bangers,” adding they should be deported. Obama made his remarks after he was asked if he would expand Obamacare benefits to illegal immigrants. “We should not be encouraging illegal immigration,” he remarked to the group. “What we should be doing is setting up a smart legal immigration system that doesn’t separate families but does focus on making sure that people who are dangerous, people who are, you know, gang-bangers, who are criminals that we’re deporting as quickly as possible.”
  • Congress’s ObamaCare ‘Small Business’ Fraud

    07/01/2015 12:59:57 PM PDT · by drypowder · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 1, 2015 | Arnold Alhert
    Americans fed up with the unbridled arrogance of the nation’s “ruling class” are about to be further infuriated. As American Commitment president Phil Kerpen reveals, there’s yet another outrageous scandal occurring on Capitol Hill, where the House and Senate have falsely certified themselves as small businesses so they can fund themselves and their staffs with taxpayer-funded health insurance—sidestepping ObamaCare provisions in the process. “They conspired to break the law,” Kerpen told Front Page.
  • Katie Couric interviews Ted Cruz

    06/29/2015 8:31:44 AM PDT · by VinL · 101 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/29/2015 | K. Couric
    Ted Cruz continued his verbal assault on last week’s historic Supreme Court decisions on Monday, saying the justices who ruled in favor of Obamacare and gay marriage “rewrote the Constitution.” “They joined a team, they put on bright-blue Obama jerseys and they rewrote the law,” the U.S. senator from Texas told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric during a live sit-down interview from Yahoo’s New York City studios. “Those decisions are a threat to our democracy.” Cruz slammed Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion in the Obamacare case on behalf of what the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful called “five...