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  • Commissioner says fraud from Obamaphone program approaching $500 million

    06/08/2016 9:32:17 PM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/8/16 | Rudy Takala
    The federal subsidy known as the "Obamaphone" or "Obamanet" program could be losing nearly $500 million to fraud annually, according to a top Republican on the Federal Communications Commission. Commissioner Ajit Pai made the accusation Wednesday in letter to the Universal Service Administrative Company, referring to the FCC's Universal Service Fund, which provides a monthly $9.95 subsidy for telecom service to low-income consumers. The subsidy is limited to one per "independent economic household," or IEH, but telecom companies have the ability to override that restriction if applicants check a box stating they represent a separate household, even if they have...
  • My Very Own Obamaphone

    05/29/2016 12:24:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | May 25, 2016 | Robert Morley
    The push to enroll people in government welfare programs gives new meaning to ‘the land of the free.’ ====================================================================================================================== Last week, I almost got my very own Obamaphone—by accident. I own a Tracfone; it is one of those prepay plans. The carrier was upgrading from 2G to 3G, and I was sent a new phone to replace my old one. I called the service department to get my number reassigned to my new phone—and that’s when something went wrong. A series of transfers between various representatives left me wondering if I would ever have a working phone. Turn the phone...
  • FCC kept 'Obamaphone' fraud under wraps until after it expanded program

    04/14/2016 9:09:40 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 14 replies
    Federal regulators were instructed to keep a massive fraud investigation concerning the Obamaphone program, meant to help get low-income families cellphone access under wraps until a day after a controversial vote to expand the program, one of those regulators claims. The Federal Communications Commission on Friday announced that it would seek $51 million in damages from a cellphone company that allegedly defrauded the federal Lifeline program of nearly $10 million. The commissions five members unanimously backed the Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL), but Republican commissioner Ajit Pai parted from his colleagues in a partial dissent. According to Pai,...
  • FCC plans $51 million fine over Lifeline program abuse

    04/08/2016 9:15:51 AM PDT · by kevcol · 20 replies
    WMUR ^ | April 8, 2016 | Charles Riley
    The Federal Communications Commission has announced plans to fine a mobile provider $51 million for defrauding its Lifeline program, which subsidizes wireless service for low-income Americans. The FCC accused California-based Total Call Mobile of fraudulently enrolling tens of thousands of duplicate and ineligible consumers in the Lifeline program. The company received an estimated $9.7 million dollars in improper payments since 2014, according to the FCC. In the fourth quarter of that year, 99.8% of the company's enrollments allegedly involved overriding a system designed to stop the registration of duplicate customers.
  • Obama to announce project for more broadband in public housing

    07/15/2015 8:40:03 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 15, 2015
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is set to announce on Wednesday a pilot project to expand broadband access for people who live in public housing, in his administration's latest push to bridge the "digital divide" between the rich and poor. Working with mayors, internet service providers and other companies and nonprofits, the Department of Housing and Urban Development will make it cheaper and easier for more than 275,000 low-income households with almost 200,000 children to get home internet, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday. Obama is set to speak about the program in Durant, Oklahoma...
  • Lifeline is Pathway to First Class, Digital Citizenship

    06/24/2015 10:59:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Informer ^ | June 24, 2015 | Nicol E. Turner-Lee
    Millions of low-income Americans will soon be able to access the Internet as part of the Lifeline program. Thats because the Federal Communications Commission, the agency responsible for its oversight, wants to add broadband to its suite of services. Established in 1985, Lifeline provides a discount on traditional phone services for eligible consumers, giving them the ability to connect to jobs, family members and emergency services. The program was updated to include wireless phone services in 2005, and the move to now include broadband for people to access the Internet reflects our changing communications ecosystem. Yet this months efforts by...
  • The Fraud-Riddled 'Obamaphone' Program Is Coming to the Internet

    06/12/2015 2:47:59 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/11/2015 | John Merline
    Next week, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve a plan to add Internet access subsidies to its current $1.7 billion wireless phone subsidy program, called Lifeline. This comes in the wake of two federal audits that show a negligent lack of accountability in the existing program, as well as news reports of widespread fraud and abuse.
  • 'Obamaphone' fight pivots to Internet

    05/28/2015 11:21:45 AM PDT · by magellan · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/28/15 | Brooks Boliek
    The FCC is readying a proposal to extend the controversial subsidy program to broadband.Conservatives have reserved their worst epithet for the Lifeline program, which provides discounted phone service to low-income families: "Obamaphone." Liberals call it a vital source of empowerment for the poor. Now the Federal Communications Commission is readying a proposal to extend the subsidies to the Internet, setting up a new battle with Republicans who already want to shut down the effort.
  • New mother claims doctor left his MOBILE PHONE inside her after delivering her baby...

    05/13/2015 9:25:13 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 37 replies
    daily mail ^ | 5-2015
    New mother claims doctor left his MOBILE PHONE inside her after delivering her baby... and she only realised when her stomach began VIBRATING Hanan Mahmoud Abdul Karim, 36, had a Caesarean in April this year By MADLEN DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE PUBLISHED: 10:09 EST, 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 14:10 EST, 13 May 2015 A Jordanian woman claims a doctor left his mobile phone in her abdomen after delivering her baby by Caesarean section. Hanan Mahmoud Abdul Karim, 36, was admitted to a private hospital in Amman, Jordan, for the operation on April 24th this year. Her mother, Majeda Abdul Hamid,...
  • Obama at Poverty Forum on Capitalist Types Who Are Reading Ayn Rand & Think Everybody Are Moochers

    05/12/2015 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | May 12, 2015 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama said today that the incidents with police in Baltimore and Ferguson, along with a growing awareness of inequality in our society, can turn attention back to poverty in America and bridge ideological divides that have prevented us from making progress. At the Georgetown University panel on poverty, Obama name-dropped Ayn Rand and acknowledged he may speak differently to a black audience. Panelists joining the president were American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks, Harvard professor Robert Putnam, and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. The stereotype is that youve got folks on the left who just want to pour more...
  • Phone Company Outraged By Fraud, Abuse In Obamaphone Program

    01/27/2015 6:50:22 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | 1/26/2015 | Brian Maass
    DENVER (CBS4) A nationwide cellphone company distributing phones and cellphone plans in Denver as part of a massive government program says it is outraged by the unacceptable actions uncovered by a CBS4 undercover investigation. The response from Total Call Mobile comes nearly three months after an undercover CBS4 investigation revealed multiple examples of fraud and cheating in the phone distribution program. The Lifeline program is aimed at providing free cellphone service to the poor and needy. It handed out more than 13 million free cellphone plans in the first six months of 2014. In Colorado, the program handed out...
  • Woman Tells Cops Ex-Boyfriend Stole Her "Obama Phone" During Tussle

    10/28/2014 9:47:37 AM PDT · by SharpRightTurn · 47 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | October 28, 2014 | N/A
    A South Carolina woman told police yesterday that her former boyfriend stole her Obama phone during a confrontation yesterday morning, according to an incident report. Tasha Mallory, 29, said that she was on her phone when Desmond TyQuan Gray, 22, entered her apartment uninvited Monday morning and began to ask her who she was on the phone with. Mallory and Gray are not dating but have one child in common, cops noted. According to Mallory, Gray tried to grab her phone, but she held it close to her chest so Mr. Gray could not get to it. Gray, Mallory alleged,...
  • Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches, updates privacy laws (for 21st century)

    06/25/2014 7:59:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies ^ | Updated: 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | By Stephen Dinan
    The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot go snooping through peoples cell phones without a warrant, in a unanimous decision that amounts to a major statement in favor of privacy rights. Police agencies had argued that searching through the data on cell phones was no different than asking someone to turn out his pockets, but the justices rejected that, saying a cell phone is more fundamental. The ruling amounts to a 21st century update to legal understanding of privacy rights. The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the...
  • Consumer Groups Fight $5 Obama Phone Fee In Georgia

    12/19/2013 7:35:03 AM PST · by upchuck · 30 replies
    CBS Atlanta ^ | Dec 19, 2013 | Benjamin Fearnow
    The Federal Communication Commission program, Lifeline, subsidizes the wireless service and allows carriers to dispense phones for no cost. Recipients of the free service are considered eligible if they do not earn more than 135 percent of the federal poverty level or if they participate in at least one other federal assistance program such as Medicaid, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or public housing. Georgia alone has nearly 800,000 residents which use the service, but a new policy aimed at cracking down at fraud and wasteful spending forces companies to either increase free airtime to 500 hours or charge...
  • Navigators Warned: Dont Leave Tax Returns on the Fax Machine

    09/30/2013 6:15:57 PM PDT · by magellan · 46 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | September 30, 2013 | John Kartch
    As Obamacare enrollment begins, the Department of Health and Human Services has a helpful tip for the program's so-called Navigators: "Do not leave documents that contain PII [Personally Identifiable Information] or tax return information on printers and fax machines." The warning is contained in Section 2.4.3 of the 207-page Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator Standard Operating Procedures Manual. The same section asks navigators to "double-check" the fax number before faxing Obamacare enrollee's tax returns: "When faxing PII or tax return information, double-check that the recipient's fax number is correct and that someone is able to pick up the faxed information immediately."...
  • Latino Group Wants to Expand Fraud-Ridden Obamaphone Program

    09/24/2013 3:35:02 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 09/03/2013 | Alissa Tabirian
    The real problem with the Lifeline Program that provides free cell phones commonly known as Obamaphones to low-income individuals is not that its been abused, but that not enough low-income Latinos are using the subsidized phones, according to The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Probably about 30 to 35 percent of the people who qualify for Lifeline would be Latino, and yet only about 15 percent of the users of Lifeline are Latino, Brent Wilkes, executive director of LULAC, said in a conference call Wednesday. When CNSNews asked for a comment on documented reports of fraud...
  • Dem Sen. McCaskill calls for criminal charges for 'Obamaphone' cheats

    09/23/2013 5:19:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/23/13 | Brendan Sasso
    Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Monday called for criminal charges to be filed against people who defrauded a federal phone subsidy program. McCaskill sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, urging the agency to refer examples of fraud in its Lifeline program to the Justice Department for prosecution. "Knowingly providing false information to a government agency for profit must be investigated. If these companies are found in violation of federal law, I expect the DOJ will prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law," she wrote. She also urged the FCC to more aggressively use its own...
  • FCC chief: Reagan could be proud of 'Obamaphone' program

    09/12/2013 5:00:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    FCC chief: Reagan could be proud of 'Obamaphone' program By Brendan Sasso - 09/12/13 05:58 PM ET Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn forcefully defended her agency's phone subsidy program for the poor in a speech on Thursday. Conservative critics have claimed the FCC's Lifeline program is a wasteful government handout and referred to it as the "Obamaphone program." "Heres the truth. The Lifeline program long predates the current administration," Clyburn said in the speech at the New America Foundation. "It was actually created during the Reagan administration, so let's give credit where credit is due. The Lifeline program...
  • Study: Welfare pays more than work in most states

    08/20/2013 2:37:33 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 20 Aug 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Looking for a good paying job? Well, look no further. No, really, stop looking. In 35 states, welfare benefits pay more than a minimum wage job, according to a new study by the libertarian Cato Institute, and in 13 states welfare pays more than $15 per hour. One of the single best ways to climb out of poverty is taking a job, but as long as welfare provides a better standard of living than an entry-level job, recipients will continue to choose it over work, said Michael Tanner, senior policy analyst and co-author of the study. The study is an...
  • Obama Pushes Cell Phone Rate Hike, without Congress

    08/14/2013 12:08:47 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 8-14-13
    If you like your ridiculously high cell phone bill, theres good news: President Obama wants to make it even higher! The president is pushing a plan to raise money by hiking cell phone fees and use the revenue generated to wire up local schools with high-speed Internet access. The idea of allowing states and towns to figure out how to pay for their own Internet access is evidently anathema to this administration, as is the idea that government should stay within its constitutional boundaries. Hes also planning to do this without input from Congress, via the Federal Communications Commission, according...
  • Me and My Obamaphones

    08/01/2013 8:57:13 AM PDT · by National Review · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | August 1, 2013 | National Review
    Not on welfare or below the poverty line? Never mind heres your free phone. By Jillian Kay Melchior Confession: Youre paying my phone bill. In the past month, I have received three shiny new cell phones, courtesy of American taxpayers, that should never have fallen into my hands. The Federal Communications Commission oversees the so-called Lifeline program, created in 1984 to make sure impoverished Americans had telephone service available to call their moms, bosses, and 911. In 2008, the FCC expanded the program to offer subsidized cell-phone service, and since then, the expenses of running the program have soared....
  • The 'Obama Phone Lady' Is Back With Another Interview that could be the year's best (Watch Video)

    08/01/2013 8:00:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 01/15/2013 | Billy Hallowell
    Remember the “Obama phone lady”? She’s the outspoken Obama supporter who was caught on video back in September ranting about how the president deserved a second term — mainly because he had given her, among many others, a free phone. She became an instant classic.Well, she’s back. And not only is she back, she’s back in one of the most incredible ways: in an interview with conspiracy-crazed radio host Alex Jones.In a sit down with Jones this week, the woman (real name: Michelle Dowery) gave what can only be described as one of the (if not ​the​) most entertaining interview...
  • New Guide Shows Illegal Immigrants How to Get Free Government Cell Phones

    07/15/2013 10:20:58 AM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 2 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 07/15/2013
    A new 36-page e-book, purports to guide undocumented immigrants through the many numerous manners in which they can receive free government cell phones. Otherwise known as Obamaphones. The book is produced by a website called, which is run by a man named Mark Henry. Henry had been linked to another pro-Obamaphone website prior to the election, which featured flattering imagery of candidate Obama, gave him credit for spreading the wealth around, and served as a campaign propaganda tool. In fact, the new guide for illegal immigrants doesnt hide their love of the program, or their love of the man...
  • Obama Phone Remix - (J. Geils Band - Centerfold) - Michael Berry Show

    07/12/2013 10:30:26 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | Michael Berry Show
    Enjoy! Obama Phone Remix - (J. Geils Band - Centerfold) - Michael Berry Show
  • 'Obama Phone' Investigation - Raw Footage

    06/18/2013 9:19:08 AM PDT · by don-o · 4 replies
    You Tube ^ | June 18, 2013 | James O'Keefe
  • OKeefe Sting Catches Obamaphone Salesmen on Camera: I Dont Care What You Do With It

    06/18/2013 9:02:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/18/2013 | John Fund
    James OKeefe is back. His new book Breakthrough chronicling his undercover video takedowns of ACORN, NPR, and local election officials who ignore voter fraud is being published today. He also has a new video out that should embarrass two companies who distribute government-paid-for Obamaphones to people who claim they lack cellular service. Company reps are seen handing them out to OKeefe allies who say they will sell them for drug money, to buy handbags, or to pay their bills. No objection is heard. OKeefe will appear on tonights OReilly Factor to discuss just how much of a scam the $2.2...
  • AT&T to Load iPhones With Emergency Alerts From Obama That You Cant Switch Off

    06/16/2013 7:10:15 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 115 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 16, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Just in case you want more Obama in your life AT&T is loading iPhones with emergency alerts from Barack Obama That you cant switch off. AT&T has begun rolling out Wireless Emergency Alerts updates for iPhone 4S and 5, so you wont be the last folks to know if the entire northern hemisphere is about to be covered in ice la Day After Tomorrow. Youll receive a notification from the carrier when your update is ready, but only if youre using iOS 6.1 or higher. Once installed, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to your phone unless you...
  • Life, Liberty, and a Free Phone

    06/02/2013 6:36:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    If you find yourself at a loose end today, take a moment and have a quick look at your latest phone bill. Among the various taxes, surcharges, and fees that clog up the second page, youll find something called a Universal Service Fund contribution. This suspicious, well-disguised little levy was quietly introduced in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. And youll never guess what its for. Well, congratulations are in order: Youre paying someone elses phone bill! Turns out that any American citizen who is on welfare, food stamps, or Medicaid or whose income is less than 135 percent of...
  • Indiana attorney general probing privacy breach of Obamaphone users

    05/20/2013 8:00:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/20/13 | Staff
    The Indiana attorney generals office confirmed Monday it is investigating a security breach in which Social Security numbers and other personal information were posted online for roughly 44,000 low-income Americans who applied for a federal program that provides discount Internet and phone service. The program was nicknamed the Obamaphone during the 2012 election, though it actually started long before President Obama took office. Indiana reportedly has the highest number of applicants, roughly 17,400, who were signed up by TerraCom Inc. and the affiliated YourTel America Inc. Applicants from at least 26 states were exposed to the security breach,
  • Feds Won't Say if Tsarnaevs Had Gov't-Funded Phones

    04/25/2013 3:33:48 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 39 replies ^ | April 25 2013 | Wynton Hall
    On Thursday, the Boston Herald reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) refused to answer questions about whether Boston terror suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a government-paid cellphone because of privacy laws. The Herald reported Wednesday that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, his wife and 3-year-old daughter collected welfare until 2012 and that both Tamerlan and Dzhokhar received benefits through their parents for a limited portion of the time after they came to the U.S., which was around 2002. The Lifeline phone subsidy program, referred to as the Obama phone program by its critics, charges paying cell phone customers an average monthly...
  • OUTRAGE: Officials Wont Release Welfare Info for Dead Boston Terrorist, Citing His Privacy Rights

    04/25/2013 8:30:24 PM PDT · by montag813 · 41 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 04-25-2013 | John Hill
    Who exactly do you represent? Gov. Deval Patrick dodges questions about how much welfare benefitsthe Chechen terrorists got from his state, citing their "privacy".- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and his state agencies are refusing to release information on what government benefits Boston jihadist Tamerlan Tsarnaev received, following a national furor over reports he and his family received welfare. Their reason? It would violate the dead terrorist's right to privacy!That's right. Led by the stalwart Boston Herald, media entities pressed for info all day. Across the board, state agencies flatly refused to provide information about the taxpayer-funded lifestyle for the 26-year-old...
  • Democrats want hearing on 'Obama phone' program

    03/07/2013 2:57:13 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7 Mar 13 | Brendan Sasso
    Three leading House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats are calling for an oversight hearing on the Federal Communications Commission's Lifeline program, a phone subsidy for the poor that has been disparagingly referred to as the "Obama phone" program. The program, which began long before President Obama took office, has been notorious for waste and abuse. The FCC enacted reforms last year aimed at trimming billions of dollars from the program, but recent reports indicate that people who are ineligible for the program are still receiving subsidies. The program gained more attention last year when conservatives seized on a viral video...
  • Fraud and abuse grow after subsidized telephone program expands (Obama phones)

    02/12/2013 10:07:51 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb 5, 2013 | By Luke Rosiak -
    Fraud and abuse grow after subsidized telephone program expands A federal program subsidizing phones for the poor increased from 6.8 million to 18 million recipients from 2008 the year it was expanded to include cell phones to May 2012. And fraud and abuse from the expansion have been far more extensive than expected, to the extent that tougher enforcement of long-existing rules is projected to bring in enough money to finance the expansion of the program to provide low-income users with free Internet service, according to the Federal Communications Commission report released last week. Up to 15 percent...
  • Obama Phone Lady Wakes Up!

    01/18/2013 2:58:05 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/18/13 | Alex Jones
    I had to see it to believe it! Not an Alex Jones fan by any means but there she is...slamming Obama.Obama Phone Lady Wakes Up
  • Can low-information voters be reached?

    12/28/2012 9:11:25 AM PST · by Perseverando · 64 replies
    WND ^ | December 26, 2012 | Robert Ringer
    Exclusive: Robert Ringer seeks ways to get through to the redistribution-minded While driving into D.C. last week, I was listening to Rush Limbaugh expound on an important issue that I dont believe many pro-liberty people give much thought to. He said that low-information voters present a serious problem because there is no way to reach people who are uninformed. Worse, most of these people dont like conservatives or libertarians. No doubt about it, Rush has zeroed in on the crux of the problem when it comes to the decline and fall of the American Empire. How in the world do...
  • The Obama-Phone Is Back - But This Time It's Real (CA phones for homeless)

    12/11/2012 9:15:07 AM PST · by mojito · 9 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/11/2012 | Tyler Durden
    While some saw the clip of the lady implying 'victory for Obama means phones for everyone' as perhaps exaggerated out-of-context right-wing propaganda - as that would be preposterous right? - it appears San Francisco took it a little more serious. As SFGate reports, the California Public Utilities Commission is expected to approve (within a couple of weeks) a plan to offer homeless and other poor people in California 'virtually free cell phones and service'. The plan is funded through the federal LifeLine program and is designed to enable these individuals to 'keep in touch with family, potential employers and others...
  • Chris Christie: Romney's 'Gifts' Comments 'Divisive'

    11/16/2012 12:32:51 PM PST · by Arthurio · 89 replies
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday added his name to a growing list of Republicans who are rebuking Mitt Romney over his gifts comments. You can't expect to be a leader of all the people and be divisive, said Christie on MSNBCs Morning Joe when asked if he agreed with fellow Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, who was one of the first to criticize the former GOP nominee over the comments. In a conference call with donors Wednesday, Romney said that minorities and young people voted for Obama because he offered them gifts. Said Christie: You have to...
  • New Lyrics to "Proud to Be an American" By Lee Greenwood

    11/15/2012 9:28:34 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 13 replies
    I made up a song parody for Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" that I think is fitting; edits welcome.
  • Prepare For A Wave Of Looting After Hurricane Sandy

    10/30/2012 2:31:39 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 30 October 2012 | Abbey Rogers
    It's all anecdotal at this point, but if crime reports following hurricanes Katrina and Irene are any indication, the East Coast is in for a crime wave, post-Sandy. No reports of looting or Hurricane Sandy-related crimes have been reported yet but that doesn't mean we won't see some soon. Following Hurricane Katrina, the most devastating hurricane in modern memory, New Orleans was besieged with reports of looting, rape, and murder, causing delayed troop deployments, delayed medical evacuations, and police department mutiny, The New York Times reported in 2005....(excerpt)
  • Three Cheers for the Obamaphone Lady

    10/18/2012 6:56:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | October 18, 2012 4:46 pm | Kevin D. Williamson
    Call it racist, call it unfair, call it whatever you like: As a political ad, the Tea Party Victory Fund Obamaphone lady ad is a masterpiece. The genius is in combining the simple facts-and-figures stuff (one in seven Americans on food stamps, etc.) with the way-out-of-left-field Obamaphone lady, who, even though she doesnt seem to know that the phone-subsidy program was launched under the Reagan administration, expresses something true (in gross, cartoon form; i.e., in perfect political-ad form) about the entitlement mentality that anti-Obama (as opposed to pro-Romney) voters abhor intensely. The music is an inspired touch, too. This ad...
  • Tea Party Drops Hardcore Ad Starring 'Obama Phone' Lady

    10/15/2012 10:02:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    fox ^ | 10/15/12 | staff
    Super PAC Tea Party Victory Fund is using the "Obama Phone" lady in a new Ohio swing-state aimed ad. The pitch for the video, which asks donors for help in spreading the video in the state, is written by the Fund's chairman Ken Blackwell, Ohio's former secretary of state, via SLATE: This is it-- this is the October surprise. We just need to get this ad on television today. Will you help us? This commercial is a microcosm of the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans want to create an environment where free people make their own choices and pursue...
  • VIDEO: Woman hoards "30" Government Life line phones or Obama phones

    10/11/2012 9:28:50 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 21 replies
    FOX-TV Baltimore ^ | Sept. 30, 2012 | FOX-TV Baltimore
    Maryland woman has 6 "Obama phones" in her purse, and claims to have have obtained a total of 30 of them...
  • Carlos Slim, Worlds Richest Man, Gets Richer Supplying Obamaphones to Poor

    10/10/2012 1:53:02 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | October 10, 2012 | By Perry Chiaramonte
    A Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors are both getting even richer from the U.S. government program that supplies so-called "Obamaphones" to the poor. Carlos Slim, who has an estimated net worth of $70 billion, owns a controlling stake in TracFone, which makes $10 per phone for each device it provides to poor Americans. The company, whose president and CEO is Frederick F.J. Pollak, also makes money from extra minutes and data plans it sells to subscribers who get phones and service through the government's Lifeline program. The...
  • Obama Phone Remix (parody song)

    10/09/2012 6:25:17 PM PDT · by randita · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/30/12 | ccgsales
    A new rap star is launched.Obama Phone Remix (parody song)

    10/08/2012 2:50:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/07/2012 | John Hayward
    The origins of the Obama phone A viral video flying around the Internet in the last week of September introduced America to the Obama Phone Lady, an angry woman with a shrill voice who turned up at an Ohio rally for the Republican presidential candidate and snarled, Romney sucks! Asked why she supported Obama, she rattled off a list of benefits, including: Everybody in Cleveland minorities got Obama phones! Keep Obama in President, you know? He gave us a phone!Her in-your-face determination to hang on to government benefits rankled taxpaying Americans. But the most widespread immediate response to the video...
  • ObamaPhones Profiting Obama Donors

    10/08/2012 10:09:26 AM PDT · by arichtaxpayer · 32 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 8, 2012 | Andrew Stiles
    A wireless company profiting from the so-called Obama phone giveaway program is run by a prominent Democratic donor whose wife has raised more than $1.5 million for the president since 2007. Last week a video of a President Barack Obama supporter in Ohio claiming to have received a free phone from the president[Obama] gave us a phone!went viral, prompting media outlets to investigate. Since 1985 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has operated a program called Lifeline, originally designed to provide free landline phone service for low-income individuals. The government subsidizes telecommunications firms providing the service, and those firms also pass...
  • VIDEO: Obamaphone Lady II: "I'm from Cleveland Ohio...Down in the Bronx!"

    10/06/2012 4:55:37 AM PDT · by tellw · 33 replies
    YouTube ^ | 5 oct 2012 | RealFreedom1776
    Click on link to watch more video of Obamaphone Lady. "I'm from Cleveland, Ohio down in the Bronx!"
  • Move Over Obamagirl - Here Come's the Obamaphone Lady

    10/04/2012 11:08:53 PM PDT · by zencycler · 20 replies
    self,vanity | 10/5/2012 | self
    Hey B, its me. If youre there, pick up. I just got my phone from the Obamaphone plan. [Sigh] Anyway, call me back. I was walking around, didn't know what to do Democratic Convention 2-0-1-2 I never wanted to have anything more Than a free phone from you So I put down the help wanted ads Knew that phone had to be mine So black and sexy, it's so fine Cause Ive got a crush on my Obamaphone I cannot wait, 'til 2-0-1-6 'Cause I know my Bammy boy will get me my phone fix Then I can make some...
  • Black Americans: Romney Should be EASIER Choice for You than for Conservatives

    10/04/2012 10:17:21 AM PDT · by publius321
    Any supposed concerns about Romney from Black Americans are completely contrary to Romney's history in governing. "Obama phone vs Romney car Part II"... (continued) (Interactive transcript button available for "humble..."
  • The "Obama Phone" Lady vs. Angry White Men with Guns

    10/03/2012 8:00:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | October 2, 2012
    ..............In the Right-wing's dreamworld, the Obama Phone Lady is a "surplus" person with no place in an Ayn Rand fantasy, what is the Tea Party GOP's dystopian soon-to-be made true reality. Culture is also transmitted through historical memory. The white gun shop owner who believes that Obama is a socialist usurper represents a type ofwhiteness that is not benign. While white folks imagine themselves through the lens of white privilege (where they are kind, innocent, and good). For others, Whiteness (and by implication, white people) has been a harbinger of violence, death, destruction, and exclusion. White men with guns who...