Reader Selected News For The Week Apr 18 To Apr 24

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Business Can Fine Workers Who Opt Out Of ‘Wellness’

From an unfazed Reuters:

Obama administration to remove hurdle to ‘wellness’ penalties

By Sharon Begley | April 17, 2015

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In what would be a significant and hard-fought victory for U.S. businesses, the Obama administration said on Thursday it will propose new rules for workplace wellness programs that would treat as voluntary even plans that penalize workers thousands of dollars for not participating. That decision, which will be published in the Federal Register on Monday…

This article is practically gibberish. But it’s a textbook example of the kind of government encroachment on our lives we said would happen under Obama-Care. In a nutshell, Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has decided that businesses can basically fine employees who do not go into wellness programs.

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O’Malley Rips Hillary: Late On Gay Marriage, Amnesty

From the Washington Post:

O’Malley knocks Clinton on same-sex marriage, immigration

By John Wagner | April 16, 2015

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, who is gearing up for his own 2016 presidential bid, appears increasingly comfortable taking shots at Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Where is the outrage at a powerful man beating up on a poor defenseless woman? (Or, that’s right. Mr. O’Malley is not a Republican.) Besides, everyone knows it just for show. Now that Hillary has the nomination sewn up, the Democrats need to make her seem like a moderate.

Hence this outburst from O’Malley and Elizabeth Warren’s recent comments. In fact, Hillary is probably already at working trying to come up with her own ‘Sister Souljah moment.’

On Thursday, O’Malley knocked the Democratic front-runner for two positions she’s taken in recent days that he has held for some time regarding same-sex marriage and immigration — suggesting she’s been motivated by polling…

Er, what did O’Malley say when Obama ‘evolved’ on same-sex marriage?

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Pelosi: Hillary’s Iraq Vote’s Irrelevant, She’s A Woman

From the Daily Caller:

Pelosi: Hillary’s Votes Don’t Matter, What’s Important Is She’s A Woman

By Alex Griswold | April 16, 2015 

When asked during her weekly press conference about whether then-New York Senator Hillary Clinton’s vote for the Iraq War should be “disqualifying,” Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said what was actually “important” was to elect a woman president.

And yet nobody calls such thinking ‘sexist.’ Go figure. Anyway, we wonder if Ms. Pelosi would say the same thing about Condoleezza Rice?

QUESTION: [Former Rhode Island Governor] Lincoln Chaffee said earlier this week that any Democrat who voted for the Iraq war should be disqualified as being your party’s nominee. You called the Iraq war among other things ‘a grotesque mistake.’ He was obviously implying that Hillary Clinton should not be the nominee.

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Hillary Flies Coach, Totes Own Bag (Limo On Tarmac)

From the (no longer just the UK) Daily Mail:

Hillary ditches Scooby van and flies to New Jersey after wrapping up three-day Iowa campaign tour – toting her own luggage!

By David Martosko | 16 April 2015

The Secret Service will have to drive Scooby One and Scooby Two back to Chappaqua without Hillary Clinton riding shotgun. Instead, she’s flying coach and toting her own luggage…

We’re sure the Secret Service will miss her company.

In contrast with the private jet service Hillary has been accustomed to on her storied and lucrative speaking tours, her ride home was a no-frills commercial flight without a First Class seat to be found anywhere. For flights from Omaha to Newark, United offers nothing but narrow economy-class seats.

Heads will roll.

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The Hill: Hillary Was Correct To Not Tip At Chipotle’s

From The Hill:

The politics of tipping

By Jordan Fabian | April 17, 2015

Do you tip at fast food restaurants? It’s an ethical dilemma… thrust into the 2016 spotlight when Hillary Clinton left an Ohio Chipotle without leaving a tip. When to tip can be a difficult decision, but it is especially tricky if you are running for president.

Charles Wright, the manager of the Maumee, Ohio, Chipotle, told Bloomberg that Clinton left no change in the tip jar after paying her bill, which came out to $20. “We get a bunch of tips,” Wright, a Republican voter, said of his store. “If we’re doing our job right, people tip.” …

Note that The Hill insists on claiming Mr. Wright is a Republican, even though Bloomberg subsequently deleted that false claim from their report.

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Cellphones, Cameras Taken Before Hillary’s Meeting

From the ABC Omaha, Nebraska affiliate, KETV

Hillary Clinton meets privately with local Democratic Party leaders

By Dave Roberts | April 16, 2015

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa —While she had no formal events scheduled in western Iowa, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton spent the night in Council Bluffs before a private meeting with local Democratic Party leaders Thursday…

This is the original report from the local ABC affiliate in Iowa, KETV that accidentally videoed Hillary’s van in the handicap zone. But, unlike the handicap flap, their article does mention another detail in passing.

Earlier Wednesday, Clinton talked with small business owners about health care and immigration. After that, Clinton headed to the State House in Des Moines, where a huge crowd of people greeted her. She shook hands and took pictures with supporters.

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The Hill: Hillary’s Van Only Idled In Handicapped Spot

From The Hill:

Clinton van idles in handicap spot

By Jesse Byrnes | April 16, 2015

Republicans tweaked Hillary Clinton on Thursday after her van appeared to be left idling in a handicap area during a stop in Iowa.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un must be pea green with envy at the kind protection the American media gives to our Dear Democrat Leaders. Note The Hill’s headline and lead. Hillary’s van was only ‘idling’ in the handicap spot. It wasn’t parked there. Besides, this is a ‘nothing burger’ only brought up by desperate Republican nitpickers.

And never mind that Hillary’s van was ‘idling’ in a handicapped spot for over an hour and a half. And never mind that in most, if not all locales, idling gets you the same ticket as parking.

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Platoon Told Joint Chiefs Bergdahl Deserted In 2009

From Fox News:

Bergdahl’s platoon mates: Head of Joint Chiefs knew he walked off base in 2009

By Catherine Herridge | April 17, 2015

Why didn’t administration admit Bergdahl information?

We will assume this is a rhetorical question, since the answer is obvious.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his base in Afghanistan June 30, 2009, and by December of that same year, the president’s principal military adviser, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, knew those details, according to three of Bergdahl’s platoon mates who spoke to Fox News. 

"I asked him (Mullen) if he knew about Bergdahl and that he deserted and he (Mullen) told me that he knew of the circumstances surrounding his walking off," former Sgt. Matt Vierkant told Fox,"(and) that they were developing leads and following leads, trying to do everything they could to get him back."

After pulling security duty for the chairman, who was doing a swing through Afghanistan in December 2009, Vierkant, along with Evan Buetow and Cody Full, said they met informally with Mullen and about eight other soldiers.

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AP: Obama Can Lift Iran Sanctions Without Congress

From a reassuring Associated Press:

Obama could ease many Iranian sanctions without Congress

By DEB RIECHMANN | April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own.

Earth to the AP: he already has. Obama stopped enforcing the sanctions as soon as Iran agreed to ‘negotiate’ with him. And he has already returned almost all of Iran’s $12 billion dollar assets that had been frozen in US banks.

And he did all of this via executive actions which are probably illegal.

Lawmakers have insisted on having a say on what could be a historic accord that the U.S. and five other nations are trying to finalize with Iran…

And never mind that the Constitution also ‘insists’ that the Senate have a say.

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‘Ohio Man’ Returned From Syria To Kill Soldiers In US

From the New York Times:

Ohio Man Trained in Syria Is Charged With Planning Terrorism in U.S.

By SCOTT SHANE | April 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — An Ohio man who trained with a terrorist group in Syria was accused by federal prosecutors on Thursday of returning to the United States with the goal of mounting an attack at home, the first example of a pattern that counterterrorism officials have long feared.

"Ohio Man." The NYT always tries to play up the ‘home grown’ angle of these terrorists. When, in reality, they are almost always imported terrorists. In this case, we are talking about a Muslim family imported from Somalia in 1998 by a compassionate Bill Clinton.

Officials said that the man, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud [sic], 23, a naturalized American citizen whose brother was killed fighting in Syria, spoke of wanting to attack a military facility or a prison in the United States.

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Muslims Threw Christians Overboard Crossing Med

From the (no longer just UK) Daily Mail:

Muslim migrants threw Christians overboard during Mediterranean crossing from Libya

By Sara Malm | 16 April 2015

A group of Muslim migrants have been arrested for ‘aggravated murder’ after allegedly throwing 12 Christians into the Mediterranean sea during a recent crossing from Libya, Italian police reports.

Witnesses say a fight broke out on a rubber dinghy carrying more than 100 African migrants from Libya to Sicily, after which the men were thrown to their deaths.

A group of 15 men have now been arrested on suspicion of ‘multiple aggravated murder motivated by religious hate,’ Palermo police said in a statement…

Ya think?

During the crossing, a fight broke out over religion, with the group of Muslim passengers threatening the Nigerians and Ghanaians after the latter declared themselves to be Christians…

The police statement said their motive for the attack was that the victims ‘professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim.’

Funny how it is almost never the other way around.

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Truthers Post DHS Addresses, Lefty Lands On The Hill

From a deeply concerned CBS News:

Right-wing extremists blamed for posting top law officials’ info

April 15, 2015

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating the online publication of home addresses of senior officials and former officials of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies, CBS News has learned…

[S]ources tell CBS News that investigators believe an apparent right-wing extremist group is behind the posting of the information…

Funny, but when the lovable scamps at Anonymous post this kind of information the media either ignores it or they are amused. (Cf. Ferguson.)

A message along with the posting titled "DHS-CIA-FBI TRAITORS HOME ADDRESSES" states: "LET THESE EVIL NWO SATANISTS KNOW THAT THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY FOR THEIR 911 TREASON, AND THEIR FUTURE FEMA CAMP PLANNED PUBLIC CRACKDOWN TREASON ALSO.

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Fed Pres: Unemployment Is Close To Its Natural Rate

From a joyous Reuters:

Fed’s Lacker says unemployment clearly close to natural rate

April 15, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C (Reuters) – Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker said on Wednesday that the current 5.5 percent unemployment rate was well within range of what would be considered the natural rate, a sign that the Fed should hike rates soon.

What is the ‘natural rate’ for the U-6? It can’t possibly be 11%.

Some Fed officials have lowered their estimates of the level of unemployment at which job markets would tighten to the degree that wages and prices begin to rise. But there is wide uncertainty over the exact level. "We are well within any reasonable confidence band," Lacker said…

Hilarious. When there is a Democrat in the White House, they always claim we are at or near full employment.

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Hillary Foundation To Keep Accepting Foreign Cash

From an unquestioning Washington Post:

Clinton Foundation to restrict foreign donations

By Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman | April 15, 2015

Responding to concerns from activists across the political spectrum, the Clinton Foundation board voted Wednesday to tighten its policy on accepting foreign donations  — and to make its operations more transparent… The new restrictions would permit future large contributions only from Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany and Norway.

The new rules mean that other countries would be prohibited from making large donations to the Foundation, including those that contributed in recent years such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Dominican Republic…

Besides sounding awfully racist and bigoted, this is laughable. As we will learn (buried at the bottom of this article) they are not going to restrict donations from any individuals.

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