California Declares Electronic Cigarettes A Health Threat

From a cheering Associated Press:

Calif. Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

January 28, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping” grows in popularity.

The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get users hooked on nicotine but acknowledges that more research needs to be done to determine the immediate and long-term health effects.

"E-cigarettes are not as harmful as conventional cigarettes, but e-cigarettes are not harmless” said California Health Officer Ron Chapman. "They are not safe.”

Where is the proof? Or is this assertion just based on a scientific consensus that somebody made up?



Melee Halts St. Louis Meeting On Civilian Police Oversight

From the New York Daily News:

Melee halts St. Louis City Hall meeting on civilian oversight of police

By Jason Molinet | January 29, 2015

A St. Louis City Hall meeting exploring the creation of a civilian-run police oversight board was halted Wednesday night when a melee erupted, highlighting the still simmering tensions exposed when an unarmed black Ferguson, Mo., teen was shot dead by a white cop last August.

Is that what this highlighted? We thought it might highlight how out of control the grieving protesters have gotten.

The crowd grew testy an hour into the public forum as police officers spoke in opposition to the bill and state Rep. Jeff Roorda, who doubles as the business manager of the city’s police union, got into a shouting match with meeting chairman Alderman Terry Kennedy, according to the St.



Obama Wants Increase Federal Spending By $70 Billion

First, from a cheering Associated Press:

Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

By JOSH LEDERMAN | January 29, 2015 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law.

Obama’s budget proposal to Congress will "fully reverse" the so-called sequestration cuts on the domestic side, while boosting national security programs by an equal amount, the White House said…

And never mind that the sequester cuts have already been done away with for all intents and purposes on the domestic side. Only the military is still being cut.


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Obama-Care Insurers Discriminate Against AIDS Patients

From Reuters:

Some Obamacare insurers discriminate against AIDS patients: study

By Sharon Begley | January 29, 2015

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Some insurers selling policies under Obamacare may be structuring drug coverage in a way that dissuades people with HIV-AIDS from becoming their customers, according to a study published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine…

Some [insurance companies]… have found a way to discriminate [against patients with expensive pre-conditions], wrote researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, "resorting to other tactics to dissuade high-cost patients" from enrolling.

Traditionally, insurers use formularies [sic], lists of covered drugs and their out-of-pocket costs, to steer patients toward generic drugs or medicine for which a company has negotiated a favorable price. But formularies can be structured to put off people with pre-existing conditions, said co-author Ben Sommers.


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Treasury: 6M Will Pay O-Care Penalty, 30M Will Be Exempt

From a seemingly short term memory deficient CNN:

Millions to owe Obamacare tax penalty

By Tami Luhby | January 28, 2015

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Were you uninsured in 2014? It’s time to pay the piper! Some 3 million to 6 million Americans will have to pay an Obamacare tax penalty for not having health insurance last year, Treasury officials said Wednesday. It’s the first time they have given estimates for how many people will be subject to a fine.

Wait a cotton picking minute. We were told for years that anywhere from 30 to 40 million Americans did not have health insurance. And now,Obama-Care has (supposedly) provided insurance for 7 to 10 million people. Many of whom, if not most, previously had insurance. (See the latest ‘numbers’ in the second story below.)

So how is it possible that only 3 to 6 million will have to pay the fine for not having insurance?



Lynch: Illegals Have Same Right To Work That Citizens Do

From Breitbart:

Loretta Lynch: Illegal Aliens Have Right To Work As Much As American Citizens

By Matthew Boyle | 28 Jan 2015

President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States, Loretta Lynch, said on Wednesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing that she thinks illegal aliens have the same right to work in America as American citizens do.

“Senator, I believe the right and the obligation to work is one that is shared by everyone in this country, regardless of how they came here,” Lynch said when asked by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who has a greater right to work: Illegal aliens, or lawful immigrants and American citizens?

The really shocking thing is that Ms. Lynch said that people have an obligation to work.


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ICE Now Has To Ask Illegals If They Qualify For Amnesty

From a seemingly surprised Associated Press:

Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama’s plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press.

So now we are doing Miranda warnings to illegals? ‘Thanks to El Presidente Obama, you may have the right to remain in our country — even though you are in our country illegally…’

Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program.

In case anyone still doubts that the previous releases of illegal alien criminals with convictions of murder and rape were due to sequester cuts — or were an accident.


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Obama Drops His Plan To Tax 529 College Savings Funds

From CNN:

White House drops 529 college savings proposal

By Jim Acosta | January 28, 2015

(CNN) The White House is giving up on a costly fight with Congress over the Obama administration’s increasingly unpopular proposal to effectively end 529 college savings plans. A White House official confirmed the move on Tuesday as fierce opposition to the provision was building in Congress, even among fellow Democrats.

"Given it has become such a distraction, we’re not going to ask Congress to pass the 529 provision so that they can instead focus on delivering a larger package of education tax relief," the official said…

You see? Obama’s plan to tax the previously tax exempt 529 college savings plan was part of his "larger package of education tax relief."

The reversal was a clear signal the White House had underestimated the popularity of the college savings plans and the backlash any proposal to end the program would cause…

No, Obama over-estimated how much class warfare there is in the US.


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Google Helped Pick Questions YouTubers Asked Obama

From BuzzFeed News:

Google Helped Choose The Questions YouTube Stars Asked Obama

The company is a huge supporter of President Obama and his administration.

By Evan McMorris-Santoro | January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Google was directly involved in choosing the questions President Obama was asked by three YouTube stars last Thursday. One of the personalities, Hank Green, the creator of educational science videos, wrote Sunday that Google pushed him to ask tougher questions in his post–State of the Union interview with Obama.

We’re just surprised none of the YouTube ‘stars’ have turned out to be former (or current) Democrat staffers.

“After I sent Google my first list of questions, they got back to me pushing me to drop the soft balls,” he wrote on the website Medium…

Maybe Google should run the White House Press Corps.


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Raul Castro Demands Gitmo And Compensation From US

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Raul Castro: US must return Guantanamo for normal relations


SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

Is that all? He didn’t demand a lifetime supply of foot massages, as well? Still, who didn’t see this coming?

Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but "if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense." …

It will make even less sense if the US were to pay compensation for an embargo that was started because of Cuba’s outright theft of untold billions of dollars of assets from American companies and American private citizens after the ‘revolution.’

Castro’s government has increasingly linked the negotiations with the U.S.


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Al Jazeera Bans The Terms ‘Terrorist,’ ‘Militant,’ ‘Islamist’

From National Review:

Internal Emails Show Al Jazeera English Banning Use of Terms ‘Terrorist,’ ‘Militant,’ ‘Islamist’

By Brendan Bordelon | January 27, 2015

Shortly after news broke of a deadly January 27 attack by Islamic terrorists on a hotel in Libya’s capital, Al Jazeera English executive Carlos van Meek shot out an email to his employees. “All: We manage our words carefully around here,” the network’s head of output wrote to staff at the Doha-based news channel’s New York and Washington, D.C. newsrooms. “So I’d like to bring to your attention some key words that have a tendency of tripping us up.”

In an email obtained by National Review Online, van Meek warned the network’s journalists against the use of terms including “terrorist,” “militant,” “Islamist” and “jihad.” “One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter,” the Al Jazeera executive wrote.


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Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Met With State Department

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders Hosted at State Department

By Adam Kredo | January 28, 2015

The State Department hosted a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders this week for a meeting about their ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, who rose to power following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, an ally of the Brotherhood, in 2013.

It’s a wonder Mr. Obama didn’t meet with them as well. (Presuming he didn’t.) He certainly would rather meet with them than with Mr. Netanyahu. Anyway, lest we forget, President al-Sisi happens is one of the few (if only) Muslim leaders to say that Islam has to change and become less extreme and less violent.

One member of the delegation, a Brotherhood-aligned judge in Egypt, posed for a picture while at Foggy Bottom in which he held up the Islamic group’s notorious four-finger Rabia symbol, according to his Facebook page… [Waleed] Sharaby, the Brotherhood-aligned judge, flashed the Islamist group’s popular symbol in his picture at the State Department and wrote in a caption: “Now in the U.S.


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WH Insists Taliban Are ‘Armed Insurgency,’ Not Terrorists

From the Wall Street Journal:

White House Labels Taliban ‘Armed Insurgency,’ Not Terrorists

By Byron Tau | January 28, 2015

… Asked about a Jordanian plan to swap a would-be suicide bomber for a Jordanian pilot being held by Islamic State militants, the White House reiterated the longstanding policy of the U.S. to refuse negotiations with terrorists. “Our policy is that we don’t pay ransom, that we don’t give concessions to terrorist organizations,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Wednesday. “This is a longstanding policy that predates this administration and it’s also one that we communicated to our friends and allies across the world,” he added.

Mr. Schultz seems to be using the wrong tense there. That was US policy.

But the U.S. engaged in a similar prisoner swap with Afghanistan’s Taliban last year, releasing several Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for the freedom of U.S.



Jordan Is Now Prepared To Do A ‘Prisoner Swap’ With ISIS

From the Wall Street Journal:

Jordan Prepared to Exchange Prisoner for Pilot Held by Islamic State

By Alexander Martin, Suha Ma’ayeh, Maria Abi-Habib | January 28, 2015

Jordan publicly offered to swap prisoners with Islamic State in a move that opened a path for saving two hostages through a route that has been rejected by the U.S. and other coalition allies.

Huh? Obama has blazed that ‘route’ with his swap of five Taliban terrorists for Bowe Bergdahl. Not to mention the ransom that is alleged to have been paid for the US writer, Peter Theo Curtis, who was held by ISIS. (A ransom probably paid by the US via Qatar.) And, lest we forget, Mr. Obama just swapped ‘prisoners’ with Cuba.

In an apparent response, Twitter accounts linked to the militant group distributed a new video in which a voice attributed to Japanese hostage Kenji Goto said Jordan must present the prisoner it is proposing to swap at the Turkish border by Thursday’s sunset local time…

It wasn’t clear from the message whether Islamic State was willing to release both hostages—Mr.


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Official Asked Disney To Use ‘Frozen’ To Teach AGW Hoax

From the National Journal:

State Department Official Wants Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to Teach Kids About Climate Change

By Clare Foran | January 23, 2015

A high-ranking State Department official wants to enlist Princess Elsa and a talking snowman to teach the American public about the Arctic.

Why not? Hitler had the German film industry make propaganda films for his party. Stalin and Mao and Castro all did the same. In fact, the only surprises here are 1) that Disney had to be asked. And 2) that Disney refused.

But it turns out they didn’t refuse because man-made global warming is a hoax based on lies. No, Disney refused because the story wouldn’t have a happy ending.

Adm. Robert Papp, the U.S. special representative for the Arctic, told an audience at the Arctic Frontiers conference in Norway this week that he met with a Disney executive to discuss raising awareness about the polar region using characters from the wildly popular movie Frozen…

"I said, you’ve taught an entire generation about the Arctic," Papp said, describing his exchange with the Disney executive.



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