SF Chronicle To Stop Using The Name ‘Redskins’

From the Politico:

S.F. Chronicle to stop using ‘Redskins’

By HADAS GOLD | October 30, 2013

The San Francisco Chronicle will stop using the name "Redskins" for the Washington, D.C., NFL team, managing editor Audrey Cooper confirmed to POLITICO.

"Words are powerful, and so is how we choose to use them," Cooper said in an email. "Our long-standing policy is to not use racial slurs — and make no mistake, ‘redskin’ is a slur — except in cases where it would be confusing to the reader to write around it. For example, we will use the team name when referring to the controversy surrounding its use."

Cooper said she doubts any regular reader of the Chronicle or website SFGate.com would have noticed the choice to use "Washington" instead of the team name, and that they are choosing to use another word that "accurately describes what we are writing about."

Weird.

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$252B In Jobless Benefits During 5 Yr ‘Recession’

From the Washington Times:

Feds paid $252 billion in unemployment benefits during recession

By Stephen Dinan | October 30, 2013

The federal government has paid out 881 million weekly unemployment benefit checks during the current economic slowdown, totaling $252 billion since 2008, according to a new memo released Wednesday by the House Ways and Means Committee.

During and after recessions, federal taxpayers step in to pick up the tab for long-term unemployment benefits when state benefits expire. It’s considered to be a temporary program, but in this case it’s run for five years and has paid out far more than in the previous three recessions.

We would like to see their beginning and end dates for the recession period. The ‘Great Recession’ only lasted from December 2007 until June 2009, even by the left’s new definition of a recession.

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‘Shutdown’ Made Jobless Claims Decline – Again

From the Associated Press:

Fewer Americans seek unemployment aid for 3rd week

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | October 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a sign that employers are laying off very few workers…

We are talking about the second week of October. Which would be the second week of the apocalyptic (17%) government shutdown that we were told would throw 800,000 government workers and untold government contractors out of their jobs. And yet new claims went down by 10,000?

And bear in mind that many of these furloughed workers applied for, and got, and will get to keep, unemployment. So how is this possible?

Applications are a proxy for layoffs.

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Obama Claims ‘Bad Apple’ Insurers Are To Blame

From Obama’s an unquestioning public relations staff at Reuters:

Obama blames ‘bad apple’ insurers for canceled coverage

By Roberta Rampton and David Morgan | October 30, 2013

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that "bad apple" insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks…

Republicans’ assertion that Obama had broken a major promise to the electorate is potentially more damaging than the glitch-ridden website rollout on October 1…

Which is why Reuters and the rest of Obama’s public relations team are going to have to convince the hick critics that they don’t know what they are taking about. In fact, notice how it is only evil Republicans who are claiming Obama broke a major promise.

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O-Care Site ‘Crashes’ During Sebelius Testimony

From Breitbart:

ObamaCare Site Crashes Minutes Before Sebelius Testimony

By John Nolte | October 30, 2013

During her testimony before Congress Wednesday, Secretary Sebelius claimed, "The website never crashed. It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability.”

[And yet] just minutes before Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was set to testify on Capitol Hill, the Healthcare.gov site crashed. Spot checks verified that the State of North Carolina, Virginia, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, and New Hampshire are all down – which likely means the entire federal site is down.

The site was still down thirty-minutes into Sebelius’ testimony.

Apparently, God has a wonderful sense of humor.

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Memo: O-Care Site Was At ‘High Risk’ At Roll-Out

From an unfazed Reuters:

Obamacare website security at ‘high risk’ before launch -memo

By Jim Finkle | October 30, 2013

BOSTON (Reuters) – The security of the Obama administration’s healthcare website was at "high risk" because of lack of testing before it opened for enrollment on October 1, according to a government memorandum reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday.

The HealthCare.gov site collects a trove of sensitive data, such as Social Security numbers, email addresses, phone numbers and birth dates that could be used by criminals in an array of schemes.

A government spokeswoman said on Wednesday that steps to mitigate security concerns have been implemented since the memo was written on September 27 and that consumer data is secure.

So they were able to fix all of these concerns in the three days before the rollout?

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Every Top Dem Promised We Could Keep Our Plans

From The Hill:

Top Dems made same promises

By Alexander Bolton and Bob Cusack | October 31, 2013

Democratic leaders in Congress echoed President Obama’s promise in 2009 that people would not lose their healthcare plans if they liked them… The president wasn’t the only one making big promises on ObamaCare.

We have pointed out numerous times that, in addition to Obama, almost ever top Democrat claimed that if we liked our insurance plan we would be able to keep it. In fact, it was practically a plank in the Democrat Platform. But this article only lists some of them. It even leaves out such obvious examples, as Nancy Pelosi.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who rallied all members of his caucus to support the landmark law, promised the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would let people keep the insurance plans they had at the time.

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WP Finally ‘Fact Checks’ Obama’s 6 Year Old Lie

From the (ludicrous) ‘fact checker’ at the Washington Post:

Obama’s pledge that ‘no one will take away’ your health plan

By Glenn Kessler |October 30 | 2013

… Many readers have asked us to step back into time and review these statements by the president now that it appears that as many as 2 million people may need to get a new insurance plan as the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, goes into effect in 2014…

Where has the Washington Post’s ‘fact checker’ been for the last six or so years? Why are they only ‘fact checking’ this major promise now that it is too late to do anything about Obama-Care? (That is a rhetorical question, of course.)

The Facts

The president’s pledge that “if you like your insurance, you will keep it” is one of the most memorable of his presidency.

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The AP’s ‘Fact Checker’ Happily Lies For Sebelius

From an outrageously mendacious Associated Press:

FACT CHECK: GOP asks Sebelius for the impossible

By CALVIN WOODWARD | October 30, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s what some Republicans want to know: If Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius thinks the new health insurance marketplace is going to be so great, why doesn’t she get her own coverage from it? The answer is straightforward enough: She can’t.

Republicans would not take "I’m not eligible" or "It’s illegal" for an answer Wednesday when they questioned Sebelius at a House hearing about why she won’t drop her existing coverage and sign up for insurance under the new markets, called exchanges…

A look at the back and forth, with underlying facts [sic]:

REP. CORY GARDNER, R-Colo.: "You’re in charge of this law, correct?

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Rasmussen: 42% ID With Tea Party, 42% Obama

From Rasmussen:

42% Identify with Obama Politically, 42% with the Tea Party

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Voters are evenly divided when asked whether they agree more politically with President Obama or with the average member of the Tea Party. But an enormous partisan gap colors virtually all opinions of the Tea Party.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president’s views are closest to their own when it comes to the major issues facing the country. But just as many (42%) say their views come closest to those of the average Tea Party member instead. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure.

So as many people support the Tea Party as support Obama? Even though we are constantly told that the Tea Party is the fringe of the lunatic fringe.

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Obama Now Plans To Hide Behind ‘Romney-Care’

From an irony proof Reuters:

In Boston speech, Obama seeks to reset ideas about his health law

By Roberta Rampton | October 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After four rocky weeks while his landmark health insurance law has been disparaged as poorly managed, expensive and disappointing, President Barack Obama will travel to Boston on Wednesday to try to reset expectations about Obamacare.

That is, he will try to (in his words) tell us "a better story."

Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech in 271-year-old Faneuil Hall, where some of the seeds of the American revolution took root – and where on April 12, 2006, the start of another historic shift began.

Against the backdrop of a huge painting of a famous debate on preserving the union at a time when the nation verged on civil war, then-Republican Governor Mitt Romney signed a law mandating health insurance for most of the state’s residents…

On Wednesday, Obama will try to channel that moment and draw lessons from the Massachusetts experience to argue that Obamacare – his version of health insurance reform – will improve people’s lives and help the country’s economy, even if the online registration process has gotten off to a slow and troubled start…

Maybe we should have elected Mitt Romney.

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NY’s Exchange Sends Applicants To Cupcake Shop

From the New York Post:

ObamaCare screw up sends callers to cupcake shop

By Tara Palmeri and Beth DeFalco | October 30, 2013

… In yet another bungle for the botched government insurance rollout, the state Health Department has mistakenly listed numerous non-health-related business as enrollment sites — including a Brooklyn cupcake shop that has been besieged by callers.

“I have nothing to do with this,” said Carmen Rodriguez owner of Brooklyn Cupcake in Williamsburg. “I run a very busy establishment, and I’m like, what is going on?”

Because of the mistake, her bakery has gotten 150 calls from people seeking medical-insurance information. “There has to be somebody who can help with ObamaCare; that’s their own mess,” she said.

New Yorkers shopping for medical coverage under ObamaCare are being directed by the state’s health-exchange Web site to 288 locations where so-called navigators can offer personal assistance.

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FactCheck.Org (Lies): ‘We Warned You All Along!’

From FactCheck.org:

Reality Confronts Obama’s False Promise

By Brooks Jackson | October 29, 2013

We’ve been saying for years that President Obama was over-simplifying and over-promising when he kept saying, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan” under the new health care law. Now reality is catching up with his political spin.

Funny, but we don’t remember any such thing. In fact, until three weeks ago all we remember is how these ‘fact check’ sites were saying that the critics of Obama-Care were outrageous liars.

But now that they think Obama-Care is safely ensconced as the Law Of The Land, and it can never been repealed or defunded, they feel free to say they knew it was all built on a lie all along.

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CGI Warned Administration Month Before Roll-Out

From CNN (of all place):

Obama administration warned about health care website

By Joe Johns and Z. Byron Wolf | October 29, 2013

Washington (CNN) — The Obama administration was given stark warnings just one month before launch that the federal healthcare site was not ready to go live, according to a confidential report obtained by CNN.

The caution, from the main contractor CGI, warned of a number of open risks and issues for the HealthCare.gov web site even as company executives were testifying publicly that the project had achieved key milestones.

All of which indicates that none of this was really a surprise for the Obama administration. In fact, it also suggests they wanted things to happen this way. Maybe so they could blame the low sign-up rates, which they predicted, on the glitches.

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Amazon, Microsoft Offered To Fix Obama-Care Site

From Reuters:

U.S. passes up firms’ offers to help healthcare website: committee

By Susan Cornwell | October 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration appears to have passed up offers from Amazon and Microsoft to help fix the federal government’s troubled healthcare enrollment website, according to documents released on Tuesday by a Republican-led congressional investigating committee.

An October 7 inquiry from Amazon’s subsidiary Amazon Web Services Inc. was turned down by two senior officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, which is overseeing implementation of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, according to copies of emails provided by the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Microsoft also contacted HHS and the White House with offers of "technical expertise and assistance," but the company has not provided any such services, a Microsoft representative said in an October 25 letter to the committee.

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