The Hill Pretends O-Care Signups = Huge Victory

From The Hill:

Agenda out from under O-Care rock

By Justin Sink | April 7, 2014

The White House believes it is ready to take advantage of a rare political victory on healthcare. Senior administration officials say it was tough to build political momentum with ObamaCare’s enrollment numbers hanging over their heads.

What victory? Even if the 7 million sign up number were true, it is nothing like what we were promised would happen under Obama-Care. Lest we forget, according to the AP, there were over 47 million Americans without health insurance in 2012.

The CBO promised that Obama-Care would insure 60% of them in 2014. (Which would be 28.2 million). Instead, Obama-Care has insured at most 2 million (and that is being generous) even though it is now against the law to be without insurance.


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Obama Delays Medicare Advantage Cuts — Again

From The Hill:

Healthcare cuts canceled after Dem complaints

By Jonathan Easley | April 07, 2014

The Obama administration announced Monday that planned cuts to Medicare Advantage would not go through as anticipated amid election-year opposition from congressional Democrats.

The Hill doesn’t bother to mention it, but this is the second time Obama has delayed these cuts. He postponed them back in April 2012, in order to push the notifications of the cuts past the elections then.

All of which is pretty funny, since the media used to tell us that these cuts to Medicare Advantage were a myth, anyway. (See article at bottom, for just one example.)

The cuts would have reduced benefits that seniors receive from health plans in the program, which is intended as an alternative to Medicare.


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GOP Softens Obama-Care Hit For Small Business

From the Associated Press:

GOP seeks coverage choices in health law they hate

By DAVID ESPO | April 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama’s health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.

Democrats describe the change involving small-business coverage options as a straightforward improvement of the type they are eager to make, and Obama signed it into law. Republicans are loath to agree, given the strong sentiment among the rank and file that the only fix the law deserves is a burial.

"Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps the small businessman," said Rep.



$6B Missing From State During Hillary’s Tenure

From the Fiscal Times:

$6 Billion Goes Missing at State Department

Brianna Ehley | April 4, 2014

The State Department has no idea what happened to $6 billion used to pay its contractors. In a special “management alert” made public Thursday, the State Department’s Inspector General Steve Linick warned “significant financial risk and a lack of internal control at the department has led to billions of unaccounted dollars over the last six years…

And who was in charge of the State Department for most of those six years? Oh, that’s right. The smartest woman in the world. Who is never mentioned once in this entire article.

By the way, has Hillary looked in her ‘sewing room’ for the money? (That’s where she found the Rose Law Firm records.) Has their been an uptick in the cattle futures market?



Reminder: Hillary Opposed ‘Same Sex Marriage’

From the Daily Caller:

Why Hillary Clinton can’t be president of Mozilla or the United States

By W. James Antle III | April 4, 2014

… Obama should probably resign as CEO too — CEO of the United States government, that is. He also said at the time he believed marriage was between a man and a woman. His running mate, Joe Biden, voted for the Defense of Marriage Act. In a 2004 Senate debate with Alan Keyes, Obama even denied marriage was a civil right…

[But, lest we forget, Hillary Clinton's] husband signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law in 1996. Most Democrats in both houses of Congress voted in favor. This legislation denied federal recognition of same-sex marriage and allowed states to enact laws like Prop 8: no same-sex marriage in their state or recognition of such unions in other states.



Silver Finds More Silicon Valley Anti-Gay Heretics

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Anti-gay-marriage donations are rare in the Valley

By Kristen V. Brown | April 4, 2014

On the heels of the news that Mozilla’s CEO-for-a-minute Brendan Eich has resigned following criticism over a Proposition 8 campaign donation, Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight decided to look into just how rare similar donations are in Silicon Valley.

In case you didn’t know by now that Nate Silver was gay. (Though, having worked at the NYT should have been a tip-off.) But maybe Mr. Silver just wanted to get back on the good side of Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrats.

It turns out that they are pretty rare.


Silver mined a Los Angeles Times database of contributions for and against the anti-gay-marriage proposition, hunting for donors working at Silicon Valley tech firms listed in the Fortune 500.



NYT Explains: Mozilla Is An Activist Organization

From the New York Times:

Why Mozilla’s Chief Had to Resign

By FARHAD MANJOO [sic] | April 4, 2014

What conclusions should we draw about Silicon Valley from what happened at Mozilla? …

Is this an instance of political correctness run amok? Is it a sign that Silicon Valley has become militantly tolerant [sic], unwilling to let executives express their personal viewpoints on issues unrelated to their jobs? I’ve seen many such worries expressed online; even supporters of same-sex marriage have been characterizing Mr. Eich’s ouster as an awful precedent for giving in to moralistic mob rule.

But it’s a mistake to draw any such conclusions in this case, for one simple reason: Mozilla is not a normal company. It is an activist organization. Mozilla’s primary mission isn’t to make money but to spread open-source code across the globe in the eventual hope of promoting “the development of the Internet as a public resource.” … As such, Mozilla operates according to a different calculus from most of the rest of corporate America…

That actually sounds more like a description of the NYT than Mozilla.


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OKCupid CEO Gave $500 To Anti-Gay Republican

From the blog site, Uncrunched:

The Hypocrisy Of Sam Yagan & OKCupid

April 06, 2014

OkCupid played a major role in the successful effort to bring down Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich… But what was OKCupid’s motivation? And how does OkCupid’s co-founder Sam Yagan fit into this?

I believe that it was a PR stunt by OKCupid, that the company isn’t really committed to gay rights at all, and that OkCupid co-founder Sam Yagan was particularly hypocritical in this…

Here’s my support of that.

1. Many people (here’s just one example, but a quick search pulls up far more) have pointed out that OkCupid’s actions appeared to be little more than a PR stunt to get attention. Regardless of motivation, there’s no argument that OkCupid benefited hugely from the saturated media coverage of their boycott.


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ABC Used Westboro Footage In Two Eich Reports

From NewsBusters:

ABC Uses Footage of Hateful Westboro Baptist to Slime CEO Who Opposes Gay Marriage

By Scott Whitlock | April 4, 2014

According to Good Morning America’s Linzie Janis, a CEO who made a donation in opposition to gay marriage is the same as the hateful members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

On Friday, Janis reported on Brendan Eich, the former head of the tech company Mozilla. Eich was ousted after liberal groups found out that in 2008 he made a $1000 donation to support Proposition 8 in California.

As Janis spoke about the six-year-old donation, video footage of Westboro Baptist protesters with "God hates fags" and "soldiers die 4 fag marriage" signs appeared on-screen.

On the December 07, 2012 World News, ABC reporter Terry Moran used the same hateful Westboro Baptist footage for a story on the Supreme Court ruling over gay marriage.



Russia Continues Its Push To Take-Over Ukraine

From the Associated Press:

Pro-Russians storm Ukraine government buildings

By PETER LEONARD | April 6, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Crowds of pro-Russian demonstrators stormed government buildings Sunday in several major cities in eastern Ukraine, where secessionist sentiment has sparked frequent protests since Ukraine’s Russia-friendly president was ousted in February.

Naturally, this is what they would do, being so afraid of being persecuted as a minority.

In Donetsk, 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of the Russian border, a large group of people, including many in masks carrying sticks and stones, surged into the provincial government building and smashed windows.

A gathering of several hundred, many of them waving Russian flags, then listened to speeches delivered from a balcony emblazoned with a banner reading "Donetsk Republic." Activists in the building said they want to see a referendum for the Donetsk province to join Russia…

Here we go again.



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British Study Calls For Silencing Climate Skeptics

From Breitbart:

MPs Seek to Silence Climate Change Sceptics

By Nick Hallett | April 3, 2014

The BBC should give less airtime to sceptics of man-made global warming, and any government minister who questions climate change orthodoxy should "shut up or leave", according to a committee of MPs.

A report by the Commons Science and Technology says that too much airtime is given to climate change sceptics, and calls for them to be either silenced or given "health warnings" when they appear on shows.

And, as we have already reported, the British media have already established monitors to make sure that they accurately serve their communities. (Which clearly ‘climate deniers’ do not.)

It says that the BBC should treat climate sceptics the same way as it would treat politicians.


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Mozilla’s Orwellian Defense Of Their Intolerance

Here is the Orwellian defense of their intolerance, via the Mozilla Blog:

Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO

By Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman | April 3, 2014

Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.

We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech.



Mozilla CEO Forced Out For Opposing Gay Marriage

From Reuters:

Mozilla CEO resigns, opposition to gay marriage drew fire

By Sarah McBride | April 3, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich has stepped down, the company said on Thursday, after an online dating service urged a boycott of the company’s web browser because of a donation Eich made to opponents of gay marriage.

The software company came under fire for appointing Eich as CEO last month. In 2008, he gave money to oppose the legalization of gay marriage in California, a hot-button issue especially at a company that boasts about its policy of inclusiveness and diversity.

According to reports, Brendan Eich’s donation in support of CA’s Proposition 8 (against ‘same sex marriage’) only came out because the Internal Revenue Service leaked a copy of the National Organization for Marriage’s 2008 tax return to a gay-advocacy group.


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