Jonathan Gruber’s Billing For Vermont Work Is Questioned

From the Daily Caller:

Jonathan Gruber’s Billing For Vermont Health Care Work Raises ‘Serious Questions’

February 23, 2015

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT health economist known as one of the architects of Obamacare, is under fire in Vermont after the state’s auditor found inconsistencies in invoices he submitted for work on the state’s health care model.

He probably thought the Vermont auditors would be too stupid to notice. Or, maybe he assumed since Vermont’s government is made up entirely of liberal Democrats, they wouldn’t mind be ripped off by a fellow traveller.

Gruber signed a $400,000 contract with Vermont last July to implement a proprietary economic model to help create a single-payer health care system…[But] after [various] videos emerged [in November], state lawmakers raised questions over Gruber’s contract and prompted state auditor Doug Hoffer to review it.


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Net Neutrality Will Make US Internet As Slow As Europe’s

From the Washington Examiner:

Obama’s regs will make Internet slow as in Europe, warn FCC, FEC commissioners

By Paul Bedard | February 23, 2015

As the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Election Commission toy with regulating aspects of the Internet, critics [from] those agencies are warning that speed and freedom of speech are in jeopardy. In a joint column, Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai and Federal Election Commission member Lee Goodman, leveled the boom on the Obama-favored regulations, essentially charging that it will muck up the freedom the nation has come to expect from the Internet.

In one key passage of the column published in Politico, the duo wrote Monday that heavy-handed FCC regulations like those imposed in Europe will significantly slow down Internet [speeds:]

“These Internet regulations will deter broadband deployment, depress network investment and slow broadband speeds.


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Illegal Aliens Get Work Permit Approval At A Rate Of 90%

From Breitbart:

‘Shadow Work-Permit System’: Anti-Amnesty Group Reveals More Details

By Caroline May | February 23, 2015

The anti-amnesty Center for Immigration Studies is offering more details on what it calls a “shadow work-permit system,” in which the Obama administration has issued millions of work permits beyond the levels mandated by Congress.

CIS — which recently revised its initial estimate of the unauthorized issuance of additional new work permits up— reports that between 2009 and 2014, the Obama administration issued 7.4 million new work permits, above the annual 1.1 million new legal and 700,000 guest workers admitted to the U.S…

We had a similar report from the Center for Immigration Studies via Breitbart three weeks ago. The earlier article said that since 2009 Obama has issued 5.5 million work permits to people who should not get them.


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From The Daily Beast: Obama Is the Scaremonger-In-Chief

From the Daily Beast, of all places:

Obama Is the Scaremonger-in-Chief

By Ron Christie | February 24, 2015

Far from the dire picture painted by the president and his fellow Democrats, 90 percent of the Department of Homeland Security would remain on the job in a partial government shutdown.

In fact, there is no reason for even a 10% shutdown. Since we know even that those few people who work in non-security related jobs and who might not get paid — will inevitably get paid. So they might as well go in to work.

President Obama and congressional Democrats are offering up doomsday scenarios if the Department of Homeland Security funding authorization expires this Friday.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson implied on the talk shows Sunday morning that efforts to thwart terrorist attacks and assist Americans buried in snow could be imperiled if Republicans keep trying to de-fund the president’s executive action on illegal immigration.


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DOJ: Amnesty Injunction Causes Irreparable Harm To DHS

From an unquestioning Reuters:

U.S. Justice Department asks for stay to allow immigration action

By Julia Edwards and Emily Stephenson | February 23, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Monday argued that halting President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration from taking effect threatens national security, in a request for an emergency stay to put on hold a Texas judge’s decision that temporarily blocked the actions.

The Department of Homeland Security would sustain "irreparable harm" if a stay is not granted, the Justice Department argued in its request.

What harm would that be exactly? How is Homeland Security hurt by delaying giving amnesty to 4.7 million people? How is Homeland Security hurt by delaying giving 4.7 million foreign lawbreakers work permits and Social Security numbers?


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Oscar Winning Director: Mexico Has To Fix Its Problems

From Breitbart:

Best Director Winner Blasts Mexican Government

By Michelle Moons | February 23, 2015

San Diego, CA — Sunday night’s Academy Awards was littered with political commentary, with Best Director winner Alejandro González Iñárritu no exception as he dedicated Birdman’s Best Picture win to his fellow Mexicans, “who live in Mexico.”

Whoa. This is almost as striking a Patricia Arquette applauding women who have their babies, and thereby making an accidental slap against abortion. Though doesn’t seem to have been accidental.

Iñárritu’s comments echo prior statements made by last year’s Best Director and fellow Mexican, Alfonso Cuarón, slamming Mexican government officials over systematic corruption. “I want to dedicate this award for my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico. I pray that we can find and build government that we deserve,” Iñárritu said in response to Birdman’s win for Best Picture.


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Muslim Marine Who Deserted In Iraq Gets 2 Years Prison

From an intentionally misleading Associated Press:

US Marine who vanished in Iraq gets 2 years in prison

By JONATHAN DREW | February 23, 2015

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.

The judge at Camp Lejeune, Marine Maj. Nicholas Martz, ruled that Cpl. Wassef Hassoun was guilty of deserting when he disappeared in 2004 and 2005. Hassoun was also convicted of causing the loss of his service pistol.

So despite the highly misleading headline, Cpl. Hassoun didn’t "vanish." He deserted. But is this why we still haven’t gotten the Bowe Bergdahl report, all these months later?



Russia Threatens To Cut Off Gas To Ukraine – And Europe

From the Agence France Presse:

Russia’s Gazprom threatens to cut off gas to Ukraine, Europe

February 24, 2015

Kiev (AFP) – Russia’s state-owned gas giant Gazprom warned Tuesday it could cut off gas deliveries to Ukraine within two days, upping the stakes in the crisis there — and threatening supplies to the rest of Europe…

Ukraine’s national gas company, Naftogaz, has already said the Russian company was not supplying gas Ukraine has paid for. Gazprom last week started providing direct gas deliveries to parts of Ukraine under the control of pro-Russia separatists fighting government forces, supplanting Naftogaz deliveries disrupted by pipeline damage…

So Russia is refusing to send gas to Ukraine, which has paid for it. Meanwhile, they are sending gas to their puppet ‘separatists’ who have taken over much of Eastern Ukraine.


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96% Of Australians Joining ISIS Are Getting Gov’t Welfare

From Australia’s Daily Telegraph:

Aussie jihadists were on the dole

By SIMON BENSON | February 21, 2015

ALMOST all of the wannabe terrorists who have snuck out of Australia to join jihadist armies in Iraq and Syria were on the dole or some form of welfare payment, The Saturday Telegraph can reveal. A federal investigation into the welfare status of Australian foreign fighters, prompted last year by revelations in The Telegraph, shows 96 per cent had been on welfare benefits when they fled to the Middle East.

You see? Obama and Marie Harf are right. It is all about poverty. — Or are they? Since, if these people were already getting welfare benefits, it doesn’t seem like there is much more any government can we do to help them.


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Kerry Names Randy Berry (Sic) US Envoy For LGBT Rights

From a seemingly oblivious Washington Post:

Kerry names special envoy for LGBT rights

By Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz | February 23, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry has selected an openly gay career Foreign Service officer to serve as the United States’ “heart and conscience” in promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in countries where they are discriminated against. Kerry announced Monday that Randy Berry [sic], currently consul general in Amsterdam, would be the first special envoy for LGBT rights.

But won’t this help recruit more Muslim terrorists violent extremists acting in the name of Islam than Gitmo ever did?

“We looked far and wide to find the right American official for this important assignment. Randy’s a leader. He’s a motivator.


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ISIS Jihadists Kidnap As Many As 100 Christians In Syria

From the Agence France Presse:

IS jihadists kidnap 90 Christians in Syria: monitor

February 24, 2015

Beirut (AFP) – Jihadists from the Islamic State group have kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians in northeast Syria, a monitor said on Wednesday. The abductions took place on Tuesday after IS seized two Assyrian villages from Kurdish forces in the province of Hassakeh, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights…

IS has destroyed churches and Christian shrines in Syria, and demanded that Christians living under its rule pay a tax known as jizya…

Which is, after all, Sharia Law. (Though notice that, as usual, there is no mention of the words ‘Islam’ or ‘Muslim’ in either of these articles, apart from the mention of the Islamic State.)

And from the Associated Press:

ISIS militants abduct at least 70 people from Christian villages in Syria

February 24, 2015

Islamic State (ISIS) militants have abducted at least 70 Assyrian Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups said Tuesday… In the assault, the militants took between 70 and 100 Assyrians captive, said Nuri Kino, the head of the activist group A Demand For Action that focuses on religious minorities in the Middle East… The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the abductions, but put the number of Assyrians held by the ISIS group at 90.


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(Millionaire) Patricia Arquette Calls For ‘Income Equality’

From Yahoo! News, fittingly:

Patricia Arquette Calls For Wage Equality in Moving Oscar Speech

By Ethan Alter | February 22, 2015

Looks like Boyhood star Ellar Coltrane has two reasons to be proud of his onscreen mother, Patricia Arquette.

For starters, the 46-year-old won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her moving 12-years-in-the-making performance as a single mother trying to do right by her two kids. But the actress also earned some of the loudest applause of the night when she used her moment in the spotlight to call attention to a crucial issue: Equal pay and equal rights for women.

Yep. She made a movie about a single mother, so she is now an expert on the subject of income inequality. (Her deceased father, the professional country bumpkin, Cliff Arquette, aka Charlie Weaver, would have been so proud.)

Reading from prepared statements that kicked off with messages of thanks to both her Boyhood family and her real family, Arquette built to a rousing crescendo in her speech’s closing moments.



Shocker: Oscar Attendees Were Guarded By LAPD ‘Snipers’

From an irony proof Hollywood Reporter:

Oscars: Most Heightened State of Security in History Amid Recent Attacks

By Rebecca Sun | February 20, 2015

For terrorists out to make a splash, few events are more tempting than the Oscars, a star-packed salute to American culture watched live by millions across the globe. The Academy long has been on guard against all manner of potential intruders, from anti-war protestors to animal-rights activists…

Note the conspicuous absence of any mention of ‘extremists acting in the name of Islam’…

Operation Oscar is headquartered in a state-of-the-art underground bunker downtown, with a makeshift command post at a Hollywood soundstage. Led by a Los Angeles Police Department commander, the task force unites nearly 1,000 officers from agencies including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security.



Whites Benefit More From 401(K) Plans Than Minorities Do

From the Washington Post:

Middle-age blacks have less in their 401(k)s than young whites

By Harold Pollack | February 20, 2015

Our current retirement system heavily relies on tax-advantaged savings accounts such as 401(k)s. This system works reasonably well in the world of upper-middle-class and affluent people. Unfortunately, that same 401(k) system functions quite poorly for most people outside that top economic layer. African-American and Hispanic workers are particularly unlikely to derive financial advantage from these arrangements. Median financial wealth is quite low for both groups, especially when compared with non-Hispanic whites.

Which is clearly a hate crime. So something will have to be done about that. In fact, Jesse Jackson has wanted the government to get their hands on 401(K)s for years. This might be the perfect excuse to help him do that.



GOP Plan To Investigate Climate Data Tampering By NASA

From the Daily Caller:

Republicans To Investigate Climate Data Tampering By NASA

By Michael Bastasch | February 20, 2015

Are government climate agencies tampering with climate data to show warming? Some Republicans think so. California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says to expect congressional hearings on climate data tampering.

[On February 20, 2015, Dana Rohrabacher tweeted:] "expect there to be congressional hearings into NASA altering weather station data to falsely indicate warming & sea rise." 

Rohrabacher serves as the vice chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, which has jurisdiction over NASA and other agencies that monitor the Earth’s climate…

Lately, the California Republican has criticizing NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for allegedly tampering with temperature data to create an artificial warming trend.


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