Obama Wants Iran to Have Nukes

Posted on October 31st, 2014
Iran to Have Nukes

By Alan Caruba

The President’s lack of attention and indifference to years of intelligence reports and analysis is leading to a potential horror in which Iran fulfills its quest to make its own nuclear weapons. It already has the missile capacity to deliver them throughout the Middle East and to Europe.

On October 6th Secretary of State John Kerry received a letter signed by 354 members of the House of Representatives that said in part “We Read More »

Disease and Obama

Posted on October 31st, 2014
Halloween Obama by Larry Wright, CagleCartoons.com

By Eileen F. Toplansky

When the Islamic jihadists struck on 9-11, it was clear that one of their main aims was to destroy the economic success that characterized American exceptionalism.  To that end, the airline industry was very adversely affected.   Thus:

… directly after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, the federal government closed airports, canceling thousands of flights at a direct cost to airlines. However, even when the airports reopened, passengers were wary of Read More »

English as a Second Language: Should We Be Alarmed over This Development?

Posted on October 31st, 2014
Torn Flag

By Max Slavo

It appears that decades of open borders and political sensitivity has finally caught up with us. After sifting through the 2013 census data, the Center for Immigration Studies has found that 61.8 million U.S. residents, speak a foreign language at home. That is 1 in 5 people, and a 2.2 million increase since 2010. The data was compared to the 2010 statistics, and it was found that the largest increases were Read More »

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Posted on October 31st, 2014

White House in Denial: President Obama Is Costing Democrats Control of the Senate – National Journal  …  “The administration insists that vulnerable Democrats should have supported him more. That couldn’t be further from the truth. White House officials are preemptively spinning a midterm defeat, and they’re using their own fantasies to do it. They’re starting to blame candidates for not supporting President Obama enough. As a top White House official told The Washington Post‘s Karen Tumulty, ‘He doesn’t think they have any reason to run away from him. He thinks there is a strong message there.’”

This is pure delusion: Obama is the main reason Republicans are well-positioned to win control of the upper chamber next Tuesday. And Democrats’ biggest strategic mistake in this election is that most candidates didn’t run away far and fast enough. Given the president’s rock-bottom approval numbers in the many Republican-friendly Senate states that Democrats needed to win—as well as the reality of a worsening political environment for the party as early as last winter—that distance was a downright necessity. But a host of Senate candidates failed to create it, and the party is likely to pay the price in Senate seats.”

This year’s midterms are shaping up to be a referendum on President Obama’s management, giving anxious voters an opportunity to express their frustration about everything from the president’s handling of health care, growing terrorism threats, an Ebola scare, and a broken immigration system, among others. It’s far from an election about nothing. Democrats should have recognized that the president was falling out of favor with the public and inoculated themselves a long time ago. Instead, many bought the White House’s spin, and are at risk of going down with a sinking ship.”

Boehner, Democrats Blast White House for Netanyahu Insult – Newsmax  …   “House Speaker John Boehner has lashed out at the Obama administration for reports that one senior official described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a ‘chickensh*t,’ while another unnamed official described him as a ‘coward.’ Boehner said that the comments reported in The Atlantic suggesting Netanyahu is more concerned about his political self-interest than forging peace in the Middle East could threaten America’s relationship with Israel and the long-term security of the region, Politico reported.”

“‘For the last six years, this long-standing and bipartisan framework has been tested by an Obama administration that has repeatedly chased after adversaries at the expense of core U.S. national security interests and the security, confidence, and trust of our allies,’ Boehner said in a release. When the president discusses Israel and Iran, it is sometimes hard to tell who he thinks is America’s friend and who he thinks is America’s enemy. The House of Representatives has no trouble drawing that distinction,’ he added.”

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Posted on October 31st, 2014

Hagel Criticized Obama’s Syria Strategy in Private Memo to Rice – Newsmax  …   “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week sent a blunt memo to National Security Advisor Susan Rice criticizing the administration’s strategy in Syria. According to The New York Times, Hagel personally wrote a two-page detailed analysis in which he asserted that the policy outlined by President Barack Obama was in danger of failing because it does not outline how the United States will manage its approach to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. One senior official told CNN hat he was expressing concern about overall Syria strategy’ and that the main message of the memo was we need to have a sharper view of what to do about the Assad regime.’”

“The official did not give further details about Hagel’s views but did not disagree with the idea that the U.S. has much to lose in its war against the Islamic State (ISIS) if it fails to address that element of the strategy. Hagel has so far refrained from making his concerns public. The official told CNN that Hagel continues to support the Pentagon’s plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels. Earlier this month, Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said in a joint editorial that Obama’s current strategy will not be capable of eradicating ISIS unless Assad is overthrown.”

Report: Public Backlash on Obamacare Enormous, Exceptional – Newsmax  …  “Obamacare has created an unprecedented backlash for Democrats, a new analysis by the New England Journal of Medicine finds, as most Americans don’t agree that it’s up to the government to make sure everyone has health care coverage. There have backlashes, but never like this,’ said Harvard School of Public Health professor Robert Blendon, who co-authored the analysis of several polls taken since 2010, reports Politico.”

Just 47 percent of Americans believe the government should make sure there is health coverage for all, a number that has dropped drastically from 69 percent in 2006, before President Barack Obama took office. And among voters most likely to cast ballots on Nov. 4, just one in four think the government should play a role in health care coverage, said the analysis, which was released on Wednesday.”

However, most Americans don’t want to see Obamacare go away. Just 31 percent want the landmark health care law repealed, and 23 percent want it scaled back, said the analysis, quoting a new Harvard School of Public health poll. The shifting opinions could mean a push from Republicans and independents to pull back on Obamacare, the analysis finds, even though millions of Americans are now covered, as the debate is ‘about whether or not you believe you want to get everybody covered,’ said Blendon.”

Will Obama Appoint Radical Activist To Enforce Nation’s Laws?

Posted on October 30th, 2014
WAIMH Red Arrow

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Based upon his previous radical activities, in my opinion, Thomas Perez is one of the most repulsive figures currently in the Obama administration. And, that is really saying something with all the other characters to choose from. His political activism is based upon his enthusiasm for all things racial in nature, such as racial quotas. In addition, he is a major advocate of non-enforcement of our immigration laws.

As Paul Sperry, a Hoover Institution Read More »

Ebola Could be Economic Catastrophe

Posted on October 30th, 2014
Ebola and the economy by Paresh Nath, The Khaleej Times, UAE

By Wayne Allyn Root

Everyone has it wrong. Americans are frightened to death of the medical implications of Ebola- as well they should be. I’ve never in my lifetime seen a disease that has infected and killed so many healthcare professionals. 

The medical implications of Ebola are covered by the news media every second of every day. But it’s the economic implications that I fear are far more deadly. Ebola could turn into an unprecedented deathblow to Read More »

Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

Posted on October 30th, 2014
Ron Paul

By Ron Paul

On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB’s assets. Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum Read More »

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Posted on October 30th, 2014

Former Officials: Obama Did Nothing to Stop ISIS – Yahoo News  …  “Ex-administration officials sharply critical of Obama, failure to help Syrian rebels earlier. President Obama’s former ambassador to Iraq says in a new interview that his administration ‘did almost nothing’ in response to intelligence warnings earlier this year that Islamic State radicals were gaining ground in Iraq and threatening the country’s stability. ‘The administration not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced that it was going to intensify support against ISIS with the Iraqi armed forces. And it did almost nothing,’ says James Jeffrey, who served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq between 2010 and 2012, in ‘Frontline’s’ ‘The Rise of ISIS.‘”

“Jeffrey is one of a number of ex-administration officials who appear in the film and sharply criticize the decisions of the president they once served. Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta both take issue with Obama’s refusal to arm moderate rebels in Syria who — it is now argued — could have acted as a counterweight to the Islamic State (also called ISIS or ISIL).”

Obama Could Replace Aides Bruised by a Cascade of Crises – NY Times  …   “At a time when the Obama administration is lurching from crisis to crisis — a looming Cold War in Europe, a brutal Islamic caliphate in the Middle East and a deadly epidemic in West Africa — it is not surprising that long-term strategy would take a back seat. But it raises inevitable questions about the ability of the president and his hard-pressed national security team to manage and somehow get ahead of the daily onslaught of events. Early stumbles in the government’s handling of the Ebola crisis as well as its belated response to the Islamic State militant group have fueled speculation that Mr. Obama may shake up his team, which is stocked with battle-tested but exhausted White House loyalists and cabinet members, like Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who are viewed as less cohesive than the ‘team of rivals’ in Mr. Obama’s first cabinet.”

There is little evidence that the president plans a wholesale shake-up. But he has already brought in new blood: Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., to manage the response to Ebola, and Gen. John R. Allen, a former commander in Afghanistan, to marshal the coalition against the Islamic State. Mr. Obama is also leaning more than ever on his small circle of White House aides, who forged their relationships with him during his 2008 campaign and loom even larger in an administration without weighty voices like those of Robert M. Gates, the former defense secretary, or Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state.”

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Posted on October 30th, 2014

Obamacare Sends Health Premiums Skyrocketing by as Much as 78 Percent – Washington Times  …  “The Affordable Care Act was supposed to make health care more affordable, but a newly released study of insurance policies before and after Obamacare shows that average premiums have skyrocketed, for some groups by as much as 78 percent. Average insurance premiums in the sought-after 23-year-old demographic rose most dramatically, with men in that age group seeing an average 78.2 percent price increase before factoring in government subsidies, and women having their premiums rise 44.9 percent, according to a report by HealthPocket.”

The eye-popping increases among younger insurance buyers could be a problem for Obamacare’s long-term solvency given that young people are needed to offset the higher costs associated with older policyholders. ‘Obviously they’re very important, and as much as they’re healthier, they tend to use health care less, so you want to try and have as many of those people enrolled as possible. And the cost for them went up very [steeply],’ Mr. Coleman said. The price increases for 63-year-olds were less dramatic: a 37.5 percent increase on average for women and 22.7 percent for men. The study doesn’t include the federal premium subsidies offered to those earning between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty limit, but Mr. Coleman points out that not everyone in that bracket qualifies because their premiums must exceed a certain percentage of their income.”

“‘Another important consideration in the discussion of subsidized premiums is that the subsidized portion of the premium still must be paid by the government through the money it collects from the nation,’ says the study. In other words, the subsidized costs of health insurance do not disappear but instead change payers.’”

Over 214,000 Doctors Opt Out of Obamacare Exchanges, That’s 25% of the Total Number of Active Physicians – CNS News  …  Over 214,000 doctors won’t participate in the new plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA,) analysis of a new survey by Medical Group Management Association shows. That number of 214,524, estimated by American Action Forum, is through May 2014, but appears to be growing due to plans that force doctors to take on burdensome costs. It’s also about a quarter of the total number of 893,851 active professional physicians reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation. In January, an estimated 70% of California’s physicians were not participating in Covered California plans.”

Here are some of the reasons why: Reimbursements under Obamacare are at bottom-dollarthey are even lower than Medicare reimbursements, which are already significantly below market rates. ‘It is estimated that where private plans pay $1.00 for a service, Medicare pays $0.80, and ACA exchange plans are now paying about $0.60,’; Doctors are expected to take on more patients to make up for the lost revenue, but that’s not happening, because primary care doctors already have more patients than they can handle.”

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