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Feb 6, 2014


In a scathing report, a U.N. panel calls on the Vatican to immediately remove all priests known or suspected to be child molesters.


The defense secretary orders Pentagon leaders to "put renewed emphasis on developing moral character and moral courage in our force."


The Department of Homeland Security warns that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives onto planes in toothpaste tubes.


Convicted killer Suzanne Basso is just the 14th woman executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.


The second winter storm of the week cancels classes, closes government and business offices, and causes more than 1 million power outages.


The U.S. drugstore chain says it won't sell cigarettes, cigars or chewing tobacco after Oct. 1.


With the prototype prosthetic, an amputee is able to feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and an orange.


The former "American Idol" contestant says he's running for Congress in his native North Carolina.


Broadway theaters dim their lights in memory of the Tony Award-nominated actor as members of the theater community hold a candlelight vigil.


CBS has won the rights to air eight Thursday night games next season.






Lost in all the news about the loss of 2.5 million participants in the workforce caused by Obamacare as detailed in the Report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office was that the Report also stated that “About 31 million nonelderly residents of the United States are likely to be without health insurance in 2024, roughly one out of every nine such residents.”

In selling the bill to the American people in a nationally televised September 2009 address, President Obama said the need for ObamaCare was URGENT precisely because “there are now more than 30 million American citizens who cannot get coverage.”

So, after spending over a TRILLION of our tax dollars, causing millions in the individual market to LOSE their insurance, causing millions more prospectively to lose their employer provided health insurance, causing huge disruptions to the health care industry and the American people, we now find it has done basically nothing to change the number of uninsured. Remember, after wasting almost $1 Trillion on the Stimulus program Obama joked “Shovel-ready was not as … uh .. shovel-ready as we expected.” ? http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_hNQc9E...


A new study by the liberal Brookings Institution confirms Obamacare redistributes wealth more than any legislation in recent history, but that it hurts many of the people it was supposed to help.

Obamacare will increase the income of Americans in the lowest 20 percent of the income scale, and especially in the lowest ten percent, but will reduce the incomes of working-age Americans
in households making between about $21,000 and $65,000 a year. The study also found that Americans age 65 and older will see their incomes drop, and by bigger margins.

"The administration is playing with fire," said former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin. "They sold this as 'only rich people pay, and everyone benefits,' and now we're finding out it's not true." (Another Obama lie - Surprise, Surprise!)

Source: http://washingtonexaminer.com/by...


Only a month in, and Obamacare seems to be out-performing the original estimates.

ACA Signups: The Graph, updated w/sub26ers & SHOP enrollees. Grand total now up to nearly 13.5 M. The grand total now stands at nearly 13.5 million...or 11.4 million, if you want to be a real stickler and not "count" Medicaid/CHIP recipients who were previously eligible but only "came out of the woodwork" thanks to the ACA publicity/exchange outreach/etc. http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...

Check out the terrific chart that shows in detail the growth in enrollees.

"At the same hearing in which Rep. Paul Ryan was forced to acknowledge that no, the CBO report didn't say that Obamacare would kill 2 million jobs, the flip-side of 2 million workers free to quit their jobs was explored. And guess what? It actually turns out that Obamacare is going to reduce unemployment, as CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf reiterates with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) [in that video clip]. Greg Sargent has more: the report estimates that the ACA will "boost overall demand for goods and services over the next few years because the people who will benefit from the expansion of Medicaid and from access to the exchange subsidies are predominantly in lower-income households and thus are likely to spend a considerable fraction of their additional resources on goods and services." This, the report says, "will in turn boost demand for labor over the next few years."

Here's the truth: Obamacare isn't a jobs killer. It's a jobs creator. The Republicans' dirty little secret is that this is something they've known all along; it's one of the reasons they've fought so hard to kill the law. It's one of the reason so many Republican governors and legislatures have refused participate. Economic sabotage has been one of the GOP's primary tactics against President Obama, and Obamacare opposition has been part and parcel of that." http://www.dailykos.com/story/20...?


The whiff of desperation makes this laughable:

1. The facts, as determined by CBO and Brookings are that Obamacare will result in the loss of over 2 Million people participating in the workforce; that between 6 million and 7 million fewer people will have employment-based insurance coverage each year from 2016 through 2024 than would be the case in the absence of the ACA; that in its redistribution of wealth scheme, Obamacare will hurt every family with an income over $21,000 a year, and that by 2024 the U.S. will have the same number of uninsured as it had before Obamacare was passed. It has nothing to do with phony enrollment statistics.

2. What a hoot - you cite the DailyKos as an alleged credible source, instead of HHS, IRS, CMS, or any other government entity responsible for tracking enrollments, and DailyKos prints and relies upon a graph and statistics compiled by a web designer and blogger in Bloomfield Michigan - one Charles Gaba (AKA "Brainwrap) who started the website "ACAsignups.net and who says on the website that he is a liberal, volunteers for the Democrat party, is not a statistician nor knowledgeable about health care, and significantly: "I DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT ANY OF THEIR DATA IS ACCURATE, BUT I DO GUARANTEE THAT ANY OF THEIR DATA THAT I ENTER INTO THE SPREADSHEET IS AS ACCURATE AS I CAN MAKE IT GIVEN MY LIMITED TIME AND RESOURCES." Kinda leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling, eh wot?

3. Paul Ryan wasn't forced to admit anything - anyone who read the report understands the loss of 2.1 million workers from the economy referred to workers deciding not to work, or work at reduced hours, because they were satisfied with life with the government handouts or because they couldn't afford to buy Obamacare insurance unless they dropped their income to qualify for the handouts (subsidies).

Just for you, my friend: http://youtu.be/kKbADFJOCkU


Although I love the Spinners, both to listen and to dance to, (and for this I thank you, ole chum), I'm baffled as to the reason for the link. The best I can come up with is, "This is about a guy who makes incredible sounds with a rubber band stretched between his toes. The rubber band sound is simulated in the bassline. The bass was played by Bob Babbitt, who played on many Motown tracks. He ran the instrument through a device he called a "funk box" to get the unusual sound."

I will assume you are attempting to convey your belief that I'm really talented with my toes, perhaps desperately and amusingly so, and move on.

#1 - The new report [pdf] does say that yes, by 2024 the law will reduce full-time employment by 2 million. But that's not 2 million jobs killed. In fact, the CBO actually confirms one of the things supporters of the new law said it would do: provide people who can't or don't want to work full time, who want to quit their jobs to stay at home with their children or to start a new business, the freedom to do just that. Right there in the report on page 117 (yes, that's a lot of pages for conservatives to read) it says:

"The estimated reduction [in CBO's projections of hours worked] stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply rather than a net drop in businesses demand for labor. [...]". http://www.dailykos.com/story/20.... Oops - Daily Kos!

#2. I'm sorry the author of an article does not meet your demanding credentials, but then you said the same thing about Sandra Fluke, and you and she have the same credentials, so what's the take-away here?

#3. I didn't know you and Paul Ryan could look into the inner recesses of those workers deciding not to work, and know without a doubt that they "decided not to work or work at reduced hours, because [they were satisfied with life with the government handouts]...". That's an amazing skill, but does not trump what apparently I can do with my toes.


I gifted you with Rubberband Man in Recognition of your prowess as one of the more persistent unsalaried Spinners when defending the indefensible policies of our Rubberband Man President, whose truths expand and contract as necessary to convince the low information voters that he has had nothing to do with the disasters that have been promulgated in his name.

I wonder how you would spin Obama's constant recent references to rewarding the people who work hard, and fighting the evils of "Income Inequality" when Obamacare relegates over 2 million souls to refrain from working to take advantage of Obamacare handouts, which will consign them forever to the lowest rungs of the ladder to the Middle Class.

There are a couple of differences between Sandra and me: (1) I'm better looking; (2) I worked my way through law school in a vertical position; (3) I was never called upon by Democrats to testify in a mock Congressional hearing that the media treated as real; (4) I have practiced law for almost 40 years; (5) I never dated a super rich individual who treated me to a vacation in Spain and Pompeii (Google "Adam 'Cutie Pants' Mutterperl); and (6) I never asked tax payers to pay for my birth control (Hat Tip - Barry Soetoro)


Actually, I knew exactly why you "gifted" me with my beloved Spinners, but was in a good mood, based on all the important, positive information coming out about Obamacare - the very encouraging number of enrollees thus far, and the latest CBO report that estimates the freedom and variety of options now being offered people regarding their work - and thought it would be fun to introduce the toe thing, since I haven't seen them for months now, wearing snow boots 24/7.

Perhaps some day you will be compelled to share with me (and other readers) why you insist on persisting with twisting the CBO reports to suit your extreme, radical viewpoint and severely partisan biases. Oh - I think I just answered my own request.

This paragraph is bit more problematic. #1 - Totally subjective, since I wouldn't know you from Adam, but have seen lots of pics of Sandra, and she's very attractive. #2 - I think I know what you are inferring here, but since, um,..lots of things can be done in a vertical position - oh never mind. #3 - I know just what you mean, having witnessed what has become by now hundreds of millions of dollars worth of "special investigations" where Republicans put on their Flag Pins and grandstand in vertical positions in front of the camera, asking zany questions in baritone voices in a malevolent fashion to extract vital information.
#4 - That's nice. #5 - That's a cryin' shame - my sympathies. #6 - Dammit Barry!

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