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» November 17th, 2014
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear King v. Burwell, a case that threatens to undermine the basic architecture of Obamacare � if it is decided on what the law actually says rather than on what the Obama administration wishes it would say at any given moment.
The language of the so-called Affordable Care Act is, on this matter at least, straightforward: Health-insurance buyers are eligible to receive subsidies when they buy plans on exchanges set up by the states. The problem for the Obama administration and for congressional Democrats is that the states and their people behave as though they have minds of their own, as though they were something other than administrative subdivisions of the federal government and clients of the Democratic party. As a result, most of the states refused to set up Obamacare exchanges � only 14 of them did so. The White House, flummoxed by this development, had the federal government step in and set up its own exchanges, and then announced � with no legal justification whatsoever � that subsidies would be available on these exchanges, too.
Lest you suspect that we are taking an opportunistically narrow reading of the law, let us revisit the words of Jonathan Gruber, the architect of the Affordable Care Act:
What�s important to remember politically about this is if you�re a state and you don�t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don�t get their tax credits � but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you�re essentially saying [to] your citizens you�re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that�s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.
This isn�t just about subsidies. Obamacare is a carrot-and-stick program: Businesses and individuals are mandated to do certain things, and they receive subsidies when they comply. But if the Americans in those states that refused to set up exchanges are ineligible for subsidies � as the law clearly states � then many of them will become exempt from the insurance mandate, too: Those who are not eligible to receive subsidies are exempt from the mandate when the cost of the least expensive policy exceeds 8 percent of their income. In addition, should a state not establish an exchange, it frees businesses in that state from the fees and regulations imposed by Obamacare�s employer mandate. Competition among states � how quaint.
The Democrats argue that if the Supreme Court insists on the letter of the law, then the results will be absurd. Of course they will: This is an absurd law, a Frankenstein�s monster sewn together from spare parts gathered from the graveyard of big-government health-care schemes. The Democrats passed the Affordable Care Act without a single Republican vote and without Republican input � it says what it says because that is the way they wrote it. Even if Democratic legislators are not very deft at crafting legislation, it is not the responsibility of the Supreme Court to bail them out.
Rather, the responsibility of the Supreme Court is to interpret the law. We have the language of the statute itself and the unambiguous declarations of its leading craftsman to guide us on the subject. There is no plausible case for the Supreme Court to decide in the administration�s favor on this issue.
If that throws open the legal architecture of Obamacare to revision, then that is not an entirely undesirable outcome. A great many congressional Democrats are implicitly aligned with a unified Republican party in recognizing that the Affordable Care Act is in many ways defective. The two parties may not agree on how to go about undoing the damage that the Obama-Pelosi-Reid model of government has inflicted on the American health-care system, but that is why we have elections. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell might remind the president of his own argument: �We won.�
» November 14th, 2014
Billy and Karen Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI
(KIA), penned a blistering letter to President Obama calling for his resignation.
The must-read letter, in its entirety, is below:
”After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of
freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of
rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on
the altar of world peace.
My offering was my only son — Aaron Carson Vaughn. Aaron was a member of
SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty
Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of
Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.
Many times over the past three years, I have been asked what drove my son to
choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My
answer is simple.
Aaron Vaughn was a man who possessed the courage to acknowledge evil. And
evil, once truly acknowledged, demands response. Perhaps this is why so few
are willing to look it in the eye. It is much simpler — much safer — to look
the other way.
That is, unless you are the leader of the Free World.
As Commander-in-Chief, your actions — or lack thereof — Mr. President, cost
lives. As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and
fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a
gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the
entire globe. Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not
up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.
Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and
substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain
the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history.
Thanks to your “leadership” from whatever multi-million dollar vacation you
happen to be on at any given moment, the world is in chaos. What’s been
gained, you’ve lost. What’s been lost, you’ve decimated. You’ve demolished
our ability to hold the trust of allies. You’ve made a mockery of the title
“President.” And you’ve betrayed the nation for which my son and over 1.3
million others have sacrificed their very lives.
But this should come as no surprise, since your wife uttered a vile
statement on Feb. 18, 2008, during the primary campaign — one that speaks
volumes of your true convictions. “For the first time in my adult life, I am
really proud of my country,” she said.
I am sure my deceased son thanks you for that, Mrs. Obama. Oh, and you’re
Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such despair and such growing fear
that the world’s last best hope, America, has finally been dismantled.
Perhaps the better word is transformed — fundamentally transformed. Come to
think of it, it’s become difficult — if not impossible — to believe things
haven’t gone exactly as you planned, Mr. President.
Amazingly, in five short years, your administration has lurched from one
disaster to another. You spearheaded the ambitious rush to end the wars in
both Iraq and Afghanistan — with no plan on how to do so effectively. Also,
the release of “the Taliban five” in exchange for one American — without
consulting Congress — is also on your shoulders.
You have been at the helm during unprecedented national security leaks —
including, but not limited to the outing of SEAL Team VI on the Bin laden
raid, the outing of the Pakistani doctor who provided the intelligence for
that raid, the outing of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief, and the outing of
your personal “kill list” to make you look tough. In addition, 75 percent of
American deaths in Afghanistan and 83 percent of Americans-wounded-in-action
have occurred on your watch, according to icasualties.org.
And now, we have this recent, heinous event: the beheading of an American
citizen by a barbaric organization you foolishly referred to as “the JV
team” in your statements to the New Yorker magazine in January.
You, sir, are the JV team. It’s time for you to step down and allow a true
leader to restore our honor and protect our sons and daughters.
America has always been exceptional. And she will be again. You, Mr.
President, are a bump in our road.”
» November 12th, 2014
Just a housewife out shopping in Alaska
No permit required in Alaska for either open carry
(must be 18) or concealed carry (must be 21)
» November 2nd, 2014
» November 1st, 2014
From a Westborough Friend:
This is a powerful message to all of us. If you do nothing else today, you should read this.
Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America – you may remember, she is the widow of Todd Beamer who said
‘Let’s Roll!’ and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC
back on 9/11.
She said it’s the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as
he came home, and her children running to meet him.
Lisa recalled this story:
“I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack.
“About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students.
“As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly
over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.
“With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, ‘Class is over. I would like to share with
all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important.
‘Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows
when this fantastic experience will end. It can be taken away at any moment.
‘Perhaps this is heaven’s way of telling us that we should make the most out of every single day.’
“Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, ‘So I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on
your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice. It doesn’t have to be something
you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone’s house, or it could be
the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one
autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them.
‘For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the stuff of life — the little things we are put here
on earth to enjoy… the things we often take for granted.’
The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon,
I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester.”
Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I
try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.
Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go barefoot or walk on the beach at
sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight to get a double dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not
the things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn’t do.
If you like this, please pass it on to a friend, if not just delete it and go on with your life!
» October 31st, 2014
It’s easy to listen to Ronald Reagan’s A Time for Choosing speech, delivered October 27, 1964, and marvel at how prescient he was. What Reagan said half a century ago is just as true today as it was then. Certainly, his remarks were dated; they were delivered in support of Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign against Lyndon Johnson. But replace Kruschev with Putin and warnings of Big Government with Obamacare or amnesty for those who break the law to enter our nation and that speech could just as easily be delivered today as it was 50 years ago.
But the remarkable clarity of Reagan’s speech lies not in his ability to see into the future. It is because he fully understood the destructive nature of modern statist liberalism; its demands on society and the people within it are no different today than they were in earlier times.
» October 3rd, 2014
Trevor Loudon, ‘The Enemies Within’ on communism in Congress
Ever wondered why Congress has moved further and further left over your lifetime, while much of the electorate has become more conservative?
Tune in or stream live as Trevor Loudon joins Mike Wade in the 8 am hour.
Open lines from 6 am.
Also we’ll discuss
This is the most amazing statement ever uttered by Obama, by any American:
“Ordinary men & women are too small minded to govern their own affairs”
If you don’t believe it just watch the video.
Only 19 seconds long. PLEASE WATCH. Of course this was NOT reported by our useless US media — the German Press had to do it. The German caption reads: “Obama declares the New World Order”.
» September 26th, 2014
The L.A. Times, an excepted left leaning publication and considered a good soldier to the left run the attached article …
More evidence from the lefts own Koolaid drinkers that Mother Earth is going to do her own thing.
West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes
This article appeared on the 23rd – email@example.com
Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times
Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.
The analysis challenges assumptions that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been a significant driver of the increase in temperatures observed over many decades in the ocean and along the coastline from Alaska to California.
The Klamath River and the Pacific Ocean
A recent study finds that weakening winds accounted for more than 80% of the warming trend along the Pacific Northwest coast between Washington and Northern California. Above, the Klamath River flows into the Pacific about 50 miles from the California-Oregon border. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time. The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Natural, wind-driven climate patterns in the Pacific Ocean, such as El Niño and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, are already known to exert a powerful influence on sea and land temperatures over years and even decades.
This latest research shows that similar changes in atmospheric and ocean circulation can drive trends that last a century or longer, overshadowing the effects of human-generated increase in greenhouse gases, the study’s authors said.
This does not call into question the concept of global warming.
- Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research
“Changing winds appear to explain a very large fraction of the warming from year to year, decade to decade and the long-term,” said study leader James Johnstone, an independent climatologist who did most of the work when he was at the University of Washington’s Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean.
When coastal wind speeds weaken, they result in less evaporation from the sea surface and unusually low pressure that alters ocean currents and causes temperatures to rise over time.
The study found that weakening winds accounted for more than 80% of the warming trend along the Pacific Northwest coast between Washington and Northern California. In Southern California, weaker winds were responsible for about 60% of the increased warming.
I have to give some credit to the LA Times for this article. Seeing both sides of the argument helps find the truth, and the truth is we still do not understand the mechanisms why the planet heats and cools. I would rather we call this Climate Study, since our human impact is not even a blink…
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If global warming had been the most powerful influence on land and sea temperatures, those temperatures would have been different, the study’s authors said. Most of the warming in the region occurred before 1940, when greenhouse gas concentrations were lower and winds were weaker, the study found. In contrast, winds have strengthened since 1980 and coastal ocean cooled, even as the rise in greenhouse gases has accelerated.
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The study focused only on trends at the regional level and did not offer conclusions about the influence of naturally occurring winds on warming throughout the world. If anything, the results reinforce what scientists have known for years: that global climate projections fall short in predicting how temperatures are actually changing at the regional scale.
Kevin Trenberth, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., who was not involved in the study, said its conclusions about long-term trends were probably overstated because the quality of data from the early 20th century was poor and unreliable. The results may also reflect the fact that the northeast Pacific is an area of the globe where past studies have shown the “signal” of climate change is low relative to the “noise” of natural variability.
“There is no doubt that regionally, the changes in temperature are dominated by changes in the atmospheric circulation that likely have little or nothing to do with climate change,” Trenberth said. But, he added, “this does not call into question the concept of global warming.”
» September 26th, 2014
UNITED NATIONS — The world is making progress on items ranging from human rights to global warming, President Obama said Wednesday, but all of that could be undone by the largest threat: extremist violence.
In his annual address to the United Nations, Obama urged all countries and religions — especially Islam — to reject the extremist ideologies that fuel bloodshed and threaten global stability.
“As we look to the future, one issue risks a cycle of conflict that could derail so much progress,” Obama said. “And that is the cancer of violent extremism that has ravaged so many parts of the Muslim world.”
The president’s annual visit to the United Nations came the same week the United States began airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State, one of the extremist groups cited by Obama. Attacks continued Wednesday. Last month, the president authorized similar strikes against the militant group in Iraq.
President Obama speaks during the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.(Photo: Seth Wenig, AP)
Air war in Syria could last years
The escalation prompted some critics to question whether the United States is the right country to address the problems of global violence.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking on CBS’ This Morning, protested the attacks in Syria, saying, “No terrorist group can be eradicated and destroyed through aerial bombardments.”
The threats of extremism dominated Obama’s crowded schedule Wednesday, the second of three days of U.N. meetings. It included an Obama meeting with the new prime minister of Iraq and a special U.N. Security Council session devoted to the problem of “foreign fighters.”
The council passed a resolution requiring countries to crack down on the recruitment of fighters who could move to other nations to launch attacks. That includes efforts to shut off financing for terrorist groups. To that end, Obama’s Treasury and State Departments announced sanctions on 24 groups and individuals they say have aided the movement of foreign fighters.
Intelligence agencies estimate that more than 15,000 foreign fighters from 80 countries have traveled to training bases in Syria in recent years, Obama told the Security Council.
Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Obama defended the Syria and Iraq airstrikes that have targeted the al-Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan group, as well as Islamic State positions.
Citing the Islamic State’s record of violence, which includes beheadings of hostages, Obama told the delegates, “The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”
Obama used the words “fanaticism,” “hate” and “evil” to describe the Islamic State, condemning it as a “network of death.”
President Obama labels the Islamic State extremist group a “brand of evil” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. “There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.”President Obama labels the Islamic State extremist group a “brand of evil” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. “There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.” (Photo: Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
President Obama labels the Islamic State extremist group a “brand of evil” in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. “There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil. The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force. So the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death.” In 2013, President Obama references mass shootings as “acts of evil” while discussing gun-control proposals. “While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try it.” In 2002, President George W. Bush refers to Iran, North Korea, and Iraq as an “axis of evil” in his State of the Union Address. “States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.”
In 2001, President George W. Bush calls the 9/11 terrorist attacks “evil, despicable acts of terror.” “Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. … Today our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature.”
In 1983, President Reagan labels the Soviet Union an “empire of evil” in an address to the National Association of Evangelicals. “So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride – the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all – and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.” In 1860, President Abraham Lincoln calls slavery “evil” in his Cooper Union Address: “This is all Republicans ask – all Republicans desire – in relation to slavery: as those fathers marked it, so let it again be marked, as an evil, not to be extended, but to be tolerated and protected only because of and so far as its actual presence among us makes that toleration and protection a necessity.”
The United States has assembled “a broad coalition” to defeat the militants, including Arab states, Obama said. He cited plans to train forces in Iraq and Syria to carry the fight on the ground against the Islamic State and other jihadists. He said, “We will neither tolerate terrorist safe havens, nor act as an occupying power.”
In calling on Muslims to denounce extremist ideology, Obama said a lethal group of terrorists “have perverted one of the world’s great religions.”
Thomas McDonnell, a professor of international law at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., said it’s commendable for Obama to speak out against global extremism. The challenge, he said, is that many people around the world see the United States as a longtime backer of repressive regimes, especially in the Middle East.
“We are not exactly a neutral arbiter,” McDonnell said. “It’s a complicated situation.”
Obama’s speech was in sharp contrast to his U.N. address last year. Then, he spoke of ending “a decade of war” that included Iraq and Afghanistan and having the United States shift away “from a perpetual war footing.”
Citing criticism of the United States, Obama acknowledged the nation’s faults, specifically last month’s fatal shooting by police in Ferguson, Mo.
Though “we have our own racial and ethnic tensions,” Obama said, the United States has “worked to address our problems, to make our union more perfect.”
Post-Syria strike, Obama talks climate change, civil society
Noting hopeful signs around the world, Obama said the prospects of major wars between global powers are reduced, poverty rates are falling and the Internet is helping to educate millions.
But Obama also spoke of a “pervasive unease in our world” about events such as the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and Russian aggression in Ukraine — and terrorism.
“We come together at a crossroads,” he said. “Between war and peace, between disorder and integration, between fear and hope.”
» August 5th, 2014
Join Our Nationwide Conference Call on the New AP U.S. History Curriculum Framework
American Principles in Action in partnership with Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is hosting a nationwide conference call concerning the rollout of the new Advanced Placement U.S. History Curriculum Framework (APUSH) and exam.
Background The College Board, led by David Coleman, the “architect” of Common Core is rolling out the new APUSH course and exam next month (August 2014). The new APUSH Framework is an all-out assault on our country’s heritage. Jane Robbins with American Principles in Action stated this concerning the new APUSH Framework, “The redesigned Framework is best described as a curricular coup that sets a number of dangerous precedents. By providing a detailed course of study that defines, discusses, and interprets “the required knowledge of each period,” the College Board has in effect supplanted local and state curriculum by unilaterally assuming the authority to prioritize historic topics.”
Tanya Ditty, CWALAC of Georgia State Director and former AP U.S. History teacher made this statement concerning the new Framework, “When I first read the new APUSH Framework, I didn’t even recognize it as American history standards. From this Framework, I didn’t recognize it as my country.”
Here is a sampling of what our nation’s brightest high-school students can expect:
A relentlessly negative view of American history, which emphasizes every problem and failing of our ancestors while ignoring or minimizing their achievements.
Almost total silence about the Founding Fathers, including no mention of Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and Adams, and almost none of the Declaration of Independence.
Omission of military history, battles, commanders, and heroes.
A biased and inaccurate view of many important facets of American history, including the motivations and actions of 17th-19th-century settlers, American involvement in World War II, and the conduct of and victory in the Cold War.
We invite all concerned parents, grandparents and citizens, whether you have students in AP courses or not, to join this very important conference call. A panel of experts will educate you on what the College Board has in store for America’s AP U.S. History students and will explain specific steps that can be taken to push back against this egregious attack on the U.S. History standards and curriculum.
Without state pushback, this new APUSH Curriculum Framework will go into effect this fall (2014). Without state pushback, APUSH teachers may have to ignore their own state’s U.S. History standards if they hope to prepare their students for success on the new APUSH exam – which will NOT cover material outside the new Framework.
Conference call details: Date: Monday, August 4, 2014 Time: 8:00 p.m. EST Conference Dial-in Number: (530) 881-1000 Participant Access Code: 632867#
Larry Kreiger- Teacher of SAT classes for over 20 years and AP classes for over 35 years, specializing in AP U. S. History (APUSH).
Ken Mercer, Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member who has been working aggressively to delay the rollout of the new APUSH Framework.
Jane Robbins- Attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles in Action in Washington, D.C.
Click here for full bio of panelists. Click here for resources on the new APUSH Curriculum Framework.
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