Chicago Suburb Says No to Nativity Scene for Local Park by William Bigelow In Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago, the Illinois nativity Scene Committee will be denied permission to display a Nativity scene in a local park.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece is on its way to getting the next installment of its much-needed bailout loans after finance ministers from the 17 European Union countries that use the euro agreed on a program to reduce the country's debt.
Now that the exhausting 2012 presidential campaign is over, political junkies can move on to other things; like the 2016 election. Speculation has already begun and potential candidates have already starting jockeying for position.
LBN: Anyone is better than what we have, sadly none of these but Santorum might have a chance. I supported Santorum in the primary but if Allen West runs I might prefer him, but it will likely be Rubio
The Obama administration faces major logistical and financial challenges in creating health insurance exchanges for states that have declined to set up their own systems.
LBN: Now to get more GOP Governors to commit to declining Obamacare state health care exchanges.
According to Freedomworks--20 states have officially said NO to Obamacare exchanges: Alabama, Alaska,[Florida may now implement :( ] Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montaina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, [Oklahoma rejected 11/20/2012], South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming and Wisconsin. Undecided states include Arizona, Idaho, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
The Department of Health and Human Services has pushed the deadline for planning to set up an exchange to December 14th of this year.
Six states are taking full advantage of the extended deadline, and are waiting to announce whether they will implement an exchange. It is especially crucial that residents of these states put pressure on their governors to avoid setting up an exchange (click on a state to Take Action and send a message to your governor---[see link below]):
Arizona, Idaho, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee.
One reason many states/GOP Governors are rejecting Obamacare exchanges is:
“....there is absolutely no guarantee that the federal government will have the money to hold up its end of the bargain in states every year,” he said.
“That opens up these governors to huge liabilities in the future. If Washington runs out of ways to finance its 90% share of the exchange, then it will simply transfer the burden to states. Governors who agree now are permanently putting their states on the hook for the 2,700-page law and the thousands of regulations issued by HHS in the years to come.”
Another reason states should reject Obamacare exchanges:
....states can either stay with Medicaid as it currently is, for citizens up to 100% of the poverty line, or they can join Medicaid 2.0, which goes up to 133% of the poverty line, with billions of extra federal dollars to pay for much of the expansion, but leaving states to pay collectively $50 billion more per decade.
Also....states that adopt these massively-expanded entitlements will become magnets for low-income people. Many will choose to move to states where they can get “free” healthcare—meaning healthcare paid for by other people.
Second, doctors and healthcare providers will flock to states that resist these big-government programs, since doctors will be free there to practice medicine as they know best, without bureaucratic controls.
“Obamacare states” will see a growing shortage of doctors, while free-market states will see an increasing abundance of doctors. This trend will only accelerate if these states also enact medical tort reform and other pro-doctor laws.
See some other reasons Obamacare exchanges MUST be rejected at the state level:
1.) The PPACA legislation (a.k.a. Obamacare) and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision confirmed that states retain the right to either open a STATE based Obamacare health insurance exchange or to refuse to do so. If states refuse (20 states now have--[see list above]) then Barack Obama’s administration will usurp our 10th amendment rights and open a FEDERAL exchange in each state.
2.) The PPACA legislation only authorized the I.R.S. to provide tax credits for for those who purchase health insurance in an Obamacare health insurance exchange IF that exchange is a STATE based exchange. NO SUCH AUTHORIZATION WAS GRANTED TO THE IRS IF SUCH AN EXCHANGE is a ‘fall back’ exchange – meaning a FEDERAL exchange.
3.) The PPACA legislation only authorized the I.R.S. to penalize (a.k.a. TAX) employers $2,000 or $3,000 PER EMPLOYEE/INDIVIDUAL if they qualify for health insurance in an Obamacare health insurance exchange IF that exchange is a STATE based exchange. NO SUCH AUTHORIZATION WAS GRANTED IF SUCH AN EXCHANGE is a ‘fall back’ exchange – meaning a FEDERAL exchange.
And here’s the REALLY good part….
4.) There have been ZERO dollars appropriated by Congress to fund ‘fall back’ exchanges – meaning a FEDERAL exchange.
5.) Spending bills originate in the U.S. House of Representatives. Republicans, as of today, hold a 234 seat MAJORITY in the House.
6.) There are now 30 Republican governors nationwide. Each and every one of them need to be UNITED in resisting state based exchanges.
If no money is appropriated for FEDERAL “fall back” Obamacare exchanges by the U.S. House of Representatives and Republican Governors stand STRONG and REJECT the establishment of STATE based Obamacare exchanges. Then STATE based Obamacare exchanges will only survive in the ‘Blue states’.
Fox:15yr old Muslim Bro member killed in anti-Morsi protests in Cairo as protests enter 4th day;Morsi to meet w/Judges he denounced tomorrow
Sunday's stock market fall of nearly 10 percent - halted only by automatic curbs - was the worst since the uprising that toppled Mubarak in February, 2011.
Images of protesters clashing with riot police and tear gas wafting through Cairo's Tahrir Square were an unsettling reminder of that uprising. Activists were camped in the square for a third day, blocking traffic with makeshift barricades. Nearby, riot police and protesters clashed intermittently.
One Muslim Brotherhood member was killed and 60 people were injured on Sunday in an attack on the main office of the Brotherhood in the Egyptian Nile Delta town of Damanhour, the website of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party said.
Issued just a day after Mursi received glowing tributes from Washington for his work brokering a deal to end eight days of violence between Israel and Hamas, the decree drew warnings from the West to uphold democracy. Washington has leverage because of billions of dollars it sends in annual military aid.
"The United States should be saying this is unacceptable," former presidential nominee John McCain, leading Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Fox News.
"We thank Mr. Mursi for his efforts in brokering the ceasefire with Hamas ... But this is not what the United States of America's taxpayers expect. Our dollars will be directly related to progress toward democracy."
The Mursi administration has defended his decree as an effort to speed up reforms that will complete Egypt's democratic transformation. Yet leftists, liberals, socialists and others say it has exposed the autocratic impulses of a man once jailed by Mubarak.
"There is no room for dialogue when a dictator imposes the most oppressive, abhorrent measures and then says 'let us split the difference'," prominent opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said on Saturday.
Mursi's decree removes judicial review of decisions he takes until a new parliament is elected, expected early next year.
It also shields the Islamist-dominated assembly writing Egypt's new constitution from a raft of legal challenges that have threatened it with dissolution, and offers the same protection to the Islamist-controlled upper house of parliament.
"I am really afraid that the two camps are paving the way for violence," said Nafaa. "Mursi has misjudged this, very much so. But forcing him again to relinquish what he has done will appear a defeat."
Many of Mursi's political opponents share the view that Egypt's judiciary needs reform, though they disagree with his methods. Mursi's new powers allowed him to sack the prosecutor general who took his job during the Mubarak era and is unpopular among reformists of all stripes.
Sorry, college students. President Obama has cut your access to Pell Grants by 33%; he just forgot to mention it before Election Day.
During the recent campaign, President Obama claimed credit for increasing funding to the Pell Grant program, which provides college funds, free from repayment, to millions of students. [http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/17/politics/fact-check-student-aid/index.html ] However, an email sent out Tuesday to some Dallas college students is revealing a detail the President forgot to mention: the time a student can receive a Pell Grant has been cut, by as much as three years. With Pell Grants for the fall semester now dispersed, colleges are informing students of their options, bringing the cuts to light.
The email, sent out by the Dallas County Community College District, informed students of the changes to the Pell Grant program. It revealed that the number of semesters a student could receive a Pell Grant had been cut from 18 semesters down to 12. It is a detail likely unknown to most students; in fact, the cut in grants has gone largely unreported by the media.
The email states that the cut in eligibility was part of an education bill President Obama signed into law in 2011. "On December 23, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74). This new federal law states that the amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her LIFETIME will be reduced to the duration of a student's eligibility from 18 semesters (or its equivalent) to 12 semesters (or its equivalent). This new law applies to ALL Federal Pell Grant eligible students effective with the 2012-2013 award year beginning July 1, 2012. (DCL-GEN-12-01)"
The cut in grant eligibility has serious ramifications for non-traditional students. Part-time students who do not receive a full semester grant may lose out on funds if they do not earn an undergraduate degree within 12 semesters. Adults who go back to school, including retraining for a new career, will also have limited access to grants.
The Senate — the legislative body designed as the saucer to cool the House’s tempestuous teacup — has become a deep freeze, but filibuster reform could have a thawing effect.
The only thing that can fix it is if we can replace the old, white RINOs and DEMs like obstructionist Harry Reid,he's the biggest obstacle to getting anything done and refuses to even vote on hundreds of job sustaining bills the GOP House has passed. Senate majority DEMs won't even pass a budget, which is legally required each year...yet they've gone four years without one!! Why are they not impeached or suspended without pay/pensions until a budget is passed??
Obama to bring tax pitch to PAPhiladelphia Inquirer (blog)Obama will visit a business that "depends on middle class consumers during the holiday season" and could be affected if tax rates rise, according to a White House official.
This is a long article....but worth reading...I have included some of the main reasons she is not qualified as Secretary of State, let alone UN Ambassador. How she ever obtained the position is beyond me, but I guess it was an appointed position rather than a nomination?? Also, like Obama, Susan Rice is part of a group that wants to have the United Nations “rule” over all governments. This includes our beloved United States. She supports redistribution of US wealth to Africa through a UN fund and Susan Rice also had a hand in the question of force by Israeli Commandos with the Gaza bound Pro-Palestinian ship.
She is as bad of nightmare as Obama, if not worse!Since Obama shares the same views, it's obvious why she was picked for the UN Ambassador and why he wants to now put her third in line for the Presidency.
We MUST demand the GOP remain strong against her nomination as Secretary of State and stop the continuous appointment and promotion of illigitmate, anti-Americans in positions of power! Contact your Senators today!! Don't expect any of this to come out in the mainstream media.
United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice should not be given any more promotions. In fact, maybe she should be removed. How could we possibly say something like this about a lady that our President so vehemently respects and defends? Well, maybe because we know that had Susan Rice not given the wrong advice to President Clinton in 1996, Osama Bin Laden would have been in jail and the twin towers may well still be seen today! It is so very sad that a person such as Susan Rice is given such high jobs while she has failed to do what should have been an easy chore, get Osama bin Laden!
“In 1996 Rice helped persuade President Clinton to rebuff Sudan’s offer to turn Osama bin Laden, who was then living there, over to U.S. authorities. Rice reasoned that because Sudan had a poor human-rights record, the U.S. should have no dealings with that nation’s government — not even to obtain custody of the al Qaeda leader or to receive intelligence information on terrorists from Sudanese authorities. Bin Laden subsequently moved his terrorist operations to Afghanistan, from where he would mastermind the 9/11 attacks.”
And now Obama wants to make her the Secretary of State? This is by far the most obnoxious thing that could happen! Susan Rice does not deserve the post she now has much less a promotion!
Susan Rice became a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy and Global Economy & Development programs. Now here is a group to be with, they really have turned into a left wing group in recent years.
“Brookings has been involved with a variety of internationalist and state-sponsored programs, including the Global Governance Initiative, which aspires to facilitate the establishment of a U.N.-dominated world government, based in part on economic and Third World considerations. Brookings Fellows have also called for additional global collaboration on trade and banking; the expansion of the Kyoto Protocol; and nationalized health insurance for children. Nine Brookings economists signed a petition opposing President Bush’s tax cuts in 2003.”
Now how is that? Susan Rice is part of a group that wants to have the United nations “rule” over all governments. This includes our beloved United States. Now that just does not seem right to have a lady with ideology along those lines to be our next Secretary of State. She does not present herself as an individual whom would have the best interest of the United States at hand. But wait, this lady is a gem of an extreme lack of quality. She has proclaimed that terrorism was born from oppression and deprivation!
In 2005 Rice co-authored an academic article which postulated that terrorism was “a threat borne of both oppression and deprivation.” But Susan Rice does not hold just these strange ideologies. She also holds the most questionable of all ideology.
“Reasoning (contrary to much strong evidence) from the premise that poverty breeds terrorism, Rice believes that U.S. taxpayers should fund nearly $100 billion per year of new-development-aid programs under the auspices of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Project — a massive wealth-redistribution initiative designed to transfer money from the world’s developed states to its poor states, many of them in Africa.”
Susan Rice wants to take money from the United States, of which our nation is now becoming unable to give out, and just give it to “poor” states, mainly in Africa. These people have problems and no amount of money can ever make them disappear. But one has to wonder if this “redistribution” of wealth from the United States to Africa is just her idea or has Obama latched onto it also, even as Obama’s own brother sits in a 2 by 8 room made of used tin and scraps of wood.
Susan Rice also had a hand in the question of force by Israeli Commandos with the Gaza bound Pro-Palestinian ship.
“On June 11, 2010, it was reported that Rice played an important role in pushing the Obama administration to support a United Nations investigation of a deadly May 31 fight between Israeli commandos and a number of passengers aboard a Gaza-bound, pro-Palestinian ship. The ship was carrying humanitarian relief supplies to Gaza, but its crew refused to comply with Israeli requirements that all cargo be submitted for inspection, thereby igniting the trouble. According to Israel, approximately 40 of the 600-plus people aboard the vessel were Turkish jihadis who instigated the violence, and at least five were known to have ties to Islamic terrorism. For details of the incident, click here.”
Why would Susan Rice even consider this type of action if she is supposed to be representing the United States? The United States is supposed to support Israel not oppose it, but with Susan Rice, it is apparent that she does not like nor support Israel at all.
“In February 2011, Rice stated: “For more than four decades, [Israeli settlement activity] has undermined security … corroded hopes for peace and security … it violates international commitments and threatens prospects for peace.” During testimony she gave two months later, Rice reiterated that sentiment, asserting that “Israeli settlement activity is illegitimate.”
Now just how could a representative of the United States even consider what Susan Rice has stated many times over, especially about what is supposed to be our main ally in the Middle East? Why is it that Susan Rice even thinks like this?
A Russian newspaper actually sees what Americans who blindly voted for Obama don't.
"Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them. He gives speeches of peace and love in the world while he promotes wars as he did in Egypt, Libya and Syria. He plans his next war is with Iran as he fires or demotes his generals who get in the way.
Well, any normal individual understands that as true but liberalism is a psychosis.
O'bomber even keeps the war going along the Mexican border with projects like "fast and furious" and there is still no sign of ending it. He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America.
His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance.
They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama’s fools and Stalin’s fools share the same drink of illusion.”
Alas, the schools in the U.S. were conquered by the Communists long ago and history was revised thus paving the way for their Communist presidents. Obama has bailed out those businesses that voted for him and increased the debt to over 16 trillion with an ever increasing unemployment rate especially among blacks and other minorities. All the while promoting his agenda.
The red, white and blue still flies happily but only in Russia. Russia still has St George defeating the Dragon with the symbol of the cross on its' flag. The ACLU and other atheist groups in America would never allow the US flag with such religious symbols. Lawsuits a plenty against religious freedom and expression in the land of the free. Christianity in the U.S. is under attack as it was during the early period of the Soviet Union when religious symbols were against the law.
Aren't they called Useful idiots or the New Stupid, rather than fools??
Mark Levin spent almost the entire first hour blasting race-baiting ...
Race baiting and claims of sexism are all the DEMs have. They can't use logic and common sense or actually admit to their failed policies and failed response of the administration so they have to attack their opponents personally. It's what the left does when they know they can't win the debate with facts.
Senate Republican leaders returned Sunday to demanding answers from U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice about her public explanation on the fatal Libya attacks – but now appear to be mounting a less head-on attack.
LBN: They need to continue to demand she not be nominated as Secretary of State, she's done nothing to improve Middle East relations or the plight of Christians suffering in Nigeria, Sudan,etc.
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