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December 16, 2014

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No wonder The Onion is reportedly up for sale — there’s just no way to compete with real life anymore:


The president of prestigious Smith College is red-faced and apologetic Tuesday for telling students on the Northampton, Mass., campus that “all lives matter.”


Kathleen McCartney wrote the phrase in the subject line of an e-mail to students at the school, whose alumni include feminists Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and celebrity chef Julia Child. McCartney was attempting to show support for students protesting racially charged grand jury decisions in which police in Missouri and New York were not charged in the deaths of unarmed black men.

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But she soon received backlash from students for her phrasing. They were offended that she did not stick with the slogan “black lives matter.”


The Daily Hampshire Gazette, which first covered the story, quoted one Smith sophomore, Cecelia Lim, as saying, “it felt like she was invalidating the experience of black lives.”


In response to student backlash, McCartney apologized in another campus-wide email Friday, saying she had made a mistake “despite my best intentions.”


Way to challenge those young minds and prepare them for the real world by not backing down from a slightly different point of view! Or maybe she was also concerned that those words could come back to haunt her if the subject of abortion comes up at the next faculty meeting.




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Published on December 16, 2014 12:22 • 3 views

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The schadenfreude of the week:


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They had me at “Harry Reid’s exit interview”:


Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, his soon-to-be successor, and other Republicans, vowing Democrats will wage “a new battle” with the GOP when the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 6.


“Is there enough they can do to help Wall Street? I don’t think so. Big banks? I don’t think so,” Reid told the New York Times in an exit interview published Wednesday. “That’s where the new battle is going to be.”


The 75-year-old Nevada Democrat said Republicans are at odds with Americans when it comes to environmental protection laws.


“They want to eviscerate Clean Air, Clean Water, EPA,” Reid said.

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Reid said he plans to run for reelection in 2016, when some of his Senate colleagues — including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — may be running for the Republican presidential nomination.


When asked by the Times whether any of them could become president, Reid replied: “Of what?”


This was the best part:


“I’m happy to work with them,” Reid said of his GOP counterparts. “But I’m not going to throw middle-class America overboard.”


You don’t have to throw middle-class America overboard, Harry — you already did it. At this point it’s a rescue mission. But don’t take it from me:




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Published on December 16, 2014 12:22 • 3 views

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“I think we may need to call it something in the future different, but it is working,” Sebelius said at POLITICO’s “Lessons from Leaders” event.


Sebelius, who resigned in April following the botched roll out of President Barack Obama’s signature health law, said that current issues involving the Affordable Care Act have to do with its commonly used name.


“Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot of paid advertising,” Sebelius said.




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Published on December 16, 2014 12:22 • 3 views

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Last year, Elizabeth Warren referred to some in the GOP as the “Anarchy Gang” for bringing the government to the point of a shutdown:




Warren telling GOPers last year that “this democracy has already rejected your views” is an overdose of retro-irony considering the results of last month’s election. But anyway, fast forward to this week:


Congressional Democrats objected on Wednesday to controversial financial and political campaign provisions tucked into a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill, keeping the risk of a government shutdown alive.


The complaints from House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats clouded the chances for passage of the funding bill as a midnight Thursday deadline drew near.

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Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, a staunch advocate for tougher regulation of Wall Street, called for Democrats to withhold support from the bill due to the derivatives provision, which would effectively strike down a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law enacted in the wake of a financial crisis fueled partly by complex mortgage derivatives.


Shutdowns are now … whatever the socialist hypocrite opposite of “anarchy” is:


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What’s Cherokee for “flip-flop”?


In the unlikely event of another shutdown I can’t wait to see how the MSM will still manage to pin it on Ted Cruz.


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The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis

by Michelle Malkin

Creators Syndicate

Copyright 2014


In Manhattan’s Union Square last week, a protester wielded a menacing sign. It didn’t make the front page of any newspaper. You didn’t see it on cable news. An appalled bystander sent me a photo of the marcher and his inciteful placard, but didn’t want to be identified in any way.

You’ll know why in a moment.


“Justice Please,” the top line of the poster read. “Before we see a lot of new Larry Davis[es],” the message threatened. “1986 6 cops killed,” the banner ended ominously. It was underlined in red marker for bloody emphasis.


“Larry Davis” is quite the faddish battle cry among young minority agitators these days. Enraged tweets about the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases over the past several weeks have heralded Davis as a “street legend” and “hero.” Chicago-based actor Demarco Monroe vowed on Twitter that if police “[c]ome at me on that gun pointing s–t, please believe the LARRY DAVIS gon (sic) come outta me.”


Nova Sankofa, a Philadelphia-area “social activist” and “active philanthropist” advised his followers and fellow grievance-mongers: “You’ve got to be able to ride on the cops like Larry Davis.”


For those outside of New York City who are not steeped in the social justice movement’s racially charged vigilantism against the police, and for those who may have forgotten, let me tell you about this homicidal “hero.”


Larry Davis, known as “Loco Larry” on the streets of the Bronx, had racked up a mile-long rap sheet by age 20. The black rapper-turned-drug dealer boasted arrests or convictions for petty larceny, resisting arrest, violating probation, possession of stolen property and burglary. He led violent turf wars against other crack kingpins. In the fall of 1986, police suspected him in the execution of four rivals.


When an NYPD unit descended on Davis’s flat for questioning, the hoodlum came out with guns blazing. “I’ll shoot them first. I want to die,” he reportedly bragged to family members.


Davis shot six officers; two sustained grave injuries. Contrary to popular legend (echoed by the Union Square sign displayed last week), the officers all survived. Officer John O’Hara lost an eye. Emergency Service Unit cop Mary Buckley, 40, took shotgun blasts to the face. “Mary was a mess,” her doctor recounted at the time. “Her face was mutilated. The pellets had knocked out her front teeth; her upper jaw was shot away. Your heart went out to her.” After reconstructive surgery, she returned to duty as a police sniper.


Davis escaped out an unguarded window. He led police on a 17-day, five-city manhunt. Desperate, he sought refuge in a Bronx housing project, where he took a mother and her two young children hostage as he conducted marathon negotiations with law enforcement. When he finally surrendered, many residents cheered him as the ultimate “symbol of resistance.” His radical left-wing lawyers William Kunstler and convicted terror helper Lynne Stewart played a minority-dominated jury like a fiddle – stoking racial resentment and asserting police corruption without evidence.


The panel acquitted Davis on attempted murder of the officers, but he was convicted on weapons charges. He was ultimately imprisoned on separate murder charges involving another drug crime. In 2008, after reinventing himself as “Adam Abdul Hakeem,” he was stabbed to death by another inmate at Shawangunk Correctional Facility in upstate New York.


Larry Davis used children as human shields. He talked a big game about martyring himself for The Cause, but turned yellow when push came to shove. Revered by the post-Ferguson generation’s wanna-be revolutionary hipsters, this gutless wonder shot a female officer in the face.


Former Democratic New York City Mayor Ed Koch minced no words: “Those people are fools and they are giving heroic status to a criminal.” This was no righteous crusader. “He was a killer, and he shot six cops,” Koch said after Davis’s death. “You shouldn’t take pride in the execution of anybody illegally, but I believe that there is a special oil pot in hell for him.”


Today, fear and political correctness reign on the streets. Few truth-tellers in public office will call out the cop-hating cultists seeking racially driven retribution. Social justice mobsters sucker punch cops in New York while “peaceniks” cheer. Police officers have been attacked with hatchets, knives, and bottles from the Big Apple and Canon City, Colorado. In Oakland, “F–k the pigs” has been a constant refrain. In St. Louis County: “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.” And in Denver, dedicated police officer John Adsit remains in critical condition after being mowed down by a vehicle while escorting Ferguson protesters last week. Witnesses reportedly applauded and the ongoing investigation of the driver has been characterized as “complex.”


President Obama this week condemned the “deeply rooted” racism of police officers. But what of the deeply rooted racism and violent hatred of those who glorify America’s Mumia Abu Jamals, Christopher Dorners and Larry Davises?


Silence is complicity.



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Published on December 16, 2014 12:22 • 3 views

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Obamacare ads are coming not just to 7-Eleven receipts, but other stores accepting the same payment service:


ObamaCare ads will now appear on 7-Eleven receipts at more than 7,000 stores nationwide as government health officials expand their outreach in the second year of healthcare sign-ups.


Information about ObamaCare sign-ups will appear on the bottom of receipts for anyone using a mobile payment company called PayNearMe, which allows bank-less customers to pay in stores like 7-Eleven and Family Dollar.


Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced the new partnership with the tech start-up PayNearMe on Thursday at a store in Washington, D.C.


Before you wash down those two chili cheesedogs with a six pack of Heineken Dark, consider your options in advance:


Visiting @7eleven or using @PayNearMe services to pay bills? Take a look at your receipt for a #GetCovered reminder! pic.twitter.com/6068xYuQx0


— Sylvia Burwell (@SecBurwell) December 11, 2014



How long before you can get a voter registration with your Big Gulp?


(h/t IOTW Report)


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Dianne Feinstein should call for another in-depth study: How many Democrats already knew about the things they’re acting shocked about in the Senate’s “torture report”?


The man who oversaw the controversial CIA interrogation program said Sunday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “fully aware,” of the methods used against militants, while former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to defend the program and reiterated that the U.S. “stopped short of torture.”


Both men said the techniques used — including waterboarding — had been approved by Bush administration lawyers and did not cross the legal line.


Jose Rodriguez, former director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, said on “Fox News Sunday” that Pelosi “knew every one of our enhanced interrogations,” including sleep deprivation as well as slapping and pushing prisoners.



Pelosi wasn’t the only Dem fully informed, according to Rodriquez:


“These people were fully aware of all of the techniques that were given to us and approved by the Office of Legal Counsel at Justice,” Rodriguez continued, saying that neither Nancy Pelosi nor other Democrats — with the exception of then–California congresswoman Jane Harman — “ever objected to the techniques at all.”


Not only that, but…


Rodriguez alleged that some lawmakers, such as Democratic West Virginia senator Jay Rockefeller, actually pushed the CIA to be even harsher. “All of these people knew exactly what we were doing,” he said.


Hmm:


The CIA helps keep our nation safe and strong. Torture does not. We must learn from our mistakes and never repeat them. #ReadTheReport


— Jay Rockefeller (@SenRockefeller) December 14, 2014



Maybe that’s why he’s retiring.


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Published on December 16, 2014 12:22 • 5 views

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“Welcome to Solyndra Memorial Hospital. We’d like to introduce you to your team of heart surgeons: Al Gore, the U.N. and Dr. Steven Chu — Good luck!”


The White House wants healthcare providers to get serious about bulking up their defenses against climate change.


In a best-practice guide for healthcare providers and policymakers released on Monday, the administration advises them on how to best improve their “climate readiness.”


The guide is one piece of a larger initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched by President Obama last year, and provides information to healthcare facilities on how to prepare of extreme weather events the administration says is tied to climate change.


The guidelines released by the White House on Monday include commitments from leading healthcare providers across the country to bulk up climate resilience at facilities and of operations.


“HHS recognizes climate change as one of the top public health challenges of our time,” the White House said.


Call me crazy, but maybe we should be leery of being cared for in facilities whose operational guidelines are rooted in the belief that people are the problem.


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Published on December 16, 2014 09:05 • 5 views

December 9, 2014

**Written by Doug Powers


Jonathan Gruber and CMS Director Marilyn Tavenner, the top Medicare official, are testifying in front of the House Oversight Committee. How bad is it going to be? The ranking Democrat, Elijah Cummings, is not at the hearing. It’s going to be that bad.


Gruber is so toxic that the HHS asked that Tavenner not be seated next to him. I think that request went kind of like this:




From the look of things, the HHS request wasn’t granted, but you could build a small house in the space Tavenner’s carved out between her and Gruber:


Tavenner's getting as far from Gruber's as she can get without being in another room. pic.twitter.com/AUOtbdZoJE


— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) December 9, 2014



To watch the hearing online, Right Scoop has a couple of live streams here.


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Published on December 09, 2014 22:11 • 3 views

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There was a post earlier about today’s Gruber hearing, but this one deserves a separate post.


Rep. Trey Gowdy’s grilling of Jonathan Gruber was a political interpretation of an anesthesia-free colonoscopy with a rose bush.


Video from C-Span:




So Gruber’s latest excuse is “I was just trying to sound smart!” As David Limbaugh pointed out, he still thinks everybody’s stupid.


I noticed at least one Republican on the committee referring to what Gruber said in those videos as “lies.” That’s a bad approach. Gruber didn’t lie in those videos — he was telling the dirty truth about Obamacare when he was paid to gin up support among state governments. To say that he lied isolates the problem to just Gruber instead of what the videos really expose, which is the systemic deception required to ram through the Affordable Care Act.


Back to Gowdy — this was how his questioning looked from Gruber’s point of view:


The view from Jonathan Gruber's seat during Trey Gowdy's questioning: pic.twitter.com/32EAiQ0jLs


— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) December 9, 2014



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