Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on March 20, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

ELLEN DEGENERES: It’s doing very, very well. I think it surprised — it had a rough start, but you’ve got 5 million people that have signed up so far. Which is an enormous number of people have signed up, so it’s successful. … Well, people are starting to applaud here. I think that everyone’s very grateful that you did this. And I think it is important for people to sign up and to — it’s just better to be covered.

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We’re starting to get indications from insurers that premiums on the exchanges will go up significantly in 2015. Here are four reasons why. …

4. Obamacare’s design gave insurers an incentive to ‘underprice’ in 2014

One last point. The various mechanisms that Obamacare’s exchanges use to keep insurers on board—what industry wonks call the “three Rs” of risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors—have been exploited by some insurers to offer prices that, while still high, are relatively lower than their competitors. Obamacare incentivizes insurers to do this, because they know that in the early years of the exchanges, they’ll be reimbursed by taxpayers for doing so.

This is why Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), among others, has been sounding the alarm about a taxpayer-funded “bailout” of Obamacare-participating insurers. But as time goes on, the incentive that insurers have to use these tactics recedes. In 2015, many insurers who tried to underprice their premiums relative to their costs are planning to bring rates more in line with what they’re actually spending on health claims. That’s going to drive prices upward.

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If a person with subsidized insurance falls behind in paying the premiums, the Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover his medical bills for 30 days.

But for the next 60 days, insurers can hold off paying those claims — and ultimately, deny them if the patient doesn’t pay the premiums in full. An insurer’s denial means doctors don’t get paid for their services. If the insurer ends up canceling the policy after 90 days, doctors can bill patients directly but may face difficulty collecting.

“This puts the physician and their patients in a very difficult situation,” said Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, president of the American Medical Association, which about how to minimize their risk.

“If a patient is being treated for a serious illness that requires ongoing care, the physician is having to assume the financial risk for this,” she said. “That’s the bottom line.”

***

Terri Durheim and her family now have health insurance, thanks to Obamacare. What they don’t have are local doctors and hospitals who will take it.

This worries the Enid, Okla., resident since she has a teenage son with a serious heart condition. They now have to find a pediatric cardiologist in Oklahoma City, more than an hour away.

And if there’s an emergency … “obviously we’d have to pay out of pocket and go here in town, but that defeats the purpose of insurance. I’m truly grateful we have insurance. It’s reasonable and affordable, but it’s not doing me a lot of good,” said Durheim, who just had to drive 90 minutes to Stillwater, Okla., for a CAT scan for herself. “It’s so frustrating.”

Like Durheim, many Americans who’ve enrolled on the Obamacare exchanges are realizing they have access to a relatively limited set of doctors and hospitals. In many areas, the largest hospitals are not participating and many doctors are not accepting the coverage.

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The hospital bills are hitting Larry Basich’s mailbox.

That would be OK if Basich had health insurance. But he doesn’t.

Thing is, he should be covered. Basich, 62, bought a plan through the state’s Nevada Health Link insurance exchange in the fall. He’s been paying monthly premiums since November.

Yet the Las Vegan is stranded in a no-man’s-land where no carrier claims him, and his tab is mounting: Basich owes $407,000 for care received in January and February, when his policy was supposed to be in effect. Instead, he’s covered only for March and beyond.

Basich has begged for weeks for help from the exchange and its contractor, Xerox. But Basich’s insurance broker said Xerox seems more interested in lawyering up and covering its hide than in working out Basich’s problems. Nor is Basich the only client facing plan-selection errors through the exchange, she added.

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Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation’s best cancer hospitals are off-limits.

An Associated Press survey found examples coast to coast. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is excluded by five out of eight insurers in Washington state’s insurance exchange. MD Anderson Cancer Center says it’s in less than half of the plans in the Houston area. Memorial Sloan-Kettering is included by two of nine insurers in New York City and has out-of-network agreements with two more.

Doctors and administrators say they’re concerned. So are some state insurance regulators.

In all, only four of 19 nationally recognized comprehensive cancer centers that responded to AP’s survey said patients have access through all the insurance companies in their state exchange.

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I feed my birdies too (for the cat to watch).

But those damned doves keep eating and wasting the food. Fixin’ to start blasting them.

Lanceman on March 21, 2014 at 4:04 AM

I will have a dozen doves come in -30 finchs and of course chickadeees, the dadgum bluejays are nasty wasters of food! PLUS I have about 6 red squirrels & 2 black squirrels out there. Those dam things (red squirrels) get in my garage somehow – have caught 6 of the dam things in a live trap. Was down to 2 outside , then they put out the word to their uncles & cousins & now back up to 6 outside & 1 inside….grrrrrr… My cats don’t like all that COLD white crap out there – they stay inside where it is toasty…

kennedyk49 on March 21, 2014 at 4:14 AM

heres some cool Titan pics
and even a audio from the Huygens Descent..

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 4:07 AM

Unfortunately, that’s all they got. What a rip. ‘Doctor’ Carolyn Porco was more concerned about them damn rings than about the surface of Titan. We should have movies of the surface of Titan. Should’a dropped an Odyssey there or something. Think about this: Titan is the only place you could visit with just an oxygen mask and a polar suit.

Lanceman on March 21, 2014 at 4:16 AM

kennedyk49 on March 21, 2014 at 4:14 AM

My cat is inside. We have scrub jays which are the same thing almost. And the squirrels can’t climb the window door to get to it.

Lanceman on March 21, 2014 at 4:18 AM

Anyhoo, gotta get 4 hours sleep.

Lanceman on March 21, 2014 at 4:19 AM

i’ll put you on the list for a couple dozen eggs
when we go next time..

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 4:10 AM

My friend brings me eggs, they are just starting to lay again because of the crappy winter. Thanks anyway !!! Sure is nice of you though !! Sorry your cousins husband is sick !!! Hope he gets well soon. Prayers for him. Nice of you to take them provisions !!!!
kay, redeye is done, so I am off to my nice warm electric blankey. . kathyk

kennedyk49 on March 21, 2014 at 4:22 AM

Lanceman on March 21 sleep well LM

kennedyk49 on March 21 gutfield looked tired tonight
sleep well to you as well….nice to meet you

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 4:26 AM

I wonder if DeGeneres meant only to speak for everyone at her house when she decided to say “I think everyone’s very grateful that you did this.”

I wonder if she asked all of the servants she pays to cut her lawn, clean her pools, clean her toilets, cook her food, do her shopping, launder her clothing, scrub her floors, etc., etc.

Maybe she asked the security guards what they think of ObamaCare on her way into the studio… or the nightwatchman… or the lady who empties the trash in the offices.

I also wonder if she understands that Obama did very little by way of drafting or passing his ‘signature legislation’, ObamaCare.

He certainly did little enough to see that it launched smoothly, and that real human being wouldn’t be caused unnecessary pain and suffering, be financially devastated by it, or actually die as a result of its passage.

DeGeneres couldn’t be so insulated by her status and wealth that she fails to understand the hardship and pain this legislation is already inflicting on her fellow Americans… could she?

Or so partisan, such a shameless sycophant, that she’s just lying and groveling to repay Obama for some favor she believes he’s performed for the sake of their shared political ideology… could she?

DeGeneres couldn’t be so delusional about who her fellow Americans are, so out of touch with the realities of their lives, that she would be so arrogant that she would believe she is entitled to speak for all of her fellow citizens….could she?

She couldn’t be so out of touch with everyday Americans that she thinks hosting the Oscars, tweeting a selfie, and tipping a pizza delivery guy constitutes contact with the reality of ordinary Americans daily lives… could she?

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 4:56 AM

If you post a comment, and it goes into moderation, should something come up that says it went into moderation?

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 4:59 AM

Apparently not. lol!

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:01 AM

She couldn’t be so out of touch with everyday Americans that she thinks hosting the Oscars, tweeting a selfie, and tipping a pizza delivery guy constitutes contact with the reality of ordinary Americans daily lives… could she?

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 4:56 AM

laffs….yes

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 5:09 AM

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 5:09 AM

Good morning, going2mars. :)

lol! I see my comment finally arrived. ;)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:13 AM

thatsafactjack on March 21

good late evening to you ms J..
are you done working yet?
I am..
just shipping the files out to the left coast now..

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 5:18 AM

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 5:18 AM

You lucky guy! No, I’m not finished. Still slaving away… just taking a break. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:25 AM

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 4:56 AM

Just spitballing here…

Judicial blindness & pride.

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Still slaving away… just taking a break. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21

tin roof blues just for you,,, :o)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4j8qG0QVH8

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 5:29 AM

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Good morning, Murphy. :)

It’s my sincere hope that you’re referencing DeGeneres and her comment, rather than my own. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:30 AM

If you post a comment, and it goes into moderation, should something come up that says it went into moderation?

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 4:59 AM

Moderate. Moderate. Moderate.

kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 5:30 AM

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 5:29 AM

Excellent! :) Very rich sound.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:32 AM

kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Good morning, kcewa. :)

lol! Was that you who sent my post around via the scenic route? ;)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:33 AM

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:33 AM

I don’t work for the NSA :0

Did you see this? Early release from Ronnie James Dio tribute

Halestorm – Straight Through the Heart – Dio Tribute Cover 2014 – This Is Your Life

kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 5:38 AM

files sent…work done…
nappytime..!!..catch the lights please.. night ms J…gents

i’ll never be he same….Louis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNl6JpIBG4U

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 5:39 AM

She couldn’t be so out of touch with everyday Americans that she thinks hosting the Oscars, tweeting a selfie, and tipping a pizza delivery guy constitutes contact with the reality of ordinary Americans daily lives… could she?

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 4:56 AM

Yep!

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:41 AM

kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 5:38 AM

I caught that earlier when you posted it. :)

I bookmarked it and made off with it so I could listen to it while I was working.

Too cool. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:41 AM

going2mars on March 21, 2014 at 5:39 AM

Goodnight, going2mars. :) Sleep well.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:42 AM

“North Carolina Democrat Verla Insko got some chuckles from some of her colleagues in the state Senate during legislative hearings onObamacare after she asked about the percentage of prostate cancer patients that were women.

“What percent of the prostate cancer patients are women?” Insko, a state representative from Chapel Hill, asked Duke University research scholar Chris Conover during the hearing in Raleigh on Tuesday.

“I have no idea,” Conover replied, as people in the room began laughing.

“I would guess zero,” he added. “But I don’t know that for sure.”

http://weaselzippers.us/180129-video-during-obamacare-hearing-north-carolina-democrat-asks-how-many-women-get-prostate-cancer/

*facepalm*

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:42 AM

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:41 AM

Good morning, workingclass artist. :)

lol! A consensus seems to be forming. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:43 AM

IF SNL had an ounce of credibility left, they would do a skit mocking this. How about showing DeGeneres fawning over Obozo and Kim Jong Un talking about how wonderful and influential they are, congratulating Kim Jong UN for his 100% electoral victory, and showing DeGeneres reading off cue cards, where she is even reading the parenthetical parts instead of acting on them. But, that would be expecting too much

Brock Robamney on March 21, 2014 at 5:46 AM

It’s my sincere hope that you’re referencing DeGeneres and her comment, rather than my own. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Of course! Good morning to you too!

9m
Russian Prime Minister Medvedev says Ukraine owes Russia $11 billion in gas payments – @shaunwalker7

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 5:47 AM

“Notorious Will Pitt Turns Angrily Against Obamacare…

Harry Reid is going to have a hard time portraying Will Pitt as a Koch brothers shill…

William Rivers Pitt, a leftwing editor at TruthOut, whose foibles have been chronicled in NewsBusters and is probably best known for his journalism “scoop” of predicting the indictment of Karl Rove on May 12, 2006, is back in the spotlight again. While waiting 24 business hours to elapse for the Rove indictment to finally take place, Pitt shocked many at the Democratic Underground by posting an extremely angry attack, What I’ve learned about the Affordable Care Act, upon Obamacare due to a bad personal experience with it. In order to fully appreciate how far Pitt has turned against Obamacare, we need to go to his DU post back in December when he was proclaiming his love for Obama’s signature plan…before he even experienced it:

Well, I just had my first experience with the Healthcare.gov website…

Creating a user name and account: easy.

Plowing through all the questions: easy.

Alas, I logged out to track down some personal info, and when I tried to log back in, it said the system was currently down.

…but then, Ermahgerd! A phone number: 800-318-2596

And it’s toll-free, too!

So I’ll be calling in the morning to finish the process.

No. Big. Deal.

Thanks, Obama.

…..

Yes, Pitt was thanking Obama before he had personally experienced Obamacare. And now, after having his Obamacare Moment, Pitt has moved from praising to cursing the President. A warning for those with tender sensibilities: although I have cleaned up Pitt’s harsh language, many will still find it offensive:

What I’ve learned after a three-month war with these fiends: the ACA says the insurance companies cannot deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, which is true as far as it goes. But they can deny coverage for the life-saving medications necessary to treat those conditions. The insurance company I signed up with through the ACA exchange just denied coverage of my wife’s multiple sclerosis medication. We’re “covered,” to the tune of $700 a month…just not for what she really needs.

A cozy loophole, that.

F— you, insurance industry.

F— you, Mr. President, you piece of sh*t used-car salesman.

From my heart and soul, f— you.…”

http://weaselzippers.us/180142-notorious-will-pitt-turns-angrily-against-obamacare/

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:47 AM

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 5:47 AM

I was hoping. lol! :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:50 AM

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:41 AM

Good morning, workingclass artist. :)

lol! A consensus seems to be forming. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:43 AM

Indeed.

And Goodmornin’ to you and the rest of the Hotgassers.

Ellen Degeneres will eventually suffer the fate of her popular predecessor…the mighty wind called Oprah.

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:50 AM

What I’ve learned after a three-month war with these fiends: the ACA says the insurance companies cannot deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, which is true as far as it goes. But they can deny coverage for the life-saving medications necessary to treat those conditions. The insurance company I signed up with through the ACA exchange just denied coverage of my wife’s multiple sclerosis medication. We’re “covered,” to the tune of $700 a month…just not for what she really needs.

It is a sad state of affairs that all could have been avoided if a plurality of the American electorate weren’t just so darn ignorant. The DNC-Media complex is not innocent in all of this either.

I wouldn’t hold my breath for the great American awakening even in the midst of this turmoil, strife, and chaos. People will turn to the “strong man” for a way out this time I’m afraid.

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 5:52 AM

Brock Robamney on March 21, 2014 at 5:46 AM

Good morning, Brock Robamney. :)

Excellent idea. Throw in Rodman weeping and Carney reading a press release denying it all as it happens… and you’ve got comedy satire gold. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:52 AM

http://weaselzippers.us/180142-notorious-will-pitt-turns-angrily-against-obamacare/

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:47 AM

Reality hits hard

kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 5:55 AM

EU leaders have signed an agreement on closer relations with Ukraine, in show of support following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Putin plays chess. Omama plays beer pong. EU plays catch up.

kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 5:32 AM

Fences and iron curtains are so….20th century….

The Venerable Earl of Ketchup John Kerry hath decreed the era of the Monroe Doctrine hath ended

“A Homeland Security initiative to put fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border could discriminate against minorities, according to an Obama-appointed federal judge who’s ruled that the congressionally-approved project may have a “disparate impact on lower-income minority communities.”

This of course means that protecting the porous—and increasingly violent—southern border is politically incorrect. At least that’s what the public college professor at the center of the case is working to prove and this month she got help from a sympathetic federal judge. Denise Gilman, a clinical professor at the taxpayer-funded University of Texas-Austin, is researching the “human rights impact” of erecting a barrier to protect the U.S. from terrorists, illegal immigrants, drug traffickers and other serious threats.

A 2006 federal law orders the construction of fencing or a wall along the most vulnerable portions of the nearly 2,000-mile southern border. This includes reinforced fencing along 700 miles of the southwest border with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determining the exact spots. Professor Gilman wants the identities of the landowners in the planned construction site to shed light on the impact the fencing will have on indigenous, minority and low-income communities. The feds refused to provide the information, asserting that it’s private….”

http://weaselzippers.us/180150-obama-judge-mexican-border-fence-may-have-disparate-impact-on-minorities/

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:55 AM

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:50 AM

I was kind of hoping for some poetic justice. I’d like to see her living paycheck to paycheck, making just enough to cover utilities, rent, and food… that ‘disposable income’ a thing of the past… living in a 600 sq.ft, 1 bed, 1 bath apartment..working at a convenience store somewhere like Moreno Valley/Riverside… or perhaps off of Baseline in San Bernardino…driving an AMC Gremlin… or a Yugo.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Reality hits hard

kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 5:55 AM

Indeed.

Reality cares not the race…gender preferences,carbon footprint or political stance of whom it chooses to bludgeon…

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. – John Adams

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:55 AM

Sure. Pretty soon they’ll pass a federal law requiring the US to put a welcome mat the length of the border with limo service for all illegals.

Gee…wonder when the other 6 billion ‘minorities’ around the world are going to arrive?

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 5:50 AM

I was kind of hoping for some poetic justice. I’d like to see her living paycheck to paycheck, making just enough to cover utilities, rent, and food… that ‘disposable income’ a thing of the past… living in a 600 sq.ft, 1 bed, 1 bath apartment..working at a convenience store somewhere like Moreno Valley/Riverside… or perhaps off of Baseline in San Bernardino…driving an AMC Gremlin… or a Yugo.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Wait for her divorce…If it comes it’ll be a doosey.

Most of her current wealth was accumulated after she met the current flame…and it will get ugly just like it always does…Hey Equality!

California and all things being equal & all that.

The problem with these self centered sycophants is that they’ve been conned and it’s easier to continue the con then face reality.

Facing reality requires maturity and the quashing of the ego…the ability to admit you were conned just like the rest of the common hoi polloi who like children got caught up in magical thinking and heard what they wanted to hear rather than exercise common sense.

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Shot in the neck, but hero soldier carried on the Taliban firefight: Lance Corporal who battled on for 90 minutes despite injury is among 117 servicemen awarded medals for gallantry in latest operational honours list

Salute! Lance Corporal Simon Moloney!

Shot in neck, with blood spilling over his throat, machine-gunner Simon Moloney knew he had to return to the fight or his comrades would be over-run by the Taliban.

So, just minutes after thinking he had been fatally wounded, he was back in the heat of battle and helping to repel a ferocious attack.

He only quit 90 minutes later after being ordered to by his commanding officer.

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday called on the Republican Party to become more inclusive on issues like immigration.

“We have a responsibility to those who do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy,” Rice told a cheering crowd at the annual gathering of California Republicans in the San Francisco suburb of Burlingame. “We cannot abandon them … We were once them.”

She did not offer a specific policy idea.

So, Condi… the rule of law… immigration law… border security…national security…national sovereignty… what of these?

Does your plan of inclusion include all of the 6 billion people on the planet who “…do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy,”?

Where do we draw the line? Everyone? Only those who walk across the border? Anyone who can get here?

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 6:09 AM

like children got caught up in magical thinking and heard what they wanted to hear rather than exercise common sense.

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Yes… like ‘free healthcare’ and ‘ a free ipod’.

You’d think someone might have mentioned to these people that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 6:11 AM

I wish you all good morning and a wonderful day. :)

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Sure. Pretty soon they’ll pass a federal law requiring the US to put a welcome mat the length of the border with limo service for all illegals.

Gee…wonder when the other 6 billion ‘minorities’ around the world are going to arrive?

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Whooping Cough…TB…Measles….etc.

Europe is seeing a return of previously eradicated diseases as well…

3rd world uncontrolled immigration + anti-vaccination hysterical delusions + socialized medicine = disaster

A growing number of American children are developing infections caused by a worrisome type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study reports.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/more-drug-resistant-infections-seen-in-us-children/

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Yes… like ‘free healthcare’ and ‘ a free ipod’.

You’d think someone might have mentioned to these people that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 6:11 AM

These folks don’t think about facts…just wishes.

They feel entitled.

I can remember having this argument in Grad school about federal arts funding projects.

While I support some funding for museums if these are in the national interest (example Library of Congress)…Most should rely on local funding by private entities and local initiatives that voters approve.

Most of the moon bats I went to school with thought I was a stoopid hick from Texas and most of these folks no doubt voted for King Preezy Choom the Magnificent I and his magical policies to heal the world.

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Tight fit

Three Mexican migrants were found squeezed together inside a wooden box in the back of a camper van stopped by Border Patrol at a checkpoint near the California-Mexico border.
Agents discovered the illegal immigrants after a Border Patrol sniffer dog raised the alarm when the vehicle was stopped near Indio, in the Coachella Valley.
The trio were stuffed tight in a storage compartment beneath a bed in the camper van. A wooden lid had been tightly screwed into place above them.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2586012/Three-Mexicans-Border-Patrol-crammed-tiny-wooden-box-camper-van-tried-cross-California.html#ixzz2wakQAMxg
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kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday called on the Republican Party to become more inclusive on issues like immigration.

“We have a responsibility to those who do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy,” Rice told a cheering crowd at the annual gathering of California Republicans in the San Francisco suburb of Burlingame. “We cannot abandon them … We were once them.”

She did not offer a specific policy idea.

So, Condi… the rule of law… immigration law… border security…national security…national sovereignty… what of these?

Does your plan of inclusion include all of the 6 billion people on the planet who “…do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy,”?

Where do we draw the line? Everyone? Only those who walk across the border? Anyone who can get here?

thatsafactjack on March 21, 2014 at 6:09 AM

She’s towing the party line.

It’s gonna get ugly….conservatives will be branded as xenophobes along with the other phobes on the list.

We do need immigration reform…not amnesty…and none of this matters until we secure the border.

While John Kerry declared the Monroe Doctrine over….We have a serious human trafficking & anchor baby tourism problem.

“Over 100 people were rescued from a suspected stash house in Houston, Texas after authorities were tipped off to the case on Tuesday night, reports CNN. The 1500 square-foot, one-story structure was home to 94 men, 15 women – including children – most of whom were illegal immigrants being held forcibly, against their will…

The immigrants are believed to be from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico and are all now in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department (ICE) and are likely to face deportation. According to ICE spokesperson Gregory Palemore, this latest rescue is the largest conducted in the area in the last seven years. “I’ve been here over five years and this is the largest number of people we’ve encountered at one residence,” Palmore said to SFGate…”

Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1178863/100-plus-illegal-immigrants-found-in-suspected-texas-stash-house-photos/#34RwyaZ0viOwJfGd.99

*blech*

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Tight fit

Three Mexican migrants were found squeezed together inside a wooden box in the back of a camper van stopped by Border Patrol at a checkpoint near the California-Mexico border.
Agents discovered the illegal immigrants after a Border Patrol sniffer dog raised the alarm when the vehicle was stopped near Indio, in the Coachella Valley.
The trio were stuffed tight in a storage compartment beneath a bed in the camper van. A wooden lid had been tightly screwed into place above them.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2586012/Three-Mexicans-Border-Patrol-crammed-tiny-wooden-box-camper-van-tried-cross-California.html#ixzz2wakQAMxg
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kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Wait till this story hits the public awareness in this country…

“Mexican cartel henchman arrested for killing children to harvest their organs
Relative of top cartel leader nabbed in Mexico, held on charges of kidnapping, killing kids to steal their organs. Manuel Plancarte Gaspar is nephew of Knights Templar kingpin.

Atrocities committed by Mexican narcotics syndicates have reached a new low with the announcement that a henchman for the vicious Knights Templar has been arrested on suspicion of killing children by removing their internal organs.

Manuel Plancarte Gaspar, 34, was captured last week in a stolen car that was also carrying crystal meth, one of the cartel’s top sellers in the international drug trade. He was captured in the western state of Michoacan, where the Knights Templar rule and terrorize the citizenry.

RELATED: FOUR SEVERED HEADS FOUND NEAR MEXICAN CHURCH

In an unusual series of Twitter posts, Michoacan’s Public Safety Secretary Carlos Castellanos Becerra announced the arrest of Gaspar “who belongs to a criminal group and is being investigated for the death of children, who drew their organs for sale.”

The Knights Templar runs a network whose members identify people with certain physical characteristics, many of them children, and then kidnap them, Castellanos Becerra said at a news conference this week.

After being abducted, the victims were driven to rented houses, where their organs were removed to be sold on the black market.
An investigation into the organ-selling ring continues.

The Knights Templar is a quasi-religious crime syndicate prone to beheadings and other means of terrorizing citizens while controlling and exploiting a state rich in minerals and agriculture. For the last year, armed citizens groups have fought back, opening fire on cartel members and taking control of towns across Michoacan.

Gaspar’s uncle is Enrique Plancarte Solis, aka El Kike, who is reputed to the No. 2 man in the cartel’s hierarchy.

Vigilante leader Dr. Jose Manuel Mireles said residents knew about the organ-stealing ring because they had liberated a van carrying kidnapped children in the town of Tepalcatepec.

Villagers and militia members had rescued several children from a refrigerated container that was inside the vehicle, Mireles said. The driver had been headed for Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico’s biggest Pacific Ocean port, but took a wrong turn, he said.

“They were inside a refrigerated box, tightly wrapped blankets,” the doctor said. All were from a Mexico City school and were on school trip to the beach when they were kidnapped, he said.
The children have been reunited with their parents….”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/mexican-cartel-leader-accused-killing-children-harvest-organs-article-1.1725522#ixzz2wamyVahb

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Wait till this story hits the public awareness in this country…

“Mexican cartel henchman arrested for killing children to harvest their organs
Relative of top cartel leader nabbed in Mexico, held on charges of kidnapping, killing kids to steal their organs. Manuel Plancarte Gaspar is nephew of Knights Templar kingpin.

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:38 AM

They’ll say it’s our fault for not legalizing drugs.

kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 6:43 AM

When Drug Cartels become political entities…

Mexican analysts believe that La Familia formed in the 1980s with the stated purpose of bringing order to Michoacán, emphasizing help and protection for the poor. In its initial incarnation, La Familia formed as a group of vigilantes, spurred to power to counter interloping kidnappers and drug dealers, who were their stated enemies. Since then, La Familia has capitalized on its reputation, building its myth, power and reach to transition into a criminal gang itself.

The Knights Templar Cartel (Spanish: Caballeros Templarios) is a Mexican criminal organization composed of remnants of the defunct La Familia Michoacana drug cartel based in the Mexican state of Michoacán.

The Knights Templar Cartel indoctrinates its operatives to “fight and die” for “the free market”.

They have taken full control of the now-extinct La Familia Michoacana operations in states including Michoacán, Guerrero, the State of Mexico, and Morelos. Its armed wing is La Resistencia.

- Wiki entry

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:45 AM

7m ago
France is ready to send warplanes to the Baltics, Poland, defense official says – @AP

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 6:45 AM

They’ll say it’s our fault for not legalizing drugs.

kcewa on March 21, 2014 at 6:43 AM

The hipster moon bats might not care since there are too many children anyhow…Y’know Overpopulation hurting mother Gaia crapola…

After all…Pregnancy is keeping the womynz down and very 20th century…

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:48 AM

7m ago
France is ready to send warplanes to the Baltics, Poland, defense official says – @AP

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 6:45 AM

France has warplanes?

crankyoldlady on March 21, 2014 at 6:50 AM

7m ago
France is ready to send warplanes to the Baltics, Poland, defense official says – @AP

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Hmmmm….

“In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, pro-Moscow activists have been holding daily rallies in Lenin Square.

Some the demonstrators have been signing a petition to push for a referendum to determine their future. The future they would like would see their city and their region leave Ukraine and become part of Russia.

Volunteer Alexei Shekolkin told reporters: “The more signatures, the better. If there are lots of them, it would be great!”

Across town, a rival demonstration was held in a shopping centre. A small flashmob made up of residents who want to remain part of Ukraine and support the new pro-Europe government in Kyiv.

Vidadi Asterov explained why he was taking part: “We’re a united people. We will defend, withstand. Our only road is Europe, only Europe will save us. And we’ll save ourselves. We don’t want anyone to touch us.”

Donetsk’s new governor Serhiy Taruta has appealed to Western powers for financial assistance for the region. He has also blamed recent violence in the city on paid agents of the Kremlin…”

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/21/ukraine-donetsk-divided-as-pro-russia-activists-push-for-referendum/

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:53 AM

7m ago
France is ready to send warplanes to the Baltics, Poland, defense official says – @AP

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 6:45 AM

France has warplanes?

crankyoldlady on March 21, 2014 at 6:50 AM

“PARIS — A defense ministry official says France is offering to send warplanes to help provide air patrols over the Baltic states and Poland amid growing tensions between the West and Russia.

The ministry official says France was “available — if NATO requests it — to contribute to air policing patrols” in the former Soviet republics and Poland, now members of the Atlantic alliance. The comments came as French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visiting Estonia, Lithuania and Poland on Friday.

The United States and Britain have already provided such support.

A French contribution could include warplanes, AWACs surveillance aircraft and radar. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter…”

http://www.therepublic.com/w/EU-France-Baltics-Warplanes

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Headlines at Der Spiegel:

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

Crimea Sanctions
Europe Should Impose Stiffer Penalties

Ukrainian Defense Minister
‘I Am Prepared to Die for My Country’

Economic War with Russia
A High Price for German Business

‘No Reason for Concern’
Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

Tight on the Right
Germany’s NPD Maintains Close Ties to Svoboda

Lap of Luxury
German Firms Spruced Up Yanukovych’s Villa

Parallels to 1914?
What History Teaches Us About the Ukraine Crisis

US Experts on the Crimean Crisis
‘We Shouldn’t Threaten Putin’

Link to the site:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Good Morning, Patriots! And, Trolls.

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

– Barack Hussein Obama, whitehouse.gov, January 2009

My take: Holder Refuses to Replace Obama Donor IRS Scandal Investigator. Inadvertent Transparency Reigns.

kingsjester on March 21, 2014 at 7:25 AM

My take: Holder Refuses to Replace Obama Donor IRS Scandal Investigator. Inadvertent Transparency Reigns.

kingsjester on March 21, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Eric Holder like his boss & the rest of the current legal eagle brain trust is a corrupt lawless POS…

“Pennsylvania Democrats were caught on surveillance tape reportedly accepting cash bribes in return for opposing voter ID in the Pennsylvania legislature. Gifts of Tiffany’s jewelry were also given to Democrat legislators from Philadelphia, reportedly in exchange for “NO” votes on a Pennsylvania voter ID bill that passed in 2012.

Despite this evidence, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has not charged any officials. Kane is a Democrat.

Kane’s excuse for her inaction? Racism: some of the legislators caught on tape accepting bribes were black Democrats from Philadelphia. From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

In a statement to The Inquirer on Friday, Kane called the investigation poorly conceived, badly managed, and tainted by racism, saying it had targeted African Americans.

Those who favored the sting believe Kane killed a solid investigation, led by experienced prosecutor Frank G. Fina, that had ensnared several public officials and had the potential to capture more. They said they were outraged at Kane’s allegation that race had played a role in the case.

Before Kane ended the investigation, sources familiar with the inquiry said, prosecutors amassed 400 hours of audio and videotape that documented at least four city Democrats taking payments in cash or money orders, and in one case a $2,000 Tiffany bracelet.

Fine — a Pennsylvania Democrat won’t do anything about other corrupt Pennsylvania Democrats. But what about Eric Holder? After all, Holder has shown a tough-as-nails willingness to go after elected officials who accept gifts in exchange for official actions…”

http://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2014/03/19/pa-democrats-took-bribes-to-oppose-voter-id-where-is-holder/

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM

But wait there’s more…

If you commit journalism and criticize a public official for not doing their job….ya get sued…

“Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has retained legal counsel to represent her in a potential defamation lawsuit against The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Philadelphia power attorney Dick Sprague tells NBC10.com the Commonwealth’s top lawyer plans to file suit against the paper over a series of reports ran in The Inquirer this week regarding the AG’s handing of a corruption investigation involving state lawmakers.

“The attorney general contacted me to see about representing her and ultimately suing whoever was responsible for the malicious words,” he said adding that Kane plans to sue….

The Inquirer ran a series of reports, the first of which was printed Sunday, questioning why Kane’s office decided not to pursue criminal charges against eight Democratic state lawmakers, four of whom were from Philadelphia. Kane is also a Democrat from Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow on Thursday defended the paper’s reporting telling NBC10.com the paper interviewed many people with in-depth knowledge of the investigation.

He said some of those sources included members of Kane’s staff.

“The Inquirer coverage of this sting investigation was really meticulously and carefully reported,” he said. “The stories were the product of months diligent and dogged reporting. They weren’t a leak of someone with a political agenda…”

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Kane-Hires-Attorney-Over-Possible-Defamation-by-Inquirer-251320591.html

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Who posted this and where?

Well, I just had my first experience with the Healthcare.gov website…

Creating a user name and account: easy.

Plowing through all the questions: easy.

Alas, I logged out to track down some personal info, and when I tried to log back in, it said the system was currently down.

…but then, Ermahgerd! A phone number: 800-318-2596800-318-2596800-318-2596800-318-2596

And it’s toll-free, too!

So I’ll be calling in the morning to finish the process.

No. Big. Deal.

Thanks, Obama.

Then, suddenly(three months later)!

What I’ve learned after a three-month war with these fiends: the ACA says the insurance companies cannot deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, which is true as far as it goes. But they can deny coverage for the life-saving medications necessary to treat those conditions. The insurance company I signed up with through the ACA exchange just denied coverage of my wife’s multiple sclerosis medication. We’re “covered,” to the tune of $700 a month…just not for what she really needs.

A cozy loophole, that.

F— you, insurance industry.

F— you, Mr. President, you piece of sh*t used-car salesman.

From my heart and soul, f— you.

None other than Democrat Underground blogger Will Pitt, the guy who soared to fame with the 2006 “scoop” that Karl Rove would be indicted and frog marched out of the White House.

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Who’s up for Obamamortgage?

“Call it ObamaMortgage.

And it’s bipartisan!

According to Robert Romano, the senior editor of Americans for Limited Government, lawmakers want to “create a new government entity” (yay!) to supervise the forced creation of a mortgage insurance fund that would supposedly replace the need for government bailouts (but keep reading, because it won’t). The mandatory insurance fund rises to 2.5 percent of outstanding loans after 10 years. As Romano notes, it will be borrowers who will ultimately have to pay this additional cost — and since those who put less than 20 percent down already pay mortgage insurance, the additional cost will inevitably fall on people who do put 20 percent down.

If insurers were to choose to create a risk pool, that would be one thing. But the reason this is going to be mandated is because the government still wants lenders to make mortgages available to sketchier applicants.

So, to sum it up: people who can’t really afford the mortgages will be subsidized by forcing people who can afford them to pay more.

Starting to see the resemblance to ObamaCare?

It’s also similar in that, while it is nominally intended to do away with bailouts, Romano notes that the bill actually guarantees bailouts — something that, with Fannie and Freddie, was always an implicit guarantee, but now will be explicit:

To wit, the bill states, “The full faith and credit of the United States is pledged to the payment of all amounts from the Mortgage Insurance Fund which may be required to be paid under any insurance provided under this title.”

So, how exactly will the bill protect taxpayers from losses? It sounds more like homeowners will pay for it first, and then if and when that doesn’t work, investors are given an explicit government guarantee — something Fannie and Freddie never had.

Indeed, a bill to do away with bailouts now guarantees them. Again: sounds like ObamaCare.

The difference here? This is bipartisan. And Obama supports it. Which means it is happening.

Continued government interference in the free market, with its attendant disastrous consequences, continues apace. And there is nothing you can do about it, citizen, except shut your mouth and take it….”

http://patterico.com/2014/03/13/the-obamacare-approach-comes-to-mortgages/

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

9m ago
US First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on 1st day of visit – @AP
read more on hosted.ap.org

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

loathesome

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

He thought he’d get subsidized healthcare for his wife who has MS.

He’s been mugged by reality….but he’ll probably still cling to progressive moon bat delusions…

Bitter clingers on the left…It’s what’s for Breakfast…

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 8:04 AM

loathesome

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 8:03 AM

The insidious march of the collective rolls on…

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 8:05 AM

9m ago
US First Lady Michelle Obama meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on 1st day of visit – @AP
read more on hosted.ap.org

Yeah…taxpayer funded cultural exchange not covered by the american press through imperial decree…

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 8:07 AM

3 more years of this trash bilking the american taxpayer and ruining our system of governance at every level.

*head bangs desk*

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 8:08 AM

My take: Holder Refuses to Replace Obama Donor IRS Scandal Investigator. Inadvertent Transparency Reigns.

kingsjester on March 21, 2014 at 7:25 AM

…I hate it…when I read a good ‘take’…and am all pis$ed off!

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2014 at 8:24 AM

It’s important to sign up, says the woman who hasn’t and won’t have to, or so she thinks. The law will eventually catch up with this useful tool. We’ll find out then how grateful she is.

Kissmygrits on March 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

It’s important to sign up, says the woman who hasn’t and won’t have to, or so she thinks. The law will eventually catch up with this useful tool. We’ll find out then how grateful she is.

Kissmygrits on March 21, 2014 at 8:32 AM

And that is exactly where all great despotism falls apart. She will not have to. She’ll have the ability to do “something else” and it’ll be sanctioned because of status in the regime. When the proles find out, it get’s ugly from there.

hawkdriver on March 21, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Pennsylvania government is corrupt. What else is new. This kind of culture takes a long time to build and therefore very difficult to get rid of. It’s pervasive.

crankyoldlady on March 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM

4m
Photo: Motel in Point Pleasant, NJ, is burned out after fire – @katcreag4NY
see original on twitter.com

1m
Photo: Many Hurricane Sandy victims were staying at motel in Point Pleasant, NJ, that burned down – @MattKozarABC7
see original on twitter.com

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Buncha Obamacare ‘victim’ lies. Right, Harry?

Midas on March 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I get tons of letters from people who voted for me and hate Obamacare………er, ah……….

Herb on March 21, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I’m truly grateful we have insurance. It’s reasonable and affordable, but it’s not doing me a lot of good,” said Durheim, who just had to drive 90 minutes to Stillwater, Okla., for a CAT scan for herself. “It’s so frustrating.”

Not sure how one says reasonable if you have no docs/hospitals in your immediate area, and she had to go 90 minutes away for a CAT scan.

CPRforAmerica on March 21, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Who’s up for Obamamortgage?

workingclass artist on March 21, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Soon to be known as Homes for Everyone!!!!!!

Axeman on March 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

There will be a new entry in the urban dictionary this year.

ObamaFree……When free is too expensive to be affordable.

HonestLib on March 21, 2014 at 10:07 AM

If you like your mortgage, you can keep your mortgage…

Galtian on March 21, 2014 at 10:41 AM

RIP Greenroom.

Bmore on March 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

RIP Greenroom.

Bmore on March 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Where we going to choom now?

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Where we going to choom now?

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Little Green Footballs. :)

Axe on March 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Interesting to watch Ellen fellate Barack.

GEAH on March 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Little Green Footballs. :)

Axe on March 21, 2014 at 12:43 PM

No way am I going to give Chuck my ISP. Dude is creepy.

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

No way am I going to give Chuck my ISP. Dude is creepy.

Murphy9 on March 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Fine. AoSHQ :) — But you have to wear a lot of black and everyone takes a turn in The Arena. Two men enter, one man leaves.

. . . a little extreme, if you want my opinion.

Axe on March 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Those with OC coverage sew a little red star on their sleeve, those without a little American Flag.

rgranger on March 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM

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