Today's Top Stories - October 1, 2014
GOLDEN BULLET AWARD: To Salt Lake cop who shot and killed unarmed youth ruled justified use of force More
GUNS! Trio Of Anti-Gun Democrat Senators Attempts To Bully Kroger Into Banning Open Carry; regardless of state and federal laws.to the contrary More
GUNS! In gun-free Chiraq, the murder capital of U.S., 5 Killed, 43 Wounded In Weekend Shootings More
GUNS! NRA Strikes Back at Bloomberg: For its part, the NRA is confronting the challenge head-on. More
GUNS! 1 child injured, high school evacuated after report of weapons on campus Louisville high school MoreWETBACK UPDATE …
Feds could stop 50,000 deportations a year by carving out traffic offenses; As many as 50,000 illegal immigrants a year could be allowed to remain in the U.S. if President Obama decides that traffic crimes no longer rise to the level of deportation More
CHIRAQ libraries accept immigrant licenses as ID; The Chicago Public Library has begun accepting special immigrant driver's licenses as identification for obtaining a library cards More
Hispanic Community Souring on Obama: Obama's weekly approval among Hispanics dipped to 45% during the period ended Sept. 28, according to Gallup, and it has remained below 50% for the past five weeks More
Portland seeks state reimbursement for aid Portland is seeking more than $45,000 in state reimbursement for welfare benefits provided to immigrants who cannot prove they are in the U.S. legally, potentially setting up a showdown with the administration of Gov. Paul LePage MoreOBAMASCARE …
U.S. judge sides with Oklahoma in health care suit; A federal judge has ruled in favor of the state of Oklahoma in its lawsuit against an IRS rule that extended Obamacare’s subsidies to health exchange in every state, state officials announced Tuesday More
Massachusetts ObamaCare Website Transition To Cost Taxpayers Over $1B: Estimates often have been released piecemeal, and they never examine the full cost of the project across multiple agencies involved in the work. As a result, the public is unaware of the total expense to both federal and state taxpayers More
New Court Ruling Threatens Key Element of Obamacare: Obamacare subsidies will not be available for residents of states that are not running their own insurance exchanges, federal judge rules More
How to Game ObamaCare; The Health and Human Services Department released preliminary findings last week showing that 77 insurers will offer ObamaCare plans for the first time across 44 states, amounting to a 25% expansion year over year. Some insurers have quit—such as the Preferred One insurer that gained the largest membership on the Minnesota exchange and sold the lowest-cost policies—but on net there are five times as many new entrants as exits. So HHS lauds the exchanges as "an increasingly attractive business opportunity." That may be, but the contradiction is that rates are falling at the same time, so the exchanges should be less lucrative to the insurers' bottom line. What seems to be happening is that the market leaders are raising premiums by high single digit percentages and new insurers are trying to gain a pricing advantage MoreOBAMA’S ISIS BUDDIES …
Chicago man threatened beheadings at SIUFBI say a Chicago man accused of mailing threats of rapes, killings, bombings and beheadings at a Southern Illinois University campus he attended brought himself to authorities’ attention More
Sister of Boston bomber arraigned in Manhattan court for bomb threats she allegedly made to a Harlem woman in August More
Trey Gowdy's questioning of Asst. Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr on Sept. 17, 2014 reveals more evidence that Obama and Hillary refused security and lied about it specifically to protect the 2012 re-election campaign from the truth of disintegrating policies and conditions in Libya. There is no other conclusion.
An important point here is that Hillary had said they were depending on LOCAL FORCES of the HOST NATION to provide security when they pulled out Nordstrom's 16-man security detachment in August 2012.
Ironically, an ARB report regarding embassy security, FROM 1999 NO LESS, stressed the importance of constant coordination with the government of a host nation on any responsibilities for security of US embassies.
Editor: Obama claims ISIS is not Islamic precisely because of their brutality. To the contrary, the horrendous videos of civilian executions being broadcast are proof of their Qur'anic fundamentalism. Surah 8:55 & 57 makes clear that even non-combatants are fair game in order to spread fear:
"Assuredly, the worst of beasts in Allah's sight are the ungrateful who will not believe... If you come on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that perhaps they may remember." (quoted verbatim from The Glorious Qur'an, a translation in their own words distributed by Muslims in English-speaking countries)
"The aim of The Glorious Qur'an is to present to English readers what Muslims the world over hold to be the meaning of the words of the Qur'an."
Ira White - Portsmouth VA
by Dr. Christine Chmura, President and Chief Economist, Chumura Economics and Analytics
A lot has been made about the hollowing out of America, also called "job polarization" by economists.
It happened during the recession when the employment in mid-wage occupations declined by a larger number than lower-wage or higher-wage occupations dropped.
Since the recovery began, job growth has been lagging Click to read rest of the story
New Study Highlights Financial Health of Hospitals
by the Thomas Jefferson Institute
In a new study released today, the Thomas Jefferson Institute shows the financial health of the hospitals in Virginia. The study may be found here:
"The financial health of the hospitals has become an issue because the hospitals have weighed in on the Medicaid expansion debate saying they need these federal dollars" writes Michael Thompson, President of the Thomas Jefferson Institute, who compiled the numbers and wrote this report.
Using the profit/loss and net worth numbers as reported on the Virginia Hospital Information website, the Jefferson Institute's report shows that most hospitals are doing very well, while a relatively few seem to be in "financial strife."
Do you ever call a tech and can’t understand what they are saying? Or is your income not keeping up with rising prices. Or you can’t find goods that have been made in America?
The trade pact NAFTA has contributed to all of these things. It has led to lower wages, job losses, outsourcing, and even a loss of American sovereignty.
Trade pacts such as NAFTA are regional arrangements that are foreign governing bodies that take control over not just trade but also regulations that have nothing to do with trade.
By Jim Bacon
When remarking upon disparities in educational outcomes, most pundits focus on the racial/ethnic gap between Asians and whites on the one hand and blacks and Hispanics on the other. That's no surprise, given the distressing size of the gap and the dismal implications of that gap for the prospects for forging a society in which every child has an equal shot at succeeding in life. But there's another gap, not quite as large, but equally pervasive -- the gender gap. Girls out-perform boys academically across the board. Combine the gender gap with the ethnic/racial gap, and that spells very bad news for the upcoming generation of black males.
To examine the dimensions of this gap, I used Virginia's awesome "SOL Assessment Build a Table" tool that allows users to take a deep dive into the data. I compared male vs female pass and fail rates on reading, writing, history, math and science SOLs across all schools and grades, then broke down the gender disparities by racial/ethnic group to see if the disparities were worse for some groups than others Read rest of the story Read More.
VNS columnist John Kuchta Jr., AKA Captain Crawdad, writes an interesting piece on the Wall Street Journal - the most widely circulated newspaper in the nation - calling out Obama for the half-black, half-white in competent politician in the nation’s history that he is.
“A ‘deadly’ article,” Kuchta said. Read rest of the story by clicking Read More below:
And in another scathing piece, Kuchta writes:
By golly, when Janet Napalitano told us years ago that the southern border was safer than it had ever been, I believed her!
Janet was the type of woman who was almost Thatcher-esq if you overlooked her lack of integrity, lack of knowledge of her job and slavish devotion to The Kenyan. Liberals liked her because she liked little girls…”. Read rest of his column by clicking Read More below
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