82 percent of military retirees still face thousands in lost retirement pay
The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill introduced Monday evening leaves the vast majority of pension cuts to military retirees intact, only exempting disabled veterans from the controversial provision included in last month’s budget deal.
The spending bill amends a section of the bipartisan budget agreement that hit the military with reduced retirement pay, while also leaving generous benefits for civilian federal retirees untouched.
The new spending bill, negotiated by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R., Ky.) and Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), would only restore retirement benefits for 17.5 percent of military retirees. Continue reading
Tales of Bath House Barry?
For my money, nothing better represents the Obama administration’s miscalculation (and overreach) on health care than a “DC Health Link assister” attempting to educate patrons of a gay bar on the tenets (and perks) of socialized medicine.
Washington’s new health insurance exchange dispatched a sign-up envoy to one of the city’s gay clubs one recent night to get out the word about Obamacare. It envisioned men mingling on the dance floor, a cocktail in one hand and enrollment information in the other. Continue reading
This past week the most prominent teachers’ unions made it painfully obvious, they are on the side of the sex offender, rapist, and murderer who has been convicted.
They are not now (and pretty much never have been) on the side of your child.
They claim to represent the interests of teachers. Yet I am hard pressed to find an average teacher who feels like the unions have done pretty much anything for them. The average teacher just feels the pinch when the union bosses take the dues from their paychecks and threaten any who dare to “get out of line.”
Yet nary a teacher that could be found this week could take any pride from the unions’ latest actions. Continue reading
Health insurance companies are sending notices of cancellation to hundreds of thousands of people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more expensive policies.
Obama sez, “Welcome to …
Insurers say the cancellations are necessary because the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most are ending policies sold after the law passed in March 2010. At least a few are canceling plans sold to people with pre-existing medical conditions.
By all accounts, new policies to replace the canceled ones offer consumers better coverage, in some cases for comparable cost – especially after the inclusion of federal subsidies for those who qualify. They cover 10 “essential” benefits the law now requires, including prescription drugs, mental health treatment and maternity care, and they generally have lower thresholds for what consumers will have to spend before the plan picks up the full cost of treatment. Continue reading
Barack Obama’s number one job is not to defeat the Republicans. Rather, his number one job is to run the government well. And when it comes to Obamacare, he has failed miserably. The launch of Obamacare has been such a colossal fiasco that words like “disaster” and “catastrophe” simply do not do it justice. According to recent polls, Americans are against Obamacare by an average margin of about 10 percent, and even many liberals that fought so hard to get Obamacare passed are now abandoning ship.
All over America, health insurance policies are being canceled, health insurance premiums are absolutely skyrocketing, and millions of people that actually wanted to get health insurance through Healthcare.gov find that they are unable to do so. Yes, the U.S. health care system was already a complete and total mess before Obamacare, but now Obamacare has made things much, much worse and there is little hope that things will improve any time soon. The following are 9 reasons why most Americans (including a growing number of liberals) absolutely hate Obamacare… Continue reading
Have you received an American Community Survey in the mail?
If its delivery has come your way and you’re confused (like some of those who have emailed us) here’s what we found out about it when we went digging.
The New York Daily News calls the ACS “a treasure trove used by governments, retailers and planners” that’s “packed with numbers on everything from the jobs we have to the transportation we take to work.” Its 2012 numbers have been released and news outlets across the United States are reporting on its findings, typically in regard to local economies. Continue reading
“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” This thought, articulated by Thomas Jefferson 200 years ago, aligns well with sentiments espoused today. “I don’t care what adults do in their private lives,” says the libertarian. “But listen, buddy,” adds the don’t-tread-on-me conservative, “just don’t shove it in my face.” But does this characteristic attitude of American modernity damn us to spawn a very un-American posterity? Does a misguided tolerance ensure an intolerable future?
Continual tolerance of a thing generally leads to its acceptance. For instance, while we may find ice-age temperatures unpleasant, a civilization experiencing them long enough becomes like the Eskimos in the Arctic and accepts its eternal winter as the new normal. But what of the abnormal? Should it be tolerated? Continue reading
Obama promises Africa $7 billion in electricity while our vets look for unavailable limbs and medical help.
Obama pledged $7 billion in aid Sunday to provide electricity to sub-Saharan Africa, as he warned Africans to be wary of exploitation by other countries, including the U.S.
Im calling for America to up our game when it comes to Africa, Mr. Obama said in a speech at the University of Capetown in South Africa, midway through his weeklong tour of the continent. We want to unleash the power of entrepreneurship and markets to create opportunity here in Africa.
Funds from the electricity initiative, dubbed Power Africa, will be distributed over the next five years to six countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Mr. Obama said the U.S. wants to help Africa without interfering like colonial powers did in the past. Continue reading
Chicago sources claim president was part of dark subculture
This is the second of a series of articles WND has developed from months of confidential in-person interviews with members of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago who have known Barack and Michelle Obama on a personal basis over many years. In the first story, members of the church claimed Barack Obama benefited from Wrights Down Low Club, part of a documented underground subculture in which black men who engage in homosexual activity marry to maintain respectability in public. Because of the personal risk the sources perceived they were taking to speak candidly about the president and his family, their identities have been masked.
Michelle and Barack
As a young single woman, Michelle Robinson was a fixture in the home of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, who along with Rev. Jeremiah Wright arranged her marriage to Barack Obama, according to sources in Chicago who know the couple.
If you want to understand Michelle Obama, youve got to go back to Jesse Jackson, a woman called Robyn for this article told WND.
Robyn, who spent several years working for Jacksons Rainbow PUSH Coalition, explained to a WND investigator in Chicago that Michelle Obama just about grew up in Jesse Jacksons home.
Jesse should have charged her rent and board for the amount of time she spent in his home instead of her own, she said.
Jacksons daughter, Santita, is still one of Michelles best friends. Santita and Jesse Jr. call her sis, short for sister. Continue reading
‘Matchmaker’ Rev. Jeremiah Wright ‘provided cover for gays’
After nearly four years in office, many Americans still express frustration that much about Barack Obama remains a mystery as establishment media remain incurious about the Democratic president, while seemingly ready to dispatch crack investigative teams at a moments notice to probe into the personal lives of Republican figures such as Sarah Palin. Largely ignored in 2008 was research by the Hillary Clinton campaign based on contacts developed with members of the church Obama attended for two decades, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. This is the first of a series of articles WND has developed from months of in-person interviews with church members who have known Barack and Michelle Obama over many years. The sources requested that their identities not be published because they believe their disclosures would put their security at risk.
AC or DC?
NEW YORK Ten years ago, the New York Times reported on a growing underground subculture in the black community known as Down Low, comprised largely of men who secretly engage in homosexual activity while living straight lives in public.
Its within that subtext that opposition researchers for Hillary Clintons 2008 presidential campaign began investigating rumors that Rev. Jeremiah Wright was running a matchmaking service for members of his Trinity United Church of Christ known as the Down Low Club, which included Barack Obama.
Over the past several months, WND investigators have interviewed a number of members of the church who claim the president benefited from Wrights efforts to help black men who engage in homosexual activity appear respectable in black society by finding them a wife.
The 2003 New York Times story, Double Lives on the Down Low, said that though many black men reject a gay culture they perceive as white and effeminate, they have settled on a new identity, with its own vocabulary and customs and its own name: Down Low. Continue reading
Investors Business Daily reports in “Obama to Soldiers Overseas: No Voting for You“:
Military: The administration thanks the troops for their service by failing to comply with a law requiring that it help soldiers deployed overseas cast ballots in their home states.
The administration has taken various states to court to block voter ID laws on the grounds it will disenfranchise voters. But it has no qualms about the disenfranchisement of military voters overseas through its failure to comply with and enforce the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, passed by Congress in 2009 and signed into law by President Barack Obama. Continue reading
When I joined the military it was illegal to be homosexual,
Then it became optional, and now its legal.
Im getting out before Obama makes it mandatory.
Gunnery Sergeant USMC Continue reading
“If my daughters were lesbians, I would like to think they would be like this!” – B. Soetoro
We have seen how the left tries to define alleged hate crimes and in particular they want to point to the free speech of Christians who decry a deviant lifestyle that is associated with homosexuality. But what happens when two lesbians kill another lesbian? Is that considered a hate crime by the left? In fact, would it even garner national attention?
Well such has occurred in Meadville, PN. Jade N. Olmstead, 18 and her new lover Ashley M. Barber brutally beat and strangled Olmsteads former girlfriend, Brandy M. Stevens, 20, and then buried her alive. This is more than just a killing. It was torture. Continue reading
In the wake of my last commentary on the horrendous Supreme Court decision upholding Obama’s health care plan, several people have pointed out that I erred in saying that the income tax is a “direct tax.” While it is technically correct that the Court ultimately declared it to be an excise, not a direct tax, it is important to understand how it arrived at that opinion and why the decision has no practical relevance to the way the tax has been enforced. Just as it appears to have done with Obamacare, the Court came up with a technically constitutional pathway to allow the government to collect a tax in a blatantly unconstitutional manner.
In the 1895 Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan and Trust case, the Supreme Court declared the original Income Tax of 1894 unconstitutional because it imposed a direct tax on individuals that was not apportioned to the states according to the taxing provisions of the Constitution. For example it said that a tax on rental income is the same as a direct tax on the property that produced the income. In other words, a tax on income was tantamount to a tax on its source. Continue reading
Like Nothing Before – In the Watergate scandal, no one died, at least that we know of. Richard Nixon tried systematically to subvert institutions. Yet most of his unconstitutional efforts were domestic in nature and an adversarial press soon went to war against his abuses and won, as Congress held impeachment hearings.
As far as national security went, Nixons crimes were in part culpable for destroying the political consensus that he had won in 1972, at a critical time when the Vietnam War to save the south was all but over, and had been acknowledged as such at the Paris Peace Talks. But Watergate and the destruction of Nixons foreign policy spurred congressional cutbacks of aid to South Vietnam and eroded all support for the administrations promised efforts to ensure that North Vietnam kept to its treaty obligations. Continue reading
One can liken the days leading up to the pending collapse of this nation to an appointment with an endodontic for a root canal procedure, the time unto the appointment seemingly lapses with unnerving quickness while the horrific hour and a half in the chair grinds by for an ostensible eternity. Thus it is in regard to the final days of this nation that slip swiftly by in a run up to the pure hell that awaits; an ultimate frantic, terrifying, gut wrenching fall of a once proud republic.
And I will dash them one against each other, the fathers and the sons, says the Lord. I will not pity or spare or have compassion, that I should not destroy them. – Jeremiah 13:14
In the jagged ignorant minds of a lost people those terminal days will grind by in interminable agony. It will be a hell of a secular humanist making and a just retribution for the evolutionists, atheists, agnostics, sodomites, socialists, communists, and progressives who thumbed their noses at Almighty God and held His name in derision. Continue reading
Barack Obama is in favor of gay marriage. Hes in favor of it in the same way he supports closing Gitmo: Its a nice thing to be in favor of, hes just not going to do anything about it.
And thats fine, really, in the case of gay marriage. His opinion of what to do about it (nearly) matches my own. Gay marriage is a totally new thing whose time may be coming, but let the states let the people come to grips with it at their own rates. Thirty years from now everyone, even folks in North Carolina, will wonder what all the fuss was about. And thats as it should be.
However, this is not a case a progressive Democrat may reasonably make. Progressives believe the crushing power of the state is theirs to wield to get their way on everything from what health insurance people must buy, to which light bulbs they may not. And now were supposed to buy, except for letting the gays marry? Hell, if the progs thought they could get away with it and give them four more years on Pennsylvania Avenue and they will theyd mandate that the Catholic Church perform the ceremonies. And in drag. Continue reading
Yes they did get raises….
It was last year (2010), verified August 2011 but note that is still “his” staff and remember in November that we were told there was going to be no Cost of Living Adjustment for seniors for two years…while he wants to raise our taxes too. Come on people, we’re working our azzez off while they get more money, that government don’t seem to give a s*** about the voters.
HMMM…UP TO 86% RAISES IN SALARY FOR OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE STAFF MEMBERS!!
NO WONDER WE CAN’T HAVE A COST OF LIVING INCREASE & HE WANTS TO NOW RAISE OUR TAXES!!
SOUNDS LIKE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS REALLY LOOKING OUT FOR THE TAXPAYERS DOESN’T IT? NOT!!
PASS THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES!