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An emergency call about a stuck zipper takes the top prize this week in the Washington County, Oregon, dispatch agency’s “You called 9-1-1 for that?!” campaign.
A man called 9-1-1 because the zipper was stuck on his wife’s coat and she could not get it off. The man told the dispatcher he didn’t want to ruin the coat and needed help.
Listen to the 9-1-1 call:
OPERATOR: 9-1-1 police, fire and medical.
CALLER: Yeah we got a problem here. My wife is struggling in her jacket and can’t get it off. I want 9-1-1 here immediately.
OPERATOR: Is she not breathing?
CALLER: She’s alright, she just can’t get her [expletive] jacket off.
Mark Chandler, a spokesman for the dispatch center, said the fire department responded and removed the jacket without damaging it.
Each week, the agency posts the “most ridiculous use of 9-1-1″ winner on the their Facebook page and Twitter account. The campaign’s goal is to educate people on the proper use of the emergency service, according to the Oregonian newspaper.
The callers’ voices are electronically distorted to conceal their identities.
…..Baby It’s Cold Outside
…..Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas
…..Duck The Halls
…..I’ll Be Home For Christmas
…..Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
…..Camouflage And Christmas Lights
…..Away In A Manger
…..You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch
…..Why I Love Christmas
…..The Night Before Christmas
U.S. Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) William “Jerry” Boykin, in a recent World Net Daily radio interview, confirmed that people with high security clearances connected to the Muslim Brotherhood hold important positions in every major federal agency including the Pentagon and the Department of Defense.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamist organization that has vowed the destruction of America from within.
General Boykin has the credentials to back up his conclusions. He was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force which he ultimately led in combat operations. He also served a tour in the CIA during which time he participated in clandestine operations throughout the world. He served his last four years in the Army as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.
Lt. Gen. Boykin, who currently serves as Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council, blasted Republicans for condemning Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., who sounded the alarm by questioning the Brotherhood ties of Huma Abedin, a top assistant to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Boykin said that neither Republicans nor Democrats want to protest too loudly over concerns of being branded intolerant.
The Thomas More Law Center now represents LTC Matthew Dooley, a 1994 graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point.
GEN Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had LTC Dooley fired as an instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College in order to appease Muslim groups and the White House who wanted all training materials offensive to Islam purged and all trainers using those materials disciplined.
Regular readers of this space will know I have been chronicling the failures of the “4 ways to get marketplace coverage.” For example, in addition to the website (which is broken), we have documented that the 1-800 number doesn’t work – and that the “navigators” also can’t sign you up (without a working Healthcare.gov website).
As you might have guessed, an investigation into the fourth option, mail, was in order. And to continue the sports metaphor, they’re now 0-for-4.
Try filing out this application. Really. I’ll wait. You’re going to burn a lot of calories in the process. And here’s the funny part: Even though you can begin the process now via mail, you won’t be able to actually sign up for a plan without a working website or 1-800 number. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
You’d probably have to be an accountant to understand the application. But even after completing the pages and pages of questions, the process is only just beginning. The application only tells them if you’re eligible.
See “step 6″ of the instructions (and note the highlighted part) below, which reads: “You’ll get information on how to enroll in a plan (if you’re eligible) when you get your eligibility results.”
After completing the sixth step on the application – and sending it in (and assuming it arrives), you will next be contacted with eligibility results.
And assuming you are, in fact, eligible, you’ll still have to go to Healthcare.gov or call the 1-800 number to select that plan. (As the healthcare.gov website says: “Once you get your eligibility notice, you can either go online to compare, choose, and enroll in a plan or contact our call center.)
Go online? What’s the point of the mail alternative as a website workaround if you still have to go online??
To confirm this is actually the process, Dave Petno, a healthcare guru who has been helping us document the system’s challenges, called the 1-800 number and talked to a supervisor about the paper application.
Listen to his conversation with the supervisor – and read the transcript below. I think you’ll see that a). this is a byzantine process, and b). it is clear that the three “alternate” ways to sign up for ObamaCare are actually all contingent on having a working website:
Dave: After step six, it says “mail it in,” and then it says “Next steps: you’ll get information on how to enroll in a plan, if you’re eligible, when you get your eligibility results.” So what does that mean?
Supervisor: It means that after the marketplace reviews your application, you’ll be notified about which programs or lower (inaudible 0:20) that you may qualify for and how to compare plans and enroll in a plan.
Dave: So are you saying they’ll be sending me quotes through the mail or…how’s that going to work?
Supervisor: No, you’ll probably either, however you choose to be notified of the information in the application that actually gives you that way…either you’re going to receive it by email or if you want it to be sent by paper…that general information will be sent to you. Or you can contact us and find out what the status of your application is, and if we have the information available at that point in time, we’d be able to provide you with the information about what you had qualified for.
Dave: And to feed that back to you, when I get the eligibility notice, however I get it, what do I do next?
Supervisor: The information is that once you receive that notice, it actually has information about giving us a call, which is (inaudible 1:16) to compare plans and do all that or you’re able to actually go online and create a (inaudible 1:20) account to send the information that way.
Dave: So if I call you back with this paper notice, you’re going to take my information…and then what are you going to do with it?
Supervisor: We should be able to assist you with not only providing you or notifying you about the program that you qualify for, but also allow you to or assist you with comparing the plans and enrolling with the plan of your choice.
Dave: Are you going to be using healthcare.gov to take my information at that time? Are you plugging me into healthcare.gov?
Supervisor: We are going to be using the information because that whole plan comparison and everything like that is on healthcare.gov, so whether you apply through healthcare.gov or use a paper application, we’re still able to assist you.
Dave: Okay, but either way, we go back through healthcare.gov, is that right?
Supervisor: Correct, that’s where the plans are available at.
Dave: So once I call you back with my eligibility file or plug it in, then it tells me my options and how to actually get insurance, is that right?
Supervisor: You mean on the healthcare.gov site after you’ve received the eligibility results?
Supervisor: Right, you’re able to compare and select a plan there, or you’re able to give us a call, and we’re able to assist you (inaudible 2:44).
Dave: Okay, and then once I select a plan, do I give you my credit card number or put it into healthcare.gov?
Supervisor: No, it’s not. We don’t do any type of payments over the phone. That is made directly with the plan.
Dave: Okay. And how does that happen?
Supervisor: You would contact the plan or the plan would give you a call in regards to the application that you filed with them.
Dave: Okay, and then I validate what plan it is that I want and then I pay them somehow?
Supervisor: Correct, yes sir.
Dave: And then I would have coverage starting….what’s the earliest date coverage is?
Supervisor: January 1st.
Dave: Okay. Alright, I appreciate it. You’ve cleared it up for me. Thank you so much.
On his NewsOne radio show Friday morning, Roland Martin confronted Dr. Ben Carson over his recent comments that Obamacare is “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.”
Dr. Carson doubled-down.
“This nation was founded on the principle that it would be a new type of nation, that was ‘for, of and by the people.’ A Constitution was put in place that would assure that the people would remain at the pinnacle of power and that the central government would never reach the point that it had control of the people. This fundamentally changes the relationship. It places the government at the pinnacle now that it is placed on a road that will give it control of everyone’s health.”
Dr. Carson left Martin speechless.