Here Are 17 Reasons It’s Impossible For Hillary Clinton To Relate To Normal Americans (Eric Owens)

Here Are 17 Reasons It’s Impossible For Hillary Clinton To Relate To Normal Americans – Eric Owens

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Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton suffered quite a bit of mockery this week as her carefully orchestrated campaign rollout turned into a deluge of punchlines and Chipotle-related mockery.

It’s been great fun – and a refreshing relief from several sad years of reluctance to make fun of President Barack Obama.

At the same time, Clinton is more than a comical candidate who cannot possibly relate to regular, normal Americans. She’s also entitled and out-of-touch.

The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents” by Ronald Kessler lays out episode after episode of rude, insolent, belligerent behavior by Hillary Clinton which demonstrates she is undeserving of the presidency and unfit to represent the United States.

A throng of Secret Service employees and White House staffers spoke very candidly with Kessler, the author of seven New York Times best sellers, for the August 2014 book.

Here are 17 examples of Clinton’s awfulness.

1. – Secret Service agents view protecting Hillary as a form of punishment. As Kessler notes, Clinton frequently declares her deep concern for ordinary Americans. And, in fact, the Wellesley College-educated Democrat has stressed a fuzzy set of populist-progressive principles thus far in her campaign.

However, she has an embarrassingly long history of treating actual Americans terribly when she interacts with them. Her seething anger is so persistent that Secret Service agents and law enforcement personnel have long considered the assignment of protecting her “a form of punishment.”

“Hillary was so mistrustful and vengeful,” on ex-Secret Service agent told Kessler.

“She’s very angry and sarcastic and is very hard on her staff,” a source said. “She is a totally different person behind the scenes than what you see when she is being interviewed.”

“She’s known to snap at agents and yell at agents and dress them down to their faces, and they just have to be humble,” a source explained, “and walk away.”

“Agents don’t deserve that,” a Secret Service agent told Kessler. “They’re there to do a job, they’re there to protect her, they’ll lay their life down for hers, and there’s absolutely no respect for that.”

2. – Hillary is woefully disorganized and habitually late. Showing up on time won’t be a feature of a Hillary Clinton presidency, according to Kessler. “She had children running her campaign,” an agent who was around the 2000 version of Clinton told the author. “She had a lack of organization and a lack of maturity. She could not keep a schedule.”

3. – Hillary likes to tell the people who protect to fuck off. Back when the Monica Lewinsky scandal was in full bloom, Kessler recounts, a uniformed Secret Service was on duty on the South Lawn of the White House when Hillary showed up in the back of a limousine.

“The first lady steps out of the limo, and another uniformed officer says to her, ‘Good morning, ma’am,”‘ the agent told Kessler. “Her response to him was ‘F off.’ I couldn’t believe I heard it.”

4. – Hillary once had a father of four fired because he helped Barbara Bush with a computer problem. The man was a White House usher, Christopher B. Emery. Barbara Bush had contacted Emery when she was having problems setting up a laptop because Emery had helped the former first lady with computer problems a couple times previously.

For offering this assistance to a former White House resident, Hillary successfully demanded that Emery be fired. The family man was unable to find another job for a year.

5. – Hillary hates the military and didn’t want officers wearing their military uniforms in her presence. “She didn’t appear to like law enforcement or the military,” former Secret Service agent Lloyd Bulman told Kessler.

“She wouldn’t go over and meet military people or police officers, as most protectees do. She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her,” the agent said.

She didn’t want to see police officers in uniform.

“How do you explain that to the police?” a disgusted Secret Service agent asked. “She wanted state troopers and local police to wear suits and stay in unmarked cars. If there were an incident, that could pose a big problem. People don’t know police are in the area unless officers wear uniforms and drive police cars. If they are unaware of a police presence, people are more likely to get out of control.”

The former secretary of state also did not want to see American military officers in their uniforms.

“Hillary didn’t like the military aides wearing their uniforms around the White House,” yet another Secret Service agent recalled. “She asked if they would wear business suits instead. The uniform’s a sign of pride, and they’re proud to wear their uniform. I know that the military was actually really offended by it.”

6. – Hillary once yelled at a guy for changing a light bulb while she was at the White House. Kessler recounts an incident involving an electrician who was changing a light bulb inside the White House. Clinton dressed this man down because she didn’t want any work done inside the 54,896-square-foot residence while she was on the premises.

“She caught the guy on a ladder doing the lightbulb,” Franette McCulloch, an assistant White House pastry chef during the Clinton administration, told the author. “He was a basket case.

7. – Hillary demanded White House workers never speak to her and hide behind the drapes when she appeared. It was a standing rule, according to Kessler.

“No one spoke to her when she was going from one location to another,” former FBI agent Coy Copeland told Kessler. “In fact, anyone who would see her coming would just step into the first available office.”

“We were basically told, the Clintons don’t want to see you, they don’t want to hear you, get out of the way,” an ex-Secret Service agent told the author. “If Hillary was walking down a hall, you were supposed to hide behind drapes used as partitions. Supervisors would tell us, ‘Listen, stand behind this curtain. They’re coming,’ or ‘Just stand out of the way, don’t be seen.”‘

8. – Hillary once insulted a man by asking him if he shopped at J.C. Penney. The 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner who is running as a compassionate voice for everyday Americans had the encounter in a hallway of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Kessler reports. The subject of her ire was a member of independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s investigative team.

The man addressed Hillary, saying “Good morning, Mrs. Clinton,” FBI agent Copeland told Kessler.

“She jumped all over him,” Copeland told the author. “‘How dare you? You people are just destroying my husband.’ It was that vast right-wing conspiracy rant. Then she had to tack on something to the effect of ‘And where do you buy your suits? Penney’s?’”

The embarrassed Starr investigator told Copeland the story a few weeks after the incident occurred. “He said, ‘I was wearing the best suit I owned,’” Copeland said.

9. – Hillary drove Vince Foster to suicide by belittling him. Foster, White House deputy counsel under Bill Clinton, committed suicide on July 20, 1993. He had been a mentor to Hillary prior to Clinton’s rise to the presidency back when Hillary worked at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Ark.

Hillary ridiculed and vilified Foster in front of White House aides during meetings concerning Hillary’s failed single-payer healthcare scheme. Specifically, according to Kessler, she was frustrated about some legal concerns he had raised.

“Hillary put him down really, really bad in a pretty good-size meeting,” Copeland, who learned of the incident through others, told Kessler. “She told him he didn’t get the picture, and he would always be a little hick-town lawyer who was obviously not ready for the big time.”

“The put-down that she gave him in that big meeting just pushed him over the edge,” the former FBI agent said.

“Foster was profoundly depressed, but Hillary lambasting him was the final straw because she publicly embarrassed him in front of others,” another former FBI agent, Jim Clemente, told the author. “Hillary blamed him for failed nominations, claimed he had not vetted them properly, and said in front of his White House colleagues, ‘You’re not protecting us’ and ‘You have failed us.’ That was the final blow.”

Foster, who left a wife and three children, shot himself in a Washington, D.C. park about a week later.

10. – Hillary orchestrated the mass firings of White House travel office employees for Bill Clinton’s cousin. Clinton presidential assistant W. David Watkins told Kessler that Hillary schemed to fire seven White House travel office employees so Catherine A. Cornelius, Bill Clinton’s third cousin, and some friends of the Clintons could take over the travel business for their own benefit.

“We both know that there would be hell to pay” if “we failed to take swift and decisive action in conformity with the First Lady’s wishes,” Watkins wrote in a memo to then White House chief of staff Thomas F. McLarty.

11. – Hillary wants to be protected by Secret Service agents but she doesn’t want to see the agents. Both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton issued a directive during the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles that Secret Service agents were to avoid being seen.

“We were told they didn’t want to see us,” an agent who was on the Staples Center assignment told Kessler. And so, when either Clinton approached, members of their protection detail were supposed to hide.

More generally, Secret Service agents who protected Hillary say she routinely ignored them and never expressed an ounce of gratitude.

“Hillary never talked to us,” an agent told Kessler. “Most all members of first families would talk to us and smile. She never did that.”

When she did speak to the Secret Service, it was to complain.

“Hillary would cuss at Secret Service drivers for going over bumps,” former agent Jeff Crane told Kessler.

12. – Hillary would fly into a rage whenever her staff failed to bring in a big enough audience to fake spontaneous events. On one of her famous, carefully choreographed listening tours, Clinton’s advance teams planned “‘impromptu’ visits at diners and local hangouts,” a Secret Service agent remembers.

“The events were all staged, and the questions were screened. She would stop off at diners. The campaign would tell them three days ahead that they were coming. They would talk to the owner and tell him to invite everyone and bring his friends,” the agent told the author.

Clinton would become angry if the events did not meet her expectations.

“Hillary flew in to rages when she thought her campaign staff had not corralled enough onlookers beforehand,” the agent said. “Hillary had an explosive temper.”

13. – Hillary once complained about a 4-H Club visit because it would be insufficient for fundraising. When she was running in New York for the U.S. Senate seat she eventually won, Clinton’s staff scheduled a 4-H Club visit in a dairy-heavy region of upstate New York. When the future senator arrived, she was deeply disappointed to see cows and regular people dressed in blue jeans.

Hillary flew into a rage. “She turned to a staffer and said, ‘What the f- did we come here for? There’s no money here,”‘ a Secret Service agent then on the scene told Kessler.

4-H clubs are organizations for kids administered by the United States Department of Agriculture.

14. – Hillary stays in the master bedrooms of the homes of her big Democratic donors. During previous runs for electoral office, Clinton would regularly show up late at night at the homes of Democratic powerbrokers and sleep in the main bedroom. “We would show up at their homes at 2 A.M., and she would sleep in the master bedroom,” an agent told Kessler.

She has also been known to berate her staffers for the hotels they choose.

15. – Hillary Clinton regularly leaves the place where she is when Bill shows up. The protection agency is able to track the movements of the leaders and former leaders it is sworn to protect. Frequently, agents have noted, whenever Bill shows up at a place where Hillary Clinton is, Hillary immediately leaves.

“It was funny, because on the radio you’d hear that she went some­ where, and then you’d hear that he went to the same location, and every time he went to her, she would go somewhere else,” a former agent told Kessler.

Also, for the record, Bill Clinton is still cheating on Hillary with a fake-breasted blonde mistress who shows up immediately after Hillary leaves their home in Chappaqua, N.Y. The woman’s Secret Service nickname is “Energizer.”

16. – Hillary’s staffers are bitter little Hillary clones. Secret Service agents say Huma Abedin, a longtime Hillary staffer (and spouse of Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner) is just as nasty as Hillary. In 2008, for example, an agent helped Abedin after she got lost trying to find a presidential debate in Los Angeles.

Abedin was ungrateful for the effort. “She was belligerent and angry about being late for the event,” the agent told Kessler. “No appreciation for any of it, not a thank-you or anything. That was common for her people to be rude.”

On another occasion, Abedin was not wearing proper identification but tried to barge past Secret Service agents, anyway.

“You don’t have the proper identification to go beyond this point,” a female agent reportedly told Abedin.

“Huma basically tried to throw her weight around,” a former Secret Service agent told the author. “She tried to just force her way through and said belligerently, ‘Do you know who I am?”‘

It didn’t work. Abedin was forced to calm down and cooperate so the Secret Service could confirm her identity.

17. – Secret Service agents rebelled against Hillary by making Abedin carry her own damn bags – and Hillary’s, too. Many times, Secret Service agents carry the luggage of first ladies and other members of a president’s entourage. However, it’s not a requirement. With Abedin, “the agents were just like, ‘Hey, you’re going to be like that? Well, you get your own luggage to the car. Oh, and by the way, you can carry the first lady’s luggage to the car, too,’” an agent explained to Kessler. “She’d have four bags, and we’d stand there and watch her and say, ‘Oh, can we hold the door open for you?’ ”

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Shocker! California’s Obamacare Exchange Plagued By Incompetence, Mismanagement

Incompetence, Mismanagement Plague California’s Obamacare Insurance Exchange – Daily Signal

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California’s health insurance exchange, established under the Affordable Care Act, has been held out as a national model for Obamacare. In some ways – not all of them good – it is. Whether it’s falling far short of 2015 enrollment goals or sending out 100,000 inaccurate tax forms, Covered California is struggling with its share of challenges.

Now, several senior-level officials integral to the launch of Covered California – who enthusiastically support the Affordable Care Act – are speaking about what they view as gross incompetence and mismanagement involving some of the $1 billion federal tax dollars poured into the state effort.

‘Somebody Must Have Been Smoking Something’

Consultant Aiden Hill became a “foxhole convert” to Obamacare in July of 2010 when he lost his insurance, had a serious medical issue and couldn’t get a new policy.

“I lived through a health care nightmare. That’s one reason why I took a cut in my pay rate to work for Covered California.”

In March 2013, Hill was hired as project manager over Covered California’s massive $120 million call center effort. In just six short months, it would face an avalanche of customers seeking insurance mandated under the new law.

But five months on the job converted Hill from avid supporter to disenchanted whistleblower. He says the secretive and dysfunctional culture was more interested in cheerleading than real results. After he persistently raised concerns, Covered California abruptly terminated his contract. He says the experience drove him to raise allegations about waste and cover ups at a Covered California board meeting.

Covered California quietly launched an independent investigation into Hill’s grievances. Nine months later, the results were summarized in four sentences stating that evidence did “not support” Hill’s complaints. Hill calls the probe a sham and says the inquiry didn’t include interviews with many witnesses he suggested.

Today, Hill describes himself as disgusted by the process – and soured on Obamacare.

“I really believe that we’ve created a monster – and it’s an unaccountable monster,” Hill told The Daily Signal.

Covered California declined comment on Hill’s allegations.

Other officials integral to Covered California’s efforts concur with Hill’s assessment. One of them headed the largest call center.

“They started this way too late for what they needed to do,” says the official who was hired in April 2013, five months before the website’s launch. He has since left that position and asked not to be named to protect his current job status.

“This program had to touch 58 counties, 11 federal agencies, all medical carriers and all advocates. To have a system that would be integrated seamlessly – somebody must have been smoking something if they thought that was going to happen.”

Disappointing Enrollment

It’s against that backdrop that Covered California finds itself now grappling with a big disappointment: low enrollment growth. California ranked near the bottom in overall growth, with a scant 1 percent increase over last year.

“It’s a tiny fraction of the growth they were expecting,” says an official who helped implement the Affordable Care Act and examined California’s numbers.

As recently as last fall, the official says, California hoped to increase enrollment by 500,000 this year. But only an additional 7,098 have “selected a plan” for 2015.

“Their total enrollment is a step in the right direction but nowhere near what anyone thought it would be for the largest state in the country.”

Covered California would not answer our questions about enrollment figures.

Another telling statistic is Covered California’s poor retention rate. Even though people are required by law to have health insurance, only 65 percent of Covered California’s 2014 customers reenrolled in 2015. The rest dropped off.

Covered California would not address our questions about lackluster retention and growth.

Last month, the agency issued a press release touting a younger and more diverse mix of customers.

“New enrollment for 2015 coverage is strong and has brought in consumers who our marketing and outreach targeted,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee, overlooking the fact that his organization’s retention of last year’s customers was among the lowest in the country.

Hoping for a bump, California followed the lead of the federal HealthCare.gov effort and repeatedly extended this year’s enrollment deadline. The Feb. 15 cutoff was pushed back to Feb. 20 and then Feb. 22. Now, it’s been extended to the end of this month.

“I lived through a health care nightmare. That’s one reason why I took a cut in my pay rate to work for Covered California.”

In March 2013, Hill was hired as project manager over Covered California’s massive $120 million call center effort. In just six short months, it would face an avalanche of customers seeking insurance mandated under the new law.

But five months on the job converted Hill from avid supporter to disenchanted whistleblower. He says the secretive and dysfunctional culture was more interested in cheerleading than real results. After he persistently raised concerns, Covered California abruptly terminated his contract. He says the experience drove him to raise allegations about waste and cover ups at a Covered California board meeting.

Covered California quietly launched an independent investigation into Hill’s grievances. Nine months later, the results were summarized in four sentences stating that evidence did “not support” Hill’s complaints. Hill calls the probe a sham and says the inquiry didn’t include interviews with many witnesses he suggested.

Today, Hill describes himself as disgusted by the process – and soured on Obamacare.

“I really believe that we’ve created a monster – and it’s an unaccountable monster,” Hill told The Daily Signal.

Covered California declined comment on Hill’s allegations.

Other officials integral to Covered California’s efforts concur with Hill’s assessment. One of them headed the largest call center.

“They started this way too late for what they needed to do,” says the official who was hired in April 2013, five months before the website’s launch. He has since left that position and asked not to be named to protect his current job status.

“This program had to touch 58 counties, 11 federal agencies, all medical carriers and all advocates. To have a system that would be integrated seamlessly – somebody must have been smoking something if they thought that was going to happen.”

Disappointing Enrollment

It’s against that backdrop that Covered California finds itself now grappling with a big disappointment: low enrollment growth. California ranked near the bottom in overall growth, with a scant 1 percent increase over last year.

“It’s a tiny fraction of the growth they were expecting,” says an official who helped implement the Affordable Care Act and examined California’s numbers.

As recently as last fall, the official says, California hoped to increase enrollment by 500,000 this year. But only an additional 7,098 have “selected a plan” for 2015.

“Their total enrollment is a step in the right direction but nowhere near what anyone thought it would be for the largest state in the country.”

Covered California would not answer our questions about enrollment figures.

Another telling statistic is Covered California’s poor retention rate. Even though people are required by law to have health insurance, only 65 percent of Covered California’s 2014 customers reenrolled in 2015. The rest dropped off.

Covered California would not address our questions about lackluster retention and growth.

Last month, the agency issued a press release touting a younger and more diverse mix of customers.

“New enrollment for 2015 coverage is strong and has brought in consumers who our marketing and outreach targeted,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee, overlooking the fact that his organization’s retention of last year’s customers was among the lowest in the country.

Hoping for a bump, California followed the lead of the federal HealthCare.gov effort and repeatedly extended this year’s enrollment deadline. The Feb. 15 cutoff was pushed back to Feb. 20 and then Feb. 22. Now, it’s been extended to the end of this month.

Call Center Chaos

The devastating crash of Covered California’s website and call centers on Oct. 1, 2013 was “the canary in the coalmine, an early warning of deep dysfunction,” according to Hill.

Pre-launch testing had proven disastrous. As with the national HealthCare.gov website, “it was breaking at the first click of the button,” says the former call center manager who worked under Hill. “Behind the scenes, states were worried. I know we were worried.”

Covered California contractors projected 10,000 calls the first day. The call center manager says he knew they were way off. “I and my training manager, who had launched call centers before, projected 20,000. We had 21,000 on day one. Our contractors were wrong.”

The HealthCare.gov website was on a parallel trajectory. It, too, suffered under hasty development and failed performance tests days before launch – all while the Obama administration put on a positive public face.

“Everybody knew it wasn’t going to function,” says a third Covered California official. “Calls start coming in and within the first hour, the entire system went down – phone and web.”

“The train was coming off the rails,” adds Hill. “The call center was going into meltdown.”

The meltdown lasted for months and fixes proved costly. Covered California would not provide a tally of expenses, but the agency ended up asking the federal government for an extra $155 million. That put the cost of Covered California at more than $1.06 billion federal tax dollars.

Enrollment Exaggeration?

Covered California’s disastrous debut triggered a house of cards. When the website crashed, consumers were directed to fill out paper applications; they were 33 pages long and took at least an hour to complete. What’s more, they couldn’t be coordinated with the electronic version because of a major design flaw. The forms didn’t match.

But Covered California counted duplicate applications as if they were enrollments, giving the impression that more people had successfully signed up. (The Obama administration did the same with national HealthCare.gov applications.)

For example, Covered California’s Lee publicly touted 30,000 successful enrollments for the first month. Hill says the actual number was closer to 4,000.

“A lot of the information that came out of Covered California was misleading or outright lies,” Hill insists.

Another Covered California official agrees.

“There’s no way he didn’t know he wasn’t telling the truth,” says an official, who still works at the agency and asked not to be identified. “We were fully aware that those numbers were inflated. It was horrible… morale busting. Things were being said that were blatantly untrue.”

The Daily Signal asked for Lee’s side of the story, but Covered California declined to make him available.

Hill says misinformation was aided and abetted by an uninformed press. In the midst of Covered California’s fiasco, he was stunned to read a New York Times article claiming the Golden State was an Obamacare utopia: the crown jewel of the health care reform effort.

On Nov. 24, 2013, Paul Krugman of The New York Times gushed:

What would happen if we unveiled a program that looked like Obamacare, in a place that looked like America, but with competent project management that produced a working website? Well, your wish is granted. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you California… The California authorities have been especially forthcoming with data tracking the progress of enrollment. And the numbers are increasingly encouraging.

That assessment was far from the reality, say the Covered California officials who spoke to The Daily Signal.

Covered California declined to respond to our questions but issued this statement:

Covered California is proud that it has been the portal for nearly four million people to find coverage through one of our participating health plans or through low cost/no cost Medi-Cal; is helping more than a million people access financial assistance to lower their monthly health insurance premiums; through the Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured in California by half.

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Wind Turbines Killing Many More Birds Than BP Oil Spill Did

Wind Turbines Kill More Birds Than BP Oil Spill – Daily Caller

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It’s been five years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and released 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Environmentalists are highlighting the disaster by pointing to the 800,000 birds that have died because of the spill in the five years since the disaster, but activists have been eerily silent about the fact that way more birds have been killed by wind turbines – a supposedly “eco-friendly” energy source.

The liberal blog Mother Jones reports that 800,000 birds have been killed and the Pelican population in the Gulf has decreased 12 percent. While the 2010 Gulf spill was indeed a horrible disaster, the number of birds that died pales in comparison the number killed in the last five years due to wind turbines.

A 2013 study found that 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed every year by wind turbines – a figure 30 percent higher than the federal government estimated in 2009. These deaths have likely increased as wind power capacity increases across the country.

“I estimated 888,000 bat and 573,000 bird fatalities/year (including 83,000 raptor fatalities) at 51,630 megawatt (MW) of installed wind-energy capacity in the United States in 2012,” writes K. Shawn Smallwood, author of the study that was published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.

Since then, U.S. companies have only installed more wind power thanks to a now-expired tax credit for wind energy. The American Wind Energy Association said there was nearly 66 gigawatts of installed wind capacity in the U.S. as of 2014 – 17 times higher than wind capacity in 2001.

“As wind energy continues to expand, there is urgent need to improve fatality monitoring methods, especially in the implementation of detection trials, which should be more realistically incorporated into routine monitoring,” Smallwood reported in 2013.

In the time since the 2010 BP oil spill, some 2.9 million birds have been killed by wind turbines, using Smallwood’s figures, compared to only 800,000 that have been killed by the oil spill – the oil spill deaths are based on figures compiled by the news site Climate Desk. It should also be noted that wind turbines routinely kill federally protected birds and eagles.

It’s not exactly clear if 800,000 bird deaths can be attributed directly to the BP spill. In the six months after the spill,the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collected “more than 7,000 birds… in the spill area, of which nearly 3,000 (about 40%) showed visible signs of oiling.”

How many of these birds died? The last FWS report, from May 12, 2011, shows that more than 7,500 birds that were recovered were dead or died shortly after being found – this figure includes birds that had no visible signs of oil on them.

Either way, far more birds have been killed by wind turbines than by the BP oil spill.

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USSC Shuts Down Obama’s Attempt To Force Christian Groups To Pay For Their Employees’ Abortion-Inducing Drugs

The Supreme Court Just Gave Obama Some Very Bad News – Tell Me Now

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The Supreme Court just ruled against a major Obama agenda in a decision that is sure to leave the president devastated.

The highest court in the land just ruled against Obama’s attempt to force Christian organizations to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. This is the fifth time the Supreme Court has ruled against President Obama.

Christians everywhere rejoiced at the decision and were thankful that their religious freedoms were being protected.

“How many times must the government lose in court before it gets the message?” asked Lori Windham, Senior Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “For years now the government has been claiming that places like Catholic Charities and the Little Sisters of the Poor are not ‘religious employers’ worthy of an exemption.”

“That argument has always been absurd. Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the Court has protected them,” she added. “That’s what happened to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Wheaton College, Notre Dame, and Hobby Lobby.”

“The government really needs to give up on its illegal and unnecessary mandate,” Windham concluded. “The federal bureaucracy has lots of options for distributing contraceptives–they don’t need to coerce nuns and priests to do it for them.”

The Supreme Court has told Obama no time and time again, yet he just can’t seem to get the message. Hopefully, this time he finally will.

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Nutjob Busted For Making False Abduction Claim To Cover Up Her Cocaine Binge

Woman Charged For Making False Abduction Claim To Cover Up Her Cocaine Binge – Gateway Pundit

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Chicagoan, Veronica Fuentes, has been charged with felony disorderly conduct after falsely claiming she’d been abducted by three men who hit her over the head, dragged her into an abandoned building and forced her to drink alcohol.

Tribune reports she was actually on a 3 day bender, doing cocaine somewhere else entirely.

A South Side woman admitted to authorities that she lied about being kidnapped rather than admit that she had been partying and using cocaine, prosecutors said at a court hearing Friday. [More at Chicago Tribune]

Still no word on any charges, or any repurcussions of any kind, resulting from the fake rape claims in Rolling Stone’s bullsharticle spun by Sabrina Erdely. The fake rape “victim” in that story is a thoroughly discredited young woman by the name of Jackie Coakley.

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Veronica Fuentes should’ve lied about being abducted by white guys on the UVA campus. Then she’d face no penalty whatsoever for her costly fabrication.

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FL Governor: Obama Resorting To Extortion In Attempt To Force State Further Into Obamacare

Fla. Gov. Suing Administration For Trying To ‘Force Our State Further Into Obamacare’ – CNS

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“It is appalling that President Obama would cut off federal healthcare dollars to Florida in an effort to force our state further into Obamacare,” a furious Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) said Thursday as he announced that he plans to sue the Obama administration.

“It’s outrageous,” Scott told Fox News Thursday night.”The federal government started a program in our state in 2006. It’s called the Low Income Pool. It’s (health care) for low income families,” Scott explained. “Now, what they are saying is they are not going to keep that program going unless the state expands Obamacare (Medicaid). So this, first off, is horrible.”

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“It sounds like extortion,” Fox News’s Kimberly Guilfoyle told Scott.

“Absolutely,” the governor agreed. “First off, you think about the families in our state that are relying on this. Second, (Supreme Court Chief) Justice Roberts said…that it’s not lawful for the federal government, for the Obama administration, to use coercion tactics, basically held a gun to our head, if we don’t expand Obamacare. They say they can’t do that.”

The Supreme Court in 2012 upheld Obamacare’s individual mandate, but it also said the federal government could not compel the states to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income people. As of this writing, 28 states and the District of Columbia have ageed to expand Medicaid. The federal government has agreed to pay 100 percent of the expansion costs through 2016, but after that, the states must pick up a larger share of the costs, and that’s what worries Scott and other governors.

In July 2012, shortly after the Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Scott announced that Florida would “opt out of spending approximately $1.9 billion more taxpayer dollars required to implement a massive entitlement expansion of the Medicaid program.”

“Floridians are interested in jobs and economic growth, a quality education for their children, and keeping the cost of living low,” Governor Scott said at the time. “Neither of these major provisions in Obamacare will achieve those goals, and since Florida is legally allowed to opt out, that’s the right decision for our citizens.”

He also noted that “Florida already has health care safety net programs for those with the greatest need.”

Scott told Fox News on Thursday that he and his attorney general are working on a lawsuit right now.

He questioned whether President Obama really cares about the low-income families in Florida for whom the federal government created the LIP program in the first place.

“And doesn’t everybody now understand that this is an administration that’s going to use coercion tactics, and when it’s appropriate, they’ll cut back funding if you don’t do another program they want?”

“One, they don’t care about the low income families because they are willing to walk away from a program. And then, two, they are using bully – this is a Sopranos. They are using bullying tactics to attack our state. It’s wrong. It’s outrageous just that they’re doing this.”

A White House spokesman, asked for his reaction to the anticipated Florida lawsuit, said he hadn’t seen “specific details.”

“But what is true is that expanding Medicaid in the State of Florida would ensure that 800,000 Floridians would get access to quality health-care coverage,” Josh Earnest said on Thursday.

Earnest noted that under Obamacare, the federal government picks up the full cost of expanding Medicaid through 2016.

“So there’s not a good reason why anybody in Florida would be in a situation of trying to block a policy that would benefit 800,000 Floridians. In fact, they would have a positive impact on the finances in the State of Florida.

“And it’s difficult to explain why somebody would think that their political situation and their political interest is somehow more important than the livelihood and health of 800,000 people that they were elected to lead.”

In a message on his website Thursday, Scott said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent him a letter this week, saying that “the furture of LIP’ and “Medicaid expansion are linked.”

“We will fight to protect the healthcare of Floridians, and their right to be free from federal overreach,” Scott said. “Our citizens already pay federal taxes that go into the federal LIP program. Now, President Obama has decided that the state must take on a larger Medicaid program, forcing our taxpayers to pay even more to government, before they get their own federal tax dollars back. This is outrageous, and specifically what the Supreme Court warned against.”

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Iran “Deal”: West’s Surrender Triggering War (Guy Millière)

Iran “Deal”: West’s Surrender Triggering War – Guy Millière

Russia and China have also agreed to build nuclear plants for Iran. And North Korea has also been supplying Iran with technology, a “minor detail” hidden from the UN by U.S. President Barack Obama. And the U.S. thinks that if Iran is caught cheating, sanctions can be re-imposed?

Other countries in the region have already started scheduling delivery for their nuclear weapons. They have made it clear they will not sit idly by while Iran goes nuclear.

Iran has already bragged that it will sell “enriched uranium” on the open market, and will be “hopefully making some money” from it, said Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

No agreement was signed between Iran and the P5+1 group [1] on April 2; no agreement will be signed on June 30.

The text defining the “framework” of some agreement to be signed in June was immediately challenged by Iran. Western leaders speak and act as if they have no idea what Iran is saying or doing.

Western leaders wanted something akin to an agreement. They got something akin to an agreement.

Iran’s leaders seem to have spotted pretty soon that Western leaders would willingly concede everything – and possibly more – to get any “agreement”; so that is what Western leaders got.

Western leaders not only failed to reach an agreement; they capitulated. The reason for the talks was to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. When, according to Western reports, they saw that Iran would not agree to stop, they “flipped” and instead became complicit.

All signs indicate that the West is planning to give a lawless, expansionist, terrorist regime nuclear weapons capability – as a reward for violating international treaties again and again. What message are other rogue nations to take from that?

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Not only have Western leaders given the Iranian regime the opportunity to acquire nuclear weapons; they have let Iran initiate and sanctify a nuclear arms race to destabilize an already volatile region. They have also given Iran the opportunity to get billions of dollars to accelerate its nuclear weapons programs – and they are negotiating to lift all sanctions either early or late so that Iran can get still more.

They also allowed Iran to keep four American hostages: Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Robert Levinson, who has not been heard from for years and may be dead. The State Department has said that “their freedom should not be linked to negotiations,” so their release was not even discussed. Their immediate release was the first matter that should have been discussed.

What Western leaders have deliberately ignored is the nature of the Iranian regime: Totalitarian regimes never abide by the agreements they sign. Islamists often refer to Muhammad’s treaty of Hudaybiyyah. In 628, Muhammad agreed to a 10-year truce with the Quraysh tribe of Mecca. Two years later, when Muslim forces had gathered strength, Muhammad broke the treaty and marched into Mecca. [2] Since then, in Islam, no treaty can be made for more than ten years, and even then, it is not a treaty, it is a truce – to be broken again if Islam’s side is strong.

This spring, while negotiations were held in Lausanne, Ali Khamenei, the “supreme leader” of Iran, led huge crowds, shouting “Death to America.” Every year, he promises a “world free of infidels” as well as the Messianic return of the “Twelfth Imam,” the Mahdi, a descendant of Muhammad who will guide martyrs during a “final battle”.

Western leaders act as if all important decisions in Iran are made by its President, Hassan Rouhani. They know perfectly well, however, that nothing happens in Iran without the approval of Ali Khamenei, and no one else. Perhaps Western leaders are hoping that Rouhani will unseat Khamenei, a succession scarcely conceivable. The Iranian leadership is not accountable to its people.

Moreover, based on Rouhani’s account of how he duped the West in previous negotiations, it is doubtful if Rouhani unseating Khamenei would be any more desirable for the West. Since Rouhani was elected President in June 2013, the number of executions carried out by the regime has soared compared to the number under his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Reportedly, 753 persons were executed in 2014, a 10% increase over 2013. Just 291 of these cases (39%) were announced officially. “The aim of these executions is not to fight crime, but to spread fear among the population,” according to Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of Iran Human Rights.

To paraphrase Natan Sharansky, [3] if a government does not treat its own people well, it is not likely to treat anyone else any better.

Iran is clearly interested in all oil producing regions. It has taken over four Arab capitals — Damascus, Beirut, Baghdad and Sana’a – while the U.S. has fled from three countries: Iraq, Libya and Yemen. Iran now surrounds all the oilfields of the Middle East.

Iran is also trying to take over the Middle East’s major sea lanes – the Strait of Hormuz, the choke point of the Persian Gulf, and the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait at the mouth of the Suez Canal. If Iran succeeds, it will be able to control most of the oil trade in the Middle East.

Iran also continues to repeat its threats of genocide against Israel. In late March, Mohammad Reza Naqdi, commander of Iran’s Basij paramilitary force, announced that “the destruction of Israel is non-negotiable.”

Hamas is still on the terrorist list maintained by the State Department but was removed from the list of the European Union in December 2014. No Western leader seems to know that Iran has been helping Hamas to build over 100 new tunnels and replenish its weapon stockpiles.

Although many of the terms of the “framework” are, we are told, known only to the negotiators, what we do know so far about what Iran wanted and got includes:

* Retaining its enriched uranium stockpile, not having to ship it abroad.
* Keeping thousands (at least 6000) centrifuges to produce weapons-grade uranium, and modernizing its Arak plutonium reactor.
* Continuing its operations at the Fordow plant, under a mountain, in bunkers designed to withstand aerial attacks.
* A massive lifting of sanctions. It wants still more, “immediately.”
* Continuing to develop its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program

Iran’s ICBM program was not even mentioned during discussions.

Also not included in discussions was Iran’s ongoing funding of terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas. Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, was just removed by the U.S. State Department from its list of terrorist threats; and Iran was removed from its list of states that sponsor terrorism.

The “armed wing” of Hezbollah is still on the European Union’s list of terrorist organizations, but Hezbollah’s “political wing” is not. Iran can tell European leaders that the Iranian regime supports the political wing of Hezbollah, but not its military branch. There is no doubt that European leaders, pressured by companies eager to do business in Iran, will pretend they received a satisfying answer.

On April 12, Russia lifted its ban on the delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Russia and China have also agreed to build nuclear power plants for Iran. And North Korea has also been supplying Iran with technology, “including components for a long-range nuclear missile,” a “minor detail” hidden from the UN by U.S. President Barack Obama. And the U.S. thinks that if Iran is caught cheating, sanctions can be re-imposed?

Iran says it will accept only scheduled visits by IAEA inspectors, and it can endlessly contest any findings. The IAEA in the past never found anything anyway. All the illegal nuclear facilities that Iran wanted to hide were discovered by Iranian dissidents, and American and Israeli intelligence agencies – not by the IAEA.

Senator Mark Kirk has said that Neville Chamberlain got a lot more out of Adolf Hitler at the Munich Conference. British commentators noted that the difference between Chamberlain and those who negotiated with Iran is that Chamberlain had never encountered that kind of duplicity before, and was the head of a weakened, and largely disarmed, Britain.

Iran supports Shiite militias fighting ISIS in Iraq, where the Shiite militias behave as wildly as ISIS.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and other Arab leaders have realized that they are facing a clear and present danger. At the Arab League summit on March 29, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced the creation of a joint Arab military force. The positions of Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen are being bombarded, but the Houthis do not retreat. Other countries in the region have already started scheduling delivery for their nuclear weapons. They have made it clear that they will not sit idly by while Iran goes nuclear. Iran has already bragged that it will sell “enriched uranium” on the open market, and will be “hopefully making some money” from it, said Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Benjamin Netanyahu knows that Israel faces an equally obvious danger. He said that “the agreement” would be a “threat to the survival of Israel.” Yesterday, on April 15, speaking at the state ceremony commemorating “Yom Hashoah” (the day of remembrance of the Holocaust), he stated, “The danger is there for all to see… and yet the blindness is vast. Even if we are forced to stand alone, we will not falter… We will not allow the State of Israel to become a passing phase in the history of our people.”

The U.S. President who cut off military supplies to Israel during the Gaza war, who has interfered in the Israeli elections to an unprecedented degree, and who wants to force Israel to return to indefensible borders, said he would “defend” Israel. It is not at all certain that Netanyahu can trust him.

Iran’s Defense Minister, Hossein Dehghan, hailed the framework as a step towards “establishing stability and security in the region.” Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said: “This is a direct result of the legitimacy that Iran obtained from the emerging deal.”

On the evening of April 3, Western leaders were smiling. Mohammad Javad Zarif, was smiling too. He was the only one who had good reason to.

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