Obamanomics Update: Number Of People Not In Labor Force Tops 94 Million For First Time In History

Record 94,031,000 People Not In Labor Force – Big Government


The number of people not in the labor force exceeded 94 million for the first time, hitting another record high in August, according to new jobs data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS reports that 94,031,000 people (ages 16 and over) last month were neither employed nor had made specific efforts to find work in the prior four weeks.

The number of individuals out of the civilian work force represented a jump of 261,000 over July’s record of 93,626,000 people.

August’s labor force participation rate remained at the same level as the prior two months at 62.2 percent, the lowest level seen since October 1977 when the participation rate was 62.4 percent.

The civilian labor force also experienced a slight decline of 41,000 people, compare to July’s 157,106,000 people in the civilian labor force to 157,065,000.

In total 149,036,000 people were employed in August, 8,029,000 were unemployed, and 5,932,000 people who wanted a job.

Overall the Labor Department reported that the economy added 173,000 jobs in August. The unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, lower than July’s 5.3 percent.



University Researchers: We Have To Accept People Who ‘Identify As Real Vampires’ (Katherine Timpf)

University Researchers: We Have To Accept People Who ‘Identify As Real Vampires’ – Katherine Timpf


Stop being so judgmental.

Sociology researchers are now insisting that we as a society start accepting people who choose to “identify as real vampires” – so that they can be open about the fact that they’re vampires without having to worry about facing discrimination from people who might think that that’s weird.

The study, titled “Do We Always Practice What We Preach? Real Vampires’ Fears of Coming out of the Coffin to Social Workers and Helping Professionals” was conducted by researchers from Idaho State University and College of the Canyons and the Center for Positive Sexuality in Los Angeles.

“Most vampires believe they were born that way; they don’t choose this,” said Dr. D. J. Williams, the study’s lead researcher and the director of sociology at Idaho State. The study is based on the experiences of eleven “real” vampires – which, by the way, are different from “lifestyle vampires.”

“Lifestylers,” the study explains, are people who just do things like wear fangs and sleep in coffins as lifestyle choices, and although “real vampires” may do these things too, they all also have one major thing in common that distinguishes them from the “lifestylers:”

“The essential feature of real vampirism is their belief in the need to take in ‘subtle energy’ (called feeding) from time to time from a willing ‘donor’ in order to maintain physical, psychological and spiritual health,” the study explains.

“Unlike lifestyle vampires, real vampires believe that they do not choose their vampiric condition; they are born with it, somewhat akin to sexual orientation,” it continues.

Some of these “real vampires” prefer to feed on “psychic or pranic energy” while others, called “sanguinarians,” prefer to feed on “small amounts” of human or animal blood.

(Of the eleven “real vampires” interviewed for the study, three said they preferred psychic energy, three said they preferred blood, and five said they got energy from multiple sources.)

Williams explained that no one should be bothered by a person wanting to drink another person’s blood because “it is generally expected within the community that vampires should act ethically and responsibly in feeding practices,” and it’s not their blood-drinking that’s the real problem here – it’s the fact that they have to worry that other people will judge them for their blood-drinking.

After all, the study reported that all of the participants seemed to “function normally” based on questions about their careers and “psychiatric histories” (apparently, believing you need to drink blood in order to function was not taken to be an indicator of a psychological problem) and yet “nearly all participants were distrustful of social workers and helping professionals and preferred to ‘stay in the coffin’ for fear of being misunderstood, labeled, and potentially having to face severe repercussions to their lives.”

Ugh – how unfair!

“The message is to not take things at face value, to be more aware of our stereotypes and our judgments, maybe focus on commonalities that people have,” Williams said in an interview with MTV.

“People understand themselves in very different ways, and that’s OK. We’re all human. We all have a lot of things in common. I think a little more awareness of our own biases and more cultural sensitivity – more compassion – that’s really the important thing underlying all of this,” he said.



7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Nepal – Over 1,300 People Killed

More Than 1,300 People Dead In Monster Nepal Quake: Homes, Offices And Historic Buildings Flattened As 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Capital – Daily Mail

Britain has deployed a team of humanitarian experts to Nepal after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake ripped across the region, killing more than 1,300 people in four countries.

The eight-strong team will provide urgent humanitarian support for people affected by the disaster, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced tonight.

Disaster response specialists, including experts in search and rescue, will travel to Nepal overnight where they will assess the scale of the damage caused by the quake, which destroyed homes, businesses and temples in the capital of Kathmandu.

The earthquake also triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest killing eight people and injuring at least 30 climbers. There are also a number of climbers still missing, including a number of Britons.






Another Briton feared missing is Laura Wood, 23, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. She is described by a friend as a ‘glowing lovely beautiful young girl often dressed in hippy type clothing’.

Miss Wood, who has a strong northern accent, has been trekking in the Himalayas without any means of making contact.

Officials today confirmed that at least 1,341 people have died as rescue teams continue to search for survivors who are feared to be trapped under rubble. The death toll is expected to rise.

Effects of the quake were felt hundreds of miles away in neighbouring countries with 36 killed in India, 12 in Tibet and 4 in Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border.

Australian Ballantyne Forder, 20, who was working in a number of orphanages around the country, is also feared to be among those killed.

A spokeswoman for Intrepid Travel – which arranges treks in Nepal and around the Everest region – confirmed they had groups with British travellers in the area and said they are still attempting to contact those tours.

The earthquake has also triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest killing 18 and injuring at least 30. Several groups of climbers were also said to be trapped at base camp which was severely damaged.

Panicked residents had rushed into the streets as the tremor erupted with the impact felt hundreds of miles away in big swathes of northern India and even in Bangladesh.

Video footage showed people digging through the rubble of the bricks from the collapsed tower, looking for survivors.

Nepal’s capital Kathmandu – with a population of over one million – was one of the worst-hit areas in Nepal, with the quake’s epicentre just 50 miles north of the city. As the tremors intensified, people were seen in scenes of mayhem running from their homes and places of work in panic.

Dozens of people were gathered in the car park of Kathmandu’s Norvic International Hospital, where thin mattresses had been spread on the ground for patients rushed outside, some patients wearing hospital pyjamas, while doctors and nurses were treating people.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck 81 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Kathmandu at 06.11 GMT, with walls crumbling and families racing outside of their homes. The 7.8 magnitude tremor was the worst to hit the poor South Asian nation in over 80 years.

Television footage showed a huge swathe of houses had collapsed in while roads had been split in two by the force of the impact.

India was first to respond to Nepal’s appeal for help by sending in military aircraft with medical equipment and relief teams.

Britain has deployed a team of humanitarian experts to Nepal to provide urgent support for people affected by the quake, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced tonight.

Ms Greening said: ‘My thoughts are with the people of Nepal, in particular all those who have lost loved ones.

‘The absolute priority must be to reach people who are trapped and injured, and provide shelter and protection to those who have lost their homes.

‘Nepal needs our urgent humanitarian assistance. That is why we have rapidly deployed a team of humanitarian experts who will immediately begin work assessing the damage and helping the Nepalese authorities respond to this devastating earthquake.’

It came after Prime Minister David Cameron pledged that the UK would do all it can to help in the aftermath on the Nepal earthquake.

On Twitter he said: ‘Shocking news about the earthquake in Nepal – the UK will do all we can to help those caught up in it.’

Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, added his condolences and said the British Embassy was providing help to any UK nationals caught up in the disaster.

‘My thoughts are with the people of Nepal and everyone affected by the terrible loss of life and widespread damage caused by the earthquake,’ he said.

‘We are in close contact with the Nepalese government. The British Embassy in Nepal is offering our assistance to the authorities and is providing consular assistance to British Nationals.’






Labour leader Ed Miliband also expressed his sympathy for all those involved, tweeting: ‘The awful scenes in Nepal are heartbreaking. My thoughts go out to the people affected, and to those caring for survivors.’

Vim Tamang, a resident of Manglung village near the epicentre, said: ‘Our village has been almost wiped out. Most of the houses are either buried by landslide or damaged by shaking.’All the villagers have gathered in the open area. We don’t know what to do. We are feeling helpless.’

A terrified Kathmandu resident said: ‘Everything started shaking. Everything fell down. The walls around the main road have collapsed. The national stadiums gates have collapsed,’ Kathmandu resident Anupa Shrestha said.

Indian tourist Devyani Pant was in a Kathmandu coffee shop with friends when ‘suddenly the tables started trembling and paintings on the wall fell on the ground.

‘I screamed and rushed outside,’ she told Reuters by telephone from the capital, where at least 300 people died.

‘We are now collecting bodies and rushing the injured to the ambulance. We are being forced to pile several bodies one above the other to fit them in.’

Pushpa Das, a labourer, ran from the house when the first quake struck but could not escape a collapsing wall that injured his arm.

‘It was very scary. The earth was moving… I am waiting for treatment but the (hospital) staff is overwhelmed,’ he said.

‘The walls of houses have collapsed around me onto the road. All the families are outside in their yards huddled together. The tremors are still going on,’ an AFP reporter added.

Government emergency workers are reportedly already on the scene in the most damaged areas while Save the Children teams on the ground are coordinating an emergency response.

Oxfam is also lending its support to the rescue effort with teams in Nepal already assessing the humanitarian need and a team of technical experts preparing to fly from the UK with supplies to provide clean water, sanitation and emergency food supplies.

And Christian Aid has made an initial £50,000 available to help victims.

Tanya Barron, CEO of Plan International UK, who is in eastern Nepal on a scheduled visit, said she was on the top floor of a building when it started to ‘shake violently’.

She added: ‘It was very scary. Our colleagues advised us that the quake felt much stronger than usual.

‘We are safe and now we are working with our colleagues to respond. There are crowds of people on the streets here and the hospitals are already overwhelmed. Our immediate priorities are to assist the emergency services with search and rescue and to establish shelter.’

A spokeswoman for Intrepid Travel, which arranges treks in Nepal and around the Everest region, said Britons were among their passengers in the area, but would not confirm how many.

Chloe Berman said: ‘We are currently working with our local operations team to contact our groups in the area, and confirm that all passengers, leaders and local ground staff are safe and accounted for.

‘Communications in the region is currently limited. There has been significant damage to infrastructure. Most phone lines are down and mobile coverage is limited.’

Several buildings collapsed in the centre of the capital, the ancient Old Kathmandu, including centuries-old temples and towers, said resident Prachanda Sual.












Among them was the Dharahara Tower, one of the city’s landmarks built by Nepal’s royal rulers in the 1800s and a Unesco-recognised historical monument.

There were reports of that a body was removed from the tower and a second lay further up the road after it was reduced to rubble. Teams have rescued many more from the ruins. It was not immediately clear how many people were in the multi-storey tower when it collapsed.

‘Our focus is on rescue in the core areas of Kathmandu where the population is concentrated,’ Dinesh Acharya, metropolitan police spokesman, said.

‘Many houses and buildings have collapsed. We don’t know if there have been fatalities yet.’

Old Kathmandu city is a warren of tightly-packed, narrow lanes with poorly-constructed homes piled on top of each other which were vulnerable to collapse.

Residents reported seeing trails of destruction – collapsed walls, broken windows and fallen telephone poles – as they drove through the capital, along with streets filled with terrified people.

‘It’s too early to make any assessment but the damage isn’t as bad as it could have been,’ said Liz Satow, the Nepal director for the air group World Vision who drove from Kathmandu to the nearby town of Lalitpur and added that while there was considerable damage, most buildings were still intact.

A state broadcaster for China that said at least two Chinese tourists had also died at the Nepal-China border.

The powerful earthquake also created an avalanche which swept the face of Mt. Everest killing eight and injuring at least 30 climbers attempting the world’s highest peak – with April the most popular month to attempt the summit

It struck between the Khumbu Icefall, a rugged area of collapsed ice and snow, and the base camp, said Ang Tshering of the Nepal Mountaineering Association.

The disaster has sparked fears for climbers on the world’s highest peak a year after another avalanche caused the deadliest incident on the mountain.

Carsten Lillelund Pedersen, a Dane who is climbing the Everest with a Belgian climber Jelle Veyt, said on his Facebook page that they were at Khumbu Icefall at altitude 16,500ft when the earthquake hit.

He wrote on Facebook that they have started to receive the injured, including one person with the most severe injuries who sustained many fractures.

Romanian climber Alex Gavan said on Twitter that there had been a ‘huge avalanche’ and ‘many, many’ people were up on the mountain.








‘Running for life from my tent,’ Gavan said. ‘Everest base camp huge earthquake then huge avalanche.’

Another climber, Daniel Mazur, said Everest base camp had been ‘severely damaged’ and his team was trapped.

‘Please pray for everyone,’ he said on his Twitter page.

An avalanche in April 2014 just above the base camp on Mount Everest killed 16 Nepali guides. April is one of the most popular times to climb Everest before rain and clouds cloak the mountain at the end of next month.

Some 230,000 people – nearly half of Nepal’s yearly foreign visitors – come to trek the Himalayas, with 810 attempting to scale Mt. Everest in 2013.

Initially measured at 7.5 magnitude, the quake was later adjusted to 7.9, with a depth of 15 kilometres, the USGS said. The US Geological Survey then lowered it to 7.8.






It hit 68 kilometres east of the tourist town of Pokhara. Witnesses and media reports said the quake tremors lasted between 30 seconds and two minutes.

The quake’s epicentre was 50 miles north-west of Kathmandu and it had a depth of only seven miles, which is considered shallow in geological terms.

The shallower the quake, the more destructive power it carries, and witnesses said the trembling and swaying of the earth went on for several minutes.

National radio warned people to stay outdoors and maintain calm because more aftershocks were feared.

A 6.6-magnitude aftershock hit about an hour after the initial quake. But smaller aftershocks continued to arrive every few minutes and residents reported of the ground feeling unstable.

People gathered outside Kathmandu’s Norvic International Hospital where doctors and nurses had hooked up some patients to IV drops in the car park or were giving people oxygen.

A Swedish woman, Jenny Adhikari, who lives in Nepal, told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that she was riding a bus in the town of Melamchi when the earth began to move.

‘A huge stone crashed only about 20 metres from the bus,’ she was quoted as saying.

‘All the houses around me have tumbled down. I think there are lot of people who have died,’ she told the newspaper by telephone. Melamchi is about 30 miles north-east of Kathmandu.

The earthquake also shook several cities across northern India and was felt as far away as Lahore in Pakistan and Lhasa in Tibet, 340 miles east of Kathmandu and India’s capital of New Delhi. The Indian cities of Lucknow in the north and Patna in the east also reported strong tremors.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a meeting of top government officials to review the damage and disaster preparedness in parts of India that felt strong tremors.

‘We are in the process of finding more information and are working to reach out to those affected, both at home and in Nepal,’ he said in a tweet.







The Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Sikkim, which share a border with Nepal, have reported building damage. There have also been reports of damage in the north-eastern state of Assam.

The earthquake was also felt across large areas of Bangladesh, triggering panic in the capital Dhaka as people rushed out onto the streets.

In the garment manufacturing hub of Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, at least 50 workers were injured after the quake set off stampede in a garment factory, according to private Jamuna television.

Laxman Singh Rathore, director-general of the Indian Meteorological Department said: ‘The intensity was felt in entire north India. More intense shocks were felt in eastern UP (Uttar Pradesh) and Bihar, equally strong in sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim,’ he said.

Rathore that a second tremor of a 6.6 magnitude had been recorded around 20 minutes later and centred around the same region.

‘Since it is a big earthquake, there are aftershocks and people should stay cautious,’ he said.

‘The damage potential of any earthquake above seven magnitude is high. The duration of the earthquake tremors was different at different places. It was around 50-55 seconds long in Delhi.’

A 6.9-magnitude quake hit northeastern India in 2011, rocking neighbouring Nepal and killing 110 people.

Nepal suffered its worst recorded earthquake in 1934, which measured eight and all but destroyed the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan.







Day After Obama Mentions eBay As Example Of Booming Economy In SOTU, Company Lays Off 2,400 People

eBay Lays Off Thousands After Obama Touts Company In State Of The Union Address – Washington Free Beacon


The POLITICO reports that President Obama, during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, gave shout outs to a number of American companies in an effort to highlight the strength of the U.S. economy. Nearly all of those companies, it turns out, are big political spenders and have contributed heavily to Democrats.

One of those companies was eBay, which Obama cited as an example of how “millions of Americans [are working] in jobs that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago.” That now seems like an unfortunate choice, because less than 24 hours after Obama’s speech, eBay announced it was cutting 2,400 jobs, or about 7 percent of its workforce. Investors welcomed the layoffs, and the company’s stock jumped more than 4 percent on the news.

The company has spent millions of dollars lobbying the federal government, and has contributed mostly to Democrats over the years. Its president and CEO, John Donahoe, has donated almost exclusively to Democrats. He gave thousands to Obama’s campaign in 2012, and has contributed more than $90,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2006, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Here’s a picture of Donahoe leaving the White House after a meeting with President Obama last year to discuss, of all things, unemployment.




President Asshat Refered To Himself 75 Times During SOTU Address Few People Watched

Narcissist-In-Chief Refers To Himself 75 Times During Hour-Long SOTU Address – Weasel Zippers


Fun fact of the day: Barack Obama has never seen a mirror he didn’t love

Via RCP:

Billed as a State of the Union address, President Obama instead delivered his own “I Have a Dream” speech Tuesday.

With two years of governance ahead, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s rhetorical legacy in his mind this week, the president spoke with as much admiration for his own vision as the grit of the American people he celebrated.

Barack Obama was the “I” and “my” in a union he described as stronger, wiser and “freer.” His references to the traditional “we,” “us” and “our” were present, but this speech was a striking and full-throated appeal to history while the clock was still ticking. It’s not uncommon for second-term presidents to begin to frame their legacies while they have the bully pulpit, but it’s more common to see it in the waning months of the eighth year than at the outset of the seventh. […]

“I have no more campaigns to run,” he said, in a passage meant to explain why his agenda going forward is not defined by personal political considerations. “I know, because I won both of them!” he added, his chin jutting forward.

With his 75 references to “I,” “me” and “my,” it was as if Obama delivered a third inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2015, rather than the now-ritualized and constitutionally required report to Congress about how things are going.

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HHS “Started” Obamacare Applications For People Without Their Knowledge Or Consent Prior To Enrollment Deadline

HHS “Started” Individual Obamacare Applications Prior To Deadline, Obtained Personal Info From States – Shark Tank


In the closing days of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was mailing out letters notifying certain Americans that they had already started a healthcare coverage application on their behalf.

The HHS letter stated that the information they used to begin the application for individual Healthcare was obtain by the state agency in charge of implementing Obamacare.

The next step for the individual would be visit Healthcare.gov and complete the already started application to see if they qualify for “Marketplace coverage.”

News of the HHS letter was first mentioned by a listener of the popular “Daybreak with Drew Steele” Show on Fox 92.5, which is out of Fort Myers, Florida.

After his radio show concluded, another listener emailed Steele telling him about receiving the same letter. The listener asked for their identity to masked because they worked for the state of Florida.

— Forwarded message —
Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 8:26 PM
Subject: letter from HHS
To: drew@925foxnews.com

Hi Drew,

I am not looking to have this read on air or my name used. I am merely wanting to have confirmation about another caller because I believe this is a pretty big story the STATE government is not talking about.

I listen every morning, but do not call in or contact you due to having a government position and I fear losing my job.

However, on Saturday of this past week I received a letter very similar to the letter I believe his name was Doug ( Doug called Wednesday A.M.) received from HHS.

It is a letter stating one of my dependents, I only have one, no longer qualifies for my insurance. I do not have said dependent on my insurance due to cost ($1000 a month).

This dependent is on Staywell Healthy Kids which is part of KidCare Florida (Staywell nor Kidcare has contacted me in regard to this matter). I do not receive subsidy due to my income but rather pay full premium for the coverage. The letter continued on to say that the State of Florida has forwarded my dependents information to them and they have set up an account for me. All I have to do is call to finish the process.

This scares me, badly. I will not finish the process as I have found coverage elsewhere, but it is a little freaky that this has happened.

All the best,


A little freaky is right. The state of Florida is now passing personal information onto HHS, where they take the liberty of filling out an Obamacare health insurance application for you.

Is this how the Obama administration is inflating the enrollment numbers, by making it easier for people to finish the application?

Drew Steele posed this question:

“Is HHS telling the state to give them info on families with dependants NOT on family policies so they could inflate the numbers? How many other states are doing it as well?”- Drew Steele

Here is how the letter reads.

You submitted an application for healthcare coverage, or made a change to your eligibility information. Your state sent your information in a secure transaction to the Health Insurance Marketplace, because you or someone on your application does not qualify for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). You or someone on your application will likely be able to get coverage through the Marketplace, and get help paying for health coverage… We used the information from the state agency to start an application for you on Healthcare.gov. You’ll need to complete and submit this application to see if you qualify for Marketplace coverage.

To do this, you can log into your Healthcare.gov account, or if you don’t already have an account, you can create one on Healthcare.gov.

HHS urged enrollees to “confirm” information and “choose a plan before the deadline.”

For more information about how to complete the application we started for you http://www.healthcare.gov/help/statetranser

When visiting this web address, you will find the exact same text that is used in the letter, except for the asking the individual to “complete the application we started for you” part.

How many more healthcare coverage applications of unsuspecting Americans has HHS already “started” for them?

Here is the letter HHS sent this particular Floridian to notify them of their pending Obamacare application:


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Gals with huge racks just do not need Feminism

Do not blame me for that headline, I am simply repeating The Other McCain

When Donald Douglas posted this photo at American Power, I immediately recognized it as an ironic put-down of feminism:


Two key clues to the satirical intention:

  1. A poster in the background showing Austrian economists — Mises, Hayek, Rothbard, et al. — signals a libertarian/individualist orientation, directly contradicting the statist/collectivist radical egalitarian worldview of feminism; and

  2. Her breasts. A young woman with such a splendid rack would have no motive to adopt the victimhood mentality of feminism.

McCain is right, those are NOT Feminist boobs at all. And the woman’s face is not nearly angry and bitter enough to belong to a Feminist. Real Feminists are always angry, and their faces show it.

Wow, MSNBS is like so deep man

As intellectually deep as your nearest dried up mud puddle

I am confused here, I thought the Left desired tolerance? Is Mr. Robertson not able to ask a question? I mean considering that about 98 or 99% of people prefer heterosexual intercourse to, well, what Chris Hayes’ guest obviously prefers, is it that odd that Robertson might pose such a question? As for me, I have often said I do not give a rip about who you sleep with, but I do not understand Homosexuality. I mean how would a man watch Salma Hayek dance in From Dusk Till Dawn and NOT have dirty thoughts? Does asking such a question make me Homophobic? Of course not. But, of course, the aim here is not really inclusion or tolerance, it is rather to destroy freedom of speech. Not by legislation,  but by intimidation. If we are afraid to speak, the Left will have won, so, therefore I stand with Robertson, and I stand against the bullies on the Left.

What? Oh, OK, I will offer, strictly for context, the Salma Hayek scene I referenced.


HHS Secretary Sebelius ‘Urging’ Insurers To Cover People Who Haven’t Paid

Sebelius ‘Urging’ Insurers To Cover People Who Haven’t Paid – CNS

Fearing that many people will think they have health insurance coverage when they do not, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is “urging” insurance companies to “give consumers additional time to pay their first month’s premium and still have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.”


Insurance companies should cover people who haven’t yet paid, in other words.

With just a few weeks to go until Obamacare takes full effect, Sebelius announced additional changes on Thursday, some that tell insurance companies how to run their business and others that “strongly” encourage insurance companies to waive their rules – on premium payments, for example.

Sebelius now says insurance companies MUST accept payments through December 31 (instead of Dec. 23) for health care coverage that begins the next day, Jan. 1.

She also is “urging” insurance companies to “give consumers additional time to pay their first month’s premium and still have coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.”

That’s because many people who have “enrolled” in Obamacare have not yet paid their premiums, which is supposed to happen for coverage to begin.

Other steps announced on Thursday:

– People enrolled in the federal Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan will be allowed to extend their coverage through Jan. 31, 2014 if they haven’t selected a new plan on the exchanges. According to HHS, “The additional month gives this vulnerable population additional time to enroll in a plan and ensure continuity of coverage.”

– HHS is “strongly encouraging” insurers to treat out-of-network providers as in-network – “to ensure continuity of care for acute episodes or if the provider was listed in their plan’s provider directory as of the date of an enrollee’s enrollment.”

– HHS is “strongly encouraging insurers to refill prescriptions covered under previous plans during January.”

“We are providing additional flexibility to consumers across the country to ensure they have access to coverage options that begin on January 1, 2014,” said Secretary Sebelius. “The Department is committed to providing consumers with the information they need to pick the coverage option that works for them and their families.”

And more changes may be coming: The administration says it is trying to “smooth this transition” by:

– Working with health insurers on options such as allowing people who sign up after December 23 to get coverage starting January 1, or sooner than February 1;

– Working with insurers and consumers to make sure they know whether their doctor or prescriptions are covered before they choose a plan, and how to get care they need during the transition (e.g., receiving a drug not covered by your plan if your doctor deems it medically necessary);

– Educating consumers who recently received cancellation notices about the possible option to extend their old policy (if the insurer agrees) or enroll in a new plan;

– Continuing outreach to consumers who began the application process through the Marketplace and experienced technical difficulties.

“HHS is committed to meeting consumers where they are in the health coverage process, helping them access and shop for quality, affordable insurance,” Sebelius said.

The insurance industry says additional changes so close to the enrollment deadline are not helpful:

“With only weeks to go before coverage begins, continued changes to the rules and guidance could exacerbate the challenges associated with helping consumers through the enrollment process,” said Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of Americas Health Insurance Plans (AHIP).

“Health plans will continue to do everything they can to protect consumers from potential coverage disruptions caused by the ongoing technical problems with healthcare.gov.”

In her testimony before a House panel on Wednesday, Sebelius acknowledged that “a lot of people” haven’t paid their premiums, which go directly to the insurer.

She also said people who shop for insurance on the exchanges must pay their premiums to be covered.

The rules and encouragement announced by HHS on Thursday suggest the administration also realizes that the problems with Obamacare go well beyond a dysfunctional website to the coverage itself.

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Expert Says It’s Logistically Impossible Now For Insurance Companies To Let People Keep Their Plans (Video)

Insurance Expert: It’s Logistically Impossible Now For Insurance Companies To Let People Keep Their Plans – Right Scoop

Bob Laszewski says that insurance companies can’t just turn on a dime at the whim of the president and start offering old plans. Considering what’s entailed in offering plans to people, Laszewski lays it out step by step and says it would be logistically impossible for insurance companies to do as Obama suggested today because there just isn’t enough time.


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Over 3 Times More People Have Read The Daley Gator Than Have Enrolled In Healthcare.gov Plans Since 10/01/13

Breaking: Fewer Than 50,000 People Have Enrolled In Health Plans Via ObamaCare Website Thus Far, Says WSJ – Hot Air

Add in another 50,000 people or so who’ve signed up on the individual state exchanges and you’ve got roughly 100,000 total enrollees through all of October and 10 days of November. The program’s target for October alone was 494,620. And that figure represents what they thought would be a “slow” month, as the public gradually got up to speed on the need to sign up before December 15th. If you’re looking at the bigger picture, they’re aiming for seven million new enrollees by March 31 of next year. They’re 1.4 percent of the way there with almost 25 percent of the initial enrollment period having already elapsed.


They’re in trouble.

So far, private health plans have received enrollment data for 40,000 to 50,000 users of the federal marketplace, the people familiar with the figures said. The federal marketplace uses an industry-standard format to exchange enrollment information, known as an 834 transmission…

In some cases, insurers have reported duplicated 834s and other data-integrity problems, but the people familiar with the matter said they believed these figures reflected an accurate count of enrollments through late last week…

The initial federal numbers set for release this week are expected to show enrollment only through the end of October, so the figures are expected to be lower. Efforts to clean up the data and reduce duplications could further cull the formal count…

The administration hasn’t said whether it will release demographic data such as ages when it announces the number of enrollees.

Fearless prediction: They’re not going to release the demographic data. The only way to make these numbers look more dismal than they are is if it turns out that many, or even most, of the 100,000 who’ve enrolled are older people or people with preexisting conditions. Which, in fairness to the feds, was always likely to be the case in the first weeks after launching the exchange, even if things had gone swimmingly with the website otherwise. It stands to reason that the people most eager to get coverage are those who’ve been locked out of it or been paying higher premiums in the past. It’s one thing to make that point, though, when you’ve got 500,000 new enrollees on the books and can cite such a robust figure as proof that the “young healthies” are out there and are on their way into the risk pool. It’s another to make that point when you’ve got one-tenth that number, which means a skewed pool and circumstantial evidence that maybe the “young healthies” have now been discouraged from even trying to sign up. In fact, the Journal published a story just a week ago quoting insurers as saying the early enrollees thus far are older than they expected. If, for the reason I just gave, they were already expecting an older, sicker crop among the early enrollees, how much older and sicker must the data they’re seeing be for them to be surprised at the extent of it?

Peter Suderman says it’s time to start thinking about worst-case scenarios:

The potential problems are not confined to the near term either. Very soon, the short-term technical troubles could begin to have meaningful longer-term policy consequences. Insurers must decide what plans to offer and what rates to charge in the first half of next year. If enrollment is low, if the exchanges are still broken, and if the president and his administration are still losing credibility and popularity as a result of the rollout debacle, how will insurers react? By pulling plans from the market? By raising rates?…

This could still be turned around, perhaps even soon. But it’s time to start considering the worst-case scenarios: that the exchanges continue to malfunction, that plan cancellations go into effect, that insurers see the political winds shifting and stop playing nice with the administration, and that significant numbers of people are left stranded without coverage as a result. Rather than reforming the individual market, which was flawed but did work for some people, Obamacare will have destroyed it and left only dysfunction and chaos in its wake.

Yuval Levin said not long ago that you can’t start talking about a “death spiral” until things have actually spiraled – not just higher rates next year, in other words, but higher rates year after year as the cost of maintaining coverage becomes prohibitively expensive for more and more middle class people and they end up dropping it, leaving only older, sicker people in the pool. As Suderman notes, if low enrollment persists into the spring and the 2015 rates are set based on that data, we might have our first full downward turn in the spiral. Exit question: How long before Obama announces some sort of extension of next year’s enrollment deadline? Over/under is Friday.

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Woman Repeatedly Calls 911 To Report “Drunk People Inside Bar”

Woman Repeatedly Calls 911 To Report “Drunk People Inside Bar” – Weekly Vice

Mary Jaggers of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has been jailed after she allegedly called 911 to report that there were drunk people inside the bar she was visiting.


According to police, Jaggers called 911 six different times to complain that there were drunk people inside Artie’s Sportsman Lounge.

Arriving officers spoke with Jaggers, who demanded the arrest of everyone inside the bar. A pat down search, however, revealed that she was in possession of hydrocodone without a prescription.

Jaggers was taken into custody and no other arrests were made.

At her arraignment hearing on Tuesday, Jagger told the judge that she repeatedly called police to prevent anyone from driving home drunk.

“I have a feeling that the mixture between Artie’s Bar and the hydrocodone probably led to count two, the calling of 911,” said Judge Hurley during the hearing.

Jaggers was booked into jail and charged with misuse of 911 and possession of hyrocodone without a prescription.

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Whoever said the truth was stranger than fiction was probably thinking of this story

Via Blazing Cat Fur

Wife kills abusive husband in self-defense only to discover ‘he’ was actually a woman wearing prosthetic penis

Many thoughts came to mind when I read that headline, but WTF summed them up best!

When a woman killed her abusive husband out of self-defense, she found out that ‘he’ was actually a woman wearing a prosthetic penis.

Angelo Heddington and Elizabeth Rudavsky from Canada had a whirlwind romance, which was followed by a shotgun wedding after four months of dating, and then escalating domestic violence.

But when a battered 27-year-old Elizabeth stabbed Angelo, 30, after he attacked her in 2003, it was the paramedics who discovered a prosthetic penis under ‘his’ clothes on the way to the hospital.



Wisdom never fades

Milton Friedman educates a young hippy on liberty vs equality H/T American Perspective

Two things I noticed. First the hippy was respectful, so maybe the Left has devolved over the years? Maybe they are more hostile now? Second, Friedman summed up, in just a few words, why “equality” as the Left defines it, is nothing but a shortcut to totalitarianism


I love being right!

I often write, and say that Feminists are only pro-choice when a woman makes choices that Feminists think they should make. In other words, Feminism is NOT about empowering women. Rather, Feminism is about controlling women, and forcing them to think, speak, and yes, vote certain ways. Well, now Elizabeth Wuertzel has confirmed my opinion. Writing in the Atlantic, Wuertzel makes clear that Feminism is NOT about empowering women

 When my mind gets stuck on everything that is wrong with feminism, it brings out the 19th century poet in me: Let me count the ways. Most of all, feminism is pretty much a nice girl who really, really wants so badly to be liked by everybody — ladies who lunch, men who hate women, all the morons who demand choice and don’t understand responsibility — that it has become the easy lay of social movements. I am going to smack the next idiot who tells me that raising her children full time — by which she really means going to Jivamukti classes and pedicure appointments while the nanny babysits — is her feminist choice. Who can possibly take feminism seriously when it allows everything, as long as women choose it? The whole point to begin with was that women were losing their minds pushing mops and strollers all day without a room or a salary of their own.

See! There you are! Women just cannot go making any choice they like. Not according to Feminist doctrine. Women can only be good Feminists if they KNOW THEIR PLACE!

You can read the rest, but I suggest keeping a vomit bag close by. It is basically the same hateful Feminist screed that we have heard before.

Why yes, men fantasizing about young sexy women is NORMAL!

American Power has the background on this dust up caused, of course, by the Kardashians!

ICYMI, my friend David Swindle kicked off a big debate on fantasizing about young women at PJ Media. Here’s David’s original post, “Revolting: Kardashian Mom Allows Bikini Photo Shoot of 16 and 14 Year-Old Daughters.”

Dave’s key point is that men should not be fantasizing about slutty “girls” in the 18-22-year-old range, as they’re immature and most likely to bring pain and unhappiness.

The argument’s not going over too well, however. Dr. Helen Smith responds, for example, “‘When Do Cute and Sexy Young Girls Stop Looking Cute and Sexy? Death’“:

EXACTLY right! Men stop thinking about young sexy women when they, well, you know, not even a dip in what my granddad called “Dead Pecker Creek” can stop a man thinking about women. Seriously David, stop it! BTW, I am NOT defending letting your 14-year-old, or 16-year old pose for bikini pics, no way, ESPECIALLY if your teen is a boy, I think that is how Andrew Sullivan went wrong, but I see nothing abnormal about a man looking at a college girl and having fantasies. Although, I must admit, now a days when I see a really hot 18-22-year-old, I ask myself this. “I wonder if her mom is single?”

The DaleyGator continues to honor National Offend a Feminist Week

Today, I figured I would bring you some of the posts other bloggers are doing to honor Stacy McCain’s N.O.A.F.W

Zion’s Trumpet has this classic! It is sure to bring most any Feminist to the edge of her broom

Get That Woman out there where she belongs – cooking your dinner and looking good!

Wyblog reminds us that Feminists hate boys, just like they hate men!

That Mr. G Guy has enough material that is guaranteed to offend any Feminist!

Bob Belvedere may have to go into hiding for daring to suggest, among other things, that Feminists should cook him dinner! And be sexy while she does it! And Bob does not stop there!

Stacy McCain himself has the dangers the over sensitivity that Feminists wish to force upon us all

Please join us as we seek to expose the radicals posing as genuine Feminists. Genuine Feminists actually care about women. The Gals at NOW and their ilk? They care about their own power, and they use women as pawns.

In an effort to calm a fellow blogger…….

I will remind Adrienne not to get too upset over this

Okay – my outrage meter just went up…

about 1000 notches.

What kind of woman proudly declares her desire to kill her own baby and demands that you pay for it?  This is one of the most disturbing things I’ve witnessed in a long time.  Sad and pathetic women acting out their part as useful idiots…

More at Zombie:   “Unite Against the War on Women” march, Los Angeles

Just remember Adrienne, these are not real women, they are Feminuts!