By John Velisek USN (Ret), staff writer
Today’s Short Stories include:
• Obama claims rate hikes mean ObamaCare is working
• State Department waves Goodbye to Americans stuck in Yemen
• Homosexual demands churches stop calling sodomy a sin
• DOJ pays Michigan State Univ to spy on “Far Right” groups
1.) White House: Proposed Health Insurance Rate Hikes Is Proof Obamacare Is Working
Are you startled by the news that insurance companies are planning health insurance rate hikes of 10 percent or more in 37 states? Well that news, according to the White House, is one of the signs that Obamacare is working.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters that, thanks to Obamacare requirements, insurance companies are forced to report publicly any proposed rate hikes exceeding 10 percent for the coming period. State insurance regulators, he explained, would then conduct a review of the rate increases.
Because these rate increases are now public, Earnest appeared optimistic that the proposed rate increases would not ultimately stand. “The result typically has been that after that state review is conducted, that insurance companies would slash their rates,” he explained.
When asked if rate increases were contrary to Obama’s promise to reduce health care costs through Obamacare, Earnest focused more on the law’s ability to slow down spiking health care premiums.
My Opinion: Ignore that $2500 savings pledge from the campaign. You should have known it was a lie. But we can always count on the low information voter believing everything the media says, so everything is OK. And once we get the Supreme Court to say everything is OK by throwing out existing lawsuits against ObamaCare, then the Regime can boost premiums even more. Raise your hand if you still believe ObamaCare was about affordable, quality healthcare rather than implementing power and control over the little people.
2.) State Department: ‘No Plans’ for Evacuation of U.S. Citizens From Yemen
Americans left to fend for themselves in war-torn country
The Obama administration says it has “no plans” to help evacuate U.S. citizens from Yemen, where civil war has created a dangerous security situation for foreigners stuck there, according to a Friday announcement by the State Department. The State Department, via its “Yemen Crisis” website, announced that it has no current or future plans to help Americans stranded in Yemen flee the country. These citizens are being left to fend for themselves.
“If you wish to depart Yemen, you should stay alert for other opportunities to leave the country,” the State Department said. “U.S. citizens who are able to depart Yemen for another country and are in need of emergency assistance upon arrival may contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in that country.”
“The U.S. Embassy cannot guarantee or secure hotel rooms or other lodging for U.S. citizens arriving in Djibouti,” it stated. “Those travelers with family members requiring immigrant visas should anticipate staying in Djibouti for 2 or more months.”
The Obama administration is encouraging all Americans still in Yemen to “notify the U.S. government of your presence” by filling out an online form and enrolling in the State Department’s “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program,” which offers updates on the security situation.
Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser and terrorism expert, expressed outrage over what he described as the Obama administration’s lackadaisical attitude toward U.S. citizens trapped in Yemen.
My Opinion: Hey, thanks a lot for working in an area most people would fear to enter. But being that most of you aren’t government employees, we really don’t care. Like Benghazi, you people are expendable. Good luck. Did you really expect us to be competent enough at the State Department to get you out of this? After all, there are bribes to work on, money to be made. We can’t take the time from our busy schedule to help you.
By the way, those who donated to Obama campaigns should please stop calling the White House. The elections are over Barack won’t be running again, so your “good will” dough won’t buy you a thing. HOWEVER, should he create a Clinton-type Foundation, feel free to ring us up. (If you’re still alive.)
3.) Sodomite Calls for Churches to be Forced to Stop Calling Sodomy Sin
Christian News reports Concerns are arising among Christians and online commentators after a homosexual activist recently told a national publication that churches “must be made to take homosexuality off the sin list.’”
Mitchell Gold is the founder of Faith in America, an organization that aims to “end the harm to LGBT youth and families from misguided religious teaching.” He served on the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign for seven years, and was named on of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Gay People in America” in 2007 by Out Magazine.
My Opinion: I suppose it was inevitable. After all, anyone with the gall necessary to hold an opinion offensive to the left should obviously be forced to change it. Of course at that point we will be only one step away from practicing the beliefs ISIS. Can anyone explain to me how this cultural degradation of our country is good for us? And will someone explain to the nation’s homosexuals that their equally dictatorial ISIS buddies will probably not be sensitive to their choice of lifestyle. I fail to see how this is a pressing problem except to the nation’s perverse.
Read more at: http://visiontoamerica.com/22371/sodomite-calls-for-churches-to-be-forced-to-stop-calling-sodomy-sin/#btUEJw4BM84J13C7.99
4.) Justice Dept. Pays $585K for Study of ‘Far Right’ Groups
The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combating violent extremism. The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year.
“There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter, in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant.
“The proposed study will address this gap through a series of qualitative and quantitative analyses of posts from various forms of CMC used by members of both the far-right and Islamic extremist movements.”
The study draws more upon right-wing forums than upon the corners of the web inhabited by Islamist extremists.
My Opinion: Far right groups are surely a problem in this country. All these veterans with the expectations of living in a free country are surely more of a violent threat to our way of life than the Black Panthers, MS 13 or Acorn. Care to guess how this study will turn out? Right wingers are a bunch of bible thumping, gun toting crazies while Islam is just misunderstood. By the way, don’t think for a moment the Regime’s “Let’s Spy on Conservatives” agenda hasn’t been ongoing for the past 6 years.