No 546 “En mi opinion” Dic. 17, 2013

No 546 “En mi opinión” Martes, Diciembre 17, 2013
“IN GOD WE TRUST” Lázaro R González Miño Editor

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“EMO”
Hoy es el dia de San Lazaro.
Felicidadez a todos los Lazaro y Lazaras.
LRGM.

Amenper: Lo Bueno del Obamacare
El Presidente Obama ha rechazado la idea de “paneles de la muerte” como un mecanismo del plan de salud del Obamacare. Es una buena idea para él, después de todo, cualquiera estaría de acuerdo que la solución a los problemas del Obamacare sería su eutanasia en este punto. 
Obama también nos dijo en octubre que el Obamacare  “es más que un sitio Web.”
Ese hecho puede resultar finalmente su perdición.
 El sitio web – que, en su encarnación original era un ejemplo de la incompetencia del gobierno  – es, después de todo, reparable, dada una combinación suficiente tiempo y esfuerzo.
No puede decirse lo mismo de la lógica interna de Obamacare.
Independientemente de si el sitio web se arregla, sigue siendo el problema que los mandatos expansivos de Obamacare causará millones de estadounidenses a perder sus planes de seguro vigentes-Esto viola la promesa del Presidente de que los estadounidenses que están contentos con su cobertura pueden mantenerla.
 Independientemente de si el sitio web se arregla., sigue siendo el caso que veremos aumentos generalizado en las primas.
 Independientemente de si el sitio web se arregla, sigue siendo el problema que esos precios más altos enviarán a los mercados de seguros en una espiral de muerte, una tendencia que sólo se agravará con el tiempo.
Los defensores del libre mercado podríamos estar tentados a echar la culpa de esta debacle de progresismo  en sí mismo.
Los “progresistas” nunca han sido capaces de reconciliarse con la lógica de los mercados. No debemos esperar que vayan a empezar ahora.
Pero si analizamos los hechos más detenidamente tenemos que poner la descomunal culpa al hecho específico de que Presidente Obama fue electo para la oficina de la presidencia, al menos en parte, en la noción de que esta persona escogida estaba poseída de una mente privilegiada, con el tipo de agilidad intelectual que a menudo se escapa de los ideólogos partidarios de ambos lados- Al menos eso fue lo que los medios de comunicaciones nos vendieron.
Pero ahora está a la vista de todos que cuando llegó la hora de construir su iniciativa de políticas lo que hemos visto es un socialista tradicional cumpliendo los peores instintos básicos del liberalismo: el control del gobierno, manipulación de mercado y la burocracia interminable con los resultados de costumbre.
Hubo un tiempo cuando muchos se imaginaron que el Obamacare sería el legado duradero de esta administración. Todavía podría parecer ser cierto, pero no en los términos que suponían sus defensores. En lugar de pasar años futuros en que el país estaría regodeándose en la gloria del programa, lo más probable es que pasaremos muchos años los limpiando su ruina.
Hoy en día, hasta los llamados “milenarios” los jóvenes que apoyaron a Obama, están ahora pidiendo su destitución.
No recuerdo en mi vida una ley que haya causado más daño a la nación y a una administración que el Obamacare.
Y lo que más asombra es como Obama se aferra a su fracaso.
Es una oportunidad para los republicanos aprovechar este error, el Obamacare pudiera ser el punto en que el liberalismo perdiera su vigencia en la política de los Estados Unidos, y que se volviera a la política tradicional que hizo grande a esta nación. .
Pero lo que vemos es una lucha intestina entre los republicanos, que pueden hacerle perder esta oportunidad de volver a la normalidad. 

S. Hannity: **A Special Message from Sean Hannity**

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Amenper: El Legado del Embargo en Cuba y Sudáfrica.
Sudáfrica como nación y Nelson Mandela como persona creo que han dejado dos legados en el mundo muy interesantes para el que lo quiera analizar.
Estos legados son también muy importantes para nosotros los cubanos.
Primero está el legado de Mandela.
Sigo diciendo que Nelson Mandela dejó un legado bueno para el que quiera entenderlo.
Mandela fue un comunista que se dio cuenta que el comunismo no sirve y no cuando pudo implantarlo en su país no lo hizo.
Pero, y hay que estar claro en esto, a pesar de todo el algarabío durante estos días después de su muerte, este fue el único legado de Mandela. 
En su país tuvo el mérito de luchar contra el establecimiento de los Afrikáners blancos, pero poco pudo lograr.  Estuvo 27 años en la cárcel y nunca hubiera podido derrotar al régimen establecido. Su participación en la victoria contra el Apartheid fue de pocos resultados.
Después viene el legado del embargo.
Lo que logró el fin del Apartheid no fue Mandela o los luchadores, por mucho mérito que tuviera su lucha, lo que logró la victoria fue simplemente el embargo.
Fue un embargo que puso de rodillas al gobierno, un verdadero embargo, apoyado por todas las naciones del mundo.
Cuba
Si vemos que fue lo que pasó en Cuba, todo el que quiera pensar sin prejuicios puede ver la diferencia.
Los que hemos vivido todas las facetas de la revolución que evolucionó hacia el sistema comunista que desgobierna en Cuba, vemos que los factores que lo hicieron posible su implementación y su permanencia, tiene que ver más con la conducta del mundo que con la conducta del pueblo cubano, sin dejar de reconocer que también el pueblo cubano ha tenido su culpa.
La revolución cubana tuvo éxito a través de una combinación de circunstancias —Pero la principal fue  que los americanos no estaban preparados para un tipo de evento comunista internacional en su puerta trasera.
La revolución inicialmente tuvo éxito para derrocar el régimen de Batista porque no era simplemente una lucha de  grupos armados contra el ejército, esta lucha no fue realmente muy muy importante, más bien simbóloca, hubieron pocos muertos en las escaramuzas, fue más bien una guerra psicológica con el apoyo del pueblo.
Esto es algo que no se reconoce por ninguna de las partes, pero que los que lo vivimos sabemos que es una realidad.
El movimiento revolucionario más bien ocurrió en las ciudades, no como un movimiento comunista, pero como un movimiento para derrocar la dictadura de Batista e implementar la constitución y un gobierno de una democracia representativa.  Tenían organización urbana.
La teoría del foco guerrillero — que un pequeño grupo de revolucionarios armados puede desencadenar una revolución en cualquier parte — cuando piensas en ello ahora, es completamente esquemático
Después del triunfo de la revolución, como en la mayoría de las revoluciones los profesionales revolucionarios que son los comunistas, tomaron ventaja de la situación con la participación de la figura funesta de una diabolica personalidad, Fidel Castro..
Primero “nacionalizaron” que es un eufemismo para robo, todas las empresas norteamericanas, luego implantaron el comunismo totalitario, terminando con la empresa privada y estableciendo un régimen opresivo totalitario sin libertades.
Una vez consolidados domésticamente y establecido el sistema socialista,  se dan cuenta: “Somos una isla pequeña y necesitamos otros países latinoamericanos con nosotros y la ayuda de los otros países comunistas”.
El legado del Embargo Cubano
Si  nos fijamos en el impacto de la revolución Cubana, esta tuvo un impacto totalmente internacional. Fue como un rayo. Creó los movimientos para derrocar a los gobiernos instituidos en Latinoamérica. Alentó a los movimientos de liberación, que no eran comunistas en el sentido de la palabra, sino inspirados el evento de la revolución cubana. Cuba creó el comunismo en América.
En Cuba trabajó la estrategia de mantener los Estados Unidos en jaque
Los Estados Unidos impusieron un embargo y fuero apoyados al principio por algunos países de la OEA.
Al principio no tuvieron muchos triunfos, pero la manera cobarde de comportarse de algunos gobiernos de Latinoamérica, hicieron que abandonaran el embargo y los ataques a Cuba para que no les creara guerrillas en sus países.
Este fue el principio del fin del embargo, poco a poco se fue diluyendo, hoy quedan solos los Estados Unidos y tiene un embargo ligero con ventas permitidas de comestibles y medicinas.  La nueva estrategia es decir que el embargo no ha funcionado.
Realmente el embargo no ha funcionado en Cuba porque realmente nunca ha habido un verdadero embargo. Ni cuando la difunta Unión Soviética mantenía a Cuba, ni después que los exilados las mantienen, pasando por el hecho que todos los países del mundo le venden a Cuba.
Cuba y Sudáfrica
Que diferente fue la historia de Sudáfrica, donde el apoyo a los que combatían al Apartheid fue universal, y el embargo fue total y verdadero. Que diferente hubiera sido la historia de Cuba si hubiéramos tenido el apoyo de un verdadero embargo.
Nosotros hubiéramos tenido un héroe como Nelson Mandela, no sé cómo se hubiera llamado, pero no pudimos tenerlo porque al contrario de Sudáfrica nunca tuvimos un embargo honroso y efectivo.

Amenper: ObamaCare’s Troubles Are Only Beginning. Be prepared for eligibility, payment and information protection debacles—and longer waits for care. By Michael J. Boskin Dec. 15, 2013 6:24 p.m. ET

The White House is claiming that the Healthcare.gov website is mostly fixed, that the millions of Americans whose health plans were canceled thanks to government rules may be able to keep them for another year, and that in any event these people will get better plans throughObamaCare exchanges. Whatever the truth of these assertions, those who expect better days ahead for the Affordable Care Act are in for a rude awakening. The shocks—economic and political—will get much worse next year and beyond. Here’s why:
The “sticker shock” that many buyers of new, ACA-compliant health plans have experienced—with premiums 30% higher, or more, than their previous coverage—has only begun. The costs borne by individuals will be even more obvious next year as more people start having to pay higher deductibles and copays.
If, as many predict, too few healthy young people sign up for insurance that is overpriced in order to subsidize older, sicker people, the insurance market will unravel in a “death spiral” of ever-higher premiums and fewer signups. The government, through taxpayer-funded “risk corridors,” is on the hook for billions of dollars of potential insurance-company losses. This will be about as politically popular as bank bailouts.
 
The “I can’t keep my doctor” shock will also hit more and more people in coming months. To keep prices to consumers as low as possible—given cost pressures generated by the government’s rules, controls and coverage mandates—insurance companies in many cases are offering plans that have very restrictive networks, with lower-cost providers that exclude some of the best physicians and hospitals.
Next year, millions must choose among unfamiliar physicians and hospitals, or paying more for preferred providers who are not part of their insurance network. Some health outcomes will deteriorate from a less familiar doctor-patient relationship.
More IT failures are likely. People looking for health plans on ObamaCareexchanges may be able to fill out their applications with more ease. But the far more complex back-office side of the website—where the information in their application is checked against government databases to determine the premium subsidies and prices they will be charged, and where the applications are forwarded to insurance companies—is still under construction. Be prepared for eligibility, coverage gap, billing, claims, insurer payment and patient information-protection debacles.
The next shock will come when the scores of millions outside the individual market—people who are covered by employers, in union plans, or on Medicare and Medicaid—experience the downsides of ObamaCare. There will be longer waits for hospital visits, doctors’ appointments and specialist treatment, as more people crowd fewer providers.
Those with means can respond to the government-driven waiting lines by making side payments to providers or seeking care through doctors who do not participate in insurance plans. But this will be difficult for most people.
Next, the Congressional Budget Office’s estimated 25% expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare will exert pressure on state Medicaid spending (although the pressure will be delayed for a few years by federal subsidies). This pressure on state budgets means less money on education and transportation, and higher state taxes.
The “Cadillac tax” on health plans to help pay for ObamaCare starts four years from this Jan. 1. It will fall heavily on unions whose plans are expensive due to generous health benefits.
In the nearer term, a political iceberg looms next year. Insurance companies usually submit proposed pricing to regulators in the summer, and the open enrollment period begins in the fall for plans starting Jan. 1. Businesses of all sizes that currently provide health care will have to offer ObamaCare’s expensive, mandated benefits, or drop their plans and—except the smallest firms—pay a fine. Tens of millions of Americans with employer-provided health plans risk paying more for less, and losing their policies and doctors to more restrictive networks. The administration is desperately trying to delay employer-plan problems beyond the 2014 election to avoid this shock.
Meanwhile, ObamaCare will lead to more part-time workers in some industries, as hours are cut back to conform to arbitrary definitions in the law of what constitutes full-time employment. Many small businesses will be cautious about hiring more than 50 full-time employees, which would subject them to the law’s employer insurance mandate.
On the supply side, medicine will become a far less attractive career for talented young people. More doctors will restrict practice or retire early rather than accept lower incomes and work conditions they did not anticipate. Already, many practices are closed to Medicaid recipients, some also to Medicare. The pace of innovation in drugs, medical devices and delivery is expected to slow significantly, as higher taxes and even rationing set in.
The repeated assertions by the law’s supporters that nobody but the rich would be worse off was based on a beyond-implausible claim that one could expand by millions the number of people with health insurance, lower health-care costs without rationing, and improve quality. The reality is that any squeezing of insurance-company profits, or reduction in uncompensated emergency-room care amounts to a tiny fraction of the trillions of dollars extracted from those people overpaying for insurance, or redistributed from taxpayers.
The Affordable Care Act’s disastrous debut sent the president’s approval ratings into a tailspin and congressional Democrats in competitive districts fleeing for cover. If the law’s continuing unpopularity enables Republicans to regain the Senate in 2014, the president will be forced to veto repeated attempts to repeal the law or to negotiate major changes.
The risk of a complete repeal if a Republican takes the White House in 2016 will put enormous pressure on Democratic candidates—and on Republicans—to articulate a compelling alternative to the cost and coverage problems that beset health care. A good start would be sliding-scale subsidies to help people buy a low-cost catastrophic plan, purchasable across state lines, equalized tax treatment of those buying insurance on their own with those on employer plans, and expanded high-risk pools.
— Mr. Boskin, an economics professor at Stanford University and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H.W. Bush.

I AM TIRED. BY Robert A. Hall

I’ll be 63 soon. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce, and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I’ve worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the leftwing Congresscritters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them—with their own money.

I’m tired of being told how bad America is by leftwing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers. In thirty years, if they get their way, the United States will have the religious freedom and women’s rights of Saudi Arabia, the economy of Zimbabwe, the freedom of the press of China, the crime and violence of Mexico, the tolerance for Gay people of Iran, and the freedom of speech of Venezuela. Won’t multiculturalism be beautiful?

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor;” of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; of Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers;” of Muslims burning schools for girls; of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery;” of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I believe “a man should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his skin.” I’m tired of being told that “race doesn’t matter” in the post-racial world of President Obama, when it’s all that matters in affirmative action jobs, lower college admission and graduation standards for minorities (harming them the most), government contract set-asides, tolerance for the ghetto culture of violence and fatherless children that hurts minorities more than anyone, and in the appointment of US Senators from Illinois. I think it’s very cool that we have a black president and that a black child is doing her homework at the desk where Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation. I just wish the black president was Condi Rice, or someone who believes more in freedom and the individual and less in an all-knowing government.

I’m tired of a news media that thinks Bush’s fundraising and inaugural expenses were obscene, but that think Obama’s, at triple the cost, were wonderful. That thinks Bush exercising daily was a waste of presidential time, but Obama exercising is a great example for the public to control weight and stress, that picked over every line of Bush’s military records, but never demanded that Kerry release his, that slammed Palin with two years as governor for being too inexperienced for VP, but touted Obama with three years as senator as potentially the best president ever.

Wonder why people are dropping their subscriptions or switching to Fox News? Get a clue. I didn’t vote for Bush in 2000, but the media and Kerry drove me to his camp in 2004.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund mosques and madrassa Islamic schools to preach hate in America, while no American group is allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia to teach love and tolerance.

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate. My wife and I live in a two-bedroom apartment and carpool together five miles to our jobs. We also own a three-bedroom condo where our daughter and granddaughter live. Our carbon footprint is about 5% of Al Gore’s, and if you’re greener than Gore, you’re green enough.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses while they tried to fight it off? I don’t think Gay people choose to be Gay, but I damn sure think druggies chose to take drugs. And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana. Update: People have written to tell me I’d have more sympathy if this was close to me. It is exactly having seen the destruction of alcoholism and heroin addiction in my own family that makes me pretty intolerant of people who are willing to destroy the people around them to indulge themselves.
I’m tired of illegal aliens being called “undocumented workers,” especially the ones who aren’t working, but are living on welfare or crime. What’s next? Calling drug dealers, “Undocumented Pharmacists”? And, no, I’m not against Hispanics. Most of them are Catholic and it’s been a few hundred years since Catholics wanted to kill me for my religion. I’m willing to fast track for citizenship any Hispanic person who can speak English, doesn’t have a criminal record and who is self-supporting without family on welfare, or who serves honorably for three years in our military. Those are the citizens we need. Update: A few people have taken this to indicate some bias against Catholics, based on events 400 years ago. While I think they are either too touchy or fail to understand, I was only trying to say that I have zero problem with Catholics wanting to come to the US, but that I have great concerns about Muslims, as a good % of them do want to kill me, or force their religion and moral code on me.

I’m tired of latte liberals and journalists, who would never wear the uniform of the Republic themselves, or let their entitlement-handicapped kids near a recruiting station, trashing our military. They and their kids can sit at home, never having to make split-second decisions under life and death circumstances, and bad mouth better people than themselves. Do bad things happen in war? You bet. Do our troops sometimes misbehave? Sure. Does this compare with the atrocities that were the policy of our enemies for the last fifty years—and still are? Not even close. So here’s the deal. I’ll let myself be subjected to all the humiliation and abuse that was heaped on terrorists at Abu Ghraib or Gitmo, and the critics can let themselves be subject to captivity by the Muslims who tortured and beheaded Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, or the Muslims who tortured and murdered Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon, or the Muslims who ran the blood-spattered Al Qaeda torture rooms our troops found in Iraq, or the Muslims who cut off the heads of schoolgirls in Indonesia, because the girls were Christian. Then we’ll compare notes. British and American soldiers are the only troops in history that civilians came to for help and handouts, instead of hiding from in fear. UPDATE: It has rightly been pointed out to me, several times, that I should have included Canadian, Australian and New Zealand troops here. My apologies for slighting these gallant allies of freedom.

I’m tired of people telling me that their party has a corner on virtue and the other party has a corner on corruption. Read the papers—bums are bi-partisan. And I’m tired of people telling me we need bi-partisanship. I live in Illinois, where the “Illinois Combine” of Democrats and Republicans has worked together harmoniously to loot the public for years. And I notice that the tax cheats in Obama’s cabinet are bi-partisan as well.

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of both parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

Speaking of poor, I’m tired of hearing people with air-conditioned homes, color TVs and two cars called poor. The majority of Americans didn’t have that in 1970, but we didn’t know we were “poor.” The poverty pimps have to keep changing the definition of poor to keep the dollars flowing.

I’m real tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 63. Because, mostly, I’m not going to get to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter.
Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts state senate.
 
 
 
Lo he leído varias veces pero se puede repetir. Si se lee esta “plegaria” todos los días antes de acostarse, en el mundo se arreglarían muchos problemas. No sé si lo dijo Cosby o no. Eso no importa. Lo importante es el mensaje.
Se las recomendamos a todos como oración nocturna, pero especialmente a los políticos de todos los partidos e ideologías.
Bill Cosby, – brillante comediante, un hombre sin escuela pero educado  y autodidacta, quizás más lúcido que muchos. Esto debería ser de lectura obligatoria para cada hombre, mujer y niño en Jamaica, el Reino Unido, Estados Unidos de América, Canadá, Australia, Nueva Zelanda y todo el mundo …

“Tengo 76 y estoy cansado”
Tengo 76. Excepto por un breve período en los años 50, cuando yo estaba haciendo mi Servicio Nacional, he trabajado duro desde que tenía 17.
A excepción de algunos graves problemas de salud, trabaje semanas de 50 horas,  y no llame  a nadie para decir que estaba enfermo en casi 40 años. Hice un salario razonable,  pero no heredé mi trabajo o mis ingresos,  y he trabajado muy duro para llegar a donde estoy. Y teniendo en cuenta el desastre de la economía, parece que haber ahorrado para mi  jubilación no fue mala idea. y estoy cansado. Muy cansado. 

Estoy cansado de que me digan que tengo que “repartir la riqueza” a las personas que no tienen mi ética de trabajo.

Estoy cansado de escuchar que el gobierno tomará el dinero que ganaba, por la fuerza si es necesario, y dárselo a la gente demasiado perezosa para ganarlo. 

Estoy cansado de que me digan que el Islam es una “religión de paz”, cuando todos los días puedo leer decenas de historias  de hombres musulmanes que matan a sus hermanas,  esposas e hijas por el “honor” de la familia; de disturbios musulmanes por algunas leves ofensas;  de asesinatos por musulmanes a cristianos, porque no son”creyentes”. 
– todo en nombre de Alá, porque el Corán  se los indica. 
 

Estoy cansado de que me digan que debo bajar mi nivel de vida para luchar contra el calentamiento global, a pesar que a nadie se le permitió debatir . 

Estoy cansado de que me digan que los adictos a las drogas tienen una enfermedad, y que yo debo ayudar a apoyarlos y tratarlos, pagar por el daño que hacen. ¿Fue esto causado por un germen gigante que salio corriendo de un callejón oscuro, y los agarró, y les hizo meter ese polvo blanco dentro de sus narices o introducirse una aguja en su brazo, mientras trataban de combatir al germen? 

Estoy cansado de escuchar ricos deportistas, artistas y políticos de todas partes hablando de errores inocentes, errores estúpidos o errores juveniles, cuando todos sabemos que piensan que su único error fue ser atrapado. 

Estoy realmente cansado que la gente no tome responsabilidad por sus vidas y sus acciones. 

También estoy cansado y harto de ver a los hombres y mujeres jóvenes en 
la adolescencia y a principios de los 20 llenarse de tatuajes en la cara y rellenarse de hierros,  logrando ellos mismos de esta forma, quedarse sin un empleo, para luego reclamarle midinero de impuestos al Gobierno por estar desempleados.

Sí, estoy malditamente cansado. 
Pero, también estoy contento de tener 76,  Porque, mayormente, no voy a tener que ver el mundo que estas personas están haciendo. Sinceramente lo lamento por mi nieta y sus hijos. Gracias a Dios que estoy en el camino de salida y no en el camino entrada.

 

The Fact Checker. The Washington Post: The biggest Pinocchios of 2013. BY GLENN KESSLER
 
It’s time for our annual round-up of the biggest Pinocchios of the year. This was not a presidential election year, so in some ways the subjects that needed to be fact checked were more substantive. In reviewing The Fact Checker’s more than 200 columns in the past year, we found an interesting evolution from statistics about gun violence to claims about President Obama’s health-care law. Our general rule of thumb held: the more complex a subject is, the more tempted politicians are to make misleading claims.
President Obama ended up with three of the most misleading claims of the year. But, despite the urging of some readers, his statement that “I didn’t set a red line” on Syria is not among them. We had looked closely at that claim and had determined that, in context, it was a bungled talking point, so that statement actually earned no rating.
As always, that and other rulings were met with vehement objections from some readers. The Fact Checker thanks the readers who have offered thoughtful rebuttals to our conclusions. In some cases, in light of new information, we adjusted Pinocchio ratings.
In compiling this list, we primarily focused on claims that had earned four Pinocchios during the year. We also tried to focus on issues of broad interest, such as gun control, health care and the size of government. To keep it simple, we have shortened the quotes in the headlines. To read the full column, click on the link embedded in the quote.
 
“If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.”
(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
 
This memorable promise by President Obama backfired on him when the Affordable Care Act went into effect and millions of Americans started receiving cancellation notices. As we explained, part of the reason for so many cancellations is because of an unusually early (March 23, 2o10) cut-off date for grandfathering plans — and because of tight regulations written by the administration. This was our most popular fact check of the year — and Obama’s pledge also was also named PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year.”
 
 
“Obama’s kids are protected by armed guards at their school”
The National Rifle Association, in a tough television ad on gun-control measures and in a longer four-minute video presentation, highlighted what it saw as “elitist” hypocrisy by Obama because his children are “protected by armed guards at their school.” While the law requires the president’s children to have Secret Service protection, the ad clearly referred to armed security guards at Sidwell Friends School. But the guards there do not carry guns, so the ad was based on a false premise.
 
“The Capitol Hill janitors just got a pay cut”
(Charles Dharapak — AP)
 
President Obamaoffered an evocative image at a news conference when the sequester struck –  janitors sweeping the empty halls of the Capitol, laboring for less pay. But it turned out that he was completely wrong. Janitorial staff did not face a pay cut — and Capitol Hill administrative officials even issued a statement saying the president’s remarks were “not true.” Then the White House tried to argue that janitors at least faced a loss of overtime. That was not correct either. The episode was emblematic of the administration’s sequester rhetoric.
 
“Clinton denied security for Libya personnel with her signature on a cable”
(Mark Wilson/GETTY IMAGES)
 
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) charged that then- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in April of 2012 “signed” a cable directing a drawdown for security assets for the U.S. Embassy in Libya. The issue became a political flash point after four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, were killed at two U.S. compounds in Benghazi. But the claim that Clinton signed the cable was absurd, as every cable, even the most mundane,  bears the secretary’s “signature,” because it is automatically added by the communications center. There is no evidence Clinton was even aware of the request.
 
 
“The day after Benghazi  happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.”

(JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)
 
President Obama did refer to an “act of terror” in the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack, but in vague terms, wrapped in a patriotic fervor. He never affirmatively stated that the American ambassador died because of an “act of terror.” Then, over a period of two weeks, given three opportunities in interviews to affirmatively agree that the Benghazi attack was a terrorist attack, the president obfuscated or ducked the question. So this is a case of taking revisionist history too far for political reasons.
 
 
“70 cents of every dollar spent on food stamps goes to bureaucrats”

(JIM YOUNG/REUTERS)
The retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann(R-Minn.) has been a rich source of material, and it’s hard to pick from her many 4-Pinocchio remarks. But this one takes the cake.  She asserted that, for the food stamp program, the math was $3 in food stamps for the needy, $7 in wages for the bureaucrats who manage the program. But it turned out she misunderstood an analysis concerning anti-poverty programs, and then applied an incorrect ratio to the wrong type of program. Budget documents show that staff salaries amount to one-third of 1 percent of the Department of Agriculture’s budget for food and nutrition programs.
 
 
“I opposed the invasion of Iraq”
(Shawn Thew/EPA)
 
At least twice in 2013,Secretary of State John F. Kerry claimed that he opposed the invasion of Iraq. But not only did he vote in favor of a congressional authorization for war, but there is a rich paper trail documenting his repeated support for the attack after President George W. Bush launched it in 2003. As Kerry put it on May 3, 2003: “I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein, and when the president made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him.” This is another example of after-the-fact historical revisionism.
 
 
“Democrats took $50 billion from overcharging students on college loans and used it to pay for Obamacare”

(Drew Angerer/GETTY IMAGES)
 
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is the ranking member of the Senate committee dealing with health and education issues, but he played sleight of hand with Congressional Budget Office documents to make a bogus charge. Upon close examination of his claim, it became clear he was purposely netting unrelated provisions against each other. Nothing in his statement was accurate, and given his position on the committee, he should have known better.
 
 
“A state investigation said Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli should have been prosecuted.”

(Steve Helber/AP)
 
Democrat Terry McAuliffe may have won the Virginia governor’s race, but he also takes the prize for the most outlandish claim made during the bitter fight. A state investigation found that Cuccinelli did not break the law by accepting Star Scientific stock. Nothing in the report said he should be prosecuted, but the Democratic nominee assumed that if the law had made Cuccinelli’s actions a felony, he would have been prosecuted. That was Alice in Wonderland logic.
 
“Obama is closing the U.S. Embassy in the Vatican”
 
Former Florida Gov.Jeb Bush (R) and the  National Republican Senatorial Committee claimed that Obama decided to close the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican as part of some sort of attack on Catholics. But the embassy was simply being moved to the same diplomatic compound as the U.S. Embassy to Italy — with a different building and address — as part of security and cost savings recommendations made during the George W. Bush administration. Obama had nothing to do with it.

“EMO” Aparentemente aqui cualquiera se “caga fuera del toilet” LRGM.

 

Ing. Armando Lopez-Callejas: Estamos hablando del cambio de nombre y de hecho, del cambio de manejo del Social  Security por este gobierno, al llamarlo Federal Benefit Check…  

Con el objetico de legalizar un robo de un dinero de un fondo privado que las personas con su trabajo acumulaaron durante sus años en que laboaron para las distintas empresas privadas y para las instiuciones estatales.Como es posible, que nuestro gobernantes en el congreso hayan aprovado, una propuesta tan deshonesta, que de hecho es un robo, proppuesto por el Presidente de los EEUU cuando legalmente ellos deben defender los intereses del pueblo y no aprobar una mala decision con caracter socialista. despojando de sus legitimos derechos a los que tuvimos confianza en el gobierno y les permitimos solamente administrar ese dinero para enviarnos cada mes nuestro salario menusal, somados de nuestro fondo privado.
Ahora estan argumentando que el fondo del SS se esta agotando, lo cual es una soberana mentira, si analizamos que en este 2013 las personas retiradas unos 45 millones, que durante mas de 30 años de trabajo como proedio contribuyeron a este fondo para su retiro y considerando que la Fuerza labroal de este pais, es de unos 150 millones de personas, que estan contribuyendo actualmente pagando el % correspondiente para elfondo del  SS,  para el momento en que estas personas lleguen a la edad de retiro y  comiencen a cobrar su retiro, tambien debemos considerar, que por una ley de la vida muchos de los 45 millones de retirados, seguramente iran muriendo durante estos proximos años,
De hecho es una retroalimentacion, inagotable de un fondo monetario que no tiene razon economca de agotarse, ya que con los años inclluso los salariios son mas alto, incluyendo el salario minimo. Por favor, dilce un proverbio. “EL QUE CALLA, OTORGA”, por favor en primer lugar nuestros legisladores latinos, ya sean de cualquier partido, la Prensa escrita, radial y de TV, debemos unir nouestras voces y exigir que se deroguen esa absura y abusiva medida, o ley, o el nivel de decision con que se aprobo el cambio de nombre y detras del mismo un objetico totalitario,–
Ing. Armando Lopez-Calleja, Miembro del CNP de Cuba en el Exilio y de la UCP.Subject: No 545 “En mi opinion” Dic. 16, 2013Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:23:51 -0500

Noestor Dan, Lenny Fonticiella, Armando Lopez: La Television Cubana… Asi somos los cubanos.

La televisión en Cuba: comienzo y final de la diversión Los cantantes Rolando Laserie y Celeste Mendoza en el programa ‘Jueves de Partagás’, de CMQ. Cortesía / Armando López
Cuando Mestre compró CMQ, contrató a Pumarejo como su jefe de programación. Pero el carismático animador era ambicioso. Apenas un año después, adquirió Unión Radio y se convirtió en competencia de CMQ, con el apoyo de la Radio Cadena Azul, de Diego Trinidad, el magnate de los cigarros Trinidad y Hermano. En 1950, con el lanzamiento de la televisión, entre Pumarejo y Mestre la guerra estaba declarada.
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El 24 de octubre de 1950, el dueño de Unión Radio, el animador Gaspar Pumarejo, inauguró, desde el patio de su casa en Mazón 52, esquina a San Miguel, en La Habana, el canal 4 de televisión.Lo primero en aparecer en unas pocas pantallitas de 17 pulgadas, colocadas en comercios de la capital, fue una cajetilla de cigarros Competidora Gaditana, acompañada de una guaracha de Ñico Saquito, seguida de las felicitaciones del presidente Carlos Prío y de una fiesta, en los jardines, entre estrellas de cine mexicanas, como Pedro Armendáriz, y cubanas como Carmen Montejo y Raquel Revuelta.Con Unión Radio Televisión nacía la televisión en Cuba.Para Goar Mestre, dueño del circuito radial CMQ, fue un golpe duro. Había construido Radiocentro, en 23 y L, en el Vedado -esquina que sería el corazón de La Habana-, para albergar los más sofisticados estudios de radio y televisión del continente. Desde el monumental edificio -el primero con aire acondicionado central en la isla- había anunciado que, en un plazo de tres años, CMQ comenzaría a operar la televisión en Cuba.Mestre contaba con el financiamiento de la fábrica de televisores Dumont y del mexicano Emilio Azcárraga, y el apoyo técnico de la cinematográfica Warner Brothers. ¿Cómo era posible que su antiguo subordinado en CMQ, con pocos recursos, se le adelantara y lanzara la televisión en la isla?LA TV EN EL MUNDOLas primeras emisiones de televisión las había efectuado la BBC en Inglaterra, en 1927. En 1930 la siguieron la CBS y la NBC en Estados Unidos. El 30 de abril de 1939, una televisión casi de juguete transmitiría la inauguración de la Exposición Universal de Nueva York. Pero en 1949, los estadounidenses ya disfrutaban en la pequeña pantalla del show del comiquísimo Jack Benny. El 31 de agosto de 1950 comenzó la televisión en México, le siguió Brasil el 18 de septiembre, Cuba el 24 de octubre.Mestre, graduado de negocios en la prestigiosa Universidad de Yale, no podía entender cómo el autodidacta Gaspar Pumarejo, desde un patio, había logrado lanzar un canal de televisión. Pero Pumarejo sabía vencer obstáculos. Había sido vendedor de telas en la calle Muralla, cantante de tangos y, a base de ganarse la vida, había entrenado la sonrisa y logrado convertirse en el imprescindible de la radio cubana. El vasco que había llegado a Cuba con 8 años había aprendido a batallar, a competir y a triunfar. Había logrado que la firma Crusellas lo colocara de animador del programa estelar de la época:Fiesta Radial Jabón Candado.UN REMOTO DE GRANDES LIGASPumarejo consiguió ganar a Mestre una batalla el 24 de octubre, cuando logró transmitir por control remoto -utilizando un globo aerostático- un juego de pelota de Grandes Ligas, patrocinado, nada menos, que por la petrolera Esso Standard Oil. Dada la falta de estudios, el canal 4 se especializaría en transmisiones en remoto. La lucha libre, el boxeo y espectáculos en teatros se convirtieron en espacios habituales para los televidentes cubanos.El 18 de diciembre saldría al aire el Canal 6, de Goar Mestre, CMQ Televisión, con un programa dramático escrito por Marcos Behemaras y protagonizado por Alejandro Lugo. CMQ era una filosofía. Mestre respetaba a los creadores. No censuraba nada y tenía la sabiduría de tener a tres publicitarias que producían programas: Siboney, Crusellas y Sabatés.Pero Pumarejo no se quedaba atrás. Creó Hogar Club, organización que agrupó a cientos de miles de amas de casa, rifaba autos y casas. En 1957, este genio de la publicidad realizó en el estadio de El Cerro el Festival 50 años de Música Cubana, reencuentro de los artistas cubanos residentes en el extranjero, junto a boricuas como Tito Puente y Tito Rodríguez y al bolerista chileno Lucho Gatica.Para ese monumental espectáculo, Pumarejo mandó a buscar desde Francia a Humberto Cobo, Rudy Castell, Antonio Picallo y Raúl Zequeira. De España trajo a Antonio Machín, Raúl del Castillo y Zenaida Manfugás. Desde Turquía a Mariano Barreto. De México a Gilberto Urquiza y Everardo Ordaz .Desde Estados Unidos vinieron Mario Bauzá, René Touzet, Vicentico Valdés, Gilberto Valdés y Machito.CUBA EXPORTABA TELEVISIÓNLa fuerte competencia entre Mestre y Pumarejo contribuyó a que un lustro más tarde Cuba exportara técnicos de televisión y libretos de telenovelas a todo el continente, y a que La Habana se convirtiera en capital de la música popular. Nat King Cole vendría a grabar con la orquesta de Armando Romeu. Edith Piaf, Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, Pedro Vargas, Katyna Ranieri y otras estrellas de la música internacional colmarían los cabarets Montmartre, Tropicana y Sans Souci, gracias a la televisión.En 1958, Cuba contaba con 25 transmisores de televisión con una potencia de 150.5 kw instalados en La Habana, Matanzas, Santa Clara, Ciego de Avila, Camagüey, Holguín y Santiago de Cuba. Tres cadenas nacionales con siete transmisores cada una. CMQ Televisión, Unión Radio Televisión y Telemundo. Los 4 transmisores restantes estaban instalados en La Habana (3) y en Camagüey.La publicidad en Cuba era la mejor de América Latina. En las agencias trabajaban escritores como Justo Rodríguez Santos, Carballido Rey, Marcos Behemaras e Iris Dávila; directores de televisión como Roberto Garriga, Ernesto Casas y Caiñas Sierra; diseñadores como Martínez Pedro y René Portocarrero. Se publicitaban no solo productos cubanos, también de México, Puerto Rico y Colombia. Se llegó a crear una escuela de publicidad cubana, con pegajosos comerciales cantados ( jingles), como “Café Pilón, sabroso hasta el último buchito”, y la popularísima saeta “esos aplausos son para Magnesúrico”.Los humoristas Garrido y Piñero, Celia Cruz y la locutora Consuelito Vidal eran contratados por Siboney. La cantante Rita Montaner y la actriz Minín Bujones lo eran por Crusellas. ¿Qué ponía CMQ? Los estudios y los técnicos. Aunque también tenía artistas y nueve directores contratados. Había una estrecha colaboración entre CMQ y las publicitarias. Joaquín Condal, que cobraba por CMQ, producía para una publicitaria el estelar Jueves de Partagás.SE ACABÓ LA DIVERSIÓNLa programación de CMQ era una fiesta de música y humor. Contaba con los mejores cómicos de Cuba: Alvarez Guedes, Garrido y Piñero; Leopoldo Fernández con su Tremenda Corte; Lita Romano; Luis Echegoyen con el personaje de Mamacusa Alambrito; Manela Bustamante e Idalberto Delgado eran Cachucha y Ramón; Lilia Lazo era Popa. Los más famosos cantantes: Olga Guillot, Celia Cruz, Fernando Albuerne, Blanca Rosa Gil y La Lupe se presentaban en sus estelares Casino de la alegría yJueves de Partagás.Pero el primero de enero de 1959, el trovador Carlos Puebla auguró con su guaracha: “Se acabó la diversión, llegó el Comandante y mandó a parar”. Fidel Castro se haría omnipresente a través de la pequeña pantalla en todos los hogares cubanos. Sus maratónicos discursos ocuparían noches enteras, desplazando al resto de la programación. El 6 de agosto de 1960 todas las plantas de radio y televisión pasarían a integrar el ICR (Instituto Cubano de Radiodifusión), luego ICRT (Instituto Cubano de Radio y Televisión).Más de medio siglo después, los estudios de televisión en Cuba siguen siendo los mismos de CMQ. Escritores, directores y artistas trabajan bajo la lupa ideológica: con la revolución todo, contra la revolución nada. Sería injusto callar que, con apenas recursos, la creatividad del cubano ha logrado hacer algunos programas de calidad, pero el pueblo espera la película del sábado.La historia de la televisión cubana está signada por tres hombres: Gaspar Pumarejo, Goar Mestre y Fidel Castro. Los dos primeros la crearon. El Comandante la convirtió en un instrumento para alimentar su mito.
Read more here:http://www.elnuevoherald.com/2013/11/02/v-fullstory/1605677/la-television-en-cuba-comienzo.html#storylink=cpy

Bill Clinton Blasts Obama Administration During Brazilian Visit. Jim Kouri 

During his visit to Brazil on Monday, former President Bill Clinton told the Brazilian news media that the United States’ need for national security, especially protection from terrorist atacks, does not justify President Barack Obama’s National Security Agency’s program that includes spying on allied countries.
In a local Brazilian newspaper, O Globo, Clinton blasted Obama’s widespread espionage carried out in countries such as Brazil. Clinton mentioned that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding the NSA were at times troubling.
The United States has committed an injustice through its eavesdropping on Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff as well as the government-run oil company Petrobras, Clinton told the Brazilian news media. He also mentioned U.S. interception of the emails and telephone calls of millions of Brazilians.
“We should not be getting economic information under the pretext of security. Not with an ally,” Clinton claimed.
The president, who himself was accused of violating Americans’ privacy rights through his own spy program called “Echelon” in the 1990s, as reported by Examiner, noted that electronic surveillance can be used to track suspects of terrorism in the United States.
“The content of e-mails and calls is only monitored when a person has frequent contact with suspects of terrorism, and even so, it requires a court order,” Clinton is quoted as saying.
Clinton slammed the Obama administration when he claimed there had been “a lack of transparency” regarding U.S. policy on electronic, high-tech eavesdropping.
“While many conservatives and Obama opponents are delighted to hear Clinton criticizing Obama, there are others who claim the man they call “Slick Willie” is a hypocrite since he’s been involved in questionable intelligence operations,” according to political strategist Mike Baker.
In an Examiner story in 2009 it was reported that:
In arguably the most secretive and far reaching electronic surveillance program ever created, the Clinton Administration and the National Security Agency employed a global spy system, code named Echelon, which monitored just about every phone call, fax, email and telex message sent anywhere in the world.
The Echelon system was fairly simple in design: position intercept stations all over the world to capture all satellite, microwave, cellular and fiber-optic communications traffic, and then process this information through the massive computer capabilities of the NSA, including advanced voice recognition and optical character recognition programs. The system would look for code words or phrases (known as the Echelon Dictionary) that would prompt the computers to flag the message for recording and transcribing for future analysis.
Image: Courtesy of: http://viewpointsofasagittarian.blogspot.com/2012/10/rift-deepens-between-clinton-and-obama.html
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He’s formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a contributor to KGAB radio news, a Fox News affiliate.

Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2013/12/bill-clinton-blasts-obama-administration-brazilian-visit/#U46jStJLTIPVQysj.99

Judge deals blow to NSA phone data program. 2013FoxNews.com

A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records likely violates the Constitution, in a major setback for the controversial spy agency. 
U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange. However, he also stayed his decision “pending appeal,” giving the U.S. government time to fight the decision over the next several months. 
The judge wrote that he expects the government to “prepare itself to comply with this order when, and if, it is upheld.” 
The ruling was the first major legal defeat for the NSA since former contractor Edward Snowden began exposing secrets about the NSA’s data collection over the summer. 
Leon granted the injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange, concluding they were likely to prevail in their constitutional challenge. Leon, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, ruled that the two men are likely to be able to show that their privacy interests outweigh the government’s interest in collecting the data. Leon says that means the massive collection program is an unreasonable search under the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment. 
“The Fourth Amendment typically requires ‘a neutral and detached authority be interposed between the police and the public,’ and it is offended by ‘general warrants’ and laws that allow searches to be conducted ‘indiscriminately and without regard to their connections with a crime under investigation,'” he wrote. 
He added: “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval. Surely such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment. Indeed I have little doubt that the author of our Constitution, James Madison, who cautioned us to beware ‘the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power,’ would be aghast.” 
The Obama administration has defended the program as a crucial tool against terrorism. 
But in his a 68-page, heavily footnoted opinion, Leon concluded that the government didn’t cite a single instance in which the program “actually stopped an imminent terrorist attack.” 
“I have serious doubts about the efficacy of the metadata collection program as a means of conducting time-sensitive investigations in cases involving imminent threats of terrorism,” he added. 
He entered an order to bar the government from collecting “any telephony metadata associated with their personal Verizon accounts” and requiring the government to “destroy any such metadata in its possession” collected through the program. 
He said was staying his ruling pending appeal “in light of the significant national security interests at stake in this case and the novelty of the constitutional issues.” 
Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

IRS Targets Tea Party…Again BY RICHARD LARSEN 

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is again being used for political purposes, attempting to suppress freedom of speech, political organization and activism, and thwarting the growth of grassroots groups that are antipathetic to the administration’s objectives. The effects of their previous targeting of conservative, especially Tea Party groups, were significant, according to researchers at Harvard University. The renewed efforts to suppress political activism by controlling and shaping the political landscape are an affront to our core values as a nation.
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According to a Treasury Department (which administers and operates the IRS) posting on November 26, several new restrictions are being imposed on political organizations structured as 501(c) nonprofit entities. They include a prohibition to promulgate any information that even mentions political candidates’ names 30 days before a primary election, and 60 days before a general election.They would also prohibit communications with an audience of over 500 people that so much as mention the name of a particular candidate within that time period.  This provision would include newsletters, columns, blog entries or other publications, whether in print form, broadcast, or online.
The way the regulations are drafted, it appears that the primary goal is not only to cripple any political advocacy group, but to force them into restructuring as 527 groups that are usually issue-based, rather than candidate oriented political organizations. 527s are also non-profit, but have the discomfiting distinction of being required to disclose their donors’ names.
The net result of the proposed regulations would not only severely restrict and stifle political free speech by such groups, but provide public information to enable the systematic targeting of such individuals by an unscrupulous administration using the full force and power of the various government agencies. As we have documented before, and is now a matter of public record, the administration has used the IRS, Department of Justice, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the FBI to selectively harass individuals and organizations who are not supportive of the administration and their agenda.
Constitutional attorney and political analyst Carol Platt Liebau says of the proposed regulations, “Rather than targeting the tea parties at the back end — through ad hoc hassling, unreasonable and intrusive requests for information, and deliberate delay of approval applications — it seems that the IRS is now trying to target the tea parties from the front end, setting up regulations that would make it practically impossible for them (and them alone) to function.”
She continued, “It is unprecedented for any administration (at least in modern memory) so overtly — and shamelessly — to harass law-abiding critics from exercising the liberties the Constitution was intended to secure. And these new regs make it clear that the corruption, politicization and rot at the IRS extend far beyond the little band of officials named in the earlier tea party targeting scandal.”
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House of Representatives Ways & Means Chairman, Dave Camp, agrees. “The committee has reviewed thousands of tax exempt applications. The new regulation so closely mirrors the abused tea-party group applications, it leads me to question if this new proposed regulation is simply another form of targeting.”
For those who don’t believe the administration is behind these efforts to suppress political dissent – the very freedom of speech intended to be guaranteed by the First Amendment – it cannot be mere coincidence that Obama met with IRS union boss Colleen Kelley at the White House the day before the targeting of Tea Party groups by the IRS began, as learned from congressional testimony. This is a continued systematic attempt to provide discretionary support of groups the administration likes, while suppressing and defanging those it doesn’t.
Such targeting of groups not supportive of the administration’s agenda is effective in manipulating voter turnout and election results. Daniel Shoag and David Yanagizawa-Drott of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Andreas Madestam from Stockholm University, and Stan Veuger of the American Enterprise Institute published a peer-reviewed research piece earlier this year that validates the hypothesis.
According to their research, “The data show that had the Tea Party groups continued to grow at the pace seen in 2009 and 2010, and had their effect on the 2012 vote been similar to that seen in 2010, they would have brought the Republican Party as many as 5 – 8.5 million votes compared to Obama’s victory margin of 5 million.” In other words, the administration’s targeting of conservative groups may have altered the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.
The new IRS regulations constitute an additional attack on fundamental liberties of United States citizens, and represent an intentional and nefarious dilution of freedom of speech, association, and political activism by a sitting president for political purposes. If President Bush’s administration attempted to do something this sinister, the mainstream media and the nation would be up in arms. We must ask ourselves, so why not now?
Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration.  He can be reached at rlarsenen@cableone.net. 
Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/irs-targets-tea-party/#EVSDveVFHpKd0tYg.99

 

Ryan’s Budget Deal Insults Conservatives, Vote Imminent?

Senate Vote On The Paul Ryan-Patty Murray Scheme To Fund ObamaCare, Raise Taxes And Increase Out-Of-Control Government Spending… DAYS AWAY.  
       Congressman Steve Stockman rightfully called it a deal to make “Obama’s exploding deficits and budgets the official policy of the Republican Party.” 
       This budget scheme must be stopped and it can be stopped. As a matter of fact, Dick Durbin, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate just confided to The Hill, with concern in his voice: “We need Republican votes to pass the budget agreement. Period. We need at least five.” 
       Yes… we can stop this fiasco in the Senate, but we’ll need an avalanche of Blast Faxes and calls and time is short. We don’t have a moment to lose and you can use the hyperlink below to send your personalized Blast Faxes right now. 

Use the hyperlink below to send your urgent Blast Faxes to each and every Republican Member of the United States Senate. Or alternatively, send your urgent Blast Faxes to ALL 100 Members of the United States Senate. 
John Boehner Strikes Back And Insults Grassroots Conservatives.
       The “Ryan-Murray raw deal” already has been rammed through the House of Representatives. 
       We can only observe that it’s amazing how quickly they can twist arms and “get things done” in Washington when they set their minds to it. Ryan announced this raw deal on Tuesday and it only took Boehner a matter of hours to railroad it through the House… before anyone could even read and understand what’s in it. 
       And the political elites plan to do the same in the Senate… this locomotive is leaving the station at break-neck speed on purpose… they know it’s a raw deal… and they don’t want to give grassroots Americans like you the time to mount opposition…and that means that time is short if we’re going to stop them. 
       But let us not forget that Boehner simply didn’t betray you. HE INSULTED YOU TOO. 
       According to the Washington Examiner; hours after Ryan’s announcement, Boehner gathered House Republicans behind closed doors and instructed them “not to ‘surrender’ their votes to the outside groups that pushed them toward the first shutdown…” 
       Matt Kibbe with Freedom Works responded to Boehner’s criticism: “To add insult to injury, House Speaker John A. Boehner directed his fire away from the big spenders and toward… conservative grass-roots organizations saying, ‘They’re using our members… for their own goals,'” and Boehner called opposition to the raw deal “ridiculous.” 
       You read that right. John Boehner called YOU an “outside group,” … he accused you of “using members” of Congress for nefarious goals… and he called you “ridiculous”because you oppose funding ObamaCare, higher taxes and Barack Obama’s out of control spending. He actually believes that patriotic Americans like you and me ARE THE PROBLEM. 
       If you’re tired of out-of-control spending, you’re the problem? If you want to stop ObamaCare, you’re the problem? And instead of opposing the radical policies of Barack Obama, Boehner’s resolved that he won’t “SURRENDER” TO THE LIKES OF YOU? 
       Well, we’ve got news for John Boehner and the big-spending elites in Washington. You work for us and you will either “surrender” to the will of the American people, or the American people will find new leaders who aren’t drunk with power and will heed our will. 
       That’s the message we need thousands of patriotic Americans to send to our elected officials in the Senate. If you send that message, they will get the message, and you can use the hyperlink below to send that message right now. 

Use the hyperlink below to send your urgent Blast Faxes to each and every Republican Member of the United States Senate. Or alternatively, send your urgent Blast Faxes to ALL 100 Members of the United States Senate. 
Let’s Fund ObamaCare Now And Then We’ll Repeal Or Defund It Later… Really, We’re Serious This Time Around.
       Do the political elites in Washington honestly believe that you’re stupid enough to buy the ridiculous concept that funding ObamaCare now is a legitimate strategy for stopping ObamaCare later? 
       Make no mistake, this “Ryan-Murray raw deal” not only funds ObamaCare, it takes the leverage to defund it off the table. 
       As Senator Ted Cruz put it: “The new budget deal moves in the wrong direction: it spends more, taxes more, and allows continued funding for ObamaCare. I cannot support it.” 
       Erick Erickson with RedState.com observed: “Republicans have made it abundantly clear to the Democrats that ObamaCare will never be part of the budget negotiations ever again. We have a president who is illegally usurping the power of Congress on an array of issues, yet Republicans have preemptively abdicated their authority to reassert their power through the budget process.” 

       Seriously, if Republicans in Congress have taken defunding ObamaCare off the table, then exactly how do they propose to get rid of it… has anyone heard a peep from establishment Republicans as to exactly how they’re going to get rid of it? 
       So… what gives? 
       Some say they simply lack the courage to act with bold colors instead of pale pastels. Others say that there are far too many in Washington who actually want to keep ObamaCare alive so that they can pretend to oppose it and thereby draw patriotic Americans to the polls to vote for them. 
       But didn’t they promise us in 2010 that if the American people put a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, they’d defund ObamaCare? What happened to that promise? 
       It’s time to let these politicians know that while elections have consequences, their actions – or lack thereof – have consequences too. We must draw a line in the sand. It’s not too late… but we must act now. 
Use the hyperlink below to send your urgent Blast Faxes to each and every Republican Member of the United States Senate. Or alternatively, send your urgent Blast Faxes to ALL 100 Members of the United States Senate. 
You Don’t Reduce Out-Of-Control Federal Spending By Increasing It And You Don’t Stop A New Tax By Calling It A “Fee.”
       And if you don’t believe that politicians are speaking out of both sides of their mouths… if you don’t believe they’re making empty promises just to trick people into voting for them… consider what others are saying about this “Ryan-Murray raw deal.” 
        “Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray have decided to give up the last thing the GOP was fighting for  spending restraint. ‘Don’t worry,’ Paul Ryan says with his boyish charm designed to induce sweats and heart palpitations among conservatives, ‘it’s only a little less restrained.’ 
       “The budget deal puts discretionary spending over $1 trillion, which is higher than the sequestration deal of 2011, which was at $967. This is, in fact, a spending increase. It funds ObamaCare. It does not impact the national debt. It does not reform entitlements. And it raises taxes, but with the more acceptable euphemism of ‘user fees’ … It’s the budgetary equivalent of being only a little big pregnant.” -Erick Erickson 
        “Behind closed doors… a budget deal was reached that continues the wasteful government spending practices that have left us $17 trillion in debt. Two years ago, Congress and the President made us a promise of cutting spending when they signed into law, the Budget Control Act of 2011 and [on Tuesday evening] THAT PROMISE WAS BROKEN.” [Emphasis Ours] -Americans for Prosperity 
        Sean Davis with the Federalist called this “Ryan-Murray raw deal” a “budget-busting abomination” and says: “Republican lawmakers should not fall for this nonsense. Why? For starters, because the people swearing to uphold new caps ten years from now are the same ones eviscerating the caps they agreed to barely two years ago. If they can’t be trusted to keep short-term promises, why on earth should they be trusted to keep long-term ones? A great way to show you won’t be trustworthy tomorrow is to break your word today.” 
        “Over the last five years, conservatives have consistently opposed the gimmick of paying for one year of spending with ten years of pretend ‘cuts.’ But that’s what this deal would do.” -National Review Online 
        “It is disappointing that House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan would bust the $65 billion sequestration and raise government fees and other assessments, in return for other supposed cuts in the out years that likely will just be rolled back later. … Ryan’s plan to raise taxes is unacceptable, and the supposed out year cuts are simply a cynical insult to taxpayers who now know that when push comes to shove, the cuts will not be kept. 
       “This is just one more example of how out of touch our national leaders are to the real priorities of the American public. It must be defeated by those who believe in keeping the size and scope of government under control.” -Americans for Limited Government 
       Here’s the bottom line. This “Ryan-Murray raw deal” violates the $967 Billion spending cap that is presently the law… it blows it out of the water by raising that figure to over a trillion dollars. And calling new taxes “fees” does not change the fact that the”Ryan-Murray raw deal” calls for tax increases. 
       We’re sick and tired of empty promises, and the road to forcing our elected officials to keep their promises starts with stopping them from passing this “Ryan-Murray raw deal” in the Senate. Again, time is short… we’ll need an avalanche of calls and faxes and we need you to start the ball rolling now by using the hyperlink below. 

Programa de vigilancia telefónica de NSA sería inconstitucional, dice juez de EE.UU.
Por Bill Mears, CNN

(CNN) – El programa secreto del gobierno de EE.UU. de obtención de registros de telefonía móvil de los estadounidenses —revelado por Edward Snowden— sería inconstitucional, dijo este lunes un juez de una corte federal de ese país.
El juez Richard Leon dijo que el programa de vigilancia de los llamados metadatos constituye una aparente violación de los derechos a la privacidad, en un fallo a favor de cuatro demandantes.
“No puedo imaginarme una ‘invasión’ más ‘indiscriminada y arbitraria’ que esta recolección y retención  sistemática y de alta tecnología de datos personales en prácticamente cada ciudadano con el fin de consultar y analizarlos sin aprobación judicial previa”, dijo el juez, un funcionario designado por el presidente George W. Bush. “Sin duda, ese programa infringe en ‘ese grado de privacidad’ que los Fundadores consagraron en la Cuarta Enmienda”.
Pero la orden del juez de restricción al gobierno de recolectar los metadatos telefónicos aún no se va a aplicar, en espera a una apelación sea presentada por el gobierno. No hay indicio de si la administración Obama lo hará.
Leon dijo que los “demandantes en este caso también han mostrado una fuerte probabilidad de éxito sobre los méritos de una demanda de la Cuarta Enmienda. Por tanto, ellos han demostrado de forma adecuada daño irreparable”.
El caso es Klayman vs. Obama (13-cv-881).

“Mayor vetoes restoring worker pay”. The edition in spanish reads  “Giménez rechaza restituir los salaries”.

I say this. Miami-Dade County employees actual salary is not what could be changed or is what is in play . Is the employee contribution of their healthcare benefits what will be paid by Miami-Dade County. Whatever salary the employees have now is not what is going to change either way. The Miami Herald headline in my opinion is designed to obscure the real objection problem and crux of the issue. That is, to provide “free” monthly coverage for  healthcare benefit . The proper headline should have been “Mayor vetoes employees free monthly healthcare benefits” . Is the Miami Herald Headline of the aforementioned issue proper. The writer of the articles Ms. Patrica Mazzel thinks that I have a bias that makes me see thing as I do . I don’t think so. I think is the agenda of the special interest what is behind the misleading headline in my opinion. Probably unions and or bureaucrats and politicians. 
And while you all ponder on the above situation think this. The retirees in medicare who are in many cases the poorest people in the county pay $104.90 monthly for their healthcare benefit with high deductibles with traditional medicare insurance.  Many employees of the County make well over $100,000.00 in income (i.e. salary plus overtime). While others persons working in the private sector with low income struggle to pay their property taxes and yet will be require to provide for the highly income earners of  the Miami-Dade County work force with higher property taxes.
Jorge AguiarDoral, Florida

Amenper: Se prohibe la venta de Eggnog estas Pascuas
Deben de haber oído que ya  no se permitirá que escuchen el heraldo de los ángeles anunciando el nacimiento ni el pequeño niño Jesús dormirá en el heno después de que un distrito escolar de Nueva Jersey anunció la prohibición de toda música religiosa de la Navidad.
Lo mismo ha pasado en Pennsylvania donde se ha prohibido en una ciudad exhibir un nacimiento.
Hemos oído que esto ofende la sensibilidad de los que no creen en el mito del nacimiento de Jesús, aunque el mito de Santa Claus si está permitido.
Lo próximo que nos espera estas pascuas es que se prohibirá el Eggnog porque la primera dama Michelle Obama considera que esta una tradición que contribuye a nuestra obesidad.
Así que el delicioso Eggnog con su poquito de ron Bacardí, quedará incluido en las cosas que se prohibirán este año.
El Eggnog hará compañía a la lista de los malos, nos queda Santa, Rudolph y Frosty, pero la Virgen y el niño así como cualquier canción de navidad que haga referencia al nacimiento de Jesús queda eliminado de la Navidad.
Para el próximo año están pensando en eliminar las palabras “Christmas” y “Navidad” porque tienen implicaciones religiosas.
Creo que le van a poner algo como Fiestas del Equinoccio de Invierno y la adoración a los planetas será aceptada siempre y cuando no se mencione la estrella que siguieron los Reyes Magos, los cuales también están en la lista de los malos.
Según dicen, la primera enmienda requiere que la nación ” tiene que permanecer neutral hacia la religión y se tiene que abstener  de demostraciones de actos y canciones con orígenes religiosos”.
Pero los padres de la patria determinaron que esta era una nación bajo Dios y Rasmussen encontró que 79 por ciento de los adultos estadounidenses creen las escuelas públicas de 2011 debería celebrar las fiestas religiosas. Pero los menos tienen más autoridad que los más hasta que los más no salgan a votar.
Yo creo que los firmantes de la declaración de independencia no sabían lo que era el Equinoccio de Invierno, lo que ellos y nosotros celebramos es la Navidad, el nacimiento de Jesús.
Eliminar a Jesús de las pascuas es como hacer una fiesta de Barbecue y decir que no se puede comer carne.
 Pero a mí que me pongan una botella de Eggnog en mi media de navidad. Perdón quise decir en mi media del equinoccio de invierno.

COLORADO SHERIFF’S FIGHT THE ‘LAW’: Colorado Sheriff’s Refuse to Enforce New Gun Control Legislation
By GJWHG / 

All but seven of Colorado’s 62-elected sheriff’s are refusing to enforce a law they have sworn to uphold by failing to enact universal background checks and a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.
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Despite failing last month in their bid to sue the state over the new firearm restrictions as unconstitutional, Sheriff’s such as John Cooke of Weld County have taken the unprecedented step to ignore the laws – calling them too vague and a violation of Second Amendment rights.
Despite their introduction in the wake of mass shootings in Newtown, and Colorado’s own massacres at Aurora and Columbine in 1999, Cooke and 55 other sheriff’s have designated the new laws ‘very low priority’.
The resistance has led to growing fears of a huge backlash in the center of the nation, where gun ownership is prevalent and the Second Amendment is valued.
In May the 55 sheriff’s signed up to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the new statues that were passed at a state level in Colorado.
However, U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger in Denver, told Cooke and his colleagues that they don’t have standing to proceed with the case as a group, but the legal battle is far from over.
The ruling doesn’t stop the lawsuit because 21 other plaintiffs who are suing do have standing. The court will still consider whether universal background checks and a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds are constitutional, the judge said.

Read more at http://girlsjustwannahaveguns.com/2013/12/colorado-sheriffs-fight-law-colorado-sheriffs-refuse-enforce-new-gun-control-legislation/#8U8gXF3PPfqSr1l5.99

Tengan todos muy buenos dias y buena suerte.
QUE DIOS LOS BENDIGA ABUNDANTEMENTE.
“EN MI OPINION” Lázaro R González Miño Editor.
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