Apparently, Venezuela has one huge extension cord from it’s power plant and those blasted right-winger fascists cut it, leaving millions in the dark. By the way, since when did facsism become right-wing?
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday he had proof that a massive power outage was caused by saboteurs aiming to throw the country into chaos before municipal elections this weekend.
The blackout on Monday night was the second major power outage the year, plunging much of the country into darkness and prompting accusations of government incompetence from the opposition.
Speaking on state TV alongside Electricity Minister Jesse Chacon and other officials, Maduro briefly showed a photo of what appeared to be a cut conductor cable lying on the floor.
“What motive could there be for leaving a whole country without electricity?” he said, adding that Chacon had brought him the evidence and more details would be unveiled on Wednesday.
“We always face these attacks by the right-wing fascists … they wanted to make me, as president of the republic, decree a state of emergency and suspend the elections.”
Critics of the government say lack of maintenance was likely to blame for the outage.
I would guess it was that damned Snowball who did it.
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Hat tip to Lonely Conservative
It doesn’t matter how bad Obamacare is. It doesn’t matter how many people it impoverishes, how many jobs it destroys, how many people are forced off insurance plans, how many people lose their doctors, how many people are shut out of hospitals or how much it contributes to the bankruptcy of America: Obama is not going to let America withdraw from the fight. The commander decrees that there will be no withdrawal. He has ordered Americans to stand and fight. He – and you – will hold at all costs.
President Obama declared Tuesday that ObamaCare “is working” and that “we’re not going back,” as the White House looked to reboot its efforts to sell Americans on the president’s signature healthcare law.
Obama said that “poor execution” of the rollout of HealthCare.gov had “clouded” the benefits of the bill but said he would not allow technical glitches to undermine a program that was providing financial security for many Americans.
“If I’ve got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, that’s what we’ll do,” Obama said.
“We’re not repealing it as long as I’m president,” he added. “I want everybody to be clear about that. We’ll make it work.”
A huge percentage of these people aren’t in the least disabled. They just prefer not to have to work.
The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,982,920 in November, up from the previous record of 10,978,040 set in May, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.
The 10,982,920 Americans taking disability benefits in November outnumbered the total population of Greece, which is 10,772,967, according to the Central Intelligence Agency.
The record 10,982,920 total disability beneficiaries in November, included a record 8,941,660 disabled workers (up from 8,936,932 in October), 1,883,594 children of disabled workers, and 157,666 spouses of disabled workers.
Here is a wonderful example…
The California man who lives his life as an “adult baby,” complete with adult diapers, bottles, a crib and a mother-figure caregiver, says he has been cleared from suspicion of Social Security fraud and will continue to receive his disability checks.
Stanley Thornton, Jr. has a condition called paraphilic infantilism that involves role-playing as an infant. Though paraphilic infantilism is a sexual fetish for some, Thornton explains on his website that he pretends to be a baby because it makes him feel “safe” and helps him cope with the post traumatic stress he suffers from physical and sexual abuse he suffered as a child.
Broke Zerocare system can’t calculate subsidy payments to insurance companies. Solution: Make numbers up.
The administration is planning a “workaround” for payments, said Daniel Durham, vice president for policy and regulatory affairs at America’s Health Insurance Plans.
Health plans will estimate how much they are owed, and submit that estimate to the government. Once the system is built, the government and insurers can reconcile the payments made with the plan data to “true up” payments, he said.
“The intent is to make sure plans get paid on time, which is a good thing,” Durham told Reuters.
The fix puts an additional “burden” on insurance companies, already taxed by having to double-check faulty enrollment data from the HealthCare.gov system.
Now, companies need to quickly put together financial management systems to make the payment estimates, so they can be paid beginning in January, he said.
“They have to recognize that plans are already quite stressed and introducing this at the last minute just adds substantial burden for plans to deal with,” Durham said.
So users of the exchange estimate their income to determine how much free money from the government they will get and then the insurance company estimates how much free money the government will pay and then the government sends the free money.
The flustercluck expands.
Meanwhile, here is one way for Obama to avoid dealing with those cancellation letters. Just move people to a new Obamacare plan without asking them.
Some people getting switched to new expensive health insurance plans under Obamacare might not even be aware of it — until it’s too late.
If you have an insurance plan that isn’t compatible with the Affordable Care Act, your insurance company might be automatically rolling you into the plan “most similar” to your own.
For one Washington state resident interviewed by The Daily Caller, his new “Bronze” plan is 80 percent more expensive for him and his wife. His wife is paying $220 more and he’s paying $150 more with higher deductibles.
Be sure to check all the mail you’re getting from your insurance company. They have to notify you 90 days in advance if they’re going to automatically switch you, according to federal law.
One of the recurring things I find in Scripture is how God does great things to communicate specific things to his people. Often times, probably most often he does it in the midst of a very bad situation. Over and over again he lets his people know that he alone is God and is more than able to provide for our every need. Most times we have not because we ask not. I’ve learned to humble myself and ask. I can’t begin to face this world alone and without his blessings.
I read this story earlier today and I’ve been so jacked up about it since then. Then what makes me even happier is knowing that God is sending us all a message. It’s a recurring theme and from time to time we need reminding. Take the time to soak it in and know that the Almighty Creator of the Cosmos LOVES you.
I don’t know about you but as for me, the message in THIS story is pretty clear.
Mike Momany worked as a contract programmer for years before falling on hard times. Now homeless in Seattle, he has been experimenting with innovative ways to make money ever since.
His main focus at the moment: a “private course in Applied Homelessness,” whereby he offers folks a chance to experience the homeless lifestyle during a three-day tour. Tuition is $2000 of which 25% will be donated back to shelters and pay for expenses, like the purchase of clothes for potential clients.
Although Momany looks at the venture as a business, he’s also hoping to raise awareness of the growing homeless population in Seattle which has increased by 15% since 2007. By offering a real life homeless experience, he’s hoping to inspire new approaches to solving the problem.
According to Momany, students will be dressed in appropriate homeless garb, given new names as well as “a simple life script.” The dense curriculum includes visits to popular homeless hangouts like the Seattle Public Library and students will be given opportunities to converse with other homeless people, pan handle and nap on benches. On one particular night, they will roam the streets at 3 a.m. Each night will be capped off with a stay in a $15-per-night hostel.
Momany’s venture is already stirring up controversy.
MJ Kiser, program director at Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle, said Momany’s tour would use up much-needed resources like housing and food, and that his $2,000 fee “could help a homeless family for two months or provide meals for all  of the folks in Compass shelters one night.”
Michael Stoops, director of community organizing at the National Coalition for the Homeless, said he thinks Momany’s intentions are in the right place, but he doesn’t think it’s right to charge $2,000 or for Momany to pay himself such a big fee. If the experience is really about giving people an inside look at homelessness, then it shouldn’t be about turning a profit, Stoops said.
Stoops says that his nonprofit coalition offers a similar program, called the Homeless Challenge where people can spend 48 hours living on the streets of Washington, D.C., with a guide who is either currently or formerly homeless. The coalition only asks for a $50 nightly donation to local shelters. “It’s not a moneymaker,” Stoops said. “We do it to give [people] the experience and to let them interact with other homeless folks.”
Nobody has signed up for Momany’s course as of yet.
While I certainly wouldn’t pay for the course (I have been housing deficient), I like the way he thinks.
It’s no longer a “complete fail.”
The website is now slightly less broken.
If Ms Sibelius rubbed a magic lamp and conjured up an IT genie, she might wish that the Obamafail site work perfectly. Once that wish was granted, however, many more millions of people would discover that premiums are still pricey, that sky-high deductibles and co-payments price them out of getting health care even with an insurance card in hand, that they won’t be able to keep their doctor, that the nearest hospital isn’t in their network and that the doctors that are in their networks are swamped and wait times are protracted.
In other words, a fixed website just reveals to the world the more intractable problems of Obamacare.
It does not end well for carjacker.
Therefore, this is a blag.
My daughter, who you know as Pumpkin and who comments here as iahawkeye19, will be graduating from the University of Iowa with her bachelor’s degree in economics a week from Saturday. That alone would justify my blag, but she did it in just three and a half years. In an age when most students can’t get it done in four, that is worthy of praise.
But wait, there is more. She held a job during her entire time at the University and, for the last year and a half, it was a full time, 40 hour per week job with benefits.
That’s not all. She has a $50k per year job lined up. Starting at the first of the year she will be gainfully employed at a corporation you have all heard of. I had nothing to do with her landing the job either, she did it all on her own. And it wasn’t even her only offer!
In a world of Julias, I’d say all this is in the finest tradition of Revoistas everywhere. If you are so inclined, please feel free to give Pumpkin a big round of applause in the comments.
They are still not willing to let a perfectly good crisis go to waste. To a leftist, human suffering is an event to be exploited in order to advance political goals.
The political advocacy group born from President Obama’s reelection campaign is encouraging supporters to host “anniversary events” marking one year since the Newtown Elementary School shooting.
Organizing for America (OFA) says it intends the events to be a “powerful reminder of what we lost a year ago, and a reminder that we as a nation need to do more to prevent gun violence and keep our communities safe.”
OFA says that the events will be held in towns and cities across the country and will be used to “call on Congress to finally take action to make our communities safer.”
More on Obama’s effort to prop up his political agenda on the graves of children here.
What fun! An Obama Youth event to promote Obamacare.
That’s not creepy and terrifying at all.
More below the fold…
Obama lies to us to help us. Obama honors us with his lies. Obama lies are like wonderful gifts.
Speaking of good lies: The lie that the website was fixed was a wonderful lie.
Obama administration officials insisted Monday that the tech team overseeing fixes to the troubled federal healthcare.gov website had resolved most of the errors plaguing the enrollment information being sent to insurers.
But insurers haven’t yet noticed a difference, according to a spokesman for industry lobbying group America’s Health Insurance Plans.
The files, known as “834″ forms, contain all of the relevant personal information for individuals who have signed up for health insurance, along with details on their plan choices. But these forms have been riddled with errors such as duplicated enrollments and spouses getting mixed up with children.
If these forms are not fixed, then insurers cannot smoothly process payments or ensure that individuals are enrolled in the right plans. This could be a nightmare come Jan. 1, when individuals start attempting to use their insurance. Some may show up at doctors’ offices thinking they are covered, but find out that they never were actually enrolled.
In Portland, a thousand rules regulate and control commerce and work but begging is highly encouraged. This is liberalism.
An 11-year-old girl from Portland, Ore. has been told that she can’t sell mistletoe to help defray the cost of braces, but she can beg for the money on the city’s streets.
According to KATU-TV, Madison Root and her father were selling bags of the hand-cut, hand-wrapped Christmas favorite Saturday morning next to the Skidmore Fountain in downtown Portland, where the city holds a weekly market. Everything was going well until a security guard told her that she had to stop selling due to a city ordinance that bans such activity in a park “except as expressly permitted under the terms of a lease, concession or permit.”
The guard then told Madison that she could sell her mistletoe outside the boundaries of the park where the fountain and the market are located, away from the crowds, or she could simply ask for donations to cover the cost of her braces.
“I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg,” Madison told KATU reporter Dan Cassuto. “It’s crazy. People can get money for pot. But I can’t get money for braces. I’m working for this! They’re just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot.”
All she has to do is commission an environmental impact study, present the findings of the study and, if approved based on impact, apply for a harvesting permit and pay all applicable fees. Once the paperwork is complete in triplicate and processed she should get a response from the Land Use Board by January 2015. With that approval she will then go the Oregon Department of Forests and apply for a exclusive use permit. Since hers is a commercial venture she will have to pay all applicable fees. The plastic packaging, however, is right out. Portland has an ordinance banning the use of plastics in small retail operations. By Spring of 2016 she will have completed the process to receive all the necessary permits for a one-season harvest of up to 5 lbs of Oregon mistletoe.
Remember, you can’t polish a turd but you can roll it around in glitter and put a bow on it.
The Obama administration on Tuesday will launch a campaign to promote the broader benefits of the president’s signature health care law, after widespread criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over HealthCare.gov’s technical problems and insurance policy cancellations.
President Obama will pitch the Affordable Care Act at a White House event where he’ll be flanked by people who have been helped by the law, according to an administration official.
The president will also take aim at Republican-led efforts to repeal ObamaCare, arguing the GOP is trying to strip away benefits provided under the law without presenting an alternative proposal, the official said.
President Obama has yet to make good on the administration’s promises that he would sign up for health insurance on the new government exchanges, the White House acknowledged on Monday.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said that Obama has not signed up for Obamacare and that he did have a reason for the delay.
A reporter pressed Carney on whether the White House would make it an open-press event if and when Obama does enroll.
“I’ll get back to you,” Carney replied.
Shortly after Obama signed the new health care law in March 2010, a White House official said the president planned to walk the walk and sign up for the insurance exchanges his law created.
“The president will participate in the exchange,” an administration official told USA Today at the time.
If you make more than 400 percent of the poverty level and are in the individual health insurance market, you must pay more than those making less than 400 percent of the poverty level. If your neighbor makes 300 percent of the poverty level, he is in solidly middle class territory but he pays less than you for the same health insurance. You have to pay more so he can pay less. Why? Because the government says so.
The government has decided that you make more money they he does and that isn’t fair. Your hard work to raise your income means that you need to pay more for stuff; out of fairness.
The logic that says you should pay more for health insurance would just as easily apply to food, housing, clothing and other necessities. After all, you make more so you should have to pay more for hamburger, an apartment of Levis. That’s how redistribution works. You pay a higher tax rate, you pay more for insurance, why not pay more for meat and potatoes?
In fact, there is no reason to stop there. If it isn’t fair that you make more money, it just stands to reason that it isn’t fair that you are more attractive, healthier, talented or just more intelligent. That isn’t right. Just ask Harrison Bergeron.
Talk about non-sequiturs. What might Jesse Jackson have been trying to say?
Which one has declared that their goal is to wipe the other off the map?
Which one has declared that they want to kill everyone in the west? And destroy western civilization.
Which one has declared that every non-Muslim should be killed – and many Muslims as well? Beheaded.
Which one has declared that the entire world must accept their religion – or die?
Which one is willing to commit suicide to accomplish these things?
Iranian officials sometimes respond to accusations that Tehran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability by replying that, not only do they not want a bomb, they’d actually like to see a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East. Yes, this is surely in part a deflection, meant to shift attention away from concerns about Iran’s nuclear activities by not-so-subtly nodding to the one country in the region that does have nuclear weapons: Israel.
But could Iran have a point? Is there something hypocritical about the world tolerating Israel’s nuclear arsenal, which the country does not officially acknowledge but has been publicly known for decades, and yet punishing Iran with severe economic sanctions just for its suspected steps toward a weapons program? Even Saudi Arabia, which sees Iran as its implacable enemy and made its accommodations with Israel long ago, often joins Tehran’s calls for a “nuclear-free region.” And anyone not closely versed in Middle East issues might naturally wonder why the United States would accept Israeli warheads but not an Iranian program.”
Read more at the Washington Post
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