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Obama Admin Knew In 2010 Obamacare Would Force Millions To Lose Health Insurance

1045184_10200777513232678_878926389_nNBC News reported Monday, in a story they removed from their website late Monday night, that Obama administration officials knew in 2010 that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their health insurance, despite the claims of President Obama, because of Obamacare.

NBC should know that the internet is forever and thanks to Google cache (h/t Weasel Zippers) we have their original story:

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”

That means the administration knew that more than 40 to 67 percent of those in the individual market would not be able to keep their plans, even if they liked them.

60 Minutes on Benghazi: A Rare Case of Honest Reporting

by Randi Rossi

For over a year the White House and the “Lame Stream” media have tried to bury the true cause of the tragic disaster at Benghazi where the honor of the US was stained by the needless death of our Ambassador and three other people. First during the election, Hillary Clinton and Obama dishonestly tried to blame a silly video that nobody ever saw. Then to duck and hide, Hillary said “At this point what difference does it make” as Congress tried to learn the truth. The 60 Minute Show on 10/28 made it perfectly clear “what difference it makes”. In interviews with key witnesses, it became very clear that Washington was told time and time again that Al Qaeda was going to attack Benghazi and that we were not prepared. One witness expressed his “profound frustration because I saw it coming and yet nobody in Washington would listen”. Ambassador Chris Stevens repeatedly and urgently requested more help and support and was ignored by Hillary Clinton and The State Department. And then when the tragedy happened, Hillary and Obama first tried to blame the dumb video and then plead ignorance. Congrats to CBS and 60 Minutes for having the decency and honor of doing the right thing and exposing this outrageous example of gross negligence, incompetence, cowardice, and fraud. Maybe now the public will demand the truth, accountability, and justice.

NSA Has Been Keeping Tabs On German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Phone Since 2002, Obama Reauthorized In 2010

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

Things just keep getting worse for the Nation Security Agency.  If revelations during the week that it has been keeping tabs on the phones of various world leaders, including our allies, wasn’t bad enough.  Reports now indicate that the NSA has been keeping tabs on the phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel starting in 2002, before she became Chancellor, and that President Obama knew about this(contrary to his claims that he didn’t) and reauthorized the monitoring in 2010.

Fox News has more:

A new report claims that the United States has been monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone since 2002 and alleges that the German leader’s mobile phone number had been present on a special surveillance list used by the National Security Agency as late as this past June.

The report was published in the German magazine Der Spiegel Saturday. If true, the report would mean that monitoring of Merkel’s phone began before the 59-year-old was elected Chancellor in 2005. In 2002, Merkel was the leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, then in opposition.

It is not clear what the nature of the monitoring was, according to Der Spiegel. It is not known whether Merkel’s conversations were recorded or if her contacts were scrutinized.

Earlier this week, reports of NSA monitoring of calls made by French and German citizens prompted the foreign ministries of both countries to summon the respective American ambassadors for an explanation.

Weasel Zippers has a translation from a German magazine claiming that President Obama knew about and authorized the eavsdropping in 2010:

according to information from Bild am Sonntag in U.S. intelligence circles of the President 2010 by NSA chief Keith Alexander was personally informed about the covert operation against Merkel.

“Obama has the action did not stop, but continue to operate,” said one of the NSA operation against Merkel intelligence officials familiar Bild am Sonntag.

And not only that: Later at the White House ordered the NSA a comprehensive dossier on the Chancellor. For Obama, the senior NSA man, Merkel did not trust, wanted to know everything about the German: “Who is this woman exactly”….

After Obama’s initiative reinforced the NSA eavesdropping activities against the Chancellor. They were not confined to the cell phone of the party CDU leader. The Americans cracked according to the information and the new, supposedly bug-proof phone that Merkel received only in the summer. This evidence to show that the eavesdropping attack against Merkel ran up to the recent past.

Is Obama Removing Military Commanders That Don’t Go Along With His Radicalism

argen2President Obama has not done anything to anyone within his administration for serious wrong doing so long as they agree with his radical political views.  No one is out at the IRS for its targeting of the Tea Party that wasn’t already one foot out the door.  Lois Lerner is still getting a government check.  No one’s been punished for Benghazi, why even a few have gotten promotions.  Eric Holder is still Attorney General despite his involvement in Fast and Furious(which got him held in contempt of Congress), spying on the AP and Fox News’ James Rosen, and more.  No one is out at the NSA over their spying programs targeted at innocent Americans.  The list goes on.

So it is strange to hear that several top military commanders have been fired.  Apparently for not toeing the radical Obama line.  But it shouldn’t be so strange if you consider all the stories that have come out of military members being punished or threatened with punishment for expressing Christian beliefs or the fact that military training material continually accuses Christians, Catholics and the Tea Party of being extremist with the inference being that they are no different than Al Qaeda.

The Blaze has the story:

Nine senior commanding generals have been fired by the Obama administration this year, leading to speculation by active and retired members of the military that a purge of its commanders is underway.

Retired generals and current senior commanders that have spoken with TheBlaze say the administration is not only purging the military of commanders they don’t agree with, but is striking fear in the hearts of those still serving.

The timing comes as the five branches of the U.S. armed forces are reducing staff due to budget cuts, and as U.S. troops are expected to withdraw from Afghanistan next year.

“I think they’re using the opportunity of the shrinkage of the military to get rid of people that don’t agree with them or not tow the party line. Remember, as (former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel said, never waste a crisis,” a senior retired general told TheBlaze on the condition of anonymity because he still provide services to the government and fears possible retribution.

“Even as a retired general, it’s still possible for the administration to make life miserable for us. If we’re working with the government or have contracts, they can just rip that out from under us,” he said.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, said the White House fails to take action or investigate its own, but finds it easy to fire military commanders “who have given their lives for their country.”

“Obama will not purge a civilian or political appointee because they have bought into Obama’s ideology,” Vallely said. “The White House protects their own. That’s why they stalled on the investigation into fast and furious, Benghazi and Obamacare. He’s intentionally weakening and gutting our military, Pentagon and reducing us as a superpower, and anyone in the ranks who disagrees or speaks out is being purged.”

A Pentagon official who asked to remain nameless because they were not authorized to speak on the matter said even “young officers, down through the ranks have been told not to talk about Obama or the politics of the White House. They are purging everyone and if you want to keep your job — just keep your mouth shut.

As The Blaze story goes on to note a good number of those Generals had some direct connection to what happened in Benghazi.

Emails Show White House And State Department Worked With Reporter Who Leaked National Security Secrets

David Sanger

David Sanger

The Obama administration has made much about going after people who leak classified information to reports.  The Obama Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder went after the Associated Press and Fox News’ James Rosen over it.

However, emails show that both the White House and the State Department were working with a reporter who ended up leaking national security secrets while he was writing a book about the Obama administration and its policies towards Iran.

From The Daily Caller:

White House and State Department officials cooperated extensively on background with a New York Times journalist during the period that he broke confidential national security information in a series of leaks that prompted outrage from lawmakers, according to unearthed 2011 and 2012 emails.

The nonprofit organization Freedom Watch, which obtained the internal State Department emails through a Freedom of Information Act request, believes that the Obama administration carried out the leaks to bolster a tough image for itself on Iran.

Then-Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michael Hammer and other State Department employees arranged background interviews between New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger and State Department officials between December 2011 and March 2012 for Sanger’s 2012 book “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power.”

Sanger’s book included leaks of confidential national security information, including details of the computer worm Stuxnet that was used in a cyberattack against Iran. Sanger linked the worm to a U.S.-Israeli intelligence operation called “Operation Olympic Games” in a June 2012 New York Times article.

White House officials, including then-National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, began cooperating with Sanger before December 12, 2011.

$328 Billion In New Debt Added In One Day Following McConnell/Reid Deal

-1The deal reached earlier this week between Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell among other things included an unlimited increase in the nation’s debt limit until early February.  On Thursday the first day the Treasury Department could start issuing new debt following President Obama signing the McConnell/Reid deal into law $328 billion in new debt was issued pushing the nations total on budget debt to over $17 trillion.  Note we have an estimated $86 to over $100 trillion in debt in the form of unfunded liabilities for the nations entitlement programs.

The Washington Times has more:

U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week.

The debt now equals $17.075 trillion, according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday.

The $328 billion increase shattered the previous high of $238 billion set two years ago.

The giant jump comes because the government was replenishing its stock of “extraordinary measures” — the federal funds it borrowed from over the last five months as it tried to avoid bumping into the debt ceiling.

Under the law, that replenishing happens as soon as there is new debt space.

McConnell/Reid Deal Unconstitutional

Senators Mitch McConnell(R-KY) and Harry Reid(D-NV)

Senators Mitch McConnell(R-KY) and Harry Reid(D-NV)

by C. Steven Tucker

H.R. 2775 – the UNCLEAN and UNCONSTITUTIONAL CR that TRANSFERS power to raise the debt ceiling from Congress to Barack Obama.

This should be on the FRONT PAGE of every newspaper in the nation. The pathetic Republican party just TRANSFERRED power from Congress to Barack Obama to UNILATERALLY borrow money on the CREDIT of the United States – which is what a debt ceiling increase IS.

Under Article 1 section 8 of our U.S. Constitution it states that CONGRESS and ONLY CONGRESS has the power to RAISE our debt ceiling. The latest CR – H.R. 2775 states that Barack Obama can raise the debt ceiling on his own and Congress can only vote to REJECT that debt ceiling increase. Not PROPOSE it but REJECT it. Worse yet if they REJECT his UNILATERAL debt ceiling increase he can VETO it. And we all know that in order to defeat a president veto it takes a 2/3rds majority vote. Good luck getting THAT!

This is ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

Included in this UNCLEAN CR passed BY REPUBLICANS all members of Congress and their staff will CONTINUE to receive an ILLEGALLY granted 73% taxpayer funded bail out on their Obamacare premiums. A subsidy that was NOT ALLOWED in the original PPACA – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – a.k.a. “Obamacare”. Members of Congress were to buy their insurance inside the Obamacare exchanges and be subject to the SAME ELIGIBILITY RULES that We The People are subject to. NO SUBSIDY is granted to US if our MAGI – Modified Adjusted Gross Income – is more than $45,650 as an individual, $62,000 as a couple or $94,200 as a family of four. Members of Congress make $176,000 a year. THEY will now get a 73% taxpayer funded bail out on their premiums REGARDLESS of their income. That in ITSELF is a VIOLATION of our Constitution which provides us with EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW. That is NOT equal protection. Not even CLOSE.

Worse even YET, millions of Americans who are LOSING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE because of Obamacare will CONTINUE to lose it and they will be FORCED to buy at least an Obamacare approved “Bronze” plan which subjects a family to $12,700 in out of pocket expenses every year and the premiums are FAR higher than what they are paying now. Most especially for those who are NOT congressmen and who make more than the aforementioned LEGALLY DEFINED income levels where there is NO subsidy granted.

Oh and Mitch McConnell got $2 billion of sweetheart PORK for Kentucky.

Read HR 2775 here: http://thehill.com/…/jan2013/finalfinalsenate.pdf

A Pox On All Their Houses

by Randi Rossi

We have just witnessed the total collapse of American values and greatness across all segments of American culture. We are $17 trillion in debt, crippling each of our children with over $50,000 of debt and roughly $200,000 of unfunded liabilities, and yet our cowardly and irresponsible politicians “kicked the can down the road” again. The people love to blame the politicians because they are such an easy target, but the blame goes far beyond them. Our horribly biased media has totally failed in its duty to educate the people with the truth. The media slandered those few Republicans that tried to stop our hemorrhage of debt as “anarchists” instead of informing the people that Democrat Harry Reid has broken the law and violated the Constitution by not passing a budget in four years. President Obama has not had a budget passed in 4 years either as he and Democrats have increased our massive debt by $5 trillion or 40% in just four years. In addition, President Obama has been the most divisive, dishonest, and destructive president in 150 years with the media’s help. And as the budget debacle went on, the media has not informed the public that Obamacare, which will control 17% of our economy, is a total and complete disaster which will dramatically increase health care costs, limit access to doctors, and “destroy the 40 hour work week and the backbone of the middle class” (union leader Jimmy Hoffa).  But the blame doesn’t stop there. None of this could happen if we had a responsible and engaged public that still believed in American values. I am afraid that we have crossed the line and 51% of Americans don’t understand the values that made our country great. A pox on all of their houses!

The Surrender Caucus Screws Us Again

Rep. Eric Cantor(left) and Speaker John Boehner(right)

Rep. Eric Cantor(left) and Speaker John Boehner(right)

In the waning days of the last Congress some 10 1/2 months ago we were in the midst of another budget battle that became known as the fiscal cliff crap sandwich.  Last time around President Obama and the Democrats used the expiration of the Bush era tax rates as a sledgehammer against House and Senate Republicans who wanted to maintain everyones tax rates.  In the end Senator Mitch McConnnell and Speaker Boehner allowed President Obama to increase taxes on the nations small business owners aka “The Rich” and we got nothing in return.

Mitch-McConnellThis time around with the partial government shutdown in effect and the nation hitting its debt limit tomorrow McConnell and Boehner have yielded the battlefield and are poised to surrender.

Instead of fighting to get Obamacare’s individual mandate delayed a year, or the elimination of the special congressional exemption/subsidy, or the revoking of the contract to the firm that built the Obamacare exchange website, let alone a full out repeal of the medical device tax that no one in Washington likes in either party, we are going to be left with a boat load of nothing in the deal McConnell and Boehner have worked out with Harry Reid and President Obama.

Fox New has more:

Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a bipartisan agreement to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling, teeing up a string of votes expected later in the day.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced the “important agreement” on the floor.

“The eyes of the world have been on Washington all this week and that is a gross understatement,” Reid said. “The compromise we reached will provide our economy with the stability it desperately needs.”

The framework on the Senate side would raise the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, and include a spending bill meant to last through Jan. 15. The plan would not include any provision relating to the ObamaCare medical device tax, as prior plans did; instead it would include a single provision meant to verify the income of those receiving ObamaCare subsidies. It would also instruct a bipartisan budget committee to report back on a broader plan by mid-December.

Fox News has this on Boehner’s side of this rotten deal:

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the House “absolutely” will take up the new Senate budget plan — even if he has to rely on mostly Democrats to pass it — and that he expects the partial government shutdown to end by Thursday.

Boehner made the comments in an interview with Cincinnati radio station WLW-AM.

“We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” he said.

Boehner spoke as the Senate was preparing to vote on a recently struck bipartisan deal to end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

Fought the good fight my ass.

Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and the rest of the moderate-liberal Republican Party establishment didn’t want to use the Continuing Resolution to fight Obamacare let alone to delay or defund it.  They have recoiled in horror at trying to tie some kind of fiscal restraint to any increase in the nation’s debt limit.  While Boehner and McConnell haven’t done so personally they have allowed the likes of John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte in the Senate and Peter King and Adam Kinzinger in the House to attack Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for daring to try and lead conservatives and Republicans into battle against Obama, Obamacare, and the reckless and fiscally irresponsible spending of the Democrats.

This fight is going to end up a loser for us because way to many Republicans in both the Senate and the House rejected the very idea of trying to fight right now.

Because of the Surrender Caucus the government is going to fully reopen and the debt limit will be raised and all we will get for it is a another deficit super committee that I promise you know will do accomplish one thing they are tasked with and a requirement that the Obama administration enforce an Obamacare rule they already waived once.

The debt limit and government shutdown fights have become real losers for those of us who believe in liberty and limited government and it is all because the GOP establishment has no spine, let alone a set of balls.

So long as Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are leading the Republicans in the House and Senate we are all screwed.

To Default Or Not To Default

Will the United States default on its debt come Thursday?

The short answer is no.

The longer answer is not unless President Obama orders Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to do so.

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As this breakdown of spending from FreedomWorks shows the federal government will take in roughly $200 billion each month in tax revenue.  That is just slightly less than the $222 billion needed to pay off all of the nation’s debt obligations for the entire fiscal year.  Therefore for each month we only need to direct $18.5 billion towards debt payments leaving more than $180 billion each month to cover the rest of the federal governments functions including Social Security, Medicare, Medicare, and the military.

As Sarah Jean Seman writes at Townhall that the federal has a, “$12 billion dollar Social Security payment due October 23 and an $18 billion dollar Medicare payment due November 1.”So between debt payments, Social Security and Medicare we have only spent $48.5 out of the $200 billion for the month.Using the numbers provided by FreedomWorks we can add $51 billion a month for the military and $26 billion for Medicaid.  That still leaves the federal government nearly $75 billion each month to pay for every other agency or entitlement program.  Clearly the government will have to make do without some things if and when the debt limit is reached but to talk about this nation defaulting as President Obama and Secretary Lew do is absurd.

After Claiming Bill To Fund Military Death Benefits “Not Necessary” President Obama Signs Bill

Five US troops killed in Afghan blastOn Thursday afternoon White House press secretary Jay Carney said that a bill passed by both the House and Senate that would restore funding for military service members death benefits was, “Not necessary”.

Fox News has more:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney claimed the bill was “not necessary,” noting that charity group The Fisher House Foundation had just entered into an agreement with the Pentagon a day earlier to provide the benefits in the short-term.

“The legislation is not necessary,” Carney said, adding that the Defense Department has already agreed to reimburse the Fisher House.

“It does mean that we don’t need legislation,” Carney said, without explicitly saying Obama would reject the bill.

By Thursday evening President Obama changed his administrations tune and signed the bill ensuring that military death benefits continue while other parts of the government remained effect by the partial government shutdown.

Fox News has more:

President Obama signed a bill late Thursday to pay death benefits to families of fallen soldiers during the partial government shutdown.

The move came after the White House drew heavy criticism from Republicans over White House press secretary Jay Carney’s comment earlier in the day that  it was “not necessary” to sign the bill since a charity already had stepped in to foot the expenses.

The Senate approved the bill Thursday afternoon, after it cleared the House a day earlier. The bill  reinstated the $100,000 “death gratuity” payments to military families and resumed funeral and burial expenses.

The funding had been suspended as a consequence of the partial government shutdown.

Obama Cutting Aid To Egypt In Retaliation Of Ouster Of Muslim Brotherhood

540x403xobama-bitch-protesters.jpg.pagespeed.ic.eycwgbSGWuLets face facts here President Obama does and always has favored the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt despite the evidence that they were turning the country into a radical Islamic state, persecuting Coptic Christians, and may have played a role in the Benghazi attack.

Because the Egyptian people, backed by the military, ousted President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, including banning the group once again, President Obama is cutting aid to the nation out of spite.

From Fox News:

The Obama administration is withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to Egypt, in addition to military aid, in response to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the crackdown by the military-backed government on his supporters.

The State Department announced the decision late Wednesday afternoon, after press reports emerged that an aid cut-off was imminent.

The U.S. provides $1.5 billion in aid each year to Egypt. While the State Department did not provide a dollar amount of what was being withheld, senior Senate leadership aides shared with Fox News some of the details of a conference call with staffers from the State Department and the office of the secretary of Defense.

The U.S. is “holding” — as in not sending to Cairo — a dozen F-16s; a similar number of AH-64 Apache helicopters; four M-1/A-1 tank kits (tanks that are shipped in pieces and assembled in the receiving country); and an unspecified number of Harpoon missiles (typically an anti-ship missile).

Also, the U.S. is not proceeding with the planned transfer of $260 million in cash to the Egyptian government. However, these funds were already on hold pending the outcome of talks between the Egyptians and the International Monetary Fund.

The U.S. is also not proceeding with a $300 million loan guarantee slated as part of our foreign military financing programs.

Presidential Hissy Fit: Obama Would Sign Piecemeal Spending Bills But Won’t Because Pain Of Gov’t Shutdown Needed To Put Political Heat On GOP

Barack ObamaAt today’s press conference President Obama showed that he is throwing a hissy fit over the partial government shutdown when asked a question by CBS News’ Mark Knoller.

The Blaze has this on the exchange:

Knoller’s full question: “While you’re waiting for the shutdown to end, why is it that you can’t go along with any of the bills the House is passing? Funding the FDA and FEMA — where you were yesterday — and veterans benefits and Head Start. You have to be tempted to kind of get funding to those programs you support.”

Obama admitted that he is “tempted” to support the bills, because “you’d like to think you could solve at least some of the problems if you couldn’t solve all of it.” That’s what Republicans claim they are trying to do with the appropriations bills to restore funding to various affected programs.

 “But here’s the problem. What you’ve seen are bills that come up wherever Republicans are feeling political pressure, they put a bill forward. And if there’s no political heat, if there’s no television story on it, then nothing happens,” Obama said .”If we do some sort of shotgun approach like that, then you’ll have some programs that are highly visible get funded and re-opened, like national monuments, but things that don’t get a lot of attention, like those SBA loans not being funded.”

What a childish, immature, thing to say.

This is clearly a man-child who is not, nor ever was, ready to lead a girl scout troop let alone lead the free world.

Shutdown Stupidity: National Park Service Tries To Close Off Parts Of Atlantic Ocean

imagesReally, the National Park Service is trying to tell boat captains and fisherman in Florida that part of the Atlantic ocean is off limits because of the partial government shutdown.

I know the top people in the Obama administration are idiots but do they really think were as dumb as they are?

From Breitbart:

Just before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was “closed” due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown.

The Park Service will also have rangers on duty to police the ban… of access to an ocean. The government will probably use more personnel and spend more resources to attempt to close the ocean, than it would in its normal course of business.

Rep. Mo Brooks Calls Out Obama For Furloughing DOD Employees In Violation Of Pay Our Military Act He Signed

Earlier this week as the partial government shutdown began to take shape the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the Pay Our Military Act that would ensure that active duty military members, civilian DOD employees, and contractors remained on the job.  The Pay Our Military Act was signed into law by President Obama days ago.

That hasn’t stopped President Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel from sending some 400,000 Department of Defense employees home, in clear violation of the very law President Obama signed(where have I heard that one before).

Congressman Mo Brooks called out President Obama on this and insisted that he rectify this.

(h/t The Right Scoop)

Military Priest Threatened With Arrest If They Hold Sunday Mass This Week

z_military-n-mass3Of all the stupid things President Obama and his administration have done during the government shutdown this has to be the most outrageous, and that’s saying a lot given what Team Obama has done to World War II vets and the World War II memorial.

From the Daily Caller:

In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.

“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”

Because of the lack of active-duty Catholic chaplains, the military relies on hiring civilian priests to serve as government service and contract ministers. Those civilian priests are not allowed on the bases during a shutdown, Schlageter wrote.

Park Ranger Admits: “We’ve Been Told To Make Life As Difficult For People As We Can”

BVipkwMCcAALLZh-550x412President Obama, the Office of Management and Budget, and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis have been intentionally doing things during the partial government shutdown to punish the American people.

They have closed down and Barrycaded open air monuments and memorials such as the World War II memorial, the Lincoln memorial, and the Martin Luther King memorial for the first time ever during a government shutdown.

They have blocked off parts of the parking lot at George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate even though it is privately owned and operated.

They have ordered states like Wisconsin to close parks(to which Gov. Scott Walker refused).

They have forced private businesses from North Carolina, to San Francisco, To Philadelphia to close.

They forced the privately operated Claude Moore Colonial Farm to close despite the fact that the farm hasn’t been a part of the federal government since 1980.

All because, as one Park Ranger told the Washington Times, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

Every Park Ranger, or other government employee, should begin disregarding these orders by OMB, Jonathan Jarvis, and President Obama to punish the American people.

#TearDownTheseBarrycades

National Park Service Forces Private Restaurant In San Francisco To Close

Cliff-House-Restaurant_11Yet again President Obama and the National Park Service have force a private business to close because of the partial government shutdown.

They are deliberately trying to punish the American people over the shutdown.

From The Blaze:

A private San Francisco restaurant serving as a concessionaire of the National Park Service, was forced to close Wednesday night due to the federal government shutdown.

A message on the website for the Cliff House, a AAA three diamond-rated restaurant with stunning ocean and bay views, states it will “update (its) page as information is provided to us.” That’s all.

The restaurant is situated in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a park operated by the NPS. A concessionaire, according to Miriam Webster’s dictionary, is “a person or business that has been given the right to sell something on property owned by someone else : a person or business that has been given a concession.”

Its renovation from its 1909 structure is described as a “joint undertaking” by the restaurant owners, Dan and Mary Hountalas who have been its proprietors for 35 years, and the National Park Service, according to the Cliff House website

As a result of this closure, KTVU-TV reported the restaurant has had to help people find different venues for weddings and other events planned for this weekend.

NPS spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet called the restaurant’s closure “really sad” and “so counter to everything that the National Park Service does.”

Coordinators “have worked tirelessly to find them a different place not affected by the shutdown,” Picavet said.

Al Qaeda Fighters In Syria Hang Babies Head From Tree, Cut Woman In Half

AP-Image-Syria-620x413And to think Senator John McCain, congressman Adam Kinzinger, and President Obama all want to give military aid to these barbarians.

From the UK Guardian:

At dawn on 4 August their peace was shattered. Armed rebels, led by local jihadis as well as members of Jabhat al-Nusra and the al-Qaida linked group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, left their headquarters in the largely Sunni town of Salma. They sneaked into the al-Akrad mountains, taking control of five Alawite villages. The rebels called it Operation Liberation of the Coast and the aim was to send the government a message that even the Alawite heartland was no longer safe.

“The attacks started with treachery,” said Hassan, an officer in Syria’s special forces. “There was a unit of 40 troops. A Sunni defected from it and took 30 other Sunnis with him. A few days later they were part of the attack that started with the village of Hambushiya. The 10 Alawite troops left behind in the area were killed.” Hassan said he could listen to the rebel’s radio communications. “I heard a rebel telling another rebel: ‘Kill this one, but not that one’ . One rebel asked: ‘What do I do about the girls?’ The answer came: ‘I’m sending a truck to pick them up’. Several were taken and raped, and have not been seen again,” he said.

“They kidnapped Sheikh Badr Ghazal and stripped girls and the sheikh to humiliate him. The sheikh was then killed. Rebels videoed the events and we found the pictures on the mobiles of dead rebels when we retook the villages. They have not been shown on Syrian TV or media because they are too distressing.”

Shadi, a 32-year-old officer in a local defence unit that is separate from the Syrian army, was lightly wounded during the government’s counter-attack. “When we got into the village of Balouta I saw a baby’s head hanging from a tree. There was a woman’s body which had been sliced in half from head to toe and each half was hanging from separate apple trees. It made me feel I wanted to do something wild,” he recalled.

Ali, a member of the regular army, said he also saw the baby’s head. “We found two mass graves with 140 bodies. They were not shot. They had their throats slit. About 105 people of different ages were kidnapped,” he said. “It’s really scary what happened. Nobody has gone home to the villages because so much has been destroyed and many houses have been burnt. The whole area is unusable. Salafists from abroad were behind the attack.”

Obama Orders Closure Of Hundreds Of Privately Funded Parks

Veterans2With the partial federal government shutdown in effect President Obama is deliberately trying to use it as a means to punish the American people.

From Fox News:

The Obama Administration is ordering hundreds of parks that sit on federal land to close amid the government shutdown — even though they don’t use any government funding.

Operators of Claude Moore Colonial Farm in Virginia, for example, say they were shocked when the National Park Service ordered their park be shut.  That’s because it’s been 80% funded by a local non-profit for years, which agreed to take over 100% of the costs of the facility as of October 1. Still, the National Park Service spent taxpayer money to erect barricades around the park and evict everyone from the farm this week.

The same is true for the more than 100 U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and day-use areas run by the Arizona-based company Recreation Resource Management.

In a letter to his congressman, RRM’s owner and president Warren Meyer writes that his parks haven’t been affected by past government shutdowns because “our operations are self-sufficient (we are fully funded by user fees at the gate), we get no federal funds, we employ no government workers on these sites, and we actually pay rent into the Treasury.”

However, Meyer says he too got orders yesterday, directly from the White House, to close up shop.

“I can only assume their intention is to artificially increase the cost of the shutdown as some sort of political ploy,” Meyer said in his letter. “The point of the shutdown is to close non-essential operations that require Federal money and manpower to stay open. So why is the White House closing private operations that require no government money to keep open and actually pay a percentage of their gate revenues back to the Treasury? We are a tenant of the U.S. Forest Service, and a tenant does not have to close his business just because his landlord goes on a vacation.”