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Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Judiciary, believes that Intelligence officials who lied to Congress about government spying during Congressional inquiry in March should be prosecuted. Full Story…
A spy satellite named NROL-39, launched by the National Reconnaissance Office Thursday night, features a new logo portraying a sinister-looking octopus wrapping its tentacles around the globe. A tagline at the bottom of the logo informs: “NOTHING IS BEYOND OUR REACH.” See The Logo…
The New York Police Department will no longer allow local precincts to release to the media information about crime in communities they serve. Taking the place of that long-standing practice is a new one: talk to the PR guys at headquarters. Full Story…
The California Medical Association (CMA), the State’s largest physician’s organization, estimates that 70 percent of doctors won’t participate in Covered California, the State’s Obamacare health insurance exchange. Full Story…
Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Judiciary, believes that Intelligence officials who lied to Congress about government spying during Congressional inquiry in March should be prosecuted.
Sensenbrenner was the original author of the PATRIOT Act, which opened the door for many of the surveillance abuses that the government carries out today. But recently the lawmaker has spent a great deal of time speaking out against the government’s surveillance efforts.
In an interview with The Hill this week, the lawmaker referenced Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s “not wittingly” answer to lawmakers when asked in the NSA spies on Americans. Clapper later described his response as the “least untruthful” answer he could give.
“Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it,” the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview.
The lawmaker went on to note that Congress depends on accurate testimony in order to legislate. Furthermore, Sensenbrenner noted, Clappers position in government doesn’t give him the right to break the law.
“The only way laws are effective is if they’re enforced,” Sensenbrenner said. “If it’s a criminal offense — and I believe Mr. Clapper has committed a criminal offense — then the Justice Department ought to do its job.”
The New York Police Department will no longer allow local precincts to release to the media information about crime in communities they serve. Taking the place of that long-standing practice is a new one: talk to the PR guys at headquarters.
News website DNAinfo New York reports that “the city’s 77 police precincts [are] to stop giving out any information to the media about crimes taking place in their neighborhoods, cutting off a long-standing source of information for New Yorkers.”
According to a terse NYPD edict transmitted citywide, precinct commanders were instructed: “Any requests by media to view complaint reports be referred to the office of the Deputy Commissioner For Public Information.”
The NYPD’s public information office, known as DCPI, typically disseminates only select major crimes such as murders, sexual assaults and grand larcenies, but often does not include lower level neighborhood crimes. Those complaints could traditionally be found at the precinct, a reliable source for information of interest for residents.
Given that Americans are overwhelmingly concerned about the Federal government’s surveillance efforts in the wake of leaks providing evidence that the National Security Agency has abused its powers and routinely disregarded privacy protections, officials at the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office appear oblivious of current events or are simply unconcerned about the image they present to the American people.
A spy satellite named NROL-39, launched by the office Thursday night, features a new logo portraying a sinister-looking octopus wrapping its tentacles around the globe. A tagline at the bottom of the logo informs: “NOTHING IS BEYOND OUR REACH.”
After questions about the logo intended message arose, an agency spokesperson told Forbes that the logo was not meant to have a sinister connotation.
“NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide,” said Karen Furgerson. “‘Nothing is beyond our reach’ defines this mission and the value it brings to our nation and the warfighters it supports, who serve valiantly all over the globe, protecting our nation.”
The California Medical Association (CMA), the State’s largest physician’s organization, estimates that 70 percent of doctors won’t participate in Covered California, the State’s Obamacare health insurance exchange.
That prediction comes after the CMA reviewed Obamacare coverage forecasts provided by independent insurance brokers, even though Covered California is touting an expected 85 percent doctor participation rate.
CMA’s vice president of medical and regulatory policy, Lisa Folberg, told the Washington Examiner that Covered California comes by its 85 percent participation figure through some optimistic statistical legerdemain.
“Some physicians have been put in the network and they were included basically without their permission,” she said.
That’s because Covered California is using a pre-deployment document released in May that came out before doctors had a chance to respond to a memo of understanding with Obamacare insurers. The doctors’ reticence then was understandable – they hadn’t seen a rate schedule, so they had no idea what kind of compensation they were being asked to accept.
“Only in September did insurance companies disclose that their rates would be pegged to California’s Medicaid plan, called Medi-Cal,” reports the Examiner’s Richard Pollock. “That’s driven many doctors to just say no.”
Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.
- The Affordable Care Act is “intentionally designed to screw over young people” who are being forced to pay higher premiums, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says. “It wasn’t a mistake. This thing was not an accident,” Priebus told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV on Thursday. “Obamacare was intentionally designed to screw over young people so that young people pay for everyone else’s stuff. It’s about time that we start telling the truth and quit monkeying around with talking points and go right to the American people and right to young people and say exactly what I just said,” Priebus said. Source: Newsmax…
- President Obama rejected the notion that the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups was illegal — or even improper — during his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday. “And by the way, Chris, I’ll point out that there are some so-called progressives and, you know, perceived to be liberal commentators who during that week were just as outraged at the possibility that these folks, you know, had — had been, you know, at the direction of — the Democratic Party, in some way — discriminated against these folks.” Source: The Daily Caller…
A sixty-seven year old proud atheist friend of mine recently interjected the sweeping statement “all religion is irrational” into one of our conversations. I replied, not with a direct rebuttal but, instead, with the unexpected […]
Well, isn’t that special? Now that the Obamacare website has been “fixed” (more on that travesty in a moment), the Administration of President Barack Obama has announced it will ramp up efforts to build support for its takeover of the American healthcare system. I can hardly wait.
The New York Times reported the Administration is preparing “a daily barrage of more positive messages about the health care law during the next several weeks — some to be delivered by Mr. Obama personally.” And it quoted one anonymous official as promising: “Every day, there will be something coming out of the White House.”
The new propaganda effort kicked off two days ago, with a speech by the President to a White House Youth Summit meeting. Interestingly enough, that was the same day a new poll was released, showing that the President and his signature healthcare measure have become strikingly unpopular with a group that used to be his most fervid supporters: the so-called millennials.
A new poll from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics confirms just how much support Obama and his signature healthcare legislation have lost among young people between the ages of 18 and 29.
Media buzz surrounding Bitcoin has grown in recent months as the digital currency has gained wider acceptance among investors, retailers, economists and even regulators. The ongoing mainstreaming of the online currency, which was once thought attractive only to gold bugs, hardline libertarians, Federal Reserve critics and drug dealers, has driven up the value of the digital currency greatly. And while some skeptics say that Bitcoin fans should brace for a bust, individuals and institutions who are supporters of the new currency are working to ensure its longevity.
During a recent Senate hearing regarding Bitcoin and other digital currencies, Ben Bernanke told lawmakers that virtual currencies may hold “long-term promise.” Shortly thereafter, the value of Bitcoins broke the $1,000 mark.
Bitcoin is recognized as the world’s first completely open financial network. The virtual currency is decentralized, meaning that hundreds of computers all over the Internet process Bitcoin transactions in a peer-to-peer manner. The currency’s structure exempts it from much of the regulatory burden and central bank meddling that accompanies more traditional currencies.
The Washington Post explains:
A bevy of usual suspects who style themselves as spokesmen for black Americans have come out against the knockout game, with none other than Al Sharpton leading the charge to decry the violent street fad.
Don’t know what the knockout game is? Here you go.
If the pervasiveness of the racial component of the knockout game were nothing more than a racist Tea Party fabrication, wouldn’t the Rev stay quiet, sit back and watch his ideological adversaries make fools of themselves on national TV by overreacting to a few isolated incidents of random, unprovoked black-on-white crime?
Instead, Sharpton and some other people who claim to have their finger on the pulse of American black culture — National Urban League president Marc Morial and rap grandpa Russell Simmons — are joining together in denouncing the attacks and calling on would-be perpetrators to eschew “ugly” racial violence.
Here’s Al in two of his finest smoking jackets, laying nine seconds of smack down on the gamers:
“These kids are targeting innocent people, and in many cases specifically targeting Jewish folks,” Sharpton said in a statement. “We would not be silent if it were the other way around, and we will not be silent now. This behavior is racist, period. And we will not tolerate it.”
Detroit municipal workers learned Tuesday that promises made by the city and their union leaders that they would have lifetime pensions and healthcare benefits were hollow ones. It’s an ill omen for pensioners across the country.
Detroit is $8 billion in debt, and a Federal judge ruled Tuesday the city can file for bankruptcy in order to develop a plan to reorganize (i.e., stiff bondholders and pensioners). The ruling allows the city to cut worker pensions and retiree health benefits, despite a provision in the Michigan Constitution protecting them.
Bondholders are expected to get back about 18 cents on the dollar, based on a plan previously submitted by the city’s emergency manager. But it’s the effect on public pension holders that is the most significant part of the ruling.
“This is the first opinion of its kind where a bankruptcy court has directly expressed the view that the supremacy of U.S. bankruptcy laws trumps state constitutional protections of public pension holders,” Mark S. Kaufman, senior partner at the Atlanta law firm McKenna, Long & Aldridge, told The Washington Post. “The implications of that decision are significant not only to Detroit but also potentially to other cities gauging their level of fiscal distress and how to deal with it.”