It’s difficult to call any lie of Hillary’s a “big lie” because there’s just so damn many of them. But this is a lie that Democrats and Republicans alike have used many times in regards to Mr. Snowden and consequently, this 1 minute, 14 second video is worth your time.
Hillary Clinton on Twitter: Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.
Hilldawg, does that also include the women that said they were raped by Bill and the child rapist you defended in the 70’s?
It’s looking like ObamaCare won’t survive even if Congress can’t manage to repeal it.
The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, said last week that it’s losing too much — $425 million — from policies sold on the health exchanges, and may have to pull out by 2017.
The company admits it’s “a potentially huge blow” to the new system: “If a major publicly traded insurer bows out, others may follow and destabilize the entire individual market.”
Game over for ObamaCare?
UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley seems to imply just that: “We can’t really subsidize a marketplace that doesn’t appear at the moment to be sustaining itself.”
Mind you, UnitedHealth was a huge backer of the 2009 law. One of its top execs, Andrew Slavitt, then joined the administration to run the health exchanges.
What’s going on here? Basically, the long-feared “death spiral”: Not enough young, healthy folks are signing up for these plans, so insurers are losing money despite the hefty federal subsidies for the coverage. They’re raising premiums to even things out — but that drives even more folks away, so that only older, less-healthy customers remain, driving new losses . . .
Looking at the collapse of the ObamaCare “cooperatives” a few weeks back, Betsy McCaughey warned in these pages that the death spiral was under way.
It’s not on the agenda at the moment, but in time, you’ll see the Democrats double down on Obamacare. The excuse will be a combination of evil Republicans scaring people away from using the exchanges and (most importantly) something along the lines of “we didn’t go far enough”. “We didn’t go far enough” = It’ll work great if the Federal Government completely takes over the healthcare industry.
The saddest thing is that this could have been fixed without completely disrupting the entire healthcare industry. Allow all healthcare insurers to sell plans online, across state lines. Everyone in competition with one another. However, that only works with aggressive policing by the justice department (at the Federal and State level) to prevent collusion and price fixing. The latter is literally impossible now with the level of corruption within the Federal government and the willingness of half the population to turn a blind eye to that systemic corruption.
I won’t pretend to know how things will work out as Obamacare collapses. The Republicans have made it clear that they work for different masters than the people that put them in office, so I suspect that any “fix” will involve lots of involvement from the Feds. Regardless, it won’t happen while Barry is still in office. His narcissism will never allow him to consider changes to his baby.
But wait, disregard all of the above. Our Dear Leader told us this summer that the ACA is working great.
Fed To Hold An “Expedited, Closed” Meeting On Monday – Zero Hedge
Given how awesome everything appears to be, judging by stocks and the tidal wave of FedSpeak of the last week confirming that rates are rising in December, we found it at least marginally ‘odd’ that out of the blue, The Fed would announce an ‘expedited, closed’ meeting on Monday…
9/11/2001 – There was a large scale drill being conducted by the NORAD and the USAF the morning before the attacks. Coincidentally, the drill involved testing fighter response to a hijacked airliner.
7/7/2005 – On the morning of Britain’s “9/11”, an anti-terror drill was conducted in London by Scotland Yard, emergency services and a private security company. The drill used the fictional scenario of multiple bomb attacks on the London Underground. Coincidentally, shortly thereafter four Islamist extremists detonated three suicide bombs aboard London Underground trains and a fourth on a double decker bus.
12/14/2012 – FEMA and DHS ran a drill early in the morning on this day in Sandy Hook Connecticut. The drill was named “FEMA L-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters. An excerpt from a local newspaper reveals that the drill scenario was that of an active shooter at a school:
In the years following the infamous school shooting incident at Columbine, Colorado, law enforcement agencies and local school districts in Putnam County and across America developed plans and protocols to safeguard against and respond to similar acts of school violence. Since Columbine, new tactics and training have been devised and implemented for law enforcement officers for responding to situations of active shooters in schools.
Coincidentally, later on that day a young man named Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary and opened fire with an AR-15, killing several student.
4/15/2013 – Two months prior, DHS personnel engaged in a training exercise called “Operation Urban Shield”. The scenario involved a terrorist group planting explosives in backpacks around Boston. Marathon runners reported that DHS personnel were running the same training exercise during the morning of the Boston Marathon. Coincidentally, later that morning a backpack filled with explosives was detonated next to the marathon.
11/13/2015 – An Emergency Services drill took place in Paris, France early in the morning that revolved around mobilizing all elements of emergency services in the event of mass casualties resulting from a terror event. Coincidentally, later that evening three suicide bombings took place that killed 130 people. A Parisian emergency medical services specialist who was part of the drill commented in a radio interview “..as luck would have it, in the morning of the Paris MAU, a multi-site attack exercise has been planned so we were prepared.”
Obama Won’t Read Intelligence on Groups He Doesn’t Consider to be Terrorists – Sharyl Attkisson
Wednesday on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show,” veteran journalist Sharyl Attkisson said her sources have told her that President Barack Obama does not want and will not read intelligence reports on groups “he does not consider terrorists,” despite being on a U.S. list of designated terrorists.
Attkisson said, “I have talked to people who have worked in the Obama administration who firmly believe he has made up his mind. I would say closed his mind, they say, to their intelligence that they’ve tried to bring him about various groups that he does not consider terrorists, even if they are on the U.S. list of designated terrorists. He has his own ideas, and there are those who’ve known him a long time who say this dates back to law school. He does not necessarily—you may think it’s a good trait you may think it’s a bad trait—he does not necessarily listen to the people with whom he disagrees. He seems to dig in. I would suppose because he thinks he’s right. He is facing formidable opposition on this particular point.”
Shockingly, the New York Times grudgingly agrees:
A 2012 report by the United States Defense Intelligence Agency was direct: The growing chaos in Syria’s civil war was giving Islamic militants there and in Iraq the space to spread and flourish. The group, it said, could “declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria.”
“This particular report, this was one of those nobody wanted to see,” said Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who ran the defense agency at the time.
“It was disregarded by the White House,” he said. “It was disregarded by other elements in the intelligence community as a one-off report. Frankly, at the White House, it didn’t meet the narrative.”
To anyone familiar with the history of foreign policy in this country, the thought of this is unthinkable. I can tell you that this pales in comparison to some of the things I have been told about Barack Obama’s White House “habits”. But I digress.
The above should not be a surprise to anyone that has recognized that we have a Manchurian Candidate in the Oval Office. Why waste time reading intelligence reports about your allies?
The NSA didn’t know it was already sitting on a “goldmine” of data on one of its targets until one of its analysts discovered it by “sheer luck,” according to an internal newsletter entry leaked by Edward Snowden.
The article, dated March 23, 2011, was written by a signals development analyst in SIDtoday, an NSA in-house newsletter. He explains how he discovered the contact and personal information for over 10,000 people, as well as some 900 account login details, after “a ton of hard work,” according to reports from The Intercept and teleSUR.
“By sheer luck, (and a ton of hard work) I discovered an important new access to an existing target and am working with TAO to leverage a new mission capability,” the analyst wrote to colleagues. TAO refers to Tailored Access Operations, an NSA hacking team which had collected the 900 usernames and passcodes.
The “existing target” was Petróleos de Venezuela, a Venezuelan state oil company also referred to as PDVSA.
But remember, they have to do this to keep us “safe”.