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CBO Releases Truly Terrible ObamaCare News When The Media Is Obsessing Over Snowstorm

ObamaCare will cost $50,000 per insured, and fewer people will be insured than prior to ObamaCare

They picked the perfect day to release this:

Obamacare program costs $50,000 in taxpayer money for every American who gets health insurance, says bombshell budget report
Stunning figure comes from Congressional Budget Office report that revised cost estimates for the next 10 years
Government will spend $1.993 TRILLION over a decade and take in $643 BILLION in new taxes, penalties and fees related to Obamacare
The $1.35 trillion net cost will result in ‘between 24 million and 27 million’ fewer Americans being uninsured – a $50,000 price tag per person at best
The law will still leave ‘between 29 million and 31 million’ nonelderly Americans without medical insurance
Numbers assume Obamacare insurance exchange enrollment will double between now and 2025

WE NEED SINGLE PAYER! Quick, somebody get ahold of Nancy Pelosi!!

It will cost the federal government – taxpayers, that is – $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obamacare law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed on Monday.
The number comes from figures buried in a 15-page section of the nonpartisan organization’s new ten-year budget outlook.
The best-case scenario described by the CBO would result in ‘between 24 million and 27 million’ fewer Americans being uninsured in 2025, compared to the year before the Affordable Care Act took effect.
Pulling that off will cost Uncle Sam about $1.35 trillion – or $50,000 per head.

How stupid, exactly, are Democrats? I think $1.35 trillion stupid is a rough estimate.

– Aggie

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California Found An Interesting New Way To Torment Poor People

Why not double the cost of eggs?

as grocery shoppers across the country are discovering. The state’s latest animal-rights march is levying a punishing new food tax on the nation’s poor.

Egg prices are soaring in California, where the USDA says the average price for a dozen jumbo eggs is $3.16, up from $1.18 a dozen a year ago, and in some parts of the state it’s more than $5. The Iowa State University Egg Industry Center says retail egg prices in California are 66% higher than in other parts of the West. National wholesale egg prices also climbed nearly 35% over the 2014 holiday period, before retreating.

The cause of these price gyrations is an initiative passed by California voters in 2008 that required the state’s poultry farmers to house their hens in significantly larger cages. The state legislature realized this would put home-state farmers at a disadvantage, so in 2010 it compounded the problem by requiring that eggs imported from other states come from farms meeting the same cage standards, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

The new standards require cages almost twice the size of the industry norm, with estimated costs to comply of up to $40 a hen. That’s about $2 million for a farm with 50,000 chickens. Some farmers are passing the costs on to consumers, while others are culling their flocks by half for each cage.

Some places in California are selling eggs for $5 a dozen. Now, let’s be honest. Does Aggie mind? Not really. But why is it that the Left enjoys tormenting the poor, but the poor continue to vote for the Left? Is it a sadomasochism thing? What do you think?

– Aggie

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NY Times Proclaims End Of Snow

One year ago the NY Times decided that global warming will end snow forever

OVER the next two weeks, hundreds of millions of people will watch Americans like Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin ski for gold on the downhill alpine course. Television crews will pan across epic vistas of the rugged Caucasus Mountains, draped with brilliant white ski slopes. What viewers might not see is the 16 million cubic feet of snow that was stored under insulated blankets last year to make sure those slopes remained white, or the hundreds of snow-making guns that have been running around the clock to keep them that way.

Officials canceled two Olympic test events last February in Sochi after several days of temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and a lack of snowfall had left ski trails bare and brown in spots. That situation led the climatologist Daniel Scott, a professor of global change and tourism at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, to analyze potential venues for future Winter Games. His thought was that with a rise in the average global temperature of more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit possible by 2100, there might not be that many snowy regions left in which to hold the Games. He concluded that of the 19 cities that have hosted the Winter Olympics, as few as 10 might be cold enough by midcentury to host them again. By 2100, that number shrinks to 6.

The planet has warmed 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since the 1800s, and as a result, snow is melting. In the last 47 years, a million square miles of spring snow cover has disappeared from the Northern Hemisphere. Europe has lost half of its Alpine glacial ice since the 1850s, and if climate change is not reined in, two-thirds of European ski resorts will be likely to close by 2100.

The same could happen in the United States, where in the Northeast, more than half of the 103 ski resorts may no longer be viable in 30 years because of warmer winters. As far for the Western part of the country, it will lose an estimated 25 to 100 percent of its snowpack by 2100 if greenhouse gas emissions are not curtailed — reducing the snowpack in Park City, Utah, to zero and relegating skiing to the top quarter of Ajax Mountain in Aspen.

Meanwhile, the east coast is shut down due to SnowMaggeddon, which we’re promised for tomorrow. Oh, and the current decade is the snowiest on record.

– Aggie

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This Is Truly Entertaining

This site allows us to look at Obama’s State of the Union speech and compare word use frequency to the SOTU speeches of all other presidents. For example, which president used the word crisis the most frequently, and how much more frequently than other presidents? OK, I know you think it sounds dull, but trust me, it’s a lot of fun. You click on any word in the text and a bar graph appears on the side, stacking the presidents. Our pajama boy is quite the bloviator.

PS: Check out the word: terror. Here’s another: folks. Also check out hype.

– Aggie

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How Obama Will Make Affording College More Difficult For Middle Class Families

He will “rollback” the tax savings on the 529 plans

President Obama is pitching his new tax plan as a way to help the middle class at the expense of the rich. But middle-class savers are bound to notice if he achieves two of the White House’s stated goals—to “roll back” tax benefits of 529 college savings plans and “repeal tax incentives going forward” for Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.

Both plans allow parents, grandparents or anyone looking to help fund a kid’s education to contribute after-tax dollars into accounts that grow tax-free. There is also no tax when the money is withdrawn, provided it is used for qualified educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, room and board.

Mr. Obama wants to allow the IRS to tax as income any withdrawals from future 529 contributions. This would make them less attractive. The White House goal seems to be to discourage private thrift, and encourage greater use of government benefits, when paying for college.

If the plans are closed to new investments and savers, those who stand to lose aren’t the 1%. As of June 30, 2014 there were 11.8 million 529 accounts holding $244.5 billion in assets, according to the College Savings Plans Network, a a group of state officials who administer the plans. The average account balance was $20,671. That sounds like “the middle class.”

Isn’t that fascinating? Rather than make it easier for mom and dad and grandma and grandpa to help with college costs, this administration wants to make community college free, and withdraw parents and grandparents from the equation. Let’s be honest here. Community college is terrific, but most kids and families would prefer the choice of going directly to a 4 year college or choosing to save money with community college first. And community college is inexpensive already. So, given the loss of tax breaks for the educational plans, I think that we can fairly conclude that Obama’s plan is both a tax on the rich and a tax on the middle class. What a disaster this president is.

– Aggie

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Israelis Injured In Antisemitic Terror Attack In Argentina

I just crossed Argentina off the list. Israelis were burned, robbed and beaten in a small village there.

Ten Israeli tourists were wounded in an anti-Semitic attack at a hostel in a small Argentine village.

Three assailants burned, robbed and beat the tourists at the Onda Azul hostel in Lago Puelo, in southern Argentina, between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday, the Argentine media reported. Police in the Chubut province are investigating.

“It was a terrifying moment, several hours of fear,” hostel owner Sergio Polak told the local media. “They shouted, ‘Go, f***ing Jews, you f***ing Jews are robbing us’ in the Patagonia region.”

Monica Sasso, the area delegate for the National Institute Against Discrimination, or INADI, confirmed to reporters that the attack took several hours.

Polak also said the attackers threw stones and Molotov cocktails, and shot guns at the site, according to Argentinian Radio Continental.

He alleged that the assailants were neighborhood residents who live very close to the hostel, and that they are known to police, “but they are free and nobody has been arrested yet.”

The hostel, which shut down temporarily after the attack, usually houses guests from Israel and tries to attract them through a Hebrew-language Facebook page.

Seriously, I had wanted to visit Patagonia someday, but I can live without it. F them.

– Aggie

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Hey Obama! How’s That Unclenched Fist Working Out?

Russian spy ship in Havana.

Russian intelligence warship docked in Havana on Tuesday, a day before the start of historic US-Cuba talks aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations.

There was nothing stealthy about the arrival of the Viktor Leonov CCB-175, which was moored to a pier in Old Havana where cruise ships often dock. But the visit was not officially announced by Cuban authorities.

US officials in Washington played down the presence of the Russian vessel, saying it was perfectly legal and not at all out of the ordinary.

“It’s not unprecedented. It’s not unusual. It’s not alarming,” a defense official told AFP.

Whistling past the graveyard…

– Aggie

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Argentinian Prosecutor Found Dead After Implicating Iran, Argentinian President In Terror Attack

They’re claiming this is a suicide.

2. Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead in his home hours before he was due to testify to lawmakers about his explosive allegations that President Christine Fernández de Kirchner covered up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.

Nisman had filed a 300-page complaint naming Fernández, Timerman and others of seeking to “erase” Iran’s role in the bombing at the AMIA community center offices in which 85 people were killed. He had said he wanted to question the president and other officials whom he claimed were involved in the cover-up.
Investigators believe, so far, that Nisman killed himself.
Merco Press reported (before his death) the points Nisman was to have raised with lawmakers about his investigation’s stunning turn. Chris Dickey wonders if Iran murdered the prosecutor, while David Horovitz asks the question I was wondering: Who will obtain justice for Nisman?

Again, this comes from honestreporting.com, and they found it here.

The Argentinean prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires was found dead in his apartment on Sunday night with a gunshot wound to the head, hours before he was set to testify before lawmakers on his accusations of a cover-up by his country’s president in the case.

Argentinian media reported early Monday that Alberto Nisman, 51, was found in a pool of blood in the bathroom of his home in the capital’s Puerto Madero district. Police were investigating and Argentinian media reported that they had initially ruled the death a likely suicide.

The timing of Nisman’s death raised eyebrows, as the prosecutor had been set to speak before a congressional panel about his assertions, made public last week, that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman had covered up Iran’s involvement in the attack.

Late Sunday, federal police agents in charge of Nisman’s protection alerted their superiors that he wasn’t answering phone calls, according to a statement from the Health Ministry. When he also didn’t answer the door, they decided to alert family members, according to the statement.

When Nisman’s mother wasn’t able to open the door because a key was in the lock on the other side, a locksmith was called to open it, the ministry said. A .22 caliber handgun and a shell casing were found next to Nisman’s body.

“We can confirm that it was a gunshot wound, .22 caliber,” federal prosecutor Viviana Fein told Telam, Argentina’s official news agency. But Fein added that it was too early in the investigation to know what had happened.

Nisman had received many death threats over the years, people who knew him revealed on Monday. The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz, who had interviewed Nisman several times, wrote Monday, in an article entitled, “Who will obtain justice for Alberto Nisman?”: “Nisman told me that he had been warned off the AMIA case by Iran, and that he had received death threats, including one that he found recorded on his home answering machine which was particularly troubling because his daughter was standing next to him when he played it. In one of several subsequent telephone conversations, he said the Iranians had told him — during hearings at which they sought in vain to have their incriminated leaders cleared by Interpol — that he had slandered their nation, that his capture would be sought, and that he would spend years in Iran’s jails… Nisman did not appear particularly fazed by the threats, saying lightly that he had no plans to visit the Islamic Republic. He also swore that he would not cease his work on the case until the perpetrators and orchestrators had been tried, convicted and jailed.”

To those who believe in the suicide theory, I’ve got some Carbon Credits I will sell cheap!

– Aggie

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It Isn’t Only The Hezbollah Terrorist Who Won’t Be Down For Breakfast

The Iranian general is enjoying the 72 virgins

Today’s Top Stories
1. We now know that yesterday’s Israeli airstrike in the Syrian Golan killed Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander, and six Iranians, most prominently General Mohammed Ali Allahdadi of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

An Israeli security source (anonymously) confirmed to Reuters that the IDF carried out the attack. YNet lays out what the group had in store beyond the reconnaissance they were apparently doing when they met their demise:

“Jihad Mughniyeh was already planning, and had prepared, more major murderous attacks against Israel in the Golan Heights. These attacks include rocket fire, infiltrations, explosive devices, anti-tank missile fire, etc., with the goal of killing soldiers, hitting Israeli communities in the Golan Heights and killing Israeli civilians.”

This comes from the excellent site, Honest Reporting.

– Aggie

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David Cameron Pledges To Fight Antisemitism In Britain

Really, he means it this time

LONDON – In a strongly expressed comment piece in this week’s Jewish Chronicle, British Premier David Cameron described how sickened he has been by recent instances of anti-Semitism.

“The idea that the Jewish people once again feels unsafe in Europe is a truly sickening thought that strikes at the heart of everything we stand for,” he said. While the situation in the UK is significantly better than in many other countries, he said, in Britain “we, too, have seen a completely unacceptable rise in anti-Semitism.”

His message, he added, is clear. “We are going to take that spirit from the march in Paris and we are going to fight anti-Semitism with everything we have got.

“My policy is simple: zero-tolerance. No exceptions and no excuses. So let me be clear: no disagreements on politics or policy will ever be allowed to justify racism, prejudice or extremism in our society. Over generations we have built something incredible in our country: a multi-ethnic, multi-faith democracy – and we are not going to let anti-Semitism destroy it.”

So, here’s a question for Europe: Why now? I was in Britain last summer while there were antisemitic demonstrations calling for Jews to be gassed. Why didn’t Mr. Cameron say anything then?

Don’t get me wrong, it is well past time for European leaders to take antisemitism seriously. But I am skeptical and then some. I think that they are afraid of Muslim terrorists attacking everyone, everywhere, and somehow that has heightened awareness of Jewish fears. That and the fact that most Jews are productive members of society, so if they emigrate they take their productivity with them. But again, I’m a cynic.

– Aggie

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French Jews

I thought you’d enjoy this picture of French Jews prior to making Aliya, taken in July 2014

french jews aliya
FRENCH JEWISH children at the historic Synagogue des Tournelles in Paris in July ahead of their aliya with their families..

– Aggie

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Devout Member Of Religion Of Peace Arrested In Ohio

for planning terror attack on the US Capitol

The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, was arrested today on charges of attempting to kill a U.S. government official, authorities said.

According to government documents, he allegedly planned to detonate pipe bombs at the national landmark and open fire on any employees and officials fleeing after the explosions.

The FBI first noticed Cornell several months ago after an informant notified the agency that Cornell was allegedly voicing support for violent “jihad” on Twitter accounts under the alias “Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah,” according to charging documents. In addition, Cornell allegedly posted statements, videos and other content expressing support for ISIS — the brutal terrorist group also known as ISIL — that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.

“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything,” Cornell allegedly wrote in an online message to the informant in August, according to the FBI. “I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves.”

In the message, Cornell said that such attacks “already got a thumbs up” from radical cleric Anwar Awlaki “before his martyrdom.”

Ok, let’s pretend we are liberals. First we notice that young Raheel is only 20 years old. Why, he’s only a teenager! I wonder if his parents are divorced? Perhaps this can be understood as a cry for help? Young people have it so hard today.

– Aggie

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