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Obama invents eight million enrollees under ObamaCare!

Ukraine about to have SSR re-attached to its name!

Hundreds of Koreans join hundreds of Chinese (and a dozen sherpas) in tragic deaths!

CHELSEA CLINTON IS KNOCKED UP!!!!!!

In the circus of speculation that surrounds Hillary Rodham Clinton and her presidential prospects, Chelsea Clinton dropped a bombshell Thursday with her announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child.

The former secretary of State has made no secret of her desire to be a grandmother, and sources close to her have said she would have serious reservations about diving into the grueling schedule of a presidential campaign if those demands coincide with her daughter’s pregnancy.

Baby Mezvinsky ranks way down in importance in this story, after its parents and way, way after its grandparents. Baby Mezvinsky had better get used to it.

Just consider the grandfathers alone. Leave aside the jokes about the nannies and the au pairs, the jokes about the Nigerian scammers will never end!

[Edward] Mezvinsky was involved in a series of business transactions that ultimately led to his downfall.

Beginning in the early 1990s Mezvinsky fell prey to a wide variety of 419 scams. According to a federal prosecutor, Mezvinsky was conned by “just about every different kind of African-based scam we’ve ever seen.” In order to raise the funds needed to front the money for the fraudulent investment schemes he was being offered, Mezvinsky became, himself, a conman, tapping his network of contacts and dropping the name of the Clinton family to convince unwitting marks to give him money.

In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of bank fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Nearly $10 million was involved in the crimes.

What could I possibly have against Chelsea Clinton? As long as she doesn’t try to trade on the family name to attain a position for which she is uniquely unqualified, she can knock herself out.

But why didn’t we go ape when Amy Carter had a baby 15 years ago? Jenna Hager (née Bush) just had a baby last week and nobody said a word.

The Democrat-Media Complex will use anything for political advantage, up to and including a uterus and an embryo. Not that that comes as any surprise.

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We Get Results

Aggie told you about the federal government confiscating tax returns of people whose parents—their parents!—may have owed money.

Not no more:

The Social Security Administration announced Monday it is suspending a controversial program that goes after adult children of deceased taxpayers who the government claims were recipients of overpayments more than a decade ago.

Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin said she has directed an immediate halt to the three-year-old program while the agency does a review. The controversial program seized tax refunds in an effort to recoup the funds.

The move to halt the program came after many of the recipients and members of Congress complained to the federal agency.

It may sound bad, but consider some of the deadbeats they’ve gone after:

There are several scenarios in which people may have received overpayments as children. For example, when a parent of a minor child dies, the child may be eligible for survivor’s benefits, which are typically sent to the surviving parent or guardian.

If there was an overpayment made on behalf of the child, that child could be held liable years later, as an adult.

Also, if a child is disabled, he or she may receive overpayments.

Orphans and crippled kids: those bastards are always trying to get away with stuff. But, typically, our government crumples at the first sign of resistance:

“We want to assure the public that we do not seek restitution through tax refund offset in cases when the debt in question was established prior to the debtor turning 18 years of age,” Social Security spokesman Mark Hinkle said in an email. “Also, we do not use tax refund offset to collect the debt of a person’s relative — we only use it to collect the overpaid benefits the person received for himself or herself.”

Hinkle said the debt collection could be waived if the person is without fault and repayment would “deprive the person of income needed for ordinary living expenses or would be unfair for another reason.”

I thought paying taxes was patriotic? What a climb-down. When did we become France?

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Obama’s War On Women

Or More Good News From The ObamaEconomy

The number of women who were unemployed in the United States climbed 180,000 in March, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

In March, there were 4,850,000 unemployed women, 180,000 more than the 4,670,000 American women were unemployed in February, according to BLS.

At the same time, the unemployment rate for women rose from 6.4 percent in February to 6.6 percent in March.

To be counted as unemployed, a person must have actively sought a job in the last four weeks and be part of what BLS calls the civilian noninstitutional population (meaning a person is 16 or older and not on active duty in the military or in an institution such as a prison, mental hospital or nursing home).

The number of American women who had jobs dropped 133,000 from February to March, declining from 68,458,000 to 68,325,000.

From February to March, the number of women in the civilian noninstitutional population increased by 84,000, climbing from 127,779,000 to 127,863,000. Of those 127,863,000 women in the civilian noninstitutional population, 73,175,000 participated in the civilian labor force, meaning they either had a job or actively sought one in the past four weeks. That put the labor force participation rate for women at 57.2 percent in March–the same as it was in February.

ETC. More at the link. But we can truthfully say that Obama has a War on Women (I wonder if we are stacked in binders somewhere?) and that anyone who goes to war against women is attacking The Children. Because a lot of those women are single providers, of course. And a distressed, desperate mom is not the Best She Can Be… Why, oh why, are we doing this to the children? Ask your Progressive friends. Maybe they understand the answer, I sure don’t.

- Aggie

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Home for Purim

Reader Jeanette sent us news of this sweet story:

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Thank you to all of you who donated your Halloween costumes. They have arrived in Hadera, Israel just in time for Purim. As you can see from the pictures below – the costumes have made a lot of kids very happy!

The community held a “costume bazaar” where kids could come by and pick out the costumes (that you donated)! It was a great event- and we hope you enjoy seeing the smiles on their faces as much as we do!

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Nearly a quarter of Hadera’s residents are immigrants from Ethiopia.

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We Didn’t Do It, But We Will Next Time

Has it been three years already? It seems like only yesterday:

In two weeks, the town of Itamar will mark three years since the brutal murder of the Fogel family, a slaying that shocked the nation. In 2011, two teenage Palestinian Arab terrorists entered the town and murdered Ehud and Ruth Fogel and three of their six children.

In the years since the attack, 38 children have been named after Ehud, Ruth, and the murdered children Yoav, Elad and Hadas.

Last week, Ehud Fogel’s bereaved parents, Chaim and Tzila, hosted an emotional gathering in Itamar during which they met 20 of the children named for their slain son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. They and the children’s parents helped the young children to plant trees in the yard of the Fogel family home.

They planted pomegranates and myrtles (in Hebrew, “Hadas”) in memory of baby Hadas Fogel, the youngest victim of the attack.

It is human nature to try to make sweetness out of the bitterness of existence.

Such bitterness as:

The murder of the Fogels was particularly shocking due to its brutality, the young ages of the victims, and the teenage attackers’ complete lack of remorse.

The young terrorists attacked their victims as they slept, and went back to murder three-month-old baby Hadas. Two children survived after the killers failed to notice them, while a third was out of the home at the time of the slayings.

The terrorists’ families helped cover up the crime, disposing of the murder weapons and bloodstained clothes while the murderers returned to school as if nothing had happened. Relatives of the two killers later joined others from their village in threatening Jews from Itamar by saying, “We will turn you into Fogels.”

We often meet people who ask why Israelis and so-called Palestinians (Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza) can’t get along. Isn’t there a basic humanity that unites them, unites us all?

I don’t know. You tell me.

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More News From the Front Lines of Civilization

Aggie loves to point out how much more civilized Europe is than we country rubes. The art and architecture, the food and wine, the millennia of antisemitism.

And the kindercide!

Aside from its inherent significance, Belgium’s move requires us to revisit Roper v. Simmons, the 2005 Supreme Court case that ruled it inherently unconstitutional to apply the death penalty to anyone under 18. European nations had long waged a moral campaign against America’s allowance of the death penalty for 16-18 year olds, which they called barbaric and savage. After all, minors are not really responsible for their actions. America was labelled a human rights violator, an international outlier.

Finally, in Roper, the Court caved in to this pressure. Indeed, it cited the European position as support for its conclusion – other countries do not allow for such a thing.

Why can a 17 year-old rapist-murderer not face capital punishment? Because, as Justice Kennedy wrote in a 5-4 decision, science has shown that minors, even 17-year-olds, are too immature to truly understand the consequences of their decisions, or the meaning of life and death. Juveniles are prone to “impetuous and ill-considered actions” that they should not be made to lose their life for, even if the action involved taking the life of another.” Moreover, juveniles are susceptible to peer pressure, Kennedy wrote.

Yet:

[N]ow we see Belgium thinks kids are responsible enough; the Netherlands similarly allows euthanasia as young as 12. These countries may be the way of the future, as they have been in other areas of progressive mores.

So it comes out that the juveniles cannot really make accountable decisions when it comes to killing people, unless it is themselves. Or to put it differently, Belgium will not hold children responsible when they hurt others, but gives them free license to hurt themselves. Perversely, in Belgium, the youths who are considered grown up enough to be euthanized have not done anything wrong at all, unlike Simmons, who tied up his victim and thew him off a bridge.

Who would look to such people for guidance on anything? What few children they have (1.83 fertility rate, thanks to Muslim immigrants), they can’t wait to smother with a pillow! I’m not for the death penalty, but these losers could change my mind.

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Alma Almighty

Reader Barbara thought we might like this show, based on our post about Domenico Scarlatti the other day. Much against my suspicious nature, she was absolutely right.

The host, Arie Vardi, is a renowned pianist (though one I was not familiar with), and this is from a show he does on Israeli TV. But the star of this episode is cute little Alma Deutscher, an eight year old prodigy at the keyboard (who ain’t half bad on the violin either). It’s mostly in Hebrew with English subtitles, but sometimes little Alma slips into beautifully British-accented English. I’ve only watched a few minutes before pausing to post it, but it’s wonderful. One thing to note is that Alma sometimes can’t find the words to describe what she’s trying to say musically. That’s not her fault; it’s a shortcoming of language. As someone once said: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

She’s not unique, obviously. All one has to do is think of Mozart for just one example. See? Not unique. Though I’m not aware of Mozart’s talents as a graphic artist:

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PS: Ellen Degeneres booked her last year.

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European Exceptionalism

Typically, societies don’t commit suicide, at least not intentionally. Europe has tired of genocide (two world wars, Nazism, Stalinism, centuries of nationalist and ethnic strife, millennia of persecution of Jews), moved past suicide (plunging birth rates, creeping Eurabianism), and gone straight to kindercide:

A Judiciary Committee has rejected calls for extra hearings before sending Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill for a final parliamentary vote. The decision clears the way for it to be passed to the lower house for consideration and a vote sometime before May…

Unlike the Netherlands which allows euthanasia for children over 12, Belgium is set to become the first nation in the world to lift all age restrictions.

Hey kids, wait your turn (to die):

Thousands of patients are being denied potentially life-saving drugs even after they have been approved for NHS use, according to a study.
It reveals huge disparities in the numbers of patients given access to new drugs, with some areas prescribing them up to 29 times as much as others.

The figures come from a report looking at the use of drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), the NHS rationing body.

Nice has been strongly criticised for unfairly blocking drugs it deems poor value for money, even when it is the last hope for cancer sufferers.

But latest figures for 2012 show that even when it approves drugs as cost-effective, and issues positive guidance to the NHS, patients are often failing to get them.

Stephen Whitehead, chief executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said: ‘The report is a stark reminder that where you live in England still has an impact on your access to new NICE-approved medicines, which clearly needs to be addressed urgently by the NHS.’

Don’t feel so superior, America. The only difference between Britain’s death panels and yours is their user-friendly name (NICE). All the rest is coming soon enough. The Left will see to that (and to you too).

PS: Aggie and I live in the protective liberal shadow of Massachusetts. We’ll get all the drugs we ever need, thank you very much. As long as we keep our noses clean, that is. The rest of youse can curl up in the fetal position and die.

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Let’s Move (Our Bowels)

Not quite, but you get the point:

Students in a rural Kentucky county — and their parents — are the latest to join a growing national chorus of scorn for the healthy school lunches touted by first lady Michelle Obama.

“They say it tastes like vomit,” said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley at a contentious board meeting last week, reports The Harlan Daily Enterprise.

The growing body of USDA meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010? has long been a signature issue for the first lady.

Students can only have one serving of meat or other protein. However, rich kids can buy a second portion each day on their own dime.

Hey, no fair rich kids getting seconds on chicken fingers! The top 1% (and their kids) should be miserable just like everyone else. Speaking of 1%:

Other gripes involved the new bread, which students don’t want to eat because it’s brown wheat bread, and the new milk, which is skim or one percent fat, not two percent or whole. The cafeteria’s chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk offerings are now nonfat.

While we’re laughing:

[T]he food on offer in the cafeteria is crappy and there isn’t nearly enough of it.

Woody Allen, anyone?

Alvy Singer: [addressing the camera] There’s an old joke – um… two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of ‘em says, “Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other one says, “Yeah, I know; and such small portions.” Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life – full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it’s all over much too quickly. The… the other important joke, for me, is one that’s usually attributed to Groucho Marx; but, I think it appears originally in Freud’s “Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious,” and it goes like this – I’m paraphrasing – um, “I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.” That’s the key joke of my adult life, in terms of my relationships with women.

Part of the reason kids are on starvation diet is that they’ve taken exercise out of the school day. I don’t know how they expect to keep kids fit—mentally as well as physically—if they keep them chained to their desks all day.

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Hey Kids, What Time is It?

Trick question: they don’t know how to tell time.

There’s just one little problem with this story:

Federal spending cuts are hitting 57,000 children who would have started preschool in the next few weeks.

The Administration for Children and Families reported Monday that 51,299 fewer children will begin Head Start preschool programs and 5,966 fewer toddlers will enter Early Head Start programs due to the $85 billion in federal budget cuts called sequester.

The federal government spends about $8 billion a year on Head Start, an early childhood development program for low income families. About 1 million children are enrolled in the program nationwide.

Proponents say that children who get a head start in early childhood learning perform better in school.

Detractors cite a federal study that found once Head Start kids get to third grade, they do no better than their schoolmates who didn’t attend Head Start programs.

There you go! It took you only 15 paragraphs to get there!

What are those “detractors” going on about?

Since its creation as part of the War on Poverty in 1965, nearly 30 million children have participated in Head Start at a taxpayer cost of more than $180 billion. The problem is that by the government’s own reckoning the program has never achieved what it promises.

The first major evaluation was in 1969 by the Westinghouse Learning Corporation and Ohio University. It found that pre-schoolers who did make cognitive gains did not maintain them in early grades and that Head Start participants performed no better than children from similar backgrounds who had never been in the program. Federal evaluations in 1985 and 2005 also found that any positive cognitive impact was transitory.

The Department of Health and Human Services released the results of the most recent Head Start evaluation on the Friday before Christmas. Once again, the research showed that cognitive gains didn’t last. By third grade, you can’t tell Head Start alumni from their non-Head Start peers.

The sequester rides again to the rescue!

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Shalom!

Welcome to Israel:

El Al flight LY3004 landed this morning at Ben Gurion Airport with 231 new Israeli citizens aboard – including a record number of children.

Even before they took off, the passengers knew not to expect getting much sleep, as close to 50% of the occupants were children – a new record for a Nefesh B’Nefesh aliyah flight, in cooperation with The Jewish Agency for Israel.

The 106 young Olim are joining a whopping 989 children who will be making Aliyah throughout 2013 with Nefesh B’Nefesh, in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel and JNF. This is an increase of 20%, compared to 822 children that made Aliyah in 2012.

Former Israeli IDF captive, Gilad Shalit, also joined the flight as a show of support and appreciation for the thousands of North American Olim who are fulfilling their dream to return to Israel and their contribution to the State of Israel.

His celebrity was unwanted, but he is a celebrity.

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Save the Children [UPDATED]

For just pennies a day, you can save this child from hunger:

New York’s Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district has become the latest casualty in first lady Michelle Obama’s preferred lunch plan, dropping the menu after too many students complained of hunger.

“[Food service manager Nicky] Boehm and her staff worked hard to implement the new regulations, but there were just too many problems and too many foods that students did not like and would not purchase,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Abdoo about the National School Lunch Program in a statement reported by EAGNews.org. “Students complained of being hungry with these lunches and the district lost money.”

The district lost about $100,000 trying out the federal menu, which offered such meals as “part” of a chicken patty on a minicroissant, EAGNews.org reported.

This isn’t the first school to drop the federal lunch menu plan. Catlin, Ill., schools did the same, calling the guidelines too “restrictive,” EAGNews.org reported.

For shame, Mrs. Obama. Starving children for your own amusement. Is there no depth to which you will not sink? Hunger-striking prisoners in Guantanamo with a feeding tube up their noses enjoy their meals more than these poor kids.

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OMG, could it get any worse?

Controversial letters that Massachusetts public schools send parents about their children’s weight may be scrapped because of concerns about bullying and cost, state public health officials said Wednesday.

Schools have complained that it is too expensive to mail the letters as required, so they have often been sent home in students’ backpacks. That has sometimes led to inadvertent disclosure of the information to other students and teasing, officials said.

How about you just stick to spelling and algebra, Ms. Fensterbottom, and leave my kid’s diet and waistline to the family? Is this not the archetypal story of the nanny state and its unintended (or very much intended) consequences? This and the NSA story. MYOFB!

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