Ordered by an Australian children’s court to use the pseudonym of the Colt family to protect the identification of the children, a band of very closely related family members have been discovered living in the rugged hills of Southeastern Australia, Aussie authorities told News Corp Australia and The Daily Mail (of London, England) on Nov. 11, 2013.
Oh, yes he di’id!
As just about the entire Western World already knows by now, Barack Obama’s public appearance at the tribute to South Africa’s Nelson Mandela included a well photographed selfie-session with Denmark’s leggy leader.
If facial expressions are any indication of what thoughts may be swirling in one’s mind, Mr. Obama’s happy-happy moments with Madame Prime Minister were much to the apparent chagrin of First Lady Michelle Obama, as reported by Fox News on Dec. 11, 2013.
“The drug that eats junkies…”
A 17-year-old girl in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta has been discovered by local medical authorities addicted to the particularly gruesome drug Krokodil, as reported by Breitbart.com on Dec. 10, 2013.
With her name not released to the public, the anonymous girl reportedly shocked Mexican doctors when they examined her and found she had been injecting Krokodil on and into her vagina.
What many in the Western media have billed as the world’s the biggest funeral since the death of Winston Churchill hasn’t exactly started out that way, as reported by The Washington Times on Dec. 10, 2013.
Both in Great Britain and the United States have major news organizations gushed at the predicted outpouring of sheer numbers at the commemorations for Mandela.
A school with a difference in the US state of Michigan has just celebrated a special graduation, with dozens of Santa Claus students passing a three-day seminar on all things jolly for the holidays.
More than 100 St Nicks made up the most recent class of the Charles W Howard Santa Claus School in the city of Midland.
The Santas, as well as some Mrs Clauses, received instruction on make-up, wardrobe, sign language, reindeer care and communication during their classes at the Howard school, which bills itself as the longest continuously running Santa Claus school in the world.
That Barack Obama said in one form or another that if you like your health care plan/doctor, you could keep your health care plan/doctor is indisputable. Video captures of him making this pledge, punctuated in many cases with the exclamation “Period!,” have been plastered all over YouTube.
That his supporters are now working feverishly to reinvent his promise is unsurprising.
[Ed. note: Maybe her demands are not that outrageous. Some people stink up the works and get reelected president.]
The head of Colorado’s state health exchange has asked for an end-of-the-year raise and bonus even though the website has enrolled fewer than half the people who were supposed to purchase health insurance through December.
Patty Fontneau, president and CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, currently earns $190,549. Her chief operating officer and chief financial officer earn $164,800 each.
The salaries are supported by taxpayers….
The CEO’s salary increase was discussed among the organization’s board of directors in an October executive session, and it has not yet been granted by the board.
“Given the poor performance for the first two months of enrollments, I think it’s incredibly audacious for the executive director to request a salary increase,” Connect for Health Colorado board member Ellen Daehnick said in an interview. “I think most people would feel like if you’re a CEO and you’re significantly underperforming the goals you helped set, then you layer on it that the money comes from public funds, and I think it’s highly inappropriate.”
Can we all agree on this? If you’re writing a column on, say, a First Amendment issue, you should do some research–not enough for a doctoral thesis or even a legal brief, but, say, enough to demonstrate you have an understanding of the issue beyond the most casual of observers. Is that really too much to ask?
Apparently so for Daily Beast columnist and occasional MSNBC contributor Sally Kohn. She has offered her audience a piece at the Daily Beast titled: “When Religion and Liberty Collide,” and subtitled: “How right-wing conservatives are using the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case on contraception to force their religious views on the nation.”
If you’re feeling vexed by evils unleashed by the Pandora’s Box that Barack Obama opened four years ago, you’ll appreciate the comic relief the White House provided yesterday by declaring that the Healthcare.gov website is now running at “private sector velocity and effectiveness.”
In what the Obama Administration might describe as a glitch, both MSNBC and CNN haven’t just slipped in the ratings against their common competitor, Fox News. Both cable news networks, rather, are being crushed, as reported by Breitbart.com on Nov. 29, 2013.
With the November ratings out, MSNBC has found that they’ve lost 45% of their audience as compared to this same month last year.
The mass border crossing started over a week ago with fliers being handed out “at the Padre Chava breakfast hall for migrants and deportees in Tijuana,” according to a local San Diego news source, KPBS on Tuesday.
The flier said in part “So that we can reunite with our children, families…and for those who want the American dream and so that we can help our families succeed.” Continue reading
It’s that time of year! Time for one of those columns on what’s in, what’s out as the clock ticks down to the new year. My round-up is below. Feel free to add your own!
OUT (at the White House, at least): Calling the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare.”
IN (at the White House, at least): Using “Affordable Care Act” when talking about the president’s signature health care reform law. When the president was confident people would like the ACA, he was quite comfortable using the slang term Obamacare. Not so much, now that insurance cancellations and website failures have abounded. Continue reading