GOP needs to keep the focus on Obamacare and not on “Look at the squirrel” The spokesman for the Republican National Committee wants Democrats to follow President Obama’s longstanding advice and talk about health care. “It’s clear that Obamacare is still the number one, number two and number three issue going into this election,” Sean […]
[guest post by Dana] For those in the faith, today is Resurrection Day – the make-or-break moment of the Christian faith. Without the Resurrection, there would be no manifestation of a divine living Love – so personal and perfect and whole that He pierces the heart with laser-like precision, laying it bare before our Maker as the amazing and arduous process of transformation begins. The Resurrection is the hope of the believer, the heart of faith, and the assurance that at the end of this earthly journey where we often find ourselves struggling through a vale of tears, there will be rest, there will be joy, and there will be peace. We are but pilgrims passing through. And without hope, what is one left with? This morning, I considered posting on the unique gift of free speech we enjoy in America – in spite of how cynical, cowardly, and offensive it may be. I considered posting about Google’s decision not to have an Easter doodle , but decisions like that have become cliche. Let’s just be glad Serbia National Day and Turkey Election 2014 and Britain’s First National Park weren’t ignored, okay? Because that would have been really awful. But, given that it is a day to recognize Hope and Love, I decided to do a simple post on what really matters in this life: Enduring Love . And if for some reason, one is fortunate to find another to share the journey with, it becomes all the more unique. This love is the difficult love that calls one to walk through sorrow as well as joy while holding on to each other – no matter what seeks to tear apart. It is to believe in the united power of shared love when all might seem lost. It calls, even demands to put the other’s needs and well-being before one’s own, as well as to share in the victories, defeats, struggles, heartache, loss, and golden moments in between – while never letting go of each other. A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart. Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning. The couple’s eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart The pair had known each other for several years when they eloped in Newport, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, on Feb. 20, 1944. At two days shy of his 21st birthday, Kenneth was too young to marry in Ohio. ‘He couldn’t wait,’ son Jim Felumlee said. Kenneth worked as a railroad car inspector and mechanic before becoming a mail carrier for the Nashport Post Office. He was active in his Nashport-Irville United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher. Helen stayed at home, not only cooking and cleaning for her own family but also for other families in need in the area. She taught Sunday school, too, but was known more for her greeting card ministry, sending cards for birthdays, sympathy and the holidays to everyone in her community, each with a personal note inside. ‘She kept Hallmark in business,’ daughter-in-law Debbie Felumlee joked. When Kenneth retired in 1983 and the children began to leave the house, the Felumlees began to explore their love of travel, visiting almost all 50 states by bus. ‘He didn’t want to fly anywhere because you couldn’t see anything as you were going,’ Jim Felumlee said. Although both experienced declining health in recent years, Cody said, each tried to stay strong for the other. ‘That’s what kept them going,’ she said. Note: The views of faith expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of management here at Patterico’s. These are the author’s alone. –Dana
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The latest GOP bubble of fratricidal support for Comprehensive Amnesty Reform is all about the Benjamins. It’s about who has the Benjamins, and more importantly, who you have to ask if you want some for yourself. Let’s say you’re a mainstream, middle-of-the-road Republican this election cycle. You want money to continue your career. Not only that, you’d like greater control over who within the party has money so that you can control what version of American Conservatism reaches the media. This helps you define what the average unaffiliated voter thinks of the GOP. In past election cycles, this was never really a problem. Self-identifying Conservatives who felt aroused enough about political conditions in America would cut a check to the GOP. They would generally trust the party to move the country in a direction that seemed about right. Now, Conservative donors have grown savvier and reject the blanket Null-Hypothesis that a Republican will automatically equal a small-government ideological Conservative. Thus, your friendly GOP Establishment™ now has to replace newly minted Tea Partiers as a donor class because of this lack of blind loyalty. Enter “Conservative Entrepreneurs” like Mark Zuckerberg.
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The State of Immigration Reform: Mark Zuckerberg Buys Himself A House Speaker
They have the guts and judgment necessary to interrupt a Congresswoman discussing the NSA’s phone data program, so that the network can cover Real Breaking News about Justin Bieber: Thanks to Ken White on Facebook. As far as Justin Bieber goes, my opinion is that I’m going to interrupt this discussion about Justin Bieber to discuss the NSA’s phone data program. So it was recently news that an independent board recommends scrapping the program entirely : An independent executive branch board has concluded that the National Security Agency’s long-running program to collect billions of Americans’ phone records is illegal and should end. In a strongly worded report to be issued Thursday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) said that the statute upon which the program was based, Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, “does not provide an adequate basis to support this program.” But does the Constitution prohibit it? So far, lower courts have come to differing conclusions about the matter. It seems headed for the Supreme Court at some point, as President Obama seems unlikely to scrap the program (much less “end the NSA,” as MSNBC’s moronic lower third states). As always, I come at this issue torn. I see on a regular basis how access to phone records and cell site data can be used as tools in criminal investigations. As a rule, prosecutors and police are interested in solving crimes, and not in abusing their access to information. That said, any database is subject to abuse. It does not generally mean that we should scrap databases as a result. On the other hand, I don’t trust this government and this administration. Maetenloch at Ace’s collects some suspicious coincidences (via Instapundit ): Coincidence: Hollywood’s only conservative group is getting close IRS nonprofit scrutiny Another Coincidence: James O’Keefe Group Being Audited by NY. Again. Yet Another Coincidence: Dinesh D’Souza Indicted For Election Fraud Still Another Coincidence: IRS Proposes New 501(c)(4) Rules That Just Happen to Cover Most Tea Party Groups Conservatives are not immune to abuse of power; lefties in a land ruled by a President Nixon would have reason not to trust their government and administration. There is a lot of potential for abuse here. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. You can count on the professionals in the media to be right there, providing informative analysis and perspective . . . unless, of course, Justin Bieber gets arrested for egging his neighbor’s house.
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Why Big Media Is Better Than Mere Bloggers
[guest post by JD] Avik Roy lays out the case on how disastrous the idea of retroactive coverage is — treating out of network docs as in network, waiving formulary, etc as “suggested” by the Obama admin would be. This is not a sign of an improving system. It was well known that the Obama admin delayed their ObamaCare regulations until after the election, which contributed to their epic failure rolling it out. The MFM is getting around to reporting it now. Jonah Goldberg makes the depths of their mendacity readily apparent. Hint, if you like your plan, you can keep it is just the tip of the iceberg. This is another view on how the new “suggestions” from Obama show how awful this system is leading into the 1 JAN start date. That should suffice. —JD
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This Week In ObamaCare