you`ve got an office in Cincinnati in the IRS office that I think for bureaucratic reasons is trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret about whether a non- profit is actually a political organization that deserves a tax-exempt agency (sic) and they`ve got a list, suddenly, everybody`s outraged. . . .
How many false statements are made by Obama in just one sentence?
The California health exchange has admitted it has been divulging contact information for tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their permission or knowledge in an effort to hit deadlines for coverage.
Covered California said it was handing out consumer information as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by the new year, according to the Los Angeles Times. The consumers in question had gone online to research insurance options, but didn’t ask to be contacted.
Social Security numbers, income and other information were not provided to the agents, but names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were made available, exchange officials said.
The names provided by Covered California include people who started an insurance application on the website but didn’t complete the process. . . .
. . . A redacted IRS letter dated Sept. 8, 2011 reveals that at least in one case the IRS’s examiners used photos of a property, obtained through Google Maps, as evidence to revoke the 501(c)(4) status of a homeowner’s association.
“The road consists of a two-mile loop around the inside of the property. It goes not have any sidewalks or bicycle lanes. The examining agent printed and copied a map from Google Maps (www.google.com) into this report,”states the letter. . . .
Justice Alito anticipated where this technology is going in spying on people.
Justice Samuel Alito argued that this protection was insufficient, because the government could still spy on people from the air. While piloted aircraft are too expensive to use routinely, drones are not, or will not be. One might argue that if the police can observe and follow you in public without obtaining a search warrant, they should be able to do the same thing with drones. But when the cost of surveillance declines, more surveillance takes place. . . .
New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners. . . .
Maybe this student watched the Hunger Games?: “Fifth-Grader Suspended for ‘Shooting’ Imaginary ‘Arrow’ at Classmate”
“Johnny Jones, a fifth grader at South Eastern Middle School, was suspended for a day and threatened with expulsion under the school’s weapons policy after playfully using his hands to draw the bowstrings on a pretend ‘bow’ and ‘shoot’ an arrow at a classmate who had held his folder like an imaginary gun and ‘shot’ at Johnny. In coming to Jones’ defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked Rona Kaufmann, Superintendent of the South Eastern School District in Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania, to rescind the suspension and remove all references to the incident from Jones’ permanent school record.”
“We all want to keep the schools safe, but I’d far prefer to see something credible done about actual threats, rather than this ongoing, senseless targeting of imaginary horseplay,” said Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead. . . .
Americans opposing more gun control: New Gallup Poll shows exact same breakdown as CNN poll about those who favor or oppose stricter gun control
The latest Gallup and CNN polls both show the exact same favor and opposition to more gun control (50% oppose / 49% favor). The CNN polls shows a record level of opposition to more gun control. The Gallup poll numbers aren’t a record high, but they do show a general trend towards opposition and that all the poll values of 50 percent or more opposing more gun control occurring since 2009.
The question is if Americans are evenly divided on having new gun control, how accurate can it be when gun control proponents claim that people want more gun control?
The Gallup numbers are as follows.
Obama says that there is nothing wrong with his management style, any problems with Obamacare are unique to it
Here is a video of Matthews’ interview and the relevant part of the transcript.
Chris Matthews (at 22:07): . . . there should have been a CEO assigned by you, personally with unique personal responsibility to oversee the rollout of healthcare and there wasn’t. When Secretary Sebelius appeared in that hearing and she was asked by Marsha Blackburn, who’s in charge, it took awhile for her to answer. And she finally got to the Chief Operating Officer of CMS, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare, and it didn’t seem like there was a strong top-down authority system from you. Did you have, do you have that? Let’s look forward here. Do you have a relationship with your cabinet? Do you have a system of cracking the whip? They follow through and they execute as you envision they should or do you work through a COO, like Mr. McDonough? What is your system for management?
Obama: Well, first of all I think it’s important to distinguish between this particular project, this healthcare project, where it is obvious that we needed additional controls in place, because it didn’t deliver on time the way we wanted. And how we’ve managed incredibly complex problems for the last five years. Everything from wars to pandemics to, you know, natural disasters to, you know, expanding student loans for young peoples.
Generally speaking, my theory has been, number one, that yes, I’ve got a strong Chief of Staff but I’m holding every cabinet member accountable and I want to have strong interactions with them, directly. Number two, is I have an open door policy where I want people bringing me bad news on time so we can fix things. And, that you know, the challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization. It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier which is we had these big agencies, some of which are outdated. Some of which are not designed properly.
We’ve got, for example, 16 different agencies that have some responsibility to help businesses, large and small, in all kinds of ways. Whether it’s helping to finance them, helping them to export. And so if you’re a small business person getting started, you may think you need to go to the Small Business Administration on one thing, you’ve got to go Commerce on another. So, we’ve proposed let’s consolidate a bunch of that stuff.
The challenge we’ve got is that that requires a law to pass.