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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Chief Operating Officer Michelle Snyder, signed an unusual "risk acknowledgement" saying that the agency's mitigation plan for rigorous monitoring and ongoing tests did "not reduce the (security) risk to the ... system itself going into operation on October 1, 2013."

By SHARYL ATTKISSON / CBS NEWS/ November 6, 2013, 6:02 PM
Departing Obamacare security official didn't sign off on site launch

Tony Trenkle, the Obamacare official in charge of HealthCare.gov security efforts announced his resignation Wednesday, effective next week


CBS News has learned that Trenkle, the Chief Information Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), was originally supposed to sign off on security for the glitch-ridden website before its Oct. 1 launch, but didn't. Instead, the authorization on September 27 was given by Trenkle's boss, CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
As CBS News reported Monday, security assessments fell behind and the website never had the required top-to-bottom tests.
Trenkle and two other CMS officials, including Chief Operating Officer Michelle Snyder, signed an unusual "risk acknowledgement" saying that the agency's mitigation plan for rigorous monitoring and ongoing tests did "not reduce the (security) risk to the ... system itself going into operation on October 1, 2013."
HealthCare.gov exchanges data through a massive hub that includes the IRS, the Social Security Administration, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, the Defense Department, the Office of Personnel Management and the Peace Corps.
Both Democrats and Republicans have raised security concerns in two days of Senate hearings. Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress she did not know about the special security waiver that her agency head, Tavenner, granted the website.
"I was not aware of this and I did not have these discussions with the White House because I wasn't aware of them," Sebelius testified.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., asked, "Did the White House know there had been no end-to-end testing of the security aspects of the exchange?"
"I think the White House was aware of operational issues involving end-to-end testing and I - I don't know of the specifics of - again, I did not have the discussions about this authority to operate issue with the White House," said Sebelius.
"This is a paramount concern," said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at a hearing Tuesday. "Consumers have to be absolutely certain that when they go on and they fill out that application ... no one can hack into that and steal their Social Security numbers or identity."
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, asked Tavenner Tuesday about the website's unusual security authorization without the required testing.
"Are you the official at CMS responsible for making...the security authorization decisions?" Roberts asked.
Tavenner replied, "So I think in the case, because of the visibility of the exchange, the Chief Information Officer wanted to make me aware of it and I agreed to sign it with their recommendation to proceed."
Wednesday, an HHS spokesman said that the reason Tavenner, not Trenkle, signed the security authorization is because HealthCare.gov is "a high-profile project and CMS felt it warranted having the administrator sign the authority to operate memo." HHS also says there is an aggressive risk mitigation plan in effect, "the privacy and security of consumers personal information is a top priority for us" and personal information is "protected by stringent security standards."
Georgetown Law professor Lawrence Gostin is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and helped Congress write the law to meet constitutional standards. But he's critical of the launch without proper security.

"They should've really had this fully tested from top to bottom before the rollout," Gostin told CBS News. "It would've made so much more sense politically, policy-wise and from a security and privacy perspective."

208 comments:

  1. $15.00 Minimum Wage passes in SeaTac, Washington.

    Sea Tac

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    1. Did you go thru SeaTac on your way to 'Nam, Rufus?

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    2. I spent 2 weeks at Fort Something up there doing nothing in Reserve "Service"

      Fort Lewis, it was, I think.

      I wore a wig over my hair to present a proper military bearing.

      Freaked out some guys when I took it off.

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    3. "The most commonly spoken foreign languages in SeaTac are, in order, Spanish, Somali, and Punjabi."

      I've got to touch up my Punjabi, somewhat.

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    4. 45.9 White

      The "browning" of America continues.

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    5. I went thru Anchorage once too.

      Don't remember if I flew from SeaTac to Anchorage, or not.

      Made the Trans Pacific both ways twice, for sure.

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    6. The truly interesting number to come out of the off-off year election in Va, I thought, was the 20% Black vote, compared to 16% in 2009.

      Demographics is Destiny.

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    7. Australia only lets in well to do folk.

      Teddy Kennedy's Amerika favors low skilled folk.

      ...although some of those Punjabi speakers are probly software engineers.

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    8. We prefer Eva Air for flights to and from the Philippines. Based out of Taipei. The airplane food tastes like it came from an actual Chinese restaurant rather than some Aunt Jemima microwave TV breakfast.

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    9. Neva heard of Eva:
      Do you stopover in Honoruurur?

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    10. I flew Northwest and United.
      Northwest went the way I am going.
      Out.

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    11. Rufus IIThu Nov 07, 09:05:00 AM EST
      $15.00 Minimum Wage passes in SeaTac, Washington.


      LOL.....

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    12. Why stop there? How about free homes, bus passes, gas, food, phones, cable?

      Oh yeah... that's already covered....

      LOL

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  2. And of course this $15 an hour is going to be eaten by the evil IHOP corporation, not passed on to your breakfast tab. Sure...

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  3. The "browning" of America continues.

    Everyone is brown anyway. Some people are more brown than others. Some "white" people pay to be brown, or if they're lazy like John Kerry put the brown on from a bottle and it comes out orange. I'm the color of a Starbucks latte myself. Means absolutely nothing, never did. The 21st Century is going to rock.

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    1. You can probably pay an extra quarter, or half-dollar, for breakfast if you're making an extra $240.00/wk.

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    2. money for nothing and the tricks are for free....

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    3. raise the wages...

      print money to devalue the dollar...

      tires are 800 hundred bucks..

      insurance? thru the roof..

      money is meaningless.

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  4. A few weeks ago, the Australian government raised minimum wage to A$15 an hour (about $15.30 USD). It's more than double the federal minimum wage in the United States.

    Statists say that Australia is proof that minimum wage laws help workers. They point to Australia's 5.1% unemployment rate. On my last show, Steven Greenhouse, the author of "The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker" said "the economy of Australia probably, right now, is doing better than the economy of the United States."

    But statists ignore the details.

    Most people who earn minimum wage are young, unskilled workers. How are they doing in Australia?

    In June, Australia's unemployment rate for workers age 15 to 19 was 16.5%.

    Last December, 63% of all jobs lost were jobs for young, unskilled Australians.

    It's simple: when the price of something goes up, people buy less. So when the price of labor goes up, employers hire less.

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    1. My first thought is to wonder how the minimum wage is enforced. Does it apply to all jobs? I know it doesn’t apply to all ages at the same rate–younger workers confront a lower minimum wage:

      For junior employees, the minimum rates are:
      Under 16 years of age $5.87
      At 16 years of age $7.55
      At 17 years of age $9.22
      At 18 years of age $10.90
      At 19 years of age $13.17
      At 20 years of age $15.59.

      But still, every one over 20 years of age earns at least $15.59 per hour?
      Shouldn’t that lead to more unemployment than 5.4%?

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    2. It sems that the "Standard" argument made by Mr Stossel does not bear out.
      Those young workers are paid substantially less, on the graduated scale, than the older workers in Australia.

      According to Mr Stossel's model those younger people should be the first hired, then let go when they "age".
      This does not seem to be the case. If the market forces, the hidden hand, is moving, it is going left, not right.

      Or is it?

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    3. Not really. There's been no Definitive Empirical Evidence that a higher minimum wage increases unemployment to any significant extent. In fact, there have been some studies that pointed to the opposite.

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    4. Hmm. What is an award? Here’s some help:

      How to find an award

      Which modern award (or other arrangement) am I covered by?

      The 122 modern awards replace thousands of federal and state based awards, so finding your modern award can be complex. It will depend on factors including the relevant job type and duties, any exclusions that apply in the modern award and what your previous federal or state award (pre-modern award) was.

      You’ll need to know which award covers you to use many of the tools on this website.

      To work out your pay rates, you will most likely need to know both your modern award and your pre-modern award. There are a number of ways you can locate your modern award:

      use our online tool Award Finder
      browse our A-Z of modern awards
      use the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) Draft Awards audit spreadsheet


      One thing I’ve learned. I don’t know enough about Australia’s labor market regulations but it doesn’t appear to be anything remotely like what we call a market here in the US.

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    5. People buy more when they can "Afford" to buy more.

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    6. And it turns out that unpaid work is on the rise among young people in Australia–what we call an internship here in the US–a way of avoiding the minimum wage–somehow the minimum wage applies unless you pay ZERO. In which case it’s OK.

      Here’s a charming excerpt from a recent government study of unpaid work:

      The report extrapolates that, if the trend in unpaid internships is left unchecked, it is likely to gather pace as it has done in other countries like the United States, where employers are forced by their competitors into a ‘race to the bottom’. However, the report also notes that concern about unpaid work arrangements, especially as they impact on
      young people, has become a focus in other developed economies in recent years, especially since the Global Financial Crisis. In the United Kingdom, for instance, the present government has made a concerted effort in recent years to end any exploitation and to ensure fair access by all to the labour market.


      http://cafehayek.com/2013/03/australias-minimum-wage.html

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    7. You might remember this: Median Wealth in Australia is approx. 4 Times what it is in the U.S.

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    8. Australians have the highest median wealth in the world, with average household wealth having grown a staggering 13% a year since 2000, Credit Suisse’s annual global wealth report, released yesterday, shows.
      The world’s done well since 2000. Total global wealth has doubled since 2000, global financial crisis notwithstanding.

      This has been driven by emerging markets.

      But Australia is unique among the developed nations surveyed by Credit Suisse in also having experienced staggering growth in wealth over the period.

      Australia’s average wealth per adult is US$402,600 (AU$426,100), which is the second-highest in the world after Switzerland. Australia’s median wealth, however, is the highest in the world, at US$219,500 (AU$233,504).
      Median wealth is the wealth of the middle wealthiest person in Australia, and so would be higher in a relatively equal society. When it comes to wealth distribution, most (62.6%) Australians had wealth between US$100,000 and US$1 million. Only 6.9% of Australians had a net worth of under $10,000 – a very low proportion by global standards.

      Australia’s wealth is heavily skewed towards ‘real assets’ as opposed to financial ones. Australians have the second-highest real asset allocation in the world, behind only Norway, with most of our wealth being bundled up in our houses.



      So if you conquer a big almost empty island you can get rich..

      Are the Australians not settlers and occupiers?

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    9. .

      Not really interested in this issue but in looking through the posts would only observe that in judging the effects of a rise in minimum wage you would have to look at a number of factors, not just a single one such as unemployment rates. At a minimum you would have to look at not only unemployment rates but also employment rates, whether the law is local or national, economic conditions, demographics, etc.

      .

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  5. Of the 20% of Virginians that said "Abortion" was their number one issue, Cuccinelli only received 34% of the vote (6.8)

    That means the other two got 13.2.

    He netted out -5.4

    He only lost the total by a little less than 3.

    Birth Control/Abortion sank the cooch.

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    1. No surprise there, the Tea Party has a largely libertarian base, rather than social and "permanent war" conservatives.

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    2. Most "Libertarians" do not favor government limitations on abortion.
      Believing those limitations are intrusions upon an individual's freedom and liberty.

      Discounting the individuality of the human fetus in the process.

      If those Libertarians amongst the 6.6% of the Virginia electorate had not voted "Libertarian", factor the 66% of that 20% motivated by "Abortion". Those voters would not have voted for Cuccinelli, ever.

      If they were forced to choose, they would have chosen to not vote for Cuccinelli



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    3. He was outspent by 3/1 and had no vocal support from the party. Mac is lucky that the Repucks dislike nonconformists; his win, under the circumstances was close run, indeed.

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    4. You are saying, Ms T, that the reporting and commentary, describing Mr Cuccinelli as a "Tea Party" conservative were wrong, that the commentators and pundits were misleading the readers and watchers?

      Or that the "Tea Party" is an amorphous title to a non-existent "Political Machine".
      To be used by the media and politicians to describe the Fudds of America.

      The simpletons embrace the identity that is projected upon them by the manipulators.
      The most ardent "Tea Bagger" on the blog, the Anonymous contributor who became, he proclaimed ....

      . . . . . . Authentic Fudd . . . . . . . .


      illustrative of the process

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    5. >"Nobody remembers who came in second."

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    6. Like other peoples' kids, the tea partiers were cute at first, but drew wearisome, quickly.

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    9. Mr Cuccenilli was outspent 3/1 because the Republicans with money, corporate business men and wealthy individuals in Virginia and around the country did not support his positions.
      Or they found him repulsive on a more personal, personable level.

      Regardless of their motives, Republican contributors did not rally to Mr Cuccenelli.
      He was out maneuvered and out spent.

      Obviously not qualified for the job of Governor of Virginia.
      Flubbed the interview, the other guy had a better presentation, wanted it more.

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    10. The blog's most ardent "Tea Bagger", Anonymous, is the least Libertarian of the contributors.

      Perhaps i is Ms T's perception of what the "Tea Party" really is all about, is skewed by her own biases.

      What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.
      Julius Caesar

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    11. This from the guy who wants Obama to mint a trillion dollar coin and bypass the Article I Legislative Branch's power to appropriate funds.

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    12. Mr. Cuccenilli would not have been the first bitter pill swallowed by Repucks. I

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    13. Ms T, in the event of the House of Representatives not allowing an increase in the Debt limit, the President would be obligated to pay the nation's debts, on way or another.

      If he ordered Mr Lew to mint a few of he Platinums, it would be in accordance with Congressional authority. He has already been empowered o mint those coins, at his or the Secretary of the Treasury's discretion

      Sovereign governments such as the United States can print new money.
      However, there’s a statutory limit to the amount of paper currency that can be in circulation at any one time.
      Ironically, there’s no similar limit on the amount of coinage.

      A little-known statute gives the secretary of the Treasury the authority to issue platinum coins in any denomination.

      So some commentators have suggested that the Treasury create two $1 trillion coins, deposit them in its account in the Federal Reserve and write checks on the proceeds.

      It’s right here in 31 USC § 5112
      “Denominations, specifications, and design of coins.” It’s super-prescriptive about all kinds of things until you get to section (k):

      (k) The Secretary may mint and issue platinum bullion coins and proof platinum coins in accordance with such specifications, designs, varieties, quantities, denominations, and inscriptions as the Secretary, in the Secretary’s discretion, may prescribe from time to time.

      It actually seems to me that there’s a colorable argument that President Obama is legally obliged to order Secretary Geithner (now Lew) to order the mint to start creating large denomination platinum coins.

      The debt ceiling is legally binding. We can’t borrow any more money.
      But at the same time, the Social Security Act is still valid.
      There are appropriations bills that extend through September.
      The assumption is that starting August 2, the Treasury will start “prioritizing” payments.

      But whence the legal authority to do that.

      By contrast, the legal authority to mint platinum coins is right there in the statute.
      This would, I assume, lead to a downgrading of American sovereign debt.


      http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/07/28/282471/the-platinum-coin-option/

      http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2011/07/28/282471/the-platinum-coin-option/

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  6. Most "Libertarians" do not favor government limitations on abortion.
    Believing those limitations are intrusions upon an individual's freedom and liberty.


    Not only that, we find the entire topic boring, much like the idea of sending left-handed people or gay people to re-education camps. You don't even care about abortion except as a hammer to beat WiO over the head.

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    1. Pretty much so, it is not even "Abortion", it is the chasm that exists between Judaism and the secular state of Israel.
      The chasm that exists between modern politics and archaic religions.
      Which he acknowledges in regards Islam, but denies Judaic equivalency.

      Abortion is with out doubt the most public and provocative of the example of the chasm between secular Israel and Judaism.

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    2. "Every sperm is precious..." :-) How do you cash a trillion dollar coin?

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    3. Abortion would not be legal in a "Jewish State".
      Doubtful you'd garner the Chief Rabbinate of Israel's "Stamp of Approval".

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    4. His concern for the rate of abortion in his own country is made conspicuous only by its absence.

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    5. A fetus is more than just sperm.

      To equate the two, childish.

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    6. So, it's another day about Israel. Oh Goody!

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    7. There's a crapload of Mitzot you can't even do anymore because there's no altar, no tabernacle, no temple. Torah is a living document, it seems. And who elected the Chief Rabbi pope?

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    8. You will have to take that up with Monty Python and the Catholic Church. What is silly is your faux concern for the rate of abortion in a country not your own. You have no idea what Jewish religious law says about abortion.

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    9. Re: Chief Rabbi

      It is a political appointment and it is not the exclusive repository of Jewish law.

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    10. Numbers 5:

      [12] Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man's wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him,

      [13] And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner;

      [14] And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:

      [15] Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance.

      [16] And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD:

      [17] And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:

      [18] And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman's head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:

      [19] And the priest shall charge her by an oath, and say unto the woman, If no man have lain with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness with another instead of thy husband, be thou free from this bitter water that causeth the curse:

      [20] But if thou hast gone aside to another instead of thy husband, and if thou be defiled, and some man have lain with thee beside thine husband:

      [21] Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell;

      [22] And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen.

      [23] And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall blot them out with the bitter water:

      [24] And he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter water that causeth the curse: and the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter.

      [25] Then the priest shall take the jealousy offering out of the woman's hand, and shall wave the offering before the LORD, and offer it upon the altar:

      [26] And the priest shall take an handful of the offering, even the memorial thereof, and burn it upon the altar, and afterward shall cause the woman to drink the water.

      [27] And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.

      [28] And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.

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    11. Only a misogynist would conflate a fetus to a spermatozoa

      Only a misogynist would compare an abortion to a spermicide

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    12. Bella, dear heart, it was a joke from Monty Python. It's called humor. By the way, I know a great proctologist; he'll get a smile back on that face in no time.

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    13. What is a Semite? Thu Nov 07, 12:06:00 PM EST
      Abortion would not be legal in a "Jewish State".
      Doubtful you'd garner the Chief Rabbinate of Israel's "Stamp of Approval".

      Abortion WOULD be legal in a Jewish state. Back in the day when ill fated Roman Catholic women were killed to save the baby, the opposite was the case among Jews. There are perfectly legitimate reasons for abortion under Jewish law. Moreover, that some Jews are imperfect does not delegitimize the Jewish state or the Torah.

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    14. Well, if you have to explain a joke, it was not a very good joke.

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    15. Bella darling, G-d's plan for the universe obviously is not based on human perfection -- normally -- but there is you...

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    16. Bella AbzugThu Nov 07, 02:43:00 PM EST
      Well, if you have to explain a joke, it was not a very good joke.

      Monty Python did very well with it. You don't get out much, do you?

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    17. Monty Python, of course I know Monty Python.
      Believe me, allen, you are no Monty Python.

      You just do not have the same delivery or timing, you lack that sense of comedic style that made Monty Python so unique, sorry.

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    18. WNET, Channel Thirteen in New York.
      They ran the Monty Python's Flying Circus on a regular basis.

      Public television, allen, it was quite the thing, back in the day.

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    19. Re: Monty Python

      Fortunately for all here at the Libertarian, we have you.

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    20. Teresita RedingerThu Nov 07, 12:16:00 PM EST
      Numbers 5:


      Your posting of just what you understand as Jewish Law is quite comical. It's a shame the depth of your understanding of another culture/people's is that of a match book cover. Seriously you really don't have a clue how comical it is to watch you post about what you can't even conceive of...

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  7. The poll's findings are good news for Obamacare supporters who worry the problems and bad press could dissuade people from signing up, particularly the young and healthy who are crucial to diversifying the pool of insured and keeping premiums down.

    The uninsured view the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, more favorably since online marketplaces opened - 44 percent compared with 37 percent in September, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll. It found that 56 percent oppose the program compared with 63 percent in September.

    A higher proportion of the uninsured also said they are interested in buying insurance on the exchanges, with 42 percent in October, saying they were likely to enroll compared with 37 percent in September. The results have a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

    For a graphic, see: link.reuters.com/myw44v

    "The launch of the exchanges, that's the . . . . . .

    Slowly ticking up

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    1. And there are 3.5 million newly uninsured thanks to Obamacare.

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    2. 1.3% of those covered by existing health insurance policies.
      Which may or may not be close to the norm, as regards annual cancellations

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    3. Existing health insurance policies such as, "Go to an emergency room, get treated, skip out on the bill".

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    4. That's about 12% of the residents of the United States, Ms T.

      47 million people not included in the private insurance pools

      Under the ACA, they will be.
      Premiums paid by the individual or the government, into the private insurance pools.

      Fines to be paid for noncompliance described by the Court as a form of taxation.

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    5. Those 3.5 million that were dropped, will all be picked up, by a private insurance provider.
      It's "mandated" coverage. It has to be issued.

      Medical preconditions are not cause for exclusion from private health insurance coverage.

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    6. I'm really amazed that the "economists" have ignored the most interesting question regarding the ACA. To wit:

      The ACA is a pretty large, but far from simple, "wealth transference."

      At its most simplistic, it borrows money from the wealthy, and gives it, in differing doses, to Hospitals, Doctors, Clinics, the Pharmaceutical industry (including the home-town pharmacy, and to the poor, themselves, who will turn around and spend it at Walmart, the Dollar Store, McDonalds, etc.

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    7. A tremendous boon for the private insurance companies.
      47 million people to be added to the pool.
      The water level and thus, profitability will rise.

      May just be one of the reasons the Heritage Foundation first presented the Program to the public.
      Why Mitt Romney, friend to finance, established the Program in Massachusetts.

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  8. Teresita Redinger is so fat she needs help putting her panties on.

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    1. No trouble with the bra though - they don't make 'em that big.

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    2. It is indicative of Hegelian misogynists ....

      The hateful slurs, mocking, sneering, racial insults, un-humorous "jokes," accusations and slander are such a big part of their repertoire.

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    3. She looks like nothing so much as one of those figurines of earth moms, fertility goddesses of the early Paleolithic.

      There, I have paid you back, three to one.

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    4. Navajo Ranger is a new one. I may be low on my estimate of seven. So I will go either aliases the Doodle will use today.

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    5. I will go eight aliases Whackadoodle will use today.

      It's his technique of making it appear that some other fools agree with his 'positions' which are really just simple cathected emotions.

      He is one his better behavior so far today though - no 'f' -ing words yet and very little spittle and drool.

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    6. Navajo Cleanser would be accurate. Navajo Ranger not so much.

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    7. “A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”

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    8. “It's all you think about, all you talk about,
      and all you want us to talk about.
      What in the world would we call something like that?
      Oh, yeah!
      An obsession!”

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    9. Teresita Redinger is so fat she needs help putting her panties on.

      115 lbs. Me so fat now Missa Eddie Fodder.

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  9. >>>>What is "Occupation"Thu Nov 07, 10:46:00 AM EST
    raise the wages...

    print money to devalue the dollar...

    tires are 800 hundred bucks..

    insurance? thru the roof..

    money is meaningless<<<<

    I agree with this but would add the farm is everything.

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  10. Libertarians are pro-choice, which explains why Whackadoodle favors Israel's and the West's stance on the subject

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    1. Abortion splits the Libertarians..

      There are some that believe in endowing the human life, even dung the prenatal stages of development the same basic human rights due every stage of human development.

      That the prenatal life is no less human than of infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the aged.

      And no less deserving of legal and moral protections from those that would abuse the natural rights of a human beings.

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    2. The prenatal human life, in the womb of a Jewish woman, is Jewish.
      Terminate that life, murder a Jew

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    3. .E. Newman,

      The prenatal human life, in the womb of a Jewish woman, is Jewish.
      Terminate that life, murder a Jew

      That is a gentile opinion of one. It is not Jewish law. Given, however, that it is your opinion, it would carry the weight of universal truth.

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  11. How many aliases will Whacky use today?

    Today's office pool question.

    I'm in for seven.

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  12. So far today it looks like the only really meaningful statement so far is the one by WiO I just quoted above.

    Besides my own of course.

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    1. The many faces of Anonymous

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  13. November 7, 2013
    President Barack Obama built that
    Ethel C. Fenig

    Who says President Barack Obama (D) hasn't accomplished anything? Not Global Language Monitor, an Austin, Texas based firm helping clients protect their branded products. Analyzing the number of times a word has been used, they have announced http://www.languagemonitor.com/ that thanks to the spectacular failure of Obamacare, 404, the internet term for not found, error or system failure is the top word. Out of the 10 top words, six gained negative prominence under the Obama administration.

    404 was followed by fail, hashtag, @pontifex, and the Optic. Rounding out the top ten were surveillance, drones, deficit, sequestration, and emancipate. 404 is the near-universal numeric code for failure on the global Internet, augmenting its original use as 'page not found'. The single word fail is often used together with 404 to signify complete failure of an effort, project, or endeavor.
    (snip)


    ...said Paul JJ Payack, President and Chief Word Analyst of the Global Language Monitor. "The recent ObamaCare launch debacle in the US is only a representative example of a much wider system fail, from the political deadlock in the US Government, to the decline of the dollar, to the global web of intrigue and surveillance by the NSA, to the uncertainty regarding the European Union, and the on-going integration of China and other rising powers, such as India and Brazil into the global economic system."
    Yep, that about sums up the Obama administration--total system fail.

    Congratulations President Obama--you built that!

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    1. .

      I learned a new word recently and it also was used in an article discussing Obama.

      RETCON

      Stands for,

      Retroactive Continuity: retcon for short, is the alteration of previously established facts in the continuity of a fictional work.

      Perfectly applicable in the case of nearly all of what Obama does. It is especially so based on its origins in the comic book industry. Over time, when origin facts in a serial story do not fit a new direction the author wants to pursue, he merely goes back and 'retcons' the original facts to fit the new direction.

      No harm done in the comic book industry. But in politics, at the national level, it smacks of the job Winston Smith had in the Bureau of Truth, going back and changing history with the swipe of a pen.

      .

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    2. “The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.”

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    4. Quirk,

      I came to the conclusion that the women we met were either dumber than rocks or that they were merely looking for an excuse, any excuse, to get fucked.

      That is the same way I view supporters of Obama.

      It is possible that they could have been both. :-)

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      :)

      I had pulled the post before you put up your response Allen.

      So as not to leave you hanging, I re-post it with one slight editorial change.





      QuirkThu Nov 07, 02:10:00 PM EST

      .

      Obama as the 'first Jewish president'? Hardly.

      Obama as the 'first retcon president'? Naw, they all do it.

      Obama as the 'worst retcon president'? I'm sure there would be plenty of votes for that one.

      =====================

      After I first got divorced, I hung with a couple guys whose primary avocation in life was to get laid. Over the years I spent with them, nearly twenty, they each went through hundreds of women. I did well myself just from the residual, the overflow if you like. However, I could never come close to matching them because of their technique. They never stopped talking. But this was not Sartre/Camus dialogue, it was merely a steady stream of inane, unadulterated bullshit. At times, even though usually high on drinks or drugs, it got so bad it was actually embarrassing.

      The women loved it. In fact, they ate it up.

      Now the guys were good looking, but still.

      I came to the conclusion that the women we met were either dumber than rocks or that they were merely looking for an excuse, any excuse, to get screwed.

      That is the same way I view supporters of Obama.

      .




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    6. .

      And, you are right, it is possible they were both. On the other hand, this was for the most part post 60' and pre-aids. Of course, it was also pre-'hookups' too.

      But Obama supporters don't have that excuse.

      :)

      .

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  14. Iran demands right to expand nuke program...

    Pakistan 'ready to deliver nuclear weapons to Saudi Arabia'......drudge

    Wunnerful wunnerful wunnerful......it's all good.....a nuclear war between shia and sunni......

    The human race is not capable of governing itself and in certain odd circumstances it almost seems a blessing.

    out till later

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    1. Once again a fabled Anonymous contributor reminds us that the United States really needs to get moving on a Energy Independence program. That the 3,000 ethanol distilleries that rufus continually advocates for, makes sense.

      If the Persian Gulf area becomes irradiated, though the detonation of numerous nuclear weapons,
      Well bang ,bang, there goes the oil!

      If Anonymous's fears are realized, the Brazilians would become the most dominant economy in the world.
      Energy independent, through indigenous ethanol.

      The United States could do it, too!

      We COULD build that!

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  15. After Outside Pressure, Rebels in Congo Lay Down Their Arms


    The rebel surrender offered new hope for a region where conflict — and the failed international attempts to stop it — has gone on for so many years that it has often come to seem unresolvable, even inevitable.

    “In a region that has suffered so much, this is obviously a significant positive step in the right direction,” Russ Feingold, the United States special envoy to the Great Lakes region of Africa, said at a news briefing.

    Only a year ago, the rebels seized the provincial capital of Goma while the much-derided United Nations peacekeeping force, for years the largest and most expensive in the world, stood by and watched as the city was sacked.

    But the stinging defeat helped bring about a change in strategy. On the battlefield, the United Nations Security Council tried something new, giving its peacekeepers orders to go on the offensive and hunt down the rebels, not just wait for civilians to come under threat, for the first time.

    “If there is no peace, there is nothing to keep,” said the United Nations representative to Congo, Martin Kobler, expressing the philosophy behind the new United Nations intervention brigade.

    On the diplomatic front, the United States, the European Union, Britain and other nations had already begun cutting aid to Rwanda — which has been accused of helping arm, coordinate and recruit fighters for the insurrection — in a move that appears to have shorn the rebels of badly needed support.

    And within Congo itself, the embarrassing loss of a major city spurred the military to reorganize its ranks. It removed ineffective officers, raised morale with better equipment and more consistent pay, and quickly became a more effective fighting force that swept over the rebels.

    “This is historic,” said Jason Stearns, an author, blogger and Congo expert. “This would be the first time since 1996 that the Congolese Army defeats a major armed group and that Rwanda has no armed ally in the eastern Congo.”

    On Tuesday, the rebels, known as M23, announced that they were ending the 20-month rebellion that had brought renewed instability, uncertainty and conflict to the eastern part of Congo. After suffering a string of recent defeats, the group’s chairman, Bertrand Bisimwa, said that M23 had decided “to pursue by purely political means the search for solutions to the root causes which led to its creation.”

    Barely a year ago, M23 occupied Goma, a city of roughly one million people and a major commercial center in the eastern part of the country. The occupation was M23’s high-water mark as a force in the area, but the seizure of the city may have also sown the seeds of its undoing.

    The United Nations, which had a significant number of peacekeeping troops in the city, soon authorized a new intervention brigade of 3,000 troops, with an aggressive new mandate.

    Likewise, Congo recalled dozens of officers to the capital, Kinshasa, streamlining an army often best known for corruption and human rights abuses.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/06/world/africa/m23-rebels-democratic-republic-congo.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0

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  16. >>>>QuirkThu Nov 07, 01:43:00 PM EST
    .

    I learned a new word recently and it also was used in an article discussing Obama.

    RETCON

    Stands for,

    Retroactive Continuity: retcon for short, is the alteration of previously established facts in the continuity of a fictional work.

    Perfectly applicable in the case of nearly all of what Obama does. It is especially so based on its origins in the comic book industry. Over time, when origin facts in a serial story do not fit a new direction the author wants to pursue, he merely goes back and 'retcons' the original facts to fit the new direction.

    No harm done in the comic book industry.<<<<
    Sounds to me like you are describing The Whackadoodle here on this blog.

    Lots of harm done in the blog industry.

    I shall call the pro asshole Retcon once in a while to remind.

    Or, maybe Ratcon, ratcon is better......

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  17. ratcon is excellent, bob. Carries the idea of jail bird and con man too!

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    1. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 05:41:00 PM EST

      Yeah, i like it a lot!

      Robert Ratcon - Authentic Fudd

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  18. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 05:01:00 PM EST

    Anonymous Million Mask March members protest in downtown L.A.



    By Robert J. Lopez

    Members of the Anonymous Million Mask March movement hit the streets of Los Angeles on Tuesday evening as part of what they described as a global protest against corporate greed and government oppression.

    The marches, during which protesters wore anonymous masks, took place in cities including Melbourne, London, Prague and Washington, D.C., organizers said.

    "Worldwide, every day, our rights are being taken away," said a protester who identified himself as Guy.

    "We are here to stand up for our rights," said another marcher who identified herself as Rhapsody. 
    They and other members of the group gathered in front of The Times building on Tuesday evening after marching from Pershing Square to the Federal Reserve building, where protesters said they were forced to leave by security personnel.

    They said members of the movement were participating in a seven-day "universal boycott" of corporations, which they faulted for greedy, abusive practices.

    "The power is with the people," one protester shouted, saying the group represented the interests of 99% of the global population. "They are sick and tired of not being heard."


    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-million-mask-march-los-angeles-20131105,0,5416448.story#axzz2jpnvsn8c

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    1. .

      I've ordered Guy Fawkes masks as Christmas presents.

      .

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    2. . . . . . . We are the World! . . . . . . .

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    3. In my opinion, Guy Fawkes' Day gets too little attention. There just aren't many holidays left where we can celebrate the strangulation, castration, disembowelment, decapitation, and quartering of a celebrity.

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    4. If there is High Treason, what is lower and lowest treason? Further, is there doping in bull fighting?

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    5. Why am I suddenly thinking of Miley Cyrus? Hmm...

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  19. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 05:06:00 PM EST

    Posted by - Robert Ratcon - Authentic Fudd


    Progress Reported in 'Tough' Iran Nuclear Talks

    GENEVA — Iranian and United Nations negotiators held a series of meetings Thursday in Geneva, which Iran's foreign minister said were "tough" but resulted in some progress. No one is providing details of the proposals and counter-proposals, but a general picture has emerged.

    Following Thursday's talks Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zaif told CNN that an agreement with six world powers to resolve the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program is possible by the end of talks on Friday.

    "it is possible to reach an understanding or an agreement before we close these negotiations tomorrow evening," Zaif said, adding that Tehran was not willing to suspend uranium enrichment "in its entirety,"

    A senior U.S. official said the negotiators are working on a “first step” agreement that would freeze, and perhaps roll back, Iran's nuclear program in return for some limited relief from crippling economic sanctions.

    How much each side would do, however, in this “first step” is still in dispute.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that would give the negotiators more time to work out the complex details of a long-term agreement on Iran's nuclear program and potentially a full lifting of sanctions.

    Experts believe that agreement would have to allow Iran to enrich uranium, but would put limits on the extent of enrichment and provide for inspections to reassure the international community that Iran is not collecting fuel for a nuclear bomb.

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  20. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 05:11:00 PM EST

    Remember that childhood story, . . .

    The Boy Who Cried Wolf"

    here is the adult version


    Netanyahu sees reported deal on easing Iran sanctions as ‘historic mistake’


    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Amid reports that a deal is near that would ease crippling sanctions on Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “historic mistake.”

    An agreement on what is being called a first-step deal is expected by Friday, when the current round of negotiations in Geneva between Western powers and Iran is scheduled to end.

    The P5+1 world powers, comprised of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (Russia, the United States, China, France and Britain) plus Germany, began a new round of negotiations on Thursday with Iran in an effort to halt the Islamic Republic’s suspected nuclear weapons program.

    Under the reported Western proposal, Iran would receive limited sanctions relief in exchange for an agreement to curtail nuclear enrichment activities.

    “This is the deal of the century, for Iran,” Netanyahu told a group of visiting U.S. congressmen on Thursday. “Because Iran is essentially giving nothing and it’s getting all the air taken out, the air begins to be taken out of the pressure cooker that it took years to build in the sanctions regime.

    “What we’re having today is a situation that Iran is giving up, at best, a few days of enrichment time, but the whole international regime’s sanctions policy has the air taken out of it. That’s a big mistake. It will relieve all the pressure inside Iran; it is a historic mistake, a grievous historic error.”

    Iran insists that its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes.

    Read more: http://www.jta.org/2013/11/07/news-opinion/israel-middle-east/netanyahu-calls-reported-deal-between-iran-and-west-a-big-mistake#ixzz2k04dfOxL

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    1. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 05:13:00 PM EST

      That posted piece above was by me, Robert Ratson - Authentic Fudd

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    2. The only air that leaking is the air in Bibi's propaganda balloon.

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    3. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 05:32:00 PM EST

      (-'

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    4. Teresita RedingerThu Nov 07, 05:26:00 PM EST
      The only air that leaking is the air in Bibi's propaganda balloon.

      tell ya what, Israel will not allow Iran to nuke the Jewish people. Call that propaganda? If you wish.

      But from where I sit? If you are the head of Iran, calling it a BASTARD nation that needs to be erased?

      Well where I come from that is a CLEAR threat. Couple that with a few billions in rockets that Iran has supplied to Hezbollah and Hamas? I'd say their threat is real...


      Not to worry, Iran will cause it's own destruction.

      Just don't say I didn't warn you.

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    5. Fudd Busters InternationalThu Nov 07, 06:31:00 PM EST

      You thought desert rat presented a clear and present danger.
      Enough so as to cause you to file a criminal complaint with the FBI

      Obviously your capabilities in Threat Assessment are less than credible.

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    6. Robert, is it Ratcon or Ratson?

      Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 05:13:00 PM EST
      That posted piece above was by me, Robert Ratson - Authentic Fudd

      Or do you know for sure?

      At any rate someone e-mailed me this link and said it was Whackadoodle in symbols.

      Perhaps his toxicity has affected your mind?

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    7. https://www.google.com/search?q=radioactivity+symbol&espv=210&es_sm=93&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=KTh8UojJM6uZjALfhICACQ&ved=0CDYQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=667#facrc=0%3Btoxic%20symbol&imgdii=_&imgrc=_

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    8. Bobby Ratconson ain't bad.

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    9. Dear Fudd,

      What would you KNOW? Who are you? You are a made up cartoon character... A nothing..

      A vapor... Just keys on a screen...

      Now the criminal I filed a complaint against? Well known as a crazy dude with a spotted past. The AZ FBI knew him for sure.

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    10. George Gordon ByronThu Nov 07, 09:21:00 PM EST


      “But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
      Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
      That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.”

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  21. So if the view prevails that the Fed will keep printing dollars with abandon while the ECB remains straitjacketed, the euro could rise again. (More dollars versus euros in future circulation equals a stronger euro, all things being equal.)

    In fact, the European currency has already bounced solidly off the lows it hit after the rate cut news earlier Thursday. Less than an hour before the close of trading, it’s currently down around a cent, or 0.7%.

    What matters now is the longer term trend. The coming week’s news could help to define that.

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  22. Abortion splits the Libertarians...

    An anti-choice Libertarian is a stark contradiction of terms, like Compassionate Conservative, or Liberal Think Tank.

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    1. Not at all, Ms T.

      If you acknowledge that prenatal life is a human life, then they way forward is clear ...

      Human life must be respected, it is at the core of Libertarian values.
      The Natural Rights with which all human life is endowed play a keystone role in Libertarian philosophy and ideology...

      If prenatal life is human, and I believe it is, then at some point in the gestation period the fetus deserves the legal protections afforded every individual from violence and mayhem due all free people.

      Being a Libertarian is not the same as an Anarchist.

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    2. I'd wager the percentage of anti-choice libertarians roughly matches the prevalence of actual (not trolling straight chick) lesbian Republicans.

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    3. “First, individual rights cannot be sacrificed for the sake of the general good.

      Second, the principles of justice that specify these rights cannot be premised on any particular vision of the good life.

      What justifies the rights is not that they maximize the general welfare or otherwise promote the good,…
      but rather that they comprise a fair framework within which individuals and groups can choose their own values and ends, …

      consistent with a similar liberty for others.”

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    4. The Supreme Court drew the line at Viable.

      put it at 24 weeks

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    5. Why does the zygote's life take precedence over the mother, Rat? How does the libertarian justify the States control of a persons body because a zygotes life depends solely upon that person? Seems to me the logical libertarian view would be to deny the State the right to tell a person how they should use their body.

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    6. i.e. the logical stance for a libertarian is to allow a person to choose what to do with the zygote.

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    7. When we look at the meaning of liberty, three of the definitions apply directly to this discussion

      Full Definition of LIBERTY
      1
      : the quality or state of being free:
      a : the power to do as one pleases
      b : freedom from physical restraint
      c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control
      d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges
      e : the power of choice


      The challenge - balance the liberty of the woman bearing the prenatal human life with the liberty of that prenatal life.

      I think the latest Texas legislation is an appropriate piece of legislation, attempting to find that balance point.
      20 weeks into the gestation, as the cut-off period for terminating the prenatal tissue mass, seems a reasonable solution to a challenging social flashpoint..

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    8. On top of the above there is the libertarian view of the definition of life. Is it for the State to define what a life is or is it up to the individual? It is not a given that human life begins at conception. Let the woman decide!

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    9. If the mother's life is in endangered, ash, exemptions could be made, late term.

      But at at some point the tissue mass is a human life.
      Prenatal life is human, of that there is no doubt.

      Call it whatever you want, it makes no difference, it is human.

      In the Texas model, the woman has twenty weeks to pursue her abortion options, before the tissue mass gains legal standing as a person.
      A person who deserves societal protection.


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    10. "But at at some point the tissue mass is a human life."

      Correct!

      At some point! The logical stance for a libertarian is not for the State to make decision but the individual. Once the developing tissue can survive separate from the mother then it is entitled to constitutional protections.

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    11. Libertarianism is not the Anarchy you are advocating for, ash.

      Libertarianism does ot leave the least of us, alone in the slaughter house.
      Those that would advocate such disrespect for human life are not advocating for Liberty, they are agitating for Anarchy.

      The woman has the "Right" to decide in the firs twenty weeks of gestation.
      Seems a reasonable biological and legal point in the prenatal development timeline.

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    12. Good to see you support a woman's right to choose Rat!

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    14. .

      Logical?

      :)

      Please, Ash, don't confuse yourself with concepts you don't understand.

      .

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    15. Panama Ed, Ash, it's Panama Ed.

      I know desert rat, he is one heck of a character.
      He's down south of the border, at the moment, could have a status report from him, any time now.

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    16. I'm sure you can grace us with your Catholic logic Quirk.

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    17. Panama EdThu Nov 07, 06:27:00 PM EST
      Panama Ed, Ash, it's Panama Ed.

      I know desert rat, he is one heck of a character.
      He's down south of the border, at the moment, could have a status report from him, any time now.




      Rat's off his meds or he's hiding from Homeland Security.

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    18. What worries you, masters you.

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    19. I worry about over smoking my briskets..

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  23. "Obama is in so much trouble he called Hillary Clinton and said, 'Can you start early?'”

    - Letterman

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  24. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 05:49:00 PM EST

    Posted by Robert Ratcon - Authentic Fudd:

    World powers have accepted to continue talks within framework of Iran’s proposal: Araqchi

    GENEVA --The Iranian lead nuclear negotiator says that the world powers involved in negotiations over the country’s nuclear issue have accepted to continue talks within the framework of Iran’s proposal, which was presented in the previous round of nuclear talks in Geneva on October 15 and 16.

    “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s proposal on how to progress toward a common objective and about the first and final steps was agreed on, and all parties emphasized the fact that they have accepted this framework,” Abbas Araqchi, the deputy foreign minister, told Iranian journalists on Thursday after the first session of a new round of talks between Tehran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) in Geneva.

    He also expressed hope that in the new round of talks, Iran and the six major powers would manage to work out a draft agreement to help resolve the decade-long dispute over the country’s nuclear program.

    “Our aim is to reach an agreement in this round of talks,” he said.

    The Iranian foreigner minister also said on Thursday that Iran and the major powers were making progress in the talks.

    Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment to Reuters after the first session in the two-day negotiations in Geneva, which are seeking to build on a diplomatic opening after the June election of Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, as Iran’s new president.

    “The talks went well,” Zarif said.

    “I’m hopeful that we can move forward. We are making progress, but it’s tough.”

    A spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who is coordinating talks with Iran on behalf of the powers, also described the morning session as “good” but declined to give details.

    Michael Mann also said discussions would continue in smaller groups in the afternoon before Ashton and Zarif, who also had a breakfast meeting, were due to meet again.

    “The talks are extremely complex and they are now getting into a serious phase. We very much hope there will be concrete progress here in the next couple of days,” he told reporters.


    http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/111983-world-powers-have-accepted-to-continue-talks-within-framework-of-irans-proposal-araqchi-

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  25. The Free Market is Wunnerful

    or

    Why We Have the Most Expensive Healthcare in the World -

    The Doctor prescribed $89.00 worth of Ratinidine for my Grandson.

    That's about $3.00 worth of Zantac.

    Ratinidine IS Zantac.

    Period.

    My daughter asked the pharmacist if she couldn't just cut up a Zantac and give it to him. The pharmacist went off on her like she was a moron. I wish I had been there.


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    1. Wal-Mart sells its Equate label ranitidine for less than $5.00/65 at 150mg.

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  26. Ratinidine is prescription over there?

    You can get it over the counter here in Mylanta or Zantac for around $10 for a pack of about 25.

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  27. Each pill lasting 12 hours.

    Or, you can get the 24-hour pills.

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    1. No, it sells over the counter, here. It was the pharmacist going off on my daughter because she had the gall to suggest saving $85.00 on the exact same medicine that hurts my feelings.

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    2. The scam, here, is for a forty pound child they sell you a super-expensive liquid ratidinine and prescribe 30 mg (2/5 of a 150 mg tablet) twice/day.

      The liquid is about $4.00/day, whereas the otc ground-up pill would be approx. $0.03 per day.

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    3. I wrote it wrong - 1/5 of a 150, twice a day = 2/5 a day.

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    4. Was the $89.00 for a generic script?

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    5. If you didn't drink so much Budweiser you wouldn't need so much ratidinine and you'd save money coming and going too.

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  28. .

    Say, T, have you been watching this typhoon approaching the Phillipines?

    http://climatecrocks.com/2013/11/07/monster-typhoon-haiyan-bearing-down-on-phillipines/

    They are now saying it has sustained winds of 195 mph with gusts of 230-235 mph. May be the biggest storm in recorded history.

    Have you talked to any of your relatives?

    .

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    1. Talking to them now on Facebook, and tonight on Skype. There's prayer warriors in the trenches.

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      The numbers above are those predicted at landfall I believe.

      .

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    3. .

      Which island group are they on?

      Do they just move inland and up in a situation like this? Or do they need to?

      .

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    4. .

      I had seen references to this storm on the news but didn't realize how bad it was. Hope everyone makes it through with little damage.

      .

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    5. May all be well with your loved ones T.

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    6. Quirk apparently the storm will smack into Leyte, they are in Mindanao, not far away. Lots of rain, maybe the wind won't be too bad.

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    7. The challenge - balance the liberty of the woman bearing the prenatal human life with the liberty of that prenatal life.

      Well, it's simple. By a show of hands, who says Mom aborts? Any opposed? Junior? No? Okay, the hands have it.

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  29. In the Texas model, the woman has twenty weeks to pursue her abortion options, before the tissue mass gains legal standing as a person. A person who deserves societal protection.

    Unless we're talking about the State of Israel and you wanna beat up WiO, in which case the zygote is a full up Jew from the gitgo.

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    1. Leave me out of your nonsense, fake lesbian catholic...

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    2. Apparently you're too stupid to discern when I'm on your side.

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    3. I got it figured out, you're not a human being, you're a Perl script or Emacs macro set to post the string "fake lesbian catholic" whenever you come across the string "Jew".

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    4. End the OccupationThu Nov 07, 09:51:00 PM EST

      ... in a statement from Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, the Associated Press reported. Students will receive scholarships to
      "engage international audiences online" and combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel, it was alleged.

      In 2012, a Palestinian-run blog reported similar arrangements between the National Union of Israeli Students and the Israeli government.
      Students would be paid $2,000 to post pro-Israel messages online for five hours a week.

      According to Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, the most recent proposition is being spearheaded by Danny Seaman, who was slammed by the media for writing anti-Muslim messages on Facebook.

      Students will be organised into units at each university, with a chief co-ordinator who receives a full scholarship, three desk co-ordinators for language, graphics and research who receive lesser scholarships and students termed “activists” who will receive a “minimal scholarship”, the Independent reported.

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  30. (Reuters) - Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm on earth this year, slammed into the Philippines' central islands on Friday forcing millions of people to move to safer ground and storm shelters, cutting power and phone lines, and grounding air and sea transport.

    So the aunts and uncles and cousins are okay, so far.

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    1. They had a lot of warning and they should be OK.

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  31. Without Obama The Wizard calming the seas and stopping global warming and the rise of the oceans in iheir tracks it would have been a lot worse.

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  32. Missiles flow into Syria, risk falling into hands of al Qaeda
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/6/flow-of-anti-aircraft-missiles-to-syria-could-land/?page=all#pagebreak

    Something wicked this way comes.

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    1. Long article and very good.

      Go Greyhound and leave the driving to them.

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    2. Fudd Busters InternationalThu Nov 07, 09:01:00 PM EST

      You already ate all the popcorn, maybe you should order pizza

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  33. Who doesn't secretly long for an anti-aircraft missile or five, to shoot down government drones?

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    1. Fudd Hunters InternationalThu Nov 07, 08:52:00 PM EST

      Any normal, mentally balanced, law abiding resident of the US

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    2. That let's you out of the pool ratcon.

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    3. I'll just send up four of my drones to hop on their drone and cut power. Kind of hard to fly with four piggybackers on board.

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    4. I'll shoot all your drones down and theirs too with my Stingers.

      Drones are illegal out this way but not Stingers, yet.

      Behave yourself.

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    5. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 09:15:00 PM EST

      Posted by Robert Ratcon - Authentic Fudd

      That let's you out of the pool ratcon
      So says my fellow mirror image, my tellow Fudd,
      My Fudd.Brother!

      The famous fascist Farmer Fudd, the very first self authenticated Fudd.

      The first on the .The Libertarian to embrace the values of Fudd.
      Fascist - Misogynist - Racist - Xenophobic - Hegelian - Luddite
      The fascist Farmer Fudd, with the sexy equestrian laid down in the hay.
      He embraced Fudd Family Values,.

      Bring in the women folk, them girls especially, Farmer Fudd is comin' to town!

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    6. That's more like it Whackadoodle. Back to your old disgusting self.

      You need help.

      Get it.

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    7. Fudd Hunters InternationalThu Nov 07, 09:36:00 PM EST

      Alright boys, the Farmer Fudd has broke surface!

      He still refuses to admit his past errors ...
      He thought the Sanction Regime was over ....

      heh, heh, heh!

      Right back at it ....

      Robert Ratcon ... Can Do!

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    8. You are mentally ill.

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    9. “In this life, when you deny someone an apology,
      you will remember it at time you beg forgiveness.”

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    10. You are mentally ill, rat, and everyone here knows it.

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  34. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 09:28:00 PM EST

    Posted by Robert Ratcon - Authentic Fudd

    Iran Nuclear Deal Expected as Early as Friday
    Agreement Will Mark the First Agreement in Decades

    Wall Street Journal - ‎

    GENEVA—Iran and world powers expect to announce an initial deal as early as Friday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions, a step that would mark the first breakthrough in a decade to blunt the threat of Tehran developing ...

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  35. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 09:33:00 PM EST

    Poted by Robert Ratcon - Auhentic Fudd

    A US Predator strike takes out the prospects of case fir negotiations in Pakistan -
    Providing for new opportunities to stir the pot.

    Dejection and dismay has been the reaction of many people in Pakistan to the news that Mullah Fazlullah has been made head of the Pakistani Taliban (TTP).

    He is still remembered for his atrocities in Swat - banning girls' education, destroying schools, ransacking music shops, carrying out public executions, and attempting to enforce a brutal moral code of Islamic law.

    He was the pioneer of what many in Pakistan and internationally believe to be a senseless campaign against the United Nations-funded polio vaccination drive.

    His elevation has also taken aback those in official Pakistani circles who had been pushing for a peace dialogue with Taliban.

    He is well-known to the government. In 2009 it accepted all his conditions and enacted Sharia law in Swat but Mullah Fazlullah still refused to disarm.

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    1. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 09:39:00 PM EST



      A US Predator strike takes out the prospects of CEASE FIRE negotiations in Pakistan -

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    2. Robert Ratcon an Authentic FuddThu Nov 07, 09:43:00 PM EST

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24859657

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  36. They probably won't be dejected for long.

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    1. Nothing another $ Billion Dollars in military aid won't massage.

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    2. I was thinking more along the lines of drones.

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