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Hurl!

Unfortunately my town is loaded with pajama mama’s boys – just like the hipster in the ad – that voted for Obama because he’s half-black.

Everybody Is Making Fun Of The ObamaCare Pajama Hipster Ad

(Examiner“How do you plan to spend the cold days of December?” read a tweet from President Obama’s Twitter account via Organizing for Action.

The tweet included a picture of a flannel pajama-clad man reminding Americans to “Wear pajamas. Drink hot Chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance.”

The photo spawned ridicule from conservatives on Twitter and even some disbelief.

See more on Twitchy: HERE

Obama, ‘If I had a son, he’d look like…’: HERE

Free ObamaPhones: HERE

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In 2011, Forbes’ 23rd ‘Most Powerful Woman In The World’, HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius was caught double-counting in the ObamaCare budget. Since then, the scandal has been ‘forgotten‘ – deep sixed.

‘What? Kathleen Sebelius?? ObamaCare??? Double-Counting???? No one told me about it!’ Bull crap. I told you HERE and HERE.

Long shot, I know… but it’s as if Kathleen Sebelius, Goldman SachsGE, GMSolyndra, Verizon, Toyota, National Association of Realtors and so many others knew all along there would be zero penalty for cooking the books.

Try double-counting your tax write-off’s…

The good news is, we know for sure that reported US Unemployment and National Debt figures are spot on.

SHN UPDATE: (see below) NAR launches 'OPERATION TIP-OFF' ]

Bailout Payback? Realtors Double-Count Home Sales For Five Years

(CNBC) Data on sales of previously owned U.S. homes from 2007 through October this year will be revised down next week because of double counting, indicating a much weaker housing market than previously thought.

The National Association of Realtors said a benchmarking exercise had revealed that some properties were listed more than once, and in some instances, new home sales were also captured.

“All the sales and inventory data that have been reported since January 2007 are being downwardly revised. Sales were weaker than people thought,” NAR spokesman Walter Malony told Reuters.

“We’re capturing some new home data that should have been filtered out and we also discovered that some properties were being listed in more than one list.”

The benchmark revisions will be published next Wednesday and will not affect house prices.

Early this year, the Realtors group was accused of overcounting existing homes sales, with California-based real estate analysis firm CoreLogic claiming sales could have been overstated by as much as 20 percent.

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UPDATE (12.16.2011):OPERATION TIP-OFF: The National Association of Realtors Spin Doctor is ‘IN’

An anonymous tipster sent this NAR member talking points memo

OPERATION TIP-OFF

(anonymous) WASHINGTON (December 12, 2011) – Today the National Association of Realtors® Chief Economist Lawrence Yun met with economists from federal agencies and industry organizations to present the preliminary results of NAR’s rebenchmarking process for existing-home sales, begun in March of this year. All major statistical data series go through periodic reviews and revisions to ensure that sampling and methodology keep up with changes in the market, such as population changes in sampled areas, to ensure accuracy, and NAR’s EHS series is no exception. As NAR has reported, based on preliminary results, previous annual existing-home sales numbers will be revised downward. The final results will be released during NAR’s scheduled EHS press conference at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, December 21. However, it’s possible that attendees at today’s meeting may leak preliminary results before then, so we wanted you to be prepared if you get questions, particularly from Realtors®. Information about the rebenchmarking process is posted on Realtor.org – search “rebenchmarking” – but you can also use the following talking points if approached by Realtors® or members of the media.

Member Talking Points: What Realtors® need to know. · NAR is committed to providing accurate, reliable data, and this rebenchmarking helps the association accomplish that. · Home buyers and sellers are not affected by any revisions to NAR’s existing-home sales data. Median home prices will remain the same, and the data has no impact on consumers who want to buy or sell a home in today’s market. · NAR’s EHS series has experienced an updrift in sales projections over time because the model for calculating sales rates has gradually diverged with the actual marketplace. That’s due to a number of things, including: o Populations change in sampled areas o MLS coverage areas increase o For-sale-by-owner transactions have decreased in many areas o Some individual sales being recorded in more than one MLS o Prevalence of flipped properties · NAR has consulted with outside experts and government agencies to insure accurate modeling and data review. These include representatives from the White House, The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve Board, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as outside housing economists. · The numbers you may be hearing are not final results. NAR will announce the final results of the rebenchmarking process on December 21. · In the past NAR benchmarked to the decennial Census, most recently to the 2000 Census, because it included home sales data. · NAR has now developed a new approach using independent sources to allow for more frequent benchmarking. · Moving forward, NAR will be able to rebenchmark the EHS data every 1-2 years, which will greatly lessen any data drifts.

Media Talking Points: What you can say if the media contact you. · The numbers being reported are not final results. NAR will announce the final results of the rebenchmarking process on December 21. · Our local multiple listing service data is not affected by this rebenchmarking. NAR’s data revisions are in regards to national aggregate data and not information as reported by individual MLSs. · Please contact NAR’s media department at 202-383-7515. They are the best source of information regarding the national existing-home sales report and the rebenchmarking process.

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Oops! HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits to double-counting in ObamaCare budgetHERE

ObamaCare Double-Counter Kathleen Sebelius destroys key evidence in Planned Parenthood case: HERE

Obama and pals use Christianity to sell ObamaCare: HERE

Budget Spin Meter: HERE

Misleading claims on national budget: HERE

Where’d all the stimulus money go?: HERE and HERE

Jesse Jackson, ‘We need more stimulus’: HERE

IRS gives $4.2 billion tax credit to illegal aliens in 2010: HERE

Bankrupt-Bankrupt GE to spend $30 billion as Obama administration continues to fund GE: HERE

Obama seeks $53 billion to fund ‘secretly’ bailed out GE for high-speed rail: HERE

Bankrupt-Bailed-Out-Government-Owned-Tax-Free-Overseas-Job-Outsourcing GE Tells American Business Owners, ‘Stop Complaining About Big Government’: HERE

Solyndra ‘Green’ executive: $100,000+ in Obama donations and 20+ White House trips: HERE

US Unemployment 20%+HERE

Economic news from Big Brother, ‘The recession is over!’: HERE

1.9 Million fewer jobs since ‘recession ended back in 2009′: HERE

False unemployment and phony jobs claimHERE

Media fall for phony ‘jobs’ claim: HERE

Michelle’s shovel-ready speech – nothing but horse apples: HERE

US Government is bankrupt: HERE

Bankruptcy declaration for states sought — QUIETLY: HERE

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Old dog. New trick.

Obama Aging In Dog Years

(Washington Times) President Obama says that he’s aging rapidly in “dog years” but that he still has enough energy for a second term.

“These president years are dog years,” Mr. Obama told supporters late Monday night at a swank fundraiser in Los Angeles. “Don’t get tired. I may be gray, but I’m not tired. My passion is still there. My vision for this country is still there.”

The president spoke at the Spanish-style mansion of actors Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, where about 200 supporters paid at least $5,000 each.

Mr. Obama said that he keeps in his desk a checklist of campaign promises and that he’s completed about 60 percent of them, including ending the war in Iraq, which drew big applause from the crowd.

“I’m pretty confident we can get the other 40 percent done in the next five years,” Mr. Obama said. “But to do that, I’m going to need your help.”

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Obama, ‘It would be so much easier to be the president of China’: HERE

Obama, ‘I will not rest until I finish another round of golf’: HERE

Obama hits links as Japan faces nuclear meltdown: HERE

Obama reflects on his vacation, er, presidency: HERE

Obama, the Manchurian Moonbat: HERE

All In The Family – Obama illegal aliens: HERE

Obama, ‘I’d like to work my way around congress’: HERE

DictatorSpeak – Obama, ‘The idea of doing things on my own is very tempting’: HERE

Paul Azinger zings Obama over jobs: HERE

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Propelled by the success of Solyndra, Project Gunrunner, the Chevy Volt, Tesla, the Recovery Act, Verizon, QE1, QE2, QE3, GE, GM, Cash for Clunkers, TARP, immigration reform, secure borders, the new budget deal, Pigford, world peace efforts, Amtrak, the US Postal Service… where was I? So, it’s your patriotic duty to support big government designed health insurance even when it smells like Obamacare v2.0.

Feds Design Health Insurance For The Masses

(AP) The federal government is taking on a crucial new role in the nation’s health care, designing a basic benefits package for millions of privately insured Americans. A framework for the Obama administration was released Friday.

The report by independent experts from the Institute of Medicine lays out guidelines for deciding what to include in the new “essential benefits package,” and how to keep it affordable for small businesses and taxpayers, as well as scientifically up to date.

The advisers recommended that the package be built on mid-tier health plans currently offered by small employers, expanded to include certain services such as mental health, and squeezed into a budget. They did not spell out a list of services to cover, but they did say that treatments should be cost-effective.

…because taxpayers will foot the bill? – Sad Hill

Until now, designing benefits has been the job of insurers, employers and states. But the new health care law requires insurance companies to provide at least the federally approved package if they want to sell to small businesses, families and individuals through new state markets set to open in 2014.

Existing workplace plans won’t be required to adopt the federal model [Cha, right! – Sad Hill], but employers and consumer advocates alike predict it will become the nation’s benchmark for health insurance over time.

“The federal government has never before attempted to define what constitutes essential medical benefits for Americans with private insurance,” said Stephen Finan, a top policy expert for the American Cancer Society.

With the nation divided over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law, and Republicans branding it as a government takeover, the administration reacted cautiously to the recommendations.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement that officials would hold “listening sessions” around the country before any final decisions are made, a process that could take months.

“Before we put forward a proposal, it is critical that we hear from the American people,” Sebelius said. The law would expand coverage to about 30 million uninsured people.

Actually, work on the benefits package is already well under way within the HHS department. And on the outside, a huge lobbying campaign to shape the final package is about to take off.

…because an imposition of this size requires taxpayer funded propaganda? – Sad Hill

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Employer groups – particularly those representing low-wage industries – want to keep benefits fairly basic. Since the government is going to be subsidizing coverage for millions of people, a generous plan will drive up costs for taxpayers, they argue. But consumer and patient advocacy groups that helped pass the overhaul law want to make sure their priorities are included.

The health care law requires that essential benefits include outpatient, hospital, emergency, maternal, newborn and children’s care, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse treatment, rehabilitation, labs, prevention and wellness. But Congress gave the administration lots of leeway to determine the specifics.

In its 300-page report, the Institute of Medicine panel stressed that the package has to be affordable if Obama’s overhaul is going to stand the test of time.

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Government handouts surpass government income: HERE

We are a nation of takers, not makers: HERE

The consequences of entitlement: HERE

Budget spin meter – We’re on a road to nowhere: HERE

1.9 Million fewer jobs since ‘recession ended back in 2009′: HERE

Where’d all the stimulus money go?: HERE and HERE

Stimulus Funded ‘Project Gunrunner’ Verified On OpenCongress.org Website: HERE

Bankrupt-Bailed-Out-Government-Owned-Tax-Free-Overseas-Job-Outsourcing GE Tells American Business Owners, ‘Stop Complaining About Big Government’: HERE

GE strategy: ‘Let’s avoid taxes altogether’: HERE

Bankrupt GE to spend $30 billion as Obama administration continues to fund GE: HERE

Bankrupt GM and Chrysler give managers big bonuses – up to 50% – after taxpayer funded bailouts: HERE

Wow! 281 Chevy Volts sold just last month – thank you Mr. Obama!: HERE

Taxpayers – $7,500 on the hook for every Chevy Volt sold: HERE

Tesla Motors awarded $465 million in taxpayer funds, loses $35 million in 3rd quarter: HERE

Obama pushes $2.15 billion black farmer reparations: HERE and HERE

Black Farmer’s Pigford case causes severe blindness in MSM: HERE

Janet Napolitano, ‘The borders are safe’ so just ignore the mass graves found yesterday in Mexico, near the border: HERE

Janet Napolitano, ‘Don’t exaggerate violence along US-Mexico border’: HERE

The Ant and the Grasshopper parable: HERE

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EeeYuk!

This story was added to a previous post moments ago on SHN, but ‘deserves’ to stand on its own:

(Daily Caller) During a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) admitted to double-counting in the Obamacare budget.

In her first appearance before the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee since the health-care law passed, Kathleen Sebelius responded to a line of questioning by Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois about whether $500 billion in Medicare cuts were used to sustain the program or pay for the law.

“There is an issue here on the budget because your own actuary has said you can’t double-count,” said Shimkus. “You can’t count — they’re attacking Medicare on the CR when their bill, your law, cut $500 billion from Medicare.”

He continued: “Then you’re also using the same $500 billion to what? Say your funding health care. Your own actuary says you can’t do both. […] What’s the $500 billion in cuts for? Preserving Medicare or funding the health-care law?

Sebelius’ reply? “Both.”

The Obama administration and HHS have been criticized previously for double-counting. In a report last summer, HHS claimed a provision in the health-care law would extend the Medicare trust fund by 12 years. The Congressional Budget Office released a memo that said HHS’s math was more than a little off.

ObamaCare ruled unconstitutional, again: HERE

The big f***ing deal – ObamaCare – hits an iceberg: HERE

US Government is bankrupt: HERE

‘Hope and Change’ numbers are in: HERE

DHS budget doesn’t secure a single additional mile of US-Mexico border: HERE

Jesse Jackson, ‘We need more stimulus’: HERE

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Say it ain’t so, Mickey:

(Huffington Post) When Gina Duncan decided to undergo the medical treatment that would make her a woman, she had plenty to fear. The reactions of her children, her professional colleagues and friends. How her body would respond to hours on the operating table. If, at the end of it, she would look female enough so strangers wouldn’t gawk.

What the Orlando mortgage banker didn’t have to be anxious about was how she would pay for two of her surgeries. Her employer of 10 years, Wells Fargo, included breast augmentation and genital reconstruction as coverable expenses under its employee health plan. Duncan was told the San Francisco-based bank already had had 16 other employees transition to new genders and assigned a benefits specialist to walk her through the process.

“They had a template in place, and it was surprisingly supporting and mentally encouraging,” said Duncan, 55, who four years later still works for Wells Fargo. “So much of what I’d heard involved people who ended up losing their job, losing their family, losing their friends, becoming destitute.”

With little fanfare, more and more large corporations, including Coca-Cola, Campbell Soup and Walt Disney, have expanded their insurance coverage to meet the needs of transgender workers. The trend follows a concerted push by transgender rights advocates to get employers and insurers to see sex reassignment the way the American Medical Association does – as a medically indicated rather than an optional procedure.

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Among the corporations providing transgender-inclusive health benefits are some leading Wall Street and Main Street brands.

American Express, Kraft Foods, AT&T, Yahoo!, Eastman Kodak, Sears, Morgan Stanley, Price Waterhouse, General Motors and State Farm are among 85 large businesses and law firms that cover the cost of at least one surgery, according to a 2010 survey by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights group.

The number is expected to spike this year, when HRC adds availability of surgery-inclusive medical benefits for transgender employees or transgender dependents to the criteria in its annual corporate diversity report card.

To maintain the coveted 100 percent rating when the next Corporate Equality Index is published in the fall, companies will have to offer at least one insurance plan that covers at least $75,000 worth of surgery and other treatments recommended by a patient’s doctor.

Buffalo, NY teachers spend $9 million of taxpayer funds on cosmetic surgery: HERE

I Own The World and I Hate The Media pioneer Thai ladyboy airline: HERE

h/t: Newsbusters

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Despite federal judges ruling ObamaCare as ‘unconstitutional’ and over 222 organizations awarded life-saving waivers from the deadly grip of socialism (disguised as ‘Health Care Reform’), Democrats welcome and celebrate America’s departure from liberty:

(CBS) The Democratic majority in the Senate late Wednesday voted down a GOP measure to repeal the health care law. The vote was 47-51, largely along party lines.

Senate Republicans, who are unified in their desire to repeal the bill, have known all year they had virtually no chance to pass a repeal measure. But Republicans campaigned in the midterm elections on a promise to “repeal and replace” the law, and they have been eager to show they are trying to follow through on their promise. The Republican-led House passed a repeal bill last month.

With a Democratic president and Republicans 13 votes short of the 60 votes they would need to break a filibuster in the Senate, the odds of the law being overturned legislatively in the next two years are essentially zero. It is possible that it will be overturned in the courts, however; two federal judges have deemed the law unconstitutional, while two have found it to be constitutional. The issue will likely end up before the Supreme Court.

In classic Senate fashion, the vote on the repeal measure was anything but straightforward. The repeal measure was actually in the form of an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, and the vote was actually on a “budget point of order” and needed 60 votes for passage.

“Voters in Missouri and nationwide sent a clear message last fall that they wanted their leaders in Washington to repeal and replace this law,” Sen. Roy Blunt said in a statement following the vote. “I’m deeply disappointed that my colleagues across the aisle refused to listen to that clear message, and instead voted to defend this bill, which two federal courts have already deemed unconstitutional.”

Another amendment to the health care repeal law did see passage, however – an amendment to repeal a provision that requires businesses to file a 1099 form with the IRS for every vendor with which they’ve done $600 worth of business or more. Both parties were sympathetic to complaints from the business community that the provision would create onerous paperwork requirements, and the amendment passed easily and with bipartisan support, 81-17.

See also: Florida Federal Judge Healthcare Ruling

Previous ‘unconstitutional’ ruling: HERE

White House uses religion to sell Health Care: HERE

House passes ObamaCare repeal 245-189: HERE

Liberty slips away: HERE

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Several reports of another ObamaCare repeal are coming in at the moment. This one from Florida:

(Examiner) The full text of the decision from Federal Judge Roger Vinson is not available yet, but according to reporters who’ve seen the decision, he’s ruled the entire Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The ruling favors of the 26 state attorney generals challenging the law. The judge ruled the individual mandate that requires all Americans to purchase health insurance invalid and, according to the decision, “because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void.”

And this from Forbes:

(Forbes) U.S. District Court in Pensacola Justice Roger Vinson ruled today that the primary mechanism whereby the health reform achieves universal insurance coverage–the individual mandate–is unconstitutional. “Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire Act must be declared void. This has been a difficult decision to reach, and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications,” he writes.

With this ruling, and a similar one in December by Judge Henry Hudson in Virgina, it’s likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will be the final arbiter of whether ObamaCare stands. (Two other lawsuits–one in Michigan and one in Virginia–were thrown out by other federal district judges last year who disagreed with the constitutional challenge.)

UPDATE (02.01:2011) And this from the ruling:

It would be a radical departure from existing case law to hold that Congress can regulate inactivity under the Commerce Clause. If it has the power to compel an otherwise passive individual into a commercial transaction with a third party merely by asserting — as was done in the Act — that compelling the actual transaction is itself “commercial and economic in nature, and substantially affects interstate commerce” [see Act § 1501(a)(1)], it is not hyperbolizing to suggest that Congress could do almost anything it wanted. It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate giving the East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place. If Congress can penalize a passive individual for failing to engage in commerce, the enumeration of powers in the Constitution would have been in vain for it would be “difficult to perceive any limitation on federal power‘.

See also: Florida Federal Judge Healthcare Ruling

Previous ‘unconstitutional’ ruling: HERE

White House uses religion to sell Health Care: HERE

House passes ObamaCare repeal 245-189: HERE

The ‘forgotten’ US Constitution: HERE

h/t: David

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Devoid of neurons to spark the mental activity required for discernment, liberal ‘American’ vegetables await your socialist directives, Dear Leader.

(Daily Caller) Michelle Obama and nutrition czar Sam Kass have taken the Food Police nationwide.

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Now, one of the largest companies in the world is the vehicle through which all American food and health policy will flow. As Wal-Mart begins to institute the five-year plan, aimed at reducing products that do not meet the first lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign’s “healthy” standards, the rest of the food industry will be forced to follow. Wal-Mart’s standards — read: the first lady’s standards — will now be the law of the land. Skip over that pesky Congress and the FDA and go for a new model: coerced corporate control.

Even if you choose not to shop at Wal-Mart, this will affect you. Other companies will be forced to conform to Wal-Mart’s new standards, since companies can’t afford not to sell to Wal-Mart. It will be a nationwide shift.

This new take on public-private partnerships may not be what the public expected, though it’s a clever strategy. The question is: Where will it stop?

Read more: HERE

Obama caught lip-synching at the University of Michigan: HERE

Birth certificate found: HERE

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(Clay Butler – photo courtesy of Santa Cruz Sentinel)

And judging by the photo, Clay ‘never’ touches the stuff…

(Santa Cruz Sentinel) Local entrepreneur plans to market line of smartly branded medical-marijuana soft drinks

How strange is the emerging world of medical-marijuana entrepreneurship?

Consider Clay Butler, who may soon be marketing a food product that he’s never tasted, and that he would never buy. The product is called Canna Cola, and it’s a soft drink that contains THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, aimed at medical marijuana dispensaries.

“I don’t do drugs,” said the Soquel-based commercial artist. “Never have. I never drank, never smoked. I’m a clean-living guy. I’ve had two beers in my whole life, and I remember them both too. No marijuana, I’ve never smoked a cigarette. I take an aspirin when I get a headache. That’s it.”

Yet, Butler is a partner in a company that is poised to move aggressively in a market that could one day be enormously popular by combining pot with soda pop, two products widely seen as scourges by many Americans — though those upset by one tend to be approving or indifferent to the other.

“Even though, personally, I’m not interested and I don’t think it’s right for me,” said Butler, “I’m a firm believer that adults have an inalienable right to think, eat, smoke, drink, ingest, decorate, dress any way they choose to do so. It’s your life; it’s your body.”

What really intoxicates Butler is branding, the art of differentiating a product in the marketplace through words and images. And he’s designed a line of soda pop that he says will be branded to take advantage of an entirely new market. The line includes the flagship cola drink Canna Cola, the Dr Pepper-like Doc Weed, the lemon-lime Sour Diesel, the grape-flavored Grape Ape and the orange-flavored Orange Kush.

Marijuana, the next ‘hope and change’: HERE

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