Helena’s News Roundup: Obamacare’s California Failures, Hillsborough Schools’ Zero tolerance Weakened, Christian Massacres Ignored


Thanks to Helena Nunn of North Pinellas Republican Club for the Weekly News Roundup!
Thanks to Helena Nunn of North Pinellas Republican Club for the Weekly News Roundup!

Story of the week: Obamacare is failing in Friendly California.  Computer failures, enrollment declines. Just wait till patients feel the full force of government rationing schemes.  This is why so many Republican governors have refused to set up state- run Obamacare exchanges.


California Points To ObamaCare’s Grim Future  Back in 2013, ObamaCare supporters couldn’t talk enough about how California was a showcase for how the law would succeed. Isn’t it funny that nobody is making such claims any more?..Sharyl Attkisson for the Daily Signal documents mismanagement, computer glitches, inflated enrollment numbers and attempts to silence whistleblowers. Despite projections that California’s enrollment would grow by half a million this year — a 36% boost over last year — signups climbed only about 7,000 — or less than 0.5%. And the retention rate was just 65% of enrollees — far lower than the overall national average.” See Attkisson’s full article at http://dailysignal.com/…/whistleblowers-detail-culture-of…/…

Israel Alone Must Read! “Beginning with Franklin Roosevelt, every U.S. president took the view that strength abroad and strength at home were mutually reinforcing; that global security made us more prosperous, and that prosperity made us more secure. Then along came Mr. Obama with his mantra of “nation building at home” and his notion that an activist foreign policy is a threat to the social democracy he seeks to build. Under his administration, domestic and foreign policy have been treated as a zero-sum game: If you want more of the former, do less of the latter. The result is a world of disorder, and an Israel that, for the first time in its history, must seek its security with an America that, say what it will, has nobody’s back but its own.”

Task force recommends options to reduce suspensions in Hillsborough schools What does it mean when a school loosens their zero-tolerance policies? Usually zero-tolerance surrounds serious violations by a student to protect the teachers and the classmates. I do not think this policy bodes well for the welfare of anyone at these schools. “The report focuses on three areas: A student code of conduct that would limit law enforcement involvement to major incidents at schools and loosen zero-tolerance policies; student rights, to ensure students can have an adult present if they are questioned; and making sure the task force’s work is ongoing.”

Morris: Obama Sneaking in ‘Unrestricted Immigration’ in TPA Trade Deal – Breitbart Obama’s trade deal is a backdoor for unrestricted immigration according to Morris!!!! Call your reps and senators to block this!! “Morris said, “This is huge. I hope everybody listening takes action call your senator about it. If he is a Republican he is voting wrong. “I don’t think that people understand that in this deal which is a trade agreement among Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Chile, there’s a provision for free flow of workers, just like in the European Union. What It means is unrestricted immigration. It means literally that congress would not have the authority to restrict immigration because a treaty supersedes a statute under our constitution.”

Kirsten Powers: Christians thrown overboard left to drown by Obama “Yet, when a throng of Muslims threw a dozen Christians overboard a migrant ship traveling from Libya to Italy, Prime Minister Renzi missed the opportunity to label it as such. Standing next to President Obama at their joint news conference Friday, Renzi.. said , “The problem is not a problem of (a) clash of religions.”As Renzi was questioned about the incident, Obama was mute on the killings. He failed to interject any sense of outrage or even tepid concern for the targeting of Christians for their faith… When three North Carolina Muslims were gunned down by a virulent atheist, Obama rightly spoke out against the horrifying killings. But he just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace.”

Why Are So Many Workers Refusing To Apply For Jobs?  “Democrats who controlled Congress at the time made several changes to anti-poverty subsidies, adding things like mortgage assistance programs, the benefits of which are phased out as income rises. ObamaCare provides still another one, by offering insurance subsidies that also phase out. While these programs might help those in need over the short term, they add to what is already a steep effective marginal tax rate for those in the phase-out range…”Helping people is valuable but not free,” Mulligan says. “The more you help low-income people, the more low-income people you’ll have. The more you help unemployed people, the more unemployed people you’ll have.”  No wonder no one wants to work!!

New Book, ‘Clinton Cash,’ Questions Foreign Donations to Foundation Should be a best seller!! ““Clinton Cash” is potentially more unsettling, both because of its focused reporting and because major news organizations including The Times, The Washington Post and Fox News have exclusive agreements with the author to pursue the story lines found in the book. Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which includes Mr. Paul and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, have been briefed on the book’s findings, and its contents have already made their way into several of the Republican presidential candidates’ campaigns. Conservative “super PACs” plan to seize on “Clinton Cash,”. From 2001 to 2012, the Clintons’ income was at least $136.5 million, Mr. Schweizer writes, using a figure previously reported in The Post.”

The Terror Strategist: Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State – SPIEGEL ONLINE DYNAMITE! “The former colonel (Haji Bakr) in the intelligence service of Saddam Hussein’s airforce had been secretly pulling the strings at IS for years. But when the architect of the Islamic State died, he left something behind that he had intended to keep strictly confidential: the blueprint for this state… In a sense, the documents are the source code of the most successful terrorist army in recent history… the documents show how the IS leadership is organized and what role former officials in the government of ex-dictator Hussein play in it. Above all they show how the takeover in northern Syria was planned, making the group’s later advances into Iraq possible in the first place. In addition, months of research in Syria, as well as other newly discovered records show that Haji Bakr’s instructions were carried out meticulously.”

Why Arabs distrust Obama  “Analysts believe Obama’s strategy is to use the talks as a means of influencing Iran’s domestic politics to help the more “moderate” faction led by President Rafsanjani capture other organs of power in Tehran… Obama is repeating our mistake on a grander scale that also includes the threat of a nuclear-armed rogue state…The Arabs worry that Obama wants to use Camp David to fudge his decision to appease the mullahs by claiming he has Arabs on side.“He is going to give a Churchillian speech,..“But we know that you can’t be Chamberlain one day and Churchill the next.”..few are likely to fall for Obama’s trick… First, the anti-ISIS “coalition,” supposedly led by the United States, has all but fallen apart. In the past two weeks, none of the Arab allies have carried out any operations against Islamist terrorists.”

Everglades Foundation, Pied Piper of Humbug and Hype | Sunshine State News Get the diagnosis Right before choosing the Treatment! “For more than two decades, marine biologist Brian Lapointe tried to show scientists at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary that their theory on what was killing coral,etc in Florida Bay wasn’t hypersalinity ..”There is no question that the Bay is suffering from eutrophication… It is the imputed cause of the eutrophication that I take issue with. The latter is not just wrong, it is completely backwards. The method proposed to correct the situation would almost certainly make it much worse.”What Lapointe had discovered more than two decades ago, and what was corroborated by other algal scientists was that the missing quotient in the Zieman-Jones hypothesis was nitrogen — the chemical that primarily comes from agricultural runoff and sewage.”

Europe faces a ‘real threat’ from Russia, warns US army commander Looks like the cold war is becoming much hotter!!”The commander of the US army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a “real threat” from Russia.”It’s not an assumption. There is a Russian threat,” Lt-Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges said.”You’ve got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defence programme. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that’s not professional conduct. Gen Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move live Patriot missiles 750 miles across Europe by road and deploy them on the outskirts of Warsaw.”

Newsweek: Largest individual donor to Clinton Foundation has trade ties to Iran – Hot Air Must Read! “Is another shoe about to drop on the Clinton Foundation, and on Hillary Clinton’s problematic rollout? Newsweek reported that the largest individual donor to the Clinton family business has conducted trade with Iran, perhaps in breach of US sanctions. Ukrainian energy mogul Victor Pinchuk has connections to the Clintons that go back almost a decade, and financial connections to the regime in Tehran that go much farther:…In other words, Interpipe should have been slapped with penalties and sanctions for its operations with Iran. Pinchuk’s company has a US subsidiary, which means that US sanctions apply across the entire organization. The agency for imposing penalties for sanctions violations in these cases is the State Department. Who was in charge at the State Department during this period? .. Hillary Clinton.”

The Unbearable Lightness of Obama’s Anti-Terror Policies, by Deroy Murdock, National Review Must Read! “When it comes to battling those who want us dead, Obama’s approach echoes that old saying among Soviet laborers: “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.There is a pretend quality to Obama’s stance on radical Islamic terrorism. It starts with his refusal to utter that phrase, preferring the meaningless term “violent extremists.” Well, at least those words do not make America’s enemies uncomfortable. But it gets worse…Top DIA officials were told directly to stop providing analyses based on the bin Laden documents.” Why? This information refuted Obama’s boast that al-Qaeda was “on the run.” “The administration had decided to end the war on terror, and no amount of new intelligence about threats from al Qaeda was going to change their minds,” Hayes added. “So they chose ignorance.”

Food stamp use plummets under Maine’s get-to-work mandate  “After a new rule was put in place affecting able-bodied recipients of Maine’s food stamp program who have no children, the number of citizens dropped by nearly 10,000 adults.Under the new rules of the food stamp program implemented by Republican Gov. LePage’s administration, the number of participants plummeted to 2,680. This happened after the requirements for weekly work and volunteering were enforced — down from approximately 12,000 Maine residents before January 1. This constitutes a drop of nearly 80 percent in the sparsely populated state of 1.3 million…The Pine Tree State isn’t the only one that is getting people  off of food stamps and into a job, as the new requirements are pushing hundreds of thousands from a number of states out of the welfare offices and into the workforce.”

Law to Cut High-Stakes Testing Signed in Florida, But Criticisms Abound | Sunshine State News “State lawmakers contended they were making a dent in an education system littered with too many tests, but critics are questioning the merits of the legislation and say that it doesn’t go far enough to fix the problems … We still, however, remain very concerned about a post-test validity process, subject to political appointments, that still leaves our students and teachers subject to high-stakes decisions based on invalid tests,” Effrem continued. “We believe that this law still does not protect students and staff from consequences of these tests that are useless for informing instruction and invasively profile our children, while leaving the taxpayers in jeopardy from inevitable lawsuits..”This bill also does not do anything to deal with the inferior, inappropriate, and manipulative standards upon which these tests are based.