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  1. [VIDEO] Police Seize Fake Cut Out Rifle at NY Rally Against SAFE Act – 2014-04-02 17:29:15-04
    We are told again and again by the anti-gunners that no one is really talking about confiscating firearms.  But in this video a protestor against the New York SAFE Act can’t even keep his fake plastic rifle or cardboard rifle from being confiscated. At a pro-gun rally in Albany,  New York a speaker can be Continue reading here…
  2. Fort Hood Shooter Kills 3 and Himself with Unregistered Gun – 2014-04-02 23:26:51-04
    Details are still sketchy from an active shooter situation that took place today at Fort Hood.  But again we have a tragic shooting in a place where guns are strictly regulated.  We have just discovered from an interview with a General at the base that the shooter used an unregistered gun to carry out these Continue reading here…
  3. [VIDEO] Texas Man Open Carrying Rifle is Stopped by Police, Told He Can Go, and Then Gets Hit with Taser – 2014-04-03 12:35:02-04
    After being told he is free to go, Henry Vichique, 19, probably thought the whole incident would be over soon, but just a couple minutes later he was getting hit with a taser and was detained for 5 hours. The San Antonio man was walking near his home while open carrying his rifle.  Under Texas Continue reading here…
  4. The “Gun Free Zone”: Is it Time to Put an End to Gun Restrictions on Military Bases? – 2014-04-03 14:11:53-04
    Strict gun regulations did not stop the gunman from going on a shooting spree, killing 3 and wounding at least 16 at Fort Hood yesterday.  A veritable “gun free zone” did not stop a crazed shooter from taking innocent lives. But what these strict gun regulations did do was stop these brave soldiers from being Continue reading here…
  5. Milwaukee Sheriff Gives Unforgettable Speech for Gun Rights – 2014-04-03 15:33:33-04
    We need sheriffs like this in EVERY county in the U.S.  Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke gave an unforgettable and passionate speech for gun rights that the anti-gun movement absolutely hates. The speech took place at a USCCA Open House Event held in West Bend, Wisconsin.   Clarke is known for his ads and public service Continue reading here…
  6. [VIDEO] Fort Hood Survivor Says “More Guns Would Have Prevented Shootings” – 2014-04-03 21:38:46-04
    In this video the msnbc reporter asks a survivor from the 2009 Fort Hood shootings if more guns or less guns was the answer to the Fort Hood shootings on Wednesday.  Retired Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford responded that more guns was the answer. Lunsford was shot 7 times in the 2009 Fort Hood shootings and realizes Continue reading here…
  7. Piers Morgan Makes Irrational Tweet After Fort Hood Shooting; We Tear it Apart – 2014-04-04 12:00:57-04
    Yes, I know.  This guy just won’t go away.  But I guess in order for Piers Morgan to stay relevant he has to make outrageous comments like the tweet he made after the Fort Hood shooting on Wednesday. The tweet really shows how irrational his argument is and how ignorant of the facts he is Continue reading here…
  8. Oklahoma Homeowner in Wheelchair Shoots at Armed Intruder – 2014-04-04 13:32:08-04
    When an armed intruder jumped a fence in Oklahoma little did he know that the wheelchair bound  homeowner would be armed and ready to defend his life and property. Steven Ferguson is in a wheelchair because of a motorcycle accident when he was a teenager.  But he has a modified holster on his wheelchair that Continue reading here…
  9. After Illinois Gets Concealed Carry Chicago Sees Drop in Murder Totals – 2014-04-04 15:44:17-04
    Don’t look for this news to be plastered all over the major media outlets.   They are too busy reporting on the Fort Hood shootings and doing everything they can to blame gun owners for what happened. When concealed carry was introduced in Illinois last year it was the last state in the US to Continue reading here…
  10. NRA Accepts Bob Costas’s Bet on Defensive Gun Uses – 2014-04-04 23:39:39-04
    On Wednesday Bob Costas decided to flaunt his anti-gun views by challenging any pro gun supporters to a little wager.   NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox decided to accept this bet on Friday. So here is the bet.  Costas has long been an outspoken critic of gun ownership, especially with athletes.   He bet that if Continue reading here…

NSA! Warned! Cronyism! Smear! Lockdown!

NSA hacked!! And I do not see the problem here…

NSA should be closed, shuttered or turned into a Veterans Home, with all NSA staffers as servants…

The NSA website is taken down with a cyberattack just as 21 nations appeal to the United Nations for internet privacy

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But I bet it is okay to be Mooslim, shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ as you shoot fellow soldiers and then your Idiot in Chief Buck Ofama will call it workplace violence!!!

Fort Hood soldiers say Army warned them off tea party, Christian groups

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Cronyism? Favoritism? Scandal?

Where??

HERE!!

Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

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Strategy is if you disagree, speak out or otherwise disagree with us….

We will lie, spread misinformation and falsehoods about you..and we have the Ministry of Propaganda (NBC, CBS, ABC, MsNBC, CNN, etc.) to help us!!

The White House’s Smear Strategy

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American Lockdown…

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Farts. Betrayed. Ted.

Healthcare Paid for With Unicorn Farts

There will be many words from many people about much of the President’s State of the Union speech from last night.

I will only focus on one line, which distinctly highlights again just how out to lunch the man is when it comes to real healthcare reforms in this country.

During his speech the President said this:

“We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive.”

In other words, we should stop paying for tests based on the number performed and we should stop paying for hospitals based on the number of days in which a patient stays in the hospital. Instead, we should pay based on the quality of care given, which I guess means if suddenly your stool sample turns to gold, we’ll charge more.

His approach makes no sense. Healthcare cannot be paid for based on quality of care without introducing subjective standards that will themselves drive up the costs of healthcare. He might as well claim he does not want to pay for healthcare at all or, at best, will cover the costs with unicorn farts.

The President’s speech was a defense of big government.

He started his speech referencing John F. Kennedy.

John F. Kennedy said, “ask not what your country can do for youask what you can do for your country.”

Barack Obama now only wants to tell us what Uncle Sam will do for us so that we need do nothing for ourselves. If he is successful we will each be too dependent on the federal government to set our own course in life. . . . please click here for the rest of the post →

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Well this goes along with his history…Only if your some pointless Celebrity will he notice you. Remember 4 dead in Benghazi!!

Fort Hood hero: President Obama ‘betrayed’ shooting victims

ABC News reports that Sergeant Kimberly Munley, one of the two then police Sergeants who stopped the deadly shooting at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, says President Obama broke the promise he made to her that the victims would be well taken care of . . . please click here for the rest of the post →

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Ted Nugent Responds to ‘Nonsense’ Gun Control Proposals in Obama’s Speech

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Islam in Britain: Huge scale of honor attacks in Britain, BBC covers up motive

And this makes a lot of sense…not..

Honor killing victim Fatima Abdallah, whose murder was classified a suicide by Florida law enforcement authorities for “fear of Muslim  reprisal.” They said she committed suicide by banging her head on a coffee table

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In State of the Union, Obama fills out his progressive agenda

The State of the Union sucks, thank you very little Buck Ofama

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Obama on gun control: ‘This time is different’

No it is not..You lying MoFo!! You want to disarm us, total control then, eff you assO!!

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Procession escorts ex-Navy SEAL Kyle to burial

How a real hero should be treated…

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Walter E. Williams:
Cultural Deviancy, Not Guns

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Theme song…Buck Ofama..

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Gun Stuff and Stuff That Just….Makes No Sense..

Facts. Facts that anti-gunners and politicians ignore and hate…

For instance, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States Table 1, violent crimes in the US have dropped by nearly 50% in the last twenty years.  In 1992, there were 757.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  In 2011, there were only 386.3 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  That’s a reduction of 49%.

In the same Table 1, we also see that there were 9.3 homicides per 100,000 people in 1992 and that number dropped to 4.7 homicides per 100,000 in 2011.  That’s a reduction of 49.4% in the homicide rate in the past twenty years.

See facts…

Stupid. Stupid…

Wow…Muhlbauer: Ban, seize semi-auto weapons

 I have a very close friend in the DMPD, who asked that I post this here for him, as he fears reprisals:
“Why is ii ugly statist trolls are always so eager to get us law officers killed for their beliefs? You got another thing coming creep if you think myself or my fellow officers are going to commit suicide by carrying out any such illegal order.
You’d have us trample on essential liberties, and put everything we hold dear at risk.
My kids have to go to school with the people you want me to kick the doors in on. My wife works with the people you want me to gun-down. My house is right next to all the families you’d have me assault – yes I said ASSAULT.
No way. No d*&^ way. These are my neighbors, friends, and family. We work our collective butts off, trying to keep these people safe! You’d have us turn our weapons on them?
I, and most of my fellow officers will not be a party to this. We are PEACE KEEPERS. We are SHEEP-DOGS.
We are not “goons” or “stormtroopers” at the beckon call of some schmuck out to make his name by chasing tragedies.
If you want to disarm the people of Iowa, then you strap on a vest, and take them yourself you authoritarian coward.
In fact if it comes to that, you can have MINE, cause I will quit, and a hell of alot of my comrades will stand right alongside me. Your stupid anti-liberty agenda is not worth my blood, the blood of my fellow officers, or the blood my my family.
Take them yourself.

So they are going to let Obama and the Government keep their drone use secret…What caliber for drones? How about the .577 Tyrannosaur?

Zorbing. Never heard of it…Now for sure don’t want to..

Mass Shootings Do Little to Change State Gun Laws

I work in EMS. No I am no ‘specialist’ I took care of people, now I teach people,  I saw people at their worst and best. I treated injuries from many ‘objects’ including gun shots..But dammit, taking guns, legislating guns  is NOT going to solve the damn problem and I just hate reading articles like the one here. Some sanctimonious assO..Damn..Get off your effing high horse!! Tell me how TEXAS gun laws would have made any difference on a damn MILITARY base?

Texas: There’s been no effort to tighten gun control in Texas since Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, 39, killed 13 and wounded 32 at a military processing center at Fort Hood in 2009.

In 2011, legislators passed two bills that gave gun carriers greater freedom to take their weapons to more places. One bill restricted employers from prohibiting guns from vehicles in parking areas and another allowed foster parents to carry handguns while transporting their foster children, as long as they are licensed carriers.

NBC Medical Editor Okay With Publishing Gun Owner Addresses: ‘We’re Not Outing Child Molesters’

During a panel discussion on Tuesday’s NBC Today, chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman voiced her support for a New York newspaper, The Journal News, publishing a list of addresses of local gun owners: “You have these sort of blind assumptions that when your child goes over to play with another kid, he or she is going to be safe. And I think that has been now negated. So I have no problem….we’re not outing child molesters, this is a legal transaction, it’s a public transaction.” Snyderman’s declaration was prompted by fellow panelist, advertising executive Donny Deutsch, also standing by the paper’s controversial action: I think it’s a great idea, I’ll tell you why. I’ve got two little girls at home and I would like to know if they’re going on a play date in a house where there’s a gun….when you have a gun, you are setting yourself up as somebody different. It’s your choice…”

Ban Ferry’s! Not Fairies!! Ferry’s!!

An Egyptian magazine claims that six American Islamist activists who work with the Obama administration are Muslim Brotherhood operatives who enjoy strong influence over U.S. policy. – by Josh Rossomando
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The six named people include:
►Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development
►Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council
►Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference
►Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
►Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
►Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.

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LIBERALS PLANNING MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR GUN CONTROL JANUARY 26TH

How many will be bussed in and how many union thugs will be there? Also will they be leaving a mess as usual for the taxpayers to pay for?

We are broke as a nation….But Wait!! We have to ban the guns!!

ABC Uses Gabby Giffords for Massive Push to Fight ‘Gun Warfare in America’

ABC on Tuesday began a multi-show push to promote the gun control crusade of Gabby Giffords and her husband. Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos kicked off the program by trumpeting, ” The most famous face affected by gun violence fights back. Gabby Giffords announcing direct action against gun warfare in America.” (Gun warfare? As of 2012, crime is at a 20 year low in America. The murder rate has dropped by almost half.) More of Diane Sawyer‘s interview with Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly will air on the January 8 World News and Nightline. Giffords, who was grievously injured in a 2011 shooting in Arizona, only uttered two words during the morning segment. Stephanopoulos narrated, explaining that the couple is starting a “campaign for responsible changes to gun laws.” He added that they will be “working with politicians to take high-powered gun lobbyists head-on.”

We have to raise the taxes!! We have to ignore the debt ceiling…But Wait!! Ban the eveel gunz!!!

CNN Hypes Gabby Giffords’ Push for New Gun Laws

CNN did its best to promote former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ push for stricter gun laws on Tuesday. “And if you think about it, if Gabby Giffords came knocking on my door, office door on Capitol Hill, I would have to let her in,” swooned anchor Carol Costello. Correspondent David Mattingly directed viewers to her website’s fundraising section: “[I]f you go to the website that they’ve set up now, the Americans for Responsible Solutions, the first thing you see there is a big window where you can click on it to donate.”

We have 4 dead in Benghazi, no one claims to know where the survivors disappeared to..well one does. But she has been well, indisposed!! So lets ignore the 4 dead in Benghazi..Have we heard this before? 4 dead on O-HI- O maybe??  But the one whom knows is back so lets PARTY and make light of everything else!!

Networks Celebrate Hillary Clinton’s Return to Work and ‘Prank Gift’

All three network evening newscasts on Monday found time to tout Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s return to work after hospitalization for a blood clot, “clearly enjoying a prank gift” from her staff and being greeted by a “standing ovation.” NBC’s Nightly News devoted a full report to the development, with anchor Brian Williams declaring: “…we got our first official look at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton since she emerged from the hospital. It came in the form of some still photos of her first day back at work, a view of her carefully managed by her team after a tough couple of weeks.”

He goes from running for his life in Jurassic Park to a Preacher Man in Justified (*disclaimer: Have no damn clue what ‘Justified’ is. But did watch Jurassic Park with my then 2-3 yo who was into dinosaurs. He lasted until the T-Rex plucked the dude off the toilet. Bolting for our bedroom and the safety of Mom at that point.) And now handles slithery reptiles…Hmm..

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The Huge Mistake
Nov 11, 2009 06:00 am | Claude Cartaginese
While the Senate is working on its version of the Cap and Trade Bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last June, new criticism of Cap and Trade has emerged from a rather unlikely source: two lawyers for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Laurie Williams and Allen Zabel, the two EPA attorneys, have produced [...]

 

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From the Pen of David Horowitz: November 11, 2009
Nov 11, 2009 03:49 am | David Horowitz
We are all familiar with the way the left wages its political wars. If someone happens to disagree with its position on racial issues –if one believes, for example, that government enforced racial preferences are misguided or immoral –the left will denounce that person as a “racist.” In our culture, this is the moral equivalent [...]

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It Depends On What `Is’ Is
Nov 11, 2009 01:13 am | peteracollier
At Fort Hood this morning, Barack Obama honored the 13 soldiers slaughtered last week. As part of his speech, he paid oblique deference to what the mainstream liberal press is trying mightily to make the dominant narrative of this tragedy when he called it “incomprehensible.” A high falutin response would be to quote Einstein’s famous [...]

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Chesler Scores Big on Lou Dobbs
Nov 10, 2009 08:13 pm | Jamie Glazov
Bravo to freedom fighter Phyllis Chesler for her robust, intelligent and brave performance on Lou Dobbs this evening. In a face-off with Nation columnist John Nichols about whether the Fort Hood tragedy can be called “terrorism,” Chesler made the crucial points that Hasan was a jihadist, that there is an ideology of radical Islam that [...]

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Agitating for America
Nov 10, 2009 07:48 pm | Matthew Vadum
Organizing for America, the permanent version of President Obama’s election campaign, exists to unceasingly agitate for radical change. The liberal New Republic magazine describes OFA, which is part of the Democratic National Committee, as “an Internet version of the top-down political machines built by Richard Daley in Chicago or Boss Tweed in New York. The difference (other than technology) [...]

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Open Thread
Nov 10, 2009 07:00 pm | David Swindle
Today’s open thread was submitted by John Davidson.

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Sean Hannity, Miss California, & the Dangers of Hero Worship
Nov 10, 2009 05:30 pm | Calvin Freiburger
The future of the conservative movement has been a topic of particular interest here at NewsReal: Where should we compromise, and where should we draw the line? How do we best advance our ideas? What has the Right done wrong? Last night, Sean Hannity interviewed former beauty queen Carrie Prejean, and unfortunately demonstrated a lesson [...]

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How Embarrassing Is It To Be A So-Called Liberal In The Midst of a Holy War?
Nov 10, 2009 05:09 pm | David Horowitz
Why is it that when a so-called liberal opens his mouth about the Ft. Hood massacre by a Muslim jihadist I know that I’m going to feel less safe? The corrupt mayor of Chicago (and presidential patron) blames the shooting of 41 soldiers — at the deployment center for the wars against Muslim jihadists in [...]

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Financial Times Editor Displays Ignorance of All Things Financial On “Morning Joe”
Nov 10, 2009 03:13 pm | Michael van der Galien
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” yesterday, hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, and guests Steve Forbes (owner of Forbes magazine) and Financial Times editor Chrystia Freeland, debated the question of whether the health care system as it is needs more or less capitalism. Scarborough and Forbes argued the affirmative, Freeland and Brzezinski disagreed. What struck me about the exchange was [...]

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Lunch Break
Nov 10, 2009 02:00 pm | Jim Walter
See more of my cartoons here. – Lunch Break is NewsReal’s daily apolitical post. (We all need a break from this political stuff every now and then!) When commenting on Lunch Break posts do not start political debates. In fact from now on any political comments on Lunch Break posts will be deleted. You’ve got all of [...]

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This Commander in Chief Doesn’t Know the Medal of Honor from His…
Nov 10, 2009 12:50 pm | David Forsmark
This month, President Obama, despite his rather showy appearance to salute the coffins of American servicemen arriving at Dover– and finally showing up today at Fort Hood for the public memorial service– is proving how ignorant (if not indifferent) he is to the military’s traditions of how Americans honor our fallen heroes.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want [...]

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BREAKING NEWS: Chairman Anita Dunn Steps Down, Deputy Dan Pfeiffer to Take Over
Nov 10, 2009 12:18 pm | David Swindle
According to Fox News: White House Communications Director Anita Dunn will step down by the end of November and be replaced by her deputy Dan Pfeiffer, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Dunn’s departure had been expected as she took the position on an interim basis earlier in the year. Before joining the White House, Pfeiffer worked on Barack [...]

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Media Matters thinks all Black Women are Maids or Something
Nov 10, 2009 12:00 pm | Kathy Shaidle
The Media Matters “Racist Right Wing Meme Generator” must be in the shop. Desperate for something, anything, to write about, the George Soros Steno Pool has been reduced to mining talk show host Neal Boortz’s Twitter feed. They came up with this: Maxine Waters says Social Security and Medicare are “strong.” How do idiots like this get [...]

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HillWalk Versus JayWalk
Nov 10, 2009 09:43 am | Joseph Klein
Bill O’Reilly has boasted how ”The Factor” is doing so well that its ratings surpass those of NBC’s “Jay Leno Show.” It is an apt comparison, since O’Reilly seems intent on co-opting one of Leno’s trademark skits, “Jaywalk,” in which ignorant individuals are asked about topical issues and give ludicrous answers. How else can O’Reilly explain his decision to bring back the hip [...]

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“Marxo-Sapiens” to the Rescue, Part 3: How is This “Paid For”? It Isn’t
Nov 10, 2009 09:11 am | Michael Rulle
Click here for parts 1 and 2 of “Marxo-Sapiens” to the Rescue. Insurance companies will now be mere appendages of the government, offering one mandated product. Doctors, nurses, and drug companies, who are the actual providers of medical care, also will be appendages of the government, because the government will decide how they get paid. But [...]

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Morning Must Reads — Slow and unsteady on Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times — Military not told about Ft. Hood suspect’s e-mails

A strong, unambiguous speech from President Obama at the Ft. Hood memorial service. He was clear that the soldiers were killed in a war and that religion motivated the attacker. An impressive pivot.

Writers Julian Barnes and Josh Meyer tell us that the Army never heard about the contact between one of its officers and a radical cleric because law enforcement officials opted not to pass the information along.

Nidal Hasan’s conduct had already raised flags in the Army – lectures on jihad, bitter complaints about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, etc. – so perhaps knowledge that he was chatting online with an al Qaeda spiritual adviser might have been enough to get the military to push past PC impulses and take action.

Or, if law enforcement officials knew about his strange behavior, the emails would have been more alarming.

“…In the case of the Hasan e-mails, however, the Pentagon investigator — a member of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service — agreed with the task force assessment that the psychiatrist did not pose a threat. The investigator did not press to bring the case to the military’s attention.”

The Hill — W.H. denies Afghanistan decision; senators are split

The White House did nothing to knock down leaks that a decision on troops for Afghanistan had been reached. The Associated Press was even going with a hard number (35,000) and a timetable (January) for the surge. But on Tuesday, the White House started trying to reel the story back in.

The president is having another meeting with his military advisers (the eighth of the Afghan colloquia) today and the New York Times tells us that the secretaries of defense and state and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs have coalesced around the idea of the almost-McChrystal plan.

But as writers Sam Youngman and Taylor Rushing explain, the trial balloon was not well received in Congress, where Republicans wondered why Obama would give McChrystal 88 percent of what he requested and not the whole thing. Members from both parties wanted a full explanation before any budget request was made.

“Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.), ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, said he believes Obama may be forced to deploy the troops over a yearlong period — as Tuesday’s reports suggested — because only about 15,000 troops are currently available.”

New York Times — Reid Says Health Bill Will Be Done by Christmas

Pumped up after the speech from President Bill Clinton about not letting the perfect get in the way of the politically expedient on health care, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that yes, he could pass a plan by Christmas.

Even as Reid was finally getting plucky, other members, like liberal Sen. Dick Durbin, were saying that it would certainly be next year before final votes on a reconciled House-Senate plan.

Most of Tuesday’s real action was given over to discussions among liberals on how to preserve access to abortion.

Also Tuesday, a new Gallup poll showed that 38 percent of voters were certain they wanted their lawmakers to vote against the bill while only 29 percent were certain they wanted them to vote for it.

David Herszenhrn has the details:

“Senate Republicans seized on new polling data showing that Americans are increasingly uncomfortable with the sweeping health care legislation. The Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said Democrats were ignoring public opinion in pressing forward with the bill.

‘As we go forward here in the Senate,’ Mr. McConnell said, ‘I hope it will not be lost on our Democratic friends where the public is, how the public feels about this measure. They’re speaking increasingly loudly that they do not think it ought to pass.’

Wall Street Journal — Congress Has History of Reversing Cuts

This time will be different. Seriously. We promise.

Writer John McKinnon helpfully tells the tale of how the last time Congress approved future Medicare cuts has resulted in 12 years of avoidance and dodgy financial practices.

The president and his party now say that we can finance half of a trillion-dollar health plan with future cuts to Medicare.

“The 1997 cuts were based on a formula for physician reimbursements that sought to crack down on soaring government health-care spending. The formula effectively set rates for particular services based on broad program-spending targets for each year. If a spending target was missed for one year, the formula reduced reimbursement rates for the next year to make up the difference.

As it turned out, lawmakers underestimated the continuing growth of Medicare spending, and particularly of the number of services provided. By now, the 1997 formula has been amended six times to prevent scheduled cuts from going into effect.”

New York Times — Maine Finds a Health Care Fix Elusive

One of the reasons the senators from Maine have been so crabby about Harry Reid’s final health care bill is that they have seen the catastrophe of efforts for systemic overhauls in their state for decades. Maine has high premiums, low access to care, and a massive burden on taxpayers as a result of good intentions gone bad.

Writer Gardiner Harris heads down east to talk to folks about living in what may be the worst state for sick people.

Conservatives say it’s a cautionary tale about unintended consequences. Liberals (who Harris just calls “others”) say that the problem is that Maine didn’t have the cash to fund the programs and that universal health insurance must be a national effort.

I suppose when the country goes bust paying too much for bad health care, “others” will say that it really needs to be a global initiative.
“To compensate for such expensive care, the state pays doctors and hospitals relatively skimpy fees for treating Medicaid patients. As a result, doctors are closing solo practices and joining hospitals, which then have the market power to jack up rates to private insurers in a common problem called cost-shifting. Clinics for the poor — some affiliated with hospital networks — are thriving because they are federally supported. Maine now has 19 such clinics serving 200,000 people — a fifth of the state’s population.”

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Morning Must Reads — “… suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers.”

Houston Chronicle — Army: Fort Hood suspect shouted religious slogan before firing

Writers Scott Huddleston and Sig Christenson have the best narrative about the shooting spree authorities say was committed by Army psychologist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a devout Muslim who had grown agitated about his pending deployment to Iraq and who had been under surveillance for online postings expressing admiration for terrorists.

“Hasan is accused of attacking his fellow soldiers about 1:30 p.m. at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center, where troops waited to see doctors as they prepared to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan — or return from combat.

Armed with two pistols, he shot more than 40 people before military police and civilian police officers responded, officials said. He was wounded by a civilian policewoman, who was injured in the exchange, police said. Officials had reported earlier that the police officer had been killed.

Hasan’s motives were unclear, and early on Thursday, he showed no signs of worry or stress when he stopped at 7-Eleven for his daily breakfast of hash browns, said Jeannie Strickland, the store’s manager.

‘He came in (Thursday) morning just like normal,’ she said.”

Washington Post — Suspect, devout Muslim from Va., wanted Army discharge, aunt said

Writers Mary Pat Flaherty, William Wan and Christian Davenport paint a chilling, intimate portrait of the suspect in the shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

They describe a man who felt persecuted for his faith, who admired the courage of terrorists, and who was becoming increasingly agitated as his first-ever deployment into a war zone drew near.

His aunt, former imam, and patients share a picture of a reclusive, officious, anxious man whose only entertainment was following the Washington Redskins.

The crucial detail from the story – why he may have gone berserk – comes from a colleague interviewed on Fox News.

“The psychiatrist once said that ‘Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor’ and that the United States shouldn’t be fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place, according to an interview with Col. Terry Lee, a co-worker, on Fox News. …

Lee told Fox News that Hasan ‘was hoping that President Obama would pull troops out. . . . When things weren’t going that way, he became more agitated, more frustrated with the conflicts over there. . . . He made his views well known about how he felt about the U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.’”


New York Times — House Democrats Seek Allies for Health Care Vote

As Examiner colleague Susan Ferrechio explains the quest for 218 votes from the 258-member Democratic caucus in the House is providing plenty of drama on Capitol Hill: protesters outside, the president cdoing plenty of arm twisting, warnings to freshman and sophomore members about being fed to the wolves next year if they don’t tow the party line.

It’s not a bill anyone likes particularly and those from swing district who vote for the plan will have to watch some of the socialistic benefits be erased by the Senate: All of the blame, less of the credit.

Writers Carl Hulse and David Herszenhorn were on the scene and talked to some of the 40 Democrats who will be allowed to vote against the bill. If the Speaker wants to keep her defection list at 40, the opt outs need to not seem to be so happy.

“Some Democrats from more conservative districts, like Representative Ike Skelton of Missouri, Representative Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Representative Jim Marshall of Georgia and Representative Bobby Bright of Alabama, made it clear they would oppose the measure.

‘The worst thing we could do in a recession is raise taxes, and this bill does just that,’ said Mr. Boren, who also said he feared the proposal would lead to a single-payer national health care system. ‘Finally, I do not believe that the possibility for taxpayer-funded abortion has been clearly and emphatically removed from this legislation.’”


Bloomberg — Democrats Try to Shore Up Support as House Health Vote Nears

While lots of Democrats are being asked to risk it all on Speaker Pelosi’s health care plan, the AARP is taking the biggest risk of all by plunging into partisan politics by endorsing the measure after months of pledging neutrality.

But support for a bill that makes almost a half-trillion dollars in cuts to the federal program for senior-citizen health insurance will continue to cost the group members. But the organization, which also sells insurance, may receive other benefits in the plan.

“AARP said in a statement it plans to educate its members about the legislation through advertising, phone calls and e- mails. AMA President James Rohack said while it’s ‘not the perfect bill,’ it ‘goes a long way toward expanding access to high-quality affordable health coverage for all Americans.’”

Wall Street Journal — Powerful Afghan Governor Challenges President

Writer Yaroslav Trofimov got an interview to the man who represents the greatest potential threat to the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai: Balkh Gov. Atta Mohammad Noor.

Noor, who runs one of the strongest provinces in the country, backed Abdullah Abdullah in the abortive Afghan elections this year and is now practically daring Karzai to assert federal control of Balkh.

“‘Karzai is a thief of people’s votes. Democracy has been buried in Afghanistan. He’s not a lawful president,’ Mr. Atta said in an interview in his vast rococo-styled office, as turbaned supplicants lined up to petition for his help in resolving court cases and disputes with local authorities.

Mr. Karzai was declared the winner after Dr. Abdullah withdrew from the race, claiming that the election commission was biased. Dr. Abdullah has yet to concede defeat, and is seeking a broad say in policy making.

The governor, whose personal bodyguard militia lines city streets in the mornings, with rocket-propelled grenades poking out from their backpacks, hinted at what could happen if Dr. Abdullah’s demands aren’t met.

‘We do not want to use violence to further our demands — but the people have the right to defend themselves if democratic norms are violated,’ he said.”