Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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Bill Maher Not Happy w Big Mouth Bill Clinton - 'The Clintons Are A Pre Existing Condition'
Published on Nov 15, 2013
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Bill Maher To SCOTUS & GOP: You F*cked Up!'... 'Naive' on Racism, Corruption
Published on Nov 15, 2013
bill maher scotus. Bill Maher ended his show Friday night with a blistering New Rule going after the Supreme Court and the Republican party for their "naive" thoughts on racism and campaign finance and how America's way past the point of not being corrupted on those two issues.

Maher first took on the ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act, mocked the idea that "racism had been cured" and that "other than shopping at Barney's... there was no evidence anymore that black people needed special protections."

And as for John Roberts' astonishment that people think the South is more racist than the North, Maher cited slavery, the KKK, and the fact that "Paula Deen lives there."

Maher also addressed the Citizens United ruling and the assumption that more money in politics doesn't lead to corruption, "which is true except for always." He found it troubling how "naive" conservatives appear to be about America. "That is the problem with today's conservatives. They are too sentimental about how wonderful America is. Racism? That's over. Monied interests? They couldn't corrupt us if they tried!"

And when the Supreme Court gave more power to the people, they reacted with the line from Animal House: "You fucked up, you shouldn't have trusted us!"

Watch the video below, via HBO:

[photo via screengrab]Bill Maher "New Rules" Maher BLASTS John Roberts & Conservatives On The Supreme Court
Martin Bashir Says Someone Should Sh*t in Sarah Palin's Mouth
Published on Nov 15, 2013
Former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) punched her way back into the news this week by invoking slavery in remarks about American public debt, then doubling down on the remarks in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. On Friday afternoon's Martin Bashir program on MSNBC, host Martin Bashir delivered a scathing attack on Palin, while attempting to contextualize the horror of slavery for her by detailing some of the cruelty recorded in the diary of Thomas Thistlewood, a British overseer at a Jamaican sugar plantation. Bashir concluded his commentary by suggesting Palin is deserving of the same treatment.

In his "Clear the Air" segment, Bashir lit into Palin straight away, referring to her as America's "resident dunce" and characterizing her remarks as "scraping the barrel of her long-deceased mind, and using her all-time favorite analogy in an attempt to sound intelligent about the national debt."

He then played a clip of Palin's comments from last weekend, in which she told a crowd at Iowa's Faith and Freedom Coalition event, "Our free stuff today is being paid for by taking money from our children, and borrowing from China. When that note comes due — and this isn't racist, so try it. Try it anyway. This isn't racist. But it's going to be like slavery when that note is due."

"It will be like slavery," Bashir repeated. "Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot, it's hardly surprising that she should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history."

"So here's an example," Bashir continued. "One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years. Thistlewood was the son of a tenant farmer, who arrived on the island of Jamaica in April 1750, and assumed the position of overseer at a major plantation."

"What is most shocking about Thistlewood's diary is not simply the fact that he assumes the right to own and possess other human beings, but is the sheer cruelty and brutality of his regime," Bashir added. "In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby 'catched eating kanes had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.'"

"This became known as 'Darby's Dose,' a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of inhumanity. And he mentions a similar incident in 1756, his time in relation to a man he refers to as Punch. 'Flogged punch well, and then washed and rubbed salt pickle, lime juice and bird pepper, made Negro Joe piss in his eyes and mouth,'" Bashir recited.

"I could go on, but you get the point," Bashir said, concluding "When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn't just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate."
The Real Reasons Insurers Are Canceling Policies
Posted: 11/18/2013 10:50 am
by Wendell Potter

Now that President Obama has said it's OK with him if insurance companies keep their policyholders in health plans that don't meet the standards established by the Affordable Care Act, at least for another year, the big question is whether insurers will take him up on the offer.
The answer: it depends.
Some insurance executives will view the offer as one they can't turn down. Even though Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans, the industry's big PR and lobbying group, had nothing good to say about Obama's proposal, keep in mind that she doesn't run an insurance company. While industry executives look to her to comment on what politicians do, they make their own decisions when it comes to their companies' bottom lines.
Here's what Ignagni was quoted as saying in a FOX News story Friday:
"The only reason consumers are getting notices about their current coverage changing is because the ACA (Affordable Care Act) requires all policies to cover a broad range of benefits that go beyond what many people choose to purchase today."
Not so fast. There are other reasons some folks are being told they'll have to change health plans next year. Many of them are having to switch plans not because of Obamacare but because their insurance companies want to move them into policies with higher profit margins.
Insurance companies have been sending similar notices to their customers for years. My son Alex -- and thousands of other customers of a Blue Cross plan in Pennsylvania -- got such a notice four years ago, months before Congress passed the health reform law.
Why? The insurer wanted to move those policyholders out of a plan with a reasonable $500 annual deductible and into one with a deductible ten times that amount. To accomplish that, Blue Cross notified its policyholders that their health plan would not be available in 2010. Their options were to switch to the high-deductible policy, which would still cost them a couple of dollars more each month, or to another plan with that reasonable $500 deductible. If they chose the latter, their monthly premiums would increase 65 percent.
Notices like the one Alex got have provided a mechanism for insurers to implement a years-long industry strategy of shifting more and more of the cost of medical care to their policyholders. And that strategy will continue until every last one of us is in a high-deductible plan.
Some of you are likely old enough to remember the days before managed care when almost all Americans with private health insurance were in indemnity plans. In an old-fashioned indemnity plan, the insurer didn't constrain us in a limited network of doctors and hospitals and didn't call the shots about whether a knee replacement or liver transplant your doctor recommended was really necessary.
Those days are long gone. Everybody eventually got notices that those plans were being discontinued. They were replaced by HMOs and PPOs with limited provider networks and armies of utilization review nurses and medical directors who decided if you would get coverage for your new knee or new liver.
In most cases, it was our employers who killed off the indemnity plans in favor of managed care. But eventually, HMOs and PPOs also fell out of favor. The managed care backlash of the late 1990s forced insurers to abandon some of their utilization review practices and to add more doctors and hospitals to their skinny networks. That led to shrinking profit margins -- and to the latest silver bullet from the insurance industry: high-deductible plans.
Before Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies already were making rapid progress in implementing their business plans of "migrating" their customers from traditional managed care plans to so-called "consumer-directed" plans, the industry euphemism for high-deductible policies. At the same time they've been requiring us to pay more out of our own pockets for care, they've also been implementing a strategy of reducing benefits. Investors and Wall Street financial analysts refer to these common industry practices as "benefit buydowns." That's another euphemism, by the way.
I myself -- and thousands of my fellow Cigna employees -- were notified several years ago, long before I left my job, that our HMOs and PPOs were being discontinued. Yep, we got notices in the mail. If we wanted to stay in a Cigna-subsidized health plan, we would have to switch to a high-deductible plan. The same thing has happened to tens of millions of other Americans in recent years.
Yet if you relied on the Washington media for your news and information about health care, you'd think that insurance companies would never have considered sending policy discontinuation notices to their policyholders until forced to do so by Obamacare.
The truth: they have always done this when profits were at stake.
Which is why some insurers will be happy as clams to be able to keep their policyholders in plans that don't meet the ACA's standards. Many of those plans -- especially the junk insurance plans many folks are in -- are exceedingly profitable.
For people who are in those plans who have complained about their discontinuation notices, I hope they will shop around. Chances are, they'll be able to get much better coverage at a better price. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

Bill Clinton tells China forum he hopes for female US president

Bill Clinton says he wants to see a female US president in his lifetime – as speculation about a Hillary 2016 bid mounts

Bill Clinton tells China forum he hopes for female US president
Bill Clinton tells China forum he hopes for female US president Photo: REX FEATURES
10:32AM GMT 18 Nov 2013
Former US President Bill Clinton hopes there will be a woman in the White House in his lifetime, he told a Chinese audience on Monday.
His wife Hillary, who earlier this year stepped down as US secretary of state, has not yet said whether she plans another presidential run after her failed 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination.
"I hope we have a woman president in my lifetime, and I think it would be a good thing for the world as well as for America," Clinton said at a conference organised by the respected Chinese financial magazine Caijing.
"But I do not know if she's going to run, and there is no such thing as a sure thing in politics," he added.

Former US President Bill Clinton (L) speaks to China's President Xi Jinping during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, China

In a question-and-answer session before a standing-room-only crowd in a Beijing hotel ballroom, Clinton, who was president from 1993 to 2001, was asked whether he envisages becoming a "first husband" in the future.
"You know, if I knew the answer to that, I couldn't say," he responded. "But I can give you an honest answer: I have no idea."
He called his wife "the ablest public servant I have ever worked with" and said that he would support her whatever decision she makes on a White House run.
"If that's what she wants to do, I will support her," Clinton said. "But if she decides for whatever reason she doesn't, I will support that."
"It's very interesting for us; we still feel young and we still feel healthy," he added, noting that compared with several decades ago, he believes his wife now is "less motivated ... by a fear of failure".
Clinton was in Beijing for meetings with China's President Xi Jinping as well as to promote the work of his New York-based philanthropic organisation, the Clinton Foundation.
Edited for Telegraph.co.uk by Barney Henderson
Howard Dean to ABC: 'We Don't Do Tech Rollouts Well in This Country'
Published on Nov 17, 2013
Former presidential candidate Howard Dean appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos and told guest-host Martha Raddatz that the primary problem with the Affordable Care Act rollout was still the website, but that tech rollouts were considerably more cumbersome than people liked to let on.

"There are two aspects of this," Dean said. "We can either focus on this one, the usual Washington panic, craziness, isolated from everything else that's going on in the country, or the real problem, which is they got to fix the website. I'm not convinced it's going to be fixed. I've seen a lot of tech rollouts. We don't do those well in this country. My rule for them is it takes twice as long, costs twice as much, and often you have to do it twice. They have to start getting people enrolled. I think they can. But they may have to do it manually."

"If Democrats keep thinking like that," replied Wall Street Journal's Bret Stevens, "it's going to be the greatest political gift for Republicans in maybe decades. Obamacare is a political self-punching machine for the president. You have a November 30th deadline. Does anyone seriously think that's going to be met in terms of fixing the website? I doubt it."

"There's a March 15th deadline for the end of enrollment period," Stevens continued, "where two-thirds of Americans who are trying to sign up are going to discover that they don't qualify for subsidies. Then in June, we get the presumably the beginning of the employer mandate, where suddenly millions of Americans are going to discover they're being shunted into part-time work or work under thirty hours precisely because of Obamacare. This is the kind of gift that will keep on giving for Republicans at least through the next election cycle, if not the one after that."

Real Time with Bill Maher: Income Inequality
Published on Nov 12, 2013
Real Time with Bill Maher is a talk show that airs weekly on HBO, hosted by comedian and political satirist Bill Maher.Much like his previous series Politically Incorrect on ABC (and before that, on Comedy Central), Real Time features a panel of guests who discuss current events in politics and the media. Unlike the previous show, however, guests are usually more well-versed in the subject matter: more experts such as journalists, professors and politicians participate in the panel, and there are fewer actors and celebrities included in it. Additionally, many guests appear via satellite. Also, Politically Incorrect was produced four days a week and was pre-recorded, while Real Time only produces one episode a week which is broadcast live.Real Time is an hour-long program with a studio audience, airing live on Friday nights at 10:00 PM (ET). It originates from Studio 33 ("The Bob Barker Studio") at CBS Television City in Los Angeles. Prior to 2009, approximately 12 new weekly episodes aired in the spring (February to early May), followed by another such set of new episodes in the fall (late August to November). In 2009, the show began airing as one continuous season. Because of the live, current-events nature of the show, HBO does not re-air old episodes between breaks, though occasionally a repeat will be shown when the program takes a week off during the season.Currently in its eleventh season, HBO renewed the show for two more seasons through 2013-14 television The format of the show usually features an opening current events or political skit, followed by the credits and a comedy monologue. Maher then interviews an important figure via satellite or in-studio before sitting down with three panel guests for an extensive debate. Halfway through the panel session, Maher does a comedy skit that usually satirizes current news items - one example includes possible titles of Sarah Palin's autobiography as written by different ghostwriters. Following the comedy bit, Maher interviews another figure via satellite or in-studio. Recently Maher has focused more on having this interview done on-stage in order to cut down the number of satellite interviews.[4] Near the end of every episode, Maher has a segment called "New Rules" which serves as a humorous editorial on popular culture and American politics.[5] The final "New Rule" segues into Maher's closing editorial monologue.Since the show airs on HBO, the participants do not have to restrict their language to conform to the broadcast standards that existed on Politically Incorrect.In the first season, Paul F. Tompkins was featured as a correspondent. Also, every episode would end with a performance by a stand-up comedian, none of which were political satirists. The segments featuring Tompkins and comedians were dropped after the tenth episode. Viewers were also able to call into the live show in the first season and ask questions over the air, but this was also dropped.Starting with episode 67 in February 2006, audio-only episodes were made available as a free podcast via the iTunes Store[6] and as a raw RSS feed.[7] The podcasts also feature material cut from the show but taped during the studio rehearsal, including New Rules not aired in the final version. For two weeks in February 2008, the podcasts were presented in video format. However, this video format was dropped for some unknown reason on the next episode, released in podcast form on March 4, 2008.During the fall of 2006, Maher began hosting a live chat (now called "Overtime") on HBO's website following each broadcast, usually including some of the show guests as well. Viewers are invited to submit questions prior to and during the original telecast for Maher and the guests to answer and discuss afterwards.[8]The opening sequence begins with a spoken phrase from the (now defunct) Los Angeles speaking clock, featuring an (uncredited) Joanne Daniels as the time lady saying "Good Afternoon." The theme song is composed by Christopher "Kid" Reid and his voice is heard saying "Start the clock," "Real Time" and "Bill Maher". A montage of historical events from the beginning of time to election night on November 4, 2008 accompanies the music along with a crawl at the bottom listing the guests for that night's showreal time with bill mahe com hbo hbo episodes full real time free episodes of new rules maher bill bill maher and bill maher billmaher full episode free free episodes to watch free watch episodes show hb show on hbo series on hbo series from hbo maher download hbo hbo schedule hbo schedule hbo schedule time with bill maher bill maher time real time with maherBill Maher New Rules,Bill Maher New Rules,Bill Maher New Rules,maher real time real time with bill

Published on Jul 15, 2012
Clinton goes total bat shit, freaks out and tells new lies to cover his old lies.

Michael Scheuer, Sr. CIA analysis who created the special CIA unit to track Bin Laden and respected by both political parties for his brutal honesty and one person Clinton did not and would never try to disparage.

Clinton was very corrupt and a legendary liar, but he was not stupid enough to call out Michael Scheuer, who has an impeccable reputation of being brutally honesty about his Patriotism and respected by all political parties.Clinton, originator of the term "SPIN" because he got caught lying so much, he knew better that to call this man a Liar!


Whitewater Gate (over a dozen convictions so far), Cattlegate (1000% profit), Nannygate (Zoe Baird's illegal aliens),Helicoptergate ($100,000 taxpayers for golf trips), Travelgate (Fired & consumed Billy Dale's retirement), Filegate (got 900+FBI files on enemies w/Hillarys fingerprints), Gennifer Flowersgate (lied about 12 year affair), Vince Fostergate (took Whitewater billing records after SUICIDE?), Missing Whitewater billing-gate (reappeared afteryears of subpoenaed), Paula Jonesgate (sexual assault), Campaign Phonegate (75 illegal fund raiser calls), Lincoln Bedroomgate ($150,000 a night), White House Coffeegate (100+@$50,000 coffee visits), Convicted Drug & Weapons gate (for AK-47s to LA street gangs), Budhist Templegate (funneling scam to the DNC), Web Hubbel hush moneygate (Lippo Group), Lippogate ($452,000 in illegal donations to DNC), Chinagate (Charlie Trie funneled illegal for elections i donations to DNC 1996). , IRS Tax auditgate (only Republicans audited including the NRA, political foundation of Oliver North's, and The Heritage Foundation ), Lewinskygate (Bill Clinton impeached, got caught it made the news), Perjury & Job for Lewinskygate (jobs as incentive" to remain quiet), Willeygate (sexual assaulted, others too), Web Hubbel Prisongate (While in prison, Hubbell was taped making phone calls in which methods to achieve pardon and evidence on other Clinton scandals was discussed), Commiegate (sold satellite guidance technology& other military Secrets), Advertisementgate (DNC funds to bypass spending limits 1996), Russian Wellgate (Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin illegally charged $1 million for meeting), Wag the Dog-gate (delayed bin laden attack to cover Jones settlement & other reasons), Jauita Broaddrickgate (accused Clinton of raping her), PBSgate (In at least three cases PBS solicited liberal activist groups that directly involves the Clinton-Gore 1996 campaign, a violation of federal law), E-Mailgate (known "glitch" allowed thousands of emails to escape record involved evidence to other Clinton scandals), Vandalgate (removed "W" & left lewed messages), Lootergate (Stole silverware, furniture, anything they could, but had to give back a multi thousand dollar furniture set belonging to the interior department, which the Clintons had tried to claim as a gift), Pardongate (Denise Rich gave $1 million to DNC, $450,000 to Bill Clinton's library fund, and $70,000 to Hillary Clinton's senate campaign, Hugh Rodham was paid over $400,000 dollars for successfully fighting for pardons and commutations for criminals Carlos Vignali and Almon Glenn Braswell) The last minute political pay off (456 Pardons, 176 on last day) even prompted criticism from even the most liberal Clinton defenders & prominent Democrats. Former President Carter called the pardon "disgraceful" while Senator Tom Harkin and even Rep. Barney Frank criticized it!

In 1995, the CIA & FBI learned that Osama bin Laden was planning to hijack U.S. airliners & use them as bombs to attack targets in the U.S. This scheme was called Project Bojinka. Discovered in the Philippines, where authorities arrested 2 of bin Laden's agents, Ramzi Yousef & Abdul Hakim Murad. Project Bojinka, outlined on Murad's laptop, called for planting bombs on 11 U.S. airliners & crashing them into targets like the CIA building. Clinton did nothing then & repeatedly chose not to after!

Need more proof, OR are you a liberal skeptic that just blows off FACTS as Republican talking points and will never bother to look for yourself??


Remember health insurance before the Affordable Care Act?

Tuesday, November 19th 2013
22 hours ago
Here’s a question for pundits and politicians outraged over people whose individual insurance plans are being canceled because they don’t meet the new health law’s standards.
Have you forgotten what a nightmare this branch of health insurance was before?
To jog your memories, I dug out an article on the subject I did back in 2008. Its title: "On Their Own: Far From a Remedy, Insurance for Individuals is a World of Pain".
It featured the stories of:
  • The Georgia real estate agent whose group health plan was folding and who couldn’t find replacement insurance unless it excluded coverage of her $1,700-a-month rheumatoid arthritis medication, without which she would quickly become disabled.
  • The Arizona small business owner who could only find insurance if it excluded coverage of anti-rejection drugs he was taking for a successful liver transplant he’d had years before.
  • The Virginia early retiree who discovered he was uninsurable at any price because of his diabetes, despite the fact that he kept it under perfect control.
  • The Indiana lawyer whose longtime insurance company, following standard industry practice, deliberately shrunk his plan’s risk pool to drive his premium up to more than $4,200—a month!—and him out of the plan.
The article also featured the resuts of a survey we did, which found that 76 percent of uninsured respondents said they couldn't afford an individual plan. And the ones who were "lucky" enough to have this type of coverage didn't like it very much because it was more expensive and had more limited coverage than health plans available through an employer.
Because of the new health care law people like these, who did nothing wrong except to have the bad luck to be stranded in the individual market, can now get health coverage at a price they can afford. Insurers can’t turn them down or exclude coverage of the treatments they need the most. They can’t slice and dice risk pools to drive longtime policyholders away. They can’t charge them more because of pre-existing conditions.
I’m not the only person to call attention to this. Jonathan Cohn, writing in the New Republic, points out that “The most egregious insurance company abuses—rescinding policies for people who get sick, failing to pay for services that beneficiaries assumed were covered—usually come from the non-group market.”
So the next time you hear about someone whose individual coverage is being canceled because of the new health care law, consider that the new law is making this market work better for the vast majority of people who are either already in it or need to be in it because they have no other place to get covered.
Got a question for our health insurance expert? Ask it here; be sure to include the state you live in. And if you can't get enough health insurance news here, follow me on Twitter @NancyMetcalf.
—Nancy Metcalf
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