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The Washington Post fact checks Saturday Night Live’s “I’m Just a Bill” parody of Barack Obama’s Executive immigration action

November 24, 2014

washington post Last weekend Saturday Night Live opened up the show with a parody of the old School House Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill” cartoon and it was absolutely hilarious. If you have not seen it I highly recommend that you check it out here.

  Apparently not everybody was as enamored by the parody as I was: For example, the Washington Post was so taken aback at the idea the President could be mocked for his actions that they actually ran a fact check on the parody.

  Here is what the Washington Post was able to come up with:

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Obamacare: The cost of the most popular plans to rise 10% in 2015

November 24, 2014

 We all know that there is nothing in Obamacare which addressed the issue about cost despite Barack Obama’s promise that the average family of four would save about $2,500 once his plan was passed.  

  Now it is being reported in this story that the cost of the most popular Obamacare plans is going to rise about 10% in 2015.

  Here is more:

The rate hike may come as a surprise to many Obamacare customers whose plans will automatically be renewed if they fail to make changes.

“Many plans that priced attractively last year are playing catch up for 2015,” said Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson. “Consumers who care about costs need to shop.”

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Saturday Night Live spoofs Schoolhouse Rock over Barack Obama’s Executive amnesty

November 23, 2014

 How many of you out there remember the ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ cartoons from days gone by? I do, and I also remember this one which was entitled ‘I’m Just a Bill.’ Just in case you have forgotten this cartoon here it is:

  Now that I have refreshed your memory: Saturday Night Live has spoofed this cartoon in the wake of Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty and it is hilarious, albeit all too true. 

  Enjoy:

Open thread for Sunday, November 23rd: Speak my Language

November 23, 2014

open-thread  Here is the open thread for Sunday, November 23rd. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

 This was a busy week at America’s Watchtower as we discussed another 17 topics, and it was a little more diverse with a little less Jonathan Gruber. Did you miss any of them?  If so there is an easy way to make sure you do not miss another post. I understand that all of you are busy and cannot always find the time to check the blog for updates so why not subscribe to America’s Watchtower and receive email updates whenever I write a new post? That is the easiest way to follow the blog to ensure you never miss another post.

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  With Barack Obama making his immigration/amnesty Proclamation on Thursday I thought of the song ‘Speak my Language’ by The Cure so that is what I am going to go with for the musical selection this week even though it has nothing to do with immigration.

  When Robert Smith felt the band was getting pigeon-holed into the whole goth-gloom genre he decided to change things up a bit and The Cure released several upbeat singles which included piano/synth and no guitars and this is the result. It was quite a departure for the band at the time.

  I like to post live videos but to the best of my knowledge this song has only been recorded live one time and there is no video and the audio is bad so I give you this instead.

  Enjoy:

Obamacare: If you like your plan you can keep it…unless HHS decides to change it

November 22, 2014

obamacare-logo_full  We all remember Barack Obama’s promise that under his healthcare proposal if you liked your healthcare plan you would be able to keep your healthcare plan, right? And we also remember his promise that the average family would save about $2,500 in healthcare premiums, right?

  Of course we do but things did not pan out that way did they? In the case of the former many people lost their healthcare coverage and in the case of the latter healthcare premiums continue to rise.

  The Department of Health and Human Services has come up with an ingenious way to hide the premium increases for those who signed up for healthcare insurance using the exchanges.

  Here is more about the proposed changes in Obamacare’s auto-renewal policy:

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House Intelligence Committee releases its Benghazi report

November 22, 2014

 The House Intelligence Committee has released its final report on the investigation into the Benghazi scandal.

  Here are the major findings from the investigation:

  1. There is no evidence of an intelligence failure. Prior to the Benghazi attacks, the CIA provided sufficient strategic warning of the deteriorating threat environment to U.S. decision-makers, including those at the State Department. 
  2. CIA provided sufficient security personnel, resources, and equipment to defend against the known terrorist threat and to enable CIA operations in Benghazi.
  3. State Department security personnel, resources, and equipment were unable to counter the terrorist threat that day, and they required CIA assistance.
  4. The CIA was not collecting and shipping arms from Libya to Syria.
  5. A mixed group including members of al-Qa’ida in the lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qa’ida in Iraq (AQI), the Muhammad Jamal Network (MJN), Ansar Al-Sharia (AAS), and Abu Abaydah Ibn Jarah Battalion (UJB) participated in the attacks, along with Qadafi loyalists.
  6. Appropriate personnel on the ground in Benghazi made the decision to send CIA officers to rescue the State Department officers at the TMF.
  7. Although some security officers voiced a greater urgency to depart for the TMF, no officer at CIA was ever told to stand down.
  8. The decision to send CIA officers from Tripoli to Benghazi to rescue the Ambassador and bolster security of the U.S. personnel in Benghazi was a tactical decision appropriately made by the senior officers on the ground.
  9. The Tripoli team’s decision not to move to the hospital to retrieve Ambassador Stevens was based on the best intelligence at the time.
  10. The CIA received all military support that was available. Neither the CIA nor DOD denied requests for air support. One CIA security officer requested a Spectre gunship that he believed was available, but his commanding officer did not relay the request because he correctly knew the gunship was not available.
  11. Ambassador Rice’s September 16 public statements about the existence of a protest, as well as some of the underlying intelligence reports, turned out to be inaccurate.
  12. Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell made significant changes to the talking points.
  13. CIA’s Office of Public Affairs also made substantive changes to the talking points by removing the reference to “ties to al-Qa’ida” in the second bullet of the original draft.
  14. Overall, the CIA could have placed more weight on eyewitness sources on the ground and should have challenged its initial assessments about the existence of a protest earlier.
  15. CIA did not intimidate or prevent any officer from speaking to Congress or otherwise telling his story.
  16. There is no evidence that the CIA conducted any unusual polygraph exams related to Benghazi.
  17. While at times the agencies were slow to respond, ultimately the CIA, NCTC, FBI and other Executive Branch agencies fully cooperated with the Committee’s investigation.

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DHS issues new deportation rules after Barack Obama’s immigration Executive Order

November 22, 2014

 It is only natural that after Barack Obama issued his illegal immigration/amnesty Proclamation that the Department of Homeland Security would have to release new rules concerning illegal immigration and deportation and that is exactly what the agency has done.

  Here is more:

The Department of Homeland Security has just released new “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants.” Designed to fill in the details after President Obama’s announcement that at least four million currently illegal immigrants will be given work permits, Social Security numbers and protection from deportation, the DHS guidelines are instructions for the nation’s immigration and border security officers as they administer the president’s directive.

  First the good news, if you believe these rules will be enforced that is:

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