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More virtue signaling: Female demorats planning to wear black to Trump’s SOTU address

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Demorats in solidarity with this victim?/AP Photo

Will Juanita Broaddrick receive an invite from the democrat working group that hopes to “transcend party lines?”

From Glamour: At the 2018 Golden Globes, the red carpet was flooded with black dresses and Time’s Up pins, a coordinated protest against sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood and other industries. Though responses to the blackout (and the efficacy of this type of showing) was mixed, it does appear to have inspired a similar movement in a different field: politics.

NBC News reports that another blackout demonstration against sexual misconduct is in the works—this time, in Washington, D.C., on the occasion of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. On January 30 members of Congress, led by the Democratic Women’s Working Group, are invited to wear black to the address as an act of solidarity. Representative Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California who will be participating, told NBC News: “This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it.”

Last year female Democrats staged a similar fashion demonstration when President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time: They wore white as an homage to the women’s suffrage movement, and to make a statement about women’s rights. They documented it with the hashtag #WomenWearWhite.

While lawmakers in Washington are often starkly divided by their political affiliations, Speier and other organizers hope that a call to stand up for victims of sexual harassment and abuse will transcend party lines, with members of both parties showing up in black.

Capitol Hill is no stranger to the rampant sexual abuse that has plagued professional environments, from film to farming. A November New York Times report described sexual harassment as an “occupational hazard” for women entering politics; in the same month, 50 women spoke to CNN about their experiences with harassment while working in Washington. And when it comes to individual politicians (mostly male), accusations of sexual misconduct abound: Most notably, President Trump has dodged and denied accusations of sexual harassment since his 2016 campaign, while Senator Al Franken and Representative John Conyers (both Democrats) stepped down from office following allegations of their misconduct.

The Golden Globes blackout was met with criticism, many notes that seeing a sea of black dresses—and reading the statements of actresses who participated—made for one of the most meaningful red carpets in entertainment history. At this time, few politicians have announced their intentions to wear black alongside the Democratic Women’s Working Group to the State of the Union. On January 30 we’ll see which lawmakers step up—and whether the President responds to the protest.



Why no one trusts #FakeNews: NBC News says Trump’s North Korean policy could trigger famine

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As if famine and mass starvation has never existed/doesn’t currently exist in North Korea under Fat Boy. These partisan, TDS-infected “reporters” are a joke. Expect more #FakeNews like this for the next three years.

From NBC News: The Trump administration’s primary North Korea strategy would do little to curb the country’s nuclear program and could trigger a famine, according to experts.

After spearheading several rounds of sanctions, the White House is now urging China to turn off oil supplies to Kim Jong Un’s regime and the 25 million people he rules.  Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, summed up Washington’s thinking Sunday: “You cannot shoot a missile without fuel.”

Many analysts say such a move would have minimal impact on North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and would instead hit the country’s agricultural sector, potentially leading to mass starvation.

“If it could be done, a full oil cutoff would certainly dramatically reduce the amount of domestically grown food available to the civilian population,” according to David von Hippel, a senior associate at the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability, a California-based think tank.

Von Hippel warned the results of an oil embargo — which he conceded would be almost impossible to enforce — could have a catastrophic impact on a humanitarian level.

“Unless China or the rest of the world exported or gifted food to the DPRK to compensate, this would likely lead to famine,” he added, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

North Korea’s population would feel a lack of oil more acutely than most countries.

Much of the country’s 46,000 square miles, an area around the size of Pennsylvania, is covered in mountains. According to the CIA World Factbook, only around 22 percent of North Korea is used for agriculture, compared with 44 percent of the United States.

What arable land there is, North Koreans farm intensively. They’ve also come to rely on tractors, irrigation pumps, refrigerators and transportation trucks to harvest and distribute food before I trots.

Von Hippel said that even without further sanctions, measures imposed in September as a result of Kim’s missile and nuclear tests would likely impoverish North Korea’s breadbasket.

“The civilian population will certainly feel the burden of the sanctions well before the nuclear weapons or missile programs or the DPRK elites do, if these noncivilians feel them at all,” he said. “At some point, however, the agricultural sector will feel the pinch of sanctions.”

Elizabeth Rosenberg, a senior fellow and the director of the energy, economics and security program at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank, said that famine is “among the possibilities” that lawmakers should consider when deciding whether to impose tighter trade restrictions.

Read the rest of the diatribe here.

h/t Twitchy


Brian Williams is now concerned with “Fake News”

From the man who was suspended from NBC News for a fake Iraq helicopter story. And he quoted a BuzzFeed News study as his source. Dan Rather would be proud.

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Hitler finds out about lyin’ Brian Williams

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Wednesday Funnies: Brucie and more Lyin’ Brian!

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For Bruce Jenner’s morphing into a MtF transgender, see “When did transgenders become all the rage?.”

The latest news on lyin’ Brian Williams:

Yesterday, in a memo from NBC News President Deborah Turness, the network announced that for his persistent lying (over the course of TWELVE YEARS!) that he was aboard a helicopter shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq in 2003 (see “NBC news anchor Brian Williams admits he lied”), NBC News anchor Brian Williams will get a slap on the wrist — 6 months suspension without pay.

Williams’s salary at NBC is $10 million a year.

Steve Burke, the CEO of NBC Universal, said Williams’ actions “are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate” but that Williams “deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him.” (Clash Daily)

According to National Review, it was NBC’s female executives — Turness and her boss, Pat Fili-Krushel, chairwoman of NBC Universal news group — who want to go soft on Williams and return him to the anchor job because they’re “desperate to save their jobs” by preserving Williams and, by extension, NBC’s last big No. 1 show in ratings — the NBC Nightly News.

Here are more Lyin’ Brian Williams satires (click here for our first batch of Lyin’ Brian Williams satires):

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Join Grumpy Cat in saying “NO” to NBC Nightly News and all NBC shows.


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H/t Tony W. and FOTM’s Lola & j.case


Monday Funnies: Lyin’ Brian Williams

After repeating his lie for TWELVE years, NBC News anchor Brian Williams finally was forced to admit he had “misremembered” lied about being aboard a helicopter that was shot down by an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) in Iraq in 2003.

NBC executives already had known for at least a year about Williams puffing up, that is lying, in his resumé. Now, questions legitimately are raised about whether he had fibbed about other things, like heroically rescuing a puppy (or was it two puppies?) from a burning house, and his dramatic reporting from Katrina about seeing a dead body float by and getting dysentery from drinking the contaminated flood water. (See “NBC news anchor Brian Williams admits he lied“)

Political satirists are having a field day with Lyin’ Brian Williams. Here’s a sample.


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H/t FOTM’s Lola


Todays Obamacare Socialist Screwing. “Cadillac Plans”

ObamaCare, We take from the working, and give to the slugs!

If you have good health insurance you probably won’t for long. The idea here is if you have better coverage  than someone else, well that’s just not fair. So there will be a 40% penalty.  sangry_group_100-100

The only bright note will be when all these professors at small liberal arts colleges (Read Flaming Libs) Who usually have very good plans start getting these notices…well we’ll have some new Conservatives.

You know “A lib is a Conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet” 


By Talesha Reynolds and Lisa Myers

NBC News

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For 75 million Americans who get their insurance through large companies, the Affordable Care Act is a mixed bag.  Experts tell NBC News the new healthcare law is only slightly increasing premiums next year, but causing some companies with the most generous plans to reduce their employees’ benefits.

Aaron Baker, 36, his wife Billie and their two young children are covered under a generous health insurance plan offered by the private Midwestern university where he’s worked for 10 years. When they opened their benefits notice this year, they were pleased to see their $385 premium is only up by four dollars next year. However, they were shocked to discover that instead of covering the first dollar they spend with no deductible, the Baker’s plan now includes a $1,000 deductible and a $2,500 out of pocket maximum. They also will still have small co-pays for services.

According to the enrollment notice, the changes are “to relieve future health plan trend pressure and to put the university in a position to avoid the excise tax that becomes effective in 2018.” The 40 percent excise tax—often called the “Cadillac tax”— is part of Obamacare and is levied on the most generous health plans. It’s designed to bring down overall health costs by making companies and workers more cost-conscious. The thinking is that if consumers have to pay more expenses themselves, through higher deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses, they’ll avoid unnecessary or overly costly procedures. And that is supposed to make care more affordable for everyone.

Billie Baker doesn’t think much of that concept. “I think that saying that your insurance is too good so we’re going to give you a penalty,” she said, “is sort of outrageous to me.”

Said Aaron, “You would think the government would want employers to offer good health care packages to their employees. It seems like that is not the case.”

A survey by the International Foundation of Employees Benefits Plans (IFEBP) released in August found that 16.8 percent of respondents had already started to redesign their health plans to avoid the “Cadillac” tax and 40 percent said they are considering action.  A survey of Fortune 1000 companies by Towers Watson, a top benefits consulting firm, found a much higher number. Sixty percent of the these major companies, which employ about 20 million American workers, say the looming excise tax is already having a “moderate” or “significant” influence on benefits decisions for 2014 and 2015. Though the tax doesn’t take effect for years, some companies are starting to make gradual changes now so as not to make dramatic changes at the last minute.

The tax will require a company to pay a 40 percent levy, starting in 2018, on the amount by which the total costs of health plans exceeds an annual limit of $10,200 for an individual and $27,500 for a family.

“There are many factors that result in health care costs going up at certain levels,” said Ron Fontanetta, a director at Towers Watson, “but there’s no question that we’ve seen some action on the part of employers in part because of the concern of a looming excise tax.”

“We’ve had employers shifting costs to employees for some time. But this is really very different,” said Robert Laszewski, president of Health Policy and Strategy Associates, a consultant who works for health industry firms.

“This is more of a seismic change, because most employers are looking forward to this Cadillac tax in 2018 and realizing they’re going to have to get ready for it now.  And you can’t just shift costs to avoid it; you have to cut benefits.”

The President’s top economic adviser, Jason Furman, says only a small percentage of plans will be hit by the tax once it takes effect four years from now. He disputes claims that the Affordable Care Act is causing employers to put more financial burden on employees.

“There is nothing in the law that tells you you need to raise copayments or deductibles.” Furman told NBC News.  “In fact, the law limits your ability to shift costs to your workers.”

Furman told NBC News that “for the most part, very little will change for people getting their insurance through large employers.”

The new healthcare law is having much less impact on health care premiums than on benefits. Towers Watson estimates it’s adding an average of 1 to 2 percent to what premiums otherwise would be next year. The administration claims the impact is “negligible.”

But that has not kept some companies from instituting double-digit premium increases. Andrea Caulfield of Alexandria, Va., who says she’s had great health benefits for the past five years, was so stunned when she opened this year’s notice that she says she thought it was a misprint.  She now pays $313 a month for herself, her husband Rick and their 13-year-old son Patrick. Next year, it would be $825 a month. That includes a new premium “surcharge” because her husband could get coverage through his own employer.

She says that’s not remotely affordable. “Neither one of us is getting pay increases or even cost of living increases, so there’s no way we could budget for this additional cost,” Caulfield said.

Her employer cited multiple factors that led to the change – the rising cost of healthcare and “significant” costs under the healthcare law, including a temporary $63 fee that must be paid for each covered employee, spouse or child starting in 2014. The fee is intended to fund a program to help spread risk for insurers participating in the exchanges.

Other companies also are charging more for spouses. Xerox has had a surcharge for spouses for the past three years.  It’s rising to $1,500 in 2014. Earlier this fall, UPS told employees it will exclude spouses who have access to coverage elsewhere altogether in 2014.

Caulfield credits the Affordable Care Act for added benefits like guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, but she wishes she didn’t have to pay for it.

“I know we all have to work together to help each other, but sometimes they have these big ideas but they really don’t think about the little person, working really hard and each spouse working one job and we still can’t quite make it.”

The family will now purchase coverage through Rick’s employer. It will cost $70 more per month than her current plan. It is not their preference, but Andrea says they don’t have a choice.

“I’m part of that percentage that was told, you’re gonna be able to keep your coverage, but that’s really not what happened.”

Robert Laszewski says the bar for employer-based healthcare plans has moved.

“In the past, employers compared their benefits to each other,” said Laszewski. “And they had very rich benefits. Now we see a real phenomenon where employers are comparing their benefits to Obamacare and that’s the new reference point. So it’s really about, ‘I have better benefits than Obamacare.’ And of course many of the Obamacare deductibles are 2000 dollars.”

Jason Furman says the real story is how much the growth in health care costs and cost sharing have slowed in the last few years.

“This past year, adjusted for inflation, premiums rose 2.3 percent. That’s one-third the rate that they were growing a decade ago,” Furman said.

“You just can’t blame everything in the health system on this law.  It had a lot of problems before it, and it’s actually helping to make them better.”