Minnesota Newspaper Apologizes for Calling President Obama an “Assclown”

Minnesota Newspaper Apologizes for Calling President Obama an "Assclown"

Minnesota Newspaper Apologizes for Calling President Obama an “Assclown” (Photo Credit: Buzzfeed Video Screengrab)

The Twin Cities Pioneer Press apologized for calling President Obama an “assclown” over a selfie-stick parody video. Um, why make the comments only to have come back and apologize?

This morning, the Pioneer Press created some waves by calling President Obama an “assclown.”

The off-color remark came in the context of the PiPress’s “Loop Ten” feature, which is a slideshow that serves as sports producer Kevin Cusick’s “daily countdown of the top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers.”

Clocking in at a tie for number three in today’s installment was “selfies.” That entry is accompanied by an image of Obama holding a selfie stick in an apparent effort to take a photo of himself.

That’s all well and good, but where Cusick got himself in trouble was with the text below the image.

“A fool-proof way to make yourself look like a self-absorbed assclown,” it said.

[…]

“A fool-proof way to make yourself look like a self-absorbed assclown,” it said. Source:  MyFoxTwinCities

On Monday, Cusick was backtracking after receiving numerous complaints: “After further review, it’s a poor choice of word,” Cusick explained in an email. “I must have been in an especially foul mood last night. I’ve toned it down a bit.”
Watch President Obama in Buzzfeed parody video:

Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow to Obamacare on Tax Subsidies

Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow to Obamacare on Tax Subsidies

Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Major Blow to Obamacare on Tax Subsidies (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

More trouble for President Obama’s signature health care reform legislation, the Affordable Care Act. A federal appeals court panel dealt a major blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, ruling that the tax subsidies that are central to the law may not be provided in at least half of the states, the Washington Post reports. The provision helped millions to purchase health insurance on federal health care exchanges.

Federal Appeals Court Panel Deals Blow to Obamacare

Doris Lewis, With Massive Tumor, Says 4 Hospitals Turned Away for Lack of Insurance

Doris Lewis, With Massive Tumor, Says 4 Hospitals Turned Away for Lack of Insurance

Doris Lewis, With Massive Tumor, Says 4 Hospitals Turned Away for Lack of Insurance

Doris Lewis was turned away by four metro-Atlanta hospitals before one agreed to remove a massive non-cancerous tumor, WSB-TV reports.

There was no sense of urgency, but then a huge tumor started growing inside her and she realized not having insurance presented a huge problem.
 
“It’s getting bigger every day,” Lewis said. “I can feel it on my body. My heart hurts a little bit.” The tumor has been inside Lewis for two months and has reached the size of a beach ball. “I didn’t know it was a tumor in there. I thought I was just gaining weight at first,” Lewis said. 
 
Lewis told Jones that doctors are amazed when they see her.
 
“Some of the guys looked at me and said, ‘You got a tumor in there. That is so big. ‘Bout to pop,’” Lewis said.
 
She said a doctor told her the tumor is benign and it is wrapped around her ovaries.
 
Lewis said she has tried to get doctors to remove it, but no one would do the surgery because of some miscommunication and because she didn’t have insurance.
 
“I’ve been trying to get insurance for the longest but had no success,” Lewis said. 

Republicans don’t want people like Doris Lewis to have health insurance. This is a travesty. I am pretty sure Doris Lewis socioeconomic background and her race may have played a role in her being turned away.

Poll: U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since Late 2008

Poll:  U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since Late 2008

Poll: U.S. Uninsured Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since Late 2008

A new Gallup poll released Monday found that the uninsured rate in the U.S. is the lowest level it has been since 2008.

Gallup reports the uninsured rate dipped to 15.6% in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.5-percentage-point decline from the fourth quarter of 2013. The uninsured rates for blacks also fell, while the enrollment rate for young people in Obamacare, fell.

The uninsured rate falling kinda makes the Republican Party’s aversion to Obamacare utterly ridiculous. The fact is, the legislation can work, with tweaks as needed. It can’t be repealed at this juncture.

The uninsured rate for every major demographic group declined in the first quarter of 2014. The uninsured rate for lower-income Americans dropped 3.2 points to 27.5% — the largest decline within any key subgroup — while the uninsured rate for blacks fell 3.3 points to 17.6%. Hispanics remain the subgroup most likely to lack health insurance, with an uninsured rate of 37.0%, though their rate dropped 1.7 points in the first quarter.

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NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular with Americans Than President Obama

A new NPR poll finds that Obamacare is more popular than President Obama and the approval numbers for the landmark healthcare legislation is rising.

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular with Americans Than President Obama

NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular with Americans Than President Obama (Credit: NPR)

Our survey of likely voters, conducted for Morning Edition by Democrat Stan Greenberg of Democracy Corps and Republican Whit Ayres of Resurgent Republic, shows the president’s health care law is still unpopular but it might not be as heavy a millstone for Democrats as expected.

After a horrendous debut in October, the Affordable Care Act ended its enrollment period with more than 7 million people signed up. And our poll shows the law is viewed a little more favorably now. That’s welcome news for the Democratic half of our polling team, Stan Greenberg.

“The conventional wisdom that it’s an unpopular program that hangs around the necks of Democrats is absolutely a misreading of the poll data,” he says. “If you look at this poll for NPR, we asked whether you favor or oppose the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. It comes out 47 percent support and 51 percent oppose, with the intensity on the opposition side.”

In our poll, the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 points higher than those who strongly support the law — bad news for Democrats. But, Greenberg points out, 7 percent of likely voters in our poll oppose the law because it doesn’t go far enough — presumably these are Democrats who wanted a single payer Medicare-for-all system. Whit Ayres — the Republican half of our polling team, points to other data that suggests Obamacare will still be a great issue for Republicans this fall.

“First, more people oppose than support Obamacare, as has been the case since it passed. Second, the intensity is on the side of opposition and intensity drives voting behavior,” he says. “Third, independents oppose Obamacare by 21 points in this survey and they hold the balance of power in this election.” Source: NPR

This latest news could work against the Republican Party, with lawmakers hellbent on repealing the legislation, though they have not put forth an alternative. Sen. Ted Cruz engineered a government shutdown last year over defunding Obamacare.

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Champagne Celebration as Obamacare Enrollment Surpasses 7 Million Mark

Champagne Celebration as Obamacare Enrollments Surpass 7 Million Mark

Champagne Celebration as Obamacare Enrollments Surpasses 7 Million Mark (Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

Enrollments for the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) hit “at least” 7.041 million through midnight last night and yes, there was some celebrating — with champagne, according to April Ryan:

At 12:01 AM, White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park acknowledged to QSSI, the Columbia, Maryland firm tasked with fixing Healthcare.gov that the ACA enrollments have surpassed the 7 million mark.

Park and QSSI employees celebrated with champagne after the early morning announcement in the lobby of the building as they are not allowed to drink alcohol in the offices at QSSI.   Park led the countdown into the end of the enrollment deadline and preceded with a speech to the workers where he acknowledged a the number set out by CBO was surpassed.

Park said “Everyone thought that was impossible…you actually exceeded the seven million goal.”

President Obama is also in a celebratory mood as well. The White House tweeted a photograph of the president receiving the update in the Oval Office. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also said 80 to 90 percent of enrollees have already paid their premiums.

Um, right wing heads are exploding over Obama’s ‘victory.’ Fox News, in particular, is putting out all kinds of smears to justify their position. Charles Krauthammer calls the seven million figure “phony.”  Really? Whatever…Obamacare is here to stay.

“These numbers that they are touting are phony numbers… That’s like saying anybody who goes on Amazon, orders a nifty stereo set, puts it in the shopping cart, has purchased the stereo set. I assure you it’s not going to show up at your house until you pay for it.”

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Rick Santorum Suggests Uninsured People Are Deadbeats, Won’t Make Payment for Obamacare

Rick Santorum: Uninsured People Are Deadbeats, Won't Make Payment for Obamacare

Rick Santorum Suggests Uninsured People Are Deadbeats, Won’t Make Payment for Obamacare (Credit: Wikipedia)

OPINION:  Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is spewing venom again… During an appearance on “Meet the Press,” he suggested that “many” people who purchased private insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act were deadbeats who “won’t make a payment.” Sorry, but Rick Santorum is quite irrelevant in the political landscape in this country.

Santorum told guest host Chuck Todd that he “felt vindicated” for attacking President Obama’s health care reform law during the 2012 presidential campaign. He said health care was an “area of strength” during his days as a US senator from Pennsylvania.

Santorum asserted, “Well, it was the issue in 2010 that caused us to have a tea party revolution.””It was all around the issue of health care. And this election is going to be all around the issue of health care.”

“When I ran my ’94 election, it was on health care against the sponsor of HillaryCare.””You look at what Obamacare is really doing, it’s driving up costs right now.” Um, that’s despite the fact that over six million have already signed up and 15 million are expected to be covered under the law. No. That’s no big deal to Rick Santorum. He argued that many of those people already had insurance. Really?

He said, “And you look at these number of six million people [signing up], I talked to insurance companies, you’re looking at anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of those who haven’t made a premium payment yet.” Santorum said, “Many of them are uninsured and probably won’t make a premium payment.”

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Pastor Steven Andrew Delivers God’s State of the Union, Says Obama Follows Devil

Right wing evangelical Pastor Steven Andrew delivered ‘God’s State of the Union’ address in response to President Obama’s SOTU speech Tuesday night. He said President Obama is following Satan and was a covetous liar who was not part of the “Kingdom of God.”

Pastor Steven Andrew gave God’s State of the Union. The pastor’s message of hope is called, “Restoring God’s Blessings”. He asks Americans, “Do you want the USA to follow the LORD?” and believes that our Founding Fathers gave a better plan than Barack Obama.

“Obama has a different vision for America than our Founding Fathers. Americans have to make a decision to follow the LORD and be blessed or to follow the devil and be cursed,” he said.

“Do you know that 180 million Americans don’t want Obamacare… And the reason is because it is non-Christian,” he says.

The pastor is President of USA Christian Ministries. He has a new book coming out in April called, “God’s Plan for the USA”.

“Obama has violated God’s unalienable rights… by forcing people to have death panels, abortion and spying with Obamacare,” he said.

“God wants to restore His blessings to our nation,” the pastor says. “But He is asking Americans… Who will you serve? Will you serve the LORD like our Founding Fathers, or will you serve false gods or do things your own way like the rest of the world?”

The pastor believes that Obama is not part of the Kingdom of God because of Obama’s lying about Obamacare, abortion, covetousness, homosexual and other sins.

“God loves Americans. There is still hope,” he says.

He explained that the Bible teaches that Obama’s homosexual sin brings God’s judgment (Jude 7, 2 Peter 2:6, Leviticus 18:25, Genesis 13:13). He believes that the military is doomed because of homosexual sin, and that George Washington court martialled homosexuals so God would bless the USA. Source: USA Christian Ministries

Um, I can’t even respond to this drivel. Pastor Steven Andrew is just another right wing evangelical spewing venom…..

Last-Minute Surge Pushes Obamacare Enrollments Over 1.1 Million

Last-Minute Surge Pushes Obamacare Enrollments Over 1.1 Million

Last-Minute Surge Pushes Obamacare Enrollments Over 1.1 Million

A last-minute surge puts Obamacare enrollments over 1.1 million, Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in a blog post ahead of Tuesday night’s original deadline. Tavenner wrote, “December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November,”  compared to only 27,000 who enrolled in October when the site’s launch was a major fiasco due to technical glitches.

As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage through new Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide.  More than 1.1 million people enrolled in a qualified health plan via the Federally-facilitated Marketplace from October 1 to December 24, with more than 975,000 of those enrolling this month alone.  Our HealthCare.gov enrollment nearly doubled in the days before the January 1 coverage deadline compared to the first few weeks of the month.  December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November.  In part, this was because we met our marks on improving HealthCare.gov: the site supported 83,000 concurrent users on December 23rd alone.

We are in the middle of a sustained, six-month open enrollment period that we expect to see enrollment ramp up over time, much like other historic implementation efforts we’ve seen in Massachusetts and Medicare Part D.

Greta Van Susteren: President Obama has Lost His Greatest Strength, “His Ability to Inspire”

Greta Van Susteren: President Obama has Lost His Greatest Strength, "His Ability to Inspire"

Greta Van Susteren: President Obama has Lost His Greatest Strength, “His Ability to Inspire” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren slammed the media for asking President Obama ‘bad questions’ during his end-of-year press conference on Friday.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulous,” she criticized the treatment of Obama by reporters, saying “the media beat up on him. The media had bad questions. They kept punching him.”

During Friday’s press conference, President Obama was asked several times to reflect on  what some have deemed the ‘worst year of his presidency.’ The most notable questions came from Fox News’ Ed Henry, who asked about the NSA scandal; and NBC’s Chuck Todd, who asked about the failures of the Obamacare website.

Greta Van Susteren said President Obama’s presence on Friday was “depressing” and “pathetic.” She said he had lost his greatest strength, “his ability to inspire.” She said, “He sucked the oxygen out of the room. He ends the year where you just want to slit your throat almost because it was so depressing.