Western Free Press http://www.westernfreepress.com Straight News & Strong Opinion. Arizona Politics and Arizona Elections Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:03:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 ‘Do You Believe?’ Breaks New Ground for Faith Films http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/do-you-believe-breaks-new-ground-for-faith-films/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/do-you-believe-breaks-new-ground-for-faith-films/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:27 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=363243 Christian films usually play it safe. With few exceptions they deal with a sanitized, predictable world intended to make everyone feel comfortable.  “Do you Believe?” is one of the exceptions, maybe the best exception.

Steve Eastman also blogs at WaitTilYouHearThis.com.

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Christian films usually play it safe. With few exceptions they deal with a sanitized, predictable world intended to make everyone feel comfortable.  “Do you Believe?” is one of the exceptions, maybe the best exception.

Steve Eastman also blogs at WaitTilYouHearThis.com.

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Playing Hide-And-Seek With Common Sense http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/playing-hide-and-seek-with-common-sense/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/playing-hide-and-seek-with-common-sense/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:45:28 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=364066 Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Although I understood that when George W. Bush was in the White House and the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, America did not enter the state of Nirvana. Far from it. Bush banned incandescent bulbs; wasted fifteen billion dollars fighting AIDS on a continent where those suffering from the disease were convinced that the surest cure was having sex with a young virgin; and micromanaged the war ...]]> Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Although I understood that when George W. Bush was in the White House and the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, America did not enter the state of Nirvana. Far from it. Bush banned incandescent bulbs; wasted fifteen billion dollars fighting AIDS on a continent where those suffering from the disease were convinced that the surest cure was having sex with a young virgin; and micromanaged the war in Iraq by insisting that we re-build every structure a minute after either we or the enemy had knocked it down.

In the meantime, Republican senators fluttered their collective eyelashes at Ted Kennedy, hoping in their girlish hearts that he would invite them to the senior prom.

I had assumed that after the shellacking they took over the next few years, they had learned their lesson. But, obviously, I was mistaken. Mea culpa.

Over the past 52 months, the Republicans have taken back 14 seats in the Senate and over 70 in the House, and yet they have once again assumed the role they clearly find most comfortable; namely, serving as geishas for the Democrats.

In the Senate, McConnell refuses to use any of the weapons against the Democrats that Harry Reid used so effectively against the Republicans, so that, for all intents and purposes, the Democrats are still in control. Making matters worse, we have Senators Flake, Hatch and Graham, voting to confirm Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder’s hand-picked successor at the Justice Department, even though she has already testified at her confirmation hearing that she regarded Obama’s executive amnesty to be constitutional.

Then, when rookie Senator Tom Cotton campaigned to get his fellow Republicans to send a letter to Iran’s theocratic despot, letting the Ayatollah Khamenei know that if he signed a nuclear agreement with Obama, absent Senate approval, it wouldn’t be worth the paper it was written on, he couldn’t even muster a simple majority. In case you’re wondering about the identities of the seven sniveling holdouts, they are, in alphabetical order, Lamar Alexander (TN), Dan Coats (IN), Thad Cochran (MS), Susan Collins (ME), Tom Corker (TN), Jeff Flake (AZ) and Lisa Murkoski (AK).

An interesting aspect of the rumored treaty with Iran is that, at the very least, they will be able to pursue nuclear energy to their heart’s content, which is more than the liberals, taking their marching orders from environmental zealots, will allow us to do. How is it we’re not insisting that Iran start relying on solar panels and windmills for its energy needs?

Although nuclear energy is cheap, available and safe, and would make us energy independent for the foreseeable future, we haven’t built a nuclear plant since the 1970s. Perhaps if America could go to Switzerland and negotiate with John Kerry we, too, could start building centrifuges for peaceful purposes.

It is delightful to watch Hillary Clinton swing in the breeze and endlessly amusing to watch her defenders circle the wagons and try to ward off the arrows, but I can’t help wondering about those pathetic excuses for human beings. I mean, really, when long time Clinton consiglieres like James Carville and Lanny Davis respond to every scandal swirling around Hillary and Bill like traffic cops at a traffic accident (“Move along, folks, nothing to see here”), are they not aware that it’s 25 years too late to protect the reputations of these latter-day Borgias, and that all they’re doing is further trashing their own?

Someone recently sent me a note that asked a legitimate question: If gender is no longer determined by genitalia, why is race still determined by skin color?

In a day in which people are encouraged to use any public bathroom they personally feel is appropriate, why is it that people like Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Al Sharpton, are concerned with what they perceive to be injustices only when the alleged victim happens to be the same color they are?

Another reader corrected me when I attributed the offensive term “compassionate conservative” to George W. Bush rather than to his father. In response, I wrote, “Thank you for setting me straight. By way of explanation, I can only say that my wife and I had two male Maltese dogs prior to acquiring Angel. As a result, we often confuse Duke with Sammy when we reminisce about them. I find I have a similar problem when it comes to the two Bushes, which is part of the reason I am so reluctant to see us saddled with yet a third.”

Recently, there was a minor shakeup at the talk radio station to which my car radio is pre-set. As a result, Mark Levin has been added at a time I am most often driving. Frankly, I was shocked. You see, I was familiar with him, having read one of his books, but I had never heard him speak. Although our politics are quite similar, I confess I find his voice extremely annoying. To my ear, he comes across as so mouse-like, he almost squeaks.

I am therefore ready to conduct yet another Prelutsky Poll. Please let me know which radio talk show host you like best and which one you like least. Please limit your votes to one of each and place your choices in the Subject Line. If you wish to add commentary or defend Mr. Levin’s voice, I’d appreciate it if you would place that in the body of your email.

The sooner you vote at BurtPrelutsky@aol.com, the sooner I can announce the results.

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Video: Who Will Win Our ‘Trade War’ with China? http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/video-who-will-win-our-trade-war-with-china/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/video-who-will-win-our-trade-war-with-china/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 18:45:48 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=364417 Bill Whittle explains how if there really is a trade war with China, we might actually win it.

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Bill Whittle explains how if there really is a trade war with China, we might actually win it.

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Will Obama Address Six Key Concerns About U.S.-Iran Nuke Deal? http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/will-obama-address-six-key-concerns-about-u-s-iran-nuke-deal/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/will-obama-address-six-key-concerns-about-u-s-iran-nuke-deal/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 16:45:42 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=365976 Negotiators, Allies, and Congress Will Demand Answers

It’s down to the wire for John Kerry in the final negotiations to curtail Iran’s nuclear weapons program. A “framework” agreement is expected by Tuesday with a final deadline of June 30.

As the world awaits an announcement, the skepticism grows. Kerry’s fellow negotiators, especially the French, are uneasy. Allies across the Middle East, most notably Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are nervous. Members of Congress grow more anxious by the day.

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It’s down to the wire for John Kerry in the final negotiations to curtail Iran’s nuclear weapons program. A “framework” agreement is expected by Tuesday with a final deadline of June 30.

As the world awaits an announcement, the skepticism grows. Kerry’s fellow negotiators, especially the French, are uneasy. Allies across the Middle East, most notably Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are nervous. Members of Congress grow more anxious by the day.

Kerry no doubt will make the announcement with a flourish, but it’s President Obama who must answer the tough questions about the nation’s most momentous foreign-policy initiative in decades.

Michael Crowley of Politico detailed six key concerns that will preoccupy the post-announcement debate.  The president’s success or failure in addressing these concerns will determine the fate of the deal.

Here are excerpts from Crowley’s summary:

1.  Setting the clock: U.S. officials say their guiding star is to make Iran unable to acquire a nuclear bomb in less than one year. That’s enough time, the thinking goes, for the international community to detect any Iranian move to build a weapon and to respond with economic sanctions and possible military action. Some think Iran may now have a “breakout time,” as the experts call it, of as little as 3-6 months 2.

2. Centrifuges: Iran currently possesses about 20,000 centrifuges, which spin uranium at extremely high speeds to increase its purity — potentially high enough to make a nuclear bomb — but operates only 10,000 of them. When the nuclear talks first began in late 2013, Obama officials spoke of letting Iran run a couple of thousand centrifuges. Netanyahu says the number should be zero. According to recent reports, the U.S. is now offering to let Iran to operate around 6,500 centrifuges.

3. Nuclear material: A nuclear deal will almost certainly limit the level to which Iran can enrich its uranium — allowing Iran to produce uranium potent enough to fuel a nuclear reactor, but not a bomb. (Think of whipping cream: The uranium is the cream and the centrifuges are the whisks. Iran will in effect be forced to stop whipping before the cream is fluffy.)

4. Coming clean: The International Atomic Energy Agency says that Iran has refused to answer several questions about its alleged past research into nuclear weapons design. Iran denies that it ever conducted that research, but Western officials and the IAEA are dubious. A key question is whether a deal would require Iran to answer all of the IAEA’s questions immediately. Many Republicans and some Democrats in Congress insist that it must.

5. Sunset time: A central question is how long any nuclear deal will last. Obama administration officials have set one decade as the minimum duration, down from the 20 years some floated early in the talks. Critics say that’s not enough time. French officials have been pushing for a 15-year deal, while Netanyahu says there should be no expiration date at all — the Israeli leader wants Iran freed from nuclear limits only when its theocratic regime stops threatening Israel and other countries in the region.

6. Sanctions: How many sanctions are lifted, and how quickly, will be a key measure of any deal. Iran came to the bargaining table in 2013 only after its economy had been crushed by harsh U.S. and United Nations sanctions. Iran has called for all sanctions to be lifted immediately. The United States insists upon a much slower pace, with most sanctions removed over time as Iran shows it’s honoring a deal.

 

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5 Years of Obamacare Broken Promises: Cancelled Plans http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/5-years-of-obamacare-broken-promises-cancelled-plans/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/5-years-of-obamacare-broken-promises-cancelled-plans/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:45:54 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=364621 From the House Republican Conference:

“I am a 62 year old widow and have lost my insurance coverage.”

This week marks the 5th anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law.  For five years, Americans have suffered the consequences of legislation that has massively – but hopefully not permanently – overhauled our nation’s health care system. If you’ll recall, the law was passed hastily with zero support from Republicans. Then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said famously, “We have to pass the bill ...]]> From the House Republican Conference:

“I am a 62 year old widow and have lost my insurance coverage.”

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This week marks the 5th anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law.  For five years, Americans have suffered the consequences of legislation that has massively – but hopefully not permanently – overhauled our nation’s health care system. If you’ll recall, the law was passed hastily with zero support from Republicans. Then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said famously, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

Five years later, Americans now know what’s in it, and they don’t like it. Real Clear Politics’ Average Poll finds that over 52% of Americans oppose the law.

All the possible reasons for the law’s unpopularity — canceled plans, lost doctors, higher premiums — boil down to one principle: Americans were given serious misinformation. In fact, the President’s promise that ‘If you like your plan, you can keep your plan’ was the Politifact Lie of the Year in 2013.

But rather than hearing directly from us about these broken promises, each day this week we’ll share five stories submitted to GOP.gov/YourStory. These are stories from Americans in all corners of the country living under the consequences of the Democrats’ one-size-fits-all approach to health care.


Here are five stories from individuals who received notices that their plans would be canceled:

1. “Our policy was canceled. The new comparable one from Cover California doubled our monthly premium from $650 to $1300; our deductible increased by over $1000; office copays increased by $15; and our meds increased 10%. Our health care costs were affordable until ACA came along, the increase in coats put a serious hurt on our budget.”

— Stewart D. from Cottonwood, CA

2. “I became disabled and hadn’t received my social security payment yet. My employer in Kentucky canceled my health insurance, and it took me several months to find a new plan that worked for my budget. ObamaCare has been a disaster for me.

— Tammy B. from Lexington, IN

3. “I am a 62 year old widow and only make $8.79 an hour. I have lost my insurance coverage and cannot afford to pay for this.”

— Sandra P. from Augusta, GA

4. “I received a letter last week telling me that my Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance will be canceled.”

— Robert S. from Durham, NC

5. “My family’s health coverage in Pennsylvania was canceled, as was my son-in-law’s in California. My new health care premiums increased by 85% last year thanks to Obamacare.”

— Ronnie P. from Saegertown, PA


The people are different, but their stories are the same: their lives have been made worse because of ObamaCare. Millions of Americans have experienced the ramifications of an ineffective, top-down approach to health care reform.

House Republicans are working hard to repeal and replace ObamaCare with an open, bottom-up, patient-centered plan that increases choice and lowers costs for you and your families.

Because five years of a failed law is five too many.

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Harry Reid Trashed the Senate and Protected Obama http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/harry-reid-trashed-the-senate-and-protected-obama/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/29/harry-reid-trashed-the-senate-and-protected-obama/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:15:40 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=365990 The Worst Majority Leader In History

 When Harry Reid leaves Washington next year, he will be celebrated by Democrats as a skilled legislative leader who masterminded the most progressive agenda in decades.

But his real legacy is another story. Reid spent most of his time as Majority Leader trashing the United States Senate and protecting the lawless Obama administration.

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 When Harry Reid leaves Washington next year, he will be celebrated by Democrats as a skilled legislative leader who masterminded the most progressive agenda in decades.

But his real legacy is another story. Reid spent most of his time as Majority Leader trashing the United States Senate and protecting the lawless Obama administration.

Over a period of 30 years in the Senate, Reid worked his way up through the ranks and became Majority Leader after the Republican losses in 2006. But his years in the sun began for real after the Obama election of 2008 when he was handed a 60 vote majority. He was off and running.

Reid had one burning mission: Pass the Obama agenda and protect the president from troublesome bills that would force White House vetoes and embarrass the Democratic majority.

He delivered. Reid ushered through Obamacare without a single Republican fingerprint and resorted to legislative sleight-of-hand to assure its passage in the House. There were other triumphs as well, particularly Dodd-Frank and the Gang of Eight immigration bill.

Reid also presided as the vicious attack dog who stepped forward during Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012. He never let up on Mitt Romney, claiming the Republican presidential nominee didn’t pay taxes, and became the Democrat’s chief smear artist against the Koch brothers, claiming their free speech expenditures were un-American.

But it was Reid’s perverse manipulation of Senate traditions and rules that will mark his legacy. After Republicans won the House in 2010, the Senate ground to a halt. Hundreds of bills sent over from the House languished on Reid’s desk. Legislation that did reach the Senate floor was restricted, assuring that even his Democratic colleagues couldn’t offer amendments.

Reid went over the edge when Republicans continued to filibuster Obama’s executive nominations. He defied the chair and changed the Senate rules so presidential appointments could be passed with a majority vote.

The result was Obama’s court packing with left-wing judges. (Nominations to the Supreme Court were exempt from the majority vote rule.) A raft of Obama appointments outside the courts sailed through as well, right up to the close of the lame-duck session last December.

Now in the majority, Republicans are working to repair the damage. Bills are brought to the floor; amendments are considered. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has resisted the temptation to  change the filibuster rule.

A long list of Majority Leaders, even the most partisan in-fighters, honored the traditions of the Senate and safeguarded is rules. Not so Harry Reid. He turned the position into a job that looked more like a precinct committeeman than the leader of a great deliberative body.

When the tributes pour in at the close of the current Congress, many will pass on the praise and remember Reid’s destruction. He won’t be missed.

 

 

 

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Breaking : Iranian Amir Hossein Motaghi claims ‘U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf’ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/28/breaking-iranian-amir-hossein-motaghi-claims-u-s-negotiating-team-mainly-there-to-speak-on-irans-behalf/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/28/breaking-iranian-amir-hossein-motaghi-claims-u-s-negotiating-team-mainly-there-to-speak-on-irans-behalf/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 02:58:26 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=365960 United States and Iran has defected making some startling claims.

“The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United ...]]> Amir Hossein Motaghi a former journalist with Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA) reporting on the nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran has defected making some startling claims.

“The U.S. negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” Motaghi told a TV station after just defecting from the Iranian delegation while abroad for the nuclear talks. The P 5 + 1 is made up of United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France, plus Germany.

Read the rest of the lead story here


Iran Nuclear Negations Have Made Genuine Progress, Says John Kerry

The UK Telegraph has a more detailed accounting.

Pro-Hassan Rouhani Iranian editor defects while covering nuclear talks in Lausanne Amir Hossein Motaghi says he no longer sees any “sense” in his profession as he could only write as he was told.

By Ahmed Vahdat and Richard Spencer 5:21 PM GMT 27 Mar 2015

A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.

Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA).

He then appeared on an opposition television channel based in London to say he no longer saw any “sense” in his profession as a journalist as he could only write what he was told.
“There are a number of people attending on the Iranian side at the negotiations who are said to be journalists reporting on the negotiations,” he told Irane Farda television. “But they are not journalists and their main job is to make sure that all the news fed back to Iran goes through their channels.

“My conscience would not allow me to carry out my profession in this manner any more.” Mr Mottaghi was a journalist and commentator who went on to use social media successfully to promote Mr Rouhani to a youthful audience that overwhelmingly elected him to power.

… He is said to have been a friend of Jason Rezaian, the Iranian-American reporter for the Washington Post who has been detained in Tehran, and to have campaigned privately for his release.

The Telegram has also run a story regarding the indictment of Washington Post reporter Jason Razaian

A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months has been indicted and will stand trial, Iran’s state news agency reported Wednesday, without elaborating on what charges he faced.
The report by the official IRNA news agency came the same day as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif before talks with world powers resume over the Islamic Republic’s contested nuclear program.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the two events were connected, though Mr Zarif earlier said he hoped the case against reporter Jason Rezaian could be “resolved”.

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For their own part The Washing Post has reported that in December Secretary of State John Kerry was “deeply disappointed and concerned”. In addition in early February The Washington Post published more details on the coming trial by Iranian hard line “Judge Abolghassem Salavati, the head of a Revolutionary Court branch”.

The family of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been detained in Iran for more than half a year, issued a statement Sunday that was sharply critical of the Iranian government, after what they called the “very disturbing” development that Rezaian and his wife will be tried by a judge known for imposing harsh sentences.

Rezaian’s brother, Ali, and their mother, Mary Rezaian, questioned the rationale for assigning the case to Judge Abolghassem Salavati, the head of a Revolutionary Court branch where sensitive cases are tried. Salavati has imposed long prison sentences, lashings and in some cases death for defendants in a number of high-profile cases involving national security and political offenses. He has been sanctioned by the European Union since 2011.

“We find it very disturbing that the judiciary would select a judge to oversee the case who has been sanctioned by (and barred from entering) the European Union due to what it calls ‘gross human rights violations,’ ” the family said.

The 38-year-old reporter was arrested July 22 along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who also is a reporter. Salehi was released on bail, but Rezaian has been detained ever since and has been unable to see a lawyer. The exact nature of the charges against him has never been made clear, other than a statement saying he was accused of activities beyond the scope of journalism.

Read the rest of The Washington Post article here

Meanwhile Reuters is on record about a possible 2-3 page document if an agreement is reached.

“The sides are very, very close to the final step and it could be signed or agreed and announced verbally,” a senior Iranian official familiar with the talks told Reuters about the two- to three-page document the sides hoped to be able to issue in the event of an agreement.

… If agreed, the outline document would cover key numbers for a comprehensive agreement between Iran and the six powers, such as the maximum number and types of uranium enrichment centrifuges Iran could operate, the size of uranium stockpiles it could maintain, the types of atomic research and development it could undertake and also details on the lifting of international sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

Several Iranian officials denied that Iran was close to agreeing on the document, but a Western diplomat said such comments were aimed at a domestic audience.

“The difficulty is that the Iranians are not moving enough. They like to negotiate right up to the precipice and they’re very good at that,” a Western diplomat said.

One key number is expected to be the duration of the agreement, which officials said would have to be in place for more than 10 years.

The framework accord should be followed by a comprehensive deal by June 30 that includes full technical details.

Read the rest here

All this posturing and negotiation while a close media aide to Iranian president defects claiming his job no longer makes any sense and that the US Negotiating team is there to do Iran’s bidding. Oh I’m sure it’s all a mistake, Iran is a peaceful nation who many claim hasn’t attacked any other nation in 200 years.

Or have I been eating paint chips again?

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5 Years of Obamacare Broken Promises: Lost Doctors http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/28/5-years-of-obamacare-broken-promises-lost-doctors/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/28/5-years-of-obamacare-broken-promises-lost-doctors/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:00:01 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=364618

ObamaCare turns five this week, but not many Americans are celebrating. The President promised his health care overhaul would lower costs and improve access to care. Instead, all we’ve seen are rising premiums, canceled plans, and a failed website with a $1.7 billion price tag.

To commemorate the 5-year anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law, the House Republican Conference is sharing five stories every day for five days. Submitted to us via GOP.gov/YourStory, these stories come from Americans in all ...]]> obamacare5yearslater-doctors-01_original

ObamaCare turns five this week, but not many Americans are celebrating. The President promised his health care overhaul would lower costs and improve access to care. Instead, all we’ve seen are rising premiums, canceled plans, and a failed website with a $1.7 billion price tag.

To commemorate the 5-year anniversary of ObamaCare being signed into law, the House Republican Conference is sharing five stories every day for five days. Submitted to us via GOP.gov/YourStory, these stories come from Americans in all corners of the country living under the consequences of the Democrats’ one-size-fits-all approach to health care.

Remember when the President promised, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor”? The promise he walked back shortly after?

These are the stories of the five individuals affected by yet another one of ObamaCare’s broken promises:

1. “In the 2nd largest city in Indiana, we now have to pick from only 2 doctors that we know nothing about…I have found nobody who can tell me why this has happened.” — Terry D. from Fort Wayne, IN

2. “I have been informed by my internal medicine doctor that their group will no longer be participating in my plan. I am forced to look for another doctor for my high blood pressure.” — Annette B. from Athens, GA

3. “I lost my plan, which cost me $164 a month and included A-rated doctors. I applied to three different companies to see which my doctors would accept, and the doctors said the only acceptable plan had a monthly premium of $286. I was forced to find a new doctor I know nothing about.” — Katie S. from Irvine, CA

4. “Obama had said I could keep my doctor. Now they’re doing away with my doctor. They kicked him out! After 20 years, that’s not right.” — Alfred from Brooklyn, NY

5. “It’s not fun when you’ve had a doctor for years and years that you can confide in and he knows you. I’m extremely discouraged. I’m stuck.” — Michelle P. from La Palma, CA

Five years of ObamaCare is five too many. That’s why House Republicans are working hard to repeal and replace ObamaCare with an open, bottom-up, patient-centered plan that increases choice and lowers costs for you and your families.

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Iran, Which Helped Al Qaeda Before 9/11, Cannot Be Trusted http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/28/iran-which-helped-al-qaeda-before-911-cannot-be-trusted/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/28/iran-which-helped-al-qaeda-before-911-cannot-be-trusted/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:30:31 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=364086 In “Obamacare for Arms Control,” (Opinion, Mar. 18, 2015), Daniel Henninger justifiably repeated what has been previously stated on the Journal’s editorial page: that Presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan submitted important arms control agreements for approval by the Senate. These included the very first significant nuclear arms accord, the test ban agreement with the Soviets achieved by the Kennedy administration and ratified by the Senate on September 24, 1963. It should not be forgotten that this agreement was negotiated in ...]]> In “Obamacare for Arms Control,” (Opinion, Mar. 18, 2015), Daniel Henninger justifiably repeated what has been previously stated on the Journal’s editorial page: that Presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan submitted important arms control agreements for approval by the Senate. These included the very first significant nuclear arms accord, the test ban agreement with the Soviets achieved by the Kennedy administration and ratified by the Senate on September 24, 1963. It should not be forgotten that this agreement was negotiated in the shadow of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. During that crisis, President Kennedy thought that he would have been impeached had he allowed the basing of nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba.

Similar dangers exist today because Iran, the leading state sponsor of terrorism has been active in the Western hemisphere. Accordingly, the Senate as well as the media should be questioning how the Obama administration can trust Iran in a nuclear arms accord when serious allegations of Iranian participation in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina remained unresolved amid possible egregious official corruption. More importantly, the 2011 New York federal district court decision in Havlish et. al v. bin Laden et al. found Iranian support for al-Qaeda before and after the devastating terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In addition, Iran has developed a relationship with the anti-American regime in Venezuela.

These factors raise the possibility of future nuclear terrorism and even the basing of nuclear missiles in this hemisphere. However, President Obama apparently ignores such dangers in his negotiations with Iran. Moreover, he disingenuously asserts that he will not allow Iran a nuclear “weapon” when he is allowing them the capability to build such weapons after he leaves office. If such cynical derelictions do not warrant the impeachment feared by President Kennedy, the Senate should at least muster the necessary 67 votes to overcome a presidential veto and subject an arms control agreement with Iran to the senatorial review required by the Constitution .

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Obama’s 5 Top Taliban Terrorists Will Soon Go Free While Brave Soldiers Sit in Leavenworth http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/28/obamas-5-top-taliban-terrorists-will-soon-go-free-while-brave-soldiers-sit-in-leavenworth/ http://www.westernfreepress.com/2015/03/28/obamas-5-top-taliban-terrorists-will-soon-go-free-while-brave-soldiers-sit-in-leavenworth/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:15:19 +0000 http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=364964 The news that Bowe Bergdahl will answer for deserting his Brothers on the battlefield was long in coming. I can only imagine what the families of the 8 Soldiers have been going through since the Rose Garden celebration when Mr. Obama announced the deal brokered to bring Bergdahl home. Watching that despicable moment must have been like a knife in their heart.

My Son came home from this war but as his mother I can tell you I was appalled, angry ...]]> The news that Bowe Bergdahl will answer for deserting his Brothers on the battlefield was long in coming. I can only imagine what the families of the 8 Soldiers have been going through since the Rose Garden celebration when Mr. Obama announced the deal brokered to bring Bergdahl home. Watching that despicable moment must have been like a knife in their heart.

My Son came home from this war but as his mother I can tell you I was appalled, angry and mortified that a known deserter was hailed as a Hero by this Commander-in-Chief. What a despicable moment in the history of our great nation!

I heard the father of PVT Matthew Martinek on the radio yesterday. His Son Matthew, from Barlett, Illinois, was just 20 years old when he gave his life searching for his Brother. Mr. Martinek asked Americans to recognize that the men who spoke up during the investigation of Bergdahl should be seen as Heroes by us all and they should be commended for their courage to stand up and tell us what really happened. Truth is a rare commodity these days and telling the truth under this administration takes courage! I suspect life hasn’t been easy for them since their admissions. However, against backlash from the administration and the media, they told their Brothers’ tragic and heroic stories that they gave their lives looking for one of their Brothers. There is no more noble cause among this Band of Brothers than to give one’s life for their Brother, and nobody, no President, no amount of media backlash, can ever break this noble bond! I hope these brave Warriors know that this mother and so many others are grateful to them for their courage to speak up and for their never ending love for their Brothers. It is this beautiful bond that has secured this nation from the moment it was born and nobody and nothing will ever break it! So many of our Sons and Daughters have given their precious lives keeping us safe and shame on any American who takes their sacrifice for granted!

I ask all of you on this email to raise your voices up now and fight for our Soldier sitting in Leavenworth. Sgt. Derrick Miller and Lt Clint Lorance, and others, are locked away in Leavenworth right now because they fought to protect their Brothers on the battlefield. Sgt. Derrick Miller was given a life sentence for doing the one thing he was committed to doing, protecting his Brothers at all cost. It cost him his precious freedom! It is beyond comprehension that the interpreter who changed his story and testified against Derrick is now living here in this country, free on a VISA! It is outrageous that at the end of May, the 5 Taliban Dream Team, traded for the deserter Bowe Bergdahl, will be out from under any restrictions and will be free to return to the battlefield!

Please, I beg you, please pick up your phones today, tomorrow, and everyday until Sgt. Derrick Miller, Clint Lorance and others in Leavenworth who shouldn’t be there, are free. We all know that none of these courageous Sons have any desire to return to this terrorist appeasing battlefield. It is time our Sons are afforded the same compassion and leniency that this administration affords the terrorists. These courageous men risked their lives to provide us all this beautiful way of life and it is only right that they should enjoy this beautiful life and freedom too!

Please makes calls and please forward to your email lists.

With A Mother’s Heart,
Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers
www.freederrickmiller.org

www.freeclintlorance.com

www.savethissoldier.com

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