On Fox News, GOP health plans, ISIS and religious war

"OMG they're swarming at the border!!"

“OMG they’re swarming at the border!!”

Further evidence that the business model of Fox News is to feed — and then feed upon — the paranoia of its gullible audience:

“Islamic State fighters are operating training bases near the U.S. southern border and are being aided by violent drug cartels to smuggle terrorists into states like Texas, a report published Tuesday by a watchdog group claims.

The Judicial Watch report, which cited an unnamed Mexican Army officer and a Mexican police inspector, raises new fears that the fight with ISIS is closer to the U.S. than previously thought.

The report identified the locations of the two bases, and said one is as close as 8 miles from Texas in a town west of Juarez. Mexican authorities found possible evidence — plans written in Arabic and Urdu — last week in the town of “Anapra,” the sources said. These sources told the watchdog that “coyotes” who work for drug cartels assist in smuggling terrorists between Fort Hancock, Texas, and other undisclosed locations.”

I’m not sure which explanation for that story is more disturbing: That supposedly professional “journalists” at Fox filed that story because they believe that such a cock-and-bull story is credible, or that they know it’s BS but publish it anyway. The options, in short, are between utter incompetence and complete cynicism. I report, you decide.

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Back in 2011, the Georgia General Assembly adopted legislation allowing health insurance to be sold to Georgians across state lines, thus implementing one of the core conservative alternatives to ObamaCare. As I reported back in February, the total number of health-care policies sold under that legislation in the past four years has been … zero.

healthinsBy comparison, the health-insurance exchange that then-House Speaker Marco Rubio pushed to create back in 2008 for the state of Florida must be deemed an enormous success. Florida Health Choices offers health-insurance products free of government regulations such as mandated coverage of certain procedures. “It’s about competition, it’s about choice, and it’s about the marketplace,” Rubio bragged at the time.

Politico checked to see how the program is faring:

“By the Feb. 15 Obamacare enrollment deadline, Florida Health Choices had signed up 56 individuals, and as of the middle of this week it had gained 24 more, CEO Rose Naff said in an interview. The state has set aside $2.4 million for the exchange since 2008 — an initial $1.5 million infusion that year and $900,000 in 2013.”

So, seven years, $2.4 million, 80 customers. “It’s about the marketplace,” as Rubio put it, and it seems to me the marketplace has spoken. Meanwhile, in Washington, Republicans have yet to offer a replacement plan for ObamaCare.

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According to the Winston-Salem Journal, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband, James Perry, have been hit with tax liens for about $70,000 in unpaid back taxes by the IRS.

Not surprisingly — and probably justifiably — the news has brought scorn and derision from conservative news sources such as Breitbart. I’m certainly not going to try to defend Harris-Perry and her husband — they owe the taxes and they ought to pay them.

But frankly, I thought that tax-dodging might have made Harris-Perry into something of a cult hero to the anti-IRS, “don’t tread on me” right.  It was just last week that another such hero, Cliven Bundy, held a party with supporters to celebrate the one-year anniversary of their armed standoff with federal officials who were trying to collect delinquent grazing fees that Bundy owed Uncle Sam.

“We want to make a statement that we’re still here, ranching on Nevada land,” Bundy said in announcing the gathering. “The federal government hasn’t made any kind of moves.”

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Finally, this is an ugly story:

ROME (AP) — Italy’s migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya ….

Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived in Palermo Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea by the ship Ellensborg.

The 15 were accused of multiple homicide aggravated by religious hatred, police said in a statement.

The Christians were reportedly refugees from Nigeria and Ghana. The 15 murder suspects were from Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau. Such stories will inevitably fuel calls demanding that Christians respond in kind to Muslims and recognize that some sort of religious war is underway between the groups. I’m not sure that’s the reaction that Jesus would recommend.

Instead, it seem to me that the murder suspects were ignorant, uneducated and brutal, and that the better solution is to fight ignorance, lack of education and a rush to violence. The alternative would be to succumb to such forces, to become what we claim to abhor. That is the reaction of the weak, not of the strong and confident.

 

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ruger357
ruger357

After all, ISIS is just a JV Team of terrorists, nothing to see here folks. After all, the Russian 'Reset' button was such a huge success. After all, the Iranian nuclear program is peaceful, etc.

The problem isn't that Fox News is paranoid, the problem is the POTUS is a moron and his few remaining supporters are even bigger morons.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Ficklefan 

Fox News doesn't always get it right...

Speaking of not getting it right, you once claimed that Edward Kennedy blocked Bork's nomination to the SCOTUS.

How can that be when there is a recorded Senate vote? 

Ficklefan
Ficklefan

Fox News doesn't always get it right, in its policy or in its reporting. It does make an effort (in my opinion, the best effort) in broadcast news, to air opposing view points. Some newspapers that lean right or left also make a strong effort to present opposing views.  


The AJC is an excellent example of that balance now in print news and journalism - but in the past that was not always the case. This may make Jay cringe, but not only is that to create a balanced journalistic platform (good for the nation), but also a concession to the changing market place in which the AJC, a business enterprise, must operate and make a profit - so Jay will get his regular pay check.


But thank God that today in America, there is a Fox News in broadcast news and journalism. The United States is a democratic republic whose very existence depends upon a basic,  bedrock value --  the very foundation of America -- freedom of speech / freedom of the press.  


Under our system of government, envisioned from the start by our Founders, an active, free, skeptical, cynical, questioning, contentious, and unrestricted press is a critical cog in the wheel of this democratic republic, without which the Republic would quickly fail. 


And alarmingly, while the free press must still operate in the market place, and opposing view points cannot be shushed or quieted, on college campuses throughout the nation, speech codes and demands for "political correctness" (which promote the "progressive" indoctrination of the students) are every where. Diversity is cherished on college campuses today (race, gender, sexual preference, creed, nationality, etc.) but the most important diversity - intellectual diversity - is outlawed by phony and contrived cries against "racism, sexism 

(and the all encompassing catch all), hate speech." 


Why give thanks for Fox News? Whether you love it or hate it, or stand somewhere in between --  without it, America, as a nation, would be drifting toward 1984 (first speech control and then thought control) at a much faster rate than we already are. 


In case you have not some how noticed, the "progressive" largely atheist / agnostic, and Democratic lame stream news media in America today (both broadcast and print media) is AWOL, and they have been AWOL since the day Barrack Obama declared his candidacy for the presidency. They have have their own agenda - to promote and support Obama in all things he says, does, or policies he creates, or legislation he supports.  They do not question him, they are never skeptical of the things he says, they are not contentious or demanding, they do not confront him when he or his spokes people are clearly wrong, or lying, or engaged in malfeasance, misfeasance and even criminal activity.  


Unlike the Watergate era, or when any Republican is cover ups, destroyed e-mails that are government property, lying, taking the Fifth - whatever it takes to promote support, and uphold him and now his heir apparent, Hillary, is what they are more than willing and happy to do to promote their "progressive" agenda. 


With the lame stream loudly and openly promoting its "progressive" agenda, decrying, and using "political correctness" as the excuse to ban, wherever and whenever possible, conservative speech (i.e. hate speech), and the indoctrination and speech control on college campuses today, what if there was no Fox News to to shine the light, to call out the liars, the cover up artists, the exponential growth and cost of the central government, to question and to demand the truth and investigate, go deeper, and to be skeptical, cynical, questioning?  Who would do that? 


Throughout history, totalitarianism, despotism, tyranny, autocrats, dictators, etc. come from the political left, not from the right. They get their start by banning freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and the right to bear arms. 




honested
honested

@Ficklefan 

So many words, so few facts.

Truth and facts don't require a conserrrrrrrrrrrrrrvative interpretation.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Left a response for Headley's "THE BURDEN OF PROOF RESTS WITH THE ONE MAKING THE CLAIM" or something to that effect. 

My response? Do we need to form a grand jury to determine who's lying and who's not? Is jay so enamored with FOX that he has to constantly critique their every move?

It would appear so.

Now he has the burden of proving FOX ABSOLUTELY wrong.

He can't do it, so why bring it up?

We all know why.  

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Alibnottobemessedwith,

The only way on God's sweet Earth that your health insurance coverage is better than ever is if you are being heavily subsidized via premium subsidy and cost sharing subsidy. That is the only way mathematically that you have better coverage than before. And that's because others are footing the bill for you.

Filter
Filter

@Doom Classical liberal Well not exactly. I'm self employed and the premiums for my coverage are over 1/3 less for the same policy now with no subsidy. 

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@Doom Classical liberal

So here’s something to keep in mind when you hear someone grousing about being forced to help pay for health insurance for what they see as “the undeserving poor”: in all likelihood, that person has enjoyed subsidized college tuition or health insurance or home ownership or retirement plans– or any of a dozen other hidden government benefits in our submerged welfare state — and the idea of one group of Americans subsidizing another didn’t seem to be a cause of outrage then.

td1234
td1234

I have seen one real retraction to the hands up dont shoot lie told by the MSM media that resulted in such political divide and millions upon millions in damages.  


Where is all the indignation from the progressives on this blog for these lies told by the press?

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 

td, what id the "hands up, don't shoot" lie you are referring to?  Which media outlet told it?

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger You know the lie reported over and over again that Brown had his hands up and surrendering when he was gunned down by the LEO. No independent investigation just repeat the lies told by Sharpton and his ilk and propping up the narrative and causing raced relations to take a hit and millions in damages all to allow Sharpton to enrich himself even more. 


The DOJ and the Grand Jury said it NEVER happened. . 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Honest ed,

How can you prove it's a bs news story? Cause Jay said so? It may, like the Virginia fraternity rape story by rolling Stone, be bs. It may not be. How do you know?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

776 and counting.

You libs found your evidence yet?

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Alibnottobemessedwith,

Fox news is creepy? Thank God you have your remote. I'ld hate to think you couldn't change the channel.

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Hedley,

The memo was nothing more than vague chatter that intelligence agencies produce all the time. It's not as if the memo gave them flight numbers and departure times. Geez dude.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Bootsy Collins?

Wasn't he frontman for The Commodores?

josef
josef

ALEX

 "wow, this obsession with Fox is just creepy"

It is for a fact.

edubb
edubb

Well mine is not. Less coverage,higher cost the whole shabang. Based on what I hear I am in the majority and you are in the minority. Could it be you are one of those thousands that lied about their income and got a better rate? Curious because I researched dozens of plans that were available to me and none come close to my preobama plan.

@ALibNotToBeMessedW/ @Doggone_GA @IReportYouWhine#1 @honested @josef 

josef
josef

I have a question...


How many here are in daily contact with folks in any part of the former Iraq, getting their perspective on "all that?"

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@josef -- Dudley is in Iraq.  I don't have daily contact, but we do talk once a week.  He doesn't talk about his work.  EVER.  And I really, truly, sincerely, just don't wanna know.

josef
josef

The reason I was asking...one of my facebook friends in Kurdistan and I correspond in Spanish...  LOL

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

Hedley,

I think it was the national enquirer that broke the Lewinsky story and maybe the Gary hart. Not sure but they've broken several stories like this.

Besides, you got kooks who post wonkey and raw story spam. National enquirer should be right up their alley.