400-408 – Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (frc.org) (since 2003), and former Marine, former police officer, and former member of the Louisiana state legislature for eight years. Tony hosts a regular national radio program, Washington Watch Weekly, broadcasts a daily commentary heard on over 300 stations nationwide, and his daily Washington Update reaches tens of thousands of grassroots activists. He's co-author, with Bishop Harry Jackson, of Personal Faith, Public Policy (2008). He and Lawana have five children, 20G, 15G, 13B, 11G, 4B.
• Tony Perkins (Washington Update, 3/13/2012) ObamaCare: Home of the $1 Abortions.
The day that Bart Stupak said would never come is here. Almost two years after the former congressman agreed to an executive order "banning" abortion funding in ObamaCare, the President finally proved how useless it was. For all the time spent trying to shield taxpayers from any involvement in the abortion business, the executive order dissolved this week into what it always was: a meaningless piece of White House letterhead.
Today, in its final rules on health care exchanges, the administration officially welcomed Americans to the abortion industry. As part of the new regulations on how state health exchanges will work, anyone enrolled in an insurance plan that covers abortion will be responsible for sharing the cost. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explained this way back in 2009. "[W]hether you're male or female, whether you're 75 or 25, you would all set aside a portion of your premium that would go into a fund, and it would not be earmarked for anything, it would be a separate [abortion] account that everyone in the exchange would pay... It is a bit confusing, but it's really an accounting that would apply across the board and not just to women, and certainly not just to women who want to choose abortion coverage."
For all intents and purposes, this is just another mandate on abortion, which, like its contraception counterpart, makes no exemptions for people with moral objections. Despite the accounting gimmicks, taxpayers will still have to reach into their own pockets and fund the procedure. According to Hill experts, "plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer. The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered." Where does the rest of the money come from? Like the administration's "free" birth control policy, this is all part of the same cost-shifting shell game. Effectively, pro-lifers are back where they were with the contraception mandate: violate their conscience or choose a plan that may not meet their health care needs.
As for the rest of the 646-page rulebook, states are now on the clock to get their programs up and running by January 1, 2014. If they refuse, the government will step in and do it for them. Under normal circumstances, launching a 50-state exchange would be a mammoth task. But with so many states opposed to the law, it may as well be impossible. Only 13 legislatures have even adopted a plan. Others are waiting on the Supreme Court to decide if the ObamaCare is even constitutional before spending months outlining the type of coverage they'll offer.
So far, the Left seems to be congratulating HHS for the flexibility of the new rules. But heaven help the state whose program doesn't meet HHS's approval! If anyone fails to live up to the President's radical definition of health care, the appearance of autonomy will disappear faster than Texans can say "Medicaid funding."
• Fox News (3/13/2012) Obama Says Accusations of Waging War on Religion are "Puzzling".
President Obama when asked about the attacks from conservatives that he is waging a "war on religion" said that he finds it "puzzling," particularly because of his first job as a community organizer in Chicago, working with churches where he says he spread the "social gospel."
In an interview Monday with Des Moines television station WHO he said of the charges, "I find this very puzzling, because my first job, my first real job out of college, was working with churches in low-income communities, trying to make sure that the social gospel was made real, that people were getting help." //
408 – Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission (urm.org). Terence got hired by UGL!
413-423 – Tony Perkins,
• Philip Klein (Washington Examiner, 3/13/2012) CBO: Obamacare to cost $1.76 trillion over 10 yrs.
President Obama's national health care law will cost $1.76 trillion over a decade, according to a new projection released today by the Congressional Budget Office, rather than the $940 billion forecast when it was signed into law.
Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were pushing through the national health care legislation, the most egregious of which was to delay full implementation of the law until 2014, so it would appear cheaper under the CBO's standard ten-year budget window and, at least on paper, meet Obama's pledge that the legislation would cost "around $900 billion over 10 years." When the final CBO score came out before passage, critics noted that the true 10 year cost would be far higher than advertised once projections accounted for full implementation.
Today, the CBO released new projections from 2013 extending through 2022, and the results are as critics expected: the ten-year cost of the law's core provisions to expand health insurance coverage has now ballooned to $1.76 trillion. That's because we now have estimates for Obamacare's first nine years of full implementation, rather than the mere six when it was signed into law. Only next year will we get a true ten-year cost estimate, if the law isn't overturned by the Supreme Court or repealed by then. Given that in 2022, the last year available, the gross cost of the coverage expansions are $265 billion, we're likely looking at about $2 trillion over the first decade, or more than double what Obama advertised.
• Philip Klein (Washington Examiner, 3/13/2012) CBO boosts its Obamacare Medicaid cost estimate.
423 – Matthew Barnett, CEO of the Dream Center (dreamcenter.org, 213-273-7100). The DC serves over 40,000 people every month, rescuing people out of addictions, homelessness, poverty, and even human trafficking. Like many young Russian girls, Katia too, dreamed of coming to America and becoming a movie star. She saved her money and came to New York, but soon found that on a student visa, she couldn't work in America legally, and because life in New York was so expensive, she felt her only option was to dance at a men's club. But the club was a front for human trafficking. This coming Sunday, Katia will be one of 35 DC participants running in the LA Marathon to raise money for Project Hope, so the DC can rescue other young girls just like her. Project Hope is the DC shelter for survivors of human trafficking – the nation's largest with 38 beds. To help the next Katia, support her or Matthew Barnett, or someone else on the Dream Team this Sunday for maybe $1.00 a mile for the 26-mile run. To help right now, call 213-273-7100.
428-438 – Susan Fries, "The Termite Lady," owns ECOLA Termite & Pest Management Services (EcolaTermite.com, 877-332-BUGS), named "Best Green Exterminator" by L.A. Magazine for the last 3 years in a row, and last year Susan was voted Business Owner of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce, is here to talk about the swarming season that just started and the fact that termite damage isn't always covered by insurance. The Sue Fries Show is heard Saturday afternoons from 4-5pm (suefries.com).
443-452 – Andy Irwin, co-director of October Baby (octoberbabymovie.net) opening in Southern California next Friday, March 23rd.
"You saw me before I was born." Psalm 139:16 (NLT) Every Life is Beautiful.
As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah—unscripted—collapses in front of the stunned audience.
After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah's difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted . . . after a failed abortion attempt.
Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past . . . and find hope for her unknown future.
In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.
458-508 – Dr. Larry Rosen, a psychology professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills, with expertise in the Psychology of Technology (drlarryrosen.com), his new book, releasing on March 27, 2012, is entitled iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us (2012) (Amazon). His previous books were: TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play (1998), Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation (2007), and Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn (2010). Larry has four children, ranging in age from 17 to 32. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude) from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego.
• Consider taking a "tech-break." Tell your kids, your family, your classroom, etc., to check their smart phone for the next one minute, after which we're going to take a "tech-break" for 15 minutes, followed by another one-minute tech break. You'll be amazed at how attention is increased for those 15 minutes.
512-523 – Dr. Larry Rosen
528-539 – Dr. Larry Rosen
544-554 – Dr. Larry Rosen
• Fox News (3/14/2012) Strip club's donation keeps struggling LA Little League afloat.
558-608 – Frank Turek, founder of crossexamined.org, and author of Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same-Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone, and I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist.
612-623 – Frank Turek, Apologetics 101 (Epistemology, Ontology, Ethics, and the Cosmological, Teleological, and Anthropological arguments.)
628-639 – Frank Turek,
644-654 – Frank Turek,
• The Blaze (3/13/2012) MEMO: GET READY FOR THE GREAT 'OBAMACARE' PR CAMPAIGN.
• Breitbart (3/12/2012) EXODUS: CALIFORNIA TAX REVENUE PLUNGES BY 22%.
• Washington Free Beacon (3/13/2012) With Friends Like These … Union Names Chinese Premier 'Best Friend of American Worker'. At the Chinese Foreign Ministry's regular press conference last week, spokesperson Liu Weimin's revealed that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was awarded "the Best Friend of American Worker" by the US International Longshoremen's Association.