GOP Straight Up Bribes Democratic Senator In Effort To Block Obamacare

As far as I am concerned, laws have been broken and people need to end up in jail. Desperation is making the GOP a very sad place to be. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, grow up people. As far as I’m concerned both the Democrat and Republican and those who benefited should end up in jail. I am I am sure being very optimistic, as wrongdoers seem to win the day over and over. AVB
Ryan Grim & Ashley Alman
The Huffington Post
06/08/14 09:03 PM ET

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The Republican Party in Virginia has resorted to what appears to be outright bribery in its ongoing effort to deny low-income residents in the state access to the Medicaid expansion authorized by Obamacare.

The Washington Post is reporting that Republicans offered to move Democratic state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett and his daughter into prestigious jobs in exchange for Puckett’s resignation, which will flip the chamber into Republican hands. Pucket will officially accept the offer on Monday, the paper reported.

The Senate was on course to pass an expansion of Medicaid, as the law allows, while the House of Delegates, in GOP hands, aimed to block it. In such a scenario, Democrats hoped that Republicans would be blamed for the resulting government shutdown. With Republicans in control of both chambers, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) must now veto the GOP budget in order to force a showdown over Medicaid.

The apparent quid pro quo has sent Democrats railing.

“It’s astounding to me. The House Republican caucus will do anything and everything to prevent low-income Virginians from getting healthcare… They figure the only way they could win was to give a job to a state senator,” Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) told the Washington Post. “At least they can’t offer Terry McAuliffe a job. I hope Terry continues to stand up to these bullies.”

McAuliffe campaigned on the promise of Medicaid expansion in 2013. Since his election, Republicans have attempted to stonewall his attempts to bring coverage to 400,000 unsinsured Virginians, prompting the governor to explore options for expanding Medicaid without the approval of the state legislature.

McAuliffe told the Washington Post that Puckett’s anticipated resignation only adds “uncertainty” to his plan for expanding coverage.

“I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “This situation is unacceptable, but the bipartisan majority in the Senate and I will continue to work hard to put Virginians first and find compromise on a budget that closes the coverage gap.”

The ‘GoT’ Battle Of Castle Black Features The Biggest Green Screen In Europe

No spoiler alert needed, if you watch the show you know this is coming. But how it is filmed is quite interesting. AVB

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Erin Whitney
The Huffington Post
06/07/14 01:20 PM ET
There’s only two episodes left of “Game of Thrones” Season 4, and things are only going to get more bloody and insane.

In the upcoming Episode 9, “The Watchers On The Wall,” the Wildlings will arrive at Castle Black to fight the Night’s Watch. It’s supposed to be one of the biggest battles in “GoT” history, and yes, that’s including Blackwater. Writers David Benioff and Dan Weiss told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s a very intense episode,” and that even before the special effects were added, it still looked “magnificent.”

However, when filming any scene at Castle Black, there’s always one tiny problem — The Wall doesn’t actually exist. The writers told EW that their production team designed a massive top-of-The-Wall set with what is said to be the biggest green screen in Europe. Although the action won’t start right away, Benioff said, “Once it gets going about 15 minutes into the episode it doesn’t stop.”

“Game of Thrones” airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.

Majority Say Gay Marriage Is Backed By Constitution

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The Huffington Post
June 6 2014  9 a.m. PDT
Most Americans agree with recent court rulings that gay marriage is a constitutional right, according to a Washington Post/ABC poll released Friday — the latest in a slew of evidence that support for gay marriage has solidified as the mainstream position.

Fifty percent of those surveyed agree that regardless of their own views toward gay marriage, they thought that the part of the U.S. Constitution providing Americans with equal protection under the law gives gays and lesbians the legal right to marry. Another 43 percent disagree.

Opinions remain marked by wide partisan and demographic differences. Seventy-four percent of self-described liberals, but just 29 percent of conservatives, believe that gay marriage is constitutionally protected. Also stark is the variation among age groups: 60 percent of Americans ages 18 to 39 say the Constitution provides for gay marriage, compared to just 38 percent of those 65 and older.

Overall support for gay marriage stands at 56 percent in the Post/ABC poll, roughly the same level it’s been at since 2013.

Other surveys have shown support for gay marriage continuing to slowly tick up after a period of more rapid growth from about 2009 to 2011. The most recent Gallup poll, taken in May, put support at 55 percent, while a March Pew Research poll found 54 percent in favor.

The Post/ABC poll surveyed 1,002 adults between May 29 and June 1, using live phone calls to both landlines and cell phones.

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Breaking News: All the jobs which had been lost in the Great Recession have now been recreated

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The economy created 217,000 new jobs in May.  some of the underlying data shows that jobs in high paying jobs made very good strides in May. What makes this even more important is that these jobs will then leads to more construction jobs and other segments of the economy to support the needs of the newly employed hi paid employees,  which bodes well for future jobs numbers. 
General Motors sales were up a whopping 14 percent from last year’s record numbers in May. This is despite all of these news about recalls, which shows that the demand for new cars is still high and as the auto industry is about 20% of the total economy this is all so incredible news.
The Dow Jones Industrial index is only 70 points away from reaching a record 17,000. This will translate into very happy 401K statements coming in a mailbox near you. AVB

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The taxi industry heard Google’s & Uber’s driverless car plans. They’re not happy (updated)

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Despite what critics are saying about driverless cars, in hundreds of thousands of miles in testing the only time there was an accident involving these cars was 18 was driven by a human! The algorithm that controls the car is set to courteous, which in my opinion will be a welcome change. Bring them on I can’t wait. AVB

From VENTURE BEAT
MAY 29, 2014 1:00 PM •
HARRISON WEBER

The taxi industry heard Google’s & Uber’s driverless car plans. They’re not happy (updated)
Updated 1:37 p.m. Pacific with comments from the president of Liberty and Yellow Cabs.

Updated 7:02 a.m. Pacific May 30 with corrected user stats from Uber.

First, Google unveils a driverless car. Then, Uber chief Travis Kalanick says driverless cars are the future and drivers are not.

How do you think leaders of the taxi industry feel about this?

“So much for being an Uber ‘partner,’” said Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association CEO Alfred LaGasse in an email to VentureBeat. “Kalanick’s comment displays the same lack of consideration for people that Uber has shown when it comes to public safety in its transportation business.”

The TLPA represents 1,100 taxicab and limousine companies globally.

(Note: Uber’s interest in driverless cars is very real, and it has nothing to do with a fake story about Uber buying driverless cars that made the rounds recently.)

Kalanick says Uber has a “very good relationship with Google.” Google recently added Uber as a transportation option in Google Maps. While the giant tech company buried the partnership within a larger app update, Uber marketing manager Michael J Fine called the partnership “huge.”

Dave Sutton, a spokesperson for the TLPA’s “Who’s Driving You?” marketing campaign, questioned Google’s partnership [emphasis ours]:

Google says it may partner with Uber on this, and goodness knows Uber has set one of the worst examples when it comes to public safety and accountability. An essential part of Google’s development should involve adhering to safety standards in the public transportation space.”

Speaking of Google’s driverless cars more generally, LaGasse’s offered VentureBeat a lukewarm reaction:

Driverless cars could be a huge bust and be Google’s undoing if they turn out to cause major accidents, or it could be a huge success that will change society as we know it. The likelihood is it will be somewhere in between, and that will mean that everyone, the taxi industry included, will adjust to it.

According to Bill Yuhnke, the president of Liberty and Yellow Cabs in Buffalo, New York [emphasis ours]:

I’m a huge fan of innovation, but let’s slow down for a second. The age of driverless cars is still a long way off. And until that moment arrives, you still need a safe driver to get you from here to there. And believe it or not, people like to talk with taxi drivers, and taxi drivers like to talk with passengers. It will surely be a different experience if we ever remove the driver completely from the equation, and I’m not sure that’s a totally safe or good thing. Only time will tell.

Speaking onstage at this week’s Code tech conference, Kalanick noted that drivers drive up the price of Uber rides. “The reason Uber could be expensive,” said Kalanick, “is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car.”:

When there’s no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle. So the magic there is, you basically bring the cost below the cost of ownership for everybody, and then car ownership goes away.

Kalanick appears to believe that driverless cars won’t just rattle the taxi and limousine business — they’ll also kill car ownership entirely. Uber tells VentureBeat that it serves “over 137 million Americans in the U.S., where we’re in approximately 60 cities. Globally, we’re in about 120 cities.” The company says it hires about 20,000 drivers a month.

Following his statements onstage, Kalanick added on Twitter that driverless cars are a “multi-decade transition.” This is ‘the way the world is going,’” Travis said.

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Putin on Clinton: ‘It’s Better Not to Argue With Women’

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President Putin does not want another woman because he has had such a great success with Germany’s Chancellor Merkel, also a woman. Perhaps you should cool it with all his shirtless pictures. AVB

The Huffington Post
June 5th 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin offered some decidedly 19th-century reasons for avoiding a debate with Hillary Clinton.

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“It’s better not to argue with women,” he said in an interview with Radio Europe 1 transcribed and posted to the Russian President’s official website on Wednesday.
Putin was asked how he might respond to Clinton’s recent comments comparing Russia’s intervention in Ukraine to Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Europe. Clinton has since walked back the statement.
“When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because they are weak,” Putin said, “but maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.”
To which the interviewer responded: “Women must be respected, of course, and I’m sure you respect them.”
Putin had no direct response.

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Poll Reveals Job Creation in US at a New High

Gallup’s Job Creation Index hit a new high of +27 in May, based on 40% of U.S. workers saying their employer is hiring and expanding its workforce and 13% saying their employer is letting workers go and shrinking its workforce.
Read more at GALLUP.com.

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NRA: Gun Activists ‘Crossed The Line’ With ‘Weird’ And ‘Scary’ Protests

This is way too little way too late. The number of people killed because of the NRA insistence for the “freedom of  guns everywhere” is mounting. The gun  industry is so well protected that if a gun explodes in your hand because it is badly may you can do nothing about it! Reasonable laws that limit access to guns and rounds of ammunition must be passed . AVB

The Huffington Post
June 6 2014
The National Rifle Association condemned the “scary” actions of open cary activists in Texas, including some who were shown in a video harassing a Marine veteran on Memorial Day.

The NRA also addressed recent no-gun policies put in place by several restaurants including Chipotle, which said it created the rule because “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”

In a May 30 statement, the NRA applauded Texans for the “robust gun culture” in the Lone Star State, but said recent public showings of gun support “crossed the line” and were “downright weird” (emphasis NRA’s).

“Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners,” the NRA statement said. “That’s not the Texas way. And that’s certainly not the NRA way.”

From the NRA’s statement:

Recently, demonstrators have been showing up in various public places, including coffee shops and fast food restaurants, openly toting a variety of tactical long guns. Unlicensed open carry of handguns is legal in about half the U.S. states, and it is relatively common and uncontroversial in some places.

Yet while unlicensed open carry of long guns is also typically legal in most places, it is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms.

Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.

Most Americans prefer that shops and restaurants forbid guns, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll found.
For the entire NRA Statement go here

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My cousin Martine in Israel asked me to send this out to all I can

So here goes:

Message de Rav Boubli à diffuser

Une réflexion avant de recevoir ce cadeau extraordinaire : la Torah – Rav E. Boubli
L’Homme est la plus belle création du Maître du Monde, néanmoins la Torah nous vante les bonnes midot des animaux: zélé comme le lion, rapide comme l’aigle etc..
Pourquoi?
En fait, la vie d’un homme ressemble à celle du papillon.
Celui-ci passe par 4/5 phases avant d’atteindre sa pleine maturité et sa beauté.  Malheureusement, sa durée de vie à ce stade est très brève.
L’homme passe aussi par des phases : bb, petit enfant, ado, adulte et 3ème âge
Comme le papillon, il atteint sa maturité. A ce stade là, nous pouvons admirer sa beauté et ses magnifiques couleurs, nous le voyons aussi prêt à voler de ses propres ailes, à jouir de sa liberté et de ses facultés. Nous aussi, nous devons accomplir ce pourquoi nous sommes venus et nous débarrasser de ces klipot, étape indispensable pour devenir cette grande Nation, ce peuple de Cohanim.
Le Rav Adess écrit : «le Ben Israël a toutes les co’hot naturellement. Il doit juste s’investir pour pouvoir profiter de ce don qui nous a été spécialement donné. A nous. Aucune autre nation n’a eu cette chance.
Msg perso :
La vie est courte certes mais nous, Aam Israël, avons reçu le 1er rôle, celui d’être l’associé d’Hashem dans la Création. Ça vaudrait le coup de réagir enfin et d’assumer ce rôle pour dévoiler Sa Lumière sur Terre dévoiler Sa Lumière sur Terre

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