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American Health Care Act

House Republicans on Monday evening released the text of their long-awaited ObamaCare replacement bill, proposing to eliminate the various taxes and penalties tied to the original legislation while still preserving certain patient protections.

Aiming to deliver on their signature campaign promise after several election cycles trying to reclaim control of Washington, majority Republicans unveiled what they call the American Health Care Act. The sweeping legislation would repeal ObamaCare’s taxes along with the so-called individual and employer mandates – which imposed fines for not buying and offering insurance, respectively.

It also would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies, replacing them with tax credits for consumers.  FoxNews

Click here to read the American Health Care Act at House GOP

Here’s a look at some of the major components:

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE

  • Provides tax credits for people purchasing their own health insurance. The subsidies would be keyed primarily to age, rising as people get older. 
  • Financial assistance would be phased out for individuals making more than $75,000 and married couples earning more than $150,000. 
  • Subsidies could be used to buy any plan approved by a state.
  • Eliminates cost-sharing subsidies in Obama’s Affordable Care Act that helped people with modest incomes meet the costs of insurance deductibles and copayments. 
  • States, however, would have the option of providing similar assistance with federal financing.
  • Greatly expands contributions to health savings accounts, which allow people with high-deductible insurance to cover expenses that their plans don’t pay for.
  • Protects people with pre-existing health problems from being denied coverage.  DailyMail

San Francisco Withdrawals From FBI’s Terrorism Task Force

San Francisco’s narrative is “let’s not hurt the feelings of Muslims” which could end up costing American lives.

San Francisco has taken its defiance of the feds to a new level, ending its cooperation with the FBI in an anti-terror initiative begun after 9/11 – a move critics say could get innocent people killed.

Critics say the sanctuary city by the bay’s latest decision to forego cooperation with Washington, by dropping out of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, could put lives at risk. The JTTF has been credited with foiling 93 Islamist terrorist attacks and plots against the U.S. since 2001, including 12 this year, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Heritage Foundation. There are another 1,000 investigations into suspected terror activity nationwide.

These staggering statistics make the recent decision by the San Francisco police department to end the city’s partnership with the JTTF, at the behest of local activist groups that alleged Arabs and Muslims are wrongly targeted by the FBI and will be more so under the Trump administration, all the more concerning, said retired federal law enforcement officials. FoxNews

ACLU and Council on American-Islamic Relations

In some cases, California laws conflict with federal law, said John Crew, a retired attorney who works with activist groups, including the ACLU and Council on American-Islamic Relations on law enforcement and civil rights matters.

“This issue is really about the need for local police officers to comply with state and local laws and policies even when they are working with the FBI JTTF,” Crew said.

Neither Crew, nor his many allies in San Francisco, are apprehensive area residents may be in danger because of a lack of representation on the JTTF.

“I’m not the least bit concerned,” Crew said. FoxNews

Germany Arrests Syrian ‘Refugee’ Suspected Of Executing 36 People

Fighting age young men.  Muslims countries refuse to take them in.  Mass immigration with no vetting.

Sweden imprisoned a Syrian man asylum seeker to life in prison for participation in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria.  Now Germany.  There is no doubt ISIS freaks are entering countries as refugees.

German police arrested two Syrians and a Bosnian Thursday for alleged war crimes in Syria, including mass murder of 36 people in 2013.

A Syrian refugee identified as Abdalfatah H. A., 36, is accused of being the executioner at a mass killing of 36 government employees in 2013. He’s a suspected member of the al-Qaida-linked Al-Nusra Front.

Abdulrahman A. A., 26, was also arrested for being part of the network. He is accused of managing funds, vehicles and weapons for one of Al-Nusra Front’s combat units.

A 33-year-old Bosnian was arrested for supplying vehicles to Sunni militia Junud al-Sham. The case is not related to the Syrians.

Germany has taken more than one million refugees since the start of 2015, with many seeking protection from the wars in Syria and Iraq. Federal police officers are investigating around 30 cases of possible war crimes committed by people currently in the country, according to Der Spiegel. DailyCaller

Senator Chuck Schumer Pulled Visa Strings For India Snowshoe Racer Now Accused Of Sexual Abuse Of A 12-Year-Old Girl

The travel ban was not the reason for denial of a visa to Tanveer Hussain, say U.S. officials.  Senator Chuck Schumer and New York’s other Democratic senator, Kirsten Gillibrand pulled strings to get Tanveer Hussain issued a visa to enter the U.S.

It was a long journey for Indian snowshoe champion Tanveer Hussain and his team manager to the World Snowshoe Championships in Saranac Lake, N.Y., last weekend.

The two men were initially denied visas to travel to the United States in the chaotic days following the Trump administration’s travel ban. The reasons for the rejections remain unclear — India is not among the seven countries named in Trump’s executive order — but after the intervention of Saranac Lake’s mayor and the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi reversed its decision.

Hussain and team manager Abid Khan arrived Feb. 23 in the bucolic Adirondacks town, which had been following their visa ordeal and extended them a hero’s welcome. Locals offered congratulations and free lodgings at an inn that in the snow looked like a “fairy tale scene from a movie,” Khan said in a Facebook post.

The “fairy tale” was shattered Wednesday, when Hussain, 24, was arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse and child welfare endangerment, police said…

Hussain hails from the Indian side of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, which is predominantly Muslim.  WaPo

St. Louis Man Arrested For Making Bomb Threats To Jewish Centers

Juan Thompson of St. Louis, MO, a black Muslim and leftist has been arrested for JCC bomb threats.  He was fired from the left-leaning publication “The Intercept” for fabricating news stories he wrote.

The federal authorities have charged a St. Louis man with making more than half a dozen bomb threats against Jewish community centers, schools and a Jewish history museum, an unsealed court document shows.

Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri. He is accused of making at least eight of the threats against JCCs.

Juan Thompson, made some of the threats in his own name and others in the name of a former girlfriend, apparently in an attempt to intimidate her, according to a federal complaint filed by the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan and unsealed on Friday.

Thompson has a twitter account @JuanMThompson full of anti-semitic and racist tweets….

Thompson, a former Chicago journalist was previously linked to a “pattern of deception” involving fabricating quotes and creating fake email accounts while writing for The Intercept, a New York-based online publication….

He also claimed in a tweet that he was “reverting to Islam”.

In another tweet Thompson calls 42% of Americans “filthy fascist appeasers, and says they should be “taken out along with (President) Trump”. Breaking911

Study Shows Babies Less Cute To Opioid Users

A new study has found that opioid use affects how ‘cute’ we perceive images of children to be.  People’s perceptions of cuteness go beyond how those individuals feel about babies.

As cuteness can trigger caregiving motivation, this result indicates that the opioid system may have significant effects on our ability to care for others. news-medical

Addiction to opioids – which includes illicit drugs such as heroin as well as medications commonly prescribed for pain ­ affects over 4 million people in the USA. It is associated with reduced responses to natural rewards as well as abnormal social behaviour, such as crime and dysfunctional parenting. Now a group of US researchers is using our normal response to the ‘cuteness’ of babies, (a concept first described by the famous Austrian ethologist Konrad Lorenz as Kindchenschema) to experimentally test the effects of social cognition in individuals with opioid addiction.  MedicalExpress

Painkiller addicts do not find babies cute, a new study reveals.  While that may not sound earth-shattering – we all have different opinions – doctors claim this is a dangerous sign of how drugs manipulate the brain.

The human tendency to find babies cute stems from our natural impulse to give care, nurture the young, and procreate.

But a new study by the University of Pennsylvania found babies do not trigger any emotional reaction in opioid addicts. DailyMail

2009 study found the baby schema motivated people to take care of others.

Earlier research by researchers at the Universities of Pennsylvania (US) and Muenster (Germany) showed that response to baby portraits produces motivation for caretaking and a response in the area of the brain associated with reward proportionate to the Kindchenschema content of the portraits. MedicalExpress

Opioid Users

The new study included 47 people who were dependent on opioids and who were starting a treatment program. In the study, the people had their brains scanned while they looked at photos of cute babies. The participants viewed the images 10 days before starting treatment, and then again 10 days after starting treatment.

The findings showed that, initially, the brains of people with opioid dependence didn’t respond to the baby schema, Dr. Daniel Langleben, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the senior author of the study, said in a statement.

However, once the people began their treatment and were given a drug called naltrexone that blocks the effects of opioids, the individuals’ brains responded in a way more similar to that of healthy people, Langleben said. LiveScience

This could explain the horrible cases in the news of child abuse by parents and the horrific acts committed against people.

Glitter Ash Wednesday Leftist Churches Show Solidarity For LGBTQ

Leftist churches are using a representation of Christ’s crucifixion to show support for sin.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.

Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us to realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. UMC

Glitter

According to the L.A. Times,  religious leaders across the country joined in the glitter fest, essentially reducing a day intended as a reflection on mortality to a tacky promotion of social justice.

“I love the concept of not just ashes but glitter for new hope and new life, and just standing up for minorities, for those who are incredibly in distress at these times,” said Iowa pastor Peter Sickels.

Jacob Lupfer of Religion News Service denounced the practice as a cheap sideshow.

“However well-intentioned, Glitter Ash Wednesday is a distraction at best and a sideshow at worst,” wrote Jacob Lupfer. “I find it hard to believe pastors and churches that have already evolved on sexual ethics will tamper with the tradition, solemnity and dignity of Ash Wednesday.”

The sparkly idea apparently began last year in New Jersey with lesbian Episcopal priest Liz Edman, whose girlfriend urged her to use glitter as a way to come out queer and Christian simultaneously.

“It matters very much to me that people understand we’re not doing this in order to be frivolous or disrespectful,” she said. “Glitter is serious business for queer people. Glitter is how we have long made ourselves visible, even though becoming visible puts us at risk.”

The idea came to her after reading St. Augustine’s warnings about despair. “I just thought, ‘Bingo, that’s it,’” she said. “The glitter can represent a refusal to bow down to the forces of despair, particularly in this political moment we find ourselves in.”

Augustine also warned about heresy and cheapening Christ, but don’t let that get in the way of your politics.  TR

Illegal El Salvador Migrant Gang Members Charged With Murders In Houston And New York

MS-13 is an ultra-violent international criminal gang.  In 2014, was reported that MS-13 gang members were part of the invasion of illegal immigrants.

Houston Charges Kidnapping and Murder

Two illegal immigrant gang members from El Salvador who had a Satanic shrine in their Houston apartment are suspects in the killing of one teenager and the kidnapping of another, authorities said.
Gang leader Miguel Angel Alvarez-Flores, 22, who also goes by ‘Diabolico,’ and 18-year-old Diego Alexan Hernandez-Rivera appeared in Houston court Wednesday on charges of aggravated kidnapping and murder.
The MS-13 gang members laughed, smiled and waved in court.
Prosecutors said the two kidnapped a 14-year-old girl after she left school around February 2, holding her in an apartment where she was raped by a gang member.  DailyMail


New York Charges Murder

Thirteen members of the notorious Salvadoran gang MS-13 were charged Thursday in connection with seven murders including the 2016 killings of high school teenagers on New York’s Long Island.

The gang members were charged with 41 counts which also include racketeering, attempted murder, assault and obstruction of justice, U.S. Attorney Robert L. Capers said Thursday afternoon.

Four of the suspects were charged directly with the murders of Kayla Cuevas, 16 and Nisa Mickens, 15, close friends who were beaten to death on Sept. 13, 2016, in Brentwood, N.Y.

Four others were directly involved in the death of 18-year-old Jose Peña-Hernandez, whose body was found on the grounds of the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood in October, investigators said.

Ten of the suspects are illegal immigrants, two are U.S. citizens and one is a green card holder, Capers said. He would not elaborate if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was involved.  FoxNews

Video: Pat Condell – Women, Defend Yourselves

Sweden has the highest number of rapes in Europe.

Katie Hopkins in Sweden:

One young girl of 27 — let’s call her Lucy— is now terrified of going out alone. She lives near a busy shopping centre which draws migrants from no-go zones, and dreads her walk to work and home.

Under the bridge near her flat a gang of men gathers. All day and night. They have easy access to her up a stairwell. Like little billy goat gruff, she runs across, carrying her safety spray. Scared. DailyMail

“1 in 4 Swedish women will be raped as sexual assaults increase 500%.  Sweden now has the second highest number of rapes in the world, after South Africa.” FrontPageMag

Germany

Police reports show that Germany’s migrant rape crisis continues unabated, although accurate statistics are notoriously non-existent, this in one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. German authorities have repeatedly been accused of underreporting the true scale of the migrant crime problem in the country.

According to Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) data (page 14), in 2013, migrants (Zuwanderer) committed 599 sex crimes, or an average of two a day. In 2014, migrants committed 949 sex crimes, or around three per day. In 2015, migrants committed 1,683 sex crimes, or around five per day. During the first three quarters of 2016, migrants committed 2,790 sex crimes, or around ten per day. GateStoneInstitute

Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters

Despicable.  Virtue-Signaling.

The whole protest movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline was a fraud from beginning to end. There were five other pipelines running over the same basic route. The “sacred burial grounds” were not on federal property and not particularly close to the DAPL. And the actions of the protesters confirm that they really didn’t care anything at all about preserving the environment because they trashed the environment and created an ecological disaster at their camp site. RedState

Protesters Created Ecological Mess – Mountains Of Garbage

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says tons of garbage left behind by thousands of Dakota Access Pipeline Protesters has created an ecological disaster. Crews are scrambling to clean up the remnants of the protest camp near Cannonball, ND before the rotting debris is washed into nearby rivers.

In an interview on KFGO’s “News and Views,” Burgum compared living conditions at the camp to a landfill and a junkyard. “This is probably the biggest ecological mess on the entire Missouri River system from top to bottom in this country,” Burgum said. KFGO

Set Fires That Burned Two Children

As the deadline for the protesters to leave passed they were removed.  They had a departure ceremony – setting fire to about 20 shelters and a vehicle.

Two children were burned, one of them severely, at the Dakota Access camp evacuation Wednesday after remaining activists set fire to about 20 shelters and a vehicle in what was described as a departure ceremony.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said a 17-year-old girl was airlifted to a hospital in Minneapolis, and that a seven-year-old boy was also hurt as most of the activists left the camp in compliance with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eviction order.  WashingtonTimes

Abandoned Puppies

The protesters were also heartless, they left behind puppies to fend for themselves in the cold.

Furry Friends Volunteer:

“We have a couple cases of mange. We might have had some, I know we’ve had some problems with claws that haven’t been clipped before,” said Hardy.

The two dogs that they’ve saved had symptoms of being out in the weather — with frostbitten ears and patchy fur. Fox6

***Edit: This is about the well being of innocent animals. This is not an outlet to express your views on the DAPL…

Posted by Furry Friends Rockin’ Rescue, Inc. – Bismarck Mandan on Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ohio LGBT Group Plans To Force Their Agenda On Christian Churches

The group Equality Ohio announced that they would target churches forcing them to rent church facilities to groups that oppose their beliefs.

Remember the liberal assurances that they were only seeking civil marriage rights, as opposed to forcing others to embrace, accept, and affirm homosexuality and perform homosexual marriages?

They will frame this as a  “civil rights” issue and attack without realizing the inherent threat to liberty their tactics are.

An LGBT organization in Ohio has announced plans to target churches if they refuse to offer their property to be used in a homosexual wedding. In opposing the Ohio Pastor Protection Act (HB-36), the group Equality Ohio announced that they would target churches, forcing them to rent church facilities to groups that oppose their beliefs. This despite the fact that all the Roman Catholic bishops in Ohio support the bill, and Catholics make up approximately 20 percent of the state’s population.

When asked “if a church community has a church hall that they rent to couples who want to have that wedding reception in that hall … should that church hall and church community be forced to rent that to someone who wants to use that building for something that’s against that church community’s belief system,” an Equality Ohio spokeswoman said, “Sure, I would say that if that space is open and generally available to the public for a fee, yes that should be available to everyone.”

This statement may seem innocent enough, but to Representative Nino Vitale (R-Urbana), the author of HB-36, it is a declaration of war. “If you have property rights and religious freedom, shouldn’t you have religious freedom, at least on your own property?” Vitale asked in an interview with PJ Media.

Specifically, Vitale suggested that the ACLU of Ohio, which he described as “a large cash cow organization that exists to sue people,” and which opposed the Ohio Pastor Protection Act last year, would target churches if HB-36 does not pass. “That’s what they aim to do,” he explained.  PJMedia

Canada’s Anti-Islamophobia Motion

Canadians need to look at what is behind these anti-Islamophobia motion.  Canada already has multicultural inclusiveness is the Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms.  There are anti-racism programs across Canada for all Canadians.

Canadians should also be asking the question of what this anti-Islamophobia motion actually means, since there is no problem with Islamophobia in Canada in the first place. Jews and blacks remain the most targeted groups for hate crimes, despite the global upheaval being caused by jihadists.

Recall the warning from former member of the International Institute for Islamic Thought, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, who was present when the word “Islamophobia” was packaged to be sold as a household propaganda tool. Muhammad declared that this “loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics.”…

Could it be that these anti-Islamophobia motions are being forced through in Canada in order to begin censoring those who warn that jihadist individuals and groups (stealth and violent) pose a global threat and a danger to Western freedoms? And also to also censor those Muslims who recognize that normative Islam is abusive to human rights and who are therefore striving toward the reform of their faith? JihadWatch

Ontario legislature unanimously passes anti-Islamophobia motion

The Ontario legislature unanimously passed an anti-Islamophobia motion Thursday afternoon, a marked difference from the heated debate happening among Conservatives over a similar motion at the federal level.

The vote passed 81-0. CBC

Islamophobia

…But Islamophobia soon morphed into a catch-all phrase to silence anyone critical of the religion. This applied even if they were denouncing extremism like Shariah law or groups like the Muslim Brotherhood.

It’s now become so bad that it’s even hurled at liberal Muslims in the West for speaking out against the ultra-orthodox values that caused them to flee their home countries in the first place. The term has been rendered meaningless and anyone serious about tackling genuine religious discrimination should toss it aside.

Yet now Canada’s MPs are poised to approve a motion that could very well set the government on the path to criminalizing so-called Islamophobia. This is nothing but trouble for anyone who takes issue with the unsavoury aspects of orthodox Islam.  TorontoSun

This motion has teeth

Now motions aren’t the same as private member’s bills. They’re often just about nodding in agreement with some flaky sentiment. M-103 is different. It’s got teeth.

It calls on the Heritage Committee to commence a study on eliminating Islamophobia. The study could then recommend laws to pursue this nebulous goal. If they do, there’s a good chance they’ll be dragnet laws that criminalize anyone who dares stand up to the many unsavoury parts of orthodox Islam.  TorontoSun