Busted: Was this Donna Brazile’s most shameless Obamacare spin yet?

http://twitter.com/#!/SHannitysHair/status/455875596137279488

You see, this happened when a Twitter user remarked on some conspicuous silence from .

Yep, funny that. Another Twitter user suggested a reason for the silence.

Heh. Remember that? Donna Brazile was shocked that her health insurance premium had gone up and she could not figure out why it had. While praising Obamacare. Oh, sweetie. Bless.

Brazile then countered with this:

Um. What?

That&;s right:

Flashback boom!

Donna Brazile is confused about @donnabrazile&;s healthcare premiums

http://twitter.com/donnabrazile/s…
http://twitter.com/donnabrazile/s…— S.M (@redsteeze) April 15, 2014

Some wondered if she was lying or just befuddled. Or, did she now manage to score a lower premium at the expense of others?

Crickets from Ms. Brazile.

Yep, which one is it, Ms. Brazile? And if her premium is now magically lower (after being higher), there&8217;s this:

Hey, but she totally thanked y&8217;all! Suckers!

How gracious of her.

Mockery of the perhaps confused Brazile was swift and spectacular.

Win.

That&8217;s right. And is forevah!

Snicker.

Another reminder for the forgetful Ms. Brazile:

And an exit suggestion:

Yes, please do.

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Humans Insisted On Mining For These Minerals, Even Though They’re Dangerous.

There’s nothing we humans love more than doing things that will probably kill us. Many of us operate while only thinking about the short term. Asbestos? Burning through fossil fuels? Consuming terrible chemical compounds? Meh

Here are a few substances we were so gung-ho about mining, even though they were terrible for our health or society. Way to go, society! Warning: Science ahead.  

1.) Cinnanbar.

Cinnanbar, also known as mercury sulphide, was mined for mercury since the very earliest human civilizations. It actually used to be the only way for ancient humans to get mercury, which was used as coloring, and was a vital component in early scientific equipment like thermometers and barometers. Not to mention mercury is vital for a variety of heavy industrial processes. 

However when this mineral oxidizes is produces methyl mercury, and dimethyl mercury. These are both extremely toxic compounds that can cause extreme harm to the nervous system, especially in children. Luckily the use of cinnabar has been phased out in most industries.

2.) Fluorite.

Despite how beautiful fluorite looks, it can be just as deadly. Fluorite contains fluorine, which is a soluble mineral that loves to leech its way into ground water. If your body absorbs fluorine, you can come down with skeletal fluorosis. This disease weakens the joints and bones of the body. It’s a common condition in parts of rural China and India from people drinking contaminated water.

3.) Quartz.

You’ve definitely heard of quartz before. It’s one of the most common minerals in Earth’s crust, and it’s used for a ton of different things. However if your inhale ground up quartz, things can go bad for you real quick. You can contract silicosis (a disease that swells the lungs and makes breathing very difficult), or even lung cancer. 

4.) Hydroxyapatite.

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This pretty little rock is most likely where the phosphorous in your fertilizer and the fluoride in your tap water came from. However direct exposure to this particular mineral when it’s not processed down can be very very bad. Direct exposure to hydroxyapatite can actually deposit phosphate minerals on your heart valves. In case you’re unsure, that’s not a good thing. 

5.) Crocidolite.

You probably know crocidolite better as blue asbestos. After discovering how fire resistant, and strong crocidolite was, it was widely used as a building material in throughout the 1900’s.

However in 1964 a link was established between asbestos and deadly mesothelioma. Not long after the market for asbestos disappeared, and the United States has been removing asbestos from its buildings ever since. 

(Via: Gizmodo)

Just because something comes from the Earth, that doesn’t mean it’s safe. Lesson learned.

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You’ve Believed These 14 Myths About Your Body For Years. But You’re Totally Wrong.

You know you’re not supposed to believe everything you hear, but sometimes we all get a little gullible. and old wives tales about our bodies have been around for ages telling us things that seem to make sense, but are totally false. And new myths pop up every day. Take a look at some of these before telling someone the not-so-gospel truth.

1. Despite what your mom told you, crossing your eyes won’t get your face stuck that way.

2. Reading in the dark won’t ruin your eyesight. In the dark your eyes will switch from using their cones to their rods making it more difficult.

3. Chomping down on carrots like Bugs Bunny won’t make your eyes any stronger.

4. We use more than ten percent of our brains. We use all we have, just not all at once.

5. Swallowing gum doesn’t take 7 years to digest. It passes through just like the pennies or toy soldiers you gobbled up as a tot.

6. You can’t determine the gender of a pregnant woman’s baby based on how high or low its carried. The 50/50 chance makes it easy odds to believe, but it just isn’t true.

7. Getting the plaque professionally scraped from your teeth won’t loosen your teeth. In fact, it’s the opposite!

8. A cold shower won’t actually dampen your libido. The shock might distract you for a bit, but that’s all.

9. Women aren’t the only ones with ticking biological clocks. While men remain fertile their whole life, the quality decreases with age.

10. Cutting your hair won’t make it grow faster. It may seem like it, but hair grows at the same rate regardless.

11. Cracking your knuckles won’t cause arthritis. Just annoy your friends.

12. Eating after 8:00 pm doesn’t make a difference in weight gain. You metabolize things exactly the same, so cutting down on night time snacking just saves you the calories.

13. There are a million theories to get rid of the hiccups, but you really can’t scare them out of someone.

14. There is no such thing as a safe tan. UVA rays in tanning beds are just as harmful as UVB.

H/T: MSN Healthy Living. Definitely changes things for me! Pass along the enlightenment and share with your friends below.

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21 Excellent Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About “Wayne’s World”

Schwing!

1. wanted Wayne’s World to be about a local cable access show because hosting one was a lifelong dream of his.

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In 1992, he explained that he never had one in real life because he “couldn’t get around to filling out the forms and stuff.”

2. Though the film is set in suburban , , no parts of the film were actually shot there.

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In 1992, the year of the film’s release, Myers said he had never been to Aurora, but “liked the sound of the word.” After some research, he also thought Aurora’s demographics were similar to his hometown of Scarborough, Ontario.

However, the city of Aurora’s official website has a hunch that some scenes were actually filmed there.

3. Stan Mikita’s Donuts doesn’t actually exist, either.

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Mikita, a former Chicago Blackhawks hockey player, told Blackhawks Magazine in 2009 that when Lorne Michaels realized Aurora was right outside of Chicago, they thought it was the perfect opportunity to give their local fictional hangout a more relatable theme.

4. Mike Myers originally intended for the character of to be introduced on Canadian TV.

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After joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1989, he presented the character to American audiences. The sketch was a hit.

5. Paramount Pictures was initially on the fence about backing the film.

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The sketch did well on and the film grossed over $180 million on opening weekend, but Myers has said the first reaction was a note from the studio saying they didn’t fully understand the concept.

6. Mike Myers has said on several occasions that he would have left the film entirely had “” not been included.

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Producers wanted a Guns N’ Roses song, but Myers insisted that the public needed to be re-introduced to Queen’s masterpiece.

7. While filming, Myers didn’t think the headbanging scene was funny at all.

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Director Penelope Spheeris has said she had to “negotiate” with the actor, and after making him do it over and over again, he was apparently very upset with her.

8. Myers and director Penelope Spheeris did not get along.

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They have reportedly made up since then. Spheeris has said, “We’re all getting too old to be pissed.”

9. Thanks to the iconic headbanging scene, Queen experienced a mainstream comeback.

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According to Vanity Fair, “Bohemian Rhapsody” shot back up to No. 2 on the charts following the release of the film.

10. Myers wasn’t too keen on Robert Patrick’s cameo, either.

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Myers said in 2013 that he didn’t think including the reference would be funny, but that “people went shithouse over it.”

11. Gary Wright re-recorded his hit “Dreamweaver” specifically for the film’s soundtrack.

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It plays every time Wayne sees Cassandra from afar.

12. During the famous car hood scene, Mike Myers is really laughing, but it’s from exhaustion.

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Director Spheeris revealed the scene was filmed on the last day of the shoot, and the two were in a “laughing fit.”

13. based the character of Garth Algar on his real brother, Brad.

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Brad Carvey has been described as having the same “shy smile and soft, occasionally squeaky voice” as Garth, and he loves the drums.

14. And Carvey can actually play the drums.

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He really played them while shooting the film.

15. After a rights dispute, the original “Stairway To Heaven” guitar riff in the music store scene had to be changed following theatrical release.

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As a result, Led Zeppelin “refused to allow those notes to appear in any versions of the film after its theatrical release, from VHS to cable airings.”

16. Rob Lowe has said he discovered his “hitherto untapped gift for comedy” after meeting Mike Myers.

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After his comedic success in Wayne’s World, Myers also brought him on to be a part of two Austin Powers films.

17. Robin Ruzan, who played a waitress at Stan Mikita’s Donuts, was married to Myers from 1993 until 2006.

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He has rarely spoken of their split and he remarried in 2011.

18. Paramount Pictures created a trailer for the film that only appeared before showings of 1991’s The Addams Family.

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In a 1992 interview, the president of Paramount said he saw potential for a crossover trailer since both films had been inspired by TV shows. Myers said the preview “got people talking” about the film.

19. Mike Meyers says filming was “a blur,” because his father’s health was dwindling at the same time.

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“I remember finishing the film, then I remember my dad dying,” he said in an interview in 2013.

20. After directing the film, Spheeris had a difficult time getting hired to direct anything that wasn’t a comedy film.

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She directed Little Rascals and The Beverly Hillbillies following the success of Wayne’s World.

21. Dana Carvey and Mike Myers had a falling-out after Carvey believed Myers stole his Dr. Evil impression for Austin Powers.

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Apparently, the Dr. Evil impression was originally Carvey imitating Lorne Michaels. In 2013, director Penelope Spheeris said the two have since made up.

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17 Things To Talk About In Between Dates

“Hey.” “Hey! What’s Up?” “Nm, you?” “Same.” “Cool. Ttyl!” Nope.

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Dating a new person can be nerve-racking.

There’s a lot of newness which can be a little awkward.

The date itself may be great, but nerves can really get going in between the actual dates.

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You want to text the person but you have no idea what to say, or you’re already having a conversation and it’s starting to fall flat, or you have no clue how to reach out.

Instead of texting your friends in a panic, try having some of these conversations.

1. Ask for another date, then make some plans.

“If you really connected and liked the person, ask them out again. If you’re interested in someone, let them know. Everyone is afraid of rejection on some level, but social psychology research shows that people tend to like people who like them back. We tend to hold back from fear of rejection but if you want to see that person again, let them know,” Dr. Monica O’Neal, licensed clinical psychologist and relationship expert, tells BuzzFeed Life.

2. “What makes you laugh harder than anything in the world?”

Don’t just ask what they think is funny, ask them what makes them laugh so hard their stomach hurts. You’ll likely start laughing just as hard and you’ll have an instant bonding moment.

3. Talk about a specific part of daily life without saying the words, “Hey, how was your day?”

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It’s important to get a sense of that person’s day-to-day life. “Does she work crazy long hours? Or does he tend to take a nap after he comes home from the office? Does he cook himself dinner or always order take-out? Use the idea of the ‘how was your day?’ question as an opportunity to understand the person’s lifestyle and if you’d like to be part of it,” Natasha Burton, relationship expert and author of 101 Quizzes For Couples, tells BuzzFeed Life.

4. Follow up about a specific event or activity they mentioned during the date.

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If the person mentions a class they’re taking or a huge presentation at work that week, text them to ask how it went. “Showing interest in the person signals interest and real curiosity about getting to know them,” says Dr. O’Neal.

5. Play the “Versus Game.”

This one comes from the book What to Talk About. It works really well when there’s a lull in conversation that needs a little boost. Ask the person to choose between two things, preferably two things that could theoretically be pitted against each other in the real world. Once they choose, they need to defend their choice. Here are a few examples:

– Cheeto fingers vs. a popcorn kernel stuck in your throat
– Day-old pizza vs. day-old fries
– Completely hairy vs. completely hair-free

6. Ask about how he/she relates to his/her friends and family.

“Try to get a sense of his/her relationships with the other people in his/her life. And notice how he/she talks about these people—does he absolutely love his friends? Is she close with her family? This can be a good way to understand his/her priorities and level of care about other people. And if he/she has no friends and mentions no one else in his/her life, that’s obviously a red flag to consider,” Burton says.

7. Discuss tattoos (whether they be hypothetical or already done).

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Tattoos are incredibly personal and a pretty easy conversation starter. Ask if he/she has a tattoo and about the meaning behind the ink. Or, talk about what they kind of tattoo they’re thinking of getting.

8. Ask about their weekend hobbies.

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“It’s pretty neutral territory and allows both of you to open up about why you’re into what you’re into and how you developed your passions. You’ll also get some good second and third date ideas: Maybe she’s a golfer and wants to take you the driving range, or maybe he’s an awesome cook and can teach you a thing or two in the kitchen,” Burton suggests. Don’t forget: Binge watching Netflix counts as a hobby.

9. Make a callback to an interest they mentioned.

“If there is something fun or silly within pop culture that they mention on the date, send them a funny but short article, a cartoon, a vine, etc., about it or ask them their opinion. It’s an opportunity to connect via your shared banter and laughs. Most people report that they want a partner who can make them laugh,” says Dr. O’Neal.

10. Share the podcast/YouTube channel/Tumblr page you love.

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If the person has never heard of what you’re talking about, it’s easy to send a link via text or Facebook message. They’ll get a sense of your interests and you’ll be able to follow up with their thoughts during your next date.

11. Talk about food.

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Food counts as at least half of a date, so once you learn what the person likes or hates, you can better prepare yourself for the next shared dinner. Or, you can find a recipe you want to cook together, which can be an entirely different date.

12. Talk about pet peeves.

They may just be minor annoyances, but people can be really passionate while talking about the things that bother the crap out of them. Plus, the fringe benefit of knowing someone’s pet peeves is knowing what to avoid.

13. “Tell me about the first time you ever _________.”

This doesn’t need to be a heavy question, but it’s a great way to hear a more personal, detailed story about someone. Here’s a list of suggestions to fill in the blank:

– Drove a car
– Quit a job
– Cooked a proper meal for yourself

14. Play a few rounds of “F#@K, Marry, Kill.”

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Besides being incredibly fun, it’s an easy way to get a better understanding of what makes the other person tick. Need some ideas? Take inspiration from “The Hardest Game of ‘F#@K, Marry, Kill’ You’ll Ever Play” or “The Ultimate Game of ‘F#@K, Marry, Kill: TV Edition.”

15. Have them tell you about their favorite story from their first job.

First jobs are typically goldmines for hilarious stories. Ask where they worked, why they left, or about the most ridiculous day they had at work, then share yours.

16. Have them tell you about the person who knows you best.

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Constantly talking about yourself can make you feel a little on the spot, so asking someone about the person they’re closest with can help shift the spotlight in a positive direction. They’ll be able to open up without that weird feeling that they may be talking about themselves too much.

17. Pick a few favorites out of 36 questions that lead to love.

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The questions are actually meant to lead two people towards a better sense of closeness once all 36 have been answered. While they’re fairly simple, they tend to bring out interesting which can lead to enriched conversations. Here are a few to choose from:

– Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
– Would you like to be famous? In what way?
– Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
– What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
– What is your most treasured memory?

Now, a few things to keep in mind while you’re in between dates.

You don’t need to freak out if there’s a lack of communication.

“I urge everyone not to assume that someone’s amount of chattiness and communication is any indication of their interest, or a sign of their ability to communicate. It is not realistic to expect that two people will have a sincere investment in one another [when they just start dating]. As people continue to date and make more time for one another, they’ll experience real indicators on each other’s interest and communication styles,” says Dr. O’Neal.

Steer clear of mentioning something they shared on social media if you’re not actually friends on social media yet.

“If someone hasn’t shared something with you but you know every detail about what they did in the last week, you would absolutely freak them out. Dating and connecting is a process and the beauty in the process is learning one another together. Taking away the opportunity for someone to share with you what they want you to know is overstepping their boundaries. No one wants to be closer to someone who can’t respect their boundaries,” suggests Dr. O’Neal.

Most importantly, communicate in the way you feel most comfortable.

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“Use whatever means allows you to most be yourself. However, texting and email is great for between dates because it gives you time and space to craft what you want to say. It’s easy to just blurt out anything over the phone (especially if you’re nervous) and while you want to be yourself, of course, you also want to make sure that whatever you’re saying or revealing this early on is exactly what you want and mean to say,” Burton suggests.

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Walmart workers’ group accuses retailer of issuing threats to deter walkout

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OUR Walmart, a coalition made up of Walmart workers, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Walmart alleging the retailer has made illegal threats to prevent a Black Friday walkout by employees.

As Twitchy reported last week, unions and other groups have been using social media such as Twitter to organize a Black Friday walkout at Walmart stores. Walmart had taken preemptive steps to prevent protesters from picketing in front of stores, filing an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Workers would be precluded from picketing while the NLRB investigated the charge.

The Nation offered an overview of the legal process and the players yesterday.

US law bans lots of legit strike activity and permits lots of union-busting. That said, Walmart&;s case looks weak: http://ift.tt/1ZPqal4; 1u

— Josh Eidelson (@josheidelson) November 20, 2012

Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times today reports that OUR Walmart&8217;s counter-petition with the NLRB requests &;immediate intervention&; in the face of &8220;illegal threats.&8221;

Breaking: Our Walmart files NLRB complaint asserting Walmart is making illegal threats to deter workers from joining BlackFriday protests

— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) November 20, 2012

CNBC has tweeted that a judge apparently will not issue an injunction on Walmart&8217;s behalf to prevent picketing. Other sources, though, say a decision is not expected before Thursday. Twitchy will provide further details as they become available.

ALERT: Federal regulators will not bar Black Friday protests at Walmarts &; WSJ

— CNBC (@CNBC) November 20, 2012

NLRB: Ruling on Wal-Mart protests unlikely before Thursday trib.in/1087fWE

— ChicagoBreakingBiz (@chibreakingbiz) November 20, 2012

NLRB says it doesn&8217;t expect to decide before Thursday whether or not to seek injunction Walmart wants to stop Black Friday protests

— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) November 20, 2012

Will Black Friday shoppers have to contend with picketers at Walmart? Will they care?

Those Union/Walmart workers planning 2 strike on Black Friday ANY idea what they&8217;re up against? Women up at midnite for door buster sales!

— Apologize for WHAT? (@Jllemc1373) November 16, 2012

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I Had No Clue Where He Was Going With This… And Now I’m Starving And Ready To Make It, Too.

It’s hard to get really excited over recipes (unless you’re a brilliant cook, which I am not). But, this recipe in particular found a way to make me actually… happy. It’s unofficially called “mystery .” The fact that there , bread AND mystery involved should let you know this is going to be one epic meal.

First, gather your ingredients.

Next, prepare to make the dough.

Flours(strong white+semolina) and salt.

Pour in water/sugar/yeast/olive oil mixture.

Work it in (things may get messy).

Dat dough…

Prepare your ingredients.

Make sure you have plenty of meat.

You can add veggies too, if you so desire.

Prepare your work area.

Now, roll out that dough.

Banana for scale.

Cut the dough into the pocket-sized pieces.

Get ready…

Now, FILL. Make some interesting flavor combinations.

Roll those beauties into balls.

Place them in baking pans (with room enough in the middle). Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes.

Now: the sauce. Fry the garlic for a minute over low heat then add passata.

Add basil.

Also throw in some salt/pepper, a little bit of olive oil.

Mmmmm.

Ahhh, all done.

Make sure you let the pizza balls sit.

They WILL be hot.

The veggie plate.

The MEAT plate.

Taking the first bite…

So gorgeous.

This would make any get together awesome.

Via Imgur / See More Of ‘BigEatsBen’ Recipes Here You may normally not get that excited about , but it’s completely normal for you to fall completely in love with these pizza balls. If you set up the dough balls correctly, you’ll create a mysterious platter of meats and cheeses. You won’t know what you’ll be biting into next… And thus, your life will feel complete. Share this awesome recipe with others!

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#LadyParts go Hollywood: Lefty celebs tout ‘Reproductive Bill of Rights’

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According to @morninggloria, you should DrawTheLine b/c we’re the batman for America’s ladyparts. Right on! http://t.co/3UnrvCNP

— CenterforReproRights (@ReproRights) October 9, 2012

What is it with liberal women who claim to want recognition as women yet consistently represent themselves in terms of their reproductive organs? When Team Obama tells these women to vote based on their anatomy, they gladly pledge their fealty. This is empowerment? Hollywood liberals sure seem to think so. In a new campaign, Draw the Line, lefty celebs including Sarah Silverman (no representative of women as far as we&;re concerned), Sandra Bernhard, Amy Poehler, and Queen of Thespians Meryl Streep engage in a little liberal fear-mongering, suggesting that Republicans are all knuckle-dragging neanderthals bent on controlling and manipulating women&8217;s lady parts:

BROS & SISSIES: It’s time to turn anger into action. DrawTheLine on attacks against reproductive rights http://t.co/OqRhd1h3

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) October 9, 2012

@kyrasedgwick: Chk out this video y&;all! http://t.co/KEiM76Wg”ditto !

— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) October 9, 2012

Oh no they didn’t! I’m going to DrawTheLine and sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights. JOIN ME. http://t.co/NzKwUFi2 http://t.co/lwxjfjEo

— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) October 9, 2012

What&8217;s in this so-called Bill of Reproductive Rights? Let&8217;s have a look:

We the people of the United States hereby assert the following as fundamental human rights that no government may deny and that our governments at every level must guarantee and safeguard for all.

The right to make our own decisions about our reproductive health and future, free from intrusion or coercion by any government, group or individual.

The right to a full range of safe, affordable and readily accessible reproductive health care — including pregnancy care, preventive services, contraception, abortion and fertility treatment — and accurate information about all of the above.

The right to be free from discrimination in access to reproductive health care or on the basis of our reproductive decisions.

So, if we&8217;re understanding them correctly, the government needs to stay out of people&8217;s private reproductive lives &; by funding people&8217;s private reproductive lives. Huh? What these self-proclaimed women&8217;s rights advocates don&8217;t seem to understand is that Republicans by and large don&8217;t care what people do in their bedrooms — and they believe that contraception is the responsibility of the party choosing to engage in sexual activity. Imagine that! Moreover, to conservatives, women are much more than the sum of their parts; women are full-fledged individuals. How backward!

Liberals gleefully took the shameful bait:

Meryl Streep, Sarah Silverman and Kevin Bacon think it&039;s about time and so do we: http://t.co/yYuLE7CD http://t.co/FovTBajy

— 20% Theatre Chicago (@20PrcntChicago) October 9, 2012

https://twitter.com/AleksFonse/status/255778962767241217

Yes &; ERA "@MotherJones: Do we need a "Bill of Reproductive Rights?" Meryl Streep and Sarah Silverman sure think so: http://t.co/cj89fUIl"

— Karen Murphy (@MDHillRaiser) October 9, 2012

if you are a woman who respects herself and her feminitiy please read this! http://t.co/OyRCeQYf MYBODY MYCHOICES

— Jennifer Callery (@slrjptr) October 9, 2012

https://twitter.com/_Shawnjee/status/255806732717137921

Meryl Streep, classy as usual, in the @ReproRights DrawTheLine campaign video in support of women&039;s reprohealth: http://t.co/kEKrxEl4

— Kimberly (@KimberlyAsal) October 9, 2012

Seriously ladies! Sign it! We should be in charge of our own bodies! @ReproRights are fundamental. DrawTheLine: http://t.co/BoobdY7M

— Bridget O&039;Donnell (@bridgetodonnell) October 9, 2012

I&039;m joining Meryl Streep & Amy Poehler to put the gov&039;t on notice: @ReproRights are fundamental. DrawTheLine: http://t.co/hGSL8H8h

— Karen Kilgariff (@KarenKilgariff) October 9, 2012

EVERY time I think I can&039;t love Amy Poehler more, she does something like this: http://t.co/OgiQJbH7 SIGNthePETITION reproductivejustice

— Jennifer L. Pozner (@jennpozner) October 9, 2012

Oh yeah. So now I love Meryl Streep even more. Here she is in a campaign video to support reproductive rights http://t.co/yhPNCQbN women

— Kira Cochrane (@KiraCochrane) October 9, 2012

GO GIRLS “@SarahKSilverman: RT @Current Meryl Streep, @SarahKSilverman & more team up to protect your lady parts http://t.co/S0GQFuIx

— Ava Kiai (@avakiai) October 9, 2012

Like we needed more reasons to ❤ @SarahKSilverman -campaigning to "protect lady parts" &reproductive rights http://t.co/vAqldsqc prochoice

— Granny Smith (@verticillatas) October 9, 2012

Barf.

Yes, I signed the women&039;s reproductive rights bill. http://t.co/8GV4VHOU. But sorry ladies, I&039;m taken.

— Brendan Delaney (@bwdelaney) October 9, 2012

Gee, we&8217;ll try to pick up the pieces of our broken hearts.

If Meryl Streep tells me to sign a petition, I sign the petition. http://t.co/NaZbaO01 (it doesn&039;t matter if I don&039;t live in the States)

— Robert Ruggiero (@robert_ruggiero) October 9, 2012

I will do whatever Meryl Streep tells me to: http://t.co/8Zs7bLHr

— Chloé (@ChloDubs) October 10, 2012

Walk in good little liberal lockstep, sweeties.

drawtheline Protect lady parts from Republican hands http://t.co/c7InX3Zv

— SZCZYPKA (@GLENszczypka) October 9, 2012

That&8217;s right. According to Silverman, Streep, et al., Republicans will stop at nothing to get their hands on women&8217;s reproductive organs.

News flash, lefties: Republicans do care about women&8217;s rights: women&8217;s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And they care about the rights of the unborn. Abortion-happy leftists believe that women aren&8217;t truly empowered until they are able to snuff out the life that is growing within their fabled lady parts — with a little help from the government, of course. Liberal feminists may profess to fight for women, but on their battlefield, women can only lose. How&8217;s that for a Hollywood ending?

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Creator of The Daily Show misstates GOP position on birth control

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Wasting no time to score political points in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., massacre, comedienne/producer Lizz Winstead asserts that Republicans support easy access to guns but want to restrict access to birth control.

We suppose this view is common in Hollywood and Manhattan and among young liberals throughout the country. Is there any truth to it?

Many Republicans oppose government-mandated insurance benefits. Such mandates increase the price of health insurance. An increase in the price of health insurance reduces the number of employers and individuals who can afford to purchase coverage. Most people regard an increase in the number of people who are uninsured as a bad thing.

We are not aware of a single Republican Governor or member of Congress who thinks access to birth control should be restricted by the government.

Indeed, at least one prominent Republican recent proposed increasing womens&; access to birth control pills:

Reminder: Bobby Jindal wans birth control otc. RT @lizzwinstead:@ginalou REMINDER: GOP believes limited access to birth control

— Bruce Newman (@BruceNV) December 17, 2012

Reasonable people can disagree about the proper role of government in the design of health insurance benefits, but distorting the GOP position on the issue is a cheap shot.

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9 Ways America’s Biggest Banks Are Shrinking

Three of America’s largest banks are getting smaller. And that pattern is not likely to change anytime soon.

Three of America’s biggest megabanks — JPMorgan Chase, , and — have all been shrinking in recent years.

And disappointing fourth quarter results are a reminder that they could keep getting smaller for some time to come.

Banks have spent the last few years in a cost-cutting frenzy, thanks to new regulations that limit their ability to fund their businesses with borrowed money. The industry still isn’t as profitable as it was before the financial crisis, and the banks have paid out tens of billions of dollars in penalties and settlements since the 2008 meltdown. It’s a recipe for cost cutting, in a big way.

Here’s a few of the symptoms, as outlined in the latest round of quarterly results.

1. JPMorgan Chase got rid of almost 2,500 ATMs in the last three months of 2014.

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The bank’s ATM count fell 12% in the fourth quarter, partially thanks to removing some machines from CVS, Hess, and Speedway, Bloomberg News reported. The bank now has 18,056 ATMs, down from 20,513 at the end of the previous quarter.

Why get rid of ATMs? With banks looking to cut costs, cutting ATMs outside of the bank’s own branches are a natural place to start, as they have to pay rent and maintenance costs.

2. Bank of America is cutting branches.

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Bank of America chief financial officer Bruce Thompson said that the bank’s cost-cutting efforts were “arguably the industry’s largest ever cost savings program.” A big part of that was reducing the bank’s footprint across the country. At the end of 2014, Bank of America had 4,855 locations, compared to 5,151 at the end of 2013. Not counting the bank’s legal and interest costs, the bank saved $4.4 billion from 2013 to 2014.

3. Bank of America is ending some relationships with hedge funds.

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The bank’s chairman and chief executive officer Brian Moynihan responded to press reports that it was ending business relationships with 150 hedge funds by saying on a call with analysts that it was a “customer profitability exercise.” BofA had to to “constrain the prime brokerage a bit due to size because of its lower balance sheet return,” he said, adding that it wasn’t as profitable as it needs to be to justify the use of the bank’s resources.

4. And it’s also reducing its headcount.

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5. Citi is pulling out of several countries.

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Citi said it reached agreements to exit its consumer banking businesses in Japan and Peru, and has plans to exit 9 other international markets.

6. Citi is also cutting branches.

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Citi said it has cut its number of branches to 3,280, down from 4,008 at the end of 2012.

7. And Citi is slashing headcount in its consumer banking business

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Citi said that it had 140,000 consumer banking employees at the end of 2014, down from 151,000 in 2013 and 158,000 in 2012

8. Remaining Citi branches in the U.S. and Canda will be concentrated in large cities. CFO John Gerspach said that 90% of branches were in or around New York, Boston, Washington, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Citi closed or sold 130 branches.

9. Citi is also cutting some services it provides to big investors, including hedge fund administration, prepaid cards, some transfer businesses, and adminstration for wealth managers.

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Citibikes are parked in a base station during a morning snow storm in New York’s financial district February 13, 2014. A deadly winter storm moved north along the East Coast of the United States on Thursday, bringing heavy snow, sleet and rain across the Washington, D.C., and New York areas, grounding flights and shutting government offices.

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