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Live updates from Boston

Over at  they are posting updates as they come in regarding the shootout with one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.  They are also now expanding the search out of state.

also has some background on the suspects.

 

Union that backed Obama calls for repeal of Obamacare

Whoopsie.  Once they realized what it was really going to do for to them, this roofer's union got all panicky and now wants it repealed.  From :

Because they’re  that it’s a crappy idea horribly implemented and that, no, fairies riding unicorns won’t bring you free healthcare after all:

Organized labor was instrumental in getting the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, but more recently has voiced concerns that the law could lead members to lose their existing health plans. The United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers is believed to be the first union to initially support the law and later call for its repeal.

“After the law was passed, I had great hope … that maybe the rough spots would be worked out and we’d have a great law,” said Kinsey Robinson, international president of the union, which represents 22,000 commercial and industrial roofers.

Like many unions, the roofers insure members through a so-called multiemployer health insurance plan that’s jointly managed by employers and the union. Mr. Robinson says the union’s concerns about the law began to pile up in recent months after speaking with employers.

Aurora shooter James Holmes was taking prescription antidepressants and hypnosis drugs

Yesterday I ran across this article at  about James Holmes being a user of some pretty strong mental health drugs: Sertraline and Clonazepam.

GOP House Approves CR That Funds All Obamacare--Including Regulation Attacking Religious Freedom

Way to stand your ground!  Not.  :

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 267-151 on Wednesday to approve a $982-billion continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal 2013 that fully funds the implementation of Obamacare during that period.

The House Republican leaders turned aside requests from groups of conservative members to include language in the bill that would have withheld funding for implementation of all of Obamacare, or, alternatively, that would have withheld funding for the Obamacare regulation that requires health-plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

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Similarly, , led by Rep. Diane Black (R.-Tenn.) and Rep. John Fleming (R.-La.), wrote Boehner and Cantor last week asking them to include language in the CR that would reverse the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient regulation in order to protect the free exercise of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment.

Dr. Benjamin Carson's Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

A little bit late, but it's a good speech and worth watching.


(http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PFb6NU1giRA)

Government expand health mandate to include housing

I suppose almost anything could be put under the "health" umbrella.  Once you hand over the reigns, how far with that horse take you?  :

This week, the Obama administration released a "bold new vision for addressing the nation's health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home."

The project has a name: "Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action."

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The healthy homes strategy sets  for reducing the number of substandard homes:

-- Establish healthy homes recommendations (homes should be dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well-ventilated, and well-maintained and thermally controlled);

-- Encourage adoption of healthy homes recommendations (federal, state and local regulations);

-- Create and support training and workforce development to address health hazards in housing (train people for new jobs in green energy and construction);

-- Educate the public about healthy homes (advertising campaigns telling Americans how their homes ought to be)

-- Support research that advances healthy housing in a cost-effective manner (taxpayer-funded grants to study the problem).

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