Obamacare’s Weak Start; Dem Shutdown Rage; Feds Go After Privately-Owned Mt. Vernon; Past Gov’t Shutdowns Never Closed Monuments; Spinning Climate Change – Thursday Morning News Roundup 10-3-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

 

  • As President Obama’s signature health insurance overhaul effort began to enroll new participants on Monday, some states running their own insurance exchanges saw huge levels of website traffic but paltry interest in signing up. Source: Daily Mail…

 

  • Democrats, who have long posed as the party of peaceniks and doves, have been anything but during the great rhetorical war of 2013. In fact, the party of George McGovern and Jimmy Carter has been mad as hell as of late, leading an offensive of bombastic insults and rhetorical bullying that has dominated the government shutdown. It’s a perfect storm, with Democrats leading the pace. Source: The Washington Times…

 

  • The National Park Service erected barricades to shut down parking lots surrounding Mount Vernon despite the fact that the tourist destination is privately owned, another example of how the feds are deliberately worsening the government shut down. Source: Twitchy…

 

  • Although President Obama claims that he can’t avoid shutting down public sites and monuments, war memorials were in fact kept open during the 1995/1996 government shutdowns.  The administration’s decision to barricade the Lincoln Memorial marks the first time in its history the memorial has been totally off limits to visitors during a shutdown. The administration has also balked at efforts by non-governmental groups to maintain access to public sites. Source: The Daily Caller…

 

  • The UN’s climate panel (IPCC) released its latest warning about “catastrophic” climate change on Sept. 27, garnering the frantic attention of all three broadcast networks that night. CBS even aired a claim about temperatures rising “more than 200 degrees.” Predictably, the evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC Sept. 27 repeated the IPCC’s dire warnings without including any skeptics and without mentioning past failures such as their inability to accurately predict warming or sea level rise. Source: Media Research Center…

 

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