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While I was away: Nothing changed, and ObamaCare is still a disaster
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While I was away: Nothing changed, and ObamaCare is still a disaster

While I was away: Nothing changed, and ObamaCare is still a disaster
Several hundred people waited at the Gateway Mall in Jacksonville on Sunday to sign up for the Obama health law.

While I was away: Nothing changed, and ObamaCare is still a disaster

But I am too blessed to be stressed.

After speaking at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters annual luncheon on last Friday at noon, I headed further west for a long weekend to decompress from my daily saturation of the news. As a radio talk show host on air five days a week, I have to remain current on the topics and news of the day to share with listeners, to give listeners "the rest of the story", and sometimes the stories themselves that the mainstream media just happen to not report on.

Ever since I recently heard Dr. Ben Carson give a speech emphasizing the importance of managing one's stress, I now plan more long weekends to decompress. Because I'm too blessed to be stressed! I am in my eighth year of being stage IV cancer-free!

While I was away last weekend, I intentionally did not watch, read or listen to any news for four nights and three days. I did this to see how much would change in the news in four days of totally tuning it out.

There's no suspense here because the answer is not much. When I turned on the TV news Tuesday morning, here's what I saw and heard:

  • The missing Malaysian airliner is still missing and no definitive debris has been found. The mystery continues.
  • The Russian saber-rattling on the Ukrainian border is still producing an intense faceoff between President Obama and President Putin of Russia. The outcome is still totally unpredictable.
  • There's nothing new on the IRS targeting scandal or the NSA spying program. The House is still trying to get people involved to tell the truth, but they are still stalling with information that might help resolve the unanswered questions.
  • President Obama announced that 7.1 million people had signed up for health insurance on the ObamaCare exchanges as of the March 31 deadline to sign up. This is after the administration spent over $50 million to promote signing up, while ABC, CBS and NBC mentioned ObamaCare or its problems for just 31 minutes combined from January 1 through March 31, according to the Media Research Center.


Meanwhile, the president and his administration did not say how many of the sign-ups had actually paid and received their policies, nor will they answer questions about how many of the 49 million uninsured actually signed up. They saidthis was one of the main purposes of ObamaCare in the first place. 

Even if you believe that the 7.1 million number is legitimate, which I don't, then that's less than 15 percent of solving the problem. A Rand Corporation study indicated that only about 2 percent of the uninsured signed up when you take out those that did not actually pay for their plans, and those who were already previously uninsured.

The MSM is not going to share that little news nugget with the public. That's why we do what we do on the Herman Cain Radio Show!

The big breaking news story I saw Tuesday morning was that Tiger Woods will not play in the Master's Golf Tournament due to having already undergone back surgery for pain he has been enduring. His absence will keep TV ratings down somewhat, and for golfing fans like me, some of the excitement of watching the competition will be missing.

However, nothing's going to change about the Herman Cain Radio Show telling people the truth, giving people the rest of the stories, or the stories themselves that the MSM will not tell you. Nor will our commentaries with an attitude change at HermanCain.com. 

I'm back!

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  • An Atlanta middle school student was taken to the hospital Wednesday after ingesting a “controlled substance,” according to school officials. The Young Middle School student was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said. The call came in about 2:50 p.m., officials said.  The APS Police Department is investigating the incident, Green said.  Other students were evaluated to see if they ingested the substance, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Parents of affected students were notified immediately, APS spokeswoman Pat St. Claire said. All parents are expected to get a robocall.  In other news:
  • Tasharina Fluker and her daughter had just gotten to their Lithonia townhome Wednesday morning from celebrating the mother’s birthday. No less than an hour after they arrived, police say Fluker’s boyfriend, Michael Thornton, shot and killed her and daughter Janazia Miles.  A family member found one of them in the middle of the doorway and Miles’ 8-month-old son unharmed, Channel 2 Action News reported. It is not known how the relative entered the home.  Police were called to the scene about 3 a.m. after getting a person-down call on the 2000 block of Parkway Trail. The women were found with “no signs of life,” DeKalb police Lt. Rod Bryant said.  Thornton was later found at another location, police said. They have not described his relationship to the women, but neighbors said Thornton and Fluker were in a relationship and lived at the home. Neighbor Trocon Talhouk told Channel 2 he heard the couple arguing in the middle of the night.  “He kept saying: ‘All I want to do is get in the house,’” Talhouk said. “And then, shortly after that, I heard a car speed off and (the) next thing you know fire trucks and police cars were pulling up.”  It wasn’t the first time neighbors had heard domestic incidents at the home, Talhouk said.  “According to neighbors, (the two) fight all the time and he’s always beating (her),” he told Channel 2.  Fluker also leaves behind two sons — one in middle school and another who attends Grambling State University on a football scholarship he earned while playing for Miller Grove High School, the station reported. Police have not released other details.  In other news:
  • The grandmother of a Gwinnett County toddler who died after being hit by a car in front of her house was arrested in connection with the incident, police said Wednesday. Gilma J. Ordonez-Guevara, 44, of Lawrenceville, is charged with vehicular homicide, hit-and-run, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and not having a license, Cpl. Michele Pihera said. Ordonez-Guevara was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Tuesday, Pihera said. She also is on an immigration hold by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, according to jail records. Ordonez-Guevara, who lives in the same Lawrenceville neighborhood as the toddler, initially denied being involved, police said. However, after investigators searched her SUV, evidence conflicted with her previous statements. Based on the second interview, police learned she hit the toddler, 23-month-old Valeria Leiba, as she was backing out of the driveway in the 1000 block of Memory Lane. Ordonez-Guevara did not know the child was behind her SUV, according to police. After the incident, Ordonez-Guevara carried her granddaughter inside the child’s home, got back in her SUV and drove to her own house. She left her SUV in the driveway and walked back to her granddaughter’s home. RELATED: Gwinnett toddler dies after being hit by car “There are not enough words to help bring solace to the victim’s family during such a tragic loss,” Pihera said. “We want the family to know that many people in Gwinnett and the surrounding communities are thinking of them during this difficult time.” In other news:
  • U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch vowed to uphold the law if confirmed to the nation’s highest court, not tipping his hand as he sidestepped controversial political subjects, as Gorsuch directly pushed back against President Donald Trump’s criticism of federal judges. “When anyone criticizes the honesty or integrity, the motives of a federal judge, I find that disheartening; I find that demoralizing,” Gorsuch said in response to questions from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). “Anyone including the President of the United States?” Blumenthal pressed. “Anyone is anyone,” Gorsuch replied. In a day of testimony that stretched for almost twelve hours, Gorsuch parried most questions from Democrats, who tried in vain to get him to reveal his views on issues like abortion, and items that might come before the Supreme Court, like President Trump’s travel ban. Gorsuch repeatedly refused to take the bait. “I can’t get involved in politics, and I think it would be very imprudent of judges to start commenting on political disputes,” Gorsuch said. Under questioning from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Gorsuch was asked what he had discussed with President Trump on the issue of abortion. “In that interview did he ever ask you to overrule Roe v Wade?” Graham asked. “No, Senator,” Gorsuch replied, adding that if the President had asked that question, “I would have walked out the door.” Gorsuch was pressed about the President in a number of different ways, telling Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that, “nobody is above the law in this country, and that includes the President of the United States.” With Republicans strongly in support of Gorsuch, there was already maneuvering behind the scenes over the expected floor fight in the Senate, as Democrats have made clear they think the GOP should be forced to get 60 votes for his nomination. That has prompted GOP leaders to criticize the threat of a filibuster. “If there aren’t 60 votes for a nominee like Neil Gorsuch it’s appropriate to ask the question is there any nominee any Republican president could make that Democrats would approve,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Gorsuch’s lengthy day of testimony ended on a light note, as Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) suggested to Gorsuch that he have a cocktail before bed. “Just don’t drink vodka,” Kennedy said to chuckles from the audience. Kennedy then drew even more laughter by adding in one more surprise. “You never been to Russia, have you?” “I’ve never been to Russia,” a smiling Gorsuch said.