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Flap’s Links and Comments for July 14th on 12:29

These are my links for July 14th from 12:29 to 13:05:

  • Althouse: Obama lied about a central fact about his own life which he used — powerfully — to push health care reform – "Book Challenges Obama on Mother’s Deathbed Fight," says the NYT, which, of course, isn't generally inclined to cast unnecessary aspersions on this President. "Lied" is my paraphrasing. The NYT wrote "mischaracterized."

    During his presidential campaign and subsequent battle over a health care law, Mr. Obama quieted crowds with the story of his mother’s fight with her insurer over whether her cancer was a pre-existing condition that disqualified her from coverage.

    In offering the story as an argument for ending pre-existing condition exclusions by health insurers, the president left the clear impression that his mother’s fight was over health benefits for medical expenses.

    But in “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother,” author Janny Scott quotes from correspondence from the president’s mother to assert that the 1995 dispute concerned a Cigna disability insurance policy and that her actual health insurer had apparently reimbursed most of her medical expenses without argument….

    The book came out in early May. The reason this article is hitting the front page today is that the NYT has been trying to extract a response from Obama.


    Read it all

    Campaign fodder

  • Jerry Brown signs bill requiring schools to teach gay history – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring public schools to include the contributions of gay and lesbian people in their curriculum, making California the first state to adopt such a requirement.

    The legislation, authored by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, was approved in the Legislature along party lines, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed. The governor's office announced this morning that Brown had signed the bill.

    Senate Bill 48 requires public instruction in social sciences to include the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, as well as people with disabilities and members of other cultural groups.

    It would prohibit teaching from textbooks or other instructional materials that reflect adversely on people because of their sexual orientation.


    Now, the LEFT Nanny State is directing what can be taught in the public schools.

    Guess more home schooling and private schools in California.

    I doubt too many states will follow California's lead here.