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Not Before My Morning Coffee: 10-30-14

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Good morning, fellow Spectators!

So much stress and depression in the news these days. How about just one story of one woman whose purpose in life is not over by any means…

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This is Lillian Weber.

Ms. Weber is 99 years young … And she sews a dress a day to be sent to little girls in Africa! Lillian hopes to have sewn 1000 dresses by her 100th birthday next May (2015)! You go, girl!

I picked up on this national jewel this morning in a Facebook share and looked up Lillian to authenticate the story. And it’s true!

Lillian Weber is a volunteer for Little Dresses for Africa, and you can donate at the link. The story went viral on the internet at the end of this summer…

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Lillian Weber hopes to finish a pretty big project by her next birthday.

She’s 99 years old, and by May 6, 2015, when she’ll celebrate her 100th birthday, Weber hopes to have sewn and donated her 1,000th handmade dress for young girls in Africa.

For the past three years, she has been sewing and stitching nearly 900 dresses for the non-profit organization Little Dresses for Africa.

“It’s almost unreal of what I’ve made at my age, but my fingers are good. I can sew, I can thread,” said Weber, adding with a laugh, “I sit here once in awhile and I sing a song to myself.”

Weber says she has sewn her own clothes since she was about 8 years old. And even though Weber still makes most of the clothes she wears, she’s focused on sewing dresses for girls who really need them.

Dubbed a “sewing celebrity” on the Little Dresses For Africa webpage, Weber has gotten a lot of attention for her mission. She has a special place on the site for people to donate to her 1,000-dress goal.

The site suggests an easy pillowcase dress pattern, but for Weber that simply won’t do. She uses a slightly more complicated pattern and adds embellishments because she thinks the girls deserve something well made and pretty.

“They were probably tickled over them because they have something to put on. And I think with these, with something pretty to put on, it would be cute,” said Weber.

Weber designs each dress just a little different by adding touches like lace trim, animal patches, or even just a flower design. Every single dress she makes is unique — just like the girls who wear them.

And just like the dresses she makes every day, Weber’s memories of a younger time are stitched together. Her home is a patchwork of her long life, with keepsakes of her ever-growing family (and those who have passed) covering the walls and tabletops.

Along with growing a family, Weber said the dresses are now part of her life’s mission.

“I feel the good Lord has given me this to do,” said Weber.

Weber’s daughters help by cutting out the fabric, but leave the rest of the sewing up to their mom.

“She can thread a needle at 99; I can’t thread a needle and I’m not near that old,” said Linda Purcell, one of Weber’s daughters.

Weber said she makes the dresses because it helps her stay busy and staying busy keeps her out of a nursing home.

“You see these people, people in nursing homes, and basically doing nothing… She’s very passionate about what she does, she loves sewing and there’s no doubt in my mind that she will get to that goal,” said Purcell.

If her health is good, Weber said finishing the 1,000th dress will be exciting, but not the end. She said she will keep on sewing as long as the Lord and her hands allow.

Hear that, Zeke Emanuel???

Screw you if you feel the elderly have nothing to offer after your idea of an expiration date for people. How many children have you made happy today, “Dr.” Emanuel?

Today’s NBMMC post brought to you by Lillian Weber’s kind and giving heart.

What a wonderful American Grandma these little girls have…

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Go out and make it a great day, Spectators!

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FOX News to Interview Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama bin Laden

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And, surprise, it’s not Obama.

HT: Daily Caller

FOX NEWS CHANNEL TO PRESENT A NEW TWO-PART DOCUMENTARY

ON NOVEMBER 11TH & 12TH ENTITLED: THE MAN WHO KILLED USAMA BIN LADEN

Special to Feature First Interview with the Navy SEAL

Who Says He Fired the Shots that Killed Terrorist Leader Usama Bin Laden

FOX News Channel (FNC) will present a new documentary entitled The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden hosted by Washington correspondent Peter Doocy, on Tuesday, November 11th and Wednesday, November 12th from 10-11PM/ET. The two-night presentation will feature an exclusive interview with the Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed terrorist leader Usama Bin Laden. In the special, he describes the events leading up to and during the historical raid that took place on May 1st, 2011.

Revealing his identity and speaking out publicly for the first time, the Navy SEAL, also known as “The Shooter,” will share his story of training to be a member of America’s elite fighting force and explain his involvement in Operation Neptune Spear, the mission that killed Bin Laden. The documentary will provide an extensive, first-hand account of the mission, including the unexpected crash of one of the helicopters that night and why SEAL Team 6 feared for their lives. It will also touch upon what was taking place inside the terrorist compound while President Obama and his cabinet watched from the White House.

Offering never before shared details, the presentation will include “The Shooter’s” experience in confronting Bin Laden, his description of the terrorist leader’s final moments as well as what happened when he took his last breath. Additionally, viewers will be offered a behind-the-scenes look at the secret ceremony where he donated the shirt he was wearing during the mission to the NationalSeptember 11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

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Illegals Stealing Elections for Democrats

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Why the democrats fight tooth and nail to oppose voter IDs.

And why Obama has a major amnesty for illegal aliens planned after next week’s election…

(Judicial Watch) – A large number of non-citizens cast ballots in U.S. elections and it’s possible that the illegal votes were responsible for President Obama’s 2008 victory, according to an in-depth academic study that confirms Judicial Watch’s assessment that foreign nationals have helped Democrats steal elections.

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Now the CCES confirms this, specifically that large numbers of foreign nationals vote in U.S. elections. The “participation was large enough to plausibly account for Democratic victories in a few close elections,” according to a mainstream newspaper article written by two of the political science college professors that conducted the study. “Non-citizen votes could have given Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health-care reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress,” the researchers write. “Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) won election in 2008 with a victory margin of 312 votes. Votes cast by just 0.65 percent of Minnesota non-citizens could account for this margin. It is also possible that non-citizen votes were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina. Obama won the state by 14,177 votes, so a turnout by 5.1 percent of North Carolina’s adult non-citizens would have provided this victory margin.”

Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote. But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races, the professors confirm. More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote and some actually voted. Based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010. This is outrageous, to say that least, and illustrates the need to clean up voter rolls in this country.

“This is a major story and confirms JW’s working theory that foreign nationals illegally vote in federal elections in large numbers and have allowed Democrats, including this president, to steal elections,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This is why the Left does not want voter ID, loves same day registration, by mail voting, etc. and craves amnesty and open borders. It is not about the Hispanic vote – it is about the illegal alien vote (and the legal alien vote), it is about stealing elections. Makes all the talk about targeting, messaging, issues, candidates, and policy seem quaint.”

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La Raza Promotes Washington Post Guide On Where People Can Vote Without An ID

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ObamaCare: 214,000 Doctors Opting-Out So Far…

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Think it’s a mess now?
Wait until 2015…

(CNS News) – Here are some of the reasons why:

1. Reimbursements under Obamacare are at bottom-dollar – they are even lower than Medicare reimbursements, which are already significantly below market rates. “It is estimated that where private plans pay $1.00 for a service, Medicare pays $0.80, and ACA exchange plans are now paying about $0.60,” a study by the think-tank American Action Forum finds. “For example, Covered California plans are setting their plan fee schedules in line with that of Medi-Cal-California’s Medicaid Program-which means exchange plans are cutting provider reimbursement by up to 40 percent.”

2. Doctors are expected to take on more patients to make up for the lost revenue, but that’s not happening, because primary care doctors already have more patients than they can handle. “Furthermore, physicians are worried that exchange plan patients will be sicker than the average patient because they may have been without insurance for extended periods of time, and therefore will require more of the PCPs time at lower pay,” says the study.

The study also points to two reasons that doctors might not get paid at all:

3. An MGMA study indicates that 75% of ACA patients that had seen doctors had chosen plans with high deductibles. Given that most of the patients are low-income, doctors are concerned that the patients cannot meet the deductibles and they will get stuck with the bill.

4. HHS requires that insurers cover customers for an additional 90 days after they have stopped paying their premiums: the insurer covers the first 30 – but, it’s up to the doctor to recoup payment for the last 60 days. This is the number one reason providers are opting to not participate in the exchange plans. Currently, about a million people have failed to pay their premiums and had their plans canceled.

So, Obamacare is asking doctors to take on sicker patients for less money, with the risk of not getting paid at all? No wonder doctors are running from these plans!

OH! And HHS wants you to know: Your insurance cancellations due to ObamaCare aren’t “losing your insurnace coverage” … No, they’re an “invitation” to ObamaCare.

MORE:

ObamaCare death spiral? Short-term plans grow as cheap alternative

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The Obama Adminstration has “Chickensh*t” on Its Shoes

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(FOX News) – The White House on Wednesday sought to tamp down the controversy over a magazine piece that detailed deep tensions between the U.S. and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official calling the Israeli leader a “chickenshit.”

Administration officials, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, did not deny the quote. They also did not signal there would be any robust effort to find out who said it.

But Alistair Baskey, spokesman for the National Security Council, said the criticism does not reflect how the rest of the administration views Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Certainly that’s not the administration’s view, and we think such comments are inappropriate and counter-productive,” Baskey said in a statement. “Prime Minister Netanyahu and the president have forged an effective partnership, and consult closely and frequently, including earlier this month when the president hosted the prime minister in the Oval Office.”

At the same time, Baskey acknowledged they “do not agree on every issue,” including on settlement activity that the U.S. considers “illegitimate.”

Officials quoted in The Atlantic magazine article, written by Jeffrey Goldberg, were far more blunt in their characterization of those differences. Goldberg quoted one anonymous senior administration official saying: “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit.”

The article said Obama administration officials have also described Netanyahu over the years “as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and ‘Aspergery.’”

The comments prompted criticism among Republican and Jewish leaders.

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Thankfully “Bibi” is anything but “chickenshit” and fired back at the Obama administration: I am under attack for defending Israel

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Top Jewish leader calls on Obama to ‘name, apologize for and repudiate’ official who mocked Netanyahu

Netanyahu is a ‘chickensh*t’? Here’s what’s next for America and Israel

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Quarantine Quagmire: Obama’s EbolaCare Statements Yesterday Not Going Over Well

us military ebola(Daily Mail UKU.S. Army Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams (center), commander of U.S. Army Africa, cheered the groundbreaking of an Ebola treatment center in Liberia just two weeks ago – but he’s enduring a 21-day quarantine before he can come back to the United States.)

BAM!!!

Obama’s statement over the double standard of quarantine for healthcare workers vs. the U.S. military were ‘mixed messages’, at best, and total BS at worst. Military families immediately took notice of Obama’s brush-off and shrug-off of the military…

The president’s comments sparked immediate criticism online, including from military spouses who said soldiers were also “volunteers” whose time away from family and loved ones was not any less valuable than for civilian volunteers.

“The President’s comments on the differences between the quarantine policies for members of the military and civilian volunteers seemed to dismiss the fact that every member of military has, indeed, volunteered to serve,” said Rebekah Gleaves Sanderlin, Army wife and board member for the Military Family Advisory Network.

“In pointing out that the civilian volunteers would be sacrificing time away from their families, the President failed to consider that military members also have families and in this, our 13th year of war, most have already sacrificed years away from their homes and the people they love,” Gleaves said.

Susan Reynolds, an Air Force spouse and columnist whose husband is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and is deploying to Liberia on Saturday with Army soldiers, said she was also offended.

“We are an all-volunteer force. To say that we’re not volunteers as well is insulting to us. To say that those healthcare workers’ time with their families is more valuable than the time that my husband spends with me and our son — it’s very insulting,” she said.

Reynolds said it has only been seven months since her husband returned from serving in Afghanistan, and that their 4-year-old son has faced separation anxiety over his deployments.

“It was a slap in the face from someone who claims to care so much about our military,” she said adding that comments from the White House press secretary Josh Earnest earlier in the day were no better.

Earnest compared the quarantine to soldiers having cut their hair a certain way because it’s in the best interest of their unit and a military policy.

“Those are the kinds of things that have an impact on their day to day personal convenience, but yet they make those sacrifices for the benefit of the broader military,” Earnest said during a briefing.

“We fully recognize and accept that public safety may dictate that 21 additional days apart is necessary, but we don’t appreciate our sacrifices being diminished or taken for granted,” Sanderlin said.

And apparently some in Italy, where American troops are being quarentined, are not happy at all with this.

Contrary to the narrative the Obama administration is pushing, polling shows 80% of Americans want those returning from the Ebola region quarantined.

MORE Headlines via Drudge Report:

TRUMP: ‘A new kind of hell to pay’ if soldiers infected…
PAPER: Doctor ‘lied’ about NYC travels…
UPDATE: State Dept plans to bring foreign patients to USA…
Document revealed…
WIRE: Even small clusters of cases could overwhelm system…
Australia becomes first developed nation to shut borders…
SHOWDOWN: GOVERNOR WILL TRY TO FORCE QUARANTINE…
Defiant Nurse Refusing To Observe Order…
Residents panic…

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Hope They Have Enough T.P. on the ISS…

Looks like the groceries are going to be a bit late…

(USA Today) – An unmanned rocket headed for the International Space Station to deliver supplies exploded on launch from Wallops Island, Va., Tuesday.

The Antares rocket supplied by contractor Orbital Sciences blew up six seconds after liftoff at NASA’s space launch facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the space agency said.

NASA and Orbital Sciences were gathering data to determine the cause of the failure of the Orbital CRS-3, the space agency said.

“There has been a vehicle anomaly,” Orbital Sciences, the contractor supplying the rocket, said on its Twitter feed.

The rocket had been scheduled for takeoff on Monday night but the launch was postponed when a boat entered a hazard area down range.The launch was to have begun a fourth space station delivery for the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences.

The Antares rocket was scheduled to launch at 6:22 p.m. The rocket was intended to propel the Cygnus vehicle, packed with 5,050 pounds of cargo, to rendezvous with the space station.

The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities.

Flames could be seen shooting into the sky as the sun set in video of the launch.

The Cygnus cargo ship was loaded with 5,000 pounds of gear for the six people living on the space station. It was the fourth Cygnus bound for the orbiting lab; the first flew just over a year ago. [...]

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