Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday B.S. Roundup ~ January 4, 2013

1. Obamacare will allow forced home inspections

Ever the source of skewed, inadequate and often downright false information, posted a story with this headline:

Report: Obamacare provision will allow 'forced' home inspections by gov't agents

And then there are these gems making the rounds:

[Green, September 2013] 
Grassfire's Liberty News team is reporting on a little-known aspect of ObamaCare — FORCED HOME INSPECTIONS. 
Simply put, provisions of ObamaCare allow federal agents to activate forced home inspections. The inspections are being sold as a simple act to ensure eligibility, but upon digging deeper we find the agents will have broad authority in using the new tool to clamp down on privacy and violate American rights. 
Homeschool your kids? Smoke a cigar from time to time? Have a member who was at one time active duty military? ObamaCare enables agents to force a home inspection upon you. 
And no state will be off limits to the ObamaCare inspections. 
[Collected via e-mail, October 2013] 
Even your children belong to the government. Under Obamacare, on October 1, 2013, CPS field agents, armed with a manual published by Human Health and Services and codified under Obamacare will begin operating under the power granted to them by Obamacare. Subsequently, they will be able to conduct forced home visits without a warrant. Things such as a (yet undefined) bad grade, missing more than 5 days in school in any one month, can get a parent to be declared guilty of educational neglect. Having a gun or beer in your house can get your children removed from your custody. Even the traditional act of grounding your child for misbehavior will get you declared to be guilty of "isolation neglect" and subject your child for removal from your authority and your home. If you are a parent and you have not heard of this provision of Obamacare, I would suggest you read the 110 page manual that was created by the United Nations. This is the HHS/CPS field manual that goes into effect this week!
As you might guess, this is false. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) creates the:

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), which "facilitates collaboration and partnership at the federal, state, and community levels to improve health and development outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs" by awarding development grants to states that "currently have modest home visiting programs and want to build on existing efforts."
The grant program is intended to assist states (not the federal government) in conducting voluntary in-home visits to high-risk households with children younger than the age of five to help match those families with government services related to issues such as maternal and child health, child development, school readiness, economic self-sufficiency, and child abuse prevention. (These home visiting programs are not something new created by Obamacare; there were extant home visiting programs in nearly every state prior to the passage of the PPACA.) 

That's a far cry from the alarmist posts and email forwards being shared.

Snopes: Home Run 

2. President Obama issued an executive order to replace the U.S. flag with one of a more "progressive and diverse" design. 

President Barack Obama introduced a new flag today for the United States of America. 
At a press conference in Washington, D.C. the recently reelected socialist declared that he had issued an executive order replacing the traditional stars-and-stripes with a new design intended to be more "progressive and diverse." 
The brand new American flag features a green and red color scheme, meant to symbolize Islam and Socialism, respectively. The red portion sports a Soviet hammer and sickle and six French fleur-de-lys, representing the six "important states" of California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Hawaii. 
The green section features the phrase "People's Republic of America'" written in Arabic. Just above the script is a marijuana leaf celebrating America's drug culture.
I wouldn't think I'd need to explain this one but it has become apparent to me that a not-inconsequential number of folks are incapable of recognizing satire. This one comes from the satire site, Daily Currant.

Snopes: A Banner Day

3. Dozens die of marijuana overdoses in Colorado

And finally, another one for the "who would believe this" files. Colorado recently legalized recreational use of pot, thereby providing plenty of fodder for comedy and satire (in addition to increased sales at Taco Bell, no doubt). The story that 37 people died of marijuana overdoses on the first day of legalization is making the rounds. Most recognize that it is satire but, believe it or not, many seem to think it's a true story. You can read the article here and I'd suggest you do as it's pretty funny. And be sure to note the source. Yep. It's our friend, Daily Currant.

Snopes: Half Baked


If you run across anything you want me to check out, leave me a comment.

Now go forth and share the truth!

~GTS: Google That Shit~ 



Colleen said...

I have a friend on Guam who works for one of the grant programs that does home visits to evaluate the effectiveness of programs for children with special needs. It's a valuable program that helps these families. Not an invasion of their privacy. These programs have been around for years! Certainly not something Obama thought up. Good reporting as always Deanna!

Deanna said...

Thanks, Colleen. :)