Why Did Hurricane Center Keep Isaac on Path to Tampa Until Day 1 of RNC?

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh thinks there may be something fishy about the National Hurricane Center’s forecasting of Tropical Storm Isaac.

After initially predicting the storm would hit Tampa, the location of the National Republican Convention, the forecast changed, putting the tropical storm on a collision course with the city of New Orleans. This was only roughly an hour an a half after Republicans cancelled Monday’s events, Limbaugh pointed out during his radio show on Monday.

To be clear, the host said a number of times that he was not peddling a “conspiracy” theory.

“I’m alleging no conspiracy,” said Limbaugh. “I don’t want anybody thinking I’m going somewhere with this. I’m just telling you what happened. I’m telling you my thought process”

However, he said that the coincidences that occurred leading up to the first day of the RNC were just “unbelievable.” Here’s what Rush had to say on the subject:

Okay, 6:45 p.m. Saturday night the Republicans announce that they’re canceling Monday. At 6:45 p.m. Saturday night, everybody is still under the impression that Isaac is making a beeline for very close to Tampa. It was an hour and 15 minutes later that the 8 p.m. model runs showed New Orleans. I’m alleging no conspiracy. I’m just telling you, folks, when you put this all together in this timeline, I’m telling you, it’s unbelievable.

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Student Health Care Costs to Skyrocket at Private NC College Due to Obamacare

Guilford College in North Carolina will likely be forced to charge students 75 percent more for health insurance in order to comply with federal regulations under President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law, college administrators told Campus Reform.

The cost for university provided health insurance is expected to increase dramatically from $668 to $1,179 in the 2012-2013 school year, Greg Bursavich, vice president for finance at Guilford College, told students in an email in late July.

“Our student health insurance policy premium has been substantially increased due to changes required by federal regulations issued on March 16, 2012 under the Affordable Care Act,” read the email from Bursavich.

More from the Leadership Institute’s Campus Reform:

In an exclusive interview with Campus Reform, Bursavich further implicated Obamacare for the drastic rise in prices.

“It is directly related – it is only related – to the new healthcare law,” said Bursavich. “There is no reason why it has gone up except the requirements of the new law have forced it to go up. That is the whole story.”

He added that costs were rising because ObamaCare mandates students are covered for certain health services “deemed essential” by the federal government.

“[T]he notion that the health care law wouldn’t cost everybody more money is nonsense,” said Bursavich. “[You can’t] begin adding coverage on things that used to not be covered and just assume that some genie in the sky is going to pay for it. We are all paying for it and this is the beginning.”

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DNC Announces 2-Hour Islamic ‘Jumah’ Prayers After Rejecting Cardinal’s Blessing

The Democratic National Committee is raising a number of eyebrows after announcing that it will be hosting Islamic “Jumah” prayers for two hours on the Friday of its convention, soon after denying a cardinal’s request to say a prayer at the same event.

Watch the promotional video, via the Bureau of Muslim Affairs, which is partnering with the DNC for the event.

The first two minutes are rather dry, but around 2:04 a muezzin sings the call to prayer with an American flag background, and the video “picks up” considerably:

See the video here.

Is the U.S. Marine Corps now taking orders from terror-linked CAIR?

It would appear so, as it was just announced today that three Marines were punished for urinating on the corpses of Taliban terrorists in a video that went viral on the internet in January. CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations) called for them to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

See the video here.

MSNBC HOST TO MEGHAN MCCAIN: EASY FOR YOU TO BE COMFORTABLE IN THE GOP BECAUSE YOU‘RE ’WELL OFF, WHITE, & BLOND’

Meghan McCain, daughter of former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), appeared on MSNBC’s “Live with Thomas Roberts” Monday to discuss GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s “I am who I am” remarks.

As is usually the case whenever she makes an appearance on MSNBC, McCain’s interview focused on the size of the “Republican tent.”

“Is this party tent big enough when we look at the latest polling numbers — the African American community, zero percent? The stance that Mitt Romney and the Republican party takes on women’s issues really does put an affront up to welcome women under the tent. Certainly, LGBT issues — that’s a big problem for the Republican Party,” Roberts said.

“How do they look at the narrative of what their core beliefs are and stand with those, but seem more welcoming to the bigger, larger American audience that we are today?” he asked.

Instead of asking the MSNBC host to clarify his comments or, at the very least, cite his sources, McCain agreed that the GOP should be more “inclusive” and that the it should broaden its appeal.

“Megan, you know I love you, but as it comes down to being comfortable in the Republican party, isn’t it pretty easy for you to be comfortable in the Republican party – well off, white and blond,” Roberts asked.

“Ow,” she responded before launching into a pitch about how she doesn’t agree with many in the GOP on social issues but that she thinks Romney has a good shot at victory based on his economic knowledge/experience.

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Liberals to the Media: ‘YOU’RE MESSING WITH THE WRONG PEOPLE’

The Weekly Standard is reporting that a staffer of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who claimed to be part-Cherokee because of family lore, roughed up a persistent cameraman this weekend in Martha’s Vineyard.

The clip begins with a recording of Warren and her staff walking to an SUV, before one of her aides turns on the cameraman, saying, “don’t f*cking…” as he slaps the camera to the ground.

The cameraman replies “wo-oah, really?” with surprise, as he picks up his recording device and continues to film the Warren staffer.

From there the two repeat, respectively, “it’s a public event“ and ”get out of my face” for about fifteen seconds until the unnamed staffer quietly warns: “You’re messing with the wrong people.”

See the video here.