Unravel #5 Continues To Unravel

There has been little news, lots of noise, and ceaseless flim-flams every day this month. Most of what passes for news is posturing and preparations for later fights to come or feints to delude the public that these fights/debates will one day take place. Even “news” such as the latest “Sandy” disaster are shadowboxing in the culture/political wars the nation has yet to resolve.

There was some news today yet it too smells of future fights and a looming disaster that will cull the population more than murders in Benghazi and Connecticut combined. Many more deaths. Yup Unravel #5 continues.

The news today came from the influential and powerful District of Columbia Appeals Court and leads many to ask – is the White House buckling on HHS mandate? In a press release the victorious Becket Fund provides the news:

“Today, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. handed Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey College a major victory in their challenges to the HHS mandate. Last summer, two lower courts had dismissed the Colleges’ cases as premature. Today, the appellate court reinstated those cases, and ordered the Obama Administration to report back every 60 days—starting in mid-February—until the Administration makes good on its promise to issue a new rule that protects the Colleges’ religious freedom. The new rule must be issued by March 31, 2013.

The court based its decision on two concessions that government lawyers made in open court. First, the government promised “it would never enforce [the mandate] in its current form” against Wheaton, Belmont Abbey or other similarly situated religious groups. Second, the government promised it would publish a proposed new rule “in the first quarter of 2013” and would finalize it by next August. The administration made both concessions under intense questioning by the appellate judges. The court deemed the concessions a “binding commitment” and has retained jurisdiction over the case to ensure the government follows through.

That’s astonishing. This late in the less than one year for implementation of the Obama health scam and new rules are still being promised, or written, or flim-flammed. On something so relatively simple as the contraception mandate the Obama flim-flammers are now declaring to a court that appears dubious that they never intended to enforce the rule they had stated they had every intention of enforcing. What is going on?:

“First, it’s interesting that the White House hasn’t announced a review of its HHS contraception mandate outside of court. As far as is publicly known, the Obama administration considered its “accommodation” in the spring of this year as its final word, and had every intention of enforcing it. Until now, the suggestion that the rule was under review was an argument intended to delay judicial scrutiny of the administration’s attempt to impose its own definition of “worship” via bureaucratic decree.

This decision forces an end to that strategy. The “intense questioning” forced the administration to make what the appellate court considers a binding submission, and now has to produce a revamped rule that won’t infringe on religious liberty. It’s worth pointing out at this juncture that the Obama administration insisted that its “accommodation” didn’t infringe on religious liberty, so this concession gives the strong impression that the White House’s legal team is admitting that it in fact does infringe on the freedom of religious expression.

We are as confused as the celibate nuns (Sisters of the Poor) that will be, or not be, forced to be provided with contraceptives or leave the United States.

The Sisters of the Poor are not the only ones confused about what is going to happen as Obama’s health scam begins to operate on the helpless populace. At businesses large and small insurance providers are holding question and answer sessions for employees. What is being heard is ugly:

“One of the first things I learned was that some of the employees were bracing for a big hit in terms of their costs. Single person coverage hadn’t changed very much – around $50 each two week pay period – and seemed fairly reasonably priced to me. But the employee plus spouse plan (2 people) had shot up more than 30% and was well over $150 per payday. The full family plan which covers children had taken an even bigger hit and was going to be costing almost $290 per paycheck. One woman who works in the computer graphics section was wandering around afterwards looking stunned, saying to three people in a row, “That’s half of my paycheck. That’s half of my paycheck. What am I going to do?”

There were other changes to the cost structure, with co-pays, deductibles and maximum out of pocket expenses being altered. None of these new price plans seemed to be very popular.”

The insurance provider suggested that people beg their doctors for “samples” of drugs that doctors get from drug companies. Consumers are also advised to take refuge with discount cards. Another cost saving measure was to buy in bulk. Of course Barack Obama made a deal with the drug companies in 2009 to not allow Medicare to negotiate prices – something that would have brought down costs.

The government won’t buy in bulk at negotiated lower prices but individual consumers are told that is a way for them to lower costs. It gets worse. As Mark Steyn notes, the doctor won’t see you now:

“Last summer, she returned to the old neighborhood and thought she’d look for a doctor. The sweet old guy with the tweed jacket in the neatly painted cape on Main Street had taken down his shingle and retired. Most towns in the North Country now have fewer doctors than they did in the 19th century, and the smaller towns have none. The Yellow Pages lists more health insurers than physicians, which would not seem to be an obvious business model. So she wound up going to the health center she’d endowed so lavishly with your tax dollars just a few years earlier.

They gave her the usual form to fill in, full of perceptive inquiries on her medical condition: Do you wear a seat belt? Do you own a gun? How many bisexual men are you now having sex with? These would be interesting questions if one were signing up for eHarmony.com and looking to date gun-owning bisexuals who don’t wear seat belts, but they were not immediately relevant to her medical needs. Nevertheless, she complied with the diktats of the Bureau of Compliance, and had her medical records transferred, and waited . . . and waited. That was August. She has now been informed that she has an appointment with a nurse-practitioner at the end of January. My friend pays $15,000 a year for health insurance. In northern New Hampshire, that and meeting the minimum-entry requirement of bisexual sex partners will get you an appointment with a nurse-practitioner in six months’ time.”

And forget the privacy we have been promised:

“After prolonged consultation with the computer, the “pharmacist” informed her (and the rest of us within earshot) that her insurer had approved her Ortho but denied her Valtrex. I was thinking of asking her for cocktails at the Plaza, when I noticed the other women in line tittering. It seems that Ortho is a birth-control pill, and Valtrex is a herpes medication.

So good luck retaining any meaningful doctor-patient confidentiality in a system in which more people — insurers, employers, government commissars, TSA Obergropinführers, federal incentive-program auditors — will be able to access your medical records than in any other nation on earth.”

The National Enquirer will have a field day planting stalkers at pharmaceutical outlets. It’s another good idea (electronic record keeping) gone completely bad.

Even at insurance companies there will be layoffs. Last Friday was the deadline for states to declare what they will do about Obama’s health scam and there was actual news:

“There are just 33 problems. That’s the number of states that have chosen to either not implement a state exchange at all or engage in a hybrid system that leaves many of the problems up to the federal government, as is the case with Illinois, Delaware and North Carolina, or which remain undecided on whether to accept the responsibility for developing the exchange.

Already, 25 states representing 45 percent of the U.S. population have told the Obama administration that they will not be spending the time, energy and effort to build a state exchange, when ultimately the federal government would have to approve virtually every decision that was made. These states have effectively told the Feds that they won’t own the vast array of problems created under ObamaCare when they won’t have the flexibility or ability to fix them.”

What we learned on Friday health care exchange decision day: 25 states won’t build them

“The feds foolishly assumed every state would build a state exchange even though, during the legislative process, they didn’t attempt to get the buy-in they’d need to assure that. In truth, the objections to building exchanges have at least as much to do with logistics as politics.

For political reasons, the Obama administration didn’t even release draft regulations for what exchange-eligible plans must cover until two weeks ago. Right now, insurance carriers are frantically running those requirements to actuaries, who are frantically pricing them, so that the carriers can then file for necessary rate-hikes with state insurance commissions across the country. [snip]

Most of the reporting on exchanges takes for granted that the exchanges “will do this” and “will do that,” just like a “Travelocity for health care.” Not much of it grapples with what it takes to make the exchanges do that, which is a daunting technological synching of federal government data (on a hub not yet created) with each state’s health care regulatory structures and their technological components, which would then apply a complicated sliding-scale formula never before used by the IRS to inform consumers what subsidies are available to them to buy from an array of insurance choices still being created by insurance companies, which meet a set of guidelines for Essential Health Benefits not yet finalized.

At this late date the rules are still being written. The rules apparently will still be in a fetal state by March of next year. Anyone who has ever been involved in a large company switchover from Windows to a later version of Windows or to a newer version of a word processing program knows the vast amount of planning and staff retraining required for even a mundane update (wait until companies decide to switch to the significantly different Windows 8). Obama has no such experience.

Obama’s health scam is bad as law. As a day to day health program it will only get worse.

Share

132 thoughts on “Unravel #5 Continues To Unravel

  1. Thank you District of Columbia appeals court, and thank you ADMIN, for the good news!
    Supporters of Obama Scare are as uninformed as they can be. They actually think they are getting something for free when in fact they are going to have to buy something they may not want which covers things they will never need at a much higher price than what they would have paid if they were responsible enough to have purchased health incurance before Obama Scare. People in quasi socialist nations who are on our welfare dime now more than ever cheer Obama for being “The One” who finally gave Americans health Care. They are as ignorant as Obama’s supporters here in the U.S.. Sure socialized medicine is great in those European countries, that is if you never get sick! Our’s was the greatest medical system the world hs ever known but it started to become corrupted by government intrusion. That intrusion actually began when President Nixon interfered with the ability of Churches and Jewish Institutions to provide health care for the needy. I am not s Ron Paul supporter but on health care he really gets it right. Let Americans be charitable on their own without the government corrupting the process and skimming a thick profit for themselves and their cronie corporations. Americans are the most charitable people in the world. Wnever put our cik people into ovens like those fabulous socialists nations did. We wont consider legalized euthanasia for minors or elderly people with Alzheimers desease like those fabulously progressive nations like Belium and , is it Norway? Being a leftist is a childish occupation, kind of like rebelling against the parents who worked hard to give you everything. Some of US grow up and realize how very good we have had it in this country with our free enterprice and self reliant population. But the political parasites of the left have nothing to gain from self reliant middle class people who are responsible and pay for the health insurance they need. Our system needs work I agree. But let’s not forget who screwed up our health insurance and health care system to begin with. Our govrnment did.

  2. Obamacare was NEVER, EVER, about providing universal health care. The waiver program he instituted for well connected companies proves that. If we wanted to protect the uninsured, then there were less restrictive means for doing that. And it was not about cost control, because if that was the objective then he would be applying that same principle to the current fiscal cliff negotiations, which clearly he is not. So what was this NYT proclaimed greatest civil rights victory since 1964 really about? Two things: rewarding contributors, and, above all, nationalizing 20% of the econonomy. That is it. Nothing more and nothing less.

  3. VotingHillary
    December 20th, 2012 at 1:19 am
    ——————–
    Agreed.

    Finally.

    The no brainer we were looking for.

    The no brainer we began to wonder if Boehner would ever find.

    And none too soon, because Obama was prepared to extend the tax cuts for everyone under $250 k.

    And big media was waiting in the wings to throw garlands at him and tell us he saved the middle class.

    “We should never despair when wisdom comes late, because too often, it never comes at all”.–Frankfurter.

    Only in this case, it was not wisdom. It was Politics 101.

  4. wbboei
    December 20th, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Yep, apparently he finally got it. Obama’s idea of “compromise” is my way or the highway.

    What really stinks about it all is I had to make my employee benefit deductions at work before this is all resolved and I KNOW what my paycheck will be.

    Thank God I have money saved in case this all blows up in the bottom line of my paycheck.

  5. I love what Charles Krauthammer said last night and I agree with every word:

    “I think the president invoking the massacre of children to essentially say the Republicans need to accept his terms of surrender in the negotiations is not just a non sequitur, I think it’s a sacrilege… He is excessively self-righteous. He talks about the other side as being unprincipled. Not interested in the national interests. Slaves of ideology and vested into opposing him to the point to where they are willing to let the country suffer. It’s a combination of self-righteousness and narcissism.“

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/12/krauthammer-i-think-the-president-invoking-massacre-of-children-in-fiscal-talks-is-sacrilege/

    I know it doesn’t really matter. As long as the media is willing to cover for him, bath house barry can say and do whatever he wants!

  6. Where’s the outrage about this? 3 black teens kill beautiful blond young mother after she refuses to give them a cigarette.

    Young Mother Tells Teens to “Get a Job” After They Beg for Cigs – So They Shoot Her (Video)
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 9:55 PM

  7. In an exclusive interview with Fox News Latino, McDonough details what happened the day they crossed the border. He says every indication from Mexican agents was that they would be fined and let go. He also says the U.S. Border Patrol should take some responsibility and he pleads with President Obama to act on freeing Hammar.

    McDonough feels guilty, he says, for leaving his best friend “in hell.” And he’s appalled by Mexico’s decision to chain Hammar’s ankle.

    “I went and served in Bukkah and Iraq and I didn’t chain nobody to a bed,” he said. “He hasn’t shown to be dangerous. He hasn’t attacked anybody. He hasn’t verbally abused anybody. He hasn’t tried to escape. He went to the police station without handcuffs on. He went with the trust that this was just a legal issue that needed to get resolved.”

    Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/12/20/exclusive-friend-arrested-with-us-marine-jon-hammar-gives-his-account/#ixzz2FbyFr53N

  8. Young Mother Tells Teens to “Get a Job” After They Beg for Cigs – So They Shoot Her (Video)
    ——————————-
    “Animals”—–Don Vito Corleone.

  9. my insurance went up 90%. First time it had deductables and the dreaded co insurance. My total cost with the increase in premiums is 3,000 a year if we don’t get sick or need medications, if we do, 6500 and then medications co pays have increased, my husband is on numerous bp and cardiac meds, numerous meds have been taken off the formularly and will not be covered. It’s a nightmare, only the beginning.

    Yes, Advanced Practice RN’s are going to benefit from obamacare. We are cheaper and can do routine things, paps, Bronchitis, etc, and you will get better teaching from a nurse. But anything out side of normal stuff, I want a doctor, and I am not so sure you will have that opportunity anymore.

  10. But, but wbb, it was such an insensitive, racial thing to say to these poor black boys that could have been the POTUS son!

  11. “Yes, Advanced Practice RN’s are going to benefit from obamacare. We are cheaper and can do routine things, paps, Bronchitis, etc, and you will get better teaching from a nurse.”
    *******
    APN’s are probably the better way to deliver primary care; both overall cost and quality of care.

  12. Another story you won’t see in the LSM.

    $10, cell phone and a bullet to head

    Blacks targeted white who was ‘bound to have money’

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2012/12/10-cell-phone-and-a-bullet-to-head/#cLE6BIIqF4Ot3HfE.99

    People who say racial violence is “random” either do know what the word means, or they are not telling the truth.

    The latest “random” attack – that wasn’t random – happened earlier this month in downtown Wilmington, N.C.

    Four black people decided they needed some money for marijuana and travel, so they decided to look for a “white person in a good neighborhood (because) they’re bound to have money lying around,” said one of the suspected killers to the Wilmington Star News.

    They tried to break into a home but ran away after they discovered someone was there. So they moved to the downtown area, where three of the group followed a woman for several blocks while the fourth trailed in their getaway car.

    Such attacks are part of an epidemic of hundreds of cases of black mob violence in more than 80 cities over the last three years, as documented in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it.”

    The woman escaped. And almost, but not quite, dialed 911.

    Joshua Proutey was next, sitting nearby in his truck eating a sandwich when this mob found the 20-year-old white college student. They demanded money. He gave them all he had, $10. They took his cell phone.

    Then they shot him in the head.

    Colin Flaherty is the only real journalist covering the epidemic of black

  13. Listening to some of the hearing that Hillary would have been at…

    sounds more like folks in congress blathering on about a bunch of refried opinions and is a total snooze-fest.

  14. Hillary does not profit from a delay in the hearings. If anything now would be a perfect time to testify if you want to sweep things under the rug. With Christmas and the holidays a few days away along with the shootings in Connecticut, testimony now is the best time to weasel out of the Behghazi fiasco while everyone has their attention on shopping or other matters (think Friday night news dumps). Hillary knows that the questions about Benghazi have to be answered or she will be tarnished and a target. We want those questions asked and we want answers. Greta makes sense here:

    http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/2012/12/19/i-dont-agree-with-my-fnc-colleagues-who-are-being-sarcastic-about-secretary-clintons-health/

    by Greta Van Susteren

    I believe that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is suffering from a concussion. She has never shied away from a fight (assuming the testimony would even amount to that), she has never declined to testify before in her decades of public service … and very significantly she has agreed to testify in January so they will hear from her.

    If the Republicans wanted to hear from her earlier, why didn’t they just call her to testify earlier? and if she had said no, subpoena her? It is simple to do. The Republicans are in the Majority in the House of Representatives and had the power and could have summoned her / subpoenaed her to testify if they had wanted to.

    Frankly, I do want to hear what she says about Benghazi — she is important to hear from on this serious matter – but I want to hear from her when she is in good health. There are many, many unanswered and very serious questions in my mind, and as the Secretary of State, it is her job to answer them. I would have liked to have had her testify weeks ago and answered the questions — but now that she is sick — the right thing to do is to wait until she is better.

    I don’t agree with being snarky about someone’s health.

    The best time for Obama opponents to highlight Benghazi is early next year after the fiscal cliff and other distractions are out of the way.

  15. Greta Blasts Fox News Colleagues Who Got ‘Snarky’ On-Air About Hillary Clinton’s Concussion

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/greta-blasts-fox-news-colleagues-who-got-snarky-on-air-about-hillary-clintons-concussion/

    Fox News host Greta Van Susteren took a critical look at her own colleagues in a blog post published on GretaWire on Wednesday night. Addressing the sarcastic comments some have made about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s concussion preventing her from testifying on Benghazi this week, Van Susteren said does not agree with the snark.

    “I don’t agree with any of my FNC colleagues or anyone else who is a tad bit sarcastic on our air about Secretary Clinton’s health,” Van Susteren wrote. “I believe that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is suffering from a concussion.”

    Clinton does not shy away from a fight, she continued — pointing out that while she is unable to testify now, she has agreed to do so in January. “If the Republicans wanted to hear from her earlier, why didn’t they just call her to testify earlier?” They have a majority in the House, Van Susteren argued, so they have the power to subpoena her.

    ————————-

    There’s more to the article, but this sums it up pretty well.

  16. admin
    December 20th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Hillary does not profit from a delay in the hearings.

    ——-

    Thanks for weighing in on this issue admin, I totally agree with you.

  17. We want answers. Hirsh has some good things here:

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/where-s-obama-in-the-benghazi-report-20121219

    Where’s Obama in the Benghazi Report?

    In a replay of Abu Ghraib, the government excuses itself at the highest levels. [snip]

    What was lacking in the report, however, was any sense of who was responsible farther up the chain. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Accountability Review Board—chaired by retired Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and vice chaired by another national-security heavyweight, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen—detailed a broad failure of U.S. intelligence officials and policymakers to fully understand the growing Islamist threat in Libya, but without naming the names of those who were responsible for that failure. As the report put it, using the passive tense, “There was little understanding of militias in Benghazi and the threat they posed to U.S. interests.”

    Even more damning, in its absence, was the report’s failure to step back and question whether the Obama administration, at its highest levels (starting with the president), created the conditions for Benghazi by overstating the decimation of al-Qaida and playing down the significance of the extremist elements, possibly al-Qaida-linked, that have reemerged in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in Libya and elsewhere. Unless this reckoning is made, it is easy to imagine a similar disaster happening in post-Assad Syria, or elsewhere in the region. This has been a chief Republican talking point against Obama since the Benghazi attacks occurred on Sept. 11.

    A disturbing subtext of the report is the broader failure of the U.S. intelligence community to catch up ideologically with extremist threats, even as the CIA and FBI have burrowed deeply into Islamist networks at home and abroad. [snip]

    But, in a worrisome replay of the intelligence community’s cluelessness before 9/11, the report supplies further evidence that U.S. intelligence has largely failed to anticipate how new al-Qaida-style cells have been incubating in the extremist groups enfranchised by the Arab Spring abroad. Nor has the Obama administration reckoned with the ideological backlash caused by the indiscriminate use of drone strikes.

    The Pickering-Mullen report was also reminiscent of the early reports on the Abu Ghraib interrogation and detention scandal of nearly a decade ago. Even as President George W. Bush continued to blame the scandal on “a few American troops who dishonored our country,” it only gradually came to light that the practices at Abu Ghraib stemmed from a series of decisions made at the highest levels, including the president himself. And much as the State Department did here, the Pentagon sought to investigate itself over Abu Ghraib, carefully limiting in rank those it questioned at first.

    Thus, the Pickering-Mullen report confined its findings to the failures at “senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department,” Diplomatic Security and Near Eastern Affairs, concluding that “certain senior State Department officials” in these bureaus “demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability in their responses to security concerns posed by Special Mission Benghazi.” Even so, the task force “did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual U.S. government employee breached his or her duty.”

    The report also did not explain why U.S. intelligence was, in general, not keeping up, even though it found that “fundamentalist influence with Salafi and al-Qaida connections was also growing [in Libya], including notably in the eastern region…. At the time of the September attacks, Benghazi remained a lawless town nominally controlled by the Supreme Security Council (SSC)—a coalition of militia elements loosely cobbled into a single force to provide interim security—but in reality run by a diverse group of local Islamist militias.”

    In another unsettling reminder of how laggard U.S. intelligence has remained in the 11 years since 9/11, the report drew parallels between the failure in Benghazi and what happened after terrorists attacked U.S. facilities in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1999. [snip]

    Shot through the report are other reminders of incompetence at the highest levels: the State Department’s failure to “issue a worldwide caution cable to posts related to the [9/11] anniversary; and a failure “to link formally the many anti-Western incidents in Benghazi, the general declarations of threat in U.S. assessments and a proliferation of violence-prone and little understood militias, the lack of any central authority, and a general perception of a deteriorating security environment to any more specific and timely analysis of the threat to U.S. government facilities,” as the report puts it.

    The report also notes “a tendency on the part of policy, security, and other U.S. government officials to … overlook the usefulness of taking a hard look at accumulated, sometimes circumstantial information, and instead to fail to appreciate threats and understand trends, particularly based on increased violence and the targeting of foreign diplomats and international organizations in Benghazi.” The report said board members “were struck by the lack of discussion focused specifically on Benghazi.” It also said that “known gaps existed in the intelligence community’s understanding of extremist militias in Libya and the potential threat they posed to U.S. interests.”

    All of which raises the question: Where do these gaps begin? The answer is: at the highest levels, of course. A real reckoning of Benghazi will have to await further reports.”

    This is the key sentence: the Pickering-Mullen report confined its findings to the failures at “senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department”.

    What is needed, what the Republicans in the House should do, is investigate the totality of the failures. It’s not enough to look at the failures in the State Department especially as the Benghazi facility was also an intelligence facility. The Pickering-Mullen report should be the starting point of the investigation not the end.

  18. Juliette

    Your comment up top on health care is just so off base. I remember health care before Medicare. My father, a surgeon, would take me on rounds to the hospital sometimes. Wards of old people without health insurance. Doctors had to treat them for free in order to have priviledges at a hospital. My father was not compensated for almost half the work he performed. Universal healthcare is as important as universal education. Medicare has functioned very well. It is the inability of the government to negotiate better pricing and the overall costs of our healthcare system that are the problem. Treating several million illegal immigrants is overburdening the system as well.

  19. Basil, only white people are racist! Didn’t you get the memo?

    As far as Hillary being ill, I have to say, if the SOS is dehydrated, falls and hits her head, I can not fathom a scenario where professional help was not accessed immediately which includes IV’s (could be done at home) MRI’s or CAT scans… and you can not do that at home, although there are portable units. But why then all the secrecy and not access the finest health care the world has to offer for a person in her position?

    I send homeless, uninsured, for the same diagnostics on a daily basis.

  20. Obama’s health scam delay?:

    http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/states-381176-obama-exchanges.html

    As the fiscal cliff discussions in Washington move forward, don’t be surprised if you soon hear about President Barack Obama requesting an extension on his signature legislative achievement. It turns out the Obama administration, already well behind schedule in implementing the president’s namesake health care law, may want to delay its implementation even further. [snip]

    So why is it that the governors of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have all said no to a state-implemented health insurance exchange? In part, it’s because even if they wanted to implement one, they understand it’s a massive project that won’t lower health insurance costs and is certain to cost the states’ taxpayers.

    Implementation of the exchanges was already behind schedule. Even in the handful of states that agreed on implementation, few steps were taken beyond committee meetings and hiring consultants (on the taxpayer dime of course) before the November election. The rush is on in these states to get the exchanges ready by October of next year. In states where even fewer steps have been taken, the projects will be even more half-baked. Even in the District of Columbia, where no state government means bureaucrats have run the show without interference from the beginning, the board charged with creating the exchange expects to come in behind schedule, describing the process as one of the biggest bureaucratic challenges they’ve faced. It requires information-sharing throughout the government, determining eligibility and subsidy amounts within systems that have never interfaced before.

    In states that choose to implement this system, it’s going to cost them, in the form of higher taxes, such as Oregon’s tax of up to 5 percent on insurance premiums. And for that cost, the states get little power and a lot of responsibility. The final authority for all significant decisions about the exchanges rests with Washington, D.C. Why would any rational politician want to own politically the creation of a new bureaucracy that requires higher taxes to implement a program where you have little ability to change what it does to meet the needs of your citizens?

    Obama administration officials are desperate to meet the deadlines because they know implementation will be very difficult, if not impossible. They’ve kicked the can down the road again and again, with vague rules and regulations that raise more questions than they answer. In states that won’t comply, health care bureaucrats will have to handle the creation of two federal exchanges – one for individuals, one for small businesses – an extremely difficult process.

    All along the Obama administration has clearly been fairly nervous about this aspect of the process – it wants to be able to spread the blame around to state governments if the whole system comes crashing down.

    Here’s where the motivation for delay comes in. The implementation phase of Obama’s exchanges will likely make for some interesting reactions in 2014, an election year and the first time when most people will have direct experience with Obama’s health care law. The public’s reaction could be significant for the Democrats’ political prospects. If the system isn’t ready, some Hill Democrats are murmuring, better to shift it to 2015 and take it off the table for a year.

    If the president requests this delay on his signature legislation, it’s proof that criticisms of the law were correct. Americans aren’t asking very much of the liberalism that won the day in November; they’re just trusting the current government’s policies to work. They may have to wait another year to find out.

  21. I believe Mitch McConell started playing Harry Reid, Dems and Obama back in July, shocking Democrats by not filibustering their bill, allowing it to pass with a simply majority. Then watching, laughing, as Obama and Democrats pitched a “millionaires” tax hike, very publicly, as often as they could take the stage…….. then John Boehner closes it out by giving them exactly what they claimed they wanted, just to have them just as publicly say “we want more than we said we wanted.”

    That is exactly what Obama has said when he threatened to veto the bill. Exactly what Senate Democrats say when they say they won’t pass the bill.

    http://wwwwakeupamericans-spree.blogspot.com/2012/12/punkd-mitch-mcconnell-played-harry-reid.html

  22. Sen. Scott Brown says he now supports a federal ban on assault weapons
    By Robert Rizzuto, The Republican

    on December 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM, updated December 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM Print

    Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown said Wednesday that after reflecting on the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., he now supports a federal ban on assault weapons. Here, he is pictured with children during a campaign stop at the Boys and Girls Club in Leominster, Mass. on Jan. 17, 2012. (Staff photo by Robert Rizzuto)

    Although he once said banning so-called assault weapons fell under the category of issues best left to the states, Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown told The Republican / MassLive.com in an exclusive interview Wednesday that he now supports federal action.

    Brown cited the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting that killed 26 people, including 20 children, as the turning point in his stance on the issue.

    “What happened in Newtown where those children were subject to that level of violence is beyond my comprehension. As a state legislator in Massachusetts I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit. But unfortunately, they have not and innocent people are being killed,” Brown said. “As a result, I support a federal assault weapons ban, perhaps like the legislation we have in Massachusetts.”

    Earlier in the day, Democratic U.S. Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren, who defeated Brown in November’s election, reiterated her support of a federal ban as well as increased measures to strengthen the background check process.

    Brown, who was recovering from a minor surgery, said that gun control legislation should only be part of the puzzle moving forward.

    “I also think we need to look at mental health in this country and see if we can keep these weapons out of the hands of people with severe issues,” Brown said. “I think it’s time for all of us to have these conversations.”

    Although the term “assault weapon” is sometimes used loosely, the 1994 federal law banning them listed 18 specific semi-automatic firearms, coupled with at least two certain military-style modifications, as defining factors of the term.

    Brown, who will be leaving Washington when the Senate ends its session in the coming weeks, has hinted at a return to politics, with a potential run to become governor of Massachusetts or a senator once again should Sen. John Kerry become Secretary of State, as options on the table.

  23. gonzotx
    December 20th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for weighing in with your opinion as a professional healthcare person. The incident reeks of secrecy. If she went to a hospital, that info was withheld. If she didn’t, it would seem her injuries were not that serious. If a concussion was suspected and diagnosed it would seem there would be a record of the tests performed to ascertain her injury.

    Heck, I am in and out of the doctors offices constantly for followup of my condition and I am a nobody. So if the SOS, the fourth most powerful person in the country, suffered a concussion it is a no-brainer she would have been hospitalized at least briefly for observation or tests.

    Sorry everyone else but the story still does not meet the smell test.

    Nor does her declarations the Benghazzi massacre was caused by a video.

    There’s that old saying – Lie down with dogs you get fleas . .. Maybe she had nothing to do with the fairy tale meme sent out by the WH but then why did she repeat it? And how could she have possibly believed it? Problem is from September 11 until the present the prevarication and obfuscation have been mammoth. I will not forget Benghazzi. Just like I never forgot the wrongs inflicted on HRC in 2008 and will never forgive the pos. But this is now a separate issue and must be responded to accordingly. And, I am very sorry to say, I do not believe her.

  24. foxyladi14
    December 20th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    How I wish any of the repubs were as clever as this writer portrays them. But isn’t Mitch the same fool who went around declaring he was going to make the pos a one-termer?

    👿

  25. Well, the Fiscal Cliff Bill Boehner proposed isn’t doing so well. Right now there are 25 firm or likely no’s from repubs and Johnny can only afford to lose 24.

    Idiots all.

  26. So concerning the hearings today, did anything new come out of it or was it just a rehash?

    I only heard a tiny part of it.

  27. BASIL99
    December 20th, 2012 at 1:57 pm
    ******************************

    Basil,

    it is sad to say but the story you linked to is a story that repeats itself multiple times every day in Florida…practially every time I turn on the news, there is another example of the crime you linked to…

    I had to laugh a few mornings ago when our insane governor Scott (and I mean insane…just look at him) was on Cnn and he was avoiding answering questions and then stating over and over again that violence has gone down some big percentage in Florida…he has got to be kidding…

    Florida has so much violence it isn’t even funny…just today they sentenced the last AA teenager to 11 years in prison for his part in setting a white teenager on fire just for the fun of it about a year ago…

    especially in Miami (where i never go) there is so much black on black crime here where robberies and murders are an every day occurence…I never hear any of the racists on MSNBC talking about that…maybe if they tried reaching out to young black kids without trying to ignore all their behavior they might really accomplish something and help them, but they are too busy trying to blame everything on someone else…they need to take a long, honest, look in the mirror…

    sorry but the truth is the truth…

  28. gonzotx wrote:

    As far as Hillary being ill, I have to say, if the SOS is dehydrated, falls and hits her head, I can not fathom a scenario where professional help was not accessed immediately which includes IV’s (could be done at home) MRI’s or CAT scans… and you can not do that at home, although there are portable units. But why then all the secrecy and not access the finest health care the world has to offer for a person in her position?
    ———————————-

    This article is a couple of days old, but it discusses Hillary’s condition and treatment.

    http://news.yahoo.com/hillary-clinton-recovering-reviewing-benghazi-report-232012652–abc-news-politics.html

    Quote: Clinton originally fell ill from a stomach virus following a whirlwind trip to Europe at the beginning of the month, which caused such severe dehydration that she fainted and fell at home, said the State Department. According to the official, the secretary had two teams of doctors, including specialists, examine her. They also ran tests to rule out more serious ailments beyond the virus and the concussion. During the course of the week, Clinton was on an IV drip and being monitored by a nurse, while also recovering from the pain caused by the fall.

    Nuland said the decision to cancel Clinton’s schedule this week was made on Saturday morning after consulting with her doctors.

  29. Thanks Jan for the update.

    When Barry is sick, they don’t have a car caravan to the local hospital, the doctors go to the Whitehouse unless he needs surgery.

    Bill and Hillary going to the local hospital, short of surgery would probably be similar…rather than have all the Secret Service guys making the journey. If Hillary was seen by several doctors, they have proof of her concussion…I would believe them over Bolton and the media wackadoos that just shoot from the hip.

  30. House Republicans on Thursday passed the first of two bills aimed at averting the looming fiscal crisis, approving a plan that would replace sweeping cuts to defense and other programs with cuts elsewhere in the budget.

    The bill narrowly passed, on a 215-209 vote.

    Up next, though, was supposed to be a highly controversial bill that would prevent tax hikes for everyone except those making more than $1 million, but in a sign of potential turmoil in the Republican caucus, the House abruptly adjourned Thursday evening.

    The tax vote is expected to be close, as House Speaker John Boehner already lost 21 Republicans on the first bill. The adjournment could mean Boehner is still trying to rally support.

    Together, the bills amount to what Boehner is calling a “Plan B.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/20/republicans-plan-showdown-votes-on-fiscal-crisis-over-dem-opposition/

  31. Concussion is most often confirmed with a CT scan. Doubt she has one lying around the house. Just saying. Also, if she hadn’t lied about the Benghazzi massacre and then hightailed it out of the country to S.A. maybe I wouldn’t be doubting her now. Again, just saying.

  32. Repubs in closed party meeting. Plan B has not yet passed.

    House Republicans on Thursday evening called an unscheduled closed-party meeting in an 11th hour attempt to whip up votes for Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” tax proposal amid flagging support from rank and file Republicans.

    The House went into an unexpected recess shortly before Republicans had hoped to vote on Boehner’s tax plan, when it was clear that the GOP was having trouble rounding up support for a tax bill that would raise taxes on millionaires. That bill is already dead on arrival in the Senate and faced a veto threat from President Barack Obama, but the GOP struggle to line up votes further complicated matters with the nation just 11 days from going over the fiscal cliff.

  33. Shadowfax
    December 20th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    A concussion can, and is, a life threatening trauma and is never taken lightly.It would be prudent and absolutely best medical practice that a newly concussed patient go to the hospital. They have VIP units everywhere. She may have been having top notch medical care at home, but they can’t begin to do the emergency care needed for a concussion gone bad. Time is imperative.

    I have seen what appeared as “light” concussions end up in the operation room or deceased within 24 hours. Just my two cents. I would think Hillary could be availed the best care possible.

  34. Carol Dec. 20th 5:oopm
    I am a bit confused. Not once in my comment did I mention Medicare. I did mention government intrusion but I am not a libertarian and I do believe in some government programs. The problem with Medicare is that it is completely dependent on new young healthy people paying into the system. If people are forced to contributed to medicrae from their eraned income their money should go into a lock box and not redistributed to the Muslim Brotherhood and other crap like that. Medicare is in serious danger because young people are no longer healthy. They are obesse, have STD’s at alarming rates and every (often times concockted) three letter diagnosis one can think of. In addition to that, many of them are not working. They are unemployed or are perpetual students. So while seniors are living longer and longer and need more young people paying into the system, they just don’t have that. Can Medicare be saved? I hope so. But not if we have a cuture that chooses abortion over babies. Not while we create a culture where youth knows no responcibilty only entitlement. And of course I agree with you about the illegal immigrants who the democrats welcome to their plantation with a red carpet and free medical care. That has to stop.
    Government intruded into our health insurance when they started the HMOs. American rejected it because it sucked. I don’t know what kind of universal haelth care you are expecting our government to give US. Perhaps you are much more trusting of government than I am.

  35. Jen

    Being affiliated with a hospital, I am not sure where you are going, tons of Dr.’s are affiliated with numerous hospitals. The jest of what I am saying is that time is of the essence. Just as in a heart attack, minutes can save lives.

    On rare occasions, concussions can develop into potentially life-threatening situations. Should severe conditions occur, immediate medical emergency attention is absolute. These severe, emergency conditions can include convulsions, muscle weakness, persistent unconsciousness, repeated vomiting, unequal pupils and death secondary to brain edema.

    I have seen people crater quickly. Be there with you one minute, the next, rushing them to the OR.

  36. Leanora 6:22 am

    The only thing I like about Charles Krautheimer is that he knows that Obama is a psyco and isn’t afraid to explain it to US. I onften wonder why republicans have failed to rob BArrys nose into his aggressive support for infaticide especially at times like these when he trys to exploit the death of innocent childrenat the hads of a mad man. Obama like Adam Lanza is cold and uncaring. Obama was dedicated to defeating The Born Alive Infant Protaction Act, even after hearing the chilling testimony of nurses who witness the killing of infants who survives abortions by the abortion doctor. This was the only issue Obama truely invested in while he was playing politics in the IL State Senate, where he voted present 100s of times just to give himself cover for his future. Obama doesn’t care about children being murdered. He supported infanticide and the republicans need to remind him of this when ever they need to.

  37. gonzotx wrote:

    Being affiliated with a hospital, I am not sure where you are going, tons of Dr.’s are affiliated with numerous hospitals. The jest of what I am saying is that time is of the essence. Just as in a heart attack, minutes can save lives.

    On rare occasions, concussions can develop into potentially life-threatening situations. Should severe conditions occur, immediate medical emergency attention is absolute. These severe, emergency conditions can include convulsions, muscle weakness, persistent unconsciousness, repeated vomiting, unequal pupils and death secondary to brain edema.

    I have seen people crater quickly. Be there with you one minute, the next, rushing them to the OR.
    ______________________________________

    I mentioned the hospitals because I assume Hillary underwent medical tests at one or both places. I doubt she was hospitalized as an inpatient, though. It’s one thing for someone like Hillary to slip in and out of a hospital for tests without the media finding out she’s there until after the fact. But if she was there overnight (or longer) the media would have been camped outside like they were for the British royals a couple weeks ago.

  38. wbboei December 19th, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    “… I think there is much to be learned about [Hillary’s] leadership from this Benghazi incident… If she comes forward, and explains what happened–AND STOPS THIS BULLSHIT OF TELLING THE FATHER OF THE SLAIN SEAL WE WILL GET THE MAN WHO PRODUCED THE VIDEO…”
    ===

    She has already stopped this bullshit and, as far as the father is concerned, he knows Benghazi was a terrorist attack too; but you’re kidding yourself if you think you will get anything more enlightening from Hillary on this subject.

    She will not, repeat not, say anything that will be damning to Obama or disclose any national security information such as the reason why Stevens was in Benghazi that day – except perhaps behind closed doors, in which case you, I, and the rest of us, including the father of the slain SEAL, will remain in the dark.

    National security is not bandied about in public, in a courtroom, and not even to the father of a slain SEAL. Think of how many families found their sons brought back from Vietnam in body bags without ever knowing why the fuck we were fighting that war.

    That’s the way it is, not only in the US but in every country in the world. If Hillary were to disclose national security secrets or lay accusations against her boss just to please us, it would seriously detract from her leadership abilities in the eyes of everyone who counts.

    Once again, you are asking Hillary to jump an impossible hurdle to deserve your support – either she jumps it by doing the unthinkable, or she loses out by doing the only thing a true leader can do.

  39. Oh No! Now the regime is pushing blacks into biomedical research fields.

    While the U.S. government commits senseless acts like skimping on consulate security in violent North African countries, it spends $500 million to help minorities­especially blacks­enter biomedical research fields where lack of diversity is “disturbing and disheartening.”
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2012/12/u-s-spends-500-mil-to-racially-diversify-medical-fields/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    With unqualified people entering these fields, all of our lives are at risk.

  40. Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey released the following statement Thursday afternoon expressing “deep concerns” about the potential nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. Read the statement below:
    I have deep concerns about Sen. Hagel’s attitude toward Israel and his approach toward dealing with Iran. If President Obama nominates Sen. Hagel for Secretary of Defense, I intend to seek explanations regarding his opposition to sanctions, his support for negotiating with Hamas, and his view on America’s ongoing relationship with Israel.
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/toomey-i-have-deep-concerns-about-hagel-secdef_690806.html

  41. “opposition to sanctions, his support for negotiating with Hamas, and his view on America’s ongoing relationship with Israel.”

    These are all foreign policy issues and the Secy of Defense has no say in these matters. Toomey would do well to ask these questions to Kerry, though.

  42. gonzotx December 20th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    “The jest of what I am saying is…”

    Are you joking, then? What you are talking about doesn’t seem to be a laughing matter at all!!

  43. Leanora

    This was an illuminating comment posted in that article.

    “Please allow me my two bits worth on the effects of gun control in Australia.

    I was a cop during the hysterical gun buyback program initiated after the Port Arthur massacre of 1996. Very few of the firearms handed over to me were the automatic or semi-automatic high powered long arms that the feds were trying to get hold of. Most were air-rifles, .22 autos or semi-autos or antique type weaponry, such as muskets and old colt .45′s etc . So I guess you get the picture. Now I’m not saying I took all those 640 thousand that were handed in so can’t vouch for what other cops had destroyed, but it is my experience that suggests to me that many of those high powered autos and semi-auto longarms and handguns are still out there being hung onto by people who value their own lives more than the government does.

    Also, every state has its own laws regarding the procurement of firearms. My home state, New South Wales, requires that anyone who wishes to obtain a firearm license have a criminal background check (guilty until proven innocent) before firearms – which are limited to any bolt action longarm or semi-auto or revolver type handgun – can be purchased.

    All firearms must be kept in a safe or strong cabinet, which is generally described as being thief proof which is also subject to police inspection. (police state)

    Any longarm possessor must attend a shooting range at least six times per year and shoot off an amount of ammo. Those who choose handguns must attend a pistol club at least 12 times per year and shoot off an amount of ammo.

    All firearms must be registered. I also note that since gun registration came into force the number of firearms being stolen from private residences being subject to break and enters, has sky rocketed. I note too, that private security firms have had a large number of their handguns, usually S&W .38 stolen in break and enters which have been used in hold ups and other armed robbery offences.

    So the astute observer would soon realize that gun registration does not work because someone or some people working in gun registration are alerting criminals to where law abiding people keep their guns! Yet the idiot politicians do nothing to address that problem!

    It is also my opinion that there will be another massacre by some nutter or jihadi wanting his 72 virgins, but only time will tell when that occurs. And talking of jihadis, I became aware in 2003 that several outlying properties in western New South Wales were playing host to Muslims from Sydney, and of the Lebanese variety, who were shooting up the countryside with 7.62mm short (AK47 type rounds) while the feds were telling everyone of what a great program the gun buyback had turned out to be!”

  44. In NM if you sell drinks to someone already drunk (bartender or 7 11 store or any store), you will face charges. I believe that people who sell guns outside of the system (don’t do the right checks etc) should be charged with a sever penalty, such as you will be charged with the same crime that those guns you sold illegal were used to commit. Drastic, you Dax right it is.

    A 6 year old should not have 11 shots in him, and everything, and I mean EVERYTHING we can do to prevent this should be used. And when one state finds something that is working, all 50 should adopted it.

    I don’t think owning gun a a priviledge. I think owning a gun is a responsibility.

  45. NMFan
    I don’t think owning gun a a privilege. I think owning a gun is a responsibility.

    —–
    I agree.

    For example, what was Mrs. Lanza doing with semi-automatic guns in the first place, then taking her ‘at risk’ son to a shooting range several times to not only teach him how to be a better shot, but because she wanted to ‘bond’ with him with an activity he enjoyed.
    She didn’t expect him to hunt for food…so why have a stockpile of guns?

    How many guns does it take to protect yourself? How many hundreds of rounds of bullets does it take?

    The constitution didn’t say a citizen could arm themselves with any kind of weapon, semi or full automatic, a canon, a flame thrower, a missile launcher nor a scud.

  46. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday will nominate Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state, a senior administration official said, making the first move in a sweeping overhaul of his national security team heading into a second term.

  47. NMFan: “I think owning a gun is a responsibility.”

    Shadowfax: “I agree.”

    I said the same thing about first amendment rights – that free speech implies a responsibility for what you say – and everybody jumped on me.

    As you say, Shadowfax, the second amendment just gives us the right to bear arms. Unfortunately, the founders didn’t realize this would eventually be interpreted to mean flame throwers, artillery, or scuds, maybe even nuclear weapons?

  48. jeswezy

    Yup, as long as the weapon has a trigger and can be handled like a gun, what every damage it can do seems to be no concern to many citizens. What if a bullet had a WMD bullet, with far reaching chemicals…is that okay?

  49. So, is this what it’s going to come to?

    I suppose some of you on this site will applaud the governor.

    New York governor Andrew Cuomo says the state of New York is serious about gun confiscation. The Democrat and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development told an Albany radio station he plans to propose a package of draconian legislation during his State of the State address next month.
    http://www.infowars.com/new-york-gov-mandatory-gun-sale-to-state-and-confiscation-are-options/

  50. Kerry as SOS …it’s been an avalanche of bad news since Obama was re-elected and does not appear to be stopping anytime soon.
    To all here, Merry Xmas , happy holidays and prays/hopes for a better New Year for all.

  51. Did O Zero just give USPS and banks permission to take Monday off? Or were they going to anyway? I cannot imagine that they would and yet:
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/forthood/posts/10151290096927159

    President Obama issued today an Executive Order stating all executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2012, the day before
    Christmas Day, except as provided in section 2 of the order.

    Sec. 2. The heads of executive branch departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 24, 2012, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.

    Contact your supervisor if your job places you in one of those categories and were scheduled to work on the 24th.

    If you have already submitted annual leave for the 24th, it will be changed to holiday leave. Keep in mind that you will need to take another day before January 12th if you still have use or lose leave.

  52. Good news, the world didn’t end…

    and Twinkies will be back maybe in March. 😉

    (My wish is the chocolate cupcakes come back)

  53. The prospective Hawaii vacation looms ahead of us and this is what we can expect. Guess who costs more, the royals or Obama?

    Mark Steyn: William & Kate have nothing on Obama
    By MARK STEYN

    From the New York Daily News:
    “Snooki Gives Kate Middleton Advice On Being A New Parent.”

    Great! Maybe Kate could return the favor and give Snooki and her fellow Americans some advice. About fiscal prudence, for example. Say what you like about a high-living, big-spending, bloated, decadent parasitical, wastrel monarchy, but, compared to the citizen-executive of a republic of limited government, it’s a bargain. So, while the lovely Duchess of Cambridge nurses her baby bump, the equally radiant President of the United States nurses his ever more swollen debt belly. He and his family are about to jet off on their Christmas vacation to watch America slide off the fiscal cliff from the luxury beach resort of Kailua. The cost to taxpayers of flying one man, his wife, two daughters and a dog to Hawaii is estimated at $3,639,622. For purposes of comparison, the total bill for flying the entire Royal Family (Queen, princes, dukes, the works) around the world for a year is £4.7 million – or about enough for two Obama vacations.
    According to the USAF, in 2010 Air Force One cost American taxpayers $181,757 per flight hour. According to the Royal Canadian Air Force, in 2011 the CC-150 Polaris military transport that flew William and Kate from Vancouver to Los Angeles cost Her Majesty’s Canadian subjects $15,505 per hour – or about 8/100ths of the cost.
    Unlike a republic, monarchy in a democratic age means you can’t go around queening it. That RCAF boneshaker has a shower the size of a phone booth, yet the Duchess of Cambridge looked almost as glamorous as Snooki when she emerged onto the steps at LAX. That’s probably because Canada’s 437 Squadron decided to splash out on new bedding for the royal tour. Amanda Heron was dispatched to the local mall in Trenton, Ontario, and returned with a pale blue and white comforter and matching pillows. Is there no end to the grotesque indulgence of these over-pampered royal deadbeats? “I found a beautiful set,” said Master-Corporal Heron. “It was such a great price I bought one for myself.”
    Nevertheless, Canadian journalists and politicians bitched and whined about the cost of this disgusting jet-set lifestyle nonstop throughout the tour. At the conclusion of their official visit to California, Their Royal Highnesses flew on to Heathrow with their vast entourage of, er, seven people – and the ingrate whining Canadians passed the baton to their fellow ingrate whiners across the Atlantic. As the Daily Mail in London reported, “High Fliers: Prince William and his wife Kate spend an incredible £52,000 on the one-way flight from L.A. to London for themselves and their seven-strong entourage.” Incredible! For £52,000, you couldn’t take the president from Washington to a state visit to an ice cream parlor in a Maryland suburb. Obama flew Air Force One from Washington to Williamsburg, Va., requiring a wide-bodied transatlantic jet that holds 500 people to ferry him a distance of a little over 100 miles. And, unlike their British and Canadian counterparts, the American media are entirely at ease with it.
    Just for the record, William and Kate actually spent an “incredible” £51,410 – or about $80,000 – for nine business-class tickets on British Airways to Heathrow. At the check-in desk at Los Angeles, BA graciously offered the Duke and Duchess an upgrade to first class. By now you’re probably revolted by this glimpse of disgusting monarchical excess, so, if it’s any consolation, halfway through the flight the cabin’s entertainment consoles failed and, along with other first-class passengers, Their Highnesses were offered a £200 voucher toward the cost of their next flight, which they declined.
    By contrast, in a republic governed by “we, the people,” when the President of the United States wishes to watch a film, there are two full-time movie projectionists who live at the White House and are on call round the clock, in case he’s overcome by a sudden urge to watch Esther Williams in “Dangerous When Wet” (1953) at two in the morning. Does one of them accompany the First Family on Air Force One? If the movie fails halfway across the Pacific, will the President and First Lady each be offered a two-million dollar voucher in compensation?
    In his recent book “Presidential Perks Gone Royal,” Robert Keith Gray, a former Eisenhower staffer, revealed that last year the U.S. presidency cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion. Over the same period, the entire Royal Family cost British taxpayers about $57 million. There’s nothing “royal” about the current level of “presidential perks”: the Obama family costs taxpayers more than every European royal house put together.
    In the American republic, even the dogs cost more. The Queen is a famous corgi lover and has been breeding them since she was a young girl. Now in her late eighties she’s slowing down and only keeps four. The president has one pooch, a photo-op accessory called Bo, who, unlike the corgis, requires a full-time handler. In contrast to the stingy remuneration offered by the Royal Household, the presidential dog-walker is one of 226 White House staff earning over $100,000 a year. For many centuries, the King had a courtier whose somewhat intimate duties were reflected in his title: the Groom of the Stool, a position abolished in 1559. Now, after two and a third centuries, the American Presidency has evolved to the point that it has a full-time six-figure Groom of the Canine Stool. Will he be accompanying the President on Air Force One to liaise with the Keeper of the Privy Flatscreen over screenings of “Lassie”?
    In 2003, the advance team for President George W. Bush informed Buckingham Palace that he would only be able to stay there if they took out all the windows and replaced them with blast-proof glass. The Queen, keeping a straight face, politely refused, and the president was forced to spend three nights in an insecure palace. Happily, in Hawaii, the flood-the-zone “security’ can proceed unimpeded by cheeseparing monarchs who feel the job of head of state entails assuming a modest amount of risk or at least a passing acquaintance with reality. So local residents who will never catch a glimpse of their hermetically sealed-off sultan are expected to put up with walled-off neighborhoods, closed beaches, and residential streets clogged by 40-car motorcades. The Secret Service is installed in luxury hotels, no doubt with their Colombian hookers, and their hookers’ Colombian glaziers, fresh from installing bombproof windows on Bo’s kennel.
    The fish rots from the head down, and so do republics. A $1.4-billion president has a defense secretary with a private plane to fly him home every weekend, and a chair of the “White House Council on Women and Girls” with her own Secret Service detail, and all of them ever more detached from the rhythms of American life. In the wake of the Cartagena hooker scandal, the Secret Service with predictable obtuseness imposed a new rule prohibiting agents from having “foreign nationals” in their rooms. The salient fact surely wasn’t that they were “foreign” but that they were hookers. Yet now, at the luxury Moana Surfrider resort, Obama staffers passing through the lobby and bumping into minor princesses and arch-duchesses staying in the cheap rooms on the lower floors won’t even be able to ask them up to their federally mandated ocean-view suites for tips on deficit reduction. In the Brokest Nation in History, it would be unreasonable to expect the president to pretend to have a regular all-American family Christmas for less than five million bucks.
    As Ben Franklin famously said: “A republic, if you can keep it in the style to which it’s become accustomed.”

    ©MARK STEYN

  54. Here Is Krauthammer on the fiscal cliff. Obunga has worked it out so that the Republicans are divided and weakend. Oh Goody, he has as usual splintered the country so that he can get exactly what he wants. Small wonder that we are
    demoralized. Disharmony effects us; the whole country is feeling powerless and hopeless. So much for the great “Unifier”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/12/21/krauthammer_obama_has_succeeded_in_fracturing_republicans_and_creating_a_civil_war.html

  55. John Bolton Laura Ingraham Rep Ros-Lehtinen John Kerry all anti hillary money grubbers make me sick as they spit out their venom.then there is MO and her bare arm formal tent dress also 26 personal servants 3 weeks vacation with BO over the holidays
    aand they tap the WH till for millions the pigs are on the largest spending spree in our history.Sit tight Hillary your country needs you and Bill to
    SOS (Save our Souls).The Stink Bugs Need fumigated.

    By ABM94 hanging on for Hillary

  56. 9:42 pm Sit tight Hillary your country needs you and Bill to SOS (Save our Souls).The Stink Bugs Need fumigated.
    By ABM94 hanging on for Hillary
    —————————
    ABM94, thank you! I have to stand beside you regarding your impassioned plea!

    Secondly, the following posted on FB immediately bringing Oh Zero to mind:

    “Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world.
    “Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
    Rumi
    Rumi’s words have rung out for more than 800 years, resonating with readers around the world and transcending all religions with his common themes of unity and faith in God’s will.
    (http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Islam/2009/02/Rumi-Quotes-to-Inspire-Your-Soul.aspx)

  57. Shadowfax
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Good news, the world didn’t end…

    and Twinkies will be back maybe in March. 😉

    (My wish is the chocolate cupcakes come back)
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    YUM!!!!!! 🙂

  58. foxyladi14
    December 20th, 2012 at 5:22 pm
    I believe Mitch McConell started playing Harry Reid, Dems and Obama back in July, shocking Democrats by not filibustering their bill, allowing it to pass with a simply majority. Then watching, laughing, as Obama and Democrats pitched a “millionaires” tax hike, very publicly, as often as they could take the stage…….. then John Boehner closes it out by giving them exactly what they claimed they wanted, just to have them just as publicly say “we want more than we said we wanted.”

    That is exactly what Obama has said when he threatened to veto the bill. Exactly what Senate Democrats say when they say they won’t pass the bill.
    ———————-
    Maybe. But I say, try the benign explanation first. And what would that be? That the rebublican leadership are fools and cowards, and cave in artists. That is how the rank and file of the party view them. And, if that is wrong, then the fact remains that discrimination so subtle, between giving the devil what he wants vs caving in, is, in the immortal words of justice cardozo a feat beyond the compass of ordinary minds. And the game of politics is geared, almost exclusively to ordinary minds, those driven by greed or fear rather than principle and see only what they think they see right in front of them. There is a leap between beta and gamma, and they get stuck in delta brain waves. Sleep.

  59. BASIL99
    December 20th, 2012 at 1:57 pm
    ———————-
    Now Basil lets not be tooooo harsh. They look like nice young men to me. And they look very becoming in prison jump suits, much like Charles Laughton looked very becoming in bermuda shorts. Are they presidential material? Should we hold one little murder against them, when they had a deprived childhood. All I can say for sure is they have exactly what it takes to win the dimocrat party nomination, with Clyburn in their corner. Sadly, there are too many racists in the general population to be cerain they would win the general election, but with the Chicago political machine behind them and big media in their corner because they are black, I believe they could win. The old White House tradion of grand balls would have to yield to seasonal Jack the Ripper sessions, but change is inevitable. Yes?

  60. Here Is Krauthammer on the fiscal cliff. Obunga has worked it out so that the Republicans are divided and weakend. Oh Goody, he has as usual splintered the country so that he can get exactly what he wants. Small wonder that we are
    demoralized. Disharmony effects us; the whole country is feeling powerless and hopeless. So much for the great “Unifier”
    —————–
    Spoken as a card carrying member of the Washington elite, one of the tiny number for who I have admiration, as opposed to contempt. Trust me. This is a civil war that had to happen. A minority in Washinton talks the talk but never seems to walk the walk. They preach small government but practice big government, because Washingon profits from big government, whereas the country as a whole suffers under the yoke. I have been predicting this phenomenon for some time. The same forces are at work in the democrat party. They only thing that unifies them now, apart from undying love for their fuerher is hatred of the white man. Hard to build good public policy around that one.Big media has turend a small deranged man into a god and when he leaves the stage it will all collapse. The only hope for them is that Hillary runs, and I doubt that will happen after the Benazi mess. I believe her that she could not testify at this time for the reasons stated, but that is not how it is being interpeted and perceptions are reality in the world of politics.

  61. Five years ago today, John Kerry knew exactly what was coming down the pike in about 2 short weeks.
    Kerry Endorses Obama as Campaign Goes Nationwide
    By JEFF ZELENY Published: January 10, 2008

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Senator John Kerry embraced the presidential candidacy of Senator Barack Obama here on Thursday, saying Mr. Obama had “the greatest potential to lead a transformation, not just a transition.”
    “Who better than Barack Obama to bring new credibility to America’s role in the world and help restore our moral authority?” Mr. Kerry said, speaking at a rally at the College of Charleston. “Who better than Barack Obama to turn a new page in American politics, so that Democrats, independents and Republicans alike can look to the leadership that unites to find common ground.”

    A few hours after he spoke, Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico announced that he was dropping out of the race, narrowing the pool of Democrats as they head into a busy primary season. There’s much more to be found at
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/us/politics/10cnd-campaign.html?_r=0

    I guess John Kerry is a patient man, an immoral SOB who can easily look you in the eye as he tells you lies.

  62. jbstonesfan
    December 21st, 2012 at 2:58 pm
    Kerry as SOS …it’s been an avalanche of bad news since Obama was re-elected and does not appear to be stopping anytime soon.
    To all here, Merry Xmas , happy holidays and prays/hopes for a better New Year for all.

    ———————
    And Hagel as DOD, with his ties to Iran?

    Newton’s Law: an object in motion or at rest tends to stay in motion or at rest.

    Same goes for bad news.

    How about Babs as Ambassador to Iran, with Bouglin–the forgotten man as Prince Phillip.

    I would pay good money not to see that movie.

  63. CHARLESTON, S.C. — Senator John Kerry embraced the presidential candidacy of Senator Barack Obama here on Thursday, saying Mr. Obama had “the greatest potential to lead a transformation, not just a transition.”
    “Who better than Barack Obama to bring new credibility to America’s role in the world and help restore our moral authority
    —————-
    A horse is a horse of course of course

  64. I guess John Kerry is a patient man, an immoral SOB who can easily look you in the eye as he tells you lies.
    *****

    He is also a gigolo!

  65. Hagel is very hostile to Israeli interests as is Kerry so they will fit in well
    under this Adm. I just hope Bibi pulls the trigger before it’s too late.

  66. From 2 different articles now at Drudge.
    1. President Barack Obama sang John Kerry’s praise today, as he nominated the former presidential candidate to be the next secretary of state. But after the president spoke, Kerry did not. It is highly unusual for the person being nominated not speak at the press conference being held for him. Nevertheless, that’s what happened today at the White House. Even CBS reporter Mark Knoller noted this oddity on Twitter
    2. Clinton, who is recovering from a concussion sustained in a fall, did not attend the Roosevelt Room announcement.

  67. Sorry I failed to add o,reilly to the Hillary hating political pig list.Perhaps BO will find a job for him in his vicious circle of stink bugs.

    ABM94

  68. http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/12/graham-back-off-hillary-on-flu-152648.html?hp=l8

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has a message to those accusing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of faking her recent illness: Back off.

    To those who suggest that she’s dodging her responsibilities because she’s not sick, I think that’s inappropriate and not true,” Graham told reporters Friday. “I think Secretary Clinton has been ill, suffered a concussion, and she will testify.

    Conservative critics such as John Bolton, the former United Nations ambassador, and Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) have suggested that Clinton lied about her illness, which kept her off Capitol Hill for a pair of hearings Thursday on the Benghazi attacks. West surmised that Clinton caught the “Benghazi flu.”

    Leaders on the two congressional panels that held the hearings – the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee – have said Clinton plans to testify in January.

    “When her day to testify comes, she should testify as a sitting secretary of state,” Graham said. “And she needs to be asked … about what she knew about the deteriorating circumstances in Benghazi.”

  69. Boehner Should Resign

    By: Ned Ryun (Diary) | December 21st, 2012 at 10:41 AM | 50

    There comes a certain point when enough is enough: American Majority Action (AMA) believes it is time for Speaker John Boehner to resign after his embarrassing failure to pass his “Plan B” fiscal cliff bill.

    Speaker Boehner killed the planned 7:30 p.m. vote last night when he realized that AMA and other groups had succeeded in holding enough conservative members to defeat the measure. AMA has been leading the charge against Boehner–kicking off the #FireBoehner movement–since he removed four conservatives from their committee placements and started pushing tax increases as a solution to the fiscal cliff.

    The reason is that AMA, and the conservative House members who dissented last night, believed Plan B would have let taxes increase on job creators, while doing statistically nothing to fix America’s debt problem. Our real problem in all of this is a spending problem, yet neither side is offering a serious proposal about how to rein in government spending. Speaker Boehner embarrassed himself yesterday by pushing a plan which AMA told him he didn’t have the votes to pass. After the 2012 election, conservatives must take this opportunity to define the direction of our movement–and proposing a plan Nancy Pelosi wanted just months ago isn’t the solution.

    Remember, Speaker Boehner lost more than 35 votes last night, and the #FireBoehner movement needs only half that number to force him out of office January 3. He should save the Republican Party the embarrassment of a public leadership battle and resign. The world might not have ended today, but Speaker Boehner’s power is at an end. It’s time to make room for fresh leadership and a new approach to governing. Without Boehner’s resignation, no fiscal cliff deal will be agreed to until after the January 3 election for Speaker.

    But let’s be honest about the Speaker options outside of Boehner: Eric Cantor is not an option. Kevin McCarthy is not an option. Jim Jordan, Jeb Hensarling, even Dr. Tom Price, are acceptable options, with Jim Jordan being my first choice.

    Speaker Boehner’s leadership has been discredited, and now he’ll procrastinate on preventing the fiscal cliff until he can re-secure power. Our country’s economy and the Conservative Movement deserve better than to be held hostage by Speaker Boehner’s last cling to power. Time for a change, and time for a change right now.

  70. Big Media has treated Benghazi as a political attack upon their meal ticket–Obama. Therefore, the investigation will go nowhere. It is obvious.

  71. Admin

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has a message to those accusing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of faking her recent illness: Back off.

    —–
    I respect Graham and Greta for speaking up against the Hillary haters that hate to cut Hillary any slack out of human decency.

    Why isn’t she innocent until proven guilty of faking an illness, like everyone else?

    It’s not as if she hasn’t worked herself into the ground, flying all over the planet for our country.

  72. Jeff Jacoby, in the Boston Globe, offers an interesting aspect of our society. Almost without most people realizing, our culture has been altered in basic ways – and here is one:

    Beware the baby bust generation

    By Jeff Jacoby

     FERTILITY IN America has been declining for years. According to the Pew Research Center, the nation’s birth rate hit an all-time low in 2011 — just 63 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age. It was almost twice as high — 123 births per 1,000 women — at the peak of the Baby Boom in 1957.
    As babies and children disappear from a society, what takes their place? One answer, as journalist Jonathan V. Last observes in a forthcoming book, “What to Expect When No One’s Expecting,” is pets.
    In surveys taken from the 1940s to the 1980s, fewer than half of Americans said they owned a pet. Today America’s 300 million humans own 360 million pets. Last puts that in perspective: “American pets now outnumber American children by more than four to one.” Often those pets are pampered to a degree that quite recently would have been thought eccentric. The average dog-owning household’s spending on pet grooming aids, for example, more than doubled between 1998 and 2006. Last notes that when a kids’ clothing store in the suburban Washington neighborhood where he used to live went out of business, it was replaced by a doggie spa — leaving the neighborhood “with six luxury pet stores and only two shops dedicated to clothing children.”
    A mania for pets isn’t all that materializes when the birth rate sinks. So do economic stagnation, dwindling innovation, a declining lifestyle, the exploding health and pension costs of an aging population, and the ever-heavier taxes needed to maintain the government safety net when there are fewer workers and entrepreneurs. Optimism, booming markets, and technological dynamism recede, supplanted by intergenerational conflict and loneliness.
    Many people, it’s true, are still in the grip of the Malthusian fallacy. The superstition that more human beings will mean more hunger, misery, and environmental despoliation is a popular one. But serious demographers, economists, and others have been warning for years that declining populations lead to shortages, misery, and upheaval.
    What happens to a society that increasingly turns its back on marriage and babies?
    “If you think that population decline is going to be a net boon to society,” Megan McArdle writes in the Daily Beast, “take a long hard look at Greece. That’s what a country looks like when it becomes inevitable that the future will be poorer than the past: social breakdown, political breakdown, economic catastrophe.”
    If so, Greece will have plenty of company. Fertility rates are falling everywhere. The median age in many countries is already over 40, well above the prime childbearing years. In some places, plummeting fertility can be attributed to dictatorial coercion: To enforce its “one-child” policy, China has employed methods ranging from steep fines and loss of employment to compulsory sterilization and abortions. The results have been brutal: Hundreds of millions of births have been prevented, China’s median age is at 36 and rising, and the Chinese fertility rate is now 1.54 — well below the rate of 2.1 needed to maintain a steady population.
    But, as Last points out, the fertility rate for white, college-educated American women — a proxy for the US middle class — is 1.6. “In other words, America has created its very own ‘one-child’ policy. It’s soft and unintentional, the result of accidents of history and thousands of little choices. But it has been just as effective.”
    It is hard to overstate the demographic and social transformation this represents. It wasn’t that long ago that getting married and having children were life goals shared by nearly every American. For most of the 20th century, well over 90 percent of US adults married at some point in their lives — at one point the percentage went as high as 98.3 percent. Now, according to Pew, barely half of all adults in the United States — a record low — are married, and nearly 4 in 10 Americans say marriage is becoming obsolete.
    And as more people choose not to marry, more of them retreat from childrearing. For decades Gallup has asked Americans what they consider the “ideal family size.” From the 1940s to the 1960s, roughly 70 percent said that three or more children would be best. But beginning in the late 1960s, the American “ideal” fell sharply. Today only 33 percent of Americans regard three or more kids as desirable. And in practice, one in five American women now have no children at all.
    What happens to a society that increasingly turns its back on marriage and babies? In which singlehood becomes standard, and pets outnumber kids by four to one? Ready or not, America is going to find out.

  73. What happens to a society that increasingly turns its back on marriage and babies?
    ———————————————————————————
    If you are a Democrat, then you work yourself up into a state of high dugeon, and demand that Catholic employers pay for Sandra Fluke’s contraceptives in the name of justice, as only you define it.

  74. So do economic stagnation, dwindling innovation, a declining lifestyle, the exploding health and pension costs of an aging population, and the ever-heavier taxes needed to maintain the government safety net when there are fewer workers and entrepreneurs. Optimism, booming markets, and technological dynamism recede, supplanted by intergenerational conflict and loneliness.
    ———————–
    Plato spoke to that issue, and reached the same conclusion the writer did—national decline. Oh, by the way, you also get real estate crashes, when retiring baby boomers have no one to sell to. But there is no problem too large or too small for the Time Man of the Year to resolve so I am not worried. I just think the editors of Time should be consigned to the booby hatch, which is where they belong. The give a whole new meaning to the word “light weight”.

  75. The failure of Plan B this week may have signaled the beginning of the end of an era dominated by those in the Republican establishment-permanent political class complex.

  76. It is highly unusual for the person being nominated not speak at the press conference being held for him. Nevertheless, that’s what happened today at the White House. Even CBS reporter Mark Knoller noted this oddity on Twitter
    ————————–
    Wow! My world is toppling. What good does it do to be a big media sycohophant if assholes who have just been appointed to positions they lack the character for, stand there looking like the talking horse Mr. Ed, but say nothing. He said nothing, therefore I have nothing to report, therefore I am expendable, therefore I will have to draw my 401 k program down to zero and collect unemployment just like the 25 million other Americans me and my colleagues never want to talk about, because it reflects poorly on Obama. It is like the House that Jack Built. If the word for someone who twitter is twit, then I think Koller fits the bill rather nicely.

  77. Saturday Night Card Game (I could not accuse Salon.com of tokenism, even if I wanted to)

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 5:30pm

    27

    44

    In one of the most snide and offensive columns written this year in The NY Times, University of Pennsylvania Political Science Professor Adolf L. Reed, Jr. called Tim Scott and other Republicans who are black “cynical tokens.”

    In response, I noted that I would not be so offensive as to accuse either The New York Times Editorial Board or The U. Penn. Political Science Department of tokenism even though they don’t, um, “look like America.”

    So I decided to take a look at Salon.com, whose author David Sirota has carved out for himself the inglorious first of Injecting racial politics into the Newtown, CT, murders:

    “The issue with it will be, politically, I think; the profile is white men,” Sirota said. “That’s a profile that’s not, essentially, in America allowed to be profiled. That’s the one profile in America that’s not allowed to be profiled.”

    Sirota’s “white privilege” rants have been featured here prior to the Newtown shooting. He has attempted to use the White Privilege construct against, among others, the Tea Party movement, All Roads Lead to White Privilege.

    White Privilege, as we have explored here before, is the seemingly perfect answer to the inability actually to prove racism — it’s everywhere so no proof is needed.

    But Sirota’s really trying to make a name for himself with White Privilege in the aftermath of the shooting, a strategy promoted by Salon.com, David Sirota on CNN: The media doesn’t profile white men:

    Salon columnist David Sirota spoke with CNN to elaborate on his observation that recent mass shootings have been perpetrated by white men, and that “if this was any other kind of demographic, you would be hearing that in a much different way, a much uglier way.”

    Salon.com gives Sirota a platform to perpetrate this intellectually lazy headline-grabbing nonsense.

    So let’s take a look at the 14 regular columnists at Salon.com (who they call on the home page the Salon.com “Voices”)

    I could accuse Salon.com of intellectual laziness, but I could not accuse it of tokenism, even if I wanted to (which I do not).

    White privilege, however, may fit.

    +63

    0

  78. Kiss your right to a trial by jury good-bye unless Obama vetoes this.

    “OFFICE OF SENATOR RAND PAUL (R-KENTUCKY): Today, the United States Senate voted on the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), which was stripped of an amendment during the House-Senate conference committee that would have guaranteed Americans the right to due process and a jury trial.

    The amendment, introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), and which passed with a 67-29 vote on Nov. 29, was designed to protect American citizens against indefinite detention. The conference committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) removed this provision, and in doing so, rendered the bill in violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.”

    OFFICE OF SENATOR RAND PAUL (R-KENTUCKY): Today, the United States Senate voted on the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), which was stripped of an amendment during the House-Senate conference committee that would have guaranteed Americans the right to due process and a jury trial.

    The amendment, introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), and which passed with a 67-29 vote on Nov. 29, was designed to protect American citizens against indefinite detention. The conference committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) removed this provision, and in doing so, rendered the bill in violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.
    OFFICE OF SENATOR RAND PAUL (R-KENTUCKY): Today, the United States Senate voted on the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), which was stripped of an amendment during the House-Senate conference committee that would have guaranteed Americans the right to due process and a jury trial.

    The amendment, introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), and which passed with a 67-29 vote on Nov. 29, was designed to protect American citizens against indefinite detention. The conference committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) removed this provision, and in doing so, rendered the bill in violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.

    OFFICE OF SENATOR RAND PAUL (R-KENTUCKY): Today, the United States Senate voted on the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), which was stripped of an amendment during the House-Senate conference committee that would have guaranteed Americans the right to due process and a jury trial.

    The amendment, introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), and which passed with a 67-29 vote on Nov. 29, was designed to protect American citizens against indefinite detention. The conference committee, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) removed this provision, and in doing so, rendered the bill in violation of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/12/22/sen_paul_objects_to_indefinite_detention_language_in_ndaa_abomination.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvuhVu0z9p4&feature=player_embedded

    “The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have passed the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

    Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo’s office confirmed Congress passed the bill in a press release.

    The House passed it on Thursday with a vote of 315 yeas to 107 noes; the Senate passed it on Friday with a vote of 81 yeas to 14 noes. It now heads to the White House for the President’s signature.”

    http://www.guampdn.com/article/20121222/NEWS01/121222002/UPDATE-Congress-passes-National-Defense-Authorization-Act-Fiscal-Year-2013

  79. sorry, I have no idea why the post duplicated three times.

    But maybe even the computer knows we have to warn the American people.

  80. It is no coincidence that those who are going ballistic over the economic inequality between the top one or two percent and the rest of us are promoting a far more dangerous concentration of political power in Washington– where far less than one percent of the population increasingly tell 300 million Americans what they can and cannot do, on everything from their light bulbs and toilets to their medical care–Tom Sowell.

    (Comment: therein lies the motive of big media support for Obama. As for the word forward, so often associated with the left, Mussoli’s newspaper, an organ of the fascist left (confused too often with the right) was Avanti, which means “forward”. It begs the question forward to what? which is akin to change to what? These are questions the ignornti never consider. All they know is, for whatever reason, they just aren’t happy, and they are about as deep intellectually as Oprah, on a good day.)

    ———————————————-

    Forward” to the Past?

    Thomas Sowell

    Dec 19, 2012

    The political slogan “Forward” served Barack Obama well during this year’s election campaign. It said that he was for going forward, while Republicans were for “going back to the failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place.”

    It was great political rhetoric and great political theater. Moreover, the Republicans did virtually nothing to challenge its shaky assumptions with a few hard facts that could have made those assumptions collapse like a house of cards.

    More is involved than this year’s political battles. The word “forward” has been a political battle cry on the left for more than a century. It has been almost as widely used as the left’s other favorite word, “equality,” which goes back more than two centuries.

    The seductive notion of economic equality has appealed to many people. The pilgrims started out with the idea of equal sharing. The colony of Georgia began with very similar ideas. In the midwest, Britain’s Robert Owen– who coined the term “socialism”– set up colonies based on communal living and economic equality.

    What these idealistic experiments all had in common was that they failed.

    They learned the hard way that people would not do as much for the common good as they would do for their own good. The pilgrims nearly starved learning that lesson. But they learned it. Land that had been common property was turned into private property, which produced a lot more food.

    Similar experiments were tried on a larger scale in other countries around the world. In the biggest of these experiments– the Soviet Union under Stalin and Communist China under Mao– people literally starved to death by the millions.

    In the Soviet Union, at least 6 million people starved to death in the 1930s, in a country with some of the most fertile land on the continent of Europe, a country that had once been a major exporter of food. In China, tens of millions of people starved to death under Mao.

    Despite what the left seems to believe, private property rights do not exist simply for the sake of people who own property. Americans who do not own a single acre of land have abundant food available because land is still private property in the United States, even though the left is doing its best to restrict property rights in both the countrysides and in the cities.

    The other big feature of the egalitarian left is promotion of a huge inequality of power, while deploring economic inequality.

    It is no coincidence that those who are going ballistic over the economic inequality between the top one or two percent and the rest of us are promoting a far more dangerous concentration of political power in Washington– where far less than one percent of the population increasingly tell 300 million Americans what they can and cannot do, on everything from their light bulbs and toilets to their medical care.

    This movement in the direction of central planning, under the name of “forward,” is in fact going back to a system that has failed in countries around the world– under both democratic and dictatorial governments and among peoples of virtually every race, color, creed, and nationality.

    It is one thing when conservative leaders like Ronald Reagan in America and Margaret Thatcher in Britain declared central planning a failure. But what really puts the nails in the coffin is that, before the end of the 20th century, both socialist and communist governments around the world began abandoning central planning.

    India and China are the biggest examples. In both countries, cutbacks on government control of the economy were followed by dramatically increased economic growth rates, lifting millions of people out of poverty in both countries.

    The ultimate irony is that the most recent international survey of free markets found the world’s freest market to be in Hong Kong– in a country still ruled by communists! But the Chinese communists have at least learned, the hard way, a lesson that Barack Obama seems oblivious to.

    We are going “forward” to a repeatedly failed past, following a charismatic leader, after a 20th century in which charismatic leaders led countries into unprecedented catastrophes

  81. Basil: this one is for you. Behind the two week long exigesis of the tagic shooting is the big media qua washington elite agenda to disarm law abiding citizens AND to consolidate more and more and more power in Washington. This, more than anything else, is why Boehners days as Speaker are numbered. He is solidly on the side of the less than one million east coast establishment elitist habitates and solidly against the 311 million rest of us. The critical mass of the party, however, is in the hinterland, which to the powdered wig set is Washington is akin to the 19th century vision of darkest Africa, where no civilized man dare venture. But they have got the blacks thinking that this is their great come and get it day, because they have a black man in the white house. Fortunately, one of the smartest men of our time, Thomas Sowell, who happens to be black, is not seduced by any of this nonsense. I wonder what he thinks about mush mouth Sharpton, who could give PT Barnum a run for his money, since he runs a racist circus which rivals the greatest show on earth, courtesy of Imelt who plucked him into the limelight from a history of lies, race baiting, and proven fraud.
    —————————————

    Invincible Ignorance

    Thomas Sowell

    Dec 18, 2012

    Click if you like this column!

    Sign-Up

    Must every tragic mass shooting bring out the shrill ignorance of “gun control” advocates?

    The key fallacy of so-called gun control laws is that such laws do not in fact control guns. They simply disarm law-abiding citizens, while people bent on violence find firearms readily available.

    If gun control zealots had any respect for facts, they would have discovered this long ago, because there have been too many factual studies over the years to leave any serious doubt about gun control laws being not merely futile but counterproductive.

    Places and times with the strongest gun control laws have often been places and times with high murder rates. Washington, D.C., is a classic example, but just one among many.

    When it comes to the rate of gun ownership, that is higher in rural areas than in urban areas, but the murder rate is higher in urban areas. The rate of gun ownership is higher among whites than among blacks, but the murder rate is higher among blacks. For the country as a whole, hand gun ownership doubled in the late 20th century, while the murder rate went down.

    The few counter-examples offered by gun control zealots do not stand up under scrutiny. Perhaps their strongest talking point is that Britain has stronger gun control laws than the United States and lower murder rates.

    But, if you look back through history, you will find that Britain has had a lower murder rate than the United States for more than two centuries– and, for most of that time, the British had no more stringent gun control laws than the United States. Indeed, neither country had stringent gun control for most of that time.

    In the middle of the 20th century, you could buy a shotgun in London with no questions asked. New York, which at that time had had the stringent Sullivan Law restricting gun ownership since 1911, still had several times the gun murder rate of London, as well as several times the London murder rate with other weapons.

    Neither guns nor gun control was the reason for the difference in murder rates. People were the difference.

    Yet many of the most zealous advocates of gun control laws, on both sides of the Atlantic, have also been advocates of leniency toward criminals.

    In Britain, such people have been so successful that legal gun ownership has been reduced almost to the vanishing point, while even most convicted felons in Britain are not put behind bars. The crime rate, including the rate of crimes committed with guns, is far higher in Britain now than it was back in the days when there were few restrictions on Britons buying firearms.

  82. Senate Democrats have been promised White House-level help in the battle to replace Sen. John Kerry in Massachusetts.

    President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton will all campaign for the Democratic candidate, according to a Democratic official.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who Kerry is expected to replace, might also get involved.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2012/12/23/obama-mooch-bubba-plan-to-campaign-for-dem-candidate-to-fill-kerrys-mass-senate-seat/

  83. Mark Steyn has a fine thoughtful article on the topics awakened by the utter madness of the Newtown killings. It speaks to the deranged state of our national culture and it has outcomes like the utter madness of our politics.

    Mark Steyn: Vain search for meaning in massacre
    By MARK STEYN (Orange County Register)

    “Lullay, Thou little tiny Child By by, lully, lullay…”

    The 16th-century Coventry Carol, a mother’s lament for her lost son, is the only song of the season about the other children of Christmas – the first-born of Bethlehem, slaughtered on Herod’s orders after the Magi brought him the not-so-glad tidings that an infant of that city would grow up to be King of the Jews. As Matthew tells it, even in a story of miraculous birth, in the midst of life is death. The Massacre of the Innocents loomed large over the Christian imagination: in Rubens’ two renderings, he fills the canvas with spear-wielding killers, wailing mothers and dead babies, a snapshot, one assumes, of the vaster, bloodier body count beyond the frame. Then a century ago the Catholic Encyclopedia started digging into the numbers. The estimated population of Bethlehem at that time was around a thousand, which would put the toll of first-born sons under the age of 2 murdered by King Herod at approximately 20 – or about the same number of dead children as one school shooting on a December morning in Connecticut. “Every man a king,” promised Huey Long. And, if it doesn’t quite work out like that, well, every man his own Herod.
    Had my child been among the dead of Dec. 14, I don’t know that I would ever again trust the contours of the world. The years go by, and you’re sitting in a coffee shop with a neighbor, and out of the corner of your eye a guy walks in who looks a little goofy and is maybe muttering to himself: Is he just a harmless oddball – or the prelude to horror? The bedrock of life has been shattered, and ever after you’re walking on a wobbling carpet with nothing underneath. For a parent to bury a child offends against the natural order – at least in an age that has conquered childhood mortality. For a parent to bury a child at Christmas taints the day forever, and mocks its meaning.
    For those untouched by death this Christmas, someone else’s bewildering, shattering turn of fate ought to occasion a little modesty and circumspection. Instead, even by its usual execrable standards, the public discourse post-Newtown has been stupid and contemptible. The Left now seizes on every atrocity as a cudgel to beat whatever happens to be the Right’s current hottest brand: Tucson, Arizona, was something to do with Sarah Palin’s use of metaphor and other common literary devices – or “toxic rhetoric,” as Paul Krugman put it; Aurora, Colorado, was something to do with the Tea Party, according to Brian Ross of ABC News. Since the humiliations of November, the Right no longer has any hot brands, so this time round the biens pensants have fallen back on “gun culture.” Dimwit hacks bandy terms like “assault weapon,” “assault rifle,” “semi-automatic” and “automatic weapon” in endlessly interchangeable but ever more terrifying accumulations of high-tech state-of-the-art killing power. As the comedian Andy Borowitz tweeted, “When the 2nd Amendment was written the most lethal gun available was the musket.”
    Actually, the semiautomatic is a 19th century technology, first produced in 1885. That’s just under half-a-century after the death of Madison, the Second Amendment’s author, and rather nearer to the Founding Fathers’ time than our own. And the founders were under fewer illusions about the fragility of society than Hollywood funnymen: on July 25, 1764, four Lenape Indians walked into a one-room schoolhouse in colonial Pennsylvania and killed Enoch Brown and ten of his pupils. One child survived, scalped and demented to the end of his days.
    Nor am I persuaded by the Right’s emphasis on pre-emptive mental-health care. It’s true that, if your first reaction on hearing breaking news of this kind is to assume the perpetrator is a male dweeb in his early twenties with poor socialization skills, you’re unlikely to be wrong. But, in a society with ever fewer behavioral norms, who’s to say what’s odd? On 9/11, the agent at the check-in desk reckoned Mohammed Atta and his chums were a bit strange but banished the thought as shameful and discriminatory. In a politically correct world, vigilance is a fool’s errand. The US Airways cabin crew who got the “flying imams” bounced from a Minneapolis plane for flamboyantly, intimidatingly wacky behavior (praying loudly, fanning out to occupy all the exit rows, asking for seatbelt extenders they didn’t need) wound up in sensitivity-training hell. If a lesbian thinks dragging your wife around in a head-to-toe body-bag is kinda weird, she’s being “Islamophobic.” If a Muslim thinks taking breast hormones and amputating your penis is a little off, he’s “transphobic.” These very terms make the point that, in our society, finding somebody else odd is itself a form of mental illness. In an unmoored age, what’s not odd? Once upon a time, TV viewers from distant states descending on a Connecticut town to attend multiple funerals of children they don’t know might have struck some of us as, at best, unseemly and, at worst, deeply creepy – a Feast of the Holy Innocents, so to speak.
    OK, what about restricting it to wishing murderous ill upon someone? In her own response to the Sandy Hook slaughter, the novelist Joyce Carol Oates tweeted that hopes for gun control would be greatly advanced “if sizable numbers of NRA members become gun-victims.” Who’s to know when violent fantasies on social media prefigure a loner getting ready to mow down the kindergarten or just a critically acclaimed liberal novelist amusing her friends before the PEN Awards cocktail party? As it is, in American schools, mental-health referral for “oppositional defiance disorder” and the like is a bureaucratic coding racket designed to access federal gravy. Absent widely accepted cultural enforcers, any legislative reforms would quickly decay into just another capricious boondoggle.
    It would not be imprudent to expect that an ever-broker America, with more divorce, fewer fathers, the abolition of almost all social restraints and a revoltingly desensitized culture, will produce more young men who fall through the cracks. But, in the face of murder as extraordinarily wicked as that of Newtown, we should know enough to pause before reaching for our usual tired tropes. So I will save my own personal theories, no doubt as ignorant and irrelevant as everybody else’s, until after Christmas – except to note that the media’s stampede for meaning in massacre this past week overlooks the obvious: that the central meaning of these acts is that they are without meaning. Herod and the Pennsylvania Indians murdered children in pursuit of crude political goals; the infanticidal maniac of Sandy Hook was merely conscripting grade-school extras for a hollow act of public suicide. Like most mass shootings, his was an exercise in hyper-narcissism – 19th century technology in the service of a very contemporary sensibility.
    Meanwhile, the atheists have put up a new poster in Times Square: Underneath a picture of Santa, “Keep the Merry”; underneath a picture of Christ, “Dump the Myth.” But in our time even Christians have dumped a lot of the myth while keeping the merry: Jesus, lambs, shepherds, yes; the slaughtered innocents of Bethlehem, kind of a downer. If the Christmas story is a myth, it’s a perfectly constructed one, rooting the Savior’s divinity in the miracle of His birth but unblinkered, in Matthew’s account of Herod’s response, about man’s darker impulses:

    “Then woe is me
    Poor Child, for Thee
    And ever mourn and may
    For Thy parting
    Nor say nor sing
    By by, lully, lullay.”

    ©MARK STEYN

  84. Mr. Obama repeatedly lost patience with the speaker as negotiations faltered. In an Oval Office meeting last week, he told Mr. Boehner that if the sides didn’t reach agreement, he would use his inaugural address and his State of the Union speech to tell the country the Republicans were at fault.

    At one point, according to notes taken by a participant, Mr. Boehner told the president, “I put $800 billion [in tax revenue] on the table. What do I get for that?”

    “You get nothing,” the president said. “I get that for free.”

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/12/22/shut-your-btch-a-up-and-do-what-i-say/

    ~
    How can anybody seriously negotiate with obama? He is a bully. An arrogant and super egotistical bully!

  85. wbboei,

    Some stats on black violence followed by some stats about slavery.

    – Blacks are just 13 percent of the population but they commit more than half the muggings and murders in the country. Hispanics commit violent crimes at about three times the white rate.

    – The proportion of blacks and Hispanics in an area is the single best indicator of how dangerous it is. The racial mix is a much better predictor of crime rates than poverty, unemployment, and dropout rates combined.

    – A black is about 39 times more likely to do violence to a white than the other way around, and no less than 130 times more likely to rob a white.

    – Every year there are about 15,000 black-on-white rapes but fewer than 900 white-on-black rapes. There are more than 3,000 gang rapes of whites by blacks—but white-on-black gang rapes are so rare they do not even show up in the statistics.”

    http://www.vdare.com/articles/
    ********************************************
    Slavery

    – Slavery was not a twisted European manipulation, although Europe capitalized on a mutual understanding and greedily expanded the slave trade into what would become a horrific enterprise . . . .

    – It was a thunder that had no sound. Tribe stalked tribe, and eventually more than 20 million Africans would be kidnapped in their own homeland.

    – Historians estimate that ten million of these abducted Africans “never even made it to the slave ships. Most died on the march to the sea”—still chained, yoked, and shackled by their African captors—before they ever laid eyes on a white slave trader.

    – The survivors were either purchased by European slave dealers or “instantly beheaded” by the African traders “in sight of the [slave ship] captain” if they could not be sold.

    – Whites did not capture and enslave people themselves. Instead they purchased slaves from African traders [who]…restricted the Europeans to a few points on the coast, while the kingdoms raided the interior to supply the Europeans with slaves.

    – Sometimes African armies enslaved the inhabitants of conquered towns and villages. At other times, raiding parties captured isolated families or kidnapped individuals. As warfare spread to the interior, captives had to march for hundreds of miles to the coast where European traders awaited them. The raiders tied the captives together with rope or secured them with wooden yokes around their necks. It was a shocking experience, and many captives died from hunger, exhaustion, and exposure during the journey. Others killed themselves rather than submit to their fate, and the captors killed those who resisted.

    http://hnn.us/articles/41431.html#_edn10

    Oh, and FTR, slavery still exists today, in AFRICAN countries including Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Sudan and several others.

    BTW, Mauritania was recently named head of the UN Commission of Human Rights.

  86. Look at these numbers and stats and ask yourself WHY the U.S. is harangued about slavery in its past when it accounted for only 4.4% of the trade and less than 5% of Americans owned slaves.

    What is wrong with this picture? How long are white Americans going to continue to buy into the propaganda that the entire white race owes something to blacks for the sin of slavery? Why don’t blacks blame the Africans, the Portugese, the Spanish, the Brazilians?
    **********************************************************

    Less than 5% traveled to the Northern American States formally held by the British.

    As a result of the slave trade, five times as many Africans arrived in the Americas than Europeans. Slaves were needed on plantations and for mines and the majority was shipped to Brazil, the Caribbean, and the Spanish Empire.

    Less than 5% traveled to the Northern American States formally held by the British.
    ******************************************************
    Between 1450-1900 roughly 11.3 million slaves were transported along the Trans-Atlantic Slave Route.

    Here is the breakdown of where they were sent.

    Brazil – 4 million -35.4%

    Spanish Empire – 2.5 million – 22.1%

    British West Indies – 2 million 17.7%

    French West Indies – 1.6 million -14.1%

    British North America and U.S. – 500,000 – 4.4%

    Dutch West Indies – 500,000 – 4.4%

    Danish West Indies – 28G – .o2%

    Europe – 200,000 – 1.8%
    ***********************************************
    Slavery was a traditional part of African society — various states and kingdoms in Africa operated one or more of the following: chattel slavery, debt bondage, forced labor, and serfdom. See Types of Slavery in Africa for more on this topic.

    http://africanhistory.about.com/od/slavery/ig/Slavery-Statistics-and-Maps/SlaveryTable002.htm

Comments are closed.