The Hillary Clinton 2016 Muddled Message Mess

Update: Why would anyone who wants to win in 2016 support ObamaCare? It was a mess, it is a mess, it will remain a mess. It’s a scam in which the American taxpayer is forced by the American government to pay insurance companies money for nothing. The latest Uh oh: D.C. ObamaCare exchange announces website won’t be able to calculate subsidies until November. Then the “calculations” will be made “off line”. If the D.C. ObamaCare website is in so much trouble a few days before launch imagine the mess the entire ObamaCare scam is in nationwide. Let the corruption collapse unto itself.

ObamaCare opponents in the Capitol should do everything in their power to force ObamaCare on congress. As we wrote a while back “ Repeal It, Don’t ‘Repair’ It; Nix It – Don’t ‘Fix’ It.

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Hillary Clinton 2016 is a muddled message mess. The elemental question a campaign must answer before it begins to even be a dream is at this point answered by Hillary Clinton 2016 with a dust storm of incoherence. Joe Biden has answered the basic question for his campaign. Most Republicans have answered the essential question for their prospective campaigns. Ted Cruz has certainly answered the fundamental question candidates must answer before their campaigns organize and mobilize. Hillary Clinton 2016 however is a wagon train immersed in fog headed into quicksand bogs because it has not answered the question a campaign must answer as the chief policy motivation and raison d’etre of the candidate.

The central question for any campaign is whether the electorate must “stay the course!” or whether it is “time for a change!”. It’s one or the other. There is no other question. A merge, a double message won’t sell. A “let’s stay the course but change” concoction has as much appeal and logic as vegetarian pork chops. Hillary Clinton 2016 thus far mumbles non sequiturs hoping no one will notice the screeching echoes of the 2008 muddled message mess (which we tried to correct) when the campaign careened from message to message while the Obama campaign stuck to it’s simple and clear lie.

Is the Hillary Clinton 2016 rationale the same as Joe Biden’s reason to run? Ol’ Joe will go to the electorate and say things are going so well and so on track “we must stay the course!” Recently Bumbling Joe drew a contrast between himself and Hillary at a 2016 Iowa event and rewrote 2008 history. Said bumbling Joe about 2008 and by implication 2016, at the Tom Harkin Iowa Steak Fry, “But if you go back and look at those 13 debates, the only two people who never disagreed on a single solitary subject in those debates were Barack Obama and Joe Biden.” Joe must have been drinking again ’cause we remember things a bit differently. But well enough, it is clear Joe is gonna go with Barack for 2016.

Republicans and the Republican 2016 candidate? Republicans will reason with the electorate and say things are off track and it is “time for a change!”.

Hillary Clinton 2016? Is it “time for a change”? Or is it “stay the course”. Thus far, it is mush. In recent interview articles with Hillary we read of policy “disputes” with Barack Obama at the same time as support for Barack Obama. This is too cute by more than a half.

We understand the challenges Hillary Clinton 2016 faces and we have written about the need for the “gull ’em then cull ’em” strategy. First sedate the Obama hordes now in possession of what was once the Democratic Party, then the kill, the cull. But the “gull” has turned into more of a “lull” as Hillary Clinton 2016 meanders about without a winning message for 2016. Many will argue that there is still plenty of time to develop a message. But message damage is being done daily and like the drivers licenses for illegal aliens issue in 2008 the damage will be severe in a a general election.

The challenges are not nearly as plentiful as the opportunities. Americans believe the country is on the wrong track according to the latest Bloomberg poll. Obama’s approval numbers are under water and 2014 will likely so blast lame duck Barack Obama he will be dead duck Barack Obama. A brand new CBS/NYT poll: Obama tanking on foreign policy demonstrates Barack Obama’s stink of failure has spread internationally. Domestically, Barack Obama is a big stink too. The Obama stink will get worse as failure takes hold and will not turn to perfume by 2016.

Hillary Clinton should position herself as the candidate of “CHANGE!”. Repeat the positions taken in 2008 and note how wise that course would have been. Declare it is “time for a change” to effective leadership and unite the white working class with her campaign for change. Let Joe Biden be the “stay the course” candidate aboard the Titanic. Hillary Clinton 2016 could easily be the lot less scary candidate of “time for a change” which is the default on every Republican 2016 bumper sticker. But cutesie-wutsie won’t get the gold. Yet that muddled message mess is the course Hillary Clinton 2016 is on.

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Barack Obama’s health scam, ObamaCare, is nothing like what Hillary Clinton proposed as a universal health plan. Indeed, as was published this September 22, ObamaCare was a campaign ploy line designed to mask the fact that Barack Obama had no idea what he was talking about and had no health care plan. Yet now slimy immigration hustler Lindsay Graham, with a great deal of justification due to the Hillary Clinton 2016 Muddled Message Mess, calls ObamaCare “ClintonCare”:

“Hillary Clinton decided today to own Obamacare, so in 2016 when this thing falls apart and the economy is in shambles, because of Obamcare, I am going to hereafter call it ‘Clintoncare’,” Graham said Tuesday on Fox News’s “On the Record.”

“The one story that people are not talking about is that Bill and Hillary Clinton, particularly Hillary Clinton, fully embraced Obamacare today. They’re selling this bill as hard as they can sell it. I will never call it Obamacare anymore. I’m going to call it Clintoncare,” Graham (R-S.C.) said.”

Obama’s Praetorian Guard Politico even declares the “Obamacare elixir” to be “the Clintons”. So even as Barack Obama confesses he raised taxes to bring about ObamaCare; as the ObamaCare impact on health insurance individual market premiums dramatically increase; as ObamaCare potentially will destroy Medicare not just take the half trillion dollars it already has stripped from Medicare; as Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four; even as Politico notes that ObamaCare has suffered “One blow after another” this is the time Hillary Clinton 2016 has disastrously chosen to embrace the ObamaCare that so trashed Hillary’s thoughtful health plan of 2008. The Clinton caveats about ObamaCare will be ignored in 2016 as they are today and no amount of parsing and revisiting words will change the disaster being created in these very early days in the 2016 cycle.

It’s not just ObamaCare where the Hillary Clinton 2016 message is a muddled mess. Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State advocated for aid to the Syrian rebels before the Syrian rebels became an Al Qaeda operation. Both former Obama Defense Secretary Bob Gates and Hillary friend and former Obama Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have attacked Obama on Syria. Obama made a mess in Syria with red lines and a yellow streak but from Bill Clinton – who called Obama a “wuss” and a “fool” on Syria – we now hear things turned out O.K. even though they clearly are worse than ever and Assad is permanently in the catbird seat watching Vladimir Putin drive middle east policy.

On Egypt Hillary Clinton fought Barack Obama who did everything to undermine Hillary and get rid of American friend (and scumbag) Hosni Mubarak. But instead of critiques from Hillary Clinton 2016 we hear mumbles. On Libya Hillary was right to call for the destruction of the Qaddafi government because even the current mess in Libya is better than what was. But there is Benghazi and Hillary Clinton has a story to tell but instead of telling it there is a duplicitous silence to protect Barack Obama.

That is not to say that there is no strategy to what is being said. What strategy there is leads to a dead end in 2016. Hillary Clinton 2016 needs clarity of purpose and message. That means either a strategic shut up until the matter is fully developed or a fully developed strategy now. Word games and ill considered support for policies that are going to blow up are not smart.

Instead what is being delivered are balanced statements which Big Media and Obama sycophants outside Big Media blare as all out endorsements. Usually the “all out endorsements” are less than advertised and loaded with double messages. We are not alone when we notice that there are caveats and exit strategies to what Bill and Hillary Clinton are saying:

Clinton has taken a press hiatus since she left the State Department in January—“I’ve been successful at avoiding you ­people for many months now!” she says, laughing. She is tentative and careful, tiptoeing into every question, keenly aware that the lines she speaks will be read between. In our interview, she emphasizes her “personal friendship” with Obama, with whom she had developed a kind of bond of pragmatism and respect—one based on shared goals, both political and strategic. “I feel comfortable raising issues with him,” she says. “I had a very positive set of interactions, even when I disagreed, which obviously occurred, because obviously I have my own opinions, my own views.”

Is that a tiptoe away from Obama’s foreign policy, especially after jumping in with both feet to support attacks on Syria only to see Obama retreat just days later? Hmmmm.”

Many have taken notice of that Hillary Clinton remark:

“In her first major interview since leaving the State Department, Hillary Clinton highlighted the experience she gained working in the administration and positioned herself as an independent thinker as she mulls a 2016 bid.

“I’ve had a unique, close, and personal front-row seat,” she told New York Magazine, in a story posted on Sunday. “And I think these last four years have certainly deepened and broadened my understanding of the challenges and opportunities that we face in the world today.” [snip]

The story explores how Clinton has sought to carve out her own image, creating space both from her husband — who wasn’t much of a presence at the State Department, the story says — and now, from the current president.

“I feel comfortable raising issues with him,” she said of Obama, her former Democratic primary opponent. “I had a very positive set of interactions, even when I disagreed, which obviously occurred, because obviously I have my own opinions, my own views.”

The piece signals that the State Department atmosphere under her leadership stood in stark contrast to the reportedly toxic nature of her 2008 presidential campaign, though the story also questions whether the current version of Clintonworld can avoid that drama.”

The nuances do not escape us. We understand. The idea is to run the “gull and cull” to the left strategy during the primaries and then run to the middle for the general election. But that is the same incoherence in mirror image of what Hillary Clinton 2008 did. In 2008 the entire strategy was to be positioned for victory in the general election without any awareness of the shenanigans cooked up by Journolisters and Kennedy-Reid-Pelousy who behind the scenes had ginned the system for Barack Obama.

In the age of YouTube and the internet it is very difficult to run a campaign with a red line separating the nomination fight and the general election battle. Now a campaign and a candidate must have coherence – not a “pivot” delusion which distinguishes primaries from general election battlegrounds. Just look at Mitt Romney 2012 if you don’t understand this new reality.

The central question a campaign must answer before it is even a gleam in the eye of the candidate or the candidate’s supporters is do we want to go to the electorate with the message that we must “stay the course” or is it “time for a change”. Hillary Clinton 2016 thinks it can escape that formulation. It cannot.

Unlike with Barack Obama in 2008 Hillary Clinton 2016 will not be cocooned and protected by Big Media. The Barack Obama Stalinists like the DailyKooks are not about to let Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton pry the party from their fingers with parsed language. Already the left has prepared all the 2008 foolishness in Big Media of Hillary, don’t run for president. The left is ready with the “she’s too old”, it’s a dynasty, new generation time, is she healthy?, personal enrichment, scandals, Monica – arguments made in 2008 and which would easily be forgiven if the dynasty candidate was a Kennedy, Michelle Obama or another favorite. As to age we recall five years ago when once pretty boy Matt Damon declare senior citizen John McCain should not be elected because he would not survive four years in office.

Big Media will not, neither will the DailyKooks left, tolerate a Hillary Clinton which deviates one inch from Obama dogma. But by 2016 the American electorate will want to flush Obama and the Obama Hopium Guzzlers away. It will be time for a change.

For Hillary Clinton 2016 the time to think about the end game is now. We assume of course that there will be a Hillary Clinton 2016 and this is not a Colin Powell run for President. Powell’s “run” years ago which he was so coy about ultimately turned out to be a profitable marketing ploy which garnered higher fees for speeches and a markedly more lucrative book deal. If what we are seeing is a marketing strategy then it is not a muddled message mess at all but a brilliant “Fu*k You” pocket picking for a party that more than deserves to have its pockets picked, the dollars plucked, and nothing less than a brutal….

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  1. Update: Why would anyone who wants to win in 2016 support ObamaCare? It was a mess, it is a mess, it will remain a mess. It’s a scam in which the American taxpayer is forced by the American government to pay insurance companies money for nothing. The latest Uh oh: D.C. ObamaCare exchange announces website won’t be able to calculate subsidies until November. Then the “calculations” will be made “off line”. If the D.C. ObamaCare website is in so much trouble a few days before launch imagine the mess the entire ObamaCare scam is in nationwide. Let the corruption collapse unto itself.

    ObamaCare opponents in the Capitol should do everything in their power to force ObamaCare on congress. As we wrote a while back “ Repeal It, Don’t ‘Repair’ It; Nix It – Don’t ‘Fix’ It.

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  2. Admin: the corollary is if you do not define what you stand for, your adversaries will do so for you. And that effort has already started. Hillary is going to have to say forcefully I am not Obama, and I have a different vision. It has got to be the Hillary of the 2008 primary, rather than what we see now. You are right about Cruz. He has made it crystal clear what he stands for, and that is why Carvalle sees him for what he is: a formidable politician.

  3. ABOUT TIME ADMIN!

    I said about 3 weeks ago that it seemed Hillary was now just Obama in a pantsuit and that from reading what she says now AND the fact that Bill Clinton has become Obummers chief cheerleader, I could no longer support her for President.

    She seems to think America loves what is being dished out to us.

    I don’t have $692.00 premium to pay for ObamaCare every month. It’s s h I t and if Hillary thinks she can ride Obummers coattails into 2016, then she is not as smart as we thought she was.

    To be honest, after Benghazi, my thoughts on Hillary have completely changed. I no longer trust her and while I love her and in 2008 she would have made a great President (I believe maybe 50% now)….she is NOT the woman I saw standing in Pennsylvania in the pouring rain pleading her case.

    She has changed. Bill has changed. The country has changed for the worse.

    I don’t believe she has a leg to stand on with “Change”…we’ve been there, done that with Obummer”

    I don’t think she’ll be running and perhaps you are right…this is a big FU to the establishment.

    She might be better to run this out as long as possible and then take the $$$$$ and retire to her own island somewhere.

    I’m convinced she’ll never win in any regards. The long knives are STILL OUT for her.

    Do you all read the websites and see the comments made in the articles written about her? She has a lot of haterz.

  4. The other thing which has become a fixture in the new politics is a permanent alliance between the democrat leftists and the republican corporatists to marginalize the American People. To turn us into sheep with no free will controlled by and dependent upon government. That is the current drift and it will accelerate as time goes by/ Half the country today wants only bread and circuses, and the Stalinists of the left and the Nazis of the right will be more than happy to provide it in exchange for their vote. It is a shame that the Tea Party cannot see the Clintons as their natural ally, but it foolish for me to even suggest that possibility. Foolish. Big Media would never allow it.

  5. There is so much that is so appealing in the traditional democratic party platform. The pure thing not the adulterated crap that we see from Obama and his accolades.

    There is a scene in the movie The Counterfeit traitor, where William Holden must lean upon a German Baron who is his friend as well as his business partner to help him gain information needed to prosecute the war successfully. The Baron refuses. He says you know I am not a Nazi, but at the moment they are Germany. His son is in a Russian prison camp, so the allies have him over the barrel to cooperate. So he cooperates but grows to hate Holden. Then one day, he and Holden witness the hanging of Polish volunteers who institute a sitdown strike to protest the lack of food. At that point, the German Baron tells Holden, until now I cooperated because I had to. Now I do so willingly.

    I suspect that many democrats cooperated with the leftist who took over the party, for the same reason the Baron cooperated with Hitler—because at the moment Obama is the democrat party. But as Hitler was the death of Germany, so also Obama is the death of the Democratic Party. What we have today is a party that does not represent the American People, and the same thing in the other party. Only in the other party, there is organized resistance, whereas in the Democratic Party, there is no organized resistance. Their great weakness is they have no credible candidate. The problem is they know that and they will conspire again with the likes of Karl Rove to undermine Hillary. Their candidate will be Christy and that is why I have taken a point position against him as early as I can.

  6. One more thing. In 2008 we made the argument to the party that Obama cannot win the general election. The response back from the likes of fat donna and her ilk was we don’t care if we win the election. We want control of the party. Superdelegates bought that.

  7. Here is proof of the unholy alliance between establishment Republicans and Obama leftists to marginalize the American People, on virtually every issue that comes up–the deficit, fast and furious, libya, obamacare, government spying, IRS abuse, vilification of tea parties, immigration, etc. This is Bozelle’s example posted at 11 this morning.
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    It was July 25, 2012. At a private weekly meeting of conservatives, a Member of Congress had brought news that made our jaws drop. With the Continuing Resolution (CR) debate looming, the entirety of the GOP on Capitol Hill was united in the strategy to give the Obama administration everything it wanted.

    You read that correctly. The opening bid in the 2012 CR debate from the Republicans was going to be a complete surrender to the president. Further, we were told the GOP message to the Democrats was going to be: take it or leave it. We’ll give you everything and not one penny more.

    We asked for an emergency meeting with members from both chambers later that day.

    At 5:30 that evening, in a room overflowing with senators, representatives, and conservative leaders, we had it out. We were offered the strategic thinking as devised by the establishment GOP leadership and accepted by its members. In short: Why rock the boat with a government shutdown showdown, when everything is breaking our way?

    It was the belief of the GOP consultancy class, a wisdom passed along to and accepted by the GOP leadership on the Hill, that at the very least Mitt Romney should, probably could, and quite possibly would win the presidency in November

  8. In other words, the Republican candidates told their constituents that they would restore fiscal sanity and oppose Obama’s massive spending increases. Whether you believe that a 20 trillion dollar debt will bury future generations or not, the point is from top to bottom the party promised the American People they would rein in spending, but then when the chips were down what did they do? Anything he wants and not a penny less. They did not care a wit for the people who voted for them, believed in them, campaigned for them and contributed to them. They saw those people as cannon fodder. There in no living with that. Its why the Republican Party is in serious trouble. They cannot win elections without the base, and the base is leaving. It is beyond what even Mark Levin is saying–he says they are going–I say they are gone. Now then, one can only wonder how Bush’s brain will figure out how to win elections without the base. Voting machines? And if the Democrat Party relishes the thought they need to realize the same thing will happen to them. The scale of politics is getting smaller, technology and communiction are reducing it to size, and when the whole thing crashes again, all politics will be local, and Washington DC will be a ghost town, as that forgettable writer Jennifer Rubin has suggested.

  9. Admin you’re usually right when it comes to strategy, so I won’t put up a fuss about your vision.

    I am sort of just sitting here trying to decide what I would do if I were Hillary at this point. Knowing the Daily Kooked Out aholes, she will never please them and their woman hating, ageist morons. How can she let them make as little ciaos as possible before she decides on running? The Democratic cover up for their rusted calf has been that EVERYONE is against him, the racists, the Republican’s, Hillary’s old bat fan club and alike.

    Hillary is more experienced now, more wise and yet, also aware that her own party laid her on the chopping block, over and over.

    Hillary’s strength is winning the voters that are more to the voting center, the right side of the Dems, and the Independents, and the moderate Repubs. Women.

    I think Hillary will come out guns blazing if and WHEN she decides to run. I’m not sure she has decided yet, and she seems as happy as a clam these days with Bill at CGI.

    I have lost my positive attitude about how elections go after 2008, so now I will just sit back and watch the fireworks until things seem more positive for Hillary’s campaign.

  10. 100% correct on all points. Hillary and her team are making the same mistake of thinking she now is inevitable . That did not work last time. She must define her candidacy as a clear break from Obama. To assume that she has the support of any of the snakes of 2008 is a huge miscalculation.

  11. jbstonesfan

    I don’t necessarily agree with what you said, but hey, you did the magic wammy, activating Admin to make a new thread…again.
    Kudos to that. 😉

  12. Hillary and her team are making the same mistake of thinking she now is inevitable.

    — Who are ‘Hillary’s team’, besides the Big Dawg?

    Has she actually gathered with others to discuss running? It doesn’t seem like it to me.

  13. In the back of my mind I see all the potential candidates waiting to see if Hillary will run before they dream big.

    Seems like Hillary is enjoying this time and is dancing though the tulips before all Hell breaks lose.

  14. Shadowfax

    I think Hillary will come out guns blazing if and WHEN she decides to run. I’m not sure she has decided yet, and she seems as happy as a clam these days with Bill at CGI.

    I have lost my positive attitude about how elections go after 2008, so now I will just sit back and watch the fireworks until things seem more positive for Hillary’s campaign.

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    This has been my mindset, as well, Shadowfax. I don’t think she and bill have changed, rather that their strategy has.

    I agree with Admin that she should have distanced herself from OCare, and am surprised that she felt the need to say anything. I wonder how much pressure Bill and she received from the Dems in power to endorse this POS policy. I also think Admin’s point about winning the nomination is spot on. Hillary has got to be thinking that getting the nomination is not a given, if she decides to run, and that she’ll need to give the progs as little ammo as possible. They stopped her nomination before (by cheating), and they would love the chance to do it again. I think it’s also spot on that they will ditch her whether she embraces Obamacare or not.

    With the Republicans practically imploding from infighting and disunity, possibly a Clinton 2016 tactic will be to stress the unity of the Dem Party – which IMO is not the case.

    The one thing that is consistently said about the Clintons, by both Republicans and Dems is that they don’t forget who screwed over them, and at some point, they get even. Bill knew how badly O screwed over Hillary – and has said as much publicly a number of times. So where’s that old Clinton “gotcha” that Barack so deserves. Are the Clintons waiting until closer to election to lower the boom? Do they plan to lower the boom at all? Is this a “bide your time” action – agree for now, but have the revisions ready?

    Too early to tell, but these things we do know:

    1. Hillary does want some kind of Health care legislation – Both Clintons have wanted it for years. Is it possible that they figure this is the best chance to get something enacted – something that can be refined later?

    2. Hillary and Bill have functioned as Centrists throughout their political careers. Is it possible that they have drifted more to the left? I guess it’s possible, but seems unlikely at this stage of the game, which puts us back to the idea that they could be angling for prog support.

    3. Hillary has a solid reputation as someone who willingly works to compromise and work with those with whom she has ideological differences in order to get something done for the country. That reputation was hard earned and she gained the respect of senators who had formerly detested her and her husband. Could she be utilizing this skill and strategy in working with O?

    Some of the most serious automobile crashes happen because the driver is over-correcting a previous move. After 2008, recognizing that MSM will function as an arm of the progs, over-correcting may be necessary to win the nomination, but even if successful, there is a risk of crashing during the general election, just as admin said.

    Many questions, too few answers. I heard that 20% of the Dems in congress oppose Ocare. Even though that’s a pretty sizable number, still makes you wonder if the whole party is moving more to the left than it appeared to be in 2008.

  15. well I can’t help but agree with this article. I have felt Hillary going down the wrong road for a long time…disappointed with her and BC.I have voiced this many times, this is a shift for Admin . Must be very disappointed. There is obviously still time but it is running out. Step up and be the fighter Hillary. Tell us what you stand for.

  16. Just what NYC needs! NOT!
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    Will New York Elect a Progressive Marxist?

    Mr. de Blasio has a long and colorful Marxist background and he is proud of it:

    The scruffy young man who arrived in Nicaragua in 1988 stood out.

    He was tall and sometimes goofy, known for his ability to mimic a goose’s honk. He spoke in long, meandering paragraphs, musing on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Karl Marx and Bob Marley. He took painstaking notes on encounters with farmers, doctors and revolutionary fighters.

    Bill de Blasio, then 26, went to Nicaragua to help distribute food and medicine in the middle of a war between left and right. But he returned with something else entirely: a vision of the possibilities of an unfettered leftist government.

    As he seeks to become the next mayor of New York City, Mr. de Blasio, the city’s public advocate, has spoken only occasionally about his time as a fresh-faced idealist who opposed foreign wars, missile defense systems and apartheid in the late 1980s and early 1990s. References to his early activism have been omitted from his campaign Web site.

    But a review of hundreds of pages of records and more than two dozen interviews suggest his time as a young activist was more influential in shaping his ideology than previously known, and far more political than typical humanitarian work.

    http://noisyroom.net/blog/2013/09/24/will-new-york-elect-a-progressive-marxist/

  17. admin
    September 25, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Wbboei, Our corollary to your good corollary: “if you stand for nothing you’ll fall for anything”. 🙂
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    That applies with particular force to Obama in approach to foreign policy . He is putty in the hands of the CIA because he has no independent view of what sound foreign policy looks like, other than his cloud cuckoo land view in which he speaks and then the lion lays down with the lamb and thanks to Obama’s new vision for the universe, resists his natural urge to eat him. All you need to do to realize how abysmally stupid he is and what a buttfaced liar he is, is to read Larry Johnson’s blog and you will see how we were being bullshitted into going to war in Syria, with the fraudulent charge that Assad was responsible for the attack, when the UN never conceded this and the nations who looked at the objective evidence concluded just the opposite, as did Larry’s old and trusted CIA contacts from the days he worked for that agency as one of their top analysts. I do not think Obama cares about bombing Syria personally. I think he is totally under the control of CIA operatives. I look at how my own thoughts on the subject changed when I really began to think about it, I began with strict opposition to it as I did with Iraq because I believed in the quaint notion that before you go to war for some objective reason, that reason ought to be true, otherwise it is the Battleship Main and wmds all over again. As I worked my way through the analysis, I saw the real purpose and it made sense, in terms of the full spectrum of American interests in the region. But they used their fucking shill Obama to hide the truth and tell us a bedtime story, knowing that his anti-war supporters would not object because if he was doing it then it was ipso facto a good war. Is that what our politics has come down to. Reducing the American People to nothing more than puppets in the hands of some ham actor? Evidently they think so. And they find all the proof they want in the 48% whose ability to think rationally has been severely compromised. It is as if they are victims of a paranormal attack, and the thinking part of their brain has atrophied.

  18. Shadowfax

    I think Hillary will come out guns blazing if and WHEN she decides to run. I’m not sure she has decided yet, and she seems as happy as a clam these days with Bill at CGI.

    I have lost my positive attitude about how elections go after 2008, so now I will just sit back and watch the fireworks until things seem more positive for Hillary’s campaign.
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    Big media is trying to pin her down, and no less to set her course as a candidate. The last thing they want is for her to come out gun blazing and criticize what Obama had done, because that would expose their own treachery and complicity. Therefore, whenever Obama does something stupid the first thing they do is send a reporter in to her and ask her whether she agrees.That is a question she should start not answering–because every time she says yes, she becomes more committed to the stay the course, rather than the change prescription which at the end of this prolonged gas pain, 51% of the electorate will be waiting to hear, and we know that will be Christy’s message. She cannot win against Christy if she wraps herself in the Obama cloak as she has been doing for the past five years, to hang on to power. Reid and others made it very clear that she was not welcome in the senate and would be treated as a junior senator if she returned to that venue. SHE OWES THEM NOTHING. She owes the country the Hillary we saw in the 2008 primary if that Hillary every really existed. I believed that was the real her, and it is why I put my own life on hold for over a year to follow that star to whereever it led. And when it led to the ditch of supporting Obama and working for him, it was the most bitter disappointment of my political life. To win, she needs to go back not forward.

  19. Will New York Elect a Progressive Marxist?
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    There you have it:

    The equivalency we have been waiting for.

    Now it is a simple matter of syllogistic logic:

    Progressive = Marxist

    Marxist = Communist

    Progressive = Communist

    QED

  20. Current Article
    Hey John McCain, Go Away

    By Larry Johnson on September 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM in Current Affairs

    And to think I once supported this moron for President. John McCain is not and was not a hero. Just because you get shot down while flying over enemy territory, does not make you a hero. Yet, McCain, who was a failure as a student at the Naval Academy, parlayed his status as a Prisoner of War into a lucrative political career. It would be one thing if he were a true man of conviction and principle. But the only thing that matters to him, like his erstwhile buddy John Kerry, is whether or not an issue or policy is “good” for John McCain.

    The only good news is that he is finished in Arizona as a political force. The man is now a doddering idiot, consumed with petty petulance when he is shoved, deservedly so, into the obscurity he so richly deserves. Watch his pathetic performance today on the floor of the Senate:

    Election have consequences?

    You bet. But last year’s election was not about endorsing Obama’s vision of healthcare, as McCain would have you believe. The failure of the Republican establishment to rally behind Romney and Romney’s failure to put together a legit campaign paved the way for Obama’s re-election. That does not mean we must lie down like Jews outside the gas chambers at Auschwitz and accept our fate. Obamacare is a guaranteed nightmare for the economy and for the average American. Of course, why should McCain give a shit? He’s got an exemption from Obama. Typical McCain, screw the constituents. Just as long as his bread is buttered, that is all that matters.

    I am not a Ted Cruz enthusiast, but I do admire his willingness to take a stand and put himself on a line against the self-serving, self-feeding, self-perpetuating brand of incest that passes for Republican politics in Washington. Much better a loner and an iconoclast than a corporate whore like McCain.

  21. Below is an excellent quotation. File it under “its always dawn”. The key element however is time. For me the days are growing shorter. And, as Keynes said, in the long run we will all be dead. Still, it is good. And it applies with equal force and effect the the Democratic party, even though that party is less about philosophy and more about entitlements. That wonderful balance between traditional democrat and republican principles is what I am looking for and hoping for. That is the key to liberty, prosperity, security and everything else that is worth striving for. Both political parties are now corrupt to the core–to the core, and it is a fools errand to pretend otherwise. Politics will always be the competition for power, which is to say assholes and elbows, still with the right goals, namely the general welfare, the worst aspects of that competition can be exposed. The critical factor there is the media. Given the vile scumbags who run big media today (with the exception of FOX) that is a bridge too far. They must be exposed and reduced to irrelevancy.
    ———————————
    Conservatives need to stay passionate and engaged. Power usually wins the short game however, the long game is heavily tilted towards the passionate. The more passion conservatives throw at a problem, the shorter time power can hold the field. Human history teaches that power will eventually be overwhelmed by the passionate. Conservatives first need to retake the soul of the republican party through primaries and then advance that agenda through general elections.

    Establishment republicans will always fall short of governing power because they either have no passion of conviction or their passion is only towards their own self preservation. The key is not to give up or give in; to not be corrupted by the powerful.

    There is an excellent young crop of conservatives passionately fighting for limited government and individual rights. They need to stay focused and not grow weary. The way we, the great unwashed can help is through our continual support of conservatives. We need to stay educated, engaged and ready to follow those passionate conservative leaders. Ted Cruz showed us what passion looks like, now we need to show all that that passion can be mobilized.

    A great general is nobody without an army however, a great army will find its general

  22. They must be exposed and reduced to irrelevancy.
    ————————–
    The question I have been tossing around is how do you do that in polite company. How do you tell them that listening to Brian Williams, and believing what he says is brain dead? I guess you talk about a range and say, some people turn on big media and believe everything they hear, never suspecting that that 90% of what is going on they will not hear, the remaining 10% is distorted to conform to a narrative, and then there is the other end of the spectrum which believes none of what they say. I have seen enough going through the Hillary primary and two general elections which installed and re installed Obama that the latter group has it right.

  23. As always admin, timely post. It is well received and correct in its content. I am a ride-or-die Hillary fan, and admittedly, I have been concerned (better term might be dismayed) at the message she is putting out to the world. I hang my hat on the fact that we are talking about an election cycle that, because of the worthlessness of the current resident at 1600 Penn Ave, has already begun for the next president.

    One of the things that this electorate has demonstrated is its complete willingness to go along with celebrity. While Romney must be held to account for quite a few campaign mistakes, he was the better candidate and he lost. We cannot forget (and I doubt many here will) that the 2008 campaign was won because of celebrity and not substance. All that said, in looking at her early moves, she seems to be shoring up the idiot obots. And let us not forget that the press is playing a huge role in trying to define her in these stages. Remember the article about her support for the AUMF against Syria? If the text is read in its entirety, she never SUPPORTED military action by bumbles (post SOS-tenure). She only supported him going to Congress for an AUMF.

    A nuanced look at Hillary’s ‘support’ of the ACA demonstrates a very shrewd politician. I could not find in her remarks overwhelming support of the law. I DID see calculated barbs aimed at the Rethugs over shutting down the government. By tying it to the shutdown that occurred during President Clinton’s time in office, she harkened back to better economic times, more competency in government and victory for the democrats despite long odds. (Bill’s support of the ACA is another story. Not too happy about that, but I defer to his political skill as to why he would support it in that way)

    And then I saw Big Dawg on Charlie Rose talk about their life now. By all indications, from current pics, from current speeches, and from everything else occupying their time together that Hillary is just enjoying life. She is spending life now as a citizen with no political responsibilities. Being able to watch and guide Chelsea seems to have given new life to the two of them, and her inclusion with Bill and Hillary at the CGI has been nothing short of great for them.

    Then we have to remember that this is 3 years before the next presidential election! More than half the country can’t wait for this ogre to leave office. So much so that less than a year into his second term, the world is looking at who his possible replacements are. Anything could happen between now and the time that she might declare her candidacy. Who knows? She might see her life now as the way she wants to spend her days. She may see that her work at CGI trumps the hurdles she would have to go through to be president. She may see that she just doesn’t have the energy to govern if she wins. I hope that none of these are the case. I hope that her rest re-energizes her to be president. I hope that her time away gives her access to more people that could help run this government. I want her to be the 45th president of these United States (I wanted her to be the 44th president).

    But that is what I want. Whenever she tells me what SHE wants, I’ll take that decision and support it to the hilt.

    Hillary 2016

  24. Daniel Henninger: Let ObamaCare Collapse

    Congress can’t kill the entitlement state. Only the American people can.

    What the GOP’s Defund-ObamaCare Caucus is failing to see is that ObamaCare is no longer just ObamaCare. It is about something that is beyond the reach of a congressional vote.

    As its Oct. 1 implementation date arrives, ObamaCare is the biggest bet that American liberalism has made in 80 years on its foundational beliefs. This thing called “ObamaCare” carries on its back all the justifications, hopes and dreams of the entitlement state. The chance is at hand to let its political underpinnings collapse, perhaps permanently.

    If ObamaCare fails, or seriously falters, the entitlement state will suffer a historic loss of credibility with the American people. It will finally be vulnerable to challenge and fundamental change. But no mere congressional vote can achieve that. Only the American people can kill ObamaCare.

    No matter what Sen. Ted Cruz and his allies do, ObamaCare won’t die. It would return another day in some other incarnation. The Democrats would argue, rightly, that the ideas inside ObamaCare weren’t defeated. What the Democrats would lose is a vote in Congress, nothing more.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304526204579097443230322758.html?mod=hp_opinion

  25. wbboei
    September 26, 2013 at 11:49 am

    The question I have been tossing around is how do you do that in polite company. How do you tell them that listening to Brian Williams, and believing what he says is brain dead?/blockquote>

    The answer to this question is as valuable as the cracked genome code. Furthermore, this is SUPPOSED to be an enlightened population. How can the actions of this electorate be justified in company of a foreign national? This president is really a laughingstock.

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

  26. FWIW: About Obamacare collapsing, the following statement was referenced a number of times during Cruz’s occupation of the Senate floor: 🙂 ‘…we have a rare moment of bipartisan agreement in the United States Senate. Reid now appears to concur with Republican senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who has has been warning for quite some time that Obamacare was “rigged to fail” in order to pave the way for a total government takeover of the health insurance industry….’
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/harry-reid-and-tom-coburn-agree-obamacare-was-designed-fail-pave-way-single-payer_745908.html

  27. I’ve felt especially mindless not having admin’s take on things so many things. Needless to say the input offered in this post is most welcome.

    Has anyone seen the interview by Charlie Rose with Al Gore and WJC? CBS I think. I noticed a preview of it & know nothing else. It was difficult noticing the Goracle slimmed way down, and WJC appearing tired, looking quite creaky when he sat. It was 3 AM. Perhaps my observations are not valid at a better time of the day.

  28. holdthemaccountable
    September 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Has anyone seen the interview by Charlie Rose with Al Gore and WJC? CBS I think. I noticed a preview of it & know nothing else. It was difficult noticing the Goracle slimmed way down, and WJC appearing tired, looking quite creaky when he sat. It was 3 AM. Perhaps my observations are not valid at a better time of the day.

    Saw the interview in its entirety. I noticed WJC as well. He looked like age was catching up to him at moments during the interview. That said, he remains sharp as ever. Gore looked worse. Healthy, but not as comfortable in his skin (couldn’t get comfortable in his chair, teetered a bit). That said, he was sharp also. I think his stance on climate change continues to nuance, and I didn’t know it, but WJC is 100% on board. If that idiot had just stayed the course and not let advisors turn him away from Slick Willy, we would be living in a different world today.

    Hillary 2016

  29. Daniel Henninger: Let ObamaCare Collapse
    —————-
    And ignore the harm it inflicts on the American People?

    I understand where Dan is coming from. It allows establishment Republicans to run their mouth, do nothing and then reap the political gain and not be attacked by big media. This is the advice of their consultants–the same ones who delivered glorious victory in the 2012 election and collected 36 million in fees.

    But there is one small fly in the ointment. If the American People wise up and understand that in August 2012 establishment republicans agreed to give Obama everything he wanted on the deficit, have done the same thing here, while telling their constituents an entirely different story–that they would fight Obamacare to the death.

    This is why I say the Republican Party is dead man walking. And they are just dumb enough to reject the leaders and ideas that could save them. Erickson made a respectable argument this morning, that they simply need a leader who can united a party comprised of factions which have irreconcilable differences. In my state, irreconcilable differences are grounds for divorce.

  30. Admin,

    On the one hand, I think that if the electorate finally comes to their senses and judge Obama fairly, then Obama’s endorsement will be the death knell for any candidate. Which I think is going to happen in 2016. In this case, Clinton should distance herself from Obama.

    On the other hand, if Obama is judged successful then Clinton should want to be endorsed by Obama.

    Cutting clean with Obama presents challenges that will be hard to calculate.

    1) How will rank and file democrats feel about this? Isn’t Obama still popular among democrats?
    2) How will the African American community feel about this? Isn’t Obama still popular among African Americans?

    I don’t think that there are easy answers for Hillary. She needs to be very careful in distancing herself from Obama in certain issues but at the same time avoid alienating democrats who are still loyal to Obama. I don’t think that cutting clean from Obama is the way to go. There are too many risks involved. If she cuts and he remains popular with democrats, she loses the primary. If she cuts and he remains popular with the general electorate, she loses the GE. If she stays with him and his numbers tank, she loses the GE.

  31. TheRock 12:20

    …Then we have to remember that this is 3 years before the next presidential election! More than half the country can’t wait for this ogre to leave office. So much so that less than a year into his second term, the world is looking at who his possible replacements are. Anything could happen between now and the time that she might declare her candidacy. Who knows? She might see her life now as the way she wants to spend her days. She may see that her work at CGI trumps the hurdles she would have to go through to be president. She may see that she just doesn’t have the energy to govern if she wins. I hope that none of these are the case. I hope that her rest re-energizes her to be president. I hope that her time away gives her access to more people that could help run this government. I want her to be the 45th president of these United States (I wanted her to be the 44th president).

    But that is what I want. Whenever she tells me what SHE wants, I’ll take that decision and support it to the hilt.

    Hillary 2016

    —–
    Yup, I’m with you.

  32. rickya
    September 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    ————————–
    That is probably right. If you approach this the way a consultant would, weighing to risks, it is hard to know what to do. But that assumes that the status quo is immutable. When you interact however the status quo changes. I think the best answer is to be yourself, be authentic, stop the political posturing so as not to offend this joe or that Jane, and do what you think is right. I think the closer she gets to what she was in 2008, the more likely she is to win.

  33. Cruz also provided a primer on social media for the old toads of Congress who think Twitter is just an electronic bulletin board, and not an online sidewalk café with a sense of community and regular patrons.

    We are publishing below our own relevant Cruz video excerpt. It was one of his best nine minutes. Click there and you’ll understand why. More on that in a minute. Cruz’s complete marathon speech video is available courtesy of C-SPAN here.

    Hopefully, Cruz’s performance, with supporting roles from Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions, Jim Imhofe and Marco Rubio, raised the blood pressure of most of their veteran colleagues. Welcome to the New Politics, folks. Remember Rand Paul’s filibuster on drones monitoring Americans? Same deal.

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  34. rickya

    I don’t think that there are easy answers for Hillary. She needs to be very careful in distancing herself from Obama in certain issues but at the same time avoid alienating democrats who are still loyal to Obama. I don’t think that cutting clean from Obama is the way to go.

    ——
    I agree that it is a tap dance for Hillary.

    She isn’t running as an Independent and needs to represent the majority of Dem beliefs.

    She needs to show she is not the Inexperienced Obama Part Two, but has the expertise necessary to fix the problems that are now laying as open wounds.

    Like the HellCare bill that is in shambles. Maybe Hillary can say that parts of it have to be eliminated to work, like cutting out the structure putting Big Pharma and the insurance companies as the financial robber-barons, and the public at their mercy. Fixing the budget so we can buy back our freedom from China and support our military. These are all issues that Hillary does not agree with that Barry has screwed…and instead of taking a scud to all of them, she could say how she will improve on their structure to work efficiently. Not cutting Obama to shreds, (where he deserves to be) but saving face for the Democratic party.

    This is my guess as to what she might try to do.

  35. More delays.Heck just delay it forever. 🙂

    Small businesses will be able to participate in the SHOP beginning on Oct. 1 to evaluate their coverage options,” said HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters. She noted that coverage doesn’t start until Jan. 1.

    “Today the administration is announcing a major outreach campaign to make sure small businesses have the information they need,” Peters said. “Open enrollment for the SHOP Marketplace is year round, giving small business owners plenty of time to make a decision. The individual marketplace will still open on time on Oct. 1 with full online

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/obamacare-faces-new-delay-in-small-business-enrollment-97401.html#ixzz2g1r5XgGy

  36. As for the inevitable query about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s plans for 2016, Morgan stroked the ex-president a little by observing that his wife “looks fantastic” and “completely invigorated.” He said he believes that’s a sign that the former secretary of State is all-in for another presidential campaign.

    Bill Clinton demurred. “It should scream to you something else: Real life is a healthier existence than politics,” he said.

    (At the end of the article)

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2013/09/25/bill-clinton-hillary-chelsea-president/2872241/

  37. ABC “Reporter” Cokie Roberts: A Lot of the Tea Party’s Opposition to Obama Is Just Racism
    —Ace

    Via MSNBC. Ms. Roberts suggested that Hillary Clinton would be a more palatable candidate to the Tea Party than Obama, because she’s White.

    “Some of this Tea Party anger is racist. And that having a non-black person on the ticket will diffuse it to some degree,” Roberts said Wednesday on Morning Joe.

  38. Honestly Shadow, I don’t think that strategy will work. It is tentative, defensive, and it puts too much emphasis on experience which is too easily turned the other way. She needs to embrace change boldly. The other side has will do so, and if she does not talk about bold changes, and restoring this nation to greatness, the message will not take. Big media and the hard left will try to put her in the box of defending Obama, and the more of that she does, the worse it will sell. Obamacare will make Obama persona non grata between now and 2016. And there is nothing the big media can do to prevent that. 2016 will be a watershed election, and change will be coin of the realm. This may be only a personal opinion, but I will not give a candidate who makes a big deal out of defending the most polarizing president in our history and the achitect of our current demise and discontent, the time of day.

  39. ABC “Reporter” Cokie Roberts:
    —————————-
    She is a lunatic.

    And where is the proof?

    Oh, I get it, proof does not matter.

    She thinks because she is the daughter of Hale Boggs, and works for ABC that we should accept anything she says.

    Like I say. A lunatic/

  40. The pathological response by the Washington elites (big media et. al.) to the Tea Parties is so common and pervasive that it has become part of the secret handshake of that cabal.

    Just look at their perverse modus operanti:

    1. The Tea Party is racist—Roberts/DNC (because they disagree with Obama’s policies)

    2. The Tea Party is anarchist—Reid (because they criticize those who violate the Constituion)

    3. The Tea Party is responsible for massacres—Brian Ross ABC investigative reporter (got the name wrong).

    Why would anyone with an IQ over room temperature believe these buffoons?

    But there is a motive for all this:

    They know the country is gradually coming to understand the a small segment of the population, centered in Washingto DC is selling this nation down the river for personal gain, and if they cannot destroy those who are revealing this truth to the American People then the odds for their long term survival as an elite are negligible.

  41. I see where the humps at CNN have got caught misquoting and inventing things that the new President of Iran said.

    Nothing new for them, in their continuing effort to promote Obama.

    And to dump on Israel, as Amapour has done repeatedly on the Palestinian question.

    And then they are thrilled to report that the Supreme Leader has given the President “permission to negotiate the nuclear file”

    The nuclear file? What does that mean?

    More important however, will the Supreme Leader put a moratorium on bomb development, while those negotiations are pending?

    If the answer to that question is no, then we know that Obama is being played

    Negotiate does not mean agree.

    But it is a good way to stall in order to complete bomb production.

    The world is not as stupid as Mr. Obama, or his fellow travelers at CNN>

  42. Bill to the rescue
    ————–
    Will Bill also be there to indemnify the people who get screwed by Obamacare?

    Talk is dirt cheap.

  43. Gonzo: email just receive from TC. I laugh at the way Washington underestimates him. Top trial lawyer for the Top Law Firm in Washington while he was still in his 30s. Argued 7 or 9 cases before the Supreme Court. Gosh, that’s even more than the leftist granny in tennie runners from my state can boast of. In fact she has something in common with Ted, it aint politics, party affiliation or anything like that. It is Guinness Book stuff like the smartest person in congress in one case and the dumbest in Congress on the other. The only thing that saves her it the majority of the electorate in my state–west of the mountains is dumb or dumber than she is. Her name is Patty Murray, and now, by virtue of seniority as opposed to ability, she is third or fourth in leadership. Hell,she can’t even spell the word. That is another email list I would like to get off.

    Dear wbboei,

    For too long, Washington has not been listening to the American people. The facts are clear — Obamacare is not working.

    It was an honor to stand on the Senate floor this week to give you a voice and make the case that Washington should listen to the American people. We must defund Obamacare.

    Americans across the country are being hurt because of Obamacare. And because of it, the American people are disgusted with Washington.

    Millions of Americans who oppose Obamacare have been told by politicians in Washington that “it doesn’t matter,” that “it can’t be done,” and “we can’t defund it.”

    Please take a minute to watch our video of the floor debate this week and share it on social media with the hashtag #MakeDCListen.

    The Senate is currently debating the bipartisan House-passed bill to defund Obamacare and fully fund the government. The Senate should pass it. As early as tomorrow, there will be a final cloture vote to cut off debate, which would allow Senator Harry Reid to add Obamacare funding back into the House bill. I will oppose final cloture to protect the House bill and keep debate going.

    The American people are rising up and making their voices heard in Congress.

    It is time for Washington politicians from both parties to listen to the American people.

    Thank you.

    For Liberty,

  44. I have been emailing and calling Senators, Congress today.
    ———————————————–
    I did that Tuesday Gonzo. My strategy was to attack Corker (he is an easy target–wrong on everything, not representing the people of his state, which is unusual for a freshmen, usually it takes years to develop that level of arrogance, to use him as a stalking horse for McConnell who is being primaried, and then to send copies of the McConnell letter to supporters of Lee and Cruz. I do not have the resources to cover the water front, but a few key shots like that could be helpful. I called Cronyn’s office before I went off on a wild tirade on him, and it is fortunate that I did because I assumed he sold out on Immigaration as well, but his staffer said no. His strategy is to let Reid vote for cloture, and force red state dims to vote in favor of the issue and hang them out to dry in 2014. Personally, I could give a fuck about hanging them out to dry, if what it costs is the American People getting stuck with this putrid law. It is socialized medicine, and Peter Morci, economist at University of Maryland, makes pretty clear that is we do not stop it now then even if the Republicans take the senate and house in 2016 it will be too late to do anything about it. Will there ever come a point where the American People get tired of being used as pawns for the inside game in Washington and losing at ever turn?

  45. The bottom line to these RINOS is what Bozelle said: if you do not defund it, then in the eyes of the American People, you own it, just as much as the Democrats do. If I were a red state democrat that is precisely the argument I would make. Symbolic votes mean nothing you. You had the opportunity to stop it. You let that opportunity slip by. If this was a mistake, if it was a disaster for the American People, then it was truly a bi partisan one.

  46. wbboei
    September 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t know Wbb, I would also like what Admin and you propose verses trying to fix the bs that Barry has dumped on us, but how we Pinksters think isn’t the way the majority of Dims think, and those are the people that the ‘party’ is made up of.

    So far, Hillary has not gone rogue on the Dim Party, and I think she might have to compromise somewhat to get their votes if she runs. I hope not, but maybe it’s a delicate dance instead of inventing a new dance?

  47. Via MSNBC. Ms. Roberts suggested that Hillary Clinton would be a more palatable candidate to the Tea Party than Obama, because she’s White.

    “Some of this Tea Party anger is racist. And that having a non-black person on the ticket will diffuse it to some degree,” Roberts said Wednesday on Morning Joe.


    That’s racist. Doesn’t have to only be about ‘minorities’.

  48. foxyladi14
    September 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Bill to the rescue. 🙁

    —-
    The only real thing that Bill talks about is getting everyone signed up to bring down costs…

    But, Bill also knows that is impossible since Barry has already given pardons and underhanded handshakes to not sign up to millions of people.

    Bill also knows without everyone signing up, the ice cream machine will just sit in the corner and spit spoiled milk…and we all know how that will stink to high heaven.

    All the obots are screaming, “Where is my free health care?”…we all know how that fiasco will amplify in the months to come.

    What did Hillary say that Admin is so worried about???

  49. Shadowfax
    September 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm
    ————————
    Well . . . she got 17 million votes the last time, opposing Obama.

    That was more than he got.

    And not everyone he got last time is as enchanted with him now.

    If you take the unions as just one example, I suspect the bloom is off the rose with Obama.

    She has got to find a way to position herself as the change candidate.

    And it will have to be a damnsite more than I will fix Obamacare.

  50. What is her biggest hurdle?

    I submit it is not Obama.

    Nor is it Christie.

    Nor is it big media.

    It is Benghazi.

    It will be attacked on the basis of competence.

    It will be attacked on the basis of candor.

    It will be attacked on the basis of empathy.

    That is the riddle to be solved.

    And I do not think it can be solved without pointing a finger at Obama.

  51. The rebuttal argument would be that the issue will pass into obscurity and by 2016 it will be superceded by other issues.

    The problem is it goes to the issue of character, and Christie will exploit it for that reason.

    And that is why we need good oppo research on him.

  52. Bill Clinton’s claim FOX News is the root cause of the polarization which exists today in the electorate is ludicrous on its face. There is one overriding cause for the polarization and that is the way Obama has operated. It is a known fact that presidents must rally the base and to do that they must pit one part of society against the other. Obama claimed he would not do this, but not only did he break that promise but he has turned out to be the most bitterly divisive president in the post war period. He has vilified everyone who does not agree with him, and he has done it in the crudest possible way. This bare knuckles approach has earned him the emnity of over half the nation, and made it impossible to advance his legislative agenda. Even RINO eunchs who want to give him everything do so in the hope it will destroy him. He is the prototype of failure, and my fond hope is he takes the entirety of big media down with him. In my view, the destruction of big media is more important to the nation than the destruction of any perverse political figure. They have done more harm to this nation than any politician./

  53. Shadowfax
    September 26, 2013 at 7:18 pm
    —————-
    Amen.

    Roberts is a truly stupid person.

    With an unseemly to the manor borne attitude.

  54. Somebody really should cross examine this fool closely. How much time has this faux magnolia blossom spent around tea party people. None whatsoever. To her mind, they are all just rednecks who are good for nothing but tending her garden. They have no right to an opinion, if it disagrees with her. She is a prototypical example of class bias.

  55. I can just picture Roberts in the drawing room of her ante bellum mansion cursing Cruz and asking the following question to anyone who can answer:

    He went to Princeton and Harvard.

    Therefore he is one of us.

    How dare he diss us?

    How dare he side with the American People?

    Has he forgotten we made him what he is?

  56. wbb
    Well . . . she got 17 million votes the last time – (I thought it was 18 million? More than Barry, YUP!)

    And not everyone he got last time is as enchanted with him now. – (True)

    If you take the unions as just one example, I suspect the bloom is off the rose with Obama. (True, but they will only go with a Democrat, no matter if it’s Mickey Mouse or Satan.)

    She has got to find a way to position herself as the change candidate.
    And it will have to be a damnsite more than I will fix Obamacare.

    (Of course, I was only using the HellCare as an example, along with fixing the economy like Bill did, to get China off our backs and also funding the military again. These are just a few big examples where she is much different than the dead calf. Will she come out and say he is a stupid as$hole that screwed the pooch? I think she will be much more diplomatic than that, after all, Obama is not the rival candidate, it is the man she worked for…like it or not. She only has to be the loyal Democrat in principle, but in the policies, she can take a swift turn and leave him in the dust.
    Even the idiots that love the jerk. know that he has done a terrible job, admit it or not. He sucks bigtime, and everyone knows that Hillary was and is much more capable, admit it or not. So the Kooks that hate her will always hate an older woman, admit it or not. So she only has to bypass them without saying so and set her goals and sights much higher than the corpse that she will hopefully be replacing. I’m just not so sure how she will do it, but the Clinton’s are darn good at it. Will she have an A-team behind her this time (if she runs), I sure hope so.

    I could be all wrong about this, but when she became Barry’s SOS, I was pretty shocked that she could work and do a damn good job with the man that stabbed her in the back.

  57. Wbb you are the history guy, do you know of an example where an outgoing, two term President was openly trashed by a candidate that worked for the former President, and went on to win the nomination?

  58. You’re right—it was 18 million voices

    During the 2008 campaign, I spoke with Ann Lewis. She said Hillary’s goal was not to attack Obama but to define the differences. This was early in the campaign, before Obama South Carolina, where Obama tried to destroy Hillary and Bill, and undermine their support in the AA community. The other side will tie her to Obama, his mistakes will be imputed to her, big media will ask her every day whether she supports Obama on this issue or that issue, because they know they will go down if he does, and what I am saying is she needs to be the change candidate and define the differences when she is pressed. As far as any precedent, Bush Sr. was pretty tough on his future boss Reagan, and called his free market economics vodoo economics. Even if there was a precedent, this case is unique, so it would not give much guidance. My gut tells me she will have to be prepared to define the difference, because she will be pressed, and simply saying me too and embracing all the mistakes he has made is a losing strategy.

  59. In situations like this, you can always argue changed circumstances as the reason why you do not wish to stay the course.

  60. I fail to understand why Hillary would think the Proglodikes will vote for her. Just read these latest snips from the proglodikes’ “journalists:

    Maureen Dowd:

    “Poor President Obama, trying to figure out if the Russians and Iranians are offering trick or treat to America on W.M.D., as he lurches about with a foreign policy played out extemporaneously and ambivalently in “Obama’s brain and Ben Rhodes’s mouth,” as The New Republic’s Leon Wieseltier puts it. (An internal Israeli government document, The Washington Post reported, dismissed Rouhani’s charm offensive as “smile but enrich.”)

    And poor Hillary Clinton, having to watch as the diplomatic breakthroughs, albeit haphazard and possibly illusory, happen on John Kerry’s watch, making her tenure look even more like that of a globe-trotting good-will ambassador. The president told the U.N. that his future diplomatic efforts would focus on Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Hillary largely steered clear of that conflict, knowing the domestic risks for the restoration of Clinton Inc.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/25/opinion/dowd-no-brief-encounter.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

    And from Sally Kohn of the Daily Beast:

    “After all, while Hillary does seem like a shoo-in for the Democratic nomination should she choose to run in 2016, those of us already disillusioned with the disappointing and self-destructive centrism of President Obama may start to remember that he’s simply regurgitating the Clintonian politics of timid triangulation with which Hillary and her husband helped poison the political water. If, following an economic crash that Bill Clinton’s policies of deregulation helped to in large part precipitate, Obama bafflingly appointed the same crowd of lackeys to clean up the mess (Summers, Geithner, etc.), do we somehow think Hillary would become the hold-Wall-Street-accountable force that Obama has failed to be? Not likely. More likely is that Hillary, arguably more deeply embedded within Wall Street and big business circles than President Obama ever was to begin with, would continue the soft policies of economic liberalism that tinker around the edges of inequality while quietly shoring up corporate power.

    In his very thoughtful essay “The Rise of the New New Left,” my Daily Beast colleague Peter Beinart argues that younger Americans are moving away from politics as circumscribed by Ronald Reagan and reified, with little amendment, by Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton, you’ll remember, was the guy who proudly proclaimed, “The era of big government is over.” Beinart cites a 2010 Pew poll that found that two thirds of younger Americans favor a bigger government with more services over a cheaper government with fewer services—a margin of support “25 points above the rest of the population.” And 74 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds believe that “a free market economy needs government regulation in order to best serve the public interest” compared with just 57 percent of seniors. Now who was it again who slashed government regulations of the economy?

    Then there’s Hillary’s dogged support for the war in Iraq, an unpopular choice among Democratic voters and, increasingly, all Americans. Or her ambivalent-at-best support for immigrant rights in New York State. Or her mushy views on preserving entitlements like Social Security. Remember, in 2008, one of Barack Obama’s attack lines against Hillary was that she was “trying to sound or vote like Republicans.”

    I’m not saying that when faced with a Republican opponent who is even more cozy with Wall Street and even less inclined to repair our frayed social safety net and prioritize yawning economic inequality, Hillary Clinton might not look like a shimmering example of social justice. But the reality that many voters, especially the rising generation, will be holding their noses and pulling the lever. And rather than a further retrenchment in Clinton-era austerity politics and anti-government cuts, we need an alternative. Fortunately, Democrats have an alternative —Elizabeth Warren—who, a recent Quinnipiac poll shows, is the third “hottest” political figure in America, just after Hillary and Chris Christie. The poll measures voter attitudes toward the nation’s major political figures. Although 51 percent of voters say they don’t know enough about Elizabeth Warren to rate her, among those who do, Warren’s temperature score comes in at 49.2 degrees compared to Hillary at 52.1. And given that the American people overwhelmingly support tough accountability for Wall Street and aggressive solutions to unemployment and inequality, once they learn more about Elizabeth Warren, her support is only likely to grow. In other words, Ms. Clinton, you are neither necessarily needed nor wanted in the White House.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/09/25/hillary-for-president-of-the-world.html

    Um, she is wasting her time cow-towing to the Proglodikes. And the more she does, the more she alienates her Blue-collar Democrat supporters.

    She is starting to worry me…and frankly, so is Bill.

  61. wbboei
    September 27, 2013 at 12:22 am
    In situations like this, you can always argue changed circumstances as the reason why you do not wish to stay the course.

    —-
    I agree.

  62. Not exactly in the mainstream of American Political thought.

    Sally Kohn is a liberal political commentator, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, and founder and chief education officer of the Movement Vision Lab, a grassroots think tank.
    Early life and education

    Sally Rebecca Kohn was born on March 27, 1977 in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Donald Kohn, an engineer, and Melinda Kohn, a computer programmer. Kohn’s mother introduced her to volunteering and community organizing at age 12, when they began volunteering together at a local domestic violence shelter. Kohn was raised Jewish.

    Kohn was raised in Allentown and left to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Washington University. She later received a dual degree from New York University School of Law in public administration and legal studies. Kohn was a Root Tilden public service scholar at the New York University School of Law.

    Community organizing

    Previously, Kohn was Senior Campaign Strategist with the Center for Community Change, where she served as co-Director. She also previously served as Executive Director of the Third Wave Foundation. Kohn held a program fellowship at the Ford Foundation, helping to manage more than $15 million in annual grants. She was also a distinguished Vaid Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Kohn has consulted at organizations such as the Urban Justice Center. She was also a strategic adviser to the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders.
    Media career

    She has appeared on MSNBC shows The Ed Show and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.[2] Kohn has also published op-eds for outlets including Fox News,[3] The Washington Post, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. She is also a contributor to The Huffington Post. She currently serves as a Fox News Channel contributor.
    Personal life

    Kohn met her partner, Sarah Hansen, at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2003. Hansen works as an activist and consultant, and is the former Executive Director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association. They have a 3 year old daughter, Willa Eliza Hansen-Kohn.

  63. TheRock

    I want her to be the 45th president of these United States (I wanted her to be the 44th president).

    But that is what I want. Whenever she tells me what SHE wants, I’ll take that decision and support it to the hilt.

    Hillary 2016
    ____________

    Amen and a big Hell Yeah!

    Shadowfax
    September 27, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Wbb you are the history guy, do you know of an example where an outgoing, two term President was openly trashed by a candidate that worked for the former President, and went on to win the nomination?
    ______________

    Good point, Shadow. In Politics, It’s all about not pissing off the people who presumably control a significant number votes – if you hope to get those votes. O may still refuse to support Hillary, but he won’t be able to blame his refusal to do so on the Clintons’ dissing Ocare. A lot of posturing and making the politically advantageous move (as best they can determine what that move should be) – or the least politically disadvantageous one. The bill has already passed. The Pubs won’t take action to stop it. How relevant are Bill and Hillary’s support or lack thereof at this stage of the game? That’s not rhetorical, I’m really asking.

    ____________

    wbboei
    September 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm

  64. wbboei

    September 27, 2013 at 1:01 am
    ____________________________________________________

    Thanks for supporting my point, wbboei. She is a Prolodike and she represents their thinking. Note her backing of Elizabeth Warren.

    Hillary is simply NOT going to win those voters.

  65. How relevant are Bill and Hillary’s support or lack thereof at this stage of the game?


    Good point Free.

    If the Clinton’s say that everyone needs to sign up for the HellCare bill to make it affordable, it is a moot point when Obama has excused millions from having to do so. The bill is just a hodgepodge of mangled text and there isn’t an intelligent structure that can support itself.

    It’s one thing if the Clinton’s point fingers at the bill and say it will never work…putting it’s ‘perceived’ failure target on their own backs, (MSN saying they are just racists that have discredited the President and swayed the public against his health care plan).

    It’s quite another to say, well, to work it needs to be supported by all, knowing that all do not support it, and lay the blame for it’s failure at Obama’s feet.

    The Clinton’s can say, we think Universal Healthcare is needed…when everyone knows that this pile of dog poo is not a workable plan.

    —-
    I played a similar game on a boss that I hated, someone that asked me to correct her work so she could look like she knew what she was doing.
    The week I knew I was quitting my job, she asked me to help her again, correct her errors before she showed her work to her bosses. I said I would, but I didn’t change anything. After I quit, her position unraveled and within weeks she was fired for incompetence.

    I had the last laugh on a lazy and stupid boss that mistreated her staff.

  66. 🙂 🙂 go to issa dot house dot gov
    where he has all his press releases lined up like duckies, and each with the icons to FB, tweet or email same.
    Sharp!

  67. VotingHillary
    September 27, 2013 at 1:58 am

    wbboei

    September 27, 2013 at 1:01 am
    ____________________________________________________

    Thanks for supporting my point, wbboei. She is a Prolodike and she represents their thinking. Note her backing of Elizabeth Warren.

    Hillary is simply NOT going to win those voters.
    ——————————————————
    Agreed.

    Obviously, I see the world very differently than these people. I can live with that, and in some ways it is better than a world where everyone thinks the same. What I object to most about these types is that they are the world’s worst hypocrites. This narrow minded individual and other like her should be mounting the barricades against Obama because he is the thing they pretend to detest more than anything else, namely a corporate shill, but she does not nor will she. To my mind, that makes these people illegitimate and not worth listening to.

  68. This is sort of weak sauce as tough questioning goes— a bit of a throwaway at the end of the segment with no follow-up— but we take what we can get when it comes to occasionally pricking holes in the narrative. Though the questioning isn’t aggressive, the overarching message of the segment, for a change, deals with President Obama’s actions, Obama’s refusal to negotiate, and Obama’s hypocritical behavior instead of acting as if he has no responsibility in this.

    Wolf Blitzer started by noting that Obama’s refusal to negotiate to raise the debt ceiling would make him the first of modern presidents not to negotiate, and Blitzer included Obama himself in his tally since the president negotiated over the debt ceiling in 2011. Carney then responded by making the audience wonder, if he’s the guy who’s supposed to represent the administration on TV every day of the week, shouldn’t he be better at being on TV? Or, at least that’s what I got out of it.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/09/26/blitzer-to-carney-hey-why-did-obama-vote-against-raising-the-debt-ceiling/

  69. If there was such a thing as a Wacko Bird Award, and I were on a panel of judges charged with the solemn duty of deciding who in congress should get it, I would be torn between the two leading candidates—Reid (the vilest crudest most hated man west of the Pecos) and McCain (in Irish that means son of Caine, and we know from the Bible that Caine slew Abel, so what does that make john–a war hero?) Faced with that choice I can think of only two ways to go: divide the award or churn out two of them. Or we could turn them over to the frothing mob and award the prize tho the survivor. If neither one survived, we would have to decide between Illinois Combine representative Dick Durbin and slimeball Schumer. As you can see, these are not easy decisions, and if I had known this in the beginning I would have never agreed to be a judge.

  70. Re. Syria: Obama has made us a state sponsor of terrorism. There were threshold concerns about the rebel group we are supporting, as the successor to Assad, there were concerns about their terrorist leanings, but those were swept aside by big media in their urgent call to support their president, but now there is this, which shows Obama was wrong factually and morally. And what do we hear from the totalitarian left in this country? Silence. Being popular in their circles, is more important than their professed values, which by their own actions and inactions, have been shown to be a sham. They support a corporate shill, who is the epitome of everything they pretend to despise.
    —————————————————
    Larry Johnson @ No Quarter

    So now we have Barack Obama. Nobel Peace Prize winner, but instead of peace a war monger and sponsor of terrorism. Obama is intent on starting a new bloody quagmire in Syria. Just like Lyndon Johnson, Obama wants to plunge mindlessly into a civil war and, to make matters worse, wants to fight on the side of the very Islamic extremists who attacked us on 9-11, more than 12 years ago.

    Washington Post has the bad news. The rebel groups are rallying under the banner of those keen on imposing Sharia law on the people of Syria:

    American hopes of winning more influence over Syria’s fractious rebel movement faded Wednesday after 11 of the biggest armed factions repudiated the Western-backed opposition coalition and announced the formation of a new alliance dedicated to creating an Islamic state.

    The al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, designated a terrorist organization by the United States, is the lead signatory of the new group, which will further complicate fledgling U.S. efforts to provide lethal aid to “moderate” rebels fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Others include the Tawheed Brigade, the biggest Free Syrian Army unit in the northern city of Aleppo; Liwa al-Islam, the largest rebel group in the capital, Damascus; and Ahrar al-Sham, the most successful nationwide franchise of mostly Syrian Salafist fighters. Collectively, the new front, which does not yet have a formal name but has been dubbed by its members the “Islamist Alliance,” claims to represent 75 percent of the rebels fighting to topple Assad.

    Gen. Salim Idriss, the head of the moderate Supreme Military Council and the chief conduit for U.S. aid to the rebels, cut short a visit to Paris after the announcement of the alliance overnight Tuesday and will head to Syria on Thursday to attempt to persuade the factions to reconsider, according to the council’s spokesman, Louay al-Mokdad.

    The new alliance stressed that it was not abandoning Idriss’s council, only the exiled political opposition coalition, which, it said in a statement, “does not represent us.”

    These are the assholes that Obama is now arming. Let there be no doubt–Barack Obama has made America into a State Sponsor of Terrorism. While Obama will try to find ways to excuse and justify such reprehensible behavior, the facts are clear–we are backing terrorists committed to forcing all who dare to call Syria home into the tyranny of Muslim religious rule.

    So, it is one, two, three, what are we fighting for? The Russians should have a field day blasting Obama and the United States for its hubris and hypocrisy.

  71. wbboei

    What I object to most about these types is that they are the world’s worst hypocrites. This narrow minded individual and other like her should be mounting the barricades against Obama because he is the thing they pretend to detest more than anything else, namely a corporate shill, but she does not nor will she. To my mind, that makes these people illegitimate and not worth listening to.

    ______________

    This is an excellent description of the progs.

  72. I guess it’s time to choose sides!
    ============

    Dem Sen. Tom Harkin Says Tea Party “Every Bit As Dangerous” To Nation As The Civil War…

    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Friday said that the Tea Party movement is just as dangerous for America as the Civil War.

    “A small group of willful men and women who have a certain ideology about how our country should run and what we should do cannot get their way in a normal discourse and votes,” Harkin said. “Since they can’t get their way they’re going to create this confusion and discourse and hope the public is so mixed up in who to blame for this that perhaps they’ll blame both sides.”

    “That is the path they see for taking over the government. It’s dangerous, very dangerous. … Every bit as dangerous as the break up and the Civil War.”

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/09/27/unreal-dem-sen-tom-harkin-says-tea-party-every-bit-as-dangerous-to-nation-as-the-civil-war/#disqus_thread

  73. Seymour Hersh is at it again, and I love what he has to say! When the big names of anything come out against their establishment, it is always worth paying attention to.

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/media-blog/2013/sep/27/seymour-hersh-obama-nsa-american-media

    From the article – {EMPHASIS MINE}

    The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.

    “It’s pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],” he declares in an interview with the Guardian.

    Hersh returns to US president Barack Obama. He has said before that the confidence of the US press to challenge the US government collapsed post 9/11, but he is adamant that Obama is worse than Bush.

    “Do you think Obama’s been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for What’s going on [with journalists]?” he asks.

    Nor does he understand why the Washington Post held back on the Snowden files until it learned the Guardian was about to publish.

    If Hersh was in charge of US Media Inc, his scorched earth policy wouldn’t stop with newspapers.

    “I would close down the news bureaus of the networks and let’s start all over, tabula rasa. The majors, NBCs, ABCs, they won’t like this – just do something different, do something that gets people mad at you, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing,” he says.

    Kudos to wbb for the No Quarter link that led me to this story. 🙂

    Hillary 2016

  74. Go Sisters Fight this tyranny!
    =====

    Nuns Fight Back: Little Sisters Of The Poor Sue Over “Obamacare Fines” That Would Destroy Their Work For Poor

    Little Sisters Of The Poor operate homes in 31 countries, where they provide care for over 13,000 needy elderly persons. But the government, who now gets to establish who is “religious” for purposes of Obamacare, claims the Sisters don’t qualify for the narrowly-drawn exemption provided for “religious employers”. So, beginning on January 1, the Little Sisters will face millions of dollars in IRS fines unless they violate their religion by hiring an insurer to provide their employees with contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

    “These women just want to take care of the elderly poor without being forced to violate the faith that animates their work. The money they collect should be used to care for the poor like it always has ­ and not to pay the IRS,”

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/09/27/nuns-fight-back-little-sisters-of-the-poor-sue-over-obamacare-fines-that-would-destroy-their-work-for-poor/

  75. Photo: Ted Cruz Kneels in Prayer Outside the White House

    Here’s a shot of Sen. Ted Cruz praying in front of The White House yesterday.

    No, he’s not praying that Barack Obama will overturn Obamacare and no, he’s not praying that he will occupy the presidency one day. Instead, he’s alongside Rev. Rob Schenck (from Faith and Action) and Rev. Frazier White (a Democrat and Obama supporter) praying for Saeed Abedini, who has been in an Iranian prison for one year. He is being persecuted for his faith to Jesus Christ.

    Who says Ted Cruz isn’t bipartisan?

    I have not only interviewed Ted Cruz many times, but I have spent time with him and his family. He is true Bible-believing Christian who is not ashamed of the Gospel. Of course the liberals don’t want to hear that nonsense. They’ll now be busy trying to figure out how to distort this picture in Adobe Photoshop.

    Below are the words of Rev. Rob Schenck, the man who organized the prayer……

    http://blogs.cbn.com/thebrodyfile/archive/2013/09/27/photo-ted-cruz-kneels-in-prayer-outside-the-white-house.aspx

  76. If we want to talk about the Civil War, then let us at least concede that Sen. Tom Harkin is John Brown—a fanatic. He looks like him, he sounds like him, and he is crazier than a march hare. The next time he has one of his steak fries, perhaps he will jump into the pit—
    —————————–
    And there sat Sam, looking cold and calm
    in the heart of the furnace roar.
    He wore a smile you could see a mile,
    and he said “Please close that door!
    It’s fine in here, but I greatly fear
    you’ll let in the cold and storm.
    Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee,
    it’s the first time I’ve been warm.”

    There are strange things done ‘neath the midnight sun
    by the men who moil for gold.
    The arctic trails have their secret tales
    that would make your blood run cold.
    The northern lights have seen queer sights,
    but the queerest they ever did see
    was that night on the marge of Lake LeBarge
    I cremated Sam McGee.

  77. Add this in to Harkin’s cry.

    …The process, though, has been bogged down by a breakaway group of conservative Senators led by Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas who are calling on their colleagues to do everything they can to gum up the legislative process and stop funding for Obamacare.
    “This is silly,” Mrs. Pellosi said. “Maybe they did not get some orientation on how serious the work is that we do here. Clearly they are a manifestation of what President Washington cautioned against when he left office, which is political parties at war with their own government, and that is what we have: the tail wagging the dog of the Republican party….”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/27/pelosi-tea-party-tail-wagging-republican-dog/

    Cruz must have done a number on the Dem’s position.

  78. Toomey:
    “Yesterday, seeking to break this all-or-nothing standoff, I proposed a way to fund the government and to repeal some of the most egregious parts of this terrible law. Acknowledging that Senator Reid has the votes to strip the bill of its Obamacare defunding language, I sought to offer three modest amendments to the Senate bill. The first would repeal the medical devices tax that is costing Pennsylvania jobs; the second would provide relief from the infringement on religious liberty in Obamacare; the third would delay the individual mandate for one year. “Those three items all have bipartisan support, could have passed the Senate, and might well be acceptable to the House. But we will never know because the Democratic leadership would not permit me to offer those amendments. For this reason, and others, I voted against the measure. “I remain hopeful that Congress will avoid a government shutdown. I will continue working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress to find a responsible solution.”
    http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1160

    So who is wagging what dog, what tail?

  79. Texas attorney general Greg Abbott (R) is threatening to sue the federal government after Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. arms treaty this week.

    “Texas stands ready to lead the charge to have the treaty overturned in court,” Abbot said Wednesday, according to the Austin American Statesman.

    “By signing this treaty, the Obama administration has attempted to subject Americans’ right to bear arms to the oversight of the United Nations,” he continued. “The very reason we fought for independence was to free ourselves from the dictates of leaders in other lands.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/324819-texas-ag-threatens-to-sue-feds-over-un-arms-treaty?utm_campaign=briefingroom&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterfeed

  80. Good, bad and worthless opinions-

    Hillary Clinton Advisers Rebooting for Possible 2016 run

    Mary Maloney, a Democratic county treasurer in Iowa, has a piece of advice for Hillary Clinton if she campaigns again for the party’s presidential nomination in the state: Don’t assume you’re unbeatable.

    “I hope she’s learned” from her third-place finish in Iowa’s Democratic caucuses in 2008, Ms. Maloney said. “She can’t just presume from reading the polls that she’s the front-runner and doesn’t have to come out and campaign with real people.”

    A recent poll showed that 65% of Democrats favored Hillary Clinton for the 2016 presidential nomination.

    Mrs. Clinton’s advisers don’t argue the point. While the former Secretary of State works on her memoirs, gives paid speeches and promotes causes important to her—women’s rights and the plight of the African elephant, to name two—people close to her will use the months ahead to absorb the lessons of the 2008 defeat and look for a winning strategy should she decide to give it another go.

    Mrs. Clinton has said she is weighing whether to jump into the race. With the election three years off, she has the luxury of waiting a year or more before announcing her decision. But people close to the former first lady already are talking to potential donors and making preparations. They also are discouraging any notion she would be a lock for the White House.

    She would be 69 years old when the 2016 election is held, older than anyone to win the presidency save Ronald Reagan in 1980. She would need to excite the young voters and small donors who delivered for Barack Obama. Hanging over her head is the terrorist attack at U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed four Americans.

    Then there is Iowa. Her shortcomings as a candidate were unmasked there when she was out-organized by Mr. Obama’s insurgent campaign. Ed Rendell, the former Democratic Pennsylvania governor and one of Mrs. Clinton’s strongest supporters, said she should “really start from scratch” in building a new campaign team.

    “It has to be different,” Mr. Rendell said. “Hillary got terrible advice: terrible advice about raising money and terrible advice about spending money and terrible political advice.”

    “Politics evolves,” said Craig T. Smith, a former Clinton White House political director who is an adviser to a political action committee called “Ready for Hillary.” “The winning campaign team in ’16 is going to be the campaign team of tomorrow, not the campaign of yesterday.”

    One of the difficulties Mrs. Clinton faced in 2008 was that her state organizing efforts lagged behind that of then-Illinois Sen. Obama. Some of her advisers were heartened when two former Obama aides who helped run his ground operation signed on with the “Ready for Hillary” PAC: Jeremy Bird and Mitch Stewart.

    Mrs. Clinton would enter the race with unique advantages. She has near-universal name recognition, a thick resume, a number of wealthy donors pledging to back her campaign and numerous women’s groups eager to see her shatter the ultimate glass ceiling.

    A CNN/ORC poll earlier this month showed that 65% of Democrats and people who lean that way favored Mrs. Clinton for the party nomination. Vice President Joe Biden was second at 10%. Her lead is even wider than at a comparable point in the 2008 election cycle. A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll in August 2005 showed Mrs. Clinton with 40% support among Democrats, topping John Kerry’s 16%.

    Top on the priority list of her allies is getting hold of one of the most prized assets in American politics: the computerized list of small donors assembled by President Obama’s re-election team. Federal campaign law doesn’t require candidates to list donations of less than $200, which means the Obama list contains a trove of small donors that isn’t publicly available.

    “It is like the Holy Grail of lists,” said Steve Kerrigan, who was president of Mr. Obama’s 2013 inaugural committee. “Any candidate in their right mind should want it.”

    One person familiar with the “Ready for Hillary” PAC’s operations said they have asked senior officials from the Obama campaign for the list, but were told: “We’ll get back to you.”

    Larry Grisolano, a former Obama campaign adviser, said the president might hesitate before handing over the list if Mr. Biden is still actively considering a run. “There’s going to be some reluctance to choose sides and do something to be benefit her at his expense,” he said.

    Jim Messina, Mr. Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, didn’t respond to calls about the list.

    On Tuesday, Mr. Obama made a joint appearance with former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York, a fresh sign that the political alliance between the president and Clinton family is intact.

    Mrs. Clinton also appeared, speaking about empowering women and weighing in on the budget fight in Washington.

    At a panel discussion, Mrs. Clinton was asked about the importance of electing a woman president. “Taking myself totally out of” the equation, she said, “it’s not going to solve all our problems. But I think it could be a very strong statement that would be made to half our population and half the world’s population, and someday I hope it happens.”

    Recent polling suggests that excessive confidence in the Clinton camp might be unfounded. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll this month showed a slight majority of Americans view her favorably, though the number of Americans who see her in negative terms has risen. Only 34% of independents viewed her favorably, compared with 52% in December.

    Last time around, “she thought it was hers for the taking,” said Ms. Maloney, the Polk County Treasurer in the state’s capital city of Des Moines. “The fact of the matter is, voters” decide.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303983904579095583317569674.html

  81. I mentioned there is a tendency in certain presidents to energize their base, scapegoating another segment of society and casting them as devils to be stoned.

    This is a form of black magic. It makes it impossible to unite the society. And when it is pursued with the kind of reckless abandon and persistence of Mr.Obama, the Democrat Leadership, and big media, it leads to polarization which leads to random acts of violence which leads to race riots.

    Thus, it is hardly surprising that we are seeing a tremendous uptick in black on white violence, which was a rarity before Obama lit the fuse, and his fellow travels followed behind him in lock step, pounding that drum, as we march straight back into the religious wars of the 16th century.

    This is one of the factors which makes Mr. Obama, to me at least, the personification of evil, and if there is a political equivalent to what Oppenheimer talked about, the destroyer of worlds.

    Lest you think my views on the subject extreme, I commend to your attention the following book which speaks to this subject in an orderly and factual manner, which beyond the capacity of our morally depraved big media. And if my views seem outside the scope of acceptable thinking, it is only because acceptable thinking cannot connect the dots.

    Well, enough of the warm-up. Here is the book. As you will see, it is by a distinguished writer, and it is underscored by the like of Thomas Sowell, who is one of our few deep thinker.
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    Return of Race Riots to America?
    New Book Argues Media is Ignoring Nationwide Black-on-White Violence
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    WASHINGTON – ‘White Girl Bleed a Lot’ was written for the deniers – reporters and public officials who, despite overwhelming evidence, deny that black mob violence has reached epidemic levels in America.

    But massive video proof means denial is no longer an option as many of these cases are now on YouTube. And for the first time, readers will be able to scan QR codes to actually witness the racial violence on video as they read about it in the book.

    Thus, readers will finally be able to experience the huge difference between what big city newspapers say is happening … and what the videos prove is really happening.

    To be released by WND Books October 15, the new edition of ‘White Girl Bleed a Lot’: The Return of Racial Violence and How the Media Ignore It documents over 500 cases of black mob violence in more than 100 cities around the country.

    ‘White Girl Bleed a Lot’ will be in stores nationwide on October 15 but you can get it AUTOGRAPHED today only at the WND Superstore.

    Writing in National Review, Thomas Sowell said: “Reading Colin Flaherty’s book made painfully clear to me that the magnitude of this problem is greater than I had discovered from my own research. He documents both the race riots and the media and political evasions in dozens of cities.”

    The new edition of ‘White Girl Bleed a Lot’ documents – with 500 footnotes – black mob violence in the bigger cities, where some might expect it: Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, St. Louis. But also in other cities where many are surprised at the intense and frequent racial violence – places like Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Charlotte, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Las Vegas, Kansas City. And even smaller cities like Peoria, Springfield, Greensboro, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Champaign, Utica, Rochester, Syracuse, Long Island, Wilmington, Dover, New Haven, Meriden, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Virginia Beach, Columbia, Birmingham, Knoxville, Memphis, Miami Beach, Norfolk, Columbus, Madison and many more.

    Watch the trailer here:

    Readers will learn about “Beat Whitey Night” at a Midwest state fair. And how a Chicago police chief blamed the violence on Sarah Palin and the Pilgrims. And how Oprah Winfrey gave $1 million to a Philadelphia charter school, only to see its students on video assaulting a white person shortly thereafter.

    And how gays and Asians and women are particular targets. And how, despite the growing violence, one congressman and former mayor said his city should not crack down on it because it would “just make a lot of black kids angry.”

    Readers will also learn how some people are fighting back.

    Unlike most books about race, ‘White Girl Bleed a Lot’ is not about causes. Or solutions. Or apologies. Or guilt. Or political correctness. There are no stereotypes or generalizations. No racism or rancor.

    Just facts.

    It has been featured in major national news sites including CNN, Salon, WND, Orange County Register, and more than 100 talk radio stations around the country. Anthony Cumia, of the popular “Opie and Anthony Show,” calls ‘White Girl Bleed a Lot’ a “great book,” as does national talk show host Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson. The San Francisco Examiner gave it 5 Stars. More reviews at WhiteGirlBleedaLot.com

    Colin Flaherty is an award-winning reporter whose work and byline have appeared in more than 1,000 publications including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Time magazine and the San Diego Union-Tribune. A former ghostwriter for the first black chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he also hosts his own talk show at WDEL in Wilmington, Delaware.

    Flaherty has won more than 50 awards for journalism, many from the Society of Professional Journalists. His story about a black man unjustly convicted of trying to kill his white girlfriend resulted in his release from state prison and was featured on NPR, Court TV, and in the Los Angeles Times.

  82. Conservative activists outside of Congress would normally be blowing the whistle on this. But the folks at Heritage Action and the Tea Party Patriots are focusing on the political theater of defunding ObamaCare while downplaying the political reality of what the government actually spends. These are the very folks who are accusing Republicans for being spineless for not joining the defund chorus that has little or no chance of succeeding while President Obama occupies the White House.
    ***

    What they’re forgetting is that the sequester is the best political leverage Republicans have to gain a concession from Democrats—on ObamaCare or anything else. The ever-tighter spending caps on domestic discretionary spending are squeezing the liberal constituencies that live off government. As the likes of Planned Parenthood and welfare and other transfer payments get squeezed, the political pressure increases on Democrats to give up something tangible in return for easing the caps.

    The shrewder Republicans understand this, which is why they’ve been hoping to use the sequester as part of the negotiation over the federal debt limit that will hit next month. An offer to ease the sequester has a far better chance to win entitlement reforms worth the name, perhaps including a delay in some or all of ObamaCare, than does a government shutdown that Mr. Obama would welcome so he can blame Republicans one more time.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304526204579097442586704618.html

  83. Reid put the funding for Oscare back in at it passed cloture.
    here are the ones that voted for it. 😡
    Freedom 101
    • an hour ago

    LISTEN UP EVERYONE! There are 6 Republican Senators who are up for re election in 2014 who just voted YES on cloture! McConnell, Collins, Cochran, Graham, Alexander, and Cornyn. We need to do vote these Bums out of office ASAP!

  84. Well, we know now who the Republican supporters of Obamacare are. Their symbolic votes against it are utterly meaningless. When they claim they will kill it later, after they take the senate, they are whistling dixie. Once this thing takes effect, it will build a constituency, and it will never ever be repealed. Therefore, when the terrible parts of this law rein down on the American people, they can thank these French Republicans who slipped them a mickey.

    If they think they can tinker around the edges of this thing, and claim bipartisanship, then they are delusional. Prediction: when 2014 rolls around, it will be up to the Democrats to make the case that the French Republicans are the coauthor.

    Brent Bozelle said it best: a vote for cloture is a vote for Obamacare. These traitors can be proud of what they have done. And they should not be surprised if the base of their party responds in kind. As in one bad turn deserves another.
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    Alexander (TN)
    Phone: (202) 224-4944

    Ayote (NH)
    Phone: 202-224-3324

    Barrasso (WY)
    Main: 202-224-6441
    Tollfree: 866-235-9553

    Blunt (MO)
    Phone: (202) 224-5721

    Boozeman (AR)
    Phone: (202) 224-4843

    Burr (NC)
    Phone: (202) 224-3154

    Chiesa (NJ)
    Phone: 202-224-3224

    Chambliss (GA)
    Phone: (202) 224-3521

    Coats (IN)
    Phone: (202) 224-5623

    Coburn (OK)
    Phone: (202) 224-5754

    Cochran (MS)
    Phone: (601) 965-4459

    Collins (ME)
    Phone: (202) 224-2523

    Corker (TN)
    Phone: 202-225-5435

    Cornyn (TX)
    Phone: (202) 224-2934

    Graham (NC)
    Phone: (202) 224-5972

    Hoeven (ND)
    Phone: 202-224-2551

    Isakson (GA)
    Phone: (202) 224-3643

    Johnson (WI)
    Phone: (414) 276-7282

    Johanns (NE)
    Phone: (202) 224-4224

    Kirk (IL)
    Phone: 202-224-2854

    McCain (AZ)
    Phone: (202) 224-2235

    McConnell (KY)
    Phone: 202-224-2541

    Murkowski (AK)
    Phone: 202-224-6665

    Thune (SD)
    Phone: (202) 224-2321

    Wicker (MS)
    Phone: (601) 965-4644

  85. He should stay out of it!!!
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    Bubba: GOP Debt Ceiling Plan Is “Chilling”…

    Former President Bill Clinton said the House GOP plan to raise the debt ceiling is “chilling.”

    “I just think it’s chilling to me that the entitlement spending is going down as the unemployment rate drops, and the economy grows,” he said in a taped interview that will air Sunday on ABC New’s “This Week.”

    “Half of the deficit has already disappeared. It seems almost spiteful,” he added.

    “If I were the president, I wouldn’t negotiate over these draconian cuts that are going to take food off the table of low-income working people while they leave all the agricultural subsidies in for high-income farmers,” Clinton said.

    Asked who’s to blame if a default occurs, Clinton said Republicans are responsible.

    “This is the House Republicans and the Tea Party people saying, ‘We don’t want to negotiate with the Democrats. We want to dictate over the Senate, over the House Democrats, over the Speaker of the House of our own party, and over the president. We insist on dictating the course of the country,” he said.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/09/27/bubba-says-obama-should-not-negotiate-with-gop-over-debt-ceiling-then-slams-gop-for-not-wanting-to-negotiate/

  86. lovely…why aren’t we hearing more about this kind of stuff…why aren’t Cruz and Rand and the rest of them making these weaknesses very clear to the public…and combining it with hacking at NSA…we should be hearing about this every single day…this alone, would turn the remaining majority of Americans off to Ocare

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9242648/H_1B_workers_in_line_for_Obamacare_work

    H-1B workers in line for Obamacare work
    IT requirements of the Affordable Care Act are being met under state contracts that allow, in their silence, the use of temporary visa workers

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/alissa-tabirian/public-health-clerk-stole-1000-patient-identities-17m-tax-refund-scam

    Public Health Clerk Stole 1,000 Patient Identities for $1.7M Tax Refund Scam

    A clerical worker at the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) emailed patients’ private identity information, which was stored in a protected state database, to an accomplice who used the information to file “over 1,000 false tax returns that claimed over $1.7 million in fraudulent tax refunds,” according to a statement released Monday by the Department of Justice.

    The case was investigated by special agents of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation unit.

    ADPH employee Lea’Tice Phillips, who was indicted on 37 counts of aggravated identity theft and wire fraud, repeatedly accessed Alabama’s health care database between October 2009 and April 2012 and sent the stolen identity information to her accomplice, Antoinette Djonret, via her state email account.

    Djonret then “used an elaborate network of individuals” she had recruited “to launder the tax refunds” by directing them to prepaid debit cards. Some of the debit cards “were in the name of Phillips,” according to the DOJ.

    Phillips pleaded guilty for her role in the scam on May 30th and was ordered to pay restitution of $567,631 in addition to being sentenced to 94 months in prison for conspiring with Djonret to defraud the federal government.

  87. President declares November National Muslim Appreciation Month http://gopthedailydose.com/2013/09/27/obama-declares-november-national-muslim-appreciation-month/ AND TRASHES TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVES. The original article is at nationalreport dot net with a statement that it was posted about 6 hours ago.

    Feeling so empty. It seems like all the privileged Dems had gotten their guns loaded to fire at conservatives. Over the past 3 days I’ve launched a post card campaign at a certain group in the Senate. Really bad timing, as it turns out. 🙁 Prognosis not good lol.

  88. clarification: I’ve launched a post card campaign highlighting how Potus Reid Pelosi and particularly Casey and Cartwright targeted TP. Now they are all doing it with planning and synchronization. So much for gut feeling that it was a good time to gain ground.

  89. N.B. “There were a lot of people who worked against us in this fight, but nobody worked harder to fund Obamacare in the Senate than Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Republican Leader.

    Mitch McConnell pressured several Republicans to withdraw their names from the letter pledging to oppose Obamacare funding, he falsely accused conservatives of supporting a government shutdown, and he actively encouraged Republicans to support cloture this week so the Democrats could fund Obamacare.

    If Mitch McConnell had not opposed this effort, there is no question that we would have won the vote today. He showed that he has clout in Washington. Unfortunately, he used it to hurt millions of American families.”

    (Under the circumstances, I am glad I wrote that tough letter to McConnell which I posted here)

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    Fellow wbboei

    Earlier today, the United States Senate voted to fund Obamacare.

    There were 25 Republicans who betrayed their principles and voted for cloture, giving Democrats the power to implement this terrible law.

    This is a disappointing loss, but the bill now goes back to the House where Republicans must hold their ground and refuse to fund Obamacare.

    Here are the 25 Senate Republicans who voted to allow Harry Reid (D-NV) and the Democrats to fund Obamacare today:

    Lamar Alexander (R-TN) John Cornyn (R-TX)
    Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    John Barrasso (R-WY) John Hoeven (R-ND)
    Roy Blunt (R-MO) Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
    John Boozman (R-AR) Mike Johanns (R-NE)
    Richard Burr (R-NC) Ron Johnson (R-WI)
    Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Mark Kirk (R-IL)
    Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) John McCain (R-AZ)
    Dan Coats (R-IN) Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    Tom Coburn (R-OK) Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK)
    Thad Cochran (R-MS) John Thune (R-SD)
    Susan Collins (R-ME) Roger Wicker (R-MS)
    Bob Corker (R-TN)

    LEADING THE SURRENDER

    We want to thank U.S. Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) for their extraordinary courage.

    Most Republicans promise to stand up for conservative principles during the campaign, but then let us down after they’re elected.

    Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are different. They deliver.

    VIDEO: Watch Ted Cruz’s Epic Stand

    These two men endured relentless attacks from all sides. The criticisms from the Democrats and the mainstream media were harsh, but the most personal attacks came from members of their own party.

    We need more principled leaders like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz because Washington won’t change without a fight.

    We are extremely grateful to have them in the Senate defending liberty and we will continue to do everything we can to support them.

    Best regards,

    Matt Hoskins
    Executive Director
    Senate Conservative Fund

  90. Mitch is perfectly happy to throw the American People under the bus, just as long as he can become the Senate Majority Leader. If he is not defeated in the primary, I intend to support the Democrat challenger whoever that turns out to be. I would rather deal with an opponent who looks you in the eye and says I will fight you, than have a Quisling like McConnell who claims to be on your side, and then stabs you when your back is turned.

  91. clarification: I’ve launched a post card campaign highlighting how Potus Reid Pelosi and particularly Casey and Cartwright targeted TP. Now they are all doing it with planning and synchronization. So much for gut feeling that it was a good time to gain ground.
    ————————-
    Like the opening passage in A Tale of Two Cities—it is the best of times and the worst of times. A wedge has been driven into the middle of the Republican Party, the traitors have been exposed, and the base can now go after them. Obviously, Mitch will be first on the hit parade. He has an able challenger, Matt Bevins. We shall see whether McConnell is able to turn chicken shit into chicken salad and get the voters of his state to buy it. I can tell you this much. He will never be welcome in my house again.

  92. Obama has spoken by telephone with the new leader of Iran and he (Obama) believes a nuclear deal is possible . . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=cQBlnwrffAg

    Far be it from me to pour cold piss over this wonderful news. However . . .

    1. First of all we have only Obama’s word for this, and history has shown that he lies with impunity.

    2. Second, is the President of Iran willing to vouch for Obama’s belief that a nuclear deal is possible.

    3. Third, what is a nuclear deal? Will it take effect before or after they have the bomb?

    4. Fourth, is Iran willing simply using this as a ploy to gain time?

    5. Fifth, how do we know that this is not a reprise of the deal we got with North Korea–which is to say no deal?

    6. Sixth, as a showing of good faith, is Iran willing to suspend production for the duration of this negotiation?

    7. Seventh, Obama is living proof of what P.T. Barnum said: there is a sucker borne every minute.

  93. President declares November National Muslim Appreciation Month http://gopthedailydose.com/2013/09/27/obama-declares-november-national-muslim-appreciation-month/ AND TRASHES TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVES. The original article is at nationalreport dot net with a statement that it was posted about 6 hours ago.
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    I’m not familiar with these websites. Are they reliable? But then why should we be shocked by anything that BO does these days?

  94. Something happened when I tried to email the sie above to my cousin. I’m not sure it is a legit site. I hope I didn’t get a virus. So be careful if you go to this site or maybe it is just my computer.

  95. Feeling so empty. It seems like all the privileged Dems had gotten their guns loaded to fire at conservatives. Over the past 3 days I’ve launched a post card campaign at a certain group in the Senate. Really bad timing, as it turns out. 🙁 Prognosis not good lol.
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    Keep your dauber up HTA. This was like the Battle of the Coral Sea–a tactical defeat and a strategic victory, which marked the turning point in the war. The torch has been passed to a new generation of leaders, and the old guard will fade away. This was what was really at stake here, and why there was so much vitriol. Where there is no succession plan, an orderly succession is unlikely. The old guard has overstayed its welcome, and they are dead men walking. By 2014, the six Republicans in question, including McConnell will be gone.

    The Turning Point

    In the decades to come, historians may well look back on the partisan passage of Obamacare during President Obama’s first term and its disastrous implementation in the second as a Pyrrhic victory, the beginning of the end of the Progressive project to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America. Whether Senator Ted Cruz ultimately succeeds in his quest to defund Obamacare this time, his electrifying quasi-filibuster yesterday and today nevertheless marks a turning point in modern American political history — the day when conservatives turned their back on the collaborationist Republican Party and finally fought back.

    It’s been a long time coming. The tottering bonzes of the GOP were so mesmerized and intimated by a young upstart named Barack Hussein Obama back in 2008 — even though they should have seen him coming as long ago as 2004, when he became the inevitable nominee of a party that could finally put its money where its mouth had long been — that they were utterly incapable of mounting any effective opposition to him. What little pushback there was came, almost by accident, from Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate, who was quickly muzzled by the establishment apparatchiks and then marginalized by a compliant and vicious media. The Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party protects its own:

    John McCain’s former senior adviser Steve Schmidt says he has “deep regret” for helping to create a “freak show” wing of the Republican Party when he had a hand in bringing former McCain running mate Sarah Palin to the national stage.

    Schmidt said Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that it’s time for the GOP to stand up to the “asininity” embodied by Palin and others.

    “For the last couple of years, we’ve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party. Tossing out terms like RINO, saying we’re going to purge, you know, the moderates out of the party,” Schmidt said. “We’ve lost five U.S. Senate seats over the last two election cycles. And fundamentally we need Republicans, whether they’re running for president, whether they’re in the leadership of the Congress, to stand up against a lot of this asininity.”

    Well, one man’s asininity is another man’s principles, but principles are something the PBFP doesn’t much understand. The only principle that counts to them is maintenance of office; long ago they realized there’s no percentage in bucking the system. Far better (for Republicans) to pretend to be “conservative” during election season — especially in the Senate — only to return to “Senate comity” once safely past the shoals of the electorate. In the winter, they’re Buddhists, in the summer they’re nudists, to quote the late Joe Gould.

    No longer — Cruz’s “filibuster” has changed all that. For Republicans, the year is suddenly 1968 and they are in the same position the Democrats were back then. This time, there’s no pitched battles in the streets of Chicago as Obama’s mentor, Bill Ayers, and others went up against Mayor Daley’s pigs and came out broken, bloodied but unbowed as they fought for control of the party of slavery, segregation, sedition and secularism. Four years later, they had replaced Hubert Humphrey with George McGovern as part of their long march through the institutions.
    marx

    Marx: The god that failed.

    Something similar is happening right now to the GOP — although this being the Republicans, the fighting is symbolic and not visceral. But the hatred is. It speaks well of Senator Cruz that, even before his stunt, he was widely loathed by the PBFP establishment, whose cowardly members couldn’t wait to knife him, anonymously, to Chris Wallace of Fox News. But happening it is. Earlier today, over at NRO, I posted some bullets points regarding how I think things stand on the right side of the aisle at this moment. Some excerpts:

    After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican Party. Ditto his mini-me, Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, the entire Old Guard of business-as-usual “comity” fans passeth. When you care more about what the other side thinks, it’s probably time either to switch teams or step down.
    There is new leadership in the GOP, whether the party wants to admit it or not: Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Jeff Sessions, and the others who stepped into the breach to spell the senator from Texas.
    The Cruz faction in the Senate, and its allies in the House (whose leadership is now up for grabs), must now press their advantage. The louder the Democrats squawk, the more they are wounded; the one thing they’ve long feared is a direct assault on their core beliefs as translated into actions, and the deleterious effects of Obamacare, just now being felt by the population, are the most vivid proof of the failure of Progressivism that conservatives could wish for.
    Win or lose, the battle is now joined: First the struggle for the GOP and then the battle for control of Congress and the presidency. Cruz just struck at the kings he could reach — the Republican “leadership” — and has most likely dealt them a fatal blow. Now the Tea Party hordes must back him up by eliminating his opponents (who tend to be geriatrics, and thus “leaders” by longevity rather than talent or commitment) through the primary process wherever possible. If he can carry off this coup, he and Senator Paul will very quickly find themselves elevated from back-benchers to commanders.

    Finally, this:

    Any party that cannot successfully sell freedom and personal liberty doesn’t deserve power. The trick will be to explain — by word and deed — that the Democrats’ Manichean choice (Big Brother or the orphanage) is a false one, that less can be more, and that the restoration of a Republic of self-reliant citizens will benefit all Americans — not simply the government class and its clients.

    And this is the key. I’ve been out of the country for the past several months, so I’m just now catching up to my good friend Mark Levin’s wonderful new book, The Liberty Amendments, which strikes at the heart of the great divide in our current political system: the gradual and deliberate corruption of the Constitution at the hands of the “progressives” and the concomitant reduction of personal liberty and individual aspiration in the name of a Marxist “collective good.” (It speaks well of the dishonest genius of the Left that crude, mid-19th century atheism can be successfully repackaged as quasi -Christian do-gooderism and practically no one the wiser.) Here we are, more than 20 years after the complete collapse of Marxism-Leninism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and we’re still having the same argument.
    Yes, we did

    The Minuteman: Yes, we did.

    So how to end this — as end this we must if the survival of the United States of America as founded is to be secured? Remember that “fundamental transformation” is ostensibly meant to contribute toward a “more perfect Union,” but it of course does nothing of the sort. Under Progressivism — a combination ideological movement and criminal enrichment racket — the country is less united, less happy, less free. And, like any movement composed of True Believers, Progressivism brooks no opposition, ascribes no good motives to its opponents, and will impose its way in a heartbeat when given half the chance. The Democrats’ fierce, desperate contortions to sneak Obamacare through the Congress should stand as a monument to how the system can be abused and manipulated by a group of unscrupulous politicians — and care needs to be taken that such a travesty can never happen again.

    This doesn’t mean, as the Left would have you believe, that the choice is between Orwell’s Big Brother and Oliver Twist’s workhouse. I can’t name a single Republican senator who opposes some kind of healthcare “reform” (a misnomer, since the law has to do with insurance, not healthcare). But the reforms on the Right mostly concern the liberated operation of free markets across the country, not a top-down, imposed, statist solution that only aggrandizes more power and wealth in Washington while doing little or nothing about medical care. Only a child, a moron, or a Democrat could believe that you could take a system as complex as medical care/insurance, impose a collectivist solution to a non-existent problem upon it, and expect the markets to function as before, only this time cheaper.

    A quick example. In in the old Soviet Union taxis were cheap and closely regulated by the central government. Result: almost no taxis on the streets of Moscow, anywhere. Instead, civilians freelanced as taxi drivers, and the way you got one was either by holding up a pack of Marlboros (the effective currency in the U.S.S.R.) or one or two fingers to signal how many packs you were willing to pay for a ride. Rarely did you have to wait more than a couple of minutes before a car stopped for you.

    The revolution that Cruz and his Senate cohort are leading can win — but only if the GOP jettisons its current leadership (who do not believe in it, anyway) and adopts the tactics and techniques of the Left to put it across. (Gee, someone should write a book about that.) But this means learning how to seize and control the Narrative, to make the personal political, to turn the culture in the direction of the spin. How a political party cannot sell Freedom and Liberty and Leave Me Alone to a formerly free people is beyond me, but if anyone can’t do it, that would be Mitch McConnell, Orrin Hatch and John McCain. The sooner they all go the better, and clear the way for Cruz & Co. before they, too, become corrupted by the Beltway system, and while they still have plenty of fight left in them.

  96. I have sent a couple of missets to John Cornyn. He is the senior senator from Texas, whereas Cruz is the junior senator. Given the wide differences between their respective approaches to politics, we can be thankful to the Lord that Texas is a large state. If it were a small town the old line this town aint big enough for both of us would be heard.

    I have no doubt that Cronyn is a good man. He has an impressive resume–Supreme Court Justice and all that. But as a legislator he lacks political courage, and he is behind the power curve. I sent him a couple articles suggesting as much in an indirect fashion. One was an article by Erickson at Red State directed at him. The other was more of an uplifting piece which invokes the old theme of the man the message and the moment.

    I am quite certain none of this will get past his staffers. They have their own turf to protect. But it would be a good thing if he happened to read it because it shows that politics is more than just an inside the beltway game. The ramifications to the 300 million souls living outside the beltway can be tremendous.

    John and his fellow RINOS seem to forget that. Would I be different if I were in his shoes? I would like to think so. But I doubt I would have the courage and talent of a man like Ted Cruz–and the first one to see that was not me, but our friend Jim Carvalle.

  97. There was a book that came out roughly twenty years ago which was written by one of the founding partners of a Seattle firm I was close to, but I never knew him. The name of the book was To Be A Politician. It was an autobiographical account of his own experiences running for public office and being rejected by the voters. In that sense, his story was no different from that of every other political candidate who set out to make a difference, only to find that the electorate was not interested. But his experience was different because it brought a 200 IQ to bear on the experience, and the net effect was a book which the late James Schlessinger (Harvard, Kennedy Biographer, martini drinker, not necessarily in that order)called the best book written on that subject.

    I have got the book here somewhere, but I cannot lay my hands on it presently. But one of the things I do recall is any aspiring politician must make one decision at the outset. Whom will he seek to represent? The people, meaning the middle class? Or the elites? It is tempting to say that republicans elect the former and democrats the latter. But that is a bold faced lie. If you look at the top democrats today–Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Durban, Schumer, there can be no doubt that they are corporate shills. Same is true with Mitch McConnell, Orin Hatch, John McCain, and backbenchers like Houven, Corker, the new guy in Las Vegas. They are bought and paid for.

    But then you have the tea party candidates. People like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. They went the other way. They decided that they would hitch their wagons not to the monied interests but to the American People and the Constitution. They are an entirely different breed than the old guard. And that is why the uniparty, who wants the long cocktail line that is Washington to rule this nation, until every taxpayer is as broke as the federal government, fears them like the plague. For Cruise republicans have the ability to upend the corrupt status quo. They fear him like they fear the tea party. I was too tough on Cokie Roberts earlier today. She is simply a fixture of a corrupt establishment, trying desperately to defend their powers and privilege. The problem for them is something Margaret Thatcher once said: sooner or later you run out of other people’s money.

  98. wbboei
    September 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    …John and his fellow RINOS seem to forget that. Would I be different if I were in his shoes? I would like to think so. But I doubt I would have the courage and talent of a man like Ted Cruz –and the first one to see that was not me, but our friend Jim Carvalle.

    I beg to differ. Courage is a product of the situation. Having the intestinal fortitude to do something is based in part on the circumstances surrounding whatever it is courage is required for. Many many many of the brave men that were drafted in WWII probably felt the same way. I think they performed okay.

    Also, being one that sees the value of experience and competence, i.e. the fact you have the common sense not to be swayed by the fact that bumbles talks good, the need to go out on a limb as Cruz did might not have been as necessary. He is out there right now because common sense debate did not work. In war, just because you cant attack your enemy and win head on doesn’t mean you don’t still attack. Enough good people in the early stages of the ACA could have killed it. I applaud Cruz for fighting to his last breath. That really says something about him. And while he is from my state, Cornyn is the senator for my part of this state. I too have tried to reach out to his office and I get a young man (I think his name is Matt) every time. Very very nice. Very polite. I doubt that I have ever been heard though.

    Anywho, don’t sell yourself so short. It would be a gift if your mind was in the halls of power (admin’s as well for a different reason. Admin is a political piranha on the Rove/Axelrod level only less corrupt. I am grateful that he/she is on MY team).

    Hillary 2016

  99. Second attempt…..

    wbboei
    September 27, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    …John and his fellow RINOS seem to forget that. Would I be different if I were in his shoes? I would like to think so. But I doubt I would have the courage and talent of a man like Ted Cruz –and the first one to see that was not me, but our friend Jim Carvalle.

    I beg to differ. Courage is a product of the situation. Having the intestinal fortitude to do something is based in part on the circumstances surrounding whatever it is courage is required for. Many many many of the brave men that were drafted in WWII probably felt the same way. I think they performed okay.

    Also, being one that sees the value of experience and competence, i.e. the fact you have the common sense not to be swayed by the fact that bumbles talks good, the need to go out on a limb as Cruz did might not have been as necessary. He is out there right now because common sense debate did not work. In war, just because you cant attack your enemy and win head on doesn’t mean you don’t still attack. Enough good people in the early stages of the ACA could have killed it. I applaud Cruz for fighting to his last breath. That really says something about him. And while he is from my state, Cornyn is the senator for my part of this state. I too have tried to reach out to his office and I get a young man (I think his name is Matt) every time. Very very nice. Very polite. I doubt that I have ever been heard though.

    Anywho, don’t sell yourself so short. It would be a gift if your mind was in the halls of power (admin’s as well for a different reason. Admin is a political piranha on the Rove/Axelrod level only less corrupt. I am grateful that he/she is on MY team).

    Hillary 2016

  100. I voted for Hillary Clinton in the 200 primaries, wrote her name in, in both the 2008 and 2012 general elections. But I finally bailed on Hillary Clinton after her shameful pandering regarding the Zimmerman – Martin case. She proved all the negative everyone has said about her.

  101. Los Angeles Democrat
    September 28, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I voted for Hillary Clinton in the 200 primaries, wrote her name in, in both the 2008 and 2012 general elections. But I finally bailed on Hillary Clinton after her shameful pandering regarding the Zimmerman – Martin case. She proved all the negative everyone has said about her.
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    Well, that is a problem alright. One of the things that must happen starting in January 21, 2016 is to break this bad habit which now affects so many democrats of playing the race card as a way to keep and maintain power. Tim Kaine used it to win the Virginia Senate Seat. Brian—used it to become Governor of Montana. Chris Van Hollen used it to elect Democrats when he was head of the DNCC. Howard Dean used it in spades when he called the Republican Party the white people’s party. The Congressional Black Caucus (except for Tim Scott) absolutely revels in it. And CNN, NBC have been making a market in if for years. There is simply no denying it. I am not sure we can exorcise this demon from the party, because it has proven to be so successful. When 2016 rolls around and we have one candidate from each party, this is one of the factors any voter who believes in a color blind society must weigh and consider along with all other factors. People will assign different weight to this factor, but if we do have race riots between now and the 2016 which is not unlikely, then it may be more important. And if those riots spill over into places like Westwood Village it will loom larger in the minds of the elites, whereas now they are amused by it.

  102. The elites are not interested in the welfare of the nation. They are interested their own welfare only. If people cannot get jobs, and lose their homes, the elites do not care. They take the same view as Stalin–one death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic, and better still, a buying opportunity. We get this, I really feel sorry for the middle class, oh please pass the caviar. Yes, I know, you think I am kidding. But seeing is believing. But if the stock market takes a dive, then suddenly it gets their attention. I was watching a tape on Ben Hogan. He said I have been poor most of my life and I know how to deal with it and survive. Most wealthy people do not, so when it comes to their money they are stingy, and deathly afraid of losing it. Those are the kind of people who chose Obama.

  103. Obama is a blithering idiot, but whenever he falls flat on his face somebody shows up to rescue him.

    One of a million examples was his stupid line: you didn’t build it—government did.

    There was a legitimate argument there but like clockwork he managed to fuck it up.

    I have had this argument with Republicans—I earned it therefore it is mine. Ergo taxes are theft.

    Whatever talents these people had would be of little value in the state of nature.

    To a sabretooth tiger, an accountant or lawyers tastes just as good as an ordinary Joe.

    What makes these people successful is they have a society around them which provides the platform for their success.

    By a platform, I mean a market economy, a body of laws, the means to enforce them, etc.

    The great actor Paul Neuman said one time that he admires excellence in any activity from homemaking to astronomy.

    But then along comes idiot Obama.

    He steals my argument–you did not build that.

    But then like the self serving moron he is he says this.

    Government did.

    Can he possibly be as stupid as he sounds.

    Yes, and he has proven it time and time again.

  104. Amidst all this reverie about a new peace initiative with Iran, I am waiting for Obama and the President of Iran to march up to the podium together and hear Obama say and the President agree that Iran will renounce nuclear weapons, negotiate, suspend development of that weapon pending completion of negotiations and allow UN Inspectors entry for the express purpose of verifying compliance. Question: if nuclear weapons make a country a superpower, and if the United States has never attacked a country which has nuclear weapons, then what possible incentive would motive Iran to comply. This is negotiation 101, but Obama does not get it, nor does NBC, because all they are really looking for is a photo op. I will bet you the Mossad is tearing its hair out, watching this idiot (Obama) stumble and stagger across the stage, never quite sure whether he will end up in the orchestra pit, the lap of a member of the audience, or in the arms of the stage manager. He always keeps them guessing which way he will fall, and how many others he will take with him. Timber1

  105. So here is the quid pro quo

    1. Iran gets time to build nuclear bomb

    2. Iran gets Obama to tie Israel’s hands.

    3. Putin gets a Nobel Prize

    4. Assad survives.

    5. The rebels get sold out.

    6. Obama gets a continuing photo-op,

  106. NBC Features live coverage of the Messiah as he welcomes Iran into the community of nations with the following speech. (Note: inside word has it that Obama met personally with Obama and confessed his sins to Obama, after Obama agreed to hold communion for him)

    And now the speech:

    (obama) The settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine. Some of you, perhaps, have already heard what it contains but I would just like to read it to you: ‘ … We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.'[3]

    My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is PEACE FOR OUR TIME. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.[3]

    Ben Rhoades to Staffer: you idiot. You gave him the wrong speech. You gave him Chamberlain’s speech after meeting with Hitler at Munich, i.e. the “Appeasement Speech”.

    Staffer to Ben Rhoades: If I may speak candidly, that is a better speech than the one you wrote for him, he does not know the difference, and neither will the public once big media gets done lying to them. And when they say like they always do that this was the greatest speech in history, we can say it had a 1938 flavor to it.

  107. Law of the Land
    Liberal Logic 101:

    As Mark Levin has observed, slavery, segregation and the internment of U.S. citizens during World War II were all ruled constitutional and lawful at the time by the Supreme Court (and all were instigated by Democrats, but I digress).

    Laws are altered and repealed all the time. The fact that this president, Democrat leaders, and feckless RINO establishment losers insist it can’t be done is reason enough to throw them all out of office.

    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/09/law-of-land.html

  108. http://video.foxnews.com/v/2701137543001/cruz-govt-shutdown-depends-on-obama-reid/

    Cruz’s position is pretty well thought through, much as the elites do not like it. His game is to empower the American People. Their game is to put the jack boot on their neck. The leftists are the same way–the jackboot.

    What I think the House will do with this is delay Obamacare for one year. And use that year to expose all its hidden traps and minefields for the American People. That is a hard position to argue with since the necessary steps for implementation have not bee completed.

    Obama has drawn such a deep line in the sand, that it will be impossible for him to retreat. In negotiation, there is a difference between bargaining positions and positional commitments. If you retreat from a bargaining position, that is what the game is all about. But if you retreat from a positional commitment, where you invest all your credibility and say come hell or high water, I will not move, and then you do move, you lose all your credibility.

    It therefore follows that a shutdown is likely. And we know that big media will blame the Republicans and find the worse possible vignettes to parade before the American People. Big media profits handsomely from the status quo and rather enjoys the current scenario where the wealth of the middle class is sucked into their pockets and those of their fellow elites. So you know how they will come down on this—there is no guesswork involved.

    But I think a shutdown would have three salutary effects. First, if it does not produce the pain Obama wants the American People to suffer, and blame the Republicans, then it will reduce the power of the threat. (Note: that is the thing about threats—if it is implemented and it is not as bad as people believed it works against the party who made the threat–exaggeration being a form of lying. Second, if it is as bad, and particularly if Obama is seen as making it worse than it has to be, then some people who have been blind to his machinations in the past, will see him for what he is. Third, shutting down government to implement a bill which is now opposed by his most powerful constituent–organized labor, will wreak political havoc within the Democrat Party.

    For these reasons, and only because there is no other way to stop this dictator, I hope he does make good on his promise and take it down. I also hope that when big media tries to cover for him, they get flushed down the toilet with the rest of the sewage.

  109. As I said last night, the Democrat Party must stop using the race card. But I am quite certain they will not. Today, I would add that they must stop holding the American People hostage with these continuing resolutions to shut down government because they haven’t got the guts to make the hard governing choices. Well, they will not do that either, even though they should. Voters should weigh the consequences of supporting a party which is addicted to these kinds of abuses.

  110. American public: IRS guilty as sin, but protected by @barackobama.

    By: Moe Lane (Diary) | September 28th, 2013 at 10:30 AM | 1

    RESIZE: AAA

    A fish rots from the head down.

    If I was a Democratic operative, I’d be worrying like the blazes about these numbers:

    A new Rasmussen Reports poll found 53 percent of likely U.S. voters believe the IRS broke the law when it targeted tea party and other conservative groups, while only 24 percent disagree.

    But only 17 percent believe it is even somewhat likely that criminal charges will be brought against any government employees for IRS’s targeting of these groups. Seventy-four percent consider criminal charges unlikely. This number includes 27 percent who say charges are not at all likely.

    It’d be bad if the populace thought that a Democratic Presidential administration broke the law, or that people thought that a Democratic Presidential administration would not punish crimes committed by the government under the administration’s watch. But to have the American voting public believe that the IRS is guilty, AND that the Obama administration won’t punish them for it? …That is corrosive. Particularly to hopes of the Democrats not losing seats in 2014.

  111. foxyladi14
    September 28, 2013 at 11:30 am
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    Yes. It is Hegelian:

    Thesis: Current Health Care System

    Anti-Thesis: Obamacare

    Synthesis: Singe Payer

  112. Good morning, Iran
    Comments
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    Posted by William A. Jacobson Friday, September 27, 2013 at 4:42pm

    Obama held a victory dance over Senate Republicans as part of a press statement today.

    Before he got around to gloating and calling the Tea Party extremists, Obama started with the big announcement that he had spoken by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani:

    I do believe that there is a basis for resolution. Iran’s supreme leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons. President Rouhani has indicated that Iran will never develop nuclear weapons. I’ve made clear that we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy in the context of Iran meeting its obligations….

    I also communicated to President Rouhani my deep respect for the Iranian people.

    Of course, it was historic. For the Mullahs.
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    If you read the Clueless One’s speech you might conclude that The Supreme Leader watched Obama’s meltdown over Syrian and responded by issuing a fatawa saying that it will never develop a nuclear weapon. Big media in general and CBS in particular are frothing at the mouth over this tasty morsel of disinformation, since the president of that outlet is the brother of Obama’s main foreign affairs mandarin–baby Ben Rhoades, who was on the verge of a nervous breakdown a few months back over the genocide in the middle east engendered by his mindless foreign policy speeches.

    So I went looking to see what this Fatawa thing is all about. Turns out it was issued last January, and it had nothing to do with Obama, or Syia, or this conversation which he claims he had with the Iranian President which he claims extended to olive branch. This is a public relations move by them, combined with a rope a dope on Obama. The see him as a faux leader who is ready willing and able to sell his country down the tubes for a photo op.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57564199/iran-religious-decree-against-nuclear-weapons-is-binding/

    Also, it is worth noting that after the Supreme Leader issued this fatawa, Iranian scientists continued working on building the nuclear bomb, and according to Israeli intelligence they are now 2 weeks away from having enough material to build it in the laboratory where they have located their bomb building operation, below the mountain that is impervious to bunker bombs. But of course, for reasons of bias, motive and self interest big media hides that fact.

    It would appear that a fatawa ain’t what it used to be. But Obama is the same lying manipulating America hating big business shill and bamboozler he has always been. Some things never change. And the Mullahs can look at Obama and agree with PT Barnum’s astute observation that there is a sucker born every minute.

  113. Not to be negative, but we are losing the battle to Obama on all issues now….depressed in Boca
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    And it is not even hurricane season–yet.

  114. jbstonesfan
    September 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Not to be negative, but we are losing the battle to Obama on all issues now….depressed in Boca.

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    Seriously, I do not know why you are depressed.

    We have been through hell and back on this blog, fighting a battle.

    When you are outnumbered you learn to concentrate your forces.

    We have and we are winning.

    Let us not confuse the symptoms with the disease.

    Obama is a symptom. He is not the disease.

    If he did not exist, the left/elitist cabal would have to invent him.

    Those are the people who are being exposed for what they are.

    Cruz exposed them last week, and removed the fig leaf.

    Cruz also showed us what bold leadership looks like.

    Haven’t you noticed how with every new idea, there are those who say it will never work.

    I think people are wising up to the fact that they are being hosed by the uniparty.

    Let me conclude with this comment which I stole from a commentor on another blog.

    And forget about the word conservative–it means nothing.

    Think of the word loyal American who believe in the Constitution–that is more descriptive.

    And it excludes DINOS and RINOs and those who have simply given up.

    Bork mentioned a fellow professor at Yale who told him Bob we are screwed so lets just kick back and enjoy it.

    That was the last time the left mounted its assault en masse upon this country–and it eventuated in Reagan.

    So here are the words, minus the word conservative:

    Conservatives need to stay passionate and engaged. Power usually wins the short game however, the long game is heavily tilted towards the passionate. The more passion conservatives throw at a problem, the shorter time power can hold the field. Human history teaches that power will eventually be overwhelmed by the passionate. Conservatives first need to retake the soul of the republican party through primaries and then advance that agenda through general elections.
    Establishment republicans will always fall short of governing power because they either have no passion of conviction or their passion is only towards their own self preservation. The key is not to give up or give in; to not be corrupted by the powerful.

    There is an excellent young crop of conservatives passionately fighting for limited government and individual rights. They need to stay focused and not grow weary. The way we, the great unwashed can help is through our continual support of conservatives. We need to stay educated, engaged and ready to follow those passionate conservative leaders. Ted Cruz showed us what passion looks like, now we need to show all that that passion can be mobilized.

    A great general is nobody without an army. However, a great army will find its general

  115. Maybe it is just me, but I find it hard to reconcile the hyperbolic statement of Peter King (R-Ny) about Ted Cruz, i.e. that he represents a dark strain in American Politics, with Kings support for and secret membership in the Irish Republican Army who have murdered thousands of innocent people around the world. He has that same look of intolerance in his eyes as John McCain or some other bigot bent on putting some hapless soul to the torch. We have seen his kind many times in the full sweep of history, and we had best be aware of it lest we afford this prick any deference. Simply put there is trouble behind those beady blot shot eyes, that not even video poker can assuage.

  116. When Reid said it was dead on arrival I had to pause and wonder what he talking about himself or the house bill. The answer remains unclear. He could very easily be talking about both.

    Meanwhile, you can smell the fear of Cruz that permeates big media. They are on the verge of cardiac arrest. They are attacking him with all manner of lies, are are simultaneously outing themselves for their own hatred and bias. Their world is toppling, and they will be ill tempered until they get used to it.

    It is high time these high flying liars woke up to the fact that people are wising up to their game, and like all good things, their power and privilege is coming down on their ears.

  117. I would have liked to have seen Issa grab that true believer reporter–you could see it in his eyes, a real left wing fanatic, shoved some malox down his throat to calm the reporters unsteady condition, and told him this is what it feels to the American People to have something they do not want, and do not need shoved down their throats against their will by Stalinists like Obama, Reid and Pelosi, who exempt themselves from the hardship they gladly inflict on others while pretending to represent them.

  118. Oh my god what will happen on Tuesday if the government shuts down asks this breathless reporter and that one as they scurry around like a flock of chickens with their heads cut off. Yes, I know, what heads. They are all just assholes.

  119. In a tense situation it is generally wise to refrain from hostile provocative rhetoric. Obviously Reid cannot control himself. He has been escalating the rhetoric as has the clueless one in an effort to thwart any compromise, and to intimidate feckless Republicans like Houevin, Corker, Flake, the guy from Las Vegas, Collins et. al. But there comes a point where Harry starts to resemble bomber bill ayers, and that will not sit well. You could say he is being tactical, but he has never had a much going for him. He looks like Barney Fife, and he projects physical weakness. However, I do understand that he was once a boxer, and the reining champion of Search Light Nevada population 1. He is also a knockout champion, once knocked himself our in the first round. If it came down to a choice between saving the last small pox virus or Harry Reid, I would ask for 24 hours to think about it.

  120. The House Republicans are saying delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year. Whereas the Democrat Senate and naturally the Clueless One are saying it must be implemented now.

    I believe the Republicans have the high moral ground here for two reasons:

    1. First, the exchanges, the navigators and the other enabling mechanisms are not ready. The Administration has admitted as much. They have had several years to get ready and have failed to do so. Therefore, to plunge forward now will create the very train wreck that the democrat senator from Montana predicted.

    2. Second, one year waivers have been granted to big businesses and Obama cronies to avoid dislocation. And Congress has been exempted altogether. Therefore, it is inequitable and unconscionable to make the American People the guinea pig for this atrocious piece of legislation.

    3. Third, key democrat constituencies have expressed grave reservations about the impact of the perverse incentives of Obamacare, including but not limited to the loss of benefits, the reduction of workweek and penalties to people who do not wish to purchase insurance. Those constituencies, and their leaders will pay a high price with their constituents if this act is implemented now. Unions, Joe Manchin etc.

    As noted, a government shut down is highly likely. But given the above, it will be hard for Obama to blame the Republicans for it, and make it stick. Even the most corrupt institution in this country, mainstream media cannot convinced the public that shit his shinola.

    What the Republicans will need to watch for is the Quislings like Collins, Huevean, Corker, McCain, Lindsay, and that guy from Las Vegas. They are dying to sell their own party–and the American People down the tubes to get their own name in the headlines, so they will be the ones the dims reach out to in an effort to tunnel under on the Republican position.If they can keep those Quislings under control, and ignore the wailing and nashing of teeth by the elite media, then they can break Obama’s pick. Once he realizes that he will be forced to compromise.

  121. I failed to mention, that night when I through that fundraiser for McCain, we went out on the balcony and he told me how much he hated McCain. He was pissed off the McCain along with Russ Feingold (a good man by the way)had this campaign finance reform bill ready and McConnell hated it. He went on and on about free speech and then he looked me in the eye and said if we silence the voices of major donors then the New York Times will determine the fate of our country, and I will go to the Supreme Court to prevent that from happening.

    Since then alot has happened. For one thing, Soros came in and carved out the big exception for 527s and no limits on political contribution. Hence, that stupid ass McCain (McCaine–as in Caine and Abel?) got outfoxed. And now McConnell and McCaine are lovers. McConnell sits back and lets McNutt take the lead position in attacking the young turks–or wacko birds as he calls them. And McCain will be campaigning for McConnell next year in his bid for re election against the Tea Party candidate Bevins.

  122. Correction: I failed to mention, that night when I threw that fundraiser for Mc Connell (not McCain)
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    To quote an old Mafia Teamster I knew: I may be dumb but I am not stupid.

  123. Roll It Back
    Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By JAY COST

    Obamacare remains decisively unpopular with the American people, and most Republicans are staunchly committed to its repeal. And why shouldn’t they be? The ideological core of the bill runs contrary to the vision of limited government, market-based solutions, and individual choice that has formed the foundation of the party’s economic program since the statism of the First New Deal. Moreover, the party’s purpose is to win elections, and Obamacare still looks like a winning issue for the GOP.

    Against the airtight ideological and political arguments for Republican repeal efforts, Democrats and their liberal allies in the mainstream media have resorted to variations on a single theme: Opposition violates our sacrosanct political traditions. The Supreme Court upheld (most of) Obamacare; the president won reelection; ergo, continued efforts to undo the health law, especially those to defund it, are in grossly poor form. As Harry Reid so gracefully tweeted last week: “We will not bow to Tea Party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law.” According to Reid, the effort to defund this particular law is tantamount to opposition to the concept of law itself.

    The position that leftists have adopted here is absurd, for two reasons. First, the notion that Obama’s reelection in 2012 was a plebiscite on the relative merits of Obamacare is wishful thinking. American elections are rarely, if ever, plebiscites. Politicians work to make elections about a whole host of things; more often than not, electoral campaigns scrupulously avoid the big issues of the day. It is much better, from the politicians’ perspective, to turn the election into a contest of personalities or valence issues, those on which the public concurs.

    And so it was in 2012. Barack Obama hardly uttered a word about Obamacare, and ditto Mitt Romney, who presumably was afraid of Obama’s rejoinder that the law was based on what Romney did as governor of Massachusetts. The 2012 election was no more about Obamacare than it was about immigration reform, cap and trade, tax reform, or anything else. The dominant theme from Obama’s side was that Romney was a corporate raider, a type whom most everybody despises. From Romney’s side, it was the claim that he could help create jobs, something everybody loves. Obamacare​—​just like cap and trade, gun control, immigration, and many other issues​—​was left on the sidelines. That was a shame for Republicans. The exit polls showed a plurality of voters opposing the president’s health care law; that suggests, more than anything, a failure of Team Romney to turn the election into a plebiscite on the law.

    Second, the implication from Democrats that once a bill becomes a law, it is as indelible as the Ten Commandments, etched into rock by the hand of God Himself, is precious when we consider the source. The Democrats, after all, mounted a 10-year campaign against the “Bush tax cuts,” and did so despite defeat after defeat on the issue. Those tax cuts joined a long line of laws that the country later substantially revised or repealed entirely. A partial list includes: the Clinton tax increases, portions of the Reagan tax cuts, the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, portions of the Kennedy tax cuts, the gold standard, portions of the National Labor Relations Act, Prohibition, the direct election of senators, the Sherman Silver Purchase Act, innumerable tariff schedules set during the 19th century, the three-fifths clause, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Missouri Compromise, the Second Bank of the United States, the original rules of the Electoral College, the Articles of Confederation, and, of course, the rule of King George III.

    The Second Bank of the United States is a particularly instructive case. There, Andrew Jackson effectively did away with the bank not by repealing the law outright, but rather by defunding the institution, stripping it of its federal deposits and sending them to his cronies in state banks. No less a liberal eminence than Ted Kennedy cited Jackson’s bank veto message in his famed “The Dream Shall Never Die” speech at the 1980 Democratic convention. But as Democrats gather for their annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinners to complain about the perfidy of Republican efforts to defund Obamacare, it is unlikely they’ll mention the actions of their party’s founder. Also likely to be left unmentioned is Harry Reid’s flirtation with the movement to defund the Iraq war.

    Far from giving up, Republicans need to redouble their efforts to repeal and replace. That requires a robust debate within the party on the best political strategy (not to mention the best candidates to present the case against the law) as well as vigorous policy work to find solid and salable alternatives to Obama’s $1.4 trillion boondoggle. That Democrats are claiming the Republicans have violated unwritten laws about political probity is actually the surest sign yet that the Grand Old Party is on the right track.

  124. Jay Cost article above. Priceless.
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    Here’s reference to a current piece from WashTimes. 9/27/13. Senators from both parties linked arms to defy Sen. Ted Cruz, overcoming his attempt to filibuster the stopgap spending bill, which allowed Democrats to add back in full funding for Obamacare and power the bill through the chamber and sending it back to the House….
    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/sep/27/senate-defeats-cruz-filibuster-clears-way-obamacar
    And that thought is reminiscent of another time when arms were linked, but only Democrats were doing the linking. The incident received very little attention, and remains one of my all time favorite videos. It is the subject of my latest post card endeavor, as follows:

    ‘Uploaded on March 21, 2010. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a gang of House Democrats force their way through a crowd, linked arm by arm in a stunning display of audacity towards opponents of the government takeover of healthcare. [ A thumbnail of the FoxNews/Stuart Varney video is inserted at this point, and then its actual full link ].
    www DOT youtube.com/watch?v=gyLPG5MJCKg [Then, concluding text:]
    The crowd, roughly 15-30,000 was chanting “Kill the bill. Play the video to hear them. Tea Party. #MakeDCListen. The Democrats have been in “Up Yours” mode 4 awhile.

  125. The New Yorker has a short article claiming what I was saying the other day about women other than Hillary who could be the first woman president.

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/09/is-hillary-clinton-our-only-chance-for-a-woman-president.html

    The article doesn’t give all the names I could think of, either on the D or R side. But one of the names is Kirsten Gillibrand. I like Gillibrand a lot and think she would be the best substitute for Hillary. In fact, even if Hillary runs, I’d like to see Gillibrand compete with her.

    Gillibrand already has a name for herself with two very successful Senate campaigns to her credit (the second with a record 72% majority!), entering politics not on her husband’s coattails like Hillary, but on a simple cue from Hillary. And now, in the polls, Kirsten scores just behind Biden even though she enjoys practically no nationwide name recognition as he does.

    If Kirsten and Hillary compete in the primaries, the contest will be fair because they are friends, and the result will be to thrust Kirsten into the national limelight, so even if she loses, she will have paved her way for a future run.

    On the issues, I know that Gillibrand started out in the Blue Dog caucus and was thus a conservative Democrat who beat out a Republican incumbent in her home district in upstate New York, defying the gender gap in the process. When she moved to the Senate, her constituency grew and thus changed and, apparently, so did her politics.

    I haven’t been able to follow her 4 ½ year record in the Senate; but I can’t see her as a “liberal”. As a woman of conservative temperament with a half-liberal constituency, I can’t see her as anything but a centrist, which is a very good thing for the nation at large, in my opinion. In any event, she doesn’t like Harry Reid, which is a sign of good judgment.

    She’s 20 years younger than Hillary, so she escapes all this crap about Hillary being too old. It just doesn’t apply to someone who is among Sarah Palin’s generation.

    She will also be free to set herself off from Obama and his lackluster administration. In the general election, no one will be able to say that she is Obama’s lapdog, which is apparently a problem for Hillary going forward, as admin points out in the current lead article.

    There will be no need for muddling mild support with mild criticism or, for that matter, for taking any stand at all on national issues until mid-2015 whereas, unfortunately, Hillary is in the presidential limelight already and is thus more or less obliged to sustain a pre-campaign persona. Kirsten can let it all ride until mid-2015.

  126. foxy, leanora. I may have been the first to give that link legitimacy it has not earned. holdthemaccountable
    September 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm
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    Sorry.

  127. Iran Hacked into Navy Computers While Obama Negotiated With Iranian President

    President Obama and his administration were busy this week snubbing Americans and negotiating with Muslim extremists. First, they compared Republicans to terrorists, then Obama started negotiations with Iran, while refusing to negotiate with Republicans. Now we find out that Iran was hacking into the Navy’s computers, while Obama negotiated with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani. The U.S. confirmed the attacks were carried out by the Iranian government or by a group acting with approval by the Iranian government

    See more at: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/09/iran-hacked-into-navy-computers-while-obama-negotiated-with-iranian-president/#sthash.uY1nwf1i.dpuf

  128. Oh Holdthemaccountable – please don’t be sorry. It’s not your fault. Many of the satire websites are set up so well now, that people can be easily fooled.

    I’ve decided that I don’t like satire much anymore, even though I did once have a sense of humor. 🙂

  129. foxy, leanora: ty.
    ————————
    Here comes a video link. Not sure if it will “blossom” but I suggest you get it there, put it on full screen, turn up the volume & enjoy the musicians’ obvious enjoyment as well as the wonderful sound: military playing Stars and Stripes Forever.

  130. jeswezey
    September 29, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I haven’t posted on this site in a long time but your comments about Gillibrand demanded a response.
    I live in NY and have met her. Her campaign literature went out in Spanish and English. All of my Hispanic neighbors who are here legally speak English very well. Make no mistake ….she is VERY liberal. She is strongly for unlimited immigration from South and central America. Anti-amnesty groups give her a D. She is Shumer’s girl and make no mistake about that. My impression of her is that her political ambition trumps any “values” she has. However, after speaking with her, I believe she is truly far left and never was much of a conservative Dem.

  131. Here’s the full transcript, courtesy of Chicks on the Right:

    Mr. President, Fox News isn’t what’s making Americans sick about your healthcare law. Your healthcare law is. Welcome, everybody, I’m Neil Cavuto. And excuse this departure from form. But I think this is just poor form. So, it’s time we set some things straight.

    Mr. President, we at Fox News are not the problem. I hate to break it to you, sir. You are. Your words are. Your promises are. We didn’t sell this healthcare law. Sir, you did. Remember this?

    President Barack Obama: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.

    Mr. President, tell that to tens of thousands of retirees at IBM and Time Warner and dozens of others, who’ve been dumped from their coverage and told to find their own coverage. FoxNews didn’t break that news to them, Mr. President. Their companies did.

    Fox News didn’t push more of those firms to hire part-time workers. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t incentivize fast food restaurants to scale back their benefits. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t make doctors want to opt out. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn’t make insurance premiums sky rocket. Your healthcare law did. Just like Fox News didn’t grant hundreds of exemptions to companies that needed them. You did. And Fox News didn’t delay one key provision after another, including online enrollment for those small business exchanges. You did.

    http://www.ijreview.com/2013/09/82330-watch-neil-cavuto-slam-president-best-obamacare-monologue-ever/

  132. Women State blog features this article – Samuel L. Jackson to Obama

    *******

    Friday, September 27, 2013
    Samuel L. Jackson to Obama: “Be f**king Presidential … stop trying to ‘relate'”

    LOS ANGELES – Samuel L. Jackson has some words of wisdom for President Obama when it comes to his deliberate dropping of “g’s” off the ends of words to seemingly sound like Joe Average.

    “First of all, we know it ain’t because of his blackness, so I say stop trying to ‘relate.’ Be a leader. Be f**king presidential,” Jackson told Playboy magazine. “Look, I grew up in a society where I could say ‘It ain’t’ or ‘What it be’ to my friends. But when I’m out presenting myself to the world as me, who graduated from college, who had family what cared about me, who has a well-read background, I f**king conjugate.”

    The 64-year-old actor, who stars this fall in the highly-anticipated remake of “Oldboy,” is also known in social media circles as the “grammar police.”

    “On Twitter someone will write, ‘Your an idiot,’ and I’ll go, ‘No, you’re an idiot,’ and all my Twitterphiles will go, ‘Hey, Sam Jackson, he’s the grammar police.’ I’ll take that,” he continued. “Somebody needs to be. I mean, we have newscasters who don’t even know how to conjugate verbs, something Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow never had problems with. How the f**k did we become a society where mediocrity is acceptable.” (Continues)

    http://www.womenstate.blogspot.com

  133. If the music had not taken my breath away, Cavuto would have. Historic it is. Unprecedented. Another first for the 50% guy.

  134. Twitter newsfeed: Face the Nation’s Bob ‘Geezer’ finally sees his own future tied to New Republicans, Not McCain or Graham, & has Rand Paul Interview

  135. 1 more. Meet Press David Gregory omits half of George Will quote in “Gotcha,” & Cruz Politely provides 2nd half from Memory of Will’s Quote

  136. jeswezey
    September 29, 2013 at 6:02 am
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    If you know her then you are one up on me because I do not know her. But I have watched her from a distance, and she strikes me as a complete chameleon. If you will recall, she was thought to be a blue dog at one point, whereas now she is what totally disgusted says she is. I would not trust The New Yorker to be objective on this—their best contribution to civilization was The Algonquin Hotel, and the wit if not the politics of its foremost habituae Dorothy Parker. Some people will see this ability to plant her feet squarely in two camps as a sign of bi partisanship, left wing screeds will attempt to pass it off as a sign of political coming of age (like the way they fell in love with the Soviet Union until it sided with Nassar in the 1967 War–my Cuban banker Catholic friend will not allow me to forget that one—he had many battles with them at Princeton). I reject both of those hypotheses. I think the ability to be one thing one day, and the opposite thing the next is the imprimatur of opportunism. And surely we have seen enough of that in our political system. We need statesmen and stateswomen, not more politicians.

  137. Bill Clinton comes out against caucuses: Ds “have way too many of them”. Why? ‘Undemocratic’.

    Yup and Bill get working to make sure they are gone by 2016 or we’ll have the same shit all over again. I dont understand why a caucus should replace a primary, they are dumb. One vote one person.

  138. As was noted elsewhere, never forget that Rouhani has a life-long alliance with the fanatic religious crowd in Iran and he was, in fact, the bagman on the receiving end of the U.S. arms for hostages deal in that whole Iran-Contra mess. As chief nuclear negotiator, Rouhani has admitted using that position in the past to delay things so that they could continue their nuclear centrifuge operations. The Iranians are snakes and are not to be trusted. Obama’s narcissism and persistent grandiose thirst for ever more personal redemption is very, very dangerous for the U.S. and the world.

  139. Los Angeles Democrat
    September 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

    As was noted elsewhere, never forget that Rouhani has a life-long alliance with the fanatic religious crowd in Iran and he was, in fact, the bagman on the receiving end of the U.S. arms for hostages deal in that whole Iran-Contra mess. As chief nuclear negotiator, Rouhani has admitted using that position in the past to delay things so that they could continue their nuclear centrifuge operations. The Iranians are snakes and are not to be trusted. Obama’s narcissism and persistent grandiose thirst for ever more personal redemption is very, very dangerous for the U.S. and the world.
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    That is the unvarnished truth. I have a Persian friend who monitors thing over there very closely. He laughs at our media who presents the new president as a breathe of fresh air, a moderate, a better than Raftenjanni. They do not know this guy and they sure as hell do not know Raftenjani. Like the maggots they truly are, big media bought the sizzle not the steak. And besides, any lie they can tell to make Obama look good they will parrot. The only hope we have as a country is to ignore them and their ilk. I will say this much for them however–the Iranians I mean. With Putin’s help they have found one of Obama’s central weak spots. The only thing he cares about is the photo-op, ergo the way to manipulate him is by using his own game against him. Iran is becoming public relations experts, and the next time Advertising Age gives it annual award, they can give it to the Mullahs for out bamboozling the Bamboozler in chief, so much so that they now have him eating out of their hand, and giving speeches that have a 1938 flavor to them.

  140. It really irks me when some folks seen any, younger, liberal as an equal substitute for Hillary running in 2016.

    Voting for gender or youth is no different than voting for the color of one’s skin.

    In my book, Hillary is the queen on the chessboard of qualifications for President and everyone else fills up the other slots.

  141. moononpluto
    September 29, 2013 at 11:08 am
    Bill Clinton comes out against caucuses: Ds “have way too many of them”. Why? ‘Undemocratic’.

    Yup and Bill get working to make sure they are gone by 2016 or we’ll have the same shit all over again. I dont understand why a caucus should replace a primary, they are dumb. One vote one person.
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    right on the money…could not agree more…

    not only are the caucusus corrupt…they also give minorites more delegates just because they are minorities over say, ‘a woman’…seem to remember that was a big problem in PA, among others for Hillary…she got the majority of votes, O got the delegates

    agree Moon…someone in the Dim party better start working on that now…but for some reason I have my doubts it will happen…the ‘insiders’ like gaming the system…they know just how to do it…it is their own private little form of “gerrymandering the primary”

  142. A sense of humor with this guy. Tim Murphy PA-18. “Tonight, Congress continued the President’s efforts to delay the remaining unworkable parts of the healthcare law. Instead of moving forward with a law we know isn’t ready to be deployed, the House is acting in the interest of families and taxpayers by delaying the other parts that we all agree are not ready to go live in just three days….”
    http://murphy.house.gov/latest-news/rep-murphy-votes-yes-on-hj-res-59/

  143. Foxy, yes. It’s usually hard for me to stay past 5 minutes, but he was so good. I hope he quits giving interviews for awhile. This is sufficient to satisfy reasonable curiosities, IMO. They’ll keep jabbing for a vulnerable spot. I don’t know that the man has one but his time from now on could be better spent.

  144. That presser is now over. I saw about 5 minutes and did not recognize the House members who spoke to reporters. They did well, their main message being “get the Senate back to work”.

    A woman with a walker and probably Oxygen too, shouted from the rear Obama was elected. Rep said I was too. A bit of back and forth. Then official coverage was over but reporters did allow that woman more mic time. And she thinks media is giving too much coverage lolol.

  145. too much coverage to the theater. True blind Obot. No amount of discussion would change her mind, it seems.

  146. …Tuesday is the long-awaited kickoff for President Obama’s signature health care law, when millions of Americans can start signing up for new insurance options. Yet across the country, officials are issuing warnings that despite fevered efforts, their new insurance exchanges — online markets where people can shop for health plans and see if they qualify for federal subsidies — will not be fully operational for weeks or even months….
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/us/as-opening-day-nears-insurance-exchanges-scramble-to-prepare.html?hp&_r=0

  147. Leanora
    September 29, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Senate Republicans Who Voted to Fund Obamacare Will Now Be Referred to as Undocumented Democrats_______________________________
    Formerly known as RINO’s 😡

  148. A woman with a walker and probably Oxygen too, shouted from the rear Obama was elected.
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    How many people do you know who are on oxygen and can shout from the back of a press conference?

    Teamster President Roy Williams went on oxygen when he was faced with jail time for bribing Senator Cannon.

    Charlatans and cheap stunts.

  149. foxyladi14
    September 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm
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    There is nobody else like him today in politics.

    The dims and the clueless one are such non entities.

    And they threaten like dockside bullies.

    Hillary was quoted as saying there are no leaders in the party.

    She said that at the time the Soros wall of money came in and everyone ran for cover.

    This guy McCarthy is not the type I would on to explain the Republican position.

    He reminds me of Richie Cunningham on Happy Days.

    He made the fundamental mistake of saying the dims should accept the House bill—

    But if they don’t and if they do nothing he has another bill, and another, and another

    In other words, the media has got him negotiating against himself–with no movement from the other side.

    Notice Issa would not answer that question when that surly snot nosed reporter tried to get him to

    His speech was how dare you, and this is supposed to be about compromise. That is the way you answer.

    And then you tell them you have made your move, if they do not reciprocate, then THEY are shutting down government.

  150. How many people do you know who are on oxygen and can shout from the back of a press conference?
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    Upon further reflection, methinks the O2 tube was a mirage. But your further point that she was a plant is well-taken.

  151. We’re working on the innards of the website. Don’t panic if we are offline for short intervals. We’re trying to get ready for a busy season ahead.

  152. The same CNN panel of “experts” (french for perverts) who praised Obama to no end for his vaunted strategy of leading from behind on the military operation in Libya, now “trashes” (the word used by left wing screeds at yahoo) Boehner for not leading from the front and controlling his caucus the way their new-found hero Gingrich did in 1994. In that case, Gingrich shut down government whereas in this case Reid will be the one shutting down government. How many years have we had to endure this prune faced, malignant doddering old fool from Searchlight Nevada population zero (O) saying my way or the highway? How many times has this most hated man in Washington failed at the most fundamental task of the Majority Leader which is to see that a budget is passed by the Senate. This is why we have this government by crisis every 90 days, and he needs to be taught a lesson. As far as the opinion of the French perverts, every asshole has an opinion, and CNN has a whole panel of them, culled from the nether regions of the hard left. They sit there pretending to be Roman royalty watching the gladiators get killed and turning their thumbs down if it is a Republican and down if it is a Democrat. Their opinion is tainted with bias and self interest and should be categorically rejected by the American People, if they have any sense whatsoever.

  153. I see where Horowitiz at Red State read the dismal McCarthy appearance on Chris Wallace’s show this morning the same way I did. I think what these French Republicans are going to find is that they will be primaried, and if that does not work then the base will not turn out to vote for them. Why bother to vote for people who piss on your leg and tell you it is raining? They-just-don’t-get-it. There is such a thing as a mutiny, and that is what they are inviting. You can tell them that until it you are blue in the face, but the only thing that will teach that party what words cannot is ignominious defeat. And that is what is staring them in the face. And by the way, McCarthy is no deep thinker. In fact, he like McMorris Rogers are lighter than air. They are speaking for Boehner who is speaking for the consultants who are known for collecting money from foolish donors, losing elections and pontificating. These fuckers are so weak that they cannot hold a bargaining position for twelve hours. And they underestimate their base.

    You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires, an’ all:
    We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
    Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
    The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.
    For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
    But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country” when the guns begin to shoot;
    An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
    An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — YOU BET THAT TOMMY SEES!!!—Rudyard Kipling
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    Update: Jonathan Strong is reporting that Kevin McCarthy is already planning on using last night’s bill as a means of caving even further. He is floating the idea of passing a clean CR with a provision eliminating the congressional exclusion – offering no relief for the American people. Let the self-negotiations begin…]

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  154. How would you like to be a really smart guy like Issa, or Cruz, and have these weak kneed intellectually challenged cowards as your colleagues? Issa stakes out a credible position, and Boehner (between bouts of b & b) dispatches little Richie Cunningham out to tell the world we are just bluffing, don’t take us seriously, we are only interested in fooling our base, and please big bad tiger don’t eat us up. They make me puke.

  155. Yup and Bill get working to make sure they are gone by 2016 or we’ll have the same shit all over again. I dont understand why a caucus should replace a primary, they are dumb. One vote one person.
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    AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!

  156. I am about ready to retire. The problem is you can’t fix stupid. Right now the laughing stock I am looking at is Senator Cronyn who is running ads begging five red state democrats to cross the line and vote against Obama. Any way you look at it he is fool. He is a fool if he believes that will happen. And he is double the fool if he thinks we will suspend logic and common sense and believe this. Trust me. He knows for a fact this will not happen, unless of course the House caves further to the point that the opposition to Obama care becomes meaningless. But this his way off the hook for not supporting Cruz. He thinks he can claim, credibly, that he shared Cruz’s passion to defeat Obama care, he just had a different strategy to achieve the same objective. Yea, right, a strategy everyone knew was dead on arrival was not a strategy, it was a cave in. And then you have our friend Tom Coburn out there turning his beautiful mind to the problem of government waste, which has been standard boring fare for demogogues since the days of Bill Proximire. Another evasion of responsibility. And finally we have McNutt–where would we be without that turd. He is out there telling us we must lay down like Jews at Auschitz and accept our fate. And why is that sir? Because he won the election. Question sir: since Obamacare was not raised by the Romney campaign and million other issues were discussed, how can you possibly say that the election was a plebesite on Obamacare. Answer: McCaine is the name, betraying voters is the game, and who are you, some wacko bird. Pardon me, I must return to my video poker game.

  157. freespirit
    September 29, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Yup and Bill get working to make sure they are gone by 2016 or we’ll have the same shit all over again. I dont understand why a caucus should replace a primary, they are dumb. One vote one person.
    ——————
    You realize of course that the hard left will fight this proposal to their dying breathe. Their entire gotv strategy is centered upon abuse of the caucus system. This was very visible in the Washington and the Texas primaries. This kind of system enables them to engage in the intimidation tactics which they train for.

    Here is something I wrote on that subject on September 10, 2008, while the entire experience was fresh in my mind:

    D. Caucus Debacle: the conspirators focused on the states that had caucuses. In Iowa they bussed in thousands of out of state people to vote in the local elections, security procedures were lax and voter fraud occurred on a massive scale.

    In Washington they got their people to the polling sites early, took over the voting assignments, locked out 200 pro-Hillary people at one site alone, and began chanting in loud tones O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma! to intimidate older voters. Incompetent state party chairman Dwight Peltz-an Obama supporter called this a “triumph of democracy”.

    In Texas, Obama people engaged in intimidation, forged voter ballots, and ignored the legal procedures for the election of officers.

    In Gary Indiana there was massive voter fraud which was directed by the Mayor (an Obama supporter). Two thousand (2000) complaints of voter fraud have been filed nation-wide by Clinton supporters who claim they were either deterred from voting or were told that their caucuses had been cancelled.

    Here is one shining example of the “triumph of democracy” in Texas, where the caucuses were deemed by Democratic Coordinator and overseer to be “broadly illegitimate” state-wide:

    “In one example of fraud that I witnessed, one of my precinct captains, an elderly Hispanic woman, called me to report that BHO supporters had illegally seized control of the convention. During our series of phone calls, Mrs. “A.” reported that the Obama people took the convention materials and did not have a legal election of officers. The Obama people ordered Mrs. A. to sit across the room during the delegate calculation, and excluded Hillary supporters from the process. Mrs. A. overheard an Obama supporter call in a false delegate count to Austin. In a 13 delegate precinct where Obama should have won 4 delegates, the Obama supporters attempted to award 19 delegates to Obama”. (Pacific John: Democratic Coordinator from California).

    Dr. Lynette Long studied the 2008 Democratic Primary in each of the fourteen caucus states and interviewed hundreds of personal stories and concluded that the Obama campaign willfully and intentionally defrauded the American public by systematically undermining the caucus process.

    Here is a perfect example. On January 19, 2008, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Caucus 51%-45%, a comfortable six point win. The estimated National Delegates were Clinton 13 and Obama 12. At the County the percentages changed to 51% to 49% Clinton and the estimated National Delegate count was now Obama 13, Clinton 12. Nevada’s twenty-five “pledged” delegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention were chosen on May 17, Barack Obama had 55% of the votes and Clinton had 45% of the votes when the party had its state convention. There are 14 national delegates for Obama and 11 for Clinton. By time the contest reached the state convention and the delegate count was now Obama 14, Clinton 11. How is this 16 point swing possible? This is a four delegate swing. How did Clinton lose two delegates and Obama gain two delegates?” In other words Hillary won the state 51%-45% but ended up with 3 fewer delegates.

    (Note: these complaints were submitted to none other than Donna Brazille. As Chair of the Voting Rights Institute, she was obliged to call for an inquiry into the pattern of caucus vote suppression and fraud that took place. But she failed to act. One reason is that Howard Dean because while he was professing to be neutral he was actively supporting Obama through an organization called a grass root organization he founded called Democracy For America that trains field organizers and promotes left wing candidates).

  158. I wondered about the relationship between Senator Cronyn (R-Tx) and Senator Cruz (R-Tx). It is like Churchill’s comparison of the United States and Britain–two nations separated only by a common language, or in this case, a common constituency.

    Senator Cronyn represents the Texas establishment–meaning the Bush family. Senator Cruz represents the people of Texas, which is to say, not the Bush family.

    They are both Texans, Republicans and US senators, but that is where it stops, starts and ends.

    Senator Cronyn made that choice I talked about the other day, which every politician must ultimately make–will I support the elites, or the people. Simply put, he chose the elites.

    Consequently, it is no surprise that when Senator Cruz ran for office, Mr. Cronyn refused to support him. Nor is it surprising that when Cruz took a stand on Obamacare, Cronyn took a powder.

    Cronyn is up for election in 2014, and would give his left testicle for Cruz’s endorsement but Cruz has elected to remain neutral.

    Chris Cilezza and Dana Milbank are perverts and work for WashPo. The two of them did a little video skit where they dressed up in bathrobes and called Hillary a bitch. I think they were docked 2 weeks pay for that little episode.

    I mention them because Cilezza senses the threat that a leader like Cruz poses to the new guilded age millionaires of Washington DC is quick–too quick to attibute Cruz’s neutrality in re. Cronyn’s re-election as a sure sign that Cruz has presidential aspirations.

    Perhaps. But the more likely explanation is he feels, with justification, that one bad turn deserves another.

    Personally, I think Cronyn is a fine man whose immense talents are wasted in a dead end senate job. I can think of a dozen things he could do better–like mowing he lawn of the Bush family estate.

    Senator Cronyn is almost certainly a Bush family asset, and Cruz obviously is not. I read where Cronyn refused to endorse Cruz in his bid for the primary and the general election. Not surprisingly, Cruz has since refused to endorse Cronyn who is up for re election in 2014. That is unprecedented, but it is a reflection of the power of the Bush family in that state. To be a Texas Tea Party member in Texas is to be anti Bush, because in that state Bush is the establishment. I like Cronyn very much. But it is a disservice to the nation that a man of his immense talents should be confined to the lowly job of senator, when they could be applied to more worthy endeavors.

  159. This strategy would put Reid up shit creek without a paddle. Work is so Reid shuts down government in order to preserve the Obamacare exemption for members of Congress. This would put the lie to the fiction that the Democratic Party is the party of the people. But in order to work, they have to take a position and stick to it/
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    David Vitter’s Shutdown Strategy: Kill Lawmakers’ Obamacare Exemption

    by William Bigelow @ Breitbart

    Those conservatives who think the GOP is unaware of the political implications of shutting down the government over Obamacare may want to revise their estimates; Sen. David Vitter has a clever plan to stay a step ahead in the campaign to win the public’s support.

    Vitter had already insisted on a vote in the Senate over an amendment that was attached to an energy-efficiency bill that had nothing to do with Obamacare. That amendment would have forced Congress, the president, and administration appointees to give up federal subsidies they would get for their health insurance. Needless to say, the Democratic-controlled Senate would not approve it, and the Senate has been stalled for a week.

    Meanwhile, the House has passed a continuing resolution on Sunday vis-à-vis Obamaare in which would delay the Affordable Care Act’s implementation for one year and repeal the healthcare law’s medical device tax. That resolution, like the first bill that defunded Obamacare, is also certain to be killed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    Once the second bill is killed, Vitter’s plan takes the same amendment forcing the end to federal subsidies for the political class’s health insurance and attaches it to the first defunding bill that was killed and sent back to the House. Then the House passes the bill, sends it back up to the Senate, and waits for the Senate to kill it again. One Democratic leadership aide has already said it probably wouldn’t even receive a chance to be voted on.

    If the government shuts down, then, the Democrats will have forced it because they would not give up their de facto exemption from Obamacare. Vitter’s plan would show that after getting funding for every special interest they want, including Obamacare, Senate Democrats would not make a single, common-sense concession: tax dollars to insulate themselves from the very healthcare law they are forcing onto the country’s working class.

  160. wbb and moon are spot on about the caucuses.

    “In Texas, Obama people engaged in intimidation, forged voter ballots, and ignored the legal procedures for the election of officers. ”

    ______________

    Yes, and at some of the caucus polling places, voters were locked out of the polling places, and redirected to another (fake) location. Thankfully, much of the treachery committed by camp O was well documented and recorded.

    As I recall, there was an organized appeal for the FEC to investigate, and Hillary supporters were asked to write to the FEC regarding this. I don’t know if anyone else received a response. I know I didn’t. And, I know that nothing was ever done. Of course, Lois Learner of IRS fame was a higher-up within the office of the FEC – possibly the executive director of that organization at that time, I believe. No small wonder that Obama’s woman on the inside didn’t respond.
    t respond to our requests.

  161. freespirit
    September 30, 2013 at 1:19 am

    wbb and moon are spot on about the caucuses.

    “In Texas, Obama people engaged in intimidation, forged voter ballots, and ignored the legal procedures for the election of officers.
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    There was a law professor at either Georgetown or Georgetown who tried to do something with it in the courts. Heidi was her name, and she was excellent. We did the research and the court system defers such matters back to the political party, which was sad because that is where it should have been resolved. Some of our people tried to get the Dallas Morning News to report on it and they refused. Everywhere you turned the system was rigged. And the new chairman of the Texas Democrat party was corrupt. Hillary’s campaign attorney had 2000 complaints–I can’t recall her name either–Lynn Ulrecht filed it with the DNC, and it was going to be used at the convention. My sense was there was a whole plan to fight this thing out at the convention, but then there was a murder of the Arkansas State Democrat Party Chairman Bill Gwantey (sp?) who was a Hillary supporter, and the untimely death of Hillary’s friend Stephanie Tubbs, and some blackmail directed at Bill through Todd Purdam (Deede Myers husband–vanity fair article) among others and suddenly the effort petered out. You get so much of this stuff second or third hand, and you can never be sure how much of it is true, but that was my understanding. You had idiots like Taylor Marsh who went immediately over to Obama and others like us who went to McCain to stop Obama from wrecking the country, as he clearly has done. I would have to say in hindsight that going to McCain was simply a matter of any port in a storm, because he has turned out to be a complete dingbat in his own right. But we never had the leverage, and at that point I said to myself whatever Hillary wants to do is her business, but I am going to follow the dictates of my own conscience, and there is no way I could ever support a traitor like Obama. Just no way. And if that was my instinct at the time, I daresay it has been proven to a fare thee well by what we–those of us who have eyes to see have seen since.

  162. It was Professor Heidi Li Feldman. I was looking at the student ratings. Half say she is great and half say she is the worst professor they ever had. I thought she was pretty damned good, based on what I saw.

  163. admin
    September 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm
    We’re trying to get ready for a busy season ahead.

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    I wonder what the “busy season” is all about???

  164. wbboei
    September 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm
    Gonzo: where are you? This is your state. I am making some assumptions here. Do you think they are accurate?
    _____________________________

    You are most certianly correct sir. I called the lawn movers office, wrote emails and nanda, no response. I voted for him, will not again. We are still a Red state, till the hispanic voters form Mexico in the next few elections turn us blue, but I wilL not vote for him again.

    Cruz baby, all time 24/7! We the people!

    By the way, I have been working overtime, am at work now…When fraudcare comes into effect, I am afraid my hours will be cut, so I take what I can, where I can.

  165. wbboei
    September 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    ___ I feel the same way. I emailed him and called his office.

    Can’t stand him, never could.

  166. Excellent article. Bravo!
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    I WILL NOT COMPLY

    Like most members of the Congress that passed it and, undoubtedly, the president of the United States who signed it, I have not read the entirety of the ill-named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Yet there is one aspect concerning that legislation of which I am certain: I will not comply.

    I will not comply because I am a free citizen of the United States, not a subject of its government. I consider non-compliance with this monstrosity and the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that are to be enforced by an unelected bureaucracy, and that have left a gigantic carbon footprint on our environment and the United States Constitution, a duty.

    Non-compliance is my executive order, and that order reads in part that I do not recognize any government’s claim on my action or inaction in the marketplace, nor upon any personal information I am unwilling to divulge.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/09/i_will_not_comply.html#ixzz2gNoHPEDq

  167. Bill Clinton Accuses Ted Cruz of Making (Unspecified) False Statements

    (CNSNews.com) – Former President Bill Clinton­who was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice and held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright for giving “intentionally false” testimony­claimed to his former staffer George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday that Sen. Ted Cruz made multiple false statements during his filibuster on the Senate floor last week.

    “I listened to some of Sen. Cruz’s filibuster on the health-care bill and he just kept making all these claims that just aren’t so and everybody knows they’re not,” Clinton told his former aide.

    Clinton did not specifically cite any false claim that he claims Cruz made on the Senate floor, nor did Stephanopoulos ask Clinton to give any examples of false statements by Cruz or in any way justify his assertion that Cruz had made such statements.

    Clinton made the accusation against Cruz while explaining to Stephanopoulos why he thinks President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats should not give in to congressional Republicans on the question of delaying Obamacare.

    “This is the House Republicans and the Tea Party people saying we don’t want to negotiate with the Democrats,” said Clinton. “We want to dictate over the Senate, over the House Democrats, over the Speaker of the House of our own party and over the president. We insist on dictating the course of the country.”

    Stephanopoulos then asked: “So you’re saying you just have to stand up to that no matter what the consequences?”

    “I do. I do,” said Clinton. “It’s terrible because all over the world people see like, you know—I listened to some of Sen. Cruz’s filibuster on the health-care bill and he just kept making all these claims that just aren’t so and everybody knows they’re not.”

    See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/bill-clinton-accuses-ted-cruz-making-unspecified-false-statements#sthash.Q1pAYVA6.dpuf

  168. Not ONE word of official account of raid that killed Bin Laden is true, claims award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist says that raid which killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011 is ‘one big lie’

    He says the US media is too ‘afraid’ to pick on Obama

    Hersh, 76, says the solution is to shut down news networks like NBC and ABC

    He also suggested the firing of 90 per cent of mainstream editors

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2436610/Pathetic-Award-winning-journalist-Seymour-Hersh-slams-American-press-challenging-US-governments-LIES-Bin-Laden-raid.html

  169. MoveOn.org is whipping up its followers to make the most of the congressional gridlock in Washington, D.C., and rustle up a few bucks. “The (government) shutdown — while terrible for America — is a big opportunity to go on offense and send the tea party into permanent decline,” the liberal group declared in an email blast Sunday. “Our plan is to start by putting targeted web ads on Facebook and other websites targeting the most vulnerable Republicans facing re-election next year,” the email stated. Borrowing a phrase that Leon Trotsky made famous, MoveOn declares: “If we play our cards right, 2013 could become known as the year the tea party relegated itself to the dustbin of history.” The strategy memo is accompanied by a plea for money.
    “Time is of the essence – we need to raise $200,000 in the next 24 hours to power our rapid response campaigning and give us the ad budget we need to hold the Republicans accountable. Can you chip in $3 today?”
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/30/moveonorg-tries-to-sideline-tea-party-over-shutdown-fears/

  170. admin
    September 29, 2013 at 7:15 pm

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  171. CNN’s Hillary Clinton film scrapped as director blames lack of co-operation

    Charles Ferguson says he was met with a wall of silence from more than a hundred people who refused to be interviewed

    The Oscar-winning film director Charles Ferguson has cancelled his CNN documentary on Hillary Clinton after what he described as a private campaign against the film by prominent Democrats.

    Ferguson said he had decided to pull the plug after being met with a wall of silence from more than a hundred people who refused to be interviewed for the documentary.

    He claimed that aides to the former secretary of state put pressure on CNN behind the scenes, and made clear that Clinton would only co-operate “over my dead body”. He also blamed a public campaign by Republicans, who claimed the film would be biased in favour of Clinton.

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/sep/30/cnn-hillary-clinton-film-scrapped-producer

  172. Leanora
    September 30, 2013 at 9:44 am

    CNN’s Hillary Clinton film scrapped as director blames lack of co-operation

    Charles Ferguson says he was met with a wall of silence from more than a hundred people who refused to be interviewed
    —————
    Lack of cooperation?

    How many times do we need to relive what occurred with some new spin?

    What incentive do democrats have at this point to cooperate in a project like this?

    At this point it works against their interest?

    Here is the dope on his director—evidently a friend of that worthless bastard Matt Damon.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_H._Ferguson

  173. “This is the House Republicans and the Tea Party people saying we don’t want to negotiate with the Democrats,” said Clinton. “We want to dictate over the Senate, over the House Democrats, over the Speaker of the House of our own party and over the president. We insist on dictating the course of the country.”
    ——————
    You have got to wonder whether this guy knows anything more than the party line. Really.

    Republicans saying we don’t want to negotiate with Democrats?

    Just what does he think the last 48 hours has been about?

    The House bringing proposals to Reid and Reid refusing to entertain them?

    Reid is the one who is dictating to the country.

    Wake up Bill—it won’t sell.

  174. There were times on the campaign trail when I thought Bill was Hillary’s greatest asset, and there were other times when I really wondered. Sometimes, it is best to offer no opinion. I am not sure he knows the difference.

  175. Oh no – not her. I keep hearing her name come up in conversation and it makes me very nervous.
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    Populist Left Makes Warren Its Hot Ticket

    After Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., last month, women from the audience swarmed around her, many of them asking the same question: will you run for president?

    Ms. Warren’s fiery speech at the national A.F.L.-C.I.O. convention this month set off even more excitement, with some union members standing on their chairs applauding and shouting out to her. And when she joined a MoveOn.org conference call this summer to promote her student loan legislation, 10,000 people got on the line ­ the liberal group’s biggest audience on any conference call in four years.

    In Democratic circles, disappointment in the promise of the Obama presidency and unease over a possible restoration of the Clintons have made the senator, who was sworn in just 10 months ago, the object of huge interest and the avatar of a newly assertive, fervently populist left eager for a more confrontational approach to politics.

    Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in an interview that she was not interested in seeking the presidency. And despite talk of a draft movement among some activists, it is difficult to imagine her taking on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    But in seizing on issues animating her party’s base ­ the influence of big banks, soaring student loan debt and the widening gulf between the wealthy and the working class ­ Ms. Warren is challenging the centrist economic approach that has been the de facto Democratic policy since President Bill Clinton and his fellow moderates took control of the party two decades ago.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/us/politics/warren-is-now-the-hot-ticket-on-the-far-left.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130930&_r=0

  176. Comes now another hollow threat: Government Unions Will Demand Back Pay if Government Shuts Down

    Why stop there?

    Why not also demand a chateau on the French Riviera and a Tessla in the garage, like the Washington DC elites have?

    The point is they can demand anything.

    Whether they get it or not however depends on the law, the contract and past practice.

    Most likely we are talking about a workweek guarantee.

    The workweek guarantee presupposes that there is work to be performed.

    Where, as here, there will be no work to be performed, the presumption is they will not be paid.

    In some Teamster contracts there is an act of god provision which deals with this contingency.

    But absent express language on point, and given the fact that they have never demanded it in prior shutdowns.

    This is a hollow threat, regardless of what big media or Kwalija Cummings tells you.

  177. I should have mentioned, the lay off procedure would not apply to this situation either. That will be the first argument they will make, but to any credible arbitrator that is a no starter.

  178. But in seizing on issues animating her party’s base ­ the influence of big banks, soaring student loan debt and the widening gulf between the wealthy and the working class ­ Ms. Warren is challenging the centrist economic approach that has been the de facto Democratic policy since President Bill Clinton and his fellow moderates took control of the party two decades ago.
    ——————
    Typical NYT twistification. Obama is not a centrist. He is a radical leftist who does the bidding of the elites.

  179. Now one further point. If the unions want their workweek guarantee to be protected in the event of a government shutdown, then they need to demand that right at the bargaining table, rather than in the middle of a political debate. If they demand it at the bargaining table, and are willing to give up $5 per hour on their wages in exchange, then management might agree to it and then they would have the protection they are looking for. That is what is called a Japanese yes. In their culture you never say no to a request. You simply propose an unpalatable set of conditions, which makes them back off without the usual acrimony.

  180. Lastly, the union position is internally inconsistent. On the one hand they threaten to demand back pay in order for force acceptance of Obamacare as is, now, with no delays. On the other hand, they are on record opposing Obama care as the end of the 40 hour workweek, and its adverse affect on millions of Americans, according to Hoffa.

  181. Bill Clinton on wife’s 2008 campaign, possible 2016 run

    Washington (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton weighed in Sunday on the lessons learned from the 2008 presidential campaign, when his wife, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, battled then-Sen. Barack Obama through a historic Democratic primary.

    At the heart of it, the 42nd president said, candidates need to be able to define themselves before the opposition does it.

    “You have to have a strategy for presenting your true self to the voters, in an environment where there are unprecedented opportunities for those who don’t want you to win to paint a different picture of your true self,” he said in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.

    [snip]

    Bill Clinton, though not saying anything about his wife’s 2016 plans, said the next presidential election “will be better.”

    “It’ll be different,” he continued. “Whether she’s in it or not, they’re all different. And the main thing…is you must learn the lessons of your mistakes and your failures without becoming a general who fights the last war, because every new encounter will be shaped by different forces.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/09/29/bill-clinton-on-wifes-2008-campaign-possible-2016-run/

  182. You’re different. You don’t instantly agree with them. Their assumptions are no longer yours. Maybe, secretly, they never were. But now, you find yourself the odd man out as they rant, they rave, they ridicule.

    You realize–in a quiet, private moment–that you aren’t a liberal. What next? What do you do? Can you let go from the safety net of agreeable party conversation and follow your own path? It’s quite a leap. Anyone who has done it will tell you–it’s never easy. See: David Mamet.

    And I know–I know–you’ve never considered, ever, that you might be a conservative. Because, for the longest time, being a conservative was met with edgy derision and mockery. The “typical conservative,” as identified by the media and those in entertainment, is a cloddish clown–a humorless scold devoid of contemporary caché and hip fashion. Some of them make you angry. Some make you laugh at their earnestness. Some… you just don’t get. They’re weird.

    I get it. I was there, once, facing a new terrain of oddballs. It’s important to note, however, that this stereotype–although true in some parts–in the larger sense is false. And it is a stereotype created by a movement and its proponents in the media that has owned the narrative since I was in diapers (at least ten years). The idea that conservatives are somehow more intolerant and angry than liberals is a lie. Both have their fair share, but the nature of conservatives is “live and let live.” It’s a shame that a few of them still

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/27/GUT-CHECK-THE-REAL-REBELLION

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