Big Media Tries To Rescue ObamaCare

Update: Happy Fiscal New Year! It’s an Oktoberfest shutdown! Big Media will at the stroke of midnight into October 1 defend and protect ‘can’t get the job done’ Obama and Judgement Day ObamaCare.

Today Barack Obama took time off from golf to say “No matter what Congress decides to do today, the Affordable Care Act is moving forward. That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down.” It reminded us of this:



It’s Judgment Day. Time to go nuclear with the debt ceiling John Connor Boehner.

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Ross Perot never took his own sage advice “united teams win, divided teams lose”. Bill Clinton mostly takes his own advice “better to be strong and wrong than weak and right”. Republicans shooting at themselves should remember those lessons as they head to their “high noon”.



When Republicans get to the O.K. Corral they will find that once again the six shooters aimed against them are held by Big Media. It is Big Media that crowed about the wonderfulness of Barack Obama in 2008 and trumpeted the greatness of ObamaCare in 2009 and since. Now Big Media is ready to defend ObamaCare and their creature creation Barack Obama.

Typically, Politico is on the job with orders to protect Barack Obama and ObamaCare. No longer does Politico write the same article they have written before about how Obama and his henchmen have a massive and brilliant roll-out on October 1 for ObamaCare that will rally the public to ObamaCare and bring in millions of suckers enrollees the moment the ObamaCare exchanges are open for business. Now Politico parrots the new Obama rubbish about a “soft launch” for ObamaCare.

Barack Obama and Big Media are now all about the “soft launch” because ObamaCare is about to crash and that grand takeoff moment is going up in flames. That’s why Politico and Barack Obama are busy warning Big Media allies not to concentrate on the catestrophic takeoff moment:

“Can the media avoid rush judgment on Obamacare?

America’s about to take Obamacare for a test drive with an army of hungry reporters in the back seat.

When Obamacare enrollment begins on Tuesday, reporters in the Twitter age will be tempted to declare the health law a success or a failure in the first few days — a judgment that will certainly be stoked by advocates on both sides of the issue.

And any rush judgments could have a big impact on public opinion of the law. Right now, the majority of Americans in recent polls say they oppose the law, but the Obama administration is hoping that will turn around once people see it in action.

The first days of enrollment are a chance for that to happen — but there’s just as big a chance that the public could become convinced it’s a huge disaster, if technical breakdowns in the new health insurance exchanges dominate the news.

Yeah, ignore that big launch Big Media. ObamaCare swindlers over the years declared that the ObamaCare launch would be the ascension and Christmas all gift wrapped in one heavenly package. Now the warning to Big Media is ‘ignore the crash site, put on pin on your nose to avoid the stink, place earplugs on so you won’t notice what is blowing in the wind.’

Politico brings on the “experts” to warn ObamaCare allies of the danger to ObamaCare if they report on what they see, hear, and smell:

“The rollout of the health care law’s major coverage programs is, among many other things, a stress test for the nation’s diffuse — often schizophrenic — media landscape. It’s the first big social program implemented in the age of instant news, and it’s set against a TV news landscape that’s as politically polarized as the country.

But the health law isn’t a 140-character story, and its nuances won’t fit neatly into a three-minute local news segment or 10-inch column, a challenge some media experts say could play a role in public perception of Obamacare as it’s implemented. And it’s likelier than ever that journalism will reinforce diverging narratives, rather than building a national consensus. [snip]

Obamacare supporters are pleading with reporters to avoid being seduced into treating every technical snafu as a catastrophic failure. [snip]

To aid that message, White House allies are compiling feel-good stories about people, long denied health care because of preexisting conditions or benefit caps, who will now have access to potentially lifesaving insurance coverage. [snip]

Part of the challenge is the technical complexity of the law itself. On Oct. 1, new health insurance exchanges — some run by the states, many run by the feds — will open in every state and Washington, D.C., each with its own intricate technological infrastructure.

And supporters of the law have emphasized that they don’t expect people to break down the doors to enroll when the exchanges go live. Rather, they envision a slow trickle of enrollees at the outset, with a bigger rush closer to Jan. 1, when the new coverage takes effect.

As a result, covering the enrollment day will be incredibly difficult, especially for smaller news organizations that lack a dedicated health care reporter, said Karl Stark, vice president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and an assistant managing editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“There’s going to be a funny period. There’s going to be a lot of stuff flying, it’s going to take a lot of work to scan and figure out what’s what,” Stark said, noting surveys showing how unfamiliar the public is with the law. “Whenever [there’s] a huge gap between reality and public understanding that’s a great opportunity for journalism.” [snip]

“This isn’t a political fight anymore about messaging ‘Obamacare is good,’ ‘Obamacare is bad.’ Now we’re going to see what really happens as the main provisions of the law are implemented,” said Altman. “It isn’t about messaging. It’s about reality.”

The storyline is now about consumers interacting with a complicated new health system, added Trudy Lieberman, a health journalist and press critic at the Columbia Journalism Review. Although the 24/7 news cycle is the new normal, Lieberman sees a need for “old-fashioned” consumer-focused reporting.

“I say that because people signing up, and there will be many of them, will need a lot of help,” she said. “I like to refer to this as a sort of insurance jungle they’re going to be facing … they’re going to need help hacking their way through it.” [snip]

“It’s been pretty frustrating because whereas there has been a continuous sneak peek of pricing for other states, typically states not exclusively cooperating with ACA, we’ve had a complete blackout,” said Bob Garrett, a reporter in the Austin bureau of the Dallas Morning News. “Basically, we’re not going to know anything until almost the eve of Oct. 1 as far as pricing and what insurance companies are offering plans in the Texas marketplace.”

NBC will take up the Politico baton with many programs filled with prime time propaganda for ObamaCare to help it succeed. Bob Garrett’s nonsense about a “complete blackout” of real news from ObamaCare lovin’ states demonstrates how deceptive ObamaCare proponents are. Indeed, the news is so bad for ObamaCare that contrary to Garrett’s claim print outlets have been forced to acknowledge many of the problems with ObamaCare.

Before they can go all out in defense of ObamaCare, Big Media print outlets have had to print about some of the problems. Even the big ObamaCare propaganda outfits have to acknowledge the catastrophe to come. The ObamaCare lovin’ New York Times writes:

“PORTLAND, Ore. — Rocky King, the executive director of Oregon’s new health insurance exchange, has done everything in his power to tamp down expectations for its opening on Tuesday.

He rejected the idea of a flashy downtown news conference that morning. He postponed a series of ads meant to drive customers to its Web site, coveroregon.com. In fact, Mr. King is not even allowing people to sign up for health coverage online without assistance at first; they will have to go through an insurance agent or a community group until at least mid-October.

Tuesday is the long-awaited kickoff of 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.

Notice how the theme no longer is that ‘ObamaCare begins on October 1 so sign up now suckers’. The Big MEdia/White House line is that this will take “weeks or even months”. Of course that is not true because ObamaCare will not work no matter how much time it is given. As to that Garrett claim, notice Oregon is an ObamaCare lovin’ state. The news from ObamaCare lovin’ states and D.C. is as bad as everywhere else:

“Last week, the District of Columbia’s exchange announced that it would not immediately be able to determine online whether people qualify for Medicaid, which about half the states are expanding under the law, or for a federal subsidy to help cover the cost of private coverage. In Colorado, for the first month, people who want to know if they are eligible for a subsidy will have to call a customer service line.

In Nevada, home to a large Hispanic population, a Spanish-language version of the exchange Web site will not be ready until mid-November. And in Maryland, small businesses will not be able to buy insurance for their employees through the state exchange until January. Federally run exchanges are having similar problems.

Many of the 16 directors of state-run exchanges are describing October as a “soft launch” period, when Americans can start exploring their coverage options — but on Web sites that may be incomplete, vulnerable to glitches and perhaps not ready for an onslaught of customers.

I have no idea what this thing’s going to look like on Oct. 1,” Mr. King said one afternoon last week as dozens of tense-looking programmers, scattered through the exchange offices outside Portland, rushed to finish testing and fix problems. “We could crash and burn and have to close it down.

The outcome could hardly be more important for Mr. Obama. With Republicans threatening to shut down the government unless Democrats agree to delay the law for a year, even small problems with the exchanges could be powerful fodder for the law’s opponents.

In an indication of the difficulty of the job, some of the states with delays, like Oregon and Maryland, have been preparing for many months and have political leaders who strongly support the law.

It makes you wonder about the exchanges that actually have been at this a shorter period of time,” said Jon Kingsdale, a managing director at Wakely Consulting Group, who is advising several state-run exchanges. “Do they even know what their problems are?

The 30 states plus with the federal government as overlord for ObamaCare have already announced that small businesses are offline. Billions of dollars already spent will not resuscitate this dead turkey:

The Web portals for the exchanges have to be able to share information in real time with insurance companies, state agencies and the federal government, which has built a “data hub” through which it can verify the income and citizenship of people applying for subsidies or Medicaid. Each portal has to undergo rigorous testing to ensure, for example, that data will flow properly, that the portal is secure and that it can handle heavy volume. Much of the testing is still going on. [snip]

Peter V. Lee, the executive director of California’s exchange, joked in the conference call with Ms. Ferguson last week that he expected a total of two people to sign up for health plans on Day 1.”

As far as we can tell California is not a Republican state so Bob Garrett needs to reexamine his talking points. The problems are everywhere according to the not Republican Washington Post:

“Reports of problems precede launch of Obamacare

Buying health insurance will be as easy as purchasing a plane ticket or shopping on Amazon, the president has promised.

Maybe, but perhaps not on Tuesday — the day that millions of Americans are supposed to be able to start buying coverage under the sweeping law referred to as Obamacare.

Widespread reports of computer problems and logistical glitches are casting a pall over what many supporters envisioned would be a triumphant day for the embattled program. State and federal health officials have said in recent days that some key functions of the online insurance sites called “marketplaces” will not be ready right away. Some of the consumer guides meant to help people sign up for coverage are not yet certified to do so.

Some people who had planned events in conjunction with the opening of the marketplaces have called them off.

“We just kind of laughed and said, ‘Well, I guess we’ll have to reschedule,’ ” said Jason T. Andrews, an insurance broker in California. He had planned on Tuesday to get on the state’s online marketplace and enroll a couple of people who were excited about the health-care law and wanted to be among the first to sign up for coverage.

But he hasn’t been certified by the state to do the work. He hasn’t been able to see the exact rates his clients would have to pay on the marketplace. And he’s not confident that California’s site will be up and running, and fully functioning, come Tuesday.”

It’s not just red states, it’s not just blue states, it is the United States – threatened by ObamaCare:

“However, widespread problems on Tuesday, if they occur, will further fuel Republican attacks on the law’s viability. The program is at the center of a standoff between the White House and Republicans on Capitol Hill that could lead to a government shutdown on the very day the marketplaces are to open and an eventual default on the nation’s debt. [snip]

Some problems could be worse than mere glitches:

In the District, people who use the online marketplace will not immediately learn if they are eligible for Medicaid or for subsidies.

In Oregon, people will not initially be able to enroll in an insurance plan on the Web site.

In Vermont, the marketplace will not be ready to accept online premium payments until November.

In California, it could take a month for an insurer to receive the application of someone who applies for coverage on the exchange on Oct. 1.

“Nobody is going to say we’re not starting on October 1,” said Joel Ario, a health-care consultant who formerly oversaw exchanges at the Department of Health and Human Services. “But in some situations, you may see a redefinition of what ‘start’ means.” [snip]

But as the launch nears, more delays are occurring. On Thursday, the administration announced a delay in the online shopping system for small businesses and confirmed that the Spanish-language site for signing up for coverage will be delayed until mid-October. Earlier in the week, officials said Medicaid applications will not be electronically transferred from the federally run exchange to states until November.

Jon Kingsdale, former head of the Massachusetts health exchange who is now a consultant to many states about their exchanges, described a particularly worrisome problem. In testing, he said, some exchanges have been unable to immediately send to insurers information about what amounts consumers would owe for health plans. The impact should be minimal if addressed in October.

If that isn’t working on an automated basis by the end of October, we’re really in deep doo-doo,” Kingsdale said.”

We’re already in “deep doo-doo”. It’s called Barack Obama. The threat is that by the end of October we’ll be drowning in deep doo-doo. Meanwhile Obama continues to lie:

“Now, this is real simple,” he said during his speech at Prince George’s Community College. “It’s a Web site where you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance plans side by side the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak, same way you shop for a TV on Amazon.” [snip]

The certification site “ is constantly crashing. It’s been a complete pain,” said Wes Bissett, senior counsel for state government affairs at the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.”

Kayak and Amazon should sue Barack Obama for lying about them.

Big Media will defend and protect Barack Obama and ObamaCare. Now that the ObamaCare problems box has been checked off, Big Media will proceed to all out defense of Barack Obama and ObamaCare. Seymour Hersh, astounded at the protection of Barack Obama over the NSA scandal, will be astonished by the protection afforded Barack Obama on ObamaCare and the fiscal O.K. Corral high noon to come.

Barack Obama will be playing with his crayons drawing red lines as the world laughs. But Big Media will unite and defend Obama and ObamaCare. It won’t just be treacherous liars and hypocrites in Hollywood, women’s magazines pulling hard for ObamaCare. Big Media understands that united teams win. That’s something Republicans should think about as they walk towards the O.K. Corral.

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  1. Sign the pledge: Tell Senate Democrats: Dismantle ObamaCare now and Don’t Shut Down The Government!

    By: Chairman Reince Priebus (Diary) | September 30th, 2013 at 02:05 PM | 22

    RESIZE: AAA

    This weekend, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives listened to the American people and passed a continuing resolution that keeps the government running, delays ObamaCare for a year, and repeals the medical device tax.

    Unfortunately for Americans, Harry Reid and Senate Democrats couldn’t be bothered to take up the bill this weekend. Harry Reid didn’t even bother to convene for session Monday morning. But they did find time to attack Republicans and try to pass the buck if they force a government shutdown. If they’re actually worried about a shutdown, though, then why didn’t they gavel into session on Sunday? Why did they wait until Monday afternoon to get to work?

    It is time for Harry Reid and the Democrat-led Senate to act. They need to pass the Republican plan to keep the government running and to give all Americans the same ObamaCare delay that the president gave big business. They need to stop playing political games with our government to protect this train wreck of a law.

    Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats in the Senate have a simple choice—stand with President Obama and his terrible law or stand with the voters who elected them.

    For Republicans this is an easy choice, and the House has acted accordingly. Now it’s time for the Senate to do the same. So, sign our pledge today. Tell Senate Democrats: Dismantle ObamaCare now!

  2. Here Comes Mitch McConnell! #McConnellcare

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | September 30th, 2013 at 01:54 PM | 13

    RESIZE: AAA

    As conservatives unify behind a solid position, you can always count on Mitch McConnell to quietly come in at the last moment and cut a deal.

    Most people associate John Boehner with the fiscal cliff and 2011 debt ceiling deals because he was the public figure for most of the debate. But both of those deals were cut by Mitch McConnell with Joe Biden during the eleventh hour. Aside for cutting the final debt ceiling deal, McConnell also floated the initial McConnell plan, which was used to completely undermine the momentum behind Cut, Cap, and Balance.

    Well, McConnell is playing the same game with the fight over Obamacare. Last week, he completely sandbagged the unified House defund bill when he handed Harry Reid the requisite votes to strip out the rider and gain leverage over the House by sending back his own CR. Now, as he did with the debt ceiling fight in 2011, McConnell plans to feast on the carcass that he created.

    After McConnell stabbed House Republicans in the back, they have been negotiating with themselves. They watered down defund to delay, and are working on watering it down further to more shiny objects. In the meantime, Democrats are standing firm and not negotiating with themselves. Then comes McConnell with a plan to pass a one-week clean CR.

    So what is the purpose of a one-week CR? After telegraphing the message to Democrats that he is terrified of a government shutdown, why would McConnell want to delay the inevitable for one week? Why does he need another week to cave?

    The only plausible strategy is that he wants to merge the CR with the debt ceiling so that he doesn’t have to cave on two separate fronts and raise the ire of conservatives even more than he has already done.

    McConnell and other DC establishment figures need to stop with the tricks. They have already said they will never use brinkmanship to shutdown Obamacare. They have watered down their position three times while Democrats stand firm. This is just an embarrassing slow bleed. If this is where they are headed, it’s better they man up and propose a full-year, clean CR.

    But that would take some degree of courage.

  3. The people who know McConnell say that he is obsessed with the idea of becoming Senate Majority Leader and for that he wold gladly throw not only the base but the American People as whole under the bus. In that respect–which is the only respect that counts he is no different from Obama, Reid and Pelosi. A traitor.

    What is interesting about Cruz is just like Sara he is telling the pigs of the Uni-Party in Washington DC that their days gorging themselves at the public trough, and raping the country are over. We love them but we cannot afford them.

  4. Stunning post, admin, containing hearty chuckles amongst the tragedy.
    I’m sorry to report Obama’s supposedly speaking in briefing room at 4:45. I suppose it will be carried by all tee vee worth its salt.

  5. There is a saying in the law that we ought not to elevate form over substance. Well . . . that admonition applies with full force and effect to big media, and those who pose as media critics.

    Take Howard Kurtz for example. As he sees it, the source of the opposition to Obamacare is the Tea Party. Therefore, by his logic, the program would sail through with wild support from the American People, but for them. For him, the tea party is this ingias fuatus arising out of the swamp which exists outside the beltway, and the sum of all the fears of the elite class in that privileged venue.

    And then, Howie goes on to say it is scary that 53% do not trust Big Media to tell them the truth about Obama care and only 17% trust them. Given the incestuous relationship between big media and this White House the only thing surprising is that 17% trust them. This is what comes with being in and around big media for too long: ya can’t see the forest for the trees. That invalidates Howie, in my mind.

    The whole idea that the tea party is the problem, presupposes the legitimacy of the political class and the bureaucracy surrounding then. That proposition is demonstrably false. If anything, the Tea Party is the voice of the American People and that is what has got big media and the elites they represent too scared to tell us the truth. And if they do not tell us the truth, then why should we listen to them. Entertainment? Hardly. They are too geekish.

  6. PJ Media contends asks who will blink first?

    The best answer at this point is, all other things being equal, the side that has less to lose in the event of a shut down will be the first to blink.

    If the Republicans blink, then they are finished. Their base will never trust them again. And if McConnell thinks he can merge this dispute into the next dispute and only cave once he is dreaming. At this point, he is being watched like a hawk. He needs to ponder what it would mean if the Republicans take the Senate, but he loses his election, which is a distinct possibility here. In that case, he would not be Majority Leader now would he?

    Knowing is mo as we do, he will have somebody else drive the dagger in the backs of conservatives. But if he does that he will have hell to pay in the primary, because nobody will believe that that actor was not dispatched by him.

  7. “soft launch” = You pay, and get nada for it. Maybe in a couple of years, you might get something less than ever offered before, if you’re lucky.

  8. http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2013/09/30/dnc-debt-crisis/?iid=SF_F_River

    The DNC is nearly broke

    FORTUNE — There’s another budget crisis in Washington, and it’s unfolding inside the Democratic party. The Democratic National Committee remains so deeply in the hole from spending in the last election that it is struggling to pay its own vendors.

    It is a highly unusual state of affairs for a national party — especially one that can deploy the President as its fundraiser-in-chief — and it speaks to the quiet but serious organizational problems the party has yet to address since the last election, obscured in part by the much messier spectacle of GOP infighting.

    The Democrats’ numbers speak for themselves: Through August, 10 months after helping President Obama secure a second term, the DNC owed its various creditors a total of $18.1 million, compared to the $12.5 million cash cushion the Republican National Committee is holding.

    Several executives at firms that contract to provide services to the party — speaking anonymously to avoid antagonizing what remains an important if troubled client — describe an organization playing for time as they raise alarms about past-due bills falling further behind. And senior strategists close to the DNC say they worry the organization appears to have no road map back to solvency. “They really thought they could get this money raised by the summer,” one said, “but the fact is, from talking to people over there, they have no real plan for how to solve this.” [snip]

    Another critical factor that appears to be hobbling the DNC’s fundraising is the emergence of Organizing for Action (OFA), the independent nonprofit created by Obama campaign alums in the wake of the election to push the President’s second-term agenda. An earlier iteration of that group was housed inside the DNC during the first term, but the Obama brain trust assessed it fell well short of its potential there. Now based in Chicago and headed by Jim Messina, who managed Obama’s reelection, the outfit leases the campaign’s vaunted email list and controls the @BarackObama Twitter handle (current follower count: 37.2 million), using both to drive its message and raise money.

    The group can raise unlimited sums from deep-pocketed donors, and there is some evidence it is siphoning resources from the DNC. All of the top-tier OFA donors this year have been prolific supporters of the DNC in past years. But of the 13 who cut six-figure checks to OFA in the first half of this year, only three gave to the DNC over the same period, according to a review of records from the Center for Responsive Politics. This makes some intuitive sense. While the DNC is engaged in the prosaic work of off-year party-building — a catch-all portfolio of tasks that involves, among other things, supporting state party organizations, helping down-ballot candidates, and paying for odds and ends, like expressly political travel by top administration officials — OFA offers the glamour of helping the President wage the battles unfolding day by day on the front pages. That pitch, more or less, is easy: “Supported Obama for a second term? Contribute to OFA and help him secure his legacy.” The DNC’s by definition is murkier.

    Donors are being pulled in two directions, and there’s absolutely no doubt it’s impacted the DNC’s fundraising,” one top Democratic operative said. “I’m hearing it from donors regularly that they’re being told to help one and not the other.

  9. …imho…the bottom line is Americans do not like being forced to do anything…they prefer to choose what they want to do with their own money…and they prefer to choose how to budget and spend that money each month the way they see fit for themselves…

    …Ocare treats Americans like children…forcing them to do something with their money and if they do not obey they will be punished…

    …and frankly, this is the 21st century…many Americans don’t follow alot of the traditional, corporate and drug induced medicine that has been forced down our throats in the past…many people see alot of traditional medicine as a business, at times corrupted by money and unnecessary surgeries and marketed drugs… not a path to good health…

  10. As I am reading all the padded excuses by the media to try and keep a lid on this stink bomb, I think of all the Obama supporters that think they will finally sign up for free healthcare, at last, and will call, scream, cry and sit on the curb waiting…….

    and waiting……

    Will they finally realize they have been bamboozled?

    Or will they keep Hoping?

  11. btw…as far as Bill and all the comments he has been making lately…I hope it was mainly because he was doing interviews and appearances because it was CGI week…so he was discussing that and naturally getting political questions…

    …hopefully he will now go back to CGI and stop stumping for O…

    Bill, stick to the amazing work your foundation is doing and stay out of O’s political realm…don’t muck it up for Hillary…zip it…let O find his own way out of his own mess and low poll numbers…don’t let Hillary get stuck with O’s baggage down the road…people are already trying to transfer Ocare to Hcare…don’t fuel it…

  12. We’re going to have a lot more on the following and how it relates (and why we are right) to our last article about the Hillary Clinton 2016 Muddled Message Mess:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/us/politics/warren-is-now-the-hot-ticket-on-the-far-left.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    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.

    “She is reshaping the Democratic Party and leading its charge toward a more economic populist orientation,” said Markos Moulitsas, the publisher of Daily Kos, a leading liberal blog.

    Ms. Warren’s fund-raising muscle is also getting attention. Democrats around the country seek her help, and she has a network of 350,000 individual campaign donors — a remarkable tally for a new senator.

    The interest in Ms. Warren, who was a Harvard professor of bankruptcy law and oversaw the creation of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is swelling as some Democratic activists worry that Mrs. Clinton is too close to Wall Street — a major source of her fund-raising in previous campaigns — and is insufficiently committed to challenging the economic status quo.

    The Clintons and those around them, always alert to the slightest shifts in the political atmosphere and painfully aware of the threat a popular freshman senator can pose, are taking notice of Ms. Warren’s message.

    Asked in a CNN interview last week about his party’s turn to the left, Mr. Clinton contended that he “ran on income inequality in 1992.” Without prompting, he brought up Ms. Warren as he defended his administration’s approach to bank regulation. In 1999, Mr. Clinton signed legislation that repealed parts of the Glass-Steagall Act, allowing the commingling of commercial and investment banking, a move much criticized by the left since the financial crisis of 2008.

    “When they pass bills with a veto-proof majority, with a lot of Democrats voting for it, that I couldn’t stop, all of a sudden we turn out to be maniacal deregulators,” Mr. Clinton said, lamenting the liberal perception of his financial policies. “I mean, come on. I know that Senator Warren said the other day, admitted, when she introduced a bill to reinstate the division between commercial and investment banks, she admitted that the repeal of Glass-Steagall did not cause one single solitary financial institution to fail.”

    Privately, some Democratic donors from the financial industry seem unnerved by Ms. Warren’s rise, underscoring the tension between the party’s liberal and centrist wings.

    “People on Wall Street perceive her to be hostile to their industry, and so there was pretty widespread terror when she got on the Banking Committee,” said Steven Rattner, a New York financier and pillar of Mrs. Clinton’s fund-raising network.

    The ascendant power of Ms. Warren and her fellow populists is best captured by their torpedoing this month of Lawrence H. Summers, Mr. Clinton’s treasury secretary, who was blocked before President Obama could even nominate him to lead the Federal Reserve. And the victory of Bill de Blasio, who hammered home a message of income inequality, in New York City’s Democratic primary for mayor has given the party’s progressive base even more confidence.

    In the interview, Ms. Warren, 64, said twice that she had no interest in running for president, a point her aides amplify privately. But she said she would continue to focus on economic fairness, saying it is the signal issue of the day.

    “This is the work America needs to take on, the work of making certain we strengthen the middle class,” Ms. Warren said. “This country should not be run for the biggest corporations and largest financial institutions.”

    And she is taking that message well beyond the Senate. While she rarely grants interviews, Ms. Warren appeared on national television on the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis and, with little notice, has been speaking to Democratic-leaning audiences around the country.

    The crowds keep growing. When Ms. Warren co-headlined the League of Conservation Voters’ annual banquet in Washington, attendance was the largest in at least 15 years. This fall, she will headline a gala for the Campaign for America’s Future, a liberal advocacy group. She was honored this month by a group dedicated to the ideals of one of her populist predecessors, Paul Wellstone, a Minnesota senator who died in 2002. Bumper stickers and T-shirts surfacing in liberal enclaves proclaim, “I’m from the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party.”

    Some of the excitement over Ms. Warren is coming from younger activists, and at times more seasoned Democrats say they need to tamp down the young people’s enthusiasm.

    When women’s groups, unions and online activists held a series of conference calls this month to generate support for Janet Yellen to become the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, the conversations were repeatedly overtaken by talk about drafting Ms. Warren to run for president. A similar dynamic took hold on one private e-mail list of about 1,200 influential progressives called “Game Changers,” prompting some Democrats to counsel participants to slow down with the Warren-for-president talk.

    Ms. Warren’s Senate colleagues have yet to embrace her economic agenda: her bill to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act provisions and her idea of tying student loan interest rates to the Federal Reserve’s discount rate have not advanced.

    But Democratic senators are eager to tap her fund-raising power. In addition to raising money for Senator Barbara Boxer of California at the Beverly Hills luncheon, Ms. Warren will host a Boston-area event next month for Senator Mark Begich of Alaska. She was also scheduled to be the keynote speaker Friday at events for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois until votes in Congress forced their postponement.

    “She’s the hot number,” said Leo Hindery Jr., a major New York donor and managing partner of InterMedia Partners, a private equity fund. He attributed the intensity of interest to “underlying frustration with the president” and his policies.

    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee found last year that affixing Ms. Warren’s name to a fund-raising appeal brought in more money than solicitations from all other party figures except Mr. Obama and Mr. Clinton. For her Senate race last year, she raised a stunning $42 millionsecond in history only to Mrs. Clinton in 2006 among candidates not financing their own Senate campaigns.

    The senator is careful, however, about how her activities are perceived. Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, said in an interview that Ms. Warren had declined his invitation to be the marquee speaker at his annual steak fry fund-raiser.

    The steak fry is among the most closely watched events in early presidential primary states, and Ms. Warren’s aides recognized what an appearance would signify; Mr. Obama effectively declared his interest in the presidency when he agreed to be the keynote speaker in 2006.

    Ms. Warren’s reluctance to attend suggests that at least for now, her impact will be felt mainly from her perch in the Senate.

    Still, should Mrs. Clinton decline to seek the presidency again, top Democrats expect the pressure on Ms. Warren to consider a candidacy to increase significantly.

    “If Hillary doesn’t run, I bet there will be plenty of folks, particularly on the left, urging her to look at it,” said David Axelrod, a longtime adviser to Mr. Obama, who called Ms. Warren “an electric figure” among liberals.

    We’ve been warning about this for months and now the story hits the New York Times. We named Warren in one of our first discussions of Hillary Clinton 2016. There is already lot of dissension as to strategy in Hillary Clinton 2016. Bill and Hillary better start listening to us and those who think we are correct in our analysis.

  13. The DNC is nearly broke

    Isn’t Debbie WS suppose to be running that show…and didn’t she say something lately about other plans she has for herself…

    all for one…and not for anyone else…what a bunch of dims…thanks to the self centered leader O…

  14. NBC has pulled its Hillary series too!
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    NBC halts Hillary Clinton miniseries; CNN scraps report on her

    NBC and CNN have both pulled the plug on projects about potential presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    In July, NBC announced with fanfare that it was developing a four-hour minseries about Clinton and had tapped Diane Lane to portray the former first lady and former secretary of State.

    The project was blasted by the Republican National Committee and others who feared that Clinton would be given softball treatment. They worried the minseries would be little more than a campaign commercial for an expected run by Clinton for the White House in 2016.

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-nbc-aborts-hillary-clinton-miniseries-after-cnn-pulls-plug-20130930,0,1698976.story

  15. 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

  16. I’m from the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party

    Makes me want to puke. The same aholes that stabbed Hillary in the back, have no love these days either, they are all nitwits. If Warren won the primary over Hillary, I will finally become an INDEPENDENT!

  17. Even now:
    Obamacare Website Quietly Deletes Reference to ‘Free Health Care’
    7:24 AM, Sep 30, 2013
    …However, sometime between September 16 and September 23, the reference to “free” care was dropped. The title of the topic was changed as well, and now reads: “Where can I get low-cost care in my community?” Here is how the page currently appears:….
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obamacare-website-quietly-deletes-reference-free-health-care_757348.html

  18. Admin: he is beginning to sound a lot like you when he says:

    “Get out your popcorn, settle back in your chair, and enjoy the show. We have a full fledged three ring domestic and foreign policy circus. And OBAMA IS THE LEAD CLOWN”–Larry Johnson

    Big media wants us to believe that a circus clown who destroys our country is good, but a rodeo clown who entertains a civilized audience beyond the beltway is racist. Comes now their Chicken Little Routine. One day, a real crisis will come to this country, they will try to report on it and nobody will believe them. I will believe them only after hell freezes over.

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    Yes, I know the Government is poised to close, but, regardless about what you think or your opinion, the media already decided that this is about drowning widows and orphans. Big bad Republicans, like Nazi storm troopers, will be marching en masse thru the inner cities smashing the heads of minority babies. Few want to have an honest discussion about the merits (or, more correctly, the demerits) of proceeding full speed ahead on the disaster that will be Obamacare.

    Members of the House are right to insist on holding the line in defunding Obamacare. They stand for election next year and more accurately reflect the mindset of the public. Meanwhile, Obama is busy surrendering to the Russians and Iranians. Funny thing. He’ll probably win kudos from many for a stunning victory on the foreign policy front.

    How so? Peace will break out in Syria and Iran. Well, not really. But both Syria and Iran will have secured support from the international community that will allow Iran to escape from sanctions and will enable Syria to move more aggressively against the rebels, who are actually the ones that used chemical weapons. The Russians will make sure that the language of the UN Resolution on Syria is enforced. Consider the following.

    Syria, while giving up useless chemical weapons, got the endorsement of the UN that it is the legitimate sovereign in Syria. Check out the language in the amendment:

    Reaffirming its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, PP3. . . . Noting that on 14 September 2013, Syria deposited with the Secretary-General its instrument of accession to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction (Convention) and declared that it shall comply with its stipulations and observe them faithfully and sincerely, applying the Convention provisionally pending its entry into force for the Syrian Arab Republic, PP6. . . .

    Stressing that the only solution to the current crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic is through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process based on the Geneva Communiqué of 30 June 2012, and emphasising the need to convene the international conference on Syria as soon as possible, PP13. . . .

    15. Expresses its strong conviction that those individuals responsible for the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic should be held accountable; Political transition

    Of course Obama will try mightily to take credit for this, but he was completely trumped by the Russians. Better yet, the Russians are now in a position to expose a US backed covert operation that was set up to help arm and supply the rebels. Under the terms of the new UN resolution, such aide is illegal and will be met with international sanctions. This means that Turkey and Saudi Arabia are being forced into a retreat and left abandoned by Obama. Do you really think such a move will bolster US credibility? Ain’t going to happen.

    So, get out your popcorn, settle back in your chair, and enjoy the show. We have a full fledged three ring domestic and foreign policy circus. And Obama is the lead clown.

  19. Bob Woodward: “[Obama] said he will not negotiate on the debt ceiling. A reasonable position. ‘I will not be blackmailed,’ he said. But he should be talking.

    They should be meeting, discussing this, because as I think Steve Ratner showed earlier, the American economy is at stake and the president, if there is a downturn or a collapse or whatever could happen here, that’s bad,

    it’s going to be on his head.

    The history books are going to say, we had an economic calamity in the Presidency of Barack Obama.

    Speaker Boehner, indeed, is playing a role on this. Go back to the Great Depression in the 1930s.

    I’ll bet no one can name who was the Speaker of the House at the time. Henry Thomas Rainey.

    He’s not in the history book;

    it’s on the president’s head.

    He’s got to lead. He’s got to talk.

    And the absence of discussion here, I think, is baffling element.” 30 Sep 2013, 11:01 AM PDT

  20. Alanab3
    • 9 hours ago

    Gregory you got SERVED!

    GraficDav Alanab3
    • 9 hours ago

    No Gregory got CRUZ’D~!

    Gregory afterwards….”what the hell just happened?”
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    You can be sure a few show prep staffers got fired
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    Gregory was so ‘full of it’ he concluded his interview with Sen. Cruz patting himself on his back. Gregory is not sharp enough to realize he could not win a debate with Sen. Cruz.

    Gregory’s grinning like a baboon before and during his questions showed he thought he had the “gotcha” questions. Little does he know he had people laughing at him.

    Well, so much for a doofuss!
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    Cruz was the US National debate champion. Anyone who underestimates him will get destroyed by the ‘Cruz Missile’.

  21. Democrats “shut the government” to protect privilege, i.e. exemption for Congress and 1 yr. delay for big businesses which lobbyist.

    This is analogous to a strike scenario. If you are going to go on strike, make sure it is for an issue which the public will understand and buy. The only argument they gave is that Obamacare passed and was upheld by Roberts. But that argument is overly legalistic, indefensible, and superceded by events–the fact that the program is not ready for implementation, it is proving to be a job killer and it is deemed to be so bad that Congress has exempted itself.

    My message to wavering Republicans would be this: “Never interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake”–Bonaparte
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    The culmination of Democratic dysfunction

    Posted by William A. Jacobson

    Monday, September 30, 2013 at 10:52pm

    Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

    Proverbs 16:18

    There will be no Continuing Resolution tonight. There will be a partial shutdown of non-essential services.

    All because Democrats refused to have Congress treated like ordinary citizens as to Obamacare exchange subsidies, and ordinary citizens like businesses on delay of the Obamacare mandate. Democrats “shut the government” to protect privilege, because their pride could not let them compromise.

    Earlier, Harry Reid and Barack Obama were clucking like roosters. Chuck Schumer took to the floor of the Senate looking like the cat that caught the canary.

    It might not end as well as they think. They wanted it, they got it.

    In fact, in their late night speeches, the sense of triumph was gone.

    The fitting culmination of a dysfunctional rule of the Senate by Reid, and a dysfunctional Obamacare bill.

    Legal Insurrection @LegInsurrection

    .@SenatorReid @SenSchumer on Senate floor – looking like dog that caught the car – the hubris is gone, they got what wanted #BlameHarryReid

    8:02 PM – 30 Sep 2013

  22. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/fast-and-furious-doj-documents-97604.html

    A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to keep the courts from wading into the “Fast and Furious” documents dispute that led to him being held in contempt by the House last year.

    In a ruling Monday night, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department’s request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege to prevent some records about the administration’s response to the “Operation Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal from being turned over to Congress.

    “This case presents the sort of question that the courts are traditionally called upon to resolve,” Jackson said in her 44-page decision, issued more than five months after lawyers argued the issue in her packed courtroom and more than a year after the House committee filed suit. “Dismissing the case without hearing it would in effect place the court’s finger on the scale, designating the executive as the victor based solely on his untested assertion that the privilege applies,” she wrote.

    A Justice Department spokesman said officials there were reviewing the decision.

    The legal fight arose after the Justice Department refused to comply with House subpoenas seeking information about the response to “Operation Fast and Furious,” a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives undercover operation targeting gun trafficking along and across the Mexican border.

    DOJ’s Inspector General and Congressional investigators found that the operation may have resulted in as many as 2000 weapons flowing to narcotraffickers with little or no effort to track them. The weapons have shown up at crime scenes on both sides or the border as well as at the fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2010.

  23. As of midnight EST….

    http://news.yahoo.com/congress-misses-deadline-averting-shutdown-040303946–politics.html

    Congress misses deadline for averting shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.

    As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in making millions of people buy health insurance under President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law. Minutes before midnight, the White House ordered a shutdown.

    The Democratic Senate on Monday twice rejected GOP demands to delay key portions of what has become to known as Obamacare as a condition for keeping the government open.

    An estimated 800,000 federal workers faced furloughs though many were told work a half day Tuesday. Critical functions like air traffic control and military operations will continue. Social Security benefits will be paid. National parks and most federal offices will close.

    Hillary 2016

  24. Update: Happy Fiscal New Year! It’s an Oktoberfest shutdown! Big Media will at the stroke of midnight into October 1 defend and protect ‘can’t get the job done’ Obama and Judgement Day ObamaCare.

    Today Barack Obama took time off from golf to say “No matter what Congress decides to do today, the Affordable Care Act is moving forward. That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down.” It reminded us of this:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MJd5sDUufc

    It’s Judgment Day. Time to go nuclear with the debt ceiling John Connor Boehner.

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  25. ObamacarePolls
    RCP Average 9/4 – 9/29–
    38/52 For/Against +13.4

    CNN/Opinion Research 9/27 – 9/29
    38/57 For/Against +19

    CBS News/NY Times 9/19 – 9/23
    39/51 For/Against +12

    Rasmussen Reports 9/14 – 9/15
    43/53 For/Against +10

    ABC News/Wash Post 9/12 – 9/15
    42/52 For/Against +10

    FOX News 9/6 – 9/8
    35/54 For/Against +19

    NBC News/Wall St. Jrnl 9/5 – 9/8
    31/44 For/Against +13

    USA Today/Pew Research 9/4 – 9/8
    42/53 For/Against +11

    Tell me again, which Party is out of touch with the people?

  26. US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate

    Trend sparks fears among low-paid workers that they will be hit twice: by having earnings cut and paying more for healthcare

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    Admin: that headline in The Guardian article which is linked to your posting above is where the ball will ultimately come to rest. After hours are slashed and helath care costs rise, the third shoe to drop will be what?

    layoffs

    And the fourth shoe to drop will be finding out what is in that bill, and how we were lied to by Obama.

    The Republicans are holding a winning hand, if and only if they stay strong and play it out.

    If Reid and Obama had not been so arrogant and stupid, they would have removed the Congressional exemption, and removed the tax on medical devices, and then they could have argued that Obamacare was bi-partisan after all.

    I am still laughing at the way Cruz put Gregory in short pants, while Gregory was grinning like a babboon.

  27. Wbboei:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2013/09/30/why-democrats-should-worry-obamacare-rollout-will-hurt-them-in-2014/

    Obamacare’s Rollout Could Be A Big Problem For Obama And Democrats In 2014

    If Democrats aren’t worried about President Obama’s “Problems? What problems?” response to the multiple glitches and snafus of his ObamaCare rollout, they should be. The public is deeply suspicious of the law and it wouldn’t take much to create an electoral backlash that could send dozens of incumbent Democrats home for good in November 2014.

    We are being inundated daily with news stories highlighting the problems with, and those caused by, the legislation. Obama has indirectly acknowledged these problems by postponing several elements of the legislation.

    While it is possible that some of the kinks could be worked out shortly after rollout, it is just as possible that some, perhaps even most, of them will plague us for a year or more. And the public will know who to blame if those problems persist.

    Impeded access to doctors = rationing health care. The U.S. already has a shortage of doctors. Recent studies indicate that within seven years that shortage could rise to 45,000 primary care physicians. Fewer doctors means it will be harder to see one in a timely manner. The Affordable Care Act will make that problem much worse by greatly increasing the demand for doctors.

    The ACA is supposed to insure an extra 30-plus million uninsured. Health care utilization for the long-term uninsured initially spikes when they first get coverage. The result will be some lengthy waiting times as more people chase fewer doctors.

    You can just imagine all those middle-class Americans complaining about how they used to be able to get in to see their doctor—until ObamaCare kicked in. And, of course, the waiting lines will drive up emergency room use.

    Timely access to a doctor is a key component of what people see as a quality health care system. Americans will likely see it as the government rationing care, even if it is just a result of supply and demand.

    Higher costs means fewer votes. Obama once claimed ObamaCare would drive down health insurance premiums; officials now claim that with the subsidies most people will be paying less. Don’t be too sure.

    For example, National Journal just released its assessment of how ObamaCare will affect the individual market. Two-thirds of workers with single coverage and 57 percent of workers with family coverage will see their costs go up in the exchange. In addition, recent stories claim that some of the premiums are lower than expected because the copays and deductibles are so high.

    Those forced to pay higher out-of-pocket costs, as well as higher premiums, will perceive that ObamaCare is hurting them financially and voters may well decide to return that pain on those who forced them to pay more.

    Complexity = failure. ObamaCare is complex. There are numerous rules about who qualifies for what subsidies and additional help. The technology was supposed to handle much of the complexity, but we hear that many of the exchanges aren’t yet ready for prime time. That complexity could frustrate a lot of people who may see it as a failure because they can’t figure it out.

    The drawbacks to clawbacks. If you qualify for a subsidy based on your estimated 2014 income and then make more than you estimated, you will be required to pay back part of that subsidy at the end of the year. And those who received too much subsidy may discover that problem during “open season” in 2014 when they begin considering their coverage for 2015. That open season will start about three weeks before the November elections. Those having to write the government a clawback check, which could easily be more than a thousand dollars, may want to engage in a little November clawback themselves.

    Personal info becomes public info. A lot of people, government officials as well as non-government employees, will have access to your health information, income and other valuable data. They could snoop or they could share it with others, even if by mistake—just look at recent incidents by the IRS and National Security Agency.

    We are likely to see a lot of security breaches—indeed, we already are. Some will be intentional, some won’t. But there will be a lot of them.

    My own sense is the public feels vulnerable right now; ObamaCare will make that worse.

    It could undermine Democrats’ faith in efficient big government. Everything Obama does is based on his faith in big government’s ability to do things right. True, he has precious little evidence for his faith, which is why it’s “faith” and not fact.

    While Obama has made it clear he would prefer a single-payer health care system—any big-government believer would—ObamaCare is close enough. But if it crashes, it will undermine his and Democrats’ claims. They will, of course, blame others for the failure—that has been the pattern for the last five years—but the public might not buy it, and likely wouldn’t because only Republicans have been raising the red flags trying to get the law repealed or delayed. But that might be changing.

    There are reports that some Democrats—e.g., Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Mark Begich (AK), Mark Pryor (AR) and Mary Landrieu (LA)—may be having second thoughts. They should.

  28. On foreign policy, Obama sure keeps them guessing. A few months back he called Assad a murderer, a week ago he was ready to send a withering attack against him, and now today old hatchet face Power has signed a document which acknowledges the legitimacy of the Syrian Government. He wanted a handshake from the Iranian President, all he got was a brief phone conversation, and he had to initate it himself. An intelligent man in an intelligent house in an intelligent city according to African American WashPo reporter Eugenie Robinson.

  29. There are reports that some Democrats—e.g., Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Mark Begich (AK), Mark Pryor (AR) and Mary Landrieu (LA)—may be having second thoughts. They should.
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    Nothing so fixates the mind as the imminent prospect of being hanged–or voted out of office.

  30. Too bad Barry is such a slacker, otherwise he would realize that Oct 1st. is a really bad day for him.

  31. wbboei

    October 1, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I am still laughing at the way Cruz put Gregory in short pants, while Gregory was grinning like a babboon.
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    The babboon is laughing because he doesn’t have the smarts to realize he was just handed his ass on a platter. It is also why Meet the Press has the lowest rating since its inception.

  32. ObamaCare-Foodbanks? WTF??? Obamacare’s insurance exchange for Ohio to launch without navigators to guide customers. COLUMBUS, Ohio — The federally run marketplace offering Ohioans health insurance plans opens for business beginning Tuesday, but Ohio will not have any of the so-called navigators trained and in place to guide people through their options. The organizations that will provide the navigators must first be certified to handle the work, and none had been certified as of Friday, said Chris Brock, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Insurance. Navigators also must be trained, and the first wave of trained navigators will not become available until at least mid-October, according to the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, the lead organization in a large consortium of groups that will provide navigators….
    http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2013/09/obamacares_insurance_exchange.html

  33. Fingers crossed here that this is accurate and has staying power.
    Come 2014, the government’s damaged brand will reflect poorly on president and his party.
    So last week, while most of the country was talking about football or fears of a government shutdown, Rasmussen released a poll that should worry everyone — but especially incumbent Democrats in Congress. According to Rasmussen’s survey, most Americans think the IRS broke the law by targeting Tea Party groups for harassment, but few expect it to be punished. Fifty-three percent think the IRS broke the law by targeting the Tea Party and other conservative groups like the voter-integrity outfit True The Vote; only 24% disagreed. But only 17% think it is even somewhat likely that anyone will be charged, while 74% think that criminal charges are unlikely….
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/09/29/irs-tea-party-column/2892135/

  34. The Ugly Face of Tyranny: Feinstein and Other “Progressives” are Coming For Your Right To Speak Freely Online
    Guest post by Mac Slavo

    Senator Diane Feinstein has taken up the fight for truth and liberty, just as she has done for health care and the widespread disarmament of American citizens.

    This month Congess has been debating a new media shield law, which according to its authors, aims to protect journalists and bloggers from being forced to testify about their work should their sources or information come into question.

    But Diane Feinstein has refused to support the bill, noting that the law would essentially grant this shield privilege to anyone who chooses to share their opinion on the internet (including those pajama sporting bloggers and news aggregators working out of their basements).

    But because freedom of speech, as interpreted by Feinstein, is nothing more than a privilege granted to us by her and her ilk in Congress, she has taken steps to ensure that only those journalists sanctioned by the government will be protected by the new shield laws.

    More @
    http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-ugly-face-of-tyranny-feinstein-and.html

  35. Navigators Warned: Don’t Leave Tax Returns on the Fax Machine
    …Because the key components of Obamacare will be enforced by the IRS, navigators will have access to highly sensitive identifying information….The Navigator manual describes Personally Identifiable Information as follows:
    Identifying information such as consumers’ names, addresses, or SSNs
    Information about consumers’ incomes, personal finances, debts, deductions and exemptions
    Any action taken by the IRS against consumers, such as investigations or penalties
    Any private written agreements (such as a pricing agreement) with the IRS and any background information about these agreements
    Relevant information, even if not found on the return (e.g., expenses)
    Additional excerpts from the Navigator Manual:
    No fake smiles…
    http://www.atr.org/navigators-warned-dont-leave-tax-returns-a7892

  36. Admin

    The group can raise unlimited sums from deep-pocketed donors, and there is some evidence it is siphoning resources from the DNC. All of the top-tier OFA donors this year have been prolific supporters of the DNC in past years. But of the 13 who cut six-figure checks to OFA in the first half of this year, only three gave to the DNC over the same period, according to a review of records from the Center for Responsive Politics. This makes some intuitive sense. While the DNC is engaged in the prosaic work of off-year party-building — a catch-all portfolio of tasks that involves, among other things, supporting state party organizations, helping down-ballot candidates, and paying for odds and ends, like expressly political travel by top administration officials — OFA offers the glamour of helping the President wage the battles unfolding day by day on the front pages. That pitch, more or less, is easy: “Supported Obama for a second term? Contribute to OFA and help him secure his legacy.” The DNC’s by definition is murkier.

    “Donors are being pulled in two directions, and there’s absolutely no doubt it’s impacted the DNC’s fundraising,” one top Democratic operative said. “I’m hearing it from donors regularly that they’re being told to help one and not the other.“
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    It’s interesting that the DNC and Obama are rivals for the monies Dem donors are giving. OFA or Organizing For the Asshole has given much less to DNC, preferring to use their money to “Help him [Obama] secure his legacy.”

    Oh well, no one ever accused Obama of being a team player. He rarely came through for the Dem candidates he had agreed to campaign for in 2008, after they had done their bit for him. Since selection, he has pretty much maintained the same “what’s in it for me” attitude. The DNC and all of the Dims deserve every stab wound in their collective back.

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    Re: Warren – Damn Admin! you nailed that one. You can just see the wheels in the devious little minds of the Progs turning. They’re asking, “Can we do it again?” “Can we really ensure Obama’s legacy by putting another Prog in the WH?” “Damn, Bill has a bad heart, how much longer can he hold onto his leadership position in the party?” “Can you believe that after her year as SOS that Hillary STILL has the stamina of a 35 year old?” lol at them.

    As we said before, Warren needs to wait. It is not her time! And, as far as the Progs extending Obama’s legacy goes – I think he’s pretty well done that for himself. People will remembering his eight years for a long, long time – and the country will still be recovering from his incompetence well into the future.

    ***

    Good to see some good news today – regarding the court’s Fast and Furious decision. Holder needs to go down for something. He’s been slipperier than the Teflon Don throughout his tenure.

  37. VotingHillary
    October 1, 2013 at 1:25 am

    The babboon is laughing because he doesn’t have the smarts to realize he was just handed his ass on a platter. It is also why Meet the Press has the lowest rating since its inception.
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    I have been told that NBC put their entire investigative staff (more than they even used to chase Sarah)to work to produce that line of cross examination which was intended to destroy Cruz, and that Gregory spend hours practicing his delivery in a mock cross examination.

    In other words they went to extraordinary lengths to create this attempt at a hammer and tongs cross examination, which begs the obvious question why. The answer is less obvious than you think.

    There is, of course, the partisan politics and the incestuous relationship which their senior staff has with top people in this White House. Those factors adversely affect the objectivity and integrity of their journalistic product, which is inherently defective, and should come with the proper disclaimers attached.

    But the bigger reason is because they have been given the plum of being the principal network to be the source authority to explain how to navigate Obamacare, in the absence of proper launching by the government and Obama has personally assured them that this will produce a significant spike in their ratings as the public at large marches like lambs to the slaughter to discover the fine details of this program, laced with constant plugs for Obama.

    That’s the deal. And the Republican position of delay for a year drives a silver spike through it. Therefore, Gregory’s job was to vilify Cruz and in a word, he failed. In addition, Cruz exposed Gregory for the charlatan he is.

    Going forward, it is clear that NBC will borrow a chapter from Machiavelli, and do everything they can, far beyond the realm of legitimate journalism to push for immediate implementation of the law, and to vilify efforts to delay implementation so the American People can understand how this bill which no legislator was allowed to read prior to its passage, and prepare to deal with it.

    If you looked at the jitterbugs at Red State, they were worried sick that Reid would accept the fig leafs thrown to him by French Republicans in the form of counterproposals to exempt Congress, and/or to eliminate the tax on medical devices, and declare victory. He and Obama were too fucking arrogant and stupid to seize that opportunity, and chose instead to take this my way or the highway approach which produced a shutdown in government.

    The initial impression may be that the Republicans cause this shutdown by refusing to fund a law passed by Congress, and upheld by Roberts, and there would have been no shutdown of government had the Republicans not caved in to the Tea Party and Boehner. However, as the thousand misfortunes of this law hit the American People in the head like a two by four, the poles will most definitely reverse, and the Obama people will find themselves in the wilderness years.

  38. EDITOR OF REDSTATE
    Let the Buying Off of Lobbyists Begin

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | October 1st, 2013 at 10:46 AM | 0

    RESIZE: AAA

    Talking to a member of Congress this morning, he tells me leadership staffers are sitting around dreaming up new, creative ways to lose this fight. He admits his cynicism is running high and is convinced Republican leadership staff are championing a loss as an “I told you so moment” to buttress a “should have listened to us” line.

    He is angry at his own side.

    More troublesome, he worries the GOP has convinced itself that the medical device tax will be one of the plays. He agrees with me that this is just a pay off to K Street and worries the staff, some of whom will depart to K Street in the next year, will work to bid up the continuing resolution to advance their employment prospects. Told you he was cynical.

    Where he and I disagree is the Vitter amendment. He supports it. I do not. Let me explain to you why I do not support the Vitter Amendment and we should oppose it.

    Way back in 2010, David Vitter “submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 4872″. It was the original form of what he offers now. But there was one big difference. Back in 2010, Vitter had this provision in his amendment:

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a Member of Congress may not receive health care or medical treatment at any military medical treatment facility or at the Office of the Attending Physician.

    In other words, back in 2010, Vitter’s amendment would have prevented Congress from using military physicians or setting up their own doctor’s office in the bowels of the Capitol. But the revised Vitter amendment at play now has removed that. Without that prohibition, Congress can simply jack up staff pay and create their own private hospital, which they assuredly will do.

    Conservatives should demand the House fight. A clean CR, the Vitter amendment, and the medical device tax are what surrender looks like. They’ve gone over the edge. Now they need to fight.

    Congressman Rigell is already on twitter with this nonsense:

    We fought the good fight. Time for a clean CR.
    7:19 AM – 1 Oct 2013

    Congressman Rigell has not fought. He’s cried and whined the whole time wanting a clean CR. His colleagues have negotiated with themselves. If Congressman Rigell thinks this is what a fight looks like, he must close himself up alone in his bathroom for a few minutes and consider that well . . . we need not go there

  39. I check out this Rigell character. He is from the 2nd CD of Virginia. That district is part of the Washington DC hub, and is therefore dependent on government. He does not belong in the Republican Party, because he is unable to accept its governing philosophy of limited government.

  40. Message to French Republicans: there is no such thing as luke warm hell. This may not have been the result you wanted, but now you are in it, you have two choices: fight or run. If you decide to run, you have no political future.

    There is a doctrine in labor law called regressive bargaining. It means that once you have taken a position, you cannot come back later and take a more onerous position because that defeats the whole purpose of working toward an agreement. Here however I believe the writer is correct. Given the fact that the prior offers by Republicans which compromised their original position of repeal were categorically rejected and government was shut down, I believe those compromise offers should be treated as off the table, such that if the dims come back in a few days, assuming the french republicans do not cave in the interim (see Erickson’s article above), then I think the House would be within its rights to revert to its original position of repeal. Now for the dirty little truth: a short war culminating in a Republican capitualation favors the Liar in Chief. A more lengthy one which adversely affects people turns the kleig lights on Obama, and what he failed to do. At that point, very hard bargaining by the Republicans is indicated, because when Obama does not have the leverage, he is in free fall. Finally, we must discount the opinions of these well heeled people who argue for moderation simply because they have the financial cushion to avoid the onerous effects of this law. Their opinions about this fight, mean less than nothing.
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    The Path Forward

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | October 1st, 2013 at 06:50 AM | 14

    RESIZE: AAA

    Republicans have spent the past few days leading up to the overly-hyped October 1 deadline negotiating with themselves. The House moved from full defunding of Obamacare to delay for one-year, in conjunction with repeal of the medical device tax. Then they passed another CR merely delaying the individual mandate along with eliminating the congressional exclusion. Then they passed a resolution attempting to go to conference with the Senate.

    Harry Reid has rejected all of those proposals, even those supported by many of the Democrats in his conference.

    Typically, it is the side that is constantly watering down their offer that is losing the debate. It was a mistake for Republicans to lose the high ground and simple messaging of defund while Reid stood firm in his position. Nonetheless, some Republicans think this was a good strategy because it exposed Reid’s intransigence to compromise and alacrity to force a shutdown.

    Well, that is all irrelevant now. We have officially gone over the dreaded October 1 deadline, and the world is still functioning. If Republicans are really serious about fighting Obamacare, now is the time to steer the ship back to full defund of Obamacare.

    Instead of using their last partial delay bill as the starting point for negotiations, they should make it clear to Harry Reid that now he gets nothing. The House should begin passing defund bills with individual full-year appropriations bills that fund essential functions. They should fund the DOD, DHS, State Department, and national parks. After that, the House should continue funding more functions of government, but leave out all those departments and agencies that pertain to Obamacare, such as HHS and the IRS.

    The messaging has to remain simple: we’re funding all aspects of the federal government, including those parts we don’t like, except for Obamacare. If, on the other hand, this fight devolves into a push for some shiny object, then they should just pass a clean CR and move on.

    There is no such thing as lukewarm hell.

  41. In an interview with David Corn, uber lefty who writes for Mother Jones, former Republican Speaker Lott was asked:

    . . . if his old GOP pals still serving in the Senate have lost control of their party. How do they feel about that? I inquired. Lott shook his head: “That Ted Cruz. They have to teach him something or cut his legs out from under him.”

    This is the real reason that guys like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are aggravating the so-called traditional Republicans. They are not keen on playing the Washington game and are busy shaking it up. What Cruz and Paul understand and what Trent Lott does not is that a growing number of Americans are fed up with the bloated government and incestuous ways of Washington. We are mad as hell and ain’t going to take it anymore. L.J.
    ——————————————————

    Washington Elite Games

    By Larry Johnson on October 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM in Current Affairs

    The events of the last week surrounding the so-called “Government shutdown” are certainly shining a bright light on the cockroaches that inhabit Washington, DC and feast on Federal funds. Take Trent Lott, for example. A Republican whore who abandoned the job of governing in order to enrich himself as someone skilled in the art of getting clients Federal dollars. In an interview with David Corn, uber lefty who writes for Mother Jones, Lott was asked:

    . . . if his old GOP pals still serving in the Senate have lost control of their party. How do they feel about that? I inquired. Lott shook his head: “That Ted Cruz. They have to teach him something or cut his legs out from under him.”

    Cut his legs out? Yeah, Lott replied with a chuckle. He noted that when he was in the House in the 1980s he mounted a campaign against a fellow Republican who had challenged him for a leadership post. “Took me two years,” he recalled. “But I got him. And he was out of the House.” Recalling his vindictiveness and hardball politics, Lott chuckled once more. “Call me if you want more red meat,” he said, before heading toward the car waiting for him.

    Yeah, goddamn Ted Cruz. Why? He actually stood up for something. Does that damn spic know his place?

    Here’s the truth about Lott:

    After working five years as a congressional staff member in Washington, Lott served 35 years in Congress, 16 in the House and 19 in the Senate. He became the Republican leader in 1996 but stepped down under pressure in 2002 after praising Strom Thurmond’s 1948 segregationist run for the White House.

    Lott abruptly resigned from the Senate in December 2007, less than two years into his fourth Senate term. Some pundits speculated that Lott chose that moment to resign because of a looming deadline — Senators still around after the start of 2008 would be covered by a new ethics law that prohibits former Members of Congress from lobbying for two years after leaving office. Lott responded that the new law ”didn’t have a big role in that decision.” OK, not a big role.

    Within 20 days of his resignation, Lott had formed the Breaux Lott Leadership Group with former Democratic Senator John Breaux (LA). The firm has represented a large number of energy companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil, Entergy, General Electric, National Propane Gas Association, Plains Exploration, Shell Oil, and America’s Natural Gas Alliance. In 2010, Breaux Lott sold itself to mega-lobbying firm Patton Boggs, which itself also represents energy companies including ATP Oil & Gas and Total.

    Let me be clear–Lott is but a symptom of a profound corruption that is the essence of Washington. Democrats do it too. Our system is now one of buying access. More so than at any time in our history. Instead of eager office seekers lining up at a politician’s office begging for patronage, the system is far more sophisticated and lucrative. Politicians need money to run for office and just stay in the game. That’s shy their door is open to lobbyists who, along with shilling for their clients, bring a checkbook and help the pol gather funds to run in the next election.

    This is much like a system of organized child prostitution–it is disgusting but, despite its inherent evil, everyone plays.

    This is the real reason that guys like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are aggravating the so-called traditional Republicans. They are not keen on playing the Washington game and are busy shaking it up. What Cruz and Paul understand and what Trent Lott does not is that a growing number of Americans are fed up with the bloated government and incestuous ways of Washington. We are mad as hell and ain’t going to take it anymore.

    How about the shutdown? Business as usual in Washington, at least on the highways. I had to go to the airport this morning in the Washington, DC area. I was hoping that the shutdown would have cleared some of the traffic from the clogged thoroughfares. No such luck. Jammed on the George Washington Parkway. A normal 20 minute trip was a 50 minute endurance contest. At the airport, security lines were a breeze. We will see how this shakesout, but I suspect that, as with the dire warnings surrounding the sequester, that the negative aspects of the shutdown will be muted for most of the country.

  42. I may decide to send the above article to the French Republicans, caption to read: Here’s looking at you, kid.

  43. …if the “navigators” are anything like what I just saw represented in the Miami newscast then even “God” will not be able to save or help us from the chaos and corruption that is about to unfold in the vulnerable USA…and Florida…

    Florida is already considered up at the top for most cases of ‘identity theft’…very fuzzy how these ‘navigators’ are being trained from state to state and what kind of security clearance they are undergoing as they access personal and confidential information in each state…(as in, “don’t leave people’s tax returns on the fax machine”…gee, thanks, that makes us feel very secure of the basic intelligence and sense of responsibility of these people with the access to our private info they have…)(if they are anything like the people who were in charge of the voting in Miami/Broward…forget it…your personal info is already for sale)

    O and the Dims will be held responsible for this debacle…particularly because the IRS has not even solved their “identity theft” problems yet…

    O is a whiner and a joke…a very weak, lazy and unprepared leader in every sense of the word…..all he does is blame people and then go golfing…

    Can anyone imagine either President Hillary or Prez Bill Clinton shirking their responsibilites as leader of the country and relying on stylized press conferences and speeches to suffice as “leadership”

  44. I’m sorry but you don’t have cancer!

    What could be better news than your doctor saying the words ‘You don’t have cancer’?

    Having dealt with family diagnosed with cancer there could be no finer words to hear!

    Unless of course the doctors statement has less to do with a true diagnosis and more to do with redefining of the term cancer so that fewer conditions qualify due to the cost of testing and treatment!

    Welcome to Obamacare and health care rationing!

    ‘And why would the Obama administration want to re-define cancer? Because starting tomorrow, Obamacare will begin subsidizing millions of Americans’ health insurance, and cancer tests and treatments are expensive.

    This is nothing more than a back-door, roundabout form of rationing. It has nothing to do with improving health care or saving lives and everything to do with bureaucrats picking and choosing who gets what tests and treatments.

    See more at: http://politicsandfinance.blogspot.com/2013/10/im-sorry-but-you-dont-have-cancer.html#sthash.sOiGS1W8.dpuf

  45. Can anyone imagine either President Hillary or Prez Bill Clinton shirking their responsibilites as leader of the country and relying on stylized press conferences and speeches to suffice as “leadership”

    ____________________________________________________________

    No I sure can’t 😯

  46. Yummm Trey. I never saw a handsome man with so many wacky hairdo’s.

    Defund HellCare or give no backroom deals for exemption – Yup to that Trey.

  47. Question: What does this fight really come down to?

    Answer: The future of crony capitalism, and how far it will be permitted to go in destroying the middle class, personal liberty and extending the reach of Big Brother into every aspect of our lives.

    For make no mistake.

    This is a toxic bill. It kills jobs. It reduces take home pay. It causes health care rates to sky rocket. It makes limits your right to choose your doctor. It will overwhelm the system. It will destroy privacy.

    But look at who is getting the exemptions: congress and big businesses with lobbyists.

    QED

  48. These french republicans are an embarrassment. If they had been around at the time, they would have sued for peace with Japan the day after Pearl Harbor. They would have obsessed over the lives that would be lost, the cost that fighting would entail, and the sheer futility of opposing a dictator. Trey is not a French Republican by any stretch of the imagination. But he is giving too much slack to his wavering colleagues, and retreating too fast. At least he realizes the futility of negotiating with yourself. The key here is to make the other side PAY DEARLY for its intransigence, and all those Quislings who say we fought the good fight and lost, in effect, principals and constituents be damned are rewarding bad behavior by the other side, which means they will see more of it in the future if they persist.

  49. What Trey knows and is not telling is that Boehner was in secret negotiations with the White House to exempt members of Congress from the toxic effects of this toxic law, but that does not matter. Conservatives have forced him to take a public position on the matter contrary to his private discussions and that is what matters now, provided everyone watches him very closely.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/john-boehner-hill-obamacare-subsidies-97634_Page2.html

  50. jbstonesfan
    October 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Strong speech by Netanyahu…..real contrast to Obama’s waffling.
    ——————
    Naturally. He is a leader and he loves his country. You may not agree with me, but I put Cruz in the same category.

  51. Leanora
    October 1, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Leftist Rag TNR: Obama Should Violently Crush GOP Dissent Like Yeltsin Did To Soviet Communist Hardliners…
    Wow.
    —————
    Violently? What exactly are they proposing?

    Crush Political Dissent? How how do they propose this be done? A guillotine?

    Without Regard for comity, reciprocity, legality, etc.?

    The New Republic is a Stalinist State.

    This statement represents their views 100%.

    Evidently, these people need psychiatric assistance.

  52. Such hissy fits and bouts of uncontrolled behavior represent a regression to childhood for these angry leftists.

  53. “hissy fits and bouts of uncontrolled behavior represent a regression”.
    True and that is triggered by fear. Also refusal to talk to anyone they dont’t like is a representation of regression and fear. How a person reacts to fear, which every human being feels, is a representation of maturity and experience. There is also a tremendous amount of projection coming from Democrats which is an immature and childlike defense mechanism triggered by fear. I hope Obama and Reid’s buttons continue to be pushed.

  54. “hissy fits and bouts of uncontrolled behavior represent a regression”.
    True and that is triggered by fear. Also refusal to talk to anyone they dont’t like is a representation of regression and fear. How a person reacts to fear, which every human being feels, is a representation of maturity and experience. There is also a tremendous amount of projection coming from Democrats which is an immature and childlike defense mechanism triggered by fear. I hope Obama and Reid’s buttons continue to be pushed.
    —————————
    And what their ignorant little minds cannot fathom is that it would be hell to live in a world where everyone thought the same, and behaved the same. The constitutional order provides for a wide range–an infinite range in personal beliefs, and that which is not prohibited under a system of limited government is permissible. In their world this is not possible. In their world everyone leads a stall fed existence. And in exchange everyone is expected to conform. Those who do not perform are sent to re-education camps. The actor Patrick McGoohan gave us a clear look into their world in his series The Prisoner. That is PRECISELY where the leftist want to take this society.

  55. MSNBC tried to rescue ObamaCare today. Comedy ensued:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/360064/oops-msnbc-anchor-cant-access-obamacare-exchange-andrew-johnson

    MSNBC’s Mara Schiavocampo ran into difficulties as she tried to sign up for the newly launched health-care exchanges on Tuesday. After getting an error message on the website, she called the help line twice, but wasn’t able to reach a navigator on the other end. Instead, she was put on hold for 35 minutes.

    “If I were signing up for myself, this is where my patience would be exhausted,” Schiavocampo said before she gave up.

  56. “Unless of course the doctors statement has less to do with a true diagnosis and more to do with redefining of the term cancer so that fewer conditions qualify due to the cost of testing and treatment!”
    ********
    Interesting article and seems to help explain some of the proposed change in screening/diagnostic recommendations. The first was the change in recs. for mammography. That was the committee that had no cancer surgeons or oncologists. The rational for decreased screening was to cut the rate of invasive diagnostic procedures which turned out to be “unnecessary” because the screening test was “falsely” positive. Part of the justification was to spare the woman of the psychological trauma of being told that they might have cancer. Next was PAP smears and cervical cancer same story might be over treated and “spare” the woman of the psychological stress. Third prostate Ca screening and now colonoscopy. All of these screening procedures cost money and may lead to over treatment but treatment options should be between pt and doctor and not an abstract committee trying to spare the patient stress.

    I had assumed that the “spare the patient” rational was some misguided new age, “we know what’s best” bullshit but now seems to be motivated by other reasons. If so, that’s bad because a lot of tough choices are going to have to be made about the uncertainties of medical care and if the system is driven by hidden agendas, then all bets are off.

  57. Judith Miller blows the whistle on “Special Counsel” Patrick Fitzgerald

    Judith Miller may be a reluctant whistleblower, however blowing the whistle on former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is the only way to describe Miller’s recent comments.

    In a recent phone interview Miller was asked:

    Q: Judith, you do know that Dick Armitage was not who outed Brewster Jennings & Associates as a CIA front?

    A: Yes, a lot of people knew.

    Q: So, you’re aware of the fact Patrick Fitzgerald fabricated a reason to come after your source?

    A: I’m… it’s not that simple.

    No, Judith it really is that simple.

    As the interview with Miller proceeded, there was no disagreement on the fact that “Special Counsel” Patrick Fitzgerald knew Marc Grossman was the person who exposed Brewster Jennings and Valerie Plame as CIA in 2001. (two years before Armitage claimed he did)

    And, that Fitzgerald had her (Miller) jailed on a false premise. (although she claims “it’s complicated”)

    Miller also acknowledged that just confirmed FBI Director James B. Comey was involved in the deception. When the urgency of going public with what she knew about Fitzgerald and Comey was stressed, Miller replied “I am going to tell my story my way. I have earned the right.”

    Miller was pressed further on the fact that James Comey had not been sworn-in as FBI Director as of the time of the interview, and that it was important for her to go public with what she knows before he was.

    Clearly that did not happen, and James Comey was sworn-in as FBI Director. However, Comey can be removed from his position for cause when the truth is made part of the official record.

    And Judith, lets face it.

    The best “shield law” a journalist could hope for is that the Dept. of Justice start following the laws that are already on the books. Your coming forward with the truth about Fitzgerald will go a long way to making that happen.

    And, perhaps give the 1st Amendment a fighting chance to survive the all out war our government has waged against it.

    More to follow
    http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2013/10/01/judith-miller-blows-the-whistle-on-special-counsel-patrick-fitzgerald/

  58. if the system is driven by hidden agendas, then all bets are off.
    ——————
    I might say not if but when. It is a known fact that Obama practices an extreme form of cronie capitalism. Thus, one man’s hidden agenda is another man’s business plan, and another man’s cash cow for Obama for America 527. The equation is in balance and the only one who bears the cost, the hardship and the medical risks is the American People. I have got to believe that Scott Riegel and other French Republicans have no problem with that after fighting the good fight which means half a dozen symbolic votes, and then acting like good losers, in exchange for exemptions for their families and a piece of the action–graft.

  59. “Thus, one man’s hidden agenda is another man’s business plan,”
    *****
    I’m sure that agenda driven “public” information has always been the norm but now that is all that there is. The politics is the street theater but the next layers down are the agenda driving the “facts”. Best that I can tell, “Right”, “Left”, it’s all bullshit. I have found that the only glimpses of “reality” seems to come by following up on small, tangential stories that may appear in a business article, etc. True for health care, energy, climate, etc.; follow the money. Perhaps that’s why Cruz scares the shit out of 99% of the political class, his politics, solutions for tough problems may or may not be the right direction but he sure is telling the truth about the process. Paul Wellstone did the same thing and Russ Feingold was savaged by the future Obots when he said that John Edwards was a fraud; killing legislation behind closed doors in committee while supporting it in public.

  60. admin
    October 1, 2013 at 7:43 pm
    MSNBC tried to rescue ObamaCare today. Comedy ensued:

    I’m surprised they decided to air the segment.

    Hillary 2016

  61. Avatar
    arbitrage789
    • 3 hours ago

    On the subject of Obama’s countless changes to the Obamacare law…

    The following was written by James Madison in 1788, in The Federalist No. 62:

    “The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; IF THEY BE REPEALED OR REVISED BEFORE THEY
    ARE PROMULGATED, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorr

  62. http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2013/10/01/mcafee-warns-phishing-scams-tied-to-obamacare-launch/

    McAfee: Beware of ObamaCare Phishing Scams

    Security firm McAfee warned Tuesday that hackers are likely to take advantage of the rollout of ObamaCare exchanges this week by launching phishing attacks aimed at stealing personal information.

    Phishing attacks are designed to dupe users into revealing credit-card numbers or other confidential data by delivering phony links or attachments in emails and messages on social media sites.

    “I can say with a high degree of certainty that they will come. We live in a world where people look at compelling events and look to do something malicious. This is just the nature of the beast,” said Gary Davis, vice president of global consumer marketing at McAfee, which is owned by Intel (INTC).

    Like natural disasters or other major events, consumers searching for information about the new health-care exchanges are likely to be willing to disclose personal information in the coming weeks.

    Given the confusion over the rollout, consumers may also be more easily fooled by deceptive messages claiming to be from the government or health-care providers.

    “Identity is a currency like anything else. The more information you have on a consumer, the more you make,” said Davis.

    The threat of phishing attacks comes in addition to glitches that have mired the insurance exchanges, which went live on Tuesday.

    The federally-run site for ObamaCare, or the Affordable Healthcare Act, posted error messages for at least 25 of 36 eligible states due to heavy traffic, according to Reuters.

    Maryland delayed the opening of its state-run health-care exchange by four hours due to connectivity problems.

    snip

    ***********************************************************************

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/crime/fl-cop-identity-theft-20131001,0,7341282.story

    Cop used his job to commit identity theft, feds say

    By Paula McMahon, Sun Sentinel

    5:56 p.m. EDT, October 1, 2013
    As a police officer, Malinsky Bazile was supposed to “serve and protect” the public, but federal prosecutors said he followed a different code – “to steal and victimize.”

    Investigators said he abused his position of trust — and his police computer — to commit identity theft, stealing the personal information of hundreds of people and using it to file fraudulent income tax returns.

    Bazile, 28, of Miramar, who started working for the Miami Police Department in 2008, went on trial Tuesday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.

    Prosecutor Michael Berger told jurors that when Bazile was confronted by investigators, he admitted he made $130,000 to $140,000 from the fraud in 2011 and 2012.

    Though investigators say Bazile initially confessed, he has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of aggravated identity theft and related crimes.

    Bazile’s lawyer, Saam Zangeneh, did not give an opening statement to jurors but his questioning of witnesses suggested that he is trying to raise doubts about whether it was Bazile who actually used the computer.

    Prosecutors said Bazile walked investigators through his method, showing them how he used his police access to Florida’s computerized driver’s license database to search for victims – mostly women with common last names like “Smith” and “Gonzalez” – and then used their personal information to file fraudulent income tax returns, prosecutors said.

    He had the refunds loaded on pre-paid debit cards and withdrew money at ATMs in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Berger said.

    When Bazile took out money, he usually wore a hat pulled low and tried to hide his face from the security cameras inside the ATMs, though the photos show it was the same person each time, Berger said.

    But on one occasion, prosecutors said, the camera captured a clear shot of the person using a woman’s debit card and it was Bazile, wearing a Chicago Bulls hat. When investigators questioned him at his home, they said they found the hat and shredded debit cards.

    Bazile also handwrote a confession, which he later tried to prevent prosecutors from using against him. “I’m sorry for any problems that I could have caused the victims of my crime. I do apologize from the bottom of my heart. I will pay back any debt,” Bazile reportedly wrote in a letter included in court records.

    Investigators from a joint FBI and Miami anti-corruption task force installed special software on Bazile’s department-issued laptop computer that secretly photographed activity on the computer screen every 30 seconds. They found he was looking up the names of people who told investigators they had never been pulled over by him or had even met him. Many were victims of identity fraud.

    The defense asked several questions about Bazile’s stepbrother, Jean Charles, and asked if someone other than Bazile could have used his computer. The investigation of Bazile started after Fort Lauderdale police arrested Charles in March 2011 and found he had $31,000 worth of prepaid debit cards, including several in the names of people whose information had been looked up by Bazile, court records show.

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    I predict rampant, widespread identity theft because of Ocare…and multiple complications with Ocare and the IRS…

  63. “The apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree. Sen. Ted Cruz’s dad took to the stage at a recent Colorado event to deliver a scathing speech in support of his son’s filibuster try and to put Republicans-In-Name-Only on notice….”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/2/ted-cruzs-dad-rips-rinos-we-people-are-not-stupid/

    BTW. In browsing websites of US House Reps from PA, I became incensed at press release headlines from Allyson Schwartz and Matt Cartwright:
    Schwartz opposes another bill designed to close federal government.
    Cartwright votes against increasing Hunger in America.

    So those headlines are the substance of my latest snail mail deal.

  64. WWII Veterans Plan To Storm Lincoln Memorial Today, Closed Due To Obama Admin Pettiness

    The same veterans group that managed to storm the gates at the WWII memorial yesterday is planning taking on the fences at the Lincoln Memorial today. This sounds like a capitol idea, pun intended.

    Both memorials are open air memorials. The Lincoln Memorial is open 24 hours a day, normally. If you’ll recall, it was wide open to having someone throw green paint on it in the evening a few months ago.

    So that means the Obama administration is making a conscious effort to spend more in time and money to shut off something which is normally open.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/02/wwii-veterans-plan-to-storm-lincoln-memorial-today-closed-due-to-obama-admin-pettiness/

  65. Hold Your Ground and Shut John Cornyn Up

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | October 2nd, 2013 at 04:30 AM | 35

    RESIZE: AAA

    After three years of getting ready, yesterday the nation signed on to get Obamacare only to have websites across America crash. The ones that were not crashing were scam sites designed for identity theft. Amid all of that, if you tried to get Obamacare through an internet search engine, you probably got scammed. “[S]ome of these scam sites actually have better search-engine rankings than official sites,” reports UPI.

    This is the backdrop to the fight to defund Obamacare. Some pundits claim if it were not for the shutdown the press would have covered the disastrous launch. A press that has refused to cover all the painful stories of people harmed by Obamacare would never do this. Consider MSNBC, which like the North Korean propaganda ministry, claims the website crashes were because Obamacare is too popular.

    Riiiiggghhhhhtttt. That gets us to Congress and the embarrassing performance of John Cornyn and a bunch of House staffers.

    John Cornyn is just vomiting all over himself about the shutdown. He was positively worthless yesterday. The man who has been all over Texas yelling that he wants to defund Obamacare — and if you don’t believe him see his web ads — made it perfectly clear he’d like to surrender as quickly as possible.

    Texas can thank God Almighty that John Cornyn wasn’t at the Alamo. What an embarrassment.

    Then there are John Boehner and Eric Cantor’s staff. Good grief. If you sprinkled salt on them they’d shrivel up.

    I am not sure who wants to surrender faster — House leadership staff or John Cornyn. They have done nothing but spend two months strategizing how to lose.

    When Senator Mike Lee said the House should just put off the Obamacare fight and instead focus on funding other parts of government, Cantor and Boehner’s staff and John Cornyn seized on the statement and blatantly misrepresented what Lee meant. They claimed Lee was declaring surrender when he was not doing that at all.

    Look, House and Senate Republicans are perfectly happy to castrate themselves in public if they can blame Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. We are going to have to forcibly stiffen their spines by making sure they know there are real consequences if they cave.

    It is notable that after Cruz and Lee suggested a piecemeal funding approach, the House did that. Perhaps we should just sit back and let Cruz and Lee run this thing. They seem to be the only two leaders willing to fight.

    They have zero incentive to cave early. We should not like them cut deals on the medical device tax or the Vitter amendment. If you don’t believe they will find a way around the Vitter amendment, just you look at all the media reports that behind the scenes John Boehner has been working aggressively, preemptively to do so.

    The Vitter amendment and the medical device tax are shiny objects designed to make you clap like a seal while Boehner, Cantor, Cornyn, and McConnell cave on funding and implementing Obamacare.

    Friends, you absolutely must keep the pressure on congressional Republicans to hold the line. The longer they keep passing appropriations bills to fund the government, the more this is clearly about Barack Obama. The President would rather starve veterans than spare America his healthcare plan.

    Keep pressuring Republicans. They must hold this line. They must not cave. In particular, conservative Republicans in the House need to know we expect them to fight for us and defund Obamacare.

    Behind the scenes, our side is scared to death. But if they’ll just shut John Cornyn up and ignore leadership staff, this fight is ours to win. Vitter and the medical tax are unacceptable compromises. The only acceptable path forward is to defund Obamacare. It may take a month. It may take two months. But if the GOP keeps passing legislation to fund the government, then it becomes Obama’s burden, not theirs.

    Hold this line.

  66. Spengler

    by David P. Goldman

    Letting Obama Force a Constitutional Crisis Is the Best Republican Choice

    The optimal Republican strategy now is to force a crisis over the debt ceiling. Democrats anticipate this outcome, as the Brookings Institution’s Henry Aaron wrote in a widely-cited Sept. 29 op-ed:

    If President Obama spends what the law orders him to spend and collects the taxes Congress has authorized him to collect, then he must borrow more than Congress has authorized him to borrow. If the debt ceiling is not raised, he will have to violate one of these constitutional imperatives. Which should he choose?

    In 2011, when Congress last flirted with not raising the debt ceiling, lawyers disagreed. Some argued that the president must honor the debt ceiling, thereby violating budget laws. Others held that he must honor budget legislation. No one argued that he should unilaterally raise taxes. Professors Neil H. Buchanan and Michael C. Dorf, who parsed the arguments in the Columbia Law Review in 2012, concluded that all options were bad, but that disregarding the debt ceiling was least bad from a legal standpoint.

    Letting Obama Force a Constitutional Crisis Is the Best Republican Choice
    October 1st, 2013 – 10:57 pm

    It’s worth considering the risks and rewards in the budget standoff, which is first and foremost a battle for control of the Republican Party and the shape of the 2014 and 2016 primaries. The Republican Party of John McCain and Mitt Romney lost two presidential elections, the second to a weak candidate in a weak economy. Left to its own devices, it will lose the next presidential election and all the following ones. By picking a fight on Obama’s least popular position, namely health care, the conservative wing of the party galvanized the party base and forced the House leadership into a fight. In a June 27 poll, the Gallup organization found that just 22% of Americans expected Obamacare to improve their family’s health situation, while 47% expected it to make it worse. As my old partner Jude Wanniski used to say, the electorate is like a diamond, waiting to be cut at exactly the right spot. Ted Cruz pointed the chisel correctly.

    Opposing a bad program, to be sure, is not the same as building a national majority around a good program. The Republican Party is a long way from that. Just as the conservative wing of the party needed its chance after the Nixon and Ford debacles of the 1970s, the conservative wing of the party needs to take its shot after the abysmal performance of the McCain wing — or there will be no party at all.

    It well may be true that shutting down the government hurts the Republicans in the short run. That is immaterial; there is no way to get from here to there except by making a stand against Obamacare. There is no downside, for the Republican Party as presently configured already is a guaranteed loser. A reinvigorated conservative leadership has a chance of leading the party to victory.

    I agree. Lawyers tend to play down policy considerations as a basis for interpreting law. In this case, the consequences are so overwhelmingly on one side that they cannot be ignored by the president and should not be ignored by the courts. If the debt ceiling is not increased, the president should disregard it, and honor spending and tax legislation.

    That is political overreaching of the worst kind. If Obama refuses to postpone the implementation of his health care plan in return for an extension of the debt ceiling, Republicans should stand their ground, and force the president to tear up the Constitution and assume dictatorial powers. Americans don’t like that, and they will dislike it doubly if Obama does so to protect a hated piece of legislation. It would clarify the choices before the electorate and give conservative Republicans something to run against. That isn’t enough: they have to present a credible program to restore economic growth and opportunity. But that will be then: this is now.

  67. Letting Obama Force a Constitutional Crisis Is the Best Republican Choice
    October 1st, 2013 – 10:57 pm

    It’s worth considering the risks and rewards in the budget standoff, which is first and foremost a battle for control of the Republican Party and the shape of the 2014 and 2016 primaries. The Republican Party of John McCain and Mitt Romney lost two presidential elections, the second to a weak candidate in a weak economy. Left to its own devices, it will lose the next presidential election and all the following ones. By picking a fight on Obama’s least popular position, namely health care, the conservative wing of the party galvanized the party base and forced the House leadership into a fight. In a June 27 poll, the Gallup organization found that just 22% of Americans expected Obamacare to improve their family’s health situation, while 47% expected it to make it worse. As my old partner Jude Wanniski used to say, the electorate is like a diamond, waiting to be cut at exactly the right spot. Ted Cruz pointed the chisel correctly.

    Opposing a bad program, to be sure, is not the same as building a national majority around a good program. The Republican Party is a long way from that. Just as the conservative wing of the party needed its chance after the Nixon and Ford debacles of the 1970s, the conservative wing of the party needs to take its shot after the abysmal performance of the McCain wing — or there will be no party at all.

    It well may be true that shutting down the government hurts the Republicans in the short run. That is immaterial; there is no way to get from here to there except by making a stand against Obamacare. There is no downside, for the Republican Party as presently configured already is a guaranteed loser. A reinvigorated conservative leadership has a chance of leading the party to victory.

    I agree. Lawyers tend to play down policy considerations as a basis for interpreting law. In this case, the consequences are so overwhelmingly on one side that they cannot be ignored by the president and should not be ignored by the courts. If the debt ceiling is not increased, the president should disregard it, and honor spending and tax legislation.

    That is political overreaching of the worst kind. If Obama refuses to postpone the implementation of his health care plan in return for an extension of the debt ceiling, Republicans should stand their ground, and force the president to tear up the Constitution and assume dictatorial powers. Americans don’t like that, and they will dislike it doubly if Obama does so to protect a hated piece of legislation. It would clarify the choices before the electorate and give conservative Republicans something to run against. That isn’t enough: they have to present a credible program to restore economic growth and opportunity. But that will be then: this is now.

  68. Once again, we’ve reached a government shutdown over irresponsible government spending. Once more, the media are proclaiming the world is coming to an end and blaming conservative Republicans for everything. They are working hand in glove with the Never Enough Government lobby that dominates Washington, without a shred of shame.

    Anchors and editors continue to insist that if the GOP were smart, it would bow to “conventional wisdom” and put its foot on the fiscal accelerator. That’s what this is about. The elites fully expected Republicans “led” by McConnell and Boehner to fold, and are stunned – furious, really – that they are being disobeyed.

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-bozell/2013/10/01/bozell-column-old-media-and-new-sheriffs

  69. Honor Flight to World War II Memorial in jeopardy due to shutdown
    …A letter from Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s (D-OH 9) office reads,”…only services deemed essential for the safety of human life and protection of property will be continued.” Yet, for a group of World War II veterans visiting the national memorial in Washington D.C., an all expense paid trip which is called an “Honor Flight,” the shutdown was not stopping them from seeing the tribute that was inspired by them.”It just goes to show you why we won World War II,” says Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio President Lee Armstrong.
    Many elderly veterans, some in wheelchairs, broke through the barriers set up around the memorial, as police, park service employees, and tourists looked on. “The Germans and the Japanese couldn’t contain us. They weren’t going to let barriers contain them today. They wanted to see their memorial,” says Armstrong. Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio has a trip scheduled to depart from Toledo next Wednesday, October 9.”We will make the call this Friday to determine if the flight is still a go, or if we will have to re-schedule,” Armstrong explains. He says they are considering going ahead with the trip even if the government is still on shutdown, but when he called the parks service, he was told they would face arrest. “I said, are you kidding me? You’re going to arrest a 90/91-year-old veteran from seeing his memorial? If it wasn’t for them it wouldn’t be there. She said, ‘That’s correct sir….'”
    http://www.northwestohio.com/news/story.aspx?id=953619#.UkxNz5h3u9K

  70. Rep Marino, R,PA-10 just on FB: Thanks to the 33 House Democrats who voted for our veterans and the 22 who voted to keep parks, like the WWII Memorial, open for visitors.

  71. I have commented before on Mr. Obama’s mental condition, namely that he is a classic narcissist, a diagnosis which is backed up by the Israeli analyst who is a world expert on the subject, and even by comments made by the well regarded Washington DC pundit Charles Krauthammer. We (those of us who are not experts) in the course of this pathology, there comes a point where he is challenged and then the ossified child rears its ugly head, and he begins to behave irrationally. We are seeing the first signs of it now in his attempt to shut down the World War II memorial. Until he did that he and his fellow travelers were perfectly content to follow their boil the frog strategy of turning up the heat to scalding temperature so slowly and deliberately that the American People would not realize they were being burned alive until it is too late. But Ted Cruz forced his hand, and now we are seeing the ugliness of the man lurking behind that maniacal grin. If the Republican party can unite for the reasons set forth above by David Goldman (Spenglar), then he will go beserk, and begin to assume dictatorial powers which cause the majority of the American People to wake up because in that case his modus operanti will be too blatant from them to ignore, as they have in the past under all manner of delusions.

    I went to dinner with a couple of friends last night who own a prosperous business. They share the contempt we feel for Messiah Obama, and a big media that praises him or his destruction of the country just as long as they get their vigourish, payola etc along the way. However, they embrace the Wall Street Journal line articulated by Dan Henniger, namely that we should simply sit back and let the damned thing fail. Unfortunately, that is not good enough, because over time, this will build its own welfare dependent constitutency, and those with the means will avoid the pain. They fear short term disruption far more than long term consequences. Yet these same people do long term business plans.
    The need to do the same thing where the welfare of the nation is concerned.

  72. I saw an interview of Bill Causby by Ms.Java the Hut, Candy Crowley. Cosby whines about this poor man Obama, who inherited all these terrible things and people keep picking on him. Garafulo move over. We just found another “great thinker” who sees everything not in the full spectrum of colors, but solely in terms of black and white. What a terrible mental prison these people live in. In the sad words of that Gay 90’s tune–They’re More To Be Pities Than Censured—or is their a shrink in the house?

  73. Rep. Steve Stockman ‏@SteveWorks4You 3h

    If you process vet claims Democrats say you’re non-essential. If you harass 90-year-old wheelchair bound vets Democrats say you’re essential
    ————————————-
    Rep. Steve Stockman ‏@SteveWorks4You 3h

    During 1995 shutdown Clinton worked with us to keep veterans cared for. Obama chooses to be President Stompy Feet.

  74. The WWII memorial does not need staff and yet the Obama administration excludes these honorable souls from it. Sickening. @SteveWorks4You

  75. Newbie Dem wanted to break away from pack.
    Cartwright gets gavel amid call to end shutdown
    Scranton Times-Tribune ‎- 6 hours ago
    WASHINGTON – The clank of a gavel reverberated Tuesday through the half-empty House chamber, ending Rep. Matt Cartwright’s call for a …

  76. Are they taking the piss……

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/vladimir-putin-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize-8853349.html

    Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

    Despite Russia’s role as the main supplier of weapons to Bashar al-Assad’s regime, an advocacy group has put the president’s name forward because the former KGB agent “actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet.”

    The International Academy of Spiritual Unity and Cooperation of Peoples of the World made no mention of Putin’s ruthless and violent campaign against the separatists in Chechnya or the war he waged on Georgia, but instead points to his efforts to prevent a US air strike on the Syrian regime following a chemical gas attack in August.

    The activist group is on the list of those approved to make Nobel Peace Prize nominations and according to the vice president of the organisation, Beslan Kobakhiya, this letter of recommendation was received by the committee on 16 September, he announced on Tuesday.

    The letter read: “Being the leader of one of the leading nations of the world, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin makes efforts to maintain peace and tranquillity not only on the territory of his own country but also actively promotes settlement of all conflicts arising on the planet,” reported the New York Times.

    Russian singer and MP Iosif Kobzon also backed the nomination, comparing Putin with Barack Obama, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

    He told Interfax news agency: “Barack Obama is the man who has initiated and approved the United States’ aggressive actions in Iraq and Afghanistan – now he is preparing for an invasion into Syria. He bears this title nevertheless.

    “Our president, who tries to stop the bloodshed and who tries to help the conflict situation with political dialogue, is more worthy of this high title.”

    The deadline for 2014 Nobel Peace Prize nominations is in February. The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on October 11.

    The prize is awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”.

    Vladimir Putin did not influence the nomination and according to Kobzon “ being a modest person, will refuse to comment on it.

    ……………………….

    Honest to God, well if they gave dumbass one just for being elected, i’m sure they can give one to Putin for murdering and torturing gays and supplying arms around the world.

  77. It’s not been a good 24 hours for Matt Cartwright. After he voted to deny veterans’ benefits, Twitchy got a hold on him.
    Twitter meltdown: Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Penn., attacks critics of his anti-veteran vote as ‘trolls’
    Posted at 2:19 pm on October 2, 2013 by Twitchy Staff
    http://twitchy.com/2013/10/02/twitter-meltdown-rep-matt-cartwright-d-penn-attacks-critics-of-his-anti-veteran-vote-as-trolls/

    Turns out, members of the very active Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania (CAP)protested in tweets. “Matt” called them trolls. Many were constituents. too funny.

  78. Harry Reidd tells CNN saving a kid with cancer is not worth a small budget compromise —

    at any other time, this would be career ending, but not that SOB.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) asked why Senate Democrats would want to fund the National Institutes of Health to “help one child who has cancer” Wednesday when asked that question by CNN reporter Dana Bash.

    DANA BASH: You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?

    HARRY REID: Listen, Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here, did it on the floor earlier, as did Sen. Schumer. What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow. What this is all about is Obamacare. They are obsessed. I don’t know what other word I can use. They’re obsessed with this Obamacare. It’s working now and it will continue to work and people will love it more than they do now by far. So they have no right to pick and choose.

    BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

    REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless –

    BASH: I’m just asking a question.

    http://freebeacon.com/reid-why-would-we-want-to-help-one-kid-with-cancer/

    Video at link……..

  79. moononpluto
    October 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Harry Reidd tells CNN saving a kid with cancer is not worth a small budget compromise –

    What. A. Complete. Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

  80. Senator Harry Reid ‏@SenatorReid 37m

    Republicans are in such desperate straits that they have literally resorted to accusing me of not caring about kids with cancer. Shameful.

    …………….

    Fixed! MT @SenatorReid: Republicans are in such desperate straits, they are pointing out how I admitted I don’t care about kids with cancer.

    Twitter is on fire tonight.

  81. Pelosi rallies Dems behind sweeping immigration proposal

    House Democratic leaders unveiled legislation Wednesday to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system and create a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal residents.

    The sweeping proposal, which largely mirrors the bipartisan package approved by the Senate in June, is designed to keep the immigration issue in the headlines and intensify the pressure on GOP leaders to bring a reform bill to the floor

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/326155-pelosi-rallies-dems-behind-sweeping-immigration-proposal#ixzz2gbTc7zh8

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