Hillary Clinton Movie Shutdown – The Government Shutdown – ObamaCare Shutdown – Obama Strategy Shutdown

Update: The Obama publicity stunt is over and Obama will not negotiate with American leaders duly elected by Americans. Far from demonstrating strength this latest Obama publicity stunt shows that Obama is worried about the appearance of not negotiating. The hope is the public will not notice Obama’s total failure of leadership. Tomorrow we will see if the latest Obama ploy to nudge Wall Street into a panic will work. We doubt it will.

It is time for Speaker Boehner to take up our suggestion to adjourn the House and reconvene in red states with Obama Dimocrat senators – Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Alaska. This will be a productive and powerful publicity stunt which puts pressure on the weakest links in the solid wall of Obama Senate stonewalling.


The wrong analysis will get you on the wrong road, in a ditch, bloody, and bruised. Fortunately we are here to help the lost get back on the path to salvation. First, Hillary Clinton, not Republicans or conservatives, achieved a major victory by shutting down the Big Media movies about her. Second, the government shutdown will not hurt the GOP next year but rather help. Third, ObamaCare was, is, and will be a mess and must be shutdown by forcing everyone to get on that death train. Fourth, Barack Obama’s shutdown strategy has already shut down and only the GOP can rescue him at this point by another demonstration of GOP weakness.

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Back in August there was lots of noise from Republicans/conservatives about certain Hillary Clinton biopic movies greenlighted by CNN and NBC. There was so much stupidity we were forced to slap down the silliness in our article Stop The Big Media Hillary Clinton Biographies – Or, How Stupid Is The GOP? This is what we wrote then and it is pertinent to much of what is happening this week and next:

“So why the charade? Preibus and the RNC know that waving the anti-Hillary flag makes Republicans lose their senses sufficiently that a ring can be drilled through their noses and a rope to “lead” them attached. Preibus and the RNC figure if they talk tough against Hillary the rank and file Republicans won’t notice their many attempts to sell them out on immigration reform and every other issue the rank and file cares about. Wave the Hillary flag and the E takes over the I – stupidity reigns. Preibus knows this, he’s not completely stupid when it comes to bamboozling his own party members.

In that article we further declared that “Any Hillary Clinton 2016 supporter who thinks Hillary Clinton is going to get a fair shake from NBC or CNN is mentally deranged.” In this instance, although not others, as we have described in The Hillary Clinton 2016 Muddled Message Mess, our side won the argument inside the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign to be.

As we wrote, Hillary and Bill Clinton know Big Media means to destroy them. With this understanding Hillary and Bill Clinton moved with speed to shut down the planned attack movies. Yes, we were right and every Republican/conservative commentator along with a lot of Hillary Clinton 2016 cheer-leading fools were wrong, as every report on the situation details it was Hillary and Bill Clinton that wisely shut down the Hillary movies. The RNC and Republican/conservative commentators led their readers/followers down the wrong path with claims that the planned Hillary Clinton movies by CNN and NBC had to be stopped because they would help Hillary Clinton 2016.

Our larger point is what Republicans/conservatives should focus on. The reason why the RNC and others “led the fight” and made a lot of noise about the Hillary Clinton movies was to distract away from the betrayals planned on immigration reform and other issues such as the debt ceiling, the budget, and ObamaCare. Any Republican/conservative who doubts us should take a look at the purposeful deceit and outright lies told by House Speaker John Boehner who colluded secretly with Harry Reid to give special benefits on ObamaCare to congressional representatives and their staffs. Read it and weep guys – you’ve been had by your own leadership who lied to you and then lied about not lying and continue to lie about not lying – but they lied and the evidence has been published:

“Why don’t we make sure that every American is treated just like we are?” Boehner asked, seeking to prohibit members of Congress and Capitol Hill aides from getting thousands of dollars in subsidies for their health insurance as they join Obamacare-mandated insurance exchanges.

Yet behind-the-scenes, Boehner and his aides worked for months with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and others, to save these very same, long-standing subsidies, according to documents and e-mails provided to POLITICO. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was also aware of these discussions, the documents show. [snip]

But according to several sources in attendance at a mid-July meeting with Reid, Boehner wondered aloud at one point whether he and the Nevada Democrat could quietly slip some language into a bill to end the problem without it receiving any public attention.

“When I was in the state legislature, we used to stick things in [bills] and no one would notice,” Boehner said during a private meeting with Reid in July to discuss this issue, the sources said.

John Boehner is the guy “leading” Republican efforts to get rid of ObamaCare! The very guy that makes deals with Harry Reid to lie to the public and “quietly slip some language into a bill”. Oddly though it might be John Boehner that is the reason why Republicans will win the fight over the government shutdown.

John Boehner is not Newt Gingrich. That is a big plus in the current government shutdown fight. Newt Gingrich was a leader for the Republicans with results. It was because of Newt and his bomb throwing tactics that the Republicans acquired fire in the belly and this eventually led to the end of their 40 year shutout from a House of Representatives majority. But Newt Gingrich’s strengths, were no match for his weaknesses. Indeed, Newt and Bill had reached an historic agreement to reform Social Security and Medicare but the easily distracted Newt decided to chase the Monica story instead of historic reform. Newt lost on both.

Newt had an outsized sense of himself. He considered his small town college credentials as somehow world class intellectualism. While getting blowjobs from Republican chairmen’s wives in parking lots Newt somehow thought he could lead a crusade again Bill Clinton’s sexual appetites. Newt admitted he melted in the presence of Bill Clinton. Indeed Bill and Newt would often get together over a bottle of scotch and a humidor of cigars to discuss the many attractions of women.

I melt when I’m around him,” Gingrich purred in January 1996. “After I get out, I need two hours to detoxify. My people are nervous about me going in there because of the way I deal with this.” That was the Newt the American public did not see. What the public saw of Newt was an aggressive ideologue willing to shut down the American government just because he was a nasty brutish ugly man.

Many will defend Newt Gingrich and attack our portrait of him. But our ugly characterization of Newt is what the public saw. The Daily News with it’s front page cartoon of “Cry Baby” is what the American public saw. The cartoon (see it for yourself HERE) of a bawling cry baby Newt in diapers carried the headline “Cry Baby – Newt’s Tantrum: He closed down the government because Clinton made him sit at the back of the plane”:

“Here was Newt Gingrich, leader of the Republican Revolution and defender of civilization on this planet, forced to sit for 25 hours in the back of Air Force One, waiting for President Clinton to stop by and negotiate a budget deal. But Clinton never came back. So Gingrich, in his rage, drafted two resolutions that forced Clinton to bring the federal government to a grinding halt.

The extraordinary behind-the-scenes tale Gingrich told yesterday morning at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast is either comedy or tragedy, or junior high school cafeteria intrigue, take your pick. It surely was not what you expect to hear from the stewards of your government.

Gingrich had been invited aboard Air Force One last week to fly to the funeral of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. With a budget crisis pending, he expected Clinton would take time out during the flight to talk about a possible solution.

But Clinton, who seemed to be genuinely grieving over Rabin’s death, stayed up front in a cabin with former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George Bush on both the outward-bound and return trips.

Then, when the plane landed at Andrews Air Force base outside Washington, Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole were asked to deplane by gasp! the rear door.

“This is petty,” Gingrich confessed. “I’m going to say up front it’s petty, but I think it’s human. When you land at Andrews and you’ve been on the plane for 25 hours and nobody has talked to you and they ask you to get off by the back ramp . . . you just wonder, where is their sense of manners, where is their sense of courtesy?”

To Gingrich, the professor of history, this was one of the snubs of the century, ranking, he said, with the time Charles Evans Hughes stiffed Hiram Johnson of the California Progressive Party back in 1916, a slight that cost Hughes the California vote and the presidency. And it was this disrespect, Gingrich continued, that caused him to send the President two temporary financing and spending bills he knew that Clinton would have to veto thus shutting down the federal government.”

We know Republicans/conservatives will be cry babies about all this. “It’s unfair!” they will whine. But it is what the public saw. The public saw a nasty Newt throwing a tantrum then shutting down the government while Bill Clinton hosted a Republican president and a Democratic president he did not particularly care for. This should buck up current day Republicans.

Bill Clinton during the Newt Gingrich government shutdown was viewed as a hard working president who talked with Republicans constantly and did everything he could to negotiate with Republicans. Like it or not that was the public perception.

Compare that to today:

(1) John Boehner is not viewed as a flame thrower. Indeed as we have pointed out Boehner is a sun loving, cigarette smoking, country club Republican whose working class days at a bar are long gone. If not for pressure from principled Republicans and a Republican base tired of Boehner’s weakness Boehner would long ago have given away everything and anything Barack Obama requested via a staff member while Obama was on the golf course.

(2) Barack Obama has repeatedly stated he will not negotiate with Republicans. Obama has drawn a red line in the sand which after his Syrian red line fiasco Obama fully intends to have a temper tantrum about. Obama will negotiate without preconditions with Iran (a throwback to his 2008 attacks against Hillary) but not with Republicans. Barack Obama also was hysterical when he discussed the destructive impact of the dreaded sequester. Remember the sequester? Nothing happened even though Barack Obama claimed the world would end. Nothing happened. Now Obama is trying to scare again.

As in the sequester fight Barack Obama is attacking the American public in order to make a political profit. In our experience that usually backfires. Hubris is dangerous and those that think they are going to win usually lose. Newt Gingrich thought he was sure to win when he was Speaker of the House. Republicans lost that fight. Now it is Obama that is sure he is going to win. We don’t think so.

In his war against Americans, Barack Obama has tried to shut out veterans from their World War II memorial. The vets won the first fight. Then Barack Obama ordered concrete barricades against the Boys of Point Du Hoc and the men and women dubbed the “greatest generation”. The mounted police came next to fight back the veterans. The vets won again and again. Today they won again in what might well be their final battle.

Barack Obama’s battle against the American people includes his government coerced payment for nothing extortion of tax payer dollars to insurance companies. That’s about to shut down as well. As Newsbusters reports:

“According to Congressman Jim Himes (D-Conn.), out of the 28,000 visitors to his state’s exchange Tuesday, only 167 actually signed up:

For those that can do math, that means 0.6 percent of visitors actually applied for insurance.

If that’s what President Obama and his media minions think is a success, one has to wonder what they’d call failure.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that about 2.8 million people visited the federal exchange at Healthcare.gov.

If Connecticut’s percentages hold true nationally, this would mean a whopping 16,800 people actually applied for insurance at the federal exchange Tuesday.”

Obama boosters at Time Magazine are looking at the ObamaCare shutdown too:

“Plenty of Browsers at Obamacare Exchanges, but Not Clear How Many Buyers

Millions of Americans visited the online health-insurance exchanges despite widespread tech glitches

Millions of Americans visited websites for Obamacare health-insurance exchanges when they launched on Tuesday, leading many of the sites to crash from heavy volume. Despite the clear interest, federal officials would not say how many people actually signed up for new coverage.

During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refused to disclose the number of people who bought insurance through the online marketplaces that are a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “We have just decided not to release that yet,” said Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The reticence of officials could be rooted in the serious computer glitches that bedeviled the exchange websites on their first day of operation. The federal website that manages enrollment for 34 states that have opted not to independently run their own exchanges counted visits from 2.8 million people on Tuesday, according to HHS, but greeted many visitors with an error message or long wait. Some state-run exchange websites opened late due to computer snafus or crashed during the day. On Twitter, state exchanges apologized to consumers and asked for patience while glitches were resolved. In the face of these problems, many visitors to the sites may have given up before being able to shop for insurance.”

That’s the good news for ObamaCare. On the laugh meter we score a 100% to discover the Total number of enrollees yesterday in Louisiana’s new health-insurance exchange: Zero? Call it ZeroCare.

Big Media will try to rescue ObamaCare but without success. Obama is trying to stir up a panic over his government shutdown. Obama is so desperate that now Obama nudges Wall Street: Maybe it’s time to panic over this debt-ceiling deadline. It’s a sequester throwback tactic that won’t work.

So what should happen next. What should Republicans do?

Republicans should realize that Barack Obama, as in the sequester fight, thinks he is going to win so he will overplay his hand only to then have to back away in a Syrian style red line retreat. Obama is already blinking. With the knowledge that his “no negotiations” bluster is a set up to failure Obama is now up to a new pretense. Obama has scheduled a meeting in the White House today with Republicans invited. It is a sign of weakness not strength.

Bill Kristol at Weekly Standard suggests Republicans “stand pat” and go home. We don’t entire agree with with that tactic. We have an addition to make. First, Kristol’s advice:

“That’s the Republicans’ situation today. They have a hand they could easily make worse by panicking, and which could be good enough for a win or draw if they keep calm. And their odds could improve if they now take a few days vigorously to make their case to the country: that they have acted to fund the government—while protecting Americans from having to buy insurance they don’t want from exchanges they can’t trust, and while reversing the special deal the Obama administration arranged for Congress so that Congress will have to live by the laws they impose on others. They could also stand ready to pass legislation, as they did before the shutdown with respect to military pay, addressing discrete parts of the government that might require exemption from the shutdown as real problems become apparent.

The best thing Speaker Boehner could probably do now is to say it’s obvious Senate Democrats aren’t going to negotiate, that the House GOP remains ready to talk (and the GOP conferees are in town and ready to confer), but that he’s sending the rest of the Republican congressmen home for the next few days in order to talk with their constituents. The members would be liberated from the Beltway bubble, free to make their case where they can best make it, able to fight back against media attempts to exaggerate the consequences of the shutdown, and would have a chance to remind voters, in the exchanges’ first week of operation, of just how bad in how many ways Obamacare is. [snip]

So the GOP’s agenda for the rest of this week (and maybe until the debt limit deadline of October 17) is pretty simple: Stand pat on the shutdown, don’t panic because of media hype or a few snap polls, make their case on the mandate and the special deal for Congress in particular, and on Obamacare in general—and figure out how to play their hand on the debt limit.

This is generally sage advice. But we think there is something else Republicans should do to help get their message to the American public and to simultaneously put pressure on Obama Dimocrats. With the knowledge that the president has the bully pulpit and can command immediate attention with every publicity stunt we think that the Republicans should stage a massive unprecedented publicity stunt of their own.

Our idea is for Speaker of the House John Boehner to adjourn the House and reconvene it in a different state every two or three days. This unprecedented action would assure the House Republicans of massive publicity.

What states should John Boehner convene the House in? Here’s a list of states we suggest:

“They’re up for reelection in places where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular, but red-state Democrats are sticking with their party in the acrimonious fight over Obamacare and shutting down the government.

Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Begich of Alaska have consistently voted with their party to reject repeated GOP attempts to chip away at the health care law — reflecting a remarkable level of Democratic unity on the issue. [snip]

When asked whether she is open to delaying the individual mandate or other measures to a continuing resolution, Landrieu responded: “absolutely not.”

“I’m not for delaying the mandate, I would vote again for the Affordable Care Act,” Landrieu said. “I am for the Affordable Care Act. Period. End.”

Along with passage of funding bills Obama has threatened to veto, the House of Representatives should convene in Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Alaska. Let the Obama Dimocrats up for election next year defend ObamaCare and the shutdown of veterans from their memorial and ours. Pressure red state Obama Dimocrat senators to vote against the interests of their voters and for Obama and ObamaCare. It’s the ultimate shutdown.


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  1. On the day of the Boston Bombing we were the first to declare “immigration reform” was dead. Thus far we have been proven correct.

    “Immigration reform” appears to still be dead:


    There’s no telling when an immigration bill will come to the House floor, what it will say, or who will support it.

    Only one thing’s for sure: Steve King will vote no.

    And he’s not alone.

    The Iowa Republican has organized a small but growing number of conservatives who are committed to voting against any House immigration bill – no matter what it says – because they fear that the Senate will inevitably find a way to add “amnesty” to the equation.

    King won’t say how many members he’s got on board, except that it reached “fairly deeply” into the GOP caucus. Lobbyists say it’s somewhere between 20 and 70 members. Even at the low end of that range, it’s enough to prevent any Republican-led immigration bill from passing.

    King’s “immigration whip team” began in January, when he learned that a group of House Republicans and Democrats were secretly negotiating an immigration bill that he was certain included a path to citizenship. [snip]

    King says he’s supportive of the reform efforts in principle, but he says that they can only lead to a conference-committee compromise that he’d find unacceptable. “We’ll lose in every scenario I can think of,” he said. “There’s nothing to be gained.”

    The core of King’s “whip team” is relatively small, with Barletta and Mo Brooks, R-Ala., among them.

    But Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says there are a “significant number of members who are really concerned that anything that they come out with would be hijacked as a vehicle to push amnesty.”

    There has been no indication that the House will vote on any immigration legislation this fall beyond the statements of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who said in July that the House would vote on immigration in October. That October window of opportunity was always narrow, however, and now it is likely that lawmakers will be preoccupied with a debt ceiling showdown next month instead.

    From King’s perspective, that’s great. “Each day that has passed without floor action has been good for the rule of law and good for the rule of sovereignty,” he said. [snip]

    But Boehner has also been quiet about what he wants to do on immigration, spending most of his time assuring members of his caucus that they won’t bow to the Senate position. King, by contrast, is one of the most outspoken members on immigration, who has more than once caught flack for using colorful language to make his point that illegal immigrants harm the country and contribute to crime. House Republicans publicly distanced themselves from him after he commented in July that many children of illegal immigrants are forced to work in the drug trade and have “calves the size of cantaloupes.”

    Yet even if his GOP colleagues are less inclined to talk about immigration, they tend to sympathize with King’s views opposing any form of legalization. They also fear that business groups that favor a path to citizenship will pressure House leaders so much that they will agree to act on the issue.

    It’s theoretically possible for Boehner to get an immigration bill through the House without King and his compatriots.

    The Homeland Security Committee’s border security bill could bring some Democratic votes, particularly because they are discussing inserting it into a broader comprehensive immigration bill that would also include a path to citizenship. But GOP leaders cannot count on Democrats’ assistance with just that bill because they also won’t support any immigration legislation that doesn’t include a path to citizenship.

    King, for his part, is proud of his ability to give voice to concerns among his less outspoken colleagues. “Long been my role,” he said. “If something cries out for attention and people are ignoring it, I will step up and do my best to turn it into an issue,” he said.

  2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2442115/EXCLUSIVE-Less-1-cent-Web-visitors-signing-Obamacare-state-health-exchange-websites.html

    EXCLUSIVE: Less than 1 per cent of Web visitors are signing up for Obamacare on some state health exchange websites

    California’s program registered an estimated 0.58 per cent of website visitors in its first day
    A Connecticut congressman boasted that his state took 167 applications for Obamacare services on day one, a rate of 0.59 per cent
    Obama administration won’t say how many Americans signed up on the central website that covered insurance exchanges for 36 states
    Kentucky’s 5.3 per cent application rate seems to be the nation’s highest
    Other states wouldn’t provide statistics, or tracked only the creation of new online accounts, not numbers of completed applications

  3. Update: The Obama publicity stunt is over and Obama will not negotiate with American leaders duly elected by Americans. Far from demonstrating strength this latest Obama publicity stunt shows that Obama is worried about the appearance of not negotiating. The hope is the public will not notice Obama’s total failure of leadership. Tomorrow we will see if the latest Obama ploy to nudge Wall Street into a panic will work. We doubt it will.

    It is time for Speaker Boehner to take up our suggestion to adjourn the House and reconvene in red states with Obama Dimocrat senators – Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Alaska. This will be a productive and powerful publicity stunt which puts pressure on the weakest links in the solid wall of Obama Senate stonewalling.


  4. Great post Admin.

    “Immigration reform” appears to still be dead –

    “Immigration Reform” is just the name of the DC pet squirrel that Congressmen love to call out as a distraction.

  5. Famed Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz ranks Sen. Ted Cruz among the school’s smartest students, adding that the Canada-born Texan can run for president in 2016.

    Cruz was a “terrific student,”
    Dershowitz told The Daily Caller. “He was always very active in class,
    presenting a libertarian point of view. He didn’t strike me as a social
    conservative, more of a libertarian.”

  6. Just last month I disconnected from TPPatriots on principle against their latest and extravagant weapon. However note needs to be made regarding their great success last night. via Breitbart, copied from twitter: Exclusive –104,000 Strong: Tea Party Patriots Have Record Turnout for Cruz on Tele-Townhall.

    How will Obama/Reid/Pelosi Triumvirate react to this?

    Admin, stellar here again. I shared for awhile but the natives over there are restless today. 🙁

  7. When the House passed legislation to defund ObamaCare but would keep the government running through mid-December, the Senate, led by Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) stated that they would not budge on Obamacare and the legislation was defeated.

    On Monday, Dr. Harold Pease, an expert on the United States Constitution, stated that the authority in dealing with Obamacare funding belongs to the U.S. House, not the U.S. Senate and that the House is doing this all wrong.
    Pease said, “Everything hinged upon funding which was given exclusively to the House of Representatives, the only power that they alone had.”


  8. Specific to the current post, I love the opening statement of admin’s [first] update: The Obama publicity stunt is over and Obama will not negotiate with American leaders duly elected by Americans.
    With the link, it made a great tweet.

    And I appreciate knowing more detail of Newt’s incredible hypocrisy. ;/
    It’s always good to know immigration is not as imminent as some would like me to think.

    And here’s hoping @SpeakerBoehner hears and heeds your suggested strategy, for I would love to watch.

  9. Obamacare’s National Hotline? 1-800-F…You

    Sometimes, you just have to laugh. Yesterday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the MSM blitz by announcing the website, glitches and all, and the national call-in center, which is 1-800-318-2596. Now to make this work, you have to skip the 1, because on a phone keypad, no letters are assigned to the number 1. But spell out the rest, and this is what you get.

    1-800-3(F) 8(U) 2(C) 5(K) 9(Y) 6(O).

    Tragically, the federal government, with all their power, couldn’t trade the 1 out for another 8 at the end. Then, the President’s true sentiment towards all of you would be much plainer.

    Then again, they’ve really never been that subtle, have they?


  10. The RINOS are creating a nauseating spectacle and an object lesson on how not to lead. They sold their soul to Wall Street and it shows. Now they are accusing Cruz and Lee of having no strategy. One blogger described what no strategy looks like.
    According to Bob Corker Cruz has no strategy.

    Here is what no strategy looks like:

    ■Get the American public excited enough to pressure the GOP into forcing the issue.
    ■Filibuster for 21 hours to direct even more attention to Obamacare.
    ■See a sharp turn in polling against Obamacare.
    ■Watch the government shut down.
    ■Suggest the House of Representatives pass a bunch of funding resolutions for various parts of government.
    ■Have the House of Representatives do exactly that.
    ■Watch Harry Reid and Barack Obama implode before the press handling this.

    Now, here is Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander, John Cornyn, and Mitch McConnell’s strategy to stop Obamacare:
    ■ –

    Some strategy that is.

    Cruz has led. In fact, he and Mike Lee have together led so well they’ve seen the House of Representatives do exactly as they have suggested.

    Maybe these Squishes should STFU just let Cruz and Lee lead.

    They’re doing better than McConnell and Cornyn.

  11. the host of an eponymous late night program on ABC, has carved a nice comedy niche by taking cameras to the streets of Los Angeles and exposing just how unaware most Americans are about…well, just about anything.

    On Tuesday, Kimmel’s crew stopped people outside of his studio on Hollywood Boulevard and asked them to choose between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act. Hilarity ensued. One after another, almost every person confidently declared that they would prefer the Affordable Care Act over Obamacare. Many cited the same reasons that most people give when saying they don’t want Obamacare:


  12. Need health insurance? The Obama administration has you covered. Simply dial 1-800-FUCKYO to reach the next available health-care provider.

    Far from being a mistype, that’s the official number that Health and Human Services wants Americans to dial when seeking health care. Obamacare’s national call center really did list its number as 1-800-318-2596, helpfully spelling out President Barack Obama’s tendency to blatantly flip the bird in plain view.

    After allowing for the lack of letters attached to 1 on a traditional American telephone keypad, the number spells out a clear message. For every duped voter, every young invincible weighing the cost of a penalty versus a newly tripled yearly deductible, every ailing old granny in a wheelchair (whom, remember, Paul Ryan wants to push off a cliff) who needs adequate and affordable health care, Obama’s message is:

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/03/need-health-care-coverage-just-dial-1-800-fuckyo-to-reach-obamacares-national-hotline/#ixzz2gfk4fx7m

  13. EXCLUSIVE: Small drone crash lands in Manhattan

    And you can get your own drone online for less than $400.

  14. Admin: your strategy has the potential to unite Republicans in the Senate with each other because it inures the their benefit, insofar as it puts teeth into the toothless pretenses of cowards like Senator Cronyn who reject the Cruz Lee approach in favor of an otherwise elusive goal of bringing 5 senate democrats to support the Republican position. Also, it promotes coordination and cooperation between House and Senate Republicans.

  15. And, to devious, two faced, self interested Senate Republicans, it gives them a strategy to achieve the exalted status of Senate Majority leader, while appearing to be strong in his upcoming primary.

  16. commenter at CDH. 🙂

    But both of Broncobama’s favorite golf courses, Andrews AFB and Ft. Belvoir golf courses, with all their lawn mowers, grounds keepers, pro shops, sprinklers, carts, caddies, and security are fully open.

  17. From Byron York today:


    “Wednesday was the best day in a while for Republicans, but not because of any progress they made toward their goal of defunding, delaying, or limiting Obamacare as part of a resolution to fund the government. Rather, Wednesday was a good day because Democrats handled their end of the crisis so badly. First, the Obama administration inexplicably went out of its way to barricade popular open-air monuments and memorials on the Washington DC mall, in particular closing off the World War II memorial to groups of elderly, Greatest Generation veterans who had come to the capital to pay their respects to a heroic moment in American history. Republicans couldn’t believe what they were seeing. “That looked atrocious,” said one well-connected GOP strategist, who suggested it proved once and for all that the ham-handed Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton when it comes to handling a government shutdown.”

  18. Admin. I favor your strategy for a fourth reason as well. So far, politically, the Republicans have been fighting a war of attrition, with the cowards in their own ranks promoting peace on any terms. As a party, they are about in the same position that the Union army was in when McClellan was in charge of it. But then Lincoln sacked McClellan and installed Grant. Then they captured the initiative in the Battle of the Wilderness, Spotsvania and Petersburg. In other words, they began winning rather than losing when they got out of Washington, where McClellan had them bivouacked and moved out into the field and engaged the adversary. Your strategy takes an important chapter from Grant’s playbook. And while I will never condone Sherman for what he did to Atlanta, making war as it were on the civilian population the earlier episode belongs to the cream of military and diplomatic tradition.

  19. HotAir comments on the Byron York article:


    “Some Republican critics of the shutdown strategy based their opposition on an assumption that Obama would be at least politically competent, and would know enough to follow Bill Clinton’s playbook. Clinton would never have allowed the opportunity to assist the World War II veterans slip through his fingers, and he would have made sure that White House press corps personnel followed him every step of the way through the memorial — and probably back to the White House to give the Greatest Generation a personal tour there, too, just to remind the media that tours have otherwise been shut down by the sequester. Could anyone have predicted just how much Obama and the Democrats would have helped the GOP in the first few days of the shutdown?”

  20. What we wrote about the “no negotiations” strategy of Obama is confirmed today by a “hot mic” conversation between Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. Rand Paul lays it out clearly when he says he does not believe the White House “poll tested” the no negotiations strategy. Enjoy:


    Via MFP, no incandescent moments of candor in this one but interesting nonetheless as a glimpse into the GOP’s messaging. If you’re wondering why Paul decided to invite the entirety of the Senate for coffee today, this is why: He thinks the Democrats are torching their shutdown PR advantage by constantly reiterating that they won’t negotiate. The lefty base might enjoy seeing them take a hard line but the White House’s media campaign depends upon the GOP being seen by the broader public as the ones who are obstinate and obstructionist. Paul’s trying to seize the opportunity by making Republicans, by contrast, look like they’re bending over backwards to encourage negotiations. A quote from his appearance on Fox News this morning: “We would get more done if we had a little more interaction between the two of us.” That also explains, I assume, his surprising support for a short-term CR to re-open the government for a week or two while negotiations continue. That’s going to be his message from now on — negotiations, negotiations, negotiations. The more reasonable he and the rest of the GOP appear to low-information voters, the greater the chance that the public will start to view Obama and Reid as the key stumbling blocks in all of this and thus the greater the pressure on them to make a deal will grow.

  21. Check his passport – Obama just crossed the border into insanity. Hasn’t he heard of strikes???? What an idiot!!!!!


    During his speech today, the president said something rather strange. “If a worker shut down a manufacturing plant until they got what they wanted, they’d be fired,” Obama shouted.

    In a free market, this would be true because the worker would be able to be fired for breach of contract or what you will. But, in most circumstances in America, it is not true because laws that the president supports term this a “strike” and prevent the business owner from getting rid of the offending worker. Are we to presume that the president doesn’t know this, or that he is about to announce a conversion to the dark side and come out as as libertarian?

  22. foxyladi14
    October 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm


    In bumbles defense, it takes talent to lie like he does.


    Hillary 2016

  23. HoldThemAccountable, we’ve been watching that New Jersey race. There have been polls published which show the race much tighter than it should be and that Lonegan has a chance to pull off the biggest upset since Scott Brown. Unfortunately the polls are mostly suspect because several of them come from the Lonegan campaign itself. Still, it could get interesting. It could get very interesting if Chris Christie would actively campaign for Lonegan instead of sitting this out.

  24. Beyond Angry – POTUS Now Advocating For Collapse of Our Nation !! (Video) “The Prince of Fools”…

    Yesterday we shared how POTUS was angry, and gave examples of his “stompy feet” mentality. However, it’s gotten worse…. much worse.
    President Obama gave an interview to CNBC (financial news) you must watch this video and recognize what he’s doing here. He is intentionally talking down the stock market and the financial sector:

    We are traditionally programed to believe our President acts, and speaks, in the best interests of our nation. Therefore it is jaw dropping to actually bear witness to a sitting U.S. President intentionally drumming up FEAR and ANXIETY.


  25. Have we arrived at a point where the pressure is telling on O? As a narcissist the perceived disrespect and failure to kow-tow to his demands could serverly shake his persopnality. A winning strategy for the Rs – increase the personal pressure on him and seek to break him, particularly using ridicule. The result will be more outbursts and ridiculous statements as per today. Cruel. Maybe. But what was that about politics and beanbags?

  26. If a worker shut down a manufacturing plant until they got what they wanted, they’d be fired,
    If the workers shut down a manufacturing plant until they got what they wanted they could not be fired. Their position would be treated by the law as protected concerted activity and it would be an unfair labor practice to fire them for it.

    –Labor Relations 101.

  27. AP: BREAKING: US Capitol Police: Capitol in lockdown; reports of gunshots and injured Capitol police officer.

  28. ABCWorldNews that an individual tried ramming the White House gate, then fled to Capitol Hill. Shots fired, not known by who.

    Did Michelle get mistaken for a wookie again?

  29. Scanner traffic: “Capitol Hill lockdown has been canceled”

    Source says female suspect reported dead on scene at U.S. Capitol.

  30. Glad lockdown was short. Whatever did happen was unfortunate, no doubt. But it will knock this great presser off the top story spot:

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging the consideration of a continuing resolution (CR) to reopen the federal government, while also repealing the medical device tax in Obamacare – known as the “pacemaker tax.” Barletta appeared at a Capitol press conference three days into a government shutdown and two weeks before a debate on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.
    “SOMEONE NEEDS TO STAND UP AND BE A VOICE OF REASON and try to bring both sides to the table,” Rep. Barletta said. “We in the House have voted three times to fund the government. I believe repealing the pacemaker tax would find support in the Senate and represent a major victory over Obamacare’s grip on the American people.”snip

  31. “hot mic” conversation between Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.


    Rand: “I think we’re going to win this, I think.”

    Maybe not, after this conversation now being on the internet, Barry and thugs might dig in their heels even more.

  32. Leanora
    October 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    They killed her!


    Good, she tried to ram a barrycade at the WhiteHouse with a child in the backseat!

  33. WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging the consideration of a continuing resolution (CR) to reopen the federal government, while also repealing the medical device tax in Obamacare – known as the “pacemaker tax.” Barletta appeared at a Capitol press conference three days into a government shutdown and two weeks before a debate on raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

    “SOMEONE NEEDS TO STAND UP AND BE A VOICE OF REASON and try to bring both sides to the table,” Rep. Barletta said. “We in the House have voted three times to fund the government. I believe repealing the pacemaker tax would find support in the Senate and represent a major victory over Obamacare’s grip on the American people.”snip
    This guy has taken leave of his senses.

    What he appears to be saying is that Republicans should give up all their positions, which are supported by the American People as respects Obamacare, i.e.

    Repeal? No.

    Not Fund? No

    Not Fund for 1 year? No

    Remove Congressional exemption? No

    Repeal Tax on Medical? Yes

    And declare victory? Yes.

    And the American People who hate Obamacare will believe that the Republicans won?


    If that is what he is saying, then he is an ignoramus, and a coward.

    And a Quisling.

    He needs to go back and read Spengler’s article.

    If he can read.

  34. wbboei, all true. I was (focused on/blinded by) his ‘someone needs to stand up’ statement.
    And I had to look up Quisling. And I should have searched Spengler.
    Other than that, I’m up to date.
    Barletta used to be a hero type. The one who championed Main Street re immigration issues in Hazleton PA. Too bad he’s regressed.

  35. Welcome to the Harry and Barry Shutdown Show

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | October 3rd, 2013 at 11:26 AM | 28


    What a difference a sense of conviction and the presence of a Republican backbone brings to a debate in Washington. Democrats are beginning to slowly grovel back to the negotiation table, barely able to contain their show of bravado. We are now having a national discussion about Obamacare, something that would have never happened had we not chosen to fight on the budget bill.

    As we enter day three of the partial government shutdown, we’ve seen that the Obama administration is forced to employ insidious tactics to ensure that people will feel the effects of the shutdown, and that their willing accomplices in the media will broadcast the pain. Senator Harry Reid and President Barack Obama are refusing to support targeted funding bills for veterans, the NIH, and national parks unless we all agree to fund every last penny of Obamacare, even as the law is universally regarded as ‘not ready for prime time.’ They are placing the priorities of their special interests ahead of the commitments to our veterans.

    To make matters worse, the administration has sent out government workers to actively shut down outdoor memorials, such as the World II Memorial in Washington. The administration erected barriers to block veterans from merely walking through their own memorial. Hence, Obama is creating “essential workers” for the purpose of actively shutting down something that doesn’t need to be shutdown. We are seeing government websites going dark, even though a lapse in funding would merely engender a suspension in updating the website, not a closure.

    The Harry and Barry Shutdown show is political theater at its worst, but is nothing new. They employed the same tactic early this year when the sequester cuts took effect. Much to the chagrin of the left, nobody noticed when the tree of excess government spending fell in the forest. So Obama took it upon himself to release thousands of criminal illegal aliens onto the streets in order to contrive a crisis and link it to the modest spending cuts.

    Something funny occurs when we actually stand and fight. Democrats are put on defense, and they begin to make mistakes. We begin shifting the polls, public perception, and even the media cycle. This shift became apparent today when a flummoxed Harry Reid became unhinged with a CNN reporter, suggesting that he would not want to help one kid with cancer and pass an NIH funding bill. They are completely on the run. Now the narrative is all about the Democrats refusing to fund vital services for the purpose of preserving every penny of Obamacare. Even President Bill Clinton agreed to pass some small funding bills for essential services during the 1995 standoff.

    We are witnessing more House Republicans waking up to another day of the shutdown with the realization that the entire narrative of Republicans losing this battle is complete bunk. Even the Republican National Committee is jumping in to this battle, something we would never have expected just a few weeks ago.

    Imagine where we would be in this fight if we didn’t have the breakdown of leadership in the Senate led by Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator John Cornyn? One senator after another – from Pat Toomey and Jeff Flake to Tom Coburn and John McCain – are openly siding with Harry Reid, publicly cosigning us to defeat, or undermining our position. Senators Harry Reid and Dick Durbin are reading off the names of the dissenters on the Senate floor. Imagine if the Senate Republicans would join the House in fighting the Harry and Barry Obamacare shutdown show?

    Some Republicans are finally learning that intrepid conviction, a simple message, and a noble cause will not fall victim to the doomsday predictions of D.C. conventional wisdom. A unified battle over something as important as preserving our healthcare system will change that conventional wisdom. The more Democrats see Republicans mean business and are willing to stand with unwavering resolve against Obamacare, the quicker their false sense of invincibility will evaporate.

  36. I would love to send this poem to every wavering Republican so they clearly understand what is at stake in this fight, and that the easy way out they are looking for is a devil’s lie:

    “For the end of their game is oppression and shame
    And the RINO who plays it is lost.”



    By Rudyard Kipling

    It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
    To call upon a neighbour and to say: —
    “We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight,
    Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

    And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
    And the people who ask it explain
    That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
    And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

    It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say: —
    “Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

    And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we’ve proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

    It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
    For fear they should succumb and go astray;
    So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
    You will find it better policy to say: —

    “We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
    No matter how trifling the cost;
    For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
    And the nation that pays it is lost!”

  37. foxy–please do. Feel free to use your own avatar on this. I will not mind, and I doubt Kipling will either.

  38. It seems that the market is not buying this faux crisis generated by Obama and his big media whores. The public should ignore all the strum and drang and focus on the rights which are being destroyed under this most toxic pieces of legislation. Anyone who wants to play the fait acompli game with me needs to explain how a bill 2000 pages long which was rushed through Congress before anyone should read it is ipso facto legitimate. The performance of gold–or rather the non performance of gold is a good indicator that all this drama which is causing wavering republicans to lose their cookies, is seen by the investment community for the complete sham it is. And those who follow this soap opera need to take a hard look at a so called president who looks for ways to inflict as much pain on the nation as he can, just so he can get his way. Who in their right mind wants a prick like this to have this much power over the country and their lives? Yea, I know 52% of the public. We have tried to warn them that there are no showers in that building, but if they are determined to walk in there and find out, there ain’t a hell of a lot we can do to prevent it. But it is unconscionable for them to drag the rest of us along with them.

    Big Dip: What Did Congress Do to Gold Prices?

    Sean Brodrick, Resource Strategist, The Oxford Club

    The U.S. government is in crisis. After all, the government failed to pass a continuing resolution to fund government operations on Monday. The U.S. dollar fell.

    But many traders are left wondering, “If it’s such a crisis, why isn’t gold doing better?” The last time we had this scenario, in December 1995, gold moved higher. But this time, gold tanked. Seems weird, right?

    Since gold is priced in dollars, they usually move in opposite directions. Now, they’re trending the same way. Money is rushing out of “safety” assets (gold and the dollar) and into “risk” assets.

    What’s going on?

    It’s a case of “The Congress That Cried Wolf” one too many times.

    People have seen this movie before. Washington comes up against a budget deadline or debt limit. We’re told it will be the end of the world if the two sides in Washington don’t come to an agreement. They don’t come to an agreement.

    Somehow the world muddles along anyway.

    Then, after much shouting, the two sides Scotch-tape together some kind of agreement long after the “deadline” passes.

    In other words, this “crisis” has become part of the usual noise out of Washington. America shrugs its broad shoulders and gets on with life.

    My readers know that I’ve been predicting a short-term move lower in gold. But the long-term forces for a big move higher are still there.

    So, this is leading to a better buying opportunity, if you believe those long-term forces are still in place. And I think gold’s big move higher is coming, because:

    China’s Appetite Is Growing for Gold. Consumer gold demand in China, last year’s second-biggest user after India, should rise by at least the same pace as the country’s economic growth, according to the World Gold Council. China’s consumption is expected to hit 1,000 metric tons this year. Chinese New Year is only a few months away, and that’s usually a very bullish time for gold.
    Inflation-Fueled Protests Are Spreading. Turn on your TV and watch international news. You’ll see protests and, in some cases, widespread civil unrest in Egypt, Turkey, Brazil, India, Indonesia – even China. Why are these people braving police beatings to voice their anger? Because inflation is heating up in those countries, and many of the world’s poor are seeing the cost of maintaining their standard of living slip out of their grasp. Inflation may be tame in the U.S. That’s not the case overseas. How long do you think before inflation spreads to our shores? And inflation and widespread unrest have historically both been supportive of gold.
    The fact is, the recent dip in gold prices is a gift. When the hard times come, most people will decide they don’t own enough of it.

    In any case, you’re in charge of your own investing decisions and destiny. And it sure looks like no one is in charge in Washington, D.C.

  39. Wadda crock!

    USDA Website http://www.usda.gov

    Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available.

    After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to

    become available again.

    For information about available government services, visit usa.gov

  40. if Republicans somehow summoned the political will to try, they would first need to win the presidency and a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.

    That would be a tall order, to be sure. And no one should underestimate the difficulty of reversing what Washington has wrought—in a welfare state, the ratchet effect usually works only one way. But those who say it has never been done before are forgetting about the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988.

    Unlike President Obama’s recent health care handiwork, the 1988 law was a genuinely bipartisan achievement passed by lopsided margins. It was signed into law by a Republican president, Ronald Reagan. It offered all kinds of new benefits, including expanded coverage of hospital stays, at-home care, and prescription drugs (the act was in some respects of a forerunner of Medicare Part D).


  41. foxyladi14

    October 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm



    Great catch! This argument was made over and over and over again during the debate in 2009. The only other solution was for each state to operate the OFFICIAL healthcare website thru the state’s HHS site. With so many states opting out of the program, a delay would allow for the feds to address exactly what McAfee was talking about. I have been hacked like he described before. My only little savior was that I was using a disposable debit card (which is the only way I shop online now), and they only ended up getting about $75.

    Nice post Foxy!

    Hillary 2016

  42. The federal government has said that somewhere out in this vast country of 313 million people, where 48 million lack insurance coverage, someone has managed to sign up for health insurance on the federally-run marketplaces. As of yet, we haven’t tracked this person – or these people – down…


    The good news? Since WaPo posted that this morning, they found someone who enrolled successfully on the federal exchange. His name’s Chad Henderson. It took him three hours and his plan cost him “a little more than I was expecting.” (Some enrollees on the state exchanges are finding the same thing.) And he’s now apparently spending most of his waking hours taking calls from reporters since he’s the only person they can find — in America — who can report a somewhat useful experience on the Healthcare.gov site.


  43. Oh how sweet. 🙂

    Chicagoland: Plaque For Spot Where Barack And Michelle First Kissed

    A Chicago neighborhood has proudly unveiled a bronze plaque marking the precise spot where Barack Obama first kissed Michelle Robinson 23 years ago.

    No, wait. Don’t click away. It gets more delicious.

    Just as Mayan legend predicted, the young lawyers had only begun dating. As the closing highlight of their first South Side soiree, Obama took his future wife to a local Baskin-Robbins for ice cream. As a gallant gentleman, he escorted her outside and found a nice spot for them to sit on the parking lot curb.

    There, they talked and ate ice cream, even though it does have a lot of sugar and bad fats that can clog your arteries and choke off blood supply to the heart, causing severe chest pains and even death. At one point Obama leaned over and…. Well, let him describe it, according to his quote enshrined on the 3,000-pound marker at the corner of Dorchester and 53rd:

    “On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate.”


  44. Reid is aware of still another thing: that he and Obama and the Democrats have much of the MSM in their pockets.

    That’s one of the reasons he was so outraged when (Dana Bash of CNN) asked him some tough questions yesterday; she was breaking the protective rules to which he’s grown comfortably accustomed.

    So Reid served notice on her; after calling the Republican House “reckless and irresponsible,” he tarred Bash with the same brush, saying:


    According to Henry Adams, the son of one president and the grandson of another:

    “The effect of power and publicity on men as is the aggravation of self; a sort of tumor that ends in killing the victim’s sympathies; a diseased appetite like a passion for drink or perverted tastes; one can scarcely use expressions too strong to describe the violence of egotism it stimulates . . . A friend in power is a friend lost.”

    Those words sum up rather nicely what we are seeing now with Reid and Obama, with only one caveat. Obama is a stone cold sociopath, and the more he is pushed the more the ossified angry child behind the mask will appear.

    If the Republicans can keep up the pressure, then there will come a time when he enters the act out stage and seizes dictatorial power, with no objection from the dimocrats and ignoranti, who will say simply heil hitler.

    And then more people will see behind the big media facade and behold what we are dealing with in the cases of Obama and Reid–namely the Destroyer of Worlds.

  45. Next time, Dimocrats will take your doctor hostage

    By: John Hayward | October 3rd, 2013 at 04:39 PM

    Every true “independent” voter in the United States should be clamoring for the full and immediate repeal of ObamaCare after watching a few days of Barack Obama’s Shutdown Theater. Do you really think the man who vandalized the World War II Memorial with barricades to make elderly veterans suffer will hesitate a microsecond to use your health care as leverage against you, the next time you defy his commands? You’re not “independent” in any meaningful sense whatsoever if you’re comfortable with what’s going on here.

    This was always a top goal of ObamaCare. Dependency is control. The Ruling Class does not fear people who rely upon it for food and medicine. Until now, the first nickel of every proposed “spending cut” – even using the ludicrous Washington definition of the term, which really means “reduction in the rate of spending growth” – has come from teachers, police, and firefighters. For the rest of history, if ObamaCare is allowed to stand, that first nickel will be coming out of health care. If Sequester Theater wasn’t enough to convince you this was coming, its big-budget Shutdown Theater sequel should have removed all doubt.

    The first threat will be made against subsidies paid to lower-income (and, distressingly, middle-class) people who need welfare to afford Obama’s ridiculously overpriced insurance. The people who made it past all those glitches and crashing web pages on Launch Day discovered massive premium hikes waiting for them, over 200 percent in many cases, particularly the young voters who must be shaken down for cash to keep the system working. This is one reason the actual number of applicants is a more closely guarded secret than Obama’s college transcripts. It was tough for people to use the inexcusably bug-ridden system… but a lot of them punched out when they saw what awaited beyond the bugs.

    Many of these ObamaCare plans have enormous deductibles and co-payments, particularly where people with pre-existing conditions are concerned. That will swiftly become another mechanism of control. Republicans tempted to capitulate in the current shutdown drama, because they’re convinced people will hate ObamaCare even more once they get to know it, are missing the point. Democrats will use the system’s failures as leverage to make it bigger, the same way every government program grows through failure. What happens to people who get socked with those gigantic out-of-pocket expenses? Why, they become the next great Democrat constituency. The Dems will “fight hard” to make taxpayers cover those poor folks. You’ve heard Obama thunder about how nobody should go bankrupt due to health expenses, haven’t you? He’ll say the exact same thing when he’s the bill collector. The bigger those bills, the better.

    One brave soul with a pre-existing condition managed to make it through the craptastic billion-dollar ObamaCare system and discovered $597 monthly premiums with a fourteen thousand dollar yearly deductible. The fine for non-compliance with King Obama’s generous offer turned out to be $4000 per year. Hesitate to give the King his tithe, and you’re going to lose your drivers’ license, and maybe get a nice tax lien on your house. But his loyal army of bureaucratic servants will be happy to vacuum your tax… no, wait it’s a penalty, only Tea Party extremists would call it a tax… no, wait it’s a tax, Mister Chief Justice, we swear on a stack of sacred paperwork!… right out of your bank account. Wait until the first tax/penalty bites cost some poor soul a few thousand bucks in bounced check charges… all so he can afford the privilege of pretending he’s as free as a pre-Obama American.

    It’s a horror show, sure… but the computer kinks will eventually be worked out (and if you refuse to pay higher taxes to make that happen, you’re a teabagging anarchist!) and there will be some people who decide they like their benefits, especially if they come from a blue state where Democrats have already comprehensively destroyed the health insurance market. Their happiness will be cultivated; complaints will be ignored; jaw-dropping failure will become an irresistible demand for more spending to “fix” everything. The resulting system will provide leverage to ensure public submission on any number of other issues. Today, the price of defying despotism is a line of barricades across public memorials. Tomorrow, it will be the credits and subsidies that keep our centrally controlled health insurance system groaning along. The day after that, it will be access to your doctor under single-payer socialized medicine.

    If you value your freedom and dignity, this is the right time to fight ObamaCare to the end.

  46. SOP for the Uni-Party. These people are clicking ice cubes at Georgetown parties; laughing their asses off at the suckers who fall for the street theater.

    “According to Politico, the leaks show that Boehner was working behind the scenes earlier this year with Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and others to save the congressional health insurance subsidies. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was also aware that these communications were being held.

    Both Reid and Boehner looked to the White House for help and even went so far as to personally request for a meeting with the President to lobby for his assistance in securing the subsidies. This meeting never occurred.”


  47. Los Angeles Democrat

    October 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm


    Was there an issue with her transparency as a politician?

    Hillary 2016

  48. SHV
    October 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    SOP for the Uni-Party. These people are clicking ice cubes at Georgetown parties; laughing their asses off at the suckers who fall for the street theater
    The street theater is the interplay between the two branches of the uniparty.

    The young Turks in the Republican Party are not playing that game.

    Which is why the Uniparty and its big media camp followers are keen to follow them.

    But what if the young Turks get the thinking part of the electorate behind them.

    What if they say the old system is unsustainable, and fight to ensure that it is not sustained.

    What then?

    Conventional wisdom says this is impossible.

    But conventional wisdom is just the flotsam and jestom of the ruling class.

    And ruling classes come and go.

    The only imponderable is when.

  49. I know Boehner personally. I was not at all surprised that he was tunneling under on the Party. And neither was anybody else. He is transparent. All you need to do is watch him operate. John is a personable guy, cheats at golf and likes the good life. He has no serious competition in his district. He has progressed up the ladder not because he manifests superhuman ability, but because he is, like so many of them, an honest politician. In other words, he stays bought. He is the unlikeliest and least qualified of people to lead this fight, and the only thing that sustains him is the unwillingness of nut jobs like Obama and Reid to give him a fig to hid behind. If he comes to the conclusion that they are bent on shoving a glass rod up his ass and breaking it off, then it is always possible that he will fight. But if they offer him a fig leaf he will grab it. But in that case, he will lose the speakership.

  50. Putin, ever the keen judge of horseflesh, or in this case, pigeon hide:

    Putin said, off the record:





    “Negotiating with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon.
    The pigeon will knock over all the pieces, crap on the board and then strut around like it won the game!”

  51. Putin’s Audience

    Why would Vladimir Putin take such an aggressive tone in parts of a piece supposedly addressed to Americans and supposedly explaining his views on Syria and, more largely, U.S. foreign policy?

    Suddenly I realized: because he’s not really writing to America. That’s not who he’s talking to. He chose as a venue a major American newspaper, but he’s writing to the world. He is telling the world he knows how to correct America, tell it off, criticize it for its conceit. And he does it right to their faces, not in a Moscow interview or a St. Petersburg speech.

    He is rubbing America’s nose in it for the delectation of its friends, occasional friends, foes and occasional foes. He wasn’t writing to us at all. He’s attempting to show the world he’s its reliable voice, its real leader, rather than the skinny black kid who stutters, apologizes and thinks he is president.

    Would he have done this in the past? Not on your life.

    A truly historic level of foreign policy incompetence on the part of the White House got us to this point.

    But . . . you would never know it listening to big media. They are praising him to no end because he has brought Iran to the bargaining table thus ending a thirty year hiatus. The new leader of Iran we learn is not like Dinnerjacket (que card read boo). Rather, he is a democratic figure, the Supreme Leader is anxious to stop aiding terrorism and calling for the destruction of Israel. Suddenly as in the Lenny Reifenstal production at Nuremberg barcrack banana descends from the heaven with a harp and the lion lays down with the lamb. Once Putin gets wind of the fact that Obama has decided to become a god, and declared himself to be one with the unanimous consent of big media, who are getting out the knee pads to celebrate this glorious occasion, he will bow down to Obama too. How do I know? Just a wild guess. He will do a deep bow. How deep. Deep enough to land a haymaker when he straightens up which will cause pigeon poop to fly in ever direction. And then he can claim his Nobel Prize.

  52. Obamacare organizers in Colorado are taking Obamacare promotion to a new low – at least in terms of their dress code.
    A health insurance provider is sending 20-something activists out on the streets of Denver in their underwear to persuade young people to ‘get covered.’
    The resulting photos and video footage, which the organization published on Instagram this week, has a protest flavor that comes complete with a Twitter hashtag: #getcoveredCO.
    And U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for the risque street performances through a federal government loan.

  53. Take your memory back to Rep Maxine Waters on Joy Behar show on HLN. For the longest time there was a video up of Maxine saying to the effect: Obama thinks he needs health care to be re-elected. So that’s that. [All of them were “forced” to vote for it.]

    So Obama was able to pressure Dems to vote for Obamacare. And now Dems expect GOP to respond in kind?

    Sadly the last time I looked for that video it was gone. Think I used search string similar to Waters Behar Blue Dog.

    In a hurry now or might have tried one more time.

  54. Obama is a stone cold sociopath, and the more he is pushed the more the ossified angry child behind the mask will appear.

    I am waiting (gleefully) For Barry Ozero to have a complete break down on live TV. 😆

  55. wbboei
    October 4, 2013 at 1:23 am

    That is such a perfect description. Vladimir Putin is indeed an astute observer.

  56. Unintended Consequences of ObamaCare are Intended: The Intended Path to Single Payer Health Care

    The jihad on American health care is just getting started. National Review Online gives “100 Unintended Consequences” of ObamaCare, but you and I know the consequences are intended. This is how single-payer health care becomes reality in America, with a little help from a fraudulent government contractor enrolling those willing to give-up their personal information, which has no chance of remaining private.

    More @

  57. I cannot help but think of this shutdown as a unique event, but as an example of what happens in collective bargaining as well.

    The prestige of the company and union have as much to do with the end result than the horse trading aspect. Neither the company or the union can allow the opposing side to simply dictate the terms without bargaining. If they allowed that to occur, then it would appear to the world that they had abjectly surrendered.

    (Note: the time is now at hand when the life of the Republican party is at stake, and those like Tom Coburn, Corbett, Cronyn, McCain, McConnell, Riegel, who want to declare victory and abandon the playing field will compelled to make a hard decision, i.e. whether to fight–or to run. This may not have been a battle of their choosing, but the majority decided to take a stand, and their obligation is to either get in line, or turn Quisling. Simply put, it the Republicans lose this fight, then they will lose the debt ceiling fight, and they will lose their base.)

    The foremost consideration of the company and union in any strike situation will be the loyalty of the employees. The union strives for militancy, whereas the company seeks to widen and deepen the currents of moderation, and to emphasize what a strike will cost them. (Note: this is where the influence of big media is most invidious. However, the fear mongering over the shutdown is counterbalanced by the perceived overreaching by Obama–his refusal to compromise and his insistence that congress ride first class and the American People ride coach. Also, there is the growing realization that Obamacare is a clear and present danger to the American People.)

    Finally, there is a tendency by management to say the employees live paycheck to paycheck, therefore a week from now when their money is spent they will come crawling back and accept whatever we propose, unconditionally. More often than not that fails to happen, yet the delusion persists. The reason it fails to happen is because the survival of the institution is now at stake. And so it is here. It is not enough for the Republican Party to settle for some meaningless bauble like taxes on medical devices. Because Obama has put them and the nation through this debacle, and will do so again if he is not stopped they must hold out for a one year moratorium on funding, given all the quirks we are seeing.

    It is a reasonable position, and it shows the American People that they are more than a bunch of ciphers who say me too, and raise the white flag of surrender whenever big media rears its ugly head.

  58. Treasury Secretary Lew has recently threatened that he will not prioritize payments of Treasury instruments and interest should there be no increase in the debt ceiling.

    This act, were he to do so, would be a black-letter impeachable offense committed by both him and Obama as the chief of the Executive branch.

    Further, Treasury’s “extraordinary measures”, including the raiding of federal worker retiree funds in TSP accounts would be, if committed in a private context considered embezzlement. Those funds held “in trust” for someone are not yours to use (temporarily or otherwise!)


  59. Oh I see. The Putin quote. No I do not. It came to me last night in an email. If you need it I will see if I can find out.

  60. Democrats and their Budget Hypocrisy Leading to #DemocratShutdown

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | October 4th, 2013 at 11:44 AM | 4


    Throughout the past week, Democrats leaders have justified their refusal to negotiate with Republicans as a natural response to hostage taking. They claim that the fight over Obamacare is extraneous to the budget, and as such, they should not have to talk to Republicans until they agree to pass a “clean” CR. There are two points they are obfuscating in the context of the budget battle.

    1) Obamacare was passed through budget reconciliation. So when they felt it was convenient for them to inject Obamacare into the budget process; namely, for the purpose of avoiding the 60-vote threshold, they were more than happy to do so. Well, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Now that we have approached the implementation date, which coincides with the budget deadline, it’s time to use that same process to uproot a law that is unworkable and unpopular.

    2) Democrats say they are refusing to pass individual funding bills for vital services because Republicans are manipulating the process to cherry pick what they want to fund. Instead they are demanding that Republicans just pass a catch-all CR. In reality, they are the ones who have the process backwards. Regular order means passing individual appropriations bills one at a time. This business of funding the government with endless continuing resolutions is nonsense. Granted that we are past the deadline, but whose fault is that? Senate Democrats have refused to go through regular order and send the 12 individual bills to conference.

    Now that Democrats have refused to follow regular order, it’s time we focus on each funding bill one at a time. Republicans have already passed bills to fund the DC government, NIH, national parks, military, and veterans. Today they will pass many more funding bills, including some aspects that conservatives would like to reform or eliminate:

    H.R. 3223 – Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (Rep. Moran, D-VA)
    H.J. Res. 75 – Nutrition Assistance for Low-Income Women and Children Act (Rep. Aderholt, R-AL)
    H.J. Res. 76 – Nuclear Weapon Security & Non-Proliferation Act (Rep. Frelinghuysen, R-NJ)
    H.J. Res. 77 – Food and Drug Safety Act (Rep. Aderholt, R-AL)
    H.J. Res. 78 – Preserving Our Intelligence Capabilities Act (Rep. Young, R-FL)
    H.J. Res. 79 – Border Safety & Security Act (Rep. Carter, R-TX)
    H.J. Res. 80 – American Indian and Alaska Native, Health, Education, and Safety (Rep. Simpson, R-ID)
    H.J. Res. 82 – National Weather Monitoring Act (Rep. Rogers, R-KY)
    H.J. Res. 83 – Impact Aid for Local Schools Act (Rep. Rogers, R-KY)
    H.J. Res. 84 – Head Start for Low-Income Children Act (Rep. Rogers, R-KY)
    H.J. Res. 85 – National Emergency and Disaster Recovery Act (Rep. Carter, R-TX)

    Why are the Democrats so scared to fund these vital services, national security interests, and some of their own pet projects – all for the purpose of protecting Obamacare? Let’s pass each bill one by one and restore the full function of government until we reach the funding for HHS, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the IRS. If Democrats are so confident that Obamacare is working and resonating with the public, why not have a focused debate directly on funding for Obamacare without holding the rest of government hostage?

    Why do they suddenly fear the budget process they so eagerly embraced in 2010?

  61. TheRock
    October 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm
    Thanks Rock. I am familiar with him. When I have some time, I will say a few things about his generalship. He was no Patton or Rommel. But he had less to work with. A lot of his success was not on the battlefront but on the home front with the anti war campaign. The French were an easy target. The Americans beat him militarily several times, but by then end of the 60’s we had lost whatever appetite we had for the war, and big media turned from being all in favor of it, to dead set against it.

  62. Rock–I have got to run, but I was thinking about this in another light. I may have mentioned a figure named Lou Walt. He commanded a marine raider company on Guadalcanal under Red Mike Edson. He was adored by his men and his inspirational abiity was such that he could move them to meet and exceed all expectations under the most desperate circumstances. He came to Annapolis in 1968. By then he was Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. He had that same fire in his belly and he always put his men first, and they called him uncle Lou. One of officers said tonight we are going to meet one of the great combat commanders of our time, and it was evident to me that he was. He swore on his mothers grave that with the right political leadership, and without the treachery of big media who was heavily influenced by the North Viet Namese propaganda campaign launched by Giap, we would have won that war.

  63. wbboei

    October 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm


    You are correct (as usual) about him being an organizational genius more so than on the battlefield. I will say his tactics followed the general war philosophy of Ho Chi Minh. His philosophy was that Vietnam would fight to the last man, that the Western nations did not have the stomach for war, and he was right. Giap’s jungle fighting tactics were the exact right strategy against the French and the Americans. The genius of him is that he had no formal military training prior to leading the Free Vietnamese Army.

    I read and research the more well known commanders, but your knowledge is of the integral leaders on and off the battlefield. Keep those posts coming. Honestly, I’m waiting for your book. 🙂

    Hillary 2016

  64. TheRock: wonder who’s signing up more insured?
    Nothing quite illustrates the political cynicism and cruelty of Barack Obama more than the decision to wire a barricade around the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.

    & I’m converting it into the next postcard snail mailed. I’ve been doing the post cards since April 2008. Guess I’ll keep on until I die. Maybe I’m making the difference between whether USPS stays or goes. 🙂
    Sure as hell I’m not succeeding with my intended goal. 🙁

  65. Obama backs part of House shutdown strategy
    President Obama opposes the House Republican caucus strategy to pass government funding in pieces, but the White House signaled Friday he will sign at least one of those bills — a measure that would ensure federal employees get paid even if they were forced out of work.
    In a policy statement, the White House budget office said it “strongly supports” the bipartisan House bill to make sure workers get their full wages no matter whether they were forced to work or were put on furlough.
    With the White House backing, that bill appears to give the House GOP a much-sought-after victory in the shutdown showdown.
    The bill is sponsored by Virginia Reps. James P. Moran, a Democrat, and Frank Wolf, a Republican, and is expected to be one of a series of bills the House considers in the next few days to fund high-profile programs such as the Border Patrol and emergency management.
    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/4/obama-backs-part-house-shutdown-strategy

  66. foxyladi14
    October 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    McAfee declares identity theft will be full speed ahead…


    …he says what I have been saying…this is something the repubs should be hammering…it is easy to understand…they need to explain that not only is ocare not ready for prime time…it is dangerous to their privacy and assests…the repubs should be putting O and the dims on the defense regarding this issue…and they are not…

    the repubs should be highlighting who is going to be able to see their private info and what kind of security clearance and background checks these people have taken…the risk and the cost the dims and Ocare are creating for their private lives…

    (I have to laugh as people are now beginning to see the price tag associated with Ocare…ridiculous)

    the repubs need to explain to the public how they are at risk…and they are not doing that…

    …also the repubs should be showing one example after another of the petty spitefulness of the O WH and the extremes they are going to to hurt people


    ***************FOX had some Americans on last night that are private citizens on a private farm but the Feds have come in and demand they close and have blocaded the streets…


    but notice how the WH has just matter of factly made the WH almost private property…the first Prez in history…and the first black one at that…and the people’s WH is still closed to Americans…and they are still not able to visit the WH or take tours of the WH…


    what the repubs don’t seem to understand is they need to shame O and his admin and the Dims for their petty and mean spirited actions…

  67. admin, re 1st debate between booker and lonegan – steve picked a really bad time to be less than civil. Some tweets indicate he peppered the event with sarcastic intrusions. Hope I’m wrong.

  68. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

    “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”


  69. world is nuts……

    Breaking : A man has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after setting himself on fire at Washington’s National Mall

  70. moononpluto
    October 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    world is nuts……

    Breaking : A man has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after setting himself on fire at Washington’s National Mall

    Yes it is Moon. 😯

  71. Those able to sign up for HellCare are shocked!


    On Thursday, the government’s official Obamacare Facebook page was riddled with people expressing sticker shock over the government’s high cost premiums after struggling for hours to wade through the technical failures vexing Obamacare exchanges all across the country.

    “I am so disappointed,” wrote one woman. “These prices are outrageous and there are huge deductibles. No one can afford this!” The comment received 169 “likes.”

    “There is NO WAY I can afford it,” said one commenter after using the Kaiser Subsidy Calculator. “Heck right now I couldn’t afford an extra 10$ [sic] a month…and oh apparently I make to [sic] much at 8.55/hour to get subsidies.”

    Another person shared a link found on the federal government’s main Obamacare page listing premium estimates for small business employers:

    The information is not very complete as I don’t see anything about deductible or other detailed info, but it does given an actual price as to the “Premium.” It is VERY SCARY!! For example, my insurance plan right now for my spouse and I costs $545 a month with 100% coverage after my $2500 deductible. We are both 32 years old. When I looked at this site for 80% coverage it says it will be $954.78 a month!!!! So compare my old Plan: 100% coverage for $545 a month To New Plan: 80% Coverage for $945 a month. This is only only an estimate but it is VERY Scary for me to see this kind of increase in rates and reduction in benefits!

    A single mother of two said she is in school and working full-time while living “75% below the poverty level.” She said she was shocked to learn she did not qualify for a healthcare subsidy. “Are you F’ing kidding me????” she wrote on the government’s Obamacare Facebook page. “Where the HELL am I supposed to get $3,000 more a year to pay for this ‘bronze’ health insurance plan!?!??? And I DO NOT EVEN WANT INSURANCE to begin with!! This is frightening,” she wrote.

    Amid scores of comments expressing frustration with technical failures, one woman said she is “just amazed you could even get to the point of seeing pricing” and that she had been trying to access the system for three days to no avail.

    Obamacare sticker shock will not affect millions of low-income Americans; a New York Times analysis published on Wednesday found that Obamacare “will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help.”


  72. “The information is not very complete as I don’t see anything about deductible or other detailed info, but it does given an actual price as to the “Premium.”
    The real sticker shock will come when people with pre-existing conditions try to sign up for their “free” health care. Premiums can be 3 times the base price for a young healthy. Don’t know if the total out of pocket is also adjusted up.

  73. Hard Bargaining/Brinksmanship 901:

    Rule 1: Be sure your opponent is fully aware of what he will gain if he cooperates and what he will lose if he does not. (Comment: Obama’s uncompromising position offers no upside to Republicans for cooperation. In order to create an upside, he must attack the American People and hope they believe that the fault lies with the Republicans. That is the trumpet big media is blowing, but it is unsustainable. Half the country blames him for this debacle, and that number will go up as time goes on.)

    Rule 2: Avoid any action which will arose the emotions of your opponent, because you want him to behave in a reasonable manner and accept your demand. (Comment: Obama has really screwed the pooch on this one because he has engaged in personal assaults and has been completely uncompromising. This has engendered the emotional response which is the Achilles heel of hard bargaining. Once that happens, you are in deep kaka. You may throw out a compromise at that point, but you held on to it too long and your opponent is now keen on extracting revenge. You have threatened the survival of his institution, and that is the last thing you want to do. Bachman’s comments suggest this has finally happened, and the Quislings will have to shut up).

    Rule 3: Convince you opponent that you are dedicated to your position and are convinced it is reasonable. (Comment: Obama is dedicated to his position, but the more unpalatable it is to the public, the more he will be seen as unreasonable, dictatorial and arbitrary. At that point he will be seen as a threat to the average American, and will be keen to compromise. If this thing goes the distance, the Republican Party should gut the bill, and certainly not settle for a fig leaf like medical device tax waver.)\

    On Friday, House Republicans held a meeting to discuss their strategy on the government shutdown. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) reported exclusively to Breitbart News, “This was one of the best conferences we’ve had.” She said that Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was quite resolute with regard to the shutdown: “I felt like I was looking at this guy from back in 1994. He had very good resolve.”

    According to Bachmann, the general agreement among Republicans is that the resistance to President Obama’s agenda surrounding the shutdown has now expanded beyond Obamacare, thanks to Obama’s intransigence. “This is a lot bigger than Obamacare,” Bachmann said. “This is about whether this country is going to succumb to socialism and this dictatorship of a White House. It began with this WWII memorial pushback. It continues with the National Park Service’s attempt to shut down Pisgah Inn in North Carolina. We’re going to push back.”

    Bachmann said that House Republicans would begin voting on funding for projects normally seen as Democrat priorities. She said that House Republicans would “vote to fund all furloughed employees.”

    “The conference is hanging tough and hanging together,” Bachmann added.

  74. Clinton: Shutdown shows ‘scorched earth’ politics

    CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) ­ Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday derided the partial government shutdown, saying dysfunction and gridlock are emblematic of too many people in politics choosing “scorched earth over common ground.”

    The former senator and secretary of state said during a speech at Hamilton College in upstate New York that it was difficult to recall a time when “politicians were willing to risk so much damage to the country to pursue their own agendas.”

    Clinton described some of the lessons she learned during her time in the Senate and at the State Department, contrasting it with the budget battle engulfing Congress and the White House and a looming deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit.

    “Today, too many in our politics choose scorched earth over common ground. Many of our public debates are happening in what I like to call an evidence-free zone, where ideology trumps data and common sense,” she said. “That is a recipe for paralysis, not progress.”

    Recalling shutdowns during the mid-1990s, Clinton noted that her husband worked with then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich to find a way to reopen the government. Neither side got everything it wanted, she said, but it led to a balanced budget and economic growth.


  75. Leanora
    October 4, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    Clinton: Shutdown shows ‘scorched earth’ politics

    CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) ­ Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday derided the partial government shutdown, saying dysfunction and gridlock are emblematic of too many people in politics choosing “scorched earth over common ground.”

    The former senator and secretary of state said during a speech at Hamilton College in upstate New York that it was difficult to recall a time when “politicians were willing to risk so much damage to the country to pursue their own agendas.”

    Clinton described some of the lessons she learned during her time in the Senate and at the State Department, contrasting it with the budget battle engulfing Congress and the White House and a looming deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit.

    “Today, too many in our politics choose scorched earth over common ground. Many of our public debates are happening in what I like to call an evidence-free zone, where ideology trumps data and common sense,” she said. “That is a recipe for paralysis, not progress.”

    Recalling shutdowns during the mid-1990s, Clinton noted that her husband worked with then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich to find a way to reopen the government. Neither side got everything it wanted, she said, but it led to a balanced budget and economic growth.


    Now, THIS is the Hillary I voted for in 2008! WB, Madame President!

  76. Leanora
    October 4, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    Clinton: Shutdown shows ‘scorched earth’ politics

    CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) ­ Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday derided the partial government shutdown, saying dysfunction and gridlock are emblematic of too many people in politics choosing “scorched earth over common ground.”

    The former senator and secretary of state said during a speech at Hamilton College in upstate New York that it was difficult to recall a time when “politicians were willing to risk so much damage to the country to pursue their own agendas.”

    Clinton described some of the lessons she learned during her time in the Senate and at the State Department, contrasting it with the budget battle engulfing Congress and the White House and a looming deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit.

    “Today, too many in our politics choose scorched earth over common ground. Many of our public debates are happening in what I like to call an evidence-free zone, where ideology trumps data and common sense,” she said. “That is a recipe for paralysis, not progress.”

    Recalling shutdowns during the mid-1990s, Clinton noted that her husband worked with then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich to find a way to reopen the government. Neither side got everything it wanted, she said, but it led to a balanced budget and economic growth.


    Now, THIS is the Hillary I voted for in 2008! WB, Madame President!

  77. Sorry for the duplicate, but then again, maybe even the computer knows her message bears CONSTANT repeating.

  78. Insomnia tonight which gave me the opportunity to stumble upon Senate speeches today by Cruz, Ayotte, Rubio and Sessions. All frank, polite and with teeth. Cruz ended with #MakeDCListen; Reid had frequent comments and repeatedly called Cruz “my friend”. Ayotte in somewhat quivering voice (illness or ?) said of shutdown: it is a strategy ill-conceived by Republicans and immaturely responded to by Democrats. Rubio said American dream is slipping away. Thought he was headed for an immigration pitch, but that was not case. Said we’re just a vote away from fixing most of today’s problems. But Ocare is a [paraphrased] permanent sentence on the ability of middle class to continue to rise above birth status. Sessions, and I was surprised at how unimpressive a speaker he is, but he deserves kudos for subject matter, went so far as to recall for those few on Senate floor how Democrats rushed Ocare vote Christmas Eve of 2009 so that they would not have to deal with incoming Senator Scott Brown’s vote. All at Cspan.

  79. VotingHillary
    October 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    October 4, 2013 at 11:37 pm
    Clinton: Shutdown shows ‘scorched earth’ politics

    CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) ­ Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday derided the partial government shutdown, saying dysfunction and gridlock are emblematic of too many people in politics choosing “scorched earth over common ground.”

    The former senator and secretary of state said during a speech at Hamilton College in upstate New York that it was difficult to recall a time when “politicians were willing to risk so much damage to the country to pursue their own agendas.”

    Clinton described some of the lessons she learned during her time in the Senate and at the State Department, contrasting it with the budget battle engulfing Congress and the White House and a looming deadline to raise the nation’s debt limit.

    “Today, too many in our politics choose scorched earth over common ground. Many of our public debates are happening in what I like to call an evidence-free zone, where ideology trumps data and common sense,” she said. “That is a recipe for paralysis, not progress.”

    Recalling shutdowns during the mid-1990s, Clinton noted that her husband worked with then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich to find a way to reopen the government. Neither side got everything it wanted, she said, but it led to a balanced budget and economic growth.


    Now, THIS is the Hillary I voted for in 2008! WB, Madame President!

    Hot Damn! Hillary nailed it!

    Amen – This is the Hillary I voted for, as well.

    Hillary has always been about finding common ground. She clearly and consistently demonstrated this when she was a senator. Her statement above should help relieve concerns of those who feel she has tracked too far to the left. She understands that compromise is essential in order for this government to function,has proven that she can and will compromise in order to get the work done. She excels at bring opposing sides together to get the important tasks accomplished.

    She’s right. Both sides are so concerned with ideology and party that they have allowed the country to suffer rather than risk taking action that might cost them votes two years from now. Their attitude is – To hell with the people. To hell with the country. It’s all about party and power.

  80. Chutzpah! Judge Grants DOJ Request To Suspend Proceedings In “Fast And Furious” Case “Because Of Govt Shutdown”

    Just unbelievable. The Congressional committee has been asking for documents from the Justice Department for over two years, and the Obama-appointed judge has been sitting on their subpoena for documents, not rendering a decision, for over a year. But somehow, it’s the committee’s fault for the delay.

    The judge, in saying the House of Representatives has “played a part in the delay”, has shown herself not to be impartial and needs to recuse herself.


  81. Only because I had an opinion on the Booker-Lonegan debate do I mention this Politico which indicates the mayor is taking DC tactics … which are just now appearing to be in flux* so good luck to both on trying to guess how things will be in < 2 weeks:
    Cory Booker, Steve Lonegan scrap in midday debate
    By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 10/4/13 3:43 PM EDT
    The New Jersey Senate debate Friday between Democratic candidate Cory Booker and Republican rival Steven Lonegan was a case of “extremes.”
    Both men took mallets to their rival as the real extremist in the race, with Booker – who has mostly ignored Lonegan until the polls started tightening – seeking to yoke the Republican to the government shutdown in Washington and the tea party movement.
    “I think ultimately [the Oct. 16 special election] will be a referendum on the tea party in Washington,” Booker told reporters after the face-off.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/cory-booker-steve-lonegan-debate-new-jersey-senate-97855.html#ixzz2gqlshTXt

    Re flux* – Senator Sessions yesterday gave credulity to the Tea Party when he spoke on upper house floor. Such recognition may be a first.

  82. wbboei
    October 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm
    Hard Bargaining/Brinksmanship 901:

    Thanks for the tutorial on bargaining, negotiating and brinksmanship. The Gallup numbers show Obama is already losing. He went from a very anemic 45 approval for the rolling three day average for the period 9/30 to 10/1 with 48 disapproval. As soon at the shutdown began and the 10/02 data is added he starts sliding and his negatives start growing. 10/1 to 10/3, which is the first three day average of only post shutdown data with Obama’s threats and posturing and the implosion of Obamacare, is 41 approval and 52 disapproval. That is 4 points down in THREE days. His negatives show the same thing. It doesn’t even show the lag often shown switching from positive to neutral to negative.
    This slide is very fast. A majority now disapproves of him even with the full court press of the media trying to make the Republicans the villains and Obama as the savior. It also is a view into the hysteria of the White House and Congressional Democrats as they are seeing dailies rather than just three day averages that Gallup puts out for the public.
    Obama is not Bill Clinton. These fools thought they could ram a half asses mess down the throats of the country and shut down the government and come out smelling like roses. First he is not popular like Big Dog. He is an ass and no one likes him. He is lazy and is not going to work on a compromise and Harry Reid knows he cannot let him near a conference table. Secondly he is coming off a international humiliation by Putin. He is a weakling and everyone knows it including Cruz. Poke him with a stick and he comes unglued. Thirdly this is about 2014. Not only is he a lame duck now, but Obama is looking at being the lamest duck in our history with the Obamacare congressional elections. All he can do is make life miserable for people like a dim thirteen year old and shoot his mouth off.

  83. Is Obama this disciplined and clever?

    A friend wrote me about Mark Levin’s theory, and now you can read about that theory in this article:

    According to sources in Congress and the White House, Barack Obama is preparing to usurp the Constitutional power of Congress to control the purse strings of the federal government. The Obama plan entails using the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to bypass Congress on the upcoming debt ceiling debate and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling without the approval of Congress.

    On Thursday Mark Levin cited several Congressional sources who have told him that Obama has no intention of negotiating with Congress on the debt, which is just under $17 trillion, the highest in U.S. history. When unfunded liabilities such as Social Security and Medicare are added in, the real debt is over $125 trillion ­ a figure so astronomically high that the country has no hope of ever paying it back. Uncontrolled spending has led the nation to this point.

    According to Levin, Congressional sources say that Obama does not want any limits on his spending ability, in spite of the fact that the Constitution specifically gives Congress the power to control spending. Further, the use of the 14th Amendment to bypass Congress has never been done before. Thus, such an act would be an entirely new “interpretation” of the 14th Amendment and would raise a plethora of Constitutional issues concerning separation of powers.

    Are we paranoid to believe this? Or are we living in the zone of “even paranoid people have enemies?” And if he does usurp the House’s power of the purse, do you think the House will respond with a bill of impeachment.

    Frankly, when I read that Obama’s hyper-politicized Pentagon is set to court martial military chaplains who are continuing to perform mass, I begin to think that this administration is capable of anything.


  84. VotingHillary
    October 4, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Sorry for the duplicate, but then again, maybe even the computer knows her message bears CONSTANT repeating.


    YES!!!! 🙂

  85. VotingHillary
    October 4, 2013 at 11:

    Thanks for posting that Hillary article and her comments. Hope she does more of this as we get closer to 2016…

  86. “Obama is not Bill Clinton. These fools thought they could ram a half asses mess down the throats of the country and shut down the government and come out smelling like roses. First he is not popular like Big Dog. He is an ass and no one likes him. He is lazy and is not going to work on a compromise and Harry Reid knows he cannot let him near a conference table. Secondly he is coming off a international humiliation by Putin. He is a weakling and everyone knows it including Cruz. Poke him with a stick and he comes unglued. Thirdly this is about 2014. Not only is he a lame duck now, but Obama is looking at being the lamest duck in our history with the Obamacare congressional elections. All he can do is make life miserable for people like a dim thirteen year old and shoot his mouth off.”


    EXACTLY! Nailed it.

  87. President Obama indignantly insists that GOP attempts to abolish or amend Obama­care are unseemly because it is “settled” law, having passed both houses of Congress, obtained his signature and passed muster with the Supreme Court.

    Yes, settledness makes for a strong argument — except from a president whose administration has unilaterally changed Obama­care five times after its passage, including, most brazenly, a year-long suspension of the employer mandate.


  88. foxyladi14 12:26
    Yesterday Jeff Sessions, told a lot about Obamacare on the Senate floor. I picked this link out of a shuffle arrangement – and I’m not sure what I’m getting anyone into so will disguise the link which is titled:
    Sessions: Obamacare built on accounting fraud
    www DOT youtube.com/watch?v=2gJU-irovV8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUd5Nv9gL89TCR03kD2SfaIQ
    and he goes into the how and why they were there voting Christmas Eve 2009. LOLOLOL
    Hurrying to get it through before Scott Brown of MA was sworn in and could/might? vote against it . Yeah. Proper law all right. Was not every step of it accomplished through special means?

  89. SO true foxy. His party did all that messin’ to get anything they could call HC, but no one else is allowed to mess with it now.

  90. Leanora
    October 5, 2013 at 9:47 am
    “According to sources in Congress and the White House, Barack Obama is preparing to usurp the Constitutional power of Congress to control the purse strings of the federal government. The Obama plan entails using the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to bypass Congress on the upcoming debt ceiling debate and unilaterally raise the debt ceiling without the approval of Congress.”

    That would correlate with what a woman on Fox yesterday (I think she is an editor of The Hill) was saying very prissily. She was declaring that the shutdown is about a plan the WH has to remake the “power structure of the government”. She acted like it was a good idea. This will bring on a constitutional crisis which is apparently what President 41% wants.

  91. Barack Obama Dishonors America

    By Larry Johnson on October 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM in Current Affairs

    Each passing day of the contrived Government shutdown brings a new revelation of how unworthy Barack Obama is of the term leader and Commander-in-Chief. He does not give a damn about America and our heritage as a nation. All he cares about is whether he can gain political advantage. His decision–and it is his decision alone–to shutdown open air war memorials and prevent the veterans of those wars from honoring their dead comrades, is beyond despicable.

    This is not about saving tax payer dollars. This is a deliberate provocation by a deranged narcissist. According to the National Review:

    The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.

    “It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

    The time has come for veterans and patriots, men and women, old and young, male and female, to stand up and resist this tyranny. In this petty, vindictive act, Obama reveals that he is unworthy of his American citizenship and to hold the Office of President. The House should impeach his ass over this and Americans should begin rallying at this monuments and challenge the poseur in the White House to arrest us.

  92. wbboei, maybe the time is here. shudder.
    Furloughed Texan Cruz supporters to America: ‘You’ve got to stand up’
    HOUSTON — Thanks to Texas’ new senator, Dale Huls is out of a job — at least for now. Yet Huls has never been prouder that he voted for him. “Without Ted Cruz this doesn’t happen,” said Huls, a NASA systems engineer who was among roughly 3,000 federal employees furloughed from Houston’s Johnson Space Center after tea party Republicans triggered the partial government shutdown.
    SEE ALSO: Lockheed Martin to furlough 3,000 due to shutdown
    “This is something Americans have to get used to,” said Huls. “Even if it affects your livelihood, you’ve got to stand up.”
    Perhaps more than anywhere else, Texas embodies the factors behind the shutdown: big government and the rebellion against it. The state is one of the richest beneficiaries of federal spending, with its sprawling military bases, Gulf Coast seaports, and nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico, which help account for more than 131,500 full-time federal employees. Only California, Virginia and the District of Columbia have more. Yet Cruz’s firebrand opposition to the nation’s new entitlement program — the Affordable Care Act — and his campaign to stop government growth at all costs were also born here, and resonate deeply with many conservatives. In Houston, home to thousands of federal workers and to Cruz himself, the shutdown has brought the love/hate relationship with government into plain view….

  93. Unfortunately that article is more about Cruz than about grass roots. Guess that’s where media will take this next.

  94. Feds Try to Close the OCEAN Because of Shutdown

    Just before the weekend, the National Park Service informed charter boat captains in Florida that the Florida Bay was “closed” due to the shutdown. Until government funding is restored, the fishing boats are prohibited from taking anglers into 1,100 square-miles of open ocean. Fishing is also prohibited at Biscayne National Park during the shutdown.

    The Park Service will also have rangers on duty to police the ban… of access to an ocean. The government will probably use more personnel and spend more resources to attempt to close the ocean, than it would in its normal course of business.

    This is governing by temper-tantrum. It is on par with the government’s ham-fisted attempts to close the DC WWII Memorial, an open-air public monument that is normally accessible 24 hours a day. By accessible I mean, you walk up to it. When you have finished reflecting, you then walk away from it.

    At least that Memorial is an actual structure, with some kind of perimeter that can be fenced off. Florida Bay is the ocean. How, pray tell, do you “close” 1,100 square miles of ocean? Why would one even need to do so?

    Apparently, according to an anonymous Park Service ranger, “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”

    Centuries ago, King Canute famously failed to command the ocean tide to stop. His display was actually a means to educate his subjects on the limits of royal power. Today, however, our President actually believes he has the power to control the oceans.


  95. HTA: if you listen to the pundits on the FOX panel this week you would get the idea that the Cruz/Lee initiative was a terrible thing for the Republican Party and it has allowed the Liar In Chief to regain his popularity.

    The problem with these people is they are looking at the political world through the wrong end of the telescope. In their view, it has exposed the rift between conservative and moderate Republicans. If that is the extent of your world view, then that is a logical conclusion, and it is either good or bad depending on your interests.

    But far more important than that Cruz and Lee have exposed the growing rift between the political class and the American People, which is obviously something that Krauthammer and the rest of them are loathe to admit. Moreover, it has done so at the critical moment when the thousands of misfortunes will be hitting the American People.

    Steve Hayes has a different view. He understands, as we do here, the strategic importance of what Cruz and Lee have done for the country. He sees what Krauthammer, Will, inter alia, apparently do not. Rather than characterize his comments, I will let him speak for himself:

    Cruz and his allies have succeeded in one crucial respect: The debate is now focused on Obamacare and at precisely the moment when many Americans are beginning to understand just how flawed the law is. Despite the many missteps​—​sometimes by passive Republican leaders and sometimes by dogmatic defund enthusiasts​—​Republicans today are in a strong position to capitalize on what Cruz and his allies have done.

    Doing so will require a more aggressive approach from Republican leaders and a more realistic one from the defund-or-nothing crowd. The focus should now be on the two provisions of Obamacare that are most difficult for the White House and congressional Democrats to defend​—​the Obamacare exemption for members of Congress and their staffs and the selective enforcement of the law’s mandates.
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    The politics of the debt ceiling have always been better for Republicans than the continuing resolution. This may be counterintuitive, since the stakes are potentially much higher in a battle over the creditworthiness of the United States than they are in a squabble over a short-term funding measure. But it’s precisely because the stakes are so much higher that the politics are better.

    Barack Obama is the president. More than anyone else, he has a responsibility to avoid a default. And yet even as he and his advisers have warned repeatedly of the potentially catastrophic consequences of a failure to raise the debt ceiling, the president has steadfastly refused to negotiate at all to prevent that from happening. Previous presidents of both parties have negotiated on debt ceiling increases.

    A poll out late last week confirms this. Bloomberg found that Americans by 2-to-1 “disagree with President Barack Obama’s contention that Congress should raise the U.S. debt limit without conditions.”

    House Republicans are planning to pass legislation that links a variety of Republican priorities to a hike of the debt ceiling. It will likely include: the Keystone pipeline, tax reform, regulatory reform, entitlement reform, and a one-year delay of Obamacare. We’re told that such a comprehensive wish list is needed to get 218 Republican votes to pass the measure.

    Much better, in our view, to focus on Obamacare​—​in particular the individual mandate and a provision in the law that allows those most responsible for it​—​members of Congress, White House staff, Supreme Court justices, and others​—​to avoid eating their own cooking. This summer, after the Obama administration announced its intention to suspend the implementation of the employer mandate, the House of Representatives moved quickly to provide the authority such a move would require. Thirty-five Democrats joined their Republican colleagues to suspend the employer mandate. And when Republicans argued that it would be fundamentally unfair to enforce the individual mandate and not the employer mandate, 22 Democrats in the House joined them in voting for a measure that would suspend the individual mandate, too. Late last week, Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, announced that he, too, favored a suspension of the individual mandate.

    In another unilateral move, the administration announced that members of Congress and other federal employees would receive taxpayer-financed subsidies for their health care, despite the fact that the hastily written law made no such provision. It was, in a sense, a carve-out for Congress, and it’s highly unpopular.

    Pushing on these two issues, in the context of the debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling, allows Republicans to press Democrats on Obamacare on favorable terrain.


  96. The Hayes article explains why the Liar in Chief is looking to invoke the 14th Amendment to by-pass Congress. He will claim that he must do so in order to protect the credit worthiness of the United States–and too many fools will believe that tripe–even though it is demonstrably false. He alone is the threat to our credit worthiness due to his reckless spending. But in today’s world the facts do not seem to matter to half the electorate.

    In life, it is easier to take someone who is aggressive and teach them to relax, then it is to take a coward and make a soldier out of him. If he does not have the guts to begin with you cannot provide them. This point has reference to Chief Justice Roberts, who has shown himself to be a coward. How we can ever get him to stand up for the Constitution when this case goes to the Supreme Court is a mystery. The man is too much of a coward to ever do what is right.

  97. ATTENTION PATRIOTS! GREAT NEWS FOR OUR VETERANS PLEASE SHARE THIS! This morning the effort to open the WW II Memorial was successful and the boys got to go in through the front gate without incident after the goon squad sent by Obama the Terrible yielded to peaceful pressure from a bunch of Patriotic Bikers sent by the 2 Millions Bikers to DC and several other groups. Here is a picture of a statue inside the memorial grounds. More Pictures coming soon!


  98. President Obama refuses to negotiate over the government shutdown. Perhaps his reluctance stems from the enormous amount of campaign cash his party is raising off utterly confusing and scaring the public with this political issue.

    I got a call at home on Wednesday evening from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee asking me to donate $10 for every one of the 17 House seats it “needs to flip” to regain the majority.

    The Democratic staffer told me that the call was being recorded and that he was “one hundred percent sure the House Republicans shut down the government.” He said that, “We are using the money to make a majority in the House because now it’s being run by a man named John Boehner, and he is a complete nightmare.”


  99. Cruz and Lee have exposed the growing rift between the political class and the American People,

  100. This Repub House member from Texas is a lively tweeter. eg
    Rep. Steve Stockman
    The party that booed God, chanted “Hail Satan” at the Texas Capitol are about to vote to ban military prayer during shutdown. That’s sad. [it has a 12 hour time stamp]

  101. The time has come for veterans and patriots, men and women, old and young, male and female, to stand up and resist this tyranny. In this petty, vindictive act, Obama reveals that he is unworthy of his American citizenship and to hold the Office of President. The House should impeach his ass over this and Americans should begin rallying at this monuments and challenge the poseur in the White House to arrest us.

    wbb, you are exactly right. This sh** should be beneath the dignity of any US President. We have a deceitful child in the white house. He has abused the power of his office and demonstrated extreme disrespect for the citizens of this country – for the sake of a PR stunt.

    Any Democrat who does not speak out against the treatment of US veterans lacks the integrity to serve this country, and should be sent home as well.

    Since MSM functions as an arm of the WH, someone – Dems or Pubs or both need to pay for air time to tell people the truth. Americans have been used and abused by government. Our elected officials think only in terms of votes and political advantage – both sides. Maybe they all need to sent the hell home, when terms are up.

  102. This article explains why I believe the Republican Party has no future. It will have to break apart, one half will go to the washington dc elites, and other half to the American People. And by the fucking way, they will not longer be competitive in national elections. People like Rove care only about Washington DC interests, and the base does not. Extremely short sighted thinking. If you can call it thinking at all. You can’t fix stupid, and I am about to give up on trying. Call me when a third party is formed. Then I will get back in the ring.
    This is by Dan Horowitz at RedState/Madison Project, who I quote here often.

    As the fight over ObamaCare reaches its apex, conservatives are looking for elected leadership to give voice to their concerns about the future of our country.

    Unfortunately, many Republican lawmakers are giving voice to the other side.

    While Democrats remain united in their intransigence, these Republicans are busy scoring points for the other team instead of fighting with a united front.

    When Democrats proposed the federal takeover of the healthcare sector in 2009, they all remained united behind an uncompromising position and aggressive tactics.

    Every Senate Democrat, even those from red states, voted to ram ObamaCare through the Senate using extraordinary parliamentary procedures. They were all willing to walk the plank for the broader goal of creating dependency; even though they knew the majority of their constituents vociferously opposed their proposal.

    The GOP has devolved into the little engine that couldn’t, constantly emoting in public “I think I can’t I think I can’t, I know I can’t!”

    Fast-forward four years and Democrats are just as united in their obduracy, despite the fact that ObamaCare is even more unpopular and unworkable than ever before.

    Every Democrat is committed to fully funding and supporting every aspect of ObamaCare even if it prolongs a government shutdown. Not a single Democrat has spoken out against Senator Harry Reid’s refusal to give an inch, even on some of the provisions of the law that are universally regarded as unworkable.

    When Reid moved to table the Republican compromise, which would have merely delayed parts of the law for one year and repeal the pernicious medical device tax, every Democrat voted with him; the Democrats remained united.

    Even Senator Joe Manchin and other members from states Obama lost by over 20 points voted to fully uphold the law in the budget, opposing efforts to partially delay the law even for one year even the slightest compromise.

    Hence, Democrats are fighting on all cylinders. They are united in their refusal to negotiate or cede an inch of ground.

    Contrast the Democrats’ iron-clad unity with the infighting within the Republican Party. Republicans are not only voting to undermine the defund strategy; they are actually giving voice to the other side.

    Twenty-five Republicans, led by Senator Mitch McConnell allowed Harry Reid to reinsert funding for ObamaCare into the Continuing Resolution (CR) last week, thereby undermining the leverage of fellow House Republicans.

    Moreover, one after another, certain Republicans are undermining the effort to fight ObamaCare and those leading it. Senator John McCain is such an ardent opponent of defunding ObamaCare that Harry Reid had him speak on the floor on behalf of Democrats.

    Senator Bob Corker who represents conservative Tennessee rebuked Senator Ted Cruz on the Senate floor after his marathon 21-hour speech against ObamaCare.

    At the GOP conference on Wednesday, a group of senators led by Mitch McConnell attacked Cruz for orchestrating this battle.

    A party committed to fighting a unified battle would have instead focused their fire on Harry Reid for prioritizing funding for ObamaCare over cancer treatment at the NIH.

    Every day, there are more public statements from elected Republicans openly predicting failure. Senator Jeff Flake Flake said aid ObamaCare is “the law of the land” and should not be debated within the confines of the budget bill.

    Even as Harry Reid refuses to pass any compromise bill to fund only essential services, Senator John Cornyn, publicly said “any opportunity to defund ObamaCare through the CR [Continuing Resolution] — if there was such an opportunity, it’s now gone.”

    The GOP has devolved into the little engine that couldn’t, constantly emoting in public “I think I can’t I think I can’t, I know I can’t!” It’s almost as if the establishment Republicans, particularly those in the Senate, are committed to making sure the Democrats win this fight just to prove a point to the conservative base.

    On the one hand, we have Democrats, even those representing states deep in enemy territory, willing to hold strong on an unpopular bill.

    On the other hand, we have Republicans, even those who represent conservative states, unwilling to fight the law, opting instead to score points for the other team. Worse, many Republicans are working to buttress the leverage and messaging for Democrats.

    As Democrats head into battle united with guns blazing, Republicans stagger in with both hands tied and a knife in their backs

  103. A centrist third party is the answer IMO – If the Moderates can turn the Dems around, a looong shot, for sure, there may be hope. Or if the Pubs can open their minds, then grow a spine possibly, they will have something to offer in the future. Until that happens – we’ll continue to deal with their ineptness and self-interest. Even an amateur, not terribly politically savvy individuals like myself figured out some time ago that the Pubs had a huge problem. It’s mind boggling that they haven’t figured that out and done something about it. Or is it, that reform doesn’t serve the purposes and the pocketbooks of the powers that be?

  104. The obama regime continues to inflict harm on elderly citizens.

    Obama-nation! Elderly Couple Tossed Out Of Home They’ve Owned For 40 Years Because Of “Shutdown”

    Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) ­ The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they’re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land.

    Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They’ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn’t an option.


  105. People also being removed from their houseboats.

    Offgriders Kicked Out Of Homes On Lake Mead By Obama Administration (Video)

    Yesterday people were scrambling to figure out what they were going to do as park officials told them they were no longer welcome; many of them pay monthly fees to moor their boats on the lake, and for most of them this is their only home. I talked to a number of people who’ve lived out on Lake Mead for over 20 years who now have no place to go and no way to move their massive houseboats.

    To add insult to injury, NPS officials at Lake Mead National Park actually took the time to pull out every single boat dock on the lake. Now people who wanted to retrieve their boats, are unable to do so.


  106. At a spot 5,000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest town an innkeeper decided Friday to defy the federal government and reopen his lodge.

    That stand lasted about two hours as National Park Service rangers blocked the entrances to the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway after owner Bruce O’Connell decided to reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store at noon Friday for lunch. The federal government had forced the inn, in a leased building on federal land, to shut down at 6 p.m. ET Thursday at the height of fall foliage — and tourism — season.

    The inn normally is open April 1 to Oct. 31.


  107. I don’t believe it. Boehner actually stood his ground against George Snuffalupagus at ABC. It’s about frigging time.

    I am so sick of the talking point of “Obamacare is settled law.” DOMA was “settled law” until it wasn’t. “Separate but equal” was settled law until it wasn’t. What unsettled these laws was public opinion. Now that Americans are getting a taste of Obamacare, you can bet the house it isn’t “settled law” either. Hell, even Obama doesn’t act like it is “setteled law” since he keeps executive ordering it to pieces.

  108. foxy @ 9:16. Jeff looks so much better like that. TY!
    VotingHillary: Incredibly amazing. Other settled laws WH never mentions as settled are any of those Barry wishes to change. Come to think of it his stenographers let him get away with implying Ocare is not changed. Frequently.
    Over the past 8 days, Barry has thrown mud at the right, & Harry has apologized to that side. I thought knowing the timeline of these events might come in handy some day. If #IRS investigation ever kicks up again. ha ha
    9/28. Obama blames shutdown fight on GOP ‘extreme faction’
    10/4: Reid apologized for the level of rhetoric used over the shutdown.
    [omitting link to save spammy work.] When I went to RealClear Politics last night I saw that Journalistas were pumping out their anti #TeaParty crap full speed ahead. Just like #IRS.
    I think even Al Sharpton might agree that #POTUS had used a code word in last weeks’ radio address and the mediots are on it front and center. Meantime party looks all angelic with harry’s recent heartfelt/ apology.

  109. “As Democrats head into battle united with guns blazing, Republicans stagger in with both hands tied and a knife in their backs…”
    People who write stuff like that are either stupid or shills, doing their part to maintain the fiction of a two party political system. If they can hang in there, Cruz and Hill’s biggest contribution will be to expose the utter corruption of our political system. Everyone in DC is happy as long as people play their assigned roles in the great Street Theater of American politics. It’s the people like Cruz and Lee that get the system upset; including that corrupt, corporate POS Grover Norquist who was going after Cruz today. The Obama thugs squashed dissent early by making examples of Eric Massa and Charlie Rangel during the faux debate on Obamacare. since then, only Ron Wyden has deviated from Dem party line and then very timidly.

  110. Everyone knows the phrase “government shutdown” doesn’t mean the entire U.S. government is shut down. So in a partial government shutdown, like the one underway at the moment, how much of the government is actually shut down, and how much is not?

    One way to measure that is in how much money the government spends. In a conversation Thursday, a Republican member of Congress mentioned that the military pay act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama at the beginning of the shutdown, is actually a huge percentage of the government’s discretionary spending in any given year. And that is still flowing. So if you took that money, and added it to all the entitlement spending that is unaffected by a shutdown, plus all the areas of spending that are exempted from a shutdown, and added it all together, how much of the federal government’s total spending is still underway even though the government is technically shut down?


  111. VotingHillary
    October 6, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I don’t believe it. Boehner actually stood his ground against George Snuffalupagus at ABC. It’s about frigging time.

    By Jove VH looks like John may have grown a pair. 😆

  112. Even Obama is now admitting that ObamaCare raises taxes — giving more power to the government, but doing nothing to reduce unemployment. But if Obama’s objective is to increase dependency, ObamaCare makes perfect sense: by dramatically increasing the cost of medical insurance, ObamaCare is going to make it impossible for millions of Americans to buy their own insurance, thereby creating a whole new class of dependents who will tend to support liberals.

    For years, Republicans have let their civility cost them the debate. While Democrats go for the throat and accuse Republicans of being Nazis, Republicans have refrained from pointing out that a key modern-day Democrat senator was a paid recruiter for the KKK.

    When Republicans tell the American people that liberals are well-intentioned but their solutions don’t work, we’ve already handed the people who support killing unborn girls because they’re girls and eliminating religious freedom a huge victory.

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  113. Dear Senator:

    I will try the impossible. I will attempt to explain how the base of the party feels about people like you, and why we are not the wacko birds you think we are. I realize that this effort is most likely futile. Nevertheless, I believe it is worth the effort, if for no other reason than to see into the future.

    First of all, the base has become more sophisticated in the past few years. They see the shell game going on in Washington, where insiders reward insiders, at the expense of the American People and their children. And they see the country in a downward spiral as Washington DC becomes the New Versailles (per Browkaw).

    Second, they see people like you as aiding and abetting that perverse ethic, as a Republican in name only. This can be seen in your authorship of the detested Gang of Eight proposal, and your abject surrender on Obamacare. You have abandoned conservative principles and become an advocate of Obama-lite.

    Third, they see people like you attacking those in your party who are willing to do the bidding of the American People, rather that the special interests. Your involvement in this circular firing squad was highlighted in a recent article by Dan Horowitz at Red State which is getting wide circulation in conservative circles.

    Fourth, for these reasons, the base of the Republican Party will desert leaders like you and if your side prevails within the party then I believe they will exit the party en masse. And as you continue to lose national elections donors will shift their allegiances too. Your abandonment of principle will have political consequences.

    Finally, there is Churchill’s quote about hearing about a circus freak called the Boneless Wonder as a child, but never actually seeing him until he became Prime Minister, and took a look at the opposition leader. That is the way millions of us feel today, when we look at the stall fed members of your party.

  114. Fox News’ Chris Wallace Rips Into Treasury Secretary Jack Lew: ‘Your History Is Wrong,’ Obama’s Refusal to Negotiate Is ‘Unprecedented’

    Fox News’ Chris Wallace grilled Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Sunday, repeatedly asking him questions regarding the president’s refusal to negotiate with Republicans in Congress over the budget.

    “I know the direction is bad,” Lew said about what would happen if the U.S. government defaulted on its debt. “There is a range of how bad. It is irresponsible and it is reckless to take that chance.”

    “Despite these stakes, the president is refusing to negotiate,” Wallace countered, noting presidents have negotiated with Congress in the past over a variety of topics. “What’s unprecedented is not Congress tying strings; what’s unprecedented is a president refusing to negotiate.”

    “Frankly, I think your history is wrong,” Lew said.

    “With all due respect, your history is wrong,” Wallace responded. “This has happened over and over again, and presidents have negotiated.”

    Watch the exchange here:

  115. People who write stuff like that are either stupid or shills, doing their part to maintain the fiction of a two party political system.
    I thought you of all people would understand.

    The author of this article is every bit the opponent of the uniparty that you are.

    He sees the shell game with the same clarity you do.

    The only difference is he has not given up.

    And for that, he can perhaps be criticized.

    On the other hand, revolutions have started with less.

  116. Below is a quote from a Senate-floor speech given by Elizabeth Warren posted at http://www.salon.com regarding government shutdown. Her statement, presumably describing Obamacare as something that “we as Americans have chosen to do together”, is an exaggeration – to say the least.

    When our government voted it into law, few had read the damn bill – there wasn’t sufficient time prior to the vote. When questions were put forth, the answer from Obama was, “Trust me. You’re gonna love it.” Dems and Pubs were bullied and threatened into voting for it, as Obama’s Dem thugs led the charge with MSM riding shotgun for them.

    From Salon article:
    “In a speech given on Thursday from the Senate floor, Elizabeth Warren laid into what she called the House’s “anarchy gang” and defended a vision of government as what “we as Americans have chosen to do together.”

    I did a search to try to understand better the country’s current view of Obamacare – not that we have much real info on which to base a valid opinion. The poll questions were varied, and it was difficult to get the full picture regarding current opinion of this law, but this article from PuffHo, surprisingly seems to do a fairly decent job of analyzing the thinking of the country regarding it. I’m as reluctant to trust this source as anyone, and recognize this may reflect the publication’s pro-Obama bias, but it seemed to bring a number of polls and sources together, so may be worth your read.

    Obamacare Polls: Little Support For Defunding But Much Uncertainty, Doubt
    Posted: 09/30/2013 6:07 pm EDT  |  Updated: 09/30/2013 6:14 pm EDT


    “The five surveys show that the percentage of Americans who want to defund Obamacare — ranging from 37 to 39 percent — falls well short of a majority, while far more Americans — between 42 and 56 percent — oppose eliminating its funding. And none of these questions raised the possibility of a government shutdown or default on the national debt. When the CNBC/Hart-McInturff survey probed with a follow-up question, a mere 19 percent of adults said they favored eliminating funding for the law “even if this meant shutting down the federal government and having the government default on its debts.”

    Nevertheless, public opinion on the health care law is not easily summarized by a single question. While Americans are reluctant to “defund” Obamacare, a broader look at polling on the law show considerable doubt and, most of all, uncertainty.

    The predominant theme of public opinion on Obamacare is confusion. Many Americans have little or no awareness of the central elements of the law. Roughly half are uncertain about how it will impact them, and fewer still feel they understand the law well.

    A just-completed Kaiser Family Foundation tracking survey, for example, found just 47 percent of adults said they “have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will impact you and your family.” Other polls found fewer who felt they knew the law well, including just 20 percent who told the CBS/New York Times survey they know “a lot” and 25 percent who told the Pew Research Center they understand it “very well.” On a new HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted last week, 37 percent said they understand the law “pretty” or “very” well.

    The Kaiser Family Foundation surveys have also tracked awareness of specific elements of the program. On the just-completed September tracking survey, for example, more than one-third of Americans were completely unaware of some of the most important parts of the law, including the health insurance exchanges for individuals purchasing coverage on their own, the subsidy assistance to make that insurance more affordable and the expansion of Medicaid to cover more low-income adults. As of late September, the same survey found just 15 percent of the public overall, and just 12 percent of the uninsured, were aware that people could begin shopping and signing up for insurance on the exchanges on Oct. 1.

    As recently as March, those provisions were also the best-received, earning positive reactions from 70 to 80 percent of respondents. Conversely, people are now most aware (79 percent) of one of the least popular aspects of the law, the requirement that all Americans have health insurance by 2014 or else pay a tax. Only 40 percent looked favorably on that provision in March.

    Traditional polling questions that offer just two possible answers — support or oppose, approve or disapprove, favorable or unfavorable — have typically found more opposition to Obamacare than support.
    Those results can be misleading, however, for two reasons. First, when pollsters offer people the option to “just say so” if they “do not have an opinion either way,” as the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll does, they find many reluctant to judge the law. The most recent NBC/WSJ poll found a 33 to 44 percent split on whether the law is a good or bad idea and 25 percent who were unsure.

    Second, when pollsters probe with follow-up questions, they find doubts coming from two directions. The latest Kaiser Family Foundation poll, for example, found 8 percent of adults expressed an unfavorable opinion of the health care law because it “doesn’t go far enough in changing the health care and health insurance system.” The new CNN poll found 11 percent of adults opposed the law because its approach is “not liberal enough” (a result that has ranged between 9 and 16 percent on previous CNN surveys). To make reading the results even more complicated, confusion among some Americans about what the term “liberal” means in this context may exaggerate opposition from the political left. CNN found that 9 percent of self-described conservatives provided the “not liberal enough” response, nearly as many as the 13 percent among self-described liberals.

    Yet it is a mistake to assume that most Americans consider Obamacare an improvement or a step in the right direction.

    The new HuffPost/YouGov poll tested that proposition directly. It found that only one-third (33 percent) think the health care law “will be an improvement over the current system,” while nearly half (47 percent) think it “will make things worse.” Four percent said the law will make no difference, and 16 percent are unsure.


  117. I did not mention the Senator who was the addressee of the above letter. You probably assumed that I sent it to McCain, since he was the one who called those who disagree with the Obama agenda as wacko birds, and he was a member of the infamous Gang of Eight. But it was not sent to him, and my feelings about McCain are a matter of record. After Hillary conceded I campaigned for him, and helped him win the third debate. I would have to say now the joke was on me.

    The Senator I sent this too was the junior Senator from McCain’s state–Jeffrey Flake. And he is one. I would not waste my time on him, but for the fact that as conservatives like his predecessor retire, the party through Rove is replacing them with uniparty members like the flake. This is done through money and media.

    Others like him would include Heller whose senior senator is Harry Reid, with whom he enjoys a cordial, one might even say incestuous relationship. Heller was on public display when the WWI monument was being shut down. He was out there picking and grinning with the vets, proving to the world what a patriot he is. I was really impressed.

    And then there’s Houeven who does tag team matches with the most vile member of the new strain of RINO Bob Corker (my gals a corker she’s a new yorker I buy here everything to keep her in style, etc). Houven is the ground hog of the Senate–every time he emerges from his den and sees sun he changes political parties.

    A year ago, they had a Halloween Party at Ben Bradley’s estate. Sally Quinn hostess with the leastest gave the servants the night off, in honor of sequester. Houven showed up dressed as Neville Chamberlain tails top hat and all. So much for the new breed. Nancy showed up as Miss Lubrack fifty years later. Under the influence of demon rum, she did her little Vanessa the Undresser routine as in the movie Pal Joey. George Miller tried to keep a stiff upper lip.

    So many enemies, so little time. Oh well, there is always golf. Right Obama?

  118. The manner in which Ocare was rammed down the throats of the country, the secrecy and lack of info about the law, and the shoddy and shady manner in which the whole thing was handled has rendered it illegitimate IMO. To have fundamentally altered American society in this way, with this act, without thorough debate, full disclosure, public dialogue, and with the full knowledge and consent of the country, represents a travesty. It’s so typical of Obama Thug Politics: “I want it, it’ll increase my approvals with progs, and dammit, we’re passing it. To hell with the people. To hell with the country.”

    Our elected representatives and senators allowed themselves – and by extension, us – to be railroaded. If the law is as good as Barack says it is, where’s the damn fire? What would have been wrong with delaying it, thoroughly studying it, discussing it? That’s just not the Obama way.

  119. Obama blathered on and on and on about change.

    Well, there has been a lot of that.

    And now all of it has been change of the kind the ignornati believed they are buy.

    Which is why they are and will always be ignoranti–albeit college educated ones.

    But the biggest change I have seen is the change in the rules of political engagement.

    The perversions of Alinksky have now menastesized throughout the dimocratic party.

    And, if the Republicans ever manage to win a presidential election–without my help, we will see them again.

    Because there are no virgins in this whorehouse.

    Rather than re-inventing the wheel, let me quote what one commenter described the new rules to be:

    Obama Tactics 101

    1…bold lies



    4…fantasy promises

    Why do they do this almost daily?

    There are 3 reasons…

    1…they are secular and so no ethics are ever involved, they are simply tactics to get their way

    2…the vile pawn media changes their full diapers daily

    3…the cupcake GOP does not quickly firmly challenge them

    At least now we are seeing the “L” word used..(liar/lie) finally used…and notice the reaction of the arrogant dimocrat…that alone tells you the entire GOP needs to man-up like Sean did…

    I mean call lies…lies…we must stop P.C. debating with these thugs.

  120. Hafeed
    • 2 days ago

    I just got a letter from the RNC with John McCain’s name on it, that mentions Obamacare 0 times. The only time medical care was mentioned, it was Medicare. I’m 26, what are they doing?


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    shchph Hafeed
    • 2 days ago

    In a nutshell, they are working very hard to destroy your future and freedom as we know it.

    It’s never too late to get involved, educated , and up to speed, though.

  121. From CFP via gateway:

    “He dwells in the dark like a blood sucking ghoul,
    But Dracobama is naught but a fool.
    He stamps his feet like a petulant child,
    As around the world he is laughingly reviled.

    On our WWII vets fear he tried to impart,
    But our military heroes drove a stake through his heart.
    Against Dracobama no garlic is needed,
    As the garden of tyranny soon will be weeded.

    You’ll learn Dracobama the American people
    Will not cower from you like meek little Sheeple.
    Our resolve to defeat you will never soften,
    So take your fake fangs and head back to your coffin.”


  122. NYT reporter: Obama admin “most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered”

    Remember when the media rushed to talk about transparency in the Barack Obama “Hope and Change” era? Leonard Downie, who once worked as the executive editor of the Washington Post and wrote a novel about Washington corruption and the Iraq War, finds a bigger and non-fictional problem in the successor to George W. Bush.

    Downie gives the Post a preview of his report from the Committee to Protect Journalists which outlines the Obama war on reporters and their sources:

  123. foxyladi14
    October 6, 2013 at 11:40 am
    Cruzin with Cruz. 🙂
    And he was the winnah!

  124. Sticker Shock: Californians suddenly discover why all the Republican shouting over #Obamacare.

    Meet Tom Waschura, Californian, father of two – oh, and right: Obama supporter. Just got a letter from his healthcare provider telling him that his private health insurance just went up by ten grand a year:

    “I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.

    “I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”



    Don’t say we didnt tell y’all.

  125. “Downie gives the Post a preview of his report from the Committee to Protect Journalists which outlines the Obama war on reporters and their sources:”

    Yet in spite of the “war on reporters and their sources”, much of MSM still worshiping at the alter of the Great O. They must have something akin to Stockholm Syndrome – or are they still so knocked out by the fact that he’s (half) black? Maybe the Obamamedia are just so proud of the fruits of their labor – so impressed with themselves for selecting America’s (so-called) president, that they are determined to protect him at all costs. These Obama-fanatics in MSM may just be Like parents who spoil and cater to their children, and who, blinded to any wrong-doing, never discipline their perfect creation.

  126. moononpluto
    October 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Sticker Shock: Californians suddenly discover why all the Republican shouting over #Obamacare.

    Meet Tom Waschura, Californian, father of two – oh, and right: Obama supporter. Just got a letter from his healthcare provider telling him that his private health insurance just went up by ten grand a year:
    What Tom needs to understand is that BOTH political parties are responsible for this. The whole idea began in the Republican Party many years ago, as a compromise position on Hillary care. And Boehner has not missed an opportunity to conspire with the enemy when nobody is looking. The only answer I see it to shut down the Republican Party and come up with a credible check and balance on the party of Obama. I am not playing this game any more.

  127. The party which will succeed the Republican Party, must be a party which is NOT Washington centered. We already have one party that speaks only for Washington, and that is the Democratic Party. We need another party who opposes Washington and speaks for the American People. Today, that party does not exist, save in minority parts of the Republican Party and the leadership does what it can to marginalize them. But in time, it will materialize, because it has to, if we are to assume even the pretense of a democracy–or for that matter a country. Left to their own devices, the Democratic Party, as currently constituted, will obliterate all aspects of our sovereignty, destroy the middle class, and create a welfare dependent population who hopes only for bread and circuses. And, at this point, there is no institutional counter-force which is capable of opposing them. The man who sees this more clearly than anyone is Mark Levin.

  128. If they are putting old people out of their homes.Homes they bought and paid for?
    Why isn’t POTUS and VPOTUS put out?
    They are just squatters after all. 😯

  129. Stand Strong and firm John. WE got your back. :
    I am tempted to ask if a cat barks. But I won’t. Once upon a time he said that Obama’s goal was and therefor is to destroy the Republican Party. Maybe seeing is believing. And maybe if he does see he will get a spine. Meanwhile I have zero hope for McCain, Flake, Corker, Cornyn. There is not one vertebrate spine among them. They would rather attack Cruz and Paul, openly or anonymously and make deals with Obama. If the party cannot separate themselves from people like that then the base will separate itself from the party. They call them RINOS but they are really Karl Rove Republicans. You can pick up enough intelligence from the writers at redstate about what is really going on. Most likely a deal has already been cut, and the purpose of this impasse is to convince voters that the game is not rigged. Seeing Republicans like Flake and Corker attack Cruz and not Obama convinces me otherwise. It is not even good vaudeville. And then we have that unnatural disaster roly poly Crowley, affecting anger that we are calling RINOS RINOS. The only reason that upsets them it because it shows them that we are wise to the game big media is playing.

  130. Here is a nice little vignette. It shows how open we are to welcoming our wayward brothers back into the fold of sensible human being who inhaled and came to regret it.

    Larry Rappaport
    • 6 hours ago

    As an Independent I detest being called a TP’r, a Rush follower or terrorist right winger. There are tens of millions of fellow Independents that supported this President but now do not. I am one of those. Yank this HOT MESS out by the roots. If Obama wants Government shut down because of this, keep her shut down. If people think this first effort basic website is a failure…….then you now know how the rest of this story will play out. Yank it, bury it then dance on it.


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    Koibaby Larry Rappaport
    • 6 hours ago

    Stupid moron. Just when did you realize that o had given it to you in the ass?
    16 1


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    SWohio Koibaby
    • 5 hours ago

    Calling people names doesn’t seem justified here – just my opinion.
    6 3


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    Hex_Omega SWohio
    • 3 hours ago

    Sticks ‘n stones… are we in kindergarten? You seem to still have that mindset. Sometimes name-calling is necessary to make the point. Political Correctness is the first sign of a Useful Idiot. If Larry Rappaport is offended, it’s only because there may be some truth to Koibaby’s rhetorical question.


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    CAminority Hex_Omega
    • an hour ago

    The full wording is “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me”


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    michigan1209 Koibaby
    • 5 hours ago

    He liked it he liked it !

  131. Obama is now saying that he will make changes to Obamacare if he is allowed to increase the budget deficit.

    Not today. Not tomorrow. Not never.

    Why? Three reasons:

    1. First, Obamacare hurts red state democrats. Why give him an opportunity to fix it.

    2. Second, the offer is illusory, since it is not binding and does not indicate what provisions would be changed.

    3. Third, it is wrong to link this to budget negotiations. Do not allow him to do it.

  132. Sounds like things are going swimmingly. Reid should reach out for Corbett Cronyn, Hueven, Heller and Flake. I am sure they would be willing to fall through their ass to give Reid & Obama everything they wanted–and not a penny less. As for McConnell, he would be better off planning for his retirement. He will get no more fundraisers from me. I will be supporting his opponent in the primary, and if he wins then the democrat in the general election.
    Instead of building trust and transparency, Congressional leaders are becoming increasingly acrimonious. In the latest example of bad blood, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

    Reid, speaking at a Senate Democratic luncheon, was talking about Boehner’s support for federal healthcare contributions from congress and their staff. Reid’s relationship with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent., has also deteriorated, as Democrats believe McConnell is too PREOCCUPIED WITH HIS REELECTION EFFORT to be effective, Politico reports.

    Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., think Boehner is more concerned about keeping is post has House speaker than reaching an agreement. Republican leaders think Reid helped cause the shutdown to help his party win elections next year.

    Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.moneynews.com/Economy/Welch-schmooze-negotiations-crisis/2013/10/04/id/529312?ns_mail_uid=3895931&ns_mail_job=1540335_10062013&promo_code=15169-1#ixzz2gzD9AMx2
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  133. I was interested to see how pjmedia’s resident RINO and closet Obama supporter rick moran was interpreting the current situation, and I was not surprised to see he was predicting dire consequences.

    What Obama fails to understand is that if there are such circumstances, then he will be blamed. Bob Woodward made this point a few days ago, asking the rhetorical question who remembered the name of the Speaker of the House when the last time the economy crashed–but everyone remembers the name of the President–Herbert Hoover.

    Because investor confidence is key however, it is possible for Obama and his minions to intentionally talk down the stock market but there are limits to that as well, because they have made so many dire threats in the past that now those threats are not believed.

    The bigger question however is why Moran and others keeps repeating this democrat lie that there will be a default on debt or as the Whore In The White House sloppily says the nation will become a deadbeat. We have the capacity to meet our debt obligation, and rather than echoing the unbroken scheme of lies from this White House, Moran would be better advised to call them what they are, and tell Obama to stop undermining investor confidence.

    Also, he would do well to remind the chicken littles that the House of Representatives have passed eight budgets, and the reason we are dealing with these stop gap measures is because Reid fails to fulfill his reciprocal duty to do likewise.

    Here is a sample of reactions to Moran’s article:


    There is NO reason at all to “default.” All we have to pay is the debt service – interest. Last year that was just under $400 billion and estimates show it could be under $300 billion for this year. Federal revenues are over $2.7 trillion.

    Oh, there will be spending that can’t be done, but there is no reason at all to default.


    Maybe it will take a default for the federal government to learn that it can’t keep spending without regard to reality? That the debt ceiling is there for a reason, not just to inconvenience the bureaucrats.

    I hope not, nut if that’s what it’s going to take, so be it.

    Ilegante irse a casa

    1. Lay off all federal ‘contract’ individuals. That was/ is the purpose exposed by Al Gore when, during the Clinton administration, many government jobs, deemed less than essential, were converted.
    2. Cease, immediately, all construction that is not health and safety related.
    3. Close down really non-essential expenditures…UN, NPR, NEA, Foreign Aid, All so-called jobs programs.
    4. Create PRAC commissions in each fed Cabinet Department. Similar to BRAC. (Program Realignment and Closer Commissions)

  134. I have a hunch this will lead to something good, or at least better than the status quo. Obama has screwed up his strategy of hard bargaining, for the reasons I pointed out yesterday. Holding on to a concession for too long can destroy the prospect for settlement. Antagonizing your adversary and insulting them in front of the world, is a formula for disaster. But that is his problem. Far be it from me to interrupt an enemy in the middle of a mistake.

    Merging Spending and Debt Debates Means Shutdown Likely to Last 2 Weeks

    By David Hawkings Posted at 12:01 p.m. on Oct. 3
    Comments in post: Merging Spending and Debt Debates Means Shutdown Likely to Last 2 Weeks 0

    Signs grew clearer today that the debates about reopening the government, raising the debt limit and setting spending levels for the next year are being rolled into one. And one consequence is that the partial shutdown, now in its third day, looks increasingly likely to stay in effect for the next two weeks – until the Treasury’s deadline for either gaining more borrowing authority or defaulting.

    Senior congressional Republicans and Democrats are conceding it makes little policy or political sense to put much more effort into finding votes for a continuing resolution lasting only a few weeks, when the even more consequential debt ceiling must be confronted almost immediately after.

    GOP conservatives still believe they can win concessions from President Barack Obama — on both entitlement curbs and curtailing Obamacare — as part of a double-barrel bargain on both spending and borrowing. The president forcefully rebutted that expectation this morning. (snip)

    Obama spoke as the Treasury Department warned that an impasse on the debt ceiling beyond Oct. 17, when the government will be essentially out of cash to pay its bills, could start a downward economic plunge worse than the recession of five years ago – with credit markets seizing up, the dollar’s value plummeting and U.S. interest rates soaring. And even coming close to the brink of such an unprecedented default could roil both domestic and foreign financial markets.

    Republicans planned to keep pursuing their current strategy of pushing bills through the House to open the most politically popular portions of the government. Votes are planned this afternoon on bills to fund veterans programs and most operations of the reserves and the National Guard. The Democratic Senate will reject those, along with bills passed by the House on Wednesday to take the sawhorses away from national park entrances, revive federal biomedical research and cover operations for the District of Columbia.

    House members were being told to prepare to spend at least part of the weekend at the Capitol, lest they be seen as shirking their job at a time of crisis. GOP leadership has no other legislation yet prepared.

    Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., is working on a menu of conservative policy goals his side would seek in a big budget negotiation, pairing each of them with a length of time the GOP would be willing to allow the debt limit to rise in return.

    David Hawkings has been covering Washington for 25 years. He was managing editor of CQ Weekly, edited CQ’s Politics in America and, most recently, authored the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing.
    Top 5 Most Read

  135. In this video Mr. Happy Tappy Toes interviews a writer for the Atlantic, Bill Kristol and Maggot Faverau. (Note: Favearu is the Stalinist former speech writer for O-zero, who was photographed with a beer in one hand and groping a picture of Hillary–you remember.) We can ignore Faveau, and focus on people with a modicum of credibility.

    Kristol has become a shutdown enthusiast and he reports that once again, the dire threats which induced the circular firing squad and condemnation from the pundits have not materialized. Therefore, the Republicans now believe they have weathered the worst of it, and the party Quislings have lost traction.

    Hence, the burden now shifts to Obama and Reid to explain (better the Maggot could), why it is in the national interest to refuse to take up critical spending issues, albeit partial ones. Meanwhile all the warts and lesions of Obamacare are being revealed to the world, and people are not signing up. There will a point where Obama will through channels express and interest in negotiation, and the Republicans should fight their urge to say yes to his first offer (or lie to put it more precisely).

    I am reasonably sure they can roll Obama, if they play their cards right.


  136. If I were a shrink however, I would regard this as an interesting laboratory experiment–Obama would be the lab rat. The question would be how does someone with his psychological make-up respond to this situation. If we spoke to the Israeli doctor who specializes in his kind of disorder, i.e. narcissism, he would warn us about the angry ossified child coming out. In that case, the scenario becomes less predictable, but certainly no better for Obama. His efforts earlier last week to talk down the stock market could be only the beginning.

    Here is the way one wag summarized Obama’s efforts to prevent veterans from visiting their memorial:

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political | October 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    This BarryCade is Barry Dumb, but it will Barry Obama and it will Barry the Democrat corruptocrats (and kleptomaniacs)


  137. Forty years ago we had a negotiation with the Teamster Local at JFK airport which was run by the people you saw in the movie Goodfellows. Paul Vario, Jimmy Burke, Johny Dioguardia, and their ilk. We had a 6 week strike. When it began, the management team was high five-ing eachother. Six weeks later, with angry customers, picket lines, missing freight, the question on management’s minds was: how the hell to we get them back to work–lawfully. An excellent question.

    That is a question which will be on the minds of Obama people in the days ahead. The question they will be asking themselves will be, now that we have threatened the personal and institutional survival of our adversary and they have not budged and the government is still shut down what can we do to restore some semblance of a constructive bargaining environment, how do we get the government up and running and most important of all how do we prevent the loon in the Oval Office from talking down markets, prophesying Armagedon, drawing more red lines. I do not envy their task.

  138. As noted above, Kristol claims that the weak sisters (he calls them moderates) in the party have stopped freaking out. Perhaps now they realize they would have had this fight over the debt ceiling, regardless of what Cruz and Lee did to fight Obamacare on behalf of the American People. I wonder whether they realize that the best defense is a good offense. If so, then they owe Cruz, Lee inter alia, an apology for saving the Party, not destroying it.

  139. Mormaer
    October 5, 2013 at 9:40 am
    I agree with your analysis. Obama uses the word “folks” a lot so we will think he is folksy. But that is not at all what he is. Obama is cold, aloof, overly sensitive, and interested only in himself. He is not the kind of figure who should presume to address us as folks. The term is utterly incongruent with his behavior. It is not authentic.

  140. wbboei
    October 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm
    Leanora: keep your powder dry on that one.

    Okay, I guess you’re right. The problem is that it is just so easy to believe that obama would do something like that.

  141. Obama prepares to defend another Muslim terrorist by giving him the rights of an American citizen. Infuriating!

    Unreal. Captured Al-Qaeda Mastermind to Be Read His Rights By Obama Administration

    Abu Anas al Libi, who participated in the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, was indicted in the Southern District of New York in connection with his alleged role in Al Qaeda’s conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals and to conduct attacks against U.S. interests worldwide, which included Al Qaeda plots to attack U.S. forces stationed in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Somalia, as well as the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya.

    The terror leader has been on the run from US authorities for over ten years.

    The Obama administration is preparing to read Abu Anas al Libi his rights, making it impossible to interrogate the Al-Qaeda leader.
    FOX News reported:

    See more at: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/10/captured-al-qaeda-mastermind-to-be-read-his-rights-by-obama-administration/#sthash.Hyz72b6N.dpuf

  142. My GYN already does this. Has for the past 2 years.

    Money Talks, Obamacare Walks: Some Doctors to Accept Cash Only

    If you can’t afford “Affordable Care” and do not have employer-provided health insurance, what are your options when you need to see a doctor?

    The answer may be to find a physician who offers “concierge” or direct care (also referred to as membership medicine, cash-only practice, direct practice, or boutique medicine). Doctors who use this business model charge patients a monthly or annual membership fee or retainer for unlimited office access (usually including 24-hour email and/or telephone accessibility), and bill patients for tests and supplies that are used.

    This business model is a win-win for doctors and patients – both parties avoid having to deal with insurance companies and the associated high costs, paperwork, and red tape.

    According to data from a national survey of nearly 14,000 physicians conducted by physician staffing firm Merritt Hawkins for The Physicians Foundation, 9.6 percent of “practice owners” are planning to convert to concierge practices in the next one to three years.

    See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/money-talks-obamacare-walks-some-doctors-to-accept-cash-only_102013#sthash.bH2yMRxP.dpuf

  143. Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod — the woman who disputed now-deceased Andrew Breitbart’s videotaped version of her supposed racist rant, and subsequently sued — has moved to have the conservative icon’s wife named as the defendant in the case.
    Ms. Sherrod wants to sub in Susannah Breitbart’s name and collect in court a financial award for the alleged “libel and slander,” Mr. Breitbart caused, Politico reported. Mr. Breitbart’s news group released videos of a speech Ms. Sherrod delivered to the NAACP in 2010, during which she seemed to make racists statements about white people. The video resulted in her resignation from the Agriculture Department. She eventually won back her job after she showed that the video excerpt posted by Mr. Breitbart had actually been creatively edited and failed to show the full context of her remarks — that she was saying she had actually grown to reject the notion of racial stereotyping. In February 2011, Ms. Sherrod sued Mr. Breitbart and his aide for defamation. But on March 1, 2012, Mr. Breitbart died, leaving in limbo the fate of the lawsuit. The court ruled that Ms. Sherrod’s case could continue, with the aide and an unnamed “John Doe” as the listed defendants.
    Ms. Sherrod has now filed a motion “to substitute Mrs. Breitbart in place of her late husband as the defendant in this matter.”
    Mrs. Breitbart, in response, filed a statement in court objecting “to the motion to substitute her in place of her late husband … and hereby fully reserves all rights, remedies, claims and defenses to the claims alleged by plaintiff in this action … to prevent plaintiff from seeking to recover punitive or other unavailable damages or relief against Mrs. Breitbart or any of her children.”

  144. Media alert for the latest “figures don’t lie, but liars figure” move they will try regarding Obamacare.

    Enrolling in Obamacare does not equal PURCHASING Obamacare. Don’t be fooled by the ENROLLMENT number.

  145. One of the truisms emerging from world war II was there are no extraordinary men only extraordinary challenges which product extraordinary courage–or words to that effect. With the exception of Curz, Lee, Issa, Gowdy, Sessions and a few others, there are no real leaders in Congress. Speaking of her own party, Hillary was reported to have made a similar observation when the mindless stampede toward Obama began in earnest in the final days of the primary. What I am getting at is that courage can be more situational than innate. And it will not be tested until the dims realize the tide of public opinion turns against them and the American People ask the one question which the camp followers refuse to ask–not what is wrong with Boehner, but what is wrong with Obama and Reid that they would drag the nation through this. When they offer up a low ball or token offer, the test of courage will be the ability of Boehner to say no. At that point, he should be less concerned about finding a face saving way out, and more concerned for securing the political advantage he needs going forward to be seen as a credible opponent, and to save this country. For those listening closely, and not caught up in the thrill of seeing him not cave as he has done before, I would point out something that one of the talking heads noticed as did I. He moved from repeal, to defund, to delay, to some concession. If that is his position, that is not good enough for him or the party.

  146. I remain fixated on the question what will a sociopath like Obam do, when, as with the sequester, the horribles he prophesied fail to materialize. Up to now, he has tried to hit the American People in the places he believes it will hurt them the most and getting his lapdog media to blame it all on the Republicans in a Gregorian chorus, arm outstretched, and finger pointing at Boehner and screaming this is all your fault–j’accuse. Then, he tried to talk down the markets, predicting we would default on our debt and become what he called a deadbeat–no surprise coming from a deranged man who never misses an opportunity to demean this nation, even as he and his wife rip it off for personal gain. When that does not work, you may see the angry ossified child. You know I think the world of David Goldman–who writes in the Asian Times under the name Spengler. Recall his prediction that if the Republicans hold the line in the debt negotiations, Obama will create a Reichstag fire, and use this as a pretext to assume dictatorial powers. Goldman sees this as a necessary development in order to convince the American People who and what they are dealing with. Oh sure, he will still have his defenders–the width and breath of big media who hate this country almost as much as he does, but this may cause people outside Washington who are not on the gravy train, and just cannot bring themselves to see the truth about our first black president, to see that he is working against their interests. Maybe that is possible. For now it is speculation, but Goldman has damned good insights.

  147. The White House reportedly doesn’t care how long the government shutdown continues because President Obama is “winning” the political fight.

    In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, an unnamed “senior administration official” revealed that the White House is more interested in a political win than getting the government reopened:

    Said a senior administration official: “We are winning…It doesn’t really matter to us” how long the shutdown lasts “because what matters is the end result.”

    White House allies, however, say a long shutdown could make the White House’s position less tenable. Mr. Obama is the most visible symbol of the U.S. government, they say, and will inevitably share in the blame as hardships mount and people weary of the infighting.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/04/wh-official-doesnt-really-matter-to-us-how-long-shutdown-lasts/#ixzz2h36fCooo

  148. When I say big media hates this country almost as much as Obama does, I mean it. By the country, I mean the people outside the beltway, the constitutional structures, and traditions, customs, and usages bequeathed to us by our forefathers. The Harvard trained elitists who hold government and media positions now have an entirely different vision of what we are, and what we should be. They give no greater weight to the interests of an American citizen than they do to someone living in a foreign country. And whether you call them citizens of the world, or rootless cosmopolitans the phenomenon is the same. Justice Scalia was asked about his hierarchy of duties as a public official, and he said, my first obligation is to my family, then to my nation, then to my profession and then to the world. For big media it is exactly the reverse. Their first obligation is of course to themselves, but after that they look to the world, rather than their own country. And they have no respect for the Constitutional order.

  149. The White House reportedly doesn’t care how long the government shutdown continues because President Obama is “winning” the political fight.
    That is a complete bluff. If they are winning, they should want the fight to end and to consolidate their gains. That is the way it works in the real world. The longer a fight goes on the more Nemesis enters the picture, and the sooner operation Barbarossa sweeping effortlessly across the steps of western Russia leads to a winter in Stalingrad, and ignominious defeat. Continuing to win presupposes that their strategy of blaming the Republicans as Obama and hoping that the American People believe it even as he moves to exert maximum pain on the people.

  150. Nanny Bloomberg Dumping $1 Million Into Cory Booker’s Faltering Senate Campaign…

    Cory A. Booker is an undisputed star of a new generation of African-American leaders, electrifying liberal audiences with his oratory and charming the social media set with his digital savvy.

    But the Senate campaign Mr. Booker, a Democrat, is running in New Jersey ­ at times sputtering, unfocused and entangled in seemingly frivolous skirmishes over Twitter messages involving a stripper ­ has unnerved his supporters, who thought that a robust and unblemished victory over his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, would catapult him onto the national stage.

    As his allies move to shore up what was supposed to be a painless path to Congress, the biggest and wealthiest of them, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, will start spending more than $1 million on Monday to broadcast television commercials on Mr. Booker’s behalf, a vast sum to pour into a single candidacy.

    With the special Senate election next week, the late campaign push is trying to exploit unhappiness over the government shutdown to promote Mr. Booker, Newark’s mayor, as a problem solver who eschews the kind of hard-line partisanship crippling the Capitol. “He is a solutions guy rather than an ideologue,” Mr. Bloomberg said in an interview.


  151. Not for attribution: Anonymous shutdown comments spark backlash
    This is what I mean by Nemesis.

    When Bismark was asked how world war I would start he responded “Some damned thing in the Balkens.”

    Little remarks like this.

    Well, when he was asked about whether he agreed with annonomous sources in his administartion that they are winning and don’t care how long this lasts, he tried to walk it back.

    Let us assume for the moment he did not say this explicitly. The point is Obama set up a CULTURE within his Administration which rewards these kind of statements and this kind of scorched earth behavior. And they have gotten away with it up to now, because big media is joined at the hip with Obama, and part of that same culture.

    Now Howie Kurtz–fucking whimp that he is, mentions some comments by Republicans which are reactive to the scorched earth tactics, and puts them on the same level. But it is important to understand who cast the first stone and where the emerging dynamic will lead.

    Obama can believe that it will simply lead to the destruction of his adversary and he will be the only one standing.

    He is free to believe that. He is also free to believe in the tooth fairy.

  152. The real point here, the one that will emerge front and center, if Obama becomes a prisoner of his own pathology and tactics, and a disaster does ensue–which I doubt, then people will ask how did this happen. The answer to that question is like the House that Jack Built. It stops starts and ends with the adamant refusal by Reid and Obama to pass a budget. Reid rejected every budget the House passed and refused to pass one of his own. Obama produced several budgets which were so delusional that they got zero votes. They preferred to govern by the politics of crisis while decrying the republicans as the terrorists, hostages, for not paying the randsome. Well, in the fulsomeness of time, and especially after a crisis that dog won’t hunt. And in order to put Humpty Dumpty together they will need to start slashing entitlements and then we will all be in for rough times, the middle class for sure, but even the elites. This is not a good scenario for Obama to have foisted on the nation, but his party and big media must also share the blame.

  153. If this issue has been mentioned by MSM, (lol – as if they would report the real news) I’ve missed it. But, it’s a bit disturbing that civilian law enforcement offices throughout the country are being provided with military style weapons – BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. It’s even more disturbing that this is taking place while efforts continue to control and limit the rights of private American citizens to own guns. I’m not saying that some reform in the gun laws is not needed, but not while the local police departments are being outfitted like small armies.


    Published on Monday, October 7, 2013 by The Guardian
    America’s Police Are Looking More and More Like the Military
    A Defense Department program transfers military-grade weapons and vehicles to local law enforcement. It’s the last thing we need
    by Elizabeth Beavers and Michael Shank

    “The militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.” (Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters)America’s streets are looking more and more like a war zone. Last week, in a small county in upstate New York with a population of roughly 120,000 people, county legislators approved the receipt of a 20-ton Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, donated by the US Defense Department to the county sheriff.

    Between the Armored Personnel Carriers locking down main streets in major American cities – mimicking our MRAPs in Afghanistan – or Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) and Special Forces units canvassing our country, if we’re not careful, this militarization of our domestic policing will make-over America, and fast.

    “Municipalities’ stockpiles have grown exponentially with billions of dollars’ worth of weaponry and equipment they simply do not need.”

    Here’s how it all happened. A little-known Pentagon program has been quietly militarizing American police forces for years. A total of $4.2bn worth of equipment has been distributed by the Defense Department to municipal law enforcement agencies, with a record $546m in 2012 alone.

    In the fine print of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 1997, the “1033 program” was born. It allows the Defense Department to donate surplus military equipment to local police forces.

    Though the program’s existed since the 1990s, it has expanded greatly in recent years, due, in part, to post-9/11 fears and sequestration budget cuts. The expanse, however, seems unnecessary given that the Department of Homeland Security has already handed out $34bn in “terrorism grants” to local polices forces – without oversight mind you – to fund counter-terrorism efforts.



  154. Regarding above article, while it does make sense that the government would share some weaponry with law enforcement, the amount and type now being distributed seem a bit over the top. Additionally, with the government becoming more invasive and privacy of citizens is being eroded this police/military situation leaves a bad taste. Too much government with too much power and police armed like military – doesn’t sound like America, does it?

  155. foxyladi14
    October 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

    October 7, 2013 at 7:46 am

    More on this scandal that never got reported by the Obamedia. 😡
    TY. How very timely of you and Stranahan. Since I posted the WashTimes article, I had time behind the wheel of the car. You know how you can get to thinking of things. Well this is what I thought of: Paula Deen was given no treasure for having become less racist later in her life. In fact she remains essentially guilty of the charge unto this day.

    Mrs. Sherrod, being black in a black administration, was judged by a different justice: got her job back. Now going for punitive damages. From the widow. Even children are mentioned by the reporter.

    So that’s total disregard for Deen and the Pigford scandal at large. No revelation there. Just saying.

    Must tell you all that I really appreciate the hashtag Spite House. That’ll keep me sane awhile longer.

  156. U.S. Navy SEALs captured a “high-value target” during a pre-dawn raid Saturday on an al Shabaab stronghold in southern Somalia, striking back at the Islamic militant group blamed for the recent attack on a Kenyan shopping mall, sources tell NBC News.

    The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, would not identify the target of the raid, but one senior US official said, “It was a very good day.”

    Early reports from the region said there was heavy gunfire during an assault by foreign forces on a building or complex in the southern Somali town of Barawe.


  157. Shadowfax
    October 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    Progressives: Anybody but Clinton


    I don’t give a ratsA$$ what these morons want, so I didn’t copy their words on our blog.

    I am going to post this one paragraph from the article because it shows who is responsible for the “all or nothing” stalement going on right now. It’s the “confrontational” proglodytes and their leader Obama. God help us if the progs win again. We all will lose.

    “Warren is quickly becoming a national phenomenon among the ABCs. Many want her to make a presidential pitch. She is “the object of huge interest and the avatar of a newly assertive, fervently populist left eager for a more confrontational approach to politics,” the Times reported.”

  158. ‘All about power and leverage’ — feds shut down major roadway, block access to graveyard. 10/7/13.
    SNIP…The National Park Service also closed the Foothills Parkway, a major thoroughfare in the county. The closure came without warning and left the local school district scrambling to get children back to their homes. The children live in the eastern Tennessee community of Top of the World – serviced by School Bus 49. Normally, the bus travels along the Foothills Parkway. Other roads leading to the isolated mountain community are impassible by bus. “It’s dangerous,” said Nancy Kemp, the spokesperson for Blount County Schools.”It’s very curvy and straight up the mountain. It’s just not a safe route.”
    One local resident told Knoxville television station WBIR that the alternative roads are “white knuckle routes.”
    The closure caught locals by surprise and left the school district scrambling to alert parents that they would need to find a way to get their kids back home. And until the partial government shutdown ends, school buses will not run. That means parents will have to transport their children to and from school using treacherous “white knuckle routes.” SNIP

    The teeny tiny man is really drawing this out.

  159. The Truckers Are Getting Serious!

    ‘Truckers for the Constitution’ Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen

    Police must detain ‘accessories’ to ‘treason’ or truckers will, organizer says

    Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” rally.

    Organizers of the three-day ride want to call attention to a litany of trucker frustrations and express their disapproval of national political leaders.

    Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway “three lanes deep” as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen for allegedly disregarding the Constitution.

    The truckers circling I-495 will keep the left lane open for emergency vehicles, Conlon said, but “everybody that doesn’t have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out.” The trucks will be going the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.

    D.C. commuters who wish to be allowed past the convoy must have “T2SDA” – an acronym for the event’s original name, “Truckers to Shut Down America” – written on their vehicle, he said.

    “It’s going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter,” Conlon said, “[and] if cops decide to give us a hard time, we’re going to lock the brakes up, we’re going to stop right there, we’re going to be a three lane roadblock.”

    Zeeda Andrews, a former country music singer helping promote the protest, said last week participants would present demands to congressmen – including the impeachment of President Barack Obama – and give the congressmen an opportunity to agree to the demands in exchange for canceling the ride.


  160. There’s an old adage, “Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.”

    That could be the battle cry within the Obama administration when it comes to Obama’s work on the economy through his five plus years as president. But a close and objective look at the facts shows that the Obama-led and Obama-owned economy tells one and only one story — FAILURE.

    Let’s begin on the labor front, where the numbers are atrocious. While the monthly unemployment rate is the headline-grabbing number so many flock to, it is far from the best gauge of labor market strength.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/10/the_cold_hard_facts_of_obamas_economy.html#ixzz2h4UgzUM6
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  161. U.S. Navy SEALs captured a “high-value target” during a pre-dawn raid Saturday on an al Shabaab stronghold in southern Somalia, striking back at the Islamic militant group blamed for the recent attack on a Kenyan shopping mall, sources tell NBC News.
    No quite true. What they failed to mention is that Obama dressed in a Batman cape gave the order and led the raid. That was an Obama double we saw on the Congressional Golf Course last week playing the lords game, and corking off. Fooled you didn’t he. Well, he fooled the enemy as well. And now that they are in protective custody he will give them their Miranda warnings.

  162. Obama’s chicken little routine is not impressing Wall Street. He can invoke fire and brimstone. He can declare the end of the world as we know it. He can (as has) called the nation he is president of a deadbeat. That is all fine and well. But the one think he cannot do is let her rip. He can try, but if he does, Wall Street will jerk his chain. There is too much of their own money riding on this to allow him to carry his stunt that far. Like Goldman I almost wish he would try. Because then people would no for sure what Hedges, and even I know about him. Obama is a puppet installed by the elites to seduce the ignorant masses. And he has done so twice, thanks to a moribund Republican Party. But as with everything else in this life, all good things must end, and this debt debate qua Obamacare could prove to be the perfect political storm for Obama and his big media camp followers.


  163. Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that the House of Representatives will not pass bills to re-open the federal government or raise the debt limit unless President Barack Obama comes to the negotiating table.

    “He knows what my phone number is, all he has to do is call,” Boehner, R-Ohio said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

    In his first extended TV interview since shutdown Tuesday, a defiant Boehner placed the blame for the fiscal impasse firmly on Obama, who has refused to sit down with House Republicans until they re-open the government at current spending levels.

    “The president just can’t sit there and say, ‘I’m not going to negotiate,’ ” Boehner said.


  164. Here’s the question no one, at least in the Main Stream Media is asking? Why did the Obama Administration give the contract for the software development to a Canadian firm? Who made money off of this? Are you telling me that there was no qualified US company capable of doing the software development?

    This is where the corruption angle will surface. Someone made lots of money off of producing a system that was not ready for prime time. Who was that?

    Corruption and Incompetence in Obamacare

    By Larry Johnson on October 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM in Current Affairs

    Let me get this straight. Transforming how Americans buy health insurance and pay for their healthcare was THE SIGNATURE accomplishment of Barack Obama. Right? And they gave themselves three years to roll out this landmark achievement. Right? But Obama and his gang also realized that things were not going to work as promised and the law, once implemented, would hurt certain wealthy constituencies. So Barky gave business and Congress a temporary pass. The average American? Screw you.

    Unless you have been living in a cave, you know that the debut of Obamacare sign up was a nightmare. White House flacks spun it as computer systems overloaded by overwhelming support, but the truth lies elsewhere. Washington Post did a public service by interviewing a techie on the roll out:

    SK: The Obama administration has said that all these problems are happening because of overwhelming traffic. How good of an explanation is that?

    JB: That seems like not a very good excuse to me. In sites like these there’s a very standard approach to capacity planning. You start with some basic math. Like, in this case, you look at all the federal states and how many uninsured people they have. Out of those you think, maybe 10 percent would log in in the first day. But you model for the worst case, and that’s how you come up with your peak of how many people could try to do the same thing at the same time.
    Before you launch you run a lot of load testing with twice the load of the peak , so you can go through and remove glitches. I’m a very very big supporter of the health-care act, but I don’t buy the argument that the load was too unexpected.

    Here’s the question no one, at least in the Main Stream Media is asking? Why did the Obama Administration give the contract for the software development to a Canadian firm? Who made money off of this? Are you telling me that there was no qualified US company capable of doing the software development?

    This is where the corruption angle will surface. Someone made lots of money off of producing a system that was not ready for prime time. Who was that?

  165. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that President Obama is putting the economy at risk by refusing to negotiate with Republicans over spending and the debt ceiling.

    “The president’s refusal to negotiate is hurting our economy and putting our country at risk,” Boehner said on the House floor.

    Boehner expressed disbelief at reports that Obama would rather see a debt default than talk to Republicans.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/video/house/326951-boehner-obama-gambling-with-economy-by-refusing-to-talk#ixzz2h4nLy7WJ
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  166. Why did the Obama Administration give the contract for the software development to a Canadian firm?

    1- Because the Fraud doesn’t give a ratsa$$ about giving jobs to American’s

    2- Because more jobs for American’s would help the economy, and Barry doesn’t make the connection.

    3- Anything that goes wrong (as if there isn’t enough already) he thought he could blame it on the Canadians.

    4- Canadian labor is cheaper?

    5- Because he has already given jobs to all the tech people by using them as spies in the NSA and fee collectors in the IRS

    6- Because he’s an idiot

  167. One reason why I will NEVER, EVER be a Rethug, disgusting buttons against Hillary at the GOP convention!!!!!!!!


    Offensive anti-Hillary GOP convention buttons create waves on Twitter

    Over the weekend, we posted a quick photo of some of the merchandise on sale at the state GOP convention in Anaheim — which included anti-Hillary buttons that compared the former Secretary of State to a hen.

    And really took a slam at her.

    Boy, did social media go wild.

    From the start, the reactions poured in about the buttons message: “Classy!” “Misogynistic” and #bodyshaming, wrote some.
    But GOP officials at the convention, like Micah Grant and communications director Mark Standriff, were upset and immediately sought us out after the post. Both said the buttons didn’t reflect at all the message of the California Republicans — who last weekend highlighted their outreach to women.

    Popular buttons at @CAGOP convention already take on @hillaryclinton #2016 in a big way… Ouch!! pic.twitter.com/3SdIqZs7GG

  168. China lectures Obama on debt ceiling: ‘Clock is ticking’

    By Cheryl K. Chumley

    The Washington Times

    Monday, October 7, 2013

    As if competing interests on Capitol Hill weren’t convoluting the government shutdown dilemma and discussion enough, now comes China with somewhat pesky words of wisdom for the White House: Hurry up and solve this.

    The “clock is ticking,” Chinese Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said to the BBC. And China, the United States’ largest creditor, is “naturally concerned about developments in the U.S. fiscal cliff. The executive branch of the U.S. government has to take decisive and credible steps to avoid a default on its Treasury bonds.”

    He also added, somewhat speaking to the obvious: “It is important for the U.S. economy as well as the global economy.”

    Mr. Zhu then spoke of 2011, when the United States’ credit rating was downgraded slightly.

    “We hope the United States fully understands the lessons of history,” he said in the BBC report.

    The Treasury Department has given a deadline of Oct. 17 to reach an agreement on the debt ceiling or else face risk of default.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/7/china-lectures-obama-shutdown-clock-ticking/#ixzz2h4uityFz
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  169. Shadowfax
    October 7, 2013 at 5:40 pm
    Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that the House of Representatives will not pass bills to re-open the federal government or raise the debt limit unless President Barack Obama comes to the negotiating table.
    I’m on CBS for misquoting Boehner over John’s statement you’ve posted. In the 5 AM hour today CBS New York aired Susan McGinnis saying that Boehner would not cooperate on debt ceiling unless Obamacare was changed. [I responded to her and various others at CBS with furious tweets, but never looked up the video.]

    Hardly coincidental it seems to me then, that Jay Carney was questioned by Jonathan Karl for a similar misstatement. At today’s presser: Jay Carney Snaps at ABC News Reporter Who Called Him Out Over Boehner Comments: ‘That’s Not What He Said’

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney snapped at another reporter on Monday, this time at ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl, who called him out over his interpretation of comments made by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
    The exchange was sparked by a question from Reuters’ Mark Felsenthal. He asked: “Speaker Boehner said this weekend that there would be no increase in the debt limit without concessions from the President. Can you comment on that?”
    “Contradicting a host of times when he himself said we would never default, Republican leaders in the House and Senate have long said that they would never allow us to default. Now we see the leader of the Republican Party on Capitol Hill saying he will not raise the debt ceiling if Republicans do not get what they want,” Carney said.
    He went on: “That is highly reckless and irresponsible. It is astounding, really, if you think about it. On October 7, given how little time there is left, that the Speaker of the House is announcing to the world he will not allow a bill to raise the debt ceiling to pass if Republicans do not get their specific demands–”
    Carney’s response prompted Karl to interrupt.
    “That’s not what he’s saying, Jay, he’s saying it’s negotiable,” Karl said.
    “Hey, Jon, I am having a conversation here. I’m sure you’ll represent what the Speaker is saying in a minute,” Carney snapped back.
    “Very funny, but that’s not what he said,” Karl repeated, not looking amused. SNIP

    I think wbboei has pointed out numerous times about a close family tie between CBS hi-level and WH hi-level. And I think it’s showing here.

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