Critical Condition: Sebelius Twists Slowly In The Wind

We want to see only one news item emerge from today’s proceedings in the Capitol.

We’re not expecting much from today’s House hearing featuring Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department. What we do expect to see is Republicans performing for the camera instead of asking tough, solid questions. We also expect much less from Obama Dimocrats who will act as an iron lung for the cadaver of Sebelius. From Sebelius we expect lies and more lies of the type and communication skill once heard/seen only from bureaucrats in totalitarian regimes.

What news do we hope gets the spotlight today? We hope that Americans are informed of the security horrors to come and thus far not exposed. This is what we mean, via CNN:

“The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert found a way to hack into users’ accounts.

Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset your Healthcare.gov password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account.

The glitch was discovered last week by Ben Simo, a software tester in Arizona. Simo found that gaining access to people’s accounts was frighteningly simple. You could have:

– guessed an existing user name, and the website would have confirmed it exists.

– claimed you forgot your password, and the site would have reset it.

– viewed the site’s unencrypted source code in any browser to find the password reset code.

– plugged in the user name and reset code, and the website would have displayed a person’s three security questions (your oldest niece’s first name, name of favorite pet, date of wedding anniversary, etc.).

– answered the security questions wrong, and the website would have spit out the account owner’s email address — again, unencrypted.

Armed with the account holder’s email address, a person with malicious intent could easily track down their target on social media, where they’d likely discover the answers to those security questions.

It wouldn’t have even taken a skilled hacker. Anyone with bad intentions — and a minimal understanding of how to read a website’s code — could have figured it out. While such an attack might not have yielded your Social Security number or health information, it would have exposed your address and phone number.

If today’s hearings can at least warn Americans away from the ObaminationCare website it will render a public service.

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There are of course many ObaminationCare lies we would like to see addressed. New York Magazine, a bastion of Obama love, produced a video that the entire nation should see and Obama, not Sebelius, held to account for.



Kathleen Sebelius is just one clown in the clown car. It is Barack Obama driving that circus clown car and he is the one that must be held accountable.

According to leaks of her testimony we read that Sebelius will attempt to shift the blame to the contractors and we are sure countless others in keeping with Obama’s strategy of “blame the staff”.

In a HotAir Open thread: Sebelius to testify in House over ObamaCare success we read this:

“Sebelius will need to approach this like her job is on the line, because it almost certainly is. Expect to see Republicans laying perjury traps during their testimony, and expect to see some Democrats speechifying to slow things down. Sebelius had better not count on that kind of support from all of the Democrats, though, because this administration has humiliated them to the point where their electoral survival will take precedence over protecting a Cabinet official whose expiration date arrived on October 2nd, whether she or Barack Obama know it or not.”

We hope that is not true and that Republicans will not lay “perjury traps” on Sebelius or focus on Sebelius. Sebelius will get her punishment once Barack Obama gets his punishment. Sebelius is not the clown driving the car.

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167 thoughts on “Critical Condition: Sebelius Twists Slowly In The Wind

  1. You’re welcome Foxyladi14. It’s good to see that the security questions are already being asked. Now the Republicans should follow-up.

  2. The circus is in town:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/30/Minutes-Before-Sebelius-Testimony-ObamaCare-Site-Crashes

    Just minutes before Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was set to testify on Capitol Hill, the Healthcare.gov site crashed. Spot checks verified that the State of North Carolina, Virginia, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, and New Hampshire are all down – which likely means the entire federal site is down.

    The site was still down thirty-minutes into Sebelius’ testimony.

  3. Sebelius gets all hot & bothered when Rep. Terry asks if his state can get enrollment data. “The system is not functioning,” she hisses.

  4. Thugs:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/wh-intimidates-insurance-companies-not-publicly-criticize-obamacare_765582.html

    WH Intimidates Insurance Companies Not to Publicly Criticize Obamacare
    The fear of White House retribution.

    CNN reports that the White House is intimidating insurance companies not to publicly criticize Obamacare:

    “What is going on is, behind the scenes attempt by the White House to at least keep insurerers from publicly criticizing what is happening on this Affordable Care Act rollout. Basically, if you speak out, if you are quoted, you’re going to get a call from the White House, pressure to be quiet,” reports CNN.

    “Several sources tell me and my colleague Chris Frates that insurance executives are being told to keep quiet. [The head of] a consulting firm for big insurance and an out spoken critic of Obamacare says he is getting calls from these executives who want him to speak out, Anderson, for them about the problems because they feel defenseless against the White House PR team. … the White House is exerting massive pressure on the industry, including the trade associations, to keep quiet. Sources telling us they fear White House retribution.”

  5. Sebelius cannot and refuses to answer if theres been “end to end” security testing since launch, says some testing happening

  6. Dear Lord. Democrat Rep. Doyle brags that his wife is paying for their 33 yr old son’s health insurance.

    Obviously paying them too much or their son is a useless layabout.

  7. GOP Rep. Burgess asks Sebelius if she will supply enrollment no’s by telephone data.

    Sebelius: No

    is she gonna answer anything?

  8. GOP Rep. Burgess notes that Glitch Czar Jeff Zinets refused to appear before cmte over Solyndra.

    Will Sebelius make sure he appears? Nope.

    Sebelius says even phone enrollments have to go through same system which isn’t providing reliable data.

    So basically, her answer is gonna be, i cannot tell you anything.

  9. Burgess: Will you ask for resignation of Gary Cohen, who has repeatedly misled us?

    Sebelius: I will not.

    Sebelius: “This isn’t a government takeover of anything.”

  10. Rep Matsui lying their ass off…….

    Rep Matsui claims all Americans will have affordable quality health insurance. CBO claims 30 million will still not have insurance.

    Congresswoman Matsui said ACA is working in California. That’s why 900,000 Californians have lost their individual coverage? Working great, yeah.

  11. Gingrey asks Sebelius if she’ll grant hardship exemptions for millions of indiv market consumers getting cancellation notices.

    Sebelius: No.

    Sec Sebelius is however giving a master class on dismissive eyerolling.

    Sebelius now comparing absolute numbers to percentages in an attempt to obscure how many people are having policies cancelled.

    Sebelius on Obamacare website: “I expected it to work”

    and there you have it. Sebelius just said that if you like your plan and the government doesn’t, then f*ck you.

  12. Scalise: The contractors said that they did the job that they were contracted for. Is This true?

    Sebelius: …I will not say.

    Duplicity at its best, its either yes or no Kathleen, its not a hard question.

  13. Scalise is not letting Sebelius get away with blaming insurers, he is battering her on her casual smarmy reply to those who’ve lost plans they can’t keep.

    Sebelius finally admits huge failures are both on front end and back end of website, that means huge security failures and that means identity and information theft most likely.

  14. This shit is getting leaked out………..

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/govt-document-health-site-posed-security-risk

    Gov’t document: Health site posed security risk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal government memo obtained by The Associated Press shows administration officials were concerned that a lack of testing posed a “high” security risk for President Barack Obama’s new health insurance website.

    The Sept. 27 memo to Medicare chief Marylin Tavenner said a website contractor wasn’t able to test all the security controls in one complete version of the system.

    Insufficient testing “exposed a level of uncertainty that can be deemed as a high risk,” the memo said.

    The memo recommended setting up a security team to address risks, conduct daily tests, and a full security test within two to three months of going live.

    At a congressional hearing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the site’s security certification is temporary, but asserted consumers’ personal information is secure.

    ———————

    So they knowingly exposed peoples data and information to a high security risk, i see?

  15. We have have a product people have been waiting decades for?

    Please . . . a typical British understatement, as in tut tut.

    Let’s give them the truth with the bark off.

    We have a product that every humanoid specie from the Neathdrathal forward has been begging the heavens for.

    And out of the heaven and descending from the clowds came Hussein Obama in a Nuremberg rally setting.

    And he delivered a low cost plan which will allow everyone to keep their doctor.

    And the heavens rejoiced.

  16. Sebelius refuses to say President Obama was responsible ultimately for http://Healthcare.gov rollout.

    Sebelius covers for Obama. Says she’s responsible for rollout, not him, even though she answers to him.

    and the wheels on the bus kept on turning…..

  17. Lol, so far last few days its been….

    #Whatever: #DebacleCare, #ChumpChange, #Glitches, #Kinks, #RedHerrings

    Why don’t the Dems just pay for the GOP ads and be done with it.

  18. Twitter suggestion :

    I hereby propose replacing the 404 error screens at HealthCareDotGov with Kathleen Sebelius saying “Uh, whatever.” on loop.

  19. At the end, Kathleen did concede the point that he is ultimately responsible for every government program. One might reasonably conclude that he is more responsible for a program which was a new program, which bears his name, and was touted as his signature achievement. That may be too much for fucking big media to ever concede, but in the courtroom of public opinion it SHOULD carry some evidentiary weight.

  20. Dear GOP candidates: Play the Sebelius “whatever” clip on an endless loop while showing number of people who lost their health insurance.

    Someone could start a congressional testimony coaching firm, and lesson 1 is going to be: Don’t ever say “Whatever.” with a flippant attitude to millions of people losing insurance.

  21. Testifying now is another dim (ocrat) dud, who likes to read out loud. Look out Ly’n Brian William, you may be next!

  22. Cassidy is on the right track. The bait and switch.

    1. First, tell them they can keep their health care.

    2. Second, force insurance companies to cancel the plans.

    3. Third, blame the insurance companies for the cancellation.

    4. Fourth, blame the contractors for website failure.

    With big media ultimately in their corner, they are bullet proof.

  23. Lady in blue behind Sebelius has been in and out of sleep spells for the last 30 minutes.

    pic.twitter.com/0irGFQIZSy

    The woman is bored shitless.

  24. The thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius

    U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is allergic to the truth. She is the ruthless enforcer of Obamacare’s Jenga tower of lies upon lies upon lies. Now that this fatally flawed government edifice is collapsing, you can expect Sebelius to do what she has done her entire career: blame, bully and pile on more lies.

    Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare’s damage to their customers and workers, Sebelius brought out her brass knuckles. Remember? As I reported at the time, the White House coordinated a demonization campaign against Anthem Blue Cross in California for raising rates because of the new mandate’s costs. Obama singled out the company in a “60 Minutes” interview, and Sebelius sent a nasty-gram demanding that Anthem “justify” its rate hikes to the federal government.

    A private company trying to survive in the marketplace was forced to “explain” itself to federal bureaucrats and career politicians who have never run a business (successful or otherwise) in their lives. Sebelius went even further. She called on Anthem to provide public disclosure of how the rate increases would be spent ­ a mandate that no other private companies must follow.

    In an even more heavy-handed effort to suppress criticism, Sebelius wrote America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association of health insurers, “calling on their members to stop using scare tactics and misinformation to falsely blame premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act.” The threatening cease-and-desist letter commanded: “I urge you to inform your members that there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases. … Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections.”

    More @ http://michellemalkin.com/2013/10/30/the-thuggery-of-obamacare-czarina-kathleen-sebelius/

  25. I have a feeling we are gonna see the word “Whatever” used a lot this evening on news networks and late night shows.

  26. The ads are going to write themselves, the attitude is huge…..

    Schakowsky to everyone encountering problems with healthcaredotgov & getting cancellation notices: “Get over it.”

    Get over it….fuck you Schaworsky.

  27. I was thinking alot last night about the difference between intent vs impact.

    I can say I intended something to happen.

    It may or may not be true, but only I will know.

    Assuming however it is true, that is only a statement.

    It is not self executing.

    The impact is all that really counts.

    Either it works or it does not work.

    That is the only criterion.

    We see this often in the debate over free trade.

    Wall Street argues theory, while other argue impact.

    When a partisan Congresswoman begins her questions by thanking Kathleen for bringing improved health care to millions, as policies are being cancelled, and premiums are skyrocketing that is what Obama has really brought to the party.

    Forget about intent. Focus on impact.

    Camus said something about those who invoke the welfare of the people.

    He said it has always been the alibi of tyrants.

    And here it is no different.

  28. Can i throw up in her face…….

    Democrat Kathy Castor of Florida: Obamacare is like “finding water in the desert.” She’s about to shed a tear.

    WTF

  29. I wish this hearing was before the Government oversight commmittee, where the Republicans have some seasoned cross examiners like Issa, Gowdy, Jordan etc. I do not see them drawing much blood so far. I think in general she is holding up as a witness–other than a few dismissive comments to her questioners. I am seeing the wrong line of questioning being pursued in so many cases. And where the right line is started there is no effective follow-up. I came in late so I may have missed something.

  30. Democrat Kathy Castor of Florida: Obamacare is like “finding water in the desert.”
    —————
    Well, if that is what she really believes, then she should prove it by forfeiting her congressional exemption.

  31. GOP Rep Mike Pompeo just nailed Sebelius on not enrolling herself in exchange like he did.

    Whalloped her, don’t think she expected that.

  32. Sebelius says she isn’t eligible for the exchange, but that isn’t true. She just isn’t eligible for subsidies. Lying again…..

    Sebelius is close to losing her patience here…

    “Why aren’t you losing your health insurance?” — Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Co.) to Kathleen Sebelius.

    She’s almost ready to blow……..

  33. good question from Rep. Pompeo: Why did you approve plans as insurance commissioner & governor now not good enough under HHS regs?

  34. Congressman Sarbanes?

    Son of the late Senator Sarbanes?

    Neopotism is pervasive in the political class.

    That is a major problem.

  35. Dem Panic in the ranks…….Landrieu, up in ’14, will offer bill to ensure insurance holders can keep their plans.

  36. “No one indicated it could possibly go this wrong”–Sebelius.

    What a crock, you been warned for years…….

  37. To make sure I am not missing something important, I am pushing the mute button when the dimocrat speakers come on.

  38. Sebelius says even phone enrollments have to go through same system which isn’t providing reliable data.

    So basically, her answer is gonna be, i cannot tell you anything.

    __________________________

    Just like her Boss They don’t know NUTHIN. 😯

  39. I just watched the end of the live stream and I am wondering if anyone else heard what sounded like a 3 grader calling out, “Nan, nan, nan, nan at the end of one of the last Q & A’s?

    Also, I hope to God the HellCare will cover a nose job for Waxman. This man has a pig’s nose that needs to be fixed. Those nostrils are so distracting I can’t concentrate on anything else when he comes on screen.

    —Great post Admin!

  40. Did Sebelius really just whisper under her breath, “Don’t do this to me.”

    Why yes, yes she did. Right now she wishes the ground would open up and swallow her.

  41. CNN now tearing apart Sebelius claim that the web site never technically crashed. Hell hath frozen over…..

  42. I am not much of a Kathy McMorris Rogers fan even though she is from my state. Therefore, I have no predisposition to say that she did well, but in fact she did well. She hit Kathleen at the right level of cross examination.

    This is all about knowing how to cross examination, and the science of it, if it is a science is widely misunderstood, both by laymen, and even by persons as elevated as Supreme Court justices.

    By the mid to late 1940s the handwriting was on the wall. Chief Justice Hughes was gone, his successor Chief Justice Stone was gone, and the twilight of Chief Justice Vincent’s career was at hand.

    Therefore, the obvious question was who in the senior ranks would succeed him. The most likely candidate was Associate Justice Robert Jackson, a country lawyer by background and training. A qualified prosecutor for the Nuremberg trials, so they all thought. Hence, to Nurenmberg he went.

    There he encountered a witness central to the entire proceeding. The son of the German Governor of South Africa, a world war I ace, a member of the bloody red baron squadron, and a key figure in the Nazi party. His name? Herman Goering.

    Jackson began his cross examination asking him questions about the origins of the Nazi party, a subject on which he was intimately familiar, and as a result he not only withstood cross examination, but became the winner. Again, the problem was conflating intent, with impact.

    Many republicans are making the same mistake. My advice to them is to avoid subjects which allow Kathleen to hold forth on the operation of the insurance market etc. She is an expert in the field, and you are not going to win that debate. Focus on two areas–impact and political accountablity–or the lack thereof.

    With the exception of what McMorris Rogers did–which was effective, much of the Republican effort up to this point has been ineffective. The wounds here are mostly self inflicted–the eye rolling, the whatever. But that will not carry the day, merely the news cycle.

  43. Now, the showing that the website has crashed again, is powerful too. That juxtaposed against the eye rolling and the statement whatever is manna from heaven, for a lack luster Republican onslaught.

  44. Big media will call this a grilling because they want Selibius to be the fall gal here, and to thereby protect Obama. And that is all the more reason for the Republicans to heed what I have said above. Focus on policy because policy implicates Obama, and he is ultimately responsible. Never trust big media.

  45. Also, I hope to God the HellCare will cover a nose job for Waxman.
    —————-
    Well now that all depends. If they decide to do a remake of The Hobbit, or a expose on the private lives and loves of Santa’s little helpers, he and Neopolitano (dumb Janet, not the judge) would be perfect for the role.

  46. The only thing we need to know is that big media is not a check and balance on the growing fascist state. They are an integral part of it, ready willing and able to hide the truth and deliver scapegoats for the elites.

  47. ObamaCare screw up sends callers to cupcake shop

    Thanks to ObamaCare, New Yorkers can now get health insurance with rainbow sprinkles.

    In yet another bungle for the botched government insurance rollout, the state Health Department has mistakenly listed numerous non-health-related business as enrollment sites ­ including a Brooklyn cupcake shop that has been besieged by callers.

    “I have nothing to do with this,” said Carmen Rodriguez owner of Brooklyn Cupcake in Williamsburg. “I run a very busy establishment, and I’m like, what is going on?”

    Because of the mistake, her bakery has gotten 150 calls from people seeking medical-insurance information.

    “There has to be somebody who can help with ObamaCare; that’s their own mess,” she said.

    New Yorkers shopping for medical coverage under ObamaCare are being directed by the state’s health-exchange Web site to 288 locations where so-called navigators can offer personal assistance.

    They are reaching places such as Rodriguez’s shop because the erroneous listings contain the businesses’ accurate addresses, phone numbers and even languages spoken.

    The cupcake maker is at her wit’s end.

    “I don’t want to be listed, because they are calling my telephone off the hook,” she said.

    In nearby Red Hook, the dispatcher for a limo company was equally puzzled at finding his company to be among those listed as enrollment sites.

    http://nypost.com/2013/10/30/businesses-overwhelmed-by-callers-after-obamacare-enrollment-listing-error/

  48. The goal of the Republican Party here has got to be to not let big media pin this wrap on Kathleen, but to redirect the ire to Obama. They are not smart enough to realize this. Like the RINOS so many of them are, they are content to play the minor investor in the game of power, rather than going for the right throat.

  49. Shadowfax
    October 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I just watched the end of the live stream and I am wondering if anyone else heard what sounded like a 3 grader calling out, “Nan, nan, nan, nan at the end of one of the last Q & A’s?
    ===

    I heard it too. I think it was Waxman showing off his superior intellect.

  50. Moon: hell has not frozen over. CNN has simply decided that in their continuing quest to protect Obama, Kathleen is expendable and her demise will calm the savage beast who is wailing about losing its health care coverage.

    Notice that CNN is unwilling to ask Obama the tough questions–like why did you promise that no one would lose their health care, and then impose a set of regulations which were reasonable calculated to ensure that they would lose their health care and blame the insurance companies?

    Were you lying then, are you lying now, or are you not in fact a chronic and habitual liar?

    When they are willing to ask Obama those questions, then I will agree with you that hell has frozen over.

  51. Big media is holding in reserve its trump argument which will cause Obama numbers to exceed 50% in the Soros controlled Rasmmussen site:

    Its not the fact that you are losing your insurance that makes you angry. It is the fact that you cannot stand to have a black man as president.

    That argument ought to be enough to cause the retreat it always does.

  52. Caught in a web of lies……again.

    Barry preached that His health care plan:

    – Would be as good as the plan that Congress’men’ have.

    – Would allow ANYONE that wanted to keep their insurance, could.

    – Everyone that jumped on the O’care bandwagon would save $2500 on the cost

    – Sebeluis is forced to say on her current health plan because it’s “illegal” for her to choose to go on the O’plan. She would go on the O’plan if she could.

    “Whatever”

  53. Well well well…..ALL FEMALE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS CALL ON HILLARY TO RUN IN 2016

    In secret letter, Senate Democratic women rally behind Hillary Clinton including Elizabeth Warren.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/10/in-secret-letter-senate-democratic-women-rally-behind-hillary-clinton/

    All of the female Democratic senators signed a secret letter to Hillary Rodham Clinton early this year encouraging her to run for president in 2016 – a letter that includes the signature of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other senators who are mentioned as potential candidates, two high-ranking Democratic Senate aides told ABC News.

    The letter, organized at the urging of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was meant to be a private show of support from a group of 16 high-profile former colleagues and fans who are now senators, urging Clinton to do what much of the Democratic Party assumes she will, the aides said.

    The existence of the letter was not revealed publicly until this week, when Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., mentioned it at an event in New York City on Monday. That was an apparent slip-up that prompted a round of apologetic e-mails from her Senate office to other offices on Capitol Hill, according to the aides.

    “All of the Senate Democratic women have written her a letter encouraging her to run,” Hagan told a gathering organized by EMILY’s List, according to Capital New York. The event was part of the group’s “Madam President” series, which is organizing events around the country to promote interest in a female Democratic presidential candidate.

    Hagan’s office did not return calls seeking comment. Clinton aides also did not respond to requests for comment.

    Boxer’s office declined to comment directly on the letter, but issued a statement to ABC News:

    “I have repeatedly said – publicly, privately and in writing – that Hillary Clinton should run for president in 2016,” Boxer said. “I can only speak for myself. I’ll leave it to my colleagues to describe their views.”

    The actual letter has still not emerged publicly. But its existence adds momentum to the growing sense of inevitability around a Clinton candidacy in 2016.

    It would also appear to take some of the biggest potential Clinton rivals out of the 2016 mix. Warren, D-Mass., has been widely mentioned as a possible liberal alternative to Clinton in Democratic primaries. While she has denied interest in running, this letter goes further than she’s gone previously in supporting a Clinton candidacy.

    Other potential presidential candidates, such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., are Clinton supporters who are widely assumed to be ready to forego bids of their own if Clinton runs. This letter would seem to confirm the sense that other Democratic women – and perhaps all other major Democrats – would get out of the way of a Clinton candidacy.

    Some of Clinton’s biggest public boosters are her former colleagues.

    Aside from Boxer, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has been publicly urging Clinton to run for months now. McCaskill, who famously endorsed President Obama during Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, has aligned herself with the Ready for Hillary PAC and has also been active in the EMILY’s List “Madam President” series.

    In a post-election interview with 19 of the 20 female senators – including 15 of the 16 Democrats – Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., shared a story about her 8-year-old daughter saying she didn’t want her mother to run for president because she wanted to be the first female president.

    “Well, she better call Hillary,” Boxer quipped.

    “Did you break the news to her we’re not waiting that long?” McCaskill asked with a laugh.

    Clinton has remained mum on the public stage about a possible candidacy, and has indicated that she would not make up her mind until at least next year.

  54. Are the female snakes in the Dim party finally over their attraction to the unqualified half black guy they worshiped?

    In Secret Letter, Senate Democratic Women Rally Behind Hillary Clinton

    All of the female Democratic senators signed a secret letter to Hillary Rodham Clinton early this year encouraging her to run for president in 2016 – a letter that includes the signature of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other senators who are mentioned as potential candidates, two high-ranking Democratic Senate aides told ABC News.

    The letter, organized at the urging of Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., was meant to be a private show of support from a group of 16 high-profile former colleagues and fans who are now senators, urging Clinton to do what much of the Democratic Party assumes she will, the aides said.

    The existence of the letter was not revealed publicly until this week, when Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., mentioned it at an event in New York City on Monday. That was an apparent slip-up that prompted a round of apologetic e-mails from her Senate office to other offices on Capitol Hill, according to the aides.

    “All of the Senate Democratic women have written her a letter encouraging her to run,” Hagan told a gathering organized by EMILY’s List, according to Capital New York. The event was part of the group’s “Madam President” series, which is organizing events around the country to promote interest in a female Democratic presidential candidate.

    Hagan’s office did not return calls seeking comment. Clinton aides also did not respond to requests for comment.

    Boxer’s office declined to comment directly on the letter, but issued a statement to ABC News:

    “I have repeatedly said – publicly, privately and in writing – that Hillary Clinton should run for president in 2016,” Boxer said. “I can only speak for myself. I’ll leave it to my colleagues to describe their views.”

    The actual letter has still not emerged publicly. But its existence adds momentum to the growing sense of inevitability around a Clinton candidacy in 2016.

    It would also appear to take some of the biggest potential Clinton rivals out of the 2016 mix. Warren, D-Mass., has been widely mentioned as a possible liberal alternative to Clinton in Democratic primaries. While she has denied interest in running, this letter goes further than she’s gone previously in supporting a Clinton candidacy.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/10/in-secret-letter-senate-democratic-women-rally-behind-hillary-clinton/

  55. “Notice that CNN is unwilling to ask Obama the tough questions–like why did you promise that no one would lose their health care, and then impose a set of regulations which were reasonable calculated to ensure that they would lose their health care and blame the insurance companies?”
    *********
    The answer is obvious and is all about intent. The law is very clear* and was intended to provide political cover for Senators. The intent of the HHS rules is also clear, force millions of paying customers into the exchanges during a very narrow time frame that forced people to buy out fear and uncertainty. The hoped for result was that more than 7 million people would be signed up by March 31 and that a significant percentage would be young and healthy. The web site disaster totally screwed the pooch.

    SEC. 1251. PRESERVATION OF RIGHT TO MAINTAIN EXISTING COV- ERAGE.
    (a) NO CHANGES TO EXISTING COVERAGE.—
    (1) IN GENERAL.—Nothing in this Act (or an amendment
    made by this Act) shall be construed to require that an indi- vidual terminate coverage under a group health plan or health insurance coverage in which such individual was enrolled on the date of enactment of this Act.
    (2) CONTINUATION OF COVERAGE.—With respect to a group health plan or health insurance coverage in which an individual was enrolled on the date of enactment of this Act, this subtitle and subtitle A (and the amendments made by such subtitles) shall not apply to such plan or coverage, regardless of whether the individual renews such coverage after such date of enact- ment.

  56. Moon–what does that mean? don’t do this to me? Who was sitting next to her when she said that? And more important, what does it mean? Any idea?

  57. IT TOOK SIX YEARS???

    …for the NY Times, and even Democrats, to notice “Where’s the beef?” about Obummer being a detached, MIA figurehead.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/30/us/politics/where-the-buck-stops-some-see-a-bystander.html?_r=0

    Where the Buck Stops, Some See a Bystander
    ================================

    By PETER BAKER
    Published: October 29, 2013

    WASHINGTON — President Obama finds himself under fire on two disparate fronts these days, both for the botched rollout of his signature health care program and for the secret spying on allied heads of state. In both instances, his explanation roughly boils down to this: I didn’t know.

    As a practical matter, no president can be aware of everything going on in the sprawling government he theoretically manages. But as a matter of politics, Mr. Obama’s plea of ignorance may do less to deflect blame than to prompt new questions about just how much in charge he really is.

    In recent days, the president’s health and human services secretary said that despite internal concerns and a failed test run Mr. Obama was not told about serious problems with the new program’s website until it was rolled out this month. Other officials said the president was not aware that the National Security Agency was tapping the phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and other friendly leaders until this summer, although intelligence officials said Tuesday that others in the White House had known.

    Opposition lawmakers and pundits have seized on the White House explanations to accuse Mr. Obama of being a “bystander president,” as the Republican National Committee put it. Even some Democrats are scratching their heads at the seeming detachment from significant matters. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” ran a montage of clips showing Mr. Obama or his aides disclaiming presidential knowledge of various issues as well as a graphic titled “Implausible Deniability.”

    “It seems to me there’s a pattern here — with any bad news coming out of the administration, the excuse is the president just didn’t know about it,” said Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois.

    “There’s a point at which the I-didn’t-know excuse really violates the idea of the buck stops here,” he added. “We want to have a feeling that the president ultimately takes responsibility. The American people want to know they have a president who’s in control and in charge.”

    Democrats were less likely to blame the president but suggested that he was ill served if other officials did not keep him fully abreast. “If people really knew there were to be problems, I was a little surprised that people at the highest levels weren’t aware,” Patrick Griffin, who was a top White House official under President Bill Clinton, said of the health care program.

    As for the N.S.A. surveillance, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the Democrat who leads the Senate Intelligence Committee, put it sharply in a statement she released earlier this week. “It is my understanding that President Obama was not aware Chancellor Merkel’s communications were being collected since 2002,” she said. “That is a big problem.”

    Aides dismissed suggestions that Mr. Obama did not pay enough attention in either of these areas. On the spying program, they said the president was deeply immersed in details of the nation’s surveillance practices but was focused on those areas that constituted the major threats to the United States. He had no reason to suspect that Ms. Merkel or other leaders of close allies were being tapped, nor did he think to grill anyone about it because that was not a high priority, they said.

    On health care, aides said that Mr. Obama had been fixated on details of the law’s carrying out and that advisers did not withhold information but were likewise surprised by the scope of the problems.

    “From the moment the health care bill was signed into law the president was very focused on making sure it was implemented correctly,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a senior White House adviser. “In just about every meeting, he pushed the team on whether the website was going to work. Unfortunately, it did not, and he’s very frustrated.”

    Mr. Pfeiffer insisted that the president wants to hear what he needs to hear and would not accept advisers’ keeping negative information from him. “He’ll know if you don’t tell him the bad news he needs to hear, and that’s the quickest way to be on the outside looking in,” Mr. Pfeiffer said.

    The challenge for any president is keeping on top of a vast array of issues, any one of which could blow up at any given time. Harry S. Truman spoke for many of his successors when he said that “the pressures and complexities of the presidency have grown to a state where they are almost too much for one man to endure.” And that was decades before metadata technology came along.

    A famous question posed by Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee in a far different context — What did the president know and when did he know it? — has been a staple of political controversies in the 40 years since Watergate. Jimmy Carter was accused of being too immersed in details, including who would use the White House tennis courts, while Ronald Reagan was criticized for being too hands off, particularly when he insisted that he did not know about details of the Iran-contra operation.

    Accusations that Mr. Obama is removed from the details of his programs are somewhat surprising given the reputation the president developed early in his administration for intense, consuming interest in the particulars. Before ordering more troops to Afghanistan, for instance, Mr. Obama conducted what amounted to an exhaustive three-month series of seminars on the region.

    But on other issues, he has seemed uninvolved at significant junctures. He has said he learned from news reports about Operation Fast and Furious, a botched federal investigation into gun smuggling that allowed weapons to fall into criminals’ hands.

    His staff knew about an investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, but did not tell him until it was becoming public. Likewise, aides said the president was unaware of a Justice Department decision to secretly obtain reporters’ phone logs in a leak case.

    Still, those cases underscore the difficult choices in what to tell a president. Aides determined that it would be inappropriate, not to mention politically risky, for the president to have advance knowledge of the I.R.S. investigation. A president, they said, should not be involved in such investigations or law enforcement cases because if he were it could politicize them.

    John Tuck, who was a White House aide under Reagan, said he was not as bothered as other Republicans about Mr. Obama’s not knowing about the problems with the health care system in advance. “I would never put the finger on somebody saying he should have known or might have known,” Mr. Tuck said. “What difference does it make if he knew or he didn’t know?”

    But in any White House, he said, the typical pattern is to try to insulate the president from responsibility for bad news. “If you had a good story, you brought it to the White House,” he said. “If you had a bad story, you put it out to the department that was responsible for it.”

  58. its strange wbboei, i think it was basically all getting to her, kinda of a i really don’t wanna be here, i would think by now she’s worked out she’s been shafted or she just realised at that point she was screwed and she knew she’d been knifed in the back by her own.

  59. On CNN, Van Jones just called the pre-Obamacare U.S. health care system “the seventh level of hell.”

  60. SHV
    October 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm
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    Yes, of course. But wouldn’t you like to know how Obama responds to that sort of question? That is what I was trying to get at with my question. If he is willing to admit what you just said, then he lied. If he is unwilling to admit it and claims he did not know then he is a cipher. He needs to be confronted with those sorts of questions, and if he does not answer them then they should be repeated as often as necessary, so that even the dullest knife in the drawer understands the significance of the question, and that he refuses to answer it. That is the role of a journalist. If this were Nixon and Mike Wallace or Sam Donaldon rose to ask a question, that is where they would go, for partisan reasons. But the enuchs we have today in big media will not do this. Instead they behave like the castrades they are in the Pope’s heavenly choir.

  61. …observations since last night…

    I think CNN is waking up…they are starting to point fingers at O…Wolf mentioned a special on O and Ocare tonight

    btw…here is the clip I mentioned last night when Anderson Cooper and his panel started ridiculing and criticizing O…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/30/anderson-cooper-obamacare-website-campaign_n_4176909.html

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

    got to give a cudos to two repub woman…Marcia Blackburn and the young blonde woman, maybe her name is Kathy McMorris Rogers ? – i’m talking about the repub woman who talked about men not needing maternity care…

    …in general, Marcia Blackburn gets to the point, she is prepared and gets her message across…I like her… she is asking for costs, “you are taking away their choices”…she is direct

    Frank Pallone, another one i once really liked, is getting on my nerves…he is a joke..

  62. Hilarious….just after Sebelius said the site has never crashed, CNN cut to a split screen showing the currently crashed site.

    She must have been nuts to have said that.

  63. AB Stoddard must have lost her mind…she is suggesting increasing the penalties…people can barely afford the penalties that are there now for actually getting nothing for their money or experiencing the insult of having the current insurance cancelled and then getting a penalty…

    I think there would be a revolution in the streets if O and Ocare dared to increase those penalties now…

    CNN…picking up on the ‘whatever” comment from Sibelious

  64. “Yes, of course. But wouldn’t you like to know how Obama responds to that sort of question?”
    *****
    Not really, it’s predictable. In the unlikely event that reporters would push him to answer, he would stutter, ummmmmmmmmm talk smack and if push more, walk out.

    “Accusations that Mr. Obama is removed from the details of his programs are somewhat surprising given the reputation the president developed early in his administration for intense, consuming interest in the particulars.”

    “intense, consuming interest in the particulars”????? Do even the professional Obot propagandists believe that?

  65. WH Depty Press Sec Josh Earnest says Mitt Romney was not invited to Pres Obama’s speech comparing ‘Obamacare’ & ‘Romneycare’

    I’m sure Mitt was really really devastated not to get one to that snoozefest.

  66. Ellmers: You also brought up the issue that when you were in Kansas [as health Commissioner and governor] that you fought against discriminatory issues… As far as [ObamaCare’s] essential health benefits, correct me if I’m wrong: do men not have to buy maternity care?

    Sebelius: Policies will cover maternity coverage. For the young and healthy, uh, under ythirty year-olds will have a choice also of a catastrophic plan that has no maternity coverage.

    Ellmers: But men are required to purchase maternity coverage.

    Sebelius: Well, an insurance policy has a series of benefits whether you use them or not…

    Ellmers: And that is why health care premiums are increasing, because we are forcing them to buy things that they will never need. Thank you.

    Sebelius: The individual policies cover families. Men often do need maternity care for their spouses and for their families, yes.

    Ellmers: A single male, aged 32, does need maternity coverage. To the best of your knowledge, has a man ever delivered a baby?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/30/Sebelius-men-often-do-need-maternity-careew%20Article

  67. “AB Stoddard must have lost her mind…she is suggesting increasing the penalties…”
    *******
    Don’t know who AB is but not too smart. The penalties, especially for large business were set low but still gave cover for large corps to phase out health care insurance programs. When the SCOTUS ruled that the penalties are a tax, it removed the possibility of an adminsitrative increase by HHS and/or IRS.

  68. Not really, it’s predictable. In the unlikely event that reporters would push him to answer, he would stutter, ummmmmmmmmm talk smack and if push more, walk out.

    “Accusations that Mr. Obama is removed from the details of his programs are somewhat surprising given the reputation the president developed early in his administration for intense, consuming interest in the particulars.”

    “intense, consuming interest in the particulars”????? Do even the professional Obot propagandists believe that?
    ——————–
    Yes. It is predictable. But wouldn’t the question, the evasion and he repetition, and the emotional reaction it would engender from him be valuable. I am not talking about the merits of what he would say, I am talking about how it would reflect on his character with respect to truth and veracity. At this point more people are listening, and less of those that are would be willing to accept his typical evasions and nuances, because it affects them directly.

  69. Well we all know the media isn’t going to play nice when their own individual health care plan gets cut, they have increased medical costs or they end up being forced to buy the O’crapPlan too.

    The media in general is not exempt from the Hellcare fiasco – like Congress, so when it hits them personally in the wallet, my guess is that they will finally realize they have lied and lied for a man that is just using them and their career to bamboozle the American public.

    Karma is best served cold. 😉

  70. Rahm drops Obama in it……Val will be on the phone in secs….3…..2…..1.

    Rahm just more or less says….Obama knows about everything….

    http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/30/rahm-emanuel-nsa-obamacare-2016-hillary/

    Rahm Emanuel: ‘I just don’t buy’ that Obama is disengaged

    Republicans now say President Barack Obama is disengaged.

    He’s accused of being unaware of alleged National Security Agency spying on world leaders and of being blindsided by the botched rollout of the Obamacare website.

    He’s a “bystander President,” the Republican National Committee says.

    But Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel says that’s just wrong.

    “That is the furthest from the truth about the President,” Emanuel said in an interview with “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

    When he was at the White House, Emanuel saw Obama several times day.

    “When I’d see him in the morning, he had read all the material presented to him by everybody, and he knew going into the meeting what the assumption of the other side of the argument was … he had exactly what questions he wanted,” said Emanuel.

    “So the idea that he’d be disengaged – unless something has happened – I’ve never seen in the two years of intensity when I was there. I just don’t buy it,” said Emanuel.

    Asked if there was a chance that aides are shielding Obama from bad news, Emanuel said no, adding that one of Obama’s “great strengths” is his solicitation of contrary views, even during dark times.

    The claim that Obama is disengaged “is totally contradictory to everything about him,” said Emanuel.

    Emanuel was involved in the crafting the health care law, and said Obama asked him multiple times for his opinion, and for alternative ways to approach the issue.

    “So this doesn’t fit, it’s not right, because I know how he is, and I know how he operates,” said Emanuel.

    …………………..

    So effectively what you are saying Rahm is….Obama is lying through his ass when he says he does not know.

  71. Don’t know who AB is but not too smart.
    ————————–
    She may not be smart but she is rich. Very rich. DAR rich and credentialed. My only question is were her ancestors revolutionaries or Tories? I strongly suspect the latter, not unduly concerned about what Jefferson in our Declaration of Independence from a different kind of tyranny, characterized as “self evident”.

  72. Rahm Emanuel: ‘I just don’t buy’ that Obama is disengaged
    ————————–
    I don’t give a flying fuck what Rahm buys or does not buy.

    When a liar vouches for another liar it proves exactly nothing.

  73. Rahm Emanuel: ‘I just don’t buy’ that Obama is disengaged
    —————–
    Then I take it he was engaged, he knew about the website problems and he also knew that even though he promised if they liked their coverage they could keep it, that his people were working assiduously to ensure that did not happen.

    You can play the ball down either side of the fairway and still make birdie, but only if you know what you are doing.

  74. Sorry, but the whole ‘men shouldn’t have to pay for maternity procedures’ is like demolishing an iceberg with a salad fork.

    Too much time is spent on small issues when the whole turkey is rotten to the core.

  75. Obama is lying through his ass when he says he does not know.
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    Which brings us to the stirring subject of Zeke’s new book. The Brothers Emanuel. An American Family. I will read that right after I finish the current book I am reading which is entitled: The Gambino Boys. Just another American Family.

  76. as i said….Rahm just dropped Obama in it, he just verified, Obama reads all the info and asks all the questions, confirming that he does indeed know everything thats going on……now why would Rahm do that? Its not something a rookie politician would say, its deliberate.

  77. Rahm is the asshole that ran thought the congressional showers, threatening people in the nude.

    He has 0% credibility in my book.

  78. of course he is a slimeball with zero gravitas for us but he was Slicks Chief of staff, if he says Obama knows whats going on then Obama does, whatever we think, he just put Obama in a very very precarious position…I still think he holds a grudge against Obama and more likely Jarrett.

  79. uh-oh….pack your bags Kath……

    WH says Sebelius did a very good job today: “President has complete confidence in Secretary Sebelius.”

  80. Right time for Lie Bingo, how many falsehoods will be uttered…..i guess 152.

    People gathering in Boston for obama health care speech.

    Same Faneuil Hall where romneycare signed. pic.twitter.com/9Pp7G2nC8Y

  81. WH says Sebelius did a very good job today: “President has complete confidence in Secretary Sebelius.”
    ———————
    Excellent. She protected him. But now, when further problems arise, he has embraced what occurred.

  82. We have met our knucklehead Quota, Mr. President, ergo your presence in Boston tonight is not required . . .

    By who else–Howie Carr

    .
    First he ruins the health care system. Now he wants to come in and wreck the World Series.

    Say it ain’t so, B.O.

    How can we miss this guy when he won’t go away?

    Yesterday, the White House was dithering back and forth over whether to go to Game 6 tonight. They haven’t been this confused since they were trying to decide whether to bomb Syria.

    Listen, Mr. President, I understand that sports is one of many subjects you know absolutely nothing about. But trust me on this — tonight is going to be a big night for what the mayor calls “knuckleheads.”

    Local knuckleheads. Granted, you have proven beyond a doubt this month with Obamacare that you are by far the biggest 
knucklehead in the nation, but this is not where you belong tonight.

    This should be the night the Red Sox, or the Red Sock, as Mumbles calls them, wrap up what he last week termed the “World Serious Cup.”

    Mr. President, you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

    Imagine the posters you’ll see up in the stands tonight if you try to big-foot the celebration:

    “Obama Lied, My Health Care Died.”

    “You Owe Me $2,500.”

    “Ask Me About My Death Panel.”

    Why now? This trip has only been on the drawing board for a week or so. The White House had to know there was a better-than-even chance there would be a World Series game here tonight.

    Big day for the stores around Faneuil Hall. And now they’re shut down from 11 a.m. til 4 p.m. But who cares about them? They’re in the Dreaded Private Sector.

    Then there’s the gridlock in the middle of the afternoon commute (assuming, knock on wood, he leaves before the game). But what does Barack care about the commuters — they work for a living. Not Obama voters, in other words.

    This is how curses are born, hosting a guy who turns everything he touches to excrement. And you know damn well Obama would have to drift into the Fox broadcast booth for one of those painful chats like the one in Chicago where he talked about “Kaminsky” (rhymes with 
Alinsky) “Field” (as opposed to Park).

    The announcers asked him who his favorite White Sox player was. He didn’t have a clue, not one. He just tried to change the subject by saying his favorite team was really the Oakland A’s.

    When it comes to baseball lore, Barry makes John Kerry look like Bill James.

    Listen, Mr. President, I have an idea. If you decide to stick around, why don’t you send the limo over to Southie to pick up Auntie Zeituni while you’re harvesting big bucks at Alan Solomont’s mansion 
in Weston.

    Then the limo can pick you up and drive to Framingham, where you can meet your beloved Uncle Omar and buy a round for the house at the Chicken Bone. It’s Karaoke Night at the Bone!

  83. Shadowfax
    October 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Moon, your comments are informative and darn funny…thanks.
    _____________

    I so agree, Shadow. Couldn’t watch due to work, but so appreciate Moon, wbb, Foxy, everyone who reported the events. And, especially appreciated the commentary!!

    Re: Hillary’s letter from the Dem females, as much as I want her to run (unless Obama has ruined any Dems chance by 2016), I would so love it if she sent them a return note that read simply: Fu** all of you bitches!

  84. moononpluto
    October 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm

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    thanks for posting moon, yes Renee Ellmers is the young blonde woman that spoke of men not needing maternity leave that i was impressed with…she along with Marcia Blackburn cut through alot of the noise

  85. wbboei
    October 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm

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    OMG…if O creates a traffic jam and stalls and reroutes traffic like he usually does when he visits anywhere…even Obots that are Red Sox fans will be apoleptic…if O causes one…just one….person to miss that world series game tonight…it will be game over for O…his narcissism knows no bounds…don’t mess with red sox fans at the world series…no brainer…

  86. Admin: blow hard O”Reilly said yesterday that Obamacare will be a problem for Obama and for Hillary as well, so in he months ahead he says we should watch to see not whether but how she distances herself from it. This goes to the campaign question you raised several issues ago, i.e. stay the course or change. FYI.

  87. I am going to take a wild guess and say that Obama never asked the question are we ready to launch, because he did not want to hear that they were not ready. I would bet my life that was a lie. But it gave him the cover he wanted. There is too much evidence that he does not ask questions on issues of execution and accountability. And in this case, he did not want to. There is a doctrine in criminal law which finds this lack of curiosity by a CEO in a case of white collar crime to be actionable. The name of the doctrine? Benign neglect. It goes where the plausible deniability politicians banter about does not. Like a heat seeking missile it goes to the man with ultimate go/no go authority over major government decisions that directly impact the people of this country.

  88. Those words–benign neglect, need to be introduced into our political discourse. They serve to bridge the gap between what happened and the boilerplate response by this president that he did not know, was not told etc. when it was his duty to know. If he does not fulfill the duties of his office, then he has no corresponding right to execute its power, prerogatives and perks which he revels in and gladly enjoys.

  89. wbboei
    October 30, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Admin: blow hard O”Reilly said yesterday that Obamacare will be a problem for Obama and for Hillary as well, so in he months ahead he says we should watch to see not whether but how she distances herself from it. This goes to the campaign question you raised several issues ago, i.e. stay the course or change. FYI.

    ___________

    Even though there have been website problems, major ones obviously, as several people, including our Admin, have observed, the real problems will start if and when the site is up and running. When that happens, people will fully understand just how bad Ocare is. I wonder if it’s already too big an albatross even for Hillary. In 2016, will America be as they were at the end of W’s second term ? At that point, people were so sick of the war and Bush, in general, the Dem candidate was pretty much a shoo-in. Do you guys see that same mindset being a factor at the end of O’s second hellish term?

  90. “We are in this together and we are going to see it through,” says Pres Obama of Affordable Care Act.

    I think the captain of the Titanic said something similar…….

  91. ObamaCare screw up sends callers to cupcake shop
    ——————
    The marketing opportunity of a lifetime.

    If I owned that cupcake shop I would apologize for the President and offer a free cupcake for those who were misdirected by the website. One flavor would be called the Secretary Selebius and it would bear the good soldier stamp of approval. Another flavor would be mud mud pie which smelled like rancid horse manure to commemorate ValJar. And the pez de resistance would be the Barack which was half white half black with a cumquat in the middle, and a lemon law disclaimer.

  92. “We are in this together and we are going to see it through,” says Pres Obama of Affordable Care Act.
    —————–
    What further proof do we need that he has not read the law and does not understand it. If by we he means himself and his camp followers in congress, then the statement is categorically untrue. They are exempt from the law, and they rejected the Vitter amendment which was designed to ensure that they–the political class, were all in this together with the American People.

  93. Not really, it really does depend on who the GOP nominates…….If they nominate, the usual RINO of late, they will be well stuffed.

    Hillary however was very clever, she never had to deal or defend Obamacare during her time in the administration as she was SoS and could not comment on domestic issues and frankly, she’d do well to just button her mouth on it now and let the cards fall where they may in Obama’s lap and she had the good sense to get herself out of Obama’s grasp in 2012 and sit back and people are being will be reminded who they really should and could have had in 2008 as opposed to the dipshit they got.

    If Obamacare really does collapse in hell and a handbasket, i fully expect her to run on pulling the disaster and telling people how to fix it rather than pressing on with the crap.

    At a certain point and we are nearing that point now Obama will no longer have the influence in the party, house, senate and party roots as the natural handing over of succession and lame duck applies. The grandees of the party more or less take control of the agenda back from him to ensure the agenda for the next nominee has free rein to proceed. Its a bit like a monarch handing over the rein to the crown prince/princess and slipping into the background….its going to happen soon.

    I see no natural successor for the GOP in 2016 and they are not yet unified enough to wrestle control of the Presidency in 2016, it really is Hillary’s for the taking.

  94. freespirit
    October 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    ———————
    No question about it. It is the single greatest obstacle she faces, bigger than Benghazi. Obama fatigue, becomes democrat fatigue, which becomes resistance to whoever they put forward as their candidate. On the one hand, she has the black demographic to deal with, who will have a tin ear toward any attempt to distance herself from Obama. On the other hand, by the end of his term Obama will be seen as the worst president in our history, and any attempt to build upon that legacy is a doomed enterprise. In the balance, if she wants to run, she has only one way to go: distance herself from Obama and avoid questions by big media designed to make her admit that is what she is doing. Big media is a fascist. That is what I have come to realize over the past five years. Sure as the earth turns. An organ of the emerging fascist state. And that is why ANYONE who is seriously committed to the welfare of the American People must hold them at arms length, and not give them interviews. I have seen enough now, and seeing is believing.

  95. aaaah, now i see why we were getting the Obama slapdown today…..

    Rahm Emanuel: If Hillary runs in 2016, I’m there

    When it comes to questions of whether he would back Hillary Clinton in a 2016 presidential run, Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was blunt.

    “I’m behind Hillary if she runs. And I think she will, but that’s up to her. If she runs, I’m in,” said Emanuel.

    As for presidential ambitions for himself, Emanuel says of the prospect, “Absolutely not,” adding, “I have no interest.”

    ……………………………………..

    You’re presence ain’t required or needed Rahm.

  96. wbboei

    The marketing opportunity of a lifetime.

    If I owned that cupcake shop I would apologize for the President and offer a free cupcake for those who were misdirected by the website. One flavor would be called the Secretary Selebius and it would bear the good soldier stamp of approval. Another flavor would be mud mud pie which smelled like rancid horse manure to commemorate ValJar. And the pez de resistance would be the Barack which was half white half black with a cumquat in the middle, and a lemon law disclaimer.
    —–

    You’re shop would end up on teevee for sure with your cupcakes.

    Not so sure future customers would return to your shop with the ValJar cake tho’.

    The Baracko cupcake should be presented in a fancy cupcake box, with a little photo sicker of the cupcake on top. When the box is opened, there is no cupcake.

  97. Wbboei, here’s the O’Reilly segment you referenced. O’Reilly in effects says (at about 5:27 in) what we say “Run Hillary Run – away from ObaminationCare.” And we add, run away and against Obama too.

  98. Everyone knows about this, right?

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/2013/10/ted-cruz-to-visit-the-tonight-show-176337.html?hp=r1

    Coming up on “The Tonight Show:” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

    Cruz will make his first appearance on the late-night show next Friday, Nov. 8, NBC announced on Wednesday.

    Host Jay Leno and Cruz will “discuss the recent government shut-down, the debt ceiling, the gridlock in Washington and the current state of the Republican Party,” according to the network.

    Smart move by Cruz and by Leno who will get much attention for this booking. Leno is taking full advantage of his ability to irk NBC now that he has been dumped, again, even as his ratings spike.

  99. We got some of what we wanted from today’s hearing:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/obamacare-tech-problems-99113.html?hp=f2

    Sebelius assured lawmakers that consumer information on the website is safe and dismissed accusations of a HealthCare.gov “breach.”

    But a “sort of skilled hacker” did find a means to access certain personal information from the website, she said, adding it was “a theoretical problem that was immediately fixed.” The website, Sebelius said, stores the “minimum amount of data” and has “the highest level” of security standards in place.

    Sebelius didn’t specify the hacker, but CNN reported Tuesday that a software tester in Arizona found a way to gain some access to HealthCare.gov accounts. The story labeled it a “security hole.”

    Another report from The Associated Press, which came out while Sebelius spoke to lawmakers, cited concerns from administration officials about the lack of testing. An internal memo from late September said such lapses in testing could pose a high security risk.

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) pounded away on that theme at Wednesday’s hearing. Without providing many specifics, he said lax security protocols “have exposed millions of Americans.” He demanded to know whether contractors planned to test new pieces of code and whether administrators ever completed security testing of the entire system. Sebelius said she didn’t know but would find out.

    “Amazon would never do this. ProFlowers would never do this. Kayak would never do this,” Rogers said. “This is completely unacceptable.”

    Privacy:

    The administration is working with CGI to change “boilerplate language” on HealthCare.gov that suggests Americans should not have a total expectation of privacy, Sebelius said. “It’s an error that needs to be taken down and we should be held accountable for protecting privacy.”

    Some Democrats say the privacy language concerns, highlighted by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex) on several occasions, are overblown.

    Maybe this will save some Americans from potentially having their bank accounts emptied by thieves with access to information such as social security numbers.

  100. Some Democrats say the privacy language concerns, highlighted by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex) on several occasions, are overblown.

    Maybe this will save some Americans from potentially having their bank accounts emptied by thieves with access to information such as social security numbers.

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    I have lost all faith in my government protecting my privacy. With the snooping at the NSA, is there any real privacy at all?

  101. Wow, NBC Poll as well….

    Poll: Majority think health law needs overhaul or elimination

    http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/30/21252291-poll-majority-think-health-law-needs-overhaul-or-elimination?lite?ocid=twitter

    A majority of Americans – 52 percent – believe the health care law needs either a major overhaul or to be completely eliminated, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.

    Forty-four percent think it either needs minor modifications or that it’s working well as is.

    The Obama administration maintains that the health insurance exchange website can be fixed, but acknowledges major problems.

    “In these early weeks, access to Healthcare.gov has been a miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday in testimony on Capitol Hill.
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    Read the full poll here (.pdf)

    President Barack Obama addresses the issues facing healthcare.gov Wednesday during a speech at Boston’s Faneuil Hall.

    The number of respondents who said the law was a good or bad idea was relatively unchanged from earlier this month. But support for the law has slipped with one key group – women, who traditionally rank health care as a higher priority than men, and who are seen as an important plank in selling the law.

    Americans called it a bad idea by a 47-37 percent margin – a shift from 43-38 percent earlier this month. But among women, a group President Barack Obama won by 11 points in 2012, just 38 percent think it’s a good idea, while 45 percent do not. That’s down from early October, when most women said the law was a good idea by a 41-39 percent margin.

    Among white women, results are even worse. Three weeks ago, they thought it was a bad idea by a 46-36 percent margin. Now a majority say so, at 52-32 percent.

    “It’s not a just a public-policy issue; it’s personal,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the poll with Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart. “It has a resonance and salience that is quite different.”

    He added, “It’s a reminder of the very large volume of positive information that would be required to shift these views.”

    Opposition to the law has also deepened, with 43 percent “strongly” believing it is a bad idea, up 5 points from earlier this month and tied for the worst score in the poll. But that doesn’t mean all good news for congressional Republicans looking to defund or eliminate the law.

    Read the full poll here (.pdf)

    Only a quarter of Americans – 24 percent – said the law should be completely eliminated, including just 58 percent of Tea Party supporters, less than half of Republicans (48 percent) and just 23 percent of independents, calling into question congressional Republicans’ strategy of seeking to defund or repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    The website’s woes have also not changed many minds – 50 percent said what they have heard over the last few weeks did not make them either more or less confident in the law. Forty percent said less confident, but four in five of those were already opposed to the law. Nine percent said it makes them more confident.
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    By a 37-31 percent margin, respondents said they think the issues with Healthcare.gov are short-term technical issues that can be corrected. Another 30 percent said it was too soon to say.

    Since Oct. 1, when Healthcare.gov was supposed to be ready, Americans have been treated to a wide menu of bad news about the law. And Americans have been paying close attention.

    A remarkable 83 percent said they have seen or read at least some of the news coverage about problems people have reported with the site.

    To put that in perspective – that is the third-highest percentage recorded for any news story tested in the poll during the Obama presidency, behind the Trayvon Martin shooting and the 2009 town hall protests against the health care law.

    Nearly six-in-10 said they have seen or read a lot about it.

    That raises the stakes for the outcome of the law and Obama’s legacy, given the law is the president’s signature legislative achievement.

    That means the president, whose approval rating hit an all-time low in this poll of 42 percent, missed a big opportunity to prove the law can work.

    “The true damage of the rollout is this was supposed to be a period where the law would gain acceptance, and it has not,” Hart said.

    ……………………………

    Looks like Obamacare is listing badly and Obama is taking a big hit, i think the bulkheads have been breached.

  102. NBC has fudged the numbers to make it look better because if they think only 58% of tea party supporters and 48% of republicans want Ocare gone, then clearly they were not Tea party people or republicans.

    The numbers must be way worse.

  103. Obama supporters and ObamiantionCare supporters are not part of the reality based community. These dolts are heartened by failure, incompetence and lies. From the MoonOnPluto link:

    The website’s woes have also not changed many minds – 50 percent said what they have heard over the last few weeks did not make them either more or less confident in the law. Forty percent said less confident, but four in five of those were already opposed to the law. Nine percent said it makes them more confident.

  104. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/obama-approval-rating-poll-99135.html?hp=l2

    President Barack Obama’s job approval has dropped to an all-time low, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

    A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows that a mere 42 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s job performance, down five points from a poll conducted in early October. The president’s disapproval rating stands at 51 percent, tying an all-time high for Obama.

  105. You could not make this shit up…..According to the WH owns regulations written, the website has no “authority to operate”.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/healthcare.gov-appears-to-violate-white-house-guidance-on-web-security/article/2538238

    Healthcare.gov appears to violate White House guidance on web security

    During her testimony Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said that healthcare.gov is operating under a “temporary” order certifying that it met stringent security standards even as testing continues.

    But that would appear to contradict guidance issued by the White House Office of Management and Budget last year by none other than Jeff Zients — the former acting director of OMB, who more recently was brought in to oversee the “tech surge” to fix problems facing Obamacare’s implementation.

    In a Sept. 27, 2012, memo addressed to the heads of executive departments and agencies, Zients said that OMB did not recognize “interim” authorizations.
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    The issue at hand revolves around a document known as an “Authority to Operate,” which is a provision of a 2002 law named the Federal Information Security Management Act.

    Essentially, by signing an authority to operate, an official at the entity overseeing the development of a government web system certifies that supporting documentation has been reviewed and the system has been thoroughly tested to prove it is secure.

    In the case of healthcare.gov — the federal website that is supposed to allow Americans in 36 states to access insurance through President Obama’s health care law — the overseeing entity is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    During Sebelius’s testimony, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., read from a memo addressed to CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner in which CMS officials involved in healthcare.gov’s implementation warned days before the planned Oct. 1 launch that, “from a security perspective, the aspects of the system that were not tested due to the ongoing development, exposed a level of uncertainty that can be deemed as high risk” for the federal health insurance exchange.

    Ultimately, the letter recommended that Tavenner issue an Authority to Operate for six months while security testing continued on the site, which she approved.

    “This is a temporary Authority to Operate,” Sebelius said as she examined the document during the hearing.

    She went on to say that it “discusses mitigation strategies for security that are ongoing and upgraded and an authorization to operate on a permanent basis will not be signed until these mitigation strategies are satisfied. It is under way right now, but daily and weekly monitoring and testing is underway.”

    Yet Sebelius’s matter-of-fact description of the temporary authorization is a lot different from the 2012 memo from Zients on federal cyber-security.

    Page 11 of the Zients memo includes the following section:

    Does OMB recognize interim authority to operate for security authorizations?

    No. The security authorization process has been required for many years, and it is important to measure the implementation of this process to improve consistency and quality government-wide. Introducing additional inconsistency to the government’s security program would be counter to FISMA’s goals.

    On Tuesday, CNN reported that until it was fixed last week — weeks after the site was live — a security hole allowed any user to “easily reset your healthcare.gov password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account.”

    CMS did not respond to an email seeking comment on the Authority to Operate issue.

    On a Wednesday afternoon conference call, CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille insisted that the system was secure.

    “Security testing happens on an ongoing basis,” Bataille said. “We used industry best practices to make sure that we continue that process. I want to assure you that when consumers fill out their online marketplace applications, they can trust that the information they are providing is protected by stringent security standards and the technology underlying the application process has been tested and is secure. As I’ve said, that testing happens on an ongoing basis.”

    ……………………

    Could not organize an orgy in a whorehouse comes to mind.

  106. This good bit of truth-telling, and it’s from John Dickerson (at Slate!) who usually using his brains to find ways to defend the indefensible Obama instead of reporting the truth:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2013/10/obamacare_and_republican_criticism_the_health_care_law_s_early_missteps.html

    The president always had a tough time selling Obamacare. Now his weak assurances are making Republicans look wise beyond their years.

    During the public debate over health care in 2009 and 2010, no matter how tightly you may have shut your door, there was one piece of information it was impossible to avoid: the president’s promise that if you liked your doctor and your health care plan you would be able to keep it. So it was a surprise to many people to get a letter like the one Independence Blue Cross sent its customers weeks ago. It said that as a result of the Affordable Care Act, “your current plan will be discontinued effective January 1, 2014, and you will need to select a new plan by the end of December to avoid any interruption in coverage.”

    That wasn’t what the president promised. But wait, the president can explain. It’s not what we think. People won’t have the same insurance—they will have better insurance, administration officials assure. That’s not the way some of the people receiving these letters see it. The president’s original promise was so ironclad and repeated so often that any explanation now sounds like dissembling.

    When healthcare.gov launched with the fanfare and success of a North Korean missile, the president insisted that Obamacare was more than a website. The website might be a mess, but the underlying product was sound. Now, it’s Republicans who are using this exact phrase. Like the president, GOP leaders want people to focus on the larger law. You can fix a website, they say, but you can’t improve the law.

    What started as a website debacle is growing into a relitigation of the underlying operation. The Affordable Care Act passed with cracks and inconsistencies that are now re-emerging in the context of the website’s bad launch. In some cases that simply gives Republicans new lines of attack. In others, like this argument over keeping your old health care, the failure of the site is weakening the administration’s ability to engage in those old debates.

    The matter at issue here only affects the 5 percent of the population that buys health care in the individual market, compared to the 80 percent who get health care through their companies. The president’s press secretary, Jay Carney, pointed this out several times in his daily briefing Tuesday to put the controversy in perspective. “You would think in some of the coverage over the last several days we were talking about 75 percent,” he said. Fair enough, but the president’s claim about keeping coverage was always about more than a sliver of people signing up for Obamacare which is why it has the ability to resonate beyond the audience directly affected by it.

    Let’s go back in time. During the debate over the law, the president had a difficult balancing act. He had to argue that the status quo in health care was a disaster while at the same time not threatening the status quo for those people who were happy with their health care or who feared it would get worse under his changes. A CBS poll at the time showed that people were quite afraid that whatever the president did, it would hurt their plans. Sixty-nine percent worried that the ACA would affect the quality of their care. Almost three-quarters thought it would limit their access. There was a lot of pressure on the president to send the message that nothing would change.

    In the summer of 2009, the president began to tailor his message to assuage the fears of these very people. If you liked what you had, it wasn’t going to change. That was a broad and simplified claim and the press called him on it. The president could never make that promise. He didn’t have the power to keep insurance companies from changing their policies in response to the law. Nevertheless, the president continued to make the claim in the desperate attempt to sell his unpopular plan.

    This was a time bomb embedded in the legislation. It might have been mitigated if the website had worked. If it had been humming as administration officials so fervently hoped, there would be no broader context for debates about whether the president is living up to his promises. And in this specific instance, the flourishing of the site might have offered loads of examples of people in that individual market whose plans had only changed for the better. Of course, that’s not what happened.

    The president’s message about his signature law has always been: It gets better, I promise. That was always an uphill battle. The benefits of the law were strung out over time, making it harder for people to recognize a payoff. “Trust me” claims clash with people’s mistrust of politicians and government programs.

    When the website doesn’t work and the promises of 2009 and 2010 are revised, questions of credibility infect everything the administration says. This can lead to a death spiral as administration officials make bold assertions to distract from the current challenges. White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett tweeted Monday night: “FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.” Of course the insurance companies wouldn’t have had to change plans if it hadn’t been for Obamacare. This is spinning—which is to be expected from a president’s defender—but its legalistic dissembling seems particularly weak in light of the president’s initial promises. (It isn’t the only time the administration has claimed a FACT recently about health care that isn’t one).

    For congressional Republicans, these credibility challenges help obscure their recent flirtation with utter collapse. It’s not just that Republicans benefit when the president’s signature legislation falters. This debate over his initial claim lends credibility to their longstanding opposition to the law. House Speaker John Boehner’s office quickly provided reporters with a quotation from the GOP weekly radio address from September 2009, delivered by Rep. Tom Price: “On the stump, the president regularly tells Americans that ‘if you like your plan, you can keep your plan.’ But if you read the bill, that just isn’t so. For starters, within five years, every health care plan will have to meet a new federal definition for coverage—one that your current plan might not match, even if you like it.” A key critique of the Republican Party’s recent attempt to defund Obamacare was that it was a strategy born of limited vision. They couldn’t see that it was doomed to fail spectacularly. Four years ago, with the Affordable Care Act, they saw this moment coming.

  107. 42% disapproval for the Golden boy, either these numbers are pulled from only Obama supporters or I live in an alternate universe.

    How bad does he have to get to fall below 42%?

    Does he have to start shooting down American’s in the street?

    Does he have to pull off his rubber mask and disclose himself as a white racist?

    JeezeLouise. all of this is so bad that anything more than 30% Kooks and mindless racists has to be wrong.

  108. I see no natural successor for the GOP in 2016 and they are not yet unified enough to wrestle control of the Presidency in 2016, it really is Hillary’s for the taking.
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    The RINOs will push Christie, and so will big media. Experienced and bipartisan will be the mantra. And it is complete bullshit. I know a federal judge whom I respect who is backing him, since they were both US Attorneys in different eras, and both made their bones fighting organized crime in New Jersey. But I will not defer to his judgement in this instance. I could not possibly vote for Christie, because I know that he will slash social security and medicare, regardless of what he says. And he will not listen to the people. You can make book on that. The base of the Republican Party hates his guts and will not go along with this charade. It will divide the party. They will probably try to lure a conservative like Niki Haley to run as his vp.

  109. The spin on CNN’s AC 360 – or whatever Anderson’s show is called now – was a tad dizzying. I think the name of Anderson’s may have been changed to “AC – Pimpin’ for the Prez”. Anyway He and Dana M. ( I think. She’s the blond female reporter who looks kind of like a “my little pony” isn’t she?) were pushing the Seilius lie that some people who are being terminated from their health insurance plans – and I swear they said that the names of these people who had lost their insurance had been compiled by Pubs, as if it were just more propaganda – would have been terminated anyway because it was time for their policies to expire.

    You don’t just get kicked off when your policy “expires”. The private insurance policies I’m familiar with have an “open season” at the same time each year, at which time the policy holder has the option of modifying his/her coverage and making other changes. But, unless you just quit paying, they don’t kick you off.

    This is the best they can do? People who believe that BS, and just assume it’s an accurate analysis are too stupid to be allowed to vote. CNN just goes back and forth, like a toddler learning to walk, they make a bold step or two, reporting one or two details that show Obama’s true colors, then they go back to the same old moves. The damn media is a bigger problem that O and his thugs. If it weren’t for MSM, people would see the truth. Some people just want to be spoon fed a point of view or opinion, and not have to expend any real cognitive energy. Those are the Americans being manipulated by media. And the rest of the country is paying for their laziness and media’s corruption.

  110. freespirit…CNN must be taking heat from O and his thugs…just like the insurance companies are being intimadated by Othugs…you are right CNN vacillates back and forth…NBC (Brian Williams) was tough on O tonight, they were exposing the security threat info…the article Dickerson wrote that admin posted above…it is starting…

    …i think the bottom line will be when this website finally gets up and running and the unbelievable amount of people that still are not following this…see that NBC poll and stats up above…when that group finally tunes in, along with those already receiving the cancellations and sticker shock…and more dims, like Landreu, Shaheen, Manchen(sp), etc…start getting louder about delaying the penalty and letting people keep their insurance…it will become harder for O and Sebelious to just brush it off…O is beginning to resonate as someone who cannot be trusted…someone who does not tell the truth…he is starting to sink again…

    and frankly…when that website is up and O and Sebelious can no longer hide behind witholding the numbers…everyone will begin to see that most who have signed on are for medicade…very few healthly people because of sticker shock…and almost nil young healthy people…reality will really start to sink in…

    …there is alot of money tied up and promised in this Ocare monstrosity…notice how Sebelious would not give an inch today…she’s got insurance co expecting profits from her and O…this is not going well at all…

    so the people and the dims…and the repubs…need to keep the pressure on them…and the media could start to help…

    …regardless of what O and his thugs say…if they do not get the people to enroll then they will be out of business…

  111. S

    “I think the bottom line will be when this website finally gets up and running and the unbelievable amount of people that still are not following this…see that NBC poll and stats up above…when that group finally tunes in, along with those already receiving the cancellations and sticker shock…and more dims, like Landreu, Shaheen, Manchen(sp), etc…start getting louder about delaying the penalty and letting people keep their insurance…it will become harder for O and Sebelious to just brush it off…O is beginning to resonate as someone who cannot be trusted…someone who does not tell the truth…he is starting to sink again…”

    ____________

    Exactly!

  112. From The Crawdad Hole, a Forbes article reporting that Putin replaces Obama as top most powerful person”

    “No wonder Barack is out campaigning again:”

    ‘Forbes power list: Vladimir Putin beats Barack Obama

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has knocked President Barack Obama off of the top spot on Forbes’ 2013 World’s Most Powerful People List.’

    “The magazine explained Putin earned the number one ranking “because he so frequently shows his strength at home and on the global stage,” citing his involvement in negotiations with Syria over chemical weapons and NSA
    leaker Edward Snowden’s asylum in Russia. This is the first time Putin is at the top of the list, coming in third in 2012.”

    _________

    Well, that’s gotta hurt. Poor Bambi, not used to being judged on merit.

  113. The fate of the Obama Administration as it endeavors to keep the truth dammed up through the Chicago tactics of extortion and bribery would look something like this:

  114. Go get ’em, Greta.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv1AQA9janY

    “The chief executive of outsourcing firm Serco has quit as part of a major reorganisation aimed at rebuilding its reputation with its biggest customer, the British government, following a series of scandals.

    “The CEO of Serco, a British-based company whose North American division received one of the largest contracts to work on the Obamacare insurance exchanges,[1] resigned Friday amid allegations that the company had defrauded the British government of millions of pounds.

    Even as myriad other allegations emerged about its work around the globe, Serco spent heavily on lobbying in Washington, D.C., and secured a multi-year contract potentially worth $1.249 billion to handle paper applications for the Obamacare exchanges. Serco did not respond to e-mail and voice-mail requests for comment.”

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/10/30/questions-about-serco

  115. Greta Van Sustern was incredulous that Obama would like with impunity on so many issues, with the expectation that he would never be held accountable. In that respect, her knowledge of history in general and the propaganda technique of The Big Lie is deficient. It is common fare with fascists:

    Adolph Hitler was proficient in this. His rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it. (Source: US Office of Strategic Services profile of Hitler)

  116. Larry Johnson shows his appreciation for the man that our dearly beloved fascist big media billed as the Messiah. (Note: They have a saying in the Six Sigma program: belts protect belts. Where Obama and big media are concerned the expression is fascist protect fascists. Yes, that is what they are, both of them. Here’s Larry:
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    Words now escape me in trying to define the malevolent mendacity of the ass-clown who now inhabits the White House. Obama’s incompetence in all matters has been completely exposed thru the Obamacare SNAFU. An you remember what SNAFU means? SITUATION NORMAL ALL FUCKED UP.

    And Barack Obama has achieved Olympian heights in the realm of major fuck ups. He is desperately trying to blame insurance companies for dumping customers they can’t afford.

    He is encouraging consumers who are in the process of losing their health coverage (notwithstanding Obama’s repeated assurances that you could keep your health care and your doctor) to go shopping.

    This clueless man-child, the son of an unstable single mother, genuinely does not understand what average folks are facing. They cannot find “Affordable” Health Care. Most are facing higher deductibles, higher premiums and less accessibility to care.

    Heck of a job Barack.

    (You too fascist big media, to the extent there is any difference)

  117. Barack is encouraging consumers who are in the process of losing their health coverage (notwithstanding Obama’s repeated assurances that you could keep your health care and your doctor) to go shopping.

    It is now incumbent on his Hitler juegen bots to put his directive to music. A perfect sequel to that creepy 2008 video prepubecent warbeling about how Obama is going to change the world. Maybe we could sign the same tyke on to do this one. She must be 16 by now, and ready for the cuckoos nest.

  118. I didn’t realize that she supported obama. Guess I wasn’t paying attention.
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    Why Obama Won’t Fire Sebelius

    The reason has as much to do with their personal relationship as politics: one built on loyalty, Kansas roots­and basketball.

    SNIP

    At the end of January 2008, when Obama and Hillary Clinton were fighting it out for endorsements, alternating bruising wins and losses in New Hampshire and Iowa and Nevada, Sebelius, then the Kansas governor, took a leap and endorsed Obama in El Dorado, not far from Wichita. The endorsement mattered. It came from a woman, a New Democrat, and a pantsuit-favoring governor who wasn’t endorsing Hillary. At the time, Sebelius enjoyed a high profile as an up-and-coming Dem who had delivered the response to George W. Bush’s State of the Union speech just a day earlier.

    More: http://www.nationaljournal.com/health-care/why-obama-won-t-fire-sebelius-20131029

  119. Years ago I was a regular at American Thinker. Then I dropped it. Others here are current followers and I try to leave it to them to supply links as it’s no longer “my” territory. But a tweet took me there just now. The article is hard-hitting and the author … well …

    Janice Shaw Crouse, Presidential Speechwriter for the first President Bush, has written extensively on presidential rhetoric and debating. She is a spokesperson for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/10/the_facade_cracks_at_last.html#ixzz2jJmnnScA

  120. The Legacy of Eric Holder

    Allen West: America ‘on verge of race war?

    Points to black-mob violence plaguing more than 100 cities across nation
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    The latest edition of Colin Flaherty’s book “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It” continues to receive rave reviews from readers, including former Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida.

    On his personal website, West, a tea-party favorite, wrote: “We were supposed to be living in a post-racial America since we elected the first ‘African-American’ president. But esteemed scholar Thomas Sowell fears we’re almost on the verge of a race war.”

    More than 2,681 Facebook users shared West’s posting on their individual pages, and 5,174 people “liked” it as of 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time Friday.

    West asked: “Are we on the verge of war?”

    He answered, “I hope not, but just this past week in Brooklyn a white couple was attacked, dragged from their car and beaten by a black mob.”

    West also pointed to the fatal beating of 86-year old World War II veteran Delbert Benton in Spokane, Wash., by two black males last month. Just two days ago in the Boston area, he noted, a 24-year-old white female teacher was brutally killed by a 14-year-old black male.

    “Earlier this year, in my home state of Georgia, two teenage black males shot a baby in the face, after shooting the mother.”

    West asked: “And where is the nonstop coverage?”

    He said, “[A]t least author Colin Flaherty is tackling this issue in his new book, ‘White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.'”

    At Amazon.com, Flaherty’s book is currently No. 938 in overall sales, coming in at No. 2 in the category of Civil Rights & Liberties. Among Amazon.com Kindle books, it’s No. 1 in Civil Rights & Liberties, as well as No. 1 in Media Studies.

    “White Girl Bleed a Lot” was written for reporters and public officials who, despite overwhelming evidence, deny that black mob violence has reached epidemic levels in America.

    But many of these cases are now documented on YouTube. And readers of Flaherty’s book will be able to scan QR codes to witness the racial violence on video as they read.

    A new edition documents more than 500 cases of black mob violence in more than 100 cities around the country.

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

    The new edition of “White Girl Bleed A Lot” documents – with 500 footnotes – black mob violence in the bigger cities, where some might expect it: Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and St. Louis.

    But it’s also been witnessed in cities such as Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Charlotte, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Las Vegas and Kansas City.

    Even smaller cities have experienced it, such as Peoria, Springfield, Greensboro, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Champaign, Utica, Rochester, Syracuse, Long Island, Wilmington, Dover, New Haven, Meriden, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Virginia Beach, Columbia, Birmingham, Knoxville, Memphis, Miami Beach, Norfolk, Columbus and Madison.

    Readers will learn about “Beat Whitey Night” at a Midwest state fair. And how a Chicago police chief blamed the violence on Sarah Palin and the Pilgrims.

    They will find out how Oprah Winfrey gave $1 million to a Philadelphia charter school, only to see its students on video assaulting a white person shortly thereafter. (Note: with the full approval of racist Oprah I’m sure–my note.)

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

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

  121. Leanora
    October 31, 2013 at 7:05 am
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    She did support Obama, but that is not the reason he has not fired her. The pay off here was her willingness to lie and say that Obama asked her if they were ready to launch, that she assured him they were and she was wrong.

    That statement, albeit a bold faced lie, was something he needed to have said, she was the only one who could say it, and there is no witness who can refute that fictional conversation.

    The reason I am sure it is fictional is because history has shown consistently, that this is not how he operates. In order to credit the statement, you would have to believe three things: i) first, that he bothered to ask, ii) second, that she told him they were ready, and iii) third, despite the clear statements to the contrary from contractors, and other interested parties, that both of them were ignorant of the problem.

    The reality is suggested by an independent statement made by Sebilius that they did not want to delay for fear that it would give Republicans the upper hand. Those were not her exact words, but that is what she said in substance. So rather than her asking and him assuring, the more likely response was damn the torpedoes full speed ahead, and we can rely on our friends in big media to condemn the Republicans and bamboozle the public like they always do.

  122. More reason to nix it not fix it in re. Obamacare. (Note: this is why McConnell, Cronyn, Graham, Cochrane, Alexander, must be taken down in 2014. They are accommodationists, and will never end Obamacare. Never. Not ever. Nor will any other RINO, just as long as the proceeds of corruption flowing uninterrupted into their coffers.)
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    Within a few years, the entire middle class will be dependent upon government subsidies for lousy insurance and sub-par healthcare (from all the regulations on actual medical care, not just insurance). Those beyond the subsidy level will just be subjected to the lousy care without the subsidy.

    Consequently, to the extent we ever pursue a fix or partial delay, it should not be a delay of the individual mandate. That will only give cover to red state Democrats and fail to deal with the fundamental problem of Obamacare – destroying affordable care and creating permanent dependency. Instead, we need to restore the free market in order to compete against Obamacare.

    http://www.redstate.com/2013/10/31/its-not-about-the-website-or-the-individual-mandate/

    The President called upon Republicans to offer solutions instead of just criticism. Well, short of full repeal, here is the solution. Pass a new law allowing insurance companies to provide plans that are mandate free and tailor-made to individuals. If Obamacare is so great, people will flock to the exchanges once the website is fixed. However, if we are correct in assuming that the motive for profit will prompt insurers to offer cheaper plans once they are unshackled form the mandates, then it will be lights out for Obamacare.

    What are you scared of, Mr. President? Why are you intimidating insurance companies into submission? After all, it’s all for the good of the peop

  123. Obama to be a no-show at Gettysburg 150th anniversary ceremony. It’s unclear why Mr. Obama, a noted admirer of President Lincoln, declined the invitation. Among other tributes to the 16th president, Mr. Obama used the Lincoln Bible at both of his inauguration ceremonies, in 2009 and 2013. Skipping the event may not make many waves in Washington, but it’s already causing an uproar in Pennsylvania…
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/31/obama-no-show-gettysburg-150th-anniversary-fete/

  124. wbboei
    October 31, 2013 at 9:53 am
    The reality is suggested by an independent statement made by Sebilius that they did not want to delay for fear that it would give Republicans the upper hand.

    Absolutely. Delay meant SOME Republicans were correct. The old line Republicans like McCain, Cornyn, McConnell were more than happy to keep their mouths shut and not criticize any of it because they benefit from the insurance lobby too. All the hogs feeding at the same trough. I really think that the HHS and White House had to consider delaying it as it was so bad, so screwed up, insurers and states freaking out, etc. Cruz and Lee ended that possibility and delay was off the table come hell or high water. It was a game of chicken and Cruz and Lee made ’em jump off the cliff. Also delay would have knocked the timetables of the scam out of whack. The website did that anyway. Now it is just falling dominoes of screw ups. It was supposed to be a in and out, fait accompli (it is settled law!!!!) bait and switch, take the money and lie scam. The insurers and IRS can’t take the money because the website won’t work, states are getting unverified Medicaid applicants, insurers can’t set up provider networks because they don’t know how many policies will be in it and doctors are pissed off and withdrawing, and on and on it goes.

  125. Barack Obama has bowed out of attending the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The comments show how angry people are and how much they dislike this man! Wow!
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    Obama chickens out, skips Gettysburg ceremony – commentary

    Sally Jewell.

    John Usher.

    Ring any bells?

    Didn’t think so.

    They’re both nobodies – well, actually, they’re both Secretaries of the Interior.

    The difference is when Usher travelled to Gettysburg, he went with his President.

    When Jewell goes this November, she’ll be the headliner – her President is taking a pass.

    Obama will be a no-show at the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

    For a president who has so demonstrably associated himself with Lincoln – the heir of Lincoln’s policies who announced his candidacy from the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield and used the Lincoln Bible (twice) at his inauguration – this is nothing less than a profile in cowardice.

    In the end, Barack Obama simply didn’t have the stones.

    It’s sad.

    And telling.

    History will note that Lincoln’s legacy did not live up to the challenge.

    http://blog.pennlive.com/gettysburg-150/2013/10/obama_chickens_out_skips_getty.html#incart_river_default

  126. holdthemaccountable
    October 31, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Obama to be a no-show at Gettysburg 150th anniversary ceremony. It’s unclear why Mr. Obama, a noted admirer of President Lincoln, declined the invitation. Among other tributes to the 16th president, Mr. Obama used the Lincoln Bible at both of his inauguration ceremonies, in 2009 and 2013. Skipping the event may not make many waves in Washington, but it’s already causing an uproar in Pennsylvania…
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/31/obama-no-show-gettysburg-150th-anniversary-fete/
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    Well, hold ’em, I think this is really the fault of the people in charge of the ceremony. If they had really wanted and expected Obama to attend, they hey should have held it on the golf course.

  127. freespirit

    October 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Well, hold ‘em, I think this is really the fault of the people in charge of the ceremony. If they had really wanted and expected Obama to attend, they hey should have held it on the golf course.

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    Comedy!!! 😀

    Hillary 2016

  128. I say both.
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    NAPOLITANO: Is Obama a dupe or a totalitarian, megalomaniacal liar?

    When German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Berlin in 2008, she could not have imagined that she was blessing the workplace for the largest and most effective gaggle of American spies anywhere outside of the United States.

    It seems straight out of a grade-B movie, but it has been happening for the past 11 years: The National Security Agency (NSA) has been using Mrs. Merkel as an instrument to spy on the president of the United States. We now know that the NSA has been listening to and recording her cellphone calls since 2002.

    In 2008, when the new embassy opened, the NSA began using more sophisticated techniques that included not only listening, but also following her. Mrs. Merkel uses her cellphone more frequently than her landline, and she uses it to communicate with her husband and family members, the leadership of her political party, and her colleagues and officials in the German government.

    She also uses her cellphone to speak with foreign leaders, among whom have been President George W. Bush and President Obama. Thus, the NSA ­ which Mr. Bush and Mr. Obama have unlawfully and unconstitutionally authorized to obtain and retain digital copies of all telephone conversations, texts and emails of everyone in the United States, as well as those of hundreds of millions of persons in Europe and Latin America ­ has been listening to the telephone calls of both American presidents whenever they have spoken with the chancellor.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/30/napolitano-going-the-stasi-one-better-and-in-ameri/#ixzz2jK0y3MWP

  129. freespirit
    October 31, 2013 at 11:57 am
    TheRock
    October 31, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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    So true.:) 🙂
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