Where Are Harry And Louise?

An ObamaCare medical miracle midst millions of ObamaCare catastrophes is possible. ObamaCare might miraculously resurrect from the dead Harry and Louise.

In 1994, not in 2007/2008 when Hillary perfected a new plan, Harry and Louise advertisements helped doom the Clinton health care plan. Louise told Harry “Having choices we don’t like is no choice at all.” That simple attack resonated. Bill Clinton back on his heels refused to accept a Republican “compromise” proposal that very much resembles ObamaCare and therefore health care reform died a quick merciful death – without the prolonged horrors that accompany end of life patients losing organ after organ until death is acknowledged with a certificate.

Knowing nothing about health care, nor reform, Barack Obama in 2009 did have a keen sense of self-advancement and check-the-box politics. Barack Obama, no doubt with an eye to lucrative Board of Directors perches for himself and Michelle, his patient dumping wife, post presidency, wanted to keep the Big Pharma and Big Insurance industries content with him. Barack Obama certainly did not want hostility from the very industry groups that ran Harry and Louise ads so effectively.

Obama, at the height of his popularity, traded away most of what could have constituted health care savings in secret meetings which violated his promises of openness and honesty. The left applauded the treachery.

So corrupt were Obama’s deals that Harry and Louise ads began to air. This time Harry and Louise shilled for the corruption not yet fully acknowledged to be ObamaCare. “Well it looks like we may finally get health care reform,” Harry told Louise.

That corrupt alliance of Barack Obama and industry supporters of ObamaCare might be over because “Obama cannot be trusted by friend nor foe.” Barack Obama stuck the knife into the backs of those that helped him pass ObaminationCare:

“President Obama’s messy breakup with insurers

President Barack Obama is breaking up with the health insurance industry again.

He’s had a love-hate relationship with the insurers ever since the early days of the health care reform debate. He yelled at them in public for giving people skimpy coverage, then slipped them a gift-wrapped box of chocolates — the individual mandate they wanted to gain millions of new customers.

Even during the implementation of Obamacare, he has stuck with the industry, staying in the rocky relationship despite all the petty bickering. He has to use them as a foil to advertise the law’s benefits, like all the rebates from greedy insurance companies. But he also needs them to make the law work — which is why he has been careful not to raise his voice at them even as they sent cancellation notices to individual insurance customers throughout the country.

Now, Obama is putting them on the spot. The message of his proposed one-year fix to the cancelled policies is this: I’m giving you a chance to clean up the mess. If you don’t clean it up, don’t blame it on me.

Barack Obama thinks that his usual trick of shift-the-blame will work again. He’s not responsible for anything. He just golfs. But health care and health insurance are what he messed up and Americans want solutions not words. Obama can only produced blame shifting words and platitudes of rolled back oceans. This time Barack Obama’s words won’t work because as the bills come due every American will see that Obama has put them in an ugly fix:

“There’s just one problem: Health insurers say the fix won’t work. And state insurance commissioners and leading actuaries aren’t sure, either.

For one thing, health insurance plans already set their prices for the Obamacare plans assuming that they’d get a certain number of customers, and the right mix of healthy and sick people. If they don’t get those people, they’re warning that the mix will be thrown off, and prices will have to go up — creating a new nightmare for the administration.

“Changing the rules after health plans have already met the requirements of the law could destabilize the market and result in higher premiums for consumers,” Karen Ignagni of America’s Health Insurance Plans, the leading health insurance trade group, said in a statement.

Health insurance actuaries echoed the alarm.

“Changing the [Affordable Care Act] provisions could alter the dynamics of the insurance market, creating two parallel markets operating under different rules, thereby threatening the viability of insurance markets operating under the new rules,” said Cori Uccello, the senior health fellow at the American Academy of Actuaries. [snip]

And that assumes health insurers throughout the country can actually un-cancel plans this late in the game. Bill Hoagland, a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former top official at CIGNA, says it’s “not that easy to put the genie back in the bottle” after insurers have sent the letters, set their rates, and programmed their computers under the rules that existed before Thursday.

“I don’t know if it’s a specific effort to shift the responsibility, but it will put pressure on the insurance companies,” said Hoagland. “If they can’t provide or reopen those plans … the burden will fall onto them.

Democrats don’t have a lot of sympathy for the insurance companies. They’ve been pushing the Obama administration to do more to pin the blame on the insurers, and to remind the public of the bad old days of pre-Obamacare health insurance coverage — as Obama did on Thursday, when he talked about how “Americans were routinely exposed to financial ruin or denied coverage due to minor pre-existing conditions or dropped from coverage altogether even if they’ve paid their premiums on time.”

Even now, Democratic strategists say insurers deserve more of the blame for tone-deaf communications with their customers than Obama is giving them.”

The Obama “fix” tries to shift the blame to insurers and state insurance commissioners for the chaotic mess Obama is to blame. Lisa Myers of NBC News explains in an investigative report why Barack Obama is to blame:

“Insurers, state officials say cancellation of health care policies just as they predicted

Several insurance industry officials and state insurance commissioners expressed frustration Friday, saying they were “baffled” by President Barack Obama’s assertion that the cancellation of millions of insurance policies occurred because a key provision of the Affordable Care Act didn’t work as expected. The administration was warned three years ago that regulations would have exactly that effect, they said.

They said the widespread cancellations in the individual health insurance market — roughly 5 million and counting — are in line with what was projected under regulations drawn up by the administration in 2010, requirements that both insurers and businesses objected to at the time. Cancellations also are occurring in the small group market, which covers businesses with between two and 50 employees, they noted.

We have been saying for years that the requirements in the law were going to mean that people couldn’t keep their current plans and they were going to have to purchase coverage that was more expensive,” said one high-level heath industry insider who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We said these changes would disrupt coverage and increase premiums for consumers. And now everything we said is coming true and people are acting surprised.”

Obama lied, millions cried.

We do not weep for the insurance companies that entered into a corrupt alliance with corrupt Barack Obama:

“The president urged, though did not mandate, insurers to reinstate cancelled plans and create two markets. In the process, he sought to alienate an old ally, the insurance industry, in order to create a foil at which Americans could direct their anxiety.

The insurance industry is furious,” wrote the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein. “They’ve been working with the White House to get HealthCare.Gov up and running and they’ve been devoting countless man hours to dealing with the problems and they’ve been taking the heat from their customers over canceled plans, and now the Obama administration wants to make them into a scapegoat.”

Some insurers will play the heavy in this production, but not all. Some state insurance commissioners simply refused to comply with the president’s request. Most, it is a safe bet, will include in the letters they are required to send to those with insurance policies that do not meet ACA requirements a paragraph or two informing them that they can lay the blame for their recent hardship squarely at the foot of the president.”

Obama made his blame shifting announcement without consulting nor even informing his dupes. If Obama won’t listen to his partners in crime, perhaps he will listen to a resurrected and angry Harry and Louise?

If the opponents of ObamaCare do not resurrect Harry and Louise maybe the Big Media shills for ObamaCare will in order to rescue their now broken dreams and have Harry tell Louise “I still believe in Hope and Change and the flim-flam man”. Ezra Klein who created the Journolisters is weeping for his broken tin plate god and the hope for change that has turned hideous:

Obamacare’s success would’ve affirmed the theories underlying Obama’s presidency — theories that could then be picked up by future presidents. Instead, Obamacare is systematically blowing apart the very premises it’s based on.

The reliance on Republican policy proposals did nothing to generate Republican support. Instead of showing the falseness of partisan divisions, Obamacare has proven how deeply entrenched they truly are.

Far from introducing innovation and efficiency into the system, the decision to build a complex, 50-state public-private hybrid has introduced towering complexity into the project, and seems, potentially, to be beyond the government’s capacity to do well.

And protecting individuals from the predations of the market has mostly led to complaints from those benefitting from the predations of the market. Even the most unjust system has winners, and those winners cling tightly to what they’ve won.”

Ezra is childish in his beliefs. He’s still making excuses and refusing to acknowledge that he is a fool and he foolishly fell for a scam from a flim-flam man he still adores and worships.

Like Ezra, John Judis at The New Republic is bemoaning what is happening and what is to come:

“If You Believe in Government, You Should Be Furious About Obamacare’s Incompetent Rollout

A fiasco that could haunt progressives for years to come

The first, and most obvious, effect will be on the Democrats’ political prospects in 2014 and perhaps even in 2016. Whatever advantage the Democrats received from the Republican shutdown, or from Republican machinations in state legislatures, has been erased by the specter of cancelled insurance policies and malfunctioning web pages. According to the Huffington Post’s polling averages, Democrats went from a tie in early August to a five point advantage in mid- October in the generic Congressional polls. That was a result of the public blaming the Republicans for the shutdown. But since then, the Democratic advantage has been falling and is now only 2.4 percent – which, given Republican advantages of incumbency and districting, is not enough to retake the House in 2014.

There are also warning signs in Senate races, where Democrats in 2014 have to defend 20 seats and the Republicans only 13. One race the Democrats need to win is in North Carolina, where Kay Hagan is up for re-election. According to Public Policy Polling, Hagan was leading her Republican challengers by eight points in August. Hagan’s advantage appeared to be tied to voters’ unhappiness with the state’s Republican administration. But this week, PPP’s polling showed Hagan tied with her challengers. PPP’s Tom Jensen blames Hagan’s ominous showing on the Obamacare rollout: [snip]

The second, and more far-reaching, effect will be on Americans’ support for government social and economic programs. Since the country’s founding, Americans have always had an abiding distrust of the federal government. [snip]

Obama succeeded in passing a health care bill in 2010 in the wake of the Great Recession. But if Obamacare doesn’t work as promised, then its failure will have reinforced for a generation the argument against any government initiatives. Reform will be dead – whether it’s to fix immigration, healthcare, or the growing gap between rich and poor.

There are already clear warning signs.

Because Americans are waking up to see Obama as the liar he is and ObamaCare as the killer it is, a lot of Obama Dimocrats are in reelection Hell. Hagen in North Carolina is not alone. Already the 2014 battlefield terrain is expanded to Republican advantage. Is the Michigan Senate seat in play for 2014?

The tears we shed for insurers and fools like Ezra and Judis are tears of laughter. We warned them Obama cannot be trusted and told them Obama represented false HOPE AND CHANGE for the worse.

Some fools are learning though. The Chicago Tribune which shilled for home town Obama even though they new better are off the Obama Hopium. It’s time for a change and ObamaCare repeal:

Stop digging. Start over.

As Friday dawns, here’s what a health insurance crisis looks like to many millions of Americans: Barely six weeks shy of 2014, they do not know whether they will have medical coverage Jan. 1. Or which hospitals and doctors they might patronize. Or what they may pay to protect themselves and their families against the chance of medical and financial catastrophe. How much, that is, they may pay in order to satisfy the Democratic politicians and federal bureaucrats who are worsening a metastasizing health coverage fiasco. [snip]

Those who don’t want or can’t afford the replacement policies Obamacare offers them. Those whose new policies block them from using the health providers who have treated them for many years. The estimated 23 million to 41 million people whose employer-sponsored plans are the next to be imperiled. And on and on.

Most of these tribespeople only wish their big problem was a slipshod Obamacare website. On Thursday, their plight grew more frightful. With even Democratic members of Congress storming the White House over the cancellations, Obama declared — by what legal authority is unclear — that he would overrule the law he signed in 2010 and allow insurers to extend those canceled policies for a year. [snip]

But in this country we don’t change bad laws by presidential fiat. We change them by having Congress rewrite them or by starting from scratch. Obama doesn’t want to reopen this law for fear that Republicans and some Democrats will substantially rewrite it. But that’s what has to happen.

We understand why the president and leaders of his party want to rescue whatever they can of Obamacare. On their watch, official Washington has blown the launch of a new entitlement program … under the schedule they alone set in early 2010.

What we don’t understand is their reluctance to give that failure more than lip service. Many of the Americans who heard their president say Thursday that “we fumbled the rollout of this health care law” would have been pleased to hear him add: So we’re admitting it. This law is a bust. We’re starting over.

Barack Obama will ignore the Chicago Tribune. Barack Obama will ignore all the Ezra Judis dupes crying for a failed lifetime of hopes and dreams. Barack Obama will even ignore these dupes, who by definition must be racists because they are not happy with Barack and ObamainationCare:



“Students at Bowie State University assailed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Thursday after administrators cancelled a low cost school-wide health care plan due to new regulations in the law.

Many students told Campus Reform that the now cancelled plans, which provided coverage for just $50 per semester, were the only insurance they could afford.

“I can’t afford anything right now,” one said. “I can’t even afford my loans.”

“We don’t have that money,” said another. “We can barely afford books.”

Several students said that they felt they had been let down.

It’s stupid and it’s Obama’s fault,” one said. “You haven’t done anything, Obama, and I’m disappointed in you.

What it was hyped up to be, was that it was supposed to solve a lot of problems and help a lot of people, and its not really doing that,” said another.”

How stupid they were to invest in a flim-flam man with a scam. Barack Obama won’t listen to them and why should he? They’re idiots ripe for the picking. Ezra, Judis, Bowie dopes, Chicago Tribune, all the usual idiots, Republicans, conservatives, pundits and Big Media know-nothings nor the Tea Party – Obama won’t listen to any of them.

However, Barack Obama might listen to Harry and Louise. An ad campaign by some entity outlining all the failures and corruptions of ObamaCare laid out at a kitchen table might get Obama’s Dumbo-sized ears to listen.

Hey, instead of Harry and Louise how about Barry and Moo-ise? From one Barry to another….

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125 thoughts on “Where Are Harry And Louise?

  1. Obama protection squad leader at the Washington Post Dana Milbank:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-does-health-care-fumble-mean-game-over-for-obama/2013/11/15/77dc0b0a-4dfa-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_story.html

    “Does the health-care fumble mean game over for Obama?

    Four times he mentioned fumbling — both the HealthCare.gov Web site and his promise that people could keep their health plans if they liked them. “These are two fumbles on something that — on a big game, which — but the game’s not over,” he said.

    In a narrow sense, that’s probably true: There may well be enough time to salvage Obamacare.

    But on the broader question of whether Obama can rebuild an effective presidency after this debacle, it’s starting to look as if it may be game over.
    [snip]

    The loss of trust will make even harder the already uphill effort to persuade Congress to enact other items on his agenda, such as immigration reform and a comprehensive budget deal. House Speaker John Boehner this week dashed hopes of immigration legislation getting through Congress anytime soon, saying the House wouldn’t even negotiate with the Senate over an immigration bill that chamber had passed.

    Also this week, House and Senate conferees meeting to discuss the budget they have been assigned to produce acknowledged they had given up hope for a far-reaching agreement. [snip]

    “There are going to be ups and downs during the course of my presidency,” Obama said. “I think I said early on when I was running, I am not a perfect man and I will not be a perfect president.”

    He didn’t seem to consider that this may not be part of the usual ups and downs. And though he deserves credit for his apologies — seven times during his news conference, he said the problems with Obamacare are “on us” or “on me” — it’s not likely that the public’s loss of trust will be repaired no matter how often or how genuinely he says “my bad.”

    Even as he accepted responsibility for the debacle, he couldn’t resist transferring some blame to the assembled press (“the things that go right, you guys aren’t going to write about”) and to Republicans (“repeal, repeal, let’s get rid of this thing”).

    But Obama seemed genuinely puzzled by the notion that his leadership may have been the cause. He dismissed a question about whether his administration may be too insular (“I meet with an awful lot of folks”).

    And, he said, “when I do some Monday-morning quarterbacking on myself,” he concludes that maybe he should have been “breaking the mold” with the rollout earlier because “the federal government has not been good at this stuff in the past.”

    Wait a minute: Monday-morning quarterbacking? Maybe the president does understand that the game is over.

    When Obama says “the federal government has not been good at this stuff in the past” he does not seem to be away of how devastating those words are and how much they will help Republicans/conservatives for a long long time.

  2. Admin: your insights and depth of analysis is second to none. But there is another aspect too. You have a war room sense of urgency, which allows you to strike while the iron is hot. The ground is moving now and you are right in the middle of it. Again, very impressive.

  3. Bill and Hillary:

    http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2013/11/15/the-clattering-train/?singlepage=true

    The unthinkable is finally happening. A small revolt against President Obama has broken out in Democrat ranks over the Obamacare fiasco. [snip]

    But Obama won’t resign, precisely because he lacks the quality of “shame.” But Roger has put his finger on the essential point. Obama is ungoverned by shame, and hence has no self-limiting boundaries. He’s like a runaway train without a driver. Such trains require an external agency to stop them. Obama won’t stop himself, no matter what, no matter how.

    Since Obama will never resign, the Dems may eventually try to persuade him to retire, in the manner of Nixon or Johnson. The political pressures will bear on them until the beams creak and the floor sags. Unthinkable? Bill Clinton has broken ranks already on Obamacare.

    Obama is waist deep in quicksand. The first rule of quicksand is not to struggle; to swim your way out. But Obama won’t. Can’t. The deeper he gets, the harder he thrashes. No shame. No self-control. And therefore this may end in the manner of the Beast of Hollow Mountain. [snip]

    Sabotage! Them’s fighting words. Them’s also Bolshevik words, but never mind that for now. The received wisdom is that the small Dem revolt we are presently witnessing is caused by the fear of electoral loss. That is only partly true. It is more than that.

    Charles Krauthammer was correct to say that the stakes are higher than a mere loss of the Senate; that the liberal project itself is now at serious risk. [snip]

    Krauthammer doesn’t go far enough. The status quo is facing an extinction event and they are beginning to realize it. Take the New York Times as representative of the liberal media. There’s a good chance it will be gone in four or five years from bankruptcy. Maybe they hoped that somehow Obama would save it. Now it’s clear he can’t and he won’t. Or take Detroit. They were hoping for “bacon” to show up somehow. But the pig is dead and gone and it is dawning on them.

    The facts are hard. Very hard. And they can’t be elided any longer.

    The most interesting figure in the short term is Bill Clinton because the Democrat revolt needs a leader. The delegation to Obama needs a spokesman. And he’s the natural. Bill is smart enough to know that the jig is up and canny enough to realize that if the status quo is to save itself there is only a small window of opportunity left in which to act.

    The problem for Bill is he cannot lead this change since he’s used up the two terms allotted him. The crux of the drama from the Democrat perspective is that the only man capable of leading the revolt cannot. They have no real party elders left. Gore, Hillary and Kerry have beclowned themselves. Obama has seen to it that no star rose within the party to rival his brilliance.

    The weakness of the Democratic Party is the single most destabilizing element in the equation. It’s the wildcard in the drama. Nobody, not even the Democrats, knows how it will play out.

    Meanwhile, the conservatives, who cannot at present account for more than half the voters, are in a strategic waiting game. At best they can consolidate the half into the nether millstone against which events may grind. The single greatest task for conservatives is to fix their own leadership problems. In so doing they must avoid the single greatest mistake Obama has made, which is to rely on fantasy. The facts, however unpalatable. The truth, no matter how bitter.

  4. Peggy Noonan:

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303789604579197883480604424

    Most of them had no idea what they were voting for. They’re as surprised as anybody at what’s happened. And it’s not only because so many of them are idiots. They believed what they were told and, more important, they wanted to believe it. And, I suspect, they had a magical and almost touching belief in the ability of the U.S. government to do anything. It’s done anything in the past, why wouldn’t it now? (Because in the past it wasn’t asked to construct huge, sprawling, incoherent Rube Goldberg machines? And because government hasn’t always executed brilliantly, but often just well enough not to make everybody cry?)

    One thing about the progressives of Congress: They really drank the Kool-Aid. They really did think government could do anything. They were sincere! They really thought there were no limits.

    I wonder if this will sober them up.

    People are wondering if we are seeing the end of liberalism. We are not. Liberalism, a great and storied American political tradition, will survive this. But progressivism—liberalism without blood—has been badly, deeply damaged. We are seeing the end of its first major emanation, ObamaCare.

    It’s good to see that the distinction we have always tried to make between what we know of as “liberalism” is different from this beast generally called “progressiveism”. It used to be that “progressives” and “liberals” could be used interchangeably but no longer.

    What is now called “progressive” is the old “totalitarian”. We’ll oppose totalitarianism from the left or the right.

  5. “Obamacare’s success would’ve affirmed the theories underlying Obama’s presidency — theories that could then be picked up by future presidents. Instead, Obamacare is systematically blowing apart the very premises it’s based on.

    The reliance on Republican policy proposals did nothing to generate Republican support. Instead of showing the falseness of partisan divisions, Obamacare has proven how deeply entrenched they truly are.

    Far from introducing innovation and efficiency into the system, the decision to build a complex, 50-state public-private hybrid has introduced towering complexity into the project, and seems, potentially, to be beyond the government’s capacity to do well.

    And protecting individuals from the predations of the market has mostly led to complaints from those benefitting from the predations of the market. Even the most unjust system has winners, and those winners cling tightly to what they’ve won.”
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    You are right admin. He is a child. Someday he may gain wisdom, but that day is a long way off. What is this crap about advancing theories. Forget about fucking theories, intentions and the rest of that academic shit. Focus on IMPACTS. And the impacts here are dreadful.

    These totalitarians always lead me back to the Hennie Youngman one liners of . . . yup you guessed it–that Georgia Peach, that man for all seasons, uncle Joe Stalin. Yes, he had a way with words. For example when confronted with a vexing problem, he thought for a second, then leaned back in his chair with that engaging grin that said, someone is going to die and uttered these immoral words:

    Here you have a man, and a problem.

    No man no problem.

    Sort of like Barack.

  6. My point is not that the problem would disappear if Barack was impeached, but that he thinks like Stalin. It is part and parcel of the totalitarian mindset. You do not accommodate your opponents, you do not comprise with them, you roll over them. My way or the highway. That is the way his mind works.

  7. admin
    November 16, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Obama won’t resign, precisely because he lacks the quality of “shame.” But Roger has put his finger on the essential point. Obama is ungoverned by shame, and hence has no self-limiting boundaries. He’s like a runaway train without a driver. Such trains require an external agency to stop them. Obama won’t stop himself, no matter what, no matter how.

    ———————
    Admin: god bless you. I do agree with Richard Fernadez’s assessment as set forth above. In fact, I addressed that very subject in a paper I wrote back in February 2012, and distributed to influential people, but to no avail. The title of the paper was An American Tragedy, and it had nothing to do with the novel on the subject other than death as a metaphor. Here is the pertinent provision, which connects with Richard’s comments:

    III. A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE

    A. A Pattern of Peculiar Behavior:

    From the beginning, Mr. Obama has exhibited a consistent pattern of peculiar behavior. It goes back to his chaotic childhood when he referred to himself as “King Obama”; to the time he played the race card against Bill Clinton in South Carolina and many times he invoked it thereafter; to the sexist quips he made toward Hillary; to the condescending remarks he made to the San Francisco elites about Americans who live in small towns, and cling to religion and Bibles; to his statement to a confident at the convention: “I can make the American People believe anything I want them to believe!”;

    To his bias toward the white Cambridge cop; to his boorish behavior toward the Prime Minister of Israel; to constant attempts to prove himself superior to Bill Clinton; to his cheap shots from the podium to Associate Justice Alito, Congressman Paul Ryan, Donald Trump when they were in no position to respond; to his disparagement of the work ethic of the American People; to his unstable behavior in the debt ceiling negotiation; to his invocation of class warfare in the current campaign; to his buzzing New York City in Air Force I; and now to the baited hook he created with the birth certificate (infra).

    What are we dealing with? To his supporters, that will seem like an inappropriate question. But in point of fact, it is an unavoidable one. He is after all President, therefore he holds the fate of the nation in his hands, therefore when he demonstrates an odd pattern of behavior, we have the right to ask what is going on between his ears. But we are not experts and it is best not to speculate. Therefore, we must turn to those who are, provided they have had an opportunity to observe him. Fortunately we have not one but two qualified medical experts who have opined on this very subject, namely the mental health of Mr. Obama.

    B. The Professional Diagnosis:

    Dr. Krauthammer is a Washington Post columnist, a FOX News political commentator and a distinguished medical expert. He has called Mr. Obama a “narcissist” without explaining what that medical term means.

    Dr. Sam Vaknin is the leading authority in the world on narcissism. He concurs with that diagnosis, and has gone on to explain not only what it means but how it applies to Mr. Obama. Therefore his analysis is highly probative. It is reasonable to assume that every nation we deal with as a friend or foe has profiled Mr. Obama that way. This was evident a year ago he refused to confront Iran on a real world violation because he was too absorbed in his own thoughts about a nuclear free world. Whereupon, President Sarakozy made the tell-tale statement to Mr. Obama “we live in the real world, not a virtual one”. Obviously, he had done his homework.

    C. How Does One Become A Narcissist?

    According to Dr. Vaknin, narcissism is a specific reaction to deep trauma in the patient’s early life. (In Barack’s case there were multiple traumas including abandonment, cultural displacement, mixed race, etc.). The narcissist constructs an alter ego to compensate for that trauma. The alter ego is god-like and omnipotent. (In those days, he called himself King Obama). The narcissist engages in magic thinking to sustain it. The narcissist projects the god-like alter ego to the world. The world falls in love with the god-like alter ego. The god-like alter ego attracts co-dependent people. Those co-dependent people form a cult around the narcissist. The narcissist does nothing to discourage this. Behind the mask is the stunted, immature, angry, ossified child. In time, alter ego and the inner child merge, and you end up with a tyrannical god.

    D. What Are The Telltale Signs?

    The specific markers of Obama’s personality are as follows:
     Messianic vision of himself, his life and his mission. (Magic thinking).
     Tenuous grip on reality exacerbated by trappings of power (theater vs. reality)
     Fosters and encourages a personality cult.
     Surrounds himself with obsequious sycophants. (Admirers are co-dependents).
     Cannot handle a hint of criticism or disagreement.
     Paranoia and feels he is a victim.
     Sublimates aggression and holds grudges. (Inner sense of rage)
     Manipulative and conniving.
     Pronoun density (Uses I, my, & me excessively in speech pattern)
     Glibness and superficial charm.
     Covertly hostile and domineering. (Likes to humiliate victims)
     Pathological lying. (Extremely convincing).
     Shifts positions, views, opinions and ideals opportunistically (Flip flops)
     Shallow emotions. (Feigned rather than experienced).
     Lack of shame remorse or guilt. (Deep sense of inner rage).
     Lack of empathy. (Contempt for feelings)

    E. How Does This Affect His Leadership?

    As president, we find that Mr. Obama displays a cosmic vision, lives in a fantasy world and engages in magic thinking. He believes he can circumvent existing structures and go directly to the grass roots. He is more concerned with theater than real life, appearance than substance, public relations than policy. This can be seen in his tried and failed public relations initiatives in the Middle East, his passage of bills in Congress, and his tendency to grandstand. His speech patterns feature pronoun density, whereby he uses the word I, me or myself 5 times more than an average speaker and conflates the United States with himself. He flip-flops on his stated ideals, opinions and views without explanation or apology. He maligned Bush during the campaign and has since adopted all of Bush’s policies. Once he implements a policy he loses interest in it. He never asks the results of his initiatives, i.e. whether the economy improved, the health care system got better, or the Iranian government listened as a result. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CUp7qdej8g

  8. If these names were listed here already, I’m sorry. But it won’t hurt to read them again anyway. 🙂
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    List: The 27 Senate Democrats Who Lied To Americans About Keeping Their Health Plans Under Obamacare…

    SEN. HARRY REID (D-Nev.): “In fact, one of our core principles is that if you like the health care you have, you can keep it.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.8642, 8/3/09)

    SEN. RICHARD DURBIN: “We believe ­ and we stand by this ­ if you like your current health insurance plan, you will be able to keep it, plain and simple, straightforward.” (Sen. Durbin, Congressional Record, S.6401, 6/10/09)

    SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “If you like your insurance, you keep it.” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Bill Mark-Up, 9/24/09)

    SEN. PATTY MURRAY (D-Wash.): “Again, if you like what you have, you will be able to keep it. Let me say this again: If you like what you have, when our legislation is passed and signed by the President, you will be able to keep it.” (Sen. Murray, Congressional Record, S.6400, 6/10/09)

    SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-Mont.): “That is why one of the central promises of health care reform has been and is: If you like what you have, you can keep it. That is critically important. If a person has a plan, and he or she likes it, he or she can keep it.” (Sen. Baucus, Congressional Record, S.7676, 9/29/10)

    SEN. TOM HARKIN (D-Iowa): “One of the things we put in the health care bill when we designed it was the protection for consumers to keep the plan they have if they like it; thus, the term ‘grandfathered plans.’ If you have a plan you like ­ existing policies ­ you can keep them. … we said, if you like a plan, you get to keep it, and you can grandfather it in.” (Sen. Harkin, Congressional Record, S.7675-6, 9/29/10)

    More:
    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/11/16/list-the-27-senate-democrats-who-told-the-lie-about-keeping-your-health-plans-under-obamacare/

  9. Admin: the comments of Richard Fernadez put me in mind of what I wrote about Obama six months prior to the election, wherein I assumed, in error, that the might make a difference. I tried to post this five minutes ago, but it got caught up in the spam filter, so I am breaking it up and sending it again. If it does go through finally, please delete this comment.
    —————————-

    III. A PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILE

    A. A Pattern of Peculiar Behavior:

    From the beginning, Mr. Obama has exhibited a consistent pattern of peculiar behavior. It goes back to his chaotic childhood when he referred to himself as “King Obama”; to the time he played the race card against Bill Clinton in South Carolina and many times he invoked it thereafter; to the sexist quips he made toward Hillary; to the condescending remarks he made to the San Francisco elites about Americans who live in small towns, and cling to religion and Bibles; to his statement to a confident at the convention: “I can make the American People believe anything I want them to believe!”;

    To his bias toward the white Cambridge cop; to his boorish behavior toward the Prime Minister of Israel; to constant attempts to prove himself superior to Bill Clinton; to his cheap shots from the podium to Associate Justice Alito, Congressman Paul Ryan, Donald Trump when they were in no position to respond; to his disparagement of the work ethic of the American People; to his unstable behavior in the debt ceiling negotiation; to his invocation of class warfare in the current campaign; to his buzzing New York City in Air Force I; and now to the baited hook he created with the birth certificate (infra).

    What are we dealing with? To his supporters, that will seem like an inappropriate question. But in point of fact, it is an unavoidable one. He is after all President, therefore he holds the fate of the nation in his hands, therefore when he demonstrates an odd pattern of behavior, we have the right to ask what is going on between his ears. But we are not experts and it is best not to speculate. Therefore, we must turn to those who are, provided they have had an opportunity to observe him. Fortunately we have not one but two qualified medical experts who have opined on this very subject, namely the mental health of Mr. Obama.

    B. The Professional Diagnosis:

    Dr. Krauthammer is a Washington Post columnist, a FOX News political commentator and a distinguished medical expert. He has called Mr. Obama a “narcissist” without explaining what that medical term means.
    Dr. Sam Vaknin is the leading authority in the world on narcissism. He concurs with that diagnosis, and has gone on to explain not only what it means but how it applies to Mr. Obama. Therefore his analysis is highly probative. It is reasonable to assume that every nation we deal with as a friend or foe has profiled Mr. Obama that way. This was evident a year ago he refused to confront Iran on a real world violation because he was too absorbed in his own thoughts about a nuclear free world. Whereupon, President Sarakozy made the tell-tale statement to Mr. Obama “we live in the real world, not a virtual one”. Obviously, he had done his homework.

    C. How Does One Become A Narcissist?

    According to Dr. Vaknin, narcissism is a specific reaction to deep trauma in the patient’s early life. (In Barack’s case there were multiple traumas including abandonment, cultural displacement, mixed race, etc.). The narcissist constructs an alter ego to compensate for that trauma. The alter ego is god-like and omnipotent. (In those days, he called himself King Obama). The narcissist engages in magic thinking to sustain it. The narcissist projects the god-like alter ego to the world. The world falls in love with the god-like alter ego. The god-like alter ego attracts co-dependent people. Those co-dependent people form a cult around the narcissist. The narcissist does nothing to discourage this. Behind the mask is the stunted, immature, angry, ossified child. In time, alter ego and the inner child merge, and you end up with a tyrannical god.

    D. What Are The Telltale Signs?

    A messianic vision of himself–magic thinking; a tenuous grip on reality exacerbated by the trappings of power–theater vs. reality; fosters a personality cult–the cult of Obama; surrounds himself with obseqious sycophants–like David Brooks, et. al.; cannot handle a hint of criticism; paranoia and belief that he is the victim; sublimates aggression and hold grudges–inner sense of rage; pronoun density–I, me, my government, etc.; manipulative and conniving; glibness and superficial charm; covertly hostile and domineering–loves to humiliate people; pathological lying–extremely convincing; shifts position constantly; shallow emotions–feigned not experienced; lack of shame, empathy or regret.

    E. How Does This Affect His Leadership?
    As president, we find that Mr. Obama displays a cosmic vision, lives in a fantasy world and engages in magic thinking. He believes he can circumvent existing structures and go directly to the grass roots. He is more concerned with theater than real life, appearance than substance, public relations than policy. This can be seen in his tried and failed public relations initiatives in the Middle East, his passage of bills in Congress, and his tendency to grandstand. His speech patterns feature pronoun density, whereby he uses the word I, me or myself 5 times more than an average speaker and conflates the United States with himself. He flip-flops on his stated ideals, opinions and views without explanation or apology. He maligned Bush during the campaign and has since adopted all of Bush’s policies. Once he implements a policy he loses interest in it. He never asks the results of his initiatives, i.e. whether the economy improved, the health care system got better, or the Iranian government listened as a result. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CUp7qdej8g

  10. In NY Insurers Probably Can’t Revive Cancelled Plans Even If They Wanted To

    It looks like health insurers in New York state aren’t going to revive policies that were cancelled because of the bureaucratic nightmare it would entail. But even if they wanted to, they say they can’t do so legally, despite what President Obama said last week.

    “Just trying to go back and recreate a product that you’ve eliminated is not something that plans are looking forward to with great enjoyment,” said Leslie Moran, vice president of the New York Health Plan Association.

    Insurers, she said, have already sunk a year’s worth of work into creating and marketing the new ACA-compliant policies and getting rates approved with state regulators. Reactivating the old ones would mean rushing a reworked rate structure through a regulatory process that normally takes months. Insurers would then have to contact tens of thousands of New Yorkers whose old policies had been canceled and hurry them through enrollment.

    It might also mean getting legislative approval. New York lawmakers attached language to the state budget earlier this year prohibiting the sale of any policies declared substandard under federal law. Insurance company lawyers are interpreting that to mean that a change in law would be needed for the eliminated policies to be restored.

    More @
    http://lonelyconservative.com/2013/11/in-ny-insurers-probably-cant-revive-cancelled-plans-even-if-they-wanted-to/

  11. Congressman: Benghazi attackers knew location of ambassador’s safe room

    So the jihadists had insider knowledge. And the calls for more security were ignored by the Obama administration. And the calls from the ground that night were ignored by the Obama administration.

    Epic failure for the Obama administration. And he blamed the first amendment. It was an Islamic military operation and Obama blamed (and jailed) a Coptic Christian youtube user.

    How is this not impeachable?

    Congressman: Benghazi attackers knew location of ambassador’s safe room By FOX News, November 15, 2013 (thanks to Christian)

    The terrorists who attacked the Benghazi consulate last year knew the location of the safe room where Ambassador Chris Stevens and his security team sought shelter, according to a congressman who spoke for 90 minutes with the diplomatic security agent severely injured in the assault.

    “He confirmed this – that it was a very well orchestrated, and well organized, almost a military operation, using military weapons and using military signals,” the late Florida Rep. Bill Young said after meeting diplomatic security agent David Ubben at Walter Reed Medical Center last summer, when both were patients there.

    After Young’s death in mid-October, his widow, Beverly Young, gave Fox permission to use her husband’s comments about the Sep. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the record. The congressman had originally spoken to Fox on background last summer

    “He (Ubben) emphasized the fact that it was a very, very military type of operation they had knowledge of almost everything in the compound,” Young explained. “They knew where the gasoline was, they knew where the generators were, they knew where the safe room was, they knew more than they should have about that compound.”

    Ubben was severely injured defending the CIA Annex when mortar fire rained down on the rooftop, killing former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty and severely injuring a third CIA contractor who was interviewed by the House Intelligence committee Thursday. After multiple surgeries, a source close to the contractor confirmed he has not regained the full use of his arm.

    MORE@
    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/11/congressman-benghazi-attackers-knew-location-of-ambassadors-safe-room.html#more

  12. Sorry I haven’t read this thread, but wanted to post comments to the last thread first.

    Gotta say, it is a wonderful day when Big Pink is on fire. So many points of view, so much knowledge…I hope Admin and this blog never grow silent.

    I’m gonna say it, Admin and Big Pink…I heart you! 😉

    And my comments from the last thread:

    Just got home and the bog has been on fire, loving it.

    Comments from last thread:
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    S
    November 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I totally agree with you and Moon
    —-

    wbboei
    November 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    I am telling you straight. Messina is an Obama mole.

    —That’s what I am afraid of. With some big Hillary supporters starting the other PAC Ready for Hillary, I couldn’t see why they wouldn’t join in. Then again, if they take some of the bamboozled money from the DNC or Obama’s pac, then goodie for that.

    ———
    Patty Solis Doyle better pack her bags and leave Washington because that woman is gonna be sent to an oilfield in Alaska when Hillary takes over.

    That’s exactly the person I was thinking of when I talked about fearing a mole.

    —-
    wbboei
    November 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm
    Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the
    Declaration of Independence?

    —-I loved hearing that info Wbb, thanks. I just wished at least one woman would have been ‘allowed’ to sign it for us 51%.


    Now to read this thread.

  13. Wonderful article, Admin.

    Since 2008, many of us Hillary supporters have hoped for the day that the moderate, Clinton Dems would teach the progs a lesson and regain control of the party. This is the closest we’ve come to seeing some movement toward that goal. All I can say is- Hell Yeah!
    The Big Dawg has put Obama in the corner and told him to make good on his promises, which has given other Dems the gumption to speak out against The One. Is this the beginning of the revolution we have waited for? Is the PJMedia article posted by admin right in asserting that this Dem rebellion against O is about more than fear of defeat in the polls? If so, that’s the best news I’ve heard in a while.

    Was Bill’s motive for breaking ranks, and calling on Barack to do the right thing SOLELY about Americans being lied to and insurance policies being cancelled? Not that this would not have been motive enough. But, just wondering if he also saw it as an opening to begin rehabilitating the Dem Party, and doing a little pay back in the process.

    He’s catching Hell from the latte libs – big whoop. If Hillary decides to run, the hard-core progs will not support her anyway – no loss there.

    This statement from the Judis article is truer than he knows:

    “The second, and more far-reaching, effect will be on Americans’ support for government social and economic programs. Since the country’s founding, Americans have always had an abiding distrust of the federal government. [snip]”

    Since the country’s founding Americans have distrusted the government! Ya think?

    1. The country was founded by people who had first hand experience with how little government can be trusted. That’s why they came here.

    2. The progressives’ bullshit arguments against the concept of Individualism, which it condemns Americans of European Descent for embracing, does not hold water. They are right in claiming that the majority of White Americans do value and identify with the concepts individualism and independence. Furthermore, we see it as a positive thing. The problem is that prog ideology pits individualism (bad, white ideal) against “community”, which they believe all Americans of color embrace, and which is the far superior way of being – part of a community. The truth is, most white Americans do embrace individualism, but they are individuals within community. I’m not sure that most Americans of color don’t feel the same. Regardless – the argument is absurd. Without individualism and independence, there would not be enough money to support the community. Plus, community is an ever-changing thing. The progressives want us to trust in and depend upon government as an extension of “community”. Problem is Americans know just how corrupt and self-serving the people in charge of the “community’s” piggy-bank can be.

    3. Americans not only don’t trust government, they don’t trust Obama because as Admin says “Obama cannot be trusted.”

  14. He is going touse the 50 th anniversary of JFK’s assassination ( which Bill and Hillary are also attending at he wreath laying at Arlington ) ) to distract the current ACA mess.
    The media will help.

  15. But progressivism—liberalism without blood—has been badly, deeply damaged. We are seeing the end of its first major emanation, ObamaCare.

    Liberalism isn’t missing the ‘blood’ that progressivism has, it’s missing the stupidity, sanctimoniousness and corruption that progressives have.

  16. S: there are a number of women who were present at the creation of the republic, and provided much of the inspiration for what occurred in 1776 and later. Two of them may interest you.

    One was Dolley Madison, the wife of James Madison. She defined the role of First Lady, and saved the portrait of Washington when the British burned the White House in the War of 1812.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolley_Madison

    Another one was Ann Carter Hall Lee, the wife of revolutionary war hero (and rogue) Lighthorse Henry Lee, and mother of Robert E Lee. She was a young girl when the Declaration of Independence was signed and was the grandaughter of the wealthiest man in the colonies.

    http://www.geni.com/people/Ann-Hill-Carter/6000000001772544107

  17. I find it sacrilege that grifters like Barack and Michelle would reside in the same house as the the founders of this country, and made it what it is today. Barack is equally determined to destroy it.

    That is another crime we can hang around the neck of big media. Without them, their cheer leading and utter lack of due diligence, this never would have happened. Big media is every bit as contemptuous of this country as Obama/

  18. jbstonesfan
    November 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm
    —————–
    Distract all they want. It is a one day story.

    The debacle of Obamacare is, by contrast, the gift that keeps giving.

    Trust me. It will survive the JFK eulogy.

    For it is for the dims what Russia was to Churchill . . .

    “A political riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma”

    And it won’t go away.

  19. Admin:

    In 1994, not in 2007/2008 when Hillary perfected a new plan, Harry and Louise advertisements helped doom the Clinton health care plan. Louise told Harry “Having choices we don’t like is no choice at all.”

    This time Harry and Louise shilled for the corruption not yet fully acknowledged to be ObamaCare. “Well it looks like we may finally get health care reform,” Harry told Louise.

    Makes you wonder whether Harry and Louise are brain dead, or just insurance industry whores, or both. They remind me a bit of Justice John Roberts, whose mendacity allowed this blight to be visited on the American People.

    What Harry should have told Louise is oh my god we are really getting the hose now–by Obama and his health care industry conies. What we have now is a perfect storm, i.e. sky high premiums, astronomically high deductibles, coverages we do not need, loss of our doctors, death panels, cross subsidization, rationing. This is not health care reform. It is exploitation of the American People by that four flusher Obama.

  20. It is a principle of warfare which goes all the way back to Sun Tzu that it is easier to destroy something than it is to create it. However, in politics that is not always true. The elites who created Obama are stuck with him. It was far easier to create him than it is to control him now that he is in office, or to remove him. A friend of mine still believes there is a cabal of senior democrats who would do to him what Howard Baker and Hugh Scott did to Nixon, or Clark Clifford, Averill Harriman did to Johnson (I assume it was them) and tell him the time has come for you to step down for the good of the party. Unfortunately, the people who could do that–Reid, Schumer, et al. are too corrupt in their own right, and too estopped by their blind support of him, to summon the courage required to kick him out. And, as Richard Fernadez points out he cannot be shamed into it. Therefore what we are all stuck with is the emergence of the angry ossified child and the act out phase of his mental condition. That could be a trifle dangerous for the country, particularly when big media is too corrupt to blow the whistle.

  21. After Apology, Obama Vows to ‘Push Back’ Against Healthcare Critics

    Hours after President Barack Obama declared in a Thursday White House press conference that he “fumbled the roll out on this health care law” and said “that’s on me,” Obama delivered a defiant speech at a Cleveland plant wherein he vowed to “push back” against the swelling chorus of Americans opposed to Obamacare.
    “We are not going to gut this law,” said Obama. “And those who say they’re opposed to it and can’t offer a solution, we’ll push back!”

    Obama added: “Our politics get screwed up sometimes. Websites don’t work sometimes. But we just keep going.”

    The President’s strident tone represented a striking contrast to his press conference statements uttered shortly before his Cleveland remarks.

    “I understand why folks are frustrated. I would be, too,” Obama said during his press conference. “Ultimately I’m the President of the United States and they expect me to do something about it.”

    Obama’s recalcitrant posture may strain already tense relations with nervous Democrats facing reelection in less than a year.

    “Right now you have Democrats on Capitol Hill in a full panic,” said NBC’s Chuck Todd. “They’ve been nervous about this rollout, they’ve been upset about the website, but now they’re in a full on panic.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/14/Defiant-Obama-Says-He-Will-Push-Back-Against-Obamacare-Critics?utm_source=e_breitbart_com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+November+15%2C+2013&utm_campaign=20131115_m117950931_Breitbart+News+Roundup%2C+November+15%2C+2013&utm_term=More

  22. I hope he sues the ass of them

    D.C. insurance commissioner fired a day after questioning Obamacare fix

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/dc-insurance-commissioner-fired-a-day-after-questioning-obamacare-fix/2013/11/16/b88eaea0-4f17-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html

    A day after he questioned President Obama’s decision to unwind a major tenet of the health-care law and said the nation’s capital might not go along, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired.

    White was called into a meeting Friday afternoon with one of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s (D) top deputies and told that the mayor “wants to go in a different direction,” White told The Washington Post on Saturday.

    White said the mayoral deputy never said that he was being asked to leave because of his Thursday statement on health care. But he said the timing was hard to ignore. Roughly 24 hours later, White said, he was “basically being told, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ ”

    White was one of the first insurance commissioners in the nation last week to push back against Obama’s attempt to smooth over part of the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act: millions of unexpected cancellations of insurance plans.

    In persuading Congress to vote for the health-care overhaul, Obama had promised that Americans who liked their insurance plans would be able to keep them. When that turned out to not be the case, Obama apologized last week. And to stem growing bipartisan dissent, he announced Thursday that plans slated to be canceled next year to comply with the legislation could be extended for one year.

    While the president’s plan sounded like a simple fix, it rattled the insurance industry, which had set prices for next year based on many of its products changing to comply with the health-care law. Allowing some plans to continue beyond Jan. 1 could also run afoul of provisions in laws passed by dozens of states and the District to implement the Affordable Care Act.

    In a statement issued Thursday, White hinted strongly that he opposed the idea.

    “The action today undercuts the purpose of the exchanges, including the District’s DC Health Link, by creating exceptions that make it more difficult for them to operate,” the statement said.

    He also pointed to a statement issued by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners that said the Obama order “threatens to undermine the new market, and may lead to higher premiums and market disruptions in 2014 and beyond.”

    “We concur with that assessment,” White said Thursday.

    White’s statement was removed from the department’s Web site sometime before Friday morning. Asked about the removal Friday, spokesman Michael Flagg said the department’s statement had changed.

    “Our statement now is that we’re taking a close look at the implications of the president’s announcement on the District’s exchange and we will soon recommend a course of action after taking into consideration the positions of all the stakeholders,” Flagg wrote in an e-mail.

    On Saturday, Flagg declined to comment on whether White had been fired, saying the department doesn’t comment on personnel issues.

    A senior city official said White’s initial statement was sent to the mayoral communications director, Pedro Ribeiro, only minutes before it was issued publicly. It was not sent to Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins, White’s immediate supervisor, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak about a personnel matter.

    A formal statement critical of the president should have been closely vetted and approved by the mayor’s office, and White refused to acknowledge the misstep, the official said. White said Hoskins fired him Friday.

    White said he thought he would have been derelict in his duties to not quickly make a statement on the president’s announcement.

    “Everyone was looking for responses from the regulators. One of my chief concerns is always consistency and clarity in the marketplace — you can’t have something that big sitting out there without responding to it,” he said.

    White had served as Gray’s commissioner for the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking since February 2011. Prior to last week, his most high-profile and controversial role had been as chief of the department that took control of Chartered Health Plan, the city’s largest manager of health care for low-income residents, amid questions about “irregularities” in its finances.

    Chartered was owned by businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, who has been implicated in funding a $650,000 “shadow campaign” to elect Gray. White oversaw the successful sale of the insurer’s assets, and his department’s handling of the transition has been generally viewed positively.

    White said he had known since he took the job that he served at the pleasure of the mayor. He said he was proud of his record and would have stayed.

    On the president’s proposed health-care fix, he said: “I wasn’t saying I was against it, I also was saying I didn’t know enough to fully support it — I want to be clear, and I think it is, I was not speaking for Mayor Gray.”

    …………………..

    Not surprised, if you criticize the messiah you get canned.

  23. OMG – Nothing is real. The whole government seems to be staged. How did this stay hidden for all those years?
    ===

    Actor Was Hired to Make Obama Look Presidential – A Decade Before He Was Elected

    The biggest fairy tale ever…

    Chicago radio host Eric “Mancow” Muller claimes on Friday that actor Harry Lennix was hired to make Obama look presidential a decade before he was elected president.

    The Examiner reported:

    Chicago radio host Eric ‘Mancow’ Muller claimed during an appearance on the Alex Jones Show Friday that actor Harry Lennix told him he was hired to train Barack Obama how to look and act presidential more than a decade before Obama was elected president. Lennix, a Chicago native, is best known for his role as General Swanwick in the recent Superman: Man of Steel movie, and for his role as White House Chief of Staff in the ABC television series Commander in Chief.

    Muller, who knew Obama in Chicago years before he was elected president, said on Alex Jones radio show that Lennix told him that, “He was the actor hired to teach Obama to be Harry Lennix, watch The Blacklist and you can see Obama, this is an actor that we hired to be our president.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/11/actor-was-hired-to-make-obama-look-presidential-a-decade-before-he-was-elected/

  24. Leanora, would not surprise, it is basically planned a long time ago by Dem progressive elites who wanted to take control of the party and destroy the USA from the inside, we will eventually discover this was a plot done deal between various elements to usher in a long period of ultra left wing ideology.

  25. I posted this on the old thread while catching up. Everything is moving so fast that the fires cannot be stomped out any longer. LOL.

    “When HHS in 2011 invited contractors to bid on the chance to build HealthCare.gov, the department’s “statement of work” did not include requirements typical of many IT contracts in which interested companies must spell out how the system would perform, according to an industry representative close to the project, who was granted anonymity in order to speak frankly. The agreement that CGI Federal, the company chosen as the main contractor, signed on Sept. 30, 2011, also did not contain specific performance criteria, success measures or response times.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/healthcaregov-goal-80-percent-able-to-enroll-for-insurance-through-web-site/2013/11/16/04fa02a2-4e1a-11e3-ac54-aa84301ced81_story.html?hpid=z1

    Who exactly did these contracts? Who in the WH violated every federal contracting law to get their cronies these bottomless pit contracts? Who benefited? Who was paid off and and how? Who spent 3 minutes per month supervising the idiots until after the election? Did they push their cronies on the states who were building their own crap sites? Are any of the state sites anything but glorified Medicaid signup petitions? How much were the states cheated on contracts or were their Democratic buddies in state houses in on the grift? The numbers are going to be astounding just on the website.

    I think it is time for a special prosecutor. He or she should have extensive RICO experience unrolling organized crime. The Republicans in the House need to do this now while the Democrats are on the run.

  26. moononpluto
    November 17, 2013 at 6:00 am

    moon, the more I look at this the more I think that most of Democratic politics is based on nothing more that greed and the accumulation of power. While they espouse “progressive” ideology it is nothing more than a ruse and scheme for wealth transfer and seizing power with co-conspirators they rope into the scam. It is lawlessness and theft with marketing principles used to fool the public. It has absolutely nothing to do with the welfare of the population or the future of the Republic. The population is to be milked like a Jersey cow. Every single thing they do is for their own benefit and most of that is half-assed. It is based on the Chicago model of chaos, theft, and lying. Chaos is a useful tactic when you don’t know what the hell you are doing. “Progressives” are greedy authoritarians. Every professional progressive thinks they are going to profit from the fooled rubes and see a payday at the end of the rainbow. What is different with Obamacare is the degree of graft, greed, and incompetence. It blew up in their stupid faces. I would like to see Harvard which seems to be the epicenter of the organized crime lawlessness bulldozed.

  27. Even the ObamaCare overlords know this scam won’t work:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/healthcaregov-goal-80-percent-able-to-enroll-for-insurance-through-web-site/2013/11/16/04fa02a2-4e1a-11e3-ac54-aa84301ced81_print.html

    As many as one in five Americans who want health-care plans through the new federal insurance marketplace may be unable to sign up online even if the Obama administration meets a Nov. 30 deadline for fixing the Web site, according to government and industry officials familiar with the project.

    The goal — that 80 percent of people going to HealthCare.gov should manage to enroll electronically — is an internal target that administration officials have not made public. The measure, which is the first concrete performance standard since the government began to design the system, was defined by a group of federal health officials and technical experts in late October and is now guiding the work of hundreds of government employees and contractors racing to try to repair the balky Web site.

    Whether the government meets the benchmark — and whether the public regards it as adequate — will be a central factor in President Obama’s efforts to increase support for the controversial health-care law and lure customers to the federal insurance marketplace.

    But the goal also means that, even under the administration’s best-case scenario, many Americans will not succeed in purchasing insurance online, whether because their personal cases are too complicated or simply because the Web site remains defective. And that, in turn, puts more pressure on the administration to fix technical problems that have made it difficult for people to sign up for coverage by other routes, including federally sponsored call centers and insurers themselves. [snip]

    But Zients also said that “new bugs and other glitches will surface” in December and beyond that and will need to be fixed. Even if the site works well, he said,“that doesn’t mean that the site will be sufficient for 100 percent of users or consumers to use for enrollment.”

    The Washington Post reported last week that the federal exchange is unlikely to be working fully by the end of the month. The uncertainty over the site’s future performance stems from the fact that it is currently is malfunctioning when more than 20,000 to 30,000 people — about half the intended capacity — try to use it at the same time. [snip]

    When HHS in 2011 invited contractors to bid on the chance to build HealthCare.gov, the department’s “statement of work” did not include requirements typical of many IT contracts in which interested companies must spell out how the system would perform, according to an industry representative close to the project, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak frankly. The agreement that CGI Federal, the company chosen as the main contractor, signed on Sept. 30, 2011, also did not contain specific performance criteria, success measures or response times. [snip]

    The new performance measures address how easily consumers should be able to progress through the Web site. But there are still no concrete goals for the site’s accuracy, including whether users are correctly informed if they are eligible for federal help in paying for health plans or whether insurance companies are given correct information about their new customers. [snip]

    On the other measure — which assesses how quickly people can move through any part of HealthCare.gov — one official said that the Web site has performed close to the 500 millisecond goal on most days.

    But the current load on the system is light because many people are staying away in the wake of the rollout problems. Even then, the official said, “swings from good performance to bad performance have been frequent.”

  28. admin
    November 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

    The site will never work. The basic architecture is so screwed up, based on old cheap open source tech, relying on ancient but reliable 30 year old mainframe computers for individual agencies like IRS and SSA that were never meant to support a botched crony contract blob of clusterfark, that it will never work even halfway correctly. The White House knows this, has known this, and is currently just trying to lie and string out the bad news to prevent a complete collapse which is coming in January when the gaps in coverage for people become horror stories.

  29. John Kass of the Chicago Tribune:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-1117-20131117,0,3916037,full.column

    “Somewhere deep in the mind of President Barack Obama, way back where it’s safe and warm, the man must be seeking refuge in memories of happier days.

    Days when he could easily wield magical powers like the political messiah he once was, feeding the multitudes with his rhetoric, bringing Hopium-smoking journalists to tingles and tears.

    All the man had to do was hold out his hands to stop the oceans. He said so.

    “I am absolutely certain that generations from now,” he said the night he won the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2008, “we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

    He who could heal the planet and stop the oceans must be a man who could control one-sixth of the American economy and impose Obamacare on us whether we wanted it or not.

    But it didn’t turn out that way, did it?

    Hubris has a way of ruining grand designs. And like reality, it bites.

    So last week the Obama presidency began crumbling. Some may be disappointed, and may see him in heroic terms, withering like a character in an ancient tragedy.

    A few of us saw a backbencher from the Illinois state legislature, a guy who took orders, then rode to the White House on a personality cult, finally exposed.

    Obamacare, his health care plan rammed down America’s throat without a bipartisan consensus, not only became a political embarrassment, it became a political disaster.

    The Obamacare website continued to implode, Americans lost their health insurance even though he repeatedly promised them they wouldn’t. Period.

    The word “liar” was suddenly attached to his name, because of the cynical, untruthful promise he repeatedly made, and once Obamacare began collapsing, his fellow Democrats began to run in panic. [snip]

    But political disasters are different from lies. Political disasters have one father, usually, and this one sprang directly from the president’s own forehead.

    Disasters are contagious, and politicians are terrified of infection. So his guys began to run. And journalists asked him pointed questions at his news conference last week, and his performance was beyond awkward.

    It was embarrassing.

    “OK,” Obama conceded. “On the website, I was not informed directly that the website would not be working as — the way it was supposed to. Had I been informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, ‘Boy, this is going to be great.’ You know, I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, ‘This is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity’ a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.”

    Watching him blame others for the failure of his signature policy — saying, “I was not informed directly” — was depressing.

    He’d promised us, repeatedly, famously, stridently, that under Obamacare, we could keep our health plans and our doctors. “Period,” he said.

    He guaranteed it. He gave his word. It was as if he asked us to read his lips.

    What he said wasn’t true. And Americans know it, and they don’t like it. [snip]

    But this lie from Obama is different. It’s not about death and destruction overseas, or infidelity among the elite.

    This one is close to home. If all politics is local, there’s nothing more local than your own body.

    What could be more personal than our own bodies, or those of our spouses and our children? And that makes it all the worse for the president.

    Imagine what all those people who’ve lost their health insurance as a result of the Obama catastrophe are feeling right now. They’re confused, and afraid, and feel betrayed.

    You’ve seen them in news accounts. You’ve heard their anguish.

    You’ve also heard the president’s men shriek and holler in his defense.

    But what about the father who’s just had his family’s health insurance canceled? To him, the political arguments must sound like the barking of dogs.

    And when the president speaks, blaming others for not informing him directly? That father is done listening to Mr. Obama.

    And that’s no lie.”

  30. And when the president speaks, blaming others for not informing him directly? That father is done listening to Mr. Obama.
    ———————
    That father is playing catch-up.

    It took something like this to wake him up.

    Something personal, as opposed to abstract.

    I worry about things abstract, because they have a nasty way of becoming personal.

    Hence, I stopped listening to the lying prick

    Twenty thousand lies ago.

  31. Interesting.

    Obama pushes us off the boat, assures us we will he will save us with a life preserver, throws us an anchor and tells us to float.

    An intelligent man, in an intelligent house, in an intelligent city, according to Pultizer Prize winning black columnist Eugene Robinson, who is known affectionately to his family, friends and dogs as The Laughing Hyena. It must be a nervous habit, because every time Tingles calls on him, he prefaces his comments with nervous laughter. Matthews of course is laughable (and certifiable as well, and should be institutionalized because the prozac just ain’t working, but I think there is more to Eugene’s hyena laugh than Matthews. Let’s hope so at least. However, I have not watched Matthews in five years, and can only assume that he is not laughing quite as much now.

  32. moon, the more I look at this the more I think that most of Democratic politics is based on nothing more that greed and the accumulation of power. While they espouse “progressive” ideology it is nothing more than a ruse and scheme for wealth transfer and seizing power with co-conspirators they rope into the scam. It is lawlessness and theft with marketing principles used to fool the public. It has absolutely nothing to do with the welfare of the population or the future of the Republic. The population is to be milked like a Jersey cow. Every single thing they do is for their own benefit and most of that is half-assed. It is based on the Chicago model of chaos, theft, and lying. Chaos is a useful tactic when you don’t know what the hell you are doing. “Progressives” are greedy authoritarians. Every professional progressive thinks they are going to profit from the fooled rubes and see a payday at the end of the rainbow. What is different with Obamacare is the degree of graft, greed, and incompetence. It blew up in their stupid faces. I would like to see Harvard which seems to be the epicenter of the organized crime lawlessness bulldozed.
    ———————-
    Correct on all counts—especially with respect to Harvard. If you add it all up, that is indeed the epicenter.

  33. Everything is moving so fast that the fires cannot be stomped out any longer
    ————————-
    The word for this is rolling thunder.

    And all the kings horses and all the kings men

    –Not even the corrupt cop big media who no sensible human being listens to anymore

    Couldn’t put Humpty Barack together again

  34. Leanora
    November 17, 2013 at 5:02 am

    After Apology, Obama Vows to ‘Push Back’ Against Healthcare Critics
    ———————————

    COMES NOW, the angry ossified child tyrant–without the mask.

  35. moon, the more I look at this the more I think that most of Democratic politics is based on nothing more that greed and the accumulation of power. While they espouse “progressive” ideology it is nothing more than a ruse and scheme for wealth transfer and seizing power with co-conspirators they rope into the scam. It is lawlessness and theft with marketing principles used to fool the public. It has absolutely nothing to do with the welfare of the population or the future of the Republic. The population is to be milked like a Jersey cow. Every single thing they do is for their own benefit and most of that is half-assed. It is based on the Chicago model of chaos, theft, and lying. Chaos is a useful tactic when you don’t know what the hell you are doing. “Progressives” are greedy authoritarians. Every professional progressive thinks they are going to profit from the fooled rubes and see a payday at the end of the rainbow. What is different with Obamacare is the degree of graft, greed, and incompetence. It blew up in their stupid faces. I would like to see Harvard which seems to be the epicenter of the organized crime lawlessness bulldozed.
    ———————–
    If the other party was really that different, I would say run to them. Unfortunately, with the exception of a few people you could count on one hand, they are no different. And that is what leads me to believe that the only remedy which will restore a sense of honor to public office, and accountability to the American People is a third party. I realize there are those who claim this is possible within the existing party system, and the alternative is unworkable, because the party interests are too entrenched to permit it. My answer is that it is precisely because those interests are so entrenched that reform within the party system is mathematically impossible.

  36. Marriage penalty!!
    ——————–
    Naturally. Married women are more likely to vote Republican. Politics permeates everything Obama does. And he never misses a beat.

    If King RINO Mitch McConnell could do the same thing, do you think he would have even a moment of hesitation? He lies, deceives his constituents, his staffers become lobbyists and they care and feed him. Ergo, it is axiomatic that he be thrown out by the voters in the primary. Unfortunately, I doubt very much that that will happen. Why not? Because all the RNC money, and Rove money will be flowing to him, and it will be used to vilify his opponent.

    However, let us not rush to judgment here. Lets play this thing out. Let us test the proposition that reform is possible in the cauldron of the 2014 election. If the party system is responsible and capable of cleaning out its own nest, then McConnell will be defeated in the primary. And if he is not, then you will have your answer as to whether reform can be achieved within the existing party system.

  37. Howie Kurtz–Mr. Peepers or Mr. Magoo, or Casper Milquetoast–take your pick. His headline reads Not: Obama Caught In A Web of Lies, or Hoisting a Messiah on His Own Petard. Howie calls in simply Obama Playing Defense. Under the rules of the NFL, how long must FOX keep this schlemiel under contract before they can trade him to some other sucker?

  38. Admin said:

    It’s good to see that the distinction we have always tried to make between what we know of as “liberalism” is different from this beast generally called “progressiveism”. It used to be that “progressives” and “liberals” could be used interchangeably but no longer.

    What is now called “progressive” is the old “totalitarian”. We’ll oppose totalitarianism from the left or the right.
    ******************************************

    I agree with that…one problem I see is Hillary has to stop calling herself a progressive and using ‘progressive’ over and over again

    I heard a speech she gave recently, and granted, i think it was in front of a ‘progressive’ crowd (can’t recall the specifics now) so maybe that is the reason
    she kept using ‘progressive’ in what sounded like every other sentence…

    I hope she is revamping her communication approach for next year…and analyzing everything from every angle…if she keeps pounding about being progressive and progressive this and that…it will not help her…I think right about now Hillary has the center…even with many people that are repubs…a lot of people have grown to respect and admire her…and like her…even critics…

  39. …isn’t there a certain irony in dems being for personal choice when it comes to abortion because it is such a intimate decision in one’s life…and what the dims have evolved to now…

    here comes O and his O cult dims…and they not only want to take over the health care system and dictate everything that is personal in your life…who your doctor is, etc and penalize you if you do not conform and obey…and put at risk all this intimate, personal data they collect on us as they decide if the govt will give you a subsidy…and then thread all that information with the IRS, NSA, HHS, etc…our personal profiles going round and round for many to see…what happened to the personal for the individual as the O dims just turn us into a tab in a morass of info…

    and suddenly the dims arem’t even bothered that the NSA and O admin are spying on your every move, reading your email, monitoring your phone calls, etc…

    …and in addition, the O dims not only have supported expansion of the dreaded Bush policies but now hardly bat an eyelash…to the extent that ‘what’s a few thousand drones killing innocent people if O says its ok’…

    this is the state of the Dim Party O has created…and totalitarianism fits accurately…as long as they are the ones dictating to everyone else…and the ‘they’ seems to be O and his inner circle and his cult dims have just blindly followed along and did his bidding…like non thinking puppets…

  40. I should have said “token subsidy” because from what I read many of these so called subsidies are very small…not worth becoming enslaved for…

  41. What kind of a nut is this Gullibrand?

    She may have succeeded Hillary as senator.

    But she is no Hillary–to paraphrase Bentson.

    When I listen to her offer up this defense

    With a tone of desperation in her voice, I might add

    I begin to suspect that we are dealing with a light weight

    Under some hypothetical plan a woman could risk her coverage by getting pregnant?

    Which plan is she referring to?

    Lets see that plan so we can judge the merits of your argument objectively?

    I would like to see it.

    I would really like to know if this is a real problem, or just a red herring.

    Assuming arguendo that there is such a plan, that it is causing a real problem

    Then why not simply fix that problem . . .

    Rather than tearing down our health care system?

    He should have been more specific?

    Oh but he was very specific:

    He said if you want your current plan you can keep it. Period.

    How stupid is she to think that we are that stupid?

  42. Of course, I suppose we are that stupid, if we rely on big media to get our news.

    Fortunately, we have alternatives.

    Therefore, we are in a position to see how corrupt big media

    And how they are nothing more than an extension of Obama.

    It is too late for them now.

    They gave us this destroyer of worlds for eight long years.

    It is their fault.

  43. …that Frank Bruni is an annoying twit, isn’t he…

    …here we go again…any excuse, reason, etc…to take the low blow shots at Bill and Hillary has arrived…

    …regardless of all the good Bill and Hill did for O…all the campaigning…Bill coming in and probably saving his you know what at the convention…no matter what the Clintons have done…not to mention all the phenomenal good works of CGI, etc…these puny O lovers are going to try to box in the Clintons and “define” them to prop up their failing idol…

    and as that ship sinks, they are trying to crown Warren as the next gift from the gods…

    cue the snark…it’s here and will get louder and louder…

  44. wbboei

    November 17, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    What kind of a nut is this Gullibrand?
    ________________________________________

    That is all I could think about as I watched foxy’s clip. She goes off on a tangent saying that women can finally get covered if they are pregnant. That was not the issue. The issue is why do 60 year old men need to pay for it? The issue was never clarity from the president. The issue was knowledge that his arguments for passage of this legislation were knowingly false. This interview was the opening salvo in her quest to eliminate herself from national public office.

    Hillary 2016

  45. It’s very interesting to see how this is playing out. And, it’s disturbing to see Obama’s public reactions. In the beginning, when he was demanding that ACA be passed, declaring that it would be passed, arrogance and cockiness governed his behavior. Still cocky and arrogant when questions were raised about ACA, he and the Dems declared that it was law – not to be questioned. Obama’s response was- “I won”. Finally, after after one problem after another emerged, and lie on top of lie – Obama was forced to apologize. His apology, absent any sign of real remorse or contrition, appeared about as genuine as a designer knock-off. A few die-hard, apparently demented reporters and pundits tried to spin this meager apology into the act of a great man, but few bought it – except a contingent of pathetic Daily Kooks and a few D U members.

    Now, we have “push-back”. Is this petulance? Is it Obama’s arrogance, fueled by the unwavering loyalty of the remaining faithful of The One? Is it posturing with a valid purpose? Are some of the Dem leaders in the background urging this response? Regardless of who or what is orchestrating this response, I think it’s facilitated by combination of arrogance and ignorance. Obama never truly understood what the presidency was about. He understood what he wanted to “transform” about America – what he and his fellow profs have always hated and reviled about this country. Beyond that textbook rhetoric, he did not have a clue about anything. His tendency to insulate himself with his like minded cronies, unable to see the forest for the trees was a big step toward the edge of destruction. The media who twisted truth into pretzels in order to advantage Obama, and who have done such a great disservice to this country, also in the end did a disservice to Obama. The Entitled One remained convinced of his Entitlement.

    Regardless of what happens in terms of future presidential politics, or how the health care issue is resolved, it is a huge relief to see that the people of this country finally are beginning to see through the pink cloud surrounding Obama, and the golden halo about his head – kept in place by those who propped him up. Finally, Obama is being held accountable, at least to some extent, for his actions. It’s usually saddening to me to see someone in the throes of destruction, even when they deserve it . Even Nixon’s deserved demise elicited some involuntary twinges of sympathy. So far, when it comes to Obama – I got nothin’.

    Of course, some magician may appear out of the twilight, and restore Obama to his former level of imaginary greatness, but it seems unlikely. At this point, it’s just such a relief and so heartening to see that Americans are seeing and believing the truth about their president, and that they are no longer willing to remain mute – afraid of being labeled racist. Finally, after six years – beginning in 2007, and even earlier – of seeing delusion prevail over reality and lies becoming truth in the minds of Americans, there is reason to feel hopeful – and not in Obama’s sense of the term “hope”.

  46. S

    November 17, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    …that Frank Bruni is an annoying twit, isn’t he…
    __________________________________________________

    Your words are kind. I would characterize him as a feces-filled asshat myself. In his last article, even the acknowledgement that Bill ‘helped’ bumbles in 2012 was couched with a spirited attempt to discredit him after the comma. My concern is that he has ardent followers. You rally have to have CDS to agree with this mainstream idiot.

    For all of us that hope and wait for the call to support Hillary in 2016 should she run, see your enemy, know him and know his tendencies. He will be a foe. its just left to see how formidable.

    Hillary 2016

  47. I like Guilliband and I like Celubrius.

    There was a time I would have supported both of them.

    But both of them have really drunk the Koolaid.

    And like most alcoholics, they are unable to admit it.

    I do not like Patty Murray (D-WA)

    Patty is downright stupid.

    She is a complete joke in my state.

    And, as the saying goes, you can’t fix stupid.

    I detest Schumer. He makes me want to puke.

    He strikes me as a back stabbing mama’s boy.

    Durbin has the demeanor and bearing of a butler.

    Who works for the Illinois Combine.

    McConnell is what he is.

    And he needs to be primaried because of it.

    Ryan I no longer trust.

    Backbenchers like Flake, Houeven, Corker, Heller, sell out their constituents.

  48. Frank Bruni is a Lloyd Bentsen remittance man, if I recall correctly. I wonder what our friend JC thinks of him.

  49. Obama will get us all killed. Appeasement of Iran does not mean war will be avoided. A catastrophic war is more likely if Obama continues to appease Iran.

    http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/world_news/Middle_East/article1341561.ece

    Two old foes unite against Tehran
    Convinced that Iran is tricking the world over nuclear weapons, Israel and Saudi Arabia may work together to curb its ambitionsease Iran.

    ONCE they were sworn enemies. Now Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency is working with Saudi officials on contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran if its nuclear programme is not significantly curbed in a deal that could be signed in Geneva this week.

    Both the Israeli and Saudi governments are convinced that the international talks to place limits on Tehran’s military nuclear development amount to appeasement and will do little to slow its development of a nuclear warhead.

    As part of the growing co-operation, Riyadh is understood already to have given the go-ahead for Israeli planes to use its airspace in the event of an attack on Iran.

    Both sides are now prepared to go much further. The Sunni kingdom is as alarmed as Israel by the nuclear ambitions of the Shi’ite-dominated Iran.

  50. “Patty is downright stupid.”
    ******
    About 15-18 years ago, I read an article in the Washingtonian magazine entitled, IIRC, “10 Dumbest People in the Senate”. Patty Murry, with her degree in physical education, was #1, Frank Laugtenberg and Kay Bailey Hutchinson were also on the list.

  51. here goes my ‘idealism’ again…or an attempt to make lemonade out of lemons…

    …with all O’s ‘yes you can’ ‘no you can’t’ and ‘now you can again’ to insurance companies…i’m not really sure where that leaves them…what “Ocare rules and regulations” apply…

    …but…if i were in the insurance business right about now…I would try to start writing some really good insurance policies…now could be a time for them to strike while the fire is hot…and gain customers independently of O…

    I’m not in the insurance business so not sure if ‘time and insurance commissioners, etc’ allows them do so…but I did hear an insurance expert the other day say that they are in business to make money and would probably start writing policies again with O’s reprieve…

    they could prove O and the dims wrong…and improve their business model and

    …this could be a chance for them to make money and write some better polices and gain some new customers…and create a win win for their company and actually insure people who need a fair and good insurance policy…

    ???

  52. in fact, I was just reflecting on something SHV posted and if I understood what he said below correctly, that there are some “real deal policies” out there…and that’s what I am getting at…now perhaps could be a win-win for insurance companies and people who need insurance if they were smart…?? just circumvent the whole Ocare fiasco…

    SHV
    November 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm
    “As Friday dawns, here’s what a health insurance crisis looks like to many millions of Americans: Barely six weeks shy of 2014, they do not know whether they will have medical coverage Jan. 1. Or which hospitals and doctors they might patronize. Or what they may pay to protect themselves and their families against the chance of medical and financial catastrophe.”
    ******
    My wife was insurance shopping this week and decided on a BCBS plan. It is AHC compliant which means that she is paying for (her) useless maternity, pediatric, pediatric vision and hearing, etc., etc. However since it is not yet Jan 1, they can still ask about pre-existings and risk factors. The good news is that it has $1k deductible, 80-20 coverage, $20 co-pays and essentially an unlimited network and the premium is about $350/month. Compared to the junk insurance being sold on the exchanges, this is a real deal.

  53. ” just circumvent the whole Ocare fiasco…”
    ******
    Just about everything about the current status of health insurance are anecdotes or agenda driven crap. It will likely be a year before a true picture (of this national disaster) begins to emerge. At the moment, it appears that unless a person qualifies for a large tax credit, it’s best to avoid the exchange market.

    One question for which I am looking for an answer is “do the policies purchased from the exchange include out of network costs as part of the maximum out of pocket cost per year?” If they don’t, then these policies are pure junk.

  54. NBC’s Saturday Night Live ran a fake advertisement mocking President Obama’s second-term woes, recommending he take “Paxil” to combat his “presidential depression.”

    Listing off some of the scandals and issues plaguing his second term, like Obamacare’s disastrous rollout, the Benghazi terrorist attack and the NSA spying scandal, the commercial satirizes the typical ad one sees on television for depression-related medication that will get you feeling like “you’re giving a speech on a college campus in 2008.”

    It has a warning though: Paxil is not covered by Obamacare, even though they promised it would be.

  55. Frank Bruni was at it again today. We quoted Bruni extensively in a recent article. In that same article we quoted extensively from John Dickerson. Dickerson is a smart guy who drank full draughts of Hopium rendering him senseless. Dickerson in the last article we quoted appears to be sobering up. With this latest article Dickerson is on his way to recovery and we hope for his sake there is no relapse:

    Obama’s Credibility Gap

    Once a president loses his cred, it’s hard to get it back.

    In his press conference Thursday, the president outlined his challenge for the remainder of his term. “I’m just going to keep on working as hard as I can around the priorities that I think the American people care about. And I think it’s legitimate for them to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general.”

    Winning back credibility is hard for presidents. It requires either an emergency or the kind of candor presidents don’t usually feel free to express. Anything short of that isn’t likely to dispel the impressions people have formed as a result of the big event that caused them to lose their trust in a president in the first place. Given the difficult road the president’s health care plan has traveled, it seems like he is going to have an especially hard time winning back that trust. [snip]

    President Obama has a particular challenge. He is in a hunkered marathon of damage control. His signature achievement as president is in trouble, polls show Americans trust him less than they ever did, and he’s at that stage in his presidency where his legacy is beginning to be defined. Even the most pure-hearted pilgrim would have to lash himself to the mast to keep from engaging in spin to manage these problems. But when you spin in the middle of a credibility crisis, the garden-variety shadings required by the office can make your problem worse. That’s bad for the president’s standing and for his party, but it’s also bad because it means everything the president says gets a downgrade. If no one listens or believes you, it’s hard to make the case for any good news.

    This brings us to the deadline for the successful operation of healthcare.gov. It is supposed to be up and humming on Nov. 30. As a policy matter, if the president’s experiment is going to work, he needs the website to function so that healthy people—particularly young healthy people—can sign up and keep premiums from skyrocketing. As a public relations matter, he needs this so that the system can start minting enough positive anecdotes of people successfully signing up to beat back all the negative press.

    As a credibility matter, the president and his team need the website to work by this date because they have said it would. The pressure to spin is going to be enormous. When you’re in a crouch, you worry your candor is only going to give ammunition to your detractors. There was a whiff of this instinct in the management of the rollout numbers this week. Spin too much and the administration will remind everyone of what caused the calamity in the first place: No one wanted to tell the truth that the website wasn’t ready more than a month ago.

    The Obama team already faces a steep hill here. The complexity of the repair job and the history of broken promises means they probably shouldn’t even be guaranteeing the site will be working by a hard date. In a battle for credibility, these claims don’t send calm—they send a warning that another disappointment is coming. Baby please take me back, this time I promise.

    Credibility is not just about honesty. It’s about authority. Does the president really have command over the things he’s talking about? The president admitted that he was not in the loop about the colossal problems with his health care rollout. “I was not informed correctly that the website would not be working the way it was supposed to,” the president said on Thursday. “Had I been informed, I wouldn’t be going out saying, ‘Boy, this is going to be great.’ You know, I’m accused of a lot of things, but I don’t think I’m stupid enough to go around saying, ‘This is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity,’ a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasn’t going to work.”

    The president is no doubt receiving lots of regular updates now, but as the public evaluates his ability to speak accurately about the issues of the day, has he lost something by not appearing to be at the center of his own administration? In his new book about John Kennedy, Camelot’s Court, Robert Dallek describes how important retaining that image was to JFK’s conception of the presidency: “When Kennedy took responsibility for the Bay of Pigs, it was not simply a courageous move to protect subordinates, but also a statement of his conviction that if he were to establish himself as a historical figure, he needed to be seen as at the center of all his administration did— the achievements and the failures.”

    Obama’s credibility challenges won’t stop when his incompetently mismanaged health care website is finally repaired. Once that gets fixed, the president will ride another credibility roller coaster: truthfully describing whether the Affordable Care Act is working as designed. All the attention on his law’s launch-pad disaster may have distracted people from the fact that the underlying pursuit is a very tough one. If healthcare.gov had launched perfectly, there still would have been a huge debate over whether Obamacare was working as promised. Were younger people signing up? Were the risk pools in various regions of the country filled with the right kinds of policyholders necessary to keep premiums in check? This was the original brain surgery the president was undertaking before the earthquake. Once the patient is lifted back off the floor and the generator is patched up, you still have to do brain surgery.

    President George W. Bush, whose low approval ratings Obama is approaching, used to say that the real evaluation of his presidency wouldn’t happen until he was dead. That’s probably true of all presidents, but President Obama may have a short cut to a preliminary verdict. In a year, we’ll know whether the Affordable Care Act was a success or failure. It’s the most predictable factor that could improve or eviscerate the president’s credibility. All he has to do now is perform brain surgery.

    Paging Dr. Ben Carson.

  56. I don’t believe that the democrats are bored with Hillary. But someone is obviously pushing this woman. They’re even comparing her to William Jennings Bryan! Give me a break!
    ====

    Bored with Hillary Clinton, looking to Elizabeth Warren

    The New Republic magazine was, appropriately, the stimulant that this week gave the Democratic base a frisson of anticipation about a possible Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy in 2016. Now in her 11th month as a Massachusetts senator, she is suited to carry the progressive torch that was fueled 99 years ago this month by the New Republic’s founding.

    Its first editor was Herbert Croly, whose 1909 book “The Promise of American Life” ­ Theodore Roosevelt read it, rapturously, during his post-presidential travels ­ is progressivism’s primer: “The average American individual is morally and intellectually inadequate to a serious and consistent conception of his responsibilities as a democrat,” so national life should be a “school.” “The exigencies of such schooling frequently demand severe coercive measures, but what schooling does not?” And “a people are saved many costly perversions” if “the official schoolmasters are wise, and the pupils neither truant nor insubordinate.”

    Today the magazine, whose birth was partly financed by a progressive heiress, Dorothy Payne Whitney, is owned by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes. Warren, a scourge of (other) economic royalists and especially of large financial institutions, is a William Jennings Bryan for our time: She has risen from among Harvard’s downtrodden to proclaim: “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of derivatives.”

    Before she sank to a senator’s salary, she was among the 1 percenters, whose annual incomes now begin at $394,000. Hillary Clinton recently made more than that from two speeches, five days apart, for Goldman Sachs, a prowling Wall Street carnivore that Warren presumably wants to domesticate. Between Warren, hot in pursuit of malefactors of great wealth, and Clinton, hot in pursuit of great wealth, which candidate would be more fun for the kind of people who compose the Democrats’ nominating electorate?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-f-will-democrats-bored-with-hillary-clinton-look-to-elizabeth-warren/2013/11/15/005f36dc-4d56-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_story.html

  57. Did Obama write the regulation to cancel your insurance after Obamacare was passed?…

    Rand Paul says he did.

    And the democrats (you know – the ones who claim they didn’t know anything about this) voted to keep the regulation that if your insurance changed in any way it would be cancelled.

    Why are we just hearing about this now??

    Rand Paul, speaking at the Charleston Meeting on November 11, 2013:

    “I’m still learning about it. It’s 20,000 pages of regulations. The Bill was 2,000 pages and I didn’t realize this until this week, the whole idea of you losing or getting your insurance cancelled wasn’t in the original Obamacare. It was a regulation WRITTEN BY PRESIDENT OBAMA, three months later.

    So we had a vote, this is before I got up there. The Republicans had a vote to try to cancel that regulation so you COULDN’T BE CANCELLED, to grandfather everybody in. You know what the vote was? Straight party line. EVERY DEMOCRAT VOTED TO KEEP THE RULE THAT CANCELS YOUR INSURANCE.”

    http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2013/11/did-obama-write-regulation-to-cancel.html

  58. “So we had a vote, this is before I got up there. The Republicans had a vote to try to cancel that regulation so you COULDN’T BE CANCELLED, to grandfather everybody in. You know what the vote was? Straight party line. EVERY DEMOCRAT VOTED TO KEEP THE RULE THAT CANCELS YOUR INSURANCE.”
    *******
    The September 2010 party line vote is the one that needs to be crammed down the throats of every Dem. Senator in a contested election. The original language in the Obamacare law provided cover for the Dems:
    “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.”

    Then HHS wrote the “rules” so that even a small change in a policy made it so that a person no longer had “health insurance coverage in which such individual was enrolled on the date of enactment of this Act.”

    By Sept. 2010, the rules were know and the effects on the insurance coverage documented in a July 2010 IRS Bulletin. So for a Dem. Senator who says that he/she didn’t understand their Sept. vote, the question is “Senator are you dishonest or incompetent or both???”

  59. Disgusting that this is allowed…..I detest hunting of animals with guns.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11158891

    US TV presenter blasted over smiling photo with lion she ‘stalked and killed’

    An American TV presenter is facing an outraged public backlash after she posted a picture of herself posing next to a dead lion she had apparently shot and killed.

    Melissa Bachman tweeted the picture of her smiling alongside the animal with the message: “An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60 yards on this beautiful male lion … what a hunt!”

    The picture was also added to Facebook as part of an album called “Africa 2013”, which included images of her next to a dead zebra and a variety of shot antelope, as well as the lion, following a trip to the Maroi Conservancy hunting park.

    Now South Africans have started a petition to have Ms Bachman banned from the country, which presently has over 12,000 signatures.

    The petition asks supporters to sign a letter directed at the South African government that reads: “She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation, this country prides itself on. Her latest Facebook post features her with a lion she has just executed and murdered in our country.

    “As tax payers we demand she no longer be granted access to this country and its natural resources.”

    The presenter’s Twitter account has since been taken down and the contact form on her website disabled. Her Facebook page however remains public. The images have been shared hundreds of times on the social network, largely with negative comments attached.

    Posing next to dead animals is nothing new for Ms Bachmann, who says she has been hunting since she was a child. Her Facebook page and personal website’s “trophy room” features many such images, including a number with stags, alligators and bears.

    ……………………

    Let her go one on one without a gun with one of these beautiful creatures to see how she gets on.

  60. admin
    November 17, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Mormaer, Wbboei, don’t miss our JFK article later this week. Something you both discussed will be addressed.

    ———————-
    Look forward to seeing it, admin. Thanks.

  61. admin
    November 17, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    This is a good jab at Barry, but Admin could you please turn the video off when we refresh the page, please.
    Thx

  62. SHV
    November 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm
    ” just circumvent the whole Ocare fiasco…”

    One question for which I am looking for an answer is “do the policies purchased from the exchange include out of network costs as part of the maximum out of pocket cost per year?” If they don’t, then these policies are pure junk.

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

    yes, SHV, I saw that you had mentioned that earlier…I have read a few things that do, in fact, say, that just like you may lose your doctor if he is not in your network… I remember reading that anything that is out of your network would not be covered…not sure about if it aligns specifically with max ‘out of pocket’…that is an interesting question…tricky, when you think about it…

    …the whole thing is so convoluded and so contradictory from state to state…there really is no fairness or anything universal about it…

    talking about ‘networks’ cannot imagine what is going to happen to all these people that are in rural areas, especially with the recent news of hundreds of doctors being let go from ‘networks’ this thing is really spiraling out of control…

    and we haven’t even got to the employer mandates yet…

  63. Leanora
    November 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t believe that the democrats are bored with Hillary. But someone is obviously pushing this woman. They’re even comparing her to William Jennings Bryan!
    ————
    William Jennings Bryant huh?

    Well, he lost the election in 1896.

    And he got his clock cleaned on cross examination

    By Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial.

    But this much I will say for him:

    He never pretended to be an Indian.

  64. “When the Obama Magic Died”

    By Fouad Ajami – November 16, 2013

    “The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama’s policies—and, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer. The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lasts—a year, an era—the redeemer is above and beyond judgment. He glides through crises, he knits together groups of varied, often clashing, interests. Always there is that magical moment, and its beauty, as a reference point.

    Mr. Obama gave voice to this sentiment in a speech on Nov. 6 in Dallas: “Sometimes I worry because everybody had such a fun experience in ’08, at least that’s how it seemed in retrospect. And, ‘yes we can,’ and the slogans and the posters, et cetera, sometimes I worry that people forget change in this country has always been hard.” It’s a pity we can’t stay in that moment, says the redeemer: The fault lies in the country itself—everywhere, that is, except in the magician’s performance.”
    (snip)

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/11/16/when_the_obama_magic_died_120680.html

  65. The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed.
    ———————–
    There is far more here than that. If all that happened was he was proven to be a mere mortal that would be one thing, and we could get over it. But it is a bit more than that. For it has been shown that he lied through his teeth to win an election, and that his own party, and big media were all in on it. In short, it has been proven that he defrauded the American people and corrupted our political system with the assistance of his fellow democrats and big media. Take the case of NBC as just one example. What does it tell you about a network that is so devoid of principles that it would give a prime time slot to a race baiter and poverty pimp like Al Sharpton, and present someone like that as the voice of the black community. These people are nothing more than schlockmeisters.

  66. “yes, SHV, I saw that you had mentioned that earlier…I have read a few things that do, in fact, say, that just like you may lose your doctor if he is not in your network… I remember reading that anything that is out of your network would not be covered…not sure about if it aligns specifically with max ‘out of pocket’…that is an interesting question…tricky, when you think about it…”
    *******
    “Your Money
    Out of Network, Not by Choice, and Facing Huge Health Bills”

    (snip)
    ” Still, there’s nothing in the law that stops health care providers from billing consumers for the balance, which is what often happens — and exactly what the D’Andrea family experienced. “This is not an issue that the Affordable Care Act fixes,” said Timothy S. Jost, a professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law and expert on health care laws. “It is conceivable that the problem gets worse for some people if the Affordable Care Act encourages narrower networks, which some people think it might do.”

    If consumers use providers within their network, their annual out-of-pocket costs will vary depending on the type of plan they choose (bronze, silver or gold, for example) and their household income. But the new law states that those expenses cannot exceed $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for a family of two or more in 2014. (This is true for all plans bought on the exchange, and for many individual plans.)”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/19/your-money/out-of-network-not-by-choice-and-facing-huge-health-bills.html?_r=0

    I think that people at HHS who know the answer to the “yes/no limits on out of network costs” aren’t talking. From the NYT article, sounds like there is no financial protection for out of network charges.

  67. SHV
    November 17, 2013 at 4:06 pm
    —————
    If it takes a full year to assess the magnitude of the damage done to our health care system by this improvident piece of legislation which was supported by every democrat, then the issue will be ripe on the eve of next years election. And there is very little they can do about it. When that happens people will remember that Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Jeff Sessions stood virtually alone in trying to stop this bill, before big media and their fellow republicans did their version of the Night of The Long Knives on them. This megapolitical error by the Democrat party, must not inure entirely to the benefit of the Republican Party, because the Republican Party is now perpetrating the big lie that they killed Obamacare, when in fact all they did was conduct a safe party line vote for the Upton Law which will save Obamacare, rather than killing it, because it has no teeth, and they have admitted this much to their confidantes, that it is simply about messaging.

  68. “If it takes a full year to assess the magnitude of the damage done to our health care system by this improvident piece of legislation which was supported by every democrat, then the issue will be ripe on the eve of next years election. ”
    ******
    The timing is very bad for the Dems, however, Obama doesn’t seem to care about legalities. The only hope is that he will be so discredited that he won’t be able to defer inconvenient deadlines until after the Nov. elections. The two big problems will the the Oct. deadline for announcing the new exchange policies and premiums for 2015 and the end of the one year delay in the upcoming business heath insurance fiasco. Businesses will be receiving notice, after July 2014, that their current insurance doesn’t meet ACA standards and the increased costs. IRS estimates that up to 80% of small business and 69% of large business will not be grandfathered.

  69. Paul Ryan is the only man on earth to ever lose a debate to Joe Biden.

    Now he is proposing that the GOP take ITS message of hope and change to the minority community and ignore its conservative base. I say, good luck with that one. Too bad that dog won’t hunt.

    Of course, he would argue with that characterization and say something nuanced and evasive like he is simply trying to build upon the traditional base.

    However, it obvious from his support for amnesty, Christie, and his personal attacks on conservatives like Cruz and Lee that Ryan is in league with Rove, and hell bent on marginalizing the conservative voice within the party.

    Byron York has written an article debunking that RINO delusion. I will not comment further save to say Hillary is lucky to have a stupid opponent, the RINO will win the nomination, lose the general election, and four years from now there will be an exodus of conservatives from the Republican Party, and a third party will emerge.

    At some point, what should happen will happen.

  70. Pennsylvania Town Clings to Its Guns, Ousts Mayor By Salena Zito – November 17, 2013
    CHAMBERSBURG – Know your constituency. It’s the first rule of local politics. Snip Policies that fit “The Big Apple” don’t fit a town that is, say, known statewide for its Apple Festival. Just ask Democrat Pete Lagiovane, the mayor of this Franklin County town who won’t return to office in January. He lost his bid for re-election — to a seat he won unopposed the last time — in part because he signed up Chambersburg as one of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun cities. His Republican opponent, Darren Brown, said he knows one thing he’ll do immediately after being sworn in as mayor: “The very, very first thing I’d like to do is get Chambersburg off the ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ list.” Just past the town circle, where the Molly Pitcher Highway briefly intersects with the Lincoln Highway, a handful of men climbed out of a shiny black SUV with a rifle rack and walked into the Historic Texas Lunch diner on a frosty Saturday morning. All wore some sort of hunter-orange apparel.
    They were just a handful of the nearly 950,000 people (according to Pennsylvania Game Commission statistics) who will hunt in the state in coming weeks. Theirs is a prized tradition that shares nothing with the stereotyped truck-driving, beer-drinking fool chasing critters for the heck of it. People who don’t hunt don’t understand the appeal. They don’t get why anyone would sit for hours in the woods or in a bog to hunt deer, bear, elk, turkey or duck; they don’t know how, for hunters, this is a time to spend outdoors with friends and family, continuing a tradition passed down by parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
    Almost all hunters go out because providing meat for their families is rewarding and satisfying. When you don’t understand people or don’t identify with them, you tend to mock them — which leaves the people who enjoy the hunting tradition with family and friends feeling more alienated by, more disconnected from, an increasingly urban society that is hostile to their values and their way of life. Many of these people feel attacked on all sides for many activities that they consider normal, such as hunting, going to church, flying a flag on holidays or every day, and wishing store clerks a “Merry Christmas!” SNIP Chambersburg Mayor-elect Brown said his decision to run for office was made with the same seriousness as when he decided to enlist in the Army in 2004: “I spent a lot of time learning about local offices and government … took a look at our current mayor, and thought the people of this town should have a mayor that reflects their views.” Brown said a mayor should focus on such issues as curbing crime and drugs, or keeping the sidewalks clean — not on the issues of outside groups that don’t understand a town’s way of life. All politics really is local.
    Salena Zito is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial page columnist. E-mail her at szito@tribweb.com
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/11/17/gun_grabbing_mayor_pays_price_in_pa_120695
    .html

  71. The Obama presidency is not over, but it is failing
    SNIP There ought to have been more scepticism about whether he could make a thing universally available, higher quality and cheaper all at the same time. Only price controls and public provision could conceivably have done that. And Mr Obama had ruled those out early on.
    Four years later, Mr Obama is still doling out rash promises. On Thursday he told Americans who have lost their existing insurance policies in the last six weeks that they could retrieve them if they liked them. He forgot to check with the fifty state regulators, who administer the law, and the insurance companies, which are crucial to its take up. SNIP
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/736ec94a-4df5-11e3-8fa5-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2l0auMkCQ

  72. SHV
    November 17, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    The exchange plans are what is commonly referred to as “sh!* insurance”. The claims that policies cancelled by insurers to meet the loopy requirements of Obamacare regulations, written to maximize profits and force the most people possible onto the exchanges and into large deductible and narrow provider plans are lies and propaganda. It is obvious that the Congressional Democrats were either in on it or too stupid and gullible to know what was going on. Rather than bring uninsured and under-insured populations up to snuff the plan was to make everyone have sh!* insurance. I think the plan was to shame people for having good insurance and not being willing to “help a brother out” or more class warfare. Remember this crap law was passed when Democrats were riding high and Obama could do no wrong and could bully everyone with his racism and class warfare charges. Incompetence, greed, and his almost complete political implosion with failures like gun control, immigration, and then Syria killed his political clout at exactly the moment he needed it most to bamboozle and bully the public. Obama and the Democrats thought they would be riding high forever. More fools them. Their timing is terrible.

  73. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/18/new-york-poll-christie-beats-cuomo-but-trails-clinton/

    New York Poll: Christie beats Cuomo but trails Clinton

    Chris Christie would top Andrew Cuomo but lose to Hillary Clinton in hypothetical 2016 presidential matchups for New York State’s 29 electoral votes, according to a new survey of Empire State voters.

    And the Siena College Poll, released Monday, also indicates a drop in the approval rating for Cuomo as New York governor, but more than half of the state’s registered voters say they would re-elect him next year.

    In possible 2016 showdowns, 56% of those questioned say they’d support Clinton, the former secretary of state and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate who also served from 2001 to early 2009 as a senator from New York. Four in 10 say they’d back Christie, who was just re-elected two weeks ago to a second term as governor of neighboring New Jersey. But the GOP governor edges out Cuomo 47%-42%.

    Clinton, if she decides to make another bid for the White House, would be the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination. Cuomo is also considered a possible 2016 Democratic contender for president. After passing on a run in 2012, Christie is seriously mulling a bid for the Republican nomination.

    “Cuomo has a strong favorability rating. Christie’s is a little better. And Clinton’s favorability rating, 67-31 percent, is best of all,” says Siena Pollster Steven Greenberg.

    In a Christie-Clinton showdown, “Christie splits the suburban and upstate vote with Clinton, who dominates in New York City,” adds Greenberg.

    And in a Christie-Cuomo faceoff, “Cuomo’s New York City lead is not enough to offset Christie’s comparable upstate and suburban leads, not to mention Christie’s 21-point lead among independent voters,” says Greenberg.

    New York state is reliably blue in presidential elections. The last Republican to capture the state in a presidential contest was President Ronald Reagan in his 1984 re-election landslide.

    According to the poll, 44% of Empire State voters say Cuomo’s doing an excellent or good job as governor, down from 52% in October. Fifty-six percent say Cuomo’s doing a fair or poor job, up from 47% last month.

    But Cuomo’s 61% favorable rating is basically unchanged from October, and 51% say they would vote to re-elect him in 2014, also virtually unchanged from last month.

  74. Wow, it really is collapsing…and this is the new Rasmussen pollster.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/health_care_law

    New High: 58% View Obamacare Unfavorably

    Unfavorable views of the national health care law have risen to their highest levels this year.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 38% of Likely U.S. Voters now have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the new national health care law. That’s down seven points from 45% a month ago. Fifty-eight percent (58%) view the law unfavorably, up five points from the previous survey and the highest finding in regular surveying since early January. These findings include 15% with a Very Favorable opinion of the law and 45% with a Very Unfavorable one, another high for the year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    Eleven percent (11%) of voters say they have been helped by the health care law, but nearly three times as many (30%) say they have been hurt by it. Fifty-four percent (54%) have felt no impact. The number who say they have been helped is down from 15% in October and is the lowest finding this year.

    Twenty-eight percent (28%) say their health insurance has changed because of the law. Sixty-two percent (62%) say their insurance is unchanged. Nine percent (9%) more are not sure.

    Little changed in surveys all year are the 62% who believe increased free market competition will do more to reduce health care costs than more government regulation. Twenty-two percent (22%) think more government regulation would be a better cost reducer. Fifteen percent (15%) are not sure.

    Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters think having the federal government establish a single set of health care standards and regulations will do more to reduce costs than letting states compete to determine the most effective standards and guidelines. But 56% say state competition would do more to reduce health care costs. This is the highest level of support for more competition between the states this year. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure.

    Just 35% describe the new health care law as good for America, and 55% favor repealing it.

    …………………..

    It is in a death spiral now..

  75. Did not see this…

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2016/2016_clinton_still_far_ahead_among_democrats_christie_paul_in_near_tie

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Clinton earns 70% support from Likely Democratic Voters when they are asked whom they would vote for if the 2016 Democratic presidential primary were held in their state today. That’s up from 63% support in early August.

    …………………..

    If anything, Hillary is consolidating her position for 2016.

  76. Thirty-two percent (32%) of voters think having the federal government establish a single set of health care standards and regulations will do more to reduce costs than letting states compete to determine the most effective standards and guidelines
    ————————–
    Oh come now, you still have the right to choose–bronze, silver or gold, and that means no matter what you do you are a medalist, therefore, by definition a winner. Of course your premiums may become astronomical, your deductibles may go through the roof, you may be forced to pay for insurable items you do not need, like sex change operations to indulge the life style choices of Obama constituents groups, and you may lose your doctor, but you should be proud because you are now a medalist, a patriot, and as Henry Ford said of the model T you can have any color car you want as long as it is black. How nice of the democrats to do this for all of us. And it is merely a coincidence that they have managed to collect a ton of payola from the primary beneficiary of this toxic legislation namely the health care industry. And if you protest, if you object, if you disagree that is because, per big media, you are sick in a different way, and cannot stand to see a black man in the White House.

  77. Amazing how fucked up things are….How lovely and nice of them to apologize for murder, honestly is the world this messed up? I’m sure the dead guy is happy to hear their apology, oh wait, he can’t, slight problem of a missing head…….turns out they brutally murdered one of their own terrorists, so no big loss. I really do despair for mankind.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10449815/Al-Qaeda-linked-rebels-apologise-after-cutting-off-head-of-wrong-person.html

    Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head.

    In a public appearance filmed and posted online, members of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, one brandishing a knife, held up a bearded head before a crowd in Aleppo. They triumphantly described the execution of what they said was a member of an Iraqi Shia militia fighting for President Bashar al-Assad.

    But the head was recognised from the video as originally belonging to a member of Ahrar al-Sham, a Sunni Islamist rebel group that often fights alongside ISIS though it does not share its al-Qaeda ideology.

    After inquiries, an ISIS spokesman admitted he was Mohammed Fares, an Ahrar commander reported missing some days ago. This could not be independently confirmed, but in an earlier video of a speech by Mr Fares he bears a close resemblance to the severed head in the later video.

    The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, which monitors deaths in the Syrian conflict, and several activists on social media said that ISIS fighters misunderstood comments Mr Fares made referring to the Imams Ali and Hussein, the founding fathers of Shiism.

  78. Clyburn is talking here to Candy Crowley whom I no longer consider a reporter, but rather an obama collaborator.
    ====

    Clyburn: Obamacare Is an Attempt to Change the Nation’s ‘Values System’ and ‘Stop These Cancellations’

    Obamacare is a “rollout problem,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told CNN’s “State of the Union With Candy Crowley” on Sunday.

    “The fact of the matter is, this is a rollout problem, this is not a values problem. And I think that if we were to look at what we’re attempting to do with the Affordable Health Care Act, you will know that what we’re trying to do is change a values system in our country.”

    Clyburn didn’t elaborate on the nation’s “values system.” Instead, he talked about policy cancellations, which are nothing new to him:

    “I’ve been hearing from constituents for the entire 21 years I’ve been in the Congress about cancellation letters that they’ve been getting from insurance companies as soon as a child is born with diabetes, cannot get on your health care policy, gets sick, go for your second treatment you get a cancellation letter, you limit your benefits, you get annual benefits — a cancellation letter from your insurance company.

    “So the fact of the matter is, we are trying to stop these cancellations. And now a few insurance companies have decided to use the Affordable Care Act to send out a new set of cancellation letters.”

    It’s a trust issue and a management issue, isn’t it? Crowley asked Clyburn.

    “Well, sure, paradise lost, paradise regained,” he replied. “And when you lose something, you can find it again. And the president has admitted that he expects to be held responsible for regaining the Americans’ trust. And I think he will.”

    He dismissed President Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance plans if they liked them as a “sound bite” that he should have better explained. “And we have to take the time to explain it and I think the media ought to report those explanations.”

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/clyburn-obamacare-attempt-change-nations-values-system-and-stop-these

  79. If anything, Hillary is consolidating her position for 2016.
    ———————-
    Meanwhile, the Republicans are deconstructing theirs, by alienating their base, and telling themselves that they can win the minorities with their economic arguments. That is ridiculous. If they had any sense, they would look at the political behavior of American Jews. Even with the most anti Israel president in our nations history in power, they give him hundreds of millions in contributions collectively, and they vote for him religiously not because he is good for them, but because they are and will always be democrats. To abandon your base in favor of outreach to core democrat constituencies is suicidal madness, yet that is what Ryan and the political consultants are preaching to them. If it were simply a matter of losing another election then you could say the mistake is self correcting. But when it involves losing the third national election in a row, then as the saying goes, the third is the charm, or in their case the curse. Fortunately, I do not pin my hopes for the future on the RINO. He does not represent the American People. And when big media start pushing Christie, because the elites who use them as a tool to control the population and see him as the hatchet man to destroy the safety nets which are costing them a good rate of return, I hope to God people are smart enough to see through their bullshit, and give them no audience.

  80. Militant Islamist rebels in Syria linked to al-Qaeda have asked for “understanding and forgiveness” for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man’s head
    ——————-
    They should not be too hard on themselves. After all, they DID apologize. You might say they took a page out of the Obama Playbook. And it were Obama, big media would sing a few verses of How Great Thou Art, and tell us case closed. My only regret in the matter is that it was not Clyburn’s head that fell to their axe, because in that case one might say justice delayed is justice denied. It will be interesting to see how Hillary handles that Judas three years form now. The axe may just fall or early retirement may be indicated. Frankly, it is hard to find the right words to express the utter contempt many of us feel for this black charlatan, and it has nothing to do with race, everything to do with character, or rather the lack thereof.

  81. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/18/politics/hillary-clinton-sisterhood/

    A gathering of Washington’s most important military leaders doesn’t seem like the obvious place to champion the cause of increasing women’s power around the world. Nor does Hillary Clinton seem like the obvious choice for an award from the National Defense University.

    But in accepting the American Patriot Award — presented annually to honor leaders who have “strengthened America’s strategic interests and advanced global security” — the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady used the stage Thursday to argue for more women in positions of power.

    For 20 minutes Clinton used her Yale Law School training to lay out a convincing case that women are critical to solving the world’s problems, citing women’s achievements in resolving conflicts in places like Liberia, Northern Ireland, and Rwanda.

    “Over and over, in country after country, women have proven themselves a powerful source for peace, even in places where their political power is slight or nonexistent,” she told the crowd.
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    On Friday, Clinton echoed similar themes when she joined former first lady Laura Bush at Georgetown University for a panel on the future of Afghan women. Calling next year’s withdrawal by U.S. and NATO troops a “serious turning point,” she stressed the importance of ensuring that hard-fought gains women and girls have made in the past decade are not reversed.

    Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush talk security for Afghan women

    It looked like a campaign stop. She was greeted with thunderous applause as she appeared on stage. Several of the women in the crowd took pictures with smartphones covered in “Ready for Hillary” cases, which they had downloaded from the website of the super PAC that urges her to run for president in 2016 and is laying the groundwork for her candidacy.

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    Clinton has increased her public visibility in recent months after lying low for a brief period after leaving the State Department. She has launched a Twitter account, campaigned for her good friend Terry McAuliffe, now Virginia’s governor-elect, and is writing a memoir of her years as secretary of state.

    But there is no issue Clinton has been more closely identified with than women’s rights. Friday’s Georgetown event was Clinton’s third in as many weeks on the issue of empowering women. A week earlier, in Philadelphia, she unveiled a new initiative, dubbed “No Ceilings,” that aims to document the progress of women since the 1995 U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women and to chart a course for the future. It will be run by the global foundation started by her husband, Bill Clinton, which now also bears the name of two Clinton women — Hillary and her daughter Chelsea.

    “The great unfinished business of the 21st century is helping women and girls break through these ceilings and participate fully in every aspect of life once and for all,” Clinton said at the program’s rollout.

    read on….video at link.

  82. Mormaer
    November 18, 2013 at 8:01 am

    SHV
    November 17, 2013 at 9:20 pm
    ———————
    It is customary in business to look at things like the worst case scenario, the best case senario, and the most likely scenario. It is obvious that the dims did not do this. They looked only at the best case scenario and assumed that demographic destiny would give them an endless summer. The only contingency plan they envisioned was to amass so much power in the state, that any dissent or push back would be buried, and those who sought to foment that rebellion would be cast by their big media co-conspirators as enemies of the people.

  83. the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady used the stage Thursday to argue for more women in positions of power.
    ————–
    As a political platform, that is understandable. As a theory of good government it is a false canard. There are too many contrary examples. I can think of no better example of this than the two senators from my state, both of whom are women and neither of whom is in any way shape or form a leader. Their male predecessors were leaders in the post war era. The point is that leadership does not discriminate by gender. Show me a woman who is held back from leadership because of her gender, like Hillary, and the last five years of my life and work stand for the proposition that is wrong. Show me a woman like Senator Patty Murray who could not pour piss out of a boot if it had the instructions on the bottom side, but has progressed to the apex of senate leadership on account of gender and seniority and I say that is wrong, because the success of this country is more important than the political aspirations of any candidate, and in the final analysis competence should be the deciding factor. And that is why I have decided to support Liz Cheney in Wyoming over her entrenched Republican opponent, a male who has failed to make his mark after 18 years in Congress and has, as she points out, conspired to accomodate Obamacare, before acceding to the ceremonial vote against it.

  84. TheRock
    November 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Putin is no match for the skills of this president. What do you expect from the Kremlin? Do you think they can just magically fix the problems in the Middle East? Do you think that Putin would be able to say ensure that Iran doesn’t get a nuke? Really??
    ——————-
    Please explain. By this president, do you mean the president of Iran or the US. Personally, I think Putin can do may things in that situation that Obama cannot, if indeed he wants to. Obama’s inability to deliver a deal that Tehran likes was demonstrated very recently but the collapse of the negotiations for the lifting of sanctions, which were thwarted by France at the behest of Saudi Arabia. As things stand, there are three players–Iran, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Obama has taken us out of the power equation. I am skeptical however, that anything short of an attack by Israel will thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Once that status has been achieved, it will trump Saudi Arabia as the dominant player in the Middle East. Because Saudi Arabia was a key player in installing Obama, I carry no brief for them in this matter. None.

  85. In the stage play of Don Quixote there is an antagonist called The Great Deceiver. Mitch McConnell is type cast for the role. Rove and McCaine support him unequivocally. The only question is whether the voters of Kentucky are smart enough to figure this out, with the flood of advertising their dirty money will buy. He needs to be defeated, preferably in the primary, but if not then, then in the general election. He is a blight on the American People, a puss pocket of corruption, whose tentacles reach in all directions. Plus he is a goofy looking bastard. He reminds me in some respects of George Will, who is one of his confidantes, and compares him to Henry Clay who is known as The Great Compromiser, whose efforts to avert a civil war, merely postponed it and made it worse when it finally happened.

    ———————————–

    George Will is actually dead on about McConnell. He is the King of K Street, and thus, the prince of amnesty. There is no question he would forge a deal to bail out Democrats from their misery were he to become Majority Leader. Although Will never explains why he thinks McConnell would pursue immigration deform, he is very close to the Minority Leader and understands that he is the strongest undocumented supported of Obama’s prized second term initiative.

    One thing is clear: you don’t raise the type of money McConnell rakes in every cycle if you oppose the endless supply of cheap labor. It happens to be that so many of McConnell’s associates and alumni work for amnesty groups like Zuckerberg’s PAC or the Chamber of Commerce. They always know he is in their back pocket, but is unable to vocally support them because his Kentucky constituents don’t appreciate illegal immigration.

    After voting for the 2006 amnesty, McConnell backed away from the 2007 version as he faced a tough reelection campaign. He ultimately voted against the 2007 amnesty bill. According to Robert Novak, “Not only did the minority leader end up voting against an immigration bill that he said was better than the 2006 version he supported, he abandoned his post, staying off the floor during final stages of the debate.” Also, “McConnell was among six switchers who voted no after the 40 senators needed to kill the bill were recorded.”

    Once again, earlier this year, after soliciting Marco Rubio to join the gang and after praising the bill in committee and on K Street, McConnell voted against it.

    Unlike Henry Clay, he wasn’t man enough to vote for excrement sandwiches he helps make.

    Mitch McConnell is beseeching Republicans in Kentucky and across the country to make him Majority Leader, as if that is the most important political goal of all time. Ask yourself this question: do we really need McConnell to become Majority Leader all for the purpose of passing amnesty?

    http://www.redstate.com/2013/11/18/mitch-mcconnell-as-the-prince-of-illegal-immigration/

  86. moon

    A gathering of Washington’s most important military leaders doesn’t seem like the obvious place to champion the cause of increasing women’s power around the world. Nor does Hillary Clinton seem like the obvious choice for an award from the National Defense University.

    But in accepting the American Patriot Award — presented annually to honor leaders who have “strengthened America’s strategic interests and advanced global security” — the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady used the stage Thursday to argue for more women in positions of power.

    ——

    This is one of the things I love most about Hillary, she comes to an event to accept an award from top US military leaders (that in itself shows the respect she has gained by being a great SOS), then she turns the award acceptance speech to the issues she is most passionate about, informative, sincere and shows that she has never stopped working on these issues throughout her career.

    No baking cookies and watching the soaps for Hillary.

    This is Hillary’s pre-campaign buildup.

    Thunderous applause – You go girl!!!!!!!

  87. Oh what a nice thing to do! So very thoughtful. (Sarc)
    ===

    Obama Shuts Down R Street In D.C. For 4 1/2 Hours To Celebrate Valerie Jarrett’s Birthday…

    The Obamas shut down R Street at Florida Avenue NW in D.C. last night for a four-and-a-half-hour celebration of senior adviser Valerie Jarrett’s birthday.

    Jarrett turned 57 on Thursday.

    The motorcade rolled from the White House to Dupont Circle just before 7 p.m. on Friday, with President Obama and Michelle Obama getting out at Restaurant Nora.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/11/18/obama-shuts-down-r-street-in-d-c-for-4-12-hours-to-celebrate-valerie-jarretts-birthday/

  88. wbboei
    November 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

    the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady used the stage Thursday to argue for more women in positions of power.
    ————–
    As a political platform, that is understandable. As a theory of good government it is a false canard.

    ——
    I don’t think Hillary means that ANY woman is more qualified than any man. I think she believes that when a woman is the best choice, she shouldn’t be held back because she is a woman.

    Most of us women understand this because we have lived it.

  89. Obama Shuts Down R Street In D.C. For 4 1/2 Hours To Celebrate Valerie Jarrett’s Birthday…

    ——
    This is the kind of behavior that befits a King, and is typical of the Obama’s self-serving, narcissistic personalities.

    I hope that every person that enabled his presidency, gets kicked in the teeth by Karma.
    The sooner, the better.

  90. Shadowfax

    I don’t think Hillary means that ANY woman is more qualified than any man. I think she believes that when a woman is the best choice, she shouldn’t be held back because she is a woman.

    Most of us women understand this because we have lived it.

    ______

    This is one of the things I love most about Hillary, she comes to an event to accept an award from top US military leaders (that in itself shows the respect she has gained by being a great SOS), then she turns the award acceptance speech to the issues she is most passionate about, informative, sincere and shows that she has never stopped working on these issues throughout her career.

    No baking cookies and watching the soaps for Hillary.

    This is Hillary’s pre-campaign buildup.

    Thunderous applause – You go girl!!!!!!!

    ___________

    Amen and Hell Yeah!!

  91. FFS…here we go again…..

    George Zimmerman has been arrested and is en route to the Seminole County Jail, according to Sheriff Don Eslinger.

    It’s not clear what happened or what crime he’s accused of committing, but just before 1:30 p.m., Eslinger confirmed that Zimmerman had been arrested today and was being driven to the county jail in Sanford.

    He said more information would be available shortly.

    WESH-Channel 2 reported that Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend.

    ……………………..

    This guy cannot stay out of a police station, lets see how long before they make a diversion from Ocare.

  92. See it all depends on WHO is telling the story!!! 🙄

    (CNN) – Washington, D.C.’s biggest Oregon State hoops fans – President Barack Obama and his family – headed to the University of Maryland Sunday evening to take in the Beavers’ upset win over the hometown Terps.

    Entering the College Park arena to cheers, the President, his wife and two daughters enjoyed the game from behind Oregon State’s bench. The team is coached by Michelle Obama’s brother Craig, and the siblings’ mother Marian Robinson also tagged along.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/17/obama-and-family-take-in-some-college-basketball/

  93. Breaking: DEMOCRATS to REIMBURSE Insurance Companies Up to 80% on O-Care Losses (Video)

    This must have been one of those backroom deals we heard so much about…
    Stuffed inside the Obamacare law passed by Democrats (with no Republican votes) is a provision that will reimburse insurance companies up to 80% of their losses due to Obamacare.

    Melissa Francis reported on FOX News:
    “Marco Rubio has been out highlighting the fact that there is this ‘risk corridor’ where written into this law that nobody read is this idea that is insurance companies have 3% higher costs than they estimated as a result of who’s in these pools, they can recoup 50% of that money from the government, from you and me. 8% higher than what they estimated, they can recoup 80%!… This bailout of the insurance companies is the next big thing we’ll all be talking about.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/11/breaking-democrats-to-reimburse-insurance-companies-up-to-80-on-o-care-losses-video/

  94. Breaking : George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin earlier this year, has been charged with assault and battery.

    Jesus, the race baiters are gonna come right back out of the woodwork.

  95. http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-charged-aggravated-assault/story?id=20926767

    George Zimmerman, who was acquitted this summer of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin, has been arrested in Florida and charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.

    Police identified the alleged victim as Samantha Scheibe and said the incident occurred at a home they shared.

    Zimmerman, 30, was arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office at about 1 p.m. today, authorities said.

    He was booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility.

    “When we arrived, the victim indicated that she and George Zimmerman were having a verbal dispute and at that time she alleged that he had broken had broken a table and pointed a long-barrel shotgun at her,” Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma said at a news conference.

    She managed to work her way to the front door of the residence and call 911 on her cell phone.

    “At that time, he actually pushed her out of the front of the residence and barricaded the door with some furniture,” Lemma said.

    When authorities arrived, the girlfriend gave officers a key to the home and they were able to open the door, push away the furniture and confront Zimmerman.

    He was unarmed when police got to him and “rather passive,” Lemma said. He offered no resistance and was taken into custody.

    The sheriff’s office said they will be releasing the arrest report and 911 call as soon as they are available.

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