Happy Thaxngiving! Remember ObamaCare Is A Turkey

It’s time to put the ax back in Thanksgiving. The news that Obama and ObamaCare totalitarians issued orders to the troops to pollute the Thanksgiving table with lying propaganda for ObamaCare puts us in ax wielding mode. Beware ObamaCare turkeys! If you soil our Thankgiving feast with Obama fueled propaganda it won’t just be a 2×4 smack across the head that silences you.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday in which we should look at even near empty glasses as sources of delight and gratitude. You’re breathing? Be thankful. You didn’t vote for Obama? You’re a special person deserving of many more blessings. You voted for Obama? You’re not very bright but be thankful that there is still time to learn and make it up to the country you have so wounded with your stupidity.

You’re Mike Tyson and made a lot of bad choices and horrid acts throughout your life? Rejoice Mike, you are smarter and braver than many think you are so there is hope for you. Continue to tell the truth such as:

“The reality of this plan: It didn’t work. So we have to find another plan,” Tyson said Wednesday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.”

The former heavyweight champion of the world said Obamacare is “really bad” and “just really went horrible,” adding he previously supported the law, but that it isn’t delivering.

“If they can get the health care, but as of now it doesn’t seem they can get it,” Tyson said, when asked if he agreed with a universal health care system. “I was for it a 100 percent but we just have to come to the reality that it didn’t work.

See you long-time Obama/ObamaCare supporters, even a man with little education and too many hits to the head can grow and CHANGE into a smarter better person. There’s HOPE for you too you, Obama lovin’ fools. Oh, our prayers of thanks-giving at today’s dinner table will be filled with great joy. There is HOPE:

“I do not wish to think of myself as some reflexive Talking Points Robot who is ready, willing, and eager to engage in any spin, no matter how preposterous, to protect the all-important team.

Well, other people are like that too. And the Liberal Chattering Classes are facing a question now: “Will my reputation and sense of pride survive Obama’s incompetence?”

And: “How absurd am I willing to make myself in order to cover up for this arrogant buffoon’s incompetence?

Some people may begin to peel off — not because they’re not in-the-tank partisan shills, mind you, but because they’re in-the-tank partisan shills who still have some functioning sense of self-respect left in them.

They are beginning to realize that loving Obama means, in the end, hating yourself. You have to sacrifice everything for him — your honesty, your integrity, your autonomy. Your reputation, your legacy, your pride.

His incompetence and deceit are at such a level that he will not permit you to support him and retain a shred of self-respect for yourself.

Devotion to Obama requires destruction of the self. Obama is a jealous Messiah, and will not permit you to love anything else — even yourself.

That may be too much for some worshippers to bear. Some worshippers may only be willing to worship casually — Cafeteria Cultists, if you will — and will not be able to muster the full commitment to the Obama Cult that the more senior acolytes demand.

And such people will then become apostates.

And the other cultists will shun them, declaring: “Obama asked nothing of you, except for one thing: that you love him and nothing else, and that you obey his every command as if it were the Voice of God Himself commanding you.”

Even in the darkest pits of the cult, there is HOPE. We rejoice!

Today we’ll even spare a kind thought to those wastrels of billions of our tax dollars who are scrambling tonight at HealthCare.gov’s tech teams to create some Rube Goldberg workaround to make that mess a smaller mess. Of course as some have written A Better Obamacare Won’t Save Obama – The website can be fixed, and the Affordable Care Act can start working as intended, but the damage is done—and the president might be, too.

Speaking of Rube Goldberg, we wish to extend our best wishes to our Jewish friends also celebrating the first night of Hanukkah tonight. If you’re Jewish and voted for Obama think Mike Tyson. You’re helping destroy Israel and America simultaneously but there is time to atone for your destructive votes. Give thanks that you are still alive and think of Israel surrounded by wolves including the boy raised by wolves.

At our dinner table we’ll be ignoring that lying boy raised by wolves and his health scams and schemes. We’ll be thinking of another little boy chewed on by wolves:

“His parents call him a “wild, fun loving, zombie-killing boy who loves the military and police.”

He is normal in every way, except this 7-year-old already plays guitar and keyboards and has his heart set on learning to fiddle.

Something else sets Hunter apart.

He was born with a rare form of cancer and lost his health insurance just after Obamacare went into effect.”

Millions more are to follow that little boy into ObamaCare oblivion as above standard health plans get destroyed. As those plans get axed we think it’s time to put the ax back into Thaxngiving.

ObamaCare is a turkey. On Thanksgiving turkeys get axed.

And yes, our apologies to turkeys. Turkeys are noble birds once nominated to be the national bird instead of the bald eagle. We call ObamaCare a turkey but ObamaCare is a predatory disease and disease inducing fowl that requires beheading. Ax it. Ax it right between the eyes. Throw the carcass into an incinerator. Be thankful that filthy fowl will no longer live to terrorize.

To ObamaCare supporters, don’t you dare pollute the dinner table with propaganda. Tonight is a night for joyful reflection of the blessings of liberty and our wonder-filled future and past as individuals and as a nation.

Tonight, if you are alone or with family or friends be grateful you are still alive and every moment brings the possibility of new possibilities. Gather yourself, alone or with others, and be grateful for all that you have.



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138 thoughts on “Happy Thaxngiving! Remember ObamaCare Is A Turkey

  1. Wonderful post admin, a day of reflection, time with loved ones and grateful for the good things in life that we have. Happy Thanksgiving.

    I will be in a large group of ‘elitist’ Obama supporters for Thanksgiving dinner, along with my son. Most of these people already know that I am anything but an Obama supporter. I have a strong feeling that these people are not happy with Obama but are not courageous enough to admit it. The most they have admitted to me is that he has fallen short of their expectations, but they want to give him more time…

    I can tell by their public silence about their president, they are not happy.

    Will most of them support Hillary over any other candidate in 2016 if she runs?

    I would say for the adults, a resounding ‘Yes’.

    For the nitwit young people? I think they are probably still gullible for the most part, so they could be swayed with freebies and a young minority candidate. This is for the primary, but they would never think of voting for a Republican, unless it’s someone like Ron Paul who captures their attention.

  2. I am thankful I had dinner with some Republicans and did not have to get ugly over any Obamababble. I asked them where they were last election and they blamed the Tea Party for making them all white and weird. No matter how bad the Dems get, I could never be a Republican. I want my Party back.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving with their families. I am stuffed from eating too much..of course no food has any calories today…LOL..

    I have a niece who works for the Mayo clinic here in Minnesota and we got into the topic of Obamacare today. She used to have outstanding health care (basically 100% health coverage). Now it’s all changing completely for the worst. She is a moderate Republican, liked Obama but no more…

  4. Thank you administrator for your perseverance and continuing the good fight against the Obama fiefdom. Indeed, ” Lets drink to the hard working people”(MJ/KR).

  5. Thank you, admin, for this site and the lone oasis of sanity it is. Thank you to my fellow posters for keeping me informed even if I disagree with some of the more reactionary/conservative links.

    Thank you freespirit for just being you.

    And I don’t care what this administration thinks….GOD bless you all.

  6. If you want to criticize obamacare – don’t do it too loudly.
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    Cancer Patient Who Spoke Out Against O-Care – Gets Audited by IRS (Video)

    Earlier this month cancer patient Bill Elliot went on FOX News to discuss how he lost his health insurance thanks to Obamacare.

    Now he is being audited by the IRS…

    Bill Elliot was a cancer patient who lost his insurance due to ObamaCare and couldn’t pay the expensive new premiums. He was talking about paying the ObamaCare fine, going without health insurance and “letting nature take its course.”

    He went on FOX News where his story was picked up by C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance broker who helped him keep his insurance.

    Now suddenly Bill Elliot is being audited for 2009 with an interview only scheduled in April 2014. Assuming he lives that long. That might be a coincidence, but Tucker is being audited back to 2003.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/11/cancer-patient-who-spoke-out-against-o-care-gets-audited-by-irs-video/

  7. Was Obamacare designed to fail?

    As I’ve said many times before, I put absolutely nothing past this bunch of Marxists that control our executive branch and much of our government agencies – nothing!

    The question with Obamacare is this: is the White House really that stupid and/or incompetent, or is this Obamacare fiasco just another Alinskyite tactic? Crash the system – then replace it. I personally don’t believe that BHO and his cronies are stupid – at least not when it comes to Machiavellian ploys to subvert our representative republic and replace it with a hybrid Marxist/Fascist system.

    It is an indisputable fact that BHO, like all Marxists, is for a government controlled single-payer healthcare system.

    Here’s the theory..

    The Obamacare website is a disaster and nobody is able to sign up. Now the firms (Obama donors) who built the website have been rehired to fix it. The number of people who have signed up to get insurance through Obamacare is statistically insignificant. For all intents and purposes it’s 0% of the population. Meanwhile, tens of millions of people have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies because their policies don’t meet the purposefully ridiculous Obamacare mandated standards. Millions of others have received rate increases as high as 300% on their current premiums.

    MORE @ http://www.gothamresistance.com/2013/11/14/was-obamacare-designed-to-fail/

  8. But then that pie article linked to this [ha ha] and I regained a proper focus:

    Rothman: The Spectacular Collapse of Obamacare’s Holiday Propaganda Blitz
    by Noah Rothman | 12:44 pm, November 27th, 2013
    …First, the news broke that HealthCAre.Gov holiday call center operators would not be working on Thanksgiving. Combined with the website’s inoperability, this put a damper on OFA’s suggestion to supporters that hey walk their relatives through the signup process while they were too inebriated to fully appreciate the consequences of their actions.
    Then, on Wednesday morning, the New York Times reported that the fragile website would simply be unable to handle a burst of interest in the ACA exchanges over the holiday. The White House urged “allies to hold back enrollment efforts.”
    Just as events were looking most grim, enter Huffington Post reporters Ashtari and Nick Wing to repair the damage done to the credibility of millions. Who needs those annoying political arguments over the holidays anyway, they asked “Here’s how you can stop them.”
    “We know the president wants us to discuss healthcare, but it might ruin the turkey in this family,” they observe. “Is everyone aware there’s a baby panda trying to walk right now?”
    What a perfect way to bookend this latest debacle….
    http://www.mediaite.com/online/rothman-the-spectacular-collapse-of-obamacares-holiday-propaganda-blitz/

  9. Hilarious…..If Hillary doesnt run…..

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/29/christie-leads-possible-2016-gop-contenders-in-cnnorc-poll/

    If Hillary doesn’t run

    The CNN poll, along with all other 2016 surveys released this year, indicates that Clinton would be the overwhelming frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination.

    Sixty-three percent of Democrats and independents who lean towards the Democratic Party say the former secretary of state, who also served as senator from New York and first lady, would be their choice for the party’s nomination, with Biden a distant second at 12%. Freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a favorite of many progressives, stands at 7%, with New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 5% and two-term Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, another possible candidate, at 2%.

    But how would the race for the Democratic nomination shape up if Clinton forgoes another run for the White House?

    If that’s the case, the poll suggests that 43% of Democrats would support the Vice President, with Warren at 17%, Cuomo at 15% and O’Malley at 6%.

    ……………………

    Biden? lol, if they run Biden, say hello to President GOP.

  10. Biden? lol, if they run Biden, say hello to President GOP.
    _________________________

    Well Moon I used to think that too.
    BUTT remembering the corruption of the GNC in 08 and 12 I wouldn’t pit anything past them.
    They could probably get Putin elected if they want to. :EVIL:-

  11. Biden? lol, if they run Biden, say hello to President GOP.
    _________________________

    Well Moon I used to think that too.
    BUTT remembering the corruption of the DNC in 08 and 12 I wouldn’t pit anything past them.
    They could probably get Putin elected if they want to. :EVIL:-

  12. A joyous thanksgiving present for everyone at Big Pink…….

    November Ratings: MSNBC Loses 45% of Viewers and CNN collapses losing 59% of viewers.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/11/29/november-ratings-msnbc-loses-45-percent-of-viewers

    Over tofu turkey, the powers behind the extreme-left cable news network MSNBC must have expressed many thanks yesterday for CNN, because it is only by comparison to CNN that MSNBC’s November ratings are not embarrassing. Compared to November of last year, MSNBC’s viewership has nearly been cut in half and the “Lean Forward” network continues to get crushed by Fox News.

    MSNBC:

    Primetime (Mon-Sun): 645,000 Total Viewers / 190,000 A25-54

    Total Day (Mon-Sun): 401,000 Total Viewers / 124,000 A25-54

    Fox News:

    Primetime (Mon-Sun): 2,011,000 total viewers / 348,000 A25-54

    Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,201,000 total viewers / 248,000 A25-54

    In total viewers, Fox News beats MSNBC by nearly 3-to-1. In the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demo, the ratio is closer to 2-to-1.

    Compared to November of last year (a presidential election year), MSNBC is down 45% in total day viewers and 50% during primetime. Fox is down only 21% and 18%, respectively.

    In the 25-54 demo, MSNBC is down 52% in total day compared to last year, and 57% during primetime. Fox news is down 30% and 41%, respectively.

    CNN is a rolling disaster.

    November Ratings: Last Place CNN Loses 59% of Viewers Over Last Year

    The left-leaning CNN had a terrible November. Compared to November of 2012, the cable news network lost 59% of its total day audience and 62% of its primetime audience. Granted, last November was the month of the presidential election and a drop-off in viewership is to be expected, but by comparison Fox News is down only 21% and 18% respectively.

    CNN has also lost its short-lived dominance over its left-wing competition at MSNBC in every conceivable measurement.

    CNN:

    Primetime (Mon-Sun): 481,000 Total Viewers / 153,000 A25-54

    Total Day (Mon-Sun): 335,000 Total Viewers / 100,000 A25-54

    MSNBC:

    Primetime (Mon-Sun): 645,000 Total Viewers / 190,000 A25-54

    Total Day (Mon-Sun): 401,000 Total Viewers / 124,000 A25-54

    For the 143rd consecutive month Fox News blew both CNN and MSNBC away. Last month, in fact, Fox News beat both of its left-wing counterparts combined in both total viewers and the advertiser-coveted 25-54 age group:

    Primetime (Mon-Sun): 2,011,000 total viewers / 348,000 A25-54

    Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,201,000 total viewers / 248,000 A25-54

    Ratings for Al Jazeera America, our third left-leaning cable news network, are too small to be measured.

    For a few months, CNN was looking as though it might be on a comeback under new leadership from Jeff Zucker. A number missteps appear to have killed that. CNN’s lurched far left of the country with its open advocacy for gun control, gleefully participated in the manufacturing of a racial hoax around the George Zimmerman trial, and was a font of misinformation during the Boston Marathon bombing.

    ……………………….

    How long before MSNBC and CNN get merged or closed down…..place your bets now.

  13. Happy belated Turkeyday to all Big Pinkers! 😀 Couldn’t get online yesterday to extend the season’s greetings (I was sick as a dog).

    May we all live to see bumbles leave office.

    I personally want to thank all that post here. This is the most intelligent group on the web concerning politics and political diatribe starting with admin’s posts which over and over and over again distills the propaganda of the MSM and lays out what is really happening. I really think I became a smarter person when I found this blog.

    Eat and enjoy family!!!

    Hillary 2016

  14. Parties recruit veterans to run for House in 2014
    AP News | Nov 29, 2013
    …In the military, it’s always a team effort,” says Strouse, who completed three tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq and now is running as a Democrat, hoping to unseat GOP Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick next year. There’s a hierarchy, but things get done because people work together.”… “Service before self, integrity and excellence in all we do,” says McSally, the first woman in U.S. history to command a fighter squadron in combat. “And those are the character traits that are sorely lacking” in Washington…Strouse and McSally are among the more than dozen veterans recruited to run for the House in 2014. Both parties have sought out candidates whose records allow them to appear to be perfect antidotes for the partisan, gridlocked Washington. Each side hopes its challengers can run effectively against incumbents inextricably linked to a national capital that, polls show, the public detests….In House races expected to be the most competitive, Democrats are pushing eight challengers who either served in the military or continue to do so through the National Guard or Reserves; the GOP champions five veterans…
    http://townhall.com/news/politics-elections/2013/11/29/parties-recruit-veterans-to-run-for-house-in-2014-n1755008

  15. Professor: Obama Should Be Allowed to Run for a Third Term

    Want more Obama?

    In The Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history professor from NYU, has written an article claiming that all of America’s problems would be soloved–GET THIS–if only we would allow Barack Obama to run for a third term!

    He wants to amend the Constitution and abolish presidential term limits.

    Zimmerman writes that Obama–whose approval rating is at an all time low of 37%–would be much more effective at governing if he could stand for re-election in 2016 because then he’d be less likely to “ignore” the will of the American people. “It’s time to put that power back where it belongs,” he writes. “Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for ­ or against ­ him. Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.”

    We don’t know whether to shake our heads in disbelief, or burst out laughing.

    This professor admits that only a third of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing in office, yet he wants us to believe that we’d be better off if he were able to be president until the year 2020–and beyond?

    That’s some strange logic.

    Just one week ago, the very same newspaper ran a story predicting that if the 2012 election were held now, Mitt Romney would win the White House, not Obama.

    Right now, this country has a serious case of voter’s remorse. Therefore the timing for this call for a potential third Obama term couldn’t be worse.

    If we were going to go to the trouble of amending the Constitution, I think more Americans would be interested in adding the power to recall this president than would be interested in giving him a third term.

    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/15481/

  16. My God. Even after 10 years they are still lying about this!
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    Media feasting on Bush ‘fake’ turkey claim; false story still repeated 10 years on

    It wasn’t exactly the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, but 10 years ago this week, Washington was consumed with another scandal, dubbed by one CNN newscaster as “Turkey-gate”: Was that a fake turkey President George W. Bush was photographed with during his first surprise visit with troops in Iraq?

    The photo resulting from the visit was iconic ­ possibly history’s most famous picture of a cooked turkey. It’s certainly the most misunderstood. Despite being a real turkey, meant as a decoration for the chow line, Mr. Bush’s political opponents seized on it, erroneously claiming it was plastic.

    In the years since, the bogus “fake turkey” story keeps churning, including slipping into 2004 New York Times and Boston Globe articles, making it into talk radio shows in 2005 and popping up in Washington Post and London Telegraph stories in 2006. To this day, it still creeps into print in letters to the editor in newspapers around the country.

    “It’s a real theme in so many people’s minds, it’s almost got a religious aspect to it,” said Tim Blair, a columnist at The Daily Telegraph in Australia who has tracked the story over the past decade and said it has taken on a life of its own, playing on people’s perceptions of the former president. “If you’re of the anti-Bush faith, it’s a touchstone. It’s the book of turkey.”

    The Iraq trip itself was iconic.

    With things starting to turn bad months after the invasion, Mr. Bush made a secret trip ­ his first ­ to visit troops on Thanksgiving. Few were told the details ahead of time in order to preserve security, and Air Force One had to make a corkscrew landing into Baghdad, surprising the troops on the ground who had no idea their commander in chief was coming.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/27/media-still-feasting-on-bush-fake-turkey-claim/#ixzz2m43HhbKM

  17. Yeah like Obama has never been part of a fake photo opportunity ever…………or a fake heckler, or a fake question or a fake website……….

  18. Amazing!!! 🙄

    t wasn’t exactly the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, but 10 years ago this week, Washington was consumed with another scandal, dubbed by one CNN newscaster as “Turkey-gate”: Was that a fake turkey President George W. Bush was photographed with during his first surprise visit with troops in Iraq?

    The photo resulting from the visit was iconic — possibly history’s most famous picture of a cooked turkey. It’s certainly the most misunderstood. Despite being a real turkey, meant as a decoration for the chow line, Mr. Bush’s political opponents seized on it, erroneously claiming it was plastic.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/27/media-still-feasting-on-bush-fake-turkey-claim/#ixzz2m4JSsz3g
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

  19. Love this comment. 🙂

    Bush: Turkey-gate
    Obama: Cash For Clunkers-gate, Solyndra-gate, Benghazi-gate, Shovel Ready Jobs-gate, IRS-gate, NSA-gate, Obamacare-gate…..and so it goes on.
    We should show Obama the gate.

  20. The news about the children is out. Roberts should have known it couldn’t stay secret.
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    The Dark Cloud of Blackmail Haunts Justice John Roberts And Obamacare

    Returning now to the “Un-affordable Care Act” that could have been stopped in its tracks by one man. It would have required some courage. But that one person clearly showed he had none. That person, Justice John Roberts, disgraced his oath and his manhood when he decided to throw the entire country into the cauldrons of irreversible government tyranny and eventual economic collapse, in order to save his seat on the Court. Roberts threw the entire country overboard for his own well being.

    The main stream media has worked diligently and will continue to do so to keep Roberts’ secret from becoming common knowledge. The House and the Senate will continue to ignore it, as will the United States Attorney General, provided Justice Roberts plays ball.

    Justice Roberts vulnerable to blackmail?

    So what is this secret? What has and is being held over his head? It appears that Justice Roberts may have broken international laws as well as United States laws and possibly laws of one or two Latin American countries as well. The word “appears” is used here because there have been no convictions relating to this and there never will be as long as Roberts does what he’s told. The information that TPATH has found relates to illegal transportation of children, a boy and a girl, from one foreign country to another for the purpose of clandestinely adopting them. The adoption appears to have been finalized in a Latin American country after secreting the children there and out of Ireland. All adoptions in Ireland must go through the government and non-citizens are forbidden from adopting. These children are now, the almost grown children of Justice Roberts. The number of crimes which needed to be perpetrated for this scheme to be accomplished are numerous and while America has Statutes of Limitations which may have run out, it’s very possible that Ireland might still be in the position to extradite, prosecute and even convict. There is also the potential “citizenship” issue relating to the children. If they were illegally removed from Ireland, their American citizenship could be impacted. Not that Roberts, our congress or the usurper has any particular problem with citizenship issues. As this case is being heard don’t let the idea that right will prevail. It will not. There have been no signs that Roberts has grown a pair of anything under those robes since he last deserted his country. Reprinted from Tea Party Advocacy Tracking Hub Warning from TPATH: As many of us have heard the Un-affordable Care Act website has been hacked and many people are giving personal information to criminals (criminals not working for Obama that is). TPATH has discovered a sure fire way of telling if you are on a pirate website. If it is operational, it can’t be Obama’s site, exit immediately.

    http://aconservativeedge.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/the-dark-cloud-of-blackmail-haunts-justice-john-roberts-and-obamacare/

  21. holdthemaccountable
    November 29, 2013 at 11:52 am
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    So sad to see Veterans, especially Sally, supporting the Dems and Obama.

    Sad to see 475 still see the liarinchief as honest. As long as the MSNBC,ABC, CBS support his dishonor, people will not change their minds!

  22. “Returning now to the “Un-affordable Care Act” that could have been stopped in its tracks by one man.”
    *******
    As painful as the process it likely to be, I think tha in the long term, it’s better that fraudulent the Obama and Obamacare are destroyed by failure rather than by SCOTUS. If SCOTUS had ruled that Obamacare was unconstitutional, we would still be hearing from the MSM and Obots how the Racist SCOTUS has deprived the American people of the best healthcare system ever!!!! All because Obama is half African, etc., etc.,etc.

  23. SHV, agreed. Painful it is that the Court could have killed it once and for all. However, now the court can continue to gut ObamaCare bit by bit as with the Medicaid ruling. The court has the chance to really cut the heart out of the beast by ruling subsidies only apply to exchanges established by the states not the federal government. There is also the origination clause challenges.

    Even if the court does not act further to eviscerate ObamaCare it is only a matter of time before ObamaCare is pronounced dead after a slow painful political death. The court is then free to continue to slash at Obama’s other obaminations. The political destruction of Obama and ObamaCare is more fecund, albeit slower, because it strikes at root, trunk, and branches. It’s long term more satisfying and to our minds better than short term gratification which would help Obama because racism and other non sequiturs would be used to excuse Obama’s failures and corruptions.

    Our preference has always been for Obama and ObamaCare to be destroyed politically. Years ago we wrote we did not want any physical harm or disease to strike down Obama. We want him, and the party leadership that advanced him to political power, to be politically gutted.

  24. We wrote about this blue slip policy before http://www.hillaryis44.org/2013/11/22/chaos-2013-jfk-cuba-israel-iran-obama/#comment-424143

    Now the New York Times gets it:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/29/us/politics/despite-filibuster-limits-a-door-remains-open-to-block-judge-nominees.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

    “The blue slip rule for judges has been more problematic than the filibuster, in part because it is a silent, unaccountable veto.”

    Twelve more appeals court seats are either vacant or will be by the end of 2014. All but one are in states with at least one Republican senator. As a result, Mr. Obama still lacks unrestricted power to swiftly appoint a flurry of more clearly left-of-center judges than he has done to date, despite the fears of conservatives and the hopes of liberals, specialists said.

    The use of the filibuster to require a 60-vote supermajority to confirm an appeals court nominee arose out of the bitter aftermath of the disputed 2000 presidential election, when Senate Democrats used the tactic to deny lifetime appointments for several of President George W. Bush’s nominees who were particularly outspoken conservatives.

    After Mr. Obama was elected, Senate Republicans escalated the practice, routinely delaying the confirmation of executive branch and judicial nominees and blocking up-or-down votes on four District of Columbia Circuit nominees. Now, a simple majority of senators will once again be able to confirm nominees to the executive branch and lower courts; filibusters of Supreme Court nominees remain permitted.

    Edward Whelan, the president of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center, said the change effectively reset the balance of power between presidents and opposition-party senators back to how things were before the Bush years — with other political constraints still in place.

    “What is being ignored in the discussion of how much free rein the administration will have is that there are political costs to selecting wackos,” Mr. Whelan said. “So the question is, how much will this change really be worth? It may well not be as transformative as people claim.” [snip]

    In particular, the blue slip rule could come under additional scrutiny. Under the prerogative, both home-state senators must sign off on a blue slip allowing a confirmation hearing for a nominee. Facing that obstacle, presidents generally do not make nominations without such senators’ consent.

    The blue slip is still a very powerful tool,” Mr. Whelan said. “Indeed, we may get Republicans, realizing that they no longer have the minority power of the filibuster, becoming more aggressive in using the blue slip.”

    Already, according to a recent study by Russell Wheeler of the Brookings Institution, vacancies without nominees are disproportionately likely to be in states like Texas that are represented by Republican senators. That suggests, he wrote, that they are “objecting to nominees floated by the administration, insisting on nominees unacceptable to the administration, or simply slow-walking the process.”

    Any change to the blue slip rule would be up to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont. So far, however, he has enforced the rule broadly, even blocking a Kansas nominee to a federal appeals court because both Kansas senators changed their minds after clearing the nominee.

    Sheldon Goldman, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, said that if Republican senators used the blue slip rule to “gum up the works” and Mr. Leahy decided to allow confirmation hearings without their approval, Mr. Obama — and future presidents — would be freer to appoint more ideologically outspoken judges across the country.

    After the vote to change the filibuster rule, Mr. Leahy reiterated his support for the blue slip rule. Still, he also said he could change his mind if it were abused — without defining “abuse.”

    “I assume no one will abuse the blue slip process like some have abused the use of the filibuster to block judicial nominees on the floor of the Senate,” he said in a statement. “As long as the blue slip process is not being abused by home-state senators, then I will see no reason to change that tradition.”

    Obama Dimocrats are committing suicide and giving up power in order to help Barack Obama. If they gut the blue slip procedure they will suffer more long term than Republicans ever will.

  25. More Obama lies on Iran deal – according to the Washington Post editorial page:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/final-iran-deal-needs-to-balance-out-the-concessions/2013/11/28/72741e92-5772-11e3-835d-e7173847c7cc_story.html?hpid=z3

    THE FACT sheet distributed by the Obama administration about the nuclear agreement with Iran is notable for its omissions. The 2,000-word document, like President Obama’s televised statement Saturday night about the deal, stresses Iran’s pledge to cap its enrichment of uranium, delay the completion of a plutonium-producing reactor and accept additional inspections — measures that will guard against an attempt to produce a bomb while negotiations continue.

    What the White House didn’t report is that the text of the accord makes several major concessions to Tehran on the terms of a planned second-stage agreement. Though White House officials and Secretary of State John F. Kerry repeatedly said that Iran’s assertion of a “right to enrich” uranium would not be recognized in an interim deal, the text says the “comprehensive solution” will “involve a mutually defined enrichment program with mutually agreed parameters.” In other words, the United States and its partners have already agreed that Iranian enrichment activity will continue indefinitely. In contrast, a long-standing U.S. demand that an underground enrichment facility be closed is not mentioned.

    Mr. Obama and other U.S. officials have spoken about a six-month time frame for completing negotiations, but the agreement says the six-month arrangement can be renewed “by mutual consent” and that “the parties aim to conclude negotiating and commence implementing [in] no more than one year.” It also states that “there would be additional steps in between the initial measures and the final step,” including “addressing the U.N. Security Council resolutions.” Those resolutions order Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, but the agreement does not say whether those demands will be enforced.

    The most troubling part of the document provides for what amounts to a sunset clause in the comprehensive agreement. It says the final deal will “have a specified long-term duration to be agreed upon,” and that once that time period is complete, “the Iranian nuclear program will be treated in the same manner as that of any non-nuclear weapon state party” to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran thus could look forward to a time when there would be no sanctions and no special restrictions on its nuclear capacity; it could install an unlimited number of centrifuges and produce plutonium without violating any international accord.

    Administration officials say they regard Iran’s agreement to the words “long-term” in the sunset clause as a significant concession. In theory, this might mean 15 to 20 years. Iran, however, has proposed a far shorter period; we are told it was three to five years. Whatever the final compromise, it would be dangerous to allow this Iranian regime to have an unrestricted nuclear program at any time — and it surely would be unacceptable to Israel and Iran’s Arab neighbors. The United States should retain the ability to block the expiration of controls with its veto in the U.N. Security Council.

    The interim arrangement, as we have said, is worthy because it checks Iran’s progress toward a bomb and is far preferable to the military action that otherwise might have been necessary. But the agreement leaves the United States and its partners at a disadvantage in negotiating the comprehensive settlement. The concessions made to Iran will have to be balanced by a major rollback of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure — with no automatic expiration date.

  26. VH, that coffee care vid is priceless.

    If the government really wants to make healthcare affordable for Americans, it could start by disallowing outrageous pricing involved in hospital care like charging $10.00 for 1 tylenol pill + a separate charge for the nurse to bring it to the patient. If you check an itemized hospital bill the hidden (sneaky) charges are unbelievable.

  27. NPR:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/28/247566420/breaking-up-with-healthcare-gov-is-hard-to-do

    Enrolling in HealthCare.gov is not easy, and it’s been particularly difficult in Alaska. Just 53 people enrolled in the first month.

    Anchorage hair stylist Lara Imler is one of the few who got through, as we . But Imler discovered problems with her application, and now she wants to cancel her enrollment.

    I don’t even know how to feel about the whole thing anymore because I can’t even get anyone who has an answer to help,” she says. “It’s just such a lost cause at this point.”

    A few things went wrong with Imler’s HealthCare.gov application. First, according to the website, she successfully enrolled in a health plan. But her new insurance company, , didn’t have her application. When she called the HealthCare.gov hotline, no one could help her figure out what went wrong.

    Then, she found out the website miscalculated her subsidy. She was supposed to receive a monthly subsidy of $366, but the website only let her use $315.

    The subsidy issue is weird,” she says. “If you look at my profile on the website it shows my full subsidy, but it says I’m only using part of it. So they know I’ve got a screwed up subsidy but they don’t know what to do with it. There’s no one directly you can talk to, to say, ‘Hey my subsidy is on there. How do I apply for all of it?'”

    It turns out everyone’s subsidy in Alaska was miscalculated. discovered the error in mid-October and suspended enrollments.

    It took two weeks for the federal Health and Human Services Department to resolve the issue. Since then, Enroll Alaska has signed up about 80 people in the marketplace. Chief Operating Officer Tyann Boling says half the people her insurance agents sit down with have tried to navigate HealthCare.gov on their own and given up.

    “This is not an easy process. I think even if this website was functioning at 100 percent this would not be an easy process,” Boling says. “This is complicated. If you click on one wrong thing, there’s no back buttons, it can be a really, really nasty process to go through.”

    Boling is frustrated with the website, but not as frustrated as Imler. After weeks of trying — and failing — to make her application work, Imler wants a break from HealthCare.gov.

    She never got a packet from her insurance company asking her to pay the first premium. She figures canceling the plan — with the chance to start fresh later — is her best option.

    So on a recent morning, she sat down in her living room, with her laptop and a cup of coffee to try to resolve her difficulties—but not without frustration.

    I’ve had to change my password about four times. Oh, you know what, I have it written down. I cheated! There it is,” she says.

    The site logs Imler in pretty quickly. And after a few clicks she finds her enrollment information.

    The application that she finished on Oct. 24 says “Status, complete.” Imler clicks on the actual application and scrolls down to an ominous looking red icon that says “Terminate Coverage.”

    “So you hit the terminate button. It says you’ve chosen to end the following coverage… you then have to check ‘I have fully read and understand that I’m choosing to terminate coverage,'” she says. “Then you click terminate again, and we’ll see what happens.”

    What happens is nothing. The health plan Imler signed up for is still listed in her profile. She logs out and then back in, and it looks exactly the same. She checks her e-mail for a notice of coverage termination and finds nothing there either. Imler leans back on the couch and looks surprisingly calm about the whole thing.

    I’m resigned to the fact that it doesn’t work. No matter what I do, it just doesn’t work. And this is the improved website.”

    When she is able to cancel her plan, Imler says she won’t be quitting HealthCare.gov for good. This is a separation, not a divorce. Imler’s been uninsured for nearly a decade and wants that to change. She plans to log back into the website early next year and is hopeful that signing up for insurance will go a lot more smoothly then.

    ObamaCare Roach motel… you check in, but you can’t check out… you just die.

  28. foxyladi14
    November 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    Love this comment.

    Bush: Turkey-gate
    Obama: Cash For Clunkers-gate, Solyndra-gate, Benghazi-gate, Shovel Ready Jobs-gate, IRS-gate, NSA-gate, Obamacare-gate…..and so it goes on.
    We should show Obama the gate.
    ___________

    spot-on!

  29. This is the first time that I really think Israel will not be able to overcome the overwhelming effort lead by Obama and the Europeans to enable Iran to obtain their bomb and further isolate a Israel. Bibi made a tremendous mistake not acting before the 2012 elections . Israel’s nukes will provide a deterrent, but the shift towards embracing Iran is set in concrete and Israel will have a very difficult time the next 3 years.

  30. Could we have been wrong about all the screw ups? This article says the problem is that Americans have been basically pessimists since the late 1990s – except for a brief period right after Barack was elected (stole the presidency). According to the author, the economy is healthy, unemployment is steadily decreasing, things are pretty good, actually. Even the people bitching about OCare ruining their lives – actually only 19% have really been adversely, and that number will decrease. Now, this is the kind of fantasy Ofreaks are still into. If the country’s having problems, it was not Barack. It was us. We didn’t think enough positive thoughts. We didn’t send those positive vibes and call upon those celestial choirs. We shot the silver Unicorn. MSM is doing CPR.

    I wonder if the innate pessimism of the negative thinking American people is the problem – not Barack, was that the real problem when Bush was POTUS – not Bush?
    __________________

    “How Complainers Wreck the Economy”
    By Rick Newman | Daily Ticker

    Something’s wrong with the U.S. economy. We all know that. But maybe the real problem is us.
    Anybody who follows economic polls is numb by now to the fact that Americans think everything is wrong. The latest reading of the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, for example, is – 34.6, which is a bit worse than the prior reading of -33.9. If you’re wondering why this index is (weirdly) negative, it’s because it nets out the percentage of people who are gloomy about the economy from the percentage who are upbeat. The number was positive in the late 1990s, when there were more optimistic people than pessimistic ones. But it has been negative ever since, except for a brief time during the peak of the housing bubble, in 2005. Gloomy is the new normal.

    Same with the Gallup economic confidence index (which dates only to 2008), which rings in at -26 and is negative for the same reason the Bloomberg index is. The best reading ever was -3, in late May of this year, while the worst was -65, in October 2008. single-digit negativity, I guess, represents good times.

    We have become a “wrong track” nation, as I explain in the video above, with more people saying America is on the wrong track than the right track every month in recent memory, except for a nanosecond in early 2009 when there was a microburst of optimism about the new president, Barack Obama. That obviously didn’t last. In fact, negativists in that set of polls outnumber positivists by nearly 50 percentage points at the moment, which must be some kind of record in an economy that’s actually growing.
    Are things really this bad? The unemployment rate has been drifting down for four years. The pace of layoffs is very low, which provides improved job security for the 137 million Americans who do have jobs. Companies are healthy, banks are lending again, and households have been shedding debt and improving their own balance sheets.

    It’s easy to disregard what’s going right and highlight nothing but the challenges we face—which seems to be a lot of people’s preference. But gloom itself may now be a bigger economic problem than any of the traditional ones. There’s no bellyacher index I’m aware of, but if you read between the lines, there does seem to be growing evidence that we believe things are worse than they are—and maybe even want to believe that.

    Here’s one example: Obamacare is obviously a hugely divisive issue that contributes to that wrong-track feeling a lot of people have. Consider this, though: Only 19% of American say the law has harmed them in any way, while 9% say it has helped and 69% say it hasn’t affected them at all. That 19% is too high, but it’s a good bet that number will go down and the percentage helped by the law will go up. As the feds work out the kinks, more people enroll and the initial fear factor (along with the partisan attacks) wear off. For something that has generated so much hostility and concern, Obamacare may end up not changing all that much for all that many people

    http://www.yahoo.com
    snip

  31. The Narcissist in Chief aided by Barbara Walters…Michele is completely disconnected with the American People:

  32. Obama FBI Partners with Left-Wing Extremist Group

    The magnitude of this Obama administration’s “progressive” radicalism becomes more evident with each passing day. In recent months, there has been a drastic spike in acts of both anti-Christian and anti-conservative discrimination and intimidation on military bases across the country. This mounting harassment is not being carried out at the hands of regular enlisted folk but, rather, at the hands of high-ranking officials who, in their official capacity, are targeting Christian and conservative organizations and individuals in an effort to silence them.

    It has long been suspected that the Obama administration is using propaganda circulated by the roundly discredited Southern Poverty Law Center, or SPLC, a left-wing extremist group that, in recent years, has adopted two primary goals: 1) raising truckloads of money and 2) smearing as “domestic hate groups” dozens of mainstream Christian ministries like the Family Research Council, or FRC, and the American Family Association, or AFA.

    This suspicion has now been verified.

    Read More @
    http://townhall.com/columnists/mattbarber/2013/11/25/obama-fbi-partners-with-leftwing-extremist-group-n1752526

  33. freespirit
    November 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    Have you ever watched someone who is so completely and totally wrong, who has screwed up so badly they cannot face what they have done go over the edge and say and do the most irrational things because their brain cannot accept the magnitude of their f-up? It is described as cognitive dissonance. “cognitive dissonance is the discomfort experienced when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting cognitions: ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions. In a state of dissonance, people may sometimes feel “disequilibrium”: frustration, hunger, dread, guilt, anger, embarrassment, anxiety.” We are seeing the Obama true belieivers go through the “discomfort” of being 100% wrong and not just on Obamacare. If you base your entire life on labels, propaganda, self beliefs that you are the smartest of the smart, regional or class elitism, and any other mental tricks to convince yourself that you are better than others, then the obvious implosion of one the most malevolent forces in US society is making you very uncomfortable and creating a psychological disequilibrium. The enormous harm that so-called liberal or progressive politicians, media and voters have caused their fellow citizens is making them squirm and their true selves are being revealed. Their discomfort is resulting in idiotic rationalizations that everyone knows is more of the same. Everyone who voted for Obama or Democratic congress person who have harmed millions of their fellow citizens needs to apologize. Most won’t but they should be made as “uncomfortable” with their idiocy as possible. Their judgement is forever questioned and their opinions should not be welcome because they really are that stupid.

  34. admin
    November 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm
    Now the fun begins. There is no payment mechanism for Obamacare. The website is not complete but they launched it anyway. The “exchanges” are a store with no checkout, no money changes hands, no contract, no nothing. I would guess that not ONE policy from Obamacare is set to be in effect on Jan 1. It isn’t a contract until the money is paid and received by the carriers. December will be crazy with illegal schemes to somehow make the contracts for health insurance go into effect. The same problem was on the small business exchange but the business sorts (like small law offices compelled to use it) would be more likely to sue so they delayed it a year. Other problems with the law are coming out such as if someone stops paying their premiums the insurance continues for three months, pays the health providers, the carriers continue to receive federal subsidies from the US Treasury, but the insurance is cancelled retroactively for non-payment of premiums, the health providers have to refund any payments for care, but the insurers can keep the subsidies. Huh? What? But since there is no system set up for payments who can know who paid and who didn’t. You can’t operate anything without an accounts receivable but somehow the Chicago model of health insurance only has an accounts payable to political cronies. It is funny how incompetent and ignorant the progressives truly are except for the harm they do.

  35. Ah, this is the long awaited day for re-launch of the Obamacare website. Can’t wait to hear the celestial choirs singing.

  36. Southern Born – we may have to dig long and hard to get any info. Re the little I’ve seen over past 12 hours,
    TV reporting about Ocare is weak to non-existent. That police helicopter crash in Scotland seems to be the big draw. sigh.
    ““““““““““““““`
    gonzotx
    November 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm
    holdthemaccountable
    ****************************
    So sad to see Veterans, especially Sally, supporting the Dems and Obama.
    ““““““““““`
    Very true. To avoid undue agita, I hurried over those parts. Due to your mention of Sally, I looked her up. She served 1988–2010, just two years under him and by that time, she may have been isolated from the atrocities we know about. I wonder if her/their military bond would cause them to be more open minded re Obama & Dem “cleansings”.

  37. Lobbyist In Chief 🙁
    By LUCY MCCALMONT | 11/29/13 12:23 PM EST Updated: 11/29/13 1:57 PM EST
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met informally with immigration activists on the National Mall on Friday. They visited individuals taking part in Fast for Families to “offer their support for those who are fasting on behalf of immigration reform,” a White House official told the pool report. The Obamas spoke with the activists for about half an hour. The immigration activists have been fasting since Nov. 12, abstaining from all food except water and “are calling for the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives to take up action on comprehensive immigration reform,” the official said.
    The Obamas were joined by 18 people who are fasting for one day and two who have been fasting for 18 days, the White House official said. ”The President told them that it is not a question of whether immigration reform will pass, but how soon. He said that the only thing standing in the way is politics, and it is the commitment to change from advocates like these brave fasters that will help pressure the House to finally act,” a White House official told the pool report. According to the White House, others who have visited Fast for Families in recent weeks are Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, chief of staff Denis McDonough, Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett
    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/obama-immigration-activists-100480.html

  38. Ready for what, this is gonna be another damp squib….

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/healthcaregov-will-meet-deadline-for-fixes-white-house-officials-say/2013/11/29/caf6a236-5792-11e3-835d-e7173847c7cc_story.html

    HealthCare.gov will meet deadline for fixes, White House officials say

    Administration officials are preparing to announce Sunday that they have met their Saturday deadline for improving HealthCare.gov, according to government officials, in part by expanding the site’s capacity so that it can handle 50,000 users at once. But they have yet to meet all their internal goals for repairing the federal health-care site, and it will not become clear how many consumers it can accommodate until more people try to use it.

    ………………….

    Very misleading headline….the way i am reading it, they actually have no idea whats going to happen and they have tinkered with it but nothing is gonna happen, still no payment facility so what use is it.

  39. Hollywood megadonor goes all out for Hillary Clinton.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/tycoon-vows-full-might-for-hillary-clinton-100488.html

    Mega-donor and Hollywood figure Haim Saban, a longtime Hillary Clinton backer, on Friday said he’d “pitch in with full might” if she launches a likely 2016 campaign, describing a growing consensus that she is President Barack Obama’s “natural successor.”

    The remarks to Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper came several months after the media tycoon privately commissioned a movie about Clinton upon her departure from the State Department, featuring international figures including Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Obama singing her praises as Secretary of State.

    “I hope she will run. She would be a wonderful president,” said Saban, who gave $1 million last year to a super PAC that raised money for Priorities USA and other groups. Priorities backed Obama in 2012 and is in the process of morphing into a pro-Clinton endeavor.
    “If it happens, we will of course pitch in with full might,” Saban added. “Seeing her in the White House is a big dream of mine.”

    Saban’s comments about Vice President Joe Biden were also noteworthy.

    “I think that if Vice President Biden decides to run, Obama will stay neutral, but if Biden does not run and she does, he will support her,” Saban said. “The general feeling is that Hillary is Obama’s natural successor.”

    Biden has made clear he wants to be taken seriously as a potential 2016 hopeful, but he was depicted in the 2012 retrospective “Double Down”as a nuisance to Obama’s aides, who engaged in loose talk about replacing him on the ticket with Clinton.

    The early signal from Saban is a reminder that Clinton will have plenty of outside cash to help her in a potential campaign. And unlike Obama, who had an uncomfortable relationship with Priorities USA that kept a number of donors at bay, the Clintons have historically had no such worry. Bill Clinton provided a major boost to Priorities in mid-2012 at a time when it was struggling.

    As for Biden, the question of whether Obama campaign manager Jim Messina will join Priorities USA has been delayed, according to multiple sources, because of the dust-up over “Double Down.” The central figure in that episode was former White House chief of staff William Daley, and Obama has said he himself never considered such a thing, but the information in the book has left a bad taste in the mouths of Biden allies.

  40. I’m pleased to see that it does look like Bill and Hill have learned from 2008 and are going to squash any opposition or a challenge early on by lining up the huge backers very early. It needs to be done.

  41. US offers to destroy Syrian chemical weapons

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) – The U.S. has offered to help destroy some of the most lethal parts of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile at an offshore facility, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical weapons said Saturday.

    The international organization’s director-general, Ahmet Uzumcu, said in The Hague, Netherlands that the U.S. government will contribute “a destruction technology, full operational support and financing to neutralize” the weapons, most likely on a ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The weapons are to be removed from Syria by Dec. 31.

    Separately, the woman appointed as go-between for the United Nations and the OPCW on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile laid out some logistical details. Importantly, the weapons will first be packaged and transported from multiple sites within Syria to the country’s largest port, Latakia. Then they will be loaded onto ships owned by other OPCW members before a second hand-off to U.S. vessels.

    The weapons and chemicals “will not be (destroyed) in Syrian territorial waters,” Sigrid Kaag said at a news conference in Damascus.

    The OPCW also wants nearly 800 tons of dual-use chemicals, many of which are common industrial chemicals, to be removed by Feb. 5 and later destroyed by private companies as part of the organization’s ambitious plan to completely eradicate Syria’s chemical weapons program by mid-2014.

    Uzumcu said in a statement 35 private companies have applied so far to participate and are at an early stage of being vetted. He also called on governments of the 190 countries that belong to the OPCW to contribute funds to the effort, or by contracting directly with companies to help destroy chemicals.

    Kaag, who is due to travel to The Hague by Monday, said the mission will require international contributions in terms of packaging material, other logistic needs and special equipment needed to get the job done.

    She said the Dec. 31 deadline can be met, but unforeseen obstacles – such as a closure of the Homs-Damascus road – could delay the mission’s job

    The OPCW was given the responsibility of overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under an agreement reached between the U.S. and Syrian ally Russia on Sept. 14. The U.S. then shelved plans for a military strike on Syria’s government as punishment for a chemical weapons attack Aug. 21 that killed hundreds of people, including many children, in rebel-held Damascus suburbs. Syria’s government acknowledged it possessed chemical weapons and committed to giving them up.

    Since then OPCW is scrambling to meet ambitious deadlines for disarming and destroying Syria’s estimated 1,300-ton arsenal, which includes mustard gas. Syria’s production capacity was destroyed or rendered inoperable by the end of October, the OPCW said, and now it is tackling the tougher problem of how to deal with its existing weapons and hazardous chemicals.

    READ MORE:
    http://apnews.excite.com/article/20131130/DAACU3T02.html

  42. Southern Born
    November 30, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Ah, this is the long awaited day for re-launch of the Obamacare website. Can’t wait to hear the celestial choirs singing.
    ________________________–

    I am NOT holding my breath. 😆

  43. Are we surprised.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/11/crime_rate_plunges_after_city_dumps_unionized_police.html

    Crime rate plunges after city dumps unionized police

    Camden, New Jersey dumped its unionized police force last spring, unable to afford the lucrative union contract the city was stuck with, and instead contracted for police services with the nonunion county force. Crime promptly dropped. Ed Krayewski reports for Reason:

    The city has been run exclusively by Democrats for several generations, and some local leaders openly worried that Camden, which already had the highest crime rate per capita last year, would get worse. But it hasn’t. In fact, crime’s gone down, as Fox News Latino reports:

    The reorganization increased the amount of police on the streets and incorporated cutting edge technology such as ShotSpotter rooftop monitors. The initiative has already gotten results, according to city leaders.

    Over the summer months this year, the murder rate fell by 22 percent and crime overall was down 15 percent, according to data provided by Camden County officials.

  44. Greg Sargent’s Plumline column has long been a Journolister Obama site. Sargent used to work for the piano player in the whorehouse Josh Marshall until the Washington Post hired him as adjunct propagandist to Ezra Klein. Sargent always defends Obama no matter what and put on a happy face no mater how dire the news for the tin plated Dumbo. Now Plumline appears to recognize that Obama is going to have a hard fall so Plumline is calling for drastic measures to stop the future:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/11/29/yes-stephen-breyer-and-ruth-bader-ginsburg-should-still-retire/

    “Apparently there’s some question about the strategic imperative facing liberal Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer an Ruth Bader Ginsburg now that Democratic senators have fought back against Republican obstruction on nominations. Let me clear this up. There’s absolutely no question about it; if they want to secure the principles they have fought for during their careers, the best thing both of these senior liberal justices can do is to retire right now. [snip]

    If Republicans happen to gain six or more Senate seats in 2014, and with them a Senate majority, it’s very likely they will simply bottle up most judicial nominations in committee, not even allowing floor votes. That would almost certainly apply to Supreme Court picks. Which Judiciary Committee Republicans would defy tea partiers and risk a strong primary challenge by voting to move a nominee to the Senate floor? [snip]

    That’s after the 2014 elections. In 2016, in addition to another shot at Senate control, Republicans certainly could win back the White House, thus insuring that any vacancies over the next four years would be filled by a solid, safe, conservative.

    For Ginsburg and Breyer to risk their judicial legacy on predictions of the outcomes of these elections is nuts. It’s easy to predict what kind of judges a Republican president would select, but political scientists would tell the justices that there’s no way of predicting any presidential election two or more years in advance.

    Yes, both Ginsburg and Breyer could have a dozen, or for all I know two dozen, productive years ahead of them. Yes, they both appear to still be at the top of their games right now. Yes, they would be giving up a lot personally if they stepped down.

    But the strategic imperative is just as clear as it is harsh. If they care about the principles they have worked for, it’s time to step down.”

    Throw everyone overboard time! If there was any real confidence among that crew they would not be cannibalizing the tried and true in order to have spare parts to keep the Obama jalopy running.

  45. Mormaer
    November 30, 2013 at 6:36 am
    freespirit
    November 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm
    Have you ever watched someone who is so completely and totally wrong, who has screwed up so badly they cannot face what they have done go over the edge and say and do the most irrational things because their brain cannot accept the magnitude of their f-up? It is described as cognitive dissonance. “cognitive dissonance is the discomfort experienced when simultaneously holding two or more conflicting cognitions: ideas, beliefs, values or emotional reactions. In a state of dissonance, people may sometimes feel “disequilibrium”: frustration, hunger, dread, guilt, anger, embarrassment, anxiety.” We are seeing the Obama true belieivers go through the “discomfort” of being 100% wrong and not just on Obamacare. If you base your entire life on labels, propaganda, self beliefs that you are the smartest of the smart, regional or class elitism, and any other mental tricks to convince yourself that you are better than others, then the obvious implosion of one the most malevolent forces in US society is making you very uncomfortable and creating a psychological disequilibrium. The enormous harm that so-called liberal or progressive politicians, media and voters have caused their fellow citizens is making them squirm and their true selves are being revealed. Their discomfort is resulting in idiotic rationalizations that everyone knows is more of the same. Everyone who voted for Obama or Democratic congress person who have harmed millions of their fellow citizens needs to apologize. Most won’t but they should be made as “uncomfortable” with their idiocy as possible. Their judgement is forever questioned and their opinions should not be welcome because they really are that stupid.

    __________

    Excellent description of the dilemma facing the Obamafanatics. I totally agree. It seems that some progressive voters who were totally into Obama but not not total ideologues have been willing to accept and admit that they made a mistake in supporting Obama. These people are few and far between, and are probably the highest functioning of all the Obama supporters.

    Some are total bots, with little idea of how government works, where funding comes from, or anything else are the most deluded of the Obamafanatics. They will not be bothered by their gross error in judgement because they will never recognize that Obama never was who they thought he was. They are totally about their Obama. Not really that concerned about giving back, working hard – or at all, possibly, assuming responsibility for themselves and their choices, they just are hangin’, smoking a little weed, doing their tech thing and loving them some barack. They will never get it, because they lack the intelligence, in spite of their expensive educations, to engage in critical thinking. They do what their friends do because that’s what’s cool. This group is often dishonest in their defense of Barack, passing along destructive untruths about other people and groups in order to defend and advance him and his goals. They are the most pathetic and the most annoying of the Ofans.

    Then you have the damn Dims who are all about party and how it and their political posturing can be most personally and politically advantageous to them. They know that Barack’s incompetence will cost them votes for years to come. They need to spin this and work it into some kind of damage control. They will say whatever they think will accomplish this.

    The rabid and dogmatic progressives are the worst. They may have had principles at one time, but eventually, found them too inconvenient to hold onto – or became too enlightened to need principles and standards as we bitter, gun-toting, simpletons do. These progs know what’s best for you and your family. They believe that the ends justifies the means when it comes to transforming this country, and Barack is the guy to do that for them. The fact that he has screwed up some stuff is inconvenient but so what? He has three years left and they intend to make hay while the sun shines. Well, if the sun ever can be forced to shine again, they’ll totally use it to make hay. The progressives are the way the truth and the light, and Barack is the conduit through which they will pipe their world view and slime America with it. They still need him. They can still prop him up. It may take a major incident or crisis to get the stupid American masses back on the Barack track, but if need be, that can be arranged.

    This is the group to be feared.

  46. The Hammer must be burning some midnight oil. Here’s the tail end of another:
    A Senate with no rules. A president without boundaries. One day, when a few bottled-up judicial nominees and a malfunctioning health-care Web site are barely a memory, we will still be dealing with the toxic residue of this outbreak of authoritative lawlessness.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/charles-krauthammer-the-democrats-outbreak-of-lawlessness/2013/11/28/3184b6f2-579b-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html

  47. November 30, 2013, 12:52 PM

    Snip. We should add that we don’t get very far in the process before hitting the roadblock. Is it just us? Apparently not.
    Peter Morici, a professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, writes to us that many others are running into the same issue of not being able to complete their applications.
    He noted the web site was shut down for 11 hours on what he called “D-Day” for Obamacare. The shutdown was reported widely, including the New York Times.
    “Applications are in limbo — many already initiated are stalled, lost or otherwise can’t be completed. Applicants eligible for subsidies must use the website, or [HealthCare.gov] paper alternatives that can’t handle the volume, but the system often can’t verify applicants’ eligibility for aid,” Morici writes. “Overall, the website still fails to complete the enrollment process for many who try.”
    CMS officials are scheduled to hold a briefing on Sunday to announce they have met many of their deadlines for fixing the website. The Washington Post reports CMS hopes to handle 50,000 users at once, but it’s unclear whether that will be enough to avoid the kinds of issues that we and Morici are running into.
    Stay tuned.
    http://blogs.marketwatch.com/health-exchange/2013/11/30/obamacare-deadline-is-today-but-problems-still-linger-with-site/

  48. TheRock
    November 29, 2013 at 11:49 am
    Happy belated Turkeyday to all Big Pinkers! Couldn’t get online yesterday to extend the season’s greetings (I was sick as a dog).

    May we all live to see bumbles leave office.

    I personally want to thank all that post here. This is the most intelligent group on the web concerning politics and political diatribe starting with admin’s posts which over and over and over again distills the propaganda of the MSM and lays out what is really happening. I really think I became a smarter person when I found this blog.

    Eat and enjoy family!!!

    Hillary 2016

    ____________

    Great post, TR. I totally agree.

  49. Wow…..

    http://youngcons.com/forbes-flat-out-calls-for-obamas-impeachment-and-their-argument-is-very-compelling/

    Forbes flat-out calls for Obama’s impeachment, and their argument is very compelling

    Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, he has changed it five times. Most notably, he suspended the employer mandate last summer. This is widely known, but almost no one seems to have grasped its significance.

    The Constitution authorizes the President to propose and veto legislation. It does not authorize him to change existing laws. The changes Mr. Obama ordered in Obamacare, therefore, are unconstitutional. This means that he does not accept some of the limitations that the Constitution places on his actions. We cannot know at this point what limitations, if any, he does accept.

    By changing the law based solely on his wish, Mr. Obama acted on the principle that the President can rewrite laws and—since this is a principle—not just this law, but any law. After the crash of Obamacare, many Congressmen have implored the President to change the individual mandate the same way he had changed the employer mandate, that is, to violate the Constitution again.

    The main responsibility the Constitution assigns to the President is to faithfully execute the Laws. If the President rejects this job, if instead he decides he can change or ignore laws he does not like, then what?

    The time will come when Congress passes a law and the President ignores it. Or he may choose to enforce some parts and ignore others (as Mr. Obama is doing now). Or he may not wait for Congress and issue a decree (something Mr. Obama has done and has threatened to do again).

    Mr. Obama has not been shy about pointing out his path. He has repeatedly made clear that he intends to act on his own authority. “I have the power and I will use it in defense of the middle class,” he has said. “We’re going to do everything we can, wherever we can, with or without Congress.” There are a number of names for the system Mr. Obama envisions, but representative government is not one of them.

    If the President can ignore the laws passed by Congress, of what use is Congress? The President can do whatever he chooses. Congress can stand by and observe. Perhaps they might applaud or jeer. But in terms of political power, Congress will be irrelevant. Probably, it will become a kind of rubber-stamp or debating society. There are many such faux congresses in tyrannies throughout history and around the globe.

    Mr. Obama has equal contempt for the Supreme Court. In an act of overbearing hubris, he excoriated Supreme Court Justices sitting helplessly before him during the 2010 State of the Union address—Justices who had not expected to be denounced and who were prevented by the occasion from defending themselves. Mr. Obama condemned them for restoring freedom of speech to corporations and unions.

    Ignoring two centuries of practice, President Obama made four recess appointments in January 2012, when the Senate was not in recess. Three courts have found that his appointments were unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court has agreed to take up the case. If the Supreme Court finds against him, what will Mr. Obama do?

    We can get a hint by looking at how other parts of his Administration have dealt with Court decisions they did not like.

    The Attorney General’s Office is the branch of government charged with enforcing federal laws. After the Supreme Court struck down the key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Attorney General Holder announced that he would use other provisions of the act to get around the Court’s decision.

    The Supreme Court has defined the standard for sexual harassment as “severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive” behavior to a “reasonable person.” In open defiance of that ruling, the Obama Department of Education has declared a new definition of sexual harassment for colleges, that is, “any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal conduct,” even if it is not objectively offensive—thus reinforcing the reign of terror over sex on college campuses. If a young man’s request for a date turns out to be unwelcome, he is guilty of sexual harassment by definition.

    The lack of respect for the Supreme Court by the Obama administration is manifest. They feel bound by the Court’s decisions only if they agree with them. If they disagree, it is deuces wild; they will embrace any fiction that nullifies the Court’s decision.

    The direction in which Mr. Obama is taking us would make possible the following scenario. A Republican Congress is elected and repeals Obamacare over a Democratic President’s veto. The President refuses to enforce the repeal. The Supreme Court rules that the President’s refusal is unconstitutional. The President denounces that ruling and refuses to be bound by it.

    If the President persists in rejecting all authority other than his own, the denouement would depend on the side taken by the Armed Forces. Whatever side that was, our national self-esteem would be unlikely to recover from the blow of finding that we are living in a banana republic.

    The shocking fact is that our whole system of representative government depends on it being led by an individual who believes in it; who thinks it is valuable; who believes that a government dedicated to the protection of individual rights is a noble ideal. What if he does not?

    Mr. Obama is moving our government away from its traditional system of checks and balances and toward the one-man-rule that dominates third world countries. He has said that he wants a fair country—implying that, as it stands, the United States is not a fair country—an unprecedented calumny committed against a country by its own leader.

    What country does he think is more fair than the United States? He has three long years left in which to turn us into a fair country. Where does he intend to take us?

    Mr. Obama got his conception of a fair country from his teachers. A fair country is an unfree country because it is regimented to prevent anyone from rising too high. Their ideal is egalitarianism, the notion that no one should be any better, higher, or richer than anyone else. Combined with a dollop of totalitarianism, egalitarianism has replaced communism as the dominant ideal in our most prestigious universities. Mr. Obama and his colleagues are the product of those universities, and they have their marching orders.

    The most important point is that Mr. Obama does not consider himself bound by the Constitution. He could not have made that more clear. He has drawn a line in the concrete and we cannot ignore it.

    Those who currently hold political office, and who want to keep our system of government, need to act now. Surely, rejection of the Constitution is grounds for impeachment and charges should be filed. In addition, there are many other actions that Congressmen can and should take—actions that will tell Mr. Obama that we have seen where he is going and we will not let our country go without a fight.

    At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government had been created. “A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”

    We are losing it. If Mr. Obama’s reach for unprecedented power is not stopped, that will be the end. Everyone who values his life and liberty should find some way to say “No!” “Not now!” “Not yet!” “Not ever!”

  50. As long as Obama’s allies control Big Media and Harry Reid remains his mob enforcer in the Senate, Obama will never be impeached.

  51. Today was the day that Obamacare would be fixed…FIXED according to Obama.

    Anyone see any headline from the lib sites declaring “FIXED”? Even HuffPo hasn’t declared it. Nothing at Politico, CNN, MSNBC or The Hill.

    So should we all assume today celebrates the “close but not quite” fixed day for Obamacare?

  52. Again, the timing is key. While the site will eventually be ” fixed” the midterms will in large part be determined by how successful the ACA is working ( or not) and whether the economy is improved. Obama has benefitted from timing of events many times. From the economic collapse that surged him ahead of MCcain , from Hurricane Sandy,
    to the Syrian disaster that became an accomplishment, and the same for this Iranian deal. He has a freakishly lucky way of having bad events work out well for him. Even going back to the primaries when he cheated Hillary, he lucked out early while limping to the finishing line. Very frustrating .

  53. Shadowfax November 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Hope you had a great day & dinner and something to be thankful for, maybe for not losing your Kaiser plan…?

    As for your “nitwit young people”, they’re always a joker in the deck of any election. Don’t be too hard on them:

    I can remember way back when… 1968, my first vote, for Humphrey, I’ll never know if it was a stupid vote.

    Then supporting Shirley Chisholm in 1972 mainly because she was a black woman with a good education. I really didn’t think at all about whether she would be a good president; but looking back on it, it seems to me now that at least she had a lot of spine. Maybe that made a nitwit of me, voting gender and race, plus an intuitive idea of a person’s character?

    Anyway, I ended up voting for Nixon that year (72) and that definitely made a nitwit of me. But in retrospect, I still think I would have been even more of a jerk if I had voted for McGovern.

    Of course I’ll never know if any of my losing votes were stupid. I do have to bear the full responsibility for my winning votes, though, for Nixon in 1972 and Carter in 1976. All I can say for myself is that I admit my mistakes easily and face the present and future with as clear a mind as I can.

    My son? He’s chosen my 1980 option: No-vote. He just doesn’t vote at all, either in France, Japan or the US. He could vote in any one or all three of these countries, but he’s too busy making a life for himself and building up his own blessings, among which is low-cost high-quality healthcare both in France and in Japan.

    The subject of which should bring me back to the H44 Thanksgiving article about the ‘turkey’ Obamacare:

    To quote Hillary in her talk before the SEIU Health Care Forum in Sept 2007, “We pay more for healthcare than anybody else in the world, but don’t necessarily get the best results,” which jibes with Sebelius’ recent statement that “for-profit healthcare will bring America to its knees” (a paraphrase).

    Healthcare currently gobbles up 17% of the American economy and we don’t get the best results – I can vouch for that personally. Something has to be done about it.

    So, I promised myself to read the PPACA, but now I’ve given up. I’m accustomed to reading lawyers’ briefs, judgments and appeals at all levels, legal opinions and scholarship, acts of parliament, international conventions; but the language of the PPACA is just too much for me. I have difficulty understanding the purpose and meaning of each clause, and it’s impossible to find a specific clause on a given subject from the table of contents.

    What I did read, though, is evidence of what I already knew: that Congress (and not Obama) spent two years patching this thing together and rushed it through at the proverbial minute before midnight. If the result is now coming home to roost on Obama’s head, so much the better; but only because he played no part in making the law but just dilly-dallied around claiming credit for it.

    But the fact remains that the PPACA does address the disastrous healthcare situation in America, albeit in a roundabout, piecemeal fashion. The simpler approach of offering an affordable, high-quality public option would have obviated the need for at least the first two sections of the PPACA, which clamps a lot of restrictions on insurers that would have been unnecessary if they were competing with a nationwide full-coverage system with no deductibles.

    So, how is this going to affect the nitwit young people in 2014 and 2016? If your guess is right that they’re looking for freebies, they’ll realize that Obamacare is not a freebie and will turn against it and against those supporting it.

    That bodes ill for American healthcare long into the future, because the healthcare share of the economy will continue to rise, quality of delivery will continue to decline, and the nitwit young of today are the nitwit middle-age creeps of tomorrow. And so on and on: America and its middle class on its knees.

    Or maybe the nitwit young will choose my son’s option? Stop voting and look for a better life beyond the shores….

  54. Bad :

    Numerous emergency vehicles responding to New York City train derailment, some trains submerged in water, eyewitness claims

    Unknown number of injuries in New York City train derailment near Metro-North Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx –

  55. Something tells me we wont get a national debate or black leaders screaming at this ladies death.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2516263/Defiant-76-year-old-woman-dies-shootout-gang-tried-rob-bingo-money.html

    ‘She was a fighter. She shot him’: Defiant 76-year-old woman dies in shootout with gang of three who tried to rob her of bingo money

    Bingo hall volunteer shoots suspected robber before dying from injuries
    Two men and a woman charged with murder after attack outside South Carolina home

    A 76-year-old woman was killed in a shootout as a gang tried to rob her outside her South Carolina home in the early hours of Saturday.

    Dorothy Hendrix was shot twice by the gang of two men and a woman, but she managed to shoot one of her assailants in the stomach before dying of her wounds.

    Steven Hagood, Tereba Geer, and Bradacious Galloway have all been charged with murder.

    ‘She fought. She was a fighter. She shot him,’ the victim’s brother, Ronnie Lollis, told WYFF News Channel 4.

    Ms Hendrix, who was known as Dot to her friends, had been returning to her Anderson County home at 1am when the gang allegedly tried to rob her.

    The 76-year-old fired at the group and one of them fired back, hitting Ms Hendrix in the abdomen and the arm.

    A neighbor called police after hearing the gunshots, but Ms Hendrix died outside her home while a relative held her hand.

    Hagood, who she shot in the stomach, was taken to hospital where he is under guard. As well as being charged with murder, the 33-year-old has been served with a family bench warrant for unpaid child support of $80,000.

    ……..

    I think you can guess the perpetrators background…..

  56. Mormaer
 November 30, 2013 at 6:36 am

    “…self beliefs that you are the smartest of the smart…”

    freespirit November 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    “….I really think I became a smarter person when I found this blog.”

    I do appreciate your use of the comparative “smarter” as opposed to “smartest” or even “smart”. That really places you in a situation of proper humility and reserved self-esteem, especially considering that you are not comparing yourself to other people but to yourself before you came to this forum.

    One question, though: Do you think you have been enlightened more by the lead articles or by the blog itself? Just asking. Because, for me, while the articles are stimulating, it is the contributions of others and my own at-times controversial participation in the forum that enlighten me the more.

  57. There is a fine art to getting a contract, not delivering value, and surviving.

    In Detroit it was done through the time honored concept of planned obsolescence, which guaranteed that all parts of your car would eventually fail until and would need to be replaced, which created a market in replacement parts which the same manufacturers could tap into. Eventually, competition from the Japanese market ameliorated but never really abated the problem. Cars like Honda did not fail at the same rate and retained their value. Consequently, Detroit had an incentive to improve–or perish.

    In government, there is no real competition. If you are big enough and have the right political contacts, lobbyists etc. then you can acquire contracts, fail and you will not be fired. The CGI contact, which was acquired without a bid through political contacts, resulted in a massive failure, and yet they were given more money to cure the problem which they created in the first place. This is the end game of crony capitalism. And the sheeple who cheer those politicians pay the price. The smart politician knows that you can sheer the sheep a thousand times, and not kill him. Obama however believes it is best to slaughter the sheep and laugh all the way to the bank.

    After Thanksgiving discussions, I am convinced that where the left is concerned, they have learned nothing and forgotten nothing when it comes to Obama. I posed a question to one of them, on how to overcome corporate control of the political process, besides overturning Citizens United which will not happen. He told me there are organizations that fight against corporate control and empower ordinary citizens. And whom, I asked, might that be? Why moveon.org. I asked him whether he realized that they are funded by a nazi–soros, and abandon their principles when the dims are in office, so how could they ever be trusted to represent the people. How like the Bourbons whom Tallyrand spoke of.
    ——————————
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/2880772500001/

  58. Why you will NEVER get the left to admit that Obamacare is wrong–even if it destroys our health care system. They are fucking impervious to hard evidence.

  59. Tom Sowell provides us with deep insight into what is really going on here–and why so many wealthy leftists support Obama. He says the important thing to them is not the human cost of their policies, or whether they even work. The important thing to a leftist is their vision–which must be pursued at the cost of everything else. Viewed in those terms we begin to see what really animates these people and it is not altruism, but egotism of the very worst kind. The same kind of perverse egotism that runs big media, which is different from just the profit motive alone. And what are we to make of their preoccupation with helping the so called disadvantaged, rather than preventing them from becoming disadvantaged–that help coming most often by looting the middle class? I say it is a way to freeze the existing social order, to fend off upward mobility which threatens them, and to be able to preen about their moral superiority. Knowing this, it become obvious that no long term alliance with the left to fend off corporate control on the one hand and to keep government from overreaching is possible. On the contrary, it is an exercise in futility. It raises the further question of whether co existence is even possible.

  60. Lol…..

    Sprinting backwards with goalposts.

    David Plouffe: I think Obamacare will work really well by 2017

  61. he urgent race to fix the website — now playing out behind the locked glass doors of the closely guarded war room in Columbia, Md. — has exposed a deeply dysfunctional relationship between the Department of Health and Human Services and its technology contractors, and tensions between the White House chief of staff and senior health department officials. It strained relations between the Obama administration and the insurance industry, helped revive a Republican Party battered after the two-week government shutdown and frustrated, even infuriated, Congressional Democrats.

    But as the president’s team gathered on Oct. 15 — with a budget deal finally in sight on Capitol Hill — his difficulties were only just becoming clear to the White House. As aides left the Oval Office that evening, clutching notes filled with what Mr. McDonough called “do-outs,” or assignments, political pressure was mounting.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/01/us/politics/inside-the-race-to-rescue-a-health-site-and-obama.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&amp

  62. moononpluto
    December 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Lol…..

    Sprinting backwards with goalposts.

    David Plouffe: I think Obamacare will work really well by 2017
    ________________________

    😆 Moon 😆

  63. Governor Wilder, a friend of The Clintons for over 30 yrs has said he came away from long chat at Howard University with Pres Clinton being told Hillary is definitely in for 2016.

  64. Governor Wilder, a friend of The Clintons for over 30 yr
    ————————
    A friend?

    He was not much of a friend in 2008.

    As you may recall, he predicted blacks would riot in Denver if Hillary fought against Obama nomination.

    I would not trust Wilder.

    As far as I am concerned, he is another Honest Jim Clyburn.

  65. David Plouffe: I think Obamacare will work really well by 2017
    ———————
    That joker has no credibility.

    He is incapable of telling the truth about anything.

  66. Obama is claiming Victory Butt!!! 😆

    MATT SLOANE, CNN MEDICAL PRODUCER: Yeah, so, you know, we’ve been trying to get into the site since October 1 on and off again. I have to say it did work a lot more smoothly this morning. I got through. I picked my state. I put in all of my information and I got through the whole process in eight minutes. And then it said my status was in progress. So I went to refresh it and I got the error message.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/12/01/obamacare-website-crashes-when-cnn-tests-upgraded-version#ixzz2mG2r75eR

  67. Then there’s the cost. Healthcare.gov should have cost $5-10 million to implement. Take into account government corruption and incompetence, it should have cost $10-25 million. Instead, it cost $300-600 million — let’s say $500 million. How do we get to that figure? Well, assume 1000 programmers are paid an average of $100 per hour ($200,000 per year) for 8 hours per day for 660 business days: $100*1000*8*660 = $528 million. So at least that figure makes sense — as long as you understand that the Obama administration poured half a billion dollars into the pockets of his cronies and supporters, and got exactly what he deserved with Healthcare.gov.

    How could President Obama have been so wrong?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/30/1-Dec-13-World-View-Separate-Obamacare-500M-lines-of-code-500M-only-60-completed

  68. Former Sen. Bob Smith (R-N.H.) on Sunday told New Hampshire news outlet WMUR that he will challenge Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) in the upcoming election.

    Shaheen, elected to the Senate in 2008, is up for reelection in 2014. Smith told WMUR that he likes Shaheen “as a person,” but “couldn’t disagree more with her politics.”

    Smith was elected to the Senate in 1990 and represented New Hampshire in the Senate until he lost the 2002 Republican primary to Sen. John Sununu.

    Smith told WMUR that he will be moving to New Hampshire full time and launch his campaign in January, as well as filing paperwork to form his committee campaign in the coming days.

    The Republican field for 2016 includes former state Sen. Jim Rubens and activist Karen Testerman, and former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was rumored to be considering entering the race.

  69. Ok. So it’s established that the subsidy payment system hasn’t even been written. Yet they are signing people up for subsidized insurance.

    So presumably, the insurance companies are counting on receiving two payments for exchange-subsidized policies — one from the insured person and one from the government. But the government hasn’t written the programs that pay the insurance companies. So the insurance companies aren’t going to be paid their premiums.

    What happens then? Logically, the insurance company has to cancel all the subsidized policies for non-payment of premium. They have to. Those premiums constitute the funds they need to use to pay out claims. Is that going to be the next level of the implosion? Hundreds of thousands of people sign up for subsidized insurance, then receive cancellation notices for government non-payment of the subsidy?

    Go long on popcorn, folks.

  70. How could President Obama have been so wrong?
    ———————–
    Wrong question.

    Obama is a con man.

    A con man’s objective is to seduce his victim into doing something which is not his interest.

    He does this through a wide variety of tactics, such as

    Threats, bribery, bread and circuses, lies, distortions, scapegoating.

    If he succeeds in the moment that is all that matters.

    If he turns out to be wrong after he has fleeced the rubes, then that adds to his enjoyment.

    The better question is why are there so many rubes.

    The answer is we have a media in this country that is part of the big con.

    And most people accept what big media tells them as truth, when most of the time it is just a con.

  71. I am posting this because former CA Rep. Jane Harman let the cat out of the bag..not that we didn’t already know this. Obamacare is an “experiment”. She flat-out calls it that.

    Congrats to the Dems for making MY HEALTHCARE a frigging experiment.

  72. VH, that Meet the Press video was surprising. Only the mayor refused to criticize Obama administration. Possibly Andrea, Chuck, David realized they were just flat out of ammo. Wouldn’t even bite when the mayor placed blame on the fact that Republicans in congress were rooting for Ocare to fail. They were like Bazarroworld Elaine, Jerry, George and Kramer.

    I thought it was interesting when Gregory raised the issue of early America and the fact that people were more individualistic, and didn’t expect government to do everything. Chuck Todd wouldn’t even let him finish the thought, cutting him off to say, that when the country was settled, people in the North were ok with the idea of the “collective” rather than “individualism.” It was only after people started moving south that individualism became a strong value.

    Todd clearly didn’t think individualism was positive value, but his comment about the North/ South thing is one of the most absurd statements I’ve heard. Individual rights and freedoms were central themes in the documents that formed this country. Where the individuals lived who participated in the creation of these documents is irrelevant.

  73. freespirit
    December 2, 2013 at 12:48 am
    VH, that Meet the Press video was surprising. Only the mayor refused to criticize Obama administration. Possibly Andrea, Chuck, David realized they were just flat out of ammo.
    _____________________________________________________

    Out of ammo is an understatement. They are realizing their entire credibility is on the line if they defend Obama and the Dems “experiment”. I guess they are better journalists when they realize it is their pocketbooks now on the line. Too bad they didn’t behave the same when it was OUR pocketbooks.

  74. One last note of interest on that Fox video. Both Bayh and Harman voted for Obamacare. Both are now FORMER Senator/Congressperson.

  75. freespirit
    December 2, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I thought it was interesting when Gregory raised the issue of early America and the fact that people were more individualistic, and didn’t expect government to do everything. Chuck Todd wouldn’t even let him finish the thought, cutting him off to say, that when the country was settled, people in the North were ok with the idea of the “collective” rather than “individualism.” It was only after people started moving south that individualism became a strong value.
    ____________________________________________________

    That seems to be more of the situation TODAY than at the early years of our nation. Those who “can” (to use Obama’s word) move to the South or West. Those who can’t hunker down on the East or West coast.

  76. wbboei December 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

    “…you will NEVER get the left to admit that Obamacare is wrong–even if it destroys our health care system. They are…. impervious to hard evidence.“

    I want to thank you for the video you submitted with the above statement. The speaker seems to be intelligent but claims to be a reformed Marxist, which makes me doubt the validity of his education and his thinking processes – first, for having remained a Marxist while studying under Milton Friedman, and then for turning to the extreme right when working in the Labor Dept because the Labor Dept didn’t want to take his ideas into consideration.

    There is a precedent to this kind of conversion in France: The hard-core Marxist-Stalinist French Communist Party slowly imploded as Mitterrand led them to victory at the polls in 1981. The PCF polls shrank from 22% in 1974 to 2% when Mitterrand left office in 1995.

    Half of the Marxist apostates left the PCF during that period to join forces with the Socialist Party, which was never Marxist; but the other half joined the extreme right-wing (nationalist and racist) Front National whose polls swelled from 6% in 1981 to 19% in the most recent presidential elections.

    Thus, the extremes join each other in the end, just as Stalin and Hitler are comparable though extreme left and extreme right.

    This is the route taken by the speaker in your video: 30 years ago he would have been mouthing Marxist doctrine; today, he quotes Adam Smith:

    “Adam Smith didn’t believe that either the government or the market could solve all problems, that you have to be able to simply tolerate certain things.”

    Note that Adam Smith preceded Marx by a century. So, the speaker has gone from reactionary (Marxist) to ultra-reactionary (Adam Smith), just like the weird half of the PCF went over to the Front National. Any way you look at it, the speaker is a reactionary.

    I made a transcript of the interview and found a number of non sequiturs, generally a “trial of intentions” and also a lack of awareness of how the Labor Department works, for example. I’ll post the transcript if you want.

    But to be fair to him, one can’t explain oneself fully in 4 ½ minutes; and the speaker does issue a few sensible policy criteria in that timeframe:

    The first is: “Compared to what?”

    The second is: “At what cost?”

    And the third is: “What hard evidence do you have?”

    This third criterion is the one you quote above, stating straight out that people who favor the PPACA are impervious to hard evidence and therefore cannot be convinced it’s wrong, thus implying that it is obviously wrong; and further insinuating that the PPACA is poised to destroy our healthcare “system” (is there a “system” to be destroyed?).

    On the contrary, I would say that the PPACA does pass all three tests, however imperfectly; whereas the motion to repeal the PPACA does not pass any of these criteria, especially the third.

    In the meantime, hearing this speaker extol the virtues of Adam Smith by saying, “… you have to be able to simply tolerate certain things” puts him among the ranks of do-nothing Republicans that I will never join, even if that earns me the detested label of “liberal” or “left”.

  77. Quote of the day : The Healthcare.gov website should be death panelled.

    …………………….

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/12/cnn-obamacare-website-crashes-after-relaunch-video/

    The Obama administration promised the healthcare.gov website would be fixed by today. The Obamacare reboot began with 11-hour website shutdown.

    That’s not all…
    Unfortunately there are still bugs and glitches.
    CNN reported this morning the website crashes during the signup process.

    video at link…..

  78. wbboei: Still on the subject of that video, there is another sure sign that the speaker in the video is a hard core reactionary in his description of liberals, again in 18th-century terms. The interviewer asks him “What is the liberal premise?” and his cogent reply is:

    “I guess the Rousseau notion that man is born free but is everywhere in chains, that the real problems of the world is that the institutions are wrong. If the institutions were right, there is nothing new in nature that could cause us to be unhappy: It’s the fact that we have the wrong institutions.”

    Rousseau, we remember, is from Adam Smith’s timeframe. So this guy, (what’s his name, by the way?) is living in the 18th century. When asked about the conservative premise, he comes out once again with Adam Smith’s moral philosophy:

    “That Man is flawed from day one, and that there are no solutions, there are only tradeoffs. And whatever you do to deal with one of man’s flaws creates another problem, but that you try to get the best tradeoff you can get. That’s all you can hope for.”

    “There are no solutions… only tradeoffs…” you simply have to accept that Man is flawed and will never be any different. This means that any changes that occur will only come naturally, in a Buddhist-like state of acceptance, and that any effort to change Man individually or socially (the institutions) is doomed to failure at great expense.

    The Civil War was bloody and expensive, and did fail in the sense that the scars of slavery remained for a century thereafter. It was avoidable; but at what cost?

    Some may argue that we should have followed the Brazilian route, i.e., let slavery die of its own inertia (slavery was never outlawed in Brazil and died out toward the end of the 19th century with the black population mixing in with the whites).

    But would slavery have died out that way in the US? Some thought so: Even many in the Republican Party, which coalesced around the issue, believed that it was best to leave sleeping dogs lie. The Democratic Party proposed (1864) letting the southern states secede so we could end the war, and let the slavery issue work itself out in what would then be another country.

    Maybe the do-nothing conservatives were right; but I don’t think so. I’m more on the leftist side, as your speaker defines it, because I know the institutions were wrong: the institution of slavery itself was wrong, plus the institution of the Constitution that allowed it.

    There is “hard evidence” that Man, both individually and socially, has changed considerably since the 18th century, not only by natural processes but by war as I’ve just described and by the “social engineering” of government-instated programs.

    For example, I am convinced that education changes people and “prevents them from being poor” in the video’s words (the speaker says that’s what conservatives want).

    Whether public or private, education has a cost. But a reactionary of Adam Smith’s ilk and in his time would say that private education would have no cost (to government) and had proven good results (i.e. the aristocracy), but that public education would cost a lot to the government and would have no effect on the unwashed, flawed masses – besides, is there any hard evidence that it would work?

    Nowadays, that “conservative” line of reasoning does not stand up to any of the criteria:

    “Compared to what?” – Well, compare the unwashed masses without any education – anywhere in the world – to those who get through high school and the few who get through college….

    “At what cost?” Yes, there is a cost and figures are available, but the important thing is to know if we are willing to pay the cost.

    “Any hard evidence?” Yes, there is hard evidence of the effects of two centuries of public education with mottled success; and while there are improvements to be made, there is no question of dropping public education altogether, although that was an option in Adam Smith’s time, because there is hard evidence of what the world is like without public (or private) education, in very many countries around the world.

    So, this idea of Man and his institutions being immutably flawed, with all you can do is settle for tradeoffs and tolerate the flaws, is:

    Bullshit.

    When it comes to the healthcare situation in America, anyone arguing that it’s just fine and dandy and we have the best healthcare in the world because America is the finest country the world has ever seen, has to have his head examined.

    “Compared to what?”

    The US healthcare “system” can be compared to those of 36 other countries, including Slovakia, and it comes out wanting. The upside is that US healthcare compares favorably to that of about 140 other countries like Rwanda.

    “At what cost?”

    Here are some figures: Our healthcare currently costs us about $3.4 trillion and leaves out 16% of the population. If we had a system as efficient as the German or French system, universal full coverage healthcare would cost us $2.2 trillion, thus saving us $1.2 trillion and covering 47 million more people.

    The downside is that we are in America and everything must remain private and “free”, so if we want to cover everybody, we need subsidies calculated at $150 billion per year. So that means we will only save $1 trillion or so per year, and only in the long run when the system is trimmed down to what it is in England, France and Germany. After all, moving from 37th in the world to close to first place is going to take some time….

    “What hard evidence?”

    Just look at the evidence and figures I’ve just cited. I’m waiting for the hard evidence that doing nothing is the route to go. And that is exactly what your speaker is proposing:

    Q: And conservative ideas pass those [criteria]?

    “Yes, I think so. Because they don’t assume that there is a solution out there…. you have to be able to simply tolerate certain things.”

    In other words, do nothing and just put up with it.

  79. Inside the Beltway: Oh, the irony of private sector velocity’ on website repairs.
    While there is more work to be done, the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness, and will continue their work to improve and enhance the website in the weeks and months ahead,” states a HealthCare.gov progress report released Sunday with much fanfare following an 11-hour fix-it session conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services. But wait. Alarms should go off over the pivotal words “private sector velocity and effectiveness.” They have been cited by the Obama administration as an example of best practices. Oh, the irony.

    Snip MR. ZIENTS PART 2
    There’s pesky bad timing, meanwhile. Just as he became the fix-it czar, the aforementioned Jeff Zients is entering departure mode. In 31 days, he leaves the Obamacare realm to become director of the National Economic Council, a White House advisory group that coordinates domestic and international economic policy. Being Zients-less is providing some Democratic lawmakers with a convenient opportunity to plan a little departure mode of their own.
    “We urge you to quickly appoint a replacement and extend the duration of the positive until after the 2015 open enrollment period concludes,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire in a letter signed by six other Democratic senators, delivered to President Obama last week. It notes they were collectively “disappointed and frustrated” by the health care woes, and reminded the White House that “the law’s success is inextricably tied to the confidence of the American people.” SNIP
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/1/inside-the-beltway-obamacare-team-lauds-private-se/

  80. Today, I am afraid, we live in a fascist country. The politicians are simply puppets. Their role is similar to that of big media. They are there to distract, to bamboozle, and to divide and conquer any and all serious opposition to the relentless march of the state. The late William Buckley once observed that he would rather be ruled by the first 100 names in the Brooklyn phone directory than by the entire faculty of Harvard Law School. Unfortunately, that is where were are today, and it will only get worse. It exploits all the fault lines in society and it is based on misunderstanding and media inspired hate. No one who has observed the bitter career ending fights in faculty lounges, which have led at times to suicides will fail to grasp my meaning. The end result of this entire process is malaise, failure, dependency, and bread and circuses. Popularity not performance is the criterion. And to maintain popularity, any and all forms of deception are permissible. What is not permissible in this kind of world is truth, because armed with that the American People could set themselves free. This is why the elites cannot countenance Cruz, Lee or some of the others who are willing to say the emperor has no clothes. Victor Davis Hanson touches upon these themes in the following essay which sheds new light on the tactics which are driving us into fascism.
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    Obama and The Suspension of Disbelief

    Adding straws of scandal — Fast and Furious, the Associated Press monitoring, the IRS fiasco, and the NSA spying — on any presidential back except Barack Obama’s would have long ago broken it. Watergate ruined Richard Nixon. Iran-Contra earned a special prosecutor and nearly destroyed the Reagan second term. Katrina’s incompetent local and state reactions, coupled with a tardy federal effort — and the insurgency in postwar Iraq — ended the viability of George W. Bush in his second term.

    Second, well apart from scandal, the perception of presidential lying usually ends presidential agendas. Richard Nixon resigned after never telling the truth about the Watergate cover-up. “Read my lips: no new taxes” cost George H.W. Bush his reelection. “I did not have sex with that woman” made Bill Clinton’s impeachment likely.

    Yet Barack Obama on more than 20 occasions assured the American people that they could keep their existing health care coverage and their present doctor — and still save $2,500 a year per family. He knew those fables were absolutely untrue when he repeated them serially in the reelection cycle of 2012. Yet Obama has not faced any of the fallout of the sort that greeted his predecessors, even as the wreckage of the Affordable Care Act will affect the health of Americans in ways that transcend taxes or Oval Office sex.

    Law? What Law?

    Obamacare is the domestic bookend to the Syria foreign policy mess, where likewise the president made serial statements about red lines and game changers that were false, and never came clean about his own confusion. After the invasion of Afghanistan, the growth of communism in Central America, the fall of the shah, the oil embargoes, and the storming of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Jimmy Carter was entirely discredited as a world leader. Yet those fiascos pale in comparison to a failed reset, the Libya debacle, the Egyptian flip-flop, the Syria backdown, the latest Iranian deal, the alienation of Israel and the Gulf states, and rising tensions in the South China Sea.

    As far as the law, what law? The president has established that he can nullify it by edict, even his own employer mandate and the statutory timetable of Obamacare. Federal immigration law has become a sort of Defense of Marriage Act non-statute. In comparison, George Bush’s meek “signing statements” caused a liberal uproar and drew the ire of constitutional law lecturer Barack Obama. Do we remember the liberal outrage back then of a Sen. Dianne Feinstein? (In 2oo6, the San Francisco Democrat said, “If the president is going to have the power to nullify all or part of a statute, it should only be through veto authority that the president has authorized and can reject — rather than through a unilateral action taken outside the structures of our democracy.”)

    So why are the Obama polls still at about a 40% approval rating? In a word, President Obama is not to be judged by traditional criteria. At some point as a candidate in 2008 he achieved iconic status, which has made him immune from presidential audit.

    As the first non-white president, Obama’s trajectory was not just seen as positive for the United States, but also his potential failure was feared as a collective setback. Obama brilliantly threaded the racial needle, serially reestablishing his fides as a minority candidate by weighing in unnecessarily in the Professor Gates psychodrama and the Trayvon Martin case, while offering soaring boilerplate about a racially blind and united America. The result was counter-intuitive: blacks, for example, could vote in unprecedented numbers on the basis of shared racial solidarity, while millions of whites who might be skeptical of his preparation, experience, and competence likewise could fixate on race: Obama’s presidency was good for the stability of the country or at least allowed them to feel good about soothing racial tensions while having to change little in their own lives.

    Obama changed the criteria of judging the presidency. Now it was not a question of performance but of intent, not of deeds but of words, not of a record but of an agenda. In this regard, Obama sized up the American electorate. He saw it not just as a red/blue or Republican/Democrat divide, but rather as an entire host of mini-antagonisms. An us/them boilerplate could be demagogued onto each of these divides, and thereby achieve a 51% majority consensus

    Solyndra and its epigones were failures. Keystone probably would save fuel and prevent accidents. Greater natural gas production from federal lands would reduce air pollution. Global warming is a legitimate debate, given the lack of planet heating in the last 15 years. No matter: “wind, solar and millions of green jobs” sloganeering made some into Neanderthal polluters while others could become cool greens.

    Young people were decimated by the Obama agenda from massive borrowing, static growth, and serial 7%+ unemployment. Again, so what? In this new divide, the properly cool were more likely for abortion on demand and free contraceptives, and were cozy with rappers and hipsters; others were bitter old fogies.

    The One Percent, the 99 Percent, and the 47 Percent

    Race was another fissure. In 2008 and 2012 the word “old” flooded the airwaves and the web in association with “white.” In this new trumped-up war, blacks, Latinos, Asians, and good whites were opposed to the virtual neo-confederates who clung to the vestiges of unwarranted privilege. Old was supposed to be tantamount to “in the way.”

    The one percenters were to be cut off from the 99%. It did not matter again that America’s most affluent counties voted typically for blue candidates, or that Obama raised more one-percenter money than any previous candidate. In this old war between rich and poor, there was also a new Obama wrinkle: the good rich who lived in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, who were generous like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, and the old bad rich who trafficked in carbon fuels and ran casinos like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson. In other words, only with Obama could you be rich and good at the same time, like a grandee of the Middle Ages who might safely maintain his keep and bailey by purchasing his exemptions from the local Church potentate.

    Obama captivated the media in a way that trumped even the old JFK/Camelot fixation. Even their present and temporary partial disenchantment will soon pass, given that it arises not from true anger at or a sense of betrayal by Obama, but only from passing embarrassment that it is not wise to continue to act as state megaphones when the president’s approval polls temporarily hover at 40%.

    With Obama for the first time since the era of FDR, the liberal media envisioned a presidential candidate who was an ideological warrior and yet at last had a chance to win, due to his youth, charisma, and race. For the media, they saw an opportunity that would not be seen again in their lifetimes. To pursue Benghazi or the IRS scandal or to investigate the text of Obamacare in 2010 was somehow to set back race relations, the environment, the 99% and all those who had claims against the traditional conservative hierarchy.

    Finally, Mitt Romney was naïve but not wrong in invoking the 47% barrier. Republicans keep whining about the unsustainable debt, the out-of-control expansions of food stamps and disability insurance, the need for tax reform, and the disaster of Obamacare.

    But disaster for whom?

    Do those who pay no federal income tax want the present exemption “reformed”? Does the half on federal support worry about the cost? Will those who receive redistributed health care object? For the half who are not paying income taxes and are likely to received federal redistribution, “they” — the rich, the polluters, the racists, the homophobes, the sexists, the nativists, the old guys — will have to worry about paying the debt. Obama is a sort of payback for our sins. And if the only way to force the privileged to pony up what they owe is to borrow huge sums of money, then so be it and let those who deserve to pay it back one day pay it back.

    In short, judging Obama on what he achieves is about as helpful as evaluating Miley Cyrus on her dancing ability, or Kanye West on his poetic talent, or Kim Kardashian on her acting prowess. A totem need not be real. It only requires a “suspension of disbelief.”

  81. It is funny–REALLY FUNNY. Those Obama loving–craving navel gazers blanch at the word lie. Messiah Obama did not lie to us. That is too strong of a word–so they say. All he did was mislead us–so they say. It is axiomatic that a Messiah does not lie. Oh well, he seduces, he cajoles, he misleads, he bamboozles and he treats us like the rubes we are, but Preciously never lied 42 times. He didn’t. I know because I am 25. Nevertheless, I am concerned about getting the flotsam and jetsome of Obamacare dumped on me. But I do not blame the Messiah. These people are not worth listening to. They fall into the trap set by big media, which elevates personality over performance, image over results, intentions over results. In a world of merit, their opinion would have no value, because it is flat ass demonstrably wrong. Unfortunately, in the political realm that world no longer exists. It is all illusion and mass marketing.
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    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-kelly-file/index.html#/v/2879083250001

  82. wbbboei

    In short, judging Obama on what he achieves is about as helpful as evaluating Miley Cyrus on her dancing ability, or Kanye West on his poetic talent, or Kim Kardashian on her acting prowess. A totem need not be real. It only requires a “suspension of disbelief.”

    ____________________

    Spot on.

  83. You will be relieved to know that our lead negotiator for the Iran nuclear talks is a graduate of Smith College, a former social worker, a manager of the ill fated Iron Mike Dukakis campaign, and negotiator of the failed negotiations with North Korea–a Big Big Richardson protogee no doubt. Failure begets failure. What? Me? Worry? So sayeth the Messiah.

  84. freespirit
    December 2, 2013 at 10:25 am
    ————-
    Yes. He is there to entertain us. Not to run government. Perish the thought that a president should be responsible for anything he does or fails to do. That is not cool thinking.

  85. What could possibly go wrong…..

    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/news/a535102/amazon-testing-unmanned-flying-drones-to-make-deliveries-watch.html

    Amazon testing unmanned flying drones to make deliveries – watch

    Online retailer Amazon is testing a new delivery service powered by unmanned drones.

    The company’s CEO Jeff Bezos revealed the flying drones known as Octocopters, which could deliver items weighing up to 2.3kg to customers within 30 minutes of placing an order.

    Speaking on CBS television programme 60 Minutes, Bezos warned that the service could take up to five years to get started, adding that the US Federal Aviation Administration is yet to approve the technology.

    “We can do half-hour delivery… and we can carry objects, we think, up to five pounds (2.3kg), which covers 86% of the items that we deliver,” Bezos said.

    “I know this looks like science fiction, but it’s not.”

    The drones will operate under a new service called Prime Air and are able to make deliveries autonomously using GPS co-ordinates to locate and drop off packages to the target destination.

    ………………………

    Lets hope it fails and dies on its ass.

  86. jeswezey
    December 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I agree that voters, especially when they are young, tend to vote for their ideal candidate – myself included.

    I don’t think most 20 somethings realized, even in 2012 that their dog didn’t hunt. Even older obots still don’t want to give up Hope on their guy. He can promise them the moon and stars and deliver nothing…and they still hope.

    I am not surprised you gave up reading the HellCare Bill. When it was first posted online, folks over at PUMA PAC volunteered to read sections of the bill and give their comments. I was one of them.

    It wasn’t difficult to read the words, but most of it refereed to text somewhere else, not necessarily in the 2000+ pages, but since there was no index in the back, it was impossible to find or understand the details of the bill from that one pile of paper.

    When someone like Greta sits down to read the bill and comes back with only pieces to report, I conclude that it is not a well thought out piece of legislation, and only a grab bag of hopes and dreams by some Democrats. The contents of the bill are somewhat like the structure of the ObamaCare website. A failure.

    I know you would like to believe that this pile of crap bill is somehow the magic key to something similar to what Hillary was working on, but it isn’t.

    Flat out, it isn’t.

    I don’t want to beat a dead horse explaining why, but when there is a good part of the bill, like not being dropped for pre-existing conditions, it doesn’t make up for millions of American’s having their personal doctor’s taken away, the policy canceled and then being forced to find new health care that is personally unaffordable.

    If you have money to buy the best, you don’t need to sign up for or pay an increasing penalty for this terrible bill.

    As far as voting goes, my theory is that if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain.

    Are people given the best candidates to vote for, or if she wins, will her win be taken away?? We all know the answers to these questions.

  87. wbboei
    December 2, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Today, I am afraid, we live in a fascist country. The politicians are simply puppets. Their role is similar to that of big media. They are there to distract, to bamboozle, and to divide and conquer any and all serious opposition to the relentless march of the state.

    ——-
    Have some faith Wbb.

    The world always looks horrible when our president sucks big time. I felt as though everyone was an idiot in my country when the following men were our President’s in my lifetime:

    Nixon
    W Bush
    Raygun
    Even the peanut farmer when he raised the white flag to Iran.

    At the time, I voted for these jerks, not because I liked them, but the alternative was worse:
    Kerry
    Gore

    The real problem is that really good, smart people normally do not run for President. Who would want to give up a career they love and be torn to shreds?

    I think the few great President’s we have had and almost had…were the type of people that make America great.

    If Hillary runs and wins, she will not offer ring kissing to the media.

    She will work across the isle to improve what Baracko has destroyed.

    The real crime is that she couldn’t just carry America forward without wasting some of her time doing a clean up on isle 1600.

  88. Now this is an odd article about Hillary. Where did the author come up with this info, did he just make it up???

    HILLARY Clinton has been warned that running for President in 2016 could KILL her.

    The feisty politician wants to spurn her doctors’ advice and announce her candidacy on June 4, 2014 – the day her late mother would have turned 95.

    Clinton, 66, and her husband, Former President Bill Clinton, are already laying the groundwork to build a $5 BILLION war chest to fund her campaign, with their daughter Chelsea playing a major role.

    “Hillary’s doctors have painted a grim picture of her health,” said a close source. “Behind the scenes, they’re telling her, ‘Running for president will kill you’.

    “But Hillary wants to ignore her doctors because she’s so desperate to be America’s first female president.

    “She believes it’s what she was put on earth to do, and there’s no convincing her otherwise.

    “But Bill, who has wrestled with severe health issues including several heart operations, is telling Hillary that they need to think long and hard about this.

    “Hillary will likely defy her doctors and announce her candidacy on June 4, which would have been her mother Dorothy’s 95th birthday.

    “Hillary simply cannot be stopped. Even when she was suffering from the blood clot near her brain, she told Bill and Chelsea that she was intent on raising a ‘$5 billion war chest’ for her campaign.

    “They tossed out names of possible supporters while Hillary was still in her hospital bed.

    “Bill and Hillary are intent on Chelsea having a baby soon, and then having Chelsea campaign with the baby.

    “They believe Chelsea’s presence as a new mom will attract young female voters. That’s not going to sit well with her husband Marc, who’s continually felt frozen out by the Clintons. But Chelsea will do whatever she can for her mom. She’s a Clinton first and a wife second.

    “Having Chelsea and the baby involved will make the family look younger and give a Kennedy-like ‘Camelot’ touch to the campaign.

    “As badly as Hillary wants to get back into the White House, Bill wants it more. It would be like a third term for him and give him a chance to build on his presidential legacy.

    “Hillary felt she deserved the nomination five years ago, and Barack stole it right out from under her. Ever since then, a Clinton-Obama feud has been simmering right below the surface.

    “With the president and Democrats going up in flames over the Obamacare fiasco, Bill told Hillary, ‘You have to save America.’”

    Read more at http://www.showbizspy.com/article/263593/hillary-clinton-warned-presidency-run-could-kill-her.html#qEmv7WSXJBA33Kdw.99

  89. Shadowfax
    December 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    When it was first posted online, folks over at PUMA PAC volunteered to read sections of the bill and give their comments. I was one of them.

    __________________________________

    Hey Shadow!!

    So was I! Those summaries first identified Palin’s death panels to me and really gave the blueprint on the true reading of future bills coming from this administration. Cool beans 😀

    Hillary 2016

  90. Basically it will be other dems briefing against her…they want a narrative of Hillary is too old and sick to be President, its a absolute PR front from her enemies.

  91. Shadowfax December 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm
    “Now this is an odd article about Hillary. Where did the author come up with this info, did he just make it up???”

    Yes, it’s all made up. The $5 billion war chest is not for any campaign but for the Clinton foundation in case WJC, not Hillary, kicks the bucket or is incapacitated.

    The rest is just bullshit and spin. Must come from the same Stop Hillary source I posted just above.

  92. Democrats in huge trouble in Minnesota….who’d have thunk it.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/12/02/franken-in-trouble-in-mn-for-2014/

    Franken on 39% approval, Obama on 38%.

    That, however, has backfired of late, thanks to the ObamaCare disaster. Barack Obama has also nose-dived in a state which he won handily a year ago, dropping nine points as well to 38% who give him “excellent” or “pretty good” marks on job approval. That kind of linkage — if supported by more polling — might force people to rethink the risk Democrats run in 2014′s midterms, especially for Senate seats. Most people would have considered Minnesota a fairly safe bet for Franken’s re-election, and Republican disorganization might still prove that true. But if ObamaCare drives numbers this far down in blue Minnesota, which states will still be safe for Democrats in 2014?

  93. Massive reporting on Healthcare.gov going viral on the internet, apparently users are just finding error upon error upon error and can do nothing…..so much for the spin of it works well.

  94. In Response To Obamacare Disaster, 11 Conservative Doctors Are Running For Congress

    The disastrous Obamacare rollout has prompted eleven doctors to run for the Senate. These doctors, all of whom are Republicans, hope that their expertise as doctors will help to convince voters that Obamacare is not good for the nation. Paul Broun is a family physician running for the open Senate seat in Georgia. He said, “Doctors are in a very unique position to look at the financing of healthcare. We go into medicine for one reason, and one reason only: Because we care about people, we want the people who we serve to have a productive, happy, healthy life.” It is likely that the majority of these eleven individuals will win in their respective states. In 2012, doctors were rated as the third most trustworthy professionals in the country. John McDonough, the director of the Center for Public Health Leadership at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, said, “A physician license is almost always a plus in the public’s mind in terms of one’s credibility.”

    Read more at: http://shark-tank.net/2013/12/01/in-response-to-obamacare-disaster-11-conservative-doctors-running-for-congress/ | The Shark Tank

  95. The article for above video. 🙂

    I doubt it. This president’s capacity to learn and grow in office seems quite limited.

    But it was a bit of a revelation when President Obama said the other day that the reason his campaign website worked so well but Healthcare.gov does not is that when it comes to building a campaign website, “I’m not constrained by a bunch of federal procurement rules.”

    So dismissive. Almost sounded like he’s talking about Republicans.

    http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/12/02/healthcaregov-teaching-moment-obama/

  96. Has he gotten any bump for the websites alleged improvements? Any new polls? Also, on Drudge early in the day they had a link that suggested he would seek to visit Iran next year . His Cairo agenda may well come to fruition.

  97. 2016 fever tests Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama bond

    [snip]

    Obama needs his party’s attention devoted to helping him salvage the final three years of his administration. But Democratic donors and activists say the growing anticipation around a possible Clinton administration three years out could accelerate the president’s arrival at lame duck status. The more Obama is viewed as a has-been, they say, the harder it could be for him to rally the party to fight for his agenda.

    [snip]

    Republican strategist Alex Castellanos.

    He added, “Hillary has to separate from Obama to win the general election but has to hug him close to win the nomination. If she leaves any room in the primaries between Obama and her own candidacy, she creates an opening for Elizabeth Warren. It’s going to be a tough call to figure out how close to hug the leper.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/2016-hillary-clinton-barack-obama-100515.html?hp=t1

    Politico, with some Rethug comments…

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