Time “Man Of The Year” Should Be: ObamaCare

Hitler, Stalin, “protestors”, “young people”, “U.S. scientists”, the “middle class”, “U.S. women”, the Ayatollah Khomeini, “the computer”, “the whistleblowers”, “You” have all been named Time Magazine’s “man” or woman or group or movement or machine or whatever of the year. This year it is “ObamaCare” that deserves the epithet as the entity that “most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year.”

Beyond any doubt ObamaCare is singularly responsible for the most eye opening, mind-blowing, political planetary shaking of the past decade. Since 2007 we have been writing on target analysis about Barack Obama only to be rewarded with sneers of “crazy” from the Obama Hopium guzzlers many of whom write for Big Media outlets. Now, thanks to ObamaCare what we wrote that was derided as “crazy, bitter, clingy, dead-ender, rat-f*cking” is now conventional wisdom. Our analysis of Obama is majoritarian opinion. But you knew that… we’ve also written that before.

There is another reason why ObamaCare is deserving of a Time Magazine cover story as the most important news story of the year. In a little noticed article by Carl Cannon ObamaCare is placed in the strategic center of politics it deserves. Cannon’s article lists the many Republicans that denounced ObamaCare. Christie calls ObamaCare “an awful law. Senator Tim Scott slams it as “an absolute failure” with the worst “yet to come”. Senator Ted Cruz pits at it as a “train wreck”. Senator Rand Paul deplores the violation of the Constitution which is ObamaCare. Senator Kelly Ayotte sneers that ObamaCare is “a mess”. Governor Scott Walker plots an escape hatch for Wisconsin residents. Governor Susanna Martinez denounces “the ultimate in social engineering”. Senator John McCain calls for “total repeal”. Carl Cannon notes that this list “pretty much covers the ideological spectrum of the modern Republican Party.”

Cannon’s contribution is not that inventory of what ObamaCare has wrought. It is the strategic landscape Cannon adroitly paints that is so smart. It’s what we will call The Grand Army Of The Republicans:

“Such unity has been a long time in coming. Someday, they should stop and thank Barack Obama. He’s no socialist, but he has helped fill a void that has plagued Republicans since Mikhail Gorbachev arrived on the world stage. [snip]

The Berlin Wall came down, the Iron Curtain went away, the Soviet Union split apart, and America’s longest war came to a close.

Democrats swiftly sought to turn the national conversation to talk of a “peace dividend” and increasing spending on domestic programs. And in the run-up to the 1992 Republican convention in Houston, influential New York Times scribe R.W. “Johnny” Apple wrote a little too gleefully, “The end of the cold war has robbed the president’s party of one of its mightiest swords.”

But the GOP’s problem wasn’t just that the Democrats’ program suddenly seemed more appealing and less risky. It was that the Cold War had knitted together the then-diverse Republican coalition. In the post-World War II Republican Party, two great factions had emerged.”

Bill Clinton was very well aware that with the forced collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics he could run for president by “Putting People First”. The foreign policy barrier to the presidency was no longer operational. With the end of the Cold War it was likely that Americans would turn to domestic issues.

Bill Clinton won the presidency while running against an incumbent Republican president. Bill Clinton then set about to dismember the Republican Party and steal some of their most potent domestic issues. From welfare reform to school uniforms Bill Clinton led the Democratic Party into the mainstream of American life and neither Special Prosecutors sniffing panties nor personal misbehavior well known to the American voters before election time could stop the Big Dawg and his centrist party of, by, and for the people. Simultaneously the Republican Party was in a vortex of disarray as their Cold War unity of factions fell apart:

“The first included economic conservatives—apostles of small government at home and promotion of freedom abroad. Their galvanizing issues were lower taxes, less government regulation, and a muscular U.S. military. The second brought together the social conservatives whose animating issues ranged over two generations from school prayer to abortion to gays in the military and same-sex marriage. They, too, opposed communism, a system that dismissed religion as “the opiate of the masses” and that persecuted believers.

In Ronald Reagan, each side found its champion, the results being landslide victories in 1980 and 1984 and a 1988 Reagan farewell that left the party stronger than it has been in nearly a century.

Today, that advantage has dissipated into a morass of conservative purity tests, Tea Party-fueled protests, government shutdowns, and intramural culture wars. The upshot has been Democratic presidential tickets outpolling Republicans in five of the last six national elections.”

George W. Bush was in many ways an accidental president. His “compassionate conservatism” and family named masked intra-party divisions but did not end them. Bush’s popularity was on the wane during his first summer in office only to spectacularly rise after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center. Bush then depleted the good will Americans had in him with an ill advised war in Iraq which only helped Iran become a renewed power center.

The Iraq War ate Bush from within and by the time of Katrina and the attempts to reform Social Security the Republican Party factions hated each other and cared more about party dominance than party victory. After eight years which ended with a financial debacle and Wall Street bailouts not only were Democrats positioned for victory but Republican factions were ready to kill each other. Indeed, many Republicans secretly or openly wanted Barack Obama to win in 2008 because an Obama victory would force the Republican Party closer to what they wanted it to be not what the other factions wanted the Party to be. Some Republicans/conservatives, such as Peggy Noonan, preferred to attack those of us who warned against Barack Obama in order to ensure an Obama 2008 victory. That was then. ObamaCare is now. ObamaCare brings back Republican Party unity and the Grand Army of the Republicans:

Obamacare has changed the game, not in the sense of making the GOP brand popular again—there’s still a ways to go on that score—but by reminding Republicans what they have in common.

The Affordable Care Act is a giant, nanny state, one-size-fits-all, top-down government overreach that appalls economic conservatives. Meanwhile, its stringent requirements that employers do such things as provide “free” contraceptive care is an affront to social conservatives, not to mention the Catholic Church. To every Republican, the thing is a parody of liberal excess.

Republicans now know what they are against, as they did in the Cold War.

ObamaCare reshaped the political strategic landscape. Even at the liberal The Atlantic the issue discussed is The Democratic Party: How It Can Save Itself. Long time Democratic strategist Ted Van Dyk is worried and sees the need to change. Van Dyk foolishly calls Hillary Clinton “the establishment candidate” in 2008 which she was not. Barack Obama was the one that Reid, Pelousy, Daschle, Kennedy, and Kerry secretly anointed. Still Van Dyk makes some clear headed judgements about the disasters to come for what was once a great American political party.

Using every bit of political finesse and diplomatic language Van Dyk damns with praise and strongly urges Obama Dimocrats to toss aside the Hopium:

“Democrats need to return to the mindset of their most skillful prior leaders. Those leaders, from the New Deal onward, always began by asking: What are our country’s most pressing needs? Then, what are our proposals to meet those needs? Finally, how can we mobilize majorities in the country and Congress to enact those proposals?

Comprehensive healthcare reform was a worthy priority for the administration. It was undertaken, however, at a time when the country remained financially and economically unstable—and when people of all outlooks were wary about an ambitious remake of a huge part of the economy. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid, or the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, it was formulated and narrowly passed on a one-party basis without public opinion supporting it. If he were to do it over, Obama would no doubt take the Lyndon Johnson/Ted Kennedy approach to healthcare reform and enlist a few Republican leaders and ideas, such as tort reform or selling insurance across state lines.

That mindset does not focus on one-upping Republicans in the next news cycle or gaining an edge for the next election. It focuses on serious governance.

Environmental, cultural, social, and other issues have moved forward on the national agenda since FDR and LBJ laid down New Deal and Great Society policy frameworks for the country. But the Big Two issues—the economy and national security—remain the Big Two, and remain to be addressed.

The first imperative is to provide long-term financial and economic stability to the country. Residual federal debt of $17 to $31 trillion, depending on whether you count off-budget obligations, must be reduced. This is necessary not only to fend off inflation and protect the dollar but also to facilitate ongoing governance. From a liberal or Democratic viewpoint, there can be few public initiatives if an ever-growing share of public resources is gobbled up by debt service.

This will require a bipartisan fix to taxes, spending, and entitlements along the lines proposed by Obama’s Simpson-Bowles commission.”

Van Dyk should not be so diplomatic. Obama Dimocrats will denounce him no matter how soft his words or how mealy mouthed his excuses for Barack Obama are. Van Dyk’s critique, however muted, stings:

“But Obama opted instead to flay Republicans for their supposed hostility to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. He clearly did not recognize that, unless dealt with comprehensively and in bipartisan fashion, this issue would remain unresolved. A relatively painless combination of measures, recognized for decades as a solution, would include cost-of-living adjustments; small increases in the ages for Social Security and Medicare eligibility; and lifting the cap on earnings subject to tax withholding. The only thing missing has been the political will to apply the solution now rather than in a later presidential term. The next president will have to do it all over again.

Another part of this challenge—comprehensive tax reform—must also be addressed on a bipartisan basis. [snip]

On the national-security side, Democrats need to reconsider the Wilsonianism that has pervaded their thinking since World War I. Both parties, but Democrats more than Republicans, have wanted “to make the world safe for democracy” with interventions in many places where American vital interests were not at stake. [snip]

Democrats also must reconsider the habit of seeing Americans as senior citizens, African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Jews, single mothers, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Y members, secular or religious, higher-educated or not, debtors or savers, union or non-union, wealthy or members of the middle class. These are useful categories for pollsters and campaign consultants as they try to figure out what certain people think and the best way to influence them. But they are a trap for policymakers. [snip]

Wedge politics and tailored political messaging can bring a campaign or even a presidency short-term success. But, for the longer run, most Americans feel they are in it together and badly want bipartisan action to keep the economy stable and growing, to keep the country safe here and abroad, and to keep American society open and fair.”

You don’t have to agree with Van Dyk’s policy prescriptions nor his analysis. But his introspection is brought about because of ObamaCare. Strategists from all parties see what has happened during the Obama years and what will happen in the future to Obama Dimocrats. It ain’t pretty:

“Pundits on the left and right agree: Obamacare will leave a mark on Democrats in the 2014 elections.

When the most hopey-changey of journalists, Ezra Klein of The Washington Post, writes “Change hurts, particularly in health care insurance, and it may well hurt Democrats in 2014,” you know we’re headed for a stormy political year.

There are 33 U.S. Senate seats up for election in 2014 — 13 held by Republicans and 20 held by Democrats. The GOP needs a six-seat swing to take control the Senate.

Conventional political wisdom holds that it’s still a long time before these senators face the electorate. The flub of HealthCare.Gov on Oct. 1 was ugly, to be sure, but the website will get fixed. People will forget. The president says the website problems are a mere “bump in the road.”

But Democratic strategists know better. It’s a “bump in the road” on a highway to a massive reconfiguration of health care. That spells disruption, and in politics, disruption is a dangerous thing.

So far, about 5 million people in the individual market have seen their policies canceled. By late summer and early fall of 2014, an estimated 80 million more people will have their employer-based insurance yanked out from underneath them.

This won’t be a “glitch.” This will be Obamacare manifesting itself exactly as Democrats envisioned.”

Because of ObamaCare Americans are discovering that Obama is a treacherous lying boob:

“When most or all the measures fall simultaneously, it means that something dramatic has happened to undermine the public’s confidence in the president,” Sabato says. “The Obamacare rollout and presidential misleading on keeping your doctor and insurance explain [Obama’s] recent polling fate.”

But not entirely. There’s another factor. Obama is on his own now. He’s flying solo as president. And what the polls reveal, when taken together, is a rising concern that he may not be up to the job.

Because of ObamaCare that “situation comedy” demographic which is the Obama Coalition is discovering that Obama is a treacherous lying boob:

“President Obama won re-election with the rock-solid support of what has become known as the “Obama Coalition” — young people, minorities, women, and low-income voters. Without a firm foundation — and high turnout — among those groups, Obama would not be in the White House today.

Now, little more than a year after the president’s re-election, his job approval rating has fallen among all segments of the American electorate. But it has fallen the most among those who did the most to elect him.

For example, according to a new Gallup compilation, Obama’s job approval rating among Hispanic Americans has plunged from 75 percent in December 2012 to 52 percent today — a drop of 23 percentage points, the sharpest decline among any voter group. Among Americans who make less than $24,000 a year, the president’s approval rating has fallen from 64 percent last December to 46 percent today. Among Americans 18 to 29 years of age, it has fallen from 61 percent to 46 percent. Among women, it has fallen from 57 percent to 43 percent.”

The Hopium Guzzlers are waking up from their druggie slumbers. One of them, Micheal Zuckerman, an Obama campaign worker is comically crestfallen in his plea to Barack Obama published in The Atlantic. Bemoaning that ObamaCare has “lost its soul” Zuckerman provides same laughs at his expense but there is at least an acknowledgement, through his tears, that all is not well in Obamaland and there is a fight in the Obama Dimocrat party:

Voters were already tuning Obama out before the Healthcare.gov woes. Now, with tanking approval ratings, he’s in danger of becoming a lame duck. In this climate, a series of cautious, policy-heavy speeches about the ACA’s benefits is unlikely to break through. [snip]

Third, Obama is the standard-bearer of a party in the midst of a fight over the validity of its philosophical underpinning. (The administration’s Healthcare.gov incompetence has not helped.) With 2014 looming and many of his supporters in retreat (or at least feeling that way), Obama needs to fight the progressive corner. If the country has really come to a point at which a Democratic president won’t defend the basic ideas behind “income redistribution”—something we’ve been doing for over 150 years now—Democrats are soon going to have much bigger problems than a malfunctioning website. Obama’s opponents certainly aren’t shying away from making their own moral claims.”

The philosophical underpinnings of a party that nominated and elected a flim-flam con man are not sturdy. The renown pollster Charlie Cook has done all he can to salvage Barack Obama. Now ObamaCare forces Cook to stop his defense of Obama and issue storm warnings:

Can Democrats Recover From the Obamacare Catastrophe?

If Republicans don’t flub the coming fiscal debates like they did in the fall, voters will focus squarely on the health care rollout.

Most graphs of polling data show shifts that are very gradual. (Tracking real-time changes in poll results often is about as exciting as watching paint dry.) Recently, however, the HuffPost Pollster website produced a graph of national polling on Congress that showed one of the most dramatic shifts I’ve ever seen in 40 years of involvement in politics. It charts responses to the question of whether voters would like Republicans or Democrats to control the House.”

The other Charlie Cooke calls this implosion caused by ObamaCare “the exodus”:

“In late 2013, the GOP is not only still around, it is ascendant. The magical Obama coalition, thought by many to be composed of mere automatons who would follow the Democratic party wherever it went, is starting to fracture. This is not to say that its members are lining up to re-register as Republicans and subscribe to National Review, of course. But they are expressing dissatisfaction — and, crucially, not just with this president but with the central ideological achievement of his tenure. Obamacare, not time, is dragging the man down. Who would have thought that government policies could lead to political change?

Stumbling, bumbling, treacherous Obama was sure to make the Republican Party ascendant. And as Jay Cost notes, 2014 is going to likely be a banner year for Republicans. In large part that is because united teams win. ObamaCare united Republicans as a party. Republicans are also forging an alliance against ObamaCare with the American voter.

The ObamaCare disasters cannot be ignored. Even today in the New York Times the ObamaCare lies are published for all Hopium Guzzlers to see if not read. Ever so slowly even Hopium Guzzlers are learning that ObamaCare premiums are followed by high co-pays and really high deductibles.

Barack Obama can run and hide inside caskets intended for men of accomplishment. Barack Obama’s allies can continue to race-bait as was done recently at MSNBC: Let’s face it, “ObamaCare” was a word coined by wealthy white men to diminish Obama’s accomplishments. It won’t work however to help Barack Obama. ObamaCare has Obama on the death list.

ObamaCare has exposed Barack Obama as a treacherous boob. For that alone, ObamaCare deserves to be Time Magazine’s 2013 thing of the year. And if events go as we suspect be prepared for Time to award ObamaCare the thing of the year award in 2014 as well.

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134 thoughts on “Time “Man Of The Year” Should Be: ObamaCare

  1. Admin: that is my feeling as well. I believe Obamacare did what all the other scandals combined could not do. It engendered a sense of distrust of this president, and a fear of what he will do next. The confluence of these two factors will make it impossible for big media to rehabilitate him despite all their efforts. My concern however runs deeper than politics, but cannot for the reasons cited by Krauthammer be separated from it. Obama has made the system fail on so many fronts, that a soft landing for the country is all but impossible. As a result, I firmly believe that we are proceeding rapidly from a nation of yeomen to a nation of slaves. And, nothing drives home that point more dramatically than the politically blind statements by Zeke whom no competent political handler would let out of his cage: don’t worry, be happy, you can indeed keep your doctor if you like him AND CAN AFFORD HIM. So, there’s the rub.

  2. An interview of Seymor Hirsh by leftist Amy Goodwin, wherein she tries in a summary statement to say that Obama backed off on going to war with Syria because of the opposition of the American People, which would reinforce the left wing delusion that he is some kind of populist. Hirsh corrects her on the spot, and explains that the reason he reversed himself was that he did not have the case, and he was being challenged over it. In other words, it was a purely political decision on his part, and not in any way shape or form a populist one. The left is never populist. The left believes there is the party, who are all wise and all knowing, and there is the proletariat who must be led. They are as anti democratic as you can get. People who miss that point, should stay out of politics.

    This moment of clarity occurs at the 12:30 mark. (Note: interestingly, Obama was ready to send 74,000 US troops into Syria, but for the above):

  3. The one other thing about the left–the so called bourgeois is the enemy. In America, the bourgeois is represented by the bitter clinging middle class. The left may talk about protecting the middle class, but that is all rhetoric. The middle class is the bulwark of the system they want to replace with a society which they claim is more equal and more just, and just happens to leave them in charge. They are all for tolerance until they achieve power, and then they are stark enthusiasts for wiping out all dissent root and branch, because dissent is a threat to their power. Again, people who do not understand this should stay out of politics. They are easily seduced by pretty words, smoke and mirrors. Rubes would be a better word for them.

  4. Admin…very well said…all the fine points tied together beautifully into a nice bow…

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    imo…O’care will single handedly be responsible for the success of boutique medicine…

    …think about it…with Ocare…you now must pay more for premiums and coverage you did not want…and your deductibles are enough to drive you to the poverty level before the so-called Affordable Care Coverage you are paying for actually does anything for YOU…

    (what couple these days can afford the premiums and then have to pay over $10,000 per year out of pocket before their so called ‘health insurance’ helps them….the whole thing is ridiculous)

    …now add to that, for all the grief Ocare, or the ACA is causing you in your own life with higher premiums, absurd deductibles and/or penalties for nothing ( that has a certain ring to it “penalities for nothing”…hmmm, I hear a song in there somewhere)

    …anyway…after all of what Ocare has imposed on you and the grief it has brought to you and your family…well, lo and behold…you do not even get to keep your doctor…and guess what, the best hospitals are not part of your Ocare network…

    oh yes, according to Dr Emmanuel…you can still have the doctor and hospital you are used to and once had…but now you will have to pay extra for it…so, you pay even more on top of already paying more for what you once had…

    which brings me to my initial point…WTH?…why pay for Ocare and then be forced to pay extra for your own doctor or use of the hospital you have always used?

    …just skip it…boutique medicine the natural juxtaposition and outcome from the restrictive and costly Ocare…

    and for the dims hoping the young people are going to charge in to save the day…forget it, these kids have college loan debt, no jobs, and do not have the money…dims, you are in dreamland…

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    and finally for the boobs at MSNBC, especially Melissa whatever her name is…her and Tove or whatever his name is…always ready, the two of them…to yell racism…

    what does she have to say for the people, white guys, whoever, that once called it Hillarycare??? and would jump at the chance to call Hillary’s plans Hillarycare again…doesn’t that contradict the premise of Melissa’s rant about Ocare and racism at MSNBC?

  5. The final interesting thing about the hard left is they are perfectly willing to work with businesses along the lines of the fascist model. What Armand Hammer of Occidental Petrolium and the New York Banking House of Shiff were to Lenin, what Brown Brothers Harriman and Julio Lobo were to Castro, are essentially what Immelt of GE and Schmidt formerly of Google are to Obama–crony capitalism. And then there are the uber wealthy who love to pit the lower class against the middle class to shield themselves. As my friend the Cuban Wall Street banker used to say the rich and the poor have one very important thing in common: neither one believes society’s rules apply to them, and they cross paths on the avenue of street culture, drugs, fashion and music–and their contempt for the middle class, and its so called babbitry.

  6. http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-hillary-clinton-backers-los-angeles-events-20131209,0,1036100.story#axzz2n2vhFFU9

    Hillary Rodham Clinton backers hold Los Angeles-area events

    By Seema Mehta
    December 9, 2013, 9:07 p.m.

    Ready for Hillary, the independent effort prodding former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, held events Monday in the Los Angeles area courting high-profile Hollywood backers.

    “Building a historic movement like this requires resources and lots of energy,” said Michael Trujillo, a senior advisor to the super PAC. “Tonight we planted the seeds for both.”

    Previous events here have raised money for the group — one of two independent efforts focused on a potential Clinton run — but the two on Monday were deemed informational. Still, a finance consultant for the group, David Wolf, attended both.

    A luncheon was held at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, hosted by trial attorney Paul Kiesel. Among the attendees were producer and director Brett Ratner, best known for the “Rush Hour” film series and “X-Men: The Last Stand.”

    Ratner is a longtime Clinton backer, having hosted a young Hollywood fundraiser that netted her $250,000 for her 2008 presidential bid, according to Variety.

    In the evening, “24” executive producer and “Homeland” co-creator Howard Gordon hosted a dinner at his Pacific Palisades home. Screenwriter George Nolfi and agent Rick Rosen were among the attendees.

    In October, Clinton gave her strongest indication to date that she is considering another White House bid.

    “I am not going to begin to think seriously about it until sometime next year,” Clinton said during a speech to the Long Island Assn. in New York, according to Newsday. “I will think about it because it’s something on a lot of people’s minds. And it’s on my mind as well.”

  7. Dem Congresswoman from New Hampshire on Bengazi…bet she went to HAWVARD…
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    Its not unlikely.

  8. This fall marks the beginning of the end for the great Messiah Obama. But do not get too sad about that. Being a stone cold sociopath, it will be a case of:

    Rage, rage against the dying of the light
    Do not go gently into that good night
    Of opprobrium and god that failed status
    Over promise and under deliver will be his epitaph
    According to these experts

    http://www.bloomberg.com/video/obamacare-a-fumble-now-overturn-later-t97UjtDPTb6EhRtd~md_ng.html?cmpid=otbrn.video

  9. We do not need Obama journalists writing the Obama legacy books. His legacy is set forth clearly and unambiguously in the clip below starting at the 1:18 mark:

  10. Why Obama Thought He Could Get Away With Obamacare

    • Obamacare ­ A massive and incredibly convoluted bill which exponentially increases the federal government’s control over our personal lives…which neither Obama nor a single Democrat even read before passing, and which will likely bankrupt the nation.

    • In both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, the Obama campaign purposely disabled the credit card verification system for its Web site donations, allowing anyone from any foreign country to donate with no limit and no proof of identity; in both elections it was demonstrated that people overseas and people with obviously false identities were able to donate to Obama campaign, in direct violation of several laws. To this day it is not known what percentage of Obama’s campaign funds are illegally obtained, since there is no documentation.

    • Billions of taxpayer dollars gambled on “green” companies like Solyndra, NextEra, Ener1, Solar Trust and many others ­ all of which went bankrupt.

    • An intentional refusal to enforce federal immigration laws.

    • Unemployment at or above 8% for almost his entire term in office (which was actually closer to 15% actual unemployment).

    • Operation Fast & Furious ­ a government-sponsored illegal gun-running scheme designed to purposely go awry so as to induce public outcry for gun control.

    • Spent 20 years listening to a racist anti-American pastor (Rev. Jeremiah Wright), whom Obama described as a mentor. On March 18, 2008, Obama gave a speech in which he said “I could no more disown Jeremiah Wright than I could disown my own grandmother” and “[Wright’s church, Trinity United] embodies the black community in its entirety.” Now Obama tries to pretend that Jeremiah Wright doesn’t exist, and that his extremist anti-white philosophy didn’t influence Obama’s worldview.

    • Increased the percentage of Americans dependent on food stamps to unprecedented levels (now over 15% of the nation’s population).

    • Militarily intervened in Libya in 2011 without the Congressional approval required by the War Powers Act ­ technically an impeachable offense.

    • Before he entered politics, Obama worked as a lawyer suing banks in landmark cases, forcing them to give home loans to unqualified minority borrowers ­ a practice now understood as one of the primary initial causes of the eventual housing bubble and market collapse.

    • Handed out over 1,200 waivers to politically connected donors exempting them from the onerous requirements of Obamacare.

    • Greatly expanding the number of unaccountable “czars,” which essentially amounts to unilaterally adding new federal departments with no congressional oversight ­ leading to a true “bureaucracy” in the original sense (rule by unelected bureaucrats).

    • Using taxpayer dollars to bail out the private pension funds of autoworkers’ unions at GM & Chrysler.

    Read More @ http://www.infowars.com/why-obama-thought-he-could-get-away-with-obamacare/

  11. This Mandela Memorial is the biggest mess I have ever seen. Its painful to watch as far as these things goes, its have the arse dragged out of it and totally all over the shop………and Obama has not even been on yet to bore the pants off everyone. Its 2 hrs in and practically nothing has happened and really really late. Too hastily organized.

  12. Are we starting to see the Clinton’s influence take hold…..

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/10/us-usa-obama-aide-idUSBRE9B905I20131210

    Former Clinton aide Podesta joining White House to advise Obama

    John Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, is returning to the White House to advise President Barack Obama as he struggles to regain his footing after the flawed healthcare law rollout, according to a source familiar with the issue.

    Podesta steered Obama’s transition team in 2008 after he won the presidency. His arrival is a signal that the president, famous for taking advice primarily from a tight-knit group of advisers, is looking for some outside help as he seeks to regain momentum in his second term.

    Confirming a report that first appeared in the New York Times, the source said Podesta had agreed to take on the role for a year.

    …………………………

    I can imagine Podesta would not have taken on this role without approval from the Clinton’s, are we starting to see a shift back to a Clintonite style.

  13. Interesting note…..I have also noticed in the last few articles i have seen in the last two days………Podesta is being referred to as Obama advisor and that Jarrett is now being referred to as confidante, advisor is not being said anymore in reference to Jarrett, is she on the way out?.

  14. Obama gets huge cheers for Mandela quote: “I’ve fought against white domination and I’ve fought against black domination”

    What a load of old shit…….

  15. Obama on Mandela: “He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood.”

    WTF does that mean……..this is just pure vomit.

  16. Yup as epected, Obama injecting himself into the narrative and its pure vomit. Bozo thinks he’s doing Cairo Pt 2 redux, i think i am going to puke.

  17. Yup he went there, Obama took a mans memorial and used it to make himself look better………what kind of man does that…..its all me me me me me again.

  18. Seriously are you kidding me…..Obama: “it woke me up to my responsibilities” that set me on “improbable journey” that brings me here tday”

  19. Obama: “While I may fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be a better man”

    ………………..

    Unfortunately, you never will be Obama and you do not deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Mandela.

  20. See he cannot resist mentioning himself……

    Obama: Like SAfrica, US had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. “Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle”

  21. Sorry, but this is not my type of hero.
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    The real Mandela in his own words

    I noticed over the weekend that lists of quotes from Nelson Mandela had gone viral on the Internet.

    None of the lists I saw included any of these – which say more about the man and the myth than you could have learned by reading all the reports in the international establishment press.

    1) “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”

    2) “Long live the Cuban revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro … Cuban internationalists have done so much for African independence, freedom and justice. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of a vicious imperialist campaign designed to destroy the advances of the Cuban revolution. We too want to control our destiny. … There can be no surrender. It is a case of freedom or death. The Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.”

    3) “[T]he people of Asia and Africa have seen through the slanderous campaign conducted by the USA against the socialist countries. They know that their independence is threatened not by any of the countries in the socialist camp but by the USA, who has surrounded their continent with military bases. The communist bogey is an American stunt to distract the attention of the people of Africa from the real issue facing them, namely, American imperialism.”

    4) “Under a Communist Party government, South Africa will become a land of milk and honey. Political, economic and social rights will cease to be enjoyed by whites only. They will be shared equally by whites and non-whites. There will be enough land and houses for all. There will be no unemployment, starvation and disease. Workers will earn decent wages; transport will be cheap and education free.”

    5) “Yasser Arafat was one of the outstanding freedom fighters of this generation, one who gave his entire life to the cause of the Palestinian people.”

    6) “The cause of communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind!”

    7) “Those who feel irritated by our friendship with President Khadafy can go jump in the pool.”

    8) “There’s one place where (Fidel Castro’s) Cuba stands out head and shoulders above the rest – that is in its love for human rights and liberty!”

    9) “The victory of socialism in the U.S.S.R., in the People’s Republic of China, in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Rumania, where the living conditions of the people were in many respects similar and even worse than ours, proves that we too can achieve this important goal.”

    It goes on if you can take anymore: http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/the-real-mandela-in-his-own-words/#Uz6XZYF7plC6IAht.99

  22. This post is catching me up on insight of the previous 3 decades which I wish I had possessed as I lived through them.Thanks so much admin.
    And Time [whatever] of the year? Here’s hoping.

  23. CNN running interference for Obama shaking hands with a dictator holding an American prisoner for 4 years. Sickening.

  24. and it begins…….

    Arkansas Sen race puts Rep Challenger ahead now by 8% and lots of down to Pryor’s support for Ocare.

    http://freebeacon.com/poll-tom-cotton-takes-lead-in-arkansas/

    Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is trailing Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton in the Arkansas Senate race according to a poll released Monday.

    Forty-eight percent of respondents support Cotton compared to 41 percent behind the incumbent Pryor, according to the poll.

    The poll shows that the race has taken a turn due to Pryor’s support for Obamacare, according to Politico.

    The last published numbers from this marquee match-up came in the midst of October’s government shutdown and before the national focus turned to the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, which Pryor voted for. Four polls taken that month showed the race within the margin of error.

    In this latest survey, 62 percent of those polled have an unfavorable view of the health care law — 56 percent strongly so.

    “Mark Pryor is synonymous with Obamacare and Obamacare is synonymous with making life worse for the American people,” said David N. Bossie, president of Citizens United. “That’s why Pryor is losing to Cotton in the Arkansas Senate race.”

    ………………………….

    Pryor is gonna pull a Blanche net year it seems.

  25. Lol…..on Twitter…..

    Got an email from WH last night, “Biden Mental Health Announcement” and opened it in a hurry. Not what I expected. Very disappointed.

  26. God help Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning Schmidt, if the Wookie decides to go after her………that look could actually kill, that marriage is definitely not right.

  27. Infact has a President ever actually been bitchslapped by the 1st lady in public before because i think its gonna happen soon.

  28. When David Brooks lost his mind over Obama, and called him a new kind of politician, it was a testament to Brook’s naivete, and lack of historical perspective. There is nothing new under the sun. There are not sun gods, just pretenders. And the public has learned nothing about this kind of sociopath. Nothing. Therefore they repeat the mistake–and brush off a mountain of contrary evidence. This is the great vice of the elite class in particular. They are insulated from the effects of bad decisions. Even now–you can keep your doctor if you can afford him, etc. Consequently, they fancy that they are not at risk and are quite happy to use the middle class as their human shield, which identifying on the surface with the rising underclass, and the demagogue. They think they can ride the tiger, and it breaks the monotony of a life of privilege, which is sated with all the material things of this world.
    ——————————

    DEMAGOGUE (WIKI)

    A demagogue /ˈdɛməɡɒɡ/ or rabble-rouser is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, fears, prejudices, and ignorance of the less-educated citizens in order to gain power and promote political motives.

    Demagogues usually oppose deliberation and advocate immediate, violent action to address a national crisis; they accuse moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness. Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens.

    They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, nothing stops the people from giving that power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population.

    Contents

    1 History and definition of the word
    2 Famous historical demagogues
    2.1 Cleon
    2.2 Alcibiades
    2.3 Gaius Flaminius
    2.4 Father Coughlin
    2.5 Adolf Hitler
    2.6 Joseph McCarthy
    2.7 BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA
    3 See also
    4 References
    5 External links

    History and definition of the word

    The word demagogue, meaning a leader of the common people,[1] first arose in ancient Greece, originally with no negative connotation,[2] but eventually came to mean a troublesome kind of leader who occasionally arose in Athenian democracy. Even though democracy gave power to the common people, elections still tended to favor the aristocratic class, which favored deliberation and decorum. Demagogues were a new kind of leader who emerged from the lower classes. Demagogues relentlessly advocated action, usually violent[3]—immediately and without deliberation. Demagogues appealed directly to the emotions of the poor and uninformed, pursuing power, telling lies to stir up hysteria, exploiting crises to intensify popular support for their calls to immediate action and increased authority, and accusing moderate opponents of weakness or disloyalty to the nation. While all politicians in a democracy must make occasional small sacrifices of truth, subtlety, or long-term concerns to maintain popular support, demagogues do these things relentlessly and without self-restraint.[4]

  29. If people cannot see that Obama is a 10 point match for the status of demagogue, it is only their own racism and reverse discrimination that prevents them from doing so. To the objective political analysis, it is beyond cavil what he is.

  30. By the way…It’s racist & disrespectful to point & laugh at Obama & his selfie-soap opera w/the sexy blonde during so somber an occasion as Mandela’s funeral.

    “His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph…Whoo hooo Selfie!”

    Gonna be a long ride home for Zippy on AF1 because some serious sleeve ripping and crockery gonna be broke.

    http://twitchy.com/2013/12/10/funeral-selfies-obamas-selfie-face-flotus-furious-face-at-mandelamemorial-pics/

  31. We went full circle by the way…..

    Obama took a selfie at Mandela’s funeral with Danish PM who is daughter-in-law of the man Biden famously plagiarized a speech from.

  32. CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has been one of the few to report consistently on administration scandals such as Benghazi and Fast and Furious, so when she tweets, we listen. Tonight she’s encouraging her followers to do their own research to counter what she calls forces working to censor entire issues.
    ———————————–

    You can often tell by the tone that something else is at play.

    Why do they try to squelch debate & discussion of issues of public importance?

    There’s a whole PR machine that includes political operatives, bloggers & “journalists” who launch systemic attacks…

    to squelch sensitive topics.

    Just learn to recognize the language, tone and methods they use and consider their unspoken interests. Then make up your own mind.

    There’s a cottage industry working to label reporting and reporters that they wish to squelch as “controversial.” It’s a clever PR tactic…

    …but you can learn to recognize the tactics and separate fact from propaganda.

    Don’t let anybody tell you what to think.. or tell you that you shouldn’t even listen to a side in a given argument.

    Forces are working hard to censor entire issues. They don’t even want the discussion. But you can keep the dialogue going.

    See with your own eyes and your own brain.

    Be wary of anyone who promotes censoring a position on an issue to make people afraid to even discuss it, lest they be labelled.

    When you hear conflicting reports about something of interest, try to go to the original source if you can so you can decide for yourself.

    I can’t tell you how often I’ve consulted an original source only to come to an entirely different interpretation than what I’ve “heard.”

    My favorite things to report are: stories or angles on stories that not too many others are reporting…

    stories about subjects that others wish to avoid or are afraid to touch

    & I like to try to make complex issues clearer when possible — so often we hear things over and over but they’re not well explained.

    I report the facts the best I know how and you’re free to form any opinion. I hope you do your own research, too.

    http://twitchy.com/2013/12/10/sharyl-attkisson-do-your-own-research/

  33. President Obama shakes the blood-stained hand of Cuba’s murderous dictator Raul Castro
    By Alberto de la Cruz, on December 10, 2013, at 9:08 am

    When I read yesterday that both President Obama and Cuba’s murderous dictator Raul Castro were both going to be speaking at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa, I knew the odds were Obama would end up greeting and shaking the blood-stained hand of the Cuban despot. I had hoped against hope (no pun intended) that Obama would somehow find the courage to fend off his proclivity to act submissive before other world leaders, especially the most despotic ones, but apparently, he simply could not resist. Once again, Obama lends credence and recognition to a vile and bloody dictatorial regime responsible for the murder of tens of thousands of innocent people.

    I do not know if there is enough soap or hand sanitizer in the world to wash off the blood Castro left on Obama’s hand.

    http://babalublog.com/2013/12/10/president-obama-shakes-the-blood-stained-hand-of-cubas-murderous-dictator-raul-castro-2/

  34. CNN’s Gloria Borger and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell now competing in giving Obama’s Mandela speech the best fellatio ever. Its totally puke inducing.

  35. Here’s a bright spot:
    12/19/13. New York’s top court today spared FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter from jail for refusing to reveal confidential sources for a bombshell story following the Aurora movie massacre.
    In a 4-3 ruling based on New York’s shield law, the state Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision that could have resulted in Winter being forced to appear in the Colorado murder trial of James Holmes. snip.
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/10/new-york-top-court-rules-fox-reporter-cannot-be-forced-to-reveal-sources-in/

  36. CNN’s Gloria Borger and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell
    ————
    Nobody really cares.
    Nobody is watching.
    Its a rubber room in big media.
    Their influence is going out with the tide.

  37. American’s have been punked by their pResident, his cabinet and their elected officials in the past 5 years.

    Politics has become an endless game of football between the two worst teams that can’t possibly score a goal no matter how long they play.

    The cheerleaders have grown fat in their soiled clothes, but some still raise their pompoms.

    The vendors have run out of beer and have closed up shop.

    The stands are mainly bare, and only the team owners and the team’s family remain.

    Some of the team have grown tired and were secretly replaced by look-alike blowup dolls.
    Those remaining, stink of dry sweat and roam the field in a sort of delirium.

    No one watches the game, no one cares and no one can get the fans back until their mascot, Baracko is sent packing.

    I predict 2014 will be similar to 2010…the team players will shuffle, but nothing will be accomplished until the bum is thrown out and Hillary runs. If she doesn’t run, we will be caught in another four years with a worthless President.

    The Democrats suck
    The Republican’s suck

  38. “four US presidents, three British prime ministers, two French presidents, and the Cuban and Iranian leaders”

    I started humming this to the tune of ’12 days of Christmas……..the mandela version.

  39. …that look could actually kill, that marriage is definitely not right.
    —-

    I do think that his marriage is a sham and that he actually likes men. I think they were married so he would be made pResident.

    Let’s see how long they live together after 2016.

    I think MO is Barry’s beard. Period.

  40. Adjusting a line I heard my late mother express often:
    If Democrats did not have bad taste, they’d have no taste at all.
    Wedding bells for N.J. Senator Menendez
    12/10/13.
    NEWARK — New Jersey’s senior senator is getting married.
    U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez got engaged to girlfriend Alicia Mucci
    IN THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA
    Monday afternoon, according to Politico.
    The couple made the announcement at the White House’s congressional holiday ball, the online publication said. Then, they went out to dinner with friends to celebrate.
    Menendez, a 59-year-old Democrat who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is divorced. Mucci, 45, lives in Paramus and works as a realtor. Mucci used to work as a bartender at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, according to her Facebook page. The Inn, owned by politically-connected construction magnate Joseph Sanzari, is often the site of candidates’ fundraisers.
    According to public records, Mucci is not registered with a political party. No word on whether she’ll convert.
    http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/12/wedding_bells_for_nj_senator_menendez.html#incart_m-rpt-1

    Last year there were rumors of his having an affair that would not adequately tamp down. Guess the couple had to hold off until the divorce finalized.

  41. A few days ago we posted a picture of a sign that is beginning to pop up in health offices across America. The sign makes it clear health offices want nothing to do with Obamacare and will not honor exchange plans for payment. Click here to see the sign.

    Now we’ve got an image of a newspaper ad posted by a Kentucky doctor. The ad announces the doctor will be shutting down after 20 years and bluntly points at Obamacare as the reason.
    – See more at: http://www.libertynews.com/2013/12/heres-the-newspaper-ad-a-kentucky-doctor-took-out-to-tell-community-hes-shutting-down-practice-thanks-to-obamacare/#sthash.bJ37CxXU.dpuf

  42. President Obama’s disapproval rating has shot up to 53 percent, the highest rating the McClatchy-Marist poll has recorded for him in nearly 30 surveys.

    Obama’s approval rating stood at 43 percent the poll released Monday night.

    Obama’s approval rating has been hanging in the low 40s for the last few months as the 16-day government shutdown and the shaky rollout of the healthcare exchange website dominated the news.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/192580-poll-obamas-approval-stands-at-43-percent?utm_campaign=briefingroom&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterfeed

  43. I didn’t know that Hillary also went with the Obama’s?? 🙂

    President Barack Obama touched down in South Africa this morning to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service after a crowded flight aboard what the US media dubbed “Air Force Awkward”.

    The president and Michelle Obama shared Air Force One with their predecessors – George W Bush and his wife Laura – as well as a potential successor: Hillary Clinton.

    Although the presidential jet is equipped for all eventualities, up to and including a nuclear war, it has only one real bedroom, leading to a shuffling choreography throughout the 16-hour flight.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nelson-mandela/10507340/Nelson-Mandela-funeral-Barack-Obama-arrives-aboard-Air-Force-Awkward.html

  44. Yeah, i said last night here, i hoped Hillary took bleach, rubber gloves and scrubbing brush for a 14 hr clean…..

  45. Unsettling to say the least…Why do Bill and Hillary still think he is going to back her? At best he is going to appear neutral, while working against her behind the scenes. I guess they fell they need his blessings to get a large AA turnout which will, imo, be back to it’s average rate post Obama.

  46. Mooch made Obama switch seats putting HER between him and the Danish PM.

    —-
    MO hates white women, especially the intelligent ones that don’t treat her like the black princess that saves the world.

  47. New Q poll is brutal…Voters want Obama agenda stopped.

    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=1987

    ‘Voters also say 47-42% they’d like to see GOP control the Senate and House. Independent voters go GOP 50-32.’

    52% of Americans say the President is not trustworthy. 48 think he cares and 49% think he doesn’t care about them.

    Obama job approval among independents 30-62.

    Media might want to move past ObamaCare. 38-57% approve/disapprove.

    US HOUSE Generic ballot – Would vote for: Republican 41% / Democrat 38% / Other, unsure 21%

    Q finds a huge gender gap for Obama this time: atrocious 31/64 approval among men, 44/49 with women.

    ‘Independent voters back Republican candidates 41 – 28 percent.’

    …………………………..

    If this is borne out in 2014…it will and i mean a bloodbath for the Dems.

  48. Snowden has come out with more spy stuff on the NSA…

    Wadda job for geeks, get paid by NSA to play online games and pretend it’s National Security protection.

    Wadda crock!!!

    —–

    Xbox Live among game services targeted by US and UK spy agencies
    NSA and GCHQ collect gamers’ chats and deploy real-life agents into World of Warcraft and Second Life

    Read the NSA document: Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments

    World of Warcraft: the NSA described games communities as a ‘target-rich network’ where potential terrorists could ‘hide in plain sight’.

    To the National Security Agency analyst writing a briefing to his superiors, the situation was clear: their current surveillance efforts were lacking something. The agency’s impressive arsenal of cable taps and sophisticated hacking attacks was not enough. What it really needed was a horde of undercover Orcs.

    That vision of spycraft sparked a concerted drive by the NSA and its UK sister agency GCHQ to infiltrate the massive communities playing online games, according to secret documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    The files were obtained by the Guardian and are being published on Monday in partnership with the New York Times and ProPublica.

    The agencies, the documents show, have built mass-collection capabilities against the Xbox Live console network, which has more than 48 million players. Real-life agents have been deployed into virtual realms, from those Orc hordes in World of Warcraft to the human avatars of Second Life. There were attempts, too, to recruit potential informants from the games’ tech-friendly users.

    Online gaming is big business, attracting tens of millions of users worldwide who inhabit their digital worlds as make-believe characters, living and competing with the avatars of other players. What the intelligence agencies feared, however, was that among these clans of elves and goblins, terrorists were lurking.

    The NSA document, written in 2008 and titled Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments, stressed the risk of leaving games communities under-monitored, describing them as a “target-rich communications network” where intelligence targets could “hide in plain sight”.

    Games, the analyst wrote, “are an opportunity!”. According to the briefing notes, so many different US intelligence agents were conducting operations inside games that a “deconfliction” group was required to ensure they weren’t spying on, or interfering with, each other.

    If properly exploited, games could produce vast amounts of intelligence, according to the NSA document. They could be used as a window for hacking attacks, to build pictures of people’s social networks through “buddylists and interaction”, to make approaches by undercover agents, and to obtain target identifiers (such as profile photos), geolocation, and collection of communications.

    The ability to extract communications from talk channels in games would be necessary, the NSA paper argued, because of the potential for them to be used to communicate anonymously: Second Life was enabling anonymous texts and planning to introduce voice calls, while game noticeboards could, it states, be used to share information on the web addresses of terrorism forums.

    Given that gaming consoles often include voice headsets, video cameras, and other identifiers, the potential for joining together biometric information with activities was also an exciting one.

    But the documents contain no indication that the surveillance ever foiled any terrorist plots, nor is there any clear evidence that terror groups were using the virtual communities to communicate as the intelligence agencies predicted.

    The operations raise concerns about the privacy of gamers. It is unclear how the agencies accessed their data, or how many communications were collected. Nor is it clear how the NSA ensured that it was not monitoring innocent Americans whose identity and nationality may have been concealed behind their virtual avatar.

    The California-based producer of World of Warcraft said neither the NSA nor GCHQ had sought its permission to gather intelligence inside the game. “We are unaware of any surveillance taking place,” said a spokesman for Blizzard Entertainment. “If it was, it would have been done without our knowledge or permission.”

    Microsoft declined to comment on the latest revelations, as did Philip Rosedale, the founder of Second Life and former CEO of Linden Lab, the game’s operator. The company’s executives did not respond to requests for comment.

    The NSA declined to comment on the surveillance of games. A spokesman for GCHQ said the agency did not “confirm or deny” the revelations but added: “All GCHQ’s work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that its activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and there is rigorous oversight, including from the secretary of state, the interception and intelligence services commissioners and the intelligence and security committee.”

    Though the spy agencies might have been relatively late to virtual worlds and the communities forming there, once the idea had been mooted, they joined in enthusiastically.

    more – http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/09/nsa-spies-online-games-world-warcraft-second-life

  49. Again, however, he has has the death of Nelson Mandela to distract from the ACA and look presidential. Obama is always lucking out at someone else’s expense.

  50. BREAKING: Paul Ryan said he intends to unveil a budget deal tonight. Told reporters: “don’t leave” the Capitol.

  51. Fight! Fight! On the Left: An Update

    Last week I brought our attention to the intramural fight on the left between the relatively moderate Clintonistas and the full-froth lefties like Sen. Fauxcahontas (Lizzie Warren). In one sentence, the intolerant left (but I repeat myself) responded to criticisms of their populist tent revivalism with threats and intimidation.

    Yesterday David Weigel reported on Slate that there’s much more to this story. Weigel explains patiently how the populist-progressive left set about carefully and deliberately to gain media attention for Warren’s point of view:

    Both of the ideas at the heart of this fight­corporate influence over think tanks, expanding Social Security­had been litigated for years, well before Warren got to the Senate. This time, a small number of progressives just took advantage of the media’s bias toward big personalities, and its obsession with presidential politics, to change what the media covered. . .

    Weigel goes on to detail how this deliberate strategy was rolled out to aid the attack on the gubernatorial candidacy of Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania; the progressive populists are backing John Hanger.

    This is going to be fun to watch.

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/12/fight-fight-on-the-left-an-update.php

  52. jbstonesfan

    Again, however, he has has the death of Nelson Mandela to distract from the ACA and look presidential. Obama is always lucking out at someone else’s expense.

    ———

    I don’t think Barry is fooling anyone, trying to look pResidential. You give him too much credit.

  53. I have a budget deal, so Big Pinkers, don’t leave the building.

    -Don’t spend what you don’t have.

    -Don’t give away the farm and any freebies given out will come out of Baracko’s personal paycheck and his stock pile of golden geese.

    -The buck stops!

  54. U.N. Declares 2014 Year of Palestinian Solidarity
    Jewish officials worry about exclusion, uptick in anti-Israel activity

    The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to declare 2014 the “International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People” during an unprecedented vote that human rights observers say was marred by anti-Israel fervor.

    The U.N.’s General Assembly (UNGA) voted 110 to 7 to approve the resolution on Nov. 26, just a day after the measure was put forth during a controversial series of meetings to mark 2013’s “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”

    While the U.N. holds a Palestinian solidarity day each year, this is the first time that it has voted to dedicate an entire year to what it describes as the plight of the Palestinian people.

    The General Assembly adopted at least three other resolutions that targeted Israel on the same day.

    Jewish groups worry that the U.N. will now see a massive uptick in anti-Israel activity in 2014, as the Palestinian rights committee assumes unilateral control over meetings and events that can take place under the auspices of the solidarity year.

    http://freebeacon.com/un-declares-2014-year-of-palestinian-solidarity/

  55. everyone’s already said what could be said about O and his “selfie” day…

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

    as for cats stealing dog’s beds…I love,love doggies, but cats rule!

  56. The entire world is obsessed with a tiny Jewish state that won’t commit geographical
    suicide . Obama has led the charge to delegitimization with the help of the far left, many whom are Jews, and the emerging Democratic Party that as we saw is virulently anti Israel.

  57. Provost Zeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek and is boss Lady Gwenevere Sebelius (what else do the simple folk do, to help them escape when they’re–they go to health.gov for shits and giggles) and the King of Fools himself, that greater than Mandela, speeeech, Barry berry have bit off more than they can chew with this Obamacare thing. The doctors who are weighing in on this one are orders of magnitude smarter than the RINO they normally face off with. The RINO is not a bull, he is a steer. His rocky mountain oysters are missing. Interestingly however, the Republican Governors have no use for the Senate and House leadership on either side of the aisle. Those buck passers McConnell and Boehner are making their lives much more complicated.

  58. BREAKING: Paul Ryan said he intends to unveil a budget deal tonight. Told reporters: “don’t leave” the Capitol.
    ——————–
    Be still my heart. This announcement has me on pins and needles. He is a big government RINO, itching to slash social security and to open our borders to illegals, in service of his corporate masters. The only man who ever lost a debate to Biden, the fool on the hill. And now he is about to lose another one to my senior senator who holds the coveted distinction of being the dumbest person in the senate, by unanimous consent. Eeeeeeeeeeeeech. Stupid me. I thought he was a conservative, and was hard pressed to understand why Romney chose him. Well, I now know. That said, this jackal is likely to run for president, along with fatso. If you detect a certain degree of irreverence on my part, it is because of the old boy network which rolls over for Obama, and attacks its own.

  59. jbstonesfan
    December 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    The entire world is obsessed with a tiny Jewish state that won’t commit geographical
    suicide . Obama has led the charge to delegitimization with the help of the far left, many whom are Jews, and the emerging Democratic Party that as we saw is virulently anti Israel.
    —————
    Your support for Israel and a sound US foreign policy is more than admirable, it is sublime.

    Today we have no foreign policy.

    Rudy Guliani raises the obvious question which eludes Obama: why does Iran need a peaceful nuclear capability? Obama would have you believe it is to provide them with much needed energy. Makes perfect sense to me, if you ignore the fact that they have more oil and gas than most countries in the world. And if you ignore the fact that the nuclear material they can generate can be weaponized in a matter of hours. And if you discount the fact that we are granting de facto recognition to a rogue regime and altering the balance of power in the middle east. And if you believe that when they let the inspectors in they will not play the game of wack-a-mole. If you believe these things then that makes you the dumbest son of a bitch on the planet, or else Obama–a distinction without a difference. A sequel to The Mouse That Roared perhaps.

  60. What I would like to see is Congress pass a law FORBIDDING General Electric from doing business with Iran for a period of five years. That would flush out the quail. Because, you see, our ex jobs czar Imelt (who is reviled by other big businessmen as a dishonorable guy) is known to be one of the forces behind this entire charade. In China, he sees a billion plus Chinese which makes for a handsome market for their services, and he will hire locally. In the Muslim world it was the same way. If you go back to 2008, one of the foreign policy goals of the United States was to restore diplomatic relations with Iran. This was the consensus wisdom of the foreign policy establishment, which included a few wise men like Kissinger, dodo birds like Joe Klein, and former Nazis like Boy George (Soros)—the Council of Foreign Relations. So this was within the contemplation of the parties. But there was also a big push by Imelt to accompany Obama to see the Mullahs, so Obama could get his contributor Imelt a piece of the action. Another thing that Imelt was pushing for then was to build 41 nuclear power plants here, at a cost of 4 trillion. To my knowledge that never happened.

  61. Other than a sound business plan, there is nothing that assures the future success of a business more than the ability to select very talented people. Roger Ailes is a case in point. He has captured a segment of the market long neglected by the soap and deoderant salesmen of big media–that being the middle class, and the great American heartland. That genius goes to the business plan element of success. His elevation of Megan Kelley to her current position exemplifies his genius for selecting quality people who are extremely smart, and effective. If you think about it, the left does not dare attack Krauthammer, and it is the same way with Kelley. Charles and Megan are at a higher level of their craft, and they are not polarizing the way Hannity and the buffoon of the ages, Bill-O is. In a word, they are trustworthy, and neither one of them suffers fools lightly. I like that.

    If I were giving our Pultizers, my choice would be:

    1. best pundit: krauthammer

    2. best interviewer: kelley

    3. best investigative reporter: sharyl atkisson

    For every one of those you have ten of the other kind in big media.

    1. worst pundit: it is a tie: e.j. dion, david brooks, eugene robinson, mark halperin etc

    2. worst interviewer: david gregory, matthews, other sickos

    3. worst investigative reporter: brian ross

  62. hank You, Paul Ryan, Sir!”

    By: Michael Hammond (Diary) | December 10th, 2013 at 09:54 PM | 0

    RESIZE: AAA

    Greta Van Susteren claims not to like ObamaCare. Last night alone, she talked about how ObamaCare was destroying the insurance industry, destroying medical practice, compromising your privacy, and insuring that (unlike the “1%”) you would not have access to the top doctors treating your serious medical condition (and would be forced to die).

    Minutes later, as she nodded in adulation, Budget Chairman Paul Ryan explained his budget deal — which had, as its chief unspoken objective, locking in funding for ObamaCare and shutting down conservative opposition to it.

    Make no mistake about it: The Ryan-Murray debacle does nothing significant about the debt or spending. It does nothing about entitlements. It raises taxes, particularly for airline passengers, and then pretends it’s not raising taxes. It rearranges some “deck chairs” on the sequester.

    But the central raison d’etre of the agreement is to ensure that, no matter how horrific ObamaCare gets, congressional conservatives can do nothing but dutifully pay for it.

    It’s like giving your Percocet-addicted kid a prescription pad and a line of credit at CVS.

    This is on the heels of successful efforts by the congressional leadership these past two weeks to slam through gun control, by passing it over conservative “holds” when senators like Rand Paul were stranded in a snowstorm.

    And it is a preface to Boehner’s reported intentions, after the close of the primary season, to slam through immigration reform with Democrat votes, over the objections of most of the Republican caucus.

    In the wake of the shutdown, there is every evidence that the congressional leadership has renewed its commitment to rolling over conservative lawmakers, in order to gain favor in the “puppet press.” And there is some evidence that demoralized conservatives are willing to let this happen.

    But understand these three things:

    (1) Although Obama was ebullient at enrolling over 50,000 people during the first three days in December, he could continue at this rate for every three-day period until March 31, and he would only have enrolled 28% of the number which would be required to keep ObamaCare from collapsing. Premiums in 2015 will, therefore, be more than anyone can pay.

    (2) Senate Democrats are headed toward a loss of as many as 15 Senate seats. And the chief obstacle to this result is a cadre of whiny Republicans who dutifully pass gun control and immigration, while complaining that they’re unable to take on Barack Obama on ObamaCare.

    (3) Despite the Obama-generated mantra over the shutdown, Democrats would not be plummeting so quickly if Republicans had not just forced them to “own” every word of ObamaCare.

    So here’s a little advice from a former Army Reserve Officer: You win a war by shooting the other side’s troops. You don’t obliterate your own “ground game” because your enemy tells you to.

  63. jbstonesfan
    December 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm
    Unsettling to say the least…Why do Bill and Hillary still think he is going to back her? At best he is going to appear neutral, while working against her behind the scenes. I guess they fell they need his blessings to get a large AA turnout which will, imo, be back to it’s average rate post Obama.
    _____________

    My guess is that neither Hill nor Bill trusts that Obama will back Hillary. Maybe they do feel they will need him to get AA vote. I agree, the black voters won’t vote in great numbers in 2016, nor will the youth vote be as big a deal. I think the Clintons and their people are maintaining the appearance being cooperative and conciliatory, while doing their part to encourage dissension between the moderates and progs. I would imagine the dems up for reelection in 2014 are trying to find a way to do the same – maintain some standing within the party as a whole, while inching away from O and Ocare, in order to garner the supports of the voters back home – a balancing act that would seem to require considerable skill and coordination. Some will fall off the tightrope regardless of what they do. Obamacare has poisoned the well . Unless things change drastically for the better for Obama, and fairly quickly, it will be too late for many Dems seeking election or reelection in 2014. Hillary still has a little more time before having to tilt either toward or away from Obama. There’s little doubt that many of the Dems in trouble with constituents greatly appreciated Bill for his frankness in calling out Obama on his lie about the cancellation of insurance policies. He created a small pathway for them to begin to the descent from Mt. Obama.

    Great post, Admin, and excellent comments from everyone, as well.

  64. I fear things are going to get even worse now.
    ===

    Obama Hires John Podesta To Counsel Him On Executive Actions…

    To say Podesta is a huge fan of an Imperial Presidency would be a massive understatement.

    o give you an idea where this is going, Podesta wrote in 2010 that “the ability of President Obama to accomplish important change through these [executive] powers should not be underestimated.” You can read Podesta’s frightening views on executive actions here…

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/10/obama-hires-john-podesta-to-counsel-him-on-executive-actions/

  65. “.hijacking a mans funeral….yeah no surprise.”
    _____________

    Well, just so long as Obama gets a little mileage out of the event – that’s what really matters. I’m sure almost every world leader or public figure is thinking today – ‘ I can consider my life well lived, and my death a blessing if at that appointed hour, Obama has the opportunity to make a speech, garner some positive media coverage, and claim for his own any glory and praise I may have earned during my life on this earth.’

  66. Senate Dems use new power to confirm nominee, tilt appeals court

    Senate Democrats on Tuesday muscled through the confirmation of a key judicial nominee, in the first such vote since they weakened the chamber’s filibuster rules and undermined the power of the minority party.

    Senators voted 56-38 to approve Washington lawyer Patricia Millett to join the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the nation’s second most powerful court.

    Amid objections from Republicans, the vote now sets the stage for a series of votes on nominees who otherwise could have had a tough time getting confirmed.

    Both sides saw Millett’s appointment as pivotal. It will give Democratic-appointed judges a 5-4 majority over those chosen by Republican presidents for that court, which rules on the legality of White House actions and federal agency regulations.

    “I’m confident she will serve with distinction on the federal bench,” President Obama said in a statement.

    Until recently, it would have taken a coalition of 60 senators to advance Millett’s nomination. But Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed through changes, to the dismay of Republicans, that would allow most judicial and executive nominees to advance and get approved with just 51 votes.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/10/senate-dems-use-new-power-to-confirm-nominee-tilt-appeals-court/

  67. You could not make it up……

    Jesus, that whole thing was one big mess yesterday, between selfies and half empty and bad tv production and then there is this……

    http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/sign-language-interpreter-at-nelson-mandela-memorial-was-a-fake-who-made-up-his-own-hand-gestures-8997189.html

    The sign language interpreter used at Nelson Mandela’s football stadium memorial was a fake, it was claimed this morning.

    Braam Jordaan, a deaf South African and board member of the World Deaf Federation, said he believes the interpreter was making up signs as he went along.

    “The structure of his hand, facial expressions and the body movements did not follow what the speaker was saying”, Mr Jordaan said.

    Mr Jordaan claimed the man, who signed for a portion of the ceremony including Barack Obama’s speech, was simply making up his own signs.

    …………………………………

    Kind of fits in with the whole made up Obama, a perfect fit…..

  68. He shook hands with this thug too!
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    Obama Shakes Hand of Mass Murderer Robert Mugabe

    Did he bow too?

    Briefly laying aside differences hardened over decades, President Barack Obama on Tuesday shook the hand of the president of Cuba at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

    The handshake appeared to be the first between American and Cuban presidents since 2000, when Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro greeted each other at a United Nations luncheon in New York, and only the second since 1959, when Castro took power.

    It was Fidel Castro’s brother, Raul, named president of Cuba in 2008, who shook Obama’s hand on Tuesday.

    On his way to the rostrum, Obama also shook the hand of Robert Mugabe, the strongman ruler of Zimbabwe, and hugged Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil, who has stridently opposed spying by the National Security Agency and criticized the U.S. government.

    MEANWHILE, a Democrat Senator is angry with Obama for having shook the hand of Raul Castro.

    Look, I don’t feel sorry for any of the idiotic Americans who are currently lamenting all the malevolence going on under Dear Leader.

    YOU GUYS VOTED FOR THE ASSHOLE.

    http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2013/12/obama-shakes-hand-of-mass-murderer.html

  69. Thanks to the overnight crew for exceptional offerings of coverage to savor this morning. So I lingered willingly. 🙂

    But eventually I did check in at Jim Hoft’s place, and am saddened, as you all will be, to find his insurance carrier is leaving MO. He’ll have to find another. He loves the hospital and doctors who pulled him back to health earlier this year.
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/12/please-pray-for-me-i-am-losing-my-insurance/

  70. Regarding the video I’ve seen on tv this morning of Paul Ryan and Patty Murray announcing The Deal- they do not have speaking parts. And Murray possesses an eerie resemblance to Mame’s Agnes Gooch. 🙁

  71. Will this happen here?
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    HUH? Universities in Britain will now enforce gender apartheid because Muslims are demanding it

    Universities UK has just ruled that Muslims’ right to segregate the sexes in college lectures trumps any woman’s right to sit wherever she want. Apparently, tuition from Middle Eastern students is more important than human rights for everyone else.
    Non-Muslim students and faculty as well as some Muslims are furious over this insane decision. Journalist Yasmin Alibhai Brown has a go at fundamentalist Omar Ali, who represents the Federation Of Student Islamic Societies.

    http://www.barenakedislam.com/2013/12/11/huh-universities-in-britain-will-now-enforce-gender-apartheid-because-muslims-are-demanding-it/

  72. and it gets weirder…….

    AFP: spokesman says Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home was burgled during visit to Nelson Mandela memorial yesterday.

    They really made the most out of it…..

  73. Hilarious…HHS worried it is in deep hole regarding enrollments and many may be duplicates…..

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/hhs-report-shows-obamacare-in-deep-hole-on-enrollments-after-two-months/article/2540533

    Just 364,682 Americans picked a health insurance plan through President Obama’s health care program between the Oct. 1 launch of the insurance exchanges and Nov. 30, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today.

    Though the pace of signups accelerated during November, as only 106,185 Americans had picked plans as of Nov. 2, the combined signups were still less than half the administration’s target of 800,000 enrollments by the end of November.

    Adding a caveat, HHS noted that it is trying to correct a problem that may have resulted in some of the signups being counted twice, thus potentially overstating the number.

    The “duplication” issue applied to numbers coming from some of the 14 state-based exchanges, which were responsible for 227,478, or 62 percent, of the signups. The remaining signups came through the federal exchange, which serves 36 states through the troubled healthcare.gov website. HHS said federal data had been scrubbed of duplicates.
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    As it has done previously, HHS defined people as “enrolled” if they went through the process of filling out an application and selecting a plan, but officials still have not released data on how many individuals actually paid their first month’s premiums, which is the traditional way that insurers define enrollment.

    Individuals have until Dec. 23 to pick plans and until Dec. 31 to pay premiums for policies that go into effect on Jan. 1. By that time the administration had originally projected 3.3 million Americans would enroll in insurance through the exchanges, according to an internal HHS document unearthed by the Associated Press.

    That means more than 2.9 million signups are required for December to catch up to the original target pace, an ambitious goal even assuming a better-functioning website, a stepped-up outreach effort and lot of Americans waiting until the last minute to decide on a plan.

    The Congressional Budget Office had projected that 7 million Americans would enroll by the end of open enrollment March 31.

    Many health care writers have noted that the total number of enrollments is less important than whether the exchanges have a critical mass of younger and healthier participants to offset the cost of older and sicker enrollees. Though this is true, it’s also true that the lower the overall enrollment number, the less likely it is that the exchanges will have enough healthy participants to support a wide variety of plans.

    HHS has not provided a demographic breakdown of those who have selected a plan.

    It’s worth keeping in mind that it isn’t merely a matter of gaining a critical mass of healthy enrollees nationally, but in each individual state. And right now, there is a wide disparity about how states are performing.

    On the one hand, California has signed up 107,087 and New York has signed up 45,513. Thus, these two states are responsible for 42 percent of signups despite accounting for around 19 percent of the nation’s population.

    In contrast, 11 states had fewer than 1,000 signups apiece. The worst performing state, Oregon, signed up just 44 people despite spending more than $300 million building and promoting its exchange. HHS did not release data for the District of Columbia.

    In addition to the enrollments in plans through the exchanges, HHS reported that 803,077 Americans had been deemed eligible for Medicaid. The CBO had projected that 9 million would be added to the Medicaid rolls in 2014, on top of the 7 million who were expected to obtain subsidized insurance through the exchanges.

    The administration and its allies will no doubt spend today touting the faster pace of the signup numbers as evidence that the law is “working.” But that says more about the pitiful state of the exchanges in October than any subsequent success. Instead of allowing the administration to move the goal posts, any fair assessment of the exchanges would look at how the law is performing relative to its original goals. And by that metric, it began December in a deep hole.

    …………….

    Unmitigated disaster…….and January, a time when people have precious few dollars left after Xmas is going to look even worse when people choose food over an expensive medical plan.

  74. That piece about the fake sign language was just so incredible, I did a little research.

    Apparently, it was not fake. The problem was due to a little known phenomenon referred to as “celestial static”, which although rare, has caused problems for sign language interpreters in the past. This celestial static is created when confusion occurs between earth and the heavenly realms. In this case, the heavenly beings were expecting the spirit of Mandella, but were getting mixed signals when Obama repeatedly tried to ride Mandella’s coattails into the heavenly plane. Celestial security was summoned,and eventually sorted out the confusion. Sadly, this could not be accomplished in time to help the poor sign interpreter.

    Just thought this might be of interest.

  75. moononpluto
    December 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

    For once I fully agree, this man sets a very good example in love and caring.
    _______________________

    AMEN Moon AMEN> 🙂

  76. Admin: When you read so much crap, you can never be sure what you assumed by osmosis, but I do think this one is original:

    Question: What is the main difference between Obamacare and Kevorkiancare?

    Answer: Kevorkiancare is voluntary.

  77. The skirmish continues and the inflammatory rhetoric ratchets up. I thought this article from Salon was a bit over the top in its defense of Warren, whom he says moderate Dems have joined with republicans to smear. Then again, it is a Salon article, so no surprise there. The author also seems to see Warren as The One to break the “stranglehold of the Clinton Era”. Damn! These Prog Pansies are getting hot under the collar. The Clinton animosity shines through, as evidenced in the article when author says (paraphrasing) that even if Elizabeth W doesn’t run for POTUS in 2016, she and her supporters will remain a threat to what moderate Dems see as a sure road to get Clinton in the WH!

    The last three words of the last sentence above are really the only ones that matter in this article. The anger the progs are demonstrating in their angry, anti-Clinton, anti-moderate rhetoric no doubt is accompanied by a boat load of plain old fear.

    Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 07:04 AM CST
    Corporate democrats freak out over Elizabeth Warren threat
    There’s a smear campaign against progressive ideas that might undermine Hillary Clinton in 2016
    Thom Hartmann, Alternet

    Topics: AlterNet, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Third Way, Social Security, Business News, Politics News
    Corporate democrats freak out over Elizabeth Warren threatElizabeth Warren (Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)
    This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

    AlterNet The Washington establishment’s war on Senator Elizabeth Warren has officially begun.

    On Friday, Jim Kessler, vice president of the centrist Democrat think-tank Third Way, took to the airwaves to defend his organization’s recent attack piece on the Senator. That editorial, which was published in the Wall Street Journal last week, blasted Warren for supporting an expansion of Social Security.

    Kessler doubled down on Third Way’s anti-Warren messaging during his appearance on Sirius XM radio, telling host Ari Rabin-Havt that she is “starting to get out of hand.”

    Ignore the not-so-hidden sexism in that comment, and consider for a second what’s really going on here.

    Jim Kessler and the corporate Democrat “moderate” types who support Third Way are absolutely terrified. They’re terrified that Elizabeth Warren and her supporters will upend the stranglehold they’ve had on Democratic politics since the Clinton era.

    So now they’ve joined Republicans in declaring an all-out war on her and everything she stands for.

    Warren has said that she won’t run for President in 2016, but that doesn’t really matter. Because even if she makes good on her promise to fill out her Senate term, Warren’s message and her supporters will continue to threaten what the Democratic establishment sees as an easy road to a second Clinton presidency.

    So make no mistake about it—that Wall Street Journal editorial was just the start of a big multi-year smear campaign against progressives who might represent a threat to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    And here’s the thing—those establishment Democrats know that Elizabeth Warren is spot-on when it comes to policy issues.

    The idea that Social Security is about to go bankrupt is just completely false. It’s currently running a $2.8 trillion surplus, a surplus that’s expected to rise even higher by 2020.

    http://www.salon.com

  78. Snowden spy stuff…

    The National Security Agency is secretly piggybacking on the tools that enable Internet advertisers to track consumers, using “cookies” and location data to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.

    The agency’s internal presentation slides, provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, show that when companies follow consumers on the Internet to better serve them advertising, the technique opens the door for similar tracking by the government. The slides also suggest that the agency is using these tracking techniques to help identify targets for offensive hacking operations.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/10/nsa-uses-google-cookies-to-pinpoint-targets-for-hacking/?clsrd

  79. Oops, my comments on the salon article above are brimming with typos and plain old bad grammar. Speed posting doesn’t pay.

  80. To the moderate Dems who steeled yourselves and voted for Obama in 2008, and again in 2012: If you voted for Obama in the 2008 GE, assuming that the progressives would reciprocate and support Hillary’s candidacy in 2016, you should be seeing flashing red “error” messages everywhere you look. The Obamacratic Party will not and was never going to support a Clinton. Not after you helped O beat McCain. Not even after Hillary returned the animosity, sexism, and damn theft of the nomination that O and the Dims perpetrated against her, with generosity and decency, even agreeing to work for O, will these nasty progs do the right thing and support her. I doubt she expected them to. I know Big Pink didn’t. But, you did. You closed your eyes, got your guts together and kissed that frog. But, alas, even after the objectionable, foul kiss no prince emerged. There was no transformation from frog to prince. It remained a beady-eyed, salmonella infected amphibian. Just goes to show – a toad is just a toad, and a toad he will forever be.

  81. I’ll die before i ever let this happen.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2521863/Google-plans-embed-microchips-heads-microphones-ceilings.html

    Google is already heavily criticised for trying to know almost everything about us, and now the firm wants to get inside our homes, literally.

    Engineering director Scott Huffman told The Independent that in his vision of the future Google users would have microphones fitted inside their homes.

    Huffman envisages houses with microphones fitted to the ceiling that act like personal assistants; responding to voice queries and connecting to phones, tablets and other smart devices.

    He said: ‘Imagine I say ‘Can you bring up a video of the highlights of yesterday’s Pittsburgh Steelers game and play it on a TV in the living room?’ and it works because the Cloud means everything is connected.’

    Elsewhere he said he could ask his Google assistant where to go for lunch that serves a particular type of food and on a certain budget and Google will find somewhere.

    Huffman could then get in his car and his sat nav would be already programmed to take him to the restaurant of choice.

  82. Oh wow! He knows he’s in a lot of trouble.
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    McConnell will vote against budget deal brokered by Paul Ryan

    Add the Senate’s top Republican to the list of those who will oppose the new budget deal, which conservatives are blasting for blowing through the mandated spending caps on government spending next year.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will vote against the deal brokered by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, a knowledgeable source close to the Kentucky Republican told The Daily Caller on Wednesday.

    While the budget proposal is expected to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, McConnell joins a growing list of Republican senators ­ including Marco Rubio of Florida, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Rand Paul of Kentucky ­ who oppose the deal.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/11/source-mcconnell-will-vote-against-budget-deal-brokered-by-paul-ryan/#ixzz2nCQQfoVB

  83. US State Department says all policy options, including sanctions, are under consideration regarding Ukraine.

    ……………………………….

    This will most definitely incur the wrath of Putin.

  84. Shocking….what way are people being raised…….

    http://www.emirates247.com/crime/world/newlyweds-just-wanted-to-murder-someone-together-2013-12-09-1.530619

    A newlywed couple in Pennsylvania killed a man whom the wife had lured to a rendezvous though an online dating advertisement, strangling him and stabbing him repeatedly, police said on Friday.

    The pair, named as Elytte and Miranda Barbour, “just wanted to murder someone together,” Sunbury Police Corporal Brad Hare told Reuters.

    Elytte Barbour, 22, hid under a blanket in the back of their car as his 18-year-old wife Miranda drove to pick up a man she met through Craigslist at a mall north of Harrisburg on November 11, the Sunbury Police Department said in a report.

    On Miranda’s signal, Elytte strangled the man, 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara, with a cord while she stabbed him about 20 times, it said.

    They dumped his body in an alley in Sunbury, where police found him the next day.

    “It was pretty twisted,” Hare said.

    Miranda told police she connected with LaFerrara through Craigslist, which she used to meet other men who would pay her for escort-style “companionship,” he said

    Elytte was arrested on Friday and faces multiple criminal homicide and assault charges. Miranda was arrested on Tuesday and faces similar charges, according to local media reports. They were being held without bail.

    After dumping the body, Elytte and Miranda bought bleach wipes, towels, and cleaning liquid to remove the blood from inside the vehicle, police said.

    After cleaning it, they went out to eat.

  85. The race baiters will be sooooo disappointed.

    AP: prosecutors say they will not file domestic violence charges against George Zimmerman

  86. Obama has tried to distract us from the Obamacare fallout with the minimum wage increase proposal, but that would be bad for inflation – people earning more than minimum wage will surely expect their income to rise as well. For those on fixed incomes it would be really bad policy. I suppose we could just go further into debt with cost of living increases for those on social security.

    Mandela’s death certainly was well-timed.

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