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February 17, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Hillary Clinton Wants To Accomplish On Her Trip Overseas

10 Exchange U.S. dollars for currency that's worth something

9 Win respect defeating Japan's top-ranked sumo wrestler

8 Shift world's perception of America from "hated" to "extremely disliked"

7 Personally thank all of her illegal campaign donors

6 Three words: stylish Indonesian pantsuits

5 Visit burial site of revered Chinese military leader, General Tso

4 Get drunk with that Japanese finance minister guy

3 Convince China to switch from lead-tainted products to mercury-tainted products

2 Catch Chinese screening of Benjamin Button entitled "The Strange Adventures of Freaky Grandpa Baby"

1 Pick up carton of duty-free smokes for Obama

February 16, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Abraham lincoln Would Say If He Were Alive Today

10 "Sup?"

9 "I see Madonna's still a slut"

8 "Who's that handsome sumbitch on the five?"

7 "Is that free Grand Slam deal still going on at Denny's?"

6 "I just changed my Facebook status update to, Tthe 'ol rail splitter is chillaxing'"

5 "How do I get on 'Dancing with the Stars'?"

4 "Okay, Obama, you're from Illinois, too. We get it!"

3 "Hey Phelps, don't Bogart the weed!"

2 "What's the deal with Joaquin Phoenix?"

1 "A Broadway play? Uhhh, no thanks. I'm good."

January 28, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard at the Meeting Between Barack Obama and the Republicans

10 "I miss the Clinton administration when we'd meet at Hooters"

9 "Can we wrap this up? I've got tickets to the 4:30 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop"

8 "Smoke break!"

7 "You fellas really need to take it easy on the Old Spice"

6 "Mr. President: don't misunderestimate the Republicans"

5 "Another smoke break!"

4 "What was the deal with Aretha Franklin's hat?"

3 "About that tax the rich stuff -- you were joking, right?"

2 "Sir, it's refreshing to have a Chief Executive who speaks in complete sentences"

1 "Senator Craig's offering his stimulus package in the men's room"

January 27, 2009 - David Letterman - Top Ten Ways Rod Blagojevich Can Improve His Image

10 Star in new television series, "America's Funniest Haircuts"

9 Quit politics and become a fat, lovable mall cop

8 Start pronouncing last name with Jerry Lewis-like "BLAGOOOYYYJEVICH"

7 Offer a senate seat with no money down, zero percent interest

6 Team up with John Malkovich and Erin Brockovich for hot Malkovich-Brockovich-Blagojevich sex tape

5 Change his name to Barod Obamavich

4 Safely land an Airbus on the Hudson River

3 I don't know...how about showing up for his impeachment trial?

2 Wear sexy dresses, high heels and say, "You Betcha!"

1 Uhhh...resign?

January 16, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Signs Obama's Getting Nervious

10 New slogan: "Yes we can... or maybe not, it's hard to say"

9 In moment of confusion, requested a $300 billion bailout from the bailout industry

8 He's up to not smoking three packs a day

7 Friends say he's looking frail, shaky and...no, that's McCain

6 He's so stressed, doctors say he's developing a Sanjay in his Gupta

5 Been walking around muttering, "What the hell have I gotten myself into?"

4 Offered Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, $100,000 to buy his old Senate seat back

3 Standing on White House roof screaming, "Save us, Superman!"

2 Sweating like Bill Clinton when Hillary comes home early

1 He demanded a recount

January 8, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Barack Obama Plans To Fix The Economy

10 Encourage tourists to throw spare change in the Grand Canyon

9 End our dependence on foreign owls

8 Sell New Mexico to Mexico

7 Put a little of that bailout money on the Ravens plus 3 at Tennessee. Come on! It's a mortal lock!

6 Rent out the moon for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs

5 Lotto our way out of this son-of-a-bitch

4 Appear on "Deal or No Deal" and hope to choose the right briefcase

3 Bail out the adult film industry -- not sure how it helps, but it can't hurt

2 Release O.J. from prison, have him steal America's money from China

1 Stop talkin' and start Obama-natin'!

January 7, 2000 - David Letterman - Top Ten Things Overheard At The Presidents' Lunch

10 "Sorry, you're not on the list, Mr. Gore"

9 "If Hillary calls, I've been here since Monday"

8 "Laura! More Mountain Dew!"

7 "You guys wanna see, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop'?"

6 "Call the nurse -- George swallowed a napkin ring!"

5 "Hey Barack, wanna go with us to Cabo in March? Oh that's right, you have to work!"

4 "Kissey kissey"

3 "Obama? I think he's downstairs smoking a butt"

2 "Did you ever see a monkey sneezing?"

1 "I hope Clinton's unbuckling his belt because he's full"

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Backfire And Backlash: ObamaCare Duck Soup

2013 was the bad luck “year of the backfire.” In real life and entertainment shows it was all about the great backfires and the growing backlash.

This past year we only watched two entertainment shows with some degree of regularity and persistence: American Horror Story: Coven and Duck Dynasty. The drama Coven is a little noticed, almost 100% women, wicked, filthy, lewd, campy, shocker, about witches in modern day New Orleans, Louisiana. Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, and the fat girl (no apologies to thought totalitarian Jennifer Lawrence) who starred in the movie Precious Gabourey Sidibe, romp though this exhilarating playground for actresses with near criminal glee and the choice evil they unleash.

The few men in Coven are toys for these despicable (as well as lusciously wicked) witches in this particularly campy Coven. The only male of significance (the humpy Even Peters) is essentially a sex toy for some of the younger witches who reanimated the boy after his death. This post death galvanization of the sexy boy backfires for many reasons. It’s a cautionary tale.

Also based in Louisiana, Duck Dynasty. We began to watch the Ducks several months ago and lucked out because the first show we saw was a rerun (the shows are constantly rerun five at a time) of what we think is the best episode of the Ducks. In that episode the children and their spouses want to do something special for the (48th or 50th) wedding anniversary of the parents Phil and Kay. Enlisted to distract the couple while a surprise party is organized is the zany Uncle Si (Silas) who takes the unfortunate duo down into a warped “memory lane” which does not comport with their recollections of their early romance. The episode ends with a touching wedding party as tears flow from the youngest son Jep and his wife.

Our favorites in this swamp monster comedy reality show are Si and Jase. Phil the patriarch is not someone you want to mess with; and Willie the CEO of the company based on the manufacture of duck calls invented by Phil is a bit of a bore. All clearly love their families and one another.

In a sense Duck Dynasty is a modern day Beverly Hillbillies. Those Hillbillies had lots of money too, a love of family, and exotic tastes in food – eating possum and gizzards and all sorts of things that we regularly see the Ducks cooking – such as squirrel and frogs. The Hillbillies series started out mocking the family that called their luxury swimming pool a “cement pond” and outsmarted by simple technologies such as phones. America however wound up falling in love with the Beverly Hillbillies and especially with the tough and zany Granny. Soon enough the joke backfired as the series converted the mockers into fans and the jokes increasingly came at the expense of the city slickers.

Duck Dynasty has Beverly Hillbillies backfire written all over it:

“Duck Dynasty is not the show that they wanted, it is the show that got away from them.

It seems what the producers intended and what A&E envisioned with the show is much different than the show that they ended up with, but they didn’t do anything about it because it was so wildly popular and so wildly profitable. But even with all the money, they have never really been comfortable with what happened.

This is what happened. The whole idea of the show was to parade these nouveau riche Christian hillbillies around so that we could laugh at them. “Look at them,” we were supposed to say. “Look how backward they are! Look what they believe! Can you believe they really live this way and believe this stuff? See how they don’t fit in? HAHAHA”

When the producers saw the way the show was shaping up, different than they envisioned it, they tried to change course. They tried to get the Robertson’s to tone down their Christianity, but to their eternal credit they refused. They tried to add fake cussin’ to the show by inserting bleeps where no cussword was uttered. At best, they wanted to make the Robertson’s look like crass buffoons. At worst they wanted them to look like hypocrites.

They desperately wanted us to laugh at the Robertsons. Instead, we loved them.

A&E wanted us to point fingers at them and laugh at them. But something else happened entirely. Millions upon millions of people tuned in, not to laugh at them, but to laugh with them.

And then we pointed at them. We pointed at them and said things like, “I wish my family was more like them. I wish we prayed together as a family. I wish we were together like the Robertsons.”

Watching Phil Robertson shoot various animals, disembowel the same, skin animals, then watch Mrs. Kay cook clearly discernible squirrels and ducks and otherwise engage in a cuisine that is foreign to us is part of the Ducks “charm”. We don’t have to enjoy the cooking to appreciate the lifestyle and love the Robertsons enjoy. We don’t have to agree with the religious opinions or even like all the cast members to enjoy the company of the Duck Dynasty crew and family.

As with the Beverly Hillbillies the Duck Dynasty is all about family. This family has had trial by fire. The patriarch Phil was a drunk and all around nogoodnik who abandoned his family and caused all sorts of trouble for himself and those that loved him. Eventually Phil, because of the love and persistence of his wife, corrected course. Today, it is clear that the family not only loves but respects Phil.

When a lizard escapes in the company warehouse, it is Phil that is called. When business pressures build up after a large order that cannot be fulfilled due to lack of workers it is Kay that comes though by organizing family and friends to the rescue. At every turn, in every situation, the parents are looked up to and respected. It is something shocking to see because that is a long gone narrative on American TV.

American TV today tells only one story when it comes to family: the kids are smart and the parents are idiots. That story is told in every entertainment show, movies (ever see Home Alone?), and commercials. The parents are dopes unable to function without the wise guiding hands of the children. That notion even reached into 2008 presidential politics as Barack Obama’s campaign organized the young to lecture their elders on the wisdom of electing Barack Obama.

We disagree with much of what Phil Robertson recently said to GQ magazine. But we don’t think his is a voice that should be silenced with the totalitarian force that the American left has decided to deploy against him. For a long time we have based a great deal of our opposition to Barack Obama and the forces that propelled him into the White House as resistance to a totalitarian mentality. That totalitarian mentality seeks to destroy all thought not in conformity with the DailyKooks and their fellow travelers. Ironically, gay rights was the issue the last time we wrote about these Stalinists. Camille Paglia also cites Stalin:

“I speak with authority here, because I was openly gay before the ‘Stonewall rebellion,’ when it cost you something to be so. And I personally feel as a libertarian that people have the right to free thought and free speech,” Paglia, a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Thursday.

“In a democratic country, people have the right to be homophobic as well as they have the right to support homosexuality — as I one hundred percent do. If people are basing their views against gays on the Bible, again they have a right of religious freedom there,” she added. [snip]

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.

Paglia went on to point out that while she is an atheist she respects religion and has been frustrated by the intolerance of gay activists.

“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.”

“There is a dialogue going on human civilization, for heaven sakes. It’s not just this monologue coming from fanatics who have displaced the religious beliefs of their parents into a political movement,” she added. “And that is what happened to feminism, and that is what happened to gay activism, a fanaticism.”

We’re quick to oppose fanaticism when Muslims engage in it and we will do so when our compatriots for gay rights and feminism engage in the same ugliness. Our favorite Quotes of the day cite totalitarianism as the threat it is:

“In the 1960s, radical philosopher Herbert Marcuse popularized the “repressive tolerance” theory of modern progressives. “Liberating tolerance would mean intolerance against movements from the right and toleration of movements from the left,” Marcuse pontificated. “Certain things cannot be said, certain ideas cannot be expressed, certain policies cannot be proposed.

The tolerance mob’s insatiable quest for power and control has led to such unhinged witch-hunting that many of its own erstwhile allies are balking. Novelist Bret Easton Ellis called GLAAD the “gatekeepers of politically correct gayness.” He was attacked as a “self-loathing gay man,” but unlike A&E, he didn’t give in.”

In the broader sense, it’s totalitarian. It’s that simple and must be opposed by those that prefer freedom to totalitarian thought and expression control.

TMZ gay gossip-meister Harvey Levin joins the side of free speech. Gay and Jewish, Harvey Levin understands religious tolerance and the glories of free speech. The reptilian Obama loving gay Andrew Sullivan is at least “befuddled”:

I have to say I’m befuddled by the firing of Phil Robertson, he of the amazing paterfamilias beard on Duck Dynasty (which I mainly see via The Soup). A&E has a reality show that depends on the hoariest stereotypes – and yet features hilariously captivating human beings – located in the deep South. It’s a show riddled with humor and charm and redneck silliness. The point of it, so far as I can tell, is a kind of celebration of a culture where duck hunting is the primary religion, but where fundamentalist Christianity is also completely pervasive. (Too pervasive for the producers, apparently, because they edited out the saying of grace to make it non-denominational and actually edited in fake beeps to make it seem like the bearded clan swore a lot, even though they don’t.)”

The totalitarian thought police attack on Phil Robertson is only beginning to backfire. When Duck Dynasty returns from hiatus in January expect the ratings to scald the totalitarian thought police. Already Walmart reports that all the Duck Dynasty merchandise (DD junk comes in every variety imaginable) is sold out. On TV “TMZ reported that Duck Dynasty is taking over A&E’s Christmas schedule. The network will air four separate rerun marathons of the show in four days – from December 22 until 25, totalling 33.5 hours of airtime.

The backfire and the backlash are just beginning on TV.

* * * * * *

In the reality show of life, the debut performance of backfire and backlash begins this Monday. The ad labeled as every Obama Dimocrat’s 2014 nightmare is already here:

“It’s a very powerful ad indeed,” Grace Marie Turner, the head of the Galen Institute, a health-care advocacy group, told me.

Chris Cillizza, the Washington Post’s top political blogger, saysObamacare’s growing unpopularity makes the ad’s message dangerous for any Democrat.” The latest ABC News poll shows 70 percent of independents oppose Obama on health care. Nearly half of all voters think Obamacare is making the health-care system worse versus only 19 percent who think it will improve matters. Cillizza’s conclusion: “You have a very scary situation for Shaheen — and any other Democrat, which is almost all of them, on the record supporting the ACA. Get used to this ad. You are going to see it thousands of times — in various forms — before 2014 is over.”

Not since the Marx Brothers introduced America to Duck Soup has such a comic government calamity been introduced. It’s utter chaos Barack Obama Chicago corruption style:

“Utter Chaos: White House Exempts Millions From Obamacare’s Insurance Mandate, ‘Unaffordable’ Exchanges

It’s hard to come up with new ways to describe the Obama administration’s improvisational approach to the Affordable Care Act’s troubled health insurance exchanges. But last night, the White House made its most consequential announcement yet. The administration will grant a “hardship exemption” from the law’s individual mandate, requiring the purchase of health insurance, to anyone who has had their prior coverage canceled and who “believes” that Obamacare’s offerings “are unaffordable.” These exemptions will substantially alter the architecture of the law’s insurance marketplaces. Insurers are at their wits’ end, trying to make sense of what to do next. [snip]

This means that by January 1, 2014, less people will have health coverage under Obamacare than before. [snip]

For years, these pages have raised the concern that the “Affordable Care Act” will drive up the cost of health insurance. “What is remarkable about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” I wrote in 2010, is “its devastating consequences for the cost of health insurance.” A 49-state analysis I conducted along with two colleagues at the Manhattan Institute found that the average state will see underlying premiums increase by an average of 41 percent in the individual market, the market where people shop for coverage on their own, instead of getting it through an employer or the government. (Our state-by-state interactive map can be found here.)

But this most recent announcement from the Obama administration is the first time it has publicly admitted that Obamacare is making health insurance less affordable, not more so, for millions of Americans. [snip]

This decision by the administration—characterized by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as an attempt to provide “the smoothest possible transition” into the Obamacare era—has instead thrown the individual insurance market into chaos.”

Backfire and backlash. This means war.

If it did not doom so many people it would be funny. And it is going to get worse:

“The “sticker shock” that many buyers of new, ACA-compliant health plans have experienced—with premiums 30% higher, or more, than their previous coverage—has only begun. The costs borne by individuals will be even more obvious next year as more people start having to pay higher deductibles and copays.

If, as many predict, too few healthy young people sign up for insurance that is overpriced in order to subsidize older, sicker people, the insurance market will unravel in a “death spiral” of ever-higher premiums and fewer signups. The government, through taxpayer-funded “risk corridors,” is on the hook for billions of dollars of potential insurance-company losses. This will be about as politically popular as bank bailouts.

The “I can’t keep my doctor” shock will also hit more and more people in coming months. To keep prices to consumers as low as possible—given cost pressures generated by the government’s rules, controls and coverage mandates—insurance companies in many cases are offering plans that have very restrictive networks, with lower-cost providers that exclude some of the best physicians and hospitals.

Next year, millions must choose among unfamiliar physicians and hospitals, or paying more for preferred providers who are not part of their insurance network. Some health outcomes will deteriorate from a less familiar doctor-patient relationship.

More IT failures are likely. [snip]

Be prepared for eligibility, coverage gap, billing, claims, insurer payment and patient information-protection debacles.

The next shock will come when the scores of millions outside the individual market—people who are covered by employers, in union plans, or on Medicare and Medicaid—experience the downsides of ObamaCare. There will be longer waits for hospital visits, doctors’ appointments and specialist treatment, as more people crowd fewer providers. [snip]

Next, the Congressional Budget Office’s estimated 25% expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare will exert pressure on state Medicaid spending (although the pressure will be delayed for a few years by federal subsidies). This pressure on state budgets means less money on education and transportation, and higher state taxes.

The “Cadillac tax” on health plans to help pay for ObamaCare starts four years from this Jan. 1. It will fall heavily on unions whose plans are expensive due to generous health benefits.

In the nearer term, a political iceberg looms next year. Insurance companies usually submit proposed pricing to regulators in the summer, and the open enrollment period begins in the fall for plans starting Jan. 1. Businesses of all sizes that currently provide health care will have to offer ObamaCare’s expensive, mandated benefits, or drop their plans and—except the smallest firms—pay a fine. Tens of millions of Americans with employer-provided health plans risk paying more for less, and losing their policies and doctors to more restrictive networks.”

Then of course there will be more part-time workers and cut backs in workers hours. The practice of medicine will suffer as doctors become salaried workers to big conglomerates. The latest polls show that even the uninsured don’t like ObamaCare:

“Skepticism about the health care law extends to both insured and uninsured Americans, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll. Both groups disapprove of the law overall, and while the uninsured are more positive about the law’s personal impact than those with insurance, more still think the law will hurt rather than help them. CBS News and The New York Times interviewed 702 adults who do not have health insurance for this poll.

Just 15 percent of insured Americans think the health care law will help them personally, but that number rises to 33 percent among the uninsured. Still, more uninsured Americans think the health care law will hurt them (37 percent). Thirty-two percent of insured Americans say it’ll hurt them. Overall, 46 percent feel it will have no effect (49 percent of insured Americans, 27 percent of uninsured).”

The dogs won’t eat the dog food. “The beatings will continue until morale improves” says the totalitarian. “Big government is the threat” say three quarters of the people.

It’s a backfire and a backlash against totalitarians and the totalitarian in the White House - so time for a Hawaii vacation paid for by the oppressed people.

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151 comments to Backfire And Backlash: ObamaCare Duck Soup

  • admin

    A Duck sampler:

  • freespirit

    Admin, this is one of your best, and IMHO, important, articles yet. The ultra-left’s intolerance of free speech, when it does not support the left’s agenda, is becoming their trademark.

    I have never seen DD, and like you, I don’t agree with Robertson’s position. But, it is still America, and he damn well had the right to say it. A & E has the right to suspend him, I suppose, but talk about biting off your nose to spite your face. Given the popularity of the show, it seems more than a little stupid to do so. Apparently, this family made its fortune long before they got a TV deal with A & E. No doubt they’ll be more than fine.

    I’m really surprised and pleased at Paglia’s remarks. Glad to see a progressive who believes in free speech.

    People are past being exhausted with the bull shit of the left. They are truly more hypocritical than a televangelist in a whorehouse.

  • VotingHillary

    freespirit
    December 20, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I’m really surprised and pleased at Paglia’s remarks. Glad to see a progressive who believes in free speech.
    _____________________________________________________

    As the lesbian moderate on this blog, I am thrilled with Paglia’s remarks as well. GLAAD no more represents all gays than NAACP or Black Panthers represent all African-Americans. The media just gives them a bigger microphone than the majority of us.

    I, like many others in the LGBT community, do respect people’s religious views and their right to voice them. However, the line gets drawn when those views are forced on other citizens by CIVIL laws. I do believe in separation of church and state. I support gay civil marriages just as heterosexual couples may have civil marriages. I DO NOT support in any way forcing any church to perform gay marriage. To me, that is a violation of religious freedom.

    I do understand and frankly agree that there is a war going on against Christians in this country. And it is no more right to silence their voices than it was to try and silence the voices of my community as was done for so many years.

  • S

    Admin…I could not agree more with what you just said…exactly!

    …and I am thrilled that you have found ‘American Horror Story: Coven’…I got hooked last year during Season Two when it was AHS/Asylum…much more frightening…this year is campy and funny and the acting is terrific…even Kathy Bates’ traveling head…

    if you have not seen Asylum…try watching that season when you have the time…be prepared to be freaked out…Sarah Paulson, Lange and Lily Rabe and Zachery Pinto scare the hell out of you every week

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Horror_Story:_Asylum

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

    you hit the nail on head…the dims have become totalitarians…I cannot take them anymore…Ocare must be stopped…this is going to wreak unimaginable and destructive havoc on innocent hard working people and our society in general…and O could care less…he’s off to Hawaii for three weeks…and leaves the middle class to be the only suckers left standing to pay the penalities for his scam…everyone else gets a waiver and a break…except the truly hard working backbone of our country…

    …and these stupid dims can’t see the writing on the wall right in front of them…

  • S

    btw…if you are planning on watching Asylum…don’t read the wikipedia recap…let it unfold as you watch it…without knowing what to expect…but don’t say i didn’t warn you…

  • freespirit

    VH, I totally agree.

  • admin

    Via Politico, some failed predictions about 2013:

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/worst-predictions-2013-crystal-balderdash-101360.html

    The Obamacare Rollout Will be Great

    Slate writer Matt Yglesias: “I wanted to once again take the opportunity to lay down a marker and say once again that Obamacare implementation is going to be a huge political success.” And here: “…conservatives are certainly fooling themselves if they’re expecting a backlash driven by problems around implementation. … Snafus will be real enough, but broadly speaking, the rollout is going to be a huge success.” Slate.com, July 17

    MSNBC host Ed Schultz: “If you go to this Web site, you will find out how easy it is to read, how easy it is to navigate all the information, all the basic questions, and all the direction you need to take to get involved, to get health care.” MSNBC, Sept. 30

    President Barack Obama: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. (Applause.) If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” Chicago address, June 15, 2009

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “[E]verybody will have lower rates, better quality care and better access.” Meet the Press, July 1, 2012

    The roster of mistaken predictions about the Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov, the federal website where Americans can shop for health care plans, would fill an error log that would make Kathleen Sebelius blush. Suffice it to say that the implementation of Obama’s signature health law was a universally acknowledged fiasco that has taken the president’s approval numbers to new lows. His credibility also took a major hit as insurance companies notified hundreds of thousands of Americans that their plans would be canceled to meet the health law’s requirements, forcing Obama to apologize on Thursday, Nov. 14: “There is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise.”

    [snip]

    The Politics of Gun Control Will Change

    Gun-control advocate Kristen Rand: “The political atmosphere has clearly changed because now we have solid evidence that the NRA just was not effective in the last election cycle … This just has a feel that they won’t get away with doing nothing this time.” New York Times, Dec. 14, 2012

    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.): My own little prediction – I think we’re going to bring this bill back before the end of the year and I think you may find some changes … Lots of senators who thought it was safe to vote against it because of the intensity are not so sure anymore.” Christian Science Monitor, Apr. 25, 2013

    President Barack Obama: “I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different.” State of the Union address, Feb. 11, 2013

    “[T]his time is different.” These words, uttered in the raw aftermath of the shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, reflected the received wisdom at the time. But it was wrong: Gun supporters, led by the NRA, outflanked their opponents and successfully pushed nearly three dozen states to loosen gun restrictions. A bipartisan Senate gun-control bill failed in April, and, despite Schumer’s prediction, never got another vote. By year’s end, advocates of stricter gun laws were settling for a couple of executive actions and an extension of the ban on undetectable plastic guns, and Obama was marking the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting “with a private moment of silence at the White House.” One group that called this one right: the American people, 55 percent of whom told pollsters they didn’t think the passage of “significant” new gun-control laws was likely in 2013.

    [snip]

    Immigration Reform Will Pass

    Conservative activist Grover Norquist: “There will be a strong Republican vote for this … Every day the Republican caucus is moving towards yes … This is going to play out.” The Atlantic immigration forum, July 15, 2013

    Reform advocate Frank Sharry: “In the end the House leadership will find a way.” Huffington Post, Jan. 15, 2013

    A week after the 2012 election, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled that Republicans were ready to patch things up with Hispanic voters, who had broken hard against the GOP. “A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all,” he told ABC News, setting off a wave of prognostication. Turns out Boehner was overconfident: Conservatives balked at what they viewed as “amnesty,” and immigration reform died a slow death in the House. But it might have a shot in 2014—vindicating the optimists.

  • wbboei

    The unstated premise of the Messiah Obama inspired, Zeke Emanuel designed, and Thug Harry Reid legislated Unaffordable Care Act which has destroyed our health care system, is that not every life is worth saving. Consequently, it hard cases it will be up to bureacrats, rather than the patient, doctor and family to make that call in what has been accurately referred to as death panels. Shades of Nazi Germany?

    Now, it seems that Harry Reid himself has been hospitalized due to exhaustion.

    And what praytell are we to make of that?

    Frankly, my first thought was nothing trivial I hope. However, upon reflection, I realized that this was a tactless thing to say, and it would be sinking to Harry’s level, to devalue any human life. Certainly, that is not the premise of Christian theology, or the basis of criminal law. On the other hand it is very much the premise of Obamacare in all its fraudulent and Kafkaesque splendor.

    If Harry’s medical condition turns out to be serious, and this is not simply a political stunt which seeks to garner sympathy and to wait for his masters voice to return from the sandwich islands, then the task before us it to weigh the value of Harry’s miserable life, against the lives of all the people which his legislative malfeasance has created now and in the future, in deciding whether society should prolong his life or let nature take its course. If I were a member of the death panel deciding the case, I would be inclined not to waste society’s scarce resources on him. No doubt his staffers would pitch in to save him, in order to save their own jobs, so no reason to burden taxpayers.

    Messiah Obama has given us a new heaven and a new earth, and both of them look a lot like hell. Harry needs to understand that there is no luke warm hell for us or for anyone else. But again, if it were up to me, I would take the question under advisement, and proceed in typical bureacratic fashion which guarantees that he will get that lifesaving operation at some point in the future, provided he does not expire in the meantime.

  • wbboei

    They are bringing in Podesta. He is on the Soros payroll, and is toxic for that reason. His entry into the administration is seen as a huge setback for Val Jar and a signal that her star is falling. I think this Iran thing, which if it goes the distance, will put Obama at swords point with the many in his own corrupt party, as well as the other one, will also redound to her detriment, because she is an Iran supporter, and is sympathetic to Sharia law. Podesta, however, is a destroyer of the middle class, therefore when the fraud talks about 2014 as a year of action, he means that Soros will be pushing the same climate change crap as before, which includes punishing the middle class, and creating those energy exchanges that he and his deranged side kick Chairman Moe the Canadian oil billionaire, UN bureacrat and author of the Rio Treaty tried to enact until their fraud was exposed.

  • wbboei

    Admin: looking back on the string of failures which Obama has chalked up, leaves one with the impression that they were not honest attempts at governance, but merely political stunts to grab headlines and contributions, so that the hard left would have a mountain of cash to continue its assault on this nation. Implementation was not the priority. If these were honest policy initatives motivated by sound governing principles, then you do not float these million page bills and ram them through congress on strict party line. They would have established pilot programs, to validate them, and iron out the problems. They never did that. Ergo, this was all politics, arrogance and betrayal of the nation.

  • wbboei

    The only way any of this could have succeeded was with a big media which was willing to sell out the nation for cash. If you go back and read the Dean Plan, which was the blueprint for the Obama campaign, just as the Soros agenda has been the blueprint for his feeble attempts at government, you see that one of the goals was to create an echo chamber in the media designed to pure propaganda, and the corresponding effort to corrupt mainstream journalists like Tom Brokaw and Bill Moyers with lucrative spots on the Soros payroll, thus giving them a financial incentive to spread his propaganda. It is like someone once said, it is hard to get someone to understand your argument, or facts, when their livelihood depends on them not understanding it. In sum, the Obamaites succeeded in corrupting mainstream media, to a point beyond their expectations and anyone else’s, proving not that power corrupts, but power attacks corrupt people, many of whom belong to big media. That is not the case with FOX, but it sure is with the others.

  • Leanora

    Who Owns Your Congressman?

    Politics is big business, with millions spent each year trying to sway the electoral process. Which industries, businesses and outside interests have donated the most to which candidates?

    How Much Money Are We Talking About?

    In short, lots. Here’s a look at what candidates in 2013-2014 have raised for this election cycle:

    Read:
    http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/who-owns-your-congressman/69701#more-69701

  • Lu4PUMA

    Great reading post. 2013 has been a horrible year for me personally as the country continued it’s decline with the 5th year of the Failed POTUS. My Mother, who had twice beat breast cancer, died of esophageal cancer, I believe to be the result of all those mammograms and the ionizing radiation the medical profession likes to zap women with. And my beloved pet cat fell, suffering internal and spinal injuries that she is just now recovering from, after vet bills that could compete with Obamacare deductibles. Not to mention my adolescent daughter and her oppositional disorder who is having anxiety attacks trying to meet the demands on youth of today to assume the burdens of tomorrow.

    With the year in retrospect, I recall Pumapac’s complaint to the FEC (MUR6142) regarding Obama’s 2008 campaign finances that had an 8% error rate and one third of the funds unaccounted for and consider the state of the Obamacare. The record setting fund raiser is a records setting fraud who got a record setting fine from the FEC. Who is surprised about how he is handling healthcare?

    I pray we do better in 2014. Happy Holidays!

  • TheRock

    Lu4PUMA

    December 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

    _______________________________________

    In the wake of an extremely difficult year for you personally, you end your hope with prayers and optimism for all. I am proud to post where you do. May God bring you comfort in this new year. I think it is safe to say that prayers for you and yours will abound. Kudos to your mom! She beat back two rounds of hurt and kept ticking (though she must be happy to be in a place now with great government!)

    As for bumbles, 3 more years…. :(

    May we all be alive to see him leave office or be arrested. Amen.

    Hillary 2016

  • moononpluto

    Erdogan has lost the plot….plans to expel US Ambassador from Turkey.

    http://www.todayszaman.com/news-334605-erdogan-implies-to-expel-us-ambassador.html

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has implied to expel US Ambassador to Ankara for his alleged remarks regarding a major graft probe in which four ministers face allegations of bribery and wrongdoing, and the state bank Halkbank is accused of links to suspicious money transactions and gold-smuggling from Iran.

    According to a report appeared on the pro-government Yenişafak daily, the US Ambassador Francis Ricciardone told EU ambassadors in Ankara in a meeting on Dec. 17, the beginning of the graft probe, that the US had asked Turkey to cut Halkbank’s financial ties with Iran.

    “We requested end of financial ties of Halkbank with Iran. But they didn’t listen. You are watching collapse of an empire [Turkey],” said Ricciardone, according to the Yenişafak report, regarding the ongoing investigation into alleged bribery and tender rigging.

    Speaking at a rally in northern province of Samsun on Saturday, Erdoğan again struck a defiant tone, adamantly rejected any wrongdoing, deeming the corruption case as an international plot to weaken Turkey’s growing economic and diplomatic clout, and topple the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government.

    “These recent days, very strangely, ambassadors get involved in some provocative acts. I am calling on them from here, do your job, if you leave your area of duty, this could extend into our government’s area of jurisdiction. We do not have to keep you [Ricciardone] in our country,” Erdogan told supporters in the Black Sea province of Samsun, implying to expel US ambassador.

    The US Embassy to Turkey has denied any role in the investigation. “All allegations in news stories are downright lies and slander,” it said in a statement.

    The statement said massive corruption probe in Turkey has nothing to do with the United States, denying reports appeared in pro-government dailies. He warned that nobody should put Turkish-US ties at jeopardy with such false claims.

    The Embassy also denied existence of such a meeting between Ricciardone and EU ministers in Ankara on Dec. 17.

    Erdoğan’s remarks would likely to fuel tension between two allies amid ongoing corruption investigation.

    While Erdoğan slammed the US ambassador in an indirect manner, Turkish foreign ministry said that Ankara it regards the statement released by the US Embassy, which denies allegations of issuing remarks on graft probe, as satisfactory.

    A number of western diplomats in Ankara who spoke to Today’s Zaman categorically denied claims that such a meeting took place on Dec. 17, rejecting any gathering.

    AK Party spokesman Hüseyin Çelik made a similar statement with the Foreign Ministry, saying that “we have to trust on the statement [of the US ambassador].”

    Two sons of Turkish ministers and an Iranian-Azerbaijani businessman Reza Zerrab are among 24 suspects arrested as part of an investigation into a bribery and fraud ring that has rocked Turkey since Tuesday.

    Son of Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, Kaan Çağlayan, and son of Interior Minister, Barış Güler, as well as Halkbank General Director Süleyman Aslan and Zerrab are among 16 people arrested early on Friday. Eight people were arrested late on Thursday.

    On Thursday, 49 suspects, including Fatih district mayor Mustafa Demir and Güler, were referred to court for arrest.

    The suspects are accused of rigging state tenders, accepting and facilitating the payment of bribes for major urbanization projects, obtaining construction permits for protected areas in exchange for money, helping foreigners obtain Turkish citizenship with falsified documentation, involvement in export fraud, forging documents and smuggling gold. There are also claims that the suspects illegally sold historical artifacts that were unearthed during excavations for the Marmaray underwater rail project that connects Europe and Asia.

    ……………………….

    Personally i think he has lost the plot mentally.

  • trixta

    Excellent, Admin! You’re certainly right about the unfolding backlash! No doubt, many will tune into the upcoming DD marathan which will in turn translate into more viewers in January. (I also like Coven, but it can get a little creepy at times! Superb actors though!)

    I started watching DD about the time you did (same episode) and have been hooked ever since! There have been a couple of times when I’ve split a gut laughing so hard at the hilarity of the show. (Some of my favorite episodes were in the video clip above.) Although the narrative and scenarios in each episode might be prodded on a bit by the producers (like all reality shows), the commentary and interaction of family members is a riot! Also, this show like other similar reality shows (e.g. American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, etc.) provide a slice of what I see as a kind of cultural Americana. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the reality genre in general (but especially these types of shows) has become dominant in TV at a time when the U.S. is in steep decline politically and economically. There seems to be a palpable need to document all aspects this country before it falls in to complete ruin and disarray.

  • Shadowfax

    Great post Admin-

    …The administration will grant a “hardship exemption” from the law’s individual mandate, requiring the purchase of health insurance, to anyone who has had their prior coverage canceled and who “believes” that Obamacare’s offerings “are unaffordable.” These exemptions will substantially alter the architecture of the law’s insurance marketplaces.

    —-

    This is the death rattle of ObamaCare as it circles the drain.

    Folks that lost their health insurance can keep the ability to have no health insurance, and the ‘affordable’ healthcare they had – is no longer available nor ‘legal’.

    Soon, we will see the long-line railings outside our emergency rooms while the working class stand in line with the homeless.

    Only the wealthy will be able to afford to keep their doctors, and as the largest age group of boomers start to have failures in their health, things will get so much worse.

    Hillary must be struggling with the idea of running for President. Has anyone ever been handed such a big mess as the one her party and their selected, backstabbing cheater will leave in 2016?

    Messes to contend with:

    - Economy hanging over the depression cliff for 5 years

    - No jobs and failed businesses

    - Huge national debt even after thousands of troops were pulled out of the Middle East.

    - Health care ruined for millions of Americans

    - Political corruption at an all time high

    - Inept Obama has made America the laughing stock of the world

    - Congress and political parties ineffective

    - Banking, real estate ownership and sales in the toilet

    - The Space Program shut down

    - Race relations back to 1950

    - The list is endless…

  • Shadowfax

    My post is in the spam filter, not sure why.

  • wbboei

    Shadow and others here have shared their personal experiences with liberals who saw Obama as the second Coming of Christ–black Jesus as the Right Reverend Wrong, Right Reverend Right, or Wrong Reverend Wrong, I can never keep those adjectives and nouns straight, so lets just call him Barack’s spiritual adviser who was dispatched to political oblivion when Obama’s media advisors whispered in this ear that the anti-Semitic anti White Nut Job (no, not McCain) was becoming a liability for the post racial One.

    And what did big media and the liberal drones say to all this? In a thousand and one ways, they said You are racist if you do not worship the one. Pretty good protection for the hard left, I would say. They can engage in any form of slander,misfeasance and malfeasance, and not be held accountable. Why? Because they have the protection of the ring–meaning of course the liberal big media establishment. If you want proof look no further than the toxic maunderings of that gas bag for all seasons, Mara Liason. Someone who has never grasped the concept of proportionality or the fact that a ridiculous argument makes the proponent look ridiculous.

    The rational mind sees exploitation of the electorate and the nation by the left. The current flap over Duck Dynasty would be a tempest in a tea pot, under any other administration. But under the imperious rein of Messiah Obama, and the protection of the ring, this society is coming unglued. From the culture war, to the knock out game, to the wild racist agenda of MSNBC– the gargoyles, vampires and Hitler youth of the hard left are out in full force, sensing perhaps that this is their hour in the sun, and it is not destined to last.

    And what is the good little liberal who voted for Obama, fully expecting that through this great act, a new heaven and a new earth would open before their eyes. Well, seeing is believing. What is that liberal doing about this? What I see is denial writ large. They are covering their ears, shutting their eyes, and muttering over and over, I am a good person. What they will not do is acknowledge their own responsibility for the destruction of this country. What they will not admit is they are rubes, and are there to be suckered.

    I am warming you up for an article by Andrew Klaven which deals with the latest foray of the new left, Pajama Boy, the genderless epitome of the bot. I would go on about this, but Andrews prose on this engaging topic, rough around the edges perhaps, does say what needs to be said at this point, as the Liar in Chief declares that 2014 will be a year of action, which is his marxist lexicon is synonymous with a year of destruction, as a new general, Podesta, takes command of the devil’s brigade.
    ————————–
    Anti Semitic Stalinist Eunuchs

    Whatever horrifying condition deprived Pajama Boy of his genitals, I suppose we must be thankful he can’t pass it along to future generations. But the leftism represented by this genderless icon has been on full display recently — and it’s as awful to look upon as the poor, sad mutilated soul in the picture above.

    Take for instance, the American Studies Association‘s recent academic boycott of greedy, big-nosed Jews. Okay, they didn’t put it that way exactly — the modern leftist anti-semite doesn’t say “Jew,” he says “Israel,” or “Zionist.” But anti-semitism is what it is both pure and simple. Whatever violation of human rights you can contrive to find in Israeli security measures, they are nothing compared to the day-to-day oppression of women (half the population, remember), non-Muslims and other humans in the surrounding Muslim countries. So why not boycott them as well?

    ASA spokesman Reinhard Heydrich (Obergruppenfuhrer retired) explained the scholars’ reasoning.

    If there is one thing we learned from Adolf Hitler’s war against the Jews it is that we must not demonize the other. And if there is one thing we learned from Edward Said’s book Orientalism it is that the other is Muslim. And Muslims don’t like Jews. Therefore we must wage war against the Jews.

    When it was pointed out to Heydrich that Muslims are at war with every other religion and secularism as well and that it is therefore unfair to single out the Jews, Heydrich explained, “But they’re Jews!”

    And yes, I made those quotes up… but only because I know it’s difficult for these academics to appear in public while wearing pajamas, and having no genitals.

  • wbboei

    (continued)

    Now, while the Jews are the most persecuted people in human history, they are not at this very moment the most persecuted religious group on earth. That would be Christians. Luckily, however, gender-deprived Pajama Boy leftists have not left this persecution unattended.

    There are all sorts of opinions an honest person of good will might have about homosexuality. Mine are liberal — and, believe me, I’ve taken my full complement of crap about them from commenters, emailers and friends (who at least pick up the drinks tab now and then). But there is only one true opinion to have about A&E’s suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson: it is a sin, somewhere between adultery and bestiality. So it’s like cheating on your spouse with a sheep.

    Robertson gave an interview to GQ in which, in his inimitable rough-spoken way, he grouped homosexual activity with the other sins — while also pointing out, as has been under-reported, that we must all repent and love one another going forward. For this, A&E knocked him off what is one of the most popular cable shows ever. They should be boycotted for this. It is, as openly lesbian intellectual Camille Paglia put it succinctly, “punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist.” Other decent gays have concurred, God bless them.

    But the rest of you liberals… listen, I know you. I know a lot of you are against the kind of oppressive and bigoted activity that is becoming more and more emblematic of leftist thought and action. But there comes a point where if you’re not against them, you’re for them.

    Take a look in the mirror, liberals. Are you beginning to see Pajama Boy in there? Take it as a warning. Side with the left long enough, and your genitals fall off. As well they should.

  • wbboei

    The problem is this hate based agenda is becoming the mantra of the entire Democrat Party, and when that is the case, it really is time to step back and take account of where Obama has led them.

  • Shadowfax

    Lu4PUMA

    Sorry for the loss of your mom and the health struggles of your daughter and kitty.

    May 2014 be much better for you and all here at Big Pink.

    Did PUMApac end?

  • wbboei

    Lu4PUMA
    December 21, 2013 at 10:07 am
    ————–
    I can see it has been a very rough year, Lu. My condolences are heart felt because I went through the same thing with my mother in 2012. Insofar as 2014, it would be good to learn that Hillary will run in 2016, and has separated herself from the Obama/Soros left wing of the party. After five years of Obama, the party could stand a good delousing, and that may happen in the mid term elections, provided McConnell and Boehner are also turned out of office, and replaced with people who have some backbone.

  • admin

    Lu4Puma you’ve had a year of trials and pains. Our best wishes to you for the days remaining this year and for a better 2014.

    Your words of warning should be heeded and no one should allow medical personnel to unquestioningly do all those radiation loaded tests. Ask if the tests are necessary and if possible to use previous X-rays/CAT scans and not just incessantly radiate further. Women in particular are too willing too often to “trust” medical professionals to do what’s right instead of speaking up and asking questions.

    Your reminder of that FEC complaint and the 8% “error” rate is also timely. Because we all remember and continue to fight the Obama lies we do expect 2014 to be better than 2014 in the same way that at least in the world of American politics 2013 was better than 2012.

    Keep fighting and keep faith that we will do better.

  • The Obama family this year sent out what must be the most depressing White House Christmas card of all time. Not only is there no mention of God or Jesus, or anything vaguely religious, the aesthetics of the thing are downright depressing.

    Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/12/a_bleak_white_house_christmas_card_this_year.html#ixzz2o96IO6yX
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  • admin

    Trixta, “a little creepy”? How about bringing back that boy from the dead because his mother misses him so only to discover that he was a victim of incest and that the reason she missed him was sexual? A little creepy? Yeah!

    What we like the most is picturing the behind the scenes fun these fine actresses must have. As S pointed out, that Kathy Bates traveling head and singing Dixie while watching civil rights movement videos must have had her and Angela Bassett (along with “Queenie”) laughing their heads off before the taping.

    And this now has new meaning to us because of Coven:

  • moononpluto

    Lu4Puma, so sorry to hear of all your trials of this year and i sincerely hope through time your personal pain will ease and that things will start to feel better.

    Keep headstrong and as we always say hear at Big Pink,

    “Never take things as fact, always question, never assume, and only trust what you see with your own eyes”

    These days i often find Doctors and Hospitals only care about the bottom line of the account book……gone are the days when your family doctor was a family friend…..sad day really. Too many unnecessary tests are done just to bulk up the bill. They will stick anything on a medical from a headache tablet down to a plaster…..its the medical equivalent of the old military hammer that costs $2000……

  • admin

    Foxyladi14, that is not a Christmas card. It looks like it was originally a fund raising email picture. We recall that Obama never celebrated Christmas and never gave his daughters Christmas gifts until it became politically necessary to be seen as a Christian.

  • admin

    When Time magazine notices the truth about the latest ObamaCare scam you know the gig is up:

    http://swampland.time.com/2013/12/20/obamacare-mandate-delay/

    When fairness goes out the window, you know politics has caused the White House to take its Obamacare scramble to a whole new level. The administration said Thursday night that people with canceled policies will not be subject to the individual mandate in 2014. This is huge, but you wouldn’t know it from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ letter announcing the change, which she sent in response to senators worried that those who saw their health insurance policies canceled this fall did not “consider” Obamacare replacement policies to be affordable.

    In the letter to six Democratic senators, Sebelius tried to downplay the impact of announcing consumers with canceled policies would qualify for a “hardship exemption” from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement they have insurance in 2014. She characterized those affected as “a small number” and said “the population of individuals with canceled plans who do not have quality, affordable coverage for 2014 is clearly shrinking.”

    But it would be a mistake to believe this most recent regulatory change is not very important.

    Giving those with canceled policies a “hardship exemption” means they will be allowed to purchase catastrophic insurance through Obamacare exchanges. Previously such plans were only available to Americans under 30 or those who could not find ACA plans that cost less than eight percent of their income. [snip]

    In addition, Sebelius is essentially implying that a situation the Obama administration has rightly anticipated for years — that insurers would cancel plans in the fall of 2013 if the plans did not comply with ACA rules — creates a special kind of unforeseen “hardship.” [snip]

    There is no reasonable interpretation of these guidelines that lines up with what Sebelius is saying now. Even if the general public was surprised when policy cancellation letters started showing up in mailboxes this year, the termination of many individual market plans was hardly “an unexpected natural or human-caused event.” [snip]

    Up until this point, there was a plausible argument to be made that most of the other ACA exceptions, exemptions and delays announced in the last year were made in the name of fairness. Employers were supposedly having trouble getting their paperwork and computers systems in line to comply with the employer mandate, so it was delayed a year — for all employers. Consumers trying to buy new plans through HealthCare.gov were struggling to navigate a dysfunctional website, so the deadline to sign up for coverage was extended from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23 — for everyone shopping through HealthCare.gov.

    In contrast, the Obama administration’s changes in response to political fallout from individual market plans being canceled this fall — allowing states to extend existing plans for an extra year and this new hardship exemption — are something else. Thursday’s change puts those with canceled policies in a unique category that offers them a different kind of coverage and the ability to disregard the individual mandate, a major tenet of the law, which does not seem fair to those who did not have insurance prior to the law and who would very much like to buy a catastrophic plan but cannot. Republicans have already pounced on this latest change to argue that if Obamacare rules are simply too onerous for the small subset of Americans whose policies were canceled this fall, then they are too onerous for everyone else as well.

    That last sentence is the death knell.

  • Lu4PUMA

    Thank you for the kind words and thoughts. I am looking forward to a better year in 2014.

  • trixta

    Lu4PUMA, wishing you a brighter year ahead.

  • trixta

    Indeed, that Frankensteinian incest scene was over the top, Admin. (Love the actress who plays his mother.) I think both actresses and writers are having a blast with this show.

    Great video! Until COVEN, I was unaware of this rumor (“Everyone knows Stevie Kicks is a witch!”).

    http://www.bustle.com/articles/6957-the-stevie-nicks-witch-rumor-is-back-thanks-to-american-horror-story-coven

  • trixta

    [i.e. Nicks]

  • Los Angeles Democrat

    Love your ongoing analysis of the Obamacare nightmare. Couldn’t disagree more with your estimation of these ignorant faux hillbillies (do your research; it’s all there on the A and E website). The lowest common denominator garbage they espouse also doesn’t automatically entitle them to such a platform just because there is an ignorant swath that buys into it. You shouldn’t either.

  • S

    trixta…didn’t get to read that article…but in case you have not heard yet…stevie nicks is coming to Coven with a (small) cameo part written in for her…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/05/stevie-nicks-american-horror-story_n_4392622.html

    fun ahead…

  • VotingHillary

    Los Angeles Democrat
    December 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    The lowest common denominator garbage they espouse also doesn’t automatically entitle them to such a platform just because there is an ignorant swath that buys into it. You shouldn’t either.
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    This could and should apply to MSNBC but even though they are the lowest rated news (?) network, they are permitted to continue their spiel because the powers that be keep them on the air.

    Fox and Duck Dynasty stay on the air because they actually have the ratings to justify it.

  • wbboei

    Yesterday, I stopped by the University of Washington bookstore, to see what the law school professors, and their counterparts at the Jackson School of Foreign Relations were assigning to their students for light reading. The law school professors are pushing feminism and critical legal thinking, the latter being a collateral attack upon the entire edifice of the law by Marxists in disguise.

    I fully expected the professors of international affairs to be pushing the same type of utopian crap that graces the Obama administration. Thus, I was shocked and delighted to find at least one book that avoided the Van Jones, Sam Power, Susan Rice tripe and instead adopted a skeptical approach to the entire subject. The title of the book was Governing the World. The title is misleading because it questions the premise that the world is in fact governable, and it raises the curtain on what is really occurring. In a word, the future has been privatized by the likes of deaths head Soros, and his ilk. Here are some of the pertinent quotes:

    An entire corporate sector is dedicated to commodifying and modeling our future; our financial markets take the future as determining the net present value of the present, in a way that was not true a century ago. No one now feels the burden of an essentially unknowable future more acutely than the stockbroker or trader. But this money driven individualistic future has crowded out the older vision of what the public good might look like.

    In the ungoing atomization of society, citizens and classes have vanished as forces for change, and given way to a world where individuals come together as consumers of goods or information and WHO TRUST THE INTERNET MORE THAN THE TRUST THEIR POLITICAL REPRESENTATVIVES OR THE EXPERTS THEY WATCH ON TELEVISION. Governing institutions meanwhile have lost sight of the principle of politics rooted collective values of RES PUBLICA, even as they continue to defend the civilization of capital.

    AS FOR THE RITUALS OF INTERNATIONAL LIFE THESE ARE NOW WELL ESTABLISHED. THE WORLD’S HEADS OF STATE FLOCK ANNUALLY TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. THERE ARE DISCUSSIONS OF REFORM AND GRAND DECLARATIONS OF GLOBAL TARGETS WHICH MOSTLY GO UNMET. POLITICIANS, JOURNALISTS, BANKERS, AND BUSINESSMEN MAKE THEIR PILGRIMAGES TO THE HEAVILY GUARDED ALPINE VILLAGE OF DAVOS SEEKING TO CONFIRM THIS TRIUMPH OF CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP THAT A GLOBAL RULING ELITE EXISTS AND (MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL) THEY BELONG TO IT.

    MEANWHILE, OUR REPRESENTATIVES CONTINUE TO HAND OVER POWER TO EXPERTS AND SELF INTERESTED REGULATORS IN THE NAME OF EFFICIENT GLOBAL GOVERNANCE WHILE A SKEPTICAL AND ALIENATED PUBLIC LOOKS ON. THE IDEA OF GOVERNING THE WORLD IS BECOMING YESTERDAY’S DREAM.

    I think that is essentially true. Messiah Obama, who is simply an extension of global business interests has simply hastened the demise of sovereignty, the Constitution and the rule of law. This may not be exactly what big media had in mind when they decided to become his propagandists. But they are fully committed to it and to him now. And the only answer we have as citizens with no power is to refuse to give those lying cocksuckers our eyeballs. With FOX at least you get the other side of the story, the side Obama and big media do not want us to know.

  • jbstonesfan

    I have never watched DD and have no interest in any “reality shows” or TV in general since it is mostly crap.
    The sad reality of all of this is that our country is made up of morons on both sides and we are focusing on nonsense while our country is in steady decline . It’s pathetic and tragic..

  • wbboei

    And the only answer we have as citizens with no power is to refuse to give those lying cocksuckers our eyeballs.
    ———————–
    It used to be the case that I wanted to hear the argument by the other side. It could be a useful check and balance on my own thinking, indicating areas where I could be wrong.

    But I no longer feel that way. It is a principle of rhetoric which goes back to Aristotle of ethos pathos logos. Ethos, meaning the character of the affiant is the starting point. If the affiant has demonstrated over a period of five years that he is a liar, then it is a waste of time to listen to him.

    The Latin expression, falso in uno falso in omnibus applies in spades to whatever big media says. The law of probability predicts that in some cases something they say may be truthful, but it is a prelude to some act of deceit. For them, the agenda is all that matters.

  • wbboei

    jbstonesfan
    December 21, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I have never watched DD and have no interest in any “reality shows” or TV in general since it is mostly crap.
    The sad reality of all of this is that our country is made up of morons on both sides and we are focusing on nonsense while our country is in steady decline . It’s pathetic and tragic..
    —————
    Yes. But it is that way by design. Big media could appeal to the better angels, but it invariably opts for the low road. The reason they do this is partly economics, but the hidden motive is divide and conquer, which is one of the subtler tactics deployed by the elites, to distract attention from their own treason.

  • wbboei

    By the way, I never watched it either. I put it on the same level as watching Oprah. I am not interested in this. But more important to me, I do think that the specific intent was to hold these people up for ridicule and it backfired. They got a big audience. If you remember the Mel Brooks spoof The Producers, they wanted it to fail, but it succeeded. I am quite sure that the big brains at A&E were laughing behind the backs of these mountain men, doing what professional leftists love to do, which is condescending to other people, engaging in moral preening and having a good laugh strictly among themselves. When they got called out, they backed down cowardly.

  • Shadowfax

    jbstonesfan

    Try watching some show that lightens you up. You see and paint the world in the bleakest terms.

    I actually feel sorry for you.

    I’ve watched Survivor from day one, and it lightens up my day.

  • freespirit

    Lu4PUMA, like wbb, I lost my mother in 2012. It is a tough thing to go through. Hard to take in fully, at first. Thankfully, time begins to heal most wounds, and I hope it will make your loss less painful.

    Thanks for the reminder about PUMA PAC’s vigilance regarding the contributions issue.

    I recall when there was much effort to get the FEC to investigate the caucus fraud and other voter irregularities of 2008. Although that body apparently chose not to do its job and investigate the many travesties of 2008, we Hillary supporters can be proud of our efforts to get wrongs righted. The fact that we tried and failed brought little satisfaction, but it was significantly preferable to ignoring the violations and doing nothing.

  • wbboei

    Obama Repeals Obamacare

    Pulling the thread of the individual mandate also means that the whole scheme could unravel. Waiving ObamaCare rules for some citizens and continuing to squeeze the individual economic liberties of others by forcing them to buy what the White House now concedes is an unaffordable product is untenable. Mr. Obama is inviting a blanket hardship amnesty for everyone, which is what Republicans should demand.

    The new political risk that the rules are liable to change at any moment will also be cycled into 2015 premiums. Expect another price spike late next summer. With ObamaCare looking like a loss-making book of business, a public declaration of penance by the insurance industry for helping to sell ObamaCare is long overdue.

    The only political explanation for relaxing enforcement of the individual mandate—even at the risk of destabilizing ObamaCare in the long term—is that the White House is panicked that the whole entitlement is endangered. The insurance terminations and rollout fiasco could leave more people uninsured in 2014 than in 2013. ObamaCare’s unpopularity with the public could cost Democrats the Senate in 2014, and a GOP Congress in 2015 could compel the White House to reopen the law and make major changes.

    Republicans ought to prepare for that eventuality with insurance reforms beyond the “repeal” slogan, but they can also take some vindication in Thursday’s reversal. Mr. Obama’s actions are as damning about ObamaCare as anything Senator Ted Cruz has said, and they implicitly confirm that the law is quarter-baked and harmful. Mr. Obama is doing through executive fiat what Republicans shut down the government to get him to do.

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304367204579270252042143502

  • Leanora

    I knew this was coming next. This is liberal propaganda. Or bullshit. Same difference. They want our vitamins. Dammit – don’t let them!
    ====

    Spike in Harm to Liver Is Tied to Dietary Aids

    When Christopher Herrera, 17, walked into the emergency room at Texas Children’s Hospital one morning last year, his chest, face and eyes were bright yellow ­ “almost highlighter yellow,” recalled Dr. Shreena S. Patel, the pediatric resident who treated him.

    Christopher, a high school student from Katy, Tex., suffered severe liver damage after using a concentrated green tea extract he bought at a nutrition store as a “fat burning” supplement. The damage was so extensive that he was put on the waiting list for a liver transplant.

    “It was terrifying,” he said in an interview. “They kept telling me they had the best surgeons, and they were trying to comfort me. But they were saying that I needed a new liver and that my body could reject it.”

    New data suggests that his is not an isolated case. Dietary supplements account for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries that turn up in hospitals, up from 7 percent a decade ago, according to an analysis by a national network of liver specialists. The research included only the most severe cases of liver damage referred to a representative group of hospitals around the country, and the investigators said they were undercounting the actual number of cases.

    While many patients recover once they stop taking the supplements and receive treatment, a few require liver transplants or die because of liver failure. Naïve teenagers are not the only consumers at risk, the researchers said. Many are middle-aged women who turn to dietary supplements that promise to burn fat or speed up weight loss.

    “It’s really the Wild West,” said Dr. Herbert L. Bonkovsky, the director of the liver, digestive and metabolic disorders laboratory at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C. “When people buy these dietary supplements, it’s anybody’s guess as to what they’re getting.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/us/spike-in-harm-to-liver-is-tied-to-dietary-aids.html

  • Leanora

    Don’t Tread on My Light Bulbs

    Thanks to G-men, Edison’s beautiful invention will be off the shelves as of January 1.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/366692/dont-tread-my-light-bulbs-robert-bryce

  • Leanora

    The hypocritical Left strikes again

    I suppose you have to be a liberal to understand the logic behind this.

    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-hypocritical-left-strikes-again.html

  • holdthemaccountable

    The following article begins with opinion, ends with a list of Obama’s 2013 low lights. :)
    Obama and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year
    http://nypost.com/2013/12/21/obama-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-year/

  • VotingHillary

    Al Sharpton’s Chicago town hall….this didn’t quite go the way he wanted it.

  • Lu4PUMA
    December 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you for the kind words and thoughts. I am looking forward to a better year in 2014.
    ________________________

    It will be better have faith. :)

  • holdthemaccountable

    VotingHillary
    December 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Al Sharpton’s Chicago town hall
    ————-
    This is wonderful. Post the Trayvon excesses, more and more seem to be finding their voice. Doubt this is the conversation Eric Holder was daring citizens to have way back when all looked great for BO and him.

  • moononpluto

    On ABC’s This Week, Matt Dowd, former Bush ’04 strategist, just talked up Jerry Brown’s 2016 chances.

    I did fall off the sofa………..One way to totally kill this assumption is Jerry Brown will 79 in 2016….not a snowballs chance in hell is the conclusion of winning the nomination let alone the Presidency besides the fact he is a total moonbeam…….

  • henry

    Admin still haven’t lost your touch. Still read and check out comments
    About Coven how are they going to tie that all up with only a handful of episodes left?

  • holdthemaccountable

    admin’s writings remind me of JS Bach’s music. Words/notes look quite simple. But that is not the reality. In the case here, I was feeling so triumphant that Obama’s Chicago base was finding its collective voice. I logged out which brought up admin’s current headline: “backfire and backlash”. Admin had already identified the trend. I’m not so bad with numbers and notes, but words. For some reason they’re tough.

  • VotingHillary

    moononpluto
    December 22, 2013 at 11:01 am
    On ABC’s This Week, Matt Dowd, former Bush ’04 strategist, just talked up Jerry Brown’s 2016 chances.

    I did fall off the sofa………..One way to totally kill this assumption is Jerry Brown will 79 in 2016….not a snowballs chance in hell is the conclusion of winning the nomination let alone the Presidency besides the fact he is a total moonbeam…….
    ____________________________________________________

    moon, I watched that show this morning also. You get the feeling Brazille is going to backstab Hillary again? I caught her saying everyone else is following Hillary and that she was going to be watching everybody else running. Who does she have her sites on? God help us if it is Brown.

    But Brown will serve a few purposes if he is delusional enough to run. First, he will take the “Hillary is too old” meme off the table. Second, he is a great representation of entitlements and illegal immigration bankrupting our cities. Two major cities in CA have already gone into bankruptcy with a third city’s request dismissed. This article from May 2013 lists the next cities that may follow suit: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/15/ten-california-cities-in-distress/2076217/

  • moononpluto

    Brazille will be very irrelevant come 2016…

    Hillary and her campaign would do well to make sure Donna is sidelined and shut down as quickly as possible, do not allow her to do damage.

  • henry

    Eleanor I had the misfortune of learning a bit about the liver and the kidneys over the last year. I was set to begin transplant process when I decided against the ordeal. Seem to be healing. Supplements if over used like anything can have serious results. The study which stated there were negligible benefits to supplements was done based on a healthy well rounded diet. Some fat soluble vitamins and minerals can have toxic effects if taken too much and too often. Everything is bad when taken to far. They have found teens with livers like middle aged alcoholics which they are theorizing is from high fructose corn syrup. The articles on multis w

    and vitamins c

  • henry

    I cannot type on a tablet.

  • TheRock

    VotingHillary

    December 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

    moononpluto
    December 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

    On ABC’s This Week, Matt Dowd, former Bush ’04 strategist, just talked up Jerry Brown’s 2016 chances.

    moon, I watched that show this morning also. You get the feeling Brazille is going to backstab Hillary again? I caught her saying everyone else is following Hillary and that she was going to be watching everybody else running.

  • TheRock

    VotingHillary

    December 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

    moononpluto
    December 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

    On ABC’s This Week, Matt Dowd, former Bush ’04 strategist, just talked up Jerry Brown’s 2016 chances.

    moon, I watched that show this morning also. You get the feeling Brazille is going to backstab Hillary again? I caught her saying everyone else is following Hillary and that she was going to be watching everybody else running.
    _________________________________

    Sorry. Computer went screwy there. VH and moon, I get the same feeling as well. This isn’t the first time that on a panel where Hillary was the topic, dumber Brazille sought to highlight anyone BUT Hillary. She is a true Benedict Arnold and should not be trusted. Should Hillary run, an entire position should be created to counter the Judases like dumber Brazille and that woman from Missouri.

    One of my worries is the tactic that they might use to marginalize Hillary. I think that the tactic that will be used by the DEMOCRATS will be to tie Hill to bumbles. As he plummets in the polls and she rises, that is how I think they will try to sneak a Warren or someone new into the mix. This is another area I hope the Clinton people start early recognizing and addressing should she run.

    Hillary 2016

  • wbboei

    The political class hates the American People. They cannot say it, but it is quite evident in their actions. Moreover, on rare occasions, evidence of their animus slips out into the public domain, as we see quite frequently with the Democrats, and with Republicans like McConnell and Boehner as well. They are, after all, the uniparty.

    How else are we to explain the hysterical reaction by the uniparty to the tea party, including but not limited to their efforts to destroy them financially, to ridicule them in the media, and their endless search for any scintilla of evidence that someone in their ranks at some point in their life may have had a racist thought. Moreover, their maniacal attempt to blame every tragedy on the Tea Party, before any serious investigation has commenced, is probative. Finally, if you talk with people in the upper class and upper middle class, you will soon see that hating the Tea Party, and Sarah Palin are the secret handshake of the tribe.

    They laugh at us because they see us as a diffuse army gathered outside the walls of the castle, raising our spears, making a lot of noise, but they do not worry about it because the walls to their castle are secure, and they are able to dump a flaming cauldron on our heads whenever it pleases them–Obamacare and amnesty being the two latest examples. We are a large group, but we lack political clout, in any meaningful sense of the term. And even if the bums were thrown out of office, experience has shown that their successors continue with the same policies.

    The question becomes how do we fight this perverse dynamic? Better still how do we restore a sense of community and purpose to a system which has degenerated from a democracy into an oligarchy. If we had an honest big media in this country, then we would have a powerful ally. But the fact is we do not, and even worse, big media is now owned by the very corporations who also control the politicians. More so than even Obama, big media is the enemy of the American People, and I cannot say that often enough. So what we really have is a closed loop system, with no checks and balances. In those circumstances, economic power and political power are galvanized and fascism is the end result. And, as I have pointed out before, the end result is not the general welfare, but the Tragedy of the Commons.

    It is fanciful to imagine a set of circumstances where the evil doers–like the head of Google, General Electric etc. would be abducted and not released until they confessed the their crimes, and made appropriate amends. The problem with that formulation however is there would be someone in line who would step in and continue the assault upon the American People. In other words, the problem is not personal, it is systemic. That is not to say that those particular individuals, i.e. Schmidt and Immelt are not diabolical, for there is plenty of evidence to indicate that they are. It is merely to suggest that such drastic attempts at self help would not work. For history has shown that the kingdom of god was not at hand when the last king was beheaded, or the last member of the Politburo was poisoned.

    The fundamental problem–and the potential solution is summed up nicely in the book I mentioned last night, governing the world, at pp. 425-6. However, it would be a mistake to assume that any of this would be easy, because the same wrath that the elites have showered on the Tea Party would be there for us, when and if they felt threatened.

    “In the current crisis, politicians have essentially acted as underwriters, subordinate to the dictates of financial markets whom they hesitate to contradict. More generally, the politicians have become policymakers, who listen in the first place to private interests and their lobbyists, and try to adjudicate among them.

    One of the reasons for the mid-century popularity of the state and sovereignty is that both of them had proved themselves in extreme circumstances. Total wars were fought by states that mobilized entire societies around shared perils and experiences. By creating models of equity, solidarity and sacrifice, they transformed public attitudes in ways that endured into peacetime.

    Without a comparable transformation in our own views about the nature of government, the public good, and the role of the state, without developing a new kind of faith in our own collective capacity to shape the future, thee is no real incentive for our politicians to change.

    They may not be trusted by their electorates–polls show trust levels plummeting to new lows–but they have no reason to care so long as this lack of trust does not translate into mobilization, resistance, and sustained pressure for reform”. (Note: for better or worse, that is the mandate of the Tea Party.)

  • jbstonesfan

    Yes Shadowfax, particular since June 7th,,2008.
    —————-
    Nice to see you back,Henry. Wonder what happened to that nice lady Jan?

  • VotingHillary

    Cracker Barrel’s Facebook of “We didn’t mean to offend anyone”..backtracks the removal of Duck Dynasty merchandise:

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
    4 hours ago

    Dear Cracker Barrel Customer:

    When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done.

    You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong.

    We listened.

    Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.

    And, we apologize for offending you.

    We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.

    We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family

    https://www.facebook.com/CrackerBarrel

  • holdthemaccountable

    DC staff irked as NBC News eyes cuts
    12/21/13
    NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts…
    Snip. Turness was drafted during the summer with a mandate to drag “Today” out of second place behind ABC. The move to cut jobs has morale low, sources said.
    Particularly distressed by the changes is the DC bureau team, whose duties include providing political coverage to “Nightly News with Brian Williams” and Sunday talk show “Meet The Press.” Turness has been trying to figure out the future for David Gregory’s “Meet the Press,” with options including bringing in MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski for a Sunday show, or blowing up the entire franchise and trying something completely different, sources familiar with the situation said.
    The jury is still out on what to do as Turness still hasn’t decided, these sources added. An NBC spokesperson, in a statement on Friday, said, “We offered a handful of voluntary buyouts in the DC bureau back in early November. Discussions are ongoing.” The spokesperson refused to elaborate.
    Turness has drafted a new chief financial officer, Nicolina O’Rorke, and a new public relations chief, Ali Zelenko, and named a new chief global correspondent, Bill Neely. Neely hails from Furness’ former employer, British news organization ITN. Turness also tapped Julian March as senior vice president, editorial and innovation. March is another former ITN executive.
    While “Today” has been fighting back in the 25- to 50-year-old demographic and not losing every week to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” other shows have waned. “Meet the Press” finished in third place in its latest week, falling behind “Face the Nation” on CBS and “This Week” on ABC.
    http://nypost.com/2013/12/21/dc-staff-irked-as-nbc-news-boss-turness-eyes-cuts/

    No reason for us to hope she might be giving Fox some real competition, because she’s considering bringing MSNBC’s morning crew over.

  • wbboei

    You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong.

    We listened.

    Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.
    ———————
    Bullshit.

    Their restaurant motif is of a nineteenth century store.

    It presents itself as a repository of core American values.

    The same values which are on display in Duck Dynasty.

    In other words, it solicits this kind of customer.

    So when the militant gay lobby goes on the offensive, it retreats.

    And it forgets who its customer is.

    And needs the customers to remind them.

    Like, they can’t figure this out for themselves?

    If they show this kind of insight into the food they serve.

    Then I for one will not eat there any more.

    The duck dynasty image

  • wbboei

    holdthemaccountable
    December 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    ————–
    However many they lay off–is not enough.

    Fire them all, and let God sort them out.

    But fire the news division and writers first.

    And let them rot in hell.

    For what they have done to this country.

  • trixta

    To each his/her own with regard to TV, but I do think the DD scandal is significant in that it not only is indicative of a larger cultural and political war currently playing out, but reflects the mood of the public — and perhaps a shift in the political landscape, no? People are sick and tired of the PC police and race-baiting scoundrels of the Left. The aim is nothing less than to attack, demoralize, and repress the opposition. But what we’re seeing now with DD is nothing short of a push-back against such Left wing tyranny — and that is a GOOD sign in my book! I, for one, am glad Admin chose to write about the DD scandal, etc. — and s/he ain’t no moron! Neither are those who watch such popular shows.

    Yeah…sure, the age-old argument can still be made that popular culture (including sports and TV shows like DD) is simply moronic and a distraction. But speaking for myself, had it not been for the escapism offered by TV (& movies & music & dance) when I was going to grad school, I think my head would have exploded from all the demands of pursuing scholarly work and studying for my exams. Just so, in the age of Obama (& Bush), if I can find a bit of escapism or levity in my day via such popular programs, then TV has served me well. Besides who wants to be so dour and serious all the time. It’s exhausting!!!!!

  • holdthemaccountable

    I think waves of resistance to the progressive’s manhandling of DC are popping up. Perhaps the catalyst was the massive web site failure. Barry and his avid supporters are looking quite pathetic. When before this did he ever lift a finger to fix anything? And there was Chuckie Schumer on whichever talk show he was on this morning still decrying the fact that GOP’s not helping to fix Obama’s sacred cow. Jonathan Karl ABC reported on PajamaBoy in general and in the mocking thereof in particular. And Jonathan added a phrase to let me know he agreed with the mockers.

    There are at least 2 bubbles of resistance mentioned in comments here DD and AL Sharpton’s meeting in Chicago. Shirley the friend I mention perhaps too many times, has really finally had it with POTUS. Every new negative about Obamacare exasperates here. That’s why I hold out hope that smaller issues are going to bubble up until the power that is begins to erode.

    I keep my finger on tee vee news to see how/if the bias has changed. So far not too much. And with apologies for clinging to the depressing for another thought, I mention specifically the harm tee vee has done to one man, George Zimmerman. A female church pillar where I live is not stupid, but she is way too casual as to her news sources, so she and I trade jabs because she still believes George should be in jail. I’m certain there are legions more like her. He has just done something remarkable and positive. That’s probably why it’s not being reported prominently on the small screen. In the online reporting of this event, details of the life he has been left to live emerge: …His lawyer, Jayne Weintraub, said that since the trial Zimmerman had struggled to find employment…He himself wrote: “My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors….” Headline: George Zimmerman Artwork Sells for $100,000 on eBay
    By Tom Porter | December 22, 2013
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/george-zimmerman-artwork-sells-100000-ebay-1430042

    He’s painted a flag with American values identified. The article has a picture of it. I wish I could help him get justice.

  • holdthemaccountable

    wbb – yes. All of them including the golden boy are equally complicit.

    I suppose it’s for naught, but occasionally I use twitter [hopefully] as a catalyst to stir possibly capable, moral anchors to engage in a bit of analysis. Most recently it was to a woman whom I know has younger children. The report dealt with deBlasio and the Pre-K project he promised voters citing the importance of early childhoood education. I’ve not lifted a finger to check the new project out but I did ask this anchor why anyone would construct a second system when we already have Head Start facilities up and running … for decades.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Just tweeted from my hotbed of Conservatism:
    FredZeppelin ‏@FredZeppelin12 23h

    Our GOP nominee must overcome:
    1. The shamelessly liberal media
    2. The entrenched dem vote fraud machine.
    3. Stupid voters
    4. GOP advisors

    Things ARE looking up!

  • wbboei

    holdthemaccountable
    December 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm
    ——————
    HTA that puts me in mind of an old Broadway tune
    Hey Look Me Over, which is what the RINOS will say
    As they circle the wagons around the fat slob from New Jersey . .

    Here come the RINOs
    Lend them an ear
    Those gutless wonders
    Got us mortgaged up to here
    Pass them the plate folks
    And be sure to fill their cup
    They figure whenever we’re down and out
    The only way is up–for them
    Their lobbyists, consultants staffers
    But what about the American People?

    I see two answers–Cruz and Hillary
    Both of them speak for the American People
    Everything else is just noise.

  • freespirit

    moon, I watched that show this morning also. You get the feeling Brazille is going to backstab Hillary again? I caught her saying everyone else is following Hillary and that she was going to be watching everybody else running.

    _______________

    She is a lowlife POS, and will backstab Hillary again if given a chance. Unfortunately for Dona, she has lost credibility like all of the other Obamadems. She’ll find that no one gives a shit who she backs. She is irrelevant.

  • wbboei

    Big media is at their wits end, missing their messiah. When he is gone, the world stops. When he is present everything just falls apart. Which is all the incentive big media needs to help him lie his way out of this one. In his absence, those dead souls have been looking each other in the eye and wondering:

    I wonder what the Fraud is doing tonight. (Gold bricking as usual?)
    What merriment is the Fraud pursuing tonight.(Chasing Reggie Love around the boudoir)
    What occupies his time, while telling one more lie? (Now he is lying about his golf handicap, to stay in practice.)
    He is searching high and low for someplace to hide. (Under Michelle’s floor length skirt perhaps)

    Lest we forget, he promised us you can keep–your doctor, your insurance, your life

    Were those false statements:

    1. an indiscretion, if only he had been more clear, etc. or-

    2. an innocent misstatement, for which he is very sorry for anyone who relied on it, or-

    3. a political lie, which as the black pundit from Chicago Clarence Page says– all politicians do, or-

    4. a blatant lie, insofar as he knew these statements were categorically false when he made them repeatedly, or-

    5. a fraud, because he knew they were false and intended for people to rely on them and vote for him,which they did.

    Looks like door 5 to me.

    New York Times called Obamacare the greatest civil rights victory since 1964.

    What they really meant was the Night of the Broken Glass, for the beleaguered middle class.

    Which makes it hard for me to understand how the lying goldbricking messiah can be cruising along at a robust 48% approval rating in the latest Rassmussen poll.

    It is hardly surprising that an honest pollster like Scott Rassmussen has left that organization.

    I rather suspect it is a case of out with the good air (Scott) and in with the bad (Soros cronies, like Podesta)

    Jimmying the numbers.

  • VotingHillary

    freespirit
    December 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm
    moon, I watched that show this morning also. You get the feeling Brazille is going to backstab Hillary again? I caught her saying everyone else is following Hillary and that she was going to be watching everybody else running.
    _____________________________________________________

    She is a lowlife POS, and will backstab Hillary again if given a chance. Unfortunately for Dona, she has lost credibility like all of the other Obamadems. She’ll find that no one gives a shit who she backs. She is irrelevant.
    _____________________________________________________

    For those who didn’t catch This Week, here is the clip with Brazille dismissing Hillary. It starts at the 5:50 mark when they are discussing predictions about 2014. Kristol predicts neither Hillary or Jeb Bush will run in 2016…no more dynasties.

  • wbboei

    Just in time for Christmas. . . After all, Lady Bountiful told us that we should talk about health care during the Christmas vacation, and so we will. However the people I know who proved they knew nothing about politics by voting for Obama have grown strangely silent. But just in case we run in to someone who is foolish enough to defend and indefensible man, i.e. Obama, and his nation destroying policies, the following advice which is the flip side of Alinsky might come in handy.
    ——————

    You Can’t Possibly Mean That . . .

    Mike Walsh

    Like the battle of Gettysburg, the fight over Duck Dynasty seems to have erupted partly by accident, and was occasioned by the Left’s outrunning its own supply lines in an attempt to take out a strategic Rightist redoubt — thus getting their heads handed to them. And over what?

    Words. Words uttered in the course of an interview — but because they touched on a Taboo Topic (raised by interviewer himself), have been used a pretext for a bad case of the “bigotry” vapors, and the attempted banishment of one of pop culture’s most beloved figures to outer purdah.

    So perhaps these words, from the book Rules for Radical Conservatives, might be timely. Because this — written in its own voice by “David Kahane” — is how the Left thinks. From Rule No. 2: Become What You Behold:

    HOW TO TALK LIKE A LIBERAL (AND YOU MUST)

    As I’ve noted, if you guys are going to be able to fight us effectively, you have to know not only the territory, like Prof. Harold Hill in The Music Man, but the lingo as well. And I’m not just talking about words like “swell,” and “gee whiz” and “so’s your old man.” I’m talking about being able to pass for one of us until we’ve got our guard down and then – whammo!

    To that end, I’ve assembled a list of handy phrases, which you’re going to have to learn to deliver with a straight face, like Mr. Orange in Reservoir Dogs, practicing his cover story in front of a men’s room mirror, with the requisite raised eyebrow and our patented Lefty Sneer ™ dropped in at key junctures. You’re deep in enemy territory now, so pay attention:

    1) You can’t possibly mean that. This is our way of saying you’re full if it, but it goes beyond simple disagreement. It means that whatever it was that you just said, it has put you beyond the pale of polite discussion; it also very likely means you’re a racist, a bigot, a homophobe and/or a practicing Roman Catholic. All of which are, among our crowd, grounds for instant expulsion from polite society. You can’t possibly mean that means that whatever you just said has wounded us grievously, has challenged some fundamental core belief of our Weltanschauung and struck at the very heart of the fantasy world we mostly live in. It may be something as complex as a point-by-point refutation of An Inconvenient Truth, the truth about which we most definitely do not want to hear, or a minor statement of personal or political belief, such as, “I’m not really comfortable with the idea of gay marriage,” or “I think we ought to cut taxes to encourage private investment,” or, “you know, Michael Jackson really sucked.”

    In short, just about anything you can say that goes against our herd-like instinct to always be on the politically correct side of every issue will elicit this rejoinder. Which is why, when you hear one of us utter one of our usual ex cathedra-like pronunciamentos, just respond with You can’t possibly mean that and watch the fur fly!

    You know, those Tea Party types look mighty dangerous to me. Why, there could be another Tim McVeigh or Lee Harvey Oswald lurking among them. Whereas the G-12 protesters and the Cinco de Mayo crowd are the very models of engaged political theater.

    You can’t possibly mean that!

    As far as we’re concerned, the Christian Right and the midwestern militias are by far the greatest threat to the Republic, much worse than the Muslims.

    You can’t possibly mean that!

    If only the Catholic Church would allow its priests to marry, we wouldn’t have all these pedophiles running around, preying on altar boys.

    You can’t possibly mean that!

    Or better yet, wield this handy phrase preemptively, as we especially like to do. When we’re prattling on about one bit of Received Wisdom or another, cut in with your own verbal karate chop to the jugular, whether it addresses the immediate point we’re making or not. The point is to stop the argument in its tracks, to assert your higher reality:

    You can’t possibly mean that you support what’s going on in Washington!

    You can’t possibly mean that you support forcing people into unions!

    You can’t possibly mean that you want to flush our children down the drain for the sake of the corrupt educational establishment!

    You can’t possibly mean that you think the Great Society was a good thing!

    You can’t possibly mean that you want to go to the Post Office to see your doctor!

    You get the picture.

    2) Everyone knows that. Another all-purpose put-down, signifying that you’re a complete idiot. It’s a riff on the old Soviet “as is well known…” boilerplate, which pretty much signaled that whatever statement came next was a complete and utter lie, although we preferred to use the term “higher truth.”

    Everyone knows that Al Gore really won the 2000 election; that John Kerry really was a war hero, even though he only spent 16 weeks in Vietnam and yet won more medals-per-minute than Audie Murphy; that Teddy Kennedy was the Lion of the Senate instead of the Swimmer of Chappaquiddick; that Jimmy Carter was a misunderstood president; and that Alger Hiss and the other Soviet spies were really innocent (of course they’re innocent, in our mind!). Gainsay any of these theses and we’ll nail you to the door of that church in Wittenberg, just like Martin Luther King did.

    Still, you ought to give it a try and watch what happens.

    WARNING: be prepared for some exploding heads.

    Everyone knows that the Democrats are the party of slavery, segregation, secularism and sedition.

    You can’t possibly mean that!

    Everyone knows that Avatar sucked.

    You can’t possibly mean that!

    Everyone knows that global warming is a complete crock, that a bunch of crooked scientists faked the data in order to siphon even more tax money out of our pockets, and that the polar bears are friskier than ever.

    You can’t possibly mean that!

    3) You’re not really still a… This one’s meant to indicate that the person you’re speaking with is little better than a troglodyte, a superstitious moron whose walnut-sized brain is probably stuffed with religious “dogma,” and which is profoundly disinterested in all the Major Important Truths discovered in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Marx, Engels, Lenin, the Frankfurt School, Herbert Marcuse and Oprah Winfrey. Categories include practicing Catholic, orthodox Jew, Republican, conservative, resident of flyover country, gun owner, heterosexual, member of a two-parent family and a driver of a 1984 Chrysler LeBaron.

    Time to turn the tables. Come on, this one’s easy – you can do it:

    You’re not really still a Democrat, are you? Everyone knows that all right-thinking people were switching to Independent, and not moving in lockstep with the neo-Stalinists.

    You’re not really still an atheist, are you? Everyone knows there’s no upside.

    You’re not really still going to stop at one kid, are you? Small families are so anti-social. Besides, everyone know that we need lots and lots of kids to support the Social Security system.

    You’re not really going to drive that piece of hybrid crap, are you? Because everyone knows that they run up everybody’s electricity bill, cause more polluting coal-fired electrical plants to come on line to meet demand – unless you want to build a few nukes – and endanger your own and your kid’s life!

    To which, of course, we will answer:

    You can’t possibly mean that!

    Everyone knows that you never want to live in a red state next to a blue state, because as blue states like Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois die, hordes of Democrats stream out of them, fleeing high crimes and the even higher taxes they just voted. Like locusts, they move into an adjoining state, such as New Hampshire or Oregon or Indiana, beg for asylum – and then set about destroying it as well.

    You can’t possibly mean that!

    But, of course, you do.

  • wbboei

    A very sad story. I know I am too rough on them. They are young and idealistic. Most of the dreams they have will never be fulfilled, thanks to the devil’s pact they made with Obama. They did not deserve this. Not really. The truth is before him, no one paid much attention to this demographic, unless they were in the streets protesting. This was their first chance to vote, and they were excited about it. Unfortunately, they were seduced by a charlatan named Obama. A man with larceny in his heart, no appreciation for them, the country, or anyone but himself. He promised them a new heaven and a new earth. And they believed him. The herd instinct did the rest. Unfortunately, their future will be worse than the status quo ante. Well, Victor Davis Hanson lays out the sad truth which no one else is really talking about—the future of our children. Simply put, the older generation epitomized by that Liar in the White House has left them high and dry. They don’t know it yet. But in the fulsomeness of time they will. Whether they do so intellectually or just viscerally remains to be seen. Truth to tell, they need a Tea Party more than we do, because the political class is screwing the hell out of them.
    ——————————–
    We forget that young people are already targeted for a number of government redistribution plans. Of America’s age cohorts, the under-30 bunch is the least likely to be employed, and the most likely to work at low-wage or part-time jobs.

    Millennials already pay high payroll taxes for Social Security and Medicare coverage for the elderly. Yet most economists predict that both programs will soon prove insolvent and will not be able to extend the present level of benefits to young contributors when they retire.

    We are currently in the greatest economic slowdown since the Great Depression. The now normal 7 percent unemployment hits the young especially hard. Their jobless rate typically ranges from two to three times higher than the national average. Requiring employers to provide Obamacare coverage will spike unemployment and, again, do the most harm to those who are just entering the workforce.

    Young people in America owe in aggregate about $1 trillion in unpaid student loans. While some of their interest rates are subsidized, many are not and range from 5 percent to 9 percent at a time when mortgages can still be had for about 4 percent.

    Universities consistently upped their tuition costs at a rate higher than inflation. They assumed that young people could always borrow more money each year to subsidize a mostly unaccountable institution.

    The curricula of far too many universities do not inculcate sufficient math and language skills. Young people did not dream up the race, class, and gender industry that often crowds out skills-based classes and substitutes therapeutic “studies” courses. At a time when students need traditional general education more than ever, colleges are turning out graduates with costly degrees, obtained on borrowed money, whom employers do not see as broadly educated job applicants.

    Obamacare will not, as the president promised, “lower the cost of your premiums by up to $2,500 a year.” Most estimates suggest that the Affordable Care Act will add trillions to the already huge national debt. The current $17 trillion aggregate debt is largely a result of out-of-control entitlement obligations that skyrocketed over the last 20 years and largely were paid out to those over the age of 30.

    When interest rates creep up, the cost of servicing the national debt may claim one-third of the yearly federal budget. The millennial generation will come of age in time to pay higher taxes and receive fewer government services to cover for prior generations who wanted more things on credit billed to their grandchildren.

    It is often easy to caricature the young. Today’s youth see expensive iPhones and iPads as as necessary as a prior generation’s cheap pencils and pens. Some younger people wear sneakers and shades that cost more than three months of health-care premiums. Suburban kids are as likely to be playing video games on weekend mornings as cutting the grass and raking leaves.

    All that said, the aging ’60s generation has far more to answer for. We are handing over a very different America to our young people. They have received a worse education than did prior generations at a far greater cost in mostly borrowed money.

    There are fewer job opportunities and higher taxes. Others ran up the huge debt; young people will largely pay for it over the next half-century. Early marriage and child-raising, a nice house, two cars, and pay-as-you-go college for the kids are all becoming a fantasy of a bygone generation.

    Professors talked mellifluously about trendy green issues, gay rights, and abortion without ever explaining that those lectures came at high financial costs. “Hope and change” benevolent government sounded great to the young and idealistic. What was left out was that a captivated cohort was taken for granted and thereby seen as an easy mark to pay for it.

    In short, young people have been had.

  • wbboei

    As the decisive struggle in the second half of the 20th century was vertical, East vs. West, the 21st century struggle may be horizontal, with conservatives and traditionalists in every country arrayed against the militant secularism of a multicultural and transnational elite.

    And though America’s elite may be found at the epicenter of anti-conservatism and anti-traditionalism, the American people have never been more alienated or more divided culturally, socially and morally.

    We are two countries now.

    http://www.humanevents.com/2013/12/17/is-putin-one-of-us/

  • wbboei

    God bless Hentoff and Hedges–honest men of the left. But it is the Cassandra syndrome–the ability to see the future is a marvelous gift. Getting people to believe it however is a daunting challenge, if it is even achievable. Want proof? If you believe Rassmussen, 48% approve of the job Obama is doing. Presumably this would include lying to them about Obamacare. I will resist the natural urge to call them stupid. Reality is not getting through to half the country.

    http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/are-millennials-snapping-out-of-obama-fog/

  • admin

    VotingHillary, the reason Brazille, Pelosi, and McCaskill are among those endorsing Hillary now is (a) it does not cost them anything now; and (b) it could pay off later on.

    It does not cost them anything because words are cheap. If Hillary does run and gets the nomination they can claim they were there from the beginning. But most importantly and the reason why these creeps are endorsing Hillary is: when they get another candidate to run against Hillary the creeps like Brazille, Pelosi, and McCaskill will say they used to support Hillary but now they have found someone who is so much better they have switched sides. It’s disgusting but that is what they are up to. It will be up to us to expose these creeps, repeatedly.

  • moononpluto

    And it looks like the outreach failed miserably.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/12/23/cnn-poll-heath-care-law-support-drops-to-all-time-low/

    Support for the country’s new health care law has dropped to a record low, according to a new national poll.

    And a CNN/ORC International survey released Monday also indicates that most Americans predict that the Affordable Care Act will actually result in higher prices for their own medical care.

    Only 35% of those questioned in the poll say they support the health care law, a 5-point drop in less than a month. Sixty-two percent say they oppose the law, up four points from November.

    Nearly all of the newfound opposition is coming from women.

    ……………

    Epic failure and the marketing is failing across the board. Time to death panel this law and euthanize it.

  • Leanora

    I can’t stand the media anymore. No longer trust any of them.
    ===

    Liberal Hero Farrakhan’s Call for Gays to be Beheaded Gets No Reaction from Media

    It is amazing that Leftist hero and Obama buddy Louis Farrakhan can talk about beheading and stoning gays to death and you won’t hear a word from the media.

    The silence is telling and very predictable.

    Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2013/12/liberal-hero-farrakhans-call-gays-beheaded-gets-reaction-media/#11O0y2VbhRV9c6Pb.99

  • holdthemaccountable

    Dec 22, 12:15 PM EST
    AP poll: Obama health care overhaul top 2013 story
    Snip The saga of “Obamacare” – as the Affordable Care Act is widely known – received 45 first-place votes out of the 144 ballots cast for the top 10 stories. The marathon bombing received 29 first-place votes and the papal transition 21.
    Other strong contenders were the bitter partisan conflict in Congress and the leaks about National Security Agency surveillance by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden.
    Last year, the top story was the massacre of 26 children and staff at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. That result came after a rare decision by the AP to re-conduct the voting; the initial round of balloting had ended Dec. 13, a day before the Newtown shooting, with the 2012 election at the top.
    The first AP top-stories poll was conducted in 1936, when editors chose the abdication of Britain’s King Edward VIII. snip
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/Y/YE_TOP_10_STORIES

  • holdthemaccountable

    “This is not the Austria I know and love.” Captain Georg von Trapp from Sound of Music movie with Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer.
    ————————
    ABC aired it last night.
    Earlier in the month, NBC carried a live performance of it which is now available on DVD.
    The Sound of Music Live – NBCUniversalStore.com‎
    http://www.nbcuniversalstore.com/‎
    3,762 reviews for nbcuniversalstore.com
    Own The All-New NBC Musical Event With Carrie Underwood! On DVD Now.

    Will these two performances, one on top of the other, spark more discontent? [I have to hope.]

  • holdthemaccountable

    Have a look at The Glum Family.
    Currently at Drudge.
    Also here: http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/ncaa-basketball-oregon-state-vs-photo-014141489–ncaab.html

    I’d assumed it was the game a few weeks back when they were booed. But this one is of them on vacay.

    Not too much sympathy for them, right? That’s how we’ve looked/felt for 5 years.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Duck Dynasty flap may be a Boston Tea Party milestone
    By Douglas MacKinnnon | DECEMBER 23, 2013
    http://washingtonexaminer.com/duck-dynasty-flap-may-be-a-boston-tea-party-milestone/article/2541110

  • Leanora

    Another ‘Knockout’ Attack Reported on Jewish Woman in Brooklyn

    A woman walking along a Brooklyn street Saturday became the latest apparent victim of the sick “knockout game.” The 33-year-old was walking down the block with her 7-year-old daughter when she was ambushed in front of 1212 Elm Street in Midwood by a Black male in his thirties.

    The victim was taken to Maimonides Medical Center by EMS where she was treated for minor injuries and later released.

    the NYPD’s 70th precinct hate crime task force is investigating, no arrests have been made in the assault. police gave the description of the perpetrator as a Male, Black, 6 ft. tall, with dreadlocks, green jacket, black hat, and black book bag.

    Cops said the violence was similar to previous knockout attacks, noting that nothing had been stolen from the victim.

    Police recently arrested four children, including a 14 year-old girl and two 11 year-olds, in connection with a string of alleged “knockout game” attacks in Brooklyn.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/12/another-knockout-attack-reported-on-jewish-woman-in-brooklyn/

  • Leanora

    Haters Target Christian Band For Supporting Phil Robertson

    The Rhett Walker Band is worried a full blown riot may break out this weekend at their concert in Ohio … and it’s all because one of the guys from “Duck Dynasty” will be there.

    John Godwin from “DD” is scheduled to make an appearance Sunday at the Rhett Neck Xmas show in Lima ­ and Rhett says they’ve been getting blasted on social media for it … with some threatening to cause major ruckus.

    However, Rhett makes it clear ­ he’s not gonna let some haters ruin his concert … especially since the singer agrees with everything Phil said … and he’s vowing to make sure it goes off without a hitch to support the suspended reality star.

    Walker adds, “We do support Duck Commander and ‘Duck Dynasty’ … if that blows us into an area where people think we hate the gay community that would sadden me ­ but we 100% support Phil and what he said.”

    The band says they are beefing up security at the event … just to be safe.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/12/haters-target-christian-band-for-supporting-phil-robertson/

  • Leanora

    Why the Left Hates Duck Dynasty

    With the transformation of the means of production into collective property the monogamous family ceases to be the economic unit of society. The private household changes to a social industry. The care and educatlon of children become a public matter. Society cares equally well for all children, legal or illegal. This removes the care about the “consequences” which now forms the essential social factor­moral and economic­hindering a girl to surrender unconditionally to the beloved man. Will not this be sufficient cause for a gradual rise of a more unconventional intercourse of the sexes and a more lenient public opinion regarding virgin honor and female shame? And finally, did we not see that in the modern world monogamy and prostitution, though antitheses, are inseparable and poles of the same social condition? Can prostitution disappear without engulfing at the same time monogamy?
    Friedrich Engels, The Origin of the Family

    Adrienne Royer at The Federalist, nails it:
    The appeal of the show comes from the surprising normalcy and likability of the family. The men might dress like the cast of Easy Rider, hunt almost daily, and make millions in their business, but the show emphasizes the Real America part of their lives rather than only focusing on the cast as developing celebrities. The conflicts on the show emerge from issues average Americans face: helping your parents with their will, teaching your kids to drive, losing weight for your high school reunion, sibling rivalry among brothers, and struggling to find the right Christmas present for your wife. Ask any fan why they love the show, and you’re likely to hear, “The Robertsons remind me of my own family.”

    See more at: http://the-american-catholic.com/2013/12/22/why-the-left-hates-duck-dynasty/#sthash.pTTZhvJx.dpuf

  • That is the way I grew up way back then. :)

  • Leanora

    Administration Extends Deadline for Obamacare Sign-Up Through Christmas Eve

    The clock to sign up for Obamacare coverage that begins January 1 was supposed to run out at midnight on Monday, but administration officials have extended it 24 hours, through Christmas eve, according to the Washington Post. The Post reports that they did so without any public announcement of the change:

    Over the weekend, government officials and outside IT contractors working on the online marketplace’s computer system made a software change that automatically gives people a Jan. 1 start date for their new coverage as long as they enroll by 11:59 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

    Sources told the Post that the 24-hour extension has been built into the system and cannot be overridden by insurance companies if they object to it.

    This extension is the latest of several last-minute, ad hoc rule changes issued by the administration, including last week’s announcement that individuals whose insurance plans were cancels may receive an exemption from the Affordable Acre Act’s individual mandate.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/366985/administration-extends-deadline-obamacare-sign-through-christmas-eve-eliana-johnson

  • Leanora

    foxyladi14
    December 23, 2013 at 10:58 am

    That is the way I grew up way back then. :)
    =====

    I did too. And until I read that article this morning, I never knew that Friedrich Engels wrote “The Origin of the Family” or anything like it.

  • wbboei

    Another ‘Knockout’ Attack Reported on Jewish Woman in Brooklyn
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    If you think there is no connection between this, and the racial polarization policies of Messiah Obama, think again. In point of fact, anti semitism and the mindset of the hard left go hand in glove.

  • wbboei

    admin
    December 23, 2013 at 5:47 am
    ——————-
    It’s no insurance policy for them however. If it were then Bill Richardson will do it. Personally, I think it is a mark of desperation. Unless they are living in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan they can see that Obama is not only a lame duck but is widely reviled, except in big media where is star shines brighter than ever. Any way you cut it, Brazil, McCaskill and Pelosi bear the mark of Caine on their foreheads.

  • moononpluto

    WH: The President selected a bronze plan.

    Who cares…..and he selected a plan, that is the color of crap.

  • holdthemaccountable

    moon – apparently BO has decided to lead by example. That according to a tweet attributed to @AprilDRyan. Usually the last one turns out the lights.

  • holdthemaccountable

    ps I know there’s been yet another extension. According to Chicago WGN this noon you can sign up any damned time you want up until March 31…
    stay tuned.

  • holdthemaccountable

    sigh. Emailed to me today:
    NRLN Perspective on PBGC Premium Increase
    During the past two weeks you may have read and/or heard news reports about the U.S. House and Senate passing a two-year bipartisan budget deal and sending it to President Obama who is expected to sign the legislation. Depending on your source for news you may or may not be aware that the bill included a provision to raise the premiums that corporate pension plan sponsors pay to the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
    The PBGC’s flat-rate premium for each plan participant, which is paid by all plan sponsors, will rise from $42 in 2013, to $49 in 2014 (under the 2012 law) and then rise again in 2015 to $57 per plan participant and to $64 in 2016 under the new budget proposal. In addition, the variable rate premium, which is paid by employers for every $1,000 of plan underfunding would increase from $9 today to $14 in 2014 and under the new proposal to $24 in 2015 and to $29 in 2016.
    An Associated Press article reported this statement from Scott Macey, president of the ERISA Industry Committee, a group that represents large employers on benefits issues. “It only provides another reason for sponsors to exit the system, thus further harming retirement security and the participants the system is intended to help.”
    The NRLN is always alarmed when legislation could prompt pension plan sponsors to take a negative action on its pension plan such as de-risking, including voluntary plan terminations which could deprive pension plan participants the protections of ERISA and the PBGC safety net.
    The NRLN wanted Congress to take action on the position we have been advocating. That is, to require the PBGC to use the same corporate bond yield curve and other assumptions as plan sponsors for the purpose of allocating plan assets to pay non-guaranteed benefits. Instead, the PBGC’s lower interest discount rate overstates PBGC liabilities and thus the need for higher premiums cited above.
    The bottom line is that if the PBGC used the same discount rate that companies are compelled to use by law, PBGC liabilities would be as much as 30% lower, company premiums could be lower and companies would not feel so compelled to discontinue support for defined benefit pension plans that are far superior to 401k or other plans that have proven to fail the majority of retirees.
    Since we asked you to the follow up on past Action Alerts by writing your members of Congress on this issue, we thought you should know it was a part of the budget proposal. And we want you to further understand why we will continue to oppose this dual rate scenario and PBGC’s use of below market interest rates that polarize companies and create risks to the continuance of retiree defined pension plans.
    The NRLN will continue to work on building a coalition that supports our position to require the PBGC to use a more realistic interest rate when calculating benefits owed to pension plan participants after it takes over their pension plan.
    We will also continue to advocate protections for retirees in pension plan de-risking situations and for more transparency in the information that is provided in the Annual Funding Notice. Watch for future Action Alerts.
    Bill Kadereit, President
    National Retiree Legislative Network

  • holdthemaccountable

    Updated: Obama ‘symbolically’ signs up for health insurance under Obamacare
    http://redalertpolitics.com/2013/12/23/obama-reportedly-will-sign-up-for-insurance-through-an-exchange-by-days-end/

  • trixta

    “fun ahead…”

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    Thanks for the link, S!

  • wbboei

    Schumer: no way Obamacare will be the number 1 electoral issue in 2014
    ——————
    1. 15 million losing their coverage. 40% increase in premiums. employer coverage to be jettisoned.

    2. Are you serious? Are you?

    3. Everyone knows it will be numero uno and will cost democrats the senate.

    4. Whom do you represent? Obama or your constituents?

    5. Are you still a democrat? Everyone else is going independent.

  • jbstonesfan

    They are attacking religious Jews , yet Obama says nothing. If it were a AA, Hispanic
    or Muslim Obama would claim to be their a daddy.

  • VotingHillary

    admin
    December 23, 2013 at 5:47 am
    VotingHillary, the reason Brazille, Pelosi, and McCaskill are among those endorsing Hillary now is (a) it does not cost them anything now; and (b) it could pay off later on.

    It does not cost them anything because words are cheap. If Hillary does run and gets the nomination they can claim they were there from the beginning. But most importantly and the reason why these creeps are endorsing Hillary is: when they get another candidate to run against Hillary the creeps like Brazille, Pelosi, and McCaskill will say they used to support Hillary but now they have found someone who is so much better they have switched sides. It’s disgusting but that is what they are up to. It will be up to us to expose these creeps, repeatedly.
    _____________________________________________________

    admin, that is exactly why I posted that video. Listen to Brazille sneer that she is going to watch other Dems rather than Hillary. She sounds like the Clintons already told her she was not welcome to hitch her wagon to Hillary’s next run.

  • S

    holdthemaccountable
    December 23, 2013 at 7:03 am

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

    Holdthem…I enjoyed both of them…it was funny while watching the movie with Julie Andrews…i have seen it many, many times…but there still was something new in it for me…a scene I did not recall…the sets, costumes, etc…sorry to those who don’t enjoy…but I love a good musical…even a sappy romantic one…and Eleanor Parker who just passed on…such a glamourous woman from her time…

    agree with Shadowfax…we need some Joy in our lives…and it does still exist…maybe it is simple joys…

  • S

    wbboei
    December 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    Schumer: no way Obamacare will be the number 1 electoral issue in 2014

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

    wbboei – the dims are suffering from an intense case of denial…or they are outright delusional…they are all sticking to the party line…”that Ocare is fine…millions happily signing up…everything is hunky dory”

    …if you notice all the pundits and pols, Pelosi, etc…take the approach that there is “nothing to be worried about” and then laugh it off and ALL of them…then deflect to ‘the meanie repubs that want it to fail’

    they all use this approach of ‘laugh it off’ then deflect and criticize and blame the repubs’

    how anyone can trust them again is beyond me…either they are bad liars or just plain stupid…i don’t know which one is worse

  • jbstonesfan

    Realistically, GOP holds the House and maybe gains 2 -3 senate seats .

  • wbboei

    S
    December 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    Schumer: no way Obamacare will be the number 1 electoral issue in 2014

    the dims are suffering from an intense case of denial…or they are outright delusional…they are all sticking to the party line…”that Ocare is fine…millions happily signing up…everything is hunky dory”
    ———————–
    ‘Forward, the Dim Brigade!’
    Was there a man dismay’d?
    Not tho’ those zombies knew
      Obama had blunder’d:
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die:
    Into the valley of Death
      Rode the six hundred.

    Obamacare in front of them to right of them,
    NSA to left of them,
    Fast and Furious behind them
      Volley’d and thunder’d;
    Storm’d at with shot and shell,
    While big media whores fell,
    They that had sold out so well
    Passed through’ the jaws of Death,
    Back from and election night of Hell,
    All that was left of them,
      Left of six hundred.

  • wbboei

    Realistically, GOP holds the House and maybe gains 2 -3 senate seats .
    ———————-
    Under normal circumstances, yes. But these are not normal circumstances. If you look at the election map in a systemic way, including, the number of seats in play, more of them are dimocrat. If you look at where those open seats are located, more than three are in red states, or states Romney won. If you look at places where the incumbent is retiring, where the normal advantages of incumbency do not apply the dims are disfavored. And then, after you are done looking at all that, add the personal disaster that Obamacare will visit upon millions of Americans. To me, it looks like 2010 all over again. I think this is important in terms of our strategy because if the dim bones are picked clean in this election, then Obama will be the lamest of lame ducks for the last two years of his presidency. I want that for a lot of reasons, but the best reason I have for wanting it is given his sociopathic mind set, with time running out, it will force him into the act out stage where the ossified angry child at the center of him comes out, worse than Mr. Hyde, and when that ugly chapter runs its course, it will be hard for Schmidt, Brian Williams and their ilk to manufacture a positive legacy. He will be seen for what he is–a worser than Nixon. That is a categorical imperative if we are to undue the seeming irreparable harm he has visited upon the American People, many of whom remain as stupid as ever, and unable to connect the dots.

  • wbboei

    jbstonesfan: your expectation is for a business as usual election in 2014. I think we are looking at megapolitical change. This should settle with finality the question whether Hillary should separate herself from Obama. The sooner she does so the better. The winning strategy is to spit in the eye of the hard left, rather than catering to them.

    To get a sense of the moment, I invite you to peruse the following article, by Victor Hanson. These insights here must inform any objective analysis of 2014 and beyond, in my opinion:
    ——————————
    PAJAMA BOY NATION

    Will Kane of High Noon Pajama Boy wasn’t. Somehow we as a nation went from the iconic Marlboro Man to Pajama Boy — from the noble individual with a bad habit to the ignoble without a good habit — without a blink in between.

    There are lots of revolting things in the Pajama Boy ad. After all, how can you top all at once a nerdy-looking child-man dressed in infantile pajamas while cradling a cup of hot chocolate with the smug assurance that he is running your life more than you his?

    The Liberal Body-Snatchers

    Still, there are one or two even scarier thoughts.

    One, did the Obama appendage, Organizing for Action, really believe that such a sad-sack image might galvanize anyone about anything? And two, did they really think that Pajama Boy would resonate with any young people outside of the New York-DC circus, as if to assume he would be persuasive: stay cool with retro geek glasses, pajamas, and hot chocolate like Pajama Boy, and then, presto, rush out to buy an Obamacare policy?

    Out here in the rural middle of California — or most anywhere 30 miles inland from the coasts — Pajama Boy would last about two seconds pruning vines, or walking about the local Wal-Mart parking lot with his hot chocolate. Yet put him where his foot-padded pajamas bring dividends and for the last five years we all have lived out the consequences of his ilk’s ideological dreaming.

    The great mystery of America today is how many of us have joined Pajama Boy nation — 20%, 40%, 60%? — and how many want nothing to do with such metrosexual visions of a huge state run by a nerdocracy, incompetently doling out other people’s money. How many were on board for Obamacare, more entitlements, and lectures from the apartheid elite on inequality and fairness, versus how many turn the channel at sound of His voice.

    Sharpton Good — Duck Dynasty Not?

    This past week the question of two Americas seems to be playing out even in the trivial psychodramas of bastardized popular culture. If Michelle Obama photo-ops and consults with Al Sharpton — of Crown Heights riot, Freddie’s Fashion Mart, and Tawana Brawley notoriety — is anything off-limits?

    As I understand liberal popular culture as expressed in television and entertainment, David Letterman — cynical, dry, raised eyebrows at each ironic smirk — can pun on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had sex with a baseball player in the dugout. Or Martin Bashir rails that Mrs. Palin should have excrement and urine inserted into her mouth, or Chris Rock suggests that the 4th of July is “White People’s Day,” or Jamie Foxx jokes about how fun it was to play a character killing white people. Fine, free speech is free speech. To each his own. Let the seller and buyer establish their own codes of speech. Live and let live and all that good stuff.

    But, on the other hand, you must not, as a real-TV celebrity, dare to suggest off-camera that male sodomy is somehow less “normal” or perhaps less ”moral” or hygienic than is heterosexual intercourse. (The downside of sodomy in this Miley Cyrus age of anything goes rawness is oddly a taboo subject).

    The White Trash Zoo

    How bizarre that the Duck Dynasty characters and Pajama Boy reverberated the same week. I have never watched Duck Dynasty, and have only glanced at the expanding genre of white working class reality dramas, from tree cutters and gold miners to ice truckers and boat captains: Cussin’ good ol’ boys, who lose their temper when failing to start the generator, have big arms and bigger guts, and are to remind us (within limits) that once upon a time we all used to be more like them than Ezra Klein and Jay Carney.

    Who watches these shows? Perhaps the majority of viewers are those who still admire muscular strength and the earthy ability to make a living from nature (and not work for the Bureau of Labor Statistics or the local Department of Motor Vehicles), and a smaller percentage who find these aborigines odd, but also oddly compelling in their reminder that the people like themselves who run our country could not sharpen a chain saw, change the oil in their car, or unplug their own sewer line. This latter group is curious about the uncouth people who can do these things.

    The A&E controversy grew even stranger in that pet white aborigines from the rural south are supposed to shock us by their blunt talk and religious hocus pocus, but only if they stay inside the bars of their zoo cage and thus only ham it up within the parameters of politically correct hillbilly-ese. The Pajama Boy mob at A&E must know that the Ducks, should they speak like those in Silicon Valley or act in accordance with Upper West Side protocols, would have zero audience. Is the logic of Duck Dynasty that the few left in America of the 1940s can spout off in a neat way to us — but only without putting their paws and snouts too far through the bars of their cage?

    Obama as Pajama Boy

    Pajama Boy is the bookend to vero possumus, the faux-Greek columns, the Obama rainbow logo, cooling the planet and lowering the seas, hope and change, Forward!, “Yes, we can!”, the Nate Silver infatuation, Barbara Walters’ “messiah,” David Brooks’ crease, Chris Matthews’ tingle, and the army of Silicon techies who can mobilize for Obama but not for Obamacare. These are the elites without identities who feed on the latest fad. They are the upper-crust versions of those who once mobbed stores to buy the last Cabbage Patch Kids doll, or had to have a pet rock on their dresser. Obama, after all, was the lava lamp and Chia Pet of the young urban progressive.

    If I were to focus on just two of the many characteristics of Pajama Boy nation in the Age of Obama, one would be that the consequences of one’s ideology apply always to someone else. Obama obsesses on inequality, but cannot even go through the populist motions of avoiding Martha’s Vineyard, or not dressing like a nerd for golf at the latest tony course.

    He is an arugula-eating man of the people who tries to bowl only during election season. Michelle rags on the 1%, but still hits Costa del Sol and Aspen. Obamacare for us; for congressional staffers and insiders something quite different. A Nobel Prize and a half a billion dollars for guru Al Gore; and dumping Current TV on a fossil-fuelled, anti-Semitic authoritarian Middle Eastern regime to fund more good work of our green Elmer Gantry. Amnesty for illegal aliens, but private academies for liberal kids far from the ensuing chaos of the public schools. Pajama Boys are fiercely liberal so that they can fiercely avoid the people they so champion and are so afraid to live among.

    Second, the architects of Pajama Boy nation always expect others to go on despite rather than because of them. The frackers must frack so that Obama can brag about their productivity, while he bites his lip and looks pained to billionaire coastal benefactors about pumping liquid into the bowels of their Mother Earth.

    On Friday, Barack Obama was back out to again brag about his three supposed accomplishments: One, the deficit is shrinking; two, the gas and oil picture is brightening; and three, we are not witnessing anymore shut-downs of government over the debt ceiling. He should have added — “We do best when no one listens to me.”

    Savings accrued from the sequester that was forced upon Obama by those Tea Party nuts in the House. Gas prices are dropping despite the efforts of Obama to stop fracking and horizontal drilling on federal lands. Senator Obama himself voted to shut down the government under George W. Bush, rather than to raise the debt ceiling — having once passionately adopted the very stance that he now demonizes others for.

    The Other Half

    Half the country may have already tuned Pajama Boy nation out. Millions more or less don’t watch TV other than older movies and a few episodes of some serial like The Sopranos or Breaking Bad. Most expect just three things of today’s Hollywood celebrities: they are mostly spoiled and uneducated; they are very rich; and in their boredom they will find a way to annoy those without their money.

    We also find the grating nasal-twanged voices of our young talking heads on the news shows a tip-off that all their over-clever rhetoric is never grounded in reality. We have no idea whom MTV is awarding, or why, and couldn’t care less. We are sick of slick slightly pornographic commercials, and sicker still of the crude left-wing Victorians who push sex down our throats, but can’t handle a caricatured hick talking just as graphically as they do — but about sodomy in a way they don’t appreciate. Which is the cruder: to see a three-quarters naked Miley Cyrus on national television stick a huge foam finger toward the anus of one of her performers or to read that a bearded reality star in overalls finds vaginal sex preferable to anal sex — and then tells us why?

    Most don’t watch Oprah. Rap is a sort of occasional bothersome grate overheard at the service station or parking lot. No one goes to the movies to watch another tired Hollywood script of a courageous liberal maverick who fights the cancer-causing, stream-polluting, CIA-intriguing [fill in the blanks] corporation — as the actor is paid millions by the corporation producing the movie for his few hours of mediocre work. Company men and women don’t play renegades well anymore.

    We accept that the law is mostly fluid, depending on whether you are one of the noble suffering or the bad and incessantly grasping: sanctuary cities are noble places where federal immigration laws can be safely ignored. Try that with the Second Amendment and you’ll be summarily jailed.

    There is a growing tiredness with Pajama Boy nation. Millions are sick of being lectured, caricatured, and slandered for their supposed pathologies by the Sandra Flukes of the age and those in their pajamas who still grasp with two hands their hot chocolate. Add all their annoying Stalinist efforts up — to selectively going after Chick-fil-A or the Washington Redskins or Duck Dynasty — and the public is becoming tired of the shrill nerdocracy.

    How many are revolting against Pajama Boy nation and his bunch, no one quite knows. But I’m beginning to think for the first time since 2009 that the rage and numbers of the disengaged have not crested yet, not quite yet.

  • TheRock

    The far left is quacking in their boots. They know that if Hillary runs, she will win. Not just the democratic nomination, but the general. It is so obvious, it’s painful to watch.

    Vanishing adviser reappears as Iran policy player

    Associated Press
    By JULIE PACE
    7 hours ago

    http://news.yahoo.com/vanishing-adviser-reappears-iran-policy-player-185811990–politics.html

    From article….{EMPHASIS MINE}

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year, while Jake Sullivan was traveling with his boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he quietly disappeared during a stop in Paris. He showed up again a few days later, rejoining Clinton’s traveling contingent in Mongolia.

    In between, Sullivan secretly jetted to the Middle Eastern nation of Oman to meet with officials from Iran, people familiar with the trip said. The July 2012 meeting is one of the Obama administration’s earliest known face-to-face contacts with Iran and reveals that Sullivan – who moved from the State Department to the White House earlier this year – was personally involved in the administration’s outreach to the Islamic republic far earlier than had been reported.

    Senior administration officials had previously confirmed to The Associated Press that Sullivan and other officials held at least five secret meetings with Iran this year, paving the way for an interim nuclear agreement signed in November by Iran, the United States and five other world powers.

    The cloak-and-dagger diplomacy may seem like a tough assignment even for a grizzled foreign policy veteran, but Sullivan is just 37 and looks even younger. Even-keeled and pragmatic, Sullivan’s temperament mirrors that of President Barack Obama, people close to him say. That helped him crack the tight-knit foreign policy team at the White House where he serves as Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser.

    While Biden is a possible presidential candidate in 2016, Sullivan remains loyal to Clinton and is seen as her likely pick for White House national security adviser, should she run for president and win.

    The story beneath the story is that he had to go kicking and screaming to Iran because he knew how dumb an idea it was. I’m betting that at least for the time that she could, she kept the pressure on the Iranians through the advise she gave him on how he should proceed in the talks. Again, look at when the agreement was signed. Hillary WOULD NOT have let this nonsense get past her. There was no way she was going to strip one of the effective efforts at nuclear proliferation away from the world.

    There are some people that shouldn’t have bad weapons. I’m talking about the true believers. The ones that would kill to make a point. The ones that see chaos as better than order. The Iranians are DIRECTLY connected to these people to the extent that they act as their arm. This includes the financing of the terrorist groups that seek jihad as their form of foreign policy. They simply shouldn’t have any amount of nuclear weapons.

    And we give them bumbles….

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

  • TheRock

    The really sad thing is that we are watching from the sideline as change just stays chained to the floor. Look at who occupies the White House and the Highest departments of government. Old. Recycled. politicians. Both from the Clinton years AND the Bush years.

    We need new blood. THAT is the essence of change. The article highlights how Sullivan is a generational find in terms of a career foreign policy presence. His youth and energy is apparent in his CV. An educated mind along what seems like a hefty dose of negotiator DNA.

    In whose camp has he been since day 1? I suggest in the camp that has seen/saw/sees the path to true change.

    Hillary 2016

  • holdthemaccountable

    S @ 8:53 pm: Same here. I also found new things to enjoy.
    wbb – your adaptation of song and verse is commendable; thanks for sharing.
    ————————————————————-
    The word symbolic has been making the rounds:
    Obama signs up for health care, buying bronze plan the White House calls ‘symbolic’
    By Philip Rucker and Zachary A. Goldfarb, Published: December 23
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-signs-up-for-health-care-buying-bronze-plan-the-white-house-calls-symbolic/2013/12/23/109fc1e6-6c06-11e3-aecc-85cb037b7236_story.html

    But it’s not just the gesture that is so. The whole presidency is symbolic [of things really unpleasant.]

  • holdthemaccountable

    Some more information about alien kids crossing our southern border.
    ICE director defends transport of illegal immigrant children as ‘appropriate and legal’ 12/24/13.
    The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement defended the role of federal agents in transporting illegal immigrant children after a federal judge complained they were hand-delivering smuggled kids to parents in the United States. Snip It is a matter of public record that thousands of illegal immigrant children and teens are caught trying to enter the United States, and often sent to federally-run care centers while their status is determined.
    Hanen’s order, though, claimed the Obama administration was engaging in a risky practice by delivering some children to their parents. He argued that the practice would only encourage more parents to have their children smuggled over the border, through operations often connected to the drug cartels.
    “These actions are both dangerous and unconscionable,” he wrote.
    Critics say these policies and others are creating a magnet for illegal immigration. Statistics released late last week showed the number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has in fact surged over the last two years.
    The stats show 24,668 “unaccompanied alien children” were placed last year in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. That’s nearly double the number from 2012, and nearly quadruple the number in years past. Most were from Central America.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/24/ice-director-defends-transport-illegal-immigrant-children-as-appropriate-and/

  • Leanora

    Photos of the presidents at Christmastime starting with Wilson. Very nice.

    I like the Clintons’ photograph. Chelsea is so young. But weren’t we all younger back then? :-)

    Merry Christmas Everyone.

    Christmas with the Presidents
    http://www.historybyzim.com/2012/12/christmas-with-the-presidents/

  • Leanora

    Obamacare’s War on Civil Society

    Another Christmas gift from Big Government.

    Washington offers many opportunities for Schadenfreude, that wonderful German word which means to enjoy the misery of others. The sudden realization of liberal professionals who voted for Barack Obama that they will be forced to spend thousands more on health insurance was one of those moments. It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people!

    Reported the New York Times: “Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.”

    It’s not that they didn’t have coverage. Policies that they liked and wanted to keep. They were precisely the people who believed the president when he said if you liked it you could keep it. Gullible fools.

    Among the people highlighted in the Times article was attorney Barbara Meinwald, who was receiving coverage through the New York City Bar. Now her $10,000 policy is gone. A temporary plan is available, costing $5,000 more but including fewer doctors. Moreover, reported the Times, she “also looked on the state’s health insurance exchange. But she said she found that those plans did not have a good choice of doctors, and that it was hard to even find out who the doctors were, and which hospitals were covered.” Well now! Whatever happened to all the improved coverage that the president talked about? Meinwald said she would have voted for Mitt Romney had she realized what was going to happen.

    Read More: http://spectator.org/articles/57250/obamacare%E2%80%99s-war-civil-society

  • Meinwald said she would have voted for Mitt Romney had she realized what was going to happen.
    _____________________

    She should have read Big Pink. :)

  • wbboei

    In the link below, Pat Buchannan presents a comparison between the Duck Dynasty blacklisting by the hard left, and the Hollywood 10 black listing by McCarthy and the HUAC which is rather compelling. It is tempting to indict the Hollywood 10 prosecutions in hindsight, but they did reflect the political reality of the time, including the fact that the whole of Eastern Europe was under Stalin’s boot, they were attempting to steal our atomic bomb technology, and were widely involved in promoting civil unrest through labor unions and the civil rights movement, which the NAACP of its day resisted, unlike now. Then as now, the goal of the left is to turn this country into a nation of pajama boys who sit around cradling hot chocolate and doing whatever Obama and is godfather Soros direct. In short, a nation of eunuchs. Notice how big media is rooting for the leftists. They are the root of all evil. All my life I lived in their shadow and was willing to listen the their version of reality–one that supports their lavish life style at the expense of ours. It took the 2008 primary to convince me beyond cavil just how corrupt to the core big media truly is. And now, for me at least, there is no going back. They are the ones who must be ostracized, and disqualified from any serious discussion of the future of this nation. Yes, they are that bad.
    ———————–

    The homosexual lobby GLAAD swiftly demanded that Robertson be purged from “Duck Dynasty.” And A&E suspended him indefinitely.

    The backlash was swift and huge. Followers of “Duck Dynasty,” Evangelicals, politicians and free-speech champions arose to defend Robertson’s right to speak without punishment. Millions endorsed his views on what the Bible says and Christianity professes and promises.

    The battle revealed an immense and intense hostility in Middle America to the moral agenda being imposed by our cultural elites.

    While defenders of Robertson invoked the First Amendment, that is not the issue here. No one is denying Robertson his right to speak.

    Order Pat Buchanan’s brilliant and prescient books at WND’s Superstore.

    What GLAAD wants to do is to blacklist Robertson, to punish him by taking away his podium, “Duck Dynasty.” The gay rights militants cannot silence him, but they do have the power to cost him his job and take away his megaphone so that his vast audience can no longer hear him.

    The blacklist of the Truman era did not deny the Hollywood Ten their right to produce movie scripts. It was an agreed-upon Hollywood policy not to commission or to use the work of unrepentant communists as writers, producers or directors.

    Who were the Hollywood Ten? They were closet communists, secret members of a Communist Party USA, then a wholly owned subsidiary of the greatest mass murderer in history, Joseph Stalin.

    And of what were the Hollywood Ten guilty?

    When Stalinists were eradicating freedom and exterminating Eastern European Christians and overrunning China and murdering millions, as President Truman tried to rally the forces of freedom, the Hollywood Ten took the Fifth Amendment. They refused to repudiate communism or name names of fellow communists who were still reshaping the thinking of America from their upholstered perches in the film industry.

    Today, however, the Hollywood Ten are regarded as martyrs, moral heroes. Had they been secret Nazis rather than secret Stalinists in those years, they would likely not be so beloved of the Hollyleft.

    Contrast if you will the sins for which Phil Robertson is being blacklisted with those of the Hollywood Ten.

    He is a fundamentalist Christian professing his belief in what he holds to be Bible truths about sin, homosexuality, heaven and hell. For so doing, he is being censored by elites who wish to deny him access to the medium they largely control – television.

    And what were the comparable sins of the Hollywood Ten?

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/12/duck-dynasty-and-the-new-blacklist/#4DlTqyPwS0dJGWhv.99

  • Merry Christmas Eve to all of you Friends! :)

  • wbboei

    Technology which they have been unable to replicate or capture is marginalizing the voice of big media, but only to a point. That is why they have tasked the former head of the ABC News Division with the task of responding to the competitive threat posed by the internet. But that is not enough. I believe that if Rassmussen is right, and 48% of the electorate still support Obama, at a time when the nation itself is failing, by most empirical measures, it can be attributed to the continuing support of big media for this corrupt leader.

    There is an alternative explanation, however. I was thinking about it last night, as I watched a documentary of an OSS psychological profiling of Hitler, by a Harvard boy named Langer, which was undertaken at the request of wild Bill Donovan who was the head of that war time agency. Many of the factors which he noted about Hitler are also present in the psychological make-up of Obama. For example, both of them had disruptive childhoods, that reduced them to nothingness, and to compensate for that, they constructed a messianic character which they came to believe in–as in king obama. He emerged on the scene at a time of great economic uncertainty. His messianic exterior attracted a cult following of co-dependents who became a cult–which he actively encouraged. This is important because the melding of his needs with theirs created an inseparable bond–same as with Hitler. In short, the sum was greater than the parts, ergo 48% approval in the teeth of failure. Like Hitler he sought to transform society from top to bottom. Then, like Hitler, he began dismantling the institutions of society and government which stood in his way, and consolidated all power in himself, with the tacit approval of the media and capitalists. And when reality did not comport with his rhetoric, he doubled down on the lie–as we see with Obamacare–which big media tried to excuse. Finally, as the walls closed in on him, the mask came off and the angry ossified child emerged. And when the war was lost, he refused to compromise, as we see with Obamacare. He preferred to let the system go down than to save it through compromise.

    To be sure this is not a 10 point match. But an 8 point match is sufficient to say, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And, here’s looking at you David Brooks, Tom Friedman and all your ilk.

  • wbboei

    Another point worth noting is that Hitler and Obama went to great lengths to hide the details of their pasts. Those details were shrouded in history. Given this comparison, it is hardly surprising that a former Nazi collaborator like Soros would gravitate toward him. In fact, Soros would invite him to campaign events with wealthy Jewish contributors, and would stage a Charley McCarthy act, where he (Soros) would take the anti-Israel position and Obama would rebut it with arguments that were designed to please the group. How different now. Action speaks louder than words.

    I guess none of this matters. The public will not wise up about what has occurred until long after. Maybe that is all we can reasonably expect. As the saying goes, eat desert first, for life is uncertain.

  • wbboei

    Correction: shrouded in SECRECY.

  • moononpluto

    Well, here we are, another year……………

    For all,We wish you a wonderful Merry CHRISTMAS and a happy new year for 2014.

    May we all reconvene in 2014 to continue the good fight and wake everyone up out of their idiotic slumber.

    Have fun….

  • henry

    Merry Christmas to all

  • Leanora

    It Begins… Army Tells Soldiers Not to Say “Christmas”

    The Democrat’s war against Christianity continues…

    Camp Shelby soldiers were told not to say “Christmas” this year.

    It’s offensive.

    Todd Starnes at FOX News reported:

    Don’t say Christmas.

    That’s the message that was conveyed to a group of soldiers at Camp Shelby by an equal opportunity officer from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, according to a soldier who attended a recent briefing.

    “It’s unbelievable that the Army would ban ‘Christmas’ like it’s a bad word,” said Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, a legal firm representing the unidentified soldier.

    Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity officer immediately objected to the usage of the word “Christmas.”

    “Our equal opportunity representative stopped the briefing and told us that we can’t say Christmas,” the soldier told me. “Almost the entire room blew up. Everybody was frustrated. The equal opportunity rep told our commander that not everyone celebrates Christmas and we couldn’t say Christmas celebration. It had to be holiday celebration.”

    The soldier said there was a brief, but heated discussion about political correctness. At one point, the equal opportunity representative tried to deflect the criticism by pointing out it was the Army’s rules – not hers.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/12/it-begins-army-tells-soldiers-not-to-say-christmas/

  • holdthemaccountable

    Over my considerable lifespan, I’ve struggled with lapses of allegiance to Christianity which by and large, has been the religion of my family on both sides for many generations. In my lifetime I’ve been a student, a congregant, a choir member, a Sunday School teacher of 3 year-olds [very sweet], an accompanist, an organist. Fortunately, as imperfect as my faith is, I never fail to become imbued with the Christmas spirit on this Eve.

    May all of you feel an equal comfort during this season, whatever it is to you.

  • holdthemaccountable

    FWIW I can tolerate humor with my beliefs. To wit: week before last I ran into the rural supermarket here to pick up matzoh crackers. I just like them. On the way to the international foods aisle, I passed a candy display and could not resist the boxed chocolate bars I saw there. The boxes were printed to resemble paper money and stated in large print: “In Santa We Trust.” Really cute for the kids on my list. I didn’t think a thing about how the two items sent mixed signals until a RABBI stopped to chat with me. Slowly it dawned on me what he might be thinking. But he did not let on either.

    Just my typical luck. But it was good for a laugh. And feel free to wish me Shalom, for I’ll appreciate it.

  • Lu4PUMA

    Merry Christmas!

    Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas (just saying it a few extra times for those who may not be allowed)

  • Lu4PUMA

    wbboei,

    I would not be overly concerned by polls. If the answers cannot be biased by the questions, it is childs play for someone like Soros to manipulate the telecommunications to a predetermined opinion base. We are being told what the powers that be want us to hear.

  • VotingHillary

    Merry Christmas to all…enjoy watching A Christmas Story….enjoy your family and friends and loving critters that love you no matter what.

    A head’s up for you all that shop Amazon. There is a phishing email that’s gone out tonight. Check the address…if it doesn’t end in @amazon.com, it is bogus. I talked to their customer service a few minutes ago and they told me they have been after whoever has been doing this for awhile now.

    Reminder, NEVER OPEN an email w/ an attachment unless you are positive who it is from.

  • jbstonesfan

    Merry Christmas to all.

  • Shadowfax

    Merry Christmas Big Pinkers…from beautiful Monterey. Saw lots of sea animals, big frickin’ fish and my favorites, the Otters.

  • Southern Born

    May the happy moments of this Christmas pass slowly gathering lovely memories for you and your family.

    This is my first Christmas without my mother who was 92 years old when she died this year. It is a very sad time but thankfully I have wonderful memories.

    Merry Christmas to Administrator and everyone on Big Pink.

  • VotingHillary

    Southern Born
    December 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm
    May the happy moments of this Christmas pass slowly gathering lovely memories for you and your family.

    This is my first Christmas without my mother who was 92 years old when she died this year. It is a very sad time but thankfully I have wonderful memories.

    Merry Christmas to Administrator and everyone on Big Pink.
    —————————————————–

    Southern, so sorry for the loss of your mother. I know the pain. I lost my best friend, my Dad, this year.

    Let the dear Christmas memories of her help to bring a warm Christmas glow in your heart as you think of her at this time of year.

  • Southern Born

    Thank you, Voting Hillary. I’m sorry for your loss as well.

  • moononpluto

    Wonders what news or report the WH will try and sneak out today with no one noticing and distracted…….bet it’ll be a doozy.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Here’s an obvious news deposit timed for high impact:
    Bill de Blasio’s daughter reveals struggle with drink and drugs
    By Phillip Sherwell, New York 8:54AM GMT 25 Dec 2013
    The teenage daughter of Bill de Blasio, the incoming New York mayor, has revealed that she drank and took drugs to cope with her struggles with depression during her adolescence. Chiara de Blasio, 19, made the stunning disclosures about her substance abuse, depression and recovery in a video
    released on Christmas Eve
    by her father’s transition team.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10537455/Bill-de-Blasios-daughter-reveals-struggle-with-drink-and-drugs.html
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    Even though FLOTUS was knee-deep in tracking Santa [link below], there was time for the First Couple to High 5 Chiara’s courage.
    CRASS Crass. crass.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Michelle Obama tracks Santa Claus with kids [NOT HERS]
    “This is First Lady Michelle Obama. I’m here today helping the folks out at NORAD track Santa,”
    http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/michelle-obama-tracks-santa-claus-with-kids_899266.html

    PS: Lu4PUMA TY :)

  • moononpluto

    Wow its happening…..

    Turkish Govt collapsing. Interior, Economic and Environment Minister all resign.

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/environment-minister-bayraktar-announces-resignation-calls-on-pm-erdogan-to-quit.aspx?pageID=238&nID=60118&NewsCatID=338

    3rd Cabinet minister resigns under corruption probe and calls on PM Erdogan himself to resign, says all was done on Erdogans orders…Yup Erdogan is finished.

    Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar announced his resignation from Cabinet and Parliament today, further calling on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to resign amid a continuing graft investigation that has gripped the country.

    Bayraktar joins Interior Minister Muammer Güler and Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan, who also announced their resignations earlier today.

    Bayraktar said most of the amendments on construction plans mentioned in the investigation had been made with Erdoğan’s knowledge. He also added that he received pressure to submit his own resignation.

    “I don’t accept the fact that I have received pressure. A resignation letter and a declaration were sent to us today. I consider this wrong in such a situation,” Bayraktar told private broadcaster NTV.

    Twenty-four people have been arrested under the corruption investigation that rocked Turkey last week, including the sons of Güler and Çağlayan.

    Bayraktar’s son was also among those detained under the investigation, but he was released pending trial on Dec. 21.

  • admin

    NEW ARTICLE IS UP.

  • holdthemaccountable

    Putting together the selfie brouhaha in Africa where one could conclude that BO is weak while MO is strong. Add in the NORAD assist she provides, evidently annually but now it is brought to my attention. Then add this, also today,

    Michelle Obama is ‘commander in chief of Christmas’
    “…If you follow her vision, you’ll see her personality and what she wants the experience to be for the American public,” Coleen Christian Burke said…[2014 theme]: “Gather around”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/dec/25/michelle-obama-commander-chief-christmas/

    seems she may be testing presidential waters. However she has the same stubborn streak for knowing what’s best for her subjects, so I hope this tack is soon abandoned.
    ————–
    More turmoil in Turkey. :(

  • holdthemaccountable

    Perhaps this is what the mayor-elect’s daughter’s confession is supposed to quash:
    NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) – Just a day after a report claimed Eliot Spitzer was dating a former aide who now works for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, the former governor and his wife say their marriage is over.
    more at http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24299785/spitzers-say-their-marriage-is-over