How The Grinch Tried To Steal Christmas, Or, Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

One year ago, after a bleak November, the threat of a long term Grinch victory appeared all too real. But fear not. Whoville has been threatened with its very survival before – most recently after too many of its citizens drank Hopium and committed mass stupidity. Foolish Whoville has been threatened before and yet foolish Whoville has survived – over and over correcting its mistakes. One year later, after last year’s horrible November – it’s a wonder filled Christmas.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

The original story of how an earlier Grinch evilly tried to steal Christmas featured the voice of Boris Karloff as the animated Grinch. Karloff, made his bones, so to speak, as the monster created in a laboratory by twisted Dr. Frankenstein who thought he was a new God with the power of life and death. Herr Doktor Von Frankenstein was sent packing by “bitter, clinging” peasants with pitchforks.

As we’ve warned, a new Frankenstein monster walks the land ready to kill before it is killed. In an attempt to steal Christmas we were all suppose to waste our Christmas Eve with thoughts of this monster. The Grinch thought we could all be forced to join the attack on Christmas. Instead this latest Grinch failed as spectacularly as the earlier green Grinch failed.

The plotting-in-Hawaii Grinch proved to be too much of a boob for anyone to take his Frankenstein monster seriously enough to let Christmas be stolen away from them:

“The painful path to Obamacare deadline

Tuesday is a moment of truth for Obamacare.

It marks the final deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, if they want coverage starting on January 1.

If enough people – and the right mix of young and old – do not enroll, the ambitious program designed to provide health benefits to millions of uninsured and under-insured Americans risks eventually unraveling.

The deadline caps a turbulent roll-out this year for Obamacare and the website that is key to enrolling millions of people in the initiative. The website crashed upon its launch on October 1, frustrating users trying to shop for insurance plans. It now is functioning much better, but is still not at 100 percent. [snip]

Here is a look at some notable moments in the months leading up to Obamacare’s troubled launch.


In June 2012, Margaret Tavenner was worried. [snip]

The White House was closely briefed on the issues. Tavenner was cleared to visit White House officials involved in the project 425 times from December 2009 to June 2013, including several meetings with Obama, visitor logs show. The White House said later that Obama knew only the broad picture, not details of the effort. [snip]

For insurance brokers who had learned to keep it simple for customers, it was a harbinger of trouble. [snip]


Tavenner assured the panel that software development and testing for would be done by September 2013.

A week later, on April 18, Tavenner’s boss, Katherine Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, delivered a similar message to a House budget panel. [snip]

These confident public displays masked a different reality. [snip]

Obama also was briefed on McKinsey’s findings, White House press secretary Jay Carney later acknowledged. [snip]

“I’m pretty nervous — I don’t know about you,” Chao told the group, according to Congressional Quarterly.

“The time for debating about the size of the text on the screen, or the color, or is it a world-class user experience, that’s what we used to talk about two years ago,” Chao said. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”


By July, Chao’s concerns had escalated. [snip]

Alarming assessments streamed in from CMS technical advisers.

“We believe that our entire build is in jeopardy,” wrote one, referring to the elaborate website construction. [snip]


As October 1 approached, bleak assessments about the website surfaced everywhere – except from the Obama administration. [snip]


We snipped out the majority of this for all purposes Three Stooges comedy. The boobery and the lies are too many to explore in detail this Christmas Day. Furthermore, as Obama endorser and love bug David Brooks puts it, there is a “legitimacy problem” to this grinchian clodfest:

“The Legitimacy Problem

It’s pretty clear that the implementation of Obamacare will set the tone for how Americans think about government for years to come. There are two large questions to be settled, which you might call the questions of competence and coercion.

The first is whether the government is competent enough to manage large programs. [snip]

Already, it’s very clear that millions of Americans — and not just Tea Party types — do not accept the legitimacy of the government to overrule individual decisions, even on something like health insurance. This is not the America of 1932 or of 1964. This is an America steeped in distrust of government. It’s an America that is, on both left and right, steeped in the ethos of individual choice. It’s an America steeped in a morality of authenticity, which says that it is right to listen to the individual voice within and immoral to be forced to conform to the external commands from without. [snip]

It now seems possible that no one will be paying the mandate penalties in 2014. Having exempted some groups from the mandate already, it will be politically difficult to start enforcing it on others. And, looking further into the future, why should we think Democrats will suddenly crack down and enforce the mandate in the run-up to the next presidential election? [snip]

Governing in an age of distrust is different than governing in an age of trust. Government now lacks the legitimacy to impose costs on losers, so politicians face unprecedented pressure to create situations in which everybody looks like winners. Government lacks the legitimacy to coerce.”

What Brooks does not dare say is that Barack Obama is the one who finished off the notion of a government that is competent and honest. It was dolts like Brooks that believed in Barack Obama and HOPE and CHANGE and that the oceans would be made to recede and that a new golden age replete with CELESTIAL CHOIRS would sing. It was smarties like us that spotted Barack Obama as a treacherous boob and repeatedly wrote:

“Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.”

A dishonest, incompetent, treacherous boob of a Grinch extended phony deadline after phony deadline for a flim-flam scam of a law that he wrote and rewrote as convenience dictated. Whether in states like Oregon or the illegitimately subsidized federal exchanges the Frankenstein monster is being chased away by yawning peasants with pitchforks.

This latest green with envy Grinch thought Americans could be coerced into spending Christmas Eve bowing down before a Frankenstein monster law and a barely electrified website in order to comply with a deadline that is not really a deadline because it is just a scam within a scam within a larger scam. The golfing Grinch thought we could be made to cower and forget Christmas. Instead Americans fought either directly or via boredom.

In America we are made of sterner stuff than in Whoville. We’re the land of the free and the home of the brave. Take heart. A blessed and joyous Christmas to all our readers! Have a holly, jolly Christmas! It’s the best time of the year!


158 thoughts on “How The Grinch Tried To Steal Christmas, Or, Have A Holly Jolly Christmas

  1. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Professor:

    “I was getting down about all the generic “holiday” cards I was getting.

    Completely content-void sayings like:

    “Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season”


    “Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year”

    Wish me a Merry Christmas, damn it, even though I’m Jewish.

    I demand it.

    By failing to wish me a Merry Christmas you deprive me of the opportunity to respond, “and a Happy Hanukkah to you.”

  2. The Queen marks birth of Prince George in her Christmas message, adding he was “baptised into a joyful faith of Christian duty and service”

    Glad someone still mentions their christian faith without it being dilluted or trampled on.

  3. The Scandal in Turkey gathers pace, Erdogan is fighting fires on many fronts not sure how much longer he can on for, this looks like a major earthquake happening under him….

    AKP party memebers calling for Erdogans resignation….

    Former interior minister resigns from AK Party amid graft probe

    Former Interior Minister İdris Naim Şahin resigned from the ruling AK Party hours after resignation of three ministers from their posts.

    Ordu Deputy Şahin had disagreements with the ruling party over a number of issues and the recent corruption scandal prompted his leaving from the party, which was shaken by a series of resignations.

    17:14 – Prosecutors confirm investigation launched against state railways

    Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that there is an investigation into the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) regarding its alleged involvement in corruption.

    This is something that directly involves Erdogan himself…….


    This corruption scandal is on an unprecedented scale…Erdogan has now fired this week 1000 police officers or had them “reassigned”, Police are hitting back. Even in the day of military juntas and previous govts has there been corruption on this scale.

    If he gets out of this, he will never been turfed out but i really do think this will break him, Money is the Turks language, they do hate corruption more than anything……..If I was the EU i’d be looking for those swiss bank accounts long rumored to belong to Erdogan.

  4. Merry Christmas. I am glad to see that you, Santa and Santa’s helpers are hard at work at a time when half the nation, comprised of Christian hating bots, atheists, poverty pimps, Stalinists and their ilk are planning for a new year of obliterating our culture primarily, and destroying the middle class. And to that priming goofball Brooks, I would venture to say he knows nothing about legitimacy, being illegitimate himself. I would also say he is late to the party, as in

    “Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.” – Alexander Pope

    It sure goes to show however that there are no real independent thinkers in big media. Merely a band of sheep, where the herd instinct, and arrogance are king. So, after five miserable years, big media has concluded that Obama is not the blushing bride they claimed he was. That is not good enough. They need to go down with him.

  5. Now we know why Erdogan was busy removing certain police officers……Istanbul prosecutors issued orders to arrest Bilal Erdogan, the PM’s son and many others for bribery and corruption…..police department refused……

    The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the detention of 30 suspects, including a number of deputies and businessmen. The İstanbul Police Department, which saw an extensive purge of its top officers over the last week, has not complied with the order, however.

    Prosecutor Harun Akkaş, known for his work on sensitive cases like the Ergenekon coup plot and the murder of the Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, is leading the investigation, which is seen as the second round of a graft probe that has shaken Turkey’s political establishment.

    Early media reports claimed that the investigation concerns al-Qaeda operations in Turkey as well as business deals in which deputies and public officials are involved.

    Akkaş gave the order to detain the suspects to the İstanbul police in the afternoon. The police, however, did not immediately comply; the İstanbul Police Department did not assign a team to carry out the mission. Later that day all the department’s police chiefs were summoned to a meeting at the department’s headquarters.

    In an overnight change to police procedure for judicial investigations last week, the government stifled prosecutorial independence by requiring police officers to report to their superiors in all investigations. In the current probe into corruption and bribery, that would have forced the police to inform the interior minister that they were investigating his son.

    The government has also removed or reassigned hundreds of police officers involved in the investigation.

    The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into the police officers who refused to carry out the detention orders. Turkish media have reported that the probe involves allegations against İstanbul Governor Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, Selami Altınok and the chief of the financial crimes unit, Hakan Sıralı, of insubordination, violation of the confidentiality of an investigation and aiding and abetting a criminal.

    Last week the prosecution summoned the chief of the İstanbul Police Department’s intelligence unit, Ahmet Arıbaş, to testify about allegations that he had leaked documents about the corruption investigation. The department’s newly appointed head Selami Altınok, however, turned down the court’s request and declined to send the officer.

    Around $100 billion in bribes are said to be involved in the case.

    Soon after the story surfaced, Turkish media outlets claiming to have sources close to the case said that the following people were named in the detention order: Yasin al-Qadi, listed as a terrorist by the UN; Üsame Kutup; Orhan Cemal Kalyoncu; Turkish State Railways (TCDD) General Director Süleyman Karaman; İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Secretary-General Adem Baştürk; the prime minister’s son, Bilal Erdoğan; as well as businessmen Mustafa Latif Topbaş, Abdullah Tivnikli and Cengiz Aktürk. None of these names had been confirmed at press time.


    I smell a govt collapse soon, if not, then we may have to have intl intervention to remove him.

  6. Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas Christmas Christmas Christmas! (I just had to get a few more in).

    All the stores are closed here, even Walmart. I just barley found a place to buy some brown rice for our Christmas Dinner before it closed at noon. I guess that the retailers know people are not spending so much this year. And I believe it is better that Christmas is not so much about buying stuff. I wish for Christmas that those that deserve the short Change think about it and those that do not, overcome.

  7. It would be very helpful for Turkey to get rid Erdogan , Obama’s must trusted foreign
    leader, and re-establish ties with Israel. Erdogan has done exactly what Obama wanted him to do , but hopefully the Turkish people will wake up and throw him out.


  8. La, la, la, la
    La, la, la, la

    Merry, merry, merry Christmas
    Merry, merry, merry Christmas

    Ring silver bells, sweet silver bells

    Ding, dong, ding, dong, d.i.n.g

  9. Bibi knows Israel can rely on her Christian friends as opposed to the far left Jews who support Obama’s systematic destruction of the Jewish state.

  10. Took there time on something we reported days ago……

    A corruption investigation that has encircled the Turkish government moved an ominous step closer to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, as three top ministers whose sons have been implicated abruptly resigned — and one of them, on his way out the door, said Mr. Erdogan should step down as well.

    The resignations, coming only hours after the ministers welcomed Mr. Erdogan at the Ankara airport as he returned from Pakistan late on Tuesday, were enough to inspire new talk of a deepening crisis, which Mr. Erdogan has repeatedly denounced as a foreign plot.

    But the words from one of the departing ministers were considered stunning, coming from a political party known for silencing dissent. That instantly raised the significance of the entire inquiry and left members of the Turkish public wondering if they were witnessing the collapse of their Islamist-rooted government of the last decade.

    “Now it seems the situation has changed completely,” said Kerem Oktem, a Turkey expert and research fellow at the European Studies Center at the University of Oxford. “It seems the ring around Erdogan has gotten tighter.”

    Later, as a dramatic day came to a close, Mr. Erdogan emerged from a meeting with President Abdullah Gul in Ankara, the Turkish capital, and announced that seven other ministers would leave his cabinet, some of whom are departing as part of a long-planned shuffle so that they can run for mayors in coming elections. One of the late-night departures included the European Union minister, who has been implicated in the corruption investigation.

    The investigation became public a week ago with dawn police raids on the offices of businessmen and others close to the prime minister. But Wednesday was the first time that someone who had been in Mr. Erdogan’s hierarchy — a confidant, no less — left the strong implication of the prime minister’s entanglements in some of the real estate deals at the heart of the case.

    read on……………

  11. As i said at the time……

    Turkish EX Min of Interior who staunchly denied it while in office, after resigning admits during Gezi, polis used burn materials like capsicum and other chemicals in water sprayed on crowd by you hear that Int’l Criminal Court…….do your job.

  12. reports the prosecutor in charge of the corruption scandal Muammer Akkas prosecuting and investigating the Govt is removed from the case…must be getting to close to Erdogans office then…..complete interference to stop an investigation.


    Egypt’s military-backed interim government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, a dramatic escalation that gives authorities more power in cracking down on members of the group.

    Hossam Eissa, the Minister of Higher Education, read out the Cabinet statement after a long meeting Wednesday.

    The Cabinet has declared the Muslim Brotherhood group and its organization as a terrorist organization,” he said.

    Eissa added that the implications of the declaration punish those who belong to the group, finance it and promote the group’s activities.

    Mohammed Morsi was a leading member of the Brotherhood before he became president. After he was ousted by a military coup in July, the group has waged near-daily protests.

    Authorities blame the Brotherhood for militant attacks now striking Egypt, a claim the Brotherhood repeatedly has denied.

  14. Patchwork of ObamaCare insurance deadlines adds to confusion
    Published December 26, 2013
    The deadlines in the ObamaCare enrollment process have been a moving target. For those seeking coverage for the start of the new year, the deadline to sign up was originally Dec. 15. Then it was moved to Dec. 23, and then again to Dec. 24. Even after that deadline passed Tuesday night, the administration announced that those who ran into technical problems on could still seek an exemption and get covered by Jan. 1. Then comes the next set of deadlines. After appeals from the Obama administration, major health insurers announced earlier this month that they would give people until Jan. 10 — as opposed to Dec. 31 — to pay their first month’s premium and have coverage effective Jan. 1.
    But many states running their own exchanges have their own deadlines for first payments. Some have more than one. In Idaho, for instance, Blue Cross, Bridgespan and Select Health extended their deadline to Jan. 10. But PacificSource extended its deadline to Jan. 15. The deadlines in Washington, D.C., also depend on the insurer. Other deadlines are earlier. California’s and Rhode Island’s is Jan. 6. Vermont’s is Jan. 7. The following states all have Jan. 10 deadlines: Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New York. The following states have Jan. 15 deadlines: Maryland, Oregon and Washington state. Snip.

  15. Ducks all in a row:

    “A rookie mistake.” That’s how one TV industry veteran who’s put in time dealing with rogue reality stars described A&E’s handling of its Duck Dynasty nightmare.

    It’s very difficult to keep these people in check then they get famous,” the exec noted, in A&E’s defense. Particularly when the star already has amassed a large pile of money making bird-calling devices for hunters, believes he has a religious calling, and isn’t afraid to lose his TV series. A&E is charting new territory, execs with whom we spoke acknowledged. “You’ve got an immovable object who actually believes he has God on his side. He’s a multimillionaire who lives in a swamp!” one industry image specialist acknowledged. “I don’t’ think he gives a flying fuck whether or not [A&E] agrees with him. I don’t think there’s any fear in this guy.” Ditto the rest of the Robertson family, who quickly issued a statement suggesting they will not do the show without Phil.

    Our panel of industry execs is still scratching their heads in re why the A&E let Phil Robertson, a guy whose religious beliefs were well known to the network, within 100 yards of a GQ interview.

    Who the hell let them talk to GQ in the first place?” one veteran wondered. “This is their biggest show. Are they going to get a bigger audience by talking to some snarky reporter from GQ? Where is the upside? There is none. Zero.”

    Chimed in another: “GQ is not a Duck Dynasty-friendly place, and [A&E] knew they had talent that talks and goes off the reservation. What the fuck you gonna get from GQ? It’s not going to get you a new audience. Then they left him alone with the reporter.” (A&E had a rep on site, but the reporter nonetheless managed to squeeze in some alone time with Phil, during which he cut loose, according to media reports).

    Robertson, on the other hand, is guilty only of consistent behavior. “He has not flinched. He’s very consistent in his opinion. He has gone off [A&E’s] script, but he’s perfectly on-script for him,” said one TV exec. “There was some sincerity to the show – unless it was all bullshit. Turns out, it wasn’t.” [snip]

    Duck Dynasty isn’t just another of the homespun reality TV shows about swamp people, trailer park people, pickers, hoarders, storage-locker openers, and coupon clippers that litter the TV landscape these days – it’s a religious parable, our pundits noted. “This is a show where, somewhere in every episode they’re saying grace,” noted one. “These people have a certain genuineness to them, even if they did agree to do a reality show.” [snip]

    Said one exec, “Their statement … should have been simply along the lines of, ‘The opinion stated by Phil is his opinion only; it’s not the opinion of A&E’ — and let it go.”

    Added another: “Gay groups and others can come after [the network], but that’s a lot better to deal with than to have the stars of your [hit] show want to take it elsewhere for not supporting them.”

    Ironically, A&E’s Duck Dynasty holiday marathon, with episodes that feature Phil, has not placated Phil’s fans. Weirdly, it’s enraged them and caused them to accuse A&E of a) hypocrisy and b) putting business ahead of principles. [snip]

    “They’re going to have to apologize,” agreed another. “If they want them back, they’re going to have to eat crow. They’ll probably do it right after Christmas. Look for a note sometime over the next week and a half.”

  16. Edward Snowden’s Christmas Message: ‘A Child Born Today Will Grow Up With No Conception of Privacy At All’ ….
    “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves — an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought,” Snowden said. “And that’s a problem, because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

  17. Our panel of industry execs is still scratching their heads in re why the A&E let Phil Robertson, a guy whose religious beliefs were well known to the network, within 100 yards of a GQ interview.

    “Who the hell let them talk to GQ in the first place?” one veteran wondered. “This is their biggest show. Are they going to get a bigger audience by talking to some snarky reporter from GQ? Where is the upside? There is none. Zero.”

    Chimed in another: “GQ is not a Duck Dynasty-friendly place, and [A&E] knew they had talent that talks and goes off the reservation. What the fuck you gonna get from GQ? It’s not going to get you a new audience. Then they left him alone with the reporter.” (A&E had a rep on site, but the reporter nonetheless managed to squeeze in some alone time with Phil, during which he cut loose, according to media reports).
    It appears that the survival strategy of big media is not to change to reflect the values of their audience, but instead to stay as rigidly left wing and elitist as they are, and to diversify into fluff entertainment hoping to regain their lost audience. That gives them the cache they need to continue promoting their crony capitalism which rewards their community handsomely at the expense of the nation. It will not work.

    By contrast, whether you like them or not, the business judgement of the one competitor who is cleaning their clock, i.e. FOX and its CEO Roger Ailes, is to publish a news product that appeals to their audience, meaning the critical mass of the audience which exists beyond the glorious gateway and its legion of Harvard trained fuck ups. Is that a fair judgment? Perhaps not. But it cannot be dismissed by any thinking person when they look at the current condition of the country, economically, socially, legally, etc. and notice that amid the ruins there as a plethora of Harvard trained geniuses. The contrarain market is what FOX taps into, so much so that a blowhard like O’Reilly is listened to.

  18. Public isn’t buying lamestream media’s contrived attack on multivitamins

    (NaturalNews) Once again, the lamestream media habit of completely accepting commentary from mainstream medical “authorities” has resurfaced as part of an anti-supplement campaign. Recently, they’ve take a fistful of press releases from medical mafia agents to attack multivitamins, most other vitamins, herbs and Dr. Linus Pauling.

    The smear campaign’s major contributors were The Week, Time Magazine, The New York Times and England’s The Guardian. Here’s the title from The Week: “How the vitamin industrial complex swindled America: Blame money, politics, and a flawed genius named Linus Pauling.”

    This title is very interesting. Using the phrase “vitamin industrial complex” with money and politics is an example of “psychological projection,” accusing others with what they’re actually guilty of, or attacking others who are innocent of what the attackers actually practice.

    It’s Big Pharma and the medical monopoly with support from the FDA and bought politicians who have the largest medical-industrial complex going. The smear campaign hit pieces cite a 12 billion-dollar supplement industry without statistical sourcing. But what is the revenue from combined medical monopoly efforts?

    Investigative journalist Maggie Mahar wrote a book titled Money Driven Medicine, which is described as a look behind the scenes of America’s 2 trillion-dollar medical-industrial complex. So, how many billions make a trillion?

    It takes 1,000 billions to make an American trillion. The vitamin hit pieces neglected to compare a 12 billion-dollar vitamin industry, if that figure is accurate, to the 2,000 billion-dollar medical system that doesn’t want diseases prevented, because disease care is their business.

    Learn more:

  19. Be prepared: Wall Street advisor recommends guns, ammo for protection in collapse

    A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances for a fiscal and social disaster, is recommending that Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, a gun and ammo to help them stay alive.

    David John Marotta, a Wall Street expert and financial advisor and Forbes contributor, said in a note to investors, “Firearms are the last item on the list, but they are on the list. There are some terrible people in this world. And you are safer when your trusted neighbors have firearms.”

    His memo is part of a series addressing the potential for a “financial apocalypse.” His view, however, is that the problems plaguing the country won’t result in armageddon. “There is the possibility of a precipitous decline, although a long and drawn out malaise is much more likely,” said the Charlottesville, Va.-based president of Marotta Wealth Management.

    Marotta said that many clients fear an end-of-the-world scenario. He doesn’t agree with that outcome, but does with much of what has people worried.

    “I, along with many other economists, agree with many of the concerns expressed in these dire warnings. The growing debt and deficit spending is a tax on those holding dollars. The devaluation in the U.S. dollar risks the dollar’s status as the reserve currency of the world. Obamacare was the worst legislation in the past 75 years. Socialism is on the rise and the NSA really is abrogating vast portions of the Constitution. I don’t disagree with their concerns,” he wrote.

    In his latest note, he said that Americans should have a survival kit to take in case of a financial or natural disaster. It should be filled with items that will help them stay alive for the first 72-hours of a crisis, including firearms.

  20. Top judicial council issues an ultimatum-like statement, warning Erdoğan govt to not interfere into judiciary.

    Erdogan Government obstructionism enables two Al Qaeda sponsors to flee their arrest. This story is bigger than corruption

  21. 17:30 – Turkey’s top judicial body says judicial police regulation against constitution

    Turkey’s top judicial body has harshly criticized new judicial police regulation, saying that it is violation of the Turkish constitution.

    The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has said in a statement on Thursday that state institutions and executive offices must act in line with the principle of equality before law in all of their activities. It added that independent judiciary is guarantee of citizens against the rulers. The statement noted that judicial check on rulers for their illegal activities is an essential part of the democratic and state of rule of law.

    Statement from Prosecutor.
    Full text of Prosecutor Akkaş’s press statement:

    It becomes a necessity to deliver this statement due to pressure I faced during the investigation that I led.

    I have been leading an investigation into allegations of a criminal organization being formed for tender rigging, bribery, abuse of power, forgery of documents, intimidation and other crimes such as violation of Law No. 2863, that involve several well-known figures and some public servants. Yesterday morning [Wednesday], I submitted search, seizure and detention decisions by a court to the İstanbul Police Department in order to collect the pieces of evidence before they are eradicated. I noticed in media and some Internet websites names of the some of the suspects who were supposed to be detained and that the pieces of evidence were being destroyed. On the same day, I noticed that the court decision and the decision to detain the suspects were not carried out despite my meeting with police chiefs who were supposed to take part in the operation in the courthouse at 7:00 p.m.

    Today, I learned that the investigation dossier, which includes search, seizure and detention decisions, was taken from my authority without any justification being offered. From now on, the responsibility is on the İstanbul chief public prosecutor and deputy chief public prosecutor. All my colleagues and the public should know that a public prosecutor prevented me from conducting the investigation.

    For this reason, open pressure was put on the judiciary through the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office as well as security services who are responsible for implementing the decisions of prosecution, and the implementation of court decisions were prevented.

    By not implementing the court decisions, police chiefs committed a crime. An opportunity was given to suspects to take measures, escape or mitigate the evidence.

    As a member of the judiciary that is expected to act as independent and neutral as one of the three basic branches of the state, we are expected to do what is necessary within the authority granted to us against crimes and those who committed a crime.

    Our duty is not to ignore the violation of rights of the nation by fearing and holding back because of pressure but to realize our duty in the best way in a bid to protect the rights of our nation.

    In this difficult process, I expect the whole legal community, particularly senior law workers, to defend the independence of the judiciary.

  22. The unraveling of the Affordable Care Act presents a historic opportunity for change. Its proponents call it “settled law,” but as Prohibition taught us, not even a constitutional amendment is settled law—if it is dysfunctional enough, and if Americans can see a clear alternative.

    This fall’s website fiasco and policy cancellations are only the beginning. Next spring the individual mandate is likely to unravel when we see how sick the people are who signed up on exchanges, and if our government really is going to penalize voters for not buying health insurance. The employer mandate and “accountable care organizations” will take their turns in the news. There will be scandals. There will be fraud. This will go on for years.

  23. #Turkey #corruption probe investigation folder leaks: #Erdogan & son being accused. Folder includes telephone records of PM & Yasin al-Qadi.

    This is very serious if Erdogan has been plotting with Iranians and Al Qaeda operatives. It will be effectively the end of the Turkish Govt.

  24. I have to admit, I would have never watched Duck Dynasty if Admin hadn’t brought up the controversy on the blog.

    While on Christmas vacation, yes, I said, “Christmas vacation” not frickin’ ‘holiday vacation’- anyway, I digress…I was looking for a new show to watch on my ‘puter.

    I am up to the second season of Ducks now, haven’t seen the part about Pil’s vent against gays, if there is one, but he does have his sexist views about a woman’s place and even when his views sometimes make me shutter sometimes, it is at least honest with his beliefs. I hate PC fake people to the core.
    So, let’s see if the red necks win against the network.

  25. This is very serious indeed…….

    Al Qaeda-linked Yusuf Al Qadi and Osama Khoutub, who are among suspects in a major graft probe, has reportedly fled Turkey after the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) blokced a police raid on Wednesday as İstanbul police didn’t comply with orders of prosecutors to detain several suspects in the second leg of the investigation

    The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the detention of 30 suspects, including a number of deputies and businessmen. The İstanbul Police Department, which saw an extensive purge of its top officers over the last week, has not complied with the order, however.

    News reports suggest that when the list of 30 suspects leaked to media on Wednesday, some of the suspects took precautionary measures to avoid any allegation in case of a police raid to their houses and offices.

    And some suspects fled Turkey, including al Qaeda’s Turkey operatives Yusuf Al Qadi and Osama Khoutub after government blocked the investigation through newly appointed police chiefs who didn’t comply with court decision.

    Prosecutor Muammer Akkaş who was leading the second round of the probe was taken away from the case. “All my colleagues and the public should know that as a public prosecutor I was prevented from carrying out the investigation,” the prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday, adding that pressure had clearly been placed on the judiciary both from the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the police, allowing an opportunity for suspects to destroy the evidence.

    Akkaş said although he issued detention and search warrants for the suspects and relayed these to the İstanbul Police Department on Wednesday morning, the police department had not complied with his orders.

    “By not implementing the court decisions, police chiefs committed a crime. An opportunity was given to suspects to take measures, escape or mitigate the evidence,” he said.

    Saudi businessman Al Qadi’s assests was frozen in Turkey after he was named as financer of terrorism in international community. News reports point out that the al Qaeda suspect is allowed to enter Turkey freely and has access to high-level diplomats and security officials, including the Undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Hakan Fidan.

    According to claims, former Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, who left his post on Wednesday in a major Cabinet reshuffle, asked İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor to close the case.


    International measures need to be brought against Turkey’s AKP Govt and PM Erdogan.

  26. foxyladi14

    December 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm
    I hope you are right about the unraveling of Obamacare.

    I just finished listening to a course entitled Obamacare Demystified.

    From my standpoint, the mystery just got larger.

    The writer who reads his notes for an hour, with a nasal tone and a lisp at the beginning of every paragraph made an opaque subject dull, uninteresting and impenetrable. Like reading the IRS code backwards, in pig Latin.

    He begins with a disclaimer which notes the terrible internal complexity of the regs, and concludes with the statement that with the Supreme Court decision and the 2012, the DOT, IRS, and DOL have been flooded the public domain with countless new regulation, and it is frightening.

    Frightening to an expert in the field like him who makes his living dealing with complexity is apt to be catastrophic to the victims of Obamacare, who are indisputably, unequivocally and unquestionably, the financially strapped middle class. The beneficiaries are the undergraduates, and the Harvard trained experts who have been seeded in all venues, for the express purpose of making the complex unintelligible.

    At the conclusion of implementation the death panels are apt to be viewed as the preferable alternative.

  27. Correction: I meant the underclass, not the undergraduates.

    However, given the stagnant state of the Obama economy, when the undergrads do matriculate, it is not unlikely that they will join the ranks of the underclass with burdensome debt obligations and bleak job prospects.

    But just remember big media is responsible for all this. They broke their pick in two election, and engaged in every form of deceit imaginable to achieve this result. Whether they intended this specific result is utterly irrelevant. It was a natural and probable consequence of their treason therefor we can impute intent to them, as they abdicated the role of honest broker for the rosier lights of cheer leader.

  28. The position of big media is as Mel Brooks stated:

    When Obama gets a hang nail it is a tragedy.

    When the middle class gets buried with Obamacare it is a comedy.

    It sure answers the question of whose side NBC, CNN, ABC and CBS are on.

    Will the American People ever catch on?

    Not as long as they give them their ears and eyeballs.

  29. Once upon a time we did business with Jerry Della Femina, after he wrote the book referenced below. His insights bear directly on the falling trajectory of the Magnificent Muslim Atheist in the White House, aka Barry Soreto, aka Barry Sotero, aka King Obama, finally Barack Hussein Obama. Likewise the comment from another independent observer about the high school bragger who when the chips were down proved to be all show and no go. But watch out for his new chief of staff Podesta. He is a Soros operative and his role is obvious: to implement the balance of the Soros agenda as spelled out in his writings, i.e. climate change, court packing, open borders, undermining our culture currency, and middle class. He will do this via executive order because the legislative path will be more and more complex. I believe he will destroy the democrat brand in the process, and empower the other party which is run by the RINO.
    Obama’s legacy on health care began with the pressure to say something, anything, at the progressive health conference a year before the first presidential primary votes were cast. He needed to keep up with Clinton, his party’s front-runner, and Edwards, who was trying to carve out space to Clinton’s left as the party’s liberal standard-bearer.

    Favreau, who would go on to become the chief White House speechwriter, said Obama wanted “to say something bold and ambitious about health care.”

    “He had previously talked about how every year and every election we keep talking about health care and nothing ever happens,” Favreau said. “So we came up with that promise, really one of the first.”

    The candidate jumped at it. He probably wasn’t going to get elected anyway, the team concluded. Why not go big?

    That last line is a reminder of something that the late Cavett Robert, founder of the National Speakers Association (a guild that Mr. Obama can certainly appreciate), once cautioned would-be public speakers: “Don’t be in too much of a hurry to promote, until you get good. Otherwise you just speed up the rate at which the world finds out you’re no good.”

    And the crappy underlying Obamacare product is a danger that ad man (and Mad Men series advisor) Jerry Della Femina warned his followers to avoid over 40 years ago, via his classic book on advertising, From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches from the Advertising War:

    There is a great deal of advertising that’s better than the product. When that happens, all that the good advertising will do is put you out of business faster. There have been cases where the product had to come up to the advertising but when the product fails to do that, the advertiser will eventually run into a lot of trouble.

    Which brings us to Footie Pajamas Boy, his boss in the White House, and the networks who prop him up, all of which are flailing today.

    Update: At Commentary, Peter Wehner reaches a similar conclusion using a different analogy, to explain why we’re all “Rolling Our Eyes at Obama” these days:

    Think back to the guy in high school–let’s call him Barry–who, when he first meets people, sells himself as something special. He’s gifted with words and makes fairly exorbitant claims about what we can expect of him. And many of his classmates believe him. But over time they observe that he falls consistently short in every arena. He’s academically mediocre, not outstanding; he finishes in the bottom half of the track meets we’re told he’ll excel in; and while he’s in the school play, it’s as a secondary figure.

    Here’s the thing, though: He never stops talking. He’s filled with excuses. He’s constantly reweaving events to make himself look good. He keeps making promises, lovely and extravagant promises, but they’re devalued and emptied of meaning. Barry is just being Barry. Don’t take him seriously. He’s just a talker.

    It strikes me that more and more Americans are now viewing the president in a similar fashion. They’ve seen the Obama act for five long years, and it’s become tiresome. We’re on to the verbal tricks, the stale formulations, the endless straw men and unmatched sense of moral superiority. We’ve figured out that the reality has never come close to meeting the expectations and promises. And so words that had a magical effect before now elicit a roll of the eyes. Barry is just being Barry. Don’t take him seriously. He’s just a talker.

    Oh and by the way, Obamacare and its related Website are so simple and easy to use, “While Obama vacationed, his staff signed him up for ObamaCare by visiting the D.C. exchange in person,” the Politico claims; “A perfect ending to an embarrassing three months,” Allahpundit adds.

    And 2014 is just around the corner…

  30. Looks like Turkish Govt is doing an Egypt….issues thinly veiled warning to Erdogan of it will stay out of it but adds warning. When i read this, this is basic you have time to do the right thing, sort yourself out or we will at some point step in.

    The statement said: “There have been recent comments and statements published in the media concerning the [TSK] over the issue of graft which has dominated the Turkish agenda lately. The [TSK], carefully detaching itself from any political opinions and formations, serves the Turkish nation with the utmost loyalty. The TSK bases its duties on the commitment to the superiority of law and democratic principles. Within this framework, it has sensitively avoided any kind of damage that could hurt the identity of the TSK and with immense care will avoid political controversies, but will carefully follow and closely watch the graft probe.

  31. Obamacare. Had we noted here that the phrase “Patient Protection” was dropped from ACA? Probably, but this article has additional merit for increased understandability in the realm of the general reading public. IMO.
    Revelations of Obamacare. 12/27/13.
    Snip.The original title of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act has dropped the “Patient Protection” part with good reason. A privacy rule was issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1996 called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Its major aim is to “assure” every patient’s medical records privacy. But recent congressional hearings revealed a hidden source code — words not visible to the user — in the application for the Affordable Care Act. It reads, “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.” Thus the Affordable Care Act violates HIPAA law while Obama continues with whimsical and unilateral, if not illegal, changes to the act. Snip. HIPAA Law, effective July 1, 1997, provides for coverage of pre-existing conditions Snip.Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident, has lived in the SCV since 1968 and is active in a local Republican club.

    Question: is this writer correct when she states HIPAA already allows for covering previous condition?

  32. No preface as I don’t know what to say:
    Why the Tea Party Isn’t Going Anywhere
    The movement’s structure means it can withstand low popularity and continue to exert a huge pull on the GOP
    Snip The bottom line is sobering. Anyone concerned about the damage Tea Party forces are inflicting on American politics needs to draw several hard-headed conclusions.snip

  33. Man from Turkey’s ruling AKP cyber team says he’d blow up US embassy if PM Erdogan orders to do so, AKP supporters will suicide bomb if Erdogan orders….this is getting into nutjob territory.

  34. It Sucks to Be Mary Landrieu

    I wrote about Senator Landrieu almost two months ago: “Running Scared: Mary Landrieu Introduces ‘Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act’.”

    Well, despite all the goo-goo ga-ga Democrat talk about how the party’s congressional candidates will be proudly running on an ObamaCare platform next November, clearly Landrieu’s not circling the same orbit as the Democrat Beltway psychos.

    At LAT, “Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu adopts risky strategy in bid to keep Senate seat”:

    METAIRIE, La. ­ In the months before Congress passed the president’s healthcare law, Sen. Mary L. Landrieu faced a deluge: The office phones rang off the hook, the mail was heavy and a few restive constituents ­ well aware of the cameras ­ showed up at her events urging her to vote against it.

    The three-term Louisiana Democrat was one of the final holdouts, but ultimately she backed the bill. And now in this red state ­ where President Obama lost by 18 percentage points in 2012 ­ her opponents intend to make her pay the price.

    As her poll numbers have plunged during the bumpy Obamacare rollout, Landrieu has rushed to contain the damage. When about 90,000 health insurance plans were canceled in her state because they did not meet the new law’s requirements, she swiftly introduced a legislative fix and bucked the White House by enlisting other Senate Democrats to support it before the president announced his own adjustment.

    She has distanced herself from the program’s failures, sometimes by flinging darts in Obama’s direction: “What I’ve said to the president is: ‘You told them that they could keep it,'” she said of the canceled insurance plans in a news clip featured in her defiant new campaign ad. “I’m fixing it … and I’ve urged the president to fix it.”

    Landrieu is one of a small group of vulnerable Senate Democrats with the bad luck to be running in hotly contested races under the substantial shadow of Obamacare. The central question for Landrieu is a variation on what faces all of those incumbents: whether her rebukes of the president, and her intensive focus on local issues like flood insurance, will be enough to maintain her edge in suburban areas like Metairie, where she has built a winning coalition in her previous races by attracting Republican votes.

    Landrieu’s strategy is not without risk. While distancing herself from the law she must also avoid alienating black voters, whose solid support has been a key element in each of her narrow Senate wins. Complicating matters is Louisiana’s complex “jungle” election system: She will not face voters until November, when to avoid a runoff she must vanquish two Republican opponents by winning more than 50% of the vote. Her current poll numbers show her well below that threshold.

    Interviews with voters here suggest that Landrieu’s biggest challenge is rebuilding her brand as a populist, and one who is less partisan than most Democrats on Capitol Hill. The secret sauce in each of her Senate races, political operatives here say, is the discipline she has shown in running essentially a governor’s race, rather a Senate race ­ casting herself as a fighter for Louisiana on local issues that often carry greater weight with her state’s voters than Washington’s ideological battles.

    Standing with the president on the healthcare law shattered that image for voters like Todd Stremlau, a Metairie Republican who said he had voted for her in the past because he believed she was independent, strong on national defense and influential on Louisiana issues because of her family name. (Her father, Maurice Edwin “Moon” Landrieu, was mayor of New Orleans, a post now held by her brother Mitch.)

    Read More @

  35. holdthemaccountable
    December 27, 2013 at 7:57 am
    The preface would read: in a court of law, no advocate objects to evidence proffered by the other party just to hear himself object. The only time he objects is when the evidence hurts him, like the tea party hurts the progressive and their vile agenda to curtail our freedom, undermine our status as a world power, and utterly obliterate the middle class. Because that is where the entire Obama/Soros agenda is taking us, through lies, embezzlement and treason. You cannot even call it politics anymore. It is the imposition of dictatorship. I realize this understanding is only dimly perceived and only now when it is in many respects too late by most of our benighted population.

  36. Glenn Greenwald, an honest man of the left, appeared on that rat infested sewer otherwise known as MSNBC. The little twit who interviewed him asked him how he could defend Snowden 24/7 and whether this was consistent with his status as a journalist. He replied that he is a bona fide liberal, believes in Snowden’s cause which is to protect our fundamental right of privacy from the predations of Big Brother, all journalists have an agenda, and it is not all that different from MSNBC’s efforts to defend Obama, his administration and dimocrats 24/7 and to undermine Republicans. To which the little twit responded not everybody on MSNBC defends Obama 24/7 which was a lame excuse, and an admission. But it was also fraudulent (as usual) if you think back a year when the Young Turk was hauled before the captains mast, by that corrupt president of MSNBC Phil Griffin and threatened with his job if he did not stop taking shots at Obama. And how can we forget the summation statement by Griffin to the Young Turk: we all love outsiders. They are cool. They wear leather jackets and drive motor cycles. We however, meaning MSNBC are not outsiders. We are insiders in the Obama administration. In other words, it was not just Greenwald who refuted the little twit. It was the President of her network.

  37. Standing with the president on the healthcare law shattered that image for voters like Todd Stremlau, a Metairie Republican who said he had voted for her in the past because he believed she was independent, strong on national defense and influential on Louisiana issues because of her family name. (Her father, Maurice Edwin “Moon” Landrieu, was mayor of New Orleans, a post now held by her brother Mitch.)
    A fighter for Louisiana? Or, a family dynasty? After her vote on health care, the answer is obvious. Less obvious however is whether the people of the state of the King Fish understand corruption when they see it.

  38. For the preface, wbb, ty.
    Kerry ‘Concerned’ about Egypt’s Crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood
    he is concerned about the group being designated as a terrorist organization

    “underscored the need for an inclusive political process across the political spectrum that respects the fundamental human rights of all Egyptians in order to achieve political stability and democratic change.”

    And Egypt tells SpiteHouse: In reference to the American Tea Party, You first.
    [in our dreams]

  39. ‘Counter-punch’: Federal judge rules NSA data collection legal

    A federal judge in New York has ruled the National Security Agency’s massive data collection program is legal, one week after another federal judge ruled the opposite.

    The conflicting rulings increase the likelihood that the challenges could someday end up before the Supreme Court.

    The ruling on Friday came from District Judge William H. Pauley III, in the case of the ACLU vs. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. The judge agreed with the federal government’s request to dismiss the case.

    “No doubt, the bulky telephony metadata collection program vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States,” the judge wrote.

    But he added: “As the September 11th attacks demonstrate, the cost of missing such a thread can be horrific. Technology allowed Al Qaeda to operate decentralized and plot international terrorist attacks remotely. The bulky telephone metadata collection program represents the Government’s counter-punch: connecting fragmented and fleeting communications to re-construct and eliminate al-Qaeda’s terror network.”

    After the ruling, the ACLU said it would appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

  40. US needs to take on Turkey head on……

    Flouting the UN and US sanctions on Iran……should be international indictment.

    Turkey could not pay for the natural gas it buys from Iran in foreign exchange due to U.S. sanctions on banks. So, how could it return the money? A way to bypass sanctions was found: Iran was going to be paid in Turkish Liras and then the country would use those liras to buy gold in Turkey, which would look like Turkey is exporting gold to Iran. Since there are not billions of dollars’ worth of gold bullion in Turkey, it needed to be imported from Switzerland. An intermediate station was also found to avoid the U.S.’ rage and that was the United Arab Emirates (UAE). A part of the gold looked like it was exported from Turkey to the UAE and was transferred to Iran’s accounts. In the same way, gold was imported from the UAE.

  41. Woops here it comes! Dictator in charge is at it again.

    Obama’s Latest Excuse For All Of His Failures

    “Pres. Obama claims his failures as president isn’t the result of his weak leadership, but rather the result of a terribly organized government.

    On Dec. 5, Pres. Obama spoke with MSNBC host Chris Matthews about the current state of the government. Obama said, “Part of what we need to do is reorganize the government, which was designed primarily [between] 1935 and 1945. We could consolidate agencies.”

    Reorganizing the government, as Obama suggested would mean diminishing the massive federal bureaucracy, a feat Democrats would never allow.”

    Obama said part of the failed Obamacare rollout was due to the bulky structure of the government. Matthews agreed, adding the federal government did not have a “strong top-down authority system.”

    “President Obama on Friday said he is elevating the Small Business Administration to Cabinet-level status and asking Congress for authority to merge SBA, the Commerce Department and other agencies that handle business and trade functions into a single department.

    “The government we have is not the government we need,” Obama said in a speech at the White House. “We need to think bigger.”


  42. Turkey: Are Erdogan’s Days Numbered?

    Major political events have rocked the political scene in Turkey the past two weeks. Turkey’s once seemingly-invincible prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdo an, seems in a tailspin. A few days ago, he lashed out at U.S. Ambassador Frank Ricciardone and threatened to expel him from Turkey. Erdo an claimed the Ambassador told other Western diplomats that the “empire [Erdo an and his associates] is about to fall.[1]”

    Clearly, Erdo an and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto lu’s policy of “Zero Problems With Our Neighbors” — meaning the alliance with Turkey’s Sunni-ruled Arab neighbors — has failed. Turkey now has problems with almost all its neighbors. It appears that the Gülenists and the Atatürkists — not friends in the past — are now ascendant. It is unlikely that they, or whoever might take over in Turkey, would want to continue this failed approach.

    Read More:

  43. Our marvelous big media beloved Messiah. Why just today that left wing icon E. J. Dionne, who makes pajama boy look like John Wayne, gave us an article about Obama building bridges to the middle class. Bridges? This is more like it:

    Obama is like someone who burns down your house. Then shows up with an empty water bucket. Then lectures you about how defective the house was.

    What is now inexplicably called Obama’s “fix” for the chaos he has created is surreal. He gives you permission to reoccupy your house — if you can get someone to rebuild it — but for only another year. (snip)

    Carter’s presidency crumbled when people decided they still liked his character but had no confidence in his competence.

    Obamacare’s misadventures, and Obama’s response to them, have caused people to doubt both his character and his competence.

    But even this is a crisis only if Congress makes it so by supine acquiescence. Congressional Democrats are White House poodles. They also are progressives and therefore disposed to favor unfettered executive power. Republicans are supposed to be different.

  44. Friday, December 27, 2013

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 47% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-two percent (52%) disapprove
    If this is true, then half the population is brain dead. Yes. One out of every two people are politically ignorant, and dumber than a sack of rocks. He has lied to them repeatedly, destroyed their health care coverage, and still they support him? This is not just pathetic, it is scarey as hell. The nation itself is in danger of becoming a ship of fools. The guilty party? You know as well as I do. When Bush reached the point where his character and competence were at issue, big media was all over him and his rating slipped below 30%. Whereas here, Obama is doing just fine thank you, solely because big media has categorically refused to do the job it should do in return for the protection it receives under the First Amendment. Even now, when he has committed fraud on a massive scale.

  45. Which is what I have been saying for several years . . . .

    Matt Drudge Goes Off on Republican Party: ‘WHO ARE THEY?!’

    Sep. 3, 2013 12:45pm .

    Matt Drudge, founder and editor of the influential Drudge Report, is a conservative by all accounts. But at least for Tuesday, he was anti-Republican Party.

    “Why would anyone vote Republican?” Drudge tweeted. “Please give reason. Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?!”

    The tweet came after another that was also critical of the GOP. “It’s now Authoritarian vs. Libertarian,” Drudge wrote. “Since Democrats vs. Republicans has been obliterated, no real difference between parties.”

  46. How long will it be before all independent information channels are shut down?

    WASHINGTON D.C. (INTELLIHUB) ­ In a massive push to transform what’s left of America into a slave nation, the Obama Administration has somehow managed to ignore the U.S. Constitution, dropping the hammer on futile Americans. Soon enough, We will all be living in a world of shit as they say. After all, why would our omnipotent leader allow truths to be told publicly on the internet as they may damage the oppressors image.

    Never mind the lies Obama and his staffers have already told to the people or the billions of dollars in bailout moneys he divvied up amongst his corporate cronies–rest assured the man is truly devilish to the very core. And now, the current administration has simply taken it too far. Although, this time a lot is at stake.

    In the first half of 1013 alone, Google was asked by the U.S. Government to remove 3,846 various Internet posts containing political reference–a 68% increase over the last half of 2012.


    Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E’s Duck Dynasty clan who was suspended from his hit reality series on Dec. 18 following some incendiary comments about gay people, won’t be put on hiatus after all.

    The network and the Robertson family announced Friday that Phil will still be part of the series — and since he didn’t miss any filming, his temporary suspension will have no effect on the upcoming fifth season.

    An A&E statement to The Hollywood Reporter read:

    As a global media content company, A+E Networks’ core values are centered around creativity, inclusion and mutual respect. We believe it is a privilege for our brands to be invited into people’s homes, and we operate with a strong sense of integrity and deep commitment to these principles.

    That is why we reacted so quickly and strongly to a recent interview with Phil Robertson. While Phil’s comments made in the interview reflect his personal views based on his own beliefs and his own personal journey, he and his family have publicly stated they regret the “coarse language” he used and the misinterpretation of his core beliefs based only on the article. He also made it clear he would “never incite or encourage hate.” We at A+E Networks expressed our disappointment with his statements in the article and reiterate that they are not views we hold.

    But Duck Dynasty is not a show about one man’s views. It resonates with a large audience because it is a show about family … a family that America has come to love. As you might have seen in many episodes, they come together to reflect and pray for unity, tolerance and forgiveness. These are three values that we at A+E Networks also feel strongly about.

    So after discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family.

    We will also use this moment to launch a national public service campaign (PSA) promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people, a message that supports our core values as a company and the values found in Duck Dynasty. These PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.

    In addition, an A&E source says the family and the network are going to work together to promote tolerance.

  48. Given that the Authorities Oppose Everything the Founding Fathers Fought For, Is This Still America?

    The Founding Fathers Are Treated As “Terrorists”

    The Founding Fathers started the Revolutionary War because England was spying on the colonists in the exact same way that the NSA is spying on modern Americans. Indeed, Americans are the most spied on people in world history.

    Ironically, Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams did exactly what Edward Snowden did … and were likewise labeled as traitors by the British government.

    The Founding Fathers fought for freedom from an oppressive central bank which sucked the prosperity out of the economy, but the Federal Reserve’s policies have created inequality even worse than experienced by slaves in Colonial America in 1774.

    The Founding Fathers warned against standing armies, saying that they destroy freedom. And they warned against financing wars with debt. But according to Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, the U.S. debt for the Iraq war could be as high as $5 trillion dollars (or $6 trillion dollars according to a study by Brown University.) The U.S. has the largest standing army in history, and treats anti-war sentiment as terrorism.

    The Founding Fathers fought and died for a free press … but the current American authorities treat journalism as an act of terrorism. Indeed, Americans have lost virtually all of the rights that the Founding Fathers fought and died for.

    The Founding Fathers also launched the Revolutionary War because the British government was engaging in crony capitalism (which constituted taxation without representation), instead of letting the colonists have a shot at free market competition. The modern American authorities are doing the same thing.

    Indeed, some American authorities have literally said that the Founding Fathers were terrorists … and that their behavior should be treated as terrorism.

  49. The nation has grown used to the idea that what the president says is probably either untrue or irrelevant — and yet it does not really any more care which.

    The people also assume that it doesn’t matter if our pundits talk of the person in the White House as a “messiah” who prompts tingling legs, or if they take notice of perfect pant-leg creases, or, of course, if they declare that he is the smartest president ever.

    The result, in the Age of Obama, is a deeply rooted cynicism that works out something like the following: The president of the United States is now an iconic figure and thus cannot be held to the minimal standards of veracity demanded of other Americans. The press is an advocate of his agenda and picks and chooses which scandals can be half-heartedly pursued without endangering their shared vision.

    How could the media possibly repair its sullied reputation without appearing abjectly hypocritical or artificially zealous? How can the next president resist assuming the extra-constitutional prerogatives of the current one?
    That quotation by Victor Davis Hanson is unequivocally true.

    However, it is challenged by one writer who opines that when and if a Republican is elected big media will revert to “doing its job”

    It is all an inside game now. No one with any sense who lives outside the beltway has any trust for big media. And once lost trust is not restored through an election and morphing from cheerleader to critic.

    I think the nation has found that the press exemplified by big media is not worth paying attention to, is the agent of the left and has, therefore, moved on to more reliable sources of information.

    The only exception would be FOX, provided they do not abuse it. The goal would be to keep independents as well as conservatives, therefore a straight party line coverage for a president as they did with Bush, will put them in the same boat as big media who is dying before our eyes.

  50. In addition, an A&E source says the family and the network are going to work together to promote tolerance.

    Isn’t it great that A&E are so tolerant, generous and elite to give the patriarch a second change to have a tv camera shoved up his butt?

    Isn’t A&E teaching him that they have their hands on the money bag and will chop off their heads if they ever say anything they don’t like, even if it is off show?

    The DUCK family should start negotiating with another station.

  51. Published before Christmas, you may have covered this already. But it has a nice ‘ring’ IME.
    America Just Isn’t That Into Obama Anymore By Peter Roff 12/24/13.
    When asked in one recent poll to identify Obama’s most significant achievement to date, nearly 40 percent of those surveyed said “nothing,” which should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The rock star president may have won the talent competition, but he’s failed to make even one hit record since coming into office. In an odd way it’s a stunning affirmation of the notion that, in politics and in governing, ideas do matter. Elected officials who stand for nothing but themselves – and again Nixon comes to mind – soon find themselves standing out in the cold. Obama believes not in American exceptionalism, not in the American system, not even in the American people, but only in Obama.
    After almost six years the people are starting to figure that out – and they don’t like it one bit. No one should be surprised, therefore, if the Republicans post bigger than expected gains in the 2014 congressional and gubernatorial elections. The country is getting ready to turn on Obama just like they turned on George W. Bush in 2006 over Iraq, spending and the media-fed perception that he was mismanaging the business of government. People are tired and are looking for something new. They’re just not that into him anymore.

  52. There’s so much here I did not realize. Must say I’m shocked. HRC will be there too. Are all pols turning socialist?
    De Blasio to be sworn in by Bill Clinton
    AP News | Dec 28, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) — Bill de Blasio will be sworn in as mayor of New York City by former President Bill Clinton.
    The Democrat will be inaugurated as the 109th mayor of the nation’s largest city during a ceremony Wednesday on the City Hall steps.
    His transition team announced Saturday that he will be sworn in by the former president. De Blasio worked in Clinton’s administration in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    Clinton will use a Bible once owned by another former president, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    The de Blasio transition team says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also will attend the New Year’s Day ceremony.
    De Blasio managed her successful 2000 Senate campaign.
    De Blasio is succeeding Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is leaving office after three terms.

  53. Holdthem, Visiting De Blasio, its called marking up the callbook for 2016, this is more about collecting iou’s than anything else and HRc and Bill are not leaving things open to others this time.

  54. Rothman: NY Times Ready to Cover Chris Christie Exactly How They Covered Mitt Romney—Badly
    by Noah Rothman | 9:53 am, December 27th, 2013
    If you thought the political press was taking stock of its 2012 election year coverage of Mitt Romney’s campaign and was preparing to make some course corrections in order to ensure fairer coverage of the GOP candidates ahead of 2016, you would be mistaken. Indeed, the New York Times appears to view 2012 not as an aberration but as a model for how to cover future Republican presidential campaigns. The first indication that the Times is gearing up to make a Mitt Romney out of Chris Christie came in early December as “bridge-gate,” Snip
    The Times appears set to get more aggressive with Christie with the Friday announcement that Michael Barbaro, the reporter tasked with covering the Romney campaign in 2012, will be charged with repeating that performance ahead of 2016 by trailing the Garden State governor. While Barbaro offered more than a handful of solid pieces of journalism during the campaign, he also filed a series of frustrating reports and provided President Barack Obama’s campaign with unearned fodder. snip.

  55. moononpluto
    December 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    marking up the callbook for 2016

  56. Drude headline that Bill Clinton will be swearing in NY Mayor. I presume this is to sure up the progressive far left vote.

  57. DNC sends email defending Obama from impeachment possibility

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) sent out a paranoid email Saturday evening urging supporters to vote for Democrats so that Republicans can’t impeach President Obama.

    The email, subject line “Impeachment,” was sent to Obama for America supporters, imploring them to contribute to the DNC’s 2014 efforts. “What do these people all have in common?,” the email asked, featuring quotes from Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, and Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas discussing the possibility of impeaching Obama for one of his numerous instances of presidential misconduct.

    The DNC email discussed the “I-Word” and said that “Republicans are actually excited about the idea.”

    Read more:

  58. Rothman: NY Times Ready to Cover Chris Christie Exactly How They Covered Mitt Romney—Bad
    No. They will cover him the way they covered McCain. First, see that he wins the primary—characterizing any candidate who represents the American People, rather than the elites, as dangerous, incompetent, and malicious. Then, once he has been gifted the nomination by NYT, Rove and the Chamber of Commerce i.e. the big business wing of the party, they will turn on him like a rattle snake in the general election, and fend off all criticism of the democratic candidate, which will probably be Hillary.

    They will promote this as the year of the woman, which is a tactic I personally despise, and Hillary would have no part of in 2008. We need people to be recognized for their ability to govern, not for the sake of some symbol which the elites can hide behind to protect themselves and sacrifice the middle class, as we have seen with Obama. In candor, I have seen women rise into positions of power and break the glass ceiling, and they have been no better than their male predecessors, and sometimes worse. My position is they should be selected on the basis of merit only.

    Incidentally, Krauthammer opines that Hillary will have no serious opposition in the primary, i.e. the so called left will make alot of noise but has no candidate. Benghazi will not come up in the primary. However, he goes on to say that she will be a weak candidate in the general election. I disagree obviously. I do not think the base will turn out to support Christie. He is another Dewey, with a svelte 80 inch waist line. Hillary will win, in my opinion. And then we will see whether she is the Hillary of the 2008 campaign whom I embraced 100% or the Hillary of Benghazi, whom I want no part of. In the meantime, she will have my support.

  59. I have to admit that I don’t like this card. Christmas cards usually announce the Birth of Jesus Christ, not a political candidate. Bad idea. The Ready for Hillary Pac is run by Soros, so maybe Hillary didn’t actually give her approval for this.

    Holiday card: Get ready for Hillary Clinton!

    The card is free of tinsel and colorful Christmas balls. Instead it’s more generic, with red birds, white snowflakes and a blue background. Gee, what could that possibly mean?

    Inside it reads:

    This year we have more than one million reasons to be thankful. All because of you. Warmest wishes from the ready for Hillary team. Ready for Hillary 2016.

    And on the back: “Paid for by Ready for Hillary PAC. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

    Just in case you thought she wasn’t running.

    Read more:

  60. US Imam Fethullah Gulen vs Turkey’s Erdogan? Gulen Charters Growing in US, Taxpayer Funded

    The government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is hot in the middle of trying to fight-off charges of corruption and bribery, reported this week in the Washington Post to be orchestrated by Pennsylvania imam, Fethullah Gülen, the head of over 100 Islamic charter schools in the U.S. WAPO is theorizing that Gülen is behind the push to punish the Erdogan administration, yet Gülen and Erdogan have been close in the past. Perhaps Erdogan is not moving quickly enough to bring hardline, fundamental Islam to Turkey, a country which has a long past of enjoying largely secular governance. Gulen’s reach is far and deep in the U.S. and around the world. This is what you need to know: most schools believed to be connected to Gülen, deny that they are connected to the reclusive but powerful Fethullah Gulen.

    Astonishing to me was the fact that many parents haven’t a clue that their children are attending a school controlled by an Iman. There is no such thing as a “secular” Imam, and if there is/were/was, Gülen is not one of them. The big lie is that these schools focus on science and math skills, and don’t forget, if you ask if your school is connected to Fethallah Gülen, you will likely be told ‘no.’

    Below are some reminders, along with the updated list of Gülen Charter Schools currently operating in the U.S. as of September 15, 2013. If you recognize these schools near your community, or schools your grandchildren may attend, pass it around to your family and friends. Help parents face-up to what may be happening to their children. First some facts, then the list:


  61. Top Dem presses Obama on Iran sanctions after centrifuge surprise
    snip One of the president’s top Democratic allies is leading the charge for Congress to pass sanctions legislation, despite the president’s pleas to stand down. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, D-N.J., told Fox News that the “Iranians are showing their true intentions” with their latest announcement. snip Menendez said he, like the president, wants to test the opportunity for diplomacy. “The difference is that we want to be ready should that diplomacy not succeed,” the senator said. “It’s getting Congress showing a strong hand with Iranians at the same time that the administration is seeking negotiation with them. I think that that’s the best of all worlds.”
    Obama would not appear to agree. snip

  62. An interesting power couple. Perhaps it was they who held a fundraiser much talked about by me, lol, for Sen Toomey. Source of current info: PuffHo.
    David Cohen, Democratic Donor, Hosts Fundraiser For Tom Corbett, GOP Governor
    The Naked Philadelphian, a blog covering Pennsylvania politics, also reported on Cohen’s decision to fund the incumbent governor’s reelection. A source close to Comcast who attended the fundraiser told the blog, “Comcast is a business in the state of Pennsylvania. They need to be able to talk to both sides.” Comcast is headquartered in Philadelphia.
    This is not Cohen’s first time reaching a hand across the aisle. He has donated to powerful Republicans in Washington, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.); Rep. Fred Upton (Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; and Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.
    Nor is it Cohen’s first time giving to Corbett, according to campaign finance data available through the National Institute of Money in State Politics. In his 2008 bid to be reelected state attorney general, Corbett received $1,500 from Cohen.
    Cohen stayed out of the 2010 gubernatorial contest between then-Attorney General Corbett and Democratic candidate Dan Onorato, but his wife gave Onorato’s campaign $18,000.
    The Cohens have made previous contributions to Republican gubernatorial candidates in other states as well. Rhonda Cohen gave $20,000 to Meg Whitman’s campaign in California in 2010, and the Cohens gave $500 to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2008.
    The upcoming Pennsylvania governor’s race is expected to receive much Democratic attention. So far, no major Democratic candidates have entered the 2014 contest, but Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) is testing the waters.

  63. There is that old saying which goes like this: you are entitled to your own arguments, but not your own facts. That admonition applies in spades to the New York Times. In 2008, they lied to promote Obama. Now they are doing it to promote Hillary. Either way it is wrong, and a betrayal of their role as journalists.

    Thus, when they double down on the proven lie that the cause in fact of the attack on Benghazi was a video, they betray the memory of those who died and they engage in an Orwellian course of dealing that subverts our democracy. Moreover, they invite the rebuke and the mountain of contrary evidence which will be presented to rebut that lie.

    This is not the time for revisionist history. It is the time for an honest accounting. Larry Johnson, who was once a Hillary supporter lays bear the motive and the hypocrisy. For me, it simply reinforces the view that big media has no business at the center of any debate over the future of this nation. They are a fundamentally dishonest broker.

    Here are the particulars. We are Hillary supporters. But we do not welcome those who lie openly to protect her. We are talking about the job of president, and there must be accountability, as there would be in any other hiring decision.

  64. holdthemaccountable
    December 29, 2013 at 7:18 am
    This joker is a diving rod for sorting out the quick and the dead, the dead being the RINOS who are part of the uniparty that robs the poor and gives to the rich.

  65. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public’s.

    Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.

    First, let’s take a look at what the data show.

  66. WEll this is depressing. 😡

    The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.

    Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that are added on to premiums, opting instead to discretely pass them on to customers while quietly lobbying lawmakers for a break.

    But one insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, laid bare the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.”

  67. Obama, the Un and EU must launch an investigation immediately and the int’l criminal court should be throwing indictments out. Obama must call out and distance himself from Erdogan….this is a rogue govt acting against the world and sanctions.

    An unfolding corruption scandal in Turkey has uncovered transactions that may have allowed Tehran to circumvent harsh U.S. and E.U. sanctions—a revelation that could destabilize Obama’s nuclear deal and threaten the government of Prime Minister Erdogan.

    A massive unfolding corruption scandal in Turkey—which has already forced the resignations of three government ministers and threatens to upend the Islamist government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan— is fast acquiring an international dimension amid accusations that Iran is enmeshed in Ankara’s political crisis.

    What started out as a domestic scandal involving shady real estate deals and allegations of bribery and kickbacks among the Erdogan government and its business allies is now expanding, with major international ramifications. Among the potential repercussions, analysts say: a potential destabilization in the delicate negotiations underway between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.

    The first hint of the Iranian angle in the corruption probes launched by Turkish police in the face of government obstruction came before Christmas when a complicated oil-for-gold deal between Turkey and Iran was unmasked. The investigators didn’t set out to uncover the sanction-busting oil deal but say they were led to it by following a trail of cash bribes.

    An Iranian businessman and gold dealer, Reza Sarraf (also known as Reza Zarrab), whom police have accused of bribing the Economic Minister while organizing transactions from Iran worth $120 billion, was arrested last week. So, too, the CEO of the state-owned Turkish financial institution Halkbank, who was reportedly found to have more than $4 million of cash stuffed in shoe-boxes in his home.

    According to Turkish investigators, both men were at the center of a complex deal in which Iran sold oil and natural gas to Turkey for cash payments that were deposited in an account held at Halkbank. In order to circumvent international money-transfer sanctions on Iran, the cash deposits were then allegedly converted into gold that Turkey exported to Tehran, often via Dubai. Police reports filed with Turkish prosecutors estimate that in the past three years alone, $8 billion in gold was transferred to Iran. American analysts say. ] the number could be higher, to the tune of $13 billion between March 2012 and July 2013 alone. (In July 2013, the U.S. and the European Union tightened loopholes on a ban on gold exports to Iran.)

    In a statement to the Istanbul bourse, Halkbank stated that all its business transactions with Iran have been transparent and legal, and that it stopped exporting gold to Tehran in June 2013.

    The broad outlines of the oil-for-gold deal has been known for some time—in April,47 U.S. lawmakers called on Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to sanction Halkbank for its gold trade with Iran.

    Public exposure of Iranian maneuvering to evade UN sanctions is likely to rile U.S. lawmakers opposed to the ongoing negotiations between Washington and Tehran.

    Public exposure of Iranian maneuvering to evade UN sanctions is likely to rile U.S. lawmakers opposed to the ongoing negotiations between Washington and Tehran and could complicate President Barack Obama’s selling of an interim deal that would see some sanctions lifted in return for Iran freezing some aspects of its nuclear program. The interim deal is meant to lead to a resolution of the long-running nuclear dispute. That dispute led to the United States and European Union to imposing crippling economic sanctions to supplement UN ones over suspicions that Tehran aspires to develop nuclear weapons—something Iran’s leaders deny.


    Read on……

  68. My oh my, everyone getting dragged into this….

    Getting more fun….

    Bank statements of 30bn euro worth of wire transfers are shown on Halk TV. This scandal is gonna get much bigger and engulf the Central Bank

    Shell companies, multi-billion dolar wire transfers, Fin Min and Central Bank cover-ups….the Deep Throat is on Halk Tv in Turkey.

  69. The Ready for Hillary Pac is run by Soros, so maybe Hillary didn’t actually give her approval for this.

    One thing that really, really ticks me off on this blog is how the facts are often twisted.

    1- Ready for Hillary wasn’t started by the Clinton’s nor was it started or ‘run’ by Soros. Soros recently jumped into the PAC with his mega bucks, but that doesn’t mean he is running it.

    2- The whole fu@king Hillary is to blame for Benghazi is bull crap.

    If the military and administration weren’t involved in Benghazi then yes, it would lay on Hillary’s shoulders alone.

    Since Hillary was SOS, working under Obama, and the military WERE involved, then Hillary by no means would have been calling the shots and could only be blamed for not telling us all what was really going on with the military, that put her civilian employees in harms way.

    Personally, I would fear for Hillary’s life if she had pointed fingers at that time, and she did the next best thing, she was the only one that took any blame for what happened. The administration and the military didn’t.

    Anyone that can show me the proof that Hillary was responsible for what happened in Benghazi, and decided alone to let her people die there, will get my sincere apology.

    Until that time comes, I am disgusted to keep hearing the Repubs and folks keep trying to pin this on Hillary.

  70. Head of PM Erdogan’s security details oversaw Yasin Al Qadi’s multiple entering, accompanied him w/PM’s armored cars.

    This is a known Al Qaeda Financier………..

  71. Just aired on a local ABC broadcast, published by CNN (gotta love how news corporations intermingle with each other these days):
    3 of the Top Ten Scandals of 2013. (They did all 10; I chose the ones I wanted to remember without notes.)

    6. IRS
    2. NSA
    1. Tie Cruz + shutdown vs Obama/Obamacare.

    Interesting that Obamacare made it to a scandal list.

  72. Shadowfax

    December 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm
    Shadow, if memory serves she said she took responsibility for Benghazi. It is a bad fact, it is in the case, and we need to deal with it. It is not something we can hide from. The recent attempt by NYT to whitewash this thing for the administration does not pass the smell test. And, because it does not, it makes the situation worse. There have got to be some better answers than what we have heard so far, and we have not seen them. The appearance before Congress was not helpful. The assistant Ambassador’s testimony was compelling. And the Mullen report was pathetic.

  73. 1. Tie Cruz + shutdown vs Obama/Obamacare.
    Big media is really paranoid about Cruz.

    Unemployment, massive debt, health care disaster, foreign policy implosion, and the give priority to the shutdown of non essential jobs in Washington over everything else, and they blame it on Cruz when their golden calf Obama is in pare delicto, with his my way or the highway bullshit. They are not even decent enough to say the shut down was bad at the time it occurred, but in hindsight, it looks like a last ditch effort to prevent a much larger disaster for the American People at large, rather than the drones who work for the federal government, as exemplified by the likes of Louis Learner.

    But that is what an honest media would do. Not one run by the elites, for the elites, at the expense of the middle class. These are corporate pigs we are talking about, who relish a stall fed existence over all other considerations.

  74. Shadow, if memory serves she said she took responsibility for Benghazi. It is a bad fact, it is in the case, and we need to deal with it. It is not something we can hide from.

    Wbb, Hillary did take the ‘responsibility’ for what happened, as I said above, but what was she really taking responsibility for is the question.

    I don’t read the NYObamaLovingTimes nor the article you were talking about, so my comments have nothing to do with their article nor am I hiding from anything.

    What exactly was Hillary’s role in the death of her people? Was her guilt to not expose what part the military and administration had in the situation? Was their gun running by them, was she supposed to rule over the military and the president?

    Do you honesty think Benghazi was Hillary’s fault and the military and Obama were not in control?

  75. Howard Dean talking out of both sides of his mouth. First he says it is younger, healthy but within 3 minutes particulary after the other doctor points out that the STATES’ figures show older, less healthy, Dean backwalks his initial statement.

    Also, note Dean tries to implant this is Romney’s plan backed by the Heritage Foundation from the get-go.

    Well, we wanted transparency and Dean’s agenda is as transparent as it comes.

  76. And who the HELL gave him the authority to do this? OMG! This just can’t happen!

    Report: Obama to Hand Over Christian Holy Sites to Palestinian Thugs

    Once again Barack Obama is going to push Israel to hand over half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the tomb of Jesus Christ to the Hamas-Fatah terrorists.

    Obama wants to hand over Christian holy sites to the Fatah-Hamas thugs.

    Barack Obama believes giving the terrorists more land will result in peace.

    It’s as if the Gaza transfer and disaster never happened.

    The Times of Israel reported:

    US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, Palestinian sources told the Saudi daily Al-Watan on Sunday.

    According to the sources, the mutual recognition will constitute the core of a framework agreement to be signed by the end of January, and negotiated in greater detail during the following months.

    “The coming weeks will be difficult for the Palestinian and Israeli sides, since they will need to make tough decisions,” a source told Al-Watan. “On the one hand, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will need to live with a text speaking of the 1967 borders, and the Palestinians, for their part, will need to live with a text speaking of Israel’s Jewishness.”

    Kerry is to visit the region later this week and is expected to present the sides with the framework plan, which is meant to keep peace talks alive.

  77. Obama’s DOJ civil rights nominee represented cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

    President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division led the group that represents convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

    Debo Adegbile, who awaits Senate confirmation to become assistant attorney general for civil rights in Eric Holder’s DOJ, would bring a radical record on racial issues to his new job, which is responsible for enforcing federal discrimination statues.

    Read more:

  78. wbb re Top 10 scandals.
    Points taken.
    I found it notable that they placed Obama in top slot regardless of mitigating circumstances (Cruz & the lie about the shutdown), and therefore it brings me a brief ray of sunshine.
    There is a video somewhere about Ted explaining the technicalities of who shut down govt.
    I’ve just become aware of Deneen Borelli: the Outreach Director with Freedom Works, a Fox News. Contributor, and the author of ‘Backlash’. She has a FB page.
    She ended her post about the latest with NYTimes & Barack & Benghazi, in a reveal from the right that her view as to contemporary media’s purpose matches ours:
    NY Times Tries to Rescue Obama with Benghazi Story
    “…Team Obama, including the media, will not go down without a fight and that’s why liberty-minded Americans must be ready for the political battle of 2014.”

  79. These copied from news dot google display for ‘US’ articles:

    Cruz closes high-profile year by standing tall for efforts to gut ObamaCare
    Fox News – ‎3 hours ago‎
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz — on a host of short-lists for top 2013 news makers — on Sunday defended himself and his push to defund ObamaCare despite it resulting in a partial government shutdown.

    ‘Completely false’: Sources on ground in Benghazi challenge NYT report
    Fox News – ‎1 hour ago‎
    Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press.

    Still only FoxNews in there pitching.

  80. Vladimir Putin: The Times International Person of the Year | The Times
    Last updated at 12:01AM, December 30 2013
    It has been a good year for the judo sixth dan Vladimir Putin, who has hip-flipped President Obama on Syria, wrestled the EU to the ground on Ukraine, tripped up the opposition at home and rescued weaker team players such as President Assad of Syria and Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower….

  81. Putin’s really cracking down.

    A translation of the qaran by Elmir Kuliyev published in 2002 was found this week to be in violation of Russian federal law banning extremist materials. The court ruling, in the port city of Novorossiysk, has angered Russia’s top Islamic, Ravil Gainutdin, head of the Council of Muftis of Russia. He said in an open letter to President Vladimir Putin released Monday that the ruling was “illiterate” and “provocative.”

    “If minorities prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia and we will not grant them special privileges or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. – Vladimir Putin

  82. Video : BENGHAZI GATE – “Don’t shoot them. They were sent by Dr. Morsi”

    Fast forward to the 1:15 mark in this video (if you don’t understand Arabic). Watch as the raw footage of a firefight in Benghazi is taking place. The news report loops the relevant portion of an exchange between gunmen, in which one can be heard, saying, ‘Don’t Shoot us! We were sent by Mursi’!

    Ashraf Ramaleh advised of a translation correction: The person is speaking in Arabic (Libyan dialect) and saying the following, “Don’t shoot them. They were sent by Dr. Morsi.”

    Hmmm….The reason for the the New York Times’ bombshell report on Benghazi Saturday, contending that it was a “politicized article” aimed at harming the GOP.


    The Blaze:
    A former analyst for the CIA skewered the New York Times’ bombshell report on Benghazi Saturday, contending that it was a “politicized article” aimed at harming the GOP.

    I Read This Report and I Was Really Incredulous: Ex CIA Analyst Rips NYT Benghazi Report Fred Fleitz skewered the New York Times’ Saturday report on Benghazi. (Image source: Screen grab via Fox News) “I thought it was a politicized article,” Fred Fleitz told Fox News. “It tries to say that Anwar al-Sharia ­ that the Republican attempts to tie that to terrorism is a stretch, when even CNN says they’re at least sympathetic to Al Qaeda.”

    Fleitz, who worked as a senior analyst at the CIA for nearly two decades before serving in the State Department, added that he thought the article was simply “an effort to revive this discredited theory that the anti-Islam video was behind” the deadly attacks.

  83. Something big is happening…

    Babak Zanjani,Iran’s richest man who did business with Reza Zerrab (under arrest in Turkey on corruption charges), arrested in Iran today, Fars news agency reports

    Babak Zanjani, Fars says, owes “billions of dollars” to Iranian Oil Ministry, described as a “sanctions profiteer”

    If these guys and others have been thieving off the iranians backs, there is going to be big crap going down, maybe thats why the Turkish Govt and Erdogan are crapping itself.

  84. Glad your keeping an eye on this mess, moon. Not only because you’re the best source I have … but also you’re the only source. ie I don’t go looking and tv surely is not giving up anything.
    I’d come with a rating challenge. Between Pelosi, and this one, who’s dumber?
    Dem. Rep.: Obamacare Enrollment Low Because People Think Law Is Repealed
    The lower-than-hoped-for enrollment numbers on the federal exchanges are due to Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D., D.C.) argued on Monday. Norton blamed a “negative propaganda campaign” by Republicans that confused Americans into thinking that the law was no longer in effect.
    “There are millions of people out there who think it was repealed, so there was no way to break through that very easily,” she told MSNBC. Norton also pointed out that the “debacle of a website” made matters worse because it “seemed to confirm that [the law] must have been repealed, or should have been repealed.”
    Norton remained confident that the enrollment numbers will improve as people learn more about the law as well as the nearing deadlines and fines. “When that fine is going to kick in, you’re going to see people trotting to sign on like you’ve never seen it before,” she said.

    I’m just wondering how they’re gonna know that fine has kicked in.

  85. This whole Turkey/Iran oil cash scheme is getting very troublesome………when Iran arrests you for corruption, you are fucked.

    Iranian multi-billionaire Babak Zanjani has been arrested, Fars News Agency quoted Iran Judiciary spokesman Mohsen Ejei as saying on Dec.30.

    Before, the Central Bank of Iran announced on Dec. 28 that Zanjani has not paid any sold oil’s money to the Central Bank of Iran.

    Zanjani who is the owner or shareholder of at least 70 companies and banks including Bank Arzesh in Tajikistan and First Islamic Bank had been involved in Iran’s oil sell and transferring the sold oil’s money to the country to bypass the imposed western sanctions on the country.

    Zanjani’s name also was mentioned in Turkey’s latest corruption scandal.

    Earlier on Dec. 22, Iranian media outlets quoted Iranian MP Mostafa Afzalifard as saying Zanjani has paid his €2.06 billion debt to Iran’s Oil Ministry.

    The Central Bank has affirmed that the sum has been deposited to the Oil Ministry’s account, Afzalifard added.

    Iranian MP Saeed Heydari said that the document which Zanjani presented to the parliament’s Article 90 Commission on payments is spurious.

    In September, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said that “Zanjani claims the Americans blocked his bank account so he is not able to transfer the money to the Iranian government”.

    Zanjani had said that the money was in bank account of a Hong Kong-based company which is a subsidiary of the National Iranian Oil Company, adding that, “transferring the money to Iran is not my concern”.

    In an interview with the ISNA News Agency in August, Zanjani said that he has helped transfer 17.5 billion euros of the Iranian banks’ capital from outside the country to domestic bank accounts with a 0.007 percent interest.

    He further rejected rumors about him selling Iranian oil at a cheap price. He said that the Hong Kong-based company is in charge of selling Iran’s oil, but since no bank was ready to transfer money for the firm, the said the company asked him to help and he managed to transfer the money via the Malaysia-based bank (of which he was a member of the board of directors).

    Zanjani also said he has helped the Hong Kong-based company with selling eight oil containers as well as some gas condensates containers. He claimed that he has helped Iran sell a total of 12 oil and gas condensates containers and secured the money transfer.


    What have they been up to…i reckon syphoning off the iranians cash and that is going to get you whacked.

    Funny how this is all just happening. The iranians do not seem so happy with Ankara right now….

  86. Tells you all you need to know about Erdogan…..UNBELIEVABLE.

    Turkey may be placed in a difficult position in the international arena as Yasin al-Qadi, a Saudi Arabian businessman who is on the US Treasury Department’s “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” list, has entered Turkey multiple times escorted by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s protective detail and without a passport or visa, the Taraf daily reported on Monday.

    Taraf’s report gave details of the investigation of prosecutor Muammer Akkaş, who was removed from the ongoing corruption operation on Dec. 26 after he attempted to launch a second phase of the investigation, allegedly involving prominent business and political figures.

    The first part of the police operation was on Dec. 17, when the sons of two Cabinet ministers, state-run Halkbank General Manager Süleyman Aslan and Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab were arrested along with 20 other suspects.

    According to the report, Saudi businessman al-Qadi illegally entered Turkey four times between February 2012 and October 2012. Although his entry into the country was banned by a Cabinet decision, it is reported that the prime minister’s protective detail escorted him during his time in Turkey, and allegedly there are photos of this in the investigation file.

    Usama Qutb, another name being investigated by prosecutors, reportedly escorted al-Qadi during his visits to Turkey.

    According to the investigation, al-Qadi attended some meetings with boards of directors from certain companies including Bosphorus 360, and he allegedly met with Mustafa Latif Topbaş, a partner of Turkish discount retailer BİM.

    When al-Qadi visited Turkey, the prime minister’s security detail, police officer İbrahim Yıldız, allegedly welcomed him at the airport. Al-Qadi took care of his business through his son, Muaz Kadıoğlu, according to Taraf.

    According to the investigation, Bosphorus 360 was about to buy land belonging to a police school in İstanbul’s Etiler neighborhood for $460 million, which is below the land’s real value, without opening the plot to bidding. The total loss to the public would reportedly have been $540 million.

    Another allegation is that al-Qadi entered and left Turkey by means of Topbaş’s private jet. According to Taraf, when al-Qadi arrived, the airport’s security cameras were covered and he was allowed to enter illegally through the VIP section with no official procedure, passport or visa.

    After al-Qadi’s entering Turkey was banned, he reportedly came to Turkey on June 14, 2012, and attended a meeting of BİM’s board of directors.

    After attending the meeting at BİM headquarters, two bags of money inside boxes were put into al-Qadi’s car, and then he left in a plane with this money.

    The United Nations enforced sanctions against al-Qadi in 1999 and 2000 to freeze his assets around the world after a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution named him as a suspected associate of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network, al-Qaeda.

    The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) ordered al-Qadi’s US assets to be frozen in October 2001. The EU also agreed sanctions on al-Qadi. His listing as a terrorist was overturned by several European courts, and his name was removed from blacklists by Switzerland, the European Union and the United Kingdom. However, his name remains on the “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” list under US law. The UNSC committee monitoring sanctions against al-Qaeda accepted al-Qadi’s petition to be removed from its blacklist in October 2012.

    After 9/11, al-Qadi reportedly moved his operations to Turkey and Switzerland from Saudi Arabia. Forbes magazine reported that al-Qadi is a friend of Erdoğan, claiming that through this friendship he was able to avoid the sanctions against him. Erdoğan has been quoted as saying: “I know al-Qadi. I believe in him as I believe in myself. For al-Qadi to associate with a terrorist organization, or support one, is impossible.”

    “These are all crimes,” says Dr. Mehmet Altan, an academic and writer, who spoke to Today’s Zaman on the Taraf report.

    “It is becoming clear why this investigation on corruption is being covered up. The seriousness of the allegations and the documents is being seen in all its horror. There have been court decisions both in the first investigation, in which people were detained, and the second investigation in which those detentions are being prevented. It is a crime to prevent a judicial process when there is a court decision,” said Altan.

    “It is in the court where everything will be cleared. They [the government] cannot avoid court by creating noise and talking in every square. Even if they go and talk street by street, house by house, it is not possible to prevent this judicial process through political claims,” he added.

    “There are many documents against the person you are trying to protect. When you try to whitewash this person and disregard the rule of law, then this process smears you too,” said Altan.

    Altan stressed that the way to acquit oneself in corruption allegations is not by paralyzing the judiciary but by clearing the way for the judiciary. He said the government is trying to paralyze the judiciary with fear, and that it isn’t only Turkey but the whole world that is watching.

    “You are protecting criminals. You are in a relationship with Iran, of which the world system does not approve. You welcome someone who is a suspect and wanted as though he were a state official. Thinking that you can solve this problem outside the rule of law, without paying the price, is gross negligence,” said Altan. He added: “Unfortunately, the government is not only challenging the Turkish judiciary but it is trying to deceive the world. It is not possible to make this work. Persisting with this mistake will be the end of the regime in the country.”

    “The allegation about protecting someone who is being sought by the international system is a very serious allegation. It is a troubling image for Turkey’s reputation. Violating the international rule of law and disregarding international agreements are not mistakes for a democratic country which respects the rule of law,” Turgut Özal University’s terrorism and security expert Dr. Mahmut Akpınar told Today’s Zaman.

    “It is unacceptable to take a position in which you are protecting a person who is being sought. According to the media, this person has entered Turkey four times in eight months. Normally, law enforcement officials should have caught him. Quite the contrary, he is under the protection of the prime minister’s security detail. This is scandalous. Paralyzing the judiciary is making this scandal even bigger,” he added.

    İstanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has rejected claims that the vacant grounds of the Etiler Police Academy, the only empty plot in Etiler, with a value of $1 billion, were sold to a company for $460 million with no public bidding.

    According to the allegations, the state sustained a financial loss of $600 million in this sale. Including planned construction on the site, the financial loss to the state may have reached several billion dollars, experts say.

    However, a week after these allegations were reported in the media, Topbaş held a press conference in which he displayed an ownership certificate showing that the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality owns that land.

    According to the allegations, the same company waited only one month for a mining license in a forested area of Paşaköy in İstanbul’s Sultanbeyli district, although the Ministry of Forestry had denied all such permission in that area for some time previously. In return for the mining license, which had a value of $10 billion, one of the suspects became a 50 percent partner in the business without paying the company’s owner. After a period of time, the owner left the partnership and the company was taken over by the other partner, who allegedly paid nothing.

  87. Leanora

    December 30, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Lets hope this can be proven. The problem is Boehner and McConnell may be in on it too. As you can see, my trust level in them is very low. Just think of all the maggots we will see, if the RINOs are defeated in the primaries and the American People learn the trust. I am deeply disappointed in the sheer inability of the sheeple to realize what is happening in this country, in terms of a seismic shift of power from the people to the elites. It mirrors what is occurring in places like Australia and New Zealand, where one particular politician quoted by the Daily Caller characterizes it as an Armageddon style battle between the cultural elites who seek to consolidate their power into a dictatorship, and the grass roots activists similar to the Tea Party who are committed to preserving the balance of power set forth in the Constitution including the bill of rights, separation of powers, etc. which produce a condition called liberty which is becoming transient as the sheeple look on with eyes half closed and say why can’t we all just get along. The simple answer which eludes them is the elites will not allow this to occur, nor will they ever agree to meet us half way.

  88. Correction: if the RINOs are defeated in the primaries, grass roots representatives take power, roll away the boulders and see for themselves what is underneath, that big media is hiding from them.

  89. Group of Black Thugs Viciously Beat White Couple In Suspected Knockout Game Attack, Police Refuse To Release Pics of The Assailants…

    A couple’s late night stroll on the Christmas-lit Downtown Mall turned to terror in the early morning hours of Friday, December 20, when they were brutally assaulted by three men in what appears to have been a random act of violence.

    Even though one of the victims, Jeanne Doucette, managed to take photos that appear to show the assailants as they kicked and pummeled her boyfriend Marc Adams to unconsciousness, Charlottesville Police still do not have any suspects. Doucette says there were other witnesses to the crime, which allegedly occurred just outside the Wells Fargo building at around 1am as she and Adams walked from Miller’s to Rapture, and she is baffled as to why the police haven’t shared her images more widely with people who could have seen the suspects earlier in the evening.

    “I cannot understand why they didn’t let people know what happened,” said Doucette, who still bore injuries from the assault when she met for an interview a week later. “Those pictures might have prompted some tips.”

    The images she captured are blurry but nonetheless appear to corroborate her account of the night’s events, including the brutality of the beating, during which she says the assailants joked and laughed, even stopping to hug in the midst of the onslaught.

    Doucette said the assault occurred after she and Adams, both 39, had met for a drink at Miller’s after Adams finished his shift as chef for a downtown food cart. They headed east up the Mall toward Rapture to end their night with music, when Adams tripped and fell in front of Derriere de Soie lingerie store, a block from Miller’s. As he was getting up, a man approached quickly, said something that Doucette couldn’t make out, and kicked Adams while he was on the ground, before being joined by his friends who beat Adams severely, breaking his ankle, cracking ribs and knocking out one of his teeth.

    The grainy photos that Doucette took with her phone show the faces and clothing worn by the three alleged assailants, all black males. Doucette estimated the men were approximately 6’ tall and in their mid-20s or early 30s. In one photo, Adams is lying on his back on the Mall with a man looming over him. Doucette said the man was kicking Adams when she took the picture. In another picture, a large man in a black coat and light colored shirt appears to be moving towards Doucette’s camera as Adams is on his knees in the background.

  90. Juries, as a rule, are smarter than the American People. The OJ Simpson jury would of course be the exception. Be that as it may, more information is coming to the surface about Mr. Christy and his bullying ways. The evidence also indicates a pattern and practice of rewarding his Wall Street friend including Bernie Madoff. The promotion of Hillary and the simultaneous taking down of Christie would be encouraging to me, but for the fact that it is the New York Times and their ilk doing it. They are the same people who have thrown this nation under the bus, by their unqualified support of the inept adverse possessor of the White House. For them, redemption is out of the question.
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still a favorite in presidential polls, but the popular politician is already being singled out by Democrats and in the national media before he has announced his future intentions.

    “It’s all a setup,” Michael Steele, who chaired the Republican National Committee in 2009, when Christie first ran for governor, told The Daily Beast. “It’s unbelievable. It says to me that there are interests in the media and in politics who don’t want the status quo to change, and who actually like this red/blue politics crisis-management model.”

    Urgent: Do You Like Chris Christie? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

    Just two months ago, Christie beat Democratic opponent Barbara Buono by a 21-point margin. Since then, polls have shown him in a virtual tied race with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the presidency, with a CNN survey showing him as being slightly ahead.

    The media attacks did not come far behind his second-term win. Last week, a front page article in The New York Times painted Christie as a bully who uses his political power to get revenge against his enemies.

    Among several complaints, The Times article included the “Bridgegate” scandal, which targets Christie as being behind closing access lanes from Fort Lee, N.J. on to the George Washington Bridge. The lanes were shut down for four days after the city’s Democratic mayor refused to back Christie’s re-election campaign, and two Port Authority officials have resigned their posts over the issue.

    In addition, the book “Double Down” was released just before the November election, using details from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s vice presidential vetting team. The book painted Christie as being a politician who did favors for his allies and lobbied for business interests of people like Bernie Madoff.

    Christie loyalists say that the governor is used to media scrutiny. One aide said that he’s also not surprised when “media outlets and Democratic organizations make him a target.”

    Steele said such negative coverage plays itself out in many ways, “sometimes aided by the main target, sometimes by subordinates or opposition camps. There’s a tendency to reach that turning point so that the knives come out and the new narrative begins.”

    However, it’s not just the liberal media that has turned against Christie. Conservative commentator Glenn Beck recently blasted Christie during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, calling the New Jersey Republican “a fat nightmare” and labeling him as a “progressive.”

    Some of the scrutiny also started in November 2012, when Christie hugged President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy, which experts say will likely haunt him if he runs for the presidency.

    But even with the negative coverage, Steele said, Christie “is the same guy today as he was when he sat in my office when I was national chairman during his first bid for the governorship of New Jersey . . . He’s still the same breath of fresh air, the same guy who can create a new narrative for the Republican Party and the country, which is longing and starving for it.”

    Steele says Christie needs to be sure he doesn’t become his “own worst enemy” and fuel
    new headlines.

  91. My point about juries got lost in the diatribe. The point is, or was intended to be, they will be reluctant to disbelieve a witness they like or a defendant they like. That is the problem with Christy. He will be likeable to that Sydney Green in the Maltese Falcon look alike Karl Rove, because he represents the elites. But he is unlikeable to the base of the party, whom he relies on for the nomination.

    On that subject, the following is probative:

    Last week, Karl Rove made a bold prediction for 2014. He said,

    “Every Republican senator … challenged in a primary as insufficiently conservative will win.”

    RINORove is so confident in the establishment’s ability to stop the grassroots from nominating conservatives, he’s predicting they will go undefeated in 2014.

    This comes on the heels of the announcement by a top advisor to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) that the party aims to defeat conservatives in “every primary” next year.

    The establishment is talking tough because they believe their money advantage is big enough to put down conservative candidates.

    We see it differently.

    Republican voters are increasingly aware that many Republicans in Washington don’t share their values.

  92. Wow…

    Angela Lansbury has been made a Dame by her majesty in the new years honors lists.

    Dame Angela Lansbury.

    Well done at 88

  93. We deserve everything we get.

    What we got was a loser that stole an election.

    We don’t deserve any of his corruption.

    Karma will settle the score with the media and Chicago thugs. Until then, we just have to keep fighting.

  94. Looking ahead to 2014, Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer said that the best way for conservatives to defeat the permanent political class and the Republican establishment is to not compromise with or be co-opted by them.

    On Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon, Schweizer, regarded as the top expert on crony capitalism in the nation, said Republicans and Democrats in Washington, D.C. are like “two vultures fighting over a carcass.” He said both parties are fighting over “who’s going to pick at the carcass more.”

    He said the natural tendency of the Republican establishment is to “compromise and give away.” Schweizer mentioned that this was also the case during President Ronald Reagan’s tenure in office, when much of the Republican establishment that had loathed him, at least since 1976, wanted to “cut a deal with the Soviets.”

    Reagan did not, and Americans eventually saw the collapse of the “Evil Empire,” as Schweizer noted.

    Schweizer emphasized that the way to defeat the permanent political class–in particular, the Republican establishment–is to espouse the same “no compromise” approach Reagan espoused toward the Soviet Union.

    Looking back on 2013, the Tea Party and conservatives garnered victories on a host of issues–such as gun control and amnesty–because they did not go along with the Republican establishment, whose agenda is often more in line with President Barack Obama’s than the conservatives they purportedly represent. Even a Harvard professor conceded that such relentlessness will most likely enable the Tea Party to prevail in the end over a weakened GOP establishment.

    Ultimately, Schweizer said, despite establishment groups like the Chamber of Commerce and Karl Rove’s American Crossroads can spend hundreds of millions of dollars waging war against conservatives, “what elects people is votes not dollars.” He said that the Republican establishment can spend “as much money as they want, but those candidates will have to appeal to Americans for votes.”

    In large swaths of the country, the Republican establishment’s message and policy objectives “do not resonate,” Schweizer said.

    Schweizer said strong conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) receive the most vitriol because the establishment is legitimately threatened by them.

    He also said that if the establishment genuinely thinks someone is a clown–they simply “laugh” at them–rather than waste their energies on them. In contrast, if the permanent political class thinks someone–like Cruz–can be, or is, “highly effective,” they get “angry and vicious.”

    Schweizer asserted that Cruz, especially when it came to the “widespread collusion” that is Obamacare, fought on principle, making it evident that he was not in Washington to “feather the pockets” of the permanent political class.

  95. jbstonesfan

    December 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    Don’t believe that shit. It does not square with reality. It does not pass the red face test.

  96. holdthemaccountable

    December 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Vladimir Putin: The Times International Person of the Year | The Times
    Last updated at 12:01AM, December 30 2013
    It has been a good year for the judo sixth dan Vladimir Putin, who has hip-flipped President Obama on Syria, wrestled the EU to the ground on Ukraine, tripped up the opposition at home and rescued weaker team players such as President Assad of Syria and Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower….
    Well, there is your proof that Obama is NOT most admired. Maybe among the political class, the elites and Soros, but not the rest of the country. He is Putin’s patsy.

  97. Steele said, Christie “is the same guy today as he was when he sat in my office when I was national chairman during his first bid for the governorship of New Jersey . . . He’s still the same breath of fresh air, the same guy who can create a new narrative for the Republican Party and the country, which is longing and starving for it.”
    Fresh air?

    Fresh air that the Republican Party is longing for?

    And starving for?


    The crony capitalist who/was the friend of Bernie Madoff? Karl Rove??

    The obsequious slob who bear hugged Obama, with tears rolling down his eyes??

    The heavy who bullies people around?

    The RINO who disparages the base of his party?

    That Chris Cristie????

    He is a breath of fresh air alright.

    The kind that wafts over the Fishkill Garbage Dump in mid July.

  98. If you read profiles in courage there is a reference to a politician who was similar to Obama.

    His adversary said he is like a mackerel in the moonlight. He shines but he stinks.

    Christie could be thus described as well. Only he does not shine.

  99. A little bit of fighting going on behind the scenes. Even Gov. Andrew Cuomo thinks that de Blasio is too far left.

    Cuomo pushing to block de Blasio speaker pick Mark-Viverito

    Gov. Cuomo, in his first major battle with Bill de Blasio, is engaged in a last-ditch effort to block leftist Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito from becoming council speaker, Democratic insiders have told The Post.

    Cuomo has been working behind the scenes with city Democratic leaders, including Assemblyman Carl Heastie, the Bronx party chair, and US Rep. Joseph Crowley, the Queens chair, to line up support for Councilman Dan Garodnick, the other candidate in the race, the insiders said.

    “It’s clear to many of us that Cuomo and his people are working to stop Melissa because it’s not in his interest to have her in there,” said a prominent Democrat involved in the speakership battle.

    “It’s certainly not in Cuomo’s political interest to have another left-wing activist along with de Blasio running the city. The sense is that Cuomo wants to see de Blasio defeated on this one, so that he’ll start off as mayor weaker and not stronger, relative to the governor.”


  100. wbb – I don’t dispute for one second your impression of the contemporary Christie. I hold it too. But when he ran for his first term, I watched a lot of coverage of his campaign via the late NJN News, and I was extremely supportive of him. What I saw then was not a bully, but a moral, fair-minded strong man who usually was pleasant, but would double down if he needed to.
    Putin. I think we’re on our own to spread news of the award he’s received. The suicide bombings/Sochi angle was the plum yesterday on the evening news. Not that I looked far to find that out.
    The Philadelphia ABC outlet still maintains some refreshing integrity. Here is an example, and it’s worth it’s worth a mention because it demonstrates that ordinary people left to their own devices, know how to deal with gun tragedies in school. If you have time, go to the link; it’s an upper in more ways than one.

    Colorado marching band moving forward from tragedy, leading Mummers Parade
    Snip The band, about 40 members strong, arrived in Philadelphia Sunday night.
    This afternoon they toured the Mummers Museum on South 2nd Street.
    The award-winning band knew it wanted to visit Philadelphia because of its unique history and cultural differences.
    The Arapahoe Marching Band contacted the Mummers several months ago before tragedy struck its school.
    It asked simply for the opportunity to march in the Mummers Parade.
    “When I got the call and it was mentioned to me that we were leading off the parade that kind of took everything to a new level. It’s very exciting,” band director Shawn Funk said.
    The city was delighted that despite the shooting at its school, the band still planned to come.

  101. The Obamacare Obama gets

    Who says government health care doesn’t work? There is a government health plan that is available to a small number of individuals. The risk pool consists of a few dozen people, all of whom work in one building in downtown Washington. If they need a check-up, the doctor comes up to their office for a house call. If they need a prescription, the medicine is delivered to their desks. If they need to see a specialist, they are taken by government transport to one of the best hospitals in the world. If they need surgery, a special suite is available.

    And it is all free of charge.

    This is not Obamacare. But it is the care President Obama gets. Obama, his family and members of the White House senior staff are all taken care of by the doctors of the White House Medical Unit. It’s the best health plan in the world. I know. For a brief time, I was on it.

    The president should have this kind of health care. And to the extent that he depends on having his top aides healthy and available to him, they should, too.

    But with this kind of health coverage, why on earth did the president make such a show of “signing up” for Obamacare? He admittedly has no intention of using it. The White House says he signed up as a “symbolic” show of solidarity, so he could lead by example. Really? That would be like Obama signing up his kids to attend D.C. public schools as a sign of solidarity with the poor kids trapped in failing schools ­ but then saying it was just “symbolic” and sending his kids to their tony private school instead.


  102. Cuomo pushing to block de Blasio speaker pick Mark-Viverito

    Gov. Cuomo, in his first major battle with Bill de Blasio, is engaged in a last-ditch effort to block leftist Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito from becoming council speaker, Democratic insiders have told The Post.

    Cuomo has been working behind the scenes with city Democratic leaders, including Assemblyman Carl Heastie, the Bronx party chair, and US Rep. Joseph Crowley, the Queens chair, to line up support for Councilman Dan Garodnick, the other candidate in the race, the insiders said.

    “It’s clear to many of us that Cuomo and his people are working to stop Melissa because it’s not in his interest to have her in there,” said a prominent Democrat involved in the speakership battle.

    “It’s certainly not in Cuomo’s political interest to have another left-wing activist along with de Blasio running the city. The sense is that Cuomo wants to see de Blasio defeated on this one, so that he’ll start off as mayor weaker and not stronger, relative to the governor.”


  103. FBI investigates military-style attack on California power station: ‘You should have expected U.S.’

    Another enormous story that the enemedia deigned to ignore. If it smells like jihad, the media goes into scrub-a-dub-dub mode.

    And they ignored it fresh on the heels of the jihad attack on our streets in Boston just the day before. Astonishing. It’s what I have been telling you: the media is the enemy.

    FBI investigates military-style attack on California power station (thanks to Robert Spencer)

    “Not amateurs taking potshots… this was a dress rehearsal” — possibly for large-scale attacks on power stations. Although this was initially thought to be related to the Boston Marathon jihad bombing, no connection was established. This may not have been a jihad attack, but it may have been: jihadists have targeted power stations in the UK, so there is no indication that they wouldn’t or couldn’t do so in the US.

    “FBI investigates military style attack on California power station,” by Ryan Gorman for the Daily Mail, December 29 (thanks to Ab):

    The FBI is investigating a ‘military-style’ attack on a California electric power facility earlier this year.

    The April 16 attack saw as many as two gunmen storm the PG&E Metcalf substation after severing phone service and fire several dozen rounds at transformers.

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