American Horror Story: Obama

Canadian Justin Bieber is growing up in public and living a life of future regrets and embarrassments. Madonna’s spotlight tropism leads to dubious haberdashery choices for which she must be embarrassed – but the calculated publicity benefits outweigh her regrets. Jennifer Lawrence might feel a twinge of “yikes” when she recalls her slip at the Oscars. Anne Hathaway’s visit to Occupy Wall Street and her panty-less display getting out of her car, Fergie’s on stage “leak”, the Biebs on stage puke, all are moments that when remembered will likely cause even the Hollyweird embarrassment when they are sober. We all have embarrassing moments we rather forget. But last night… last night! We can’t imagine the social suicide embarrassment that Obama voters and the more fervent Obama supporters must feel.

We can only imagine that of those remaining few boosters watching Barack Obama last night they must have said to themselves “I used to like THAT!?????” “What was I thinking?????” “What drugs was I on?????”

They really loved Obama once. Once upon a time the Obama theme song we featured, after “The Pretender” became harder to find on YouTube, was “Razzle Dazzle” from the musical Chicago. That song features a sleazy Chicago community organizer lawyer teaching a master class on manipulation. First you had to get them to like you. Then, lie. Manipulate. Razzle. Dazzle. Razzle Dazzle ’em.

And it worked. They loved Barack Obama. They thought his speeches grand. They thought him intelligent. He was a Messiah to them.

We were stupefied. How could any sensible person think the string of platitudes, the cheap sentiments, the artifice layered on artifice to cover artifice was anything more than grade school level theatrics? When recently Obama mentor Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright noted that Dr. King’s “I have a dream” has been supplanted by Obama’s “I have a drone” we thought that the line should be Obama saying “I am a drone… a deadly dull suffocatingly tedious drone.”

Chicago Clown

We’re not alone now. Even his supporters must agree in private when they are sober that the song which now best describes inconsequential lame duck Barack Obama is Mr. Cellophane, also from Chicago.

You can look right through him, walk right by him, and never know he’s there. Does anyone care, or even know, that pajama boy Obama is going on a post State of the Union road trip to… whatever… drone on? Few people watched the drone drone on. Few gave a flying puck about Obama’s word vomit before and even fewer after. It was as if Obama was a commercial interruption to the greater American drama.

We know there is a football game that is going on sometime this weekend. You can’t miss it. The picture box was all about that game as the Obama drone approached. The picture box was all about the football game and a toboggan on a New York City street somehow related to the football game, immediately after the Obama drone. It’s been all about football and the cold. Who cares about cellophane Obama?

As late as 2012 NFL football games took second place and got knocked off when Barack Obama chose to drone. Football season openers used to get moved in order to accommodate Barack Obama. Now, Barack Obama is a toilet break for viewers until they get back to programming they want to watch.

Obama boosterettes at NBC conducted a poll about the pajama boy president:

“His personal standing has taken a … hit that makes trying to restore your job approval very difficult.”

In more tough numbers for the president, only a combined 40 percent say they are “optimistic and confident” or “satisfied and hopeful” about the president’s remaining time in office. By contrast, a combined 59 percent say they are “uncertain and wondering” or “pessimistic and worried.”

And by a 39 percent to 31 percent margin, Americans believe the country is currently worse off compared with where it was when Obama first took office; 29 percent say it’s in the same place.

Are there any left who still think that 2016 candidates should get attached to that? He can’t even help himself. All Obama cares about is himself but even on this Obama is failing. That’s right, Obama is not doing a good job on his strong suit – self-advancement – lately and if he can’t help the only person that he cares about why does anyone think Obama will help them in any way? Obama only cares about himself and this “year of action” is deadly for those up for election attached to Barack Obama.

As to the content of last night’s drone attack live from the U.S. Capitol we thought of Marshall McLuhan who wrote the following in Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man:

“In a Chinese work–The Way and Its Power (A. Waley translation)–there is a series of instances of the overheated medium, the overextended man or culture, and the peripety or reversal that inevitably follows:

He who stands on tiptoe does not stand firm;
He who takes the longest strides does not walk the fastest . . .
He who boasts of what he will do succeeds in nothing;
He who is proud of his work achieves nothing that endures

Proud and boastful are descriptions of the pajama boy president that so many thought so wonderful so long ago. Now they are embarrassed at their stupidity. But we have to live with the consequences of their dastard work for the pajama boy raised by wolves. It’s the American Horror Story for real.

Tonight as we watch the trial by blood for the new Supreme in American Horror Story: Coven we won’t be feeling foolish for watching such entertainments. We’ll feel bad that a TV show has a more exacting process for those who aspire to leadership than the drones that elected Barack Obama. But we’ll feel good that Barack Obama’s drone speech last night achieved a 14 year low in viewership for State of the Union speeches.

Hey, there’s also Duck Dynasty to cheer you up.


211 thoughts on “American Horror Story: Obama

  1. More from this link from the article:

    With final ratings in for the State of the Union address, Nielsen Media puts the grand total just shy of last year’s for a 14-year low.

    The gross average audience of 13 networks airing President Barack Obama’s speech puts viewership at 33,299,172. That’s down from the 33.5 million that tuned in for the 2013 speech for its lowest showing since 2000. (President Bill Clinton’s final address in office averaged 31,478,000.)

    Among the networks carrying the address live were CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, Azteca, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Al Jazeera America, Galavision and Mun2.

    In the cable news race, Fox News Channel came out on top as the only network to grow its State of the Union audience year over year.

  2. Barack Obama is a toilet break for viewers until they get back to programming they want to watch.

    Great post Admin, the next three years will be Hell for the narcissist who feels he deserves admiration. Ain’t gonna be much.

    A tip for anyone that thinks that people that are seriously ill and on Medicare, are not taking huge hits from OBAMAcare.

    A very close family member of mine was told that he can’t go to two different kinds of doctors, (in two different counties just miles apart), that he has relied on to stay alive, for several years.

    Our trip to the emergency room yielded no necessary medication to stop the internal bleeding, while he was told that the other county claiming the first chance at Medical (in Cal) would take care of him. He didn’t have a specialist at this other country, so more lag time finding a primary care doctor, that could later set up an appointment with a specialist…like he had in the other country. He is without a doctor he needs and the medication that he needs to go back into remission.

    This is horrendous, try finding the words of hope they need when their health care doesn’t want them because of Obamacare!!!

    My family member is suffering and my life has been Hell for the past few days because of this, and BARACK OBAMA is to blame.

    So JesW if you read this, forget all your high hopes that ObamaCare isn’t as bad as Admin and Big Pinkers are saying.

    This is very personal and I don’t want to talk anymore about it, but this is happening to millions of Americans.

    Fuck you Obama!! -Did ya get that NSA?

  3. So sorry for your troubles Shadowfax. My mother passed away last year from cancer while her insurance was still good. Cancer is big business. My mother went with conventional medicine. They cured her of breast cancer but the mammograms probably caused her esophageal cancer. She was 84 when she died.

    Obamacare has motivated me to look into less conventional, preventative measures for my health issues. Thank goodness I do not have anything serious. Did you know they have a nutritional supplement that is an extract of broccoli? One pill is like eating 5 lbs of broccoli. And I have even resorted to seeing a chiropractor, though I used to consider them dangerous and scarey. Not as dangerous and scarey as Obamacare.

    How many people are going to die from Obamacare? Does this make Obama a mass murderer?

  4. Shadowfax…very sorry to hear about your family members problems…

    I can understand you not wanting to talk about it, stories like yours need to be heard loud…front and center…O and his Ocare is going to be the death of Americans

  5. omg…had ‘The Insider’ on in the background and they just showed a clip of MO on this sunday’s Puppy Super bowl…warning if that preview comes on, protect yourself…

    that woman will do anything to become the AHS Supreme…

  6. Shadow, people should bring stories like yours to Greta, or try someone at CNN…this stuff has to be exposed…definitely get the info out in the local news (tv and newspapers/online) to national exposure

    unintended (or intended) consequences of O and his stupid, unprepared and inexperienced crew…messing with people’s lives while the media keeps it all under the rug…

  7. I fail to see how anyone in his right mind could stand to listen to Obama’s State of the Union Address.

    Why would anyone in his right mind waste an hour of life listening to someone who is a proven pathological liar?

    Why wold anyone in his right mind watch this jerk off ignore the real problems, and set up straw men?

    Why would anyone in his right mind listen to a man who makes bold promises which he breach at the first opportunity.

    Why, why, why?

    You know what this is all about don’t you?

    Sure you do.

    You know it ain’t about you, or me, or the American People, or anything else that matters.

    What he blathered about and emoted about last night is a FUCKING SMOKESCREEN.

    The only thing he cares about is transforming this country.

    But it is not transformation in any positive sense of the word.

    It is transmorgification.

    And the RINO goes along with it, believing his time will come.

    If the best the establishment can put out there to rebut Satan Obama is Kathy McMorris Rogers

    A Boeher lap dog

    Then the RINO is holding no aces, just deuces.

  8. Thanks S and Lu, I am sure that Obama and his phony ‘care’ nightmare will cause many deaths of people that can’t even depend on the emergency room as a last resort to get immediate help.

    The healthy young will bellyache about a fine for not signing up, but the elderly and chronically ill will be the ones that will really suffer. Baby boomers will find themselves in healthcare Hell. Only those of us that are still considerably healthy will have time to take cover.

    Lu, there are some good things in alternative medicine, just don’t shy away from conventional medicine when you have something serious. I’m sorry for the loss of you mom. I lost my mom the same way, a few years ago.

    S, my not wanting to talk about it any more is to protect the privacy of my loved one.

  9. I understand Shadowfax…i just hope people will start coming forward with their stories and get them to the press to be exposed to save not only their own loved ones and family members but to nip this nightmare in the bud before more people are hurt by this scam…

    kind of like the article below re: where we may be heading…Sarah Palin was trying to warn people

    what is the point of health care if they are going to deny health care??? I fear this is the future


    btw, Lu, Cancer is a very big business, I had a friend who is into holistic medicine (MIT chemist/scientist, etc) and he has based his theories and books on not only can some of the so-called cancer cures lead to worse health complications but also there are some cancers that they know they cannot cure and yet they expose the patients to long painful and useless procedures treating the symptoms instead of attacking the cause…

    and funny how once the insurance runs out they don’t even treat the symptoms…you are on your own…coincidental, huh! they’ll take you back if you get more insurance…such a racket

  10. The Pubs are suing the Prez for making laws, changing laws, exempting some people from laws and in general, acting as if adhering to the constitution is optional. If Barack don’t want to, he don’t have to uphold and defend no stinkin’ constitution – or so he seems to think. And, thus far no one has done a damned thing about it.

    The Dems in senate and house should be concerned about how they will be perceived for refusing to stand against some of the blatant unconstitutional actions of Barack. The Democrats may think they’re defending their party by allowing its leader to get away with violating his oath to “Uphold and defend the Constitution of the US”. IMO their failure to condemn these extreme actions will turn the American people against them – as quickly as Ocare will. Bill Clinton did their dirty work when it called upon Barack to keep his promise that people could keep their insurance policies. After the Big Dawg stepped up, some of the Dem weenies finally echoed Bill’s concerns.

    No guts. No scruples. These Dems have failed to honor their oaths of office by refusing to require Barack to honor his own .


    The HIll:

    “See You in Court Says GOP”

  11. I know when I say this, it’s like telling Noah about the flood, but the DUdies are bat shit crazy. One particularly low functioning commenter at DU was so sad for Obama because in the discussion of the SOTF on NPR, people were just being so mean and unfair. And, guess why this leftie with two functioning brain cells thinks people are criticizing Barack. You guessed it! They’re racist.

    You just can’t fix stupid.

  12. I’m kinda bummed that the Hippy witch didn’t become Supreme. Wonder if they will have the next season start with an entire different era or pick up where they left off.

  13. Not crazy about the way that Murphy wraps up The American Horror stories. Felt anti-climatic to me. Would have preferred a few more episodes instead of everything wrapping up in the last two. So many story lines and then just boom, boom, boom. Okay we’re done. Makes me reluctant to follow the next chapter. Feel a little cheated. Funny because the first season of Nip/Tuck was great and then it floundered for years. He just packs in so many plots into 12 hours that the endings feel insufficient.

  14. Hey Al – didn’t we try that about 70 or 80 years ago? Didn’t work out too well.

    Al Gore: ‘We need Fertility management to fight global warming’

    On the face of it, this story could easily slide down into, so what else is new with the Goricle. Promoting once again, his Global Warming, Climate Change posture. Let’s take note though. These are simply de-sensitizing statements that are used to accustoming us to the Progressive logic. Of course Gore isn’t called a racist. And the trick to this is in the end, the method by which the Progressives wish to control population growth.

    Former Vice President Al Gore raised eyebrows last week when he suggested that “fertility management” was the key to fighting global warming and promoting economic development in poor countries. Gore’s comments drew criticism from free-marketeers who said his remarks amount to “eco-imperialism.”

    “Gore’s agenda for saving the world from global warming has always included population control,” Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Advocating population control specifically for Africa is just another form of imperialism. Gore’s eco-imperialism is uncomfortably close to the original racist goals of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, who advocated population control in order to control the number of black and brown people in the world.”

    Here is a refresher on Margaret Sanger

    The Smithsonian is honoring one of the 20th century’s most notorious eugenics proponents, Margaret Sanger. American Life League exposes Sanger’s racist plan to create a “master race.”

  15. (Such an entertaining post, admin! Keep ‘em coming!!)
    Such an entertaining post, admin! Keep ‘em coming!!
    (TY TheRock)

  16. wbb, thanks for posting that video above. They made some excellent, reasoned points. And, I loved the one comment about the SOTU speech being another attempt by Obama to give the country a “warm fuzzy” – which we could have gotten from a cup of hot cocoa.

  17. But we’ll feel good that Barack Obama’s drone speech last night achieved a 14 year low in viewership for State of the Union speeches.

    I love it!!!! 😀

  18. Interesting……Basically there is no challenger by this, no one is even bothering.

    The Fix: Hillary Clinton is the biggest frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination ever

    Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 61-point edge over Joe Biden in new Washington Post-ABC News polling makes her the single biggest frontrunner for a Democratic presidential nomination in the history of the poll, an affirmation of the conventional wisdom that the nomination is hers for the taking.

    Clinton stands at an eye-popping 73 percent in a hypothetical 2016 primary race with Biden, the sitting vice president, who is the only other candidate in double digits at 12 percent. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has signed a letter along with a handful of other Democratic senators urging Clinton to run, is at 8 percent. And that’s it.

    That lead is almost three times as large as the one Clinton enjoyed in Post-ABC polling in December 2006, the first time we asked the 2008 Democratic presidential primary ballot question. At that time, Clinton took 39 percent to 17 percent for then Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, 12 percent for 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards and 10 percent for former Vice President Al Gore. Speaking of Gore, he is the closest thing to a Clinton-sized frontrunner dating all the way back to early polling on the 1984 presidential race. In a March 1999 poll, in advance of the 2000 presidential race, Gore took 58 percent to 21 percent for former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley, a 37-point bulge.

  19. They now know after nearly 6 years, he aint done jack shit for the AA community all he’s done is make money for himself.

  20. With Democrats’ grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: Admit the House can’t be won and go all in to save the Senate.

    Their calculation is uncomplicated. With only so much money to go around in an election year that is tilting the GOP’s way, Democrats need to concentrate resources on preserving the chamber they have now. Losing the Senate, they know, could doom whatever hopes Barack Obama has of salvaging the final years of his presidency.

    Read more:

  21. What is the matter with the fucking Washington Post. Three years to go in his benighted presidency, 2 out of 5 people of working age not working, well on the way to doubling our national debt, foreign policy in shambles, and all those cocksuckers can think of to write about is a primary which is two years out, based on a set of assumptions which are may never play out, and a set of variables which are unknowable at this point. If anyone doubts that the future is uncertain, stop and ask yourself whether the implosion of big boy was a foreseeable event six months ago. The only explanation for their quantum leap into the future, is they know that they and their communities are cutting a very fat hog which is coming out of the hide of the American People, present and future, and they know their boy is a fraud who is fucking up by the numbers, and they wish to not dwell on the pertinent here and now, because to do so would expose their own treachery, which is the only reason why the least qualified candidate, with a toxic anti American agenda was able to shanghai this county and run it into the ditch. Big media is public enemy number 1, if only the ignoranti would wake up and realize that.

  22. The smart money has the odds that the GOP will take the Senate at no better than 50-50. They have no ground game, they have deeply insulted their base and they are banking on the hope that people will despise Obama and his robotic senators enough to hold their noses and vote for the amnesty loving Obamacare loving RINO. There are only two flaws in their calculations: first, they underestimate the number of conservatives who will turn out. Second, they overestimate the capacity of the ignoranti to connect the dots, when big media is doing everything possible to hide the blatant failure of this administration and proclaim his saint hood. Until the America People come to the realization that big media is their greatest enemy, the cause to me seems all but hopeless. The one glimmer that I see on that side of the fence is the effort to unseat McConnell, which, if it succeeds will turn the GOP upside down and give some respect to the Mike Lees and Ted Cruz’s who speak for the people, rather than the obscene RINO who speaks only for himself and his contributors. The more you look at the facts, the more you realize that there is little or no ambiguity here. It is a simple case of Washington vs. America–and ne’r the twain shall meet.

  23. Thanks for the REBEL PUNDIT video, foxy! This Chicago community has been complaining for years about BO & the corrupt local government, but lately their complaints have been getting more attention. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley have also been leading the charge against BO and his failed policies, especially those that have hurt the AA community.

  24. Yes and good riddance……the two faced rat.

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Henry A. Waxman, whose legislative record has made him one of the country’s most influential liberal lawmakers for four decades, announced Thursday that he will retire from his Westside seat, the latest in a wave of departures that is remaking the state’s long-stable congressional delegation.,0,7708869.story

  25. moononpluto
    January 30, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Interesting……Basically there is no challenger by this, no one is even bothering.

    Funny, I just remembered that I had a dream about talking to Hillary last night. Sort of like talking to a friend. (BTW, I have never had the pleasure of meeting her…sad.)

    But in my dream, she admitting that she is going to run in 2016!

    My dreams have come true before, I hope this is another one that rings true.

  26. Shadowfax,

    I think part of the kabuki theatre of will she wont she run is that the Clintons are making damn sure they are not going to be screwed like 2008, i think a “either the field is cleared” or forget it has been made clear.

    The Dems know they have no one else to run…………..their bench has been decimated by Obama and looks very thin.

    That is why Hillary has a brilliant chance come Nov 2014 after the midterms to rebuild that party in their image and wipe away the nightmare that has come before. There will be some deep cleaning done after midterms, Obama is dead in the water and listing to the side, taking on massive amounts of water like the Titanic. His time is done. Hers is just beginning.

  27. I know, Waxman gone is just about the best thing bar Pelosi melting under a bucket of water that could happen to the California delegation.

    Never having to look at that weasels face is going to be heaven.

    The bastard endorsed Obama the day after Hillary won West Virginia by a massive margin, which was a huge slap in the face. He should have endorsed her the night she won California but like all the other California turncoats, he can rot in hell. So good riddance, it also tells us, the Hillary haters are abandoning ship.

  28. Hey gang, been a while since posting, so busy at work…

    But I’ve been lurking. Who’d a thunk it, I come to work, and all I do is work!! Egads.

    Anyhoo, glad I had no intention of watching Obummer’s SOTU, I don’t think I’ve seen a single one, I just won’t subject myself to it. “Hey look, a Gilligan’s Island rerun”. “Time to wash the dishes”. “Today, I’ll take up meditating”.

    He really is the train wreck we predicted in 2007.

  29. jbstonesfan

    Thanks, wishing you, your family and Big Pinkers good health so they don’t end up getting the same type of treatment.

  30. Shadowfax thanks for sharing your history. We wish you the best. Yours is not the only story we have received about ObamaCare and the adverse effects of this flim flam. We recently received this email which was written by “Georgia”:

    what Obamacare did for us – family of four (2 kids,
    stay-at-home mom, truck driver dad). We’re one of the 6 million people whose
    health insurance was cancelled. Got our letter in October,
    telling us to fax in some forms and we’d be “allowed” to keep our policy one
    more year. Remember, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” You
    can. But it will cost 3 times as much.

    We liked
    our policy. We wanted to keep it. It’s wasn’t some fly-by-night outfit either;
    it’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield. We’ve had the same “catastrophic” policy since
    2008. We’re self-employed, we did our research. We found an affordable policy
    that covered most well-care visits, little stuff was usually out of pocket, but
    if we got into real trouble (accident or major illness) we were 100% covered.
    Our Blue Cross/Blue Shield rep. told us, however, because of new govt. mandates
    (Obamacare), they can no longer offer our policy at that price. After
    Dec. 1, 2014 (roughly the same coverage) our premiums
    increase from $
    560/month to $1350. Out-of-pocket deductible
    (max we pay per year) increases from $5000 to $12,000

    Let’s do
    the math: Old policy: $560 x 12 = $6720. Plus $5000 = $11,720.
    New policy: $1350 x 12 = $16,200. Plus $12,000 = $28,200.
    $12,000 versus $30,000. Almost a $20,000 increase overnight. We don’t
    have an extra $20,000 lying around to donate to healthcare. Most

    people don’t.

    That gives
    us 3 options: 1) pay $20,000 more for the exact same thing 2) go without health
    insurance AND get fined for doing so…..or 3) try to qualify for govt subsidy,
    become wards of the court (while helping crumble the US economy at the same
    time). All 3 crappy options.

    As a direct result of Obamacare, many previously insured people
    will no
    longer carry health insurance. Previously insured
    ilies, who were paying for it themselves, will now go
    without because of the pricetag.
    Plus, get fined for doing so. This is the exact opposite of what
    Obamacare promised: greater access to healthcare for everyone. Turns out, it’s
    not greater access for everyone. It’s
    just greater access for America’s
    poorest 1/6. And maybe NO ACCESS for America’s middle to lower middle

    This is reality. When the govt. decides to insure 50
    million previously uninsured people
    FOR FREE, that
    money has to come from somewhere. Congress might want to pay for it with
    rainbows and dreams, but it can’t. That money has to come from somewhere your pocket. There are 300 million people in the US. To
    insure 50 million (1/6) FOR FREE, the middle class and the lower middle class
    will foot the bill
    . Turns out, Obamacare is a great deal – if you’re the
    bottom 1/6. But if you’re one of the last Americans clinging to a job – it’s a
    bad deal. That’s why Congress delayed the business section of Obamacare another
    year. They don’t want 150 million people getting the sticker shock we just got,
    right before midterm elections. Conveniently, the business mandate (bulk of
    Obamacare) NOW kicks in Dec. 2014 (one month AFTER elections).
    When 150 million people see their premiums skyrocket (IF they keep their jobs)
    the true extent of Obamacare will be known. If you’re one of the 150 million,
    whose employer currently covers your health insurance, and you naively believe
    you’re immune from price hikes or cancellations, think again. Your company will
    have to pass that cost on to someone – YOU.


    seriously need to question any legislation, that the framers of which, want
    nothing to do wit
    h. While Congress was busily drafting this
    program for us (telling us how wonderful it would be), they unanimously voted to
    exempt themselves from the program. THAT SHOULD TELL YOU ALL YOU NEED
    TO KNOW.
    In fact, any future healthcare law, in order
    for it to even be considered for the US, should not only INCLUDE CONGRESS, but
    should use them as Guinea pigs!!!

    ** Please feel free to forward this to everyone. People need to know.

  31. Yes, “Georgia’s” story is becoming all to familiar with millions. You can ‘keep your insurance’ if you want to pay more than double for it, or you can go without, or buy something else that you can’t afford.

    I keep thinking that even if by some miracle that Hillary becomes President, and decides to burn OBAMAcare at the stake, what will be left of our national health care structure by then? How many will die and have more serious problems without affordable health care?

  32. If Hillary doesn’t run for President in 2016, I will vote for the candidate that destroys Obamacare, or the one that has proof she/he knows how to fix the damage that has been done. Without our health, we have nothing.

  33. admin
    January 30, 2014 at 11:35 pm
    UNaffordable NOcare SCAMact:

    That clip is in Pittsburgh which means that most of them probably voted Obama because Dems are all this town votes to the point that Republicans don’t bother with the city anymore.

    And yet, the citizens of Pittsburgh can’t figure out why nothing gets done.

    A new movie for straight ticket Dem voters…50 Shades of Stupid.

  34. VotingHillary
    Got that right about Pittsburgh. A few years back when they wanted to build new stadiums the people of the county voted resoundingly no. They went ahead and did it anyhow. Public transportation has been underwater for at least 25 years so they passed a 7% county wide alcohol tax. Communities without any bus service at all forced to pay .35 on a drink. Still broke and begging the state for money which they are getting as part of the new higher gas tax. So the rest of the state will be paying for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh’s poorly run systems. Meanwhile the 2 or 3 privatized lines in Pittsburgh are thriving. Little is being done to rectify the situation. Yet the same clowns( or reasonable fascimiles) keep getting re-elected. It is not sustainable and yes they have floated the sugar tax. Cries of the poor need the service and it is the governments responsibility to make sure they get it. Apparently only the poor who live within the city limits are worthy though as many communities have zero service but the whole county pays for it.
    And the news station that aired the story up until this were 100% tingles up the leg at the mention of obamas name.

    Waiting with bated breath to read what admin though of the AH finale.

  35. When they go against the people so disgracefully you have to follow the money and who wants it and who is bankrolling the people who passed it.

    Seriously need a recall mechanism for every level of elected official these days including the Presidency, they need to know the people can remove their sorry corrupt asses should the need arise.

  36. Shadowfax January 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    A tip for anyone that thinks that people that are seriously ill and on Medicare, are not taking huge hits from OBAMAcare.

    A very close family member of mine was told that he can’t go to two different kinds of doctors…. He is without a doctor he needs and the medication that he needs to go back into remission.

    This is horrendous, try finding the words of hope they need when their health care doesn’t want them because of Obamacare!!! ….

    So JesW if you read this, forget all your high hopes that ObamaCare isn’t as bad as Admin and Big Pinkers are saying.

    Of course I read it. I read everybody’s stuff and especially yours (the reason I don’t contribute much – usually no time left for talking after listening to everyone).

    Problem here is, I don’t understand your family member’s problem. That doesn’t mean I take it lightly or ignore it – just that I know from nothing about medicine in the first place, and especially how your family member’s problems would be solved if only Obamacare would go away.

    Another way of saying this is that I have the advantage living under a system where I don’t need to know anything about medicine or health insurance; so all you’re saying here sort of goes over my head.

    Then there is:

    Lu4PUMA January 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    … Obamacare has motivated me to look into less conventional, preventive measures for my health issues….

    How many people are going to die from Obamacare?….

    In the socialized systems of Europe, and especially in France, an increasing share of the healthcare pie is being devoted to preventive medicine and also to research leading to less conventional measures that Lu4PUMA is talking about.

    The US may be falling behind in medical and pharmacological research. For example, the Pasteur Institute is currently conducting clinical tests on a lentiviral vaccine and antidote for HIV that will probably be released in 2015 or late 2014. By 2020, AIDS will be a thing of the past.

    In the meantime, the major pharmaceuticals in the US are selling tri-therapy for AIDS at horrendous prices. Oh, the glories of for-profit “free” market medicine…!

    Shadowfax January 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    … my not wanting to talk about it any more is to protect the privacy of my loved one.

    Oh come, now, we’re not NSA here: We don’t want his name, address, phone number, SS number or even the name of his insurer.

    But I repeat: I don’t understand what happened to him – what the problem was, where his insurance went awry, above all why Obamacare is to blame….

    admin January 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm and 11:35 pm

    Thanks for those stories. At least the first one explains how deductibles operate (i.e. “max we pay per year”), which I didn’t understand before. It’s telling how one of the guys in the video says of his deductible: “Wake up America – This is not acceptable.” It’s what I’ve been saying for a few months now – deductibles in health insurance are not acceptable.

    Anyway, extrapolating these stories, plus those of Shadowfax and wbboei, to the whole country and making a big ruckus to reject Obamacare is not going to solve these problems, nor will it enhance the quality or lower the cost of healthcare in the US.

    Healthcare now accounts for 17% of the US economy. We pay far more for healthcare than anyone else in the world – an average of 60% more than Europeans, for example; but we don’t get care when we need it (and that was a problem long before Obamacare) and that care is not necessarily of top or even standard quality (my personal experience vouches for that statement), and that was also true long before Obamacare.

    At the same time, we turn a deaf ear to the examples of countries where better care is provided at significantly lower cost. What the hell is wrong with us? Don’t we have ears to hear and eyes to see?

    Our root problem is our mindless faith in “free” enterprise = “free” market = “free” competition = lower prices, increased production and higher quality. It’s as if everyone mastered the first semester of Economics 101 and then dropped out.

    The “free” economy is not what everyone thinks it is. Mitt Romney understood that and said so, which is the main reason he got my vote.

    Shadowfax January 31, 2014 at 12:03 am

    …. I will vote for the candidate that destroys Obamacare, or the one that has proof she/he knows how to fix the damage that has been done.

    OK, now you’re talking positively. I’m with you.

  37. ‘Essential Equipment’: UK, France to jointly develop war drones. Another horror advanced by Obama.

  38. Here’s an opinion piece making compelling arguments to the effect that Hillary should, in view of a possible 2016 run, come out now in support of Obama’s diplomatic initiative re Iran. It says nothing about what will happen to 2016 if the initiative fails; but that, if it succeeds, she will again be cast as a warmonger as she was in 2007-8 because of her 2002 vote in support of the Iraq war:

    Shadowfax January 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    …. I had a dream about talking to Hillary last night. Sort of like talking to a friend. (BTW, I have never had the pleasure of meeting her…sad.)

    Yes, kind of sad. When Hillary meets people by accident, as with MM and me on the Capitol steps in 2003, she’s a riot – very funny, perfect cure for any sad moments…

    …. she admitting that she is going to run in 2016! My dreams have come true before, I hope this is another one that rings true.

    I’ll settle for your dreams if they come true… mine never do!

    moononpluto January 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Shadowfax, …. The Dems know they have no one else to run…

    Well, they have Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren and that former governor of Montana (Schweitzer) who says he’ll run even if Hillary does. Don’t worry, they’ll find someone.

    By the way, the most recent polling puts Huckabee in the lead on the R side. That sounds good: put up Huckabee and lose for sure.

  39. foxy, thanks for posting the story about free food for the stranded drivers. Hearing about acts of kindness like that helps restore faith in humanity.

  40. freespirit
    January 31, 2014 at 11:26 am

    foxy, thanks for posting the story about free food for the stranded drivers. Hearing about acts of kindness like that helps restore faith in humanity.

    Yes it does. 🙂

  41. Snip Propane is used in operations from drying grain to heating poultry and livestock housing. The hikes hit farmers and agriculture operations the hardest.
    Propane producers don’t claim to have an explanation for the shortage and price spike either. “We’re all asking the same question: What’s going on here?” Deb Grooms, executive director of the Iowa Propane Gas Association, said.
    In an interview with Reuters on Thursday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the department is looking for fixes. Moniz said “many factors” were at play, beginning with a jump in demand for propane in the upper Midwest during a wet autumn followed by the country getting clobbered by the “polar vortex” that saw temperatures hitting historic lows across much of the U.S.
    “We are in direct communication with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Commerce, and the Domestic Policy Council at the White House so we can bring whatever we can to bear on this issue,” Moniz said.
    According to the Energy Information Administration, supplies of propane in the Midwest fell by 1.34 million barrels to 10.2 million last week – coming in at the lowest level for mid-January since the EIA started keeping data 21 years ago.
    Propane supplies across the country fell by 3.39 million barrels to 35.3 million – the lowest level since June 2011.

  42. JesW

    ….especially how your family member’s problems would be solved if only Obamacare would go away.

    —> Having Medicare, or now in Calif. called MediCal, people could still go to their health care specialist doctors that they have had for years. Their doctors know all the meds they have tried and how they no longer work and why. No one should be sent home from an emergency room without help, especially while they are bleeding and in crisis.


    Shadowfax January 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    … my not wanting to talk about it any more is to protect the privacy of my loved one.

    Oh come, now, we’re not NSA here: We don’t want his name, address, phone number, SS number or even the name of his insurer.


    You are just going to have to deal with the fact that I will not give out more details and make this situation more public.

    I am not afraid of Big Pinkers, but this is PUBLIC and I have already experienced problems in the past.

    I will not give out more info. Period.

  43. I already knew this. 🙄

    We may not know much about “Keynesian economics” (and neither does anyone else: they just plug and pray, literally), but we know one thing: when real disposable personal income drops by 0.2% from a month earlier, and plummets by 2.7% from a year ago, the biggest collapse since the semi-depression in 1974, something is wrong with the US consumer.

  44. I have 2 Electric heaters going.And sending the Kid for another one.
    That should help the furnace .
    My tank is at 25 percent.
    Hopefully can get some Propane next week. 🙁

  45. —————————————————-

    Ah moon but we are but serfs. They know so much better. They do it for us. Silly me would think that organizations like the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, whatever groups distribute the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys should have to pay taxes as they revel in their self-adulation. I am a fool they generate so much and NEVER appear to express any political bias. We should be thankful that they let us foot the bill. Added police and now NSA we owe it to them for sharing their splendidness. Not sure (I will check with that stellar economics journalist Ezra Klein) but I think I am to be happy as my betters enjoy the fruits of our labors as we adjust our thermostats and wear an extra sweater around the house.

  46. Foxy, how cold is it there now? Try staying in a smaller room with the electric heaters. Trying to heat large spaces with big windows will require lots of heat. Put on more clothes.

    When I get home from work on a ‘cold’ winter day, (I leave my heat off while at work), and will wear my down jacket, hood up and fingerless gloves while I wait for my heater to bring the temp up in my place.

    Stay warm and warm your hands on a hot cup of something, soup, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.

  47. Shadowfax
    January 31, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Stay warm and warm your hands on a hot cup of something, soup, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.
    Good advice I do that all the time
    We are moderating a bit today. around freezing. 🙂

  48. On Drudge, “He knew”

    (Check out the source at the bottom, NYT’s)

    Christie Knew About Lane Closings, Ex-Port Authority Official Says

    The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

    In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

    “Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.

    The letter marked the first signal that Mr. Christie may have been aware of the closings, something he repeatedly denied during the news conference.


  49. foxy: My tank is at 25 percent.
    You are stretching that out really well! I’d give you readings on mine, but I don’t look any more. :-0

  50. Confirmed: IRS Gave Preferential Treatment to Malik Obama – Who Is Linked to Hamas

    Obama’s IRS unfairly targeting hundreds of conservative groups, but President Obama’s radical half-brother “got a sweetheart deal” from the IRS.

    According to the Daily Caller, Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years. Lerner approved the foundation’s tax status within a month of filing.

    Now there is evidence that the Malik Obama is linked to Hamas.

    He was even pictured a Hamas scarf (keffiyeh) that bears a well-known Palestinian slogan – “Jerusalem is ours – WE ARE COMING!” and “There is no Israel.”

  51. holdthemaccountable
    January 31, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I was thinking about you Holdem.
    That new Heater will help too.
    And if it is Electric and heats it is on. 😆

  52. Jeswezey, that article you posted with “advice” for Hillary is from AmericaBlog. The putrid advice is that Hillary align herself with Barack Obama on his failed Iran foreign policy or risk alienation from the left.

    Americablog in 2008 was a nasty support site for Barack Obama and did not miss the opportunity to slap Hillary. Americablog does not have Hillary’s interests at heart. Americablog like all Obama supporters wants Hillary to tie herself to a stinking sinking ship.

    Our advice is for Hillary to pummel Obama policy both foreign and domestic. We think Hillary should restate her warning to Iran about “obliterating” them.

    Anyone that advises Hillary to tie herself to Barack Obama wants to help Obama, not Hillary.

  53. Obama ally Nancy Pelousy mocked by Jon Stewart over ObamaScam:

    House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sat down with The Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Thursday for a contentious interview. The interview became tense when Stewart attempted to get Pelosi to explain why government appears to function so poorly to the outside observer. When Pelosi attempted to explain why this was the case, Stewart became even more agitated.

    “Right now, we have a school of thought in the House Republican caucus that is anti-government, anti-science, anti-Obama,” Pelosi said when asked about the nature of governance in Washington. “They have a trifecta that just enables them to vote against everything.”

    Stewart said that Democrats are then required to make a stronger case. He said that Democratic governance now appears “chaotic” and their execution of legislation appears to “lack efficiency.” When Pelosi again blamed Republicans for this condition, Stewart became even more agitated.

    When he asked why it was so difficult to get a company to execute the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange website “competently,” Pelosi replied, “I don’t know.”

    “What do you mean you don’t know? How do you not know?” Stewart asked laughing.

    [Video at link]

  54. Even Chuck Todd at NBC/MSNBC is beginning to understand that Obama is the head of a cult. The Obama cult only helps Obama and now the party and anyone tied to poison Obama will die:

    Without the president on the ballot, I have to say, I don’t know if the numbers work for her any more, work for any Democrat anymore. This is a unique — she has not had to run with this few registered Democrats in a nonpresidential year, it’s going to be really tough for her.

    Rasmussen poll has the Senator trailing a Republican congressman:

    ObamaCare kills!

  55. If Hillary does not start distancing herself from O she will lose. I assume she is waiting until after the mid terms.

  56. Claire McCaskill is busy, busy. Inspired by the movie and the mother on whose life it is based, Philomina Lee, Sen. McCaskill is planning to “press” Ireland to unseal adoption records and reunite birth mothers with their children. Something is wrong with that woman – not Philomina. I mean McCaskill.

    Article at WPOTUS Blog – wordpress:


    Re: Landrieu: Is there any way she can pull back ahead after slipping 4 percentage points behind the Pub in the poll linked above by Admin – after she tied herself to Obamacare like a rope to an anchor? I don’t see how she can. The Obamanuts, ever in denial about the failings of OCare, think that the worst is behind. They’re trying to shift everyone’s attention to the problems with the website, and claiming that all will be well really soon – better than well. It’ll be effing fantastic. But, as Admin pointed out in her previous article, the best is not yet to come with Obamacare. The website problems will be the highpoint of Obamacare – not the low point. I think Mary Landrieu is HISTORY!

  57. admin
    January 31, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Could you do me a favor and fix the video at that link so that Nasty does not come on every time we refresh? Listening to the 70-year-old botox queen once, is more than plenty for me. Her hairdo makes her look like something out of Dr. Who.

    Thx Admin.

  58. Claire McCaskill is our U.S. Senator and a great embarrassment to us She was on her way to defeat until Todd Akins “opened his mouth”.

    If any of you all need a senator we will gladly give you ours. We’ll even give you boot money.


    As Senate campaigns begin, some Democrats flee Obama

    (Reuters) – Spooked by President Barack Obama’s low approval ratings, some of his fellow Democrats in tough November election races have begun their campaigns by distancing themselves from the White House and asserting their independence from Obama’s policies.

    In what amounts to a survival-first strategy among embattled Democrats crucial to the party’s effort to keep control of the Senate, some candidates in conservative states Obama lost in 2012 are aggressively criticizing his healthcare, energy and regulatory policies.

    The group includes three incumbent senators, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska, as well as Natalie Tennant, who is seeking to replace retiring Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.

    Other Democratic senators facing tough battles for re-election have not been as critical of Obama, but have signaled they might not do much campaigning with him.

    Democratic Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina recently passed on a chance to appear publicly with Obama, saying she had another commitment. Begich and another Democrat up for re-election, Mark Udall of Colorado, have expressed skepticism about the idea of campaigning with the president. [snip]

    The growing distance between these Democrats and Obama’s White House was evident this week in Washington, where their responses to the president’s State of the Union address ranged from muted to chilly.

    Begich said after the speech that, if Obama came to Alaska, he would be “not really interested in campaigning” with him, but would “drag him around” to show him how the administration’s policies have hurt the state by limiting oil and gas development and the issuance of logging permits.

    “I don’t need him campaigning for me. I need him to change some of his policies,” Begich told CNN.

    Democratic senators are not the only candidates in their party keeping some distance from Obama. In Wisconsin, a state the president won in the 2012 election, Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke skipped an appearance by Obama in Waukesha on Thursday. She said she had a previously scheduled commitment. [snip]

    “It’s going to be very difficult for a lot of these Democrats because they will own Obama’s agenda, no matter how hard they try not to,” said Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

    Obama will be a drag on them because he reminds voters of how far the party has shifted to the left.”

  60. foxy: They exported a lot more [propane]then usual back in June too.
    You got me searching & I found this. Does it describe the extent of exportation as you know it to be, or is there more? I think we need a PropaneGate. Farm animals all over must be suffering too and they will be the first sacrificed. Then higher prices for poultry. What a clever way to exact retribution upon the middle class.

    Snip U.S. propane production has grown in recent years thanks to the shale oil and gas boom, but the resulting higher supplies have caused domestic prices to sink below global levels. That in turn, has encouraged exports of the fuel from the U.S. Gulf Coast to Japan and Latin America, where prices are higher. Snip.

  61. Wow! Even Muslims speaking out against Oh. Via Hoft.
    Radical British Muslim Abu Abdullah recorded a message this week for Barack Obama. The radical Muslim told Obama to go back to Africa.
    “Stop telling people lies. Get out of our Muslim countries. Go back to Africa.”

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    January 31, 2014, 11:42 pm
    Lannie Davis says it’s time for the Dems to admit they blew it with Obamacare.


    “Ex-Clinton aide: Dems must admit they ‘screwed up’ on O-Care”

    By Bob Cusack

    A top Democratic strategist on Friday said his party needs to admit they “screwed up” on ObamaCare.

    In an interview on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” Lanny Davis, White House special counsel to former President Clinton, said Democrats — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) — should take ownership of their mistakes on the healthcare law.

    “Nancy Pelosi should say that — we messed up…We have to take ownership,” Davis said, indicating that admitting fault is the first step to fixing the Affordable Care Act.

    He added that the private sector should have had more of a role in developing HealthCare.Gov, which debuted Oct. 1 with significant glitches.

    “We screwed up,” Davis said, advising Pelosi that she should admit that Democrats relied too heavily on the government to set up ObamaCare.”


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  63. Obama, Biden and others also received gifts, but it looks like the media is going to focus on Hillary!

    State Department reveals Hillary Clinton received $500K worth of jewelry from Saudi king

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden received expensive gifts from Saudi Arabia, Russia and China, among others.

    Read more:

  64. freespirit February 1, 2014 at 9:43 am
    “We screwed up,” Davis said, advising Pelosi that she should admit that Democrats relied too heavily on the government to set up ObamaCare.”

    The Democrats are still trying to spin that the problem with Obamacare is the %@*&(#^ website. The problem is the legislation. If the website had worked perfectly the result would have been worse as it would have hit the population without with an even worse financial impact without due warning. It was dumb luck for the population that it was such a disaster and advance warning could not be withheld by the press. Layers of incompetence, theft, hubris, and malice have been exposed. Davis is trying the bait and switch and it is too late.

  65. U.S Northern and Midwestern states called on Thursday for new measures to help bring the heating fuel propane into their regions as a bitter freeze extended into a second week, signaling that pockets of shortages have not yet disappeared.

    As millions suffer from the supply squeeze and sky-high prices, government data shows the fuel was being exported at historic levels at the end of fall and analysts say the pace of sales abroad was maintained into the new year.

    On Thursday, states called for cash to be released to hard-hit consumers, waivers to be

  66. Imusthavepie has a funny post at Uppity Woman with a couple of priceless videos and/or pics of say-it-ain’t-so Joe.


    It Takes “The Villages” to Raise Joe Biden
    Posted on February 1, 2014 by imusthavepie

    “I know the historic, best evah, SOTU speech is old news now. But it lives on in infamy thanks to this viral photo of our gaffilicious VP Joe Biden.

    What would we do without Joe? He was put on the ticket back in 2008 to give Barry some foreign policy creds. Instead, he’s turned into a punchline.

    Don’t get me wrong. I actually like Joe Biden. At least he’s real….well aside from the botox, teeth caps, hair plugs and whatever else he’s had implanted (I really don’t want to know.) When Obama and Biden appear together it’s like watching an old Rowan & Martin skit…..except unlike our prezzie straight man, Dan Rowan wasn’t a cold, arrogant…I should probably be more careful, [waves to NSA]…Dan Rowan was actually likeable.” (snip)

  67. “Davis is trying the bait and switch and it is too late.”

    I agree Moramer. The Dems and MSM will continue to try to frame this failure as a tech “glitch” only. If the entire act didn’t suck so badly, that might work. But, they will be unable to make a (small) silk purse out of this (giant) sow’s ear.

    As Jimmy Fallon said in video above when he and Romney slow-jammed the news, “glitch, PLEASE”. lol

  68. jeswezey
    January 31, 2014 at 7:00 am

    The problem is that Obamacare was never about healthcare. With all the systems in place as examples of what works and does not, anyone who really wanted universal healthcare for the people of the country could have come up with a decent system. Obamacare is designed for the money people and the insurance companies. It targets the patients and the doctors and it’s objective is to get as much money as possible.

    Do you think this program reduces the administrative costs of the insurance companies? Do you think they are really going to give up their profits? So more services are supposed to be provided, well who will pay? Do the math. Obamacare = Deathcare

  69. I loved the article about Gibson Guitars, Foxy. In the raid in 2011, the government confiscated the company’s tone wood. Have returned it, and Gibson has created their “government Series” guitars. The pick guard features a gold graphic of an eagle holding a Gibson Guitar.

  70. On Friday, Todd Beamon, writing for Newsmax, reported:

    Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax on Friday “the dominoes are beginning to fall” in the spiraling bridge-gate scandal engulfing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and said “I think he hasn’t told the whole truth and is in trouble.”

    “The U.S. attorney should now subpoena the documents that were referred to in the letter and should sit down and talk to the governor,” the former Harvard Law School professor said in an exclusive interview.

    “The governor so far has not spoken to law enforcement nor has he spoken under oath, so legally, he can lie all he wants,” Dershowitz said. “He’s not obliged to tell the truth. Politically, he may be obliged to tell the truth, but legally he’s not.

    “But once he sits down and talks to law enforcement, he has to tell the truth, otherwise he can be prosecuted for a crime.”

  71. Thanks for the feedback:

    admin January 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    … “advice” for Hillary is from AmericaBlog…. a nasty support site for Barack Obama … does not have Hillary’s interests at heart…. wants Hillary to tie herself to a stinking sinking ship.

    Our advice is for Hillary to pummel Obama policy both foreign and domestic. We think Hillary should restate her warning to Iran about “obliterating” them.

    Yes, I realize the hazard of associating HRC with Obama in the public mind, and generally her need to put as much daylight as possible between herself and her former boss.

    But expecting her “to pummel Obama policy” is like wanting a monkey to forgo bananas for meat – it’s not in her nature to do that. In any event, she will certainly not interfere with the foreign policy of a sitting D president while she’s not even on the campaign trail and is very happy to be out of politics for a while.

    What the article proposes is that she get on the pro-Iran “bandwagon” to help stop the move for additional sanctions on Iran that Congress seems poised to pass by a veto-proof majority.

    I agree it would be stupid for HRC to give a leg up to Obama and Kerry just to help them out of their shit. But, politically speaking and in her interests, it would be just as stupid for her to try to obstruct Kerry’s foreign policy now that she is out of office, because she would be accused of doing just that – a very bad move.

    That’s why she is saying nothing now, and I agree with her: Let the chips fall where they may, “give peace a chance” if that’s what the President wants, and wait till late 2015 before saying anything about it, at which time the public’s view of the Iran initiative may be more settled than it is today.

    BTW, the same goes for Obamacare. She’s not saying anything about that either and, again politically speaking and regardless of my own views, I can only agree with her. On this matter, we have:

    jbstonesfan January 31, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    If Hillary does not start distancing herself from O she will lose. I assume she is waiting until after the mid terms.

    I think you assume correctly, and in fact I think she will wait till the second half of 2015, even Labor Day 2015, before saying anything substantive at all.

  72. Is Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer credible? NJTV has broadcast several segments of another side… which is perhaps why NYTimes reiterated the accusation “Christie Knew” spread so well by itself & Drudge. WH must be giddy. Again.

    With the coverage of the two media giants, and the imminent Super Bowl super-saturation, the question of whether Mayor Zimmer truly is Sweet Polly Purebred, will likely have a very short shelf life. But anyway, here is part of the first nights’ coverage:

    EXCLUSIVE: Hoboken Housing Authority Director Claims Zimmer’s Husband ‘Bullied’ Him
    1-28-14 By David Cruz Correspondent
    The image is of a political neophyte. Mayor Dawn Zimmer — a self-described former stay-at-home-mom — tearful that someone would, allegedly on behalf of the governor, try to strong-arm someone else into doing something they weren’t comfortable with. But in a complaint filed last week, Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia claims that Mayor Zimmer was doing the exact same thing. In a lunch meeting, secretly recorded by Garcia, and audio obtained by NJTV News, Stan Grossbard, Mayor Zimmer’s husband, is heard discussing the selection of an attorney for the Hoboken Housing Authority.
    “I’m a vehicle for you to transmit presumably, what you have to say to Dawn. My opinion doesn’t matter a whole hell of a lot. Doesn’t mean I won’t share it, but my role here is going to mostly be a receptacle,” Grossbard said.
    Grossbard is long acknowledged to be an influential member of Zimmer’s inner circle,though not officially an employee of the city, letting Garcia know that their conversation would be passed on to Mayor Zimmer. Garcia says he hoped to show that Zimmer — by way of Grossbard — was trying to force him to support the appointment.

  73. Republican “fundraising heavyweights” supporting Rubio in 2016. Christy’s not viable after Bridgegate, especially in view of new allegations that he knew about the incident. But, what about Jeb?


    February 01, 2014, 12:00 pm

    “GOP insiders back Rubio in 2016”

    By Alexander Bolton

    Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) political stock is rated a buy by major Republican fundraisers in Washington, who are bullish on Rubio’s future as a 2016 presidential candidate.

    A group of Republican fundraising heavyweights and wise men in Washington’s business community are solidly behind Rubio, and see him not only as someone who could win the White House, but someone they can work with.

    The fundraisers include Bill Paxon, a former New York lawmaker who is now a senior adviser at Akin Gump; Dirk Van Dongen, the president of the National Wholesalers Association; and Wayne Berman, a big-time donor with a knack for picking winning candidates in presidential primaries.

    All three are a party of the business wing of the Republican Party that has clashed with the Tea Party. Their support for Rubio suggests they seem him as a possible ally going forward.

    Political strategists think Rubio’s chances of winning the GOP nomination in 2016 are looking better because of the bridge scandal embroiling New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) decision to forego a White House bid to aim for the gavel of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

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  74. Its obvious, Ryan is going for the next Speaker job. It probably suits him better TBH, he has plenty of time.

    Rubio, that’ll be fun, they find the one guy who basically take a position and change it a million ways to one.

  75. State Department reveals Hillary Clinton received $500K worth of jewelry from Saudi king

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden received expensive gifts from Saudi Arabia, Russia and China, among others.


    Yet they always conveniently forget Govt Protocol….all gifts donated over $350 dollars go straight to the public purse by either museum or sold. Hillary has no say in what is donated to her during her time as SoS, nor did she personally get to keep any of those gifts and to refuse such gifts would cause a scandal…making shit out of nothing again.

  76. Another Nut!!! 🙄

    Bush will get his,” yelled Benjamin Smith, 44, while being taken into custody.

    Authorities were tipped off by the suspect’s mother, whom Smith lives with, following her discovery of a threatening note and her realization that a rifle was missing.

    “I’m going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon,” the note read. “I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine.”

  77. Ethanol dangers. 🙁

    There doesn’t seem to be any dispute that pure gasoline delivers better mileage than gas that’s part ethanol.

    Mileage suffers by 3 to 4 percent using E10, or gas that’s up to 10 percent ethanol, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality.

    But one factor which some auto shoppers may not be aware of is that the industry is aware of these dangers and they aren’t going to honor warranties on vehicles guzzling the latest 15% ethanol blend unless

  78. A little off topic, I have recently come across some interesting activities with Congress “investigating” submarine patents

    Recently, patent laws changed to base the award on filing date instead of discovery date. Obama claims to be “fixing” the broken system. Unpublished patent application in the 1995-2000 range will run out in 2000 but the rumor is that there are around 500 submarine patents that are grandfathered under the pre-1995 law. These patent applications are actually protected from disclosure under the law so FOIA will not even get you a listing. But I found out from a reliable source that Congress has recently gotten a listing.

    These patents, probably impacting information technology and energy technologies, can be some technological and economic game changers. For instance, you can find many claims of “free energy” devices throughout the internet where they will sell you plans, but they are not economically mass produced (and probably not free, either). Some of this may be because of the knowledge of the existence of a submarine patent on them. I am going to try to find out just which members of congress have access to this list.

  79. Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.

    Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.

  80. Saber Rattling? 😯

    Hossein Salami said in a televised interview. “We have recognized America’s military strategy, and have arranged our abilities, and have identified centers in America [for attack] that will create a shock.”

    Reports indicate that terrorist Hezbollah forces — allies of Iran — have infiltrated the U.S. and have mapped out targets.

    “We will conduct such a blow in which they [America] will be destroyed from within,” Salami said.

  81. The Bower n’ chief. 🙁

    President Barack Obama plans to travel to Saudi Arabia in March on a mission to smooth tensions with Washington’s main Arab ally over US policy on Iran’s nuclear program and the civil war in Syria, a newspaper reported.

    Obama is preparing to meet with King Abdullah for a summit, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing unnamed Arab officials briefed on the meetings.

  82. Only 46 years old….


    Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his New York City apartment, a law-enforcement official said.

    The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death. The official said Mr. Hoffman, 46 years old, was found dead at his apartment at 35 Bethune St. in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

    Mr. Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 film, “Capote.”

  83. foxyladi14
    February 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

    foxy…as if that were not bad enough…then comes this…

    see the photos and comments…consensus…”always all about him…he throws like a girl”…please do not insult girls…

    between O & MO…with her jumping around at the Puppy Bowl…these two are ridiculous…no depth at all…fluff and playtime 24/7

  84. few quick comments on AHS finale…I want to watch it again for more depth…

    however off the top of my head…I know some people are critical of the ending, the multiple characters, loose plot lines, etc, etc, etc…

    my quick two cents…

    loved, loved, loved the opening with Stevie Nicks…they did in fact ‘save’ Stevie for the end

    imho…this show gets an A+ for:

    …fabulous sets and set design…(as i commented earlier, I want the empire crystal chandelier at the entrance foyer…that leaves many other sumptuous crystal chandeliers for others)

    …love the drapes, the furniture…the whole look

    …the lighting is superb…

    …the camera angles and the way the scenes were shot is excellent

    …A+ for hair, make-up and wardrobe…the fashion is simply great…

    …love Cordelia’s chanel look and the other witch’s ensembles, tall boots, etc

    …the script is full of wit …the blood and gore were also difficult for me…but I really did not find this season scary…not in the way Asylum freaked me out, that was psychologically frightening…Coven was funnier, more camp…and very visually appealing…minus the blood and hacking…

    …I have not seen Season One yet, however I mentioned Season Two – AHS/Asylum a few times…if you have not seen at least one other season it is hard to criticize what they did in only one Season…each show is very stylized in its own way…

    Shadowfax, I think you wondered if they would pick up where they left off next Season…highly doubtful…they will have some of the same actors but it will in all likelyhood be a totally different storyline, characters, mood, setting, etc…i can’t wait to see what they come up with…looking forward to what they will do with Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson and Jessica next time around…if they bring back Zackery Quinto and/or James Cromwell I will prepare myself to be creeped out by whatever characters they inhabit…

    I must take my own advice and watch Season One…to see what I missed there…anyone here catch Season One? impressions? please don’t tell anything that would spoil it…

    …the acting was consistent, often very good and fun…and the cast was so diverse and interesting…just a great show…i would like to see it win some awards, for any of the above and definitely for Jessica Lange…

  85. Shorter OReilly-Obama interview:

    Like watching a prize peacock fluff around,chucked a few pieces off shit, but all were dodged, ducked, and evaded by the other fluffy peacock.

  86. Roll Call has a couple of articles regarding Boehner’s plan for dealing with immigration:

    “Gutierrez ‘Delighted’ by Boehner Immigration Push”

    By Emma Dumain

    “Boehner Wants to Go Big, but Will His Rank and File Follow?”

    By Daniel Newhauser and Matt Fuller Posted at 4:27 p.m. on Jan. 31

  87. It is not worth it.

    Super Bowl Fans Collapse At Secaucus Junction Station While Waiting For Security Checks

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) ­ Several people have collapsed in the Secaucus Junction train station while waiting in long lines to get to the Super Bowl.

    Emergency medical workers pushed their way through the overheated crowd to treat the people at the station Sunday.

    Long lines have come to a standstill in front of airport-style security machines that apparently cannot handle the crowd volume. People trying to reach MetLife Stadium were squeezed together in an enclosed stairwell.

    As more trains arrived, police tried to thin the sweating, jostling crowd by spreading people across the platform.

    Initial fan calls of “Seahawks” and “Broncos” gave way to angry shouts of “New Jersey, your Super Bowl sucks!”

    The extensive security screenings were not only resulting in massive crowding there, but the congestion has resulted indelays of about 30 minutes for the entire NJ TRANSIT system, WCBS 880 Tom Kaminski reported.

  88. Daily Beast article focuses on a statement Barack made in SOTU speech. Article says that although there has been little response by media and/or others to the statement, it may turn out to be an issue Obama gives priority. No real surprise, here.

    There seems to be a disconnect. The responses of both Holder and Obama to the Treyvon Martin case focused on what they believed to be Zimmerman’s crime. They were not honest in their characterization of Martin, nor was MSM. He was transformed into an innocent young boy in the rhetoric released by Black leaders and MSM. His mother was portrayed as a heroine.

    Martin was a misguided young man who identified with gang culture, drug culture and street violence. THAT IS NOT TO SAY HE DESERVED TO DIE. It does mean, however, that he was at great risk for harm because of the choices he made. His mother, unable to control him, had kicked him out of her house. Now in most states parents have a legal responsibility for their children until age eighteen. If they cannot control the child, parents may have to rely upon law enforcement and the youth courts to detain that child and keep him safe. Or, they may have to have that child committed into an inpatient mental health facility or inpatient drug rehab – again, to keep him safe and to get the child the help he needs.

    Rather than calling for black youth – indeed, all youth, for adolescents of all races are at risk – to make healthier, more beneficial choices, the black leaders involved, including Obama and Holder chose to blame Zimmerman. Rather than using their positions to function as role models for the youth of America, especially black youth, they demonstrated inappropriate ways of responding to this tragedy.


    “Obama’s 34 Words That Matter Most

    No one paid much attention when he said he would appeal for more help for young men of color, but those could prove the most important words of the State of the Union.

    It may have been one of the most important lines in President Obama’s State of the Union address–and also the most overlooked. Between his remarks on education and a section on women’s rights, President Obama declared:

“I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential.”

No one applauded–rare on a night when hands tend to clap after every cough and sneeze. Twitter did not light up with commentary, and the video clip of that portion of the speech did not go viral. And yet, in terms of historical importance and future possibility, these 34 words might ripple far beyond the fourth Tuesday in January 2014.  

See, low-income black and brown men and boys in America are at a tipping point. As described in last year’s Newsweek cover story, “The Fight for Black Men,” these fellow citizens are often pushed to the margins of economic, social and political life, and have to scrap and strive to find their way back. Some statistics–disproportionate rates of school suspension, incarceration, and absentee dads–are gloomy. Others–like improving high school graduation rates–are hopeful, and new data, like a recent report on black fathers, show that many of our stereotypes of men of color couldn’t be further from the truth.

Now something very special is happening. Across the country, increasing numbers of social entrepreneurs, elected officials, artists, foundations, and corporations are realizing the enormous potential embodied by men and boys of color, and they’re joining an ecosystem of opportunity to give these guys a fair shot.  

There are nonprofits like the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore that are testing new ways to empower men and boys who can’t find work and are disconnected from their families. There are municipal programs like the Young Men’s Initiative in New York that take black and Hispanic youth off a track towards incarceration and help them find employment and opportunity. There’s the Cities United initiative of mayors around the country, led by Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans and Michael Nutter from Philadelphia, that is finally tackling the problem of youth violence in our city streets.

    There are efforts to reframe the story we tell ourselves about men of color, including the BMe Community, a video project of Black men telling their own story, and Question Bridge, a digital art installation on black male identity that was selected for Sundance this year. And there are coalitions of organizations, including the Open Society-led Institute for Black Male Achievement and the BMAFunders group that work to support the entire field.

On Tuesday night, President Obama said it’s time to bring all of this together, and launch it into the stratosphere. Out of a thousand other priorities, he chose to give special emphasis to men and boys of color, and call on foundations and corporations to help him find solutions to the challenges these young men face. The fact that these 34 words made it into the president’s most important speech of the year sends an unmistakable signal: that the future of minority men should matter to all of us, and we all have a role to play in this new national priority.

In many ways, this part of the speech was a fulfillment of a promise made months ago. On July 19, 2013, after the George Zimmerman / Trayvon Martin verdict, Obama spontaneously walked down to the White House briefing room and delivered some of the most personal and poignant remarks of his presidency. He talked about the legacy of race in our country. He waded into the delicate balance between personal responsibility and lack of opportunity. And the president then offered these reflections on men and boys:  

“This is a long-term project: we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?

You know, I’m not naive about the prospects of some brand-new federal program.

I’m not sure that that’s what we’re talking about here. But I do recognize that as president, I’ve got some convening power.

And there are a lot of good programs that are being done across the country on this front. And for us to be able to gather together business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes and figure out how are we doing a better job helping young African-American men feel that they’re a full part of this society and that–and that they’ve got pathways and avenues to succeed–you know, I think that would be a pretty good outcome from what was obviously a tragic situation. And we’re going to spend some time working on that and thinking about that.”

Months later, after the heat of the Zimmerman verdict subsided, most folks moved on. But in his speech last week President Obama came back to the issue in a big way and committed himself to finding new partners and solutions to these old problems of race, class and opportunity. We often criticize our politicians for the promises they conveniently forget; we should also acknowledge the ones they work to keep.”


  89. “Brilliant” Republican “leadership” “strategy” on immigration reform:

    GOP Establishment Plan to Keep 2014 Election Focus on Obamacare: Let’s Do Immigration!

    Let’s see if we can dial in to Republican-establishment logic:

    (a) An effort to use the Republican-controlled House’s constitutional prerogative not to fund Obamacare (a program Republicans claim to want to repeal) that prompts President Obama and congressional Democrats to shut down the government rather than negotiate concessions (notwithstanding that Obama is simultaneously and unconstitutionally ordering concessions by executive fiat) is a reckless, counterproductive strategy because riveting the public’s attention to the harm that will be done by Obamacare somehow detracted the public’s attention from the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.

    However . . .

    (b) Now, with the Obamacare debacle getting worse by the day and teeing up as the defining issue of the 2014 midterm elections, Republican leadership has decided this is the perfect time to roll out an immigration-reform proposal (i) that has nothing to do with Obamacare and is certain to detract attention from its failure; (ii) that fraudulently proclaims “enforcement first” while actually prioritizing legal status for law-breakers, thereby encouraging more law-breaking and ensuring that enforcement never happens; (iii) that depends for enforcement on a president who has demonstrated that he will not enforce the immigration laws; and (iv) that will be deeply offensive to the GOP’s already disgruntled conservative base, ensuring that droves of them will sit out the 2014 midterms.

    Sheer genius.

  90. Obama cannot be trusted:

    Labor union officials say Obama betrayed them in health-care rollout

    Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.

    Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.

    Their complaints reflect a broad sense of disappointment among many labor leaders, who say the Affordable Care Act has subjected union health plans to new taxes and mandates while not allowing them to share in the subsidies that have gone to private insurance companies competing on the newly created exchanges.

    After dozens of frustrating meetings with White House officials over the past year, including one with Obama, a number of angry labor officials say their members are far less likely to campaign and turn out for Democratic candidates in the midterm elections.

    We want to hold the president to his word: If you like your health-care coverage, you can keep it, and that just hasn’t been the case,” said Donald “D.” Taylor, president of Unite Here, the union that represents about 400,000 hotel and restaurant workers and provided a crucial boost to Obama by endorsing him just after his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton had won the New Hampshire primary.

    Taylor and Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, laid out their grievances this week in a terse letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), saying they are “bitterly disappointed” in the administration. [snip]

    Many labor leaders hope to make headway in talks with the administration and have opted to withhold sharp criticisms of the White House. AFL-CIO officials declined to comment, referring reporters to a resolution passed at the organization’s last convention that echoed the policy concerns expressed in the Reid-Pelosi letter.

    The rejections by the White House follow previous disappointments for the labor movement, which poured money into pro-Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and deployed millions of grass-roots volunteers motivated largely by their support for Obama’s push to bring about near-universal health insurance. Another major goal of the labor movement — card-check legislation to make it easier for workers to form unions — failed to win support after what many labor officials thought was a lackluster effort by the White House.

    Union officials expect the health-care controversy to intensify a raging debate within the labor movement over how deeply labor should invest in Democratic Party candidates.

    Already, the Laborers’ International Union has established warm relations with one potential GOP presidential candidate, Chris Christie, endorsing his 2013 reelection as New Jersey’s governor. The union gave $300,000 to the Republican Governors Association, now headed by Christie. And there have been preliminary discussions between labor officials and aides to the governor over a possible appearance by Christie at a union convention.

    Taylor said that he doesn’t think his union will embrace Republicans but that it may lack enthusiasm for Democrats. Unions have been a major source of funding and ground-level efforts on behalf of Democratic candidates.

    “You can’t just order people to do stuff,” Taylor said. “If their health plan gets wrecked, why would they then go campaign for the folks responsible for wrecking their health care?” [snip]

    During preparations for a September meeting of the AFL-CIO, administration officials lobbied to alter a resolution so that it called for repair, not repeal, of the health-care legislation. The resolution passed unanimously. At the meeting, O’Sullivan said, “We’ll be damned if we’re going to lose our health insurance because of un­intended consequences in a law. It needs to be changed, it needs to be fixed, and it needs to be fixed now.”

    On Sept. 13, top labor leaders met for more than an hour with Obama and top administration officials at the White House. But they later learned that the administration had written to two leading GOP lawmakers to say that Taft-Hartley plans would not get subsidies.

    Although other labor leaders did not sign the letter, many of them also are upset about the treatment of their health plans under the legislation — including the heads of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Building Trades Unions.

    Taylor said Unite Here officials have met with White House officials 48 times. At the time the health-care bill was being considered, he said, “we were told that ‘if there were problems, don’t worry, we’ll get them fixed.’ ”

    “We thought that if we made the case to the agencies dealing with regulations to correct problems that hurt, really destroy, self-funded nonprofit health plans, it would be resolved,” Taylor said. “That clearly was naive or stupid.”

    Who’s bitter now?

  91. Admin

    “Leaders of two major unions, including the first to endorse Obama in 2008, said they have been betrayed by an administration that wooed their support for the 2009 legislation with promises to later address the peculiar needs of union-negotiated insurance plans that cover millions of workers.

    These guys were bamboozled by Barack. Punked by the Punk.

  92. Disappointed Hillary backing Obama on Iran sanctions veto. Sometimes I wonder where her support for Israel went after she was so pro Israel before becomming SOS.

  93. admin
    February 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm
    Obama cannot be trusted:

    Labor union officials say Obama betrayed them in health-care rollout

    Labor leaders who have spent months lobbying unsuccessfully for special protections under the Affordable Care Act warned this week that the White House’s continued refusal to help is dampening union support for Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections.

    that article should tell everyone all they need to know…O promised the labor unions and everyone else special treatment and then he walked away…’he’ doesn’t need you anymore…

    so now the labor unions wake up and smell the coffee and see they were betrayed and thrown under the bus by the Fraud…they were both naive and stupid…

    the labor union now can illustrate how O is single handedly sabatoging and destroying “his” dimocratic party…this man is a disaster and a waste of 8 good years

  94. Christie’s 2016 hopes have vanished now that it’s coming out that he knew….

    Even before that, Hillary could have beat him in New Jersey.

    So now they’re talking about Jeb Bush again, but Hillary can beat him in Florida.

    In fact, she might even turn Texas blue along with the deep south: her strong faith is a trump card in the deep south.

    So it looks like the Rs are back to stuffing Rubio down our throats.

  95. Rove?
    Maybe. My sense of how Karl relates to Democratic Party business is primitive. I remember there was something with Hillary.

    What twitches my nose about BridgeGate is that it “happenened” 5 wks before special election which gifted Corey Booker Lautenberg’s place in the US Senate. Nothing was too over the top in that endeavor. First Corey was given an internation stage in August as days long celebration of MLK 50 began. By the time Saturday was over, even UK knew who Corey was.

    Who knows how long OFA was traipsing all over NJ. Who knows who visited whom, who palled around with some in the higher NJ offices. That’s where my thinking sits, SB. But set up? Very likely.

  96. “Brilliant” Republican “leadership” “strategy” on immigration reform:

    This strategic “pivot” (we no longer refer to it as a retreat) is precisely what I have been predicting. It comes from having spent time in the other party, knowing the principal players (mush balls), the consultants who advise them (more so than either the grass roots or the governors), the special interests who pull their strings (the farm lobby), their risk adverse approach to major issues, their fear of the press (but their eagerness to sit down in the rigged poker game without preconditions), their willingness to abandon principles for the sake of expediency, their hyper concern about demographics and their naïve belief that they can have their cake and eat it too.

    In law there is a saying that goes, hard cases make bad law. In politics it is no different. When I heard people say that Republicans will hold the line on amnesty, because they believe in the rule of law, and particularly after what happened in 1984–which was referred to as Reagan’s (only) mistake by true believers, it reminded me to the old saying about second marriages, i.e. a triumph of hope over experience.

    This is the inevitable result of short term thinking and greed. It will generate schisms within the party, from those who believe they should have done more to prevent Obamacare, and resisted amnesty. And when it is over, it will be impossible to put Humpty Dumpty together. It is all too damned predictable.

  97. This is why I say there MUST BE a third party alternative.

    A party which is committed to representing the general welfare, over the special interests.

    Also we need a competitive media rather than a monopoly.

    Nothing will change until FOX goes on the regular channels.

    Then we will have completion and choices.

    The changing economics of our nation–2 out of 5 people of working age not working.

    And what, pray tell, do you see on the horizon that will prevent it from going to 3 our of 5.

    And, if it goes to 3 out of 5, there will be no alternative to socialism.

    And the oppression and loss of liberty which are its soul mates.

  98. President Obama quickly responded that, “I don’t think we have to fundamentally transform the nation” to which the Fox host immediately shot back that “those are your words.” One wonders whether or not a friendlier member of the liberal media would have called out Obama for openly refuting his own past statements, but thankfully O’Reilly was there to immediately challenge President Obama for his hypocrisy.

    Read more:

  99. Southern Born

    February 3, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Anyone smell the “hidden” hand of Karl Rove in the Christie situation?
    You mean tank Christy to clear a path for Jebediah?

    Rove is a back shooter alright.

    But not in this instance.

    I am not sure Jebediah wants to run–even though Erickson does.

    The idea is being pushed by some old Republican money men.

    Jeb is a Casper Milquetoast figure, a poor campaigner, and his last name is box office poison.

    If he were to run, he would suffer the same fate as his two predecessors–McCain and Romney.

    But of course there are those who are as brain damaged as Pelosi.

    They will be keen to say, he needs to run to prove that he cannot win.

    To those fools, who are afflicted with bot disease, I have no answer save to say, see your psychiatrist.

    The sooner the better.

    And in the meantime, stay away from politics.

    It is bad for your health–as well as ours.

  100. The Hammer’s nose is twitching over W’s recent letter.
    Mr. Krauthammer went on to argue that there was nothing in the letter to prove that Mr. Christie had knowledge of how or why the lanes were closed or that he knew that the order had come out of his office. He went on to speculate that the letter came out in conjuncture with the Super Bowl, which will be played in New Jersey for the first time, in order to “ruin him.”
    “Here we are, two days before the Super Bowl, in New Jersey, first time,” Mr. Krauthammer said. “It’s a place where Christie can appear on the scene, look like he’s in charge, look as if he’s got all this behind him, and the lawyer releases the letter precisely on the eve of the big day to ruin him,” he said added that it all seems “weasel-y.”
    Read more:

  101. By 2016, the stage will be set for Cruz to run for President. Whether that proves to be a replay of 1964, or the electorate now realizes just how rigged the game really is against their interests, and is willing to ignore the hatchet job of elite media, is at this point, an imponderable. Conventional thinking will have no part of this. It is unconventional thinking that I am looking for, because conventional thinking is what brought this nation to the precipice which it is now confronted with on so many fronts.

  102. Krauthammer: so what if Christy knew?

    Everbody knew?

    Well, everybody is not running for president.

    And if he knew and said he did not know, then he lied.

    Which would still be fine, if he had the protection of big media, like Obama does.

    But, as we can easily see, he does not, and that will be his undoing.

    Caveat: do not expect him to go gently into that good night however.

    He may even change parties.

    What is good enough for Charlie Crist, high priest of the Iguana Club.

    Is good enough for the New Jersey Bounce.

  103. The other thing to note about Bush’s Brain, apart from his dismal performance as an election forecaster in 2012, is that contributions to Cross Roads, and his other establishment centered funds, have declined by 98% since he declared open war on the Tea Party. He survives mainly as a FOX News Contributor.

  104. This may be thought-provoking for those of us (me included) who think that HRC has to run away from the s(t)inking Obama ship and “pummel” his policies.
    You (or rather they) may wish to take a second look at this a year from now, when employers start dumping their precious employees on the exchanges. Salvage is all about saving a sinking ship. But when a ship has sprung as many leaks as this one has, and will, there are not enough crew, patches and equipment to save it. The choice Hillary must make is whether to abandon ship now, or to wait until later and likely go down with the ship. A smart operative will tie Hillarycare together with Obamacare–even though they were opposites the sheeple will not understand that. Therein lies the dilemma. The best way to avoid it is to peel off the bandwagon sooner instead of later. But that is not what she will do.

  105. HRC has come out in favor of giving diplomacy time on the Iran issue:
    Again, completely predictable.

    Now that we are this far in, we cannot afford to pull out, absent a compelling justification.

    Levin did not write this letter blindly.

    On the odds, there was an antecedent conversation to be sure how she would respond.

    Now that they have that response, the Democrats will abandon the effort to preserve sanctions.

    Except in those districts where it could matter politically, and there Reid will let them vote no to no effect.

  106. This dogged pursuit of engagement with regard to Iran was foreshadowed by an article which appeared in Foreign Affairs Magazine which gave Obama and is merry band of men their marching orders. The goal is to open up new markets for economic interests. Security would be secondary but for the fact that we now have the capacity to wean ourselves off of foreign oil. But then what would we do with our military? Not for nothing did Bill Gates opine recently that global poverty will be eliminated by 2030. I regard that no so much as a statement of fact, but a statement of intent shared by the movers and shakers in the economic sphere who aspire to world markets, and their inevitable corollary which is world government.

  107. I hope you are right, Wbboei, that Jeb is not going to run and Rove is “innocent” this time. When I even hear the name Rove, I think of what he did in 2000, 2004 and especailly in 2008. He has a great deal of responsibility for getting the fraud elected. I well remember what he did back in the last Bush Jr. election when he put out info in Arkansas and West Virginia saying that if Kerry were elected the Bible would be banned just to name a few of his nasty tricks. The thought of Rove gets my hackles up. I trust him almost as much as I trust BO and that is in the negative numbers. So in my book, Rove and BO are not only responsible for the damage to America but also for most ills including dandruff, hoof and mouth disease, and teenage acne!

  108. Christie –

    Maybe I am right that Christie’s marathon tv apology was just theater. Just saying the words his supporters wanted to hear, and trying to cover his broad behind.

    For such a gigantic guy to be so popular with a society that votes for age/looks, he has to have come up with some success in swaying others with verbal manipulation. It sure worked on Barry.

  109. people being thrown on to Medi-Cal and embarrassed because they only wanted to pay for their own insurance not be a ward of the state,0,6830774,full.story#axzz2sI334yHi


    and if they were foolish enough to trust the website because they were forced into limbo…now they are being overcharged and no appeals process has even been set up for them to fix the mistakes caused by the website…

    what a disgrace for a so-called country that is a superpower and the hub of technology…


    and then there is this:

    plainsarcher at 11:35 AM February 03, 2014

    Here’s a test. Ask as many people as you can if they knew that their assets could be seized at their death by the State if they participate in Medi-Cal. Get ready for the surprised looks. This message needs to get out loud and clear to all the Obamacare supporters who just got pushed into Medi-Cal.


    and I am no expert, however doesn’t seizure of assets apply to medicare also??

  110. Sorry, the link above from the Wall St. Journal doesn’t show the article unless you log in.

    Basically it shows the polls leaded Hillary way, way out front of any other dimocrat, and Warren just at a tiny 6-7% of polled dems.

    It also says that “some democrats are worried” that Hillary’s Pacs are sucking up all the money the Obots in congress need to try and campaign for themselves in 2014.


  111. Basically it shows the polls where Hillary LEADs….

    (I should just retype the entire sentence…) Hit the ‘Post comment’ button too soon.

  112. …after you have had a chance to read that Washingtonpost expose on the nonexistent appeals process and the fact that many people are being robbed of their money…with no where to turn…certainly not O or the Dims…they think everything is going along just fine…

    it occurs to me that one of the memes about the old healthcare system was it could force people into bankruptcy…

    well Ocare is surely taking care of that…it takes their money and then skiddadles without leaving a way to correct the mistakes created by the Ocare system…kind of reminds me of snakeoil salesmanship…

    Ocare should be declared unlawful…consider:

    all these “mistakes”

    unintended consequences

    policy cancellations

    more people’s policies cancelled than have signed up

    drastic increases in premiums and deductibles

    being lied to about keeping their insurance and doctors

    drastic increases in prescription medicine/drugs

    forcing people onto Medi-cade, Medi-Cal because they have no other options and

    possibly putting their assets at risk of seizure by the govt upon their death

    young people who are fleeing rather than get caught up in this mess so the whole Ocare financial premise is falling apart

    leaving the taxpayers with the bill when Ocare can’t financially support itself

    taxpayers on the hook for driving insurance companies out of business

    forcing people to buy insurance policies and coverage they do not want or need (maternity leave, etc)

    the extra cost, in addition to the billions already spent and wasted, to correct the useless website engineered in a ‘no bid’ process by a suspicious company

    the lack of real security and no quality control on the personal and private information of citizens and

    a refusal to even notify citizens if they private information has been compromised or hacked

    govt use of navigators exposed to taxpayer’s confidential information that have no background checks and could actually be felons viewing your private information

    an invitation to identity theft for citizens

    the interference of the IRS into our personal lives and healthcare

    yearly increasing penalities to pay for this whole mess…and you get nothing for your money and lose your chosen existing and cancelled health care at the same time

    the bottom line…Ocare is a health insurance policy…it is not a health care policy

    bureacrats will be making medical decisions instead of you and your doctor and the govt will be interferring in your personal life and private decisions

    …all of it…to name a few… one big scam that has misled and ensnared people into buying into something that was misrepresented and they did not want…lied to…

    The American people deserve better than this…O and the Dims are either in collusion or asleep at the wheel and not protecting the well being of the American citizens and taxpayers…

  113. re: American Horror Story – O, Ocare and the Dims

    some people…for example, O and the Dims, either cannot understand the awful damage they are creating and inflicting with Ocare (and this is prior to upcoming employers cancelling plans) or they are so removed from the lives of everyday people that they are oblivious…

    as has been said…Ocare is not about health care…

    ObamaCare was supposed to help me.

    That’s all I could think as I sat in the House of Representatives last Tuesday night as the guest of my congresswoman, only a few hundred feet away from President Obama as he gave his State of the Union address. Four years ago, I’d have been there cheering for ObamaCare’s passage. But the real ObamaCare has made my life a nightmare.

    I suffer from a difficult chronic illness called lupus, an autoimmune disease with devastating symptoms that strike when you least expect them. At age 40, my life is filled with visits to doctors, specialists and the emergency room. While paying for this care is expensive, I have no other choice.

    Prior to ObamaCare, I bought my health insurance through CoverTN, a program run by the state of Tennessee. The coverage was perfectly suited to my unique medical condition. It offered me low premiums, a low deductible and low co-pays for my regular trips to doctors and specialists. This plan was perfect for someone with my unique medical condition and limited financial means.

    My plan was canceled last fall. According to the regulators behind ObamaCare, it was a subpar plan that should no longer be sold to consumers. Another 16,000 Tennesseans on the same plan were similarly dumped. Many, like me, liked their plans and wanted to keep them.

    This wasn’t my insurer’s fault at all. CoverTN actually fought for me to keep my health care. After I received my cancellation notice, the folks at CoverTN requested that the federal government give them a waiver, which would let them grandfather my plan into ObamaCare. Their request was rejected.

    This left me with no health plan and only one choice: Buy a plan through the ObamaCare exchanges.

    After weighing my options, I settled on a “platinum” plan. This was the best plan that I could choose. A “bronze,” “silver” or “gold” plan all would leave me paying exorbitant amounts of money on my frequent, and expensive, trips to doctors and specialists.

    But the platinum plan was the lesser of two expensive evils. My new plan costs me $373 a month, even after a small subsidy.

    By comparison, my old plan only cost me $57 a month. And I now pay 25 percent co-insurance on all doctor visits until I reach my out-of-pocket maximum of $1,500. This is much higher than under CoverTN.

    All told, I’m likely going to pay more than $6,000 more each year for my medical care.

    I’ve had to take a second job in order to pay for my ObamaCare plan. Given my health problems, the physical and emotional drain that this puts on me is difficult to bear. It’s also made it much more difficult for me to care for my ailing mother, who depends on me for help.

    For me, the impact of ObamaCare is a health plan that is both unaffordable and uncaring. For a law named “The Affordable Care Act,” this is both backward and perverse.

    It’s also not what you promised me when I voted for you, Mr. President. When you were on the campaign trail, you promised that ObamaCare would help me with my medical problems. You promised that people like me with pre-existing conditions would be better off. And you promised that if I liked my health-care plan, I could keep it.

    Mr. President, you’ve now broken all of these promises — and not just to me.

    Emilie Lamb lives in Tennessee.

  114. Shadowfax
    February 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm
    Here is a shorthand version of the WSJ story for non-subscribers:

    “David Gergen, who has worked for Republican and Democrats in the White House, including Bill Clinton, said that the “Hillary movement is taking the oxygen out of the air for every other potential candidate.” That also includes incumbents and Democrats running in this year’s midterm elections.”

    Add that to Obama’s unpopularity, Obamacare, and now Hillary getting most of the money for 2016, this is going to be a disaster year for Democrats.

  115. Thanks Mormaer –

    …the “Hillary movement is taking the oxygen out of the air for every other potential candidate.”

    Money taken away from all the Dims that kissed Barry’s ass, and he stole the DNC money from supporting them in the 2012 election, although he promised…

    ‘If you Hillary delegates don’t vote for ME at the 2008 convention, I will not give you money for your future campaigns’…(My words).

    It’s payback time for the Obots, and Karma is a bitch.

  116. It’s not music Friday yet, but Screw the Superbowl sell out of such a great song.

    Many of the words in this song fit so well with what is going on while this dead duck administration flounders…

    Things have changed – Dylan

  117. For such a gigantic guy to be so popular with a society

    It is all marketing any more.

    First black president.

    First bi-partisan president with a bountiful wasteline. (no misspelling here)

    Have Paris Hilton say she finds him sexy.

    Be a bored silly ass, and they’ll always treat you first class.

    And never forget the cardinal rule of marketing:

    Sell the sizzle, not the steak.

    To a nation of rubes.

  118. “Here’s the issue that all Republicans agree on: We don’t trust the president to enforce the law
    Agreement is one thing.

    Action is another.

    Action presupposes that we trust Republicans to enforce the law.

    And on that score, they have proven themselves to be impotent.

    He is deluding himself.

    Two wrongs–Obama and RINOs do not make a right.

    Bottom line: they think they can waive the spectre of Obama at their base and they will run to the polls.

    That is counter intuitive since the RINO is merely a weaker strain of the same disease.

    Their motto? Washington uber alles.

  119. On her show tonight, Megan Kelly on FOX News is tying BO and Hillary together and saying they both are attacking FOX. Hillary apparently sent a tweet during the Superbowl something like it is good to see someone else being bashed or some such at the Superbowl on FOX. So Kelly is tying that to what BO said to Bill O during the interview about FOX. But M. Kelly is defending Christie against the NY Times. Is there a difference between what the NY Times does to Christie and what Megan Kelly and others on FOX do to Hillary?

    Will FOX be fair if Hillary runs??

  120. ready for this…

    The Belarusian Connection

    Obamacare network vulnerable to cyber attack

    BY: Bill Gertz
    February 3, 2014 8:11 pm

    U.S. intelligence agencies last week urged the Obama administration to check its new healthcare network for malicious software after learning that developers linked to the Belarus government helped produce the website, raising fresh concerns that private data posted by millions of Americans will be compromised.

    The intelligence agencies notified the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency in charge of the network, about their concerns last week. Specifically, officials warned that programmers in Belarus, a former Soviet republic closely allied with Russia, were suspected of inserting malicious code that could be used for cyber attacks, according to U.S. officials familiar with the concerns.

    The software links the millions of Americans who signed up for Obamacare to the federal government and more than 300 medical institutions and healthcare providers.

    “The U.S. Affordable Care Act software was written in part in Belarus by software developers under state control, and that makes the software a potential target for cyber attacks,” one official said.

    Cyber security officials said the potential threat to the U.S. healthcare data is compounded by what they said was an Internet data “hijacking” last year involving Belarusian state-controlled networks. The month-long diversion covertly rerouted massive amounts of U.S. Internet traffic to Belarus—a repressive dictatorship located between Russia, Poland, and Ukraine.

    “Belarusian President [Alexander] Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime is closely allied with Russia and is adversarial toward the United States,” the official added.

    The combination of the Belarus-origin software, the Internet re-routing, and the anti-U.S. posture of the Belarusian government “makes the software written in Belarus a potential target of cyber attacks for identity theft and privacy violations” of Americans, the official said.

    Security officials urged HHS to immediately conduct inspections of the network software for malicious code. The software currently is used in all medical facilities and insurance companies in the United States.

    The officials also recommended that HHS use security specialists not related to software vendors for the inspections to reduce further risks.

    Officials disclosed the software compromise last week after the discovery in early January of statements by Belarusian official Valery Tsepkalo, director of the government-backed High-Technology Park (HTP) in Minsk.

    Tsepkalo told a Russian radio station in an interview broadcast last summer that HHS is “one of our clients,” and that “we are helping Obama complete his insurance reform.”

    “Our programmers wrote the program that appears on the monitors in all hospitals and all insurance companies—they will see the full profile of the given patient,” Tsepkalo said June 25 on Voice of Russia Radio.

    White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said an intelligence report on the Belarusian software was “recalled by the intelligence community shortly after it was issued.”

    The report has prompted HHS to conduct a review to determine if software related to the Affordable Care Act “was written by Belarusian software developers,” she said.

    “So far HHS has found no indications that any software was developed in Belarus,” Hayden said. “However, as a matter of due diligence, they will continue to review the supply chain. Supply chain risk is real and it is one of our top concerns in the area of cyber-security.”

    A senior administration official questioned whether suspect software mentioned in the report would be valuable to a nation state.

    “Nation states are generally not interested in [personal identification information] for its own sake,” the official said. “Given that, we would be surprised to see a nation-state capability applied in this matter. But we are doing a thorough review anyway.” (Is he kidding? many of the identity theft rings are outside of the USA)

    HSS spokeswoman Dori Salcido referred questions about the matter to Richard A. Olague, spokesman for the HHS’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Olague declined to discuss the software vulnerability.

    He also would not say if CMS is conducting a search for malicious software emanating from Belarus.

    CMS said in a statement to the Washington Free Beacon that assessments by independent security contractors are conducted regularly by companies such as MITRE and Blue Canopy.

    The website also is continuously monitored by CMS technicians and electronic sensors, and weekly penetration tests to check the security of the system are carried out.

    A CMS security team in place also seeks to “identify anomalous activity, and to deter and prevent any unauthorized access,” the statement said.

    “In addition, as new website functions continue to go live, CMS follows a rigorous and regular change management process with ongoing testing and mitigation strategies implemented in real time,” the statement said. “This occurs on a regular basis, in between the [source code analysis] testing periods.”

    A spokeswoman for CGI Federal, the main federal contractor for the healthcare network, also had no immediate comment.

    b>Intel chair calls for probe
    House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Mich) said he was surprised by media reports from Belarus indicating “some parts of or systems connected to it may have in fact been written overseas.” He called for an independent security review of the Obamacare website.

    Rogers said he was especially concerned by the potential software vulnerability because a CGI executive, Vice President Cheryl Campbell, testified to Congress that all software work for the network had been done in the United States.

    “We need an independent, thorough security evaluation of this site, and we need the commitment from the administration that the findings will be acknowledged and promptly addressed,” Rogers told the Free Beacon.

    “I continue to call on HHS to shut down and properly stress test the site to ensure that consumers are protected from potential security risks from across the globe.”

    Details of the software work done by Belarusians could not be learned. Tsepkalo could not be reached for comment and did not respond to emails sent to his technology park website.

    The company involved in the software was identified as EPAM, a Belarusian firm with U.S. offices and international clients that conducts programming work in Belarus. Spokesmen for the company did not respond to email or telephone inquiries about the company’s role in developing the Obamacare software.

    The officials said there are serious concerns that the Belarusian software contains malicious code that could be used to covertly route data from the Obamacare website to foreign locations.

    Additionally, they suspect the Belarusians planted secret “backdoor” openings to the software that will permit surreptitious entry to U.S. government networks by hackers or spies.

    The malicious code could reroute Obamacare website data to Belarus, or possibly permit illegal backdoor access to the networks and other government and health industry networks, the officials said.

    The security vulnerability could provide “access to all necessary personal information of U.S. residents for identity theft and privacy violations,” said one official.

    Software security issue follows website problems

    Disclosure of cyber attack vulnerabilities follows months of software problems with the rollout that began Oct. 1. The troublesome software cost the government more than $400 million./b> The government spent several months attempting to repair the software.

    The software problems prevented hundreds of thousands of people from obtaining health coverage and undermined confidence in the government-run health care system.

    President Barack Obama said on Sunday that “glitches” with the Obamacare website were expected but “I don’t think I anticipated or anybody anticipated the degree of the problems with the website.”

    “The good news is that right away we decided how we were going to fix it. It got fixed,” Obama said.

    Obama said three million people signed up through the website after delays of a month and half.

    “Now it’s working the way it’s supposed to and we’ve signed up three million people,” the president said. “What we’re constantly figuring out is how do we continue to improve it?” (God help us)

    According to HHS, between Oct. 1 and the end of the year, 1. 9 million people signed up for healthcare through the federal website. Another 956,000 enrolled through state websites. More than 55 million people visited both the federal and state websites.

    The threat of data diversion is compounded by the discovery last year that Belarus covertly diverted massive amounts of U.S. Internet traffic to Belarus.

    According to the New Hampshire-based security firm Renesys, which discovered the data diversion, throughout February 2013, Internet traffic from the United States was sent to Belarus. The purpose likely was to allow hackers or government agencies to sift for data for financial, economic, or government intelligence.

    The data also may have been modified for other purposes before being returned to the original U.S. and other foreign destinations.

    The bulk diversion technique is called border gateway protocol hijacking. It involves using a series of network addresses to mask the data diversion through numerous Internet hubs around the world.

    Renesys traced the data diversion from Washington to New York and Moscow and finally to Minsk, the Belarusian capital. It was returned to the United States via connections in Moscow, Frankfurt, and New York.

    Internet diversion linked to state telecom

    U.S. officials believe the Belarus state-controlled telecommunications provider Beltelecom took part in the Internet data hijacking last year. The company operates fiber optic networks and controls all Belarus Internet traffic and infrastructure. Technical evidence in the diversion revealed that the hijacking was intentional and not the result of mistakes by network operators.

    “Beltelecom has a chance to examine the traffic, and then sends it back out on the ‘clean path’ through Russian provider ReTN,” Renesys’ Jim Cowie said in a report on the incident.

    “Victims whose traffic was diverted varied by day, and included major financial institutions, governments, and network service providers,” the report said, noting that among the countries affected were the United States, South Korea, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania.

    According to the officials, the diversion allowed American’s Internet activities to be viewed in Minsk.

    U.S. officials said a future hijack of U.S. Internet traffic to Belarus combined with malicious software implanted in Belarus would increase the damage of a cyber attack.

    Regarding the Belarusian official who disclosed his country’s involvement in the Obamacare software, U.S. officials said Tsepkalo is a former Belarusian ambassador to the United States and held several high-level posts in the Lukashenko government. He also was a former Soviet foreign ministry official.

    Tsepkalo is said to maintain close ties to Russia and in May 2012 he signed a cooperation agreement with Novosibirsk Technopark, a Russian high-technology enclave located in the Far East north of Kazakhstan.

    Rogers warned last year that security vulnerabilities in the healthcare website make it a “magnet” for hackers and foreign intelligence services.

    Rogers stated in October that a component of the health insurance exchanges called the Federal Data Services Hub, created under Obamacare, is vulnerable to cyber attack and that the hub connects seven different agencies.

    “Social Security numbers, employment information, birth dates, health records and tax returns are among the personal data that will be transmitted to this hub, consolidating an unprecedented amount of information,” Rogers stated in an op-ed in USA Today Oct. 10.

    “Every shred of data one would need to steal your identity or access your confidential credit information would be available at the fingertips of a skilled hacker, producing a staggering security threat,” he said.

    The hub “will be a magnet for hackers, creating inherent vulnerability and risk by connecting these seven interfaces,” he said, adding that security vulnerabilities are “a dream of faceless international hackers and hostile foreign intelligence services.”

    Belarus software not raised during Hill probes

    The website vulnerability to cyber attack from Belarus, a former Soviet republic, was not raised during several congressional hearings over the past several months on the problems with

    Kevin Charest, chief information technology officers at HHS, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee earlier this month that numerous cyber attacks against the website were investigated. “To date, there have been no successful security attacks on and no person or group has maliciously accessed personally-identifiable information (PII) from the site,” he said Jan. 16.

    Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said at the hearing that his committee obtained HHS documents revealing shortcomings in security testing of the website prior to the Oct. 1 launch.

    “When Americans submit their sensitive personal information to—or, I might add, when government takes sensitive information, including your IRS information and makes it available through a Website to outsiders—they deserve to know that it is safe from hackers, bad actors, and security glitches,” Issa said before a closed hearing by the committee.

    “The possibility of security breach is not some vague, distant concern. It is a real and tangible threat that could affect millions,” he added.

    Issa said HHS officials repeatedly have said personal data submitted on the website is safe. “But because officials authorized the launch of the website full of functional errors, Americans have deep skepticism that the site was in fact secure,” he said.

    The components the website, involving government agencies, hospitals and insurance firms, were put together by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    In testimony before a House committee Oct. 24, Cheryl Campbell, the CGI Federal vice president, said developing the federal healthcare system, known as the exchange, involved 55 contractors, five government agencies, 36 states, and more than 300 insurance firms.

    CGI calls its healthcare system software the Federally Facilitated Marketplace, or FFM. The application manages the web portal, a transaction processor and a business analytics functions. It links insurers to consumers.

    The exchange has six complex systems, Campbell said.

    David Kennedy, head of the security firm TrustedSec, said the Obamacare website was not designed well and has “a lot of security flaws.”

    One major concern is that the system connects the healthcare network to other sensitive U.S. government networks, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security.

    “That makes it a treasure trove for hackers,” Kennedy said in an interview, adding that a major concern would be cyber attacks from sophisticated state-sponsored adversaries.

    The threat of “backdoor” access points is a particular worry. The Chinese military-linked Huawei Technologies is suspected of using that technique in its network equipment, Kennedy said.

    HHS technology officials recently contacted him about the security vulnerabilities and indicated the department is interested in taking measures to mitigate the security flaws.

    The human rights organization Freedom House describes Belarus as a dictatorship with few freedoms.

    In a report last year on Internet freedom, Freedom House said the state-run Beltelecom and the National Center for Traffic Exchange are “the only entities with the ability to handle connections with [Internet service providers] outside of Belarus.”

    “Beltelecom also holds a monopoly on fixed-line communications and internet services inside Belarus,” it said, adding, “all ISPs depend on the facilities of the state-owned Beltelecom, which allows the authorities to control access speeds for the entire country, if needed.”

    Belarus’ Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the presidential administration’s Operational and Analytical Center control ISPs, “conduct overseas online surveillance, and manage Belarus’ top-level domain.”


    and O and the Dims are just la de da…nothing here…move on…blame it on Fox

  121. Southern Born

    February 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    On her show tonight, Megan Kelly on FOX News is tying BO and Hillary together and saying they both are attacking FOX. Hillary apparently sent a tweet during the Superbowl something like it is good to see someone else being bashed or some such at the Superbowl on FOX. So Kelly is tying that to what BO said to Bill O during the interview about FOX. But M. Kelly is defending Christie against the NY Times. Is there a difference between what the NY Times does to Christie and what Megan Kelly and others on FOX do to Hillary?

    Will FOX be fair if Hillary runs??
    They could be. They have some former Hillary people on their panels, but their role thus far has been to critique Obama, therefore the political interests were aligned and this is not a reliable predictor of future behavior. Mind you it is very much in their interest to be fair to Hillary, because if they are, they will move another step forward in debunking their insidious competition. The problem is they have turds like Rove in their stable as well, and most of their sources are on the Republican side. Finally,if the Republican wins the White House, then they will have the inside track, just like big media does now vis a vis Obama. To me, their greatest redeeming virtue is where Obama is concerned they speak truth to power, while big media slithers and slides on their bellies with serpentine precision, which bespeaks a corrupt relationship with the Obama White House is absolutely, positively incestuous. FOX has grass roots Republicans as well on their teams, but the ownership is Murdock who owns the WSJ and is, therefore, a business Republican, who is inclined to favor the RINO over the grass roots. The best clue about that was how much they favored Romney in the primary, and cut down all his opponents, a fact much deplored by a former Hillary supporter, who left our flock after Benghazi and regarded FOX as the last best hope for the republic. Megan Kelly and Brett Baier are hands down the best people in the media–very sharp and honest. But the playpen and the rubber duck belong to Rupert.

  122. If it were my call, I would not waste ammo defending Christie. He is a wounded elephant and the most humane thing to do politically, is to put him out of his misery–by not defending him and letting him twist in the wind, like a 400 pound slab of meat. He is now steak tartar for big media so let them devour him like the piranas they are. He is all about self promotion, is loyal to no one, and has no coattails. He believes in nothing, except the false god of bi partisanship, which has a familiar ring to it, for those who remember the prior mantra of hope and change. First of all it is lie. Second, it tells you nothing. And third it asks us to believe what common sense should tell us is not true–that with him at the helm, the lion and the lamb would lie down together, and just get along. What he did with the bridge closures tells the real story. In the real world, the only time lions lay down with lambs is to devour them, so please, don’t believe the happy talkie talkie. Or, as my dad used to say, trust all men, but cut the cards.

  123. Obamacare network vulnerable to cyber attack
    Really. Then we need Zeke to put on his superman suit, leap tall buildings in a single bound, throw his wonderwoman lasso over them, and make them confess to their crime. You think that is a joke? I will go you one better: Obamacare, because Obama cares.

  124. This is your brain.

    This is your brain on drugs. (gasp)

    This is your brain after listening to the ridiculous tripe of the world’s chief negotiator Horseface Kerry.

    Whose commitment to Israel is as “unshakeable” as that of the Liar in Chief.

    And yet, in the eyes of the majority of American Jews things are moving forward swimmingly.

    But for the few that remember the lesson of Munich the response is different.

    Look at it though from the standpoint of the uber capitalist.

    A billion Muslims is a large market for their goods and services.

    So that is the driving force operating behind the scenes.

    State Dept. on Kerry and Israel: ‘There Is No Greater Advocate, or Opponent, I Should Say, to Boycotts’

    Bridget Johnson


    February 3, 2014 – 2:58 pm





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    The State Department today defended Secretary of State John Kerry against criticism over his mention of boycott movements at the Munich Security Conference over the weekend.

    Kerry was outlining what would happen if his Middle East peace process effort broke down. “You see, for Israel there’s an increasing delegitimization campaign that has been building up,” Kerry said. “People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?”

    Without mentioning Kerry by name at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the boycott efforts “cause the Palestinians to become entrenched behind their intransigent positions and push peace farther away, and secondly, no pressure will cause me to give up vital Israeli interests, first and foremost the security of Israel’s citizens.”

    Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz called Kerry’s words “offensive, unreasonable and unacceptable,” adding, “It is impossible to expect Israel to negotiate with a gun to its head.”

    In an open letter to Kerry today, Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman said “describing the potential for expanded boycotts of Israel makes it more, not less, likely that the talks will not succeed; makes it more, not less, likely that Israel will be blamed if the talks fail; and more, not less, likely that boycotts will ensue.”

    “Your comments, irrespective of your intentions, will inevitably be seen by Palestinians and anti-Israel activists as an incentive not to reach an agreement; as an indicator that if things fall apart, Israel will be blamed; and as legitimizing boycott activity. What is particularly troubling about your comments is the absence of similar tough talk about the consequences for Palestinians should the talks fail,” Foxman continued. “…Its absence suggests a historical amnesia about why there has been no peace and no solution all these years.”

    When asked about the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement at today’s State Department press briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said “we are absolutely opposed, we have been opposed at boycotts boycotting Israel.”

    “Secretary Kerry, himself, personally — who of course is the world’s chief — or the United States’ chief diplomat at this point — has a proud record of over three decades of steadfast support for Israel’s security and well being, including staunch opposition to boycotts,” Psaki continued.

    “…There is no greater advocate, or opponent, I should say, to boycotts, or proponent of Israel’s security and their future.”

    She maintained that Kerry’s “only reference to a boycott in his remarks was a description of action undertaken by others that he has been a vocal opponent of, he has taken actions to oppose. So, there should be no confusion or question about his record or his view on this interest.”

    “What’s important is that the people of Israel understand and know that you cannot find a greater opponent of boycotts from Secretary Kerry and his record speaks to that,” Psaki said. “And all we can do here is continue to convey what is accurate and what the facts are and so, yes, he does expect that the parties and whether they’re for or against his efforts or any efforts at all, will not distort his facts or his record. And that’s why we’re speaking forcefully on this issue.”

    Psaki claimed that the Mideast talks are “at a point in the process where we are discussing a framework for negotiations moving forward.”

    “The parties who are negotiating over this are committed to sitting down at the table, addressing the tough choices,” she said. “We can’t make a prediction of what the outcome will be, but it is not a surprise that at this challenging time in the process, given that we are talking about the core issues, that things have become more challenging politically.”

  125. My outrage toward Obama and Kerry is accompanied by an overriding sense of embarrassment for our country, in having boobs such as these representing us on the world stage, and squandering the respect we once commanded. Now we are a laughing stock. I do not oppose negotiation, but it must be done effectively, and never at the expense of a close ally. Never.

  126. Southern

    Will FOX be fair if Hillary runs??

    Not a chance.

    The only one on Fox that has ever been fair and honest about Hillary is Greta. Kind words towards her when she goes against Obama, isn’t because they care about Hillary, or want to be fair.

    Just like my liking Christie for a short time before he gave huggabugs to Baracko, my rooting him on was only when he spoke out against the boyking when his party cried and became passively silent.

  127. Basically in 2008….Fox employed an “the enemy of my enemy is my friend (for the timebeing)” strategy, had Hillary been the nominee in 2008, it would have changed very very quick.

  128. Hillary’s tweet about FOX was a hit!


    “The Super Bowl’s Best Real-Time Marketing Moment Was Hillary Clinton’s Tweet”

    Marcelo Ballve

    Feb. 3, 2014, 5:00 PM 906

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    THE REAL-TIME MARKETING SUPER BOWL: One question ahead of last night’s Super Bowl was whether there would be a big real-time marketing hit like there was last year, when Oreo sent out its famous “You Can Still Dunk In The Dark” tweet, which played on the fact that the stadium had suffered an electrical blackout. Many big brands staffed social media “command centers,” trying to seize on such opportunities this year. Digiday tracked them with a live blog. The snarky DiGiorno Pizza Twitter account riffed on the lopsided result in an all-caps tweet, “YO, THIS GAME IS LIKE A DIGIORNO PIZZA BECAUSE IT WAS DONE AFTER TWENTY MINUTES.” Digiday’s Brian Morrissey picked the DiGiorno tweet as this year’s number one real-time marketing moment. Oreo managed to get plenty of buzz again this year, when it tweeted that it would not attempt to equal last year’s feat: “Hey guys … enjoy the game tonight. We’re going dark. #OreoOut.” It placed number 5 on Digiday’s list. (Digiday)

    It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked! #SuperBowl
    — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 3, 2014

    HILLARY WINS: But in our view, Hillary Clinton — or her social media advisors — won the real-time marketing Super Bowl crown this year. Hillary Clinton, who is expected to make a serious run for the presidency in 2016, sent a witty tweet about how it was nice to watch Fox and not be the one in the network’s cross-hairs (the Super Bowl was on Fox not Fox News, but anyway). The tweet earned her nearly 53,000 retweets as of this morning, and was a clever, perfectly timed way to generate buzz as the national political conversation begins to focus on 2016. Hillary’s tweet was number two on Digiday’s list, but had more than twice as many retweets as DiGiorno’s tweet.

    Read more:

  129. Gov. of Maryland is considering a presidential run. He says that he has the greatest respect for Hillary but can’t wait for her to officially announce her candidacy to decide whether to run.


    “O’Malley preparing ‘ground work’ for potential 2016 run”

    Posted by
    CNN’s Dan Merica

    Baltimore (CNN) – Gov. Martin O’Malley told reporters on Monday that while he is focused on his last year as governor, he is also weighing the possibility of a presidential run in 2016.

  130. NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio To Close Public Schools For Islamic Holidays…

    New York City is moving to close school for two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year ­ but Mayor de Blasio isn’t so sure about the Hindu festival Diwali.

    Appearing on WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, the mayor said he hadn’t taken a position on whether Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and other South Asian countries, should be a day off from school.

    But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.

    “It is complicated in terms of logistics and school calendar and budget. But it’s something I want to get done in a reasonable time frame,” he said.

    A spokesman for the Indian community appealed to the mayor to recognize the Hindu holiday.

    “We are disappointed. We’ve been trying for a long time … It’s very important for the community,” said Dr. Shashi Shah of the Association of Indians in America.

  131. The children belong to all of us – my ass! Every single school age child in my family – nieces, nephews, cousins – is being home schooled. Every one of them! And as I read nonsense such as this, I thank God that their parents made the correct decision.

    Panelist at Podesta Think Tank on Common Core: ‘The Children Belong to All of Us’

    In addressing criticism of the Common Core national education standards, a panelist at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, said critics were a “tiny minority” who opposed standards altogether, which was unfair because “the children belong to all of us.”

    The CAP was founded by John Podesta, former chief of staff to Bill Clinton and now an adviser to President Barack Obama. At a CAP event to promote Common Core on Friday, asked about the critics who say federal monetary incentives attached to Common Core is driving the states to implement the standards.

    Paul Reville, the former secretary of education for Massachusetts and a Common Core supporter, said, “To be sure, there’s always a small voice – and I think these voices get amplified in the midst of these arguments – of people who were never in favor of standards in the first place and never wanted to have any kind of testing or accountability and those voices get amplified.”

    – See more at:

  132. New Jersey Rep. Robert Andrews plans to leave Congress to take a job at a law firm, the Philadelphia InquirerCongress-in-Feb.html” target=”_blank”>first reported.

    Mr. Andrews, a Democrat, has served in the House since 1990.

    The report said that Mr. Andrews, 56, plans to resign around President’s Day weekend and that he has accepted a job at a top Philadelphia law firm.

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  133. Personal Liberty
    If you view the progressive financial breakdown in America as some kind of “comedy of errors” or a trial of unlucky coincidences, then there is not much that can be said to educate you on the reasons behind the carnage. If, however, you understand that there is a deliberate motivation behind American collapse, then this article will not fall on biased ears

  134. … And the president then offered these reflections on men and boys: 

“This is a long-term project: we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement

    Then the President turned and joined in the WH weekly Def Jam with JayZ and his scantly clad wife Beyonce…

  135. Wbb
    The best clue about that was how much they favored Romney in the primary, and cut down all his opponents, a fact much deplored by a former Hillary supporter, who left our flock after Benghazi and regarded FOX as the last best hope for the republic.


  136. Phil Gramm: A Statesman Comes Full Circle

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | February 4th, 2014 at 10:52 AM | 2

    Washington is full of politicians who have forged long careers in Congress either lying to their constituents or offering lousy policy advice – over and over again. Given that most of the politicians serve until they are carried out of the Capitol in a coffin, they often live to see the disaster from their own policies, and unfortunately, are in a position to exacerbate those disasters by repeating the same mistakes. Immigration policy is a perfect example.

    Many of the same congresscritters who lied to us about the 1986 amnesty bill are still in Washington peddling an even worse solution to the problem they helped engender. In 1986, Chuck Schumer said the following regarding the Simpson-Mazzoli Act:

    What is it not? It is not millions of people cascading across the border….It is not welfare benefits for those folks immediately. In fact, it’s in the bill right now that they cannot get AFDC benefits….It is not immediately wives, husbands, and children will come across. Not the case.” [Chuck Schumer on the House floor, commenting on 1986 amnesty bill].

    28 years later, it is impossible to quantify how much the last two decades of illegal immigration – a direct result of the ’86 amnesty – has cost us in education, healthcare, welfare, refundable tax credits, and criminal justice.

    On the other hand, there are rare instances when we can find a statesman in Washington – someone who has been consistently sagacious and visionary in their thinking for decades. One such man is former Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX). Gramm not only voted against the 1986 amnesty, he was one of the few to speak out against it on the Senate floor. At the time he asked, “is there reason to believe that the people of America really want these amnesty provisions, that they are the price we must pay to try to gain control of our borders?”

    While the American people have witnessed the failures of Simpson-Mazzoli over the past three decades, the political class is doubling down on amnesty. Over the weekend, PJ Media reported on a Texas Public Policy institute forum in which a number of politicians discussed the imperative for amnesty. Here is what happened:

    But in the midst of a discussion that drifted toward how Republicans really ought to get on board with comprehensive immigration reform, a man stood up in the very back of the room to ask a question. Once he took the mic and spoke, heads turned: That’s former Sen. Phil Gramm. Over the course of a couple of minutes, Gramm made two points. One, when he was running and winning statewide in Texas, he voted against the 1986 immigration amnesty that President Reagan signed into law. In his next election, Gramm won a majority of the Hispanic vote in Texas — the only Republican to ever do that. Gramm scoffed at the notion that Republicans must support the immigration reform that’s on the table now in order to do better with Hispanic voters. He said that Republicans should talk about jobs and values, both of which bring the GOP and a majority of Hispanic voters into agreement. His second point was also salient: Why should any Republican sign onto any immigration reform that depends on Barack Obama to enforce it? President Obama can’t even be depended on to treat his own health care law properly. Why would he enforce border security provisions that he does not support? Sen. Marco Rubio has made a similar point, but that isn’t stopping him from trusting Obama anyway in supporting the Senate’s bill. A lawless president is a lawless president, full stop, and we have a lawless president who believes that he can rewrite and even gut laws after Congress passes them.

    Senator Gramm knows more than anyone else that there is nothing “reform-minded” about amnesty. It is nothing new. We tried it before and it broke our immigration system. It will fix the system it broke the same way Obamacare will fix the healthcare system, which has already been broken for years from mandates and restrictions similar to those proposed in the ACA. Few politicians ever learn the lesson, but when it comes to immigration policy, one man never needed to make the mistake in the first place.

    28 years later, a statesman comes full circle.

  137. Baltimore (CNN) – Gov. Martin O’Malley told reporters on Monday that while he is focused on his last year as governor, he is also weighing the possibility of a presidential run in 2016
    As I have been saying for over a year, here and elsewhere. When you can see the plays long before they happen, the game ceases to be of interest.

  138. Cruz cruzifies Barabass Holder. The indictment is hard hitting, the denial laced with evasive legalease which ignores the appearance of impropriety at the center of this bury the bodies investigation. An Obama donor to investigate Obama and his IRS? Of all the people who could be appointed? Is a donor a neutral party? Give me a fucking break. This screams cover-up. The question I struggle with is this: when Obama and his minions defile the rule of law, how do we explain these “mishaps” to our children and those who believe that the rule of law even matters. Thank god for the ignorant sheeple, whose tiny minds believe the president and see him as a moral giant. Just keep chewing your cud sheeple, and thinking like the ignoramuses you are. You are getting fleeced.

  139. gonzotx

    February 4, 2014 at 11:22 am
    She was a supporter of Hillary and I worked with her on the 2008 campaign in the Midwest and Texas–places we won. She never blogged here, but she gave me a number of the ideas I wrote about between 2008 and 2010, and referred to her only as someone with a solid media and academic background. And, no, she is not Obama’s imaginary girl friend. You would not know her, but people well placed in the 2008 campaign would, I am certain. Her focus is the same as my own. Washington is the problem, the American People are the victim, big media is corrupt (I had to convince her of that–she kept thinking there might come a tipping point when they would revert to journalism, whereas I knew by then that the chances that would happen were exactly zero), and she believes, as do I, that the current system is so riven with corruption and so oppressive of the middle class, that we are headed toward systemic breakdown.

  140. The Super Bowl’s Best Real-Time Marketing Moment Was Hillary Clinton’s Tweet
    If they would only stop talking about Benghazi . . .

    In fact, this marketing moment is good for everyone.

    It delights wayward democrats who are weary of fighting a rear guard action on behalf of a president who gives them no respect. In other words, it changes the subject.

    And it gives FOX a plug, for as FDR said, I don’t care what you say about me, but spell the name right.

    As for me, I don’t think it means a damned thing.

    The Seahawks won. Now that is important.


    Obamacare will push 2 million workers out of labor market: CBO

    Obamacare will push the equivalent of about 2 million workers out of the labor market by 2017 as employees decide either to work fewer hours or drop out altogether, according to the latest estimates Tuesday from the Congressional Budget Office.

    That’s a major jump in the nonpartisan budget agency’s projections and it suggests the health care law’s incentives are driving businesses and people to choose government-sponsored benefits rather than work.

    “CBO estimates that the ACA will reduce the total number of hours worked, on net, by about 1.5 to 2 percent during the period from 2017 to 2024, almost entirely because workers will choose to supply less labor — given the new taxes and other incentives they will face and the financial benefits some will receive,” CBO analysts wrote in their new economic outlook.

    The scorekeepers also said the rollout problems with the Affordable Care Act last year will mean only 6 million people sign up through the state-based exchanges, rather than the 7 million the CBO had originally projected.

    But over the long run, Obamacare will eventually catch up and by 2020 only about 30 million people will be without insurance coverage — down from 45 million this year. That will mean about 92 percent of legal U.S. residents without guaranteed access to Medicare will have insurance coverage.




    noticed that the hispanic/latin community is running TV ads against O’care and local politicians that are supporting Ocare in Broward-Miami area

    saw one with a female physician stating that her patients keep asking her questions about their health but she cannot answer if they will be covered because of Ocare…and then attacks the local politician that supports O and Ocare

  142. Funny how many young folks that voted for Barack, or wished they were documented and could have voted for him…are now up in arms about Obamacare not giving them FREE healthcare.

    Did the little horny women that thought they would get ‘free’ birth-control pills imagine how expensive their healthcare would be?

    They still don’t realize how expensive their fines will be for not purchasing Obamacare.

    Free birth-control –

    How do ya like dem apples?

  143. Scenes from a militarized America: Iowa family ‘terrorized’

    Watch this video, taken from a police raid in Des Moines, Iowa. Send it to some people. When critics (like me) warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we’re talking about. You’ll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family’s door with a battering ram. You’ll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you’ll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent record of the raid, one by destroying a surveillance camera, another by blocking another camera’s lens.

    From the images in the video, you’d think they were looking for an escaped murderer or a house full of hit men. No, none of that. They were looking for a few people suspected of credit card fraud. None of the people they were looking for were inside of the house, nor was any of the stolen property they were looking for. They did arrest two houseguests of the family on what the news report says were unrelated charges, one for a probation violation and one for possession of illegal drugs.

    A couple other points about this story. First, note that the police say they knocked and announced themselves before the raid. The knock and announce requirement has a long history in U.S. and English common law. Its purpose was to give the occupants of a home the opportunity to avoid property damage and unnecessary violence by giving them time to come to the door and let the police in peacefully. As you can see from the video, the knock and announce today is largely a formality. The original purpose is gone. From the perspective of the people inside, there’s really no difference between this sort of “knock and announce” and a no-knock raid. (The covering of the officers’ faces is also troubling, though also not uncommon.)

  144. He has got a puss like a sick rooster, with high correction lenses that give him an ET look, and a dashing rhetorical flourish that puts a well rested audience to sleep. He is a mechanic of the old style, kennedyesque in his fashion, and the boys in the backroom wet his beak—Mitch McConnell. Oh yes, you should see his Marlene Dietrich routine . . .

    Just see what the boys in the backroom will have
    And tell them I’m having the same
    Oh see what the boys in the backroom will have
    And give them the poison they name–etc.

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch, there is this:

    It’s time to start thinking about who will be the next Senate Majority Leader. (Big hint: it ain’t John Cornyn)

    By: gawken (Diary) | February 4th, 2014 at 09:22 AM | 17

    On the front page this morning, Erick explains why Mitch McConnell’s USE BY day is about to come due. If he doesn’t lose the GOP primary to Matt Bevin, he’s more than likely to lose the general election. Either way, he’s a goner, which is great thing for both the GOP and the nation.

    As politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum, one must assume that the wheels are already starting to turn inside a great many heads; wondering, pondering, weighing the possibilities, asking “what if..”

    If we are to truly change Washington, we won’t do so by evicting McConnell just to replace him with John Cornyn. It’s important that conservatives start making plans for the post-McConnell era, coalesce around a candidate, and begin to exert pressure on GOP senators not to choose Cornyn as the “default” option.

    So let’s do some projections, shall we?

    If the GOP has a 51 seat conference next year, then it takes 26 votes to elect the majority leader.

    Assume that all Republicans, except McConnell, are re-elected. In three states, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, the GOP will hold the seat of a retiring Republican.

    So where might we find the 26 votes needed? Who would be open to electing a true conservative as majority leader?

    The new senators from Georgia and Nebraska, likely elected with strong Tea Party support, top the list. Among the newly won, formerly Democrat seats in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia, and Montana, none are that beholden to Cornyn, and most could well vote for someone else.

    In states where there is an active Tea Party challenger to a sitting Republican (Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee) the chances are pretty good that we’ll get at least two seats.

    So, by my rough count, and including Kentucky, that’s somewhere between 12-14 possible votes for a challenger to Cornyn.

    We thus need to find another 14 votes among the sitting Republican Senators.

    I should state here that my preferred candidate for the position is Mike Lee of Utah. His conservative credentials are impeccable. In addition, he is very articulate, media-savvy, photogenic, and will be a superb spokesman for conservative values and principals, especially in the next two years as we work to win the White House.

    To those who will advocate for Ted Cruz..I say only that one can’t function as the majority leader AND also run for the White House. If, however, sometime in the next 6 months, Cruz takes himself out of the running for the presidential nomination, then he would have my support if he chose to run for Majority Leader. Though I’m not quite sure if Cruz aspires to a position that some equate with “trying to herd cats.”

    Here then, are how the votes might shake up:

    Likely to support Lee: Lee, Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Boozman, Risch, Vitter, Fischer, Scott, Toomey, Johnson, Barasso. That’s twelve.

    Somewhat less likely are: Crapo, Coats, Moran, Heller, Hoeven, Portman. Six more.

    On the fence: Hatch, Enzi, Thune. Part of the GOP leadership/establishment, but well aware of the power and impact of the Tea Party/base forces. Three more.

    Long shots: If 2014 becomes a wave election, likely due to increased disgust with Obamacare, the GOP might (I repeat, might) pick-up seats in Iowa, Michigan, Utah, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Oregon. These would be as a result of strong Tea Party/base support, and thus not beholden to Cornyn, and likely to vote for someone else. Let’s say we get two of the six.

    The two key Republican Senators to watch: Jeff Sessions and Jim Inhofe. Both are strong conservatives, and long serving senators, yet are not part of the GOPe. If either, or both, decided NOT to support Cornyn, that could decide the issue.

    In summary, there appears to be at least a bare minimum of 24 senators who would support Mike Lee ( or another challenger to Cornyn) and as many as 19 more votes could be there is everything broke the right way. That’s not going to happen, but all we need is two more..and that’s definitely going to happen.

    One key point: Cornyn faces his own primary, in ONE MONTH. There are several candidates, and it appears that they are hoping to replicate the Cruz victory path…hold Cornyn to under 50%, and then beat him in the run-off. I don’t think that’s viable, because the circumstances aren’t the same. Cruz ran for an open seat. Here, Cornyn’s a sitting senator, part of GOP leadership, and a potential Majority Leader in waiting. And because the Texas primary is so soon, the race really becomes a referendum on Cornyn. It’s just a question of how mad Texas conservatives are. They may not be pissed-off enough to toss him out, but if Cornyn barely manages to eke out a majority in the primary, that will be an additional, and critical signal to Senate Republicans that he is NOT the one they should elect as their leader. It would be McConnell 2.0

    Look, I’m no Washington insider. I don’t pretend to be ( and I’ve NEVER even stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.) I do know that, especially in the Senate, personal relationships are very important in leadership elections, as they’re done by secret ballot. We’ve seen many times in the past that “promised” votes don’t materialize, and anything’s possible.

    However, we can be fairly sure of the following:

    1. McConnell’s likely a goner, one way or the other.

    2. Cornyn is exactly who we DO NOT need as Majority Leader.

    3. Preliminary, (and admittedly rough estimates) suggest that the votes will be there to elect a true conservative as Senate majority leader.

    It is therefor necessary that conservatives immediately begin to plan for that eventuality, assess the field, focus on a viable candidate, and begin to lay the groundwork to elect that person.

    My choice is Mike Lee. Simply put, he’d be a superb choice. But there are a few others I would gladly support.

    This is truly an ABC election. Anyone But Cornyn.

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