#Ukraine Red Dawn: Why Barack Obama Is Still Not Qualified To Be President

Update II: Who best represents a clown but another clown? Who best as spokesman for a clown not qualified to be president than a clown not qualified to be a spokesman? Exhibit A comes from today’s press briefing on Ukraine by clown Carney: Why no, Obama does not regret being dismissive of Mitt Romney on Russia. Take a look at the embarrassment:



Weep America, weep. The Russians have a strong leader. We have clowns.

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Update: Why did Barack Obama stage a briefing just now? There were no questions. The little news provided could have been transmitted in a Twitter tweet. So why did Obama make an on-camera announcement? Is it just the usual Barack Obama publicity stunt staged for his daily fix of celebrity? More likely this announcement means: V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N. As usual before he goes on vacation Barack Obama does some very public pretend work at the departure point and the destination point then it is snooze, snooze, snooze. This will be the third Obama vacation this year. It’s early March. One vacation a month. The message is sent to all the world about what Obama considers important. Strong leader Vladimir Putin is busy at work.

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Barack Obama is not qualified to be president. We began writing that in 2007. In 2009, in an article that should be read in its entirety because it is especially relevant these days, we summarized the many reasons and focused on an especially important one to demonstrate why Barack Obama is not qualified to be president:

Barack Obama is not qualified to be President because he does not have a world-view which is congruent with reality.

Winston Churchill was in the political wilderness for many years. Churchill’s world view was not viewed positively and few wanted to have much to do with the cigar chomping Winny. Churchill thought that Germany, at the heart of Europe and with many resources and people was a threat to Great Britain, and the peace of Europe. Many labeled Churchill a warmonger and shunned him. Churchill however stood firm. His knowledge of history and geography informed him that Germany was indeed a threat and he held fast to that understanding even though many ostracized him for it. The appeasement of other British leaders and the military actions of Germany eventually forced the world to acknowledge that Winston Churchill’s world view was the one most consistent with reality. Churchill became Prime Minister, then led the Western democracies and Christian civilization itself, from the abyss of despair into victory.

To be an American president means having a world view. Hillary Clinton has a world-view. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama in her insightful “celestial choirs” speech. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama about his foolish “no preconditions, in the first year, anywhere, anytime” meetings with America’s enemies. Hillary Clinton mocked Obama as “naive”. Hillary Clinton was saying that Obama did not know or understand how the world works. Hillary Clinton was saying that Obama’s world view was not congruent with reality. Hillary Clinton has been proved right.

Today, Leslie Gelb begins a very polite and gentle narrative, saying pretty much that Obama better get a reality based world-view, quickly or we all face continued disaster with a boob in charge.”

Years after we wrote that Barack Obama still has no world view that is congruent with reality. Either that or Barack Obama’s world view is destructive to America.

[As to our Hillary references in that 2009 article, we’ll explain and we’ll address Hillary Clinton’s opening moves to distance herself from Obama foreign policy and ObamaCare very very soon but for now we will only state that she is saying what Barack Obama won’t say which is what we think needs to be said about Ukraine. Yes, she mentioned “Hitler”. It would be powerful and help Hillary Clinton 2016 if she would do as we suggest and travel to Europe and rally the West against totalitarianism. But for now we will have to content ourselves with her comments placing Putin’s actions in historical context. ]

It’s taken years but more and more voices are now joining in agreement with what we wrote in 2009. One person who won’t learn is Bill O’Reilly who blames everyone (in this case NATO) but Obama and shifts the blame away from Obama almost as adroitly as Obama himself. Bill O’Reilly has persisted in his defense of Obama as a good man with good intentions despite all evidence to the contrary. Fortunately Charles Krauthammer has been aware of the malevolence of Barack Obama’s actions. On Tuesday night, O’Reilly discussed Obama Boobery in Ukraine with Krauthammer and Krauthammer schooled O”Reilly on Obama:

“Putin knows the west is weak and that Obama likely will not be able to rally Europe against Russia. O’Reilly said that NATO — which is supposed to be the bulwark against Russian oppression — is powerless because Europe does not confront illegal international behavior.

“I hate to use the cliché, but the Ukraine situation – same old, same old. And Putin knows it,” he said.

Charles Krauthammer was on “The Factor” to respond to O’Reilly’s Talking Points Memo.

Obama’s a little bit late at rallying anybody against anybody,” Krauthammer said. He explained that the first thing Obama did when he took office was that he announced the “reset,” reversing sanctions against Russia for its 2008 invasion of Georgia. Then, Krauthammer said Obama canceled a missile defense agreement with Poland and the Czech Republic.

“Putin looks at this guy and says, ‘I’m dealing with an adolescent,’” Krauthammer said of Obama.”

A malevolent adolescent.

Victor David Hanson has more:

“Each step to the present Ukrainian predicament was in and of itself hardly earth-shattering and was sort of framed by Obama’s open-mic assurance to Medvedev to tell Vladimir that he would more flexible after the election.

Indeed, Obama, as is his wont, always had mellifluous and sophistic arguments for why we had to take every soldier out of Iraq after the successful surge; why we needed to drop missile defense with the Poles and Czechs; why we needed both a surge and simultaneous deadline to end the surge in Afghanistan; why we first issued serial deadlines to Iran to ask them to please stop proliferation, then just quit the sanctions altogether just as they started to work; why we needed to “lead from behind” in Libya; why the Muslim Brotherhood was largely secular and legitimate and then later not so much so; why we issued redlines and bragged about Putin’s “help” to eliminate WMD in Syria, and were going to bomb and then not bomb and then maybe bomb; why we kept pressuring Israel; why we cozied up to an increasingly dictatorial Turkey; why we reached out to Cuba and Venezuela; and why we sometimes embarrassed old allies like Britain, Canada, and Israel.

Amid such a landscape of deadlines begetting redlines begetting step-over lines always came the unfortunate pontificating — the Cairo mytho-history speech, the adolescent so-called apology tour, the sermon about “exceptionalism” — and also the dressing down delivered to a mute Obama by a pompous Daniel Ortega, the bows and hugs, and Obama’s constant apologies for past American sins. Again all this was trivial — and yet in aggregate not so trivial for the lidless eye of a Putin.

Amid both the deeds and the facts came the serial $1 trillion annual deficits, the surge in borrowing for redistributionist payouts, the monetary expansion and zero-interest rates, and finally the vast cuts in the military budget, all of which fleshed out the caricature of a newly isolationist and self-indulgent America, eager to talk, bluster, or threaten its way out of its traditional postwar leadership role.”

In short: when you act like a doormat, don’t be surprised when people walk all over you. When you re-elect a boob, expect more boobery.

The West and its values are in peril. From Obama and our foreign policy elites there is distilled, pure, stupidity. After Vladimir Putin spoke from a chair as if it was a throne Barack Obama “brains” proved how brain-dead they are. These dolts thought Putin had “blinked”. Yup, they thought Putin had blinked. That is how stupid Barack Obama and his sycophants are:



“CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: This is astonishing. On the one hand they’re unable to — our people, our leaders — to muster anything that the Europeans will join that will hurt Putin. And on the other hand, you’re telling us that they are thinking that Putin thinks he made a mistake, did make a mistake and is looking for an off-ramp. And our real job is not to slap on sanctions or to push him out of Crimea, but to allow him some kind of diplomatic exit that will save face.

It’s in tandem with what he said about it being a sign of weakness on the part of the Russians.

BRET BAIER: But are they interpreting his news conference as some kind of blink, as something like saying, I didn’t send forces, and he’s sending the signal that he’s stepping back?

KRAUTHAMMER: That’s not a blink; that’s a KGB agent lying through his teeth, which is what they train to do for all of their lives. I mean, when Hitler went into Sudetenland, he claimed it was in response to a desire on the part of the population. This is what all dictators do. The idea that somehow it’s a blink because he’s waiting to see if he wants to take the rest of Ukraine, and that’s a sign of weakness, I think is delusional.”

Delusional? Weak? Or Malevolent? It all adds up to the same thing: Barack Obama is not qualified to be president.

We’ve made the Sudetenland argument previously. Today Hillary Clinton doubled down on her critique from yesterday. It seems we are all in agreement.

Obama however, does not see the obvious. At the New Republic, now owned by a billionaire Obama campaign worker, the contempt for Obama is bubbling up:

Enough With the Cliches Already
The Obama administration’s rhetoric on Russia is accomplishing nothing

Everyone’s giving President Obama advice about how to handle Vladimir Putin’s adventure into the Crimea. But I want to issue a broader critique, because there’s something that he and his people will need to do to be more effective in this case and in future foreign policy crises: They’ll need to change their rhetoric.

In talking about Putin, as when trying to express disapproval towards other world leaders in the past, administration officials have resorted to language that comes across as either patronizing or out of touch. Let’s examine a couple of the administration’s favorite rhetorical tropes.

1. They are not acting in their own interest. They are only harming themselves.

Secretary of State John Kerry was all over the airwaves this weekend with versions of this line. “He is not going to gain by this,” Kerry told David Gregory on “Meet the Press.” “Russia is going to lose. The Russian people are going to lose.”

Over the years, Obama and his aides have offered similar versions of this line in talking about other foreign leaders who had done or were about to do something of which the administration disapproved: in Syria, for example, or Egypt or Qaddafi’s Libya. And guess what? It’s a useless line of attack. Putin makes his own calculations of what is in his interest. [snip]

2. They’re displaying nineteenth century behavior. They need to join the twenty-first century.

The administration loves to brand actions it doesn’t like as relics of the past. “It’s really nineteenth century behavior in the twenty-first century,” Kerry said of Putin’s Crimean gambit. A senior administration official who sounded like either National Security Advisor Susan Rice or Ben Rhodes told reporters on background, “What we see here are distinctly nineteenth- and twenty-first century decisions made by President Putin to address problems.”

Well, to start with, by definition Putin’s decisions are taking place in the twenty-first century. The administration here seems to be using the centuries like a teacher handing out a grade: twenty-first century is an A, twentieth century is a C, nineteenth century is an F. More importantly, talking this way raises an uncomfortable question: Does the reality of the twenty-first century conform to what Obama administration officials think it is? [snip]

3. They need to understand ideas like interdependence and win-win solutions. This is not a zero-sum game.

The same senior official told reporters that Putin “needs to understand that, in terms of his economy, he lives in … an interdependent world.” This is one of the core concepts in the worldview of the Obamians, dating back to the earliest days of the 2008 presidential campaign, when Rice and Rhodes were trying to put words on what Obama believed as opposed to, say, Hillary Clinton or George W. Bush or John McCain. Then and ever since, the Obama team has repeatedly invoked the concept of interdependence – and, in a related fashion, has claimed that it is outmoded to believe that in modern-day foreign policy conflicts, there can be winners and losers.

The main problem is that “interdependence” is just a buzzword, not a prescription for policy. Putin understands the concept of interdependence as well as anyone in Washington—he’s just applying the facts in a different way. He knows, for example, that Ukraine and much of Western Europe are dependent on natural gas from Russia, and that this fact impinges on their calculations.

It would much be so much better for the Obama administration to leave the grand rhetoric aside. Instead, it should invoke democratic ideals, condemn what Putin has done, then shut up. Silence has its own strategic power, and the actions of America and its allies can speak for themselves.

To summarize James Mann: Obama’s world view is not congruent with reality.

To summarize James Mann with a bit of spice thrown in, cue Ben Shapiro:

“As Russian President Vladimir Putin deploys his military forces to Ukraine, the Obama administration continues to wonder just what the benighted dictator is thinking. Understanding that the best strategy for countering military action is undoubtedly faculty lounge-style condescension, the Obama administration has responded with its full array of resources: scorn, sneering, and bemusement.

On Monday, President Obama announced that Russia was “on the wrong side of history,” adding that the actions of the Kremlin violate international law. His Secretary of State, John Kerry, stated on Sunday, “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country.” National Security Advisor Susan Rice stated, “It’s in nobody’s interest to see violence return and the situation escalate.” When questioned by NBC’s David Gregory whether Putin might in fact see the global situation in a “Cold War context,” Rice shot back, “He may, but if he does, that’s a pretty dated perspective.” To prove just how dated that perspective was, the United States announced on Monday that it would not be sending a presidential delegation to the Paralympics in Sochi, a move that will undoubtedly give Putin the chills.

Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign promises of “no preconditions” have come home to roost. Barack Obama followed his “no preconditions” naivete with apology tours and surrender to the Russians on a Czech Republica and Poland missile shield. Then came weak bended knee kow-tows to North Korea, any and all Muslim radical regime, and any rogue who rattled a sabre. After reelection, while in of all places Berlin, Barack Obama chose to UNILATERALLY, with NO PRECONDITIONS, no negotiations cut American nuclear weapons:

President Barack Obama this week ordered new limits on the use of U.S. nuclear weapons and called for sharp warhead cuts in a speech in Berlin aimed at what he called achieving “peace with justice.”

Peace with justice means pursuing the security of a world without nuclear weapons, no matter how distant that dream may be,” Obama said on the eastern Berlin side of the Brandenburg Gate.

“And so as president, I’ve strengthened our efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and reduce the number and role of America’s nuclear weapons.”

Obama announced that, after reviewing U.S. nuclear doctrine, “I’ve determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies and maintain a strong and credible strategic deterrent while reducing our deployed strategic nuclear weapons by up to one-third.”

The Ukraine can see Barack Obama’s “peace with justice” at work. UN envoys can see Obama’s “peace with justice” at work.

Putin did not even need to ask Obama. Obama surrendered, without any negotiations, without getting anything in return, exactly what Putin wanted. In that same rainy day Berlin speech Barack Obama proclaimed climate change as “the global threat of our time”. Putin, a strong Russian leader who will fight for his nation’s interests, fully aware of Russian cheating on nuclear agreements, must have laughed and laughed. Putin saw Obama did not give a damn about America. Putin saw Obama is only interested in his own cruddy “brand”.

On that rainy Berlin day, Vladimir Putin knew Obama was not qualified to be president. We knew that a long time ago.

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293 thoughts on “#Ukraine Red Dawn: Why Barack Obama Is Still Not Qualified To Be President

  1. “ Barack Obama is not qualified to be President because he does not have a world-view which is congruent with reality.

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    Vladimir Putin Does Not Show Weakness by Beating Everyone (Including Us)

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    By: Thomas Crown (Diary) | March 5th, 2014 at 11:00 AM |

    As Vladimir Putin engages in his latest round of Remind Former Soviet Socialist Republics Who’s The Stud And Who’s The Soap Dropper in Ukraine, the Obama administration is engaged in the relentless honesty, transparency, and self-examination we’ve come to expect from this crowd whenever their policy instincts have departed reality and headed for Planet Zoobily Zooble.

    Thus, after castigating Vladimir Putin for living in the nineteenth century (when the Russian Empire Putin so loves reached its greatest size and power) and accusing him of attempting to restart the Soviet Union (the same tyranny the death of which Putin publicly laments as a catastrophe), the Obama administration and its group of lickspittles in the media and elsewhere are trying out a new reason why they’ve been outmatched by a man who rules over a broken petrostate with a life expectancy of 69 years:

    Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is proof of his weakness. (snip)

    Vladimir Putin has set the terms for the world’s conversation in Ukraine because he intrinsically understands something that the group of nimrods running Western foreign policy do not: In real life, away from conferences and meetings and important lunches, foreign affairs is a series of matches of relative strength brought to bear in each conflict.

    If you have fifty legions and so fear losing a single centurion that you won’t commit one, you have nothing. If you are the wealthiest nation in the world but run from any conflict in which you might lose a penny, you are the poorest nation of all. Putin picks contests where he is strong and his opponent is weak, and where we cannot or will not bring our much greater power into conflict with his. He works to divide his foreign opponents domestically so that he has a freer hand.

    Ukraine is a case in point, and gives the lie to “he’s so weak he had to beat Kiev within an inch of its life.” (snip)

    The screaming, like unto a group of scalded cats in heat, from the West did not and does not deter him, because it shows that he has won. He put boots on the ground and the West has resorted to lecturing him and threatening mostly bloodless sanctions it won’t or can’t sustain. He put his military, which is strong relative to Ukraine’s and weak relative to America’s, into play, and because the greater power and weaker power both fear to engage him, he won.

    Now, facially, this is the most absurd thing we’ve heard since the last Obamacare commercial, but the thinking appears to be thus: Putin is so weak, so unable to sway Ukraine and his near abroad through gay pride marches, televised movie award shows, and the strategic use of “um,” that he had no choice but to invade Ukraine to force them to bend to his will.

    This only makes sense if you think the outside world only exists when Obama gives a speech there.

  2. On the Ukrainian Question, the most likely end game:

    “I hesitate to make any predictions here because I don’t want to feel like Blake Hounshell in a few days, but I don’t think Putin is going to press into Eastern Ukraine because he doesn’t need to. The regional governors in the Eastern oblasts understand fully what’s in play here and so they’re going to make Kiev’s life miserable for a while. The government in Kiev understands what’s going on here, so any moves toward Europe will be tentative and after sounding out Russia first. Ukrainians in the East see an escape from the madness of the West, so the upcoming parliamentary elections and presidential elections are going to be even more intense and more likely to sap popular will for a European alignment from Kiev. The West is largely irrelevant in what they think because they keep showing they don’t really care.

    If the power of destruction is the power of absolute control*, then after less than a year of intelligent soft power and hard power applications, Vladimir Putin has vividly shown the world that he controls Ukraine. If this is weakness, it is weakness that will recreate the Russian Empire before Putin at last punches his ticket for Hell.:

  3. The question I have been obsessing over, given the “thrust” of this article, and others on this blog, is this:

    What is it that accounts for this failure to grasp reality–a reality which is as plain as the nose on your face, if you merely look in the mirror.

    The arguments proffered by the Obama Administration to this issue, and a multitude of others cannot be reconciled with the real world.

    It seems to me that there are three groups who are willing to publicly embrace these delusions, and thereby tank the country. If they were chained in the attic of someone’s house where they could harm no one, that would be one thing. But they are not. They stand at the top of their professions in the media, government, universities and other venues where public opinion is formed.

    One group would be those who receive a direct financial benefit from advancing the party line. This is reminiscent of the line that it is hard to get someone to accept a rational argument when their livelihood depends on them not accepting it.

    Another group would be those who wish to be thought of as part of the cognoscenti. Often, these are people who belong to certain clubs, foundations and organizations which they hope to use as vehicles for social advancement.

    And the third group are those who have some grievance extant against this country, as it is exists traditionally. This is the realm of the political leftist, who is always obsessed with the problems of society, forever fretting for some cure, and cannot find distraction in the eye of a good glass of wine, or a beautiful women. They blame society for their own failings.

    The election of Obama gave these people a large voice in the future of this country, a voice they never really had before. This is more than the perennial swing of the political pendulum. I think it is a shift, and a deadly one for the rest of us–sooner or later.

  4. Great article Adm. The problem is things will continue to get worse the next 2 plus years as Obama is determined to undermine almost every principal this country stood for. Whomever the next President is will have, IMO, a nearly impossible job of reversing the damage inflicted upon our nation by the current administration.

  5. The other thing we saw today was a break down of a major Congressional investigation, which places in doubt the viability of our entire system of government. The break down itself was serious, and precedent setting. The reaction to it by big media was worse, indeed apropos of the very problem noted above, namely the preference for illusion over reality.

    There is clear, cogent and convincing proof that the IRS targeted certain political groups on account of their political views in violation of the First Amendment. The key bureaucrat in that conspiracy, Louis Learner, tried to shift the blame to others in the agency and when that effort failed, she asserted the Fifth Amendment. Whereupon Congress sought her testimony, while the Attorney General who has a checkered record of his own, and has been held in contempt of Congress, appointed an Obama bundler, rather than a special prosecutor to conduct the investigation. That bundler, in turn, has slow danced any investigation, and thereby thwarted efforts by Congress to find out who, besides Learner was involved. There is reason to believe that the former White House Counsel, Bob Bauer was at the center, as Kim Straussel has explained. But today, that door was slammed in the face of the committee, as a smirking Louis Learner re asserted her Fifth Amendment, the Committee chairman adjourned the meeting, and signalledthat there would be no further action taken by Congress–and for sure, nothing will be done to her by the Obama bundler. I rather suspect that Bob Bauer and is wife, both fixtures in the Obama campaign and white house are toasting Louis Learner who weaponized the IRS and silenced the voices of American citizens.

    Lets look at the whole thing more narrowly. Lets look at Elijah Cummings, who has been trying to shut down this entire investigation from the beginning, in derogation of his duty to this nation. Until now he was content to cover up a conspiracy, which has civil and criminal dimensions to it. But one of the things we learned from Learner’s counsel this week is that her life has been threatened if she testifies. That is a serious crime–the ultimate form of retaliation. And Elijah Cummings is apparently keen to cover up that as well, for the ostensible purpose of protecting Obama. He tried to disrupt the proceeding today, and when it became apparent that Learner would not testify, the Chairman adjourned the hearing. Whereupon Cummmings went into a blistering condemnation of the committee, and the Chairman cut off his mike.

    Immediately thereafter the Chairman took questions from the big media rabble. They evinced no concern over the rights that were violated, the crimes that were committed, and the subversion of an important violation. But they were apopoletic that the Chairman would cut off the mike of Elijah Cummings after he had adjourned the meeting. How rude. How partisan. How unprofessional they opined. That in a nutshell is what you get from big media. And that is why I say they are the greatest threat to our liberty. If there is a greater threat to this nation, I cannot imagine what it is. But you will never understand the nature and extent of that threat unless you look to the big picture, which few Americans today are capable of doing.

  6. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/poll-obama-approval-at-record-low-104313.html?hp=f2

    President Barack Obama’s approval rating hit a new low mark in a poll out Wednesday, dipping below 40 percent for the first time.

    Just 38 percent of those surveyed in a Fox News poll out Wednesday approved of the job Obama is doing, with 54 percent disapproving.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2014/03/05/fox-news-poll-obama-popularity-dips-more-believe-christie-wouldnt-make-good/

  7. I just noticed an article getting a big laugh out of something someone described as an aid to Putin said which was apparently stupid, which allows them to impute that stupidity to Putin, and Obama is so smart.

    The practical question, which never seems to traverse the computer screens of the cognicenti goes like this: if Obama is so smart, and Putin is so dumb, then why is it that Putin is winning the political struggle in the Ukraine.

    Come on, what is the excuse de jour? Wrong side of history? didn’t work. Doesn’t understand the virtues of win win solutions, prefers winner take all? Naaww. He won because he was weak. Counter intuitive.

    You will hear it all, day after day, on the morning shows, the evening shows and the late nights pounding out the same misleading series of messages.

    But the bottom line is–has always been: action talks–bullshit walks.

    Time for them to take a long walk—off a short pier.

  8. I see where the arrogant blogger at foreign affairs magazine who labelled Sarah Palin delusional (or worse) for suggesting that Putin might do the very thing he has now done vis a vis Ukraine, for venturing too far from Moscow and too close to Europe, has now taken one of the top jobs at Politico, which has become a high mistery of left wing extremist propaganda, not unlike HuffPO/ It purports to be more than HuffPo, but they are fruits of the same poisonous tree, in my opinion. Evidence based reporting is not their forte.

  9. The other day, I was trying to quantify the advantage which Obama enjoys as a result of the protection he has been given by big media. I compared the Bush approval rating of 25% to the current Rassmusen figure of 46%, and concluded that the big media wind he has at his back, is worth roughly 20 points. There was nothing particularly scientific about this, but it gave us one rough marker. In an effort to torture myself with the latest Rasumssen approval rating I looked at that site, and never got to the number I was looking for, because I saw something more important, and more probative. It was the good old standby–right track wrong track which measures the approval of government in general, and by implication the job performance of Obama without mentioning him by name, which engenders all the defense mechanisms embedded in the public mind by big media. The right track wrong track figure is 28% which is down from 32% last week. We can use that figure rather than a comparison to Bush, and still reach roughly the same conclusion. In other words, if Obama’s approval rating is 46% and the right track wrong track of the government he presides over–all three branches at this point, then we are back to the same conclusion: the substitution of Obama worship, for accurate objective reporting, equates to 18% which is the direct result of big media brainwashing.

  10. Great post Admin!

    I think the EagleFace sums up the situation perfectly:

    KRAUTHAMMER: That’s not a blink; that’s a KGB agent lying through his teeth, which is what they train to do for all of their lives. I mean, when Hitler went into Sudetenland, he claimed it was in response to a desire on the part of the population. This is what all dictators do. The idea that somehow it’s a blink because he’s waiting to see if he wants to take the rest of Ukraine, and that’s a sign of weakness, I think is delusional.”

    Putin is no genius, he only appears to be in the shadow of Obama’s blatant stupidity.

    A person that is President of the United States can’t be as dumb as Little Bush, and as self centered and dense as Obama.

    Did Barry ever read a newspaper, does he even go to his Cliff Notes briefings? Hell no, he has no interest in reality and how his stupidly effects millions of people.

  11. Putin is no genius, he only appears to be in the shadow of Obama’s blatant stupidity.
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    He does not need to be a genius. All it requires to outwit a half wit like Obama is a STRONG MIND, NOT A BRILLIANT ONE. That line is not original. It is what Bonaparte said he looked for in a general. Also, a “a general who wins”. As I say, Putin has all it takes when facing someone who is a afraid to act. One other observation by Bonaparte. An army of lions led by a stag is not an army of lions. Stag may be giving Obama too much credit, but the point is nevertheless apt.

  12. From what I can determine, Lerner’s counsel and Cummings conspired to allow Lerner to read a self serving proffer into the record and then refuse to answer questions, in order to shut down the investigation, which Elijah Cummings has been trying to do from the beginning and every time the investigation uncovered new evidence. This began when Cummings contended that the issue was confined to the Cincinatti office, and contended that it did not go higher, and that any attempt to prove that it did go higher, like to the Washington office of the IRS and like to Lerner was a politically inspired with hunt. Notice how, in his comments tonight, Trey made reference to “Jack” Bauer, the attorney I said there was reason to believe is at the center of this scandal. When Cummings acts indignant and bellows to the rafters, I am a member of Congress, in his attempt to thwart the investigation in the manner noted above, my reaction was and is, yes you are a member of congress, and more is the pity for that.

  13. I think it was a mistake for Hillary to invoke the Hitler analogy, even though the justification Putin advanced was eerily similar. So similar that I pounced on it as well in the beginning, but later suggested that the right analogy to invoke here was Stalin. One of the reasons I said that is even though Ukranians hate Hitler, they despise Stalin, so much so that they joined forces with Germany against them. The other problem is that the Russian people suffered grievously in what they called the Great Patriotic War, and lost 17 million people. Comparing their current leader to Hitler, even by inference, was therefore a mistake. I notice she has since backed off that analogy, and asserted that it was simply a historical comparison, but now the right wingers are saying she is backing down. If I thought the comparison would make Obama look like Chamberlain for not confronting Putin then I would be in favor of it, but we are past that point now. Big media is back to singing his praises. Again, I am convinced that the end game will be just as indicated above–de facto rather than jure control, undue influence rather than invasion, and big media praising Obama for his wisdom in preventing an invasion and executing his foreign policy brilliantly.

  14. Admin, if you charged for your work based on accuracy, insight, and ballsiness, you could retire on this one.

    WTH is up with O’reilly? Is he running for “biggest suck-up” ? Don’t get me wrong. It would honestly be refreshing to see media and pols from both the left and the right refuse to exaggerate minor incidents and issues for the purpose of making political hay. But, that does not apply to this situation. It’s no minor incident, and the fact that O’reilly doesn’t get the seriousness of it and the weakness of Obama’s response is confirmation of his inadequacy and his incompetence – or is it just that O”reilly, like Obama, lacks courage.

    Look at Lindsey Graham’s response. He sees Benghazi as having contributed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Because Americans were killed with impunity (at least thus far), in Graham’s opinion, this emboldened Russia. Benghazi, more specifically, Obama’s handling of the incident, was one more indicator of his ineptness and his disinterest in this country. However, if Graham had been interested in making a valid point, in treating the Russian invasion with the respect and seriousness it deserve, rather than scoring political points, would Obama’s handling of Syria not been a more appropriate reference?

    As Admin emphasized, if Obama’s world view was consistent with Western values, other world powers would not perceive the US as weak and soft. They would be much less bold. Obviously, diplomacy has a place in the world. But only in feel good movies does the wimpy kid finesse the school-yard bully into backing down. It’s the smart, tough kid who can handle the bully. She may approach him with diplomacy but she makes damn sure he knows she’s packing nunchucks in her back pack.

  15. freespirit

    March 6, 2014 at 12:57 am
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    Light in the loafers Lindsey has been trying for the past couple years to breath life into Benghazi, because it gives him, McNutt and that bug eyed whatever her name is a microphone. But if he is looking to establish predicate acts, the clear predicate is Syria,where we saw one red line after another and the grand finale where trapped by his promises he was compelled to act, trapped by Congress he could not act, until Putin intervened, cut a deal to his own advantage, strengthened his position with Iran and all of America’s enemies, got a Nobel Prize nomination, and photo ops with the clueless Obama, seen introducing him, giving him credit beyond his dreams, and not noticing that he–the great one, the messiah, the one we have been waiting for had a date with Mac the Knife. You can’t make this shit up. If you tried, Ripley would say I don’t believe it, get out of here.

  16. When I say invasion and mean annexation, I am getting as bad as big media. You don’t suppose it is contagious. Do you?

  17. The left have got their panties in a wad. This morning we heard from a Pelosi acolyte that we must pull together as a nation and rally behind Obama. If we did that then we would all be dithering like he is. As in–he (Putin) loves me, he loves me not. But hang unto your hat kiddies it just gets better. Tonight the left is accusing Obama critics of hoping Putin will prevail . . . Far be it from me to hope that Putin will prevail. But I do hope Obama fails, and the nations sees it, because if the nation does not see it, then the worst is yet to come. He is well into the act out stage now, I expect.

  18. Final point on the hearing today. Just follow the bouncing ball, and tell me this was not a set up:

    1. Lerner’s attorney advises Issa’s committee counsel that she WILL testify.

    2. Issa convenes the hearing on Wednesday based on that expectation.

    3. She appears and invokes the Fifth–again and refuses to testify.

    4. She has with her a prepared statement which exonerates herself, cloaked as a proffer.

    5. Cummings wants to let her make that self serving speech.

    6. Cummings has with him an indictment of the Republican leadership which he wants to read into the record.

    Yes, it was a set up alright. Cummings knew she was misleading the committee, and I have every reason to believe he was in on it, because his goal from the very outset has been to hide the truth and shut down the investigation.

    At this point, I doubt they can get the truth out of her, but Trey thinks otherwise. He said trust me, I have been doing this prosecutor stuff for 16 years and we have ways. He is in favor of holding her in contempt and letting her cool her heels in prison. The attorney general investigation is a complete farce, therefore that is a waste of time. I don’t know. Uncle Tony has been in jail for five years. Maybe there is something to this death threat business which her attorney alleged. But if that is true, she is in greater jeopardy if she does not testify, because once she does testifies, and names her co-conspirators, including Bauer if he is one of them, then the incentive to carry out that threat no longer exists. If, on the other hand, she is looking to become Joan of Arc, St. Joan never made the mistake, lethal to those who seek sainthood of becoming a tax collector.

  19. My bad. Instead of turning in, I decided it would be a good idea to clean out my business card file. And there I found a card from an attorney I met in Pennsylvania on the evening of our 10 point victory over Obama. Like me he was out of his usual territory. Unlike me he was in a big hurry to get out of there. But I did get his business card, and a vague sense that he was a strong Hillary supporter, and more of a mover and shaker in the process than I was or will ever be. I will not disclose his name, but I will tell you a little about him and his father. His father’s motto was row never drift, and the wrong way always seems the more reasonable. This guy was a veteran of World War II, his passion was the Democratic Party and he was instrumental in merging two separate wings into a party which could compete on a level playing field with the Republican machine. He founded eight companies, was an advocate of reform and held that there were no vices in life except for intolerance, bigotry, unkindness and ignorance. His playing field was North Dakota, but reached to other states. He was close friends with George McGovern and was instrumental in launching his candidacy and garnering the necessary support. It strikes me that it is easier for an ambitious, and ethical man or woman to advance their ideas, and make their influence felt is small sparcely populated places like Fargo, and much harder to do so in the firey clauldron of a major city where too many compromises must be made, and well nigh impossible in the New Rome of Washington DC where the forces of corruption are so well entrenched especially now under President Obama. Still, it is inspiring to look back on a man, and perhaps his son in that brief chance meeting and to say that from the hinterland, we can still produce great Americans who leave this county a better place than they found it, and although that is not the game the elites love to play, it is the best testament to a life well lived.

  20. Another Obamacare delay pushes the pain past 2014 elections and well into 2016 as Obama leaves the fallout for Hillary to face

    The latest in a string of delays and alterations to the Affordable Care Act – nearly 30 in all –has the federal government deciding to delay penalizing about 500,000 Americans who have what President Obama recently called ‘substandard’ and ‘junk’ health insurance plans.

    Penalties scheduled to hit as many as 1.5 million such Americans who have not yet seen cancellation notices from their insurers were set to kick in just before the November 2014 congressional election.

    But now that deadline has been pushed back until five weeks before the 2016 presidential contest, creating a potential headache for Hillary Rodham Clinton – Obama’s former secretary of state and his party’s presumptive nominee to succeed him.

    Republicans immediately mocked the move as cynically political and designed to protect vulnerable liberals in Congress, noting Obama’s quest to avoid a Republican-majority U.S. Senate when the dust settles eight months from now.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2574438/Another-Obamacare-delay-pushes-pain-past-2014-elections-2016-Obama-leaves-fallout-Hillary-face.html#ixzz2vB2bdwYB

  21. 4:55 AM. CBS This Morning reports on resignation of RT anchor. Could be Obama’s latest rescue. 🙁

  22. Could this have been the offending piece?
    Putin’s rating at two-year high for second consecutive week – pollsters
    According to an early March poll the Russian President’s rating remains at its highest in the last two years and researchers list the Sochi Olympics and moves for a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis as possible reasons.
    Almost 68 percent of Russians approve of the work of President Vladimir Putin, reads the report published by the WCIOM All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. snip
    http://rt.com/politics/putin-rating-boost-crimea-122/

  23. Seven Dems vote against confirmation of Adegbile, Obama’s pick for head of Civil Rights Division, who fought for the release of convicted cop killer. Interestingly, the five Dems who face tough midterm races were not among the seven, further decreasing their chances for winning.
    ________________

    March 05, 2014, 08:17 pm

    “Senate vote a stinging defeat for Obama”

    By Alexander Bolton and Ramsey Cox

    (snip)

    The vote was a stinging defeat for the White House that showed President Obama is politically out of step with some centrist Democrats heading into the midterm elections.

    Obama labeled the vote a “travesty” based on “wildly unfair” character attacks.

    “Mr. Adegbile’s qualifications are impeccable. He represents the best of the legal profession, with wide-ranging experience, and the deep respect of those with whom he has worked,” Obama said. “As a lawyer, Mr. Adegbile has played by the rules. And now, Washington politics have used the rules against him.”

    (Snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/199979-senate-rejects-obama-nominee-who-defended-convicted-cop-killer#ixzz2vBj8cKEG
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  24. “Putin looks at this guy and says, ‘I’m dealing with an adolescent,’” Krauthammer said of Obama.”
    ________________
    A spoiled BRAT!!!! 😉

  25. Saving their seats? 😉
    Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), John Walsh (Mont.), Chris Coons (Del.) and Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.) voted to block Adegbile, while several Democrats in tough reelection races, including Sens. Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Mark Begich (Alaska), voted to advance him.

    Every Republican voted against the nomination, forcing Reid to secure the support of at least 50 members of his 55-person caucus. Vice President Biden presided over the vote and would have been available to break a tie, but his vote was not needed.

    It was the first time a nomination has gone down since Democrats changed the Senate’s filibuster rules to require simple majority votes on many procedural motions.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/199979-senate-rejects-obama-nominee-who-defended-convicted-cop-killer#ixzz2vCDUvDHW
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  26. Harkin.

    A deranged red under every bed

    and racisim every time Obama suffers a defeat

    It is the mark of a pure ideologue

    And a dangerous one at that

    In his youth Harken worked the land

    One day he stayed out in the sun too long

    He got sun stroke

    Some say he has never recovered.

    There is one thing worse than an angry young man

    An angry old man.

    The people of his state have shown bad judgment on this and other matters.

  27. Russian President Vladimir Putin will appear on the Nobel committee’s agenda for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, possibly alongside several Russian dissidents.

    Putin is one of 278 candidates — a record for the prestigious prize – who have been nominated and the nominees include such notables as Edward Snowden, Pope Francis and the individual formerly known as Bradley Manning.

    Putin is believed to have been nominated for his role in averting a Western military strike on Syria and negotiating the agreement with the Bashar al-Assad regime to surrender its arsenal of chemical weapons.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/05/putin-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize-among-record-number-of-candidates/#ixzz2vCVr1aJZ

  28. The threshold question in the minds of many people who would be inclined to support a Hillary candidacy is this: would she be Obama III (without all of the incompetence) or would she be the more inclusive Hillary we saw in the 2008 campaign which hearkened back to the third way calculations by Bill after 2004 which culminated in a period of prosperity at home and foreign policy success abroad. Every time she embraces Obama on health care, foreign policy and the like, she satisfies the parasites who hope to see Obama’s policy prescriptions extended indefinitely and his enablers continue on in their jobs, but she turns off a large segment of the population. That conclusion will be unacceptable to some people, but the right track wrong track figure is the tell. That figure–28% approval is reliable raw data, shorn of his cult following and the race issue, reflects the viability of his policies. Now that he has postponed the harm from Obama care into 2017, that will be the defining issue, and if all she can say is I support Obamacare and I will fix it so it is not so bad, that is a morbid message. The truth is Obamacare was never about extending coverage to the uninsured, it was about capping health care costs, and when a key supporter of that legislation, Dingell, talked about the intent of that bill being to control the American People that is what he was referring to. Today, as we speak they are gathering information from doctors across this country to see where health care dollars are being spent so they can curtail those coverages, and shift those costs to the consumer. This is not irrational but it is wrong. It hearkens back to the quotation above that the wrong way always seems more reasonable. The bottom line of all of this is, if all Hillary does is embrace Obama, she may win the nomination but lose the general election, because only 28% of this country supports his policies, and even if they did not, we can no longer afford them. I have mentioned before the idea of a jobs program, similar to Roosevelt. But Obama took the wind out of those sails with his stimulus scam which rewarded his contributors and did nothing to build jobs. More and more I think she must distance herself from Obama if she intends to run and win. I wish I was more certain that she will.

    and middle class destroying policies extended into the future until they have complete control, we have no freedom and have have not society they pine for is realized. And those of us who believe in the country, value freedom and prosperity

  29. Undeniable Proof The U.S. State Department Puppet-masters Fueled and Orchestrated the Ukraine Regime Change? (AUDIO INCLUDED)

    Yesterday I wrote a story showing how Russia is being backed into a corner in the global game of power chess through the crises in Ukraine. I asked questions that virtually all mainstream media is refusing to ask. In fact, most media is projecting Russia’s Putin as a power hungry tyrant looking to confront the U.S. while it has a weak President in Barack Obama. My theory, as reported yesterday, is that the opposite is actually true. I’m finding evidence that suggests it was U.S. interests, in collaboration with the likes of George Soros, that orchestrated the “new coalition” to fuel riots and bring down the leadership in Ukraine.

    I sent the article out to 80,000 LibertyNews.com subscribers and this morning found my inbox full of some very, very interesting responses. One included mention of audio recordings that came out about a month or so ago. Somehow I had initially missed the news of these recordings (mainstream media was silent) so had to catch up on what went on. Once I got into the dirty details, I was shocked at what I found.

    In the call recording we hear an almost unbelievable discussion between the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State (Victoria Nuland) and the U.S. Envoy to the Ukraine (Geoffrey Pyatt) collaborating on who they want in control of Ukraine once the “protestors” succeed in toppling the existing government. Nuland even says “f**k the EU” when the European Union involvement comes into the conversation.

    In the phone call audio we hear the Assistant Secretary of State directing the events from Washington as Pyatt is on the ground coordinating the new power structure the U.S. wants in place when the “new coalition” forces the Ukraine government out. We also hear Nuland and Pyatt discuss Russia’s opposition to the prospects for new leadership and we hear Nuland say Vice President Joe Biden is available to come in on the situation if needed.

    Keep in mind this conversation took place BEFORE regime change happened in Ukraine!

    http://www.libertynews.com/2014/03/undeniable-proof-the-u-s-state-department-puppet-masters-fueled-and-orchestrated-the-ukraine-regime-change-audio-included/

  30. (Reuters) – Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum on the decision in 10 days’ time in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

    The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow’s rule came as European Union leaders held an emergency summit groping for ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation.

  31. foxyladi14
    March 6, 2014 at 11:29 am
    ——————–
    After they gave the Nobel Prize to Obama for doing nothing, I see no reason why they should not give the prize to Putin for doing nothing. Of course there are those nasty boys in masks in the Crimea, he knew nothing about this, condemned it, said he would get to the bottom of it, after an exhaustive investigation which took place over lunch with no live witneses concluded that there was not a smidgeon of evidence that they were KGB agents. It is hard to keep up with the machinations of big media beloved Harvard trained Obama, but KGB trained Vlad the Impaler is just the man to do it. He is a mench, and Obama is an insipid weakling. But big media loves him, promotes him and that gives him a 20% cushion with the electorate. Putin on the other hand has a 100% cushion with his electorate. And he is underwhelmed by the firie speeches of Obama, because he knows what big media does not: action talks and bullshit walks.

  32. I think they will hold Learner in contempt and sooner rather than later. With the mid term elections approaching, they will want to assure their base in general and support groups in particular that they have their backs. I think this will happen in thirty days, and it will wipe the smirk off Lerner’s face.

  33. The first instinct of the consultants will be to take a poll on Lerner before taking any action against her. Certainly the gutless RINO will be keen to do that. But this may be one of those rare instances where they disregard the advice of their seldom right but never in doubt consultants, and go for the throat. I said thirty days, but two weeks would be a better approximation. If they do not act within that time interval, it is less likely that they will act at all.

  34. My assumption is that their investigation has plumbed the well, and there is no additional information to be discovered. The political incentive to act is clear, and it will be balanced against the benefit of further disclosures if any. That is an imponderable, and it could extend to time table a bit longer, but not much.

  35. The counterveiling possibility is that moving against her now could free up some collateral testimony from other witnesses, who have been waiting to see if she can slip the noose. Time will tell.

  36. Update: Why did Barack Obama stage a briefing just now? There were no questions. The little news provided could have been transmitted in a Twitter tweet. So why did Obama make an on-camera announcement? Is it just the usual Barack Obama publicity stunt staged for his daily fix of celebrity? More likely this announcement means: V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N. As usual before he goes on vacation Barack Obama does some very public pretend work at the departure point and the destination point then it is snooze, snooze, snooze. This will be the third Obama vacation this year. It’s early March. One vacation a month. The message is sent to all the world about what Obama considers important. Strong leader Vladimir Putin is busy at work.

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  37. Executive Order ­ Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine

    I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, find that the actions and policies of persons ­ including persons who have asserted governmental authority in the Crimean region without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine ­ that undermine democratic processes and institutions in Ukraine; threaten its peace, security, stability, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; and contribute to the misappropriation of its assets, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat. I hereby order:

    Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person (including any foreign branch) of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in: any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

    Blah Blah Blah . . . .
    http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/executive-order-blocking-property-of-certain-persons-contributing-to-the-situation-in-ukraine/78894#comments

  38. Vladimir Putin has put President Barack Obama’s vacation plans on hold.

    Obama is headed to Coral Reef High School in the southern part of Miami, Fla., on Friday for an event about education and the economy that first lady Michelle Obama had been expected to attend as well. What hadn’t been known was that Obama’s daughters were planning to come with them, and that the four were going to extend the trip for a brief family getaway.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/obama-vacation-plans-vladimir-putin-russia-104319.html#ixzz2vDhVWh22

  39. More troubles for ObamaCare defenders to defend against:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacobfischler/nearly-10000-las-vegas-casino-workers-might-go-on-strike-bec

    Nearly 10,000 Las Vegas Casino Workers Might Go On Strike Because Of Obamacare

    “The biggest hurdle to reaching settlements in Vegas is the new costs imposed on our health plan by Obamacare,” Unite Here President Donald “D” Taylor said.

    WASHINGTON — Contract negotiations are stalled for thousands of workers at casinos on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas to the point where they may go on strike — and the sticking point is Obamacare.

    On Feb. 20, thousands of housekeepers, porters, cooks, cocktail servers, and others represented by Nevada’s largest union, the Culinary Union Local 226, voted to end a contract extension the workers agreed to last summer. The union wants to maintain its current benefits — including health care coverage at no cost to workers, pensions, and guaranteed 40-hour workweeks.

    Rising health care costs due to provisions in the Affordable Care Act could put those benefits in jeopardy, the union says.

    “The biggest hurdle to reaching settlements in Vegas is the new costs imposed on our health plan by Obamacare,” Donald “D” Taylor, president of Unite Here, the parent union of CU Local 226, told BuzzFeed in a statement. “Even though the president and Congress promised we could keep our health plan, the reality is, unless the law is fixed, that won’t be true.” [snip]

    Union leaders have long voiced concern over the health care law’s effect on their Taft-Hartley plans, which are collectively bargained plans maintained by multiple employers and a labor union. Under the Affordable Care Act, Taft-Hartley plan recipients (like the members of CU 226) are not eligible for tax subsidies. That makes some union employees more expensive for employers who provide health care, making employers less agreeable when it comes time to foot the bill.

    Taylor has been outspoken about his displeasure with President Barack Obama’s signature health care law for some time, going as far as meeting with one of his top critics, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, earlier this year. This is a far cry from how most union leaders have handled their Obamacare grievances — often toeing the line between admitting the law needs changes and actually criticizing the administration.

    You can’t just order people to do stuff,” Taylor told the Washington Post in January. “If their health plan gets wrecked, why would they then go campaign for the folks responsible for wrecking their health care?

    The chickens… are coming home… to roost….

  40. ObamaCare defenders beware. More chickens coming home:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/health-insurance-marketplaces-signing-up-few-uninsured-americans-surveys-say/2014/03/06/cdae3152-a54d-11e3-84d4-e59b1709222c_print.html

    Health insurance marketplaces signing up few uninsured Americans, surveys say

    The new health insurance marketplaces appear to be making little headway so far in signing up Americans who lack health insurance, the Affordable Care Act’s central goal.

    A pair of surveys released on Thursday suggest that just one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private health plans through the new marketplace have signed up for one — and that about half of uninsured adults has looked for information on the online exchanges or plans to look.

    Taken together, the snapshots shown by the surveys provide preliminary answers to what has been one of the biggest mysteries since HealthCare.gov and separate state marketplaces opened last fall: Are they attracting their prime audience?

    One of the surveys, by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., shows that, of people who had signed up for coverage through the marketplaces by last month, just one-fourth described themselves as having been without insurance for most of the past year.

    The survey also attempted to gauge what has been another fuzzy matter: how many of the people actually have the insurance for which they signed up. Under federal rules, coverage begins only if someone has started to pay their monthly insurance premiums.

    And, the survey show, that just over half of uninsured people said they had started to pay, compared with nearly nine in 10 of those signing up on the exchanges who said they were simply switching from one health plan to another. [snip]

    “If there is one point to the law, it is to lower the number of uninsured,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health policy organization. “Ultimately, that has to happen for the law to be judged a success.” [snip]

    The McKinsey survey also found, as it had during the previous few months, that, of people who are uninsured and do not intend to get a health plan through the marketplaces, the biggest factor is that they believe they could not afford one.

    Unaffordable Scam Act. For this they robbed Medicare.

    The chickens… are coming home… to roost… then defecate over ObamaCare supporters.

  41. Hillary Clinton: Obamacare too important to turn back

    Hillary Clinton showed more signs of flexibility Wednesday on how Obamacare is implemented, but she insisted the law is too important to “turn the clock back.”

    In a question-and-answer session following a lecture at UCLA, Clinton suggested she’s open to different ways of achieving the health law’s goals. She praised Arkansas ­ the state where she and her husband rose to political fame ­ for carrying out a new approach to expanding Medicaid coverage, by using the federal money to buy private health insurance for more than 100,000 low-income residents.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/hillary-clinton-obamacare-too-important-104314.html#ixzz2vE8kTJkq

  42. Speaking of the uninsured turning away from getting expensive ObamaCare, in CA there are tv ads running, saying the less money you make, the more help you will get from signing up for the new Califoria Care health insurance.

    This isn’t the free health care the obots thought they, as self-proclaimed 99%ers would get.

    Too bad, so sad.

  43. Hillary Clinton: Obamacare too important to turn back
    ———————
    Well, by taking this position, she is making 2016 about Obamacare, Benghazi and Obama III.

    The right track wrong track analysis tells the story.

    With Obama’s policies, there is not hope for a return to prosperity.

    It is obvious the other side will exploit this.

    The only remaining question was who would I select to run against her.

    Race, youth and the American dream would be the criteria.

    It would not be Ryan–he is a technocrat.

    It would not be Christie–he is a bully.

    There is a practical question here as well:

    What is it about Obamacare that is too important to turn back on?

    The future rationing of health care, because that is the thinking behind it.

  44. And if Bachman is right, and if my own experiences campaigning for Hillary are any indication, there is not the pent up demand for a woman president that there was for a black president. The guilt factor among whites is the missing element. I continue to believe that the path to victory for her is the third way and the path to defeat in the general election is Obama III.

  45. And Jeb Bush? A non starter, with a name that is box office poison.

    But a candidate with the above credentials plus the financial backing of the Bush organization?

    Bingo.

    That who I would go with IF I were on the other side.

    This ain’t rocket science/

  46. Justice Stewart famously said I cannot define obscenity, but I know it when I see it.

    When I saw the above executive order which begins, “I Barack (Hussein) Obama President of the United States”, the burden of proof for obscenity was met.

  47. she’s open to different ways of achieving the health law’s goals.
    ———————-
    Dam it.

    I did not read far enough.

    That qualifying statement should be written in Haec Verba.

    That IS the third way.

    (Sorry.)

  48. re: Admin @ 4:51 & 4:59…and the Ocare chickens coming home to roost…

    You said it…and thank you for being clear and not trying to cloud the bottom line truth…

    …as you said, Ocare has robbed Medicare

    and in addition, has increased costs for the struggling middle class with higher premiums, deductibles, loss of doctors and drugs…and good hospitals…

    who needs this?

    Ocare is turning us into a third world country where we are forced to accept inferior care and if we are “smart” work less so the govt will pay for the inferior care…

    plus…millions and millions of dollars gone into the abyss…from a useless federal website and some state exchanges that are non functioning…

    …and again, at the expense of our privacy and identity safety…

    as for example, Oregon…300 million dollars and not one person signed up on that site…

    and on top of all that, very suspect political waivers given to O buddies…he chooses who he wants to spare from his scam and makes the rest of us pay for it…

    and now he wants even another two year extension to try to pull the Dims over the election finish line and leave it all for the next President to sort out…

    this scam is hurting so many more people than it is helping…especially the middle class…just heard a report today that not only are many hospitals not included in Ocare, but many necessary drugs are not covered…drugs that could cost people their lives…

    and did you hear O wants to spends millions more on new hires for the IRS…more intrusion into our private and personal lives…

    if the Dims, including Hillary cannot see this damage then there is something very, very wrong…Is this what they have come to stand for? imho…Hillary cannot, emphasis cannot, support Ocare…she has to take the good things and start over…this is an Octupus that will destroy us…

    at least some in Congress are trying to take some action, as little as it may be at this time:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/bill-make-fine-0-violating-individual-mandate-passes-90-votes_784223.html

  49. Trump did mention the election in 2016 and he said that they would probably be running against Hillary, and she will be hard to beat.

  50. Update II: Who best represents a clown but another clown? Who best as spokesman for a clown not qualified to be president than a clown not qualified to be a spokesman? Exhibit A comes from today’s press briefing on Ukraine by clown Carney: Why no, Obama does not regret being dismissive of Mitt Romney on Russia. Take a look at the embarrassment:



    Weep America, weep. The Russians have a strong leader. We have clowns.

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  51. Here you go Shadowfax:

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/donald-trump-ditches-teleprompter-at-cpac-goes-off-on-obama-the-chinese-and-immigration/

    Donald Trump Ditches Teleprompter at CPAC, Goes Off on Obama, the Chinese, and Immigration

    “How do you pay off 17 trillion,” he asked. “Nobody ever heard the expression a number of years ago – the word ‘trillion.’”

    “China, which I’ve been talking about for the last five years, yesterday – right in our face – they just devalued our currency,” Trump said. “What they’re really saying is, ‘We’re really ripping you big league. Nobody’s ever done it better than us, but now we’re going to really do it again.’” He said that China can “get away” with this behavior because America’s leadership is “weak” and “pathetic.”

    They have no respect for our leader and, frankly, they have no respect any longer for our great country,” Trump asserted.

    He went on to critique the administration’s “phony” jobs statistics, saying that they were calculated in such a way to suggest the unemployment rate is lower than it is in reality.

    “We’re getting into Jimmy Carter territory,” Trump said of Obama’s polls. “I think, maybe, by next month we will have surpassed the late, great Jimmy Carter.”

    “Conservative Republicans, we’re going to take the Senate,” he predicted. Trump added that the 2016 race against likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would be winnable because the Affordable Care Act will be even more unpopular than it is today.

    “Whoever’s president, good luck,” he continued. He said that analysts he is reading are predicting “economic catastrophe” for 2016 – 2018.

    Moving to foreign policy, Trump insisted that American schools and infrastructure cannot be built at home “because we don’t have any money, because we’re spending it in other places where, frankly, they don’t want us and I don’t want them.”

    Trump added that China, which he does not dislike personally, cannot get enough Trump. “My apartments, my ties, they love me,” he said. “I’ve got the largest bank in the world from China – Chinese bank – largest in the world, biggest bank in China, is my tenant.”

    “Obamacare has to be changed,” he went on. “Immigration – we’re either a country, or we’re not. We either have borders or we don’t.

    In closing, he said he did not appreciate Republican plans, specifically those of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), to reform the structure of the major entitlements. He said that he would prefer that the United States be rich enough to continue to meet those growing legacy obligations in perpetuity.

  52. Trump understands that SS is not an entitlement.

    As usual he sounds good, but doesn’t care for the day in and day work that would entail with a Presidency.

    Admin, spot on.

  53. admin
    March 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm
    Here you go Shadowfax:

    ———
    Thanks Admin.

    Trump is the only Rethug I have any respect for at this point. I agree with him on so many issues, he is more like an old time Democrat than what the Elephant has been pushing. He puts his money where his mouth is and yet, he doesn’t move the Republican party.

    The only way he thinks Hillary will lose is if the country is in such a mess by 2016 that the Repubs may win by an electorate that that swings to the right. (I don’t agree with him on this, of course.)

    He is at CPAC, so I can give him a pass on this. He didn’t rip down Hillary at all, so he is still okay by me.

  54. Take a look at the embarrassment:

    ——–
    Seriously, that was beyond pitiful, but he fits well with this administration.

    Cheech and Chong

  55. “The guilt factor among whites is the missing element. I continue to believe that the path to victory for her is the third way and the path to defeat in the general election is Obama III.”

    ___________

    Oh I think you can be certain there’s not a guilt factor when it comes to putting a female in the WH. The Repubs pretty much see women as brood cows, and the Dims could not give less of a damn about women, as we saw in 2008. They have used and abused female party loyals for years. Some of us women are every bit as angry about gender bias as the Black Panthers ever were about racism.

    I totally agree that HRC’s success will depend on her embracing the the third way. A poll this week showed that 1/4 of Pub would vote for Hillary in general election. Obviously, if she goes all neo-libprog, she can forget those votes. I’ll be back with the link, to the study later. Gotta work a little while.

  56. Amusement time, but why does it have to be a “pink” eye:

    http://pagesix.com/2014/03/06/bob-costas-olympic-pink-eye-from-botched-botox/

    Bob Costas’ Olympic pink eye from ‘botched Botox’

    Bob Costas got his infamous case of Olympic pink eye from botched Botox, a source claims to Page Six.

    NBC’s prime-time Olympics host, who had to take a six-day absence after coming down with viral conjunctivitis in both eyes, contracted the infection after a Botox procedure to smooth out wrinkles prior to the Olympics. Our source said, “Bob’s eye infection was due to botched Botox. This isn’t the first time he’s had it.”

    NBC strongly denies that Costas — who arrived to host the games in Sochi with a forehead smoother than the Olympic luge track — developed the infection from a Botox procedure.

    A spokesperson from NBC Sports insisted to us, “This has zero truth to this. Zero.”

    Maybe someday Big Media will report on John Kerry’s ironed face. If it was Hillary or Palin a dragnet of reporters would be dispatched to fetch or concoct the details.

  57. Is this a plot to assure Hillary the nomination? 🙂 🙂

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/vermonts-bernie-sanders-readies-2016-run-blasts-clinton-type-of-politics/article/2545239

    Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders is readying a potential 2016 presidential primary challenge to Hillary Clinton, claiming that the “same old same old … Clinton type of politics” won’t solve the problems of the nation.

    I am prepared to run for president of the United States. I don’t believe that I am the only person out there who can fight this fight, but I am certainly prepared to look seriously at that race,” he told The Nation’s John Nichols.

    Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with the Democrats, has toyed with a presidential bid before, but this is the furthest he’s gone in announcing his bid. While he hasn’t begun fundraising, Sanders said he is discussing a run with key advisors. [snip]

    Progressives have been eager for somebody to challenge Clinton, seen as unwilling to call for big liberal programs.

    Sanders, 72, seemed to agree in his Nation interview.

    “Look, I am not here to be attacking Hillary Clinton,” he said. “But I think, sad to say, that the Clinton type of politics is not the politics certainly that I’m talking about. We are living in the moment in American history where the problems facing the country, even if you do not include climate change, are more severe than at any time since the Great Depression. And if you throw in climate change, they are more severe.

    “So the same old same old [Clinton administration Secretary of the Treasury] Robert Rubin type of economics, or centrist politics, or continued dependence on big money, or unfettered free-trade, that is not what this country needs ideologically. That is not the type of policy that we need. And it is certainly not going to be the politics that galvanizes the tens of millions of people today who are thoroughly alienated and disgusted with the status quo. People are hurting, and it is important for leadership now to explain to them why they are hurting and how we can grow the middle class and reverse the economic decline of so many people. And I don’t think that is the politics of Senator Clinton or the Democratic establishment.”

    Sanders said that the party has to offer an alternative view and even hinted at a third-party run.

    “My experience and my political instinct tells me that a lot of the discussions about 2016 are minimizing the profound disgust that people are having now with the status quo — and they’re desperate for a message that addresses that disgust. If I run, I’m not going to be raising hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars. I think I have the capability of raising a lot of money and that’s important, but that at the end of the day is not going to be what’s most important. What’s most important is this idea of a political revolution — rallying the working families of this country around a vision that speaks to their needs. People need to understand that, if we are prepared to stand up to Wall Street and the big-money interests, we can create a nation that works for all Americans, and not just the handful of billionaires.”

    Why didn’t Bernie run in 2012? All that talk against “big-money interests” and against the “status quo” describe Obama to a 0. Will the DailyKooks vilify Bernie because he is too old – like they did/do McCain and Hillary? Wasn’t B.O. the revolution, messiah?

  58. The prigs just refuse to accept that they have had their 15 minute,s and they’re done. Obama is expected to lose the senate for the Dems, in spite of his efforts to buy Dem voters by giving away everything and the kitchen sink in every kind of sneaky freebie program from his cell phone giveaway program to food stamps for everyone, regardless of income.

    Barack hasn’t done enough damage to this country, so Bernie plans to throw his hat into the ring. Go ahead, Bernie. Bring it.

    Poll says 1/4 Republicans would consider voting for HRC.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/04/poll-a-quarter-of-republicans-say-they-would-vote-for-clinton-in-2016/

  59. Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders is readying a potential 2016 presidential primary challenge to Hillary Clinton, claiming that the “same old same old … Clinton type of politics” won’t solve the problems of the nation.

    ————————
    I can hear the cuckoo singing in the cukaberry tree (00-039)

  60. although it could actually not be Putin but Sergey Ivanov, Putins chief of staff, its deffo one of those 2.

  61. Udall better watch his back.
    ===

    Obama knew CIA secretly monitored intelligence committee, senator claims

    White House declines to comment after Mark Udall says agency spied on staffers preparing scathing report into CIA torture after 9/11

    A leading US senator has said that President Obama knew of an “unprecedented action” taken by the CIA against the Senate intelligence committee, which has apparently prompted an inspector general’s inquiry at Langley.

    The subtle reference in a Tuesday letter from Senator Mark Udall to Obama, seeking to enlist the president’s help in declassifying a 6,300-page inquiry by the committee into torture carried out by CIA interrogators after 9/11, threatens to plunge the White House into a battle between the agency and its Senate overseers.

    More: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/obama-cia-senate-intelligence-committee-torture

  62. Hey! Donna Brazille! How’s that “New Democratic Coalition” thing working out for you.
    ________________

    March 07, 2014, 07:40 am

    “Half of Millennials call themselves independent”
    By Mario Trujillo

    Half of Millennials do not identify with either major political party, though they tend to vote Democratic, according to a poll released Friday.

    A Pew poll analyzing the group, which it describes as people between the ages of 18 and 33, found that 50 percent identify as political independents — that is up 12 points since 2004.

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/200173-half-of-millennials-call-themselves-independent#ixzz2vHiDzT46

  63. The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun

    According to a report in Kommersant-Ukraine, the finance ministry of Washington’s stooges in Kiev who are pretending to be a government has prepared an economic austerity plan that will cut Ukrainian pensions from $160 to $80 so that Western bankers who lent money to Ukraine can be repaid at the expense of Ukraine’s poor. http://www.kommersant.ua/doc/2424454 It is Greece all over again.

    Before anything approaching stability and legitimacy has been obtained for the puppet government put in power by the Washington orchestrated coup against the legitimate, elected Ukraine government, the Western looters are already at work. Naive protesters who believed the propaganda that EU membership offered a better life are due to lose half of their pension by April. But this is only the beginning.

    The corrupt Western media describes loans as “aid.” However, the 11 billion euros that the EU is offering Kiev is not aid. It is a loan. Moreover, it comes with many strings, including Kiev’s acceptance of an IMF austerity plan.

    Remember now, gullible Ukrainians participated in the protests that were used to overthrow their elected government, because they believed the lies told to them by Washington-financed NGOs that once they joined the EU they would have streets paved with gold. Instead they are getting cuts in their pensions and an IMF austerity plan.

    See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/the-looting-of-ukraine-has-begun_032014#sthash.OLBOInSP.dpuf

  64. In order to hold onto the senate, Democrats may have to begin mobilizing two critical components of the Dem Coalition that helped Obama get the Democratic nomination in 2008 – the Corpse Coalition, the Cartoon Character Coalition. Real life voters just aren’t all that into the Dems, right now.
    _____________

    “Do Most Americans Agree With Democrats on the Issues?”
    By David Harsanyi – March 7, 2014

    According to the many experts, Republicans are expected to hold the House and could even take the Senate. This seems to be a perplexing turn of events for many in the media.

    “Poll: Democrats’ advantage on key issues is not translating to a midterm-election edge,” reads the headline of a Washington Post piece by Dan Balz and Scott Clement examining the guts of a Washington Post-ABC News poll — which, in turn, is titled “Democrats hold issue advantage, but not on 2014 midterm vote.”

    Take health care. The authors explain that despite “the problems with the health-care law’s implementation” (because only the “implementation” has been problematic, right?), “Democrats maintain an edge over Republicans on which party Americans trust to deal with the issue, by a margin of 44 percent to 36 percent.”

    In hypothetical terms, Democrats do hold a lead on the “trust” between the two parties — a lead that has significantly contracted since Barack Obama held 20-point leads on a Republican challenger back in 2008. More significantly, though, what the authors left out of the story was that 15 percent of extraordinarily sensible voters say they don’t trust either party to handle their health care choices.

    Once we recalculate, adding in those numbers, here’s what the poll actually tells us:

    –Americans who want Democrats running their health care: 44 percent.

    –Americans who do not want Democrats running their health care: 51 percent.

    In fact, the very same Washington Post ran a post titled “Don’t trust either political party? Then you’ve probably thought about voting Republican in 2014,” which makes the case that disgruntled and independent voters are breaking toward the GOP. Why does it matter? Not long ago, Gallup found that 42 percent of Americans identified as political independents in 2013. It’s the highest percentage the pollster has recorded since it began asking the question.

    (snip)

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com

  65. New poll. 🙂

    A new opinion poll gives President Obama a record low job approval rating, with the biggest erosion in support seen in the area of improving America’s image around the world.

    The headline finding in the Fox News poll: For the first time since Obama took office five years ago, voter approval of his job performance dropped below 40 percent. Thirty-eight percent of respondents approved, 54 percent disapproved.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/poll-gives-obama-fail-improving-america-s-global-image

  66. More from that link. 🙂

    At some point, Harry Reid’s office received word of what was going on, and phoned Biden’s office, who in turn, told the senator’s people they could go f*ck themselves. The Vice President was not going to play along on this one. Apparently, Biden is already on edge, complaining that he should have some kind of role in all of the Ukraine “stuff”, which is being dominated by Secretary of State John Kerry, who the Biden people are also suspicious of wanting to run for president in 2016.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2014/03/05/capitol-update-joe-biden-staff-harry-reid-can-go-fck-himself/

  67. President Obama has called Vladimir Putin “the bored kid in the back of the classroom,” putting on an unsmiling, tough-guy “shtick.” Hillary Clinton just compared the Russian president to Hitler. The State Department says Putin’s reasoning on Ukraine amounts to “two plus two equals five.” Republican House Speaker Boehner branded him a “thug.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly said he is “in another world.” And George W. Bush complained that debating policy with him was “like arguing with an eighth grader with his facts wrong” and called him “cold-blooded” to his face.

    http://news.yahoo.com/putin-is-not-crazy–frustrating–unpredictable–not-crazy-174921588.html

  68. foxyladi14
    March 7, 2014 at 10:48 am
    ———————————
    An unfortunate visage for America to be presenting to the world.

  69. Guess where Obama, Mooch, the Moochlets, Granny, and the assorted servants are going to spend the weekend?…

    because they really need to kick back and rest up from their last vacation.

    How about a nice little golf and sunshine get away at the Ocean Reef Resort in Key Largo?

    Not sure where you’ll be this weekend. I’ll be at work.

    Isn’t this like giving the middle finger to every working person in this country who, in all probability, will be working on their taxes this weekend?

    To quote one of my favorite customers who is retired military, “I can’t believe someone hasn’t capped his ass.”

    http://adriennescatholiccorner.blogspot.com/2014/03/guess-where-obama-mooch-moochlets.html

  70. ” Leanora
    March 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

    The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun
    ******
    I haven’t a clue of what is going on in the Ukraine but something stinks when EU and US support mob overthrow of elected govt.

    Here is another “take”:

    “The fascist danger in Ukraine”

    “A politically sinister propaganda offensive is underway in the media to either deny the involvement of fascists in the US-backed coup in Ukraine or present their role as a marginal and insignificant detail.
    ****
    The reality is that, for the first time since 1945, an avowedly anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi party controls key levers of state power in a European capital, courtesy of US and European imperialism. The unelected Ukrainian government, headed by US appointee Arseniy Yatsenyuk, includes no fewer than six ministers from the fascist Svoboda party.

    Less than a year ago, the World Jewish Congress called for Svoboda to be banned. But the party’s founder and leader, Oleh Tyahnybok, who has spoken repeatedly of his determination to crush the “Russkie-Yid mafia that controls Ukraine,” was feted by US and European Union officials as they prepared last month’s coup.
    ***
    Svoboda was the major political force in the Maidan protests that overthrew Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. In return for providing the shock troops for the coup, it has been given control of vital ministries.

    Svoboda co-founder Andriy Parubiy acted as “security commandant” in the protests, directing attacks by the Right Sector—an alliance of fascists and extreme right-wing nationalists, including the paramilitary Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian National Self Defense (UNA-UNSO). Dressed in uniforms modelled on Hitler’s Waffen SS, its members boast of fighting Russia in Chechnya, Georgia and Afghanistan.
    ***
    etc…etc…

    “Journalism” today is agenda driven propaganda so who knows what “reality” is.

  71. freespirit

    More evidence emerging on the Lerner matter which corroborrates the worst of my suspicions. In essence, what you have:

    1. radical black president

    2. who appoints a radical black attorney general who has lied to congress and been held in contempt for doing so, and has spearheded efforts to corrupt the voting process nation-wide

    3. who appoints a radical black US Attorney who is a major bundler for that radical black president rather than a special prosecutor, which is standard operating procedure in cases such as this

    4. who assigs the case to the radical black controlled civil rights division, which has taken the position new black panthers at who threaten white voters with imminent bodily harm at a voting place in Philadelphia are not amenable to prosecution because the voting rights act does not protect white people–only blacks

    5. who meet with an IRS boss who at the direction of officials of said radical black president wilfully, wantonly and criminally abuse her office to silence the voice of predominantly, but not exclusively white political organizations exercising their First Amendment rights, while fast tracking efforts by similarly situated black organizations to press their political views, as evidenced by a chain of emails. And who, when she her treachery was uncovered by the government auditor, took various forms of evasive action to exhonerate herself and evade prosecution.

    6. who under color of conducting a fair and impartial investigation, decline to interiew the victims of this crime as per the normal procedure and instead aid and abet the corrupt IRS boss who took her orders from officials high up in the Administraton of the radical black president efforts to thwart a congressional investigation into this scandal

    7. who then enlist the assistance of the radical black minority chairman who by his own ommission was installed in that position in lieu of a moderate white democar to stop the Chairman from completing the investigation, and claim from that the misconduct was confined to the Cincinatti office, and that the investigaton is motivated by racism

    8. who then conspires with the IRS boss and the chairman and radicals in the radical black civil rights industry to set up the Chairman of the committee, by promising to testify, but when she appears she reverses herself and re-assert the Fifth Amendment, whereupon the Chairman adjouns the meeting.

    9. Whereupon the radical black minority leader begins reading a diatribe into the record, seeks to have the IRS boss offer a prepared statement exonerating herself and the Chairman excuses the witness and cuts off the mike. The rules of parliamentary procedure having been broken, he would not allow the radical black congressman to cover up the crime, and to turn the proceeding into a kangroo court.

    10. Whereupon the radical black president’s adminstration calls on blac race hustlers of record, such the Reverend Jessee Jackson to go on our corrupt big media and claim that the Committee Chairman–An Arab American a racist. That chairman is then criticized by the weak kneed RINOs for not letting the radical black minority leader tell more lies.

    Not exactly what Dr. Martin Luther King had in mind.

    This is the state of the country, the state of the Democratic party (who voted unamimously to have the Chairman removed), and finally the state of big media. Last night, for the first time, Bill O’Reilly uttered the very words I have been insisting upon for five years–not that big media is liberal, but that there are corrupt, in the worst sense of the word. That being the case, plans must be made to minimize their role in the election process, if we are to avoid dictatorship.

  72. SHV

    March 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    ” Leanora
    March 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

    The Looting Of Ukraine Has Begun
    ———–
    One of the things Soros and the Brzezneski group in the CIA (the arc of instablity crowd who unleashed radical Islam against the Soviet Union–something Putin calls the demise of the Soviet Union one of the greatest tragedies of the twenetieh century has not forgotten). After toppling the pro soviet regime, they installed oligarchs who were referred to a a mafia. One of the people in the middle of this was professor Jeffrey Saxe. They bought the government assets at bargain basement prices and sold them at a killing. Saxe was mainly window dressing–going to teach them how to build a 21st century economy based on the timeless principles of the Harvard Business review. The real beneficiary was Soros, and other western European types—city of london etc. At the end of it all, Soros told a newsman the old Soviet Empire is now the Soros empire. Of course, this is all just conspiracy theory, according to big media. Interestingly enough however Browkaw Moyers and others just happen by some odd coincidence to be on his payroll. And just by coincidence, Soros owns an interest in over 200 newspapers in 150 countries. Obviously, newspapers are a better investment than most people realize.

  73. wbboei
    d
    Not exactly what Dr. Martin Luther King had in mind.

    This is the state of the country, the state of the Democratic party (who voted unamimously to have the Chairman removed), and finally the state of big media. Last night, for the first time, Bill O’Reilly uttered the very words I have been insisting upon for five years–not that big media is liberal, but that there are corrupt, in the worst sense of the word. That being the case, plans must be made to minimize their role in the election process, if we are to avoid dictatorship.

    —————-

    So true. It’s not just that media have a progressive bias, although that would be bad enough, they are corrupt.

    wobbly
    March 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    What this adds up to is a growing unwillingness by the public to trust the democratic label.

    —————–

    Exactly. Their brand or label is all that’s left of the Big Tent Party. All image – no substance, just like the party leader.

  74. What do you think about this comment? Admin.

    Today is the deadline for Ukraine to pay their gas bill to Russia.
    Putin could shut down Ukraine and Germany and Austria and France with the throw of a switch.
    As for our “sanctions”, Putin could destroy our economy anytime he wants by dumping his Treasury Bills and switching to the Chinese Yuan as reserve currency.
    I’m sure the preparations have already been made.

  75. Foxyladi14, your entire premise can be answered in one word, “Finlandization“. Putin does not have to shut down gas to Ukraine, Germany, Austria, or France. These countries know that Putin knows that they know that Putin knows that they know that Putin can shut down energy to them at the throw of a switch. Finland, did not have to be told they had to tread lightly around the Russian bear. Finland was very careful not to antagonize the Russians, thereby “Finlandization”.

    Ukraine will resist the Russians because they are fighting for something more than energy. Ukraine is fighting for its right to self determination (claims from Dennis Kucinich and some right wing outlets that Ukraine leaders are Nazis etc. nothwithstanding).

    Germany, Austria, France, along with other European countries (Czech Republic gets 100% of its gas from Russia) don’t have to be threatened to know they are threatened. That’s why they are reticent to do what needs to be done. That’s why we wrote that if we had an American president who r-e-s-p-e-c-t-e-d American values (s)he would rally the West by explaining the importance of resisting totalitarianism (whether old fashioned Czarist or Muslim theocracy).

    Putin shutting off energy supplies to Europe would also shut off payments to Russia so he has to be careful. Putin attacking the American economy would also hurt Russian oligarchs who are heavily invested in safe American/Western economies not to mention China and its vast holdings of American debt.

  76. OT

    Jerry Brown’s Revenge

    Let’s review. Just a few years ago California was a punching bag for conservative scolds — a failed state, profligate with its spending and promiscuous with its ambition. Ungovernable. And everybody’s leaving.

    Mitt Romney compared California to bankrupt Greece. Texas Governor Rick Perry said it was anti-business. (Howdy, Google and Facebook, say hello to Amarillo.) And Fox News, well, take the above and add a series of bluster blasts that will not withstand fact checking.

    Now some recent headlines: “California Projects $4.6 Billion Surplus.” “California Among the National Leaders in Job Creation.”

    First, raising taxes does not kill job creation, but it does annoy job creators. At Brown’s urging, voters in 2012 approved, by a healthy margin, a plan to raise taxes on the high end. This new money is the biggest reason why the state went from a $25 billion budget deficit to a projected surplus of almost $5 billion. Instead of building more prisons, California has restored the funding flow to its once-vaunted public university system.

    At the same time, job growth has been robust. Trying to poach payrolls in this state, Governor Perry said, “I hear building a business in California is next to impossible.” Maybe a traditional business. But not the new-century kind. California leads the nation in new high-tech, bio-tech and manufacturing jobs, a result in part that Brown attributes to the “yeasty and innovative” nature of the state. Perry can’t duplicate that, no matter how many corporate subsidies he passes around.

    —–

    I haven’t been basking in the milk and honey, but it’s also not Detroit. Jerry proved he still has it.

  77. CNN showing breaking news!! Obama calls Merkel. WOW. He used his phone and called Angela Merkel. Could he be any greater? Have you ever seen such courage

  78. This is a good article explaining why the ObamaCare website, and an example of the website Oregon wanted made by Oracle to meet their needs, that is still a multi-million dollar flop…

    What Oracle’s Botched Obamacare Site Says About the Future of the Web

    It’s bad enough that the state of Oregon has paid software giant Oracle over $100 million to build a healthcare exchange site that doesn’t work. But it now appears that Oregon is stuck with Oracle, unable to simply hire another firm to finish the job.

    It’s the latest setback for the troubled Obamacare rollout, and it provides a classic example of an old-school IT provider lagging behind the new and more effective way of building massive web operations — the open source approach behind mega-scale websites like Google and Facebook.

    Last September, as it became clear that the site wouldn’t be ready for the October 1 launch date, Oregon stopped paying Oracle. The company kept working until last week, when it pulled 100 contractors from the project, demanding $69.5 million for the work it had completed since September. This week, The Oregonian reports, the state agreed to pay $43.9 million of its outstanding bill to get Oracle back to work to finish the project.

    You might think that Oregon officials would have been happy to see Oracle go, considering their $100 million site is still on the fritz. But making the service work properly will likely depend on knowledge held only by Oracle’s contractors. Oregon needs Oracle, at least for now. And that’s part of the problem: Oregon, like so many other IT customers over the years, is now locked into a contract with a vendor and has few options other than paying the company more or starting the project over from scratch.

    Doomed to Failure
    This debacle doesn’t look good for Oracle, but there’s plenty of blame to go around in Oregon. An audit found that state officials did a poor job defining the project’s scope and requirements, according to KATU News. That’s actually one of the main reasons that as many as 68 percent of all IT projects are doomed, according to IT analyst Michael Krigsman, who looks closely at the nature of project failures.

    But this isn’t just a failed IT project. It’s a public policy failure, and an indictment on an entire way of thinking about IT. Contractors generally either sell their own proprietary software or products from their partners, and design decisions are often so complex that only the original contractors can make sense of the software they produce. Replacing the contractors — or even adding new features to a legacy system — often means starting over from scratch. This predicament could have been avoided if a fresher approach to software architecture had been taken.

    Although CGI Federal — one of the firms hired to build Healthcare.gov — called the nation-wide project “unprecedented,” there are proven models for approaching similar problems. Companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have infrastructure that supports millions of users daily. When these companies faced unprecedented scaling problems, they didn’t turn to the Oracles and CGIs of the world. They turned to the open source community. And when Facebook couldn’t find open source tools to meet its needs, it built its own, and contributed them back to the community.

    Of course, these sites didn’t have to flip a switch and start serving millions of users overnight, as the healthcare exchanges did, but the lessons they learned in bringing their services to a massive scale shouldn’t be ignored. The whole point of open sourcing these projects was to save future generations from having to build large scale web services from scratch.

    And while something like Healthcare.gov likely needs more traditional database systems, rather than the new age data storage systems pioneered by Google and Amazon, there’s plenty government contractors could have learned from web companies. One of the many challenges the health care exchanges face is the need to pass information between many different systems. It just so happens that Facebook built a widely used tool for doing just that for its own internal use.

    In the case of the healthcare exchanges, we often don’t even know what technologies the contractors are using. That’s part of the problem.

    http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2014/03/oracle-oregon/

  79. Obama’s staff forced to defend President and Michelle’s weekend vacation to $2,500-a-night Florida resort amid Ukraine turmoil

    The crisis in Crimea won’t keep President Barack Obama from forging ahead with a weekend getaway with his wife and daughters in the Florida Keys.

    But it’s more than the Oval Office that will be dark as Russia’s incursion into Ukraine reaches its one week mark. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife are vacationing in the Virgin Islands. And national security adviser Susan Rice is traveling in the Middle East for meetings with her counterparts.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said ‘there’s always a chance’ Obama could cut a trip short and return to Washington, but this weekend’s vacation appeared solid.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2575454/Ukraine-doesnt-Obama-Florida-vacation.html#ixzz2vNI7oSoN

  80. Hear hear!
    International Women’s Day is marked worldwide
    …The Manila rally, at the Quirino grandstand,involved thousands of women standing in a giant human formation of the cross-like female scientific symbol. Not only was it a huge statement on behalf of women but the female formation could also make it into the Guinness Book of Records.
    http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/08/international-women-s-day-is-marked-worldwide/

    The photo at link is worth a look.

  81. Heartless!!
    ===

    MSNBC Describes Paralyzed TX Candidate’s ‘Matchstick-Thin Legs’

    On Friday, MSNBC reporter Zachary Roth described Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is paralyzed from the waist down, this way:

    The simple sight of him in his wheelchair­matchstick-thin legs dangling in front of him as he maneuvers himself around­is enough to set him apart from the parade of conservative Republican white men who talk about helping the job creators and seem never to have suffered a day in their lives.

    The description of Abbott’s “matchstick-thin legs” is incredible; MSNBC would never use a similar description with regard to, for example, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, nor would MSNBC describe the physical infirmities of Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) in such demeaning terms. But from the same network that routinely sings odes to State Sen. Wendy Davis, Abbott’s opponent, it’s no surprise, even though the article discusses Abbott’s “spine of steel.”

    http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/msnbc-describes-paralyzed-tx-candidates-matchstick-thin-legs#.UxoGbw4l_ew.twitter

  82. freespirit
    March 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    CNN showing breaking news!! Obama calls Merkel. WOW. He used his phone and called Angela Merkel. Could he be any greater? Have you ever seen such courage
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  83. Fits the Won to a T. 😆

    It’s a quality often found in narcissists, people who greatly admire themselves — such as a presidential candidate confident that he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, knows more about policy than his policy directors and is a better political director than his political director.

    If that sounds familiar, it’s a paraphrase of what President Obama told top political aide Patrick Gaspard in 2008, according to the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza.

    More recently, Obama’s narcissism has been painfully apparent as the United States suffers one reversal after another in world affairs. But it has been apparent ever since he started running for president in 2007.

    Candidate Obama campaigned not just as a critic of the policies of the opposing party’s president, as many candidates do, but he portrayed himself repeatedly as someone who, because he “looks different” from other presidents, would make America beloved and cherished in the world.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/michaelbarone/2014/03/07/obamas-mistaken-belief-that-others-see-the-world-as-he-sees-it-n1805218?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

  84. Well, I could be cynical I suppose. I could say something like if the racist anti semite in the White House destroys the left in the process of destroying the country, that is one point in his favor. Fortunately, I am not cynical. Repairman Jack however is. And by the way, cudos for his faculty lounge lectures to Putin about the right vs wrong side of history, and the march toward perfect democracy (spelled communism). Putin, who understands that possession is nine points of the law, is likely to come out of this thing smelling like a rose, i.e. with an honorary degree from Harvard (for sitting in on those dry boring lectures from the Messiah), plus de facto control of the old Soviet Empire, and a Nobel Prize nomination. Not a bad day’s work for an ex KGB man. But I do feel sorry for him for having to listen to those mawkish lectures from Obama. They are enough to turn your stomach.
    ————————————————
    What La Raza Learned From Vladimir Putin About Barack Obama

    The Alinskyite Gets His Community Organized

    By: Repair_Man_Jack (Diary) | March 7th, 2014 at 09:17 PM | 12

    Last guys don’t finish nice.

    -Saul Alinsky

    There is a lyric from an old Nine-Inch Nails song titled “Head Like A Hole” that describes how to properly negotiate with Barack Obama if you want him to respect your wishes. He understands power exactly the way Saul Alinsky taught him how to understand power. Here’s how you deal with a man who believes at his core that in life you are either the subject or the photographer at a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit.

    Bow down before the one you serve,
    You’re going to get what you deserve.

    This is not immediately clear to most Americans. I and most other people, want to believe our President shouldn’t be sharing very much in common with a Nine-Inch Nails song, but Vladimir Putin saw into his soul.* You see Barack Obama is currently jabbering over Russia’s aggressive posture towards the Ukraine. He told Comrade Vladimir the following:

    Earlier Thursday, Obama said at the White House,”We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders.” Obama was reacting to a vote in Crimea to join Russia — which is scheduled for a referendum in 10 days. Obama, echoed by the State Department, said this move would “violate the Ukrainian Constitution and violate international law.”

    Vladimir laughed. The Politburo laughed. Vladimir and the Politburo laughed. Afterwards, they were bemused that a man with so little to actually say continued to talk. Of course the Russian self-propelled artillery pieces were positioned to where their operators could best observe the Ukrainian referendum. This told the world everything that it needed to know about how to properly work with Barack Obama. The Pentagon, meanwhile studies Vladimir Putin’s body language to determine whether that upraised middle finger they keep seeing really means America is !Number One!

    With America’s international credibility fleeing in the same getaway car as the inventor of Bitcoin; the malefactors took notice. La Raza President Janet Murguia immediately decide to community organize Barack Obama into obeying her strident demands. She is preparing to publically condemn Barack Obama as “The Deporter-in-Chief.” She inveighs further below.

    “For the president, I think his legacy is at stake here,” Murguía said in an interview in advance of NCLR’s annual Capital Awards dinner, where she will deliver a speech lambasting Obama’s deportation policy. “We consider him the deportation president, or the deporter-in-chief.”

    The White House certainly got the point about Barack Obama’s legacy being at stake.** Valarie Jarrett, President Barack Obama’s first-line antibody against the assumption of professional responsibility for much of anything, quickly assumed position in defense of her liege. Her phone calls to Janet Murguia perhaps triggered EMP-like effects in the network that carried them. When Valarie Jarrett is “very disappointed,” considerable throw-weight gets chucked. Consider this response to be far more vigorous than any that either the president or Secretary Kerry would offer to the Cossack Horde preparing to move southwest into the Ukraine.

    And this response needs to be considerably vigorous. La Raza disputes the legitimacy of the Obama Presidency at a far more basic and realistic level than anyone waving around internet links to Tom Fife or demanding to see The Kenyan Birth-Certificate.™ Barack Obama can either continue on as a President or become a public utility accessible to the loudest and most obnoxious aggrieved political interest group. If Barack Obama has no desire to play Anastasia Steele to a revolving-door series of well-connected, K-Street Christian Grays, he needs to reestablish his cruelty; if not his dignity and gravitas. It may well be his presidency has melted down into an “Oderint Dum Metuant” stage. It will be a long and painful slog until 2016 as America watches this tragedy play out like a farce.

    *-Or perhaps just caught a whiff of the raw sewage.
    **-Or perhaps about to be burned at the stake.

  85. Breaking News update on the missing Airliner.

    Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirm that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysian airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.

    Italy’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday that an Italian man whose name was listed as being aboard is traveling in Thailand and was not aboard the plane.

    A foreign ministry functionary, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed Italian reports that Luigi Maraldi had reported his passport stolen last August.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/03/08/stolen-european-passports-on-missing-malaysian-airlines-flight/

  86. foxyladi14
    March 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

    admin
    March 7, 2014 at 5:12 pm
    __________________

    A very heart felt Thank you Admin.
    I knew I could count on you for a wise response. 🙂
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    A thoughtful question too. TY both so much for the context.

  87. I hope he wins 🙂

    It’s only been done once since the Civil War, but that isn’t stopping J.D. Winteregg.

    Winteregg, an Ohio high school French teacher turned tea party advocate, is attempting an electoral coup d’état of Speaker of the House John Boehner, who has held his seat in Congress since 1991.

    “He’s been here since I was 8 years old,” Winteregg, 32, said in an interview today with ABC News. “He’s so far out of touch. We need someone in there who is friends with the business owners and understands the pain they feel.”

    The tea party candidate launched his bid in October and filed his paperwork in January to challenge Boehner in the Republican primary in May.

    “You look at the Republican brand they have right now — it’s old, white and out of touch,” Winteregg said. “I’m a fresh face, I’m young, I’ve got the enthusiasm and I can help turn that brand around.”

    But with the primary less than two months away, Winteregg faces an uphill battle against Boehner’s strong name recognition and fundraising ability.

    Boehner, who has drawn the ire of tea party groups in the past, has been increasingly vocal in his criticism of outside conservative groups trying to influence elections. He has said the organizations

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/03/the-tea-party-candidate-brave-enough-to-take-on-john-boehner/

  88. Vladimir laughed. The Politburo laughed. Vladimir and the Politburo laughed. Afterwards, they were bemused that a man with so little to actually say continued to talk.
    ————————————-
    Yes. Obama IS a joke. Unless you are a supporter, who has been thrown under the bus. There is a missing chapter in Dreams of My Father which regales the (foolish) reader which the tale of how he won the discus throwin event in the 1970 Olympics, at the age of 7, but the author of that fairy tale of a book, Bill Ayers, decided that would be bragging, and to a narccist that is verbotten. Hello Angela, this is the Messiah. Tell me Angela, how are they hanging? You are hanging? No, surely not you. In that case, I will deliver another speech from the Brandenburg gate, or better yet, we can go to Numemberg, whistle up Lenny Reifenstal and do a reinactment of Triumph of the Will. Modesty prevents me from telling you who the central figure would be. However I can give you one clue. He was born in Hawaii. No scatch that.

  89. outside conservative groups.
    ——————-
    Then there must be inside conservative groups as well. Unfortunately, that is an oxymoron.

  90. This analysis tends to buttress Admin’s opinion that it is a mistake for the Democratic Party to write off the white demographic and focus exclusively on the non white vote. Nevertheless, at the state level, most of the democrat candidates are white. But many of them, like the silver spooned Chris Van Holen (D-Maryland) accuse those who disagree with them as being racist as well. But it is a form of self delusion because the white support for the party is withering away, and the minority support is also eroding. We are headed toward racial polarization, and the party with the biggest tent wins. Rhetorically, that is the democrats. But if you look at the actual practice, it tends to be the opposite. Part of the reason is the democrat party has no answer to and are not credible on the major issue of our time–an eroding economy and the permanent loss of middle class income jobs. And when I say they have no answer, that is the truth. I think they need to look at what Jerry Brown has done in California, and Hillary should consider making him her vice president.
    ————————————–
    If there is one central theme to the political strategy of the Democrats and the electoral analysis and optimism of liberal pundits in the Obama era, it is race. To say that they are obsessed with these topics is to vastly understate the case. Virtually every analysis of “the Republicans’ demographic problems” and the long-term case for Democratic/progressive dominance is premised upon the rising share of non-white voters in the electorate and their identification with the Democrats. To be sure, these are not Republicans’ only challenges – even with younger white voters there are a few issues (mainly same-sex marriage and marijuana) on which the GOP is out of step with generational trends, and there is legitimate concern that younger voters of all races are less likely to be religious or get married, two traditional markers of conservatism. But even looking at the 2012 election returns, we see that Barack Obama lost white women by the largest margin of any candidate of either party since Walter Mondale, suffered a huge reversal among white voters under 30 (who he lost by 7 points after winning them by double digits in 2008), and even narrowly lost white women under 30. So, all of the Democrats’ advantages along gender and age lines are still really just symptoms of a racially polarized electorate.

    And turning out that electorate has been a challenge for Democrats. The big turnout wave of African-Americans for Obama exceeded anything John Kerry or Al Gore was ever able to muster, and the midterm elections in 2009, 2010, and 2013 (with the arguable exception of the 2013 Virginia Governor’s race) yielded electorates that were older, whiter and more conservative than the 2008 or 2012 electorates (this was even true in 2006, although depressed GOP turnout and heavy independent support for Democrats made that a big year for the Democrats anyway). There has been much open fretting by Democrats that the turnout will look the same this year – which threatens to make this a serious wave year for Republicans, given the public mood. That’s even before you get to the fact that Democrats’ rising success with non-white voters has coincided with hemorrhaging support among white voters and the very real possibility that the Democrats haven’t yet found their floor among white voters. To say nothing of the possibility that the natural long-term arc of Hispanic voter preferences may move back in the direction of the GOP. In the immediate term, we have already seen polling showing that Hispanics are the most disillusioned of Obama’s 2012 supporters. Few things in a two-party political system are forever.

    And there is a very real sense in which the big turnout of 2008 and especially 2012 was a show of racial solidarity with Obama (and his wife) personally, as much as it was a traditionally political phenomenon. There were all sorts of signs of this in the 2012 exit polls. Only 23% of voters in the exit polls said that the economy was in good or excellent shape, for example, but 90% of these voted for Obama. Who are these voters? A July 2013 Quinnipiac poll – somewhat typical of the breakdowns these days – found that 47% of black voters, but only 25% of white voters, described the for state of the economy as good or excellent. By contrast, an October 2007 CNN poll found 69% of black voters describing the economy as in recession, compared to 42% of white voters. This, despite the fact that the objective evidence shows unemployment significantly higher among African-Americans in 2013 than 2007.

  91. I did not think that one through before I said it. In terms of what is likely, Jerry Brown is a potential challenger to Hillary, since he is the kind of candidate the left wing would trust, he has the cache of having rescued California, and he has run for president before. Therefore, I withdraw my suggestion.

  92. A superb article: America and The Hyper Aggressive Left

    It confirms the fact that Mr. Obama and his fellow leftists really are destroying this country. And nobody who lives in the same world as most of us, and understands what is going on can deny it.

    Two points are salient:

    1. Mr. REID tells you that what you are experiencing in your own life (in re. the loss of medical coverage under Obamacare) is a lie made up by propagandists. He sounded like LENIN. THERE IS NO CHOLERA EPIDEMIC IN THE NEW RUSSIA.

    2. CONSERVATIVES feel EXHAUSTED from trying to fight back on a million fronts. A leftist might say: “YES. THAT’S THE PLAN”

    But the LEFT too is damaged. They look HOLLOWED OUT AND INCOHERENT. Their victories, removed of meaning, are only the triumphs of small aggressions. THEY WIN THE DAY, but not the era. The RESULT is not progress but more NATIONAL DIVISION, more of a grinding sense of dislike. At first it will be aimed at the progressive left, but in time it will likely be aimed at America itself, or rather America as It Is Now. When the PROGRSSIVE WINS,, year by year, LESS OF A COUNTRY.

    Comment: no longer a country. Just a Hobsian war of all against all.
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    The constant mischief of the progressive left is hurting the nation’s morale. There are few areas of national life left in which they are not busy, and few in which they’re not making it worse. There are always more regulations, fees and fiats, always more cultural pressure and insistence.

    The president brags he has a pen and a phone. He uses the former to sign executive orders. It is not clear why he mentioned the latter since he rarely attempts to bring legislators over to his side. Who exactly is he calling? The most hopeful thing he’s done is signal this week what he’ll be up to after he leaves. He will work with young minority men. Good. He is a figure of inspiration to them, and they need and deserve encouragement. This also leaves us understanding for the first time the true purpose of his so far unsuccessful presidency: to launch a meaningful postpresidency. I’m glad that’s clear.

    But to American morale. Here one refers to recent polling data. Gallup in December had 72% of those polled saying big government is a bigger threat to the future than big business and big labor—a record high. This may be connected to ObamaCare, an analyst ventured. Rasmussen this week had only 32% of those polled saying the country is headed in the right direction, with 61% saying we’re on the wrong track. Both numbers fluctuate, but the right track is down two points since this time last year and the wrong track up three. Gallup also had only 39% of respondents saying they saw America in a positive position, with less than half thinking it will be better in five years.

    None of these numbers are new, exactly, as they reflect long-term trends. But they never lose their power to startle. The persistent blues, the lack of faith, the bet that things won’t get better—it just doesn’t sound like America.

    We are suffering in great part from the politicization of everything and the spread of government not in a useful way but a destructive one. Everyone wants to help the poor, the old and the sick; the safety net exists because we want it. But voters and taxpayers feel bullied, burdened and jerked around, which again is not new but feels more intense every day. Common sense and native wit tell them America is losing the most vital part of itself in the continuing shift of power from private to public. Rules, regulations, many of them stupid, from all the agencies—local, state, federal—on the building of a house, or the starting of a business. You can only employ so many before the new insurance rules kick in so don’t employ too many, don’t take a chance! Which means: Don’t grow. It takes the utmost commitment to start a school or improve an existing one because you’ll come up against the unions, which own the politicians.

    It’s all part of the malaise, the sclerosis. So is the eroding end of the idea that religious scruples and beliefs have a high place that must culturally and politically be respected. The political-media complex is bravely coming down on florists with unfashionable views. On twitter Thursday the freedom-fighter who tweets as @FriedrichHayek asked: “Can the government compel a Jewish baker to deliver a wedding cake on a Saturday? If not why not.” Why not indeed. Because the truly tolerant give each other a little space? On an optimistic note, the Little Sisters of the Poor haven’t been put out of business and patiently await their day in court.

    I think a lot of people right now, certainly Republicans and conservatives, feel like a guy in a batting cage taking ball after ball from an automatic pitching machine. He’s hitting the ball and keeping up and suddenly the machine starts going berserk. It’s firing five balls a second, then 10. At first he tries to hit a few. Then he’s just trying to duck, trying not to get hurt.

    That’s how people feel about the demands and dictates. The balls keep coming at them politically, locally, culturally. Republicans and conservatives comprise at least half the country. That’s a lot of people.

    ***

    In the dark screwball comedy that is ObamaCare, the Congressional Budget Office revealed last month the law will provide disincentives to work. Don’t worry, said Nancy Pelosi, people can take that time and go become poets and painters. At first you think: Huh, I can do that, I’ve got a beret. Then you think: No, I have to earn a living. Then you think, poor hardworking rube that you are: Wait a second, I’m subsidizing all this. I’ve been cast in the role of Catherine de Medici, patroness of the arts. She at least had a castle, I just get a bill!

    The IRS is coming up with new rules making it harder for independent groups to organize and resist the constant messages and claims of government. Meanwhile it warns taxpayers they must be able to prove they have insurance coverage when they file their 2014 taxes or they’ll face a fine (or tax, or fee), which the government has decided to call a “shared responsibility payment.” It is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child to a maximum of $285, or 1% of your household income, whichever is higher. People already enraged by canceled coverage, higher premiums, huge deductibles, lost doctors and limited networks, fume. And the highest-ranking Democrat on Capitol Hill, Majority Leader Harry Reid, goes to the floor of the Senate to say of the ObamaCare horror stories that “all of them are untrue.” They’re “stories made up out of whole cloth.” spread by “the multibillionaire Koch brothers.”

    Imagine that—you have real problems caused by a bad law, and Mr. Reid tells you that what you are experiencing in your own life is a lie made up by propagandists. He sounded like Lenin. There is no cholera in the new Russia.

    The NSA is a real and present threat to your privacy, HHS actually never has to come up with a true number on ObamaCare enrollments or costs, and at the EPA no one talks anymore about why Al Armendariz, a top regional administrator, felt free to brag in a 2010 speech that his “philosophy of enforcement” could be compared to the practice by ancient Roman soldiers of crucifying random victims. When it surfaced, he left the agency. Did his mindset?

    People feel beset because they are. All these things are pieces of a larger, bullying ineptitude. And people know, they are aware.

    Conservatives sometimes feel exhausted from trying to fight back on a million fronts. A leftist might say: “Yes, that’s the plan.”

    But the left too is damaged. They look hollowed out and incoherent. Their victories, removed of meaning, are only the triumphs of small aggressions. They win the day but not the era. The result is not progress but more national division, more of a grinding sense of dislike. At first it will be aimed at the progressive left, but in time it will likely be aimed at America itself, or rather America as It Is Now. When the progressive left wins, they will win, year by year, less of a country

  93. And the article also explains the utter contempt many of us, and certainly me have for mainstream media. It is not political differences, but the fact that they are intentionally undermining the cultural foundations of our nation.
    —————————————
    It’s all part of the malaise, the sclerosis. So is the eroding end of the idea that religious scruples and beliefs have a high place that must culturally and politically be respected. The political-media complex is bravely coming down on florists with unfashionable views. On twitter Thursday the freedom-fighter who tweets as @FriedrichHayek asked: “Can the government compel a Jewish baker to deliver a wedding cake on a Saturday? If not why not.” Why not indeed. Because the truly tolerant give each other a little space? On an optimistic note, the Little Sisters of the Poor haven’t been put out of business and patiently await their day in court.

  94. On Breitbart News Saturday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125, Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament who represents the UK Conservative Party, said that so-called Tea Party movements against the European Union and Brussels are becoming “mainstream” in Europe.

    Speaking to co-hosts Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon live from CPAC, Hannan blasted the so-called “Party of Davos” and said that the “Davos corporatists are at odds with the people in every country.” He said that they are all “indistinguishable” and united in their “distrust of the electorate” and regular people. In many ways, the global elite are not distinguishable from the permanent political class in Washington, D.C.

    What’s worse, according to Hannan, is that there are bureaucratic institutions set up in Europe “where these guys are immune to the ballot box.” He stated that being “pro-market and pro-business” are two “completely different things” and that every big corporation “starts behaving like a nationalized industry.”

    Hannan expressed that they all “love regulation because it raises barriers to entry and it disadvantages competitors,” and that they are “all for the European Union” because they have “spent so much lobbying the system that they want to preserve it.” He also said that the global political elite are more pro-business than pro-markets and want to work with government to rig the system against true entrepreneurs.

    “The entrepreneurs are all against the EU,” he said. “The trouble is they are against a blob of corporatists, consultants who are spending tons of money.”

    Hannan, who also writes at hannon.co.uk, said that is why movements against Brussels have become mainstream across the continent. Bannon said that one of the reasons Breitbart News expanded to London was to chronicle the rebellion against

  95. Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose US Intervention in Ukraine, Syria, Iran … Or Anywhere Else

    Americans Are Sick of War
    Polls show that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to U.S. military involvement in:
    Ukraine
    Syria
    Iran
    Or anywhere else

    Indeed, a poll from Pew in December found that a majority of Americans – more than ever before in Pew’s 50-year history of polling this question – think the U.S. “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own.”

    We’re sick of war …

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/03/americans-overwhelmingly-oppose-us-intervention-ukraine-syria-iran-anywhere-else.html#comments

  96. What??
    ====

    U.S State Dept: No Need For Palestinian Authority To Recognize Israel

    The United States believes there is no need for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to recognize Israel as a Jewish state as part of a peace agreement, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Saturday.

    Psaki, who spoke to the PA-based Arabic-language Al-Quds newspaper, said, “The American position is clear, Israel is a Jewish state. However, we do not see a need that both sides recognize this position as part of the final agreement.”

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been adamant on the PA recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, explaining that the Arabs’ refusal to recognize Israel stands at the heart of the conflict.

    More: http://weaselzippers.us/178705-u-s-state-dept-no-need-for-palestinian-authority-to-recognize-israel/

  97. Milbank writes that Issa has “hit a new low”. Come on. We’re supposed to take seriously a WashPo columnist who dresses up in a bath robe, calls Hillary a bitch, and tapes himself doing that? Not exactly a paradigm of good judgment.

    Yet, it is that very judgment we are supposed to accept when he talks about new lows. I took my shot at explaining what is going on in this IRS scandal, and laying out the reasons why Lerner should be held in contempt, as early as this week.

    The dims are attempting to pre-empt that action by targeting Issa, and releasing a series of redacted emails of hers which they have withheld up to now. Politico, a haven of the left, claims that it is heinous for Issa to proceed until he has reviewed these emails which have been scrubbed to make her actions seem innocent.

    If this were merely partisan bickering, I would be inclined to say it is all just politics. But the American People are the victims here–their voice is being silenced by the establishment media complex of which Milbank is a prime example.

    This goes to the heart of what Peggy Noonan was talking about in the piece above. Like so many others in his trade, Dana is a wimp who owes his allegiance to his employer, his pocketbook and the go to lunch crowd in Washington that he hangs out with. So, what is wrong with that? Nothing. Except everything.

    Simply put, Milbank and others like him are destroying the country, and pose a greater threat to our future than any single politician. They stack the deck to make it appear that their interest is the welfare of the country, and most of the country lacks the sophistication to tell the difference. And those that do end up talking to themselves . . .

    It has taken FOX five years to arrive at the conclusion that was plain to me during the Hillary campaign: that big media is corrupt and is an enemy of the people. Finally, they use the word corrupt to describe the media. How much longer will it take them to say the second part, because it tells us who the real enemy his here.

    With all that said, here is a good article by a hit or miss writer, who hits a home run here, to borrow an analogy from the game he loves.
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    The IRS’s behavior taxes credulity

    By George F. Will, Published: March 7 E-mail the writer

    What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence.

    The most intrusive and potentially most punitive federal agency has been politicized; the IRS has become an appendage of Barack Obama’s party. Furthermore, congruent with exhortations from some congressional Democrats, it is intensifying its efforts to suffocate groups critical of progressives, by delaying what once was the swift, routine granting of tax-exempt status.

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    So, the IRS, far from repenting of its abusive behavior, is trying to codify the abuses. It hopes to nullify with new rules the existing legal right of 501(c)(4) groups, many of which are conservative, to participate in politics. The proposed rules have drawn more than 140,000 comments, most of them complaints, some from liberals wary of IRS attempts to broadly define “candidate-related political activity” and to narrow the permissible amount of this.

    Lerner is, so far, the face of this use of government to punish political adversaries. She knows what her IRS unit did and how it intersects with the law, and for a second time she has exercised her constitutional right to remain silent rather than risk self-incrimination. The public has a right to make reasonable inferences from her behavior.

    And from Obama’s. After calling the IRS behavior “outrageous,” he now says there is not a “smidgen” of evidence of anything to be outraged about. He knows this even though the supposed investigation of the IRS behavior has not been completed, or perhaps even begun. The person he chose to investigate his administration is an administration employee and a generous donor to his campaigns.

    Obama breezily says there was nothing more sinister than “boneheaded decisions” by wayward and anonymous IRS underlings. Certainly boneheadedness explains much about this administration. Still, does he consider it interesting that the consequences of IRS boneheadedness were not randomly distributed but thwarted conservatives?

    The rules that Obama says befuddled the IRS boneheads — to his benefit — read today exactly as they have read since 1959. For half a century they did not prevent the IRS from processing applications for tax-exempt status in less than three months. Some conservative group should offer $10,000 to anyone who can identify a liberal group that had the experience scores of conservative groups have had — an application delayed more than three years and receipt of an IRS questionnaire containing at least 60 questions.

    Speaking of questions: Can anyone identify a Democratic Senate candidate whose tax records were leaked, as Christine O’Donnell’s were when she was the Republican candidate in Delaware in 2010? Is it a coincidence that in January 2011, after Catherine Engelbrecht requested tax-exempt status for two conservative groups she founded in Texas — King Street Patriots and True the Vote — the Engelbrecht family business was notified of its first IRS audit? Does James Comey wonder why (this was before he became FBI director), five months after Engelbrecht’s tax-exemption request, FBI agents appeared seeking information about attendees at the King Street Patriots meetings? Were five subsequent FBI contacts “checking in” for “updates” on the group’s activities really necessary? Why did the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives show a sudden intrusive interest in the Engelbrechts’ business, which has nothing to do with alcohol or tobacco or firearms or explosives?

    The idea that politicians should write laws restricting people critical of them is as perverse as the idea that the sprawling, opaque IRS bureaucracy should be assigned to construe and apply such laws. It is bad enough that there is the misbegotten Federal Election Commission to do what the First Amendment forbids — government regulation of the quantity, content and timing of political speech.

    This column has previously noted that in 1996 a Republican Senate candidate called the FEC to dispute campaign finance charges made by Democrats. The head of the FEC’s enforcement division told the Republican: “Promise me you will never run for office again, and we will drop this case.” So spoke Lois Lerner.

    There almost certainly are people, above her and beyond the IRS, who initiated or approved the IRS’s punitive targeting of conservative groups and who hope Lerner’s history of aggressive partisanship will cause investigators to conclude that she is as high as responsibility for the targeting rises. Those people should hire criminal defense attorneys

  98. I can remember a comment made by a veteran journalist during the 2008 campaign that mainstream media had degenerated to the point that he would sooner be introduced as a piano player in a whorehouse than as a charter member of the Fourth Estate. He went on to say that there will come a time when they regretted what they have done. Likewise, we hear Professor Turley leveling the same kind of warning to Congressional Democrats namely that there will come a time when they regret their failure to defend the powers of their branch of government against usurpation by Obama. And, there will come a time when the antipathy some of us feel today toward the uniparty in Washington translates into some form of mass action, based on some as yet unknown catalyst, and it will be impossible for the authorities to put Humpty Dumpty together because of the polarization and group animosity and schisms in our society which Obama has created and exploited. I have some experience in this area and it haunts me to this day. I have seen a Fortune 300 company taken over by an insurgent group, who destroyed that country. The transition from the old vision to the new one is a bumpy road, which is why 2 out of 3 mergers fail, even though they look good on paper. Often there is a strategic fit, and a financial fit, but the cultural fit is missing. In our case, it cost 15,000 good paying jobs. And for me, that is a not so distant mirror of what Obama is doing to this country. So when people say that the media and democrats will look back on this era and wonder why they did nothing or did the wrong thing, like the neighbors of Kitty Genovese, it gives cold comfort.

  99. A nation founded by geniuses and run today by total idiots. I do think this Russian move was preventable. Obama totally misread his adversary, showed weakness, and walked around with a big kick me sign on his rear end. Thus, it is hardly surprising that Putin obliged, and given his national interests, I do not blame him a wit for doing so. The ruling class in the Ukraine was set up by Soros, therefore this is not a hill to die for. The time to have prevented this was in the beginning, when the west had to option of bringing Ukraine into NATO and providing the financial support to the Kiev government that they requested. Instead they dithered, Obama projected weakness, which said to Putin, do what you will, I will not stop you, and I owe you one for bailing me out on Syria. Yes, a nation founded by geniuses and run by idiots. And corrupt spineless idiots at that. The Obama media cabal. And now the sabre rattling. Henry Kissinger, my man, put is finger on the problem with his usual degree of clarity: I have been witness to four wars in my lifetime three of which we lost and had to withdraw from. In the beginning there was no shortage of public support, but as these wars dragged on that support eroded. Therefore, the test for intervention should be the final outcome which the war will achieve. Now that is the wisdom of Karl Von Clausewitz, speaking from the grave.
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    “Across Europe, nations have been breaking apart since the end of the Cold War. Out of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia came 24 nations. Scotland is voting on secession this year. Catalonia may be next.

    Yet, today, we have the Wall Street Journal describing Russia’s sending of soldiers to occupy airfields in Ukraine as a “blitzkrieg” that “brings the threat of war to the heart of Europe,” though Crimea is east even of what we used to call Eastern Europe.

    The Journal wants the aircraft carrier George H. W. Bush sent to the Eastern Mediterranean and warships of the U.S. Sixth Fleet sent into the Black Sea.

    But why? We have no alliance that mandates our fighting Russia over Crimea. We have no vital interest there. Why send a flotilla other than to act tough, escalate the crisis and risk a clash?

    The Washington Post calls Putin’s move a “naked act of armed aggression in the center of Europe.” The Crimea is in the center of Europe? We are paying a price for our failure to teach geography.

    The Post also urges an ultimatum to Putin: Get out of Crimea, or we impose sanctions that could “sink the Russian financial system.”

    While we and the EU could cripple Russia’s economy and bring down her banks, is this wise? What if Moscow responds by cutting off credits to Ukraine, calling in Kiev’s debts, refusing to buy her goods and raising the price of oil and gas?

    This would leave the EU and us with responsibility for a basket-case nation the size of France and four times as populous as Greece. Are Angela Merkel and the EU ready to take on that load, after bailing out the PIIGS — Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain?

    If we push Russia out of the tent, to whom do we think Putin will turn, if not China?

  100. Are we really prepared to escalate this conflict to the point that the hysterical pro Obama minions are demanding. If we run up that flag pole, you can count on Putin to do the exact same thing. Which will imperial our system as well as ours. And he is just the man to do it. Mutually assured destruction where WMDs were concerned achieved a generation of peace, and reduced the level of competition to proxy wars. Lets hope that Obama and the Europeans are the moral cowards I think they are and will learn to live with the new reality. If they can live with 92 million Americans not working, and more than that I expect in Europe, then there is no limit to what they can live with, if they set their mind to it.

  101. Remember this?? 👿
    As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.

    In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site.

    The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2573557/Flashback-Senator-Obama-pushed-destruction-15-000-TONS-ammunition-400-000-small-arms-1-000-anti-aircraft-missiles-Ukraine.html

  102. With a couple of exceptions, Brent Budowsky’s articles and editorial pieces have been sickeningly pro-Obama and scathingly anti-Clinton (both of them). More recently, he has written a decent piece or two about Hillary presumably, when one of his personalities less afflicted with CDS kicked in.

    But, you have to wonder what he was afflicted with when he penned this opinion:

    __________

    “Budowsky: Kerry, the warrior diplomat”

    By Brent Budowsky – 03/05/14 07:06 PM EST

    With the winds of Cold War blowing across Ukraine, time running short for peace in the Middle East, high-wire diplomacy seeking to avoid military options with Iran, China flexing its military muscle aggressively in the South China Sea, voices of militarism and nationalism being heard whispered in Japan, and a nuclear North Korea acting bellicose, the alliance of democracies is fortunate that President Obama had the wisdom to choose John Kerry as secretary of State.

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/opinion/brent-budowsky/200048-brent-budowsky-kerry-the-warrior-diplomat#ixzz2vXBj4i9H
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  103. IL Representative, Peter Roskam’s proposal to have an Inspector General assigned to Obamacare met with strong objection from Nancy P. What a shock! The office of Inspector General was created to investigate fraud, waste, and inefficiency within the Executive Branch. As noted in the article, although Nancy P. has “enthusiastically supported creating IGs for the war effort in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Asset Recovery Program” and other government programs, she’s not too fired up about the idea of having ACA subjected to monitoring by IG. Nancy, Nancy, you are so transparent in your effort to protect Obama, yourself, and the Dems, but it’s futile. The cat’s already out of the bag regarding ACA.

    ________________

    “Examiner Editorial: Why does Nancy Pelosi fear an Obamacare inspector general”?
    BY WASHINGTON EXAMINER | MARCH 7, 2014 AT 3:26 PM

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/examiner-editorial-why-does-nancy-pelosi-fear-an-obamacare-inspector-general/article/2545275

  104. There’s another interview of one of the authors of the “HRC” book where the authors is asked, “What surprised you the most of what you learned while researching the book?” His answer was three things:

    “… I was surprised by how funny she is…. People were telling these stories all the time. I came into this thinking she was this buttoned-up, conservative woman. But she has a wicked sense of humor…. [for example] a photo of Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau groping a cutout of Ms Clinton became and Internet sensation…. The soon-to-be secretary of state left Favreau a playful voice mail: ‘I haven’t seen the picture yet, but I hear my hair looks great!’

    Then: “… the gap between the way Republicans talk about her in public as part of the political battle and the way a lot of them do in interviews. I think there’s a lot more basic respect for her competence and for her character and her personality than comes off in the public debate. We talked to Darrell Issa… who has conducted the Benghazi investigation. The terms with which he speaks about Secretary Clinton are incredibly respectful. He talks about them always having had a good relationship. I was floored by that.”

    And lastly: “The other thing that surprised me was that there are still some people in the Clinton and Obama camps who absolutely hate each other, and say nasty things about each other, and will never, ever get over that. It may be 10 percent, 15 percent or 20 percent, a minority. But some of those wounds never heal.”

    Allen also says that the book relates something of importance regarding security matters at State and what happened at Benghazi:

    “We introduce readers right off the bat to a scene where Hillary Clinton [as secretary of state] is showing her top lieutenant at the State Department a video of [the April 5, 2010] attack on the American Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan. It’s somewhat similar to what happened, on a smaller scale, in Benghazi. It was successfully repelled. But we give that context – and that’s something that hasn’t been reported before – that they were reviewing these security images. And this was something that she was very well aware of, how dangerous these outposts were.”

    Maybe Allen also notes in the book that this matter of diplomats working in dangerous places occupied a large portion of the QDDR.

    Anyway, I can’t wait to get my copy of this book, which is just coming out now. There seems to be a lot more to it than even the most rave reviews have said.

  105. CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.

    Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her packages on television.

    At the same time, Attkisson’s own reporting on the Obama administration, which some staffers characterized as agenda-driven, had led network executives to doubt the impartiality of her reporting. She is currently at work on a book — tentatively titled “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington” — which addresses the challenges of reporting critically on the Obama administration.

    Feeling increasingly stymied and marginalized at the network, Attkisson began talking to CBS News President David Rhodes as early as last April about getting out of her contract. Those negotiations intensified in recent weeks, and her request was finally honored on Monday.

    Reached by phone, Attkisson described her resignation as “amicable.” She said she will now turn her attention to the book, which is being published by HarperCollins (and not by Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS Corporation.) She declined to comment further.

    Sonya McNair, the senior vice president for communications for CBS News, said in a statement: “CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors. We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”

    But Attkisson had become a polarizing figure at the network, sources there said…

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/03/sharyl-attkisson-to-leave-cbs-news-184836.html

    ……………………………….

    Guess she got totally fed up with being stonewalled.

  106. Sharyl Attkisson committed the crime of real journalism……something it seems rare these days.

  107. DHS tells American border guards to run away from illegal immigrants hurling rocks at them, fleeing in vehicles

    Top administration officials have directed 21,000 border patrol officers to retreat whenever illegal immigrants throw rocks at them, and to avoid getting in front of foreign drug-smugglers’ vehicles as they head north with their drug shipments.

    “Agents shall not discharge firearms in response to thrown or hurled projectiles… agents should obtain a tactical advantage in these situations, such as seeking cover or distancing themselves,” said the instructions, issued Mar. 7, under the signature of Michael Fisher, chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

    Agents were also directed to keep their weapons holstered when drug smugglers drive by.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/08/dhs-tells-american-border-guards-to-run-away-from-illegal-immigrants/#ixzz2val0kU8R

  108. Well, Sharyl’s departure from CBS, where she was hot on the trail of the brother of the President of that network who was up to his eyeballs in the scandal involving the false talking points, was predictable. I have said several times, here, that I hoped that when it happened I hoped she would move to FOX New. Instead she will write an expose on the efforts made by the Obama Administration to hide the truth from her and the American People. I am sure she got a lucrative severance package, and I hope it is at least 2 million. But the other issue is the covenant not to compete which would bar her from jobs in the industry for a period of time. That period today is usually 2 years. I doubt it will be more. Therefore, she is free to join FOX prior to the 2016 election if she wants to do so. She and Woodward are the only two investigative journalists left. Small town newspapers got out of that business years ago, because too often it was expensive and led to a dry hole. Today, we have clowns like Brian Ross, who is an irrelevant reporter.

  109. I spoke to Brian several years ago. I was not very impressed. He was like a maggot on hot ashes–mind going in all directions. He has a tendency to reach conclusions prematurely, and often they turn out to be wrong. The most memorable example of this was his shallow research into the Giffords tragedy.

  110. Former Pentagon watchdog: Obama administration littered with deceit

    Yes, government waste, fraud and abuse are the triplet children of incompetence, greed and unbridled ambition.

    But these sins of public trust begin and end with dishonesty.

    And Joseph E. Schmitz has seen a lot of lying by the government to taxpayers in his lengthy legal career.

    Schmitz, who served as inspector general of the U.S. Department of Defense from 2002-05, in an interview with Watchdog.org said, “no political party has a monopoly on waste, fraud and abuse and corruption.”

    But he said he has seen some troubling patterns of deceit in the Obama administration.

    Exhibit A, according to the attorney: Benghazi.

    “I still represent whistleblowers, and I see the people in this current administration just blatantly lying ­ lying to American citizens, lying about people trying to redress grievances,” Schmitz said. “These huge scandals start with dishonesty.”

    Conservatives have been critical of the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, an assault that killed four Americans ­ including a U.S. ambassador.

    More: http://watchdog.org/131689/obama-watchdog-benghazi/

  111. Well, I guess I was wrong.

    If Sharyl resigned prior to her contract renewal, that means that there was no severance agreement. In that case, the confidentiality agreement and covenant not to compete may which I was concerned with will not be in play.

    And that means she is free to speak only about what happens, and big media is free to sweat out what she will say on the important subject of how the Obama-big media complex functions, and how they jointly conspire to deceive the hapless American People.

    As Brandeis said, electric light is the best policeman and fresh air is the best disinfectant. Perhaps her upcoming book will serve that function. And the more people learn about the machinations of big media, the less they will trust them.

  112. Obama’s Climate Extremists’ Plan to Co-Opt the Nutrition Guidelines

    There is no area of our lives over which the government will not seek control. Take the latest example. Obama is reaching far beyond publishing new guidelines or insisting on calorie counts in fast food restaurants, he is intent on allowing global warming alarmists and other extremist groups to co-opt them as well.

    In an article entitled, “Obama administration pollutes guidelines for healthy eating with unhealthy ideologies,” published Sunday by the Washington Examiner, National Center Senior Fellow and Risk Analysis Division Director Jeff Stier says environmental activists within the U.S. government plan to change the nation’s dietary guidelines to promote foods that they believe have “a smaller carbon footprint.”

    HHS and the USDA are meeting on the 14th and they are including guidelines that will include climate change activism which will negatively impact food stamps, military and school meals programs. It will be expensive and it will push the cause of vegetarianism whether you like it or not.

    Members of the committee are special interest groups who will for the first time have input into the guidelines.

    Guidelines will now include “sustainability” as part of the agenda in drafting the guidelines. Other agenda items include “immigration,” “global climate change” and “agriculture/aquaculture sustainability.”

    Food security is being used to advance an extreme and expensive left-wing agenda. Please read the article here.

    Just the printing of the guidelines will be expensive to say nothing of the cost of food.

    They plan to get meat, dairy, eggs out of our diets as much as possible and replace them with fruit, vegetables and beans because, by their standards, they have lower carbon footprints. They want you to be a vegetarian in other words, or a vegan, better yet. None of this will affect climate in any way whatsoever.

    More: http://www.independentsentinel.com/obamas-climate-extremists-plan-to-co-opt-the-nutrition-guidelines/

  113. Sharyl’s Twitter profile statement:
    “Investigative Journalist. Dreaming of a day when public officials answer questions as if they know they work for the public.”

  114. Obama’s using “fast track” authority to change free trade, a win for multinational corporations but a loss for small business.

    Though it didn’t generate much news, I want to discuss an important summit meeting that was held in Toluca, Mexico a few weeks ago.

    The meeting – to figure out how to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, aka NAFTA – included the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper; the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto; and our own Barack Obama.

    You see, while NAFTA is credited with producing over $1 trillion in trade each year, it counts trade that would’ve likely taken place anyway. And now that NAFTA is 20 years old, it’s easy to see that it was a job killer. In fact, NAFTA was a stepping stone on the path that sent record numbers of American jobs abroad.

    So NAFTA is currently slated to be replaced by a secretive, 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). This partnership would continue to integrate the United States’ economy with our two closes neighbors, in addition to a group of Asian nations. And the global elites are intent on pushing this agreement through.

    That’s because multinational corporations love predictability, and they love to create barriers to entry for smaller competitors – which is exactly what these so-called free-trade agreements do. In reality, they’re more about “managed trade” than free trade. We haven’t really had free trade in decades.

    The United States of North America?

    It’s frightening enough that free-trade agreements are barely understood by America’s ill-informed citizens. But what’s even scarier – and lesser known – is that these international bodies pushing for trade agreements and multinational governance are unelected!

    Let me remind you that the European Union (EU) started as a free-trade zone. Today, it has taken almost complete control of European politics.

    After trade, the EU began a regulation regime; and now Brussels controls everything from immigration policy to banking. Little is left to the parliaments of the EU member states. Sovereignty has been completely relinquished in the name of integration.

    This is exactly how the global elite would have North America operate in 25 years.

    Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/obamas-latest-underreported-fiasco-invites-lambs-slaughter/#C2Rer4cxublxeTKj.99

  115. Support for Hillary. 😀

    An e-mail from Patricof to donors reads, “[Wife] Susan and I have been relatively quiet on the political front for the past several years following Hillary’s loss in the primary election for the Presidency in 2008 . . . While we, like all good Democrats, were supportive to President Obama afterwards, we decided early on not to take an active role in any of the campaign activities, including fund-raising.”

    But he added in the e-mail obtained by Politico, “The most effective way that we all can be helpful to Hillary, and the Democratic Party in general, is to make sure that the Democratic National Committee is as strong as possible if Hillary should decide to run in 2016.”

    http://pagesix.com/2014/03/11/president-obama-back-in-city-for-clinton-allys-fundraiser/?_ga=1.108435915.835611420.1382884854

  116. Dem Congressman Gets Creepy, Sings 2 Himself 2 Avoid Obamacare Questions http://youtu.be/MCNYXLXADHc AMERICA SUFFERS WHILE DEMS THINK IT’S A JOKE
    ————
    It is Luis Guttierrez of IL, and the video was published yesterday.

  117. The election is coming, the election is coming!
    That’s the message coming from President Obama as he tries desperately to rouse Democrats out of a midterm election stupor that could cost his party control of the Senate — and bury his agenda once and for all.

    Obama has increasingly sounded like the nerdy kid in a bad horror movie constantly warning his friends to stay out of danger as he’s called on the Democratic base to not be complacent in 2014.
    “You’ve got to pay attention to the states,” he begged at a recent fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association. Obama lamented that Democrats don’t think state-level races in the 2014 midterms are “sexy enough.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/200216-obama-tells-dems-its-time-to-get-worried

  118. BREAKING>>> HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE RELEASES DAMNING REPORT ON LOIS LERNER

    The IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal involved:
    Hundreds of conservative groups were targeted
    At least 5 pro-Israel groups
    Constitutional groups
    Groups that criticized Obama administration
    At least two pro-life groups
    An 83 year-old Nazi concentration camp survivor
    A 180 year-old Baptist paper
    A Texas voting-rights group
    A Hollywood conservative group was targeted and harassed
    Conservative activists and businesses
    At least one conservative Hispanic group
    IRS continued to target groups even after the scandal was exposed
    And… 100% of the 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were Conservative

    There is NO EVIDENCE that a single liberal group went through the same scrutiny as conservative groups.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/breaking-house-committee-damning-report-on-lois-lerner-released/

  119. Well, I find it interesting . . . We look to the RINO to oppose Obama, and they don’t.

    Why?

    Simple:

    “Big Business already controls the Republican Party. It’s why the Republican leadership regularly sides with the Democrats to increase the debt, raise taxes and fund Obamacare,” said Matt Hoskins, the director of the Senate Conservatives Fund. “The corporate community’s control over the party is now being threatened by grass-roots conservatives who oppose their crony capitalist policies and are determined to replace liberal Republicans with true, constitutional conservatives

    That is what this internal battle is all about.

    Until now, the RINO has gotten away with telling voters that he is in favor of small government, and then conspiring secretly to expand government, and out debt to 18 T.

    Now, times are changing–for the RINO and for Obama.

    Is there really that much difference between those two?

    Other than the fact that the RINO aint got rhythm.

    Unfortunately, that is all that Obama has.

  120. This tiff between Cruz and Paul is a shadow of things to come.

    Whether you like Cruz or not, he is right.

    Here is the issue: Cruz is a conservative and Paul is a libertarian.

    The difference is subtle in the area of domestic policy, where both advocate a return to conservative principles.

    It is more obvious in matters of foreign policy where Cruz favors vigorous engagement with the world, backed by a strong military, and Paul a rejection of the role of world policeman in favor of a neo isolationist foreign policy.

    Our standard of living in this country depends on imposing a Carthaginian Peace on all things Obama–sprinkling salt on that soil so nothing grows there for a thousand years, and re establishing our former position as the leader of the world. Today we are not.

    Soros installed Obama for the single purpose of undermining the United States as the leader of the world, in favor of a global system, replacing the dollar with a new reserve currency, degrading our military, collapsing our borders, and finding the cheapest labor for goods.

    If you doubt any of this, all you need to do is study his actions, his policy statements, and the control he exerts over the democratic party. There is no hope for that party as long as he controls it. And anyone who tells you different is either lying or does not understand the big picture, behind what we are fed by big media.

  121. Newly released public records show that the Department of the Interior knew in advance that two groups of aging veterans would be visiting the World War II Memorial on October 1, 2013, but they decided to barricade the premises anyway.

    http://t.co/yvBsVjfIj3

  122. The Democrats had to win tonight. They failed.

    Dems had the candidate they wanted and spent more money in a fair fight district and lost.

    Deemed a bellweather for the 14 races…

    225 of 225 Precincts Reporting

    Percent Votes

    David W. Jolly (REP) 48.43% 88,294

    Alex Sink (DEM) 46.56% 84,877

    Lucas Overby (LPF) 4.83% 8,799

    WRITE-IN 0.18% 325

  123. Sink is sunk.

    Brennan has a bad reputation among Republicans. At one time they trusted him, but have since changed their minds. The sense I got from a former member of the Reagan Administration is that Brennan is not truthful.

  124. Sink is sunk… (I was just going to say the same thing) 😉

    David is Jolly

    Lucas lost overby a landslide.

  125. http://www.nationaljournal.com/white-house/what-else-can-the-obama-administration-do-to-undermine-u-s-security-20140311

    What Else Can the Obama Administration Do to Undermine U.S. Security?

    After the administration spied on Americans and lied to Congress, Feinstein’s bombshell now raises even more questions about its activities

    By Ron Fournier
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    March 11, 2014

    They spied on you. They lied to the Senate. They seized telephone records from the Associated Press and considered criminalizing investigative journalism at Fox News. What else can the U.S. intelligence community do to destroy its credibility, curb civil liberties, and ultimately undermine U.S. security?

    Spy on Congress.

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat bravely challenging a Democratic White House, accused the CIA of searching computer files used by her staffers on the Senate Intelligence Committee to review the CIA’s now-defunct interrogation programs, potentially violating:

    ■The constitutionally sacred principle of separation of powers, which prohibits one branch of government (say, a runaway executive branch) from strong-arming the other two branches.
    ■The Fourth Amendment, which protects from unreasonable search and seizure.
    ■The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Executive Order 12333, which bar domestic surveillance.

    Feinstein said the CIA “may have undermined the constitutional framework essential to effective congressional oversight of intelligence activities or any other government function.”

    The sad irony here is that Congress has been more of a lapdog than a watchdog to the intelligence community as its powers grew in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Under Presidents Bush and Obama, surveillance on the activities of U.S. citizens, as well as people and leaders across the globe, mushroomed to meet the challenge of 21st-century threats, with billions of dollars invested in new technologies that collect and analyze our digital trails.

    Edward Snowden, a contractor with the National Security Agency, stole troves of documents that revealed U.S. secrets, many of which had nothing to do with spying inside the United States and which jeopardize national security. A portion of the documents, however, revealed activities that curbed civil liberties with no public debate, and exposed government lies.

    For instance, intelligence chief James Clapper was asked a year ago in a Senate hearing whether the NSA collects “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” He said no, knowing that the statement was false. “Not wittingly,” he said. “There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”

    It was a lie.

    As a candidate, Obama promised to rein in the Bush-era terrorism tactics and strike a better balance between security and liberty. As president, Obama expanded the programs and did so more secretly than necessary. Polls show he has paid a price, both with voters (primarily young and liberal) who don’t trust the intelligence community and with less-ideological Americans who’ve simply lost their trust in him.

    This isn’t a mere political problem. When the American public doesn’t trust its national-security leadership, their support of national-security policy crumbles, and that can become a crisis.

    They spied on you and lied about it. Now they may have spied on Congress. Wittingly or not, for legitimate reasons or not, the actions of the intelligence community and the White House have compromised national security.

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

    and where’s O? promoting ‘happy hours’ with the DNC…making “funny video clips” hawking Ocare with the actor from ‘The Hangover’…vacationing in the Keys with MO…and then ‘shopping’ for MO & the girls at ‘The Gap’

    …’unqualified for President’ does not even begin to state the obvious…

    how can we believe the CIA when the Executive Branch and O have been lying to the American people up the gazoo…

  126. Well Diane Feinstein, I’ve voted for you for years, and when you came out guns blazing against Snowden, I was pist.

    Now that you know how it feels to be spied on, I hope you start to appreciate Snowden for letting all of us know that our administration, NSA and CIA have been spying on us, behind our backs for years.

    How do ya like dem apples?

  127. While I want all of Congress in the “red” column to put the brakes on Obama, I have a concern about tonight’s FL results.

    Bill Clinton went there and stumped hard for Sink. Will the progs use this as “proof” the Clintons don’t have the pull they used to have?

    Sorry to be a Debbie Downer on this, but my gut has a red flag waving.

  128. VH, no doubt some of the progs, especially those with severe CDS, will try to use Sink’s defeat to slam Clinton. However, it was expected that Obamacare would be the primary obstacle to a Dem win in FL. It could be argued that Sink got the votes he received because of Bill.

    Some messes made by Obama are too big even for Big Dawg’s big broom to clean up. lol

  129. Will the progs use this as “proof”

    —-
    The daily kooks and the far out-there left, can rot in Hell. They lie though their teeth, I don’t listen to a word they say.

  130. VotingHillary
    March 11, 2014 at 11:35 pm
    ———————
    Funny you should say Debbie Downer, because Debbie Wasserman Schultz is head of the DNC, and is a representative from that State of Florida, where Sink was running. If anyone will be held responsible for her not winning, it will be her. The other point is after you have been out of office for awhile, you lose some of your clout–maybe not with democrats, but certainly with independents, who are the largest voting faction in the electorate. This point was driven home to me years ago, when my friend who was a conservative firebrand and who won substantial majorities in her state, honored her term limits commitment unlike other members of the class of 1994, and resigned. A couple years later, we talked about running her for governor, and prior to approaching the money men, we conducted a poll and the pollster was legitimate because he told us what we did not want to hear, namely that her name recognition was zilch. It is different with a former president, but only by degree. The public forgets, and even if they do not forget the memory and the elan fades with the passage of time. Without studying this race in detail, I think it could be argued successfully that this is a harbinger of November and the looming question is how could the pollsters have gotten this one so wrong.

  131. When this happened in New Hampshire, who can forget that little fucking rat boy Chuck Todd raising the specter of white racism, which we have subsequently learned was fed to him by Axelrod. The truth was the pollsters did not know what they were doing. The Bradley effect is tell pollsters what they want to hear and then vote your conscience.

  132. Obamacare is stone dead…..HHS goes even further…..you can opt out altogether. Remember they delayed it for 2 years….they didnt tell anyone about the 2nd rule, now we know why.

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304250204579433312607325596?mg=reno64-wsj

    Lo and behold, it turns out this second rule, which was supposed to last for only a year, allows Americans whose coverage was cancelled to opt out of the mandate altogether.

    In 2013, HHS decided that ObamaCare’s wave of policy terminations qualified as a “hardship” that entitled people to a special type of coverage designed for people under age 30 or a mandate exemption. HHS originally defined and reserved hardship exemptions for the truly down and out such as battered women, the evicted and bankrupts.

    Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    But amid the post-rollout political backlash, last week the agency created a new category: Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you “believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy” or “you consider other available policies unaffordable.”

    This lax standard—no formula or hard test beyond a person’s belief—at least ostensibly requires proof such as an insurer termination notice. But people can also qualify for hardships for the unspecified nonreason that “you experienced another hardship in obtaining health insurance,” which only requires “documentation if possible.” And yet another waiver is available to those who say they are merely unable to afford coverage, regardless of their prior insurance. In a word, these shifting legal benchmarks offer an exemption to everyone who conceivably wants one.

    Keep in mind that the White House argued at the Supreme Court that the individual mandate to buy insurance was indispensable to the law’s success, and President Obama continues to say he’d veto the bipartisan bills that would delay or repeal it. So why are ObamaCare liberals silently gutting their own creation now?

    The answers are the implementation fiasco and politics. HHS revealed Tuesday that only 940,000 people signed up for an ObamaCare plan in February, bringing the total to about 4.2 million, well below the original 5.7 million projection. The predicted “surge” of young beneficiaries isn’t materializing even as the end-of-March deadline approaches, and enrollment decelerated in February.

    ……………

    Keeping its mandate waiver secret for now is an attempt get past November and in the meantime sign up as many people as possible for government-subsidized health care. Our sources in the insurance industry are worried the regulatory loophole sets a mandate non-enforcement precedent, and they’re probably right. The longer it is not enforced, the less likely any President will enforce it.

    The larger point is that there have been so many unilateral executive waivers and delays that ObamaCare must be unrecognizable to its drafters, to the extent they ever knew what the law contained.

    …………………….

    Basically you can opt out if you like, the law is dead, ACA is dead. How did they miss this.

  133. Florida 13 & the Menorah in the Ballot Box

    Yesterday to the surprise of an awful lot of people, including me, David Jolly defeated Alex Sink to win a special election in FL-13.

    If there was ever a race where the Democrats should have been able to pull off a win it was this one. Consider:

    1. Barack Obama carried this district

    2. Alex Sink wasn’t in congress to vote for Obamacare

    3. A libertarian candidate was in the race and took 5% of the vote

    4. The GOP candidate was a lobbyist

    PPP had this race with the Democrat up 3, Morning Joe devoted three long segments to it (one of them repeated) constantly referring to the GOP candidate as weak , and in a year when the GOP is told to abandon social issues Jolly was pro-life and was hammered on Social Security the third rail of politics.

    Even more incredible contrary to what every consultant in the country has been saying Jolly didn’t worry about crossover voters in a swing District while Sink did:

    Ask Alex Sink. Her campaign did a great job of messaging to independents and crossover voters. It made sense. It’s a swing district. But the Jolly campaign focused more heavily on Republicans and a Republican message.

    Yet when the dust had settled Jolly had pulled off the win.

    The National Journal sees trouble ahead for the left:

    More: http://datechguyblog.com/2014/03/12/florida-13-the-menorah-in-the-ballot-box/

  134. Here is ‘Public Enemy Number One’ for Bill de Blasio

    This is who Bill de Blasio hates…

    Dark skinned children that can read…

    Bill de Balsio hates it when they can read, write, and escape the regressive plantation, so he’ll close down their school.

    You know, equality! Equally illiterate, equally unemployable, equally poor, and utterly dependent on democrat policies and programs!

    Don’t worry democrats, Bill de Blasio will make sure they stay right where you want them! Those that don’t get aborted will never pose a threat!

    http://conservativehideout.com/2014/03/11/public-enemy-number-one-bill-de-blasio/

  135. President Obama to Raise Fast Food Worker and Jr. Manager Overtime Wages Via Executive Fiat

    President Obama is about to give Ronald McDonald a little extra in his pocket. According to the New York Times the president is about to use his pen to direct the labor department to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime.

    The overtime action by Mr. Obama is part of a broader election-year effort to make people forget Obmacare by portraying the Democrats as friends of the poor an middle-class.

    Recently the CBO estimated that a Democratic Party proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25 would reduce employment by 500,000 workers by 2016. It will be interesting to see the effect of this latest move by the President.

    http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2014/03/president-obama-to-raise-fast-food.html

  136. President Obama to Raise Fast Food Worker and Jr. Manager Overtime Wages Via Executive Fiat

    ………………..

    Jesus, he’s about to get a load of people fired because that is what companies will do if they have raise wages, is reduce workforce…..idiot.

  137. Obamacare thought to be the primary reason for the Dem loss in FL. Sink had taken the “don’t toss it, fix it” position, and look how that worked for him. It will be very interested to see how the Midterm Dem candidates will handle the Ocare albatross following the FL loss. ‘

    ___________

    OPINION

    “Florida race shows Democrats’ Obamacare dilemma”

    BY BYRON YORK | MARCH 12, 2014 AT 12:51 AM

    (snip)

    So the Florida contest may or may not be a bellwether. But it did lay bare the Democrats’ “fix Obamacare” dilemma. By the time midterm campaigning is at full speed in September and October, Democratic candidates will probably not be able to get away with listing a couple of non-germane tweaks as their program to “fix” Obamacare. If they try, they could pay a high political price. But if they suggest fundamental changes to the law, they’ll run afoul of party orthodoxy and risk losing national Democratic support. It will be just another added cost of the Affordable Care Act.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/florida-race-shows-democrats-obamacare-dilemma/article/2545504

  138. The European Example: Rethinking Government-Run Health Care

    Since the launch of Obamacare, Americans have begun to witness the reality of what more government intervention in the health care system means­burdensome mandates, tax increases, punitive fines, and heavy regulations.

    Yet at the same time Obamacare has created an expanded federal role in health care, other countries that have been operating government-run health programs for decades are furiously seeking to reform their dysfunctional and financially unsustainable systems before they unravel.

    Perhaps most notably, “enlightened” social democracies in Europe are looking toward market-based solutions to meet the twin challenges of accommodating consumer flexibility and choice while containing high costs.

    One of the most common complaints in government-run health systems: extremely long wait times for routine medical care and surgeries. In Sweden, a nation often cited for its commitment to universal health care, that unfortunate dynamic has led to the rise of a private health insurance industry to help consumers get a leg up.

    Cont’d: http://www.freeenterprise.com/health-care/european-example-rethinking-government-run-health-care?utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sitewide_feed&utm_source=0

  139. Another disaster–

    And all for a headline

    With no thought given to the impacts

    I strongly suspect that

    Many of them survive on overtime

    Now, that overtime will be cut

    And their take home pay will go down

    It will be performed by more parttimers

  140. the dying days of his malignant presidency.

    He is a failure, by any objective measure.

    And he has left this nation a poorer place than he found it.

    Now, people must turn their attention to big media who caused this.

    And ask themselves whether they deserve any role in the future/

    Or whether they should just go the way of the dinosaur.

  141. This time around, I hope people screw with the pollsters, tell them what they want to hear and then vote the other way.

    Who talks to pollsters anyway?

    I know this much. They never call me.

    Not that I would waste time talking to them.

  142. “And he has left this nation a poorer place than he found it.”

    ______________

    Yes, web, and sadly, unlike past presidents, Barack could not give less of a damn about the suffering of Americans and the damage to this country caused by his “transformation of America”. He will forever be the first half-black/ half-white president of the United States of America. He made history (or had it made for him). He no longer needs to worry about getting “street cred” as he did back in community organizer days. He’s got Dem Cred, which is now an oxymoron, thanks to him and his Dims. He rocked the WH with rap-stars and others from the entertainment industry, whose mega-wealth and name/face recognition somehow qualified them (in Barack’s opinion) to advise him on foreign policy and other critical issues., He and the fam took one vacay after another on our dime. His wife logged so many vacay miles, she should just have had wings installed on her back, and landing gear on her rear-end.

    Oh yes, it’s been a long, strange trip having Barack, The Unqualified, as president. If only the trip were over – how great would that be. But, we have two more years to go on Barack’s Highway to Hell. Damn, time creeps when you’re on a trip with Barack.

  143. Admin will have their take on the Florida election, but here is the Legal Insurrection take.

    Some see this as the harbinger of 2014—an election where dutiful dims are sluced out of office as they were in 2010.

    We will see about that.

    Too many prognostications of imminent defeat have been countered by big media.

    If the real war here is with big media, to give the public the truth, then this is a set back for big media.

    Conventional wisdom cites 2010, but I look back to 2008 New Hampshire when big media was caught with their pants down.

    I hope this is part of an overall move by the public to discount not merely the words but the agenda of a toxic media empire aimed at deceiving the public and allying itself incestuously with the Democratic Party.

    There is no democratic party any more, nor any republican party. Those labels are obsolete and misleading. It is the permanent political class, epitomized by miscreants like Schumer, Durbin, McCain, McConnell, Boehner vs. the American people. And big media has chosen to ally themselves with the dimocrat half of the political class to bamboozle the people.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/reactions-to-the-earthquake-in-fl13/#more-80956

  144. Somehow Wbboei i think a complete destruction needs to happen in Nov so as they come begging and squealing for Bill and Hillary on bended knee begging them to help because frankly Obama has now ditched all responsibility, he is doing a “not my problem” already.

    Obama is going to sit on his ass from now until Jan 2016, that much is apparent.

  145. A superb quote, from a superb geopolitical thinker–Georgianne Geyer, who is not part of that ship of fools otherwise known as big media. It is how Putin views the United States, and it is very much how I view the political class in this country, as they consolidate their wealth and power over the American People through traitor Obama:
    ——————–

    I must admit, I did like one of Putin’s quotes this week, perhaps because it somewhat reflects my feelings that we are demanding things of other peoples that are simply not in their cultural DNA. Of his American critic, he said bitterly: “They sit there across the pond … sometimes it seems they feel like they are in a lab and they are running all sorts of experiments on the rats without understanding the consequences.”

  146. moononpluto

    March 12, 2014 at 11:04 am
    ————-
    Yes indeed. And simultaneous with that, she needs to distance herself from Obama, because in the aftermath of this loss, he will attempt to finish all the unfinished business of the agenda Soros has given him through executive order, and if the old establishment bulls of the other party simultaneously are forced to walk the plank, then there will be resistance. Obama must end his days caught in a pinzer between internal and external forces, and then the country must move in for the real kill–the marginalization of the corrupt big media, who if they are smart will run for their lives.

  147. Is anyone as horrified as I am to read the headline on Drudge that Rahm Emanuel is seriously being groomed as a White House contender. Does that mean that he has the whole corrupt Chicago machine that railroaded Obama into office behind him?

  148. One of the things that has made this country dysfunctional in so many areas, is the pensioning off of people with real world experience from corporations and government. And when they try to get back in they are met with a form of age discrimination which the law does not take cognizance of anymore–if it ever did. When the issue was in play, the suspicion was that evil corporations were keen to replace high paid seniors with low paid newbees with computer skills. But today, another factor is in evidence. Twenty nine year olds run Hollywood, Obama entrusted GM to a 29 year old, etc. and the excuse I hear from those who do this is they are the only ones who can stand the long hours. But the critical factor that I see is that the younger generation who runs the institutions wants to work with people in their own generation. And that is a form of bias most of us do not realize, until enough doors get slammed in their face, and they wonder whether the problem is me or them. For better or for worse, in my case for worse, we are all to some extent captives of our own generation–its cultural preferences, its work ethic, its world view. And whether we say so or not we view other generations and they view us as alien to their world, and not on their team. That is part of what I see with Obama.

  149. To put a finer point on it, the generational world view is formed based on a set of shared experiences which make a sufficient impression on them that it affects how they think. The clearest example of this is the world war II generation who also lived through the depression. Those experiences determined their views of foreign policy, military service, the work ethic, the traditional family, their faith in God and everything else. My generation has it very easy by comparison, and their cultural software resists those sorts of disciplines and looks for the easy way out, which they identify with the moral way out, under some new definition of morality. At best, it is the utilitarian view as opposed to the deontological view. People deplore the idea that people today would prefer not to work, but that attitude which could never have been permissible under the assumptions of the world war II generations, and dismissed as decadent, would be accepted today, as evidenced by Pelosi’s delusion that people who are out of work have more time to paint, to think and to come to terms with their inner child.

  150. Betty
    March 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm
    Is anyone as horrified as I am to read the headline on Drudge that Rahm Emanuel is seriously being groomed as a White House contender. Does that mean that he has the whole corrupt Chicago machine that railroaded Obama into office behind him?
    _______

    Betty, I can’t speak for anyone else, but it scares the s**t out of me. I had not seen that headline, and hope the Dems, for once, use better judgement than that. But, honestly, I think we all know that good judgement is not their strong point.

  151. The (Not Very) Quiet Campaign for Hillary Clinton

    Exclusive: An army is forming for the Democratic front-runner, but its leaders are keeping a safe distance and the former Secretary of State is grateful.

    Far from being just another aide to Hillary and Bill Clinton, Craig Smith is something of an adopted son. He worked for the pair in Arkansas, was the very first hire for Bill’s 1992 presidential run, followed them to the White House and then advised both the 1996 and 2008 campaigns. But in recent months, Smith and his mentors haven’t been talking. “Look, I’ve known these people for over 30 years,” he says. “Being in a situation where I can’t talk to them is a little odd. But, you know, it is what it is.”

    The reason for the distance is Smith’s current role as a senior adviser for Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that has been set up to organize the grassroots for a 2016 Clinton presidential effort should she run. Super PACs cannot under federal rules coordinate certain types of spending or fundraising with candidates. Smith has interpreted this broadly, cutting off all direct ties to the former First Couple. “Our goal is to build the Ferrari of grassroots operations,” Smith says. “All we need is a driver ready to hit the gas.”
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    It’s not wholly as hands-off as all that; the back-and-forth is just carefully choreographed. In recent weeks, Clinton has told friends she is grateful for the Ready for Hillary effort, follows its activities closely and believes it is building exactly the kind of foundation she never erected — but discovered she needed — in her race against Barack Obama in 2008. The ­super PAC, meanwhile, has been telegraphing messages to Clinton in plain sight. When people without obvious ties to the Clintons are hired for the group, they are often announced in press releases containing testimonials from someone in the Clintons’ orbit — a move intended to ensure that Hillary will be comfortable with the choice.

    As far as Smith is concerned, all systems are go: in the next few months, the group plans to sign up supporters in every state. Should Clinton personally offer endorsements in midterm contests — and it would be unusual if she did not — Ready for Hillary plans to rush in with fundraising assistance and foot soldiers. In other races, Clinton fans will be urged to promote Democrats up and down the ballot, fostering goodwill and, just as important, gaining practical experience that can be reprised later if Clinton jumps in.

    There is now talk among Ready officials about finishing 2014 with 5 million supporters and 2 million active volunteers, numbers that would likely dwarf the assets of all the GOP wannabes combined. If realized, that would be substantially more than the piddling grassroots effort that Clinton mounted against Obama six years ago. Could anyone, Democrat or Republican, catch the Clinton machine this time? “I don’t know,” Smith says. “I think it takes a long time to build a grassroots operation. These things don’t pop up overnight.”

    Indeed, they do not, and there is little that is spontaneous about this one. Smith estimates that the entire Clinton effort — including all the current super PAC ­projects and an actual campaign — will cost a cool $1.7 billion in total. That back-of-the-envelope calculation is based on his observation that in each presidential campaign the victor ends up spending about 150% of what the winner spent four years before.

    The other boost for Ready for Hillary has come from Obama’s political machine. Inside Obama world, the battle scars of the 2008 nomination fight have faded, and there is widespread excitement about a Clinton candidacy; her service in the Administration has made her the clear, if unofficial, legatee. “I have yet to meet anybody — grassroots, donor or elected official — who is not enthusiastically for her,” says one of Obama’s top strategists. “The loyalty thing has played a huge role in the difference between support and enthusiastic support.”

    Obama’s advisers have had to reassure the President that the early embrace of Clinton by his far-flung team is a good thing. He has fretted to aides about the leadership role his campaign manager Jim Messina has taken on in another pro-Clinton super PAC, Priorities USA Action, and worried that the early organizing might distract from his effort to limit losses in the looming midterm election. Obama is also aware that the rush to Clinton could diminish his Vice President’s standing and hurt some feelings, whether Joe Biden runs or not.

    Meanwhile, the current First Lady maintains a steadfast eye on her husband’s legacy — short term and long — say advisers who have discussed politics with her recently. Michelle Obama is determined that the party choose the strongest contender possible to keep the White House in Democratic hands after her husband departs, and aides say she has her ear close to the ground. Of course, no one expects a public endorsement anytime soon. But like practically everyone else around the President, Michelle has made it clear she believes Clinton looks like the best choice now.

    http://time.com/20622/hillary-clinton-campaign-2016/

  152. Rahm Emmanuel….please, best laugh i have had all day

    —–

    I agree.

    Rahm running around nude in the ‘professional’ showers, screaming at congressmen when he was in the WhiteHouse…yea, he is a real threat to Hillary.

    The public hates him.

    She will slap him silly, again.

  153. No time to waste. The clock is ticking. It can’t tick fast enough for me!
    ====

    Obama: ‘I Don’t Have Time to Waste. The Clock Is Ticking.’

    ‘We have our blind spots and we have our dogmas and we’ve got our crazy folks.’

    President Obama knows that his time is almost up. It’s a point he’s making to liberal Democratic donors to get them to donate generously in this year’s mid-term election.

    At a Democratic fundraiser last night in New York City, President Obama said, “I hope you will all step up because, although I’m very optimistic about our long-term trends, the notion that we would waste two years in further inaction rather than move boldly on a path that I think all of us in this room agree on — we don’t have time to waste.”

    The president continued, “I don’t have time to waste. The clock is ticking. There’s less than two years left — less than three years left. I want to squeeze every last little bit of work that I can during the remainder of my term so that, looking back, I’m going to be able to say that we left everything on the field and every single person I could help in this office — which is such an incredible privilege — I helped.”

    But before that, Obama also took an opportunity in the middle of the fundraiser, to tweak Democrats. “And the fact of the matter is that Democrats are not without our flaws. We have our blind spots and we have our dogmas and we’ve got our crazy folks,” Obama said as the crowd laughed.

    “But as a whole, this is a party that is serious about making sure that America is growing and offering opportunity to everybody. And the story many of you here in this room have lived, the success that you’ve lived out, what we’re about is making sure a whole bunch of kids behind us can live out that same success. And if I have just a smidgeon of a cooperative Congress, think what we can do these next two and a half years.”

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-i-dont-have-time-waste-clock-ticking_784657.html#

  154. Almost exactly what I said above at: Shadowfax – March 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    —–

    Edward Snowden critiques Dianne Feinstein remarks

    National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden called out Sen. Dianne Feinstein after her fiery floor speech Tuesday assailing the CIA, calling her anger hypocritical.

    Snowden released a statement after the California Democrat spent nearly an hour on the Senate floor decrying the CIA for accessing Senate Intelligence Committee computers and interfering with staffers’ investigations into CIA interrogation tactics.

    “It’s clear the CIA was trying to play ‘keep away’ with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that’s a serious constitutional concern,” Snowden said in a statement to NBC News and confirmed to POLITICO by a Snowden associate. “But it’s equally if not more concerning that we’re seeing another ‘Merkel Effect,’ where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it’s a
    scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/edward-snowden-dianne-feinstein-cia-104529.html?hp=l15

  155. No, I don’t see Emmanuel as a real threat to Hillary, either. But, I won’t dismiss or laugh off anyone that the Dims and the Thugnation seriously get behind – that’s not saying that they have or will get behind Rahm Its just to say that after they stole the presidency for the inexperienced community organizer, it’s not smart to take any candidate they decided to push too lightly. just saying.

  156. 3/12/14.
    Lerner accused of driving IRS targeting, under pressure from ‘voices on the left’
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/12/lerner-accused-driving-irs-targeting-under-pressure-from-voices-on-left/

    *************************
    Due to noise about Rahm, I paid casual attention to WGN noon news on here at 1:00. Noticed only that Blago’s records are to remain sealed a bit longer lol. Gonna be gut wrenching when OH pardons Tony, Rod & Jesse Jr. (Did I leave anyone out?)

  157. …many will have an opinion on Alex Sink’s loss yesterday and today’s dismal news for O in today’s NBC/WSJ poll…

    imho…my two cents…

    * the public is not stupid…*

    they see O and his family on vacations every month

    they see another party with another theme continually at the WH

    they see O wasting their taxpayer money like it grows on trees

    they see MO on TV doing comedy skits every chance she gets

    they see O playing around with actors on TV trying to sell Ocare

    they understand that O lied to them and that they cannot keep their insurance

    they understand that their policies were cancelled and their premiums and deductibles have skyrocked

    they realize that not only can they not keep their doctors, but the best hospitals are not covered by Ocare and tough luck for them

    …and they realize they will have to pay even more for the care they once had that was covered by the plans they had that were cancelled…

    they realized that the IRS will now have a bigger and more complicated presence in their lives

    they remember O mouthing off about “people not building what they did, as in “you didn’t build that” and now they see O manipulating their lives by making them dependant on the govt more and more whether they like it or not…

    they see that they are being put into medicare even if they were happy with their private insurance plan

    they are beginning to realize that O is spying on their personal lives big time and also putting their private and confidential info at risk

    they see O as being very distracted and unable to make focused decisions

    they see O changing the rules whenever he feels like it with Ocare and giving special favors to some and not others…they see him exerting too much control over their personal lives

    they hear O saying “I’ve got a pen and a phone and I can go around Congress and do whatever I want without them by Executive order…he will take his marbles and go home and make his own game and people will live by what he decides…

    and now they hear O saying “he has no time to waste”…implying he must finally get to work…no more parties, no more golf…no more fun TV…time to get to work and stop wasting time…

    the American people see O for what he is and what he is not…and they are getting very tired of him and his antics…

    that’s why at least 48% will not vote for anyone that supports O and his behavior…

  158. oh, one more thing…

    the American people see O taking a hard line on Putin and talking tough…and then less than one hour late he is talking about time to start the ‘Happy Hour’ with the DNC…

    we can all see this is not a serious person with his mind focused on the serious events of the day…he flits from one teleprompter reading to go play at some other less burdensome event…he can only devote so much time to work then he must find some escape…

  159. Interesting what do you think? 🙂

    “This series could have all the makings of a national political rebrand,” he adds.

    Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass has also broached the idea of “Vice President Emanuel,” though he envisions the mayor in the role of manager for Mr. Clinton — his old boss — who would be known as the “First Gentleman.” should Mrs. Clinton win the White House.

    There’s more to come. Along with billionaire Sam Zell, Mr. Emanuel is one of the featured speakers at “Reinventing America,” a summit organized by Steve Forbes, chairman of Forbes Media. The two-day event is scheduled for late March, with much talk about the “heartland” and an agenda that pushes cheap energy, plus innovative manufacturing, finance and job creation — all noteworthy planks for a potential political platform.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/11/inside-the-beltway-a-new-interested-in-rahm-emanue/#ixzz2vmgqoGQQ
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  160. S, you make some good points. I hope you’re right, and that in spite of MSM running defense for Obama, people see all of the problems you noted. What it boils down to is that Obama’s bully tactics, lack of respect for law, wasteful extravagance, lack of substance, etc., run counter to the values most Americans embrace.

  161. yes, Freespirit…

    I think the bottom line is people can see O is not the “bill of goods” he sold himself as when he ran for Prez…

    he was going to work across the political line and bring people together and now he has done the exact opposite with his threat to use his pen to do what he wants…

    he was going to be the most transparent and now he has become the most secretive Prez since Nixon…he has stifiled whistleblowers, gone after journalists, made even supporters in the media confess that his WH strongarms them to toe the party line, etc

    the media and professional photographers have been forced to admit and write complaints because they cannot cover the O admin and instead get the WH ‘feed’ and photos for circulation…

    the amount of control O has exerted indicates a very insecure, paranoid and inexperienced person who lacks confidence …hence the ridiculous need for the teleprompter even when appearing before middle school kids…

    bottom line…he lied to the people and now the people…even some Dems…are seeing thru his act…too bad it took this long…

    imho…i think all of this has a cumulative effect…and at a certain point people just have had enough…and lose faith and don’t believe or TRUST…him anymore…

  162. He can always go back home. They still love him there.
    ======

    MSNBC So Desperate To Find People Who Still Like Obama They Travel To Kenya: “Everyone In Kenya Emulates Him”…

    MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow aired a report from Kenya on Wednesday, pointing out that even though President Obama was suffering some of his lowest approval ratings ever in America, he was still very popular in his father’s homeland.

    “We’ve heard about President Obama’s poll numbers here in the United States, including those pretty dim assessments of his handling of the rest of the world,” Farrow began. “But out in the wide world, there is one place he can always call home ­ if they have anything to do with it.”

    Farrow featured several live interviews with Kenyans who supported the president and even included one Kenyan who composed a song for the American president.

    http://weaselzippers.us/179170-msnbc-so-desperate-to-find-people-who-still-like-obama-they-travel-to-kenya-kenyans-still-love-barack-obama-everyone-in-kenya-emulates-him/

  163. foxyladi14
    March 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    GO GETTEM TREY. 😀

    ———

    Ahhhh, he is right, right, right…again.

  164. When Alex Sink’s campaign called, I asked them about how she threw HRC under the bus for the Unqualified One and what she was going to do about 2016.

    No Answer.

    No Vote.

    I love Big Dawg and he gets some consideration, but does not decide my vote.

  165. Emanuel is the EPITOME OF CORRUPTION and the Chicago way. Any presidential ticket with him on it is D.O.A.–especially after we have had the current pond scum from Chicago.

  166. Nixon, for all his faults, was his own man at least. Nobody installed him in the presidency and nobody issue him his marching orders. In sum, Nixon was nobody’s puppet.

    Not so with Obama. He is a not his own man. Soros installed him and he is Soros puppet/ That is why attacking him directly is like trying to nail jello to the wall. And he has a mental disorder called narcissism.

  167. The high point in Trey’s speech was his point the Dimocrats in the House leaped to their feet and wildly applauded when Obama told them he was going to do things without their consent, undermine their role and make them irrelevant. There is a word for this: masochism and they have it in spades.

  168. “It’s clear the CIA was trying to play ‘keep away’ with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that’s a serious constitutional concern,” Snowden said in a statement to NBC News and confirmed to POLITICO by a Snowden associate. “But it’s equally if not more concerning that we’re seeing another ‘Merkel Effect,’ where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it’s a
    scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them.”
    —————-
    Snowden . . . I like him. More than anyone. Because he is right and has the courage of his convictions–something we see rarely if ever.

  169. It was wise for Trey to address then as colleagues and leverage his case against their institutional role. The truth is they are so caught up in political intrigue and exploiting them cozy relationship that they cannot see the forest for the trees. And I can think of no better example of this than Elijah Cummings who is bent on obstructing the investigation into a clear government violation of the rights of the people clearly spelled out in the Bill of Rights.

  170. wbboei
    March 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm
    Nixon, for all his faults, was his own man at least. Nobody installed him in the presidency and nobody issue him his marching orders. In sum, Nixon was nobody’s puppet.

    Not so with Obama. He is a not his own man. Soros installed him and he is Soros puppet/ That is why attacking him directly is like trying to nail jello to the wall. And he has a mental disorder called narcissism.

    _________________

    Excellent description of O, especially the analogy about nailing “jello to the wall”. Obama wouldn’t be his own person whether in the WH, on the streets of the slums he helped create in Chicago, or wherever. He has a very poorly formed sense of self, probably in part, because he has told so many lies about who he really is. Or maybe it’s the other way around, and he is capable of telling so many lies about who he is because he never really knew who he was in the first place. He can be anyone the peeps he’s with at the time need or want him to be. In the words of someone – can’t recall who, “There is no there, there”.

    S, I think you hit the nail on the head. Obama ‘s deep-seated insecurity drives his need to control. He needs to call all the shots. Like a kid playing a board game, he wants to win, and will make up new rules in order to do so. Actually, he just needs to create the illusion that he’s winning. He’s not someone whose accomplishments must be legitimate in order for him to be able to experience a sense of satisfaction. Having the media cover for him has allowed him to maintain his delusion that he’s on top. He’s the great one. If the Dems lose the midterms, it will not be his fault – not to Barack. It’s hard to recognize that you’ve screwed up, big time, when celestial choirs are singing your praises in your head all the time.

  171. Dems dealing with low voter turn-out. HOW’S THAT NEW DEM COALITION WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA, DONA BRAZILLE.
    ____________________

    March 12, 2014, 08:29 pm

    “Dems get a sinking 2014 feeling”

    By Alexandra Jaffe and Russell Bremen

    Democrats put on a brave face while sorting through the post-election rubble of their loss in Florida’s 13th District Tuesday, but the takeaway was clear and urgent: The party has a dire turnout problem heading into the midterm elections

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/200656-dems-get-a-sinking-2014-feeling#ixzz2voVKCFnp
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  172. Rudi thinks Obamacare may be a problem for the democrats in 2014, and could even be a problem for them in 2016. He claims it touches the lives of all Americans, and links up with all the other things that their HERO Obama has done to “control the people”. Therefore, it will affect their vote, to the point that the chances are 52-49 that they will take the senate. I think he is a cockeyed optimist. History has shown that the American People are complete rubes, and fall for him every time. If big media gave them the truth it might be different, but that will never happen–until FOX moves to free television. Then NBC, ABC, and CBS will go the way of the newspapers.

    http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/your-world-cavuto/index.html#/v/3331672419001

    Incidentally, I played golf today with a former manage with the Seattle Times. I have mentioned before the problems with the family that owns that newspaper–the colonel who started it, who protected the corruption in Seattle against a crusading prosecutor who reminded me of Bobby Kennedy, up to the current nit wit who owns it and has imprinted it with his left wing bias to the point that many have cancelled their subscriptions. Ten years ago it was worth a billion dollars, today it is worth one quarter of that. They have lost their advertisers, and their credit department has gone from 14 people to 1. A natural death for that rag would be in the interest of all concerned. It has no redeeming social value–sort of like NYT/

  173. freespirit

    March 13, 2014 at 12:14 am
    —————
    Agree with your analysis.

    The deepest insight into Obama came from the world’s leading expert on the mental disease of narcissism. This is not a simple case of a big ego. This is the story of a man who was abandoned as a child, and to compensate for that loss of identity he constructed a mask which was all powerful, which drew co-dependent people to him–losers in most cases, with some void in their own life, who are drawn to him like a moth to a flame. But behind that mask what we find is the angry ossified child, and that is what we will see more and more of in the days ahead. In my letter to the professor, I recommended that congress file a lawsuit questioning his categorical refusal to faithfully execute loss passed by Congress, and I am glad to see that Trey at least is picking up the cudgel. The alternatives are the power of the purse or impeachment. Boehner has fallen through his ass to many times for me to believe that he use the power to the purse. He has the same problem Obama does of drawing red lines and them caving. Impeachment is a bold step, and the consultant class that makes those decisions–assholes like Ed Gillespe who told Romney that he should not attack Obama, but just be nice, would faint at the very word impeachment. If I were around, I would pronounce Ed dead and bury him alive, with full consultant honors.

  174. Now it is Big Pink and similar minions’ fault.
    This is short post and most of it is already here.

    The End of Barack Obama?
    Barack Obama is a beaten man. You can just see it in his face. The bright, young, optimistic man that the USA elected president is gone, replaced by an unsure, tired man that is just running out the string.
    Why has this happened? Why, after such an optimistic beginning, has president Obama become bogged down in gridlock, unable to do anything of note? Certainly every president has had to face opposition and partisanship – why is it different here?
    The answer lies in the internet. And social media platforms like Facebook.Snip The extreme, loud elements have taken hold, and Obama is feeling their wrath snip
    http://lifestylejournal.com/obama.php

  175. Holder and Obama will protect her just watch!!! 🙄

    A 140 page report issued by the House Oversight and Government Reportm Committee, headed by Rep. Darrell Issa, takes Lois Lerner a step closer to a contempt of Congress charge. Because federal bureaucrats live privileged lives, her legal bills are being paid by you and me (unlike the targets of her efforts, who had to pay their own lawyers). And she probably expects the Eric Holder Department of Justice to lay off on her, not an unreasonable expectation. Nevertheless, she has to be a little worried. Eliana Johnson lays out why:

    http://americanthinker.com/blog/2014/03/house_oversight_committee_lays_groundwork_for_charging_lois_lerner.html

  176. Obama is a laughing stock. 😡

    With Barack Obama at the helm in Washington, Putin felt fairly confident that grabbing parts of what had been the former Soviet Union from small and essentially defenseless nations would work again.

    Today the world, friends and enemies alike, view Barack Obama as a weak president. He has shown that oratory is his weapon of choice, but he almost invariable avoids using any other weapons available to him.

    Sanctions? Only kidding.

    Military force? Well, temporarily perhaps and only after announcing when that military force will end.

    Loyalty to allies or opposition to enemies? Not likely.

    He might appear to be the perfect reincarnation of Neville Chamberlain except for one thing. Chamberlain was willing to carry his own umbrella.

    So Crimea is a lost cause, and the policy of the United States, which amounts to nothing more than wagging a finger at Putin and saying the equivalent (in diplomatic terms) of “Bad dog!” accomplishes absolutely nothing beyond moving the meter of world opinion of the United States from being merely unreliable to being a complete laughingstock.

    http://americanthinker.com/blog/2014/03/kerrys_right__its_not_the_nineteenth_century.html

  177. Sheila strikes again. 😆

    This is a woman with a degree in political science from Yale and a law degree from Virginia – both degree fields supposedly requiring significant study of American politics and American law, both of which are grounded in that Constitution. Was Sheila snoozing in class?

    Oh, well. The un-constitutional law professor now leading us believes we have 57 states, so Sheila’s blooper is no big deal. He thinks we’re bigger; she thinks we’re older.

    But Sheila, you see, is a serial offender. She once asked her tour guide at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena if the Mars Rover had been able to photograph the flag Neil Armstrong had planted. Sheila, that was the Moon Neil visited, not Mars.

    Then there’s this demonstration of Lee’s grasp of geopolitics. Once again, standing on the House floor back in 2010:

    http://americanthinker.com/blog/2014/03/more_dim_dems.html

  178. And she probably expects the Eric Holder Department of Justice to lay off on her, not an unreasonable expectation.
    ————————-
    Not probably. Not expects. It has already happened.

    Holder has interviewed her (the perpetrator) but not the victims.

    That is NOT the way a legitimate criminal investigation is handled.

    And a legitimate attorney general steps aside and lets a special counsel do the job.

    Rather than appointing an Obama bundler who was appointed to the US Attorney office.

    And then you have Elija Cummings whose job is to obstruct the congressional investigation.

    Radical blacks circle the wagons to protect corruption.

    No. Lerner need not fear prosecution from them.

    In fact, it is an oxymoron.

  179. The real question, then, is whether Republicans have the stones to hold her in contempt and send her to jail.

    I am sure they have run that one by Ed Gillespie no less than a thousand times.

    And his sage/costly advice?

    Whatever you do, do not look mean.

    If you look mean you will lose the 2014 elections.

    How bout this one Ed?

    History has shown that when they listen to you they lose elections.

    And if they do not, you lose your fat (as in $36 million) fee–for losing the 2012 election for candidate Romney.

  180. I suspect that the timeline of management censoring important stories the Sharyl presented to them about the malfeasance and misfeasance of the Obama Administration, coincides with the timeline in which the brother of the president of that network became a top Obama official. Simply put, that network has an irreconcilable conflict of interest that precludes them from fulfilling their journalistic duties to the audience, and makes them nothing more that a cipher for this corrupt administration. Since Sharyl resigned, it is unlikely that she signed a non disclosure agreement, or a covenant not to compete. Her upcoming book could shiver the timbers of big media and accelerate its demise. Sentient members of the public despise big media, and are looking for rational reasons to dismiss and urge others to dismiss their corrupt work product. Possibly, Sharyl’s book will accelerate their demise. I tuned them out in 2008, and will never go back to them, ever. The reason: they lie with impunity and I do not like being lied to.

    Sharyl Attkisson vs. CBS: Reporter first tried to quit a year ago

    CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson announced this week that she is leaving the network, the culmination of a series of clashes between the investigative reporter and her bosses.

    But people familiar with the situation say that Attkisson actually attempted to resign one year ago, even starting to clean out her desk in the Washington bureau.

    CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager talked her out of leaving last March, promising that some of the issues she had raised would be addressed.

    Based on these assurances, Attkisson returned to work full time and dropped efforts to terminate her contract.

    But the differences proved irreconcilable in an atmosphere that has also drawn complaints from some other reporters and producers. While Fager, a veteran newsman who is also executive producer of “60 Minutes,” commands considerable respect in the news division, there is concern among some of the rank and file about the difficulty of getting management to approve tough stories.

    It was against this backdrop that Attkisson recently submitted her resignation again, and this time the network agreed to let her out of her contract early.

    The departure underscores the gulf that developed between the CBS brass and the reporter who has doggedly pursued a variety of stories, including such Obama administration debacles as Benghazi and the botched Fast and Furious investigation into gun-running.

    Asked Wednesday about the difficulties she faced getting airtime, Attkisson said in a brief interview: “It’s not a matter of ‘me’ being on the air, it’s the idea that so few of the incredibly interesting and important original and investigative topics I brought to the table, often exclusively, could find no home at CBS in the past three years or so.”

    As for her departure from CBS News after two decades, Attkisson said, “I feel good about it.”

    While media reports have focused on Attkisson’s investigations of the Obama administration, those familiar with the situation say she was stymied in getting airtime for stories beyond politics, including corporate scandals and a wide range of other subjects.

    None of the investigative stories that Attkisson proposed in the past year were greenlighted for the “CBS Evening News”; in fact, most of her pitches were turned down. She wound up working on stories that the network assigned, say those familiar with the matter, including a string of investigative pieces on health care. But her output has declined significantly since 2008.

    Beyond the nightly newscast, Attkisson’s work last year appeared on “CBS This Morning” and “Sunday Morning,” as well as on the web.

    Attkisson is working on a book, tentatively scheduled for November, called “Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington.”

    “I hope to explore the unseen influences on and manipulation of the images and information the public receives in the media, whether it’s online on Wikipedia, or on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, or on television,” she told me.

    CBS has said in a statement that Attkisson “is leaving the news division to pursue other endeavors. We appreciate her many contributions and we wish her well.”

  181. Gates should stay out of politics. We do not need our future controlled by the likes of him or Schmidt. He is now entering the world of politics, more frontally than Soros ever did. He wants to COMMODITIZE the political process, by having his software engineers come up with “bi-partisan” proposals on issues like—oh, maybe, global warming. This is the same “visionary” who claims that global poverty will be ended by 2030. There is a high degree of arrogance, and misunderstanding in his proposal. For example, in labor relations, there have been Harvard boys who hypothesized why have all the shouting, screaming and strikes? Why make a poker game of it? Why not feed all the interests of both parties into a computer, with instructions to spit out 100 variant solutions that the parties can pour over and select. Well, it never happened. There is a power factor and a prestige factor, and in the case of Congress a political factor which augers against these neat, bloodless, mechanistic solutions. The corollary to this proposal is a press which simply reinforces the solution chosen, regardless of how it impacts. In this manner, an engineer like Bill, or that maggot Schmidt hope to control the world. Eighty senators to meet with him on this project. A waste of time. Worse, a distraction.

  182. The core problem here is much greater than I originally imagined. It is nothing more and nothing less than two irreconcilable visions of the future. And like any house divided, it must fall. It will go on like this until one side wins. Let us hope that the next two elections drive a silver stake through the vampire heart of the progressive movement, which is a warmed over variant of Bolshevism.

  183. I was not clear. The problem we have in congress is not the inability to identify possible solutions. Nor is it the lack of political courage to pursue them. Rather, it is the fact the two parties represent two diamaterically opposed and utterly irreconcilable visions of the future. And no software program can solve that problem. Thus, the real intent behind this proposal is to identify a set of mutually prominent alternatives, invest them with a catholic sort of orthodoxy, and then push to parties loose from their political moorings and force them to embrace them. What you end up with is congressmen in name only. And a public loses the power to control its future.

  184. The Obama Peace Plan Includes Permanently Dividing The City Of Jerusalem

    Barack Obama’s “two state” peace plan would not just permanently divide the land of Israel. It would also permanently divide the city of Jerusalem. It is anticipated that the “Kerry Plan”, which is expected to be revealed to the public soon, will call for a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem without specifying the exact borders. According to some media reports, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has approached Palestinian leadership with the idea of locating the Palestinian capital in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina. Of course the details of any peace agreement will change as negotiations progress, but one thing is becoming increasingly clear – the Palestinians will never accept an undivided Jerusalem and the U.S. government is going to pressure Israel to hand part of the holy city over to them. But if Israel gives in and accepts a “peace plan” that includes the permanent division of Jerusalem, it will end up being absolutely disastrous for Israel, for the Palestinians and for the United States.

    In many ways, the Obama administration finds itself stuck between a rock and a hard place, and the status of Jerusalem is the most “burdensome stone” of all. Obama and Kerry desperately want to cement their legacies by getting the Israelis and the Palestinians to agree to a peace plan before Obama’s term is over, but the two sides are far apart on a number of issues.

    The Palestinians have convinced Obama and Kerry that they will never, ever accept a deal that does not include a Palestinian capital in east Jerusalem, so Obama and Kerry have decided that their best bet is to try to get the Israelis to cave in on their demand for an undivided holy city.

    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/03/13/obama-peace-plan-includes-permanently-dividing-city-jerusalem/

  185. At this point Obama is nothing more than a broken record.

    The point made earlier: he continues to talk even though he has nothing to say, is somehow very apt and descriptive.

    Worse than a bullshit artist.

    More like The Wizard of Ooooze/

    Which was once the name of Everett Dirkson who displayed the same proclivity.

  186. Sooooo many comments I agree with over the past few hours, I don’t know where to begin.

    A big fat ‘YUP’ will have to do.

  187. freespirit
    March 13, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Dems dealing with low voter turn-out. HOW’S THAT NEW DEM COALITION WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA, DONA BRAZILLE.

    —–

    Donna, how do ya like Dem apples?

    You’re cheating, lying DNC is 15 million dollars in the hole because you have lost Hillary’s freakin’ Democrats!

    You have no money to support your 2014 candidates and so you push Berry out of his daily stupor, shove him on AF1, out to campaign for more money.

    You got what you paid for.

  188. wbb

    Snowden . . . I like him. More than anyone. Because he is right and has the courage of his convictions–something we see rarely if ever.

    —-
    I agree. He is a real hero to me.

  189. Where The Russian Troops Are – The Full “Pre-Takeover” Infographic

    As we reported yesterday, Crimea is last week’s story. Now it is all about east Ukraine. In that vein, moments ago John Kerry’s latest stand up comedy routine hit the tape which contained, besides the usual laugh lines, this particular pearl:

    KERRY SAYS RUSSIA DOESN’T YET HAVE FORCES FOR UKRAINE TAKEOVER

    Is that so? We provide this map showing the latest distribution of Russian military forces on the Ukraine borders so that readers can make up their own mind.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-13/where-russian-troops-are-full-pre-takeover-infographic

  190. Shadowfax

    “One pantywaist getting his orders from the doofus”.

    I’m totally cracking up. lmao.

  191. John Kerry: Russia has until Monday to reverse course in Ukraine
    ———————-
    The truth?

    John Kerry has until Monday to fall though his ass gracefully. Thereafter, he will look like the horse’s ass he is.

    My guess. They will be forced to do something token.

    The risk: the ossified inner child will come out and escalate the conflict, knowing full well he will fall through his ass later.

    The stock market decline of the past 24 hours suggests that they know something we do not.

    Got news for that fucking Obama.

    It is not our conflict.

    And it is not worth going to the wall over so long as he is in the oval office.

    Bottom line: he is not credible, and god forbid he should throw a hissy fit with live ammo.

    The ossified inner child has a full metal jacket streak in him.

  192. freespirit

    March 13, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    “GOP Could Force Vote to Negate Obamacare Carve-Out for Unions
    ————–
    There is no legitimate basis to give them a carve out. They are rich.

  193. Wbb

    Yes it scares me the child will throw a tantrum that will escalate the situation because he wants to show the world he is not as big of pansy that he is in fact.

  194. “There is no legitimate basis to give them a carve out. They are rich.”
    _______

    Exactly. Barack gave them an exemption to avoid raising the ire and lowering the donations from the group who has been a money tree for the Dims forever. If the pubs cancel their exemption, which they very well may not be able to do, it will very probability mean loss of votes and donations for Dem candidates.

  195. Whoa! Chelsea don’t play. Piers has made himself irrelevant by being a knee-jerk progressive. On every issue, his response is right off the stuff-all-progressives-must-support list. No exceptions. If you call yourself a liberal, you have to believe as the neo-liberals/progressives believe. No room for critical thinking. Just memorize the talking points.

  196. Lindsey Graham just handed his opponents the soundbite to batter him over the head with 24/7 through the primaries. Muppet.

  197. Light in the loafers Lindsey would be much happier if he would just come out of the closet and abandon his faux macho bullshit. As it is, he sees everything in a highly colored medium, gives dramatic interest to every minor event, and will not be happy until he gets this nation into another war or superpower confrontation. He always tries to be tough.

  198. And, Lindsey and that idiot woman from New Hampshire whose name I cannot remember (I remembered it once, and immediately forgot it) follow John McNutt (R-Az) around like a pair of poodles. If you want to know who the real wacko birds are, you would be well advised to start with that trio.

  199. Have we learned nothing about these neocons? Enough already.

    By the way, I saw an article the other day which said that McNutt is the most hated man in congress.

    A friend of mine was a state campaign manager for John McNutt in the 2008 primary, and I got roped into advising him on his third campaign. It is sad when a political party stoops to back benchers like John to run as their standard bearer. And the worst of it he will not go gently into that good night, like Mike Dukakis did. He has always got to be rushing for a television camera, running his mouth, and carrying on like he is half senile. Worse, he is is a roadblock to the formation of new leadership which could offer a more hopeful message than the war war war mantra of that old fool, and his brood of two.

  200. Another Quinnipiac poll shows HRC “trouncing” GOP candidates in Iowa by double digits. Also, 55% say HRC would make a good president, while Obama’s approval rating is at 39%. So, I think there is a good deal of daylight between HRC and Obama in the public mind: 55% to 39% means people don’t think HRC = Obama III.

  201. foxyladi14 March 13, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The blame game again.

    *********

    Dunno, maybe the mention of Texas and Florida was uncalled for; but generally what O says seems like some pretty good explanations to me. Maybe if Bill Clinton were saying it we would be more open to these explanations, don’t you think?

  202. The 31-year-old son of Jon Corzine, the former New Jersey governor and ex-chief executive of now-collapsed commodity-trading firm MF Global, has killed himself, according to news reports Friday. http://www.marketwatch.com/…/ex-mf-global-chief… .

    His father Jon, served five years of a six-year U.S. Senate term representing New Jersey before being elected Governor in 2005. He was defeated for re-election in 2009 by Republican Chris Christie. In March 2010, Corzine was named chairman and CEO of MF Global Inc., a financial services firm specializing in futures brokerage. The company filed for bankruptcy protection in October 2011 after losing $1.6 billion of customer money[4] and Corzine resigned on November 4, 2011. wikipedia.

  203. Debtor nation: Americans pay interest on $163 billion held by top tech firms overseas. Published time: March 14, 2014 03:44. snip Apple, Cisco Systems, Google, and Microsoft legally hold $124 billion in US Treasury securities and $39 billion in US government agency debt in accounts overseas, allowing them to avoid the 35 percent (maximum) corporate tax rate in the United States, according to Securities & Exchange Commission reports. Together, the companies would be the 14th biggest overseas holder of Treasury securities, just ahead of countries like Norway, Singapore, and India. Snip On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that the 317 largest US-based companies have $1.95 trillion held outside the US, an increase of 11.8 percent from last year.
    http://rt.com/usa/google-microsoft-debt-offshore-710/

  204. CIA, NATO and NGOs created the Ukrainian crisis

    Breaking through the mainstream media’s suppression of contrary voices regarding the Ukraine crisis, RPI advisors Dennis Kucinich and Lawrence Wilkerson this week expose, on Fox News and MSNBC respectively, the United States government’s role in creating the crisis.

    Kucinich, who served eight terms in the United States House of Representatives and ran for president as a Democrat, pushes past host Bill O’Reilly’s interruptions to state a few sentences of analysis. Asked what he would have done differently as president regarding Ukraine, Kucinich explains:

    What I’d do is not have USAID and the National Endowment for Democracy working with US taxpayers’ money to knock off an elected government in Ukraine, which is what they did. I wouldn’t try to force the people of Ukraine into a deal with NATO against their interests or into a deal with the European Union which is against their economic interests.

    Kucinich adds that the Central Intelligence Agency also took part in US government efforts “to stir up trouble in Ukraine.”

    Watch the Kucinich interview here:

    http://www.hangthebankers.com/exposed-cia-nato-and-ngos-created-the-ukrainian-crisis/

  205. One pantywaist getting his orders from the doofus.

    Cheech and Chong

    I bet Putin is quaking in his boots-

    _____________________

    Shadow if Putin is quacking it is from laughter. 🙂

  206. moononpluto

    March 14, 2014 at 5:43 am

    You mean Kelly Ayotte…i take it?
    —————
    Yes.

    Another

    RINO

    Necon

  207. Five years ago, I ventured an informed opinion that the direction of Soros through Obama was to merge the United States into the European Union to create a Transatlantic Union with a governing body superior to the elected government of this country. Treaties you may recall supercede the Constitution, and are a priori superior to federal state and local laws. In the interium, there has been pushback against this Kafkaesque model even in Europe–in Norway, Scotland, and possibly in England. The end game here is a global market and a global elite of billionaires and Davos men like Eric Schmidt, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and their ilk who would then rule the world. This is not fantasy. It is hard cold fact. The corollary would be the collapse of national borders, a common currency not the US dollar, and the free flow of goods and labor throughout the world, and various forms of pacification for the teeming masses including gun control and mind control. And, by the way, this mind control business may sound far out, but we have that technology now, in the form of HAARP. This is what the future looks like. And now, consistent with Obama’s vaunted status as butt boy to Soros, we see further evidence of this transition, in the form of trade agreements with Europe and Asia by Obama, which even Harry Reid opposes. This article is about more than that but as Jefferson said the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and with a big media who is dedicated to one goal–treating the American People like mushrooms, i.e. keeping them in the dark and feeding them shit the coast is clear for thes destroyers of worlds.

    Hey Obama: who’s your daddy

    Liar In Chief: tell Vladimir I will have more flexibility after the election.

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    The Incredible Shrinking President

    Back in the day Pedro Martinez, the ace Red Sox pitcher, let slip after a losing effort against the Yankees that perhaps they were his Daddy. It seems that within the social strata where male parentage is frequently problematical, the phrase refers to a particular kind of dominance on the street. For the balance of his otherwise brilliant career, every appearance at Yankee Stadium was met by the cheer “Who’s your Daddy? Who’s your Daddy?”

    So it is with Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. The Obama White House and the Clinton State Department believed that a “reset” with Russia – forgetting the 2008 invasion of neighboring Georgia, unilaterally deciding to pull back on missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic; welcoming the Russians to the meetings of the major international economic powers – would solidify a partnership, to be made “more flexibile” after Obama’s reelection. Enter Syria and Putin’s demonstration that he knew how to play chess while Obama was struggling with checkers. Now the Ukraine. One can only hope that Putin believes it is in Russia’s interest to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

    The domestic equivalent began when the Republicans recaptured the House in 2010, but it became painfully bipartisan when Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid declared in January that he opposed Obama’s call for European Union and Asia-Pacific free trade agreements – the day after Obama had touted them in his State of the Union address. White rook to queen’s knight 3. Check.

    A domestic sequel occured this week when the Senate, despite the 2013 rules change to approve nominations by a simple majority vote, rejected the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department. In picking the lead defense attorney in the liberal cause celebre case of the killing of a Philadelphia policeman in 1982, Obama and Eric Holder put too many Red State Democrats in the position of voting against the National Fraternal Order of Police which called the nomination “a thumb in the eye of our nation’s law enforcement officers.” White knight to king’s bishop 4. Check.

    Things promise to get worse. Despite objections from the deficit hawks the Republicans have decided to make Obamacare the predominant focus of of the 2014 elections. With CBS polls showing the president’s approval rating down to 37% and Obamacare approval at 31%, that seems like a winning strategy – and a good opportunity to test Republican catch-up efforts on big data and social media. Look to a marriage of three data bases supporting Republican phone banks and precinct walkers: the voting records of all House and Senate members; the publicly available individual voter records for swing districts to identify who will likely be voting; and the identities of the millions of voters who have had their insurance cancelled. The Tea Party was a spontaneous uprising in 2010; this time there will be both a major media blitz and a targeted, professional Get Out The Vote effort – as seen in the Vidak and Faulconer elections in California and the Jolly election in Florida.

    2015 and 2016 promise to be lonely years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as world leaders bypass Washington to visit Silicon Valley. Over his presidency Obama has not followed the lead of presidents from Reagan to Clinton and Bush to kindle personal relationships which can be called upon during a crisis – not Merkel in Germany; not Cameron in Great Britain; not Abe in Japan; not Harper in Canada; not Xi Jinping in China; not Netanyahu in Israel. With his Senate leader openly challenging him and an increasing likelihood that he will start to need to use his veto pen on legislation that is approved by both houses, he will have plenty of time to work on his golf game.

    Hopefully, the nation and the world can hang on until January 2017.

  208. If you want to know who the real wacko birds are, you would be well advised to start with that trio.


    Yup, the Dumb, Dimwit and Dimwitette.

  209. oxyladi14
    March 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Kerry speaks. 🙁
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    I don’t want to listen to a word from HorseFace, but the video image that is present without clicking on the file, says it all.

    The men standing with Horseface are already choking down the laughter.

  210. The probe, conducted by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah, has received accusations from an indicted businessman and political donor, interviewed other witnesses and gathered preliminary evidence such as financial records, Congressional Record statements and photographs that corroborate some aspects of the accusations, officials have told The Washington Times and ABC News.

    But the Justice Department’s public integrity section — which normally handles corruption cases involving elected figures — rejected FBI agents’ bid to use a federal grand jury and subpoenas to determine whether the accusations are true and whether any federal crimes were committed by state and federal officials.

    The information involving Mr. Reid and Mr. Lee is not fully developed but centers on two primary issues

    http://americanthinker.com/blog/2014/03/doj_blocks_fbi_from_investigation_senators_reid_and_lee_corruption.html

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