Good News In Bloom

We took a break today from listening to the Rolling Stones, to check out the two big ObamaCare cases up for a hearing. In the case before the Supreme Court, the Hobby Lobby contraception mandate case which the government will likely lose, we spotted something that no one else is mentioning Here’s the spring sprig which caught our attention:

“As Verrilli’s situation worsened, Justice Kennedy moved in to wonder why it was that Congress would allow a government agency — the Health and Human Services Department — “the power to decide a First Amendment issue of this consequence…. That is for Congress, not for an agency.” Kennedy would repeat that criticism later in the argument.”

It seems to us that Justice Kennedy was telegraphing something to the much more substantial case – the ObamaCare-killer hearing – in the circuit court which was also heard today:

“As has been recounted in this space before, the plain text PPACA authorizes tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies for the purchase of qualifying health insurance plans purchased in health insurance exchanges “established by the State under section 1311” of the Act. PPACA supporters believed every state would create its own exchange. They were mistaken, however, and over thirty states have refused. In response, the IRS promulgated a regulation authorizing tax credits and subsidies in all exchanges, whether or not they were “established by the State under 1311.Halbig is one of four pending challenges to this regulation.

On January 15, Judge Paul Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columba upheld the IRS rule. According to Judge Friedman’s opinion, an exchange may provide tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies even if it was neither “established by a State” nor “established . . . under section 1311.” As should be clear, I take a different view. Indeed, my work (with Michael Cannon) has been credited with inspiring this litigation and I co-authored an amicus brief in Halbig expanding on our research (see also here).”

It appears to us that Justice Kennedy in questioning whether a mere agency, not the Congress, had the authority to decide an issue of such consequence (namely a First Amendment religious freedom issue) in the Hobby Lobby case might be sending a strong signal to the Halbig litigants and justices that he is not kindly disposed to agencies, not the Congress, making consequential law. Perhaps Justice Kennedy believes that the legislature legislates?

Did we detect from Justice Kennedy something no one else saw? Or did the Rolling Stones put us in such a good mood we are deceived?

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Yup, we are in a good mood. Those of us in winter quarters for these past six years see the jonquils of hope bursting out through the hard ground. Finding good news is as hard as spotting red roses blooming in the snow during these lean Obama years. But we’re optimists and we’re always on the lookout for pink petals floating from the sky.

Still, it sure’s been a long cold cold winter… and the springtime takes a long way around.



It was Mick and the boys that today pep us up:

We previously reported how Roger Waters, formerly of Pink Floyd, is spearheading the movement to prevent musicians from appearing in Israel, even using a fake Gandhi quote as justification.

One of the groups subject to boycott pressure is the Rolling Stones.

In a blow to the boycott movement, Rolling Stones confirm June 4 Israel show:

The Rolling Stones confirmed Tuesday that they will perform in Tel Aviv on June 4 as part of their “14 On Fire” world tour.

“It’s the first time in 35 years that I have no words to describe the enormity of this event,” said producer Shuki Weiss, who has been trying to get the renowned band to Israel for much of his career.

The concert had been rumored for months, but organizers were only able to announce the official confirmation at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

This is a historic moment,” said Weiss, who has produced many of Israel’s largest concerts. “It’s a huge honor to bring the Rolling Stones to Israel, an honor for the country, the citizens, and mostly for the fans who have waited for this moment.”

Thanks boys.



Israel continues to be under attack by the forces of “divestment” especially at American colleges and universities. If you’re a White House reporter, who is Jewish, traveling with Israel hating bow-to-Saudi-despots Barack Obama you’re out of luck in getting your travel papers to enter Saudi Arabia. Obama will no doubt denouce Israel and bow again to Saudi creeps instead of standing up for American values. Well, anyway, at least the British boys called the Rolling Stones stand up for American values.

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Our regular readers know we have been strongly warning that Hillary Clinton 2016 better run away from Obama and ObamaCare. We believe Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton are already doing that, albeit at a snail’s pace.

Yesterday, Bill Clinton continued to put pedal to the metal and increased the distance from Obama:

“Bill Clinton: If The U.S. Gives Up Internet Oversight, Internet Freedom Will Suffer

According to former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Obama’s plan to relinquish control of the Internet will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom.

Last week the Obama administration announced that they were looking for private company to take over the US handling of internet address.

Clinton has joined a number of critics in the US and around the world who think this is a bad and would lead to vulnerability of the internet freedom.

Speaking at Arizona State University, Clinton and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales doubted the benefits of such a change. Bluntly, Clinton claims introducing a system of global oversight will empower “governments that want to gag people, and restrict access to the Internet.

“I understand in theory why we should have a multi-stakeholder process…I just know that a lot of these so-called stakeholders are really governments that want to gag people, and restrict access to the Internet.”

Clinton asked Wales on stage if he is concerned that this decision will negatively impact Internet freedom. In response, Wales said “yes, I’m very worried about it.

What else will Obama give away that weakens America? Obama’s already given away nuclear reductions unilaterally. Obama proved to be very “flexible” after the elections and given Crimea to Russia because of inaction. Missile deployment? Check. Iran nuclear weapons to threaten Israel? Check. What’s left? Even Michelle is in China!

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Michelle torturing the Chinese – see we told you things are getting better!

Picture it: Chinese government officials used to tormenting their people wake up and have to see Michelle Obama stomping through the Forbidden City spending American cash borrowed from the Chinese lender government. The power of Karma!

While Michelle scowls her way through China – frightening peasants, bicyclers, and officialdom, we are treated to an appearance by Sister Sarah:

Sarah Palin on Hillary Run: ‘I Would Like to See More Women Run for Higher Office’

During her appearance on “Extra” to promote her new TV Show “Amazing America,” former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) was asked by host Mario Lopez “What are your thoughts on Hillary Clinton?”

Palin responded, “I would like to see women run for the higher office. I think America certainly is ready for more female candidates at that upper echelon.”


The Palin interview may be viewed at HERE.

Good for Sarah Palin. Palin could have been snarky and insulted Hillary. Palin eviscerated Obama in the interview. Palin could have denounced Hillary Clinton 2016 too. Palin could have said something along the lines of “I’m looking forward to Republican candidate X to get in the race”. Palin could have said a lot of avoid the topic entirely non-sequiturs Instead Sarah Palin smelled the pink roses. That’s the right thing to do in Spring.

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  1. Admin. You are right about Kennedy. That is exactly what he was telegraphing. And Scalia, Thomas, and Alito will be with him. That’s four votes–the same four who were ready to strike down Obamacare. We will need a fifth vote, and it remains to be seen who, if anyone, will provide it.

    I am glad Bill spoke out against Obama’s plan to transfer control of the internet to a world body. As I stated today on the prior thread, this precipitous move must be preempted. A court could issue a temporary restraining order to prevent Obama from carrying out Soros directive. But again five votes will be needed, and where we will get that fifth vote God only knows.

    When the case comes before the court, I know Roberts will slink down below his desk (the way Marshall used to do when he wanted to grab a few winks–don’t laugh I sat in the court room and saw him do that). And after the case has been heard, I think I know a root cellar he can hide in until the storm passes.

  2. why it was that Congress would allow a government agency — the Health and Human Services Department — “the power to decide a First Amendment issue of this consequence….
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    Why? That must be a rhetorical question. The answer is obvious. Boehner is a lover not a fighter. And McConnell is a freak of nature. And those behind them in the RINO leadership cabal are weak and corrupt. For the sake of politics they are willing to let the country go to hell rather than put up anything more than a token fight. But the good news is, like big media, the country sees the little shill game they are playing, and realizes they are part of the problem, not the solution.

  3. Deadline? What deadline? Let’s see. When this deadline doesn’t work, maybe Obama can waive his magic pen and extend the deadline to the year 2114.

    And even then not enough will sign up.

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    “The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.

    Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension.

    Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.

    The rules, which will apply to the federal exchanges operating in three dozen states, will essentially create a large loophole even as White House officials have repeatedly said that the March 31 deadline was firm. The extra time will not technically alter the deadline but will create a broad new category of people eligible for what’s known as a special enrollment period.

    The change, which the administration is scheduled to announce Wednesday, is supported by consumer advocates who want as many people as possible to gain insurance under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. But it’s likely to be criticized by Republicans who oppose the law and have denounced the way the administration is implementing it.

    Administration officials said the accommodation is an attempt to prepare for a possible surge of people trying to sign up in the final days before the deadline. Such a flood could leave some people unable to get through the system.

    “We are . . . making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment — either online or over the phone,” said Julie Bataille, director of the office of communications for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency overseeing the federal health-care exchange.

    The extra time will not be restricted, though, to people who wait until the last minute to try to sign up. Although no one will be asked why they need an extension, the idea is to help people whose applications have been held up because of the Web site’s technical problems, or who haven’t been able to get the system to calculate subsidies to help them pay for coverage.

    According to a Health and Human Services official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about decisions that have not been made public, an exact time frame for this extension has not been set, and it will depend in part on how many people request it. Nor have officials decided precisely how long people will have to select a health plan after they get the extra time.

    Starting in about mid-April, people will no longer be able to get extensions through HealthCare.gov. After that, consumers will be able to request one through one of the federally sponsored call centers nationwide. At that point, the grounds for an extension will become narrower, matching rules for special enrollment periods that have existed for the past few months. Those include people who have a new baby, are getting a divorce, lose a job with health insurance or had a technical problem signing up for coverage through HealthCare.gov.

    Once the narrower rules take effect, people will still be trusted to tell the truth about why they need more time — a method known as “self-attestation.”

    The new rules are similar to steps being taken — or contemplated — by some of the 14 states that are running their own health-insurance exchanges.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obama-administration-will-allow-more-time-to-enroll-in-health-care-on-federal-marketplace/2014/03/25/d0458338-b449-11e3-8cb6-284052554d74_story.html

  4. Meanwhile, back at the ranch on March 12….

    “(Reuters) – There will be no delay in the penalty most Americans face under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law if they fail to obtain health coverage this year, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Wednesday.

    Sebelius also said there would be no postponement of this month’s deadline for enrolling in coverage through new private health insurance marketplaces or the Medicaid program for the poor.

    “No, sir,” was Sebelius’ categorical answer when asked about both prospects by Representative Kevin Brady of Texas at a hearing of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/12/us-usa-healthcare-sebelius-idUSBREA2B1VL20140312

    Another day, another lie by the most “transparent” adminstration since 2009.

    God help this nation to survive its fools.

  5. VotingHillary, they waited until after the Supreme Court hearing to announce this? When the court strikes down the mandate for Hobby Lobby et al one of the reasons will be a lack of compelling government interest in forcing these corporations to do as ObamaCare dictates. A key reason will be all these exemptions and delays which demonstrate the government itself does not consider any of these “deadlines” or conditions as serious “compelling interests”.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/hobby-lobby-case-takeaways-105030.html?hp=t2_3

    Several justices, including pivotal swing vote Anthony Kennedy, hammered Solicitor General Donald Verrilli on whether the exemptions the administration has granted on contraceptive coverage undermine the requirement’s importance. Businesses were given until 2014 to provide contraception, churches are excused, religious nonprofits get an accommodation and grandfathered plans don’t have to cover it at all. All of those caveats — approved for political and policy reasons — hurt the administration’s case in front of the justices on Tuesday.

    Justice Antonin Scalia, who questioned the administration sharply, said the government can’t claim it is trying to put together a uniform system of coverage while granting a “lot of exemptions.”

    Verrilli defended the administration’s approach, arguing that accommodations were made in a way that would still ensure most women can get contraception, even if not right away.

    Kennedy didn’t seem to buy that.

    It must have been because the health care coverage was not that important,” he told Verrilli in reference to contraception coverage.

  6. A little bit more on Justice Kennedy and the comments discussed in our article that might impact the ObamaCare killer case that was heard in the circuit court today:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/hobby-lobby-case-takeaways-105030.html?hp=t2_3

    One point that seemed to stick with Kennedy in particular was that the contraception coverage requirement came from the administration — not Congress. The health law required the Department of Health and Human Services to decide what benefits had to be in an approved health plan, and it worked with the Institute of Medicine to do so.

    Opponents of the contraception policy say the government’s case would have been stronger had Congress actually wrote the birth control coverage into law.

    What kind of constitutional structure do we have if the Congress can give an agency the power to grant or not grant a religious exemption based on what the agency determined?” he said. “When we have a First Amendment issue of this consequence, shouldn’t we indicate that it’s for the Congress, not the agency to determine that this corporation gets the exemption on that one.

  7. VotingHillary, here is Politico’s snarky take on the latest delay:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/obamacare-affordable-care-act-105036.html?hp=t2_s

    Did anyone really doubt that the final Obamacare enrollment deadline would slip, too?

    It’s not like the Obama administration is setting a new precedent with its latest move — giving customers more time to enroll after next Monday’s deadline if they’re already in line.

    In reality, the administration is just continuing a long pattern of delays. They’re all designed to show flexibility and help the law work better, but they also fuel a public perception that Obamacare deadlines never really mean anything.

    The administration already went through the same exercise in December, cutting people some slack if they were stuck in cyber-traffic by the deadline for Jan. 1 coverage. Then and now, administration officials argued that it’s only fair to give people extra time if they were held up by the volume of last-minute sign-ups.

    But the list of delays covers so much more. The administration has bent deadlines for the employer mandate (twice), put off the launch of the Spanish-language enrollment site, and even delayed the enrollment season for 2015 — pushing it off until after the November mid-term elections.

    Working backwards, here’s a brief history of some of the most prominent Obamacare delays:

    March 25: Final enrollment deadline extended. The March 31 deadline — the end of enrollment for 2014 — will be loosened for people with special sign-up circumstances.

    March 14: High risk pools extended. The special, temporary coverage for people with serious pre-existing conditions — which was only supposed to last until the health insurance exchanges were in place — was extended a third time for another month.

    Feb. 10: Employer mandate delayed. This time, businesses with between 50 and 100 workers were given until 2016 to offer coverage, and the mandate will be phased in for employers with more than 100 workers.

    Jan. 14: High risk pools extended. The high-risk insurance pools, which originally had been slated to close Jan. 1, had already been extended once.

    Dec. 24: Enrollment deadline extended. In a message on HealthCare.gov, customers were told they could get help finishing their Jan. 1 applications if they were already in line on Dec. 24.

    Dec 12: Enrollment deadline extended. Customers on the federal enrollment website were given nearly two more weeks to sign up for coverage effective Jan. 1.

    Nov. 27: SHOP delayed. Online enrollment for the federal health insurance exchanges for small businesses was delayed.

    Nov. 21: Open enrollment delayed for 2015. The administration pushed back next year’s enrollment season by a month.

    July 2: Employer mandate delayed. The administration declared that it wouldn’t enforce the fines in 2014 for businesses with more than 50 full-time workers who don’t offer health coverage. The fines were pushed back to 2015.

    Nov. 15, 2012: Exchange deadline delayed. The Department of Health and Human Services gave states an extra month to decide whether they would set up their own health insurance exchanges — a decision they announced just one day before the original deadline.

    As usual Politico’s reporting is not to be trusted. Politico spins this latest snarky delay in the best light possible for Obama. For instance there is no mention that this latest delay can be applied for by anyone not just those who really truly began the process of enrollment. Contra Politico, there is no need to be “in line”.

    In ObamaCare – Lies are encouraged. Come one come all, with your lies and excuses.

  8. “Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange”

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/penny-starr/sotomayor-kagan-hobby-lobby-should-drop-insurance-pay-penalty-and-let#sthash.m0reJ6CA.dpuf

    “Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees.

    “But isn’t there another choice nobody talks about, which is paying the tax, which is a lot less than a penalty and a lot less than — than the cost of health insurance at all?”
    ****
    Interesting that one of the “liberal” judges points out one of the main features of ACA that was
    bought and paid for by Obama’s corporate paymasters; the exit strategy to end employment based heath insurance.

  9. According to former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Obama’s plan to relinquish control of the Internet will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom.

    Last week the Obama administration announced that they were looking for private company to take over the US handling of internet address.

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    Bill is once again, right. America should never give up the things they create, and especially not let a lazyass, halfwit of a pResident give away the farm. He has already shut down the space program and has to be pushed into any serious decision that has to be made.

    Any other job, someone does this poorly, they get Fired. We have to sit on our thumbs and watch our country burn to the ground.

    The do nothing but talk, Rethugs, do nothing to stop him but talk, talk, talk. Where are the pitchforks and the protests in the street. Is everyone asleep?? It’s time to stop Obama, can we afford to wait until 2016?

  10. Sorry, great post Admin. I am glad you are starting to see some good steps.

    I am sick and tired, of being sick and tired of all the American leaders getting paid to do nothing. oBama is a flunky, and all we can do is wait 🙁

  11. TheRock, that’s a great way to deal with Putin isn’t it? First Obama compared Putin to a kid in the back of the classroom who slouches in his seat and makes rude noises. Now Obama denigrates Russia even though it was Putin that ate Obama’s lunch during the Syria red line fiasco.

    Obama calls Russia a regional power which it might have been, before Obama. Post Obama Russia has ships in Latin America, friends in Latin America too. Ditto the middle east, especially Syria and Iran. Europe is slowing becoming a Russian colonial outpost. But to Obama that is weakness. Which country, without casualties nor injuries, is in control of Crimea again?

    Obama sounds like a sociology teacher in a small college lecturing on the differences between “power” and “influence”. In sociology “influence” is the stronger because there is no need for coercion. In academia this might all make sense but in the real world of real politics these are differences without distinction. When Stalin asked “how many divisions does the Pope have?” he was making his values known. Putin shares this sense of coercive power with Stalin. Obama? He’s in the faculty lounge.

    Obama should acquaint himself with another Stalinism: “the goal of every struggle is victory.”

  12. admin

    March 26, 2014 at 1:10 am

    WHAT YOU SAID!!!! 😀

    But seriously,

    what you said.

    Because it would be funny if it wasn’t true.

    Hillary 2016

  13. I see Obama’s example is streaming down the ranks…..

    http://rt.com/news/us-secret-service-drunk-273/

    Party over: US Secret Service agents sent home over drunken Netherlands incident

    Three agents from the US secret service responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week have been sent home after a night of drinking. The incident happened just a day before the president’s arrival.

    One of the agents was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway by hotel staff on Sunday morning, according to the people familiar with the incident who spoke on condition of anonymity, reported the Washington Post. The hotel workers immediately alerted the US embassy in the Netherlands, which then informed senior agents on the presidential trip, including its director, Julia Pierson.

    The same source added that the other two agents were also involved in the incident who “didn’t intervene despite being in a position to assist the drunken agent or tamp down his behavior.”

    The agency “did send three employees home for disciplinary reasons,” confirmed Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, adding that they were put on administrative leave pending an investigation. However, he declined to comment further on the case.

    All three men are GS-13-level agents of the elite Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team, known as CAT, which is responsible for ‘the last line of defense’ for the president, according to Washington Post sources.

    One of those involved in a drunken incident was a ‘team leader’ on counter­assault, however, he “was not in a supervisory position in the agency,” added the source.

    The agents’ duty was to prepare for Obama’s arrival and ensure his safety, including during his attendance at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands.

    They would have been called on Sunday for a briefing ahead of the president’s arrival in Monday for a week-long trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia. Their drinking on Saturday evening and Sunday morning violated the rule adopted in 2012 which forbids anyone on an official trip from drinking alcohol in the 10 hours leading up to the assignment.

  14. More troops being sent. So who the Hell is Kony?
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    In an expanded attempt to continue the hunt for warlord Joseph Kony, President Obama has authorized the deployment of military aircraft and about 150 Special Operations forces to Uganda.

    According to the Washington Post, the administration notified Congress of the deployments as they began on Sunday, and the troop movement was later confirmed to Reuters by the Defense Department.

    The move marks the first time that US military aircraft have been assigned to Uganda in order to help search for Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. Under Obama’s orders, at least four CV-22 Osprey aircraft are scheduled to arrive in the country by the middle of the week, alongside a contingent of 150 Air Force Special Operations troops, pilots, and maintenance forces.

    The Post reports that the new influx of troops will “provide information, advice and assistance” to the African Union forces searching for Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. The troops are “combat-equipped,” but are barred from fighting the LRA themselves except in self-defense situations. The aircraft, meanwhile, will be used to move troops from one location to another.

    Despite the increased US presence, the troop deployment comes at a time when Kony’s whereabouts are unknown, though he and approximately 250 troops are believed to be hiding somewhere in the jungles bordering the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Already, a 5,000-unit African Union force is searching for Kony, but the LRA’s attack presence has dwindled 75 percent since 2010, and the man has not been sighted recently.

    http://www.hangthebankers.com/us-sends-even-more-troops-into-africa-to-find-kony/

  15. It’s comforting to know that Kennedy is concerned about government functioning within the constitutional framework established. In the case of the contraceptives covered within ACA, congress gave its responsibility and power to the executive branch. In many cases, Obama has usurped the power of the legislative branch, with no objection from Dem members of that branch. The Democrats, especially in the senate, should be held accountable for their willingness to let Obama rewrite laws with a stroke of his damn pen. ( I don’t know what the hell he needed the phone for – the one he mentioned in his lame speech – but, I would like to suggest a thing or two he might do with it).

    What the Dems and MSM have overlooked is the issue of “constitutional structure” to which Kennedy referred. Whether they or anyone else agrees with Hobby Lobby’s position should be irrelevant. The ultimate test should be the legality of their actions, and of the constitutionality of the laws under which they (and all of us) are required to function.

    As we know, Hobby Lobby insurance will purchase around 16 forms of contraceptives. It’s the so-called abortion pills the corporation has chosen not to purchase. Quite honestly, Hobby Lobby is a tad conservative for me, and I’ll admit that I don’t like shopping there because of the gospel music they pipe in, non-stop. I’m just not a fan of that genre, but I willingly concede that the company has made a significant contribution to this country in terms of jobs provided, capital generated, etc. Additionally, it doesn’t matter one damn bit whether I or anyone else agree with the company philosophy. Again, All that matters is whether or not it complies with laws that can pass the constitutionality test.

    The Democrats have stomped all over the constitution and trampled the rights of the people of this country. They need to be held accountable at midterms.

  16. Sorry about the grammar issues above. I swear it’s the damned autocorrect. At least i hope that’s what it is. If not, I may have had a stroke and don’t realize it. kidding

  17. “Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange”
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    Which allows the federal government to step into the shoes of private employers in providing health insurance making employees dependent on government. The goal here is to erase the free market, and substitute the tyranny of large players for government tyranny. Ultimately, it leads to a result where faceless bureaucrats, who have never laid eyes on the patient, make categorical decisions about who lives and who dies. The only way this can possibly be equitable is if the wealthy are forced to consume the same shit sandwich as the rest of us.

  18. “Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees.
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    Now there is the argument that craven coward RINO Roberts will latch on to. It follows logically from his flawed premise which is that the ACA is a tax. Just watch him crawl his way out from under the constitution, give the left what it wants, and sit there smiling like the dope he is for pictures, as if all is well in Mudville.

  19. All three men are GS-13-level agents of the elite Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team, known as CAT, which is responsible for ‘the last line of defense’ for the president, according to Washington Post sources.
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    The implicit assumption? That Obama must be saved, lest the generations fail. With a jackass like him it is difficult, but necessary, to look beyond the man (nerd) to the office, and the assumption that someday we may have someone in that office who loves the country, supports the American People, and is, per force, worthy of saving. In Obama’s case, for me, this is not a priority. Oh, and why not? Because as Bogie told Bergan we will always have Paris and for us, we will always have jolt’n Joe Biden, who is crazy Guggenheim revisited.

  20. Circuit Court Judge Calls Obamacare Stupid, Unmitigated Disaster

    The case of Halbig v. Sebelius was heard yesterday by a three judge panel of the DC Circuit Court. The issue in the case is whether the federal government can offer subsidies to individuals who purchase health insurance through the federal Obamacare exchange. The language of the law says the subsidies will only be available under exchanges set up by the states, so the Obama administration is clearly in violation.

    The Washington Times has a report on what happened at the hearing, and one of the judges didn’t seem to be buying the administration’s arguments. He called the law an “unmitigated disaster” and “stupid,” and wondered why the courts should save it.

    One judge called the Obamacare rollout an “unmitigated disaster” and said the administration is stretching to try to cover up for how poorly the law was written.

    “I know there’s an absurdity principle, but is there a stupidity principle?” said Judge A. Raymond Randolph. “If the law is just stupid, I don’t think it’s up to the court to save it.” […]

    If the court rules that residents are able to get tax credits only if they are part of state-run exchanges, many of the Americans who live in the 34 states where the federal government runs the exchange will be less likely to sign up. If they don’t sign up and choose to pay the tax penalty under the individual mandate, it could skew the economics underpinning the entire law.

    http://lonelyconservative.com/2014/03/circuit-court-judge-calls-obamacare-stupid-unmitigated-disaste/

  21. http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/03/25/Jimmy-Carter-Think-President-Obama-Is-Too-Embarrassed-To-Champion-Black-Causes

    Jimmy Carter: Obama May Be Too Embarrassed to Champion Black Causes

    On Tuesday, former President Jimmy Carter commented on President Barack Obama’s seeming reluctance to champion black cause during a HuffPost Live interview:

    “Some women when they are elected become champions of human rights,” Carter said “I’ve seen other women who are elected who didn’t pay any attention to that particular thing because it was kind of an embarrassment to them to single out women since they were a woman, like I think it might be an embarrassment to President Obama to single out African-American people.”

    Jimmy is wrongo again. If you are black, Obama really really cares about you – as long as you are rich and can help him. If you are poor or middle class black and can only give Obama a vote, you get words and more words but no jobs and nothing that helps you better your economic condition. This holds true for all skin colors and ethnicities. If you are rich and help Obama advance himself Obama cares about you. If you are poor, you’re out of luck and of no interest to Obama other than as a political prop.

  22. New Obama Dimocrat election tactic: insult the voters you most need. Shades of “bitter” and “clinging”. This is what they really think when the rubes are not watching:

    Can’t let those dumb ol’ farmers write laws to control lawyers!

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/03/bruce_braley_s_gaffe_the_iowa_democrat_who_attacked_chuck_grassley_and_iowa.html

    The Gaffe of the Year

    The Iowa Democrat who belittled Iowa farmers while praising lawyers.

    Braley referred to the popular Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”

    Why is this so awful? Let us count the ways. Iowa is a farm state, and it’s never a good idea to disparage one of the state’s chief occupations. Next, it’s particularly not a good idea to demean your state when you’re somewhere else: In this case, Braley was speaking in Texas. Next, Braley, a trial lawyer, was making his pitch to a room full of trial lawyers at a private fundraiser (which is why he didn’t think he was being recorded). Trial lawyers are perhaps the most unpopular constituency among Republican base voters—besides Obama administration officials. Since midterm elections are all about motivating your base, Braley has given his opponent a turnout gift. Next, look where Braley is standing: If you’re going to talk down to Iowa farmers, at least don’t do it next to a table of booze. It makes for amusing viewing and that reinforces the idea for voters that you’re not one of them.

    Expect the very popular Grassley to campaign everywhere against Braley even though Braley is running against someone else. A riled up Grassley going up and down the state of Iowa reminding farmers of the contempt Braley has for farmers and wants to keep Grassley from passing tort reform is the biggest unmentioned part of the Gaffe of the Year.

  23. More good news:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/03/msnbc-is-in-serious-trouble-185770.html#.UzL7EzDZnD0.twitter

    MSNBC is in serious trouble

    This is the story of MSNBC in a nutshell: It rose to prominence on its criticism of George W. Bush, peaked during Barack Obama’s historic 2008 campaign, and, by criticizing Republicans and championing liberal causes, sustained its viewership in the years that followed.

    Until now.

    MSNBC suffered harder loses in 2013 — in terms of both viewership and revenue — than either of its competitors at Fox News and CNN, according to Nielsen data featured in a new Pew Research report. Prime-time viewership declined by a staggering 24 percent (nearly twice the loss sustained by CNN and four-times that sustained by Fox News). Daytime viewership fell by 15 percent, even as it rose at both of the other networks.

    On the revenue side, MSNBC was projected to decline by 2 percent, while both CNN and Fox News were projected to experience growth of 2 percent and 5 percent, respectively. MSNBC was expected to bring in $475 million in revenue: less than half what CNN will make and roughly one-quarter of what Fox News will make.

    Conventional wisdom has it that cable news doesn’t have much of a future: The audience is old and getting older, the television landscape is growing more and more fractured, appointment viewing is becoming a thing of the past, etc. Certainly, every cable news network lost viewers last year. But this version of events often ignores the incredible revenue gains made each year by Fox News (like a rocket) and CNN (far more gradual, but we’re still talking billions).

    MSNBC isn’t seeing that growth, and it’s not clear how it will. In a world where liberals wanted to be outraged by George Bush every night, or celebrate the rise of Barack Obama, MSNBC had a theory of the case. But now Obama’s presidency has turned into a slog, and MSNBC isn’t compelling. Prime time is just hours of what often seems like feigned outrage. And the daytime strategy — giving shows to kids in their 20s and 30s, in an apparent bid to reach the youths — is comically bad, and rendered absurd at every commercial break when the catheter ads come on.

    2016 will help MSNBC, as it will help all cable news networks, but that’s not a long-term business strategy. The network needs to figure out what it’s going to do in the off years. There are a few powerful brands that are worth maintaining — Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Morning Joe — but the rest is in need of a restart.

    Obama kills anything near him.

  24. Michelle Obama’s China Trip a Disappointment for Women’s Rights
    by Reggie Littlejohn | Beijing, China | LifeNews.com | 3/26/14 12:40 PM
    snip I am extremely disappointed that Mrs. Obama has deliberately ignored egregious women’s rights abuses while in China. Mrs. Obama has positioned herself as an international women’s leader. She could have done so much good if she had been willing to use her position to advance women’s rights in a nation that tramples them. Previous first ladies have used their positions of influence to speak out for human rights in this totalitarian regime.
    In 1995, then First Lady Hillary Clinton publicly condemned forced abortion, forced sterilization and gendercide at the Fourth Women’s Conference in Beijing, China. In 2008, then First Lady Laura Bush implicitly criticized China by visiting a camp for Burmese refugees en route to Beijing. She then urged the Chinese government to sanction the Burmese generals for human rights violations.
    As the mother of two children, Mrs. Obama could have spoken out against forced abortion under the One Child Policy. As the mother of two daughters, she could have taken aim also against gendercide – the sex-selective abortion of baby girls. She could have given condolences to the grieving family of Ms. Cao Shunli, a respected human rights activist who died just a couple of weeks ago after having been denied medical treatment. As the wife of a Nobel Peace Prize winner, she could have visited Liu Xia, wife of jailed 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
    Liu Xia has been languishing under illegal house arrest since her husband Liu Xiaobo’s illegal arrest in 2009. She was recently hospitalized after suffering a heart attack, but then returned to house arrest. According to an Amnesty International report of March 25, 2014, Liu Xia has finally received medical evaluation. Doctors have warned that her condition will not improve unless her current living situation changes.
    It is disheartening to see Mrs. Obama leave China without conveying any message on behalf of women’s rights. Instead, Mrs. Obama has chosen to ignore the intense suffering of hundreds of millions of women who have been victims of forced abortion, involuntary sterilization, gendercide and sexual slavery; and she has chosen to ignore the plight of Liu Xia and the family of Cao Shunli. These choices seriously undermine any claim that she is a champion of women’s rights.
    http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/26/michelle-obamas-china-trip-a-disappointment-for-womens-rights/

  25. more info on the “unmitigated disaster”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/25/federal-appeals-obamacare_n_5030583.html

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A split federal appeals court on Tuesday grappled with an issue that is crucial to the success of President Barack Obama’s health care law, debating whether the government can subsidize premiums for people who buy insurance on exchanges run by Washington.

    In a blunt assessment of the health overhaul and challengers to the Affordable Care Act, Judge A. Raymond Randolph described the launch of the act as “an unmitigated disaster” while Judge Harry Edwards said opponents of the law are seeking “to destroy the individual mandate and gut the statute.” The mandate is the requirement that nearly everyone have health insurance.

    The third judge on the appeals court panel, Thomas Griffith, expressed skepticism over the administration’s argument that the subsidies are available regardless of whether people buy insurance on a state-run or federally facilitated exchange.

    The exchanges in the Obama administration’s signature domestic program are of critical importance because most states have been unable or unwilling to set up their own exchanges. As a result, the federal government has stepped in to take the lead in 36 states.

    In the case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a group of small business owners says the law authorizes tax credits only for people who buy insurance on exchanges established by the states.

    The business owners are challenging an Internal Revenue Service regulation based on the act that says the tax credits are available to all qualifying individuals, regardless of whether they buy insurance at the state level or federally.

    The case revolves around four words in the law, which says the tax credits are available to people who enrolled through an exchange “established by the state.”

    snip…goes on…

  26. Shadowfax
    March 26, 2014 at 12:59 am
    According to former U.S. president Bill Clinton, Obama’s plan to relinquish control of the Internet will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom.

    Last week the Obama administration announced that they were looking for private company to take over the US handling of internet address.

    ———–
    Bill is once again, right. America should never give up the things they create, and especially not let a lazyass, halfwit of a pResident give away the farm. He has already shut down the space program and has to be pushed into any serious decision that has to be made.

    Any other job, someone does this poorly, they get Fired. We have to sit on our thumbs and watch our country burn to the ground.

    The do nothing but talk, Rethugs, do nothing to stop him but talk, talk, talk. Where are the pitchforks and the protests in the street. Is everyone asleep?? It’s time to stop Obama, can we afford to wait until 2016?

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    Shadowfax…but remember…

    Obama’s philosophy is: “You didn’t build that”

    We didn’t build that, comrade…no one really owns anything and “they” can take it from ‘you, us’ at any time…

    as in, eminent domain…it freaked me out when I realized that the support came from the “liberals” to take people’s long held property from them for whatever…

    for O and this group of so called ‘liberals’ they believe they know what is best…whether it effects individuality or not…they will impose their “will” on us…

  27. admin
    March 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    MSNBC IS INSERIOUS TROUBLE

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    I am surprised it took this long…

    the whole daily diatribe that goes on there from morning to night is an assualt on any thinking person…left or right…

    first of all, they are nonstop Opinion…

    and if it that were not bad enough…any discerning person can smell brainwashing…

    it is their style…the style of the hosts…all of them…that is so annoying…

    all you get from them is pedantic condescension in a lecturing style…
    if they are not shouting it at the audience (Shultz), then they are speaking to the audience as if they are in elementary school…as in Maddow’s approach…

    how anyone can listen to any of them…or any of their panels as they all agree with themselves…is simply asking too much from any audience…

    from the days way back to the primaries…one can almost predict what they will be talking about…or the nonissue they will be making into some big deal… and almost predict the words they will choose as they start their talking points in the morning and then drill the same one sided bunk all day long and into the night…

    bottom line…watching MSNBC is a big waste of time…too bad…could have been a contender…

  28. MSNBC, shocked it still has viewers. Yea, I guess the unemployed still believe in their unicorn and are waiting for their ship to come in.

    Sad

  29. Obama to Europe: US Has All the Natural Gas Europe Uses on a Daily Basis (Video)

    Barack Obama told European leaders today that the US could provide all of the natural gas Europe needs on a daily basis.

    “The United States is blessed with some additional energy from sources that have been developed in part due to new technologies. And, we already licensed, uh, authorized the export of as much natural gas each day as Europe uses each day.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/obama-to-europe-us-has-all-the-natural-gas-europe-uses-on-a-daily-basis-video/

  30. UK professor refuses to put his name to ‘apocalyptic’ UN climate change survey that he claims is exaggerating the effects

    A climate scientist has accused the United Nations of being too alarmist over global warming – and demanded his name be removed from a crucial new report.

    Professor Richard Tol, an economist at the University of Sussex, said fellow UN academics were exaggerating climate change and comparing it to the ‘apocalypse’.

    His comments are a blow to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which on Monday will publish its first update in seven years on the impacts of climate change.

    Previous IPCC reports on climate impact have been plagued by errors that damaged the body’s credibility.

    Most famously, it said in 2007 that glaciers in the Himalayas could disappear by 2035, a claim it has since withdrawn.

    Scientists are meeting in Japan this week to agree the wording of the final document, which will be used to inform policy decisions of governments around the world.

    Leaked drafts of the report predict that by the end of the century man-made global warming will have done serious harm to the global economy, displaced hundreds of millions of people and created violent conflict. Chapters on flooding, water supply and agriculture estimate huge impacts.

    Prof Tol, the lead co-ordinating author of the report’s chapter on economics, was involved in drafting the summary for policymakers – the key document that goes to governments and scientists. But he has now asked for his name to be removed from the document.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2589424/UK-professor-refuses-apocalyptic-UN-climate-change-survey.html#ixzz2x6oG0BRJ

  31. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/03/26/poll-obamas-disapproval-rating-hits-a-new-high/

    Negative views of President Obama have hit a new high, according to a poll.

    The AP-GfK poll shows 59 percent of Americans now disapprove of Obama — a point higher than the previous high set in December.

    Obama’s approval rating stands at 41 percent. That’s the second-lowest figure the poll has ever found.

    Part of Obama’s problems appear to be related to foreign policy: The poll shows Americans disapprove of his handling of the situation in Ukraine 57-40 and disapprove of how he handles relationships with other countries 58-40.

    In January, Americans were evenly split on Obama’s diplomacy skills.

  32. Tom Edsall at the New York Times on Obama and November elections:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/26/opinion/edsall-how-strong-will-the-anti-democratic-backlash-be.html?_r=0

    How Strong Will the Anti-Democratic Backlash Be? [snip]

    Bill McInturff, the founder of the Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, offered me a succinct comment to explain how the midterm elections are shaping up:

    “ON THE RECORD: Thank you President Obama.”

    Going largely unmentioned in most analyses is the inability of the Obama administration to markedly improve the economy, which could end up playing a big role in the unraveling of the Democratic Party’s electoral fortunes, not only in 2014 but also in 2016. [snip]

    The worst period for Obama was from late October through early December, 2013, after the disastrous launch of the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period. On Dec. 3, Obama hit his nadir, with 39.8 percent approving and 55.9 percent disapproving of his job performance.

    Perhaps McInturff should also be thanking Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services, whose department oversaw the Healthcare.gov fiasco.

    The damage inflicted on the Democratic Party by the dysfunctional website and the reaction to it is hard to overestimate. A graph (Figure 2) of the generic House vote in a second RealClearPolitics chart shows a dramatic drop in Democratic support coinciding with the Healthcare.gov site malfunction. [snip]

    As the figure illustrates, the generic vote shifted from a 5.5 percentage point Democratic advantage on Oct. 15, 2013, to a 2.5 percentage point Republican advantage on Dec. 2.

    Some political scientists, with a longer-term perspective, argue that no matter how dire Democratic prospects are for the midterm elections, future trends may be more positive.

    Edward G. Carmines of Indiana University wrote me to make the case that in the 2016 presidential election, the changing demographic character of the electorate threatens Republicans: “Only if the Republicans lose in 2016 will they finally come to the realization of the painful changes they need to make if their party is to be regularly competitive in future presidential elections.”

    Stephen Ansolabehere, of the Harvard government department, argued in an email that there “is the long-run (structural) challenge facing the G.O.P. and there is the short-run, immediate opportunity.” The election this year is particularly problematic for Democrats because the senators up for election last faced the voters in 2008 when Democrats, with Obama at the top of the ticket for the first time, “won some seats that no one expected them to.”

    Ansolabehere is pessimistic about Democratic presidential prospects in 2016, noting that since the election of Harry Truman in 1948, no party has won the presidency three times in a row except the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. “It’s not impossible, but it is unlikely,” Ansolabehere says.

    Gary Jacobson of the University of California, San Diego, a specialist on Congress, predicts that the House will remain in Republican hands through the end of the decade because “the distribution of voters across districts strongly favors Republicans.”

    Alan Abramowitz, a political scientist at Emory University, suggests that the key turning point favoring Democrats may not come until 2020: “Republicans are not defying long range, adverse trends. They might even win the presidency in 2016 despite those trends if short-term forces favor them. But the longer-term outlook, meaning 2020 and beyond, is still pretty grim for them.”

    David Axelrod, a senior political strategist in both Obama presidential campaigns and, between campaigns, a senior adviser in the White House (he is now the director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago), argues in an email that “there are structural elements that favor the Republicans this year. Gerrymandering of districts has given the Republicans a solid edge in the House, and there are seven Senate seats up this year that are currently held by Democrats in red states that Romney carried in 2012. All Democrats had a little more wind at their backs six years ago when they ran in a midterm election and Obama was at his zenith of popularity.”

    Sean Trende, a senior election analyst at RealClearPolitics, in some respects concurs: “What we’re really seeing this cycle is a function of the Democrats’ declining ability to win white voters, especially in the South and border states. The demographic changes that are working in Democrats’ favor elsewhere simply are not helping them in many of the most competitive states this cycle: South Dakota, West Virginia, Montana, Michigan, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alaska, New Hampshire and Iowa.”

    In addition, Trende argues, “whites might be a declining share of the electorate, but they’re still over 70 percent of the electorate, meaning that if Republicans make relatively small improvements in their vote share with whites, they will achieve stasis.”

    In fact, a relatively modest boost in white turnout, combined with a slight drop in Democratic margins among minorities when Obama no longer the tops the ticket, Trende writes, will lead to numbers “well within tolerance for a big Republican win.”

    These analyses do not address a separate issue: the failure of the Obama administration to propel strong economic growth.

    Democratic election victories in recent years have resulted more from hostility to the Republican Party than from support gained through positive economic achievements.

    The Obama years have been marked by a prolonged period of economic stagnation, a falling standard of living for those in the bottom half and a growing schism in the distribution of income between top and bottom.

    Median family income has declined and inequality has grown worse, even as Obama has called inequality “the defining challenge of our time.” The plight of the long-term unemployed is particularly vexing.

    Alan Krueger, the chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from November 2011 to August 2013, writing with two co-authors about unemployment earlier this month, found that “from 2008 to 2012, only 11 percent of those who were long-term unemployed in a given month returned to steady, full-time employment a year later.” This “unlucky subset of the unemployed,” Krueger writes, has become a peripheral constituency receding “into the margins of the labor market” or withdrawing “from the labor force altogether.”

    Separately, the center-left Urban Institute has concluded that this unemployed constituency represents what is likely to be a growing problem: a “mismatch” between current job requirements and workers’ obsolete skills. Stunningly, 62 percent of the long-term unemployed are 25 to 54 years old, according to the National Employment Law Project.

    Kathleen Geier, commenting on the Krueger paper in The Washington Monthly, declared: “it is the most thoroughly depressing policy document I’ve read in quite some time.”

    Can the Democratic Party do much – or anything of significance – to ameliorate economic conditions? Outsourcing, technological substitution for human workers (robotization), global wage competition and slow growth circumscribe the ability of the Obama White House to promote equality or to intervene in behalf of economic losers.

    Demographics look promising for the Democratic Party, but the people who make up those demographics seek economic change that the party shows no signs of delivering – and may not be able to deliver. The party has mastered the techniques of turning out its voters, at least in presidential election years, but it now faces the much more difficult task of improving the lives of its supporters.

    It’s not clear that the Democratic Party, as currently constituted, is prepared to take on that task. Has it even conceptualized, let alone implemented, adequate economic or political innovation? Nor is it clear whether the global and domestic forces now imposing such heavy costs on the poor and even the middle class lend themselves to government-directed amelioration.

    Edsall is a Democrat so this is quite a stunning indictment of the “coalition of the ascendant” strategy that led the party “leaders” to gift Obama the nomination. We never agreed with the inevitable demographic bright future of the party. We thought the road to prolonged and deserved victory at the polls required a competent president.

    Now more and more analysts are writing what we started writing back in 2007. Soon they will be writing what we have been hitting hard on: Hillary Clinton 2016 must run away from Barack Obama and all his Obaminations as fast and as soon as possible.

  33. …and news stories like this will not help the Dims…

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-democrats-competence-honor-analysis-20140326,0,7269359.story#axzz2x7BUjS8v

    Analysis

    For Democrats, politicians in handcuffs point to image problems

    By Cathleen Decker
    March 26, 2014, 3:20 p.m.

    Americans have low—exceedingly low—opinions about government. It’s supposed to stay out of their hair until needed, at which point it’s supposed to solve problems instantly. For the full range of American needs, government is supposed to provide only two things: competence and honor.

    For Democrats who have long championed government as a force for social good, competence is perhaps the biggest potential victim of the rocky rollout of the Obamacare insurance program.

    Millions of Americans will gain coverage under the plan—some enjoying insurance for the first time—but their voices have been drowned out by the months-long criticisms of websites that wouldn’t work, deadlines that had to be extended, exceptions that had to be made. (The most recent: Tuesday’s news that the supposedly firm March 31 sign-up deadline was actually a bit squishy, extended into April for people who have started the sign-up process by the end of this month.)

    The other component—honor—has come sharply into question this week, and not in a good way for the image of Democrats. Handcuffs are almost always a bad sign.

    On Wednesday, California state Sen. Leland Yee was arrested as part of a public corruption investigation, the FBI confirmed. No charges were detailed, and Yee was due in court later Wednesday. A Democrat from San Francisco, Yee has been seeking the job of secretary of state, the office that runs California’s elections.

    Yee is the third California Democrat caught in seemingly unrelated criminal scandals this brief year.

    Sen. Rod Wright of Inglewood was convicted in January of perjury and voter fraud stemming from charges that he had lied about his address on voter registration and candidacy papers. His attorney has said he will appeal, and a court date has been set for May 16. Weeks after that conviction, Sen. Ronald S. Calderon of Montebello pleaded not guilty after his indictment on charges of bribery and money laundering.

    In both his and Yee’s cases, the Capitol was treated to the specter of FBI agents wading through offices in search of evidence.

    At almost the same time that Yee was taken into custody, a Southern Democrat, Mayor Patrick Cannon of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested on a federal complaint that charged him with theft, bribery and extortion.

    According to U.S. Atty. Anne M. Tompkins, the complaint alleges that Cannon repeatedly took bribes from undercover FBI agents—the last time accepting $20,000 in cash in a meeting in the mayor’s office. Cannon’s arrest followed by days the resignation of Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox after investigators involved in a secret inquiry searched through the Democrat’s home and office.

    None of these things had happened the last time the Pew Research organization studied trust in government, which is probably a good thing. Even then, last fall, only 19% of Americans said that they trusted government most or all of the time. That was down 7 points from January.

    The percentage who trusted government only sometimes, or never?

    Eighty percent.

    Cathleen.Decker@latimes.com

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    and then Harry Reid, the senate majority leader looney

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-harry-reid-refund-campaign-holiday-gifts-20140326,0,6045659.story#axzz2x7BUjS8v

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  34. So good to see some good news. I cracked a crown and it is going to cost $600 (with insurance) to get it replaced. The dentist started lecturing me on wearing a night guard and I told him that I was already sleep deprived and stressed – that is why I cracked the crown, grinding my teeth. Just one more demand, one more tax, one more pay deduction or cut. I told him I just did not have any more. Of anything.

    We had a presentation on local 211 services the other day and I was overwhelmed just how bad the need is out there. The homeless, the suicidal.

    I live in Florida with a horrid Tea Party Governor who has cut environmental protections and health services to levels harmful to the public. You have NO idea how bad this is. I suspect the scum sucker wants people sick so they have to go to the privatized clinics run by him and his chronies.

    He is up for election in the fall. Charlie Crist is polling well against him, but the O touch of failure is hovering over him.

    We here is Florida have the distinction of leading the nation in Foreclosures. Just in our county alone, there are around 300 per week. The banks are collecting them all up. The housing market is insane and the prices are still too high for purchase by qualified home buyers. I wonder what will happen after the 2014 elections.

    Give me some more good news and say a prayer for the lost.

  35. Admin: you have far more patience than I do. Far more. It is not just that we were right and they were wrong. Hell, that can happens to all of us. Rather, it is the fact that millions of Americans took no time to study Obama, and discover that he was incompetent, inexperienced and had an anti American globalist agenda dictated to him by the likes of George Soros. His primary duty is not to the American people. It is to himself and to his stature as a global icon. In the twilight of her career Peggy Lee gave us a depressing song Is That All There Is? In the case of Barack Hussein Obama, the answer is an unequivocal yes. The problem is he had a legion of unindicted co-conspirators who either aided and abetted him, or refused to speak out on behalf of millions of Americans. Tom Brokaw, Bill Moyers, George Step-and-Fetch It, Ly’n Brian Williams, their corporate executives and scores of Harvard trained jurists bureaucrats and information age opportunists like Fuckerburg and Schmitzie. And what is to be done about them? What indeed? Because they will be around long after Obama is history. Speaking of which, when he is gone, a full blown effort must be undertaken to debunk the image and refute the lies which his handlers will commit, in order to create a myth. He must be portrayed as a citizen of the world, who did not give a good goddamn for the country and its people he supposedly serves.

  36. Leanora

    March 26, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    UK professor refuses to put his name to ‘apocalyptic’ UN climate change survey that he claims is exaggerating the effects

    A climate scientist has accused the United Nations of being too alarmist over global warming – and demanded his name be removed from a crucial new report.

    Professor Richard Tol, an economist at the University of Sussex, said fellow UN academics were exaggerating climate change and comparing it to the ‘apocalypse’
    ——————-
    It would be . . . nice . . . if we could rely on the scientific community to proceed on the basis of pure science, skepticism, identification of assumptions, objective methodology and empirical analysis.

    Yes, that would be very nice.

    But that is not at all what it is. In the scientific community, as in most other walks of life, the question is not are you right, but who are you. Are you respected by your peers, and do you have a trove of meaningless awards to buttress that perception. And that is true, even if you have not made a scientific contribution for thirty years, and spend most of your time hob nobbing and playing king of the mountain in order to suppress new ideas by people who do not have your credentials.

    The bitter truth?

    The scientific community is global, political, and it has a star system that makes Sammy Goldwin, Louie B Mayer, and their Hollywood successors look like mere pikers.

  37. The flaw which I see in the entire global warming position is it tends to proceed through inductive logic to a pre-determined political outcome (i.e. to redistribute the wealth of the American Middle Class, consistent with Soros observation that the latter consumes too much of the world resources to support their lifestyle):

    “Induction: In the process of induction, you begin with some data, and then determine what general conclusion(s) can logically be derived from those data. In other words, you determine what theory or theories could explain the data. For example, you note that the probability of becoming schizophrenic is greatly increased if at least one parent is schizophrenic, and from that you conclude that schizophrenia may be inherited. That is certainly a reasonable hypothesis given the data. Note, however, that induction does not prove that the theory is correct. There are often alternative theories that are also supported by the data. For example, the behavior of the schizophrenic parent may cause the child to be schizophrenic, not the genes. What is important in induction is that the theory does indeed offer a logical explanation of the data. To conclude that the parents have no effect on the schizophrenia of the children is not supportable given the data, and would not be a logical conclusion.

    Deduction and induction by themselves are inadequate for a scientific approach. While deduction gives absolute proof, it never makes contact with the real world, there is no place for observation or experimentation, no way to test the validity of the premises. And, while induction is driven by observation, it never approaches actual proof of a theory. The development of the scientific method involved a gradual synthesis of these two logical approaches.”

  38. The best hope for the human race is a meritarian system, which rewards competence and proven results.

    In every field of human endeavor, human nature conspires against it.

    What is true of the scientific community, i.e. the star system, which rewards nookie, is equally true of the legal profession, academia, journalism, etc.

    IT IS THE ROLE OF JOURNALISM to protect the integrity of the mertarian system, and to tell the truth.

    That is the cardinal sin of big media.

    A sin for which they must never be forgiven.

    Smut merchants have more credibility than these jamokes.

    FOX is far from perfect. But they do provide the rest of the story–the one that Big Media takes such great pains to conceal.

    And in an imperfect world, that is all we can hope for.

    Because the alternative is NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN

    And Goebbels

    A distinction without a difference.

  39. There is no lower scumbag in the universe than David Brock–a former Republican hit man against the Clintons, who came out of the closet, founded the deceitful Media Matters with the financial assistance of George Soros, and now is a Hillary ally, according to today’s New York Times. This is consistent with Soros’s involvement in the Hillary pact. Obviously, he sees her as a tool to continue his vile program of creative destruction of this nation. This will be brought out in spades in the general election–and if the Republican Party is smart enough and not too corrupt themselves, then it will be exploited to hell and back, and it will be no answer that the Koch Brothers are in pare delicto, because even if they were, which they are not, the argument lacks proportionality. Given a choice between running from Obamacare and running from Soros, I would counsel her to do both. But if the genie in the bottle gave me only one choice, I would say run from Soros, because that old Nazi is the destroyer of worlds. The effort would begin by telling Brock begone.

  40. Just to refresh our recollection. Five years ago, I wrote:

    “In 2003, Soros created a nation-wide network of think tanks, activist groups, and unions which form the base of the new democratic party, otherwise known as the Shadow Party. This network of organizations masqueraded as main stream democrats, but in fact they were not. As Soros himself conceded “the Democratic Party does NOT stand for the principles I advocate–if it did, it could not be elected.” (snip)

    When the Democratic Party lost the ability to rely on soft money (as a result of McCain Feingold) they panicked. Soros provided them with a solution. He invited big money donors to contribute to his network of left wing organizations rather than the Democratic National Committee. As a result, he siphoned off $300 million from the Party and privatized the party.

    As Don Iverson observed “Soros is the most powerful man in the democratic party today because he is able to make large donations to which ever candidate supports his views. This makes the future democratic nominee very beholden to him.”

  41. wbboei

    March 26, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    It is not just that we were right and they were wrong. Hell, that can happens to all of us. Rather, it is the fact that millions of Americans took no time to study Obama, and discover that he was incompetent, inexperienced and had an anti American globalist agenda dictated to him by the likes of George Soros. His primary duty is not to the American people. It is to himself and to his stature as a global icon.

    Wbb,

    this will be the questions that historians 75 – 100 years from now will try to dissect. Understand the relevance of the conundrum – it happened twice in back-to-back presidents. What is it about so many members of our society that a foolhardy leadership is sought and then RETURNED to power? And this (for the last eight years anyway) in lieu of someone whose record and character scream competent leadership. The start of this century has been the worst consecutive 16 years (considering the overall picture of our place in the world, the state of the world in general, and our general domestic attitudes and standings, including our economic progress) since before the industrial revolution during the post civil war reconstruction.

    And its not getting better anytime soon. The Texas School Board just passed a resolution reducing the number of math credits needed to graduate high school. I myself am a happy practicing good little Catholic, and I find the efforts of the Kansas legislature to cast Creationism as a competing theory of the origin of the universe alongside Physics, Chemistry and Biology just preposterous. School shootings nationwide are becoming frighteningly normal as evidenced by the sheer number of them every year now. All this with the foundation of federal education policy rooted in the failure that is No Child Left Behind. This has spawned a generation of youngsters that find ‘The Knockout Game’ a good way to spend an afternoon after school. A generation that is swayed by celebrity rather than accomplishment.

    It seems that cure for this is going to hurt like hell because the cancer is so big and widespread. And as much as I love Hillary and really really really hope to see her in the White House, this cure will take a while to take. That is a daunting task that must be undertaken from the top and have the solutions work their way down.

    Hopefully, the healing will start when the millions do their homework and put the right person in that top spot in 2016.

    Hillary 2016

    Incidentally, there is no other person I believe is alive today that is eligible to be the leader of the free world more qualified, better positioned, more experienced, more tested, more savy, more respected (at home and abroad), or more ready than my Hillary. And she is the only person I want to follow into this healing of American society that is coming. Period.

  42. This guy Verilli–Obama’s Solicitor General is utterly incompetent. But it does not matter when you have four ideologues sitting on the Supreme Court and a fifth who is scared of his shadow. But just for shits and giggles, I googled this guy Verilli–turns out he is an ivy league hollwood entertainment lawyer with a checkered resume. The bigger problem with him however is he suppresses freedom of the internet and freedom of the press, as seen in the two cases sighted below.
    ——————————-
    The Obama administration has just appointed a notorious entertainment industry lawyer to serve as the Solicitor General of the USA. Donald Verrilli Jr. is the industry lawyer who masterminded the case against Grokster, successfully arguing that online service providers should be held liable for the actions of their users and that online libraries containing millions of noninfringing works should be shut down if they also contain infringing works.
    Subsequently, he led Viacom vs. YouTube suit, in which he sought to extend the Grokster principle, holding YouTube liable for not reviewing the 29 hours’ worth of video they receive every minute to ensure they don’t infringe copyright.

    Viacom also sought to ban YouTube’s privacy features (which allow you to specify that certain videos can only be seen by friends and family) because the ability to restrict viewership of a video made it harder for them to detect infringement.

  43. If it were me, I would no more appoint a jackal like Verilli to the job of Solicitor General than I would appoint a member of the white powder bar of florida to head of the DEA. But if that white powder bar member was black, I can easily see Obama doing exactly that.

  44. Obama says Iraq invasion ‘not as bad as Crimea’. Wait… what?
    Published time: March 27, 2014 10:03
    President Obama’s key speech in Brussels on Ukraine and attempts to isolate Russia appears to be an exercise of omission, mutually-exclusive statements and unveiled double standards.
    RT takes a quick look at what Obama told an audience of some 2,000 people in his damning 30-minute speech.
    Snip. “We are confronted with the belief among some that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way — that recycled maxim that might somehow makes right.”
    World’s biggest bully preaching peace and love. And its flying killing robots are the messengers. And guards in secret CIA prisons are the keepers. And the NSA keeps an eye on those who won’t listen. Snip
    http://rt.com/news/obama-crimea-iraq-invasion-565/

  45. This makes Oh 3 for 3 in the headlines of RT.
    Russia’s actions in Crimea ‘completely understandable’ – German ex-chancellor Published time: March 26, 2014 17:57
    Snip. President Vladimir Putin’s approach to the Crimean issue is “completely understandable,” [Helmut] Schmidt wrote in Die Zeit newspaper where he’s employed as an editor.
    While the sanctions, which target individual Russian politicians and businessmen, employed by the EU and the US against Russia are “a stupid idea,” he added.
    The current restrictive measures are of symbolic nature, but if more serious economic sanctions are introduced “they’ll hit the West as hard as Russia,” Schmidt warned.
    Snip.
    http://rt.com/news/schmidt-crimea-russia-germany-465/

  46. Meet the Americans Who Put Together the Coup in Kiev

    If the US State Department’s Victoria Nuland had not said “F#@k the EU,” few outsiders at the time would have heard of Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, the man on the other end of her famously bugged telephone call. But now Washington’s man in Kiev is gaining fame as the face of the CIA-style “destabilization campaign” that brought down Ukraine’s monumentally corrupt but legitimately elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

    “Geoffrey Pyatt is one of these State Department high officials who does what he’s told and fancies himself as a kind of a CIA operator,” laughs Ray McGovern, who worked for 27 years as an intelligence analyst for the agency. “It used to be the CIA doing these things,” he tells Democracy Now. “I know that for a fact.” Now it’s the State Department, with its coat-and-tie diplomats, twitter and facebook accounts, and a trick bag of goodies to build support for American policy.

    More: http://www.fromthetrenchesworldreport.com/meet-the-americans-who-put-together-the-coup-in-kiev/81917#more-81917

  47. Well, cry us a river. The insurers are tired of dealing with Obama’s WH.

    ___________________

    “Insurers grow sick of O-Care”

    06:00am

    The health insurance industry can’t wait for ObamaCare’s first enrollment season to be over so that it can have a break from dealing with the White House, sources on K Street say.

    Insurers feel that the administration has taken advantage of them by making repeated delays and changes to the law, even as they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to fix problems with the rollout.

    The administration is nursing grievances as well, feeling insurers don’t have the best interests of consumers at heart and should temper their criticism as they do more to make the law work.

    The tensions between insurers and the White House were described to The Hill by five healthcare lobbyists, both Republican and Democrat, who requested anonymity to speak freely.

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/201891-insurers-grow-sick-of-o-care#ixzz2xAL9Txbl
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  48. Old news. Nothing to see here, folks. Just move along.

    _____________

    “Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by TruthDig.com

    Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History”
    by Amy Goodman

    “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.” So wrote President Barack Obama, back on Jan. 29, 2009, just days into his presidency. “Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” Now, six years into the Obama administration, his promise of “a new era of open Government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

    As the news industry observed its annual “Sunshine Week” in mid-March, The Associated Press reported that “[m]ore often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act [FOIA].” The AP report continued, “The government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.”

    (snip)

    Republished @ Common Dreams https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/03/27

  49. I am shocked, shocked that there is gambling (and creative destruction) by a Messiah.

    Flash: “Barack Obama (Godson of Soros): The Least Transparent President in History”–Amy Goodman

    Flash: “As Soros himself conceded “the Democratic Party does NOT stand for the principles I advocate–if it did, it could not be elected.—wbboei March 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Its only when you start connecting the dots, that you move from rube to informed citizen. With the CBS poll showing that 55% of adults believe that Obama is a strong leader, notwithstanding a track record of failure based on every metric known to man, rube nation stands exposed to the world for what it is and what it is not. This is what Jefferson worried about. But how could he have envisioned the rise of a big media controlled corporate establishment that would suppress the truth, and crucify those who sought to bring this kind of corruption to light?

    March 27, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Old news. Nothing to see here, folks. Just move along.

    _____________

    “Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by TruthDig.com

    Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History”
    by Amy Goodman

  50. foxyladi14

    March 27, 2014 at 10:05 am
    ————–
    Well foxy–during the old cold war those who were charged with protecting the nation referred to those whose agenda was adverse to that goal as “stooges.” The current commissioner fits that bill to a fare thee well. More word salad. And less answers. Delay, obfuscate and smirk while you are doing it.

  51. “The world needs leadership. Unfortunately, that leadership has to come from Barack Obama for whom “leading from the rear” seems to mean “hanging out behind the gym with the Choom Gang.” Absent strong and decisive American leadership, Putin will continue to plunder his way around the borders of Russia. And part of Barack Obama’s legacy, in addition to a ruined economy and a demoralized military, will be a new Cold War.”

    http://www.redstate.com/2014/03/26/russia-west-cusp-new-cold-war/

  52. The above statement by Streiff is why big media needs to be hung from the starboard yardarm, while the sum is still high. To do this after the sun is below the yardarm would be a crime, because they could argue that what was done for the sake of the country was done under the influence of alcohol. Churchill once observed that there were only three traditions in the British Navy: rum, the lash and sodomy. You can add to that distinguished list a contempt for big media.

  53. They say a fish rots . . . from the head down.

    The same can be said about a political party when the head is Barack Hussein Obama, and his chief law enforcement officer is Eric Holder.

    Both of them, under the most charitable interpretation, have manifested a callous disregard for the law.

    And, under a more realistic assessment, these two are bent bringing down the system, not for some abstract idea of social justice, which Bill O deludes about in an effort to give Obama his usual pass, thus guaranteeing future interviews, but for the sake of transforming not just the nation but the world, as his master Soros has decreed.

    The end result? Looting the public treasury, breaking their law, and violating their oath to the Constitution and the voters.

    And it is no solace that Holder’s Justice Department acted in some of these cases, because the pressure within the FBI compelled them to do so.

    Without that, Obama and his big media butt boys would have buried the story, like they always do.

    Here is Ed Driscoll’s take on all this, posted in its entirety because it is rich. The title is: ‘A Criminal Organization Masquerading as a Political Party’

    Naye, naye, naye you say. These are exceptional situations and it is unfair to impute their lawless actions to the party itself.

    The rebuttal is simple and straightforward: a fish rots from the head down. And at some point, the exceptions become so numerous that they swallow the rule.
    —————————-

    Think of the Democratic Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party,” my friend and fellow PJM columnist Michael Walsh wrote in 2009 in the guise of his leftwing alter-ego, David Kahane.

    Certainly, at a minimum it’s safe to say that Democrats were rather active on the nation’s police blotters today. Since this is one narrative the MSM will never assemble (as they’re in on the fun), it’s up to the Blogosphere — so here we go.

    First up, the password is Swordfish Shrimp Boy:

    “BREAKING: Anti-Gun CA Senator Leland Yee Charged With Gun Running,” reports The Truth About Guns:

    It what would surely place his likeness prominently on the Mt. Rushmore of hypocrisy if the allegations are proven in a court of law, famously anti-gun California state Senator Leland Yee has been charged with, in addition to bribery and public corruption…yes…gun running. Specifically conspiring with known organized crime lord Kwok Cheung “Shrimp Boy” Chow to illegally import firearms and sell them without a license . . .

    The affidavit charges that the $2 million worth of weapons to have been secreted into the country from the Philippines included rocket launchers and machine guns, some of which Yee himself had fired while on Mindanao. A portion of the weapons Yee conspired to bring into the U.S. through New Jersey were to have been forwarded on to North Africa via Sicily.

    At NRO’s Corner, Tim Cavanaugh adds, “California State Senator Leland Yee, a Democrat representing San Francisco, was arrested Wednesday by the Justice Department in an apparent sting that involves a famous Chinatown criminal, local media report“:

    Yee is the third Democrat in the California state senate facing criminal charges. The other two are in Los Angeles County. Rod Wright of Inglewood is taking a leave of absence after being convicted of perjury and voter fraud related to charges that he lied about his residence when running for office in 2008. Monetebello’s Ron Calderon is also on leave while fighting 24 felony counts related to bribery in exchange for steering legislation.

    The Democratic Party has 28 out of 40 seats in the state senate. Wright’s and Calderon’s absences have already left the Democrats without the two-thirds supermajority they often claim to need, presumably so they can stand up to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, the Democratic-controlled State Assembly, and the Democrats who hold all statewide elected offices.

    Like the Truth About Guns Website, Rush Limbaugh is also having a schadenfreude overdose:

    The reason that I stopped everything to take your call — and clearly, folks, he didn’t call for this reason — is Leland Yee is the California politician who attempted to get me fired and disbarred and dismembered and dis-whatever else’d after I impersonated the ChiCom premier. The ChiCom premier was here and having a joint press conference with Obama.

    I did an interpretation of the ChiCom premier speaking Chinese. (interruption) Yeah, it was one of my best shows. Leland Yee and these people had an absolute fit! They thought, “This is exactly the kind of racism and the bigotry and the insensitivity and what else” that I, El Rushbo, am known for. And that’s why I took the call. So here this guy who wanted me thrown off the air for racism and bigotry is now having his offices raided by the “feebs” because of possible corruption while in office. I just love it!

    CALLER: (chuckling)

    RUSH: These guys, they sit up there all majestically in their royalty, and they try to eliminate their opposition. All the while their hands are in the till and they’re engaging in corruption I couldn’t even dream of. So I’m actually glad, Chris, that you called, and I’m actually glad that you got through. ‘Cause otherwise Leland Yee’s name probably would not have come up today.

    Beyond Yee, as I said, today was quite a day for Democrats and the police blotter. Democrat Charlotte NC Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned today after less than six months in office, “just hours after he was arrested and accused of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina’s largest city,” the Blaze reports:

    Cannon submitted his resignation letter to city manager Ron Carlee and city attorney Bob Hagemann, Charlotte spokesman Keith Richardson said in an email. The 47-year-old Cannon is charged with bribery and public corruption. The Democrat took cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes and solicited more than $1 million more, according to a criminal complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s office.

    Cannon said in his resignation letter that the pending charges “will create too much of a distraction” for the business of the city to go forward. He said it was effective immediately.

    Keith Farnham, 66, a Democrat Illinois state rep, resigned today. In an article dated Monday, but updated to reflect Farnham’s resignation today, the Chicago Tribune reported:

    Reports that federal agents were looking for evidence of child pornography when they seized computers from the Elgin district office of former state Rep. Keith Farnham shocked local officials who said the lawmaker was well-liked and active in the community.

    “I couldn’t even fathom it. I was stunned,” said former Elgin Mayor Ed Schock, adding that Farnham always worked on the city’s behalf.

    Farnham has not been accused of any crime. Federal agents were searching for documents “pertaining to the possession, receipt or distribution of child pornography” as well as computer files, copies and negatives of child pornography or any documents that depicted minors “engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” according to a search warrant released Friday.

    And the hits just keep on coming.

    “Pa. State Sen. LeAnna Washington ordered to stand trial,” Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate reports today:

    Pennsylvania state prosecutors won a first step Wednesday in their corruption case against state Sen. Leanna Washington, securing a judge’s ruling that they have enough evidence for a trial on charges that Washington crossed the line when she allegedly ordered taxpayer-paid employees to organize an annual “birthday party” political fundraiser.

    For eight years, Washington pressured her Senate staff to devote weeks to drawing up guest lists that included city and state officials, creating invitations and taking money from invitees that ultimately went to Washington’s campaign account, prosecutors say.

    They also allegedly used taxpayer-paid computers, copiers and office supplies.

    District Judge John Kessler ruled that testimony from one of Washington’s former employees, Jamila Hall, was strong enough to allow the case to go to trial. In a grand jury presentment issued with the charges March 12, prosecutors listed seven current or former employees or interns, including Hall, who said they witnessed or carried out tasks to organize the fundraisers.

    Washington, 68, declined comment after the two-hour hearing at Kessler’s Montgomery County office. Washington, a Democrat who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, is running for a third full term this year.

    Meanwhile, “Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the Albany office of Assemblyman William Scarborough this morning, he confirmed to reporters,” Capital New York reported, also today:

    Scarborough, a Queens Democrat, said the F.B.I. asked questions about the per diem reimbursements that legislators collect for each day they spend in the Capitol. Agents took papers from his offices in Albany and Jamaica, and also accosted him in his hotel room this morning.

    ”I’m innocent, but I understand the reality,” Scarborough said to a group of reporters who, hearing rumors, flocked to his office on the sixth floor of the Legislative Office Building. “I don’t know what’s going to go on. I am going to talk to a lawyer, this is just stunning to me.”

    * * * * * * *

    Scarborough received $59,085 in per diem payments between 2010 and 2011. He submitted voucher payments claiming $825 for five nights in Albany from March 13th to March 17th 2011, while public records showed he attended a town meeting at York College in Jamaica Queens that Thursday.

    “I may very well have gone to that meeting, turned around and gone back to Albany that night,” Scarborough told the New York Post in 2012. “If we arrive in Albany before midnight, we’re entitled to put in for the night.”

    The Assembly doesn’t require members to submit hotel receipts and Scarborough told the Post he would not look for them.

    “I don’t think I have to give you proof,” he said at the time.

    And, “Law enforcement officials raided the office and home of House Speaker Gordon Fox on Friday as part of a criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police,” AP reported:

    Officials would not say who or what was being investigated, but authorities worked for hours inside the Democratic House speaker’s Statehouse office while state troopers stood outside.

    Authorities entered the office carrying an evidence bag and empty cardboard boxes Friday morning. Fox’s spokesman, Larry Berman, said state police had asked everyone working in the office to leave but he didn’t know why.

    Yesterday, AP added that Nicholas Mattiello, a fellow Democrat, replaced Fox after he resigned, following the raid.

    Mattiello, a Democrat from Cranston, comfortably won the vote to succeed Gordon Fox, 61-6, with six abstentions and two absent. Oversight Committee Chairman Michael Marcello, D-Scituate, had challenged Mattiello for the top House spot but conceded earlier Tuesday, saying he didn’t have enough votes.

    The vote came during the first meeting of the House since the dramatic series of developments that began Friday morning when state and federal authorities, including the FBI, the IRS and the state police, searched Fox’s office and home and carried away boxes of material. Officials have declined to detail what the probe is about or say whether Fox is a target. Neither Fox nor his lawyer has commented on the investigation.

    “Today, Democrats Across The Country Have Won Some Pretty Heinous Headlines For Their Actions,” GOP.com notes.

    “Unexpectedly,” as Bloomberg.com would say.

    Update: “I’ll just say this: Remember Jack Abramoff? Duke Cunningham? Babes in the woods. It’s starting to feel like 2006 all over again, just with the opposite party label all over the indictments,” David Freddoso writes in “The case of Leland Yee: This is the craziest criminal complaint against a lawmaker you’ve ever read.”

  54. When Pelosi was told that two out of five Americans of working age are not working because there are no jobs, what did she say?

    Not a problem. This will give them more time to paint pictures, and to perform similar acts of self actualization.

    Translation: let them eat cake.

  55. Foxyladi14, don’t read the comments at the link if you don’t want to get upset. It appears Kobe Bryant is less than black because of what he said about Trayvon Martin and equality:

    http://newsone.com/3001242/kobe-bryant-on-trayvon-martin-dont-jump-to-someones-defense-because-hes-african-american/

    Kobe Bryant Discusses Miami Heat’s Support For Trayvon Martin

    In the March 31 issue of the New Yorker, Kobe Bryant discussed life, race and the inevitable conclusion of his illustrious basketball career with Ben McGrath. Perhaps most shocking is Bryant’s assertion that wide-spread support for Trayvon Martin was premature and he refused to show support for the slain teen simply because he’s African American.

    According to Colorlines, when McGrath asked Bryant’s opinion on the Miami Heat’s show of solidarity with Martin in the now iconic “Hoodie” photo, the 35-year-old L.A. Laker said that such a move showed lack of “progress”:

    I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” he said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

    The profile goes on to quote former NFL running back Jim Brown, who at one point said, “[Kobe] is somewhat confused about culture, because he was brought up in another country.” Bryant then defended himself on Twitter, writing, “A ‘Global’ African American is an inferior shade to ‘American’ African American?? #hmmm. that doesn’t sound very #Mandela or #DrKing sir.

    Content of character trumps skin color every time except in the mixed up shook up world of race-baiting. Kobe Bryant showed real courage saying what he did to the New Yorker because it reaches exactly the people that don’t want to hear that viewpoint and prefer their safe insular world of race-baiting which is causing such havoc and destruction of the black community.

  56. Someone will somehow devise a way to say this is racism too:

    http://www.thelibreinitiative.com/press/majority-texas-hispanics-have-unfavorable-view-obamacare#

    Majority of Texas Hispanics Have Unfavorable View of Obamacare

    (Washington, D.C.) – As in other states with significant Hispanic populations, polling shows that Latinos in Texas are increasingly turning against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. According to the recent University of Texas poll, a majority of the state’s Hispanic population now has an unfavorable view of the law – with a stunning 41 percent saying they have a “very unfavorable” opinion of this new system. Overall, Texans are deeply opposed to the law, with just about half saying their view is “very unfavorable.”

    Among Hispanics, views of the law have worsened significantly during the enrollment period, and continue to trend negatively. In October, 46 percent of Texas Hispanics had an unfavorable view of the law, with 35 percent describing their views as “very unfavorable,” according to the same poll. Earlier this month, a poll in Colorado found that 57% of Latinos in that state disapproved of the ACA. Nationally, a recent poll from PEW illustrated that Hispanics were split on the law, signaling a sharp drop in support since just late last year.

  57. Wow! Hillary is a neocon??? That idiot Joe Scarborough thinks he really might run for president and he thinks someone is going to take him seriously when he says foolish things like this?

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/03/26/scarborough_hillary_clinton_will_be_more_of_a_neocon_than_the_republican_nominee.html

    JOE SCARBOROUGH: Hillary is the neocon’s neocon. It’s going to be fascinating if she decides to run and she gets the nomination, that she will be more of a sabre-rattler and more of a neocon that the Republican nominee. Is that not the case? There’s hardly been a military engagement that Hillary hasn’t been for in the past 20 years.

    Hillary is a real Democrat in the FDR/JFK mold. Hillary has ovaries not the shriveled little grapes Obama has dangling between his legs. To quote Sarah Palin “Fight like a girl!!!!!”

  58. Shit is really kicking off in turkey tonight…..Youtube has just been banned and Facebook to follow….however the worst.

    Chief of intelligence service and Cabinet caught in recording in planning a fake attacks in order to have a “wag the dog event” to start a war on Syria…..and there is major problems now as i believe the turks and Syrian are shelling each other over the border right now. Real shit going on.

    Will update when i know more.

  59. Getting multiple reports that Turkish and Syrian armies are clashing on border and that Damascus sirens are going off and is on high-alert.

  60. http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/turkey-blocks-youtube-105104.html?hp=l10

    Turkey blocks YouTube week after Twitter shutdown

    Turkish officials have expanded their attack on social media, moving from a blockage of Twitter to a shutdown of YouTube.

    The country’s telecom authority said Thursday it had taken an “administrative measure” against the Google-owned video site, but gave few specifics.

    The announcement followed a leaked recording on YouTube that appears to reveal top-level Turkish officials weighing reasons for a possible attack on Syrian militants. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced social media last week for spreading false information, particularly related to corruption allegations against him. The move comes just days before significant local elections.

    “We’re seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Turkey,” a Google spokesperson said. “There is no technical issue on our side and we’re looking into the situation.”

    Turkish residents decried the Twitter blockage, which prevented them from using the site in any way. A Turkish court overturned the ban on Wednesday, although it could stay in place until after Sunday’s elections. The Twitter crackdown came after similar information appeared on the site questioning the government’s credibility.

    Twitter on Wednesday announced the company had filed “petitions for lawsuits” that challenged aspects of the ban. The company will fight demands to remove an account that accused a former minister of corruption, Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde said in a blog post.

    “Political speech is among the most important speech,” Gadde said, “especially when it concerns possible government corruption. That’s why today we have petitioned the Turkish court on behalf of our users to reverse this order.”

    Even so, Twitter has agreed to use its “Country Withheld Content” tool on that account and for several other tweets involving the “safety of an individual.” This tool prevents tweets from appearing in a certain geographic area, even if it they are visible elsewhere in the world.

  61. admin
    March 27, 2014 at 1:47 pm
    Foxyladi14, don’t read the comments at the link if you don’t want to get upset. It appears Kobe Bryant is less than black

    ———

    That race card is sure getting decades of mileage.

    Remember the days during the early election, when blacks were saying that oBama wasn’t really black enough, because his mother was white? He was ONLY half black.

    Strange, when he ‘became’ pResident, he was lifted up like the purest and smartest black president of all mankind.

  62. Politico has got it wrong, this was not discussing options…… it was Hakan Fidan, head of intelligence is heard discussing with the Foreign minister and others about (can you believe it) attacking their own Turkish Bases and troops themselves from over the syrian border and also launching a false attack on the Suleyman Tomb in Syria and blaming Syria in order to provoke a war with Syria…..

    This is serious flagrant abuses of power and ICC material. The UN should step in. This is the actions of a rogue state.

  63. Been looking for coverage of this aspect of BO’s Rome stop. Saw a headline earlier that might have been exaggerated, so will settle for this:

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis and Vatican officials on Thursday told U.S. President Barack Obama they were concerned about “religious freedom” in the United States, an apparent reference to the contraception mandate in Obama’s health care plan.

    Related Stories
    Obama hears Vatican’s concerns over health care, invites Pope to US Reuters
    Obama tells Pope Francis he is a ‘great admirer’ Associated Press
    Obama, Francis find common ground, sharp divisions Associated Press
    Obama looking for kindred spirit in Pope Francis Associated Press
    Birth control rule seems to divide Supreme Court Associated Press

    Obama held nearly an hour of private talks with the pope and then the president and Secretary of State John Kerry held separate talks with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and other diplomats….
    http://news.yahoo.com/pope-tells-obama-concern-religious-freedom-u-155928809–sector.html;_ylt=AwrTWVWPUTRTdDQAGIfQtDMD

    As attested to here and elsewhere, there’s all kinds of news right now. wbb mentioned PA State Senator, there’s also the State’s AG’s woes. Overview at this blog: www philly com/philly/blogs/attytood/The-truthand-Kathleen-Kane.html

  64. “It appears Kobe Bryant is less than black”
    ******
    If an AA doesn’t tow the line for the “approved” AA stereotype then they aren’t really black. Charles Barkley got a load of crap when he said that he voted Republican, RG III was called a “cornball brother” by a CNN “personality” for acting intelligent and having a white wife and last week, Grant Hill was called an uncle Tom by a fellow ESPN talking head because he had a two parent family and graduated from Duke. Kobe has the misfortune of growing up in Italy and being able to speak three languages.

  65. Hillary is a real Democrat in the FDR/JFK mold. Hillary has ovaries not the shriveled little grapes Obama has dangling between his legs. To quote Sarah Palin “Fight like a girl!!!!!”

    Sing it, Admin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. admin
    March 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    For those that want a good hard laugh to rattle their innards:

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/10024735943

    These idiots still don’t get it.

    Our anger against their golden calf may have started in 2007, but it’s continued because Obama has lied about all his primary promises, has bungled everything with his name on it, except the killing of Bin Laden, and that was something the military did. By the way, why give the killer of 3000+ American’s a ‘proper’ burial and not let us SEE the body before it was dumped in the sea? Hiding something??

    We are angry that Obama said he would give American’s $2500 tax credit to buy healthcare, and instead, we got ObamaCare that isn’t working and doesn’t help the people, it helps Big Pharma and the Insurance companies. How about that website we paid millions for?

    Hillary may register as a Democrat, but Obama is nothing like Hillary, no matter how you try to spin reality.

    We won’t stop pointing out Obama’s flaws, corruption and laziness until he is well out of office. The sooner the better.

    Next time, research the person you plan to vote for.

  67. You need a hazmat suit to go over to Dummieland, its full of left overs from the 60’s who mentally never left the hippy liberal pot communes. Those fuckers are largely responsible for the shit we are in now and they still think they did everyone a favour.

    I hope Obama shit all over them but then again , they would probably take the punishment and say “thank you sir, may i have another”

    Out and out arseholes who i have no time for.

  68. US Senators condemn Turkey’s ban on social media, introduce resolution

    US Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, and US Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, introduced a resolution condemning the government of Turkey for blocking social media sites like Twitter and YouTube, and restricting the free expression of the Turkish people, a press statement said.

    “The touchstone of a modern and legitimate democracy is the freedom of expression enjoyed by its people. In 2014, a fundamental expression of that freedom is a people’s access to social media sites that allow them to share information and contribute to a conversation about the world around them,” said Murphy in the statement, published on his official website on Thursday. “By allowing sites like Twitter and YouTube to remain blocked, Prime Minister Erdo?an is defying an order from his very own courts. If the Turkish government wishes to move toward eventual integration into the European Union, they should reverse course and respect the right of the Turkish people to exercise their basic democratic freedoms.”

    “The Turkish government’s attempt to control what its citizens learn about their leaders reminds us how crucial the freedom of speech is. It also reminds us how cautious we must be about any changes in the oversight of Internet governance. The ability of any private citizen to compete openly in offering information to others has made the Internet one of the greatest deregulatory success stories of all time. The Turkish shutdown of Twitter and YouTube for political purposes shows the danger of foreign governments gaining control over this incredible forum for liberty,” Johnson said.

    Full text of the resolution:

    Condemning the actions of the Government of Turkey in restricting free expression and Internet freedom on social media.

    Whereas an independent, unfettered media and freedom of expression, including on the Internet and social media sites, are essential elements of democratic, open societies;

    Whereas infringement of press freedom in Turkey is a serious concern, with more journalists currently imprisoned in Turkey than in any other country;

    Whereas millions of people in Turkey, including senior members of the Government of Turkey, use Twitter and other social media sites to communicate on a daily basis;

    Whereas the Government of Turkey imposed a country-wide ban on access to Twitter on March 20, 2014, blocking the use of the communications platform to engage in political speech;

    Whereas respected non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, and Freedom House have condemned the decision to block Twitter as an attack on internet freedom and freedom of expression in Turkey.

    Whereas the President of Turkey, Abdullah Gul, defied the ban to send out a series of tweets questioning the government’s actions;

    Whereas the Turkish Bar Association argued that the ban is unconstitutional and in violation of Turkish and European human rights laws; and

    Whereas, on March 26, 2014, the Turkish district court in Ankara blocked implementation of the ban due to the restriction on freedom of expression and communication that are protected by the Turkish Constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights; Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the Senate—

    (1) condemns the Government of Turkey’s restrictions on freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and internet freedom in Turkey;

    (2) recognizes the critical role that technology and social media sites play in helping independent journalists and the general public to communicate and access information;

    (3) reaffirms the centrality of internet freedom to efforts by the United States Government to support democracy and promote good governance around the world;

    (4) calls on the Government of Turkey to immediately end its restrictions on press freedoms, including social media, and restore access to Twitter.

    Source: http://www.murphy.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/murphy-johnson-resolution-condemns-turkish-government-for-blocking-twitter-stifling-free-speech
    Censorship of social media platforms must stop in Turkey, says OSCE media freedom representative

    By blocking access to social media platforms Turkey deliberately disregards the fundamental right to freedom of expression and freedom of the media, Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media said today.

    “Within one week, access to Twitter and YouTube has been blocked in Turkey,” Mijatović said. “A regulator exercising censorship by blocking is unacceptable in democracies, and it breaches numerous OSCE and other international standards that Turkey has committed to.”

    On 27 March Turkey’s telecommunications authority (TIB) blocked YouTube in the country.

    “I call on the authorities to preserve the free flow of information and media freedom both online and offline, and immediately restore access to YouTube. I also urge TIB to reinstate Twitter services without delay following yesterday’s court decision annulling the ban on the website,” Mijatović said.

  69. As Churchill noted: The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

    For example, the truth about Obama is that he is a failure, this has nothing to do with what happened in 2008. It has everything to do what has happened ever since. History has proven us right.

    Furthermore, malice and ignorance such as we see at Democratic Underground may attack the truth, but in the end, there it is.

    The same malice and ignorance is in evidence at the Soros supported Daily Kos. The following article debunks that scurrilous rag:

    Matthew Yglesias is Juice Vox Media’s Village Idiot and Liar-in-Chief

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | March 27th, 2014 at 04:30 AM | 26

    Well, now we know why the Washington Post did not want to invest in Ezra Klein’s “explanatory journalism” nonsense. Turns out it is just a left-wing propaganda tool trying to spin instead of explain.

    Let us turn our attention to Matthew Yglesias, the Executive Editor of Ezra Klein’s new site. As my friend Pejman Yousefzadeh has well documented, Yglesias is just not that bright. He thinks Joe Lieberman is a dumb Jewish politician; was shocked to discover Senators represent the states as opposed to populations; was unaware of a black conservative tradition; couldn’t understand why Miami didn’t expand westward (hint: a giant swamp); had no idea an incumbent President had been defeated in primaries (Jimmy Carter lost 13 primaries in 1980 to Ted Kennedy and Jerry Brown); thought Bobby Jindal’s reputation for intelligence was just ethnic stereotyping; argued it was okay to lie about having kids; wanted to know why Egypt didn’t have a Parliamentary system as if it’d matter and, by the way, it already does have one; thinks there are too many banks; thinks no banks have been chartered in 2013 even though banks were chartered in 2013; and the list goes on.

    More importantly, Matthew Yglesias believes it is okay for liberals to lie in debates. He claimed “Fighting dishonesty with dishonesty is sometimes the right thing for advocates to do”. After all, according to Yglesias, Republicans are bad people; there are few if any conservatives he respects; and liberals aren’t condescending enough to conservatives who make stupid arguments no matter how smart they are.

    So it’s okay to lie.

    Which brings us to his video at the JuiceVox Media website. He tries to explain the National Debt and out of the gate beings with a lie. He claims the national debt is $5 trillion less than the U.S. Treasury says it is.

    Then he uses deficit and debt interchangeably.

    Then he claims the U.S. Government can never run out of money.

    He goes through all of this to conclude that the national debt, which he understated, is just not anything to worry about.

    This isn’t education. It is not explaining. It is left-wing propaganda. It is also sponsored by General Electric. Why is General Electric sponsoring left-wing propaganda?

    Perhaps they don’t know. After all, Yglesias himself says it is okay for the left to lie in order to win an argument.

  70. moononpluto

    March 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm
    ————–
    Well said, my friend. Well said.

    Obama represents the age old dilemma of the dog and the automobile—just because he chases the car does not mean if he caught it he was competent to drive. The same can be said of old skirt chasers. And the same thing can be said of a god that failed–whose middle name rhymes with Insane.

    But to put a more respectable point on it, the Bolshevik revolution succeeded and it put into power people who were competent thugs with no sense of how to rule a country of that size. The only thing they knew was thugery and that is what they did. After bumping off Lenin, Uncle Joe did the doctors plot and killed hundreds of party insiders and loyal Bolsheviks, which caused a French fatalist to remark that every revolution eats it children. And the same can be said of this one, judging from the projections for the 2014 primaries.

  71. If an AA doesn’t tow the line for the “approved” AA stereotype then they aren’t really black. Charles Barkley got a load of crap when he said that he voted Republican, RG III was called a “cornball brother” by a CNN “personality” for acting intelligent and having a white wife and last week, Grant Hill was called an uncle Tom by a fellow ESPN talking head because he had a two parent family and graduated from Duke. Kobe has the misfortune of growing up in Italy and being able to speak three languages.
    ——————-
    Why is this? The fault lies with big media. Big media. And big media. Look at who they hold up as symbols for the black community. Look at who they empanel to comment on the issues de jure. And look at the narrative they repeat over and over and over and over and over and over again. Let’s start with a different premise. We do not have a race problem in this country. We have a problem with race baiters who control the media and ostracize anyone who contradicts their narrative. And the reason for this is clear. As long as they can define the problem as one of race, rather than of colorblind economic inequality, they, the little lord fautleroys who live in places like Chevy Chase are free to say, I am for equality–and please pass the caviar.

  72. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/27/Obamacare-Navigators-Help-Enroll-At-Mexican-Consulates

    Obamacare Navigators Helping People Enroll At Mexican Consulates

    The Obama administration has been helping to facilitate a series of events nationwide at Mexican Consulate offices to enroll people in Obamacare – and a key activist says the efforts are “our responsibility” regardless of citizenship.

    “Whether they’re Mexican nationals or whether they’re United States citizens or whether they’re in transition– and if they’re there it is our responsibility within all of America to educate on the Affordable Care Act,” Enroll America Field Organizer Jose Medrano told Breitbart News on Wednesday.

    Health Care insurance navigator groups hosted an Obamacare enrollment fair on Tuesday in the Mexican Consulate’s Brownsville office, The Rio Grande Guardian reported last Friday, where Mexican nationals among others were counseled about enrolling in the ACA.

    “The Mexican consulate is a very reliable source of information to the Latino community. And therefore when they host their events, yesterday being the health fair, there are several hundred people that show up,” Medrano said.

    Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), undocumented immigrants aren’t supposed to be receiving government-run health benefits or subsidized coverage. However, President Barack Obama told Latinos in early March that the Healthcare.gov website would not be used to find out about an individual’s immigration status.

    None of the information that is provided in order for you to obtain health insurance is in any way transferred to immigration services,” he said. [snip]

    This is not the first time the Mexican Consulate has been used to enroll individuals into Obamacare. Get Covered Illinois announced in late February that the Erie Family Health Center hoped to increase its enrollment numbers at the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, The Sun Times reported.

    According to Vegas Seven, in Nevada, the Latino community is being targeted for ACA enrollment at the Mexican Consulate in downtown Las Vegas. Insurance News says Hispanic National Advocacy groups like National Alliance for Hispanic Health have helped lead the push to get more Latinos enrolled in Obamacare.

    “Promoting Obamacare at a Mexican consulate raises three major policy concerns,” Stephen Miller, a spokesman for top immigration hawk Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told Breitbart News.

    “One, the possibility that illegal immigrants could fraudulently access federal subsidies; two, that such promotions provide a financial inducement to unlawfully enter the U.S. (or overstay a visa) by offering households headed by illegal immigrants federal subsidies through their legal relatives or dependents; and three, that these activities widen an existing flaw in our legal admissions process by continuing to subvert the principle that those seeking to lawfully enter the US should be financially self-sufficient,” Miller said.

    Mexican Consulates have been used previously to advance USDA assistance programs like food stamps to Mexican nationals, The Daily Caller reported in July of 2012. Mexico promoted the program to 50 of its consular offices in the U.S.

  73. Okay. I admit it. I stole the Churchill quote from the chairman of the committee investigation the Christie scandal, who stole it from Churchill. But the larger point is where does this leave the elephant man who makes the hearts of aging Republican money men flutter for no reason I can think of. If you think back to the first Reagan term, his Secretary of Labor, Donovan, was charged with corruption and was later found not guilty. If memory serves, Donovan was from New Jersey as well. A reporter button holed the by then former Secretary, who unlike Learner, had the decency to step down and asked him how it felt to be exonerated. Figuring that one bad turn deserves another he asked the reporter, how do I get my reputation back. The Democrats did a real hatchet job on old haystack calhoun, and they implanted a subliminal impression about him, which I believe to be true, even though they are congenital liars. That impression makes him un-likeable, which is the kiss of death for all low information voters, who comprise well over 1/2 of the electorate.

  74. Not for nothing was this guy the chief litigator for the best law firm in Washington, Morgan Lewis and Bockius, while he was in his thirties. Not for nothing did his Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz refer to him as brilliant–something he never said about the MIA choomer Obama, who was gifted the law review position and was a no show and no publisher. And, not for nothing is the Washington establishment petrified of him, because he speaks for the American People. This video show why Carville, a brilliant man in his own right, called him the most talented Republican to take the stage in 30 years.

  75. When you go to bed with the Obama Administration, you can wake up with a fatal disease. Recall how the insurance companies got behind Obamacare–unlike Hillarycare, because they were promised that Obama would force all these young low risk people to buy insurance. Wunderbar. However, Obama neglected to inform them that the penalty for not signing up would be de minimus, compared to the cost. Also the law is byzantine in complexity. Nobody understand it. Nobody. But the end game is a little like something TE Lawrwence talked about when he went into a tavern and ended up being shanghaied and pressed into involuntary service. In typical understated fashion he said “not at all what I intended”. And here? The unintended consequence of Obamacare which was supposed to be all beer and skiddles for the insurance companies is turning out the be their death knell, as the following article explains. Again, Obama is a whore, and he cannot be trusted.

    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/03/27/Hospitals-Plot-End-Insurance-Companies

  76. The Obama administration has been helping to facilitate a series of events nationwide at Mexican Consulate offices to enroll people in Obamacare

    ———
    Don’t even get me started with this one, Admin.

    The Dream Act, anywhere, anytime…free goodies, come to America.

    You want a President? We have the perfect one for you, and he is free, heck, we would even pay his one-way ticket…on the fastest jet. Pronto!

  77. Admin, thanks for posting link to DU comments. Those pathetic Kool-Aid guzzlers are always good for a laugh.

  78. http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/obama-pope-francis-find-common-ground-sharp-divisions/2172205

    snip

    The exchange of gifts

    The exchange of gifts is a de rigueur part of every papal audience but Thursday’s presentation had an unusually loud element to it. A metal support stilt holding up the top of President Barack Obama’s gift — a chest of seeds from the White House garden — twice crashed onto the marble floor of the pope’s library when photographers banged into the table holding it.

    The Vatican’s protocol monsignors glared at the offending journalists and even Obama appeared cross at the interruption.

    Eventually, aides gave up and let the top of the seed chest hang down without the support. (insert joke)

    • • •

    “These I think are carrots,” Obama told the pope as he pulled out a blue velvet pouch from the seed chest.

    ****

    O in response to the gift he received from the Pope:

    But the gift that most drew Obama’s attention was the red-bound copy of the pope’s apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Francis’ mission statement for his papacy in which he denounced the global economic system that excludes the poor.

    “You know, I actually will probably read this when I’m in the Oval Office, when I am deeply frustrated and I am sure it will give me strength and will calm me down,” Obama said. (there’s that I, I, I, me, me, me again)

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

    also clips of O overdoing the grinning and looking like Walter E Newman…very awkward…goofy doesn’t quite capture it…

  79. As Churchill noted: The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.
    ~

    “But in the end, there it is”. Even when we don’t want to see it. This is the third time I saw this story published. If it is true, it can’t be completely hidden from the public. It will bubble up from the surface as did the John Edwards’ scandal. It will be devastating to Hillary – and all the democrats – if it takes over the news as we get closer to 2016. I think they should find some way to deal with it now and get it over with.
    ===

    According to a class action lawsuit against convicted billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, former President Bill Clinton was present during sex parties involving up to twenty underage girls at Epstein’s secluded island in the Caribbean. That flight records show Clinton was flown on numerous occasions to the island on Epstein’s private jet. Clinton had a close relationship with an employee of Epstein’s who compiled thousands of photos of nude young girls posed in lewd positions. And these photos were used as a catalog for Epstein to loan out his girls to powerful politicians and British royalty, including Bill Clinton.

    Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/clinton-snared-pedophile-ring/#L8XFYEPVAbuRqdHr.99

  80. Published today. UN hammers US human rights record on spying, torture, drones and death penalty

    Snip The committee, led by British law professor Sir Nigel Rodley, focused most prominently on the National Security Agency’s global surveillance regime, revealed via classified documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last June. Snip
    http://rt.com/usa/human-rights-us-un-757/

  81. Latest Military Purge: Nine nuclear base commanders fired in Air Force cheating scandal

    The United States Air Force says it has taken unprecedented action by firing nine nuclear missile base commanders on Thursday amid an ongoing and exhaustive investigation surrounding allegations of cheating.

    Dozens of additional employees described as junior officers at those bases will be disciplined as well, the Associated Press reported first on Thursday afternoon, and will join an ever-expanding list of Air Force personnel who have been reprimanded in recent months as part of an embarrassing scandal that has increasingly generated criticism directed at the Pentagon’s nuke program.

    But although the Air Force has taken action already in recent months amid reports that missile base personnel cheated on critical military examinations, the AP says officials describe the latest round of terminations as being “unprecedented in the history of the intercontinental ballistic missile force.”

    “None of the nine fired commanders was directly involved in the cheating, but each was determined to have failed in his or her leadership responsibilities,” Robert Burns wrote for the AP.

    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/03/28/latest-military-purge-nine-nuclear-base-commanders-fired-us-air-force-cheating-scandal/

  82. Putin’s Next Steps: Why He Does Not Fear NATO

    His Russian psyche guides him; his accurate assessment of NATO emboldens him.

    NATO has always been a sore spot for Russia: it is the one entity that has been able to keep together the formerly warring West European tribes for more than sixty years.

    They still see the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as its first secretary general did — a means of keeping “The Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”

    And since Germany was allowed into NATO in 1955, only the first two of its original three goals of NATO still remain.

    This means that if America is out, Russia is in. Or at least, that’s the hope of Moscow. NATO has to die if Russia is to take its rightful place as a major European power. And, furthermore, if without NATO, Berlin, Paris, and London resume their triangulating ways, imperial Russians believe that Moscow becomes Europe’s preeminent power. NATO is the immediate obstacle to the Russian Empire’s long-hoped for subjugation of Europe.

    Do not mistake that to mean Russia intends to conquer Europe militarily. Better than any other country, Russia understands the tyranny of distance, and knows that it can no more hope for a successful military conquest of the Continent than could Napoleon or Hitler hope to hold Moscow. Imperial Russia simply wants to call the shots, just as Putin told Medvedev what to do for four years.

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/putins-next-steps-why-he-does-not-fear-nato/

  83. The demise of the United States was inevitable, perhaps. But what is beyond cavil, except to the most narrow minded ideologue is that it has been accelerated mightily–and worse, intentionally, by Barack Hussein Obama. Don’t try to tell me that Obama is a good man, who sees the world from a global perspective and wants social justice. ENOUGH OF THAT CRAP. What Obama is, and all that he is, is an agent of creative destruction of an American centric world order. And from that perverse goal will come a thousand misfortunes for the American People, a majority of whom are too blind and too stupid to see what is happening, and like the German masses between the two great wars of the twentieth century, succumbed to the big lie, from which no good will ever come. Sadly, THAT is the unvarnished truth.

  84. wbb, I though of you when I saw this article. It’s long, featuring lots of dot connecting and lots of progressive people and groups – some well known, others with layers of camouflage. I just skimmed the article, because careful reading of it would require more uninterrupted time than I have at this moment. I hope to read it in detail later.

    The author of the article and owner of the blog is Brenda J. Elliot, who has co-authored a number of anti-Obama books.

    __________

    “Less than 6 degrees of separation: Code Pink ‘fundraising partner’, the DNC, and George Soros”

    Posted on March 10, 2014 by Brenda J. Elliott

    http://hoocoodanode.com/2014/03/10/less-than-6-degrees-of-separation-code-pink-fundraising-partner-the-dnc-and-george-soros/

  85. Countries in the world Banning Social media…..

    Twitter, Facebook and Youtube all banned ……. North Korea, Iran and China

    Youtube banned – Pakistan and Eritrea

    Facebook banned – Vietnam

    Twitter and Youtube……………………TURKEY

    Would ever want to keep company with those countries, Turkey.

  86. Q-1: what do the “progressive” (an oxymoron if ever there was one) POUSA and the “progressive hizzzzzzzzhonor of Gracie Mansion have in common–other than the obvious fact that neither one is named John?

    A-1: plenty:

    first, they are hard core leftists

    second, they have no ability to govern.

    explanation: as in a Buster Keaton silent movie classic they careen, and skid along from one crises to the next. Frankly, they are worse because they prefer head on collisions, whereas Buster, bless his heart, was content with near misses.

    Q-2: why do their amaturish attempts at governance lead inevitably to failure?

    A-2: simple: because they have no interest in governing. That’s not their game. For them, the game is activism—the activism of a deranged child, who delights in pulling the wings off flies, and watching them suffer. And they delude their followers with utopian bromides, that they are the vanguard of the proletariat, and in the fulsomeness of time, the state will wither away, and there will be perfect peace and communism.

    (comment: I do believe that human beings are capable of reaching a higher state of awareness where they are capable of thinking beyond themselves to the greater good. I also believe there are saints among us, but I must confess I have never met one. But I have met many charlatans like Obama who pretend to be saints, and are the very opposite. They profess high motives, and yet they slither on their bellies, like Obama and his activist journalist fellow travelers.)

    (Note: A superb article at Bill Jacobsen’s blog this morning sent me down this rabbit hole: http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/03/daniel-henninger-why-cant-the-left-govern/)

  87. Code Pink ‘fundraising partner

    ———-
    Now there’s a pack of whackadoodles if I ever saw one. They had a run down office building, blocks from where I work. Also battled with them in Denver of 2008.

    They seem to have crawled back into a cave over the past couple of years.

  88. moononpluto
    March 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    ————-
    Then pray tell why moon does the smartest man to ever occupy (adverse possessor) the White House insist on relinquishing our control over the internet? Can anything he does be explained as an honest attempt to govern this country? And by anything I mean just that–does anything he does pass the red face test? I submit that the answer is an unequivocal know. I submit, further, that there has never been anyone in that office who is more of a fuck up, when it comes to the one thing that matters: governing in such a way as to promote the general welfare of the people of the United States. That is the only superlative he deserves, and it is not a felicitous one.

  89. freespirit
    March 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    ———————–
    Thank you freespirit. It is good to see that Brenda has re surfaced. She did some world class research on Obama and was the one who found the Dean Plan which was the Soros initiated plan to capture the democratic party by the hard core left. This eventuated in a book which was fairly good, but was not successful because the country at that time was still living in the world of delusion, whereas now only 55% are–the 55% who told pollsters recently that Obama is a strong leader. Yea, you got that right a strong leader.

    Mrs. Smith on this blog had a pipeline to Brenda, and I offered her my 50 page mangnum opus on Soros. She published the first chapter and then backed out. The proffered explanation was it was simultaneously published on Mrs. Smith’s blog–she being part of the Hillary wing of Democratic Underground, which as later expelled by the hard leftists bloggers employed by Soros. I think the real reason was she was focused on her book.

  90. Speaking of Progressives, this article from Think Progress defends Meechelle against complaints made by former W H speech writer. The Think Progress author tries to make the issue about gender equality. Perhaps, as the article states, there would have been fewer complaints about a male boss who demanded perfection, and whose self-described importance made it imperative that not one second of his valuable time be wasted . Or possibly, the employee recognized an over-inflated ego with an exaggerated sense of relevance and importance. Perhaps the employee had grown tired of FLOTUS’s entitled, less than gracious attitude.

    Sometimes an obnoxious boss is just an obnoxious boss. No need to try to classify honest complaints as sexist, racist, homophobic, climate-change doubter, etc.

    __________

    “Former White House Speechwriter Has A Problem With Michelle Obama Being A Demanding Boss”

    BY BRYCE COVERT ON MARCH 27, 2014 AT 11:35 AM

    (snip)

    First Lady Michelle Obama has created a high-pressure environment and a few people who used to be on staff don’t like it. That’s one of the apparent messages from former White House speechwriter Reid Cherlin’s recent article on her called “The Worst Wing.”
    It’s clear from his conversations with staffers that Obama is a perfectionist who demands high performance from her staff. “Former staffers describe a high-stress, high-stakes workplace,” he writes, “in which Mrs. Obama scrutinized the smallest facets of her schedule.” She conveyed that her time wasn’t to be wasted. “Mrs. Obama made it clear to her staff that…her time was a valuable asset and requests to use it would have to meet an exceptionally high bar,” he says. One ex-aide said the message conveyed about events was, “Don’t do it if it’s not going to be perfect.”
    That certainly sounds stressful. One ex-aide told Cherlin that the situation “just made you super anxious.” But would the situation have been different if, say, they worked for the president? Or for a Senator? The nature of working in a high-stakes political environment is that you have to cope with a lot of intense demands.

    (snip)

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/03/27/3419772/michelle-obama-reid-cherlin-boss/

  91. Has James bean reading Big Pinl? 🙂

    Democratic strategist James Carville says he wouldn’t likely advise Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu to take President Barack Obama with her as she campaigns for a fourth term this year.

    A new AP-GfK Poll shows 59 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama’s handling of his job, a record high for the poll, so few Democrats, especially those in red states, have been enlisting the president’s help.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/james-carville-mary-landrieu-senate-campaign/2014/03/27/id/562241/

  92. VotingHillary
    March 26, 2014 at 12:03 am

    “The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.

    &&&&
    ON “FORTITUDE”:

    The Most Interesting Man in the World: “When I know what is right, I stand up for it, whether it is a cause, a beer, or a woman”.

    Obummer: “I just drew a red line in the sand. Actually, it’s more crimson. Anyhoo, I mean whatta say and say whatta mean. Hey, Putin, don’t you dare cross this line… Dang. Hey, don’t cross this other line, more of a mauve colored line. I mean it, daggummit.”

  93. Putin: “It is nice to see the US is a real democracy, in that it can operate without a real leader. My commendations to your form of government.”

  94. The great O is a mindreader. 😆

    “It’s well known and well acknowledged that you’ve seen a range of troops massing along that border under the guise of military exercises. But these are not what Russia would normally be doing. And, you know, it may simply be an effort to intimidate Ukraine or it may be that they’ve got additional plans,” Mr. Obama said.

    To resolve and de-escalate the situation right now, Mr. Obama said Russia needs “to move back those troops and to begin negotiations directly with the Ukrainian government, as well as the international

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-calls-on-vladimir-putin-to-move-russian-troops-from-ukraine/

  95. Obama . . . he talks and he talk and he talks, then he golfs, and when he returns, he talks and talks and talks, and then goes on vacation, and when he returns, he talks and talks and talks when he has nothing of substance to say. He is like a bus driver on a tour of Manhattan pointing out all the objects of interest and commenting on them, to the endless delight of his passengers, who are the stoop freaking scatologists of big media. Someone said it was a tragedy that the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, which plunged into the East River, who saved himself, but all the big media passengers to die of drowning or dysentery. Someone said, other than Obama, how could that possibly be a tragedy. The answer came back immediately. The tragedy was there were two empty seats. Well, at this point, it cannot be helped.

  96. Wbb

    Then pray tell why moon does the smartest man to ever occupy (adverse possessor) the White House …
    —-
    Some ‘well connected’ students are pushed thought the system and ‘gifted’ with a Ph.D. They are babied along, and often not pushed as hard if they are a minority, (only by certain professors).

    From the little scrubbed history this fraud still has, he was a lecturer. Ph.D. students can help teach a class and earn tuition fees paid and a little extra, while they are working on their Ph.D. (‘Helped teach a class’, meaning that the Professor of Record, has hired this student to teach her/his class and has already set up the class and it’s content.)

    Some Ph.D. graduates teach classes, but are not hired permanently by a university, they are also called lecturers at some schools.

    A Professor is someone that has a PH.D. and has worked their way up the chain, normally taking several years to become a full professor.

    From what I know, oBama was never a professor.

    It would be like calling someone that passed the Bar, a well established Judge.

  97. President Obama has made two major gaffes so far during his Europe trip. After falsely claimed that Kosovo held a UN-assisted referendum on self-determination, he then wrongly said that Georgia was not being considered for NATO membership.

    Speaking on Kosovo yesterday, Obama said : “…Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organised not outside the boundaries of international law, but in careful cooperation with the United Nations and with Kosovo’s neighbours. None of that even came close to happening in Crimea.”

    But none of it came close to happening in Kosovo either, as Milos Subotic, the International Relations Officer of the University of Pristina, Kosovo told Breitbart London.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/03/27/Obama-Makes-Two-Major-Foreign-Polcy-Gaffes-on-Europe-Trip

  98. California to open facilities for illegal immigrants’ driver’s licenses

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles is setting up new facilities to process driver’s license applications for illegal immigrants.

    Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill, AB 60, which will allow illegal immigrants to obtain the documents beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

    The bill was signed along with a number of others laws seen as favorable to undocumented immigrants.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/27/california-to-open-facilities-for-only-illegal-immigrants-drivers-licenses/#ixzz2xISUrKNz

  99. Support for the healthcare law stands at 26 percent in a poll conducted by The Associated Press.

    The AP-GFK poll released Friday showed little change from a January AP poll that found 27 percent of the public supported the law.

    Opposition to the law stands at 43 percent. Opposition peaked shortly after the law’s passage in 2010 at 50 percent.
    The AP poll finds that, while support for the law has diminished in the last few years, opposition hasn’t drastically increased. That is because a large section of the public, 30 percent, now say they neither support nor oppose the law. That number stood at 14 percent when the law was first signed.

    http://therightscoop.com/obamacare-support-drops-to-26-in-new-ap-poll/

  100. Turkish Intelligence Chief and Turkish Foreign minister……

    “I’ll send 4 men from Syria. I’ll make up a cause of war by ordering a missile attack on Turkey” – Intelligence chief

    http://on.rt.com/ahmljz

    This leaked conversation is coming back to haunt the highest echelons of the Turkish government as it plans a provocation in Syria, while scrambling to contain social media internally.

    The leaked audiotapes that reveal Turkey’s highest ministers staging an anti-Assad military intervention in Syria, have already caused YouTube to be shut down in the country, as well as leading to fevered accusations of treachery and betrayal of Turkey’s political interests – “a declaration of war,” as Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu put it.

    This is of course after intelligence chief Hakan Fidan suggested seizing the opportunity to secure Turkish intervention in the Syrian conflict – a war that has already claimed 140,000 lives, and counting. In the conversation, Davutoğlu is heard saying that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sees any attack as an “opportunity” to increase troop presence in Syria, where it has staunchly supported the anti-Assad rebels.

    Below is a transcript of that conversation in full. The video can be found below.

    ……………..

    Unbelievable….The UN and Nato need to intervene..Devestating.

  101. Leanora
    March 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    California to open facilities for illegal immigrants’ driver’s licenses

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles is setting up new facilities to process driver’s license applications for illegal immigrants.

    Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill, AB 60, which will allow illegal immigrants to obtain the documents beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

    ——–
    I am in no way interested in letting illegals stay in our country and use up our resources, and certainly not vote.

    Maybe their applying for a license to drive will be an easier way to track them???

  102. From the little scrubbed history this fraud still has, he was a lecturer. Ph.D. students can help teach a class and earn tuition fees paid and a little extraa little extra . . .
    ————
    yes, a little extra alright

    which can become a lot extra if it is wisely invested

    in the benevolent distribution of choom . .

    to feed his little birds and community organizers

    at black market rates, i.e. tuppence a bag

  103. COW FARTS! The White House Wants To Regulate Cow Farts!

    If any story proves that this global warming hoax has gone too far, it is this one.

    According to the President’s latest plan to reduce methane, this coming June, in partnership with the dairy industry, the USDA, EPA and DOE will jointly release a “Biogas Roadmap” outlining voluntary strategies to accelerate adoption of methane digesters and other cost-effective technologies to reduce U.S. dairy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. In other words, the United States government is trying to reduce cow farts.

    Can you see this President appointing a bovine flatulence collection Czar?

    http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2014/03/cow-farts-white-house-wants-to-regulate.html

  104. According to the President’s latest plan to reduce methane
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    I accept that objective provided the policy addresses the larger problem of methane gas emanating from Obama is regulated as well. (Scientific Notation: Obamagas, otherwise known as flatulation of the oral cavity, caused by two many meaningless speeches, is believed to be the single greatest cause of global warming. Furthermore, there is growing suspicion among the cogniscenti that the reason he never shuts up–apart from the banal fact that he loves the sound of his own voice, is to exacerbate the problem of global warning, so it becomes a national priority. In other words, it is one more Obama protection racket.)

    which has been known to stink up a room so badly that fumigation is the only option.

  105. Jamilah Lemieux, senior editor at Ebony, launched a Twitter tirade against black conservatives, such as Ben Carson, and attacked Republican National Committee deputy press secretary Raffi Williams after incorrectly assuming he was white.

    She was set off by news that Carson and Armstrong Williams were going to start a magazine for black conservatives.

    Lemieux’s reaction sparked Williams to weigh in questioning why she was seemingly opposed to intellectual diversity.

    Soon after, Lemieux tried to dismiss Williams as a “white dude” telling her what to think.

    After realizing her mistake, Lemieux offered an apology of sorts, but it was far from heartfelt.

    After her apology, she continued to denigrate conservatives, comparing them to cockroaches and calling Carson “insane.”

    ———————
    Many moons ago, the inestimable Thomas Crown wrote:

    Should the entire American Left fall over dead tomorrow, I would rejoice, and order pizza to celebrate. They are not my countrymen; they are animals who happen to walk upright and make noises that approximate speech. They are below human. I look forward to seeing each and every one in Hell.

    That is my philosophy moving forward from today.

  106. Ah yes. This is what is known as the pig pot tactic. Here is how it works: the Russian farmer brings a cow into his hut, and his wife complains about the flatulence. So he brings a pig into the hut who wallows in the mud, and the wife forgets about the stinking cow and complains about the pig. Whereupon the farmer tells he if I remove the pig and keep the cow will you stop complaining about the cow? Whereupon she thanks him profusely and says, a little flatulence never bothered me. In this case, Putin takes Crimea, Obama complains, whereupon Putin threatens the Ukraine and Obama says please solve my diplomatic crisis. You can keep Crimea if you pull back from Ukraine and I will ask Mr. Soros to stop stirring up trouble in Crimea and thereby threatening world war III. Just give me a headline so I can take a few victory laps around the world, and I will be flexible.

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