Back In The U.S.S.R.

Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out… That Georgia’s always on my mi-mi-mi-mi-mind.

Back in 2008 Barack Obama’s mocking of Hillary and McCain triumphed. Barack Obama called those two old hat. Barack Obama was going to “turn the page”. All those pesky old time problems Mess-Obama was about to celestial choir away – along with no more rising oceans and well everything old and bad and soon we would have anti-gravity cars and planes taking us to holidays on the moon and a disco ball in the White House. Well the page has turned alright. We’re now out of the frying pan and into the fire. Elect a boob and you get boobery. Re-elect a boob and you get more boobery. Oy vey!



Back in 2008 Barack Obama was a promising star. Obama promised and promised and promised – stars and unicorns along with pennies from Heaven. It’s been Hell ever since.

Now Vladimir Putin is the star, er, Tsar – sorry for the typo, misplaced letters and all that. Obama is exposed as an international man of boobery. Charles bangs down the hammer on Obama the boob:

The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.” — Barack Obama, March 24

Should. Lovely sentiment. As lovely as what Obama said five years ago to the United Nations: “No one nation can or should try to dominate another nation.”

That’s the kind of sentiment you expect from a Miss America contestant asked to name her fondest wish, not from the leader of the free world explaining his foreign policy.

Miss America is made of sterner stuff and has more lucid wits than Barack Obama. Miss America would likely agree with an argument we recently made about the Ukrainian crisis. We wrote that the task for an American president who shared Western values is to make the case for the West and the values and history of the West:

“If we had an American president with belief in American values and willing to fight for those values, instead of a president only concerned with his stinking “brand”, the Ukraine crisis could be easily turned into a Churchillian moment in Western history. [snip]

An American president at this time who believes in American values and the values of the Christian West would leap to action. The first symbolic action of such a president would be to recall the ejected bust of Winston Churchill and place it back in a place of honor on the desk in the Oval Office.

Next, such an American president would, alongside Mitt Romney fly to the German capital of Berlin and with Lech Walensa at his side address the peoples of Europe, the West, and the world. To a candid world, in words of brutal truth, such a president would place the attack on Ukraine in historic context. “Ich bin ein Ukrainer” would echo from JFK. “Mr. Putin we forced Mr. Gorbachev to ‘tear down this wall'” and Reagan could for a second be remembered. But more than that, an American president with American values would place the crisis in Ukraine in the context of the West and the long fight for freedom and self-determination of nations.

An American president with granite belief in American values would remind the world that people and nations run TO the west and FROM totalitarian regimes.

An American president with American values would remind the world that the crime of the Ukraine in the eyes of the Evil Empire redux is the preference for the values and freedom and economic hope provided by the West. An American president with American values would remind the world that there was a time when half a continent was called the “captive nations”. An American president with American values would remind the world that evil will not live forever and that even though the Hungarian revolution was crushed by the Evil Empire, tens of thousands killed, freedom came to Hungary and it is free today after a long twilight struggle between the West and the totalitarians.”

As we wrote there is a lot an American president with American values could do to shore up the West and challenge the totalitarian imperium. Roger Cohen at the New York Times is an Obama supporter who does not abandon Obama talking points but he agrees with the the main thrust of our assessment:

“LONDON — Having pivoted to Asia and done the de rigueur minimum over several years to keep the trans-Atlantic alliance off life-support, Barack Obama awakened with a jolt to Europe this week and, on his first visit to Brussels as president, spoke of “inseparable allies” with a shared mission to demonstrate that Russia cannot “run roughshod over its neighbors.”

Shaken from a view of Europe as a kind of 20th-century yawn, Obama spoke of freedom and the ideas that bind the United States and Europe still in an ongoing “contest of ideas” against autocracy and “brute force.” [snip]

Better late than never: The Russian president has benefited from the perception of a United States in full-tilt, war-weary retrenchment; of American red lines turning amber and then green; of a divided European Union; and a hollow NATO living more on the past than any vision of a 21st-century future. Obama has been making up for lost ground.

Still, his Brussels speech, presented as a capstone of his visit and one of those Obama specials designed to offset with eloquence a deficit of deeds, was a poor performance overall, a jejune collection of nostrums about binding values of free-market Western societies and their appeal to the hearts (and pocketbooks) of people throughout the world, not least Ukrainians.[snip]

It is all of this. Unless Western societies find a way to shake their moroseness, level the playing field and rediscover, as Obama put it, the “simple truth that all men, and women, are created equal,” they are going to have a very hard time winning “the contest of ideas.”

Instead of a speech of weary worthiness, Obama should have addressed how an alliance neglected through much of his presidency can be revived; and how American and European democracies, for all their failings, can right themselves because that is the great distinguishing feature of open societies — their capacity for renewal.

Weakling Obama will not be able to bluster the new star, er, Tsar. The world looks at Obama and sees a weakling and smells the stinky fear emanating from the corpse of the unicorn man. Obama is a bumbling boob that will get us all killed. Vladimir Putin is a Tsar who wants to bring back all the Russias and has an active strategy for getting what he wants:

“Perceptions are important. Whatever his long-range intent, Vladi­mir Putin has Russia’s neighbors fearing and many Russians believing that he has, in effect, announced his objective to bring the former Soviet space once again under Russian influence, if not incorporated into the Russian state. He has stationed troops and other military assets in proximity and has indicated a willingness to use them. The resentment and fear his moves have created in Ukraine and other neighbors will, over time, set in motion countermoves and activities that will diminish Russia’s own security. Putin has demonstrated his willingness to cut off supplies of the large quantity of oil and gas Russia ships to Ukraine and the countries of Western Europe and to play games with prices. Russia has also developed important trading and financial dealings with Western countries, particularly Germany, Britain and France.”

The Tsar of all the Russias is up against Obama the Boob. As Krauthammer stated, it is quite a mismatch.

There are some who outright cheer Vladimir Putin’s not yet satiated hunger for territory. There are some who want us to consider why Putin is doing what he is doing and busy blaming the United States policy incompetents (if not corrupt) of officialdom. The smart Patrick Buchanan is in that latter category:

“Perhaps Americans, a fortunate tribe, should try to see the world from the vantage point of the Russian people and Vladimir Putin, and, as the poet Robert Burns said, “see ourselves as others see us.”

At 35, Putin was a rising star in the elite secret police, the KGB, of a superpower with a worldwide empire.

The USSR was almost three times as large as the United States. Its European quadrant was half of the Old Continent. The Soviet Empire extended from the Elbe River in Central Germany to the Bering Strait across from Alaska. It encompassed thirteen time zones. [snip]

Consider, then, what the last dozen years of the 20th century must have been like for proud Russian patriots and nationalists.

First, the European empire suddenly and wholly collapsed. East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria all broke away to join the West. The Red Army came home, undefeated, but also unwanted and even detested.

The Warsaw Pact, the rival to NATO, dissolved.

Eastern Europe, which Russians believe they had liberated from the Nazis at a monumental cost in blood, turned its back on Russia, hailed the Americans as liberators, and queued up to join a U.S.-led alliance created to contain Russia.

Then, as Germany was reuniting, the Soviet Union began to break apart — what Putin calls the great tragedy of the 20th century.

One-fourth of the nation he grew up in and half its people vanished. Tens of millions of Russians were left stranded in foreign lands.”

Buchanan’s history is all too true. Yes, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia joined NATO, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova left too. Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan soon packed up their lipsticks and left – former girlfriends tired of being abused. Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan hit the road too. Buchanan writes those loses are equivalent to an America without the 11 Confederate states with Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua aligned with the now defunct Warsaw Pact. There’s also this bit of “blame America”:

“State’s Victoria Nuland says we invested $5 billion in re-orienting Ukraine away from Russia. How would we respond if we awoke — as Putin did in February — to learn a pro-American government in Mexico City had been overthrown by street mobs financed by Beijing, a pro-China regime installed, and this unelected Mexican regime wanted out of NAFTA in favor of joining an economic union and military alliance with China?

A U.S. president who landed Marines in Veracruz, as Wilson did in 1914, and sent a 21st-century General “Black Jack” Pershing with an army across the border, would be over 70 percent in the polls, as Putin is today.

And if he seized Baja, as Putin seized Crimea, it would be a cakewalk to a second term.”

Fair points and one that are currently in vogue among those that, well we really don’t understand the motivations of those making excuses for Putin’s actions.

What Buchanan and others like him fail to acknowledge is that the young Putin lived in a vast totalitarian imperium appropriately described by President Ronald Reagan as “The Evil Empire”. That halcyon memory of days gone by was a nightmare for the rest of the world.

What happened to Vladimir Putin’s boyhood homeland is that the “captive nations” escaped. They fled to the West. The West was a refuge. They fled to the West for freedom and the economic growth that follows when women and men are free.

The Russia of Putin’s memory was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It was the Evil Empire. It deserved to die. America and the West killed it. Pope John Paul II killed it. The U.S.S.R. was put out of it’s misery. The Berlin Wall was torn down. The KGB and the Stasi and all the apparatus of state terror against its citizens was destroyed. Temporarily.

Now, we are “turning the page” once again – to the past. Any cursory reading of the Quotes of the day reveal the utter befuddlement of Obama’s minions and the purposeful or foolish assessments they make. Unfortunately armies are massing and time is running out. The Tsar of all the Russias is calling. The Evil Empire calling. It’s time to “disconnect the phone” – we’re back in the U.S.S.R.

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119 thoughts on “Back In The U.S.S.R.

  1. Back in 2008 Barack Obama was a promising star. Obama promised and promised and promised – stars and unicorns along with pennies from Heaven. It’s been Hell ever since.

    You tell um, Admin!!

    Back to reading your great post.

  2. What Shadow said, Admin, “You tell um.”

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    I had the misfortune of hearing a segment of a discussion of the Crimean situation on Public Radio, the Obama Defender Network. I didn’t listen long enough to even catch the names of the pundits discussing the issue, but there were two Obama defenders and one guy with some sense. One of the Obama guys praised Obama’s (non) handling of the situation, and went on to say that the criticism of Barack was unfair, that he had done all he could, and that Russia would have invaded Crimea regardless of who was POTUS. The guy with sense contradicted this assumption, and tried to explain that if O were a strong president, and had taken stronger positions about a number of issues from the beginning, Russia very well might not have invaded. Of course, before he could finish his thought, the two O-guys pounced on him, jabbering at once, like the women of The View, and drowning out the guy.

    At that point, I switched stations, and happened upon Queen singing “We Will Rock You”, which I thought was appropriate, as the lyrics reminded me of Barack.

  3. UGH: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/28/republicans-wrong-again-sanctions-force-putin-call-obama-propose-settlement.html

    “Bloomberg reported that the sanctions are pushing Russia’s economy towards a recession and that current sanctions will already hurt Russia’s economic growth for two quarters. Experts also suggest that the energy sector of the Russian economy could take a big hit if the sanctions are expanded.

    All of the Republicans who suggested that sanctions have been a pointless failure are wrong. The sanctions are doing what they are supposed to do. Putin is coming to the table, and he suggesting that he is ready to solve this crisis diplomatically.

    President Obama hasn’t needed troops or to threaten militarily. His administration has clearly targeted Putin and the oligarchs that control the Russian economy. Republicans have been like fanboys with their praise of Putin’s strength, but it turns out their new hero has been being brought to his knees by the intelligent and determined foreign policy of Barack Obama.”

    president DONOTHING GETS CREDIT HE DOESNT DESERVE.

  4. A tribute to Putin, by Stalin’s favorite composer.

    File this one under the real world, not virtual one, or what Obama does not understand:

  5. sirmrks
    March 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm
    UGH: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/03/28/republicans-wrong-again-sanctions-force-putin-call-obama-propose-settlement.html
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    Does any serious minded person really believe that this matters–to a nation that lost 17 million people in world war II. This is the kind of mental masturbation that allows the elites to pretend that we live in a virtual world. There is so much about the Russian psyche that the authors of this article do not understand–and never will. Bear in mind, these are the same people who bought the Obama myth hook line and sinker. They need to just keep telling themselves this. At some point they will be laughing stocks, or excellent candidates for the boobie hatch.

  6. Watching the Hammer video, I wanted to punch Bill O in the chops. He is such an oBama tingler, that he kept trying to cut off Eagleface when ever he tried to make a summation.

    Charles is right, like he usually is. Bill ‘O, is still in the land of unicorns.

    A shrink saying Barry and Kerry are in a fantasy world…sounds like he is finally repeating what Bill and Hillary said a long time ago.

  7. This is the same kind of self delusion we see in the mundane science of labor relations. Once the union goes on strike, management is inclined to say, just wait a week, after they miss a paycheck they will crawl back to us. Only it does not happen. Why? Because the survival of the union is now at issue, and they will fight like bobcats to win the battle. That battle involves far more than just economics. It involves the prestige factor, and in the instant case, it involves nationalism. The best analogy perhaps is saturation bombing. The assumption was that it would break the will of the enemy. But in fact the reverse was true, in London during the Blitz and in Berlin late in the war. These ignorant Brookings Institute jackasses do not know shit from shinola.

  8. Shadowfax
    March 28, 2014 at 11:25 pm
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    True. It is one thing to play devil’s advocate, and quite another to believe your own bullshit, and keep interrupting. He comes off as the motley fool.

  9. Weakling Obama will not be able to bluster the new star, er, Tsar. The world looks at Obama and sees a weakling and smells the stinky fear emanating from the corpse of the unicorn man. Obama is a bumbling boob that will get us all killed. Vladimir Putin is a Tsar who wants to bring back all the Russias and has an active strategy for getting what he wants…

    Absolutely, Admin.

    Putin also knows he has until 2016 to run his planes and tanks anywhere he wants, to grab all he can get while the pot smoking pResident plays and vacations all the way to the next election.

  10. It also puts us in real danger, how many other counties, like China and N. Korea will take advantage of our country at it’s weakest since the peanut farmer?

  11. It is asking too much to expect the people of this country to see the utter futility of this confrontation with Russia. Therefore, I am depending upon their lethargy and indifference to carry the day. But for those who seek some insight, we need to be clear on that the causus belli here is. The conflict has nothing to do with the stategic interests of the United States. Putin seeks not an inch of American soil and he has no intention of undermining the bill of rights. This entire conflict is about the heretofore successful effort by Soros and our CIA to dismember the old Soviet Union and to replace it with crony capitalists who support the global model with Soros and world bankers seek to create. And Putin, bless his heart, is opposing that effort in the name of Russian nationalism, and empire. This is a Soros manufactured issue, period. And sensible people should want no part of it. If you have ever read the short story Major Barbara, by Shaw, then you will recall a figure named Undershaft. He is a munitions saleman which is adverse to Barabra’s world which is about saving souls, not killing them. But there is one thing he says which makes eminent good sense in terms of what we are witnessing now. He says he loves a strong competitior, because a strong competitor makes him better, whereas if he has no competitor, then he wilts and dies. That is what is happening to the United States today as we speak, hence in a strange sort of way, the re-emergence of a powerful Russia could challenge us to become once more, what John Quincy Adams called “a nation to be reckoned with”. Strange talk from an old cold warrior, but seeing the predations of Soros, and his organ grinder monkey Obama, I am forced to consider that possibility, and root for Putin–for our sake.

  12. And now you hear the Obama apologists trying to turn chicken shit into chicken salad by saying thing like, Putin’s actions will revive NATO. Really? The demonstable inability of that organization to counter the Russian threat, and the unwillingness of key members like Germany to belly up to that bar. and the dearth of leadership from big media beloved Obama will somehow cause the affected nation states to have confidence that that organization is capable of defending Europe against the hypothetical threat of a Soviet invasion? This is such a glaring non-sequitur, that it could only have come out of Brookings, a Soros think tank, or most likely both. No lie is too big if it serves to provide cover for Obama. Right? QED. Also, it misunderstands–quite intentionally, the grand strategy of Putin. He is not looking for territory. He does not want to take responsiblity for the moribund economies of Eastern Europe. What he wants is de facto (not de jure control) and that is established through economic dependency.

  13. smirks

    “president DONOTHING GETS CREDIT HE DOESNT DESERVE”.

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    He always has. And some will continue to try to give him undeserved credit, as they attempt to make the petulant man-child, who likes to draw line after line in the sand, appear to be a brilliant, transcendent leader, bringing light into an otherwise dark, desolate world.

    It is gratifying to see that MSM and the progressive, neo-lib Obama defenders have not been able to continue to fool all of the people all of the time. In spite of their lies and spin, Obama’s ratings continue to drop. Even MSM can’t alter enough facts to keep their guy looking good. If ever a president had MSM and the Dim big wigs running interference for him, Barack has. When even his most ardent defenders couldn’t cover for him, they fell back their old stand by defense – call everyone who challenges Barack racists, and they’ll shut-up. Now, even the race card has lost its effectiveness.

  14. We have a couple of years to get in shape before the Tsar requires our dance style to change. Good thing us gals only need to wave around our handkerchief while Wbb, Jes, Henry and all the other big Pink men might pull a few muscles if they don’t prepare…

    http://youtu.be/XzYiQuChDjs

  15. Oh come on! It´s not even Issa´s to call off. The American people want to know what happened. At least the honest Americans do. Especially the families of those 4 Americans who were slaughtered!
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    Oversight Dems Ask Issa to Call Off Benghazi Investigation

    All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have called on Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to end the “partisan” investigation into the Benghazi attack “and begin focusing instead on conducting responsible oversight to implement constructive reforms.”

    The Dems, led by ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), charged that the probe “has been characterized by wild and unsubstantiated political accusations that turn out to be completely inaccurate.” They proceeded to outline those instances in the five-page letter.

    “Continuing this reckless pattern of launching wholly unfounded accusations on national television ­ and racking up more and more Pinocchios in the process ­ is undermining the credibility of our Committee and the seriousness of our work,” they wrote. “Your approach repeatedly has called into question the integrity of our military and diplomatic personnel who are charged with executing our nation’s missions and policies overseas.”

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/03/28/oversight-dems-ask-issa-to-call-off-benghazi-investigation/

  16. Desperate to inflate their flacid penis of a president, big media will rush like a pack of jackals to embrace the delusion that the reason Putin called Obama was to cry uncle. Those endless, everlasting and eternal speeches by Obama about what he would do if he was a mench, his red lines in invisible ink, his appearances on Jimmy Fallon, and his golf games with luminaries like Tiger Woods are enough strike fear into the stout heart of any adversary.

    Well, I see it differently–except for the analogy of a flacid penis of a president.

    So what is Vlad up to? I am not as wise as those Brookings guys, but strictly between us two. The lady that kissed him and pinched his poke was the lady that’s known as Lou.

    First of all, it costs Putin nothing to talk. It preempts the Soros strategy of isolating him and applying economic pressure. His approval rating in Russia is at 80%. Having agreed to talk on the theory that jaw jaw jaw is better than war war war, he is in a position to influence world public opinion to his favor.

    Second, as in labor relations, all that the world requires is that they meet at mutually convenient times and discuss, but need not agree on anything. This gives him the forum he needs to tell the world that Soros and his ilk may run the Democratic Party, and they may even occupy the White House, they do not control the world, and if the world chooses to believe otherwise, then he has leverage.

    Third, at the start of any negotiation, if you are the weaker party, you grab a stick in order to create leverage. That is part of the reason he has massed troops on the border of Ukraine. He does not need to use them. My guess is he has no intention of invading Ukraine for the very reason I mentioned yesterday. His goal with respect to Ukraine, i.e. the bread basket of Russia, is to keep them in the Russian orbit, rather than drifting to the west.

    Fourth, Putin in deploying the pig pot tactic, as explained last night. At this moment, and for the duration of any negotiation, the world is more concerned about an invasion of the Ukraine, and the march of the Russian Bear into western Europe–a delusional fancy if ever there was one. Nevertheless, that is the mindset he has created. Now, in the negotiation, he will refuse to give back Crimea, and will tell Obama, that that is a non negotiable issue. And, in due course, Obama will accept that proposition, and take credit for saving Iran. Big media will hail him as Churchill, while everyone else sees this as further proof that he is weak as a kitten and more than a bit delusional

    So when the Beltway establishment, the Administration, and their big media fifth column call this a “suprise” that Putin would initiate a call to Ozero, and suggest that this is a hopeful sign that Putin is crying uncle and is willing to restore the wrath of Obama, rather than endure the torture of listening to more Obama speeches, I say au contrare. It is simply more proof that not of these whores understand Putin, or the Russian psyche.

  17. Leanora
    March 29, 2014 at 8:55 am
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    This is nothing more than a belated response to Issa’s letter to that dumb bunny obstructionist Cummings, which ripped him a new asshole. Cummings is racist, trite and pathetic. Reading this ridiculous letter, one wonders is this the best they can do?

  18. Fournier: Putin Stole Obama’s Lunch Money Without a Fight

    Some of us who don’t belong to the Beltway’s elite read Barack Obama early on. He is rigidly ideological, he knows nothing about national security, and will be bullied by other, more experienced world leaders. Some inside the nation’s political sinkhole did too — Hillary Clinton’s “3 AM” commercial argued that Obama wasn’t ready to be the leader of the free world. (snip) That ad was dead-on.

    National Journal’s Ron Fournier has finally figured Obama out, and written a grimly enjoyable column about how Vlad Putin is now the big man on the world’s campus.

    By the way, passing Obamacare despite the objections of the majority, and smearing the Tea Party as racist when they formed up to oppose that law, was a sequence of acts of bullying. Barack Obama is perfectly happy bullying his fellow Americans. The media are perfectly happy to help Obama bully their fellow Americans, so low is their regard for us. It’s on the world’s stage that he magically transforms into a wimp.

    From fights with Congress over the federal budget and his nominations, to gun control, immigration reform, health care, and Syria, the president has been (to borrow the language he used on Putin) more interested in the facts and the principles than in GOP motivations. He often seems more concerned about being right than being effective.

    Fournier can’t say it here, or maybe he doesn’t see it, but it has always been Barack Obama’s rigid devotion to his antiquated ideology that trumps everything else. Obama belongs to that old “progressive” wing of the left, the the wing that wants centralized power, lots and lots of government, all in the hands of a largely unelected “enlightened” few who benevolently rule over the rest of us. They view the Constitution as an impediment because it restrains government — when that is the entire point of the Constitution and the way it pits parts of government against each other. Progressivism doesn’t work. Human nature is not benevolent. Centralized power is the way of the Soviet dinosaur.

    Obama isn’t just wrong on the budget, his radical nominations, gun control, the border and the rest, he is stubbornly wrong, so stubborn that he cannot even see the possibility that he may be wrong. He lacks the maturity to even acknowledge that there is another side, and that they may have a point, and that they may even be right. Barack Obama thinks of himself as a forward thinker so much that that’s his slogan, but he is stuck in the monarchical past.

    On Russia, Obama simply does not regard the possibility that Putin disregards any “principles of the international community” that do not serve his interests. Obama simply cannot see that Putin and his BRICS allies use the “international community” cynically to serve their aims while thwarting America’s. He acts like the UN General Assembly’s non-binding vote Thursday to reject Russia’s annexation of Crimea actually means something, when all it means is that the UN alternates between being the lunchroom cowering to the bully, or the tool by which the likes of Putin stymies America.

    Or, Obama does see all of that. And lets Putin push him around anyway. Another principle of the progressive left is that America should be taken down a few pegs, militarily, economically and in terms of its influence on the world. America’s power is “not fair.” Obama’s handling of foreign and domestic policy — denigrate America as his opening act, lead from behind, slash our military, strangle our economy through regulations, harm our body politic by passing laws that the majority oppose, pick divisive fights on social and religious policy, showing weakness ot the world when strength is required — are too consistent across too many years to not be seen as a conscious strategy.

    Fournier gets at Obama’s disregard for Putin’s motivations, and he’s astute to note how counterproductive Obama’s disinterest is. Some in the media should spend some quality time examining Barack Obama’s motivations, and their own.the wing that wants centralized power, lots and lots of government, all in the hands of a largely unelected “enlightened” few who benevolently rule over the rest of us. They view the Constitution as an impediment because it restrains government — when that is the entire point of the Constitution and the way it pits parts of government against each other. Progressivism doesn’t work. Human nature is not benevolent. Centralized power is the way of the Soviet dinosaur.

    Obama isn’t just wrong on the budget, his radical nominations, gun control, the border and the rest, he is stubbornly wrong, so stubborn that he cannot even see the possibility that he may be wrong. He lacks the maturity to even acknowledge that there is another side, and that they may have a point, and that they may even be right. Barack Obama thinks of himself as a forward thinker so much that that’s his slogan, but he is stuck in the monarchical past.

    On Russia, Obama simply does not regard the possibility that Putin disregards any “principles of the international community” that do not serve his interests. Obama simply cannot see that Putin and his BRICS allies use the “international community” cynically to serve their aims while thwarting America’s. He acts like the UN General Assembly’s non-binding vote Thursday to reject Russia’s annexation of Crimea actually means something, when all it means is that the UN alternates between being the lunchroom cowering to the bully, or the tool by which the likes of Putin stymies America.

    Or, Obama does see all of that. And lets Putin push him around anyway. Another principle of the progressive left is that America should be taken down a few pegs, militarily, economically and in terms of its influence on the world. America’s power is “not fair.” Obama’s handling of foreign and domestic policy — denigrate America as his opening act, lead from behind, slash our military, strangle our economy through regulations, harm our body politic by passing laws that the majority oppose, pick divisive fights on social and religious policy, showing weakness ot the world when strength is required — are too consistent across too many years to not be seen as a conscious strategy.

    Fournier gets at Obama’s disregard for Putin’s motivations, and he’s astute to note how counterproductive Obama’s disinterest is. Some in the media should spend some quality time examining Barack Obama’s motivations, and their own.

    After confessing that he’s less interested in Putin’s motivations than the principles that Putin is flouting, Obama said the Russian wants to control events in Ukraine. “That’s not new,” he said, spelling out a policy that effectively cedes Crimea to Putin with no further consequences and threatens actions if he moves deeper into Ukraine or into NATO nations.

    “So I think that will be a bad choice for President Putin to make,” Obama said, “but, ultimately, he is the president of Russia, and he’s the one who’s going to be making that decision. He just has to understand there’s a choice to be made here.”

    In other words, the bully has stolen your lunch money without a fight and now you’re telling him, “It would be a bad choice to take one more penny from anybody in this lunchroom, Buster!”

    That next penny is probably eastern Ukraine, where there are ethnic Russians, rumors of Spetznaz operatives stirring up trouble, and next to which Putin is said to have amassed as many as 80,000 troops and armor. Ukraine’s military was hollowed out by its ousted pro-Russian president and is no match for Russia’s. The bully is smiling that malevolent smile they always put on when they’re about to do something awful and no one can stop them. Who is going to stand up to him?

    [C]aring little about the motivation of his rivals seems to be a trait of Obama’s leadership that has hurt him in Congress, where the opposition party is stubbornly opposed to his agenda. Rather than understanding why the GOP is moving rightward, helping its leadership tame party extremists (as he must do with the Left), and finding issues that help both sides claim victories, Obama surrendered to polarization and gridlock. Actually, he is a champion of it.

    “I won,” remember?

  19. http://nypost.com/2014/03/28/uproar-over-dcs-jokey-selfie-support-for-ukraine/

    Russian leader Vladmir Putin sent in troops and tanks to invade neighboring Ukraine and the Obama administration is coming to the rescue with . . . selfies!

    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was mocked Thursday after posting a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read #United­For­Ukraine @State­Dept­Spox.”

    Psaki, who has worked closely with President Obama since his 2008 campaign and is the chief communications adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, is smiling and giving a thumbs-up in the photo.

    But the cheerleading for beleaguered Ukraine wasn’t trending or scaring off bully Putin, said critics in the blogosphere.

    “Presenting The Latest US Strategy to Counter ‘Russian Aggression,’ ” a snarky blogger posted on zerohedge.com. “#Selfies!”

    Critics said the photo from America’s chief diplomatic perch was embarrassing.

    “No wonder Putin covers his mouth when speaking to Obama, perhaps to hide his laugh?” wrote another blogger.

    “How flippin’ sad has the USA become?” wondered a third critic.

  20. From John Smart:

    http://johnwsmart.net/2014/03/19/if-i-were-on-team-clinton-id-take-rand-paul-seriously/#more-9146

    If I were on Team Clinton, I’d take Rand Paul seriously.

    Clinton Beware: The last time we had 8 years of a Progressive Professor President who intended to save the world by talking a lot (Wilson) it was followed by 12 years of leave us the eff alone Republican Presidents. (Harding, Coolige, Hoover)

    I’ve been saying this for a while now: The “progressive” moment is actually mostly a “libertarian” moment. Revulsion against the government overreach of the “Bush/Bama” years is building everywhere. (Including spy happy Diane Feinstein who is suddenly worried about privacy.)

    If I were on Team Clinton –

    – I’d take Rand Paul seriously. He’s going for the millennials on privacy and getting far more traction than you’d expect for a member of the “dinosaur” party of old white men. Paul could well ride a building anti-government wave in 2016. [snip]

    Clinton is – and will run as – a tough, Scoop Jackson, Harry Truman Democrat. The constituency for her brand of muscularity will certainly be there in 2016. But after 8 years of Obama era prissy progressives, leading from behind and leaning in and flatulent, insulting government chances are high that we’ll see a large, angry backlash against government lead by the same cohort that jumped on the Hope And Change bandwagon 8 years ago. Clinton’s supporters ought to begin thinking about this now and plan a narrative that threads the needle.

  21. Shadowfax
    March 29, 2014 at 2:04 am
    We have a couple of years to get in shape before the Tsar requires our dance style to change. Good thing us gals only need to wave around our handkerchief while Wbb, Jes, Henry and all the other big Pink men might pull a few muscles if they don’t prepare…

    __________

    That cracked me up, Shadow. I hope it doesn’t come to that cuz I’m not into hanky dancing.

  22. After consulting with his superiors and running a background check the police have let me go.

    — Ari Natter (@AriNatter) March 28, 2014

    .@alexcguillen: Not the first time I have been threatened with arrest for doing my job as a reporter. Probably not the last either.

    — Ari Natter (@AriNatter) March 28, 2014

    He also noted that McCarthy did not answer the question he braved Capitol Hill police to ask her.

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/28/reporter-detained-by-capitol-hill-police-for-trying-to-ask-epa-chief-a-question/

  23. admin
    March 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Wbboei, is there hope for Obama?

    We might have found the answer.
    ———————-
    Admin: in my humble opinion

    (Note: I am always humble when I refer to Messiah Ozero) . . .

    It depends on the definition of scrawny.

    And the transcendental wisdom of the estimable Forrest Gump:

    If scrawny is as scrawny LOOKS, then yes we have the answer.

    Obama can OD on the Atlas formula as if it were choom

    And voila . . . problem solved!

    But is scrawny is as scrawny DOES, then the answer must lie elsewhere.

    More specifically, if the problem is mental, more specifically sociopathic

    Then the Charles Atlas formula is of no avail.

    All Charles can do is give him 20 inch biceps and washboard abs

    Now that may make him less frightened of Lady Bountiful Michelle.

    But they will not stop judo master chess master Putin from kicking sand in his face.

    Bottom line: Obama needs to resign and see a shrink. Only then will he leave the country and the world a better place than he found it.

    (Note: sadly, I have it on good authority that is mother in law will not permit him to step down for any reason. Oh? Why not? Because she likes the life she lately has led. And, in the words of the old song: How ya gonna keep em down on the farm after they’ve seen Paree?)

  24. Here is stirring rendition of Hava Nagila the traditional Jewish song which was composed in Ukraine during diaspora:

  25. stirring rendition of Hava Nagila


    ‘stirring’ in the sense of the amount of exposure of this woman, or the pretty music? 😉

  26. Shadowfax
    March 29, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    ————–
    Cover your eyes. There’s belly dancing going on. I am shocked. Shocked.

  27. I was never impressed with Republican Congressman Mike Rogers. He slow walked the investigations like Benghazi and them to dead ends, following which he made god mother and apple pie statements, Neapolitanoesque ones, like the system worked, when in fact it did not work. And he always reminded us that in a prior life he was with the FBI.

    Now he is resigning suddenly and precipitously. To do what? To become a radio personality. This from a man who puts you to sleep after two minutes. A program for insomniacs perhaps. But the one thing he did not tell us, after he effectively scuttled the Benghazi administration is that his wife is ceo of a CIA contactor.

    Is there a connection between his wife’s work for the CIA, his slow walking the Benghazi investigation, and this sudden and unanticipated move to resign in order to take a job for which he is so ill-suited? Certainly, some independent watchdog should look into all this. Mike may not be the clean cut type he pretends to be. Or, why should corrupt democrats get all the notoriety?

    Larry has a good take on all this, fyi.

  28. Shadowfax
    March 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm
    ————-
    As you may have noticed, I tried to duck the question.

    My health, or rather the lack thereof prevents me from answering honestly.

    It is too hard–on the arteries.

    Hence, my appreciation for that video was purely platonic.

  29. Oh yes. It was cultural, historical and religious. That too.

    I guess I am learning from Obama how to be an evasive lying etc.

    He says he will spend his time after he retires inspiring young people.

    Like the Dickens character in Oliver Twist, Fagin, did.

    (Literary note: Fagin – A conniving career criminal. Fagin takes in homeless children and trains them to pick pockets for him. He is also a buyer of other people’s stolen goods. He rarely commits crimes himself, preferring to employ others to commit them—and often suffer legal retribution—in his place.)

  30. admin
    March 29, 2014 at 11:08 am
    From John Smart:

    If I were on Team Clinton, I’d take Rand Paul seriously.

    —————
    If the level of corruption in Washington has reached the critical mass required to produce an anti Washington dynamic, then Paul could cast Hillary and Bill as insiders, himself as an outsider who is on the side of the American People, and ride that wave to victory.

    This is why I believe Hillary must distance herself from the little dictator asap after the mid-term election, stress the importance of experience in the area of foreign policy, and present a coherent logical plan to save the middle class, social security and medicare.

    Big media is corrupt as hell. The American People are dumb as a post when it comes to politics. But that is her path to victory, if Paul is the candidate. If it is my favorite Republican then the dims will pursue a Goldwater strategy. If it is Kasick, then as Soros says, he has a story to tell, and will be hardest to beat. But he won’t run.

  31. Wbb

    Sorry you are having health problems, I was just teasing you.

    Take it easy and stress is the worst thing for your arteries. Good we have Big Pink to blow off steam. Wished we didn’t need to and could glory in Hillary’s grand Presidency.

  32. Some good insights by Cost, which serve to explain why a Paul challenge to Hillary cannot be written off lightly . . . and why Hillary must distance herself form the Wall Street interests as well. Otherwise, she will cede that advantage to Paul.
    —————–
    Republicans need a “Sister Souljah moment.” That is a reference to the time that presidential candidate Bill Clinton, in the presence of Jesse Jackson, publicly decried obscene lyrics in the music of rapper Sister Souljah. That sent a powerful signal, for the Democratic party of the 1980s had seemed in hock to the identity-politics hucksters of the professional left, Jackson in particular. Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis had given Jackson prominent roles at their conventions, reinforcing the impression that the Democratic party was angrier at America than anything else. Clinton expanded upon his rebuke of Sister Souljah with some tough words for his own party at his 1992 convention:

    But, my fellow Democrats, it’s time for us to realize we’ve got some changing to do too. There is not a program in government for every problem, and if we want to use government to help people, we have got to make it work again.

    Meanwhile Clinton mentioned “work,” “working,” or “hard work” 29 times in his 1992 address, and in so doing produced a lasting shift in the party’s image. No longer would it be the party of the radicals, the grievance mongers, or those blindly pushing government for its own sake. It would be the party that wields government to help those who are already working hard. That was the essence of the “New Democrat” label.

    Republicans need to do something similar for 2016. Elite quarters of the party will aver that the GOP’s Sister Souljah moment should be about gay marriage or immigration, but they are wrong. Looking at the 2012 exit polls provides a clue as to the party’s real problem. At its core, the electorate in 2012 was conservative in important respects. By a 51-43 margin, voters said that government was doing too much, as opposed to not enough. A plurality also said that Obamacare should be repealed, at least in part. And a plurality narrowly favored Romney over Obama on who could better handle the economy and the deficit. But there was a peculiar twist: When asked which issue “mattered most to people like you,” a plurality identified unemployment as the number one problem, and a decisive majority of those voters favored Obama, despite the fact that jobs were the centerpiece of the Romney campaign. Similarly, voters overwhelmingly said that Obama was “more in touch with people like you.” They also claimed that Obama’s policy favored the middle class over the rich, while Romney’s policies favored the rich over the middle class. Finally, a 55 percent majority of voters said that the “U.S. economic system favors the wealthy.” Obama won more than 70 percent of these voters.

    Since the 1880s, the Republican party has been joined at the hip with business interests in the public mind. When times are good, that is a boon for the GOP, but when times are bad, it is a serious political handicap, as it was in 1992, 2008, and 2012, and as it may be in 2016. Romney hoped to use his background in business to his advantage, but the exit polling indicates that it worked against him. This gave Obama enormous political cover to sidle up to his elite supporters, who enjoyed tremendous payoffs via the stimulus, Obamacare, and Dodd-Frank. The Clintons will probably do likewise. They will spend money donated by Goldman Sachs executives to run television ads decrying the influence of corporations like Goldman Sachs, all the while assuming that the GOP’s psychological connection with business will mask their blatant hypocrisy.

    This is the place for the Sister Souljah moment. The party has to find a way to signal to voters that, contrary to their expectations, the GOP will not govern as though it is in the pocket of corporate interests. That does not mean Republicans should embrace the Democratic party’s regulatory regime or buy into the false idea that one’s attitude to business is revealed exclusively by how many government agencies one creates to boss it around. After all, the Democrats do not simply regulate business, they subsidize it as well. Look at Obamacare’s individual mandate, a boon to insurers, or Dodd-Frank’s maintenance of “too big to fail,” a boon to big banks. Washington Democrats may spend half their time regulating business, but they spend the other half providing rents to businesses, at least those with high-powered lobbyists once employed by the Clinton administration. (snip)

    Of course, this might not be enough to secure the Republicans’ prospects. An economic calamity would sink the standing of Barack Obama, the Democratic party, and the Clintons as well, in which case any reasonably qualified GOP nominee could probably win. Similarly, an economic boom might restore Obama’s reputation and render moot the entire GOP campaign, wafting Clinton into office on her predecessor’s coattails. But if the current state of affairs prevails—Obama is unpopular, but Democrats are united and Clinton remains detached from the incumbent in the public’s mind—the GOP should worry. This could produce something close to a 50-50 race, making the party’s message to the electorate of crucial importance.

    This is where a GOP reform agenda, proffered by the right sort of candidate, would be advantageous. The Clintons are formidable foes, and by 2016 they will have survived GOP attacks for 25 years. They know the Republican playbook inside out and have an answer for just about every attack the GOP is likely to launch. If the party wants to defeat them, it needs to throw the old strategies out the window and come up with something new.

  33. Wbboei, here are some echoes of what we have been writing. We noticed Hillary running from ObamaCare at the time it happened. We wrote last year that Hillary Clinton 2016 has to immediately run from ObamaCare and not wait until after November 2014. Doug Schoen is suggesting watered down version that won’t work because they are not strong enough. Hillary Clinton 2016 must separate from Obama and ObamaCare before the elections in 2014 in order to make the separation clear and whole hearted not a convenient political move out of necessity. Here’s Schoen with some of the things we have suggested for a long time now:

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/03/democrats-should-embrace-coburncare-or-face-a-2014-reckoning-105056.html?ml=m_b1_1#.Uzc3Os5FmQD

    “Few noticed her remarks at the time, but back in February, Hillary Clinton was already calling for significant changes to the Affordable Care Act.

    In a speech at the Health Care Information and Management Systems Society in Florida, Clinton addressed Obamacare—an outgrowth of her 1990s Hillarycare model—cautiously and judiciously. “I would be the first to say that if things aren’t working,” she said, “then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes.” Ever the smart politician, Clinton is doing her best to carefully distance herself from the ACA—or at least the parts of it that aren’t working.

    The task Clinton outlined needs to begin now—not after the Democrats’ likely defeat in November.

    With the midterm elections approaching, every independent observer and many clear-thinking Democrats now recognize that absent significant changes in the legislation, the Democrats will face another “shellacking,” as President Barack Obama called the party’s drubbing in the 2010 midterm elections.

    And the ACA is certainly unpopular: According to the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 49 percent of voters think the health-care law is a bad idea, compared with 35 percent who say it’s a good idea. A Bloomberg poll found a similar result, with 54 percent of Americans saying they’re unhappy with the president’s handling of the issue.

    It’s just not enough to call for “fixing it” in generic terms and hope against hope that an unspecified set of changes will trump the Republican call for repeal. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been a champion of this strategy—a wrongheaded approach to effecting change, notwithstanding Democrats’ belief that this is a more constructive, as well as poll-tested, approach. [snip]

    And with news that Democratic Senators Begich, Landrieu, Manchin, Heitkamp and Warner along with Independent Angus King have put together a proposal that will soften the impact of the ACA on both businesses and individuals, it is clear that the conversation is moving forward. [snip]

    It remains to be seen how the leadership will react to their proposal, and it follows that the Democrats, as a party, need to articulate and specify how they will fix the ACA and do everything they can to get these fixes passed to avoid political Armageddon this fall and again in 2016. [snip]

    That being said, if the Democrats are going to minimize their losses in the midterm elections, they need to make fundamental changes to the law. This will involve repealing the dysfunctional health-insurance exchanges, which are simply not working the way they were intended. Signups are at least 2 million people below what was expected, and a majority of states haven’t even set up exchanges. Obama and the Democrats are right to target young people in this final push—they account for a quarter of Obamacare sign-ups, but were expected to be a third or more. We also have no indication of how many of the total 5 million people who have signed up are new enrollees, as opposed to part of the 6 million who reportedly lost their coverage when Obamacare came into effect.

    It is not enough for the White House to delay implementation of the employer mandate—it should be eliminated entirely. Let businesses decide how—and if—to extend coverage to their employees now, just as they do with other benefits and just as they have done in the past.

    And the Democrats can adopt elements of Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s plan, which includes some smart fixes and would also demonstrate genuine bipartisanship.

    Put bluntly, it’s time to ditch the individual mandate that Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty—the most hotly debated aspect of the law. This week, the White House again delayed the deadline for signing up for some Americans—further evidence of the bill’s slipshod implementation.

    Rather than penalize people for not having insurance, “Coburncare” offers incentives for people to get insured. [snip]

    Further, Democrats should embrace a reform pushed for years by free-market advocates: allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines, an important component of the new proposal. Plans would become portable as Americans made contracts with private market providers, allowing them to take their plans with them wherever they went or simply to get a better deal in another state.

    Obamacare was supposed to be about choice. We can purchase everything else across state lines, so why not health care? [snip]

    Expanding the use of health-savings accounts for enrollees in high-deductible health plans would help to reduce the growth of health-care costs and increase efficiency of the health-care system. [snip]

    Democrats should also embrace tort reform. [snip]

    President Obama needs to embrace these fixes now, not later. He should make it clear that these changes are consistent with Democratic principles—as they are. [snip]

    It is certainly not a Democratic core principle to lose the Senate along with a large amount of additional of seats in the House, let alone to put the 2016 presidential election at risk.

    What Doug Schoen suggests is “REPEAL”. He won’t be honest about it and therefore the American voter will not see what they want to see. If you are going to “repeal” why not call it “repeal” and let Americans know you have heard their voices and done as they wish? Bottom line is ObamaCare cannot be “fixed”. Schoen is recommending “repeal and replace” which is the smart strategy but he calls it something else.

  34. Thank you adm. for the last thread. I have been ill, but read it yesterday and as a Stones groupie ( 153 shows and counting) and Zionist the Tel Aviv show is big news. Sadly, the whole tour has been shocked and saddened by L’Wren death. Your choice of “Winter” indicates to me you are a serious fan as most do not know the depth and greatness of the Stones catalogue beyond the 3-4 big hits they play on the radio. Mick Taylor’s solo is one of the finest ever.
    As for Waters, a vile person and selective bias towards Israel much like most of the world:

    http://observer.com/2013/12/the-anti-semitic-stench-of-pink-floyd/

  35. admin
    March 29, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Hillary Clinton 2016 must separate from Obama and ObamaCare before the elections in 2014 in order to make the separation clear and whole hearted not a convenient political move out of necessity.
    ———
    Upon further reflection, I think you have it right. Previously, I advocated waiting until after the shellacking in November to attack Obama care. However, as you correctly point out, if she waits until the voters have spoken, then it will be dismissed as a cynical political move. Furthermore, Republicans will use that issue against her in 2016.

    The reason I was keen on waiting was because it would take a shellacking in November to convince party regulars who remain loyal to Obama, that in order to survive, they need to face the music and dance. But in thinking this through, all indications are that they already realize the damage which Obamacare has done to the democrat brand, and are looking for a way out. Therefore, if she goes on the attack now, it may help them save their jobs, and the senate. And it will preempt Republican attacks against her in 2016.

    This is not what Obama or the Republicans expect, but like MacArthur’s surprise landing at Inchon in the Korean War, it could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

  36. Hillary has hinted at the strategic approach, which is to differentiate between the ends– which are just, i.e. coverage for the uninsured, portability, affordability and the means–which are counterproductive to those ends, i.e. Obamacare. Ergo if the ends are just, and the means are counterproductive to those ends, than an alternative approach which has bi partisan support must be pursued with all deliberate speed. By contrast, fixing Obamacare with all its complexities and special interest goodies, would be akin to picking fly shit out of pepper and would become a lifetime exercise in futility.

  37. When you look at some of the stupid things Harry Reid has said you realize he makes Joe Biden seem almost smart.

    _____________

    The Grandfather

    Column: The autumn of patriarch Harry Reid

    BY: Matthew Continetti
March 28, 2014 4:59 am

    (snip)
    In recent years Reid has declared an American war “lost” while our troops still fought overseas; praised President Obama for his “light” skin and “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”; asserted falsely and without evidence that Mitt Romney had not paid any taxes for a decade; and said “Why would we want to do that?” when asked if he would fund cancer research during the government shutdown.
    Now, with his majority in danger, his president unpopular, his floor agenda obstructed by members of his own caucus, Reid thrashes about uncontrollably. He calls Obamacare horror stories “untrue.” He says Obamacare numbers are not as high as projected because Americans “are not educated on how to use the Internet.” His Senate Majority PAC launches a $3 million ad campaign tying Republican candidates to two men most Americans have never heard of, two men who, funnily enough, are more popular than Reid.

    From the floor of the Senate Reid says these two men, Charles and David Koch, are “un-American,” are trying “to buy America.” Without the terrible specter of the Koch brothers Harry Reid would be disarmed. He has no issue for his Democratic Senators to run on; the minimum wage and climate change are not enough. Nor has he another means of inspiring donors to open their checkbooks. He only has fear, fear of the Kochs, fear of extractive industry, fear of the portion of the elite that favors economic freedom. The Koch brothers, Reid says, “rig the system to benefit themselves.” He should know.
    (snip)

    http://freebeacon.com/columns/the-grandfather/

  38. I wonder what the king is doing tonight
    What merriment is the king pursuing tonight
    What occupies his time while waiting for Vlad
    He’s searching him and low for someplace to hide

    Actually, between bouts of March madness, and Shakespeare’s warning to beware of the ides of march, big media beloved Obama, is receiving judo lessons so he is prepared to do battle with Vlad. So far he has progressed from no belt to a white belt, and is preparing to give a speech on the marshal arts to his adoring big media. They are wearing little replicas of a white belt on their lapel to signify their solidarity with him, and their hostility to the truth or any form of it. The operative question is what has Obama actually learned about the marshal arts. And the answer is he has leaned to bow, and to fall. When dealing with Putin, that is all he will really need.

  39. Hillary could seize on something like this as a justification to commence an end it don’t mend it approach, while outlining the parameters of a bi partisan program. (Note: incidentally, I was very fond of Tom Coburn, and on those few occasions when I called his office on policy related matters, his staff was very cordial even though I have no connection to his state and am an independent voter. He is retiring, and the conservative movement is losing one of its most knowledgeable, principled and articulate spokesmen.)

  40. Obama defends Iraq war, and MSM barely notices. What a shock. The article refers to Barack’s criticism of Hillary’s vote in favor of war.
    ____________

    Published on Friday, March 28, 2014 by The Nation

    “Obama Suddenly Defends U.S. Invasion of Iraq—Mainstream Media Shrug”
    by Greg Mitchell

    President Barack Obama delivers a speech Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels. (Reuters)

    President Barack Obama, In a speech in Brussels on Wednesday after Russia (and many Europeans) pointed out our loss of moral authority because of our war in iraq in hitting Putin on Crimea, defended our 2003 invasion. This was deeply disheartening–and hypocritical, since he largely owes his election in 2008 to being able to brag (vs. Hillary Clinton and John McCain) that, unlike them, he opposed the war in 2003.

    Yet media outlets such as The New York Times barely mentioned his Iraq statement–which included several key distortions–in passing. (Another typical example at the Los Angeles Times.) Others in the mainstream, such as at the MSNBC site, offered more space–but merely relayed Obama’s quotes with no fact-checking or commentary. Critics on the left were not so kind.

    http://www.commondreams.org

  41. Hillary knows ObamaCare can’t financially stand on it’s own two feet, she also knows that affordable care doesn’t mean more expensive to the consumer and even higher profits to Big Pharma and the Insurance hogs.

    She knows all this, she also knows that Barry the halfwit just wanted to pass a HellCare bill, anything, just so he could believe he did what Hillary ‘couldn’t do, in Bill’s Presidency.

    She will line up her ducks, and then talk about ‘fixing it’ by reconstructing it from the bottom up. When she gets though with it, it will not have one piece of the 2000+ page, smelly diaper that oBama and thugs passed.

    If she has no plans to run, she will just give advice from the sidelines.

  42. Fixing ‘it’ is similar to seeing your toddle making a TinkerToy structure that is so lopsided it can’t stand up. You get down on your knees and say you will help her/him…meanwhile, carefully, you end up taking all of the pieces apart, and show them how to do it. Cleverly, letting them think you made a few simple adjustments to their creation.

    I believe that this is what Hillary will do with ObamaCare.

  43. http://nypost.com/2014/03/30/chickens-come-home-to-roost-for-obama/

    Chickens come home to roost for Obama

    Today’s quiz: What do Vladimir Putin’s aggression and ObamaCare’s troubles have in common? OK, that was too easy.

    It is impossible to dismiss as mere coincidence the Russian Bear’s invasion of Ukraine and the continuing mayhem of the Affordable Care Act. In their own ways, each reflects the full flowering of the policies of Barack Obama.

    His chickens are coming home to roost, and what a mess they are making.

    Obama’s sixth year in the White House is shaping up as his worst, and that’s saying something. He’s been in the Oval Office so long that it is obscene to blame his problems on George W. Bush, the weather or racism. Obama owns the world he made, or more accurately, the world he tried to remake.

    Nothing important has worked as promised, and there is every reason to believe the worst is yet to come. The president’s casual remark the other day that he worries about “a nuclear weapon ­going off in Manhattan” inadvertently reflected the fear millions of Americans have about his leadership. Not necessarily about a bomb, but about where he is taking the country.

    We are racing downhill and he is stepping on the gas. Will he stop before the nation crashes? [snip]

    In the ways of the world, he remains a know-it-all rookie.

    The view from his faculty lounge has no space for reality. Anything that doesn’t fit the grand plan is dismissed as illegitimate. So while global hot spots multiply and the world grows dangerously unstable, the president still plans to slash the military.

    His trip abroad last week further secured his reputation for historic ineptitude. It wasn’t that the trip was a disaster — it never rose to that level. His presence and his promises simply made no difference.

    He failed to move the European Union toward a firmer stance on Russia, created bizarre headlines by differing with the Vatican over what he and the pope discussed, and got not-so-veiled threats from the Saudis about Syria and Iran.

    He could have stayed home and not done worse.

    No president can win ’em all, but Obama’s foreign-policy record is unblemished by success. From east to west and north to south, America’s standing and influence have declined universally.

    It is impossible for a US president to be irrelevant, but Obama is testing the proposition.

    The frequent reports that Putin laughs when Obama warns of consequences can’t be far from the truth. Otherwise, Putin would be cautious instead of carving up neighbors and massing his military. It was also noteworthy that, after their Friday phone talk, ­Putin copied the Vatican and put out his own version of the discussion. Two can play the spin game, he seemed to be saying.

    ObamaCare is the domestic expression of the president’s ineptitude. The law that was supposed to fix health care has become a problem for millions, and now enjoys mere 26 percent approval, a poll finds. It is proving so unworkable that the White House has given up defending it as written and instead simply changes key provisions when they prove impossible to implement or politically inconvenient.

    Change No. 38 came when officials extended the March 31 deadline for signing up. Never mind that those same officials said recently there would be no extension, and that the law wouldn’t allow it.

    Presto — the limits on his power are moot because the president says so. Meanwhile, aides claim they don’t know how many of the 6 million who enrolled actually paid for insurance.

    A Caesar at home and a Chamberlain abroad, Obama manages to simultaneously provoke fury and ridicule. He bullies critics here while shrinking from adversaries there.

    He divides the country and unites the world against us, ­diminishing the nation in both ways. His reign of error can’t end soon enough, nor can it end well.

    A treacherous boob that will get us all killed.

  44. Obama lied again: Kosovo secession did NOT involve a referendum

    Obama reads whatever his handlers put on his Teleprompter, with complete disregard for the truth.

    The president and the entire US foreign policy establishment expect American voters to believe whatever they are told. The rest of the world is less gullible.

    Voice of Russia: Russia surprised at Obama’s false claim that Kosovo secession involved referendum

    The Russian Foreign Ministry is surprised by US President Barack Obama’s statement regarding an independence referendum in Kosovo. Obama’s speech delivered at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels has raised a lot of eyebrows as US President claimed yesterday that Kosovo held a UN-assisted referendum for self-determination. He used this example to hit out against Russia’s reunification with Crimea. The president also argued that the comparison between Crimea and Kosovo makes no sense.

    “Moscow has taken note of the fact that US President Barack Obama, in rationalizing ‘independence’ of Kosovo and Metohija (Serbia) declared in circumvention of UN Security Council resolution 1244 in his speech in Brussels on March 28, mentioned some referendum on this issue allegedly held in coordination with the UN and the neighboring countries,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement available on its website.

    “This allegation by the US president causes perplexity, as no plebiscite, not to mention one agreed upon with the international community, was held on Kosovo’s independence. The decision on secession from Serbia was made by the so-called ‘parliament’ in Pristina in 2008,” it said.

    – See more at: http://1389blog.com/2014/03/30/obama-lied-again-kosovo-secession-did-not-involve-a-referendum/#sthash.PZBtfHx2.dpuf

  45. I’m behind in reading, working on another postcard which will include HRClinton’s shame on you video so the link is handy. 🙂

  46. Yet media outlets such as The New York Times barely mentioned his Iraq statement–which included several key distortions–in passing. (Another typical example at the Los Angeles Times.) Others in the mainstream, such as at the MSNBC site, offered more space–but merely relayed Obama’s quotes with no fact-checking or commentary. Critics on the left were not so kind.
    —————-
    Give me a break. There is no space between the left and Obama. They are joined at the hip. They tolerate his abuses of civil liberties, and at times support support them. And they pretend he is not what he is–an extension of the corporate state–which they also pretend to oppose. Therein lies their profound lack of moral authority. Oh there are a few honest leftists like Chris Hedges, for whom I have the greatest admiration, as I have said here many times. But for everyone like him , there are ten others who blather on about the Constitution when a Republican violates it, and when Obama does so, the word is mum. These people have no legal or moral standing to provide serious policy advice. Like big media, they went to bed with a dog from Chicago, and have woken up with flees, or worse.

  47. wbb, I had the same thought. Who on the left is critical of O? There may have been the odd article or two in which a word of criticism was uttered relative to government spying on its own citizens, but O is not usually the object of the criticism. It’s like an obligatory acknowledgement of practices and policies not in line with the progressive agenda. After all the so-called progressives are nothing if not activists. I hope the sarcasm comes through in the previous sentence.

    Admin – Goodwin absolutely nailed Obama in the above article. He has done so in previous writing, but the one you posted above gets right down to the real nitty gritty.

  48. Looks like the chicken’s have come home to roost for the daughter of Obama’s spiritual adviser. Apparently, the jury did not buy the core defense that white racism made the little gadfly do it. That jury is smarter than half the electorate, since the idiots were culled out of the mix through the process of voir dire. Whereas, with the electorate at large, if Holder had his way, no id would be required, thus anyone who shows up to vote gets to do so. Holder belongs in a cage. And then we could say his chickens have come home to roost as well. What a bottom feeder he is. In any event, here is the scoop, which like everything else critical of Obama has managed to escape the vigilance of corrupt big media.
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    Jeri L. Wright, the daughter of President Obama’s spiritual mentor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has been convicted of money laundering, siphoning “as much as $11,000 in cash from more than $30,000 in checks” from “a $1.25 million state grant for a Chicago-based job-training program.”
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    Oh vey. Shit happens. If she had only consulted with JJIII. That rapper knows how to beat the rap.

  49. Note: JJIII is jessee jackson the throyd. His daddy belonged in the slam. And a rotten apple does not fall far from the tree. Amazing how Mondale and the Duke gave Jessee center stage and created the impression that the party as a whole hated the country and white people as much as Jessee did. Sensing this danger to the brand, Bill Clinton put that demogogue in his place with the Sista Soldja moment referred to above. Now who is going to do that to Obama, who carries the same message of racial hate and has aduletrated the democratic brand? It needs to happen. The party needs a make over and it cannot wait until 2016.

  50. The way to do this is to refrain from personalizing it. Speak entirely to the issues, and refrain from genuflecting before the false god Obama. Talk about the future not the past. The more she can do that the more likely it is that the brand can be rehabiltated sufficiently to attract swing voters. We must also assume that the other party is seeking to occupy the same space Bill Clinton did, by allying himself with the middle class, and quoting JFK on how all boats must rise with the tide. But separating herself from Soros and the Wall Street crowd is for me sine qua non. The Koch Brothers defense won’t do it.

  51. admin
    March 30, 2014 at 9:11 am
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    Quite an article.

    It explains why Hillary must act now, not later.

  52. I no longer think there is a choice.

    Granted, big media will continue their shell gave.

    But at some point, the 55% of adults who are rubes

    And tell pollsters that he is a strong leader

    May very well catch on

    May Be.

  53. My prayer is this:

    At the end of the day, when it becomes clear that Obama and his big media conspirators have lead this nation down a path which leads only to despair and from which no one ever returns that the heads of big media and their families are held accountable in the public square for what they have done to this nation. There needs to be some Nuremberg moment–for them. Even if it takes the most benign form that no one with any intelligence listens to them anymore. Hopefully however something more painful and unambiguous. By installing him, re-electing him and covering for him every step of the way, they have made themselves a party to is malfeasance. This is not a de minimus problem. It affects not only the living but the unborne–a posterity which has no vote. At this point, Cost’s pouring over the details of history to find a precedent for this becomes a waste of time. There has been no antecedent moment to this. It is the wholesale dismantling of this nation, for the benefit of Soros.

  54. wbboei,

    Let us all pray for justice, but more important, that the nation that rises from the ruins, be a better one, that the likes of Soros cannot bring down again.

    Hillary 2016!

  55. After Admin reminded us of the wealth of absurdity to be mined at DU, I’ve peeped in on the kiddies there a couple of times. It seems that a few are unhappy about talk of making the issue of climate change ( aka global warming with different, not quite so hard to argue language (especially with the frigid temps we’ve had) the test to determine if members are true liberals and DU material. This may have just been a suggestion from a member, not the policy of the site. Either way, in site after progressive site, climate change is the mantra, signaling the importance Dems will be placing on this issue in 2014.

    It may be ostrich behavior on my part, but I don’t have any serious thoughts on this issue and have not cared to do the research. I’m not buying the right’s denial that it is even a possibility, and if it is, it’s just the natural order of things, not human made. Nor am I buying the left’s Chicken Little cries. The answer is, no doubt, somewhere in the middle. However, the activists on both sides scientific community fail to inspire confidence with their extreme rhetoric. The false information in those emails exposed a few years back didn’t help the case being made by those who believe global warming is created by people and is a huge and eminent threat.

    Obviously, it is imperative that we protect the environment on a number of fronts. That goes without saying. It’s just common sense. But, as with all issues and endeavors, moderation and balance should be observed. By the time the politicians get through with this issue, there will be so much false info released, people will stop believing any of it, and disregard the whole issue. In their zeal to protect the, climate change activists run the risk of doing real harm. Likewise, in their deliberate and adamant denial the right will fail to advocate for even minimal effort and policies to protect the environment. The fight, as always comes down to party politics, and as always, the best interest of the country isn’t a concern.

  56. On the happier side of the street we have the counter example of Calloway Golf Company, which stands for the proposition that in the business world turn arounds are possible. That company was founded by Eli Calloway, whose family owned textile mills and during world war II he was in charge of making the military uniforms and had 25,000 people working for him. Following the war, he helped found Burlington Industries, before the textile business went overseas. Thereafter he went in the wine business made a fortune, and then went into the golf business. His engineers at Calloway built the first large headed metal driver and completely the industry transition away from the traditional persimmon heads. At the same time the tennis world was seeing the evolution of the large racket. This club was more forgiving because it had a large sweet spot, and the average golfer who lacked athletecism could do well with it. Consequently, it was a marketing success and set the company on the path to become the industry leader. Then Eli died of pancreatic cancer and a decade long search for a new leader began.

    I have never been a Calloway fan myself. My affiliations were with Mizuno, because that those were the products favored by Leadbetter, Faldo, Price, Watson, Ballasteros, and other world class of the late 80s and early 90s. But now, I am willing to give Calloway a try even though their products are expensive–$700 for a driver with the right shaft, which is double the price of others. What impresses me about the company now is it is in the throes of a powerful turn around and you can feel the momentum and the excitement. A couple years ago, they were losing $177 million dollars per year and sinking fast.

    Finally after a long search, they got a new CEO who had a strong background in the industry, a family history of competition at the highest amateur level and a devotion to the game. Most importantly however, he is a product guy as opposed to a marketing guru. Therefore, he is committed to product excellence above all, and will support the r&d which that obviously entails. His name is Chip Brewer. Prior to his arrival, there were a lot of demoralized people in that company, people who were competitive by nature, and frustrated to see Calloway’s competitive advantage in the industry slipping away. The new CEO has empowered those people and the sense of excitement is real and palpable, not only at Carlsbad California which is their corporate headquarters, but among the Calloway representatives across the country.

    Seeing this transition, and believing in it, I bought my first Calloway driver, the new Big Bertha Alpha with a gravity core which reduces backspin and thus makes the ball roll further and gets you that much closer the hole. It has made a big splash on the PGA tour, and for now at least is the second most played driver. My current driver is very reliable, but I no longer have the club head speed to keep up with the young bucks. This driver with a magnum shaft should be the answer, but the question is whether I can control it as well. But I am willing to try, because I believe in the new management team that produced it.

    Churchill cautioned us against drawing facile comparisons between business and politics, as I am about to do. His position was that business has but one north star and that is profit, whereas politics must serve an entire constellation of interests. That was undoubtedly true when he said it, but today, the business environment is far more complex. Brewer has a Harvard MBA, and his language is suffused with their concepts. He talks not just about profit. He talks about product excellence, feedback from constituents, culture and best in class people–in sum, the mix of tangibles and intangibles that drive corporate success.

    I am enough of a fool to believe that just as Obama has proven to be a failure as a leader, and that despite the serial lies and complicity of big media, that sense of failure now permeates this society, it is possible that out of the ashes of his presidency, Hillary will emerge and do for the country what Brewer is now doing for the country, which is to say put this nation back on a positive trajectory, where all boats rise with the tide.

  57. Do not get me started on the environmental abuses of the petrochemical industry and Global Warming. I spent 20 years in the petrochemical industry, working my way up to their glass ceiling and got out just before the merger of Mobil and Exxon into one of the most evil corporations of our time. As corrupt as our government, they have corrupted our government and defend their abuses by claiming they are keeping fossil fuel prices low to preserve the American way of life. This is the mentality that brought you the holocaust in the Gulf of Mexico. And you saw what O did about it, 0. They pay, as usual with pennies on the dollar for the damages they do.

    Global Warming is real and the extent that it is man-made cannot be determined because of all the information games being played. My bet is the power is on the side of the Oil&Gas industry and the major suppression is to the evidence that condemns them.

    The problem is that the Government is playing more games trying to exploit the situation to their profit instead of doing what needs to be done to address the problem. GWB dismantled the EPA, as one of his first orders of business, firing all the scientists. It has remained that way, throughout BO’s administration. Floundering state agencies are getting pummeled and when they look to the EPA for support… well they find, there is no help coming. The deregulation of Safe Air and Safe Water continues. Chicago politics has replaced science.

    Solar energy is the best solution to the problem, but that has been made into a racket, too. I got so disgusted with Solyndra that I decided I could do better so I set up a soar energy lab in my backyard that I run out of my kitchen. I did not get far as there are not even any practical devices for array solar tracking so I had to develop one. I actually filed a patent on it and I am working on a business plan to produce a residential solar array that provides the average homeowner with a good return on investment. As I am doing this in my spare time as a single working mom, it is slow going. But it is the dream that helps keep me alive.

  58. wbboei says:

    Give me a break. There is no space between the left and Obama. They are joined at the hip. They tolerate his abuses of civil liberties, and at times support support them. And they pretend he is not what he is–an extension of the corporate state–which they also pretend to oppose. Therein lies their profound lack of moral authority. Oh there are a few honest leftists like Chris Hedges, for whom I have the greatest admiration, as I have said here many times. But for everyone like him , there are ten others who blather on about the Constitution when a Republican violates it, and when Obama does so, the word is mum. These people have no legal or moral standing to provide serious policy advice. Like big media, they went to bed with a dog from Chicago, and have woken up with flees, or worse.

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    Wbboei…so, so true…the left when not ignoring the same things they were screaming about with Bush…now tie themselves in knots to rationalize O’s same behavior and much worse…and more extreme…when I hear them criticize Christie, whether you agree or not, all I can think of is you are talking about O and his behavior…why don’t you take a look at O and really do something for this country…

    however, not a big surprise after seeing how the media all behaved during the primaries…foreshadowing…

    this is why people are so disgusted with both parties…the dems are ok with breaking the law when it is them…they turn the blind eye…the dims seem to be ok with destroying the middle class…they have no idea the hardship they are imposing with Ocare on the middle class and how much worse it will become…more expensive coverage for less care and inferior care…and then leaving them in the lurch with useless coverage when they cannot cover the deductibles for coverage they are forced to buy…

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    btw…

  59. oops…

    wanted to mention:

    Which TV news anchor is your favorite?

    According to the Wrap’s new Q Score survey, CBS’ Scott Pelley is the most-liked news anchor, while Chris Matthews falls in last place as the least-liked newscaster.

    snip

    At the very bottom of the list was “Hardball” host Matthews, whose ratings have suffered in recent months compared to his competitors on CNN and Fox News.

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    he is the leader of the pack for misleading the public and creating non-issues…he teaches the other kids on how to do it…

    as in when he pounded that Bill and Hill were racists and Hill suggested O be assassinated…the same Bill and Hill he now so admires…depends on which finger he puts in the wind…no principles at all

    Larry O’Donnell, Maddow, Shultz other prime examples…they cannot be taken seriously

  60. From my post above: … Cleverly, letting them think you made a few simple adjustments to their creation.

    I believe that this is what Hillary will do with ObamaCare.

    —-
    The reason I think that Hillary will stick with the ‘fix it’ phrase is because she does not want to rip her party to shreds.

    I believe, that she and Bill Clinton are now perceived as the party leaders/elders. They will not take the sides of the Republican’s, they will not become Independents, they will do all they can to ‘fix’ the problems of their party, without making it the laughing stock of the political world.

    What is Hillary good at? She is hard working and she and Bill are both problem solvers. I’m sure in her days with her feet up, she and Bill are in wild discussions, running different scenarios of how to change the ACA for the better.

    As much as I would love her to come out swinging and call the ObamaCare bill a worthless piece of shit, she would rather keep the pieces that could lead to Universal Heathcare, and piece by piece, change the parts that do not work and that is mainly it’s structure.

    By Hillary saying she will end the ACA if she gets into office, she will be stabbing herself in the back.

    Hillary is the one that wanted Universal Healthcare in the first place. Since this crappy bill has already passed, she will try to grandfather in the pieces that work and hold it on the record, and work on the parts that are worthless. (Most of it)

  61. I hope that the Republican’s nominate the two headed dentist as their candidate against Hillary.

    Hillary will grab him by that uglyass hair and drag him around the debate stage, all the while with a sweet smile on her face.

    He will looks like a fool when she gets done with him.

  62. in the event you may have missed this, you might want to take a peek at SNL’s spoof on O and Ocare…including Kim K and O kissing the Beebs to continue his push to sell Ocare…

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/watch-snls-obama-makes-out-with-justin-bieber-to-push-healthcare-gov/

    After Barack Obama went on Zach Galifinakis’s Between Two Ferns to push Healthcare.gov, there wasn’t much else he could do in pop culture without jumping his own personal shark. This week’s cold open on SNL imagined a future in which he did.

    In the final 48 hours before the deadline to sign up for healthcare, Obama’s aides forced him to be photographed in Pharrell’s hat and alongside Kim Kardashian and Harry Styles. And “a cat dressed as Elsa from Frozen.” And BatKid. And the Pope.

    As a last ditch effort, they even brought back Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber to do the most viral thing ever.

    Watch below via SNL:
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    O, Ocare…one big joke…

  63. Admin…re: Kobe Bryant props to another individual who thinks for himself…

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/espn-host-echoes-kobe-on-trayvon-we-cant-let-emotion-get-in-the-way-of-facts/

    Kobe Bryant said in a recent interview that he wasn’t comfortable with several Miami Heat players protesting in support of Trayvon Martin, saying he doesn’t like the idea of reacting to an issue like that just because he’s African-American, and instead believes people just need to relax and listen to the facts instead of just blindly getting behind a cause. On Arsenio Hall‘s show last night, ESPN radio host and TV commentator Stephen A. Smith said that Bryant was “right on point” in his assessment.

    Smith said it’s fairly evident black people are “outnumbered” in American society, but that doesn’t mean the African-American community has a “license to be unfair”; people need to “exercise a level of fairness and justice.”

    Hall brought up the infamous Tawana Brawley case and admitted, “I went hook, line, and sinker with an opinion” only for things to change when the facts came out, so now patience must be a top virtue. Smith added, “When you make the mistake of jumping to emotional conclusions and being factually incorrect, your cachet diminishes.”

    snip

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

    thank you Stephen Smith

  64. Obama’s sixth year in the White House is shaping up as his worst, and that’s saying something. He’s been in the Oval Office so long that it is obscene to blame his problems on George W. Bush, the weather or racism. Obama owns the world he made, or more accurately, the world he tried to remake.

    Nothing important has worked as promised, and there is every reason to believe the worst is yet to come. The president’s casual remark the other day that he worries about “a nuclear weapon ­going off in Manhattan” inadvertently reflected the fear millions of Americans have about his leadership. Not necessarily about a bomb, but about where he is taking the country.

    http://nypost.com/2014/03/30/chickens-come-home-to-roost-for-obama/

  65. LA4Puma. Your argument seems to be well thought-out and reasonable. Thanks for your response. It’s frustrating to see the pseudo-green efforts, some of which cause even more problems than they fix. I read a while back that so many transport truck miles were necessary in order to move some of the of materials and components required to make electric car engines, that there was virtually no reduction in total usage of fossil fuel. If true, that seems to be a surmountable problem, but possibly not. If several elements found only in specific areas of the country are required to manufacture the engine, I can see how it would be problematic.

    At any rate, it would be a real comfort to get accurate info from government, but as with other issues, as you said, the vested interest groups impact what info is released and the extent to which it is accurate or false.

    Another damn shame.

  66. Shadowfax
    March 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm
    From my post above: … Cleverly, letting them think you made a few simple adjustments to their creation.
    I believe that this is what Hillary will do with ObamaCare.
    —-
    The reason I think that Hillary will stick with the ‘fix it’ phrase is because she does not want to rip her party to shreds.
    —————-
    Shadow, try thinking of it this way. When an automobile is involved in a collision and the cost of repair exceeds the fair market value, the law calls it a constructive total loss, and relieves the responsible party to pay that cost, because it would be like pouring money down a rat hole.

    Today, Dr. Barasso (R-Wy) accused Obama of “cooking the books” on Obamacare enrollments and went on to say that he has looked at Obamacare 10 different ways and it is “unfixable”. I believe him. It is like trying to save the Titanic. The party in general and Hillary in particular, as leader of the party, must know when to abandon ship, and hopefully before the icy waters are above the gunnels.

  67. Shadow: my explanation above is unclear. What I am suggesting is that the political price of trying to fix that which is unfixable will be higher than the political cost of recognizing that the defining pieces of the law are unworkable, and embarking upon a new approach to achieve the policy goals of that law, effectively and efficiently. And to clarify the analogy of the constructive total loss, when the cost of repair exceeds the value of the product, then the capital, in this case, the political capital is wisely expended by purchasing a new vehicle.

  68. Wbb, I know what you are saying, but the ‘fix’ has to be the structural change, more than anything. She will have to not put Big Pharma and Insur hogs at the top of the profit food change. Like tossing out the car that is totaled.

    She would have to get them to cut costs to consumers and cut costs by making it competitive with meds. It would not be anything like HellCare is now, but she could keep the parts that are compatible with Universal health care.

    For example, with your car analogy, she could keep the sterio system that still works, and the hand carved steering wheel, while tossing out the broken body, the engine, the tires, seats and all the other worthless parts.

  69. Yes, it would be easier to start over from scratch, but if she runs and the Repubs are running the House and Senate, the idea of health care goes out the window.

    By just keeping the steering wheel and sterio, she could build from that, as she tears down the rest and rebuilds from scratch. Leaving in these little pieces, would possibly keep the bill by grandfathering.

  70. I seriously think Harry Reid is not of full mental capacity with his antics over the last few weeks and this article is a nice summary of the Senate leader.
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    “Harry Reid has long loved having it both ways, saying one thing and doing another, and otherwise refusing to admit to his own words and deeds. But last week’s dizzying display of denial was stunning, even by the Senate majority leader’s own low standards.

    Reid has reached the pinnacle of power in Washington because of his mastery of rules and procedure, and his ability to look years ahead on the political chessboard. With that power, he has gained ever more leeway to hurl insults, engage in ruthless demagoguery and otherwise perform outrageous theater that, sadly, has come to define the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body under his watch. There’s no gravitas with Reid.

    Increasingly, what comes out of the Nevadan’s mouth sounds less like a strategic diversion intended to change the national conversation, divert the media and rile up his base, and more like the ramblings of someone who doesn’t know Sunday from Monday.

    Most of Reid’s headlines from last week were related to a campaign finance controversy. Reid paid his granddaughter, a jewelry designer, some $31,000 in campaign funds in 2012 and 2013 to create holiday gifts for his donors.

    It goes without saying that nothing is a “gift” if you use someone else’s money to buy something for them. That’s called being a cheapskate. But being cheap isn’t against the law, and neither is employing family members as part of a campaign. A testy Reid said he’d done nothing wrong, then all but admitted as much when he announced he’d written a personal check to reimburse his campaign. If it were that easy for him to come up with the money, why didn’t he use personal funds in the first place?

    What’s especially galling about Reid’s campaign finance blunder, however, is the fact that he has spent much of March hammering the industrialist/philanthropist Koch brothers as “about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.” Over what? Using their own money to fund groups that criticize Obamacare, Reid and help elect Republicans. Reid is so mad at the Kochs, whose companies employ tens of thousands of people, that he had his own PAC fund a counterattack campaign smearing both GOP candidates and the brothers.

    On Tuesday, a George Washington University Battleground poll found more than half of Americans have no idea who the Kochs are — and that more people have an unfavorable opinion of Reid than of the Kochs. It appears neither Reid’s “gifts” nor his PAC campaign were money well spent.

    A Reid remark that received considerably less attention came Wednesday, when, in defending yet another extension of an Obamacare deadline, he said much of the country’s health insurance enrollment troubles happened because “people are not educated about how to use the Internet.”

    Oh, that’s all? The Affordable Care Act became law only because of Reid’s masterful maneuvering in 2009. It was loaded with technology mandates, ordered the creation of Internet-based marketplaces for health insurance and was supposed to be the carrot that would lure healthy, tech-savvy twentysomethings into purchasing coverage. But Monday’s enrollment deadline had to be extended because “people are not educated about how to use the Internet”?

    Obamacare isn’t failing because older Americans don’t know a keyboard from a browser. Obamacare is a noose around the necks of Democrats because it canceled the coverage of millions of Americans who were happy with their policies, doubling and sometimes tripling the prices of their policies, and cutting them off from the doctors and providers they’ve long used.

    Of course, Reid famously remarked in February that Obamacare horror stories were “lies,” “stories made up from whole cloth.” All the price increases, all the cancellations, all the website woes, all the coverage issues. All lies. All of them. Never mind that Reid’s own staff was working to assist various Obamacare victims at the time.

    On Wednesday, Reid added to the name-calling by calling out a new class of liars: the Republicans who had criticized him for labeling Obamacare horror stories as lies. Reid denied he ever said that problems with the law were fiction.

    “I have never come to the floor, to my recollection, and I never said a word about any of the examples that Republicans have given regarding Obamacare and how it’s not very good,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

    It’s hard to see the strategic value of that line. Look for the video to turn up in multiple campaign ads when he runs for re-election in 2016.

    By then, we’ll have a much better idea whether the public believes Reid is crafty tactician, a hypocrite or someone who’s well past his prime.”

    http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/glenn-cook/reid-wades-river-denial

  71. Shadowfax
    March 30, 2014 at 10:58 pm
    Yes, it would be easier to start over from scratch, but if she runs and the Repubs are running the House and Senate, the idea of health care goes out the window.

    By just keeping the steering wheel and sterio, she could build from that, as she tears down the rest and rebuilds from scratch. Leaving in these little pieces, would possibly keep the bill by grandfathering.

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

    Hillary is going to have a hard time running or…distancing…herself from Ocare…with Bill saying Dims should not “run from Ocare”

    what gives admin?…

    maybe I am too tired right now to parse his words…but got to say…I have no patience for this BS…Bill if that is what you meant to say…please shut the hell up…love you but…pleeeaasee…

  72. “Immigration law in America has essentially ceased to exist.”—Senator Jeff Sessions
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    REPORT: OBAMA ADMIN RELEASED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT CRIMINALS

    Obama’s Department of Homeland Security caught then released 68,000 aliens who had previously been convicted of a crime, a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows.

    The report, provided to Breitbart News ahead of its late Sunday evening release, reviews internal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) metrics to conclude that the Obama administration released 35 percent—or 68,000—convicted criminal aliens back into the U.S. general population when they could have been deported. “The criminal alien releases typically occur without formal notice to local law enforcement agencies and victims,” CIS’s Jessica Vaughan, the report’s author, added.

    By “criminal,” ICE means people who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony that is not a traffic violation. For instance, traffic violations like Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or even vehicular manslaughter do not count toward this description of “criminal alien.” As for the definition of “alien,” ICE mostly means illegal aliens, though some are legal aliens when they are considered deportable legal aliens—which is possible for legal immigrants who have committed a serious crime, like a felony.

    The documents also show ICE only deported a small fraction of the aliens they encountered overall.

    “In 2013, ICE targeted only 195,000, or 25 percent, out of 722,000 potentially deportable aliens they encountered,” CIS’s Vaughan wrote. “Most of these aliens came to ICE’s attention after incarceration for a local arrest.”

    This report comes out on the heels of a report from the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) last week which found that only .08 percent of the aliens deported in 2013 were not serial immigration law violators or convicted of serious crimes.

    In response to these findings from CIS that follow up on his office’s report last week, Sessions said immigration law in America has essentially ceased to exist.

    “The preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that immigration enforcement in America has collapsed,” Sessions said. “Even those with criminal convictions are being released. DHS is a department in crisis. Secretary [Jeh] Johnson must reject the President’s demands to weaken enforcement further and tell him that his duty, and his officers’ duty, is to enforce the law – not break it. As Homeland Secretary, Mr. Johnson is tasked with ensuring the public safety and the rule of law. But Secretary Johnson is not meeting these duties.”

    The CIS report also contains a breakdown per city of percentages of criminal aliens who were released back into the population. San Antonio’s 79 percent is the highest, where ICE encountered 36,228 criminal aliens and released 28,680 back into the general population in 2013. New York City’s 71 percent is next, where ICE agents encountered 7,571 criminal aliens and released 5,391 of them. Washington, D.C. follows that, with ICE agents encountering 8,688 criminal aliens and releasing 64 percent, or 5,558, of them into the public. Other cities with high percentages include Salt Lake City, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Newark, and Buffalo. Notably, many of these cities are not in border states, which means visa overstays and illegal aliens who crossed the border but migrated further inward are as much a problem as the actual U.S.-Mexico border in terms of stopping the flow and enforcing the law.

    “These findings raise further alarm over the Obama administration’s pending review of deportation practices, which reportedly may further expand the administration’s abuse of ‘prosecutorial discretion,’” CIS’s Vaughan wrote. “Interior enforcement activity has already declined 40 percent since the imposition of “prosecutorial discretion” policies in 2011. Rather than accelerating this decline, there is an urgent need to review and reverse the public safety and fiscal harm cause by the president’s policies.”

    Sessions echoed Vaughan’s concerns, saying the lack of enforcement for immigration laws further hurts the ability of American citizens to obtain employment.

    “American citizens have a legal and moral right to the protections our immigration laws afford – at the border, the interior and the workplace,” Sessions said. “The administration has stripped these protections and adopted a government policy that encourages new arrivals to enter illegally or overstay visas by advertising immunity from future enforcement. Comments from top Administration officials, such as Attorney General Holder’s claim that amnesty is a civil right, or Vice President Biden’s claim that those here illegally are all US citizens (apparently including someone whose visa expired yesterday), demonstrate the administration’s increasing belief in an open borders policy the American public has always rejected.”

  73. Shadowfax
    March 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm
    I hope that the Republican’s nominate the two headed dentist as their candidate against Hillary.

    Hillary will grab him by that uglyass hair and drag him around the debate stage, all the while with a sweet smile on her face.

    He will looks like a fool when she gets done with him.
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    lmao

  74. S
    March 31, 2014 at 12:02 am
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    I think that Bill is just trying to use Obamacare to purge all the Democrats (and Obama supporters) in Congress who voted for it during the coming elections, essentially cleaning house.

  75. Dims may be in even more trouble than they thought.

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    “Poll suggests Dems are missing the mark with swing voters”

    By Alexander Bolton – 03/30/14 02:00 PM EDT

    A new political advocacy group has teamed up with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to argue that the economic inequality agenda of Senate Democrats is a loser with swing voters.

    That may be why some centrist Democrats facing uphill campaign battles have kept their distance from the Democratic leadership’s agenda items.

    The group, Each American Dream, which has a starter budget of $1 million, has commissioned a poll showing that 67 percent of swing voters believe expanding businesses and creating jobs is the best strategy for reducing economic inequality, not raising the minimum wage.

    Fifty-nine percent of swing voters said reforming the welfare system would best reduce income inequality.

    (snip)
    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/202088-poll-suggests-dems-are-missing-the-mark-with-swing-voters#ixzz2xVzPXzww

  76. More of their Nazi tactics.
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    Despite Coldest Winter in 100 Years – The Tolerant Left Wants Global Warming “Deniers” Jailed

    For the first time in over a century Niagara Falls reportedly froze over in January 2014.

    Lake Michigan was over 90% ice covered this winter – another record.

    But despite the facts – the left continues to push their global warming junk science. And, if you disagree with them they want you jailed – for junk science.

    Adam Weinstein at Gawker reported:

    Man-made climate change happens. Man-made climate change kills a lot of people. It’s going to kill a lot more. We have laws on the books to punish anyone whose lies contribute to people’s deaths. It’s time to punish the climate-change liars.

    This is an argument that’s just being discussed seriously in some circles. It was laid out earlier this month, with all the appropriate caveats, by Lawrence Torcello, a philosophy professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/03/despite-coldest-winter-in-100-years-the-tolerant-left-wants-global-warming-deniers-jailed/

  77. Reports like this make me wonder why I should bother. The election is already fixed.
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    Obamacare in Action: Covered California Sends Out Voter Registration Cards Pre-Marked for Democrat Party

    LA MESA, Calif. – A local couple called 10News concerned after they received an envelope from the state’s Obamacare website, Covered California. Inside was a letter discussing voter registration and a registration card pre-marked with an “x” in the box next to Democratic Party.

    The couple – who did not want their identity revealed – received the letter and voter registration card from their health insurance provider Covered California, the state-run agency that implements President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

    They have lived in La Mesa for years and they have always been registered to vote Republican. Now, they are perplexed as to how the voter registration card pre-marked Democrat ended up in their mailbox.

    “I’m an old guy and I never would have noticed it, except I have an accountant that notices every dot and dash on a piece of paper as a wife,” said the man who received the mailer.

    Covered California began mailing out voter signup cards to nearly 4 million enrollees last week after being threatened with a lawsuit by voting rights groups. But that does not explain the pre-filled out voter registration card.

    More: http://ibloga.blogspot.com/2014/03/obamacare-in-action-covered-california.html

  78. Explosive Letter Blasts Chief Justice Roberts & Obama for Wreaking Havoc on Nation with Obamacare

    When William D. Curry tore into the Obamacare law with the aim of giving Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts a piece of his mind, he no doubt expressed the frustration and outrage of many regarding the healthcare “reform” law.

    The heated letter, dated March 22, 2014, is a “keeper”:

    Read Here:
    http://www.ijreview.com/2014/03/125389-blasts-john-roberts/

  79. Leanora

    March 31, 2014 at 8:41 am
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    I do not think that letter is nearly tough enough, because it fails to filet Roberts what he did to the nation, which was to double down on the lies and deceptions of Obama.

    Question: what were the lies and deceptions solely attributable to Roberts? Or should I say Roger Taney II?

    Answer: given a choice between striking down the law as a violation of the commerce clause and upholding it as a tax, he chose the latter.

    And that could all be brushed under the proverbial rug, but for two striking factors:

    First, Obama’s incompetent and fiercely anti-free market* Solicitor General Donald Verilli conceded that the individual mandate, i.e. tax was NOT a tax. Typically when that happens, the court no longer considers the argument–it is deemed to have been waived. Nevertheless, Roberts chose to resurrect it, sua sponte.

    Second, there is proof from the sanctor sanctium of the court clerk cabal that Roberts was prepared to strike down the law and then had an ugly road to Damascus interlude, where he lost his guts and fell through his ass, and to everyone’s surprise embraced it.

    There have been suggestions that this was done because he has skirted the edges of the law himself with respect to certain issues, including immigration. I take no position on those explanations unless and until compelling proof is tendered. In the meantime, what I see is a man who is such a coward that he cannot fulfill the duties of his office, and any explanation short of that conclusion is smoke and mirrors.

    (*Note: in a prior life Verilli was corporate counsel for one of Obama’s biggest donors–Hollywood, and was singularly responsible for threatening to sue u-tube back to the stone age, unless they spent 27 hours reviewing every item posted to make sure it did not violate the copyright of some Hollywood Mogul. As a result, if you Google one of your favorite movies, you will now find that the screen is black and there is a note that the video was removed due to copy write infringement.)

  80. The common mind hears the word “Nazi” and they imagine it applies only to a certain group of western Europeans who suffered the indignities and financial consequences of a peace agreement forged by the victorious powers and the original progressive–good old Woodie Wilson, whose fondest delusion the League of Nations never got out of the gate, and who therefore turned to a messiah of that era, who turned out to be a sociopath and the destroyer of worlds. A forerunner in some ways to Barack–who is Caesar at home and Chamberlain abroad, as one wag put it.

    But for the Nazi order was a Spartan one. It did not revel it hedonism. If it did, then it would have been more like what we see in the legions of our left wing elite. Victor Davis Hanson does a fine job of fileting these New Age Nazis, by pointing out their hypocrisy, and the fact that at the end of the day, they are nothing more than spoiled brats who would be pulling the wings off flies, but would rather destroy the middle class in support of their word view which subjugates the very thing that Hamilton was keen to protect, i.e. the general welfare, to their own hedonistic pleasures and pursuits. In a word, they are decadent, and pathological.
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    If only people had to live in the world that they dreamed of for others.

    Endangered species everywhere are supposed to be at risk — except birds of prey shredded by wind turbine farms, or reptilian habitats harmed by massive solar farms. High-speed rail is great for utopian visionaries — except don’t dare start it in the Bay Area, when there are yokels aplenty down in Hanford to experiment on. Let’s raise power bills to the highest levels in the country with all sorts of green mandates — given that we live in 70-degree year-round temperatures, while “they” who are stupid enough to dwell in 105-degree Bakersfield deserve the resulting high power bills. We need cheap labor, open borders, multiculturalism, and identity politics, but not too near my kids’ Santa Monica or Atherton prep schools. I like my beamer in La Jolla and my Mercedes in Menlo Park, but not the fracking that might provide cheaper gas for Juan and Jose who drive a used 10-year-old Yukon 40 miles to work in Mendota.

    Appreciate these contradictions of the liberal elite mind and the current California drought is logical rather than aberrant

  81. Let me take a moment to clear the air. There exists in the public mind that courts are bound by such things as precedent, legislative intent, and the notion that their role is to interpret the law, rather than make it, the latter being the sole province of the legislature. But if you were to put that question to a constitutional lawyer or better yet a world class law professor, like, oh say Jonathan Turley at Georgetown, you would be surprised to learn that this is not really the case. Furthermore, if you were to ask the late Judge Friendly, or Judge Posner two of the best appellate judges of the modern era, they would disabuse you of it rather quickly, as Posner did in is latest tome-Reflections of Judging. This was pointed out to me in the first month of the first year of law school over forty years ago, by my contacts professor, while we were standing at a coke machine in the cafeteria. He was a bright guy who clerked for Roger Trayner who was the Earl Warren of the California Supreme Court, who gave the state a body of law which was based on the living constitution progressive view, that the law is putty in the hands of a judge. Consequently, after appellate argument he would tell my professor–here is my decision–now go find the case law that supports it. Clearly, this is quite different from saying I will decide this case based on what the statues and the case law tells me. Scalia might embrace the latter concept, which is why I am so fond of him. But this is not the current state of American law, or the common judicial mind.

  82. During the decades I spent in the corporate world, I was struck by how zealously, and meticulously, they guard and dispense the attributes of power. One of Hillary’s strong supporters, Professor Kathleen Reardon at USC has written two insightful books on the subject, i.e. The Secret Handshake and Its All Politics. They hearken back to the more general theme of the Broadway Play, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and the crude observation that it is not who you know but who you blow.

    Much of my frustration was seeing how power was used for illicit purposes, purposes which served the interests of a certain individual, or group, at the expense of others and the whole. Those connoisseurs of corporate power are dead souls who rise to the pinnacle of power, but when you examine them closely you find that something is missing. Obama is a textbook example of what I am talking about.

    What galls me most in today’s political environment is the way that these power players sometimes referred to as the establishment, have no sense of what is good for the country, and care only about what is good for them and for their little group. Hamilton was clear about this in the Federalist Papers. He did not anticipate the rise of political parties as such, but he did warn us repeatedly about the danger that factions, as he put it, would rise and pursue their own selfish interests at the expense of the nation. He found in history abundant evidence to that effect.

    What I see in all this is a clear and present danger to liberty, and the emergence of a have and have not society. My bullshit detector runs 24-7 when it comes to this kind of shit, and everything I feared would come to pass with Obama has–and will.

    One of the writers at PJMedia announced last night that the elites of both parties have now decided that the 2016 will be Bush vs Clinton. I am fine with the Clinton piece, but not with the Bush piece. I suppose you could argue that running against Bush would be good for Hillary. But unlike 2008 my world does not begin and end with getting Hillary elected. I will support her, but it is no longer a hill to die for, and if the election goes the other way, then I hope we end up with someone who, like her, is capable of putting the nation back on a more hopeful path. And the mild mannered Casper Milquetoast Bush, scion of bankers, is not the way out of the swamp.

  83. Now his son is getting into the act. How long will it be before we no longer have to hear the name Soros?
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    Soros’ son pushed Cuomo, legislature into campaign funding
    The activist son of leftist billionaire George Soros nearly derailed an on-time state budget as he threatened to launch multimillion-dollar TV campaigns against Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders unless they approved a sweeping system of publicly financed campaigns, The Post has learned.

    Jonathan Soros, who has already spent millions on campaign contributions and television advertising in an ironic campaign to “get private money out of politics,’’ warned Cuomo and the Senate’s co-leaders, Republican Dean Skelos (Nassau) and Democrat Jeff Klein (Bronx), Friday in direct conversations that he would launch election-year attacks against them, and encouraged others to do the same, if the pols didn’t include a system of publicly funded campaigns in the new state budget, a source close to the budget negotiations said.

    Skelos had repeatedly opposed the scheme ­ which is backed by Klein, Cuomo, Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a large coalition of “good-government’’ groups ­ as a Democratic- and union-backed strategy to block GOP-supporting private-sector groups from participating in state elections.

    http://nypost.com/2014/03/31/soros-son-pushed-cuomo-legislature-into-campaign-funding/

  84. Tony Stark
    March 31, 2014 at 1:13 am
    S
    March 31, 2014 at 12:02 am
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    I think that Bill is just trying to use Obamacare to purge all the Democrats (and Obama supporters) in Congress who voted for it during the coming elections, essentially cleaning house.
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    Tony, perhaps there is some method to this madness…

    interesting approach ? ! ?

    …sometimes less said is better…especially when many have little patience for all the lies, hardship and enslavement being foisted upon the middle class and young people swimming in debt…

    this scam does not help…

    alot of people counting on Hill and Bill to pull us out of this mess not encourage it…hate to see Hillary become the ‘Myth of Sisyphus’ of Ocare in the next Presidential election…

  85. interesting read on what’s to come when the rubber starts hitting the road with Ocare…

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/democrats-republicans-prepare-for-new-round-of-battles-over-health-care-law/2014/03/30/2b98fbca-b756-11e3-a7c6-70cf2db17781_story.html?hpid=z1

    snip

    Premiums’ trend

    Monthly insurance premiums almost always go up, because costs typically rise. So the big questions are: How much will premiums increase for next year, how widespread will the increases be, and how will consumers be affected?

    Many plans “low-balled” prices for 2014 to attract customers. “It’s like opening day at the hardware store, and you’re going to have a special,” said Joseph Antos, a health policy analyst at the American Enterprise Institute.

    (this reminds me of the low interest rate a credit card company offers and then it skyrockets when the promo ends…more sticker shock)

    The political impact

    snip

    “Obamacare is a vehicle that drives home a bigger problem Democrats have with voters: Either they didn’t understand the law that they championed, which makes them inept, or they blatantly lied about what this law would do, which makes them dishonest,” he wrote in an e-mail.

    Rising enrollment

    snip

    Penalties kick in

    The fine is $95 per uninsured adult or 1 percent of income, whichever is higher, for the first year. It gradually rises through 2016 to $695 per uninsured adult or 2.5 percent of income. The fine will be collected at tax time, when the Internal Revenue Service will deduct the amount from tax refunds.

    Some people have made up their minds to defy the requirement. Paul Alexander Clark, 35, an entrepreneur in Nashville, said he has decided to pay the fine this year rather than pay $132 a month for an insurance policy with an annual deductible of more than $6,000. “It was simple math combined with the knowledge and confidence of being able to navigate the health system,” he said.

  86. S
    March 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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    I am afraid that Schoen has telegraphed Bill’s position. The title survives, the substance does not, but that is not good enough, because too many people judge the book by its cover. The move to take over 20% of the economy by government is the problem for me. And the process of mend don’t end harbingers an effort to pick the fly shit out of the pepper while real people are dying. The cynical calculation is that if she shows too much of their hand now, it will lend credence to Sander and the hard left of the party will tear into it. Too bad the welfare of the party and the welfare of the nation are at such profound cross purposes. When I look at a jerk off like Chris Van Hollen this becomes obvious. A silver spooned race baiter and defender of destroying the middle class for no better reason than to advance his own power. A century ago an old boss of mine told a militant union official that if the Alaska Seafood Industry was so improvident as to accept his onerous, unrealistic proposal it would drive half the companies out of business, the militant replied that is exactly right Sutter, the half that we, the union, want to drive out of business. That analogy seems to apply here to those seeking to push this toxic concoction known as Obamacare, and he victim is the middle class. Force Pelousy and Van Hole In The Head to live under the same regimen as they are forcing on the rest of us, then maybe I will reconsider, but for now it looks to me like more let them eat cake, from our perverted elite class, whom Victor Davis Hanson describes more accurately than I ever could.

  87. Coming up shortly….Newsflash regarding the election mess in Turkey….Significant developments tonight.

  88. The AKP in turkey claimed Wins in Ankara and Istanbul last night…..NOT SO FAST seems they were pulling a Florida……

    Significant voting irregularities appearing all over Turkey tonight in major opposition areas, where up 500 ballot boxes in Ankara alone were not opened and votes in other areas just taken and allocated to other parties to stop the CHP winning both mayorships.

    Recounts are now being forced and significant battles breaking out…..other areas around Turkey have tonight changed hands after AKP were caught fiddling the votes.

    Will update you when i can, we are not talking 1 or 2 votes here, there are over 200,000 votes missing in Ankara alone and perhaps many many more in Istanbul..

    This looks like systematic voting fraud nationwide.

  89. AKP made up 10,000 fake electors in 504 imaginary apartment buildings in Sariyer, Istanbul

    The precinct where the CHP candidate voted for Mayor in Ankara in a major opposition area, recorded 0 votes for CHP and 494 for the AKP……talk about election fraud.

  90. shadow…These guys make Acorn look like cheap knock off amateurs…..unbelievable the shit I am hearing.

  91. foxyladi14
    March 31, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    The latest independent peer-reviewed NIPCC scientific report found no link between human activity and climate change.4

    http://climatechangereconsidered.org/
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    The Oil&Gas industry is not a government. But they do own it. If you look at the financial disclosure reports of the Federal Judiciary of the 5th Circuit, you will find that approximately half of them own O&G interests and sit on cases involving their interests with total disregard for codes of conduct. That’s the O&G business.

    Don’t believe what you read until you follow the money that paid for the research.

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