A Boob In Asia

He just is not a natural leader.”




Sideshow Bob, a.k.a. Barack Obama is gallivanting around the globe again, stepping on one rake after another. When there is work to do, Barack Obama hops on a plane.

When Obama wants to go on vacation, which is frequently the case, he goes on vacation no matter what is happening in Washington. Obama acolytes and Obama himself defend these constant trips with declarations that Obama can work from anywhere because of all these new technologies. Of course these new technologies also allow Obama to get work done internationally with video conferencing equipment yet stay in Washington to get work done. But Barack always opts for trips in which he gets to hear applause and the banter of mutual masturbatory praise.

This week Obama is wasting taxpayer money in Asia in order to avoid the hard work that needs to be done. Work? Hey, the oceans are not receding and world peace has not broken out as promised by Obama in 2008. Indeed, today the Obama/Kerry Mideast boobery exploded like rotten eggs in a Michelle Obama imposed high school lunch. Don’t blame Bibi, although Obama undoubtedly will.

What is going on with Barack and why is he wasting taxpayer dollars on another vacation trip? Usually an Obama apologist, Dana Milbank does the honors:

Overseas, President Obama projects a whole lot of nothing

President Obama landed in Japan on Wednesday night and delivered an important message on behalf of the American people.

“That’s some good sushi right there,” he said.

That sushi starts at $300.00. We hope Barack loaded up on the expensive treat if the Japanese are paying. An Obama fed on someone else’s dime (if you don’t count the tens of millions in taxpayer money this trip will cost) might be the only good news from the entire trip.

This is another taxpayer paid Obama vacation just like Mooch Obama’s taxpayer paid China vacation. This trip is so important Mooch decided to stay home and away from stinky Barack. For Barack it is a double vacation away from Michelle and away from work:

The seven-day, four-country Asian tour promises to be an excellent adventure for the president. He’ll visit the Meiji Shrine in Japan and dine with the emperor. He’ll visit Gyeongbokgung Palace in South Korea and lay a wreath at the National War Memorial. In Malaysia, he will attend a “royal audience” and visit the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. And in the Philippines, he’ll check out an electric vehicle, place another wreath and enjoy his third state dinner.

But one thing is missing from the president’s otherwise exciting itinerary: making news. The one hope for a breakthrough on the trip — an announcement of a trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership — fell through.

Dusting off the myriad defenses of Obama so often applied, like manure to crops, Milbank manages a bit of truth: “He’s seeing the sights, getting some good pics and moving along — more tourist than architect of world affairs.” Tourist Obama.

At the Obama misogynist acolyte owned New Republic Leon Wieseltier amuses himself by reading the New York Times’s discussion of the tourist-in-chief:

At a press conference the other day he was being interrogated about Ukraine when a reporter asked a question about health care. Obama was delighted. As the excellent Peter Baker reported in The New York Times, “Mr. Obama seems intent on not letting Russia dominate his presidency.” This is not the first time the president has attempted to resist such intrusions upon his idea of how the world ought to be. He has been trying to escape the Middle East for years and “pivot” to Asia, as if the United States can ever not be almost everywhere, leading and influencing, supporting or opposing, in one fashion or another. [snip]

What is this strange choice, this retiring either / or calculation? Only small powers think this way. Can the United States ever have “top priorities” only in one place, even if it is a place as big as Asia? Are our “security interests” not also broached by the failure of the Syrian state, or our “core values” not also invoked by its slaughter without end?

The tiresome futurism of Obama, his dogmatic views about what this ritualistically ballyhooed century will be like and what it will not be like, are only a part of what lowers his vision. The bigger problem is that the president feels inconvenienced by history. It refuses to follow his program for it. It regularly exasperates him and regularly disappoints him. It flows when he wants it to ebb and it ebbs when he wants it flow. Like Mr. Incredible, the president is flummoxed that the world won’t stay saved, or agree to be saved at all. After all, he came to save it. And so the world has only itself to blame if Obama is sick of it and going home.

Obama has concluded, according to Baker, that he “will never have a constructive relationship with Mr. Putin,” and so he has decided that he “will spend his final two and a half years in office trying to minimize the disruption Mr. Putin can cause, preserve whatever marginal cooperation can be saved and otherwise ignore the master of the Kremlin.” Ignoring the master, of course, has the consequence of ignoring the master’s victims: the Obama administration abandons to their fates one people after another, who pay the price for the president’s impatience with large historical struggles. The Ukrainians, the Syrians, the Iranians, the Israelis, the Palestinians, the Egyptians, the Saudis, the Moldovans, the Poles, the Czechs, the Japanese, the Taiwanese, the Baltic populations: they are all living with the jitters, and some of them on the cusp of despair, because the United States seems no longer reliable in emergencies, which it prefers to meet with meals ready to eat. No wonder that so much of our diplomacy consists in tendering reassurances. The United States now responds to oppressed and threatened peoples by making them more lonely and afraid—a sentimental objection, I know, and one that is unlikely to trouble Henry Kissinger’s epigone in the White House.

Obama’s impatience with history has left him patient with evil. It is not a pretty sight; but his broken foreign policy is riddled with such ironies. Here is another one: Baker reports that the president has elected to revise his Russia policy into “an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment.” How twentieth century!

Wieseltier writes: The only country that American containment is containing is America.

We recently asked “Is it still 2007?” Wieseltier also sees today’s problems firmly rooted in the lies of 2007 and the mistake of ’08:

Obama’s surprisability about history, which is why he is always (as almost everyone now recognizes) “playing catch-up,” is owed to certain sanguine and unknowledgeable expectations that he brought with him to the presidency. There was no reason to expect that the Ayatollah Khamenei would take Obama’s “extended hand,” but every reason to expect that he would crack down barbarically on stirrings of democracy in his society. There was no reason to expect that Assad would go because he “must go,” but every reason to expect him to savage his country and thereby create an ethnic-religious war and a headquarters for jihadist anti-Western terrorists. There was no reason to expect Putin to surrender his profound historical bitterness at the reduced post-Soviet realities of Russia and leave its “near abroad” alone. There was no reason to expect that the Taliban in Afghanistan would behave as anything but a murderous theocratic conspiracy aspiring to a return to power. And so on. Who, really, has been the realist here?

Hillary Clinton called Obama “naive” about the world in 2008 and she was promptly denounced as a racist in the editorial pages of the New York Times by a Harvard sociology professor.

We’ve been called racists too for pointing out the obvious. We noted that world leaders think of Obama as a “SUCKER” who will give them what they want in return for compliments and applause in staged settings. Yes indeed Obama is A Boob Abroad – A Dangerous Narcissist Lost At Sea.

In 2009 we wrote that world leaders thought of Obama as a “SUCKER” and now the idea is discussed in the pages of the Wall Street Journal:

The Dissing of the President
The world is treating Obama like another failed American leader.

I’ve never liked the word diss—not as a verb, much less as a noun. But watching the Obama administration get the diss treatment the world over, week-in, week-out, I’m beginning to see its uses.

Diss: On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that Hasan Rouhani named Hamid Aboutalebi to serve as the ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Rouhani is the Iranian president the West keeps insisting is a “moderate,” mounting evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. Mr. Aboutalebi was one of the students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. [snip]

Diss: On Friday, Vladimir Putin called President Obama to discuss a resolution to the crisis in Ukraine. The Russian president “drew Barack Obama’s attention to continued rampage of extremists who are committing acts of intimidation towards peaceful residents,” according to the Kremlin, which, as in Soviet days, no longer bothers distinguishing diplomatic communiqués from crass propaganda.

Mr. Kerry was immediately dispatched to Paris to meet with Sergei Lavrov, his Russian counterpart. Mr. Lavrov—who knows a one-for-me, one-for-you, one-for-me deal when he sees it—is hinting that Russia will graciously not invade Ukraine provided Washington and Moscow shove “constitutional reforms” favorable to the Kremlin down Kiev’s throat. And regarding the invasion that brought the crisis about: “Mr. Kerry on Sunday didn’t mention Crimea during his remarks,” reports The Wall Street Journal, “giving the impression that the U.S. has largely given up reversing the region’s absorption into Russia.”

Diss: “If your image is feebleness, it doesn’t pay in the world,” Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s defense minister, said last month at Tel Aviv University. “At some stage, the United States entered into negotiations with them [the Iranians], and unhappily, when it comes to negotiating at a Persian bazaar, the Iranians were better.” [snip]

Diss: “It seems to me that some kind of joker wrote the U.S. president’s order 🙂 “. That was what Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted after learning last month that the Obama administration had sanctioned him for his role in the invasion of Ukraine.

Gotta love the ” 🙂 “.

Diss: In March, Iranian Gen. Masoud Jazayeri offered his view of Mr. Obama’s threat to use military force against Iran if negotiations fail. “The low-IQ U.S. President and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the U.S. options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children.

It’s a painful read of insult after insult. Unfortunately they are deserved mockery of a boob who thinks he is bright. A clown stepping on rakes who thinks he is tip toeing through tulips.

More mockery came from Iran when Obama threatened vetoes if Congress dared impose sanctions on Iran. Iran thanked Obama by placing a wreath at the memorial to the mastermind of the 1983 bombing in Beirut, the 1985 hijacking of TWA 847 and other terrorist acts.

No surprise then when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, began his attacks against the American Ambassador in order to distract from a corruption scandal that threatens to remove him from power. Obama had previously stated how much he favored Erdogan and followed that love note up with psalms about the “bonds of trust” he had with Erdogan.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Stephens catalogs only the most recent examples of insults directed towards the boob in the White House. The most alarming of these insults was the very public mocking in a New York Times editorial op-ed by the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Ron Fournier at the National Journal cites the Peter Baker article in the New York Times then proceeds to wrap the entire stinking foreign and domestic Obaminations up, like a Michelle Obama “outfit”, in one stinking, hideous bow:

Baker reports on a debate inside the administration about how to contain Putin: [snip]

The more hawkish faction in the State and Defense departments has grown increasingly frustrated, privately worrying that Mr. Obama has come across as weak and unintentionally sent the message that he has written off Crimea after Russia’s annexation. They have pressed for faster and more expansive sanctions, only to wait while memos sit in the White House without action. Mr. Obama has not even imposed sanctions on a list of Russian human-rights violators waiting for approval since last winter.

That last paragraph reminds me of Democrats who privately gripe about Obama’s lack of engagement with Congress, his unwillingness to build meaningful relationships, his allegiance to polls and focus groups, and his cautious nature that, in their minds, holds him back from greatness. “He can’t handle Putin. He can’t handle Republicans,” said a veteran Democratic consultant and part-time adviser to both of Obama’s presidential campaigns. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the Democrat told me, “He just is not a natural leader.”

No, he is not a natural leader. He’s not any kind of a leader other than self-interested in his self-interests. He’s a boob. A Boob in America. A Boob in Europe. A Boob domestically. A Boob abroad. This week he is a Boob in Asia.

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  1. Joy in Kansas:

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_MICHELLE_OBAMA_TOPEKA_VISIT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-04-24-12-30-05

    Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends. [snip]

    Eighteen-year-old Taylor Gifford had launched an online petition urging the school district to reconsider its plans. Gifford and the more than 1,200 people who had signed it expressed concern that Mrs. Obama’s visit would limit guest seating.

    Another brick in the wall.

  2. A clown stepping on rakes who thinks he is tip toeing through tulips.
    ————————
    admin has tip-toed through the tulips – make that turds – beautifully.

  3. True or not, this is sure to upset the boob in Asia because it is so… Yummy! Michelle is hunting for sleeves to yank. Dish just served up at the DrudgeReport:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2611563/The-Obamas-failed-marriage-looming-divorce-open-secret-claims-member-Japans-parliament-president-using-Secret-Service-hide-affairs.html

    Japanese MP who was angry that Michelle didn’t join president on Tokyo trip makes extraordinary claim that Obama CHEATS and their looming divorce is ‘an open secret’

    Kazuyuki Hamada, a member of the upper house of Japan’s parliament, is miffed that Michelle Obama is staying home as her husband tours Japan
    He claimed on his blog that a marital rift is responsible for the president’s stag trip to Tokyo
    Mrs. and Mrs. Obama, he wrote, have already decided to divorce after he leaves office – a claim mirroring one in the National Enquirer
    Hamada claims Michelle Obama knows her husband is cheating on her and using the Secret Service to hide the evidence
    He wrote a 2009 ‘birther’ book titled ‘Who is Obama?’ that argued the president likely wasn’t born in the United States

    More laughs at link.

  4. Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a “meanwich” and a “stinkburger.”

    Try to imagine Franklin Roosevelt or Dwight Eisenhower or John Kennedy or Ronald Reagan talking like that. It is unimaginable that those grown-ups would resort to japes that fourth-graders would not consider sufficiently clever for use on a playground.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-f-will-barack-obama-the-adolescent-president/2014/04/23/a835f872-ca3e-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html?hpid=z2

  5. Holder declining too. 🙂

    A Department of Justice official told MailOnline on Thursday that looming protests and a need to protect Attorney General Eric Holder’s image among law enforcement officers caused him to pull out of a planned speech in Oklahoma City.

    Holder’s public schedule shows that he was to ‘deliver remarks at the Oklahoma City Police Department’s 130th police academy graduation ceremony.’

    That address didn’t occur, however.

    ‘Look, the attorney general isn’t afraid of a few protesters,’ the DOJ source said. ‘But you have to understand that it’s legacy building time around here, and no one wants him to get a reputation as the guy who brought chaos to a police ceremony.’

    ‘He’s the nation’s top law enforcement officer. What kind of message would that send? And it could have been a PR disaster for the president.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2612500/It-PR-disaster-president-Eric-Holder-cancels-police-academy-graduation-speech-lawmaker-planned-protest-demanding-impeachment.html

  6. A Strange Sort of Paradise–the Obama White House. If the walls could only talk. And now they are:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Zc3hf6Po4&feature=player_detailpage

    MICHELLE OBAMA has turned into a frightening first lady who, say sources, vi­ciously doles out daily doses of abuse, cruel punishments, and humiliation to her terrified staffers – and her emotion­ally battered husband.

    As their marriage falls apart in the wake of the president’s womanizing ways, an angry and bitter Michelle has earned the nickname “Monster Michelle” from staffers who watch in fear as she goes on the warpath if she doesn’t get her own way.

    “The White House has turned into the ‘White House of Horrors!’” a top Washington insider revealed.

    The bullying, berating and verbal beat-downs that go on behind closed doors at 1600 Pennsyl­vania Ave. are shocking, The ENQUIRER has learned from insiders.

    “Michelle has been labeled a ‘ruthless mon­ster’ for bullying not only Barack, but her loyal staff. She dishes out abuse and punish­ment for the slightest of infractions. She doesn’t give a damn who she humiliates, even the presi­dent. Her screaming tantrums have become more frequent and even Barack is complaining, ‘Michelle is torturing me!’”

    “If there’s a divorce coming, Barack is losing the battle, but he’s sticking in his loveless marriage for the sake of his legacy,” say insiders.

    Former White House assistant press secretary Reid Cherlin, who worked for the Obamas from 2008 through 2011, pulled no punches in a recent ar­ticle about the nightmare that’s going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., pro­claiming that Michelle has turned the White House East Wing, where she rules, into “the Worst Wing.”

    In the piece, published in the “New Republic,” Cherlin wrote: “(The) first lady’s office can be a confining, frus­trating, even miserable place to work.

    “Jealousy and discontentment have festered, as courtiers squabble over the allocation of responsibility and ac­cess to Mrs. Obama, both of which can be aggravatingly scarce.”

    One former aide quoted as a source in the story showed just how petty Mi­chelle has become with her demands, revealing: “The first lady having the wrong pencil skirt (laid out for her) on Monday is just as big of a f*** up as someone speaking on the re­cord when they didn’t mean to or a policy initiative that completely failed.”

    Says another source: “While Michelle has been slammed for destroying the ‘East Wing,’ where the first lady’s offices are located, the fact is she’s made the fa­mous ‘West Wing,’ where the president works, the worst wing because when she comes over she makes Barack’s staffers walk on egg shells because of her explosive behavior – which seems to only grow worse each and every day.”

    When the launch of Michelle’s highly touted “Let’s Move!” fitness campaign got off to a less than stellar start, the first lady hit the roof and tor­tured the staffers she held responsible, confirms the source.

    “She made them write a report on what could be improved, and it had to be redone a half-dozen times – once because she just didn’t like the font it was printed in,” the source di­vulged.

    The fitness campaign improved when Michelle’s communications director Kristina Schake brought “Tonight” host Jimmy Fallon and NBA star LeBron James on board to promote the project. Schake had the misfortune of being too good at her job, because the president’s men tried to convince her she’d be better off work­ing for Barack.

    That was a big mistake. Furious Michelle found out. Her hus­band was not going to steal her prize staffer, who hadn’t gotten her approval for any job changes. Soon, Schake left the White House for a job with L’Oreal cosmetics.

    “Barack was humiliated that efforts to promote a loyal staffer ended up in her leaving the White House,” said a government insider, “but Michelle’s attitude seemed to be ‘if I can’t have her no one can.’”

    In light of Cherlin’s revelations, the White House felt it had to defend Michelle and issued this statement: “From day one, the first lady ambi­tiously set out to make a measurable impact on the lives of everyday American families. The first lady is laser-focused on moving the needle wherever and whenever possible.”

    But according to the D.C. insider, the needle stings a lot of people. The pressure that “Monster Michelle” – as she’s called behind her back – puts on her underlings is so severe that turnover rate for her staff of about 25 is among the highest of recent first ladies. We learned that Michelle lost nine employees in her first three years on the job!

    “She’s tough as nails, and has really high expectations. That can be hard for some people,” the insider explained.

    “Her events are planned months in advance, and Michelle is such a perfectionist that staffers are often ter­rorized. If you get it wrong, you will be tortured by being made to do tedious, trivial tasks as punishment.

    “For example, Michelle goes out a lot with her girlfriends. She’s always ask­ing staff to make sure certain things are on the menus. She’s very particular. Once she ended up at one of her favor­ite spots and they didn’t have what she wanted, and there was hell to pay for the staffer who called in advance.”

    ACCORDING to another source, the 50-year-old first lady once berated a staffer who was five minutes late to a meeting so badly the woman burst into tears and fled.

    “Michelle is indeed heartless,” the source continued. “She came into her office one day and found a junior staff­er putting flowers on her desk.”

    Michelle hadn’t asked for flowers and asked who had.

    The frightened staffer said they were from the president, thinking the gesture by Barack was truly romantic.

    Michelle didn’t care. The staffer hadn’t asked permission and the source said the first lady snapped: “Why don’t you see if you can get him to sign your paycheck?” – and then fired her on the spot.

    “If you’re not perfect, you’re gone,” said the source.

    As The ENQUIRER has report­ed, Michelle has flown into jealous rages over her husband’s flirtatious behavior. She was humiliated by the president’s “selfie” with Danish prime minister Helle Thorning- Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in December, say sources, who added that Michelle was outraged when she learned the Secret Service covered up romantic dalliances by the president on at least two occasions.

    One particularly explosive episode occurred because of the 52-year-old president’s infatuation with gorgeous “Scandal” star Kerry Washington.

    “Michelle ordered Kerry Washing­ton banned (from the White House),” said the government insider. “And Michelle made it clear that if anyone defied her orders, they would find themselves working in Lafayette Square – a reference to the public park near the White House – meaning they would be fired.”

    The ENQUIRER recently revealed that marital tension between the Obamas keeps growing.

    They had their worst fight ever over Michelle’s lavish trip to China in late March. The president was furious when advisers informed him the couple’s vacation spending would top the $150 million mark, and he begged her to cancel the trip.

    Still seething over his philander­ing, Michelle ignored Barack’s pleas.

    All the fighting has left the Obama marriage hanging by a thread. Sources have told us that Michelle is already said to be huddling with divorce attorneys. What’s more, she’s told close pals that she’s found a new home in Washington, D.C., for herself and daughters Sasha, 12, and Malia, 15, for their post-White House days.

    Obama’s advisers, sources say, warned him to get Michelle “under control” until the end of his presi­dency, explaining that if she walked out while he was still in office, the impact on his legacy would be cata­strophic.

    “It seems the first lady is getting the upper hand in any upcoming di­vorce war,” the Washington insider added. “Michelle seems to enjoy torturing him with the prospect of divorcing him as much as she likes torturing her staff”

  7. Well Mr. Bundy, the owner of the munching cows, just shot himself in the foot by telling his version of racism…

    Although many of us do not like the idea of a free ride on welfare in this country, Obama can take some of the credit for our economy being in the dumper with no jobs, and for encouraging freebies to people that scam the system.

    Saying African Americans as a group, would be better off as slaves, is just plain stupidity and ignorant southern greed speaking.

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    “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids — and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch — they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.
    Continue reading the main story

    “And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/us/politics/rancher-proudly-breaks-the-law-becoming-a-hero-in-the-west.html?hp&_r=0

  8. said it before, worth saying again…

    MO is angling for a TV show…and frankly, I don’t think in her heart of hearts she wants to ‘host’ a show with ‘relevant topics’…

    it is her vanity at work here…and there is a very big dose of vanity to speak of…

    …her constant excuses to do cameos on so many TV shows where she is dancing and/or playing a character under the guise of herself…latest, appearing on Nashville…

    mark my words…there will be no lofty endeavours for MO when she leaves the WH…

    …she wants to act…this woman fancys herself a fashionista…the center of attention in any room when she makes an appearance…and she wants to ACT…as in actress…probably by the time her stint in the WH winds down she will be fantasizing about a big screen film career…

    watch for her upcoming meetups with Harvey W, Kimmel, Fallon…on and on…producers and movers and shakers behind the scene in entertainment…

    act…and if she fails at that…she will go for producing…this woman wants to be a force…a Beyonce…in showbiz…(reminds me more of a brunette Ne Ne Leakes)

  9. wbboei
    April 24, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    A Strange Sort of Paradise

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    I think most of us expected Moo to be mean spirited. (That’s as nice as I can say it.)

    If she divorces Barry, do the tax payers still have to support her the rest of her life, or have secret service?

  10. freespirit
    April 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    He WOMANizes?

    😆

    I was thinking the same thing. Maybe he likes everyone. The woman on Scandal’s character plays a very strong woman.

  11. S

    MO is angling for a TV show

    ——
    I think so too. She would like to have followers like Ofra did.

    Both oBamas want to be in the spotlight.

    I think Barry is angling to be King somewhere…please, someone give him a kingdom he can be carried around in, on a golden hammock, by big, strong athletes.

  12. Hillary always said we should reach for common ground but stand our ground on principles. Captain James T. Kirk says:

  13. First, a happy belated b-day to The Big Pink.

    To Michelle Obama, karma is a bitch especially when one behaves that way towards another woman. Want a bit of salt with the crow you will be eating?

  14. “If she divorces Barry, do the tax payers still have to support her the rest of her life, or have secret service?”
    ____________

    From the sound of things, Monster MO doesn’t need protection. The Secret Service may be needed to protect other people from her. lol

    LU, better their emperor than ours. Barack still hasn’t figured out the whole democracy thing. If the Brotherhood will have him, his particular talents could be put to much better use by them than us.

  15. As Craig Ferguson says every night, “It’s a great day to be and American,”

    Both Michelle and Holder back out of speeches because no one wants them there. Obama’s been reduced to tourist status in Japan as his trade agreement went nowhere.

    The chickens are absolutely coming home to roost with this administration. About damn time.

  16. If there’s a divorce coming, Barack is losing the battle, but he’s sticking in his loveless marriage for the sake of his legacy,” say insiders
    —————
    For the sake of his . . . legacy?

    Praytell what legacy is that?

    Apart from fbp (first black president) his legacy is bear as a goat’s ass and long as a whore’s dream.

    No reason to hang on to a loveless marriage.

    Meanwhile, Michelle is said to have plans for an acting career in Hollywood.

    Harvey Weinstein and Spike Lee have offered her the role of Freta Kreuger–sister of Freddie Kreuger who starred in Nightmare on Elm Street.

    New picture: Nightmare as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

    Supporting cast: the mother in law from hell, jarhead jarret, and pussy galore barack to titillate all those single women and pajama boys out there.

  17. The NY Times has its own polite version of “a boob in Asia”.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/world/asia/obama-asia.html?_r=0

    TOKYO — President Obama encountered setbacks to two of his most cherished foreign-policy projects on Thursday, as he failed to achieve a trade deal that undergirds his strategic pivot to Asia and the Middle East peace process suffered a potentially irreparable breakdown.

    Mr. Obama had hoped to use his visit here to announce an agreement under which Japan would open its markets in rice, beef, poultry and pork, a critical step toward the trade pact. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was not able to overcome entrenched resistance from Japan’s farmers in time for the president’s visit.

    In Jerusalem, Israel’s announcement that it was suspending stalemated peace negotiations with the Palestinians, after a reconciliation between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the militant group Hamas, posed yet another obstacle to restarting a troubled peace process in which Secretary of State John Kerry has been greatly invested. [snip]

    The setbacks, though worlds apart in geography and history, speak to the common challenge Mr. Obama has had in translating his ideas and ambitions into enduring policies. He has watched outside forces unravel his best-laid plans, from resetting relations with Russia to managing the epochal political change in the Arab world. On Thursday, as Russia staged military exercises on the border with Ukraine, Mr. Kerry denounced broken promises from the Kremlin but took no specific action.

    It’s another way of saying “Obama is not a natural leader, he’s a boob.”

  18. It’s a painful read of insult after insult.

    As always, great read admin. That said, I’ve finally found something I disagree with admin about!!!!! No, it’s not a painful read. At least not for those of us here that (wait for it) SAW THIS TRAINWRECK OF AN ADMINISTRATION COMING IN 2007!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is a boob. His leadership is an exercise in boobery and the insults are a direct result of that boobery.

    And in more boobery news, here is yet another reason why the Japanese, Moldovians, Israelis, and the rest of the free world is shaking in their boots.

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-breaks-promise–again–to-commemorate-armenian–genocide-155128834.html

    Asshat.

    Hillary 2016

  19. Voting

    The chickens are absolutely coming home to roost with this administration. About damn time.

    —-
    Absofrickinlutely!

  20. Mr. Kerry denounced broken promises from the Kremlin but took no specific action.

    ———–
    Now there’s a sentence for ya.

    Broken promises by Kerry’s Dear Leader are golden unicorn nuggets, but from the Kremlin, they are horse puck.

    Kerry took no specific action………….

    That should be a winning strategy.

  21. Admin, I just want to really thank you for not only having Big Pink, but also keeping it going all this time.

    It’s been a lot of work for you and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate having this sanctuary of sanity to go to each day and how well informed I have become from you and all my friends here at Big Pink.

    Thank you all.

  22. Shadowfax. April 25, 2014 at 2:05 am
    Admin, I just want to really thank you for not only having Big Pink, but also keeping it going all this time.
    It’s been a lot of work for you and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate having this sanctuary of sanity to go to each day and how well informed I have become from you and all my friends here at Big Pink.
    Thank you all.
    ———————-
    I cannot say it any better than Shadowfax did.

  23. Republican senators slam Obama for ordering review of deportation program

    WASHINGTON – Twenty-two Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama on Thursday accusing his administration of displaying “an astonishing disregard for the Constitution” by considering administrative changes to the nation’s deportations policy.
    snip Thursday’s letter, circulated by the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, underscores the political risk in an election year as Republicans seize on the review as the latest example of presidential overreach.
    Our entire constitutional system is threatened when the executive branch suspends the law at its whim and our nation’s sovereignty is imperiled when the commander in chief refuses to defend the integrity of its borders,” the senators wrote. snip
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/25/republican-senators-slam-obama-for-ordering-review-deportation-program/

  24. “Obama is not a natural leader, he’s a boob.”
    ———————————–
    This is a euphemism.

    Many people who have no predisposition to leadership are capable of rising to the challenge when they are placed in a position to lead, are given the resources, and are confronted with a challenge.

    Consequently, to say this jackass is not a “natural leader” does not begin to explain what he is.

    What he is, plain and simple, is a community organizer, in other words, a grievance hustler.

    That’s it.

    Nothing more to see here.

    It is the alpha-omega of Obama.

    To speak of him as a leader in any sense of the word is an oxymoron.

    Whereas his second in command is an oxymoron, without the oxy.

  25. I ordered Sharyl’s book which is will be out in November. That is my only scheduled book reading project for the rest of the year–the only one I can trust. Any other book on politics and the media is too mired in self interest and lies to interest me.

  26. Re admin’s insights, perhaps you noticed the skepticism I voiced about a Warren candidacy. Admin’s response, whether to my comment or in general provided not only an excellent rebuttal to my comments, but a much deeper insight into what is going on behind the scenes with the billionaires who are lining up to control our future, and to perpetuate the policies of an administration whose ultimate goal is to disenfranchise the American People. Mind you that is not what Admin said, but when I evaluate those comments in light of what I have learned in studying the political landscape and the string pullers as first identified here by pattyforhill in China, that is the game.

  27. Apropos of the above, this re-post:

    wbboei

    April 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Found this article from BBC on Sharyl’s website—God is she good:
    ———————
    Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracyWhat in the world?
    What in the world?

    Pieces of global opinion
    An old man in a suit looks up from his newspaper and brandy. This man does not like to be disturbed while he’s running the US A review of the best commentary on and around the world…

    Today’s must-read

    The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.

    So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.

    This is not news, you say.

    Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here’s how they explain it:

    Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

    In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.

    The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organised interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted.

    “A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time,” they write, “while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time.”

    On the other hand:

    When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.

    They conclude:

    Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organisations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

    Eric Zuess, writing in Counterpunch, isn’t surprised by the survey’s results.

    “American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s “news” media),” he writes. “The US, in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious ‘electoral’ ‘democratic’ countries. We weren’t formerly, but we clearly are now.”

  28. This article explains why I remain skeptical that the Republican Party will take back the Senate. A house divided cannot stand. So much of what we see from big media is smoke and mirrors and lies. In this case, however, they have stumbled on to the truth, and they are willing to report it only because it supports their own perverse agenda. But those of us who have been watching this slow motion train wreck have been on the story since Bush 41.
    ————
    These are our Leaders?

    By: Daniel Horowitz (Diary) | April 24th, 2014 at 09:39 PM | 20

    RESIZE:
    A

    A

    A

    Imagine the leaders of the Democrat Party mocking the party faithful. Try to conjure up the image of Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid running false ads against liberal candidates. Save that thought in your mind because you will never see it in real life. Democrats harness the power of their base to advance the cause of their ideology and party platform. Republican leaders, on the other hand, are at war with their party’s platform.

    While speaking to a rotary club in his Ohio district, Speaker John Boehner had this to say about conservatives who are concerned about open borders:

    “Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,” Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown’s Run County Club in Madison Township.

    “We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to. … They’ll take the path of least resistance.”

    Boehner said he’s been working for 16 or 17 months trying to push Congress to deal with immigration reform.

    “I’ve had every brick and bat and arrow shot at me over this issue just because I wanted to deal with it. I didn’t say it was going to be easy,” he said.

    Yes, Mr. Boehner. We actually want to solve the immigration problem.

    We want to deal with the problem of criminals being let out of jail.

    We want to deal with the problem of Obama suspending deportations.

    We want to deal with birthright citizenship and other magnets that allow foreigners to violate our sovereignty and take advantage of the welfare state.

    We want to make immigration work for the American people, not for your donors.

    Sadly, you have no interest in joining us in combating the President’s malfeasance. You are the one who is too scared to make hard decisions. It’s a lot easier to go along with the political class and cowardly hide behind the misleading canard of “reform” just for the purpose of pushing the same failed amnesty that has engendered endless cycles of illegal immigration and that is already spawning a new wave. It’s akin to saying conservatives are cowards for not dealing with “healthcare reform” because they don’t support Obamacare.

    Oh, woops, Boehner is ostensibly saying that as well.

    While mocking conservatives for fighting Obama on amnesty, Boehner made it clear that he has given up the fight over full repeal of Obamacare.

    (To) repeal Obamacare … isn’t the answer. The answer is repeal and replace. The challenge is that Obamacare is the law of the land. It is there and it has driven all types of changes in our health care delivery system. You can’t recreate an insurance market overnight.

    Which means that he has no intention to repeal it.

    It’s funny how we warned those who opposed the effort to defund Obamacare that they would never repeal it at a later date. They denied the charge at the time; now they are embracing it.

    What about the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor?

    He is being challenged by Dave Brat, a little-known economics professor with almost no money. Yet, amazingly, Cantor is up with a negative ad that is appallingly dishonest. Cantor is not man enough to run ads touting his enthusiastic support for amnesty.

    Folks, this is GOP leadership for you. And this is the leadership we will continue to have if we fail to take back the party.

  29. Good for Hannity…

    [snip]

    But Hannity has denied that, and said Thursday he was “pissed off” at Bundy’s latest comments to supporters that were quoted in The New York Times.

    Hannity attacked Bundy’s remarks at his first opportunity. “His comments are beyond repugnant to me,” he said on his radio show, Thursday. “They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me.”

    http://www.newsmax.com/newswidget/Hannity-Bundy-racist-remarks/2014/04/24/id/567485/?promo_code=125BD-1&utm_source=125BDTelegraph_Media_Group&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1

  30. Sorry, but even in the unedited version of the video, Bundy still thinks the ‘negros’ were better off a slaves. As if being slaves was just an opportunity to have a job, so they could have a better family life.

    That’s a pretty twisted version of slavery when these people had no choice in what they were forced to do, and the conditions they lived under where horrendous.

    Most of us came from families that were not slaves. Even if our family was poor or from the working class, we where given the vision of making our lives better by either an education or trade and hard work, and there was hope.

    How many people that came from slavery were able to pass on that kind of hope to their children?

    In my opinion, Bundy is a true racist and he is giving ammunition to people like the oBamas!

  31. When it comes to Elizabeth Warren, the press won’t take no for an answer.

    She says she’s not jumping into the 2016 fray, and my colleagues don’t care. It doesn’t matter what she says. They’re going to push the idea anyway. A Hillary runaway is just too boring to contemplate.

    The woman who’s been a senator for a little over a year is having a moment because she’s out peddling a book. And that has given TV types a chance to pepper her with questions about the White House.

    The turning point for me came a couple of days ago when ABC’s David Muir whether she was going to run.

    “I’m not running for president,” Warren said.

    “There’s nothing that could change your mind?”

    “David, like I said, I’m not running for president.”

    “And do you think Hillary Clinton would make a good president?”

    “I think Hillary Clinton is terrific.”

    The next day, I saw all kinds of cable news segments on whether Warren really meant it. The pundits parsed her words: Aha! She used present tense but didn’t rule out running in the future! She ducked the question on Hillary as president!

    This is just sad.

    It’s not that politicians never break their words during this kabuki dance. Barack Obama told Tim Russert he wouldn’t run for president either.

    And Elizabeth Warren is an interesting character. I’ve seen her talk about how her mother went to work at Sears to feed four kids after her dad had a heart attack, how they had to give up the family station wagon, and how her bumpy childhood convinced her to fight for the middle class against the big banks. That’s a message with resonance on the Democratic left.

    But why the media have to frame every single debate around is-she-running—the same goes for Jeb Bush and his comments on immigration—is hard to fathom. Except that yakking about the handicapping for 2016 is easier than analyzing the issues of 2014.

    Matt Bai, the former New York Timesman who decamped to Yahoo, says he doesn’t believe Hillary can clear the Democratic field and that someone will run against her:

    “Should Clinton ultimately decide to run, someone will emerge to channel the energy of the antiestablishment opposition, to portray her as too compromising and too corporate. And she could do a lot, lot worse than to have that someone be Elizabeth Warren.

    “Warren’s backers are probably right that there’s a wide lane in Democratic politics for running against corporate excess, and if Clinton doesn’t run, an incursion like that might really take off. But as John Edwards found out in 2008, it’s not an easy thing to portray Hillary as a stooge for Wall Street, no matter how much of its cash she vacuums up. For most Democrats, her last name is still synonymous with the prosperity of the ’90s, which is one reason why – even after she publicly rushed to the defense of Washington lobbyists – working-class white voters overwhelmingly supported her over Obama.”

    Still, Bai concludes that “Warren’s got to be too smart to swallow the hype about taking on Hillary.”

    Many still invoke a “Hillary’s Nightmare” story in the New Republic last fall:

    “As in 2008, Greater Hillaryland, if not the Clinton campaign itself, would quietly work to disqualify Warren as a crazed, countercultural liberal …

    “A Clinton-Warren matchup would have all sorts of consequences, none of them especially heartwarming. The most immediate is that Warren would probably lose. Though Warren has been boning up on a variety of policy areas in periodic dinners with experts—she told me there are several issues beyond Wall Street ‘we need to have frank conversations’ about without naming specifics — she remains a work in progress as a politician. She is still pedestrian in front of a crowd despite her strengths as a questioner and debater, and her Senate campaign last year was bumpier than it should have been. At this stage in their careers, Clinton is simply easier to visualize as president.”

    Joe Trippi, Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign chief and a Fox News contributor, is quoted as saying Warren doesn’t pass the experience threshold. But, he added, “Neither did Obama till the campaign.”

    Of course, when the Elizabeth Warren speculation machine slows down, we can always kickstart it with this question: What if Hillary doesn’t run?

  32. The above is by Howie Kurtz–dr. obvious and wouldn’t say shit if he had a mouthful when it comes to his friends in the press. Therefore, it stacks up as one man’s opinion whose research into the subject is pretty light.

  33. holdthemaccountable
    April 25, 2014 at 7:01 am
    Shadowfax. April 25, 2014 at 2:05 am
    Admin, I just want to really thank you for not only having Big Pink, but also keeping it going all this time.
    It’s been a lot of work for you and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate having this sanctuary of sanity to go to each day and how well informed I have become from you and all my friends here at Big Pink.
    Thank you all.
    ———————-
    I cannot say it any better than Shadowfax did.
    _______________

    Nor I. Shadow’s comment perfectly reflects my feeling, as well.

  34. imho…in days gone by, Dylan Ratigan was one of the best straight shooting hosts on on the TV airwaves, if that is even possible anymore…and ironically he was on MSNBC and eventually left…often I could not believe what I was hearing come out of his mouth on msnbc of all places…

    if Dylan were allowed to be honest and let the ‘chips fall where they may’, his show really might be watching…I am not holding my breath for the corporate allowance of truthtelling in the world we now live in…and CNN has really…really…really… hit bottom…however I would give Dylan a chance if this show ever hits the air…

    http://www.tvweek.com/blogs/tvbizwire/2014/04/cnn-working-on-show-featuring-.php

    CNN Setting Up Show Starring Former MSNBC Host TVNewser

    CNN has reportedly shot a pilot for a new show built around a former MSNBC mainstay. TVNewser reports that the shoot was for a panel-style show featuring former CNBC and MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan.

    “Network insiders tell us Ratigan’s latest test episode, which is one of many the network is experimenting with, was shot [Wednesday] night at CNN in New York,” the story notes.

    If the show is picked up, it’s unclear where it would land on CNN’s schedule. The network recently announced its 9 p.m. ET time period would include rotating original series, with a rotating lineup of hosts sitting in on “CNN Tonight” at 10 p.m.

    Ratigan left MSNBC in 2012. His highly political “The Dylan Ratigan Show,” in which he frequently set his sights on the relationship between government and big business, was reportedly the highest-rated show on MSNBC outside of prime time.

    Ratigan was a creator of CNBC’s “Fast Money” in 2006 before launching his MSNBC show in 2010.

  35. Not a good day 4 those in power. Here’s a smaller turd to add on to the dung pile.
    Oregon is abandoning its troubled online health exchange in favor of the federal website, becoming the first state to do so.
    …Cover Oregon’s board approved Friday a recommendation that the state switch. The vote came after it was determined that fixing the state’s current system would cost $78 million, while switching to the federal system will cost between $6 million and $8 million, Cover Oregon official Alex Pettit told the AP. [Picture caption: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber looks on during a news conference on March 20, 2014, in Salem, Ore. Kitzhaber announced that an independent review of Oregon’s troubled health insurance exchange has found that a breakdown of management, an overly ambitious scope, and low quality of work by technology contractor Oracle Corp. are some of the reasons for Cover Oregon’s failed launch]…. Oregon, once considered to be at the forefront of the federal health care overhaul, created what is seen as the worst of more than a dozen state-generated exchanges, despite receiving $305 million in federal grants to fund its operations from 2011 on.
    http://time.com/#77696/oregon-health-exchange-federal/

  36. admin
    April 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Time left until Obama leaves office:

    ——-
    1000 days, 7 hours+

    Seems like a lifetime away.

  37. 1000 days, 7 hours+

    Seems like a lifetime away.
    ———–
    Ann of a thousand days.

    Barack of a thousand years.

    Ein Reich. Ein Volk. Ein Boob.

    The One We Have Been Waiting For–North Korea, Iran, Russia, and all his other comrades.

    But it is the people behind him who are the real cancer. They are committed to continuing what he started. They are the ones who must be stopped.

    The why of it is clear. The how of it is less clear.

  38. CNN’s Dan Simon noticed Jason Bullock, a six-year Army veteran who serves as one of Bundy’s bodyguards, hanging around the at the Nevada ranch. Simon asked Bullock whether he found Bundy’s remarks about blacks and slavery offensive.

    “Mr. Bundy is not a racist,” he told CNN. “Ever since I’ve been here, he’s treated me with nothing but hospitality. He’s pretty much treating me just like his own family.”

    “I would take a bullet for that man if need be. I look up to him just like I do my own grandfather,” he added. “I believe in his cause and after having met Mr. Bundy a few times, I have a really good feel about him and I’m a pretty good judge of character.”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/04/black-bundy-bodyguard-hes-not-a-racist-i-would-take-a-bullet-for-that-man-video/

  39. I recall a concern raised by John Quincy Adams. In substance he worried that we would be taken as a nation to be reckoned with. Under the man who Maria Shriver assured us in a nauseating chant was the one we have been waiting for, we are not a nation to be reckoned with. And for that dilemma there is no good answer. The damage he has done is irreparable.

  40. Big Surprise…

    within one day that the news hits that MO will not be attending graduation because the kids petitioned that they would rather their families have the seats available than MO’s security detail…

    well guess what…that little girl, Charlotte Bell, who appeared at the WH with MO yesterday when MO hugged her because the little girl just happened to have her father’s resume and wanted to give it to MO…and MO gave her a big hug

    well the little girl’s mother is an attorney who works in the WH and her unemployed father worked on the O campaign

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

    can we say ‘set up’ to deflect the embarrassing news that MO was uninvited to the graduation

  41. Well, at least he is not smooching with young girls in bars in Sun Valley or making eyes at young ladies at restaurants in Seattle or staggering through Washington DC drunk on his ass, and cheating at golf with Obama, but now it is far worse. He is looking for a legacy which will endear him not to the base of his party but to his donors, and doing what the political class is keen to do which is to import a new, more docile electorate, and not have to worry about collapse of safety nets and the lowering of wages in this country which will be visited on legal American citizens sure as day follows night. John Boehner and is ilk will be the death of the Republican Party.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/04/25/Mark-Steyn-Slams-Boehners-Legacy-Immigration-Reform-Effort

  42. Yes, it’s Weepy John himself, attacking his own side in his determination to get “immigration reform” past the American people as expeditiously as possible. Read it and, well, weep:

    House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday before the Middletown Rotary Club in his home district.

    “Here’s the attitude. Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,” Boehner whined before a luncheon crowd at Brown’s Run County Club in Madison Township.

    “We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to … They’ll take the path of least resistance.”

    Boehner is the living embodiment of what’s wrong with the American political system. An outlier like Obama — probably the luckiest man alive — can be explained by circumstances. But Boehner is emblematic of the rot at the heart of our political system, which is now so encrusted with barnacles like him and his ilk that it no longer functions in any way as the Founders intended. It’s morphed into a self-protective racket, the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government, that deeply resents outsiders trying to clean up the mess. As I wrote in this space back in October:

    The GOP is not, in any meaningful sense, a conservative, first-principles, Constitutionalist party — and unless it’s subsumed by the Tea Party, it never will be. Rather, it’s content to be the lesser half of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party as long as it can collect some of the pork scraps from underneath the table of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Government. No wonder they keep losing — they like it.

    http://pjmedia.com/michaelwalsh/2014/04/25/playground-politicians/2/

  43. John told me he has a good district, that lets him do whatever he wants to do. Or, to quote Obama, I can do anything I want.

  44. Some words of wisdom from my favorite historian (JFK’s too) the estimable Barbara Tuchman–guns of august, the march of folly, a distant mirror and so many other contributions to our understanding of the patterns of history. One classy lady. If we can learn for history, to avoid the mistakes of the past, then there is hope.

    Tuchman’s Law[edit]

    Disaster is rarely as pervasive as it seems from recorded accounts. The fact of being on the record makes it appear continuous and ubiquitous whereas it is more likely to have been sporadic both in time and place. Besides, persistence of the normal is usually greater than the effect of the disturbance, as we know from our own times. After absorbing the news of today, one expects to face a world consisting entirely of strikes, crimes, power failures, broken water mains, stalled trains, school shutdowns, muggers, drug addicts, neo-Nazis, and rapists. The fact is that one can come home in the evening–on a lucky day–without having encountered more than one or two of these phenomena. This has led me to formulate Tuchman’s Law, as follows: “The fact of being reported multiplies the apparent extent of any deplorable development by five- to tenfold” (or any figure the reader would care to supply).[7]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_W._Tuchman

  45. You look at today’s historians–plagiarist Doris Kearnes Goodwin and Obamalover Michael Bechloss, you will not see the objectivity, originality, or depth of understanding which is present in Tuchman’s works. I think it was my favorite military historian Major General JFC Fuller who said all history was lies, and Maine who said that all history can be explained in terms of one central theme–love of the in group and hatred of the out group. Because they lack the objectivity we want in a historian, Goodwin and Bechloss can never penetrate below the surface to discover the real truth. They are People Magazine type historians, whereas Tuchman had a sense of the eternal in her investigations of things that were.

  46. wbboei April 25, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I ordered Sharyl’s book which is will be out in November. That is my only scheduled book reading project for the rest of the year–the only one I can trust. Any other book on politics and the media is too mired in self interest and lies to interest me.

    Oh come now:

    There’s HRC’s book Hard Choices;

    there’s HRC: State secrets and the rebirth of Hillary Clinton, which is a very good read because it is written by journalists who are not bought out by HRC, so it is not “mired in self-interest and lies”;

    there’s Vali Nasr’s The Dispensable Nation, which was written 1 ½ years ago and tells a story much like admin’s of today, how Obama undid every effort by Holbrooke and HRC to make a success of Afghanistan, and it’s told by the chief expert on the matter. No “self-interest and lies” there either, and well written.

  47. wbboei April 26, 2014 at 9:32 am
    … my favorite historian… the estimable Barbara Tuchman

    Yes indeed, also mine. A great writer. A Distant Mirror was centered around a man who was once thought to be an ancestor of mine, which was proven false so I don’t remember the guy’s name.

  48. There’s a new PAC called “Faith for Hillary” that has opened a website (haven’t seen it yet) capitalizing on and promoting HRC’s status as a lifelong Methodist with very strong faith that she rarely, if ever, talks about. But it’s a fact that HRC stands more than a fighting chance with voters who want a strong Christian candidate, even if she doesn’t agree with them on all issues that the Christian Right takes as bedrock items – chiefly the abortion issue. Many have speculated that HRC would thereby turn the South Democratic again.

    http://time.com/76724/faith-for-hillary-website-launches/

    (There’s a nifty 4-minute video of a half-dozen “Hillaryland” members at the link.)

    Which brings me back to the recent discussion I was having with The Rock, henry, Shadowfax and Leonora about opposing standpoints within Christianity. (I’ve had too much work recently to participate.)

    The Rock said several times he was shocked by the tale of my preacher Grandma who told me and anyone who would listen that the doors to the Catholic Church were the gates of hell – it would be a sin to enter therein.

    Explaining that statement would take a long discourse about Grandma’s origins and life experiences. Suffice it to say that she was a humble person who began as a fundamentalist believing every word of the Bible as historical truth, and kept a tight rein on interpretations thereof, but was honest with herself and open to facts and theories that came from horizons beyond her meager education, as long as these things could be explained to her without challenging her foundational principles.

    But the Catholic Church, with its “graven images” and “idols” (statues, paintings, relics and so forth), went against those principles, and the idea of a Pope or priest as holy men who had a direct line to God, having the power to tell people how to live and to forgive sins while often sinning meanly themselves, was too much to swallow. There was also the fact that they were men and she, a woman, felt she had closer communion with Jesus than any of them.

    Anyway, she ventured out into the world of the faithful, visiting and reading about various sects of Christianity, Judaism (she adored the Jews, the “people of the book”) and, yes, even Islam. And eventually, she relented about Catholicism. Why? Well, it may have been John Paul 1.2; but it was more likely the fact that her favorite grandson (me) had gone to live in France, a country she knew to be Catholic.

    So, on my second visit back to New Jersey around 1978, Grandma invited me to an Evangelical Catholic service held by a priest or Jesuit or maybe a lay member (don’t remember) and resembling a protestant evangelical service with waving hands, modern music, people singing praises almost to the point of swooning. Grandma spoke during the service and the people were thrilled. They knew her well. They told me I had been raised by a saint.

    That brings the discussion back to me.

    I was the one in the family with the education – the first to college and a graduate degree to boot. I grew impervious to the hocus-pocus of religion in general; but I loved Grandma and her simple ways and never shunned our heart-to-heart talks. She divined when I was going through my atheistic phase, but it didn’t faze her and our talks continued. She began to learn Latin (as I had) and asked me about Catholicism in France.

    That question was embarrassing. You see, the Catholic Church is different in France from what it is in the States. I’ve heard (correct me if I’m wrong) that American Catholics are pushing for revolutionary changes to time-honored principles such as male priesthood and celibacy of priests and nuns, the Mass in the vernacular and goodness knows what else. There are also evangelical Catholics in the US.

    But, the Church in France – and I suppose it is the same or worse in Italy and Spain – is pretty much like it was a century ago or, for that matter, several centuries ago. Let’s say, they’ve put the religious wars and Inquisition behind them and, counting only 14% of the population as practicing Catholics, the Church no longer claims to control every aspect of life. But that’s it: the Pope still rules their minds, they prefer the Mass in Latin, and more:

    As I mentioned the last time, you cannot take Communion if you are not Catholic. Catholics and Protestants cannot inter-marry – the Protestant has to convert or the Catholic is ex-communicated. People go to Confession, absolve their sins with however many Hail Mary’s the priest tells them they need. They believe in Purgatory, the Trinity….

    The worst legacy that the Catholic Church has left in France is the memory of its past words and deeds. If I say I’m Christian, people immediately think I’m Catholic. I hasten to add that I’m Protestant, and they come back with “Oh, you don’t believe in the Virgin Mary…,” to which I come back with “I don’t give a shit about Mary, virgin or not!” And the conversation is usually cut short because – here’s the legacy – those Frenchmen who are not practicing Catholics are outright atheists who will have nothing to do with any religion at all.

    And where do Jesus’ teachings go in all this? Out the window with God and the Virgin Mary, which are nothing but distractions as far as I’m concerned, just like the graven images and idols that populate the beautiful cathedrals. All just distractions from the liberating Truth we seek.

    So, I’m ambivalent at best about Catholicism, even if the American brand of it manages to bring it into the 21st century. I’ll admit, though, that my references concerning American Catholicism are pretty much limited to what George Carlin had to say about it.

  49. admin April 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Time left until Obama leaves office: 999 days +

    Yeah, well it’s like watching a pot come to a boil – seems shorter if you don’t watch it.

    Even if we look at it positively – how many days before HRC is sworn in – it’s still too long to think about it.

    Unless, of course, something else happens in the meantime, like Me-Shell has had too much and divorces before the agreed time, or the Repugs manage to impeach Obumber. Just dreaming….

    Speculation by the Japanese that Barry is unfaithful, and their being upset that he didn’t show up with Me-Shell, is ominous because the Japanese are, generally, almost worshipful of Americans. Now, the Japs are having problems with China and Korea – South Korea – and they need more support from the US than Barry playing soccer with a robot.

  50. no…the debate is far from over…the consequences of Ocare are in the future…

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/healthcaregov-obamacare-affordable-care-act-106036.html?hp=f2

    Behind the scenes, much of HealthCare.gov is still under construction

    By KYLE CHENEY | 4/25/14 6:01 PM EDT
    The Obamacare website may work for people buying insurance, but beneath the surface, HealthCare.gov is still missing massive, critical pieces — and the deadline for finishing them keeps slipping.

    As a result, the system’s “back end” is a tangle of technical workarounds moving billions of taxpayer dollars and consumer-paid premiums between the government and insurers. The parts under construction are essential for key functions such as accurately paying insurers. The longer they lag, experts say, the likelier they’ll trigger accounting problems that could leave the public on the hook for higher premium subsidies or health care costs.

    snip

    Without a fully built and operational system, federal officials can’t determine how many of the 8 million Obamacare sign-ups announced last week will have actually paid their premiums. They won’t even know how many enrollment attempts were never completed. That, in turn, could affect the amount of money the government spends on premium subsidies. And once the system finally does all come on-line, the data delays could force a sharp revision in that celebrated 8 million figure.

    Obama administration officials originally intended to have the major back-end components of HealthCare.gov working by the website’s launch in October. But the deadline slipped as officials focused their energy on the part of the website that consumers would use to enroll in coverage.

    When that front end failed disastrously on Oct. 1, the administration diverted every resource to fix it, further delaying the behind-the-scenes technical functions. The deadline for completing those pieces gave way to January and then to mid-March. Senior officials said early last month that they hoped to have the entire system ready by the summer. Now, even summer appears to be a question mark.

    Officials at CMS — the federal agency overseeing HealthCare.gov and new insurance exchanges — refused to provide an update on just how much of the back end remains incomplete, the current issues they face and their latest timetable.

    The site was envisioned as an easy-to-use portal for insurers as well as their customers. It still needs to be that and more. It’s supposed to automatically calculate exact premium subsidies for enrollees and match them with government records to ensure accuracy. It’s also expected to trigger payments from the U.S. Treasury to insurers and measure whether an insurance company’s customers are sicker or healthier than expected — a determination that could affect future premiums.

    The Obama administration posted a document earlier this month indicating that insurers will continue to be paid through an “interim” accounting process — pretty much a spreadsheet and some informed estimates — until at least September. When the permanent system eventually goes live, it could lead to a massive correction that either exposes taxpayers to more costs or puts pressure on insurance companies to raise prices.

    “We have the mother of all reconciliations coming,” said insurance industry consultant Robsert Laszewski, using the official term for the correction. “It may be that the administration will not be able to give us a credible enrollment number until then because we really need a reconciliation to accomplish that.”

    CMS warned late last year that without a permanent system in place by mid-March, the whole law could unravel and expose taxpayers to a huge risk. The agency has since pulled back from that dire projection.

    “We have an interim process in place to calculate and make payments to [insurers] on time,” CMS spokesman Aaron Albright said. “This interim process does not impact consumers’ access to advance premium tax credits or cost-sharing reductions.”

    The trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans expressed concerns in a letter to the administration on Feb. 25 and again on April 21, when the group noted that “many manual processes will remain for the bulk of 2014.”

    “While the functions at HealthCare.gov and the overall enrollment process continue to improve, significant issues remain,” the group wrote. “[C]ore functions … are not yet operational. Instead, CMS has asked plans to utilize interim processes until systems can be developed and tested. Complicating all of this work is a lack of clear, written guidance on the many operational and policy issues that have arisen.”

    Although the insurers say they can live with the delays for now, the urgency increases as Obamacare nears its second enrollment season in November.

    snip

    By March, when the administration began fielding questions about how many of Obamacare’s millions of enrollees had actually paid their premiums, officials acknowledged that much of HealthCare.gov remained under construction.

    CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, speaking at a budget briefing, identified these functions as one of her agency’s top priorities. “They’ll be fully developed over the summer,” she pledged.

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

    more lies…one big scam…taxpayers will be on the hook and the middle class takes the biggest hit paying out more hard earned money mandated to insurance companies for inferior health care…

  51. Obama is a historic POTUS beyond the USA. He was promoted by the whole world as an American Leader who would make America give them all what they wanted. An appealing political avatar for George Soros, who would never be eligible for the office as foreign born. Now they have what they wanted, do they continue to fail to see the folly of their ways? He should be a lesson learned by the whole world. We will all pay dearly.

    I truly believe our society will not move forward until women are included in governance. HRC is not just America’s best bet, she is the best bet for the world.

    Over the next 999 days from now I will be 59 years old. Over the next 999 days I plan to start fighting for my Daughters future. Things are still fuzzy but if anyone has a plan, count me in.

    I just got an email from a Hillary Hate PAC. It came form this email address: ted@stophillarypac.org

    Somebody named Ted Harvey. I am not going to post my reply to him because it was filled with profanity, but feel free to let him know what you think.

  52. jeswezey

    April 26, 2014 at 10:56 am
    ————–
    I am impressed. Your interest in historical accuracy is also impressive. Thanks.

  53. This affirmative action debate has been with us for fifty year. The original premise of the 1964 civil rights act was to prohibit racial quotas, but it was only a matter of time before the legal and political slimeballs inserted quotas through the back door, called them good faith goals and timetables, and required federal government contractors to meet them on penalty of being debarred. The cancer then menastasized throughout the business world. Whites were the intended target of affirmative action, the group who would be disadvantaged by it, but today it is increasingly Asian immigrants because in their culture academic performance is expected and to bring home less than A’s is a disgrace to the family, etc. So now you get super qualified Asians being turned away from elite colleges-especially in California. The recent decision by the Supreme Court did nothing to resolve this racial spoils system, but the holding was enough to get the self proclaimed wise Latina to go into a 15 minute rant, the gist of which is that because there was once an institution of slavery in this country, long before most of our ancestors arrived, the Constitution must be permanently amended to include affirmative action. Of course the wise Latina is not so stupid as to do it the old fashioned way through the amendment process. No siree. She wants the court to do it sua sponte, which is a good reason why we should not suffer fools gladly just because they manage to make it to the Supreme Court. And, I rather suspect her stupid rant will not sit well with the Asian community. What should happen is they should invalidate those family set asides at places like Harvard. Obama had mediocre grades at Occidental, therefore he would never have made it to Harvard, much less been put in charge of the law review if he had not had the backing of the Saudi family, who controls two chairs at Harvard. That is the kind of crap that should go.

  54. jeswezey

    April 26, 2014 at 10:55 am
    —————-
    I believe what I said. There is too much self interest in all the books coming down the line. I am not looking for soft ball accounts, or those written to favor one politician or another. I am looking for something which is balanced, and outside Sharyl’s account, which I do trust, I do not see it.

    After five years of this, I take the position that no defense of the status quo can be accepted. The status quo is the long con of the American People. Sharyl’s attack on big media will cut far more ice with me than second hand accounts of political intrigue. The system is not working for the American People, because this is an oligarchy, rather than a democracy.

  55. LA Times

    Hillary Rodham Clinton sure sounds like a woman who wants to run for president.

    “If you really want to do something, if you believe you’re the right person to do it, if you think that it could make a difference, then you have to be willing to compete, to get into the arena,” she told an audience at Simmons College last week.

    And women in their 60s aren’t too old to be effective, she added. Far from it. At that age, “women are raring to go because they feel like they’ve fulfilled their responsibilities, their kids are now on their own, it’s now time for them to show what they can do.”

    Plenty of Democrats hope Clinton heeds her own words. She holds a gigantic lead in early polls over Vice President Joe Biden, her closest potential competitor for their party’s nomination. No fewer than four political action committees are already working on her behalf, raising money and collecting names of supporters. If she decides to run — a decision she says she’ll make later this year — launching her campaign will be like turning a switch on a machine that’s already built.

    But what if Clinton decides not to run?

    Then her party has a problem [Hillary’s party has had 5 years of problems, the LA O’bamaLovingTimes thinks her not running is a problem. The reality is, they hope Hillary runs to clean up Obama’s effin’ mess!]: It needs to find another nominee, one who won’t suffer in the eyes of voters by comparison to the one who got away [Good luck with that.].

    Clinton says she hasn’t made up her mind, and people who know her insist that she’s telling the truth. “I can see reasons she might take a pass,” said Mike McCurry, the former press secretary to Bill Clinton. But McCurry jokes that he’s in “the last 5%” of Washington insiders who think Clinton won’t run.

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-mcmanus-column-hillary-clinton-2016-election-20140427,0,2311435.column

  56. “but today it is increasingly Asian immigrants because in their culture academic performance is expected and to bring home less than A’s is a disgrace to the family, etc. So now you get super qualified Asians being turned away from elite colleges-especially in California.”
    ******
    14% of Cal. population is Asian, mostly Chinese, and make up >38% of the UC student body. A bill was introduced into the Cal. legislature to repeal the 1990s prop. forbidding racial quotas in higher education. The Chinese pushed back hard on the Dems and the bill was tabled.

    This is a replay of the 1920s, when the Ivy League schools used affirmative action to promote “geographic diversity” to solve, what the president of Harvard called, the “Jewish Problem.” IIRC ~1926, 50% of the freshman class at Colombia Med School was Jewish, by 1930 it was 1%.

  57. From Breitbart—

    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s mother may not want him to run for president, but his father, former President George H.W. Bush, does.

    Neil Bush, Jeb Bush’s younger brother, told CNN on Thursday, “If you asked dad… should Jeb run, he’d say yes,”

    He also said there never will be “animus” between the Bushes and the Clintons should Hillary Clinton face Jeb Bush in 2016.

    Americans, though, do not appear to want Bush to run. A national poll found that only 15% of Americans want Jeb Bush to run, while another national Washington Post/ABC News poll found that half of Americans would not vote for Bush in a general election, undercutting the GOP establishment’s “electability” argument for his candidacy.

  58. I never quite finished my story about the travails of switching coverage. The doctor I finally got is terrific. I am sure he is one of the best in the country. Ex malo bonum, just as long as he does not retire on me. But that is not tribute to Obamacare. Coverage is now costing me and arm and a leg. And the RINOs are right in there with the dims supporting this law, because they want the campaign dollars from the pharmaseutical companies, etc. Their message to Cruz, Lee, Sessions and others is clear. The system is working for us, who cares about the American People, and we will use big media to crucify you if you dare rock the boat. Mike Walsh said Boehner epitomizes the rot in our political system. That statement is true, but you could pick any other RINO or Obama supporting dim and say the exact same thing.

  59. Neil Bush . . .

    Neil Bush was a member of the board of directors of Denver-based Silverado Savings and Loan during the 1980s’ larger Savings and Loan crisis. As his father, George H.W. Bush, was Vice President of the United States, his role in Silverado’s failure was a focal point of publicity. According to a piece in Salon, Silverado’s collapse cost taxpayers $1.3 billion.[4]

    The US Office of Thrift Supervision investigated Silverado’s failure and determined that Bush had engaged in numerous “breaches of his fiduciary duties involving multiple conflicts of interest.” Although Bush was not indicted on criminal charges, a civil action was brought against him and the other Silverado directors by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; it was eventually settled out of court, with Bush paying $50,000 as part of the settlement.[5]
    A friend who also donated funds to the Republican set up a fund to help defer costs Neil incurred in his S&L legal defense.[

  60. I just got an email from a Hillary Hate PAC. It came form this email address: ted@stophillarypac.org

    Somebody named Ted Harvey. I am not going to post my reply to him because it was filled with profanity, but feel free to let him know what you think.

    _______________

    Thanks, VH. I hope you spared no expletives.

  61. I truly believe our society will not move forward until women are included in governance. HRC is not just America’s best bet, she is the best bet for the world.

    Over the next 999 days from now I will be 59 years old. Over the next 999 days I plan to start fighting for my Daughters future. Things are still fuzzy but if anyone has a plan, count me in.
    _____________

    I’m with you, Lu.

    Shadow, Hillary’s comments are pretty encouraging. I’m sure running for POTUS is not a decision anyone takes lightly – well, with the exception of Obama. He knew the DNC would stack the deck in his favor, and no doubt both he and DNC knew they could count on MSM to shill for him. I’m sure promises were made and deals were sealed well before His Specialness was approached about running.

    If Hillary decides not to run – or even if she does – the Progs will continue to hype Warren. Believing as they do that the Dem party has become more liberal, they apparently think that a Leftie can win in the GE. That’s where they’re wrong. They’re oblivious to the problems created by Obama because they are so steeped in Kool-aide they no longer dwell in reality, and because they refuse to listen to any criticism of him, believing that it’s all rooted in racism. I don’t think they have a clue how negatively most of the country feels about Obama or about the far left, in general.

    If the Dems run a far Leftie, unless they’re prepared to play as fast and loose with election laws, as they did in 2008, and have Obama’s thug machine in place to facilitate, they won’t win. As much as they hate to admit it, Hillary is the Dem Party’s best chance to keep the WH. Possibly, their only chance. Unless they want a Republican POTUS, which we all know they definitely do not, since it’s all about party and ideology to them, they had damn well better suck it up and start trying to convince Hillary to run.

  62. 4/26/14. Rising GOP star Mia Love handily won the race to be the Republican nominee to fill the slot being left open by retiring Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) on Saturday. The former Saratoga Springs, Utah, mayor raked in more than 78 percent of the vote at the party’s nominating convention, while businessman Bob Fuehr received just about 22 percent, according to multiple reports. The victory makes her one step closer to becoming the first black female Republican ever elected to Congress…Love quickly became a party favorite after her 2012 Republican National Convention speech captured national attention. In the speech, she talked about her parents’ immigration to the U.S. from Haiti, and attacked President Obama for policies that she said had failed to improve the country….
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/house-races/204471-mia-love-one-step-closer-to-congress#ixzz3035E36fR

    FWIW: Over the past several years I’ve received many many USPS donation requests from this woman and many of them included Josh Romney’s name. Even on the envelope.

    I do wish her well.

  63. 4/26/14. Illinois Dems back off $100 million push for Obama library following outrage
    …A Democrat-led House committee approved the money last week at an out-of-town hearing in Chicago with no Republicans in attendance. They instead relied on a procedural move that allowed them to use votes from a previous meeting.
    “What they did last week was under-handed and sneaky and offers further proof that they no longer can be trusted with taxpayer money,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.
    State GOP Rep. Dwight Kay said his previous vote shouldn’t count because he was only a temporary member of the committee, beyond Democrats breaking their own House rules.“This is typical Chicago politics at work,” he said. “The Chicago Democrats knew I wouldn’t support spending $100 million that we don’t have on a presidential library, so they decided to violate their own rules and cast my vote anyway.”
    The deal has even taken a drubbing in the local editorial pages
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/26/illinois-dems-back-off-100-million-obama-library-following-outrage/

  64. A typical Methodist:

    For Hillary Clinton, faith means caring for others

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s faith in God was shaped by her grandmother’s hymns and the bedtime prayers from her gruff Navy father, the former secretary of state told thousands of Methodist women Saturday.

    Clinton said she struggled as a young woman between her father’s insistence on self-reliance and her mother’s concern for compassion. She reconciled those in the Biblical story of Jesus instructing his disciples to feed 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish.

    “The disciples come to Jesus and suggest they send away the people to find food to fend for themselves. But Jesus said, ‘No. You feed them,'” Clinton said. “He was teaching a lesson about the responsibility we all share.”

    It was a personal speech from a woman considered the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. And while the speech mostly steered clear of politics, she made the case on moral grounds for increasing the minimum wage and equalizing pay for men and women — two issues that have polarized Congress in the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections.

    Clinton’s remarks came at the quadrennial United Methodist Women’s Assembly, where 7,000 women gathered for three days of teaching, singing and service. Clinton told the crowd her faith was rooted in her family. She talked about how her father — a self-made, independent man — would “humble himself before God” by her bedside every night. And her grandmother would sing hymns as she braided young Clinton’s hair.

    As she considers a run for president, Clinton has been brandishing her foreign policy experience lately with a recent speech at the University of Connecticut and by promoting the upcoming release of her new book, “Hard Choices.” But Saturday gave Clinton a chance to tell thousands of women from across the country about her own faith and the church she attended growing up in Illinois.

    “I love that church. I love how it made me feel about myself,” Clinton said. “I love the doors that it opened in my understanding of the world, I loved the way it helped to deepen my faith and ground it.”

    Clinton said that while she was secretary of state, faith lead her to start initiatives that fought against human trafficking, promoted maternal health care in developing countries and, above all, inspired her to fight for women’s rights.

    “The truth is there are too many women in our country today trying to build a life and a family that don’t just face ceilings on their aspirations and opportunities; it’s as if the floor is collapsing beneath them,” Clinton said. “These are our sisters, our daughters, granddaughters. Some are hungry, not just for nutritious food but for opportunity, for chance to thrive, for their own piece of the American dream.

    “Don’t think we can sit back and wait for someone else to step forward and solve these problems,” Clinton added.

    Her comments about women come as Democrats and Republicans across the country are appealing to women voters. In Kentucky, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Clinton family friend, is trying to defeat Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader.

    But while Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, campaigned for Grimes at a fundraiser in Louisville last month, Hillary Clinton made no mention of Grimes in her speech and did not appear with her during her short stay in Kentucky on Saturday.

  65. How a convinced Christian can become a socialist (meaning me):

    “I always cherished the Methodist church because it gave us the great gift of personal salvation but the great obligation of social gospel.”

    Following the speech, many of these women followed Clinton’s call to action, taking part in a march and rally for economic justice in West Louisville.

    Step aside, Elizabeth Warren, this is not about railing against the rich, but rallying them to our side.

  66. Sununu is delusional:

    In the Republican race, Sununu said there are some governors, including Ohio’s John Kasich, who would be “well-positioned” to challenge Clinton. He also said Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky shouldn’t be underestimated.

    Other potential Republican contenders include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the brother of former President George W. Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

    All of the ones he mentions would go down worse one than the next. The first one, Kasich, is slaughtered by HRC in his home state, which is the only place where he’s known!

  67. wbboei April 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    I believe what I said. There is too much self interest in all the books coming down the line.
    *********

    OK, OK. But I think your choice of a single book to read reflects less a concern with objectivity than with the subject matter: Sharyl is exposing Big Media for what it is, and you’ve been railing about that for years. Mind you, we thoroughly agree on this point, so I think I’ll get her book too. Keep us posted for the title so we can all order the book.

    In this regard, I would simply point out HRC’s remark that today’s news coverage is all about entertainment while the facts play second fiddle. Not to blow my own horn, but I made the same remark a few years ago.

    A related point I would make today is that the facts about the Affordable Care Act are not being reported objectively, by either side. It’s not just the government and Obamacare apologists that are skewing the data, but the critics and pollsters are even worse. The dust has to settle before any constructive arguments can be laid out.

  68. foxyladi14 April 27, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I quit watching the propaganda shows….
    *******

    Are you missing anything?

    Thanks for the article, very enlightening.

    Over the years, my info has come from magazines and books and an occasional newspaper headline. Typically, I was about 3 or 4 weeks behind everyone else but actually better informed because these “offline” sources were more accurate and complete.

    For instance, the supersonic Concorde crashed in 2000 and it was big news in France, but I learned about it only 6 or 8 hours later from my son, who, like his mother, expressed astonishment about how aloof I was from the day’s events. My reaction upon learning this was: Why? Why did it crash? They had no answer. For them, it was all a matter of the prestige of France and the fact that the plane was loaded with German tourists.

    It was only six months later that I got an answer to my question “Why did it crash?” (a piloting error, like most crashes) but neither my son nor his mother cared about the incident any more. The media didn’t either.

    Moral: If you want to play a role in objective debate with the right answers at your fingertips, you have to watch out for your sources. You need patience, whereas the media is all about getting the latest bombshell out to the public a few minutes before the other channel.

    That’s very important in the media: Be the first to report such-and-such.

    The other thing that’s important is to be entertaining. Twist your words right, sling a little bullshit into a witty phrase so people will laugh at or get angry at your enemy.

    Shadowfax once gave a formula for viewing comments at arm’s length. The above is mine. Be patient, don’t get your ego involved in the discussion.

  69. jeswezey
    April 27, 2014 at 9:13 am
    Firedog Lake rebuts HRC’s remarks about Snowden and whistleblowers. It’s fairly well reasoned and not a spin-driven takedown. To my mind, it’s worth a read:

    ——
    I have mixed feelings on the video of what Hillary said and the breakdown from Firedog.

    I do think of Snowden as a hero for exposing the US spying on US citizens, to the extent that EVERYTHING we send across the internet and phone lines is saved and used when needed.

    I think that Wikileaks and Snowden did expose secret conversations that could put people at the State Dept and those in foreign countries at risk. This was mainly done by Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, Snowden was much more respectful and careful at what he exposed.

    Do I think that the NSA and the Obama Administration would have given Snowden fair treatment under the Whistle-blowers act, if Snowden hadn’t gone public?
    Would they have changed their data collecting on Americans?

    No, and no. The NSA still hasn’t really changed their procedures.

    Would I feel differently about spying if I had the security knowledge about daily attacks to America, I don’t know.

    I often think of what causes all of our presidents to age so rapidly when they are President.

    Obama is a very good example of what happens.

    First, he was pretty young when he went into office.
    Second, he has been about as lazy of a President as we have ever had.

    Yet, he has aged rapidly like the other Presidents.

    Could knowing of all the threats, close call attacks on America be one of the reasons they all age rapidly?

    Could this also be one of the reasons Hillary drove herself to exhaustion, and was so unhealthy at the end of her term as SOS?

    I don’t know.

  70. Also, Snowden said that he was glad that since he exposed backdoor system data sucking by the NSA, many sites like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc where working on better encryption and plugging up their security holes.

    The NSA will not have the freedom to just waltz into systems as they did before in the near future. Geeks are working very hard to build up their defenses.

  71. I’m with you Shadow, I think Snowden deserves a damn medal, although many people I know, some of whom work for the Fed govt. in various divisions feel very differently.

    Supporting Hillary, or anyone else for that matter, doesn’t require total agreement with their every position and POV. Hell, that would make us no better than the DU kids, who can’t even listen to one negative comment about BO or any progressive issue without throwing hissy fits.
    ________

    Jes

    A related point I would make today is that the facts about the Affordable Care Act are not being reported objectively, by either side. It’s not just the government and Obamacare apologists that are skewing the data, but the critics and pollsters are even worse. The dust has to settle before any constructive arguments can be laid out.

    __________

    I don’t doubt you are right that the critics of Ocare are slanting the info against Ocare, although I know of no specific instances of this. If you do know of confirmed specific accounts of this, would you please post it if you have time.

    Many of the issues related to Ocare, such as the Big Lie, “If you like your plan you can keep your plan”, has been acknowledged, and documented even by the apologists.

    The repeated revisions of the ACA come straight from O’s mouth, or sometimes just his pen. I’m sure he has issued a few revisions on that damn phone he’s so fond of, but who knows. There is no question about these repeated revision.

    Within the revision has been IMO one of the most serious violations of trust and of the law. I’m referring to the groups and individuals he allowed exemptions – some, he first allowed, then didn’t allow.

    The number of people who would sign up for Ocare was initially expected (if you can believe the WH ever really though it) to be 25 million to 35 million. It was stated as fact as I recall that this would be the number of people signing up for this giant lemon. Yet, now, when by padding the numbers and failing to account for those who haven’t paid, when the WH gets 7.5 million or 8 million, they and MSM do a freaking happy dance as if all is well that ends well. Well, nothing has effing ended well.

    Regardless of what you believe or don’t believe Jes, even if Ocare were not the clusterfuck it has turned out to be, even if it were all you thought and more, you still will never alter the manner in which the lying Dems and their lying leader forced AMERICANS to eat this rotten apple. It was shoved on congress, shoved on America, and at one hell of a cost. Now I’m not naive enough to believe that Americans haven’t gotten and don’t continue to get shoved under the bus by Pubs. Some of their laws and initiates with which we don’t agree aren forced upon us or are surrounded by lies and false info. But, when it comes to something as personal and important as health care, the manner in which this was handled does matter, and it will always matter.

    We do have some freakin’ rights as Americans. Obama and the progs add insult to injury by presuming that we don’t need to participate in the process or that our views don’t matter because we don’t believe as they do. Screw that and screw them. I’m sick of that bunch of whiners with less real world experience that Obama, which is pretty damn little, telling the rest of the country how little we matter.

  72. then he said. ;(

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the rights of Myanmar’s minority Muslim population were not being fully protected and warned that the Southeast Asian country would not succeed if Muslims there were oppressed.

    On a visit to Malaysia, Obama praised political reforms under way in once-isolated Myanmar but said the danger of democratization was that it could unleash religious and ethnic conflicts and that such developments could move Myanmar in a bad direction.

    “You have a Muslim minority (in Myanmar) … that the broader population has historically looked down upon and whose rights are not being fully protected,” Obama told a townhall-style meeting of young leaders from across Southeast Asia. “Myanmar won’t succeed if the Muslim population is oppressed.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/27/us-myanmar-obama-idUSBREA3Q05220140427

  73. Sorry for the effing typos and sentence fragments above. Some are do to this damn autocorrect. Some just because I type too fast when I’m fired up. And, it makes me more than a little angry that the offing Dem party has betrayed everything many of us believed for years that it stood for.

  74. Shadowfax

    April 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I often think of what causes all of our presidents to age so rapidly when they are President.

    I really do believe that seeing Bill age over the course of his term as well as what she went through as SOS, in terms of work output, stress and the like, is one of the reasons she hasn’t committed to running. There is no way that she doesn’t know many of the U.S’s biggest secrets, whether as a result of Bill confiding in her or as a result of her own high level government involvement. And it has only been in the last few months that she has really regained that glow she had in 2007 (becoming a granny to be must have helped!!).

    If I had to guess, she is weighing her personal life with Bill, Chelsea, new grandbaby, and her work at CGI with the myriad of problems in the world and the knowledge that she is the best qualified to start the solution process. I wonder if FDR had the same sort of conundrum before running for his third term seeing that his opponent Wilke was headed in exactly the wrong direction of Hitler.

    Hillary 2016

  75. While no one wants innocent Muslims in Myanmar or any where else to be persecuted, it is a matter of concern that Obama would call for this maltreatment to stop, while virtually ignoring the maltreatment of Coptic Christians in Egypt. in spite of the requests for the WH to address the attacks on Coptic Christians by suppers of the Muslim Brotherhood, the response if indeed there has been one, has been insignificant.

    ___________

    From Washington Times:

    “Coptic Christian woman with cross dangling in her car brutally killed by Islamist mob”

    A Coptic Christian woman, 25, was pulled from her car and brutally beaten and stabbed to death by a mob of Egyptian Islamists who reportedly saw a cross hanging from her rear-view mirror.

    The incident occurred in a suburb of Cairo, in an area called Ain Shams that’s known for its heavy Muslim Brotherhood influence, Breitbart.com reported.
    An eyewitness said that Mary Sameh George was attacked just outside a church she was driving to in order to deliver medicine to an elderly woman. The Islamists reportedly jumped on top of her car and smashed through the roof, dragged her into the streets and beat and abused her so badly that pieces of her scalp were ripped off her head, Breitbart reported.

    The Islamists reportedly stabbed her several times and slit her throat, the eyewitness reported. They then set her car on fire, Breitbart reported.
    The Australian Coptic Movement Association called Ms. George’s murder “callous, vicious and unprovoked,” Breitbart reported.

    The ACMA also said: “Mary George was targeted for her faith in what is becoming an increasingly intolerable and inhospitable region for Christians, given that Ain Shams is a known stronghold for the Muslim Brotherhood.”

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/2/coptic-christian-woman-carting-cross-brutally-kill/#ixzz307itV0CQ
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

    “Christians Being Slaughtered in Egypt by Radical Islamists”
    Katie Pavlich | Aug 19, 2013

    The violence in Egypt is raging and it isn’t simply the clashes between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian military that we should be worried about. The biggest concern should be the ongoing slaughter of Coptic Christians in the country. Dozens of churches have been burned to the ground and dozens more have been attacked.

    Much of the violence has been against Copts, a religious minority that represents about 10 percent of the 84 million people in Egypt. Attacks against Anglican and Catholic churches as well as Christian schools also have been reported.

    Members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which called for a “day of rage” on Friday after government forces killed hundreds of its pro-Morsi demonstrators and injured thousands this week, have denied involvement with the attacks on churches. Coptic rights groups and U.S.-based monitoring organizations have questioned that claim.

    On Friday, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom called on the Egyptian government to crack down on religious targeting.

    “The level of violence against Coptic Christians, their property and businesses is unprecedented in modern Egypt, both in its scope and the number of churches and structures attacked,” said USCIRF Chairman Robert George. “This could portend even worse violence ahead if the situation is not brought under control. Assaulting religious minorities is not a legitimate form of protest against government action.”

    There’s no doubt the radical Muslims in Egypt see the current situation as a holy war. The Christian Science Monitor reported yesterday that Christian churches and homes were marked with red ink before being attacked or burned.

    Before the violence that shook this small village last week, there were warning signs.

    On June 30, when millions of Egyptians took to the streets to protest against now ousted President Mohamed Morsi, residents of Al Nazla marked Christian homes and shops with red graffiti, vowing to protect Morsi’s electoral legitimacy with “blood.”

    Relations between Christians and Muslims in the village, which had worsened since Morsi’s election in 2012, grew even more tense as Islamists spread rumors that it was Christians who were behind the protests against Morsi and his ouster by the military on July 3.

    Finally, on the morning of Aug. 14, the tension erupted. In Cairo, the police attacked two protest camps full of Morsi supporters, using live ammunition and killing hundreds. When the news reached Al Nazla, a local mosque broadcast through its loudspeakers that Christians were attacking the protesters, say residents. Hundreds of villagers marched on the Saint Virgin Mary Church. They broke down the gate and flooded the compound, shouting “Allahu akbar” and “Islam is the solution,” according to Christian neighbors.

    http://www.townhall.com

  76. freespirit
    April 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

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

    well said freespirit…the american taxpayers have been lied to, bamboozeled, entraped and enslaved…to freaking insurance companies, no less…and inferior health care…

    not to mention…the backend of Ocare…the money spot to pay for this whole charade isn’t even built yet…give me a break…

    please take a look at the article below…none of the figures the O admin is giving can be verified as paid…they can through out any fantasy they want…

    S
    April 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm
    no…the debate is far from over…the consequences of Ocare are in the future…

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/healthcaregov-obamacare-affordable-care-act-106036.html?hp=f2

    Behind the scenes, much of HealthCare.gov is still under construction

  77. freespirit

    Excellent rant on OBAMAcare!!

    Some just because I type too fast when I’m fired up.

    ——–
    I love it when you are fired up Free, and eff the typos.

    In any worthy rant, it should be a typo ‘free zone’.

  78. freespirit…

    this charade reminds me of Rahm Emmanuel’s famous tactic:

    ‘Never let a crisis go to waste’

    god only knows where all our taxpayer money is going with this fiasco…especially since the backend isn’t built and we are on the “honor system” with manual spreedsheets and reconciliations waiting in the wings to go to insurance companies…

    that gives you a sense of security doesn’t it? how many billions have already been wasted on this mess…just this week, the federal govt is taking over the failing Oregon exchange after giving Oregon millions to set their exchange up

    where…where…did all that money go? where are millions and millions of taxpayer dollars going on a site that does not even have a reliable accounting backend yet??

    and we are supposed to trust the O admin to give us honest answers…they don’t even know who is robbing the bank…we, the taxpayers, are the bottomless pit to fund this corruption and imcompetence…

    kind of reminds me of this weeks news that IRS agents, who will be overseeing this Ocare, don’t pay their own taxes but they get bonuses in thousands and thousands of our taxpayer dollars anyway and no one blinks…so they break the law they are overseeing and get rewarded for it…

    the middle class is being played for major suckers…no wonder the middle class is barely above poverty level with O in charge….

  79. I got in trouble at work for posting the TRUTH on a blog in 2008. I was told that anything that couldn’t be printed on the front page of the New York effing Times, should not be written.

    To keep my job, I played nice, but I was in a rage below the skin.

    This isn’t a freaking newspaper nor book, so let your freak flag fly. 😉

    One of my favorite songs, this one is for you Free

    http://youtu.be/1RPovmMwef8

  80. Shadowfax

    April 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I often think of what causes all of our presidents to age so rapidly when they are President.
    ———
    I guess Obama is the exception.

    FBP (the lu is silent)–first black president.

    And . . . first president not to age in office.

    Oh, he looks older and hoarier to be sure.

    But he is still that immature adolescent Peter Pan he always was.

    Unable to cope with the realities of the adult world, much less lead it.

    And by the way, being Peter Pan is the hallmark of a narcissist.

    According to the world’s leading expert on the subject–Dr. Sam Varkin.

    And now we learn from no lesser of an authority than National Enquirer

    Whose credibility far exceeds that of the New York Times

    That Obama is also the victim of spousal abuse.

    And more is the pity for that.

  81. Thanks for the tune, Shadow. I loved it, and it certainly fit my mood.

    I recently heard a discussion between a couple of women on NPR – one of the few broadcasts from that particular radio network I could stomach. No one was whining. They were discussing the issue of “free floating rage” in women, with both acknowledging that they had FFR, and knew other women who did, and describing its eruption at random, unexpected times, sometimes in response to individuals undeserving of it.

    My thought was they could call theirs anything they wished, and indeed, the term free floating rage seemed so much nicer and a bit more dressed up than the terms I usually apply to my own anger, which is intense at times. I typically just think I’m pissed off as hell! or I’m mad as 10 fu**ing wet hens. One source of my anger , and that of a significant number of women, I believe, is the cumulative effect of women’s rights being simply disregarded – which IMO is so much more insulting than being disputed. We’re not surprised that some right wing nuts continue to consider women second class. That’s been the case forever, with some damn ignorant women agreeing with this idiocy. But, when otherwise concerned, socially conscious people, especially politicians, act as if women’s rights are optional – no big deal, it makes me so angry i could hurt someone.

    Native Americans are said to still be affected by the injustices and sorrows from the actions of the settlers and their armies during colonization of this country and beyond. African Americans are said to still be suffering from heinous enslavement and gross maltreatment prior to the Civil War, and the racism that occurred for years after that.

    I don’t doubt that any of that is accurate and true. But WTF is wrong that people don’t recognize the disregard with which women have been treated forever? Hell, black men got the right to vote before women – white, black, red or whatever. Hell yeah we have rage – free floating or stationary. Whatever. We’re mad as hell, and we have damn good reason to be.

  82. S, great article on the soon to be experience problems with the half-assed healthcare law forced upon Americans by its historic, first ever half-black president – and on Politico, no less.

    How’s that for chickens making their way home to roost?

  83. Free

    …One source of my anger , and that of a significant number of women, I believe, is the cumulative effect of women’s rights being simply disregarded – which IMO is so much more insulting than being disputed. We’re not surprised that some right wing nuts continue to consider women second class. That’s been the case forever, with some damn ignorant women agreeing with this idiocy. But, when otherwise concerned, socially conscious people, especially politicians, act as if women’s rights are optional – no big deal, it makes me so angry i could hurt someone.

    But WTF is wrong that people don’t recognize the disregard with which women have been treated forever? Hell, black men got the right to vote before women – white, black, red or whatever. Hell yeah we have rage – free floating or stationary. Whatever. We’re mad as hell, and we have damn good reason to be.


    Oh yes we do, 51% of the planet’s population have a right to be mad as Hell.

    What do men do when they don’t get their more than equal share of anything? They effin’ go to WAR.

    Women don’t need a category to fit in, free range reminds me of chickens.

    When some right winged men wonder why Hillary’s female supports don’t just get over it and shut up…they have no idea of the rage we feel when the election was stolen from this woman, to put in a slacker with no experience nor history. I still want to see his damn effin’ Birth Certificate. Anyone that calls me a bloody birther for that, I will punch them in the nose.

    We wait, we hope, we watch a brave woman get pushed to the back of the bus, once again.

    We still wait, we still hope our Hillary will be well protected from harm and will unleash the cracken on these idiots in both parties.

    And if she takes a pass to stay at CGI and enjoy her family, we will be upset, but we will certainly understand she has already taken more crap then most of us would put up with.

    Hillary 2016

  84. Yes, black MEN got to vote before any women were ‘allowed’ to vote.

    Women’s suffragettes were no joke, these were very brave women that put their lives on the line for women to vote and not be legally treated like property.
    That was in 1919, not even 100 yeas ago.

    95 years later and we still have never had a female President, no matter her experience and intelligence.

    Okay, I need to calm down, make dinner and watch the Amazing Race…

  85. Oh yes we do, 51% of the planet’s population have a right to be mad as Hell.

    What do men do when they don’t get their more than equal share of anything? They effin’ go to WAR.

    Women don’t need a category to fit in, free range reminds me of chickens.

    When some right winged men wonder why Hillary’s female supports don’t just get over it and shut up…they have no idea of the rage we feel when the election was stolen from this woman, to put in a slacker with no experience nor history. I still want to see his damn effin’ Birth Certificate. Anyone that calls me a bloody birther for that, I will punch them in the nose.

    We wait, we hope, we watch a brave woman get pushed to the back of the bus, once again.

    We still wait, we still hope our Hillary will be well protected from harm and will unleash the cracken on these idiots in both parties.

    And if she takes a pass to stay at CGI and enjoy her family, we will be upset, but we will certainly understand she has already taken more crap then most of us would put up with.

    Hillary 2016

    __________

    Shadow! Hell yeah! I wish I could fit all of that onto a T-shirt or bumper -sticker. You said it ALL and said it brilliantly!!

  86. I’m ready to start a REAL women’s movement – more like a gang, actually – a kick-ass, mean as hell gang.

    Ok, on second thought, that sounded a little strong, and kinda crazy. Maybe I had better calm down too. lol

  87. Robert Vaughn was one of the best actors of his generation. His work has been on stage, on film and on television. He has a masters and a doctorate degree.

    A lifelong liberal democrat, and supporter of Eugene McCarthy, he saw through Mr. Obama from the beginning, as we did. This except is from Wiki so states:
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    Vaughn is a long-time member of the Democratic Party. His family was also Democratic and was involved in politics in Minneapolis.[10] and early in his career, he was described as a “liberal Democrat”.[11] He was the chair of the California Democratic State Central Committee speakers bureau and actively campaigned for candidates in the 1960s.[10]

    Vaughn was the first popular American actor to take a public stand against the Vietnam war and was active in the Vietnam War-era peace group, Another Mother for Peace,[12] and, with Dick Van Dyke and Carl Reiner, was a founder of Dissenting Democrats.[13] Early in the 1968 presidential election, they supported the candidacy of Eugene McCarthy, mentioned for the Vice Presidency. The choice was prophetic, as McCarthy was not selected for the second position but did seek the Presidency in 1968.[13] Vaughn was also reported to have political ambitions of his own,[14] but in a 1973 interview, he denied having had any political aspirations.[15]

    In spite of being a registered Democrat, Vaughn does not support President Barack Obama, and described him as “not up to the job” in March 2009.[16

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Vaughn

  88. freespirit April 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    “Regardless of what you believe or don’t believe… you still will never alter the manner in which the lying Dems and their lying leader forced AMERICANS to eat this rotten apple.”

    I will always have to bear the cross of the hypocrite or of an American who does not have to “eat this rotten apple.” At least I know I’m not preaching to the choir. I’m actually watching this whole thing like a bad movie with a foreseeable bad outcome. But that will not stop me from stating, truthfully, that “I feel your pain,” no matter how hard it is for you to imagine that, because:

    I have had contact with US health care since I was a child and even recently (2005) as a patient; have personally known several doctors and a nurse practicing in the US; have experience with health care in six other countries, mainly France, rated as the world’s best; and I adamantly refuse to believe that the US healthcare industry was not in need of a total remake by 2010. The WHO ranked US healthcare behind that of Slovenia, 37th in the world, and the WHO knew what it was talking about.

    Something had to be done.

    We Americans make a big thing about freedom, which we interpret to mean having no rules and not being forced to do anything. But letting it all hang out – laissez-faire – in matters of healthcare led to a robber baron sector of the economy where people in need of care were taken for all they’re worth by a monopolistic delivery system and, if they weren’t worth enough, they were given sub-standard care or none at all.

    It’s no wonder that so many people think we should have the “choice” of opting out of healthcare insurance altogether – an apple a day, proper exercise, and keep your fingers crossed. Alternatively, just buy insurance when you get sick.

    That meaning of “freedom” is perfectly stupid. Freedom, in healthcare matters, should mean freedom from worry: the freedom of knowing that when something goes wrong, you can see a doctor, get diagnosed and treated correctly, without putting your family or livelihood at risk or losing your home and, in fact, without spending a penny more than you’ve already spent on insurance.

    Such meaning of freedom was implicit in FDR’s Bill of Economic Rights, so it was fitting that the Democratic Party take up the banner at some time or other, especially since such freedom was already attained a long time ago in quite a few other countries.

    In counterpoint, the Republicans you hope will win big this year contributed nothing and took the popular stance of “no” on the Affordable Care Act, already winning big on the issue in 2009 just as they had in 1994, just by saying “no.”

    I’m not rooting for the Republicans this time around. The mistakes in the Affordable Care Act can be corrected, and they know it. One of those mistakes is not the individual mandate, although the way it is applied could be changed (not a penalty, but point-of-contact sign-up). The biggest mistake, to my mind, is the lack of a public option. A public option could be instituted without additional bureaucracy, as HRC suggested in 2008, by letting people buy into Medicaid.

    Correcting these mistakes will take cool heads and positive ideas. Getting all steamed up about Obama’s lies and maneuvers or the Dems’ stupidity is not going to get us anywhere.

  89. Jes, You have previously shared your perception of “freedom” as it applies to Americans and government. I agreed with you to a large extent, at that time. Limitations and restrictions are expected. What I referenced was the manner in which ACA was forced upon us and rushed through, with the American people and our elected representatives in government denied basic, fundamental, and important information regarding the bill. It was a deliberate move, and was not rushed through so rapidly to benefit the American people. It was rushed through to benefit Barack. Barack needed a legacy, quickly. His legacy was to be healthcare.

    I think most of us understand the basic concept of “freedom” as it applies to our this country and its citizens. I don’t think we need another lesson. God knows, I’m good for a while. The qualities of freedom you characterized as “stupid” above were raised by you – not by me.

    Regarding the healthy life style choices you mentioned, I guess that issue could be considered an aspect of freedom, but it was not one to which I was referring in my post. One problem that may arise, however, as government penalizes us or rewards us like children for our life style choices is that the specific choices considered healthful today are often found in future research to be the opposite. Repeatedly, foods and/or supplements touted to be beneficial to health in some ways have later been found to be harmful in others. So government may have to be a lot more effective and efficient than it has proven to be in the past in order to stay on top of things, and know what to punish us for. It will take more than MO lecturing about freakin’ arugula or whatever.

    I was pretty clear about the problems I have with ACA – at least a few of them. These issues were and are important to me. I don’t think most reasonable, thinking people would find them outrageous. We could have had healthcare reform without the lies and without the revisions of the law – at will and for political advantage. We could have had healthcare reform without Americans losing insurance coverage, abruptly or having to change physicians. We could have had healthcare reform without it being a giant clusterfuck. Your argument of “better this than nothing” is irrelevant. Had reform been undertaken differently, more openly, more thoughtfully in a truly bi-partisan fashion, it could have been achieved without the multitude of problems that Barack’s reform visited upon this country.

    Regarding my desire as you put it to see the Republicans “win big”, I don’t think I mentioned that in the above post, but as a matter of fact, it is my wish. While it may not be a strategically sound method of selecting a candidate for whom to vote, I believe that the progressives in congress and in this country need to learn that they can push Americans only so far before paying a price. I’m not referring only to ACA here. I’m referring to media protecting Barack, I’m referring to second amendment rights, I’m referring to race baiting, and inciting racial tension for political purposes. I’m referring to the many lies Barack and the Dems have told, all the while under the protection of MSM. Yes, Repubs have done and would do some of these same kinds of things were they in charge. Of course, they wouldn’t be as likely to be protected by MSM.

    Government in this country is by the consent of the governed. When government assumes too much power, when “of and by the people” starts to be meaningless rhetoric, no matter which party is in control at the time, their asses need to be voted out of office.

  90. freespirit
    April 28, 2014 at 9:13 am

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    right on, freespirit…

    as in ‘free’ ‘spirit’ and what Americans stand for and will not stand for…

  91. more “good news” from the consequences of Ocare…thousands of pages of policy that were pushed through Congress “blindly” by only democrats and that no one even read…

    …this is not about healthcare…

    and there are many horror stories down the road when all the waivers and favors that have been given run out…like a ticking time bomb for average people just trying to work within their personal budgets but now they have no idea what their government and the insurance companies have in store for them…whether they like it or not…

    …some people just cannot seem to understand that the middle class will be paying for all of this…the same middle class that is now just above poverty and is having trouble making their own ends meet…and the high costs that will continue to skyrocket along with the forced mandate will go to insurance companies and into the hands of the IRS to go god only knows where…

    …the same middle class that might want to use that money for the welfare of their family the way they see fit…instead everyone is enslaved to this mess for their entire life…

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Obamacare-healthcare-study-poor/2014/04/28/id/568057/

    Obamacare Hurting Hospitals, Doctors Treating Poorest Patients

    Monday, 28 Apr 2014 08:42 AM

    By Melanie Batley

    An Obamacare policy designed to reward healthcare providers based on the quality of their performance is penalizing doctors and hospitals that treat large numbers of poor people, a new report has found.

    Medicare and private insurers are increasingly paying healthcare providers based on the quality of the care they provide, but a study by the National Quality Forum found the system is flawed because it does not take into account that it is often more difficult to achieve success for those with low incomes or less education, The New York Times reported.

    “Factors far outside the control of a doctor or hospital — patients’ income, housing, education, even race — can significantly affect patient health, healthcare, and providers’ performance scores,” Dr. Christine Cassel, president of the nonprofit group, told the Times.

    According to the study by a 26-member panel of experts and commissioned by the Obama administration, low-income people may be unable to afford prescribed medications or transportation for follow-up appointments, for example, while those with lower levels of education are more likely to have difficulty understanding or following instructions for home care and the use of medications.

    The payment policies therefore shift money away from doctors and hospitals that care for disadvantaged patients, according to the Times.

    “The administration’s current policy on adjustments for socioeconomic status are quite inadvertently exacerbating disparities in access to medical care for poor people who live in isolated neighborhoods. I’m sure that’s not what President Obama intended with the Affordable Care Act,” Steven Lipstein, president of BJC HealthCare in St. Louis and a member of the panel, told the Times.

    Administration officials acknowledged they are dismayed by the findings and say that despite the report’s conclusions, performance scores should not be adjusted to reflect differences in the income, race, or socioeconomic status of patients, the Times reported.

    “We do not want to hold hospitals to different standards of care simply because they treat a large number of low-socioeconomic-status patients,” Dr. Kate Goodrich, director of quality measurement programs at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told the Times.

    “Our position has always been not to risk-adjust for socioeconomic status within our measures because of concern about masking disparities, and potentially rewarding providers who provide a lower level of care for minorities or poor patients.”

    Meanwhile, another federal healthcare mandate which requires doctors to install expensive, complex software systems, is also taking a toll on doctors who say they are losing money both because of the cost of the equipment and because working with the software is so time-consuming they have less time to see patients, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

    “The medical world is going IT, and this will be very hard for small physician practices,” Harvard health economist David Cutler told the Union-Tribune. “Just as small retail stores had to find a niche they could fit in with bigger, IT-enabled competitors, so too will small M.D. practices. Undoubtedly, many will not survive.”

  92. jeswezey

    April 28, 2014 at 7:31 am
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    The fact that something needed to be done, does not mean that anything that is done is permissible. There is that saying, may the cure be not worse than the disease. Massive increases in premiums, loss of doctors, huge deductibles, paying for services not needed, and serial lies about all of this is the reality here on the ground. And the real intent–as in look beyond the rhetoric and follow the money was to steal Republican donors, namely the health insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry, the proof of which is well documented, if you examine the actions of Billy Tauzin the industry lobbyist who cut this deal with Axelrod. From the democrat standpoint, this was all about money, and they were able to convince the ignorant hordes that what was ultimately bad for them was good. I supported Hillary in 2008 and in the process I argued in favor of single payer but nothing like this. Obamacare is crony capitalism on steroids, and the American People are the ones getting screwed. The full political impact of this will not be felt by the electorate at large until the big business waiver kicks in and a hundred million people end up on the exchanges. Finally just remember this entire scheme was originally a Republican idea, which Hillary rejected–that is the history. If we had 35 million uninsured, th]that problem was solvable through far less restrictive means.

  93. Crony capitalism is by definition an unholy alliance between big business and big government, which reduces everything that is important in life to a crass commodity, and benefits the few at the expense of the many–the few being those who have bought their way into special relationships with politicians. At one time, this was tolerable because it could advance the public good–world war II being a good example. But over time, and especially with the advent of globalization, green energy and with the bailouts of 2008 it is strictly a zero sum game. That is what I see. And big media, who enjoys special protection against legitimate prosecution on the premise that a free exchange of ideas in the marketplace warrants that protection has been bought out through one of the most spectacular betrayals of the American People in history. Interestingly, Sharyl reported that two of the prime investigative reporters at NBC Michael Ishiskoff and Cynthia McFadden have left. They would agree with Sharyl that big media no longer wants to be an independent voice or a watch dog. They have abandoned that role for the rosier lights of celebrity, and accommodations to power. No one captured the essence of that transformation better than Glenn Greenwald in his fiery exchange with the mad hatter David Gregory. Gregory tried to criminalize investigative journalism and Greenwald told him that he and his fellow travelers in the beltway press corp are nothing more than courtiers in a medieval court, and the worse of them all is the pathetic Tom Brokaw who rather that acting like an elder statesmen concerned about the future of journalism has sold out Soros, and acts like a shill for him, same as Bill Moyers.

  94. Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-Wa) is a living breathing example of the Peter Principle. Hand picked by the corrupt John Boehner for a leadership position, she hand her boss are no more leaders than Obama and Biden. The latest example is her announcement that the Party is giving up on fighting Obamacare, and will tinker around the edges. This comes on the heels of an earlier announcement that after the RINOs have secured their position in the primaries, they will agree to amnesty for illegals. They are doing this for two reasons: to benefit their contributors and to reposition their party away from the white demographic. In so doing, they abandon the constitution and the middle class–which is the only consistency we find in the RINO.

  95. The Chicago Tribune gained access to over 700 emails between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and CNN. The emails detail a cozy relationship between the Democrat’s office and the cable news network during the production of “Chicagoland,” a low-rated eight-part cable series pitched to viewers as an unvarnished look at the city. [The emails are posted here.]
    The emails tell the story of a cable news network coordinating with the mayor of a failing city who is also a rising Democrat star. The apparent goal of “Chicagoland” was for CNN to use its resources as a way to portray the “mayor in a positive light” at a national level and showcase Emanuel “as the star he really is.”
    According to the Tribune, details were coordinated down to camera angles:
    If it seemed as though some scenes of CNN’s documentary series “Chicagoland” were coordinated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Hall and the show’s producers, that’s because they were.
    More than 700 emails reviewed by the Tribune reveal that the production team worked hand in hand with the mayor’s advisers to develop storylines, arrange specific camera shots and review news releases officially announcing the show.
    Producers asked the mayor’s office to help them set up key interactions in what the cable network has billed as a nonscripted eight-part series, including Emanuel’s visits with the school principal who emerged as a star of the show, emails show. …
    The production team for the series, whose final episode aired Thursday night, told Emanuel’s staff that particular scenes would present the mayor in a positive light, with one of the producers expressing a desire to showcase the mayor “as the star that he really is.”
    “Chicagoland’s” executive producer is Robert Redford.
    CNN has yet to comment on the scandal, but this is yet another black eye for Jeff Zucker, who has been in charge of CNN for just a little over a year. Under his leadership, CNN has become a laughingstock, even among its left-wing colleagues in the mainstream media, for its bungled attempts to cover serious news and bizarre obsessions with whales, missing planes, and ferry disasters.
    Just last year, CNN was caught using its network to push anti-gun legislation.
    CNN presents itself as an objective cable news outlet.

  96. freespirit April 28, 2014 at 9:13 am

    … when “of and by the people” starts to be meaningless rhetoric, no matter which party is in control at the time, their asses need to be voted out of office….

    Thanks for the interesting rebuttal to my ACA arguments; but the above quote struck me as odd.

    I’d like to point out that Lincoln’s expression was “government of, by and for the people” and that the most important of the three prepositions, to my mind, is the ‘for’ that you left out. I debated the matter in high school and my English and history teachers gave me an A (for once).

    Excuse me for digressing for a moment; but that high-school debate led to conclusions relevant to the topics at hand. The points I made were the following:

    FOR

    Everyone, whether in a monarchy or republic, democracy, autocracy, plutocracy, theocracy or whatever, wants government ‘for’ the people. We want government that will rule in our interests, a government that is ‘for’ us. To give an example of what I mean, England has a monarchy and an upper house of parliament that are in no way ‘of’ the people; and yet England today is viewed as an exemplary democracy, in the sense of working ‘for’ its people; and even long ago, at the formation of our republic, the Founding Fathers took English law and the British form of government as a model. The English government today, despite its monarchy and aristocracy, acts ‘for’ the English people.

    OF

    In a republic, which we chose, we have no choice but government ‘of’ the people because there is no king with divine right and no aristocracy with rights of land, sword or cloth. But eventually, constituting a government ‘of’ the people, you’re going to get an elite of people who know the ropes and make a career of governing. We the people have no other choice here. All we can do is hope for an elite that keeps the interests of the people at heart and works ‘for’ the people. When I was in high school, I could point to John Kennedy as an example of our admirable elite working ‘for’ the people. But I also mentioned FDR, who was from a wealthy family too. And both came from an elite educational background.

    BY

    Government ‘by’ the people, however, is something that the Founding Fathers feared. They feared a mobocracy of the type they were to see in the streets of Paris a few years after the founding, in the 1790s, and we later saw in the Russia of 1917 and today in such places as Egypt. So they created a House of Representatives to represent the people but gave it powers limited and subordinate to that of the Senate, an upper house that is far from democratic. The Senate is a small club of people who are supposed to keep their wits about them.

    In our day, if we really wanted government ‘by’ the people, it would be fairly easy to institute an electronic voting system with tentacles extending out to every household in the country, where people could vote on every single issue that comes down the pike. In such a configuration, representative government would go out the window, as would the very notion of leadership, and the rights of minorities and minority opinion, i.e.. individual opinion, would be obliterated. An Orwellian universe.
    ****

    For the above reasons, while strongly supporting government ‘for’ the people, I accept government ‘of’ the people with trepidation, because it means we have to accept elites that may not always have our best interests at heart; but I do not support government ‘by’ the people at all. The people shouldn’t run the government. They need leadership.

    That leadership is lacking now, big time. But don’t think for a minute that we’re going to get leadership by voting the other party into office. The Republicans will be even worse, and worse yet if they win in 2016 with kamikazes like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz.

    HRC can reason with the public and the elite on the matters that concern them most about the Affordable Care Act. That’s what a leader does: She doesn’t follow the polls to know what she thinks or what has to be done. She doesn’t think the ACA should be repealed, for example, even if 50% of the people think so and that might get her some votes. And she doesn’t care about any of Obama’s lies or errors of the Dems because those are things of the past and she is resolutely turned toward the future. She also thinks positively, and not negatively as you express yourself in wishing to teach the Progressives a lesson for their misdeeds.

    She does not hope the Republicans will win big this November, and will probably be out supporting those Democrats that are endangered.

    In any event, as far as I’m concerned, I don’t care about the polls either, and I’m not out to teach anybody a lesson at the country’s expense. I also feel that “no matter which party is in control at the time” is meaningless because there are differences between the two parties.

    The Democratic Party has meandered over two centuries of peace and war doing its best to represent the people and work for them. That’s why FDR chose to be a Democrat rather than a Republican. The Party has made mistakes, and the mistake in ’08 was not necessarily the biggest. It was the party of the people and will be so again.

    But the Republican Party? Seriously, what can be said about the Republican Party – not just the past, but going forward? In one of your posts above, you said women have reason to be mad about a lot of things – you want to start a gang or something bad-ass. I agree with you there; but politically, how can an angry woman hope for a Republican victory?

    Consider: Most women are Democrats. The first two women to exercise presidential powers (Edith Wilson and Eleanor Roosevelt) were Democrats. The Dems were the first to nominate a woman for VP. They were poised to nominate a woman for president in 2008; and now, now, they’re on their knees begging Hillary Clinton to come to their rescue.

    In the meantime, you have the delusional Rand Paul supporting the misogynist McConnell – running against a woman – by making totally extraneous arguments about Bill Clinton’s behavior 20 years ago, and the Republican Party now thinks Rand Paul is a serious presidential contender for 2016!

    And you want a Republican victory? Why was that? Tell me again…

  97. HRC can reason with the public and the elite on the matters that concern them most about the Affordable Care Act
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    In my view, the role of a leader is to represent the best interests of the people–not the elites. In my view, there is a fiduciary relationship between the leader and the people, and the elites are not on equal or greater footing than the people, they are a subset of the people. Other than corruption, why should any politician give weight to the half baked ideas of a young punk like the head of face book on the issue of amnesty? Has anyone asked him how under his proposal we would deal with the depressing effect on wages, and the adverse impact on safety nets? Is he willing to pledge his personal fortune to compensate those adversely affected by his policies? Of course not. In the corrupt world of mainstream media he is a celebrity and left wing billionaire, and therefore someone to be worshipped rather than cross examined. A true leader would press him on this and not accept his dirty money until sane answers were forthcoming–the twelfth of never.

  98. wbboei
    April 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The fact that something needed to be done, does not mean that anything that is done is permissible…. I argued in favor of single payer but nothing like this.

    OK, but single payer would have been an enormous change just as well, and as such would have met with enormous popular discontent. In fact, the attitude of the public, and of the Republicans too, was and is that nothing is permissible. Single payer was an idea that simply would not go over with the American public, nor with the 1600 insurers that continue to milk the healthcare cow today.

    HRC’s idea was to let people buy into Medicaid. That would offer a public option with no added bureaucracy, and it would eventually (maybe in a decade) lead to something close to single payer, with a half-dozen specialized insurers at most remaining, all of them operating on low overhead.

    I’m arguing that such an option is possible now, politically speaking, with everybody in a mood to alter or repeal the ACA; and by this simple step, we would have a low-cost system available to everyone with 4% overhead, full coverage and no deductibles, capable of bargaining with the pharmaceutical companies and with practitioners too. Costs would have to come down all along the food chain.

    You complain of “increases in premiums, loss of doctors, huge deductibles,” but all of that would be eradicated. You complain of “crony capitalism” – yes, but that would stop too.

    “Paying for services not needed,” though, is not a choice an individual can make. Who knows when you’re going to need one service or another? That’s the whole point of insurance! If you mean middle-aged people paying into maternal and early childhood care, I can only say that if those costs are spread out over the entire population but only affect let’s say 1% of the population at any given time, then those costs pass under the radar like they do in France.

    But you’ve stopped preaching single-payer now, just when it’s possible, and want to teach the progressives and Obama (what the fuck does he care?) a lesson about how we don’t appreciate their “serial lies”.

    So your solution is to vote the Dems out of office and foist Republicans on the country?

  99. wbboei April 28, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    In my view, the role of a leader is to represent the best interests of the people–not the elites.

    Yes, government ‘for’ the people means governing in their interest and not in that of the elites.

    However, I’m not being a stickler for words when I say a representative is a follower, not a leader. Therefore, in my view, the role of a leader is not to represent anybody at all, but to lead.

    A representative will listen to the people and look at the polls, which is all well and good except if he talks and votes in his own interest – that is, as a consequence of what he hears from the people or reads in the polls – so he can win the next election.

    A leader doesn’t do that. A leader will fight for what he thinks is right, and this means talking to the people with truths or logic that they might not agree with at first. He has to bring the people and his peers over to his side, so they will follow him.

    HRC said that about Dubya: “You can’t be a leader if nobody’s following.”

    This is why I hold to my statement:

    HRC can reason with the public and the elite on the matters that concern them most about the Affordable Care Act.

    This is what struck me the most about HRC in 2008: Her ability to explain. It came across clearly in the debates but also in her stump speeches. Mind you, WJC is the same – that’s why Obama dubbed him “The Secretary of Explaining Stuff.”

  100. Jes, I have been at work and unable to respond. Reading briefly, it looks as if web responded well. I think we will just have to agree to disagree. I would like to ask about any documentation you might have to support your statement that the ACA opponents had been more dishonest about the law than had barack and his people.

    Gotta get back to work. Will check tonite.

  101. It absolutely amazes me that there is still explaining on this blog, as to why ObamaCare stinks to high Heaven.

  102. Will Obama cause the Dems to lose the Senate? 🙂

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    April 28, 2014

    President Obama’s approval rating remains ominously weak among the constituencies that could tip the battle for control of the Senate in November, the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll has found.

    Obama’s overall approval, standing at just 41 percent, remains near the lowest level ever recorded in the 20 Heartland Monitor Polls since April 2009. And only one in four adults say his actions are increasing economic opportunity for people like them, also among his worst showings in the polls. His numbers are especially meager among the non-college and older whites that dominate the electorate in the seven red-leaning states where Democrats must defend Senate seats in November.

    These findings are taken from the 20th quarterly Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll conducted by the Strategic Communications Practice of FTI Consulting. The full results, exploring Americans’ views on how to drive social and political change, will be published next month in National Journal’s magazine.

    The one solace for Democrats in the new poll is that Congress is even more unpopular than the president. Just 11 percent of those surveyed said they approved of Congress’s performance, while 80 percent disapproved. In the five times the Heartland Monitor has tested Congress’ rating since November 2012, only last November did it score more poorly, with just 9 percent approving and 84 percent disapproving.

    Generally, though, attitudes toward the incumbent president have played a bigger role than views about Congress in shaping the results of mid-term elections. And attitudes toward Obama, and the nation’s direction, remain distinctly chilly.

    Just 27 percent of those polled said they believed the country is moving in the right direction; 62 percent say they consider it off on the wrong track. That’s slightly better than the results last fall, but much gloomier than the assessment around Obama’s reelection in fall 2012. The racial gap on this question is huge: 41 percent of minorities say the country is moving in the right direction, but only about half as many whites (22 percent) agree. (Among whites without a college degree, just one in six see the country moving on the right track, only about half the level among whites with at least a four-year degree.)

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-economy/poll-shows-problems-for-obama-peril-for-senate-democrats-20140428

  103. So your solution is to vote the Dems out of office and foist Republicans on the country?
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    50 % of what I have been saying here has been anti-republican. They were the source of the idea of Obamacare, they were willing to politic against it, and now are content to let it stand and tinker around the edges. They want the health care contributions to their coffers and the public be damned. How can you possibly interpret that to mean that I favor foisting Republicans on the country–unless you are talking about that small subset of the party that respect the constitution and represent their constituents rather than lobbyist. But because the RINOs control the party, the Republicans are not the solution. The closest thing we are likely to get to a solution is Hillary Clinton.

  104. However, I’m not being a stickler for words when I say a representative is a follower, not a leader. Therefore, in my view, the role of a leader is not to represent anybody at all, but to lead.
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    Here is what I think. I think the political leader has a fiduciary relationship with the American People, I do not mean that he or she is constrained to be a follower, because the collective opinion of the people is diverse and a mixed bag. I do think the leader has to exercise some degree of independent judgment, and to go beyond the feelings of his constituents when circumstances warrant. However, those circumstances should not include someone slipping money in his back pocket when no one is looking. When that politician acts in a manner which harms his constituents in order to appease or enrich a contributor, then we have crossed the line into bribery. Whether or not that bribery is actionable, depends upon the legal interpretation but in the end it amounts to the same thing. And that, I am sorry to say, is what runs the current political system, and big media is up to its eyeballs in it. No one represents the American People, except that small endangered group who are as diverse as liberal Ron Widen and conservative Ted Cruz. I do not care about party label, or political orientation nearly as much as who they are loyal to. No politician owned by a lobbyist can possibly be loyal to his constituents. A man cannot serve two masters. This is elementary stuff, and it pays to keep it in mind as we watch how these people exercise the powers we have given to them. Badly in most cases.

  105. I think every single piece of legislation should be accompanied by a legislative history which illustrates clearly, specifically and unambiguously how it will help the American People. Politicians must be compelled to think in those terms, and it will give judges called upon to interpret that legislation a road map so that they themselves do not slip into the same trap which is to substitute their judgment for that of the people as expressed through their duly elected representatives, rather than by a bevy of platonic guardians who have little grasp of the real world. Yes, the same power which Adams described as a disease can easily afflict the unelected branch who serve for life and good behavior. Former justice John Paul Stevens is but one example of this sort of intoxication.

  106. Michael Goodwin’s latest piece on the big media’s attempt to separate themselves from the disastrous foreign policy of Obama. They remind me of co conspirators to a crime, turning on each other, when their own guilt has been established, hoping that by ratting out the other, they can escape the consequences of their own actions. I say hang them all and let God sort it out. . .
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    With multiple crises spiraling out of control around the world, stories about the Obama presidency are taking on the air of postmortems. What went wrong, who’s to blame, what next — even The New York Times is starting to recognize that Dear Leader is a global flop.

    “Obama Suffers Setbacks in Japan and the Mideast,” the paper declared on Friday’s front page. The double whammy of failure pushed the growing Russian menace in ­Europe to inside pages, but even they were chock-full of reports about utopia gone wrong.

    One story detailed how the White House was facing the “consequences of underestimating” North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Others recounted the continuing Syrian slaughter and the murder of three Americans in Afghanistan.

    The accounts and others like them amount to an autopsy of a failed presidency, but the process won’t be complete unless it is completely honest. To meet that test, the Times, other liberal news organizations and leading Democrats, in and out of office, must come to grips with their own failures, as well.

    Obama had a free hand to make a mess because they gave it to him. They cheered him on, supporting him with unprecedented gobs of money and near-unanimous votes. They said “aye” to any cockamamie concept he came up with, echoed his demonization of critics and helped steamroll unpopular and unworkable ideas into reality.

    Some of his backers knew better, and said so privately, but publicly they were all in. Whether it was ObamaCare, his anti-Israel position or the soft-shoe shuffle around the Iranian nuke crisis, they lacked the courage to object.

    They said nothing as Obama went on foreign apology tours and stood silent as our allies warned of disastrous consequences. Even now, despite protests from a succession of Pentagon leaders, former Democratic defense hawks are helping Obama hollow out our military as Russia and China expand theirs and al Qaeda extends its footprint.

    A king is no king without a court, and Obama has not lacked for lackeys. The system of checks and balances is written into the Constitution, but it is the everyday behavior of Americans of good will that makes the system work.

    That system broke down under Obama, and the blame starts with the media. By giving the president the benefit of the doubt at every turn, by making excuses to explain away fiascos, by ignoring corruption, by buying the White House line that his critics were motivated by pure politics or racism, the Times and other organizations played the role of bartender to a man on a bender.

    Even worse, they joined the party, forgetting the lessons of history as well as their own responsibilities to put a check on power. A purpose of a free press is to hold government accountable, but there is no fallback when the watchdog voluntarily chooses to be a lapdog.

    The sycophancy was not lost on other politicians and private citizens. Taking their cue from the media, they, too, bit their tongues and went along as the president led the nation astray and misread foreign threats.

    From the start, support for Obama often had a cult-like atmosphere. He sensed it, began to believe it and became comfortable demanding total agreement as the price for the favor of his leadership.

    That he is now the imperial president he used to bemoan is no long­er in dispute. The milking of perks, from golf trips to Florida to European vacations for the first lady, is shockingly vulgar, but not a peep of protest comes from his supporters.

    The IRS becomes a political enforcer, but that, too, is accepted because nobody will risk their access by telling Obama no. You are either with him or you are his enemy.

    The evidence is everywhere that his ideas are flawed, that his view of economics, diplomacy, the military, history, science and religion are warped by his own narcissism. He doesn’t even talk a good game anymore.

    Yet it remains a fool’s errand to hope he will correct his ways. He is not capable; he looks in the mirror and sees only a savior.

    It is equally clear that those who shielded him from facts and their own best judgment did him no ­favors. Out of fear and favor, they abdicated their duty to the nation, and they must share the burden of history’s verdict. After all, America’s decline happened on their watch, too.

  107. those who shielded him from facts and their own best judgment did him no ­favors. Out of fear and favor, they abdicated their duty to the nation, and they must share the burden of history’s verdict. After all, America’s decline happened on their watch, too.
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    That should be the final verdict and the obituary of big media.

  108. The accounts and others like them amount to an autopsy of a failed presidency, but the process won’t be complete unless it is completely honest. To meet that test, the Times, other liberal news organizations and leading Democrats, in and out of office, must come to grips with their own failures, as well.
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    No. That is not enough. They can grab their wang and come to grips with that for all I care. Its their heads that I want. I want them to roll. I want the people of this country to stop being stupid, and that means reject big media root and branch. Today more than ever we need an honest media. Without that democracy is nothing more than a hollow shibboleth.

  109. I cannot wait for Sharyl’s book. To me that is more important than the mid term election. The primaries are more important than the mid term election too.

  110. Kerry is a big dumb slow witted oaf who is forever putting his foot in his mouth–America’s top diplomat they call him. He is symptomatic of the pervasive incompetence which afflicts the Obama administration from stem to stern from keel to top mast. And the man in the wheel house is the dumbest bastard of all, but right now Kerry is enjoying the spotlight with his delicious comments about Israel becoming an apartheid state. A horse is a horse of course of course . . . and he will not permit his loyalty to Israel to be questioned by partisans. Unfortunately, this was entirely a self inflicted wound brought about by his desperation over the failure to achieve the peace treaty between Israel and the PLO. He has however achieved a peace agreement between two terrorist groups and a common commitment to destroy Israel. Perhaps Soros can get him a Nobel Prize for that contribution.
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    A firestorm broke out among congressional Republicans Monday over Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly saying Israel could become an “apartheid state,” with the No. 2 House leader saying he should apologize and a senator calling on him to resign.

    “Reports that Secretary Kerry has suggested Israel is becoming an apartheid state are extremely disappointing,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who is Jewish, said in a statement. “The use of the word apartheid has routinely been dismissed as both offensive and inaccurate, and Secretary Kerry’s use of it makes peace even harder to achieve.”

    The Virginia congressman also urged Kerry to “apologize to the Israeli government and people.”

    In a statement Monday night, Kerry defended himself, saying, “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes, so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don’t believe.

    “First, Israel is a vibrant democracy and I do not believe, nor have I ever stated, publicly or privately, that Israel is an apartheid state or that it intends to become one. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that without a shred of doubt.

    “Second, I have been around long enough to also know the power of words to create a misimpression, even when unintentional, and if I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two state solution.”

    Late Monday Sen. Barbara Boxer added a bipartisan note to the Kerry criticism, tweeting, “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and any linkage between Israel and apartheid is nonsensical and ridiculous.”

    At the same time, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, issued a statement saying, “I am disappointed with Secretary Kerry’s reported remarks…(he) knows as well as anyone that negotiating lasting peace in this region of the world is difficult but it’s not productive to express his frustration in this way.”

    The backlash follows a Daily Beast report claiming Kerry made the statement during a closed-door meeting Friday with “influential world leaders.” He reportedly warned that if Israel doesn’t make peace, the country could become “an apartheid state.”

    Shortly after Cantor’s call for an apology, Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz called for Kerry’s resignation on the Senate floor.

    “Mr. President, it is my belief that Secretary Kerry has thus proven himself unsuitable for his position and that before any further harm is done to our alliance with Israel, he should offer President Obama his resignation,” Cruz said. “And the president should accept it.”

    Kerry reportedly made the comparison after peace talks hit a wall last week, as Fatah announced a unity agreement with Hamas. Israel, which like the U.S. considers Hamas a terror group, suspended peace talks after that announcement — although Kerry continued to voice hope that both sides could return to the negotiating table.

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also slammed Kerry over the reported remarks, made ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    “These comments are outrageous and disappointing,” he said in a statement. “Incendiary name calling does not change the fundamental fact that Israel does not currently have a viable partner for peace. I urge Secretary Kerry and the administration to focus on pressing challenges in the Middle East such as ending the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria and preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon instead of pressuring Israel to make additional concessions to partners who have now chosen to align themselves with a terrorist group.”

  111. Admin: my hat is off to you for the millionth time.

    With the world spinning out of control thanks to his 360 degree incompetence the word leader never entered my mind.

    The statement is not just damning with faint praise–it is hysterically funny.

    I do think we need to do a stage play on Obama, something along the lines of springtime for Hitler.

    Maybe I will take a shot at it when I am in Texas.

    But the subject is too painful for most people to contemplate, so why waste the time.

  112. I think Goodwin hit a grand slam home run with the article above. I never liked the guy because he was a Hillary hater and a closet supporter of Obama. But at some point, early in the game, he fell off the wagon, along with his boss, Mort Zuckerman. I cannot forgive him, but I do respect him when he attacks Obama. The spears he lauches are on target, whereas with other would be critics of the Messiah they pull their punches. OReilly is the best–or worst example of what I am talking about. He claims Obama wants social justice, and that is the conviction that animates him. Social justice my ass. Obama is a grievance hustler, and the world knows it even if the American People in general and O’Reilly in particular do not. There is an appalling consistency to the man–whether he is whoring for ACORN against America or whoring for Cuba against America. The problem is that as president, he cannot be America on the one hand and the opponent of America on the other. But that is his gig. And it has become box office poison.

  113. And then we have Mr. Kerry–America’s top diplomat who suffers from foot in mouth disease. And Biden who is certifiable. And Hagel who is still waiting for the phone to ring. As Rodney Dangerfield would say these bozos get no respect, which is far more than they deserve. They are circus clowns and big media is their peanut gallery.

  114. jbstonesfan: Soros is at it here as well. He is Obama’s godfather.
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    J Street issues media Fatwa against its toughest pro-Israel student opponent
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    Posted by William A. Jacobson ▪ Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7:00pm

    J Street demands that media “distance themselves” from Brandeis University student Daniel Mael

    http://youtu.be/dS-dRV5YSTU?t=2m8s
    We have addressed J Street multiple times before.

    J Street is the progressive lobbying and political action group created as an alternative to AIPAC and other mainstream pro-Israel groups. J Street was co-founded by Jeremy Ben-Ami, with major early funding from George Soros and a mysterious Hong Kong financier. J Street initially denied the Soros funding, but that was exposed, as we wrote in 2010, Yup, Soros Is Behind J-Street.

    J Street has grown rapidly, and is on the verge of being accepted into the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.

    J Street’s critics argue that J Street is nothing more than a Trojan horse, meant to weaken American support for Israel. The J Street Challenge, a movie being screened now, presents the case against J Street.

    Under the guise of supporting Israel’s right to exist, J Street allegedly relentlessly criticizes Israel, and plays into the anti-Israel narrative behind the BDS and other movements, even if it doesn’t support such movements openly. Gullible liberals, particularly liberal students, it is argued, fall for the J Street line, and thereby legitimize the demonization and delegitimization of Israel. J Street calls many of the accusations Myths.

    Part of the drama between AIPAC and more traditional pro-Israel groups, on the one hand, and J Street, on the other hand, plays out on college campuses, where J Street U — the very active college division of J Street — routinely hosts anti-Israel speakers and fails to push back against anti-Israel agitation.

    Brandeis University is one place where that tension has been sharp the past academic year, as Daniel Mael, a religious Jew who writes for pro-Israel websites like TruthRevolt.com, has exposed and criticized J Street.

    Mael has been a relentless critic of J Street and its college chapters, authoring at least the following articles (these were pulled from Mael’s Twitter feed, where he has been tweeting the links):

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  115. VH, we may be coping with global warming on this plane, but you’re right, in Hell, they’re probably ice skating. lol

    wbb, thanks for your always thoughtful, reasoned comments.

    Shadow, I’m with you. There’s absolutely no point in beating the dead horse that is ACA. For those who like it – hell, good for them. We need more gullible optimists in the world, I guess. As for those who object to it, not only on principle due to the manner of its passage, but because of the huge lies told about it by Obama and all of the other problems related to it, discussed ad infinitum as you noted, I say thank the gods for critical thinkers, unwilling to be silenced and contented by some half-assed, politicized, law ostensibly intended to help Americans, while lowering the quality and continuity of their medical care.

    A major detrimental force in politics is MSM, as wbb has repeatedly said. They will try to get as many Dems elected in Nov. as possible, as we know. Although a Republican controlled anything can be difficult to accept, possibly if the Pubs did win the house and senate, it would send a message, however small, to media.

  116. VotingHillary
    April 28, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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    Thank you for that. Joe was never credible in my book, but even he can see the sorry state of affairs in big media. I still say wait for Sharyl’s book. That will be the harpoon that does them in. I do not want their mea culpas, their soul searching, their commitment to do better. To hell with that phony self flagellation. They have betrayed the country, and contributed to its decline. Are you listening Tom Brokaw–this criticism applies particularly to you, because you are an elder statesman respected in the industry, but you failed to speak up, when it was your duty to. Could it possibly be that your association with Soros had a chilling effect on doing the right thing? And please, all of you who have betrayed your profession, no more books please. Just leave.

  117. freespirit April 28, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    (1) Reading briefly, it looks as if wbb responded well.

    (2) I think we will just have to agree to disagree.

    (3) I would like to ask about any documentation you might have to support your statement that the ACA opponents had been more dishonest about the law than had barack and his people.

    (1) Yes, wbboei responded well but please note that it was not a take-down: it was not a win-lose debate, but give-and-take, and I’d still like your input.

    (2) “Agree to disagree” is no way to end a debate, but is always the starting premise, at least for me. Please let’s continue.

    (3) I can see that your concern is not about the questions of leadership and democratic process that wbboei and I were discussing, nor about the issue of whom to root for this fall, but rather about the for-or-against Obamacare struggle. So:

    About the relative merits of Obamacare apologists and naysayers, I can only say that I’m too much of a bare-facts historian to take detailed notes of whatever the rubbish-mongers throw at the general public, whether it comes from government sources or from media sources. There is, as HRC has noted, just too much bullshit flying around in every which direction to make any level-headed judgment.

    I would just remind you, though, of one piece of bullshit that I took the time to dissect last week, when apologists claimed that support for Ocare was greater than 48% in the polls because a significant percentage of naysayers thought the law was “not liberal enough”, in answer to which some guy polled those who thought “not liberal enough” to explain themselves “in their own words”.

    The answers he got were statistically flawed; he did not poll the entire population; he didn’t account for overlapping viewpoints; he provided no analysis; and above all, he did not say what percentage of the population he had polled.

    To my mind, then, the apologists’ interpretation was already unreliable but the naysayer’s counter-argument was even less reliable. And neither of them said anything at all about the relative merits or disadvantages of the law itself.

    I’d point out that nobody here reacted to my treatment of this counter-poll, which admin had reported as “the math” in his article; so I assume that everybody ignored what I said and obediently agreed with admin’s “math”.

    If you want documentation, then, I simply do not have any. I tried reading the PPACA itself and gave up. I’m waiting for HRC’s interpretations and suggestions on the subject and will listen to her with both ears. Until then, one ear is already too much to devote to all the noise.

    As I said in a previous post, looking at this whole thing is like watching a bad movie with a foreseeably bad ending. Above all, I can’t see why you or anybody else here would take foregone conclusions about the value of the PPACA, or the past misdeeds of the Democrats, or Obama’s lies, and therefore channel your energies into a Republican win this fall. This is why I would really like your reaction to my post on April 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm, or at least the part below the “***”.

  118. Looks like Obama’s penchant for stepping into criticisms of race … has rubbed off on Kerry. America loses again.
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    snip Israeli Transport Minister Israel Katz, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party, expressed outrage at Kerry’s reported comments. “Kerry, shame on you. There are some words you cannot use,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “On this day of national commemoration of the Holocaust, we have the US secretary of state describing us as an apartheid state – us, the state which is subjected to threats of destruction.” snip
    http://news.iafrica.com/worldnews/920592.html

  119. WJC according to BO: “The Secretary of Explaining Stuff.”


    foxyladi14 
April 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm 


    Good thing too cause BO sure can’t splain nuthin.

    Right – That’s why he’s not a leader.

  120. wbboei April 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    … the political leader has a fiduciary relationship with the American People, I do not mean that he or she is constrained to be a follower, because the collective opinion of the people is diverse and a mixed bag. I do think the leader has to exercise some degree of independent judgment, and to go beyond the feelings of his constituents when circumstances warrant.

    Very well stated, as usual, and I concur.

    I also concur with your comments about bribery; but I was not referring to the swamp of greed you have said pervades the political landscape today. Please indulge my idealism a little here: I don’t think bribery, even in its broadest sense, is so pervasive as to be a major concern today among politicians.

    When Obama threw multi-million dollar slum-building contracts to his contributor Rezko, and then let Rezko off the hook later, accepting help from him to win campaigns and buy a ritzy home, that was borderline bribery but anyway downright corruption of a politician who later claimed to be clueless, as if being boneheaded would redeem his sins.

    Once in power, Obama’s corruption went wild with the “stimulus”, the government jobs doled out, crony capitalism.

    So, as far as Obama and his entourage is concerned, corruption is rampant.

    But I don’t see Joe Biden, who is part of that entourage, as corrupt even if he was the one who shelled out the stimulus cash. HRC was also part of that entourage, and she has a lot of friends on Wall Street, but would you call her corrupt? Would anyone even dare to bribe her, or to persuade her to take a stand on the grounds of her own personal interest? You know the answer to that: If anyone tried anything like that they would be out on their ass in a split second and might even wind up in the clinker for a few years.

    The same applies to politicians of all stripes in Congress and in the statehouses across the nation, as a whole. They may be dumb, but are they dumb enough to accept bribes?

    So I’m wary of what you mean when you say a “political leader has a fiduciary relationship with the American People.”

    I’m talking from the experience of someone who was brought up within spittin’ distance of Frank Sinatra’s stomping grounds, where the Mafia quite literally bought out and intimidated the city governments of the entire Hudson County, plus key members of the New York City government under Wagner and even Lindsay. Those were the days of bribery a gogo; but we managed to overcome all that. The Mafia now operates legally in Vegas, and I don’t think even Harry Reid gets a bag of cash under the table.

    The other source of Democratic money was the big unions. The unions are fucked now, so the Democrats are turning to business and financial interests. HRC has a lock-down on these interests: she’s their girl. Does that mean she’s being bribed?

    Excuse me, but somewhere along the line I have to believe in human integrity.

  121. Jes, whether the whole discussion about O’care is not a “win – lose debate, but a give and take” (#1), or a “debate” that should not be ended by “agreeing to disagree” (#2), I fail to see the point of continuing to debate/not debate this issue.

    #3: You assume that my concern is not with the issue of “leadership and democratic process” or “for whom to root in the fall”, but the “for or against Obamacare struggle”. My concern is about a range of issues, a primary one being the circumvention of law and of democratic process which the Democrats and Obama have managed to accomplish repeatedly, aided and facilitated by the support and protection of MSM. The partnership of media, the far left faction of the Democrat Party, and Obama has created the perfect storm. It has made it possible for Obama to get away with one travesty after another, including but not limited to Obamacare. The far reaching and critical impact O’care has had and will have on the lives of American; the dirty deals cut in order to ensure its passage ; and the secrecy and dishonesty around it, made possible by the partnership, makes it impossible to view Obamacare separately from the political climate in which it was forced upon Americans. Seen through that lens, it sure as hell does not appear to be “better than nothing”.

    I honestly was interested in which Obamacare opponents had lied about the law, what the specific lies were, and whether or not there was valid, reasonable evidence to believe that they had lied. It seemed relevant to the “debate/non-debate” which at this point, really has become a dead horse.

  122. wbboei

    In a statement Monday night, Kerry defended himself, saying, “I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes, so I want to be crystal clear about what I believe and what I don’t believe.

    ____________

    In other words, Kerry said exactly what the thought, but when faced with the backlash, he decided to tone it down a bit. His concern was only about the criticism he drew.

  123. “…whole discussion about O’care…I fail to see the point of continuing to debate/not debate this issue”

    But freespirit, that is exactly my point too! I think we’re beating a dead horse, as you say, and yet you continue to use it as a reason for hoping the Republicans win big this fall:

    “… if the Pubs did win the house and senate, it would send a message, however small, to media.”

    Now, do you think that’s really a good reason to hope for Republican victory – just to send a small message to the media?

    The media are irrelevant now. As recently noted here, nobody watches the Sunday talk shows anymore. It’s the end of the line for the media anyway, what do they care about our little messages? They’ll continue to entertain us instead of informing us.

    Let’s say Mitch McConnell keeps his seat in the Senate. How is that going to help the country, or Hillary 2016? All that will do is to give Rand Paul a higher podium from which to spout his nonsense, with more air time on Fox.

  124. I may be mistaken, but I recall that Hillary’s plan was to offer an expanded Medicare program that people could buy into….not Medicaid as mentioned above. Medicaid is a sub standard insurance that many Physicians have refused in the past because the reimbursements were so poor. My Father was a surgeon and
    I worked in his office and was familiar with the system. However, he has passed away and perhaps things have changed. I was surprised to find that a Psychologist friend of mine receives $100. per hour from Medicaid for an unlimited amount of visits whereas friends who pay alot for their insurance are barely covered for the same care.

    Medicare is a not for profit insurance program that operates at about a 3% cost whereas private insurance operates at a 20 – 23% profit. Obviously, if you remove the profit and the government offers not for profit insurance, consumers would save almost 20% for the same service. All insurance programs are restricting care to some degree. I believe a realistic standard of care should be available to all juist as we do with public education. P{rivate insurers would be left to offer services to those who wanted more,different or simply private insurance as we do with education.

  125. Now, do you think that’s really a good reason to hope for Republican victory – just to send a small message to the media?
    __________

    I think that would be one result, however insignificant. Sometimes you just have to fight with the weapons you have at hand, and make a small difference. A Republican takeover would also, hopefully, be a sign to the Dem Party that Obama’s disregard for this country, his sleazy maneuvers, (with the implicit and for some, explicit, support of elected Dem officials) won’t be tolerated.

    You’re wrong about media being irrelevant. Regardless of the fact that some well-informed citizens recognize that MSM is infotainment, short on facts and long on bias and manipulation, there is still a large segment of the population that believes what it’s being told and told and told by the pro-Obama news outlets who manipulated them into voting for Obama in the first place. Control the information and you control the power. Americans who receive most of their info from these news sources, which have either failed to expose lies and corruption in Obama’s government or have reported outright lies to cast him in a positive light are victims of media. They may be in the process of recognizing that media cannot be trusted, but when all of the Obama reporters ratchet up the spin, repeating the talking points 24 hours per day, anyone listening, reading, watching – whatever, unless she/he is fully aware and informed, is at risk of being fooled and manipulated again.

    Throughout history we have seen examples of media being used as a propaganda machine for dictators, governments, individuals and groups of various kinds – because it has worked. Why would you not think it can and still does work – not on everyone, but apparently on a sufficient number of Americans to make it worthwhile for those who wish to manipulate opinion.

  126. Admin at the top wrote:

    “Hillary Clinton called Obama “naive” about the world in 2008 and she was promptly denounced as a racist in the editorial pages of the New York Times by a Harvard sociology professor.”
    &&&&&&&&&

    Admin has a very long, very sharp memory.

    Almost as good as Bill’s “encyclopedic recollection of every slight and act of backstabbing”.

  127. The media are irrelevant now.
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    I wish I could believe that. If I could I would shut up. As I see it they are the key to swaying low information voters who decide elections. They are still the national opinion makers. And by virtue of their moderation of the debates, they are still the arbiters of elections. I am afraid that is the truth. In France it may be different, but over here their utterly perverse influence is keenly felt and is decisive.

    As far as the Republicans winning in the fall, that would move the political process away from an intolerable status quo where the rule of law means nothing. It would de-legitimatize the hard left within the party, and it would make strengthen the position of a more centrist candidate like Hillary in the party. The converse is also true–that if the Republicans do not take the Senate the lawless faction of the democrat party will survive intact, and corrupt the 2016 election. I do not believe the RINO deserves to be rewarded, but there are others in that party that do, and that is enough to look past the RINOs and say the end justified the means.

  128. Mr. 41%

    Who are 41% of the polled people who’d actually say, “I think he’s doing a good job…”???

    Really, dude?

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obamas-approval-rating-lowest-point-124104582.html

    Obama’s Approval Rating Is At Its Lowest Point Ever, And It Could Mean Major Disaster For Democrats
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    Democrats are at risk of losing control of the Senate this November, as a new poll finds voters prefer a Republican-controlled Congress to check President Barack Obama’s agenda at a time when Obama’s approval rating is at its lowest point ever.

    Just 41% approve of Obama’s job performance, according to the new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday, a new low in his presidency and down from 46% over the first three months of the year. Some of his approval ratings on individual issues are even worse: 42% on handling the economy, 37% on the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, and 34% on his handling of the Ukrainian crisis.

    After a couple rounds of encouraging polling for the Affordable Care Act, the new Washington Post/ABC poll serves as a setback for supporters. Obamacare is expected to play a major role in the midterm elections, and some numbers suggest the law could be a major hindrance for Democrats:

    •By a 44-48 margin, voters say they oppose the health-care law.
    •50% of respondents said the implementation of the law is going worse than they expected, compared to 41% who said it’s going better than they thought. This comes despite the fact that enrollment exceeded original targets, as more than 8 million people signed up for insurance through exchanges set up by the law.
    •47% say the law is making their health-care costs go up. Just 7% say it’s making costs go down, and 41% say their health-care costs have stayed about the same.
    •By an even wider margin, respondents said they think the ACA is leading to health-care costs increases across the country — 58% said Obamacare is making health-care costs rise, while only 11% said they think costs are decreasing.
    •By a 44-24 margin, respondents said the law is helping to make the quality of the nation’s health-care system worse.
    Democrats, however, do enjoy an overall advantage on voter trust. Voters say they prefer Democrats’ stances on health care (43-35), immigration (40-34), and the economy (41-38), among others.

    By a 40-34 margin, voters also say they trust Democrats to ” coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years.” But 53% of respondents said they’d rather see Republicans in control of Congress, compared with 39% who said they want it controlled by Democrats.

  129. “He just is not a natural leader.”
    &&&

    And he’s not good at play-acting at leadership either.

    “Hey, I am NOT going out there with a broken teleprompter”.

  130. The following quote is from a meandering article on the subject of middle class decline which re states in haec verba everthing that I have been saying for years about progressivism being the new feudalism and the death of the middle class. Yet half the country does not see this, and welcomes more of it. My own Quixotic hope of saving the middle class led me to support Hillary in 2008 and to oppose Obama. And I made that personal commitment, at great expense to my income earning ability, only to discover at the end of the day that the system is too corrupt to reform. There are too many corrupt factions with their hand in the cookie jar, and when anyone steps forward with a credible program to restore the prosperity of the middle class they get vilified and hooted down by the very factions that benefit from the corrupt status quo beginning with big media who is their front man. Don’t rock the boat they warn, we are making money hand over fist, and the public be dammed. That more than anything else is what animates the system, and the end game for me is crystal clear. Here is something of a concurring opinion from Steven Greene, who sees as I do what runs the current system, and where it will ultimately lead. Frankly, it cannot be otherwise. The best bet we have is still Hillary, on the assumption that she and Bill have learned some things along the way of what worked and what did not work. I do not know how you square the circle with Ron Paul. After Obama, an isolationist foreign policy could have disastrous consequences, but then again we cannot be the world’s policeman unless the Buffets, Soroses and Zuckerbergs want to open their wallets and contribute rather than leveraging their economic interests with other people’s money and contributing absolutely nothing of value to our nation.
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    So when you look at your shrunken or stagnant paycheck, think of how much of it went to six-figure bureaucrats whose job it is to make sure you’ve purchased the correct health insurance. When you look at the minuscule returns on what you’ve managed to tuck away into savings, think of the Wall Street guys taking a cut of even that.

    It was a century in the making, but the Great American Middle Class has been stopped in its tracks. Without change, without liberation, the next step is its decline and eventual elimination. As I noted years ago, Progressivism has become an essentially feudal political philosophy, seeking to lock the cronies in at the top. The benefits for everyone else seem quite generous, with expanded welfare spending on everything from food stamps to health insurance to old age to preschools. And they are generous — right up until the other people’s money runs out.

    And judging by yesterday’s Census report, that day might be closer than we’ve reckoned.

  131. I think the article by Steve Green provides a solid line of argument against the well heeled progressive who loves Obama and dabbles in leftist politics. They want you to believe that they have a social conscience, and that is what animates them. That bubble is easily burst when you suggest a net worth tax on their income, as the most effective way to solve the problem which they obsess over between bottles of French wine. The other way to burst the bubble is to pin them down as a progressive, explain what that ultimately means, and accuse them of supporting the creation of a new feudalism which locks in their own economic advantage and leaves the rest of the country with nothing more than scraps. This has been evident for years, especially with the environmental movement which has been honorific decorative and the secret handshake of those who have made it themselves, and wish to preserve things for their own enjoyment at the expense of others who need jobs. One year in Idaho, these people showed up in droves, and the next year when I was chairman of the event, I brought in laid off factory workers, police and cameramen to photograph their activities. They never showed up. It is not-repeat not that the environment needs to be protected, but the ridiculous lengths they go to to tie the hands of other people. That in a nutshell is the progressive mindset now prevalent in the elites. I got mine, how’d you do, etc.

  132. rgb44hrc

    Who are 41% of the polled people who’d actually say, “I think he’s doing a good job?

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    Call me crazy, but it seems to me that for months now, the polls claim that oBama is at his lowest polling level, evah, and it’s always at 41%.

    Are they just polling the same group of people?

  133. One correction to what I said above about the media. I said their perverse influence is keenly felt and decisive.

    A more accurate way to put it is that when half the electorate is dependent on some form of government assistance, the perverse influence of big media in elections is likely to be OUTCOME DETERMINATIVE.

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