The Official Day And Hour When The Labor Union Movement Died

It was almost a year ago. The Labor Union Movement died. Labor Unions killed it. It wasn’t Scott Walker. It wasn’t Detroit. It wasn’t Big Business. Labor Unions killed the Labor Union Movement along with themselves.

We can pinpoint the exact day, hour, and minute the Labor Union Movement died. It was almost a year ago. It was September 9, 2013:

Blue-collar laborers rebel at AFL-CIO’s embrace of progressives

The AFL-CIO needs to stick with representing workers and stop trying to take on social causes for the far left, said the union head for the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Harold Schaitberger, who presides over the IAFF, said there is “great value” in aligning with political groups — but only as a secondary mission, he told The Hill. And the AFL-CIO’s recent push to bring in environmental groups and progressive-minded organizations to the union cause is leading the IAFF to express concerns about politics becoming the priority, over the representation of members.

The labor union movement and labor unions were meant to represent workers against exploitative business employers, especially Big Business. But as we have written before about so many other groups which started out to represent their constituencies only to betray their own, the labor union movement and Big Labor have betrayed the workers which pay their salaries for the benefit of an Obama political party that targets workers for abuses such as amnesty for illegal immigrants.

On September 10, 2013 Big Labor chiefs stabbed the workers in the back:

“To say that we are going to grow this labor movement by some kind of formal partnership, membership, status, place in this federation, I am against. This is the American Federation of Labor. We are supposed to be representing workers and workers’ interests,” Mr. Schaitberger said in The Hill. “We are not going to be the American Federation of Progressive and Liberal Organizations.”

He’s not alone in that view. Union members from the construction sector have been especially vocal against bringing environmental groups into the AFL-CIO family, viewing them as the enemy in the Keystone XL pipeline fight.

“Does that mean we are going to turn energy policy of the AFL-CIO over to the Sierra Club? I have concern about that, as well as I should,” said Terry O’Sullivan, president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, in The Hill report. “I grew up in the movement to do one of two things. We support anything that’s good for another union brother or sister, or we keep our mouths shut. That seems that has changed along the way.”

Labor unions were supposed to represent the interests of workers. But the workers have been stabbed in the back.

Big Labor stabbed the workers in the back. Big Labor’s betrayal of workers takes many forms the most flagrant being support for illegal immigration amnesty. If Big Labor cared about higher wages for workers it would try to lesson the labor supply not increase it.

Big Business has an interest in a surplus of workers to drive down wages. Big Labor on amnesty for illegal immigrants is on the side of Big Business not the little worker.

Big Labor, labor unions, what was once the labor union movement no longer cares about its workers:

LOS ANGELES — The AFL-CIO on Monday opened the door to becoming a group that is more representative of the left than of its members.

Facing what AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka called a “crisis” of membership, officials took the dramatic step at their annual convention of adopting a resolution that invites anyone in the country to join, regardless of union affiliation.

The move faced stiff resistance from union officials who fear the AFL-CIO’s primary mission of representing workers will be left behind if the federation becomes a mouthpiece for liberal and progressive groups.

Despite the resistance, the resolution was adopted without a single “nay” vote being heard in the convention hall.

Death by suicide. Not a “nay” vote to be heard on behalf of the workers and the interests of the workers.

The workers will now be guided by “student representatives, academics, civil rights advocates”. The “creative class” which loathes the white working class is become in America the vanguard of the proletariat. The Labor Union Movement dies not with a bang nor a whimper but with a laugh at the expense of the working class.

As in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics the workers will be oppressed in service to the left:

A Union Movement Without Union Members

Private sector unions, having mostly destroyed the jobs they were organized to represent, are dying. Public sector unions are doing better, and now represent more than half of union membership. But they, in truth, aren’t doing so great either.

So the AFL-CIO has come up with a novel solution: open up membership to people who are not actually members of unions:

The AFL-CIO on Monday opened the door to becoming a group that is more representative of the left than of its members.

That has been true for a while, but now they apparently are making it official.

It’s official. On that date, at that hour, at the moment no “nay” votes were heard – the Labor Union Movement died. The workers are dead! Long Live The Soviets! Long Live The Workers Party Without The Workers!

Sure, by funneling more dollars to the Democratic Party, whether actual union workers like it or not. There is a certain logic to the transition of the union movement away from unionized workers. The Democratic Party wrote off the American working class some years ago, except insofar as it may happen to overlap with a favored constituency. Labor bosses have long been more interested in supporting leftist causes and politicians than representing their members in collective bargaining. So why not make it official? If you are a MoveOn member, say, the doors are now open, whether you have had a job in recent decades or not. Join the AFL-CIO!


The Obama Dimocratic Party hatred of the white working class
we have discussed many times before. We have also discussed the filled-with-hatred-against-the-white working-class “creative class” that can now join workers’ unions even if they are trust fund babies who hate working people:

Ruy Teixiera has been aided and abetted in his toxic theories by books that deride “Bubba” such as the dangerous and idiotic “What’s The Matter With Kansas?” Books such as the Kansas book provided “theorists” from the left a “we’re smarter” snob attitude and justification for a class based hatred of poor whites.

Obnoxious haiku writing “creative class” “intellectuals” such as slim Chris Bowers elevated their class bigotries and resentments against white men who are manlier than their fey selves with loathsome “analysis” such as this “I Am So Tired Of Chasing Reagan Democrats”: [snip]

“Here is the thing: I don’t care if Democrats ever make up any ground among Reagan Democrats, as long as we lock up the support of expanding groups like the creative class, white non-Christians, Latinos and Asians for a generation. I’ll take that trade any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. Importantly, it feels to me as though we can make that trade if Barack Obama becomes the nominee, but that we will be making the opposite trade if Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee. While Clinton’s advantage among Latinos and Asians does not make it a perfect match, Obama’s primary coalition is far closer to the coalition we need for an expanding future of the Democratic Party, while Clinton’s primary is a lot more like the coalition we have been chasing after for the past twenty-five years or so. It is in this demographic sense that I partially accept Obama’s message about “moving beyond the political divides of the past” and into a new America. I’m tried of the old coalitions, and eager for the promising new ones that hold such tremendous potential for a generational progressive majority.

I am so sick of chasing after the “Reagan Democrats” whose backlash against the civil-rights movement has held progressivism in America back for so long. While I freely admit that there are many people opposing Hillary Clinton for equally chauvinistic and offensive reasons as there are people opposing Barack Obama, overall those voters are probably a minority of the same Reagan Democrats after which I am tired of chasing. I’m just sick and tired of this group being the dominant swing voting block in the United States, and I want to move past it. Demographically speaking, Obama does appear to be the candidate who can do that better than Hillary Clinton, and I freely admit that is one reason I would prefer for Obama to be the nominee.”

Because of the AFL-CIO vote a little over a year ago, the white Christian hating – white working class hating – haiku writing skinny white boy “creative class” punk can now join what used to be a labor union and lead the working classes to his Soviet Gulag utopia.

Two days after the Labor Union Movement committed suicide, Big Business celebrated in a hypocrisy bath to match the hypocrites on the left:

Companies lay off thousands, then demand immigration reform for new labor [snip]

In all, it’s fair to say a large number of the corporate signers of the letter demanding more labor from abroad have actually laid off workers at home in recent years. Together, their actions have a significant effect on the economy. According to a recent Reuters report, U.S. employers announced 50,462 layoffs in August, up 34 percent from the previous month and up 57 percent from August 2012.

It is difficult to understand how these companies can feel justified in demanding the importation of cheap labor with a straight face at a time when tens of millions of Americans are unemployed,” writes the Center for Immigration Studies, which strongly opposes the Senate Gang of Eight bill and similar measures. “The companies claim the bill is an ‘opportunity to level the playing field for U.S. employers’ but it is more of an effort to level the wages of American citizens.

Big Business, The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce and state and local Chambers of Commerce are doing what they should be doing which is to represent their members. These business groups want to keep wages low or lower them if possible. They want a huge labor supply of illegal immigrants and higher legal immigration in order to keep wages down or pressure them even lower. These business groups are doing what is right for their members.

The workers? The workers have no one to represent their interests. The workers have been betrayed. The workers have been stabbed in the back.

There once was a Labor Union Movement and Labor Unions to represent the workers. But Labor Unions committed suicide. On September 9, 2013 the Labor Union Movement died. Not one voice was raised to stop the self-slaughter.

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  1. as I alluded to yesterday, the military giants are stirring…….

    Engel: Military officials “apoplectic” over Obama’s “no-strategy” comment

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/09/01/engel-military-officials-apoplectic-over-obamas-no-strategy-comment/

    Well, golly, I can’t imagine why. What military force wouldn’t appreciate a little confidence-shattering announcement from its Commander in Chief in the face of a looming threat against the nation and its allies? AP included this clip from yesterday’s Meet the Press in his QOTD roundup last night, but it’s worth its own post:

    NBC’s Richard Engel offered this money quote:

    Engel also reported that military commanders are “apoplectic” over the president’s inaction in Syria: “I speak to military commanders, I speak to former officials, and they are apoplectic. They think that this is a clear and present danger. They think something needs to be done.”

    “One official said that this was a Freudian slip,” Engel continued, referring to Obama’s admission last week that he does not have a strategy yet for Syria. “That it shows how the United States does not have a policy to deal with Syria, even when you have ISIS, which has effectively become a terrorist army, roughly 20,000 strong.”

    That, however, deserves a little more context. The rise of ISIS has been no secret to the Pentagon or the White House — or anyone paying the least bit of attention, as Engel made clear:

    “We reported about it. Reporters risked their lives going into Syria to talk about this buildup of extremists in the country, yet nothing seems to have been done. And now we have a very serious situation,” said Engel.

    This is precisely why military commanders have become “apoplectic.” For the last couple of months, the White House has acted as though the metastasis of ISIS has come as a big surprise, but it hasn’t been for those whose eyes have not been purposefully shut to the danger. The collapse of the Iraqi military can’t have come as a total surprise, either; the Obama administration has made it clear for a long time that they have had serious concerns about the sectarian direction of the Nouri al-Maliki.

    In other words, this was “entirely predictable,” as Engel says — and that suggests that Obama and his aides have deliberately ignored the problem. The Pentagon doesn’t have that luxury, though, and has to have made some proposals for strategies to deal with the threats. Defense Secretary called ISIS an “imminent threat” two weeks ago, for instance, and that much was obvious when the Iraqi army collapsed in the north a couple of months ago. The military presumably has developed a range of options for a strategy to take on ISIS, but need the White House to choose one. Telling the world from Martha’s Vineyard that Obama hasn’t figured out how to deal with ISIS must have had military planners at the Pentagon climbing the walls in frustration — or, as Engel put it, “apoplectic.”

    read on……………….

  2. Illegal immigration amnesty is so popular that it will kill any slim chance that exists for Obama to control the Senate.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/09/01/Report-Immigration-Off-the-Table-Through-the-Elections

    Jim Warren, former Managing Editor of The Chicago Tribune and current Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News said that action on immigration is “off the table” for President Obama through the 2014 elections on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

    When asked about the political calculus on issues like Iraq and Syria, Warren reported that the elections were also impacting issues like “immigration, which apparently, apparently is now off the table through the elections because they know they have got to keep the United States Senate.”

    Warren also stated, “Even as we hit Labor Day, sort of the traditional moment when all of us start waking up and getting a little more sensitized to politics in a midterm, it is not beyond imagination that they lose the Democratic majority.”

    Hey, but Obama promised!

  3. The question is…does Obama care anything about Legacy…..looking at his actions of late, he doesn’t give a shit which will make the next 2 years absolutely excruciating.

    One has to wonder if he gives one iota of a damn about the Dem party in reality, in that they should be scared to hell of what he can do between now and Jan 2017

  4. But Obama promised! WHINE. He promised…. Before the election. It was a winning issue Obama promised. Obama promised.

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/31/dem-pollster-admits-obamas-amnesty-for-illegals-would-not-be-a-positive-for-dem-candidates-video/

    Dem Pollster Admits Obama’s Amnesty For Illegals ‘Would Not Be A Positive’ For Dem Candidates [VIDEO]

    Democratic pollster Mark Mellman admitted on Sunday that President Barack Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants “would not be a positive” for Democratic candidates in competitive races this fall.

    Mellman spoke to Fox News’ Chris Wallace about the Democrats’ prospects in the November midterm elections, with Wallace asking specifically how the White House’s rumored plan to grant legal status to as many as 6 million illegal immigrants would affect the outcome.

    “There’s been a lot of reporting that red-state Democrats did not want the president to delay deportations for millions of illegals,” the Fox New host said. “As the pollster in a bunch of those red states, would the idea of executive action be good or bad for those candidates?

    “Look, I don’t think it’s a positive, honestly,” Mellman replied. “Executive action, I think, would not be a positive for those candidates.”

    “But the reality is, there’s a lot more at stake here,” he added, claiming that comprehensive immigration reform is a vital task and must be accomplished one way or another.

    “But as a strict matter of politics,” Wallace pressed. “If you’re going to do it, you’d rather have it after the midterms rather than before?

    “I would,” Melmann admitted. “But I do politics, not policy.”

  5. There are so many names for this guy, Liar in chief, whiner in chier…….etc etc.

    I think he must be shit scared because come the morning of Wed Nov 5th, I have a feeling the pressure and open defiance of Obama will become absolutely unbearable to him. It will be knives and it will be even worse if they lose the senate.

    That is when they go into 2016 protect our asses mode and Obama becomes deader than a dodo. They will be looking at the Clintons from that day forward to lead and take hold of the party because progressives will be destroyed on that morning.

  6. Trumpka, Hoffa and other union bosses today, were lawyers.

    They never worked in the trade.

    This was a common complaint against them by union workers.

    They would rather play politics than represent their members.

    It is a fair criticism, and it leads to the kind of contradictions we see here.

    Union power depends on its ability to monopolize a labor market, regionally or nationally.

    If it cannot monopolize the market, if non union organizations can come in and thrive, then the union will die.

    Open immigration will make it impossible for the union to monopolize the labor market.

    No doubt they believe they can unionize these illegals.

    They are always looking for large unorganized groups.

    But in order to represent them, they will be forced to stop representing citizens.

    It is a slow death.

    But by the time the union dies these union leaders will be retired in Myrtle Beach.

  7. “Look, I don’t think it’s a positive, HONESTLY.
    ———
    How nice of Mr. Mehlman to illuminate the obvious.

    Which is the role of a consultant.

    But seriously, much brain power does it take to realize that when you do something that harms people they are not likely to vote for you?

    HONESTY has nothing to do with it.

    Still, I am glad to see his is speaking HONESTLY–for once in his life.

  8. Chris Bowers, whose nick name is “Blow Job” is exactly the sort of useful idiot which the elites of NYT like to have around, because he revels in the racial grievance which for those like him will never heal, and is blind to the real elephant in the room, which is the elites manipulation of our politics and our economy, so we are in a state of perpetual war among ourselves over issues that do not matter, rather than focusing on the root cause of our problems which is the hideously distorted distribution of wealth.

  9. wbboei
    September 1, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Let me back up a minute to underscore what I said above, because if I am right, and I think I am, based on the weight of the evidence, then the ramifications are profound, and they put a lie to the idea that we are in any way shape or form a democracy.

    Let me say it out plain: Obama claims he gave the order to save the troops. In point of fact, he did nothing of the kind. The evidence that he gave no such order is clear, cogent and convincing. He-gave-no-such-order. And then he lied about it.

    I am certain that this fact is known to the insiders in Washington. I am equally sure that it is an open secret. Why else would they commission the Mullen investigation, and NOT interview the top people who were involved? You do not need to be a conspiracy nut to see that this thing has got cover-up written all over it. Which is why big media did everything they could to bury the story, and to further the cover-up.

    For me at least, that goes beyond journalism, and even beyond advocacy. It is akin to treason. And it bespeaks a prejudice which is pervasive in the elite class, that the American People cannot handle the truth.

    A parallel example would be the 911 commission. An acquaintance of mine was on the panel. And he said that august body was comprised of partisans from both sides, who were not there to get at the truth, but to make certain that there side did not get blamed for the latest iteration of who lost China.

    Now that is the truth, with the bark off.

  10. Let me guess, Obama is off golfing…

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/ukraine-crisis-if-i-want-i-will-take-kiev-two-weeks-putin-warns-eus-barroso-1463471

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to outgoing European Commission President Jose Manual Barroso that he could “take Kiev in two weeks” if he wanted, Italian media reports have said.

    According to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, the Russian leader made the belligerent statement in a phone call with the outgoing EU leader, who is set to be replaced by Luxembourg’s former prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker.

    Despite the escalating tensions between all parties involved, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told negotiators in the Belarussian capital of Minsk that an “immediate ceasefire” is Russia’s priority.

    However, both Ukraine and European Union member states accuse Russia of supporting the rebels fighting Kiev’s forces with military supplies and personnel in eastern Ukraine.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of “direct and open aggression” in the eastern rebel-held cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.

    Ukrainian forces have now withdrawn from Luhansk airport in the restive eastern region after firefights with pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine’s security council confirmed that the troops had withdrawn “in an organised manner”.

    The reported exchange between Putin and Barroso comes as the Russian leader continues to refer to eastern Ukraine as ‘New Russia” or “Novorossiya”.

    Fears are also growing in Kazakhstan over Moscow’s rhetoric towards the country, following Putin’s claim that “Kazakhs never had any statehood” and the country was simply “created”.

    In response, Nazarbayev warned that Kazakhstan may leave the Russian-led Customs Union, an economic coalition which includes Belarus, if it feels that its independence is threatened in any way by Moscow.

    “Kazakhstan will not be part of organisations that pose a threat to our independence,” he told the Kazakh television station Khabar.

    The massing of thousands of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border and reports of Russian incursions into Ukraine have put a spotlight on Moscow’s intentions in the post-Soviet states bordering the member nations of the Nato military alliance.

    UN agencies estimate that more than 2,600 people have been killed in the fighting between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian military since April.

  11. We just found this which fits quite well with our article today even though it is much too kind to dimwit Donna:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/09/dems-say-only-hillbillies-want-a-strategy.php

    Dems Say: Only “Hillbillies” Want a Strategy

    Donna Brazile, Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, sometimes appears to be one of the more responsible leaders of the Democratic Party. But look what she retweeted this morning:

    I am just outraged that Obama hasn’t pasted together an #ISIS “strategy” to satisfy the craven political ravings of hillbillies yet.

    — Shoq (@Shoq) September 1, 2014

    That’s dumb, obviously, an expression of the mindless hate that is pretty much all that is left of modern liberalism. But it also reflects, I think, the frustration that Democrats feel at having to defend the indefensible Obama administration.

  12. I hope Donna Brazile is railroaded out of town on a big fat rail soon, the woman is nothing more than a post turtle, another one appointed because of political correctness.

    Vile creature with no depth or merit in her thoughts.

    That woman and i use that term loosely is very responsible for pushing that gobshite on us in 2008. She should pay the price.

  13. Russia doesn’t need anybody now…….China and Russia just got into league with each other…….

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/russia-launches-construction-of-gas-pipeline-to-china-in-400-billion-deal-9704237.html

    Russian president Vladimir Putin today launched the construction of what will be one of the largest gas pipelines in the world, stretching from China to the Russian Far East, in the village of Us Khatyn in Yakutia.

    China’s CNPC (China National Petroleum Corporation) agreed to a huge $400 billion (£237 billion) contract with Gazprom in May.

    Russia will deliver 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas to China for a period of 30 years, through the 2,485 mile long pipeline.

    Putin said today: “There will be no other larger project in this sphere in the near future”.

    The Power of Siberia gas pipeline’s first stage is scheduled to be commissioned at the end of 2017. The pipeline will have an annual capacity of 61 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

    The deal will lessen Russia’s reliance on European buyers, who have imposed economic sanctions because of the situation in Ukraine.

    “After we create a network of gas pipelines here, in the Far East and Siberia, we’ll have a possibility to unite the European part of the gas pipeline system with its eastern part and, from the standpoint of export possibilities and expanding the geography of the country’s gas infrastructure development, this will give us big advantages in rechanneling gas flows, depending on the world market situation – either to send more gas to the west and achieve greater effect or to the east,” the Russian president said.

    After the deal was first approved some British energy experts warned the move could drive up prices for European gas consumers – who are becoming increasingly dependent on Russian gas.

    Read on……

    —————-

    translation….Europe you are screwed and better start finding new ways to heat up in winter.

  14. Help!!!! We’re trying to make sense of this ad:

    Has the DNC lost all 100% of whatever little sense it had? This ad makes no sense at all. It’s “creative class” bullsh*t. What’s the point of this???? Anyone? Help!!!

  15. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/386781/obama-outed-if-only-quin-hillyer

    Just resign already. Go. Be gone. Vamoose. Get out of our lives. More important: Stop endangering all of us with your self-indulgent vacations and self-absorbed dithering, along with unconstitutional domestic power plays while the whole world burns.

    Barack Obama already is derelict in his duties as commander in chief. He ought to abdicate and just step off his self-made throne.

    Knowledgeable people were calling for Obama to begin air strikes against the Islamic State barbarians months before Obama could rouse himself to admit that the brutes were something other than “jayvee” terrorists. Because he didn’t, thousands of innocents died, villages were razed, churches were destroyed, thousands more were left homeless, and vast swaths of territory were lost to purveyors of pure, unadulterated evil.

    And now, after several years of the Islamic State rising, after half a year of its being obvious that the Islamic State is a new sort of threat, after a couple of months of vicious terror of a sort even this troubled modern world has rarely seen, and after the Islamic State beheaded an American journalist on camera, we have a man pretending to be president who tells the world that the leaders of the globe’s most powerful nation still “don’t have a strategy yet” for the situation.

    Words fail.

    Meanwhile, Russia invades the sovereign nation of Ukraine. Barack Obama can’t even bring himself to acknowledge that it’s an invasion, much less do anything effective about it. But we can’t say we weren’t warned that Obama would be so compliant with Putin: It was in March 2012, speaking on an open mic to Russian apparatchik-cum-president Dmitry Medvedev, that Obama promised, “After my election, I have more flexibility.” Little did Ukraine know that such “flexibility” would include turning a blind eye to the loss of major parts of its own territory. The West has not even provided military aid to help Ukraine defend itself.

    Kiev might be in Ukraine, but the chicken is in the White House.

    Even worse than his failure to help a sovereign nation stand up to a bully is Obama’s betrayal of another ally, one of our most crucial partners on the world stage — Israel. But that’s what Obama and his pompous secretary of state, John Kerry, have done with relation to Israel, on multiple counts. First Kerry had the gall to threaten Israel with boycotts if his own ill-advised “peace talks” met with failure, as they were certain to do, given how poorly conceived they were. What Kerry called “peace” amounted to Israeli abandonment of the Jordan Valley and establishment of an Arab capital in East Jerusalem, though both arrangements would be scandalously dangerous for Israel’s security. Then, while Israel was being bombarded with thousands of Hamas rockets, an Obama-Kerry spokesman had the temerity to label an Israeli response “disgraceful,” and “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible.” Perhaps Kerry and his morally bankrupt mouthpiece might themselves want to spend time in Ashkelon or Beersheba during a Hamas rocket attack — maybe in the middle of the night, when sleep makes it difficult to respond to sirens in time to seek adequate shelter. [snip]

    Israel warns that Iran is processing uranium that can be used only for bombs and developing missiles specifically usable for nuclear-bomb delivery, the ayatollahs continue to repeat their assertion that the United States is the Great Satan, and Obama’s response . . . is to relax sanctions on Iran. Amazingly, the administration is even playing footsie with Iran as a possible “ally” against the Islamic State in Iraq. This is jaw-droppingly inane, if not insane.

    But it’s not only the security of allies that Obama endangers. His deliberate creation of an ever-more-porous southern border is allowing criminals in by the score, or maybe by the hundreds, alongside, almost assuredly, terrorists as well.

    Obama, though, keeps whining and dining and vacationing and playing golf, with his weak-looking swing, either oblivious or indifferent to the dangers to which he is subjecting Americans.

    Even if one assumes that our supposedly earth-healing president has the best of intentions rather than a mere desire for power and a deep animus against anyone who disagrees with him — not necessarily a reasonable assumption at this point — his record is one of astonishing ineptness. Everything he does creates disaster. Obamacare is deeply unpopular as it forces premiums through the roof, raises multiple taxes, severely harms important industries, fails to process claims and enrollments, narrows patient choices, forces consumers from their preferred plans and doctors, and adds hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt.

    The economy continues on its path of the slowest “recovery” since World War II, Obama’s “stimulus” never having stimulated a thing (other than more debt) — largely because, as Obama admitted, in a joking tone, “shovel-ready wasn’t as shovel-ready as we expected.”

    Obama promised a politics of reconciliation but has produced only more division. He promised transparency, only to run an administration of such deliberate secrecy that even a lapdog media feels compelled to lodge a formal protest. He promised racial harmony, only to join a corrupt attorney general in exacerbating racial tensions again and again. He promised to elevate political discourse but instead ran one of the most vicious reelection campaigns in memory, while repeatedly, throughout his presidency, attacking the patriotism and basic decency of his adversaries.

    Food-stamp use is way up; the percentage of the work force currently employed remains at or near record lows. Energy costs, especially for gasoline, have skyrocketed since his first inauguration. Disaster relief has been bungled (or worse). And, of course, religious freedoms are constantly under assault, while political enemies are harassed and discriminated against by a corrupt IRS.

    Scandals abound: Fast and Furious; the New Black Panthers, Benghazi; the NSA’s domestic spying; the IRS; mistreated inspectors general; race-based “justice.” Cover-ups aplenty; contempt of court; judicial smackdowns galore: The list goes on.

    But all Obama can do, when he is not greatly exacerbating whatever problem he chooses to create, is retreat further into his princeling world, hobnobbing with the rich and famous, shifting blame to everyone else, and acting as if somehow he wafts above the ordinary world of politics that in truth he has done so much to pollute.

    Rather than leading from behind — an absurdity — he should leave behind the office that seems alternately to annoy and bore him. Let Joe Biden take responsibility; at least Biden engages rather than withdraws when the going gets tough.

    Somebody needs to say it to his face: Barack Obama is the worst president, by far, since at least the Civil War. For the love of God, man, go away.

    It could be a bit stronger and gives Obama too much benefit of the doubt when it comes to his malevolent treacheries. Otherwise, it’s about right.

  16. Excellent article, Admin.

    I checked out the ad, and was astonished at how little sense it made, and will probably only help Perry. With a number of Dims and some in media acknowledging that the indictment against Perry was BS – political payback, it’s hard to imagine to whom these bozo ad creators thought the ad would appeal. This is just one example of how out of touch the progressive types are. The younger segment of the progressive movement has had little real world experience on which to base a realistic ad campaign. The older progressives are still trying to live in the 1960s. And, many of their ilk have spent much of their adult life in academia, where it is much easier to theorize about life than to practice it.

  17. IF and I say if because I am not convinced it will happen, but if the Republicans take the senate, they will poop out and offer the bi partisan olive branch to Obama, and I believe that he will reject it. At this point, he has no intention of governing the country. The remainder of his tenure will be devoted to implementing ALL aspects of the Soros agenda, which includes breaking the US military, world government, open borders, the elimination of our superpower status, climate change, breaking the US dollar as the world reserve currency. He will do this by executive order, because congress will not agree to it. Whereupon,the RINOS will huff and puff and do nothing to stop him. Specifically, they will fail to use the two tools the framers gave them to stop a demagogue like Obama cold in his tracks: impeachment and the power of the purse. Instead what you will hear from the RINO will be we cannot stop him unless we get the White House. (Note: they cannot say any longer they cannot stop him because they do not have the senate, because under this hypothetical they would have the senate and would need some other excuse to abdicate their sworn duty.)

    The Soros Agenda is a matter of public record. What most people fail to realize is that he too is a puppet of the Rothschildes who sent him here in 1957 to work in one of their banks and represent their financial interests. The policies he advocates constitute the Rothchilde answer to the End of History riddle posed by Fukayama apres le deluge Soviet Union. (Note: how’s that Mrs. Smith?) The only white knight in that family is Evelyn who is married to Lady Lynne de Rothschilde, and is a friend of Hillary and a great American).

  18. Lynn Forrester Rothchilde reminds me so much of Greer Garson in the movie Mrs. Miniver, who holds her family and her town together through courage devotion and wit during the dark days of World War II. Here is the final scene from that movie.

  19. It is hard for big media, their dearly beloved Messiah, and the zombies who follow him in lock step to understand that we are at war with muslim terrorism, and there is no politically correct way dismiss it as anything less, although Obama has tried mightily to tell us it is beneathe us to engage, and it is better to pay the dane geld.

    Dane-Geld

    A.D. 980-1016
    It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
    To call upon a neighbour and to say: —
    “We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight,
    Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

    And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
    And the people who ask it explain
    That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
    And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

    It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say: —
    “Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

    And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we’ve proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

    It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
    For fear they should succumb and go astray;
    So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
    You will find it better policy to say: —

    “We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
    No matter how trifling the cost;
    For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
    And the nation that pays it is lost!”

  20. This is just one example of how out of touch the progressive types are.
    —————–
    Surely you do not mean the self proclaimed creative class?

    The geniuses who gave that post modern Apollo–Pajama Boy?

    How could they possibly be out of touch?

    Just because they are creepy as hell.

    And crazy as a loon.

    Could be they are channeling Obama.

  21. According to this writer, the dims are abandoning Obama like rats jumping off a burning ship. Likewise, big media is abandoning Obama like rats jumping off a burning ship. The point being this: whether they support him, or treat him like the plague, these are the people who brought the plague to the highest office, including that fat slob Candy Crowley. If I thought these people had seen the light, meaning his policies which are sinking this nation, I might say it is better that wisdom come late rather than not at all. But truth to tell, these people still support the nation destroying policies, and it is not the message but the messenger that now leaves them cold. Specifically, it is the optics of a man who fiddles while Rome burns that they have a hard time defending. Frankly, if I thought it would help to destroy these accomplices to his crimes, who will be there hurting the country long after he is gone, then I would be tempted to give the Messiah a reduced sentence. They are the cancer. He is merely a symptom.

  22. Even Democrats Are Abandoning Obama

    By Amy Miller @ legalinsurrection, September 1, 2014

    It seems like even the most staunch democrats are waking up to the realities of Obama’s America—especially the political realities.

    Republicans need to capture 5 of the 6 most competitive Senate seats in the 2014 midterms to regain control of the chamber and end Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reign of terror against Republican legislation. This means unseating at least three incumbent Democrats in states that Mitt Romney swept in 2012, and national democrats are nervous at the prospect.

    Why? Because Barack Obama is a toxic commodity.

    Via Politico:

    Six years ago, Obama’s massive campaign organization helped to sweep several Senate Democrats, now the most endangered, into office with his appeal to unite political factions.

    Now, he’s an attack line.

    Across the country, from Alaska and Colorado, to Louisiana and North Carolina, Republicans are citing how often the Democratic incumbent sided with the White House on votes in Congress. It’s a tactic Democrats used to great effect in 2006 when they wrestled back control of the Senate by linking every incumbent to President George W. Bush, who was even more unpopular than Obama.

    “He’s going to be an anchor on each one of these Democrats all the way through,” said Guy Harrison, a media consultant for the Republican Senate nominees in Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina. “They’re trying to grasp every life preserver they can, but the anchor of Obama is still going to pull them down.”

    In key battleground states like North Carolina, where Senator Kay Hagan is in a knock down/drag out to keep her seat, Barack Obama’s presence seems to have served as nothing more than a springboard for Hagan’s attacks against the current Administration’s handling of veterans’ issues:

    When Obama arrived in North Carolina on Tuesday to speak at the American Legion’s annual meeting, Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan — along with Republican Sen. Richard Burr — greeted him on the tarmac and gave him a kiss on the cheek.

    But by the time Air Force One touched down in Charlotte, she had already pulled up the welcome mat, attacking his management of the Department of Veterans Affairs as a means of differentiate herself from the president. In prepared remarks for her own speech to the convention released ahead of the president’s visit — though she didn’t speak until after him — she added that the administration “has a long road ahead to restore the faith and trust of our veterans.”

    Domestic politics are sure to take a front seat in the policy debate as we move closer to November, but even more striking is the willingness of Democrats to turn a volatile foreign policy problem into a major talking point against Obama, who up until recently was able to sidestep major issues overseas by taking a back-burner approach to international optics. But with prominent politicians like Dianne Feinstein not hesitating to throw his Administration under the bus over its “no strategy strategy” against ISIS, for example, it’s clear that Democrats have become painfully aware of the need to capitalize on every opportunity to distance themselves from Obama, even on issues that tend not to move voters.

    From Fox News:

    The president, in an interview published early this year by The New Yorker, appeared to minimize Islamic State by comparing the group to a junior varsity basketball team. The White House later said he was speaking about a different threat posed by a range of extremists across the world.

    Feinstein said Sunday that the basketball analogy was wrong.

    “I think it’s a major varsity team,” she said while declining to say whether Obama acknowledging a lack of a strategy projected weakness from the White House.

    “I think I’ve learned one thing about this president, and that is he’s very cautious,” she said. “Maybe in this instance, [he’s] too cautious. I do know that the military, I know that the State Department, I know that others have been putting plans together. And so hopefully, those plans will coalesce into a strategy.”

    Feinstein’s nod to the State Department is clearly a signal to other Democrats, and to the media, that there is still one among them who has the wherewithal to make it through a press conference without suggesting to the world that America is shrugging at the prospect of the caliphate. However, Republicans have anticipated this move and are already taking steps to discredit former Secretary of State and probable presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before she gets a chance to schedule her campaign kickoff party.

    Although Democrats used the same tactics against Republican candidates toward the tail end of George W. Bush’s tenure as President, the fact that liberal candidates are distancing themselves from the President with more than two years to go in his Administration suggests a deeper concern regarding their ability to hold on to the Senate—and eventually, the White House.

    With embattled senators in swing states refusing to accept President Obama’s formidable fundraising abilities, and key defense and military officials publicly countering White House talking points, it’s clear to me that democrats grow pale at the prospect of mopping up the fallout of the Obama Administration long after the President leaves office in 2017.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/even-democrats-are-abandoning-obama/

  23. Those democrats did nothing but facilitate the manchild………hellfire for everyone of them in 2014.

    Hagan is nothing more than a duplicitous 2 faced snake….talking with a big forked tongue.

    I have no doubt she is going to be gone in Nov.

  24. We said it….icloud is a dangerous thing, when you let your data leave your home and put it up in a digital server, you lose all control…….

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/sep/01/naked-celebrity-hack-icloud-backup-jennifer-lawrence

    Security experts are warning that there could be many more compromised celebrity iCloud accounts after examining file data from pictures stolen from stars including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.

    One theory gaining ground is that many of the pictures had been accumulated by one hacker over a period of time – and were then “popped” by another hacker who somehow broke into a machine belonging to the first. Lending weight to that was that one of the earliest photos found in a cache released online dated to December 2011, while the most recent was from 14 August.

    Some have also pointed to the presence of a Dropbox tutorial file in one hacked account as suggesting that the third-party cloud storage service was a source of some pictures.

    But the posting to Github of an exploit against Apple’s Find My iPhone service three days ago, which could use a “brute-force” attack to work out a password, points to the existence of weak links in Apple’s service that could have been exploited once somebody had the email address of a celebrity or their manager.

    The original hack looks to have been done by “chaining” between accounts: on gaining access to one person’s account, the hacker could access their address book and use that to attack others’.

    ……………………

    don’t use them……..and i bet the Gov’t is using this shit.

  25. Of course the government are openly encouraging everyone to use the cloud for business (especially business) and personal data, because it’s a damn sight easier to get at it than having to go get a warrant based on evidence, then come and raid your house.

    People are so stupid.

  26. Cantor’s FU to his party and the people he “represented”.
    snip The Wall Street boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. announced early Tuesday that Cantor will be joining the firm Moelis & Co. as Vice Chairman and Managing Director, effective this week. Cantor and firm founder Ken Moelis first disclosed the Virginia Republican’s move to The Wall Street Journal late Monday. snip
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/02/former-house-majority-leader-eric-cantor-to-join-wall-street-investment-bank/

  27. If he wants a good deal for american workers, i suggest he resign and piss off to your foxhole in Hawaii, far way enough to do no more damage.

  28. Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are 100% dependent on Russian Gas and Energy….that is the figure of all you need to know how this plays out.

  29. admin
    September 1, 2014 at 8:32 pm
    It could be a bit stronger and gives Obama too much benefit of the doubt when it comes to his malevolent treacheries. Otherwise, it’s about right.

    Only the Democrats can tell him to get out. And they will if they loose badly enough this November. The ones that are left may consider themselves at risk in 2016 and anyone who runs for the Oval Office also. They know they are endangered because of the Boob but they can’t tell how much yet. A health problem because he has worked himself to poor health or he is simply too good for this country will be the reason cooked up. Party over country for the professional Democrats.

  30. Scenarios for the Dems…..

    1 : The Senate is lost in Nov and the Boob resigns, Biden takes over, makes sme bob VP and try and circumvent Hillary with incumbency……..

    2 : Dems tell Obama he has to stay until 2016 but he would have no support and not to try and do a single thing unless he is told to do it, party machine makes his life hell, total dead duck, President in name only.

    3 : Do nothing and continue the mess……

    4 : The Senate is lost, Biden makes Hillary VP, battle between Hillary and Biden in primaries in 2016.

    Any others?

  31. We can be probably be 100% sure this is true, if it is…Obama should be remved fr dereliction of duty.

    Source: Obama given detailed intelligence about rise of ISIS for a year

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/09/02/source-obama-given-detailed-intelligence-about-rise-isis-for-year/

    President Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer, a former Pentagon official told Fox News.

    The official — who asked not to be identified because the President’s Daily Brief is considered the most authoritative, classified intelligence community product analyzing sensitive international events for the president — said the data was strong and “granular” in detail.

    The source said a policymaker “could not come away with any other impression: This is getting bad.”

    Obama, unlike his predecessors who traditionally had the document briefed to them, is known to personally read the daily brief. The former Pentagon official, who has knowledge of the process, said Obama generally was not known to come back to the intelligence community with further requests for information based on the daily report.

    The claims come as the Obama administration continues to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq and weighs whether to expand that campaign, particularly into Syria.

    The president’s team has publicly suggested that the group only recently gained in strength, accounting for why Obama earlier this year dismissed such extremists as akin to a “jayvee” team.

    But after suggestions that the administration may have been blindsided by the rise of ISIS, and that poor intelligence was to blame, the former Pentagon official said some of the intelligence was so good in the region, that when the president drew a red line on chemical weapons use in Syria in 2012, the information was “exquisite.”

    The source said “[we] were ready to fire, on a moment’s notice, on a couple hundred targets,” but no order was given. In some cases, targets were tracked for a “long period of time” but then slipped away.

    The source also claimed that there was a delay regarding the question of whether to act to save American journalist James Foley from Islamic State militants. The Sunday Times of London first reported that the delay was 30 days. The former Pentagon official described a White House that was hesitant and continually asking for “the intelligence to build up more.”

    At the time, Fox News is told that a large, heavily armed compound, believed to be housing Foley, and other potential captives, was identified near the ISIS stronghold of Raqaa, Syria.

    The Obama administration confirmed, after a video of Foley’s execution was posted online, that the U.S. ultimately launched a failed effort to rescue the hostage journalist.

    Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said last month, regarding Foley’s capture and execution, that “we have done everything that we can possibly do to try to bring home our hostages.”

    He added: “It’s an incredibly difficult circumstance in a place like Syria, again, where you have such a violent conflict raging. But we’ve used all of our military, intelligence, diplomatic resources that we can bring to bear to try to pull a thread to find out where our hostages are; to try to rescue them when we saw an opportunity; to try to work with any country that might have any means of locating them. And tragically, we weren’t able to rescue Mr. Foley.”

    The National Security Council has not yet responded to a request for comment.

  32. Dems pulling a massive fast one in Alaska….Up to no good.

    The Alaska Democratic Party broke with long tradition Monday when its central committee voted 89-2 to not field a gubernatorial ticket and instead put its weight behind the independent campaign of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott.

    The vote to support the fusion ticket was contingent on Walker dropping his Republican Party affiliation. Mallott will quit as the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor, as will his running mate, state Sen. Hollis French. But Mallott will remain a Democrat, executive director Kay Brown said after the vote at party headquarters in a Spenard bungalow.

    http://www.adn.com/article/20140901/walker-mallott-join-forces-governors-race

    “This is a struggle for a lot of people,” said longtime Democrat Carolyn Covington, the party’s former secretary. “I am one of those people who has never voted for a Republican — never in my life. And I won’t be doing it this time.”

    The resolution passed by the central committee calls on the party to not replace Mallott and French when they officially withdraw on Tuesday. It also directs the party to throw its full support behind the independent “Alaska First Unity ticket” of Walker for governor and Mallott for lieutenant governor, something the party could do under its rules only if Walker wasn’t registered with another party.

    The vote took place after Walker and Mallott formally agreed to merge their campaigns following days of negotiations. The agreement required the lieutenant governor candidates for both men to withdraw — French as the Democrat and Craig Fleener as Walker’s running mate.

    But the unity ticket is still a ways from being settled. Tuesday is the deadline for changes to the Nov. 4 ballot, and there’s nothing in law that provides for succession when a candidate for lieutenant governor resigns from a ticket put on the ballot by petition.

    In 2006, when then-independent Andrew Halcro lost his running mate, it took a special emergency order by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman to authorize Halcro to name a replacement. Leman’s order expired in 2007, but supporters of the Walker-Mallot ticket say they expect Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell to follow the precedent. If not, a court battle will likely follow.

    The push to merge the tickets came largely from opponents of Republican Gov. Sean Parnell who saw the incumbent easily winning a three-way contest. A big thumbs down on a three-way contest came less than two weeks ago when the Alaska AFL-CIO refused to endorse any candidate unless Parnell had only one opponent. The state labor group will revisit its decision later this week.

    While most Democrats were cheering the latest developments, some long-term Mallott supporters weren’t happy. The two lieutenant governor candidates who had to resign were somewhat untethered, too.

    A statement by French was read to the central committee in which he announced his resignation but sounded less than enthusiastic.

  33. President Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer
    —————-
    No drama Obama.

    Given a choice between responding to an incipient threat to the nation

    And the excitement of March Madness

    March madness wins hands down

    Doesn’t make him a bad person

    In fact Romney called him a nice guy

    But it does suggest that he should not be president

    Neither should Romney

    And those who voted for Obama, even once, are idiots.

  34. “This is a struggle for a lot of people,” said longtime Democrat Carolyn Covington, the party’s former secretary. “I am one of those people who has never voted for a Republican — never in my life.

    And I won’t be doing it this time!” (Even though the Dims display a level of maleasance and misfeasance which shocks the conscience, still good old Carol votes for them.)
    —————-
    Wow!

    Never in her life voted for a Republican!

    Even now, when their malfeasance and misfeasance shocks the conscience!!

    Party over country, common sense, jobs and national security!!!

    Now there is a record to be damned proud of—for an ostrich.

    Order: Based on this affirmation, signed under oath and duly notarized before competent witnesses with first hand knowledge of Carol’s condition, and tenuous grasp on reality.

    I find the development of robots is superfluous, and

    I hereby direct that all further work in this area be terminated herewith.

    Rationale: Who needs robots, when we now have the real thing, namely Carol Covington.

    Plus: The Law of Holes: when you are in one, stop digging.

  35. Lisa Murkowski is partly to blame here also, she showed Dems and the people of Alaska that you can toss aside the votes of the primary voters in order to get what you want.

    Something needs to be done and i hope the people of Alaska vote against this dog and pony trick simply because frankly they are trampling over what was the legitimate vote of the people.

  36. Seeing and hearing reports of multiple helicopters heading over the border from Turkey into Syria in attack mode..

    At this point nothing confirmed until i get more.

  37. Looks like the world’s not going to wait until we get a new President that isn’t a stuttering clusterf**k of a miserable failure.

    Everything we dreaded about re-electing Obama seems to be coming to pass, this is going to cost the US dearly and take many decades to repair.

  38. Putin is not waiting…….guess that flexibility Obama indicated really pleased him….

    Iran? Not gonna hit the ‘pause’ button on those nukes are they. They are making moves on Iraq.

    ISIS? They’ll just get bigger, richer and more dangerous and we’ll be fighting those fuckers worse than AQ for decades.

    The border, another cluster on the move.

  39. Isis saying they accidentally released the video of Sotloff being murdered.

    Why do i get the feeling, the captives are all already dead and this is a drip drip pr campaign.

  40. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2740184/You-not-job-Parents-SEAL-Team-Six-soldier-killed-action-call-President-Obama-s-resignation.html

    ‘Your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole’: Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama’s resignation in searing open letter about his handling of ISIS

    Billy and Karen Vaughn lost their only-son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011
    The SEAL Team Six member was one of 33 killed when a Chinook helicopter was gunned down in Afghanistan
    On Monday, the Vaughns wrote a letter condemning President Barack Obama’s actions following the release of the video depicting the execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State radicals
    Mr and Mrs Vaughn criticized the president’s decision to go golfing after he held a press conference on the Foley beheading

    The letter:

    After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on the altar of world peace.

    My offering was my only son — Aaron Carson Vaughn. Aaron was a member of SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.

    Many times over the past three years, I have been asked what drove my son to choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My answer is simple.

    Aaron Vaughn was a man who possessed the courage to acknowledge evil. And evil, once truly acknowledged, demands response. Perhaps this is why so few are willing to look it in the eye. It is much simpler — much safer — to look the other way.

    That is, unless you are the leader of the Free World.

    As Commander-in-Chief, your actions — or lack thereof — Mr. President, cost lives. As you bumble about in your golf cart, slapping on a happy face and fist-pounding your buddies, your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America’s security — but the security of the entire globe. Your message has come across loud and clear, sir: You are not up to this job. You know it. We know it. The world knows it.

    Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the reigns of this out-of-control thug-fest and regain the balance we, America, have provided throughout our great history.

    Thanks to your “leadership” from whatever multi-million dollar vacation you happen to be on at any given moment, the world is in chaos. What’s been gained, you’ve lost. What’s been lost, you’ve decimated. You’ve demolished our ability to hold the trust of allies. You’ve made a mockery of the title “President.” And you’ve betrayed the nation for which my son and over 1.3 million others have sacrificed their very lives.

    But this should come as no surprise, since your wife uttered a vile statement on Feb. 18, 2008, during the primary campaign — one that speaks volumes of your true convictions. “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country,” she said.

    I am sure my deceased son thanks you for that, Mrs. Obama. Oh, and you’re welcome.

    Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such despair and such growing fear that the world’s last best hope, America, has finally been dismantled. Perhaps the better word is transformed — fundamentally transformed. Come to think of it, it’s become difficult — if not impossible — to believe things haven’t gone exactly as you planned, Mr. President.

    Amazingly, in five short years, your administration has lurched from one disaster to another. You spearheaded the ambitious rush to end the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan — with no plan on how to do so effectively. Also, the release of “the Taliban five” in exchange for one American — without consulting Congress — is also on your shoulders.

    You have been at the helm during unprecedented national security leaks — including, but not limited to the outing of SEAL Team VI on the Bin laden raid, the outing of the Pakistani doctor who provided the intelligence for that raid, the outing of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief, and the outing of your personal “kill list” to make you look tough. In addition, 75 percent of American deaths in Afghanistan and 83 percent of Americans-wounded-in-action have occurred on your watch, according to icasualties.org.

    And now, we have this recent, heinous event: the beheading of an American citizen by a barbaric organization you foolishly referred to as “the JV team” in your statements to the New Yorker magazine in January.

    You, sir, are the JV team. It’s time for you to step down and allow a true leader to restore our honor and protect our sons and daughters.

    America has always been exceptional. And she will be again. You, Mr. President, are a bump in our road.

  41. Good Riddance……..

    PIERS MORGAN took to his Twitter page earlier on today to confirm that he has declined CNN’s offer to renew his contract.

    He also revealed to his 4 million followers he was offered a ‘new 2-year deal’ by Cable News Network boss Jeff Zucker to host 40 big interview ‘special’ but declined the offer.

  42. Obama in trouble even in California:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/poll-obama-california-approval-rating-110507.html?hp=l1

    California poll: Obama sinks to record low

    President Barack Obama’s approval rating in California has reached a record low, a new poll shows.

    According to a Field Poll released Tuesday, 45 percent of California voters approve of the president’s job performance, while 43 percent disapprove. Obama’s approval rating in the state has been at 50 percent or above during the past year, but Tuesday’s results show his approval rating down 5 points since June.

    The president’s approval rating in California hadn’t dropped below 50 percent since September 2011, when a Field Poll reported that 46 percent of California voters approved of Obama’s performance and 44 percent disapproved.

    Fifty-one percent of California voters also believe things in the U.S. are off on the wrong track, while 36 percent say the country is moving in the right direction.

    Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, told The Sacramento Bee that the results indicate the president is struggling even with his liberal base in the Democratic stronghold.

    These are constituencies that have been strong followers,” he said, referring to results that show Obama’s approval rating down 11 points in Los Angeles County and 7 points in the Bay Area.

    Obama’s national approval rating stands at 42 percent, while his disapproval rating is 51 percent, according to Gallup.

  43. Illegal immigration amnesty might not happen by Obama diktat before the elections because of the voters:

    http://news.investors.com/082914-715413-americans-oppose-obama-immigration-executive-order-ibd-tipp-poll.htm?p=full

    According to the latest IBD/TIPP poll, 73% of the public say Obama should work with Congress on reforms. Just 22% say he should “sidestep Congress and act on his own using executive orders” — something the president has repeatedly pledged to do…

    Another trouble sign for Obama: The age group most fervently opposed to him on immigration is the young voters he has successfully courted in the past. Fully 80% of those age 18 to 24 want him to work with Congress on reform, and just 15% side with Obama’s plan to bypass Congress if they fail to act…

    When asked more specifically about an executive order to “slow deportation of undocumented immigrants by providing them with legal protection and work permits,” 63% of all those polled say they oppose Obama’s issuing such an order, with a majority of Republicans and independents strongly opposed. Just 34% of the public backs that move, though that includes 60% of Democrats.

  44. ISIS is making this very personal against O…

    they are taunting him to go mano or mano…

    they must scoff when they see those photos of O on the golf course with those silly shorts and cap on…he looks like a toothpick…certainly they do not fear him…

    O looks like a fool on the world stage…so much for his “face” having anything to do with making this world more peaceful…the opposite is happening for everyone to see…

    he is almost irrelevant…

    …someone in authority behind the scenes is going to have to step up and start taking what is going on more seriously than focus challenged O…

  45. “…someone in authority behind the scenes is going to have to step up and start taking what is going on more seriously than focus challenged O…
    *****
    “Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month, and western intelligence agencies recently issued a warning that the jets could be used in terrorist attacks across North Africa……”

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/missing-libyan-jetliners-raise-fears-of-suicide-airliner-attacks-on-911/

  46. “Islamist militias in Libya took control of nearly a dozen commercial jetliners last month,

    ………………………..

    Wouldn’t you think we should have had the sense to drone the shit out of those airliners by now on the ground to make sure they are not used.

  47. the adults in our government should lock O in a room and read him the riot act…

    he is so blase and indifferent to the shock and danger the rest of the world is experiencing…as if he is living in some alternative universe…symptoms of delusion…

    we are way past things being “messy” …no urgency or passion from this guy except to go after his political opponents in his slang JayZ impersonation…

    one can only imagine what our enemies are planning against us…

    our enemies are declaring war on us and our commander in chief is so la de da…where’s the next party…where can I get a drink…so sick of seeing that Alfred E Newman grin and O trying to make jokes to deflect the issues

  48. Obama is on drugs and in full flight from reality. He is claiming that it has always been like this but we are just finding it out because of social media. What the media creates is Obama’s reality so he thinks it is the same for everyone else.

    The world is watching this moron in action. How embarrassing.

  49. It tells you something when the only one they can get to defend the glorious infallible big media beloved and big media installed messiah who is destroying the world, and enriching his donors beyond their wildest dreams, is the most junior senator in congress and only on msnbc.

    Now the big media whores are trying to put some distance between themselves and the liar they installed. Good luck with that one. They were so determined to have their first black president, that they failed to engage in any sort of due diligence. Hence, when he goes down they will too. Enough people now are voting with their feet and their channel changer.

    I hope.

  50. To the fervent Obama supporters who practice willful blindness in the face of mounting catastrophes produced by his failure to govern in a responsible manner the following question is apt:

    Why are you so determined to destroy this nation?

    When they deny it, give 5 examples.

    And then repeat the same question, as often as necessary.

    Then tell them, I can see why you wish to evade the question.

  51. Then tell them, they are responsible for weakening this country economically, eroding the country’s position as a world power, inciting racism, violating the constitution, damaging our system of checks and balances, and generally placing America and Americans (including their dumb-ass selves and their children and grandchildren) in a more vulnerable position.

    Thankfully, the damage isn’t permanent. it will take some time to undo the damage done by the 8 year Obamarama, but it will be repaired. Even with the media and the progressives in government running interference for him, that little golf club swinging weenie could “transform America”. It took a multitude of strong, brilliant, determined, patriotic, ethical individuals to found this country. Thankfully, we still have Americans with those qualities, who will not rest until they right the wrongs committed under Obama’s watch, and with his blessing and participation.

  52. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2741286/Obama-jets-Estonia-without-responding-second-ISIS-beheading-State-Dept-official-says-stay-tuned-strategy-ll-develop.html

    AWOL Obama vanishes again: Three hours after another American is brutally beheaded, President is whisked away from the White House – without finding time to say a single word about it

    Presdident walks to Marine One past journalists while ignoring their shouted questions

    State Department’s chief Iraq-Iran deputy said ‘stay tuned’ for a strategy: ‘we are building now a broader campaign plan’

    CNN anchor pounces: ‘You say “stay tuned,” but in the meantime ISIS is busy beheading our colleagues’

    Georgia Republican senator tweets ‘There’s only one way you deal with ISIS: You kill them’

    California Democratic senator warned Sunday that Obama is ‘very cautious. Maybe in this instance too cautious’

    The president will be in Europe for three days, attending international meetings in Estonia and then a NATO summit in Wales

    Barack Obama left for a three-day European swing Tuesday afternoon without saying a single word in response to a terrorist video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist to die that way on camera.

    The president’s departure came amid equally deafening swirls of helicopter rotors and tough questions about whether and when the U.S. will strike back in a meaningful and public way against ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

    News of Sotloff’s execution broke online at 1:05 p.m., shortly after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest began his daily briefing with reporters; he said four minutes later that he hadn’t heard the news.

    By 3:40, Obama was lifting off from the South Lawn of the White House on his way to a waiting Air Force One, which was ‘wheels up’ by 4:00.

    Just two weeks ago, the president was widely criticized for being pictured fist-bumping on the golf course minutes after solemnly addressing the nation about an ISIS video showing photojournalist James Foley’s death.

    read on………………

  53. So apparently Ukraine and Russia have declared a permanent ceasefire, however Putins spokespeople are saying they know nothing, right before Obama speaks….

    Tells me the rhetoric changed from Ukraine, that they were on the brink of collapse.

    Putin has again run rings around them.

  54. OMG you should see this press conference from Estonia, it is clear Obama yet again has no idea what the hell he is talking about…….he looks like a deer in headlights.

    Waffle waffle waffle…….

  55. The world needs a wakeup call….

    Hello…No Appeasement……..That may have been the case when we actually had armed forces or warships but since You, Labour and the EU have cut armed forces to the bone due to the liberal policies of the EU then frankly there is not a lot you can do, sanction all you like, Putin will laugh at you……1939 is not 2014….Europe had had armies, nukes didn’t exist,no technological machines, reliance on gas was not there. Its a different type of warfare.

    Its a different world Cameron and you better wake up to that fact.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2741349/Putin-not-appeased-like-Hitler-EU-risks-mistakes-1938-warns-Cameron.html

  56. moononpluto
    September 3, 2014 at 5:21 am

    OMG you should see this press conference from Estonia, it is clear Obama yet again has no idea what the hell he is talking about….

    Leaks from the Pentagon and CIA that he doesn’t allow in person briefings nor read his briefing books are totally believable. Why would he read when he already knows everything? Lazy, ignorant, opinionated, incurious blowhard now has an international audience to laugh at him. Add cowardly too since he sneaked off without a statement on the latest beheading of a US citizen thinking he could just jet somewhere and get a little adulation. Those days are over for international boob Obama.

  57. Perhaps this realization can serve as an anchor.
    Mount Vernon ‏@MountVernon 3h
    #OTD in 1783: Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Revolutionary War. #TodayInHistory

  58. Ruh Ruh….

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/09/03/breaking-battleground-poll-shows-gop-4-on-congressional-ballot-wide-intensity-gap/

    Brand new numbers from a fresh Politico/GWU nationwide survey — all of which are among likely voters, with a partisan sample of 41/40/17 (D/R/I):

    (1) Republicans hold a four-point lead (43/39) on the generic Congressional ballot, a measure that traditionally favors Democrats. Including leaners, the margin is unchanged (46/42). Republicans have a strong edge on this question among independent (+15) and middle class voters (+11). And then there’s this, with all the obvious caveats about the reliability of small sub-samples firmly in place:

    “In states with a competitive US Senate race, Republicans hold a sixteen point advantage (52%-36%) on this generic ballot.” I suspect 16 percentage points is outside even the most ardent skeptic’s margin of error.

    (2) President Obama is a drag on his party. A majority of likely 2014 voters disapprove of his job performance (44/51), with strong disapproval outpacing strong approval by 18 points (27/45). Obama’s approval ratings are underwater by double digits on a slew of major issues: The economy (-10), solving problems (-12), working with Congress (-17), federal spending and budgets (-26), foreign policy (-20), and immigration (-20). He’s upside-down, but within the margin of error on his handling of jobs, taxes, Social Security, Medicare and “representing middle class values.” Obama is only in positive territory on one of the 12 issues polled: “Standing up for the middle class,” and that’s only by two percentage points.

    (3) The public’s overall mood is quite sour. Just 21 percent of respondents say the country is on the right track, with fully 70 percent saying America is on the wrong track. Other polling on this question is similarly grim.

    (4) When the two parties go head-to-head, Republicans hold clear advantages on several of the issues that are most likely to drive the 2014 campaign:

    Economy: GOP +7

    Federal budget/spending: GOP +13

    Taxes: GOP +6

    Foreign policy: GOP +10

    Immigration +7

    The parties are virtually tied on jobs and solving problems. Democrats hold leads on Social Security, Medicare (ahem), and middle class issues. However, “Republicans enjoy a double digit advantage with middle class voters on [four] decisive issues,” according to pollsters from the Terrance Group, the Republican-leaning half of the partnership that conducted the survey. Those four are the economy, taxes, foreign policy and immigration. Also, see the generic ballot figure noted in item #1.

    (5) Finally, a word on voter enthusiasm and intensity, again via the pollsters:

    The vote intensity of Republican voters is strong – a net twelve-points more than their Democratic counterparts. Overall, sixty-two percent (62%) of voters say they are extremely likely to vote in the November elections. However, Republicans (69% extremely likely) outpace Democrats (57% extremely likely). In fact, this intensity advantage exceeds where Republicans were in the September 2010 Battleground Poll.

    It’s little wonder, based on these numbers, that Democrats are hoping to fight the 2014 cycle on terrain such as birth control (here’s a good GOP response), pay equity for women (cough), corporate inversions, the minimum wage, and Mediscare (which Republicans blunted in 2012 with counter-attacks like this). Today’s Battleground poll data spells bad news for the Obama, Reid, Pelosi triumvirate — but two months is a long time in politics, and conservatives should take absolutely nothing for granted. Vulnerable Democrats, meanwhile, are “twisting themselves in knots” trying to elude Obama’s anti-Midas touch:

  59. Just to check out the stories being reported by some of the far Left outlets, visited a few progressive sites. The only story I saw about ISIS’s claims that they had murdered another American on The Progressive, The Nation was, and Common Dreams:

    “Washington Created its Own Worst Nightmare—but it Could Still Create Something Worse” by: Tom Englehardt

    There were several featured stories about the issue of White racism against blacks, including one about how Trayvon’s death inspired a new generation of activists.

    (Really? “activists” ? I can remember when that term described those who were seeking justice.

    Just to keep the progs riled up against the Clintons, I suppose (as if that were necessary), a blog article featured on The Nation opined that the aide provided to Haiti after the earthquake had done more harm than good. Of course, the Clintons were hugely active in raising funds for Haiti during that time.

    Damn them! Why do those Clintons always want to help survivors of natural disasters? Why? The Left has already told us how corrupt, rotten and uncaring the Clintons are. If it’s necessary to remind us of this fact, there’s always a Lefty blogger willing to take on the task.

  60. moononpluto
    September 3, 2014 at 9:43 am
    Ruh Ruh….
    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/09/03/breaking-battleground-poll-shows-gop-4-on-congressional-ballot-wide-intensity-gap/
    Brand new numbers from a fresh Politico/GWU nationwide survey — all of which are among likely voters, with a partisan sample of 41/40/17 (D/R/I):
    —————
    Inasmuch as there are now as many independents as democrats on the one hand, and republicans on the other, it stands to reason that the results are even more dramatic, and lethal, for democrats than those figures indicate. It is also reasonable to assume that the DNC numbers, if they even bother to keeps such records any more, tell the same story. I suspect they scrupulously avoid them however, because they would undermine their fundraising–and vote rigging,– and race baiting activities, which have become their forte. Besides, it would be harder for them to solicit what they really live for–the blow jobs they get from big media.

  61. Leaks from the Pentagon and CIA that he doesn’t allow in person briefings nor read his briefing books are totally believable. Why would he read when he already knows everything?
    ————–
    Well, I will say this much in response.

    As bad as it is, it could be worse.

    This could be happening during March Madness, when he is really distracted.

    World leaders would be talking about Putin and ISIS.

    While he was talking about Wilt the Stilt, and, of course, Kobe Bryant.

    In a Bulls uniform.

    Now that is the only hope and change he has left, at this point.

    And we are no better off because of it.

    But big media is clipping coupons, so they have adopted a posture of semi divine remove.

    Instead of reporting the news

    They are standing in front of a blank screen

    Making hand shadows that flash on the screen

    Trying to buy time til their presentation arrives via FEDEX.

  62. California Democratic senator warned Sunday that Obama is ‘very cautious. Maybe in this instance too cautious’
    —————
    What?

    Maybe? (Question: what more proof does this idiot need to be sure? How many more beheadings would it take to offend this elitist with such delicate sensibilities)

    Too cautious? (Question: since when is a clear dereliction of duty to defend the nation, a matter of being too cautious. Again, this idiot is more concerned with party than country. If it were a Republican then she would be shrill and unrelenting, and believe me, she would not suggest that her opponent was being maybe too cautious.

  63. wbboei
    September 3, 2014 at 11:12 am
    Well, I will say this much in response.

    As bad as it is, it could be worse.

    This could be happening during March Madness, when he is really distracted.

    I don’t think he watches sports. I think that is a ruse for his being zonked out of his gourd. He can watch a quick highlight show and pretend he was watching instead of indulging. His knowledge of sports is thin as with everything else. He is the Cliff’s Notes president.

  64. OT…interesting…so ‘supposedly’ Maria Shriver has been having an ongoing affair with Matthew Dowd since he was Arnold’s camp manager way back when…

    no wonder Dowd sounds more and more like a democrat every time I hear him utter a sentence…who knew!

  65. Unfortunately, we have become a nation of yellow dogs, unable to admit we were wrong–those of us who voted for Obama, which obviously did not include me (sooner be dead than red, etc.)and twist ourselves into a pretzel to defend him, as Scarboro has done. We are utterly incapable of processing new information that contradicts prior assumptions and to adjust our view of the world accordingly.

    The problem is politics has become a religion for millions of our fellow citizens, and to dispute what party leaders say is ipso facto heresy. The problem I have with all this is that it is based on the faulty premise that this is a democracy, and misses the essential fact that the two parties are wings of the same bird. The system we have to day is best described by Professor Sheldon Wollen as “managed democracy and inverted totalitarianism.” Obama was always a tool of capitalists and those who believe otherwise are ignorant to the point of being utterly pathetic. ——————
    With respect to the destruction of the American lead world order, upon which everything, including our security, and standard of living all depend, there is this:

    In 1994, President Clinton, in conjunction with Russia’s then-President Boris Yeltsin and Britain’s then-Prime Minister John Major, signed the Budapest Memorandum, promising to protect Ukrainian territory and sovereignty in exchange for Ukraine’s giving up its huge nuclear arsenal. The agreement is not a formal treaty and was never ratified by the Senate, but it did prompt Ukraine’s disarmament.

    In 2005, against the backdrop of this security assurance, as I’ve previously recounted, then-Senator Barack Obama spearheaded a U.S. campaign, ultimately endorsed by President Bush, to provide $48 million to induce Ukraine to destroy much of its conventional military arsenal – including more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition. At the time, Obama delusionally asserted that Ukraine would make both itself and the world safer by disarming.

    As president, Obama has refused to provide military aid to an ally under siege that the United States government – very much including Obama himself – convinced to render itself defenseless. By contrast, Obama in 2012 provided $1.5 billion in military aid to the Egyptian regime then controlled by the rabidly anti-American Muslim Brotherhood.

    The incentives, as they have been for nearly six years under his administration, could not be clearer: There is more advantage in being America’s enemy than America’s friend, and countries – whether law-abiding or rogues – should pursue more numerous and powerful arms to make their way in a world where the United States has forfeited its leadership.

    http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2014/09/03/ukraines-president-announces-ceasefire-agreement-with-russia/

  66. Unfortunately, we have become a nation of yellow dogs, unable to admit we were wrong–those of us who voted for Obama, which obviously did not include me (sooner be dead than red, etc.)and twist ourselves into a pretzel to defend him, as Scarboro has done. We are utterly incapable of processing new information that contradicts prior assumptions and to adjust our view of the world accordingly.

    The problem is politics has become a religion for millions of our fellow citizens, and to dispute what party leaders say is ipso facto heresy. The problem I have with all this is that it is based on the faulty premise that this is a democracy, and misses the essential fact that the two parties are wings of the same bird. The system we have to day is best described by Professor Sheldon Wollen as “managed democracy and inverted totalitarianism.” Obama was always a tool of capitalists and those who believe otherwise are ignorant to the point of being utterly pathetic. ——————
    With respect to the destruction of the American lead world order, upon which everything, including our security, and standard of living all depend, there is this:

    In 1994, President Clinton, in conjunction with Russia’s then-President Boris Yeltsin and Britain’s then-Prime Minister John Major, signed the Budapest Memorandum, promising to protect Ukrainian territory and sovereignty in exchange for Ukraine’s giving up its huge nuclear arsenal. The agreement is not a formal treaty and was never ratified by the Senate, but it did prompt Ukraine’s disarmament.

    In 2005, against the backdrop of this security assurance, as I’ve previously recounted, then-Senator Barack Obama spearheaded a U.S. campaign, ultimately endorsed by President Bush, to provide $48 million to induce Ukraine to destroy much of its conventional military arsenal – including more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition. At the time, Obama delusionally asserted that Ukraine would make both itself and the world safer by disarming.

    As president, Obama has refused to provide military aid to an ally under siege that the United States government – very much including Obama himself – convinced to render itself defenseless. By contrast, Obama in 2012 provided $1.5 billion in military aid to the Egyptian regime then controlled by the rabidly anti-American Muslim Brotherhood.

    The incentives, as they have been for nearly six years under his administration, could not be clearer: There is more advantage in being America’s enemy than America’s friend, and countries – whether law-abiding or rogues – should pursue more numerous and powerful arms to make their way in a world where the United States has forfeited its leadership.

    http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2014/09/03/ukraines-president-announces-ceasefire-agreement-with-russia/

  67. Paul Rosenberg in Salon has issued an erudite piece on the wisdom, or lack thereof, of being a Democratic hawk:

    http://www.salon.com/2014/08/30/dont_do_it_hillary_joining_forces_with_neocons_could_doom_democrats/

    He’s essentially arguing from the viewpoint that HRC is being or staying “hawkish” for political reasons, and that she should cease to be so because it could spell doom for the Democratic Party.

    He thinks he has learned lessons from LBJ that have completely escaped HRC.

    While the historical discussion of LBJ’s pilgrimage from 1952 to 1965 is a good one, including remarks on Mansfield and Fulbright, Rosenberg has no idea where HRC is coming from or going to and seems to be happy with Obama’s voodoo.

  68. ” I think that is a ruse for his being zonked out of his gourd.”

    you have something there…

    D.C. WHISPERS: Obama “Out Of It” During “Bizarre” Conversation With Prime Minister
    UlstermanBooks.com > Politics > D.C. WHISPERS: Obama “Out Of It” During “Bizarre” Conversation With Prime Minister
    A recent report was published here this morning regarding Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters declaring Barack Obama suffered “psychological problems” that has him incapable of making the kind of decisions required of his job as President of the United States. Now this information comes via D.C. sources which outline a very brief, troubling, and bizarre phone conversation between British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama that left the Prime Minister’s staff stunned and baffled as to what could be going on with the alleged “Leader of the Free World.”

    The communication from British Prime Minister to the president is said to have been initiated at approximately 5:00 eastern time. (Which would also indicate the Prime Minister was working late into the night London time.) According to the published White House schedule for Tuesday, that would have put Barack Obama on Air Force One on his way to Europe. The Prime Minister was said to have to wait for nearly twenty minutes before the call was finally taken by the president.
    Why would it take twenty minutes for staff to locate the President of the United States within the confines of a airplane – even one as luxurious as AF1?
    That is far from the most troubling aspect of the alleged interaction between the two world leaders though.

    President Obama is said to have been “nearly incoherent”, slurring his words heavily and even at one point “giggling as the Prime Minister struggled to focus the conversation on the terrorist threats in the Middle East.” The President of the United States was said to be “out of it” during a conversation that has staff for the Prime Minister privately describing to their D.C. counterparts as “bizarre.”

    Was Barack Obama given an in-flight sedative to help him sleep during his flight trip to Estonia and then later the United Kingdom for a scheduled NATO summit? If so, he could have been woken up by staff to take the Prime Minister’s call and been struggling to remain awake during the conversation.

    An alternative to that more Obama-friendly scenario would be one related to the night of the Benghazi Massacre where White House records have no indication of the President of the United States’ whereabouts on that night, though rumors persist Barack Obama was “incapacitated” and unable to perform his duties as Commander in Chief. Those missing hours in the president’s schedule have never yet to be accounted for and the next day, a late to rise Barack Obama then flew off for a fundraiser to Las Vegas.
    No president has utilized Air Force One more than Barack Obama, though its use has been primarily for fundraising and vacation excursions. That extensive use also allows the president considerable time at the back of the plane alone inside the private rooms if he so chooses, far from the prying eyes of the White House machine and accompanying media. (The media are confined to a small area at the front of the plane) He could be doing a great many things on that plane we would never know of.
    Whatever the cause for the president’s condition and resulting behavior during the brief conversation with Prime Minister Cameron, it is sure to be a source of further concern for both Cameron and other world leaders during this week’s NATO conference as more and more come to realize the United States is seemingly without the required leadership today’s increasingly troubled times require.

  69. I see where the fine San Francisco establishment Gumps is offering a peacock jacket.

    It was very colorful and adorned with images of peacocks flapping their wings in the wind, without getting off the ground.

    I thought to myself:

    What a fine Christmas present one of those would make for Messiah Obama.

    Caption to read:

    Proud as a peacock.

    Dumb as a post.

  70. No president has utilized Air Force One more than Barack Obama, though its use has been primarily for fundraising and vacation excursions. That extensive use also allows the president considerable time at the back of the plane alone inside the private rooms if he so chooses, far from the prying eyes of the White House machine and accompanying media. (The media are confined to a small area at the front of the plane) He could be doing a great many things on that plane we would never know of.) (snip)

    President Obama is said to have been “nearly incoherent”, slurring his words heavily and even at one point “giggling as the Prime Minister struggled to focus the conversation on the terrorist threats in the Middle East.” The President of the United States was said to be “out of it” during a conversation that has staff for the Prime Minister privately describing to their D.C. counterparts as “bizarre.”

    —————-

    Let’s see what the boys in the backroom will have

    And give them the poison they name

    And tell them I’m having the same

  71. S
    September 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    OT…interesting…so ‘supposedly’ Maria Shriver has been having an ongoing affair with Matthew Dowd since he was Arnold’s camp manager way back when…

    no wonder Dowd sounds more and more like a democrat every time I hear him utter a sentence…who knew!

    ___________

    Who knew indeed?! We did know about Arnold’s many dalliances, but not Maria. Although I’m no fan of hers, in view of his indiscretions, I am tempted to say, WTG, girl.

    I like the peacock jacked Idea for Obamalama. Suits him. Put him on him and watch him strut. Maybe since he’s working with very little on the inside, it would be good for him to

    spruce it up a little on the outside.

  72. Bill Burton, on CNN: “We destroyed Nazi Germany, but there are still Nazis roaming around…”

    someone is off their meds…..

    oh look

    Joe Biden : We will chase Isis to the gates of hell!

    another one of their meds.

  73. I just saw this……

    Stragedy, a noun– tragedies resulting from absent leadership and no strategy for defeating and disarming an armed enemy force.

    ……………………

    By the way Macavity has just arrived in Wales for his next photo op of doing fuck all at the nato summit.

  74. Bill Burton, on CNN: “We destroyed Nazi Germany, but there are still Nazis roaming around…”
    ————–
    What do you mean “we”, paleface?

  75. No can do, Henry–work with Russia to contain radical Islam and its 30 years war.

    Putin, and by implication Russia, is “on the wrong side of history’.

    Sez who?

    Sez the big media beloved Harvard trained absolutely positively first black president that from whom all good things flow, like war, terrorism, prolonged recessions, racial strife, etc.

    Who we now learn has the unmitigated gall to speaks in the Muslim equivalent of tongues

    To the British Prime Minister

    Giberish with a style all his own.

    Riddle: who is stupider? Obama? Or his supporters??

    Henry might as well be talking to a wall, that to the man who never reads briefing books

    —————–

    Kissinger’s Warning and Recommendations for ‘A World in Flames’

    September 3rd, 2014 – 5:34 am

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    Under the headline “The World in Flames,” Henry Kissinger warns in a London Sunday Times op-ed of the consequences of state failure and anarchy in the Muslim world. Read it carefully: Kissinger reviews the collapse of America’s idea of exporting democracy during the Arab Spring and its dire consequences. He suggests that the US needs to work with Russia to put out the fire:

    Participants in the contests search for outside support, particularly from Russia and the US, in turn shaping relations between them.

    Russia’s goals are largely strategic: at a minimum to prevent Syrian and Iraqi jihadist groups from spreading into its Muslim territories and, on the larger, global scale, to enhance its position vis-à-vis the US.

    America’s quandary is that it condemns Assad on moral grounds — correctly — but the largest contingent of his opponents are al-Qaeda and more extreme groups, which the US needs to oppose strategically.

    Neither Russia nor America has been able to decide whether to co-operate or to manoeuvre against the other — though events in Ukraine may resolve this ambivalence in the direction of Cold War attitudes.

    Political Islam has brought large parts of the world into something resembling the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648, Kissinger says (and of course I agree: I have been citing the 30 Years War example for a decade):

    Zones of non-governance or jihad now stretch across the Muslim world, affecting Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Mali, Sudan and Somalia. When one also takes into account the agonies of central Africa — where a generations-long Congolese civil war has drawn in all neighbouring states, and conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan threaten to metastasise similarly — a significant portion of the world’s territory and population is on the verge of falling out of the international state system altogether.

    As this void looms, the Middle East is caught in a confrontation akin to — but broader than — Europe’s 17th-century wars of religion. Domestic and international conflicts reinforce each other. Political, sectarian, tribal, territorial, ideological and traditional national- interest disputes merge. Religion is “weaponised” in the service of geopolitical objectives; civilians are marked for extermination based on their sectarian affiliation.

    I am surprised that Kissinger does not mention China in this context; perhaps his forthcoming book (from which the Sunday Times op-ed was excerpted) will do so.

    Kissinger is magnificently right.

  76. I think it is high time we sent some top tier “journalists” like Tom Friedman and David Brooks over to the Middle East to sit down with ISIS, to interview them, to drink camel milk and to explain to them why they are on the wrong side of history.

  77. Dems pulling another candidate kind of like what they are pulling in Alaska……What are they up to for Nov………

    Democrat Chad Taylor has dropped out of the Kansas Senate race, according to local reports, complicating Sen. Pat Roberts’s (R-Kan.) reelection fight.

    Local outlet Kansas First News is reporting Taylor, the Shawnee County district attorney, said he submitted papers to withdraw himself from the ballot at 4:15 p.m. Central Time Wednesday, just 45 minutes before the deadline to exit the race.

    The race is now a three-way battle between Roberts, independent Greg Orman and libertarian Randall Batson. Now, Taylor’s exit may create more of a headache for Roberts, who has emerged as surprisingly vulnerable in recent weeks, with multiple polls showing him holding just a single-digit lead in the race.

    The GOP incumbent emerged from a contentious primary fight with his campaign coffers depleted and his profile in the state bruised due to a heavy focus from his primary opponent on questions of whether he actually lives in Kansas.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/216586-democrat-drops-out-of-kansas-senate-race#ixzz3CIKHMbq0

  78. wbboei
    September 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I think it is high time we sent some top tier “journalists” like Tom Friedman and David Brooks over to the Middle East to sit down with ISIS, to interview them, to drink camel milk and to explain to them why they are on the wrong side of history.
    —————————

    Everytime I feel bad about what happened to our journalists, I picture Chris Tingles in their place. It would be justice.

  79. sirmrks
    September 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    ” I think that is a ruse for his being zonked out of his gourd.”

    you have something there…
    ———————————–
    I tell you I know more about chemical dependency than I would like to and BO has it big time. Arrogant, grandiose, selfish, self-centered, self will run riot, rubber brained and chemically altered. Words do not work. He is in full flight from reality and YOU cannot make him face anything.

    Look how skinny he is. And that is on TV that makes you way fatter than you are. He is a zombie POTUS. Can you imagine who is manipulating his meds? Of course Soros knows his dirty little habits.

    The empty suit is chemically altered.

  80. Holder would be another one who should spend some quality time with ISIS.

    He could tell them how much he admires them for imposing sharia law.

    But he could also chide them in a good nature way

    For failing to have an honest conversation about race.

    And then he could learn on intimate terms

    The true meaning of the old expression: heads will roll.

  81. Let’s play out the above hypothetical:

    Suppose Holder left Ferguson and went to the middle east to spread his notion of justice

    Suppose that ISIS took one look at him and decided sua sponte that he would look good with 24 virgins

    Suppose word of this reached the dish shaped ears of the messiah when he was in command of his faculties

    Question: Would Obama order military strikes to save Holder?

    Better question: Should Obama order military strikes to save Holder?

    If it is the first question, it depends on what the boys in the backroom are having (see Marlene Dietrich video above)

    If it is the second, then he should take it under advisement.

    Besides, Holder could call in Sharpton and Jessee for reinforcements.

    And wouldn’t that be grand.

  82. moononpluto

    September 3, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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    It would be so nice if McConnell, Cochrane and Roberts all lost their seats.

    They do not deserve them.

    Much rather have a democrat than a RINO or a DINO.

    Neither of whom represent the people who elected them.

    But are simply denizens of the much reviled political class who are ruining the country.

  83. More from Sengler (David Goldman).

    Interestingly, the titular head of the Russian Orthodox church, concurs with this rather bleak assessment.
    ————

    Now that American conservatives are determined to demonize Russia over Ukraine, his advice will go unheeded (or will be scorned), but the world chessboard remains what it was when I wrote about the trade-off between Ukraine and the Middle East back in 2008. I asserted six years ago that the US had common ground with Russia:

    Russia’s help in containing nuclear proliferation and terrorism in the Middle East [this is Spengler writing, not Kissinger] is of infinitely greater import to the West than the dubious self-determination of Ukraine. The West should do its best to pretend that the “Orange” revolution of 2004 and 2005 never happened, and secure Russia’s assistance in the Iranian nuclear issue as well as energy security in return for an understanding of Russia’s existential requirements in the near abroad.,,Russia has more to fear from a nuclear-armed Iran than the United States, for an aggressive Muslim state on its borders could ruin its attempt to Russify Central Asia. Russia’s strategic interests do not conflict with those of the United States, China or India in this matter. There is a certain degree of rivalry over energy resources, but commercial rivalry does not have to turn into strategic enmity.

    If Washington chooses to demonize Russia, the likelihood is that Russia will become a spoiler with respect to American strategic interests in general, and use the Iranian problem to twist America’s tail. That is a serious risk indeed, for nuclear proliferation is the one means by which outlaw regimes can pose a serious threat to great powers.

    For example: We could have dealt with Syria, Erik Prince once suggested to me, by offering a deal to Moscow: Assad leaves, but Moscow chooses his successor. With the Assad family gone (and Iran out of the picture), Syria could have been stabilized, perhaps by partition, rather than becoming the ghastly meatgrinder it is today.

    It is remarkable that in 2014, on the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, we are setting in motion a regional conflict that again will claim millions of lives. First time as tragedy, second time as farce, as Karl Marx paraphrased Hegel: in 1914 the contending powers had existential interests that could not be reconciled. Today we have bucket-headed ideology, provincialism, and stupidity to blame. Disgusting as it is, we are in a farce not a tragedy, for the bad things that happen do not happen because they are in some sense inevitable (tragic) but because we are acting like clowns.

  84. A stage play for democrats.

    Telebama the star/

    Everything he touched would turn to shit.

    And every time it did, he would blame others.

    He would speak in Tongues.

    With a Harvard accent.

    He would hide out from trouble on the golf course.

    With the prairie dog from the movie Caddy Shack.

    And Reggie Love.

    And big media would give a stirring rendition of How Great Thou Art.

    In the overture, the leitmotif, and the grand finale.

    It would be a farce.

    Like him.

    And critics would rave about it for years.

  85. I had to post this not for the usual Obama yada-yada, but because you have to watch the facial expressions of the gentleman next to him.

    No one is buying what Obama has to say.

  86. Lol…..

    http://www.khaama.com/afghan-army-officer-claims-upon-arrival-in-uk-for-nato-summit-6629

    A senior Afghan National Army (ANA) officer has claimed asylum upon arrival at United Kingdom to participate in NATO Summit in south Wales.

    An informed source has said that the army officer Enayatullah Barek was accompanying a delegation of the Afghan government officials including defense minister Bismilalh Mohammadi during the tour to Britain.

    The source speaking on the condition of anonymity said the ANA officer abandoned the delegation upon arrival in London and claimed asylum.

    Afghan defense officials have not commented in this regard so far.

    According to reports, the ANA officer Enayatullah Barek was flag-bearer and was due to accompany Afghan army chief of staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi in NATO summit in Wales.

    This is not the first time that senior Afghan officials are seeking asylum during official trips outside the country, specifically in European countries.

    Several security officials, government employees and diplomats have not returned back to Afghanistan following their official tours.

  87. Last fall. Booker and Obama were tight. GOTV video and description as follows:
    President Obama: Vote for Cory
    A leader with uncommon character. Make your plans 2 vote. Time? How 2 get there? With whom? snip
    ———————————
    Nowm not so much. 🙂
    9/4/14. snip While Booker talked about his effort to work with members of both sides of the aisle in Washington, one person he didn’t mention was President Obama. snip 🙂 🙂
    http://www.inquirer.com/local/nj/20140904_Launching_campaign__Booker_contrasts_views_with_GOP_opponent.html

  88. I’m not an empty dress! I’m not a cheerleader! I’m not a rubber stamp! But one label I will proudly wear is that of a Clinton Democrat,” Grimes declared to more than 450 donors at a fundraiser.
    —————–
    Then we have got to support her against the old turkey buzzard Mitch the Bitch McConnell.

    But I separate myself from Doug’s analysis, only in this respect.

    He feels there is virtue in the absence of political extremism in this race.

    It is, by his calculation, a struggle between two establishments.

    He, and every other establishment figure is inclined to say that.

    But what if both political establishments are so controlled by the elites

    That for them the general welfare is like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that is not there?

    In that case–and that is precisely the case today, is a business as usual struggle between two establishments

    And the duopoly they represent

    Consistent with the interests of democracy

    Or oligarchy?

    And the great unraveling of the middle class.

    Which can only end in a brutal, repressive, have vs have not society.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/09/03/mcconnell-vs-grimes-kentucky-absolutely-fascinating-grudge-match/?intcmp=obnetwork

  89. The biggest mistake a republic can ever make is putting the hard left in charge of its fate. If I were god, I would keep them around as a canary in the coal mine, to tell us when the nation is going down the wrong path. Often, you can learn more from your adversary than from your supposed allies, about what your allies are doing wrong. But with Obama, the predations of the left are taking on a whole new dimension, which is apt to end in chaos and endless night for millions of people around the world, until his name falls like an expletive on the lips of all men and women of good will. Erickson’s account seen below explains why:
    —————–

    The President Is Not Checked Out

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | September 4th, 2014 at 04:30 AM | 27

    Many people suggest President Obama has checked out. He treats the ever growing threat of ISIS as an abstraction. Sources from within the administration are now more openly admitting that for almost a year intelligence and Pentagon officials have advised the President of the threat. He has chosen to do very little. Last Wednesday, he said we would “shrink” ISIS and make it “a manageable problem” as opposed to eliminate it.

    A few weeks ago, I had dinner with a sitting governor and a dear friend of mine. The friend leaned over to the governor and me and said Barack Obama is to America as Clarence the Angel was to George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Barack Obama is showing the world what it would look like had America never been born. As this friend later wrote, “Unsurprisingly, Bedford Falls is now Pottersville, and it’s a terrible place. Unfortunately we do not get to revert to the tolerable if modest status quo at the end of the lesson: George Bailey will eventually have to shell the town and retake it street by street from Old Man Potter’s Spetsnaz.”

    Consider how far the world has collapsed in the past year. Again, my friend noted, since Labor Day weekend last year the Chinese expanded their air defense identification zone to incorporate the territory of other nations, the Russians annexed Crimea, ISIS rose, the Russians invaded Ukraine, Mosul fell, the Hungarian liberal democracy collapsed into Russian aligned authoritarianism, a Central American refugee crisis spawned a border and humanitarian crisis in the United States, the Egyptians and Emiratis attacked Libya without telling the United States, Iraqi Christians and the Yazidi are suffering genocide at the hands of ISIS, NATO is scrambling to shore up its eastern-frontier defenses, mainstream anti-Semitism is re-emerging, the Americans are on the verge of yet another war in Iraq, middle America is seeing race riots, etc., etc.

    Seventy-five years ago this past Monday, German tanks rolled across the Polish border setting off World War II. Sixty-nine years ago this past Tuesday, World War II ended as the Japanese formally surrendered. In the nearly seven decades since, the West has established a world wide peace. Though not flawless, we have lived a relatively stable and secure existence. In just the past year, Barack Obama has largely undone seven decades of gains toward peace.

    Our peace was balanced on top of two pillars. The first of the two pillars is the idea of peace through strength. Ensuring the American military could go anywhere at any time to strike back against any foe, no matter its size, has caused many to give us pause. In the last twenty-five years, after the collapse of the Cold War, America has consciously decided to scale back our military. We have handed military actions to FBI agents serving indictments, signaling our growing complacency.

    The other pillar is the moral certainty of the West’s goodness. We have, since the fall of Nazi Germany and the rise of its kissing cousin the communists, maintained Western values are superior and right and true. Barack Obama does not believe in the goodness and superiority of Western values. He sees former old colonialists trying to preserve their dubious claims on power. What so many for so long took for granted, Barack Obama sees as oppressive and regressive.

    Barack Obama is the first American President who, through his upbringing, writings, and actions, conveys a deep sense of grievance toward the American experiment. The idea that we are the last best hope for mankind is anathema to him. Barack Obama thinks the world, if the American imperial aggressor would just sit on the sidelines, could work out its problems and would be better off.

    In short, the world has descended into chaos these past 365 days because the American President thinks America is to blame for much of the world’s ills and has chosen not to check himself out, but to check the United States out of international affairs. The only question now is how many around the world will die because of it.

  90. Unconfirmed

    Al Arabiya and the Iraqi state TV report that Baghdadi and other high ranking IS “officials” have been killed by an air strike.

  91. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2744030/BREAKING-NEWS-Joan-Rivers-dies-age-81.html

    Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers died in a Manhattan hospital today, a week after she went into cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure.

    In a statement, her daughter Melissa said the 81-year-old passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family.

    The legendary comedienne was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital a week ago after going into cardiac arrest during an outpatient procedure on her vocal chords at another clinic, which is now under investigation.

    She has been at the center of American entertainment since her breakthrough in 1965 when she broke through on the Tonight Show. The mother of one, daughter Melissa, and doting grandmother to Melissa’s son, Cooper has most recently hosted Fashion Police on the E! network.

    ‘It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,’ Melissa Rivers said in a statement released to the press Thursday.

    ‘She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.

    ‘Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.”

    ‘My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.’

    Earlier in the day, TMZ reported that the New York state Department of Health is now looking into Yorkville Endoscopy – the clinic where Rivers had the ill-fate surgery.

    State officials said they are reviewing the case, but have yet to launch an official investigation.

    Spokesman James O’Hare said Thursday that the department is looking into ‘the whole matter.’ He declined to discuss specifics.

  92. OBAMA-CARE HURTING LOWER AND MIDDLE CLASSES

    From Sep. 1 NY Times:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/business/increasingly-high-deductible-health-plans-weigh-down-employees.html

    High Health Plan Deductibles Weigh Down More Employees
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    Anita Maina was working on an arts and crafts project she found on Pinterest — creating a table out of wood and cork — when she ripped off a fingernail while removing staples from a piece of wood.

    “It is one of those things that really hurt, and I thought I should go to urgent care,” said Ms. Maina, 27.

    But she ultimately skipped the visit since she had not met the $6,000 deductible on her health plan, and she knew she probably did not have much left in her health savings account, a type of tax-advantaged savings vehicle that is often used with high-deductible plans to help defray out-of-pocket costs.

    Ms. Maina, an associate in a health and human services consulting agency, said her employer added the high-deductible plan earlier this year; though her monthly premiums are only $34, these plans require employees to pay for a greater share of their medical expenses upfront, before the plan starts making payments.

    Next year, even more corporate workers are likely to be offered high-deductible plans — sometimes known more benignly as consumer-directed plans — and at a rising share of large companies, it will be the only option remaining.

    “You can’t sugarcoat this,” said Paul B. Ginsburg, a professor of the practice of health policy and management at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. “This is a more challenging situation for consumers and it’s a reflection of how difficult it is to afford health care.”

    Just as employers replaced pensions with retirement savings plans, more large companies appear to be in a similar cost-sharing shift with health plans. Besides making workers responsible for more of their care, employers hope these plans will motivate employees to comparison-shop for medical services — an admirable goal but one that some say is hard to achieve.

    Several big companies started offering consumer-driven plans as their only option in the last couple of years, including JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, General Electric and Honeywell, among others; it is the only choice for Bank of America employees earning more than $100,000.

    Next year, nearly a third of large employers will offer only high-deductible plans — up from 22 percent in 2014 and 10 percent in 2010, according to a study by the National Business Group on Health, which included 136 large companies that collectively employ 7.5 million workers. And 81 percent of those large employers will have added one of these plans to their lineup of choices, up from 53 percent in 2010.

    With high-deductible health plans, consumers pay for all their medical services — at the insurer’s negotiated rate — until they meet their deductible. After that, consumers typically pay coinsurance, which is a percentage of each service — say 10 to 35 percent — until they reach the out-of-pocket maximum.

    That is scheduled to be generally capped at $6,450 for singles and $12,900 for families in 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and includes items like deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments, but not premiums, which tend to be lower in these plans.

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    So it is easy to see how shopping for an M.R.I. of the lower back — which can range from roughly $415 to $4,530 — would suddenly pay off for both the employee and the employer.

    “There are different approaches to cost containment,” said Professor Ginsburg. “One is having a lot of skin in the game, or just having to pay for a lot of your health care.”

    Insurers and independent providers, including Castlight and Healthcare Bluebook, offer tools that help consumers estimate their costs and the quality of the providers. But shopping around can still be challenging.

    “Castlight and others like it make a valiant effort to provide price and quality information,” said Uwe E. Reinhardt, a health policy expert and professor at Princeton.

    “But the question is whether the prices they give you are binding. To really shop around effectively, prospective patients need binding prices.”

    Castlight — working with more than 130 large employers — provides consumers with tools that offer personalized pricing and quality information for services within their insurer’s network. But even the most diligent shoppers can run into problems.

    “They may have done everything right,” said Dr. Dena Bravata, Castlight’s chief medical officer. “They may have picked an in-network gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. But then you don’t know if you need to have a biopsy, which then goes to a lab or pathologist who is out of network.”

    And using the tools can simply be impractical in certain circumstances. “Most health care costs are incurred by very sick patients, such as those with heart attacks, strokes, cancer, mental illness, injuries — often under emergency conditions,” said Sara Collins, vice president for health care coverage and access at the Commonwealth Fund.

    Another concern is that some people will be ill prepared to handle large bills, and will forgo care as a result. “If you go to the pharmacy and there is a $1,000 deductible on your drug benefit, they aren’t going to write you a five-year loan,” said Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow at Kaiser.

    High-deductible plans are often used with health savings accounts. As long as the plan deductibles in 2015 exceed $1,300 for single people or $2,600 for families, and meet other criteria, employers and workers can deposit money into the H.S.A.; in 2015, individuals will be allowed to contribute up to $3,350 in pretax dollars (or $6,650 for family coverage). The money grows tax-free and can be used to pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses. (Health reimbursement accounts can also be used, but those are largely controlled by employers, and workers cannot keep the money if they leave.)

    The National Business Group on Health’s study found that the vast majority of large employers make deposits. But Kaiser’s 2013 survey, which covers both small and large employers, found that about half of employers do not fund these accounts. Of those that do, Kaiser found they deposit $950 for singles with health savings accounts, on average, and $1,680 for families.

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    Kaiser also found that the average deductible for single people in a high-deductible plan paired with a health savings account was $2,098 in 2013, while it was about $4,037, in aggregate, for families.

    Employers can insulate their workers by depositing more generous amounts into their H.S.A.s, which employees keep even if they leave the company. “Once it becomes their money, they treat it like their money, and there is that desire to shop,” said Brian Marcotte, president of the National Business Group on Health. “And that is what employers are trying to do.”

    That was one of the attributes that was most attractive to Matt Van Horn, a 46-year-old senior software engineer who lives in Lafayette, Calif., with his wife and 13-year-old son. His employer, an online apparel company, contributes $1,500 into an H.S.A., or half of his family’s $3,000 deductible. “I like having the H.S.A., and the fact that it will survive the insurance policy,” he said, adding that the policy feels more like catastrophic coverage, although preventive care is fully covered (as it is with all high-deductible plans).

    Given the increased adoption of the plans — Kaiser estimates about 20 percent of workers covered by plans were enrolled in a high-deductible plan with a savings account option in 2013, up from 8 percent in 2009 — consumers will need to weigh their options more closely during open-enrollment season.

    “Understanding the mechanics of these plans is really important,” Mr. Marcotte said. “When you walk into the pharmacy and all of a sudden it costs $200 as opposed to $20, there is sticker shock.”

    When evaluating these plans, consumers need to ask themselves several questions: Do you have the money to pay for all medical expenses until the deductible is met? What is the out-of-pocket maximum — can you afford that? And are you the type of person who will skip needed care if you need to pay out of pocket?

    Many workers may not have a choice — a high-deductible plan may be their only option. “If the deductible is very high, all of a sudden the financial protection part of insurance, you are losing that,” Professor Ginsburg said. “You still have protection against very high claims, but you have people who may have to pay $5,000 during one year toward the cost of their care or more. And a lot of people don’t have that kind of savings.”

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