Category: Politics

This Has to Be the Most BARFTASTIC Video to Hit the Web…

…since Cover Oregon’s tweeting birds, mewling Kiera Knightly look-alike and rabid raccoons attempted to convince people in that state that Obamacare was tha bomb. It’s SO bad, I am inspired enough to be dusting off my vintage, late 1960′s Yamaha six-string and resurrecting my black marble composition book of pre-teen, hand-scribbled warbles/romantic lamentations (streaked by AUTHENTIC pubescent tears) for a shot at YouTube fame. Stand by, ‘Merica. It’s gonna be GOOD…

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: In the meantime, don’t eat before you watch.

Oh Sure Over 90% Are Fake But Look At The Bright Side:

Even with massive, rampant fraud they still couldn’t meet their enrollment targets

Eleven out of 12 fake applications for government-subsidized health insurance got through a verification process and the bogus beneficiaries are still covered, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday.

The GAO launched the sting to check to see how well the Obamacare process checks for counterfeit applications. The results were messy, GAO’s Seto Bagdoyan says in testimony prepared for a hearing Wednesday of the House Ways and Means oversight subcommittee.

“The federal marketplace approved coverage for 11 of our 12 fictitious applicants who initially applied online, or by telephone,” Bagdoyan, who directs GAO’s Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, said in testimony obtained by NBC News.

I for one am comforted that these poor fictitious folks are still covered.

How’s That “We Have To Pass It To Find Out What’s In It” Working Out?

Worse and worse each day, actually

In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a top federal appeals court Tuesday said that billions of dollars worth of government subsidies that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are not legal under the Affordable Care Act.

In its decision, a three-judge panel said that such subsidies can be granted only to people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov. Plaintiffs in the case known as Halbig v. Burwell argued that the ACA, as written, only allows that often-significant financial aid to be issued to people who bought insurance on a marketplace set up by a state.

The decision is certain to be challenged by the Obama Administration, and does not immediately have the effect of law. But if it is ultimately upheld, it would cause insurance rates for those people who lost the subsidies to dramatically rise.

HealthCare.gov serves residents of the 36 states that did not create their own health insurance marketplace. About 86 percent of its 5.45 million customers received a subsidy to offset the cost of their coverage this year because they had low or moderate incomes.

This shows again and again the hubris and arrogance of the Democrats in Congress, who continually insisted that they knew best (in their Super Genius way) and continually derided both the intelligence and motives of any and all who dared to question or disagree with their ideas. And so by allowing no debate on the specific details of this bill and thus eliminating any chance of free editing and logical review by their opponents they ended up “crafting” this monstrosity of complication and contradiction, and they own it.

And thank god we still have a few judges who hold the government to the laws as they are actually written, not as they “meant’ to write them.

And In the “As If You Needed ANOTHER Reason NOT to Fly Malaysia Air” Category…

…Exhibit A:

A “Dry Run” for a Future Attack?

Video shows organized raid on US Mexico border

Great.

Ebola Has a Thought or Two Concerning a HotAir Headline:

…”Why Rand Paul Likes to Fight About Foreign Policy”:

The inference that Senator Paul’s major foreign policy mistake is that he’s against non-Congress sanctioned engagements is ignorant; purposefully or otherwise. One need only read the differences between his 2013 Platform to Revitalize America and the 2014 version to watch him stumble left and right on that issue, military funding as well, which still doesn’t show the issue that is Paul’s primary foreign policy flaw.

Sen. Paul, like his father, has been talking about downgrading, severely, the American presence overseas, all the while using our “strike anywhere” capabilities and prior demobilizations as primary premises for that debate. Unfortunately for Paul, that argument is innately fallacious: fast response with sufficient military assets is directly linked to a logistical supply chain that would evaporate with the degradation of forward bases throughout the world, both on allied and US territories. Sen. Paul seems to forget that there is a necessary logistical supply chain allowing these activities to occur. A prime reference for this was the materiel movement issues in the early years of Afghanistan for resupply, as our limited basing and restrictive airspaces of neighboring countries not favorable to the US put significant squeeze on the ability to project power into the area in the short term. His continuing wish to “scale back”, seeming code for “largely remove”, foreign allied or “friendly” operations would exponentially compound the initial supply difficulties in Afghanistan to worldwide dilemma at a near exponential level, instead of a limited AOR issue.

The prior demobilizations, which Paul references repeatedly as a defense of his projected cuts, then oddly removed in 2014, resulted in training surges that left troops poorly fitted and prepared for mobilization in a conventional conflict. Spin up time was something the United States could afford when crossing international distances required quite a bit of time, like WWII and even into Vietnam. With increasing technological reliance, spin up time on the materiel end is increasing, rather than decreasing in time on the general scale; concurrent with troop and operator training. Scaling back on defense purchases would further increase both R&D and line production for the weapon systems, EO targeting, etc necessary for the modern warfighter. Sen. Paul also has a huge issue in that he tries to argue the military budget, ignoring that he calls for cuts in 2013 PRA, then argues for restoration of sequestered funds under the guise that they will now “keep the military complex of yesterday in check.” I’m personally left questioning how removing funds, then returning funds, keeps anything “in check”.

“The budget adds back more than $126 billion to defense, above the sequester amount, but it continues to keep the large military complex of yesterday in check…”
Sen. Paul, A Clear Vision to Revitalize America, http://www.paul.senate.gov/files/documents/FY2014Budget.pdf

Statements like these would rapidly raise eyebrows with our Marines serving at embassies, as their sole detail is not simply to secure TS documents and HDs. The entire detail does not simply fall in for destruction or securing of classified materials. The reasoning is simple: if you’re under attack, collecting documents without overwatch gets everyone killed. To quote the MSESG Mission Statement:

” The primary mission of the Marine Security Guard (MSG) is to provide internal security at designated U.S. diplomatic and consular facilities in order to prevent the compromise of classified material vital to the national security of the United States. The secondary mission of the MSG is to provide protection for U.S. citizens and U.S government property located within designated U.S. diplomatic and consular premises during exigent circumstances (urgent temporary circumstances which require immediate aid or action).”
http://www.mcesg.marines.mil/About/MCESGMission.aspx”

The inane exercise of cross-analyzing the US military budget against the Chinese and broadly declaring the US budget is six times the size shows a callous misunderstanding of military funding. A simple example is the fact that the Chinese can more cheaply produce arms, due to state manufacturing infrastructure and lower pay, while paying a 3M strong active military force far less per capita than the US due to lower standards of living. Further, and more disturbing, is the fact that he makes an apples to apples comparison based on gross expenditure, while the Chinese budget does not cover R&D, acquisitions, their 1M strong paramilitary units and other huge categories of military expenditure.

As for the WMD bit, we found plenty of things in Iraq, simply no nuclear material. That is readily glossed over along with little to no interdiction on routes into and out of Syria, which we know were being used both during and after the buildup by our forces.

There are considerable other issues in his 2013/2014 documents alone, on the foreign policy front, but I’ve typed too long for my comfort.

Ebola on July 18, 2014 at 5:29 AM

Being Choosy

…and not about peanut butter.

VIDEO: The Obama-Loving Teachers Unions Will HATE Deion Sanders After They See This

Proponents for school choice in America just got a huge ally and magnanimous voice to help in the quest to put the power of education back in the hands of parents, not teachers’ unions. NFL legend and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is a “Champions for Choice in Education” spokesperson. He is featured in a new public service announcement called “Educational Choice Now.” Along with other notable celebrities as the WNBA’s Lisa Leslie, the NBA’s Jalen Rose, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Lou Gossett, Jr., Vivica Fox, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Laila Ali, Mary Millben, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Christian artists “Mary, Mary,” Sanders is taking a stand alongside the American Federation for children and the Alliance for School Choice.

Yeah.

Yeah.

I’m Guessing This “Blindsided” Is Only Because Israel Went In

…before the morning edition of the WaPo hit Barack’s desk.

ABC: White House Appeared ‘Blindsided’ by Israeli Invasion of Gaza

Smart Power!

Remember when we used to give Angela Merkel back rubs?

Ah, good times, good times

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government expelled the top U.S. intelligence official in Berlin over allegations of espionage, escalating a clash that one of her top aides said has caused “grave” political harm.

The U.S. embassy official was asked to leave German soil following the Federal Prosecutor’s investigations into spying practices, the Federal Chancellery said today in an e-mailed statement.

“The government takes these activities very seriously,” the Chancellery said in the statement. A trustful relationship with the U.S. remains “indispensable” to Germany, it said, “but for that, mutual trust and openness are necessary.”

President Obama, when asked to comment, said that “There was not a smidgen of spying” going on, before adding that “Ms. Merkel should really get a plan with unlimited texting.”

Revisionist History Can Be So Fun

So. Just how IS that good, old USSR doing, Katty Pants?

Oh The Hyperventilating!

For all the screaming that the Hobby Lobby decision is the WORST THING EVER it seems to me that there are a few things to keep in mind.

Firstly, this column from Megan McArdle calmly addresses some of the issues.

Secondly, the decision both reaffirms and yes expands portions of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993…a law which was unanimously passed by the House and passed the Senate by a vote of 97-3

YEAs —97
Akaka (D-HI) Baucus (D-MT) Bennett (R-UT) Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM) Bond (R-MO) Boren (D-OK) Boxer (D-CA)
Bradley (D-NJ) Breaux (D-LA) Brown (R-CO) Bryan (D-NV)
Bumpers (D-AR) Burns (R-MT) Campbell (D-CO) Chafee (R-RI)
Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Cohen (R-ME) Conrad (D-ND)
Coverdell (R-GA) Craig (R-ID) D’Amato (R-NY) Danforth (R-MO)
Daschle (D-SD) DeConcini (D-AZ) Dodd (D-CT) Dole (R-KS)
Domenici (R-NM) Dorgan (D-ND) Durenberger (R-MN) Exon (D-NE)
Faircloth (R-NC) Feingold (D-WI) Feinstein (D-CA) Ford (D-KY)
Glenn (D-OH) Gorton (R-WA) Graham (D-FL) Gramm (R-TX)
Grassley (R-IA) Gregg (R-NH) Harkin (D-IA) Hatch (R-UT)
Hatfield (R-OR) Heflin (D-AL) Hollings (D-SC) Hutchison (R-TX)
Inouye (D-HI) Jeffords (R-VT) Johnston (D-LA) Kassebaum (R-KS)
Kempthorne (R-ID) Kennedy (D-MA) Kerrey (D-NE) Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI) Lautenberg (D-NJ) Leahy (D-VT) Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (D-CT) Lott (R-MS) Lugar (R-IN) Mack (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Metzenbaum (D-OH) Mikulski (D-MD)
Mitchell (D-ME) Moseley-Braun (D-IL) Moynihan (D-NY) Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA) Nickles (R-OK) Nunn (D-GA) Packwood (R-OR)
Pell (D-RI) Pressler (R-SD) Pryor (D-AR) Reid (D-NV)
Riegle (D-MI) Robb (D-VA) Rockefeller (D-WV) Roth (R-DE)
Sarbanes (D-MD) Sasser (D-TN) Shelby (D-AL) Simon (D-IL)
Simpson (R-WY) Smith (R-NH) Specter (R-PA) Stevens (R-AK)
Thurmond (R-SC) Wallop (R-WY) Warner (R-VA) Wellstone (D-MN)
Wofford (D-PA)

NAYs —3
Byrd (D-WV)
Helms (R-NC)
Mathews (D-TN)

Look at the bolded names who were very much in favor of this back then…does Harry Reid now agree with Jesse Helms?

And actually the depressing thing, really, is how many of those 100 names are still sitting there…

And there’s this to keep in mind

Actually, the case doesn’t involve Hobby Lobby’s position on what its employees do. The case hinges on what Hobby Lobby has to provide to its employees as part of regulation from HHS. As Kessler points out, Hobby Lobby covers 16 of the 20 required contraception methods, but objects to four abortifacients. Hobby Lobby has never taken the position that its employees should not use contraception; in fact, as their attorney said shortly after their victory at the Supreme Court, they’d really prefer not to be part of that decision at all.

Oh, and it seems to me worth pointing out that male contraception, i.e. condoms and vasectomies, are not covered at all by Obamacare.

Because, you know, “equal rights.”

WHAT a Chirpy Headline

…when the Devil’s right there in the details.

Job growth surged in June, with U.S. companies adding 288,000 to payrolls, indicating that expectations for strong second-half economic growth may be fulfilled.

The unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent, its lowest since September 2008, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An alternate measure of unemployment that measures those who have stopped looking for work or are working part-time for economic reasons also fell, to 12.1 percent, marking its lowest reading since October 2008.

The level of underemployment actually increased for the month, rising 275,000 to 7.5 million.

And I think we can expect some sincere rejiggering of the figures next month, per Administration modus operandi: “Getchyer a big enough number when ya need it, sorta straighten it out later.

“Well, He’s Believed In a Lot of Things That Haven’t Quite Worked Out”

I’m sure every sports team in America would love for him to “believe” in the OTHER guy for a change. They might stand a chance that way.

I’m a “Neo-Con” on Facebook For This Post

Oh. And for asking a fellow (shortly there-after unfriended, just like the commercial),

“Who OWES you a job? And, if said PRIVATELY, religiously inclined company actually OFFERS you one, who are YOU to accept and then DEMAND THEY change for YOU?”

What I wrote:

Seriously. IF you CHOOSE to work for an employer who ~ and you KNOW this accepting the job ~ has sincere religious tenets and infuses them constantly through EVERY phase of the company, from boardroom to advertising, DON’T be surprised if you can’t DO everything ~ and HAVE everything you’d have ~ if you worked at a publicly held corp like Proctor and Gamble, or something. If YOU CAN’T live within the precepts of the FAMILY who OWNS the business, DON’T WORK FOR THEM. People ALWAYS get blistered when a religiously based, PRIVATELY held entity (like a Catholic school, etc.) abides by ITS rules and expects ITS employees ~ who knew that going in ~ to do the same, and it’s the most LUDICROUS thing I’ve ever heard. They don’t OWE you that job, less mind anything else. NOR do they OWE YOU the dilution of those principles for YOUR convenience or in answer to some bureaucrat’s mandate. Seek employment in a place that reflects your values, lack there of, or is publicly held and wonderfully diverse enough to answer to ALL it’s employees’ demands and those the current/future administration chooses to place upon them by fiat.

This utterly manufactured outrage (not to mention the outright LIES, considering the employer in question covered over SIXTEEN forms of BIRTH CONTROL and only chose to contest the abortifacients) at a narrow decision protecting that privately/closely held company right from the most egregious intrusion of Government By The Bic is ridiculous.

BASTARDS

Three Kidnapped Israeli Teens Found Dead in Hebron

The three Israeli teenagers kidnapped several weeks ago by Hamas have been found dead in the Palestinian area of Hebron, where Israeli forces are currently raiding Palestinian homes, according to Israeli military sources.

The Israeli Defense Forces confirmed late Monday during a press briefing that the bodies had been discovered. Hamas operatives near Jerusalem were identified by Israeli intelligence sources as being responsible for the kidnapping.

I despise this president more than anything I can possibly imagine except for the folks he has emboldened.

ths update: THIS is what a REAL LEADER OF HIS PEOPLE promises:

Netanyahu: ‘Hamas Will Pay’ For The Killing Of Three Israeli Teens

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised a strong response to the killing of three Israeli teens abducted from a highway junction outside of the West Bank settlement of Kfar Etziyon on June 12th.

The Israeli security cabinet is currently meeting to weigh possible responses to the teens’ murders. Netanyahu ordered an extensive air campaign in the Gaza Strip in late 2012 in response to rocket attacks originating in the Hamas-controlled coastal area. While the campaign resulted in the deaths of several high-ranking Hamas operatives, including Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari, the campaign ceased admit international pressure — and resulted in Israel lightening its control of goods and individuals entering the Strip.

…On his Facebook page, Netanyahu was clear in assigning responsibility.

He wrote that the three were “murdered in cold blood by human animals,” and promised that “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay.

No #hashtag required for THAT message.

100 Years Ago On Saturday…

the fellow on the right started WW I

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Now I Know the U.N. Has Its Panties in a Wad About This

But it’s NOT “inhumane”. Even the locals are saying it’s cultural, in a “free stuff is what I rate/you OWE me” sort of way.

Majority Of Delinquent Detroit Water Customers In Culture Of: ‘You’re Not Making Me Pay,’ Says Deputy Director

DETROIT (WWJ) – Several people protested outside the Detroit Water And Sewerage Department building Thursday, saying customers are having service cut off at an alarming rate and the practice is inhumane.

Organizer David Bullock with the Change Agent Consortium says the water department is going after customers that may be as little as $150 delinquent and says the department ignores large corporations which are behind.

“People always want to attack the poor … why are we attacking poor people?” he asked.

But when asked which large companies are behind in their payments, Bullock would only say that WWJ should research the issue.

…City of Detroit Water And Sewerage Department Deputy Director, Darryl Latimer,…

The majority of our customers (who) are in delinquency status, they just built a culture of ,’You’re not making me pay— I am not going to pay,” said Latimer.

Hobby Lobby

…wins.

How about that.

CNN: Keeping It Classy And Professional

dirtycnn

Are they really that surprised that their ratings are in the toilet?

Your Fears Of The Nanny State Are Right Wing Paranoia

Sure, we can’t search your cell phone but we will comb through all your purchases

You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.

That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.

Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania’s biggest system uses household and demographic data. Patients and their advocates, meanwhile, say they’re concerned that big data’s expansion into medical care will hurt the doctor-patient relationship and threaten privacy.

Here’s a quote that should give you confidence:

“The data is already used to market to people to get them to do things that might not always be in the best interest of the consumer, we are looking to apply this for something good,” Dulin said.

Your ‘best interest’ is not for you to decide, the Experts will do it for you.

Rejoice, Dullard!

Remember When We Told You You Could No Longer Refer to Them as “Flip” Charts

…because it was “offensive”?

The fish want some of that action, too.

Minnesota Renames ‘Asian Carp’ Because the Name Is Offensive

Minnesota’s governor recently approved a bill to rename a highly invasive species called ”Asian carp” because the name was deemed offensive to the Asian community. The fish, which have been threatening the ecosystem of the Great Lakes, will now be known as “invasive carp.”

Surprisingly, a Democratic doctoral candidate in logic and humanities is at the heart of this paroxysm of piscine pissiness:

…Democratic senator John Hoffman was responsible for sponsoring the bill.

Caucasians brought them to America,” he told the Star Tribune. ”Should we call them ‘Caucasian carp?’ They have names. Let’s call them what they are.”

We have a name for you as well, Senator, but Bingley keeps telling me we’re a ‘family” blog. Or Christians. Or something that impedes my creativeness.

The Kurds Are Saying ISIS Has Baghdad Surrounded!

WHO you gonna believe? Weeelllll, it’s about time I brushed off this oldie but TOTALLY APPROPRIATE goodie!

Unexpectedly!

Get ready for the “It’s not Obama’s fault really it was the weather” excuses to fly fast and furious

The U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter by the most since the depths of the last recession as consumer spending cooled.

Gross domestic product fell at a 2.9 percent annualized rate, more than forecast and the worst reading since the same three months in 2009, after a previously reported 1 percent drop, the Commerce Department said today in Washington. It marked the biggest downward revision from the agency’s second GDP estimate since records began in 1976, owed primarily to a slowdown in health care spending.

Total suckage on everything he touches.

More better:

The revision reflected a drop in spending tied to health care services. The Bureau of Economic Analysis had estimated that major provisions of President Obama’s signature health care law would boost outlays. A quarterly services survey released this month showed the assumptions were too optimistic. Outlays for health spending actually dropped in the first quarter, subtracting 0.16 percentage point from GDP. The Commerce Department previously estimated those outlays added 1 percentage point to GDP.

I would suggest to the editors that when you predict a policy will increase spending and it actually causes it to drop you are not “too optimistic” but in fact what we in the real world call “dead wrong.”

PC-USA Gets More PC, Less Bible

I love how as organizations drift to the Left they invariably take it out on the Jews

The largest U.S. Presbyterian church narrowly voted Friday to divest from three multinational corporations that it said supply Israel with products that promote violence in occupied Palestinian territories.

The divestment, vehemently opposed by many of the nation’s prominent Jewish organizations, and hailed by many pro-Palestinian activists, passed by seven votes after hours of tense and complex debate. It means the Presbyterian Church (USA) will sell its shares of Motorola Solutions, Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard, worth about $21 million.

The vote at the church’s biennial General Assembly, meeting this week in Detroit, was 310 to 303. It makes the 1.76-million member church the largest religious group to vote for divestment, an issue that has been fiercely debated in recent years among mainline Protestants. The Episcopal Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America both have rejected divestment. Presbyterians have discussed divestment for a decade, and a similar vote was defeated by a slim margin two years ago at the last church assembly.

There was an audible gasp on the floor of the COBO Center in downtown Detroit after the motion passed. “In no way is this a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers and sisters,” Heath Rada, the church assembly’s moderator, told the assembly afterwards.

Read that revealing quote again:

“In no way is this a reflection of our lack of love for our Jewish brothers and sisters,” Heath Rada, the church assembly’s moderator, told the assembly afterwards.

I guess they’re coming up with something really good to properly reflect their lack of love…

In other religious news here’s Pope Leo XIII rocking it in 1896

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