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The New Town Shooting; Kermit Gosnell murders; Benghazi; liberals see these sad events as opportunities to raise money by blaming them on Republicans. Ordinary people would recoil from such conduct, but liberal Democrats are not “ordinary people.”
In the wake of all of these outrages which honest evaluation places totally at their feet, liberals have used them as an opportunity to get “on stage” and parrot the attack de jour on conservatives or merely make one up. It’s anything for a shot of “ink.”
It never matters that the attack isn’t even vaguely rationale; what counts is getting face time and a quote from the sycophantic media. These quotes are then quickly added to fund raising letters designed to feed the hatred of conservatism which is the main sustenance of liberalism.
Commenting on the Newtown shooting former DNC Chairman Ed Rendell said, “The good thing about Newtown is, it was so horrific that I think it galvanized Americans to a point where the intensity on our side is going to match the intensity on their side.” The fact that he is despicable for uttering these words means nothing; Mission accomplished – he got his time “on stage” and his fund raising quote. No media lap dog challenged him.
Former Governor Bill Richardson who carries a decidedly Anglo name has said, “[Ted Cruz].. No, I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic.” He got his quote with this ridiculous remark. Mission accomplished.
NARAL spokeswoman Carol E. Tracy publicly blamed PRO LIFERS for Kermit Gosnell’s murders. She got some great ink for NARAL and that was all that counted.
Then there is Hillary Clinton’s famous “What difference, at this point, does it make?” dismissal of any value to getting to the bottom of the Benghazi murders. The implication was that doing so is unimportant compared to the sanctity of liberal policies.
Liberal Democrat Congressman, Steve Cohen of Tennessee said, “Tea Party Republicans are the ‘Domestic Enemies’ we took an oath to defend against.” He got his fund raiser quote; no one asked him any follow up questions, so it’s all good.
Florida Democrat Alan Grayson used a KKK style burning cross to spell TEA Party” in his latest hate filled fund raising letter. Again there was not a word of condemnation from the Democrat controlled media. He got his quotes and that’s what mattered. That’s always the only thing that matters.
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The National Security Agency (NSA) cannot spy on anyone, friend or foe, unless its activities are authorized by the White House. In short, for the low information voter, Barack Obama had to order it.
Feeling betrayed by a nation she considered a good friend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is very upset that the United States monitored her personal cell phone. Germany has had a long history of sharing information and intelligence with the United States. Allies obviously need a high level of trust in each other. The revelation that Obama’s NSA was spying on NATO ally leaders has dealt a serious blow to that necessary trust.
In addition to being thoroughly unacceptable and in exceptionally poor taste, Obama’s actions may well lead to the dissolution of NATO. European leaders have understandably lost trust in Obama. But don’t look for the mainstream press to report that fact.
Obama is possessed of a strong anti-colonial upbringing. It was first noted when he unceremoniously returned a bust of Winston Churchill loaned by the British to President Bush after 9-11. Obama was classless enough to send it back with a “no thank you” note! By spying on world leaders, he likely seeks to drive a wedge between the United States and her allies. It is his loutish way to fulfill the dream of his true father, Frank Marshal Davis, to get even with the former colonial powers and put the United States in its place. The world’s trust in its greatest nation has been compromised, precisely what Barack Obama hoped to accomplish.
The latest revelations by Edward Snowden have seriously compromised Mr. Obama’s Spite House relationship with foreign leaders. It is highly probable that the private phone numbers of these individuals were provided to the NSA by Hillary Clinton’s State Department. Collecting information on American citizens and allied leaders is a waste of time for an agency that is supposed to be protecting this country from external threats. After all, the current concern of the Intelligence community is that Snowden has documents detailing secret cooperation between belligerent nations. American officials don’t know what documents Snowden has, but they are concerned with what hasn’t yet shown up on WikiLeaks.
In a statement aimed at Obama, Chancellor Merkel said “I repeat that spying among friends is not at all acceptable, and that goes for every citizen in Germany.” Remember that American Intelligence Agencies cannot do a thing unless they have been authorized or ordered by the President. Obama owns this latest example of corrupt and boorish behavior lock, stock, and barrel.
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Barack Obama’s pal Henry “skip” Gates (above), the Harvard professor who couldn’t understand why a white police officer would stop and question him for climbing in his own window, is now having trouble understanding why a black contractor won’t give his school historical papers he found in an abandoned house.
When cleaning contractor Rufus McDonald found an old trunk in an attic last year, he discovered that it contained the personal papers of Richard T. Greener, Harvard University’s first black graduate.
The find sent waves of excitement through the academic world, especially at Harvard, where Skip Gates works. Per his own description, the 140-year-old papers gave Gates, who heads Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African-American Research, “gooseflesh” upon hearing of the accidental find.
This should be a great moment in African American history. This should make Rufus McDonald a legitimate hero for the black intellectual class to laud. It should; but so far, it has not because Mr. McDonald is threatening to burn the papers if he isn’t paid what they are worth by Harvard or anyone else who wants them.
McDonald has already sold two of Greener’s papers to the University of South Carolina, where he taught and studied, for $52,000. The remaining papers have been appraised at $65,000, and therein sits the problem. Harvard, which is the richest university in the world and a self-proclaimed champion of black America, has offered McDonald just $7,500 for his holdings.
McDonald’s response has been something Harvard’s hucksters had probably not expected. When you venture outside of the Ivy Tower, the real world can provide some rude awakenings. Calling Harvard’s offer insulting, Rufus McDonald has publicly said, “I’ll roast and burn them [rather than sell them for such a small price].”
Harvard claims that it offered him “significantly more” than $7,500. So someone is lying.
Since using other people’s money to buy the things that make them feel good is a basic element of liberalism, this appears to be more of the same from liberal academia.
Rufus McDonald appears to be ready to stand tall against pressure to “give his find away.” He wants to use the money from this sale to send his children to college; that probably doesn’t include Harvard. Stand tall, sir; stand tall.
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When you get knocked down, you have two choices: see it as an excuse to feel sorry for yourself, or see it as a reason to get up and fight. The only way we can survive is to stand and fight. The capitulation vote told us that we may have 144 actual conservatives we can call our Soldiers of Liberty (SoL). They were the House members who voted “No” on the cave. We can argue over the purity of their motives later; but for now, we have to consider them SoLs. Now, we have to clearly spell out what we want from these Soldiers of Liberty.
Here are just a few suggestions.
We need each to join us by saying and adhering to the words of Edward Evert Hale: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.”
Each SoL should hold town hall meetings to teach and explain conservatism and why what is happening is unconstitutional. Each should take a turn at using the one minute speech system on C-SPAN to do this as well. During each speech, the phrase “Where are the jobs, Mister President?” must be said; and once a week, the U6 numbers should be explained.
The RNC must fund media buys to advertise these one minute talks, and the ” teaching conservatism” local meetings and social media has to be used to spread this word. People don’t trust the media (not even Fox); so saying they can get the unfiltered truth at C-SPAN can be very effective. Using tearjerker stories to show how bad it is, at every opportunity, our Sols must remind Americans that Democrats now own Obamacare.
In the first weeks of this plan, SoLs should read off a list of Obama’s vicious stunts during his shutdown.
Once a week, one of our Sols must introduce one bill that would repeal the medical device tax and another separate bill to force Congress and Obama to enroll in Obamacare. These are the soft spots in the liberal’s position. We win them, and we can start to demand that Sebelius gets fired. A SoL should sue Sebelius to force compliance of the Income Verification for Obamacare concession we won.
Since John Boehner illegally bargained away the House’s Constitutionally mandated oversight of federal spending, he must be sued; and the Supreme Court must be forced to rule on this outrage.
We must ask Ted Cruz to sacrifice any future White House plans. If he does, it stops the attacks and accusations that he is just trying to build a base for a run in 2016.
The conclusion of Barack Obama’s government shutdown brought many things. Among the more subtle was a reminder to those who think FOX is “on our side.” Maybe not. Fox’s on camera snarky comments made from apparent willful ignorance of the facts, and a desire to get out of the Democrat-controlled media’s crosshairs, told us this quite clearly.
Last Friday, as Chris Wallace was plugging his show on the local Fox morning chit chat show, he cavalierly dismissed the efforts of Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and other actually principled conservatives: “The Republicans got absolutely nothing from this shutdown.”
Now no one is asking Mr. Wallace to actually do any research himself, but it would be advisable for him to either do so or have an intern help him out with things he will comment on in front of a camera. Nevertheless, it is what it is. The important thing is that Wallace and the rest of the surrender chorus obviously didn’t bother to read beyond the headlines fed to them by the Democrats.
For those who did not merely read headlines, it comes as no surprise that the AP, a loyal Democrat tool, has now whispered: “[the Republicans’ wins in this deal]may again thwart Democrats’ hopes of changing tax-and-spend policies in two-party talks beginning anew in the Capitol.”
The AP then credits the “non-existent” TEA party for prodding GOP lawmakers for budget cuts embodied in the agreement to reopen the 17% of the government, which was childishly shut down by King Barack.
The AP tells us the “absolutely nothing” deal produced by conservatives includes continuation of the “sequester” and its mandatory cuts. While that paragraph didn’t mention that the “sequester” cuts idea was a trap set by an avaricious king to “force” Republicans to beg to repeal because it cut military funding, the truth shines through for those who have actually followed this issue. The “sequester” cuts about $1 trillion by 2021 in addition to the $1.5 trillion in cuts agreed to in 2011’s debt-ceiling deal. The deal effectively lowered the baseline for budget negotiations.
Contrary to what the lazy Mr. Wallace thinks, when King Barack summed things up by saying “there are no winners here,” he was really saying that liberals lost not in the short run, but in the long run (and so did the king.)
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Besides the government shutdown, the biggest news story these days has been the epic failure of healthcare.gov. Among the many ironies currently in play is that even though President Obama refuses to delay the individual mandate, his catastrophe of a website has achieved this very thing—the stated goal of his opponents!
We first heard that the difficulties were caused by too many people trying to access the site at the same time; and in some circles, this is still the cover story. However, it’s becoming abundantly clear that the problems go far deeper. Database guru Luke Chung—of FMS, Inc.—has been widely quoted in the media, and his soundbites are pretty mordant:
It wasn’t designed well, it wasn’t implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it. It’s not even close. It’s not even ready for beta testing in my book. I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that. People higher up are given the excuse that there are too many users. That’s a convenient excuse for the managers to pass up the chain.
Chung and others have noted that the initial registration process is foolishly complicated, involving multiple secret questions, when the best thing would have been to generate a quote as quickly as possible. Then, if the applicant is interested, more security can be piled on. Further complaints involve loss of data, including an absurd provision whereby all data is lost if you do not respond to the registration confirming e-mail within 30 minutes. That’s about as user-unfriendly as it gets, folks.
The last time I tried the site, it was easy enough to get on; but my account creation failed for reasons that were incorrectly explained in the ensuing error message.
Apparently, the bulk of the money put forth by the Feds on this thing was awarded on a less-than- robustly competitive basis to a Canadian company, CGI, that specializes in business consulting, systems integration, and IT outsourcing services. Most of CGI’s clients are in financial services, oil and gas, public utilities, and government. Not exactly a list of enterprises that can tout widespread consumer satisfaction in their related IT experiences.
But, let’s fast-forward to that point when the enrollment process is working flawlessly. To coin a phrase, be careful what you wish for.
Serious concerns have been raised about privacy, and a quick look at the Individual Privacy Act Statement will surely give you pause. In truth, though, most of these pitfalls were in play before the enrollment website was launched. As part of Obamacare, the Federal government has access to the health records from all private insurance companies. Thus, any “authorized” individual—and that means tens of thousands of people across multiple agencies and contractors—can see your most personal medical information. Doctor/patient confidentiality exists no longer.
Consider one example. What if you tell your doctor that you have been using a bit of cocaine, but now want to stop? Congratulations! The DEA and other law enforcement agencies will know all about you. Under these rubrics, people will carefully censor discussion of their medical histories, thus compromising their care. Ponder that for a moment, and then ask yourself how anyone in health care could have bought into it. The information sharing will increase exponentially once enrollment is working properly.
Some observers are even calling the enrollment site a Trojan horse, whose primary purpose is to get your private information; selling you health insurance is a secondary concern. Before you dismiss that as paranoia, please explain why on sites like ehealthinsurance.com, you can get a rate quote without first divulging specific personal information.
IT insider blogs are speaking of critical design flaws, structural data failures, and data synchronization impossibilities. Absent a miracle, these are not problems that can be easily resolved, regardless of how much money is spent.
May you live in interesting times.
Finally, some genuinely good news has come out of Washington.
Catholic conservatives, longing for someone to stand up to King Barack’s continued trampling on our religious rights, have finally found a champion to stand up to him.
Thus far, our Catholic bishops have smiled and kowtowed to abortionist Democrats who have laughed at their admonishments to be better Catholics. This has finally come to an end. Bishop Donald Wuerl, the head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington D.C., has found his “inner St. Michael” and decided to fight back against the constant anti Catholic attacks from King Barack.
Arguing that the Obama Administration has “engaged in a “conscious political strategy to marginalize and delegitimize Catholic religious views on contraception by holding them up for ridicule on the national stage,” Bishop Wuerl has signaled that he has had enough.
No one who watches the movements of the Catholic Church should be surprised. Bishop Wuerl was appointed to lead the Diocese of Washington by former Pope Benedict XVI. He was sent to do a job, and that job is to defend Catholic teachings. It is not merely happenstance that he is where he is.
The suit is based on the question of whether or not the king can force the archdiocese or any other Catholic institution to offer contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees as part of employee medical coverage. This points directly to the Catholic in Name Only (CINO) Kathleen Sebelius, whose appointment as the Secretary of Health and Human Services was made deliberately to divide actual Catholics from non-practicing CINOs and batter the American Catholic Church into submission to the king’s will.
In the “discovery” stage of this suit’s progress, CINO Sebelius will be forced to defend her remarks made at a NARAL PRO-CHOICE America fundraiser. Taunting the nation’s Catholic bishops, Sebelius said, “Wouldn’t you think that people who want to reduce the number of abortions would champion the cause of widely affordable contraceptive services? Not so much.’”
This could grease the skids and speed this evil witch’s departure. That’s a good thing, a very good thing.
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“The Weekly Standard” has revealed yet another reason to mistrust the Affordable Care Act and the intentions of its authors. On October 1st, the Healthcare.gov website proudly announced that “Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace is Here.” What the site did NOT proudly announce is the following:
“You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system. Any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system may be disclosed or used for any lawful Government purpose.”
“Used for any lawful Government Purpose?” That’s reassuring, isn’t it!
The above privacy warning is on the Terms and Conditions page of the Healthcare.gov website. However, as the Weekly Standard explains, when the Terms and Conditions page is displayed, this portion of the privacy warning cannot be seen except by using “…a web browser’s “View Source” feature.” Otherwise, this privacy warning “…is not visible to users and obviously not intended as part of the terms and conditions…”
Three years ago, the Obama Regime made an additional 1.5 million groups, organizations, and individuals privy to the medical records of the American public by modifying HIPAA, the inaccurately named Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Widely promoted as the Act that protects the medical privacy of the American public, HIPAA actually does nothing more than tell individuals how a doctor or hospital “…may use and share [their] health information….”
The Affordable Care Act has become the largest source of data collection in the world as it will house the medical and personal records of every applicant for healthcare, whether a policy is purchased or not. The days of medical records being a privately held source of information between doctor and patient are over. The federal government will compile a dossier on every American citizen as it holds the power of life and death with which to literally extort “acceptable behavior.”
The American people cannot begin to understand how insidious the Affordable Care Act truly is. The coming education will not be a pleasant one.
Make no mistake about the purpose here; we did not do well in the final resolution of the government shutdown. We were stabbed in the back by the Republicans in the Senate and a few quislings in the House.
The insistence that this was a fight worth fighting is hard to argue against. At some time, the Peter Kings of the world have to have the courage to stand up for us in the battles over our future. Unfortunately, the conservatives have been overwhelmed; but this in no way means they were wrong.
We are not better off now than we were yesterday. We are another step closer to our national destruction and the destruction of the Republican Party (which may not be a bad thing, but is a topic for another day). Our debt rests so heavily on the shoulders of our young people that the eventual consequences are at this point too terrible to contemplate.
These things having been said, there is, however, a small shimmer of light in our darkness. It has been reported that the new deal for ending the partial government shutdown (and once again extending the debt limit) contains a provision for income verification for coverage under Obamacare.
At present, one needs only assert that he or she qualifies for a government subsidy to pay for coverage. This is kind of like asking the four-legged canine attempting to enter a chicken coop if he is a wolf and taking his word for the answer.
This provision would require people to provide data to the government to prove they are eligible for more of our money than they usually take. This will make an already nightmarish process even more difficult to navigate as millions upon millions of documents will have to be reviewed before much of Obamacare’s target population could get its next wave of freebies from us.
Since real time reliable income verification is not possible even in honest transactions conducted in the private sector, the only things that can turn this new requirement into the silver bullet that kills this vicious werewolf will be (and of this is a BIG order) getting the feckless Republicans to fire it and demand enforcement of this section of the law.
The Daily Kos is using the phrase “massive delays,” and that has a nice ring to it.
So there you have it; thanks to the takers who gave us Obama, these days, we have to search harder for good news and pray for God’s help.
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The shortcomings of ObamaCare continue to seep into the light, putting the lie to virtually every claim made by Barack Hussein about his namesake “healthcare” scheme. But one part of the law remains as much a mystery now as when it was written.
Section 1555 of the Affordable Care Act is quite short. It reads:
“No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendment), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.”
Authors of the Affordable Care Act knew it would be unconstitutional to demand that 300 million Americans purchase health insurance. So they provided a way out, albeit with the payment of a penalty. It is this right to opt out of ObamaCare that applies to “individuals, companies, businesses and nonprofit entities,” just as it says in Section 1555.
But the Section’s language then begs the question: What is so special about “health insurance issuers [who offer] group or individual health insurance coverage?” Why are these individuals (or groups) so obviously singled out for exemption from the ACA? And why are they spared payment of the ObamaCare penalty?
Numerous exemptions were awarded to the politically connected after the passage of ObamaCare, including most of the restaurants and night clubs in Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district. But these little slices of political payback were doled out after the fact. None had been made part of the law itself.
So why the red carpet for “health insurance issuers?”
Because the thousands of ObamaCare “navigators” who will be paid to collect the most sensitive and personal of information from ObamaCare enrollees will become health insurance issuers themselves. And most important, in addition to collecting Social Security numbers, ObamaCare navigators will also be registering voters!
According to the People’s World newspaper, “California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen is designating the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange, Covered California, as a voter registration agency under the National Voter Registration Act. That means Covered California will be incorporating voter registration into every transaction — online, in-person and by phone — it has with consumers.” In short, “…Obama supporters have found a new way to fill the void left by the bankruptcy of ACORN, the notorious left-wing voter-registration group that saw dozens of its employees in multiple states convicted of fraud.”
So the authors of the Affordable Care Act appear to have written a very accommodating exemption for members of ACORN Redux right into the ObamaCare law! And Barack’s old crew of community organizers will have access to the Federal Data Hub, a massive computer system that will house the personal information of every ObamaCare enrollee as it connects HHS, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, Homeland Security, and countless additional federal bureaucracies.
Perhaps the logging of Data Hub time will give navigators something to do between the signing of ObamaCare enrollees as members of the Democrat Party.
Thanks again, Chief Justice Roberts.
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