▶ Trey Gowdy GRILLS Jonathan Gruber. Did You Apologize Because You Said It Or Meant It? – YouTube. Entertaining as it is to watch this rhetorical obliteration, Congressman Gowdy and then at the very tail end, Congressman Issa, are doing a valuable service on more than one level. Yes Gruber is an inveterate elitist with nothing save contempt for all of us little folks in flyover country. But what Gowdy does here with the “Did you apologize because you said or meant it?” line is bring home for America just what contempt Gruber has in his heart for the average American. Why did he say these things, which he obviously meant very sincerely? Because he truly believes his elitist MIT education and airy sojourns in the halls of power place him above the melee and outside the realm of responsible thought and simple compassionate empathy. Like the Bolsheviks before him, he’s going to drag society kicking and screaming into his myopic view of utopia, even if it kills all us rubes to get there. When Stalin collectivized the farms it resulted in the greatest man-made famine in history. He created an imaginary enemy, the Kulaks, and rounded up hundreds of thousands for deportation and execution, all to fulfill his twisted vision of community perfection. Gruber is little different, albeit on a less violent level. His is a more gentle indifference to fate of Americans over whom he must stomp in his wizened march to societal perfection. And Congressman Issa’s simple point at the end was masterful. By asking Gruber whether anyone else at these academic conferences ever chastened him for the vile disdain he so casually dispensed, he answered “no” – and Issa simply noted that probably this was due to the common perception of Gruber’s peers on the subject. The bubble in which people like this exist, in addition to their relentless utopianism at any price, renders them indifferent to the normal mores that bind civil society. Gruber can call all of us stupid because everyone in the room, at least until today’s appearance before Congress, agrees with him. Anyone that opposes their view of what must be done is “the other”; the hopelessly ignorant, tax-tethered serfs whom he sees as existing simply to fund the revenue that goes to pay him and his brilliant friends. Thank you Congressman, for getting to the very heart of Mr. Gruber.
Sexy Russian spy ‘tried to seduce’ Snowden | New York Post. I find it hard to fathom why the FSB would sic Ms. Chapman on Snowden. I think he was already safely ensconced in Moscow, desperately seeking asylum, if you will. I also understand that he was required to divulge some information or records, I don’t know what, as the price for his perfidy. So what reason could there be? My bet is this is just a publicity stunt for Anna Chapman. She’s made no secret of her interest in promoting herself. She has done well in fact.
Time and again, particularly since November 2012, I hear and read that conservatives are disconnected from the concerns and values of middle class voters. Nothing could be further from the truth. The disconnect is in a failure to put across the practical benefits of conservative philosophy in a manner that is coherent and forceful enough to pierce the media shield in place against it. In short, it is the messenger rather than the message that’s the problem. Perhaps its the messenger? Take for example a column by Sean Trende in Real Clear Politics on the missing Reagan Democrats from 2012, who notes among other things:
The basic point here is that if Republicans had run a candidate more like working-class ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and less like the private equity mogul/ex-Massachusetts governor whom the GOP ended up nominating, these voters might have been more likely to vote. “We built this” might have corralled the small business-owner vote, but probably didn’t do much for workers. I suppose that you can construct an argument that the missing “non-whites” would have turned out in response to a similar move by Republicans, but I think it’s hard to put that together. These really are two separate issues.
That’s right. It really is two separate issues. Would a seemingly more working class candidate than Romney have gone further with the same message? Or would Romney have done better with a more broad economic message? I believe could have been both. I recall that for the first several months after obtaining the nomination, that the Romney camp was more or less silent in vigorously opposing the Bain Capital attacks. They sat back and let the media define Romney rather than counter-attacking with both a philosophical argument and a depiction of the charges as ludicrous. Sure there were press releases and talk show appearances by consultants and supportive politicians. But I don’t recall there being any press conference by Romney to address this. It would have been a great opportunity to take on the media in Gingrich-esque fashion and to cut off the Obama campaign attacks at the knees. As Gingrich clearly understands from what I remember of the primary debates, taking on the press is both a healthy thing for the country and a base energizing approach. It’s easy for me to sit here and Monday morning quarterback about this. But I was very dismayed last August, during which time I was out knocking on doors in Wake County, NC in 100 plus degree heat. Shortly afterward in early September, Pat Caddell came out and confirmed my fears in stating that the Romney campaign was the worst he’d seen in his lifetime. and “they have set themselves on a course that says, ‘We don’t have to do anything, we’re going to win because they don’t like the other guy.'” Sadly prophetic.
The Senate attempt at amnesty is the misguided and misinterpreted culmination of that failure from 2012. The misapprehension that it’s hispanic voters that made the margin for Obama is entirely wrong. While yes, efforts must be made in a coherent and legally appropriate matter, ie. – no amnesty, to connect with hispanic voters, that is not the main reason for the loss last November. The Reagan Democrats of the middle and blue collar working class simply stayed home. As pointed out by Senator Sessions in National Review, “if there is any lesson for the GOP to learn from 2012, it’s that we must do a better job fighting for and connecting with working Americans of all backgrounds — immigrant and native-born alike — whose wages have fallen and whose employment opportunities have increasingly diminished.” He correctly makes the argument that the amnesty effort is a slap in the face to working Americans in a terrible economy and utilizes CBO data to bear out that claim.
Islamic State claims beheading of British hostage David Haines. The normally comatose denizens of the western elite essentially wrote off the middle east after their anti-Bush jihad was ended. So what’s pushing the sudden hankering for military intervention? I think it’s simple. As long as ISIS was ravaging “far away peoples of whom we know little” to quote Neville Chamberlain, the western leadership was content to sit on their hands. But now that we have well-publicized videos of one on one killings, up close and personal, public opinion is shifting toward intervention.
I think it all comes down to what someone who knows a lot about genocide said awhile back about this very kind of thing: “One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.”
I’ve hardly even read the news for two months. There’s frankly only so much stress I can handle at one time with things I’ve got no control over. So I’ve gotten rid of those which I’m at least capable of dispensing with.
Pelosi explained, “We are all Americans — north and south in this hemisphere,” via Pelosi on the Border: We Have to Use This Crisis as an Opportunity. What Pelosi really means by that is “if everyone’s an American, then there really are no Americans”. Don’t ask me why the left seems to think that way, I only know that they do.
The patent office goes out of bounds in Redskins trademark case – Jonathan Turley – The Washington Post. “What is needed is a new law returning these agencies to their core regulatory responsibilities and requiring speech neutrality in enforcement. We do not need faceless federal officials to become arbiters of our social controversies.”
It says something significant when a liberal Constitutional law professor sees eye to eye, whether or not he knows or admits it, with Ronald Reagan. The notion that government has overrun its banks and flooded the lives of everyday Americans is not new. Reagan made rolling back that tide one the cornerstones of his two terms. Unlike Mr. Obama, Mr. Reagan did in fact cause those waters to recede, alas, if only temporarily.
Why People Zone Out on Hillary – Roger L. Simon “So Hillary is a nowhere woman, trying to replace a nowhere man, which is saying something given Obama’s recent poll numbers.”
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s appeals board cancels Redskins trademark « Hot Air. Aside from being wrong about mostly every issue in the past 40 years, the left has an even bigger problem. That problem is self-restraint. They have none whatsoever. In the past and in the future, that inability to control themselves is their undoing. Those of the left in power, and I would venture to guess in media, academia, etc., view the freedom of whose with whom they disagree as little more than an obstacle on a forced march to enlightenment.
You may have noticed that all of the whining about a lawless dictatorship and oppression fantasizing in the Bush years were a figment of the left’s fevered imagination. However, having been in executive branch power these past five years, all of their fantasizing about being victims has translated into a reality in which they are instead the gleeful oppressors. Obama doesn’t like the name Redskins? Forget the 1st Amendment, that’s just for liberals. Obama doesn’t like immigration enforcement? Forget the rule of law, that’s just for conservatives. Obama doesn’t like a Supreme Court ruling? Forget about an impartial IRS, that’s just for suckers.
The Republicans are no great shakes these days, led by impotent clowns like John Boehner. But no one in their right mind can accuse him of overreaching. The left will indeed pay a price this November, and America will benefit from that pendulum swing. But we will do so almost solely from the sheer folly and tyrannical arrogance of Obama and his Congressional accomplices.
BREAKING: ISIS Surrounds Baghdad on Three Sides – Controls Water Supplies to Capital (Video) | The Gateway Pundit. The parallels here to the mid-70’s are staggering. Baghdad is about to fall, just like Saigon. Radical jihadis, essentially psychopaths based on the pictures I’ve seen, are fanning out through northern and cental Iraq. I’m no military expert, and I don’t want to see U.S. boots on the ground there anytime soon. But how difficult would it be for the Commander in Chief to bomb these cretins back to the stone age? This is a motley force with an overextended supply line. What about an aerial version of Inchon, or the Stalingrad counter-offensive, in order to cut these maniacs off in and around Baghdad? Perhaps then whatever remains of U.S. trained Iraqi defense forces can finish off the remnants themselves.
Assuming for the moment that Obama hasn’t enacted such a course of action is based on his usual dithering while events force an adverse conclusion, then what is the motivation for doing nothing here when something substantial can be accomplished without a U.S. commitment of ground forces? And why suddenly would Obama be interested in involving the Iranians within Iraq? I thought that one of our goals over the past decade was to keep the Shiite Iranians out of a Sunni / Shiite and Kurdish Iraq. Does this President have any grasp of history or strategy that isn’t solely steeped in the world of domestic politics?
As you can see, I have many questions but very few answers. Perhaps I am spending too much time trying to derive a strategic meaning from a simple jumble of incompetence and indifference. Maybe the best way to define an ‘Obama Doctrine’ is that it’s the use of incompetence as a tool abroad in such a manner as to spread chaos, uncertainty and tyranny, to the fullest extent possible. And there you have it.
Timing questioned in Benghazi consulate attack arrest | Boston Herald. ‘“All of these decisions are political,” said Fred Burton, vice president of intelligence with Stratfor, a commercial intelligence service. “It is curious, the timing”…’.
‘Curious’ is a euphemistic way to describe ‘obvious’. Let’s assume for a moment that the arrest of this Benghazi attacker was a fortuitous, random occurrence. The problem for this White House, among many others, is that all credibility is gone. It’s the President who cried wolf once too many times. Somewhere between his 100th or something golf game and if you like your plan, you can keep your plan, everyone either with a functioning brain or a smidgeon of intellectual honesty, stopped believing anything that this President or his spokespeople are telling us. That includes any of our adversaries abroad. Red lines are all blurred lines. The IRS happened to lose all of its Lois Lerner e-mails after stonewalling Congress on handing them over for a year. No analogy or statement of disbelief suffices any longer to describe the mendacity of this Administration. Comparisons to the Nixon / Watergate period simply doesn’t do justice to Nixon.
The only way it seems to check this President is to impeach him, a politically unpalatable tool. But if Congress doesn’t take some concrete action soon, the next two years will make the last several look like a picnic.
Eric Cantor Falls to Shock Defeat in Primary – NationalJournal.com. I just got home from work after a long and aggravating day. I knew there were primaries going on. But just recently I kept reading about how the Tea Party was dead. That’s obviously media propaganda but really didn’t expect a sea change. It really crept up didn’t it? I hope that this sends a clear and unmistakable message to the rest of the spineless RINO’s that We the People have had enough. No amnesty, no compromise without a principled reason for doing so, and no prisoners. Goodbye Mr. Cantor. And not a moment too soon. I hope Mr. Boehner will be joining you.
They’re happy to form a circular firing squad for socialism. But having incompetent leadership threatens to further discredit the leftist brand. And that they cannot have.
There’s been a lot of nonsense the last few years about the one percent versus the ninety-nine percent. Or the forty-three versus the fifty-seven percent. Whether it’s demagogues playing the petty fiddle of class division or short-sighted leaders disinterested in the hardships of the everyday working class, they’ve got it wrong. This country was founded on a bedrock of equality. And not equality at the finish line but equality at the starting gate. Until recently, generations of Americans looked to success in practically every endeavor as a beacon of hope. Now, sadly, the politics of class division has warped the American dream in one of two ways. It’s perceived as being either hopelessly unattainable or it’s viewed as an object of scorn and envy.
In a 2012 presidential debate, President Obama mocked Mr. Romney, saying “I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours, so it doesn’t take as long“. In speech after speech before and since, Mr. Obama has relentlessly attacked what he calls big business. And all the while, gladly accepting their largesse in the form of campaign contributions. He talks about wanting to spread the wealth around. At the same time he’s always trying to raise taxes on and regulate to no end the same companies people rely on to create that very wealth. In 2011, he said of the Occupy Wall Street crowd, “you’re the reason I ran for office.” This is the same group known all too well for sexual assault in their camps and for defecating on police cars. If these folks are the reason Mr. Obama ran for office then our problems are much wider than mere class division.
The simple fact is that Americans don’t have a history of class warfare. We’ve always been bigger than that. Self-reliance, pulling oneself up by the bootstraps, these are the cornerstones of our economic growth. When taxes are cut, as under President Reagan, who gave us the largest economic boom we’ve experienced, real growth translates to real jobs and real recovery. We’ve always known that this is the fairest, most decent and humane way to ‘spread the wealth around’. You don’t do it by bringing those around you down. You do it by lifting up those around you in the wake of your own success. America has never been and shouldn’t ever be defined as become a disgruntled camp divided by success and envy. There is no one percent, ninety-nine percent, or any other percentage of economic division. Because when it comes down to it, we only get as far as we take each other. That I know one hundred percent.
Team Boehner to Drudge: We didn’t ‘expand’ Obamacare, we repealed a piece | WashingtonExaminer.com. At least when Democrats lie they make like they believe what they’re shoveling (channeling Sg. Al Powell). Another reason Boehner needs to retire, he even fails at being disingenuous. If the right can’t produce leaders that are honest, then hell, at least be as good at lying as the other side. On the other hand, I guess if you’re a moral relativist, then what you said on Monday can be 180 degrees different than what you’re saying on Friday.
Report: Top Boehner Allies Departing Congress. “We’re going to have a new speaker,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), a conservative who helped spearhead the failed coup against Boehner at the beginning of the 113th Congress. “Looks like a whole bunch of folks leaving who are key to him staying as speaker.” This guy is so superfluous that when he’s gone I don’t think I’m even going to realize it.
Speaker: Immigration overhaul tough to pass – WRAL.com “Just last week, Boehner and other House Republican leaders had unveiled broad principles for immigration changes, including legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally, tougher border security and a shot at citizenship for children brought to the country illegally.”
In the history of idiocy, there are few competitors for the ultimate crown itself. John Boehner is one of them. Several obvious cliches come to mind: never start a battle you can’t win, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, stupid is as stupid does! It’s also prudent not to push something one hundred eighty degrees anathema to the wish of your Party’s base supporters. Maybe I’m old fashioned making presumptions like that. Or just naive. It isn’t like I’m Speaker of the House or anything.
via Rep. Raul Labrador: Boehner’s speakership at risk over immigration, report says – Washington Times. “I think it should cost him his speakership,” Mr. Labrador, Idaho Republican, said in an interview with the Capitol Hill news organization…Mr. Labrador also refused to rule out running to replace Mr. Boehner — even if the Ohio Republican put the brakes on immigration bills.”
After a weeks long hiatus doing actual work, I have returned to take up one of my favorite hobbies, Boehner-bashing. Sadly for me, it’s becoming quite popular, a regular national pastime. If you haven’t seen for yourself his appearance on Jay Leno, don’t. It’s like chewing tinfoil while standing naked in acid rain on a Monday morning. And if you are under the bizarre impression that this idiot’s brazen embrace of amnesty is some kind of genius master plan, I refer you again to his Jay Leno appearance. Better yet, listen to Mark Levin on Boehner on Leno. It’s truly devastating. it’s also an eye-opening descent into reality, a place where you will come to realize that the GOP is presently led by a bunch of clueless morons. Seriously clueless. I’m sure they’re great at fundraising, and groveling before our mult-culti overlords in the media. But leaders they are not.
Tom Coburn: The Year Washington Fled Reality – WSJ.com. “How the nation’s leaders perform in Washington is a reflection of the country, and culture, they represent. Moral relativism and postmodern disregard of truth has been promoted by academia for decades; sometimes it seems that the best students of that thinking can be found in Washington.”
There’s much more to the Senator’s column on the analysis of specifics, but I think the crux of the issue is summed up quite well with the above quote. I keep writing that Obama isn’t so much the problem as he is a symptom of our progressive-dominated culture in free fall. It’s accurate to suggest that the dysfunction of Congress is no less a symptom itself. On the one hand though, I fault leftists like Reid for disregarding precedent and of course common sense. And on the GOP side I fault Establishment types like Weepy Boehner for failing to undertake any serious opposition to Obama’s lawlessness. My disdain for their budgetary capitulation led by Paul Ryan is no less deserving. The foundations of our republic, the rule of law and fiscal sanity, are indeed under assault like never before at least in my lifetime.
via Richard Miniter, Saudis lament, ‘we have been stabbed in the back by Obama’ | Fox News. “Every time that Obama had to choose between his enemies and his friends, he always chose his enemies,” he said. “We don’t know what he’s putting in his tea.”
I’ve gotten tired of Die Hard analogies and welcoming people to the party. So how about we skip the similes, stand back and just admire the handiwork wrought by the ultimate confluence of anti-Americanism, socialism and unmitigated incompetence. It’s tempting to try and imagine the world if Obama had been elected during the Cold War. Of course, I’ve seen Red Dawn and Amerika, so I don’t need to try that hard. And we did have Obama-lite with Carter after all.
But I don’t think Obama could have been elected and certainly not re-elected were we still faced with the Soviet colossus. But for certain brief lapses and errors, the U.S. government and the American people were in the majority a serious people waging a serious multi-generational campaign against global communist tyranny. Our president today, a hubristic ivory tower man-child, could only have been elected and then re-elected by a profoundly unserious people. Weary from fighting post 9-11 jihad and a government that refuses to recognize it as such, with two conventional wars fought ultimately to little if any strategic end, perhaps the American people no longer feel the need to be serious.
Indisputably the government has reached an apogee of corruption and un-seriousness. Look at the debt and lack of action from either side to reign it in. We are in a moral, cultural and political death spiral. Obama is a symptom of this societal collapse more so than its cause. Assuming we can recover our bearings, sense of destiny and ‘seriousness’, the wreckage will take a generation to clear. That is, if we’re lucky and consistent in purpose. The growing disenchantment by allies like the Saudi government, is just the latest example of the damage which must be repaired. Hopefully that can happen before it’s too late.
via Ann-Marie Garcia, The Associated Press: Raul Castro issues stern warning to entrepreneurs. President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba’s economic reform, telling parliament on Saturday that “those pressuring us to move faster are moving us toward failure.”
David Martosko: Obama hijacks tech executive meeting, changes subject from NSA surveillance to healthcare.gov fixes | Mail Online. “That wasn’t what we came for,’ a vice-president of a company whose CEO attended told MailOnline. ‘We really didn’t care for a PR pitch about how the administration is trying to salvage its internal health care tech nightmare.'”
Come on folks, what did you expect from someone who takes selfies at a funeral? You should have brought along at least one corporate psychiatrist to explain how malignant narcissism works. Maybe next time you’ll get invited over to discuss 401K’s and instead spend two hours getting asked tech questions like “what the hell are cookies?” or “what’s the difference between Instagram and Tumbler” (in fairness, I don’t know either). Let’s get to the real crux of the issue. Obama clearly doesn’t give a damn about his socialist healthcare debacle or the NSA. He didn’t bring up basketball brackets so that just leaves one purpose to this little high tech confab: Marissa Mayer.
After being called out on his Danish Prime Minister hijinks, Obama’s obviously set his grubby sights on my favorite CEO. This photo from the above link confirms it (though I’ve edited out the President for the sake of space). Not that I blame him, it’s the only thing Obama’s ever done outside of a Marxist-Alinskyite paradigm that actually makes any sense.
Dennis Prager: ‘Tolerance’ Now Means Government-Coerced Celebration | via RealClearPolitics. Mr. Prager makes a better argument here than I could ever hope to do. But there is one analytical prong missing, and that is a reference to the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
I refer you to Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge for some history on this Amendment. Or just look in Amazon.com, I’m sure there are plenty of legitimate texts which cover it well. Here is the text:
- Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The plain reading of this Constitutional Amendment prohibits involuntary servitude except as punishment for a convicted crime. Unless refusing to bake a cake for a wedding which is not recognized as lawful constitutes a crime, and perhaps it soon will in the new Amerika, then this Judge’s ruling is exceedingly unconstitutional.
“Poppies, poppies, sleep, sleep”
On Dying After Your Time – Daniel Callahan, NYTimes.com. “Even if anti-aging research could give us radically longer lives someday, though, should we even be seeking them? Regardless of what science makes possible, or what individual people want, aging is a public issue with social consequences, and these must be thought through.Consider how dire the cost projections for Medicare already are.”
So the Death Panel concept argued over in the context of Obamacare by Governor Palin wasn’t so nutty after all. The not-so-much-it-turns-out absurd ramblings of an Alaskan Governor were just that to the media for the last several years. But here we are now with a post-Obamacare de facto endorsement of euthanizing the old in the op ed section of the NY Times. Sure it doesn’t discuss euthanasia. But really it does. Having the medical capacity to prolong elderly lives is being viewed negatively here through the prism of what’s deemed beneficial for the economy. Remember when the left called Palin crazy for even discussing this? Nah, of course you don’t. But frankly, this kind of thing should scare the Soylent Green out of you, comrades!
Iran: White House Lying About Details of Nuke Deal | Adam Kredo | Washington Free Beacon. Now the Iranians know what it’s like to be an American living under the Obama Industrial Deceit Complex: “If you like your nukes, you can keep your nukes. Period.”
According to this article, Iran’s draft of the text to the agreement permits them to continue with the uranium enrichment process. Apparently they need that kind of thing for peaceful purposes, like irradiating tomatoes and poisoning dissidents like the Russians do from time to time. It’s a sad testament to the pathetic reputation of this White House that I automatically cede more credibility to the spokesman for an Islamic republic than I do to the so-called leader of the free world.
What’s at least mildly reassuring is that the damage from this can yet be minimized. What this latest in an endless conveyer belt of idiotic debacles shows, is that this President can’t even succeed in appeasing our enemies properly. Perhaps he should have done a better job explaining to the Iranians why they would enjoy being shanked by the U.S. government, just like its citizens under Obamacare. It’s the Non-Affordable Care Act for jihadis. Maybe they should have launched another $600 million non-functional website. Call it Sellout.Gov or Appeasement.Org.
What an embarrassment. Again. Will our nation ever recover its reputation and our dignity, do we even deserve to? Considering the results from last November, I’m not so sure.
At the crescendo of Obamacare’s collapse, Boehner does the obvious and stabs us all in the back. Again.
Boehner to amnesty fans: No way are we done with immigration reform « Hot Air. In a predictable act of self-immolation apparently designed to blot out the collapse of Obamacare, an event that would otherwise unite Republicans, conservatives and libertarians, Speaker John “What the @#!k are you doing, a$$hole” Boehner has colluded with the left to stab all of us in the back simultaneously. Predictable, despicable and despairing. Boehner pulls this crap on the same day that Harry Reid rewrites the Senate rules to effectively end the filibuster. Just in time for the grand amnesty sell out of America, announced today by this duplicitous cretin. To quote Slim Pickens from 1941, “You’re all in cahoots!!”
You know, at least Obama has the decency to lie to all Americans. Boehner just sticks it to his own.
New GOP strategy on ObamaCare: Let it burn « Hot Air. If we’ve seen one electoral constant in the last five plus years, it’s this: sitting on your hands does not win anything. McCain sat on his hands. For much of the electoral cycle, and the last two presidential debates, Romney sat on his. Cruz was right to pseudo-filibuster for defunding Obamacare and even more right when he led the government shutdown fight. Every time you leave the battlefield, the narrative is left to those standing on the field, Democrats and their hegemonic media allies. To do so here, when as Rahm Emmanuel would say, “never let a crisis go to waste”, would be yet another tragic mistake. When your enemy is down for the count, whether by his own doing or not, you’d better make the effort to finish him off before he recovers. I don’t think Obama, Harry Reid or Pelosi would be so merciful were the situation in reverse. Quite the opposite in fact.
Also, politics aside, elected conservatives who are well aware of what’s at stake all have a duty to do what they can, anytime that they can, to actively burn down this Obamacare monstrosity. If not, then they should all go home.
via Obama implores supporters for help on health law crisis – Yahoo News. “It is a long race, and we aren’t near the tape yet, we have just got to keep on running,” a tired-sounding Obama said, on a scratchy phone and Internet call with his Organizing for Action political group.”
Does this President know how to do anything other than campaign? Does he even know he’s the President? Well if you follow the oft-repeated Limbaugh Theorem that Obama acts as a bystander to his own regime, it would be easy to draw that conclusion.
UnitedHealth drops thousands of doctors from insurance plans: WSJ – Yahoo News. Fundamentally transforming America is the one promise that this Manchurian Candidate has actually kept. If by fundamentally transforming he meant turning America into a third world cesspool. It’s easy to assume that this is all being done intentionally than to come to the conclusion that the President is an incompetent sociopath. After all, that means the majority of registered American voters are dupes. When I refer to this hack as a Manchurian Candidate I don’t necessarily mean he’s some kind of long-term Telefon-esque mole working for an organized government. He’s an internal mole, a product of socialist fed American self-loathing. Oh and he’s a lazy bum. Not a good combination for the well-being of our citizens and America’s standing in the world. But hey this is what we asked for. Now we’ve got it don’t we?
Cuccinelli Campaign Says National GOP Abandoned Them: ‘We Were on Our Own’ – Tony Lee, Breitbart.com. I’m not saying hey let’s go all third party necessarily. That’s never been much of a winner in America despite it’s allure for various reasons. But for the GOP to be incentivizing that as an option doesn’t seem very smart to me. Then maybe that’s why I keep hearing them being referred to as “The Stupid Party.”
via D.C. Council calls on Washington Redskins to ditch ‘racist and derogatory’ name – Mike DeBonis & Aaron C. Davis, The Washington Post. “In the latest challenge to the Washington Redskins’ name, District lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to call on the team to change it, saying it is widely recognized as “racist and derogatory.”…“Enough is enough — the name must go,” said David Grosso (I-At Large), who first introduced the name-change resolution in May.”
I repeat myself here. But let’s be honest about this Redskins name change push. The left doesn’t give a shit about Native Americans. The left doesn’t give a shit about what anyone calls their football team. The left cares about one thing only. That’s control. They want to control your healthcare, your business, your religion or to specifically obliterate it from public existence. Whether it’s from a misbegotten sense of socialist equality imposed from the top down, an expanded dependency base of voters or a shakedown racket and massive conversion of our tax revenue for their various interest group pals, are all of them together, it’s about control. We all know that too well. But what can anyone do about it? Well it sounds like the Redskins owner, Dan Snyder, is so far handling this right way. He’s telling the pressure groups and socialist media lackeys to piss off. But this story won’t go away until he caves or the left sniffs out a more vulnerable carcass. Just like they did with gun control – now the AR-15s are back on the shelves at regular retail prices. Anyway, the press stories, boycotts, whatever, all of it will continue relentlessly until either of those things happen. Hopefully Snyder will continue holding out and not offer up his balls on a platter. That would at least be a nice example for others to take heed off.
GOP Strategy on Obamacare: Shut Up and Leave Town – NationalJournal.com. There is a reason I keep reading that the GOP is known as the “Stupid Party.” The “Dumb and Dumber” strategy of curling up sucking your thumb on the floor of a bathroom stall crying “Take Me To A Happy Place” is not a strategy for winning. It’s a strategy for letting your opponent define the narrative while you sit and wait for people to see the light of their own volition. As the last half decade at least has shown, the answer isn’t blowing in the wind. What would the left do in a similar situation in reverse? They don’t sit on their hands waiting for people to get it together, they Alinksify everything and everyone in the way of their objective. The White House and media allies are doing what they can to spin this debacle in their favor. Maybe McConnell and the rest of the go along get along crowd should stay home after the recess, do what they do best and raise money. Let the conservatives handle this.
Illegal aliens to launch ‘Week of Escalation’ to pressure GOP – Breitbart.com. I’ve got a better idea. Let’s launch a “Week of Deportation’ to enforce the law. I know, that’s crazy! What can I say, I like to push the envelope a little. This reminds of another recent story where a bunch of illegals chained themselves to a detention center to protest deportations. What? Why weren’t they all arrested and processed? No transportation was required. No carbon footprint necessary. No $630 million website that doesn’t work was needed to frog march these people 10 yards away into detention. America was a melting pot until up to roughly thirty years ago, and indeed a successful one. But for a variety of reasons, not only do we no longer enforce immigration law, it’s been made almost taboo even to consider the possibility of doing so. With no limit to the influx of foreigners, there is no longer any incentive to assimilate legal newcomers into the American tapestry. Indeed, our multi-cultist elite abhor that very idea. How did this happen? We know the answer. A confluence of liberal anti-Americanism and big business opportunism have colluded in forming a maelstrom of illegality that has malformed the very notion of what America is and what it means to be an American. But how did this come about and in such a relatively short space of time?
It isn’t that we lack the means to enforce the law. We are a nation that put men on the moon. Quite simply, we lack the will. And everyone knows it, including the illegals. It’s just like how Americans are kidnapped and murdered with impunity. And our citizens are jailed in foreign nations on spurious charges of espionage. Well, some of them anyway. But all of this takes place with complete disregard because our adversaries, and even sometimes allies abroad, know there is no consequence. World stage level fiascos like Obama’s dithering and ultimate failure in Syria is a giant Bat Signal of cowardly incompetence broadcast to the entire world. We have enemies within and without that have taken the full measure of American fortitude, and found it utterly wanting. Just 100 years ago, the notion of any foreign action taken against citizens of the western world was laughable. The western world sat astride the world as an unmitigated and unchallenged colossus. And why? We had the maxim gun and weren’t afraid to use it. We had battlleships and gun boats and weren’t afraid to use them. It wasn’t always necessary to use these weapons, but the world knew that they could and would be employed anywhere at anytime. And without hesitation. The world knew it. The world respected it. All it took was the unnecessary implosion of the west in 1914 to bring down the whole edifice. One hundred years later the colonizers have become the colonized. The enforcers of obeisance are now the enforced. And the western elite are a navel-gazing horde of self-loathing Capos. Look at us now. Just look at us.
We’ve made too many excuses for too long in a decades long parade of self-pity and delusional, self- destructive oppression fantasy. Obama’s international boot-licking is just a final culmination of this multi-generational rot. The long crawl back from this sorry state begins at home. It begins with the rounding up and the deporting en masse of illegal aliens. It begins with putting a stop to the making of excuses about the ‘unfairness’ of enforcing the law, of respecting our borders and re-establishing a respect for our sovereignty. Stop making apologies for self-defense and a robust program of border enforcement. It’s time to break the shackles of self-doubt and take pride in ourselves once again as a nation and a people. It’s a rational calling, no less expected of any other nation. So why should it be any different for America? Even President Obama says that America is no less exceptional than any other nation considers itself exceptional. Of course his point is that America is nothing much and certainly not anything to be particularly proud of, at least not before January 2009 that is. Maybe he’s right about that. Even so, if we do consider ourselves no less exceptional than any other nation thinks itself, then why can’t we start acting like it?
Boehner pitches short-term debt-ceiling hike ahead of White House meeting | Fox News. Thanks again to my visiting father, I’m watching Chuck Schumer on my television longer than ever before. I usually can’t make it past the first thirty seconds. CNBC’s anchor is tossing really tough leading questions at Schumer, such as this doozy: “So what do you think of Republican’s being down to 27% approval?” Then giving him a 5 minute time frame for a monologue about those tyrannical tea party republicans, who again thanks to spineless Boehner, are being handed their lunch. I’ll be glad that the shutdown ends. But that the Republican leadership has caved comes as zero surprise. Excuse me now while I go pump my stomach.
Establishment Conservative Journalists Meet Off-the-Record with Obama at White House. It seems Dr. Charles Krauthammer will be among those visiting the blessed presence of President Man Child. That is, assuming they can get past Obama’s National Park Police gestapo. I realize that a lot of land in DC is government owned, including the White House. Also, I don’t believe that any of these columnists are illegal aliens so it isn’t like they can expect an exemption of any kind. After all, it seems illegals not only have no fear of being deported, they can also appear on the National Mall to “protest” their illegal status while the rest of us Americans are kept off the lawn. On that note, why isn’t the mainstream press shut down as well? For a wholly owned subsidiary of the Obama Administration, it certainly is odd that the Park Service hasn’t been dispatched to storm the offices of the NY Times, the Washington Post, NBC, etc. Maybe they’re too busy arresting WW2 veterans.
Suddenly the left isn’t too big on that whole representative democracy thing anymore: Is It Time To Abolish Congress? | The National Interest Blog.
In the last forty-eight hours I’m seeing a lot of these sanctimonious tut-tutting columns popping up like leftist mushrooms in a garden full of rotting horseshit. Wouldn’t it be convenient..oh look what a waste of time this old parliamentary democracy crap has been. These same duplicitous a-holes were screaming bloody mary for eight years about an impending Bush dictatorship. All that over the guy who had the decency to go to Congress for things like, you know, going to war and stuff like that pesky Constitution requires.
Let’s be honest here, these leftist shills are not democrats (little d). They are not defenders of the republic. Nor are they constitutionalists. These people, these leftist demagogues, are no more than sociopathic, lawless power-grabbers. You want to start abolishing branches of government and dismantling the Constitution, how about we start with the most irresponsible and out of control portion of our society, the press.
The leftist media is at the core of the rot eating away at the heart of America. They have abrogated all pretense of objectivity in the near monolithic pursuit of a government suckling utopia led by an incompetent marxist man-child. If we’re going to start making some changes, let’s start with these media vermin and see how that goes first.
Well that was something. The finale should have been a couple of hours. It felt a bit rushed. But, when things happened they exploded, sometimes literally. There were so many penultimate moments tying in the past episodes that it’s hard to know where to begin. So I’ll take a look at what I thought didn’t work about the episode. Lydia. My question about that is why? She was certainly no angel. Mike made that clear early in the season when he reluctantly reconsidered taking her out himself. But if Walt was finally going to use that ricin after five years, why not utilize that for a big player that really deserved it? I’m not sure Lydia’s actions merited her end, at least not in the way it did. She could have had Walt’s family bumped off. She hinted at it, and admonished psycho Todd for not having done so. But she never truly insisted and never looked at some other way of getting that done. She was a distributor of the product put together by her nazi pals and the imprisoned Jesse. I’m just kind of unsure about that, other than I suppose it was necessary for Vince Gilligan to wrap up the long running ricin thing. I think Chekov (not the Starfleet officer, the other Russian guy) wrote that if you introduce a gun in scene one that you must use it by scene three. And let’s face it, there weren’t too many players left by scene three!
Jessie didn’t mention the whole Jane thing to Walt when he was holding a gun on him. I can understand the reasons he couldn’t or wouldn’t shoot Walt in the end. But I don’t understand why he didn’t interrogate Walt about it or just ask him why. If Walt truly felt Jessie was a surrogate son then how could have let the woman he loved just die in front of him? Also, Jane was a smokin’ hottie, so perhaps I’m a little biased.
But what this got right about Walt is that like the collateral damage emanating from Walt’s compulsion to put his being in the “empire business”, the prospect of losing his partner and having to compromise his selfish ambition was too much for him to bear. Jane was just another obstacle to Walt’s narcissistic self-actualization. Ultimately, Walt sacrificed his own family, the respect of his son and his very freedom for the same reason. So having let Jane go was probably just a blip on his radar. In my mind, the biggest loser of the entire show was Jessie. At first he was a happy go lucky, ignorant meth head and dealer. By the end he lost two girlfriends, all his money, his freedom for months, his self-respect and sense of innocence. The same innocence that Walt had also cost his actual son.
I think that the best scene, possibly of the entire final season, was Walt sitting in the New Hampshire Bar listening to Gretchen and her husband diss Heisenberg! The look on his face and then the music kicks on. Just glorious. And the slaughter of the evil nazis with Walt’s machine gun trunk contraption was simply priceless. I’ll never look at an adjustable recliner the same way. Or a sugar packet for that matter. Or Bablyon 5 for that matter. Thanks Skinny Pete!
And while it came off as a bit too contrived, it was nicely poetic that Walt got to off the head nazi the same way that he so callously killed off Hank. Todd’s demise was also nicely done and a much more realistic ending for him. Todd was one creepy bastard. He was so polite and well-mannered, yet utterly devoid of compassion for others unless he cared for them himself. In some ways, Todd was the anti-Jessie. Much the opposite, Jessie was an ill-mannered, hilariously obnoxious slob, but he also had a heart of gold. Come to think of it, Jessie, Walt, Jr. and Todd were each different aspects of Walt’s vision of a perfect son. In the end, they were either irretrievably alienated from Walt or in Todd’s case, thankfully deceased. There’s just too much to cover. But I guess the lesson from one of the best shows ever on television is “know thyself.” Otherwise, “Better Call Saul!”
Gunmen kill students as they sleep in Nigerian college – Yahoo News Canada. It’s kind of like a field trip to study the concept. But, tragically, they never had to leave. So where’s the President’s speech condemning this atrocity? If he had a son, would he have looked like one of these murdered student’s? No, Obama’s too busy demonizing legitimate political opposition to his insane, socialist healthcare plan, to take any notice. Or if he does take notice, I don’t think bombing his psychotic, theocratic allies is at the top of his to do list. Four!
Paul wants to end health care subsidies for chief justice | The Daily Caller. This is pretty clever on Senator Paul’s part. There is a yawning chasm between what the ruling class sees fit to bestow on the rest of us and what our enlightened betters are comfortable with settling for themselves. Like in the Hunger Games, the only thing you can do is take the fight back to the Capitol.
Tea party wants socialist treatment – Byron Tau – POLITICO.com. I used to think of the IRS as simply a necessary nuisance. I considered those who called for its elimination or substantial diminution as rather, well, nutty. No longer. And that is unfortunate. My change of opinion isn’t because the IRS is out of control. They are simply a tool of the leftist elite that’s running our country and governs with a monopolized stranglehold on our culture, fiscal policy and all levels of government institutions.
If these people could use any government agency as a cudgel, they would do it. In fact, it’s already done. Look at the abuses ongoing with the EPA, the incessant Dodd-Frank regulations burying banking and financial institutions and smothering our economy. The IRS is simply a far-reaching, overly powerful tool that like any other weapon in the leftist arsenal, happens to be available for their use and abuse. Like Obama’s presidency itself, the misuse of the IRS is a symptom of a lawless, bureaucratic and increasingly alienated central government-media-cultural complex. Sure, go after the criminal actors in the IRS, but more importantly, go after the power-mad tyrants that have co-opted our institutions.
via Russia ‘to renew offer to supply S-300s to Iran’ – FRANCE 24. “Putin will renew an old offer to supply Iran with five of the sophisticated ground-to-air missile systems at a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Friday, Kommersant said, quoting a source close to the Kremlin”.
This is just the beginning of the post-Syria fiasco re-set that Obama promised Medvedev would happen “after” the election. It’s a re-set alright. Just not the one Obama was counting on. Never in my lifetime, and at this point I can include Carter, have I witnessed a more incompetent buffoon at the helm of our country. We have 3 more years of this. Think of the damage that will emanate from this single event like the ripple from a pebble dropped carelessly into a pond of diplomatic ineptitude. Can America survive the next 3 years? Yes we can!!
Colorado Lawmakers Ousted in Recall Vote Over Gun Law – NYTimes.com. War / Anti-War, Democrats can be remarkable fickle in their philosophical fidelity. But, if there’s one thing that Democrats can be counted on no matter what the agenda, it’s overreach.
via Washington Post Syria says it ‘welcomes’ Russia proposal on chemical weapons “The timing of the new proposal was awkward and its apparent genesis perhaps more so. It began when Kerry was asked early Monday whether Assad could avoid a U.S. attack. “Sure. He could turn over every bit of his weapons to the international community within the next week, without delay,” Kerry responded with a shrug. “But he isn’t about to.”…As Kerry flew back to Washington to help lobby lawmakers, he received a midair call from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who said he had heard the secretary’s remarks and was about to make a public announcement”
Awesome, this was a textbook case of incompetence. Granted, the White House shouldn’t have placed itself in such a ridiculous case to begin with. Every day, practically every hour, has seen one more monumentally stupid comment or action than the last. It’s unfortunate you can’t impeach for stupidity. But you know, Obama isn’t the problem. He is the symptom of a decrepit, corrupt and cynical political system. Washington has ossified into a bureaucratic, inept behemoth that would be utterly unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers.