Obama Spreading Myths About Health Care For Illegal Immigrants

You remember Obama’s myth-busting conference call, earlier this month, where he called ObamaCare proponents “God’s Partners”?

The president directly addressed a number of pervasive rumors about his proposals.

The allegation that health care legislation would set up “death panels,” Mr. Obama said, is “just an extraordinary lie.” He also rebutted false claims that health coverage would be provided for undocumented immigrants, that there would be government funding for abortions and that there would be a “government takeover” of health care.

These fabrications, Mr. Obama said, are distracting the country from its “core ethical and moral obligation… that we look out for one another.”

By fabrications, Obama means undeniable facts, except in the case of the “death panel” which isn’t technically true because that was set up in the stimulus bill.

The undeniable facts that  the government would fund abortions, and lead to a single payer health care system have already been dealt with.

What about the concern that health coverage would be provided for illegal immigrants?

It turns out that the non partisan Congressional Research Service has pointed out that HR3200, the House version of ObamaCare does nothing to prevent it:

“Under H.R. 3200, a ‘Health Insurance Exchange’ would begin operation in 2013 and would offer private plans alongside a public option…H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitzens—whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently—participating in the Exchange.”

Freddy Freddoso notes:

The bill contains no verification requirement or enforcement process for citizenship or legal residency, as exists for other federal benefit programs. The only verification required for the subsidies pertains to family income. Beyond that, as the CRS report notes, everything is left in the hands of the Health Choices Commissioner.

House Democrats defeated all attempts in committee to add an enforcement mechanism that would require proof of citizenship or legal residency for those getting subsidies.

Ed Morrissy continues:

CRS also notes that “undocumented aliens” who have a “substantial presence” in the US would be required to buy health insurance (page 4) through the exchanges in HR3200.  They would also become eligible for “emergency Medicaid,” although not normal Medicaid (page 6) for up to five years.

What about Section 246, which I said would prevent the spending of money on illegal aliens?  The CRS analysis is less than impressed with that portion of the bill.  Section “246 would bar unauthorized aliens from receiving any premium or cost-sharing credit,” it says, but that may be hard to enforce.  It also states later that “absent of a provision in the bill specifying the verification procedure, that the Commissioner would be responsible for determining a mechanism to verify the eligibility of noncitizens for the credits” — or in other words, HR3200 fails to provide it entirely.  I gave it a little too much credit, apparently, more than Congress’ own analysts do.

So, there you go. Yet another myth busting, myth busted.

Nancy Pelosi Still A Liar


The newly released CIA documents not only proved that Dick Cheney was right about the EITs saving lives. They also confirm what we strongly suspected.

Nancy Pelosi is a  liar:

The IG report belies House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claims that she wasn’t told about all this. “In the fall of 2002, the Agency briefed the leadership of the Congressional Intelligence Oversight Committees on the use of both standard techniques and EITs. . . . Representatives . . . continued to brief the leadership of the Intelligence Oversight Committees on the use of EITs and detentions in February and March 2003. The [CIA] General Counsel says that none of the participants expressed any concern about the techniques or the Program . . . .” Ditto in September 2003.

This is the scandal Eric Holder should be investigating, not the CIA, who worked to keep us safe for eight years.

I think Dennis Miller spoke for many of us when he called her a vapid, insipid, empty headed, and nasty piece of work on The O’Reilly Factor:

Hat tip: AoSHQ


The Truth Comes Out: Nancy Pelosi Knew about The Waterboarding

Video: What Did The Speaker Know And When Did She Know It?

Movie Magic: Nancy Pelosi vs The CIA

Tim Hawkins – The Government Can

Laugh through the tears:

How come I’ve never heard of this guy, Tim Hawkins? Here’s another random selection of his work:

Cletus Take The Reel:


Organizing For America Launches Its Own Bus Tour (UPDATED)

What to look for

OFA has launched its own bus tour to counter the anti-ObamaCare bus tours that are currently making their ways across the country. Conservative activists take heed. There is not an easily accessible schedule posted online of the 11 stops the bus plans to make. The reason for this should be obvious. They want their people at these rallies, not you.

US News reports:

The “Health Insurance Reform Now” bus will make 11 stops between tomorrow and when members of Congress return to Washington, hitting up Albuquerque, N.M., Denver, Raleigh, N.C., and Pittsburgh.

The president’s supporters seem to have been drowned out when it comes to healthcare reform, with activists on the right flocking to healthcare town halls around the country and getting a lot of attention for doing so. Conservatives already have a bus, too, the “Hands Off My Healthcare” bus, created by the conservative group Americans for Prosperity. It has toured the country for several weeks, this week stopping in Arkansas.

I suggest that  conservative activists continue to drown out their voices by “flocking” to these pro ObamaCare rallies wherever possible. I went to the OFA website for a schedule, but, believe it or not, was unable to find one. I was able to track down three of the stops by scouring the internet:

Wed, Aug 26 – Phoenix (IBEW Hall) (too late)

Thurs, Aug 27 – Albuquerque (National Hispanic Cultural Center)

Fri, Aug 28 – Denver (Tivoli Commons, Auraria Campus)5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

More cities were mentioned in this article:

Organizing for America plans a bus tour beginning Wednesday in cities including Phoenix, Albuquerque, N.M., Denver, Des Moines, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, N.C., and Milwaukee. The bus will make 11 stops between Wednesday and Sept. 3. Some 2,000 events are planned around the country through Labor Day, according to Democratic National Committee spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine. The wide range of events include phone bank calling and rallies. “We want our members of Congress to head back to Washington with calls for reform still ringing in their ears — and knowing that those who are working hard for reform have our thanks,” said an e-mail sent by Organizing for America inviting supporters to bus tour events. “But we can’t do it without a massive show of support from the voters who know what’s at stake.”

Deborah Johns, Vice Chair of the Our Country Deserves Better Committee, the organizer of the Tea Party Express issued this statement:

“It is not surprising that Barack Obama’s supporters feel the need to hold a bus tour to counter the “Tea Party Express” – given the outpouring of support the Tea Party Express tour has received before we’ve even logged one mile of our tour “This Friday the Tea Party Express will embark on a nearly 7,000-mile journey across the country holding tea party rallies in 34 cities.  This effort marks a ramping up of the tea party movement which has shown a passion of the American people to speak out against the errant ways of their government.

“Barack Obama and his supporters believe that if they simply attempt to replicate the Tea Party Express that they can counter this powerful tea party movement.”While we will be traveling nearly 7,000 miles across the country and rallying Americans in 34 cities, they will be holding made-for-television rallies in just 11 cities.  It’s just the latest example of the Obama administration’s obsession with style over substance.

Their tour schedule is posted prominently online, details, here.

The schedule for Americans For Prosperity’s “Hands Off My Health Care”  bus tour, is right here.

Let’s try to make it to as many of these events as possible.


For Kansas City area patriots:

Just heard from a KC area 9/12 Project:

Health Care for America Now is holding a “Health Care Can’t Wait Rally” at Dennis Moore’s office, 5th & Minnesota Ave, next Wednesday, 9/2/09, from 6pm-7pm.
We are planning to be there in opposition.  It is IMPORTANT that we get as many people there as possible with our Free Market Health Care Signs.  I’ll be sending more information out in a few days.
Because there is safety in numbers, we will be announcing a location for us to meet up prior to driving to his office.


How Obama Intends To Use The NEA To Promote His Agenda


Leni Riefenstahl, born in 1902, was an artist of unparalleled gifts…

a woman in an industry dominated by men, one of the great formalists of the cinema on a par with Eisenstein or Welles whose two major works were funded by, and intended to glorify, the Nazis.

Triumph of the Will, a deification of Hitler, was produced in 1935.

Personality cults are most common in totalitarian regimes, like the Nazi regime.

A cult of personality arises when a country’s leader uses mass media to create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise.[1] Cults of personality are often found in dictatorships and Stalinist governments.

A cult of personality is similar to general hero worship, except that it is created specifically for political leaders. However, the term may be applied by analogy to refer to adulation of religious or non-political leaders.

Leni didn’t consider what she did to be wrong. She didn’t consider herself to be a shill…She was simply…. an artist, who believed in a great cause:

When Hitler arrived on the scene, she had already directed a mountain film of her own, The Blue Light. Like many Germans living in economic despair at the time, she found der Fuhrer charismatic and lauded his efforts to build “national socialism,” by her own words unaware of his ultimate intentions. Granted the dream of every filmmaker — an unlimited budget — to photograph the annual Nazi Party rally of 1934, she created Triumph of the Will, an inestimable propaganda tool in building the myth of Hitler-as-savior.

I bring this up because it seems that Obama’s National Endowment of the Arts is encouraging artists to create propaganda projects; projects created with the explicit purpose of promoting Obama’s agenda.

Or as Ace would say: “nazi stuff”.

I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to take part in a conference call that invited a group of rising artist and art community luminaries “to help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda – health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education, community renewal.”

Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans.

It sounded, how should I phrase it…unusual, that the NEA would invite the art community to a meeting to discuss issues currently under vehement national debate. I decided to call in, and what I heard concerned me.

We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these “focus areas” as we had brought to Obama’s presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to “shape the lives” of those around us. The now famous Obama “Hope” poster, created by artist Shepard Fairey and promoted by many of those on the phone call, and will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” song and music video were presented as shining examples of our group’s clear role in the election.

Obama has a strong arts agenda, we were told, and has been very supportive of both using and supporting the arts in creative ways to talk about the issues facing the country. We were “selected for a reason,” they told us. We had played a key role in the election and now Obama was putting out the call of service to help create change. We knew “how to make a stink,” and were encouraged to do so.

And if you think that my fear regarding the arts becoming a tool of the state is still unfounded, I leave you with a few statements made by the NEA to the art community participants on the conference call. “This is just the beginning. This is the first telephone call of a brand new conversation. We are just now learning how to really bring this community together to speak with the government. What that looks like legally?…bare with us as we learn the language so that we can speak to each other safely… “

Is the hair on your arms standing up yet?


You can read the whole distressing piece, by Patrick Courrielche at Big Hollywood.


I see Darlene Glick at Protein Wisdom is thinking along the same lines, with her photoshop.


Glenn Beck interviewed Patrick Courrielche on his show on Sept. 1.

and covered the subject again on Sept. 2:

The MSM couldn’t be reached for comment.

Video: Rush Limbaugh Appears On The Glenn Beck Show

To talk about Obama’s plans to stifle free speech:

More on Obama’s Diversity “Officer” (Czar) from The Examiner:

Obama’s ‘diversity officer’ at FCC to use Alinsky’s confrontational tactics

With the appointment of Mark Loyd to the FCC as the nation’s very first ‘Chief Diversity Officer,’ Obama hopes to accomplish the very things that the Fairness Doctrine would mandate.

The main focus would be to force commercial radio stations to offer a ‘diversity of opinion,’ meaning of course that liberals would get equal time to promote their causes and concepts.  Rather than get mired in the swampland of rules and regulations concerning how to do that, radio stations will simply cancel programs such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck.

But this is not the only thing Loyd would do as Chief Diversity Officer.

Loyd wants public broadcasting to be the dominant force in radio, overshadowing commercial stations. And, as we have cited before, he would do this by forcing commercial radio stations to pay a fee equal to their entire operating cost to the government in order to directly benefit NPR.

However, more danger lurks just under the surface with regard to Loyd.

Today, we discovered this:

Lloyd draws on his experience lobbying the FCC during the Clinton administration, counseling would-be revolutionaries to follow the tactics used by other left-wing movements, such as the followers of Saul Alinsky and the people who ran the campaign to block Republican Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.

“We understood at the beginning, and were certainly reminded in the course of the campaign,” wrote Lloyd, “that our work was not simply convincing policy makers of the logic or morality of our arguments. We understood that we were in a struggle for power against an opponent, the commercial broadcasters ….”

In addition, Loyd makes it clear that the concepts pushed by extremist Saul Alinsky in his book, Rules for Radicals, would serve as the inspiration for his war on commercial broadcasting:

“We looked to successful political campaigns and organizers as a guide, especially the civil rights movement, Saul Alinsky, and the campaign to prevent the Supreme Court nomination of the ultra-conservative jurist Robert Bork,” wrote Lloyd. “From those sources we drew inspiration and guidance.”


Rumor: Panetta Resigning

Red State has the goods.

Redstate UPDATE:

Spencer Ackerman, cast in the role of news guy, says it is not true.

Checking my spam folder, I find an email from George Little at the CIA saying it is not happening.

Erick Erickson via Twitter:

reconciling my good source, the CIA spokesman, and ABC News: Panetta is not resigning today, but will be gone soon.


Rich Lowry:

Leon Panetta’s Agony

Andrew McCarthy:

Remember ‘No Controlling Legal Authority’?

Herbert E. Meyer

What the President’s Attack on the CIA Really Means

Just wondering:

How will the MSM spin this, (if true) for Obama?

Right Wing News:

The Republican Reaction To The Obama Administration’s Politically Motivated Investigation Of The CIA

Announcing Freedom Fest 2009


Freedom Fest 2009

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2009
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: Theis Park
Intersection of Oak and 47th Street, KC,MO.
(Across from the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, 1 Block East of the Country Club Plaza)

Combining leading voices of entrepenurship, faith, race relations and entertainment with great food and drink. You’ll hear author and radio host of the Big Black Lie, Kevin Jackson frequent guest contributor on the Fox News Network. Director of Health Policy Studies for the CATO Institute, Michael Cannon. Host of the Christian Politician, Apostle Claver and music from Outlaw Jim and The Whiskey Benders also featuring Melanie Owen, Angelo Mino and Beverly Gossage

Sarah Palin Urges Facebook Friends To Watch Glenn Beck, Tonight

FOX News’ Glenn Beck is doing an extraordinary job this week walking America behind the scenes of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and outlining who is actually running the White House. Monday night he asked us to invite one friend to watch; tonight I invite all my friends to watch. -Sarah Palin
Tonight the guest will be Rush Limbaugh, and they’re going to be discussing the plans to shut down talk radio.

Video: Congressman Jim Moran’s Townhall Debacle

Jim Moran, Howard Dean Face Town Hall Skeptics

jim moran town hall skeptic

Photocredit: John Shinkle

Oh lordy, it was torch and pitchfork time last night, at Jim Moran’s town hall in Reston, VA. He was immediately met with jeers and catcalls when he mentioned the “public option”, and it went downhill from there:

Yes, that’s Howard Dean sitting there, reticently.

You have to like his opening comment, but again, not a warm reception for him, either, even with half the audience astroturf:

I think at this point, these town halls have outlived their purpose. These Dems go out and repeat the official talking points, (read lies), and they expect the audience to sit there, quietly and respectfully with their hands on their laps.. But when people see what the Dems are doing as an existential threat, they refuse to “go along to get along”. Their voices will be heard.

Many thanks to Leah, for sending me those videos.


Smitty, from The Other McCain claims ownership of the “really loud guffaws” you can hear in the videos. His thoughtful post on the event, here.


A caller to the Rush Limbaugh Show says that the audience was more like an 80/20 split – Astroturf  to Protesters. Obviously, the passion was on the protest side.

Required Reading:What the President’s Attack on the CIA Really Means

Herbert E. Meyer, who  worked in the CIA during the Reagan years writes this salient piece at The American Thinker.

A highlight:

President Bush made the same kind of decision that FDR had made 60 years earlier.  Rather than just go after those who had launched the attack on our homeland, he undertook a Global War on Terrorism to defeat all of those states and groups that subscribed to the radical Islam ideology.  Just like FDR, President Bush threw the switch from defense to offense.  Whether he played offense well or poorly during his years in office is something that historians will debate for the next thousand years.  But there’s no doubt that after 9-11 the US was playing offense.

Btw, you can thank Bush for keeping us safe, here.

That’s now over.  Look hard at everything President Obama has said and done — this week’s attack on the CIA, his banishment of the phrase “Global War on Terrorism” and its replacement with the milquetoast “overseas contingency operations,” his apologetic Cairo speech, his seeming indifference to the recent bombings in Iraq, his unwillingness to seize the opportunity of the students’ uprising in Iran to knock over that dangerous regime, his trashing of our special relationship with Israel, and all the rest including his longtime personal relationships with vicious America-haters like Bill Ayers and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright — and the conclusion is inescapable: President Obama is throwing the switch from offense back to defense, and returning the US to its September 10 mindset.

Don’t forget Honduras.

Read the rest of at The American Thinker.

A good companion piece:

If I were taking over a country, what would I do next? An exercise in thinking like the enemy.

Video:Bernie Goldberg Breaks Dan Rather Memogate News

Is this really breaking news? I thought that I had heard a long time ago, that George W. Bush had indeed volunteered to go to Vietnam. Goldberg is right, it is a little known fact, and the CBS producer Mary Mapes knew it and suppressed the information.

I do remember her as the real villain in this case.

Bernard Goldberg’s blogpost, here.

…..Speaking of the much maligned George W. Bush.…how much are we missing him, now?

No, he wasn’t perfect, but unlike the current occupant of the White House, he took his responsibility to keep the nation secure, seriously, and he did keep us safe for eight years after 9/11. You can still personally thank him for that at this website, Mission Accomplished.


M1A, the organizers of this effort, would like to submit the letters and signatures to the GWB Presidential Library on September 11, 2011, the ten year anniversary of 9/11.

Aww…Glenn Beck Must Be Doing Something Right, He Won Keef Overbite’s Worstest Person In The World Award

Incredibly, his runner up would have been mine, too:

Bathtub boy should really be thanking O’Reilly for going so easy on Obama for the past year and a half. You see, O’Reilly has a really slow learning curve. For instance, he only recently discovered that ACORN is a corrupt organization. He’ll eventually figure out that Obama’s corrupt, too, but he won’t apologize for calling people like me, haters,  for trying to bring that to peoples’ attention.

Anyway, it’s funny how Overbite mocks both Beck and O’Reilly,  who happen to be shellacking him in the ratings. By funny, I mean sad pathetic:

The Scoreboard: Monday, August 24

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 450 | CNN: 163 | MSNBC: 136 | HLN: 146

Prime: FNC: 809 | CNN: 229 | MSNBC: 248 | HLN: 233

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
776 518 485 916 801 710 553
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
114 139 182 166 250 270 225
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
158 183 211 323 209 214 169
HLN Prime: Prime: Issues: Grace: Issues: Grace: Showbiz:
141 215 216 325 143 242 188

For a palette cleanser, courtesy of Olbermann watch, I offer you Mark Levin, reacting to another of round of Olbermann’s inanities:

“Watching Overbite is like having poison ivy on your genitalia”.


Uh oh.  It looks like O’Reilly is gunning for that top spot on Olbermann’s list;

Bombshell!… Bill O’Reilly Announces Obamacare is Unconstitutional (Video)


Another bombshell! Olbermann announces that his is the highest rated prime time cable news show, oh  yes, you heard me right:

KEITH OLBERMANN: I hate to intrude with the facts but ours is the highest rated cable news program viewers 35 and younger and the highest rated cable news program for all viewers not on Fixed News. And since Fixed News has since now migrated completely over to serving propaganda to tin foil hatters, conspiracy theorists, paranoids and racists it is not a news organization making this show the highest rated cable news program, period.

Video at Newsbusters.

Astroturf Verses The Grassroots: The Video

Love love love this video by Sophia Elena:

I’m a little embarrassed for some of those astroturfers.


More comic relief:

America Is An Obamanation presents Nancy, Harry, and Barry In:

The 3 Stooges, Dizzy Doctors

What Does Obama Have To Gain By Reopening The CIA Abuse Investigation?

I’ve been mulling over the Obama Justice Dept’s decision to reopen an investigation into possible CIA abuses of terrorists.  The question was already investigated by the Bush administration in 2004 by the C.I.A.’s inspector general:

When the C.I.A first referred its inspector general’s findings to prosecutors, they decided that none of the cases merited prosecution.

I was wondering what Obama hopes to gain from antagonizing CIA Director, Leon Panetta, and demoralizing the very people who have helped keep us safe for eight years; finally proven:

with the release of CIA documents on enhanced-interrogation techniques long sought by former Vice President Dick Cheney.

With the exception of the far left, Americans  are not terribly wee-wee’d up about the fact that  Bush/CIA interrogators threatened 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s family.

On Fox, a little bit ago, John Bolton quipped that the constant declassification of CIA documents is gutting our capability to do things in secret: “If you don’t want an intelligence agency, say so”.

Why would Obama want to reopen his administration’s debate with Dick Cheney, who so clearly won the last round? Today, Cheney, released  this devastating statement about what The Obama Justice Dept. is doing:

The documents released Monday clearly demonstrate that the individuals subjected to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques provided the bulk of intelligence we gained about al Qaeda. This intelligence saved lives and prevented terrorist attacks. These detainees also, according to the documents, played a role in nearly every capture of al Qaeda members and associates since 2002. The activities of the CIA in carrying out the policies of the Bush Administration were directly responsible for defeating all efforts by al Qaeda to launch further mass casualty attacks against the United States. The people involved deserve our gratitude. They do not deserve to be the targets of political investigations or prosecutions. President Obama’s decision to allow the Justice Department to investigate and possibly prosecute CIA personnel, and his decision to remove authority for interrogation from the CIA to the White House, serves as a reminder, if any were needed, of why so many Americans have doubts about this Administration’s ability to be responsible for our nation’s security.

Pundits are saying that whenever Obama runs into trouble domestically, he starts running against the Bush administration.

I just don’t see how this is going to help his sagging poll numbers.


The Fox News “question of the day”:

Did Attorney General Eric Holder make the right call by opening a probe into allegations of prisoner abuse?

Results thus far:

Yes 7%
No 93%
Total Voters:1146

You can vote here.

Still MORE:

Ace makes a good point:

Eric Holder, pardon-facilitator of Marc Rich and non-prosecutor of the Black Panther vote intimidation thugs, says he’s duty-bound to press this inquiry because he was so horrified at reading about these “abuses.”

Again, what do they think they have to gain from this? This is not a principled fight,  The left doesn’t operate that way. What’s the ulterior motive?


Love this:

A “furious” Rep. Peter King, the hawkish, maverick Long Island Republican, blasted a “disgraceful” Eric Holder for opening an investigation of CIA interrogators and chided his own party for what he described as a weak response to the move in an interview just now with POLITICO.

“It’s bulls***. It’s disgraceful. You wonder which side they’re on,” he said of the attorney general’s move, which he described as a “declaration of war against the CIA, and against common sense.”

“It’s a total breach of faith, and either the president is intentionally caving to the left wing of his party or he’s lost control of his administration,” said King, the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Homeland Security and a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence.

He later said:

“When Holder was talking about being ‘shocked’ [before the report's release], I thought they were going to have cutting guys’ fingers off or something — or that they actually used the power drill.”


Btw, what’s with the sneer quotes around “furious”, Ben Smith? You don’t think that the willful undermining of our national security  merits a little outrage?


CIA EIT Investigation/squirrel photoshop, here.

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