“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.”
Tennessee State Senator Brian Kelsey thought it would be funny to present HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius with a gift of “Websites For Dummies” during a Memphis ObamaCare event, Friday.
As you can see – no one was amused at the Kelsey’s idea of a joke – they look annoyed, constipated and very put out, indeed. Hrrrumph!
(There is a photoshop in the above photo and it’s not the book.)
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke today at the 2013 Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Some of Obama’s “paid operatives” showed up to disrupt, but Cruz showed Republicans how to handle hecklers, calling “Obama’s paid political operatives.”
He wondered aloud if anyone was left at the “Organizing for America’s” Campaign HQ! ”I’m actually glad that the president’s whole political staff is here instead of actually doing mischief in the country”, he said to raucous laughter and applause.
Excerpts from speech:
This will be your feelgood story of the day/week maybe even month.
Caleb Bonham of Campus Reform asked random students at the (uber liberal) University of Colorado who they think is to blame for the government shutdown.
Their answers will surprise you. No — they’ll shock you.
Via The Right Scoop
Where the heck were those kids in 2012?
Dingy Harry thinks the Dem plan to blame the shutdown on Republicans, is working swimmingly.
When the Mayor of DC accosted him about unlocking city funds for the District of Columbia, Wednesday, at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Dingy, ever protective of he and Obama’s Masterpiece Shutdown Theater hissed – “don’t screw it up!”
Hat tip: Brian B.
Via PJ media with Michelle Fields, this heartwarming video was at the WWII Memorial in Washington DC , yesterday – the second of the US Government shutdown. Once again the WW II Veterans had to breech the barriers put up by the Obama Regime in order to enjoy their memorial.
Louie Gohmert said, “for the first day, some bureaucrat said let’s spend money – send out barricades, prevent anyone from coming on. They had to know they were inflicting harm on the WWII vets. They didn’t do it to some of the other parks. They knew that the Honor Flights were coming in, so you would figure – it’s pretty clear it was political to inflict hurt and say, ‘look what you’ve done.’
But once the barricades were removed, and veterans came in yesterday, for them to then spend money to get barricades back up, there is no question they intentionally meant to harm WWII veterans like you see so many of around here – the motivation is clear the second day, and we couldn’t let them be stopped, again.”
Gohmert concluded, “this administration welcomed and praised the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Washington movements, so I think it’s great to see these veterans have an ‘Occupy WWII Memorial.’”
Hat tip: White House Dossier.
Senator Cruz has been speaking since 2:41 EST, and I’ve been live tweeting, here. While his filibuster will no doubt fail, his attempt to delay Senate procedure is certainly succeeding. . Livestreaming video, here.
Senator Lee and Senator Vitter have both offered assists.
Via The Hill:
The Texas Republican says he will hold the Senate floor until he can’t any longer, but if he really goes on long enough, it’ll be the job of the presiding officer to stop him. That’s because a new day will begin at noon on Wednesday and the Senate will adjourn, somewhat magically.
The vote to limit debate on the motion to proceed to the fiscal 2014 stopgap spending bill — including for the moment the defunding of the 2010 health care law that Cruz supports — will occur no later than 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to a senior Democratic aide.
Cruz gained recognition at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday, aiming, perhaps, to best the nearly 13 hours of controlling the floor that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., had earlier this year in protest of the Obama administration’s drone policy. In Paul’s case, however, the Senate was not yet operating under a pending cloture motion, meaning that his long speech actually did delay Senate proceedings. (Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., couldn’t file a cloture motion until after Paul stopped.)
Cruz is sure to get some assistance: Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has already been in the chamber with Cruz and agrees with his effort to convince GOP senators to oppose the likely Friday cloture vote on the underlying House-passed CR.
“I rise today in opposition to Obamacare. I rise today in an effort to speak for 26 million Texans and for 300 million Americans. All across this country, Americans are suffering because of Obamacare. Obamacare isn’t working, and yet fundamentally there are politicians in this body who are not listening to the people,” Cruz said in opening his remarks. “They’re not listening to the concerns of their constituents. They’re not listening to the jobs lost, to the people forced into part-time work, to the people losing their health insurance, to the people who are struggling. A great many Texans, a great many Americans feel that they don’t have a voice. And so I hope to play some very small part in helping provide that voice for them.”
The RNC has launched a petition to stand with Ted, via Townhall:
SUBJECT: I stand with Ted
In a fight between Harry Reid and Ted Cruz, I will stand with Ted Cruz any day.
Today, Senator Cruz has taken the fight to defund ObamaCare to the Senate floor. I hope you will join me in standing with him in solidarity.
As Republicans, we must remain true to our principles and fight to protect the American people from this reckless law.
55% of Americans disapprove of the manner in which ObamaCare is being implemented, yet Harry Reid and Senate Democrats continue to defend it, even at the expense of keeping the government running.
Harry Reid may think ObamaCare “has been wonderful for America.” But the facts are on our side – ObamaCare is costing Americans higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less access to care.
- Reince Priebus
Ted Cruz Takes a Shot at Detractors, ‘Courage’ of Anonymous Congressional Staffers Trashing Him:
Via National Review: Lee: If We Don’t Try, Nothing Will Happen:
At a press conference Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said he will use the filibuster and every procedural tool available to him to stop the Affordable Care Act.
Cruz announced that he was willing to pursue a filibuster to stop the the Senate from stripping the House’s defunding proposal from the continuing resolution, hoping to assure his allies in the House who had adopted his hardline stance against the health care law.
“I am prepared to use any and all procedural methods to stop Obamacare from being funded,” he told the AP’s Ken Thomas on Thursday. But he also noted later that his efforts probably won’t be enough to stop the law. ”I think it is likely that it will take another election for a full repeal,” he said.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) delivered another excellent speech today at the Heritage Foundation’s 4th Annual Jesse Helms Lecture Series. His focus on the 12th anniversary of 9/11 was foreign policy.
We need to clone this guy…
Via The Right Scoop:
It’s a full 45 minutes + 15 minutes of Q & A.
9/11 evening link-around:
The Washington Free Beacon: Psaki Can’t Give Straight Answer on Suppression of Benghazi Witnesses
FrontPageMagazine: Kerry and McCain’s Syrian Rebel Expert Fired for Faking Academic Creds
The Conversation: Putin Pens New York Times Op-Ed, Calls For Caution on Syria
Michelle Malkin: 9/11: America’s unfinished business
John Sexton, The Conversation: ONE YEAR LATER: WHY WE WERE IN BENGHAZI
The Conversation: Million Muslim March: ‘Handful’ Size Turn Out
Charles C.W. Cooke: Win for the ‘Amateurs
Borepatch: 9/11 Compare and Contrast
Raymond Ibrahim: Christian-Abduction Gangs Form in Egypt
Credit where credit is due. At least the Arizona Senator, unlike his partner in crime, Senator Lindsey Graham - whose mug was last seen on a milk carton - held a town hall.
He got an earful from AZ constituents who wanted to make it clear that they have no interest in seeing their country get involved in a civil war in Syria, but kudos to him for having the cojones to show his face after all the unpopular policies he’s been getting behind for the past year.
A woman who comes from the Christian minority in Syria, claimed to have an 18-year-old cousin in Syria who was killed just ten days ago.
“For me, to listen to you say there is no good option in Syria – I refuse to believe that…The good option right now is to take Saudi Arabia and Iran and force them to stop supporting the two sides in Syria. And you could do it. You can do it by diplomacy, not bombs, Sen. McCain. We cannot afford to shed more Syrian blood,” she said.
Senator McCain answered by mentioning that he too had been to Syria. “I too know the people who are fighting there. I’ve met them – I know them, and I know who they are, ” he said.
According to a report in the Washington Times, the hapless Senator ended up posing for pics with some Islamic kidnappers.
Two men pictured next to Mr. McCain were responsible for kidnapping 11 Lebanese Shiites, press from that country is claiming, as reported in the Daily Mail. And nine of those abducted are still being held hostage, the Daily Star in Beirut claims.
“A number of the Syrians who greeted Sen. McCainupon his arrival in Syria asked to take pictures with him, and as always, the senator complied,” he said, as quoted in the Daily Mail. “[It] would be regrettable” if those pictured with the senator were kidnappers, he added.
McCain went on to chastise the Syrian woman for suggesting that Bashir Assad was anything but a merciless butcher, self righteously declaring, “we have a strong disagreement!”
But he mischaracterized what she said, which was, ”whether you like Bashir Assad or not - I am not a fan, either. But at least he has a secular government going on over there…”
Hat tip: Brian B.
After the horrific terrorist attack that claimed four American lives in Benghazi, last September 11, Obama saw no reason to cancel the fundraiser he had planned for Las Vegas the next day. He was in the midst of a tough reelection fight and he wasn’t about to let a little bump in the road like Benghazi get in the way of scoring major $$$ for his campaign. He didn’t bother with his daily intel briefings, that week, either. His flunkies were working on a great cover story (it was all about a Youtube video.) He knew the MFM would cheerfully disseminate the disinformation, his minions would shout down anyone who expressed doubt in the story.. Everything was under control. Life was good for Obama. Why not party?
But now, it’s not an election year anymore and the media isn’t being quite as helpful…Obama is on the verge of losing the vote on Syria in the House – and losing BIG – like a chump - in spectacular, humiliating fashion.
WaPo’s blog The Fix has been updating their whip count on the Syria resolution all day and at this point, it looks like the president is heading for a disastrous fall.
In fact, it’s no contest. As of Thursday evening, 204 House members — including 54 Democrats — have come out publicly against taking military action against Syria or are leaning that way. Two hundred seventeen votes are needed for passage. (Note: There are 433 members due to two vacancies.)
Only 24 members are in favor of the resolution.
How bad is it? President Obama has cancelled a Hollywood fundraising trip next week in order to stay in Washington, trying to salvage what’s left of his presidency:
President Obama has scrapped a planned two-day trip to Los Angeles early next week ahead of a congressional vote on a military strike against Syria.
The cancellation of the trip suggests the urgency with which Obama needs to press his case to win approval from Congress for military action.
“The president’s trip to California has been canceled,” a White House official said. “He will remain in Washington to work on the Syrian resolution before Congress.”
Drastic measures are called for including maybe even giving up some golf until he gets this thing taken care of.
See, after four and a half years of scandals, leading from behind, going over Congress’ head, hyper-partisan sneering at Republicans, and using every dirty Alinsky trick in the book, suddenly it’s time to drop what he’s doing and get down to some serious work!
Obama has a presidency to salvage.
The latest offering from Project Veritas has citizen journalist extraordinaire and best selling author, James O’Keefe confronting former US Attorney Jim Letten at Tulane University, where he is now employed as a dean at the law school.
Letten resigned in disgrace when his office was found attempting to manipulate open trials by disparaging the reputation of defendants on online public forums
There is reason to believe the US Department Of Justice pressured Letten’s office back in 2010 to prosecute O’Keefe. After the incident in Sen. Landrieu’s office, in which videographers sought to ascertain whether constituent phone calls were being answered, Letten recused from the case, only to pass it to associates within the office that even included Sen. Landreiu’s brother.
When confronted, Letten only came out of his office after contacting various members of law enforcement. He then proceeded to swear at our reporters, created fictional crimes, made false statements in front of police, and even committed a minor assault. He acted with complete impunity, as the police officers patiently waited in silence until the conclusion of his tirade, only to then detain our reporters under another fictional pretense.
Letten, who is the Asst. Dean at Tulane University unleashed a torrent of verbal abuse at O’Keefe, calling him a “nasty little cowardly spud”, ”asshole”, a “snail”, a horse’s ass”, and “extremist nut job”. His entire crew he called, ”hobbits” and “scum”.
Watch the video and see if you can detect who the nasty (verbally abusive), cowardly (wouldn’t come out until police had arrived) asshole is here.
Letten must feel pretty confident in his job at Tulane to behave in such an outrageously belligerent manner with a journalist.
You can order O’Keefe’s groundbreaking book, Breakthrough, here.
Judge Jeanine Pirro really does seem to relish taking the president to the woodshed each Saturday night on her Fox News show, Justice With Judge Jeanine. This week she began by taking on the NSA scandal and Obama’s evolving BS story that has to be updated every time new information comes out. Next she slapped him around for his weak and incoherent Middle East policies, giving him a break only to take some jabs at the execrable Josh Earnest, Samantha Powers, Lois Lerner and Obama State Department.
Responding to Obama’s latest “pivot” to college loans, she asked incredulously, ”you’re worried about college? You think college is more important than jobs?” She continued, ”what’s important is people being able to put food on the table. The reason there are so many defaults on student loans …..is because there are no jobs.”
And then she dealt the coup de grace: “So when caught in a bunch of lies about the NSA, when you’re viewed as a paper tiger on the world stage, when no one is held accountable for the lax security in the deaths of four Americans on your watch, it’s time to talk education – the classic Washington twp-step.”
That “Washington Two Step” in Obama’s case is also known as the Limbaugh theorem:
“Obama has positioned himself as an outsider…That’s one of the reasons why the constant campaign,” he said. “So he doesn’t appear to be governing, so he doesn’t appear to be part of Washington. So he appears to have this mysterious, powerful bunch of forces that are opposing him and stopping him from creating jobs and stopping him from giving people proper health care…but he is constantly out there fighting.”
“And he does that by constantly campaigning and never seem to be governing.”
The latest delay will extend enforcement of Obamacare’s caps on out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and co-pays for another year until after the 2014 midterm elections. Analysts say the Obamacare limits on consumer costs will boost the costs of healthcare.
The government’s most recent waiver is just the latest in a string of delays that have Democrats in tight congressional races worried about what Democratic Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) warned will be a “huge train wreck coming down.”
With less than seven weeks to go before Obamacare’s grand opening, the healthcare laws $6,350 limit on out-of-pocket costs for individuals and $12,700 cap for families has been pushed back another year until after the 2014 midterm elections.
This is so damn exciting.
No really – the Regime is charting new, unexplored territory every day! This is Obama’s “Fascistic Voyage’ and he’s taking us to new, exciting places we’ve never been to before. Did you ever wonder what it would be like to live in a post- constitutional, authoritarian country? Well, by golly, we’re finding out!
Charles Krauthammer dryly quips that the Obamacare law is written in an “arcane”, inscrutable way precisely so it can be interpreted any way the Regime wants to interpret it.
“The reason people are upset, he blandly notes, “is it allows the administration to manipulate it in a way that is completely lawless.”
That’s all – “lawless” which is s.o.p. for this Regime. Thanks watchdog media. Thanks loyal opposition party. Thanks Obama voters. We’re living under a lawless Regime and all of you guys allowed it to happen.
You know what Republicans should do? We should talk about it some more. We should have more bland discussions on Fox News panels about the arcaneness of the unpopular law that is killing jobs and is on the verge of destroying our health care system, but by God, we shouldn’t make a move to defund it because that might get the Regime and their friends in the media mad. So we’ll just vent about it on TV and let the Dems “own it.”
Here’s the Dr. K’s plan for Repubs:
For the GOP, Krauthammer recommended a two-pronged attack of stressing the inherent unfairness of the law (such as the subsidy for granted to congressmen and their staff for purchasing health insurance) and simply allowing the law to fall apart due to its flaws.
“As for the train wreck of implementation,” he said, “you don’t have to talk about it. Let it happen, let it unfold and then you comment on it.”
Later on in the segment, the good doctor advised against threatening to take the more drastic measure of attempting to defund Obamacare.
“If you’re going to make a threat, if you’re going to do something, make sure it’s something you are prepared to do,” he warned, and said the GOP ought to shoot for goals that are “less impossible.”
Like holding another vote to repeal ObamaCare in the House. Awesome.
Remember all those reports last week about how left wing activists were going to storm town halls and give Republican congress critters a hard time.
Americans United for Change, run by a former Democratic National Committee communications head, plans to send activists to Republican town halls in swing states and even red states to target lawmakers like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“This is a new approach. The theory in the past has been to be stealth about the effort to confront members at town halls–but sometimes it’s been too stealth, and we haven’t generated enough activity,” Brad Woodhouse, the president of the group, told the Huffington Post on Wednesday. “Since everyone knows that both sides are doing this, we’re going to be public-facing about it.”
Well, if this town hall featured on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox Show, Wednesday night, is any indication, Republicans are indeed being made to feel the heat…
From their fellow REPUBLICANS — for being too weak and jellyfish-spined to stop Obama.
This is great.
Al Sharpton helped incite anti-Jewish riots in Crown Heights, New York in 1991, was convicted of libel for his role in the racially charged Tawana Brawley hoax, incited black anti-Semites against a Jewish business establishment in Harlem in 1995, and stood with the New Black Panthers at a Sanford, Florida “Justice For Trayvon” rally, in March of last year. It’s pathetic that the MSM gives this despicable character a microphone to disseminate his toxic racialist views. It’s scandalous that such a miscreant would be invited to the White House.
The “Reverend Al” revealed the details of his meeting on MSNBC, today with host, Thomas Roberts.
Sharpton revealed that the Department of Justice and the White House intend to vigorously enforce the VRA, particularly against states instituting questionable voter ID laws. He added that Texas and North Carolina were two specific states in the DOJ’s crosshairs.
“It was one meeting – it was unprecedented – the attorney general and the president in the Roosevelt Room of the White House,” Sharpton began. “I talked to the attorney general for an hour and the president for 40 minutes.”
Sharpton said that the DOJ will aggressively combat efforts to disenfranchise voters at the state level and that the Supreme Court decision striking down portions of the VRA as unconstitutional does not prohibit the enforcement of most of the provisions in that law.
For sh*ts and giggles read the comments at Mediaite for some excellent examples of the soft racism of low expectations. It’s rilly rilly hard for blacks to get I.D.’s, you know. That’s why voter ID laws disproportionately effect poor, stupid, helpless black people – who also can’t fly, buy liqueur, check out books from the library, open banking accounts, write checks, go to Obama fund-raising events and any number of other things you need IDs for. But nobody is up in arms about that. They only seem to get exercised about voting. The ability to vote for Obama multiple times is a cherished civil right encoded in the Voter Rights Act, apparently.
Uh-uh! Voter fraud virtually never happens! they whimper.
But, of course, it does.
Last month, the Obama White House hosted a meeting with Sheikh Abdulla bin Bayyah, the Sheikh Who Called for Killing American Troops in Iraq.
The White House has previously invited a member of the Blind Shiekh’s terrorist organization for consultations at the White House.
Hosting race-baiters of Al Sharpton’s ilk is almost as bad. “The People’s House” is turning into the proverbial “wretched hive of villainy and scum.”
Exit Question: Why hasn’t Holder been hounded out of office yet? How many scandals does the man have to be embroiled in and how many times does he need to be caught lying to Congress, before Republicans in the House impeach the corrupt S.O.B.?