Kay Hagan’s Brave Fight Against Citizen’s United

The 2014 Democrat playbook requires changing the subject away from the ObamaCare trainwreck (which only involves each and every American’s personal health care) to the all important issues of the Republican War On Women™, the Koch brothers, and Citizen’s United.  Kay Hagen is doing her part to push their narrative with advertisements on Facebook asking for left wing drones to sign their names to her petition to “End Citizens United.”

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At the link, you will find Kay taking a page out of Harry Reid’s dingy book, whining about Karl Rove and the Evil Koch brothers:

Stop Citizens United!

Citizens United opened the floodgates for outside special interest groups, run by the likes of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, to dominate the conversation around our elections. There’s no transparency. There’s no accountability. And it needs to end.

Urge Congress to reverse the effects of Citizens United.

Members of Congress:

It’s time we put an end to limitless corporate cash in our elections.

It’s time for Congress to end the disastrous effects of Citizens United, and restore accountability and transparency to our campaign finance system.

Signed, [Your Name Here]

As Senator Mitch McConnell explained in a speech before the American Enterprise Institute, last year, “the Citizen’s United court decision was fairly unremarkable.” All it did was allow every corporation in America to participate in the political process like corporations that owned newspaper and television stations could. The decision essentially leveled the playing field so everyone could exercise the same freedom of speech rights. The reason Democrats oppose it is because it brings more conservative players into a domain that the left formerly owned. Left wing “social welfare organizations” like Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club have been in operation for decades benefitting Democrats.

“They weren’t interested in the integrity of the process – if they were they’d have been just as upset about left wing groups that maintain the privacy of their donors. What they really wanted was a hook – that would allow them to stir up outrage about conservative groups so they could get their hands on the name of the folks that supported them. That’s what this is about. They wanted to get their hands on the names on the folks that supported groups that disagreed with the administration. And then go after them,” McConnell said.

Why is Kay Hagen trying to “stir up outrage” about groups that are as “unaccountable” as the left wing groups that support her? And what does she mean by “disastrous effects of Citizens United?” Disastrous to whom? Her reelection campaign? By “accountability and transparency” does she mean the disclosure of donors so Democrat operatives at the IRS, DOJ, ATF, OSHA etc. can target them?

When Obama slammed the Citizens United decision during the 2010 SOTU it opened the floodgates for the IRS to target Obama’s political adversaries. His minions at the IRS knew what to do, their orders were implicit and perhaps explicit. Hagen should  know she is implicating herself in the ongoing IRS targeting scandal by joining this phony fight.

She seems like a well meaning person – so why is she involving herself in gutter election year politics?

Just Wow: UN Denounces The Vatican’s Pro-Life Policies

With all of the horrific human rights violations going on throughout the world, right now – political prisoners, genocidal attacks on Christians, etc — this is what the UN Human rights Council focuses on.

The bulk of the report deals with the sexual abuse that went on for years – fair game, and obviously something to be denounced – but  the U.N. committee “also severely criticized the Holy See for its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion and said it should review its policies to ensure children’s rights and their access to health care are guaranteed.” Are you kidding me?

Via USA Today:

While most attention has focused on child sex abuse, the committee’s recommendations extended far beyond into issues about discrimination against children and their rights to adequate health care. By making specific recommendations to review Vatican policies on abortion and contraception, the committee waded deep into core church teaching on life. As a result, such recommendations will certainly be dismissed by the Vatican, which has a history of diplomatic confrontation with the United Nations over reproductive health care and similar issues.

Church teaching holds that life begins at conception; the Vatican therefore opposes abortion and artificial contraception.

Members of the UN Human Rights Committee:

The Human Rights Committee is composed of 18 independent experts who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights.

Members are elected for a term of four years by States parties in accordance with articles 28 to 39 of the Covenant. Members serve in their personal capacity and may be re-elected if nominated.

The membership of the Committees as follows:

Name of Member
Nationality
Term expires on 31 December
Mr. Yadh BEN ACHOUR (Vice-Chairperson)

Tunisia

31.12.2014

Mr. Lazhari BOUZID
Algeria
31.12.2016
Ms. Christine CHANET
France
31.12.2014
Mr. Ahmad Amin FATHALLA
Egypt
31.12.2016
Mr.Cornelis FLINTERMAN (Rapporteur)
The Netherlands
31.12.2014
Mr. Yuji IWASAWA
Japan
31.12.2014
Mr. Walter KALIN
Switzerland
31.12.2014
Ms. Zonke Zanele MAJODINA
South Africa
31.12.2014
Mr. Kheshoe Parsad MATADEEN (resigned effective 9 January 2014)
Mauritius
31.12.2016
Ms. Iulia Antoanella MOTOC
(resigned effective 4 November 2013)
Romania
31.12.2014
Mr.Gerald L. NEUMAN
United States of America
31.12.2014
Sir Nigel RODLEY (Chairperson)
United Kingdom
31.12.2016
Mr. Victor Manuel RODRÍGUEZ-RESCIA
Costa Rica
31.12.2016
Mr. Fabián Omar SALVIOLI - [English | French | Spanish]
Argentina
31.12.2016
Ms. Anja SEIBERT-FOHR
Germany
31.12.2016
Mr. Yuval SHANY
Israel
31.12.2016
Mr. Konstantine VARDZELASHVILI
Georgia
31.12.2016
Ms. Margo WATERVAL (Vice-Chairperson)
Suriname

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Father Z weighs in:

Let me get this straight.

While berating the Catholic Church for sexual abuse of children, the United Nations criticized the Church for opposing legalization of abortion… the ultimate child abuse… and wants the Church to change her teachings.

 

Hat tip: Geo

Attention Joy Reid: The Knockout Game Is A Real Trend That Deserves Our Attention

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According to MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the “Knockout Game” is a non- story that  conservatives are going  “absolutely ballistic” about in order “to stoke issues of race.” The segment in which she made the comments was hosted by Al Sharpton, who was asking a panel of MSNBC regulars what they thought was  the most overrated story of the year.

JOY REID, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: Got to say the knockout game. Two videos that were in about a hundred different stories, no trend anyone could discern, but the right went absolutely ballistic over it because they want to stoke issues of race.

Two videos? No discernable trend? Really lady?

The St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV would like to put her to some knowledge:

“One-hitter quitter,” “knock em’ and drop em,” “point em’ out and knock ‘em out” are all names for a disturbing trend now drawing concern nationwide.

In Pittsburgh, a teacher was punched so hard he collapsed head first into the concrete curb. A man in Brooklyn was also knocked unconscious. And even women are being attacked.

Woman viciously beaten in south St. Louis in possible “knockout game” attack

There have been seven recent cases in New York City alone. And the game has turned fatal in at least four documented attacks—in Syracuse, N.Y.; St. Louis; Chicago; and Hoboken, N.J., site of the latest fatal attack.

Boys—seen in video from a security camera after the incident—have been charged with the murder. They are just 13 and 14 years old.

Actually the CBS report is over a month old – it’s dated. There have been many knockout game attacks since then. At least three in just the past week.

Brutal Knockout Attack at Upscale Mall Results in Cracked Ribs, Broken Ankle and Knocked Out Teeth

Woman With Child Punched In Brooklyn By Possible Knockout Attack Suspect

Florida: Group of Black Thugs Beat 70-Year-Old Grandfather Unconscious, Try To Gouge His Eye Out…

The Knockout game isn’t even a new trend. It’s been going on for years. In July of  2011 The American Thinker published a piece entitled, The Knockout Game: Racial Violence and the Conspicuous Silence of the Media:

Most Americans have heard of recent violent  “flash mobs,” which are the bands of black teens that attack mostly white victims and white businesses, as even the New York Times once noted.

But the flash mobs, which are more accurately called “race riots” or “racial mob violence,” are not the only interesting topic to cover in our national conversation about race.  There is also the “knockout game,” which is stunning in its brutal simplicity and stark racial significance.

The knockout game involves “unprovoked attacks on innocent bystanders,” according to police who have had to deal with it.  A retired officer explained, “Normally it was a group of black males, one of which would strike him as hard as he could in the face, attempting to knock him out with one punch,” says retired Sgt. Don Pizzo.  The victims are typically not robbed, but simply punched with no provocation.  Such attacks have been reported in Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Jersey.

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Sgt. Pizzo noted that the attacks fit a pattern: “black attackers on a white victim — and the victim was often an older person walking alone.”  In a thorough and sensible piece on the subject in a local arts and entertainment magazine, eight of the victims interviewed were white, one was black, and one was Latino.  All of the attackers, or “players,” were black.  Some witnesses claim that they have white relatives who play the game and that therefore the game is not a racial issue.  But anyone who reviews the reporting — when race is revealed, at least — will see that the attackers are predominantly if not exclusively black.

As one player of the game says, “[w]e used to walk to where a lot of people be at and hit ‘em. If one of the homeboys didn’t knock him out, then the other would come. Whoever knock him out would be king.”

Why would one of the racialist regulars at MSNBC want to downplay this disturbing trend? Why – instead of sending a message strongly condemning it, like her colleague Al Sharpton  - would she bury her head in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening?

Yes, even Al Sharpton, last month, condemned what he termed “a crisis” in a strongly worded piece at Huffington Post:

There is nothing funny or even remotely entertaining about attacking innocents walking down the street. This is not a “game”; it is inhumane behavior that has no place in our country or the world.

He said, “silence is akin to tacit acceptance” and announced that he would be meeting with  “other leaders to address our next moves regarding this crisis.”

As one who has fought for greater civil rights for all, I cannot watch this travesty unfold. We can discuss the many factors that may lead to this sort of destructive behavior, whether it be poverty, unemployment, etc., but at the end of the day, there is no excuse ever to bestow violence on others. There is no justification for brutally punching or attacking a person in this manner. These kids must be held accountable, and then they must receive the right guidance and mentorship to halt any further damage. In our own communities, we must work harder to spot disastrous behavior and intervene before anything horrific like these attacks take place.

But he was silent when Joy Reid made her ignorant remarks downplaying what he knows to be a “horrific” nationwide trend.

Young Invincibles Insulted By ObamaCare Ads (Video)

You’ve already seen the “brosurance” and “hosurance” ads featured at doyougotinsurance.com, the Colorado non profit devoted to promoting and directing users to Colorado’s official ObamaCare Exchange website. Conservatives have not been shy about criticizing what we see as sexist, insulting and genuinely offensive ads.

But what about the people the ads are trying to reach? What do the “millennials,” “young invincibles,” aka the ObamaCare “marks” think about them?

Greta Van Susteren had some 20-somethings on to talk about the latest Obamacare ads targeting young people. None of them were impressed.

James Shindler, a corporate lawyer in Washington noted, “first and foremost, there’s something strange going on. Typically, in a democracy, it’s the people that tell the government what we want. But here, we have the government trying to coerce us into buying something that  THEY want. And it didn’t convince me. It didn’t address why I would want to buy the healthcare in the first place.”

Dan Joseph of the MRC went to American University, last month, to ask students what they thought of the ads. Most of the women found them “insulting” and creepy.”

“There’s too much of a focus on the sexual aspect of it,” one woman said. Another one said that the ad looked like it was created by ObamaCare opponents in order to denigrate ObamaCare.

Jay Carney was asked by Jonathan Karl if they really think young people are going to buy health insurance because “Barack O’Breezy tells them to do it. Carney said that “there are efforts under way to reach consumers where they live, if you will.”

Apparently the Obama Regime thinks that young invincibles “live” in their pants.

Sebelius’ Testimony at ObamaCare Hearing Frustrates Republicans (Video)

At a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to access the progress of healthcare.gov, an evasive HHS Sec. Sebelius frustrated Republicans with non-answers, obfuscations, and ridiculous fibs.

She couldn’t tell Rep Pitts, the Chairman of the committee,  how many ObamaCare signups have actually paid for plans.

Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA) asked  about the more than 5 million Americans who have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare. She responded, “I don’t know where the 5 million number comes from.”

Constituents from all across the nation have been sharing their ObamaCare horror stories at www.gop.gov/yourstory.

She couldn’t tell Rep Whitfield how many regulations ObamaCare has created.

She told Rep. Burgess (R-TX) Obamacare Enrollment Hub ‘Has Worked Beautifully from start to finish’:

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Il) got very frustrated with the HHS Sec because of her refusal to provide a national list of of insurance providers who cover and who don’t cover “abortion services,” after she promised to get him the list.  He said, we need that list today, because “folks are shopping, now.”

She told him that all the plans are mandated by law to list abortion services, but Shimkus reminded her that at the last hearing he “held up numerous policies that did not explain that..”

He got further frustrated when he tried to get her to admit that the mandates the law has imposed on insurance companies are causing premiums go up.

“When you mandate coverage it’s rolled directly on premiums; as the premiums increase, that’s paying for the services. You cannot say these are free of charge.”

Sebelius responded by saying that “consumers will not have a co-pay or a deductible…”

“Will you admit they will have a higher premium?” Shimkus interrupted.

Sebelius answered, “no, I will not,” despite the well known fact that millions of Americans have seen their health insurance premiums and deductibles skyrocket since Obamacare’s implementation.

Through Shimkus’ crosstalk, she continued,  “I think what a lot of actuaries will tell you is…if you have preventive care and prevent a costly hospital stay…cancer…down the line, then that cost actually lowers the premium – doesn’t raise it.”

Shimkus said, “we just going to agree to disagree,” then blurted, “It’s like talking to…the Republic of Korea, or something,” (meaning the People’s Republic of Korea.)

A shouting match between Shimkus and another congressman ensued until the committee chair shut it down: “The gentleman will suspend. The gentleman will suspend. Give the secretary time to answer the question.”

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers had no luck getting a straight answer from Sebelius when she asked her about Obama’s promise that everyone would be able to keep their doctors under ObamaCare.

“Why in the world did the president make that promise to the American people?” she asked as Sebelius obfuscated.

Meanwhile….Democrats shift strategy on ObamaCare ahead 2014 elections:

 House Republicans released this video, Wednesday ahead of Sebelius’ testimony: Broken promises. Canceled plans. Increased premiums. What’s next?

Tingles: ‘He came to us today, He came amongst us!’ (Video)

“In the beginning was the narrative, and the narrative was with Alinsky and the narrative was Alinsky. The narrative was in the beginning with Alinsky. All things were made through government, and without government was nothing made. In Him were taxes and the taxes were the light to the takers. And the light shined across America, and America did not comprehend it. And the narrative was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of Alinsky, full of tactics and rules.”

Thus  sayeth the Tingly One – after he beheld the Incarnation of the Messiah on MSNBC on the night of  December 5,  2013 in the year of our Lord (Obama.)

“He came to us today! He came amongst us! “

Sick freaks.

Obama Tells Community Organizers 100 Million People Have Successfully Enrolled In ObamaCare (Video)

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During his conference call with OFA supporters, yesterday, a weary sounding Obama claimed that “there has been misinformation” on ObamaCare, and then went on to declare that “in the first month alone, we’ve seen more than 100 million Americans already successfully enroll in the new insurance plans.’

 

That number is at odds with reality, but Obama didn’t skip a beat or make any effort to correct himself, and his next comments did little to clear up the mistake.

‘You’ve got a million Americans who’ve completed an application for themselves or their families,’ he continued. ‘And that represents about a million-and-a-half people.’

‘And of those million-and-a-half people, you’ve already got a whole bunch of folks who have successfully signed up to get coverage, and you’ve got almost 400,000 folks who could gain access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.’

‘So effectively, in a month,’ he said, ‘we’ve already got half a million Americans who will likely have the security of health care – for the first time, in some cases, in their lives – as soon as January 1.’

It’s likely Obama meant to initially take credit for 100,000 success stories, rather than 100 million. But his mangling of the statistics put him off-track by a factor of 1,000.

And even the smaller number relies on a flexible definition of what counts, and what doesn’t, as an Obamacare subscriber.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Nov. 13 that 106,185 Americans chose health insurance plans through public exchanges between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2, including the headache-plagued healthcare.gov and the more stable marketplace websites run independently by 14 states and the District of Columbia.

But the Obama administration included in that number everyone who had identified a health care plan and placed it into a virtual online shopping cart. HHS hasn’t said how many of them have actually made a purchase.

Jon Carson, executive director of Organizing for Action, led the conference call and claimed that 200,000 people were listening

The president’s claim that ‘a million Americans … have completed an application for themselves or their families’ is also up for debate since that number refers to people who the government acknowledges ‘have not yet selected a plan.’

Time to increase his Paxil dose, huh?

Joel Pollak at Breitbart called it the worst pep talk in history.

Though Obama’s weak address provided fodder for his critics, it also provided ample reason for concern that the president may struggle to lead the country on other matters. If he had addressed the nation about something more pressing than a failed website–a new terror attack (God forbid) or an economic crisis–Americans might have panicked.

What more, numerous reporters complained that they had difficulty logging into the call on the OFA website.

So, not only does the Obamacare website itself not work, but the site that hosts the conference call to discuss the non-functional site also doesn’t work. Of course, that didn’t stop the grandiose claims about how many OFA loyalists were on the call. Just as predicted by Josh Lederman of the Associated Press, they led off with a claim about so how many people were clamoring to get into the call.

Incidentally – just so you know – it’s no longer cool to call Obama’s signature legislative achievement “ObamaCare”. The term has been stricken from Democrat lexicon. 

President Barack Obama and loyal Democrats once embraced the term Obamacare to sell the American people on health care reform.

Not anymore.

With the president’s approval ratings at record lows, a broken website and Obama under fire for his pledge that people could keep their plans, the “Affordable Care Act” has returned.

The president didn’t say “Obamacare” once during his nearly hourlong news conference last week, while he referred to the “Affordable Care Act” a dozen times. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went so far as to correct David Gregory on “Meet the Press” Sunday on the proper terminology. And White House talking points distributed to Democrats and obtained by POLITICO repeatedly refer to the Affordable Care Act in suggested sound bites, not Obamacare.

Calling it the Affordable Care Act has advantages for Democrats seeking to defend health care reform while still criticizing the bungled White House rollout. The phrase polls better than Obamacare — and people have responded more positively to the law’s benefits when they haven’t been told they come from Obamacare.

“You want the law to have approval rating higher than POTUS has,” a Democratic official said Monday.

True to form, Democrats have to rely on the lowest of the lo-fo voters  (people who don’t know that ObamaCare and the ACA are the same thing) to help them limp forward.

Oh – Apparently The White House Was The Source For Dick Durbin’s “Top House Republican” Smear

This is an update to yesterday’s story about Little Dick Durbin’s  October 20 Facebook post that had tongues wagging in Washington, this week.  Durbin wrote, “in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’”

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Yesterday, the White House flatly denied that it happened, while Dick Durbin stood by his story.

Now, via Huffpo, we see that some sort of explanation  has been hashed out:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told his Democratic caucus last week in a private meeting that a top House Republican said to President Barack Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you,” according to two Democratic senators who were present.

The account was confirmed by two Senate Democratic aides who said they independently learned of the exchange from other senators.

A White House official said Thursday that the administration did relay such a message to Reid, but that it was the result of a miscommunication.

“While the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker in the House GOP meeting with the President is not accurate, there was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret the misunderstanding,” the official said in a statement.

So Harry Reid was spreading lies, again, and the White House is covering his behind by saying it was a “miscommunication.” As if something like that can be miscommunicated.

Maybe what the White House really said was,  the top Republican (Pete Sessions, it turns out) LOOKED like he couldn’t even stand looking at Obama.”

Moe Lane reports that Rep. Pete Sessions is demanding an apology for the lie (which is two weeks old, it turns out), but thinks it’s unlikely he’ll get one:

SML Reid, Dick Durbin, and President Obama don’t really think that people who disagree with them are worth apologizing to.  Heck, I’m not certain these days whether any of them think that we’re really people. I know that that’s a horrible thing to say, but it’s based on their past behavior, so said horribleness is not exactly my problem.

And now the story is no longer operative and the White House needs to disavow it as best they can while everyone (except Republicans) keeps their integrity.

See, now the White House actually needs something from Congress, which means that it needs something from the House, which means that it needs something from the GOP.  Alas, Dick Durbin had already opened his mouth and repeated an internal-consumption lie that seemed a good idea at the time.  That had to be fixed. Quickly. And with no foolishness, for once. But also: no apology.  Merely… “regrets.”

Obama and Jarrett Seizing Power of the Purse From Congress

Due to Obama’s hardline “no-negotiations” stance, Republicans have been forced to negotiate with themselves notes Seton Motley at PJ Media:

We are into Week Three of the 17% federal government slowdown.  (If 83% of the nearly $4-trillion-a-year Leviathan is still open, it isn’t a shutdown.)

There is so little (to no) damage done by this, President Barack Obama has been creating as much artificial pain as possible.  Often illegally – and routinely absurdly.  His ridiculous attempted closures of open-air monuments andopen oceans have cost the National Park Service $76 million a day – in addition to being capricious and obnoxious.

Before we even got to to the slowdown, House Republicans passed a bill funding every nook and cranny of the gi-normous government save for the incredibly effective and popular ObamaCare – the Democrats wouldn’t budge.

On both the slowdown and the debt ceiling, the President has throughout flatly stated “I will not negotiate.

If the guys and gals on the other side of the aisle won’t sit down at the other side of the negotiating table – that’s their failing, not yours.  Negotiation isn’t a one-way street.  Republicans – having no one else with whom to negotiate – have for weeks been one-way-street negotiating with themselves.

According to author, Ed Klein, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett orchestrated Obama’s strategies in the government shutdown.

The New York Post reported that Ms. Jarrett held several late-night sessions with Mr. Obama at his residence and from there came the strategy of “no negotiation,” Mr. Klein believes.

The latest on the debt ceiling negotiations via The National Journal show outmaneuvered Republicans with no cards left to play. Beaten and humiliated they are.

Speaker John Boehner is considering letting the House take the initial vote Wednesday on a Senate-prepared bill to lift the debt ceiling and restart funding for the shuttered federal government–apparently even if House conservatives object.

If they do object, it would mean Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats could become critical to its passage.

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According to the aide, Boehner and the House would act first on Wednesday on a bill put together overnight in the Senate, will extend the debt limit until Feb. 7, and include a continuing resolution until Jan. 15, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Needless to say, this is the unconditional surrender Chi(town)Coms Obama and Jarrett played hardball to achieve.   House Republicans are throwing in the towel.

Erick Erickson writes at Red State:

They’ll merge their ideas with Mitch McConnell’s ideas. The result will be a funded government, raised debt ceiling, and nothing done with Obamacare.

Throughout this fight, Harry Reid has outsmarted Mitch McConnell. Repeatedly, Reid used the Senate’s rules to toss aside numerous proposals from the House while McConnell looked on not knowing how to fight back.

Reid knows how to beat McConnell. If Reid fights hard, McConnell backs down and tries to blame others. McConnell’s lieutenants attack Ted Cruz so “the Leader” can deflect from his own legislative impotence. And he continually is one step behind Reid in his knowledge of how to use the Senate’s complicated rules to win a fight.

You will see no defunding of Obamacare because Republicans are giving up.

You will see no delaying of the individual mandate, even though the Obama Administration cannot fix the website. Republicans have given up this.

The deal would also include a Dec. 15 deadline for a budget conference report, as well as an anti-fraud provision designed to verify income for those who receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

Actually – you will see a delaying of the individual mandate. But it will come later – and it will be Obama’s idea. He is a Chicago thug who is hellbent on riding over his political enemies. He doesn’t just want to beat them – he wants to humiliate them – the country be damned. But yeah – it will have to be delayed. Their damn website doesn’t work and nobody knows when it will be fixed. So Obama will be a hero and delay the individual mandate on his own terms.

Mark Levin argues that what Obama is doing is seizing the power of the purse from Congress and taking away their ability to control funding in the government.

In essence, this has been a coup by the Executive to limit the power of all other branches so that there are no checks and balances. Obama will set spending levels and veto any bills that fall short of his demands as he threatens to single handedly push the nation into a default.

Big Government: CONGRESSMAN: ‘CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS’ IF GOP CAVES ON DEBT CEILING:

GOP lawmaker says that if his party’s leadership gives in to Obama, they will have forever altered the checks and balances of the U.S. federal government.

On the House floor on Monday, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) argued that President Barack Obama’s activities during the government shutdown over Obamacare are a sign to him that Obama would act nefariously to attack the full faith and credit of the United States of America by taking the country into a default in a debt ceiling crisis if the president does not get everything he wants in negotiations.

“Given the ruthless and vindictive way the shutdown has been handled, I now believe that this president would willfully act to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States unless the Congress acquiesces to all of his demands, at least as long as he sees political advantage in doing so,” McClintock said in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. “If the Republicans acquiesce, immediate crisis will quickly vanish, credit markets will calm and public life will return to other matters. But a fundamental element of our Constitution will have been destroyed. The power of the purse will have shifted from the representatives of the people to the executive. The executive bureaucracies will be freed to churn out ever more outlandish regulations with no effective congressional review or check through the purse. A perilous era will have begun in which the president sets spending levels and vetoes any bill falling short of his demands. Whenever a deadline approaches, one house can simply refuse to negotiate with the other until Congress is faced with the Hobson’s choice of a shutdown or a default. The nation’s spending will again dangerously accelerate. The deficit will rapidly widen. And the economic prosperity of the nation will continue to slowly bleed away.”

Here’s McClintock’s full speech on the House floor, yesterday.

Text of McClintock’s speech is here.

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The Hayride: FANTASTIC: Rep. Tom McClintock On The Debt Limit And The Constitution :

This summarizes a good deal of what we’ve been saying here at the Hayride for a while now. Namely, that a sovereign default as a result of hitting the debt limit would not only be a choice by the Obama administration, but an unconstitutional choice and an impeachable offense. McClintock doesn’t use the word impeachment, but he sure does a good job of explaining what this country faces. Particularly his assessment of where the GOP went wrong in its assumptions by choosing to fight on Obamacare…

Video: Contrary To Popular Belief, Harry Reid Has Been Negotiating His Heart Out!

All those reports you’ve been seeing that Harry Reid will not negotiate with the Republican anarchists is pure bunk, you guys. Harry Reid says that behind the scenes he’s been negotiating his heart out, and even went one step further this week to make “an offer they can’t refuse.”

What’s that you say? You’ve heard Harry Reid say on numerous occasions on tape that he won’t negotiate with the Republican hostage takers?

Au Contraire!

Video via Revealing Politics

Hey, would Dingy Harry tell a lie? I don’t know….ask Mitt Romney.

Reid: Why Would We Want To Pass A Bill To Help Children With Cancer? (Video)

More stunningly bad optics for the Dems. When asked by Dana Bash at CNN why he isn’t willing to help even one child who has cancer, Reid responded “Why would we want to do that?”

BASH: But if you can help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1100 people at Nellis Air Force Base sitting home. They have problems of their own.

Reid then attacked Bash’s intelligence, “For someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing is irresponsible.”

Video via NRSC Blog:

What?!

We need more of this. We need more Obama, Reid, and Pelosi in front of the cameras showing us who they really are. They are our best weapon right now.

#RetireReid

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NRSC: Are All Memorials Closed To Veterans?

Via The Daily Caller: 

Appearing before the memorial, hours after World War II veterans passed through the Park Service’s barricade, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced that the committee has put aside enough money to hire 5 full-time security personnel for the next 30 days to keep the memorial open.

“Make no mistake, it was the Obama administration’s choice to barricade this memorial and it was their choice to lock out veterans across this country,” Preibus said.

Jim Geraghty, Campaign Spot: How the Park Service Is Enforcing the Shutdown on the Mall Today

Planned Attack “Big” and “Strategically Significant” – But Not Interfering With Obama’s Birthday, Thank God

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The State Department closed  its missions in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, Sunday due to a significant threat  from an al-Qaeda affiliate.

On the day that almost two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates across North Africa and the Middle East are closed following the identification of a significant threat from an al-Qaeda affiliate, a senior U.S. official is providing new details about the communications intercepted from the terrorists, telling ABC News that al-Qaeda operatives could be heard talking about an upcoming attack. The official described the terrorists as saying the planned attack is “going to be big” and “strategically significant.”

“The part that is alarming is the confidence they showed while communicating and the air of certainty,” the official said, adding that the group — Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — appeared to have a media plan for after the attack.

Authorities do not know the exact target of the planned attack, according to the official.

“We do not know whether they mean an embassy, an airbase, an aircraft, trains,” the official said.

Today on “This Week,” Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-MD — the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee — said the intercepted communications called for a “major attack.”

“We received information that high level people from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are talking about a major attack,” Ruppersberger said. “And these are people at a high level.”

 

Not that anyone with working brain cells ever believed Obama’s boast that al Qaeda was “on the run”  -  it would seem that the opposite is true – our ambassadors are the ones “on the run.”

Obama said nothing about the threats Friday and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn’t hold a press briefing.

White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler writes:

Before he finishes partying this weekend, the president or, at the very least, the White House, should give the American people some information about all this.

The “openness” White House is perfectly adept at not saying what it doesn’t want to say, so I don’t think any stray words will worsen a delicate situation. But the right to know, like other rights – for instance, the right of Congress to write the laws – does not seem to be a great concern to this imperious administration, even during times of danger.

How closely, one wonders, is Obama keeping tabs on what’s going on?

He’s been partying while his National Security Advisors meet, says Koffler.

Sixteen senior officials participated in the unusual gathering, according to the White House. Among them were National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who chaired the session, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Obama was briefed after the session by Rice and Monaco, according to the White House. The White House said Obama has “received frequent briefings over the last week” on the threat.

Obama, whose birthday is today, was already celebrating at least a day early, playing golf in the morning with 11 longtime buddies and then traveling with them to Camp David, where the party continued. The president is scheduled to return to the White House today.

The owner of a survivor food company,  MyPatriotSupply.com wrote on August 2013 that FEMA had contacted his company by email to buy up large stockpiles of food – “and they don’t want anyone to know it, and they want to take immediately delivery”, he said.

Could this be related to the terrorist threats?

Meanwhile - once again, Regime officials are leaking too many specifics about their intelligence which is putting our overseas informants in jeopardy.

On Saturday, unnamed U.S. officials told media outlets Yemeni intelligence agencies alerted Washington to the threat during the visit by the Yemeni president to Washington.

U.S. officials speaking on the condition of anonymity further told press representatives that “chatter” among “operatives” from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula had been taking place over the last several weeks, and increased over the last few days, lending further credence to the Yemeni warning.

Intelligence officials are dismayed that the administration provided so much detail on what prompted the closings, and that the disclosures could work against obtaining new information. Militants are now likely searching for the sources of the information to both the U.S. and Yemeni officials, and almost certainly will kill anyone they suspect of working with Western intelligence.

“There simply are not that many who would know about the attacks,” says one former high-ranking U.S. intelligence officer, “so it won’t be hard for al Qaeda leaders to pin-point the sources of information. Once that happens, they certainly won’t be working with us anymore.”

Finally, via Gateway Pundit, here’s a “Happy Birthday Mr. President!” video from Egypt, where citizens who aren’t members or supporters of terrorist groups, actually can’t stand our President.

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Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Foreign Policy in Shambles (Video)

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Remember “smart power?” That’s how Obama was going to right all the world’s wrongs. He went to Harvard and spent time in the third world – sooo all the liberal bien pensants (including Obama) told us he’d know how to fix things. After belittling GW Bush’s “horrible ham-fisted foreign policy” (to hear them tell it) – after traveling around the world his first year in office, bowing and scraping before world leaders, apologizing for America’s *past* arrogance — how is Obama’s smart power doing? How many friends has he made with his drone program, his arming of terrorists, his befriending of the Muslim Brotherhood?

Looks like Muslims the world over either despise him, disrespect him or both. US to temporarily shut down embassies around the world Sunday amid security concerns:

The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday — including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt — as a precautionary measure over terror-related concerns, State Department officials said.State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed — only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Officials would not describe the nature of the threat.
Sunday is Obama’s birthday.

Video: Jack Lew’s Puzzling Lack of Curiosity About IRS Wrongdoing

If we had a real adversarial media with functioning BS detectors, instead of a compliant palace guard,  this Chris Wallace grilling of Obama’s Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew  would have them redoubling their efforts to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal. Even those with minimal powers of deduction can see this this is a man in extreme cover-up mode.

As Wallace aptly pointed out, Obama appointed Lew on May 15 to look into the IG audit, yet Lew behaves as if he’s just a passive observer with no duty to investigate.

Asked over and over if he’s even asked about some of the things he denies, he simply says “There is no evidence” to indicate that, say, Wilkins was involved, but also refuses to even ask the man.

Lew asks us to believe that it isn’t “appropriate” for him simply to ask the IRS’s chief counsel (and Obama political appointee) William Wilkins what he knows about the targeting scandal even though he was “directed” by Obama back in May to investigate the scandal.  Only someone in cover-up mode would use the “no evidence”  excuse rather than actually answer the question because the answer is “no”, he hasn’t talked to Wilkins. Why hasn’t he talked to Wilkins? Maybe he already knows the answer to the questions and finds them to inconvenient for public consumption.

Watch:

Okay, just kidding there. That was Martin Short’s “Nathan Thurm” channeling Jack Lew almost 30 years ago.

Here’s the real interview. The IRS portion begins at about 11:00 in:

Also suspicious is the fact that Lew tried to push the discredited narrative that progressive groups received the same scrutiny, when IRS IG  Russel George has attested otherwise.

Why would the Treasury Sec be pushing a false narrative unless he’s in cover up and obfuscate mode?

It seems – based on his answers – that neither he or anyone in his Dept investigated squat. The lack of curiosity is stunning.

As with all the other scandals – they’re simply going to stonewall and run out the clock. And our pathetic media watch lap dogs will let them do it.

BUSTED: Racist At Pro- Zimmerman Rally I.D.’d As Left-Wing Activist (Updated)

On Saturday, conservatives held a pro-Zimmerman rally to counter the New Black Panther “Justice for Trayvon” march in Houston. Breitbart’s Brandon Darby reported that the police did a good job keeping the two sides apart, but one person on the NBPP side did manage to mingle with the pro-Zimmerman side. (*see update)

Seriously,  AP/ New York Daily Newsyou  found nothing suspicious about this woman?

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Via Gateway PunditThe Houston Chronicle identified her as Renee Vaughan:

One woman in the Zimmerman group held a sign that said, “We’re racist & proud.”

Austin resident Renee Vaughan echoed the sign’s ugly sentiments by yelling, “We’re racist. We’re proud. We’re better because we’re white,” at the Martin group as they passed, according to the Chronicle.

Because racists typically self identify that way – “We’re Racist and we’re proud! We’re better than you because we’re white!”  Happens all the time.

Since you can’t expect reporters at the AP, NY Daily News or Houston Chronicle to actually have working B.S. detectors, citizen journalists like Kristinn Taylor  have to do the job of smoking out this left-wing moonbat infiltrator.

Scanning the internet we found that a “Renee Vaughn” from Austin worked for a far left environmental group, the Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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Renee even has her photo linked to a far left environmental website.

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There are also plenty of pictures of Renee at the Texas Campaign for the Environment Facebook page.
What do you know – here’s one of her wearing those awesome, pink cat-eye sunglasses!

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Yup, that’s her, alright.

Man, it takes a special kind of stupid to hold up a sign professing to be a racist, and then tell reporters your real name. But that appears to be what happened, here.

Spread this…Unfortunately, that fraudulent picture went viral worldwide.  We can only correct the record by spreading the truth.

UPDATE:

 Breitbart New’s Brandon Darby interviewed Vaughan.  He notes that she was located on the Trayvon Martin/New Black Panther Party-supporting side of the demonstration  It turns out that she was sarcastically trying to make a point about what she perceives to be white racism in the pro-Zimmerman crowd – but reporters everywhere took her seriously..

I was present in Houston and personally saw the woman holding the sign. She was attending the event with a fellow anti-Zimmerman demonstrator who was wearing a hoodie. I interviewed her and took this footage:

So what we have here is a total lack of critical thinking skills on her part (equating support for Zimmerman with racism) and the media (uncritically accepting the “too good to check” story.)

MORE:

The Houston Chronicle’s Jayme Fraser may have  changed the text of her article from  ‘One woman in the Zimmerman group held a sign that said, “We’re racist & proud.” Austin resident Renee Vaughan echoed the sign’s ugly sentiments by yelling, “We’re racist. We’re proud. We’re better because we’re white” (via Gateway Pundit.) 

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“At one point, Renee Vaughan of Austin mocked protesters by chanting, “We’re racist. We’re proud. We’re better ’cause we’re white.”  (via Big Journalism.)

The New York Daily News  also excerpted the line, attributing it to the Chronicle:

 Austin resident Renee Vaughan echoed the sign’s ugly sentiments by yelling, “We’re racist. We’re proud. We’re better because we’re white,” at the Martin group as they passed, according to the Chronicle.

What I’d like to know if if Fraser was just being sloppy, or maliciously disseminating a smear, or if the Daily News just misreported the whole thing.

Brandon Darby is of the opinion that The Daily News significantly distorted the Chronicle story. I’ve emailed Fraser to find out and will update if I hear back.

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