Not Cool: Some Wiseguy In Tennessee Gave Kathleen Sebelius “Websites For Dummies”

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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.)

More here.

“Scandalous”: Israel Fuming About WH Leak Confirming Their Strike on Syria

Military analysts are wondering whether it was foolishness or malice that prompted an Obama administration official Thursday to confirm that Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia on Wednesday,  hitting weaponry that was set to be transferred to Hezbollah. Israel had not publicly acknowledged carrying out the strike, thus maintaining “plausible deniability.”

CNN reported:

An explosion at a missile storage site in the area was reported in the Middle Eastern press, but an attack has not been confirmed by the Israeli government.

The target, according to the Obama administration official, was missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.

On Friday The Times of Israel reported that Israel “is fuming” with the White House for confirming that it was the Israeli Air Force that struck the base.

Israel has not acknowledged carrying out the strike, one of half a dozen such attacks widely ascribed to Israel in recent months, but an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday that Israeli warplanes had indeed attacked the Syrian base, and that the target was “missiles and related equipment” set for delivery to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

A second TV report, on Israel’s Channel 2, said the leak “came directly from the White House,” and noted that “this is not the first time” that the administration has compromised Israel by leaking information on such Israeli Air Force raids on Syrian targets.

It said some previous leaks were believed to have come from the Pentagon, and that consideration had been given at one point to establishing a panel to investigate the sources.

Channel 2′s military analyst, Roni Daniel, said the Obama administration’s behavior in leaking the information was unfathomable.

Daniel noted that by keeping silent on whether it carried out such attacks, Israel was maintaining plausible deniability, so that Syria’s President Bashar Assad did not feel pressured to respond to the attacks.

But the US leaks “are pushing Assad closer to the point where he can’t swallow these attacks, and will respond.” This in turn would inevitably draw further Israeli action, Daniel posited, and added bitterly: “Then perhaps the US will clap its hands because it will have started a very major flare-up.”

Channel 2 speculated that the US might have leaked word of Israel’s attack as a warning to Israel to desist from such actions. Alternately, it might be seeking to signal that it was part of the tough policy designed to prevent a flow of sophisticated weaponry to Assad. But these and other possible explanations simply didn’t justify the leak, which the TV report described as “illogical” and “foolish.”

Al-Qaida Not Decimated – Not On The Run… Says Obama (Video)

It’s time to call Obama out on another huge 2012 campaign lie. On the campaign trail last year, Obama repeatedly boasted that ‘al Qaeda was on the run’, ‘decimated’, and ‘on its heels’. Not just once or twice – ad Nauseam:

It wasn’t true then – and it’s not true now, as Obama himself openly admitted following a meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister.

Via Jihad Watch:

Al-Maliki came to the White House seeking more American aid to combat the violence ravaging his country, including additional weapons and help with intelligence. Bloodshed brought on by insurgents in Iraq has spiked since American troops left in 2011.

Obama said at the end of his roughly two-hour meeting with al-Maliki that the best way to honor lives lost during the Iraq war would be to bring about a functioning democracy. Neither leader discussed al-Maliki’s request for help before reporters, although Obama indicated the United States has a self-interest in helping Iraq fight terrorism.

“Unfortunately al-Qaida has still been active and has grown more active recently,” Obama said. “So we had a lot of discussion about how we can work together to push back against that terrorist organization that operates not only in Iraq, but also poses a threat to the entire region and to the United States.”

Mission not accomplished.

Friday Free For All: “The Biggest Lie Ever Told By A Sitting President”

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Charles Krauthammer: Obamacare laid bare:

Every disaster has its moment of clarity. Physicist Richard Feynman dunks an O-ring into ice water and everyone understands instantly why the shuttle Challenger exploded. This week, the Obamacare O-ring froze for all the world to see: Hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters went out to people who had been assured a dozen times by the president that “If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.”

The cancellations lay bare three pillars of Obamacare: (a) mendacity, (b) paternalism and (c) subterfuge.

(a) Those letters are irrefutable evidence that President Obama’s repeated you-keep-your-coverage claim was false. Why were they sent out? Because Obamacare renders illegal (with exceedingly narrow “grandfathered” exceptions) the continuation of any insurance plan deemed by Washington regulators not to meet their arbitrary standards for adequacy. Example: No maternity care? You are terminated.

So a law designed to cover the uninsured is now throwing far more people off their insurance than it can possibly be signing up on the nonfunctioning insurance exchanges. Indeed, most of the 19 million people with individual insurance will have to find new and likely more expensive coverage. And that doesn’t even include the additional millions who are sure to lose their employer-provided coverage. That’s a lot of people. That’s a pretty big lie.

Gateway Pundit: Limbaugh Calls Obama’s Lie About “Keeping Your Insurance” Perhaps “The Biggest Lie Ever Told by a Sitting President.”

Obama officials in 2010 knew that up to 93 million Americans would be unable to keep their health insurance plans under Obamacare. That means roughly one of three Americans will lose their insurance thanks to Obamacare.

Today Rush Limbaugh told his audience,
“Obama’s lie about keeping your insurance may be the biggest lie ever told by a sitting president.”

Fox Nation: Rush: Nixon Resigned Over A Lie Nowhere Near As Big As ObamaCare:

It is “total 100% fraud.”

WASHINGTON — A tech firm linked to a campaign-donor crony of President Obama not only got the job to help build the federal health-insurance Web site — but also is getting paid to fix it.

Anthony Welters, a top campaign bundler for Obama and frequent White House guest, is the executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group, which owns the software company now at the center of the ObamaCare Web-site fiasco.

UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Quality Software Services Inc. (QSSI), which built the data hub for the ObamaCare system, has been named the new general contractor in charge of repairing the glitch-plagued HealthCare.gov.

Welters and his wife, Beatrice, have shoveled piles of cash into Obama’s campaign coffers and ­apparently reaped the rewards.

Welters and wife Beatrice are also frequent guests at the White House.
Looks like after 5 years, AP has finally had it with Obama’s B.S. —
Julie Roginsky was on Hannity’s radio show earlier today with Dan Bongino to discuss the president’s health care lies. After spinning hard to keep from saying the president lied, she attacked Bongino saying he didn’t want others to have the same great insurance he had when he worked as a secret service agent. Bongino fired right back telling her to ‘cut the crap’ and said how tired he is of ‘big government liberal hacks’ telling him he doesn’t want people to have insurance.
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The White House almost never allows real photojournalists to photograph President Obama performing his duties in the Oval Office.  Instead, the White House routinely issues staged press photos (like the one above) for news outlets to reprint and broadcast.

The AP is now calling on news editors to stop using the staged photos, calling the practice “propaganda.”

from DC:

Editors of The Associated Press condemned the White House’s refusal to give photojournalists real access to President Obama, who prefers to circulate press release-style pictures taken by his own paid photographers.

These official photographs are little more than propaganda, according to AP director of photography Santiago Lyon.

The AP has only been permitted to photograph the president alone in the Oval Office on two occasions–both in his first term–and has never been allowed to photograph the president with his staff in the office. The AP generally receives access when foreign leaders are visiting, but at other times the White House relies on its own photographers to take pictures and distribute them to the press.

Investors Business Daily: Obama’s Military Coup Purges 197 Officers In Five Years:

What the president calls “my military” is being cleansed of any officer suspected of disloyalty to or disagreement with the administration on matters of policy or force structure, leaving the compliant and fearful.We recognize President Obama is the commander-in-chief and that throughout history presidents from Lincoln to Truman have seen fit to remove military commanders they view as inadequate or insubordinate. Turnover in the military ranks is normal, and in these times of sequestration and budget cuts the numbers are expected to tick up as force levels shrink and missions change.

Yet what has happened to our officer corps since President Obama took office is viewed in many quarters as unprecedented, baffling and even harmful to our national security posture. We have commented on some of the higher profile cases, such as Gen. Carter Ham. He was relieved as head of U.S. Africa Command after only a year and a half because he disagreed with orders not to mount a rescue mission in response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi.

Rear Adm. Chuck Gaouette, commander of the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group, was relieved in October 2012 for disobeying orders when he sent his group on Sept. 11 to “assist and provide intelligence for” military forces ordered into action by Gen. Ham.

Other removals include the sacking of two nuclear commanders in a single week — Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, head of the 20th Air Force, responsible for the three wings that maintain control of the 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, the No. 2 officer at U.S. Strategic Command.

Gateway Pundit: Obama Continues to Purge Military of Top Generals:

Retired generals and current commanders who have spoken to TheBlaze believe that political ideology is the primary impetus behind the effort.
World Net Daily reported:

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, as well as other top retired officers, say President Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win.

“There is no doubt he (Obama) is intent on emasculating the military and will fire anyone who disagrees with him” over such issues as “homosexuals, women in foxholes, the Obama sequester,” Brady told WND.

“They are purging everyone, and if you want to keep your job, just keep your mouth shut,” one source told WND.

Not only are military service members being demoralized and the ranks’ overall readiness being reduced by the Obama administration’s purge of key leaders, colonels – those lined up in rank to replace outgoing generals – are quietly taking their careers in other directions.

Todd Starnes, Fox News: Pentagon training manual: white males have unfair advantages:

A controversial 600-plus page manual used by the military to train its Equal Opportunity officers teaches that “healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian” men hold an unfair advantage over other races, and warns in great detail about a so-called “White Male Club.”

“Simply put, a healthy, white, heterosexual, Christian male receives many unearned advantages of social privilege, whereas a black, homosexual, atheist female in poor health receives many unearned disadvantages of social privilege,” reads a statement in the manual created by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).

The manual, which was obtained by Fox News, also instructs troops to “support the leadership of people of color. Do this consistently, but not uncritically,” the manual states.

Who would ever have expected such a thing in ObamAmerica?

The Equal Opportunity Advisor Student Guide is the textbook used during a three month DEOMI course taught at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. Individuals who attend the training lead Equal Opportunity briefings on military installations around the nation.

The 637-page manual covers a wide range of issues from racism and religious diversity to cultural awareness, extremism and white privilege.

I obtained a copy of the manual from an Equal Opportunity officer who was disturbed by the course content and furious over the DEOMI’s reliance on the Southern Poverty Law Center for information on “extremist” groups.

“I’m participating in teaching things that are not true,” the instructor told me. He asked not to be identified because he feared reprisals.

“I should not be in a position to do that,” he said. “It violates Constitutional principles, but it also violates my conscience. And I’m not going to do it – not going to do it.”

Update to this story.

Via Daily Caller:

President Barack Obama has given the nation a new “Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” that expands government bureaucrats’ role in how Americans use their lands, energy, waters and property.

Obama announced the executive order Friday, the day after Halloween.

The order is titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.” […]

The council is officially intended “to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience.”

Has anyone had the heart to tell him that Global Warming is a hoax built on junk science, yet?

The influential D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday sided with an Ohio business that challenged Obamacare’s birth control mandate. The business owners—two brothers who own and operate Freshway Foods and Freshway Logistics in Sidney, Ohio—argued that providing such coverage would violate their Catholic beliefs. The appeals court panel ruled in their favor (via LifeNews.com):

“The burden on religious exercise does not occur at the point of contraceptive purchase; instead, it occurs when a company’s owners fill the basket of goods and services that constitute a healthcare plan,” Judge Janice Rogers Brown wrote on behalf of the court.

“They can either abide by the sacred tenets of their faith, pay a penalty of over $14 million, and cripple the companies they have spent a lifetime building, or they become complicit in a grave moral wrong,” Brown wrote.

It is one of the most important battles raging in Washington, a fight that will have far-reaching consequences for everything from health care and the regulatory state to gun rights and the war on terrorism. Yet most Americans have heard nothing about it.

I’m talking about Democratic efforts to pack the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

America has 13 different federal appellate courts, but the D.C. Circuit stands out as the most powerful, especially on regulatory and constitutional matters. No other appellate court wields so much influence over hot-button national issues.

The D.C. Circuit currently has eight active judges and six senior judges (who are semi-retired). Based on its caseload, the court does not need more judges at the present time. For example: Between 2005 and 2013, its total number of written decisions per active judge declined by 27 percent, and the number of appeals filed with the court fell by 18 percent. The D.C. Circuit has already taken four months off this year. Meanwhile, other federal appellate courts genuinely are overburdened and do need more judges.

And yet, instead of trying to fill judicial vacancies where the need is most urgent, President Obama and Senate Democrats are attempting to transform the D.C. Circuit into a rubber stamp for liberalism and big government.

Here is the quote cited by Issa and Royce, via Oversight.house.gov:

“About 30 minutes into the attack, a quick reaction force from the CIA Annex ignored orders to wait and raced to the compound, at times running and shooting their way through the streets just to get there.” {emphasis ours}

The logical, next question is simple. Assuming Logan’s sources are credible, who ordered the men from the Annex to wait? Here is a short clip that includes the quote above but also State Department whistleblower Gregory Hicks, who attempted several times to get additional security before the attack occurred.

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With that fresh in your mind, we take you to page 23 of the Accountability Review Board’s UNCLASSIFIED Report:

“The departure of the Annex team was not delayed by orders from superiors; the team leader decided on his own to depart the Annex compound once it was apparent, despite a brief delay to permit their continuing efforts…” {emphasis ours}

So, who is lying, Lara Logan or the ARB Chairmen, Thomas Pickering and Adm. Mike Mullen? One must be because these assertions are at direct odds with one another.

The Daily Caller:  FCC to police news media, question reporters in wide-ranging content survey:

The Federal Communications Commission is planning a broad probe of political speech across media platforms, an unprecedented move that raises serious First Amendment concerns.

The FCC’s proposed “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” which is set to begin a field test in a single market with an eye toward a comprehensive study in 2014, would collect a remarkably wide range of information on demographics, point of view, news topic selection, management style and other factors in news organizations both in and out of the FCC’s traditional purview.

The airwaves regulator would also subject news producers in all media to invasive questioning about their work and content.

Ranking SEAL commanders recently banned the Navy Jack from SEAL uniforms.
The Daily Caller reported:

The Navy Jack is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, one that has earned a revered place in America’s naval history and a beloved place in sailor’s hearts, through its use for over two centuries. This symbol of America’s naval ferocity has spanned our country’s entire existence, flying from the masts of the Continental Navy during the war of independence, to today’s War on Terror. In fact, an amendment to the Navy code called SECNAV Instruction 10520.6 clearly states that as of 31 May 2002 all ships are to fly the flag throughout the duration of the War on Terror.

The Council Has Spoken !! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results

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Alea iacta est…the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“Be bad, but at least don’t be a liar, a deceiver!” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“He will lie, sir, with such volubility, that you would think truth were a fool.” – WIlliam Shakespeare, in All’s Well That End’s Well

Right Planet

This week’s winner, The Right Planet’s Don’t Urinate Down My Back and Tell Me It’s Raining, Mr. President!    is a sharp, cutting account of the lies, deception and distortions of ObamaCare. Here’s a slice:

How many times can someone baldface lie to you before you’ve just plain had enough? Hmmm? I’m not just talking to Republicans and conservatives here; I’m talking to everyone, regardless of their political leanings.

Let’s just take a look at five promises made repeatedly by President Obama regarding Obamacare.

Promise #1: “If you like your current insurance plan, you can keep it. Period.”

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Promise #2: “If you like your current doctor, you can keep that doctor.”

Promise #3: “Your premiums will go down an average of $2500 per year.”

Promise #4: “The cost of this national healthcare program will be less than $1 trillion.”

United Liberty reported back in February:

Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) noted that the estimated cost tag for ObamaCare was $1.165 trillion over the next 10 years, more than the original estimate of $945 billion.

Promise #5: “Obamacare would not cover illegal aliens.”

Not so, according to Mark Tapscott (via HotAir):

In what he called the “first myth” being spread by critics of his proposal for a government-run health care system, Obama said they are wrong in claiming illegal immigrants will be covered: “That is not true. Illegal immigrants would not be covered. That idea has not even been on the table.” Obama said.

Well, Mr. President, that idea must have been tucked under a stack of background briefing papers over there in the corner of the table because the Congressional Research Service (CRS) says this about H.R. 3200, the Obamacare bill approved just before the recess by the House Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA:

“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.”

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with  ObamaCare’s Magical Thinkers submitted by Joshuapundit. It’s Steyn’s take on the ObamaCare failure and its implications for America, written as only Mark Steyn can. Do read it.

OK,  here are this week’s full result. Only The Mellow Jihadi was unable to vote this week, but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited special guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day with short takes and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter…..’cause we’re cool like that!

Megyn Kelly: “There Are More People In This Room Than Signed Up For ObamaCare on Day One!” (Video)

Megyn Kelly had a lot of fun with the news that broke right before her show went on the air – that only an abysmal six people signed up for ObamaCare on Day-1. Thanks to a subpoena by House Oversight and Reform Chairman Issa, we now know why the Regime has been so tight lipped about the enrollment numbers….the documents provided show laughably low numbers.

“There are more people in this room than signed up for ObamaCare on Day one!” Kelly declared, evoking guffaws throughout the newsroom.

She also cracked, “no one thought to ask Ms. Sebelius, ‘…so, just give us a hint…can you count them on two hands?'”

“Distract, delay, deny….wait until the news gets better, then you come back and say what’s going on.” Chris Stirewalt of The Washington Examiner explained.

Thursday morning,  Issa, subpoenaed Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), one of the main contractors hired to build HealthCare.gov, after the group failed to comply with the Committee’s original request for documents related to their role in the website’s development.

In a letter sent October 23rd, the Committee requested the information be produced voluntarily by 5:00 p.m. on October 25th and said that a subpoena would be considered if QSSI failed to do so. The letter was sent to 11 contractors in total. A complete list of the contractors that were contacted can be found here and the letter to QSSI can be found here.

“It is crucial that you provide information quickly because of the serious concerns about data security related to the lack of testing,” the letter stated. Noting that HealthCare.gov went through little, if any, testing, the letter continued: “[t]his lack of testing is concerning due to the amount of sensitive consumer information flowing through the data hub and exchanges.”

Issa discussed his subpoenas earlier in the day on CNN with Wolfe Blitzer. He indicated that he and his colleague are at their wits end with the Regime’s stonewalling.

“Sen. Lamar Alexander is a patient man, and he’s a very moderate senator. He has lost his patience. I’ve lost my patience,” Issa said Thursday on CNN’s “Newsroom.”

“We’re saying, ‘Start giving us at least the critical — and we prioritize — the critical discovery to let us understand, particularly related to documents we already have, that showed they were shown these failures,” he added.Issa, who along with Alexander sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Oct. 24 requesting documents on the problems surrounding HealthCare.gov, explained that the Oversight Committee subpoenaed Sebelius on Thursday. Issa said Sebelius “has answered some questions but evaded a great many.”

Meanwhile,  Stirewalt reports at the DC Examiner, ‘Delay’ is no longer a dirty word at White House…

WHITE HOUSE OPENS DOOR TO OBAMACARE DELAY – As the federal government teetered on the brink of shutdown at the end of last month, the White House and Senate Democrats flatly refused a Republican emergency spending bill that would have kept the government open but delayed ObamaCare’s requirement that individuals purchase health insurance by March 31 or face a fine. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid responded to a GOP counteroffer by saying Republicans had “lost their minds.” But after an epic failure of a launch for the new health insurance entitlement and with the partial shutdown over, “delay” suddenly isn’t a dirty word anymore. With many of those subject to the fine unable to sign up due to manifold botches in the enrollment process, Democrats are warming up to the idea.

SEE ALSO:

Doug Ross: THEY LIED TO CONGRESS, AGAIN: After Three Days, HHS Knew Less Than 250 People Nationwide Had Signed Up for Obamacare:

Of course the Obama administration lied to Congress. Of course they had the true number of folks who had signed up for Obamacare through the disastrously flawed Healthcare.gov website.

Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, testified Tuesday before the House Ways and Means Committee… raising more questions about the administration’s transparency on the project, she declined to cite enrollment numbers. She did not claim, as Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently did, that officials simply do not have those numbers — rather, she said a “decision” was made to release them in mid-November.

They lied to Congress to hide their catastrophic failures.