Bart Stupak’s Pig In a Poke

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I’ve held off on commenting on Bart Stupak because everything that needed to be said about him was said four years ago, and really, who wants to revisit that unpleasant, painful memory? I really don’t. It’s Lent, and I should be in a forgiving, charitable mood.

But then I remember how he was our only hope of defeating the ObamaCare monstrosity as he held out for statutory prohibitions on abortion funding. And he settled instead for a transparently fake fig-leaf of an  executive order that was unconstitutional and obviously fraudulent.

As a result his  political career came crashing to an end and now he’s telling us  he’s unhappy and feeling “double-crossed.” Was there ever a more aptly named congressman?

Today, as a private citizen, I’m proud to stand with the Green and Hahn families and their corporations, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, in seeking to uphold our most cherished beliefs that we, as American citizens, should not be required to relinquish our conscience and moral convictions in order to implement the Affordable Care Act. …

[W]e received an ironclad commitment that our conscience would remain free and our principles would be honored. With our negotiations completed and our legislative intent established by the colloquy, we agreed to an executive order directing federal agencies to respect America’s longstanding prohibitions on government funding of abortion and most relevant here, to respect longstanding protections for individuals and organizations conscientiously opposed to participating in or facilitating abortions.

I was deeply concerned and objected to the HHS mandate that required all health plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives, including four drugs and devices that could terminate human life at its earliest stages by preventing an embryo’s implantation in the womb. The FDA’s own labeling statements, as well as other studies, indicate that drugs such as the 5-day-after pill (Ella), as well as intrauterine devices (IUDs), may operate this way. The Greens and the Hahns cannot, in good conscience, risk subsidizing actions that may take human life.

He was also promised that no federal funding would go to pay for abortion under the health reform plans, yet that of course is happening. All of this was as predictable as the sun rising in the East.

Here’s what I said on March 21, 2010 – the Day Stup caved.

I can tell you right now; this won’t be worth the piece of paper it’s printed on. There is no one in politics today who is more viciously pro-abortion than Barack Obama, and every statement he makes comes with an expiration date.  If Obama was willing to lie to the Pope to his face about abortion, he certainly has no compunction about lying to Bart Stupak and his pro life stalwarts.

Tom Price called it “a pig in a poke” because he naively thought you couldn’t override legislation with an executive order. Way back in 2010 – that was considered beyond the pale.

A clearly disgusted Doug Ross, cut loose:

This bill fundamentally changes the relationship between the federal government and the people; and it does so in a despicably evil way. Health care will, there is no doubt, be wielded as a political weapon to reward and punish.

Congratulations, Bart Stupak and your so-called “Pro-Life” Democrat Caucus, you’ve sentenced the unborn generations of this country to misery, poverty and economic ruin. Way to stay true to your beliefs.

You aren’t pro-life, you’re low-lives.

Andrew McCarthy addressed the constitutionality  of the EO deal:

The Susan B. Anthony List observation that EOs can be rescinded at the president’s whim is of course true. This particuar EO is also a nullity — presidents cannot enact laws, the Supreme Court has said they cannot impoundfunds that Congress allocates, and (as a friend points out) the line-item veto has been held unconstitutional, so they can’t use executive orders to strike provisions in a bill. So this anti-abortion EO is blatant chicanery: if the pro-lifers purport to be satisfied by it, they are participating in a transparent fraud and selling out the pro-life cause.

Charles Krauthammer called the EO “worthless” and called Stupak’s cave “disappointing”…He said, “this is nationalizing health care. As of tonight, health insurance companies become agents of the government. Obama will be remembered as the father of nationalized health care.”

Michelle Malkin introduced us to next Congressman in Michigan’s 1st congressional district.

Meet Dan Benishek, Stupak’s GOP challenger in Michigan’s 1st congressional district. His campaign slogan: “You deserve better.”

The Daily Caller: Obama’s executive order that satisfied Stupak does absolutely nothing.

Of course, we were just a bunch of conservative crybabies bawling about being outmaneuvered by the clever and crafty ObaMessiah. After all ObamaCare was going to cover 30 million more people for less money and everybody would be able to keep their plans and keep their doctors and pay an average of $2,500 per family less a year in premiums.

The always behind the curve Bart Stupak continues to believe “the Affordable Care Act is critical to reforming our health care markets and providing a critical safety net for millions…”

Whatever, dude.

Backlash: Angry ObamaCare Victims Lash Out At Dingy Harry Reid (Video)

Earlier this week, in a desperate attempt to combat the bad press and devastating Republican campaign ads highlighting “ObamaCare horror stories”, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proclaimed on the Senate floor that all the stories we’ve been hearing about are untrue. “There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue … Lies distorted by Republicans to grab headlines,” Reid said.

Dingy Harry walked back his comments a little while later, in response to the uproar he caused. He admitted that not every single one of the horror stories were a lie – just the vast majority of them – and by the way – the Koch brothers are un-American.
I can’t say that every one of the Koch brothers’ ads are a lie, but I’ll say this. Mr. President, the vast, vast majority of them are. And it’s time the American people spoke out against this terrible dishonesty of these two brothers who are about as un-American as anyone that I can imagine.
Yes, the Senate Majority Leader actually warbled that the philanthropic Koch brothers are “un-American” because they donate to conservative/libertarian causes unlike George Soros or most labor unions who donate (in much greater numbers) to left-wing causes. He has a source who gives him this information. It’s the same guy who told him that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes for 10 years, and the Iraq war was lost while we were in the process of adding troops.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Are you people in Nevada who voted for this senile gasbag proud of yourselves? Harry Reid has to be the absolute worst Senate Majority Leader we’ve ever had.
In response to his bizarre declaration, the National Republican Senatorial Committee put together a video that hits Reid with “the weapon every ObamaCare-defending Democrat fears most: the truth.”

This morning on Fox and Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck spoke to a mother whose family has been living an ObamaCare horror story since they lost their health insurance plan, last Fall.

Johanna Benthal, 17, was born with congenital malformations on her brain. She has undergone 89 surgeries. The most recent one was last night.

Johanna’s mom, Eileen Benthal, told Hasselbeck she was “offended” by Reid’s comments. “Here I was sitting at my daughter’s bedside, and I’ve spent the last three months – it’s been more than a part time job for me – to secure insurance after our termination happened in the fall.”

Eileen said they have lost one doctor and all out-of-state coverage. The family was left with three minor options that she described as “far less superior” to their previous coverage.

If Reid feels any regret for his offensive words, Eileen said to him, “I challenge you to make a donation to the Angioma Alliance in honor of Johanna Benthal.”

Last year, the Benthals’ insurance company paid the $27K needed for Johanna to have neurodiagnostic testing at a University of Chicago clinic. With no out-of-state coverage as of March 1, the family is looking to the grassroots organization to cover the cost.

“I’d like [Reid] to put his money where his mouth is,” Benthal said. “I’d like him to pay $30,000 dollars to the Angioma Alliance and make that donation, and apologize to me and to the American people.”

A second woman, Betsy Tadder,  who saw her family’s health insurance canceled under ObamaCare told Martha MacCallum what she thought of Reid’s comments.

“I agree that there are lies being told about ObamaCare – and they’re being told all over America. I agree that he knows who the liars are and her knows who the liars are – and the difference is – I can sleep at night,” she said.

Julie Boonstra, Michigan mother battling leukemia is becoming a household name thanks to Democrat attacks on her story. She told radio host John Gibson that she is DEMANDING an apology from Harry Reid.

 Julie says Reid is saying she “is a liar” but “being able to keep your plan..that was the lie”.

Ophthalmologist, Dr. Patricia McLaughlin joined Greta Van Susteren to set the record straight:  We Are Not Liars and Phonies.

VAN SUSTEREN: When you hear Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid say these horror stories are wrong and untrue, what do you think? What do you say to him?

MCLAUGHLIN: I would just certainly hope that he said that in haste and that perhaps the information that was given to him came from a source that wasn’t correct. This is not the case that we are seeing in our practices and with stories patients are telling us.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, let’s go specific. Let me go first to your patients. You have patients who have insurance and they go to you. But now you have been knocked off one of the insurance networks. Is that correct?

MCLAUGHLIN: Well, I have been not dismissed but have nothing offered participation status in some of the subsections of one of the insurance companies. And that was insurance that would be covering individuals taking out insurance through the Affordable Care Act or through small business plans outside the Affordable Care Act. It also included them.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, does that mean that these patients that some patients of yours can no longer go to you unless they pay out-of-pocket?

MCLAUGHLIN: That’s correct.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have any of your patients said anything to you? Are they distressed by this or are they happy to sort of move on to look for another doctor?

MCLAUGHLIN: You know, most patients are attached to their doctor. We have had long-standing relationships. We don’t just take care of an illness. We take care of the human spirit as well. So we know things about their spouse, their children, their parents. We have gone through their trials and tribulations. There’s a relationship. Of course, they are distressed. And they don’t enjoy the fact that they don’t have freedom of choice any longer. It’s very, very confusing to them. It’s very distressful. They don’t know where to turn. They still will call us and ask for help. And, of course, we are willing it do that.

“Do As I Say…” Obama’s Most Hypocritical Moments (Video)

Fox & Friends highlighted 3 of Obama’s hypocritical moments – executive orders, lobbyists, and lastly golfing while in California for the drought.

On the campaign trail Obama criticized Bush 43 for the use executive orders, yet Obama bragged about how he has a pen and phone and will take action unilaterally. On the issue of lobbysists, Obama said that they will not be able to use the revolving door at the White House to cash in. And yet there are 395 former lobbyists in the Obama Administration including 136 current ones. Oh yeah how about golfing in California on courses that are able to stay green with water while farmers are suffering the worst drought in decades.

As I’ve stated many times, before. It wasn’t hard to figure out that this man was a pathological liar. I started tracking the alarming number of bold-faced lies and flip flops coming from “the Obamessiah” in the Spring of 2008, as I also tracked the bizarre cult of personality that surrounded him. I kept it up until it became too burdensome a task to keep track of every one of the man’s ridiculous deceits. By mid September, it had become clear that the electorate was (very stupidly) going to blame the Democrat-caused financial crisis of 2007-2008 on Republicans. Obama is a narcissistic manipulator who tells tall tales because he has a compliant media who lets him get away with it. He is guilty of massive fraud on ObamaCare alone. Yes, media fact checkers (who want to retain some modicum of self-respect) will point on some of the more egregious lies. To be absolutely clear –  if a Republican president were guilty of even half of what this president has gotten away with – the media uproar would have led to his impeachment, a long time ago. It’s not surprising that corrupt congressional Democrats support a corrupt, dishonest Democrat President. And it’s not surprising that a corrupt Democrat media complex supports a corrupt, dishonest Democrat president. What is surprising and disappointing is that there are still so many Americans who continue to support a corrupt, dishonest president who is so obviously harming the country. Rusty Weiss, of the Mental Recession, asks: Is America In an Abusive Relationship With the President?

The President pushed through his healthcare agenda, despite strong opposition.  He promised us safety, but when we wanted our own security system by securing our borders, Obama and his friends fought to prevent it.  He was showering America with gifts … using her own money. When we questioned the wasteful spending, he told us it was for our long term benefit, and raided $787 billion of our savings.  And when the economy failed to recover in any manner during his first term, we started seeing classic signs of an abusive relationship. Psychology Today examines several signs that you’re dating an abuser – signs which America should have easily picked up on in 2008, and most certainly should have identified in 2012. Here are 5 of those warning signs…

Continue reading at the link.

Video: Kay Hagan Unable To Answer When She Discovered Her “You Can Keep Your Plan” Pledge Was A Lie

At what has been dubbed “The Worst-Planned Presser In Political History,” U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan dodged tough questions about her broken promise on ObamaCare. Pete Kaliner of WWNC News Radio 570 said, “I have no idea how Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s news conference could’ve been worse except had she lit a baby bunny on fire while stomping on the American flag.”

Hagan repeatedly told North Carolinians that they could keep their existing insurance plans if they liked them. Obviously, that (never believable) pledge proved false – and earned Obama PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year.

 But the details about what Hagan knew about the law’s limits and when she learned it remains unclear. Ask about it again Monday at a press conference in Raleigh, after she made her re-election bid official at the State Board of Elections, Hagan avoided the question.

As Guy Benson noted at Townhall, Hagan voted for the law, “then joined all of her Democratic colleagues to defeat a Republican attempt to revise its grandfathering guidelines in such a away that would have preserved the president’s since-obliterated “keep your plan” pledge. At a press event yesterday, reporters wanted to know why Sen. Hagan has feigned shock and outrage over millions of Americans losing their preferred plans. Why did she vote against a plan to preserve the promise? When did she “discover” that “keep your plan” was a fiction?”

Pressed on the question two more times as reporters followed her outside to the parking lot, Hagan repeatedly did not answer.”

Here’s the old Kay Hagan cheerfully touting Obama’s false narrative before it became “inoperative”:

Kagan voted in lock-step with her colleagues because Democrats knew ObamaCare was their road to power. But now that she has to face the voters on the greatest Democrat achievement of our time – she wants to run away from it.

Here are just a few of sad stories we’re hearing from people who were promised by Democrats that they could keep their plans:

The WSJ: ObamaCare and My Mother’s Cancer Medicine:

As with most cancers, one thing led to another. There have been several more surgeries, metastases, bone deterioration, a terrible bout of thyroiditis (an inflammation of the thyroid gland), and much more. But my mother has kept fighting, determined to make the most of life, no matter what it brings. She has an indomitable will and is by far the toughest person I’ve ever met. But she wouldn’t still be here without that semimonthly Sandostatin shot that slows the onslaught of her disease.

And then in November, along with millions of other Americans, she lost her health insurance. She’d had a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan for nearly 20 years. It was expensive, but given that it covered her very expensive treatment, it was a terrific plan. It gave her access to any specialist or surgeon, and to the Sandostatin and other medications that were keeping her alive.

And then, because our lawmakers and president thought they could do better, she had nothing. Her old plan, now considered illegal under the new health law, had been canceled.

Because the exchange website in her state (Virginia) was not working, she went directly to insurers’ websites and telephoned them, one by one, over dozens of hours. As a medical-office manager, she had decades of experience navigating the enormous problems of even our pre-ObamaCare system. But nothing could have prepared her for the bureaucratic morass she now had to traverse.

The repeated and prolonged phone waits were Sisyphean, the competence and customer service abysmal. When finally she found a plan that looked like it would cover her Sandostatin and other cancer treatments, she called the insurer, HumanaHUM -2.81% to confirm that it would do so. The enrollment agent said that after she met her deductible, all treatments and medications—including those for her cancer—would be covered at 100%. Because, however, the enrollment agents did not—unbelievable though this may seem—have access to the “coverage formularies” for the plans they were selling, they said the only way to find out in detail what was in the plan was to buy the plan. (Does that remind you of anyone?)

With no other options, she bought the plan and was approved on Nov. 22. Because by January the plan was still not showing up on her online Humana account, however, she repeatedly called to confirm that it was active. The agents told her not to worry, she was definitely covered.

Then on Feb. 12, just before going into (yet another) surgery, she was informed by Humana that it would not, in fact, cover her Sandostatin, or other cancer-related medications. The cost of the Sandostatin alone, since Jan. 1, was $14,000, and the company was refusing to pay.

The news was dumbfounding. This is a woman who had an affordable health plan that covered her condition. Our lawmakers weren’t happy with that because . . . they wanted plans that were affordable and covered her condition. So they gave her a new one. It doesn’t cover her condition and it’s completely unaffordable.

CBS Sacramento: Man’s Back Surgery On Hold As Doctors Deny Covered California Coverage:

A Sonora mechanic is in so much pain that he can barely walk, but he can’t seem to find a doctor to fix his ailing back after he and his wife switched their insurance coverage through Covered California.

Chris Dunn reached out to CBS13 hoping we could get answers.

He needs his surgery yesterday. But instead of scheduling his date, he and his wife are navigating a confusing maze of doctors and insurance plans.

UPDATE: Another CBS13 Viewer Says Doctors Denying Covered California Plan

“Then it goes down, my feet are numb, like I can do this, and I can’t feel it at all,” he said.

His ailing back has him in almost constant agonizing pain. He walks with a limp and hasn’t had a good night’s sleep in months.

“I can’t sleep on my back,” he said. “I roll around all night, because I can’t lay flat. I can’t lay anywhere for more than five, 10 minutes.”

He’s still working, despite the pain. But finding a surgeon to fix his back has turned into a full-time jobof its own.

“We get this coverage and go to the best doctor to fix Chris, and they tell us we’re out of network,” said his wife Tammy.

In January, they transitioned from an Anthem Blue Cross Plan over to Blue Cross Covered California. She says they had to switch to avoid the premium skyrocketing, but didn’t realize their provider network would be smaller.

There’s now a bodycount, Kay.

Fox NationBy Doug Graham:

This Wednesday, my little sister, Julie, will be buried. She died because she delayed seeking health care for what turned out to be a catastrophic condition after her private health insurance policy was cancelled because of Obamacare. As she waited for a new Obamacare-approved policy to kick in, her condition deteriorated to the point that it was too late.

Julie, her husband, and four children were covered by a medical plan they liked, and had been promised they could keep by President Obama. But like so many others in this country, her family’s private health care policy was cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act. So my sister and her family struggled through the expensive and incompetently designed Obamacare website to find a new policy. Unfortunately, while they waited for their new Obama-approved healthcare plan to finally kick in, my little sister fell ill. She couldn’t keep down solid food. She should have gone to a doctor. But she toughed it out, as many people do, until her new coverage would kick in on February 2. She and her husband didn’t have a lot of money, so she didn’t want to incur what she thought were avoidable medical expenses.

But she didn’t make it. It turns out that, unbeknownst to her, she wasn’t suffering from an upset stomach or food poisoning, but a badly blocked gall bladder that had become highly infected. Her body went into septic shock just two days before her Obamacare policy would have kicked in. Her kidneys shut down. She went to the emergency room where, after heroic efforts, a marvelous medical team managed to stabilize her condition. I saw Julie that day for several hours. She could not move, or speak, but a tear trickled down her check when she saw the eldest daughter of her four children. After I left, hoping for the best, I learned the next day that her gentle heart stopped beating around 4:00 a.m.

So, while the White House sends out talking points to the talking heads who proclaim Americans will be better off because Obamacare forced them off of inadequate health care plans, my family knows better.

I trust voters who don’t appreciate being lied to will know what to do this November.

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Kay Hagan vs Kay Hagan…

Jim Geraghty: Senate Democrats: Why Didn’t Someone Tell Us Obamacare Would Cut Medicare?

The National Republican Senatorial Committee points out that North Carolina senator Kay Hagan and other vulnerable Senate Democrats are now whacking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid . . . for enacting changes required by Obamacare. Hey, Senator Hagan, if you want to blame someone, blame the foolish or dishonest lawmakers who voted for the law!

Wait a minute, that’s you!

In 2009, Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) promised North Carolinians who depend on Medicare that she was going to “protect Medicare” and that they would “not see a drop in their Medicare coverage.”

But in 2010 Kay Hagan voted to slash Medicare Advantage to pay for ObamaCare. (H.R. 4872, CQ Vote #72: Motion agreed to 56-42: R 0-40; D 54-2; I 2-0, 3/24/10, Hagan Voted Yea)

In North Carolina 463,159 seniors depend on Medicare Advantage plans (28% of all Medicare enrollees).

 

Video: Nancy Pelosi: “We did not treat President Bush this way” (No, They Treated Him Much Worse)

You’ll have to forgive me. I neglected to mention Nancy Pelosi’s recent interview in which she claimed that a large contingent of the GOP is “anti-government, anti-science and anti-Obama” and that while Democrats opposed much of Bush’s agenda, Republican obstruction to President Obama is “something quite stunning.” She capped off the interview with this howler: “We did not treat President Bush this way.”

The truth is – that was just too much gut-wrenching, lying hypocrisy for this girl to take. Look – I have to think about my health when I blog, and I don’t need my blood pressure going through the roof.

Warning: What follows may cause  nausea, vomiting, and dizziness:

“What’s interesting to me is that Democrats and Republicans know what they believe,” Mrs. Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” “They know what they believe, and that’s what’s happening in Congress … what’s happening here now is we have a large segment of the Republican party that is anti-government. We don’t want any more government than we need, but they’re anti-government, anti-science and anti-Obama.”

“They have a trifecta that is going,” she continued. “Now, I say to the Republicans: Take back your party … you come with confidence with the debate that goes on and try to influence the decision, but to obstruct every initiative that the president’s put forth on jobs and then say, ‘Why don’t we have more jobs?’

We do have more jobs, but no thanks to the Congress of the United States.”Mrs. Pelosi argued that while Democrats opposed Mr. Bush on many issues, including the Iraq War and his efforts to privatize Social Security, they also worked together on many issues such as the Wall Street bailout and energy legislation.“We did not treat President Bush this way,” she said. “We thought we had a responsibility to work with the president to get a job done for the American people and we did. This obstruction to President Obama is something quite stunning. It’s something quite different.”

Revealing Politics created the ultimate answer video to Pelosi’s bogus claims – and I thank them for it, because now I can talk about what she said without retching.

Sure, there were plenty of Republicans who said they wanted President Obama’s policies to fail, most notably Rush Limbaugh, who was immediately lambasted and of course called a racist. Funny thing though, a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll in 2006 showed that 51% of Democrats didn’t want Bush to succeed. Wait. Isn’t that worse than what Limbaugh and other Republicans hoped about Obama? But, again… you can’t say anything critical about Dear Leader Obama.

So go ahead Nancy and keep telling yourself that Democrats were super duper nice to President Bush. We’ll be here to set the record straight and remind you of the truth.

To compliment the video, I recommend this trip down memory lane at Zombie’s “Hall of Shame” with the constant  death threats at the heinous anti-Bush era protests. There is nothing – I repeat nahhhhthing – any conservative group protesting Obama has done to even begin to compare.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks

Analysis of Rocket Used in Syria Chemical Attack Shows “Administration Narrative Not Even Close To Reality”

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A new report confirms that one of the rockets fired in the chemical attack that killed hundreds of Syrian civilians, August 21, 2013, was not fired from a Syrian government position, as the Obama administration claimed.  The case U.S. officials  made for retaliatory military action in Syria was flawed at best – manufactured at worst – as pointed out by this blog and many others, while most in the pathetic MSM uncritically accepted the Regime’s bogus claims.

“I honestly have no idea what happened,” one of the researchers said. “My view when I started this process was that it couldn’t be anything but the Syrian government behind the attack. But now I’m not sure of anything. The administration narrative was not even close to reality. Our intelligence cannot possibly be correct.”

Via Weasel Zippers, the Miami Herald reported:

A team of security and arms experts, meeting this week in Washington to discuss the matter, has concluded that the range of the rocket that delivered sarin in the largest attack that night was too short for the device to have been fired from the Syrian government positions where the Obama administration insists they originated.

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In the report, titled “Possible Implications of Faulty U.S. Technical Intelligence,” Richard Lloyd, a former United Nations weapons inspector, and Theodore Postol, a professor of science, technology and national security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, argue that the question about the rocket’s range indicates a major weakness in the case for military action initially pressed by Obama administration officials.

The administration eventually withdrew its request for congressional authorization for a military strike after Syria agreed to submit to the Chemical Weapons Convention, which bans the weapons. Polls showed overwhelming public opposition to a military strike, however, and it was doubtful Congress would have authorized an attack.

Lloyd and Postol’s report is the most recent installment in a months-long debate among rocket and weapons experts, much of it carried out in detailed papers posted on the Internet, about the nature of the munitions used in the Aug. 21 attack on rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus.

The report’s authors admit that they deal only with one area of the attacks, the eastern suburb of Zamalka, where the largest quantity of sarin was released that night. They acknowledge that smaller rockets likely used in areas southwest of the capital could have come from government-controlled territory.

Relying on mathematical projections about the likely force of the rocket and noting that its design – some have described it as a trash can on a stick – would have made it awkward in flight, Lloyd and Postol conclude that the rocket likely had a maximum range of 2 kilometers, or just more than 1.2 miles. That range, the report explains in detail, means the rockets could not have come from land controlled by the Syrian government.

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“I honestly have no idea what happened,” Postol said. “My view when I started this process was that it couldn’t be anything but the Syrian government behind the attack. But now I’m not sure of anything. The administration narrative was not even close to reality. Our intelligence cannot possibly be correct.”

Lloyd, who has spent the past half-year studying the weapons and capabilities in the Syrian conflict, disputed the assumption that the rebels are less capable of making rockets than the Syrian military.

“The Syrian rebels most definitely have the ability to make these weapons,” he said. “I think they might have more ability than the Syrian government.”

Both said they were not making a case that the rebels were behind the attack, just that a case for military action was made without even a basic understanding of what might have happened.

For instance, they said that Kerry’s insistence that U.S. satellite images had shown the impact points of the chemical weapons was unlikely to be true. The charges that detonate chemical weapons are generally so small, they said, that their detonations would not be visible in a satellite image.

 

Fox News Exclusive: Transcripts Show Obama Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack – Not A Spontaneous Demonstration – Right From the Beginning

Fox News has the exclusive on the 450 pages of sworn testimony, under wraps until now, that reveal  what America’s highest ranking officers and the president knew about Benghazi from the earliest moments.

The transcripts reveal that top defense officials briefed Obama on an attack – not a reaction to video or a demonstration.

James Rosen reported:

Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a “terrorist attack,” declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president’s Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.

Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of AFRICOM, the Defense Department combatant command with jurisdiction over Libya, told the House in classified testimony last year that it was him who broke the news about the unfolding situation in Benghazi to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tense briefing — in which it was already known that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens had been targeted and had gone missing — occurred just before the two senior officials departed the Pentagon for their session with the commander in chief.

According to declassified testimony obtained by Fox News, Ham — who was working out of his Pentagon office on the afternoon of Sept. 11 — said he learned about the assault on the consulate compound within 15 minutes of its commencement, at 9:42 p.m. Libya time, through a call he received from the AFRICOM Command Center.

“My first call was to General Dempsey, General Dempsey’s office, to say, ‘Hey, I am headed down the hall. I need to see him right away,’” Ham told lawmakers on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on June 26 of last year. “I told him what I knew. We immediately walked upstairs to meet with Secretary Panetta.”

No these guys didn’t politicize national security at all….

Reminder of Jay Carney’s pathetic BS spin circa Sept 19, 2012, repeating the Administration line that it was not a pre-planned attack just “bad actors” who had come on the scene of a protest armed with RPGs and mortars. “We prefer to have an investigation…” he told reporters, hoping to ward off more questions.

One reporter, clearly not buying it, said, “so a random crowd that had come together with their heavy weapons – got insulted by the film, and decided to – you know – blow up…”

Carney doubled down with, “there has certainly been precedent in the past where bad actors  -  extremists who are heavily armed who have exploited situations that have developed in order to attack Americans…”

Via my report from last May:  After Months of Dishonest Spinning on Benghazi, Jay Carney Clings to ARB Report (Video) for more of JC’s dishonest spinning. Go ahead, click on the link and relive the lies.

Thanks, MSM for doing your due diligence on that story.

How is it that this mendacious miscreant can still hold his head high in DC. Why is anything he says in that WH briefing room still taken seriously?

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Fox News Insider: Poll: Majority of Americans Believe White House ‘Deliberately Misled’ on Benghazi:

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton reacted this morning to a new poll that points to deep distrust between the American people and the Obama administration over the Benghazi attack.

In a Quinnipiac University survey this week, 52% said they believe the American people were deliberately misled by the government about what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, when four Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate.

Issa warns Sebelius of Possible Perjury Charges Over False Obamacare Testimony

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Wednesday, in a letter sent to HHS Kathleen Sebelius, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., suggested the secretary may have perjured herself when she appeared before Congress. He pressed for an explanation for the false and misleading statements she made about the security risks present on HealthCare.gov  and  requested the documents and communications that were made in preparation for Sebelius’s congressional appearances after October 1, 2013.

“Providing false or misleading testimony to Congress is a serious matter,” Issa wrote. “Documents and testimony obtained by the Committee, including information provided by Teresa Fryer, the Chief Information Security Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the MITRE Corporation, a contractor hired by HHS to conduct security assessments of healthcare.gov, show that your testimony was false and misleading.”

The letter cites four examples of false statements Sebelius made before Congress:

1) that MITRE was conducting ongoing security testing

2) that MITRE’s preliminary report “did not raise flags about going ahead”

3) that “no one… suggested that the risks outweighed the importance of moving forward”

4) that MITRE made recommendations to CMS about moving forward.

“Although the four examples of misinformation and falsehoods from your Congressional testimony late last year are extremely troubling,” Issa wrotes, “your failure during numerous Congressional hearings to explicitly mention the serious problems with security testing in the month prior to launch creates the appearance that you carefully chose language that would mislead Members of Congress and the American public.”

You can read the complete letter to Secretary Sebelius here.

Hat tip White House Dossier.

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Video: Trey Gowdy Congratulates The NY Times – ‘It Only Took Them 15 Months To Figure Out How To Spell Benghazi’

I was hoping that Congressman Trey Gowdy would be asked to weigh in on the NY Times’ now widely panned Benghazi report. The South Carolina spitfire was a guest on Fox’s On the Record with fill-in host, Dana Perino, and he did not disappoint.

Asked to comment on the report, Gowdy professed, “I want to congratulate the New York Times.  It only took them 15 months to figure out how to spell Benghazi – so maybe in the next 15 months, their reporting will catch up with the truth.”

Continuing, he said, “I’ll tell you two things they got wrong. Number one – the video was translated into Arabic in early September of 2012….What in the world explains the violence in Benghazi prior to the video being translated and released? Our consulate was attacked way before the video was released. The British Ambassador was almost assassinated way before the video was released…the international Red Cross was attacked twice in Benghazi – well before this video was ever released. So if the video was really the impetus for the violence, what in the world explains the violence prior to the release of the video?

In respect to al Qaeda, he noted that “whether it was al Qaeda or a subsidiary, or a holding company, or a limited partnership – to quote Hillary Clinton - what difference does it make?! Who cares whether it was al Qaeda proper or a subsidiary? Four Americans are dead, and it wasn’t a spontaneous reaction to a video - it was planned.”

Gowdy also asked the question many House Republicans have been wondering in light of the deteriorating security situation in Benghazi prior to the attack, “why were we even there? Why was Chris Stevens in Benghazi, that night?”

He told Perino that he’s read the NY Times report six times. “I want you to read it six times and tell me if you can tell who the Secretary of State was when Benghazi happened. Because her name wasn’t mentioned a single. solitary. time. in this exhaustive NY Times piece – not once.”

When Perino noted that lots of people are assuming that the article was meant to “clear the decks” for Hillary so she won’t have to deal with Benghazi as a campaign issue, Gowdy reacted with mock consternation, “oh heavens no – that couldn’t possibly have been their motivation – could it be?!”

Bonus video:

On Monday night’s Special Report, Charles Krauthammer said  the NY Times Benghazi report was undeniably about protecting Dems, and Hillary – “obviously a political move.”

King Obama’s Universe Of Lies

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Four years ago on his radio show, Rush Limbaugh  talked about the left’s “universe of lies.”

There are two worlds. We live in two universes. One universe is a lie. One universe is an entire lie. Everything run, dominated, and controlled by the left here and around the world is a lie. The other universe is where we are, and that’s where reality reigns supreme and we deal with it.

He called the president and first lady, the king and queen of the universe of lies.

 I was just watching an unbelievable sight. President and Mrs. Obama on the balcony of their hotel room in Oslo, it’s nighttime over there, and there is a torchlight parade reception, and the street is just filled, it’s teeming with people, with their candles and torches, with the Obamas standing high above and looking down upon them, President Obama in his tuxedo, and I kid you not, Michelle (My Belle) looked like she was dressed in a way to make people think she was royalty, a queen. Make no mistake about it, it was on purpose. But the reason I’m glad it happened, cause, you know, Snerdley is saying, “Gosh, they just have to be eating this up, they just have to love this, they think of themselves as royalty.” That’s right. Let ‘em think of that. Let them stay so out of touch with how they are perceived by people in this country. Let ‘em go over there, get all these accolades and let them continue to live in the Universe of Lies. I think it’s much better than if he went over there and got booed out of the place. Give that another year and that will happen. This is good. This is good that it happened because it allows them to continue to live this delusion that they are special, unlike any others who have come before them.

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Without firing a shot the left has seized the press, they have taken control of the banks, they’re about to take control of the insurance companies and wipe them out, much of the auto industry, the left is now setting a salary scale for people. They’ve taken over our currency, and they’re preparing to seize health care. We’re being occupied by the left.

And of course, it is all being done with the media’s assistance. It couldn’t have been done without a left-wing media, pop culture and academia helping with the non stop propaganda.

The list of lies is almost endless.

The New York Times reporter in the Soviet Union, Walter Duranty, denied that there was a famine in the Ukraine in 1931-32 — the Communist-induced famine that killed about five million Ukrainians. And he won a Pulitzer Prize for it.

The media portrayed the Kennedy assassination as the product of Dallas’s “right-wing” “climate of hate” — even though a card-carrying Communist committed the assassination.

The media told us over and over about a heterosexual AIDS “epidemic” in the U.S. There was none. The media fabricated the heterosexual epidemic in order to remove stigma from gay males and in order to garner support for more AIDS research money.

Why all this mendacity?

There are truth tellers and there are liars on the right and on the left. But for the left, truth is subordinated to whatever it is the left most cares about: gay rights, minority rights, women’s rights, government health care and environmentalism being only the most obvious current examples.

That’s why talk radio, conservative websites, Fox News and conservative opinion pages, such as those of the Wall Street Journal and Investors Business Daily, are so important.

We are able to mitigate some of the damage the left does to the world of reality through conservative media outlets – but make no mistake – we are all now stuck in the left’s universe of lies.

That’s why Obama has been able to get away with lying about his past. That’s how he got away with lying about ObamaCare, that’s how he got away with all his scandals and abuses of power.

And it’s how he got away with lying about his drunk-driving illegal immigrant “Uncle Omar” who he previously claimed not to know.

Ace says, “it would be one thing if he lived with him as a child. But he lived with him as an adult in law school.”

The White House claimed Obama had never so much as met the man. They claim, now, that their previous claim was a mistake or something, because they had “researched” the question and had not found any evidence the two had met.

Instead of just asking Obama. Which they now say just occurred to them to do. And they claim it just occurred to them to ask Obama after a witness with no reason to lie (Omar’s landlord) came forward to say that Obama had lived with Omar.

President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting.

Their relationship came into question on Tuesday at the deportation hearing of his uncle, Onyango Obama, in Boston immigration court. His uncle had lived in the United States illegally since the 1970s and revealed in testimony for the first time that his famous nephew had stayed at his Cambridge apartment for about three weeks. At the time, Onyango Obama was here illegally and fighting deportation.

On Thursday, a White House official said the press office had not fully researched the relationship between the president and his uncle before telling the Globe that they had no record of the two meeting. This time, the press office asked the president directly, which they had not done in 2011.

But what else would you expect from the King of “the Liar’s Club”?:

He has lied from the start of his political life, which began not that long ago. For instance when he informed an audience of teachers in July 2008 on the campaign trail “I’ve written two books…I actually wrote them myself.” It was a lie. He has never written an eloquent line in his life, and those two books were professionally written. He speaks with the assistance of Teleprompters. His rhetoric is formulaic. At best, he counseled with a couple of ghostwriters to write the books that bear his name. At worst one was Bill Ayers, once a member of Students for a Democratic Society turned terrorist and then turned “educator” at the University of Illinois’s Chicago campus. If he were a right-winger he would probably still be in jail.

Writers from as varied backgrounds as Jack Cashill, the conservative journalist, to Obama’s popular biographer, Christopher Andersen, author of Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, have adduced evidence refuting Obama’s claim to authorship of his books. Last week Investor’s Business Daily cast still more doubt on Obama’s claim to have “written two books.” Now Ayers is speaking up suggestively, as he has a book out, which it is not selling all that well. Enticingly, he suggests that he is the real author of President Obama’s first book, Dreams from My Father.

Frankly I would have advised Our President to come clean about his bogus authorship years ago. Ayers is a decidedly shifty fellow and his wife, the former SDSer, Bernardine Dohrn, is worse. They were always spoiled university-bred radicals always expecting the Republic to fall for their Marxist mumbo jumbo. Yet America has never been very hospitable to the disciples of Papa Marx, much less when those disciples have pipe bombs in their hands.

Now, Roger Simon of PJ Media is taking a second look at some the other “conspiracy theories” that have plagued Obama since he first ran for office, and wonders, “what if it’s all true?”

 …in the wake of the serial lies about Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, media surveillance, the NSA, Syria, Iran, etc., etc., I’m now prepared to believe many things of which I might initially have been at least somewhat skeptical.

To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me.

Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal he received financial preferences, scholarships and/or loans, as a foreign student.  They probably also reveal academic mediocrity, but that’s par for the course for many of our politicians (except it becomes embarrassing in Obama’s case where he has the reputation of being brilliant).

But that’s only one area of accusation.  What if they were all true — or, if not all, say thirty, forty or even fifty percent? What if this were actually demonstrated while he was still in office to the degree that the standard spin that all politician lie no longer applied? What if we could prove that it had gone well beyond that, beyond Nixon and Clinton far into the realm of an invented man? What would that mean, exactly?  Should his opponents rejoice?  Would a new era and truth, beauty and prosperity be upon us?

Not likely.  Great damage has been done. Consider for a moment that whatever theories we have about Obama, whatever prevarications and deceptions of which we are aware or unaware, are known equally to our adversaries — the intelligence agencies of China, Russia and Iran. Even if they were too dumb to figure it out for themselves, which they’re not, they read our newspapers and blogs.

These totalitarian — or near totalitarian, depending on how you want to parse it — states depend on lies for their existence.  In Obama they have found a partner in crime, a semblable, as Baudelaire would say. They are currently exploiting this.  In all likelihood our world will never be the same.  This is no cause for celebration by any American.

No. But then I’ve known that from day one. What about the rest of America? Are we sick of being lied to yet? Because whether they’re fudging on the enrollment numbers or the functionality of a glitchy insecure website no responsible entity would dream of directing consumers to, or Democrats doubling down on the “you can keep your plan” promise  - it’s a non stop geyser of  ObamaCare lies every single day.

Come this January, we may see some kingly “fixes” to this hot mess,

What will happen January 1 when thousands of people have car crashes or other need for insurance, but don’t have it, due to Obama’s incompetence and stubborness?

John Ekdahl suggested that Obama will just order hospitals and doctors to treat anyone who says he has insurance, whether he does or not. I believe Ekdahl’s term was that Obama will order everyone to be “deemed” as covered by insurance.

Is that inconceivable? I don’t think so. That’s what Allah’s thinking, too.

…and Republicans in Congress will be forced to go along with it because nobody wants to be responsible for people dying. King Obama reigns supreme in his universe of lies.

 

Video: Politifact’s 2009 “Lie Of The Year” Deemed True 4 Years Later

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“Of all the falsehoods and distortions in the political discourse this year”, Politifact’s Angie Drobnic Holan wrote dramatically on December 18th, 2009 – “one stood out from the rest”: Death panels.

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Total lie, you guys!

The claim set political debate afire when it was made in August, raising issues from the role of government in health care to the bounds of acceptable political discussion. In a nod to the way technology has transformed politics, the statement wasn’t made in an interview or a television ad. Sarah Palin posted it on her Facebook page.

Her assertion — that the government would set up boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care — spread through newscasts, talk shows, blogs and town hall meetings. Opponents of health care legislation said it revealed the real goals of the Democratic proposals. Advocates for health reform said it showed the depths to which their opponents would sink. Still others scratched their heads and said, “Death panels? Really ?”

The editors of PolitiFact.com, the fact-checking Web site of the St. Petersburg Times, have chosen it as our inaugural “Lie of the Year.”

PolitiFact readers overwhelmingly supported the decision. Nearly 5,000 voted in a national poll to name the biggest lie, and 61 percent chose “death panels” from a field of eight finalists.

Excellent job, MSM!

President Obama rebutted the claim in a major health care address on Sept. 9: “Some of people’s concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple.”

The phrase has been mentioned in the Congressional Record about 40 times since Palin’s Facebook posting, but virtually all were Democrats citing it as an example of Republican intransigence.

“You know, GOP used to stand for Grand Old Party,” said Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., on Nov. 7. “Now it stands for Grandstand, Oppose, and Pretend. They grandstand with phony claims about nonexistent death panels. They oppose any real reform.” The House voted in favor of health care legislation the same day.

Funny. If you read the Politifact article – it doesn’t really debunk the claim. It just cites how Democrats were outrageously outraged, and everybody agreed it was a big ol’, mean ol’ lie.

Palin, for her part was unrepentant. She told the National Review in an interview on Nov. 17, 2009, that she didn’t regret her comments.

“To me, while reading that section of the bill, it became so evident that there would be a panel of bureaucrats who would decide on levels of health care, decide on those who are worthy or not worthy of receiving some government-controlled coverage,” she said. “Since health care would have to be rationed if it were promised to everyone, it would therefore lead to harm for many individuals not able to receive the government care. That leads, of course, to death.”

“The term I used to describe the panel making these decisions should not be taken literally,” said Palin. The phrase is “a lot like when President Reagan used to refer to the Soviet Union as the ‘evil empire.’ He got his point across. He got people thinking and researching what he was talking about. It was quite effective. Same thing with the ‘death panels.’ I would characterize them like that again, in a heartbeat.”

I’ve been waiting for this day. We all knew the truth would come out at some point, and Palin would be vindicated….It’s too late to do anything about it, sure – but some measure of satisfaction can be gleaned from watching Obama’s lapdogs sheepishly admit 4 years later, “aw, you guys were right all the time” – Mark Halperin: Obamacare Contains “Death Panels”:

The Affordable Care Act contains provisions for “death panels,” which decide which critically-ill patients receive care and which won’t, according to Mark Halperin, senior political analyst for Time magazine.

“It’s built into the plan. It’s not like a guess or like a judgment. That’s going to be part of how costs are controlled,” Halperin told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

Halperin is a supporter of the panels which explains why he’s telling the truth about it now, rather than 4 years ago.

Politifact has as track record to be proud of.

2010 PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: ‘A government takeover of health care’

Which it was….duh.

2012: Politifact’s Lie of the Year Was a Giant Strawman:

In the waning days of the 2012 campaign, the Romney campaign put out an ad in Ohio that made the charge that Chrysler would be building jeeps in China after being bailed out by the government. This caused a massive media backlash, with hyperventilating Democrats calling it a flat out lie. In fact, it was Politifact’s Lie of the Year:

It was a lie told in the critical state of Ohio in the final days of a close campaign — that Jeep was moving its U.S. production to China. It originated with a conservative blogger, who twisted an accurate news story into a falsehood. Then it picked up steam when the Drudge Report ran with it. Even though Jeep’s parent company gave a quick and clear denial, Mitt Romney repeated it and his campaign turned it into a TV ad.

And they stood by the claim, even as the media and the public expressed collective outrage against something so obviously false.

People often say that politicians don’t pay a price for deception, but this time was different: A flood of negative press coverage rained down on the Romney campaign, and he failed to turn the tide in Ohio, the most important state in the presidential election.

Read the entire thing. This particular Politifact post sounds like Media Matters on steroids. But they were right about one thing – there was a flood of negative press coverage that rained down on the Romney campaign – an amazing phenomena we saw again and again throughout the campaign any time Romney made a claim that might draw blood.

Megyn Kelly had Stuart Varney on to talk about the controversy five days before the election. The only thing that was “obviously false” was the “fact checkers’” assertion that the Romney ad claimed Chrysler was “moving US production to China”.

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As Varney noted in the video, nowhere in the ad did the Romney campaign claim that Chrysler was moving U.S, production to China. That was a massive strawman designed to confuse voters into thinking that Romney was lying about the Precious again. The ad simply stated that Chrysler was sold to Italians who were going to start building jeeps in China which is 100% correct.

Was it an ad I would have wasted time on, if I were running the campaign? No. But the geniuses in the Romney campaign wanted to play tit for tat on Obama’s terms.

Duane Lester at Liberty News points to this big Chrysler announcement, made yesterday in The Detroit News: Chrysler to build Jeeps in China

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More Fraud and Deceit: Obama Replaced His Old Lie With The New 5% Lie (Video)

ObamaCare was passed on a massive web of lies by Dems who were in on the con – many of whom are now desperately back-peddling. Now that the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” deception is no longer operative, Obama has switched over to a new line – what Andrew McCarthy calls the   ‘5 Percent’ Con Job

Unable to deny that millions of Americans have lost the coverage he vowed they could keep, Obama and other Democrats are now peddling what we might call the “5 percent” con job. The president asserts that these victims, whom he feels so terribly about, nevertheless constitute a tiny, insignificant minority in the greater scheme of things (“scheme” is used advisedly). They are limited, he maintains, to consumers in the individual health-insurance market, as opposed to the vastly greater number of Americans who get insurance through their employers. According to Obama, these individual-market consumers whose policies are being canceled make up only 5 percent of all health-insurance consumers.

Even this 5 percent figure is a deception. As Avik Roy points out, the individual market actually accounts for 8 percent of health-insurance consumers. Obama can’t help himself: He even minimizes his minimizations. So, if Obama were telling the truth in rationalizing that his broken promises affect only consumers in the individual-insurance market, we’d still be talking about up to 25 million Americans. While the president shrugs these victims off, 25 million exceeds the number of Americans who do not have health insurance because of poverty or preexisting conditions (as opposed to those who could, but choose not to, purchase insurance). Of course, far from cavalierly shrugging off that smaller number of people, Obama and Democrats used them to justify nationalizing a sixth of the U.S. economy.

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Avik’s eagle eye also catches that, even as Obama was spinning on Thursday about how his broken promise affects only the teeny-weeny individual-insurance market, his administration was telling a much different story to state insurance commissioners. In a letter about Obama’s proposed “fix,” the head of the relevant consumer-information office referred to “all individuals and small businesses that received a cancellation or termination notice with respect to coverage” (emphasis added). This, Avik observes, “contradicts assertions from the administration that only people in the individual market — people who shop for coverage on their own — are affected by the wave of Obamacare-related cancellations.”

It gets worse. My friends at the American Freedom Law Center (on whose advisory board I sit) are representing Priests for Life, a group aggrieved by Obamacare’s denial of religious liberty — specifically, the ACA’s mandate that believers, despite their faith-based objections, provide their employees with coverage for the use of abortifacients and contraceptives. On October 17, the Obama Department of Health and Human Services, represented by the Obama Justice Department, submitted a brief to the federal district court in Washington, opposing Priests for Life’s summary judgment motion. On page 27 of its brief, the Justice Department makes the following remarkable assertion:

Get this:

The [ACA’s] grandfathering provision’s incremental transition does not undermine the government’s interests in a significant way. [Citing, among other sources, the Federal Register.] Even under the grandfathering provision, it is projected that more group health plans will transition to the requirements under the regulations as time goes on. Defendants have estimated that a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.

HHS and the Justice Department cite the same section of the Federal Register referred to by John Hinderaker, as well as an annual survey on “Employer Health Benefits” compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2012.

So, while the president has been telling us that, under the vaunted grandfathering provision, all Americans who like their health-insurance plans will be able to keep them, “period,” his administration has been representing in federal court that most health plans would lose their “grandfather status” by the end of this year. Not just the “5 percent” of individual-market consumers, but close to all consumers — including well over 100 million American workers who get coverage through their jobs — have been expected by the president swiftly to “transition to the requirements under the [Obamacare] regulations.” That is, their health-insurance plans would be eliminated. They would be forced into Obamacare-compliant plans, with all the prohibitive price hikes and coercive mandates that “transition” portends.

McCarthy appeared on The Kelly File to talk about these latest revelations.

Don’t you dare call Obama a liar, though. Because that would be raaaaacist. At least according to the Dead-Enders at MSNBC who still think their progressive Utopia is just around the corner. They only need to cover up a few more lies, attack a few more dissenters using the Race Card or War on Women Card…. it’s within reach….

The question is – will the rest of the MSM carry Obama’s water on this?  Obama, Carney, and other Regime flacks have been repeating the 5% line ad nauseam. The right has been calling them out on the BS, all along. Will they? Or will they  be caught flat footed again when the second shoe drops?

“But-but-but – Obama said…..”

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David Limbaugh weighs in on McCarthy’s report:

Just in case the administration tries to worm out of these latest damning revelations, Andy presents another one that should put such disingenuous denials finally to rest. In a brief submitted to the federal district court in Washington by Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services in a case over the conscience clause (another matter poisoned by Obama’s abject deception), the administration conceded that “even under the grandfathering provision,” it is estimated that “a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.” Point. Game. Set. Match.

In the meantime, on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., outright admitted that Obama’s “keep your plan” promises were false. She said: “We all knew. The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy.”

So, you see, the entire national Democratic Party apparatus has conspired to deceive Americans about a vital matter — their own health care — in order to advance its agenda.

You still think this is just about health care? Well, another Democratic leader, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, admitted that with Obamacare, what Democrats are “trying to do is change a values system in our country.”

That pretty much sums up modern liberalism as embodied in the Democratic Party. Come hell or high water, Democrats will coerce us, via the power of the federal government, into thinking and believing as they do and living under their utopian Leviathan state.

Obamacare must be repealed — yesterday.

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Doug Ross: WHY, OF COURSE IT DOES: Obamacare Intended to Obliterate the Family Unit Once and For All:

Writing at the invaluable Tatler, Bryan Preston describes the devastating effect that Obamacare will have on the family unit, but ascribes it more to ignorance than malice.

Is this an accident or was it by design? Jonathan V. Last reports on yet another hidden gem in Obamacare.

A married couple can get Obamacare subsidies if their income is less than 400 percent above the poverty line. But because the federal poverty level for married couples is less than double the level for individuals, a couple that lives together without getting married can make more money than a married couple, yet still get Obamacare subsidies.

The Atlantic reports that in practice, this means that a married couple in New York making more than a combined $62,040 gets no subsidies from Obamacare. But two people who live together without getting married? They can make up to a combined $91,920 and still get subsidies from the government.

On one hand, this may be accidental because, let’s face it, no one read Obamacare before passing it, so who know’s what’s in there?

Oh, Bryan, you naive, misguided youth.

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Megyn Kelly and Marc Thiessen Rake Obama Over The Coals For His “Premeditated Lie.”

Obama altered his health care promise on Monday evening in a speech to about 200 of his campaign supporters and health care activists, claiming “what we said was” you can keep your health care plan “if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed.”

Megyn Kelly was outraged tonight that Obama made this change without even acknowledging the former version of the statement was a lie. “It’s shocking to think the president explicitly misled millions of Americans about their healthcare!” she exclaimed.  A lie that affected “relationships with their doctors and their children’s relationships with their doctors …knowing that it was untrue….because it was more salable to say it they way he did!”

She had former Bush speechwriter, Marc Thiessen on to talk about what he called Obama’s “premeditated lie.”

Marc wrote at the Washington Post, Monday: A Dishonest Presidency:

It’s not easy to get a lie into a presidential speech. Every draft address is circulated to the White House senior staff and key Cabinet officials in something called the “staffing process.” Every line is reviewed by dozens of senior officials, who offer comments and factual corrections. During this process, it turns out, some of Obama’s policy advisers objected to the “you can keep your plan” pledge, pointing out that it was untrue. But it stayed in the speech. That does not happen by accident. It requires a willful intent to deceive.

In the Bush White House, we speechwriters would often come up with what we thought were great turns of phrase to help the president explain his policies. But we also had a strict fact-checking process, where every iteration of every proposed presidential utterance was scrubbed to ensure it was both accurate and defensible. If the fact-checkers told us a line was inaccurate, we would either kill it or find another way to make the point accurately. I cannot imagine a scenario in which the fact-checkers or White House policy advisers would tell us that something in a draft speech was factually incorrect and that guidance would be ignored or overruled by the president’s political advisers.

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Trey Gowdy: Mailed In, Phoned In Applications “a Facade, a Potemkin Village Calculated To Mislead Folks” (Video)

SC Congressman Trey Gowdy was a guest on the Kelly File tonight to discuss the latest ObamaCare BS the Regime is peddling. At issue were the new documents released by the House Oversight and Reform Committee that revealed that while Obama was encouraging Americans to call 1-800-FuckYo or mail in applications to sign up for ObamaCare,  the Regime knew all the applications would end up in the same queue. “The president already  has a Nobel Prize for peace, I think he’s shooting for one for fiction, Gowdy quipped. “To send to people to the mail instead of the website when you know everyone is going in the same queue — it’s  a facade —  it’s  a Potemkin Village that is calculated to mislead folks and create this appearance that everything is going swimmingly when you know otherwise.” He also commented on the president’s infamous healthcare promise which has now been slightly altered.

Obama altered his health care promise on Monday evening in a speech to about 200 of his campaign supporters and health care activists, claiming “what we said was” you can keep your health care plan “if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed.”

“I could have sworn he said ‘period’ after that statement and now he has added a rather lengthy footnote”, Gowdy noted dryly. “Instead of saying we made a mistake – we made an intentional misstatement, we need you to forgive us, the response is to evade – to answer questions falsely, and then worst of all is to assume that the American people are STUPID enough to believe the explanation that he came up with today!”

According to POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Democrats are not happy about the awkward position the White House has put them in as the trainwreck continues to derail, and they’re expected to defend it. And some are placing the blame squarely on Numero Uno.

“You got to have it, to lose it,” said one unidentified Democratic senator when asked about how the ACA’s roll-out is impacting Obama’s credibility.

Obama’s increasingly beleaguered mouthpiece, Jay Carney, is not doing any better credibility wise. His performance today at the White House press briefing has been characterized as a “Meltdown“, “losing it”, “over-the-top” “flustered”, “sneering” The low point came when Carney desperately tried to enlist the help of the lapdogs in the room, saying derisively,  “I think everyone else is looking quizzical because there’s a reason to be quizzical here,” as if to suggest that Jonathan Karl was the only person there who was too thick-skulled to get a very simple concept. Anyone want to place a bet on the likelihood Jay Carney will be back next year?

Report: Son Of Muslim Brotherhood Leader Says His Father Has Evidence That Could Land Obama in Prison

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Saad Al-Shater: “My father has the goods on Obama”

The Obama administration sure wants those Muslim Brotherhood prisoners sprung.

There’s something very curious about their repeated calls for the the release of MB leaders who have been imprisoned in Egypt. Why is the Regime so concerned about their well being? Why is it any of their business?

Why did Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns recently spend about 90 minutes visiting an MB leader in prison in Egypt, while Senators Graham and McCain sucked up to the Muslim Brotherhood?

Walid Shoebat finds the Regime’s actions here to be somewhat inexplicable.

The trip to Egypt by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), during which they called for the same thing is even more inexplicable, especially since both men are demanding answers in Benghazi. Yes, we know Obama’s leanings but why the rush to release these prisoners and not shine a spotlight on them? If the details of an interview with the son of one of those imprisoned leaders is any indication, we may be getting closer to answering that question.

We caution that the following be taken with a grain of salt but considering who said it, we thought it newsworthy too. Here is a direct translation of the key points, followed by some analysis:

In an interview with the Anatolia News Agency, Saad Al-Shater, the son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, the detained Khairat Al-Shater, said that his father had in his hand evidence that will land the head of United States of America, president Obama, in prison. He stressed that the senior U.S. delegation currently visiting Egypt, knows full well that the fate, future, interests and reputation of their country is in the hands of his father, and they know that he owns the information, documents and recordings that incriminate and would condemn their country. Such documents, he says, were placed in the hands of people who were entrusted inside and outside Egypt, and that the release of his father is the only way for them to prevent a great catastrophe. He stated that a warning was sent threatening to show how the U.S. administration was directly connected. The evidence was sent through intermediaries which caused them to change their attitude and corrected their position and that they have taken serious steps to prove good faith. Saad also said that his father’s safety is more important to the Americans than is the safety of Mohammed Mursi. [emphasis ours]

Walid notes that this report is backed up by at least six Arabic sources, and stands by its veracity:

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What should be taken with a grain of salt is the credibility of the witness “who happens to be the son of a terrorist and who supports his father’s ideology.”

Oh – one more thing – the MB leader Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns visited was  Al-Shater.

As we reported in EXHIBIT A-1 of Addendum A, Al-Shater is implicated in weapons trafficking through the Sinai and into Gaza as well as negotiating prisoner releases in exchange for terrorists. He has also been jailed multiple times.

Fascinating.

UPDATE:

World Net Daily  and Gateway Pundit and DC Clotheslineare also reporting on this story, now.

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Walid Shoebat: Charge: Passport links Muslim Brotherhood to Benghazi

A very serious charge was confidently made by a very credible Egyptian television host whose work we’ve used in prior reports. During the compelling segment on Tahrir TV, host Ahmed Moussa publicly announced the name of a new figure in the Benghazi attacks. The charge is that the passport of Christopher Stevens’ “assassin” was found in the home of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat Al-Shater in Cairo. This would provide a direct and tangible link between the attacks in Benghazi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Fox News:

the course of this statement, Moussa announced three facts:

1. Ambassador Chris Stevens’ assassin in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, is named Mohsen Al-Azazi.

2. Azizi associates with Mohammed El-Beltagy, the general secretary of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and with Safwat Hegazy, a leading MB cleric.

3. The police found Azizi’s passport in the house of leading MB strategist Khairat El-Shater, presumbably when Shater was arrested on July 5.

If true, this is sensational news, for it directly ties the MB to anti-American terrorism and repudiates the Obama administration policy of trying to work with the MB. It also further confirms that the MB is a terrorist organization.

It might explain why the Obama administration is mediating in talks with Egypt’s interim government for a “reconciliation process” that would permit a safe exist for Morsi and other MB leaders outside Egypt without a trial that likely would disclose more embarrassing details about Benghazi.

But is the news that Moussa announced true? Several indications point to its veracity.

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