Video: House Homeland Security Chairman: Flight 370 Went Missing Due To ‘Intentional Deliberate Act’ – Probably In Indian Ocean

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security appeared on FOX News’ The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly to discuss the latest findings in the investigation into missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

With the dismissal by the investigative team of the possibility of mechanical malfunction, the focus of the investigation is now on the pilots, Kelly began and she asked McCaul for his thoughts.

He said that the plane’s disappearance was due to “an intentional, deliberate act” but had no ideas as to the motive – lamenting that the Malaysian government has been less than helpful on that front.

Kelly has been entertaining the theory for the past week that the plane was flown to Pakistan, but McCaul said he believes that based on all the intelligence he’s seen the plane was headed on a Southern route and it’s somewhere in the Indian Ocean.

He also said that it is still a rescue operation – not a recovery.

 

Monday Catch-Up: Obama Most Well-Traveled, Expensive President In History

 

 

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Matthew Boyle, Big Government: Exclusive – Study: Obama Most Well-Traveled, Expensive President In History Through Five Years:

President Barack Obama has spent more time traveling abroad than other U.S. president in history at this point in their presidencies, according to a forthcoming study from the National Taxpayer Union Foundation (NTUF) provided exclusively to Breitbart News ahead of its public release.

“The most internationally well-traveled President, through five years, is also flying the most expensive-to-operate Air Force One to date,” NTUF wrote.

After five years in the White House, Obama has taken 31 trips for a total of 119 days abroad. At that point in George W. Bush’s presidency, Bush had taken 28 trips for 116 days, while Bill Clinton had taken 27 trips for 113 days. Ronald Reagan, after five years, had taken 14 trips for 73 days while Richard Nixon had taken 12 trips for 60 days after five years in the White House and Lyndon Johnson took 10 trips for 34 days at the half-decade mark. Dwight Eisenhower took 8 trips for 31 days after five years in the White House.

Citing a recent report in the Washington Examiner that found through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that taxpayers are on the hook for about $228,288 per Air Force One flight hour in 2013, a 27 percent increase from the previously confirmed cost of $179,750 per fight hour that NTUF used in its last study, the taxpayer watchdog concludes that Obama’s flights have cost taxpayers more than any other president.

The Hayride: Obama Suggests Leaving Us With No Functional Missiles:

So says the Washington Free Beacon

President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say has helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.

The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy.

In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number will then drop to zero in 2016.

The Navy will also be forced to cancel its acquisition of the well-regarded and highly effective Hellfire missiles in 2015, according to Obama’s proposal.

Charles Cooke, National Review: Power Isn’t Funny:
Obama bombs when he jokes that he’ll sic the IRS or the Secret Service on his critics.

The president’s latest witticism was inspired by his much-debated appearance on Between Two Ferns, during which he traded carefully scripted barbs with actor Zach Galifianakis. “Zach actually was pretty nervous,” Obama explained to Ryan Seacrest in a postmortem interview. “His whole character is to go after the guest, and I think he was looking around and seeing all these Secret Service guys with guns and thinking, I wonder what happens here if I cross the line? But we had a great time.”

Gettit? Because if Galifianakis had said something that the president didn’t like, the president’s armed guards would have killed him. In consequence . . . and prepare yourself, because this is hysterical . . . the comedian self-censored, permitting Obama to get in a nice little barrage of prepared zingers and sitting by quietly while he hawked his vision for the federal government! Nice thing you’ve got going here, matey. Shame if anything were to happen to it. Funny or Die! Ha, ha, ha.
Here’s another rip-roaring yarn from our commander-in-chief, this one aimed squarely at the Jonas Brothers: “Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: ‘Predator drones.’ You will never see it coming.” See, if the Jonas Brothers try to date the president’s daughters, he’ll execute them from the sky. The best part? Like so many Pakistani villagers, they won’t even know what has hit them! Brilliant.

UK Telegraph: Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals:

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.

Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’

At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.

The programme, which will air tonight, found that parents who lose children in early pregnancy were often treated without compassion and were not consulted about what they wanted to happen to the remains.

A nationalized healthcare system nightmare – and the logical result of publically funded abortions and rationed care… Will we be hearing similar stories in our not too distant future?

Seton Motley, The Daily Caller: Sprint’s crony socialist hypocrisy:

Crony Socialism is, in part, the government cutting special deals for certain companies – at the expense of other companies, and the free market.

It is particularly pathetic when companies publicly troll for this treatment.  It’s almost as if they’ve given up on actually, you know, trying.

Sprint, T-Mobile US, Dish Network and other smaller carriers are already lobbying [Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler]. 

In a letter to Wheeler on Thursday, the companies’ top executives…urged Wheeler to adopt rules for the (spectrum) auctions that would ensure “that the two dominant wireless incumbents not be allowed to lock competitive carriers out of acquiring…spectrum.

But — it’s an auction. Everyone bids, and the best bids win. Everyone has equal access. Problem preemptively solved. Except that’s not what these guys mean. More from their begging letter:

“To be clear, none of us has ever suggested excluding the largest two carriers from theauction.

AoSHQ: Pew Polling Reports That Even Among Obamacare Opponents, Most Want Their Congressmen to “Make Obamacare Work.” Here’s How They Got The Answer They Wanted.

Here are the options — two of them — that Pew gave respondents to choose from:

What do you think elected officials who oppose the health care law should do now that the law has started to take effect? Should they [X] or should they [Y]?Do what they can to make the law work as well as possible

Do what they can to make the law fail

Emphases added.

Pew gave them a binary choice between “doing what they can to make the law work” and actively working to subvert and sabotage the law, and they present it as a meaningful bit of data that 30% supported the former choice, and only 19% the latter.

Good God.

CNN: Does the Big Bang breakthrough offer proof of God?

The prevalent theory of cosmic origins prior to the Big Bang theory was the “Steady State,” which argued that the universe has always existed, without a beginning that necessitated a cause.

However, this new evidence strongly suggests that there was a beginning to our universe.

If the universe did indeed have a beginning, by the simple logic of cause and effect, there had to be an agent – separate and apart from the effect – that caused it.

That sounds a lot like Genesis 1:1 to me: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.”

So this latest discovery is good news for us believers, as it adds scientific support to the idea that the universe was caused – or created – by something or someone outside it and not dependent on it.

Atheist-turned-agnostic astronomer Fred Hoyle, who coined the term “Big Bang,” famously stated, “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a superintellect has monkeyed with physics.”

As Hoyle saw it, the Big Bang was not a chaotic explosion, but rather a very highly ordered event – one that could not have occurred by random chance.

We also need to remember that God reveals himself both through scripture and creation. The challenge is in seeing how they fit together. A better understanding of each can inform our understanding of the other.

Stanley Kurtz, the Corner, The Truth About Obama’s ‘Catholic Roots’:

I suspect Obama and his acolytes think of Pope Francs as a “fellow traveler.”

In advance of his Thursday meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, the New York Times is portraying President Obama’s community organizing as a kind of Catholicism in practice.  In a front page, above-the-fold piece titled “The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism,” Jason Horowitz highlights the close alliance between Obama, his organizing mentors Greg Galluzzo and Gerald Kellman, and the Catholic Church. Obama’s frequent invocation of Chicago’s Cardinal Bernardin is referenced, along with Obama’s ties to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Horowitz notes that the alliance reached the point where young Obama was effectively proselytizing for the Catholic Church. A fuller and more accurate account of Obama’s organizing paints a very different picture, however.

Before we get to the reality of Obama’s organizing connection with the Catholic Church, let’s have a quick look back at the founder of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. Obama’s Chicago organizing mentors, after all, were consciously trying to replicate Alinsky’s church strategy. In fact, they were working in some of the same Catholic churches originally organized by Alinsky.

Paul Mirengoff, Powerline: Obama shows his foreign policy resolve against a has-been African warlord:

President Obama is unwilling to engage militarily in Syria. Assad’s butchery has not moved him, nor have the 150,000 deaths produced thus far by the civil war. When Assad and his Hezbollah/Iran backers crossed the “red line” by using chemical weapons, Obama punted. He has even been unwilling to provide meaningful assistance to Assad’s non-radical opponents.

In Iraq, Obama opted for a total U.S. pullout. He appears poised for a similar pullout in Afghanistan, which would mean abandoning those Afghans who put their life on the line to support his surge.

In addition, Obama has thus far turned down requests for arms and other military assistance by the government of Ukraine. He did engage militarily in Libya for a brief time. But that was a NATO operation, sanctioned by the United Nations, in which the U.S. “led from behind.”

Now, Obama has found someone against whom he is willing to commit U.S. troops without NATO. The target is Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord. Pursuant to the War Powers Act, the president has notified Congress that approximately 300 U.S. forces will be deployed to assist in the hunt for Kony. He will also deploy Osprey aircraft. Obama previously had deployed 100 Special Operations troops to assist in the search.

In a sense, Kony is a worthy target. For years, his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has attacked central African villages, mutilating civilians and stealing children.

But according to the Washington Post, LRA attacks have decreased significantly (probably by 75 percent) since 2010. Three of its five commanders have been taken out since 2012, including Kony’s second in command.

It would appear, then, that Obama is participating in a mop-up operation.

Watcher Of Weasels: Forum: What Is The Meaning Of ‘Spirituality’ To You?

Every week on Monday morning , the Watcher’s Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What Is The Meaning Of ‘Spirituality’ To You?

Liberty’s Spirit:Spirituality is the understanding that the universe is greater than yourself, but at the same time, you are obligated to better the world around you as if you, and you alone, are responsible for the continuation of all living creatures. It matters not to me how any one person comes to this realization. I do not believe that a person has to have a religion to be a good person (unfortunately there are too many people in the world who use religion as a weapon to hurt others instead of a path to goodness). What matters is that individuals understand that their singular actions effect everyone around them and that there is a ripple effect in the dynamics of the universe. The constant desire to be kind to all living creatures around you is the epitome of spirituality. Every little action can have a positive effect on a stranger. A simple smile at a passing individual could bring joy to their world in ways you will never know. Trying to be a better person than you were the moment before is the path to spirituality and the constant challenge of humanity.

Simply Jews:That one sent me to the dictionary.

The first meaning (“Property or income owned by a church”) is hardly relevant to me.
The second one (“Concern with things of the spirit”) is somewhat more interesting, although, I suspect, much easier to deal with for religious people, which I am not.

So, I shall have to define it for myself, then. I would say that spirituality means several activities that a person occupies him/herself during the breaks in the daily mundane pursuit of happiness in its material aspect.

Our spiritual pursuits could be the main difference between us and the animals, although as a definition this statement doesn’t add much understanding of spirituality.

So, to be more specific, let’s go by example: fine arts, literature, music and, (unfortunately I have to say it), the elements of popular culture such as pop, heavy metal and similar kinds of musics, should be all named as part of our spirituality.

As, of course, the religious person’s study of things religious and praying, equivalent of which for a secular person would be philosophy – provided the secular person indulges in this field of activity.

And, if you want to take the root of the word “spirituality” more literally, a good bottle of spirit, like the one distillated by the magicians of Scotland, has something to do with spirituality too. Depending on the dosage, of course.

The Noisy Room: The meaning of ‘spirituality’ to me is simply my lifelong walk with God. As a child, my father was in construction and we moved constantly. My father was agnostic and my Grandmother was a devout Christian. However, we were never forced to go to church. From the time I can remember walking and talking, I have always gravitated to the Bible and its teachings. I went to church myself from the time I was very young – always alone. I have always felt Him with me – in the good and bad times and he has sustained me through many battles during my life. I could no more separate my life and being from my belief in God, than I could stop fighting against Communism. Most of my life, I have felt led by my spirituality to pursue the work I am ensconced in. It is my belief that I follow a calling from God and each and every day I pray for guidance. I gladly follow my path and His lead… I always will until I leave this world for the next.

JoshuaPundit: Spirituality is the horse that takes you on your journey towards Almighty G-d. Faith and acceptance is the reward at journey’s end. And should you be so fortunate as to be so close to the Father of Us All to be blessed with faith and acceptance, the next step is the self discipline to practice and live that faith and acceptance in this world, as an offering.

My Latest At The Conversation:

A Rebuttal To First Lady’s Claim That They Welcome Criticism

In response to Michelle Obama: My Husband and I Welcome ‘Criticism’ from ‘Media’ and ‘Our Fellow Americans’:

Uh-huh.

They sure have a strange way of showing their “welcome.”

What was the IRS scandal but a project to “shut up conservative voices” that criticize the president?

The IRS is now in the process of codifying the rules they used to illegally target conservative 501 (C) (4) groups.

This president has been at war with Fox News since the early days of his administration, and has called out Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity by name.

This is the president of “Fight the Smears,” “Attack Watch,” “Truth Team,” and Linda Douglass’s ghastly “snitch network” which was set up to squelch “misinformation” (aka “the truth”) about ObamaCare.

And just last month the FCC had to shelve their plans to have “news police” monitoring newsrooms, only because of the huge public outcry.

The best rebuttal to the First Lady nice-sounding but ludicrous claim actually came from Senator Mitch McConnell in a speech he made, last June.

Say what you will about Mitch McConnell – he is a longtime First Amendment hawk, and he didn’t hold back in this AEI speech in which he called out in a very striking and memorable way, the tyrannical president and his willing accomplices for attempting to silence his critics. McConnell said, “this administration has institutionalized the practice of pitting bureaucrats against the very people they’re supposed to be serving, and it needs to stop.”

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church haven’t changed their hateful ways just because their hateful ringleader passed away. According to KSHB, more than 20 members staged a demonstration to protest the pop star, Lorde, who was appearing at the Midland theater in Downtown Kansas City, Friday evening. 

 

Friday Free-For-All: Don’t Tread On My ObamaCare?

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Twitchy: ‘Oh the irony’: Pelosi daughter shares Obamacare sticker that would make Gadsden gag [pic]:

Unbelievably shameless.

Joel Pollack, the Conversation: Democrats Steal Tea Party Symbol to Promote Obamacare:

Matt Welch of Reason.com has a nice roundup of past Democrat statements about the Gadsden flag. The irony is compounded by the fact that the Gadsden became popular at Tea Party rallies in 2009-10 partly because Obamacare is so damaging to liberty.

Me, the Conversation: ‘Don’t Tread On My ObamaCare?’ Tell That to the 5-6 Million Americans Who Already Lost Theirs:

“Don’t tread on my government-controlled healthcare?” Seriously? Do these fools not know more government control over our lives  = less independence and freedom? To be a Democrat in 2014 means to wake up every day in Opposite Land.

I know of  5-6 million Americans who would love to adopt the “don’t tread on my health care” motto, but unfortunately, it’s too late for them. Thanks to ObamaCare, their old health care plans have the government’s tread marks all over them.

What a sick, profoundly unfunny joke.

The left’s Koch brothers obsession, however, continues to be an unintentionally hilarious joke:

The Hayride: VIDEO: Vitter To Lefty Moonbat Heckler – ‘God Bless The Koch Brothers’:

This is almost too good to be real, but it is.

At a town hall on Tuesday in Broussard, Vitter was accosted by a left-wing questioner who harangued him over the influence of lobbyists, and quickly regurgitated the typical left-wing hate for Charles and David Koch, the owners of Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries. The Koch brothers, or most specifically their company Koch Industries, rank as the No. 45 political contributor in the current political cycle, despite the breathless hype on the left making them out to be right-wing kingmakers.

In fact, Koch Industries isn’t even in the top five of corporate contributors to primarily Republican candidates in this cycle.

Caleb Howe, the Right Scoop: Brad Woodhouse TOTALLY BUSTS David Vitter In Tawdry Love Affair:

DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse is outraged, OUTRAGED I SAY. He has proven that Harry Reid is right about everything. For the smoking gun has at last been revealed. Sen. David Vitter says God Bless the Koch brothers.

You know, I used to think I was a Republican. I too drank the conservative Flavor Aid. But then I saw this video and IT CHANGED EVERYTHING. Now I realize that Democrats like Brad have been right all along. People like George Soros the Koch Brothers are ruining everything. I mean, obviously. They support conservative causes with money and everything!! They’re as bad as the Unions Hollywood Al Gore Tom Steyer the Unions Tim Gill Time-Warner China also the Unions Satan … um … Santa Claus?! Totally.

At least Louisianans now know that their Senator is pro Oil and Gas. Goodness knows the voters there HATE those industries!

AoSHQ:  Shockingly, Left-Wing Report Makes It Into Washington Post With Little Fact-Checking, and Rife With Errors:

@johnekdahl sends this along, noting that it’s one of my pet peeves. While, for example, that Pennsylvania AG case will be ignored by the national press (as the Gosnell case was ignored as a “local crime story”), all the left has to do is get one of its many house organs to type up a largely false and misleading report, send it over to one of the country’s allegedly “mainstream” media outfits, and wait for its claims to be endlessly retransmitted throughout the country.

Powerline notes that a left-wing organization wrote up a report claiming that the Koch Brothers stood to benefit greatly from their operation of tar-sands operations in Alberta.

There are numerous problems with the claims made. The report claims, falsely, that the Koch Brothers are the largest leaseholders of Canada’s tar sands. That’s simply false. Apparently the article compares their holdings to Exxon and Conoco and Chevron but fails to check for other leaseholders — other companies own more.

They then assume that companies with the most acreage of leaseholds must be producing the most oil — which is false. The Koch Brothers’ holdings are in fact largely non-productive. Despite their acreage of leaseholds, they’re a “negligible” producer as far as actual extraction of oil.

Washington Free Beacon: WaPo Defends Decision to Report on Anti-Koch Allegations It Admits Are Baseless:

In defending its initial story, the Post noted that it explained why IFG’s allegations were baseless, but still opted to relay those allegations to its readers.

[W]e make clear that many of Koch’s leases pre-date the pipeline plan, that Koch has not bid for space in the pipeline, and that Koch would not be a customer. Third, if Koch’s lease holdings are 1.1 million acres, that would make it one of the region’s largest, rivaled only by Shell (1 million net acres through an Athabasca joint venture and perhaps 1.3 million net acres altogether), Cenovus Energy (1.5 million net acres), and perhaps Canadian Natural Resources (717,000 net undeveloped acres plus an undetermined number of developed acres). Shell declined to release its total acreage figures. If Koch’s lease holdings are “closer to two million,” as has been said by industry sources we consider highly authoritative, then Koch is indeed the largest lease holder in the province.

IFG itself has backed away from the 2 million acre figure, opting in its most recent report to go with 1.1 million.

The Post’s initial story continues to claim, without qualification, that Koch is “the biggest lease owner in Canada’s oil sands.”

According to TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard, the company “continue[s] to be puzzled” by efforts to tie Koch to the Keystone pipeline.

Oh come now. We’re talking about Democrats, here – there’s no need to be puzzled. Without lies – they’ve got nothing.

 

The People’s Cube: Obamacare Art Appreciation Lesson #1: What’s Art?

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“We see it as an entrepreneurial bill,” Pelosi said in May 2010. “A bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.”

Last year, while marking the second anniversary of the health care law, Pelosi used a similar line, saying Obamacare allows you to quit your job and become “whatever.”

We made the above visual aid for a new government program helping workers who have lost their jobs due to Obamacare, in their transitioning from shovels to paintbrushes.

Twitchy: ‘They’re starting to get serious’: Obamacare #GetCovered desperation hilariously lampooned [pic]

Weasel Zippers: Reid Asks For Computer Examination In CIA-Senate Spying Dispute:

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has instructed the Senate’s chief law enforcement officer to examine the Intelligence Committee’s computers amid an escalating fight between the CIA and lawmakers over access to secret documents about the agency’s interrogation tactics during the Bush administration.

In a letter dated Wednesday to CIA Director John Brennan, Reid challenged the spy agency head’s complaints that committee staff improperly accessed the agency’s computers to obtain the documents, calling the allegation “patently absurd.”

Last week, the head of the committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, questioned whether the agency broke the law and violated the Constitution in searching a computer network exclusively established for the committee.

Brennan has dismissed Feinstein’s complaints.

Reason: “Go Fruve Yourself!”; Sad-Sack Govt Attempt at Nutritional Advice Just May Start Revolution:

The USDA has given $5 million in your tax dollars to a University of Tennessee campaign that tells kids to “Get Fruved.” Part of that grant is on display above in a 30-second that implores an unsuspecting college student (who I really hope is calling out a campus SWAT team) to “get fruved – grape style!” Where are ultra-restrictive campus speech zones when you need them?

Fruved is a portmanteau of fruits and vegetables and the campaign – like so many of these things – around awful videos and activites (such as “Join Team Banana“).

God help us.

The Conversation: Reporter Suggests Press Sec Gets Questions From Press In Advance – Carney, WH Reporters Deny:

Video here.

Carney denied the story, telling a reporter on Twitter, “briefings would be a lot easier if this were true! Rest assured, it is not.”

Reporters Jonathan Karl (ABC) and Ed Henry (Fox) also denied the claim.  Henry on Twitter said that the story is “dead wrong.”

When I asked Karl if the story was true, his response, was “uh, no.” He suggested that the CBS reporter was referring to the questions Carney’s staff supplies him in anticipation for what will be asked.

White House Dossier: AZ Reporter Retracts Carney-Press Collusion Charge:

Yesterday, I noted in reporting this that she seemed like a lousy journalist and her charges were suspect, and that it was not possible that all – as she said – or even most reporters provide their questions in advance.

But I didn’t rule out that some might do this, and I still don’t.

To start with, I can tell you one thing that surely happened yesterday. The full, expletive-filled wrath of the White House press operation came down on Anaya and her bosses to make them change their story. We’re used to this garbage in Washington, but I’m sure they’re not.

And, assuming she is not prone to hallucinating and didn’t bring her lithium with her to Washington, her new explanation also sounds suspect, since she was very specific about her charge Thursday:

(Carney) also mentioned that a lot of times, unless it’s something breaking, the questions that the reporters actually ask — the correspondents — they are provided to him in advance. So then he knows what he’s going to be answering and sometimes those correspondents and reporters also have those answers printed in front of them, because of course it helps when they’re producing their reports for later on. So that was very interesting.

So it’s also not clear to me that Carney didn’t say something along these lines, even if it was misinterpreted.

Townhall Cartoon of the Day by Glenn McCoy:

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Gabriel Malor at Hot Air: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane lawyers up:

The decision of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to drop the investigation and potential prosecution of Philadelphia Democrats who were recorded accepting cash, money orders, or jewelry certainly seems suspicious. According to news reports, investigators collected over 400 hours of audio and video of five Democrats, including four state lawmakers, before Kane, also a Democrat, secretly killed the investigation last fall. When confronted with this troubling story by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kane cited racism and mismanagement in the investigation, but the detailed descriptions of the recordings certainly seem to indicate that the payments were made.

Kane’s reaction to reports about her decision went from bad to worse. At first, she complained that white men were attacking her:

In the statement, Kane provided only one quote, dismissing those who questioned her decisions as “nothing more than the Good Ol’ Boys club playing political games to discredit me in order to fulfill their own selfish and improper agenda.”

The statement cited Kane’s pursuit of political-corruption cases, including the pay-to-play scandal involving Democrats tied to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the corruption charges brought last week against Democratic State Sen. LeAnna Washington.

The Daily Caller: Obamacare architect: Law will cause ‘the end of employer-sponsored insurance’

No way….

Obamacare architect Zeke Emanuel claims in his new book that the health care reform law will result in “the end of employer-sponsored insurance.”

Despite President Barack Obama’s claim that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” — a talking point developed in his first 100 days in office by a tiny but influential left-wing messaging group called the Herndon Alliance — his administration has long planned to disassemble the current U.S. insurance industry as well as alter health care reform.

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James Delingpole, Breitbart London: American Physical: First Major Scientific Institution to Reject Global Warming ‘Consensus’?

The American Physical Society (APS) has signalled a dramatic turnabout in its position on “climate change” by appointing three notorious climate skeptics to its panel on public affairs (POPA).

They are:

Professor Richard Lindzen, formerly Alfred P Sloan Professor of Meteorology at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a highly regarded physicist who once described climate change alarmism on The Larry King Show as “mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other and themselves.”

John Christy, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, who has written: “I’m sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see.”

Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech, a former Warmist (and still a self-described “luke warmer”) who has infuriated many of her more extremist colleagues by defending skeptics and by testifying to the US House Subcommittee on the Environment that the uncertainties in forecasting climate science are much greater than the alarmists will admit.

As Anthony Watts has noted, this is news guaranteed to make a Warmist’s head explode.

I’ll let Senator Ted Cruz have the final word, today…

My Latest at the Conversation:

Court Rules in Favor of Kansas, Arizona in Voter I.D. Suit

A federal court ruled Wednesday that the two states can demand that the federal voter registration form contain citizenship proof, removing the loophole that would have curtailed enforcement of their proof-of-citizenship requirements. This is not only a big win for Arizona and Kansas on election integrity – it paves the way for other states to follow suit.Mar 19, 2014 1:13 PM PT 132

All Aboard the Republican Party Train (Video)

According to Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, there are now at least 11 Democratic-held seats in red or purple states that are in trouble – 12 if you count the Virginia seat held by Sen. Mark Warner. 14 if you count Oregon and Minnesota, which Republicans hope to flip as well. Mar 18, 2014 9:54 AM PT

Video: Objects Seen In Satellite Pics Could Be Wreckage From Missing Malaysian Airliner – UPDATE – Search Ends Thur W/O Success

Australian Prime minister Tony Abbott told Parliament Thursday that ‘new and credible information has come to light’ based on satellite images.

Abbott announced that two objects, possibly related to the search for the missing Malaysian airliner, have been spotted in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Officials sent an Orion aircraft to the area to try and locate the objects and it is expected to arrive in the area Thursday afternoon, Abbott said in an appearance before the Australian Parliament in Canberra.

Australian officials are expected to speak publicly on the development shortly.

Here is a report on the news out of China.

The New York Times reports that “the objects were about 2,500 kilometers, or about 1,550 miles, southwest of Perth.

After Mr. Abbott made his statement, Mr. Najib also issued a statement, saying that the two leaders had spoken about the sighting. But after nearly two weeks of almost daily hopes that brightened and then dimmed, Mr. Najib urged caution.

“Australian officials have yet to establish whether these objects are indeed related” to the missing plane, he said in the emailed statement.

Lisa Martin, a spokeswoman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, said: “There is imagery that suggests that there could be an object. At this stage it is an object in the southern part of the search area.

UPDATE:

The  air search for the floating objects possibly from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane ended Thursday without success,  but will resume in the morning. It is considered by officials to be the best lead, so far.

The four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery bobbing in the remote ocean were debris from Fight 370 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board.

One of the objects was 24 meters (almost 80 feet) in length and the other was 5 meters (15 feet). There could be other objects in the area, a four-hour flight from Australia’s southwestern coast, said John Young, manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s emergency response division.

“This is a lead, it’s probably the best lead we have right now,” Young said. He cautioned that the objects could be seaborne debris along a shipping route where containers can fall off cargo vessels, although the larger object is longer than a container.

Another interesting possibility (or as some would call it –  wild specuception) was explored by CNN’s Don Lemon.

Video: Intel Sources Say Missing Malaysian Airliner May Be Inside Pakistan

In an interview with Sean Hannity, Tuesday night, Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney suggested that searchers looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 should take a look at possible landing spots in Taliban-controlled Pakistan. Basing his recommendation on information from unnamed sources as well as the analysis of an intelligence service called LIGNET, McInerney said the free world needs to be worried until the location of the jet is determined.

“My concern is if this airplane could be used as a bearer of a weapon of mass destruction or even conventional munitions that could attack a carrier, Israel, our allies,” he said. “We have to be very alert until we know exactly where this airplane is.”

Investigators believe the airplane changed course shortly after takeoff and headed West for as long as seven hours. They are looking into the politics of the pilot, who had a Boeing 777 simulator set up in his own home from which data recently had been deleted.

McInerney said there are at least three bases in Taliban-controlled areas of western Pakistan that could handle the jet.

His theory is consistent with reports that the last “ping” heard from the jet’s Rolls Royce engines was about seven hours after takeoff in Malaysia.

It is now being reported that Malaysia has turned to Pakistan to help find the missing plane.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday called his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the phone and sought his help in tracing Malaysian airline’s missing passenger plane, a senior official said.

“Prime Minister Sharif expressed sympathies with him and assured every possible cooperation,” Shujat Azeem, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Aviation, told Dawn newspaper website.

“As per request from Malaysian aviation authorities, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has saved entire data of the day and time when the jet went missing and would be sharing it with Malaysian authorities,” he said.

“Although there is no evidence that plane headed towards Pakistan but as a goodwill gesture we are sharing our data with Malaysian government,” Shujaat Azeem added. Azeem earlier on Saturday had dismissed Western media reports that missing Malaysian airliner might be hidden somewhere in the country.

Pakistan’s top aviation official said the CAA has asked Malaysian authorities to send their official to Karachi to look at the data.

Azeem disclosed that Malaysian aviation authorities also spoke with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Tahir Rafique Butt and sought cooperation in tracing the missing jet.

McInerney appeared on The Kelly File Wednesday night and revealed his intel source to be the Langley Intelligence Group which says the Boeing  plane manufacturer believes the missing Malaysian flight is inside Pakistan.

Via Gateway Pundit

A LIGNET analyst received information from a source at Boeing that the company believes the plane did land in Pakistan… Boeing spokesman Sean McCormack denied that Wednesday, telling LIGNET that “the Boeing Company does not have information that substantiates your claim.”

(Stop watching after 2:00 minutes – the video starts over at about 2:02 minutes in.)

Video: Teen Surprises News Anchor Who Helped Get Him Adopted

A news anchor had been doing a  ‘Wednesday’s Child’ weekly segment  for many years, and upon her retirement was remembering one little boy who had been difficult to place, but had finally found a home with a wonderful, loving family.

During her 25-year run of the feature, she shared the stories of some 350 children and 75 percent of them found adoptive families, according to the outlet.

Via Fox 4 News:

According to the Huffington Post, the segment, which was taken over by anchor Gloria Campos in 1989, featured children who had been in foster care and were looking to be placed in permanent homes.

Back in 2007 she featured the story of Ke’onte Cook who was eight-years-old at the time. The first home she was able to get him placed in didn’t work out, so two years later she gave him another opportunity to be a part of the segment.

The now 14-year-old Cook was adopted and has been living happily with those parents, Carol and Scott Cook, ever since. He surprised the anchor by walking on the set to give her an on-air special thank you.

Get out your Kleenex….

Video: Pilot Tells Neil Cavuto Missing Flight “Could Be a 9/11 Style Hijacking 12 Years Later” UPDATE: Malaysian officials say it was hijacked

We’ve passed the point where the idea that something happened to the plane other than it crashed into the ocean, is no longer a wacky conspiracy theory. Although there are plenty of conspiracy theories, some are looking less wacky by the minute.

Via Ace of Spades HQ, this is starting to look alarming….

This has stopped being a morbid curiosity and become something more menacing.

Two sources said an unidentified aircraft that investigators believe was Flight MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints – indicating it was being flown by someone with aviation training – when it was last plotted on military radar off the country’s northwest coast….

A third source familiar with the investigation said inquiries were focusing increasingly on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight…

The Andsmans are a chain of hundreds of islands off the coast of India. Most are uninhabited.

Fox’s Neil Cavuto had a commercial pilot on as a guest to share his insights on what might have happened to the missing plane.

“Here’s the scenario”, he said offering his opinion on what might have  happened. “Two people, or any individual passengers bent on getting into that cockpit, took control of the cockpit, took control of the flight, disabled the transponders, maneuvered that aircraft to a lower altitude, and took a direct flight path. Remember, this is not all over the sky – this took a direct course and established a flight path  as though people knew where they wanted to go…Noting that his theory could  involve a collusive pilot, he concluded, “if this theory holds up, this could be a 9/11 style hijacking 12 years later where they’re more trained and more sophisticated than they were back then.” He said that this theory is the one that is holding up to scrutiny.

Meanwhile, POTUS continues on his publicity tour plugging healthcare.gov. He appeared on the Ryan Seacrest Show, this morning where he Defended His Mom Jeans: ‘Generally I Look Very Sharp In Jeans.’

Just so you know, we’re in the very best of hands.

UPDATE:

Via NBC Los Angeles AP now reporting Malaysian officials say it was hijacked.

A week after a Malaysia Airlines jet mysteriously went missing on its flight to Beijing, a Malaysian government source involved in the investigation anonymously told the Associated Press that investigators have concluded the plane had been hijacked. That source also told the AP that no motive had been established and it wasn’t clear where the plane was taken.

SEE ALSO:

The Hayride: Here’s What Scares Me About That Malaysian Airlines 777…

The Blaze: Rush Limbaugh Has a Theory on What Happened to the Missing Malaysian Plane

Friday Free-For All: Zombie Immigration Reform Stumbles Forward

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Bryan Preston, PJ Media: Republican Fools Are About to Throw 2014 Away:

Preston makes the argument I’ve been making for about a year. There is something deeply wrong with the GOP’s priorities. They seem to be devolving from the “Stupid Party” to the “Weapons Grade Stupid Party.”

Weapons-grade stupidity is exactly what John Boehner is flaunting. He is flying his idiot flag high.

This video started making the rounds yesterday. It shows employees at a small business in a swing state coping with the damage that Obamacare will do to them. Their reaction can be boiled down to, Obama lied and my bank account died. Similar videos could be produced showing similar effects on about 93 million Americans who now find themselves in similar circumstances.

They could be cut in with the moment from this week’s SOTU address, in which all of the Democrats stood proudly to applaud Obamacare.

Add to that, the fact that Obamacare’s rollout in Maryland has been so awful that the Democrats there — it’s a one-party Democrat state, by the way — are using Obamacare as a weapon against each otherObamacare’s unpopularity is on the rise nationallyMore Obamacare regulations and taxes are on the way. Obama himself is such popular fellow that Democrats like Mark Begich and Kay Hagan don’t want to be seen with him. Obama’s approval rating keeps sinking. The majority have tuned him out. Even labor unions are mad at him. Meanwhile, on the other end of the country from Alaska, the Democrats’ new darling, Wendy Davis, is proving to be one of the worst candidates for office of the 21st Century. Davis is making Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend’s run for gov in Maryland a few years back look like a dream ride. Davis is making the much-derided failed Tea Party candidacies look like they were run by Lee Atwater and James Carville together. Her awful campaign could be tied not only to all Texas Democrats, but to Democrats elsewhere.

Let’s not forget the plethora of scandals that should be providing low hanging fruit for the GOP to be swiping at instead of gagging on immigration reform – an issue that is on the bottom of the list of conservative priorities, right now. This administration is not following our current immigration laws, for crying out loud. The whole idea of immigration reform should be sh*t-canned until the border is secure, and there is an administration in place than can be trusted. End of story.

Immigration simply is not a priority issue for 97% of the country. It doesn’t rank higher than about 15 out of 20 in issue priorities. It is not going to move votes toward the GOP — most of those who have the hottest hopes for immigration reform aren’t Republicans — but it may move a lot of voters into not moving at all this fall. Pushing immigration now is an excellent way for the GOP to convince lots of its voters that there is no point to voting. That attitude will not only hurt the GOP as it tries to re-take the Senate, it will hurt down ballot candidates all over the country. Picking this immigration fight now is the worst thing the Republicans could be doing. Yes, it will bring in cash from the Chamber of Commerce and business interests. It will not help them solidify or motivate the base and it will not help motivate independents. It won’t even help with the Hispanic vote. Hispanic voters care about jobs and hate Obamacare just like everybody else.

The Weekly Standard: Sessions Warns House GOP: Immigration Bill Is Bad Politics, Bad Policy:

Yesterday afternoon, before President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Senator Jeff Sessions’ staff hand-delivered to each Republican member of the House an important memo on the so-called immigration reform bill being debated on Capital Hill. The 3-page document, written by Sessions, argues that pushing the current immigration legislation forward is bad politics, bad policy, and that there’s a better way for Republicans.

Sessions believes House Republicans are at risk of falling into President Obama’s trap. “[A]ccording to news reports, House Republican leaders are instead turning 2014 into a headlong rush towards Gang-of-Eight style ‘immigration reform,’” writes Sessions. “They are reportedly drafting an immigration plan that is uncomfortably similar to a ‘piecemeal’ repackaging of the disastrous Senate plan—and even privately negotiating a final package with Democrat activists before consulting with their own members.”

It’s bad politics, Sessions writes. “In the rush to pass an immigration bill, there has been a near absence of any serious thought about the conditions facing American workers. The last 40 years has been a period of record immigration to the U.S., with the last 10 years seeing more new arrivals than any prior 10- year period in history. This trend has coincided with wage stagnation, enormous growth in welfare programs, and a shrinking workforce participation rate. A sensible, conservative approach would focus on lifting those living here today, both immigrant and native-born, out of poverty and into the middle class—before doubling or tripling the level of immigration into the U.S.

You can read his entire memo at the link.

Jonathan Strong, Big Government: DID SHOWDOWN KILL BOEHNER’S IMMIGRATION DREAMS?

Immigration is the zombie of political issues–even when it is dead, it is still alive. The combination of the Democratic Party, business interests, and a GOP operative class yearning for its promise of improved standing with Hispanic voters means that you can never really count it out.

That said, it is hard to imagine Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) moving forward after yesterday’s closed-door showdown. According to estimates from those who were in the room–both in favor of moving forward and against–the dozens of GOP lawmakers who spoke were at least 80-20 against bringing a bill to the floor this year.

There is a palpable sense of disappointment among those interested in moving forward. In private conversations, the word that is used is that the meeting was “predictable.” The same people in the GOP conference who kept Boehner from moving on a bill in 2013 are just as opposed in 2014.

Immigration hawks, meanwhile, sense they scored a major victory.

“I don’t understand why House leadership would bring this issue up now,” Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina (R) tells me, adding, “After yesterday, that feeling is strengthened based on the overwhelming pushback from Conference meeting attendees.”

Boehner himself, despite having almost single-handedly resurrected immigration reform from life support over the last two months, was surprisingly tepid in his remarks to the conference.

He even suggested this is just not in the cards.

On to the IRS:

The Washington Times: IRS rules change seen as limiting free speech for nonprofit organizations:

Conservative groups are mounting a major resistance effort against the Internal Revenue Service’s post-tea party targeting scandal rules, which are designed to clamp down on outside groups’ ability to organize as nonprofits and still play a role in political conversations.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell fired a major shot Thursday, taking to the chamber floor to say the rules amount to a declaration of war on free speech and vowing the GOP will try to block them.

“Every American needs to know about this abuse of power,” said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “Let me be clear: What the administration is proposing poses a grave threat to the ability of ordinary Americans to freely participate in the Democratic process.”

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, which has faced IRS audits, said the rules would give the Obama administration more power to muzzle its critics.

“We have seen that this administration cannot be trusted with the authority they have,” he said. “Why give them more?”

Mitch McConnell: Proposed IRS Regs Would Squash Free Speech:

Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, took to the Senate floor to lambaste the Obama Regime for its “thuggish attempts to shut down its critics.”

He said the arrogance of what is being attempted with the rule change, “incredible” and “literally breathtaking”; “Democrats think that 2014 is shaping up to be a tough year for them politically, so instead of trying to persuade the public that they have the best answers to the problems we face, they try to shut everybody else out of the political process – they try to shut them up – and they have no problem using the powers of the government itself to do it less than a year after presiding over one of the biggest abuses of government power in modern memory.”

McConnell went on to state that “every American needs to know about this abuse of power. Let me be clear – what the administration is proposing poses a grave threat to the ability of ordinary Americans to freely participate in the Democratic process. Rather than reform the IRS and root out any hint of corruption or targeting of political opponents, they’re now proposing to codifying it.”

He concluded by addressing the president directly; “ordinary conservatives across the country aren’t buying the idea that you’re some kind of pragmatic problem solver instead of a liberal ideologue who seems more interested in shutting down your critics, than working with us to address the nation’s most urgent problems.”

Bryan Preston, PJ Media: PHOTO: Wendy Davis Awkwardly Holds Ann Richards’ Shotgun For Some Reason:

So the other night, this would be Tuesday while the majority of the Texas political press were locked out, the Wendy Davis campaign thought it would be a good idea to make their candidate look more “badass.”

This is the unfortunate result.

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Patrick O’Hannigan, The American Spectator: AIDED AND ABETTED BY EXTRATERRESTRIALS:

American astronomer J. Allen Hynek shuffled off this mortal coil in 1986, but I wonder what he would have made of this week’s State of the Union address, which as far as I can tell vindicated a good bit of his research. Hynek tried to codify relative strangeness by outlining differences between “close encounters” of the first, second, and third kinds. His 1972 book explaining that classification impressed filmmaker Steven Spielberg back in the day, and could be understood as an ascending scale of oddity, depending on whether you saw an unidentified flying object, noticed that the UFO had an effect on your environment, or swore on top of the two previous impressions that an inexplicably animated creature of some sort was also present.

Hynek’s taxonomy for encounters with extraterrestrial life makes as good an interpretive key for what happened on Capitol Hill earlier this week as any other. Consider this: When Scott Pelley of CBS News summarized President Obama’s forthcoming year as “He will work with Congress where he can, and bypass Congress where he has to” before asking CBS colleague Bob Schieffer how he (Bob) “thought that would play” among Republicans, Bob all but copped to extraterrestrial origins. Speaking of President Obama, Schieffer solemnly assured viewers that “He has not done that [bypassed Congress] in the past; He has used executive power sparingly.” This might mean that Schieffer, a veteran journalist, is unfamiliar with the definition of “sparingly,” but it seems more likely that off-Earth newscasts told him nothing about the president’s cavalier treatment of everything fromrecess appointments to enforcement of immigration law to provisions of the Affordable Care Act. President Obama’s once-impressive collection of shadow cabinet “czars” was also created by Executive Order, but nobody on the CBS News team covering the SOTU mentioned that, or raised a powdered eyebrow when President Obama said, “We’re working to redesign high schools.” This country’s founding fathers never played that kind of smallball, and how by the way would a great American like Davy Crockett have “kilt him a bear when he was only three” if his every boyish instinct — however apocryphal — had been squelched by federally mandated “Early Childhood Education”? Where is the Weekly World News when we need it? Start looking for tentacles!

News Channel 3: Neighbors Say Planned Parenthood’s Billboard Goes Too Far:

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(Memphis) A Planned Parenthood billboard has only been up a week in one South Memphis neighborhood, but some people there already want it to come down.

They say the billboard, which includes the message “Getting It On Is Free” and a picture of a condom, is too graphic.

“I was shocked. I was appalled that anyone would put up a picture of condom,” said Karen Wallace.

Karen Wallace works at a church nearby and has to drive by the billboard every day.

She said what is worse it’s right next to an elementary school cross walk.

“The graphic was not necessary the message was enough,” said Wallace.

The Volokh Conspiracy: MSNBC flap: New evidence on the political views of mixed-race adopted and step-families:

Not surprisingly, there is no statistically significant left-right political differences in the proportion of adopted or step-families that are in mixed race households.  Indeed, among families with step-children or adopted children, 11 percent of conservatives were living in mixed race households compared to 10 percent of liberals living in mixed-race households.

Similarly, 9.4 percent of Republicans living in step- or adopted families were in mixed-race households, compared to only 8.8 percent of Democrats in such families. (Again, this small advantage for Republicans is not large enough to be statistically significant).

If one breaks things down further by both party and political orientation, only 7.7 percent of liberal Democrats and 3.6 percent of moderate Democrats lived in mixed-race adopted or step-households, compared to an insignificantly different 10.6 percent of conservative Republicans.

Thus, there is no evidence in the GSS data that Republican, conservative, or conservative Republicans who were living with step-children or adopted children were less likely to live in mixed-race households than Democrats, liberals, liberal Democrats, or moderate Democrats in adopted or step-families.  Indeed, in each instance the point estimates for living in a mixed-race household were insignificantly higher for the right side of the spectrum than for the left side.

As Matt Welch suggests at Reason, when some in the press think they are attacking bigotry, they are instead spreading it themselves.

Uh oh…Ace: Claim: Chris Christie Knew About Lane Closings: Kate Zernike Strikes Again; Lede Changed, Claim That Wildstein Has Evidence Stealth-Deleted:

she is the New York Times’ go-to gal when they want a silly attack made on conservatives or the Tea Party. So it doesn’t surprise me she fails to mention Wildstein’s possible emotional investment (and his possible legal investment) in this until her final sentence.

The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.

Whatever the truth of the claim, we now know that Christie’s version of events will be challenged by at least one of the other players. (And Bridget Kelley also seemed to signal her desire to fight back, as her friends told the New York Times (IIRC) that she was a “team player” and wouldn’t exercise her own judgment because, you know, she’s Catholic.)

Thanks to @DrewMTips.

* I’m not sure about this, because I’m not as race-obsessed as Kate Zernike or MSNBC, but I think Jason Matera is actually Puerto Rican by descent.**

Which makes White Whitey-White Kate Zernike’s immediate thought — he’s not speaking with the upper-class Non-Regional Diction that all my white Manhattan friends use, and therefore, his DistastefullyEthnic accent must be a grotesque parody of minority — sort of racist in and of itself, doesn’t it?

Can’t say that I care too much about this one way or the other. I lost interest in Christie around the time of the 2012 Republican convention.

Politico: Dear America, I Saw You Naked:

This former TSA agent has done the nation a huge service by exposing what goes on behind the scenes at the airport screening checkpoints. And it is every bit as bad as we feared.

I hated it from the beginning. It was a job that had me patting down the crotches of children, the elderly and even infants as part of the post-9/11 airport security show. I confiscated jars of homemade apple butter on the pretense that they could pose threats to national security. I was even required to confiscate nail clippers from airline pilots—the implied logic being that pilots could use the nail clippers to hijack the very planes they were flying.

Once, in 2008, I had to confiscate a bottle of alcohol from a group of Marines coming home from Afghanistan. It was celebration champagne intended for one of the men in the group—a young, decorated soldier. He was in a wheelchair, both legs lost to an I.E.D., and it fell to me to tell this kid who would never walk again that his homecoming champagne had to be taken away in the name of national security.

There I was, an aspiring satire writer, earnestly acting on orders straight out of Catch-22.

I quickly discovered I was working for an agency whose morale was among the lowest in the U.S. government. In private, most TSA officers I talked to told me they felt the agency’s day-to-day operations represented an abuse of public trust and funds.

My latest at The Conversation: 

Video: Obama’s Abuse Of Power

Ted Cruz released this video today highlighting the President’s continued “lawless and abusive” disregard of the Constitution.Jan 28, 2014 11:57 AM PT

Why Democrats Love Obama’s Minimum Wage Hike

When the president announces his executive order raising the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour at tonight’s State of the Union address, it will be one of the biggest applause lines of the night on the Democrat side. Jan 28, 2014 9:33 AM PT

Ted Cruz Has Some Helpful Ideas For Obama’s SOTU Speech

Senator Ted Cruz is full of great ideas for the president to use in his State of the Union speech, Tuesday. Although the probability of Obama actually taking his advice is approximately 0% – you have to admire Cruz for trying.Jan 27, 2014 1:06 PM PT

Monday Catch-Up: Rebelling Against The ObamaCare Trainwreck

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Ace of Spades HQ: New York Times, Washington Post Finally Report What Everyone Else Has Known for At Least Six Months: Obamacare Has Thrown Insurance Into Chaos, and This is All Just a Prelude to the Next Big Batch of Cancellations:

Or, as Obamacare defenders call cancellations followed by roiling chaos: “transitioning.”

The New York Times reported (on Saturday, the least-read day of the news week) that the insurance market was in chaos, with insurers not knowing who their supposed insured clients even are. Digested at Hot Air:

In addition to the difficulties many face in proving they have coverage, patients are also having a hard time figuring out whether particular doctors are affiliated with their health insurance plan. Doctors themselves often do not know if they are in the network of providers for plans sold on the exchange.But interviews with doctors, hospital executives, pharmacists and newly insured people around the country suggest that the biggest challenge so far has been verifying coverage. A surge of enrollments in late December, just before the deadline for coverage to take effect, created backlogs at many state and federal exchanges and insurance companies in processing applications. As a result, many of those who enrolled have yet to receive an insurance card, policy number or bill.

Many are also having trouble reaching exchanges and insurance companies to confirm their enrollment or pay their first month’s premium. Doctors’ offices and pharmacies, too, are spending hours on the phone trying to verify patients’ coverage, sometimes to no avail.

ObamaCare SuperFan Ezra Klein interviewed Obamacare critic and insurance industry executive (i.e., someone who actually knows something) Bob Laszewski and heard similar grim tidings.

The Washington Examiner: What if Americans rebel against the Obamacare mandate?:

The Obama administration is trying to persuade millions of uninterested, or perhaps reluctant, Americans to purchase health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. But the heart of Obamacare is coercion. If Americans fail do what the law’s Democratic authors believe is best, the federal government will punish them, through the progressively higher penalties of the individual mandate, until it hurts more not to buy coverage than it does to give up and purchase it.

But what if many of those Americans rebel? Even if they know having health insurance is better than not having it, what if they refuse to be forced to buy the kind of coverage dictated by the government — which may not really meet their needs — at prices they don’t want to pay? What then?

It’s called civil disobedience, and we may be witnessing it on a massive scale.

The Conversation: Claim that 4 Million Enrolled in Medicaid Under Obamacare is Extremely Misleading:

It appears that most of the Medicaid numbers the administration is claiming come from a) states which did not expand Medicaid under Obamacare or b) previously enrolled individuals who were being renewed and would have been renewed in any case. The actual number of people who can be said to have enrolled because of Obamacare is probably fairly small. No doubt the administration has an idea what that number is but they aren’t saying.

Weasel Zippers: Obama Regime To Reimburse Insurance Companies For Obamacare Losses Up To $1 TRILLION…

Via Weekly Standard:

Robert Laszewski—a prominent consultant to health insurance companies—recently wrote in a remarkably candid blog post that, while Obamacare is almost certain to cause insurance costs to skyrocket even higher than it already has, “insurers won’t be losing a lot of sleep over it.”  How can this be?  Because insurance companies won’t bear the cost of their own losses—at least not more than about a quarter of them.  The other three-quarters will be borne by American taxpayers.

For some reason, President Obama hasn’t talked about this particular feature of his signature legislation.  Indeed, it’s bad enough that Obamacare is projected by the Congressional Budget Office to funnel $1,071,000,000,000.00 (that’s $1.071 trillion) over the next decade (2014 to 2023) from American taxpayers, through Washington, to health insurance companies.  It’s even worse that Obamacare is trying to coerce Americans into buying those same insurers’ product (although there are escape routes).  It’s almost unbelievable that it will also subsidize those same insurers’ losses.

But that’s exactly what it will do—unless Republicans take action.  As Laszewski explains, Obamacare contains a “Reinsurance Program that caps big claim costs for insurers (individual plans only).”  He writes that “in 2014, 80% of individual costs between $45,000 and $250,000 are paid by the government [read: by taxpayers], for example.”

OpenMarket.Org: Obama Administration Undermines School Safety, Pressures Schools to Adopt Racial Quotas in Student Discipline:

Crime rates are not the same across different racial categories, and student misconduct ratesaren’t, either. The Supreme Court ruled many years ago that such racial disparities don’t prove racism or unconstitutional discrimination. But in guidance released last week by the Education and Justice Departments, the Obama administration signaled that it will hold school districts liable for such racial disparities under federal Title VI regulations. In the long run, the only practical way for school districts to comply with this guidance is to tacitly adoptunconstitutional racial quotas in school discipline. This will result in increased school violence, discrimination in discipline against white and Asian students, an increased racial achievement gap that harms black students, and more white flight from inner-city schools. Eventually, private and public colleges will be affected, not just school districts, since Title VI bans racial discrimination not just in the public schools, but in higher education as well.

The administration made clear that it views racial disparities in student discipline rates, which exist in virtually all school systems, as generally being the product of racism by school officials, not “more frequent or more serious misbehavior by students of color.” Moreover, it also made clear that even if the school district proves itself innocent of racism, it will still be held liable for“racially disparate impact” – non-racist conduct that unintentionally has a discriminatory effecton a racial group, even though it treats individuals of all races alike – unless the school district shows that its discipline not only furthers an important educational purpose, but alsodoes not lead to more suspensions of minorities than other (more ideologically-fashionable) methods of discipline that the government views as equally effective.

Ace of Spades HQ: Guy Claims to Be Conan O’Brien’s Illegitimate Son:

Reserving judgement on this….

J. Christian Adams, PJ Media: True the Vote, Judicial Watch Reach Voter Roll Clean Up Settlement With Ohio:

True the Vote and Judicial Watch have reached a “historic” settlement with Ohio to ensure clean voter rolls in that state.  The settlement is historic because it marks the first case brought by a private party under Section 8 of Motor Voter against a state to require the clean up of corrupted state voter rolls.   Last fall, the American Civil Rights Unionreached settlements with two Mississippi counties under the same voter roll clean up law.

As PJ Media has reported for years, private parties have been forced to bring these cases because Eric Holder’s Justice Department has lawlessly shut down enforcement of Section 8 of Motor Voter, allowing millions of dead and ineligible voters to clog the rolls.

The Mental Recession: Education Department Website Links to “Are You a Sexy Bitch?” Quiz:

The New York State Education Department is self-described as a place “to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York,” according to their own website.  Recently however, NYSED.gov has been linking to an outside website that included some controversial online tests designed to “make test prep fun.”

One link brought viewers to a website which included such items as blond quizzes, dumb quizzes, clown quizzes, evil quizzes, and even “bitch quizzes.”

The Daily Caller: Psychologist teaches mainstream Americans how to beat liberals at their own game [VIDEO]

For Dr. Timothy Daughtry, a clinical psychologist who has co-authored a book for mainstream Americans, too many citizens think they have done their civic duty if they show up to vote and return to their normal lives.

To Daughtry, they are “like summer tourists in politics,” whereas the progressives are like the “locals.”

“We’ve got to get active now or we are going to lose this republic,” Daughtry says. The danger is, he says, that “our country is being taken away from us right under our very noses.”

He believes that a historic debate is being played out about whether Americans are citizens or subjects of their government.

Conservatives are on defense too much to succeed, he thinks, but also believes that help is on the way as citizens are waking up to the problems caused by both political parties.

“We have to make the left start defending socialism instead of us defending liberty,” Daughtry said.

Mainstream America started waking up when Republicans and Democrats in Washington embracing bailouts, which he says “fundamentally struck Americans as wrong.”

Then, the widespread unpopularity of Obamacare became surprisingly irrelevant to a government that “rammed it through anyway.”

Newsbusters: 10 Best ‘Lone Survivor’ Takedowns of Lib Media:

The film “Lone Survivor, which ” took in $38.5 million at the box office its opening weekend is based on a 2010 book by Luttrell that tells the tragic story of a 2005 operation in which the three other members of Luttrell’s SEAL team, along with 17 other special ops warriors, were killed. The story turned on the team’s agonized decision to turn lose some Afghan goat herders who had stumbled onto its concealed position. As the SEALs had feared, the freed civilians went straight to the Taliban, precipitating the battle.

While the movie recounts the fateful decision, it doesn’t explicitly tell the audience that a big part of deciding not to kill the goat herders was the certain knowledge that, “The media in the United States of America would crucify us,” in Luttrell’s words.

To kill or not kill the goat herders was a horrible choice to have to make – a moral, ethical and military dilemma that weighed the lives of the civilians against the lives of the team. Luttrell was rightly furious at having to to decide knowing that the SEALs would never get a fair shake from a hostile news media.

Throughout the book, Luttrell registered distrust of liberals in the media and in Washington – and did so with a very direct eloquence. Here are 10 of the best examples from the book. (Page numbers correspond to the Kindle Edition.)
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5. “I promise you every insurgent, freedom fighter and stray gunman in Iraq who we arrested knew the ropes, knew that the way out was to announce he had been tortured by the Americans, ill-treated, or prevented from reading the Koran or eating his breakfast or watching television. They all knew al-Jazeera, the Arab broadcasters, would pick it up, and it would be relayed to the U.S.A., where the liberal media would joyfully accuse all of us of being murderers or barbarians or something. Those terrorist organizations laugh at the U.S. media, and they know exactly how to use the system against us.” (p. 39)

Watcher of Weasels: Forum: How Would You Change Public Education in The U.S.?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:How Would You Change Public Education in The U.S.?

The Independent Sentinel: I don’t like the idea of paying for two public school systems running alongside one another but public education needs competition. The union leaders block change and progress if they think it in any way inhibits their goals, which do not include the children except as an after-thought.

I do think private education, such as privately-funded Charter Schools, can work. I don’t mind vouchers in poor areas where the schools are failing.

Common Core could have been the answer. Instead it’s an abomination. The testing now tied into it will nationalize education. The leftists – and I do mean hard-left – have already taken advantage and plugged their propaganda into the Core-Aligned curricula. There are too many tests and, while I agree that more objective measures of teacher performance are needed, these standardized tests aren’t it.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: In no partic order – totally reshape the Dept of Edu to nigh inexistence, reshape teacher unions, implement text book reform for grade school with an asset kicking update to the famous 1879 version of the McGuffey Readers. The American History courses would be heavily influenced by the incredible “How America Got It Right”.

College Edu would get a serious kick at the campus bookstore – no more $3.00 pencils etc or Professors changing the foreward in $200 books they wrote and require every semester. A general jihad on campus bookstores and college tuition.

And this would prob never work – yet tenured teachers would have swear an oath of allegiance in public to Great Satan and her constitution a lot like the military.

Seton Motley, Redstate: Why Are the Media’s ‘Consumer Interest Groups’ So Leftist and Anti-Consumer?

The Media’s double standard when describing political advocacy organizations is as obvious as it is unsurprising.

The Media rarely if ever identify Leftist entities as Leftist – instead assigning them non-ideological descriptives.  Often, it is the ridiculous “consumer interest group” – as if the anti-free market side of the equation is pro-consumer, and the defenders of freedom are against the purchasing public.

Never mind that no one is more pro-consumer than a private company – after all, they are the ones trying to please as many consumers as possible.  It would then stand to reason that the organizations defending private companies from government overreach are also pro-consumer.

Because these “consumer interest groups” are in fact “government interest groups” – every “solution” they push results in larger, more interfering government.  Which is about as anti-consumer as you can get.

How’s ObamaCare treating consumers?  The Veterans Administration?  The Department of Motor Vehicles?  Would you rather head there – or to Amazon.com or your neighborhood deli?

Meanwhile, the Media almost always identify Conservative groups as conservative – that is, when they mention them at all.  Often, marketplace political stories only quote Leftist groups – and company representatives.

Which is itself biased.  It depicts the debate as a struggle between the plucky little “consumer interest” groups (who actually often have very large [George Soros] money behind them) – and the evil Industry Titans.

There are perhaps dozens of conservative/free market groups out there – yet the Media often can’t seem to find room for any of them in their stories.

Jack Cashill: Obama’s Magical Kenyan Mystery Trip:

In doing research for his Obama biography, Maraniss questioned Obama in the Oval Office about this research-oriented Kenyan trip.

Obama was at pains to insist that the story he told in “Dreams” about his 1988 African pilgrimage was true as written and that he “did not compress” it, meaning meld it with experiences from a later trip.

This latest trip, confirmed Obama, was for “fact-checking” and enabled him to do “more background on things like Kenyan history.”

As he has often done, Maraniss left a potentially revealing story on the table. According to all accounts, Obama made only two trips to Africa before his election to the Senate in 2004: the first one in 1988 recounted in “Dreams” and the second one with Michelle in 1992.

In his Oval Office discussion with Maraniss, Obama makes no mention of Michelle accompanying him on the fact-checking trip. Besides, in 1992, Obama was still under contract with Simon & Schuster to write a book on race and voting rights.

There are a few possible explanations for the obvious holes in this account. An unlikely one is that Ferris incorrectly recalled Obama’s return trip to Kenya, and Obama compounded this lapse with his own chronologically confused account to Maraniss.

A second possible explanation, an intriguing one, is that Ferris and Obama remembered correctly, that Obama did make a third trip to Kenya in 1994 or early 1995, and Obama chose to tell no one about it.

A third possibility is that Obama lied to Ferris about making a return trip to Kenya, possibly to show how serious he was about getting his facts straight.

Instead of going to Africa, Obama may have contented himself with going to the local library and pillaging the memoirs of longtime Kenya resident Kuki Gallmannn

Cashill talked about his latest findings with Peter Boyle of Denver’s KNUS:

My Latest at The Conversation:

House Passes ObamaCare Security Bill 291-122

It is already the law that private companies publicly disclose security breaches. As John Fund noted at National Review, last month, “state laws also require many of the 14 state-run insurance exchanges to disclose such information, but no such law exists for the federally run exchange, which 36 states rely upon.”Jan 10, 2014 9:46 AM PT

Rachel Maddow Still Feeling Heat over Bogus Koch Brothers Report

Rachel Maddow has doubled down on her spurious “bombshell” report alleging that the nefarious Koch Brothers helped fund a shockingly outrageous initiative in Florida (which the vast majority of Floridians happened to support), but no one outside of the MSNBC clown car seems to be buying it.Jan 9, 2014 12:19 PM PT 112

New Film ‘Bankrupt’ Examines The Downfall Of Detroit

at the DC Auto Show. The subject he chose for his first full length documentary, is the cronyism that he believes brought down Detroit. In the documentary, he examines why Detroit failed and what rest of the country needs to do and avoid Detroit’s fate.Jan 9, 2014 8:15 AM PT

Monday Catch-Up: Obama’s Stale Act

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John Hayward, The Conversation: Obama lectures other people on taking vacations from his luxury Hawaiian retreat:

Having destroyed the American health insurance industry, leaving thousands of people uncertain of whether they actually have valid health insurance or not, President Obama jetted off to a luxurious extended Christmas vacation in Hawaii.  You might think the “optics” couldn’t possibly be worse – Obama frolicking on the beach while surgeons are spending two hours on hold with the ObamaCare commissars to find out if they can proceed with operations.

But you would be wrong.  Because the Empty Chair actually scolded Republicans for taking a holiday vacation.

And he did it from his posh Hawaiian retreat.  Here’s the beginning of the President’s weekly radio address..

al Qaeda also retook parts of Iraq, reversing the hard-fought gains of the Bush era US military — while Obama was getting R & R in Hawaii.

I repled at the Conversation: Obama’s Tedious Act Has Grown Even Staler In The New Year:

Last month, as the president’s approval rating hovered below 40%, Peter Wehner, writing for Commentary, noted that “Obama’s tedious act has grown stale.”

He argued that Obama’s chronic whining, excuse-making and blame-shifting was not merely a tactic for Obama, but “how he’s been conditioned, how he views the world and his place in it.” But if it seemed, last month,  that the public had finally grown weary of the president’s obnoxious BS, his poll numbers, this month, have proven otherwise.

In Gallup’s latest polls, Obama’s approval numbers have rebounded back to the low forties. It would appear that the absolute cellar for this president is 38%.

People should be rioting in the streets after the massive fraud of ObamaCare was perpetrated on them by a president who repeatedly lied about what amounts to a stunning redistribution of wealth. But the only thing that has happened is his numbers ticked down temporarily, and now they’re back at their natural level in the low forties.

Big Government: EXCLUSIVE–BENGHAZI VICTIMS’ FAMILIES, CONSERVATIVE LEADERS TO BOEHNER: INSTALL SELECT COMMITTEE NOW:

Three family members of the victims of the Benghazi terrorist attack and scores of conservative and military leaders are kicking off 2014 by demanding that House Speaker John Boehner install a select committee, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.

In the letter to Boehner, which was delivered on early Monday afternoon and provided exclusively to Breitbart News, Sean Smith’s mother, Pat Smith, and uncle, Michael Ingmire, along with Tyrone Woods’ father, Charles Woods, joined the call for a select committee to investigate the Benghazi scandal. Other notable signers include former Rep. Allen West (R-FL), conservative leader Ginni Thomas of Liberty Consulting, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton, retired Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, Freedom Center president David Horowitz, and scores of other military and conservative movement leaders.

“We write to express our grave concern over the failure of your House of Representatives to extract the truth from the Obama administration concerning the attack on our diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi, Libya; and, the brutal deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and security officers Ty Woods and Glen Doherty,” the coalition wrote to Boehner.

Eliana Johnson, NRO: Rachel’s Show:

Maddow herself is the highest-paid and highest-rated talent at MSNBC, but beyond her own program, her quest to fill the network with her protégés may be dragging down ratings. Being an intellectual and a true believer is not, it seems, a good thing if you’re in the ratings business. Though Maddow looks askance at populist showmen such as Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, and Al Sharpton, their shows regularly outperform those of Maddow’s wonky acolytes. In fact, Hayes’s show has created a drag on Maddow’s own ratings as his anemic numbers provide her with a weak lead-in.

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“If you debate for a living, you’re going to lose sometimes. Sometimes your preconceptions are wrong — that has never happened to her one time,” says a former colleague. “She is actually not that interested in reality; she is the most ideological person I’ve ever met. That is not somebody you want in charge of your programming, because she might put on a great show, but she cannot make rational decisions — her agenda is changing America. . . . She really thinks she is changing America for the better. You can’t have somebody like that in charge of your programming.”

Campus Reform: Colorado Democrat fires gay aide allegedly for visiting Republican office:

Tyler Drum, a 21-year-old homosexual aide to Democrat state Senator Irene Aguilar, was fired on the spot from his position in the Colorado Senate because he allegedly visited the office of a fellow college aide who happens to work for a Republican.

Drum, a 2013 graduate of Colorado State University, told Campus Reform that Aguilar did not explain why he had been fired.

“I thought this would happen on the Republican side, now I’m a disenchanted Democrat.”   Tweet This

“She just said leadership was uncomfortable with me befriending Republicans,” Drum said.

Drum took the aide position after completing Colorado State University’s capitol internship program, a class designed to teach students about the legislative process.

“Partisanship runs much deeper than I thought,” Drum said. “There is no real interest in compromise.”

Now unemployed, Tyler joins the over 12% of 20-24 year olds unable to find employment.

Dan Riehl: GOP Establishment War On The Reaganite Base Will Have No Winner:

During the course of this year’s Holiday season, the message that the GOP establishment has declared war on its own base was sent loudly from the pages of the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal and National Journal, as well. In response, Jeffrey Lord addressed the topic very well here at AmSpec on January 2.

A critical problem I’d highlight is how the establishment looks down its nose at the base and believes it incapable of thinking smart, let alone learning. It’s true that in the past some GOP primary challengers emerged that may not have been ideal come general election time. However, that often had more to do with political savvy than politics, or political positioning.

Are we to believe that the establishment has never and still doesn’t put up sub par candidates through misjudgment, or simple human error? Of course they have, do and will again. In short, yes, if the Reaganite base is going to challenge a weak incumbent it hasn’t always done the best job rallying around the right candidate in the past and needs to improve its game. But at the same time, the establishment’s scorched earth attack on the so called Tea Party to protect, in many cases, weak and or unsatisfactory incumbents is every bit as flawed as a strategy. It also runs the very real risk of proving disastrous for the GOP at a time when it and America can least afford another political disaster.

Washington Free Beacon: Major Garrett Calls WH Out for Backing Away from Obamacare Enrollment Goals:

CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett questioned Carney on why the administration now contends the overall demographic mix of Obamacare enrollees is more important than the actual enrollment number. Garrett cited a number of administration officials including HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner who have repeatedly embraced the 7 million target.

Carney deflected, characterizing the administration’s goal of 7 million people as a “CBO figure” and not necessarily requisite for insurance markets to function properly.

Garrett followed up with a direct quote from Sebelius in which she unequivocally stated“I think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014.”

Katie Pavlich: Carney: We Can’t Tell You How Many Young People Have Signed Up for Obamacare:

Speaking to reporters from the White House Monday, Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked by ABC’s Jonathan Karl how many people between the ages of 18 and 35 have signed up for Obamacare.

“We don’t have the data to provide, we don’t have data that is ready to be released,” Carney said.”Demographic data is not available.”

The Obamacare exchanges launched on October 1, more than three months ago and this data is still “unavailable.”

Twitchy: ‘I didn’t agree to get her that’: Guess who’s helping pay for President Obama’s generous birthday gift for his wife:

But of course.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed today that one of President Obama’s birthday presents to his wife an extended, solo stay in Hawaii. In other words, taxpayers will be on the hook for a good portion of the president’s generous gift.

White House Dossier: Carney Beard Takes Washington by Storm:

It’s all over Twitter. It’s already been reported by Politico, the Washington Post, and the Daily News. The New York Times, so far, has turned up it’s nose.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has a beard. No Pajama Boy he. Hopefully he won’t get any spin stuck in it.

John Sexton, The Conversation: Now It Can Be Told: Obamacare Paves the Way for Single Payer:

The government takeover is here. It’s just not a one step process.

Six days into the full implementation of Obamacare the New Republic’s Noam Scheiber has some good news for progressives like Michael Moore who are dispirited by the Obamacare train-wreck. Obamacare still has one saving grace which is encapsulated in the piece’s headline: Obamacare “Paves the Way for Single Payer.”

In the heat of the political back-and-forth with Republicans bent on the program’s destruction, this whole Obamacare adventure can feel a little hopeless. But when you look at the big picture, the underlying political logic is clearly toward more generous, more comprehensive coverage over time. Once the previously uninsured start getting insurance, the natural upshot of cataloguing the law’s shortcomings isn’t to give them less insurance, as my colleague Alec MacGillis pointed out last fall. It’s to give them more. Republicans are in some sense playing into the trap Obamacare laid for them. And a few of them seem a bit concerned about it.

It wasn’t long ago when anyone describing Obamacare as a “trap” leading inexorably toward single payer would have been ridiculed as, well, a liar. Politifact certainly didn’t see any kind of trap being set when they made the claim that Obamacare was a “government takeover” their lie of the year in 2010.

The Quinton Report: RNC participating in the 2014 March for Life:

Ralph Z. Hallow of The Washington Times reports on the “unprecedented” move:

In an unprecedented show of opposition to abortion, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the start of the party’s annual winter meeting so he and other committee members can join the March for Life on the National Mall, The Washington Times has learned.

Mr. Preibus, a plain-spoken Greek Orthodox attorney from Wisconsin, will join members of his party’s national committee and thousands of other abortion opponents in the annual right-to-life march scheduled for Jan. 22.

“I saw that there was a real interest among a significant portion of our members to attend and support the Rally for Life,” Mr. Priebus said in an email to The Times. “This is a core principle of our party. It was natural for me to support our members and our principles.”

The Daily Caller: Obama’s DOJ civil rights nominee represented cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal:

President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division led the group that represents convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Debo Adegbile, who awaits Senate confirmation to become assistant attorney general for civil rights in Eric Holder’s DOJ, would bring a radical record on racial issues to his new job, which is responsible for enforcing federal discrimination statutes.

Currently senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Adegbile worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), a civil rights law firm independent of the NAACP, from 2001 to May 2013. He served as director of litigation under president John Payton when LDF took on Abu-Jamal’s case in 2011. In his role at the time, Adegbile “oversees the legal program and supervises the legal staff in the areas Criminal, and Economic Justice, Education, and Political Participation, while remaining actively engaged in litigation and advocacy.”

NY Daily News: Brooklyn man arrested, charged in five ‘knockout’ incidents against women:

Barry Baldwin, 35, was charged with five incidents in which Jewish women were viciously punched for no apparent reason — assaults some have tied to the infamous ‘knockout game.’

A Brooklyn man was busted for a string of assaults against women that some have connected to the infamous “knockout game,” authorities said Friday.

Barry Baldwin, 35, was charged with five incidents in which Jewish women were viciously punched for no apparent reason.

“Everyone will sleep a little easier,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who has been warning the community about the menace.

 Police picked up Baldwin last week, connected him to six incidents and charged him with six hate crimes because he targeted Jewish victims, sources said.

Politico Magazine: The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid:

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When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. In speech after late-night speech on the House floor, Bartlett hectored the nearly empty chamber: If the United States doesn’t do something to protect the grid, and soon, a terrorist or an act of nature will put an end to life as we know it.

Bartlett loved to conjure doomsday visions: Think post-Sandy New York City without power—but spread over a much larger area for months at a time. He once recounted a conversation he claimed to have had with unnamed Russian officials about how they could take out the United States: They would “detonate a nuclear weapon high above your country,” he recalled them saying, “and shut down your power grid—and your communications—for six months or so.”

Bartlett never gained much traction with his scary talk of electromagnetic pulses and solar storms. More immediate concerns always seemed to preoccupy his colleagues, or perhaps Bartlett’s obsessions just sounded more like quackery than real science, even coming from a former Navy engineer who had worked on the space race. Whatever the reason, Congress’s failure to act is no longer Bartlett’s problem. The octogenarian Republican from western Maryland—more than once labeled “the oddest congressman”—found himself gerrymandered out of office a year ago and promptly decided to take action on the warnings others wouldn’t heed, retreating to a remote property in the mountains of West Virginia where he lives with no phone service, no connection to outside power and no municipal plumbing. Having failed to safeguard the power grid for the rest of the country, Bartlett has taken himself completely off the grid. He has finally done what he pleaded in vain for others to do: “to become,” as he put it in a 2009 documentary, “independent of the system.”

Watcher of Weasels: Forum:Whom Would You Least Like To See In A Presidential Matchup In 2016?

The Razor: Well the Democrat is easy: Hillary Clinton. I would have preferred her in 2008; in fact I hoped she would win the nomination because I was never a Clinton hater like so many on the Right. But after her stint as Secretary of State, and particularly after Benghazi and the “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE” breakdown in front of Congress, she’s not fit to be my county’s dog catcher.

On the GOP side it’s tougher. We’re still too far out to see who the main challengers are going to be, and in fairness no one stands out. I’m not much of a fan of Chris Christie given that I’m not a fan of his state nor of his anti-gun rights stances, but I suspect he’d put up a much better fight than Romney did in ‘12. Paul Ryan strikes me as another weak candidate at this point, as does Rand Paul. I hope to see one or the other grow, but I really feel that we need to find someone with management experience, and that means selecting a governor.

So I would probably select either Paul Ryan or Rand Paul as the GOP candidate I’d least like to see in the match-up, if only because Amateur Hour is over. We need experience.

PS: I personally know our dog catcher; he’s a nice guy with a tough job and people generally like him around here. If Hillary ran for his job she’d lose by a landslide.

The Glittering Eye: I don’t look forward to anyone running for president in 2016. I find the entire prospect terribly depressing.

Given that proviso it’s hard for me to give an answer to the forum’s question other than a flip one: I’d like to see any Republican who could beat Hillary Clinton run. I don’t much care who it is. I do not much want to see Hillary Clinton elected to the presidency. I’d like to see any Democrat who can beat her run. Or Libertarian. Heck, I’d even prefer a Green who could beat her.

Sunny Skyz: Noah’s Ark Has Been Found. Why Are They Keeping Us In The Dark?

 

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I’m often amazed at our lack of knowledge about history. Ordinary people are hungry for this information, yet the organizations responsible to disseminate these facts seem to have an agenda to keep us in the dark. This is especially true when it comes to our ancient human history.

I won’t hold you in suspense with this article: The Ark of Noah has been found. It’s real. I’ll describe the evidence in some detail and end with the historical and religious implications.

How It Was Discovered

In 1959, Turkish army captain Llhan Durupinar discovered an unusual shape while examining aerial photographs of his country. The smooth shape, larger than a football field, stood out from the rough and rocky terrain at an altitude of 6,300 feet near the Turkish border with Iran.

My latest at The Conversation: 

USDA to Permanently Loosen Requirements for First Lady’s Unpopular School Lunch Program

House GOP Demanding Regular ObamaCare Updates

Obama To Hold Photo-Op With Americans Who Lost Unemployment Benefits

Obama Admin Urges Supreme Court To Reject Contraception Mandate Exemption For Catholic Nuns

Friday Free-For-All: Stop the ObamaCare Bailout

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Nate Beeler cartoon via Townhall

Yep, it’s tab-clearing time, again.

Charles Krauthammer has been ringing alarm bells on the ObamaCare bailout for weeks, now. I hope Congress is listening: Stop the Bailout — Now

First order of business for the returning Congress: The No Bailout for Insurance Companies Act of 2014.

Make it one line long: “Sections 1341 and 1342 of the Affordable Care Act are hereby repealed.”

End of bill. End of bailout. End of story.

Why do we need it? On December 18, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers was asked what was the administration’s Plan B if, because of adverse selection (enrolling too few young and healthies), the insurance companies face financial difficulty.

Jason Furman wouldn’t bite. “There’s a Plan A,” he replied. Enroll the young.

But of course there’s a Plan B. It’s a government bailout.

Administration officials can’t say it for political reasons. And they don’t have to say it because it’s already in the Affordable Care Act, buried deep.

First, Section 1341, the “reinsurance” fund collected from insurers and self-insuring employers at a nifty $63 a head. (Who do you think the cost is passed on to?) This yields about $20 billion over three years to cover losses.

Then there is Section 1342, the “risk corridor” provision that mandates a major taxpayer payout covering up to 80 percent of insurance-company losses.

Never heard of these? That’s the beauty of passing a bill of such monstrous length. You can insert a chicken-soup recipe and no one will notice.

Meanwhile, John H. Cochrane at the WSJ has some ideas on What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels:

Health insurance should be individual, portable across jobs, states and providers; lifelong and guaranteed-renewable, meaning you have the right to continue with no unexpected increase in premiums if you get sick. Insurance should protect wealth against large, unforeseen, necessary expenses, rather than be a wildly inefficient payment plan for routine expenses.

People want to buy this insurance, and companies want to sell it. It would be far cheaper, and would solve the pre-existing conditions problem. We do not have such health insurance only because it was regulated out of existence. Businesses cannot establish or contribute to portable individual policies, or employees would have to pay taxes. So businesses only offer group plans. Knowing they will abandon individual insurance when they get a job, and without cross-state portability, there is little reason for young people to invest in lifelong, portable health insurance. Mandated coverage, pressure against full risk rating, and a dysfunctional cash market did the rest.

Rather than a mandate for employer-based groups, we should transition to fully individual-based health insurance. Allow national individual insurance offered and sold to anyone, anywhere, without the tangled mess of state mandates and regulations. Allow employers to contribute to individual insurance at least on an even basis with group plans. Current group plans can convert to individual plans, at once or as people leave. Since all members in a group convert, there is no adverse selection of sicker people.

By the way, do you know what the editor of MSNBC calls people (like Krauthammer and Cochrane) who oppose ObamaCare? “Losers of the year” for being “ObamaCare Haters.”

This story cracked me up so much, I posted on it twice at the Conversation, yesterday:

Hating On ObamaCare Somewhere In The Pacific:

As disastrous as the ObamaCare rollout has been, and as unimpressive and frankly dubious  the numbers they’re touting are, in an alternate universe, the “biggest losers of the year” are the “ObamaCare haters.”

That’s right. On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, the host asked panelists who the “biggest loser of the year” was, and Richard Wolffe, the executive editor of MSNBC.com, suggested that the improvements at Healthcare.Gov solves ObamaCare’s problems, and called ACA critics “ObamaCare haters”,  comparing them to people still “fighting the Second World War on a lost island.”

Via Newsbusters:

I’m tempted to say these are the biggest “losers” (EMPHASIZING THE PLURAL) because this is the ObamaCare haters. You know, they really thought they had that moment. The health care site was just ready to fail completely, this was the last chance that they could stop this train wreck. (PAUSES) And then it got fixed. And then people started to get better health care.

Wolffe went on to say that the ObamaCare haters are “like those apocryphal people fighting the Second World War on a lost island somewhere in the Pacific. They’ll still be there, but health care will have moved on.”

Bret Baier Jabs MSNBC.com Editor For Calling ‘ObamaCare Haters’ Losers of the Year:

In his “Fresh Pickings From The Political Grapevine” segment on Fox News’Special ReportBret Baier, covered MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe’s ridonculous nomination for 2013′s “Losers of the year” as seen on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, December 30.

 We have told you for months about the shoddy website rollout — mass plan cancellations — low enrollment — misinformation — and the many other issues plaguing ObamaCare.

 Put simply — it’s a story that just is not going away.

 Despite all of this – MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe thinks “ObamaCare haters” were the biggest losers of 2013.

Campaign Spot: Fifty States of Obamacare Confusion, Stress, and Aggravation:

From the last Morning Jolt of the week:

Fifty States of Obamacare Confusion, Stress, and Aggravation

No matter where you live in the United States, Obamacare is causing headaches, stress, and aggravation for someone near you.

In New Hampshire, vending-machine manufacturers are gasping at the new law’s requirements that calorie information be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines – not just on the packaging of the food inside, but on the vending machine itself:

Carol Brennan, who owns Brennan Food Vending Services in Londonderry, said she doesn’t yet know how she will handle the regulations, but she doesn’t like them. She has five employees servicing hundreds of machines and says she’ll be forced to limit the items offered so her employees don’t spend too much time updating the calorie counts.

“It is outrageous for us to have to do this on all our equipment,” she said.

Brennan also doubts that consumers will benefit from the calorie information.

“How many people have not read a label on a candy bar?” she said. “If you’re concerned about it, you’ve already read it for years.”

To the Obama administration and their fans, America’s businesses are giant, bottomless barrels of money, time, and energy whose purpose in life is to be directed and redirected at the whims of those wise folks in Washington, in order to achieve the visionary “social justice” goal of telling people that, say, a candy bar isn’t nutritious or healthy for them.

 Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard: Wrong Again:

To hear it from the New York Times editorial page, the many issues surrounding the attacks in Benghazi are now settled.

In a December 30 editorial, published under the headline “The Facts About Benghazi,” the newspaper proclaims an end to the 15 months of debate about the fatal attacks on the U.S. consulate on September 11, 2012. Citing an “exhaustive investigation by The Times” that it says “goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack” and “debunks Republican allegations,” America’s Newspaper of Record declares that “in a rational world” the investigation “would settle the dispute over Benghazi.”

Well then.

It’s hardly surprising that the New York Times would find the New York Times the final word on an issue.

But for the rest of us, rational and irrational alike, this revisionist account is neither authoritative nor definitive. The central thesis of the piece is wrong, and the sweeping claim the author has made in defending it is demonstrably false.

Washington Examiner: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes complains of Drudge-fueled ‘snow-trolling’ on global warming:

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is tired of conservatives snarking about global warming every time it gets cold.

During his show Thursday evening, Hayes complained of the “strange bizarre underworld of climate trolls” that came to life when Matt Drudge ironically linked an article on the Drudge Report about cold weather.

“Of course, no one ever said that climate change meant it wouldn’t ever be cold,” Hayes said defensively, calling the annual tradition “willful stupidity” of conservatives “who delight being on the wrong side of history.”

Hayes admitted, however, that Drudge had been successful in creating a culture of global warming skepticism.

“I mean, Drudge has been incredibly powerful, I think, in this,” Hayes said. “Drudge has a thing about climate hoaxism and he has been leading the charge.”

Hays that conservative media outlets like Fox News and pundits like Rush Limbaugh actually enjoyed making fun of global warming believers, which made it harder for liberal news outlets to cover the issue in a responsible way.

Ace mocks:Chris Hayes: Why These Heartless Right-Wingers Are Laughing At the Plight of Those Brave Climate Researchers Who Risked Their Lives to Save the World!

There’s an old rule in lawyering:

When the facts are on your side, pound the facts.

When the law is on your side, pound the law.

When neither are on your side, pound the table.

Meaning, of course: When your argument is weak you have to turn the proceedings into a carnival, introducing a ton of irrelevant, tendentious claims to confuse the jury.

When a dolt like Chris Hayes has the worst side of an argument, as he frequently does, he resorts to emotional histrionics.

 FrontPageMagazine: Obama Nominates Racist Supporter of Cop-Killer to Head DOJ Civil Rights:

OMG….WHAT?:

Obama’s nominee process involves finding the worst person on earth for that job or any job. It’s a process that never fails. In this case, he came up with Debo Adegbilem cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal’s lawyer and a supporter of discriminating against white students for reasons of race.

God help us.

Lord Monckton: 7 STEPS THAT’LL LAND OBAMA IN JAIL:

In the House, there are probably enough votes to bring forward a bill to impeach Mr. Obama. Taking advantage of having gotten away with riding roughshod over the Constitution with his Donald Duck “birth certificate,” he has bypassed a largely supine Congress time and again, from Benghazi to Soetero”care” to the tyrannical legislative powers wielded by the sinister, out-of-control EPA in flagrant defiance of Article I, Section 1, of the Constitution.

Those in the GOP who still care about the separation of powers your Founding Fathers so carefully wrote into the Constitution are – at last – beginning to stir. Several of them have gone on record as saying they would like to bring forward a bill to impeach Mr. Obama.

The rabbits won’t do it, though. Even if they did, as Ted Cruz has bluntly pointed out, there are nowhere near enough votes in the Senate. For no one expects “Democrat” senators to do their duty, even when confronted with overwhelming evidence that Black Jesus, as Obama’s fawning White House coterie call him, has flouted the Constitution itself.

Here is my New Year’s program for those justifiably antsy Republican members of the House who want to strike a final blow for liberty and democracy.

Step 1: Stop being panty-waists. A senior member of the House, whose opinions I have learned to respect, once told me that the real reason why no congressman has yet moved to set up a congressional inquiry into the self-evidently bogus “birth certificate” that festers to this day on the White House website is that they are terrified that the left will work night and day to trash the reputation of anyone who dares to question Mr. Obama’s legitimacy.

I understand my friend’s fear. It is real, for the threat is real. The “Democrats” have learned from the unlamented KGB, whose primary weapon of desinformatsiya, or disinformation, was a million agents whose job was to ruin the reputation of every key opponent of worldwide Communism by making up vicious rumors and peddling them via a plethora of front organizations.

The left have done their best to trash my reputation because I have dared to question the climate scare with which they had hoped to bully the West into shutting itself down without a shot being fired. Just look at my CreepyMedia page. I know what it is like to be on the receiving end of artful lies told over and over again by a host of paid trolls and useful idiots.

But there is a way around the threat. Work together with enough others to make it harder for the attackers to spread their poison. The Congressmen who have seen through Mr Obama should band together in strength and bring forward a resolution that an inquiry into the “birth certificate” be established at once. I should like the honor of being the first witness.

My Latest at The Conversation: 

Obama Admin Urges Supreme Court To Reject Contraception Mandate Exemption For Catholic Nuns

Does Obama have any idea how bad this looks? Polls already show that most Americans oppose the HHS contraception mandate. Jan 3, 2014 9:56 AM PT

Four American military personnel  who were working at the United States Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, were detained today by the Libyan government.. Details are sketchy, but according to the New York Times, “the four were believed to have been reviewing potential evacuation routes for diplomats when they were detained.” Dec 27, 2013 8:07 PM PT

Top 10 Nice Deb Posts for 2013

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Yep, it’s time for those end of the year lists, again. The one I do is my Top 10 Posts of the year. I always like to advise people that these aren’t necessarily the biggest stories of the year. They were just the most popular stories on my own blog – meaning they got the most traffic. These are the type of stories you don’t see in the MSM.

As always, thanks to all the bloggers who linked, and the readers who facebooked and tweeted. Muchas gracias mon amis.

10.) Lovely: Paul Ryan booed at Obama’s inaugural celebration – DOJ Lawyer Started the Booing:

Lefties started off the year in the classy fashion we have come to expect from them.

When asked at the House Republican retreat, last week, whether or not he would attend Obama’s public swearing-in ceremony,  Ryan replied, “Yes,” it’s my obligation.”

As we enter a new phase in the age of Obama, see how his minions reacted to Ryan as he left the Capitol building to attend Obama’s second inauguration ceremony, today.

Dan McLaughlin @baseballcrank  Paul Ryan booed by crowd as he walks out. Harsh.

This one struck a chord with bloggers.

Linked by Bryan Preston at PJ Tatler: DOJ Voting Section Lawyer Marred Inauguration by Booing Rep. Paul Ryan And Eliana Johnson of The Corner: After President Denounces ‘Name-Calling,’ Paul Ryan Booed at Inaugural Celebration And Dan Collins, The Conservative Commune: DOJ Voting Section Bigwig Leads Inauguration Crowd in Booing Paul Ryan And The Lonely Conservative: Civility: Paul Ryan Booed At Inauguration – Booing Started By DOJ Lawyer And iOWNTHEWORLD: A man is known by the company he keeps And I Hate the Media: Paul Ryan booed at inaugural celebration

It was tweeted 77 times and FB’d 137 times.

9.) Glenn Beck to Regime: You’ve Got Until Monday To Come Clean on the Saudi National (Video) 

Remember the Saudi National story?

While most people, today, were focusing on the man-hunt in Watertown, Glenn Beck was making a rather explosive ultimatum to the Regime on his show.

As I reported, yesterday, after a full day of push-back from the Regime on the story,  The Blaze doubled down.

The congressional source told The Blaze that the information sent to Congress showed that a file was created on “Abdul Rahman Ali Al Harby” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday by an official with the National Targeting Center, a counterterrorism sub-agency of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security.

The file stated that the individual is “linked to the Boston bombing” and was to be processed for revocation of his visa based on national security grounds, the congressional source revealed.

Glenn Beck is ready to spill the beans about what he’s got on the Saudi “individual”, who he calls a “bad-bad-bad guy.” He claims that six Congressmen have shared  information about who he’s connected to, and how’s he’s connected to the bombing,  and they want it to get out.

Linked by Doug Ross,  iOWNTHEWORLD, tweeted 122 times, FB’d 160 times.

8.) Thousands of 2nd Amendment Supporters Rally in Albany (Updated with Videos from Across the Nation) 

Back in January, Patriots came out all across the nation to defend their 2nd Amendment rights in response to the collectivists’ efforts to snatch them away…

Gun rights rallies took place all across the nation, today, as Americans from New York to Washington rallied to show their support for the 2nd Amendment. Albany New York, where some of the strictest gun laws in the nation were recently passed, saw thousands of patriots come out to protest the new laws.

YNN reported:

ALBANY, N.Y. — Thousands of pro gun rights activists are rallying at the state Capitol today. The rally is being held in conjunction with the group Guns Across America, a national series of rallies supporting the Second Amendment.

Many at today’s rally are pushing to repeal the newly enacted SAFE Act.

Linked by Instapundit, and Hogewash, and Maggie’s Notebook, and Doug Ross, and Theo Spark and Bill O’Reilly, tweeted 122 times, FB’d 160 times.

7.) Million Vet March And Truckers Ride On Washington October 13:

This post publicizing a couple of upcoming protests in Washington DC, took place during the government shutdown, and the #spitehouse shutdown theater was in full swing. People were outraged and wanted to do something about it.

This could be big. This could end up being very, very big because two protests have been planned for the same weekend in Washington DC. On October 13, the  Million Vet march will coincide with day 3 of the truckers ride  in our nation’s Capital.

There has been righteous indignation and rage simmering just below the surface since the Community Organizer from Chicago began usurping his power, but this past week, his thugocracy went too far. When Obama’s shutdown theater was implemented  to make Americans – including 80 to 90 year old WWII vets – feel as much pain as possible – that simmering rage reached a full boil.

While most of the nation’s attention has been on the “barrycaded” WWII Memorial, other war memorials in DC have been shut down as well. Yesterday, Park Police removed Vietnam vets and tourists from the Memorial Wall.

Linked by iOWNTHEWORLD, tweeted 96 times, and FB’d 1K+ times.

6.) After Months of Dishonest Spinning on Benghazi, Jay Carney Clings to ARB Report (Video)

This post was oddly cathartic because I was able to point out all the different times Obama’s “comically evasive” mouthpiece  (as Ace calls him) had lied, obfuscated and gave weaselly evasive answers on Benghazi. It was actually kinda fun going through the early Benghazi press briefings with Carney, watching him change the White House cover story  as the ruthless facts came out. Because the Benghazi attack happened during an election year, the media as a whole – let them get away with it. Disgraceful:

The Washington Times reported:

White House spokesman Jay Carney cautioned that he could not immediately respond to live testimony from the committee but went on to say that the administration remained unsure of the identity and affiliations of the attackers, noting that Ansar al-Sharia had taken credit for it on Twitter but then later recanted.

“What I can tell you is that it was the assessment of our intelligence community that the attacks were participated in by extremists,” he told reporters at a regular daily briefing. “That’s what I’ve said. That’s what Ambassador Rice said. She said on that Sunday that extremists were involved. What we didn’t know is what their exact affiliation was.”

“As you know, with regard to this group, there was a claim of responsibility, then there was a disowning of responsibility. So anybody who pretends to have known all the facts instantly is just mistaken,” he continued. “And it is always the case that things like this require careful investigation.”

Of course, that didn’t stop Jay, or his boss, or Hillary from making some very definitive statements about Benghazi for days and weeks after the attack.

On September 14, Jake Tapper asked Carney if the anniversary of September 11 might have been a good time to have extra security around diplomat and military posts.

After assuring us that they are always very vigilant on anniversaries like 9/11 (no they’re not), Jay said, but “let’s be clear….these protests were in reaction to a VIDEO that had spread to the region….”

Jake: “In Benghazi?”

Jay: “We don’t know otherwise. We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.” (Yes they had) ”The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that many Muslims find offensive, and while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified it is not a reaction to 9/11 or US policy.”

***

More Jay from Sept. 14 repeating the youtube video drumbeat, “the unrest in the region has been in response to this video”. …”the cause of the unrest was a video…”

Reading from his script, he said “We reject its contents, we find it both disgusting and reprehensible/ America has a history of religious tolerance and has respect for religious beliefs, and that respect goes back to our nation’s founding.”

***

Jay Carney on Sept. 19, argued that they didn’t have evidence that it was a pre-planned attack. “Bad actors” had come on the scene of a protest armed with RPGs and mortars. “We prefer to have an investigation…”

The 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…”

This is the 19th of September now, mind you, and he’s refusing to admit the obvious because that would reflect badly on the regime.

You can watch video after nauseating video of Jay’s outlandish hackery at the link.

Linked by Ace of Spades, and Rachel Lucas and Bryan Prestan, tweeted 49 times, FB’d 81 times.

5.) DiGenova: Benghazi Scandal Growing “Quietly Behind the Scenes” – Witnesses “Coming Out of the Woodwork” – NSA Scandal: “Tip of the Iceberg” 

Washington power attorney Joe DiGenova, is always a font of information when he’s a guest on WMAL. In this appearance, he hinted at some future bombshells on Benghazi and the NSA scandal.

He told the hosts that the Benghazi “phony” scandal is growing quietly behind the scenes – people are coming of the woodwork to talk to him about it and at least 2 major networks (I’m guessing Fox and CNN) are “fully engaged” in trying to uncover more information about Benghazi. He says “we are being helpful with that”, meaning “people who know things” are cooperating with reporters:

All I can tell you is that people are coming out of the woodwork from both active and retired areas of government service – I’m not gonna be more specific than that.

In fact, what’s happening is The Benghazi ‘phony scandal’, as the president and his minions have called it, is actually growing quietly behind the scenes because now, major networks – at least two – are fully engaged in deep stories trying to uncover more information and we are being helpful.

He also revealed that they are uncovering a lot more about domestic spying:

We’re discovering information about surveillance programs…the NSA looks like it’s going to be the tip of the iceberg.

…What’s happening is that as a result of people coming forward just to talk about Benghazi, we are learning ‘things’ about other things the government is doing that it probably shouldn’t be doing domestically.

As far as the Hasan trial goes, WMAL’s Larry O’Connor asked, if there was any argument to justify not calling what happened down at Ft Hood a terror attack?

DiGenova did not pull any punches, here.

“No, the only argument that can be made is to protect the beliefs of the president and the people around him and the hierarchy at the Pentagon who do everything they can to avoid calling Islamic terrorism Islamic terrorism. I think the president’s position is an embarrassment, and as Commander in Chief – for him to allow this to continue to be called “workplace violence” when all he has to do is call the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Mr Dempsey, and say end this today – I want these people to receive their benefits….I think it’s quite startling that the president hasn’t done that, that is an embarrassment to our country, and it’s one of the reasons that the people in the military of this country, that we have learned – Victoria and I – from talking to them now as a result of Benghazi, are absolutely embarrassed by their Commander in Chief.”

Linked by  Ace of Spades HQDoug Ross, and  iOWNTHEWORLD, this post was also tweeted 97 times, and FB’d 86 times.

4.) Extortion 17: Navy SEAL’s Dad Hammers Regime: “THEY SET UP MY SON TO BE EXECUTED” (Audio)

On July 24, radio talk-host Michael Savage  interviewed Charles Strange, the father of Michael Strange, one of the 22 SEAL Team Six members who died in that Chinook helicopter crash in August of 2011. This was a momentous, blockbuster interview that seems to have gone unnoticed by most of the internet.

After listening to this interview, I’ve concluded Benghazi isn’t the biggest Regime scandal. EXTORTION 17 is.

Among the claims made by Mr. Strange:

- His son and his fellow SEALS knew “something was going on with the team”, and “somebody’s leaking things out”….(besides Former CIA Director Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden?) They knew  “something was going on” and were putting their affairs in order.

- According to Mr. Strange, Michael along with 8 other SEALS made it out of the Chinook and were fighting on the ground.

- Mr. Strange stated that he was “100% sure” that the Regime had executed his son and the others on purpose.

- Mr. Strange was told “Michael knew what only 4 people in the world knew.”

- The chopper’s black box was never recovered because it was supposedly “washed away in a flash flood.”

- At Dover Airforce Base, after Obama told Mr Strange his son “changed the way Americans live,” he embraced the weeping father, who proceeded to wipe his nose on the president’s jacket (a story Mr. Strange loves to tell, according to his wife.)

- Imam at ceremony at Bagram Air Force base condemned the men as “white devils” and “infidels”.

- All the bodies were cremated.

- According to Mr. Strange, some of the families are not speaking out because they are getting “threatened by the command”: “The checks could stop – or the kid who doesn’t have a father now, might not get a scholarship for college.”

- Mr. Strange believes his phones are tapped.

- Recently Michael Strange was awarded the Silver Star for valor. His parents were not invited to the White House for the Ceremony.

Tweeted 44 times, FB’d 432 times.

3.) Report: Saudi National DHS File Says Individual is “Linked to the Boston Bombing”:

Glenn Beck was really exercized about that Saudi national who was briefly a suspect after the Boston terror attack, last April, and was subsequently deported.

The Blaze went out on a limb with their story about the Saudi National deportation, Thursday.

Certain government officials pushed back, saying in essence, there was no truth to it,  but the Blaze isn’t backing down. They’re doubling down.

Thursday night Jason Howerton reported at The Blaze that according to his congressional source, documents have indeed been presented to members of Congress confirming that plans were made to revoke the visa of Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national once considered a “person of interest” in the Boston bombings.

Other sources, including one at the FBI, previously informed TheBlaze that there have been discussions about deporting Alharbi on “security and related grounds.” He has been living in the Boston area and in the U.S. on a student visa. An FBI source said the agency is against deporting Alharbi because of his status as a material witness.

The congressional source told TheBlaze it was unclear as to why representatives from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be unaware of this information. Earlier on Thursday, an official with ICE said it was “categorically false” that Alharbi had ever been considered for deportation.

As I reported here, and at the Conversation, DHS Chief, Janet Napolitano also took umbrance at the story, saying, when Rep Jeff Duncan asked her about it:  “I am not going to answer that question it is so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer…there’s been so much reported on this that’s been wrong I can’t even begin to tell you, congressman,” Napolitano replied. “We will provide you with accurate information as it becomes available.”

But since when are we supposed to believe anything anyone from this Regime tells us?

Linked by Doug Ross, and iOWNTHEWORLD, and Steve Quayle, tweeted 110 times, FB’s 199 times.

2.) Nice: Dr. Benjamin Carson Decries Political Correctness, Moral Decay and Fiscal Irresponsibility in National Prayer Breakfast Speech (Video) 

In Feb of 2013, conservatives were probably at our lowest ebb in fifty years.  Speculation that the Republican party was finished and we would never win another national election was rampant.

Then this man stood up at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, and with the president seated just a couple of feet away, he took aim at Obama’s policies and unleashed.

Dr. Ben Carson should appear on many end of the year lists – for being one of the most popular and surprising newcomers in conservative politics. Speculation continues about a possible White House bid.

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital delivered what is being described as one of the more unique speeches delivered at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast. Rush Limbaugh raved about it on his show, today, because the good doctor took the opportunity to share his theories about the national debt, deficits, taxation and health care, all in opposition to  Obama’s policies.

Linked by Twitchy, tweeted 39 times, FB’d 1K+ times.

1.) Report: Hillary Clinton’s Injuries Stem From Plane Crash in Iran:

Rumors were flying late last year into January about the Secretary of State’s physical condition after she went AWOL rather than testify before Congress about Benghazi. Pundits on the right snarked that she was suffering from the “Benghazi flu.” Then there was a report that she fell and hit her head – suffering a mild concussion.

The fact that Clinton is indeed dealing with serious health issues doesn’t negate the fact that the State Dept has been very secretive about it.

On Dec. 10, the day before she was due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the September 11 terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi – in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US diplomats lost there lives –   the State Department which has been heavily under fire over the episode, announced that Clinton had sustained a concussion after fainting out from dehydration.

None of the details normally released in such cases, such as when exactly she fainted, the seriousness of the concussion she suffered or how she was being treated, was offered. A State Department source was only willing to say it was “not severe.”
According to another unofficial report, she was apparently working from home. No one in the office appeared to have been delegated her functions although the secretary herself has not been been absent for three weeks.

Debka Files is now reporting some rumors about the real cause Of Hillary Clinton’s head injury…

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s admittance to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Monday, Dec, 31 – with a blood clot caused by concussion – gave wings to a cloud of rumor and conspiracy theories surrounding her state of health. The hospital, where Saudi King Abdullah was also treated two years ago, stated that the Secretary was receiving anti-coagulents and her condition would be assessed after 48 hours.

However, NBC television’s medical correspondent Robert Bazell was skeptical about the blood clot being caused by an earlier concussion because, he said, it if were, it would not be treated with anti-coagulents. “So either it’s not really related to the concussion and she’s got a blood clot in her leg or something, or there’s something else going on that we’re not being told.”

And now for the rumors…

….around Tehran and the Gulf Emirates, debkafile was already picking up insistent rumors claiming that Clinton was seriously injured while on a secret mission in the region in the first week of December. Some claimed that in the same incident, Americans in her party – advisers and security personnel – were either injured or killed. Those rumors did not say what her secret mission was.  However, the episode described occurred shortly after Dec. 1, when, as debkafile reported at the time, Obama administration officials and senior representatives of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched secret talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Although our sources have not identified the negotiators on either side of the table, one of the theories floating around certain capitals claimed that Hillary Clinton three weeks ago was on her way to a secret meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in regard to those negotiations. The plane carrying her from Bahrain logged its destination as Baghdad, but  is described as having changed direction in midair and headed for Ahvaz, capital of the south Iranian province of Khuzestan. There, it was said, the Iranian president was awaiting her arrival. But then the plane ran into technical trouble and made an emergency landing and that was when she was injured, according to this theory.

The unexplained death of Commander Job Price, 42, SEALs commander in Afghanistan is tied by some of the speculation to that incident. At the time, the Pentagon reported that his sudden death on Dec. 22, in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, was under investigation. It is now suggested that Commander Price was head of the security detail attached to Clinton for her Iran mission and he was one of the casualties of the accident.

The European Union Times reported :

A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [photo 2nd right] was injured, and a top US Navy Seal Commander killed when their C-12 Huron military passenger and transport aircraft crash landed nearly 3 weeks ago in the Iranian city ofAhvaz near the Iraqi border.

Iranian intelligence agents quoted in this GRU report confirm that the C-12 Huron aircraft is still in their possession in Ahvaz, but will only admit that the plane was “forced to land because of technical problems”.

The US Navy Seal member reported killed in this bizarre incident, this report says, was indentified as Commander Job W. Price [photo 3rd right] who as a leader of this highly specialized American Special Forces unit protects high-ranking diplomats traveling in Middle Eastern and Asian combat zones.

Curiously, US media reports on Commander Price’s death say it being investigated as a possible suicide as he died from what the American Defense Department describes as “a non-combat related injury”.

Equally as curious, US media reports state that Secretary Clinton will return to work next week after her having suffered what they describe as a “nasty bout with stomach flu” and a “concussion” which have kept her missing from public view the past three weeks.

This GRU report, however, states that US military flight logs recorded by Russian air and space forces confirm that Commander Price, and other members of US Navy Seal Team 4, left their base in Urozgan Province, Afghanistan on a flight to US Naval Support Activity Bahrain where they met up with Secretary Clinton and all of them transferred to the C-12 Huron that began a flight path to Baghdad, Iraq.

Within minutes of leaving Bahrain airspace, this report says, the C-12 Huron carrying Secretary Clinton and her US Navy Seal protectors, “without notice,” deviated from their assigned flight path heading, instead, directly towards Iran’s Ahwaz International Airport where, coincidentally, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had previously landed on an “unscheduled” visit.

Important to note, GRU analysts say in this report, was that when the C-12 Huron entered into Iranian airspace neither American nor Iran air force units responded clearly indicating that this secret mission was sanctioned.

Upon the C-12 Huron landing at Ahwaz, however, this report says it encountered “extreme turbulence” causing it to leave the runway where its main landing gear then collapsed causing it to crash.

Within seconds of the C-12 Huron crashing, this report continues, Iranian emergency and security personal responded freeing the victims, including Secretary Clinton who was reportedly unconscious and “bleeding profusely.”

After emergency aid was given, GRU agents stationed in Iran state that another US military flight was dispatched from Bahrain to Ahwaz which evacuated all of those wounded and killed in the crash including Secretary Clinton.

There was a US plane that made an emergency landing in Iran in mid December according to this AP report, Dec 30, 2012.:

A small American commercial plane left Iran Sunday after it was repaired following an emergency landing at an Iranian airport this month, state TV reported.

The plane was forced to land 16 days ago at the airport of the southern city of Ahvaz due to technical failure, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad, head of the state-owned Iran Airports Company, told the TV station.

Rasoulinejad said three passengers left Iran for Arab countries in the Gulf, but the plane remained under repair in the airport. He said the plane took off from Iran Sunday upon arrival of needed spare parts and completion of repairs.

It was not clear why the announcement of the plane’s landing was not made earlier.

Sooper Mexican: The Strange Circumstances Surrounding Secretary Clinton’s “Diplomatic Illness”:

Here’s an odd coincidence that might also substantiate the claim that Hillary was on a secret mission to Iran. Prior to her “stomach illness,” here last public appearance was while visiting government officials in Ireland – very soon afterward, Ahmadinejad met with Ireland’s new ambassador to Iran. It could be that Ireland was helping bring this meeting to fruition - in this same timeframe, Clinton was scheduled to meet the Syrian Opposition Coalition, and Pakistan’s president was scheduled to meet with Ahmadinejad.

Jack Cashill: Hillary and her magical mystery tours:

While Hillary Clinton recovers regally from her presumed concussion and its complications, rumors continue to swirl that she was injured not in a fall, but in a plane crash.

On Monday the European Union Times captured the gist of that narrative:

“A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was injured and a top U.S. Navy Seal commander killed when their C-12 Huron military passenger and transport aircraft crash landed nearly three weeks ago in the Iranian city of Ahvaz near the Iraqi border.”

To be sure, the State Department was swift to deny the rumors, and media pundits scolded anyone who dared to question Hillary’s press releases.

Whether the rumors are true, I cannot say, but those of us who have followed Hillary’s career know that she lies as a matter of routine.

On Special Report, Charles Krauthammer explained why he was dubious of the of Hillary’s injury after she was released from the hospital.. When asked if he would apologize for calling it “the Benghazi flu”, he answered, no, adding: “perhaps the State Dept, if not apologize, ought to  explain why it withheld information and why a lot of it was mitigated – we now are hearing – might have been a more serious set of symptoms. We still don’t know what she was suffering during those two weeks.”

Why would Hillary have been meeting secretly with the Iranians? Report claims secret US-Iran talks laid groundwork for nuclear deal.

Dateline November 24, 2013:

 The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran’s nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned.

I don’t show that this post was linked to by any big bloggers, but it was retweeted 34 times, and FB’d 464 times. And people continue to find the post when they search for information about Hillary Clinton and the mysterious plane crash. There’s a lot of curiosity out there about this one – it’s my number 1 post of the year.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Monday Catch-Up: Holder Taps Dishonest Radical to Oversee Federal Election Law

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J. Christian Adams: Meet the Dishonest Radical Academic Eric Holder Tapped to Oversee Federal Election Law:

PJ Media readers already know Pam Karlan as the professor who published dishonest scholarship about the Bush Justice Department’s voting rights enforcement.  From PJ Media’s “The Dangerous Dishonesty of Possible Supreme Court Nominee Pam Karlan“:

Karlan’s dishonesty goes beyond womyn’s issues, and extends to the election system. She falsely attacked the Bush administration’s Justice Department for not protecting racial minorities. This is a favorite and well-worn tactic; it’s what old segregationists like Coley Blease and Woodrow Wilson used to do — stoke racial division by lying about opponents.  Unfortunately, Karlan’s lies were published with an air of respectability in the Duke Journal of Law and Public Policy (4 Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol’y 17, 2009). She writes:

“For five of the eight years of the Bush Administration, [they] brought no Voting Rights Act cases of its own except for one case protecting white voters.”

This is demonstrably false; any visit to the DOJ website demonstrates this. Karlan says the Voting Section brought no cases to protect minorities under the Voting Rights Act in five of eight years — let’slook at the record.

My article then traces out in detail the lies that Karlan published in a Duke Law scholarly publication.

I contacted the editors of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law in September 2013 to see if Karlan ever submitted a correction for her false scholarship.  She hadn’t.

The Daily Caller: ‘Deliberate attempt to distort’: Krauthammer savages Obama over Iran sanctions politics [VIDEO]

Krauthammer appeared on Fox News’ “Special Report” Friday night, joining The Washington Post’s Chuck Lane and The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes to comment on Friday afternoon’s presidential press conference.

The panelists largely panned Obama’s performance, but reserved special ire for his dismissal of the many Senate Democrats — including power players Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez — opposed to his deal with Iran over its nuclear program. “I’m not surprised that there’s been some talk from some members of Congress about new sanctions,” the president said. “I think the politics of trying to look tough on Iran are often good.”

Krauthammer was furious:

KRAUTHAMMER: That is a quintessential Obama statement. Notice how he completely discounts the substance of the arguments, of those who think he cut a really bad deal, and it needs to be backed up by sanctions that a Congress can pass. Instead he says, “I understand the motives of the other guys: Political. Re-election.” He acts in the national interest, anybody who opposes him is acting for a base motive. He does that all the time! And the reason it upsets me is I have seen him in private twice over these five years. He knows that there are strong arms on lobbyists, he is sophisticated thinker on politics. He understands the other side. And that is pure demagoguery. The worst part of it is it’s not ignorance. It’s a deliberate attempt to distort and devalue the other side.

Weasel Zippers: Pelosi: Obamacare “Going To Be A Glorious Thing”…

 

Some Democrats, particularly in the Senate, are worried about facing voters having backed the health law, which has seen a rocky rollout and is costing millions of Americans their health plans — even as it is aided millions of others to sign up or get on their parents’ plans.

“It’s worth the trouble, it’s going to be a glorious thing,” Mrs. Pelosi said.

 

Twitchy: Lou Dobbs: A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ marathon will teach Christians a lesson:

A&E might have suspended Phil Robertson from “Duck Dynasty” for his comments to GQ, but viewers next week will have nearly 36 hours to watch Phil and his family do their thing as the network goes ahead with a “Duck Dynasty” marathon.How about that?

Washington Free Beacon: A Year of Inspiring Democratic Quotes:

As in any other year, 2013 provided countless Democratic pearls of inanity and incoherence as President Obama’s administration and colleagues found themselves engulfed by multiple scandals, the horrific rollout of Obamacare and a near-disaster abroad with the Syrian crisis.

It was a 2013 that saw one top White House adviser call the law “irrelevant” in the wake of the IRS targeting fiasco, many Democrats and the president himself spin the “Lie of the Year” about Obamacare as being totally true, and one congresswomanseek to give unemployment insurance to “working men and women.”

Wayne Allyn Root: Is President Obama ‘too big to jail?’:

 

This president has no shame. How many Americans know that a cancer patient merely discussing the disastrous ramifications of ObamaCare in public (thereby embarrassing Obama), is now being persecuted by the IRS?

Yes, it’s true. Bill Elliott is that terminally-ill cancer patient. He wasaudited by the IRS within days of an appearance on Fox News.

The IRS scandal is far more widespread than the American public knows. It is not just about Tea Party groups.

The IRS was used by Obama to go after any citizen daring to criticize him in the national media.

I’m one of those victims. These actions by a president are absolutely criminal. Richard Nixon’s articles of impeachment included the exact same charge of using the IRS to punish critics and silence free speech. But terminally ill cancer patients?

Obama has sunk to new lows. I’m a big boy. What he did to critics like me is disgusting and un-American. But what he did to a terminally ill cancer patient is disgraceful and unimaginable. This president is an out-of-control bully, pure and simple.

Will anyone show the courage to investigate and prosecute Obama?

The Other McCain: So, Justine Finally Landed …

The unfortunate Justine Sacco, whose Friday tweet inspired the hashtag#HasJustineLandedYet, went into full grovel mode:

Today Sacco spoke to ABC News, saying, “My greatest concern was this statement reach South Africa first.” After sending her statement to South African newspaper The Star, Sacco shared the following apology:
“Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet,” Sacco said. “There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.
“For being insensitive to this crisis — which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly — and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.
“This is my father’s country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused.”

As Ace accurately observed Friday, Sacco is a liberal, and her joke was actually a self-deprecating reference to white privilege. No one can deny that it was tasteless and, as she says, “insensitive,” but it scarcely justified her public crucifixion. Her apology, while no doubt sincere, is also a signifier: “I get it! I’m a liberal, too!

My latest at the Conversation: 

Justice For Tuffy

Tuffy the Clown made national news back in August, after a liberal recorded his clownish antics at the Missouri State Fair Rodeo, and put the video up on youtube for the world to see. Dec 17, 2013 9:10 AM PT

Monday Catch-Up: Latest ObamaCare Delay The Most Lawless Act, Yet

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Avik Roy, Forbes: Government Takeover: White House Forces Obamacare Insurers To Cover Unpaid Patients At A Loss:

Of all of the last-minute delays, website bungles, and Presidential whims that have marred the roll-out of Obamacare’s subsidized insurance exchanges, what happened on Thursday, December 12 will stand as one of the most lawless acts yet committed by this administration. The White House—having canceled Americans’ old health plans, and having botched the system for enrolling people in new ones—knows that millions of Americans will enter the new year without health coverage. So instead of actually fixing the problem, the administration is retroactively attempting to force insurers to hand out free health care—at a loss—to those whom the White House has rendered uninsured. If Obamacare wasn’t a government takeover of the health insurance industry, then what is it now?

On Wednesday afternoon, health policy reporters found in their inboxes a friendly e-mail from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announcing “steps to ensure Americans signing up through the Marketplace have coverage and access to the care they need on January 1.” Basically, the “steps” involve muscling insurers to provide free or discounted care to those who have become uninsured because of the problems with healthcare.gov.

HealthShare Advocates: If You Like Your House, You Can Keep Your House:

On October 17, Beverly Woods asked a disturbing question on the DailyKos.com website.What happens to the assets of people who now meet the expanded criteria for Medicaid?  Medicaid was designed to ensure healthcare for the truly destitute, and existing state and federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures are based on the assumption that people on Medicaid have essentially no disposable assets. The Act Formerly Known as Obamacare changes that.

In “Medicaid Estate Recovery+ACA: Unintended Consequences,” Ms. Woods explains the problem:

We haven’t had lots of people younger than 65 on Medicaid, because in most states simply earning less than the Federal Poverty Level did not qualify one for Medicaid.

And we haven’t had many people with lots of assets on Medicaid, because in most places you have to have less than around $2400 to your name before Medicaid will cover you. You can keep your house and your car, but Medicaid reserves the right to put liens on them and take them when you die.

But now we have the Affordable Care Act, and its expectation that everyone in the lower tier of income will end up in the Medicaid system. To accomplish this, they have dropped  the asset test. So now we will have lots of people ages 55-64, who have assets but not a lot of income right now, for whatever reason, on Medicaid.

The kicker of it is, if you make the right amount to qualify for a subsidized health insurance plan, your costs are going to be shared and subsidized by the government. But if you go on Medicaid, you owe the entire amount that Medicaid spends on you from the day you turn 55.

As she ended her October 17 entry, Ms. Woods noted, “The fact that practically no one is talking about this makes me uneasy.” Four days later, she was back, with “Estate Recovery: It’s Worse Than You Thought.” The bottom line: Medicaid is not insurance, it’s a loan.

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Foden Cartoon via Townhall

Flashback to MAY 13, 2010, John Goodman, President and CEO of National Center for Policy Analysis, and Kellye Wright Fellow, writing for Kaiser Health News:   Rescissions: Much Ado About Nothing:

How many times have you heard President Obama say, “Health insurers won’t be able to drop your coverage just because you get sick?” Or Kathleen Sebelius? Or the Democratic leadership in Congress? Or the mainstream news media?

You would think that the private health insurance industry was being revolutionized.

In fact, it has been illegal since 1997, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, for insurers to drop coverage because someone gets sick. And even before then, the practice almost never happened.

Think of it this way: Do you think there would be a vibrant, active, ongoing life insurance industry if insurers could renege on their part of the contract after someone dies? How many of us would buy fire insurance if the insurers could change their minds and refuse to pay after our house burns down? Would you buy auto insurance from Allstate if the “good hands” could disappear after a collision occurs?

These things do not happen because

1. Insurers are contractually obligated to keep their side of the bargain and courts enforce these obligations just like any other contract; 2. Regulatory agencies enforce good behavior, quite apart from any lawsuit, and; 3. An insurer that routinely refused to pay claims would lose customers and go out of business.So what’s the fuss all about?

Keep reading…America has been and continues to be completely hoodwinked on this issue.

WHD: White House Delayed Rules Until After 2012 Campaign:

From the story, a great piece of journalism by veteran reporter Juliet Eilperin:

Some agency officials were instructed to hold off submitting proposals to the White House for up to a year to ensure that they would not be issued before voters went to the polls, the current and former officials said.

The delays meant that rules were postponed or never issued. The stalled regulations included crucial elements of the Affordable Care Act, what bodies of water deserved federal protection, pollution controls for industrial boilers and limits on dangerous silica exposure in the workplace.

And of course, they lied about it. It’s getting to the point where I wouldn’t believe this White House if they said night had fallen.

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that any delays until after the election were coincidental and that such decisions were made without regard to politics. But seven current and former administration officials told The Washington Post that the motives behind many of the delays were clearly political, as Obama’s top aides focused on avoiding controversy before his reelection.

And not everybody did this.

Note well, Democrats: These complaints are unrelated to Obamacare’s failed roll-out, and are being driven by the vast majority of Americans covered on the employer-based market — whom the White House has falsely claimed will not be affected by the law’s changes:

 Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that health care remains politically charged going into next year’s congressional elections. Keeping the refurbished HealthCare.gov website running smoothly is just one of Obama’s challenges, maybe not the biggest.

 

Big Government: EXCLUSIVE – DARRELL ISSA: OBAMACARE ‘INEPTNESS’ PUTS LIVES AT RISK:

In his exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Operation Fast and Furious, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) noted that a larger picture of “ineptness” is emerging regarding President Barack Obama’s administration.

“I think what’s emerging in the last few months is the ineptness of administration,” Issa said, elaborating:

This is an administration that isn’t just ideologically driven to do things we shouldn’t want done; they also cannot do the things they want to do well. That’s perhaps more dangerous. With $3.8 trillion worth of your tax dollars being spent, if they do the wrong things, and do things that are outside the Constitution, we at least can push back and say they have no authority.

But, when there’s things that they’re supposed to do that they can’t execute on, then hundreds of billions of dollars and human lives could be affected. It’s what’s happening under healthcare. The Affordable Care Act is deeply flawed, but it’s also so badly executed that it’s causing people tremendous problems. Fixing the challenges created for healthcare providers may not be possible. Tens of millions of people may not get quality healthcare over the next year or two, and that means lives could be lost.

Seton Motley, RedState: Leftists to Americans: ‘Embrace the Government Suck’:

Uber-Leftist House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently chided her caucus to vote for a Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget agreement – which they didn’t particularly like – by telling them to“Embrace the suck.”  Stay classy, Congresswoman.

This is the same woman who teed up the ObamaCare disaster by uttering the classic “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”  Who said government unemployment checks“create jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.”

Thank goodness she was as Speaker of the House just two heartbeats away from the Presidency.  If San Francisco’s representative didn’t exist, we would have to invent her.

Ok, we could instead just substitute current-one-heartbeat-away-from-the-Presidency Joe Biden – who said the main challenge in the 2008 presidential campaign was “a three-letter word: jobs. J-O-B-S, jobs.

Weasel Zippers: EPA’s Top Climate Change Expert Charged With Fraud of “Massive Proportions”…

Via NBC News:

The EPA’s highest-paid employee and top expert on climate change engaged in “crime of massive proportions” by pretending to be working as an undercover agent for the CIA so he could avoid doing his real job for years, according to federal prosecutors and the agency’s top investigator on the case.

In a memorandum filed days before his sentencing in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, prosecutors asked that John C. Beale, 65, be sent to federal prison for at least 30 months for bilking the government out of nearly $1 million in salary and other benefits over a decade, and said his “historic” lies are “offensive” to those who actually do dangerous work for the CIA.

Beale’s lawyer, while acknowledging his guilt, has asked for leniency and offered a psychological explanation for the climate expert’s bizarre tales.

It’s actually quite fitting that our top man fighting a non existent problem is essentially Walter Mitty.

Campaign Spot: State Exchange With Wrong Prices Spends $75,000 on Murals:

Penny Bacchiochi, a Republican state representative exploring a run for governor of Connecticut next year, points out that the state’s new health exchange, which hadincorrect information online about deductibles and co-insurance for all of the individual health plans offered through the exchange, somehow had the funding tocommission three murals, plus nearly $4,000 to have one of them installed.

Total cost: Roughly $79,000.

The People’s Cube: Down With Santa’s White Privilege! Penguinify Christmas!

Our friend Daniel Greenfield has a few thoughts about ending the intolerable Santa’s White Privilege. Here’s an excerpt:

…no Christmas would be complete without a national conversation about Santa’s whiteness.

Over at Slate, Aisha Harris, its resident expert on being offended by racist things in pop culture, suggested replacing old white Santa with a penguin of no specific color. The little blue penguin (Eudyptula minor) and the yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) are equally welcome. So long as they aren’t the albino penguin (Aptenodytes albus) from beneath the earth. They’re too white. – See more at: http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/down-with-santa-s-white-privilege-penguinify-christmas-t12599.html#sthash.8EIbh3hc.dpuf

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Kurt Schlichter, Townhall: What Santa Should Bring for RINOs, Twerkers and Liberals:

Sure, Santa is a racist, hetero-normative imperialist who supports the dominant patriarchal power structure through his reinforcement of sexist stereotypes, but unlike the people who vote for Democrats, he has a job to do.

So, let’s help out Old St. Nick as he makes his list for some key players in politics and culture.

For Speaker John Boehner, let’s hope Santa brings him a brain. He seems to thinks it’s a great idea to shaft the GOP base on immigration. Don’t let the corporate K Street amnesty cheerleaders fool you, John. If you screw us over, you will split the GOP and lose the House. And you don’t even need a brain to see that.

For the wimpy Republican establishment, let’s hope Santa brings them a spine. Gumby is harder to bend – and would probably oppose amnesty too. They’re eager to surrender our one big success, the sequester, because it’s actually cut spending.

A spine might help them realize that their job is not to forge some sort of smiley-face, bipartisan compromise. Their job is to slash the budget as part of a comprehensive campaign to utterly destroy liberalism by gutting the mechanism that it uses to buy favors from its deadbeat loser constituencies.

Wait, scratch the brain and the spine. Santa, bring these guys a killer instinct, one that compels them to crush our progressive enemies, to see the progressives driven before them, and to hear the lamentations of sensitive, hipster males.

FTR Radio: I Am A Conservative Special Edition Audiobook:

A highly amusing, no-holds-barred meditation on what conservatives really think, and what they really want, by conservative pundit, Townhall andBreitbart contributor and Twitter maven Kurt Schlichter. Too often, conservatives have kept silent in the face of insanity, inanity, and outright idiocy. That ends here!

From mocking Democrat poobahs and Hollywood nitwits to beating on the wimps at the helm of the GOP, I Am a Conservative Special Audio Book Edition goes straight for the throat and says what everyone else only dares to think.

About the author: Kurt Schlichter is a weekly conservative columnist for Townhall.com. He was personally recruited by Andrew Breitbart in 2009 to write first for Big Hollywood, and then for Breitbart.com’s Big Government, Big Journalism and Big Peace sites. His freelance work has also been published in major newspapers and he is often on the air as a guest on nationally syndicated radio programs.

The Daily Caller: Who tops Cruz in early Iowa 2016 poll?

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is the most popular of the would-be 2016 Republican contenders among Iowa Republicans, handily outstripping his potential competition in the state that holds the first nominating contest every four years, according to a new poll.

The Des Moines Register poll, conducted by Selzer & Co. and released Sunday found that a whopping 73 percent of Iowa Republicans hold a favorable opinion of Ryan, the House Budget Committee Chairman and 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee, while just 10 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him. Among tea partiers, he is also far more popular than his competition, with 66 percent saying they view him favorably. 54 percent of born-again Christians like him; only former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is more popular among that group.

Well, well.

The Foundry: Raising the Minimum Wage Would Hurt the People It’s Supposed to Help:

Hike the minimum wage. For politicians trying to show their concern for those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder, it’s a simple solution. It’s catching on again, with several states and municipalities approving local hikes, and a proposal before Congress to hike it by an unprecedented amount, from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over the next two years.

Unfortunately, this seemingly obvious remedy is also a very bad idea, not only for the economy as a whole, but for the low-wage workers it is supposed to help.

Indeed, studies show that the latest congressional hike would likely eliminate some 300,000 jobs per year and lower our national economic output by more than $40 billion annually. Why? Because raising the cost of labor naturally makes it more expensive to hire, leading cash-strapped employers with no choice but to slow down or freeze hiring.

Those who blithely propose large minimum-wage increases are ignoring a basic economic truth: When you raise the cost of something, you slow down the rate at which people purchase it. They buy less. So an employer who might decide to hire another worker when the cost is relatively low will forgo that expense when it gets too high.

That, in turn, can be bad news for those who already work for that employer. He may have no choice but to work his other employees harder, when he could have taken a chance on an unskilled worker and given that individual a chance to prove himself and to move up

NYTs: Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control:

When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state’s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he “maybe” obtained afterward.

He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference.

“How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” he asks.

Colorado’s package of gun laws, enacted this year after mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., has been hailed as a victory by advocates of gun control. But if Sheriff Cooke and a majority of the other county sheriffs in Colorado offer any indication, the new laws — which mandate background checks for private gun transfers and outlaw magazines over 15 rounds — may prove nearly irrelevant across much of the state’s rural regions.

Some sheriffs, like Sheriff Cooke, are refusing to enforce the laws, saying that they are too vague and violate Second Amendment rights. Many more say that enforcement will be “a very low priority,” as several sheriffs put it. All but seven of the 62 elected sheriffs in Colorado signed on in May to a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the statutes.

Twitchy: Not Right: Gabriel Malor looks at ideologies behind high-profile violent acts:

As Twitchy noted, the Denver Post published a profile of Arapahoe High School shooter Karl Pierson, describing the 18-year-old as having “very strong beliefs about gun laws and stuff” and holding political beliefs “outside the mainstream.” Ah, a Tea Partyer, huh? Oh, and a classmate also described Pierson as “a very opinionated socialist” — at least that’s how the Denver Post’s account read, until a stealth edit changed the sentence to read simply, “very opinionated.”

Why scrub the word “socialist”? Attorney and Ace of Spades HQ co-blogger Gabriel Malor has compiled a list of shootings, stabbings, terrorist plots and other attacks, along with the ideologies of the perpetrators, and the picture they paint is certainly not one of a Tea Partyer — not that the media would report that.

Selwyn Duke, American Thinker: White-washing Mandela’s Memory

See also: The Road to Genocide is Paved with Liberal Intentions

After his mother was raped, and then murdered along with his father, sobbing 12-year-old Amaro was gagged and drowned in scalding bathwater. And that’s how the youngest member of the Viana family became a statistic: another in a long line of white South African victims of black violence.

It’s an understatement to say that such crimes have a racial component, yet the government run by the African National Congress – Nelson Mandela’s party – denies even that. It claims that whites are more likely to be victimized in South Africa, one of the world’s most crime-ridden nations, only because they’re wealthier. And this surely is a factor. Yet it doesn’t explain the white car-jacking victim tied behind his vehicle and dragged until his face was completely scraped off.

Gateway Pundit: Leader of Iraqi Catholic Church to the West: “If They Kill Us All, Will You Do Something Then?”

The leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq asked the West, “If they kill us all, will you do something then?”
NRC Online reported:

Warning that a Middle East empty of Christians would be “just like the Taliban,” Iraq’s most senior Catholic leader pointedly called on the West to show greater concern for suffering Christians in the region.

“We feel forgotten and isolated,” said Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church.

“We sometimes wonder, if they kill us all, what would be the reaction of Christians in the West? Would they do something then?”

Sako made clear he’s not asking for a mobilization “to protect Christians,” but rather Western efforts to support “harmonious societies for all human beings”, based on “a civil state in which the only criterion is citizenship grounded in full equality under the law.”

Sako said that at the moment, the influence of Western nations in the region seems to be based primarily on self-interest.

Pope Francis was too busy slamming capitalism to comment.

NY Daily News: The Shack: Queens man breaks leg in Harlem attack, claims to be victim of the ‘knockout game’:

Clifford Wong, 52, was leaving his job at a New York Lottery office in Harlem and was nearing his car on W. 126th St. near Lenox Ave. at about 2:30 p.m. when he saw a group of black teens watching him.

“Something didn’t feel right so I crossed the street,” he said. “I took a few steps and in an instant one guy was in front of me.”

“Where do you think you’re going?” the suspect — believed to be about 15 — asked before he and several of his pals started lobbing haymakers at him.

“Basically they were trying to aim at my face,” said Wong in an interview at Harlem Hospital Saturday. “I had my hands up, but they hit my nose.”

The goons pummeled Wong until he fell to the ground and then ran off.

Paramedics rushed Wong to Harlem Hospital with cuts, scrapes and multiple leg fractures he sustained in the fall.

File under “fake trends”.

CBS Pittsburgh: 1 Arrested After Nun Hospitalized Following Assault And Rape:

BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) – An 18-year-old has been charged in the brutal rape and beating of an elderly nun in Aliquippa.

Andrew Bullock, of Orchard Street, faces at least 10 charges in the Friday morning attack.

The nun serves at St. Titus Church on Franklin Avenue.

She was walking in a parking lot behind the church when she was approached by a man who choked her, punched her, then threw her to the ground where she was assaulted and raped.

Assistant Chief Dan Couch told KDKA’s Kym Gable, “The first thing you notice when you look up up where this horrific act occurred, is the statue of the Virgin Mary looking down.”

Couch told Gable the savage beating outraged officers in his department.

Washington Free Beacon: Female Integration into Combat Roles Could Harm National Security:

The push to integrate female soldiers into formerly all-male combat roles and units could increase injuries, deaths, and incidences of sexual assault and ultimately harm national security, experts say.

The Department of Defense (DOD)rescinded the restrictions on direct ground combat for women in January as part of an effort to promote equality in the armed forces and increase opportunities for female soldiers. Military branches are currently researching the performance of females who volunteered for infantry officer and enlisted training courses, and the service chiefs have repeatedly said that standards will not be lowered to accommodate women in combat roles.

However, critics of the initiative say it comes with social and health costs that are counterproductive. And they say they are deeply skeptical of claims by military leaders that standards will not be altered.

“The Pentagon and the White House see this as being about equal opportunity—it’s not about that,” said retired Army Lt. Col. Robert Maginnis, author of the book Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women into Combat, in an interview. “What kind of nation pushes its young women into direct ground combat? A nation that is willing to compromise security even more and a nation that will not survive in the long term.”

Viral Nova: I Knew Dogs Were Loyal, But This…? I Have No Words For What He Did.

When the Andreev’s town became flooded, they took their dog and went to stay with friends.

On the third morning there, Druzhok disappeared. They went looking for him…

And found him guarding their house.

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Watcher of Weasels: Forum: Whom Would You Name For Person Of The Year?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day,the culture, or topics of daily life. This week’s questionWhom Would You Name For Person Of The Year?

Simply Jews: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. He proved several times during the year 2013 that he is a more astute and more consistent politician, loyal to his friends, disgusting as they may possibly be, than many other leaders, including Barack Hussein Obama.

Bookworm Room:

Leonidas of the year: Ted Cruz, because he took a principled stand when it was unpopular and politically dangerous to do so, and has since been proven right.

Stalwart fellow of the year
: Bibi Netanyahu who, so far, is standing strong against Obama’s love-fest with Iran. (And let’s pray that he continues strong.)

Lying Liar of the year: Barack Obama, the hands-down winner.

Pop culture person of the year: Miley Cyrus, for showing just how debased our culture really is.

Anti-pop culture family of the year
: The Robertson family, of Duck Dynasty fame, for proving that Americans are still drawn to old-fashioned values.

Global warming event of the year
: And it’s a tie, between snowfall in Cairo and an arctic ice cap that has increased in size by 29%

Party hack of the year
: Another tie, this time between Kathleen Sebelius and Jay Carney

Best Democrat line of the year
: Hillary Clinton, when talking about four murdered Americans, defends herself by saying “What difference at this point does it make?” (And she gets extra credit for scrambled syntax.)

Media star of the year
: Megan Kelly

Revolting media personality of the year
: This one was a tough one, but it’s pretty clear that Martin Bashir, who was a last-minute contender, managed to sink to new depths when it came to revolting ad hominem attacks against a conservative personality.

Retro Renovation: Same owners for 70+ years, this 1940 Seattle time capsule house has the most amazing basement ever — 24 photos:

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Imagine living in one home for more than 70 years. The original owners of this charming 1940 time capsule in Seattle, Washington — listed by Realtor Lynly Callaway did just that. Over the years they thoughtfully decorated, loved and cared for every square inch — evident by the many unique custom details — from the adorable vintage kitchen to the extraordinary nautical-themed knotty pine basement. A home this charismatic was sure to go fast, and is already under contract. The hopefully soon-to-be new owners undoubtedly also fell in love with the original charm found in this house. Thanks to reader Kim for pointing us in the property’s direction and photographer Miguel Edwards from Vista Estate Imaging, for allowing us to feature his photos of this very special listing.

The Brothers Brick: Tolkien’s Rivendell comes to life with 200,000 LEGO bricks – exclusive interview with builders Alice Finch & David Frank:

The Brothers Brick is pleased to unveil official photos from the two builders and an exclusive interview with Alice and David.

The Brothers Brick: How did the two of you meet?

Alice Finch & David Frank: The July 2011 meeting was our first SeaLUG meeting, and I remember David brought a part of his Dragon Knight Castle. Even though we were both relatively new to LEGO, it was clear that he was already building like an expert. We got to talking about castles — those that we’d seen in person and those that we wanted to build out of bricks — and we both mentioned how we thought building Rivendell would be the ultimate challenge. We’re both avid readers and dedicated Tolkien fans, so our friendship began with a thorough discussion of Elven architecture.

Over the last two years, we’ve had other projects that we focused on: David has built several castles, one with accompanying village and market, we both participated in a collaborative build of Hobbiton for SeaLUG’s display at Emerald City Comicon, and Alice built Hogwarts Castle. after our building skills had been honed on our own big builds, and with the second Hobbit movie about to come out, we decided 2013 was a good time to take on the challenge of building Rivendell.

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Shock Report: Federal Government Will Bill Peoples’ Estates After Death To Pay For Medicaid Expenses

Friday Free-For-All: Embracing the Suck

Weasel Zippers: HHS Asks Insurance Companies To Ignore 3 Major Obamacare Rules…

On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Health and Human Services said it was “strongly encouraging” insurers to help the department fix a raft of problems created by the rocky rollout of President Obama’s health care law.

Among the guidance the HHS announced:

— It is requiring insurers to accept payments until Dec. 31 for coverage starting on Jan. 1. It is also “urging” insurers to give individuals more time beyond that to pay for coverage. In other words, if somebody pays for coverage in the middle of January, HHS is asking insurers to retroactively make that person’s coverage effective as of Jan. 1. HHS is also asking insurers to cover individuals who offer a “down payment,” even if that payment only covers part of the first month’s premiums.

Griffin: 33 House Republicans Request Meeting with President Obama to Discuss Real Health Care Reform:

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after leading 33 other House Republicans in sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday requesting a meeting to discuss real health care reform alternatives to Obamacare:

“The failure of Obamacare means we must act now.  President Obama said recently, ‘If you’ve got good ideas, bring them to me.’ I hope he meant what he said and will meet with us.  It’s not too late for a fresh start so we can get real health care reform right.”

The letter states: “[I]t is a false choice to say that the [Affordable Care Act] is the only way to reform health care,” and points out that, in the current Congress, House Republicans have introduced more than 200 health care-related bills, which include patient-centered solutions like…

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Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of The American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 3121), which would repeal and replace Obamacare.

Last month, Rep. Griffin introduced H.R. 3541, the House companion bill to Senator Marco Rubio’s S. 1726, the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act.

Moe Lane: Washington State #obamacare exchange raids enrollees’ bank accounts.

Heck of a job there, Governor Jay Inslee (Democrat).  Heck of a job.

Shot, December 10, 2013 (all bolding mine):

Four of the states with their own exchanges – Connecticut, Kentucky, Rhode Island and Washington – have sites that have run especially smoothly, becoming models for states such as Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois and New Mexico that are planning to launch their own sites in 2014.

Chaser, December 10, 2013:

For the second week in a row, the Washington Healthplanfinder website is down, and it’s causing problems for people who are dealing with billing issues. Some of them say the website is mistakenly debiting their accounts.

Shannon Bruner of Indianola logged on to her checking account Monday morning, and found she was almost 800 dollars in the negative.

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The Bruners enrolled for insurance on the Washington Healthplanfinder website, last October. They say they selected the bill pay date to be December 24th. Instead the Washington Healthplanfinder drafted the 835 dollar premium Monday.

 

Weasel Zippers: Dumb: Celebrity Moonbats Tweet Their Support For Obamacare – Dumber: Using Canned Messages…

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NRO: The Left’s Coordinated Assault on Free Speech:

Last week the left-wing British newspaper theGuardianpublished a trove of funding proposals that were privately submitted to the State Policy Network (SPN) — a nonprofit group that coordinates state-level efforts to enact free-market reforms — by state-based think tanks. (One of the documents was a proposal from our institution, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, about reforming Medicaid to better serve low-income Texans.) The publication of the documents is not so much a piece of investigative reporting as it is a modern-day recurrence of 19th-century yellow journalism.

The Guardian justified its actions on the grounds that the public needs “full and fair access” to the conservative groups’ plans, “to allow the public to reach its own conclusions about whether these activities comply with the spirit of non-profit tax-exempt charities.” The clear implication is that the groups in question are nefarious beneficiaries of “dark money” from corporate interests seeking to control state politics.

But the real purpose of the Guardian’s hit piece is far more disturbing than any corporatist conspiracy theory: It is meant to undermine the freedoms of expression and association that all Americans enjoy under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. TheGuardian is well aware of these protections; they are why the paper has been able to publish many of the documents stolen by Edward Snowden. But for the activist Left, those freedoms shouldn’t extend to conservative and libertarian groups.

Truth Revolt: Unions Paid MSNBC’s Schultz $177,000 in 2012, $75,000 in 2013: MSNBC host often touts “blue collar workers” and unionized “teachers” on his show.

A Department of Labor search shows that not only is liberal MSNBC host Ed Schultz paid for his TV show and radio show, but he is getting a hefty amount of money from labor unions. Schultz received at least $177,000 from labor unions in 2012; the average median income for an American family is around $44,000 a year.

This year alone the DOL shows Schultz has been paid $75,000 by the AFL-CIO; just yesterday AFL-CIO Richard Trumka appeared on The Ed Show. As we ring in the new year in just a couple of weeks we will keep track of how much union pay for play Schultz gets in 2014.

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Poor Richard’s News: Obama’s ATF is entrapping mentally disabled teens, giving pot to minors, & luring guns near schools:

President Obama’s Justice Department is running headlong into yet another scandal involving the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. With eerie echoes of Fast and Furious, ATF has been operating elaborate entrapment stings targeting teens in drug and firearm busts across the country.

The details of the operations are astounding, including ATF paying one mentally handicapped teen,  $150 to get a neck tattoo of a giant squid smoking a joint, the logo of a fake pot shop that ATF set up to entrap customers in Milwaukee.

from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Key, who is mentally disabled, was swayed.

He and his friend, Marquis Glover, liked Squid’s. It was their hangout. The 19-year-olds spent many afternoons there playing Xbox and chatting with the owner, “Squid,” and the store clerks.

So they took the money and got the ink etched on their necks, tentacles creeping down to their collarbones.

It would be months before the young men learned the whole thing was a setup. The guys running Squid’s were actually undercover ATF agents conducting a sting to get guns away from criminals and drugs off the street.

The two teenagers didn’t find out that their new tattoos were advertisements for a phony pot shop until they were booked into jail by the Federal investigators.

The details of the entrapment operations get even worse.

Human Events: THE OBAMA-CASTRO HANDSHAKE, A CONFIRMATION:

In executive order after executive order, President Obama abolished President Bush’s travel and remittance restrictions to Castro’s terror-sponsoring fiefdom and opened the pipeline to a point where the cash-flow from the U.S. to Cuba today is estimated at $4 billion a year. While a proud Soviet satrapy Cuba received $3-5 billion annually from the Soviets. In brief, almost every year since Obama took office more cash has been flowing from the U.S. to Cuba than used to flow there from the Soviets at the height of their Cuba-sponsorship.

In brief, there was an excellent reason for the smile on Raul Castro’s face as he shook hands with president Obama.

Oh, I know, I know you keep reading about how its “high time” we “normalize” our relations with Cuba. So here’s a few more items meticulously “overlooked” by the media:

In 1957 (when Cuba was a “U.S. economic colony” we’re constantly told by the media, though U.S. investments in Cuba accounted for only 14 per cent the island’s GNP) the U.S. exported $347.5 million worth of goods to Cuba.

In 2012 (when Cuba was being “strangled by a U.S. economic blockade” we’re constantly told by the media) the U.S. exported $457.3 million to Cuba. In fact for every one of the past 8 years the “Cuba-embargoing” U.S. has exported more goods to Cuba than it did in 1957.

In 1957 (when Cuba was a “playground for U.S. tourists” we’re constantly told by the media) 263,000 people visited Cuba from the U.S. We all saw this in Godfather II, liberals’ top educational source on pre-Castro Cuba, right?  Does that last quip come across as hyperbolic?

WHD: Sorry Democracy; Obama Brings in Two True Believers:

President Obama’s decision to haul John Podesta and Phil Schiliro into the White House is bad news for the Republic. Because Obama is clearly finished with the messiness of democracy, and he intends to rule as much as possible from the White House.

Podesta will take over the job of presidential counselor Pete Rouse, while Schiliro is in charge of the White House Obamacare effort. Both will only be around for 2014, a political year when little is expected to happen on Capitol Hill. But clearly, much will be going on in the White House.

I’ve known and watched Podesta and Schiliro for many years. They are partisan, true-believing liberal democrats. They are relentless and efficient. They have worked with Republicans – and are respected by many of them for their skill and forthrightness – but their passion is leftist policymaking.

Red Nation Rising: #ImpeachObamaRama Viral in Retail Stores:

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How do these things start?  Here’s how: an idea is born and people execute!

A Single Tweet… Shared!

Several weeks ago, someone shared a picture of items in a retail store rearranged to spell out “Impeach Obama” with the Red Nation Rising social community by using the hashtag #RedNationRising on Twitter.  That picture was then posted with some text — sharing the idea — on our Red Nation Rising Facebook Community Page.

A friendly “boots-on-the-ground” activist group with 70,000 members on Facebook called Overpasses For America saw our post, picked up the picture and is all over it!

Voila!  “Impeach Obama-Rama” was born.

December 14th and December 21st

Since that initial tweet last month, people have been shopping at retail stores such as Michael’s Crafts, Kohl’s, Home Depot, and Hobby Lobby and others to rearrange items spelling out anti-Obama messages.  There are National Events planned for December 14 and December 21.

Walid Shoebat: Report: Hillary Clinton tied to Terrorism:

Another complaint has reportedly been filed with Egypt’s Attorney General, Hisham Barakat. According to multiple Arabic sources (Al Wafd and Vetogate among them), this one is said to allege that the wife of ousted President Mohammed Mursi not only admitted in an interview with Turkey’s Anatolia news agency that she sought to excite domestic insurrections to overthrow Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi but that she collaborated with Hillary Clinton.
Mehwar TV Channel has posted a video of a news report, via Almesryoon, given by Nasr Qaffas, who relays the details of Mahmoud’s interview with Anatolia. Key excerpts of the report translated by Walid Shoebat, beneath the video below…
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I was hoping last week’s judiciary hearing on the president’s constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law was the first step by Republicans to finally do something about Obama’s lawlessness.
Remember the Obama Commemorative Victory Plate of 2008 “honoring the election of the 44th president – America’s first African American Commander in Chief?” Who can forget the voice-over saying, “his confident smile and his kind eyes are an inspiration to us all…”
Wednesday, radio talk show host Sara Marie Brenner interviewed Bill Elliott, the cancer patient who gained notoriety when he appeared on Fox News with Megyn Kelly after his insurance was cancelled. Elliott, you may remember, later received notification of his audit from the IRS on the same day C. Steven Tucker, the man who helped him get his insurance back, received his. After reaching out to SC Governor Nikki Haley, a SC congressman and a Democratic US Senator from North Carolina, he was able to get his IRS “audit” terminated.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius got a little heated, this morning, when a Republican congressman got frustrated with the HHS Secretary’s obfuscations.
The president’s approval rating has taken a nosedive in recent weeks due to the rocky start of his “signature achievement”. America has not been sufficiently thankful to him for his herculean efforts on their behalf.


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