Not a Parody

Tuesday, November 12, AD 2013

girlsurance

 

Hattip to Instapundit and commenter Nate.  The above is an ad put out by “Thanks ObamaCare”, a group supporting ObamaCare.  I wonder if the young lady will still be smiling when she calculates how much her “free” birth control is costing her.

I actually like the ad.  It conveys the complete and utter contempt that the Obama administration consistently displays for their key voting blocs.  I can imagine the bull session that went into the ad.  “Yeah we have to convince young people to buy insurance that most of them do not need at an inflated price with high deductibles.  How to do this?  I know, we will put out an ad showing a hot guy and a hot gal and link having insurance to “free”  birth control and having sex.  Hey, stop laughing!  I know it’s stupid, but so are our voters!”

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  • Got to love that the ad is so over-the-top idiotic that Planned Parenthood originally thought it was an anti-Obamacare parody and blasted it as such:

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/12/new-pro-obamacare-ads-are-so-ridiculous-youll-wonder-if-theyre-real/

  • I’d just like to say that I did NOT tip off Don because I’m the Nate in the photo.

    I did a series of a tasteful nudes for Obamacare.

  • Well, it’s bread and circuses, and Caesars, and everything else that happens when a people decline.

  • I assumed it was real. Because during the 2012 campaign season, I thought characters like Sandra, Julia, Lena, Alicia, Cecile, and all of the costumed Code Pinksters would cause young women to draw back from Democrats in horror and in shame and in fury. They did not. It’s not clear we’ve hit bottom yet.

  • In America it has come down to those who believe in a truth/reality rooted in the transcendant and those who do not. And they do not line up politically. We can no longer expect to read meaning in politics. Politics has become a purely pragmatic enterprise. It is about how to accomplish things efficiently — and democrats and republicans happen to have different understandings about that. But we no longer find a fundamental clash of worldviews there. It is no longer a matter of atheists verses people of faith in the political arena. I’ve seen too many crass republicans and felt their greed, their ignorance, and their selfish pride. No, the political arena is no place to discern the war of good and evil. That goes on in the lives of every one of us, and it is a spiritual and hence, invisible battle.

  • tamsin: Hell is a bottomless pit. There is no bottom nor top in the metaphysical world. While we are preoccupied with fornication, our enemies will be preoccupied with subduing us. Nakedness is designed to humiliate the enslaved.

  • I guess Sandra Fluke was unavailable for the photo shoot. Or maybe her fee was too high.

  • Darwin, that’s both hilarious and sad.

    And then, when it became apparent that it was actually supporters of Obamacare who had produced the ad “slutshaming women”, Planned Parenthood suddenly changed their tune – without an apology, mind you, to the people they had falsely accused – and found the ad to be “good”:

    “2 B clear, ads encouraging women 2 B healthy are good! So is dialogue about birth control”

    About as clear an indication you’ll ever see that politics in this country has become nothing more than a team sport where “our side” = good and “their side” = bad.

  • Is Nate Winchester’s comment for real, or satire? if for real, then why would someone be proud of being a hedonistic promiscuous sexual pervert and purveyor of pornography?

    Maybe I am just too thick headed to understand the humor. I much prefer nuclear engineering – very straightforward.

  • Oh Paul I was joking. It was intended to be over the top and silly.

    Though these days… gets hard to tell I’ll admit.

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Is ObamaCare Repeal Coming?

Tuesday, November 12, AD 2013

 

 

Steven Hayward at Forbes Magazine makes a bold prediction:  that ObamaCare will be repealed well in advance of the 2014 elections:

 

Senate Democrats endangered for re-election will lead the charge for repeal perhaps as soon as January, after they get an earful over the Christmas break.  They’ll call it “reform,” and clothe it in calls for delaying the individual mandate and allowing people and businesses to keep their existing health insurance policies.  But it is probably too late to go back in many cases.  With the political damage guaranteed to continue, the momentum toward repeal will be unstoppable.  Democrats will not want to face the voters next November with the albatross of Obamacare.

The politics of the repeal effort will be a game theorist’s dream.  Tea Party Republicans will resist “reforms” to Obamacare in favor of complete repeal.  Democrats will try to turn the tables and set up Republicans as obstacles to reform, hoping to inoculate themselves prospectively from mayhem at the polls next November. The House might want to insist that the Senate go first; after all, it was the Senate version of the bill that the House had to swallow after Scott Brown’s election in January 2010.  The House can rightly insist that the Senate needs to clean up the mess they made.  Obama may well give Capitol Hill Democrats a pass on a repeal vote, and veto any bill that emerges.  He’ll never face the voters again.

This wouldn’t be the first time that a health care entitlement was repealed.  The same thing happened in the late 1980s with catastrophic coverage for seniors.  Because seniors were made to pay for their benefits under that scheme, the uproar forced Congress to repeal the measure barely a year after it went into effect.  Obamacare looks to be on the same political trajectory, and for the same reason.  Obamacare represents the crisis of big government; the limits of administrative government have finally been breached.  For the first time ever, some polls are showing a majority of Americans doubting the goal of universal health coverage.

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  • Some Dem’s will come back to the vomit to eat it, like an old junk yard dog.
    Pity the hounds.

    This is not very nice however I will say it; Choke on it you vermin pushers of Obamacare. Let them Dem’s be worried about their “political career” if they fear the blow back from unhappy constituents.
    You made your flea bed…now sleep in it.

    I have pondered the rant…..
    Couldn’t erase it. I’m sorry but my hatred for this corrupt program OC and the HHS mandate has the better of me.

    “You Can Keep Your Current Health care Policy!” Liar!

  • We find now that many Democrats are upset with their leadership. They feel they have been lied to and given short shrift. Everyone else seems to feel the same. The president’s approval ratings are lower than ever before, especially among his own party.

  • In the end, Obama will have to eat his own arrogance. He thought that he could force America to swallow his ultra-leftist social engineering and the revolt is gathering force big time. He is just a big wind-bag, in love with his own rhetorical powers. There is nothing behind the rhetoric, just a bare-naked wanna-be. Read Ed Klein’s THE AMATEUR. He nails Obama and David Axelrod as well. Shapeshifters, that’s what they are.

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41% Hike in Insurance Premiums

Tuesday, November 5, AD 2013

 

Obama Remorse

 

Hattip to Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air.  The good news in regard to ObamaCare just keeps on coming:

Notably, this doesn’t count co-pay and deductible hikes. Avik Roy offers the third in a series of maps meant to show, state by state, the impact of Obamacare on the individual insurance marketplace:

 

One of the fundamental flaws of the Affordable Care Act is that, despite its name, it makes health insurance more expensive. Today, the Manhattan Institute released the most comprehensive analysis yet conducted of premiums under Obamacare for people who shop for coverage on their own. Here’s what we learned. In the average state, Obamacare will increase underlying premiums by 41 percent. As we have long expected, the steepest hikes will be imposed on the healthy, the young, and the male. And Obamacare’s taxpayer-funded subsidies will primarily benefit those nearing retirement—people who, unlike the young, have had their whole lives to save for their health-care needs.

 

Bros hardest hit?

 

Men will face the steepest increases: 77, 37, and 47 percent for 27-year-olds, 40-year-olds, and 64-year-olds, respectively. Women will also face increases, but to a lesser degree: 18%, 28%, and 37% for 27-, 40-, and 64-year-olds.

 

There are several states that will see premium decreases, most of which are benefiting because their individual markets were already highly regulated and expensive. Winners and losers:

 

Eight states will enjoy average premium reductions under Obamacare: New York (-40%), Colorado (-22%), Ohio (-21%), Massachusetts (-20%), New Jersey (-19%), New Hampshire (-18%), Rhode Island (-10%), and Indiana (-3%). Most, but not all, of these states had heavily-regulated individual insurance markets prior to Obamacare, and will therefore benefit from Obamacare’s subsidies, and especially its requirement that everyone purchase health insurance or pay a fine.

The eight states that will face the biggest increases in underlying premiums are largely southern and western states: Nevada (+179%), New Mexico (+142%), Arkansas (+138%), North Carolina (+136%), Vermont (+117%), Georgia (+92%), South Dakota (+77%), and Nebraska (+74%).

 

Other winners: The elderly at the expense of the young. Losers: People who like their doctors and current deductibles.

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  • This whole fiasco has members of my family in complete chaos! My son who is 40 was just kicked off his policy because of a “pre existing” condition. Sleep apnea. He has 4 children and is a farmer. They have the kids insured but he cannot get insured. another young family member who just had her first child has just been told that she can no longer have her company insurance or her docs. She is a therapist at the local prison. Another’s been informed that their insurance premium will double, with a larger co-pay and a larger out of pocket. They have 5 children and are in a panic. This administration is pure evil. Now I know why the night of the first BO election I didn’t sleep a wink. My premonitions are all coming true. BO just plain stinks and we get to live through it.

  • “BO just plain stinks and we get to live through it.” if we are lucky.

  • It’s interesting that the states that’ll see overall reductions in premiums are
    blue, and that the states that’ll see the biggest increases are mostly reds…

    Naturally, the crucial swing-state of Ohio will see reductions, on average.

  • This is a completely foreseeable manmade disaster

    As it was intended to be.

    and a slight majority of the American people have nothing but themselves to blame for ignoring the numerous warning voices since this mess was passed in 2009 without one Republican vote.

    You can’t bake a single-payer omelette without breaking a few eggs.

ObamaCare as Cargo Cult

Sunday, November 3, AD 2013

Obama and Friend

 

Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish nails it:

Our modernity is style rather than substance. It’s Obama grinning. It’s the right font. It’s the right joke. It’s that sense that X knows what he’s doing because he presents it the right way. There’s nothing particularly modern about that. In most cultures, the illusion of competence trumps the real thing. It’s why so many countries are so badly broken because they go by appearances, rather than by results.

The idea that we should go by results, rather than by processes, by outcomes rather than by appearances, was revolutionary. For most of human history, we were trapped in a cargo cult mode. We did the “right things” not because they led to the right results, but because we had decided that they were the right things. There were many competent people, but they were hamstrung by rigid institutions that made it impossible to go from Point A to Point B in the shortest possible time.

And we’re right back there today. The entire process of ObamaCare was the opposite of going from Point A to Point B. It was the least competent and efficient solution every step of the way. There was no reason to think that its website would be any better. The process that led to it being dumped on the American people was completely devoid of any notion of testing or outcomes. It was the right thing to do because… it was the right thing to do. It was cargo cult logic all the same. So was its website.

Healthcare.gov, like ObamaCare, was going to work because it was “good”. Its goodness was by some measure other than result. It was morally good. It was progressive. And so the deity of liberal causes, perhaps Karl Marx or Progressia, the Goddess of Soup and Economic Dysfunction, would see to it that it would work. Karma would kick in and everything would work out because it had to.

This brand of magical thinking was once commonplace. It still is. And it’s why things so rarely work out in some of the more messed up parts of the world. But the sort of attitude that would once have made anthropologists shake their heads is now commonplace here. Savages in suits, barbarians with iPads are certain that things will work because they have appeased the gods of modernity with their fonts, they have made a website that looks like a functioning website. And like the cargo culters who built fake control towers expecting planes to land, they thought that their website would work.

Competence is built on the unhappy understanding that things won’t work because you want them to, they won’t work if you go through the motions, they will only work if you understand how a thing works and then make it work by building it, by testing it and by expecting failure every step of the way and wrestling with the problem until you get it right.

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  • Hah I was JUST about to email this link to you. Especially as one who works as a “fixer” of stuff in a day job, this article really spoke to me. It also brought to mind say… Mark Shea’s post way back when on biometric guns. How did he respond? Why almost like a voodoo priest: chanting a mantra and excommunicating unbelievers.

    In fact not just him, but several believers (protestant and catholic alike) I’ve noticed have this belief:

    Healthcare.gov, like ObamaCare, was going to work because it was “good”. Its goodness was by some measure other than result. It was morally good. It was progressive. And so the deity of liberal causes, perhaps Karl Marx or Progressia, the Goddess of Soup and Economic Dysfunction, would see to it that it would work. Karma would kick in and everything would work out because it had to.

    The only catch is that they believe God will work it out (and we do know He’s real). How can you respond to such? How can you even have a debate? “X won’t work.” “X will work! It’s good and God will make it work!”

    As someone who’s watched far better people than me pass on way too early, I doubt them. If God won’t preserve the best of us from the trials and mortality of this life, why would He preserve our foolish plans?

  • As Ben Franklin noted Nate, God helps them who helps themselves. God gave us brains and when we fail to use them He usually allows us to suffer the consequences.

  • Don, if you’re ever around, you’ll have to let me buy you a drink. 😉

    You’re spot on of course. It’s just… one wonders how to even suggest that idea to people. Heck I’ve seen even where people might get it, they then retaliate with something like “Well we’re called to die for our Lord.”

    …REALLY? Not only has (apparently) God called us to be dumb, but now martyrs? I think He told us to die if necessary, not to seek it out.

    Actually it calls to mind that joke about the guy waiting for God’s help during a flood. (who here knows it?) Only now it seem less of a joke and more the S.O.P. of many Christians.

  • TMLutas also has a great examination over just HOW BAD this thing is. (and as someone who has written website code in the past, I can assure you: it’s even worse than you think)

  • obma messing everything up, when him and his wife sign up i will think about it. dont screw with our constatution, i have rights and a lawyer. we should all think about what we want, not what some guy in office for 8 years wants, i have the freedom to pick what i want and i will. after he leaves how much money will he make per year off the american people, and in 5 years how much will i pay then can obama tell us that no he can not.

Yep, the Emperor Really is Naked

Sunday, November 3, AD 2013

Snake Oil Salesman

An increasingly desperate President Obama had a speech last week in Boston where he acted as a pitchman for his floundering ObamaCare.  Sarah Palin called it his Sham Wow speech:

President Obama flew in to Boston today to deliver another “ShamWow”-style infomercial for Obamacare, and it went about as well as his entourage’s snarled traffic debacle in Beantown.

As millions of Americans are being kicked off their desired insurance plans and seeing their premiums skyrocket, the President had a lot of ‘splaining to do today. For starters we anticipated a Presidential apology for lying to Americans repeatedly when he promised things like, “If you like your current health care plan, you can keep it.” Make no mistake, he knew he was lying when he said that. And make no further mistake, after five years of false Obama claims, no one should actually expect contrition on this administration’s part.

Bloomberg reports that in June of 2010, the administration knew millions would be kicked off existing healthcare plans due to Obamacare; but President Obama continued to knowingly deceive the American people with repeated claims that if we liked our current plan we could keep it.

So, finally busted, did the President apologize? Was remorse and sympathy shown for Americans who now can’t afford health insurance thanks to Obamacare? Nope. He instead informed us that Americans who receive cancellation notices have been on “substandard” plans supplied by “bad apple” insurers. That’s right. Obama didn’t lie to you when he said, “if you like your plan, you can keep it.” Why? Because, you sillies, you DIDN’T REALLY like the plan you chose for yourselves! No arguing. Barack Obama knows best and he’ll tell you whether you actually liked your insurance plan or not. If you’re an elderly bachelor, your old plan was clearly “substandard” because it didn’t offer maternity care. What’s that you say? You don’t need maternity care? Well, according to the President today, he says you do, and any insurance plan that doesn’t offer it is a “junk” plan provided by a “bad apple” insurer.

Go here to read the rest.  That Palin is calling out Obama is unremarkable.  What is remarkable is that some of the media are beginning to act as if they are not simply unpaid Obama press agents.  ABC News in regard to the same speech:

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Joe Biden Explains It All

Friday, November 1, AD 2013

I, and doubtless other fans of Veep and beloved National Clown Joe Biden, have been waiting breathlessly for Joe’s take on the ObamaCare rollout debacle.  He explained that neither he nor the President are technology geeks.  Say it ain’t so Joe!  A hall mark of this administration has been its appeal to tech loving young, and now to have revealed that the men at the head of the administration are so technologically clueless that they took three years and half a billion dollars to construct a website that would have been a disgrace circa 1995 is a crushing blow.  I know Joe!  Call upon one of your predecessors Al Gore.  Since he invented the internet, I am sure that he will be able to lead the repairs on the website so that it performs at a 1999, heck maybe even a 2000, level.  Then perhaps it will be able to enroll 12 people on its first day of operation rather than the 6 people the current web site did during its first day. Everything is going to be fine once Joe puts his mind to it and gets Gore on the job!

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  • Correction!
    Not 6 enrollees….
    one enrollee from Philadelphia enrolled twice. 🙂

  • Obama is nothing but an S.O.B. who only cares about himself and the killing of innocent babies…whoever voted for this moron I hope is very happy…God help us all…

  • ObamaCare was not meant to help America, or to heal the sick, or to lower healthcare costs, or to lower the debt, or to expand the economy.

    It’s not a mistake, not an accident, not a titanic failure. It’s a massive, cynical act to wreck the evil, unjust economy, kill jobs, and tear down capitalism. It’s Obama’s national IED. He wants to hurt us, to bring us to our knees, make us give all to the state.

    Obamacare is meant to wipe out the middle class.

    Schadenfreude Department:

    Instapundit quotes L.A. Times and comments: “Most young, middle-class Americans I know are happy that millions of previously uninsured people will receive free or heavily subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We just didn’t realize that, unless we had health insurance at work, we’d be the ones paying for it.” Shoulda inquired a bit more before voting for Obama. . . .

  • I liked that last minute where the ‘customer’ almost got eaten by pac-man in the Tron-universe!

Obama Lied, Your Insurance Died

Thursday, October 31, AD 2013

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  • Apparently, the 52% of Americans who re-elected Obama are unfamilar with the street con game: “Three Card Monte.”

  • As an aside, the govt. tested the website a month before go live and it failed with only 200 – 300 federal employees attempting to use:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57610138/obamacare-website-failed-in-tests-just-before-launch-date/

  • The plain lie that you could keep your health plan was key to ObamaCare getting through Congress.

    From IBD, “Obama’s ‘keep your plan’ pledges were perfectly precise. By making this false claim and repeating it over and over again, he was able to convince those who had insurance that they’d be immune from ObamaCare.”

  • My guess is that north of a third of the population is unalterably committed to him and will never hold him responsible for one thing; the people reacting to this are the 15% or so of the public who have never been all that invested in him.

  • We have two batchelor sons. The 31 y.o. in VA doesn’t have health through his employment and sees through the ruse. He’ll pay the $95+ fine, if it comes to that.
    The 33 y.o. lives in an expensive area of CA. He works fulltime and parttime jobs plus has a 3rd, his own company. The fulltime employment pays $170/mo. towards premiums. The group insurance has been dropped so this week he bought individual -$360/mo. plus $5k deductible and it doesn’t cover much. “Mom, I pay the premiums, but cannot afford to get sick.” Perhaps he’ll vote conservative in the next election, if there is such a candidate.

  • Re Sen. Landrieu: My husband has family in LA and they always saw Landrieu for what she is.
    Hopefully her family name won’t be enough to get her re-elected this time. What whoppers will these (D) politicians who voted for Obambinationcare come up with to save their skins NOV 5th and in 2014?

  • Re: Mary Landrieu: So typical! Scratch a liberal, get a hypocrite, every time. Ms. Landrieu will be running for re-election soon, and this is just a ploy to cover her pro-abortion stance, for a constituency largely Catholic. She calls herself a Catholic, but has supported every bill to fund Planned Parenthood that has come her way.

  • Art – Generally correct but I think it’s more like 20-25% instead of 33%+. A small positive, but when elections are won and lost by 3-4 points, it could make the diff. Plus, I also believe that a good chunk of the brainless faithful will simply be too depressed, especially if Hillary runs – the slaughter at Benghazi will ironically be an apt metaphor for what she’ll go through.

  • Whenever a Democrat politician starts talking like a Republican, you know election time is drawing near.

No Snickering While You Read This!

Wednesday, October 30, AD 2013

 

 

Well, maybe a little.

“I spent two years defending Obamacare. I had constituents scream at me, spit at me and call me names that I can’t put in print. The congressman was not re-elected in 2010 mainly because of the anti-Obamacare anger. When the congressman was not re-elected, I also (along with the rest of our staff) lost my job. I was upset that because of the health care issue, I didn’t have a job anymore but still defended Obamacare because it would make health care available to everyone at, what I assumed, would be an affordable price. I have now learned that I was wrong. Very wrong.”

For Klinkhamer, 60, President Obama’s oft-repeated words ring in her ears: “If you like your health plan, you will keep it.”

When Klinkhamer lost her congressional job, she had to buy an individual policy on the open market.

Three years ago, it was $225 a month with a $2,500 deductible. Each year it went up a little to, as of Sept. 1, $291 with a $3,500 deductible. Then, a few weeks ago, she got a letter.

“Blue Cross,” she said, “stated my current coverage would expire on Dec. 31, and here are my options: I can have a plan with similar benefits for $647.12 [or] I can have a plan with similar [but higher] pricing for $322.32 but with a $6,500 deductible.”

She went on, “Blue Cross also tells me that if I don’t pick one of the options, they will just assume I want the one for $647. … Someone please tell me why my premium in January will be $356 more than in December?”      

The sticker shock Klinkhamer is experiencing is something millions of individual policyholders are reeling from having gotten similar letters from their private insurers.

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  • President Obama has a proven track record helping the little people from his prior career in community organizing.

    WSJ editorial, “The Obamacare Awakening”, conclusion: “ . . . Once customers are herded into the exchanges, HHS has the power to further standardize benefits, further limit choices by barring certain insurers from selling through selective contracting, and generally police the insurers to behave like the government franchises they now are. The state-run exchanges in Vermont and the District of Columbia have already barred individual coverage outside their exchanges.

    “None of this is an accident. It is the deliberate result of the liberal demand that everyone have essentially the same coverage and that government must dictate what that coverage is and how much it costs. Such political control is the central nervous system of the Affordable Care Act, and it is why so many people can’t keep the insurance they like.”

    Binyamin Applebaum in the Boston Globe:
    “[A] Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies – including several hundred in Obama’s former district – deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.

    “Grove Parc and several other prominent failures were developed and managed by Obama’s close friends and political supporters. Those people profited from the subsidies even as many of Obama’s constituents suffered. Tenants lost their homes; surrounding neighborhoods were blighted.”

    Exhibit A is the horror of South Chicago where Obama’s cronies (Resko) bilked the city of millions for “public housing.” Housing so shabby that it was condemned in less than 15 years as uninhabitable. But Obama and company lined their own pockets with cash and power. The poor had “victory” courtesy of Obama for three or four years…until the roofs leaked and the doors warped and the plumbing rusted.
    Today the poor of South Chicago are still poor, and poorly housed. But Obama, following the Alinsky model he applied so astutely, is hailed as a redeemer, a power-broker for the poor. Who was served? The poor or a Marxist politician with dreams changing America into a nation of “organized” serfs?

  • Who was served?

    Answer: both. The Marxist (I’d say fascist, but why quibble?) was served. The poor got served, as the kids (used to?) say.

  • No Snickering

    Schadenfreude pairs better with a Milky Way Dark anyway.

  • Insane. I have a question. Even if this horrendous law was repealed tomorrow – would the price go down to pre-stupid law values? I think this is just the tip of the avelanche…

  • If I were not so lazy and had a stronger stomach, I would look into clocking the revolutions per minute currently being logged by M.Z. Forrest and Morning’s Minion. Maybe Darwin will do it for me.

  • Alinsky model indeed T. Shaw.
    Liar from the very beginning.
    Used Catholic school in Chicago to get things going….then tries to disembowel the Holy Catholic Church with HHS mandate.
    This ego maniac transparent as crude oil radical Muslim is no President of these United States.
    He is a agent of darkness.
    A son of Satan and our prayers for his soul might be the only lifeline for him.
    Jesus saves sinners with a contrite heart.
    May this imposter pray for change in his heart.

  • Good. I am glad this is happening. The only way these liberals will learn anything is to have to suffer the consequences of their asinine, godless, iniquitous liberal progressivism.

  • I hate Obama and alinskyism like the Archangel hates Satan and sin.

  • Their tears of rage and frustration are sweet, sweet nectar.
    Thank you, Mr. McClarey, for brightening my day!

  • If Obamacare doesn’t work out as promised it must be due to the greed of the private sector, “wreckers” if you will. Fixing it will demand even more gov’t control.
    Harry Turtledove wrote an alternate history “Joe Steele” in which Stalin’s parents immigrated from Georgia to the US. Listen to it free at:
    http://escapepod.org/2006/09/21/ep072-joe-steele/

    I don’t think we’re _quite to the show-trial phase but just wait.

  • Another Obamacare defense talking point is that while some premiums are going up, the average premium price is going down. I don’t see how it’s possible. I hope we get some real numbers from mostly reliable sources.

  • http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100243707/sebelius-says-obamacare-website-never-crashed-obamacare-website-promptly-crashes/
    Read the comment by cyclicrate in above blog

    The US has entered into a contract with a real estate firm to sell 56 buildings that currently house U.S. Post Offices. The government has decided it no longer needs these buildings, most of which are located on prime land in towns and cities across the country. The sale of these properties will fetch about $19 billion.

    A regular real estate commission will be paid to the company that was given the exclusive listing for handling the sales. That company is CRI and it belongs to a man named Richard Blum.

    Richard Blum is the husband of Senator DianneFeinstein. (Most voters and many of the government people who approved the deal have not made the connection between the two because they have different last names).

    Senator Feinstein and her husband stand to

  • A regular real estate commission will be paid to the company that was given the exclusive listing for handling the sales. That company is CRI and it belongs to a man named Richard Blum.

    Well I remembered her husband’s name. A dear friend of mine experienced in the ways of state and local politics in New York was insistent on this point: hunt for your truffles where the no-bid contracts be.

    Blum is 78 years old and was already rich a generation ago. Feinstein grew up upper class and married well several times over. That these geezers are raking it in should be a scandal of scandals.

  • Let’s see. I’m a numbers type of guy.

    Fifty-six buildings for $19 billion, that averages at about $399 million per postal palace. Assuming even a low 3% commission that’s $570 million.

    Much of it will wend it’s way back to Barrack and Holder through Acorn, Rezko, et al.

    “That these geezers are raking it in should be a scandal of scandals.” Only where there is a (R) in parentheses behind their names.

    I take solace in the knowledge that they can’t take it with them. It will burn.

    Fienstien and her husband are oligarchs. They will be exempted from the death panels.

    To the viscous go the spoils.

  • Ditto to what T. Shaw wrote at 10:24 am.

  • Now – there must be the skulduggery of George Bush weaving its mayhem here.
    Surely SOMEONE can find facts to support its George Bush’s fault –

    Anyone?….Anyone?………………..

    (maybe the Tea Party………can we blame the Tea Party?.)

  • Is Ms. Klinkhamer offering us an example of invincible ignorance?

    Not that I could this as an example, the temptation to indulge in schadenfreude makes her story a near occasion of sin.

  • Oh, I haven’t noticed if anybody so far has mentioned Obama’s promise that under the Obamatopia regime, the average household would save $2500 per year on their health plan.

    We were warned way back when that all of Obama’s promises come with an expiration date. Every. One. Of. Them.

  • With all of the “savings” from lower insurance premiums I’ll be able to contribute to the brownshirt “no child left-in-the-womb” programs.
    Thank you Obama.
    You are sooooo cooool.

ObamaCare and the Big Lie

Tuesday, October 29, AD 2013

One of the many, many lies that Obama told when he was selling ObamaCare was that if you liked your policy you would get to keep it.

Obama knew that this was a lie when he said it.  ObamaCare was designed to cause people to lose their pre-existing insurance.  NBC, probably the most pro-Obama administration of the three networks, has a story explaining how the hilariously named Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) mandates the loss of such policies:

 

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

 

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”  

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.

Buried in Obamacare regulations from July 2010 is an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy. And because many policies will have been changed since the key date, “the percentage of individual market policies losing grandfather status in a given year exceeds the 40 to 67 percent range.”  

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6 Responses to ObamaCare and the Big Lie

  • I suspect, like Bill Clinton, the notions of ‘truth’ and ‘falsehood’ do not register with this man in the way they do with ordinary people. He just utters whatever b.s. serves his purposes at the moment.

  • You got what you voted for…now everyone has to live with the results! Hope “you” are happy!

  • I’d really like to know why no one is trying to impeach him. When comparing him to Nixon, he seems about a billion times worse. But then again, maybe the thing he lacks is integrity. Nixon resigned, right? I am ashamed to say that I don’t know history for that part of US History.
    When I posted on FB, in August, that we couldn’t keep our same plan, several Obama lovers came on to my post & posted that they love what they have, are happy with the changes & don’t care (or don’t think) that he lied. Now it’s October, and I wonder if they’ve gotten the letter or other news that what they liked isn’t allowed.

  • I’d really like to know why no one is trying to impeach him.

    1. Nixon faced a legislature controlled by the political opposition and Obama does not.

    2. Nixon violated various and sundry unwritten standards which politicians impose on each other. Read Ron Nessen on how Gerald Ford, who was pleased to tolerate creatures like Lyndon Johnson and John Kennedy, thought of Nixon. Read George Will on Nixon, ca. 1973, which one may surmise reflects what a great many Republican congressional staff though of him as well as what Will’s old boss Gordon Allott thought. Our political class has lowered its standards and Obama had gotten mulligans all his adult life.

    3. Obama’s offenses likely cannot be readily formulated into discrete violations of the federal penal code. Some of Nixon’s could.

    4. Nixon had to manage a war which, in the words of Nicholas von Hoffman, ‘split the ruling classes’. In so doing, he offended a critical mass of the political establishment and there was the manpower on hand (Archibald Cox, Leon Jaworski, John Sirica, Katherine Graham et al) to take him down. The media establishment is commercially quite a bit weaker and has less integrity than was the case in 1970; they are Obama’s puppy dogs. As for the legal establishment, they get more scandalous every year.

    5. As Robertson Davies said, there is scant relationship between popularity on the one hand and integrity and good performance on the other. A large bloc of the population is willing to give Obama a pass as they were Bilge Clinton, for reasons one surmises are superficial.

  • “A large bloc of the population is willing to give Obama a pass as they were Bilge Clinton, for reasons one surmises are superficial.”

    The large bloc grows each day. The hundred million that dependent on the government to provide for them outnumber full-time employed, taxpayers.

  • What health care plan do the Obamas have????

    If he really believed in the AFCA, President Obama (with Michelle next to him and their daughters behind them) should have signed up or had the pretense of signing up in front of live cameras from every network and news service.

4 Responses to Kathleen Sebelius Explains It All

  • Impaling Obamacare on ridicule may be the only thing they understand and the only thing that may work.

  • Getting a shut down on the video.. “This video is private.”

    Oh well.

    Sebelius might have been the preverbal “last straw” according to Catholic radio host Al Kresta. Today he reported that a formal request to remove “Catholic” from Georgetown University identity will be delivered to the Vatican. It seems the latest slap in the face of good practicing Catholics at Georgetown was when they honored K. Sebelius recently.
    A well documented complaint spanning twenty three years of abuses that appose Catholic teaching is making its way to Rome.
    TAC. Please inquire.

  • May 21st 2012 you did report William Blatty complaint regarding Georgetown.
    I apologize for not looking in your archive sooner.

  • I posted a new version of the video which links to watch it on Youtube.

Who Needs Fake Horror?

Saturday, October 26, AD 2013

Hattip to Instapundit.  It is deeply ironic that young people, one of the main constituencies that helped elect Obama, will be the ones trying to dig this country out from the effects of this administration long after I am dead and gone.  My condolences to the young people who refused to be scammed, but who are along for a very rocky ride anyway.

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Democrats in Panic Mode

Thursday, October 24, AD 2013

 

A few Democrats are beginning to understand that ObamaCare is beginning to turn into a political nightmare for them.

Democrats facing difficult reelection campaigns in 2014 — Sens. Mark Pryor of  Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark  Begich of Alaska — came out on Wednesday evening in support of extending the  open enrollment period of the law, as first proposed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of  New Hampshire, who is also up for reelection in 2014.

Senate Republicans — and their campaign arm — are seeking to do anything and  everything to tie Democrats like Pryor, Begich and Landrieu to Obamacare,  betting they are on the wrong side of public opinion regarding the health care  law. With web issues continuing to plague people’s abilities to sign up on the  federal exchange, these Democrats are seeking to get ahead of GOP attacks.

Shaheen called the experience of trying to sign up for the insurance  marketplaces “incredibly frustrating and disappointing” and said the system is  “riddled with problems.” In that light, Shaheen wrote a letter to President Barack Obama saying that the open  enrollment period should be pushed past March 31, given that the exchanges  remain weighed down by problems more than three weeks after their rollout.

“I support extending the enrollment period to give people who haven’t had  access or who want more choice enough time to shop from the 40 competitively  priced plans in Louisiana’s marketplace. The administration should consider this  common sense suggestion,” Landrieu said.

Both Begich and Pryor also indicated worry that people would get unfairly  dinged by the $95 penalty if the website problems persist — a scenario that  Manchin and Isakson are drafting legislation to avoid.

“I have repeatedly said this law is not perfect,” Begich said. “Given the  recent website issues, I also support extending open enrollment season. I want  to work with the administration to ensure that individuals are not unfairly  penalized if technical issues with the website continue.”

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  • “Republicans should oppose any delay.”

    Blackmail! The Democratic Party should take any step – even shutting down the whole entire government for 17 days if need be – to stop this madness!

  • Let them crash and burn.

  • They’re better off if the entire system stays crashed.

    For example, a healthy (or grievously ill) young woman’s monthly health care premium is more than doubled.

    “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me for five years . . . I’m an Obama voter.”

  • I think this is one of the several reasons that the shutdown as a mistake for the GOP. In the end, the gambit won as nothing, and we lost two weeks during which the utter failure of the ObamaCare exchanges could have been the number one story instead of the number two or three.

  • No, I think the shutdown was worth it. As the magnitude of this disaster begins to sink in, especially among the millions of people now having their pre-existing insurance cancelled because of ObamaCare, they will recall that the Republicans, at least the conservatives within the Republican party, attempted to prevent this. From a cold political calculus, ObamaCare implementation after a defeated GOP attempt to stop it places the Republicans in the best position to benefit from this fiasco.

  • It’s going to be hard to oppose delaying 0care after supporting it, don’t you think?

    I suppose they could go back to supporting repeal, or extract some serious concessions from Democrats, like taking away the 75% subsidy from Congressional members & staffers, etc.

  • But it seems like we could have achieved that effect by repeatedly passing legislation through the House that cancelled or delayed ObamaCare, without tying it to the the shutdown and debt ceiling. I agree it’s essential to keep fighting ObamaCare down the line, I’m just not sure that the shutdown got the message out very effectively.

  • Maybe my usual personal focus group of uninformed voters are off — but I’m concerned that too many of the unplugged voters who lamentably make up the swing vote in elections are convinced that the shutdown only occurred because “Republicans hate government” and not because we were trying to stave off the ObamaCare disaster.

  • I would tell them that the shutdown occurred because Harry Reid and Barak Obama hate Republicans.

  • From a tweet quoted at Instapundit: “Obama shutdown the govt to stop the GOP from making any change to law he had to change a week later.”

    Thing is the lying sacs of excrement of the legacy media are too dishonest to report it, and the idiotic Obama worshipper is too stupid to get it.

  • As the magnitude of this disaster begins to sink in, especially among the millions of people now having their pre-existing insurance cancelled because of ObamaCare, they will recall that the Republicans, at least the conservatives within the Republican party, attempted to prevent this.

    Not if Republicans don’t remind them, they won’t. Of course, any and all attempts to do so will be decried as “unhelpful,” “opportunistic,” “counter-productive,” etc., etc., so how likely is it to happen?

  • “only occurred because “Republicans hate government” and not because we were trying to stave off the ObamaCare disaster.”

    The media and the Democrats will be peddling that narrative, but the reality of the pain of ObamaCare will be the overriding concern for people suddenly faced with their premiums going up and their deductibles greatly increasing. Not to mention the tax penalty that will be assessed for not having health insurance that most people I think do not yet understand. Additionally, a fair number of the base of the Republicans were energized by the shutdown attempt, not a small factor to take into consideration going into a midterm election of the last term of a Democrat president. No, although it was not planned by anyone, the failed shutdown attempt and the Obamacare disaster tie together nicely.

  • [A] fair number of the base of the Republicans were energized by the shutdown attempt, not a small factor to take into consideration going into a midterm election of the last term of a Democrat president.</blockquote

    Except that what's energizing a not insignificant subset of that base, myself included, is the desire to punish the so-called establishment wing of the GOP, which they see as ineffectual at best.

  • Obama and Sebellius in chorus, “The dog ate my homework!”

  • No delay.

    I want this to crash and burn and smolder at least through the 2016 presidential elections.

  • “Republicans should oppose any delay.”

    Does the king need the permission of the people’s house to do this? I figured he would make it happen like all parameters of Obamacare, by executive fiat.

  • “My mind cannot fathom the (lack of) intellect that would believe this.”

    Behold, the specter of Juan Williams. If you want to witness everything that is wrong with the low information voter today it can be summed up in one man. Juan Williams represents the lowest common denominator so well the LCD entry in Wikipedia has his picture embedded in it.

Internet Hitler Dismayed by ObamaCare Rollout

Friday, October 18, AD 2013

I can understand why Internet Hitler is so upset.  Control of medicine is so essential for any group seeking to reshape a nation, as the historical Hitler’s reign so amply demonstrated.  Ah well, as Karl Marx noted, in one of his few on target observations:  History does tend to repeat itself:  the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

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  • Now shared on my Facebook page and blog site. Thanks, Donald!

  • The latest news is that if the exchange snafus continue they will be going to a paper based application process. Wouldn’t that be the perfect cap to this saga? In a digital age the government is moving at the speed of analog. Can’t make this stuff up.

  • Paul D.

    “Change we can believe in.”

    Your right! You can’t make this tripe up.
    Narcissism is Obama’s defining trait.

  • That’s how it works for out vets. And we can all see what a great system that is!

  • I wonder if even Hitler would have been so stupid. How does one say subsidiarity in German?

  • Obama needs to go….NOW…..how many times has everybody been told not to send personal information on the net or on the phone especially to someone you don’t know….anyone who enrolls is a complete moron….this is one president you really and honestly can not trust….

  • Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me for five years . . . I’m an Obama voter.

    Here’s what Plato said about public opinion. “Opinion ain’t truth.”

    None of the central planners, control economy geniuses saw the housing bubble before it burst and caused the Great Recession in 2007/8.

    In fact, in the 100 years since they invented the income tax and the Federal Reserve, the (academic with no real-life banking or corporate experience) dude in the green suit, behind the green curtain feverishly pulling/pushing 68 green, bone ivory levers has never gotten it right.

    Yeah! Give them more power over everything . . . imbeciles!

  • So Obama’s latest political cover is that he’s more frustrated than anybody and people can apply for Obamacare by mail or by phone. Yes, that sounds like a great idea: apply for your Obamacare by mail and try tracking that down when it gets to D.C.! I’m sure Obama himself will ensure each and every application gets opened and processed.

    This rabbit hole gets deeper each day. We need more Heritage Foundation videos tracking the central planning Rube Goldberg machine as it feeds on itself!

  • The attachment humorously compares one form of modern idiocy with another, the grandiosity of Hitler’s failed plan with Obama’s. Hitler’s dilemma derived of an immoral plan to change Europe into his conception of Utopia. Both the means and ends were unjust. It failed due to unintended consequences of Hitler’s actions. Obama’s plan seems at least partially amoral and regardless of many consequences, some good, some evil, and some which may bring failure in their train.

A Republican Defeat?

Thursday, October 17, AD 2013

 

 

From a conservative Republican perspective there seems to be little good from the outcome of the shutdown fight.  ObamaCare remains funded, and that was the chief goal that concerned most conservative Republicans.  However, sometimes it is a good idea to take a look at an event from the eyes of an adversary.  Here is what things look like to liberal Peter Beinart at The Daily Beast:

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the press is missing this because most of the press is covering the current standoff more as politics than policy. If your basic question is “which party is winning?” then it’s easy to see the Republicans as losing, since they’re the ones suffering in the polls. But the partisan balance of power and the ideological balance of power are two completely different things. The Nixon years were terrible for the Democratic Party but quite good for progressive domestic policy. The Clinton years were, in important ways, the reverse. The promise of the Obama presidency was not merely that he’d bring Democrats back to power. It was that he’d usher in the first era of truly progressive public policy in decades. But the survival of Obamacare notwithstanding, Obama’s impending “victory” in the current standoff moves us further away from, not closer to, that goal.

 

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  • I think it was Jonah Goldberg who pointed out in a GLoP culture podcast that it seems like every time Obama gets what he wants, it blows up in his face… so maybe what we should be doing is stop fighting him so much.

    Of course, this would all be a lot easier if we could get back to federalism. (that is, let each state be as progressive or conservative as they want, and let everyone move to the state most befitting them)

    And if you’re a leftist about to protest on how this needs to be applied across all states, congrats, that just made you the modern day puritan.

  • The entire “shutdown” was a Democrat stunt. The lapdog Democrat media always blames the doltish Republicans for these shutdowns and gutless Republicans trash real conservatives who want to stand for shrinking government.

    McConnell needs to be primaried out of his job. So does Gramnesty. The dead Strom Thurmond would do a better job in the Senate now than Gramnesty does.

    Going into his sixth year in office – it is only two months away – the Obumbler Tyranny has never passed a budget. Hannity, whom I do not care for, played a radio clip Wednesday afternoon and there were several low information voters – oh, hell, let’s call them dimwits because that is what they are – and they blamed Bush for the current problems. For laughs, I invite everyone to check out the Letters to the Editor of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The levels of stupidity are amazing. I don’t know how some of those people ever figured out how to operate a doorknob.

    I want Obumblercare to blow up in the faces of the Commucrat Party. I want it to stain every Commucrat and every other lemming whoever supported it and that goes for Carol Keenan.

  • Voters vote by their pocket.
    Politicians offer bribes – financial benefit bribes – lower taxes, better social security payments, free this, free that.
    So when the useful idiots realise they are being creamed of their hard earned wages, and for no increased benefit but in many cases reductions, the impact at the ballot box will be significant.

  • Don, your point is a good one, but…..
    there are people in this nation who will never pull a voting lever for anything but a Commucrat, such as 95% of blacks even those who are married with good jobs, homes and kids. Auto workers – Commucrats, even as the Commucrats seek to destroy the auto industry with ridiculous gas mileage requirements. Unionized government workers – they exist to elect Commucrats. Public school teachers – see above.

    The private sector employee whose paycheck is not assaulted by the likes of Richard Trumka – the fat, obnoxious Pittsburgh area native who runs the AFL CIO – likely does not vote for the Commucrats. Stupid young people who are told what to think by modern TV, movies and music (especially single young women), illegal alien Hispanics, blacks, government workers……..tend to be loyal Obumblerbots and Commucrats. Obumbler cobbled them together and got himself elected twice.

    What Obumblercare will likely do is annoy enough young people to stay in Mom’s basement and not to vote for the Commucrat in 2014 and most certainly in 2016.

    Nothing will improve for the better, however, with McCain, McConnell, Gramnesty, Boehner and Cantor still in the United States Congress. In their own way, they are as bad as Obumbler.

  • Waiting periods, coverage issues, quality of care, and certain limits will be a learning experience. There are corporate and certainly government exemptions for those who want to control the who’s and how’s of their own healthcare, which is telling. Elections … parties ,,, my eyesight is dimming.

  • here in the united kingdom we have government run health care and I can tell you….it does not work….even those in parliament say that it does not work and they even told obummer that it does not work so why would that moron obummer do exactly what is not working is beyond me…other than the fact he is only in the white house because of his colour…my opinion of course…

  • Power and Control is why he does it J.A.C.

    For your own good of course!

  • Fortunately, when the Jackass Party faithful don’t get what they were told they would get, they stay home. Watch for a Zimmerman-like incident come next October-November that the blabbermouths will hype to try to rally the racialist mob. It’s all they’ll be able to do.

    And this made me grin :”Despite overwhelming public support, gun control is dead.” I don’t know what polls he’s reading, but it never was popular except among the media bobbing heads and east coast soccer mommies. If there had been any real momentum, we’d have seen legislation.

    One more thing – who else noticed that at roughly the same time, the Senate voted against ratifying the UN Arms Treaty? It would be interesting to see if there was any vote trading.

  • Half the population is receiving government assistance in one form or another. For some ungodly reason the people believe that this largess and generosity is coming from the Obama administration. Now, people are being seduced to believe that Obamacare is going to give them care and subsidize their premiums. Government in and of itself owns nothing. The generosity and assistance granted to people in serious need is from the taxpayers. Taxes belong to the tax payers even as the taxes are administered by the administration. In other words, no matter what party is elected into office, the generosity and assistance, of necessity, and in the good will of the people of this nation, will continue if not increase.
    Of the public lands and waterways, these like all public squares are owned in joint and common tenancy by each and every citizen, the rich, the not so rich, the young, and the old, not only because of the taxes which are paid by the people, but because the sovereign personhood of every individual constitutes this nation. The sovereign personhood of every individual constitutes the president and the presidency. You own it all, and I own it all, in joint and common tenancy, in personal and particular responsibility, and in corporate patriotism.”E Pluribus Unum” “from many (people) comes one (people)”.

Obama Administration as the Most Compelling Argument Against Big Government

Friday, October 11, AD 2013

 

 

 

As a conservative I do appreciate one thing about the Obama administration:  it makes the argument as to the evils of big government far more effectively than ten thousand free market sermons.  Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics takes a look at the Obamacare roll out, and the unbelievable level of incompetence it betokens:

 

 

Sebelius’ department had 3½ years to prepare to implement the Affordable Care  Act. No one ever suggested that commandeering one-sixth of the American economy  would be an easy task. (Many Republicans suggested the opposite and were  dismissed as killjoys for their efforts.) But after the debacle of the last two  weeks, liberals and Democrats—not conservatives or Republicans—should be calling  for Sebelius’s head.

The administration’s handling of the implementation of Obamacare over the  past three years has been a slow-moving train wreck: a mixture of embarrassing  delays, hard-to-justify waivers, and assorted bad news about the unintended  consequences of the law. Some of this was Sebelius’s fault, some of it was  not.

The crowning blunder came 10 days ago with the rollout of healthcare.gov website, the centerpiece of the administration’s effort to sign individuals up  for coverage through the government-run health care exchanges that are at the  heart of the legislation. To say this was vitally important to the overall  success of the law is an understatement. It is the aspect of Obamacare that the  president himself has said is utterly essential—and backed up those words by  letting the federal government shut down rather that give in to Republican  demands to gut it. Nonetheless, its premiere was a giant flop – and Kathleen  Sebelius is responsible.

The government’s website apparently cost more than $500  million to build—and counting. This is more than LinkedIn, Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram or Spotify, and yet it has been a disaster from the get-go,  freezing, crashing, and locking people out.

The administration’s line is that the website was overwhelmed by surprisingly  strong demand, which they cast as a good thing. Programmers who peeked under the  hood of the website scoffed at that assertion, saying that the site was so  poorly constructed, so full of glitches and buggy code that it could never have  supported even the most modest traffic levels. Some of that code was actually  caused by spelling errors in Javascript.

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  • So, I understand you to be saying you have no better, more effective, argument against big government than our government, of which President Obama is the elected executive. I would ask you simply to witness to that deficiency by keeping quiet. On the other hand, speak and prove your point!

  • Oh I have endless arguments against big government FK, as detailed in many of the thousands of posts that I have made on this blog since its inception five years ago. However, Obama has been a godsend for those opposing big government with his gross incompetence, his pettiness and his malevolence. If I were a champion of the nanny state I would curse his name each day.

  • There is money in incompetence if you know who to bill. Much of the shrillness of the Democratic banshees, is attributable to their grim will to protect their own rice bowls.

  • Ivan

    Of course, democratic government is always a contest between the friends of corruption and the friends of sedition; those who profit from existing abuses and those who look to profit from the disaffection that corruption naturally produces.

  • As the world around us goes to hell faster than you can say “twerk”, barbed humor may be one way to cope with secular machine and its surrounding chaos. Great video.

  • How does our faux constitutional professor in chief get around the Equal Protection Clause when he grants exemptions to persons of certain classes or categories? While the language thereof applies to the states, it says, ” No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” This appears to apply to state exchanges established under Obamacare. I am not a lawyer, just merely Irish. Nonetheless I see a constitutional issue here.

  • One of many constitutional issues of great moment William which still await to be decided by the courts. I think the Equal Protection Violation is clear, especially when, as in the case of Obamacare, a penalty is provided under the law for those who are not granted an exemption or waiver.

Crazy Times

Wednesday, October 9, AD 2013

You know that you are living in crazy times when the major domestic initiative of a Democrat administration since the inaptly named Great Society has a disastrous roll out and the only “journalist” to grill the woman in charge, HHS Secretary Kathleen “Tiller-the-Killer-was-my-friend” Sebelius , is liberal clown Jon Stewart, doing the job the “professional” “journalists” refuse to do.

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  • Silver lining department: That liberal clown is a main source of “news” for low-IQ, Obama voters (I repeated myself, again).

    If he’s lost Jon Stewart . . .

  • What’s strange about this is that there has been little self-criticism from
    anyone in the media. It’s obvious to anyone with eyes to see that there is
    precious little journalism being practiced anymore– but no one in the
    profession has called his own colleagues out. How is it that thousands of
    journalists could be suborned without a few going down fighting?

    I don’t doubt that the profession, as a whole, has sold out. I’m just puzzled
    to understand how it was done without anyone putting up resistance.

  • Clinton: Galloping credentialism means that most newspapers and media outlets won’t consider hiring a reporter who hasn’t got a degree specifically in journalism or, Heaven help us, ‘communications’. Journalism schools have been dominated by the Left for decades, and do a ruthlessly efficient job of weeding out anyone who won’t sacrifice the facts for the party line. They’re taught not to report the truth, but to be advocates for causes — always Leftist causes.

    Now, some of these J-school grads do eventually grow up; but by that time they don’t dare stray from the party line, because they fear for their jobs. Massive layoffs, newspapers and magazines folding, media ownership being consolidated year by year — there’s always plenty to fear. The ones who overcome that fear and speak the truth don’t, as a rule, stay employed for long.

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  • Tom, Clinton– doesn’t that make you twitch a little when various politicians have been muttering about a legal definition of “journalist”?

    When a fat little housewife has done more actual investigating than “journalists,” it’s a scary, scary day….

  • Y’all, I had reason to re-read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 address to the
    graduating class of Harvard. It was an astonishing indictment of Western
    civilization at the time– especially coming from a man so familiar with the
    brutalities of communist Russia. If anything, it is even more accurate today.
    Here’s what he said about the press in the West 35 years ago:

    …”The press too, of course, enjoys the widest freedom (I shall be using the word
    press to include all media). But what sort of use does it make of this freedom?

    Here again, the main concern is not to infringe the letter of the law. There is no
    moral responsibility for deformation or disproportion. What sort of responsi-
    bility does a journalist have to his readers, or to history? If he has misled public
    opinion or the government by inaccurate information or wrong conclusions, do
    we know of any cases of public recognition and rectification of such mistakes
    by the same journalist or the same newspaper? No. It hardly ever happens,
    because it would damage sales. A nation may be the victim of such a mistake,
    but the journalist always gets away with it. One may safely assume that he will
    start writing the opposite with renewed self-assurance.

    Because instant and credible information has to be given, it becomes necessary
    to resort to guesswork, rumors, and supposition to fill the void, and none of
    them will ever be rectified, they will stay on in the reader’s memory. How many
    hasty, immature, superficial and misleading judgements are expressed every
    day, confusing readers, without any verification. The press can both simulate
    public opinion and miseducate it. Thus we see terrorists made heroes, or
    secret matters pertaining to one’s nation’s defense publicly revealed, or we may
    witness shameless intrusion on the privacy of well-known people under the
    slogan “everyone is entitled to know everything”. …

    … Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic disease of the 20th century, and
    more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. …

    … There is another surprise for someone coming from the East, where the press
    is rigorously unified: one gradually discovers a common trend of preferences
    within the Western press as a whole. It is a fashion, there are generally accepted
    patterns of judgement and these may be common corporate interests, the sum
    effect being not competition but unification. Enormous freedom exists for the
    press, but not for the readership, because newspapers mostly give emphasis
    to those opinions that do not too openly contradict their own and the general
    trend.

    Without any censorship, in the West, fashionable trends of thought are care-
    fully separated from those that are not fashionable. Nothing is forbidden, but
    what is not fashionable will hardly ever find its way into periodicals or books
    or be heard in colleges. …”

    Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard address was true in 1978, and even more true today.
    “Enormous freedom exists for the press, but not for the readership…”. Indeed.