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“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and….the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” ~ H.L. Mencken – 1920

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America, You’ve Been Grubered!

Kurt Schlicter by Kurt Schlichter

The most important effect of the revelations of the Administration’s flunkies’ history of cheesy lies about Obamacare is that liberals must now answer one threshold question before discussing the substance of any new socialist scheme:

Why should we trust anything liberals say about anything?Robert Ariail

Grubergate is just one of the score of scandals, frauds, and failures that have destroyed any trust in this collection of creeps by anyone except the most leftist and the most stupid, two sets which, if graphed in a Venn diagram, would be represented by a single circle.


What worse fate could have happened to arrogant asshat Gruber than to have his very name be the byword for dishonesty and lies. I’m sure in his heart dishonesty matters little. However for a weasel like this to have the world know what a dishonest little man he is it is a just, and I suspect long-lasting punishment. Just as it will be for Lois Lerner. By their words and deeds you will know them. And America, the smart part, has these arrogant, and oh-so-smart, people’s number

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Lincoln — or Schoolyard Bully?

Even some of Obama’s allies cast a cold eye on his penchant for lawmaking.

columnist avatar John Fund by John Fund

President Obama held a private screening of the Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln at the White House in late 2012, and an ABC News reporter tweeted that Obama was “incredibly moved” by the movie, which depicts how President Lincoln used both high- and low-minded tactics to secure passage of the anti-slavery 13th Amendment. That screening may have set Obama on a path to his new unilateral executive actions to protect illegal immigrants from deportation.

Obama apologists, from Yale Law professor Bruce Ackerman to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are calling Obama’s move akin to a modern version of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

 But there are other interpretations. Saturday Night Live ran a wicked parody of his moves, turning inside out the old 1970s Schoolhouse Rock skit on how a bill becomes a law.
“There’s actually an even easier way to get things done around here, and it’s called an executive order,” Obama (played by Jay Pharoah) proclaims as he shoves cast member Kenan Thompson, who is dressed as a Bill, down the Capitol Steps.
Actor Bobby Moynihan then shows up smoking a cigarette and dressed as an Executive Order. He sings,
“I’m an executive order, and I pretty much just happen.”
The “little boy” who is there to learn how government works then asks,
“Wait a second, don’t you have to go through Congress at some point?”
“Aw, that’s adorable, you still think that’s how government works,” Executive Order responds, as “President Obama” smirks nearby.
The Bill (Thompson) climbs back up the stairs to warn:
“Look at the midterm elections. People clearly don’t want this.”
Obama kicks him down the stairs again. It’s Obama as a bully, unwilling to listen to others.

Ferguson needs facts, not passions

Jonathan Turley by Jonathan Turley

In anticipation of the decision on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, the town of Ferguson, Mo., is a virtual armed camp. Schools are closed. The National Guard was called out when the governor declared a state of emergency. The emergency? A grand jury announcement.

While most protesters have engaged in legitimate and lawful speech, others used the shooting of the black teenager by a white police officer as justification to loot the town. State and federal forces are assembling in Ferguson in expectation that some protesters will riot unless there is a criminal charge. Those who insist that “justice” can be found only in jail for Wilson are speaking not of real justice but mob justice.

After the fatal encounter on Canfield Drive, there was good reason for many to question the shooting of Brown. The 18-year-old was unarmed, and police say he had committed a minor theft before being stopped by Wilson. Given the continuing cases of the profiling and shooting of black males by police, there was ample reason for suspicion. However, there was also ample reason for caution before declaring Wilson was a murderer.

Dueling stories

Within hours of the shooting, two clear and equally plausible narratives emerged. From the police account, Brown attacked Wilson after the officer confronted him for blocking the street. In the ensuing struggle in the patrol car, Brown was shot when he grabbed for the officer’s gun and then shot repeatedly outside of the vehicle. From the account of Brown’s friend (and others), Wilson gunned down Brown after the stop without provocation, including shooting him when he had his hands in the air. Each account has one of the men acting in an unprovoked and violent manner. If either account is true, it will be determined through investigations, not demonstrations.

Rioters, who somehow rationalized looting as acts of moral outrage, weren’t willing to wait for evidence. What is surprising is that national and local leaders showed the same impatience.


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Explaining Away Obama

columnist avatar Victor Davis Hanson by Victor Davis Hanson

The only mystery about the last six years is how much lasting damage has been done to the American experiment, at home and abroad. Our federal agencies are now an alphabet soup of incompetence and corruption. How does the IRS ever quite recover? Will the Secret Service always be seen as veritable Keystone Cops? Is the GSA now a reckless party-time organization? Is the EPA institutionalized as a rogue appendage of the radical green movement with a director who dabbles in online pseudonyms? Do we accept that the Justice Department dispenses injustice or that the VA can be a lethal institution for our patriots? Is NASA now a Muslim outreach megaphone as we hire Russia, the loser of the space race, to rocket us into orbit?

Will the economy ever again grow as it should? Will disability, food stamp, and welfare recipients jump back into the workforce should we frack on federal lands, build the Keystone pipeline or quit berating private enterprise?

Every statistic that Obama has produced on Obamacare enrollment, deportation, unemployment and GDP growth is in some ways a lie. Almost everything he has said about granting amnesty was untrue, from his own contradictions to the congressionally sanctioned small amnesties of prior presidents. Almost every time Obama steps to the lectern we expect two things: he will lecture us on our moral failings and what he will say will be abjectly untrue.

I hope we can all recover, but it would require an honest autopsy of a failed presidency. So far, progressives assume that the media and Obama’s whining, blame-gaming and finger pointing can somehow return him back to a 50% approval rate and perhaps even a face-saving legacy. The result is that progressives, the media, and the Obama cohort have promulgated an entire series of excuses for what is a failed tenure like few any in the last century.


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AP Fact Check Finds Obama Grubered Immigration Speech

P.J. Gladnick by P.J. Gladnick

The Associated Press is not known as being normally critical of Barack Obama therefore it was quite surprising that their fact check found the President’s speech last Thursday taking unilateral action to halt deportations of illegals to be chock full of Gruber. Here is a list of the Gruberisms the AP found in Obama’s speech

OBAMA: “It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive – only Congress can do that. All we’re saying is we’re not going to deport you.”

THE FACTS: He’s saying, and doing, more than that. The changes also will make those covered eligible for work permits, allowing them to be employed in the country legally and compete with citizens and legal residents for better-paying jobs. Perhaps Obama was counting on the “stupidity of the American voters” not to notice. Okay, next Gruberism:

OBAMA: “Although this summer, there was a brief spike in unaccompanied children being apprehended at our border, the number of such children is now actually lower than it’s been in nearly two years.”

THE FACTS: The numbers certainly surged this year, but it was more than a “brief spike.” The number of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border has been on the rise since the 2011 budget year. That year about 16,000 children were found crossing the border alone. In 2012, the Border Patrol reported more than 24,000 children, followed by more than 38,800 in 2013. In the last budget year, more than 68,361 children were apprehended.


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The FCC is ready to get sued over Net Neutrality

Amy Miller by Amy Miller

Net Neutrality has existed for a long time in the nerd-niche of the policy world, but now that Obama has asked the FCC to impose strict new regulations on internet service providers, the issue has jumped out of the shadows and into the forefront of public debate.

“Net Neutrality” provisions—new regulations that would use the authority of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 to prevent internet service providers from granting preferential treatment to different types of online content—are controversial, and have already spurred lawsuits from companies like Verizon who are loathe to cede control of their services to the government, and the FCC is preparing for another onslaught.

Via Ars Technica:

“We are going to be sued,” he said in a Q&A after the FCC’s monthly meeting. “That’s the history. Every time in this whole discussion any time the commission has moved to do something, one of the big dogs has gone to sue… We don’t want to ignore history. We want to come out with good rules that accomplish what we need to accomplish, an open Internet, no blocking, no throttling, no fast lanes, no discrimination, and we want those rules to be in place after a court decision. So we want to be sure we’re thoughtful in the way in which we structure them and we’re thoughtful in the way we present what will ultimately be presented to a court.”

Verizon sued to block rules passed under Wheeler’s predecessor, Julius Genachowski, and has already threatened to sue the FCC over new rules under consideration. AT&T has threatened to sue as well.

Those who support Net Neutrality worry that not having a clear line in the sand will allow large corporations to throttle content from smaller content providers (read: content providers who don’t have piles of money to offer up) and create an unequal playing field for the kinds of free speech the internet is so famous for. But as the great people over at Tech Freedom have explained, this desire for a bright line rule ignores the reality and nature of online content:

…such a broad-sweeping rule against discrimination would do great harm, because it fails to account for a key facet of the Internet: some bit traffic is qualitatively different than others, because some is bursty (like web-browsing) and some requires sustained bit streams (like VoIP calls). Thus, while “neutrality” of treatment would perhaps be warranted when comparing like services (i.e., apples to apples), when comparing unlike services (i.e., apples to oranges), mandating neutral or equal treatment could do significant harm to both. In recognition of the fundamental differences between different forms of bit traffic, Internet engineers developed, among other tools, the Differentiated Services (DiffServ) set of protocols, which were designed to enable differential treatment of bit traffic in real-time. And by allowing ISPs and transit providers the capability to treat some bits differently than others, the Internet itself can work smarter, faster, and better for all parties in the online ecosystem.

The reality of the situation is that the FCC doesn’t have to do what the President says; then again, this fight isn’t new, and the FCC has been trying to impose new regulations on ISPs for years. They understand that certain types of content prioritization can be beneficial to consumers, but are also under enormous pressure from activists and the White House to “end discrimination on the internet” and reach the long arm of government into the workspace of service providers.

And when you start throwing words like “discrimination” into the mix, you can bet that any agency that works closely with the Obama Administration is going to have no choice but to spit out new restrictions on providers. Lawsuits are much easier to deal with than the boycotts of an angry mob—whose members also know quite a bit about what makes the internet go…and how to stop it.


After signing a contract for $325 million this week, Marlins player Giancarlo Stanton celebrated with a $20,000 bottle of Champagne. So let the road to inexplicable bankruptcy begin! ~ Jimmy Fallon

Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection

There will be no Kardashian family Christmas card this year because they couldn’t decide on an appropriate photo. I thought, when did the word “appropriate” ever have anything to do with that family?

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The Benghazi Cover-Up Continues

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

A diplomatic mission was slapped down in the middle of a city controlled by terrorists. The diplomatic mission was left mostly undefended, despite multiple requests by everyone in Libya right up to the deceased ambassador, except by a militia gang linked to Al Qaeda which wasn’t getting paid.

At a time when the State Department was spending fortunes on bad art, on Kindles at the bargain price of $6,000 a reader, not to mention renovating the mansion residence of a political donor/ambassador in Europe who would be the subject of yet another cover-up after being accused of pedophilia (but not before causing a public scandal by blaming anti-Semitism on the Jews) there was no money for securing a diplomatic mission that was so far behind enemy lines it might as well have been in the middle of Iran.

And again it was no one’s fault. Despite multiple whistleblowers from the State Department coming forward, most of them left of center types who wouldn’t spit on a Koch Brother, the panels and committees wrote the establishment a blank check.

It was no one’s fault. Anyone who disagreed with the assertion that the murder of four Americans might be someone’s fault was a right-wing conspiracy theorist. Anyone who thought that we should listen to the testimony of Gregory Hicks, the highest ranking diplomat in Libya after Ambassador Stevens was killed, or to Ambassador Stevens’ own messages asking for more security, was a crazed nutjob.

Only a lunatic would think this might be someone’s fault.


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Sunday Sinkers

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I believe that political correctness can be a form of linguistic fascism, and it sends shivers down the spine of my generation who went to war against fascism. ~ P.D. James

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Reid Is Unapologetic as Aide Steps on Toes, Even the President’s

WASHINGTON — President Obama called Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, to broach a particularly delicate subject. It was during last year’s government shutdown and standoff with Republicans, but Mr. Obama’s frustration focused on one of their own. The president said he suspected David Krone, Mr. Reid’s intensely loyal and influential top aide, of leaking to the news media, and requested that he stay away from future meetings.

It did not take much time for the president’s comments to reach Mr. Reid’s right-hand man. To Mr. Obama’s surprise, Mr. Krone was listening in on the call. Suddenly, the aide piped up and made it clear to the president that he did not appreciate the accusation.


Looks like Obama can’t get any respect within his own party despite their apparent support of and for him. Actually respect from Harry Reid for anyone would surprise me. He’s a thug and always has been. The people of Nevada are not very bright to keep electing such a hooligan but then voters seldom see the skullduggery going on in front of their eyes, especially if they are the potted plant variety of voter. Or the reliable party voted. Same species different name.

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A job for super ego

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

The short bios in the Post and other places featuring immigrants who are in the United State illegally were fascinating. I was struck by their courage to leave their homelands, their pluck at navigating a new culture and their patience in waiting for America’s official welcome mat.

Something else struck me, too. Not a single one expressed remorse for jumping the fence or overstaying visas. The law was simply a nuisance, an unfair barrier to their right to live in America, and they felt no qualms about violating it.

Some of these immigrants, including one woman who snuck in from Mexico 18 years ago, even complained that presidential amnesty doesn’t include free health care.

“It isn’t fair,” Graciela Flores whined.

She and the other 5 million who benefit have found their soul mate in Barack Obama. He’s not into obeying laws, either. And he is endlessly entitled to whatever he wants, whenever he wants it.

Oh, sure, he’s twice taken an oath to “faithfully execute” the nation’s laws, and to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

But he’s not serious about oaths, either. As America has learned, his word is not his bond.


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Revenge of the Ditz Lord

Clarice Feldman image by Clarice Feldman

Having been clobbered in the midterms, the president put on his cockiest face and strut, and in a carefully orchestrated setting designed to make him look imperial poked a thumb in the eye of the newly-elected Congress by announcing that he would not deport the people he was already not deporting. The next day the House of Representatives sued him for overreaching on ObamaCare, but despite a lot of understandably outraged yammering, it is not likely to follow suit or at least succeed in similarly challenging on constitutional grounds his immigration executive order.

True, at the heart of both of these is the president’s inability and unwillingness to respect the constitutional separation of powers in appropriating for himself the functions of both the legislative and executive branch, knowing full well the lengthy process involved in litigation to undo his outrageous behavior.

As usual, Iowahawk most succinctly outlines the situation: “IowaHawk: “LOL at all those Latin American immigrants who came here to escape tinpot dictatorships.”

Perhaps they’ve had enough of tinpot dictators to know one when they see him, and prefer the same constitutional order that we do.


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E-mails show White House tried to muzzle Sharyl Attkisson

Ed Morrissey by Ed Morrissey

Readers can thank Judicial Watch for prying the latest embarrassing documents out of the Obama administration, as part of its effort to uncover the full story behind Operation Fast & Furious. Last night’s document dump deals with a related matter — the attempt to keep the media at bay and spin the news to the best advantage of Barack Obama and outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. The DoJ provided another set of documents, totaling more than 42,000 pages, under court order to JW on November 18th, and they make it clear that the White House took it upon themselves to pressure CBS into silencing Sharyl Attkisson:

One of the documents provides smoking gun proof that the Obama White House and the Eric Holder Justice Department colluded to get CBS News to block reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson was one of the few mainstream media reporters who paid any attention to the deadly gun-running scandal.

In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.

Schultz replied, “Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

Schultz also told Schmaler that he was working with reporter Susan Davis, then at the National Journal, to target Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA). Issa led the House investigation into Fast and Furious. Davis now works at USA Today. In the email chain, Schultz tells Schmaler that he would provide Davis with “leaks.”

Davis wrote a critical piece on Issa a few weeks later.


I was surprised that the attempts by the White House, and ultimate success in getting Attkisson out at CBS, did not outrage other reporters. Do they understand it could, and will happen to them if they do not “behave” themselves.
I have had little to no respect for Bob Schieffer for a very long time. His bias is all too obvious. However I really thought he had more respect for his profession than to be a presstitute for this or any other administration.
I wonder, does the press realize how they have destroyed their credibility? Do they realize that the public, for the most part, has no more use for them than the crooks, aka politicians, they cover?
From all accounts Attkisson has some serious “tech” people looking through her computer. Supposedly CBS is helping. LOL!
I do hope she can prove they hacked her. Even the nitwits that slobber at Obama’s heels won’t like that much. Or will they even care anymore?

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Media B.S.

Friday Obamacare Doc Dump: HHS Proposes ‘Default Re-Enrollment’ — Into Another Plan

columnist avatar Tom Blumer by Tom Blumer

Even if you like your Obamacare insurance plan, Health and Human Services may move you by default into a different one — often with a different network of providers. In such situations, you wouldn’t get to keep your doctors and other providers unless you acted.

That’s what HHS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service has indicated in a 300-page proposal dumped yesterday so it would get minimal media attention (a six-page summary is here). Bloomberg News is one of the few outlets which has noticed it, and is predictably spinning it as a good thing (bolds are mine throughout this post; and numbered tags are mine):

Obamacare Users Would Move to Low-Cost Plans Under U.S. Proposal

Obamacare customers who choose to re-enroll in insurance plans would automatically default to cheaper coverage during sign-up periods, protecting them from price increases [1], under rules proposed by the U.S. government.

The rules, which wouldn’t apply until the 2016 benefit year, were released yesterday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The changes, which also include requirements for insurers on the transparency of their rate increases, are open to public comment.

Changing the way open enrollment works may help the Obama administration address one of the quirks of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On Dec. 15, consumers who are already insured through the government marketplace will automatically be enrolled again in their current plan [2], even if their insurer has raised prices on premiums.

That means customers who aren’t aware they should be shopping around will be getting higher bills in January than they expect, though they can still change to lower-priced plans through Feb. 15. [3] There were about 6.7 million people covered through Obamacare insurance plans through Oct. 15, and the administration has been urging them to check whether their premiums are rising.

The most popular plans in the marketplace in 2014 are increasing their premiums by 10 percent on average in 2015 [4], according to Avalere Health, a Washington consulting firm. In 2014, 28 percent of exchange users chose the lowest-cost silver-level plan, the firm said. Consumers who shop around during the enrollment period will probably find a cheaper plan, Avalere said.


Don’t hold your breath waiting for the MSM to report on this. Their slobbering love affair with Obama may have cooled down some but their dedication to liberal causes has not. Thus they don’t bother to “inform” the public if the information is not a positive for their cause. Reporters? I don’t think so. 


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President Obama gave a speech on immigration tonight, and none of the big four TV networks aired it. Even television wants to distance itself from President Obama now. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

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Congratulations, Democrats you made Scott Walker a rising 2016 star

William A Jacobson by William A. Jacobson

Republican victories in the midterm elections widely are viewed as a rejection of President Obama’s failed policies. But are the elections a harbinger of things to come in 2016?

For Scott Walker, the answer is yes.

Walker was elected governor by a 5.77% margin in 2010, and won the 2012 recall election by 6.8 percent.

This year, Walker beat Democrat Mary Burke, by 5.7% despite national Democrats and labor unions pouring everything they had into removing Walker from office.

Wisconsin didn’t just reelect Scott Walker, it struck a blow in favor of freedom of speech and association.

There even was a third force at play in the election, one which had been stalking Walker for years and like a monster in some horror movie, kept reappearing at the worst possible moment.

That monster was the John Doe investigations launched by Democratic Milwaukee County Prosecutor John Chisholm.

The so-called John Doe Number One, which concerned Walker’s time as Milwaukee County Executive, haunted the 2012 recall election with just enough information leaked to create a cloud of suspicion. The fact that Walker ultimately was not found to have engaged personally in any wrongdoing did not impress prosecutors.


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The Vanishing White Democrat

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Democrats were predicting the end of the Republican Party.

With the rise of Obama, James Carville began peddling a new book “40 More Years” promising that the Dems would rule for generations.

Just this year Carville predicted that the Republican Party would become extinct if it lost to Hillary Clinton. But it was the Democratic Party that was going extinct in Carville’s own backyard.

Republicans began winning Senate seats in Louisiana for the first time in a century in just the last ten years. If Landrieu loses, then both of the Louisiana’s Senate seats will be unprecedentedly held by Republicans.

And Louisiana isn’t an outlier. Bill Clinton couldn’t stop Arkansas from going full Republican with two Republican senators and a full suite of Republican representatives for the first time in history. That’s all the more amazing in a state that only had two Republican senators before that for over a century.

The Democratic Party is going extinct in places like Louisiana, Arkansas and West Virginia. It’s vanishing because the working class White Democrat is becoming extinct.

Even Carville hedged his bets while predicting the end of the Republican Party by joining FOX News.

A generation ago, white Democrats outnumbered white Republicans. Today it’s the other way around. Under Obama, barely a quarter of white people still identify as Democrats.


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Family Fight: White House Whines About Networks Skipping Immigration Speech

Stephen Kruiser by Stephen Kruiser

The White House is exasperated with the major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC — for skipping out on President Barack Obama’s Thursday primetime address on his executive actions on immigration.

When the president wants to make a primetime address, White House officials will reach out to the big networks like ABC, NBC, and CBS, to gauge whether they would consider running the speech live before putting in a formal request for airtime.

But on Wednesday morning, with plans underway for a Thursday night address on Obama’s plans to issue executive actions on some of the most sweeping immigration reform in decades, those feelers came back with a negative report. None of the major networks wanted to take time away from their primetime programming for Obama’s 8p.m. speech. So the administration did not send out a formal request to the networks and took to Facebook to publicize the speech with a special video message from Obama along with a link to the livestream.

It’s delicious to see that even the some of the lapdogs are weary of the Team Lightbringer shtick. President Obama is flexing his ego with this ill-advised move. The only transparency that this administration has ever been able to muster is that surrounding the president’s petulance when he lashes out.

For a man who only wanted the celebrity that goes with the presidency and none of the responsibility, it has to sting when he’s being ignored by the very people who put him in office.

It is easy to understand the networks’ decision. They’re not only bored with President Obama, they have to rest up to make Hillary Clinton seem likable for two years.

Meet the Snobocrats

victor_davis_hanson by Victor Davis Hanson

Meet the Snobocrats

Last week, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber, one of prominent architects of Obamacare, was exposed as little more than an elitist fraud.

Gruber was caught on videotape expressing the haughty attitude that drove the Affordable Care Act, deriding the “stupidity” of Americans as a way to justify misleading them.

Gruber apparently thinks such deception is OK because yokel voters could not handle the truth about the looming chaos he helped to engineer in their health coverage.

Unfortunately, Gruber’s disdain for the proverbial masses — he was paid nearly $400,000 in consulting fees — is thematic of the last six years.

Another master-of-the-universe drafter of Obamacare was Ezekiel Emanuel. He scoffed on national television that the number of people covered by Obamacare at that point was “irrelevant.”

Emanuel also drew attention for his recent adolescent rant in a men’s magazine about the desirability of everyone dying at 75 to save society the expense of maintaining what he sees as the unproductive elderly.

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi lectured of Obamacare that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” The same elitist message reverberates: that government and academic elites are smarter than average Americans, and so need not explain what they are doing.

This is a pattern of Obama administration ruling elites who express disdain or lack of concern about the people they are supposed to serve. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu made a series of astounding statements about energy use, the most inane being that America would be better off if gas costs soared to Europe’s sky-high prices.


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Not Reported: The South Is Carrying the Nation’s Homebuilding Industry

columnist avatar Tom Blumer by Tom Blumer

The nation as a whole saw gains, even though three of its four regions showed double-digit declines. How can that be? The answer is that the majority of all homebuilding is being done in the South — to a degree vastly disproportionate to its percentage of the nation’s population. As defined by the Census Bureau, the South includes the following 17 states: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV.

These states currently have about 37 percent of the nation’s population, but well over half of its home construction and home sales. Additionally, the South’s percentage of the new homebuilding pie has increased dramatically from a decade ago, to an extent not nearly fully explained by migration patterns:

What do most states in the South have in common? With the exception of DC, DE, MD, WV, they’ve far more often than not been Republican-governed bastions of fiscal and economic conservatism. In other words, they’re governed in a manner diametrically opposed to how the federal government and most blue states operate. Imagine how truly awful the long-tepid housing recovery would be if the South wasn’t carrying the rest of the country. I suspect that equivalent statements could be made about many other economic metrics and industries.

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Christine Rousselle by Christine Rousselle

 Personally I could care less what asshat Jon Stewart says about anything or anyone. But others do so…

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Woeful Wednesday

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Today is the day that only 10 years ago would have made no sense whatsoever. It’s National Unfriend Day. This is a day I founded five years ago. National Unfriend Day is like a juice cleanse for your Facebook page.

National Unfriend Day is not fun, but you will feel like a new person. You go through the list of Facebook friends and say goodbye to people that aren’t your friends. You don’t have thousands of friends.

Think of it as “restrangering,” not unfriending. If you would not invite them to dinner, they’re not a friend.

Meanwhile, Facebook is showing no sign whatsoever that they will ever leave us alone. They’re developing “Facebook at Work.” We already have a Facebook for people at work. It’s called Facebook. ~ Jimmy Kimmel

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Obama’s Agenda Threatens to Divide the Democratic Party

Hillary Clinton’s ability to win the White House in 2016 depends on the president moving to the middle, not playing to his base

columnist avatar Josh Kraushaar by Josh Kraushaar

President Obama’s biggest problem over the next two years may not be coming from recalcitrant Republicans, but from members of his own party blanching at his activist agenda over the final two years of his presidency. While the midterm election results suggested widespread dissatisfaction with the president’s policies, Obama nonetheless is planning to press forward on several polarizing decisions in his final two years. It could help advance his legacy, but come at the expense of the Democratic Party’s long-term health.

Three of the administration’s biggest agenda items—threatening a veto of bipartisan legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, reaching a nuclear deal with Iran, and issuing an executive order legalizing millions of illegal immigrants—divide Democrats, and unite Republicans. If the president moves forward with all of them, it would aggravate fissures in an increasingly-divided Democratic Party. And it would put Hillary Clinton, his party’s expected 2016 standard-bearer, in an uncomfortable position even before she announces her candidacy. She’s already avoided taking stances, if not outright rejecting the direction Obama is heading during his final two years in office.

The dirty secret in Washington is that while Obama (rightly) blamed Republicans for holding positions to the right of the American electorate, the president is pursuing policies that are equally as far to the left.


¯\_(?)_/¯: Senate Fails To Move Ahead With Keystone Pipeline and NSA Reform

Matt Vespa by Matt Vespa

As Dan wrote earlier this evening, the Keystone Pipeline vote went down in flames. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Hail Mary ended in disaster; she fell one vote shy to invoke cloture on a bill that probably would not have saved her from defeat in her state’s upcoming runoff election on Dec. 6 against Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy.

Additionally, a bill to reform the National Security Agency post-Snowden also fell two votes shy of cloture; incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spearheaded the bill’s opposition. Yet, both bills are expected to return to the Senate floor next year. Keystone will probably pass, but the changes in the NSA bill will be quite different under a Republican Senate (via NYT):

[T]he vote only put off a fractious debate over security and personal liberties until next year. While a Republican-controlled Senate is less likely to go along with the kinds of changes that were in the bill, which would have ended the N.S.A.’s ability to collect bulk phone call data, the debate could further expose rifts between the party’s interventionist and more libertarian-leaning wings.Under the bill, which grew out of the disclosures in June 2013 by Edward J. Snowden, the former intelligence contractor, the N.S.A. would have gotten out of the business of collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk. Instead, most of the records would have stayed in the hands of the phone companies. Analysts would still have been able to perform contact chaining, but they would be required to use a new kind of court order to swiftly obtain only those records that were linked, up to two layers away, to a suspect — even when held by different phone companies.

The bill would not have required phone companies to hold on to the records any longer than they already do for normal business purposes, which in some cases is 18 months.

With the bill’s defeat, the Senate faces a hard deadline for new legislation since the legal basis for the phone records program, a provision of the Patriot Act, expires in June.

Al Sharpton’s March Madness

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

Here’s today’s quiz: When I say “Al Sharpton,” what other name immediately comes to mind?

A. Bill de Blasio.

B. Barack Obama.

C. Tawana Brawley.

Tick-tock, time’s up. The correct answer is all of the above, which explains much of the current racial trouble in New York and America.

Sharpton, left to his own antics, is a public nuisance. It is a free country and he is entitled to his prejudices and polarizing activism. Sometimes he happens to be right and his megaphone occasionally brings attention to deserving cases that otherwise get none. America is big enough and strong enough to have space for people like him.

On the other hand, his personal conduct is often reprehensible, with his behavior in the Brawley hoax Exhibit A. And it’s not as if he’s cleaned up his act.

He remains a cop hater to the core, a race man who cannot see past skin color and whose business model is based on using a charge of racism as a negotiating tactic. The corporations buying his silence with their “contributions” ought to be boycotted.

He’s also a tax scofflaw who refuses to pay his fair share, thus ripping off fellow citizens, black and white.

As The New York Times reported Tuesday, he faces $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens, both personally and through companies he controls. The amounts owed are growing and his shady use of a nonprofit to enrich himself would make him politically toxic if he were anyone else.

That brings us to the heart of the problem. Despite Sharpton’s shameful conduct, he is a close confidant to the president and the mayor. Thisclose.

Imagine that — he stiffs the IRS and stirs the racial pot to boiling but still regularly gets invited to the White House to advise the president who promised to usher in a postracial society.

Sharpton was there for the announcement of Obama’s nominee to be the new attorney general, Loretta Lynch. That has to flash a chilling message to any honest prosecutor — Sharpton is above the law.

And Sharpton brought some protesters from Ferguson, Mo., to meet secretly with Obama this month, where the president urged them to stay the course, whatever that means.

I don’t blame Sharpton for his access. Most people would happily accept special treatment from the Oval Office.


This part of the Michael Goodwin column is worth standing on it’s own IMO.

Israel grieves alone

Among the troubling rituals of the troubled Mideast are the obligatory expressions of shock after each round of blood-letting. The expressions are brief because some of those professing shock are in a rush to light a fuse for the next explosion.

Yesterday’s grisly murders in a Jerusalem synagogue fit the pattern to a T.

“Pure terror and senseless brutality,” John Kerry said. The strong words marked a rare break from the hapless secretary of state’s usual criticism of Israel, a drumbeat he will resume as soon as the blood is wiped from the synagogue floor.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas didn’t have the decency to wait. He condemned the attack by two Palestinian cousins, but couldn’t resist also condemning Israeli “provocations.”

Right, we’re sorry for your loss, but you had it coming.

This is the reality Israel faces each and every day. A Palestinian drives a truck into a crowd, another one kills with a car. One uses a knife, another a screwdriver.

Yet Washington and the so-called civilized world blame the Jews. If only they would be reasonable, everyone could sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya. Even Hamas would join the fun.

Alas, the Palestinians always drop the fig leaf. The public celebrations that followed the murders, the singing, dancing and passing out of candy, expose the reality. Similar jubilation scenes took place after 9/11.

This is the dominant Palestinian culture. Murder unarmed people, then celebrate and claim to be the victim.

The real wonder is that Israel doesn’t turn them all into cinders.

Eric Holder Sides With Alleged Cop Killers, Again

Katie Pavlich by Katie Pavlich

Earlier this year when President Obama nominated cop killer advocate Debo Adegbile to head up the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder applauded the move. Because of Adegbile’s voluntary work on behalf of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal, who brutally murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in cold blood back in 1981, his nomination was voted down in the filibuster proof, Democrat controlled Senate 52-47. In 2011 under Adegbile’s leadership at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the death penalty sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal was overturned despite thirty years of multiple courts upholding the his murder conviction. Major law enforcement groups representing hundreds of thousands of officers from across the country sent letters directly to President Obama strongly condemning the nomination and worked with Senators to block Adegbile from working in DOJ.

“I’m very disappointed in the Senate’s vote. At a time when significant voting rights cases and other consequential matters are pending, it is more critical than ever to have a confirmed leader for the Civil Rights Division. Mr. Adegbile is a uniquely qualified nominee and an exceptional lawyer. He deserved to have his nomination considered wholly on the merits. His record was either misunderstood, or intentionally misrepresented for the sake of politics,” Holder said when Adegbile’s nomination was blocked.

Now, Holder has sided with a new set of alleged cop killers in Virginia by taking the death penalty out of consideration for four gang members who kidnapped and murdered Police Officer Kevin Quick.


Media B.S.

CNN Misspells ‘Synagogue’ to ‘Mosque’ While Reporting Terrorist Attack

Bryan Preston by Bryan Preston

Two Palestinian terrorists entered a Jerusalem synagogue today and launched an attack on the worshipers using guns and meat cleavers. The terrorists killed four and wounded several more before they were killed by police.

CNN’s Chyron operators got just about everything wrong that they could possibly get wrong during a report on the attack. The nature of the errors suggest bias.

Deadly Attack On Jerusalem Mosque

 The terrorists attacked a synagogue — a Jewish house of worship — not a mosque, which is an Islamic house of worship. The Chryron’s grave error is repeated twice in the segment above.

Additionally, the Chyron says: “Police: Four Israelies, 2 Palestinians killed in attack.” That implies that there are six victims and religion must not have played any role, since two of the victims are Palestinians and presumably Muslims.

But the two Palestinians who were killed were the perpetrators. The Palestinians killed the victims because the victims were Jews. Israeli police then killed the two terrorists before the terrorists could kill even more Jews.


Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection

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‘Remarkable’ That Dem Leaders Got Keystone Vote for Landrieu ‘Only to Pull Rug From Under Her’


WH Stands by Obama Claim That He’s Not an Emperor

Weasel words again.

Boehner: An Obama Keystone Veto is ‘Equivalent of Calling the American People Stupid’

Zing! But then Obama didn’t have to do the dirty deed himself – the Democrats in the Senate did it for him.

AAF Video Shows Why Free Trade Agreements Are Good for the Economy

Meet The Dimmest Donks


Political Cartoons by Gary McCoy

Director Oliver Stone says he’s going to make a movie about Vladimir Putin. I can’t believe anyone would want to work with that insane communist. And Putin is a little crazy as well. ~ Craig Ferguson

Lisa Benson

Good Stuff:

Steve Hayes: “Enablers” At Politico Wrote Gruber Was Not An Architect After Past Article Calling Him That


Controversial De Blasio Aide Finally Out After Months of Scandal

Rachel Noerdlinger takes leave of absence

Tuesday’s Tune-up

witch small Witch’s Will

Whenever you’re faced with an explanation of what’s going on in Washington, the choice between incompetence and conspiracy, always choose incompetence. ~ Charles Krauthammer

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Something To Think About:

The News I Choose

The Deceit, Arrogance, and Stupidity of the Obama Administration

Ron Radosh by Ron Radosh

Who does the Obama administration think it is fooling?

A citizen journalist uncovered Jonathan Gruber claiming that Obamacare passed because of “the stupidity of the American voter,” who did not see through the sleight of hand the administration employed to hide unpalatable elements. The bill, he explained, “was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes.” Soon after, we learned that Gruber had said the exact same thing many times at different venues. He did not — as he tried to claim — simply misspeak on one occasion.

The fact that some advisor who never worked on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms of the voters is no reflection on the actual process that was run.

“Some advisor.” The president implied that Gruber was one of many outside consultants, and not the “architect of Obamacare,” as many news stories and commentators were describing him.

Obama’s argument fell apart almost immediately. Karen Tumulty wrote in Sunday’s Washington Post:

[Gruber] was no ordinary advisor — as evidenced by the fact that he was paid nearly $400,00 by the administration for his work. … His advice was important at critical moments when the bill’s survival was in jeopardy.

Tumulty further revealed that Obama himself summoned Gruber to the White House on July 20, 2009, along with Alice Rivlin and David Cutler, to find a way to lower costs. He did this after the CBO concluded that the act would not lower health care costs in the long run. Gruber’s role, Tumulty wrote, “was to explain the effect that a policy choice would have and to add credibility to the entire endeavor.”

Hence that $400,000 payment, a tidy sum for Gruber, who already had made a small fortune providing similar advice to many states.

Then Nancy Pelosi, when asked what she thought of Gruber’s statements, replied:

I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.

In saying that, Pelosi confirmed that her view of the American voter is the same as that of Professor Gruber. Within minutes the press found a 2009 C-SPAN video of Pelosi in which she talked about Gruber, and the following, which appeared on her own “Newsroom” blog on Dec. 1, 2009:

FACT: An analysis of the House bill by noted MIT health care economist Jonathan Gruber concludes that the bill would result in lower premiums than under current law for the millions of Americans using the newly-established Health Insurance Exchange – including those who are not receiving affordability credits to help them purchase coverage. (The Health Insurance Exchange is for those without access to affordable employer-sponsored coverage.) As Gruber states: “the premiums that individuals will face in the new exchanges established by this legislation are … considerably lower than what they would face in the non-group insurance market [under current law], due to the market reforms put in place by the House plan, the mandate on individuals to participate regardless of health, and the market economies of new exchanges.”

She then linked to Prof. Gruber’s analysis.


Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Government shutdown? GOP has a better strategy

Byron York by Byron York

There’s no doubt where Mitch McConnell stands on the question of shutting down the government. “There will be no government shutdowns,” the incoming Senate Majority Leader vowed the day after the midterms.

To bolster McConnell’s point, his staff recently produced a memo citing polls showing public opinion of Republicans plunging during the October 2013 shutdown — and only now climbing back to pre-shutdown levels. To Team McConnell, it’s an open-and-shut case: No more shutdowns.

But today’s political world is far different from last year’s. First, Republicans are contemplating answering President Obama’s expected unilateral immigration action in ways that do not involve a government shutdown. And second, in light of the midterm results, some in the GOP are recognizing the original shutdown did not end up having the political effects that were once predicted.

First, the GOP response to Obama’s anticipated order. The only thing Republicans will do in the lame duck session — that is, before they take control of the Senate, and keep control of the House, in January — is to make sure a short-term government funding bill is passed by the time the current one expires on Dec. 11.

Then in January, with the GOP in control — and, presumably, Obama’s edict in hand — Republicans will work on crafting a new spending measure that funds the entire government, with the exception of the particular federal offices that will do the specific work of enforcing Obama’s order.

Republican sources liken the contemplated action to Congress’ move to stop the president from closing the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. In 2009, lawmakers denied Obama the money he would have needed to proceed. Guantanamo remains open.


Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Obama in Winter

David Brooks by David Brooks

They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course. The post-midterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency. President Obama has racked up some impressive foreign-policy accomplishments, but, domestically and politically, things are off the rails.

Usually presidents use midterm defeats as a chance to rethink and refocus. That’s what Obama did four years ago. Voters like to feel the president is listening to them.

But Obama’s done no public rethinking. In his post-election news conference, the president tried to reframe the defeat by saying the turnout was low, as if it was the Republicans’ fault that the Democrats could only mobilize their core base. Throughout that conference, the president seemed to detach himself from his own party, as if the Democrats who lost their jobs because of him were a bunch of far-off victims of some ethereal malaise.


Oh-oh, looks like Obama has finally even lost David Brooks.dancing smiley
Calling the Obama White House “pre-emptive obstructionists” is not something I would have ever expect to read in a David Brooks column. Nor I suspect did he.

Political Cartoons by Glenn Foden

Obama vs Us

Walter E. Williams by Walter Williams

Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver? You say, “Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he’s one or the other!” I’d say, “Hold your horses. What are his intentions?” If the driver’s intentions are to cause highway calamity, one can hardly call his actions stupid or incompetent. Given his intentions, he is wisely acting in a manner to achieve his objectives.

This observation lies at the heart of my colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell’s column last week, in which he says, “Pundits who depict Obama as a weak, lame duck president may be greatly misjudging him, as they have so often in the past.” After suffering an elective trouncing at the polls, President Barack Obama issued Congress an ultimatum, saying that if it doesn’t enact the kind of immigration law that he would like, he will unilaterally issue an executive order to change the nation’s immigration laws. This threat, along with other abuses of his office, is not a sign of presidential stupidity or incompetence.


Walter Williams gives us a different take on Obama’s actions. While many of us see them as stupid or incompetent he does not. It’s worth a read and a thought IMO.

Lisa Benson

Media B.S.

 Jonah Goldberg on FNC: ‘Transmission Belt of Liberal Journalists’ Reaffirmed Gruber’s Mendacity

National Review’s Jonah Goldberg went on a tear on Monday’s Special Report with Bret Baier, connecting the circles of lies by the White House and Jonathan Gruber that had impact thanks to liberal journalists.

Goldberg charged that, in the lead up to the ObamaCare vote, Gruber was “being touted around through a transmission belt of liberal journalists, who all are all pretending to be objective analysts too, quoting each other, reaffirming each other, all with the help of the White House which went along with this soup to nuts – a process which this guy says was all about lies and misleading the American people.”


I admit freely that I am a huge Jonah Goldberg fan. He’s smart. funny and when he gets riled up a joy to see. This, IMO, was Jonah at his best. Go get um Jonah!


My Top Videos Today:

 Fmr. Obama WH Official: Jonathan Gruber Was ‘The Man’ Putting Obamacare Together

Obama is so used to lying and having the media swear to his lies that he has no qualms about lying constantly. Even when the lies come back to bite him he just ignores them and carries on as if nothing has happened. Personally I am beginning to wonder if this POS is playing with a full deck.


Ron Fournier: Obama ‘Destroyed the Credibility of His Administration and Government Itself’


 MSNBC: Dems ‘Embarrassing Themselves’ Pretending Not to Know Gruber

Meet The Dimmest Donks


Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

President Obama shrugged off his party’s loss of the Senate Wednesday and said he still plans to enact changes by executive order. He blamed the Democrats’ election losses on low voter turnout. Statisitcs reveal that last Tuesday, most of the usually reliable Democratic base stayed in their graves.


Good Stuff:

White House again enlists celebrities for ObamaCare push

Does anyone pay any attention to what these celebutards say? Who they hell are they to tell us about are healthcare and what is the basis for their expertise?
They know how to play music or play make believe. They have no experience or credibility about healthcare. Why not ask the person behind the counter at the local 7/11? They have just as much knowledge and for me just as much credibility.
Leave worrying about Kim Kardashian’s butt to the celebs and let us make our healthcare decisions for ourselves.


A Legacy of Liberalism

thomas_sowell by Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell takes Nicolas Kristoff apart.


Bill de Blasio Is Being Floated for 2016. Here’s Why That Doesn’t Make Any Sense.

You have got to be kidding me. Even the Donks can’t be that stupid.


More Monday Moorings

witch small Witch’s Will

“The most dangerous myth is the demagoguery that business can be made to pay a larger share, thus relieving the individual. Politicians preaching this are either deliberately dishonest, or economically illiterate, and either one should scare us…

Only people pay taxes, and people pay as consumers every tax that is assessed against a business.” ~ Ronald Reagan

Something To Think About:


The News I Choose

Dear Black People: The Democrats Are About To Break Up With You

Derek Hunter by Derek Hunter

For decades, the black vote in the United States almost uniformly has gone to Democrats.

How’s that working out? Black unemployment is twice the national average, poverty rates are higher than before Democrats offered “help,” and the education system fails a disproportionate number of black children. That’s what 50-plus years of blind voting loyalty to Democrats has earned. And, thanks to those same Democrats and the nation’s first black president, it’s about to get a lot worse.

President Obama is set to legalize upwards of 5 million illegal aliens, with the dream of granting amnesty and citizenship to 6 million to 25 million more, based on estimates and chain migration. These aren’t Ph.D.s with seed capital ready to start tech companies; they’re low- and no-skilled workers with limited English skills ready to take any job available, especially entry-level jobs.

After decades of embracing Democrats on a national and local level, the black community is disproportionately poor and, therefore, a higher percentage of the Americans likely to be competing for those entry-level jobs.

A Lawless Presidency Will Destroy Itself

columnist avatar Jonathan S Tobin by Jonathan S. Tobin

There is no longer any doubt that perhaps within a matter of days, the president will issue executive orders that grant amnesty to up to 5 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States. While the administration is hoping the discussion that ensues will still be about the merits of immigration reform, they should understand that the president’s decision to use his executive authority to treat law enforcement as a function of his personal whim is bound to change the debate to one about an assault on constitutional principles. This means that rather than debating what can be done to stop him in the short term (the correct answer is not much), observers should be pondering the long-term effects of this move on both the future of immigration reform and the fortunes of our two political parties. The answers to both of these questions may not bring much comfort to the president and his supporters.

The GOP-controlled Congress doesn’t appear to have legislative options that won’t involve funding measures that can be portrayed as a new government shutdown. Though it would take presidential vetoes to kick off such a confrontation, with the help of a still docile mainstream media (see Grubergate), Republican leaders understand that this is a political trap they need to avoid. However, what Democrats who assume the mass amnesty will transform the political landscape in their favor and doom Republicans to perpetual defeat are ignoring is that the executive orders will change the terms of the debate about this issue. Though there may be no way of rescinding these orders while Obama remains in office, the real political trap may be the one that the president’s arrogant assumption of unprecedented personal power may be setting for his party.


Great Immigration Betrayal

Ross Douthat by Ross Douthat

IN the months since President Obama first seem poised — as he now seems poised again — to issue a sweeping executive amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, we’ve learned two important things about how this administration approaches its constitutional obligations.

First, we now have a clear sense of the legal arguments that will be used to justify the kind of move Obama himself previously described as a betrayal of our political order. They are, as expected, lawyerly in the worst sense, persuasive only if abstracted from any sense of precedent or proportion or political normality.

Second, we now have a clearer sense of just how anti-democratically this president may be willing to proceed.


In Oregon Illegal Immigrant Referendum, a Warning for Obama

Rick Moran by Rick Moran

Little noticed after the midterm vote, which saw the GOP take control of the Senate and increase their majority in the House, was a referendum in sky blue Oregon to repeal the law that granted illegal immigrants the right to obtain a driver’s license.

Even though the Democrats increased their majority in the state legislature and a Democratic governor was reelected, the measure for repeal passed by a 2-1 margin.

The Associated Press reports:

The state law had seemed to be popular. It easily passed last year with bipartisan support in the Democratic-controlled Legislature and was signed Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, who was re-elected Nov. 4.

Opponents barely gathered enough signatures to put the repeal question on the ballot. Immigrant rights groups outspent their opponents 10-1.

Still, the measure failed in every county but the state’s most liberal one, Multnomah, home to Portland. Even there it trailed significantly behind other Democratic candidates and causes.

“It was really the epitome of a grassroots effort,” said Cynthia Kendoll, one of the activists who led the campaign against licenses. “There’s such a disconnect between what people really want and what’s happening.”



Grubergate shines spotlight on Obamacare profiteers

Byron York by Byron York

Remember when Nancy Pelosi declared that Obamacare was a jobs bill? “It’s about jobs,” Pelosi said in 2011, during a news conference to mark the first anniversary of passage of the Affordable Care Act. “Does it create jobs? Health insurance reform creates 4 million jobs.”

Like many other promises about Obamacare, that hasn’t worked out. But there is no doubt that Obamacare created a lot of work for at least one American — MIT professor Jonathan Gruber. Gruber’s frank admissions that he and others deceived the public about Obamacare have drawn a lot of attention in recent days. But the money that Gruber made from Obamacare raises yet another issue about his involvement in the project. Throughout 2009 and 2010, he energetically advocated a bill from which he stood to profit. And when it became law, the money rolled in.

In 2009, as Obamacare was moving its way through Senate committees, Gruber, who had achieved a measure of fame as the architect of Romneycare in Massachusetts, was a paid consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services. In March of that year, he received a contract for $95,000 to work on the project, and in June he received a second contract to continue that work; it was worth $297,600. Together, they comprise the “nearly $400,000″ that critics have said Gruber received to work on Obamacare.

In 2010, the state of Wisconsin, under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, paid Gruber $400,000 to do a study of the impact of healthcare reform. By the time Gruber finished his report, Republican Scott Walker had been elected governor and wasn’t much interested in using Gruber’s study. “State officials did not invite Gruber to Wisconsin for the release of his study nor did they set up a conference call with him for reporters or even provide them with his contact information,” the Madison, Wis., Capital Times reported. “That is unusual for an important report like this, which cost $400,000.”

In the two years between March 2011 and March 2013, the state of Minnesota paid Gruber $329,000 to study how to make its exchange conform with Affordable Care Act requirements.

In 2012, the state of West Virginia signed a contract with Gruber to study its healthcare system.

“The state will pay MIT professor Jonathan Gruber $121,500 to understand the states health insurance landscape and revisit key assumptions about state health care policy,” the Charleston Daily Mail reported in September of that year. “Gruber is a policy rock star of sorts. He’s advised more than a half dozen states on health care reform.”

In November 2011, the state of Vermont hired a consulting firm that used Gruber to study the state exchange. Gruber was paid at least $91,875 for his work.


Media B.S.

NYT Writer Defends Gruber on MSNBC; Voter Expectations on Health Care Are ‘Completely Incoherent’

During a discussion on MSNBC’s The Cycle about the disparaging comments ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber made about the law’s passage and the “stupidity” of voters, New York Times writer and substitute Cycle co-host Josh Barro sought to defend him by blasting the expectations that Americans have about health care as “completely incoherent” and lying was the only solution to make them happy.

Barro told fellow panelists and guest Lauren Fox of National Journal that “what drives me crazy about this story” was that: “Jonathan Gruber was right. Public opinion on health care policy is just completely incoherent.”


So Barro is basically saying the same thing as Gruber he’s just using different words. Still an insult but a kinder, gentler insult.

Nov. 14, 2014

My Top Videos Today:

Sharyl Attkisson Discuss Bias in Media’s Coverage of Gruber Comments


Molly Ball: Mary Landrieu is a ‘Dead Democrat Walking’


Obama Calls the Architect of Obamacare ‘Some Advisor Who Never Worked on Our Staff’

Whoa – under the bus with you, you arrogant POS! laughing smiley pounding table with hand and pointing

Meet The Dimmest Donks


Nov. 7, 2014

Senator Harry Reid looked forlorn next to President Obama at a White House lunch Friday. He sat about as far away as you could and still be sitting next to him. Democrats are running from President Obama so fast you’d think he had a hundred degree temperature and a Sierra Leone passport.

Good Stuff:

Delusions of the Democrats

Kevin Baker by Kevin Baker


As New Enrollment Period Starts, ACA Approval at 37%

And if that wasn’t bad enough, along came Gruber.


Liberal Law Professor Jonathan Turley: Obama’s Executive Amnesty Threat ‘Tears at Very Fabric of The Constitution”

Katie Pavlich by Katie Pavlich

Sunday’s B.S. Serenade

witch small Witch’s Will

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

The News I Choose

Obama to working Americans: You’re fired!

columnist avatar Michael Goodwin by Michael Goodwin

The late Israeli statesman Abba Eban once said Palestinian leaders “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” He could have been talking about Barack Obama.

Given another chance to do what he claims he wants to do — “get stuff done” to help the “folks” — the president instead is giving most Americans the back of his hand. His post-election agenda is the same agenda he had before the public told him No, Hell No.

His plans are worse than wrong. They are destructive to the people he says he wants to help.

His top three items are immigration, climate change and the minimum wage. Each will penalize people who work for a living.

On immigration, his plan to legalize up to 5 million aliens with the stroke of a pen is certain to invite more illegals to come to America and put a drag on working-class wages.

The Swiss-cheese border will see another surge if he rewards those who came here illegally. Worse, giving millions of immigrants the legal right to work puts them in direct competition with Americans working at factories, farms and low- and semi-skilled jobs everywhere.

With most incomes stagnant or falling for more than a decade, suddenly adding millions of legal new workers to the labor pool will put more pressure on more pay checks. Americans already having trouble making ends meet will be worse off thanks to the president.

Their kids will take a hit, too, and already there are reports of classroom squeezes to make room for thousands of young refugees, including on Long Island. State officials say some schools might cancel sports teams to pay for the high cost of these new students, few of whom speak English.

Obama’s climate change deal with China will unleash a slew of punitive regulations he held back until after the election, meaning two impacts are certain: Jobs will be lost in coal and oil production, and the cost of energy will increase across the country.

The double whammy of pain will yield no climate gain because the deal lets China add even more carbon pollution until 2030, at which point it promises to do… nothing. Meanwhile, America would begin to throttle back immediately.


Lisa Benson

Smug Filled Rooms

Clarice Feldman image by Clarice Feldman

As the story broke bit by bit over the internet — one angry citizen’s (Rich Weinstein) research established that MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, a major architect and salesman for ObamaCare, boasted in 6 separate videos that he lied and that voters were “too stupid” to catch on — we got to see inside what Professor Charles Lipson smartly coined “the smug filled rooms” of the Capitol.

Many observed the only “stupid” people were the Democrats who — without a single Republican vote — twisted parliamentary procedure to pass this into law, accepting California’s constitutional genius Nancy Pelosi’s admonition, “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.”

The revelations could not have come at a worse time for the administration.

For one thing, the Supreme Court just granted certiorari in the King case. That case tests whether the clear language of the ObamaCare subsidies for those who sign up under state-run plans was improperly extended by IRS to signers on the federal website, a bit of administration legerdemain to keep ObamaCare viable after 37 states refused to set up state insurance exchanges.


Obama is So Committed to Net Neutrality He Appointed a Cable Lobbyist to Head the FCC

columnist avatar Daniel Greenfield by Daniel Greenfield

How stupid are progressives when it comes to Obama? There’s a zone there between “lying to us” and “lying to yourself”.

Take this WaPo profile of the supposed division between Obama and his own FCC chairman. Obama is currently pretending that Net Neutrality is a big priority for him. (Pay no attention to all his golfing sessions with the CEO of Comcast.)

So you would think that his appointee would share his priorities. That’s the way it works in every other field. Obama is against Voter ID, for illegal immigration, for gun control, etc… and he appoints people who share his priorities.

So whom did he appoint to chair the FCC?

Obama appointed Wheeler. He wasn’t a Google lobbyist. He was a cable lobbyist. That meant he was there to assure them that net neutrality was off the table.


Let’s face it folks, everything about this POS POTUS is bogus. He is pathologically unable to show any signs of integrity. Perhaps his own self-worship is the cause. If you are you own God you can commit no sin? n’est-ce pas?

 The Repudiation of Barack Obama

John Podhoretz by John Podhoretz

Barack Obama began the press conference he held the day after his party was crushed in the 2014 midterm elections by implying that the results were of questionable legitimacy because turnout had been so low—by some accounts, the lowest since 1942. “To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you,” he said. “To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.”

The contention was ridiculous on its face. You cannot hear people who deliberately choose not to speak. Even so, Obama suggested that, had those non-voters voted, they would have done so in support of him and his party:

One of the things that I’m very proud of in 2008 and 2012, when I ran for office, was we got people involved who hadn’t been involved before. We got folks to vote who hadn’t voted before, particularly young people. And that was part of the promise. The excitement was, if you get involved, if you participate, if you embrace that sense of citizenship, then things change. And not just in abstract ways, in concrete ways. Somebody gets a job who didn’t have it before. Somebody gets health care who didn’t have it before. Or a student is able to go to college who couldn’t afford it before.

Obama believes that he and his party have done all these things—that they have helped someone get a job, get health care, go to college. If that were so, why on earth wouldn’t those very people go to the polls to reward the party that had done such wonderful things for them? Well, he explained, “sustaining that excitement, especially in midterm elections, has proven difficult—that sense of if you get involved, then you know, if you vote, then there’s going to be a big change out there.”

That is one way to look at it. The wrong way.

The voters to whom Obama was referring obliquely are between the ages of 18 and 29. That demographic group’s voting pattern since 2008 shows the error in the president’s analysis.


Lies, damned lies…Obamacare

By New York Post Editorial Board

For all the attention Jonathan Gruber is getting for admitting the architects of ObamaCare were banking on “the stupidity of the American voter” and a deliberate “lack of transparency” to muscle the president’s signature law through Congress, no one needed his videos to know that.

All you had to do is look at the administration’s changing storyline once parts of the bill began landing in the Supreme Court. Because the only way for the court to uphold the law was by confirming the president wasn’t being truthful when he was selling it to us.

Remember the individual mandate and how the White House swore it wasn’t a tax? When it came to the high court, it was upheld — on the grounds that it was a tax.

Ditto for the contraceptive mandate and the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order of nuns who care for the elderly poor and refused to sign a form authorizing an insurer to start providing coverage for sterlization, contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs. All along, the White House said the form is just a piece of paper — yet it’s been fighting the sisters all the way to the Supreme Court to force them to sign.

The latest case involves a provision that grants subsidies only to people who bought health coverage “through an exchange established by the state.” The ObamaCare architects’ intent was to provide strong incentives for states to set up these exchanges. Only 14 states did. So now, defenders of ObamaCare say it was just a typo.

In short, it’s not just that ObamaCare was built on lies. It’s that it requires new lies to get it past the Supreme Court.

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Tapper managed to make a fool of the guy named Deon along the way too. Not that it was difficult given what Deon said.


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