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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The News I Choose
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.
A job for super ego
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.
Revenge of the Ditz Lord
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.
E-mails show White House tried to muzzle Sharyl Attkisson
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?
Friday Obamacare Doc Dump: HHS Proposes ‘Default Re-Enrollment’ — Into Another Plan
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 , 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 , 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.  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 , 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.
Branco cartoon from Legal Insurrection http://legalinsurrection.com/
Reporters Mock State Dept for Downplaying Benghazi Terrorists Link to Al Qaeda
Jay Carney: Obama ‘Literally’ Doing What He Said Was Unconstitutional in 2011
Obama’s Former Defense Secretaries Dismantle Obama’s Defense Policy
Meet The Dimmest Donks
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
Obama Returns to Vegas a Weaker President
In his second immigration speech at the same Nevada high school, the president faced a very different political reality.
Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless
Clues to Chief Justice John Roberts’ thinking on new ObamaCare case