Monday, September 30, 2013

Ed Henry to Jay Carney: Why talk to Iran but not House Republicans?

Ed Henry to Jay Carney: Why talk to Iran but not House Republicans?

Ed Henry asked the perfect question to Obama's propaganda minister Jay Carney. Why was Obama so eager to negotiate with Iran and their terrorist regime, but not Republicans on funding the government? It's a great question, but we all know the answer to that. Obama favors Islamic extremists over Americans. As is typical for Jay Carney, he whined and claimed Ed Henry was using 'GOP talking points.'

No, it's a legitimate question that the Obama regime refuses to answer.

Ed Henry to Jay Carney: Why talk to Iran but not House Republicans?

So typical of the Obama regime.

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Ed Henry to Jay Carney: Why talk to Iran but not House Republicans?

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Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama Refuse to Negotiate on Continuing Resolution

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Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama Refuse to Negotiate on Continuing Resolution


Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama Refuse to Negotiate on Continuing Resolution

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Shutdown Countdown

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Monday, September 30th

Shutdown Countdown
Here we are, just hours away from a potential government shutdown. Over the weekend the House worked to advance the ball, but the same can't be said for the Senate. Democrats seem OK with a government shutdown. Should that worry the GOP and the American people? There is not one person in Washington who wants the government to shut down. However, it is the Democrats' insistence on funding the train wreck that is ObamaCare that has put us in this position... more

ObamaCare...Here we go
Can you believe that we are just one day away from the ObamaCare train wreck going into effect? Enrollment in the exchanges starts tomorrow, even with a government shutdown. The kick-start of the ObamaCare exchanges will begin, despite their obvious failings. They are in no way ready for prime-time, but that's not really the point here is it? On the eve of ObamaCare, let's go through some of the latest pitfalls ... what a mess... more
Hood Victims To Al Jazeera: Shove It!
In the aftermath of the D.C. Navy Yard massacre, The Fairness for Fort Hood Victims Facebook page posted a message from someone claiming to be an Al Jazeera producer, asking if anyone from the organization (which is a coalition of Fort Hood victims and family members) would be interested in doing an interview with their anchor, John Seigenthaler about "workplace violence." In the post from September 22, the Facebook page for the victims wrote, "Al-Jazeera 'America,' the 'American' arm of the Islamist propaganda organization based in Qatar, is trying to hide the fact that Fort Hood was a terrorist attack by linking it to the workplace violence at the Navy Yard." Kim Munley, the Fort Hood police officer who came face to face with Nidal Hasan in a shootout the day of his attack gave us her opinion of the alleged Al Jazeera interview inquiry and said, "Referring to the Fort Hood Massacre as 'workplace violence' is a slap in the face to the victims of th is incident and to any American who was affected by it as well." Munley says she has personally received multiple requests for interviews from Al Jazeera but has refused to reply. Here's the post from the Fairness for Fort Hood Victims Facebook page... more

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Obama promised that Americans would see an average of $2,500.00 savings per year thanks to Obama care. This obviously ain't gonna happen. We will pay more. Much more. So where are your republican reps? Why hasn't a single one questioned Obama on this and demanded an answer?

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The Coming Government Shutdown: A Dumb, Dumb, Dumb Idea

Morning Jolt
. . . with Jim Geraghty

September 30, 2013

The Coming Government Shutdown: A Dumb, Dumb, Dumb Idea

So . . . what do we on the Right get with a government shutdown?

Because here are some of the things that happen in a government shutdown:

  • About 1.4 million active-duty military personnel remain on the job but won't get paid until a new deal is signed into law -- or unless the Senate passes and the president signs a separate military pay bill the House passed 423-0. Active National Guard units also must continue to work. About half the Pentagon's civilian workforce (roughly 400,000 workers) are furloughed -- temporary unpaid leave until further notice.
  • All Smithsonian Museums and the Smithsonian's National Zoo close to the public. All National Parks close.
  • Most workers at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs are furloughed as "nonessential" and won't be around to process visa and passport applications. If you don't have a passport, you won't be getting a passport.
  • Most of the federal law-enforcement personnel stay on the job, but not all: At the FBI, 30,208 of 35,267 employees are deemed essential and stay on the job. At the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): 7,437 of 8,842 employees are excepted, and at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF): 4,206 of 5,117 employees are excepted.
  • Regarding illegal immigration, "Citizens and U.S. businesses will not be able to access E-Verify, the Internet- based system that allows employers to voluntarily determine the eligibility of prospective employees to work in the United States. Over 404,000 employers are enrolled, with more than 21 million queries run through the system during FY 2012."

"The IC (intelligence community) has been looking very carefully at this," one official said.

The key question, the official said, is what do agency managers believe are "essential" intelligence operations.

Intelligence agencies plan to furlough employees deemed engaged in "nonessential" work. The spy units have already made extensive plans outlining which workers are considered essential and which are not.

"Employees whose work is critical to national security will continue to work during a funding lapse," said one senior intelligence official.

Workers assigned to cases examining long-term threats, or broad strategic problems, might face involuntary furloughs, while officials assigned to track down urgent threats would stay on the job.

The good (or bad, depending on your perspective) is that Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, and unemployment benefit checks still go out. (If you're applying to get Social Security benefits, you're in trouble, because the workers won't be there to process the request.)  The U.S. Postal Service will be unaffected. The shutdown will interrupt IRS audits.

And the exchanges for Obamacare open Tuesday, November 1, even with a shutdown. (Presuming software glitches don't crash the system anyway.)

For a significant number of Americans -- most notably military families, if that separate military pay bill doesn't move quickly -- this is a lot of grief and aggravation. And for what? What's the upside?

We on the right can, and will, correctly argue that the shutdown is largely the fault of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama, for refusing to accept a one-year delay in Obamacare's individual mandate, or for refusing to compromise on anything else about the program. Obama, Reid, and all of their allies insist that the administration can unilaterally decide which parts of the bill to postpone or suspend. Many in the media will insist it's all the fault of those Republican bogeymen. It's possible that a shutdown will hurt Obama as much as it hurts Republicans. But even if the public reaction is, "a pox on both your houses," that doesn't necessarily improve fortunes for the Right as a whole.

Let's say the government shutdown goes on for a week. Then what? Is the Republican leverage strengthened? Is the Obama administration's position weakened? Is the calculation that Obama will accept a delay in the individual mandate after some period of tear-jerking coverage of military families? Two weeks? A month? How does the means (the shutdown) get us to the ends (stopping Obamacare)?

Is it that a shutdown is good strategy because "it shows the Tea Party that Congressional Republicans are willing to stand and fight"? How much are you willing to bet on 218 House Republicans sticking together as the shutdown goes on? What's the point of going into a fight if one of your flanks is likely to collapse?

Senator Tom Coburn (Alleged RINO, Oklahoma) said, "You do not take a hostage you are not going to for sure shoot. And we will not for sure shoot this hostage." But as I read the conservative blogosphere, I increasingly suspect that there are quite a few folks on the right who are perfectly willing to shoot the hostage. Perhaps it's a reflection of increasing distrust of government at all levels:

A new poll from the George Washington University out this week shows that 35 percent of registered voters said they have "little or no confidence" in federal workers, up sharply from 23 percent just two years ago. Just one in five Americans say they have "lot of confidence" in government employees.

Adams said that the heightened wariness about federal workers included steep increases among independents and even Democrats --who have traditionally been more supportive of civil servants than conservatives.

However, the "little or no confidence" sentiment still strongest among self-identified conservative Republicans -- 45 percent of them. The rest of the public feels more mixed: 19 percent of voters said they have "a lot of confidence" in federal workers, while 41 percent indicated "some confidence," and 5 percent were unsure.

Shutting down the government to "punish" Obama and federal workers may feel cathartic at the moment, but it is likely to weaken the leverage of the House GOP and with it, the cause of limited government.

Ultimately, nothing may persuade the public about the undesirability of Obamacare more than living under it.

Why Is Obama So Sanguine About Implementing Obamacare?

Last week I noted the disconnect between the president's rhetoric on Obamacare (expect some "hiccups") and the actual problems in its implementation, which you've seen with all the train-wreck gifs around here: the program's impact on full-time employment, its malfunctioning software, the program's failure to ensure coverage for 500,000 children, and the way lower-income families that have good insurance plans will be forced to pay much more for them, the difficulty working families will have for the 'affordable' plans,  the fact that the exchange web sites can't make key calculations, and so on.

NR cruiser Bruce Webster wrote in, diagnosing what he sees as a familiar pattern when a large organization begins an extensive, complicated technical project. In short, Obama thinks everything is going fine because most of the bad news hasn't climbed up the organization's ladder yet:

For nearly 20 years, my professional focus has been on large-scale IT projects: why they succeed and why they so often fail. One of my observations -- which dates all the way back to my time as a contract programmer at Apple Computer in the late 1980s -- is that

In many large or even medium-sized IT projects, there exists a thermocline of truth, a line drawn across the organizational chart that represents a barrier to accurate information regarding the project's progress. Those below this level tend to know how well the project is actually going; those above it tend to have a more optimistic (if unrealistic) view.

I wrote a post about this on my professional blog several years ago, and I keep coming back to this concept, mostly because it keeps reappearing in real life. In that post, I talked about the various reasons for the thermocline, then observed:

As the project delivery deadline draws near, the thermocline of truth starts moving up the levels of management because it is becoming harder and harder to deny or hide just where the project stands. Even with that, the thermocline may not reach the top level of management until weeks or even just days before the project is scheduled to ship or go into production. This leads to the classic pattern of having a major schedule slip -- or even outright project failure -- happen just before the ship/production date.

I think we're starting to see that as the 'go-live' date for Obamacare approaches. The Obama Administration has already unilaterally deferred various aspect of Obamacare, for reasons that I suspect are both political and practical. But the individual mandate has not been deferred (yet), which means that all the various state exchanges are supposed to be up and functioning  next week. Some problems are already being reported, and I suspect quite a few more are going to crop up.

The Weekly Sunday Night Near-Heart-Attack Known as "Homeland"

I now have Showtime, so I can watch Homeland in real time, instead of bingeing several episodes at a time when visiting relatives.

Think of it as 24 without the ticking-clock gimmick (it shares some of the creative team from 24) with a much more ripped-from-the-headlines feeling. No fictional government agencies or terror groups here; the heroes work for the Central Intelligence Agency, the bad guys are al-Qaeda and their affiliates, and the stakes are very, very high. The protagonists are maddeningly flawed humans, the villains inscrutable and unspeakably cruel, and the atmosphere is as tense as anything on television.

There is a bit of a flaw in its whole concept, though. (SPOILERS, if you haven't watched the show).

From its opening episode, Homeland offered a daring, unnerving premise: Was rescued prisoner of war Marine gunnery sergeant Nicholas Brody actually a sleeper agent for al-Qaeda? And the answer (SPOILER ALERT) was . . . mostly. Wikipedia summarizes:

The episode "Crossfire" reveals that [terror mastermind Abu] Nazir ended Brody's torture in 2008 and brought him into his home, asking him to teach his son Issa English. Brody soon grew to love the boy as his own son. In 2009, however, Issa was killed in a drone strike while attending school. Brody helped Nazir bury his son and joined him in reciting an Islamic prayer over the child's grave. Shortly thereafter, Brody watched a television appearance by Vice President William Walden who falsely claimed that no children were killed in the drone strike. Brody swore revenge on Walden and agreed to kill him in a suicide attack.

The second season ended with a terrible terror bombing blowing up part of CIA headquarters and killing most of the agency's senior management. As the third season begins, our protagonists are worried that Congress may very well disband the CIA, and we're introduced to an antagonistic senator chairing hearings pledging to get to the bottom of why the CIA failed so spectacularly.

Here's the flaw: The CIA, as seen in Homeland, probably ought to be disbanded, or at least completely reorganized; time and again, its leadership goes well beyond moral gray areas and dives deep into the charcoal realm. As seen above, they're firing Hellfire missiles into schools and then lying about the death toll. They uncover indisputable evidence that Brody is a sleeper agent, and then instead of putting him behind bars, try (and seem to succeed) in turning him into a spy for the agency. (Charging him with crimes and informing the public of the truth is never considered.) The deputy director then plots to assassinate Brody, who in the interim has been appointed a congressman (don't ask). The aforementioned vice president covers up his teenage son's vehicular homicide of a woman, and the agency interferes with the investigation of this crime. Finally, the agency repeatedly entrusts many lives into the hands of an emotionally disturbed, sometimes mentally unstable officer (Claire Danes), who ends up having an affair with Brody.

We're supposed to share the protagonists' horror at the prospect of seeing the CIA disbanded or completely reorganized, but after all we've seen . . . would it really be that much worse?

ADDENDA: September has ended. Somebody wake up Green Day.

Here's Sunday's appearance on Howard Kurtz's Media Buzz:

NRO Digest — September 30, 2013

Today on National Review Online . . .

ELIANA JOHNSON: Mike Lee's quiet conservative leadership. The Other Defunder.

ROBERT COSTA & JONATHAN STRONG: Battling opponents on both sides of the aisle, Boehner struggles to avert a shutdown. The Speaker's Slog.

JOHN FUND: Bill de Blasio is ACORN's candidate for New York City mayor. ACORN Is Baaack.

JAMES PETHOKOUKIS: Even if Obamacare's implementation can be improved, it's still bad for Americans' health. Obamacare: Wrong in Practice, Wrong in Theory.

SLIDESHOW: Meme Watch.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Record Numbers in Poverty Under Obama

Record Numbers in Poverty Under Obama

I'm Afraid This Is Only The Tip Of The Iceberg That's Coming – Too Bad, But Blacks & Hispanics Suffering The Most. Read On>>

9-29-13 NewsMax The median income of American households dropped by $2,627 during President Barack Obama's first term — and the number of people in poverty rose by about 6,667,000, according to a new report from the Census Bureau.

Some 46,496,000 Americans are now in poverty, the highest number ever and a 16.73 percent increase from 2008 when Obama took office.

Overall, 15 percent of Americans are considered to be living in poverty, up from 13.2 percent in 2008.

But the figures are much higher for blacks and Hispanics — 27 percent of blacks and 25.6 percent of Hispanics are living in poverty. The rate for non-Hispanic whites is 9.7 percent.

More than one-fifth of all Americans under age 18 — 21.8 percent — are in poverty, as are 9.1 percent of those 65 and older.

A single individual earning less than $11,270 last year was considered to be in poverty. For two-person households, the threshold is $14,937; for three-person households, $18,284; for a family of four, $23,492.

Last year, the real median household income in America was $51,017, a 4.89 percent drop from 2008. Median income dropped in every year of Obama's first term.

For black households, median income last year was $33,321, according to the report "Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States," released on Tuesday.

The income and poverty estimates shown in the report are based solely on money income before taxes and do not include the value of noncash benefits, such as those provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicare, Medicaid, public housing, or employer-provided fringe benefits.

Record Numbers in Poverty Under Obama

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GOP delays Obamacare, funds government: Let Obama shut it down

GOP delays Obamacare, funds government: Let Obama shut it down

The GOP needs a government shutdown to re-establish GUT-bone fides with the American people.

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Republicans should allow President Obama to shut down the government on behalf of his Big Business and government employee friends to whom he has granted exemptions, subsidies and delays.

Soon after his first inaugural in 2009, President Barack Obama demanded that health care reform be passed quickly to ensure a robust recovery and balanced budget, and that it must be done in comprehensive way. Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) insisted the Affordable Care Act should only be read to discover its specifics, after it became law. Having received zero Republican votes, Obamacare became the Law of the Land.

Five years later, while still awaiting the promised robust recovery and balanced budgets, we have finally had time to read the ACA, including President Obama's amendments via executive fiat granting exemptions to the White House staff, Congress members and their staffs and other federal employees; delaying the Big Business employer mandate; as well as his blanket invitation to file fraudulent income disclosure applications for "exchange" subsidies. However, given the ubiquitous use of the phrase "the Secretary of HHS shall decide" concerning so many of its disjointed moving parts, we wake up each day with War-and-Peace-length postscripts to Obamacare that even now-House Minority Leader Pelosi hasn't yet perused.

To discover the reason for the demotion of the Secretary of Health Care Reading Assignments, read the returns of the 2010 mid-term elections when tea partier conservatives replaced Pelosi with John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House of Representatives with his primary mission to perform radical surgery on the cancer that is Obamacare. Finally, three years later, we detect a reconstructed spine in the House Republican majority, courtesy of minority Republican non-doctor Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio.

Many votes were cast over the years in non-government shutdown contexts that never implicated the notion that America remained a constitutional republic in which the legislative branch shared power with the Chief Executive. In the meantime, the readings of Obamacare were translated into facts on the ground across the Fruited Plain, including:

  • Higher premiums due to insurance coverage mandates, including the funding of abortions, morning-after abortion pills, and contraceptives for wealthy 30-year-old Georgetown Law School Students in violation of the Free Exercise of Religion Clause of the First Amendment;
  • Fines on hospitals for more non-emergency treatment of the indigent more than once per month;
  • Jobs not created, jobs lost and full-time jobs reduced to part-time due to the impending employer mandate;
  • The granting of a one-year delay of the employer mandate for Big Business by executive fiat;
  • Exemptions for federally employees favored by President Obama and the Democratic Party;
  • Loss of coverage for spouse and children;
  • Loss of the Obama-promised right to see one's doctor and maintain current insurance;
  • Scores of new health care-related taxes, including on medical devices; and
  • Scores of other deleterious effects of Obamacare on the pre-Obamacare status quo, the reading of which of would be less voluminous than required to complete volumes A-L of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Finally, given the impending loss of insurance coverage by previously covered employees, Obamacare will not even deliver on its main promise to reduce the number of uninsured Americans; and most of the newly insured will be lower-income individuals and families with children with little or no discretionary income left over after paying for housing, higher Obama energy prices and food to pay the high deductibles under their "exchange" policies.

So, Nancy, Harry and Barack, we finally completed our duty and read your ever-changing Obamacare "law of the land", lived part of it and then took a break and read the following portion of Article I, section 9, clause 7 of the Supreme Law of the Land, for pleasure:

No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.

Notice that it doesn't say "unless Democrats hold the White House and the U.S. Senate." Cruz, Lee and Rubio finally got Speaker Boehner some new spectacles that enabled him to clearly read the above and also discover that it also contained no, "unless Republicans only hold one-half of one-third of the government" clause.

We applauded last week's House passage of a continuing budget resolution that de-funded Obamacare and the holding of the senate floor by Ted Cruz for 21 hours in of support it. De-funding alone would not have affected the imposition of mandates that President Obama hadn't delayed, but would have saved taxpayer money. Bravo. We also support last night's House passage of a CR that delays the entirety of the entirely-un-affordable ACA and eliminates the medical device tax as well as the alternative bill guaranteeing that members of armed forces would not be denied their salaries should the Democrats shut down the government.

We trust that eventually the House will ensure the equal protection of the laws should Obamacare only be delayed and require that All Americans, including elected representatives, White House employees and all federal employees must feel the full brunt of socialized medicine with We the People. And we hope that enough red state-Democrat senators will be so scared of returning to the private sector after the 2014 mid-term Obamacare Election II that they insist on a vote in the senate and send the bill to President Obama.

But honestly, we expect (and actually hope) that President Obama initially vetoes the CR and that Obamacare is only delayed or otherwise ameliorated AFTER a government shutdown because we think that President Obama and the Democrats will only compromise with Republicans within the framework of the Constitution's separation of powers AFTER the GOP shows them they have the GUTS to get past their 1995-6-based unjustified fears.

The American people need to see that not just the Democratic Party has the courage of their convictions. The Republican House has now twice passed bills funding all of the government, except for the Obamacare parts they elected a GOP House to tame. They have also provided for military salaries to be paid should Obama love Big Business more than individual non-Big Business Americans.

Mr. Speaker, you may now go home and re-study your eponymous Boehner debt limit-spending cuts Rule and come back next week. Seriously, go home and don't come back at least until the Atlanta Braves have qualified for the NLCS.

Mike DeVine's

"One man with courage makes a majority." – Andrew Jackson

GOP delays Obamacare, funds government: Let Obama shut it down

John Hames