On The Cusp of 2014

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Victor Davis Hanson: That the president of the United States serially lied over Obamacare earns a “duh.” The NSA mess warrants a “whatever.” Each time we witness something akin to the NSA, IRS, AP, and ACA machinations in the future, the supporters of the next untruthful or immoral president will no doubt offer in defense, “But Obama did worse and nobody cared.”

Thomas Sowell: Whenever we stand on the threshold of a new year, we are tempted to forget the hazards of prophecy and try to see what may lie on the other side of this arbitrary division of time.

Sometimes we are content to try to change ourselves with New Year’s resolutions to do better in some respect.

Changing ourselves is a much more reasonable undertaking than trying to change other people. It may or may not succeed, but it seldom creates the disasters that trying to change others can produce.

When we look beyond ourselves to the world around us, peering into the future can be a very sobering, if not depressing, experience.

ObamaCare looms large and menacing on our horizon.

This is not just because of computer problems, or even because some people who think that they have enrolled may discover at their next visit to a doctor that they do not have any insurance coverage.

What ObamaCare has done, thanks to Chief Justice Roberts’ Supreme Court decision, is reduce us all from free citizens to cowed subjects whom the federal government can order around in our own personal lives, in defiance of the 10th Amendment and all the other protections of our freedom in the Constitution of the United States.

ObamaCare is more than a medical problem, though there are predictable medical problems — and even catastrophes — that will unfold in the course of 2014 and beyond.

Our betters have now been empowered to run our lives, with whatever combination of arrogance and incompetence they may have, or however much they lie.

The challenges ahead are much clearer than what our responses will be.

Perhaps the most hopeful sign is that increasing numbers of people seem to have finally — after nearly five long years — begun to see Barack Obama for what he is, rather than for what he seemed to be, when judged by his image and rhetoric.

What kind of man would blithely disrupt the medical care of millions of Americans, and then repeatedly lie to them with glib assurances that they could keep their doctors or health insurance if they wanted to?

What kind of man would set up a system in which people would be forced by law to risk their life savings by divulging their financial identification numbers to strangers who could turn out to be convicted felons?

With all the time that elapsed between the passage of ObamaCare and its going into effect, why were the so-called “navigators” who were to be handling other people’s financial records never investigated for criminal convictions?

What explanation could there be, other than that Obama didn’t care?

Caring is not a matter of words.

“By their fruits ye shall know them” — not by their rhetoric, image or symbolism.

Those who have still not yet seen through Obama will have many more opportunities to do so during the coming year, as the medical, financial and other painful human consequences of ObamaCare keep coming out in ways so clear that not even the mainstream media can ignore them or obscure them.

The question then is: What can be done about it? Nothing can be done about Obama himself. He has three more years in office and, as he pointed out to the Russians, he will no longer have to face the American voters.

ObamaCare, however, has no such immunity. It is always hard to repeal an elaborate program after it has gone into effect. But Prohibition was repealed, even though it was a Constitutional Amendment that required super-majorities in both houses of Congress and super-majorities of state legislatures to repeal.

In our two-party system, everything depends on whether the Republicans step up to the plate and act like responsible adults who understand that ObamaCare represents a historic crossroads that will determine what kind of people we are going to be, for this generation and generations yet unborn — citizens or subjects.

This means that Republicans have to decide whether their top priority is internal strife among the different wings of the party — another circular firing squad — or whether either wing puts the country first.

A prediction on how that will turn out in the new year would be far too hazardous to attempt.

My Guess: Circular Firing Squad. After all, it’s all about them, not us.It’s FOR them, not us, or even U.S. 🙂

Welcome to ObamaWorld, Comrade. Now you don’t want to be a Thought Criminal Do you, Citizen?

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

Pajama Boy, WTF?

Year End Note:Egypt’s government has wisely designated the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organization.”

You remember them, they were the ones that Obama backed despite all the warnings to the contrary. 🙂 Nothing to see there…so we turn to Social Media…

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I guess this shows how much I don’t Tweet anything or miss out on a lot of Prime Time TV Ads because until today I hadn’t heard of this goof.

But apparently, like Julia (the computer sprite) this simplistic, and condescending messenger is getting whacked by politicos.

But he’s supposed to be simplistic and condescending!! That’s liberalism for you. You’re supposed to be simplistic and they are supposed to be condescending. That’s the way it works.

They are after all, the Superior Race of Humanity! 🙂

And you’re not!

embodying so much that is wrong with Obamacare and socialism in general – the infantilization of adults, the smirking know-it-all attitude of the nanny state, and the inappropriate intrusions in our private lives” as the American Thinker put it.

The fact that these ads are made by the Presidents own Campaign Committee, Organizing for America (even though he can’t run for a 3rd term-yet!) should tell you everything you’d need to know.

But apparently, our saintly hero of the left is a typical liberal extremist. At least typical to the ones I used to meet on message boards, before I stopped playing with them that is.

“I’m a liberal f***,” he wrote in the typical leftist vernacular on his now-deleted blog, according to research by the Daily Caller. “A liberal f*** is not a Democrat, but rather someone who combines political data and theory, extreme leftist views and sarcasm to win any argument while make (sic) the opponents feel terrible about themselves. I won every argument but one.”

In other words, he knows more than you as he arches his eyebrows with smug certainty to “persuade” you to buy ObamaCare.

Apparently, he’s been at it awhile and doesn’t take kindly to thoughtful discussion or argument. he dismissed his critics in an interview with the Badger Herald of Wisconsin by saying he gave them “a huge middle finger.” He summed up: “We have no morals, and we will attack you.”

If this doesn’t sum up the Obama administration’s smoldering contempt for the vast majority of voters who are now suffering under the incompetence and cost of the ObamaCare he’s now selling, what does?

Krupp’s views are those of a left-wing extremist, one who is certain he knows what’s better for voters than they do. We’ve seen his attitude in other pitches for ObamaCare, such as by Obama ally Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., who browbeat a group of students at Cal State Los Angeles earlier this month, and Internet ads that urge the young to buy ObamaCare by depicting a bunch of beer-swilling boobs.

At a Dec. 6 event, one of Obama’s staunchest allies, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., looked over a group of about 200 young, mostly Hispanic students at California State University, Los Angeles, and asked how many of them had signed up for ObamaCare.

After no hands went up, he proceeded browbeat them about being potential burdens to “the rest of us taxpayers,” adding: “You want to be invincible! And you’re thinking you’ll stay so. Well, you’re going to get old.”

He also tried to explain away the no-sign-up phenomenon to his National Journal/Atlantic hosts as a matter of young people under 27 being on their parents’ plan — a questionable assumption, given that many of the students that day were the children of immigrants working their way through school and are past 27.

It was a despicable performance, seemingly aimed more at justifying the unpopular program’s existence than selling it to the young. And it was compounded by the bad information Becerra gave out about Social Security to those in attendance who wanted to know about that plan’s solvency when time came for them to retire.

Rather than answer the question, Becerra launched into a furious rant about how young people don’t vote and ought to. (“You mean for you,” whispered a cynical 20-something in the back row).

The irony was, the kids in the audience probably did vote, given they were attending the congressman’s presentation on their own time on a Friday afternoon.

They were probably Democrats!

We spoke to some of them. Did they have a problem with Becerra’s message? “I thought he looked down on us,” remarked a young Hispanic business major named George, the first in his family to go to college. “And that part about Social Security being there for us when we retire was just a lie.”

“Well, I’m not going to sign up,” said Sacha, a 20-something attendee who said she didn’t like “the position” of the congressman either.

It wasn’t just one smirking congressman who was the problem, however. Becerra is a close ally of President Obama and a member of the president’s “strike team” of House and Senate Democrats tasked with urging young people to sign up for ObamaCare coverage.

The strike team, according to Reuters, spreads White House talking points to young potential buyers of health insurance to persuade them to sign up. In the case of Becerra, the young people could tell his remarks were more about saving Obama than doing anything good for them. And many seemed to resent it.

Maybe that’s not so surprising. A Reuters survey released Friday found 57% of young people disapprove of ObamaCare. That followed a Dec. 15 USA Today/Pew poll showing only 41% approved of Obama’s signature health care policy while 54% disapproved.

Meanwhile, among Hispanics, to whom Becerra had probably been reaching out, Obama’s support has tumbled 23 percentage points in one year, from 75% to 52%, the steepest drop among all demographic groups, according to a Dec. 5 Gallup poll.

And yet this was the very group Becerra chose to browbeat, constantly defending ObamaCare instead of listening to the real concerns of the young and, more important, taking the message back to the White House.

For ObamaCare to work, it requires 7 million sign-ups in its own projected goals, with about one-third, or 2.3 million, healthy young people necessary to subsidize the older, sicker buyers.

So they have to con the young people into buying it, just like the last 2 Presidential elections! and Then there’s Hilary in 2016…

They aren’t going to get these numbers until the economics improve for them — not just at the ObamaCare exchanges, but in the job market too. And they sure as heck aren’t going to sign up with one of Obama’s minions scolding them.

The only thing that can be concluded from Becerra sorry performance is that, with friends like him, Obama-Care doesn’t need enemies. (IBD)

But you’re still too stupid to know how great and magnanimous they are and they will continue to beat you up until you understand just how great they really are and how small and stupid you were for doubting them.

Krupp wears soft, cuddly pajamas to appear presumably friendly, but based on his views stated elsewhere, he’d put you in a penal camp if he could.

The ends justify the means for someone who openly says he shuns morals. That’s the sort of coercion the ObamaCare campaign is coming to. (IBD)

Oh, and if you disagree with Pajama Boy, apparently you’re a racist! (anti-Semite which is funny if you think about).

Homo Superior Liberalis, folks. In all it’s glory! 🙂

Deep Impact!

Worst of The Year

Quote of the Year:

“One of the most comprehensive first-person accounts of slavery comes from the personal diary of a man called Thomas Thistlewood, who kept copious notes for 39 years….In 1756, he records that ‘a slave named Darby catched eating canes; had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s-h-i-t in his mouth.’ This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose,’ a punishment invented by Thistlewood that spoke only of the slave owners’ savagery and inhumanity….When Mrs. Palin invoked slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms that if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.”

— MSNBC host Martin Bashir on November 15, reacting to Sarah Palin’s comparison of excessive debt to slavery. Bashir apologized the following Monday, but MSNBC permitted him to stay on the air that entire week. After an extended Thanksgiving “vacation,” he quit on December 4.

Maybe he’ll go work for Al-Jazeera America… 🙂

“This is the Web site folks, HealthCare.gov. If you go to this Web site, you will find out how easy it is to read, how easy it is to navigate all the information, all the basic questions, and all the direction you need to take to get involved, to get health care. This is a great guide, if I may say, for any of you out there who feel so confused by all of these right-wing commercials that are just permeating through your television screen.”— Host Ed Schultz on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, September 30.

Which of Course follows on from the Lie of the Year:http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/dec/12/lie-year-if-you-like-your-health-care-plan-keep-it/

‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’

Pants on Fire!

 

 

Which will go nicely with: “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Which is also screamingly false and 2014 will showcase it in your wallet.

And then there’s this old rage, called The Constitution that our King despises because it just gets in the way of his Lordship over his vassals…

Ilya Shapiro outlines President Barack Obama’s “top 10 constitutional violations of 2013.” The list includes everything from the the delay of Obamacare’s “out-of-pocket caps” to political profiling by the IRS.

“Unfortunately, the president fomented this upswing in civic interest not by talking up the constitutional aspects of his policy agenda, but by blatantly violating the strictures of our founding document,” Shapiro writes in the Dec. 23 op-ed. “And he’s been most frustrated with the separation of powers, which doesn’t allow him to ‘fundamentally transform’ the country without congressional acquiescence.”

1. Delay of Obamacare’s out-of-pocket caps. The Labor Department announced in February that it was delaying for a year the part of the healthcare law that limits how much people have to spend on their own insurance. This may have been sensible—insurers and employers need time to comply with rapidly changing regulations—but changing the law requires actual legislation.

2. Delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate. The administration announced via blogpost on the eve of the July 4 holiday that it was delaying the requirement that employers of at least 50 people provide complying insurance or pay a fine. This time it did cite statutory authority, but the cited provisions allow the delay of certain reporting requirements, not of the mandate itself.

3. Delay of Obamacare’s insurance requirements. The famous pledge that “if you like your plan, you can keep it” backfired when insurance companies started cancelling millions of plans that didn’t comply with Obamacare’s requirements. President Obama called a press conference last month to proclaim that people could continue buying non-complying plans in 2014—despite Obamacare’s explicit language to the contrary. He then refused to consider a House-passed bill that would’ve made this action legal.

4. Exemption of Congress from Obamacare. A little-known part of Obamacare requires Congressmen and their staff to get insurance through the new healthcare exchanges, rather than a taxpayer-funded program. In the quiet of August, President Obama directed the Office of Personnel Management to interpret the law to maintain the generous congressional benefits.

5. Expansion of the employer mandate penalty through IRS regulation. Obamacare grants tax credits to people whose employers don’t provide coverage if they buy a plan “through an Exchange established by the State”—and then fines employers for each employee receiving such a subsidy. No tax credits are authorized for residents of states where the exchanges are established by the federal government, as an incentive for states to create exchanges themselves. Because so few (16) states did, however, the IRS issued a rule ignoring that plain text and allowed subsidies (and commensurate fines) for plans coming from “a State Exchange, regional Exchange, subsidiary Exchange, and federally-facilitated Exchange.”

6. Political profiling by the IRS. After seeing a rise in the number of applications for tax-exempt status, the IRS in 2010 compiled a “be on the lookout” (“BOLO”) list to identify organizations engaged in political activities. The list included words such as “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” and “Israel”; subjects such as government spending, debt, or taxes; and activities such as criticizing the government, educating about the Constitution, or challenging Obamacare. The targeting continued through May of this year.

7. Outlandish Supreme Court arguments. Between January 2012 and June 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Justice Department’s extreme positions 9 times. The cases ranged from criminal procedure to property rights, religious liberty to immigration, securities regulation to tax law. They had nothing in common other than the government’s view that federal power is virtually unlimited. As a comparison, in the entire Bush and Clinton presidencies, the government suffered 15 and 23 unanimous rulings, respectively.

8. Recess appointments. Last year, President Obama appointed three members of the National Labor Relations Board, as well as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during what he considered to be a Senate recess. But the Senate was still holding “pro forma” sessions every three days—a technique developed by Sen. Harry Reid to thwart Bush recess appointments. (Meanwhile, the Dodd-Frank Act, which created the CFPB, provides that authority remains with the Treasury Secretary until a director is “confirmed by the Senate.”) In January, the D.C. Circuit held the NLRB appointments to be unconstitutional, which ruling White House spokesman Jay Carney said only applied to “one court, one case, one company.”

9. Assault on free speech and due process on college campuses. Responding to complaints about the University of Montana’s handling of sexual assault claims, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, in conjunction with the Justice Department, sent the university a letter intended as a national “blueprint” for tackling sexual harassment. The letter urges a crackdown on “unwelcome” speech and requires complaints to be heard in quasi-judicial procedures that deny legal representation, encourage punishment before trial, and convict based on a mere “more likely than not” standard.

10. Mini-DREAM Act. Congress has shamelessly failed to pass any sort of immigration reform, including for the most sympathetic victims of the current non-system, young people who were brought into the country illegally as children. Nonetheless, President Obama, contradicting his own previous statements claiming to lack authority, directed the Department of Homeland Security to issue work and residence permits to the so-called Dreamers. The executive branch undoubtedly has discretion regarding enforcement priorities, but granting de facto green cards goes beyond a decision to defer deportation in certain cases.

It was hard to limit myself to 10 items, of course—Obamacare alone could’ve filled many such lists—but these, in my judgment, represent the chief executive’s biggest dereliction this year of his duty to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution, and to “take care that the law be faithfully executed.”

Alas, things may get worse before they get better. New presidential “counselor” John Podesta’s belief in governance by fiat is no secret; in a 2010 report, he wrote that focusing on executive power “presents a real opportunity for the Obama administration to turn its focus away from a divided Congress and the unappetizing process of making legislative sausage.” (Forbes)

Happy New Year, and don’t forget to bow to your Lord and Master… 🙂

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Lighting The Way

If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help.

Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and against unnecessary governmental interference into the lives of the American people.

In 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that placed stringent efficiency requirements on ordinary incandescent bulbs in an attempt to have them completely eliminated by 2014. The law phased out 100-watt and 75-watt incandescent bulbs last year.

Proponents of government-imposed efficiency standards and regulations will say, “So what? There are still plenty of lighting options on the shelves at Home Depot; we’re saving families money; and we’re reducing harmful climate change emissions.”

The “so what” is that the federal government is taking decisions out of the hands of families and businesses, destroying jobs, and restricting consumer choice in the market. We all have a wide variety of preferences regarding light bulbs. It is not the role of the federal government to override those preferences with what it believes is in our best interest.

Families understand how energy costs impact their lives and make decisions accordingly. Energy efficiency has improved dramatically over the past six decades—long before any national energy efficiency mandates.

If families and firms are not buying the most energy-efficient appliance or technology, it is not that they are acting irrationally; they simply have budget constraints or other preferences such as comfort, convenience, and product quality. A family may know that buying an energy-efficient product will save them money in the long term, but they have to prioritize their short-term expenses. Those families operating from paycheck to paycheck may want to opt for a cheaper light bulb and more food instead of a more expensive light bulb and less food.

Some may read this and think: Chill out—it’s just a light bulb. But it’s not just a light bulb. Take a look at the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program. Basically anything that uses electricity or water in your home or business is subject to an efficiency regulation.

When the market drives energy efficiency, it saves consumers money. The more the federal government takes away decisions that are better left to businesses and families, the worse off we’re going to be. (Heritage)

With millions of people still supporting the use of incandescent bulbs, Birnbaum found a loophole in the Energy Independence and Security Act. The ban applies to general service incandescent light bulbs but not rough service incandescents.

While frequently used in automobiles, subway systems and other applications that require a heavy-duty, vibration-resistant bulb, rough service bulbs can still be used in a general application, according to Birnbaum.

The website Bulbs.com breaks it down this way: “Rough service lamps function identically to regular incandescent lamps, but generally have additional wire within the glass enclosure that serves to protect and support the filament.” [emphasis added]

Birnbaum’s company was one of two awarded a license to produce these bulbs in the country. After designing a bulb to meet the new specifications for rough service bulbs established in the law, the American-made Newcandescent was born.

Overall, they’re ”not any diff than bulbs over the years,” Birnbaum said.

The Newcandescent bulb does, however, last 12 times longer than the traditional bulb.

“That’s about 10,000 hours based on three hours of use per day,” Birnbaum added.

But even Birnbaum, a die-hard fan of incandescents, thinks newer lighting technology is worth investing his time. He is working on developing an LED that gives off the look of an incandescent. Part of the challenge is making sure it is inexpensive compared to others on the market.

“We’re trying to make it available to the average person,” Birnbaum said.

“When you break it down it’s actually a lot cheaper than CFLS,” he added of the current Newcandescent bulb.

Newcandescent bulbs range from $2.88 to $7.50. LEDs start around $10 and head up into the teens, while CFLs can be a bit cheaper or just as expensive as an LED, depending on a variety of factors.

Entrepreneurial Spirit, we can’t have that! It’s evil. Government is supposed to provide everything, including spirit!

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

The Tax Man Cometh Soon

WASHINGTON — Here comes the ObamaCare tax bill.

The cost of President Obama’s massive health-care law will hit Americans in 2014 as new taxes pile up on their insurance premiums and on their income-tax bills.

Most insurers aren’t advertising the ObamaCare taxes that are added on to premiums, opting instead to discretely pass them on to customers while quietly lobbying lawmakers for a break.

But one insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, laid bare the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.”

The new taxes on one customer’s bill added up to $23.14 a month, or $277.68 annually, according to Kaiser Health News. It boosted the monthly premium from $322.26 to $345.40 for that individual.

The new taxes and fees include a 2 percent levy on every health plan, which is expected to net about $8 billion for the government in 2014 and increase to $14.3 billion in 2018.

There’s also a $2 fee per policy that goes into a new medical-research trust fund called the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Insurers pay a 3.5 percent user fee to sell medical plans on the HealthCare.gov Web site.

ObamaCare supporters argue that federal subsidies for many low-income Americans will not only cover the taxes, but pay a big chunk of the premiums.

But ObamaCare taxes don’t stop with health-plan premiums.

Americans also will pay hidden taxes, such as the 2.3 percent medical-device tax that will inflate the cost of items such as pacemakers, stents and prosthetic limbs.

Those with high out-of-pocket medical expenses also will get smaller income-tax deductions.

Americans are currently allowed to deduct expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of their annual income. The threshold jumps to 10 percent under ObamaCare, costing taxpayers about $15 billion over 10 years.

Then there’s the new Medicare tax.

Under ObamaCare, individual tax filers earning more than $200,000 and families earning more than $250,000 will pay an added 0.9 percent Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45 percent Medicare payroll tax. They’ll also pay an extra 3.8 percent Medicare tax on unearned income, such as investment dividends, rental income and capital gains.

ACA supporters say the federal subsidies program under the bill should offset the taxes and much o the premium for low-income families.

But where do the “subsidies” come from? TAXES!

And when they go away… 🙂

After all, Drug addicts just want more drugs! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

The Day After

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

A Bit of After Christmas Humor:

A woman from Los Angeles who was a tree hugging, liberal Democrat and an anti-hunter purchased a piece of timberland near Colville, WA . There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree. As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to a local ER to see a doctor. She told him she was an environmentalist, a Democrat, and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go wait in the examining room and he would see if he could help her. She sat and waited three hours before the doctor re-appeared. The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?” He smiled and then told her, “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a ‘recreational area’ so close to a Waste Treatment Facility. And I’m sorry, but due to Obama-Care they turned you down too.

NOW ONTO MORE…

Those humming the words to “White Christmas” got their wish big-time as snow covered more than half the lower 48 states as of mid-December, putting snowless winters on the pile of failed climate predictions.

More than half of the continental U.S. had snow cover as of Dec. 15, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the most in 11 years. That exposes as worthless the predictions of the climate scammers of snowless winters as far as the eye can see. In 2006, by comparison, snow covered just 12% of these states.

There are many reasons for this, but climate change is not one of them, even though the warm-mongers cite high temperatures in Alaska and claim record snow cover merely reflects the fact that warmer air can carry more moisture.

Alaska is warm right now, and warmer air does carry more moisture. But what we are seeing is a function of an ever-shifting jet stream, not climate change.

“With the noteworthy exception of Alaska, nearly every state was affected by the unusually cold air at some point during the November-to-December timeframe,” reports Climate Central, a climate website.

This is because, as NOAA notes, the current configuration of the jet stream is bringing warm Pacific air to Alaska, as cold Arctic air is funneled into the lower 48 states.

Jet streams are naturally occurring, fast-flowing air currents that occur on some planets, like ours, and in our case predate the Industrial Revolution by a few years.

As we have pointed out many times, there is no weather condition that climate-change true believers do not cite as proof of climate change. If it is too dry, too wet, too warm or too cold, it is all due to climate change.

So reports of record snow cover do not dismay them. They, too, prove global warming. Everything does.

We recall the prediction in 2000 by Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia, that winter snowfall would become “a very rare and exciting event” and claiming, “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”

Of course, we all remember that researchers with the CRU at East Anglia were responsible for omitting climate data with the purpose, according to uncovered email, to “hide the decline” in global temperatures.

The temperatures that have flatlined over the last 15 years can no longer be hidden, and neither can the whir of snowblowers all across America this Christmas, as state after state gets hit with bitter cold and snow.

Using computer models seemingly based on that old computer adage “garbage in, garbage out,” models that cannot even predict the past, the climate Chicken Littles are prone to predict snowless winters, glacier-free Himalayas and an ice-free North Pole. Polar bears would drown and Santa would have no place to land.

In his Dec. 10, 2007, “Earth has a fever” speech as he accepted his Nobel Prize, climate extremist Al Gore mentioned a prophecy of doom by U.S. climate scientist Wieslaw Maslowski.

Maslowski said the Arctic’s summer ice could “completely disappear” by 2013 due to global warming arising from carbon emissions. He was off by only a little. The Arctic had 920,000 square miles of ice more than it had in 2012, the largest year-to-year increase on record.

German scientists Carl-Otto Weiss and Horst-Joachim Luedecke of the European Institute for Climate and Energy reported recently that two naturally occurring cycles would combine to lower global temperatures this century and that temperature levels would decline to levels similar to the “little ice age” of 1870.

These inconvenient truths didn’t stop Greenpeace from producing a video, “Save The Arctic,” showing a less than jolly Santa promising empty stockings forevermore unless we stop roasting chestnuts on open fires using fossil fuels.

Instead, it is the warm-mongers, not Santa, who find it tough sledding these days. Global warming? Bah, humbug! (IBD)

That’s why they changed it to “Global Climate Change” like that had never ever happened before in the last 5 1/2 billion years!! That explains the Dinosaurs! 🙂

Santa Obama

Feder: Too many of my fellow Americans believe in Obama Claus – the smug community-organizer elf who stuffs stockings with Obama-phones, food stamps, extended unemployment benefits, health insurance for “30 million uninsured” and other welfare state goodies.

But does Santa steal to pay for the presents he leaves? Does he pick the pockets of parents to buy toys for kids? Does he spy, harass, lie and intimidate? Does he monetize the debt by inflating the currency? Is his sleigh loaded with 7% unemployment, growing dependency, and fatherless families? Does he promote poverty, which increased 16.7% under Obama?

Does Santa vacation at posh Martha’s Vineyard digs, spend more time on the links than in the workshop, and then lecture us on our obligation to the less-fortunate?

Where do the presents in Obama Claus’s bag come from? Do elves in the North Pole make them, or are they extracted from the peasantry? Are the “rich” the reindeer harnessed to this Santa’s sleigh? With the energy expended in pulling it, is there any left over for creating wealth and generating jobs?

The spirit of human kindness does not drive us to larceny, regimentation and destruction of the economy.

But it makes Liberals happy…and that is never a bad thing…right?

‘Twas the Night Before the Deadline

Because Santa Barack extended the Deadline.

Liberals feel free to ignore the information because it comes from a Thought Police unapproved source. 🙂

But first, a Little Night Before Christmas, Obama Style:

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and at the computer, the family still huddled; the season was neutered. The stockings were hung by the chimney, all right, but getting Obamacare would take half the night.

There is nothing Americans like better than gathering together as families, swearing at the computer, as it grinds, slower and slower. The anticipation of finally getting through to the government, to sign up to pay another tax, is so thrilling, we have looked forward to it for nearly four years. In fact, we’ve been trying, with great enthusiasm, to do this since October 1.

During his umpteenth vacation, the president, lounging in Hawaii, interjected himself again into the most blessed Christian – and most-festive secular — holiday, proclaiming as only he can that the population is blessed to have such a tuned-in guy running things. He said, on what has now become the penultimate day to sign up for the new healthcare insurance tax, that we can’t forget about him and just put things off for another day. We have until midnight Christmas Eve to pay his tithe.

Obamacare’s original supporters in the health insurance industry must also be ecstatic. They will have another few hundred thousand application to process by January 1, atop the five million or so that may already be properly signed up – and they’ll have one-seventh less time. (One fifth less, if you think they’ll get Christmas and New Year’s Eve off.)

So, thank you again, Mr. President, for putting yourself front and center, for giving us another opportunity to pay your taxes, for disrupting family and sacred traditions. Enjoy Hawaii and your own super-duper health insurance. We all love you. (WP)

Americans now have until Christmas Eve to choose a health plan under Obamacare, if they want to be covered starting Jan. 1 — thanks to a one-day extension announced Monday .

Completing the enrollment process has been complicated due to technical glitches, ever-changing enrollment options, and shifting regulations, but 34% of MarketWatch readers who participated in a poll last week said they have already picked a plan.

The survey of more than 18,000 readers conducted on our website last week also found that of those who have enrolled in insurance plans or intend to, 55% said they expect their health insurance costs to increase. About 40% expect their costs to decrease and roughly 4% expect their expenses to stay the same.

Mark Grueser, a car salesman in Hibbing, Minn., is among those consumers expecting to save on health spending by moving onto an exchange plan. Grueser picked a platinum plan for him and his wife that will charge slightly more than $800 a month in premiums after subsidies and require a $2,000 deductible. That compares to a plan Grueser had with his previous employer where he paid about the same in premiums but had a $6,000 deductible. “It wasn’t really smooth sailing but it’s done,” says Grueser, 60, adding that the state exchange website froze frequently when he first created an account in late November. “The coverage is better than the coverage i had in the past.”

For Grueser, the health reform law has helped in another way: he felt more comfortable moving to a dealership that doesn’t offer insurance to employees last month partly because he knew he and his wife would soon be able to purchase insurance on the new public marketplaces. Previously, he hesitated to change jobs and lose his workplace insurance because he feared the couple would’ve been locked out of the individual market since his wife had breast cancer 12 years ago.

The Obama administration has granted consumers more time to pick a plan, pushing the deadline back by one day to Tuesday, Dec. 24 for coverage beginning at the start of next year. Among other 11th hour changes announced in recent weeks: last Thursday, government officials said that people whose individual insurance plans were set to be canceled Jan. 1 because they did not meet the minimum coverage requirements set by the Affordable Care Act will be allowed to purchase bare bones catastrophic plans or forego buying insurance altogether. Earlier that week, insurance companies announced they would give consumers until Jan. 10 to pay premiums for coverage starting on Jan. 1.

Some consumers are struggling to keep up with the last-minute rule changes. David Mak, a 31-year-old day trader in Merced, Calif., said he selected a bronze insurance plan from Anthem that comes with a monthly premium of roughly $200 and a $5,000 deductible. Being a healthy person who doesn’t smoke, Mak says he may be a good fit for one the catastrophic plans just extended to people like himself. But those plans aren’t eligible for subsidies, and there is at least one technical issue causing him to stick with the bronze plan: as of Friday his state exchange still hadn’t registered that he was eligible to enroll in a catastrophic plan and he couldn’t get through to the exchange over the phone because of high call volume. (Marketwatch)

“Now Dashel! now, Demogogues! now, Pevish and Schultz!
On, Sebelius! On, Michelle! on, on Matthews and Biden!
To the top of the Hill! to the top of the Castle Wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

And the Cookies you leave out for Santa Obama are fattening and bad for you so we’ll have to fine you and that Milk, well, it was a from a cow that penned up in a cell you nasty little bugger… 🙂

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

 

 

 

Stuffed and Mounted

Q: Have you heard about McDonald’s new Obama Value Meal?
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it. 🙂

Last week, following the public apology of an English comedian and the arrest of a fellow British subject both for making somewhat feeble Mandela gags, I noted that supposedly free societies were increasingly perilous places for those who make an infelicitous remark. So let’s pick up where we left off:

Here are two jokes one can no longer tell on American television. But you can still find them in the archives, out on the edge of town, in Sub-Basement Level 12 of the ever-expanding Smithsonian Mausoleum of the Unsayable.

First, Bob Hope, touring the world in the year or so after the passage of the 1975 Consenting Adult Sex Bill:

“I’ve just flown in from California, where they’ve made homosexuality legal. I thought I’d get out before they make it compulsory.”

For Hope, this was an oddly profound gag, discerning even at the dawn of the Age of Tolerance that there was something inherently coercive about the enterprise. Soon it would be insufficient merely to be “tolerant” — warily accepting, blithely indifferent, mildly amused, tepidly supportive, according to taste. The forces of “tolerance” would become intolerant of anything less than full-blown celebratory approval.

Second joke from the archives:

Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra kept this one in the act for a quarter-century. On stage, Dino used to have a bit of business where he’d refill his tumbler and ask Frank, “How do you make a fruit cordial?” And Sinatra would respond, “I dunno. How do you make a fruit cordial?” And Dean would say, “Be nice to him.”

But no matter how nice you are, it’s never enough. Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, in his career-detonating interview with GQ, gave a rather thoughtful vernacular exegesis of the Bible’s line on sin, while carefully insisting that he and other Christians are obligated to love all sinners and leave it to the Almighty to adjudicate the competing charms of drunkards, fornicators, and homosexuals.

Nevertheless, GLAAD – “the gatekeepers of politically correct gayness” as the (gay) novelist Bret Easton Ellis sneered — saw its opportunity and seized it. By taking out TV’s leading cable star, it would teach an important lesson pour encourager les autres — that espousing conventional Christian morality, even off-air, is incompatible with American celebrity.

Some of my comrades, who really should know better, wonder why, instead of insisting Robertson be defenestrated, GLAAD wouldn’t rather “start a conversation.” But, if you don’t need to, why bother? Most Christian opponents of gay marriage oppose gay marriage; they don’t oppose the right of gays to advocate it. Yet thug groups such as GLAAD increasingly oppose the right of Christians even to argue their corner. It’s quicker and more effective to silence them.

As Christian bakers ordered to provide wedding cakes for gay nuptials and many others well understand, America’s much-vaunted “freedom of religion” is dwindling down to something you can exercise behind closed doors in the privacy of your own abode or at a specialist venue for those of such tastes for an hour or so on Sunday morning, but when you enter the public square you have to leave your faith back home hanging in the closet.

Yet even this reductive consolation is not permitted to Robertson: GLAAD spokesgay Wilson Cruz declared that “Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe.”

Robertson was quoting the New Testament, but hey, what do those guys know? In today’s America, land of the ObamaCare Pajama Boy, Jesus is basically Nightshirt Boy, a fey non-judgmental dweeb who’s cool with whatever. What GLAAD is attempting would be called, were it applied to any other identity group, “cultural appropriation.”

In the broader sense, it’s totalitarian. While American gays were stuffing and mounting the duck hunter in their trophy room, the Prince of Wales was celebrating Advent with Christian refugees from the Middle East, and noting that the land in which Christ and Christianity were born is now the region boasting “the lowest concentration of Christians in the world — just 4% of the population.”

It will be 3, and 2 and 1% soon enough, for there is a totalitarian impulse in resurgent Islam — and not just in Araby. A few miles from Buckingham Palace, Muslims in London’s East End are now sufficiently confident to go around warning local shopkeepers to cease selling alcohol. In theory, you might still enjoy the right to sell beer in Tower Hamlets or be a practicing Christian in Iraq, but in reality not so much.

The asphyxiating embrace of ideological conformity was famously captured by Nikolai Krylenko, the People’s Commissar for Justice, in a speech to the Soviet Congress of Chess Players in 1932, at which he attacked the very concept of “the neutrality of chess.” It was necessary for chess to be Sovietized like everything else.

“We must organize shock brigades of chess players, and begin immediate realization of a Five-Year Plan for chess,” he declared.

Six years later, the political winds having shifted, Krylenko was executed as an enemy of the people. But his spirit lives on among the Commissars of Gay Compliance at GLAAD. It is not enough to have gay marriage for gays. Everything must be gayed.

There must be Five-Year Gay Plans for American bakeries, and the Christian church, and reality TV. There must be shock brigades of gay duck-hunters honking out the party line deep in the backwoods of the proletariat. ObamaCare pajama models, if not yet mandatorily gay, can only be dressed in tartan onesies and accessorized with hot chocolate so as to communicate to the Republic’s maidenhood what a thankless endeavor heterosexuality is in contemporary America.

Look, I’m an effete foreigner who likes show tunes. My Broadway book was on a list of “Twelve Books Every Gay Man Should Read.” Andrew Sullivan said my beard was hot. Leonard Bernstein stuck his tongue in my mouth (long story). But I’m not interested in living in a world where we have to tiptoe around on ever thinner eggshells.

If it’s a choice between having celebrity chefs who admit to having used the N-word in 1977 (or 1965, or 1948, or whenever the hell it was) and reality-show duck-hunters who quote Corinthians and Alec Baldwin bawling out some worthless paparazzo who’s door-stepping his family with a “homophobic” slur, or having all of them banished from public life and thousands upon millions more too cowed and craven to speak lest the same fate befall them, I’ll take the former any day.

Because the latter culture would be too boring for any self-respecting individual to want to live in, even more bloody boring than the current TV landscape where, aside from occasional eruptions of unerotic twerking by sexless skanks, every other show seems to involve snippy little Pajama Boys sitting around snarking at each other in the antiseptic eunuch pose that now passes for “ironic.”

It’s “irony” as the last circle of Dante’s cultural drain; it’s why every show advertised as “edgy” and “transgressive” offers the same pitiful combination of attitude and impotence as a spayed cat humping.

Such a pansified culture is going nowhere. I hasten to add I don’t mean “pansified” in the sense of penetrative sex with other men, but in the Sarah Silverman sense of “I mean ‘gay’ like ‘retarded.'” Miss Silverman can get away with that kind of talk because she’s a Pajama Boy-friendly ironist posing as a homophobic disablist. Unless, of course, she’s a homophobic disablist posing as a Pajama Boy-friendly ironist. Maybe we should ban her just to be on the safe side.

How do you make a fruit cordial? Be nice to him. Or else. (Mark Steyn)

If you Google “politically incorrect jokes” you get 403,000 results. Gee, maybe we should ban Google, or at least gag it or report the person who did the search to the NSA or NBC.  🙂

If con is the opposite of pro, then is Congress the opposite of progress? – Gallagher. 🙂

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. “Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $900. $400 for materials, $400 for my crew, and $100 profit for me.” The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $700. $300 for materials, $300 for my crew, and $100 profit for me.” The Chicago contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, “$2,700.” The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?” The Chicago contractor whispers back, “$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.” “Done!” replies the government official. And that, my friends, is how the new stimulus plan will work.

Merry Christmas, I can still say that, right? 🙂

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

 Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

 

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

knows nothing

Like a retailer trying to move holiday merchandise after demand undershot projections, the Obama administration on Thursday announced a late-season ObamaCare sale.

But this sale will be only for the select clientele who complained the loudest — those who had their insurance plans canceled.

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that this group will be granted a hardship exemption, freeing them from the individual mandate in 2014 and making them eligible to buy catastrophic coverage.

Although the government has made many administrative changes to the law and its regulatory framework to smooth its rollout and limit political fallout, this move to cut prices was altogether different.

Up until now, the problems had to do with technological hurdles or changes to policies that didn’t comply with ObamaCare. But this fix is about trying to make the Affordable Care Act more affordable and less punitive. Yet the temporary nature and limited scope of the changes raise the obvious question of how well the law will work in 2015 and beyond.

A Catastrophic Fix

Another key difference with this fix: Before, insurers were asked to accommodate rule changes that might negatively impact their business; this time they don’t have a choice.

The industry warned that the latest change could be destabilizing. The administration has already acted once to widen the financial backstop for insurers and may be asked to do so again.

Up until now, catastrophic coverage has been limited to 18- to 29-year-olds — the “young invincibles” — and those unable to buy the next-lowest-cost bronze coverage for 8% of income.

That 8%-of-income level is a key ObamaCare threshold: If the cheapest bronze plan available costs more, then the individual mandate tax penalty won’t apply.

Letting people who had plans canceled buy catastrophic coverage could provide them a significant financial benefit, especially those who earn too much to qualify for exchange subsidies.

Across the 36 states with exchanges operated by the federal government, the cheapest catastrophic or minimum coverage costs an average of 26% less than the least-expensive bronze plan. The reason for the wide differential isn’t primarily that catastrophic coverage is less comprehensive. In fact, ObamaCare catastrophic policies are fairly comparable. Unlike bronze plans, they actually cover three primary-care visits before the large ($6,350) deductible is exhausted.

The Y

Now this latest HHS fix could significantly alter the makeup of the catastrophic pool.

Older Americans who aren’t eligible for subsidies could save a lot vs. bronze plans. Still, it’s unclear how many additional people will opt for catastrophic coverage due to this hardship exemption for canceled plans.

The administration’s announcement came just days before the Dec. 23 cutoff for people who want to have coverage on Jan. 1. In addition, information about catastrophic coverage costs is only given to people 30 and over once they get a hardship exemption.

Yet it is possible that the exemption could set off a chaotic return season. People with canc eled policies who already picked a comprehensive bronze, silver or gold plan could swap it for catastrophic coverage, NBC reported.

The Obama administration made the change after requests from a group of politically imperiled Democratic senators.

Yet, having granted the exemption, the administration is likely to come under pressure to offer the same individual mandate waiver to people who have been uninsured.

Young And Low Risk

The main reason for the lower premiums is that the catastrophic risk pool is separate from ObamaCare’s main pool. Insurers were told to price catastrophic policies based on the demographics and health of the expected population.

Now this latest HHS fix could significantly alter the makeup of the catastrophic pool.

Older Americans who aren’t eligible for subsidies could save a lot vs. bronze plans. Still, it’s unclear how many additional people will opt for catastrophic coverage due to this hardship exemption for canceled plans.

The administration’s announcement came just days before the Dec. 23 cutoff for people who want to have coverage on Jan. 1. In addition, information about catastrophic coverage costs is only given to people 30 and over once they get a hardship exemption.

Yet it is possible that the exemption could set off a chaotic return season. People with canc eled policies who already picked a comprehensive bronze, silver or gold plan could swap it for catastrophic coverage, NBC reported.

The Obama administration made the change after requests from a group of politically imperiled Democratic senators.

Yet, having granted the exemption, the administration is likely to come under pressure to offer the same individual mandate waiver to people who have been uninsured. (IBD)

Is it a going out of business sale? Nope. Not that lucky.

Most likely it will be a short sale that will result in you having to buy later.

Or as Fram said in the 1981: Pay me Now  or Pay Me Later

Sound like an ObamaCare pitch?? 🙂

But this is government, so it will be forced to buy later, just not now because it’s politically too hot but like all things Liberal, you’re going to love it eventually because you’ll have non choice but to love it. 🙂

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

The King’s Benefience

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

It seems Nancy Pelosi was wrong when she said “we have to pass” ObamaCare to “find out what’s in it.” No one may ever know because the White House keeps treating the Affordable Care Act’s text as a mere suggestion subject to day-to-day revision. Its latest political retrofit is the most brazen: President Obama is partly suspending the individual mandate.

The White House argued at the Supreme Court that the insurance-purchase mandate was not only constitutional but essential to the law’s success, while refusing Republican demands to delay or repeal it. But late on Thursday, with only four days to go before the December enrollment deadline, the Health and Human Services Department decreed that millions of Americans are suddenly exempt.

Individuals whose health plans were canceled will now automatically qualify for a “hardship exemption” from the mandate. If they can’t or don’t sign up for a new plan, they don’t have to pay the tax. They can also get a special category of ObamaCare insurance designed for people under age 30.

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So merry Christmas. If ObamaCare’s benefit and income redistribution requirements made your old, cheaper, better health plan illegal, you now have the option of going without coverage without the government taking your money as punishment. You can also claim the tautological consolation of an ObamaCare hardship exemption due to ObamaCare itself.

Isn’t the King just so magnanimous! He’s the greatest…He Cares… ah shucks! 🙂

These exemptions were supposed to go only to the truly destitute such as the homeless, bankrupts or victims of domestic violence.

That Comes Later! 🙂

But this week a group of six endangered Senate Democrats importuned HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to “clarify” that the victims of ObamaCare also qualify. An excerpt from their Wednesday letter, whose signatories include New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen and Virginia’s Mark Warner, is nearby.

So they felt threatened and did the only thing a politician understands, bribe! kiss a millenial baby! and move on…

SO IF YOU LIKED YOUR HEALTH PLAN BUT COULDN’T KEEP IT, NOW AT LEAST THE GOVERNMENT WON”T COME AFTER YOU FOR IT!! (For Now).

ISN’T THAT GREAT!!! HE’S SO WONDERFUL!!!! IT MAKES ME WANT TO VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT! 🙂

HHS and the Senators must have coordinated in advance because literally overnight HHS rushed out a bulletin noting that exemptions are available to those who “experienced financial or domestic circumstances, including an unexpected natural or human-caused event, such that he or she had a significant, unexpected increase in essential expenses that prevented him or her from obtaining coverage under a qualified health plan.” A tornado destroys the neighborhood or ObamaCare blows up the individual insurance market, what’s the difference?

The HHS ruling is that ObamaCare is precisely such a “significant, unexpected increase.” In other words, it is an admission that rate shock is real and the mandates drive up costs well into hardship territory. HHS is agreeing with the Senators that exemptions should cover “an individual whose 2013 plan was canceled and considers their new premium unaffordable.” In her reply letter, Mrs. Sebelius also observes that some people “are having difficulty finding an acceptable replacement.” She means the new plans are overpriced.

The under-30 ObamaCare category that is being opened to everyone is called “catastrophic” coverage. These plans are still more expensive than those sold on the former market but they’re about 20% cheaper on average than normal exchange plans because fewer mandates apply and they’re priced for a healthier, younger risk pool. Liberal Democrats hated making even this concession when they wrote the law, so people who pick catastrophic plans don’t get subsidies.

What an incredible political turnabout. Mr. Obama and HHS used to insist that the new plans are better and less expensive after subsidies than the old “substandard” insurance. Now they’re conceding that at least some people should be free to choose less costly plans if they prefer—or no plan—and ObamaCare’s all-you-can-eat benefits rules aren’t necessary for quality health coverage after all.

But the White House is shredding ObamaCare’s economics on its own terms. Premiums for catastrophic products are based on the assumption that enrollees would be under 30. A 55-year-old will now get a steep discount on care courtesy of the insurer’s balance sheet, while other risk-tiers on the exchanges will have even fewer customers to make the actuarial math work.

Pulling the thread of the individual mandate also means that the whole scheme could unravel. Waiving ObamaCare rules for some citizens and continuing to squeeze the individual economic liberties of others by forcing them to buy what the White House now concedes is an unaffordable product is untenable. Mr. Obama is inviting a blanket hardship amnesty for everyone, which is what Republicans should demand.

The new political risk that the rules are liable to change at any moment will also be cycled into 2015 premiums. Expect another price spike late next summer. With ObamaCare looking like a loss-making book of business, a public declaration of penance by the insurance industry for helping to sell ObamaCare is long overdue.

The only political explanation for relaxing enforcement of the individual mandate—even at the risk of destabilizing ObamaCare in the long term—is that the White House is panicked that the whole entitlement is endangered. The insurance terminations and rollout fiasco could leave more people uninsured in 2014 than in 2013. ObamaCare’s unpopularity with the public could cost Democrats the Senate in 2014, and a GOP Congress in 2015 could compel the White House to reopen the law and make major changes.

Republicans ought to prepare for that eventuality with insurance reforms beyond the “repeal” slogan, but they can also take some vindication in Thursday’s reversal. Mr. Obama’s actions are as damning about ObamaCare as anything Senator Ted Cruz has said, and they implicitly confirm that the law is quarter-baked and harmful. Mr. Obama is doing through executive fiat what Republicans shut down the government to get him to do.

***

The President declared at his Friday press conference that the exemptions “don’t go to the core of the law,” but in fact they belong to his larger pattern of suspending the law on his own administrative whim. Earlier this month he ordered insurers to backdate policies to compensate for the federal exchange meltdown, and before that HHS declared that it would not enforce for a year the mandates responsible for policy cancellations. Mr. Obama’s team has also by fiat abandoned the small-business exchanges, delayed the employer mandate and scaled back income verification.

“The basic structure of that law is working, despite all the problems,” Mr. Obama added. His make-it-up-as-he-goes improvisation will continue, because the law is failing. (WSJ)

But since Liberals never fail (just as them) and they are the superior life form and all their laws are superior only they know how to do it right after all. So don’t question their methods and their “failures” because they have a bigger picture in mind.

Aka, saving their mess by dragging it out until you can’t live without it and then you’re stuck with their mess whether you like it or not.

So he will endless tinker with it until you are satisfied and suitably willing to do everything he wants, when he wants, and because he wants it.

“The healthcare website problems were a source of great frustration,” he conceded. “On the other hand, since that time I now have a couple million people who are going to have health care on January 1. And that is a big deal. That is why I ran for that office.”

Clear? 🙂

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez
 Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell
Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

 

Vassal-lating

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

In 2011, the top 1% shouldered 35% of the tax burden, although their share of income was just less than 19%. The top 0.1% (one-tenth of one percent) accounted for less than 9% of all income, but paid 16% of income taxes.

What’s more, the long-term trend has been to tilt the tax burden increasingly toward the rich. In 1980, the top 1% paid less than a fifth of all income taxes; by 2011, they paid more than a third.

And this doesn’t count the various Obama tax hikes on the wealthy that kicked in this year, both as part of the January budget deal and ObamaCare.

So much for Obama’s complaint that “as a trickle-down ideology became more prominent, taxes were slashed for the wealthiest.” Just another lie, it seems.

According to a Tax Foundation analysis of new IRS data, the bottom half of income-tax filers paid 36% more in taxes in 2011 than they did in 2010 — even though their incomes barely budged.

The top half, in contrast, saw their tax burden climb only 9%. The average tax rate paid by the bottom half has climbed every year under Obama, going from 2.35% in 2009 to 3.13% in 2011.

Viewed another way, the share of “adjusted gross income” earned by the bottom half fell slightly in 2011, but their share of income taxes paid actually rose — the first such increase since 1989. (IBD)

But was made up by government transfer payments (aka welfare and the like) so if the poor didn’t have Big Brother paying them off they’d actually be paying more!

And who’s paying for those payments. In part, they are.

So it’s a shell game. It’s a dependency game. In fact, it’s all just a game.

Oh, and it get’s better. If the vassal leaves the area around the Lord’s castle they will be robbed by the King’s men.

It’s bad enough that the president’s health insurance takeover costs more, breaks his pledge of letting you keep your plan and diminishes choice. It actually restricts your travels too.

‘We have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in.” Those words from President John F. Kennedy in June 1963, standing at the Berlin Wall, neatly illustrated the moral superiority of the free West over the Soviet bloc.

But Americans are now about to find themselves grappling with their own bureaucratic Berlin Wall. The American Thinker’s Stella Paul has exposed the virtually unnoticed fact that within the ObamaCare exchanges so many Americans are being forced into, “most plans only provide local medical coverage.”

Paul warns this will have “a profound impact on the real-estate market, particularly the second home sector, and on the travel business.” She interviewed one Connecticut retiree whose health required having a winter home in South Carolina. Her $450-per-month, $2,500 deductible, no co-pay Blue Cross policy that had worked well in both states was suddenly canceled.

The new policy she was offered under ObamaCare was twice as expensive, with a deductible costing $1,000 more, and no out-of-network coverage.

Having had a surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, out-of-network coverage was a must. And she found it. “It’s $900 a month,” she told Paul, “with a $7,000 deductible and a co-pay on everything. Basically, it’s catastrophic insurance, and I’ll be paying my South Carolina doctors out of pocket.”

A prominent New York insurance broker pointed out that most of the policies offered on the ObamaCare exchanges are not national networks, so “if you need routine medical services, they will not be covered when you leave your local area,” as they were before.

Travel health insurance, unfortunately, only covers emergencies. So, the broker told Paul, “a large portion of the population will have their insurance as a consideration for their mobility, which they never had before.”

Imagine having to take all this into account in making decisions about where in America you want to live.

And as Paul asks, “With Americans no longer able to receive routine medical services when they travel, will they start showing up in emergency rooms for sore throats and backaches? And how will these new throngs of patients affect the waiting time of people with genuine medical emergencies?”

Meet the latest unpleasant ObamaCare surprise, right on the heels of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this week finally admitting that, contrary to Obama’s endlessly repeated promise, “there are some individuals who may be looking at increases” in premiums.

Unrestricted movement is a birthright of our liberty. Even socialized medicine’s harshest opponents didn’t suspect Washington would trample that freedom. (IBD)

You have to keep close to your local Lord and Master or else!

Don’t go off the reservation of venture to far from the protection of your Lord or else the beasties and robbers in the wilderness will eat you alive….

You’re a Vassal.

A vassal is a person who has entered into a mutual obligation to a lord or monarch in the context of the feudal system in medieval Europe.

Lord Government is calling…As Americans realize they must pay for all non-emergency medical care when they leave their home county.

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson
 Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Details…Details…Details….

So if your “fixing to” commit a crime, watch out, to the Police you’re already a criminal.

Police in Parker County had been watching Michael Fred Wehrenberg’s home for a month when, late in the summer of 2010, they received a tip from a confidential informant that Wehrenberg and several others were “fixing to” cook meth. Hours later, after midnight, officers walked through the front door, rounded up the people inside, and kept them in handcuffs in the front yard for an hour and a half.

The only potential problem, at least from a constitutional standpoint, was that the cops didn’t have a search warrant. They got one later, before they seized the boxes of pseudoephedrine, stripped lithium batteries, and other meth-making materials, while the alleged meth cooks waited around in handcuffs, but by then they’d already waltzed through the home uninvited. They neglected to mention this on their warrant application, identifying a confidential informant as their only source of information.

Wehrenberg’s lawyers argued during materials that the seized materials had been taken illegally and shouldn’t be allowed as evidence. The motion was denied — the trial court cited federal “independent source doctrine,” which allows illegally seized evidence a third party told them about beforehand — and Wehrenberg pleaded guilty to one count of possession and one count of intent to manufacture, getting five years in prison.

The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth wasn’t so eager to overlook what appeared to be a clear case of police misconduct and overturned the lower court’s ruling.

But it’s the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that has the final say, and last week they agreed with the trial court. In a majority opinion, Judge Elsa Alcala wrote that, while Texas’ “exclusionary rule” bans illegally seized evidence from trial, federal precedent dictates that it can be introduced if it was first confirmed by an independent source.

Grits for Breakfast’s Scott Henson, who first reported the case, (http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2013/12/judicial-activism-allows-police-to-get.html) isn’t sure how significant the decision will prove to be on the ground.

“But the actions of police in the case don’t pass the smell test,” he writes. “If their informant was so credible, why not go to the judge for a search warrant in the 3-4 hours before their illegal entry? The judge was available in the middle of the night, so there’s little basis to believe they couldn’t have gotten it earlier. And why conceal the fact that they’d already swept the house and detained the suspects in the search warrant application if everything was on the up and up?”

He has a kindred spirit in CCA Judge Lawrence Meyers, who was the only justice to dissent. As Meyers wrote, “it is obvious to me that this search warrant was obtained based upon the officers’ unlawful entry into [Wehrenberg]’s residence.”

There was more than enough time to secure a search warrant before the officers’ intrusion into the premises, but they deliberately chose not to attempt to obtain it until after they had conducted the unlawful entry. Further, had the officers entered the home and found the occupants only baking cupcakes, the officers would not have bothered to then obtain the warrant at all. It was only after unlawfully entering and finding suspicious activity that they felt the need to then secure the warrant in order to cover their tracks and collect the evidence without the taint of their entry.

In addition, Meyers argues that the confidential informant’s report that Wehrenberg was “fixing to” cook meth wasn’t independent evidence but a prediction of a future crime. The majority’s decision, he writes, means that “search warrants may now be based on predictions of the commission of future crimes,” which is an uncomfortable concept to say the least. (Dallas Observer)

Time to round up all those Tea Party “terrorists” because they are always “fixing to” cause Trouble! 🙂

Reader Comment on article: Here’s an easy prediction: a black male will commit a violent crime against an elderly white man or white woman and claim the police profiled him when arrested.

Or a black kid in a hoodie… 🙂

Or heaven forbid an “immigrant” (liberal speak for an illegal alien)!!!

Maybe these morons could get together with the Affluenza defense Judge and form a Stupid Justice Court…Or just go work for the NSA. 🙂

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The Freedom Report

I love Christmas lights!

They remind me of the people who voted for Obama!

They all hang together, half of them don”t work,

and the ones that do …

aren’t all that BRIGHT!

And the low voltage (aka low information) burn outs in the middle ruin it for the rest of us! 🙂

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left wing loon

U.S. President Barack Obama is apparently a fan of the Emmy-winning Netflix series House of Cards.

Before a meeting with tech magnates Tuesday morning, Obama shared a lighthearted exchange about the series with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Obama said he wished Washington politics were as “ruthlessly efficient” as the show’s portrayal. (mashable)

But I think the Washington Post has a closer explanation for his love of it:

The ways in which Kevin Spacey — as Rep. Frank Underwood — manipulates his colleagues suggests that he is a man among boys, that they are the sheep and he the shepherd.  If Spacey was so very good about bending his colleagues to his will, why isn’t he the president? Or at least the Speaker of the House? (Frank is the House Majority Whip, the third ranking position in leadership.) There’s no question that in the actual Congress there are certain members who have savvier policy and political minds than others. But the black and white distinctions created by the show badly oversimplifies how most legislators interact.

It’s good to be the King. And oversimplification is a great Liberal trait.

‘Vote for Me, the Other Guy’s an Asshole!’  springs to mind…. 🙂

“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying it and analyzing it without judicial approval,” wrote US District Judge Richard Leon. (of the The NSA spying).

The (IN-)Justice Department has continued to argue that plaintiffs in lawsuits against the spying program lack standing because they cannot prove their records were examined. But Judge Leon suggested that the old calculus that afforded police agencies great leeway when it came to monitoring communications has clearly changed.

Suggesting that the NSA has relied on “almost-Orwellian technology,” wrote Judge Leon, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia bench. “The relationship between the police and the phone company (as imagined by the courts decades ago)…is nothing compared to the relationship that has apparently evolved over the last seven years between the government and telecom companies.”

The judge concluded, “It’s one thing to say that people expect phone companies to occasionally provide information to law enforcement; it is quite another to suggest that our citizens expect all phone companies to operate what is effectively a joint intelligence-gathering operation with the government.”

This case will continue in the courts, as will others.

Remember when Liberals were apoplectic about “warrantless wiretapping”?? 🙂

John Stossel: This wasn’t a great year for liberty. A few disasters that government caused:

–Obamacare. It was supposed to “bend the cost curve” downward. The central planners had lots of time to perfect their scheme. For a generation, the brightest left-wing wonks focused on health care policy. The result? Soviet-style consumer service comes to America.

–Government shutdown. The real disaster was the unnecessary panic over it. Zoos would shut down, and baby pandas would starve. The media made it sound like America might not survive even slightly limited government. They were happy to echo the politicians’ claim that there’s no wasteful or stupid spending to cut.

“The cupboard is bare,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “There’s no more cuts to make.”

Nothing to cut? Government spends $3.8 trillion a year!

Many Republicans are almost as eager to spend as Democrats, despite the difference in rhetoric between the two parties. About the only spending reduction Republicans accomplished in the past few years was the so-called sequester — which really happened by legal default because the two parties couldn’t reach an agreement. The sequester instituted cuts of about $85 billion a year, a mere sliver of that $3.8 trillion budget and a still smaller sliver of our $17 trillion debt.

Yet even those modest cuts will not happen now under the new congressional agreement. Because some Republicans were upset the sequester made small cuts to the military’s budget and were fearful another partial government shutdown might hurt their chances in upcoming elections, they gave up the modest spending discipline the sequester imposed. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, said conservatives who want to keep the sequester are “ridiculous.”

The Republican behind the new agreement, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was once called a fanatical budget-slasher who wanted to push Granny off a cliff. People talked about him reading Ayn Rand and being a cutthroat capitalist. But now, even he abandons the meager budget cuts that were already scheduled.

I suppose Republicans feel they have no choice. They face Democrats who will cut nothing . They hope to win the Senate next election and realize that spending cuts are not particularly popular with the general public.

Americans say they want less spending. But then they fight for farm subsidies, flood insurance and “economic development” schemes. Most federal spending funds Social Security, Medicare and the military. Even citizens who sound fiscally conservative, especially elderly ones, don’t want these things cut.

–This was also the year we found out just how much the federal government spies on its own citizens. I annoyed my fellow libertarians by saying the privacy I lose to data mining seems a small price to pay for surveillance against terrorism. I posted a list of a hundred other things government does that upset me more. Some people responded by calling me a “traitor” and “LINO” (libertarian in name only).

Look, libertarians, I’m constantly angry at my government for lots of things, but I just can’t get worked up about data mining. My emails fly through the air. For all I know, my political enemies already read them.

It is upsetting, though, that the National Security Agency snooping goes far beyond what the government first claimed. President Barack Obama assured us the NSA does not read our emails or listen to our phone calls. But it turns out they sometimes do.

They say they only look for terrorists, and they won’t use the records to harass and punish their critics. But why would we trust that the same big government that spends $3.8 trillion a year, raids our homes looking for drugs and regulates almost every part of our lives won’t use its snooping powers to look into things other than terrorism?

Given the truth of Thomas Jefferson’s warning — “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground” — I fear next year will be still worse for liberty.

To make it a better year, we can’t trust such a powerful government to restrain itself. We should cut back its duties to reduce its power.

But that means you have to get the drug addicts to voluntarily cut back on their drugs…:)

The Christmas Spirit…
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A Well Deserved Award…
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I’m Shocked!

From a strategic standpoint, delaying bad news until after the people it affects have to re-elect you is sort of a no-brainer. But this story in the Washington Post about the Obama Administration deliberately pushing back the effective date of hundreds of new environmental, work safety and health care regulations to avoid contention over the massive governmental oversight expansion during the 2012 campaign is less of a “wow, I’m outraged they did that!” sort of story and more of a “well, you probably knew this but the Washington Post is just getting down to reporting it a little over a year later now that it will have little impact on your opinion.”

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

The Obama administration has repeatedly said that any delays until after the election were coincidental and that such decisions were made without regard to politics. (WP)

IS ANYONE REALLY STUPID ENOUGH TO BELIEVE THAT? (of course there is…)

After all, you’re probably still figuring out why you got double-charged for health insurance this month.

The White House systematically delayed enacting a series of rules on the environment, worker safety and health care to prevent them from becoming points of contention before the 2012 election, according to documents and interviews with current and former administration officials.

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

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

The Post is flabbergasted and, upon discovering such a dramatic betrayal of their trust, was forced to send not one but two unpaid interns out to purchase smelling salts and a fainting couch. And while other, less disarmingly handsome Presidents have also made a point of delaying new regulations until after they were officially re-elected, the report indicates that the Obama Administration went above and beyond the call of duty.

Not that you’re surprised by any of this, of course. But it’s worth noting that at least someone else discovered it for a change, right? (Naked DC)

I guess we had to re-elect him to find out what was in it…

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Urging

Update: School admits they were hyper-stupid but only after the pressure got to be too much.

CNN: Amid a tidal wave of negative publicity, a Colorado school system has let a 6-year-old boy return to school and said it won’t classify his kissing a girl on the hand as sexual harassment.

The story of first-grader Hunter Yelton made national news and spurred outrage this week after word spread that his school near Colorado Springs suspended him for the kiss and accused him of sexually harassing the girl.

On Wednesday night, CNN affiliate KRDO reported that Canon City Schools Superintendent Robin Gooldy met with Hunter’s parents. The superintendent then changed Hunter’s disciplinary offense from “sexual harassment” to “misconduct.”

The boy has also returned to school at the Lincoln School of Science & Technology.

And wouldn’t you know, the ‘victim’s’  mother was a teacher at the school. 🙂

No word on the “Gateway” Sex Addict: The Hugger  in Atlanta though.

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Nearly two weeks after Obama promised the federal exchange website would be completely fixed, his top official tacitly admitted that nothing of the sort has happened.

On Thursday, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced two new ObamaCare delays. One was to require insurers to accept payment through the end of this month for coverage starting in January.

The second — and more telling — delay gives those enrolled in the temporary ObamaCare “high risk” pools an extra month to sign up for coverage through one of the new exchanges.

The law set up these high-risk pools in states that didn’t already have them, as a way to provide insurance for people with huge health bills who couldn’t get coverage any other way.

But as of October, there were only 85,798 people enrolled in one of these plans. This means the administration can’t even guarantee that this tiny group will have its applications processed on time.

Sebelius also suggested that she might push back the enrollment deadline yet again, and then listed several things she’d like the insurance industry to do on her behalf.

First, she’s “urging” insurers to cover people who haven’t paid their first month’s premium on time — presumably because she knows that a non-payment disaster looms come Jan. 1.

Are they guys in Black Suits with the words IRS on the back? 🙂

Next, she’s “strongly encouraging” them to treat out-of-network providers as “in network” for emergency care — presumably to prevent some from losing their doctors after Obama promised this would never happen.

Sebelius is also “strongly encouraging” insurers to refill prescriptions covered under a previous plan, even if they aren’t covered on their new ObamaCare plans, for a month. Just how the industry is supposed to manage this is a mystery. But the implication is clear — millions will find themselves losing the drug coverage they had, thanks to ObamaCare.

OR ELSE!

The irony here is rich. The administration had nearly four years to set up the exchanges, write the rules, test the technology and tell the public what was going on, only to see it all crash and burn on the launchpad.

Now it’s giving insurance companies a matter of days to rewrite business plans, conjure up addendums, assume additional financial risk, all to mitigate the fallout of ObamaCare’s botched launch and to spare Obama further embarrassment.

Keep in mind that the industry is already in a mad scramble to repair the faulty enrollment data they keep getting from both the federal and state exchanges.

And Obama already asked them to figure out — in a matter of weeks — how to extend policies to millions of people whose plans they had to cancel because of ObamaCare. Not only that, but they’re supposed to send all these customers a note explaining what their coverage lacks compared with available ObamaCare plans.

The fact that the insurance industry isn’t in open revolt at the complete chaos ObamaCare has unleashed, to say nothing of Sebelius’ blatant last-minute attempts at intimidation, shows just how deeply it’s now wedded to the federal government.

Industry trade group head Karen Ignagni could muster only a gentle “Tsk, tsk” over the latest round of delays, saying “continued changes to the rules and guidance could exacerbate the challenges associated with helping consumers through the enrollment process.”

When Obama signed ObamaCare into law, he said: “It will take four years to implement fully many of these reforms, because we need to implement them responsibly. We need to get this right.”

Why should the country give him still more time to get it right? (IBD)

Because they are Liberals and they are never, ever wrong. No matter what. Just ask them…
And eventually, some day, when you have no other choice you will thank them for their generosity and love… 🙂

 

Stuck on Stupid II

In this joyous and festive holiday season it’s nice to see that Liberals and Mindless Bureaucrats are able to enjoy the season for what it is…

A Georgia high school student slated to receive a full athletic scholarship to college will not graduate on time after being suspended for one year last week as punishment for hugging a teacher in Nov.

17-year-old Sam McNair of Duluth High School was found guilty of violating the school’s rules regarding sexual harassment for a hug that was captured on video by a surveillance camera.

The teacher alleges McNair’s lips and cheeks touched the back of her neck, but the student has adamantly denied such allegations.

“I did not,” McNair told KCTV.

“Something so innocent can be perceived as something totally opposite,” he added.

Well, when you create an atmosphere for the teacher that if they just look at the kid the wrong way they’ll be sued for all kinds of things (I was warned about this 20 years ago when I was in The College of Education at Arizona State).

Don’t be alone with a kid EVER, because then you could be sued or fired or both for sexual harrassment. Etc.

So now they’ve extended then paranoia to students.

Geez, aren’t “zero tolerance” bureaucrats, liberals, and lawyers just the best Christmas Gift you get this fine Holiday Season (shhh..Don’t say “Christmas” it’s politically incorrect and discriminatory!).

According to the discipline report, the teacher had previously warned McNair hugs were inappropriate, KCTV reported. However, the 17-year-old disputes such claims and his mother doesn’t understand why she was never informed her son’s hugging was problematic.

“He’s a senior. He plays football and was getting ready for lacrosse and you’re stripping him of even getting a full scholarship for athletics for college,” April McNair told KCTV.

Well, he’s obviously a rampant sexual predator and he had to be disciplined.

And he doesn’t have Affluenza (see yesterday’s blog) so he must be stopped!

Hugs are just a gateway drug bigger and and more offensive sexual crimes, after all!!

http://www.kctv5.com/story/24209980/student-suspended-for-a-year-for-hugging-teacher

Sharese Shields Ages, an education attorney not associated with the case, said school districts have a responsibility to crack down on sexual harassment but also thoroughly educate students about what constitutes sexual harassment. 

“The school district should do a very good job communicating to both parents and students what appropriate contact is between students and teachers and to the extent that they have not done that it was an extreme punishment for the student,” said Shields Ages.

Sloan Roach, a spokesperson for Gwinnett County Public Schools, would not comment on McNair’s case but said in a statement that “hearing officers consider witness testimony, a review of the known facts, and a student’s past disciplinary history…when determining consequences.”

Could you get a more coldly bureaucratic response?

Sam McNair does have a discipline record and previous suspensions but not for sexual harassment and he does not believe he should be punished for showing affection. 

“You know what someone’s going through. A hug might help,” said Sam McNair.(Channel 5 Atlanta)

Sorry, touching another human being is VERBOTEN!

#2: Colorado:

A 6-year-old boy has been suspended from a Colorado school for kissing a girl on the cheek.

School officials in Canon City are accusing Hunter Yelton of sexual harassment and they want it on his school record.

A 6 Year old Sexual Predator! Imagine that…

A School District RE-1 official says the repeat offenses meet the school policy definition of sexual harassment and they hope the tough standards will force the boy to change his behavior.

Imagine was a sexual fiend this kid will be when he’s 18. He’ll be killing Prostitutes and spreading disease  left and right so we have to stop this serial killer before it starts! 🙂

The school district, for its part, disagrees with Yelton’s mother’s opinion about the boy’s behavior and says kissing a girl at school is unacceptable, the station reported. 

Sandy Wurtele, a child psychologist, was critical about the district’s decision to punish the boy over the kiss.

“I don’t think a 6-year-old would understand what harassment is,” Wurtele told KRDO. “That has some longer-term implications.”

And these are the same kind of bureaucrats you want for Health Care?? 🙂

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Or Georgia…:)

Moral Decay

Here’s a perfect example of the moral decay that Liberals, lawyers, bad parents, and  hacks have had on our society.

The Affluenza Defense: Judge Rules Rich Kid’s Rich Kid-ness Makes Him Not Liable for Deadly Drunk Driving Accident

 State District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced a North Texas teenager to 10 years probation for driving while drunk and for killing four pedestrians after his attorneys successfully argued that the teen suffered from affluenza and needed rehabilitation, and that he should not be sent to prison. The teen was witnessed on surveillance video stealing beer from a store, driving with seven passengers in his Ford F-350, speeding, and he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.24. A defense psychologist testified in court that the teen was a product of affluenza and was unable to link his bad behavior with consequences due to his parents teaching him that wealth buys privilege. The rehabilitation facility near Newport Beach, California that the teen will be attending will cost his family $450,000 annually, for possibly as long as 10 years.

He was too rich to know better! Seriously??…

Anyone figure we need to replace a State District Judge?

And a Rehab Center (and some Lawyers) are going to make out like bandits. It’s Christmas for sure. They get a fat stocking full of cash, the victims and society get large lumps of coal.

So if you’re rich enough, you can claim being too rich is a psychological disorder so you’re not responsible for your actions and hire a high priced lawyer to find a judge that is dumb enough to buy it.

And if you have enough political power, you order people to do whatever you want them do to do and exempt yourself from it (Congress and Democrats).

Welcome to America at the end of 2013.

The rot is now total.

TIME:  For most people, conviction for vehicular manslaughter due to drunk driving warrants a lengthy sentence, but not in the case of Ethan Couch, a wealthy young man from the state of Texas.

The Keller, Tex., 16-year-old has a rare condition that a judge believes is best remedied with anything but dealing with the consequences for causing a DWI wreck that killed four people, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Couch suffers from “affluenza,” according to his lawyers, a term which means that his wealthy parents pretty much let him get away with everything. The defense saved him from a 20-year sentence; State District Judge Jean Boyd bought it at his sentencing on Tuesday and gave Couch probation instead.

“He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way,” Gary Miller, a psychologist assigned to Couch said in court. “He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no young man would be able to handle.”

The defense said this led to a rash of irresponsible behavior on the night of June 15 and ended in tragedy. The spree began with Couch stealing beer from a Walmart with his buddies, jumping into a pickup truck and smashing into a woman whose car broke down on a Burleson, Texas road, killing the woman, two people who lived nearby and came to help, and a passerby.

Court testimony revealed that Couch’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit. He also admitted being drunk while driving and losing control of his Ford F-150.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of manslaughter by intoxication and two counts of assault by intoxication causing bodily injury. Two teens in the bed of the truck were seriously  injured, and one cannot move or talk.

Two teens riding in the bed of the teen’s pickup were critically injured. Solimon Mohmand had numerous broken bones and internal injuries. Sergio Molina remains paralyzed and communicates by blinking his eyes, according to testimony last week.

Gee, I wonder who will be footing their bills? And what happens to the rest of THEIR lives. Who Cares, they ain’t rich!!

Texas sentencing guidelines for crimes like this call for fines of up to $10,000 and between 2 and 20 years in the state penitentiary. But instead Couch got 10 years of probation and zero time. If he slips up he could go to jail for 10 years, according to a statement from the Tarrant County District Attorney.

Defense attorney Scott Brown praised Boyd’s decision: “She fashioned a sentence that could have him under the thumb of the justice system for the next 10 years,” he said.

Eric Boyles, who lost his wife and daughter Holly and Shelby in the crash said it was Couch’s wealth that kept him from a harsher sentence.

“Ultimately today, I felt that money did prevail,” he told the Star-Telegram after the sentencing. “If [he] had been any other youth, I feel like the circumstances would have been different.”

Blaze: Defense attorneys enlisted a psychologist to testify that the teen had essentially raised himself and he had an emotional age of 12.

“The teen never learned to say that you’re sorry if you hurt someone. If you hurt someone, you sent him money,” the psychologist, Gary Miller, said.

“He never learned that sometimes you don’t get your way,” Miller added. “He had the cars and he had the money. He had freedoms that no young man would be able to handle.”

Who wants to roast the parents for their shit job of parenting?

And what has this little cherub learned? That his parents money does in fact get him out of trouble. He will learn absolutely NOTHING.

And what have the victims, families and society learned, That money and power really can buy you out of responsibility for anything.

So as long as you have enough money or enough political power you can damn well do anything you want.

So the parents taught their little cherub that money has privilege and the system proved them correct.

My now that’s a  good lesson for kiddies…

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The Lie of The Year 2013 Crowned

“Doh” is now defined as “Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish,”

Nearly 40 times over 4 years, mind you…

Lie of the Year: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’

(Politifact)

…the American Medical Association in 2009: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

Pants on Fire!

“What we said was, you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed.” –Barack Obama, Monday, November 4th, 2013.

False

“FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans.” Valerie Jarrett, Monday, October 28th, 2013.

It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system.

“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” President Barack Obama said — many times — of his landmark new law.

But the promise was impossible to keep.

So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.

Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief.  Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.

For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,” the Lie of the Year for 2013.

37 Times in 4 years. It was a lie!

“We weren’t as clear as we needed to be in terms of the changes that were taking place, and I want to do everything we can to make sure that people are finding themselves in a good position, a better position than they were before this law happened. And I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me,” he said.” —Obama November 2013

Says the pathological liar!

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi defended Obama’s statement as accurate and blamed insurance companies. “Did I ever tell my constituents that, if they like their plan, they could keep it? I would have, if I’d ever met anybody who liked his or her plan, but that was not my experience,” she said.

Says the crazy woman who looks like she’s had more plastic surgery than Joan Rivers! (I know that below the belt….ah, so what, like she cares what anyone thinks).

So why would you ever trust them again?

Not that I ever did to begin with,mind you…

This the fourth time in five years the “Lie of the Year” has been about this one health care law. So it must a superior piece from superior beings, right?
🙂

Otherwise, the winners break down like this:

  • In 2009, Sarah Palin won, for her insistence that Obamacare would include “death panels.”
  • In 2010, it was Republican consultant Frank Luntz’s assertion that Obamacare would lead to a “government take over of health care.”
  • In 2011, various Democrats were given the title for saying that Republicans had voted to end Medicare.

Only there hatred of Mitt Romney overwhelmed them in 2012.

But there is plenty of evidence that Sarah Palin was correct. And, of course Frank Luntz’s assertion is the same one I’ve been saying for the past 5 years.

So, remember kiddies, Obamacare is a good and just thing. The liberal media & Democrats say so…and anyone who says otherwise is a dirty rotten liar! 🙂

And you can Trust them to tell you the truth 🙂

It’s not like they granted themselves waivers, or their political allies and friends. Or pushed back pieces of it, like the employer mandate, so as to not damage themselves further in 2014.

Naw, nothing like that at all… 🙂

Prove The Mayans Wrong

The Battle Ahead

The liberal media like nothing better than dissension among conservatives. We should not aid them. The incredible unraveling of ObamaCare has put conservatives on offense once again, eclipsing even the recent government shutdown.

We must let liberalism unravel, with an eye to 2014 Senate (and House) targets of opportunity. We must not greet this opportunity with further disunity in the form of a “circular firing squad.”

Want proof: How about super Liberal EJ Dionne:

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

The agreement leaves the jobless out in the cold, because it doesn’t extend unemployment benefits, and provides little room for new initiatives to combat rising inequality and declining upward mobility — the very problems that President Obama and most Democrats believe are the most important facing the country. (IBD)

When Liberals are joyous about the right attacking the right and the feel the need for super liberals to pass a budget that both Obama and “Jar Jar” Boehner endorse you know you’re in the crapper.

Paul Ryan lost it for me when he wussed out during the campaign.

And “Bi-Partisan” with Liberals is a slow death march for everyone else who’s going to suffer for it.

The Republicans just want to avoid being blamed for it again.

Yet that is exactly what’s developing today. Business groups threaten to support challenges to Tea Party candidates like Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., who actually developed one of the most thoughtful Balanced Budget Amendment proposals. Conservative groups threaten a primary challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Yet on the National Tax Limitation Committee’s congressional scorecard , which we’ve prepared for over a quarter century, McConnell earned a 91 in the 112th Congress and a 90 in the 111th Congress (strong “A” grades winning NTLC’s Tax Fighter Award).

This is a “family feud” that can only benefit Obama and his increasingly extremist “Progressives.” Conservatives need to keep up the pressure for a more principled Republican Party.

But given the pressure from the far-left extremist Democratic Party today, it may be wise to recall Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment: “Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican.”

Those skeptical of the Tea Party must recognize it as a real movement, largely baby boomers and older, who love America and the Constitution and got up off their couches, came off their golf courses, fishing streams and hunting fields, left their TVs and the arms of their grandkids to reassert American values of individualism — and old-fashioned Fourth of July patriotism.

The recent barricading of the WWII memorial, Mount Rushmore and other sacred American places by Obama and his minions to punish Americans and make them hate Republicans was the most revealing and revolting dimension of the shutdown.

Equally powerful — and growing since the mid-20th century — is the libertarian movement driven by Ayn Rand and her highly principled book “Atlas Shrugged.” Rep. Ron Paul — and now son Sen. Rand Paul — are breathing new life into it, as young people migrate to the personal freedom, minimum-tax and anti-regulation mantra of libertarianism. It is becoming an increasingly powerful and vital component of the latent conservative majority.

This is a battle for the soul of America. Just as Bill Buckley stood athwart history and yelled to the socialists “Stop!”, all who believe in this land of liberty must do the same to today’s extreme-left Democratic Party.

Today’s Republican House majority is the most effective remaining check against Obama-mania Marxism. It’s been effective in achieving valuable conservative goals, like the sequester and budget caps. Speaker John Boehner and McConnell, while not perfect, have been effective in winning, implementing and maintaining that enormous victory, even with the modest adjustments of the recent budget deal.

Democrat Senate incumbents can be swept out in 2014 in New Hampshire (Shaheen), Arkansas (Prior), North Carolina (Hagen), Louisiana (Landrieu), Alaska (Begich) and Minnesota (Franken). Open Senate seats can also be won for a new Republican Senate majority: South Dakota, Montana, Iowa, West Virginia and Michigan.

In all of these cases, we should follow the political advice of conservative Buckley: “Nominate the most conservative candidate who can actually win in November.”

The flip side of Buckley’s advice is don’t attack or replace a conservative (or a moderate) who has the best chance of holding a seat essential to organizing the leadership of the Senate (or the House).

Ironically, if we had followed this strategy in several Senate races over the last two cycles, we might have controlled the Senate this year when Ted Cruz/Mike Lee and others made their bid to defund ObamaCare. They could have won and sent the issue directly to Obama to accept or veto.

If we can avoid letting “the best” be the enemy of the good, following Buckley’s advice, and speak positively about helpful conservative Republicans more broadly, as Ronald Reagan encouraged, free market conservatives can and will take back the Senate in 2014 — and the U.S. in 2016. (IBD)

If you’re worried about the Deficit, only one number really matters: The number of Democrats in Congress. 🙂

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