Wednesday stuff, for want of a better word

My day is not proceeding as planned.  Grumble, grumble, grumble.

But I still found some good stuff out there:

For all the criticism aimed at him for daring to defend his nation from nuclear annihilation, Netanyahu successfully shifted the paradigm — not far enough, but it’s movement in the right direction.

Apparently 25 years or so is all it takes for New Yorkers to forget the horrors of Progressive government.  I know this is unfair to the small, smart minority that didn’t vote for de Blasio, but I hope that New York goes to hell in a hand basket very quickly (kind of the way Hollande’s France or Mugabe’s Zimbabwe did).  That seems to be the only way in which people invested in liberalism learn lessons.  (And sadly, sometimes, even the worst that can happen isn’t bad enough.)

Here are Seven devastating facts about Obamacare that you should memorize and politely slip into conversation whenever you find yourself trapped in conversation with those who still believe it’s a winner.

Jonah Goldberg suggests that the Republicans might want to be there for Tea Partiers because, ultimately, Tea Partiers are there for the Republicans.

And two from Keith Koffler.  The first is about Obama’s fraudulent conduct with regard to his “changing” views on gay marriage, and the second is about his administration’s fraudulent conduct regarding Obamacare.

I think it’s important that we stop using the word “lie.”  In the context of politics, we tend to think of a “lie” as an after-the-fact cover-up (“I did not have sexual relations with that woman”). What Obama has done, repeatedly, is to commit fraud.  Fraud is a very specific legal animal.  Here’s as good a definition as any, culled from a fairly recent California case:  “The tort of deceit or fraud requires: “(a) misrepresentation (false representation, concealment, or nondisclosure); (b) knowledge of falsity (or ‘scienter’); (c) intent to defraud, i.e., to induce reliance; (d) justifiable reliance; and (e) resulting damage.” (Engalla v. Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (1997) 15 Cal.4th 951, 974, 64 Cal.Rptr.2d 843, 938 P.2d 903, internal quotation marks omitted.)  Fraud is not a lie.  It’s much worse than a lie because you’re not just protecting yourself; you’re deliberating setting out to make others rely on you to their detriment.

And of course, Sebelius seems charmingly insouciant about the fact that your private information could end up in the hands of felons that Obama’s government has hired to collect that private information:

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  • JKB

    Saw this last night, seems yet another Obamacare fraud.  This one has been represented in court
    The court did recognize the government’s position on the birth control mandate “to promote women’s health” is, shall we say, not aligned with the science.  That is, many birth control methods covered are recognized as carcinogenic.  The latter seen as not necessarily promoting women’s health.  
    As stated in the decision written by Judge Janice Rogers Brown, ruling in favor of the Gilardi brothers, owners of Freshway Foods:

    Equally unconvincing is the government’s assertion that the mandate averts “negative health consequences for both the woman and the developing fetus.” From the outset, we note the science is debatable and may actually undermine the government’s cause. For the potential mother, as one amicus notes, the World Health Organization classifies certain oral contraceptives as carcinogens, marked by an increased risk for breast, cervical, and liver cancers. Br. of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, at 8–9.

  • Ymarsakar

    The thing about centralized control is that it also gets to redistribute blame and responsibility. Thus who are the worst schemers and devils, can offload their sins unto the innocent in the same fashion that they take from group 1 to give to their pals in group 2.
    In a smaller system, such as a village that sets up its own governing system, responsibility is easier to monopolized. While profit should be based on a distributed network scheme, responsibility should be monopolized. Only in that way can reliable tests be performed to determine a difference in competence. Between two groups of people with the same overall competence level, the one with the more responsibility tends to perform better in the long run as they have a motivation to improve.
    As centralized planning becomes greater and greater, it can no longer be held to account for mistakes or evils performed. It is thus in a state of pre critical mass, where adding a little bit more energy to the central pot, will make it all blow up until everything is gone.
    Ironically, centralized planning grows the best from a test case of democracy. It make take a few generations for it to manifest, or a single one such as Jamestown or the Pilgrims’ communism, but the effects are dramatic. It comes from the natural interpretation that equal rights and status means equal access to individual resources. Thus in a group of 10, 6 will decide for the majority what is best between equals. Amongst the six, they will have a debate, and 4 will win it by dent of equal status. Thus the 4 decides for the six what is done, and the 6 decides for the 10 what will be done. Amongst the majority of 4, there will be 1 strong leader, 1 executive officer, and 1 supporter. They determine for the 4 what will be. Amongst the group of 4, 2 are most important, the leader and second in command. In a hierarchy of 2, the leader determines what goes on.
    So in a democracy, it naturally comes about that 1 or 2 people, determine 99% of the time, what 10 people will do all together. Thus once this system is naturally evolved and matured from the raw condition of democracy, equality, they will have a First Among Equals. As a natural step after that, is equal distribution of resources, as determined by the 1%.
    Meanwhile, the rest of the democracy community thinks they “voted” in their leader. That may or may not be true depending on the virtues of individuals. So in actual fact, democracy and equality are the best conditions in which to grow tyranny, centralized control, and confiscation of private property.
    This is something people aren’t allowed to know in social politics. They cannot be allowed to think things like that. Democracy is often used as a band aid to quickly apply a solution to problems where populations are oppressed, such as slavery in the US. But the solution never really works very well, given violence (KKK in the South and AQ in Iraq). First you must have “security” and “order”, but that order and security does not necessarily come from voting or democracy or equality. In the long term, the band aid is itself the source of infection and weakness.
    Civil war is not inevitable because of Obama or America being America. Civil war is inevitable because of democracy being democracy, or America utilizing too much of the power of democracy and not enough of the other stuff. Dictatorships like Rome had several safeguards put into place ot make it work with a system of republican representation. Those who think they are equals in a democracy, often have no safeguards against a King or Emperor.