I need to take care of some things for my Mom, so I won’t be blogging until about 11 a.m. PST. Until then, Open Thread!!!! Yay!!!!
Sorry for the silence, but since yesterday, my computer has been commandeered for a family project and I’ve not had any access to it. Blogging on my iPad is not an option, because of the same family project.
I might get my computer back this afternoon and I’ll definitely have it back by tomorrow.
In the meantime, this is an open thread.
That I am an indifferent cook is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that my proudest boast about my Thanksgiving dinner is that nobody got food poisoning. Other than that, the food, over which I labored for two days, was more than adequate. I had the whole Thanksgiving megillah: Turkey (of course), stuffing (made in the crock pot to avoid food poisoning), butternut squash, candied yams, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, homemade gravy, salad, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Our gathering was small (my immediate family, plus my mother), so we have leftovers for at least two nights. That’s good, because I’m all cooked out.
I’m also slowly returning to real life, to my life. I took two days off from writing and from reading news. When I wasn’t cooking, I was walking dogs and reading junk novels. The world didn’t go away but, for a brief time, I went away from the world.
Today, slowly, I’m catching up — and rather wishing I hadn’t bothered. The news today, after all, is no better than it was two days ago. Still, like a junkie staring at that needle heading to my vein, I’m equal parts loathing and desire. Even as I fear the news, I crave it.
And so I’m reading again, and will soon be writing again. Until then, please consider this an Open Thread.
I’d reached critical mass in the inbox. It was either spend the day working through it or go nuclear which, in my case, doesn’t mean blowing up Israel, but does mean simply deleting everything in my inbox, knowing that there’s no way I will ever read what’s in there. I chose not to go nuclear, and I am grateful for that decision, as I was able to find a lot of wonderful stuff. Herewith, and in no particular order, stuff I culled from my inbox:
Following up on my post about the fact that we’re now living in a Soviet joke, a reader sent me this great one liner: “Under Obamacare if you get sick, the doctors will pretend to heal you and the government will pretend to pay for it.”
One of my favorite bloggers, who happens to be a teacher, is Mike McDaniel. He saw two newspaper articles that I’d seen too, and that I wanted to blog about, but never got around to. Now, I’m grateful for my sloth, because Mike did a better job with them than I ever could have done. The first is a bit frisky, but that’s only because (honest to God truth) an American university is giving students credit for attending a class that teaches them how to masturbate. When I were a lad, we were so poor, we had to figure those things out by ourselves. The other “education” story is less funny, because it has even more seriously implications for the joke that our university system has become. Once you learn about micro-aggression, I think you’ll agree that we’re within striking distance of the end of the world as we know it.
Speaking of how far we’ve come, someone sent me a link to this project: beautiful photo albums showing toys that were once an ordinary part of life but that would now result in a manufacturer’s lynching. I have fond memories of “puffing” on toy cigarettes. Interestingly, those sugary white rods with bright red tips never made me more inclined to try the real thing, which smelled bad and made me cough.
Oh, and while we’re on silly stuff, here’s a test for you: in which countries are these various toilets located? I got 50% correct and I can’t decide if that speaks well of me or badly.
In September, during the shutdown, someone sent me a link to a Red State story about GOP hostility to Ted Cruz. Showing that political time is like dog years, in the two months and one day since Red State published that article, the world has turned upside down, thanks to the Obamacare exchange roll-out. Suddenly, the article seems like a relic. The GOP is still hostile, but it now has a serious problem with the fact that Ted Cruz was right. (I was right too; just sayin’.)
I spoke today on the phone with Stella Paul and it explained a lot about why her articles are so insightful, intelligent, and beautifully written. She is insightful, intelligent, and beautifully spoken. (I always knew Obama’s books were fakes because nobody who wrote as well as he ostensibly did could speak as badly as he does off the cuff. The person who wrote Obama’s books loves language; Obama does not.) You can catch a lot of Stella’s stuff at American Thinker, such as her delightful and astute attack against the Obamacare exchange. She’s also publishing at Leeb’s Market Forecast, with her most recent article there about the scary fact that we are trapped inside a government Matrix and only a few brave folks are willing to take a stand against it. When it comes to Hollywood, Stella includes in her article one of the most frightening quotations I’ve ever heard: ”‘We know from research that when people watch entertainment television, even if they know it’s fiction, they tend to believe that the factual stuff is actually factual,’ said grant recipient Martin Kaplan of the University of Southern California’s Norman Lear Center.” Lee Habeeb’s proposed alternate TV channel can’t come fast enough.
One of the fascinating things about the Obamacare debacle is the way in which the New York Times has desperately been trying to cover up Obama’s lies. “Incorrect promise” tops the list of course, but the Times is spinning so frantically, it’s running out of neologisms, neo-phrases, and outright lies about lies in order to cover for Obama’s forked tongue. They should be better at this than they are. As Lee Stranahan wrote a month ago, the Left has always lied about itself and its motives.
Thomas Friedman may be nominally Jewish, but he’s nominally Jewish the way Noam Chomsky is. These guys are anti-Semitic Jews who are “thoughtful” enough to provide cover for all the other anti-Semites who aren’t Jews. (“Yeah, so what if I say a Jewish cabal rules the world and therefore all Jews need to be destroyed? Some of my best friends are Jews and they say the same thing.”) Elliot Abrams caught Friedman in a doozy of an anti-Semitic screed, one that could have fit comfortably in the pages of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Friedman isn’t just a fool and a hypocrite, he’s a fool and a hypocrite who worships at the altar of totalitarianism and will happily pave the way for the next round of gas chambers — although he’ll pride himself on the fact that, when the time comes, he’ll weakly protest that Jews shouldn’t actually be sent there.
Since the Obama administration has been preparing talking points for Democrats to use to browbeat friends and relatives about Obamacare during Thanksgiving, Ace prepared talking points for conservatives. Very worth reading.
“Mr. Obama, we at Fox News are not the problem. You are.” (Hat tip: Earl):
A friend of mine, a former Air Force pilot, wrote a book, called The Unusual Travels of Lee and Tammy. I was happy to leave this review at Amazon:
Mr. Strom has written a charming, imaginative book about a gateway between our moon and another world that can support human life. Funnily enough, Mr. Strom’s writing style reminded me strongly of Damon Runyon’s wonderful stories (which served as the basis for “Guys and Dolls.”). His dialogue has that same present tense formality that Runyon uses, which allows us to see the characters as from a slight distance.
The plot is straightforward: several astronauts from the world’s major countries are sent to the moon for a scientific study. Lee, an Armenian, accidentally falls through a portal into another world. Once he convinces his fellow astronauts of his existence, four of them, including Tammy, who becomes Lee’s romantic interest, explore the world. They discover its connection to earth, and have some unnerving experiences as they navigate their way through this strange, yet familiar, world.
I actually expected the book to be a more “Star Wars” type adventure with lots of shoot ‘em stuff. It’s not, though. It manages, instead, to imagine a realistic scenario, one that sees far away scientists make an exciting new discovery, and then follows through on how both the scientists and those back home (both funders and governments) respond to the possibilities of this discovery.
And lastly, during the shutdown, someone made a wonderful poster about the National Park Service employees who seemed to be so willing to carry out Obama’s orders to punish Americans — especially those who served our country so bravely — by closing down open-air parks. Even though the shutdown is over, it’s worth reminding ourselves what happened in October, because Obama has made it very plain that he will not hesitate to mobilize America’s unionized government workers against Americans:
(Yes, I know it’s already afternoon for some of you, but it’s morning here, and I’m rolling with that.)
So . . . yeah . . . whatever. My brain is devoid of inspiration. If any of you are doing better than I am (probably all of you are), please feel free to help out this morning (or afternoon).
A small Sunday morning round-up….
The Navy: doing the right thing and doing it right.
If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Not. (It’s worth remembering that, by the time the Soviet Union collapsed, being a doctor there was a women-only job, with about as much cachet as dog-catcher.)
Kerry brings anti-semitism and incompetence to a new high, even by State Department standards.
And please, Open Thread away here.
Sorry about the silence, but this has been a very domestic day. The greatest amount of time has been given over to shopping for and preparing to cook chicken soup and matzoh balls. Although I’m usually a truly terrible cook, my chicken soup with matzoh balls could easily win a prize. I boast about it because, when you’re as bad and disinterested a cook as I am, you have to celebrate your triumphs. Anything this good, of course, doesn’t come easy, so I’ve spent the last three hours laboring in the kitchen so as to get the ingredients prepped and simmering (in the case of the soup) and chilling (in the case of the matzoh dough). Phase two, which takes another hour and a half or so, begins in two hours.
All of this is in honor of a relative who is in the Bay Area and who is, very nicely, driving up to Marin from the Peninsula just to see us. I think anyone who goes to that effort for our company deserves a good meal.
Please consider this an open thread while I regroup.
“Monday morning mish mash” would have been more alliterative, but we do what we can.
How corrupt is Lois Lerner and the swamp-like federal system from which she emerged? This corrupt.
How crazy has the gender obsession at America’s institutions of higher education gotten? This crazy.
How horrible was the misbegotten Obamacare launch? This horrible.
Could it be that some Europeans are realizing that socialism is a societal dead-end? Why, yes it is possible that they are.
Is it possible for you — not “you” collectively, but “you,” the individual reading these words — to change our political culture? Yes, but it requires some organization and work.
And finally, not a question, but a promise: If you go into your marriage knowing that marriage isn’t for you, you will be happy.
If there are any questions you’d like to ask, or answers you’d like to give, here’s your Open Thread.
I’ve been cleaning out my email box, a process that always involves my apologizing to lots of people for appearing to have ignored their emails to me. I haven’t ignored them, which implies a deliberate effort to pretend they’re not there. Instead, I have done what I so often do: fallen behind.
The cool thing about going through the email box is finding all these gems. Some of them go back in time a while, but they’re still good opinion pieces or news stories, so I offer them to you now.
Back in August, Sultan Knish imagined what Obama’s obituary would be like were he to die in the year 2038. My only quibble is that, to the extent that Obama is exactly my age, I don’t like seeing him die at a mere 77 years. Our generation was meant to live to be older. Of course, what with Obamacare and all, maybe in 2038, a man of 77 will be freakishly old.
Rich people can be nice too: Helen Rosburg, a Wrigley Heiress, paid for a Marine’s dogs to be flown across country in a private charter when a commercial airline said the dogs were too big to fly to the Marine’s new base.
Plastic comes from oil, so it makes sense that a good way to recycle is to turn it back to oil. My only problem with this is that, because it comes from “United Nations University,” I’m assuming that it takes more electricity (i.e., coal- or oil-derived energy) to convert than each bottle actually yields. (Yes, I am cynical.)
As Americans are being pushed onto Obamacare will-she-nil-she, Congress is busy exempting its own people from the law’s increasingly onerous burdens. Maybe we ought to have a clean-slate election: everybody in Congress is automatically booted all at once, and we start from scratch.
Now that there’s no recourse, the Obama cheer-leading rats are scrambling off the ship. This time it’s David Ignatius looking at Obama’s abysmal foreign policy failures. Of course, all these people are still rats, because they knowingly deceived us, the were complicit in massive fraud (unless they were dumb as turnips when it came to the manifest failures driving Obama’s foreign and domestic policies), and the gosh-darned ship of state is still sinking. They’re running for high ground, while the rest of us are drowning . . . thanks to them.
Isn’t it good to know that a Homeland Security adviser thinks America is a Muslim county? Moreover, the Constitution is “Islamically compliant.” Well, that’s quite a trick considering that the Constitution is about small government and individual freedom, including freedom from state interference with religion, while Islam is predicated upon complete submission to the religious state.
First, I’m gonna hit you with the visuals. Isn’t this a great Halloween poster, courtesy of Chris Muir?
Rep. Renee Ellmers put Sebelius on the hot seat. Watch Sebelius twist and squirm like a worm on a hook as she avoids saying that people who don’t buy health insurance are violating the law and as she is forced to admit that men must buy maternity care, whether they need it or not:
Dennis Prager, one of whose many virtues is the fact that he is a temperate man who relies on logic rather than emotion to guide him, assembles a compelling body of facts to support his conclusion that, despite having disagreements with past presidents, “I have never written or broadcast that our country was being seriously damaged by a president. So it is with great sadness that I write that President Barack Obama has done and continues to do major damage to America.”
Charlie Martin does a fabulous (no exaggeration) job explaining how real insurance works and how Obamacare perverts and ultimately destroys real insurance. I don’t think he says anything that you and I don’t already know and that we didn’t predict years ago, but I’m greatly impressed by how accessible he makes complex ideas. If you have a tween or teen, or a liberal relative or friend who has never actually contemplated how the real world works, you could do a lot worse than forwarding Martin’s post to them.
One of the things that distinguishes the PBS crowd (both creators and audience) from other Americans is their smugness. They are the self-styled intelligentsia. Their neatly packaged two-to-fifteen minute segments tell you everything you need to know. Unspoken in that last sentence is this part: “everything you need to know in order to maintain your smug disdain for Americans who live in flyover country, or didn’t attend Ivy League colleges, or believe in God, the flag, and America, etc.” Sometimes, to preserve this wonderful feeling of superiority, of course, you have to lie . . . just a little bit . . . or maybe a lot . . . but it’s a “truthy” lie because, even if the facts are kind of not really correct, you’re right about the overarching idea or theory. This attitude probably explains why PBS did a report on Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast and repeated as truth the claim that ordinary Americans were so stupid that they succumbed to mass panic. The so-called panic, in fact, was puffery from a media anxious to trumpet its importance. I’m thinking that maybe PBS stands for “Pure Bulls**t.”
Sebelius has taken full responsibility for the Obamacare rollout debacle. In a normal world, she’d be standing on a street corner now with a sign saying “Will work for food.” In Obama-world, she will keep her job until she decides to leave. When she does leave, she’ll get on the speaking circuit and make $30,000-$50,000 for a 45 minute speech touting what a wonderful job she did. After all, it’s worked for Hillary and Holder, so why shouldn’t it work for Sebelius? As she’s already made clear, she doesn’t work for the people who actually pay her salary (that would be you and me) but, instead, works for much more important people who also get their salary from us. It’s easy to confess a sin when you know that you need not fear either punishment or repentance.
All the liberals are piling on Obama now. The most recent is the WaPo’s Dana Milbank. I’m unimpressed. All of these things about Obama were obvious in 2007 and in every year thereafter. Before about two minutes ago, the same people now criticizing him were either lying through their teeth when they praised him and his plans, or they were pathologically dumb to the point of complete mental retardation. So now, when the damage is done, suddenly they’ve discovered that Obama has managed to be simultaneously corrupt and ineffectual. Who cares. What I want, and what none will do, is to see these people issue the groveling apologies that the American people deserve, and to promise to bring a swift, impeachment-style conclusion to the most corrupt presidency ever.
I woke up this morning very confused. My clock told me that it was 7:00 a.m., but it was awfully light outside. When I went upstairs, it was even more peculiar to discover that my daughter was awake and getting reading for her soccer game . . . which was at 9:00 a.m.
Things began making sense when I figured out that, in ancient times back a few years ago, today would have marked the end of daylight savings time. I bought my bedside clock about a decade ago, and it came with the promise that it would automatically adjust for daylight savings time. Unfortunately, there’s no way that I can communicate to it the fact that the rulings having changed. Its little electronic brain just keeps chugging away, confusing the heck out of me.
One of these days, I’m going to have to retire that clock, since I’m certain that it will eventually cause me to miss a very important Sunday morning event.
Speaking of missing things, you might have noticed that I haven’t been writing much lately. I have the usual round of excuses: Mr. Conservative work, legal work, the cold from Hell, family demands, a new dog, etc., but the truth is that I don’t know what to say. As some of my past posts reveal, I wrote all that was necessary four years ago, when I pretty accurately predicted what would come to pass. Now that things have played out as any sentient being not blinded by ideology could foresee, all I’m left with is “I told you so.” And just as “I told you so” is a conversation stopper in real life, it’s also a dead-end blog-wise.
I told you that Obama would let Iran build the bomb.
I told you that Saudi Arabia and Israel would bond (somewhat) over a common Iranian enemy.
I told you that Obamacare couldn’t be self-sustaining because it was built upon an economic house of cards.
I told you that Obama would abandon our allies and embrace our enemies.
I told you that the European economic model would collapse in the face of economic reality.
I told you that Obama’s passive response to the Green revolution in Iran and the Arab spring would result in resurgent Islamism.
I told you that, while I don’t believe Obama is a religious man, his heart lies with Islam.
I told you that Obama is antisemitic.
And so on and so forth — all rhetorical dead ends. And to make matters worse, even back in 2008 and 2009, I wasn’t telling you guys anything you didn’t already know. Not only was I “telling you so,” I was preaching to the choir.
All of which leaves me at something of a loss for words.
I’ve got to write up the first draft of an appellate brief today. Always boring work, and there’s nothing that inspires my blogging more than my avoiding boring work. Check back in later to see if I was inspired.
And until then, please feel free to consider this an Open Thread.
When it comes to my cold, I’m seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Whew! I’m hoping to be up to full blogging speed soon but, in the meanwhile, here are things I found when doing my usual morning reading rounds:
This is a marvelous paragraph from Karen McQuillan’s generally marvelous article about Obamacare’s failures:
People with common sense and reality-based principles — in a word, conservatives — understand that government programs are by definition political. Politicians and bureaucrats are not personally accountable for failure, as in the private sector, so failure is acceptable to them. Cost overruns, fraud, and poor service are the norm in government programs for a reason.
Randall Hoven, who treats numbers with respect, says that the RINOs who blame the Tea Party for the Republicans’ failure to hold a Senate majority are delusional. In fact, the Tea Party did wonderful things for Republicans.
Charles C. W. Cooke, who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite writers, chimes in with a Tea Party defense too.
If you want a nice, tidy run-down of the Obamacare exchange’s disastrous debut, John Fund has got it for you.
Roger Simon thinks that Obamacare will defund itself very quickly as healthy young people refuse to buy insurance. That brings up two points. The first, of course, is whether Republicans have a plan so that Dems don’t use the system’s inevitable collapse as a gateway to socialized medicine. The second is whether Obamacare changed the law requiring emergency rooms to treat all-comers? I don’t believe it did. As the numbers of uninsured grows, rather than decreases, under Obamacare, what’s going to happen to hospitals?
Victor Davis Hanson sees a lot of economic problems on the horizon for the Democrats. Of course, to the extent that these are problems for America, too, let’s hope that the Republicans have a plan. My unhappy feeling is that, as long as the John McCain caucus remains, the only plan the GOP has is to get rid of Ted Cruz.
The AP isn’t feeling the love for Obama the way it used to. Perhaps that’s because Obama spied on it. In any event, one AP reporter is complaining that the White House is stonewalling about Obamacare enrollment numbers. Hmmm. I wonder why?
How bad are the Obamacare exchanges? So bad that the Consumer Reports advice column is downright nasty and ultimately tells people to stay away from the exchanges.
The Obama administration brings Chicago-style shakedowns to Wall Street. The implications are definitely worrisome, but I’d feel more sorry for Wall Street if it hadn’t eagerly gotten into bed with Obama once he became president. Lie down with political dogs and it’s not that you get up with fleas, it’s that they savage you and leave your gnawed carcass in the gutter.
Do you have anything to add?
When the kids were little, I got a cold just about every six weeks, and I kept this pattern up for years. In the past couple of years, I’m happy to say, my immune system finally kicked into gear and, while I’ve often started getting colds, I was able to shake them off before they went anywhere serious.
Last week, though, a virus found me and it defeated my immune system. I ended up with what really seemed like the mother of all colds. I’ve had every cold symptom squared. I think I’m finally heading to health, but I still feel completely “off.” I’ve also had laryngitis for the past couple of days, which I find demoralizing. For a very verbal person, it’s just no fun to speak only in a painful squeak.
Despite my feeling less well than usual, life goes on. It’s just that it’s taken all of my energy to do all the other life tasks, plus paying work.
Also, in one of live’s great ironies, after several fallow years with my legal work, now that I finally have a full-time writing gig, my legal clients are starting to call me again. I should say no to the legal clients, but I don’t feel secure enough about either my writing gig or my legal work to say no to either, so I say yes to all. Anyway, sleep’s overrated….
If inspiration strikes me today, be assured that I’ll be back here writing. However, until then, please consider this an Open Thread and let me know what you’re thinking about the end of the shutdown standoff and the beginning of the Obamacare exchange debacle.
I started writing a post this morning about Katheleen Sebelius’ appearance on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show, and have realized that I bit off more than I can chew, at least today. After working on it for an hour, I’ve only fisked about two minutes of her eleven-minute interview. Is it enough to say that she lies like a dog about everything? It is, I think, one of the most singularly dishonest TV moments I’ve ever seen, and that’s not counting the questions Stewart kept asking her about the reason businesses got a year-long deferment, while individuals did not.
I’ll see what I can do later today, but now I’m off to dine and shop with my mother. That woman has a rare passion for clothes shopping, which is one of my least favorite activities in the whole world. Still, at 90, she should be able to indulge her passions, right?
So consider this an open thread about the shutdown or anything else you please.
Oh, one other thing. Remember how I said it’s time for us to go Alinsky on the Left because we’re getting risible moments handed to us on a platter. Author Raymond Jelli, who wrote Occupy Innsmouth, took me up on that:
My very strong sense is that the shutdown will reveal how much of our federal government is inessential. I’m not the only one who feels this way. And no wonder, because the shutdown reveals waste everywhere. This shouldn’t be a surprise. Monopolies are invariably poorly managed and unchecked bureaucracies invariably grow.
PowerLine takes on a disgusting piece of revisionist history. (I’d seen the underlying grotesque revisionism myself, but hadn’t had the time to challenge it.)
When it comes to Obamacare, is the government shutdown both a means and an end? Buzzfeed thinks that the shutdown on its own, without any specific defunding measures, will damage Obamacare quite badly. Considering Obamacare’s disastrous first few hours, Buzzfeed may be right.
Even in my most atheist days, I recognized that religion, whether or not there really was a God, is a moral necessity. Dennis Prager’s challenge to Richard Dawkins hones in on that fact.
Britain’s NHS continues to show us just how coercive government-run healthcare is. I’m no fan of smoking, but this type of bullying is sickening.
As we already saw in the Balkans, when it comes to Islam, the call to jihad always trumps all other loyalties.
Obama’s foreign policy in a nutshell — sort of. I actually think there’s a malevolent consistency running through it, which sees Obama’s hierarchy: Most favored are Muslim tyrannies; second place to Muslim nations; third place to Leftist tyrannies; fourth place to socialist nations; fifth place to free countries and traditional American allies.
Did I mention bullying somewhere above? Why, yes I did, in connection with Britain’s NHS. The fact is, though, that leftists are always bullies, as Christian troops in the American military are discovering to their cost. The First Amendment promises religious freedom. America hasn’t always been true to that, as with her attack on Mormon polygamy. (I hold no brief for polygamy, but it was a core Mormon doctrine.) There are certainly practices one can quarrel with. For example, I don’t think the First Amendment should extend to human sacrifice. To the extent, though, that heterosexual marriage is one of the core doctrinal concepts in all of the world’s religions, and that it reflects biological and reproductive reality, the bullying and coercion from the left is unconscionable.
Arthur Laffer (the repeatedly proven Laffer Curve) and Stephen Moore write Obamanomic’s epitaph. (And one should add that Obamanomics, which is simply Marxist economics has already been repeatedly proven . . . as a failure.)
This is an open thread, so please add anything you’ve found that’s interesting.
Ted Cruz has started his filibuster. With perfect (ahem) timing, I have to leave now to take care of some things for my mother. I will be out of touch with the news. You all already know my thinking about this apparently quixotic effort. Since I’ll miss at least the beginning, please feel free to put your comments, concerns, analysis, etc. here, at this Open Thread.
The lede says it all: “90% of Top Newspaper Headlines Censor Islam in Nairobi, Pakistan Attacks : Generic ‘terrorists’ and ‘militants’ appear in nine of 10 headlines.” Doesn’t anybody read their Harry Potter anymore? I’m quite sure it was the sensible, intelligent, brave Hermione who said that the refusal to name your enemy leaves you incapable of defending against him (or words to that effect).
Obama promised that, under Obamacare, health insurance premiums would drop by $2,500 for a family of four. He was off by about $10,000. In fact, premiums for a middle class family of four will increase by almost $7,500. I do believe that all of us here saw that coming. Insurance is no longer a question of statistical risk (i.e., the insurance company assesses the likelihood at any given time that it will have to pay out on a specific policy, and adjusts to price accordingly) but is simply wealth redistribution. The moment the law mandated that people can wait to get insurance until they’re actually sick, it was all over. The insurance companies are just conduits now, that funnel money from the middle class to the poor.
Obamacare wasn’t a principled (albeit stupid, communist) committed to improving America’s medical care. Instead, it was a campaign slogan:
The most important red line of Barack Obama’s presidency was scrawled hastily in January 2007, a few weeks before he even announced he was running for president.
Soon-to-be-candidate Obama, then an Illinois senator, was thinking about turning down an invitation to speak at a big health care conference sponsored by the progressive group Families USA, when two aides, Robert Gibbs and Jon Favreau, hit on an idea that would make him appear more prepared and committed than he actually was at the moment.
Why not just announce his intention to pass universal health care by the end of his first term?
“We needed something to say,” recalled one of the advisers involved in the discussion. “I can’t tell you how little thought was given to that thought other than it sounded good. So they just kind of hatched it on their own. It just happened. It wasn’t like a deep strategic conversation.”
And that, my children, is how Obamacare was born.
Glenn Reynolds takes a look at why Obama is pushing something that Americans have hated from the beginning and, now that they’re learning what’s in it, are hating even more.
Please consider this an Open Thread.
I meant to blog all day today, but I just ran from one fire to the other. I never put anything out. I just got the embers to smolder instead of blaze. I’ve been rocketing along since 5:30 this morning, trying to write for Mr. Conservative (we’re missing a person) and putting to bed my second demurrer of the week. Yikes! I’m terribly worried that the demurrer will contain references to Syria and that one of my Mr. Conservative posts will explain why a breach of contract action wasn’t pleaded correctly. I’m doing the writer’s equivalent of juggling burning clubs and knives. And just to make things a little bit more difficult, there’s something wrong with my internet connection. My download speeds are reminiscent of dial-up connections, circa 1994.
Since I’m clearly not going to write on my blog today, please consider this an Open Thread for the wee hours of tonight and the early hours tomorrow.
Also, I also forget that today is the day to vote on Watcher’s Council submissions. Rob, of JoshuaPundit, who is also our wonderful Watcher, was kind enough to send me a reminder, rather than just knocking me out of the running for voting late. Here’s what I’m speed-reading through and, as always, I can’t recommend these posts highly enough.
- The Political Commentator – Barack Obama: Foreign policy eunuch!
- The Noisy Room – A Shiny New War: At Home and Abroad
- Liberty’s Spirit – It’s September, so Its time to talk about schools failing boys…yet again
- The Colossus of Rhodey – Possibly the dopiest thing I read this week
- GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – Syrian Strike
- The Mellow Jihadi – The Wonders of Ducky Duck
- Simply Jews – Ayo Kimathi and Department of Homeland Serenity
- The Razor – Leftists Disturbed By Reality
- The Glittering Eye -‘Splain Me
- Bookworm Room – Gender fantasies in Obama’s America
- VA Right! - RPV Chairman Pat Mullins Responds to ‘ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion in Virginia’ – A Susan Stimpson Email
- The Right Planet – The Syrian Quagmire: The Dangers of U.S. Involvement
- Nice Deb – Obama Taps Former ACORN Lobbyist To Head Obamacare Youth Video Contest
- Rhymes With Right – The GOP Needs To Consider The Governors In 2016
- Crazy Bald Guy – Enough with the remakes, already!
- Maggie’s Notebook – Ted Cruz: Justifiable Reasons to Use Military in Syria? How Committed To Democracy Are We?
- Ask Marion – Common Core = Commonly Controlled Failure = Education Nightmare
- The Pirate’s Cove – Mother’s Open Letter To Daughter Regarding Miley Cyrus Goes Viral
- Victor Davis Hanson -The Middle East – All Bad Choices submitted by The Political Commentator
- Mark Steyn – Obamacare’s Hierarchy of Privilege submitted by The Noisy Room
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I seem to be incapable of deep thought this morning, so I’ll just share with you stuff I found interesting, from the deep to the ridiculous.
Let’s start out with silly stuff, for all the dog lovers out there.
I love Stephen Hayward’s proposal for presidential debates: let the candidates pick the questions they want to have asked of their opponents.
If you’ve been following the disgraceful rodeo clown kerfuffle (disgraceful not because Obama got treated like an ordinary mortal, but because the race hustlers want him to be treated like a king), you’ll appreciate this reminder that rodeo “clowns” aren’t clowns at all but are, instead, bull distractors, which is one of the scarier jobs out there.
Charles Krauthammer says what others have been saying about Obama’s appalling lawlessness, but he says it better. As for me, I blame the media. It’s job is to be the watchdog, not the lapdog. The media has totally failed in its obligation to keep the powerful honest.
I think Jonah Goldberg is on to something: Americans have recognized that the Middle East is a black hole that cannot be saved.
And David Goldman is on to something too: we ain’t seen nothing yet when it comes to the Middle East.
Ann Coulter’s riff on the Dems’ increasingly tattered race card makes for enjoyable reading.
Keith Koffler gives a little insight into Obama’s ancien regime holiday.
You’re a highly trained credit to the American military — but you’re put in the corner with a dunce cap because you oppose gay marriage. What’s wrong with this picture?
Mike McDaniel has forgotten more about guns, gun safety, and personal safety, than most people will ever know. That’s why it’s so fascinating when he ruminates on things such as “warning shots,” imminent danger, and reasonable risk avoidance versus reasonable shooting.
Anything interesting on your radars this morning? Oh, and some Glenn Miller, just for fun:
I’m juggling family and work right now, so cannot blog at length (something that plagued me yesterday as well). Still, I have four articles I think you might like to read.
One: I’ve ruminated often here about the nature of heroism. I’m not talking about the Leftist version of heroism, which is to stand up in a room full of Leftists and say “George Bush is stupid.” I’m talking about real heroism, of the type displayed on the battlefield by Medal of Honor winners (and many who aren’t so honored), or in daily life, when one hears about the incredible risks people take to rescue strangers. I’m physically cowardly, and I’m plagued by chronic analysis paralysis. The Anchoress, who is not a coward, nevertheless writes about her moment with analysis paralysis. I think she’s too hard on herself, since she was analyzing a possible threat, rather than dealing with a real one. Even more interestingly, the Anchoress writes from a Christian perspective, which adds another layer to her ruminations.
Two: All I can say is that this is one woman who must have a very peculiar sex life if her mind works this way. (H/t: Sadie)
Three: It’s shocking that Dakota Meyer’s translator at the Battle of Ganjgal, in Afghanistan, cannot get a visa to the U.S. Here’s a view from a Military Times blog, and here’s the write-up I did at Mr. Conservative. As you read about this, you’ll probably think of the Pakistani doctor who helped us catch bin Laden, but who is languishing in a Pakistani prison. The rule in America under Obama is that the American government (especially the State Department) will abandon you if you serve us with your life: we’ll abandon you in Afghanistan, and in Pakistan, and in Benghazi. There are no limits to how badly we will treat our friends.
Four: I mentioned in an earlier post Dennis Prager’s article about the fact that several self-righteous Leftist publications have announced that, regardless of what the Redskins’ management, players, and fans want, these magazines will never again sully their paper or electronic pages with the evil “R” word. I was especially struck by the way Prager, attacking The Atlantic’s explanation for supporting this stand, honed in on the perverse moralizing that characterizes the Left:
Argument Four is the key argument, offered by The Atlantic, in its support of Slate:
“Whether people ‘should’ be offended by it or not doesn’t matter; the fact that some people are offended by it does.”
Response: This is classic modern liberalism. It is why I have dubbed our age “The Age of Feelings.”
In a fashion typical of progressives, the Atlantic writer commits two important errors.
First, it does matter “whether people ‘should’ feel offended.” If we ceased using all arguments or descriptions because “some people” feel offended, we would cease using any arguments or descriptions. We should use the “reasonable person” test to determine what is offensive, not the “some people are offended” criterion.
Teaching people to take offense is one of the Left’s black arts. Outside of sex and drugs, the Left is pretty much joyless and it kills joy constantly. The war on the “Redskins” name is just the latest example.
Second, it is the Left that specializes in offending: labeling the Tea Party racist, public cursing, displaying crucifixes in urine, and regularly calling Republicans evil (Paul Krugman, in his New York Times column last month, wrote that the Republican mindset “takes positive glee in inflicting further suffering on the already miserable.”) For such people to find the name “Redskins” offensive is a hoot. (Emphasis mine.)
Please read the whole thing.
A quick laundry list of articles (three from American Thinker alone) that intrigued me this morning:
The Crusades reconsidered. Our anti-Crusade narrative pre-dates Leftists, and goes back to internecine fighting amongst Christians, including the Catholic/Protestant schism. It’s time for this infighting to stop coloring the past and for us to speak honestly about the Crusades.
The continuing brutal legacy of the Religion of Peace. Not only is the RoP anything but peaceful, it visits its worst depredations on its own kind.
Obama moving to an imposed solution on Israel? Notwithstanding the RoP’s problem, Obama knows who the real enemy is: the single liberal democracy in the Middle East, one that gives equal rights to all religions, races, creeds, countries of origin, sexes, and sexual identities. Moreover, Obama is going to work hard to ensure that, on his watch, this light is snuffed, so that the Middle East can be a homogenous collection of antisemitic, homophobic, anti-Christian, misogynistic jihadists.
Sweden overtakes Norway and the UK as the most dangerous place for women in the Scandinavian countries. For those scratching their heads and wondering why these marvelously Progressive, socialist paradises, where women get all the gifts the state can endow, have become so threatening, I’ll give you a hint: RoP.
Would it surprise you to learn that the AP totally lied about a photo so that the picture would advance the global warming narrative? Yeah, it didn’t surprise me either.
An oldie, but a goodie: the real reason Michelle and Barack lost their law licenses, and it wasn’t because they voluntarily chose to be inactive members of the bar. [Link fixed.]
Ladar Levison says that, if we knew what he knows, we’d stop using email.
Here’s another “would it surprise you.” Would it surprise you that a University of California faculty member used school equipment to benefit a Democrat candidate? You know my answer to that question.
Have you seen anything interesting on the internet today?
Okay, here’s what we know.
First, this was Obama:
Second, Morsi is the black knight:
Third, and now I’m getting serious, Egypt is either going to explode or the military will impose harsh military rule very quickly to prevent an explosion. Morsi is under house arrest, which makes his refusal to step down more symbolic than real. Nevertheless, as symbolism, he will continue as the leader for and inspiration to Islamists and other Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
Fourth, despite his fawning Cairo speech in 2009, the Egyptians really, really hate Obama — as well they should. It was Obama’s utter failure of leadership two years ago that paved the way for the Islamist/Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt, a takeover that is both totalitarian and incompetent. This time around, Obama’s patent support for the unpopular Morsi administration, followed by his leadership from behind (now that Morsi is obviously yesterday’s news, Obama is finally officially abandoning him), have led the Egyptians to realize what we on the right already figured out: Obama is a weak man who does not like democratic values and, if given the choice, will always hew to dictators, the more Islamist the better.
Fifth, although Morsi was a bad leader, chaos in the Middle East’s most populous and most broke nation is not a good thing. It’s also unclear now whether the military will abide by the peace treaty with Israel into which Sadat entered, or if Morsi was able to put enough Islamists in place that it will go even further than he did to ignore or entirely abandon the treaty. There’s only a one in three chance of this turning out well for Israel. These are the three options: chaos and revolution, which is bad for Israel, since the only way to stop these revolutions is to find a scapegoat outside of Egypt; an Islamisized military, which is bad for Israel, because it may bring order to Egypt, but it will still attack Israel; or the military will abide by the peace treaty, which would be a good thing for Israel and for the rest of the Middle East.
I mentioned this was an open thread. Please let me know what you think of what’s going on now and how you think things will turn out.
Gateway Pundit has pretty much real time updates about the speed with which the military is moving in Egypt.
I’ve been coming across so much interesting stuff this morning that I’m going to do another flotsam and jetsam post.
One of the things we’ve long known is that the Left lies about statistics. Examples of this are “1 in 4 women have been sexually assaulted” canard and the “women earn 76 cents for every dollar men earn” lie which is (a) factually inaccurate and (b) misleading because it ignores the fact that women’s commitment to their children means many of them voluntarily take a different career track. (The only place this is factually true, I think, is the Obama White House, where he definitely pays women less.) Tom Elia therefore suggests that, before blindly accepting Texas Democrats’ charge that the proposed abortion law would close all but 5 of Texas’s 42 abortion clinics (because of the requirement that the clinic be within 30 miles of a hospital), we might want to check whether this is actually true.
Before you get your knickers in a twist about the revelation that the EU has been colluding with the US to hand over European data to the NSA program, remember that the source is a virulent anti-American, antisemitic truther. This may explain why The Guardian, after touting the story, then pulled it. Having said that, it’s not hard to believe Edward Epstein’s theory that this was never a whistleblower case but was, instead, a carefully thought out plan of espionage.
You’re my readers, so I know all of you are already aware that we’re on the verge of the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg. Nevertheless, I thought I’d still mention it, along with the fact that at least some Americans are aware of how significant that battle was. World War I saw bigger battles, with more deaths (Ypres, the Somme, etc.), but I’m not sure that any Civil War ever saw such ferocious days as the Civil War did at Antietam or Gettysburg, or any of the other sites where Americans clashed against each other. I believe it’s very useful to remind some people (and I’m not naming names) that America is the only country in the world that has ever shed so much blood to fight slavery.
Just a moment to mourn Andrew Pochter, the idealistic American Jewish kid who went to Egypt to help raise up the poor Arabs and died in a welter of blood during an anti-Morsi protest.
I think things in Egypt are about to get much worse. Twenty-two million Egyptians signed a petition demanding Morsi’s ouster. Do they really think the Muslim Brotherhood is going to walk away? If Egypt does fall into a Civil War, it will make what’s happening in Syria look like a Sunday school picnic.
Naive people think a mosque is just a House of Worship. While it is definitely a House of Worship, it’s also something more: a symbol of conquest. That’s why it has to be higher than the surrounding buildings. And that’s why, in Germany, the air is being filled with the amplified sounds of the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer five times a day.
Charlie Martin, one of my favorite PJ Media writers, is at it again, writing smart stuff, this time about climate change and a really important question: is there any evidence that humans matter?
And while we’re on the subject of climate, Robert Zubrin explains in simple terms why Obama’s recently announced climate plans will impoverish America. With Obama focusing on climate change (despite more and more data that the entire theory is wrong), even as the economy stagnates, national secrets go walking, and the Middle East is aflame, my first thought was that he was like Nero fiddling while Rome burns. Reading Zubrin’s analysis though of the devastating Obama’s plans will bring to the economy, the better analogy would be Nero pouring accelerant on the flames licking at Rome. If you doubt that, check out Obama’s recent appointees, all of whom have drunk full of the climate change Kool-Aid.
Republicans are saying that this time, really, for good and for true, their eyes are open. That whole Gang of Eight thing made them realize that the Democrats are not their friends in Congress and they promise, never, never, never again to ever again, really ever, let the Democrats play them like that. How dumb do Republicans think we are? Republicans are Charlie Brown, Democrats are Lucy, and Americans are a poor, kicked-around, deflated football.
A New Jersey teachers union leader said that the rich send their children to public school so that they don’t have to have contact with the poor. I know of at least one case where this is true. Back in 1971, busing came to San Francisco. I was bussed from one middle class school near my home to another slightly less middle class school far from my home. It made friendships difficult (none of my friends were near), and there were a few more black kids, but otherwise it was no big deal. My friend, however, was bussed from her middle class school to a school in Bayview-Hunter’s Point, one of the worst slums in San Francisco. She could beaten up every day for the first two weeks of school. Her parents, fortunately, had the money to pull her out of the public school system and they put her in Brandeis. So yes, they didn’t want her to have contact with the poor — because the poor wanted to have a bit too much contact with her.
If you’re wondering what’s going on in Turkey, Claire Berlinsky will explain it to you.
This is an Open Thread, so please feel free to add to it.
I’ve promised myself that, if I can get my thoughts together, I’ll spill them on my blog. Until then, other people are doing the thinking for me:
The “mosaic” privacy theory and its intersection with police scanners that don’t track your speed, but simply log your travel patterns (and everyone else’s too). (H/t: Earl)
It won’t save California’s Central Valley, but there is a certain satisfaction in knowing that even the far-Left 9th Circuit couldn’t stomach the greenies’ lies.
I wasn’t tracking the news the other day, and couldn’t understand why my friends were posting pictures of pink sneakers. It turns out, they were applauding Texas state sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster. The Anchoress weighs in on the sad statement made by those shoes.
Britain continues to be a nation in decline. Melanie Phillips talks about its decision to ban Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, both of whom accurately report on actual Islamist behavior.
I wasn’t charmed by the New Yorker cover showing a gay Bert and Ernie. Sure, adults have always joked about those two characters’ affection for each other, but these are children’s puppets and it’s just wrong to sexualize them. If PBS had some decency, it would protest, but it doesn’t, so it won’t. The Children’s Television Workshop, however, which owns the characters, did identify their sexual orientation (none) back in 2011: ”They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
Congratulations to Hobby Lobby for clearing one hurdle in its fight against the HHS mandate requiring the religious corporation to fund birth control and abortifacients. Whether or not one agrees with their religious views about reproductive rights, everyone should agree that it violates the First Amendment if the government forces them to fund activities antithetical to those rights. (And no, I’m not going to get drawn into a discussion about the fact that anti-war protesters see their taxes used to fund war. The government’s right to wage war is part of the constitution, so the First Amendment is not intended to protect people from funding properly declared wars.)
Obama continues his push to destroy this country’s infrastructure. He won’t be happy until we look like South Africa. (And maybe that’s why he tapped someone with no diplomatic experience to be America’s ambassador to South Africa.)
Mark Steyn has long been a witty Cassandra. I wish he wasn’t right so often.
Palin is striking the right note regarding the amnesty bill: it will destroy the working class, both by depressing wages and, in combination with ObamaCare, by giving employers an incentive to fire American workers (who are part of ObamaCare’s mandates) and hire amnestied workers (who aren’t).
Prisoners who convert to Islam in prison too often transfer their anger and anti-social conduct to Allah’s service. Prisoners who convert to, or re-embrace, their Christianity, go on to better things.
Of course, the IRS’s Lois Lerner waived her 5th Amendment when, instead of shutting up, she gave a statement protesting her innocence. What’s good is that the House is going to act on that wavier. The question now is whether she’ll lie or do something strange such as telling the truth. I expect the former, but it would certain by great — and interesting — if she did the latter.
Good for the NFL for refusing to become a shill for the Obama administration.
Fox is promising more news about Benghazi. Good, because with summer, House Republicans seem to have become supine. Or perhaps they’re preserving their collective backbone for the amnesty fight….
Barry Rubin explains that the word “peace” in the phrase “Middle East Peace Talks,” is being misused (at least on the Palestinian side) unless one hews to Tacitus’ description of a Roman “peace” — “They make a desert and call it peace.”
Forget reading the news. Just look at Michael Ramirez’s political cartoons. Then you’ll know everything you need to know.
In San Francisco, especially with Gay Pride weekend happening right now, we expect rainbow-colored lights on City Hall. But St. Louis, Missouri? And — really? — the war memorial?
J.T. Young thinks 2014 will be even worse for Democrats than 2010 was. The question is, considering the speed with which Obama is completing his “fundamental transformation” of America, will it matter?
This is an Open Thread, so please feel free to contribute.
I freely admit that I will never be as brilliant as Thomas Sowell, either in my analytical abilities or in my writing quality. That doesn’t mean, though, that I can’t borrow his technique of writing the occasional post that consists of one or two sentence thoughts about interesting subjects. So, I am for his style, even if I lack his substance.
As I understand it, striking down DOMA means that marriage in America is no longer defined as being between one man and one woman. More than that, it’s no longer defined as anything. In pre-21st century America, it was understood to be one man and one woman, but now those common understanding is gone. It seems to me that the feds better act quickly to define marriage as a relationship between two consenting adult humans. Otherwise, the door is open to polygamy, incest, bestiality, or NAMBLA- and sharia approved marriages with children.
Earl Aagaard forwarded to me a wonderful comment a friend of his made with regard to Obama’s disastrous efforts to engage with Russian President Putin regarding Edward Snowden, currently hanging out with impunity in the Moscow airport: “It seems that Barack Obama, not content with losing the war on terror, is also trying to lose the Cold War.”
I have to admit that I haven’t read closely any of the news articles about Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to revitalize the Middle East peace talks. All I can think is that trying to get the Palestinians to agree to a two-state solution is a fool’s errand — and John Kerry is most certainly a fool.
I was saddened, but not surprised, to see that the Senate passed the Immigration bill (all 1,200 unread pages of it), including 14 “yes” votes from Republicans. I have only two hopes now. I hope that every Senate Republican who voted “Aye” gets killed in the primaries and I hope that House Republicans figure out that they can vote “no” on the bill by pointing to the fact that, as written, it destroys American jobs, both by drastically increasing the pool of legal, low-income workers and by blending with ObamaCare to give employers the incentive to fire current workers (for whom they must buy insurance or pay a fine) in favor of amnestied workers (who don’t fall under ObamaCare). I just know, though, the Republicans are going to be sufficiently stupid to sell this as fear of too many Hispanics. Raaacists!!
We’re having a heat wave here in temperate Northern California. Oh. My. G*d! It must be global warming. We’re all going to die! Oh. Wait a minute. Never mind. I just remembered that it’s June and we’ve had a heat wave in the Bay Area every June since my earliest memories in the 1960s.
There’s a saying that one should never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. There’s also a saying that even a stopped clock is right twice a day. If Obama was merely stupid, one would think that, in his approach to foreign policy, he’d occasionally get things right. But he never does. Think about his instincts: With the Iranian revolution, when he should have given moral support to the opposition, he was silent. During the Egyptian Arab Spring, when he should have supported and then gently eased out our ally, Mubarak, he was silent. He found his voice again with the Muslim Brotherhood, whom he supported — so much so that, now that ordinary Egyptians and, especially Coptic Christians in Egypt, are figuring out that they went from a bad secular government to a much worse theocratic government, Obama has fallen silent again.
Obama pulled us out of Iraq, where we had won, before we had a chance to consolidate a democratic infrastructure. Iraq is now becoming an Iranian satellite and falling into a dystopian Islamic anarchy. In Afghanistan, Obama didn’t even wait until we won. He announced that we had lost and would be leaving soon, and by the way, would the Taliban please refrain from killing Americans and instead sit down with American politicians to negotiate the terms of our defeat.
Of course one can’t forget Libya, where we helped destroy a neutral (which is what Qaddafi had become) and replaced the power structure with a toxic, anarchic combination of the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda. That chicken came tragically home to roost on September 11, 2012, when al Qaeda killed four Americans in Benghazi. Then there’s Syria, where Obama sat by the sidelines when he could have helped a democratic movement against Assad’s dictatorship, but decided to provide support only when the democratic movement had morphed into — yes, again — a toxic, anarchic combination of the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda. One starts to get the feeling that Obama likes the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda, despite their clearly expressed goals of world jihad, with Israel as target No. 1 and America as target No. 2.
Obama’s bestest friend in the international world is Turkey’s Erdogan, who is doing his damndest to turn secular, functional, democratic Turkey into another totalitarian dictatorship. Meanwhile, he’s alienated Russia’s Putin so much that Putin gleefully rubs America’s nose in its helplessness with regard to the gallivanting Snowden.
My conclusion: It cannot be random that Obama gets it wrong every time. This isn’t stupidity. It is malice.
Speaking of Snowden, I’m still sticking with my first instincts: Snowden did ordinary Americans a favor by revealing that the federal government is a spy state, and one that could easily tip into being like the East German Stasi. That he did something important, though, doesn’t mean that his motives were good. This is an anti-American man who was either working for a foreign power (probably China) from the get go, or who, having gotten his hands on America’s national security secrets, didn’t hesitate one moment when it came to selling out America. He’s not a hero. He’s a villain who incidentally did something helpful.
Do any of you feel like being epigrammatic? If so, please chime in.