Saturday, October 5, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry on difference between TX and CA: “We don’t judge success” by number of welfare cases
“California has substantially more liberal public assistance programs,’’ said Perry, considered a possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate, in a wide-ranging interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “This is a state that’s going bankrupt. You have huge debt out here..and part of that is driven by these very expensive, very rich programs.”
“We judge success by the number of people that have a job,’’ said Perry, who has been a vociferous critic of the Affordable Care Act.
He said working Texans are free to “go buy (health) insurance, or be in a company that delivers that health care for them. That’s the real future of America.”
Perry made the comments in an interview with the Chronicle after a press conference touting Americans for Economic Freedom, a program aimed at raising what he called a “blue state, red state” conversation to address the migration of jobs.
Two Liberal Media Giants Call Obama Administration ‘Most Closed, Control-Freak, Manipulative, And Secretive’ Ever Covered
Big Lib, Bob Schieffer, of CBS News agreed. But he used the words the “most manipulative and secretive administration“ he’s ever covered.
◼ Leonard Downie, who once worked as the executive editor of the Washington Post and wrote a novel about Washington corruption and the Iraq War, finds a bigger and non-fictional problem in the successor to George W. Bush. Downie gives the Post a preview of his report from the Committee to Protect Journalists which outlines the Obama war on reporters and their sources: - HotAir
“A memo went out from the chief of staff a year ago to White House employees and the intelligence agencies that told people to freeze and retain any e-mail, and presumably phone logs, of communications with me,” Sanger said. As a result, longtime sources no longer talk to him. “They tell me: ‘David, I love you, but don’t e-mail me. Let’s don’t chat until this blows over.’ ”
Sanger, who has worked for the Times in Washington for two decades, said, “This is most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.”
The Park Service will also have rangers on duty to police the ban... of access to an ocean. The government will probably use more personnel and spend more resources to attempt to close the ocean, than it would in its normal course of business.
This is governing by temper-tantrum. It is on par with the government's ham-fisted attempts to close the DC WWII Memorial, an open-air public monument that is normally accessible 24 hours a day. By accessible I mean, you walk up to it. When you have finished reflecting, you then walk away from it.
◼ Fifty shades of Big Government - John Hayward/RedState
Today’s installment of Shutdown Theater includes the Obama Administration trying to rope off the ocean, as charter fishing boat captains and tour guides were informed by the National Park Service shock troops of His Imperial Barricading Majesty that Florida Bay is closed for the duration of the current “budget crisis.” (Disclaimer: no actual “budget,” or anything remotely resembling one, will be involved in its resolution.)
Given that we’re talking about over a thousand square miles of prime fishing ground, this sounds like one of those shutdown situations where it might require more manpower and money to close the area than it would to keep it open. The World War II memorial in Washington, DC stands as the most visible symbol of this vindictive lunacy, an open-air monument that isn’t normally attended by rangers 24 hours a day when it’s open, but requires squadrons of guards and tons of barricades (now wired shut to hold the heroes of Normandy and Iwo Jima at bay) to keep it closed. Quite a few of these Shutdown Theater productions are occurring on sites owned largely by state governments, or funded with private money.
...The modern Democrat voter is someone very comfortable with mediocrity, provided his beloved leaders do a good job of making some faceless rich bastards, religious fanatics, and Tea Party “anarchists” bleed....
Most of the time, liberals encourage their marks to view the government as a vast fluffy bunny of benevolence, tossing free cell phones and EBT cards from his overflowing Easter basket, with no limit to the goodness he could provide… if only mean old Republicans weren’t trying to make hasenpfeffer out of him. The standard line from ObamaCare defenders is that critics are motivated entirely by a sinister desire to snatch health insurance away from people and watch them die. Anyone who talks about costs, benefits, opportunity costs, and respect for liberty is just trying to distract us while they kill the wabbit.
But sometimes the mask slips, and liberals will more openly concede that, you betcha, government equals force, and they can’t wait to deploy that force against people they don’t like. ...read the rest at the link.
◼ ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006 - Atlas Shrugs
I asked him "why do you have to put your hands on me and push me out when I'm leaving anyways"…he replied "it's quicker this way"...#54F— John Ondrasik (@johnondrasik) October 5, 2013
◼ Forget about civil disobedience inside the “Barry-cades.” According to Ondrasik’s account, civil obedience is also frowned upon. - Twitchy
Can you believe The Jerk has closed pull-offs along highways that travelers can use to stop and take a look at Mt. Rushmore?— Neal Boortz (@Talkmaster) October 5, 2013
◼ After one group of veterans went around the barricade, “the park ranger told them the wall was closed,” NBC’s Mark Seagraves reported. “Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That’s when police came and moved everyone out.” - WEEKLY STANDARD
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is a black granite outdoor wall on which the names of the 58,272 service members who died or were unaccounted for during the Vietnam war are inscribed.
It takes more manpower and costs the government more money to close down an outdoor wall than to let people walk past it and pay their respects.
The Obama administration has been very selective in devoting resources to shutting down memorials.
◼ Battle of the Barrycades – Vets storm Vietnam Memorial, U.S Park Police called in - William A. Jacobson/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
The barrycades at the WWII Memorial and Lincoln Memorial have received most of the attention.
But on Friday a group of Vets decided to storm the barrycades erected by the Obama administration at the Vietnam Memorial, as reported by the local NBC News station (via The Patriot Perspective)
Yesterday, the Obama administration had the road to the #IwoJimaMemorial barricaded to prevent any entry to the site by vehicle... today, there's a happy ending:
Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia.
"There has been no coverage of Iwo Jima being closed and it is a routine stop for Honor Flight visitors."
WEEKLY STANDARD UPDATE: I'm told, "The Syracuse Honor Flight just knocked down the barrier and a couple hundred of them are at the Memorial now."
If the Japanese at Iwo Jima couldn't stop them, well...
Peters said Healthcare.gov has received 8.6 million unique visitors. She did not say how many individuals had successfully enrolled in a plan through the website.
◼ Feds lock Normandy cemetery despite having $85 million on hand for monuments - Joel Gehrke/Washington Examiner @joelmentum
◼ And in all fairness to state officials, they’ve only had three-and-a-half years since passage to train navigators and launch a functioning website. That they failed to execute either task is a side note; Californians should rest assured that the government will administer their healthcare in a professional, prompt and competent manner. - Guy Benson/HotAir's Green Room
CNN called all state xchanges confirmed about 52,000 insurance apps have been started. Need tens of millions in six months. @jaketapper— Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf) October 4, 2013
Is Obamacare's First Enrollee Bogus?
HACKED! Website Now Selling NFL Jerseys, Ugg Boots, Armani Fragrances...
99% of applications hit wall ...
Down for repairs...
DEAD CAN SIGN UP IN KENTUCKY...
FACEBOOK Page Erupts with Citizens Shocked at Cost of Premiums...
REPORT: Leukemia Patient To Lose Insurance...
'WARNING: No Explicit or Implicit Expectation of Privacy'...
Many of these plans will charge enrollees an “abortion surcharge,” a minimum of $1 per month, which pays into an abortion slush fund. The regulations also contain a “secrecy clause” to conceal the existence of the “abortion surcharge” until the moment of enrollment. This surcharge is only disclosed in the fine print, without itemization in the monthly premium, and is never disclosed again
Earlier this week, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, cried wolf once more regarding a “war on women” because House Republicans voted on Saturday to delay Obamacare for a year. She argues that “a narrow group of Republican leaders in the House are pushing to shut down the entire federal government over women’s access to birth control, cancer screenings and other basic health care.”
If the only issues on the table were non-controversial services like cancer screenings and immunizations, then there would be no debate, but that’s not the reality.
There is a report out that says the President believe he's going to "reorder" the [balance of] power in Washington between the branches with this exercise.Such an act would be an unprecedented high crime against the Constitution. No less an authority than the left-leaning Professor Laurence Tribe of Harvard describes it as such in no uncertain terms.
Professor Tribe ... rejected the idea, saying it was proposed by ''otherwise very sensible law scholars'' who in this case had concocted ''a prescription for a free-for-all that abandons the rule of law.''
''We have no metric for comparative lawlessness,'' he said.
“When are we going to see the photo of [Chief Justice] John Roberts and Mrs. Roberts sign up for Obamacare?” said Bachman. “When are going to see Kathleen Sebelius and her husband signing up for Obamacare?”
“When are we going to see the head of the IRS signing up for Obamacare?” Bachmann asked.
“That’s what the nation wants to see,” Bachmann said. “But the dirty little secret is they have no intention of signing up for Obamacare.”
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Friday, October 4, 2013
The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help.
“It’s a cheap way to deal with the situation,” an angry Park Service ranger in Washington says of the harassment. “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
This is outrageous. It is a violation of the First Amendment. It is a prohibition of the free exercise of religion to order priests under penalty of arrest that they cannot volunteer their time to offer Mass to the faithful on base. This cannot be allowed to stand.
Their premium came back as $597 per month, with an almost $14,000 annual deductible! And when the person clicked the “opt out” option, they shortly received an e-mail stating that their fine would be $4,037, and could be attached to their annual tax return
An alleged comment on the Affordable Care Act FB page states that a person had signed up online, under the $45-55,000 income range, pre-existing condition of type I diabetes. They chose the “Silver” plan…
Their premium came back as $597 per month, with an almost $14,000 annual deductible! And when the person clicked the “opt out” option, they shortly received an e-mail stating that their fine would be $4,037, and could be attached to their annual tax return and if you don’t have the $4,037 on time, then the repercussions for non-payment begin with your drivers license being suspended until the fine is paid, and if it goes 24 months without payment, a tax lien is placed on you property. It gives you the option to provide your bank info so your penalties can be withdrawn weekly, or biweekly, etc.
◼ SIGN our pledge and SHARE to help tell Senate Dems to negotiate! - Republican National Committee
◼ The GOP’s Argument In Ten Points: What The Key Republicans Need To Be Saying Everywhere, All The Time - Hugh Hewitt/Townhall
1. Article One of the Constitution makes the Congress a separate-but-equal branch with the president. The president is not a king and cannot dictate terms. The House, especially, is the People's House, elected most often to most closely represent the views of the people.
2. We understand the president has had a horrible year, that he lost his big battles with Congress and lost a lot of face and self-confidence in the surrender to Syria and Russia, and we understand he is desperate for a win.
3. Acting like a schoolyard bully who got beat up and then looks for someone to pick on will not work with a separate but equal branch of government.
4. We have long known the president lacks basic skills when it comes to negotiating, but we aren't going to negotiate away our Article One duties and authority because the president is throwing a childish fit because Vladimir Putin embarrassed him.
5. We know most of the MSM is with the president and protecting his childishness from full scrutiny. We know they are doing the same for Harry Reid, though Senator Reid's infortunate melt-down with Dana Bash showed that not even the MSM can fully protect Senator Reid all the time. We believe the public already knows or will soon learn the score, and that we don't need the Manhattan-Beltway media elite to cheerlead for us since we have the Constitution on our side.
6. The real situation is this: The Republicans want the NIH opened to sick children and everyone served by it. We want the VA open to take care of veterans. We want the national parks and memorials open to everyone. We are appalled that the president has deemed the cemetery at Normandy non-essential. The last resting place of the men who saved Europe was essential in '44 and it is essential now. Recall Tom Hank's Captain John Miller's last words in that movie "Earn this"? Well, we won't be earning it if we surrender the Article One powers given us because the president demands we do, because he is throwing a fit, because he won't negotiate.
7. There are lots of solutions and combinations of solutions here, and we have often seen the Legislative and the Executive branches sit down at such moments and craft such solutions. Never before has a president said he would not negotiate with a separate but equal branch of government. The Speaker is the single man representing the People's House, and the president should be working with him, not taunting him in public; should be trying to offer solutions, not further dividing an already divided country.
8. So, again, we want to be crystal clear: The House is going to keep sending over to the Senate bills as particular needs arise to fix those needs, and Leader McConnell will keep trying to bring those solutions up for a vote. We think Harry Reid should take them up and ease the pain on Americans. We think the cemetery at Normandy should be open, just like the World War II Memorial and the Martin Luther King Memorial and especially the Lincoln Memorial should be open. We think the NIH and CDC should be functioning, and FEMA as hurrican season approaches. And we think we need to take serious steps to reform entitlements, repeal the widely recognized and disastrous Medical Device Tax, and treat Members of Congress an their staffs and members of the White House staff just the same as every other American by either bringing them under Obamacare or delaying the individual mandate one year. That is all on the table. Perhaps the president has other ideas though his only argument has been my way or the highway, the rule of one, the prerogatives of a king.
9. We don't do kings, Mr. President. Certainly not a year after a close election, a close election in which your opponent got 60 million votes and in which the People's House remained firmly in Republican hands. The country votd for divided government, for negotiations, for shared responsibility, not for you to dictate terms.
10. There will be no "clean CR" and a "straight debt limit hike." Period. That's what the president is demanding and that won't happen. The president is trying to scare markets and they should be scared because if he truly intends to bring about economic panic he is doing a fine job by demanding that the House abdicate its Constitutional role. We won't do that. The Constitution is more important than the CR, or the debt limit. The president is trying to reshape the Constitution at this moment of economic peril, using the media as his hammer, and threats and bullying as his saws. But it won't happen. And if the president does not change his rhetoric and his approach, the crisis that follows will be 100% on his head, and the American people will know it, and history will record it.
After putting out an SOS, the Washington Post finally found Chad Henderson, and so did the Wall Street Journal, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, the Huffington Post, and even “POLITICO!“, as Henderson himself announced later yesterday. That had Mediaite’s Noah Rothman a little suspicious:
It turns out Henderson’s knowledge of OFA was not the result of his astuteness or political acumen. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a current OFA volunteer. Maybe those many media outlets who spoke with him will make note of this seemingly relevant fact.OFA? You mean Organizing for America, which spent the last year stuffing e-mail inboxes with an avalanche of missives about just how easy and wonderful ObamaCare would be? That OFA?
Day 4 of shutdown: Vets are going to need wire cutters to visit WWII memorial. pic.twitter.com/Cyrm7OnLAp— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) October 4, 2013
◼ On Tuesday morning, seven National Park Service employees were seen erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. One NPS employee was operating a forklift. There usually aren't any NPS employees working at the World War II memorial.
A couple hours later, when an Honor Flight of World War II veterans arrived, accompanied by Democratic and Republican members of Congress, the fences blocking the memorial were easily moved away, allowing the veterans to enter.
But the barriers are still at the memorial, and they've been reinforced. This morning, I walked by the memorial and noticed that wires had been used to tie the fences together...
Who is ordering the National Park Service to go to such great lengths to shut down the open-air World War II memorial that is usually unguarded?
◼ BarryCade Smoking Gun - AJStrata
◼ Twist ties we can believe in: WWII Memorial barricade strengthened - Doug Powers/Michelle Malkin
If veterans show up again, that reinforcement probably wouldn’t prove too difficult for men who made it through German fortifications on D-Day and Japanese defenses on Iwo Jima.
◼ Barry-cades wired shut: Rep. Stockman slams ‘double down on curb-stomping elderly veterans’ - Twitchy
◼ Obama Illegally Shuts Down Hundreds of PRIVATELY FUNDED Parks - capitalisminstitute.org
◼ Democrats’s Shutdown Is Refusal To Face The American People - Dana Loesch/Red State
Even previous presidents Clinton and Carter once in awhile emerged from their echo chambers to negotiate. Obama won’t because to do so is to face the American people.
How are things working in the country today? Almost all voters -- 88 percent -- say “the government is in charge of the people.”
Only 8 percent feel “the people are in charge of the government.”
◼ Woman in DC chase may have thought Obama was stalking her, sources say
The woman who led authorities on a chase from the White House to the Capitol before she was killed by police may have thought that President Barack Obama was stalking her, law enforcement sources told NBC News.
The sources said that the woman, Miriam Carey, had a history of mental health problems.
Here are the DRUDGE headlines:
Mother: Daughter in Capitol Chase Was Depressed...
'Suffering From Postpartum Depression'...
Questions Mount On Why Police Opened Fire On Unarmed Mother...
'Fired From Job Over Argument On Using Handicapped Parking Spot'...
Was Sued By Condo Association Over Fees...
REPORT: Schizophrenia meds, antidepressants found in woman's apt... Developing...
Thursday, October 3, 2013
There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.
This is not a matter of opinion. You can check the congressional record.
As for the House of Representatives’ right to grant or withhold money, that is not a matter of opinion either. You can check the Constitution of the United States. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives, which means that congressmen there have a right to decide whether they want to spend money on a particular government activity.
Whether ObamaCare is good, bad or indifferent is a matter of opinion. But it is a matter of fact that members of the House of Representatives have a right to make spending decisions based on their opinion....
Since we cannot read minds, we cannot say who — if anybody — “wants to shut down the government.” But we do know who had the option to keep the government running and chose not to. The money voted by the House of Representatives covered everything that the government does, except for ObamaCare.
The Senate chose not to vote to authorize that money to be spent, because it did not include money for ObamaCare. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he wants a “clean” bill from the House of Representatives, and some in the media keep repeating the word “clean” like a mantra. But what is unclean about not giving Harry Reid everything he wants?
Far from being a mistype, that’s the official number that Health and Human Services wants Americans to dial when seeking health care. Obamacare’s national call center really did list its number as 1-800-318-2596, helpfully spelling out President Barack Obama’s tendency to blatantly flip the bird in plain view.
◼ Screwed? Confirmed! Don’t miss hilarious national Obamacare phone number - Twitchy
ROFL! The national phone number for the Obamacare help center is 1-800-318-2596. That is 1-800-F1UCK-YO hahahaha.— Tony Montana (@tonybalogna) October 3, 2013
The appointment was made shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN’s General Assembly to warn the world that Iran is only months away from having the capabilities to build a nuclear weapon.
The disarmament committee is chaired by Libya, an unstable country where weapons have freely flowed to al Qaeda fighters following the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
◼ IRAN'S ROUHANI BOASTS: I REJECTED OBAMA FIVE TIMES - Joel Pollak//Breitbart
◼ Iran’s cyber chief killed in ‘internal dispute,’ Israel speculates - the Times Of Israel
◼ Iranian cyber warfare commander shot dead in suspected assassination - the Telegraph
◼ Feds shut down D-Day beaches, cemetery in Normandy - AP/New York Post
◼ Barrycades: Try to Close Privately Owned Mount Vernon “Deliberate effort by Obama to hurt the public” - Infowars
The National Park Service erected barricades to shut down parking lots surrounding Mount Vernon despite the fact that the tourist destination is privately owned, another example of how the feds are deliberately worsening the government shut down.
Mount Vernon is the former plantation of George Washington and is owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, which doesn’t receive any government funding. The attraction’s official website reads, “NO SHUTDOWN HERE – The Federal government may be shut down, but Washington’s home remains open. Mount Vernon has remained a private non-profit for more than 150 years.”
◼ Philly tavern frequented by Founding Fathers shuttered
◼ Lodge with 12 rooms closes on Cape Cod - Cape Cod Online
◼ Monuments, memorials stayed open during last shutdown - Daily Caller
◼ Grocery stores on Army bases closed, Obama's golf course open - Bloomberg
BARRYCADES: Park Service workers erect fences...
Quite possibly the saddest photo I've ever seen. And the most damning.
◼ Park Service Workers Erect WWII Barricade - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
◼ For no other reason than spite, Barack Obama ordered the open-air World War II Memorial park closed and barricaded. In doing so, he intentionally shut the door on veterans visiting -- for perhaps the last time in their lives -- under the "Honor Flight" program. - Doug Ross
Now, for those who aren't aware, this memorial is in an open-air park, it was paid for with private funds, and it is unattended. According to its website, it is open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
That is, until the Obama administration doesn't get its way.
◼ As a whiff of fascism blows through the nation’s capital, the president is demonstrating to the whole world how revoltingly out-of-control the hyper-bloated U.S. government is. Obama is doing petty, irritating things like needlessly shutting down national parks in order to rankle voters in the hope they’ll blame Republicans for the ongoing government shutdown. Liberals, in typical fashion, predict apocalypse because of the shutdown. In reality, Americans are barely noticing that Uncle Sam is taking a nap. - Matthew Vadum/Front Page Magazine
...This approach is called the “Washington Monument Strategy.” The theory is that such minor annoyances amplify the consequences of budget cuts, or in this case, of the government shutdown. The goal is to force congressional Republicans to surrender their principles and agree to fund Obamacare — and in the process look wimpy and lose the support of their grassroots.
The Washington Monument Strategy just as easily fits into the world of community organizing. Anyone familiar with the methods of modern-day leftist agitators could have seen all of this coming.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Closed companies forced to buy the Barrycades -- "We are like prisoners of war who have to pay for our prison."
- Bryan Preston/PJMedia
Mr. Meyer emails: It’s official. They are shutting all of us down ASAP. Marching orders straight from the White House.
California's health insurance exchange vastly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare.
The state exchange had cited the 5 million figure as a sign of strong consumer interest and a major reason people had so much difficulty using its $313-million online enrollment system.
Dana Howard, a spokesman for Covered California, said the error was the result of internal miscommunication.
"Someone misspoke and thought it was indeed 5 million hits. That was incorrect," he said.
◼ President Obama is taking a page out of George Orwell’s “1984″. Just like Big Brother in Orwell’s famous novel 1984, Obama uses words to mean the opposite. - Betsy McCaughey/Human Events
On Monday, when House Speaker John Boehner proposed a conference to bring the parties together, both Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused.
Worse, they called the House Republicans “anarchists” and “extremists.” These insults from a president who, four days earlier, pledged “mutual respect” in his ongoing talks with Iran’s president, the world’s leading exporter of terror.
The difference between Reagan and Obama is this: Reagan knew who the enemy was. He told the Russian president, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” But he dealt reasonably with fellow American Tip O’Neil. Sadly, Obama cowtows to the world’s villains, including Vladimir Putin and Rouhani, but refuses to sit down with Boehner.
Already Obama is spinning another Orwellian tale about the coming need to hike the debt ceiling. He claims that attaching conditions to raising the debt ceiling “has not been done in the past,” and “is not how our constitutional system is designed to work”. Untrue. In fact, that is so blatantly false that The Washington Post slapped the president with four Pinocchios for his debt-ceiling tale. But say it often enough, and maybe the public will believe it.
In truth, the House has the constitutional authority to delay any debt-ceiling hike or attach conditions to it. A president able to borrow freely, the framers understood, would have too much power. “An elective despotism is not what we fought for,” wrote Madison in Federalist 62.
◼ Not One - Twitchy
◼ Obamacare website glitches leave Blue Cross of Louisiana without new enrollees after first day - NOLA.com
Since the marketplaces opened to much fanfare Tuesday (Oct. 1), many of the state’s potential customers have been stalled on the website, unable to move past the portion of HealthCare.gov that instructs them how to set up their profile.
Be afraid. Wherever Rathke goes, lawlessness follows.
...“Local 100’s role as a Navigator, suggest[s] the program is less about health care and more about building a new progressive infrastructure,” says longtime ACORN-watcher Mike Flynn of Breitbart.com.
Among the other left-wing groups hopping on the Obamacare navigator bandwagon are the Democrat-friendly Planned Parenthood, National Urban League, and Virginia Poverty Law Center Inc.
Other left-wing groups have signed up with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as “Champions of Coverage.” They vow to promote enrollment by emailing their members, hanging posters, giving out fact sheets and brochures, holding conference calls, or promoting enrollment in other ways.
Among the Champions of Coverage are Families USA, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and U.S. PIRG Education Fund.
Enrollment will be a dangerous free-for-all because Obamacare “navigators” are barely regulated at all. By the way, the only reason there are any “navigators” is to help the left, as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has more or less admitted. Imposing rules would only interfere with community organizers’ ability to wreak havoc and spread the gospel of so-called social justice....
These community organizers will have access to “social security numbers and tax information” and HHS isn’t even planning on running background checks before sending them out into the field. “Besides the obvious identity theft concerns, this is a frightening development in light of the political activities and invasion of privacy, which the IRS and others have engaged in during the Obama presidency,” Jindal says.
But as we’ve learned in the Obama era, this kind of craziness is par for the course with community organizers.
◼ Seedco: Obamacare's Fraud-Stained Navigators - Michelle Malkin/Townhall
Welcome to ObamaWreck! Americans nationwide spent Tuesday struggling with the much-hyped "Affordable Care Act" health insurance exchanges. Server meltdowns, error messages and security glitches plagued the federal and state government websites as open enrollment began. But when taxpayers discover exactly who will be navigating them through the bureaucratic maze, they may be glad they didn't get through.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of "navigators," "in-person assisters" and counselors, who are now propagandizing and recruiting Obamacare recipients into the government-run exchanges. As I warned in May, the Nanny State navigator corps is a serious threat to Americans' privacy. Background checks and training requirements are minimal to nonexistent. A history of fraud is no barrier to entry.
Case in point: the seedy nonprofit Seedco. This community-organizing group snagged lucrative multimillion-dollar navigator contracts in Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and New York. The New York Post reports this week that the outfit "is partnering with dozens of agencies, such as the Gay Men's Health Crisis, Food Bank for New York City and the Chinese American Planning Council, in each of (the Big Apple's) five boroughs." They'll have access to potential enrollees' income levels, birthdates, addresses, eligibility for government assistance, Social Security numbers and intensely personal medical information.
◼ It appears so. In fact, at least one disgruntled “federal worker” over at the National World War II Memorial today admitted on camera that he was paid $15 to show up and participate in what appears to be an anti-Republican demonstration. PJ Media caught the exclusive video: - Daniel Doherty/TOWNHALL
Incredible. So, here we have 20 or so protestors claiming to be furloughed federal workers, none of whom (a) could prove who they were or (b) had any federal identification cards to back up their claims. Interesting. Add to the mix a man who freely admitted he was paid to be there. I mean, one cannot help but question the veracity of the SEIU coordinator's story, right? Notice, too, that those in attendance were not even protesting “Congress” or “Washington politics” or “business as usual” either; they were explicitly protesting House Speaker John Boehner. That’s mighty curious, wouldn’t you say? I think so.
◼ FLASHBACK: Anthony Weiner Paying Actors, Interns To Pose As Campaign Supporters - HUFFINGTON POST
◼ It appears that the Obama administration is violating the First Rule of Holes. Yesterday the administration looked awful when it “closed” and barricaded the World War II memorial on the Mall. - John Hinderaker/Powerline
The memorial is, by its nature, open. There is nothing to close. And the administration knows that every day, tour groups consisting of WWII vets, now mostly in their late 80s or early 90s, come to Washington to visit the memorial. So the administration couldn’t resist closing the WWII memorial by putting up barricades, as part of their effort to dramatize how terrible the government “shutdown” is.
Yesterday, as we noted here, the administration suffered a public relations disaster when a group of elderly vets from Mississippi, aided by one or more Republican Congressmen, pushed the barriers aside and visited the memorial. But the administration was still undeterred: a park service employee threatened to arrest any vets who may try to visit the WWII memorial in the future, while the shutdown is in effect.
The best thing the Obama administration could do is quietly remove the barricades around the memorial and forget the whole thing. But no: it happened again today. Fortunately, PJ Media was on hand to record the action...
And does that perhaps have something to do with Obama’s backing down on his vow not to talk with Congressional Republicans? Obama has now invited Congressional leaders to the White House for talks on ending the spending impasse.
◼ More stunningly bad optics for the Dems. When asked by Dana Bash at CNN why he isn’t willing to help even one child who has cancer, Reid responded “Why would we want to do that?” - Nice Deb
◼ Deal With Harry Reid? Why Would We Want to Do That?
At a press conference earlier today, CNN’s Dana Bash asked Senate majority leader Harry Reid why he was opposing a bill that would authorize funding for the National Institutes of Health, an institution that had to stop experimental disease treatments this week because of the government shutdown.
Bash asked, “If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”
Harry Reid responded, “Why would we want to do that?”
After all, he would lose leverage, and there’s no political benefit in it for him.
A man who attempted to sign up for Obamacare online was told that a fine of over $4,000 dollars a year for refusing to take out mandatory health insurance could be taken directly from his bank account, and that his drivers license would be suspended and a federal tax lien placed against his home, according to an entry on the HealthCare.gov Facebook page.
If true, the implementation of Obamacare is going to be a whole lot more draconian than Americans have been led to believe.
MASSIVE GLITCHES PERSIST AS GOV'T BLAMES HIGH DEMAND...
Less Than 1% of Visitors to CT Healthcare Exchange Signed Up...
CNN reporter can't sign up...
VIDEO: MSNBC anchor tries, fails...
Enrollment effort takes reporter to empty building...
25% plan to not buy insurance, pay fine...
What to know if you opt out...
LOWRY: Fight just beginning...
Law leaves Georgia's biggest hospital $45M short...
◼ A new wave of veterans were forced to move barricades at the WWII Memorial in Washington Wednesday morning to gain access during the government slimdown, a spokeswoman from Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., told FoxNews.com. - FOX
The WWII veterans, from Ohio, Kansas and Missouri, arrived at the memorial one day after another group relied on the assistance from elected officials to move the barricades to allow access. Parks police did not prevent the first group from entering, nor did they interfere with Wednesday's group.
The veterans are traveling as part of Honor Flight , a program that enables World War II veterans to partake in an expense-paid trip to view the memorial.
WAR VETERANS THREATENED WITH ARREST...
REPORT: WH rejected visit request...
PAUL: 'Goons' blocked landmark...
BARRYCADES: Park Service workers erect fences...
◼ More guards than at Benghazi - Paul Bedard/Washington Examiner
◼ NPS says Obama admin ordered closure - Mike Flynn/Breitbart
Reid blames Republicans...
Vets 'plan to storm Lincoln memorial'...
WWI mem closed 'except for 1st Amendment activities'...
◼ World War II Veterans Prove Unstoppable, Entering Memorial - ABC News
◼ Update: WWII vets return to South Mississippi in triumph - Sun Herald
Ninety-one World War II veterans were greeted at Gulfport/Biloxi International Airport with an enthusiastic welcome by their neighbors Tuesday evening. Water cannon plumes arched over the runway on their approach, and they received a salute by Marines and U.S. Navy personnel, city leaders and thousands of others at the terminal who came to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport to welcome them home.
“In all the years I have worked with the National Park Service, first as a volunteer for six years in Richmond where I grew up, then as an NPS employee at the for eight very long years and now enjoyably as managing director for the last 32 years — I have never worked with a more arrogant, arbitrary and vindictive group representing the NPS. I deeply apologize that we have to disappoint you today by being closed but know that we are working while the National Park Service is not — as usual.”
The National Park Service is sending so many officials out to shut down federal parks from visiting Americans that at this rate it might have to suspend furloughs if the government closure continues....
A Claude Moore Colonial Farm official said that the privately-funded staff is on the job Wednesday, but barred from letting anybody visit the historically accurate buildings or animals. Anna Eberly, the managing director, sent out an email decrying the decision and rude National Park Service staff handling the closure.
Pointing to Park Service claims that parks have to be closed because the agency can’t afford staff during the government closure, Eberly wrote: “What utter crap. We have operated the Farm successfully for 32 years after the NPS cut the Farm from its budget in 1980 and are fully staffed and prepared to open today. But there are barricades at the Pavilions and entrance to the Farm. And if you were to park on the grass and visit on your own, you run the risk of being arrested. Of course, that will cost the NPS staff salaries to police the Farm against intruders while leaving it open will cost them nothing.”...
WWII VETS THREATENED WITH ARREST: Petty Obama administration tries to bar Honor Flight veterans from access to the WWII Memorial in D.C.
◼ The Obama government is small, spiteful, and petty. There are no other words for it. Case in point: The WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., which is an outdoor memorial. There are no tickets sold, no doors to open or close, and no staffers. It is not an open air museum.... - Bookworm Room
It is, instead, a giant outdoor structure. It is scenery, pretty much like a drive by the Capitol or the White House. You just look at it – and the people most interested in looking at it are the ever-dwindling number of WWII veterans who fought in the war it commemorates.
The Obama administration knew that an Honor Flight was arriving in Washington, D.C., with the veterans on that flight scheduled to visit the war memorial erected in honor of their courage and sacrifice during WWII. With that in mind, the Obama administration went out of its way – and expended a great deal of federal employee time and money – to wrap tape around the Memorial so that the veterans would be denied access to it.
What the Obama administration forgot is that men who stared down the Nazis and the Imperial Japanese Army would be utterly unimpressed by some yellow tape strung up by a man who hates them almost as fiercely as the Nazis did. Aged though they were, the veterans stormed the WWII Memorial, tearing down and cutting away the tape – aided by help from Republican members of Congress.
◼ WWII VETS THREATENED WITH ARREST - northwestohio.com
◼ REPORT: WH REJECTED WWII VET REQUEST... - Daily Caller
◼ RAND PAUL: 'Goons' blocked landmark... - Politico
◼ BARRYCADES: Park Service workers erect fences... - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
◼ Vets 'plan to storm Lincoln memorial'... - Weasel Zippers
◼ Closed 'except for 1st Amendment activities'... - Daniel Halper/Weekly Standard
NPS says Obama admin ordered closure...
Reid blames Republicans...
New wave of vets move barricades...
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
DID YOU CATCH THE COMICAL SIMILARITY BETWEEN THE SNL SKIT THAT MOCKED OBAMACARE AND THE PRESIDENT’S ACTUAL SPEECH TODAY?
◼ Life imitating art at its finest. - The Blaze
Watch this portion of the Saturday Night Live skit at the 3:10 mark:
Watch Obama’s real-life comments here:
“While Harry Reid and his Democrat colleagues pushed America to a government shutdown, the House Republicans have worked to do the will of the American people. The Democrats rejection of the latest continuing resolution to keep government running sends a clear message that they think they and their political allies are more important than average Americans.
“Americans didn’t want ObamaCare forced on them, and they don’t want a government shutdown either. Once again, Democrats are unwilling to listen.
◼ Stock Markets Rise Despite Government Shutdown Apocalypse - Daniel Greenfield/FrontPage Magazine
Maybe if the government stays shut down long enough, the economy can actually recover.
"@davidhauptmann: McConnell: "Every piece of legislation the House sent over would have kept the govt from shutting down."— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) October 1, 2013
McConnell slams Dems for a “stubborn refusal” to compromise with House. Calls it a “staggering act of political arrogance.”— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) October 1, 2013
If the zombies do attack, please tweet as Gov't won't tell me because of shutdown— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) October 1, 2013
...the case of Matt Sissel v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al, challenging the ACA, dismissed by the D.C. District Court back in June, is heading for the D.C. Court of Appeals with his opening brief due on Oct. 24.
Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), representing Sissel, is challenging the ACA with a new constitutional cause of action.
Sissle’s case was on hold while the U.S. Supreme Court was considering the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and 26 states challenge to the ACA.
In the NFIB case, the Supreme Court characterized the charge to Americans for failure to purchase health insurance as a tax rather than a penalty, so PLF’s amended complaint alleges the tax is illegal because it was introduced in the Senate rather than the House, in violation of the Constitution’s Origination Clause.
Other congresses have also fought over spending and attached conditions to debt ceiling hikes, going all the way back to the time of Eisenhower. Democrat congresses shut the government down under Reagan, about a dozen times. You’re not supposed to know any of that, though. Obama caters exclusively to low-information voters (and dishonest hacks in the media) with such remarks....
He chooses to lie about it and make people on the other side angry. That’s his schtick.
What can you do with such a dishonest man occupying the Oval Office?
◼ Report: Reid Stopped Obama From Negotiating With GOP - Townhall
Reid’s strategy boils down to a few factors: If Democrats give even a few small concessions on a short-term stopgap funding measure, Republicans will demand even bigger concessions to avoid a debt default in mid-October. Since Republicans have been engulfed in an intraparty war over how far to take a shutdown threat, Reid and his top lieutenants are convinced that the political backlash from a shutdown would be devastating to the GOP, potentially costing them their majority in the House.◼ The culmination of Democratic dysfunction – #BlameHarryReid - Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ Rubio Statement After Senate Democrats Reject Budget To Keep Government Open
◼ Remember the 15 Government Shutdowns Before 1995? Yeah, Neither Does Anyone Else. - IJ Review
Monday, September 30, 2013
A House-passed bill to ensure the military gets paid under any government shutdown was approved without dissent in the Senate on Monday — a rare bipartisan agreement as Congress stumbled toward midnight when the fiscal year ends and current appropriations expire
The measure, now on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk, would also ensure continued pay for civilian employees of the Defense Department and Pentagon contractors whom Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel determines “are providing support to members of the Armed Forces.”
Put forward by House Republicans, the bill is considered good politics for the GOP, since analysts suggest the party could bear the brunt of the blame for any government disruption.
Following the bill’s passage, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took to the Senate floor to offer Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a backhanded compliment, praising the Nevada Democrat for not holding pay for service members “hostage.”
◼ Bob Woodward: If Shutdown or Debt Ceiling Causes Economic Calamity, It’s On Obama’s Head - Newsbusters
There's another budget crisis in Washington, and it's unfolding inside the Democratic party. The Democratic National Committee remains so deeply in the hole from spending in the last election that it is struggling to pay its own vendors.
It is a highly unusual state of affairs for a national party -- especially one that can deploy the President as its fundraiser-in-chief -- and it speaks to the quiet but serious organizational problems the party has yet to address since the last election, obscured in part by the much messier spectacle of GOP infighting.
The Democrats' numbers speak for themselves: Through August, 10 months after helping President Obama secure a second term, the DNC owed its various creditors a total of $18.1 million, compared to the $12.5 million cash cushion the Republican National Committee is holding.
◼ Anti-Obamacare' candidates shatter fundraising records - Breitbart
"Ted Cruz has finally shown the Republican establishment in Washington just how fed up voters are with the federal government and the notion that bureaucrats know what is best for patients," said one political consultant who advised the Cruz campaign. "That's why a guy knowledgeable about healthcare like Ben Sasse being in the Senate would be the most destructive thing to ever hit Obamacare."
Sasse's cash haul of nearly $750,000 from individual donors in his first quarter breaks Nebraska's previous record of $526,000 from individual donors, set in 2007 by Johanns while he was sitting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Shane Osborn, former state treasurer who has been running for the senate seat for six months, raised just $234,000 in his first quarter, according to FEC records.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bundled both of those proposals into a single vote, which made it easier to round up the support to kill them.
Getting the message out to the youths, of course, means enlisting the media mediums that they frequent, often outside of the traditional political orbit, i.e. celebrities and fashion magazines, via the LA Times:
The current Cosmopolitan magazine explains the Affordable Care Act with the “Top Eight Ways Young Women Benefit from Obamacare.” Glamour lays out the “Five Things You Need to Know” about the marketplaces kicking into gear Tuesday. …...I doubt we’ll be hearing from these youth-targeted PR efforts over the coming months is anything about how this entirely involuntarily program will in fact offer most young people a menu of comparatively more expensive options which they must either purchase or pay the penalty. Combined with the conspicuously bleak employment scenario that far too many of them are facing as a consequence of the Obama administration’s opportunity-crushing economy, and it actually doesn’t sound quite that cool
“Lots of women who will benefit may not read the New York Times or Politico but do read Cosmo,” said one administration official working on the project, who requested anonymity to discuss strategy. “Much bigger reach; reaches women exactly where they are – and they’re a key demographic.” …
Top administration officials have been talking to women’s magazines, including Woman’s Day, Cosmo Latina, Marie Claire and Ebony, several of which are running stories in their October print issues. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has started the website Obamacare Works to take questions about how the program operates.
◼ AP fact check: No, you can’t keep your plan, and other things we should have already reported - Ed Morrissey/HotAir
...This was one of the biggest falsehoods proferred by ObamaCare advocates all along. In the US before passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 85% of Americans had existing health-care coverage — and 87% were happy with it. In fact, half of the uninsured were happy with their health care. Overhauling the system that satisfied 85% of Americans in order to do something with half of the 15% unhappy with their situation only made sense if the 85% could be assured that their situation would remain the same.
Of course, that was nonsense all along. Too bad the AP couldn’t have done more fact-checking along those lines before now....
◼ “I don’t remember saying that everyone in the country would have a lower premium” - Guy Benson/HotAi's Green Room
Well, that’s what recording devices are for, Nancy. We covered the former Speaker’s attempt to slither away from her own Obamacare sales pitch back in June; now the current Speaker is highlighting his predecessor’s shameless revisionism:
◼ ‘N Sync shills for Obamacare; Tweeters wave ‘bye bye bye’ - Twitchy
"The Senate decided not to work yesterday," Boehner said in a rare speech on the House floor. "Well my goodness, if there's such an emergency, where are they?"
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday morning blasted Senate Democrats for not working on Sunday, even as they continued to warn about the dire threat of a government shutdown....
Boehner was joined by Republicans such as Rep. Virginia Foxx (N.C.), who said the Senate needs to work quickly to help the House avoid a government shutdown.
"The Senate needs to hustle," she said.
If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free. – P.J. O’Rourke
In the retail industry this kind of thing is called “bait and switch”:
◼ Other changes include dropping references to "dental" care and the availability of "prescription drugs," as well as exchanging the phrase "specialized care for more serious conditions" for the milder "referrals to specialized care." - Weekly Standard
T-MINUS 1 DAY: 'Duct tape and chicken wire'...
Experts fear rate 'death spiral'...
With all eyes trained on the fight over government Dems Attempt Power Grab That Could Kill Keystone Pipeline:
Many observers believe that this precedent-setting amendment is a dry run to kill the Keystone Pipeline project specifically and set up a new paradigm for development in America. Can anyone say with a straight face that somewhere along the thousands of miles of pipes, there will not be a parcel of land where Native Americans once slept, gathered or ate? If the same logic being used on the land swap bill is applied, the Secretary of Interior--an avowed radical--would have the power to unilaterally pull the plug on the project. We have already seen what happened when one agency —the EPA — has the power to issue regulations that kill jobs. Could Republicans be so naive as to give another government agency the same power?
The Lujan amendment, as written, only applied to the copper mine in Arizona. But if there are enough votes to pass through a Republican House, it will be a precedent setter that will weaponize opposition to economic development for years to come on nearly every square inch of American soil and threaten the property rights for land owners all across the nation.
On August 21st, 2013 six more Democratic officeholders switched to the Republican Party, bringing the total number of Democratic elected officials who have switched to the Republican Party since the conclusion of the November 2008 elections to 209.
Let there be no doubt–Barack Obama has made America into a State Sponsor of Terrorism. While Obama will try to find ways to excuse and justify such reprehensible behavior, the facts are clear–we are backing terrorists committed to forcing all who dare to call Syria home into the tyranny of Muslim religious rule.
◼ Country Joe, Sing for Obama - Larry Johnson/No Quarter
◼ Washington Post has the bad news. The rebel groups are rallying under the banner of those keen on imposing Sharia law on the people of Syria... - Washington Post
Sunday, September 29, 2013
For those who read Italian the story is reported in the Catholic daily newspaper ◼ ‘Avvenire’, Thursday 26 September.
It is mindboggling that this wasn’t a key focus of the Romney campaign last year. The high deductible for young Obamacare enrollees is the least-reported huge downside of the fiasco. It basically means millions of healthy people under 40 will pay big premiums and in normal years get nothing for it — no help with their medical bills.
The temptation is strong to say that it is karma that young voters are going to be abused by Obamacare. But if they didn’t know it was coming, courtesy of our atrocious media and a somnolent Romney campaign, it’s not all karma. It’s also because of corrupt journalism and political incompetence.
It's safe to say her views reflected those of many of her conservative colleagues, and her reasoning was this: One, Obamacare as a policy is so far-reaching, so consequential, and so damaging that members of Congress should do everything they can -- everything -- to stop it before it fully goes into effect. Two, lesser measures to fight Obamacare -- repealing the medical device tax or making Congress purchase coverage through the exchanges without special subsidies -- are just not big enough to address the problem. And three, there have been government shutdowns in the past over far less urgent reasons that did not result in doom for Republicans.
Harry Reid wants a shutdown. POTUS wants a shutdown. They will get their shutdown.MSM will be dumbfounded when Dems get blame. #echochamber— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) September 30, 2013
A University of Wisconsin-Madison student earning his doctorate there, has told his supervisor he objects to the school’s mandated diversity training for teaching assistants (TAs) because leaders of the first session he attended essentially called him – and the whole class – racist.
As you are probably aware, all new TAs in the History Department are required to attend one orientation session, two TA training sessions, and two diversity sessions. Yesterday (Friday, September 20th), we new TAs attended the first of the diversity sessions. To be quite blunt, I was appalled. What we were given, under the rubric of “diversity,” was an avalanche of insinuations, outright accusations, and suffocating political indoctrination (or, as some of the worksheets revealingly put it, “re-education”) entirely unbecoming a university of our stature.◼ "I am not in graduate school to learn how to encourage poor souls in their sexual experimentation..." - Althouse
...Please allow me to be quite frank. My job, which I love, is to teach students Japanese history. This week, for example, I have been busy explaining the intricacies of the Genpei War (1180-1185), during which time Japan underwent a transition from an earlier, imperial-rule system under regents and cloistered emperors to a medieval, feudal system run by warriors and estate managers. It is an honor and a great joy to teach students the history of Japan. I take my job very seriously, and I look forward to coming to work each day....
I regret that this leaves us in an awkward situation. After having been accused of virulent racism and, now, assured that I will next learn how to parse the taxonomy of “Genderqueers”, I am afraid that I will disappoint those who expect me to attend any further diversity sessions.
This year’s annual Republican Picnic will be held Sunday, September 29 at Rohner Park, Fortuna. It is sponsored by Humboldt Republican Women and the Republican County Central Committee.
There is no charge to attend the picnic which will feature hamburgers and hot dogs,
but be “pot luck” for salads and desserts. Those whose last name begins with N-Z are asked to bring a salad; those with A-M, a dessert.
Featured speakers will be Supervisor Ryan Sundberg and Eureka Mayor Frank Jager. Everyone is invited to cast a ballot in the Major Issues straw poll. There will also be an auction and raffle.
Hours are 12N-4 p.m.