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The Coming Obamacare Bailout
American Spectator, by Peter Ferrara

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/5/2013 6:12:12 AM

Think back to the fall of 2008. Congress was asked to pass a $700 billion taxpayer bailout for Wall Street. We were told it had to be passed, or else the economy would collapse, perhaps into another Great Depression. House conservatives voted it down. The stock market fell hundreds of points in response. In the ensuing panic, Congress went along and passed the bailout. That bailout, and the insane, nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill passed just a few months later as Obama’s first act, gave birth to the Tea Party revolution that gave Republicans a 63-seat landslide in the House in the


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 11/5/2013 6:29:55 AM     (No. 9598959)

Inevitably inevitable.
As they say - a feature, not a bug.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 11/5/2013 6:33:39 AM     (No. 9598961)

Bailouts have eroded our economy-- another will decimate it and hand dominance over to China.

I wonder if there is any point at which the treachery can be stopped-- or later reversed?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 11/5/2013 6:39:28 AM     (No. 9598963)

Correct about all, but not an accurate comparison to Wall Street Bailout #1 (2008).

All of that money was paid back, except some balance from AIG (will eventually be totally paid back). Only deadbeat is obamaMotors, giant sucking sound, not one dollar paid back.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: suedotsue, 11/5/2013 7:03:32 AM     (No. 9598989)

This is about John Boehner. The Supreme Court said ObamaCare is only legal as a tax. It was not legal as a mandate. That didn´t mean O´care was the law of the land as Boehner happily proclaimed two days after Obama´s re-election. Just that it was legal as a tax. Only the House can approve taxes. Boehner has refused to hold an up or down standalone vote on ObamaCare the tax as is his duty. O´Care as enacted is illegal. Aside from the tax matter, Boehner could´ve held a standalone vote to defund O´Care anytime from the day he was promoted to speaker by the Tea Party. He has very carefully refused to do so. Apparently his actions have a lot of support. But this is strictly the GOP´s fault. We gave them everything they needed to defund O´care and they refused. John Roberts gave them another gift, and they laughed in our face.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Passion, 11/5/2013 7:05:59 AM     (No. 9598994)

#3 thanks for reminding folks of that…something they too often forget: TARP´s bank stuff is paid back. Having said that, THIS would be great teachable moment. It was government perversion into the mortgage markets that caused the 08 meltdown…many folks missed that.

With this failure, it would be so obvious that it was government that caused the problem in the market, not a market problem.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Deedo, 11/5/2013 7:15:02 AM     (No. 9599006)

#3, I seem to recall that GM borrowed more money after it was seized by Obama, and used it to payback some of the early "investment".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: privateer, 11/5/2013 7:18:33 AM     (No. 9599013)

This was all planned from the beginning; the Cloward-Piven strategy aimed at crashing our economy, rendering us weak for takeover. I picture zero as mohamhead Atta at the controls of his death-jet obamacare, ready to crash it into the twin towers of our economy and our freedom. Unlike M A, he will walk away unscathed.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mizzmac, 11/5/2013 7:23:53 AM     (No. 9599020)

"If I like your healthcare plan, I´ll let you keep your healthcare plan. But I don´t. You shouldn´t have it, according to me. So I´ll make sure you don´t keep it, and I don´t give a damn how many millions of you suffer as long as I get my way." Impeach the liar. Just pick a cause: Obamacare fraud,IRS fraud, NSA fraud, foreign collusion with terrorists, Benghazi lies....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: texascunning, 11/5/2013 7:30:32 AM     (No. 9599031)

Not that I didn´t realize any of this, but reality can be depressing first thing in the morning. I´m going to have some coffee.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/5/2013 7:33:31 AM     (No. 9599034)

What evil hearts can conjur up such an abomination on the American people. Knowing this would collapse under the weight of its implementation and still plowing forward is unconscionable. Promising so much yet knowing it was a total lie for a once in a lifetime political power grab should sound the death knell for the democrat party. As Americans watch the greatest health care system in the world collapse before their very eyes, I have to wonder if they believe worshiping a con man like Obama was worth it. He, his media lackeys, and progressive Republicans should be run out of town on a rail. All this chaos for a political ideology that ensures misery, death, proverty and oppression. Way to go democrats. You parasites have killed the host.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 11/5/2013 7:36:58 AM     (No. 9599044)

You have to know what their objective was when they knew three years ago that 128 million people would have NO healthcare and the 19 million (I forget the numbers) layabouts, who already had care available thru Medicaid and ER´s, would be covered. In a sane world, how can this be going on?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bohallx, 11/5/2013 7:38:41 AM     (No. 9599047)

#4 ~ as soon as you realize what "amend" means you realize why the Obamakkkare bill didn´t go back to the House ~ IT HAD ALREADY GONE THERE SINCE IT STARTED THERE.

Then the Senate version had to be accepted (left unchallenged by the House) since the Democrats couldn´t do reconciliation ~ due to a change in Senate membership ~ they´d had their vote and now there was this Senator Brown in Mass who was sworn to vote against it.

That´s where the ´deemed as passed´ business came from.

It was a tricky maneuver, and probably not constitutional but the current House doesn´t get to vote on it ~ we are past that part.

What we do now is NOT FUND THE BEAST and that means we have to purge the RINOs from the House.

Then, too, we need a long term plan to make whole the people deprived of due process of law (thereby forestalling more troublesome lawsuits that will allow leftwing jurists to play hob).

I propose A TAX ON DEMOCRATS. If you were ever a known Democrat, registered as one, voted as one, told people you were one, we´d levy a 50% jizya tax on you for your false beliefs and as a way of recompensing everybody else for your unethical misuse of the constitution and our laws.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: M2, 11/5/2013 7:44:42 AM     (No. 9599054)

Am I missing something? Why is the choice only between bailing out insurance companies or accepting Obamacare?

What about repealing Obamacare? What about eliminating the individual and employer mandates? Would not either put the insurance companies back in business?

If tomorrow the law was struck down as unconstitutional, despite SCOTUS, (it´s been known to happen), wouldn´t the insurance companies cease having to cancel policies in order to comply with O´Care?

What have I missed here? The resolve of the GOP and the American people to make repeal or gutting of this law possible? I can´t believe those are the only two choices we are given on this matter.

Counting both the employer provided and individual health insurance markets, Avik Roy of Forbes calculates that means that altogether 93 million Americans will lose their health insurance under Obamacare.

There´s not enough public outrage over this to change it? I can´t believe this is America. For God´s sake, we are Americans, not Russians. What happened to our resolve? We cannot be crushed that easily.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/5/2013 7:54:38 AM     (No. 9599071)

FTA:" But even the Washington establishment Congressional Budget Office scored Obamacare as still leaving 30 million uninsured 10 years after implementation!
But the reality is even worse than that."

That last sentence should be the stamped on the cover of every CBO report. Talk about something that needs to be defunded into non-existence! A staff of 300 bureaucrats that aided and abetted this whole mess in 2009.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/5/2013 8:06:45 AM     (No. 9599096)

The article ends with the thought that we are facing a choice between a huge bailout or socialized medicine. How about if we just throw out Obamacare?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: strike3, 11/5/2013 8:11:50 AM     (No. 9599103)

The government can´t scare anybody by claiming that obamacare is going to fail without a bailout - it has already failed. And most of us want it to fail.

The only way they can do this is by a massive tax increase/robbery of the US taxpayers or a confiscation of our wealth. The ONLY way. There will not be nearly enough money available to save this beast unless they outright steal it. I see the revolution right over the horizon.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: cshoff, 11/5/2013 8:26:20 AM     (No. 9599124)

False Choice argument.

Another choice is remove the 10 requirements insurance policies must cover. This will allow private insurance to sell people policies they want and can afford. No maternity for young single men or women over reproductive age.

Allow catastrophic insurance that pays everything over say $25,000/yr. Cheap. Allow individuals to pick the start point of the policy and pay accordingly. Some of the policies being issued now have $14,500 deductables with copay.

Manditory insurance in a free market. Use the crisis to accomplish something.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 11/5/2013 8:49:12 AM     (No. 9599171)

#11 O cheer your proposition but how? When doctors will be penalized fornot working w/ obamacare? Where can the free market work in this climate and over-regulation without a host of dcotors and patients getting thronw in the slammer? CSeriously, I would like to know the way we get to ignoring it like we did in prohibition

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Jebediah, 11/5/2013 9:27:42 AM     (No. 9599231)

Single payer hell is right!!!!!!!-------if Congressional Democrats let THAT one go through they are, as candidates, gone forever!!! Our Rep, Jim Himes in Ct., had whole ads bragging on how he read every single bill put before him (he must have been a speed reader) and was/is(?) a BIG Obamacare fan, even though we now have only TWO healthcare choices here, and the platinum plan has been taken down. I hope Himes suffers.......although if the Ct. Republicans keep putting idiots up top bat he may not.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Avogadra, 11/5/2013 9:35:38 AM     (No. 9599244)

#19, when Prohibition got bad enough, there were speak-easies. If Obamacare gets bad enough, there will be doc-easies. Sadly, just as there were no guarantees of liquor safety in Prohibition, there will be no guarantees of doctor quality in the doc-easies. I don´t know what the doc-easies will look like, but American ingenuity will find a way to defeat the Progressives who want to run every aspect of our lives for us.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/5/2013 10:00:47 AM     (No. 9599276)

It is the HHS regulations that are causing the dropped policies. That authority to write regulations that precipitate loss of grandfathering must be taken away and the issued regulation reviewed/revoked.

The coverage for the uninsured with Preexisting Conditions is a growing disaster that is causing HHS to drive cancelations. PCIP needs to revert back to the states who were running it at a third the cost. The level of nationwide taxpayer support should be decided annually in the budget so that this doesn´t become an entitlement. Sorry Charlie but if you decided insurance was too expensive until you go sick, it´s going to cost you more now.

My personal preference is the immediate repeal of Obamacare combined with the return of PCIP to the states with some sort of federal assistance to the state run pools. The assistance would be a dollar per patient grant that would need budget approval each year. The choice of coverage should be left to the insurers.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 11/5/2013 10:16:18 AM     (No. 9599299)

I am now convinced our government is ´totally´ corrupt. After reading Jeff Lord´s piece on Trump today and the attempted shake down by the NY AG. I believe John Roberts, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and a host of other Republicans have been shook down and extorted!
And then I read of Freedom Works having their website audited and finding the many visits by DHS, IRS, and the WH.
"The Department of Justice visited the site 769 times, the Social Security Administration 812 times and the White House checked in on FreedomWorks.org 235 times averaging 20 minutes a visit."
And I will bet you they are visiting here too.
These are really dangerous times. And the Republican Establishment is in on it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 11/5/2013 10:20:07 AM     (No. 9599307)

Oh yes, I meant to add:
While the number of visits is dwarfed by FreedomWorks.org actual traffic from its six million activist members, the DHS visited the site more than 1,560 times, averaging just over twice a day.

While the IRS only visited the site less than 250 times, it is the very agency at the core of the administration’s targeting of Tea Party groups with abusive scrutiny and slow-walking of non-profit status applications.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 11/5/2013 10:22:19 AM     (No. 9599310)

The end of this article gives two choices; bailout or single payer. There is a third option, let the insurance industry go under, they supported this mess based on the promise of more business as a result of the individual mandate. What will rise from the ashes are people making choices how to spend their money to their advantage. Congress will need pass a short bill to eliminate all federal government involvement and regulation. The market will do a better job.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 11/5/2013 10:27:18 AM     (No. 9599323)


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Reply 26 - Posted by: Distorted, 11/5/2013 10:43:38 AM     (No. 9599362)


If you desire government single-payer as the "solution," what would your plan be? Answer:first bankrupt and destroy the health insurance companies leaving no where else to turn.

How would you do that? Answer: make the insurance companies insure the high risk patients at low premiums and price the low risk ones so high they will not sign up and pay the freight.

The result: the ins. cos. are left with contracts for high risk payments to have to honor with grossly insufficient premium flow to pay for it. Presto Chango, bankruptcy. Of course a raft of people, doctors & institutions are going to go down that hole too, but that´s the way the cookie crumbles in hardcore Leftist politics. Poor & desperate people are the base of the Lefty Party, and the more the better.

The B-side of the plan is to simultaneously overflow Medicair rolls in classic Cloward/Piven fashion for just the purpose those Marxist envisioned, all of which to be wrapped and promoted in the further classic Alinsky Rules For Radicals pack of lies and deceit.

It´s working like a charm. Remember the chant, "It´s The Law!"

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Reply 27 - Posted by: maryc, 11/5/2013 10:50:43 AM     (No. 9599375)

Might as well be monopoly money with what the dollar is really worth now. Funny money and fake health care seems appropriate considering the man in the oval office now.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 11/5/2013 11:11:04 AM     (No. 9599415)

Hobson´s Choice for Us All: It´s going to be
either single payer hell or another bailout."

Well, not ALL of us. Those of us at the Gulch; Those of us who have taken the stand of "I Shall NOT Comply" already made our choices.

And if just 5% of taxpayers, 5% of producers would have the courage to take that stand, the whole thing collapses and we go back to free market, no matter how many trillions Bernanke and then Janet Yellin print up and throw at it.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: peterfleming, 11/5/2013 11:24:25 AM     (No. 9599443)

A brilliant repeat performance above by Devan 95 !
Well done !
What is truly scary in all this bailout, secret executive orders, outright plain and simple bald faced media lying exercise is, there is no spokesperson for the magnificent insurance industry, perhaps the greatest single economic protector in our rational society.
We have star Robert Wagner and the ex Law and Order DA, speaking for retirement home mortgages. This moment, the great Samuel Jackson speaking for some kind of bank credit card. Fine actor, William Devane speaking for gold sales. For many years, Ronald Reagan spoke for General Electric and all its innovative inventions.

And now we have a communist conspiracy style attack on a major arm of the entire insurance industry, our police state forcing insurers to cancel policies on untold millions of innocent, hard working, contributing members of society ..... And guess what? There is in fact, nobody.
Not a single soul is outq there speaking for all the insurance companies, the backbone of a stable economy.. Where would responsible citizens be without insurance of all types and sizes? How can the IRS, the police state, drunken Congress, lying presidents try to take over a part of this great industry, and they don,t even have an Alan Dershowitz giving news interviews about this threatening injutice

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Reply 30 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 11/5/2013 11:47:42 AM     (No. 9599494)

The choice TODAY would include simply repealing Obamacare and going back to the previous system.

However, that choice will likely not be available by 2017, when we will hopefully have a Republican president who will sign a repeal bill. Forget about repealing it before then. It´s mathematically impossible for the Republicans to get a veto-proof majority in the Senate (not enough seats are in play), and you know there´s no way the Kenyan will sign away his "signature accomplishment."

The insurance companies may be toast by then, so the alternatives would indeed be a bailout or socialized medicine.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Tulsa, 11/5/2013 11:50:08 AM     (No. 9599501)

Those are not the only two options.

A Republican Potus and Senate can and will repeal or rewrite aca. We will hold the house.

The democrat party is in the deepest kim chee I´ve witnessed. Potus and Party equally. And old media is in just as bad shape.

The people don´t like this At All and don´t want it. It will not stand.

I won and his cohorts do not have enough time remaining for aca to become entrenched.

VOTE Republican. I pray you LPers are listening. Even Ron Paul said this yesterday. Vote Republican

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Reply 32 - Posted by: patrick28nov45, 11/5/2013 12:01:38 PM     (No. 9599527)

Obama the great uniter presides over a hopelessly divided nation of his own making.


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Reply 33 - Posted by: jglas, 11/5/2013 1:06:44 PM     (No. 9599665)

The real crime will be if this scam goes down as planned and they switch us to single payer socialized medicine when Obamacare fails on schedule. I hope the Republicans are up to explaining why single payer would create the worse kind of health care possible in which you are held in thrall to a government that holds your life in their hands. LoFos and young people are going to say "I don´t give a damn as long as someone else is paying for it." Explaining why that´s not true will require an education program.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Libertygal, 11/5/2013 3:03:13 PM     (No. 9599865)

All this accomplished was swapping the uninsured enrollment. It went from poor, lower class, who couod have insured themselves with Medicaid anyway, who, when they went to the emergency rooms, tax payers footed the bills for anyways, to now being middle class poor who will be uninsured and that cannot afford it. Primarily because of the premium increases to insure these hundreds of thousands of new Medicaid enrollees, who will still abuse the emergency rooms. Whether due to an inability to find a doctor to find a doctor willing to taje Medicaid, or more likely, out of ignorance of how to take care of themselves, non-compliance which is very high among the poor, or simple laziness. It is much easier to go to the ER than to actually schedule a doctors appt and make the effort. But, I digress.

The "swap" in enrollees here is the real news that no one seems to be speaking about. The once-insured, the once-responsible, who are literally being frozen out due to the sheer inability to pay these high premiums.

They are also the most sue-able, they have assets, homes and cars to seize. Things to actually lose. Things to have taken from them, in a case of catastrophic illness or accident. The ones that will "deserve" it, when that time comes, because, "they should have had insurance".

No matter that they are funding the coverage for hakf their neighborhood.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: shamus, 11/5/2013 4:25:20 PM     (No. 9600018)

Ferrara is being overly dramatic. It´s certain that individual markets will have a problem with adverse selection which will cause premiums to go way up in 2015. However, very few insurers are involved with the ACA exchanges. Almost all the big insurers have declined to participate, so the need for a bailout seems farfetched. Moreover, the subset of insurers that lose money in 2014 can simply raise prices in 2015 to compensate. Further, the idea that voters will buy into single payer after seeing the giant mess foisted on them by Obama is a nonstarter.

There are many things that can be done to fix the problems created by the ACA, and the worse it gets, the more motivated the politicians will be to act. Obama can veto legislation, but that probably would lead to him being impeached, as the public would be out for blood by that point.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/5/2013 5:23:57 PM     (No. 9600115)

There are calls for repeal. How?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 11/5/2013 6:02:35 PM     (No. 9600181)

#3, you describe the TARP money bailout, of which only half was ever distributed and most of that has already come back with interest. HOWEVER THEN THERE´S THE FED printing of over $3t and growing, and that counts too.

On the other hand, there is nothing grossly wrong with Obamacare once the mandatory stuff is repealed. By my scribbles a "bailout" will "only" be about $10b/year. That´s PEANUTS anymore! Put the money back to Medicare, repeal all the stupid new taxes, and let Bernankebux fill the gap. Sure, ten years ago that would have been an outrage, today it´s Hobson´s Choice with a cherry on it.

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Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:05:02 AM     Post Reply
A painting of President Barack Obama by a shock artist with a rape fetish hung in the White House for at least two years. Artist David Choe, known for his graffiti and shock art, rose to minor fame after drawing the murals in Facebook’s first offices. He hosts a Vice show centered on hitchhiking, has shown Anthony Bourdain around Los Angeles on Bourdain’s CNN show, “Parts Unknown,” and one of his paintings graced the walls of the White House from at least 2008-2010. But Choe also has a rape fetish. On the podcast that he co-hosts with porn star Asa Akira, he

Martinez and the War on GOP Women
Commentary Magazine, by Jonathan S. Tobin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:01:50 AM     Post Reply
One of the Obama administration’s favorite themes is the idea that Republicans have been waging a “war on women.” Though Democrats may overestimate the appeal of this canard, the notion that troglodyte conservatives seek to send American women back to the 19th century has become a form of conventional wisdom, especially in the liberal mainstream media. But though that war is a piece of fakery rooted in the confusion between political liberalism and gender equality, there is little doubt about the reality of another war on women: the one that is being waged by left-wing ideologues against any female Republican

Last of the Mohicans,
First of the Cantabrigians
American Spectator, by Daniel J. Flynn    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 4:56:56 AM     Post Reply
Turning the tables remains the first refuge of liars called on their mendacity. “I was hurt,” Elizabeth Warren relays in her new autobiography, “and I was angry.” The second-year senator speaks of her 2012 political opponent using her claims of Native American ancestry against her during the campaign. Elizabeth Warren could pass for Bull Connor’s sister. She couldn’t pass for Sitting Bull’s second cousin five times removed. So when the 2012 debate descended into genealogists arguing over whether Warren’s great-great-great grandmother was or wasn’t partly Cherokee, the law-professor-turned-candidate winning the question meant that she had already lost it. How would American Indian

The Coming Real Estate Hyperpocalypse:
All YOUR Fault!
National Review Online, by Tim Cavanaugh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 4:52:21 AM     Post Reply
Some good folks are pig-biting mad about my recent article noting that the rate of foreclosures has dropped dramatically as a result of the reinflation of the real estate market.(Snip for tweet)Some of the vituperation is coming from the usual gang of housing justice fairness activists incensed that anybody (let alone a majority of homeowners and experts) would oppose the practice of giving public assistance to people who borrowed money with no intention of paying it back. But a lot of the abuse stems from a sentiment I agree with — that declaring victory on mortgage defaults means you have

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Kim Novak responds to post-
Oscars ridicule: ‘I was bullied.’

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Washington Post, by Soroya Nadia McDonald    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/18/2014 5:02:40 AM     Post Reply
After presenting at the Academy Awards this year, Kim Novak didn’t want to leave her house. The Hitchcock screen siren, 81, was too humiliated to venture from her home near the Rogue River in Oregon. She read the cruel posts and Internet snark about her appearance, and it was just too much. “It got to me like it gets kids and teenagers,” she told the Associated Press. The “Vertigo” actress, considered one of the great beauties in her day, posted a note on her Facebook wall Thursday, acknowledging that she’d gotten fat injections in her face and addressing her halted

White House blames fox for
destroying Michelle’s garden

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Daily Caller, by Vince Coglianese    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:59:04 PM     Post Reply
The White House is going to war with another fox — and this time, it’s personal. The Wall Street Journal reports that a red fox has been causing chaos around the White House, tripping security alarms, digging up Michelle’s garden and distracting the president from his duties. The Secret Service won’t give any details about how often the fox trips the White House’s obviously sophisticated security alarms, but rest assured, officials say, they’re watching. President Obama was apparently “stunned” to see the fox roaming freely down the oft-photographed White House colonnade, home to the world’s shortest, but most dramatic, outdoor strolls. The bushy-tailed visitor

The Folly Of The Bundy Ranch Rebellion
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The Federalist, by Grace Olmstead    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 4:21:46 AM     Post Reply
It’s the stuff of Westerns: a showdown on the desert plains, the big bad government against an underdog farmer. Though the story has only grabbed national headlines in the past several days, rancher Cliven Bundy has illegally grazed cattle on the Nevada land surrounding his farm for over 20 years. He hasn’t paid grazing fees since 1993, and refuses to renew the necessary grazing permit.(Snip)Rather than using the avenues and pathways presented to him, Bundy has staunchly declared his own law and allegiances. Unfortunately, reality doesn’t work this way. If only it did—we could rebel for paying stupid taxes, refuse to

Students Demand Acknowledgement of
Robert E. Lee´s ´Racist and Dishonorable Conduct´

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by AWR Hawkins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 12:35:28 PM     Post Reply
A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee´s "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves ´The Committee,´" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st. They added: "The

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
I began reading the entirety of the first section of the New York Times at nine years old, and continued that practice, more or less, for decades.(snip) ...the power of reverence, intrinsic to what I call the “cascade” of The Times: the near avalanche-like flow and distribution of information through electronic and print networks: through like-minded network newscasts, magazines, local newspaper s, blogs, daytime talk TV, late-night entertainment, statements at media award ceremonies, the celebrity Twitterverse, etc. The cascade rolls through Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, The New Yorker, the mouths of third-grade teachers, Elmo, Madonna and Susan Sarandon …through

In a Hole, Golf Considers
Digging a Wider One

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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
a belief in a better day to come´

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Pelosi assists in Holy Week
foot-washing ritual

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San Francisco Chronicle, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Harlowe- 4/18/2014 11:46:54 AM     Post Reply
To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship." The Democratic leader´s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis´ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week.

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
Angers GOP Colleagues
but Wins Fans Elsewhere

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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Deadbeat on the Range
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New York Times, by Timothy Eagan    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/18/2014 3:52:52 PM     Post Reply
Imagine a vendor on the National Mall, selling burgers and dogs, who hasn’t paid his rent in 20 years. He refuses to recognize his landlord, the National Park Service, as a legitimate authority. Every court has ruled against him, and fines have piled up. What’s more, the effluents from his food cart are having a detrimental effect on the spring grass in the capital. Would an armed posse come to his defense, aiming their guns at the park police? Would the lawbreaker get prime airtime on Fox News, breathless updates in the Drudge Report, a sympathetic ear from Tea Party Republicans?

Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt
Romney for President’ chant again

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/18/2014 7:03:28 PM     Post Reply
Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.” Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only in this

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