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Nobody’s This Stupid and Incompetent
PJ Media, by Tom Blumer

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 12/8/2013 4:44:12 AM

How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 12/8/2013 5:55:33 AM     (No. 9644988)

Oh yes he is and he infests MY White House too!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Poobah, 12/8/2013 6:06:27 AM     (No. 9644994)

This is a wonderful article and should definitely be a must read. But I disagree with the concluding paragraph, which says that incompetence can’t explain ObamaCare’s failures.

I believe that the incompetence of the Obama administration is breathtaking -- that they thought that the job of management does not exist, that complex systems create themselves and plans, schedules, timelines, deadlines, progress reports, and supervision are just words created by the drones who feed off the productive efforts of the workers.

Obama and his crew are learning a lesson, and they will have to live with the consequences of their failure. Unfortunately, so will our nation.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: uno, 12/8/2013 7:10:27 AM     (No. 9645026)

#2 - The Obamboozler and his crew do not learn lessons,
and to quote a famous Marxist: Period!
They hand out "payback". It is intentional. Chaos is the Obamboozler´s stock-in-trade and the hallmark of his administration. You cannot chalk all the "mistakes" after "mistakes" after "mistakes" up to just incompetence. After a while all those "mistakes" take on a very defineable pattern. Remember: Never let a crisis go to waste, and if you don´t have a crisis, make one.
If I wanted America to fail, I wouldn´t change a thing!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: uno, 12/8/2013 7:21:53 AM     (No. 9645033)

OBTW - I believe that he intentionally uses incompetence to further his goals and for plausible deniability.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mws50, 12/8/2013 7:29:20 AM     (No. 9645040)

The article does not go far enough.

The utter stupidity and incompetence surrounding liberals is rampant within the democratic party. The DC journalists are dumber than dirt, so they do not possess the competence to properly report the stupidity and incompetence.

The Utopian fantasies of most liberals provide proof they are stupid and incompetent. It is not just the obama administration.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/8/2013 7:30:17 AM     (No. 9645041)

If evil white racists wanted to create a character who displayed all of the flagrant racial stereotypes, which we have all been assured do not,in fact, exist, it would be this President.

Let me list them.....

No....better not.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/8/2013 7:41:30 AM     (No. 9645052)

When Pelosi said, "You must vote for it to see what is in it", she should have been thrown out of office. Every Comgressman and Senator who voted for the atrocious bill is complicite and should be replaced, ASAP.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FenwayFrank, 12/8/2013 7:45:55 AM     (No. 9645056)

Chris Mathews is stupid and incompetent, mental illness(es) notwithstanding. See other Must Read.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 12/8/2013 7:53:14 AM     (No. 9645064)

Imagine what would ensue at any well run Fortune 100 business if they took a mid level affirmative action hire out of the human resources or government relations departments and placed him or her as chairman/CEO.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ruready?, 12/8/2013 8:06:17 AM     (No. 9645074)

Liberals do not correlate hard work and diligence with success. They think you "win life´s lottery."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 12/8/2013 8:09:03 AM     (No. 9645077)

It´s that elitist mentality. Because they believe it to be so, it must be so. Pathetic really.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 12/8/2013 8:14:20 AM     (No. 9645084)

I believe it is a combination of intent and stupidity. The chaos was planed, but it wasn´t supposed to be like this. It spun out of control because, contrary to their self-applied label, they are not the best and the brightest. They are a bunch of mediocrities messing with things they really know nothing about, with predictable results.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: The Advocate, 12/8/2013 8:23:12 AM     (No. 9645096)

FTA " Considering that the people involved are supposedly our best and brightest — as they and their media lapdogs constantly remind us — is it really possible that utter stupidity and incompetence fully explain what has transpired? I think not. Until someone can prove otherwise, the default position has to be that chaos is what they want, and that they will continue to work to deepen it."
EViL.
Sheer Evil- control, redistribution of Wealth by any means all administered by communist thugs.
All Dems who voted for this Obamanation should be hounded from office for perpetrating a fraud upon the American People.
REPEAL - the Republicans cannot negotiate with the real enemy within.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 12/8/2013 8:34:22 AM     (No. 9645110)

I see someone has swallowed the liberal propaganda about health care being better in countries with socialized medicine.

The numbers often aren´t comparable. For example a key stat that is often used- infant mortality- utterly fails to take into account the aggressive treatment in the US which treats every situation in which there is a fetal heartbeat as a live birth even when it is impossible for the baby to survive because it is way too premature.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: lil dotty, 12/8/2013 8:43:44 AM     (No. 9645129)

The words of a real live health care GIVER when asked about obombacare....
´It wasn´t supposed to be like this´


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Reply 16 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/8/2013 8:48:13 AM     (No. 9645136)

Its a combination of enemy action and rank incompetence. Like Nagumo screwing up the Pearl Harbor raid and bombing schools and hospitals instead. People are dead but hopefully the battleships are safe!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: nightvision, 12/8/2013 9:01:35 AM     (No. 9645155)

"Health plans will estimate how much they are owed, and submit that estimate to the government. Once the system is built, the government and insurers can reconcile the payments made with the plan data to “true up” payments …"

Gee...I´m thinking of buying some books at Amazon for Christmas presents.
I think I´ll "estimate" how much they´ll cost, and we can "true up" the details later.
Think they´ll go for it?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 12/8/2013 9:02:30 AM     (No. 9645156)

Obambicare, FascistCare, Unaffordable Care Act is performing exactly as predicted. It is everything we have come to expect from years of the goobernment´s ´best and brightest´ trying to run something. Imagine how screwed ju this would be if Obambi hadn´t put his ´best and brightest´ on the job but instead put the average goobernment smoe on the job!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: TigerLilly, 12/8/2013 9:03:19 AM     (No. 9645157)

Should have only cost $10 million? Yep, money laundering. But who got the money? The company and ValJar´s kids, Michelle´s best friend, the Dems or did it go into Obama´s stash? Just like the stimulus money, where did the money go? Maybe they are using it to pump up the stock market. So many places to spread the wealth.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/8/2013 9:06:14 AM     (No. 9645161)

Hitler thought he was a general and he even played one and we know how that turned out.
Aggression never ends well.
Obama and his entire cabal of communist misfits are clueless to the point of dangerous but does he care?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: alpha91c, 12/8/2013 9:07:45 AM     (No. 9645163)

I blame it on pure purposeful evil intent.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 12/8/2013 9:14:38 AM     (No. 9645174)

Better healthcare in other countries is a subterfuge. First the vast majority of techniques, medicines, machines come from right here in the US.

The life expectancy in the US is less than 4 years off at 79 years from the highest, Japan at 83 years. But the US male LE is 76 compared to Japan male LE at 77.

Also, many of these stats include abortions in the US. There is no country that even comes close to the quality of life of our aging citizens. Also, what is never discussed is that Japan has a very high incidence of very young men dying because of the tremendous stress their lifestyles press down on them. That overall LE is elevated due to the huge populations living in rural areas who merely subsist and accept their plight. Here, we all strive to better ourselves which elevates the stress.

Compare city to city and the contrast in quality of life is exposed.

People from countries where socialized medicine is the system, still flood to the US not Cuba or Britain or Germany for sophisticated healthcare. Hmmmmmm!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: nekochan, 12/8/2013 9:33:49 AM     (No. 9645211)

Why should gov´t run obamacare work any better than the gov´t run airport regulation systems? They will both be having people sleeping in hallways wondering if they will ever see sunlight again.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: cgood, 12/8/2013 9:43:19 AM     (No. 9645227)

It is inconceivable to most Americans that our own president would seek to destroy our country. The sooner we open our eyes and accept the truth before us, the sooner we can begin to remedy the situation before it is too late. Obama and his co-conspirators are following their plan to throw this country into economic ruin and chaos. The Obamacare debacle is intentional and cannot be attributed to stupidity. The more unrest and dissatisfaction with the government they stir up, the closer they are to employing their armed-to-the-teeth civilian defense force against the people. We need to stop making excuses and start sounding the alarm more loudly and more desperately than ever before.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: peterfleming, 12/8/2013 10:17:41 AM     (No. 9645280)

Tom Blumer writes a valuable Bill of Particulars, lays it all out, concludes with a classic line that it´s all about
carefully planned chaos. Create an unsolvable crisis, then jump to total communist monopoly that everybody is in a slave medicine control of the lowly peasants. Is that clear enough? Crooked Congress could care less.
The Diane Sawyer indoctrinator TV news actors are paid millions to say yes to every abomination against the people.
The good news is the New Media is speaking out, not loudly enough, and two electeds are speaking up, but they are keeping their cool and NOT SCREAMING loudly like their lives depended on it, exactly the way www.drinkingwithbob.com shouts out every day.
Ted and Rand need to join together and start screaming.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Bohallx, 12/8/2013 10:33:56 AM     (No. 9645300)

#11 ~ doing a simple division of the population between "white" and "black" (leaving all the others out of here for a moment, it´s simple to demonstrate that America´s "white" population has outcomes as good as or better than those of the "white population" in Europe, Canada or Australia/New Zeland.

It´s also VERY easy to demonstrate that America´s "black" population has outcomes that are INCREDIBLY SUPERIOR to those of identifiable "black populations" anywhere else on Earth!

Now, "the others", given the same diet Japanese die off just as fast in Japan or anywhere else. The longest lived people on the planet are actually from El Salvador, but they live in the United States. The DNA studies have shown that population to be pretty much the same as the Japanese population (tsunamies, man ride the tsunamies)

The propaganda in the story isn´t a criticism of American medicine, it´s the implicit argument that outside of life threatening situations medicine has any impact on general trends in population mortality rates.

They ~ meaning people like Ezekial Emanuel and his crowd of crazoids ~ want you to think that PREVENTATIVE CARE EXISTS AND WORKS.

As has been pointed out to you and others many times over the shorter aggregate lifespan of black people is due to a higher death rate in youth. That´s because.......................

Well, it´s not ´cause white people are killing them. Not even because of bullets, or other accidents. It´s diet and smoking and alcohol and drug use.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Arby, 12/8/2013 10:44:07 AM     (No. 9645315)

The only individuals who are more stupid than Fauxbama and his people are those who voted for him. I was trapped among a group of them recently and they are in complete denial. They make excuses, they claim that ´all politicians do that´ etc. etc. The one thing they won´t do is face reality. Instead they fall at the feet of their false idol, refusing to admit that they made a hideous mistake.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: shrugger, 12/8/2013 10:44:42 AM     (No. 9645318)

Pooo...
But you would have to admit that if utter destruction is your aim....
It´s an enormous success.
Hurt´s to think so....Yes?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 12/8/2013 10:51:48 AM     (No. 9645327)

Just remember there are people getting rich off of obamacare at everyone else expense. Alot of politicians got their hands greased over this. Some of the insurance companies are going to come out as winners in this by maintaining obamacare for the government. The lefty elite worldwide have likely invested in those companies and ruin America at the same time. There are probably some other ´winners´ too. The pharmaceuticals? It is not stupidity and incompetence. It is corruption.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: strike3, 12/8/2013 11:26:03 AM     (No. 9645368)

I´ll give it a try, #6, only because I know how to hide from the drones:

Egotism, arrogance, stupidity, greed, condescending attitude, hatred for whitey based on jealousy and territoriality, sense of entitlement, immorality, need for attention (flashy embellishments, huge vehicles), fixation on useless activities and sports, laziness, denial of responsibility, prone to theft and violence, racist.

These traits don´t apply to all of course, I work and socialize with some very fine black people, but prison statistics, welfare statistics, child support statistics and employment statistics don´t lie (too much).


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Reply 31 - Posted by: nevernaught, 12/8/2013 11:34:13 AM     (No. 9645381)

There´s an article out today that Dirty Harry´s insurance went up #4500 a year. If he had read the empty folder before he voted for the invisible bill, this might have been avoided. NOT!.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Avogadra, 12/8/2013 1:42:42 PM     (No. 9645528)

Sorry, Tom Blumer, but I think they really are this stupid and incompetent. When confronted with a problem, all they can do is spin, speechify and take revenge on their enemies.

They don´t anticipate problems and they don´t know how to fix problems once they have become apparent. That´s not to say they aren´t dangerous adversaries, but smart and competent? Um, no.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: walcb, 12/8/2013 1:49:11 PM     (No. 9645531)

The problems with the website is the least of the problems--that can be fixed and will. The problem is that people are not going to train to be doctors when they can make more training to be plumbers. Govt will not pay the bills to Obamacare just like they don´t pay bills to Medicare. My primary care and dentist have already gotten out of the business within the last 6 months--they have had enough, can make money elsewhere without the headaches. The other problem is the cost--the working class cannot afford to support all of those who will not pay in.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Flyball Dogs, 12/8/2013 2:08:38 PM     (No. 9645548)

With all due respect: It´s never been about "health care" ( or even "health coverage."). It has ALWAYS been about control. Period.

And they are not stupid and/or incompetent, because those adjectives describe someone(s) who couldn´t get it right. The only thing they may be incompetent about is the utter destruction of the website. If they were not so greedy to get their grubby paws on all of our information so quickly and had spent a skosh more time, they could have had a completely good website without all of the problems and people would be signing in, signing on, and readily giving all of the information the communists want in one quick and easy database.

But incompetent and stupid? I don´t think so.


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Reply 35 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/8/2013 2:31:38 PM     (No. 9645570)

Western European healthcare superior???

While living in Brussels I had a bicycle accident and had to go to the ER to get stitched up. The hospital was dingy and archaic. The doctor who sewed me up told me to come back and have the stitches removed in TWO DAYS. Two days? Any injury requiring stitches is not going to heal that fast and I knew it. I waited 10 days and then asked a friend who was a nurse to take them out.

A few months later I needed to have some minor surgery and I flew back to the US to get it done. Now way was I going to have it done in the wonderful Western European health care system.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Caveman, 12/8/2013 3:14:43 PM     (No. 9645607)

"Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men."

Robert Heinlein - Assignment in Eternity (1953)


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Reply 37 - Posted by: bmw50, 12/8/2013 4:41:30 PM     (No. 9645674)

People like Obama are notorious for forcing their ideology on others without knowing the consequences. Because they only know how to delegate (let others do the detail work) they have no clue if what they want done, can be. The devil is in the details but they know nothing about details because they have never actually done anything themselves. That gives them the necessary excuse to blame others when what they want done can´t be.
Their goals are idealistic not based on truth or facts. They truly are incompetent but are able to hide behind the failures of others. Obama and those like him are evil failures!

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Rafter, 12/8/2013 5:08:17 PM     (No. 9645698)

It is clever of O-Bomber to use incompetence as an excuse or explanation
for his destruction of America, its economy and its people.

This can and does work to advantage in the real world...

For example, from a true story...
Someone arrives, shoots and kills another person...
Then, if apprehended, says...
"I didn´t mean to kill him. I was trying to kill someone else. I shot the wrong guy. Call it mistaken identity."

And the result?
Instead of Murder One (first degree)...
It´s involuntary manslaughter...
or at worst voluntary manslaughter...
Five years sentence at worst.
(After all... it was unintentional...)

See?
Incompetence is a real killer.
It´s worked for others.
Now it´s working for POS POTUS.



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Reply 39 - Posted by: EnsignOToole, 12/8/2013 5:29:24 PM     (No. 9645726)

FTA:...is it really possible that utter stupidity and incompetence fully explain what has transpired? I think not. Until someone can prove otherwise, the default position has to be that chaos is what they want, and that they will continue to work to deepen it.

I think many Americans by now see that the "incompetence" is by design. My concern beyond the coming tragedy is where are the safeguards provided by the Constitution? The Supreme Court and Congress are the checks and balances to the overreach of the Executive Branch. They have obviously abdicated their role. One can only assume that by their silence and inaction that they either agree with the overreach or that they are fearful for their careers or the security of them and their families.

If the regime has used scare tactics or even a form of blackmail, one would think someone would step forth. Whoever steps forth will be hailed as a hero when this battle is over. Where is our Nathan Hale? All I see is nothing but a bunch of Benedict Arnolds.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: P51DMustang, 12/8/2013 5:55:37 PM     (No. 9645746)

There comes a time when nothing more can be written about Obama which is news worthy.

We have reached that time. The best or the worst that can be said is

"Obama is a Pathological Liar,

He is a danger to himself and the American People,

For his good and the good of the nation, he needs to be placed under psychiatric care;

and he must be persuaded to resign."

These observations are neither racist, political motivated, or full of malfeasant, he is just a very sick man who needs the help of both parties to get treatment.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: mulhaven, 12/8/2013 5:58:32 PM     (No. 9645748)

Socialism is a religion supported by myths. An intelligent person deals in reality and not myth. For socialists to support their beliefs they ultimately indulge in abhorrent activities like the gulag, concentration camps and death squads. These are not the actions of intelligent people but of ruthless, depraved and detached-from-reality cyphers.

They sell a social myth based upon Charles Dickens imagery and an economic myth portraying business people as top-hatted plutocrats. This childishness needs to be countered by responsible adults.

The "best and brightest" is a laugh. Obama speeches have been shallow, trite and pretentious. They are sophomoric at best. There is no intelligence amongst the politicos and bureaucrats in corrupt Washington.

Chaos leads to destruction. Creating chaos to engender fear is not a winning strategy. The socialists have a low opinion of the intelligence of man and a mythical opinion of themselves. The chaos they create will bring their own destruction and the DNC media cannot stop it.


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Reply 42 - Posted by: NotaBene, 12/8/2013 7:40:50 PM     (No. 9645811)

What Obama and the Demo-progressives want is to give free stuff to the non-working classes in anxious expectation of 30 million amnestyized illegal alien new voters.

What I learned from the article is tha Illegal Aliens collect 4,500,000,000 in child care credits and the IRS allows that. This is how our commie compatriots win elections.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/8/2013 11:15:04 PM     (No. 9645930)

Anyone who read "The Best and the Brightest" knows that the phrase is not a compliment.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: fayebeck, 12/9/2013 11:19:52 AM     (No. 9646499)

If it were stupidity and incompetence there would occasionally be a mistake in America´s favor.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: web, 12/9/2013 1:54:17 PM     (No. 9646800)

Yes, they are. Everywhere Dims are in charge, the stupidity and incompetence are on full display. Detroit is a good example. That´s why they always going on about racism, gay rights, etc... to distract us with shiny objects so that we won´t look at their criminality, corruption, fraud, cronyism, etc.
I work for local government, and management are all Dim hacks. They´ve busted the budget through their incompetence, yet manage to find enough to give themselves raises, while using every dirty trick in the book to keep our pay low. The public was starting to wake up to their criminality, so Gay Marriage suddenly became the big issue of the day. The Dim party is just a big criminal enterprise. They create crisis, so that they can then "solve" it.

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A story is told about Robert L. Bartley, late editor of the Wall Street Journal, and his penchant for long silences. He is supposed to have once taken a job applicant to lunch at which, though the two shared a meal, neither spoke a syllable. That is no doubt apocryphal; the job applicant probably said something. George Washington had a taciturn streak, as did President Coolidge, known as “Silent Cal.” (Snip)But rarely does anyone get as upset about it as Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker appears to be in respect of Clarence Thomas. Toobin came unglued at the disinclination of

Who’s a ‘Right-Wing Extremist’?
National Review Online, by Kevin D. Williamson    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/17/2014 5:17:48 AM     Post Reply
Let’s say you got into politics running for office as a Democrat. You hate Rupert Murdoch and Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, and you really, really hate Bill Kristol. You despise bankers and got set up in activism by a group working on behalf of “the working class” and complaining: “Every day the rich tighten the chains . . . . They close the factories, the mills, the mines, and ship our jobs overseas.” You’re part of a group that endorses the Mearsheimer-Walt view that Israeli interests hold American foreign policy captive – a group that also wholeheartedly

The U.S. must stand behind
its security obligations
Washington Post, by Michael Chertoff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/17/2014 5:09:09 AM     Post Reply
On the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, Gen. James Mattis admonished the 1st Marine Division to “[d]emonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.’” That motto could serve as a guiding principle for sound national security policy. Regrettably, our allies wonder whether the United States is demonstrating the reverse. Since leaving as secretary of homeland security in January 2009, I have talked with officials from friendly nations in Asia and the Middle East. Increasingly, I hear skepticism about whether the United States remains a reliable ally our friends can trust for support against attacks.

Texas Twins Campaign, but
They Aren’t Sure for What
New York Times, by Jason Horowitz    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/17/2014 4:58:03 AM     Post Reply
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. — Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio faced off in a televised debate on Tuesday against a Republican candidate for Texas lieutenant governor, even though Mr. Castro, officially anyway, is not running for anything at all. “Sometimes I get impatient,” Mr. Castro said on a recent afternoon here. “And I figure I have nothing else going on, so I might as well.” The mayor was joking, up to a point. Ever since he became the first Latino to give a Democratic National Convention keynote address in 2012, he and his identical twin brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, the Texas Democrat

Bureau secrets: ‘Censusgate’
e-mails fail the smell test
New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/17/2014 4:42:22 AM     Post Reply
What is the Census Bureau hiding? Census, which is under investigation by several government agencies and by Congress, is refusing to turn over an estimated 1,900 e-mails and text messages between a regional supervisor in its Philadelphia office, where falsification of unemployment data took place, and a colleague in its Chicago region, who a source has identified as the supervisor’s mentor and confidant. On March 5, under the Federal Freedom of Information Act, I requested all e-mails between Fernando Armstrong, the regional director of the Philadelphia office, and Stanley Moore, Chicago’s regional director, from 2010 until my filing date.

Robber Who Was Homesick
For Prison To Be Sentenced
Associated Press, by Michael Tarm    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/17/2014 4:39:08 AM     Post Reply
CHICAGO -- Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it´s not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison. The 74-year-old high-school dropout and part-time bathtub repairman probably isn´t the first long-term convict to find he prefers being barked at by guards to life on the outside, which has its own demands. But living alone and feeling unhappy, Unbehaun decided to change his situation by committing a crime in order to get caught. On Feb.

This reader mocked Heartbleed, posted his
passwords online. Guess what happened next.
Washington Post, by Brian Fung    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/16/2014 3:16:06 PM     Post Reply
Here´s a lesson in online security: Passwords are important. They keep your information safe. Crucially, they also prevent other people from impersonating you. Unfortunately, one of The Switch´s readers learned that the hard way. On a story explaining how the Heartbleed bug could slow down the Internet, a commenter scoffed at the "Heartbleed thingamajig," arguing that the Internet´s handwringing over security was mostly overwrought: I couldn´t give a flying fig about the Heartbleed thingamajig. Two years already the thing has been running loose ... and not a word of someone crying over its damage. Say ... does anyone really know its origin?

The Doctor Won’t See You Now
City Journal, by Joel Zinberg    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/16/2014 9:46:06 AM     Post Reply
Proponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insist that the law will extend health insurance to millions, expand access to health care, and improve Americans’ overall health. But, as the New York Times recently reported, at least 20 percent of the new enrollees have not paid their premiums. They therefore do not really have insurance. But even for those enrollees paying premiums, having health insurance is not the same thing as getting good health care, or any health care. In fact, it doesn’t matter how many Americans obtain insurance under the ACA. Most will have difficulty finding a physician. Many Americans



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Has Rush Limbaugh Finally
Reached the End Of The Road?

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Forbes Magazine, by Rick Ungar    Original Article
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Like him or hate him, there is no disputing that Rush Limbaugh’s very special brand of mixing right-wing politics with his flare for entertainment has produced one of the most successful radio programs in the medium’s long history. Whatever the burning political question of the day, millions of Americans have relished the opportunity to tune into Rush’s program, knowing that he would quickly take that hot potato, throw a few gallons of verbal kerosene into the mix and elevate the matter into a five alarm fire with a just a few well-chosen words spoken in the style only Rush Limbaugh could

Biden Tells Boston Bombing
Survivors, ´It Was Worth It´ (Video)

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Breitbart´s Instablog, by Debra Heine    Original Article
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Less than a minute into his speech at the Boston marathon bombing memorial on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden went tragically off script and told the crowd of Boston bombing survivors that "it was worth it." After expressing how impressed he was with the tribute, he said somberly, "let me say to those ´quote survivors,´ my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You´re truly, truly inspiring." The audience sat in stunned silence until Biden declared, "I´ve never heard anything so beautiful than

Casual marijuana use linked with
brain abnormalities, study finds

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Fox News, by Loren Grush    Original Article
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Casual marijuana use may come with some not-so-casual side effects. For the first time ever, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures. The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development. Dr. Hans Breiter, co-senior study author, said he was inspired to look at the effects of casual

Which Actor Portrays The
Best James Bond?

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American Spectator, by Jonah Goldberg and Taki Theodoracopulos    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 4/16/2014 11:20:22 AM     Post Reply
Look, everyone loves Sean Connery, particularly Sean Connery. That’s why he plays Sean Connery in every movie he’s in. People love that Scottish brogue so much, they don’t mind that he has it when he plays Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez, an immortal Spaniard in Highlander. The guy even won an Oscar for playing an Irish cop with a Scottish accent. Talk about sexist double standards: Meryl Streep has to master foreign dialects to get her golden statuettes. Connery just has to show up on time. In economics you devalue a currency by printing too much of it. In film you

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
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Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
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Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Progressive Insurance
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National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
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With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
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FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Elizabeth Warren whines about coverage
of her fraudulent Indian claim

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Daily Caller, by Patrick Howley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 9:54:52 PM     Post Reply
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively


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