I have no idea why the people in this country aren’t in full-on revolt against the New Left Democrats and the road they are taking us down. It will not be long before doctors are told they must become indentured servants to the state if they wish to practice; profit motive will be finally and fully demonized; and we’ll be corralled like livestock into permanent government dependency pens.
I’m sick to my stomach.
The US, it turns out, lost the Cold War. Except that it also won the Cold War — if you consider that the faction of socialists, Marxists, and liberal fascists who exist inside the US as US citizens are the Cold War’s victors ultimate victors. Look at our regulatory system. Look at our media. Look at our schools. Look at the cavalier disregard for a stable rule of law and the easy dismissal of our Constitution.
We have the power to stop these largely paper tigers — whose power is derived by our refusal to deny it to them — but we are widely distributed, largely unorganized, and undercut by many of those supposedly on “our” side, who have learned to live like barnacles on the state and make their living, perversely, pretending always to fight against what they surreptitiously work to maintain.
Something has to give. And right now, it’s my spirits.
Why didn’t anyone see this coming?
Gun rights advocates around the country need to be on the lookout for an insidious new tactic being launched by Mike Bloomberg and his mercenary minions. The strategy: use the wide acceptance of the idea that the mentally ill should not have access to firearms, as a front for prohibiting a broad array of “normal” people from possessing guns or ammunition. As with most things, the devil is in the details. What is mental illness? Who is mentally ill? How mentally ill must one be to warrant revocation of a fundamental human right? Who makes that determination? Who is “normal,” and how “normal” do they have to be to own guns? Recently . . .
One of Bloomberg’s pet politicians, Ralph Northam, whom Bloomberg spent over a million dollars to get elected as Lt. Governor of Virginia, spelled out the plan during a “gun violence” symposium. The event turned out to be a gun control meeting discussing a strategy of trickery and deception to get firearm restrictions passed through legislatures by hiding it in bills dealing with mental health.
My friend Philip Van Cleave, the President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, was at the meeting and reported that Northam was very candid about the plan and the sneak attack strategies for bypassing committees and public comment, and preventing rights groups from being able to mount opposition until it’s too late. He particularly lauded the Connecticut and New York models where both states used “emergency” legislation to pass draconian bills with no hearings, no committee votes, and no public input. He also discussed strategies to gain support from rights leaders by quietly negotiating deals to keep a bill “clean” and leave out overt anti-rights provisions, while concealing the provisions that seriously threaten rights.
It isn’t often that we hear anti-rights extremists openly admitting their true strategies and objectives. Someone has probably since suggested to Mr. Northam that the first rule in executing an effective, secret plan might be to not announce the details of the plan in advance.
All of which sounds bad, but in reality is nothing more than mere fear mongering by gunfetishists on the right. Because nobody wants to take away your guns. Politicians have stood up and told us this time and time and time again.
And politicians never ever lie.
Stop it with the breathless hyperbole and trust in the virtue of your dear leaders, for Chrissakes. What are you, anti-patriotic? Paranoid? Because if it’s the latter, they have cures for that now, powerful drugs, therapy…and you can get the help you need, comrade.
(h/t geoff B)
So notes David Freddoso, citing decreasing confidence in and/or favorability for the law among many Democrats.
Fortunately, what’s really happening is that many Democrats are learning that they were never part of Obama’s base — that their rote determination or their habitual and perfunctory inclination to always vote Democrat has led them to empower those among the New Left, once vehement critics of the Democrat Party, who have taken the party over, keeping its name but not its governing philosophy.
That is, they are waking up — and upon doing so, they realize that all the noise they’ve been picking up about the evils of conservatives and teabaggers may just have been a tad misleading, and that they have themselves, through their own intellectual indolence and an incurious complacency, proved the cause of their own current suffering.
Elections have consequences. I know this, because I heard a dem-God say it. Then he went out and became his very own performative.
The threat that Obamacare could end up shutting down volunteer firehouses, the site not working again, the administrators demanding bonuses and raises . . . rough end of the week for Obamacare. But things had to get better this weekend, right?
Behold, members of Congress and their staff, unable to purchase insurance through the exchanges. I’ll give you a moment to stop laughing at the hardships of other people.
Congress itself is now having so much trouble signing up for the Obamacare exchanges that late Friday the top administrator in the House of Representatives laid out a backup plan in case lawmakers and staff can’t get through the process by the time their enrollment ends Monday.
The red flags started reaching critical mass Thursday and Friday, when some staff and members of Congress told House administrators they were having trouble enrolling through the Washington health exchange, known as DC Health Link. The D.C. exchange is the official signup portal for Congress, where members must go to get health care through their job.
Then the state of California decided that they could do whatever they wanted with the personal information that insurance shoppers typed into the site:
Raising concerns about consumer privacy, California’s health exchange has given insurance agents the names and contact information for tens of thousands of people who went online to check out coverage but didn’t ask to be contacted.
The Covered California exchange said it started handing out this consumer information this week as part of a pilot program to help people enroll ahead of a Dec. 23 deadline to have health insurance in place by Jan. 1.
State officials said they are only trying to help potential customers find insurance and sign up in time. But some insurance brokers and consumers who were contacted said they were astonished by the state’s move.
“I’m shocked and dumbfounded,” said Sam Smith, an Encino insurance broker and president of the California Assn. of Health Underwriters, an industry group.
Smith said he was under the impression from the exchange that these consumers had requested assistance. He received the names of two consumers this week but has not yet contacted them.
And they wonder why people don’t trust the government!
Then we learned the implementation in Maryland was even worse than anyone imagined:
Although state officials have provided the public scant detail about the troubled launch of Maryland’s version of Obamacare, emails and documents show that the project was beset behind the scenes for months by an array of technical issues, warring contractors and other problems.
Since Maryland’s online health exchange opened Oct. 1 for people to buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act — and immediately crashed — the two main companies in charge of the website have taken their fight to court, a corporate project manager was replaced and a high-powered consulting firm was quietly brought in to restore order. Though state officials initially said the crash of the online exchange was an unexpected and fixable problem, emails and documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun through state open-records laws outline serious issues before and after the launch.
The revelations came just days before Rebecca Pearce, the head of the exchange, resigned. State officials announced that move Friday night and pulled Carolyn Quattrocki from the governor’s health reform office to serve as an interim replacement.
Just two weeks before the launch, Pearce visited the prime contractor’s Linthicum headquarters and found a room of empty seats. She fired off an email questioning the company’s commitment to resolve problems and reminding the contractors of what was at stake: “Tonight, I am begging. I don’t know how else to say it: we have got to make this a reality.”
Finally, remember all of those administration officials telling the public to use paper applications if the website wasn’t working? Well, now they’re not so sure there’s time to process all of those:
Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.
Interviews with enrollment counselors, insurance brokers and a government official who works with navigators in Illinois reveal the latest change in direction by the Obama administration, which had been encouraging paper applications and other means because of all the problems with the federal website. Consumers must sign up for insurance under the federal health overhaul by Dec. 23 in order for coverage to start in January.
“We received guidance from the feds recommending that folks apply online as opposed to paper,” said Mike Claffey, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Insurance.
After a conference call earlier this week with federal health officials, Illinois health officials sent a memo Thursday to their roughly 1,600 navigators saying there is no way to complete marketplace enrollment through a paper application. The memo, which Claffey said was based on guidance from federal officials, said paper applications should be used only if other means aren’t available.
So yeah, it was as bad a weekend for Washington-run health care as it was for the Washington Redskins.
At this point, I’m surprised ObamaCare doesn’t just tell all the politicians and bureaucrats to sod off and repeal itself — if for no other reason than to save itself from such daily embarrassments. I mean, the poor thing didn’t ask for any of this while it was sitting in some leftist’s hope chest, waiting to be dusted off and passed by a single party so that we could all get to see what’s in it.
Honestly. This is becoming like the worst episode of “Storage Wars” ever.
Courtesy RI Red, “Federal glitches ‘devastating’ for HealthSource RI”:
The Obama administration’s botched launch of the health law’s online marketplaces has created problems for Rhode Island even though the state’s own locally built system has been working well, HealthSource RI executive director Christine Ferguson acknowledged Thursday.
“For us what happened at the federal level has been somewhat devastating,” Ferguson said during a taping of myRITV’s Executive Suite. “If you think about marketing – anytime you have to do marketing or sales, if you’ve got some huge thing that’s affecting your ability to get your message out, it seriously dampens your ability to do it.”
“Initially … I downplayed it,” Ferguson said of the impact. “But at this point it’s affecting us.”
But don’t fret. Ferguson is optimistic nevertheless:
HealthSource RI processed 4,405 completed applications for insurance between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2, with 3,213 of those enrolling in Medicaid, the government program for lower-income Americans, and 1,192 enrolling in private plans. More up-to-date enrollment data won’t be released until next week, but Ferguson said the trend is up.
“It’s increasing on a weekly, daily basis,” she said. “Given all the stuff that’s happening on the federal level, it is still encouraging because we are moving in the right direction – not as fast as I would like, but I’m competitive anyway; it’s never going to be fast enough for me.”
Individuals have until Dec. 23 to sign up for insurance coverage and have it take effect at the start of the year. Open enrollment for partial-year coverage is scheduled to continue through March 31, “but at this rate it wouldn’t surprise me if the federal government changed that, too,” Ferguson said.
HealthSource RI is seeking an annual administrative budget of $17 million to $20 million, according to Ferguson – not the widely cited figure of nearly $26 million contained in state budget documents for 2014-15. She said the higher figure includes one-time federal money that won’t be used again.
A budget of $17 million to $20 million is “a number that we’ve put out as a possible range, but the legislature has to act, the governor still hasn’t made a decision, so we’re in the process of working those things through,” Ferguson said. No decision has been made about how to pay for HealthSource’s annual budget once federal money runs out in 2015.
Who needs decisions? What you have going for you is leftist economics: just pretend you have the money, spend it, and accrue debt that you have no intention of ever having to pay back, and that will somehow magically resolve itself because, well, SOCIAL JUSTICE.
So long as a big budget is allotted for administration and government service work, that’s all that really matters. That people will be receiving inferior health care at higher rates and less choice? That’s the price we have to be willing to pay for equality. And many politicians who don’t have to worry about participating in the flawed system are willing to pay that price for us.
God bless ‘em.
Silly Hobbit. Doesn’t he understand that words like “unconstitutionality” cause people’s eyes to glaze over? Is that really how the GOP wants to be seen as a brand — as people bogged down in questions of doctrinal minutia when, say, telling off a teacher and posting it to YouTube is so much more exciting and salable? Washington Examiner:
By implementing Obamacare through “unilateral executive fiat,” President Obama undermined the Constitution’s separation of powers in a way that “threatens the liberty of every American,” according to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
“There is no clearer example of the Obama administration’s abusive view of federal power than its implementation of Obamacare,” Cruz said in a summary of “the Obama administration’s attempt to expand federal power.” This is the second installation in a series on “the legal limit” of Obama’s authority.
Cruz focuses on the president’s delay of certain Obamacare provisions, beginning with the delays of the health insurance requirements, the employer mandate, and the delay of the out of pocket caps that limit the amount of money consumers have to spend on their own care.
“Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution requires the President to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’” Cruz says in the report while discussing the delay of the insurance requirements. “Categorically refusing to enforce laws is the opposite of fulfilling this constitutional duty. Yet that is precisely what President Obama has done with Obamacare.”
Cruz explains the legal problem with congressional staffers receiving a subsidy for the individual health insurance plans they must purchase through the exchanges: Federal law only allows the subsidies to go to people with group insurance plans.
“So just like average Americans, these individual congressional staffers will have to purchase a plan for themselves,” the report says. “This is not a ‘group’ insurance plan covering a number of different people. This is an individual plan. So the government lacks authority to subsidize the plans that official congressional staff buy through the Obamacare exchanges. But the president did so anyway.”
He also takes aim at the contraception mandate promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Importantly, the issue is not whether individual citizens will have access to contraceptives,” Cruz writes. “There is no doubt that every American will retain the right to purchase contraceptives, and Obamacare does nothing to change that. Rather, the issue is whether the federal government can force other Americans to pay for those contraceptives—contrary to their deeply held religious faith.”
“To preserve the rule of law, we must restore the balance of power that ensures our laws are executed as written,” Cruz concludes. “We are a nation of laws, not men, and the Obama administration’s willful disregard of the Constitution threatens the liberty of every American.”
Wait, first the Constitutional issue, now you want to talk about executing laws as they were ostensibly intended — as in, you want to talk about the importance of appealing to legislative intent when speaking of overreach by an executive or even the courts?
Sorry. Now you’ve really lost the pragmatists. You may as well just put on some whale noises and give them an electric blanket, some warm milk, and a nap pod.
Wake the realists up when you have some idea about how better to sell the GOP to Hispanics, Senator. Aside from your partial Hispanic heritage, I mean. Because until then, you’re a hindrance to the brand, not a help. Unless you can rap, or maybe like to have Sarah Silverman over for movie night.
As outrageous as this is, I no longer believe it is just stupidity.
The incident took place the week of October 14th, when fifth grader Johnny Jones asked his teacher for a pencil during class. Jones walked to the front of the classroom to retrieve the pencil, and during his walk back to his seat, a classmate and friend of Johnny’s held his folder like an imaginary gun and “shot” at Johnny. Johnny playfully used his hands to draw the bowstrings on a completely imaginary “bow” and “shot” an arrow back. Seeing this, another girl in the class reported to the teacher that the boys were shooting at each other. The teacher took both Johnny and the other boy into the hall and lectured them about disruption. The teacher then contacted Johnny’s mother, Beverly Jones, alerting her to the “seriousness” of the violation because the children were using “firearms” in their horseplay, and informing her that the matter had been referred to the Principal. Principal John Horton contacted Ms. Jones soon thereafter in order to inform her that Johnny’s behavior was a serious offense that could result in expulsion under the school’s weapons policy. Horton characterized Johnny’s transgression as “making a threat” to another student using a “replica or representation of a firearm” through the use of an imaginary bow and arrow.
This is about aggressively stomping out typical and normal boy behavior. Or any independent, imaginative behavior that doesn’t conform to the “we all belong to government” hive-mind.
Do you think for one moment that the little girl didn’t get the message that she is rewarded for tattling to The Authority?
h/t William Jacobson
This is the logo for NSA’s latest spy satellite launch …
Ready for launch? An Atlas 5 will blast off at just past 11PM, PST carrying an classified NRO payload (also cubesats) pic.twitter.com/ll7s0nCOPg
— Office of the DNI (@ODNIgov) December 5, 2013
“Ready for launch? An Atlas 5 will blast off at just past 11PM, PST carrying an classified NRO payload (also cubesats),” tweeted the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, including a pic of the logo for the satellite: a cartoon octopus wrapping its arms around the world, emblazoned, “Nothing is beyond our reach.” It’s maybe a little bit tone-deaf given the current controversy about just how much is within the reach of the NSA and other intel agencies. Or maybe it’s an attempt to embrace its new image.
In light of the fact that the Obama administration is on a full-court press to ‘manage’ everyone’s life (for our own good of course), what has the NSA to fear? They are just fulfilling King Barry’s mission statement.
h/t Glenn Reynolds
Obama makes it about him
On Thursday, in the aftermath of South African iconic leader Nelson Mandela’s death at age 95, President Obama’s White House account tweeted a tribute to Mandela – a picture of Obama in Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell, along with a quote from Obama about Mandela:
Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. pic.twitter.com/4qlqsXLp6e
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 5, 2013
… except when he doesn’t
President Obama rejected the notion that the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups was illegal — or even improper — during his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Thursday. [...]
Obama noted that the media never seems interested in government success stories. “When we do things right, they don’t get a lot of attention,” he said.
OBAMA: That’s not — that’s not something that’s reported about. If, on the other hand, you’ve got an office in Cincinnati, in the IRS office that — I think, for bureaucratic reasons, is trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret about whether a nonprofit is actually a political organization deserves a tax exempt agency. And they’ve got a list, and suddenly everybody’s outraged.
Of course, that “everyone outraged” ostensibly included Obama himself
President Barack Obama upped his condemnation of the IRS’ investigation of conservative political groups on Monday, three days after his deputies described the targeting as “inappropriate.”
If the agency’s investigations were not politically neutral, Obama told reporters Monday morning, “that’s outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions, people have to be held accountable and it has got to be fixed… I’ve got no patience with it.”
Barry’s impatience lasted six months! A new record.