April 20, 2014

Al Sharpton and the meaning of Easter

Turns out, it goes something like this: Obama, like Christ, has been crucified. But like Christ, he has risen! Long live the martyred Obama, Lightbringer and secular savior!

So much for that whole lefty separation of Church and State canard I guess, huh?

The only thing missing was a condemnation of the Jews. But then, Sharpton has banked plenty of that, so we’ll just find it in the penumbras and emanations.

For my part, I’m just going to say Happy Easter to all my Christian friends and leave it at that. If any of them feel the need to add Obama to the holy trinity, that’s up to them. Make it a foursome. So they can golf more traditionally in Heaven.

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April 20, 2014

Justice Scalia “The government has the right to tax …” [Darleen Click]

“… but if it reaches a certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”

h/t Bob Belvedere who wonders if this makes Scalia an #OUTLAW

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April 20, 2014

A Happy and Blessed Easter to you [Darleen Click]

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April 19, 2014

Oh look! People have ObamaCare, but no doctor! Unexpectedly [Darleen Click]

And they call it, “medical homelessness”

While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as “medical homelessness.”

Rotacare, a free clinic for the uninsured in Mountain View, is dealing with the problem firsthand.

Mirella Nguyen works at the clinic said staffers dutifully helped uninsured clients sign up for Obamacare so they would no longer need the free clinic.

But months later, the clinic’s former patients are coming back to the clinic begging for help. “They’re coming back to us now and saying I can’t find a doctor, “said Nguyen. [...]

Those who can’t find a doctor are supposed to lodge a complaint with state regulators, who have been denying the existence of a doctor shortage for months.

Meanwhile, the sick and insured can’t get appointments. [...]

Experts said the magnitude of the problem is growing, and will soon be felt by all Californians. But those on the front lines, like the free clinic, are feeling it first.

More than 3 million Californians are newly insured. At the same time, a third of our primary care doctors are set to retire.

So, it will be interesting to see if certain Leftist apparatchiks extolling the virtues of cheap, accessible medical care under ObamaCare have anything substantive to say …

But I won’t hold my breath.

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April 19, 2014

CA Gov Jerry Brown’s ‘prison realignment’ racks up more victims [Darleen Click]

Here’s just another example in the long line of “non-violent offenders” being released from state prison under AB109.

A man on probation as a “non-violent offender” under California’s prison realignment program has been charged with kidnapping, raping, and torturing a 16-year-old girl in South Los Angeles, and detectives suspect he may be connected to three other recent murders.

Robert L. Ranson, 30, was arrested in late March after the girl escaped from a U-Haul van in an alley near Imperial Highway and New Hampshire Ave., according to police and booking records.

The girl was covered in gasoline and said her attacker, later identified as Ranson, had tied her hands and taped her mouth, and was trying to light her on fire when she ran away, naked. [...]

Now, LAPD detectives are looking for evidence that could link Ranson to the murders of two women and a child.

On March 2nd the body of a 19-year-old woman was found near 93rd St. and Grand Ave. She had been tied-up and set on fire.

On March 5th, 28-year-old Grisella Yauli and her 1-year-old son were found dead after a house fire on E. 50th St. Yauli had been tied up and her mouth was taped shut. [...]

He was considered a non-violent offender because his most recent prison term was for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Ranson had previously served time for two carjackings and an assault with a firearm, prison officials said.

Yet Californians are poised to re-elect Moonbeam.

#headdeskheaddeskheaddesk

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April 18, 2014

Pethokoukis: “Jacking up investment taxes to reduce income inequality is a bad idea”

Me: no shit.*

A million economic monkeys banging away on a million Keynesian typewriters. That’s the only way an idea like this can be produced. Because it’s certainly not the product of anything sentient.

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April 18, 2014

BREAKING: “Obama administration delays Keystone XL decision, potentially until after Nov. elections”

Just like he pushed back a number of ObamaCare provisions until after the elections in order to shield vulnerable Democrats.

Here’s the blunt truth that leftist apologists will never admit: Obama knows Obamacare is a coup, a wedge that effectively eviscerates individual rights and, perhaps too, religious freedom; Obama knows that domestic energy production drives down costs, increases industry, frees up capital, and allows people to escape from governmental dependency. He knows these things and he wants these things.

That’s what fundamental transformation has always been about, that’s what Alinsky’s Marxism, which our President supped on throughout his academic career has always been dedicated to — eradicating the middle class — and that’s what Obama and his progressive ideologues want to see happen: the end of America’s reign as a superpower and its relegation to just another bureaucraticly-run social welfare state, with the ruling class determining winners and losers, and no uppity Bill of Rights to block their way.

They are weakening the military, weakening the currency, arming their bureaucratic agencies, and driving up debt and cost in order to strain the system.

Cloward-Piven.

Everything this President and his cabinet does is politically motivated and based upon the “pragmatism” of the ends justifying the means.

The cynical endgame with every move toward Marxist utopianism is liberal fascism — a ruling elite and its preferred business partners colluding to form a permanent symbiotic relationship that drives off competition and entrenches power and wealth.

That they are able to sell this as “social justice” or “compassion” is one of the great ironies of our times, particular given the historical record the world provides us.

Useful idiots are abundant. But mostly, takers take — and so long as they get theirs, the immorality of their support for usurpers, thieves, and tyrants doesn’t much bother them.

Which is awfully sad.

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April 18, 2014

“A Trillion Dollars Later, Obama Warns of ‘Potholes the Size of Canyons’”

Which, it’s probably a good idea to “invest” in our infrastructure, say, by way of some stimulus money, which will create shovel-ready jobs.  Sounds crazy, I know, but it could work.  Think of all the unemployed who would benefit. Not to mention that we’d be adding value to our federal real estate, which is the patriotic thing to do, is it not?  Now.  Who’s with me?

President Obama has been complaining about America’s supposed “crumbling roads and bridges” for well over six years. But now, in a renewed push for yet more infrastructure spending, Obama is warning Americans of new, killer potholes.

In answering a question at a surprise press conference Thursday, Obama said:

“There’s no reason that [infrastructure] has to be political. There really isn’t any ideological disagreement on that, and I guarantee you after this winter, you look at the potholes the size of canyons all across big chunks of the United States, people would like to see an infrastructure bill.”

Never mind that way back in 2009, the President and Democrats pushed through a nearly trillion-dollar stimulus bill designed to boost “shovel ready” jobs. But apparently five years later, those roads and bridges are still crumbling and the president wants even more spending.

 

Yes, to fix the crumbling roads and bridges and to invest in AMERICA. Seriously. Why are you such haters? Is it because you’re racist? I’m outraged!

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April 18, 2014

“‘We may never know’: Census changes may obscure impact of ObamaCare”

Most transparent administration ever.  Redux.

Not even the nation’s official head-counter will be able to keep track of the comprehensive impact of ObamaCare, critics warn.

The Census Bureau is in the midst of significantly changing its survey questions on health care, which some fear will make it difficult to give an accurate reading of how many people have gained insurance under the law.

The change was first reported by The New York Times. Republicans are now accusing the administration of overhauling the survey in order to obscure the effects of the Affordable Care Act.

“If the administration truly wants to know how many people have insurance today because of the health law, it will swiftly reverse course,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement. “Did the health law work to insure the uninsured? A simple check of a box could answer that question. Sadly, we may never know — and the administration seems just fine with that.”

ObamaCare enrollment ended for virtually everyone on Tuesday. The administration has touted that 7.5 million people signed up on the private exchanges, and more through Medicaid, since October.

But that number may be misleading. The administration still has not said how many people have paid their first month’s premium and, perhaps more importantly, how many people had simply signed up on the exchanges after being kicked off their old plans. The administration has not been able to provide a number showing the net increase in insurance coverage.

Enter the Census Bureau. It was seen as a relatively reliable way to track the presumed increase in coverage. But changes in the survey questions have raised concerns that the bureau cannot offer an apples-to-apples comparison.

Asked about the changes, administration officials stressed to Fox News that they could at least gather one year-to-year comparison that is consistent. The new questions will cover the 2013 year, an official said, so “there will be a full year of data to compare to the year ACA takes effect.”

Further, officials said the changes were years in the making, and that they were tested in 2010 and 2013 and found to work better.

“The recent changes to the Current Population Survey’s questions related to health insurance coverage is the culmination of 14 years of research and two national tests in 2010 and 2013 clearly showing the revised questions provide more precise measures of health insurance through improved respondent recall,” Census Bureau Director John Thompson said in a statement.

The Census Bureau has been at the center of political accusations since the very start of the Obama administration. Back in 2009, the administration decided to make the Census Bureau director work with the White House — and not just the Commerce secretary — leading to charges that the new Obama White House was trying to exert control over the ostensibly nonpartisan agency.

The latest report revived those claims.

“How convenient,” Brendan Buck, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, tweeted in reference to the Times report.

Rory Cooper, spokesman for House GOP Leader Eric Cantor, tweeted that the administration is “now changing the CENSUS survey in order to hide failure of Obamacare.”

Nothing of the sort, officials suggest.

[...]

The Times reported that the changes were spearheaded by technical experts at the bureau.

One internal document reportedly said it was just “coincidental and unfortunate timing” that the changes were going live around the time of the ObamaCare implementation.

According to the Times, the old questions asked people if they had coverage at any point in the prior year. The new questions ask if they have insurance “at the time of the interview,” which in this case took place in February, March and April. Officials use that and other data to try to determine coverage over the last 15 months.

This is considered more accurate, according to the Times, because people often forget whether they had coverage in the past year when asked only that question.

Yeah.  People are kinda stupid, aren’t they.  Thank God we have bureaus and agencies and their experts hard at work to save us from our own faulty intelligence.  And thank God Obama — who is post partisan, pragmatic, and decidedly non-political or ideological — rearranged the way the Bureau’s Director reported.  Bringing the White House into the loop.

Because SHUT UP, RACIST!

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April 18, 2014

“Liberty Movement Rising”

Nothing here will be very new to longtime readers of this site, but it’s nice to hear it coming from other online sources, particularly those who have not yet been effectively marginalized by those who worked so diligently to label this site, early on in the Obama administration, unhelpful and “fringe.”  The home of a delusional provocateur and pseudo-intellectual whose message, a “fundamentally unserious” one, wouldn’t resonate with the dull masses “we” need to win over in order to secure electoral victories — as if winning elections were the sole goal of those with a vested interest in seeing this country fight off “fundamental transformation.”

Ironically, many of those same people are now some of the loudest proponents of the liberty movement — I dubbed it outlawry at the outset of my involvment, and posted of its makeup here, many years back — were, not too long ago, the very same people who derided us as Visigoths, Hobbits, fringe reactionaries, unhelpful, idealistic, purists, and True Believers.

Well, welcome aboard.  I guess.  At least, until the political winds begin shifting again, at which point you’ll likely blow with them.

Anyway, one of the sites that has long stood up for liberty is Zero Hedge.  And here’s Brandon Smith, of alt-market.com, with a guest post at Zero Hedge on what many of us have come to realize is brewing right beneath the surface of our civil society.  Much to the dismay, I’m sure, of the University of Denver’s Brian Kiteley, who was offended by (among other things) an observation I made back in 2006, back before this site was nixed from the polite company of the “conservative” opinion drivers.

“Freedom had been hunted round the globe; reason was considered as rebellion; and the slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.”  – Thomas Paine

The label of “fringe” is a common one used by statists, bureaucrats and paid shills in order to marginalize those who would stand against government corruption. The primary assertion being sold is that the “majority” joyously supports the establishment; and the majority, of course, is always right.

The liberty movement, which is a collection of numerous freedom organizations and political activists brought together by a shared philosophical bond, has been accused of “fringe” status for quite some time. With corporatist dominance over the mainstream media for decades backing an elitist machine in Washington and a global banking cartel footing the bill with money created from thin air, any such accusation can be made to seem “real” to those who are unaware.

The problem has always been a matter of physical action giving rise to an acknowledgment of numbers.

[...]

The liberty movement has just experienced one of its first great moments of realization and empowerment in Clark County, Nev., and millions of past naysayers have been shell-shocked.

I covered my views in detail on the Bundy Ranch saga in Nevada in my article “Real Americans Are Ready To Snap,” amid the usual choir of disinformation agents and nihilists desperate to convince Web audiences that the liberty movement would do nothing to stop the Bureau of Land Management’s militant assault on Cliven Bundy’s cattle farm. This assault included hundreds of Federal agents, helicopters, contractors hired essentially as cattle rustlers and even teams of snipers.

The statists and socialists were certainly out in force to misrepresent the Bundy issue and frighten anyone who might consider taking a stand for the family. The Southern Poverty Law Center, not surprisingly, was hard at work spreading lies and disinformation about the confrontation in Nevada, painting a picture of fractured patriot groups and militiamen with “little training” going to face unstoppable Federal BLM agents and likely “ending up dead.” The SPLC insinuated that the movement was ineffective and in over its head.

The reality was much the opposite. Liberty groups arrived in droves and were staunchly unified — not by a centralized leadership, but in defense of the basic moral principles outlined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Sources on the ground at the Bundy ranching operation relayed to me that at least 1,000 activists and militia members arrived over the weekend, with many more on the way. This one event proved certain points:

  1. The liberty movement is not afraid to put itself in harm’s way for the right cause — even if this means facing off against highly armed government thugs.
  2. The liberty movement has the ability to field a response team or even an army anywhere in the country at any time within a couple of days.
  3. The liberty movement has the ability to change the course of events, even to the point of removing Federal agents from a region who are acting in an unConstitutional manner.
  4. The Federal government is not invincible, nor is it unfazed by liberty movement opposition. They worry about our strength and ability.

Over the past weekend, we witnessed the true influence of the liberty movement. As thousands of activists and militia arrived in the area, the BLM finally began to understand what it was facing. The government agency that has been terrorized farming communities throughout the West for years, the agency armed with military-grade weaponry and hundreds of agents, ran away, as freedom fighters descended on the region.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, two politicians who were deathly silent during the beginning of the Federal incursion on the Bundy ranch, have now suddenly become vocal in defense of Nevada ranchers against the BLM. It’s amazing how “inspired” politicians can become to do the right thing when they see an army of liberty activists marching against tyranny in their own backyard.

[...]

Statists are indignant and furious over the surrender of the BLM. The same people who boasted that liberty activists would be slaughtered by Fed agents are now frothing at the mouth because they did not get their massacre. Not only that, but the bureaucracy they worship has shown itself to be impotent in the face of Constitutional champions. All I can say is nothing puts a bigger grin on my face than to see statists cry like babies when their delusions of grandeur are trampled on.

This was a major victory for the liberty movement. But let’s be clear; the fight is just beginning.

I suspect that the Bundy event will be spun by news agencies and the government until it is unrecognizable. They will claim that the BLM left not because they were wrong, but because they were trying to keep people safe. They will claim that liberty movement protesters were the aggressors and the poor BLM agents were just trying to do their jobs. They will play the race card as they always do, much like this pathetically lazy and unprofessional article from Slate, which asserts that if the Bundy’s had been black, the Liberty Movement would have never supported them. They will argue the so-called Federal legality of the raid itself, and paint Bundy as a “freeloader” who refuses to pay taxes and who is living off the American people. They will do everything in their power to destroy the image of the victory and soil the name of the Bundy family.

What they don’t seem to understand, though, is that the liberty movement does not care what the Federal government deems “legal” or “illegal.” Our only interest is what is Constitutional and what is moral. The dispute was never about the “legality” of Bundy’s use of the land, which his family used for grazing without interference for generations — until 1993, when the BLM used the absurd endangered species protection racket to put all of his neighbors out of business and threaten his ranch with invasion.  Add to this the recently discovered fact that Senator Harry Reid’s former assistant and friend Neil Kornze is now head of the BLM due to Reid’s influence, and the fact that Harry Reid and his family are reaping financial rewards by driving farmers from all over the region where Cliven Bundy’s ranch sits while arranging land deals with Chinese solar companies, and one has to ask, why should Bundy pay any of his hard earned money to the federal government when they are just going to use it to bulldoze his cattle and make Harry Reid more rich?

Disinformation websites like Snopes contend that Reid’s “projects” are not being established anywhere near the Bundy Ranch, yet, one such project has already been launched only 35 miles south of Bundy, and, the BLM has erased a page from its website specifically mentioning the Bundy Ranch and it’s “interference” with Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone Projects, the same projects Harry Reid and his son are heavily involved in.

What is amazing to me is that in light of this information hardcore socialists are still willing to defend Reid and the BLM.  My question is, if the BLM is so innocent, then why are they erasing such data from their website at all?  What were they trying to hide?

Harry Reid has not responded to the facts behind his financial involvement in the BLM’s attacks on Nevada farmers, except to say that they are “conspiracy theories”.  He added when asked about the status of the confrontation:

“Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over…”

Yes, Harry, it won’t be over until men like you are thrown behind bars.

Note that he says “an American people”; as if he is separate, as if he is referring to all of us as a subservient organism, or servant class.  What Reid is saying is, the elites can’t have “an American people” openly exposing their criminality and defying their tyranny, and then just walking away.  I’m sorry to break it to Reid, but that is exactly how all of this is going to end.

Statists and bureaucrats like Reid continually attempt to argue this issue from the standpoint of Federal legality, obviously because the Federal government has the legislative and bureaucratic power to make any despicable action legal (at least on paper) if it wishes. However, the liberty movement has no interest whatsoever in Federal interpretations of legal precedence. We are only concerned with what is right. As the old saying goes, when injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.

The liberty movement also fully understands that the Bundy victory was only one battle at the beginning of a long war.

The BLM may very well be waiting for activists to leave the area before attacking again. And even if that is not the case, tyrannical systems have a way of attempting to make up for signs of weakness by escalating violence during the next siege. That is to say, we should expect the next event involving the BLM or other government agencies to be even more vicious than the Bundy incident. It is simply the natural inclination of totalitarian systems to exaggerate their power when their failings have been exposed.

That said, it should be noted that corrupt leadership often crumbles in the face of steadfast resolve and courage. We have a long way to go before this Nation is once again truly free, but the liberty movement has proven its invaluable worth over the course of the past several days. We arrived at a crossroads, and we are now moving forward in the right direction — without fear and without regret.

Well said, sir.  And let me just add this:  outlaw!

Outlaw!

OUTLAW!

Oh, how several right-side bloggers who now consider themselves, on the cutting edge of this “new” liberty movement used to sneer at that coda.   Something that they’re going to have to live with forever and ever and ever, a permanent internal stain they can never remove.

Knowing which adds a bit of sunshine to my day.

(h/t Tom W)

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