- Disgusting: Chris Matthews Compares Obama to Pope During Sickeningly Fawning Interview (Video)
- NRO: 50,000 Sign up for Internet Gambling in NJ; 741 for Obamacare...
- Charles Krauthammer on Obama's 'constitutional indecency', Obama's lack of accountability, and the irreparability of Obamacare
- Gallup: Majority want Obamacare repealed or scaled back
- You Didn't Build That
- Kaiser Poll Shows Support For ObamaCare Down Sharply Among White Women And Democrats
- DOJ and DHS Attorney Hires Are Pro-Amnesty Activists
- IBD/TIPP Poll: Two-Thirds Oppose Any ObamaCare Insurer Bailout
- Poll Shocker
- R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
- Another #Obama Lie Now Exposed: Liar-in-Chief Admits He Lived With Illegal Uncle Omar
- Teenage Unemployment Up Under Obamanomics
December 6, 2013
Disgusting: Chris Matthews Compares Obama to Pope During Sickeningly Fawning Interview (Video)
His leg was obviously 'tingling' the entire time.
What makes this all the more disgusting is that in comparing Obama to the Pope, Mathews is comparing a guy who voted four times in support of killing live and viable babies.
Barack Hussein Obama may be Chris Mathews' messiah, but Obama's no Jesus Christ, he is not a messiah, and he certainly bears no character or qualities that allow for him to even remotely be compared to the Pope. And this is all before getting down to the fact that Catholic doctrine involving social justice totally conflicts with liberal's passion for centralization and bureaucracy characteristic of the Welfare State.
Furthermore, Chris Mathews may be Catholic, but he has no clue about Catholic teaching and doctrine regarding social justice. One of the key principles of Catholic social thought is known as the principle of subsidiarity. This tenet holds that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a smaller and simpler organization. In other words, any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. This principle is a bulwark of limited government and personal freedom. It conflicts with the passion for centralization and bureaucracy characteristic of the Welfare State.
So, Mathews would do well to take the time to take a lesson on Catholicism and the Church's approach to social justice - the principle of subsidiarity ... explained in this simple video that one would think that even he 'and Barack Obama' could understand (albeit their far-left liberal-progressive ideology prevents them from agreeing with it):
Related video: Abortion survivor lambasts Obama infanticide votes:
NRO: 50,000 Sign up for Internet Gambling in NJ; 741 for Obamacare...
It appears that young people prefer to gamble on online casinos rather than gamble on their future under Obamacare.
John Fund notes at NRO:
[...] in New Jersey, where Internet gambling has just been legalized. Each of Atlantic City's twelve casinos can operate up to five gambling websites so long as they screen out customers from out of state. Peggy Holloway, senior credit officer for Moody's Investors Service, says the new sites will "appeal to a younger, more Internet-savvy demographic that might lack the discretionary budget to travel to one of Atlantic City's 12 casinos." And indeed, fifty thousand people signed up online for New Jersey's gambling sites in the first week. That compares with 741 who signed up for Obamacare during all of October. Yes, the Obamacare website has been plagued with problems, but the disparity between the two programs is still eye-popping.More here.
Charles Krauthammer on Obama's 'constitutional indecency', Obama's lack of accountability, and the irreparability of Obamacare
Krauthammer: 'Obamacare is irreparable. The law in itself is a disaster. The architecture of the law, the complexity of the law, the intrusiveness of the law, the contradictory nature of the law, is such that it cannot work, it's going to hurt overall American medicine which is the finest in the world, and you must really have to start over. If it was reparable I'd say let's repair it, but it is not. ..'
Gallup: Majority want Obamacare repealed or scaled back
According to a Gallup poll released today, Fifty-two percent want Congress to repeal or scale back Obamacare. 32 percent back efforts to repeal it, 20 percent support scaling it back. Thats a little more than in mid-October, when 50 percent told Gallup Obamacare should be scaled-back or repealed (click image below to enlarge).
Noteworthy is the fact that at least half of Americans have said they would repeal or scale back the law each time Gallup has asked this question since January 2011.
You Didn't Build That
Guest post by Dr. Robert Owens.
We can't know what we don't know however we can know that we don't know or as Socrates taught us the recognition of our ignorance is the beginning of wisdom.
The society and civilization in which any human lives and operates is like water to a fish. Something they move around in, something they need to survive, it is also something they don't even notice. If we wish to understand the world in which we live we need to realize that the civilization which serves as our support and framework is based upon vast amounts of knowledge those who fill its ranks give no thought to whatsoever.
It is also necessary to understand that civilization isn't something consciously created by man. Civilizations build up over time by humans interacting with and attempting to modify their surroundings. As such our civilizations are more accretions than structures.
What our civilization is today is no more the conscious product of some master plan than the course of a river. Life flows into the channels of least resistance and is moved by forces that act upon it. We can no more predict what our civilization will look like in a few generations than one of our 17th century ancestors could have described the lives we live today.
What will be invented tomorrow that will change the future in ways we could never imagine? Thirty years ago in 1983 who would have thought we would all walk around with minicomputers we call cell phones? Or that there would be hundreds of television stations? Or a worldwide internet that can cross-pollenate thought at the speed of light? What may be around the next corner is anyone's guess. One thing is for sure, thirty years from now we will live in ways we never imagined today.
This is the foundational problem that undergirds and eliminates the possibility of success from any of the utopian central-planning schemes that litter History and of the ones we are trying today. The planners cannot take the place of masses of people living, innovating and creating. No one person or group can substitute their decisions for the independent decisions of everyone else without short circuiting the system and causing civilization to stall out. No one is as smart as everyone.
If two minds are better than one how much better are 100,000 or 1 million or billions? Over and over those who think they and they alone are intelligent, far seeing or inspired enough to shape the future have grabbed the reins of power and tried to impose their vision on the world around them. Sooner or later reality comes along and teaches them that it just won't work. We have people trying to guide trillion dollar economies who know nothing of economics, and people trying to guide History who know nothing of History. We are surrounded by political savants who know how to get elected and not much else. Some even have the hubris to list running a campaign as a life skill that qualifies them to run the lives of everyone around them.
What is even more bizarre than this is that people believe them and vote them into office based on such sketchy experience and vague promises as hope and change. Then when the Rube Goldberg plans they devise fall apart and everyone is worse off than before the savants say, "You just didn't give us enough power to accomplish the task. What we need now is more of the same" Time after time civilizations have fallen for this siren song of perfection. And time after time civilizations have fallen because they did.
Why does this destructive desire to trade freedom for the promise of utopia always fail? Because it's based on the erroneous idea that humanity created civilization and therefore it is possible to alter its institutions, operations, and mechanisms whenever and however we please.
This assertion would be valid only if we had created civilization deliberately with full knowledge of what we were doing while we were doing it. In a way it is true that humanity has made its civilization in that it was not brought here by some aliens who placed us in it like animals in the artificial habitat of a zoo. Civilization is the product of the combined actions of hundreds of generations living their lives, making choices, succeeding and failing, rising and falling. This however, does not mean civilization is the conscious product of human design or that any one individual or group can completely comprehend all of its functions or what is required for its continued existence.
The very idea that humanity sprang from the earth with a mind able to conceive civilization and then proceeded to systematically create it does not fit the anthropological or historical record. Our minds themselves are the product of the constant adjustments we make as we attempt to adapt to our surroundings.
Is it nature or nurture is an age old debate.
Kaiser Poll Shows Support For ObamaCare Down Sharply Among White Women And Democrats
Kaiser reports that women, who have historically been evenly divided on the law, registered their most negative views on the law to date, with 48 percent saying they have an unfavorable view of the law and 32 percent favorable. The gap between unfavorable and favorable views among women is up 15 percentage points since last month.
Kaiser also reports that views of the law shifted more negative in November among most demographic groups, but the drop was sharpest among Democrats. After rebounding in September and October, the share of Democrats viewing the law favorably stands at 55 percent in November, closer to where it had been earlier in 2013:
DOJ and DHS Attorney Hires Are Pro-Amnesty Activists
More evidence Barack Obama is still intent on stacking the deck 'against' enforcing our nation's immigration laws, and it's now clear that there's going to be no let-up in the non-enforcement of our immigration laws. Every single attorney hire has a leftist or Democrat activist pedigree. In the case of the DOJ, the Department of Justice Inspector General criticized DOJ hiring procedures as producing ideological outcomes ... and there's now evidence that DHS is a carbon copy the situation at the DOJ.
Via Email from PH Media:
On the heels of PJ Media's explosive coverage of attorney hires within the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, we bring you important news out of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
J. Christian Adams reports that sources inside the agency have provided PJ Media with the employment history and pro-amnesty backgrounds of newly hired lawyers who will be enforcing our nation's immigration laws.
Here's what we're looking at: These attorneys have activist backgrounds with pro-amnesty groups such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the Advancement Project, and open borders groups funded by the Tides Foundation.
Sources also reveal that the unconventional process for hiring these lawyers was conducted by an Obama appointtee within DHS. Get a closer look at their backgrounds by clicking here.
On Friday, December 6, be sure to watch The Kelly File on Fox News at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT to hear more from J. Christian Adams about this special report.
December 5, 2013
IBD/TIPP Poll: Two-Thirds Oppose Any ObamaCare Insurer Bailout
The latest IBD/TIPP Poll found that the public overwhelmingly opposes any ObamaCare bailout of the insurance industry, even as the Obama administration is paving the way to do exactly that:
The survey found that 65% oppose a federal bailout of insurance companies that find their profits hit because not enough young, healthy people sign up for ObamaCare plans.More here ...
Opposition is widespread, the poll of 907 adults found, with 51% of Democrats, 71% of Republicans and 76% of independents against it. It's opposed by every age and demographic group as well.
Although few people knew about it until recently, the health law contains a three-year "risk corridor program" designed to bail out insurers if costs were higher than anticipated from too few young people enrolled.
The 84% of Dems number is one thing ... even more shocking is that only 7% of the American public want ObamaCare "kept in place."
R.I.P. Nelson Mandela
Former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, a man of true peace and reconciliation, a man of astonishing grace and good humor who knew how to bring people together and work together, a man who dedicated his life to resolving even the most difficult of issues, has died at 95.
If only our Community Organizer/wealth redistribution/racially divisive president Obama had studied and learned from Nelson Mandela instead of Saul Alinsky and Frank Marshal Davis ... our country would be so much better off than it is today.
Another #Obama Lie Now Exposed: Liar-in-Chief Admits He Lived With Illegal Uncle Omar
Barack Obama's illegal alien Uncle Onyango Obama was arrested in August 2011 for driving drunk after driving through a stop sign and nearly hitting a police car. He was then held by ICE for two weeks. Onyango told police when he was arrested that he planned to arrange bail through the White House. Onyango Obama had denied he was drinking and driving, or that he failed to yield the right of way, and was said at the time to be argumentative. Omar registered a reading of 0.14 percent on a blood-alcohol breath test, which is above the stateâ€™s legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.
However, that was a complete lie! Today, Obama admitted he had lived with his illegal Uncle Omar in the 1980â€²s!
Via The Boston Globe:
President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, contradicting a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting.Much more here ...
Their relationship came into question on Tuesday at the deportation hearing of his uncle, Onyango Obama, in Boston immigration court. His uncle had lived in the United States illegally since the 1970s and revealed in testimony for the first time that his famous nephew had stayed at his Cambridge apartment for about three weeks. At the time, Onyango Obama was here illegally and fighting deportation. ...
Teenage Unemployment Up Under Obamanomics
More than 1 in 7 people (14%) between ages 16 and 24 can't find any job - neither full or part-time:
Our 7.3 percent overall unemployment rate is painfully high. But for younger Americans -- particularly young minorities -- things are much worse. More than one in seven between age 16 and 24 can't find any job, full or part-time. For African Americans in that age group, it's more than one in four. These bleak statistics actually understate the tragedy, since they don't count those who simply stopped looking for work.For the record, the 'Real' unemployment rate (U6) for October was 13.8% ... a far cry from the 7.3% mentioned in the above article. The U6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but also counts "marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons." Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as an hour a week. And the "marginally attached workers" include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work. The age considered for this calculation is 16 years and over.
Meanwhile, as unions push for fast-food workers to go on strike for a higher minimum (entry-level) wage ... those striking workers ought to be keeping in mind the could be opening the door for them to be replaced by automation.
No Marines In Sight
Just RATS! Two legged cohabiting with four legged. Are we surprised?
Tell me this really isn't so? I thought this must be a joke. A prank. If this is what our congressmen and I mean men are able and willing to live and find no embarrassment about it, there is zero hope. How about the full size Obama dude cutout by Schumer? I have nothing more to say except this is as wacko as it gets. None other than Durbin and Schumer. CNN got quite a story here. Good work Dana Bash.
I liked Brittius' comment:
I have heard before about the pig sty frat house style they live in.
My wife goes absolutely insane when I clean the place, and complains that I am trying to make her look bad, but, in the Marine Corp, it is infused into the fabric of a Marine's character. Anything, out of place, not scrubbed and polished, unkempt, will be ripped apart and destroyed, then done over while the entire platoon gets punishment. You learn real quick, and it never leaves your memory.
Years ago, we had received a new boss that was a retired USMC Major, and he sent word that there was to be an inspection in two days. I watched guys drag a broom for a minute and leave. I spent both of my days off cleaning the place. When we were lined up at Roll Call, and the inspection took place, he stormed in front of everyone and said, "Okay... Who's the Marine?"
Abortion Champion Wendy Davis Says 'Children Are Her First Priority'
Texas arch-liberal Democrat gubernatorial candidate, abortion quenn Wendy Davis, had the audacity to Tweet this message on Tuesday to show Texas voters where her priorities lie:
As governor, I'll always make investing in our Texas children my first priority. #TeamWendy— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) December 4, 2013
Yes, thats the same 'pro-abortion queen' Wendy Davis that staged a marathon filibuster against the Texas abortion bill and holds views similar to convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell, believing that killing viable babies in the womb is a fundamental right for women:
Dr. Susan Berry notes at Breitbart:
Davis raised $1.2 million after filibustering a state bill -- now a law -- that made abortion illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Texas. She and her supporters succeeded in blocking the first vote on the bill, but the measure was ultimately passed and signed into law.So, in the convoluted mind of Wendy Davis, on of those "tools" is killing viable babies in the womb.
Later, Davis claimed to be "pro-life" while campaigning at the University of Texas at Brownsville. She appeared to be using the term, however, to describe her feelings about children who are already born. For Davis, unborn children are a matter of "women's health":When I believe women's health is in danger, I'm going to stand and fight to protect that. This isn't about protecting abortion. It's about protecting women. It's about trusting women to make good decisions for themselves and empowering them with the tools to do that.
For a quick perspective:
Memo to Wendy Davis: What and how, pray tell, does/can killing viable babies in the womb have anything whatsoever to do with "women's health"!
Hope and Change Update: US Healthcare, Now With Smaller Networks Than Ever
Like your doctor? Like your hospital? Want to keep them as President Obama promised? Well, lots of luck with that, because you're going to need it. It turns out that the plans offered in Obamacare exchanges, keep premiums low by drastically reducing the number of providers covered. So a lower premium may mean higher health care costs for people with hospitals, doctors, or specialists not covered in-network.
As noted at The American Interest, The Seattle Times reports on the network restrictions that are increasingly limiting Washingtonians' ability to see key doctors and hospitals without incurring major financial risk.
The article goes on to list every insurance company that offers plans in the Washington exchange as well as the hospitals that are in-network for those companies. Pivoting off of that list, Steve Roth points out that two of Washington's biggest insurers -- Primera and Lifewise -- don't have any of the state's four top specialty hospitals in their networks. If you want the best cancer, trauma, ER, or pediatric care, and your plan is with one of the two biggest carriers in your state, you're out of luck. Figuring out which insurers cover which providers, and determining from there which provider makes the most sense for you, is a hugely complex and time intensive process, as Roth details in his piece. And even when you've done all the research, at the end of the road is the fact that networks keep getting smaller.Last month, The New York Post succinctly summed up the situation with "Got ObamaCare? Too bad for you" ... pointing out that all over America, many of the policies sold in the exchanges are "narrow network" plans with very limited choice of doctors and hospitals:
This is a trend that the ACA is encouraging, and the acceleration of it is likely to be the next big PR challenge for the Obama administration. More and more we're seeing that the ACA is doing nothing to reverse the worst trends driving our health care crisis -- and that in some cases it's even intensifying them. Hospitals are getting bigger, prices are going up, the system is getting even more complicated, and networks are getting smaller. Meanwhile, politicians continue to debate reforms that largely fail to address any of these problems.
[...] Many Americans have had policies that the president calls "substandard" canceled; they're being pushed into the ObamaCare exchanges -- where they'll find they're worse off. President Obama will soon become the country's biggest purveyor of second-rate coverage.