The Associated Press Goes to Bat For the Democratic Party – Powerline Blog

From the Article:

“Since the last government shutdown 17 years ago, temporary funding bills known as continuing resolutions have been noncontroversial, with neither party willing to chance a shutdown to achieve legislative goals it couldn’t otherwise win. But with health insurance exchanges set to open on Tuesday, tea-party Republicans are willing to take the risk in their drive to kill the health care law.”

This is revisionist history; the truth is that “shutdowns” have been common over the years, usually precipitated by Congressional Democrats, and there have been several recent occasions when shutdowns have appeared imminent. But now, the AP tells us, it is “tea-party Republicans” who are “willing to take the risk.” What about Harry Reid and the Democrats? Are they “willing to take the risk”? Apparently they have nothing to do with it.

Same propagandist nonsense that’s hardly restricted to the AP.  The legacy news will die out within my lifetime.  I can hardly wait.

One last thing to note.  You’ll see as you read through that article, the bottom line is to always paint the Democrat opinion as “normal” and the dissenting opinion as being “fringe”, “lunatic”, “irresponsible” or “crazy”.  This approach has been used steadily and heavily the past few years in print, on network tv and by the mouths of Democrat officials.  The goal is always the same: subtly move your perception on what’s “normal” and what’s not; what ideas are acceptable and rational and what ideas are contemptible. 

Prepare yourselves for disappointment..

The Republicans will eventually cave on Obamacare.  The stakes are simply too high for Obama and more importantly, the people who tell him what to do.

To take the very health of Americans, their lives in essence, and put them under the domain of the Federal government is far too big a prize.

Valerie Jarrett (Barack Obama’s boss) has been sending messages to Senate Democrats the last two days that there will be zero tolerance for anyone speaking publically about compromise or tabling Obamacare.

They will not negotiate.  They will wait, they will let the media do their work for them and then when a sufficient number of drones in this country are fired up by the rhetoric, the Republicans will cave.

Our State Department ships American made arms directly to Al Qaeda, but Republicans are the terrorists.  Yep.

The only way I could see this going another direction would be if an overwhelming number of people called the Capital switchboard (202-224-3121) and demanded that Democrats compromise on this.  If they were to think that there will be real consequences in 2014, they might back off.  But I sincerely doubt that will happen.

Second-in-command of the country’s nuclear arsenal is suspended as he is investigated for GAMBLING – UK Daily Mail

The No. 2 officer at the military command in charge of all U.S. nuclear war-fighting forces has been suspended and is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Command for issues related to gambling, officials said Saturday.  The highly unusual action against a high-ranking officer at U.S. Strategic Command was made more than three weeks ago but not publicly announced.

I do not have any inside knowledge on this event.  I post it specifically because there has been an enormous number of top level military people dismissed in the past two years.  What is going on?

 

 

 

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media – UK Guardian

He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.

 Don’t even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would” – or the death of Osama bin Laden. “Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.

And..

The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.

 “It’s pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama],” he declares in an interview with the Guardian.

 “It used to be when you were in a situation when something very dramatic happened, the president and the minions around the president had control of the narrative, you would pretty much know they would do the best they could to tell the story straight. Now that doesn’t happen any more. Now they take advantage of something like that and they work out how to re-elect the president.

And..

Hersh returns to US president Barack Obama. He has said before that the confidence of the US press to challenge the US government collapsed post 9/11, but he is adamant that Obama is worse than Bush.

 “Do you think Obama’s been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for. What’s going on [with journalists]?” he asks.

Read the whole thing.

It’s important to remember that Hersh is certainly no friend of the Right wing in America so his words carry significant weight given his past disposition and accomplishments.  Although it seems as though Hersh still wants to believe that newsrooms got this way out of partisanship and callowness.. Obviously those have been ingredients but the truth is considerably more insidious.  Regardless, the article is a must read and Hersh couldn’t be more right, at least on the face of things.

Beginning of the week..

I’ve been sick the past five days with no signs of it letting up but with the shutdown looming, I felt compelled to say something.. Coherent or not.

So, rambling thoughts about the shutdown:

-I’m surprised that Republicans like Boehner are on board for this.  Boehner and his ilk in the House don’t really have much of a problem with Obamacare because Obamacare means more graft for everyone.  I have to believe that internal polling must be very positive for them to do this.  The Democrats will say anything (I’ll get to this in a moment) and the media will blame the Republicans for this at every turn.  I’m pleased that they’re doing this, don’t get me wrong.  Just surprised.

-And yes, I’m happy about it.  As I’ve mentioned before, 49.9 % of me takes the “Let the fuckers have it.. Then they’ll see what their stupidity has wrought.”  But the 51.1% of me knows that they will never learn.  Every time progressive policies fail, it’s because they either didn’t go far enough or a boogyman is blamed.  So shut the fucker down if it means delaying Obamacare.

-Yes, there is no compromise in Washington and both parties deserve some of the blame for this.  But it’s really difficult to spread the blame up equally when the Democrats have moved so fucking far Left.. and honest to Christ, a big fuck you to all of the liberal douchebags who spend their lives on sites like HuffPost complaining about how “right-wing” Barack Obama is.  Kill yourselves, please.  The other reason it’s hard to spread the blame out equally is because every fucking time the President’s agenda is challenged by the House Republicans, it is the end of the motherfucking world.  The words “Anti-American”, “Hate for the President coming before country” “Sabotage” “Act of terrorism” are thrown about with zero care or caution.  Makes it very difficult to feel sorry for you commies.

-Maybe the most important thing to remember, especially for those of you in favor of government-run healthcare, is that the Republicans in congress are doing exactly what their constituents want them to.  The majority of people in this country do not want the goddamn bill to be implemented.  It can’t be too good of a deal either or Congress, The Senate and the Executive branch have exempted themselves from the law, preferring their executive-style health coverage instead.

Lastly, does anyone on the Left recognize the irony of Obama’s statements about the House GOP’s stance on Obamacare?  “Those Republicans are jerks because they won’t compromise on Obamacare…. And I won’t either!!!!”

 

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One can only hope that if the shutdown happens, it goes for a very long time.

Obamacare is small potatoes..

Compared to the UN Arms Treaty that John Kerry just signed.

I say without hyperbole that this is an act of treason.

I’ve seen a number of “conservative” commentators state that even if this treaty is ratified by the Senate, it can never become law because it is un-Constitutional and the Constitution is the highest law of the land.  Apparently they missed civics class in high school because when a treaty is ratified by the Senate, it becomes part of the constitution.

Watch the news very carefully for the vote on this treaty and I implore you to contact your Senator and insist they vote against this treaty.

Some details of the treaty:

First, the Arms Trade Treaty grants a monopoly over all weaponry in the hands of the very entity (approved regimes) responsible for over 300 million murders in the 20th century.

Furthermore, the treaty leaves private citizens powerless to oppose future slaughters.

An irrefutable fact of armed violence unaddressed by the UN in its gun grab is that all the murders committed by all the serial killers in history don’t amount to a fraction of the brutal killings committed by “authorized state parties” using the very weapons over which they will exercise absolute control under the terms of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Article 2 of the treaty defines the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions. The right to own, buy, sell, trade, or transfer all means of armed resistance, including handguns, is denied to civilians by this section of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Article 3 places the “ammunition/munitions fired, launched or delivered by the conventional arms covered under Article 2” within the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions, as well.

Article 4 rounds out the regulations, also placing all “parts and components” of weapons within the scheme.

Perhaps the most immediate threat to the rights of gun owners in the Arms Trade Treaty is found in Article 5. Under the title of “General Implementation,” Article 5 mandates that all countries participating in the treaty “shall establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.”

This list should “apply the provisions of this Treaty to the broadest range of conventional arms.”

Mark it down: If the treaty is ratified by the United States or if its provisions are enforced by executive order, within months the federal government (likely under the management of the Department of Homeland Security) would begin compiling a list of who owns, buys, sells, trades, or transfers any firearm, as well as the ammunition, parts, and components of those weapons.  After that we will be on a road to confiscation.

As I have mentioned on here before, I have been told by two agency people that behind the scenes, there is no greater priority than disarming the American people.

A Washington D.C. Report…

Just got off the phone with a friend in Washington.   Ted Cruz has stepped off the Senate floor and most people don’t realize just how significant the last 23 hours are.

On its face, Ted Cruz’ 23 hour speech will be viewed in one of two ways:

-If you’re not a Democrat, you’re probably thinking that it was a nice, if not futile gesture to call attention to the catastrophe that Obamacare will be.

-If you’re a Democrat, then you most likely have a view similar to Harry Reid and that Cruz’ speech is nothing more than an attempt to rile up those crazy “anarchists”, the Tea Party.

But what has happened is far more significant.  The highlights from my conversation with my “friend”:

-The wing of the Republican party that genuinely gives a shit about the American people, the elected officials, the staffers, all of them believe that this is the era of the New Republican Party.  They believe that while this battle against Obamacare is lost, the far bigger war was won today.  These people, who actually put the American people first believe that they can take control of the party and make the Republican party about what people actually want.

-There are several Democratic Senators that have privately reached across the aisle and thanked Ted Cruz for standing against Obamacare and that they support what he is doing.

-The big concern among these Democrat Senators is the internal cost estimates of Obamacare and the fact that the American people will be buried in both debt and an avalanche of regulations.  People WILL be furious with Obamacare when it is implemented and Cruz’ speech put the fact that the Democrats are responsible for it into sharp focus.

-Several Democrat Senators believe it is time for Harry Reid to go.  (My own personal note on Harry Reid to Democrats:  You do yourself no favors by having this man as the majority leader.  The consistently theatrical and nasty partisan tone of his comments will never, ever convince fence-sitting Americans to adopt his party’s view on any issue he’s talking about.)

-Not one member of the Republican leadership has reached out to Ted Cruz and offered any kind of support for his stance on Obamacare.  The reason for this is simple:  The Republican leadership wants the same things that the Democrats want:  Unchecked growth of the Federal government which results in plenty of graft for both “sides”.

That’s it for now,  I’m trying to get an update from the same person on Kerry signing the UN Arms treaty today but either way, I’ll have a post about it later on today.

 

Obama selfish, stubborn on health care – Glenn Reynolds/USA Today

So the Republican-controlled House of Representatives — with the help of a couple of Democrats — has voted to defund ObamaCare. In response, President Obama, declaring that the Republicans are “trying to mess with me,” (Mr. Sasshole note:  Yes, he actually said that verbatim) has accused the House of trying to shut down the government.

But the government will only shut down if Obama vetoes the budget that comes to his desk. The House budget funds everything except for implementation of the Affordable Care Act better known as ObamaCare. In truth, by refusing even to negotiate with the House leadership and threatening to veto a budget that doesn’t fit his own specifications, it is Obama, not the House of Representatives, who is putting the country at risk of a government shutdown.

The article then received a response from one of my favorite Libertarians, Nick Gillespie:

Don’t Forget to Blame Senate Democrats and Harry Reid for any Government Shutdown – Reason.com

Whatever else you can say about the House of Representatives and President Obama, at least these folks have consistently produced spending documents in rough approximation to legal requirements (to be sure, Obama’s latest offering, showed up two months late and $5.2 trillion long when it came to increasing deficits over the next decade).

In contrast and despite a solid one-party majority, the Senate has passed exactly one budget in the past four years and in most of those years, they didn’t even produce the necessary document as mandated by law. Instead, we were treated to journalistic valentines to former Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), the guy in charge of the Senate budget wonkery, by a pliant press.

As my colleague Ed Krayewski reminds us in his essential survey of “4 Washington Scandals That Still Matter,” the Democrats couldn’t pass a budget even when they controlled the White House, the Senate, and the House. It’s been the Senate all along that’s been the problem, at least since Sen. Harry “We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year,” Reid (D-Nev.) has been running that godawful show.

Harry Reid and his fellow shit bags in the Senate have been given a free pass by the media year after year after fucking year on this issue.  They’re never able to pass a budget as the law requires but most people have no idea because the media never mentions is.