Saturday, 13 July 2013

RHIP: FTAM, THAT IS

Ken Berwitz

Remember the old acronym RHIP - Rank Has Its Privileges? 

Well, it was never more true than in the Obama administration.  And especially so for Mr. Obama's Accomplice Media, ever ready to support and/or explain and/or rationalize ever action he takes.

Well, yesterday Mr. Obama (again) showed his appreciation, by giving members of his Accomplice Media an up-close-and-personal briefing - while excluding those other media folks...you know, the ones who might have something critical to say about him.

Excerpted from Patrick Howley's article at dailycaller.com:

The White House held a background briefing Friday to discuss Obamacare implementation with a handful of journalists from liberal and progressive outlets.

Slate blogger Matthew Yglesias posted a photograph to Instagram Friday featuring himself and other liberal journalists at the White House, with the caption "#thistown."

Yglesias, who publicly cheered the death of conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, is known as a member of a tight-knit circle of progressive bloggers that includes Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein and low-rated MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Klein and Hayes garnered conservative criticism in 2011 for attending an off-the-record White House briefing at which Obama disclosed his strategy on the temporary payroll tax holiday.

RHIP - FTAM:  Rank Has Its Privileges - For The Accomplice Media.

This, folks, is not what a President is supposed to do.  This is the behavior of a head of state who thinks that being elected empowers him to ignore propriety and ethics; to rule like a tinhorn dictator.  

Therefore, it is no surprise that Barack Obama is doing it.

But who are we to complain?  We elected this man to the Presidency in 2008, and re-elected him in 2012.  Why should we be surprised that Barack Obama continues to run the USA like a private fiefdom when, after four years of watching him do so, we knowingly put him right back in the oval office anyway?

We have no one to blame but ourselves.  


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from Joe Hansen, who heads the 1.3 million-member UCFW (United Food and Commercial Workers International) union. 

Mr. Hansen, it seems, is horrified by what ObamaCare is going to do to his workers - something it would have been nice of him to realize a bit earlier - like when he was supporting, contributing to, and  working for Mr. Obama in 2008 and again in 2012.

Here is what he has to say about ObamaCare these days:

"You can't have the same quality healthcare that you had before, despite what the president said.  Now what's going to happen is everybody is going to have to go to private for-profit insurance companies. We just don't think that's right. ... We just want to keep what we already have and what we bought at tremendous cost.

"I was pretty blunt about it.  I told them it was a very serious issue. That it was wrong. Taft-Hartley plans should be deemed as qualified healthcare providers and I also said it's going to have political repercussions if we don't get this fixed.

"When [the Obama administration] started writing the rules and regulations, we just assumed that Taft-Hartley plans - that workers covered by those plans, especially low-wage workers - would be eligible for the subsidies and stay in their plans and they're not".

Hello.  Did Joe Hansen just tell us that Barack Obama and his people lied to them?  What a shock.

Mr. Hansen's commentary is terribly belated.  But dead-on accurate.  Maybe he figures that, as beholden to the unions as Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats are, they will find a way to exempt the UCFW from these distasteful elements of ObamaCare.  If so, he is probably on solid ground.  After all it's just taxpayer money. right?  Democrats need those union contributions and organizational support, don't they?  So I would not at all bet against it happening.

Regardless, Joe Hansen earns Quote Of The Day honors for plainly stating one of the many problems with ObamaCare - a problem his 1.3 million member union might yet wriggle out of, but owners of businesses with 50 or more people will be reamed over (unless they're ritzy-glitzy pals with Nancy Pelosi, that is). 

The award is yours, Joe.  And you've got your (possibly former) lord and savior Barack Obama to thank for it.  Because without his godawful ObamaCare plan, and his gross dishonesty about it will do to union worker (not just the USFW, by a long shot), you'd never have won.


THE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL: A PART OF THE DEFENSE SUMMATION I SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED EARLIER

Ken Berwitz

Here is a part of the defense summation which I did not see in real time, but read about afterwards.  I am very, very sorry I did not mention it yesterday, so I'm making up for it today.

Did you know that, at one point in his summation, George Zimmerman's defense attorney, Mark O'Mara stopped talking, put out a timer set to four minutes, and spent those four minutes mostly sitting at the defense table and shooting the breeze with other members of the defense team?

Why did he do that?

Here, excerpted from his blog of yesterday, is how John Hinderaker of powerlineblog.com, explains the importance of this strategy (bold print is mine):

O'Mara wanted to dramatize the fact that there is a large gap in our knowledge of what happened in the course of the encounter. More than four minutes went by between the conclusion of Martin's phone conversation with Rachel Jeantel and when a neighbor placed a 911 call as the fight was in progress. The prosecution claimed that Martin was fearful of Zimmerman, who was following him, and was running for home. Only Martin could have gotten to his destination in a matter of seconds. So what happened during those fateful four-plus minutes?

To dramatize the point, O'Mara interrupted his closing argument for over four minutes. He told the jury what he was going to do, stopped talking and set a digital timer. He sat down at the defense table, chatted with co-counsel, and everyone in the courtroom watched the seconds tick off. Four minutes is a long time in any context, but in that environment, it feels like about a year. O'Mara forcefully made the point that Martin obviously wasn't running home to escape someone he was afraid of. Rather, it is far more plausible that he laid in wait for Zimmerman and then attacked him, as Zimmerman said.

A terrific move by O'Mara.  And a major oversight by me for not mentioning it earlier.

Sorry about that...but better late than never.


THE ZIMMERMAN ACQUITTAL

Ken Berwitz

It's late.  My wife and I just got back from a very enjoyable evening with friends. So I will be as brief as possible.

George Zimmerman was acquitted and - in legal terms - is now a free man. 

However...

...Trayvon Martin remains dead..  And Zimmerman will be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life.

I'll have more to say about this tomorrow.   

 


SYRIA - ANOTHER OBAMA FOREIGN POLICY DISASTER

Ken Berwitz

How many foreign policy disasters will Barack Obama orchestrate, before mainstream media stop protecting him? 

Evidently, his latest - Syria - is the final straw for one of them.

Excerpted from the Washington Post's Thursday editorial:

IT HAS been a month since the White House informed journalists that President Obama had decided to supply Syrian rebels with light arms. Since then, the regime has launched a bloody new offensive in the city of Homs, using heavy artillery and rockets to attack residential areas held by the rebels. Thousands of people have been killed, adding to a death toll approaching 100,000. President Bashar al-Assad has been boasting of his military successes and of the failure of outside powers to bring down his regime. Meanwhile, the United States has failed to deliver any of the promised munitions to beleaguered rebel forces - "not even a single bullet," one source told The Posts David Ignatius.

The delay can be attributed in part to congressional resistance: According to reporting by The Posts Karen DeYoung, the administrations plan has drawn objections from members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, which are responsible for reviewing covert operations. But the larger problem is an extraordinary failure of leadership by Mr. Obama. While deciding on intervention in a fateful Middle East war, the president has chosen a minimalist option likely to fail while declining to publicly explain or justify his actions.

Mr. Obama's fecklessness on Syria has baffled and alarmed important U.S. allies, including Turkey and Israel, which wonder if the United States can still be counted on as a force in the region. It has emboldened not just Mr. Assad but also Iran, which has been stepping up its own intervention in Syria in the belief that it will not be countered. Now the president is failing to deliver even on the modest action he decided on. Its a spectacle that can only harm U.S. standing in the Middle East - and prolong Syria's bloodshed.

To review: 

-President Obama first did nothing. 

-While he did nothing, an estimated 70,000 Syrian citizens had been murdered by al-assad - and the Syrian rebels became infiltrated by, ultimately infested with, al-qaeda and other terrorist entities.

-Only then did he finally act - by promising to arm what now are terrorist-infested rebels. 

-But not to worry, since a month has passed and  he has not done what he promised.

What a pathetic spectacle we have become to Syria, along with the rest of the world.

Why would anyone believe a thing Barack Obama says?  Why would any foreign leader be concerned about the repercussions of going against the Obama-led United States, whether diplomatically or militarily?  

And why would anyone at all, foreign or domestic, be surprised by Mr. Obama's incompetence, his inability to act decisively?  One look at his record in the Illinois State Senate and US Senate would show exactly the same lack of substance.

The Washington Post - finally, long after it became apparent - now is talking about Barack Obama's "extraordinary failure of leadership".  When do others among Mr. Obama's Accomplice Media follow suit? 

Ever?


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from Joe Hansen, who heads the 1.3 million-member UCFW (United Food and Commercial Workers International) union. 

Mr. Hansen, it seems, is horrified by what ObamaCare is going to do to his workers - something it would have been nice of him to realize a bit earlier - like when he was supporting, contributing to, and  working for Mr. Obama in 2008 and again in 2012.

Here is what he has to say about ObamaCare these days:

"You can't have the same quality healthcare that you had before, despite what the president said.  Now what's going to happen is everybody is going to have to go to private for-profit insurance companies. We just don't think that's right. ... We just want to keep what we already have and what we bought at tremendous cost.

"I was pretty blunt about it.  I told them it was a very serious issue. That it was wrong. Taft-Hartley plans should be deemed as qualified healthcare providers and I also said it's going to have political repercussions if we don't get this fixed.

"When [the Obama administration] started writing the rules and regulations, we just assumed that Taft-Hartley plans - that workers covered by those plans, especially low-wage workers - would be eligible for the subsidies and stay in their plans and they're not".

Hello.  Did Joe Hansen just tell us that Barack Obama and his people lied to them?  What a shock.

Mr. Hansen's commentary is terribly belated.  But dead-on accurate.  Maybe he figures that, as beholden to the unions as Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats are, they will find a way to exempt the UCFW from these distasteful elements of ObamaCare.  If so, he is probably on solid ground.  After all it's just taxpayer money. right?  Democrats need those union contributions and organizational support, don't they?  So I would not at all bet against it happening.

Regardless, Joe Hansen earns Quote Of The Day honors for plainly stating one of the many problems with ObamaCare - a problem his 1.3 million member union might yet wriggle out of, but owners of businesses with 50 or more people will be reamed over (unless they're ritzy-glitzy pals with Nancy Pelosi, that is). 

The award is yours, Joe.  And you've got your (possibly former) lord and savior Barack Obama to thank for it.  Because without his godawful ObamaCare plan, and his gross dishonesty about it will do to union worker (not just the USFW, by a long shot), you'd never have won.


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