Sunday, 20 October 2013

THE "TEA PARTY" AND DEMOCRAT "CIVILITY"

Ken Berwitz

What are Democrats calling the "Tea Party" movement these days?  Here is a tiny sampling:

-"Legislative Arsonists":  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

-Playing "Russian Roulette" with loaded chambers,and want to shoot every bullet they have at the president.:  House Minority whip Steny Hoyer

-"Anarchists":  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

-"Teabaggers" (a term which refers to an explicit sex act):  too many to name.

-And many, many more

Now:  How many news articles, features, panel discussions, etc. have you seen in which media have spoken out against the use of these terms to describe an entire movement which apparently includes millions of citizens?  

While you're trying to come up with any, think of how many condemnations you heard against Sarah Palin after a lunatic opened fire, killing 6 and severely wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona - because, almost a year earlier, Palin had put out a flyer using crosshairs to show Democrat congressional districts around the country which were vulnerable to Republican takeovers, one of which was Ms. Giffords'. 

Keep in mind that these attacks occurred despite the fact that there was no indication whatsoever that the shooter, jared lee loughner, ever saw one of Palin's flyers, none of his writings (ravings is more like it) ever mentioned Palin, and despite the fact that crosshairs had been used numerous times in the past by other politicians in both parties.

Final question:  can you see why I have a problem with media bias? 

Yeah, I know.  That was the easy one. 


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

There are a lot of criteria used to award Quote Of The Day honors.  One of them is truth.

And you won't find a more truthful comment than this, which comes to us from Texas' junior Senator, Ted Cruz:

"I didn't come to the senate to get 99 new friends"

You might or might not agree with what Senator Cruz has done, and why that comment rings so true - certainly for Democrats but for a good number of Republicans as well.  But you cannot beat it for dead-on factuality.

Congratulations, Mr. Senator.  Quote Of The Day honors are yours.


$634 MILLION DOLLARS, AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY WEB SITE...

Ken Berwitz

Just when you think it couldn't get more unbelievable......

Excerpted from Jason Millman's piece at politico.com:

The Obama administration Sunday said it's called on "the best and brightest" tech experts from both government and the private sector to help fix the troubled website at the root of the Obamacare enrollment problems.

The unusual Sunday 600-word blog post from HHS was the first update in more than a week on the many failings of an expensive website that HHS itself described as "frustrating for many Americans." But it didn't specify who the administration had called in, or when the American people would see clear-cut results on Healthcare.gov.

 "We're kind of thinking of it as a tech 'surge,'" an HHS official told POLITICO

And if you think that's bad, read the rest of the article.

The first question which comes to mind is, if the disaster on steroids that is ObamaCare's web site requires the best and brightest tech experts from government and the private sector, what the EFF were they using for the three years prior to now?  And who the EFF were they paying over $600 million dollars to?  Bill's Web Site Development and Grill?

Then we have the fact that Obama & Co. are not telling us who these "best and brightest" people are.  In thinking about this, let's remember that the people picking them are the same people who picked the first crew.  Do you - can you possibly - have any trust that they will do less of a botch job this time?  If so, I have some waterfront property in Death Valley to sell you.

And the icing on the cake?  "We're kind of thinking of it as a tech 'surge'".  Well, speaking for, I am sure, tens of millions of people, we're thinking of it as an impossibly incompetent bunch of people spending three years and huge dollar amounts to give us something the 8th grader down the block could have put together better in two hours, with his ear buds on, listening to Jay-Z at a volume level which would put average adults into intensive care.

Finally, let me remind you that the people handling round two of The Web Site Follies are the same people who will be in charge of health care.  Whether people are sick or well.  Whether they live or die.

Sleep well tonight....


THE KATHLEEN SEBELIUS COMEDY MINUTE

Ken Berwitz

Not much writing necessary on this one.  Here, from Brian Preston's blog at pjmedia.com, is a compendium, a little over one minute long, of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius telling you that the ObamaCare web site would be up and running smoothly as of October 1 - a "fact" she could not possibly have known to be true, and which has proved to be 100% untrue:

Now that the web site is down and barely runn...er, up and running, Ms. Sebelius, is refusing to testify before congress, where Republicans (not Democrats - a disgrace in and of itself) want to know why this is such a complete mess.

What do you call someone who makes claims like the ones you just watched, which she could not possibly have known to be true, and turn out not to be? 

I'm calling it a comedy minute.  You may have a less kind description....

....actually, come to think of it, so do I.

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REVISION:  Call it a brain fart, but when I originally wrote this blog I referred to the HHS secretary as Jean Sebelius rather than Kathleen.  Jean Sebelius was a Finnish composer, male rather than female, who died in 1957.  I had been reading about him and, mindlessly substituted his name for hers.

Also, Ms. Sebelius is not - at least as of now - leaving HHS.  There are calls for her to do so but, so far, she is staying put.

Other than that I got everything right......

Zeke .... ..... Funnier than anything SNL has done in years. .... ..... ... (10/20/13)


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