Tuesday, 29 October 2013

REPUBLICAN IDIOT ALERT

Ken Berwitz

I'll bet this guy thought he was being clever......

jim wheeler, a first-term Nevada Assemblyman, speaking to a Republican gathering last August, actually made this comment about whether he would vote for slavery - that's right, slavery - if he felt his constituents were in favor of it:

"If that's what they wanted, I'd have to hold my nose ... they'd probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah"

Is there anything that even looks like a brain rattling around in this guy's head?

Not surprisingly, everyone - from both sides of the aisle - joined in condemning that comment.  Among the reactions from wheeler's fellow Republicans:

"Assemblyman Wheeler's comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society.  He should retract his remarks and apologize.":  Republican Governor Brian Sandoval;

"...insensitive and wrong":Republican Senator Dean Heller;

"...outrageous, they are embarrassing and they are just plain sad.  It's time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work":  Republican Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson

Yeah, I know what he was trying to say.  He was trying to say that he has to represent his constituents, and is willing to subordinate his personal beliefs to do so.  But could he possibly have said it in more disgusting, vile, unthinking way?

Would wheeler also hold his nose and vote for killing every Black citizen if that's what his constituents wanted?  Or closing every house of worship but the one most of them attended?  Or....well, you can fill in a few equally imbecilic examples of your own.

The only reason I don't think wheeler should resign, is because it seems clear that this was not meant to support slavery, it was meant to convey his loyalty to the people who elected him.  But if he thinks this is the way to do it, I cringe at the reasons he would vote for anything at all, under any circumstances.

An idiot is an idiot.  And on the idiot dartboard, a comment like that is dead-center of the bullseye.


THE HOPELESSNESS OF THE TODAY SHOW

Ken Berwitz

As noted yesterday, NBC News put out a genuinely devastating investigative report showing that, for three years, even as President Obama repeatedly told us if we liked our insurance we could keep it, he knew that, because of ObamaCare, an estimated 7 to 10.5 million people would lose their insurance coverage.

Based in part on this revelation, Dana Milbank, who has been a fan of Mr. Obama's all this time, wrote a column titled "What did President Obama know, and when did he know it?". 

This morning CNN's lead story, covering this new information (and the NSA spying), is titled "What did Obama know, and when did he find out?"

And the Today Show - which airs on NBC, the same network which produced this devastating report?  A 19 second "and in other news"-quality report, buried in the middle of the first half hour, which told viewers there would be hearings on ObamaCare today and tomorrow.  That's it.  Not one word about its own network's report that President Obama serially lied to us.

However, during the same first half hour, when Matt Lauer interviewed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on this anniversary date of Hurricane Sandy, he made a point of reminding viewers that Christie attacked Republicans for not doing enough and praised President Obama.

Today is hopeless.


CBS NEWS CONTINUES ITS OBAMACARE REPORTING

Ken Berwitz

CBS News has broken free of the Accomplice Media albatross....and is reporting honestly about the ObamaCare monstrosity.

Here is a partial transcript of this morning's report:

It's an unexpected reality of Obamacare being told through anecdotes in local papers and on social media. But the hard numbers reveal the evidence is far more than anecdotal.

CBS News has confirmed with insurance companies across the country that more than two million people are getting notices they no longer can keep their existing plans. In California, 279,000; in Michigan, 40,000; Florida, 300,000; and in New Jersey, 800,000. And those numbers are certain to go even higher. Some companiestell us they've sent letters, but they won't say how many.

...Industry experts like Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation say the insurance companies have no choice. Obamacare forces them to drop many of their plans that don't meet the laws 10 minimum standards, including maternity care, emergency visits, mental health treatment and even pediatric dental care.

That means consumers have to sign on to new plans even if they don't want or need the more generous coverage.

Want more?  Then click here for Ed Morrissey's piece at hotair.com, which includes the full video.

Honest reporting about things as they are.  What a concept.

May CBS - and the rest of mainstream media - do nothing but from now on.


OUR STAGNANT ECONOMY: THE NUMBERS TELL THE TALE

Ken Berwitz

With all the news about NSA spying and the ObamaCare disaster, this one would be easy to lose in the shuffle.  And I have no doubt that President Obama and his fellow Democrats wish for that to happen. 

But not here.

According to (usually Obama-loving) Christiopher S. Rugaber's article for the Associated Press,

-Manufacturing output gained a virtually non-existent 0.1% in September;

-That is down from the not-particularly-good 0.5% in August;

-Industrial output rose an ok 0.6%, but only because an unusually warm September caused a 4.4% jump in utility output because people were using their air conditioners more than normal for this time of year - i.e., it had nothing to do with government policy;

-And orders for industrial machinery fell sharply.

In short, after five years of Obama & Co., we have a stagnant, going-nowhere economy.

Still think blaming Bush will work, Mr. President?


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from what is left of John Lewis, the sorry shell of a once-important civil rights leader, now a one-note hack in the House of Representatives.

Here is what Mr. Lewis has to say about Republican opposition to ObamaCare:

"Just reminds me of another period in our history. Not so long ago during the 50s, many Southern senators signed a Southern Manifesto after the Supreme Court decision of 1954. And those senators - along with many Southern governors - subscribed to the doctrine of interposition and notification and some even massive resistance.  That's what we saw on the part of the Republican members of the House and some of the Republicans in the Senate"

FYI:  The Southern Manifesto, signed in 1956, was written in opposition to the Brown v Board Of Education decision, which made racial segregation of public schools illegal.  

John Lewis, therefore, is equating opposition to ObamaCare - which the leaders of his party have lied to our faces about for years, and which every major poll shows the country to be against - with support of racial segregation. 

That doesn't even qualify as looney-tunes.  it's not logical enough.

Oh, by the way, it might interest you to know that 99 congresspeople signed the Southern Manifesto - and 97 of them were Democrats, not Republicans. 

I therefore award John Lewis Quote Of The Day honors on the grounds that, if sheer ridiculousness is taken into account, nothing else is going to beat it today.

Congratulations...sort of.


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