Tuesday, 05 November 2013

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

If revising history is a qualifier for Quote Of The Day honors - and it is, there is no competition for who wins.

Here is what Barack Obama claimed while campaigning yesterday (does he ever do anything else?):

"If you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really liked that plan, what we said was you could keep it if it hasn't changed since the law's passed.  So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act you are grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we're saying is they have got to change it to a higher standard. They've got to make it better."

This, folks, is after three years of telling us - literally dozens of times - that if you like your current plan, you can keep it.  period.  No qualifiers, no maybes, no grandfather disclaimers. 

Period means period...at least to the rest of the world.  And, truth be told, period means period to President Obama as well. Mr. Obama knows full well that the legislation was written in a way that these policies could not be grandfathered in, so they would have to be cancelled.

But, for a man this practiced at looking us in the eye and lying, the overtness of the lie, apparently, becomes irrelevant.  A liar is a liar, and someone who lies as frequently, and as casually, as Barack Obama can't be bothered with minor details such as reality.

I thought about whether to give President Obama Quote Of The Day "honors" for the blatancy of his lie, or the degree to which he revised history.  I decided on the latter, because, while hardly unusual for Mr. Obama, revision of history does occur marginally less frequently than lying per se. 

Either way, he is today's recipient.  Heckuva win, Mr. President.


THE AMERICAN CROSSROADS OBAMACARE AD

Ken Berwitz

The following ad, put together by the conservative American Crossroads group, is 1:11 long. 

It ends by nailing Alaska Senator Mark Begich for seconding Barack Obama's lies about people being able to keep their current insurance plans under ObamaCare.  And if you happen to live in Alaska, the Begich part should be of great interest to you.

But the first :55 of this ad should be of great interest to everyone.  Because it is a compendium of video footage showing President Obama lying to our faces about ObamaCare, with quotes from media source after media source - very much including those which are usually Obama-friendly - calling him out on those lies.

Here it is, without further comment.  Because none is necessary:  Mr. Obama speaks for himself.  Clearly, concisely and dramatically:


 


THE VIRGINIA DIRTY TRICKS CAMPAIGN

Ken Berwitz

Terry McAuliffe running for office, and - with several polls showing what once was a comfortable lead quickly tightening to within the statistical margin of error - he is, and should be, worred.

So what would someone like McAuliffe - a career take-no-prisoners political operative - do in this kind of situation? 

This might be your answer - as excerpted from Lachlan Markay's piece for the Washington Free Beacon:

Virginia Democrats are allegedly misrepresenting the positions held by Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli in an attempt to depress conservative turnout and using peer pressure to boost voter turnout among Democratic constituencies in the final days of that state's gubernatorial race.

Del. Scott Lingamfelter, a Republican, said he received a robo-call on Sunday evening claiming that Cuccinelli supports the Affordable Care Act and taxpayer financing for abortions.

Cuccinelli vehemently opposes Obamacare, as the law is commonly known. He was the first state attorney general to challenge the law in court. He is also strongly opposed to abortion.

The recording said the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) paid for it, Lingamfelter wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

The robo-calls and other questionable campaign tactics came days before voters go to the polls in what has been a bruising and negative gubernatorial campaign.

The robocalls followed reports from registered Virginia voters of campaign mailers designed to "guilt-trip" them into showing up at the polls.

One of those mailers, sent by the DPVA, included a "chart that shows your household's public voting record in past elections." The party said it would "mail you an updated chart after the election that will show whether or not you voted."

Lies.  Intimidation. Complete lack of scruples.

Does this have "McAuliffe" written all over it?  You be the judge.

free` Last paragraph "One of those mailers, sent by the DPVA, included a "chart that shows your household's public voting record in past elections." The party said it would "mail you an updated chart after the election that will show whether or not you voted." --------------------------------- This hopefully will be as close to the fascist type government that the far left want. In some countries it is a crime not to vote, remember saddam hussein? his elections always had at least 99% voting and all for him. (11/06/13)


ABOUT THAT SYRIA "DEAL"..... Ken Berwitz


Have you heard?  The Obama administration has cut a deal with Russia on Syria.  God, that Obama is a genius.

Huh?  What did you ask?  What are the terms of the deal.  Well, uh.........

-After a month of moving his assets around the country so that they would be hard, maybe impossible to find, bashar al-assad has promised Vladimir Putin, his puppeteer and benefactor, that he will provide an accounting of the weapons that have just been moved around. 

-Or is it just the ones that are now in places where they can be found?  


That is from my blog of September 15th.

Now, here is the beginning of Barbara Starr's article, posted today at cnn.com, 

The United States is looking at new classified intelligence indicating the Syrian government may not fully declare its chemical weapons stockpile, CNN has learned. That would mean it will still have a secret cache of chemical weapons even after the current agreed-upon destruction effort is carried out.

The intelligence is not definitive but "there are various threads of information that would shake our confidence," one U.S. official said. "They have done things recently that suggest Syria is not ready to get rid of all their chemical weapons."

Wowee.  What a surprise.

I hope you are not particularly impressed with the fact that I sniffed this out beforehand.  Because it did not take any smarts at all to figure out the game bashar al-assad, and his puppeteer, Russia's Vladimir Putin, were playing - or how willingly our hopelessly overmatched Secretary of State, John Kerry, and his puppeteer, President Obama, would be to buy into their game.

Assuming these "various threads of invormation" are correct (and, frankly, I do - otherwise I'm virtually 100% certain they wouldn't have been mentioned at all), what do we have in Syria?  Not only does al-assad's bloodbath continue unabated (well over 100,000 dead so far, and counting), but his capability to bump up the casualty rate with chemical weapons is still there as well. 

My compliments to Barbara Starr, and CNN, for posting this on the network's web site.  Showing up Obama & Co. for the bumbling incompetents they so often are, is not exactly the coin of the realm at most news organizations.  

But will this be on other mainstream media venues as well?  Featured as prominently as the trumpeting of Sec. Kerry's "deal", when it was first announced?  

Now that would be an unexpected turn of events. 

I'll wait and see....but I'm not exactly betting the ranch on it.

Zeke ....... .......... If you Want your murdering tyrant, you can Keep your murdering tyrant . . . . . No one is going to take that Thug from you . . . .. . (11/06/13)

Zeke ....... .......... If you Want your murdering tyrant, you can Keep your murdering tyrant . . . . . No one is going to take that Thug from you . . . .. . (11/06/13)


THE WHITE HOUSE TOURS ARE BACK. WHY?

Ken Berwitz

Remember the sequester?  Remember the dire warnings of cataclysmic economic disaster?  Remember how the Obama administration used it as an excuse to curtail White House tours - the tours conducted by unpaid volunteers?  Remember how we were told that this was necessary because of how much it cost for the extra security measures necessary for those tours to be conducted?

Well, guess what.  The tours are back.  They have resumed, effective today.

What has changed?  Nothing.  The sequester is still fully operational.  The cost of security is still the cost of security.

So why are they back?

Y'know, a cynical person just might think they never had to be stopped in the first place.  A cynical person just might think it was a way of intentionally creating pain for the public so they would be roused into demanding that Republicans knuckle under, which didn't work out.  And now, 8 months later, when none of their dire warnings came true and one even thinks about the sequester, they are quietly undoing their disgraceful, unnecessary action.

I suggest you join me, and be cynical.


MY VOTE - AND EXPECTATIONS

Ken Berwitz

I voted at 8:40 this morning.  

The very nice lady who I spoke to, told me they were "very busy" today - a claim belied by the fact that, over 2 1/2 hours after the polls opened, I was only the 29th voter in my entire district.  That's less than 12 an hour.  

Governor-wise, I voted for Chris Christie, who I have mixed, but generally positive feelings about. 

For whatever it means to you, I expect (not predict, expect) that, in my adopted state of New Jersey, Incumbent Governor Chris Christie will win by at least 25%, and may well double the vote total of Barbara Buono, the Democrats' sacrificial lamb candidate for this virtually unwinnable race.

In New York City, I expect that Bill Di Blasio, who came out of nowhere to win the Democrat primary, will win the Mayoralty by a mile over the Republican Joe ("Who?") Lhota - an experienced, capable man who generated virtually no interest among voters:  an "inside guy" if there ever was one.

In Virginia, I expect that Terry McAuliffe will win by maybe 4 - 5%.  But I would be only mildly surprised if Ken Cuccinelli pulled an upset.  If that were to happen, I would probably chalk it up to negative backlash over ObamaCare.

Zeke .... ..... ..... I voted at noon. . . . .. The polling place had a lot more people than typical for a non-presidential year. . . .. The polling clerk said that it was a very busy day. . . .. . .. Weather has been mild and sunny. . . . . (11/05/13)


REDSKINS? XXX. BLACKHAWKS? !!!

Ken Berwitz

With a tip of the hat to weeklystandard.com's Jeryl Bier, I note that President Obama, who has been quoted as suggesting that the Washington Redskins' name is offensive to India...er, Native Americans*, welcomed the National Hockey League Champion Chicago Blackhawks to the White House yesterday.

Here is the Blackhawk mascot - which Mr. Obama evidently considers sufficiently reverent towards Native Americans to be acceptable:

A comical-looking bird, with the name "Tommy Hawk"?  Obiously, that's much less offensive than the "Redskins" name.

Uh....oh, wait...

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*"Native Americans" refers to the people who European settlers found when they got to what is now America.  There are various theories about where they came from, when they got here, and who among them was here before the others -- which leads to the issue of which Native Americans are the real ones and which are no more "native" than the Europeans.  Unless they all came from somewhere else, which, I guess, means there are no Native Americans at all.

Personally, I was born in Brooklyn, New York which, I've always had this quaint idea, made me a native American.  I apologize for my lack of politically correct sensitivity.

free` Ken, Same here, I was born here in America by two parents that were also born here in America. What more does it take to be a native than that? (11/06/13)


IS TWITTER CENSORING OBAMACARE CANCELLATION STORIES?

Ken Berwitz

Is twitter censoring a web site which asks people to post the insurance cancellation letters they have gotten as the result of ObamaCare?  Or is it that organized ObamaCare supporters are actively working to prevent such information from seeing the light of day on twitter (and, presumably, other venues)?

As Charles C. Johnson of dailycaller relates, the account, titled @mycancellation, asks that people "Help us show Washington the faces who lost what they liked"...."ObamaCare canceled your health insurance. Now, send us your letter".

This is certainly well within twitter guidelines.  But the account has been suspended - two different times - with no explanation, so far, from twitter as to why the suspensions took place.

One possibility mentioned by Heather Higgins, one of the people who started this site, is that organized ObamaCare supporters are intentionally bombing twitter with bogus complaints of abuse, which cause the suspensions to kick in. 

In other words, they are playing dirty tricks in an effort to censor people's real accounts of what ObamaCare has done to their insurance coverage, so that the rest of us will not see them.

And where do you suppose an effort like that might emanate from?  Is it possible it would come from -  or at least be inspired by - a former "community organizer"? 

Your guess is as good  as mine. 


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