Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Look ma, I'm famous

Eric has decided I am right wing

I prefer to think I am more inscrutable

Especially since Insomniac Libertarian is usually anarchist and anti military empire

But we are anti PC and I luv the potential for getting linked to his high web traffic.

I am a nose under the tent

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Tag team beating of two white kids on school bus by black gang - Delaware County, PA

Posted: 15 Oct 2013 07:12 PM PDT

LATE NIGHT BREAKING NEWS... WARNING: Lots of blood From Eric Dondero:  10-paragraph article by the local Philly CBS News, and not a single mention of the fact that the two victims were white, and the three perpetrators were black. Late Monday, police confirmed to Eyewitness News that...

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Two Turkish Youth arrested for Nazi salute at former Nazi concentration camp in Poland

Posted: 15 Oct 2013 08:45 AM PDT

Islamo-fascism? Why that's just a made up term don't you know. Just Islamo-phobia. No linkage between Islam and Hitler... none at all.  by Eric Dondero  Leftists and our friends on the leftside of the libertarian movement love to tell us all how Islam is perfectly compatible with a...

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Larry Klayman calls Obama a Muslim at Vets/Tea Party rally in D.C.: Right on cue, Obama Tweets out an explicit Muslim greeting worldwide

Posted: 15 Oct 2013 08:03 AM PDT

UN-FUCKIN'-BELIEVABLE!!  From Eric Dondero:  So, all day yesterday conservative commentators on Fox News and talk radio, blasted hard-right activist and Judicial Watch publisher Larry Klayman for his comments about Obama at the DC rally yesterday, "put down that Koran." Sean Hannity...

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Time to declare victory for GOP House leadership?

Posted: 15 Oct 2013 07:24 AM PDT

Taking a page out of the Church of Bob playbook by Clifford F. Thies  With the Senate making a mess of the budget, the House Republicans have an opportunity to "declare victory" and put the disaster of Obamacare squarely on the shoulders of the Administration. Over in the Senate, we...

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MSNBC's president gets punked: Sorry Phil Griffin, Megyn Kelly really is that hot in prime time

Posted: 15 Oct 2013 07:33 AM PDT

From Eric Dondero:  What a chump. His name is Phil Griffin (anybody ever heard of this guy?). He's apparently the president of MSNBC. Apparently out of frustration at his hyper-leftist liberty-hating network's utterly disgraceful ratings he lashed out at libertarian/conservative Fox...

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Mark Thornton of the Ludvig von Mises Inst. on the three recent Eco winners of the Nobel Prize

Posted: 15 Oct 2013 07:32 AM PDT

The Austrian view  From the description: Mark Thornton discusses the three American winners of the 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Thornton is a Senior Fellow at the Mises Institute.  For more information, visit the Mises Institute online at mises.org. See related...

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Insomniac Libertarian for Libertarian Republicans

Posted: 15 Oct 2013 06:26 AM PDT

FROM THE EDITOR:  Welcome to the newest member of our Right Libertarian blog roll: Insomniac Libertarian. The blog is hosted by a longtime friend and sometimes contributor to this website Bruce Majors. A little bit about Bruce; he was the 2010 Libertarian Party candidate for US Congress...

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Miss World (crowned in Bali): 'No' means no and 'yes' means marriage. She's o.k. with the transgendered, they're "people to be proud of," only don't enter beauty contests for women

Posted: 15 Oct 2013 06:07 AM PDT

Muslim-dominated West Java missed out in hosting the pageant, and all the economic benefits, to less-Muslim oriented Bali by Clifford F. Thies  All the controversy over having a beauty contest in Indonesia! The new Miss World, from Philippines, expresses some perfectly libertarian...

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Why Do Republicans Object to Obamacare?


Why Do Republicans Object to Obamacare?
Laurence M. Vance
October 15, 2013

House Republicans have been wanting changes to Obamacare as a condition to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government. Why do Republicans object to Obamacare? They support things even worse–Medicare. And back when Bush the president they expanded Medicare to levels that LBJ could never have imagined. Although Republicans may not believe in the federal government forcing Americans to purchase health insurance for themselves, they do believe in forcing some Americans to pay for the health insurance or health care of other Americans through programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP.

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Fwd: US, UK Security Agencies Trying To Crack Tor Network








http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1112967498/nsa-targeted-tor-network-100613/

US, UK Security Agencies Reportedly Trying To Crack Tor Network

October 6, 2013

Image Credit: Balefire / Shutterstock

Documents released Friday by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveal that the US security agency is attempting to target the privacy-protecting Tor web browsing software, various media outlets have reported.

Tor, which is short for The Onion Router, is currently used by approximately 500,000 people, said Slate.com writer Ryan Gallagher. The majority of those individuals are human rights advocates or journalists attempting to mask their activity from the prying eyes of their governments – although Tor can also be used by criminal agencies or terrorist cells, which makes it of interest to federal security agencies such as the NSA.

"The Tor network is an open-source software project that renders users anonymous by relaying multiply encrypted communications across many different computers around the Internet, effectively obscuring a user's location and activity from anyone conducting surveillance or analyzing Web traffic. (Such as, say, the NSA.)," ReadWrite's Brian Proffit said. "The network makes it much more difficult to trace site visits, messages, posts or other communications to any particular individual."

"On Friday, newly released documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the agency's attempts to monitor Tor users' Internet activity," Gallagher added. "Top-secret slides shed light on how the NSA has worked to infiltrate the Tor anonymity network in apparent cooperation with allied agencies in Britain and the other members of the 'Five Eyes' network – Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. But the spies' efforts to infiltrate Tor have not been entirely successful, which will come as welcome news to privacy advocates."

The top-secret documents leaked by Snowden were obtained (and at least one of them, published) by The Guardian. They reveal that the NSA has had some success against Tor by identifying users, then attacking vulnerable software programs installed on their computers. According to the UK newspaper, one of the agency's techniques targeted the Firefox web browser, using it to gain total control of a computer – complete with access to files, keystrokes, and online activity.

"Despite Tor's importance to dissidents and human rights organizations, however, the NSA and its UK counterpart GCHQ have devoted considerable efforts to attacking the service, which law enforcement agencies say is also used by people engaged in terrorism, the trade of child abuse images, and online drug dealing," the Guardian said. "While it seems that the NSA has not compromised the core security of the Tor software or network, the documents detail proof-of-concept attacks, including several relying on the large-scale online surveillance systems maintained by the NSA and GCHQ through internet cable taps."

Ironically, Jeff John Roberts of GigaOm pointed out that the Tor technology itself was largely funded by the US government, who viewed the network as a way to establish a private communication system both for the military as well as for political dissidents living in authoritarian nations. He added that security experts said that the American government is "working at cross purposes" by simultaneously helping to build and crack secure, anonymous communications networks, even if they could be used by terrorists.

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Fwd: [New post] Obama’s foreign policy – in one pic





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Fwd: How to Annoy the NSA: Adopt the Highway to Its "Secret" Data Center



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How to Annoy the NSA: Adopt the Highway to Its "Secret" Data Center

By Will Oremus

An anti-NSA group has found a clever way to protest the agency's "secret" Utah spy center.

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Out in the Utah desert, the National Security Agency has been building what's been billed as the country's biggest spy center: a massive data-collection facility designed to intercept and analyze electronic communications from around the world. But the shadowy, $1.7-billion facility may turn out to be a little less shadowy than the agency had hoped.

As Forbes' Kashmir Hill and others have reported, the NSA has been vigilant about keeping the public away from the data center. When Hill stopped by unannounced in March and snapped some photos, she was detained and interrogated for an hour before eventually agreeing to delete two of the pictures. But a plucky band of activists has found a clever loophole.

According to the Salt Lake Tribunean anti-NSA group has "adopted" the two-mile section of highway that runs past the "secret" facility. And don't think they did it just because they want to keep the road litter-free. The group, called Restore the Fourth-Utah—as in, restore the Fourth Amendment, the one that protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure—told the Tribune its members plan to carry picket signs while they pick up the trash. They'll also get an official "Adopt-a-Highway" sign bearing the group's name along each side of the freeway.

A spokesman told the Tribune that the Utah Department of Transportation had approved the project and would soon finalize the paperwork. He didn't know if the DOT had checked with the NSA first. "As long as [Restore The Fourth-Utah is] following safety protocol," Gleason said, "we're happy there are people applying to keep litter off the roads out there."

The NSA's testy response: "Highway adoptions are not a part of NSA's federal mission."

This is not the first setback for the data center. According to the Wall Street Journal, a series of electrical surges has damaged hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and delayed the facility's opening by a year. Utah also surprised the agency with a proposed energy-rate hike in May, which could cost the power-hungry facility some $2.4 million per year.

Will Oremus is a Slate staff writer. Email him at will.oremus@slate.com or follow him on Twitter.





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Fwd: And Not a Word about the Defense Department









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And Not a Word about the Defense Department

By Numerian, on October 14th, 2013

After just a little more than a day into the Great Government Shutdown of 2013, the federal government quietly called back all of the Defense Department workers who had been furloughed.  All CIA, NSA and other intelligence agency federal employees were brought back on the job as well.  In the multiple discussions that are underway in the House, the Senate, and with the Obama administration on how to solve the budget issues, no one has said anything about making cuts in the Department of Defense budget or in the broader military-industrial complex.  Talk about a third rail in politics – anything to do with defense and national security is an invisible rail that just doesn't exist, and the thought of doing something serious about defense spending, or about United States military policy, never crosses the mind of anyone in Washington.

The military establishment is so pampered, and so powerful, and apparently so important that it cannot even contribute more than a day of sacrifice while the rest of the government has to endure two weeks and running without pay.  The only difference between the Republicans and Democrats on the issue of military expenditures is that the Democrats are pressing to cancel the sequester immediately, which would push defense expenditures back up, not down.  Other than fringe critics like Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alan Grayson, or ex-Rep. Ron Paul, there is not one politician in Washington – and certainly no major figure – who has dared to suggest that a very big hatchet is required to get defense spending back to defensible levels.  This despite the fact that the public wants to see a complete rethinking of the idea that the U.S. has to be the world's policeman, and it is especially voters under 30 who are very skeptical of the world they find themselves in – one in which their generation puts their lives on the line for endless military adventures overseas that have no obvious connection to the security of the United States.

The military-industrial complex is untouchable not because they have done such a great job defending America (you can give them a pass for missing 9/11 but there was no excuse for the national surveillance state missing the Boston Marathon bombers), but because they do such a great job marketing themselves.  When you've got at least $800 billion to play with every year, no one will notice if you spend $100 million on video games as recruitment tools, on advertising campaigns in every major television market, on expensive jet flyovers at college and professional football games, and on programs to monitor and participate in on-line chat rooms to steer the national conversation about defense away from any criticism.

In the national debate that is supposedly going on in America over budget priorities during the shutdown, do you hear anything about eliminating corporate welfare?  Again, not one politician has put on the table the idea that the U.S. could raise hundreds of millions of dollars, at a minimum, by eliminating corporate subsidies, tax breaks, cartel privileges, and such like.  For all the insistence from the Republicans that America be saved from Obamacare, why is there no discussion about saving America from a health care system that has become almost as parasitical on the economy as the finance industry?  To the credit of the national media, there have been some excellent articles and exposes in the past year about what is really wrong with the health care system.  Hospitals are allowed to keep a private charter of prices that no one can possibly justify or explain ($5 for a Tylenol pill, for example), but which serve as the basis from which the hospital negotiates discounts with the insurance companies and Medicare.  If you don't have insurance but are forced to use the emergency room of a hospital, you are personally charged these absurd prices, which has led to millions of unfortunate people going bankrupt in the U.S.   The pharmaceutical companies are protected by laws that allow them to charge five times the cost of medicine, and they are exempt from competition because U.S. laws forbid the importation of the same drugs at much lower prices.  Doctors are allowed to have a cartel that meets annually in Washington and decides what a specialist can charge Medicare (and inevitably the rest of the country) for something as basic as a colonoscopy procedure.  The consequence of this cartel is that Americans pay five to ten times what someone in Canada, Europe, or Japan would pay for the same procedure.

No one in Washington wants to talk about doing something about these distortions in the market place, despite the fact that everyone in Washington gives lip service (especially the Republicans) to the wonder-working power of the market to solve all problems.  This is why it is forbidden to discuss the student-loan scam, and how the finance industry has abused the privilege of selling risk free loans in order to entrap young people into a lifetime of debt peonage.  Of course, who is to stop the banks in this game, when it is the students themselves who are anxious to take on this debt under the illusion it will be the key to getting a well-paying job.  Institutions of higher education are in on the scam too, since it has fueled a 40 year explosion in their budgets, all of which has gone not to education, but to bloated administration budgets and indulgence in an arms race among colleges to build the most magnificent sports facilities for the real people who count on campus these days  – the athletes and coaches.

We can go on and on about the corruption of money in politics, the role of lobbyists, and the revolving door among Congressmen, their staff, and the corporations who donate to their political campaigns.  These are to be sure major reasons why no one in Washington wants to talk about the country's real problems – an over-extended military and foreign policy footprint, a health care system that is dependent on monopolies and cartels to support its absurd cost structure, an educational system that offers no real value yet charges premium prices because the government subsidizes student loans, a corporate welfare state that has managed to shift almost all of its tax-paying obligations on to individuals, and a financial system that is not content to charge rent on every little transaction that runs through the system, but now seeks to profit from illegal and unethical behavior because neither the regulators nor the government is willing to bring criminal charges against the industry.

The corruption of money only explains part of the problem  – the part where Washington politicians insist that there is no place left to turn to other than entitlements in order to get federal spending under control.  Entitlements is a code word for anything to do with spending money on people for food, housing, or other necessities of survival.  In the Godfather movies, it was common for a criminal about to murder a victim to explain "It's nothing personal, it's just business."   Washington takes the opposite tack, by declaring "This has nothing to do with business, it's just personal".  The cutbacks being sought are entirely to be borne by the people, not by business.  By people, we especially mean people of color, who under Republican orthodoxy, are well-known leeches, lazily sitting at home after shopping with their Link card, while hard-working white people have their taxes confiscated in order to indulge the slothful and indolent.  What appears to be infighting among Republicans over the government shutdown is really nothing more than a policy dispute over whether grandma and grandpa should also be thrown into the category of leeches as well.  Some Republicans want cuts right away in Social Security and Medicare entitlements, while others want the elderly to be "grandfathered" and exempt from such cutbacks, which would therefore be deferred for ten or so years.

What's missing in all this is the understanding that there has been, to use an overworked phrase, a "paradigm shift".  The United States has suffered a permanent decline in living standards in the last decade, and that decline is accelerating.  It came at a very bad time, when Bill Clinton had thrown away what was left of the welfare state safety net.  Consequently, food stamps and disability payments have become the new welfare.  More importantly, the underclass that has arisen, comprising nearly 20% of the population, isn't going away, not unless about 900 million Chinese and Indian workers could somehow be put back into the bottle of extreme poverty.

That is the paradigm shift – the U.S. is a permanently poorer country that is going to get poorer still for at least the rest of this decade.  Part of the American economy is permanently a third world economy where people cannot get middle class jobs, and they survive on a subsistence standard of living only because of government payouts.  Washington doesn't understand this.  Everyone in political power is working on the assumption America is the first world economy it has been for nearly 70 years since the end of the war.  It's assumed the food stamp program is going to get back to normal once the economy recovers, as it always has in the past.  American capitalism continues to hold mythological sway in Washington, which assumes it is a permanent job-creating and wealth-creating mechanism.  Even the Federal Reserve is caught in this illusion; its Quantitative Easing programs are designed to regenerate the "little bit of inflation" that allows the debt machine to crank on eternally.  The Fed doesn't recognize that the American consumer has reached their debt tolerance.  Nor is the government the only players in thrall to this conception of America as a first world country.  Bank executives, health care officials, college deans, generals and admirals – they all think the country can continue to afford to pay them $500,000/year salaries and generous bonuses and perks on top of that.   These people are fighting a desperate rear guard action to maintain their hold on the federal government, which has become the provider of last resort for industries that can no longer survive at their bloated size and pay structure without government subsidies.

A political party is going to arise in this country and realize that the paradigm shift requires a political shift as well – a return to the idea that "It's not about taxing the person, it's about taxing business".  In today's America, foreign policy exists to serve the interests of business; the educational system exists to serve the interests of college administrators and the financial industry; the financial industry exists to serve the interests of its executives and billionaire oligarchs; the health care industry exists to serve the interests of its managers, administrators, specialist doctors, and pharmaceutical executives.  None of these industries exist to serve the people.  That is what is going to have to change, and for a political party to survive it is going to have to redress the terrible imbalance that exists in America between the privileges given to business, against the burdens put upon the people.

This will also require that politicians retire the big lie that big business creates jobs.  Big business destroys jobs, and it has been doing it for 40 years at least, with incessant mergers that are celebrated for the job cuts they achieve; with labor arbitrage that shifts jobs away from cities that support unions, to communities that do not tolerate unions; and most of all with labor arbitrage overseas under the rubric of globalization (which is how 900 million Chinese and Indian workers have moved out of poverty).  Even small businesses do not create jobs, or at least jobs that pay a living wage. Small businesses, especially among national chain stores, specialize in keeping workers employed for no more than 39 hours a week, to avoid the "burden" of paying them overtime.

You would think that the Democratic Party would be the logical political force to take advantage of this paradigm shift.  Unfortunately the Democratic Party is obtuse when it comes to thinking about the future, or it is at least beholden to many of the same monied interests that have shaped the Republican Party into its status as the party not just for business, but only for business.  Judging from the negotiations underway in Washington, the Democrats, and especially their president, are living in the illusory world of American exceptionalism, omnipotence, unbounded wealth, and deference at all times to capitalism as the answer for any problem.  That is why the Democrats are willing to negotiate away the safety net that exists with Medicare and with Social Security.

More to the point, even if the Democrats understood that a part of the population is now permanently in an underclass mode, dependent on the government for their survival, the Democrats haven't begun to think about how to frame the political discussion around this fact.  The default position, as dictated by the Republicans, is that anybody caught in the underclass is a leech and parasite and deserves hunger, starvation, or an early death.  The paradigm shift in living standards is already well underway.  What is necessary next is a paradigm shift in morality, decency, and compassion, without which the federal government will not be able to undertake a system of permanent public subsidies for people in desperate need of such help.  Somehow Americans are good at defending permanent public subsidies for all manner of businesses that provide no clear public benefit.  The challenge going forward is to shift those subsidies away from business, to human beings in actual need.





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Fwd: Frying eggheads on a hot stove







Frying eggheads on a hot stove

By Wesley Pruden

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The Washington Times

Monday, October 14, 2013

Why are intellectuals, sometimes the most intelligent among us, so dumb?

This is the question that confounds everyone; some intellectuals most of all. The late William F. Buckley Jr., a certified egghead, once said he would rather be governed by the first 50 names in the Boston telephone book than by the professors at Harvard.

Another wit observes that an intellectual is someone who so prefers theory over experience that he would sit down on a red-hot stove, twice. You can be too smart for your own good, and have the blisters on your bottom to prove it.

The intellectual romance with the clever Barack Obama continues. Having invested so much in candy and flowers, they must ignore all the evidence of being dumped.

His cultivated demeanor and carefully applied patina of synthetic sophistication, fraudulent as it may be, is what attracted the adoration of intellectuals from across the political spectrum in 2008, says Charles Murray, the social scientist and an intellectual with impressive books, studies and learned papers. He admits that he's a dumpee.

"It's kind of embarrassing to admit it," he tells an interviewer for the website Daily Caller, "but I responded in part to his rhetoric because he talks just like me.

"It's his whole way of presentation of self … of a little self-deprecation in the argument and picking out a nuance here, which is all the ways that we overeducated people have been socialized in the same way. It's the way we carry on discourse. Along with [seeing] what was a very engaging personality, I kind of ignored things which … a lot of working-class people glommed onto right away."

Working-class stiffs, the people an earlier generation of political scientists called "Joe Sixpack," having earned their blisters and calluses by heavy lifting, are too smart to take a seat on the red-hot stove even once.

Having been to some big towns and heard some big talk, they were too smart by miles to be taken in by a smooth-talking butter and egg man from Chicago.

"It's not that I think he is not a patriot," says Mr. Murray, "but remember the line, he said, 'You didn't build that.' No American is going to think you can say that, no matter what your political views are, because it's just disastrous to say that. He is clueless about this country in some profoundly disturbing ways."

How could he not be clueless about his native land, when he absorbed anti-American venom in his tender and formative years as a child in the Third World? He was deprived of the instincts and cultural intuitions that are the native son's birthright.

No other American president in anyone's imagination would instruct the National Park Service to evict veterans of World War II, many arriving in wheelchairs or moving with unsteady gait on walkers and walking canes to see the long-awaited memorial to the celebration and sacrifice of their unselfish generation.

The veterans had run afoul of the instructions to the Park Service rangers to "make life as difficult for people as we can."

Then, only days later, thousands of illegal aliens were invited to rally for privilege and amnesty on the very soil where the veterans, American citizens all, were forcibly told they were not welcome.

Presidents of all stripes usually think they're special and should be treated that way. But no president before him has guarded his privacy like President Obama.

He constructed his personal history with a ghost-written autobiography and refused to answer questions. He let speculation about his birthplace fester for months, stretching into years, before producing the evidence that put the questions to rest.

This raised no questions from the intellectual class. Why would he have done that?

Inquiring minds didn't want to know. Mr. Obama's obsessive protection of personal privacy, however, does not extend to everyone else.

The government eavesdropping on telephone calls, the collection of Internet correspondence, the probing into everyone's underwear at the airport is OK.

The private man in the White House says so.

So, too, the intimate and intrusive questions asked by the health care schemers, backed by the weight and authority of the Internal Revenue Service. Inquiring intellectual minds don't want to know about that, either.

Fortunately for all of us, the working-class stiffs, often untutored and even crude in their impolite and impolitic curiosity, continue to "glom" onto the holes in the story of how he would be "the uniting president" of "hope and change."

His approval ratings have dropped into the 30 percent range. Obamacare now frightens most of us.

The fraud and misrepresentation recognized years ago by Joe Sixpack and his buddies is writ so large now that even an egghead can see it.

Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.



Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/14/pruden-frying-eggheads-on-a-hot-stove/#ixzz2hoEjwIKA



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BareNakedIslam posted: "When Muslims are 'preying,' Russian citizens are unable to walk the streets of Moscow because of all the litter and horrible stench, and not a woman in sight. Where are the KGB when you need them? Zyalt Live Journal (h/t Martin) "

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When Muslims are 'preying,' Russian citizens are unable to walk the streets of Moscow because of all the litter and horrible stench, and not a woman in sight. Where are the KGB when you need them? Zyalt Live Journal (h/t Martin)  

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This is SO good . . . . a WOW, in fact!

 

 
 
Only the Democrats believe and they are unquestioning true believers that you can solve a 10% to 15% problem of no health care coverage in America with a 2,000 page piece of legislation that no one read before passing and has issued 15,000 pages of regulations written by beauracrats and put it on the backs of the 85% of Americans who did have coverage and lie to them hand over fist with platatudes that defied common sense and believe as the Democrats believe that they have solved a huge problem in America and continue to believe that BS when most of America believes other wise. There was no way to add 30 million people to health care and not expand the infrastucture and stand there and tell the American people that health care will not be rationed, it will be cheaper, and we will all live happily ever after.....a giant Democratic boondoogle if there ever was one. Now even the Unions are catching on to the big lie and beginning to yell and scream.....you see it's cheaper for companies to pay the fine for dropping their employees from health care benefits and by the LAW they have no options but to go to Obama Care and we now see that happening. Business looks after their bottom line and when in the long run it's cheaper to drop the folks and force them into Obama Care then continue to pay high costs what choice do they really have if they are watching the bottom line.......and that SOB lied when he said that you could keep your insurance and then he sets it up to make the companies the bad guys and drop employees and then be forced into the Obama Care system.....so this original 15% problem now has become a problem for 85% of the American people......way to go Dumbocrats!!
 
PS. He put Obama Care in the hands of the IRS and hired thousands of more "revenuers" to run the program.......tells you where his prirorities are.......taxes not health care...... 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Neil Cavuto, Fox News, stated the following directly to President Obama on his daily afternoon program last Thursday. The points he makes just couldn't be made any better.
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Obama is blaming Fox News for 2/3 of the country disliking Obamacare. Here's Neil Cavuto's explanation and it is great. If you don't understand what is bad about ObamaCare please read his comments and you will understand.
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Mr. President, Fox News isn't what's making Americans sick about your healthcare law. Your healthcare law is. Welcome, everybody, I'm Neil Cavuto. And excuse this departure from form. But I think this is just poor form. So, it's time we set some things straight.

Mr. President, we at Fox News are not the problem. I hate to break it to you, sir. You are. Your words are. Your promises are. We didn't sell this healthcare law. Sir, you did. Remember this?

President Barack Obama: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period.

Mr. President, tell that to tens of thousands of retirees at IBM and Time Warner and dozens of others, who've been dumped from their coverage and told to find their own coverage. Fox News didn't break that news to them, Mr. President. Their companies did.

Fox News didn't push more of those firms to hire part-time workers. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn't incentivize fast food restaurants to scale back their benefits. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn't make doctors want to opt out. Your healthcare law did. Fox News didn't make insurance premiums skyrocket. Your healthcare law did. Just like Fox News didn't grant hundreds of exemptions to companies that needed them. You did. And Fox News didn't delay one key provision after another, including online enrollment for those small business exchanges. You did.

Just like it wasn't Fox News that said we had to pass this to see what was in this. You did. Or was that Nancy Pelosi? Sometimes I'm confused. But of this I am not. Fox News didn't re-do basic math. Sir, you did. Fox News didn't say you can cover 30 million more Americans and not see a hit in premiums. You did. Fox News didn't say you could throw in those with pre-existing conditions and not have to pay for it. You did. Fox News didn't all but say you could get something for nothing. You did. Fox News didn't come back years later and say, oh yea, we did raise some taxes. You did.

Here's where you are right about Fox News, however, Mr. President.        We can do math. And did. You cannot. And did not. We said it, and proved it. You didn't. And we're all suffering for it. Take it from the numbers guy at Fox. Numbers don't lie. The number of Americans working part-time and nervous. The number of retirees days away from being dumped on exchanges and anxious. The number of company bosses with any news to pass along on those exchanges, but still clueless. The number of doctors who want out. The number of congressmen now opting out. No, Mr. President, none of those numbers lie.

But with all due respect sir, I can only conclude you do know; I know,              I know you hate us at Fox. But please take a look in a mirror, and fast.        You think we're the skunk at your picnic. But that doesn't mean we're          the ones that stink. Because that smell isn't coming from the folks reporting on your law. Mr. President, that smell is your law.