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October 24th, 2013 - 4:10 am

The New York Times describes a high level meeting aimed at getting to the bottom of the disastrous failure of the Obamacare website. The mystery deepened when it emerged that none of the contractors was in the slightest degree response for its non-function.

Contractors that built President Obama’s health insurance marketplace point fingers at one another and at the government, but each insists that it is not responsible for the problems that infuriated millions of Americans trying to buy insurance on the Web site, according to testimony prepared for a Congressional hearing on Thursday. …

Cheryl R. Campbell, a senior vice president of CGI Federal, a unit of the CGI Group … said … he federal exchange, she said, is “not a standard consumer Web site,” but “a complex transaction processor” that must simultaneously help millions of Americans shop for insurance and enroll in health plans. It must communicate instantaneously with computer systems developed by other contractors and with databases of numerous federal agencies and more than 170 insurance carriers qualified to do business in the 36 states where the federal marketplace operates, she said.

The president was just as surprised as anyone else, as health secretary Kathleen Sebelius attested to CNN.  She told the network when the chief executive  received reports of unexpected problems with his flagship website only after it had been launched.

In an exclusive interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked when the President first learned about the considerable issues with the Obamacare website. Sebelius responded that it was in “the first couple of days” after the site went live October 1.

“But not before that?” Gupta followed up.

To which Sebelius replied, “No, sir.”

It just inexplicably went bad.

However as soon as the president learned of the site’s problems he swung into action, taking the opportunity to ask his many supporters for money to fix it. The Daily Caller writes

President Barack Obama is using the disastrous crash of his Obamacare website to extract cash and volunteer hours from his supporters.

“By now, you’ve probably heard that the website has not worked as smoothly as it was supposed to,” Obama told his supporters in an email sent out late Tuesday.

“That’s why I need your help,” he said, in a video pitch that links to an online fundraiser.

“The other side has already spent a whopping $400 million in anti-Obamacare TV ads,” says the language on the fundraiser site. “We don’t have to beat that, but we need to have the resources to fight back. Make a donation to support OFA today.”

With that solicited money the search for suspects can range further afield. The Center for American Progress Action Fund has its suspicions and it vowed to “expose the sabotage campaign in its many forms. Some methods of sabotage are obvious; other methods are more stealth. All of these methods, however, have one purpose: to make implementing Obamacare impossible, and thereby stop people from gaining access to better health coverage at more-affordable costs.”

They must suspect who the saboteurs are, though the Center for American progress has so far refused to name the malefactors. Meanwhile it emerged that persons unknown — perhaps the same miscreants — have may have implicated the administration in the wiretapping of German chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. USA Today reports that the German Foreign Minister summoned US ambassador John Emerson to explain whether and why her phone is bugged.

Emerson will be the second U.S. ambassador ordered to report to officials of a major EU country this week as a result of the ongoing fallout over the NSA files leaked by government contractor Edward Snowden.

Charles H. Rivkin was summoned to meet with French officials after a major French newspaper reported that the National Security Agency had collected tens of millions of communications from French citizens, and had spied on diplomats.

For those who’ve never heard the term, Foreign Policy describes what happens when an ambassador gets “summoned”.

what happens during a diplomatic summons, anyway? In short, a country’s ambassador gets an earful from a foreign ministry, in a kind of high-level, public show of disapproval….

Generally, a summons will include two to four diplomats on either side. But if an ambassador comes in to meet with a cabinet minister or a massive delegation, she knows she is in real diplomatic hot water.

Two US ambassadors summoned being summoned within days of each other by France and Germany signifies that they are not happy about something. If only Obama knew who was causing the trouble.

According to the BBC “President Obama had assured Chancellor Merkel when he visited in June that German citizens were not being spied upon”. This only proves that whoever did it, Obama hasn’t the foggiest notion who it is.  However Obama is certain to leave no stone unturned in his effort to discover the root causes for these embarrassing failures.

"That's him!"

“That’s him!”


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Didn't Al Manbearpig Gore invent the Internet? Can't the Democrats summon his vast expertise to solve the problem? One thing is sure. Gore could plug a mighty big hole.

Appropriate music, many of the lyrics fit. "No One Is To Blame"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fiba80YVyM

In Konchalovsky's "The Inner Circle" the Chekisty officer in his secret office off the subway responds to Sanchin's protest that everyone has been checked and double checked so he has no suspicions to report by asserting there are spies and saboteurs everywhere, even in the Kremlin. Then he threatened Sanchin's wife with the most chilling line I have ever heard in film, "Oh by the way, is it your wife who visits the child of the traitor Guberman?"

The Revolution will eat its young. Unfortunately it will eat us too. These are the people who said "Oh by the way" to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Where do you think they will stop?
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The 'miscreants' are everyone and anyone who opposes ObamaCare.

It will be claimed that the ludicrous complexity (google Obamacare flow diagram) of ObamaCare is the result of multiple payers of healthcare. As soon as we go to single payer, nationalized healthcare, the problem will evaporate...that will be the soon to be promoted meme by the left, count on it.
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My bet is that France and Germany knew full well what was going on with the NSA but previously would never have made a complaint because the US was the superpower, etc, etc, that kept the world spinning etc, etc.

Well, the blood is in the water, etc, etc.

Meanwhile, back in the central part of North America events are going awry. I've seen it expressed at various places on the internet- including here- that the GOP plays the role of the Washington Generals against the democrat Harlem Globetrotters.

Apt, but the key difference is that the audience for the political game didn't know we were merely watching a spectacle. We always figured it was a real contest.

It seems apparent now that it wasn't. I don't recall the first time I saw the Generals versus Globetrotters meme, but I don't think it was before 2010.

That isn't a good sign for the future of the GOP, obviously. But it's actually worse for the democrats, because they have failed so thoroughly that the GOP has had to take obvious dives to avoid winning the game. For example, the GOP has for some reason avoided making note of the promises made by Barry about Obamacare and the grim, nonfunctional reality. Instead, the party establishment is gearing up for a crusade against Ted Cruz and other Tea Party-friendly elected officials.

The audience- that is, the base of the GOP- is enraged and incredulous. I've long figured we were living in a rough analogue of the political situation prior to the Civil War but I've always wondered what would- roughly- be the equivalent of the collapse of the Whig party.

Congrats GOP. I think I have it figured out. The establishment GOP- worthless, corrupt, incompetent by any rational standard- is doomed. The democrat party is worse- but no democrat cares about that as long as the check shows up. The democrat party will endure as long people want free stuff.

An opposition party to all that must do better. The GOP hasn't. That's failure and a political party based upon failure will not endure.

Nor should it.
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Leftists murdered in excess a hundred million people last century. Obamacare will give them the wiff of power they need to get thevfires of hatred going.

The Obamaites think that government is so chic that they are a bigger version of Apple. No sh! t. Kathleen Sebelious said in an interview that "we have a grest product". Tells you everything right there. Arrogant asshat thinks she's freaking Steve Jobs! Elected to greatness under popular brand.

Best to start clicking your heals to these violent usurper or plan on a long bloody slog.
39 weeks ago
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Didn't Al Manbearpig Gore invent the Internet? Can't the Democrats summon his vast expertise to solve the problem? One thing is sure. Gore could plug a mighty big hole.

Appropriate music, many of the lyrics fit. "No One Is To Blame"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fiba80YVyM

In Konchalovsky's "The Inner Circle" the Chekisty officer in his secret office off the subway responds to Sanchin's protest that everyone has been checked and double checked so he has no suspicions to report by asserting there are spies and saboteurs everywhere, even in the Kremlin. Then he threatened Sanchin's wife with the most chilling line I have ever heard in film, "Oh by the way, is it your wife who visits the child of the traitor Guberman?"

The Revolution will eat its young. Unfortunately it will eat us too. These are the people who said "Oh by the way" to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Where do you think they will stop?
39 weeks ago
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Another song for the duped LIVs, "...After the Love Has Gone..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ygbne_koLgM
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According to Chris Hedges, everything bad that's happening is the fault of the rich, the religious right, etc., etc.

Read his latest column at Truthdig.com, if you can stomach it. Pure, unalloyed, undistilled, leftist fire-and-brimstone: an unabashed advocate of violent revolution. Angry and hateful, and not afraid to show it. Honestly, he scares me: he's as remorseless as a Terminator but passionate, which makes him worse than a Terminator. He's out there and so are others like him, and they are absolutely not going to quit--or change. Very instructive if you want to know how diehard leftists think, and, more critically, how they will think.
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She's Lying. Her previous statements said how O was into the design aspect of it along with other things O was very interested in.
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This is what happens when the people in charge are incapable of anything more complex than wearing a suit and reading a teleprompter.

"How could it not work?! I threw a bunch of money at it!"
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We all know who is sabotaging Comrade Obama's activities. It's the kulaks!
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Oh no, nothing so romantic, it will be blamed on the Tea Party. Count on it.
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But Tea Partiers are kulaks. You know, prosperous peasants. In other words, graspers. Wreckers.
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OK, I'm not wearing a tinfoil hat- I promise. But isn't it odd that OFA is remarkably similar to "ofay"? If you don't know what "ofay" means, read some Elmore Leonard novels. Or look it up.
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To someone who spent 30 years in the software industry, and witnessed the implementation of dozens of commercial and governmental projects, the problems, and the current charade were entirely predictable (I've collected on a number of bets with my less experienced colleagues).

Obama's fabrication of the "sabotage" strawman just demonstrates his total ignorance of how these things actually work.
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