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This is Week 4 of Season 3 in my new 13 Weeks of Wild Man Writing and Radical Reading Series. Every week day I try to blog about compelling writers, their ideas, and the news cycle’s most interesting headlines.
Just because someone embraces a conspiracy theory it does not mean they are by nature a paranoid conspiracist across the board. I think veteran Republican political operative Roger Stone falls into this category. Normally he writes about men’s fashion and what a horrible person Eliot Spitzer is — subjects I very much appreciate. I also share his enthusiasm for the spirit — if not the policies and morals of — Richard Nixon. It’s tremendously badass that Stone got Nixon’s face tattooed on his back. I think if I ever had a Hangover-style escapade in Las Vegas and woke up with a tattoo it would be something comparable. Though I’d want Nixon’s immortal quote, the most badass ever uttered by a President, accompanying it:
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So does that statement also apply to the vice President too?
Stone has a new book out this month with a surprising subject that he wrote about today at PJ Lifestyle: his thesis that the assassination of John F. Kennedy was orchestrated by Lyndon Johnson and the CIA.
How can we tell who was really behind Kennedy’s assassination? Maybe we should look at who was doing the most work to blame Johnson, the CIA, and right-wing American nationalists while obscuring Lee Harvey Oswald’s and Jack Ruby’s Communist connections.
I’ll just let Pacepa and his co-author Professor Ronald Rychlak tell the rest of the story. For the convenience of others in rebutting this Communist conspiracy theory, I’ve decided to make the excerpts a single image. Feel free to share these valuable, hidden facts and do read Disinformation to learn much, much more that will transform how you understand history, culture, and politics:
See my previous link-round up from this week, of stories outside PJM: The 21 Most Evil News Stories from October
PJ Media Story Round Up
PJM Stories Thursday and Friday
Roger L. Simon: God, Lies, and Obama
Which bounces us back to the first factor — that religiously based moral code. Moral codes are almost all religiously based, even to agnostics, and Obama is not immune to this. These codes are imbued in early childhood, by the family and environment.
I suspect that Obama’s core belief — his key religious value, if you will — is an American form of taqiyya — the Muslim dictate that it is permissible to lie to non-believers for the preservation of Islam. He believes in left-wing taqiyya. (Ironically,taqiyya is largely Shiite and Obama wishes to negotiate with Shiite Iran, masters of the lie.)
Now I do not think for a second that Obama is a Muslim any more than I think he is a Christian. He is a typical postmodern agnostic who only goes to church — and then rarely — for political purposes. But he grew up in the Islamic world in the midst of the psychological climate of taqiyya, with preservation of the group taking precedence over even the hint of democracy. And that climate harmonized completely with his other influences — anti-imperialism augmented by Alinksyite methods, themselves anti-democratic.
He never had a moral basis for honesty. Lying, from the Choom Gang through Reverend Wright and beyond, was his lifestyle. And he had the consolation that he was lying for a better good. No one ever told him otherwise. If that goes on for long enough, you lose contact with truth. It becomes almost a non-existent phenomenon, an irrelevancy.
David Solway: Only a God Can Save Us Now
Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa: Lenin, Stalin, Ceausescu, Obama: How Marxist Leaders Conceal Their Pasts
No, glasnost is not a misprint or a typo. During the years I was at the top of the KGB community, glasnost was the code name for an ultra-secret intelligence tool of the KGB’s ultra-secret black “science” of dezinformatsiya. Its task was to transform the country into a monument to its leader, and to portray that leader as god himself.
Every glasnost I have ever known had the overriding task of concealing a ruler’s past by giving him a new political identity. Stalin’s glasnost concealed his horrific assassination of some 24 million people by portraying him as an earthly god, with his icon prominently displayed all around the country. Khrushchev’s glasnost was aimed at building a peaceful international façade for the man who shifted the KGB’s political assassinations over to the West. That was proved by the West German Supreme Court in October 1962, during the public trial of Bogdan Stashinsky, a KGB officer who had been decorated by Khrushchev himself for having assassinated Soviet enemies living in the West.[vii] Gorbachev, who had been a KGB informant when he was studying at Moscow State University,[viii] tasked his glasnost to lead attention away from his KGB past by portraying him as a magician who displayed a flirtatious “Miss KGB” to Western correspondents and pledged to transform the Soviet Union into a “Marxist society of free people.”[ix]
In 2008, when Senator Obama was running for president, his tax policies and voting records showed him as “the hardest-left candidate ever nominated for president of the United States.”[x] Remember? Running as a socialist, however, meant sailing in uncharted waters, and the senator decided to conceal his socialist image by presenting himself as a contemporary Reagan.[xi] After he was elected, President Obama further portrayed himself either as a present-day Lincoln[xii] or a new Teddy Roosevelt.[xiii]
Bridget Johnson: Paul Resolution Demands to Know Why NSA Spied on Pope Francis
Bryan Preston: The Emmanuel Goldstein-ing of Ted Cruz
Jack Dunphy: A Cop’s Worst Nightmare
More links on the next page…
PJM Stories Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
Bryan Preston: Five Things We Learned from Today’s Obamacare Hearing
Sebelius also claimed that there is “no data” that shows that Americans are losing their jobs or having their work hours cut due to Obamacare’s mandates. Here’s some data for her to ignore.
Sebelius also claimed that it is “illegal” for her to enter the Obamacare exchange to buy insurance, even though it is not. She can buy insurance on the exchange if she chooses to. She also refused to state whether if it is legal for her to buy insurance on the exchanges, that she would do it, until a Democrat forced her to say that she might. When Sebelius got cornered on accountability for Healthcare.gov’s failure and the broader problems with Obamacare, Sebelius huffed “Whatever.” Hardly a confidence-inspiring sequence.
Obamacare forces single men to buy maternity coverage
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) grilled Sebelius about the Obamacare mandate forcing people to buy coverage they may not need. Sebelius ended up defending a mandate that forces men to purchase maternity coverage, because “some men need” it for their wives. She let stand Ellmers’ accurate statement that Obamacare forces a typical single 30-year-old single man to buy insurance that covers maternity, coverage he was not forced to buy before Obamacare.
Charlie Martin: The Arithmetic Absurdity of Obamacare
An astounding, really first-rate piece from Charlie.
Richard Fernandez: The Universal Obamaphone
Gordon G. Chang: Why Is the U.S. Helping China Militarize Space?
Michael Ledeen: Reading Others’ Mail…or Going Blind on the Battlefield
What are we to make of all this? For guidance, I turned to the spirit of the late James Jesus Angleton, once upon a time the head of CIA counterintelligence, himself a consummate snooper. I wasn’t sure my untrusty ouija board would work, having been occupied with writing obligations of late, but it was fine. There he was, gravelly voice and all, seemingly happy to chat.
JJA: Wow! Talk about action…so many circular firing squads, it’s amazing anyone is still standing in the intel world, huh?
ML: I’ll say. And everyone’s an expert.
JJA: Of course. As a general matter, knowledge is power and status. Not always, of course. Ignorance is blissful at scandal time. But the general rule is that admitting ignorance is tantamount to confessing weakness and lack of importance. So they feign knowledge. But not the president, who wants to blame his assistants in this case.
JJA: Anyone with a working brain would have to take seriously the possibility that Snowden is a fully recruited enemy agent.
ML: Well that’s certainly carefully stated, isn’t it?
JJA: Counterintelligence isn’t for people who like to arrive at quick conclusions. So you start with plausible hypotheses and test them, knowing that you’ll often fail to prove any one of them.
Bridget Johnson: Asst. Secretary of State: Egypt Churches Burned by Some People Who Are ‘Simply Anti-Christian’
Bill Straub: Obamacare Marketplace Overseer Tells Congress Website ‘Has Not Lived Up to Expectations’
David Steinberg: DRAINING THE SWAMP: Top 40 Troubling Listings from the Obamacare Navigator/Assister Security Nightmare
Tom Blumer: Mind-Boggling Attempts at Blame Shifting
Victor Davis Hanson: Questions Rarely Asked—and Never Answered
How did Barack Obama become the most anti-civil liberties president in history — to almost complete silence? Well aside from the fact that Obama embraced, or more often expanded, all the Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism protocols (e.g., preventative detention, Guantanamo, renditions, the Patriot Act, etc.), he has droned ten times more suspects than did Bush.
Do we remember Obama’s own reference to Bush’s occasional use of bombing and predators in Afghanistan, when he called for more ground troops so that the U.S. had “enough troops that we’re not just air raiding villages and killing civilians which is causing enormous problems there”?
When was the last time a president got caught tapping the private phones of French elites, a German chancellor, or a Brazilian head of state? When has an Associated Press reporter found his communications monitored? Has any president since Richard Nixon been accused of politicizing the IRS to go after supposedly partisan enemies? What might have been the media response had George Bush monitored the communications of our key allies? Never in recent U.S. history has a president so impaired the concept of civil liberties — and to the complete silence of the media that proclaims itself the very champion of the First Amendment.
In sum, we have become so inured to recent distortions in reality, that we assume aberration is the new normal — or we are too busy texting to care.
Lead PJM Stories over the Weekend
Rick Moran: ‘Tech Surge’ Chief Assures Us that Obamacare Website Will Be Running ‘Smoothly’ by End of November
Mike McNally: New Regulations Threaten Freedom of the Press in UK
Bryan Preston: VIDEO — Democrat Alan Grayson Accuses MSNBC’s Martin Bashir of Collaborating with the KKK
Bridget Johnson: Visas for Afghans, Iraqis Who Helped U.S. Forces Get Small Reprieve, But Program Needs Big Fixes ASAP
Lead PJM Stories on Friday
Roger L. Simon: Alinsky Lessons for Republicans
Bryan Preston: Dropped Coverage: One Doctor’s Story in the Age of Obamacare
Nicholas Ballasy: Ben Stein at Cruz Event: Obamacare ‘Doesn’t Bother Me at All, Sorry’
Tom Blumer: Now We See How Weak the Pre-Shutdown Economy Was
Andrew Klavan: Why So Horrifying? Supernatural Fiction and The World
Lead PJM Stories Last Thursday
Bill Straub: The GOP’s Next Strategy to Fight Obamacare
Janine Turner: How the GOP Can Win in 2016: Stop Singling Out the Mother
I’m more on the Megan Fox side of this discussion. The important point to distinguish: the critique is not of single mothers who become such because of divorce or a husband’s death. Nor is it of single moms who are working hard to provide for their children. The critique is of females and girls — not mature women — who choose to have children when they know that the man impregnating them has no interest in being a father. It’s of the females who
And it’s not sexist to aim the messaging against illegitimacy primarily to young women who are almost always the ones being pressured into sex. The kind of amoral, stupid, perpetual teenage boy-males who become deadbeat dads cannot be reached with rational argument.
Bryan Preston: CNN Anchor: ‘Nasty’ Obama People ‘Threaten’ Reporters
Bridget Johnson: Contractor Behind Site Protested Loss of a CMS Contract Year Before Healthcare.gov Award
Lead PJM Stories Last Wednesday
Stephen Green: Our Standing in the Middle East Hits Rock Bottom
We helped a lot in Libya, which is now pretty much a failed state.
In Egypt we clung to the military strongman before abandoning him, and the country, to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood. We supported the Muslim Brotherhood until we didn’t, and they were replaced by a new military strongman in what was really a coup, unless you ask John Kerry. See, we can’t call it a coup without having to eliminate Egypt’s military aid, so in a show of support for the new, non-coup-y regime, Professor Wiggleroom has severely reduced military aid to Cairo. The new military strongman doesn’t seem to want much to do with us.
David Steinberg: (BREAKING) Identity Theft Russian Roulette: Healthcare.gov Refers Users to Uncertified Navigators and Assisters
Stephen Green: Our Standing in the Middle East Hits Rock Bottom
Bridget Johnson: Sebelius Claims Obama Didn’t Know About Site Problems, But Aug. 2 IG Report Called Out Insufficient Testing
Ron Radosh: Obamacare Headed for Full-scale Meltdown
David Solway: Another Take on the Gender Wars
PJ Lifestyle Stories on the Home Page
Theodore Dalrymple: Is Living Near an Airport Dangerous for Your Health?
Robert Spencer: Daughters of the Jihad Death Cult
Not much is known about her at this point, but it may be that she was a true believer. There are, after all, numerous precedents. On June 21, 2005, a 21-year-old Muslim woman named Wafa Samir al-Biss tried to kill herself and murder as many infidels as possible at an Israeli checkpoint, but her explosive vest failed to detonate. She recounted later that day that her “dream was to be a martyr. I believe in death.”
Kathy Shaidle: Vampira: Beatnik, Goth, Punk
Paula Bolyard: How about Celebrating Reformation Day instead of Halloween?
Builder Bob: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse in a Hardware Store
Kathy Shaidle: The War of the Worlds That Wasn’t
Walter Hudson: What’s More Offensive than Blackface?
Susan L.M. Goldberg: My 5 Favorite Ann Coulter Columns
Kyle Smith: 6 of the Most Unbelievably Extreme Horror Films You Must Never Watch on Netflix Streaming
The torture porn genre was really starting to blossom as my film idolatry began to diminish circa 2008 and politics took its place. I haven’t seen any of the movies on Kyle’s list. Whereas I used to be well versed in the depths reached
I guess the films which helped inspire the genre — Saw, Saw II, and Hostel — are now regarded as fairly tame by current standards. (And they’re still pretty effective horror-thrill films. They don’t have the level of sadism as later entries in the series.
Kathy Shaidle: Will Roger Ebert Biopic Be a Big Bust?
Kathy Shaidle: All That’s Missing Is the Unicorn
Robert Spencer: Burned Alive for $47
Megan Fox: VIDEO: Mother Confronts Library Board about Porn-Filled Library Lab and its Librarian Defenders
Megan has done such a fantastic job with her New Media activism on this story. There’s much, much more to come — it just gets worse….
New at PJ Lifestyle
Charlie Martin and Sarah Hoyt: Book Plug Friday: Ringing in the Changes
Walter Hudson: Were Video Stores Better Than Internet Streaming?
Halloween! on Thursday
Charlie Martin: Time for Speculation
My response to the debate over the welfare state that Ron Radosh started.
Bridget Johnson: Halloween Cute Dose: The Puppacita’s Pillage-Worthy Costume
Becky Graebner: The Most Spook-tacular Cars On the Road
Charlie Martin: The Math-iest Math Joke
Ion Mihai Pacepa: The Beauty of Disinformation
C. Blake Powers: 1 Rule and 4 Tips For Smoking Cigars
Becky Graebner: 4 Ways Being a Sorority Girl Prepared Me for the Real World
Monday and Tuesday
Becky Graebner: A Pub Inspired by ‘Hobbitses’, Dragons, and Wizards
Spyridon Mitsotakis: The UK Should Ignore the Mediocrities and Listen to the Pretty Lady
Charlie Martin: Run a PC In Your Browser
Rhonda Robinson: The Key to Survival in Auschwitz and Bedford Falls
Chris Queen: A Comedy Legend Pays It Forward
Susan L.M. Goldberg: 5 Ways the GOP Screws Up
Ed Driscoll: RIP Lou Reed, 71
Charlie Martin: How Siddhartha Broke Into the Buddha Business
April and I have been talking more about doing something like this.
Janice Fiamengo: Jews and the People Who Love Them
Susan L.M. Goldberg: A Biblical Feminist’s Take on Porn
I responded to Susan in my previous link round-up here.
Charlie Martin: 13 Weeks: One Week at a Time
Rhonda Robinson: 4 Blood Moons On Jewish Holy Days: A Sign for Israel or Christians?
Stephen Green: The Future Just Got Closer
Sarah Hoyt: Being A Professional, The Traditional Way
Thursday and Friday
Patrick Richardson: After Years of Looking, a Decent Shave
I might try out this razor too…
Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin: The Cornucopia of Plenty: Or How I Learned To Love Indie Publishing
Bryan Preston: Jay Leno: Al Qaeda’s Website is Easier to Use than Obamacare
Sarah Hoyt: In Australia, Gold Really Does Grow on Trees!
Chris Yogerst: Was Hollywood Friendly with Hitler?
I’ve encourager Bob to continue with his entertaining masculinity-themed home improvement tips.
Stephen Green: This Is Why They Made an Internet
Becky Graebner: How to be a Kick-Ass Female Customer at an Auto Repair Shop
Stephen Green: Will Netflix Beat HBO?
The Wife and I recently got rid of cable — but still kept local channels, HBO, and Netflix. We would’ve gotten rid of HBO too if it was up to me. But April likes her True Blood. Grumble, grumble.
I can get fanatical when defending the handful of directors who remain in my pantheon of cinematic deities.
Chris Queen: Eating Your Way Around Epcot
Stephen Green: An Honest Answer: Darren Aronofsky Should Direct Everything
Walter Hudson: The Twisted Morality of Death Panels
Modern day human sacrifice.
Susan L.M. Goldberg: Chicks Dig Porn
Modern day temple prostitution.
Modern day idolatry (of the self-worshiping strain, aka, Narcissism.)
New at PJ Tatler
Friday and Thursday
Charlie Martin: (Web) Laws are For the Little People
Howard Nemerov: Obamascare: A Halloween Horror Story
Buzzsaw Monkey: Buzz Ballad: Obama Family
Rick Moran: Allen West Launches Personal Website
Monday and Tuesday
Michelle Horstman: Limbaugh, Krauthammer and Spiritual Discernment
Raymond Ibrahim: Muslim Cleric Smashes Virgin Mary Statue
Rick Moran: Cruz Wows the Crowd at Iowa Dinner
Stephen Kruiser: Think Progress Takes The Obamacare Pig Shopping For Lipstick
Charlie Martin: “Disinformation”
Stephen Kruiser: Open Thread: Oscar Mayer Overcomes Decades Of Bacon Fat Shaming
Charlie Martin: Another Palin Rumor?!
Stephen Kruiser: Open Thread: Crazy Joe The Wonder Veep Gives A Mental Health Speech
Stephen Kruiser: Obama To Distract From O-Care Disaster With Immigration Pivot
Matt Vespa: The Establishment Is Taking Aim At Sen. Mike Lee
Stephen Kruiser: Dems Talk O-Care Delay, Media Matters Cheerleads In Ignorant Bliss
Stephen Kruiser: This Is What The Media Let Democrats Get Away With
Stephen Kruiser: Everything You Need To Know About John McCain In One Easy Link
Obamacare, The UnAffordable Disappearing Care Act, Just Cost Another 340,000 Americans Their Healthcare
This fun little clip popped up on Twitter. It’s from 2008. In it, Washington Post Wonkblogger Ezra Klein admits that Obamacare would have to be passed, indeed Obama’s own election would require, a “sneaky strategy” because Democrats had been beaten roundly every time they had tried to pass anything close to a single-payer healthcare system in America. “At some point, you just have to win,” he tells the Netroots audience.
Postmodern Marxism in action.
Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff Says Sebelius ‘Not Quite Right’ to Claim She Can’t Buy Insurance on Obamacare Exchange
Video: Rogers Rips Sebelius for Launching Healthcare.gov Without Testing Its Security (Update: Uh-Oh)
VIDEOS — Here Are Four Times, During the 2012 Election Year, When Obama Promised that If You Like Your Healthcare, You Can Keep It
This isn’t anything new from Bill. He’s been halfway decent on distinguishing that the Jihad is much worse than anything Christian fundamentalists want to do.
“Slutty Bacon”? I subscribe to the theory that “bacon makes everything better,” but still…
Tada’s artists managed to depict what “Slutty Bacon” might look like. It turns out that bacon really doesn’t make sluttiness better.
Obamacare is not an accident, it is an act of politics. The number of Americans that Obamacare will hurt and even kill is incalculable. People are currently losing their insurance plans and cannot log onto Healthcare.gov to buy replacement plans. As many as 16 million Americans face losing their health insurance thanks to Obamacare. It has killed insurance competition in rural America. Some number of Americans will get sick and die without insurance between the time they lose their health insurance and Healthcare.gov finally gets fixed. Once the website gets fixed, Obamacare still includes the Independent Payment Advisory Board, an unelected panel empowered to ration health care. The IPAB is the “death panel” that may make life-or-death decisions for Americans, for as long as Obamacare is law. Obamacare still subsidizes as many as 115,000 abortions per year as well.
Obama himself only really cares about Obamacare and economics. I agree with Stanley Kurtz’s analysis of Alinskyite community organizing — that generally the approach is to eschew divisive social issues and complicated foreign policy to just try and build a broad populist coalition of duped do-gooders.
The Obama administration’s pitiful handling of its signature policy is forcing ardent Obama supporter Ezra Klein into growing up. A little.
Ezra Klein is such an embarrassment to my generation.
One in seven Americans are now on food stamps, re-badged SNAP a few years ago. What. Are. The. Odds that a whole bunch of people on food stamps would commit fraud, both to get on the dole and to then use the dole to generate actual cash?
I witnessed the selling of food stamps during my first post-college year, while living in half a house in Broad Ripple (Indianapolis’ artsy district). Some of the roommates had shady friends.
But the degree of fraud in welfare programs is not a concern to postmodernist progressives. In their ideal world everyone would be on food stamps. The government should be providing food for everyone.
Former Obama Spokesman Gibbs Says It’s ‘Unbelievable’ that Obama Didn’t Know About Obamacare Website Problems
I don’t find it unbelievable at all. The Shadow President Valerie Jarrett does a great job of filtering out the bad news to keep up the mood of her Obama mask.
Friday and Thursday
Minnesota Congresswoman Asks Governor, Metrodome to Not Display Redskins’ Name, Logo at Vikings Game
The Shadow President at work wheeling and dealing behind the scenes. She’s had plenty of practice at collaborating with corporatists who can profit off of her implementation of socialism.
For one, Abdullah has called out Karzai’s intention of negotiating with the Taliban just plain dumb.
“I should say that Taliban are not fighting in order to be accommodated,” Abdullah told NPR in 2010. “They are fighting in order to bring the state down. So it’s a futile exercise, and it’s just misleading. … There are groups that will fight to the death. Whether we like to talk to them or we don’t like to talk to them, they will continue to fight.”
In 2009, Abdullah caused a stir (chagrin among Islamists and excitement among Afghanistan’s women) when he voted alongside his wife at the polls. He speaks Dari, Pashto, English, Arabic and French.
“For a successful political transition, Afghanistan needs every country involved in its rebuilding effort to send a clear message to today’s Afghan leadership demanding a democratic transition of power based on the principles of free and fair elections,” Abdullah wrote in Foreign Policy in January. “Instead of abandoning democracy because it hasn’t worked under a kleptocracy, Afghanistan and the international community must clean it up.”
“CGI officials told Committee staff that CMS officials and employees constantly mentioned the ‘White House’ when discussing matters with CGI. For example, CMS officials would routinely state: ‘this is what the White House wants,’” the letter continues. “Moreover, CGI officials told Committee staff that the ability to shop for health insurance without registering for an account – a central design feature of the health insurance exchange – was removed ‘in late August or early September.’”
“Although, CGI officials were not able to identify who within the Administration made the decision to disable the anonymous shopping feature, evidence is mounting that political considerations motivated the decision.”
From PJM’s Breaking News Columnists
Thursday and Friday
I’m of two contradictory minds on this. One, they thought it would work; they really did. The other, they’re trying to crash the system alá Cloward-Piven. The way HHS wrote the insurance regulations suggests the latter. The White House’s reaction suggests the former.
There’s a third possibility which just came to mind, suggested by something Roger L. Simon wrote a year or three about. I don’t have time to find a link, but Roger’s in-person impression of Wiggleroom was of somebody who didn’t really believe in much anymore. He was steeped in revolutionary Marxism at home and faculty room Marxism at school, but real-word experience had discredited Marxian thinking and left Wiggleroom with… not much to replace it. I’m paraphrasing broadly here, but that’s the gist of what Roger was left with after meeting the man.
I think that sounds about right. Postmodern suicidal Marxism.
The death of the Democratic Party in the making…
Two things shocked me about ObamaCare, and I’ve been opposed to it on moral, political, and practical grounds since Day One. The first is how quickly its ill effects began to make themselves felt, which was almost immediately — and accelerating once calendar year 2013 began. The ratio of new full-time to new part-time jobs reversed overnight, once businesses knew the IRS would be training its greedy little eyes on their employment practices in order to determine the amount of regulatory hurt that would be inflicted. The second was how quickly ObamaCare stumbled — right out of the gate. I never thought the launch would be smooth, but I also never thought it would be so obviously and comically awful that it would have Chuck Todd berating Jay Carney right to his face.
We can be thankful its failures were so immediate; already every single Democrat Senator facing re-election next year is getting behind the effort to at least delay the individual mandate. The White House is saying they’re willing to delay by up to six weeks, but c’mon — that’s like treating cancer with a Band-Aid. Once this “reform” ball gets rolling, it could become difficult to stop. The GOP had better get behind a solid plan, pronto, if they’re going to take full advantage of this moment.
Thanks for the link, Stephen!
Only one-third of Healthcare.gov’s visitors were actual potential customers — and hardly any of them could do so much as to create an account. I think the other two-thirds were reporters trying (and failing) to do the same.
Professor Wiggleroom tells us he’s as mad as hell about all this, but we’ll have to take him at his word. Because he hasn’t taken any concrete action — you know, like firing somebody — to send the message to clean up this mess.
What’s it take to get fired these days?
Remember how the government works who spent their days looking at porn didn’t lose their jobs?
And this Chris Rock clip about Marion Barry comes to mind. “Smoke crack, got his job back!”
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More people in Florida alone have been dumped onto the exchanges, than have managed to even just create an user name at Healthcare.gov.
Thursday and Friday
Besides the potential collapse of their century-old, Otto von Bismarck-inspired dream of socialized medicine in the US, part of what makes the crash of the ObamaCare Website so painful for the left to observer were their early comparisons in 2008, when Barack Obama was routinely described by his groupies in the MSM as the second coming of FDR and JFK. Roosevelt’s WPA at least built roads and bridges; NASA under JFK led to the Saturn V. In contrast, the Obama administration can’t even get a Website off the ground.
I’d say Mr. Obama is one step removed from talking to the paintings in the White House, but that would assume that he believes that the former presidents would have anything meaningful to tell him.
Concluding Book Excerpt:
“Engels argued that, since Man was a part of Nature, the most general general principles of Nature must apply to him.” – page 152 of Paul Johnson’s Enemies of Society.
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18 of My Favorite Writers And Most Important Intellectual Influences:
6 On Foreign Policy:
- Monday, August 5: ‘War, and Preparation for War, Are the Normal Conditions of Mankind, While Peace Is Extremely Rare.’ – Michael Ledeen
- Tuesday, August 6 on Andrew C. McCarthy: Muslim Brotherhood Operatives Have Infiltrated America’s Political and Cultural Institutions to Conquer Us from Within
- Wednesday, August 7 on Barry Rubin: First We Define Anti-Americanism, Then We Crush It Again Even Harder
- Thursday, August 8 on Claudia Rosett: The United Nations is a Corrupt Failure That Does Not Unite Nations
- Friday, August 9 on David P. Goldman: No to Corporate Neoconservatism, No to Paleo-Libertarian Anarchism, Yes to Augustinian Realism
- Tuesday, August 13 on Victor Davis Hanson: The Price We Pay for Our Ignorance of Military History Is Dead Americans
4 On Culture:
- Wednesday, August 14: 3 Weapons to Win the Culture War Courtesy of Roger Kimball
- Monday, August 19: How to End the Fake Fight Between Social Conservatives and Libertarians With Andrew Klavan’s Wonderful Writing
- Wednesday, August 21: Michael Walsh Names the Founder of the Criminal Organization Destroying America for Two Centuries…
- Sunday, August 24: The Most Valuable Writing Advice Roger L. Simon Gave Me…
5 On History:
- Tuesday, August 27: Ron Radosh: The Most Valuable Historian Exposing Marxism’s Long War Against America
- Thursday, September 5 on Ion Mihai Pacepa: How the Soviets Seeded Antisemitism Around the World and the Price We Pay with Syria Today
- Friday, October 11: The KGB’s War To Destroy the God of Israel
- Wednesday, September 11 on James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus and their essential book America 3.0: On 9/11 and Benghazi’s Anniversary, We End Conservative Pessimism and Right-Wing Apocalypticism
- Tuesday, October 9 on Robert Spencer’s Vital Role in Creating Conservatism 3.0
2 On New Media:
- Wednesday, October 16 on Prager University: ‘There’s Nothing Just About Nature. Nature Is Only About Survival.’
- Tuesday, October 22: Ed Driscoll: New Media Master and Cultural Conquistador
1 On Talk Radio (beginning a ranking of the best hosts working today)
- Wednesday, October 30 on Dennis Prager: The 21 Most Evil News Stories from October
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