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Mark Levin: ‘Have You Noticed Nothing Really Works Under This President?’


By Susan Jones / October 2, 2014 – 6:35 AM

( – “[H]ave you noticed really works under this president, from the Secret Service to immigration to the economy?” conservative mark levintalk-radio host Mark Levin asked Fox News’s Sean Hannity Wednesday night.

“Is there anything this president, from your perspective, has done well?” Hannity asked Levin.

“No. There’s not a thing he’s done well,” Levin replied. “And here’s the problem, Sean. People who support big government, centralized government, liberalism — well, congratulations, you have it. And it’s an absolute disaster.’

“And here’s what’s remarkable to me. He doesn’t go back and actually look at something, have some circumspection, say, You know, we’re going to fix Obamacare. Let’s pull back. Maybe we bit off more than we can chew. It’s full speed ahead, the foot on the gas pedal.”


“Now it’s going to be executive imperial fiats for amnesty! He’s looking for all these other areas where he can nationalize what shouldn’t be nationalized, where he’s undermining what shouldn’t be undermined. It’s just like one thing after another after another!’

“This guy does not want to be president. This guy continues to be that community organizer, or disorganizer…sitting in the Oval Office, throwing political mudballs in every direction he possibly can!’

“Have you noticed when he’s happiest?” Levin asked. “He’s happiest when he’s campaigning, trashing Republicans, trashing conservatives, trashing capitalism, trashing the Constitution. That’s right. He’s never really happy doing the job he’s supposed to do!”

Hannity asked Levin about Obama, in a “60 Minutes” interview, blaming his national intelligence director for underestimating the ability of ISIS/ISIL “to reconstitute themselves and take advantage of that chaos” in remote areas of Syria.…

“It is my contention that the president of the United States right now is in a full-blown cover-up. That’s why he went to his favorite ’60 Minutes’ correspondent, Steve Kroft. That’s why he blamed his intelligence agencies for this,” Levin said.

“This has nothing to do with the intelligence agencies. It has to do with the intelligence between his ears! And the fact of the matter is, he’s not paying attention to his job! He’s not attentive to what a president’s supposed to be attentive to because he’s so busy revolutionizing our economy and our government and transforming it, he’s not doing his job!”

Levin wondered if Obama is even reading his intelligence briefings when he reportedly has skipped 60 percent of the face-to-face meetings to discuss those briefings.

“It’s time to hold him to account,” Levin said, noting that some of the information passed along to Obama shows up in newspapers. “The country’s falling apart! It’s unraveling! Everything you look at is a mess! It’s time to pin him down on something! And this is life and death. This is war and peace.’

“And by the way, while we’re at it, Congress declares war! Will John Boehner and Mitch McConnell draw up a declaration of war, or are we going to continue to allow this president to conduct himself — and let me be very clear, and I don’t mean to be provocative about this — he is now fighting a political war! These pinpricks are not stopping ISIS. ISIS is about to conquer Baghdad. It’s on the move on the Turkish border. It’s more powerful this month than it was last month, despite our bombing raids.’

“Obama has the military on a short leash. Now, let’s let them off the leash. Let’s declare war. And let’s defeat them. This is World War III, and we need World War II tactics.”

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Obamacare One-Year Later: Five Lessons Learned


October 2, 2014 By

Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Obamacare train wreck delayedOne year ago, every network, every member of Congress and certainly HHS and CMS watched or tried to log into It proved to be a long, long wait.  The collective frustration at the end of the day was the site did not work.
Despite repeatedly assuring both Congressional committees and the American public that the new marketplace and this bold new experiment on shopping for government controlled health insurance was to be smooth as silk and easy as pie, the rollout was a colossal failure for the HHS Secretary and her team. Ultimately, she admitted being responsible for the ‘debacle’ but not much has been done to eliminate the problems and clean up the process. is still broken.
The rollout was a failure, but my hope is the bureaucracy has learned some lessons. Here are five things I hope we can file away as lessons learned.  
1) The Federal government does not have the ability to build an aggregate web site in order to provide medical care for all Free MedicalAmericans.

In July of 2014, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that failed to launch as promised by the Administration. GAO put the blame for this failed launch squarely on the shoulders of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Despite spending $840 million for the development of the website, it is still not working as it should. The GAO report shed light on this when they reported that CMS rushed the job and took shortcuts around critical issues in order to meet the October 1, 2013 launch goal.
Worse yet, the GAO report concluded that if CMS did not take action to improve oversight and adhere to standard contract practice, that this current enrollment period would encounter problems.
depression-obamacare2) The Federal government cannot safeguard personal health information.

When was hacked in July of 2014, investigators denied that any personal information was taken. However, the hack demonstrated that the Federal government is not able to secure the massive amount of data that they are collecting.
3) Whenever the Federal government attempts to provide a service, prices go up.

In order to provide a one-size fits all, government-compliant insurance program, people have had their insurance policies canceled.  Government regulations have caused premiums and out-of-pocket costs (including coverage for prescription drugs) to skyrocket, forcing many to chose between healthcare and other necessities.
President Obama promised that under his government-run healthcare that the annual premium for a family would decrease by $2,500.  In fact, Tennesseans are facing double digit increases in their health insurance policies this enrollment period
4) When Federal cost control “experts” weigh in, taxpayers lose choice.Mar 3 13

Narrow network refers to the manner in which insurance companies limit the number of doctors and hospitals that beneficiaries may use in order to save money.  Under Obamacare, these networks have become extremely narrow – excluding some cancer treatment centers as well as children’s hospitals.  Narrow networks are a key central cost controlling idea of the drafters of Obamacare.
5) When the Federal government runs healthcare, patients lose the ability to see the doctor of their choice.
In part, because of the narrow networks in Obamacare, patients are finding that their doctor is no longer available.
However, there is another factor at play.  One survey of 700 doctors found that the majority of them have considered leaving practice because of Obamacare.  Doctors understand what Washington bureaucrats do not and that is having an insurance card is not the same as having healthcare. As more and more rules from Washington are placed on our trusted healthcare providers, they will become increasingly discouraged and find other outlets for their talents.

As we all reflect on these five lessons, one thing is clear – Obamacare does not work and must be repealed and replaced with real reforms. American families expect and deserve patient-centered solutions that will provide them with access to more affordable health care coverage. They deserve a health care system that works for them.

Marsha Blackburn is a Member of the House of Representatives serving the Seventh Congressional District of Tennessee.  She serves as Vice-Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is a Member of the Budget Committee.Death and Taxes
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Iranian leader celebrates: U.S. has ‘given up’

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to the stage last week to proclaim the U.S. has “given up” on using military force to stop its ambitions and to boast that a worldwide “Islamic Awakening” cannot be stopped.

Speaking on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic who died in 1989, Khamenei issued his first public reaction since U.S. President Barack Obama asserted in a foreign policy speech at West Point that his diplomatic relations with Iran were proving more effective than the threat of military action.

Sorry YetObama had said that a U.S.-led international coalition has afforded “an opportunity to resolve our differences peacefully” with Iran and, “For the first time in a decade, we have a very real chance of achieving a breakthrough agreement – one that is more effective and durable than what would be achieved through the use of force.”

Khamenei, however, took away a very different conclusion from the negotiation table.

Speaking from a stage decorated with a banner proclaiming “America cannot do a d— thing,” according to a New York Times Report, Khamenei proclaimed on June 4 the U.S. has “given up” on military action.

“They have renounced the idea of any military actions,” the leader said. “They have understood that in Afghanistan and Iraq, after a military invasion, they were harmed. Therefore, it can be said that they have given up on the military attack.

“They realized that military attacks are as dangerous or even more dangerous for the assaulting country as they are for the country attacked,” he continued.

Khamenei also used the occasion to predict the global spread of Islam.

“Perhaps Western intelligence organizations give reports that they were able to suppress the Islamic Awakening in our region,” he said, according to an Al-Monitor report. “This will be another one of our enemy’s strategic mistakes and incorrect analyses. It’s possible that in some parts of the world the Islamic Awakening will be suppressed, but undoubtedly, it will not be uprooted – and it will spread.”

Al-Monitor reports that when protests began in the Middle East and North Africa, they were widely dubbed the “Arab Spring.” Many Iranian officials however, viewed them as a continuation of the 1979 Iranian revolution, thus giving them the name “Islamic Awakening.”

In his West Point speech at the end of May, Obama declared the U.S. still reserves “all options to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” but he also talked repeatedly about America’s “costly wars” and warned, “Not every problem has a military solution.”

“Some of our costly mistakes came … from our willingness to rush into military adventures,” he declared. “U.S. military action cannot be the only or even primary component of our leadership.”

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New Poll Spells Absolute Disaster for Democrats

That’s like the White Star Line advertising the “success” of Titanic’s maiden voyage.
However, this continued insistence that Obamacare is an achievement on which Democrats should run for reelection is a blessing for Republicans. Despite the mainstream media hustling for the Democrats to try and spin our nation’s sojourn into socialized medicine as anything but a disaster, even they have not been able to conceal the disastrous consequences of Obamacare.
From the failed rollout to the soaring costs to the cancelled insurance policies, Obamacare has received a bad reputation- and rightfully so.
Democrats ought to be worried. A new poll revealed that 9 out of 10 voters intend to consider Obamacare when voting in the midterm elections.
Yes- 90% of those who will be voting will ponder the effects of Obamacare. With no real success stories of note and only failure after failure having piled up, when voters think Obamacare, they are bound to think of government-sponsored disaster.
Worse yet: this poll comes from Politico– a news source that largely caters to the left. If Politico readers have lost that loving feeling for Obamacare, what does that say about American opinions on the subject as a whole?
The doom and gloom for Democrats rolls on as the IJ Review reports:
Sixty percent of respondents said the debate on the Affordable Care Act is not over, contrary to the President’s claims. And half of those polled say they favor full repeal of the Obamacare law.
The issues currently being used by the Democratic Party to whip up votes – immigration reform and pay equity – don’t even come close as a hot-button issue this year. Only 28 and 16 percent, respectively, said those issues would determine their vote in the midterms.
Not only that, when asked which party they would prefer to vote for, voters say they are more likely to vote for a Republican over a Democrat by 7 points, 41 to 34 percent.
The poll notes that people are feeling a growing distrust of and hostility towards big government and insiders in Washington, DC.
And who can blame them? The Obama administration has “accomplished” nothing of significance except waste trillions of dollars and carry out a disastrous healthcare law that the majority of Americans don’t want. 
As we look on in horror at the VA scandal, one obvious observation goes unmentioned by the mainstream media: this is the face of government-run healthcare. 
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Failure; The Backdoor to Success?!?!?!?

Success the Hard Way
A Devotional by Dr. David Jeremiah
“So [Moses] looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.” (Exodus 2:12)
“And Moses the servant of the LORD died there in Moab, as the LORD had said. 6 He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. 8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.” (Deuteronomy 34:5-8; NIV)
The title of Pastor Erwin W. Lutzer’s 1975 book suggests a biblical approach to handling the failures we experience in life: Failure: The Backdoor to Success. If failure is the back door to success, that means failure really isn’t a failure at all! Failure can be part of success.
The Bible certainly does not hide the failures of its principle characters. Israel’s national hero, Moses, experienced his fair share of failures both before and after being called by God. He had to flee Egypt because he murdered a soldier who was abusing a Hebrew soldier. That failure led him to a 40-year sojourn in Midian where he matured and met God. Though he argued with God about returning to Egypt, he eventually did—though throughout the Hebrews’ wilderness wanderings his temper and impulsivity got the better of him more than once. But to Moses’ credit, he always rebounded from his failures and ultimately ended his life with God’s blessing.
If you have failed in some way, take heart. Ask God to show you how to redeem the time and the circumstances. Ask Him to let “failure” be your backdoor to success.
“The Lord Jesus does not cast off His believing people because of failures and imperfections.”
J. C. Ryle
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HealthCareDotGov fails to meet Nov. 30 targets

HealthCareDotGov fails to meet Nov. 30 targetsBy: John Hayward  12/2/2013 09:45 AM

Not surprisingly, after moving the goalposts half a dozen times for the November 30 relaunch of, the Obama Administration couldn’t get within 30 yards of the end zone, but they declared a touchdown anyway.  It was positively surreal to watch bureaucrats high-five each other for a job well done when it obviously wasn’t.  They’re nowhere near the full functionality that was promised when the November 30 date was set.  Evidence suggests they haven’t even met the lowered expectations of 80 percent functionality.

This is exactly what critics anticipated.  There’s been some progress on the ObamaCare website, but considering what a complete fiasco it was at launch, that’s not much of a metric.  The Washington Post report on the November 30 festivities is packed full of unintentional comedy, including the Post uncritically relaying crisis manager Jeff Zients’ claims that the website is now “working more than 90 percent of the time” – that’s obviously not true, and Zients himself began walking those claims back almost immediately – plus a howler from Zients in which he compares the current performance of the exchange to its condition on Launch Day.  As you may recall, when the Administration’s stonewall of lies and evasions finally cracked, and they released the Day One figures, it turned out that only six people had enrolled in ObamaCare.  It’s a stunning embarrassment for the Administration to boast about having cleared that exceptionally low bar:

“Bottom line, on December 1st is night and day from where it was on October 1st,” when the site was launched, Zients said in a teleconference with reporters Sunday morning.

Even with the improved performance, some people are likely to encounter problems on the site. And there is another worry — reports sent to insurance companies about who has enrolled in health plans include errors that could cause problems when people try to use their new insurance plans next year.

Administration officials, in talking to reporters, were careful not to declare a full-fledged victory. In a report issued Sunday, officials with the Department of Health and Human Services said the next few months would require further work to “improve and enhance the website and continue to improve the consumer experience.” Officials have also said repeatedly that consumers might still encounter difficulties and urged them to use the call center and seek help from specially trained personnel.

Still, the announcement is a milestone for the administration, which has struggled to improve the Web site since its botched Oct. 1 launch.

Welcome to the Obama New Normal of lowered expectations, where abject failure is celebrated as a “milestone.”  Even by the incredibly loose and subjective goals they set during the panicky days of mid-October, Team Obama failed.  There’s no achievement here.  It’s like a plumber demanding a bonus because your toilet only explodes half the time when you flush it.  ”We’re doing better” is not an acceptable status report, given the promises made to drag ObamaCare through a couple of brutal news cycles.

Also, part of the spin surge designed to make it look as if great strides have taken involves admitting just how bad has been, particularly in October.  That’s something the Administration worked hard to keep hidden, until they decided they could milk a few political points by revealing it, secure in the knowledge that few reporters would respond, “Holy cow, you guys were lying through your teeth about just how bad things were in October!”

No private-sector CEO could get away with such a celebration of inadequacy.  Obama used to love comparing the rollout to an iPhone launch.  Not even he has the chutzpah to keep making that comparison.  Imagine a boardroom meeting where the head of the iPhone project brags that the product works more than half the time now, and that’s a huge improvement over the $500 million launch two months ago, when only six people were able to use it successfully.

Here’s more of that unintentional comedy from the Post report, where they relay a couple of “success stories” from the relaunched exchange… and neither of them was a success.

Among those who tried to log on was Sandy Kush, 49, an unemployed medical transcriptionist from Illinois who tried six times in October to use, with no success.

She tried again Sunday and, with the help of a call-center representative, was able to enroll in Medicaid — a stopgap measure, she said, until she can find a new job that offers insurance. The whole experience took about an hour and a half but “was pretty smooth,” she said.

Others reported problems getting all the way through the process. Liz Gallops, 33, a North Carolina insurance broker who has tried unsuccessfully to get coverage through the site, said that seemed to be working better Sunday but that at one point she got a message stating that the system “cannot finish your application now.”

Whoopee!  Another person signed up for Medicaid!  That’s not an ObamaCare enrollment.  The other person cited by the Post tried to enroll in ObamaCare and failed.  Notably, there was no effort to demonstrate the “new and improved” system for the media during the big “Mission Accomplished” press conference, because the Administration flacks know better than to punch up this bug-ridden disaster and ignite a scandal firestorm by having it crash during the demo.  CNN tried to use the relaunched system live on the air… and it crashed on them:


Later in the Post report, the walkback of all those rosy 90 percent operation claims begins:

The online system is stable — not crashing — more than 90 percent of the time, officials said. And the report said that the site can handle as many as 50,000 shoppers at the same time and up to 800,000 visits a day.

The report said the administration has yet to meet at least one of its key goals: reducing the site’s average response time to half a second. And government officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing operations, cautioned last week that they will not know if they have expanded the site’s carrying capacity to 50,000 users at once until they have that many users online.

This is beyond ludicrous.  They’re admitting that they pulled all these wonderful numbers out of their posteriors, and warning people not to push the system anywhere near the capacity they’ve been boasting about!  And that capacity is really nothing to brag about anyway.  50,000 simultaneous connections for the 36 states using the federal exchange system?  They’ve got 82 business days to enroll 7 million people before the end of March, when the individual mandate comes crashing down.  Only 16 business days remain until the revised cutoff date for securing 2014 insurance that would be effective on January 1, and we know at least five million people have been blown out of their existing plans because of ObamaCare.  There’s no way this fabulously expensive but incredibly weak system can process the 300,00 + enrollments per day that would be needed to repair the damage from Obama’s Big Lie, and frankly, there’s little evidence of a surge in demand to buy those overpriced ObamaCare policies.

It’s extremely telling that the Administration continues to prattle on about “visits per day” and “response times” for the web pages to load.  That sounds like happy horse patties designed to reach Low Information Voters who gave up on trying to use the system because they heard it was “slow.”  Clearing up the slow-motion responses and “page not found errors” people were experiencing when they merely tried to log into the system is less than half the battle for improving the front end, and insurance providers are issuing dark reminders about critical back-end systems that are delivering useless garbage data, or not working at all:

The report did not address the “back-end” parts of the systems that consumers do not see, including the error-filled enrollment reports. Insurers have warned that if the problem is not fixed soon, some people may show up for doctor’s appointments in January only to find that the insurance company has no record of their enrollment.

“Insurers are still receiving enrollment files that are duplicative or include missing or inaccurate information,” Robert Zirkelbach, spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s main lobbying group, said Sunday. “In some cases they aren’t receiving those enrollment files at all.”

The New York Times has more details about the chaos at insurance companies, as they struggle to cope with the flow of data sewage pouring from the outflow pipes of the worst online system launch in history:

“Until the enrollment process is working from end to end, many consumers will not be able to enroll in coverage,” said Karen M. Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group.

The issues are vexing and complex. Some insurers say they have been deluged with phone calls from people who believe they have signed up for a particular health plan, only to find that the company has no record of the enrollment. Others say information they received about new enrollees was inaccurate or incomplete, so they had to track down additional data — a laborious task that would not be feasible if data is missing for tens of thousands of consumers.

In still other cases, insurers said, they have not been told how much of a customer’s premium will be subsidized by the government, so they do not know how much to charge the policyholder.

[…] Insurers said they had received calls from consumers requesting insurance cards because they thought they had enrolled in a health plan through the federal website, but the insurers said they had not been notified.

“Somehow people are getting lost in the process,” the insurance executive said. “If they go to a doctor or a hospital and we have no record of them, that will be very upsetting to consumers.”

Imagine how much worse that confusion will become if the almost completely non-functional front end of really does start working better, and dumps five or ten times as much junk data in the insurance industry’s lap!

This is, again, beyond ridiculous.  The Administration adamantly refuses to disclose the one and only metric of success that really matters: the number of people who have successfully processed their first payment for an ObamaCare insurance policy.  By law, that’s the condition that must be met to secure valid coverage.  And Team Obama still spews absurd lies about not having the data, every time someone asks for the number of valid policies that have been purchased through the exchange, preferring to babble about how many people have merely visited the website, or how the process of setting up an online account has gotten so much smoother, or how an awful lot of people have briefly fluttered around before getting shuffled off to Medicaid.

I have yet to hear a single official number from this Administration that excludes Medicaid applicants and focuses solely on ObamaCare enrollment.  It is entirely possible that the number of valid insurance policies sold through the federal exchange is very nearly zero.  The New York Times report says insurance providers will consider policies valid if the government hasn’t ponied up the taxpayer’s share of the premiums yet – good thing, because the part of that handles such payments doesn’t exist yet – but they won’t be able to handle the financial burden of paying claims without receiving subsidies for long.  There were supposed to be over 700,000 fully completed ObamaCare enrollments by now; the heavily cooked number pushed by the Administration is only 100,000, and that includes Medicaid referrals, plus fragmentary online shopping cart data.

The Wall Street Journal isn’t buying any nebulous claims of relative success for an Administration with a proven track record of deception and obfuscation:

If this miracle fix is real, the White House will open the ObamaCare black box to an independent audit, or maybe start by answering questions honestly. But on a conference call with reporters Sunday, HHS refused to say how much progress the team had made on technical problems that are seeding insurance companies with bad information about who is signing up and for what products. It knows the insurers will keep quiet lest they make themselves political targets.

The mission accomplished pose is another attempt to power through a political deadline. Americans who have now discovered the Administration’s other false claims—you can keep your old plan and your doctor, and the new plans are better—can be forgiven for waiting to see the actual results.

No serious journalist would accept the Obama Administration’s report card for its own performance.  Their claims are meaningless.  Absolute transparency and the disclosure of all hard data for independent review should be the non-negotiable demand from the American people.   Reporters should stand as one and walk out of any press conference that doesn’t begin with someone from HHS or CMS demonstrating a completely successful purchase of insurance through – because frankly, at this point, there is no hard evidence that anyone has been able to do that yet.

Team Obama is still treating this as a political spin game, while the lives of American citizens are turned upside-down by the foolish Affordable Care Act.  Hard deadlines are fast approaching.  The people and their representatives should have pure, unspun data so they can make solid decisions about how to proceed.  Here’s the bottom line about the big November 30 relaunch: if the system had been launched in the state that exists today, it would still have been a national scandal.

Update: More low comedy from the Administration, as HHS Secretary Kathleeen Sebelius “urges Americans to visit the site during off-peak hours – generally in the morning or at night.”  Enjoy the New Normal of failure, in which incompetent bureaucrats in charge of trillion-dollar agencies bring you a $500 million website that you should only try using at three o’clock in the morning.

Update: Pete Doocy of Fox News tried to use the “new and improved” this morning, and this is what he got.  Serves him right for trying to access the Peoples’ Glorious Health Care System during peak hours!





These RINOs Have Got to Go


RINO= Republican In Name Only

SBowers 9-28The Senate RINOs slavishly voted as Harry Reid ordered them to vote. They are an obedient bunch. And they know who their master is. The problem is, while they are faithful drudges to Dusty Harry, they cannot recognize their true masters. The rest of us. They serve their own personal interests first in the following order.

They want to stay in power. But as we saw in 1994, they don’t know how to run things if they fall into power (in 1994 on the coat tails of hapless Clinton and in a reaction to him). Being second fiddle to the Democrats because they aren’t as smart as the Democrats and can’t play to the electorate as well, doesn’t bother them. There is a risk in “playing to the grandstand.” You must have some courage. What if your theatrics fall flat? There is the chance the people in the grandstands may not like you. They may hate you. Maybe the guys who composed your lines are dummies.

There was a lucrative profession during the Napoleonic era, which consisted of attending debuts of symphonies and plays. The practitioners were called “Clappers.” They were hired to applaud or jeer at the right moment to bolster or condemn the production. Modernly in the political arena, we call those guys the “Press.” They are paid to mess up any theatrics the Republicans’ (or more accurately, Conservatives’) attempt in presenting their views or plans. They got a jolt of a sense of their power when they hammered Nixon and haven’t been the same since. Unfortunately for them, while they learned that they can dethrone a king, they found making one is much more difficult. This frustrates them and makes them nasty, derisive and petulant. Their mindset is “If you think differently than me you are wrong … I am (by definition) right, which means you are “Evil” … and … ergo … I can condemn you in every venue available.” It is circular logic, of course. But it makes liberals feel good about themselves because it allows them to look down on someone, which means they (liberals) are above the people they look down on … and superior to at least someone in the room, which feels really good if you know you really aren’t the smartest person in the room … as you may have claimed. This is a tremendous motivator, because liberals very seldom have anything to feel good about regarding themselves.

RINOs fear the media because liberals and their media lap doggies can start jeering your performance on cue, and you’re a goner. So RINOs have very few ideas they want to trot onto the public stage. It’s just too risky. And they have discovered it is even safer to follow the Democrat herds because the press will not notice them. You’re under the radar.

Of course, the other reason RINOs want to stay in power, is they like the power. Even if they are second fiddle to the Democrats they still get to enjoy the benefits of standing idly by in the corridors of power, even if they don’t get to yank the “levers of power” real hard whenever they want to like their Democrat masters. Even “second fiddle” power is sweet. People want your autograph and you can smugly deprive them. (They’re only dingy constituents. Screw ‘em! I’m engaging in fine dining in my favorite eatery, after all. Go away and take your street urchin progeny with you! How dare you?!?) You get your picture taken frequently and sometimes the press will even give you an approving caption, i.e., “Senator Second fiddle was seen yesterday at Walter Reed Hospital cutting the ribbon on a new phrenology clinic for the Vets, many of whom stood silently around, but were unacknowledged by the good Senator.” You might even get into a photo with Dusty Harry who might be seen giving you a mildly approving supercilious smirk. Hey … it’s better than him telling the press a nasty and politically damaging lie he made up about you (remember how Romney hadn’t paid taxes in ten years … or something like that?), which might actually be true about you! That’s always a risk! Limousines, Congressional junkets with your family along, big fat salary with incredible benefits, lifetime gigantic pensions etc, etc, etc.  Life is good. Really good, (just as long as you can avoid those often ugly Town Hall Meetings back home with those scruffy and nosey constituents with those pesky and uninformed queries about “Where in H%$&^LL our tax dollars are goin?” And their runny nosed kids and howling dogs … and their torches and pitchforks).

All those goodies in exchange for just keeping quiet, engaging in no grandstanding and going along to get along. There, there, that’s a nice RINO.

But the party may be nearing its conclusion.

People are waking up to the fact that politics matter. P.J. O’Rourke said, “Bad politics gets you dead.” Plato said “If you don’t take an interest in politics you will be doomed to governance by your lessers.” (With apologies to both fellows if I got the quotes fouled.)

These RINO jerks have to go.


Obama’s Fallen and He Can’t Get Up


Remember when your small child used to say, “I fall down and go boom”? Perhaps that is what’s happening now on the world scene. The President of the United States has fallen down, and we can only hope that neither he, nor we, go “BOOM!” But to hear what others have to say on the matter…”The state-owned Syrian newspaperAl Watan put it bluntly in a headline on Thursday: “Moscow and Damascus pull the rug out from under the feet of Obama.”

Perhaps the President needs to subscribe to LifeCall. Remember “I’ve fallen…and I can’t get up!”® a TV commercial catchphrase for a LifeCall medical alert systems to be used by people who are subject to falling at inconvenient times in inconvenient places. Perhaps some of our leaders could do well to memorize this commercial. Al Watan’s comment is only the latest in a whole series of stumbling and bumbling that have plagued this President from the git-go.

It seems that from the beginning of Barack Obama’s tenure as President, again and again, he has fallen. Maybe he should have the handy button to punch to gain somebody’s attention. Rather than asking for help to “get” up, his administration seems to divert the attention of the drive-by media and many of our fellow Americans to some other crisis. But it so often happens that his diversion leads to another scandal or unsavory situation. Let’s look briefly at a few of them.

DOJ scandal: Which one? Let’s just pick one. Black Panthers were intimidating voters (November 4, 2008): Seems that a group of New Black Panthers took it upon themselves to hinder and even intimidate voters in one precinct. The DOJ lawyer decided that they should be prosecuted under Federal law. However, once Eric Holder became Attorney General, he ordered the investigation to cease and the potential prosecution squashed. There must have been some dead people who hadn’t had a chance to vote yet.

Solyndra Scandal: Solyndra bailed out in 2009; went bankrupt in 2011: This was a doozy. Obama himself went to Solyndra manufacturing to tout the forward looking producer of solar panels and to assure them of a financial bailout, 535 million dollars. Sure enough, it worked. They were bailed out. The owners of the company pocketed a fair sum and then in 2011, Solyndra went bankrupt. Was the White House embarrassed? Did the White House mend its ways and never ever bailout another clunker? If you believe these statements are true, I have some beach front property in Western Kansas I would let go for a small price.

Benghazi4Benghazi Attack and Cover up: September 11, 2012: Four Americans, including an American ambassador, were killed when armed insurgents fired upon a Consulate in Benghazi, Lybia, which is sovereign property belonging to the United States. At first, the administration blamed the attack on an anti-Muslim video that had wide circulation. When that proved useless, they tried to just ignore the incident. The then Secretary of State, Hillary I-might-just-run-for-President-again Clinton declared that she was taking responsibility for what happened. It worked. She took the responsibility, and virtually all Congressional hearings ceased or at least slowed. I wonder if Al Capone had taken that position, his conviction on tax evasion might have been dismissed, and he could have died in peace in his Chicago apartment of syphilis.

NSA Scandal: June 10, 2013 Edward Snowden’s Revelations: A low level contract worker with the National Security Agency didn’t like what he was seeing come across his desk or his monitor, and decided to blow the whistle. Regardless of whether you take the position that the guy is a hero for revealing some very questionable activities of the NSA spying on American citizens, or that he is a traitor for revealing classified secrets, you do have to admit that Edward Snowden shook things up. Do I expect anything to change as the result of these revelations? Of course not. Nothing will change except for the arrogant indignity shown by government officials and drive-by media commentators. Snowden now resides in Russia, and I’m sure that he will be consulted by Premier Putin when it’s time to take possession of Syria’s sarin gas supply.

There are other scandals. I can’t keep up with them. I’m not sure I agree with Al Watan that Russia and Syria “pulled the rug out from under the feet of Obama.” More likely, he stumbled because of his own clumsiness. He’s fallen and he can’t get up. He just continues to do a low crawl on his belly from one scandal to the next one with no sense of dignity or embarrassment at all.


The Destruction of Presumption

Number 14:44; 44 “Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the highest point in the hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp” (NIV)

“…in their PRESUMPTION…” Another well-intentioned, man-made plan produces failure, and in cases like this, death.

There is a fine line between living by FAITH, and acting on PRESUMPTION. Both look the same to any observer, but God looks on the heart and it’s motivations. How many failures of faith have you heard about, when the cause was, presumption.

I’ve had multiple failures, and many of them painful and destructive, and all of them based on presumption, while calling it “living by faith”. Looking back I can see many consistencies in those failures. The most common was arrogance, not humility. God will NEVER bless arrogance.

The next time you are alone with God , ask Him, “Please show me where I am living by faith, and where I am acting on presumption. In Jesus Name, Amen.” Then be honest enough to repent where necessary and make the changes necessary to cut presumption from every part of your life.

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