I guess that’s one way of looking at it.
Courtesy of ZH, a picture is worth a thousand words:
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping stand together – away from President Obama.
Other news: Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare’s architect, brags about voter “stupidity” (his word) and how excellently he exploited it:
The conservative group American Commitment posted Jonathan Gruber’s remarks, reportedly from an Oct. 17, 2013, event, on YouTube.
“Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” says the MIT economist who helped write Obamacare. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”
Ed Morrissey’s piece gives you the video, and Ed adds:
Gruber goes a little farther than that. He tells the crowd that the bill was written to fake out the CBO — which is the Congress’ own analytical group. “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” Gruber tells the audience with a smile. “If CBO scores the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.”…
Democrats insisted that CBO’s initial scoring showed that the bill was deficit-neutral in its first ten years, thanks to…dodges like trawling revenue before making outlays a few years later. How much else did Democrats lie to get that initially positive scoring? How much else are Democrats still hiding about the ACA and the HHS implementation of it?
And now HHS tells us that they’re projecting Obamacare’s 2015 enrollment to be kind of a failure.
Last, but not least: Yes, the media helped Obama cover up his flailing on Benghazi.
The day after the Benghazi attack, Obama gave an interview to Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes (CBS) where he pointedly refused to call the attack terrorism. But later, in a debate with Mitt Romney, Obama claimed that he had always been prompt in calling it terrorism. Obama spoke falsely. And CBS helped him, by hiding the relevant interview clip – until after the election.
UPDATE: A report that when Democrat senators need to know White House plans or positions, they ask MSNBC. (Which shows Obama’s isolation, as well as MSNBC’s deep subservience to the White House.) Via Citizens News.
When video of Ray Rice punching and then dragging his fiancé around on the floor was released, CNN’s Carol Costello justifiably called it “disturbing” and “insane.” But when Costello played the audio of a different woman recounting a similar horrifying experience of being assaulted and dragged around by a man, she told her audience: “Sit back and enjoy.”
The difference? The woman in question happened to be the daughter of favorite liberal hate object and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
On Wednesday, Costello even teased the audio on her twitter feed at 9:45am: “This is quite possibly the best minute and half of audio we’ve come across in a long long time.” #PalinBrawl.
And after several rounds of criticism, Costello finally offered a weak pseudo-apology in the subjunctive tense, “I would like to apologize,” she said.
A rational person might wonder, why is the left wing still so obsessed with Sarah Palin so many years later? Why does it even matter.
It matters, because the left wants to make an example of Sarah Palin as a warning to any other conservative Republican woman who might seek high office in the future. It’s a warning, “If you don’t mind your place, missy, we will destroy you and attack your family for years to come.”
That’s why they keep doing it.
The Rolling Stone – that magazine that was relevant back in the boomer era - has a cover story out to convince its audience of aging hipsters that Obama is awesome. Obama toady Paul Krugman looks at the trillions of dollars in debt racked up under Obama’s stewardship, the anemic economy, the record number of Americans on food stamps, and concludes …”This is what a successful presidency looks like.”
So, if the Obama presidency is “successful,” does that mean he meant to tank the economy, destroy America’s international reputation, accelerate the growing distrust of people for their Government, and exacerbate inter-racial tensions?
The formerly reputable news network CNN picked up on the Rolling Stone piece, and asked “Is Obama one of the best presidents.” They concluded, yeah, President Boyfriend is pretty awesome.
The MFM is trying to stick up for their beloved trophy president as a response to recent reports that Obama is now toxic to his own party. Kentucky Democrat senate candidate Alison Grimes pointedly refused to answer where she had even voted for Obama for president.
And the MFM is totes horrified at the apostate for not proudly proclaiming her vote for the Lightworker. Chuck Todd at NBC (a wholly owned subsidiary of DNC, Inc.) has declared that, for the crime of disrespecting the president, Grimes is dead to him. “If you can’t find a way to stand behind your party’s president, you can disagree with him but can’t answer that basic question and come across looking ridiculous. I think she disqualified herself.”
By which he means, “Disqualified herself from getting any more support from me and the rest of the Obama Kneepads Fluffer Club.”
Update (from Jeff): Fixed the video link, hope it works now.
I come across items from time to time, of which I don’t know what to make. Conspiracy theorists make something of them. Not tending to be one, I file them in the back of my mind and await more information.
The latest is, a prominent German journalist discussing how intelligence agencies manage the media, whether by perks, bribes, help in writing stories (which are thus ‘planted’ stories), or harassment and retaliation on journalists who don’t co-operate. The implication is that our biased media is managed, not only by the political Left, but by the U.S. and other governments.
Another is this year’s spate of deaths among mid-level bankers (previously mentioned here). Most of them are officially suicides, but it’s an odd cluster; the more so as the last few years have been great for the financial sector. Whether these deaths are murders (to cover up something) or genuine suicides by the despondent, either way they would suggest a banking system much worse off than is generally believed.
Finally, there’s this chart:
The first implication is that, while the Taliban’s rule of Afghanistan in 2001 was repressive, at least they shut down heroin production. The darker-minded might also suggest that wealthy narcotics interests (and by extension, banking interests?) were particularly offended by the Taliban and eager to see them go. Which, if true, could make Afghanistan at least partly (apart from the al Qaeda/9-11 aspect) a modern-day Opium War.
P.S. If you want to help make sense of any of these in the comments, be my guest!
President Obama acknowledged Sunday that U.S. intelligence officials “underestimated” the threat posed by the Islamic State and overestimated the Iraqi army’s capacity to defeat the militant group…
Let’s be clear: Officials who were chosen and supported by Obama. The administration of Barack Hussein Obama underestimated ISIS.
Or else, we can make this entry #39,422 in the files of “Obama pretends that he hasn’t been president all these years”. In the interview, Obama goes on to also blame Iraq’s PM al-Maliki for the problems; never himself.
One more thing. Does Obama still have the U.S. backing the world’s evil dictators? It seems so:
Obama also acknowledged that the U.S. is dealing with a conundrum in Syria, as the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State is helping Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the U.N. has accused of war crimes.
“I recognize the contradiction in a contradictory land and a contradictory circumstance,” Obama said…
Bush practically would have been impeached, for saying that. (And Bush wouldn’t have said it because Bush did what he could, to push U.S. policy in the direction of overthrowing the world’s evil dictators.)
One more thing. Has Obama made it a thing of the past, that the U.S. might strike its enemies pre-emptively (or perhaps unilaterally, as the Left calls it)? Not so much:
Obama called the threat from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and other terror groups a more “immediate concern that has to be dealt with…” “…in terms of immediate threats to the United States, ISIL, Khorasan Group — those folks could kill Americans,” he said…
Both groups have been targeted by U.S. airstrikes in recent days…
Barack Obama: Just what the Left always *accused* Bush of being. And of course, the media lets him get away with it.
UPDATE: Some Democrats agree that it was the Obama White House, more than the U.S. intelligence community, which underestimated ISIS.
Former Rear Admiral Joe Sestak, a two-term Democratic member of the House of Representatives…appeared to surprise his MSNBC interlocutor when he noted that the only people who got ISIS wrong work in the Obama administration.
“If you remember back in January and February, the head — the general, the Defense Intelligence Agency, actually testified before the House and Senate that in 2014, ISIS would take over large swaths of territory,” the Navy veteran asserted. “In fact, at the time he testified, they had already seized Ramadi and Fallujah — 35 miles from Baghdad.”
A decade ago, Fallujah was a crucial victory for the Marines (some of whom gave their lives) against an earlier version of ISIS. I guess Obama threw it back.
UPDATE: A report that Obama was warned about ISIS in 2012. As Ed Morrissey puts it:
…the US intelligence community told him of the danger at the same time Obama ridiculed Mitt Romney during the presidential debates…for wanting a residual force in Iraq to prevent exactly what Romney warned would happen.
The leftist elite in charge of the media want you to know, it’s wrong and probably racist to criticize Obama for vacationing lavishly in the midst of multiple crises at home and abroad.
The Huffington Post laments that, poor Obama, those lavish parties with rich trust-fund Democrats are the hardest work of all.
For those who vacation not on isolated ranches but in hot spots of the rich and powerful, even everyday socializing can be turned into work.
Obama previously spent time on Martha’s Vineyard hobnobbing with important donors. This year, he will headline a fundraiser two days after he begins his annual period of rest.
Let’s run a quick check and see if the MFM were concerned about “Vacation-Shaming” from… I don’t know… say… 2001-2008?
Back in 2008, when Tina Fey was earning herself a lifelong meal-ticket in leftist Hollywood by mocking Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, Palin had occasion to visit the set. One of the writers had planned to deliver the usual courteous leftist greeting … a stern lecture on tolerance and celebrating the lives of gay people.
Paula Pell, writer: I planned that I was going to come up and talk to [Palin] and shake her hand and welcome her and say, “My wife and I are very good people, and we live a very socially conscious life, and we do a lot for our community, and I just want you to know the face of gay couples and gay people,” and I had this whole speech planned. Then I just kind of came up to her in the chaos in the hallway and just nodded and said “hi” and walked off.
I didn’t know SNL was being written by activist lesbians; no wonder it hasn’t been funny for the last 20 years.
Another interesting tidbit from the source article, it seems the cast and the writers just couldn’t bring themselves to make fun of Obama, he was just too perfect and wonderful.
James Downey, producer-writer: If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, “Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10.” It’s like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled. There’s not a single thing to grab onto — certainly not a flaw or hook that you can caricature. [
And then there’s this.
Downey: The last couple seasons of the show were the only two in the show’s history where we were totally like every other comedy show: basically, an arm of the Hollywood Democratic establishment. [Jon] Stewart was more nuanced. We just stopped doing anything which could even be misinterpreted as a criticism of Obama
Ms. Curtis being a Democrat politician and a pathological narcissist (but I repeat myself) has maintained a political video blog (or, possibly, an audition tape for The Daily Show), in which she expresses her Very Important Opinions on things.
So, as a Democrat she…
- Sneers at Second Amendment Rights
- Sneers at Christianity
- Sneers at Family Values, and
- Sneers at the notion that the National Debt is a serious problem.
At least we know where she stands. She’s really no different than the rest of the Democrat Party, but unlike Democrat Senators like Cory Booker and Kay Hagan, she lacks the sense to keep those opinions more discreet.
If the Republicans had a National Media Establishment that was determined to act as its PR wing, Ms. Curtis would quickly become the face of the Democrat Party; much as the MFM made idiot Republican
Tea Party Establishment candidate Todd Akin the face of the Republican Party in 2012. Todd Akin was the centerpiece of the Democrat/Media “War on Women” narrative. Despite being completely disavowed by the Republican Party, every Republican candidate was forced to answer for Mr. Akin’s stupidity.
If the Republicans had media, or if the media were fair and balanced, every Democrat running for office would be forced to answer for Ms. Curtis’s remarks; which would be replayed endlessly across cable and network news. Pundits would write long pieces about the Democrats’ “War on Family Values/Gun Rights/Christianity/Fiscal Responsibility.” Others would lament that Ms Curtis and those like her represented an “extremist wing” that was “out of the mainstream” and insist that the Democrats disavow her and her kind.
But we all know that’s not how the game is played.
President Obama went to Chipotle on Monday, continuing his luncheon tour of D.C. eateries. He walked there from a nearby hotel, having stopped by the White House’s Summit on Working Families. And he wore sunglasses. Oh how he wore sunglasses.
Yeah, that is nothing at all like something a teenage girl would write in her diary about her boycrush.
BTW: On that same visit to Chipotle (Gun Owners Not Welcome), President Boyfriend completely violated sneeze guard etiquette. “How Gross,” the teenage girls of journalism would have said if it were that nerdy Mitt Romney and not President-Boyfriend-Looks-So-Hot-In-Sunglasses.
Little known IT fact: If your hard drive crashes, every email you ever wrote on that computer will be lost forever.
That is the explanation for how the IRS lost all of Lois Lerner’s emails during the exact period the IRS, under her direction, was targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups for IRS harassment.
A white Republican president who harassed progressive groups through the IRS then covered it up by destroying evidence would have been impeached by now.
Also, is it just me, but doesn’t Lerner’s email in the article come across as stilted, and maybe a wee bit blase for someone who’s just been told none of the data on her hard drive is recoverable?
Update: Wow, what are the odds. Six other Obama drones involved in the targeting of conservative groups ALSO lost all of their emails in computer crashes.
What are the odds?
I mean, $600,000 is pretty much the standard starting salary for a journalist, isn’t it?
OK, so it’s actually 10X what a veteran TV journalist can expect to make. But consider all those great stories she did… like that one about that guy, who did that thing. Remember that?
Chelsea Clinton is to journalism what Jaden Smith is to acting, but I guess she needed the money, what with her parents being “dead broke” and all.
Other princelings of the Political Aristocracy NBC hired include George W. Bush’s daughter and John McCain’s. I wonder how well they were compensated.
In an editorial today, the New York Times did their level best to protect President Obama by… of course… smearing anyone whose evidence contradicts the official party narrative as a liar who just hates the black president.
Republican operatives have arranged for soldiers in his unit to tell reporters that he was a deserter who cost the lives of several soldiers searching for him. In fact, a review of casualty reports by Charlie Savage and Andrew Lehren of The Times showed there is no clear link between any military deaths and the search.
And a classified military report shows that Sergeant Bergdahl had walked away from assigned areas at least twice before and had returned, according to a report in The Times on Thursday. It describes him as a free-spirited young man who asked many questions but gave no indication of being a deserter, let alone the turncoat that Mr. Obama’s opponents are now trying to create.
If anything, the report suggests that the army unit’s lack of security and discipline was as much to blame for the disappearance, given the sergeant’s history.
- The soldiers who are reporting that Sgt. Bergdahl deserted his post are liars.
- The soldiers who claim other soldiers died looking for him are lying.
- The Republicans put them up to it.
- It’s the Army’s fault for letting him desert.
- Everybody except President Obama, Susan Rice and that blond from the State Department with the Buddy Holly glasses and dark roots is lying.
So, now we know what the party line will be going forward.
The North Korean Ministry of Propaganda called the NY Times earlier today and said, “Hey guys, you might want to dial it back a little.”
The father of one of the UCSB murder spree victims is turning his grief into a rallying cry for gun confiscation; much as Cindy Sheehan made her grief into a rallying cry against George W. Bush. I expect before long, Mr.Richard Martinez will be sleeping in a ditch outside a politician’s house.
Mr. Martinez turned a Memorial Service for the victims into a Paul-Wellstonesue political rally; leading the crowd into chanting a gun control slogan. He held a press conference during which he railed against politicians who support the 2nd Amendment and the NRA. He has since appeared on MSDNC (Lawrence O’Donnell and Morning Joe), CNN (Anderson Cooper), The Washington Post granted him space to vent without any counterpoint. And other MFM outlets are lining up to broadcast his grief and rage to the widest possible audience.
The MFM have been eager to give him an outlet to display his grief for public consumption and advancement of the agenda; exactly the way they didn’t for the parents of Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith who were murdered in Benghazi by Mohammedan Terrorist while the president sat back and did nothing to help them. In fact, to the left, four murders in Benghazi have become one of their favorite jokes. I guess Benghazi wasn’t really tragic because it couldn’t be exploited to advance The Agenda.
One can’t fault him for his grief; even if his chosen means of expressing it seems craven and political. But he has no more right to take away anyone’s 2nd Amendment rights because of what happened to his son than the parent of someone killed by a drunk driver has the right to take away everybody’s car.
Recall how in 2003, a massive scandal erupted when Richard Armitage, a State Department official under then-Secretary Colin Powell, happened to leak Valerie Plame’s name to a journalist. Plame was a CIA Stateside employee (arguably NOT under cover). Armitage was basically gossiping, and he never underwent any prosecution because it was no big deal. Except, of course, the Left/media had a field day pushing the scandal complete with the darkest possible allegations against President Bush, lionization of Plame and her partisan-liar of a husband, a federal prosecutor and a ‘gotcha’ conviction of Scooter Libby (a Bush staffer who was not the key leaker; Armitage was).
Recently, the White House leaked the name of a top CIA officer in Kabul, Afghanistan. His name was really a secret. He does serve abroad (and in a danger zone), and he is endangered by the leak. As the Washington Post puts it:
The Post is withholding the name of the CIA officer at the request of Obama administration officials who warned that the officer and his family could be at risk if the name were published…
The CIA officer was one of 15 senior U.S. officials identified as taking part in a military briefing for Obama…Their names were included on a list…circulated by e-mail to reporters…
It is unclear whether the disclosure will force the CIA to pull the officer out of Afghanistan…The identities of at least three CIA station chiefs in Pakistan have been exposed in recent years. In one case, a CIA officer became a target of death threats after his cover was blown, forcing the agency to rush him out of the country.
Should we expect any big scandal, Left/media outrage, federal prosecutors or trumped-up convictions over this?
According to the Praetorian Media, the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag diplomacy was a smashing success and a testament to the brilliance of the Obama Administration. They have made this totally unbiased determination on the basis that… millions of people in North America, Europe, and Africa used the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag on Twitter.
See? It totally worked, you guys.
“But the girls haven’t been brought back,” you say. “But Boko Haram (not a terrorist organization according to Hillary Clinton’s State Department) is still running amok and killing people,” you said. You insist on using the conservative, racist, heteronormative, intolerant, cisgendered, patriarchal, capitalist, extremists standard that a strategy has to accomplish something material in order to be a success.
By that standard, you probably think Obamacare is a failure just because it hasn’t lowered health care costs, expanded consumer choice, or insured all the people who were uninsured, but instead has made things worse across the board.
That’s because you, bigot, don’t understand how success is supposed to be measured. “Accomplishments” just make people who don’t have accomplishments feel bad. The only real measure of success, in ProgressiveWorld, is getting large numbers of people to nod along with you; or very, very small numbers provided they are the right people.
Even if all the girls were beheaded the next day and their bodies tossed in a ditch, the left could still claim success because “that #hashtag sold, dammit!”
The behavior of adult liberals is akin to that of middle-school girls. It can be seen, for example, in the Obama Administration’s #Hashtag diplomacy; they really believe that terrorists and dictators can be moved to change their behavior by peer pressure. “Stay out of Ukraine, Mr. Putin, or you can forget about going to the pool party with the cool kids.” “Real Men Don’t Pay For Girls, Mr. Boko Haram. Everybody thinks the whole kidnapping thing is just major uncool, but, whatever.”
If the stories coming out about the behavior of supposedly adult managers and reporters at the New York Times are factual, liberal adults really do act like spoiled tween girls.
Gossipy, catty, insular, cliquey, stressful, immature, cowardly, moody, underhanded, spiteful—the New York Times gives new meaning to the term “hostile workplace.” What has been said of the press—that it wields power without any sense of responsibility—is also a fair enough description of the young adult. And it is to high school, I think, that the New York Times is most aptly compared. The coverage of the Abramson firing reads at times like the plot of an episode of Saved By the Bell minus the sex: Someone always has a crazy idea, everyone’s feelings are always hurt, apologies and reconciliations are made and quickly sundered, confrontations are the subject of intense planning and preparation, and authority figures are youth-oriented, well-intentioned, bumbling, and inept.
And yet this is the same New York Times that day after day, in article after article, instructs its readers, and the country, in how to think, how to vote, what to eat, what to wear, who is in, who is out, what is doubleplus, and what is crimethink. The gall.
The piece goes onto reveal how snubbing an editor or columnist by not sitting at his table in the NYTimes Cafeteria was considered a valid way of expressing peer disapproval.
And then there is… the Moose Incident.
At a 2003 meeting to reassure hundreds of troubled and irate Times staff members that everything was under control, Sulzberger suddenly displayed a stuffed toy moose. “He commented that unhappy Times employees should ‘talk to the moose,’ ‘deal with the moose,’” wrote one journalist, “and he also urged employees to ‘put their moose on the table.’”
This is the culture of the premier publication of the social and political left in the United States. Explains quite a lot, doesn’t it?
At the urging of the Gay Left, the MFM got their knickers in a gigantic twist by taking a comment from Glenn Beck out of context.
Anyone curious about how the media works? If you take a short clip from Glenn’s show and a provocative headline, then blast it out to a bunch of blogs looking to get easy traffic – they will usually write it up without really looking for the context. That’s what happened the other day when progressive group Right Wing Watch sent out a clip of Glenn with the headline Beck: ‘Hillary Clinton Will Be Having Sex With A Woman On The White House Desk If It Becomes Popular’. Lots of websites ran with it, but they didn’t really look into any of the context. Stu decided to award media outlets like MSNBC, Wonkette, Daily Kos, and The Daily Beast for their terrible, terrible reporting skills on The Wonderful World of Stu.
Watch Viddy at the link. It’s long, but reasonably amusing.
This… (Except with Michael Sam instead of Jason Collins but basically the same point).
So, gay athlete Michael Sam — the gay athlete who’s gay — was drafted by the Rams this week, which is totes awesome because he’s gay. Cue: Epic level squeeing from people who don’t much care about football normally.
Did I mention that Michael Sam is gay? Because he’s gay, you know.
Never has ESPN reacted with such teenage-girls-Beatles-Sullivan-Show like excitement to the 249th pick in the NFL Draft. The President even took a break from
the hard work of developing a fiscally responsible budget plan and consulting with international leaders on matters of global importance his weekly golf game to call and congratulate the NFL’s 249th Draft Pick.
‘Cos don’t you get it? He’s gay! Gay! GAY! Gay! Gay! Gay!
What position does he play? Is he any good? Who cares? He’s GAY.
And that’s like, super-important, because no one cares about how he performs on the field, it just matters who he sleeps with at night.
Just another little reminder that in a Socialist society, the only purpose of sport is to serve the party and the agenda.