April 24, 2014

The ‘We Do What We Want, Bleep You’ Administration

Brazen.

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This column went up at PJ Media Monday evening Pacific Time and was teased here at BizzyBlog Tuesday morning.

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In the late-1970s, after a Rolling Stone review skewered his band’s latest album, Paul Kantner of the rock band Jefferson Starship fired off a nastygram the magazine printed which read (profanity removed): “We do what we want. Bleeeeeep you.”

Although even then it was becoming obvious that a more generic version of Kantner’s attitude was systematically permeating the culture at an alarming rate, who could have guessed that 30 years later, his reaction would become the operating theme of a U.S. presidential administration?

No one can argue that even before his 2008 electoral victory, Barack Obama and his cadre of collectivists were bent on “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Obama said so himself. We now know that it was far more than a clever rhetorical flourish.

What remains unappreciated by far too many, particularly Republicans and conservatives in Washington who years ago should have recognized the need to more proactively and more aggressively resist, is that Obama, his White House and his regulatory leviathan intend to impose that transformation by any means necessary: constitutional or unconstitutional, legal or illegal, civil or hostile — and now, as seen last week in Nevada, nonviolent or violent. There are no rules, only constant tests of limits.

No aspect of this administration’s performance exemplifies its “bleep you” approach more than Obamacare.

Even in 2008, Team Obama instinctively knew that the American people would never accept the kind of state-dictated healthcare regime it wished to impose. Thus, the collection of guarantees they knew would not and could not be honored were born: “If you like your healthcare plan, doctor, medical provider, and prescription drug regimen, you can keep them, period.” False, false, false, and false — and delivered unilaterally with deductibles and out-of-pocket costs which would cause many workers in the public sector and at large private firms to begin planning their exit strategies. Too bad, so sad, suckers.

The administration took two important lessons away from the ferocious opposition which nearly derailed Obamacare’s passage in March 2010.

The first was that it would have to modify the law gradually and implement it invisibly. Thus, we have seen, as of earlier this month, 40 changes, almost all calibrated to minimize electoral damage while slowly strengthening the greedy hand’s grip on the nation’s medical delivery system. Collectively, these changes have fundamentally altered and even directly contradicted the law Congress passed, to the point where it is fundamentally deceiving to call today’s resulting contraption “The Affordable Care Act.” It’s Obamacare, meaning that it’s whatever Obama, the White House, the now-departed Kathleen Sebelius and her nominated successor Sylvia Burwell want it to be.

As to the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov, as I asserted in December, “nobody’s this stupid and incompetent.” Events in the subsequent four months have only confirmed that assessment. What has become clear in the interim is the botched execution’s immediate purpose: to make quantifiable accountability impossible (longer-term, it’s about foisting single-payer on a resistant populace). Thus, we’re forced to accept the absurd, made-up metric of 7.5 million Americans “enrolled.” But we can’t determine how many of those who signed up have actually paid their first premium (which buys them 90 days of coverage, even if they stiff the system after cutting just one check), or how many of them are newly insured. Now the Census Bureau tells us that, gosh, we really want to, but we won’t have reliable or consistent year-over-year comparisons of health insurance coverage until after this fall’s House and Senate elections. How obviously convenient.

Meanwhile, insurers are relying on government-estimated subsidy payments because HealthCare.gov’s back end has not been built. In some states, doctors and other providers are treating many who they can only hope are covered. Hospitals providing “specialty treatment” which have been arbitrarily shoved out of Obamacare plan networks are providing untold amounts of unsustainable free care to child and adult patients.

The second lesson the administration learned was that it must do everything it can to make opponents’ lives miserable. This is where the Internal Revenue Service comes in. The agency’s selective targeting of Tea Party, Republican, and certain conservative groups — some of it “coinciding” with visits from other regulatory and law enforcement agencies — was once thought to be solely about neutralizing their effectiveness during the 2010 and 2012 election cycles. We now know that it was about a lot more than that, specifically “to make an example of at least one group” by subjecting their leaders to criminal prosecution. Given the laundry list of otherwise unaffiliated federal agencies involved in the targeting effort, as PJ Media’s Bryan Preston wrote on Wednesday:

… it takes an entity above all of those agencies to coordinate their actions. That entity can only be the White House.

Other “bleep you” examples abound, far too many to completely chronicle here. Just s few of them have included: Hillary Clinton’s “What difference does it make?” reaction to the avoidable deaths of American ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others in Benghazi on her watch; Attorney General Eric Holder statement that he he has a “vast amount” of discretion in deciding which laws his Justice Department will and won’t enforce; illegal-immigrant amnesty-light executive orders; and last but far from least, the stimulus-driven, state legislature-avoiding implementation of the Common Core curriculum.

The government’s “bleep you” brazenness was on full display in Nevada last week. But this time, hundreds of resisters essentially shouted “Bleep you back” to the wannabe tyrants at the Bureau of Land Management, which is on a single-minded mission to drive Cliven Bundy from his ranch — if not financially, then physically. The resistance was successful only because the Constitution has guaranteed citizens’ right to bear arms.

As I asked Saturday evening: “Does anyone still believe that the Constitution’s Second Amendment isn’t as much about citizens defending themselves against an out-of-control government as it is about the natural-law right of self-defense?”

Washington’s go-along Republican and conservative culture should take a lesson from Nevada. They don’t need guns. All they need is the will to defund any and all federal agencies which have overstepped their bounds.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042414)

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Positivity: Conjoined Twins Doing Great After Separation Surgery, Almost Became Abortion Victims

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Dallas, via Life News (link is in original):

4/16/14 11:53 AM

Emmett and Owen Ezell were born in August in Dallas, Texas but they were very much unlike most sets of twins. They were are identical twins[1] joined in utero — a rare phenomenon that happens in as many as 1 in 200,000 births.

About half of such twins are stillborn, but Owen and Emmett survived not only the birthing process — their mother rejected abortion.

“I’m just so happy that they’re here and they’re alive and thriving. It’s the best feeling in the world,” Jenni Ezell said after the surgery during a news conference at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, where she was joined by husband Dave and a doctor.

Owen and Emmett Ezell were separated at the hospital after being born joined from just below the breast bone to just below the belly button on July 15. The babies shared a liver and intestines and had an about 3 inch by 5 inch area on their lower stomach that wasn’t covered by skin or muscles.

Now, the little tots are doing well eight months after the surgery …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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April 23, 2014

So Much For ‘It Can’t Happen Here’; Fetal Waste Turned Into Energy in Oregon

A month ago, the UK Telegraph reported that “The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as ‘clinical waste’ by hospitals in Britain with some used in ‘waste to energy’ plants.”

Prolife news sites and blogs as well as many other center-right outlets covered the story. The establishment press almost completely ignored it. Matt Balan of NewsBusters noted on March 26 that the story “got picked up by newspapers across much of the Anglosphere – including The Vancouver Sun and The Ottawa Citizen in Canada,” but that it did not “receive wide coverage in the United States.” More like barely any, with the only TV broadcast exception at the time being a segment on Fox News’s The Five. Perhaps the non-coverage excuse was “Well, that’s the UK. It could never happen here.” That excuse was lame anyway, and now it’s no longer operative (go to Page 3 at the B.C. Catholic link; story by Steve Weatherbe):

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New Home Sales Dive in March, Miss Expectations by Miles; Result Is ‘Unexpectedly’ ‘Surprising’

March was going to be the month when new home sales in the U.S. would finally break out after several months of horrible weather. After all, everyone knew that this winter’s snow, ice, and low temperatures were the only things holding the new home market back. Consensus predictions ahead of today’s related report from the Census Bureau were in the range of 450,000 to 455,000 annualized sales.

Oops. New home sales dove to a seasonally adjusted annualized 384,000, a 14.5 percent decline from February, a slightly larger miss compared to expectations, and a whopping 13.3 percent lower than March 2013. Press reports on this result predictably brought on appearances of the U-word (“unexpectedly”), with at least one interesting twist.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042314)

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Positivity: Meb Wins Boston Marathon, Honors Those Who Died Last Year

Filed under: General,Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Way to go!

MebWinsBoston2014

Understandably lost in the coverage of Meb’s remembrance of those who died last year is the fact that, at age 38, he is the oldest Boston winner since 1930. A marathoner winning any of the major world marathons at that age is a phenomenal achievement.

On a more nationalistic tone, Meb is the first U.S. winner since 1983.

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ALSO: The best revenge

Why Nike dropped me: Boston Marathon winner

Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi says he lost his running shoe deal with Nike three years ago because of his age.

The 38-year-old distance runner signed a new shoe deal three years ago with Skechers, a footwear company more known for casual “lifestyle” shoes than hard-core running gear, after Nike dropped Keflezighi from its endorsement roster.

During an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Keflezighi said his deal with Skechers has boosted his career and helped his running mechanics.

“I’m almost 39 years old and Nike thought I was probably too old,” Keflezighi said on “Squawk on the Street.” “And with the Skechers partnership, things have been going really well.”

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April 22, 2014

If Only It Were That Easy

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:53 pm

ORPINO (The Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) either believes or wants primary voters to believe that the mere act of electing candidates they prefer to the state party’s Central Committee will cause the repeal of Obamacare.

That’s the only conceivable reaction to the mailing I just had emailed to me:

OhioCentralCommitteeAndOcare0414

What a sick insult to our intelligence, and a what an incredible waste of Republicans’ money.

Unless Stainbrook and Gallagher can explain how their elections to Central Committee will lead to the repeal of Obamacare (good luck with that, sir and ma’am), those who are in their district should vote for whoever is opposing them for allowing something this stupid to be released with their names on it.

These two represent Lucas County (county seat: Toledo). Apparently, Stainbrook, heaven help us, is the County Republican Chairman. He’s not some dumb schmuck who doesn’t know that the state party is willfully misleading voters about what a State Central Committee person can do.

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USAT Initially Fails to Identify 6-2 Majority in Supremes’ Mich. Racial Preferences Decision

In his story (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes — and in case it gets edited later today; Update: It did) on the Supreme Court’s decision this morning upholding Michigan voters’ 2006 approval of a ban on race-, ethic- and gender-based preferences in university admissions, USA Today’s Richard Wolf failed to identify the size of the court majority, which was 6-2. Justice Elana Kagan recused herself because she was previously the U.S. solicitor general before being named to the high court. The court’s decision effectively upholds such bans in seven other states.

Additionally, by focusing on Justice Anthony Kennedy as “the man to watch,” Wolf initially left many readers with the impression that only five justices, Kennedy and the four others usually describe as “conservative” (Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito) made the ruling. The fact is that they were also joined by Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the supposedly reliable “liberals.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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NewsBusted (042214)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:45 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– White House Easter Egg Roll
– Nancy Pelosi
– Chelsea Clinton
– Grandma Hillary
– MSNBC
– IRS Scandal
– Phil Ivey
– HBO’s Game of Thrones
– Jay Carney
– Keystone Pipeline

Best Line: “Photos from a magazine article about Jay Carney show he has Soviet propaganda posters in his house — which proves that Carney takes his work home with him.”

Worst Line (actually, it’s funny, but it hurts): “President Obama once again delayed his decision on the Keystone Pipeline. He promises to finally make a decision as soon as the Cubs win the World Series.”

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘The ‘We Do What We Want, Bleep You’ Administration’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog Thursday morning (link won’t work until then) after blackout expires.

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Positivity: A Tough Teacher’s Alter Ego

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From near Los Angeles (HT Daryn Kagan):

FEBRUARY 14, 2014, 6:54 PM

As part of our continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman meets the students of St. Francis High School near Los Angeles who thought they knew everything about their math teacher, Jim O’Connor. But what they found out at a local hospital taught them a life lesson.

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April 21, 2014

NBC’s Martha White: 39 Paragraphs on All-Time Record Number of Temps, Not a Word on Obamacare

If there’s a prize for most words spent in Obamacare avoidance, NBC News’s Martha C. White is definitely in the running.

White managed to burn through almost 40 paragraphs and nearly 1,600 words in a report carried at CNBC on the all-time record number of workers employed by temporary help services. But she somehow managed to completely avoid mentioning Obamacare, which used to be known as the Affordable Care Act until President Obama and his Health and Human Services regulators made 40 changes to the law originally passed by Congress, some of which directly contradict the original law’s language. The closest she came was noting that using temps “lets companies avoid the cost of providing benefits like health insurance” — which has always been the case, except that health insurance is and will continue to be a lot more expensive, giving companies even more incentive to avoid adding to their own payrolls. Excerpts follow the jump.

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UAW Gives Up on VW-Chattanooga Appeal; AP Pretends Dem Congressmen Can ‘Investigate’ Election

Earlier today, just an hour before a hearing was to begin at the National Labor Relations Board, the United Auto Workers union dropped an appeal of the election it lost in February as it attempted to become the bargaining representative for workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant.

In a writeup which appears at the Associated Press’s “Big Story” but which somehow failed to appear in a 6 p.m. search on “UAW” at the Big Story site (sorted by date), reporter Erik Schelzig pretended that two Democratic Congressmen who last week started an “inquiry” into the circumstances surrounding the union’s loss will be conducting a “congressional investigation.” No they won’t, because they can’t, because their party is in the minority. What they can do is conduct a theatrical exercise which looks like a “hearing” which has no power and which a responsible AP reporter wouldn’t call a “congressional investigation.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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