September 4, 2013

Wow … Just … Wow: Obama Says He Never ‘Set a Red Line’

PantsOnFireNo he didn’t.

Oh yes he did (posted in full; bolds are mine; video at link):

President Obama told reporters in Sweden Wednesday that he never “set a red line” when it came to deciding to intervene militarily in Syria.

That claim directly contradicts Obama’s remarks in August of last year, when he announced his “red line” for action in Syria during a White House press conference.

Who do you believe, Obama or your lyin’ eyes and ears?

Obama also dismissed concern Wednesday that his credibility is at risk if the United States fails to intervene in the country following evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gassed thousands of his own people last month.

“My credibility is not on the line,” Obama said Wednesday. Instead, Obama said, the international community and the American Congress — who Obama has asked to authorize action in Syria — both face credibility risks.

Uh, Obama’s credibility is on the line. A red line.

Maybe this is a strategy to keep the “red line” out of establishment press reports, in the hope that his press apparatchiks will never  ever tell their readers about it again — because to do so would me that they have to bring up the preposterous statements above.

Obamacare Reminder: You Can Stay With Private Coverage Well Into Next Year … If You Act

This seems to be worth mentioning several times between now and the end of the year, as news like the following (video at link) continues to pour in:

Report: Health Care Premiums to Increase Up to 125% in Wisconsin Due to Obamacare

“Half a million Wisconsinites will soon have to open up their pocket books for health care coverage,” says a local anchor. “And new estimates show, it may be costly. … The state’s office of the commissioner of insurance released estimates of how premium rates for individuals will be changing under the Affordable Care Act.”

The second anchor adds, “Yeah, for people who have no insurance or who may not have insurance those numbers show a wide range of increases- from 10-percent on the low end to as much as 125-percent. And with the requirement for individuals to have insurance set to start in less than a month, the law remains controversial.”

As I noted in my PJ Media column on August 24 (BizzyBlog mirror here), individuals and families can avoid Obamacare between now and the end of the year by buying a policy through a private carrier. This can be done as long as the effective date of the policy is sometime between now and December 15 (that may vary by carrier and state).

If you buy a private non-exchange policy before the end of the year and pay your monthly premiums, you can avoid Obamacare until the policy’s anniversary date. After that, unless the law changes or Kathleen Sebelius decides to arbitrarily delay all of this for electoral advantage, you’ll be at Obamacare’s tender mercies along with everyone else.

If you don’t have pre-existing conditions, it’s a virtual certainty that your monthly premium will be lower, and in many cases far lower, than the best deal for the same coverage through an Obamacare exchange.

Don’t expect the press to tell you any of this. They’re too busy creating the impression that Obamacare’s open enrollment will be the only market that exists starting on October 1.

NewsBusted (090413)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:00 am

Here we go:

– Hillary Clinton
– Michelle Obama
– Joe Biden
– Al Jazeera America
– China’s Communist Party
– Anthony Weiner
– College Football
– Khloe Kardashian
– Lamar Odom

Best Line: “A memo uncovered in China is warning China’s Communist Party to stay away from western ideas. President Obama passed out the same memo to Democrats last week.”

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

9:05 a.m.: Imagine that (and of course, we have to learn it from a UK news outlet) — “Special report: We all thought Libya had moved on – it has, but into lawlessness and ruin; Libya has plunged unnoticed into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi.” Good thing we have smart people running foreign policy now instead of those Neanderthal neocons under Bush. (/sarc)

Positivity: Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson on Life, Marriage Proposals, and His Unwavering Belief in The Creator

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From the Christian Post:

September 1, 2013|12:29 pm

Silas Merritt Robertson, who’s best known as “Uncle Si” on A&E’s most watched reality television show “Duck Dynasty” spoke with The Christian Post about his new book, Si-Cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle that will be available on Sept. 3.

Even though Si appears to be someone who could never run out of anecdotal stories – regardless of how exaggerated they might be – he told CP that he didn’t want to write a book about his life, because he felt that with having served in the military for 25 years, he hadn’t created enough memories with his family to share with his fans.

“I was in the military, so I told my wife that I was never there for the kids when they were growing up. And she said, ‘oh yeah you were. Let me go get a photo album.’ And she was showing me dressed as a bunny rabbit, rooster, and Santa Claus during Christmas time. Personally, I didn’t feel that I was there enough,” Si commented.

But with pressure mounting against him, Si finally relented and agreed to write a book about his life.

“They just kept bothering me, so I said, OK.”

In his book, Si shares a spattering of stories about his childhood – skipping school to go fishing with his older brothers – and how he managed to earn A’s at Louisiana Tech after he skipped most of his classes during an entire semester.

Si’s mastery of storytelling runs throughout his descriptions of the Vietnam War and how he met his wife, Christine. The always-jovial Uncle Si also speaks candidly about the difficulties he and Christine have faced, and how God has blessed and sustained them throughout their 43 years of marriage. He also shares their unexpected blessing of having two children, Trasa and Scott, and eight grandchildren.

Although he’s spoken for, the marriage proposals keep rolling in for Si. All the single ladies who envision themselves walking down the aisle with the elder duck hunter are shattered when Si breaks the disappointing news that he can’t marry them because his wife will get mad.

“I was at an event in Arkansas, and a woman walked up and was standing there, and I was waiting for her to hand me something to sign – a T-shirt, a hat or whatever. And she said, ‘well, I’m ready.’ And I looked up and I said, ready for what? ‘Ready to marry you. I drove 450 miles here just to marry you.’ I told her we’ve got a slight problem here, lady. And she said, ‘what’s that?’ I’m already married and my wife probably wouldn’t like me marrying you. ‘You mean I drove 450 miles for nothing?’ I said, no. Isn’t that a T-shirt you’ve got hanging over your shoulder. ‘Yeah.’ Well, I’ll sign it for you darlin’ that’s the best I can do for you,” he said.

Marriage Advice From Uncle Si

According to Si, marriage is a union between two imperfect people who are destined to make mistakes. But at the end of the day, their love for each other and faith in Jesus Christ will bring them through every hardship and enrich the most joyous times of their lives.

Go here for the rest of the story.

Not National Establishment Press News: Longshore Union Leaves AFL-CIO Over Obamacare, Other Disagreements

The AFL-CIO has just lost 40,000 of its most militant members, and it’s not news at the Associated Press’s national site (there is a regional AP story at the Seattle Times) or at the New York Times. It is getting virtually no other establishment press coverage (results at the link are primarily center-right blogs and similar outlets).

The departing members are those in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. In a three-page letter to AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka, ILWU President Donald McEllrath laid out concerns over picket-line crossings and encroachments by other AFL-CIO affilliates, but also cited Trumka’s “overly moderate, compromising policy positions on such important matters as immigration, labor law reform, health care reform, and international labor issues.” A few paragraphs from AP’s unbylined regional story are after the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):