November 17, 2013

Awww: Politico’s Thrush Is Bored by ‘ACA Debacle’

It’s hard to tell whether a Sunday morning tweet (HT Twitchy) by the Politico’s Glenn Thrush is an attempt to deflect attention from the historic Obamacare trainwreck or a sign of a serious midlife crisis.

Poor Glenn is bored. He “can’t watch/listen to another word” about the Affordable Care Act. Apparently, writing a roughly 7000-word Politico Magazzzz … zzz … zzz … excuse me, Magazine item about the utter uselessness and policy detachment of most of President Obama’s cabinet is more interesting to him (I’m estimating the total word count because I got bored after reading Page 1 of 5 and seeing my word processor count over 1,500 words). Glenn, you really need to get out of Washington and talk to some of the millions who have seen their policies cancelled, along with a few of those who have seen their health insurance premiums double or triple under Obamacare with often worse coverage. One thing they aren’t is bored.

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Politico’s Purdum: Obama Had to Lie to Pass ACA Because Public Couldn’t Handle ‘Unpleasant Truths’

In a pathetic analyis piece at the Politico on Friday morning, Politico’s Todd S. Purdum engaged in egregious excuse-making driven by a de facto admission that the Affordable Care Act would never have passed if the public had been told the truth about what was in it.

This is the same Todd S. Purdum who recently, as Mark Finkelstein at NewsBusters reported earlier this month, accused Republicans of “calculated sabotage” of Obamacare, and compared their opposition to the “pattern of ‘massive resistance’ not seen since the Southern states’ defiance of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.” His Friday exercise, which should have been headlined “The Obamacare Scam,” was barely less odious (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Press Virtually Mum As Arne Duncan Blames Common Core Opposition on ‘White Suburban Moms’ Upset Their Kids ‘Aren’t Brilliant’

Will yet another example of rhetorical intemperance by an Obama administration official get a free pass? So far it mostly has.

A Washington Post item by Valerie Strauss at its “Answer Sheet” blog quotes a dispatch from Libbly Nelson at the Politico, but does not link to it. I couldn’t find a related original story by Nelson at her Politico archive or in a Politico search on Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s name (not in quotes). Here is what the Post says Nelson wrote (HT The Blaze; bolds are mine):

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NYT Op-Ed: Dallas ‘Willed the Death’ of JFK

The left will never get over the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald, a self-described Marxist who had previously claimed to be a communist, assassinated John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

The latest evidence of that detachment from reality came online Saturday evening at the New York Times, and appeared in today’s print edition. Writer James McAuley, described as “a Marshall scholar studying history at the University of Oxford,” wrote that Dallas collectively “willed the death of the president,” and that it has prospered disproportionately in the subsequent 50 years because of “pretending to forget.”

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Another ‘Obama Lied’ Euphemism About Obama’s ‘Cherished’ Law, This Time From AP: ‘Inflated Promises’

At the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, who has been the wire service’s lead reporter on Affordable Care Act matters for years, came up with a new euphemism to describe the now-broken unconditional guarantee made dozens of times by President Obama, at least 27 Senate Democrats, and many House Democrats, namely that “If you like your plan-doctor-provider, you can keep your plan-doctor-provider.”

In a Saturday evening writeup whose purpose seemed to be to reassure Americans that they will come to accept the government forcing you to buy state-approved health insurance just as they have other government mandates and intrusions (wait til you see the parallels he attempts), the AP reporter told readers that the left’s “you can keep it” guarantee was just one of many “inflated promises” (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111713)

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 may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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From an Investor’s Business Daily editorial (“ObamaCare “Fix” Is An Attempt At Spaying Constitution”): “In pretending that ObamaCare is not the problem, this president is willing to tear up the Constitution. But even his own party in Congress is not willing to help him do it.” Uh, so far that’s only some in his own party.

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Richard Fernandez at PJ Media: “Obama Is Waist Deep in Quicksand; The deeper he gets, the harder he thrashes”

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Doug Ross: “OH, MY: It would appear administration officials Henry Chao and Marilyn Tavenner lied under oath to Congress”

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Heritage: “Obama’s Promise of “Competition” in Obamacare: Also False”

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Wow“Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) warned that a provision within Obamacare could create an armed “secret security force”

Positivity: Mother Teresa Awards given to promoters of social justice

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Mumbai, India:

Nov 16, 2013 / 04:06 pm

The Harmony Foundation, based in Mumbai, on Oct. 27 conferred its Mother Teresa Awards on eight individuals and an organization for their work towards social justice and peace in the world.

“We strive to restore belief in compassion and egalitarianism that highlights the various endeavors taken up by individuals and NGOs to promote peace and strengthen humanity as a whole,” Abraham Mathai, who founded The Harmony Foundation in 2005, told CNA.

Given that there are so many awards given to those in cinema, music, sports, and corporate excellence, Mathai considered that it would be right to “appreciate and acknowledge” those who work for social justice and peace.

“There could not be a better name than Mother Teresa,” he said. The awards were praised by Sr. Nirmala, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity from 1997-2009, who said that naming the award for Mother Teresa reflects an “appreciation of our Mother and her humble works of love among the poorest of the poor.”

Mathai established The Harmony Foundation to build up communal harmony among various groups, especially in India, working without discrimination of caste, creed, or sex. The foundation partners with its patrons Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; Mahesh Bhatt, a Bollywood producer; and Vishnu Bhagwat, an Indian admiral. …

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