November 29, 2013

Story on CNN Poll Showing ‘Jump in Percentage of Those Saying Things Not Going Well’ (to 59%) Hard to Find

Newsmax had an interesting item this evening about a CNN/Opinion Research poll released Friday. The poll shows that “Americans views on the state of the nation are turning increasingly sour.” Specifically, “Fifty-nine percent say things are going badly, up nine points from April.” The inverse of that, i.e., the 41% who feel that things are going well, is “the lowest that number has been in CNN polling since February 2012.”

One would think that this news would be prominently displayed at CNN’s U.S. home page, given that as of 10 p.m. the related story was less than 12 hours old. Well, it isn’t.


Obama (Allegedly) Uses ‘Tea-Baggers’ in Handwritten Response to Texas Teacher; Only Center-Right Notices

Readers here may remember during the presidency of George W. Bush how he reacted to a constituent’s written concerns about how “I watched you make fun of moonbats” opposed to the Iraq war who were being “targeted and ridiculed.” In a handwritten letter on White House stationery, Bush told the person that “I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of ‘moonbats.’”

Any reader who does recall this has a bad memory, because it didn’t happen. But as the New York Post’s Emily Smith reported on Wednesday, President Obama allegedly penned a worse response to a Texas teacher who expressed concern about how “any citizen that disagrees with your ­administration is targeted and ridiculed,” and that “I watched you make fun of tea baggers.” Obama handwrote the word “tea-baggers” in his response:


NYT, Others Cover ‘So-Called Knockout Game’ As ‘A Spreading Menace or a Myth’

A number of liberals and liberal outfits have taken notice of the “knockout game” trend. Their mission is to downplay or debunk it.

In a November 22 item published in its November 23 print edition on Page A19, Cara Buckley at the New York Times, below a picture of a Guardian Angels member posting a warning in Brooklyn, cited “police officials in several cities” claiming that it “amounted to little more than an urban myth,” and noted that Gotham officials were questioning “whether in fact it existed.” Excerpts and other ostrich-like responses from others are after the jump.


Latest PJ Media Column (‘Thoughts on Mom’s Arrival in Heaven, and Thanksgiving 2013′) Went Up Wednesday Night

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:59 am

It’s here.

It will go up here on Saturday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Two More Reasons Why ‘Obamacare Delenda Est!’

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:58 am

Deadbeats get daylight, while even some of the well-off get forced into Medicaid.


This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Tuesday.


Obamacare’s increasingly desperate apologists have touted increased Medicaid enrollment as one of the supposed high points of the disastrous rollout.

On November 13, Kathleen Sebelius’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that through November 2, “396,261 have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).”

That figure is almost four times larger than the number of Americans — 106,185 — who at that point had selected Affordable Care Act plans. It remains to be seen how many in that ACA group will actually pay premiums when they come due in several weeks.

It also remains to be seen how many, especially among those who are eligible for tax subsidies, will pay more than the first month’s premium.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112913)

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.


At Watchdog Wire last week: “MARYLAND FUDGES TEST SCORE DATA”


At The Fiscal Times:

CMS Demanded Results Too Late to Meet Obamacare Deadline
The contractor, CGI, over promised and under delivered and was paid more than $200 million.

That’s just what CGI is getting paid. The much-quote total cost figure of $600 million plus to “build” has apparently stood up to scrutiny. The AP reported on November 21 that it “cost taxpayers more than $600 million to build, according to the Government Accountability Office.”

And Michelle Obama is a former Princeton classmate of a key official at CGI. “[O]nly CGI’s bid was considered” when CMS went looking for a lead IT firm.



M. Northrup Buechner at Forbes: “Obama’s Disdain For The Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic.” That’s pretty close already.


In California, “ObamaCare (is) automatically enrolling people in SNAP, there is no opt out.” Money quote: “The report says that those who apply cannot opt out or decline to be enrolled in SNAP. It does not matter if they request the assistance or even feel they need it. And it’s not just happening in California.”

So the well-off with relatively low annual incomes are forced into Medicaid and and now forced into food stamps.

Is this a great country or what? (/sarc)


At Zero Hedge: “The Obamacare Shock’ – One California Employer’s Terrifying True Story.” Bottom line: “You’ve annihilated the working class.”


At the Daily Caller: “EPIC FAIL: Parents reveal insane Common Core worksheets.”


At the Fresno Bee (HT Sister Toldjah): “High-speed rail consultant costs near $600 million even before construction starts.” The primary beneficiary is a firm principally owned by Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband.


 Roger Simon at PJ Media: “The new Iran deal is Obamacare II, only worse, a thousand megatons worse.”


At Reason:

Early Obamacare Advocate Goes Missing as Program Flounders
Peter Orszag is strangely silent since the reforms he wanted have been made.

He’s served his purpose as a tool. He’s gotten his revolving-door reward. Why would he want to get his hands dirty looking at what has actually happened?


At NewsBusters, we have Sarah Palin vindication number, uh, I’ve lost count: “Time’s Mark Halperin: Death Panels Are ‘Built Into’ ObamaCare”

Positivity: Duck Dynasty Cast Phil Robertson’s Life Saved By Interventions I Am Second Film Reveals How He Went From Zero To Hero For His Family

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

As carried at (video at link):

The fans of “Ducky Dynasty” are mostly aware of Phil Robertson’s declaration, but this time around with “I Am Second” debut, Miss Kay shares her point of view on how the Robertson’s patriarch dealt with his problems and how did accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord saved his life.

Viewers of “Duck Dynasty” will also witness Jep, the youngest son of Phil and Miss Kay, and Jase and Missy’s eldest son Reed’s revelation for the first time.

Phil with the help of Miss Kay talks about his childhood in Louisiana, how he met his then 14-year old future wife, and how their lives became miserable when he went to Louisiana Tech on a football scholarship.

“What I saw was, Phil who had never drank before, started drinking. It was scary to me. The drinking got worse. He would be mad and would be in and out like a flash,” Miss Kay reveals as how she struggles as a young mother and a wife to an unfaithful husband, one who’s not only drinking but was also into drugs.”I knew then, but didn’t want to believe it, he was running around on me.”

The “Duck Dynasty” cast Phil and Miss Kay headed to Arkansas after Phil graduated and decided he did not want to teach anymore. He convinced his wife that he would manage a bar, which he believes would provide a better financial stability for them.

On the other hand, Miss Kay who abstained from alcohol was forced to become a barmaid in support of her husband’s ambition.

Phil abandoned Miss Kay and their three kids for four months to evade the law, when he got into a fight with the bar’s owners and sent one in the hospital.

Miss Kay and her three sons decided to go back to Louisiana where they started attending church. Phil came back, unfortunately he was still the same drunk and unfaithful husband.

“He became more and more mean and mean spirited. And I would tell my sons, that’s not your daddy. That’s the devil in your daddy,” she explained.

Phil revealed that, “the low point is when I ran Miss Kay and the kids off [kicking them out of their house].”
“You’re all alone, no hope, miserable. That’s when I began to contemplate, ‘Is there a way out of all this?’”

That’s when the “Duck Dynasty” cast Phil realized how his life is leading to an utter devastation, a life where he is hurting himself and those that who loved him. He then finally decided to talk to a man of God, who had tried to save his life year earlier together with his sister.

“I sat down with this guy and he said, ‘Phil, what do you think the Gospel is?’ I didn’t know what the Gospel of Jesus was. … I was blown away when I heard that Jesus died for me and was buried and raised from the dead.”

Miss Kay, Alan, Jase and Willie returned home and to their surprise they saw a note on the table saying that Phil had gone to the church.

Go here for the rest of the story.