Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on April 11, 2014 by Allahpundit

There’s a brute test of a policy: If you knew then what you know now, would you do it? I will never forget a conversation in 2006 or thereabouts with a passionate and eloquent supporter of the decision to go into Iraq. We had been having this conversation for years, he a stalwart who would highlight every optimistic sign, every good glimmering. He argued always for the rightness of the administration’s decision. I would share my disquiet, my doubts, finally my skepticism. One night over dinner I asked him, in passing, “If we had it to do over again, should we have gone in? would you support it?”

And he said, “Of course not!”

Which told me everything.

There are very, very few Democrats who would do ObamaCare over again. Some would do something different, but they wouldn’t do this. The cost of the blunder has been too high in terms of policy and politics.

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During the darkest days of the website meltdown, Obama made it clear to those who asked that it was crucial for him not to fire any high-ranking administration officials. Sebelius and McDonough both reasonably feared they would be shown the door.

Numerous business executives, even those who wish Obama well, criticized Obama publicly and privately for failing to “hold someone accountable” and using the power of a bureaucratic beheading to demonstrate his fury. Whether this is a sign of strength or weakness, it is characteristically Obama…

In ways they’ve never discussed before, senior administration officials now admit they feared late last fall that the entire law might collapse under the weight of Democratic defections and aggressive Republican calls for repeal.

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Sebelius brought two main assets to her job. She had experience regulating insurers and, as a successful Democrat in Kansas, she knew how to work with Republicans. But what Obamacare needed more was a deft, aggressive manager. Case in point: By all accounts, Sebelius did not grasp the severity of tech problems at healthcare.gov until the day it went live and crashed. If she got the warnings, then she should have heeded them. If she didn’t get the warnings, then she should have appointed people who would have kept her better informed. Either way, that’s a serious management failure.

Still, it’s not as if Obamacare’s implementation difficulties are entirely, or even mostly, the fault of HHS. It’s a typical, if predictable, failure of Washington to demand a fall guy when things go wrong. But responsibility rarely lies with just one person. (That’s one reason Obama resisted calls to fire her.) And this case is no exception.

Implementing Obamacare was never going to be easy. The law is full of compromises that, however politically necessary, weakened regulations and depleted funding that would have made introducing the new insurance system a lot easier. And Sebelius never had the kind of control a chief executive officer would. She was always dealing with a host of other players—from superiors at the White House to underlings at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to Democrats on Capitol Hill to lobbyists for the health care industry. And that’s to say nothing of her war with the congressional Republicans, who were trying actively to sabotage the law through repeal votes, funding cuts, and intimidation of would-be allies.

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But I will say this. Behind the scenes, they did get to work. I could tell just from the way people talked, the things they said were happening there, that it really was getting better. They were (and I guess still are) sitting on this battery of IT stats about response times and how long a person had to wait to be logged in and so on and so forth, and those were being cut quickly. So Sebelius and the rescue team really did do their jobs once they were up against the wall.

Think of it this way. Did you think, last fall, that they’d actually hit the 7 million? Did you think they’d even come close? In a year-end column I wrote with my 2014 predictions, I said they’d make 5.8 million. And I thought that would be respectable. The latest report is that they’re approaching 7.5 million. So yes, there was utter failure. But there was one hell of a nice recovery. As time goes on, I think Sebelius will start getting less blame for the former, and more credit for the latter.

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In a sense, the development of the Obamacare website offered a window into the thinking behind the program as a whole. The federal government spent three years building a system in an intensely centralized and consolidated way (refusing even to hand over the basic project management tasks) that is characteristic of the technocratic mindset of Obamacare’s larger approach to American health care. That system failed on launch and turned out to have been ill-designed, retrograde, and sclerotic. It seemed almost beyond repair, but a group of private sector engineers from Silicon Valley firms were able to come in at the lowest point in the crisis and essentially do in six weeks what the government couldn’t do in three years (and was probably never going to be able to do). And yet somehow, the president and others are trying to have people draw from this the lesson that the government actually can handle huge, complicated projects well after all…

Now, as the new insurance arrangements created by the law begin their real-world trials, Democrats argue that the fact that the system survived its earliest self-inflicted wounds should end all debate about its prospects.

That seems a pretty odd conclusion to draw from the past six months.

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The pressure for further health care reform to “fix” Obamacare’s mess is already rising, and that political pressure will actually increase given the number of people enrolled in either plans they view as too expensive or in Medicaid programs which strain state budgets and fail to deliver access to care. The more those costs burden states and working families with higher costs, worse coverage, and restricted access, the louder the clamor to pass further reforms. Every candidate in 2016 is going to have a health care plan, and the people will decide which direction they want to go.

Why on earth do some on the left think Obamacare ended the health care reform process? There is no end zone in which to spike this football. And when the 2014 election is through, we can really start talking about what big health care reform is going to come next.

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From the outside, then, Sebelius mostly seemed to play the role of a glorified flack for the president’s health care policies, dutifully making the rounds and mouthing talking points as necessary. And she wasn’t even good at this. Her responses at congressional hearings were so canned that they might have come from a phone-mail system, and they occasionally revealed that she didn’t quite know what she was talking about. Her speeches were ho-hum pablum, when they weren’t being quietly edited after the fact due to unverifiable claims.When she went on offense during the 2012 campaign, she was often wrong or misleading. She engaged in ethically dubious fundraising for outside groups that support Obamacare.

In the last few months, as a spokesperson for the health law, she’s made a fool of herself and the administration. She kicked off the launch of the exchanges with a disastrous, embarrassing interview on The Daily Show, hosted insurance sign-up events where no one could sign up for insurance, and responded to basic questions about Obamacare’s continued poor poll numbers with blank silence. Fitting, I suppose, given that Sebelius has never been one for worthwhile answers.

Maybe—probably—Sebelius doesn’t deserve all or even the majority of the blame for the administration’s health law screw-ups. But regardless of her impact, as the most visible official associated with the law aside from President Obama, she deserved to be shown the door—or at least be given the opportunity to show herself out.

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Supporters of The Affordable Care Act are quick to brush aside the early problems with implementing the president’s “signature legislative achievement” as old news. “Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won,” crows Ezra Klein at Vox, the new “deep journalism” website that is supposed to be beyond ideology. But, in fact, Sebelius is hustling out of town before any of the most important questions about Obamacare have been answered.

Among them: Of the 7.1 million people who reportedly signed up for health care in the individual market, how many were previously uninsured? How many have actually paid for coverage? Are they the right mix of young and old, healthy and sick? We know none of this information, which is not simply incidental to whether Obamacare is “winning.”

Sebelius’s abrupt resignation, then, is the fitting capstone of a cabinet tenure that did nothing to inspire feelings of competency and trust in government in a century that is so far replete with revelations of bipartisan secret surveillance, financial mismanagement of the nation, and failed foreign policy.

We deserved better than Kathleen Sebelius.

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Axe on April 12, 2014 at 1:51 AM

Oh Yeah!! :)

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 1:52 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

We need to be like this!!

Crazeeee!! ;D

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 1:53 AM

I fear that they have no fear shooting anyone they are told to shoot.

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 1:49 AM

That’s the big question. I’ve known lots of LEO over the years–some of them family–most local guys are good guys, but I’ve also known a few whose stated–yes, stated–their reason for joining the police was to have the opportunity to shoot someone. And I believe them–they weren’t joking.
And yes, the patriots outnumber the goons–but the goons are concentrated, armed, and organized, and we are scattered and often unknown to one another. (Which may turn out to be a good thing)

Let’s hope I’m very wrong about the background plans these guys dream of…

Doc Holliday on April 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

a great day for freedom

It’s about time for the walls to come down in DC and drag every last one of them kicking and screaming to answer for what they’ve done to our country. Today is a great day for freedom.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 12, 2014 at 1:59 AM

…Let’s hope I’m very wrong about the background plans these guys dream of…

Doc Holliday on April 12, 2014 at 1:54 AM

You and me both, scattered Patriots maybe, but push comes to shove, I think that we could put up a good fight…

It bothers me tho, that one side would shoot just cuz they are told to, and then we’d have to shoot them in the process, fellow americans, this sucks…

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 1:59 AM

The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored

OK, who’s next. :) Stepping aside. Someone spin Sophis some INXS, just in case.

Axe on April 12, 2014 at 2:00 AM

. . . suppose it could just converge on parallel Fred.

i dunno, man. i dunno anything anymore. and i don’t really need to.

Axe on April 12, 2014 at 2:01 AM

It’s about time for the walls to come down in DC and drag every last one of them kicking and screaming to answer for what they’ve done to our country. Today is a great day for freedom.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on April 12, 2014 at 1:59 AM

Today and any day Fred!

It is time…

I wonder if they really know the mood of the country…

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:01 AM

Axe on April 12

this is your fault buster..
jiggle physics.. nerd style

http://vimeo.com/67490889

going2mars on April 12, 2014 at 2:02 AM

You and me both, scattered Patriots maybe, but push comes to shove, I think that we could put up a good fight…

It bothers me tho, that one side would shoot just cuz they are told to, and then we’d have to shoot them in the process, fellow americans, this sucks…

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 1:59 AM

Yep, sucks it does. But remember, these plans are made by men, and with men they will end. At some point, the whole project collapses because it’s proponents are no longer there to organize their followers.

Doc Holliday on April 12, 2014 at 2:03 AM

But then again, if any of these alphabets decides to fire the lead, then they truly are not americans, in name only, but not in spirit…they would reap what they sow…

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:03 AM

It’s been so nice to spend time with you all.
Lurkers Darlin’ OC and Ken Darlin’, if you’re still out there, {{{{hugs}}}}

Blessings and G’nite

31giddyup on April 12, 2014 at 2:04 AM

31giddyup on April 12, 2014 at 2:04 AM

God Bless and good night!! :)

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:08 AM

31giddyup on April 12
sleep well and be safe

going2mars on April 12, 2014 at 2:09 AM

Yep, sucks it does. But remember, these plans are made by men, and with men they will end. At some point, the whole project collapses because it’s proponents are no longer there to organize their followers.

Doc Holliday on April 12, 2014 at 2:03 AM

One hopes that will be so…

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:09 AM

Lurkers Darlin’ OC and Ken Darlin’, if you’re still out there, {{{{hugs}}}}

Blessings and G’nite

31giddyup on April 12, 2014 at 2:04 AM

Night. :)

Axe on April 12, 2014 at 2:10 AM

This is what I have to say to govt and it’s lackeys

┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:10 AM

OK, goodnight gang–gotta go to work in the morning (later today).
And the tinfoil hat is overheating…
Goodnight all!

*takes off tinfoil hat, crawls into bed…*

Doc Holliday on April 12, 2014 at 2:11 AM

http://vimeo.com/67490889

going2mars on April 12, 2014 at 2:02 AM

Can’t believe I sat and watched that whole tutorial. :)

Axe on April 12, 2014 at 2:11 AM

This is what I have to say to govt and it’s lackeys

┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Damn that’s funny. LOL. Goodnight again!

Doc Holliday on April 12, 2014 at 2:12 AM

ur welcome…

going2mars on April 12, 2014 at 2:12 AM

I picked that over a few wild animes ill have you know..

going2mars on April 12, 2014 at 2:15 AM

Doc Holliday on April 12, 2014 at 2:11 AM

Good Night Doc! God Bless :)

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:17 AM

*takes off tinfoil hat, crawls into bed…*

Doc Holliday on April 12, 2014 at 2:11 AM

First mistake. :)

Axe on April 12, 2014 at 2:18 AM

going2mars on April 12, 2014 at 2:02 AM

Real nerdy, tho too long!! ;)

I was curious!!

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:19 AM

Scrumpy wuz ‘ere

Good Night and God Bless you all!!

**Swoosh**

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:20 AM

It was good to be back!!

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:21 AM

note scrumpy and doc

Murphy9 on April 12, 2014 at 2:26 AM

note?….freaking phone!

Murphy9 on April 12, 2014 at 2:28 AM

Scrumpy on April 12

now you know dear Scrumpy I would have NEVER even thought to look
that up at all …ever…
I was reading about axes troubles with jelly n jiggle physics
and went looking for help for a brother…

I thought the two geeks giggling about the jiggling was funny..

going2mars on April 12, 2014 at 2:28 AM

sleep well kind Scrumpy….be safe

going2mars on April 12, 2014 at 2:29 AM

INXS – The One Thing

^ Goes out to Resist We Much, with love, from Thatch. Oh, I’m sorry, calm down — Axe. He says he’s sorry for tonight’s earlier — I can’t say that on the air. OK, I can say that. Tonight’s earlier ‘crap.’ You don’t want me to actually say that? All right; it’s your funeral. He says he loves being your “pookie” more than he loves being anything else in the world. No, you’re talking too long guy — yeah, I got it, but we have to move on. Call her later. Buy her a card.

Depeche Mode — Fly on The Windscreen

^ Goes out to b9 from “the boys at Hot Air, but mostly SparkPlug who is more flantastic than a bunch of flan pikers.” Yeah, I think that’s right. Well, I’m sure it made sense to him, and that’s all that counts.

Tonight’s broadcast brought to use by Miller’s new Fortune. Because beer is boring, and we have to keep making new stuff up. Miller Fortune: Less boring than what you were drinking a minute ago, more boring than what we come up with next.

Axe on April 12, 2014 at 2:34 AM

It was good to be back!!

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 2:21 AM

Later, that which appeared to be Scrumpy, or at least very much like Scrumpy.

Axe on April 12, 2014 at 2:35 AM

There are very, very many Democrats who routinely lie to stay in power. Most would do something different, only if “something different” grabbed more unconstitutional power and corrupt money for the USA’s party of crooks and thieves than the current scam.

Gingotts on April 11, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Same for a goodly number of Republicans as well, unfortunately.

It’s the nature of the system.
If money can be made by manipulating the government, it will be made.
Or maybe something along the lines of “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Or perhaps “The corrupt seek power and wealth to facilitate their corruption to increase their power and wealth.”

Which comes first, the corruption or the power?
Cain sought a corrupt end (unearned respect and his brother’s flocks, on the side) and Satan gave him the tools (murder and hypocritical lying).

AesopFan on April 12, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

^ Goes out to Jackie. :) No message. I just wanted you to know you were thought of.

Axe on April 12, 2014 at 3:07 AM

Sebelius brought two main assets to her job. She had experience regulating insurers and, as a successful Democrat in Kansas, she knew how to work with Republicans. But what Obamacare needed more was a deft, aggressive manager. Case in point: By all accounts, Sebelius did not grasp the severity of tech problems at healthcare.gov until the day it went live and crashed. If she got the warnings, then she should have heeded them. If she didn’t get the warnings, then she should have appointed people who would have kept her better informed. Either way, that’s a serious management failure.

Still, it’s not as if Obamacare’s implementation difficulties are entirely, or even mostly, the fault of HHS. It’s a typical, if predictable, failure of Washington to demand a fall guy when things go wrong. But responsibility rarely lies with just one person. (That’s one reason Obama resisted calls to fire her.) And this case is no exception.

Implementing Obamacare was never going to be easy. The law is full of compromises that, however politically necessary, weakened regulations and depleted funding that would have made introducing the new insurance system a lot easier. And Sebelius never had the kind of control a chief executive officer would. She was always dealing with a host of other players—from superiors at the White House to underlings at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to Democrats on Capitol Hill to lobbyists for the health care industry. And that’s to say nothing of her war with the congressional Republicans, who were trying actively to sabotage the law through repeal votes, funding cuts, and intimidation of would-be allies.

Great attempt to spin a total failure.
All of the compromises were by Democrats with other Democrats.
None of the “sabotage” attempts got any traction because of the Senate Dems.
However, it is true that Sebelius never had the control a project manager should have had – much less a CEO – because she was neither one.
(And neither was anyone else, as the website results clearly show.)

She was a political flack and spokesman who couldn’t even get that job right.

From the outside, then, Sebelius mostly seemed to play the role of a glorified flack for the president’s health care policies, dutifully making the rounds and mouthing talking points as necessary. And she wasn’t even good at this. Her responses at congressional hearings were so canned that they might have come from a phone-mail system, and they occasionally revealed that she didn’t quite know what she was talking about. Her speeches were ho-hum pablum, when they weren’t being quietly edited after the fact due to unverifiable claims.When she went on offense during the 2012 campaign, she was often wrong or misleading. She engaged in ethically dubious fundraising for outside groups that support Obamacare.

In the last few months, as a spokesperson for the health law, she’s made a fool of herself and the administration. She kicked off the launch of the exchanges with a disastrous, embarrassing interview on The Daily Show, hosted insurance sign-up events where no one could sign up for insurance, and responded to basic questions about Obamacare’s continued poor poll numbers with blank silence. Fitting, I suppose, given that Sebelius has never been one for worthwhile answers.

As a side note, maybe it wasn’t coincidence or even meaningful consideration of the alternatives (binders of flacks?) that Obama put a total incompetent in charge of his “signature” legislation.

Maybe God has more of a sense of justice than Justice Roberts does.
He certainly has more of a sense of humor.

AesopFan on April 12, 2014 at 3:19 AM

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 12:04 AM

That poem is beautiful Scrumpy. I started to write something similar one spring but it never went anywhere.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 5:07 AM

I am not a born american, but I can see the road down which she is sliding, and it’s not a pretty sight, it’s damnable, it’s foul and it’s gonna be painful to right this wrong and injustice…

Scrumpy on April 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

All this must be particularly frightening for people who came here to escape tyranny.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 5:19 AM

I think some folks here need to get a room.

Barf!

Sherman1864 on April 12, 2014 at 5:20 AM

It could be the “last straw”.

listens2glenn on April 12, 2014 at 12:28 AM

No. This is the first straw.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Are we sure it is straw?

Murphy9 on April 12, 2014 at 5:30 AM

More and more, every day we see American Jews embracing intellectual bondage. We see American Jewish leaders embracing the intolerant, who seek to constrain freedom, and shunning those who fight for freedom and the rights of Jews and other threatened peoples and groups.
To a large degree, this rejection of the lessons of the Exodus among the American Jewish community reflects the growing intolerance and tyranny of the political Left, to which most American Jews pledge their allegiance.
With increasing frequency, leftist groups and leaders in the US are openly acting to deny freedom of expression to their political and ideological foes, and to destroy the lives of people who oppose their dogma.

The rot runs deep.

Consider Brandeis University’s craven and intolerant administration.

Brandeis was founded as a traditionally Jewish university in 1948, the year that Israel was established.

But whereas Israel has remained faithful to its sovereign duty to cultivate and defend Jewish freedom and engender a liberal democracy, over the years, Brandeis has largely abandoned its mission of standing up to intolerance, and protecting Jewish rights and those of other threatened groups.

Case in point is its obscene treatment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Hirsi Ali is a former Muslim who suffered genital mutilation as a child in Somalia and at age 21 fled to Holland to avoid a forced marriage.

After liberating herself, Hirsi Ali could have settled into a quiet European life. Instead, she dedicated her life to championing the rights of women and girls in Islamic societies.
For the past decade, Hirsi Ali has lived under an Islamic death sentence for her work. She can go nowhere without bodyguards.
In 2006, despite her membership in the Dutch parliament, Hirsi Ali was forced to flee to the US, when the Dutch government refused to continue to protect her.

In the US, as in Holland, she continues to campaign for the rights of women and girls in Islamic society.

Most recently, she was the executive producer of a new documentary film called Honor Diaries, which describes the plight of Muslim women and girls living in societies where they risk murder at the hands of their family members if they refuse to live in abject humiliation and submission to the misogyny of Islamic law.

Several months ago, Brandeis offered to confer an honorary doctorate on Hirsi Ali for her work on behalf of women and girls.
When the leftist and Muslim thought police in the Brandeis student body and faculty got wind of the university’s plan to honor her, they joined forces with the Council on American-Islamic Relations to force the administration to cancel the honorary degree.

CAIR claims to be a Muslim civil rights group. And yet, the group that purports to care about the civil rights of Muslims is waging a nationwide campaign to bar screenings of Honor Diaries, at universities around the country.

When Fox News’s intrepid host Megyn Kelly asked CAIR leaders this week how they can object to a film that seeks to help Muslims, they said they don’t have a problem with its content. They object to the fact that it was produced by Jews (also known as “Islamophobes”).

Far from being a civil rights group, CAIR is a pro- Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood organization. It was an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas financing trial against the Holyland Foundation.

And yet, on Wednesday, Brandeis sided with CAIR and the thought police, against Hirsi Ali. Brandeis canceled its plan to confer its honorary doctorate on her.

And just as is the case with the New York UJA-Federation and the JCPA, Brandeis has no problem with double standard. As Daniel Mael, a Brandeis senior, noted in an interview with Andrew Breitbart, in 2006 Brandeis conferred an honorary degree on playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner, the outspoken foe of Israel. Kushner has claimed that Israel’s establishment was a “mistake,” and that “it would have been better if Israel never happened.” His work, particularly the film Munich, is replete with demonization of Israel and of the notion of Jewish power.
Mael noted that at the time, then-Brandeis president Jehuda Reinhartz defended his decision to honor Kushner by arguing, “Mr. Kushner is not being honored because he is a Jew, and he is not being honored for his political opinions. Brandeis is honoring him for his extraordinary achievements as one of this generation’s foremost playwrights, whose work is recognized in the arts and also addresses Brandeis’s commitment to social justice.”

In other words, Brandeis’s commitment to “social justice” involves shunning defenders of Muslim women and girls and celebrating foes of the Jewish state, which ensures Jewish freedom.

The work of activists like Mael, and of the trenchant demonstrators in New York is extremely important. But it is hard to be optimistic about the future freedom of America in general or of the Jewish community. Aside from the National Council of Young Israel, no major American Jewish organization agreed to sponsor the protesters’ call for pro-BDS groups to be disinvited from the Israel Parade.

When the leaders of the Jewish American community – like their fellow leftists – side with forces of intolerance and discrimination and against Israel’s stalwart defenders and opponents of the oppression endemic in Islamic societies, it does not bode well for the future.

VorDaj on April 12, 2014 at 5:41 AM

I warned about this. Their apparatus is in place everywhere. All they needed was an excuse to take over. I’m not sure if there is anything we can do. Let’s hope there is an organized opposition somewhere. I warned my friends who are amateur radio operators that they may be the only way to communicate someday. They were saying it was a shame more young people weren’t getting into it.

Protect your family, your money and your property.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 5:47 AM

When the leaders of the Jewish American community – like their fellow leftists – side with forces of intolerance and discrimination and against Israel’s stalwart defenders and opponents of the oppression endemic in Islamic societies, it does not bode well for the future.

VorDaj on April 12, 2014 at 5:41 AM

They’re all afraid of muslim retribution. They’re afraid of the wrong people. Or maybe not. Our “government” has been playing footsy with muslim terrorists.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 5:56 AM

It looks like the stock market gamblers saw this coming and began to take their money out.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 5:58 AM

And CNN is still talking about that missing plane.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 6:07 AM

“CORRUPT HARRY REID IS WORKING WITH SOLAR FIRMS TO TAKE LAND FROM AMERICAN RANCHERS–
In 2012 Harry Reid helped a Chinese solar firm, represented by his son Rory, near Laughlin, Nevada in a $5 billion solar deal…

Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted for posterity by the Free Republic, the BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” directly states that Bundy’s cattle “impacts” solar development, more specifically the construction of “utility-scale solar power generation facilities” on “public lands.”

“Non-Governmental Organizations have expressed concern that the regional mitigation strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone utilizes Gold Butte as the location for offsite mitigation for impacts from solar development, and that those restoration activities are not durable with the presence of trespass cattle,” the document states.

Another BLM report entitled “Regional Mitigation Strategy for the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone” (BLM Technical Note 444) reveals that Bundy’s land in question is within the “Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone and surrounding area” which is part of a broad U.S. Department of Energy program for “Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States” on land “managed” by BLM….”

Link to BLM PDF here:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com

workingclass artist on April 12, 2014 at 8:14 AM

“This is pretty good.

AUSTIN – Texans for Greg Abbott sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the White House today requesting they release any photos of Sen. Wendy Davis and President Obama taken by the White House during their meeting on Thursday, a meeting closed to press and photographers. Communications

Director Matt Hirsch issued the following statement about Sen. Davis’ troubling lack of transparency:

“Despite stating unequivocally just last month that she would not avoid having her photo taken with President Obama, this week Sen. Davis did just that. Instead, she met with the President behind closed doors and did not allow any press coverage. We’re hoping that a White House that claims an ‘unprecedented’ commitment to transparency will hold itself to a higher standard than Sen. Davis apparently does.”

To view the request, click here…”

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/04/11/texas-governor-candidate-slaps-white-house-with-a-foia/

workingclass artist on April 12, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Happy Saturday, Patriots! And, Trolls.

Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.

– Adolph Hitler

My take: “Al Jazeera America Downsizing. Let Freedom Ring!”

kingsjester on April 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM

UPDATE! BREAKING!! Possible Deal Struck Between Nevada Rancher And Government Officials

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/04/breaking-possible-deal-struck-between-nevada-rancher-and-government-officials/

bluefox on April 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/04/breaking-possible-deal-struck-between-nevada-rancher-and-government-officials/

bluefox on April 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

This seems to be the sheriff. I doubt he has much to say in the matter but we’ll see.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

bluefox on April 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

This seems to be the sheriff. I doubt he has much to say in the matter but we’ll see.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Hard to tell. There were a couple of updates on that site too, but have errands to run and haven’t read them all.

bluefox on April 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Another one of my posts to die on the vine. Chuckle!!

TFR’s (Temporary Flight Restrictions)are issued all the time. Examples are for; airshows (both military and civilian); areas of common disaster like forest fires, volcanic eruptions, tornado damage; visits by VIP’s like Presidents, VP’s, World Leaders), and so on and so on. Main reason is to keep non-essential aircraft out of areas that could be a potential draw. Trust me, when a tornado hits it draws 100’s of aircraft and thus, TFR’s are now the norm. To be honest, TFR have been around a long time and are used 100’s of times daily.

You also have Permanent Flight Restrictions like areas over the White House, Pentagon, Military Bases, Grand Canyon, Nuclear Facilities and so on.

A TFR over the Nevada Rancher dispute is normal and happens all the time. BLM made a request to the FAA and a TFR was granted. TFRs happen all the time and not part of some grand scheme. Now, I have no idea what is behind the dispute and am not taking sides with the Fed’s, just pointing out that TFR’s are used on a regular basis.

Finally, using the airspace is a privilege and not a right and the FAA can restrict about whatever they want. When I flew on a regular basis, I was equally wary of the FAA as much as I am about the IRS.

HonestLib on April 12, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Did they think these people had airplanes. I don’t think they even have drones. What a bunch of idiots. I hope everyone explains why this story was suppressed.

crankyoldlady on April 12, 2014 at 3:23 PM

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H/T lovingmyUSA on April 12, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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bluefox on April 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

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