Her theory might hold some potential validity, if not for the collective admiration and respect many of us have for gifted Americans such as Thomas, West, Carson, Rice, Sowell, Parker, Keyes, and Cain, to name a few.
Add to that list 'Charles' the fellow who runs my favorite buffet, the dentist that treated me in Kuwait, and my last anesthesiologist.
saw a quote in the instapundit comments this am; words to the effect:
"Obama is an affirmative-action hire and they Are NEVER supposed to be held accountable because they are symbolic. His job description is: "First Black President", period. To criticize him is therefor racist by definition."
Sorry Harpo, I disrespect Obama for the same reason I disrespect you, Sean Penn, Jenny McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi, and a host of others: Because you are f'ing morons who are wrecking the country with their stupidity and narcissism.
As Obamacare continues its spectacular public impersonation of the LZ Hindenburg, dropping flaming wreckage across the politico-economic landscape, I am still just utterly gobsmacked at the dazed bafflement on the face of the true believers in government.
"How could this be going so spectacularly wrong?" goes the hand-wringing lament.
How could it not? Seriously! You think a bunch of people can sit down and... Lux Fiat! ...re-write the rules for how 15% of the economy works in one fell swoop, in what amounts to a giant bong-fueled bull session, and have nothing go wrong? You might as well try to change the spark plugs on your car while the engine's running.
Then again, these are people who think that the efficiency of internal combustion engines or the amount of water it takes to carry off a turd are governed by legislative magic and not the laws of physics.
The naive credulity these people have towards the power of government, their blind faith that they can tamper with the machinery without it hurting anybody, differs in kind nor quality not one lick from the most snake-handlin' Pentecostal's faith that Jesus will keep the serpent from biting.
(As an aside, I'll note that stuff like this happens in microcosm all the time, when government decides to meddle with one industry or another, but rarely does it meddle on such high profile with an economic sector that affects everybody all at once, and on such short notice, to boot.
This isn't trying to gradually phase out gas guzzlers over ten years; this is making all cars that don't get >30MPG illegal to drive in January. But don't worry! If your cars don't meet the standard, the government will have a new car ready for you on the 1st. Promise! They've almost got the car factory finished!)
Without fail every news article posted by the left wing media blames the failure of the ACA on a single disfunctional web site.
To suggest that thousands of the best IT professionals in this country could not fix a failed web site in just a matter of days is ridicules.
What the ACA has is a gigantic lumbering, stumbling, morphing, slobbering example of a failed business model.
The management module appears to be layer upon layer upon layer of other content management systems of mindboggling complexity.
The main database system is reported to be a virtual myriad of sub-database systems all drawing from and interacting with the database systems of the IRS, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Judicial, Welfare, insurance, and who knows how many other private or governmental entitys.
The whole priority of repair to the Obamacare system must absolutely be to prevent contamination of the other normally functioning government systems. Try to imagine the chaos that would ensue if the ACA system caused the entire IRS database system to collapse.
The purpose of the Obamacare web site is simply to interact with the viewers and display information sent to or retrieved from the massive Obamacare system itself.
To simply suggest that Obama has a web site problem is probably the understatement of the century.
Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel..."
-- The creature, to Victor Frankenstein; Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly
Like Frankenstein's creature, Obamacare woke up a few weeks ago, jumped off the slab, and started a chain of political devastation which can only end in its destruction.
Victor Frankenstein spent years laboring, largely in secret (You have to assemble the monster to see what's in it.) over his creation, but knew the moment it came to life that this horror would end in catastrophe.
And it did. Tragedy mounted on tragedy, resulting in the utter destruction of everything the brilliant, driven Dr. Frankenstein sought. The creature destroyed his beloved, his family, his friends, his sanity, his reputation, and finally, his life. It wasn't the beginning of a new species that would, as Frankenstein hoped, worship him as a god; it was destruction and envy and wrath coupled with superhuman strength.
The Democrats are now trapped inside the castle watching the line of torches slowly snake up toward Capitol Hill in the gathering darkness. They embraced Baron Von Obama's repeated lies about Obamacare and his inept handling of every aspect of its launch and all the terror of the Obamacare creature, and they're beginning to sense there is no escape.
They know that 5 million peasants have lost their health insurance. They know millions more will see steep premium increases during the 2014 election year. They know the promise of You can keep your doctor is as false as that about keeping one's health plan. They know yesterday's transitional fix humble-pie press conference won't slow the crash. They also know Barack Obama is nearly a spent force, his credibility and competence now in increasing doubt.
Just a few weeks ago, it was confidently declared that not only would Democrats recapture the House in 2014, but they would hold and increase their Senate majority. The GOP might as well pack up, because they would never hold power again. Obamacare would be the political wind beneath the wings of Democrats for a hundred years. Of course Democrats would run on it!
Odd that we're not hearing much of that triumphalism today. The monster of Obamacare isn't just dysfunctional, it's destructive. Americans know it.
Republicans should let the creature rage. Strategic patience takes discipline, because the natural instinct is to stop the monster from tearing down the village. I know you're repulsed by the idea of doing nothing. You feel for the millions of Americans losing their coverage. You want to do something, anything to put points on the board. Most of all, you all want repeal. You sense that it's close.
But I want something else, and so should you. I'd like repeal served in the ruins of the Obama Administration and the Democrats' 2014 hopes. I'd like the Democrats and the media to be stuck talking about this disaster for a year, instead of being able to move on to immigration or ENDA or whatever is bugging Sandra Fluke this week.
If you drag it out long enough, you can make 2010 look like a cakewalk. If you have patience and smarts, you'll see countless YouTube videos of screaming townspeople confronting their Democratic members: angry, pitchfork-and-torches videos of peasants who lost their coverage and who are saddled with enormous premium increases.
We can get there if we avoid doing two stupid things. I'm going to irk the Ted Cruz cadre, but another shutdown will wreck the best political advantage we have ever had against Barack Obama. Another shutdown is the one thing - arguably theonlything - that will revive the media frame of Evil Republicans vs. St. Obama effectively. The post hoc ergo propter hoc belief that the shutdown caused Obamacare's troubles is delusional. Obamacare was always going to be an in-your-face stinker that ordinary Americas understood, and for which there was no emotionally effective response by Obama. We just delayed the beatings by a couple of weeks.
Shutdown 2.0 is precisely what Obama needs now. If you pursue it in hopes of repeal, or to build a bigger email list, or for a 2016 primary strategy, then you're responsible for letting the Democrats slip the trap. Oh, and Harry Reid still has the votes to beat you on a shutdown.
We also need to avoid another strategic error: the irrational desire to legislate fixes for Obamacare. The Upton bill is done, and dead in the Senate, but if the GOP starts tweaking Obamacare, Republicans will be responsible for reanimating the monster.
Don't tweak. Offer them full repeal only. Over and over. Upton showed a crack in their coalition. The tension and fear is building. Build a plan to pressure vulnerable red state Democrats. Hang the stories of the victims of Obamacare around their necks. Make them bleed. Make them own it. Stretch out the pain until consumer and voter pressure does your work for you.
It's important to not allow them to make an easy, one-time vote and then run home saying, I know we built the monster. I know, I was there in the lab. I know I popped champagne when it came to life. But now I'm with you, friends! I voted to fix it! I'm a Blue-Dog centrist! Damn, I wish Baron von Obama had done this better! No one could foresee the creature's murderous rampage!
No issue has the potential to cause more damage to the Democrats in 2014 and beyond than Obamacare. Let the Democrats' monster rage.
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/16/2013 17:25 Comments ||
I shall now commence a little clean up.
Fred, if I'm not out in two hours send TW with the lavender scent and Pappy with a bottle of booze. And Badanov with a .45 so I can finish it off...
Posted by: Steve White ||
11/16/2013 17:39 Comments ||
Posted by Shipman 2013-11-16 15:24|| 2013-11-16 15:24||
Let the record show, Shipman was caught in the "O' Lord, I may know now, what this makes Hillary" the shock of this Epiphany or Theophany (Ancient Greek (ἡ) ÈåïöÜíåéá, Ôheophaneia meaning "vision of God",literally made his index finger catatonic.
Yes Shipman's epiphany/visualized
Posted by: Phusoger Prince of the Lichtensteiners7911 ||
11/16/2013 17:48 Comments ||
Maybe Ship was just doing practice sessions from the Mel Tillis Typppp ing Schoo oo oool l
Still, as historian Michael Beschloss pronounced the day after his election, hes probably the smartest guy ever to become president. Naturally, Obama shares this assessment. As he assured us five years ago, I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. Well, apart from his signature health-care policy. Thats a mystery to him. I was not informed directly that the website would not be working, he told us. The buck stops with something called the executive branch, which is apparently nothing to do with him. As evidence that he was entirely out of the loop, he offered this:
Had I been I informed, I wouldnt be going out saying, Boy, this is going to be great. You know, Im accused of a lot of things, but I dont think Im stupid enough to go around saying, This is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity, a week before the website opens, if I thought that it wasnt going to work.
Ooooo-kay. So, if I follow correctly, the smartest president ever is not smart enough to ensure that his website works; hes not smart enough to inquire of others as to whether his website works; hes not smart enough to check that his website works before he goes out and tells people what a great website experience theyre in for. But he is smart enough to know that hes not stupid enough to go around bragging about how well it works if hed already been informed that it doesnt work. So hes smart enough to know that if hed known what he didnt know hed know enough not to let it be known that he knew nothing. The countrys in the very best of hands.
Michael Beschloss is right: This is what it means to be smart in a neo-monarchical America. Obama spake, and it shall be so. And, if it turns out not to be so, why pick on him? He talks a good Royal Proclamation; why get hung up on details?
Smartest guy ever to become president? I've not seen his reading list, papers or articles penned (books written by others with his name as author do not count), college Alumni speaking engagements, professional mentors, foreign leader chums and associates (perhaps they too, all hate him because his is half-white).
Not to mention his teleprompter style, pregnant pauses, mouth-breathing, mishandling of geography, lack of understanding of international economies, meaningless repetitive utterances, unprofessional perp limp to the presidential podium, or tiring sports metaphors.
Smartest guy ever to become president, hardly. Dear God help me get through these next 3 years.
From Jonah Goldberg's G-File email, too much fun not to share. As penance, I shall ask all of you to subscribe to his work and buy his latest book, which you should do anyway.
There's something almost poignant in jihadis asking for "understanding and forgiveness" for beheading a fellow jihadi by mistake. This reminded me of the al-Qaeda letter from a few months ago that everyone was comparing to Office Space (Apparently Khaled Abu Abbas wouldn't return calls or file his expense reports on time. No word on whether he obsessively clung to his red stapler).
Anyway, I kind of like the idea of the interoffice e-mail explaining to staff what happened with the beheading.
First let me say that sign-ups for dead-goat polo are almost complete. Practices will be every Thursday after evening prayers. I really feel good about our prospects to go all the way this year. And, if you can, please bring your own dead goat. We can always use extras.
Also, please people, can you please remember that we empty out the cool-food cave every Friday. Sometimes the hummus really piles up in there. And label your containers, people! And not just your first name, otherwise almost everything will be marked "Property of Mohammed! Do not eat."
Anyway, the reason I'm writing should be obvious. Last week we got our signals crossed and beheaded Mohammed Fares. Now I understand that Omar and Mohammed (that is "Fat Mohammed" -- see what I mean, guys? So many Mohammeds!) didn't know Fares. But he was a good guy. He hated all the right people. Always talked about wanting to kill the Jews, the Christians, the atheists, etc.
Anyway, let me say this clearly: Please check IDs before cutting off someone's head. I understand mistakes happen, but c'mon. You know how awkward this is going to make the next inter-agency meeting? He was supposed to bring the doughnuts.
Oh, but there is some good news. Fares was the best player on Ahrar al-Sham's dead-goat polo team. Playoffs, here we come!
In his article Monty Pelerin cites the lead paragraph from an excellent and interesting article By Fouad Ajami that appeared in the Wall Street Journal Nov. 14, 2013
Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obamas policiesand, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer. The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lastsa year, an erathe redeemer is above and beyond judgment. He glides through crises, he knits together groups of varied, often clashing, interests. Always there is that magical moment, and its beauty, as a reference point.
For those who may be interested in reading the entire article the link is here:
Well g(r)rom, he's certainly proven he doesn't need the Congress for a damn thing now hasn't he? I'd put nothing beyond this bugger and his shadow communist cadre. It's those appointed, sitting behind the curtains that I fear.
I just hope we can survive the next 3 years without a major regional conflict or national calamity. Given the opportunity, he would definitely declare himself the king. I have little doubt about that.
When enough Donks think its far better he take one for the team rather than they do. He's provided enough material to allow the Donks to be rid of him when they come to that conclusion. Remember they got Capone on income tax evasion rather than racketeering.
Its bad enough to have lived through the last years of this administration and his party calling me a racist, extremist, terrorist, tea bagger and other demeaning names. To live through a president and wife that hold the highest post in "Serving" our nation and they wont even put their hands over their hearts during our national anthem. He has destroyed our economy, destroyed our health care system, destroyed our foreign relations with all of our allies. He has supported the very people who killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11, and he is completely unapologetic for it. He has the charisma of Adolph Hitler and he is doing exactly what his charismatic ass set out to do, bring our nation down to that of a second or third world standing. The train called America is sliding off its rails. It can be fixed but first we have to rid Washington of his blind followers and calculating coconspirators.
Now we will have to live through the next two years of the democrats power struggle and who will lead them for the next ten years.
Oh, the Tea Party said the health care plan would screw America, they tried their very best to stop it. They were vilified by both parties. But in the end, the Tea Party was right! They are patriots willing to suffer attacks and slanders in an effort to keep America on the rails. In the end both the republicans and democrats let America down. Every dollar we waste trying to fix what has been done is a dollar of shame against these two parties. Shame on them, every last one!
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
11/16/2013 17:21 Comments ||
I fear he is not done yet. Other programs with his strong support: Employment Non-discrimination Act, Agenda 21, executive order setting up the new Climate Change Task Force, Common Core, Trans Pacific Partnership, Islamic infiltration of the government, secret deals with Iran, NSA privacy abuse, regulation and elimination of ammunition production, more executive orders on gun control, and Obamas purge of the officer corps.
Stop it SR71!!!! My head will explode! I can only take the traitor one crime at a time! So lets do a lottery on what is next. Not immigration, probably more Islam and race baiting. Working up the fervor for riots.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
11/16/2013 19:02 Comments ||
I can only take the traitor one crime at a time!
[Jpost] What happened in Geneva last week was the most significant international event since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The collapse of the Soviet Union signaled the rise of the United States as the sole global superpower. The developments in the six-party nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva last week signaled the end of American world leadership.
Global leadership is based on two things -- power and credibility. The United States remains the most powerful actor in the world. But last week, American credibility was shattered.
...Any US ally is now on notice that US promises -- even if based on US interests -- are not reliable. American commitments can expire the next time America elects a radical to the White House.
Han Solo: You said you wanted to be around when I made a mistake, well, this could be it, sweetheart.
Princess Leia: I take it back.
This is for all the two bit world politicians who sat back to avoid the stain of association with America they depended upon for their security and economy while playing cheap local politics to appease their own frothing constituents whose agitation was financed and aided by Moscow for a couple generations. Yankee Go Home indeed. See you all.
But last week, American credibility was shattered.
All part of the fundamental transformation, move along, nothing to see here.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man ||
11/16/2013 11:48 Comments ||
I don't believe the USS Alabama is seaworthy, but perhaps the guns could be restored to working condition?
The Guns work, I suppose shore power could be used.
What are you going to aim them at? (Remember it must be less than 15 miles away) And you don't get a second shot, either you'll sink the ship, or it'll be destroyed. (She rests on the bottom now, no dodging)
And dodging is what she's designed for.
Shoot and move.
Posted by: Redneck Jim ||
11/16/2013 13:38 Comments ||
But Shipman, though the Alabama isn't floating anymore, it is kind of unsinkable too. And while no longer mobile, it is in Mobile. And it's well-located to defend Mobile from attack from the sea if those 16" guns wouldn't blow up when fired.
[Dawn] WHEN did the Jamaat-e-Islami ...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores... have it so good on the national stage the last time?
Perhaps in the old ideological days when this country was divided across the left and the right. Or before the days it resigned to playing second fiddle to the PML of Nawaz Sharif.
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Posted by: Fred ||
11/16/2013 00:00 ||
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