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bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 27, 2014 - 05:52am PT
barry's extension of the enrollment deadline is not an extension of the enrollment deadline:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/03/26/sebelius_extra_time_to_enroll_in_obamacare_is_not_an_extension.html



war is peace, peace is war


winston smith is dead
bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 27, 2014 - 05:57am PT
barry: i was against the iraq war before i was for it...

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/03/26/remarks-president-address-european-youth



i blame bush

bookworm

Social climber
Falls Church, VA
Mar 27, 2014 - 11:58am PT
Untruthful and Untrustworthy Government
The massaging of critical data undermines our society.
By Victor Davis Hanson

Transparency and truth are the fuels that run sophisticated civilizations. Without them, the state grinds to a halt. Lack of trust — not barbarians on the frontier, global warming or cooling, or even epidemics — doomed civilizations of the past, from imperial Rome to the former Soviet Union.

The United States can withstand the untruth of a particular presidential administration if the permanent government itself is honest. Dwight Eisenhower lied about the downed U-2 spy plane inside the Soviet Union. Almost nothing Richard Nixon said about Watergate was true. Intelligence reports of vast stockpiles of WMD in Iraq proved as accurate as Bill Clinton’s assertion that he never had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky.

Presidents fib. The nation gets outraged. The independent media dig out the truth. And so the system of trust repairs itself.

What distinguishes democracies from tinhorn dictatorships and totalitarian monstrosities are our permanent meritocratic government bureaus that remain nonpartisan and honestly report the truth.

The Benghazi, Associated Press, and National Security Agency scandals are scary, but not as disturbing as growing doubts about the honesty of permanent government itself.

It is no longer crackpot to doubt the once impeccable and nonpartisan IRS. When it assured the public that it was not making decisions about tax-exempt status based on politics, it lied. One of its top commissioners, Lois Lerner, resigned and invoked the Fifth Amendment.

A system of voluntary tax reporting rests on trust. If the IRS itself is untruthful, will it be able to expect truthful compliance from taxpayers?

Many doubt the officially reported government unemployment rates. That statistic is vital in assessing economic growth and is of enormous political importance in the way citizens vote.

It was reported in November that the Census Bureau may have fabricated survey results during the 2012 presidential campaign, sending false data to the Labor Department that could have altered official employment statistics.

In the 1990s, the method of assessing the official unemployment rate was massaged to make it seem lower than it actually was. Rules were changed to ignore millions who had been out of work longer than 52 weeks. They were suddenly classified as permanent dropouts and not part of the idled workforce.

Does the government release an accurate report on quarterly Gross Domestic Product growth — another vital barometer of how the economy is doing? Maybe not. Last year, the Bureau of Economic Analysis for the first time factored research and development costs of businesses into statistics on investment growth.

Suddenly, a cost became proof of business output and thus was added into the business-investment contribution to GDP. That new accounting gimmick may have added hundreds of billions of dollars into the equation of figuring GDP growth last year alone. Not surprisingly, the government reported unexpectedly high 2.8 percent GDP growth after the changes.

Is inflation really as low as the government insists? In recent times the government has not just counted the increase in the prices of goods, but also factored into its calculus theories about changing consumer-buying habits when prices increase. The changes have resulted in officially lowered inflation rates.

No one knows how many Americans have now bought and paid for Affordable Care Act health-insurance policies. There is no accurate information about how many young people have enrolled — critical to the success of Obamacare. Nor do Americans know how many enrollees were previously uninsured. Nor does the public know how many enrollees simply switched insurance from Medicaid to the Affordable Care Act. There is no information about how many actually have paid their premiums.

No one knows how many foreign citizens who entered the U.S. illegally were apprehended inside the United States and returned to their country of origin last year — a figure vital for any compromise on passing comprehensive immigration reform.

The Obama administration claims near-record numbers of deportations. In fact, once again a government agency – in this case the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — has mysteriously changed the way it compiles statistics. The ICE now counts as deportations those foreign nationals whom the Border Patrol immediately stops or turns away at the border. Such detentions were not previously counted as deportations.

The result is that bureaucrats can report near-record numbers of deportations, while privately assuring the administration that immigration enforcement has been greatly relaxed.

There is a pattern here. Changes in data collection seem to have a predictable result: Inflation and unemployment rates become lower. Economic growth becomes greater. The IRS focuses on government skeptics. The Affordable Care Act is not in trouble. Illegal immigration is not such a problem.

If the people increasingly believe that bureaucrats try to alter reality to reflect preconceived ideologies or the goals of the particular regime in power, then America as we know it is finished.

— Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author, most recently, of The Savior Generals. You can reach him by e-mailing author@victorhanson.com. © 2014 Tribune Media Services, Inc.

http://www.nationalreview.com/node/374303/print
HighDesertDJ

Trad climber
Mar 27, 2014 - 12:42pm PT
Lee is a complete tool who had already been picked up by police for shoplifting sunscreen and trolling for prostitutes. He's also well known for his crusade against violent video games. Screw that guy seriously.


In America is a Christian Nation news, the religious right is preparing for a potential Hobby Lobby SCOTUS victory by laying the groundwork for even more religious dictation of our laws and rights. This is not just about birth control people.

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-hobby-lobby-slippery-slope-its-not.html?utm_content=buffer2454d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

As we noted yesterday in our post about Bryan Fischer interviewing Rep. Michele Bachmann, a group of conservative leaders - including Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, and David Barton - have gathered for a Religious Right event in Iowa aimed at mobilizing pastors called "Rediscover God In America."

The event is being webcast by the American Family Association and last night David Barton got the festivities underway by explaining to the audience that all of our economic and tax policies ought to be dictated by the Bible ... and that means getting rid of the minimum wage because it was opposed by Jesus (Barton didn't actually cite the passage he uses to support this claim in this presentation, but it is Matthew 20:1-16)

Furthermore

Religious Right activist David Barton promotes his version of American exceptionalism (America was created by its divinely inspired founders as a country of, by, and for evangelical Christians) and biblical capitalism (Jesus and the Bible oppose progressive taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes, and minimum wage laws). Claiming divine backing is a long-standing Religious Right technique with a powerful political edge: if God supports radically limited government, then progressive policies are not only wrong but evil, and liberals are not only political opponents but enemies of God.

On a conference call with pastors two days after the November 2010 elections to celebrate conservative victories, Barton asserted a biblical underpinning for far-right economic policies: Taxation and deficit spending amount to theft, a violation of the Ten Commandments. The estate tax is “absolutely condemned” by the Bible as the “most immoral” of taxes. Jesus had “teachings” condemning the capital gains tax and minimum wage.

Barton also enlists Jesus in the war against unions and collective bargaining. According to Barton, a parable from the 20th chapter of the book of Matthew about the owner of a vineyard making different arrangements with workers was about “the right of private contract” – in other words, the right of employers to come to individual agreements with each employee. Jesus’ parable, he said, is “anti-minimum wage” and “anti-socialist-union kind of stuff.”


tl;dr: Our only taxes should be the ones described in the Bible and Jesus opposed the minimum wage, estate taxes and capital gains tax. Apparently he had a minor in Economics from the privately owned Bethlehem University which he attended using a tuition voucher. Furthermore, only the 1% are truly God's children and the rest of us are takers who will suffer His wrath.
ncrockclimber

climber
The Desert Oven
Mar 27, 2014 - 01:00pm PT
In case you missed it the first time...

U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-stearns/us-plummets-in-global-pre_b_4770182.html

...but it's not Obama's fault.
Tvash

climber
Seattle
Mar 27, 2014 - 01:14pm PT
The Born Again movement (policy allies included) is today's re-warmed helping of yesterday's Aryanism wrapped in a loin cloth.

The appear different because of the change in times and tactics, (the race thing had to go, for example), and Jesus does make for a more palatable Hitler, although perhaps not as snappy a dresser, but they share a common idea: Chosen v Damned. Godwin without the 'win', if you will.

The Damned are only so because of the actions of the Chosen to subjugate and subject them to some truly abysmal art.

This is precisely the kind of crap a nascent, secular America was designed to avoid, after Europe's horrific history of religious violence. Secularism is was the most significant innovation brought forth by the Founding Fathers, really. That and cigarette rolling machines.

Yet, here we are, back in Old Europe, fighting back the cultists and their Dave Matthews Mid Hangover/Spiritual Epiphany knock off EPs.

Same as it ever was.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
Mar 27, 2014 - 09:39pm PT
Those republitards that are against all them "takers"...

How bad does it feel to know that you brethren are big fat red-state-takers!!!!




publitardss have no shame....
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Mar 27, 2014 - 09:41pm PT
Credit: Wade Icey
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 27, 2014 - 09:46pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Mar 27, 2014 - 09:48pm PT
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Mar 27, 2014 - 09:51pm PT
In case you missed it the first time...

U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-stearns/us-plummets-in-global-pre_b_4770182.html

...but it's not Obama's fault.

no, YOU explain how it IS

what legislations did he sign into law that congress passed that stifled the "free press"?

The Chief

climber
The Land of the Mongols above Bishop
Mar 27, 2014 - 09:51pm PT
Ah damn the bad luck.

Here's one of Craig's (DRF) local heroes...


Wonderful. Just wonderful.



SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A prominent California lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday in an FBI sweep that netted 26 people, a high-profile case that could affect statewide elections and brings to three the number of Democratic state senators who face criminal charges this year.

Senator Leland Yee, a former San Francisco supervisor and one-time mayoral candidate, was criminally charged in federal court in San Francisco with two felony counts of conspiring to import and traffic in firearms, and six corruption counts.

A criminal complaint posted online by the U.S. Attorney office for the Northern District of California alleges that Yee did favors for an undercover FBI agent in exchange for campaign contributions. The complaint alleges that Yee also offered to facilitate a meeting between the undercover agent and an arms dealer, and discussed the types of weapons that the undercover agent might need.

Yee's arrest deals a body blow to California Democrats, whose two-thirds majority in the state Senate was eroded when Democratic Senator Ron Calderon, indicted on corruption charges, and Democratic State Senator Rod Wright, found guilty of voter fraud, took paid leaves of absence earlier this year.

Later Wednesday, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms issued a statement ripping the 65-year-old San Francisco Democrat.

“If these allegations are true, Sen. Yee is easily the biggest hypocrite on gun control to walk the halls of the capitol in Sacramento, if not the entire United States,” said the group’s chairman Alan Gottlieb.

“It is hard to fathom this kind of activity on a scale as massive as these court documents allege. If Sen. Yee and his fellow defendants are convicted, they’re going to wind up in one of the biggest gun-free zones in the country, a federal prison.
http://news.yahoo.com/california-state-senator-arrested-fbi-sweep-005409780--finance.html

Yup... them local State Democrat's are just a bunch of "stand up Guys" that we should all admire and emulate.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 27, 2014 - 09:58pm PT
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Missing photo ID#351087
Dr. F.

Trad climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 27, 2014 - 10:00pm PT
I was wrong about HermitMaster being SkipT.

Why would I say this?

Because I finally cracked the True identity of HermitMaster
and of course, knowing the true identity, it makes sense that accusing him/her of being SkipT would illicit No response,
this person would never respond to questions or accusations of any sort.

Just a Troll that would check once in awhile and throw in some fire bombs about how he/she hates Obama and the libs.

and this person did know a lot about what was going on 2 years ago when LEb and SkipT were posting, but hasn't been seen Since!


In Fact!!!

His/Her last post as this person was "Romney is going to Win by a landslide" on Nov 1, 2012!!!!!


Welcome back CornissChomper.


The Chief

climber
The Land of the Mongols above Bishop
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:01pm PT
Gee.. isn't this guy one of them top two Hedge Fund dudes!


Soros is a well-known supporter of progressive-liberal political causes...





philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:03pm PT
The Chief why are you so Anti-American?
Does the future scare you?
Are you a coward?
The Chief

climber
The Land of the Mongols above Bishop
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:04pm PT
Gee Philo...

philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?

Mar 27, 2014 - 06:58pm PT





I wonder how much of that money your propaganda add above, George Soros made.
philo

Trad climber
Is that light the end of the tunnel or a train?
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:07pm PT
Probably. If we lived back in the days of the first automobiles you'd want Henry Ford drawn and quartered for disturbin' yer favrit mule Bessie.




The point isn't which Billionaire is the biggest bastard. The point is this income disparity is out of all sense of balance.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:09pm PT
The Chief

climber
The Land of the Mongols above Bishop
Mar 27, 2014 - 10:17pm PT
The point isn't which Billionaire is the biggest bastard. The point is this income disparity is out of all sense of balance.

Ah, so the fact that George Soros, a well-known supporter of progressive-liberal political causes and a key player in that large disparity you speak of, means nothing.


Just the point of the disparity.


Isn't that the "American" way of the "Free Market" principal?


Or should we abolish all the "Free Market" principals and go straight to wealth distribution so that those individuals that do not nor have worked any time of the lives, can reap from the work of others.

And you post shet asking why I am Anti-America.
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