WASHINGTON (MU News) — Kathleen Sebelius visited a Miami hospital today, and shook hands with Obamacare navigators. The new photo-op’s aim was illustrating the number of people being helped by Obamacare, and to show how easy it was to sign up for the program.
However, what happened was that the site crashed while one lady was attempting to sign up for the program, and while the enrollee was speaking with Secretary Sebelius. The couple enrolling and at the mercy of the site remarked, “It’s OK – it’ll come back. It happens everyday.” Quickly trying to patch the situation, the Office of Health and Human Services revealed a “new” way to sign up for Obamacare, without even using the glitchy website.
At an HHS Obamacare program update, in Washington D.C., the agency introduced a man dressed in a jumpsuit as a new speaker for the department. He at first appeared nervous and out-of-place, but after shuffling some papers handed to him and being winked at by another man in a suit, seemed to compose himself and began to answer reporters’ questions.
How badly will this new program fair? Could HHS actually be any more incompetent? Read the rest of the satirical piece on The Constitution Club.
While many talking heads point to the many scandals that the administration continues to juggle, from Fast & Furious, to the Benghazi debacle, from Solyndra’s bankruptcy, to fisting safe-school czars, to Gaza-located campaign donations – President Obama has covered nearly every segment of scandal possible. Lack of leadership, the promotion of people of questionable character, shady money, and plenty of yes-men to provide quick, albeit, shallow, explanations for all of it are now part of the presidential modus operandi.
Like Obama, another politician who entered office with much fanfare, and promise, was Ulysses S. Grant, former Union general and war hero. Having never held office before, Grant realized that he would have to lean on others who proclaimed their own altruism and care for their country. After two terms, he left office with a much different view of politics, nearly dragging a split Republican party into ruin, and having a greatly sullied reputation.
How much are Obama and Grant actually alike? The entire article, scandals and all, can be found here, at The Constitution Club: http://constitutionclub.org/2013/11/06/history-repeating-itself-2/
Tonight, at midnight, the unthinkable occurred. Again. The government was shutdown as a result of poor management by the Senate, and their complete inability to compromise. The Majority Leader blamed the fact that Obamacare-defunding mechanisms were attached to the House’s continuing resolution bill. Harry Reid was unable to separate himself from his Obama-lapdog status, and was forced to do nothing, tabling the GOP-House-passed continuing resolution to fund the government.
It is expected that nowhere will be hit as hard by all this, as Hollywood, and no one will feel this worse than the jet-set Hollywood crowd that Democrats love to party with. The poor stars will not be able to spend their time at the closed national parks, or visit landmarks as they are so often known for doing. MU News has reached out to a few celebrities for their opinions on the entire financial mess, and the wise words of the stars tells the sad story.
Permanently famous-for-doing-nothing-in-particular star, Paris Hilton seemed nonplussed by the gridlock. “Daddy’s Maserati will still run, right? Like, I can still drink at “Le Throng” in L.A., right? So, the streetlights will be out then?”
Football star Peyton Manning appeared nonchalant. “Look, I’m a quarterback, not some idiot kicker – I’ve been watching what’s going on. But as long as my arm and my Papa John’s stock is alright, I don’t really care. Boehner’s finally acting like a general out there, and Harry Reid’s acting like a big, offensive lineman. If I were there in Washington, I’d tell him the same as I’d tell my own linemen – ‘move yer ass, Harry!’”.
Television personality and restless-leg sufferer, Chris Matthews could barely contain himself. “I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT!! THOSE DAMNED REPUBLICANS ARE BLOCKING EVERYTHING AGAIN! They’re like governmental constipation! They’re gonna ruin everything, what with their ‘reduce spending’ and ‘spend more responsibly’ attitudes. God, they make me sick.”
MU News attempted to make contact with a couple of New York politicians, but we were told that Mayor Bloomberg was busy attempting to get the subways to run on time, and that Anthony Weiner was taking an important phone call.
Whatever the result of the shutdown will be, it will not change the fact that Obamacare is still greatly un-supported by Americans, and the list of grievances in regard to Obamacare continue to grow. Hopefully, Harry Reid will feel the pain of his Hollywood buddies, and act accordingly, and reaching a compromise with House republicans.
Clearly satire, MU (Made Up) News is a parody news agency. If it’s a Made Up story, it probably didn’t happen.
...as performed by the cast of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
According to the hackneyed narrative, the Republicans are the party of “no”. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is where brilliant liberal ideas go to fester, and writhe, to a sad death, either through inaction or being ignored. For example, the president drafts a budget, and sends it to the House, and then it is never heard about again – falling into a sort of legislative Bermuda Triangle.
The main problems with this entire narrative (which I hope the reader have already identified) are at least twofold: one, the president’s budget is a mere guideline – a wishlist of where he would like to see money spent (and the House is under no obligation to be his rubber stamp), and two, it is actually the Senate where bills have frequently been abandoned, and left to collect dust.
The rest of my gripe with the hypocrisy and two-facedness of the left is located here, on
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Another post of the Friday irregular feature!
This week’s Pick Three consists of: religion, rain, and justice delivered.
1. A priest in Zanzibar was the victim of another acid attack. The religious man was leaving an Internet café when an attacker threw acid in his face and escaped. This new attack comes nearly a month after two British women had acid thrown in their faces in Zanzibar. Two Christian leaders were slain in the country, and churches were also targeted this year.
2. Massive flooding is still ongoing in Colorado. Three people have already lost their lives, and evacuations and rescues are still ongoing. After wildfires, the bare mountainsides are unable to slow the falling rain, and as it picks up momentum, it has washed out roads, destroyed houses, and isolated small communities.
3. In one of the vicious gang rape cases in India, the four perpetrators were quickly tried, and found guilty of the crime. The speedily arrived at verdict was seen as quick, but just. The court cited the animal brutality of the crime as the reason for all four defendants receiving the death sentence.
(Warning: link contains a very graphic description of the crime)
Another post of the Friday irregular feature!
Today’s Three includes a bogus comparison, a bloviating Russian, and a possible $40 million boondoggle.
1. Libertarians are like communists? Yep, the people on to the right of conservatives, usually over-simplified as “just wanting to be left alone”, have been compared to communists by Bloomberg News – because of the authors’ assumptions and the way that they view improbable results of libertarianism similarly.
2. Russia continues to step up its criticism of President Obama’s war rhetoric and sabre rattling. Today, Putin hinted that a U.S. attack of Syria could lead to Russia sending aid, including military hardware, to the civil war-torn country. Retaliatory actions could include things including cyber warfare, and drawing in more countries to a possible proxy war.
3. The Obama administration is still wasting money on alternative-fuel vehicles. A start-up which manufactures gasoline and compressed natural gas-powered vehicles saw its troubled loan sold by the energy department, resulting in a loss estimated in the tens of millions of dollars. A lack of interest in the business was cited as the reason for the loss.
After listening to a group of friends discussing tactics and tendencies of the left, and making my way through a psychology book, I think I have come to some enlightening tendencies and rationales why the left, and politicians in general, behave as they do.
While many of us who are conservatives or libertarians easily repeat the tired axiom that the left “just wants control” or that they “want to run everything, because they think they know better”, it seems like that is the end of the statement. We roll our eyes, or shake our heads, or take another belt of the strongest liquor that is within arms’ reach. However, a statement made is not a reason understood, or is it a mind stoked.
The rationale behind that axiom seems to be the implication that the leftists just want control for control’s sake. Put more succinctly, they want power so they can do whatever they like. In some cases, that is true, but I think I have found the real reason so many liberals, and many Republicans too, now, seem to want power.
It is simply that they lack self-control. The lack of personal self-control forces them to seek another way to exert control, and they see government “service” as a viable substitute. And when you add to that, government’s coercive force – you have a situation made in heaven for someone who has to exert control somehow.
That pairing – a lack of personal control and the ability to use governmental force – and it is little surprise to see the sorts of news stories that we do see frequently. Along with the lack of self-control, as if that were not bad enough, the media frequently gives the failing politicians a complete pass. So, it creates a politician who cannot adequately run themselves, but who benefit from a complete exemption from any results of when their new exercises of governmental power fail miserably.
We see this in any number of politicians who ardently fight for legislation that curbs rights and expands government, and who then have had to deal with numerous scandals and other ethical failings. The examples are all too common, including people like: Jon Corzine (ethical concerns during his tenure as New Jersey governor and a loss of $1.2 billion while he was CEO at MF Global) , Anthony Weiner (possible anger and interpersonal issues, as well as a well-publicized sexting scandal), and any number of other legislators or cabinet members revealed as tax-dodgers (Timothy Geithner, Jack Abramoff, Ted Stevens, and Charles Rangel [who, ironically, helped write parts of the tax code]) or found guilty of other corruption charges (James Traficant and William J. Jefferson). If it were not for the scandalous nature of the most egregious failings, the media would happily and continuously lay cover for the politicians.
When caught failing at their public roles, we frequently then see the politicians attempt to exert control over reality itself – telling us “that really didn’t happen”, or that we cannot understand the forces that they are under that lead to their actions. Another popular tactic is to invent a scapegoat – “someone else did it”, as Weiner did with his Twitter scandal. He blamed hacking until it was so obvious that no one believed that lie.
It is about psychology.
Sun Tzu famously told people in “The Art of War”, “To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.” Those who would be change-makers have so much ammunition given to them by the current, stale, time-to-go politicians, but they blanch too easily when confronted by the same politicians. When the people who would fight for the betterment of the country started to shrink back and disappear, I do not know, but the time of a pat on the back and a wink, are over. Now that you know the litmus test to apply to politicians (“Are they loose cannons in their personal lives? Yes? Then vote for anybody else.”) Use it.
So, today, as Secretary of State, John Kerry, reeled off the reasons that the United States should find itself embroiled in a civil war in the Middle East, as Vladimir Putin weighs his responses, and as Obama declares that the U.S. will go it alone if they have to, the world waits. The world seems to split into a few different camps .
Some wonder who actually used the poison gas that killed thousands of Syrians (despite Kerry’s swearing that he is positive it was Assad’s men, not rebels). Some wonder, why now? Suddenly, gas is a thousand deaths too far? Yet others may wonder why there is not more pressure on the U.N. to provide peacekeepers, or to investigate if it was actually gas used, or to hold a vote, in the face of an assured Russian veto, to allow nations to intervene.
Here at home, there are any number of Obama administration scandals that a person could point to, that would easily take a backseat to a brand new war.
So, what can we expect Obama to do once the weapons begin raining down on Syria? Read the three scenarios on Conservative Daily News.
I hate to admit that something some dumb socialist said pissed me off, but this kind of did.
Ms. Allison Benedikt had the nerve today to post an article on slate.com entitled “If You Send Your Kid To Private School, You Are a Bad Person.”
We-he-hell! Is that so? So, because my parents wanted my siblings to get the best education they could, they are bad people?
Another post of the Friday irregular feature!
Today’s pick three cover what I think are the first, second, and third oldest occupations in the world: prostitution, medicine, and politics.
1. In a move that seems all too familiar with anything connected to Obamacare, program administrators for O-care, in Orange County, California are being asked to work in a building that they claim is making them sick. Toxic materials were found in the soil, but the county claims they don not exceed federal limits. Union members are not convinced that the location is as safe as the government tells them it is. (story via CBSLA)
2. Women’s empowerment through prostitution? That seems to be the message in Switzerland, where cities like Zurich are building special prostitution boxes and zones for prospective johns to find a woman, haggle on prices, and then do whatever. The Telegraph says the measures, costing 1.4 million, were approved by voters last year, and the posters touting condom-use and anti-AIDs messages will help combat STDs and prevent violence against the prostitutes.
3. From NJ.com, it was reported that Governor Chris Christie vetoed three firearms bills that the New Jersey legislatures passed. For their rebuttals, Democrats in the legislature engaged in hyperbole and bogus rhetoric, with Shelia Oliver even inventing a perfect-storm-like scenario with a Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle, and incendiary bullets at a chemical plant. Despite his criticisms, Christie did approve of mental health personnel asking about gun ownership, and he supported penalties for firearm owners if minors used the firearms to commit crimes.
This week, a prospective merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways stalled, when the United States Department of Justice and six states’ attorneys general filed an antitrust lawsuit. If the merger succeeds, it would create the largest air carrier in the world. The DOJ cited numerous concerns over the effects that a newly merged airline company would mean for consumers.
In a refreshing change, it seems the DOJ is suddenly oriented toward thrift, and consumer protections. It is the government you have always wanted – they are looking out for you. It sounds great, right?
Read the rest on Conservative Daily News.
Despite the ongoing scandal, and legal battle faced by embattled San Diego mayor, Bob “Headlock” Filner, unnamed sources have confirmed that a few football teams are considering giving him a tryout. It is unknown what kind of contract they would offer him, but seeing as how voters are balking at paying for his legal defense, Filner may actually consider signing.
Scouts, speaking on conditions of anonymity, seemed to rave about Filner’s unique talents, and how they could benefit their teams.
Read the entire story on the Constitution Club.
A few days ago, for the on-and-off again period of two days, I was part of a conversation that confused and befuddled me. Now, that does not happen too often, and I spent some time self-reflecting, wondering if I had spent so much time trolling, needling, and teasing people, that I had somehow slipped into an unconscious state of doing it. Where I had grown unaware of the consequences of what I was doing. Was it possible that I had grown so brazen that had begun insulting people without realizing it?
As I carried on with my conversation with a fellow Tweeter, excepting my careless, and meaningless error in naming sentence types, I thought I remained reserved and correct in what I had said. Having missed a few of the opening tweets between other Tweeters, I wondered if perhaps I missed something that was insulting and completely offensive. After the first few tweets, I stayed non-judgemental and asked more questions, rather than trying to offer any solutions.
I think I grew more aware of an odd sense of guilt in my fellow conversationalist about halfway through the discussion. It is also where the fellow Tweeter declared that I had no idea what suffering was, and that I was obviously too young to consider the things I was talking about. Rather than get angry, and fire back a snarky response that is an all too common occurrence on the Internet, I remained calm, but grew more aware of an odd feeling. I liken it to a feeling of disconnection, seeing a lost cause that you cannot save or change. It is an odd sense of both helplessness and disconnection.
All this over a conversation over abortion.
Philosophically, I wonder if disconnection and guilt are forever, hopelessly, ingrained in people who have ever served any role in an abortion. I wonder if, despite the protestations and the denials of life’s inherent value, and the claim life can be simplified to “lumps of cells” in order to more easily extinguish it, perhaps there is still, somewhere, deep inside people a value for life.
The Storify link to the Twitter conversation can be found here: “An Odd Abortion Conversation”