Thursday, 28 November 2013

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Clipfile - November 28, 2013

‘‘It is getting increasingly... difficult to... consider the works of the progressives while maintaining the belief that the intentions of most people are good.  People with good intentions usually don’t have to lie so much.’’
 - ‘‘Oso Negro,’’ commenting at Instapundit

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Linkage

Just in time for Black Friday...

In Soviet Union, Television Watches You  Dept

Ars Technica:

They say they’re going to fix it, but they don’t seem particularly sorry.

Elsewhere:

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Linkage

Seven Advance N1 signal generators, a keying unit, three Philips EL3503 tape recorders, and a B&K wobulator

In MY day, all we had was Razor Blades and Sticky Tape   Dept

Who’s Next?

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Monday, 18 November 2013

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Clipfile - November 18, 2013

‘‘Worse than the effects of Obamacare - which may or may not be permanent, but which will certainly be severe - is the effect on the citizenry of watching the nations leaders and legislators come before the public and lie, day after day.  Not picayune lies, but baldfaced, insulting, comprehensive and utterly immoral lies.  It’s as if they haven’t even the dignity to pretend they are addressing a concerned or informed citizenry - they simply reject the idea of truth or honesty, then lie about their own lies.  It is a disgusting and dishonorable display of complete mendacity, unleavened even by any thought that these charlatans might be lying in the service of their country.  They are small people, who think - or perhaps hope - that the citizens are as small as they are.’’
- ‘‘hawkeyedjb’’, in a comment at Instapundit

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The Press

‘‘The problem is that you’re not angry enough about this.’’


Stacy McCain deconstructs the Los Angeles Times’ Obamacare coverage:

One of the tricks of media bias is to confuse readers and viewers about who is the subject of the sentence and responsible for action.

A public that is half-educated — or, as is often sadly the case, miseducated — does not have the skills of rhetoric and logic necessary to analyze the ways in which they are deliberately misled by the media, but some of the tricks are so simple anyone can spot them.
...
[About Obamacare] Obama lied, and Republicans told the truth, accurately predicting that the implementation of ObamaCare would result in the cancellation of millions of private insurance policies.

You might think that, with truth so clearly on one side and falsehood starkly exposed on the other, no one could possibly be confused.

Ah, but you’re not a liberal newspaper editor determined to prevent the blame from being properly allotted to the Democrats.
Go read the whole thing... and then contemplate what else we’re not being told.

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Meta

Weekends are always interesting...


SFX (in distance):  CLANK... (pause) rustle-rustle-rustle-thud!
(another pause)
thump-thump buzzzzzzzzzz (fades, lights dip slightly)

Me (loudly):  Hey!  Anything that I should be doing out here?

Voice from the back room (slightly startled):  Um... no.
Did you see something happen?

Me:  Don’t see anything... Just checking...

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Rants

Unconstitutional? So what?


Eugene Kontrovich:

...Here, Obama is apparently suspending the enforcement of a law for a year – simply to head off actual legislation not to his liking...

[But]... the fix goes far beyond ‘‘non-enforcement’’ because it requires insurers to certain new action to enjoy the delay.  This is thus not simply a delay, but a new law.

The ‘‘fix’’ amounts to new legislation – but enacted without Congress.  The President has no constitutional authority to rewrite statutes, especially in ways that impose new obligations on people, and that is what the fix seems to entail.

Yeah, so who’s going to do anything about it...?

The Democrats?  Too busy running for cover, and besides, Obama’s their guy.
The RINOs?  Gotta help bail out their buddies across the aisle.
The conservatives?  ‘‘R-a-a-a-a-cist!’’  Also ‘‘wreckers and looters.’’
The press?  Not a chance; he’s a Democrat:
On NPR this morning, they were debating whether this change was incredible or merely really good.  The subject of legality never came up.
Oh, and George Bush was Really, Really Bad.
The Supreme Court?  Justice Roberts?  Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!
The Justice Department?  Eric Holder?  Ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho-ho!
Mr. Average Citizen?  ‘‘Shut up, there’s no standing for you!’’ (see Supreme Court, above).
The insurance industry?  ‘‘Nice business you got there.  Wouldn’t want it to be another AIG, would you?’’
The states?  ‘‘Hey, nobody here but us chickens!’’
The voters?  ‘‘We got our Obamaphones!’’

Welcome to Chicago-style government by decree.

And isn’t it a tragedy that, in our entire rotten government-political establishment, there’s not one honest man?

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

In Passing

You want insurance? Well you can’t have it.

So... Now What?  Dept
The situation, as interpreted by James Nichol (consumer sales manager, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Dakota):
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:02 PM
...
Subject: The President’s Announcement
Importance: High

These are fun times, don’t you think?

The statement the President made to the press today has put a few thing on hold. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303789604579197733759439274

As of right now I would advise we do nothing in terms of advice or enrolling in either a Qualified Health Insurance (metallic) plan or a non-grandfathered plan. That would include AffordaBlue PLUS. Frankly we don’t know the full implications of what the president has said. We are certain the ND Department of Insurance will also have something to add to the conversation. So simply put, I don’t know what to advise anyone seeking health insurance as of this minute.

I will send out an update tomorrow to bring everyone up to speed on BCBSND’s position.

STAY TUNED, more to come tomorrow.

Thanks,

JD (Jim) Nichol
Consumer Sales Manager
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF NORTH DAKOTA
Chaos, piled atop incompetence.

(Via: Ace)

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In Passing

Like calling to Like

Political Hacks  Dept
The Atlantic:
John McCain Thinks John Kerry Is a ‘Human Wrecking Ball’
(...of course McCain also had time to bash Ted Cruz.)

Hey, maybe they could get married and run away together...  Just think! Then we’d be rid of both of them!

(Via: Insty)

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In Passing

Excuse me, but you’re assuming they want real answers


Erik offers a suggestion to congress:

Every [IRS scandal] hearing should start out with statements and questions along the following lines:
Now, Mrs. Lerner/Mr. Lew (or whoever is being questioned), you — obviously — realize that the whole background to this scandal is the improper politicization of the Internal Revenue Service, do you not?  Good.  And you realize that what occurred was a blatant display of double standards, do you not?  Very well.  And you recognize that the process was unfair and inappropriate, don’t you, and that there was no reason to keep Such-and-Such-a Tea Party waiting for months, indeed for years?  Good.

So: there do not seem to be any disagreements about that…

And so I have the following question for you:

Why is it that Such-and-Such-a Tea Party has not yet indeed received approval of its tax-exempt status?

Why is it that — six months later after the scandal broke — its members are still waiting to receive approval of their status?
Well, Erik is a Frenchman.  It’s understandable that he might mistake the Republicans for a genuine opposition, and not understand their status as the currently-out-of-power segment of the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party.

A real opposition might be after some real answers.  The Permanent Party, not so much.

IOW, fat chance.

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