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GMax

Remember Debbie Does America bragging that Democrats will run proudly on Obamacare? Air went out that boast balloon pretty damn fast. For Democrats running for Congress in dozens of districts, the Affordable Care Act they once boasted about is one of the largest obstacles to their re-election bids in November.

In 2010, Democrats ignored the slew of attacks on the health care law only to lose more than 60 seats – and their majority – in the House and six seats in the Senate. Now they’re switching strategies, casting themselves as crusaders out to repair a broken law.


The Truth?

None other than McClatchy gives us this:

For Democrats running for Congress in dozens of districts, the Affordable Care Act they once boasted about is one of the largest obstacles to their re-election bids in November.

In 2010, Democrats ignored the slew of attacks on the health care law only to lose more than 60 seats – and their majority – in the House and six seats in the Senate. Now they’re switching strategies, casting themselves as crusaders out to repair a broken law.


Threadkiller

Knucklehead...

henry

First NBA play worth watching in years.

Threadkiller

Throw this in the browser:

"knucklehead site:Whitehouse.gov"

She likes the word.

Captain Hate

Chandler's had a rough season as a defensive stopper who can't stop anybody. I think Cuban screwed up by letting him go after the championship season but maybe it was time to tear it down and rebuild; although Dirk's still there.

Ignatz

Geez, TK. Guess we know what she calls poor little Barry behind closed doors.

narciso

What exactly is Mark's strategy, lately he seem to as on point as when he hired Rather, and shelled out for that DePalma film,

narciso

Iowahawk;

Ukraine shows the US press can be completely neutral and unbiased - as long as it's a revolution against a Russian puppet regime.

narciso

Arsenal is up 2, over whoever.

Jack is Back

The Brits have a term for that - a howler:)

BTW, here is a piece by Spengler that takes a different take on The Ukraine - Partition.

He wants to recruit Putin to help deny Iran the nuke and let him have a voice in The Ukraine in return. I think you add this to CH's left friends assessment and the picture in The Ukraine may be as murky as that in Syria.

Need a Who's Who edition.

Captain Hate

As opposed as I am to partitioning Ukraine, Spengler makes a good point on Odessa. Regarding it being of no economic importance, it used to be successful agriculturally before Stalin screwed that up. Is there any reason why sound agricultural techniques couldn't cause it to return to that status?

pagar

Excellent link at 10:54 narciso!

Even the wolverine makes an appearance.

narciso

Well you see the problem with a referendum, you would need a land corridor between Sebastopol and the rest of the country, and they would be loath to give up Odessa,

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dos_ucranias.png

Ignatz

Spengler's take is remarkably cynical.
The USA didn't exist as a separate nation prior to the Declaration. Thank goodness France didn't subscribe to Goldman's cynical tradeoffs and appeasement.
And this idea that demographics and declining fertility rates are static and written in stone is not exactly settled science, to coin a term.

Its economy is stunted? Imagine that. 100 years of life sucking Soviet and Russian domination, including a holocaust, right up to today's nat gas extortion and they're not Switzerland. Throw em to the wolves.

Ignatz

I'll wager a large majority of Ukrainians would gladly provide a corridor between the Russian east and Sevastopol if it meant ridding themselves of the Russian bearhug once and for all.

Interesting to note the revisions of narc's map at the wiki link.

narciso

It's the same trope, they used for Iraq, three vilayets, but they were mostly continuous going back to 1538

Marlene

daddy,thanks for posting the link to the video of the baby girl moose. She's getting her 15 minutes,very cute. It is a great day here.We took a ride to Belfast * and the sun is warm and bright.Penobscot Bay is beautiful. The river is clear and open until just below Bangor.

* Ladies, I found a dress! :)

Miss Marple

Congratulations on finding the dress, Marlene! I know what a long and difficult search it was, given the current state of fashion!

Tom Maguire
The Brits have a term for that - a howler.

Not an "own non-goal"?

narciso

Congrats Marlene;


That's not manly. I'll tell you who was manly: The early American pioneers. They set out into the vast untracked wilderness with nothing but a musket and a sack of hardtack and hominy, and they had to survive out there for months, even years, completely on their own, sleeping on the ground in bear-infested forests. That's why they brought the hardtack: to throw at the bears. They had no idea why they brought hominy. Like you, they had no idea what "hominy" means. It sounds like some kind of disease.

Jack is Back

TM,

Best example was the 2010 USA v. England World Cup tie where Robert Green the English goalie allowed a very tame shot in to tie it up 1-1.

The Telly explains

Beasts of England

Offensive goaltending! Bounced off his own head? Way funny...

jimmyk

Spengler's take is remarkably cynical.

I had a similar reaction. What nation hasn't had ethnic divisions? How well has partition usually worked to resolve those issues? (Think India-Pakistan, Northern Ireland/Ireland, etc.)

Under the surface I sensed some bitterness toward Ukraine and its history with Jews (like the interjections about how Odessa was 40 percent Jewish). Understandable (all four of my grandparents were from what is now the Ukraine, but fortunately got out of there before WWI), but not necessarily grounds for dealing with the situation today.

clarice

Very funny, narciso.

Jack is Back

Then we have this article by Timothy Snyder.

Don't know if it was posted before but it is a very good detailed take on what is happening in The Ukraine and Putin's Eurasian Federation aspirations. A snippet:

"The point man for Eurasian and Ukrainian policy in the Kremlin is Sergei Glazyev, an economist who like Dugin tends to combine radical nationalism with nostalgia for Bolshevism. He was a member of the Communist Party and a Communist deputy in the Russian parliament before cofounding a far-right party called Rodina, or Motherland. In 2005 some of its deputies signed a petition to the Russian prosecutor general asking that all Jewish organizations be banned from Russia.

Later that year Motherland was banned from taking part in further elections after complaints that its advertisements incited racial hatred. The most notorious showed dark-skinned people eating watermelon and throwing the rinds to the ground, then called for Russians to clean up their cities. Glazyev’s book Genocide: Russia and the New World Order claims that the sinister forces of the “new world order” conspired against Russia in the 1990s to bring about economic policies that amounted to “genocide.” This book was published in English by Lyndon LaRouche’s magazine Executive Intelligence Review with a preface by LaRouche. Today Executive Intelligence Review echoes Kremlin propaganda, spreading the word in English that Ukrainian protesters have carried out a Nazi coup and started a civil war.

The populist media campaign for the Eurasian Union is now in the hands of Dmitry Kiselyov, the host of the most important talk show in Russia, and since December also the director of the state-run Russian media conglomerate designed to form national public opinion. Best known for saying that gays who die in car accidents should have their hearts cut from their bodies and incinerated, Kiselyov has taken Putin’s campaign against gay rights and transformed it into a weapon against European integration. Thus when the then German foreign minister, who is gay, visited Kiev in December and met with Vitali Klitschko, the heavyweight champion and opposition politician, Kiselyov dismissed Klitschko as a gay icon. According to the Russian foreign minister, the exploitation of sexual politics is now to be an open weapon in the struggle against the “decadence” of the European Union."

narciso

well we needed a change of pace, there are more excerpts to be had,

narciso

well they wouldn't want an example to rally around.

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/02/22/wsj-wheres-the-media-coverage-of-venezuela/

hit and run

Posted by: Tom Maguire | February 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

TM - I'm getting bounced when trying to email you.

Beasts of England

Lake Guntersville has provided another Chamber of Commerce day for the Bassmaster Classic - high of 66 degrees. Not only are the flotilla of bass boats following the anglers, but now there are folks following on Sea-Doos.

I may have to join them!

hit and run

If it were me, I'd paddle out on an inner tube towing a cooler.

rich@gmu

David Dayen / The New Republic:
When Millenials Can't Move Out of Their Parents' Basements the Entire Economy Suffers

glad he's keeping up. one of his "solutions" is to make college more affordable or free. yeah that ought to work.

rich@gmu

I wish I were in Guntersville with a rod and reel in one hand and a beer in the other.

rich@gmu

or just beers in each hand since I don't have a fishing license.

Stephanie VIP shhhhh its fight club

Too much work, hit. Grab a cooler and a chair and park yourself on the dock. Water's too cold and the bathroom is just a walk to the house - as are the munchies.

Heading out to Lowe's and Home Depot to select some tile for the bathtub surround. And to rent a water saw as I lent mine to my brother who moved to Sarasota. Oops.

Stephanie VIP shhhhh its fight club

Fishing license? What is this government infringement you are complying with?

We don't need no steenkin licenses!

daddy

Good News! (Via Insty)

When the Muslim's take over planet Earth, we can flee to Mars and they won't come after us, because Muslim Clerics declare it is against the will of Allah for Muslims to travel to Mars

hit and run

daddy:
When the Muslim's take over planet Earth, we can flee to Mars and they won't come after us

We could have if Obama hadn't redirected the purpose of NASA away from space exploration to . . . Muslim outreach.

MarkO

I love Bugs.

Ignatz

--one of his "solutions" is to make college more affordable or free--

Ah yes; the never ending cycle of left wing solutions to problems created by previous left wing solutions to other problems.

Leftism; the perpetual stagnation machine.

Ignatz

I love Bugs too, but four of his very best are not available anywhere (well a couple are on laserdisc which is pretty much like nowhere)

MarkO

Of course you know this means war.

Danube on iPad

So TK has found a graphic portrayal of a losing argument. The text even incorporates the loony Vattel theory pushed so hard (and unsuccessfully) by uber-loon Leo G.Donofrio, a.k.a. Dark Knight Oracle.

Miss Marple

College is a perpetual job machine for leftists, who spend their days there as students, grad students, teaching assistants, etc.

More money for colleges! More loans so we can hire more teaching assistants in Gender studies! More buildings. More loans! More debt and unemployed graduates unless we give them a job here! More brainwashing!

Bah.

Threadkiller

ECL isn't loony for pushing the Vattel theory.

narciso

Seriously could we focus on more relevant issues;


https://twitter.com/kgorchinskaya/status/437286048557985792/photo/1

pagar

http://babalublog.com/2014/02/22/turmoil-in-venezuela-violent-repression-continues-as-cuban-troops-arrive-to-aid-dictatorship/

I bet the Venezuela government wishes they had those kill switches for cell phones the Democrat politicians are trying to get to control Americans.

rich@gmu

more adjuncts too. the feather passers aren't going to let any new up and comers take there score.

http://alexandreafonso.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/how-academia-resembles-a-drug-gang/

uptwinkles or papercuts trying...

rich@gmu

there, their, they're...coffee. coffee.

daddy

We could have if Obama hadn't redirected the purpose of NASA away from space exploration to . . . Muslim outreach.

Hit,

I'd forgotten that. So by our doing that "Muslim's invented Space Travel" outreach, we were obviously offending them by blabbing on about Mars.

It's tough being an infidel. think we need a rule book for being infidels.

pagar

Evidently NASA did not get the job done, so the State Dept had to take over the job of defeating US.

http://pamelageller.com/2014/02/u-s-state-department-webchat-pimps-muslim-comic-superheroes.html/

Jack is Back

Cuban troops in Venezuela! Wow.

When does the Iranian Navy's Atlantic fleet arrive? Our "slacking" will soon be revealed in Venezuela, and the Ukraine like it was in Syria.

Obama, Biden and Kerry make the 3 Stooges look like diplomatic genusises.

Captain Hate

Obama, Biden and Kerry make the 3 Stooges look like diplomatic genusises.

With Rodham co-starring as Shemp

daddy

As for Michelle's "Young people are Knuckleheads" comments. Wonder if we can start calling the "X-Generation" or "Millennial Generation" or whatever the heck they are, "The Knucklehead Generation."

If the Right had used such terminology I think we would have been pilloried and mocked by the Press and youth constantly (ie) Mean, uncaring, insensitive, etc. But Michelle uses it, and she gets kudo's and a pass.

Is there a way we can hang Generation Knucklehead around her and Obama's neck and make it stick? I don't know but I'd sure like to go on offense and try, so I recommend we start terming this new Generation "Generation Knucklehead." If it pisses them off great, we know where to point the finger of blame for initially calling them that.

Danube on iPad

"ECL isn't loony for pushing the Vattel theory."

It doesn't.

Captain Hate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpjyr1x7mC0

Congressman Peters responded with a threatening cease-and-desist letter

Jack is Back

CH,

The crazy thing about that NFL article from ESPN is that probably ever issuance of the N word during a game comes from one of the black players to another black player. I can't wait for Goodell to issue the first fine to someone like Richard Sherman or DeAngelo Hall or Terrell Suggs.

Captain Hate

JiB, that was my first thought followed by Jethro Bodine Stedman, double aught lawyer, would probably file a disparate impact statement. The Chinless Idiot versus Mail Room Boy? Moar popcorn.

Bathtub Boy would probably name any white violators the worst people in the world.

Jack is Back

daddy,

There is only one Knucklehead in this world and if you come down next week for Bike Week in Daytona you will see thousands of them:

Jane-curling is on!

With Rodham co-starring as Shemp

I was gonna say, don't forget the queen of Benghazi.

pagar

Why haven't there be any cease and desist letters for the really important lie?

http://www.politifact.com/obama-like-health-care-keep/

"Obama: 'If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan'"

I don't understand why leftists aren't going to jail over this fraud.

MarkO

I like the idea that we drove from office a President whose lie affected almost no one, yet Obama's lie affects every American. Which lie was most damaging to the country? Why should Obama remain in office?

sbw

>>>I don't understand why leftists aren't going to jail over this fraud.<<<

Because political statements aren’t binding and politicians, pundits, and ordinary people don’t make them pay.

Danube on iPad

"I can't wait for Goodell to issue the first fine to someone like Richard Sherman or DeAngelo Hall or Terrell Suggs."

Frankly, I think that would be a good thing.

Danube on iPad

MarkO, which president are you talking about?

MarkO

Nixon.

Captain Hate

Frankly, I think that would be a good thing.

Why? Because it removes a tool with which to get in somebody's head?

I'm not sure how I feel about it except that I'm very skeptical of anything the dimwits in the competition committee do. What if a ref hears something but he's not sure who said it?

Danube on iPad

Nixon wasn't driven from office for a mere lie. His agents were committing felonies that he condoned.

Captain Hate

FWIW, I think the enneffell is well within their rights of being able to dictate language they consider inappropriate at the work place. I just think enforcing it will be problematic to refs who already have difficulty effectively calling a game.

MarkO

Syracuse coming to Cameron Indoor at 6 EST. This Duke team is going to kill me.

Captain Hate

Good luck Mark. I think with the zone which Syracuse employs, it will make the "Duke lives and dies with the three pointer" more pronounced.

Jane-curling is on!

Are the Olympic games over tomorrow? I swear I just heard that. Have the men skated? The pairs? Who won curling.

Jane-curling is on!

Nixon was a choir boy compared to Obama. And I was no fan of Nixon.

Jane-curling is on!

So how do they expect to accomplish this when Harry Reid will not allow a vote? The only way to stop this is to defund. There is no other option.

GOP wages war with 'imperial presidency'


House Republicans will push the Obama administration to roll back regulations over the next few weeks as they combat an "imperial presidency."

In an email to House Republicans, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) accused President Obama of "effectively rewriting the laws" and called on the GOP to fight to "restore the balance of power created by our Founders."

"President Obama has provided new clarity as to what constitutes an imperial presidency," Cantor wrote Friday in the email obtained by The Hill. "Declaring that he has a 'pen and a phone,' he has acted to effectively rewrite the laws of the United States."


Cantor said pushing back against the Obama administration's "excessive and burdensome" regulations is one of the top priorities on the Republican legislative agenda over the next three weeks.

He pointed to studies that show the cost of federal regulations amounts to $10,585 per employee for small businesses, and $7,755 per employee for large companies.

"The cost of excessive and burdensome Washington regulations means fewer jobs and reduced salaries for those with a job," Cantor wrote.

Cantor pointed to ongoing GOP efforts to roll back regulations, including a series of bills that will hit the House floor next week.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte's (R-Va.) Regulatory Accountability Act topped Cantor's list, because it would require federal agencies to write regulations that have the smallest economic impact on businesses.

Cantor also mentioned the ALERT Act, introduced by Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.), which he says would require federal agencies to provide timely information about the status and cost of new regulations it is considering. This would prevent "regulators from hiding the ball," he said.

Meanwhile, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), fights what Cantor calls an "abusive" practice where federal agencies will settle lawsuits with liberal groups by agreeing to impose stricter regulations on businesses.

Cantor said he also expects legislation that would require regulators to consider the impact their rules have on employment and wages.

"This will prevent, for example, EPA from downplaying the loss of mining and manufacturing jobs as a result of their regulations by arguing that new jobs will be created in regulatory compliance!" Cantor wrote.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/198958-cantor-gop-to-wage-war-with-imperial-presidency#ixzz2u5iK1BcU

Jack is Back

Jane,

Oh, Canada!

The Olympics are never over until they run the 4 man bobsled and Men's hockey gold medal game.

I think only the mass start 30 click nordic skiing is always last also.

Closing tomorrow evening.

This is where the Checens finally blow the joint up.

Danube on iPad

Articles of impeachment:

1. making false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States;
2. withholding relevant and material evidence or information from lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States;

3. approving, condoning, acquiescing in, and counselling witnesses with respect to the giving of false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States and false or misleading testimony in duly instituted judicial and congressional proceedings;

4. interfering or endeavouring to interfere with the conduct of investigations by the Department of Justice of the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the office of Watergate Special Prosecution Force, and Congressional Committees;

5. approving, condoning, and acquiescing in, the surreptitious payment of substantial sums of money for the purpose of obtaining the silence or influencing the testimony of witnesses, potential witnesses or individuals who participated in such unlawful entry and other illegal activities;

6. endeavouring to misuse the Central Intelligence Agency, an agency of the United States;

7. disseminating information received from officers of the Department of Justice of the United States to subjects of investigations conducted by lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States, for the purpose of aiding and assisting such subjects in their attempts to avoid criminal liability;

8. making or causing to be made false or misleading public statements for the purpose of deceiving the people of the United States into believing that a thorough and complete investigation had been conducted with respect to allegations of misconduct on the part of personnel of the executive branch of the United States and personnel of the Committee for the Re-election of the President, and that there was no involvement of such personnel in such misconduct: or

9. endeavouring to cause prospective defendants, and individuals duly tried and convicted, to expect favoured treatment and consideration in return for their silence or false testimony, or rewarding individuals for their silence or false testimony.

MarkO

I'm not minimizing Nixon. I wanted him out. Two of my classmates were Sirica's clerks. I met Sirica in '74. Nixon was dishonest and used his power in efforts to stonewall and remain in office. He was "lawless."


Here's Article I:

"Richard M. Nixon, using the powers of his high office, engaged personally and through his close subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or plan designed to delay, impede, and obstruct the investigation of such illegal entry; to cover up, conceal and protect those responsible; and to conceal the existence and scope of other unlawful covert activities."

Most of these acts, if not all, were to cover the original lie that he knew nothing about the break in.

Had that lie gone undiscovered, what harm would have been done the country? What harm will be done if we fail to tie Obama to the Benghazi lies or the IRS or Fast and Furious. The loss of trust?

But Obama's lie of consumer fraud damages everyone. It cannot be contained, like Clinton's sodomy might have been.

As foul as Nixon was, his injury to the country was minor compared to Obama.

MarkO

Have these guys heard of Sisyphus?

Cantor said pushing back against the Obama administration's "excessive and burdensome" regulations is one of the top priorities on the Republican legislative agenda over the next three weeks.

Miss Marple

Jane-

What should be done is to point out that the EPA is TAKING jobs from miners and manufacturing workers and GIVING them to their cronies in regulatory agencies and academia!

None of those coal miners is going to get a job in regulatory compliance. The miners get to go on unemployment or work part time at Walmart.

I despise the EPA.

Jim Rhoads f/k/a vnjagvet

A few questions regarding the NFL Nword ban:

What better way to remove a key player from the opposing team?

When will NFL teams start looking for a designated ventriloquist in the draft?

Will they be using the old failed voiceprint technology on instant replay when they get a challenge?

Jack is Back

Why don't one of you lawyers who live in the past write up what you believe would be the present articles of impeachment that would pertain to the currennt "lawless" POTUS?

I am sure one of our Google lawyers could do it:)

Danube on iPad

"Why? Because it removes a tool with which to get in somebody's head?"

No. I'm indifferent to whether they get in each one another's heads. I just like too see all lawful means being used to discourage the use of that word by anybody. I think it has a coarsening effect on our society.

Threadkiller

It doesn't?

MarkO

"I think it has a coarsening effect on our society."

Is it the last of the shibboleths?

Danube on iPad

Nixon's lie, in and of itself, could not have been criminally prosecuted. Neither can Obama's. Nixon was driven from office for a number of criminal acts. The fact that most of them were committed in order to cover up a lie does not mean that he was driven from office for lying.

Jack is Back

DoT,

But that coarsening effect is being applied by the AA community itself.

You need to direct your objections to Sharptone, Jackson, Holder and company not the NFL. They are only setting up a socially acceptable regulation that will never be exercised and if it is it will be a joke.

Miss Marple

Danube, as one in the older generation I can give you a list of about 25 words which are now in common use which were not in common use when I was in high school.

All have had a coarsening effect on our culture.

Robin, looking for the pitchforks right after I put away the snow shovel

Jane, men's hockey or figure skating? Japanese kid won gold in men's, Canadian Patrick Chan got the silver, continuing the long history of top notch male skaters from our northern neighbors being unable to overcome pressure to deliver. Can't remember who got the bronze. Not sure about the pairs podium, I think the Chinese got silver?

Who do the Canadians play for the gold in men's hockey tomorrow?

Robin, looking for the pitchforks right after I put away the snow shovel

Oh thank goodness, I found everyone. I keep wandering into empty rooms posting inconsequential things. How do you keep up?

MarkO

I concede I had a generous and imprecise usage of the term lying. But if we stop there I think we miss what I consider to be the more important point of resulting injury. Do you really suggest that a lie to have the government take over 1/6 of the economy would not have longer lasting damaging effects that Nixon's cover-up?

MarkO

that=than.

Robin, looking for the pitchforks right after I put away the snow shovel

Miss Marple, my greatest pet peeve language-wise is the inability of everyone under the age of 40 to say a simple sentence without the inappropriate use of "like" at least one time. We are trying to nix it from our 7 year old's commentary, and it makes for entertaining dinner conversation as three of us jump all over her whenever she uses it.

MarkO

Maybe, as often happens, I missed the point. I am not suggesting that Obama's lie can be criminally prosecuted or listed as an ordinary crime in an impeachment proceeding or even that Obama should be impeached.

I'm comparing the injury and the response to it.

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