News and Commentary for November 21

It’s going to be a long, long three more years. “America’s relationships in the Middle East are over. Egypt is turning back to the Russians, Turkey is looking to China and even the Saudis are sick and tired of dealing with a government that can’t make up its mind about anything bigger than a presidential banquet. Israel, which seems to be the only country whose leaders actually thought Obama would do something about Iran, is angry and disgusted. And those were the four countries in the region that American influence depended on.” Obamageddon in the Middle East

More proof that it’s going to be a long, long three more years. “In a surprise move, Afghan President Hamid Karzai appeared to pour cold water on the chances for an immediate security deal with the U.S., saying that because of the ‘mistrust’ between him and Washington, any agreement should wait until his successor is elected.” Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he won’t sign security agreement with U.S.

Oh how I wish more folks would’ve come out to vote for Romney/Ryan. “Barack Obama has the U.S. economy on lockdown. It’s the worst thing this president has done. American resilience, and elections, mean it won’t stay this way forever. But for a lot of poor and middle-class folks, living with mom in the basement is getting old.” Worse Than ObamaCare: Obama’s biggest failure is that he hobbled the U.S. economy.

The left wing, agenda-driven media is being shown for who they really, really are. “All across the country for the past five years, the Manhattan-Beltway media elites and their country cousins swallowed the Obamacre rhetoric and din’t push, didn’t prod, and didn’t ask basic questions. The crash of Healthcare.gov has been so spectacular that the MSM couldn’t avert its collective eyes, so they cover it intermittently. But not the story of the state exchanges.  There the same journalistic malpractice is repeating itself.  The con goes on, abetted by left-wing journalists on dying platforms, wondering why they have ever declining pools of readers.” CoveredCa.com’s Bogus Numbers and Flimflam Job

The Left is oh so clueless. “Well, Seattle voters elected her, so they get what they deserve, but perhaps we should point out a couple of inconvenient realities for Sawant.  The machinists don’t own the plants, but that’s only just the beginning.  Unless the machinists own the designs, they can’t build the planes unless licensed by those who do.  And where will they get the raw materials with which to build the planes? Who pays for the energy necessary to operate the machines?” Seattle’s newest councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories

Writing on the wall: If the Left ever gets its way, there will be no Republicans. “Conservative political entities who supported Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker are being subjected to a secret investigation. Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz has issued a series of subpoenas to 29 conservative groups, demanding that they submit all documentation related to the recall campaigns mounted by unions and their supporters against Walker in 2011 and 2012.” The Persecution of Wisconsin Conservatives

Hope and change! “This may be early evidence that the O-Care debacle is spilling over into perceptions of other Democrats, specifically the nominee-in-waiting. Hillary trails Chris Christie head to head in this one by eight points, which is an unusually large spread between them; even more unusual is that she also trails Rand Paul (by three) and Paul Ryan (by two) and is tied with Ted Cruz.” Brutal Quinnipiac poll of Colorado: Obama’s job approval at 36/59, Hillary now trails three Republican contenders

Where’s the outrage from ALL women? “It’s no secret that Sarah Palin is mighty steamed at MSNBC and Martin Bashir over his despicable remarks about the abusive treatment he imagines for her. And now she’s doing something about it. The former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor was scheduled to sit down with Matt Lauer for a Christmas season interview. That’s now toast. Palin has now canceled Lauer’s scheduled trip to Wasilla, a source close to her tells me. It’s not because Palin is upset with Lauer or the “Today” show, but as a protest against NBC for not taking action against Bashir. In fact, Palin once sat in as a “Today”co-host.” Palin kills Matt Lauer interview over Martin Bashir slur

Thankfully, someone from the Left speaks up. “Dee Dee Myers, who was Bill Clinton’s campaign spokeswoman and his first White House press secretary, said she could not imagine where “such thoughts even come from” and tweeted “#Gottago” while linking to an article in which MSNBC was mum about whether Bashir’s apology was enough.” First Female WH Press Secretary Calls for Bashir’s Firing

Under-reported. “New York City police authorities are investigating a series of unprovoked physical attacks in public places on people who are Jewish, in the form of what is called “the knockout game.”” A Very Dangerous Game

How can this be? “Al-Qaida terrorists linked to wars in Iraq and Syria — including several dozen whom Homeland Security mistakenly let into the U.S. as war “refugees” — have recently been found stockpiling heavy weapons and possibly building cells in Kentucky and North Carolina and other unlikely places in the heart of America.” Al-Qaida Strengthens Its Presence In America’s Heartland

Control.“Comparing the White House to the Russian news agency is a hyperbole, of course, but less so with each new administration. Obama’s image-makers are taking advantage of new technologies that democratized the media, subverting independent news organizations that hold the president accountable. A generation ago, a few mainstream media organizations held a monopoly on public information about the White House. Today, the White House itself is behaving monopolistic.” Obama’s Image Machine: Monopolistic Propoganda Funded by You

Running on fumes. “Events of the past few months have belied both the liberal and conservative visions. If Obama is the Antichrist, he’s a kind of goofy, inept, comical Antichrist at best. And as for the Lightbringer, events speak for themselves. Plainly, Obama is worst enemy liberalism has ever had.” Obama vs. Liberalism

Maybe we already have our first female president, and we never knew we elected her? “Richard Wolffe describes a scene in which Obama and Jarrett arrived via helicopter in Chicago for the president’s first visit home after the inauguration in 2009. Obama looked down at the bumper-to-bumper traffic generated by his arrival. “We shouldn’t have come here in rush hour,” Obama remarked, but Jarrett shot back: “You may not be enjoying your new life, but I am.”” The Jarrett File

If you think the IRS scandal was big… Just imagine what these folks can do with all that data. “Enter Enroll America, a Sebelius-linked group dedicated to signing people up for Obamacare and Chris Tarango, Texas Enroll America Communications Director who Project Veritas caught on tape agreeing to help obtain a private list of potential Obamacare enrollee data for election/political purposes. Tarango goes so far to say he’ll “Do whatever it f****** takes.”” Enroll America Director Conspires to Release Private Data

More on the story linked above. “James O’Keefe reveals how Enroll America is using Obamacare data to organize Dem campaigns.” Obamacare: Enrolling Democrats?

We’ve always known that the Obamas aren’t entirely in love with our country. “As support for ObamaCare collapses, Barack and Michelle have been deploying increasingly harsh language to attack the current system. So much so that they’re now trashing the very character of the country.” Obama Trashes America to Save ObamaCare

By design. Because the more folks that rely on government the more folks can be controlled. “My mother preferred to pay for her care rather than be on the government dole. Now she has no choice.” ObamaCare Forced Mom Into Medicaid

Remember, according to the Left, we all should be paid “equally.” “Some have complained to medical associations – including those in Texas, California, Georgia, Connecticut and New York – saying the discounted rates could lead to a two-tiered system in which fewer doctors participate, perhaps making it harder for consumers to get the care they need.” Doctors are concerned about pay scales under health care law

The Left finding out Obamacare isn’t all lollipops and rainbows. “Sounding like some kind of Fox News contributor, the left-leaning Edsall goes on to point out that the Obamacare dream ignores some basic realities about the way the world and the government work. Democrats pitched the Affordable Care Act as a law that would let the haves keep their doctors and their plans while giving more care to the have-nots, meanwhile offering Amazon levels of service to all comers through a magical website. Now that the quest for that kind of system is looking more like a misguided unicorn hunt, Edsall suddenly, horribly, begins to see just how foolish and utopian the whole project was.” NYT: Obamacare Debacle Could Kill Big Blue

More on the NY Times article discussed above. “Little did Egan or the others belittling the warnings about Obamacare realize that history’s verdict would be against them; that Obamacare was it was not as it was sold and would cause Democrats to scramble for distance; that the Tea Party would be viewed as more in touch with American values than the ideology behind Obamacare; that big government would become the most hated thing outside Washington, even if Ted Cruz remained “the most hated man in Washington.”” Democrats are on the wrong side of history now

Good! “Republican lawmakers who pushed the government shutdown to stop ObamaCare say their new plan is to sit back and watch the law self-destruct.” New GOP strategy on ObamaCare: Let it burn

The Tea Party is owed a HUGE apology. “Even at the time, it sounded like the president was contradicting himself. He sought to expand coverage to almost every single American who needs it, but he was also going to reduce the budget deficit. He was going to force insurers to accept every consumer in the marketplace, regardless of their age, their income, or their health, but he was also going to see to it that premium rates were contained.” Love It or Hate It, Obamacare Redistributes Americans’ Wealth

Uh-oh. “A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall — right before the mid-term elections.” Second wave of health plan cancellations looms

“Perhaps the most dramatic finding: The proportion of Democrats who say it isn’t the federal government’s responsibility in 2013 (30%) is higher than the proportion of all voters who said the same thing in 2006 (28%).” Snake Eyes: ObamaCare was a losing ideological bet.

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