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Obamacare architect admits in 2012 that subsidies were limited to state-run exchanges

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/25

John Hitchcock:

Post-modernism is never admitting there is a history to be doomed to forget in the first place. And Leftism is never having to admit to the Truth.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Reason.com Thursday night is reporting on a YouTube find by Ryan Radia at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, “a libertarian think tank which has participated in the legal challenge to the IRS rule allowing subsidies in federal exchanges.”

The video shows Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of Obamacare, saying “exactly what challengers to the administration’s implementation of the law have been arguing — that if a state chooses not to establish its own exchange, then residents of those states will not be able to access Obamacare’s health insurance tax credits.”

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‘Live Jan Schakowsky’s wage for a week’: Elitism inspires snark-fest

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/25

John Hitchcock:

I spent less than ten dollars a week on spaghetti and sauce. I splurged sometimes and bought cheese. Sometimes the sauce ran out and I used Louisiana Hot Sauce instead. My choice, RedHot, was too expensive. Go cry me a river, Socialist garbage.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Another day, another political stunt mocked and ridiculed. The #LiveTheWage posturing elicited some hilarity.

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You are a modern liberal …

Posted by DNW on 2014/07/21

 

 

You are a modern liberal

… and you don’t believe in natural rights.

Ok … let’s ask some questions which may even seem silly at first, but which, in the asking, will clear away some of the unhappy vagueness we tend to live with out of social politeness or the fear of seeming too radical.

So:

Do you have, let’s say, a right to breathe? If so, where does this “right” come from? An act of Congress?

Do you have a right to be served by others? If so;

Do they have a right to be served by you? If so;

Do they have a right to serve themselves by not serving you?

 

The questions are too general or abstract or silly or provocative you say? And anyway, it all depends, you say? Alright then, “it all depends”.

In hopes of making some kind of progress, let’s wave away any of the question begging “balancing of rights” or “cultural context” distractions into which you would like segue, and try to press forward instead.

To continue on a slightly different tack.

Do you (yeah you personally) let’s say, have a right to speak freely? If the answer is “yes”, is that “right” merely a contingent legal permission – be it constitutional, statutory, whatever – which you for the time being enjoy? Can you equally well be deprived of that permission in a way which would leave you with no rational cause for complaint to someone else? If you cannot so be deprived without a rational cause for complaint to someone else, do you then claim a more basic right to that express right? If so, how, or upon what, is that claim grounded?

 

You are a modern liberal; and, let’s say for the sake of argument, that I am not.

And you’re determined that you are not  going to “fall for” any of the questions I have asked. A “right” you insist and will boldly maintain, is nothing more than an arbitrarily recognized social permission – that tolerance or support which others are habituated or intimidated into conceding to you. Usually written down if it is to mean anything.

You then as a modern liberal, consistently and without exception or proviso do assert and affirm that the concept of “rights” really renders down to what are in essence, no more than social permissions; having no other objective grounding or reality.

So now, let’s say that you the modern liberal, and I the not-modern-liberal find ourselves on an island. One with no law books.

I’m stronger that you are and … Yeah, yeah, trust me, I am. And, and anyway as I was about to say, although there is enough for both of us to survive, if I kill you now, I can live more than just comfortably. Besides, I find your weakness and whiny-ness annoying.

If I do kill you, have I done anything objectively wrong? If so what is it, and how do you know? Have I thereby, on this law book free island, deprived you of anything that could be called “rights”? Is my killing of you, “unjust” in any sense, even though no judicial writ runs here? If so, then how so; and, how do you know?

Have you any reason to complain over an injustice in my act? Notice I said “reason”; and notice that your utility to me is not an issue here. How would all this be balanced out under a social permission theory of rights?

Well now, I don’t really expect you as a liberal to answer these questions, or to take them seriously, or even to grant that the framing of the speculations is something you would abide or tolerate.

Because of course, these questions are not really meant to change a liberal mind regarding the nature and status of rights by means of pointing out just how incoherent the liberal use of the term rights is, when the term is used in the sense conceived of, and conceded by, liberals.

I know this because I have wasted many hours attempting to get modern-liberals to explain themselves: and their strategy has been, without exception, to either refuse to do so, or to shelter behind the terminology of a moral worldview which they in fact reject.

You liberals, high-minded or low, already know all this too. You know, explicitly or implicitly that you are are spouting clandestinely self-serving rhetoric not reason, and emoting, not deducing, when you speak of “rights”.

So what’s the point?

The point is that: what this exercise is really meant to do is to remind non-liberals that, in the final analysis, modern liberals are motivated by a simple will to power and/or by urges which they themselves don’t care to justify or explore too deeply.

This is a fact of social life which non-liberals need to face, and of which they need to steadily keep reminding themselves.

Liberals are able not only to readily face this view of themselves, they ultimately embrace it; and when pushed to the wall, they will even proclaim it. They see it – entropy, inherent meaninglessness, and ultimate nothingness – as a state of affairs which grants them freedom from ultimate consequences. Insofar of course, as there is a coherent “they” to them, and insofar as “freedom” has any any meaning, insofar as consequences have any significance, and insofar, insofar, insofar …

So, isn’t it about time that conservatives become brave enough to face what it is that liberals are blithely admitting about themselves as liberals?

Its only prudent, after all.

 

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Michelle Malkin: You’re going to eat your words about Obamacare; Updated

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/20

John Hitchcock:

Debbie Whatsherface Schmuck, back in December 2013 said ObamaCare was gonna be the hip thang in 2014. How’s that workin out for ya, Debster?

Originally posted on Twitchy:

As Twitchy reported earlier, Debbie Wasserman Schultz pestered moms to have “the talk” with their adult kids. That “talk” being about Obamacare, of course.

Twitchy founder, author and syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin sent up a warning flare:

Wasserman Schultz then claimed that Malkin will be proven wrong and that Obamacare will be vindicated in 2014:

“You’re going to eat your words” would be a great DNC slogan to win over new voters next year who are currently skeptical about the ACA, and we hope they run with it.

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Blognet

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/18

John Hitchcock:

Hogewash’s Blognet should be a must-read for anyone who remembers Dragnet and anyone who knows who the work of fiction is about. Except wicked fictional people don’t file “over 100″ frivolous lawsuits to intimidate people from exercising their First Amendment.

Originally posted on hogewash:

BlognetTitleCardMUSIC: Theme. Intro and fade under.

NARRATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to hear is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.

MUSIC: Up, then under …

NARRATOR: You’re a Detective Sergeant. You’re assigned to Internet Detail. A serial bomber has been ordered to pay restitution to a surviving victim, but he is engaging in financial maneuvers to hide his assets. Your job … get the facts.

MUSIC: Up then under …

ANNOUNCER: Blognet … the documented drama of an actual case. For the next few minutes, in cooperation with the Twitter Town Sheriff’s Department, you will travel step by step on the side of the good guys through an actual case transcribed from official files. From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Blognet is the story of the good guys in action.

MUSIC: Up and out.

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Rapper Shyne: ‘Defend Israel, defend peace, destroy Hamas’

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/18

John Hitchcock:

From the comments: “He is a black, Jewish, ex-con, rapper. He has (thick skin).” I don’t like rap music, consider it some of the worst trash considered music, but mega props to rapper Shyne.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Singer Rihanna, Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets and model Gigi Hadid played the tweet-and-delete game with the #FreePalestine and #FreeGaza hashtags this week.

Meanwhile, rapper Shyne is making no apologies about his prayers for Israel and his thoughts on the evils of Hamas.

Full Instagram caption:

#Israel…..#Judaea, #Samaria, #Jerusalem… Praying for Israel as she defends herself from terrorist…..

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War is never romantic, but war is necessary! War is necessary to…

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‘In light of Hamas’ criminal and relentless aggression,’ Israel begins ground offensive in Gaza

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/17

John Hitchcock:

I have news for you, @IDFspokesperson, this blog stands behind them as well. And this blog strongly advises Israel to wipe out all the Islamic terrorists in Gaza, if that means “occupying” the whole strip of land.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Israeli ground troops have begun a ground incursion into Gaza in an attempt to put a stop to the Hamas rocket attacks against Israel.

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‘The end is near’: What on earth could make Dana Loesch agree with Piers Morgan?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/17

John Hitchcock:

Hell hath indeed frozen over. I cannot say anything bad about what @piersmorgan said here. Oblahblah just lost Piers Morgan (in this instance).

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while …

Count Piers Morgan among those less than impressed with President Obama’s brief, tepid remarks on the Malaysia Airlines crash:

It’s noteworthy enough that Morgan’s offering up actual criticism of Barack Obama. But did you ever think you’d live to see the day that this would happen?

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‘Pathetic’: Citizens amazed at what Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. considers worth investigating

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/14

John Hitchcock:

The Obama Administration and its sycophants can commit all manner of criminal acts and get a pass, including having convictions expunged in order to drop charges. But exercise your First Amendment rights and look out! They’ll be all up in your rectal region.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Eric Holder has made it clear that the U.S. Justice Department doesn’t need to get involved in the IRS scandal, but there are times when DOJ involvement is a must:

A parade float? Yep. The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly investigating the threat to the Republic that was recently posed by an Obama-mocking parade float:

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama.

A Fourth of July parade float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk sparked criticism when it depicted a zombie-like figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.”

Holder’s Justice Department might “look the…

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‘Can it get any crazier?’ Bowe Bergdahl’s return to active duty stuns many

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/14

John Hitchcock:

On behalf of the United States, I hereby issue my apology to the US military for having to deal with their criminal Commander in Chief. (No, I did not vote for him.)

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Alleged Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl is reportedly being returned to active duty:

After returning to the U.S., Bergdahl had been allowed to leave the base as part of the “reintegration” process.

Martha MacCallum asked a question about Bergdahl’s return to active duty:

Surprising? Well, yes and no:

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‘Oopsie’: Hamas rocket hits Israeli electrical infrastructure, blacks out Gaza

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/14

John Hitchcock:

How DARE Israel send electricity to 70,000 people in Gaza for Hamas to destroy! How evil of those Israeli dogs! They planned for all these years to make Hamas kill Gaza power! It’s a sinister plot, I tell ya! (do I even need to add the sarc tag?)

Originally posted on Twitchy:

That’s the polite version.

Nobody would believe it if you did.

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‘Peer review ring’ – busted

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/11

John Hitchcock:

The peer-reviewed science is settled!

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

From the Washington Post:

Every now and then a scholarly journal retracts an article because of errors or outright fraud. In academic circles, and sometimes beyond, each retraction is a big deal.

Now comes word of a journal retracting 60 articles at once.

The reason for the mass retraction is mind-blowing: A “peer review and citation ring” was apparently rigging the review process to get articles published.

You’ve heard of prostitution rings, gambling rings and extortion rings. Now there’s a “peer review ring.”

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Reblog: Why George Takei Is An Idiot

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/08

John Hitchcock:

I loved Star Trek TOS and George Takei’s role in it. I thought him excellent. But the man doesn’t know when to shut up with his fascist homosexual agenda.

Originally posted on Head Noises:

Corporations are made up of humans who form a legal entity for a purpose, in this case, to sell picture frames and nick-nacks. The owners of this particular corporation are a family. They have rights. They do not surrender those rights because they formed a business. Anyone who thinks that they did surrender those rights when they formed their family business is a moron.

Why George Takei Is An Idiot

Not very kindly said, Mr. Takei is an old man with a strong emotional investment in the world being the way he says it is… but he is very wrong, and possibly willfully blind to the fact that what he wants is for his beliefs to be imposed on those who disagree.  To force them to act as if they agree, if he can’t force them to actually agree.

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Hector Garza Is About To Take A Trip

Posted by Yorkshire on 2014/07/04

Border Patrol Agent – Obama admin. aiding abetting facilitating the smuggling of illegals

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Israeli Forces Strike 34 Targets in Gaza – Flatten the Homes of Suspects

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2014/07/01

John Hitchcock:

Hey, Israel… Semper Fi! And those reading this article are advised to read Nice Deb’s two (at this time) comments on her own article. I echo her points in both comments.

Originally posted on Nice Deb:

Bibi Netanyahu speaks with moral conviction and clarity. When he said Hamas would pay for the murders of the three Israeli teenagers, he wasn’t kidding.

And when Obama, who lacks  anything like moral conviction, makes a statement urging “all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation,” a serious leader rightfully ignores him.

Israeli soldiers broke into the homes of Hamas operatives and suspected kidnappers Marwan Qawasameh and Amar Abu Aisha in Hebron, Monday night.

Via Haaretz:

According to Palestinian reports, the Israeli army detonated the houses. According to the report, around 8 P.M. the forces surrounded the houses, called on the families to evacuate and then blew them up. One Palestinian child was wounded by an explosion. Palestinian firefighters are attempting to distance the crowds from the burning houses. It was also reported that Israelis have attacked Palestinian in the Hebron old city in several different incidents…

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