3/27/2014

Obamacare Delay? What Delay?

Just a reminder of what the Obama Administration told us only recently...


As @JimGeraghty at NRO likes to say "All Obama statements come with an expiration date"...

3/12/2014

Did the CIA really "spy" on SSCI?

I suppose that is open to interpretation. But if you read most press accounts, or listen to Diane Feinstein's hyperbole, you might believe that they did.  Even though the facts might point in another direction (IMHO).

The first media reports and screaming headlines made it seem like CIA had sent wet-work teams to break into DiFi's office to bug her computer, ala Watergate.  Slowly the hysteria has been walked back, but some still persists.  This Arstechnica headline for instance: "How CIA snooped on Senate Intel Committee’s filesIt's easy to search someone's network when you hired the IT department"

First off, they weren't SSCI's files, they were CIA files in a CIA database that SSCI staffers were allowed access to.  Additionally, it wasn't "someone's network" (i.e. SSCI's), it was a CIA network* that contained said database and files.  So of course they hired the IT department.  But if you read most of the press, you would think CIA was hacking Capitol Hill.
*The Arstechnica article calls it a "stand-alone network not connected to the CIA’s that could only be accessed by CIA personnel with the permission of the Senate staff."  I would contend that this is still technically a CIA network, since they paid for it, built it, and maintained it.  If they accessed it against an agreement, I will leave that to the lawyers to decide if that is "illegal")


Aside from the detailed piece linked above, I highly recommend Eli Lake's article from last Friday, for a balanced piece of reporting: What's Inside CIA's 'Black Site' Database? And Were Senate Staffers Allowed to See?

Now whether or not the monitoring/auditing done was normal innocuous IT activity, or the crime that DiFi seems to think it is, I have no idea.  But I do know that most reporting has been based on speculation, misinterpretation, and projection, not actual facts.  Like the ones Eli Lake was able to report last week.

On one last note, I am not sure how DiFi can claim that this is some grand 4th Amendment violation, given that the staffers are USG employees, doing USG work, on USG systems.  Even if the activity was illegal, it in no way violated their expectations of personal privacy.  Every USG computer system (and phone) is required to have disclaimers stating that their use implies a "Consent to be monitored". 

And given that post-Snowden, NSA was roasted for not monitoring what files their own people could access, shouldn't we applaud CIA to for perhaps tracking which files non-agency employees accessed?  You know, just in case they end up on the front page of the Guardian...

11/16/2013

In an Insurance Market, Far, Far Away...

This week in Obamacare is playing out like scenes from the original Star Wars saga...

Starring Barrack Obama as Darth Vader, and America's Insurance Companies as Lando Calrissian:
 
"I am altering the deal, pray I don't alter it any further..."

Conservative Pundits as Emperor Palpatine on the outcome of Obamacare:
 
"All is proceeding as I have foreseen..."

Glenn Harlan Reynolds as Han Solo to the RNC's Luke Skywalker:
 

And a special appearance by Democratic Senators from Red States as the people of Alderaan just before...well, you know...:
 
"Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!"

11/14/2013

Stop the Fight!

Usually, the Drudge Report is pretty good at doling out a fix for my ideological cravings with salty headlines and clever juxtapositions.

But today, Instapundit takes the top prize with his Schadenfreude Headline bonanza....

IT LOOKS MORE APPEALING THAN THOSE OBAMACARE ADS: Generation Opportunity Throws Anti-Obamacare Tailgate Party 
BAD NUMBERS: WaPo: This Chart Does Not Look Good For President Obama 
BAD NUMBERS: CNN’s Jake Tapper: No Dems Would Talk To Us Today After ObamaCare’s Numbers Came Out 
PRESIDENT, TERRORIST, ANARCHIST: Obama Open to Health-Law Change. Forget it, buddy. It’s the LAW OF THE LAND!!!!!!! 
THE HILL: House Dems About To “Go Crazy.” 
FRUSTRATION BUILDS: House Democrats Have Lost Their Patience With The White House Over Obamacare 
EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING WRONG FOR THE ADMINISTRATION AT ONCE: Dems pummel administration on Iran 
NOT VERY IMPRESSIVE: Only 106,000 Americans Signed Up For Obamacare in October 
UPDATE: Obamacure worse than Obamacare: Democrats’ well-meaning attempts to “fix” Obamacare will only make things worse 
Related: Romney Was Right: GOP Nominee’s Predictions Coming True 
WAPO: Why President Obama’s sinking job approval numbers matter. A lot. 
PANIC AT THE DISCO: Former Obama speechwriter deletes late-night tweets about disastrous Obamacare website

Stop the fight! Stop the fight, Mick!  The Champ is bleeding heavily from a cut above his left eye...

10/29/2013

Rush Limbaugh's New Childrens Book

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

"Okay, okay, my name’s really Rusty—but my friends call me Rush. Rush Revere. Because I’ve always been the #1 fan of the coolest colonial dude ever, Paul Revere. Talk about a rock star—this guy wanted to protect young America so badly, he rode through those bumpy, cobblestone-y streets shouting “the British are coming!” On a horse. Top of his lungs. Wind blowing, rain streaming. . . . 

Well, you get the picture. But what if you could get the real picture—by actually going back in time and seeing with your own eyes how our great country came to be? Meeting the people who made it all happen—people like you and me? 

Hold on to your pointy triangle hats, because you can—with me, Rush Revere, seemingly ordinary substitute history teacher, as your tour guide across time! “How?” you ask? Well, there’s this portal. And a horse. My talking horse named Liberty. And—well, just trust me, I’ll get us there. 

We’ll begin by joining a shipload of brave families journeying on the Mayflower in 1620. Yawn? I don’t think so. 1620 was a pretty awesome time, and you’ll experience exactly whatthey did on that rough, dangerous ocean crossing. Together, we’ll ask the pilgrims all our questions, find out how they live, join them at the first Thanksgiving, and much more. 

So saddle up and let’s ride! Our exceptional nation is waiting to be discovered all over again by exceptional young patriots—like you!"

10/05/2013

#OccupyWWII Part 3 - Vietnamization

The disease spreads...  Perhaps authorities feel they can better harass younger veterans.


NBC: Police Remove Vietnam War Veterans at Memorial Wall12:50 PM, OCT 5, 2013 • BY JOHN McCormick 
Via William Jacobson, NBC's affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday. 
After one group of veterans went around the barricade, "the park ranger told them the wall was closed," NBC's Mark Seagraves reported. "Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That's when police came and moved everyone out."

All veterans deserve better than this, no matter when they served...



#OccupyWWII Part II

I like the cut of his jib!

Lawmaker says barricade of WWII memorial is 'Chicago thuggery'A group of Texas congressmen armed with wire cutters made their way to the World War II Memorial in Washington after they learned the National Park Service had reinforced the barriers blocking the site with wire. 
“This is Chicago thuggery,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told me. “The president is trying to inflict the most amount of pain and suffering. This is not some bureaucratic mistake. This is Chicago thuggery. You try to make people hurt so they don’t resist what you tell them to do in the future.” 
The World War II memorial on the National Mall has become a symbol of the shutdown of the federal government. Earlier this week the National Park Service closed the memorial and erected barriers. Republican lawmakers moved those barricades so that elderly war veterans could access the site.
Not a bad start to civil disobedience!

Occupy WWII!

A lot of hay has been made this week about the Obama Administration's petulant and vindictive decision to put on some political theater, and unnecessarily shut down many national parks and memorials.  The most publicized of course was the barricading (Barry-cading?) of the World War II Memorial.


WWII vets showed their spunk and easily moved through the movable barricades to go and view the Memorial.


Headline writers went in to overdrive and broke out the military metaphors:

World War II Veterans Occupy Their Memorial in D.C.
WW II Veterans Breach Barriers at World War II Memorial in Washington DC

It was hardly an "occupation", but rather a solemn viewing by elderly veterans that occurs most every day.  However so egregious was this affront, that the barricades have now been wired together to prevent easy "breaching".


Of course, wiring the barricades together doesn't really do much, outside of setting up a situation where someone could be arrested (legitimately or not) for trespassing and destruction of gov't property (if they cut the wire).

I think that the WWII vets should call the administration's bluff, by taking a page out of the lefty's own Alinskyite playbook.  Namely, the aforementioned....OCCUPATION!

Last year the media couldn't get enough of these antics:


Let's see how they like:

Seriously.  WWII vets and their families should set up camp in the Memorial.  Dare the administration to do something about it.  There would be no better political theater than federal agents arresting octogenarians and nonagenarians at a monument to the heroism of them and their fallen comrades.

I am sure these vets could show the lefties a thing or two on how to actually do an occupation.  Perhaps Rolling Thunder could ride in to provide them a little "support".  Even if it is for a short period of time, it would send a powerful message about the audacity, stupidity, pettiness, and the failure of leadership of this administration.

Set up camp and make President Obama feel the heat!  


OCC-U-PY! OCC-U-PY! OCC-U-PY!

Update 1:  Have reinforcements landed?


Update 2:  The breaches continue, but where is the occupation?

9/24/2013

Life, Liberty, and Whatever, Part 3 - The Curse of Pelosi

Just over 6 years ago (holy crap has it been that long?), I blogged about some confusion over at the house organ of the left on which of the founding documents contained the words "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".
Life, Liberty, and Whatever 
Instapundit subtly points out that the NYT editorial writers (and their overseers) need to go back to school and re-take U.S. History 101.
THE NEW YORK TIMES' EDITORS think that the phrase "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is in the Constitution. But then, they believe many things that are demonstrably untrue.
Imagined NYT response:
"Constitution, Declaration of Independence...whatever. You are taking my words out of context, and missing the bigger point....blah, blah,blah."
Flash forward to 2013, and we can still find prominent lefties who profess alleged love of the Constitution, but have no idea what is (or is not) actually in it.   Thanks to Ed Morrissey for pointing us to the confused rambling of the woman who was once only behind Joe Biden in line of Presidential succession.  Watch and shudder.... 




But, I guess when one is on the left, the correct document or citation doesn't really matter given that they like to create "rights" where there is not actual constitutional documentation to begin with. 

Update:  As linked above, additional suggested Pelosi Constitutional citations can be found at #NancyPelosiConstitutionQuotes.  My fav thus far "The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed unless you own a gun or something."