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...:


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 
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...


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!"


#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!  


Update 1:  Have reinforcements landed?

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


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."


Drone Envy

In an article today (mostly behind a paywall) the Sunday Times tries to stir up a tempest by implying that the ChiComs are challenging the U.S. supremacy in drone warfare by building a drone that is faster than the American MQ-1 Predator.
China builds fast to trigger drone race with America

While the Times is technically correct, it overlooks some pretty obvious points.

First, the Air Force Is Through With Predator Drones.

Second, the Air Force is transitioning to MQ-9 Reapers.

So if you want to compare the Chinese drone with the MQ-9 on paper, it is no contest.  It can cruise at 193mph, and carry "Up to 14 AGM-114 Hellfire air to ground missiles can be carried or four Hellfire missiles and two 500 lb".   While the BZK-005 can fly unarmed for 40 hours, the MQ-9 can fly 42 hours with external fuel tanks and a thousand pounds of munitions.  If it were to fly unarmed, the MQ-9 would fly even longer.

While it is always fun to compare capabilities, and here the MQ-9 is the better comparison than it's little brother, the simple fact is there are many different types of drones, designed for different types of missions. Some are faster, some fly higher, some carry more, some are more stealthy.  But it is useless to make comparisons in a vacuum, unless you are comparing similar mission profiles.

Yes, Chinese drones are coming, and they will be capable.  But if you want to make comparisons, at least choose a peer competitor.


An "Unexpected" Reset

News from the real world:

HOPEY-CHANGEY: There’s a bear in the woods again.

Hmmm... Methinks when Hillary offered the Russians that big goofy 'Reset' button during the heady early days of Hope & Change, all good thinking fellow travelers leftys expected the Russians to simply reset things to 1999.

But those pesky Commies took the opportunity to instead reset it to 1979...

As with all "well intentioned" liberal efforts, the word that always rears its ugly head is...."unexpectedly"!


Another Rube Bites The Dust

Today's release of the latest employment figures was greeted with the normal cheerleading from journalistic titans like The Today Show, and The View....

But it also garnered scorn from the standard retinue of reality-based individuals who have the temerity to point out the obvious....the unemployment rate actually dropped because more people are not working.

As pointed out by Instapundit, this growing cabal of racist naysayers of President Obama's heroic rescue of the American economy now includes the Washington Post....
THE BAD REVIEWS KEEP COMING IN — AND THAT’S JUST AT THE WAPO: The five worst things about this crummy jobs report.
However this not just the WaPo, but the insufferable Ezra Klein.  You just know Obama has jumped the shark when stalwart rubes like Klein refuse to toe the line...and then whip out charts and figures to cut the President's rosy economic agitprop off at the knees.

However, the best takedown of the recent "improvement" in unemployment is offered by @travesham in under 140 characters:
Our drop from 8.1% unemployment to 7.3% is analogous to losing 20 pounds by cutting off a body part.
And Obama will call it a dieting success!


Knife-Free Zones

Prof. Reynolds at Instapundit starts off the new year by dispensing some good common sense advice:

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Every man should carry a pocketknife and a handkerchief.

Common sense that is, unless you work in some Federal facilities like the one I work in.  It used to be that one could posses a knife with a blade 2.5 inches or shorter.  But no longer.  My facility, which follows its larger national agency security guidelines, prohibits "Knives" from being brought into the facility.  No provisions or exceptions apparently.  A co-worker was even asked to take a Swiss Army knife back out to his truck.

So you thought you would bring in a kitchen knife to cut the birthday cake brought to work?  Nope, prohibited.

You thought that since you are in the military you would wear that Gerber/Whetstone/Spyderco folding knife that you deployed with on your belt?  Nope, prohibited.

Ironically, one could get "knives" in our cafeteria.  It is really just flatware, but I bet they have some sharp things back in the kitchen....

My main point here, besides snark, is that everyone should remember that federal facilities are essentially weapons-free zones.  I have heard some gun control advocates poo-poo the pro-gun argument that gun-free zones encourage mass-shootings by pointing out that Nidal Hasan perpetrated his acts on a military base.  But even military bases, counter to what most people would think, have very restrictive weapons rules.  Despite the presence of lots of soldiers, while in garrison the only ones with guns are Military/Security Police, as local/state carry laws do not apply on base.  So like other gun free-zones, when seconds count, the Military Police are but minutes away.

Meanwhile, you had better cut that birthday cake at home before you bring it in, or else run the risk of becoming a federal felon....