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2014: Obama’s America

Scandals now come so fast that each new mess makes us forget the previous one.

The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters.

Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called Victory Column speech. Now, Germans suddenly sound as if they are near-enemies of the U.S. Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was furious that her cell phone was tapped by American intelligence agents. She just kicked the top CIA official out of Germany, further enraged that the U.S. had recruited at least one German official to provide intelligence on the German government. Polls show that Germans find Vladimir Putin’s Russian tyranny to be almost as popular as Barack Obama’s America.

Japan is becoming similarly frustrated with the U.S. It is rearming like crazy to confront an aggressive China. Both Asian powers apparently assume that Obama won’t guarantee the security of the Japanese as America has in the past.

The Middle East is dissolving. Taking U.S. peacekeepers out of Iraq proved a disaster. The radical jihadists of ISIS are overrunning Syria and Iraq, as they extend their destruction even to the mute stones of religious sanctuaries.

War looms between Israel and the Palestinians as they exchange rockets and bombs. Older Americans had an idea of what Afghanistan will look like by 2016 after Obama announced a pullout of all U.S. troops. They remember Saigon of 1975 all too well.

Crimea has become a Russian satellite. The fate of the Ukraine hangs in the balance. In between his conquests, Russia’s Putin openly ridicules the impotence of the U.S. He is often called to the Middle East on the perception that he can address problems that America runs away from.

From his sanctuary perch in Russia, National Security Agency turncoat Edward Snowden is once again releasing top-secret data that shreds the credibility of the Obama administration.

Foreign leaders don’t trust the U.S. They are baffled as to whether America is guilty of incompetence in hiring such a roguish dropout snoop in the first place, or guilty of cynically spying on America’s best friends — or both.

The economy shrank last quarter. Record numbers of adult Americans are still not working. Zero-interest rates have destroyed the tradition of passbook savings and the very idea of thrift.

No-interest financial policies ignited a stampede to the stock market that has further enriched the one-percenters — an artificial boom that everyone believes will soon bust.

The borrowing of $7 trillion has proved no stimulus. A natural American recovery was stymied by vast federal borrowing, by the addition of more incomprehensible regulations, and by an Obamacare package that proved to be the opposite of almost everything that was promised. Inflation is said to be manageable, but only by not counting soaring food, gas, and electricity costs that do the most to erode family budgets.

U.S. immigration law simply no longer exists. Incoming foreign nationals more likely welcome arrest than fear it. Tens of thousands of newly arrived immigrants expect that the cynical coalition of commercial interests, ethnic activists, and political operatives have subverted existing federal law. America is now wide open. Almost anyone can cross the border and receive subsidized sanctuary. If you object, you are a nativist, racist, or xenophobe — take your pick.

No one denies that top IRS officials lost or destroyed key documents concerning the agency’s election-time efforts to subvert conservative organizations. The unbiased IRS that we once knew has vanished. It has become an appendage of the ruling government that punishes enemies and rewards friends — and dodges a high-level audit by lying in the same fashion as the tax cheats it goes after.

Americans accept the fact that a video never had anything to do with the killing of four American officials in Benghazi and know that the Obama administration knew precisely that when it assured them otherwise.

No one has heard anything lately from Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was traded for five of the most dangerous jihadists the U.S. had in its custody. The less we know about why Bergdahl went AWOL, the administration thinks, the better.

The scandals now come so fast and furiously that we no sooner hear of one than yet another new mess makes us forget it.

What keeps the country afloat this terrible summer?

longer than usual, i know… but shit, i just didn’t know where to stop.

good stuff, victor.

p.s. the lastest from krauthammer: The Truth about Gaza

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Obama’s Gutter Ball

White House Rolls Out Another Gutter Ball

Veterans die on waiting lists, terrorists roll across Iraq, the IRS stonewalls Congress, Hamas rains rockets on Israel, and tens of thousands of illegal immigrants crash through our southern border.

I’m sure Obama will get around to that stuff, but first things first: Time to refurbish the White House bowling lanes.

Time’s Zeke Miller noticed a federal contractor posting showing that the GSA will be modernizing the executive bowling alley. The facility was originally located near the lonely Situation Room, last seen when Obama single-handedly destroyed the Islamist terror threat.

glad to see our campaigner-in-chief has his priorities straight… today’s he’s fundraising in texas and trying to avoid anything to do with the south american child invasion going on down there — but i’m sure he’s just blaming Bush and the republicans, since that’s all he seems to do.

MI residents fight plans to house illegals…
Shipment to San Diego halted…
Muslim prayer rug found on AZ border…

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Crying Japanese Politician

damn, i’ve never seen a politician have a total meltdown like this before… g’lord man, what the hell is wrong with this guy?!

on another note…

Video of Tourist Blowing 24 Men for Free Drinks Triggers Investigation

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Obama Is The Worst President

Poll: Obama is the worst president since World War II

A plurality of voters think Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, a new poll says.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 33 percent of voters think the current president is the worst since 1945.

Obama’s predecessor, former President George W. Bush, came in at second-worst with 28 percent, and Richard Nixon was in third place with 13 percent of the vote. After Jimmy Carter, who 8 percent of voters said was the worst president in the time period, no other president received more than 3 percent.

wow… worse than Bush, Nixon and Carter? damn man, that’s really saying something — can’t say that i’m especially surprised… they wanted “change” and that’s exactly what they got, it’s just that now most people aren’t really liking it.

on the flipside, the people got what they voted for.

#dumbasses

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‘Redskins’ Trademark Gets Canceled

Redskins trademarks canceled by U.S. Patent Office

Redskins

man, i dunno about this one… the “redskins” trademark suddenly gets cancelled after 80+ years because a few politicans have a sudden hardon to talk about litearlly anything but Iraq, Benghazi, vets dying at VA hospitals, the IRS, or the economy.

“#1: What’s more offensive, the name ‘Redskins’, or a sport where rich white landowners have a draft to buy players to work the field?”
@GSElevator

this tweet cracked me up… that’s certainly another way of looking at it — all that being said, maybe they should just go ahead and change the team name… then again, the last time they changed a team name around here we got the effin “Wizards”.

#redskins

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Big Surprise, Eric Cantor Defeated

Eric Cantor Defeated by David Brat, Tea Party Challenger, in G.O.P. Primary Upset

Eric CantorWASHINGTON — In one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history, the House majority leader, Eric Cantor, was soundly defeated on Tuesday by a Tea Party-backed economics professor who had hammered him for being insufficiently conservative.

The result delivered a major jolt to the Republican Party — Mr. Cantor had widely been considered the top candidate to succeed Speaker John A. Boehner — and it has the potential to change both the debate in Washington on immigration and, possibly, the midterm elections.

With just over $200,000, David Brat, a professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., toppled Mr. Cantor, repeatedly criticizing him for being soft on immigration and contending that he supported what critics call amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally.

man, it was pretty weird to hear the news about Eric Cantor — the first House majority leader to lose his seat — to a little known independent conservative and local professor here in virginia, David Brat.

even more weird since i’ve been seeing Eric Cantor signs all over the place around where i live and have never even heard of David Brat until today — and i live here.

good for Mr. Brat, that’s awesome man.

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Obama Warned About VA in 2008

He KNEW! Obama told of Veterans Affairs health care debacle as far back as 2008

The Obama administration received clear notice more than five years ago that VA medical facilities were reporting inaccurate waiting times and experiencing scheduling failures that threatened to deny veterans timely health care — problems that have turned into a growing scandal.

Veterans Affairs officials warned the Obama-Biden transition team in the weeks after the 2008 presidential election that the department shouldn’t trust the wait times that its facilities were reporting. [...]

In recent months, reports have surfaced about secret wait lists at facilities across the country and, in the case of a Phoenix VA facility, accusations that officials cooked the books to try to hide long wait times. Some families said veterans died while on a secret wait list at the Phoenix facility.

so it looks like the Obama administration got warnings and knew about the VA medical facilities reporting “inaccurate” waiting times all the way back in 2008, and obviously didn’t address or do anything about it? gee, color me surprised… selling weapons to mexican drug cartels? no problem… the US ambassador and 3 others murdered in a terrorist attack, followed by a cover-up because he was in the middle of his re-election campaign? check… the IRS targeting conservative groups? sure thing… VA hospitals letting veterans die waiting for treatment? as long as nobody’s reporting it, i’ll deal with it later.

#disgusted

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Lewinsky’s Back

Lewinsky on Clinton affair: ‘time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress’

Monica Lewinsky - Vanity Fair (2014)

is it just me, or is it kind of weird to be seeing and hearing about Monica Lewinsky after all this time? i mean, she’ll always be known as that girl that got caught fucking the president… but it sure does bring back some memories of the whole scandal, and fallout of Bill Clinton’s famously lying about it.

Bill and Hillary, talk about a political marriage… geesh.

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Obama Warns Israel

Israel risks becoming apartheid state if peace talks fail, says John Kerry

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has warned in a closed-door meeting that Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” if US-sponsored efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement fail.

In an apparent sign of Kerry’s deep frustration over the almost certain collapse of the current nine-month round of peace talks – due to conclude on Tuesday – he blamed both sides for the lack of progress and said failure could lead to a resumption of Palestinian violence against Israeli citizens.

The remarks were made on Friday at the Trilateral Commission, a non-governmental organisation of experts and officials from the US, western Europe, Russia and Japan. A recording was acquired by the Daily Beast website.

so russia invades its neighbors, iran lynches gays, syria gasses its own citizens… and Obama attacks israel.

p.s. Jerusalem And God Vote Gets Booed At Dem Convention

#smartpower

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Reid: People Are Stupid

Harry Reid: People Aren’t Educated on How to Use the Internet

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the fault of struggling to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges didn’t lie with the faulty website, but with the people who weren’t “educated on how to use the Internet.”

Explaining the reasoning behind the latest Obamacare delay, Reid said too many people just didn’t know to use their computer properly and needed more time. Apparently, it had nothing to do with the well-documented failings of the website that have embarrassed the White House for months.

umm, yeah… it’s not the website that’s broken, people are just too damn stupid on how to use the internet — reid, you’re an idiot.

A brief history of Obamacare delays

Did anyone really doubt that the final Obamacare enrollment deadline would slip, too?

It’s not like the Obama administration is setting a new precedent with its latest move — giving customers more time to enroll after next Monday’s deadline if they’re already in line.

In reality, the administration is just continuing a long pattern of delays. They’re all designed to show flexibility and help the law work better, but they also fuel a public perception that Obamacare deadlines never really mean anything.

speaking of Obamacare, after already handing out thousands of exemptions (including federal workers, no less), i wonder why he couldn’t hand one out to Hobby Lobby? curious to see what the Supreme Court says on that one.

Obamacare penalizes the ‘wrong’ insurance 18 times more than no insurance.

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SOTU Drinking Game

wish i’d seen this yesterday, but oh well… sounds like a fun State of the Union drinking game, though if you played it and followed it to the letter – you might end up in the effin hospital.

  • Every time he says “folks,” drink.
  • Every time he says “fair share,” drink.
  • Every time he says “extraordinary,” drink.
  • Every time he brags about working tirelessly, drink.
  • When he frets about lack of compromise, drink.
  • If he says, “Bring me a bill, and I’ll sign it,” drink.
  • When he brings up the middle class, the people he’s ruining, drink.
  • Every time he says, “It’s the right thing to do,” drink.
  • Every time he cites someone that his policies have helped, drink.
  • If she’s in the audience, drink some more.
  • Every time he says, “I never said it would be easy,” drink.
  • If he says that after mentioning ObamaCare, drink again.
  • If he says ObamaCare’s rough start was worth it, drink.
  • And every time he reminds us that running a country is really hard, say, “Yeah, we can tell,” and drink.
  • Finally, each time you feel like you’re being screwed, drink.

And if you still buy anything from this gas bag, then you deserve the world’s worst hangover, and enjoy it, ’cause you built that.

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Avoid America, Obama

Aides Advise Obama To Avoid Any Mention Of America During State Of The Union Speech

WASHINGTON — Ahead of Tuesday night’s highly anticipated State of the Union address, top White House aides reportedly sat down with President Barack Obama and advised him to maintain a positive and optimistic tone throughout the speech by avoiding any mention of the United States of America.

We feel it’s best to steer clear of topics that may cast the administration in an unfavorable light, so we urged the president to gently skirt the issue of America and any related subjects for the duration of his address,” said White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, adding that they hoped to deny Republican opponents of any ammunition for their rebuttal by instructing Obama to refrain from talking about the U.S., any one of the 50 states, or the American populace at all.

“The country has been a really thorny issue for the president, so given the importance of this occasion and the number of people watching, we recommended that the president just stay away from using any loaded terms that might stir up negative associations with listeners, such as ‘the United States,’ ‘our nation,’ or ‘my fellow Americans.’” White House sources later confirmed that Obama’s State of the Union speech is estimated at seven minutes long and will focus largely on The Rolling Stones’ widely popular 1972 album Exile On Main St.

i didn’t bother watching Obama’s SOTU last night, but from what little i’ve read this morning it seems like it was pretty weaksauce… some disappointed libs, and lots of conservatives rolling their eyes… so basically nothing new, move along.. move along.

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Panic Hard, America.

Dem: I Haven’t Seen This Much Panic Since 9/11

this video sums it up nicely.

period.

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Don’t Look @ Rushmore

You are no longer allowed to look at Mount Rushmore.

Dirty political tricks are finally starting to affect normal people, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

Because Republicans won’t pass a bill to fund the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration decided to “make life as difficult for people as we can” and has barricaded public monuments, national parks, views of Mount Rushmore (you can’t even pull over to the side of the road to take a picture of it – see picture below), and more recently attempted to block access to the ocean in Florida. That doesn’t much sound like the “hope and change” we were sold on. To me, it sounds like politics as usual – maybe worse than we’ve ever seen before.

For years, the American people have lost more and more freedom and prosperity to a type of tyrannistic government that looks very similar to the government that America was founded to escape from in the first place, but it hasn’t really affected the average, every day person… until now.

Now, the Obama administration has even decided to block access to public property that isn’t actually funded by the government.

“You do have to wonder about the wisdom of an organization that would use staff they don’t have the money to pay to evict visitors from a park site that operates without costing them any money.”

This week we also saw the Affordable Care Act exchanges launch. Americans finally began to see first-hand that government healthcare plans are costing 2-4x more than their existing plans with less coverage, and people are pissed.

saw some of the news about this over the weekend and thought it was pretty damn shitty myself… police tape at the WWII memorial? mount rushmore, seriously?!? even some reports of fisherman being told they can’t fish in the ocean — what the hell does a partial federal govt. shutdown have to do with the ocean?

*blink*

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The U.S. Government Is Shutdown

8 Things To Know About A Government Shutdown

personally, i think this whole thing stinks… the republicans in the House started with a budget that removed the funding for obamacare, which was flat out rejected… then over the weekend and in a flurry of “ping-pong” today they sent over three more variations, such as delaying the individual mandate a year (like obama did for employers), and it’s all been turned down by harry reid – who drives me knucking futz – and it looks more and more like the democrats honestly, and truly do want a government shutdown… probably looking at some polls and deciding they’ll “win” some political points for it or some shit.

watching the news for a bit, it now seems like the republicans have come back and want all these damn exemptions to be rolled back, so that everybody – including congress, which they cut a nice little deal for themselves and staffers – to be held to the same rules of obamacare as everybody else… which sounds perfectly reasonable to me, i mean, why should congress exempt themselves from the very law they’re imposing on the rest of us? not to mention the other 1,200 exemptions obama’s handed out. unbelievable.

seriously, what the hell is wrong with all these politicians?!?

in related news…

p.s. i was hoping for a better game tonight, especially after hearing so much about the dolphins these past few weeks… haven’t seen them play, until tonight… the saints are looking damn good, though.

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Cruz Makes A Stand

Cruz conjures Darth Vader 18 hours into Senate marathon

(CNN) – As he hit the 18-hour mark on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, Sen. Ted Cruz compared his anti-Obamacare effort to “Star Wars.” And he tried out his vocal impression of Darth Vader.

Referring to having heard someone use the phrase “rebellion against oppression,” Cruz said those words “conjured up to me the rebel alliance fighting against the empire. The empire being the Washington, D.C., establishment.”

“And indeed immediately on hearing that phrase I wondered if at some point we would see a tall gentleman in a mechanical breathing apparatus come forward and say in a deep voice, ‘Mike Lee, I am your father.’”

Sen. Mike Lee is one of several Republicans who have taken turns at the microphone, giving their colleague a break.

Cruz and a few others in the Republican caucus want to prevent the Senate from taking up the government funding bill passed last week by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. The Democratic-controlled Senate plans to strip a provision that removed funding for Obamacare.

on the one hand i think it’s great that Cruz is taking a stand and literally talking on the senate floor for the past 18 hours (or however long) about obamacare… yet at the same time, i don’t really understand the point since they’ll be voting on it in the senate this afternoon anyways, so it’s not an actual filibuster or anything.

maybe i’m just a simple idiot missing something.

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Too Early?

my co-worker just sent this over to me, and my first thought was “WTF? Seriously?” followed by “seriously dude, it’s wayyyyyy too early”, and then finally “fuck me”.

wouldn’t surprise me if i started to see similar bumper stickers on some cars driving around the DC beltway. ugh.

i just lost my appetite.


(hat tip: jim)

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What Would You Do With $52K?

Republicans ask: What would you do with your $52,000 share of national debt?

Fifty-two thousand dollars could, among other things, buy you NFL season tickets for nearly 67 years and groceries for seven years, and make for a hefty down payment on a house. So Republicans argue in a new infographic released by Speaker John Boehner’s office on Wednesday morning, part of their effort to highlight Democratic spending amid the growing national debt.

According to the chart, if the $16 trillion national debt were divided among every man, woman and child, each person would receive $52,000 – an amount Republicans are highlighting on Wednesday, the 1,400th day since the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a budget.

President Barack Obama has been publicly pressuring House Republicans to raise taxes on the nation’s wealthiest and some corporations as part of a budget deal. In the absence of a budget passed by Congress, federal agencies will face a sequester – across-the-board spending cuts – March 1.

Republicans issued a statement along with Wednesday’s graphic calling on Democrats to do their part to avoid the sequester.
“Republicans voted twice to replace the president’s sequester with smarter spending cuts and reforms. And – for the third year in a row – the House will pass a budget that promotes economic growth and addresses our debt crisis. Now we need Senate Democrats and President Obama to do the same,” Republicans state on Boehner’s website.

personally, i don’t understand why Obama doesn’t get everybody in a room and hammer it all out – it’s called being a leader, he should try it out.

i also don’t quite understand all this doom and gloom grandstanding about $85B in cuts a year, which seems really small compared to our growing $16 trillion in national debt… i mean, is this “sequester” really that bad?

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Obama’s State of the Union

FACT CHECK: Overreaching in State of Union speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound.

A look at some of the claims in his State of the Union speech, a glance at the Republican counterargument and how they fit with the facts:

OBAMA: “After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over 6 million new jobs.”

THE FACTS: That’s in the ballpark, as far as it goes. But Obama starts his count not when he took office, but from the point in his first term when job losses were the highest. In doing so, he ignores the 5 million or so jobs that were lost on his watch, up to that point.

Private sector jobs have grown by 6.1 million since February 2010. But since he became president, the gain is a more modest 1.9 million.

And when losses in public sector employment are added to the mix, his overall jobs record is a gain of 1.2 million.

well, i had no plans on actually sitting down and watching it, but jayden was taken to the ER yesterday and i spent the night at the hospital with him, so i found myself watching it in a waiting room since there was nothing else on at the moment… he’s doing okay, but is really fatigued, has had some erratic heartbeat, and his legs & arms have grown numb over the past couple days which is really concerning… lots of tests, and waiting to hear from the neurologist today.

man, what a day.

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