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gives weapons to ISIS

And ISIS not only got the weapons, they made a movie about it:

In a new video, ISIS shows American-made weapons it says were intended for the Kurds but actually were air dropped into territory they control.
At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS, a dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani.

An ISIS-associated YouTube account posted a new video online Tuesday entitled, “Weapons and munitions dropped by American planes and landed in the areas controlled by the Islamic State in Kobani.” The video was also posted on the Twitter account of “a3maq news,” which acts as an unofficial media arm of ISIS. The outfit has previously posted videos of ISIS fighters firing American made Howitzer cannons and seizing marijuana fields in Syria.

Let’s hope the Kansas City Royals are more on the ball than the Obama administration…

– Aggie

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The Life Of Julia: 2014

Remember the Obama 2012 campaign ads about Julia, who travels cradle to grave on government subsidies?

How’s Julia doing today?

If “Life of Julia,” President Obama’s 2012 online version of liberal paradise characterized by cradle-to-grave dependency on the government, were to be revived, the Republicans might be the ones to benefit:

President Obama delivers remarks at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington in September. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)
Julia’s grandfather has been waiting for treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs for years and lives with pain. She liked the idea of Obamacare at first, but it turned out to be a nightmare to sign up and very expensive. She is now paying more than she used to for health care while her salary has been flat for several years. To keep up with expenses, she tries to take on extra work and rent out her spare room through Airbnb, but the city is threatening to shut that down. Her son, a recent college grad, is back living at home since he’s got a boatload of debt and rotten job prospects. Her younger child keeps getting A’s but doesn’t seem to be learning much; Julia worries whether she will be college-ready. The school choice program the state set up sounds great, but the Justice Department is suing to end it.

Meanwhile, her brother is getting discharged by the Army, part of the recent cutbacks. Having lived through 9/11, Julia is more nervous than she has been in a long time because terrorist groups seem stronger than ever and Iran may get the bomb. Ebola has freaked her out, and she has had to stop watching the news, which brings on panic attacks. With the Fed keeping interest rates so low, she is not getting the sort of return on her savings she counted on, and she’s worried Medicare is not going to be there for the long haul. The president sounds like a teenager — nothing is ever his fault.

More at the link. Great stuff. She gets into something called Reform Conservatism, which sounds interesting.

– Aggie

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Did The NY Times Cover This?

The US Government is sending social security payments to Nazi concentration camp guards.

Well that’s certainly diversity.

The Associated Press revealed on Monday – following an extensive investigation – that such payments continue to be made to participants in the Nazi genocide who were deported from the US due to their crimes.

According to the investigation, war criminals who immigrated to America and were outed and subsequently expelled have collected millions in state benefits.

The wire service claimed it was able to account for four such beneficiaries who are still collecting Social Security payments. The payments, AP alleged, were used by the government to pressure Nazi suspects to leave the country, by promising them they would continue to receive benefits after leaving.

Most Nazi war criminals and collaborators were never held accountable, Estee Yaari, a spokeswoman for Yad Vashem, told The Jerusalem Post. Asserting that there can be no statute of limitation on Holocaust-related crimes, Yaari called on the US to stop the payments and bring the recipients to justice in their respective countries.

“It’s maddening that some of these criminals who were forced out of the US once their past was uncovered were able to collect Social Security and live free lives,” she said.

Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich went even further in his criticism of Washington, stating that using government funds “to help war criminals is to desecrate the memory of the victims of the Shoah.”

Are you proud to be an American?

– Aggie

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Lies My President Told Me

Andy McCarthy in a solo worthy of Charlie Parker:

Of course you can keep your health coverage, and your doctor. And we’ll cover everyone while your premiums plummet. Meanwhile, al-Qaeda is “decimated” and these Islamic State guys are just the jayvee team. In fact (fact?), they’re not even Islamic — although they may not be quite as “secular” as the Muslim Brotherhood. Just extremists. (Extreme about what? Don’t ask.) Jihad is just a “purification of the self” . . . or, at most, “workplace violence.” Benghazi? A spontaneous “protest” incited by a video. The president was not told it was a terrorist attack . . . except by the secretary of defense right after it started — long before he responded by . . . going to Vegas, where he promptly announced al-Qaeda was “on the path to defeat.” Still, rest assured that the State Department’s top priority is the safety of American personnel . . . although we did reduce security in Benghazi after our facility was bombed. And rest assured that the Justice Department would never ever let guns walk . . . except for the thousands its Fast and Furious program transferred to violent gangs — who’ve used them in who knows how many crimes, including the murder of a Border Patrol agent. Still, at least there’s “not a smidgen of corruption” at the IRS, where citizens are harassed, evidence keeps disappearing, and the official at the center of it all takes the Fifth to avoid giving incriminating testimony. No matter. Just take heart that Ebola is not coming to the United States . . . um, well, if it does come there will be no outbreak . . . but, er, if there is an outbreak, we have careful protocols and health-care professionals fully trained to deal with it . . . and even if the protocols don’t work and the professionals don’t have adequate training, we’ll have a rigorous monitoring program for anyone who is exposed . . . or maybe a self-monitoring program for people who will isolate themselves . . . unless, of course, we tell them to go ahead and hop on a plane. Well, look, at least we can promise there won’t be a “serious” outbreak.

If you say so.

Whew! Give me a moment to catch my breath.

Finish it, Andy:

Why do we have a federal government?

Its purpose is to safeguard the American people and pursue our interests in the world, not to solve the world’s problems on our dime and, occasionally, by using us as laboratory mice. As free people, we can try to save the planet. The federal government, however, was not created to do it for us, much less to coerce us into implausible “humanitarian” schemes that always manage to line some crony’s pocket. National interest is our government’s only reliable compass, yet it has been discarded.

It is a short step to incompetence when you lose sight of what you are expected to be competent at accomplishing. It is an even shorter step to mendacity for a ruling class that is schooled to believe the country is fatally flawed and, thus, that the pursuit of our national interests is evil. It turns out that when real crises rivet their attention, the rubes still expect the government to protect and defend them. At that point, the government must either attend to those basic duties, or lie.

This government has made its choice.

And so did we. Twice. I wouldn’t have predicted we’d be hoist on the petard of Ebola, but I knew were in for a pretty severe hoisting sooner or later.

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Hmm, What Good Is Health Insurance If You Can’t Afford To See A Doc?

queries the NY Times

We. Told. You. So. (I know that’s ugly, but it feels so damn good).

Patricia Wanderlich got insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, and with good reason: She suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2011, spending weeks in a hospital intensive care unit, and has a second, smaller aneurysm that needs monitoring.

But her new plan has a $6,000 annual deductible, meaning that Ms. Wanderlich, who works part time at a landscaping company outside Chicago, has to pay for most of her medical services up to that amount. She is skipping this year’s brain scan and hoping for the best.

“To spend thousands of dollars just making sure it hasn’t grown?” said Ms. Wanderlich, 61. “I don’t have that money.”

About 7.3 million Americans are enrolled in private coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, and more than 80 percent qualified for federal subsidies to help with the cost of their monthly premiums. But many are still on the hook for deductibles that can top $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for families — the trade-off, insurers say, for keeping premiums for the marketplace plans relatively low. The result is that some people — no firm data exists on how many — say they hesitate to use their new insurance because of the high out-of-pocket costs.

Insurers must cover certain preventive services, like immunizations, cholesterol checks and screening for breast and colon cancer, at no cost to the consumer if the provider is in their network. But for other services and items, like prescription drugs, marketplace customers often have to meet their deductible before insurance starts to help.

We solved nothing. We were assured that 30 million people would have health care insurance – real number 7.3 million. And it turns out that a good chunk of those can’t afford to use it at all. We made it worse. And what will the Left want to do next?

Single Payer. Bank on it.

– Aggie

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Obama Cancels Fundraiser!!!

This is a first.

President Obama won’t be traveling to New Jersey and Connecticut later today, as he had been planning to do. There he was going to raise money for Democrats up for reelection in November. Instead, Obama is going to be hosting Cabinet members for a meeting on Ebola.

White House aide Dan Pfeiffer tweets: “Later this afternoon,POTUS will convene a meeting at the White House of cabinet agencies coordinating the government’s Ebola response.”

Why bother, Barry?

– Aggie

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White House BS

– Aggie

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Amateur Hour

Have you heard the good news?

Turkey has agreed to allow the U.S.-led coalition to use its military bases for the fight against the Islamic State and to use Turkish territory as part of a training program for Syrian opposition fighters, Obama administration officials said Sunday.

“That’s a new commitment and one that we very much welcome,” Susan E. Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Or we would…if it were true:

Turkey denied Monday that it has reached any “new agreement” with the United States to allow the use of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey for attacks on the Islamic State militant group, despite suggestions from the Obama administration that a deal had been reached.

A statement issued by the office of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said talks are continuing between Ankara and Washington over whether to permit U.S. forces to use Incirlik in the fight against the Islamic State, a radical al-Qaeda offshoot that has captured parts of Syria and Iraq. However, “there is no new agreement on the Incirlik issue,” the statement said.

You can understand why the regime would send out Susan Rice of a Sunday morning to spread a false narrative. It worked so well last time.

I was just culling the list of categories we link to our posts. Who cares about Mohamed Morsi anymore? Gone. Same with Barney Frank, even Ted Kennedy. But I stumbled a category we created called Amateur Hour. I debated keeping it, but we use it so rarely…I deleted it. I am so sad now.

The rest of the world must be looking at us and thinking this administrated is peopled by humiliated rejects from American Idol. Is the “She Bangs” guy free for Secretary of State?

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To Find Out What Your Health Care Will Cost, Wait Until After The Election

I am linking this, but it opens with noise.

Those planning to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange will soon find out how much rates have increased — after the Nov. 4 election.

Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website begins Nov. 15, or 11 days after the midterm vote, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2015 say that’s no coincidence. Last year’s inaugural enrollment period on the health-care exchange began Oct. 1.

The American public is to stupid, I have to say that they deserve this.

– Aggie

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How Do We Know He’s Obama?

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Here’s Your Halo, What’s Your Hurry? [UPDATED]

No Messiahs need apply:

ANDREA MITCHELL: I want to ask you about President Obama because he hasn’t been campaigning in a whole lot of states. People haven’t been inviting him. Would you rather have President Obama campaign for you or one of the Clintons?

SEN. JEANNE SHAHEEN (D-NH): Well, we actually have Hillary Clinton coming up and former President Clinton is going to be here next week for the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. So they’re going to be here and I’m delighted to have their support and to have them come up and help us. I think at this point in the campaign, we want to turn out everybody we can because New Hampshire has a very big percentage drop off between the presidential year and the non-presidential year. What we want is for people to know there is an election coming up November 4th and to get out there and vote.

MITCHELL: And having the president come would not be helpful?

SHAHEEN: Well, the president’s dealing with a lot of crises in the world right now, and I think it’s important for him to continue to address what’s happening with ISIS, to continue to address the Ebola scare. And so I expect him to be in Washington.

He’s a lotta places, Jeanne, but Washington ain’t one of them:

Obama Schedule || Thursday, October 9, 2014
by KEITH KOFFLER on OCTOBER 8, 2014, 9:52 PM
11:40 am ET || Departs White House
2:00 pm PT || Arrives Los Angeles
2:45 pm PT || Tours the startups area at Cross Campus; Santa Monica, California
3:05 pm PT || Participates in a town hall with members of the Cross Campus community
5:55 pm PT || Delivers remarks at a DNC fundraiser; Private Residence, Los Angeles

Obama Schedule || Friday October 10, 2014

10:40 am PT || Attends a DNC fundraiser; private residence, Los Angeles
12:40 pm PT || Delivers remarks at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park; San Dimas, California
2:20 pm PT || Departs Los Angeles
3:30 pm PT || Arrives San Francisco
7:05 pm PT || Delivers remarks at a DNC fundraiser; San Francisco

Obama Schedule || Saturday, October 11, 2014

9:40 am PT || Attends a DNC fundraiser; private residence, San Francisco
11:15 am PT || Departs San Francisco
7:10 pm ET || Arrives White House

Fundraisers are all he has left. The hard core Hollywood elite still love him, but that’s about it. Not that I blame him. I’d rather be ogled by Gwyneth Paltrow than glared at by Jeanne Shaheen any day.

PS: Beautiful day on the East Coast. Twenty bucks says Obama gets back to work today—on the golf course.

UPDATE: Pay me my money!

President Obama today played golf for the 200th time of his presidency, a milestone that for many is emblematic of a president who has frequently seemed detached from his job, his colleagues in Washington, and the American people.

Perhaps realizing the incongruity of the president playing golf amid crises, the White House today initially loaded up the press pool to accompany Obama to his golf outing, and then had a better thought. The press was yanked out of the vans and dispatched to the windows of the Oval Office, where reporters instructed to witness the president speaking on the phone with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell about the new Ebola case in Texas.

And then it was on to golf.

Easiest $20 I ever made. Three-day road trip followed by a half-day of golf: Obama’s got it pretty easy, too. But can he pick his daughters out of a line-up?

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Barack Obama: The End Of A Love Affair

Where did it go wrong?

I confess, I am posting this only because I love the title in the British newspaper.

Barack Obama romped to the presidency of the United States in 2008 on a tidal wave of ‘hope and change’. Back then, the financial crisis was raging and US troops were still engaged in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, but a fresh-faced Mr Obama brimmed with confidence.
He predicted that future generations would look back on his election and see the moment “when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.”
Six years later, Mr Obama is weary and greyed and finds his job approval ratings stuck in the low-40s. This October is the 17th consecutive month in which polls show that a majority of Americans disapprove of his leadership.
With November’s mid-term elections less than a month away, even fellow Democrats won’t be seen dead with the man who once transformed their party’s fortunes. Apart from some closed-door fundraisers, Mr Obama is all but invisible on the campaign trail.

BTL readers were never sucked into the charisma of the New Messiah at all, so we know where things went wrong. They went wrong when reality asserted herself, as she always does. Did ObamaCare kill the love affair, or was it the IRS scandal? Benghazi? The crappy economy, 11.4% black unemployment, ISIS, the almost unimaginable arrogance of the President himself? Or was it ennui with his posturing? Are we casting about for a new heartthrob? Elvis has left the building.

I don’t know, and don’t much care. Any time you have a youth movement – and the Obama phenomenon was clearly a youth movement – you have incompetence and you also have fantasy objectives. We got off lucky. Russian communism under Lenin was a youth movement as was the Hitler Movement in Germany a couple decades later. The real question is whether or not we’ve bothered to grow up. I doubt it.

– Aggie

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