“You Can Keep Your Health Care Czar, Period”

Without crony capitalism, we wouldn’t have any capitalism at all:

The Bay State’s former Obamacare czar has landed a top job at the company that was awarded a no-bid contract to fix the beleaguered website — the latest Patrick administration official to find work at an organization that benefitted under the state’s taxpayer-funded leadership.

“There’s not a conflict here, and I’m really excited and looking forward to this new job,” Sarah Iselin told the Herald yesterday. “I will not be working on Massachusetts-related work.”

Iselin, who took a leave of absence from Blue Cross Blue Shield from February to May to try to rescue the Massachusetts Health Connector’s disastrous Obamacare portal, providing daily briefings to Gov. Deval Patrick, will become an executive-in-residence at Optum, which holds a lucrative state contract to re-launch the state’s health insurance portal on Nov. 15.

Iselin recommended the state award what amounted to no-bid contracts to both Optum and hCentive — an IT company in which Optum owns a 24 percent stake — during a presentation to the Health Connector board on May 8.

Iselin said talks for her new Optum job began well after she left state office.

Maybe so, Sally, but you gave them the no-bid contract well before you left office. At least they bought you dinner after you put out. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

As the article suggests, she isn’t the first hackette Patrick has pimped out:

The Herald reported on Oct. 16 that outgoing Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett had been angling for the top job at a Cape Cod Healthcare drug initiative this summer, even as she championed a landmark substance abuse treatment bill that addiction centers had spent thousands lobbying for, according to conflict of interest disclosures and state records.

The bill was signed into law on Aug. 6. Bartlett announced her new post on Oct. 14.

As long as somebody is doing well with ObamaCare.

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Winning Elections the Old Fashioned Way

Stealing ‘em:

The Colorado secretary of state is investigating allegations that some Boulder County Republican election judges are actually Democrats in disguise.

Boulder County GOP Chairwoman Ellyn Hilliard initially raised the alarm when visiting polling locations where she didn’t recognize some of the GOP judges who are tasked with comparing voter signatures on mail ballots to protect against vote fraud.

She became alarmed when she noticed some ballots whose signatures clearly didn’t match those on file for the voter being accepted.

“One of them was a Democrat who had changed party affiliation on Oct. 10…

Election officials swear they tried to get Republicans, but Republicans wouldn’t participate.

Okay…

Prior to a rally for Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner Tuesday, Hilliard made what the Camera called an “emotional” plea for more Republicans to volunteer to oversee the election, telling attendees that elections officials are currently helping “the Democrats steal the election.”

She cited instances in which she said she saw judges accept ballots with signatures that clearly did not match those on file for the voter. At one point, the Camera reported, Hilliard had tears in her eyes.

“I’m sorry,” she said. “I get emotional because this is how they win.”

Voting machines that magically change Rs to Ds; judges who are barely even RINOs; plus good old-fashioned ballot box stuffing; it is your daddy’s Democrat Party.

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Obama Tells Truth!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

“We don’t have a strategy yet”

“The administration not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced that it was going to intensify support against ISIS with the Iraqi armed forces. And it did almost nothing,” says James Jeffrey, who served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq between 2010 and 2012, in “Frontline’s” “The Rise of ISIS,” which airs on PBS Tuesday night (check local listings) and is previewed here exclusively on Yahoo News.

Jeffrey is one of a number of ex-administration officials who appear in the film and sharply criticize the decisions of the president they once served.

Actually, that makes his strategy comment sound more like a lie. They did have a strategy, they just ignored it. Which better fits the model.

But that part about former insiders turning against the regime is spot on. I heard Malia dissed her dad as a “pansified wuss” (at least she doesn’t lie). Of course, that may have been because he wouldn’t let her take Marine One to the mall.

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From Race Baiter to Race Hater

If “only Nixon could go to China”, then only Obama could screw the blacks:

A top civil rights advocate is warning President Obama that extending executive amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will deeply harm black workers.

By what line of reasoning did he come to this conclusion?

As Hillary Clinton would say, “arithmetic”:

Peter Kirsanow, as U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner, says in an Oct. 27 letter to Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ recently revealed preparations for a huge ID “surge” upped his alarm over what the president has planned.

“Granting work authorization to millions of illegal immigrants will devastate the black community, which is already struggling in the wake of the recession that began in 2007 and the subsequent years of malaise,” he explained.

“Illegal immigration has a disparate impact on African-American men, because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force,” Kirsanow added.

People twist themselves into human Twizzlers trying to explain why black unemployment is twice the national average. What if it’s as easy as 1,2,3?

“Since 1986, we have seen that granting legal status to illegal immigrants, or even mere rumors that legal status will be granted, increases illegal immigration. Likewise, the evidence indicates that the flood of illegal immigrants across our southern border is mostly attributable to your directive granting temporary legal status to people allegedly brought to the United States as children. This is unsurprising. When you incentivize bad behavior, you get more of it,” he wrote.

It’s as if Obama is saying to African Americans, don’t worry about jobs, that’s why we have welfare. And the projects. And jails. Three hots and a cot—what are you bitching about? When you get more than 100% of the black vote (counting rampant Democrat voter fraud), you don’t need to buy them off any further.

Obama may be toxic to Democrats in 2014, but they’ll be sending him flowers come 2016, when 30 million ex-criminal aliens go to the polls. The rest of us will be going to New Zealand.

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Bring Me the Hard Drive of Sharyl Attkisson

As Barack “Tony Montana” Obama says: You f*ck with me, you f*ckin’ with the best!

From the moment that Sharyl Attkisson met a shadowy source I’ll call Big Mac, she was plunged into a nightmare involving mysterious surveillance of her computers.

They met at a McDonald’s in Northern Virginia at the beginning of 2013, and the source (she dubs him Number One) warned her about the threat of government spying. During their next hamburger rendezvous, Big Mac told Attkisson, then a CBS News reporter constantly at odds with the Obama administration, that he was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” by his examination of her computer and that this was “worse than anything Nixon ever did.”

Just when you think Attkisson’s imagination might be running away with her comes wave after wave of evidence that both her CBS computer and personal iMac were repeatedly hacked and its files accessed, including one on Benghazi. A consultant hired by CBS reached the same conclusion. Further scrutiny of her personal desktop proves that “the interlopers were able to co-opt my iMac and operate it remotely, as if they were sitting in front of it.” And an inspection revealed that an extra fiber-optics line had been installed in Attkisson’s home without her knowledge.

This is chilling stuff.

There is the strong implication that an administration that spied on the Associated Press and Fox News correspondent James Rosen might have been involved.

You take that back! Just because they spied on a Fox News reporter, locked other reporters in broom closets, earned the contempt of the White House press corps for their secrecy (“more dangerous to the press, really, than any administration in American history”), and sicced the IRS on American citizens, doesn’t mean they’re bad people.

Oh wait:

Last month whistleblower and retired ATF Agent Jay Dobyns won a long court battle against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms after the agency retaliated against him for warning about corruption in management and failed to address death threats against his family.

Dobyns, who infiltrated the dangerous and deadly Hells Angels gang as an undercover agent years ago, brought a lawsuit against the Bureau after supervisors ignored death threats to his family, which included plans to murder him either with a bullet or by injecting him with the AIDS virus, kidnapping and torturing his then 15-year-old daughter and kidnapping his wife in order to videotape a gang rape of her. Contracts were solicited between the Hells Angels, the Aryan Brotherhood and the MS-13 gang to carry out these threats, which were laid out in prison letters and confirmed through FBI and ATF interviews of confidential informants inside numerous detention centers. In 2008, his Tucson home was burned to the ground. When the fire was started, his wife and children were inside. Luckily, they escaped. Instead of investigating, ATF supervisors accused Dobyns of being the arsonist.

In his opinion, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis Allegra described ATF officials as demonstrating misfeasance in the case “rooted in the sorry failure of some ATF officials.” Dobyns was awarded $173,000, an insufficient amount considering his family has been nearly bankrupted as a result of ATF’s behavior, not to mention the emotional stress incurred throughout the process.

Now unsatisfied with a loss in court and berating by a federal judge, ATF and the Department of Justice are appealing the ruling.

The decision to appeal no doubt is the continuation of retaliation from the Bureau against Dobyns, proving that nothing has changed since Acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones promised to cleanup the agency.

Oh, he promised! Did he say “if you like your civil liberties, you can keep your civil liberties, period”?

Anyhow, what good is a promise when your boss is the the consigliere of the crime family, Eric Holder?

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This Intifada Sponsored by…the UN!

And Jimmy Dean’s Pure Pork Sausage!

In a new documentary video entitled UNRWA Goes to War, journalist David Bedein builds a seemingly incontestable case against UNRWA, showing the close symbiotic relations between it and the terror group Hamas.

The video shows that not only did UNRWA schools serve as repositories for rockets in the last Gaza war, and not only were rockets launched from places adjacent to UNRWA institutions – the students at the schools are themselves educated to hate Israel and aspire to destroy it.

Bedein launched a scathing attack on UNRWA in a video he produced and published three years ago, earning a furious rebuttal from the UN group.

“While the UNRWA slogan is ‘Peace Starts Here,’ a more appropriate slogan would be ‘War Starts with UNRWA,’” the film charges. It shows footage of what it says are UNRWA elementary school students participating in military-style displays in plain sight of their teachers, in afterschool activities organized by Hamas.

A world where Israel is the villain and Arab terrorists and Islamofascists are appeased is a very dangerous world. I can’t tell you what will happen next, but I can’t say I’m optimistic. Historians can look back and see where the humanitarian catastrophes of WWs I & II passed from potential to inevitable. Don’t you get the feeling we’re living in those days right now?

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Scandinavian Chicks Do it in Parliament

Arab chicks don’t do it at all:

BEIRUT: Lebanon is the world’s eighth worst country in terms of gender equality and ranks second worst for women’s participation in politics, according to a recent report by the World Economic Forum.

Lebanon ranked 135 out of 142 surveyed countries, with only the Ivory Coast, Iran, Mali, Syria, Chad, Pakistan and Yemen scoring lower on the 2014 Gender Gap Index.

Although Lebanese women are often considered privileged compared to those in other Arab countries because of the liberties they enjoy, they are far behind in terms of their participation in politics.

There were no female ministers in the previous government and women hold a mere 3 percent of seats in Parliament. Lebanon’s ranking for equal political participation was 141 out of 142, behind Brunei. Although all Arab and Gulf countries did better than Lebanon, they too scored very low in terms of women’s political participation.

Since 2010, Lebanon’s ranking has sunk from 116 to 135.

The top 10 countries for gender equality in the Middle East are, in order: Israel, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Tunisia, Bahrain, Algeria, Oman, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

At the other end of the list were Scandinavian countries, which surpassed all other regions in respect to the involvement of their women in public life and their treatment.

Iceland topped the list, followed by Finland, Norway, Sweden and then Denmark.

I know we’re not supposed to generalize about Islam, but what are we to say when said religion is the dominant (or a dominant) faith in all the countries most hostile to women?

I’m waiting.

And how bad is it when Saudi-[bleeping]-Arabia makes the Middle East’s top ten? Pretty [bleeping] bad.

I don’t want to contradict my nations’s leaders, but it looks to me like Islam is not only a religion of violence (not least to other Muslims), but also a religion of misogyny and certainly a religion of homophobia.

Correct me if I’m wrong.

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Hating on the Hebrew PM

If you want a closer look inside the toxic relationship between Obama and Netanyahu than that provided by Jeffrey Goldberg, you’ll need a colonoscope.

Either way, it’s FOS:

The other day I was talking to a senior Obama administration official about the foreign leader who seems to frustrate the White House and the State Department the most. “The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit.”

A great word, one I use whenever I can, but not enlightening here. To my understanding (and Urban Dictionary’s), it has two distinct meanings: nonsense, but nonsense more trivial than its bovine cousin; and just plain chicken, as in cowardly.

The Obamagruppenfuhrers mean both:

The relationship between these two administrations— dual guarantors of the putatively “unbreakable” bond between the U.S. and Israel—is now the worst it’s ever been, and it stands to get significantly worse after the November midterm elections. By next year, the Obama administration may actually withdraw diplomatic cover for Israel at the United Nations, but even before that, both sides are expecting a showdown over Iran, should an agreement be reached about the future of its nuclear program.

Netanyahu has told several people I’ve spoken to in recent days that he has “written off” the Obama administration, and plans to speak directly to Congress and to the American people should an Iran nuclear deal be reached. For their part, Obama administration officials express, in the words of one official, a “red-hot anger” at Netanyahu for pursuing settlement policies on the West Bank, and building policies in Jerusalem, that they believe have fatally undermined Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace process.

Over the years, Obama administration officials have described Netanyahu to me as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, pompous, and “Aspergery.” (These are verbatim descriptions; I keep a running list.) But I had not previously heard Netanyahu described as a “chickenshit.”

“The good thing about Netanyahu is that he’s scared to launch wars,” the official said, expanding the definition of what a chickenshit Israeli prime minister looks like. “The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not [Yitzhak] Rabin, he’s not [Ariel] Sharon, he’s certainly no [Menachem] Begin. He’s got no guts.”

Okay, they’ve made their case; now I’ll make mine.

Sharon would have regretted giving Gaza to Hamass terrorists if he had not had an all-but-fatal stroke shortly after he did so. He certainly would not have allowed their massive militarization to take place unchecked, leading to two wars with Hamass, and their countless rockets and missiles, in less than a decade. His fellow hawk, Yitzak Rabin, would also likely have considered his Oslo accords an abject failure. Begin had Sadat, an Egyptian president, not a Palestinian terrorist. And Sadat got a hell of a deal from Begin, one no other Israeli PM could ever hope to match: Sinai (all 23,500 square miles). Just for promising not to launch another war he would certainly lose (again).

Oh yes, and two of these four characters, Sadat and Rabin, were assassinated for their efforts. Try to keep your wishful thinking out of it, Barack.

I am a serial admirer of Prime Minister Netanyahu—I would swap our nations’ leaders faster than you could say “hand me a five iron”. But I am also open about his faults. Most of those have to do with asking how high when Obama says jump.

Which the Obamagruppenfuhrers acknowledge even as they poke needles into his effigy:

I ran this notion by another senior official who deals with the Israel file regularly. This official agreed that Netanyahu is a “chickenshit” on matters related to the comatose peace process, but added that he’s also a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat. The official said the Obama administration no longer believes that Netanyahu would launch a preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities in order to keep the regime in Tehran from building an atomic arsenal. “It’s too late for him to do anything. Two, three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”

So, when he doesn’t do what you want, he’s a chicken[bleep]; and when he does do what you want (as above), he’s also a chicken[bleep].

Doesn’t that qualify as unadulterated bull[bleep]? It has to.

But then, this is their point of view, not mine. Certainly not Netanyahu’s.

Theirs and the author’s:

It is the Netanyahu government that appears to be disconnected from reality. Jerusalem is on the verge of exploding into a third Palestinian uprising. It is true that Jews have a moral right to live anywhere they want in Jerusalem, their holiest city. It is also true that a mature government understands that not all rights have to be exercised simultaneously.

Kind of Goldberg, presumably Jewish, to grant Jews the liberty to live (or not) in Jerusalem. Thousands of years late, but better late than never.

There’s so much more I could say, but the point is clear. This means war.

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Why Bother With Elections?

No matter how you vote, the machine registers for the democrat.

Early voting just started last week in Maryland, but there are already accusations that some voting machines are changing Republican votes to Democrat. Now Republicans are calling for an investigation by the State Board of Elections.

As Marylanders go to the polls, there are concerns that the vote you cast may not be for the candidate you want.

“We’ve heard from scores of citizens in our district and around the state who have had this problem where they hit one button to vote for one person, and when they go to the summary they see that the other person was checked,” said Del Nik Kipke, (R) Anne Arundel County.
Republicans say they’ve received several dozen reports of Republican votes being changed to Democrat.

Del. Kathy Szeliga says it happened to her.
“I kept pushing the Republican guy’s name and the machine kept going beep, beep, beep,” said Szeliga, (R) Baltimore & Harford co.
Now GOP leaders are calling for an investigation.

Investigation, eh? That’ll make a big difference.

– Aggie

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Who Played More Rounds Of Golf Since 2009?

Obama or Tiger Woods?

…But now it’s 2014 and the passion is totally gone. Obama is the withholding boyfriend who knows that he’s probably on the way out and is just sending the odd friendly text message from the golf course. If this relationship-breakdown metaphor seems a little strained consider this: Barack Obama is close to having played more rounds of golf since 2009 than Tiger Woods.

The article is about how much Barack Obama sucks, but we all know that.

– Aggie

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US Protected At Least 1000 Nazis After WWII

NY Times has the information

In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America, newly disclosed records and interviews show.

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement and intelligence leaders like J. Edgar Hoover at the F.B.I. and Allen Dulles at the C.I.A. aggressively recruited onetime Nazis of all ranks as secret, anti-Soviet “assets,” declassified records show. They believed the ex-Nazis’ intelligence value against the Russians outweighed what one official called “moral lapses” in their service to the Third Reich.

The agency hired one former SS officer as a spy in the 1950s, for instance, even after concluding he was probably guilty of “minor war crimes.”

And in 1994, a lawyer with the C.I.A. pressured prosecutors to drop an investigation into an ex-spy outside Boston implicated in the Nazis’ massacre of tens of thousands of Jews in Lithuania, according to a government official.

Aleksandras Lileikis was a Nazi officer implicated in 60,000 Jews’ deaths. He later worked for the C.I.A. before immigrating. Credit U.S. Department of Justice

Lileikis was apparently massacring Jews from Vilna ghetto (Lithuania) in the killing pits of the Ponary woods. He is just one of the creeps that our government protected. The article states that we protected Adolf Eichmann’s right hand man, for example.

I recommend that everyone go to the link and read this. It will make it much easier to watch the pain of ebola, immigration, crappy economy, etc. You won’t care.

– Aggie

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Belgian Waffle

A lot of European Jew-hatred today is Islamic in origin.

A lot, but not all:

The University of Liege in Belgium has established a pedagogic team to sensitize students to race issues, university officials told Belga news agency Friday, after a “game” planned for philosophy and literature students had anti-Semitic overtones.

The game, an orientation activity for freshmen planned for October 18, called the students “little Palestinians” and challenged them to “watch out for the big, mean Jew and to settle in safely and happily, if possible.”

After a pamphlet with the instruction leaked, sparking an uproar, the university’s rector, Albert Corhay, demanded the event be canceled and that organizers publicly apologize.

“We cannot accept this insult in the form of a folkloric activity,” Corhay said, in a statement. “There can be no question of hiding behind satire or humor. The nature of this activity is simply ignominious.”

The Union of Jewish Students of Belgium (UEJB) also condemned the activity.

“The student body has a tradition of humorous initiations,” it said. “Here, however, we are dealing with something else: a Manichaean and anti-Semitic vision of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“Mean Jew” Update:

Belgian Jewry has been shaken in recent months by a surge in anti-Semitism that has engulfed most of Europe.

In May, the community was rocked by an anti-Semitic terrorist attack in which an Islamist gunman, Mehdi Nemmouche, opened fire with an assault rifle in the Brussels Jewish Museum, killing four people.

And last month, visitors to a Holocaust memorial in Brussels were attacked by thugs who threw stones and bottles at them, according to media reports.

One week later, a nearby synagogue was set ablaze in yet another anti-Semitic attack.

Not to mention:

A Belgian cafe owner is under fire for broadcasting an anti-Semitic slur in his store window.

A sign in Turkish and French announced, “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Jews are not under any circumstances,” the Jewish Forward reports.

Anyhow, there are fewer “Mean Jews” all the time:

Anti-Semitism in Belgium is causing a Jewish exodus, a former community leader and anti-racism activist warned.

Commenting on rising levels of anti-Semitic violence and speech in Belgium, including the murder in May of four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum of Belgium, Rubinfeld said: “There are developments that I am observing around me inside the community. An exodus of Jews is beginning.”

Last year saw the immigration to Israel of 273 Jews from Belgium, which has a Jewish population of about 40,000 people. It was the highest figure recorded in nine years.

At least for the purposes of this game, can I be a “Little Palestinian”?

Whee!

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