In the aftermath of the mass murder at UCC in Oregon something that has not been reported on with much vigor (which I will address in a subsequent post) is that at least some of those killed were targeted because they were Christians. In the limited reports I have seen it appears that they were asked if they were Christian and if they said, "Yes," they were shot in the head.
Your friendly author is not a deeply religious man; I would go so far as to say I am agnostic. Yet I cannot help but be touched and awed by the courage these young people displayed as they proclaimed their faith literally looking down the barrel of a gun. What strength! What conviction! I am not a biblical scholar in any way, but this strikes me of the tests that the great people of faith faced throughout the Bible and they stood firm. I am humbled. May they Rest In Peace and be rewarded for their courage and conviction. Was it a test of Biblical proportions? Who knows? But it looks like it from where I am sitting.
In yet another entry in the "no shit" chronicles, insurers are requesting huge rate increases for ObamaCare policies due to a insurance pool that was older and sicker than expected. From Megan McArdle,
"So the proposed 2016 Obamacare rates have been filed in many states, and in many states, the numbers are eye-popping. Market leaders are requesting double-digit increases in a lot of places. Some of the biggest are really double-digit: 51 percent in New Mexico, 36 percent in Tennessee, 30 percent in Maryland, 25 percent in Oregon. The reason? They say that with a full year of claims data under their belt for the first time since Obamacare went into effect, they're finding the insurance pool was considerably older and sicker than expected."
Clearly a year of data is worth more than promises from politicians. Add to this the millions who lost insurance policies they were happy with, the extremely high deductibles, people paying for care they do not need (single men do not need OB-GYN care, etc.) and the failure of the website and enrollment infrastructure, and you can see why Ocare is such a success <sarc>. Of course to liberals, intentions are really what we should measure and by this metric of success, it is doing just fine.
Let me add that I think this is all part of the plan. The rate increases will lead to the call for more subsidies to make Ocare affordable and once you have turned the middle class into dependents of the state, it will be easy to summon the support to single-payer healthcare and, in the words of Mark Steyn, change the relationship between the government and the governed forever. We will have been boiled like the proverbial frog...slowly. In the meantime, cue Gomer:
A special tip of the hat to InstaPundit for linking this story of the spoiled and generally shitty customers of Whole Foods. If you have shopped there you will recognize everything in the story. Key quote that sums it all up,
"The problem with Whole Foods is their regular customers. They are, across the board, across the country, useless, ignorant, and miserable. They’re worse than miserable, they’re angry. They are quite literally the opposite of every Whole Foods employee I’ve ever encountered. Walk through any store any time of day—but especially 530pm on a weekday or Saturday afternoon during football season—and invariably you will encounter a sneering, disdainful horde of hipster Zombies and entitled 1%ers."
My experience is that most Whole Foods customers combine the condescending snarkiness of Obama zealots with the holier than thou attitudes of vegans. Good riddance. There is always Trader Joe's.
Yesterday we learned what just about any economist who is not a partisan first and an economist second already knew; raising the minimum wage costs jobs. Most people understand the reason why this happens when someone explains it to them. However, it is an unfortunate fact of life that most people think raising the minimum wage is just peachy in general terms. After all, how can it not sound like a good idea to give some poor folks a raise? It is only after they learn that doing so will end up causing someone to lose their jobs that they give pause as they realize that the individual will be worse off and they will be supporting them moving forward.
Similarly, a few weeks ago let us know that the ACA will cause the displacement of the equivalent of 2.5m jobs. Democrats, in a bit of spin that goes beyond shameless, contended that this was a good thing. No more job lock! Go ahead and work less they say. Get a subsidy to defray your healthcare costs! Riddle me this Batman: How is it good that we take self-sufficient people and turn them into dependents of the State? Whay is so grand about most of us having to pay for someone else's decision to spend more time with family or to pursue their becoming an Underwater Basket Weaver?
In short, Obama's policy prescriptions will end up taking 3m people out of the workforce. Given that we are already at 40-year lows for Workforce Participation one has to wonder if his motivation is to drive as many as possible into the bosom of government at the expense of those that are stupid enough to keep maximizing their income. And what if they decide to stop doing so?
I am thinking it is about time that I got back into blogging. So I will be posting a few tests from my different devices to see how they work as blogging tools. This is posted using a Dell Latitude 10 Tablet with a Targus Bluetooth keyboard. It works, just not as well as I thought as the keyboard is pretty cramped.
This ABC News report on Yahoo actually makes the point that the Obama Campaign is not being truthful about Romney's record on outsourcing. The best parts,
Undeterred by independent fact-checkers that have debunked the thrust of their claims, the Obama campaign is redoubling attacks on Mitt Romney as an "outsourcer" in a new TV ad airing in eight battleground states.
"We found no evidence to support the claim that Romney — while he was still running Bain Capital— shipped American jobs overseas," FactCheck.org concluded in a report last month.
Romney's campaign needs to punch back twice as hard because the POTUS does not care, he will do whatever it takes to get re-elected. This is so bad liberals I know are complaining. They think he is mileading voters. Where I am from we have a technical term for what the Obama Campaign is doing...Lying.
This USA Today poll has Obama ahead 47-45 in the 12 swing states and 48-44 in the other states. While I would prefer that Romney be in the lead, I also see that these polls are Registered Voters, not Likely Voters. Republicans tend not to do as well in these polls. That means that Romney is in the game. BUT, he needs to come out swinging on the Outsourcing issue. He just needs to say Obama is lying, which he is, in the most direct, but nicest way possible.
On the subject of repealing ObamaCare, Senator McConnell said this yesterday,
"If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I'd say the odds are still on your side," McConnell said. "Because it's a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place."
I have news for you Senator, Keith Hennessey has laid out the roadmap for you to follow in repealing ObamaTax, er...ObamaCare. If you are not up to the job, please step aside and let someone else do the job. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!
Here is the video of White House Chief of Staff and lying crapweasel Jack Lew being embarrassed by Chris Wallace on Fox News. Is the Administration really stupid enough to run with this line of "reasoning"?
So the SCOTUS made up a reason to keep the ObamaCare Mandate (Even Obama never claimed it was a tax), but do not fret my friends. We lost the case but may have won the election yesterday. The next 130 days will be about the economy and ObamaCare and we did pretty well with that in 2010. Keep pounding, keep fighting and remember; happiness in November is a Republican headed to the polls with a freedom-loving independent under each arm.
So the SCOTUS decided that despite Administration claims to the contrary, the Mandate in ObamaCare was a tax and therefore permissible. Well I have news for Democrats out there; It.Is.On.
We who value our freedom know that this is bullshit and we will make you pay at the polls in November. Want to raise $1.7T in taxes? Great because we will let the voters know all about it. Now that the shock is wearing off, you will find that we are energized. We will take the White House and grab the Senate and then ram this down your throat just like you did to the American people. You will rue this day.
P.S. How badly did you miscalculate? So badly that I am back to blogging!
Heath Shuler has always been a bit of a conundrum in western North Carolina. He was a Democrat, albeit more Conservative than your average one, in a very Conservative area of the state. And like his fellow members of the "Blue Dogs" he was usually fell in line to support Pelosi and Company after much public "Discussion" that helped make him look more Conservative than he is in actuality. Now his time has come and he will be retiring at the end of this Congress. However, this is not the result of a popular uprising in Asheville even though the Tea Party is active in that area. Rather it illustrates the importance of voting and highlights one of the most overlooked results of the 2010 elections; the takeover of several state legislatures by Republicans just in time for re-districting.
In North Carolina, Republicans took control of the legislature in the 2010 elections and this has allowed them to drive Brad Miller and now Shuler from office. The Congressional delegation will be more representative of the state in general as Republicans get their chance to gerrymander. As a resident of NC-4, a district set up to be Democrat district forever, I am a beneficiary of the Republican majority as I will now be in NC-2 represented by Renee Ellmers. This is a great thing as is the retirements of Miller and Shuler. And David Price in NC-4 will be where he belongs, in Chapel Hill and Durham.
The lesson for all of you that are complaining about our potential nominee in the race for POTUS and threatening to stay home (I am looking at you Newt supporters) is to get out and vote no matter who that nominee is in November. Not only can we send Obama back to Chicago, we can extend our control over state houses and local politics which is vital as I am seeing firsthand in North Carolina.
None of the Republican candidates are responsible for the 16% real unemployment in this country. They are not responsible for the increased fuel and food costs. They are not responsible for any of this. That would be Obama, who pretends to care about the middle class but lives like a king at the public trough. Mitt Romney's not the problem. Newt Gingrich is not the problem. Rick Santorum is not the problem.
We belong to a few groups on Facebook, including a couple of political ones. The things I see make me shake my head in wonderment. You know all of those crazy things that people say but you think no one really believes about Conservatives, they do. First of all, the confuse their strongly held opinions and gross generalizations with fact. And every thing they have seen on DailyKos, HuffPo, Addicting Info, etc., is considered factual. And once they post something from one of these sites, they completely lose it if you post something from Heritage, Fox News or any conservative blog to refute their assertions. Even when the post has links to the underlying data so they can view it themselves.
With that as the background, in the group Cons vs. Libs, (where they are very unhappy it is not an echo chamber), the creator of the group posted the manifesto below. Since I did not wish to out him but he goes by two first names, I shall call him "Ricky Bobby". What I will be doing is responding to each of these assertions as time permits. I post them here in total as they are very instructive as to what the far left thinks. Enjoy!
Why would anyone vote Republican? Well, here are 10 reasons. 1. You are a bigot It's true that not all Republicans are bigots. But if you ARE a bigot, the Republican party will be much more your group than the Democratic party. Remember that there are lots of ways to be a bigot: You could be a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, or lots of other things.
2. You like eating, drinking and breathing poison. Many Republicans are calling for or voting for shrinking or eliminating agencies that protect us against poison. They seem to think that the corporations will do the right thing, without any pressure from the government. Uh huh. Read The Jungle. Look at the way Monsanto is hiding facts about Round Up. Look at food safety and outbreaks of E. Coli. Corporations exist to make money. They will do so any way they can. The government needs to stop them from doing so in ways that hurt people.
3. You think the rich don't have enough money The idea that giving more money to rich people (via tax breaks) will help poor people is nonsensical and has been shown wrong time and again in history. Huge tax breaks for the rich (a la George Bush) don't work.
4. You don't support our veterans The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran's Association (IAVA) rates every member of congress on how well they support our veterans. In the Senate, 9 people got A or A+: All were Democrats. 30 got D or F: 29 Republicans and one Democrat. More on this
5. You like big deficits Since the end of WW II the ratio of debt to GDP for the nation has gone down in 9 administrations (3 Republican and 6 Democratic) and up in 7 administrations (6 Republican and 1 Democratic). The largest increases by this measure were GW Bush's 2nd term; GHW Bush, and Reagan's first term. The largest decreases were the three terms right after the end of WWII (Truman and Eisenhower). The last decrease under a Republican was in Eisenhower's 2nd term source
6. You don't believe in free speech. The American Civil Liberties Union is the premier defender of our civil liberties, including the right to free speech. That's free speech for EVERYONE; from Nazis to Marxists to Fred Phelps to anyone else. They rate politicians, including governors, senators and representatives. 12 people got a 100 rating: All were Democrats. 65 people got a score of less than 10: All were Republicans. Only 6 Democrats got a score under 50 (Joe Donnelly, Michael Ross, Collin Peterson, Joseph Shuler, Mark Critz and David Boren). Only 2 Republicans got scores over 50 (Olympia Snowe and Mark Kirk) Full list
7. You like big government The Republicans like to claim they are against big government. It's a lie. They only object when government helps people. But they are supporters of the Patriot Act; they want the government to say who you can marry; they want the government to forbid abortion; they want the government to be able to spy on you without restraint. Unfortunately, many Democrats agree with them on some of these, but to find opposition to these big government ideas, you have to look to the Democrats.
8. You want government to hurt people, but not help them This is really just a summation of some other points.
9. You are greedy, short sighted and rich You really have to be all three for this to work. If you're rich but not short-sighted, you know that, in the long run, when there is huge income inequality, it leads to things like stock market crashes and revolution, and everyone loses. In a revolution, it is often the rich who lose most. If you're rich but not greedy, you recognize that helping others is a good thing, and that the government assuring that people have a safety net is a good thing as well.
10. You like torture The Democrats don't exactly shine here, but the Republicans are much worse. It was, after all, Dick Cheney who bragged in his memoir about being a war criminal. It was Don Rumsfeld who opined that a problem in Abu Ghraib was that they weren't torturing prisoners enough. And it is mostly Democrats who have objected to torture. Torture is wrong. It's also stupid. It doesn't work. People who are tortured will say ANYTHING (true or not) that they thing their torturers want to hear