The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's what I intend to reverse when I'm President of the United States of America." — Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) March 31, 2008.
Long-time readers will recall that I wrote about my two daughters progress through Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Mr McCain admitted to being “racked with stress,” and that’s what you’d expect from any parent. Every soldier has a role to play in defending our country.
It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as putting pictures of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Cameron Diaz in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. This week: some training photos from the Serbian Army.
Yes, it’s Betty McCollum, reminding us yet again how much better we’d have been with Teresa Collett instead. Why is she demanding that the venue of an NFL football game not mention the actual name of the visiting team? Because it’s a taxpayer-financed facility, so it has an obligation to never offend even a single person, or something:
“As you are aware, the Washington team is a privately owned business that chooses to use the disparaging and demeaning brand ‘Redskins’ as their mascot,” McCollum wrote. “In my view this NFL team’s mascot is an unacceptable racial slur disparaging to Native Americans and offensive to Minnesotans.
The congresswoman argued that since the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome is financed by taxpayers and has “legal obligations” to ensure no one is offended.
“With regard to the NFL game on November 7th, it would be my hope that all state statutes, ordinances of the City of Minneapolis, and policies of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) regarding civil rights, non-discrimination, and affirmative action would be fully reviewed and applied with regard to displaying, publicly announcing, and promoting the Washington team’s racially disparaging name and logo.”
McCollum added that she’s read news reports that “the MSFA may have concerns about limiting the use of the Washington team’s name and logo, as requested by some Native American groups, due to contractual obligations with the NFL.”
“Such concerns should never trump the civil rights and anti-discrimination laws, ordinances, and policies of government bodies charged with defending and advancing the public interest,” she declared.
“The NFL and the owner of Washington’s football team have a right to free speech. Constitutional protections allow them to offend, degrade, and disparage any race, ethic [sp] group, religion, or person of any sexual orientation with their private funds within private spaces,” McCollum continued. “But the people of Minnesota do not have an obligation to open the doors of our public sports facility and allow a for-profit entity to display and promote their racial slur.”
More at the link.
Of course, one might ask what “no one” is offended might mean. Some people might be offended by the outfits that the Minnesota cheerleaders pretend to wear, but they’d just be old fuddy-duddies, and prob’ly white people, so who cares.
Minnesota Vikings logo
But the rather obvious question is: what are Vikings? The Vikings were a population of (very) white northern Europeans, mostly blondes and redheads, so screamingly Caucasian that der Führer would have been proud of them. Should not black Minnesotans, black Americans, and certainly black Vikings players be offended, be outraged, that they are being told, by logo, that the highest standard is to be a blindingly white blonde person?
Of course, Representative McCollum is herself white, so I guess she never noticed how Caucasio-normative she was being.
If you want your best and your brightest and hardest working citizens to stay put and make your country prosperous, then stop making them pay for the deadbeats.
Absotively, posilutely right. There’s more at the link.
Also from the Victory Girls, Dejah Thoris noted how economics under the great, liberal, feminist, multicultural President Barack Hussein Obama has accomplished what the Democrats believe Republicans want:
I guess you could say the ladies and the black community now have something in common, and that is a common spot in the unemployment line.
Seems that “the man” has now got enough time to keep both of us down, which is evidenced by the growing numbers of unemployed women, whose numbers are catching up to the number of unemployed people in the black community. I turned on the TV and the interwebs to see where I could find more information on this headline making story. Not a peep. Nothing but crickets. You wouldn’t know it if you didn’t look for it.
Instead, I found this. But at the top of Drudge yesterday, I found this, and this.
Nowhere in the Legacy Media did I see anything negative regarding how this affects the country. Not one story about the PINO’s approval rating in free fall. Not a snippet of news about anything related to the unmitigated disaster and 5 plus year long amateur hour that is this administration.
More at the link. Of course, it’s only been 4+, not 5+ years that we have suffered through this inept administration, but the misgoof is understandable: it sure seems like longer!
“A socialist egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth, heavy taxation of corporations and massive responsibility for energy companies and any companies exploiting the environment. I think the very concept of profit should be hugely reduced.”
Mr Brand tells us that he doesn’t vote and has never voted, because he doesn’t like the evil system, and I absolutely support his right not to vote; I wish that more socialists exercised their rights not to vote.
However, perhaps I would take Mr Brand and his advocacy of “socialist egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth, heavy taxation of corporations and massive responsibility for energy companies and any companies exploiting the environment” when he redistributes his own fortune. Lead from the front, Comrade!
But, since he was stupid enough to dump Katy Perry, by text message, no less — classy guy there — it’s a good excuse to embed a video!
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been under fire for the botched rollout of Obamacare and the many problems plaguing the enrollment website. About 33 members of the House of Representatives, who represent the people of their districts, have called for Sebelius to resign. Sebelius responded by saying that she doesn’t work for those people.
Remember: part of the President’s oh-so-wise health care plan is the requirement that all of our medical records be converted into electronic form. This is (supposedly) to allow physicians to check on your medical history if you have switched doctors or other providers, and these records would be available, over the internet, with the appropriate safeguards, to insure that only authorized providers could access them.
So, you will have your medical records safeguarded by the same people who couldn’t get the Obumblecare website right even having three years to work on it.
First, the obvious: not every problem does or should reach the President’s desk, and not every decision can be or should be a Presidential decision. But if this problem didn’t reach the President’s desk, someone should become eligible for unemployment compensation:
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
President Barack Obama did not know about HealthCare.gov’s technical woes until after the flawed health insurance website was launched three weeks ago, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday.The president was made aware of the glitches as people reported problems “in the first couple of days” in the rollout of the site designed to help people access healthcare as part of the Affordable Care Act, Sebelius said in an interview with CNN that aired on Tuesday night.
Some Americans that the website has been anything but stress-free since open-enrollment launched on Oct. 1, and one survey found that only about 20 percent of people who tried to log onto government-run marketplaces including HealthCare.gov were able to do so without any technical bungles.
Users have gotten error messages, the Spanish-language version of the site has been delayed, and the government contract for the U.S. division of Canadian company CGI has tripled in cost. A June report from the Government Accountability Office warned that the website might not be ready for primetime due to a flurry of last-minute changes.
More at the link.
Now, we are being told by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, someone with 4½ years of responsible experience in that post, and someone who was Governor of Kansas for six years prior to that, is the daughter of another Governor, and who has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Kansas, somehow didn’t realize that, with the President who appointed her facing a major political battle with the Republicans over defunding Obaminablecare, he ought to be informed about a looming major problem with the program on which he was expending so much energy and political capital to defend. And we are also being told, by implication, that either that the President didn’t ask about the state of the program, or he did ask and his subordinates lied to him.
Back in August the Health and Human Services Inspector General issued a report dealing concerns that the Obamacare website was months behind in testing. . . .
As reported by Reuters on August 6th:
. . . “They’ve removed their margin for error,” said Deven McGraw, director of the health privacy project at the non-profit Center for Democracy & Technology. “There is huge pressure to get (the exchanges) up and running on time, but if there is a security incident they are done. It would be a complete disaster from a PR viewpoint.”
Now, unless President Obama is planning to suspend the 22nd Amendment and take a third term in office, he’s done on January 20, 2017; he can’t run for office again, so why have a subordinate tell a deliberate lie to try to shirk the responsibility? Heck, he could have said, “Yeah, I knew about it, but I didn’t want to give those scumbag Republicans any extra ammunition, and we kicked their sorry butts, didn’t we,” and half of the country — the dumber half, but that’s the Democrats’ base — would have cheered.
The mark of a liar is when he tells a lie — or, in this case, has a lie told for him — when the truth would have served him just as well. And there is no advantage for the President to gain by having this lie told, even if it is believed, because he can’t run for the office again.
Of course, accepting the responsibility when things go wrong has never been President Obama’s style; t’would diminish his aura of godhood. Perhaps that was the advantage he saw. That it was an obvious lie would never diminish his stature amongst the sycophants.
This question hit me last night during Leno’s Monologue. With ObamaCare sinking faster than Whale Shit in the Mariannas Trench will BO do a Wag The Dog WMD. That is will he set off a WEAPON OF MASS DISTRACTION to divert our attention? We know he’s done it before, but the bigger mess needs a BIGGER DISCTRACTION. It’s just a question that nagged me all night! Inquiring minds want to know. (The old banner for the National Inquirer)