Daily Archives: November 24, 2013

White House shoves all who worked on ObamaCare under the cone of silence


You will forget everything you told us

You will forget everything you told us

White House Dossier has a succinct summary of a NYT article on what went wrong. Long and short of it, far from Obama’s crew knowing nothing of impending doom, they meddled with the people trying to build it for four long years. The Times reports that all involved have been ordered to remain silent and reading what went on all that time, it’s no wonder Obama would just as soon no one know about it.

“Instead of making a plan and sticking to it, the White House made it up as it went along:

CGI and other contractors complained of endlessly shifting requirements and a government decision-making process so cumbersome that it took weeks to resolve elementary questions, such as determining whether users should be required to provide Social Security numbers. Some CGI software engineers ultimately walked out, saying it was impossible to produce good work under such conditions.

A pattern of ever-shifting requirements persisted throughout the project, including the administration’s decision late last year to try to redesign the site’s appearance and content to make it more informative to consumers, according to many specialists involved.

Incredibly, despite all signs to the contrary, Obama was expressing optimism until the last moment:

“This is real simple,” Mr. Obama said, during a speech in Maryland on Sept. 26. “It’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance plans side by side the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak, same way you shop for a TV on Amazon. You just go on, and you start looking, and here are all the options.”


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Ha! Death wish

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Interesting story on a supposed knockout game victim turning the tables on her attackers, but I think it’s a hoax – all Google searches lead back to just one source, the usual sign of falsehood (remember that reader who was outraged that he couldn’t find an Obama quote anywhere except on this blog? Same thing).


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Can we expect the Greens of Greenwich to set their Mexicans a’rakin’?

Pancho Villa's Last Stand

Pancho Villa’s Last Stand

FWIW’s Irish Correspondent sends along this bit of news from our own North West booby hatch. The science is settled, according to this letter to the editor:

Leaf blowers spew 23X the CO2 of an F-150 pickup.

Leaf blowers have been a concern of mine for quite some time. Yes, the noise is very annoying, but the amount of greenhouse gases they emit is truly staggering.

Here is a quote from edmunds.com, which ran a comprehensive test on one of the biggest pickup trucks available today and a leaf blower

“The two-stroke leaf blower was worse still, generating 23 times the CO and nearly 300 times more non-methane hydrocarbons than the crew cab pickup. Let’s put that in perspective. To equal the hydrocarbon emissions of about a half hour of yard work with this two-stroke leaf blower, you’d have to drive a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor for 3,887 miles, or the distance from Northern Texas to Anchorage, Alaska.”

We and our neighbors to the north and south just signed an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Couldn’t we as Seattleites severely curtail our need to see temporarily pristine walkways, lawns, etc., in exchange for doing our part to limit global warming? We can also limit the time our cars are idling and make sure our tires are properly inflated — two other very easy ways to do something significant with very little effort.

I could give a good god damn whether something breathes out CO2 – I don’t buy the hokum of global warming. But a huge majority of Greenwich citizens do, including our three Selectmen and our Town Planner Diane Fox and Conservation Madam Denise Savageau. Shouldn’t we insist, for the sake of the earth, that leaf blowers be banned immediately from our borders? Disarm our municipal workers! Let’s see a genuine Round Hill rake!

Perhaps we can start off the ban by applying it only to Prius owners, who have so strongly expressed (with a hefty subsidy from other taxpayers) their support for Mother Gaia. When we see how they make out, we can move on to the Parks Department.


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Interesting that he’ll admit what the media is afraid to say


That was then

That was then

Al Sharpton, of all people, condemns “knockout game”, and states that it’s a black-on-white crime. Up to now, one had to piece together two or three reports from different sources before confirming the races of the attackers and their victims; maybe Sharpton’s boldness will give the press a bit of backbone.

“This kind of behavior is deplorable and must be condemned by all us,” he said at his weekly National Action Network meeting in Harlem. “We would not be silent if it was the other way around. We cannot be silent or in any way reluctant to confront it when it is coming from our own community.”

“Kids are randomly knocking out people [from] another race — some specifically going at Jewish people,” he said. “This kind of insane thuggery — there is nothing cute about that. There is no game play about knocking somebody out, and it is not a game. It is an assault and is bias, and it is wrong.”

Critics of Sharpton suggested he could do more, but acknowledged his words as a “good start.”

“I would never condone what he did,” said Councilman Mike Nelson, referring to the incendiary language Sharpton used during the Crown Heights riots in 1991. “But if he wants to move forward, then we should move forward with him and quell any racial tensions.”

I share Councilman Nelson’s sentiments.


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History lesson, unlearned

Peace in our time!

Peace in our time!

U.S. reaches deal with Iran on its nuclear weapons development. “The end of war,” Obama declares.

China unilaterally expands air control over Japanese islands: “Very dangerous escalation”, Tokyo.

Ukraine yields to Russian demands, declines invitation to join EU and joins Russian economic bloc instead.

When I posted on the Ukraine decision earlier this week, Dollar Bill, whom I consider the proxy for all his ilk, responded:

You’re sounding more and more like a cranky, dime-store Norman Podhoretz, a washed-up neocon whose only foreign policy obsession is how do we invent new ways to kowtow to Israel, and its never-ending wars with the Arab world. In this case, you’re weighing in on the Ukraine about which you know nothing. Is that really the best you can do?

While it’s true that I know little about Ukraine, I do know that as the direct result of the economic plan and the people that DB admires so highly, 23 million of its citizens were slaughtered and starved to death. And I do read history: lately I’ve read Churchill’s “The Gathering Storm” and am now half-way-through Vol. 2 of Manchester’s biography of Churchill, The Last Lion”, which covers the same period: 1930-1939, when Nazi Germany rearmed and prepared for war as France and, especially, Britain, refused to acknowledge what was happening before their very eyes.

Churchill was almost alone in his cries of alarm and was called a warmonger, a hysteric and a relic of the Victorian period. Newspapers like The Times editorialized about “Herr Hitler’s” “eminently sensible proposals”, the best academic minds excoriated Churchill as a fool, and he was driven into the political wilderness by a people sick of war and convinced that, if they only pretended hard enough, it would not come to their shores.

I mentioned Ukraine’s retreat back into the arms of Russia because I had just read what the president of the newly-created country Rumania said just before he made a treaty with Nazi Germany: “Germany has its plans; if England and France have none, we must make our own.”

We’re watching history repeat itself, as will happen when people refuse to remember it.

“[O]nly the dead have seen the end of war.”

No matter how hard DB and his pals wish it.


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A Thanksgiving song for Dollar Dave

Thank you, Mother Gaia for this solar heated warm water and our Grapenuts

Thank you, Mother Gaia for this solar heated warm water and our Grapenuts

Lou and Peter Berryman:

Thanksgiving day Uncle Dave was our guest
Who reads the Progressive which makes him depressed We asked Uncle Dave if he’d like to say grace
A dark desolation crept over his face

Thanks he began as he gazed at his knife
To poor Mr. Turkey for living his life
All crowded and cramped in a great metal shed Where life was a drag then they cut off his head

Thanks he went on for the grapes in my wine Picked by sick women of seventy nine Scrambling all morning for bunch after bunch Then brushing the pesticide off of their lunch

Thanks for the stuffing all heaped on my fork Shiny with sausage descended from pork
I think of the trucks full of pigs that I see
And can’t help imagine what they think of me

Continuing, I’d like to thank if you please
Our salad bowl hacked out of tropical trees And for this mahogany table and chair
We thank all the jungles that used to be there

For cream in our coffee and milk in our mugs
We thank all the cows full of hormones and drugs Whose calves are removed at a very young age And force-fed as veal in a minuscule cage

Oh thanks for the furnace that heats up these rooms And thanks for the rich fossil fuel it consumes Corrupting the atmosphere ounce after ounce
But we’re warm and toasty and that is what counts

I’m grateful he said for these clothes on my back Lovely and comfy and cheap off the rack Fashioned in warehouses noisy and cold
In China by seamstresses seven years old

And thanks for my silverware setting that shines In memory of miners who died in the mines Worn down by the shoveling of tailings in piles Whose runoff destroys all the rivers for miles

We thank the reactors for our chandelier
Although the plutonium won’t disappear
For hundreds of decades it still will be there
But a few more Chernobyls and who’s gonna care

Sighed Uncle Dave though there’s more to be told The wine’s getting warm and the bird’s getting cold And with that he sat down as he mumbled again Thank you for everything, amen

We felt so guilty when he was all through
It seemed there was one of two things we could do Live without food in the nude in a cave
Or next year have someone say grace besides Dave


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