I have a dream.

I have a dream that someday, somehow, a real media will emerge and replace what is now a nakedly partisan propaganda wing of the Democrat Party, which uses brand names like NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN, to name but a few.

But, until then, we’ll have to rely upon foreign media outlets to confirm what we all know to be the truth.

…Obama, he said Wednesday in his Manhattan office, knew full well he was lying when he promised that the Affordable Care Act would allow Americans to keep insurance plans they liked… ‘He had to know he was misleading the audience,’ Kerrey said quietly, recalling the newly minted president’s countless promises as Congress and the public debated his signature health insurance overhaul…

…Obama compounded his rhetorical mistakes with political ones, he said, by agreeing to ditch a proposal allowing Americans to buy into the Medicare system the way they would buy a policy from a private insurer…

…In his Washington, D.C. days, the former Nebraska governor often stood out as the rare Democrat who publicly lamented U.S. entitlement programs’ seemingly unstoppable march to insolvency…

‘We’re robbing from the future to pay for the past,’ he told MailOnline on Wednesday. ‘We just are… And we’re shoveling more and more money to people over the age of 65.’

The result, he said, is a set of financial chains clamped tightly on future generations.

…Asked how to break the congressional logjam, Kerrey thought for a moment and said, softly, ‘It takes a president. It takes a president.’

Is Barack Obama that president? Kerrey stayed silent but shook his head… ‘I’m shaking my head “no,”‘ he acknowledged, finally.

…Another of Obama’s failings, according to Kerrey, is an inflated sense of Americans’ appetite for programs to correct what the White House calls ‘income inequality,’ through new taxes and other income-shifting initiatives that transfer wealth from the rich to the poor… The president’s re-election 17 months ago wasn’t a mandate to conduct class warfare, he said.

…Obama isn’t the first president to make that kind of miscalculation – Kerrey calls it ‘self-delusion’ – while in office… Bill Clinton [was] an unusually good liar. Unusually good,’ the Nebraskan said in 1994.

He told MailOnline that he ‘actually intended it as a compliment,’ although Clinton ‘didn’t take it that way.’

Obama’s lies, he said, stem from the same human flaw… ‘That self-delusion moment comes in a single declaratory sentence,’ Kerrey said, which is, “If they just get to know me, they’ll vote for me” … ‘It’s just self-delusion. … Some of us are good at it, and some of us are bad.’

You know, it’s the strangest thing.

Bob Kerrey is a very well known Democrat, a former senator, governor and presidential candidate.

I just did a quick news search for Bob Kerrey’s statements in U.S. media. Can you guess what I found?

Yeah, that’s right: nothing. Nada. Bupkis. Zip. Nil. Zilch.

Which, coincidentally, is how much real Americans should rely upon vintage media.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

Failed GOP “Strategist” and Professional Shrew Nicolle Wallace Calls Brilliant Constitutionalist Ted Cruz a Liar

I’ve got a question for you: when do you see Democrat apparatchiks attack their own?

I can’t think of a single instance since Joe Lieberman. Say what you will about the radical Left, but they do stay in lockstep.

Not so for the Rockefeller-Scranton-Nixon-Bush Wing of the Republican Party. The Beltway Elite are more interested in attacking the Reaganites — the conservative, Tea Party, Constitutionalists — than they are in beating Democrats.

Exhibit #4,035: Someone named “Nicolle Wallace”, if that is her real name, who asserts that one of the smartest and most accomplished men in Congress is a liar.

Former John McCain campaign aide Nicolle Wallace told Morning Joe guest host Donny Deutsch that Ted Cruz was being “intellectually dishonest” in his mission to shut down the government in order to defund Obamacare, a strategy she felt was tantamount to lying to his supporters at the cost of the GOP’s national ambitions.

“I watch Ted Cruz up there and I say, ‘Is he not getting the memo from Christie as far as what’s getting you elected going forward?’” Deutsch said. “This ‘party of no,’ this anger, ‘I’m strong, you’re a chicken, I’m strong, you’re a chicken’—who is that talking to? It’s so tone deaf. Party of no, let’s kill Obamacare—versus, you watch what [Chris] Christie’s doing: time after time, decision after decision, moderate, moderate, moderate. Nicolle, am I missing something?”

“The problem with what Cruz is doing is it’s intellectually dishonest,” Wallace said. “[Cruz] was also asked at that event, ‘Why don’t we impeach President Obama?’ And he said, ‘Because we don’t have the votes.’ The true answer, the intellectually honest answer: ‘Because he’s not committed an impeachable offense.’ Ted Cruz is doing a whole lot of fearmongering and lying to the voters. He’s presenting an untruthful case.”

“The reason we’re going to lose this debate about defunding Obamacare is because we don’t occupy the White House,” Wallace said. “We don’t have the ability to pass laws and then sign them. The best way to win this fight is to elect a Republican president.”

Obama “hasn’t committed an impeachable offense“? Really, Nicolle? Tell you what, yenta: peruse the Complete List of Barack Obama’s Historic Firsts and tell me which items wouldn’t make it into the articles of impeachment.

As for de-funding Obamacare, genius: if the House passed a bill that funded all of the government except for O’BoehnerCare and sent it to the Senate, who would be on the hook for a government shutdown? Would there be a tidal wave of support for the Unaffordable Care Act? Some kind of groundswell for more part-time jobs and economic misery?

Nicolle Wallace: your track record of failure makes you suitable only for comic relief. You dare to tell us who to listen to and who to believe? You, who can’t get a gig appearing on anything but a failed network like MSNBC, that has lower Nielsens than airport radar and sonograms?

We’re supposed to believe you over Ted Cruz, a cum laude graduate of Princeton, a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law, and a man who has argued and won multiple cases in front of the Supreme Court?

You’re a tool of the left and an utter disgrace.

Ted Cruz is the real deal. And that’s why the Beltway Elites are running scared.

I’m telling you folks for real: I ain’t takin’ this crap any more. I’m calling out every single one of these “Ruling Class Elites” who suckle on the teat of government and media — but I repeat myself — while attacking patriots who believe in the nation’s highest law.

They’re the freaks, the miscreants, and the extremists. They’re the useful idiots.

For we stand on the shoulders of the Framers. And they stand on the shoulders of Marx and Lenin.

And we know who will win that battle when the chips are all on the table.

Hat tip: Mark Levin and BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

FROM THE MAN WHO BROUGHT YOU SOLYNDRA: More Laughable Lies and Phony Numbers for a Failed Economy

Guest post by Investors Business Daily

Energy Policy: The president falsely claims that the jobs created by the pipeline from Canada would be but a “blip relative to the need,” ignoring his own State Department and the unions that support him.

At the rate President Obama is going, he may claim that building the Keystone XL pipeline will actually cost jobs. In an interview with the New York Times last Saturday, he argued that the best estimate is 2,000 initial construction jobs followed by no more than an additional 100 jobs, a mere “blip.”

The newspaper’s transcript of the interview showed Obama chuckling dismissively as he made his point.

Then on Tuesday, in a jobs speech in Chattanooga, the president ratcheted that number downward. “They keep on talking about this — an oil pipeline coming down from Canada that’s estimated to create about 50 permanent jobs. That’s not a jobs plan.”

No, Mr. President, it’s part of a plan to boost an economy that will create private-sector jobs, as your own State Department has told you.

After five years of review and many studies, the State Department found that “including direct, indirect and induced effects, the proposed (Keystone) project would potentially support approximately 42,100 average annual jobs across the United States over a one- to two-year construction period.”

Granted, these are not permanent jobs. But the number is a lot bigger than the 2,000 Obama claimed on Saturday.

The southern leg of the project, from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf of Mexico, which didn’t need the president’s or the State Department’s approval, has already created 4,000 jobs as workers lay and align the 425-mile stretch of pipeline, according to an Associated Press report.

Yes, these too are temporary jobs, but there will be more permanent positions as well. The Canadian Energy Research Institute predicts that Keystone XL will create 117,000 new U.S. jobs over the next 15 years due to oil sands development linked to the project. Hardly a “blip.”

It’s not unreasonable to conclude that with extensive North American resources being transported, developed and refined, thousands of jobs, not only in the industries directly related but in the industries that feed, clothe and support all these new workers and a growing economy, will be created.

How many exactly, we don’t know, but the number is higher than 50 and certainly larger than the permanent jobs created at solar panel maker Solyndra, which was zero.

Where did the president’s pitiful estimates of 50 come from? In citing that number, he was likely referring to a State Department finding that — after the pipeline is built — it would take roughly 50 people to maintain it.
The figure ignores the 42,100 construction jobs over a two-year period or the hundreds of thousands created through oil sands development and what economists call the “ripple effect.”

As Sean McGarvey, president of the Building and Construction Trades Department at AFL-CIO, said at a pro-Keystone rally just down from the White House on April 24:

“The interstate highway system was a temporary job; Mount Rushmore was a temporary job. If they knew anything about the construction industry they’d understand that we work ourselves out of jobs and we go from job to job to job.”

McGarvey added: “It’s about jobs — that’s what it’s about — put Americans back to work again in an industry that has a 14.7% unemployment rate. It’s good for our economy, it’s good for our country; it’s good for our energy independence and it’s good for working men and women in the building trades.”

Keystone is about jobs, Mr. President — lots of them.

Read More At Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal

Watch Your Cash: New BAIL-IN Rules Will Force “Failed Bank Losses on Investors”

Bank Error

When the Cypriot government forced account holders to cover bank losses earlier this year most of the world assumed this was a one-off event, limited only to the people of Cyprus.

Though warnings urging depositors to get their money out of banks spread across the world, few have taken them seriously.

Perhaps now they’ll reconsider.

We’re all familiar with bail-outs, as in the government rescuing failed institutions, namely banks, by injecting them with tens of billions of dollars to prevent collapse.

But have you ever heard of a bail-in?

Japan’s Financial Services Agency will enact new rules that will forced failed bank losses on investors, if needed, via a mechanism known as a “bail-in,” according to The Nikkei. Mitsubishi UFJ (MTU), Mizuho Financial (MFG) and Sumitomo Mitsui (SMFG) are among those proposing amendments to allow them to issue the types of preferred shares or subordinated bonds that would be used in such cases, the report noted.

Cyprus was a test run. It worked.

This is now the official policy of the country of Japan, and is a serious consideration throughout the Eurozone and the United States.

Euro zone finance ministers will discuss on Thursday how to decide which creditors will lose money and in what order during future bank rescues by the bloc’s bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism.

Just so we’re clear, we are all bank creditors by these definitions, thus the regulations being created apply not to just large bond holders, but every individual depositor.

Notice how they didn’t say “in case future bank rescues are necessary.” That’s because they know what’s coming.

The collapse of the global financial system is a foregone conclusion and it has just been confirmed by finance ministers around the world.

When the next banking crisis hits the United States you can be assured that creditors (i.e. individual depositors) will be forced to ‘bail them in.’

Given that that billionaire insiders are rapidly unloading millions of shares of financial stocks  as we speak, there is a strong possibility that this scenario may soon unfold.

So, if you’ve got any significant amount of money at financial institutions, you’d better think twice about how safe it is.

Of course, this is the United States of America, where nothing of the sort could ever happen. According to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, here in the U.S. the crisis is contained and poses no risks to the broader economy or financial markets.

So, you can probably just move along and ignore this warning.

Nothing to see here… It’s just Japan and Europe, after all, and they are all the way on the other side of the ocean.

SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

The Ultimate Doomsday Provision: “Designed For Those Exceptionally Rare Circumstances Where All Other Rights Have Failed”

Though the following 2002 court case ended with the liberal Ninth Circuit ruling that, “the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution does not guarantee individuals the right to bear arms,” at least one judge stood in dissent.

In his dissent, Judge Alex Kozinski argued with the very reasoning our founding fathers used to include the right to bear arms in the U.S. Constitution to begin with.

It may be a decade since the Ninth Circuit attempted to rewrite our fundamental law of the land (a move that was eventually nullified by the U.S. Supreme Court), but Kozinski’s views on our right to bear arms ring as true to Americans today as they did over two hundred years ago when our founders argued the same.

But we shouldn’t take Kozinski’s views simply as opinion. His is a lesson of history, and one that the likes of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Franklin knew well. It’s not often discussed in our pedagogic institutions, nor in the political playing field, because it is considered too controversial of a topic, especially in today’s hyper-sensitive anti-self defense pro-state culture:

All too many of the other great tragedies of history – Stalin’s atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few – were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided or mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act required here. If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.

My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history.

The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late.

The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed – where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees.

However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.

Judge Alex Kozinski dissenting in Silveira v. Lockyer, 328 F.3d 567 (9th Circuit 2003) (full text)

We may live in a relatively peaceful and open society, but it is our right to bear arms that has made it possible.

Take that away, and in due time, a dark cloud of tyranny will inevitably descend upon the land of the free.

The storm clouds are already on the horizon.

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government”

Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334

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SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You