Larwyn’s Linx: GOP again chooses politics over policy on immigration

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GOP again chooses politics over policy on immigration: Allen West
More Common Core: Pay Attention, Democrats: Caleb Howe
Fighting back against IRS targeting of conservatives: Nice Deb

A Day of Death: Thomas Crown
The Magnitude of Their Power: Christian Mercenary
Looking for Mr. Jefferson: Clyde Wilson

The Heroism of Wendy Davis: Ann Coulter
To Hipsters Who Think Communism Is Cool: Glob
Sorry About Calling You ‘Uncle Tom’: Larry Elder

Muslims and Political Influence in Chris Christie’s New Jersey: Creeping
GOP establishment: Quit attacking Tea Party and deliver results: Herman Cain
Texas executes man despite opposition from Mexico: AP


Aetna CEO: We May Just Have to Pull Out of Obamacare: Bryan Preston
Wall Street adviser: Actual unemployment is 37.2%, ‘misery index’ worst in 40 years: Exam
Hundreds of Patients in Ohio Lose Doctors Thanks to Obamacare: TruthRevolt

Scandal Central

SMOKING GUN: New Documents Reveal Obama’s Anti-Capitalist Agenda: CFP
Allen West: Obama intentionally trying to overload welfare system (Cloward & Piven): Scoop
What does the NSA Know about Obama?: Loudon

Climate & Energy

Trial, and Error: Michael Mann vs. Free Speech: Mark Steyn
Guardian’s catastrophism leads circulation to plummet ?: Anthony Watts
What is your favorite memory of the Global Warming Winter of 2014?: Marathon


Trevor Loudon’s Dream Team for 2016 Big Hit at SC Tea Party Convention: Breitbart
Blogging Made Easy, 2: Protein Wisdom
Robert Gates and the taint of the insider tell-all: Victor Davis Hanson

Volokh Conspiracy moving to WaPo: Unyielding
A Message to Obama: SHTFplan
Are you an adult or just a sheep? (Language Warning): NC Gun Blog


Obama’s Iran Sanctions Relief Could Fund Terrorism Against U.S.: WFB
War and Dishonor: Daniel Greenfield
Stunner! Iranian FM on Nuke Deal: ‘We Did Not Agree to Dismantle Anything’: GWP

Israeli Forces Break Up Al-Qaeda Plot to Blow Up US Embassy in Tel Aviv: GWP
‘Warzone’: Open street battles in Kiev as rioters, police face-off (PHOTOS): RT
How Chinese Oligarchs Quietly Parked Up To $ 4 Trillion In The Caribbean: ZH

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Ukrainian government texts ominous Orwellian message directly to cell phones of protesters: Verge
Mendix, An App-Builder Platform For The Enterprise, Closes $ 25M Series B: TechCrunch
Artificial intelligence networks: We, robots: Economist


Chris Christie’s Staff Blames Bridge Closing on Anti-Islam Video: Daily Rash
Since liberals think gender is an artificial construct, then this shouldn’t offend them…: Looking Spoon
Rumor: Barack and Michelle Secretly Preparing Winter Olympic Presentation: iOTW

Image: McDonnell won’t answer questions on Rolex
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QOTD: “Well, I think that we have to stop saying that the president’s economic policies are failing and we start looking at really what the trend is. We’re seeing an incredible growth of the welfare nanny state, We’re seeing the poverty roles explode. We’re seeing the food stamp roles explode. We’re seeing more dependency on the government largess and programs. Look at what just happened kicking part-time workers off of their health care insurance plans. We’re seeing a desperation and a despondency out there that’s being created by this administration.

And it caused me to go back and read about the Cloward/Piven strategy of Richard Cloward and Francis Fox Piven who were Columbia University professors. (And it just so happened that the president went to Columbia.)

They talked about overloading the welfare system to a point where it would collapse, you would cause such chaos and then you would have to move from a welfare system to almost a national income system. And when you think about this 11th extension of unemployment benefits, it’s almost like the federal government’s trying to pay people not to get out there and participate in the job market.” —Allen West

Doug Ross @ Journal


The new meme circulating among the extreme, distant, off-the-horizon, far left Democrat and media (but I repeat myself) complex is that Republicans somehow “sabotaged” the rollout of Obamacare.

Never mind that the GOP was excluded from proposing even a single word, a single letter, to Obamacare’s thousands of pages. Never mind that Republicans have had literally no involvement with its implementation (or lack of implementation, more properly). Republicans have had zero — repeat, zero — influence on HHS, Obamacare, CMS, or any of the other alphabet soup and witch’s brew of agencies working on the law.

As James Taranto reveals, the Obama administration’s naked fear and rank incompetence led to the ongoing clusterbungle no matter what the kooks on the left may try and claim.

The real deal?

The White House sabotaged itself through fear and incompetence:

First, the White House moved control of the project away from HHS.

In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services moved “the on-the-ground work of carrying out” from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s office to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS. “The move had a political rationale,” Goldstein and Eilperin report. “Tucked within a large bureaucracy, some administration officials believed, the new Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight would be better insulated from the efforts of House Republicans, who were looking for ways to undermine the law…”

…As a result, “the work of designing the federal health exchange–and of helping states that wanted to build their own–became fragmented.” Nobody was in charge of directing the program.

Second, the White House insisted on utter secrecy for its planning efforts.

In the spring of 2011, CMS staffers “struggled . . . to persuade White House officials for permission to publish diagrams known as ‘concepts of operation,’ ” which would have shown what a federal exchange would “look like.” The White House balked for fear that “Republicans might reprise a tactic from the 1990s of then-Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.), who mockingly brandished intricate charts created by a task force led by first lady Hillary Clinton.” Instead, the White House ordered CMS “to praise early work on those state exchanges that matched the hidden federal thinking.”

Third, the White House intentionally delayed issuing controversial rules until after the 2012 election.

“Meanwhile, the White House also slowed down important regulations that had been drafted within CMS months earlier, appearing to wait until just after Obama’s reelection,” Goldstein and Eilperin report. Rules governing mandated benefits and calculations of premiums weren’t proposed until Thanksgiving and didn’t become final until February. A former Medicare chief actuary describes the delay as “a singularly bad decision” taken “for short-term political gain.”

Taranto concludes with a rapier-like coup de grace:

The story Goldstein and Eilperin tell is one not of GOP sabotage but of Obama administration self-sabotage. The geniuses who were sure they were capable of running the entire medical industry were so unnerved by the prospect of political opposition that at every stage of the way they undermined the president’s own signature “achievement.”

This is in part a story of political incompetence and hubris. Obama and his allies in Congress were unable to win a single Republican vote–and it doesn’t seem to have occurred to them that a monstrously complicated law enacted by a slender partisan minority might prove especially difficult to implement. As Obama himself admitted yesterday in a rare truthful statement: “Now, let’s face it, a lot of us didn’t realize that passing the law was the easy part.”

…We should note that this entire discussion has dealt only with the incompetent technical execution of ObamaCare, what we call Phase 1 of the disaster. Phases 2 and 3, respectively, are the exposure that ObamaCare is a massive consumer fraud and the economic inviability of the entire scheme.

The exposure of ObamaCare as a massive consumer fraud–and of Obama as the Bernie Madoff of politics–is well under way.

I like that phrase. Obama really is the Bernie Madoff of politics.

And every day that passes makes that simple analogy more apt.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Wherein I go nuclear on the mentally defective, traitorous Leftists who have now become pro-war hawks for reasons of principle, not politics

After reading today’s headline story on Larwyn’s Linx — illustrating the stunning transformation of long-time anti-war Democrat Nancy Pelosi into a pro-war hawk vis a vis Syria — I turned to Twitter to express my, eh, concerns.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: The Politics of Race: “Perpetual Victimhood”

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The Politics of Race: “Perpetual Victimhood” : Christine Williams
Obama’s identification with Trayvon Martin: LI
‘Bash mobs’ sweep through Southern California: Ari Bloomekatz, LAT

Cruz: Obama’s Shameful Trayvon Speech An Attack On 2nd: STACLU
Trayvon Martin protesters attack horse, throw rocks & bottles: FAM
‘Justice for Trayvon’ Rallies Set for 100 Cities: ABC

Six-Year-Old Girl Shot in Chicago, Racial Healer Unavailable for Comment: JWF
Hobby Lobby wins stay against Obamacare: Brianna Bailey, NewsOK
IL State Rep: The Chicago Police Are The Ones Killing Black Youth: Jawa

Borelli, Bryant Attend NAACP Convention with Surprising Results: Stacy Washington
A well-regulated militia in action : Bob Owens
Iowa, meet Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz, Iowa. : WaPo


Avalanche of City Debt Downgrades and Eventual Bankruptcies Coming Up: Mish
Obamacare Simplified: Heritage
The Rich History Of The American Left: Cube

The Motor City: Broken and Out of Warranty: Dewey
MI Judge: Needs of the Unions Outweigh the Needs of the People: Lid
Chicago Public Schools lay off 2,113 employees as union-made disaster worsens: EAG

Scandal Central

La Raza Set to ‘Cash In’ If House Passes Immigration Bill : Tammy Bruce
Judge Rules That Detroit’s Bankruptcy Is Unconstitutional, Ruling That It “Dishonors” Obama: Ace
Barry Soetoro Has Registered to Vote at White House Address: J. Christian Adams

MUST WATCH – Bill Whittle: The wretched lynching of George Zimmerman: Scoop
Senate Dems Want to Decide What You Should Be When You Grow Up: Donlyn Turnbull
War On Women: Pelosi Refuses To Demand Filner Resign Over Sexual Harassment Claims: WZ


Pelosi Barks Orders at Media: Breitbart
Use Finally Found for Rolling Stone Magazine : MB
NLRB Isn’t Part of Obama’s ‘Team’: WSJ

Nat’l Media Ignores Zimmerman’s Personal Ties to African American Community: Publius
More of that “national conversation” cowards don’t want to have: Cold Fury
Sharpton praises Obama remarks ahead of Trayvon protests: Times


Will the Senate Rubber-Stamp Power’s Contempt?: McCarthy
Iran’s Mullahs Demand Justice for Trayvon: Adam Kredo
FBI Counterterror Ads Censored in Seattle: Cliff Kincaid


Huawei’s Chinese connection continues to be source of suspicion: Net-Sec
The mysterious failure of Microsoft’s Surface RT: Daniel Eran Dilger, Apple Insider
A Beautifully Creepy Drone View of Beautifully Vain Los Angeles: Gizmodo


Lady M Takes Her Wighat Chickens Home To Roost!: MOTUS
Eric Holder Has a Dream: IOTW
Atlanta Cannonball Possibly Fired by Union Forces: Jeff Martin

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QOTD: “I love how the standard liberal reaction to Detroit going bankrupt is to blame all the missing people. Why do you think they left, geniuses?” —@ConnCarroll

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: A Low-Information Voter’s Guide to Politics

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A Low-Information Voter’s Guide to Politics: Cube
The Kind of Cop We Need: LibertyZone
Failed Government: A Study of Futility: NoisyRoom

Putting politics over public safety: Gaffney
Pick your analogy for Obama’s sequester fear-mongering fail: LI
Barack Obama: the Man Behind the Mask: McCann

When confiscation begins, politicians guilty until proven innocent: Western
GOP accusation confirmed: Obama out to break it: Rubin
Ultra-assertive Obama adopts new strategy: Taking no prisoners: Hill


Circle The Wagons: The Left Goes Gunning For Texas: RS
Obamacare Insurance Plans Will Be Bare Bones — And Expensive: RCM
Non-Teaching School Staff Costing Taxpayers Money: Foundry

Mark Levin schools Jeb Bush and Matt Lauer: Scoop
Doom: A Heap of Broken Images: Ace
Arne Duncan: Sorry For Making All That Stuff Up About the Sequester: WZ

Scandal Central

Sen. Graham Backs Radical Obama Judicial Appointment: Tatler
Is 5th Time the Charm to Get Obama’s Leftist Activist on DC Circuit? : JW
Washington Post report confuses one prostitute with another in bid to debunk Menendez allegations: DC

Climate & Energy

Obama Possibly Trading Keystone for More Taxes?: RWN
California’s Green Energy Completely Fails to Power State: LI
Flashback: Ashley Judd Compared Coal Mining To Rape: WZ


Advice To Candy-Ass Reporters On How To Deal With Bullies: Ace
An Open Letter From a Black Republican to Reince Priebus: IJ Review
NY Times Obama Sequester Hysteria: 125,000 Families Could Become Homeless: JWF

National Journal’s Ron Fournier Asks Why Obama Doesn’t Just Murder John Boehner: NB
Sequester Scare: Two Thirds of News Stories Devoted to Hyping Budget Hysteria: MRC
Pirro to Chi Police Chief Garry McCarthy: How About Tracking Illegal Guns and Policing Southside?: MagNote

Rubin, wouldn’t you like to be a conservative too?: Kuznicki
5 Myths in Steven Brill’s Opus on Health Costs–Part 1: Forbes
Keith Olbermann Wants To Work At ESPN Again: Deadspin

Obama admin opens new front in war on women, calls journalist a c***: NakedDC
Dr. Ben Carson: Your right to own a semiautomatic should depend on where you live: Hot Air
Bob Woodward is a limp noodled tool of Barack Obama: Winter Soldier


Threat Level: Obama: Peters
Jihadists, Suicide, and Nuclear Weapons: Commentary
Hitler’s Islamist Allies: The History Lesson You Didn’t Get in School: WorldThreat

Forum: Do you consider a nuclear armed Iran a problem? If so, how would you deal with it?: Watcher
41% of Dems think president should have power to kill suspected American terrorist on American soil: Hot Air
Biden: Obama ‘not bluffing’ on Iran — ‘as far as you know’ (okay, I added that last bit): ynet

Sci-Tech (courtesy

30 years of PCWorld, 30 pivotal moments in PC history: PC World
How Search Works: Google
Jailed cybercriminal hacked into his own prison’s computer system after being put in IT class: Sophos


Just Had To Share This Picture With You: Western
A Message From the Future: AllThingsD
Some 3-D Printing Links: Chicago Boyz

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QOTD: “Conservatives are fighting a losing battle of moral arithmetic. They hand an argument with virtually 100% public support—care for the vulnerable—to progressives, and focus instead on materialistic concerns and minority moral viewpoints.

The irony is maddening. America’s poor people have been saddled with generations of disastrous progressive policy results, from welfare-induced dependency to failing schools that continue to trap millions of children.

Meanwhile, the record of free enterprise in improving the lives of the poor both here and abroad is spectacular. According to Columbia University economist Xavier Sala-i-Martin, the percentage of people in the world living on a dollar a day or less—a traditional poverty measure—has fallen by 80% since 1970. This is the greatest antipoverty achievement in world history. That achievement is not the result of philanthropy or foreign aid. It occurred because billions of souls have been able to pull themselves out of poverty thanks to global free trade, property rights, the rule of law and entrepreneurship.

The left talks a big game about helping the bottom half, but its policies are gradually ruining the economy, which will have catastrophic results once the safety net is no longer affordable. Labyrinthine regulations, punitive taxation and wage distortions destroy the ability to create private-sector jobs. Opportunities for Americans on the bottom to better their station in life are being erased.” —Arthur C. Brooks

Doug Ross @ Journal