tonight’s musical interlude
tonight’s musical interlude
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama met informally with immigration activists on the National Mall on Friday.
They visited individuals taking part in Fast for Families to “offer their support for those who are fasting on behalf of immigration reform,” a White House official told the pool report. The Obamas spoke with the activists for about half an hour…
President Obama dropped into the Seattle area Sunday to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for congressional Democrats, attending two events at private homes…
…It was Obama’s seventh visit to Washington as president…
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HAS STILL NEVER ONCE VISITED THE SOLDIERS AT FORT LEWIS/JBLM…
if they like their credit they can keep it
Pundits have noted that President Barack Obama has stopped using the term “Obamacare” in reference to his signature legislation. The bill is so universally unpopular now that one can see why he is trying to distance himself from himself. But what shall we call it, if not Obamacare? Its official name, Affordable Health Care Act, seems inappropriate and even sarcastic as many who lost their policies are finding out. The new plan tends to cost more, not less, to give you less of what you want and more of what you don’t. If the president wants to distance himself from Obamacare, he could call it by someone else’s name. Since there is no way to blame George Bush, a more appropriate name might be Pelosicare or Reidcare since they helped author it.
It could just as easily be called Murraycare as our own mom-in-tennis-shoes appears in every photo supporting the bill, demurely standing in her assigned place to the left and behind Harry Reid. So much for women’s liberation. This law is too big for merely one person to take credit, but certainly someone should get the recognition for its fantastic promises, its unintended consequences, and outrageous costs to both individual consumers and the country as a whole. There is one group crying out for that credit because they stood together and, without even reading the bill, enacted it: the Democrats. So let’s call it as it is: Democare. After all, it is their baby.
—RICK TAYLOR ( honorary KisPian )
(Wha? Well, it’s like after doin’ weekly chores for me 92-yo Mom, she rewards me with a couple of bite-size Three Musketeers [see: trained seal & a fish], then gives me a few more to “take home,” which I gobble-down before I actually “get home” … less than a mile away.)
(Wha? Well, the list’s pretty long, so I’ll just leave it at that.)
At least Neville Chamberlain waved around an actual done deal.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the six-month interim period, during which Iran would take steps to rein in its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, has not yet begun. Furthermore, there are still a number of details to be worked out, she said, without specifying what points had yet to be finalized.
Her comments created confusion as to whether the much-touted interim deal, supposedly reached by P5+1 powers and Iran in Geneva in the early hours of Sunday morning, had actually been completed as claimed. Iran on Tuesday accused the US of publishing an inaccurate account of what had been agreed. And its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an address to the Iranian parliament Wednesday that Iran would continue construction on the Arak heavy water plant, in an apparent breach of the ostensibly agreed terms.
“The next step here is a continuation of technical discussions at a working level so that we can essentially tee up the implementation of the agreement,” Psaki told reporters Tuesday. “Obviously, once that’s — those technical discussions are worked through, I guess the clock would start.
… [lots more] …
Psaki’s statements largely confirmed speculations by former State Department official and ambassador Elliott Abrams, who argued in his Council for Foreign Relations blog earlier Tuesday that the language used by the White House to discuss the Iran interim deal was largely “aspirational,” ….
(Wha? *snick* Yeah, no need to ask for their birth certificates, immigration papers, draft cards, social-security cards, or college transcripts.)
Waitin’ for the media to pounce.
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan will take leave of absence from the network in the wake of a flawed “60 Minutes” report on last year’s attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya…
Alec Baldwin’s weekly show “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” has been canceled after it was initially suspended for two weeks following his alleged use of homophobic slurs against a paparazzo earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed after an initial report by The New York Post. The Nov. 29 episode — what was to be its first back from the suspension — will not air, and the series has been pulled from the schedule entirely…
U.S. Border Patrol agents were pelted with rocks and bottles while turning back a crowd of more than 100 people who crossed the border illegally into California, authorities said.
Agents were struck in the arms and legs, and one was hit in the head with a filled water bottle but no shots were fired and nobody was seriously hurt in Sunday’s confrontation that ended with the group retreating into Mexico, according to a Border Patrol statement.
“While attacks on Border Patrol agents are not uncommon, the agents showed great restraint when faced with the dangers of this unusually large group,” Paul Beeson, San Diego sector chief for the Border Patrol, said in the statement.
Such large-scale confrontations have rarely been seen since the 1990s, when crowds of people would storm checkpoints or gather in groups for nighttime dashes.
The tide turned [ ahem ] when the government launched “Operation Gatekeeper” in 1994 that brought 1,000 additional agents to San Diego, and later built an 18-foot-high, 14-mile fence…
We’ve put together a printable placemat with a simple quiz about guns in America that you can share with your friends and family this holiday season…
bonus handy KisPtips…
Rush interviews David Horowitz
Go read it. Don’t cost nuthin’.
I think the most important thing I’ve done in this book is to show the continuity in the left with its communist forebears. These are not liberals. We should never call these people liberals. To begin with, they’re bigots. They’re bigoted against Christians, against America, against white people. They don’t like conservatives. They don’t want two sides to a question. We are liberal. I don’t know of a conservative who wants to shut off the conversation, but leftists do.
[The term] Progressive is certainly better than liberal, but none of these terms accurately describes them. Progressives believe that history is a forward march. Obama put a carpet in the Oval Office with this inscription: “The moral arc of the universe is bent towards justice.” No, it isn’t. What kind of a belief is that? The 20th century is probably the worst century on record for the number of people murdered and oppressed, and the 21st century will probably be worse. There’s no historical progress in the sense of a moral evolution. Progressives think that they’re on the side of history. That’s what drives them, that’s what makes them so arrogant, that’s what makes them despise us, because we don’t go along with their program, and so we’re standing in the way of historical “progress.”
What’s in it for them is the fact that progressivism is a religion, or a crypto-religion. Like religious people, they believe the world is a fallen place. But they also believe that they can be its saviors. Salvation and redemption are not going to come from a divinity, but from the movement they are part of, from the organized left. What they get out of this is the consolation of religion. They get a sense of personal worth; they get a meaning to their lives. That’s what drives them. It’s not money. It’s much more powerful.
I toss this out as the words of a true expert on the topic,
while I’ve merely poked it with a stick once in a while.
I neglected to point out that, more than just describing it, Horowitz actually talks about how to deal with Progressivism. That’s something that doesn’t get discussed much.
(Wha? Well, yeah, but I meant besides that.)
or Fundamental Ch-ch-changes?
Retail. A tough business. Also a crazy business.
Remember the crazy stories about 6am Black Friday sales? Now I’m hearing on the raadio about all the retailers planning to be open on T’giving. whaaaa?!?
Yep — major malls – 8pm; WalMart/Kmart – 6pm; DollarStore – 5pm [c'mon. Even if you give me a 100% off sale, I've save A dollar] Is this the end of the early-Black-Friday thang? [I hope] …or what?
Then, some are opening 8pm – 10pm, closing to re-organize …or something… and re-opening at midnight.
Do they get time and a half? Or ‘holiday pay’? Or…
Who does this?!? Whatinhell for??!?
Cuz if yer really a shopper’s-shopper ya know that the real deals come close to Xmas when stores really want to get rid of the stuff — and after Xmas when they’re reallyreally trying to get out from under.
So, yesterday I go to the supermarket[s] to do the Big Shop [pretending that I forgot nothing and will not have to return] yesterday. The Major Supermarket did not have the little pop-up turkey buttons. On T’giving. They also didn’t have many turkeys. Also, though the front was stuffed with special displays of canned milk, canned punkin, canned green beans and canned fried onions, there were large, random bare spaces on the shelves. At MajorSupermarket. The Monday before T’giving. [It's happening regularly at random times during the rest of the year, too]
Aside: Small, locally owned Market was properly stocked, so it’s not about shortages. Just don’t go there on Wed. — it’s not just OldPeople’s 10% Off Day, it’s hipster doosh-tool day. Srsly. I have no idea…. But ya could drown in argyle socks, odd sweaters and ironic little hats on Wednesdays…
I was just telling JR this evening that the way the left is carrying on about the Kennedy assassination you’d think that it was the TEA Party…
If I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would…
—Big Brutha 2013
…“Somebody keeps on yelling, ‘executive order,’” Obama said. “I’m going to actually pause on this issue because a lot of people have been saying this lately on every problem, which is just, ‘Sign an executive order and we can pretty much do anything and basically nullify Congress.’” When people started applauding, Obama said, “Wait, wait, wait. Before everybody starts clapping, that’s not how it works. We’ve got this Constitution, we’ve got this whole thing about separation of powers. So there is no short-cut to politics, and there’s no short-cut to democracy. We have to win on the merits of the argument with the American people, as laborious as it seems sometimes…
The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.
And the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.
And the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!
Now… the people who are forcing the people who pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.
So… the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.
We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.
Now understand this. All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded…
…The United States officially became a Republic in 1776, 236 years ago…
—Schadenfreude in comments
What’s your mostest favorite T’giving side dish?
What do you hope never to see again?
3 lb. beets (about 10 large)
3 tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup crème fraîche
Zest and juice of 1 orange
Heat oven to 400°. Place beets in a 9” x 13” ovenproof dish; toss with oil, salt, and pepper. Cover tightly with aluminum foil; bake until tender, 40 minutes. Meanwhile, mix crème fraîche with orange zest and juice. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. To serve, transfer beets to a serving platter and drizzle with dressing.
Howz about this?
2 medium yellow onions, cored and quartered lengthwise
¼ cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. flour
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup dry white wine
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
½ cup finely grated parmesan
3 oz. Gorgonzola, crumbled
1. Heat oven to 350°. Toss onions with oil in a 9″ × 11″ baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned, [WHY NOT DO IN PAN?] about 1 hour; set aside. Heat oven to broil.
2. Heat butter in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat; add flour, and cook, stirring, until smooth, about 1 minute. Add cream and wine, and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season sauce with salt, pepper, and nutmeg.
3. Pour sauce evenly over onions. Sprinkle with parmesan, dot with Gorgonzola, and sprinkle with paprika; broil until cheese is melted and golden brown on top, about 2 minutes.
As a number of y’all have pointed out in the comments these past weeks,
there seems to be a sinister plot behind the unconscionable lies that this administration has told.
Sure, politicians are dishonest and untrustworthy as a species,
but what’s behind the particular godawfuness of the Obamacare script?
Why would the Obamunists risk the push-back that getting caught in such lies would certainly produce?
What is their real goal?
The lie, the fraud, does not tell us why they lied in this instance.
The fraud does not tell us what the stakes are.
To know that, we must understand the scheme — the design.
I’ll spare you my clumsy digest of the article.
Read the whole thing.
Yes, it is necessary.
You’ll be glad you did.
(Wha? Well, okay, “glad” may not be the right word.)
I have one problem with this chain of thought, however; and it goes well beyond “ev-er-y. frik-kin’. dayyyyy!”
How could they think they’d actually get away with it? Are they that contemptuous of Americans?
Do they truly believe that they can avoid a total collapse of their scheme by controlling the message?
Do they truly believe that we are at the “tipping point,” so nothing can stop them?
Do they truly believe America will tolerate pseudo-fascism?
(Wha? Yeah, Reid triggering the “nuclear option” certainly indicates that they may well think so*.)
* This allows the administration to put radical judges on federal courts in order to accommodate a major shift of power to the Executive Branch. You know, legal dictatorship … an Enabling Act.
…Of all the hollow arguments Senate Republicans have made in their attempt to scrap the opposition’s right to have a say on President Bush’s judicial nominees, the one that’s most hypocritical insists that history is on their side in demanding a “simple up-or-down vote” on the Senate floor. Republicans and Democrats have used a variety of tactics, from filibuster threats to stealthy committee inaction on individual nominations, in blocking hundreds of presidential appointments across history, including about one in five Supreme Court nominees. This is all part of the Senate’s time-honored deliberative role and of its protection of minority rights, which Republican leaders would now desecrate in overreaching from their majority perch…
In the middle of their interview, Leno asked about this surprising revelation concerning Palin.
After scowling and shaking her head, Berry said, “I mean, isn’t that the worst thing you can imagine?”
When the applause died down, Leno replied, “No, she’s a very nice lady.”
“I’m sure she is,” Berry counted, “but you know.”…
I KNOW…poor Sarah!