That bumbling idiot that’s already done enough stupid to make Jimmy Carter’s foreign policy look successful today went on TV to tell us that while he knows he doesn’t need anyone’s stinking permission, he will ask congress to let him bomb Syria. He knows he is gonna lose this vote. Then he can blame congress for being insensitive and act like he would totally have ordered an attack and kicked Assad’s ass, so he can keep pretending he is bad and in charge. How pathetic.
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The Post Standard in Syracuse NY seems to think people are fucking idiots. Now granted, I think practically every leftist is a moron, but then again, leftists are not whom they are hoping to convince with their ludicrous and deceptive title of their article that makes the claim that most Americans do not want Obamacare defunded in this article:
Syracuse, N.Y. — While many Americans still have a negative view of Obamacare, most oppose the idea of cutting off funding to stop the law from being implemented, according to a poll.
The poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found 57 percent of Americans disapprove of the idea of defunding the law.
Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, requires most Americans to get health insurance next year or face a financial penalty. Some lawmakers in Washington, D.C. who oppose the law say that if members of Congress cannot repeal it, they should cut off funding to stop the law from being put in place.
The most common reason poll respondents cited for opposing defunding is that “using the budget process to stop a law is not the way our government should work.”
But public opinion of the law continued to tilt negative. The poll shows 37 percent of Americans say they have a favorable view of the law and 42 percent have an unfavorable view, shares that have held relatively steady since February.
Note that it isn’t until the 5th paragraph that we finally find out that what most Americans think is that Obamacare needs to die an ugly death, but not by defunding it – which leaves the door open for future donkey administrations to again take up the torch and ram this shit sandwich down our throats – but by repealing the fucking idiotic law. And I agree with the majority of Americans that think defunding it is not the first priority: repealing it should be the first priority. And the way to do that is to force congress to repeal all granted exemptions, including for themselves, and making it mandatory for all government agents to forever have to remain on the same tier of Obamacare that they provide to the poorest population members. I bet you they repeal Obamacare in 15 mins if we get them to have to stay on the same shitty plans they want us to be straddled with.
Again, Obamacare was not, and will never, fix anything related to healthcare, healthcare costs, healthcare access, healthcare quality, or healthcare availability: it is, and always will be, an instrument of destruction. The target is the private insurance industry. The goal is a single payer system where government controls all the money and the decision making. Once they also own your healthcare, in addition to the ability to make you a criminal at their convenience because of our fucked up legal system, they can truly hold you hostage.
The collectivists are going for broke under Obama.
And gets to keep its visitor log hidden for another 12 years from the public. At a time when the WH is mired in so many scandals, this move by our courts is beneficial to Obama whom now can make it harder for people to link his underlings involved in all these scandals to him. I am sure they will claim the reason they have to hide the logs is for national security reasons. Our country truly is a banana republic. Can you imagine the uproar and anger had Boosh done something like this? Seriously, I think Boosh was a mediocre president at best, but compared to Obama he comes of as a fucking genius and morally superior. If I was a liberal I would be crying, but then again, if I was a liberal I would neither have morals or a continence. That’s why none of them feel any shame about this guy being such a scumbag.
Recent revelations have shown those of us that are paying attention to other sources than the left wing controlled media, that as we suspected, the Obama administration was no friend to our biggest ally in the ME, despite the assertions to the contrary. We can for all intents and purposes drop the veneer now and point out that Black Jesus’ clan only pretend to care about Israel because of the money they want from American Jews. Otherwise Israel is treated worse than enemy states are.
Unfortunately for us, Israel is not the only ally this administration has treated worse than they would enemy states. Ask the Brits, Germans, Italians, Indians, Japanese, or even the French how well Obama’s administration has made US assets work with them, and in a candid moment you will be told that things were a lot better back in the days when the US was run by the cowboy. And the mistreatment of our allies has happened concurrently with Obama’s people kissing up to the vilest and most villainous scumbags on the planet. And I am being kind here in my choice of words. Even the carter administration, which was about the worst on foreign policy I can remember in my lifetime, never could be as ineffective, inefficient, and downright detrimental to our national security and interests as this crew of imbeciles has been over the last 5 years. The US State department is a giant joke. When you can’t even get the Brits to go along, it tells me you are plain and simply incapable.
The obsession with hitting Syria, regardless of the way things have played out, is about something else. Anyone still denying that is an imbecile or a propagandist for the corrupt Obama administration. This bunch of idiots have turned on our allies and treat them worse than our enemies, and now they wonder why they can’t get any help. You piss on someone’s leg day in day out, and tell them to pretend it is warm rain, they are going to do the same right back to you sooner than later. Right now the cowboy the whole collectivist universe was so happy to replace with Obama sure as hell looks like a genius yet again. Not to toot my own horn, but I pointed out that whatever democrats did would end up worse, and I can clearly see I am vindicated. The sad thing is that our once great nation is being harmed big time, so I find neither solace or joy in being proven right on this.
This week, we have been treated to the spectacle of a very famous self-centered person who, in my opinion, is marked for being unaccomplished yet ludicrously admired simply for being hyped, breaking all the rules. As usual, the public is nominally opposed to all the crap and we mouth feeble exclamations about being disgusted while the few remaining Responsible Adults make empty statements about how things used to be different and how they ought to be. However, our subject thinks only of reputation, of image.
Your problem with this–if you have one–is you, you see. Your old-fashioned concepts of life aren’t relevant anymore. Three generations of the “MMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” mentality have at long last given us these elites who have moved past seeing the decency, lawfulness, and spirituality of the American people as an obstacle. Instead, they really just don’t give a shit about you or what you think. They don’t get punished when they break the rules and they accumulate more and more wealth, fame, and power by any means they choose.
Of course, I’m hardly being creative here. I’m not the first person to compare Barack Ray Obama to a vapid and over-indulged celebrity, I know. However, the comparison between Miley Hussein Cyrus’s foul performance at the Video Music Awards and the President’s decision to start an illegal war despite the overwhelming opposition of the public for no other reason than that he seems to think he’s been personally called out exemplifies much of what I feel like is wrong with our country right now.
Consider MTV. Yes, it likes to shock us all. In fact, certain entertainers have always been willing to push the boundaries, when needed. But this is different. There used to be art to it or, failing at that, at least there was a message or some kind of point. Madonna would babble about how she was challenging society’s notions of what healthy sexuality is while Marilyn Manson could speak surprisingly eloquently about young people’s frustration about how they are portrayed by the media.
That’s not the case with the shock we see now. Why it’s there is always purely self-serving. All that matters is that you’re talking about how _______ did _______. “My God, let’s talk about how _____ that person is and how rich and famous ________ is!” Miley just wants you to know that she’s an adult woman right now because she has taken the teddy bear humping rite of passage that all girls must take, obviously. That’s all there is. The music means nothing. There are no artistic expression being made, no causes being championed. The songs are pretty much about how the parties are that she attends and the drugs she does are are really awesome. It’s just about Miley’s self-absorption and fake life. Even if you despise her and everything she does to degrade herself along with her influence over young and confused teenage girls, it doesn’t mean anything. She’ll be no less rich and influential for it, so go fuck yourself with a big foam finger, you stupid little person.
It’s no different with Obama or many others within the government. Obama came into office believing that he himself is what matters most. He really thought that he could bring the Olympics to Chicago, reset relations with Russia, peacefully transform the Middle East, and end the partisan era…because he is The One, I guess. He failed at all of this and he has reacted to it about as sensibly as you would expect a vain and thin-skinned diva with legions of soldiers at the ready to behave.
Obama promised change in the Middle East. That’s his wish, so Libya had to be overthrown regardless of the law. An ambassador gets killed in the aftermath of it while he’s engaged in (REDACTED), but any attempts to determine what happened and whether or not there was something negligent or even unlawful going on is a personal attack on the President by deluded, possibly racist enemies.
In Syria, Obama called possible future chemical weapons use by the Syrian government a “red line” but never really explained why it would be so important for the US to do anything about it, being broke and overextended and pretty much indifferent to the world right now. National interest doesn’t matter. It doesn’t even matter that the neighboring countries don’t want to get involved. No, Obama wants to lay down the law. Since Assad may or may not have punked Obama out and used nerve gas, we will have to go to war. Sure, it will only add to the human misery of the conflict, won’t kill Assad, inflame world opinion against us from countries that are gaining power (as opposed to pissant has-beens like France), and probably assist al-Qaeda in taking control of the country. Obama is doing what is best for Barack Obama. I don’t know how it can be seen any differently. Since Obama’s ego was savagely Pearl Harbored, the usual nonsense about Congressional approval or even a limp-dick UN resolution doesn’t apply.
It doesn’t end there, but discussing the President’s attempts to satisfy his personal wishes through executive fiat on domestic policy initiatives wouldn’t leave me with enough time to post any music.
It’s not like anyone is going to stop him or even can. He’s popular enough and his core following is noisy and influential. No matter how much he fails at any initiative, violates the Constitution, or covers for his agencies when they break the law; nothing bad will happen to him or his closest friends. In that sense, he really is no different from a drug-addicted celebrity skank who maintains the good life without ever really suffering any negative consequences for bad behavior.
You could call me a reactionary dickhead if you wanted, but I feel like I’m way past mere partisan blogging by now. No, our elites reflect the character and spirit of the American people. Until we learn to stop worshiping extravagant wealth and dubious fame, these stupid and broken creatures will continue to dominate our lives. Right now, we aren’t thinking about what kind of country America is becoming or what we are handing over. I’d call the direction one of trending toward a sort of “decadent tyranny”. The nicest thing you can say about those is that they’re filled with stories and when they crash, they crash in grand style.
I’m afraid to think of how reckless and trite we will seem to others. Something tells me that when our era is discussed by historians and professors, the best we can hope for is that they’ll snicker and shake their heads before starting the lecture as we might when talking about the deranged bullshit going on with Honey Boo Boo.
We are all Miley Cyrus.
Anyway, I guess I’ll do some songs or something.
Here are some options:
1. Who Owns My Heart?: Post whatever YOU feel like posting. Ideally, they should be songs that remind you of yourself. Or not. Don’t let me or anyone else tell you what to do, you antisocial degenerate.
2. Wake Up America: Most of us have our favorite decades and artists and that’s just fine. However, I have to say that there is good music being made right now, believe it or not. It’s just not popular with how modern tastes have become so awful. Do you have anything new and good? It’s there if you look.
3. Permanent December: It’s winter in the West. We are a great civilization in decline. What songs and artists would you want to have remembered as our legacy? Our greatest and most glorious music goes here.
4. Can’t Be Tamed: Got anything truly artistic and brilliant? I’d like to hear it.
5. We Can’t Stop: Music to twerk by. Shake your ass to the sound of chaos.
Red Line Bonus: Songs about crimes against humanity, poison gas, and terrorism. Don’t call my bluff!
Do what you like. I’m going all 2010 and later. We have to revive the culture.
Santino: Muse is the best act of the 21st Century. That they aren’t #1 on all charts all the time is proof enough of how wrong our time is. Save Me
stogy: Giving Me a Chance by Gotye. I’m just helping solidify this new like of yours.
pfluffy: New NIN! Came Back Haunted. You can twerk to it if you feel like it. Please tell me you don’t.
Mississippi Yankee: Babel by Mumford and Sons
bgeek: It Starts and Ends with You by The London Suede
Seattle Outcast: That’s What Girls Are For by Steel Panther
hist_ed: The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala by The Arctic Monkeys
Biggie G: Got some of the new Bowie for you. Dirty Boys.
InsipiD: Gimme Some Annihilation by Crocodiles
Oh, Slate. You certainly know how to troll for traffic.
You are a bad person if you send your children to private school. Not bad like murderer bad—but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation’s-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what’s-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad.
That’s the opening line to an astonishing condescending post by Allison Benedikt about how people should not be allowed to send their kids to private schools. I’m not linking directly, but you can find it through the eviscerations by Popehat and Overlawyered:
I am not an education policy wonk: I’m just judgmental. But it seems to me that if every single parent sent every single child to public school, public schools would improve. This would not happen immediately. It could take generations. Your children and grandchildren might get mediocre educations in the meantime, but it will be worth it, for the eventual common good.
This caused Ross Douthat to reply with a quote from Mussolini: “Everything for the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” If you follow the argument, your goal in life should not be to give your children all the advantages you can; it should be to sacrifice them on the altar to the greater public good. It won’t pay off today. But maybe, perhaps, if we wish really really really hard, it will pay off.
I used that phrase “sacrifice them on the altar” very specifically. Notice that Benedick cites no evidence that stuffing more kids into public schools would actually improve them. She just says we should put them in there and … it will happen. Because she thinks so. Her statement has as much reason and logic behind it as a pagan sacrificing a goat to Baal in the hopes that it will bring rain.
I would think this was Poe’s Law, but I have actually heard this argument before on some fringes of the left and some mainstream Lefties. Dylan Matthews and Matt Yglesias made sympathetic noises on Twitter. Dan McLaughlin reminded me this piece of excrement during the Chicago teacher’s strike. And I’ve also heard it from mainstream figures like Warren Buffet.
Destroying this column is like shooting fish in a barrel. But my shotgun has been a little rusty lately, so what the hell.
First, there are many problems that afflict our public schools. The biggest, in my opinion, are parents and students who simply don’t give a shit. I don’t see that manacling them to students who do is going to improve that situation. In fact, most of the parents who send their kids to private schools do care about the public ones. They pay hefty taxes, they vote for politicians who spend on education and many of them only move their kids to private schools after the public schools fail them. They care. They’ve just found that caring isn’t enough when faced with an education system that doesn’t want to listen and defines itself by the lowest common denominator.
If I listed off the problems of our public schools, students abandoning them for private schools would rank dead last. In fact, even the Gawker article hilariously stumbles on this:
Nationwide, where 10% of the nation’s students—and 16% of the white ones from families making more than $75,000 per year—attend private schools, the stratification is similar. White and asian students enroll in private schools at twice the rate of black and hispanic ones, according to Harvard University’s Civil Rights Project. Nearly two thirds of private-school students are from wealthy families. In the nation’s 40 largest school districts, one in three white students attends private school (the number is one in ten for black students).
Of course, that means 84% of kids from white middle class families are attending public schools. And 2/3 of white students in the largest districts are attending public schools. Even if you posit that the private school parents are selfish bastards, they are massively outvoted by those who use the public schools and have a vested and passionate interest in improving them. And this shows in the amount of money we throw at our public education system.
The “make people care by forcing their kids into public schools” argument stumbles on the petitio principii that the problem with our schools is that we don’t care enough and aren’t giving them enough resources. Even if that’s the case — and I don’t think it is — you need to prove that before you drag all the kids out of private schools.
Second, if you mandate public schools the only thing that will happen is that people who care about their kids’ education will move to good school districts**. They will take a bungalow in a good school district over a mansion in a bad one. This is already the case for much of the country. I moved to my current location, in part, because the public schools are outstanding. My university uses this as a big selling point to potential faculty. My brother moved to his current location partly for the good schools.
(*A lot of parents would actually home-school, but I’m assuming if you’re going to abolish private schools, you’re going to abolish home-schooling too.)
You could, of course, tear down the good public schools and force all their teachers and students to go to the bad schools. None of the fuckwits proposing to abolish private schools are proposing this but … one thing at a time, I guess.
Third, private schools aren’t always about bailing out of bad public schools. Ken’s post linked above details the choices his mother made and the ones he is making that have to do more with matching environment to a child than some nebulous definition of quality. Indeed, one of the biggest problems with our public schools is the increasing uniformity of methods and curricula that assume every child should learn the same things in the same way.
Fourth, redistributing “education resources” equally might … might … raise the level of mediocrity. But the price would be destroying the excellence without which our economy and our civilization can not survive. Benedick takes the attitude that she didn’t get a quality education in her public school. But she ended up writing idiotic articles for Slate, so why should she care? But without physics and calculus at my school (a public school, incidentally), I probably wouldn’t be a scientist. Without good teachers and good schools, many future scientists, doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs would fall by the wayside.
Really, when you break it down, that’s what this is about: a raging, screaming anti-intellectualism. Just as socialists hate wealth in material goods, the private school banners hate wealth in education. They don’t want anyone to be better than anyone else, anyone to be smarter than anyone else, anyone to have more opportunities. But if the past century has taught us anything, it’s that dragging achievers down doesn’t lift everyone else up. All it does is … drag the achievers down and the rest of us with them.
Matt Yglesias and others have made the point that the children of the wealthy will do just fine in the public schools (“the research is unequivocal” says Dylan Matthews). They just won’t be as happy. Pushing aside that many private school users are middle class parents who are trying to give their kids better opportunities than they had, education is not a social experiment. Nor are children assets to be used in social experimentation by the state. Even if private schools just buy a little extra happiness and peace of mind for kids whose parents can afford it (and in many cases, can’t), what the hell is wrong with that? Oh, I forgot. Those children do not exist for themselves, but to be assets in our Education System.
The odds that private schools will be abolished are pretty close to zero. But I wanted to blog about this because it illustrates an important point. If you ever wanted to know why I could never be a leftie, this is a perfect example. The idea of outlawing public schools is offensive, stupid, misguided and vicious. It is based almost entirely on wealth envy and anti-intellectualism. And it reduces children to human sacrifices to the Great God of the Public Good. No one would take it seriously (and indeed, Slate commenters are ripping the piece in comments). But it has caused a lot of left-wing chins to be stroked and a lot of, “well, she has a point…” pontificating. It is a vivid reminder of the moral and intellectual vacuum on the fringe Left that our media try to pretend doesn’t exist.
Continuing a theme from Alex’s post, I wanted to highlight two stories highlight just how much things change when the man in the White House has a D after his name.
First, you remember all the anti-war protesters we had under Bush? You might have been wondering where they were. Well, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, etc. couldn’t be bothered so it’s up to … Buzzfeed to ask those questions:
Activists who turned out thousands of protesters during the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq say they’ve been unable to effectively organize or raise money since the end of the Bush years, and that newer causes like drones have seized the space on the left once occupied by opposition to conventional warfare. And some acknowledge that the energy has leaked out of the movement because a Democrat is now in office. Though some groups have organized online petitions and some real-life protests, the antiwar crowd that was on fire before the war in Iraq has made hardly a dent in the conversation surrounding Syria.
“Well, the most incredibly depressing thing was that most of the groups that existed before don’t exist anymore,” said Medea Benjamin, the founder of Code Pink. “That’s the number one problem, is that the antiwar movement is a shadow of its former self under the Bush years.”
Benjamin pointed to groups like United for Peace and Justice, a Communist Party-connected group, as examples: “They’re down to a couple of volunteers,” she said.
Some people are trying to blame the economy or the attention on drone strikes. But the more honest war protesters — i.e., the ones who are just as fired up about Obama attacking Syria — admit that they simply can not drum up the support because it’s Obama. Now I will grant that bombing Syria is not the same thing as a full-on invasion of Iraq. But the protesters were also silent during the bloody Afghan surge. And if you really oppose war, really oppose intervention, the scale of the operation shouldn’t really make a difference.
Now you could accuse the Republicans of hypocrisy too for opposing this while they supported Iraq. It’s a fair point. However, it’s important to remember that the Iraq War started only a couple of years after 9/11 — we were still on edge about terrorists and WMDs. Moreover, as someone who supported the Iraq War and now opposes this one, my explanation is that I learned my lesson. At least in Iraq, we had some shadowy goal — removing a dictator, destroying his WMDs and setting up a democratic replacement. Goal one was accomplished, goal two had already been accomplished by Bush I and Clinton. Goal three is still shaky. But what are our goals in Syria? What’s the mission? If it’s destroying the WMDs from afar, I’m not completely opposed. But if it’s to “send a message” or “maintain or credibility”, I don’t put much stock in that. And if it’s too empower one side in this war, I think that’s a terrible idea.
The second story is that Obama is waffling on whether he needs Congressional approval for this war, police action, kinetic action, conversion of potential energy or whatever he’s calling it these days. Friersdorf reminds us that Joe Biden said attacking another country without Congressional approval was an impeachable offense. I will say what I said on Libya, on Iraq, on Afghanistan, on everything: if there is any doubt, get Congressional approval. And that point is becoming increasingly obvious even to many on the left.
Of course, the reason Obama doesn’t want to go to Congress is because he’d have to justify an attack (indeed, Boehner has already sent a letter asking about this very point). Unfortunately for Obama, going to Congress and saying, “I’ll look weak if we don’t do something” probably won’t fly.
While I could stress the “I told you so” part, the sad thing is that the left’s attempt to force healthcare money & decision making under the purveyance of an increasingly more hostile and totalitarian pseudo-fascist-marxist nanny state government, the reality is that we got screwed, and screwed hard by these fucking collectivist power hungry liars. From the article;
Republicans have long blamed President Obama’s signature health care initiative for increasing insurance costs, dubbing it the “Unaffordable Care Act.”
Turns out, they might be right.
It was not just the republicans saying this, BTW: anyone with two firing neurons could clearly see that the problem with out of control and insanely fast rising healthcare costs has, and will continue to be, the government meddling that forces private insurance to only offer plans that provide coverage of “luxury special niche care items” that a small and special constituency then benefits from, but we then all have to pay for, and will likely never need. And they then accuse anyone that points out how stupid that is of being evil and greedy and in the pockets of the evil private insurers that to the collectivists are in league with Satan himself because they make evil profits.
As I have sais numerous times, and will repeat: the main goal and purpose of the ACA, better known as Pelosi’s spawn or Obamacare, was never to reduce cost or provide more people coverage. Those of us that saw through the propaganda clearly understood the only driving goal was to destroy private healthcare by forcing even bigger costs increases, reduced quality and access, and overwhelming the system with millions of freeloaders, many not even citizens. So these discoveries are not news to those of us that knew better.
For the vast majority of Americans, premium prices will be higher in the individual exchange than what they’re currently paying for employer-sponsored benefits, according to a National Journal analysis of new coverage and cost data. Adding even more out-of-pocket expenses to consumers’ monthly insurance bills is a swell in deductibles under the Affordable Care Act.
No, this is not going to affect the vast majority of Americans negatively: it will affect all Americans that are not part of one of the special groups that were able to buy special exemptions from their democrat buddies. That also was a built in feature of Obamacare. It required some sweetheart deals to buy the votes of many donkeys in congress, and tax payers footed the bills for those sweetheart deals, and created a huge campaign coffer stuffing initiative that had all manner of special interest buy exemptions in return for campaign contributions to the donkeys. The biggest affront is how the tax payer will not only have to cover the ones that bought exemptions, but the extra costs of the loss of the penaltax the groups with exemptions now avoid. A triple FU.
Health law proponents have excused the rate hikes by saying the prices in the exchange won’t apply to the millions receiving coverage from their employers. But that’s only if employers continue to offer that coverage–something that’s looking increasingly uncertain. Already, UPS, for example, cited Obamacare as its reason for nixing spousal coverage. And while a Kaiser Family Foundation report found that 49 percent of the U.S. population now receives employer-sponsored coverage, more companies are debating whether they will continue to be in the business of providing such benefits at all.
These lying fucks are the ones that told us we would actually be saving money while covering everyone AND getting better care. Buyer beware. They are lying yet again, because we will all pay more, for a lot less, and be made to wait a lot longer for that substandard care. After all, the goal is to break the system and piss us off so bad that we let them do what they really want: single payer government controlled healthcare. These idiots somehow have convinced themselves that with private companies no longer in the mix and evil profit making gone, unaccountable and petty government bureaucrats will somehow make healthcare better. It’s the whole magic gnome underpants thing in some bizarre twisted marxist logic. Thanks for nothing you fucks.
Economists largely agree there won’t be a sea change among employers offering coverage. But they’re also saying small businesses are still in play.
Caroline Pearson, vice president at Avalere Health, a health care and public policy advisory firm, said there’s a calculation low-wage companies will make to determine if there’s cost savings in sending employees to the exchanges.
Which economists are these? I bet it’s the same assholes that told us Obamacare would save us money, cover everyone, and make healthcare better back when saying that it won’t affect all of us people already paying too much for healthcare.
It’s a choice companies are already making. The number of employers offering coverage has declined, from 66 percent in 2003 to 57 percent today, according to Kaiser’s study.
Here’s some reality for these morons: as more and more employers shed healthcare coverage to avoid the crippling costs and remain competitive in an economy crippled by other stupid leftist wealth redistribution schemes and scams, this will result in a snowball effect that will force even the employers that didn’t plan to ever get off, to follow suit. In the end everyone will drop coverage because it will be cheaper and less of a hassle. And believe me, Obamacare guarantees it will be a hassle for the employer offering care. These negative consequences are however a feature the nanny staters built into Obamacare, and while they pretend otherwise, they know it’s going to happen.
We can continue to pretend this thing can be made to work and then act surprised every time we find out it is causing more pain, costing us more, reducing access to care and the quality of that care, and completely undermining the healthcare coverage we already have, right up until Obamacare collapses our private healthcare system, but then we deserve to be fucked over by these power grabbing collectivist tyrants and their remake of our country into some version of Animal Farm.
If you hear Joe Biden and John Kerry talk, they all but are 100% certain Bashar Assad himself used chemical weapons on people to justify the WH’s recent need to create a diversion from all the scandals popping up. Unfortunately for these two, and the people that like them feel the evidence is a slam dunk, even the LSM finds some doubt. With that country in chaos, who’s to say that the chemical attack – if there really was one, in the first place – wasn’t the work of some loner, or even done by the supposed rebels themselves in order to give the West an excuse to come barging in? This is the Middle East we are talking about and the death cultists have never had a problem killing a few of their own while blaming the other side, in order to get the Western press to show them sympathy. They shrug and just declared the dead martyrs, as if that makes the action something noble.
Then you have revelations like the British Intelligence services – the same ones that the left these days accuses of having lied when they said they were absolutely certain Saddam Hussein had WMDs back before the Iraqi war to justify that conflict, I must interject – saying that this was not the first time Assad’s troops have resorted to a chemical attack. If that is so, I think those of us that are skeptical of the left and the callous way they are able to politicize everything to serve their narrative and agenda, should be doubly weary about the call to arms. Again we should demand to understand why this time makes a difference, one so big that we now need to start yet another “Kinetic Action” led by the Nobel peace prize winner’s crew, when Syria was totally ignored for months. Especially when this WH has lied to us repeatedly about what happened in Benghazi, the enormous spying campaign on law abiding citizens, the DOJ selectively enforcing laws against the enemies of this administration while giving their friends passes, the IRS being used to target anyone they consider to be on the already mentioned target list, our Homeland Security Department indicating that Americans that value the constitution and their freedoms are a greater threat to the state – read this administration – than the Islamic radicals at war with us, and most important of all, the incestuous relationship between the media and this administration that has such a large chunk of our media constantly delivering the lies and propaganda from this administration as factual news.
Look how well Libya turned out for us. The French got their oil, and the place is a fucking disaster otherwise. And then look at how well this WH’s policies have worked out in other places like Yemen and Egypt. The ME is in an uproar and the rest of the world sees this WH as rudderless. And that’s because these fucks are lost and have no clue how to play the big boy game they so decried that cowboy that was in the WH before them for was messing up. Fuck between Clinton and Kerry as our top State reps I cannot see why anyone still takes this country seriously.
Back to Syria. Ask yourself who has something to gain by us now wasting a few billions on a meaningless campaign to destabilize yet another country in the ME? And again, why now? Then look at the crowd that was so distrustful of government when the issue was Iraq and the intelligence there. See how they are now ready and willing to drop to their knees and suck Obama’s cock on what is clearly far flimsier evidence, for some perspective. This action isn’t about the chemical attack or what is going on in Syria, and you should not buy that lie from these people. Don’t lose sight of what matters, and that is that our governments are fucking us over and robbing us of our freedoms. Syria is just a side show. Nothing but a distraction.
College football starts again this week. I’m looking forward to it, especially as Sal 11000 Beta has expressed an interest in watching it with me. So what better way to start the season than a great big “say what now?”:
Johnny Football will start the season on the bench, but he won’t be there for long.
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of No. 7 Texas A&M has been suspended for the first half of Saturday’s season opener against the Rice Owls, A&M and the NCAA announced Wednesday in a joint statement.
The statement said there was no evidence that Manziel received payment for signing autographs.
The NCAA and A&M agreed on the one-half suspension because Manziel violated NCAA bylaw 184.108.40.206, an NCAA representative confirmed. The rule says student-athletes cannot permit their names or likenesses to be used for commercial purposes, including to advertise, recommend or promote sales of commercial products, or accept payment for the use of their names or likenesses.
“If additional information comes to light, the NCAA will review and consider if further action is appropriate,” the NCAA said in the joint statement. “NCAA rules are clear that student-athletes may not accept money for items they sign, and based on information provided by Manziel, that did not happen in this case.”
It appears that the NCAA had a lot of smoke, but couldn’t quite find the fire. I also suspect they are all too eager not to suspend one of their most marketable players.
But I was thinking about the more general issue — Manziel potentially making money off his NCAA image. The more I think about it, the more my thoughts crystallize around two points:
1) It is ridiculously hypocritical for the NCAA to decree that an active player can not make money off his image and name. I’m not entirely comfortable with the idea with a small group of 19-year-old superstars cashing in on their NCAA careers. But the NCAA is in a glass house on this one.
2) However, the NCAA sets the rules and players who break the rules should be punished, no matter how popular they are.
I’m against paying players in the NCAA. I’d be OK, maybe, with a small stipend. But considering that a scholarship athlete gets an extremely expensive education and considering that athletes for marquee sports get amazingly lavish treatment and facilities (on many campuses, tutoring for the athletic department is the most money a graduate student can make), I’m disinclined to embrace payment, especially not on the scale many pundits are talking.
It’s true that star athletes make a lot of money for universities and see only a small fraction of it, even including the value of their education and the training and exposure can get them pro contracts. But the thing is that the money doesn’t go into some rich alum’s pockets. It mainly goes to pay for the scholarships of the thousands of athletes who aren’t going to become professionals. If Texas A&M paid Manziel a boatload of money they’d either have to cancel the scholarships of hundreds of athletes who are interested in getting an education or pull money out of education or students’ pockets (check out this infographic about how much athletic programs drain from universities; and remember that we’re paying for this through student loans and the tax deductions for donations to athletic departments).