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Monday, March 31, 2014

Obamacare Deadline Today: Go F*** Yourselves, America!

Well it's arrived. Again. Unless boy king decided to change it again because laws are leaving, breathing, documents. Just like the constitution. I mean way back 4 years ago when implemented this, we had no idea how much more technology we'd have. Obama couldn't have foreseen it. Or how bad it would work:
People trying to apply and enroll for private health insurance through Obamacare before Monday's midnight deadline discovered the website was "currently unavailable.", the online marketplace bedeviled by bugs since its launch last fall, went down for several hours Monday morning, a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said. The "tech team is working now to bring the system online as soon as possible," HHS said in a statement.
Don't know why this is a surprise. Even a tried and true website like doesn't work either: 
Don’t feel bad, has its own problems, too. Right now, the countdown clock on the White House web site says there are 16 more days to enroll in Obamacare… except that the minutes tick down every second, and the second area is blank...
That's right. They fucked up something as simple as a countdown clock. But it counts down! Kinda. We'll call it a success. After all, we are very fuzzy on the meaning of "success." Quite the gray area: 
Brace yourself, friends, for the new hate-and-snicker-fest on the right about the Obamacare numbers. It started over the weekend—actually, it’s been more or less ongoing since last fall—but it’s going to crescendo now that the enrollment deadline has been reached. Six million, eh? Bah. A million below expectations, they’ll say, and in any case a fake number. That’s what Wyoming Senator John Barrasso said Sunday on Fox; the administration is “cooking the books.”  He didn’t reveal how he knows this, but of course he wasn't pressed on the point. 
As of Sunday morning while Barrasso was speaking, the enrollment figure was edging close to 6.6 million, and by midnight tonight it might well hit 7 million. Conservatives will say it’s all a big con. Two criticisms have some merit. First, it’s certainly true that signing up isn't the same thing as paying premiums on a month-to-basis. So we’ll have to see about that over time. Second, the percent of enrollees who are young and healthy is apparently a little lower than the most optimistic hopes (it's around 27 percent).
Well of course it's probably mean old rethuglicans causing the disconnect. They are sooooo mean! 
It seems “Dingy” Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader from Nevada who routinely lies about Republicans, the Koch brothers and average Americans suffering under Obamacare, can dish it out but can’t take it. 
“Sarah Palin berated me for calling out the Koch brothers in their attempt to buy control of the U.S. Senate,” he whined in a recent fundraising email.
Well don't worry Harry. You have plenty of useful idiots still waiting to help your party out:

Friday, March 28, 2014

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ghostbusters Shrugged

So in the wake of Harold Ramis's death, I decided to revisit "Ghostbusters," probably his most successful and timeless movie. Watching this movie I know backwards and forwards, I was struck for the first time at how this might be the most conservative movie I have ever seen.

I'm certain I'm not the only one who's noticed this. In fact, this article takes a lot of pains to show how close it was to Reagan's economic policies. But I think it's more than just economics in this. There are small little moments, characters, and plot points that show a very conservative point of view.

Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn't have to produce anything! You've never been out of college! You don't know what it's like out there! I've *worked* in the private sector. They expect *results*. -- Ray Stanz

So at the very beginning we are introduced to our three protagonists. The have never been out of college or they went back because it was easier. In essence they are living off of the taxpayers. I infer this is a public university by Ray's quote about the "private sector." This would assume they are in the public sector. Now this could be a private university and the fact that they get kicked out for being useless would support that fact but it was a necessary plot point to get our heroes to start their journey so it could go either way. I assume state university as I doubt private universities would allow their research money to go to something so foolish anyway.

While at least Egon and Ray seem to be genuine in their research, Venkman is clearly just using the university as a scam. The psychic test scene illustrates this wonderfully.

So our heroes have to go into business for themselves. This is the first time we see a bit of passion in Venkman, some excitement. Some might say that he's just going for another scam ("The franchise rights alone will make us rich beyond our wildest dreams!") but I do think he believes in his friends. He gives Egon the candy bar. Yes this will make him money, but he also believes that this is real. He is not trying to bilk people. And the movie bears that out, they DO catch actual ghosts.

Ted! Annette! I'm glad you could come, how you doin', give me your coats. Everybody, this is Ted and Annette Fleming! Ted has a small carpet cleaning business in receivership; Annette's drawing a salary from a deferred bonus from two years ago! They got fifteen thousand left on the house at eight percent. So they're OK! -- Louis Tully

Louis is an accountant and Dana Barrett is a musician. Some may point to this as Louis being a stuffy conservative and Dana as the free spirited artsy type. But I would disagree. (You knew I would.) Louis is immersed in tax law (and in the second movie becomes an attorney!) There is no profession more deeply meshed with bureaucracy than accountants and attorneys. Look at that quote. He invites clients so he can write off his party on his taxes. He judges his friends and clients by their economic and taxable worth. There is nothing to this guy, he exemplifies an "empty suit." His world is a world of taxes and regulations. He means well but he's clueless. Our only clue to his humanity is his infatuation with Dana.

Dana is not a flighty, artsy type. She is very down to earth. When she first comes to the Ghostbusters, she's skeptical and is only there because of the crazy shit she saw. When they speak of "race memory" and "clairvoyance" she dismisses it. "I don't believe in any of those things." She is a person who is doing what she wants to do, away from bureaucracies and Louis is the furthest thing from a perfect mate for her as you can get.

Dr. Egon Spengler: Excuse me, this is private property.
Walter Peck: [after observing the storage facility] Shut this off, shut these all off.
Dr. Egon Spengler: I'm warning you. Turning off these machines would be extremely hazardous.
Walter Peck: No, I'll tell "you" what's hazardous, you're facing Federal prosecution for about a half dozen environmental violations. Now either you shut off these machines, or we'll shut them off for you.
Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to understand, this a high voltage laser containment system. Simply turning it off would be like dropping a bomb on the city.
Walter Peck: Don't patronize me, I'm not grotesquely stupid, like the people you've bilked!

Now this is the most obvious argument and others have gone over it ad nauseum so I'm not going to here. Suffice to say that this is the government trying to shut down the private sector through incompetence, arrogance, and politics. Peck is the main villain of Ghostbusters, while Gozer is like a hurricane coming. It's a force of nature but has nothing personal against the Ghostbusters. Peck on the other hand is the antagonist you root against. A self-important regulator with way too much power to affect a private business. He's also incompetent. The expert (Con-Edison employee) even balks at just shutting off the containment unit without getting more information but dumb-ass Pecker just steams on ahead with disastrous results. Not unlike most environmentalists today. Check out "Eco-Freaks" on some great examples.

Also, the Ghostbusters deal with the world as it is. They are making it better and getting paid for it. Peck deals with the world as he wants it to be. Which one was right, in the context of the movie?

What struck me most is this exchange which I think has far more weight than people realize:

Walter Peck: [to the electrician] Shut it off.
Dr. Peter Venkman: [to the electrician] Don't shut it off. I'm warning ya.
Con Edison Man: I, I never seen anything like this before. I'm not sure...
Walter Peck: [Interrupting] I'm not interested in your opinion, just shut it off.
Dr. Peter Venkman: [Gets in electrician's way] My friend, don't be a jerk.
Police Sergeant: [Gets in Peter's way] Step aside.
Walter Peck: If he does that again, you can shoot him.
Police Sergeant: You do 'your" job, pencilneck. Don't tell me how to do mine.

Ok, I know this is a comedy and all. But think about it, Peck basically, and without irony or humor, tells the officer to execute a private citizen without a trial if he tries to stop Peck from messing with private property. Does that seem as far-fetched these days as it used to?

If I'm wrong, nothing happens! We go to jail - peacefully, quietly. We'll enjoy it! But if I'm *right*, and we *can* stop this thing... Lenny, you will have saved the lives of millions of registered voters. -- Pete Venkman

Everyone in the government is self-serving. Lenny the Mayor doesn't come around until the prospect of re-election is brought up. Peck is a self-serving bureaucracy. Now here's the thing: so are the Ghostbusters. Yes they were, especially Venkman. He did it to get rich and get the girl. But so what? He was honest about what he was doing. He had proven results. He didn't use force to get people to give him what he wants (except on the ghosts but hey, fuck them) and he used the free market to succeed. The government worker gets by on gaming the system (Tully), pandering to voters (Mayor Lenny), or grabbing power (Peck).

I don't think Aykroyd, Ramis, or Murray intended to make a conservative anthem for our generation. They just wanted to make a funny movie that they enjoyed doing. But there is a reason movies go timeless. E.T. took the most revered symbol of government success, the astronaut, and turned him into an invading monster. Star Wars took the fight of freedom over tyranny to the stars. And Ghostbusters showed how government is nothing but an impediment to getting things done. As Plinkett would say, you may not have noticed these things, but your brain did. It resonated in our collective unconscious to become a timeless classic. If it was just about ghosts, special effects and a few funny moments, Ghostbusters 2 would've been a success.

NOBODY steps on a church in my town. -- Peter Venkman

Wow, defense of religion too. Nice.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Law? Law says what I tell it to say!

Obama extends the health care enrollment deadline to April. Remember silly shit like the rule of law? The boy king says screw that noise.

Harry Reid: Obamacare Horror Stories are all Lies! Ignore those Victims Behind the Curtain!

From The Blaze:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said last month that all of the “horror stories” emanating from Obamacare are “untrue.” 
“Despite all that good news, there’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America,” Reid said in a speech on the floor of the Senate. 
In response to Reid’s claim, which he halfheartedly walked back, the Washington Free Beacon created a video montage featuring 50 of the supposedly fake Obamacare “horror stores” from 50 states.
Yes Harry. Everything is roses. No one is really getting hurt. Unicorns exist. The color of the sky is a beautiful rose hue. People believe in you.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Post 200 (Finally): Obama lives in Dream World. Unfortunately We are the Ones who Must Deal with the Reality of His Choices

From Commentary Magazine:
We've seen it time and time again with the Affordable Care Act. (Earlier this month the president declared ObamaCare “is working the way it should.” He may be the only person in America who believes such a thing.) We’ve also seen this in Mr. Obama’s dealings with Vladimir Putin, who with lightning speed has seized Crimea, threatens Ukraine, and whose top officials are now openly mocking the president (including with tweets ending with smiley faces). Yet President Obama insists that Putin is acting “out of weakness, not out of strength” in attempting to take control of Crimea. This is an effort to seek comfort by engaging in an almost clinical level of delusion. And it’s not isolated to Mr. Obama.
Indeed it is not. The reality of these idiotic, pie in the sky plans are the costs. Someone must pay for these and as it turns out, it looks like all of us are, even those who are supposed to be helped. A man in the highest office in the land is not in touch with reality is a dangerous thing. Obama knows nothing about economic realities, he doesn't understand the human condition at all, he has no idea on foreign policy realities... in essence this is a man who believes he's playing a video game.

The law isn't working out? People can't get signed up fast enough? The system isn't ready? Just plant an executive order delaying the ACA, the ultimate cheat code.

Putin knows this unicorn rider is no threat and treats him as such. Sternly worded speeches are just that: meaningless words. A professor and community organizer thinks that words are enough to change things. They are not.

But who are the real dreamers here? Every single Obamanaut that voted for him. Every single spoiled rotten child that hated Bush for doing mean things and wanted a happy unicorn-filled world where the mean people finally were told to pound sand. Because for these voters, reality is mean. And those who actually deal with reality, therefore are mean people. And meanness is the ultimate sin at this point.

We got what we deserved. Everyone of you who voted for this pixie is going to reap what you've sown. The problem is the rest of us got to deal with your idiotic daydreaming policies as well.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Obama: Look Just Get Rid of that Crap You Have Like Phones and TV and Get Health Insurance!


I do have to agree that people have to make good choices. Spending more on HBO so you can watch True Blood and not having health insurance is a foolish decision. But Mr. President, it is not YOUR decision to make. People have the right to be stupid. Let's also not forget that health insurance was quite a bit cheaper before your help train arrived to muck it all up. People didn't have to choose between the two because both were affordable. Now the cable bill is higher because the company providing it has passed on the higher costs thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the premiums are higher too.

What the hell does the word "affordable" mean in your world, Mr. President?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sadly, this May Have Been the Hardest Hitting Interview Obama's ever Faced.

Lots of people are pissed about this. I'm not. It's silly but not really a big deal. I think Zach may have asked questions in jest that I would've loved to have seen asked in earnest but whatever.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Belgium Legalizes 4th, 8th, and 32nd Trimester Abortions

Belgium has expanded its euthanasia law to remove any age limits for receiving the procedure. Children who are suffering from terminal, incurable illnesses are now able to, with the consent of their parents, request in writing that a doctor end their life. Previously, only adults were able to request to be euthanized.
This is legalizing the abortion of children after the birth. Congrats Belgium on figuring out how to get out of parenting those damn kids. Yes, nothing inspires people like flushing your incurable, cancer ridden kid down the toilet.
Bart Sturtewagen, chief editor of De Standaard, one of the country's largest daily newspapers, said that after 12 years of legal euthanasia in the country, Belgians had grown used to it as an option for the final stages of their lives. 
"I'm annoyed at hearing 'you'll kill children' in the foreign media. We don't use that kind of language anymore. It's a very different debate on a different level," he said.
Stop saying murder, that's too on the nose. Call it "going to the amusement park." I mean why bother with a stop over at "euthanasia?" Just tell the kids they're getting ice cream. Lie all you want to yourselves at how you are basically no longer humans.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

So I Ask Again, What's Racism exactly?

The face of today's racist
Let me get this straight. A DOJ nominee I mentioned back here got shot down yesterday by the senate.
Sen. Casey, a high-profile Democrat, effectively gave his Democratic colleagues cover to vote "no" after he recently came out against the nomination. Casey represents the state where Abu-Jamal killed a Philadelphia police officer.   
At issue is Adegbile's work with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on behalf of Abu-Jamal. Perhaps America's most well-known cop killer, he was convicted for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner. The case has attracted celebrity and media attention for decades, amid claims that Abu-Jamal faced racial discrimination. Abu-Jamal's death sentence was eventually overturned, but his conviction stands.  
Along the way, Adegbile and the Legal Defense Fund got involved in the case, filing briefs and appeals on his behalf. Adegbile's involvement came after Abu-Jamal's death sentence was overturned and after the Legal Defense Fund first began working with the defendant. 
Harry Reid suggests that it's racism because everything bad that happens to a black person is because of racism.
“Maybe it’s time that America had a good discussion on civil rights,” Reid said after the vote.
See the only reason this guy was voted down was the white people don't like black people, according to Harry Reid.

You want to know what racism is? Harry Reid is the face of it. Abu-Jamal is defended by celebrities and liberal politicians because he's black. A lawyer, who went well above the simple act of defending this murderer in court because the defendant was black, was not confirmed for a high level position at the DOJ. This is basically the same thing as separate drinking fountains according to Harry Reid.

Harry Reid believes that bad behavior and bad choices can be excused if you are the correct skin color. If you are black, you then excused from being a cop killer or vehemently defending a cop-killer. Not on the basis that you believe he didn't do it but because you believe it's OK that he did it. Because he's black and the cop is part of a racist (in your opinion) system and it's somehow justified. Oh and the cop was white so he was asking for it. Or something. According to Harry Reid.

I'm sure I'm using a slight amount of hyperbole but the fact is Adegbile didn't just be this guy's lawyer in court, he really went to bat for this killer well after the trial. Harry Reid thinks this is all excusable and the only reason Adegbile didn't get confirmed is because Republican's are the racists.

That's all it is! Don't look at all this stuff in the past. And don't blame blacks because they just can't help themselves to make bad choices. No it's the Republicans that are the racists! Now vote for me in 2016! So I can stop racists who don't understand that blacks are incapable of making good decisions!

Time to call out Reid and the rest of the left for what they really are.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Environmentalists: Saving the Earth One Lie at a Time.

Price due to greed. No other plausible reason
So today the environmentalists have released their own completely unbiased and not paid for by any groups with any hidden agendas decrying the Keystone pipeline. Because, you know, transporting the oil one truck at time with their engines burning oil and gas is muuuuuuch better then just shooting it down a pipe.

In the meantime it turns out that *gasp* environmentalists may be politically motivated and even capable of *double gasp* unethical behavior.

Now let's juxtapose these two stories:
The State Department’s final environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline downplays the significance the pipeline would have for development of the Canadian tar sands, according to a new analysis from a United Kingdom-based group. The analysis also argues that the State Department underestimated the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would come with that development. 
The Carbon Tracker Initiative, a nonprofit that focuses on how carbon budgets interact with financial markets, released the new report on Monday, making its case for why Keystone XL is more important in the context of global emissions than the State Department’s study indicates. 
Carbon Tracker says the government’s analysis “does not fully explore” how the lower transportation costs of pipeline transportation, when compared to rail transportation, would affect future oil sands production. The price of oil would have to be higher to make shipping by rail cost effective. Given the difference in price points at which the various methods of shipping become cost effective, oil companies could produce much as 525,000 more barrels of oil per day out of the tar sands if they have access to the Keystone XL pipeline.
And this:
Chevron, which some years back was presented with a multi-billion-dollar judgment related to pollution claims in Ecuador, has been engaged in a years-long battle against a coalition of lawyers, environmental groups, and activists, and its defense has been an interesting one: Not only has Chevron rejected the specific claims against it, it has maintained that the case is the result of a criminal conspiracy involving those same lawyers and environmentalists, corrupt judges, bribery, and more. The company’s general counsel, Hewitt Pate, said today: “The case against Chevron was the result of fraud, bribery, and other crimes, and its aim was extortion.”  
The story might have struck many as too implausible even for a B movie, but a U.S. district court today issued a remarkable opinion confirming that the judgment against Chevron is indeed the result of fraud.

Just keep on buying the leftist bullshit, MSM, at $5.00 a gallon pretty soon.