Dead Cats: Lonegan!, 08/14/13, (9)19: James Brody

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ERICK ERICKSON – Congressional Outreach; MIKE FOLMER – Common Core Hearings; PRZYBYLSKI – Defund!

DOMESTIC: Guardian – Lonegan/Booker; Hollingsworth – What global warming?; Hanson – Momma of all scandals; MacDonald – NYC Crime; Bloomberg – Frisks save lives; Pollack – Levin & Liberty Amendments; Blake – NC voter ID; Rich – Potomac stench; Vadum – salt & pepper neighborhoods; Sowell – Serious education; Father Patrick Dowling; York – cruz in front in IA; Nielsen – Exxon parks Corbett.

NSA: easley – Targeted journalists.

HEALTH CARE: Guzzardi – Petition to defund; Noonan – High costs; Fox – Cost delays; Roy – Another delay.

PA: Boehm – Philly schools vs. Corbett.

END NOTES: Erickson – no one came; Hanson – Postmodern angst.



““Speaking to State Department personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil, on Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that ‘this little thing called the Internet … makes it much harder to govern’ He also said that ‘ever since the end of the Cold War, forces have been unleashed that were tamped down for centuries by dictators’” Terence Jeffrey

Erick Erickson, Red State: “Congressional Outreach for Today and Tomorrow”

Nothing doing for PA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Accountable Congress has done amazing work chronicling all the town halls and opportunities to reach out to members of Congress over August. Few groups have performed as well as them in documenting activities.

“They should serve as a model for every other group out there in getting this data out to Americans. It is very clear that members of Congress, regardless of party, do not want you to know where they will be this August. Well, because of Accountable Congress and groups like FreedomWorks and Tea Party Patriots, we can tell you.

“Over the next several weeks I’m going to start posting the data. Get it to your friends. Get it to you relatives. Track down the members of Congress. Have your voice heard. Tell them to oppose the Gang of 8 Immigration Bill and tell them to defund Obamacare.

“Both messages are key. Get out there and let them know. . .”

Mike Folmer: Common Core Hearings

Keystone Exams, Common Core to be topics of Education Committee Hearings
“I recently announced plans for two Education Committee public hearings.

“The first hearing, on the topic of PA Keystone Exams, will take place Monday, August 26, at Valley Forge Middle School, 105 West Walker Road, in Wayne, PA. A complete hearing agenda will be posted on Education Committee’s website closer to the date.

“On Thursday, August 29, at 9:30 a.m., in Hearing Room One of the Capitol’s North Office Building, the Committee will hold a public hearing on Common Core as it relates to the Pennsylvania Core Standards. (The State Board of Education recently released proposed revisions to the Chapter 4 regulations that, among other things, will change the name from Pennsylvania Common Core Standards to Pennsylvania Core Standards.)

“This is the second hearing the Committee has held on Common Core. This hearing will focus on getting answers to Common Core questions from the state Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.

“Given the interest in Common Core, I invite all interested parties to submit questions on the issue through the Education Committee’s website. I, along with other Committee members, will then ask the questions to Department officials at the hearing. The deadline to submit questions is Wednesday, August 21.

“Both hearings will be available to watch live on my website.”

Frances Fulton: “Common Core State Standards: A threat to our values”

“. . . I first heard about Common Core while at a school board meeting and I was compelled to learn more. Hours of on-line research and review of information both for and against Common Core, led me to a blog post by Alyson Williams called “Children for Sale.” Next, I discovered Diane Ravitch’s blog. After first supporting Common Core, Ms. Ravitch came to realize that there are serious flaws not only in the way in which it came about but also in its practical application in the classroom.

“There are enough red flags for anyone who is an honest broker in education to put politics aside and voice concern. We may disagree on solutions, but we agree that something about Common Core just does not pass the smell test. And whenever we, as concerned parents and citizens, pose legitimate questions to our state officials about Common Core, we are told that they’re good, rigorous standards and that any information to the contrary is simply untrue or isn’t applicable to Pennsylvania.

In reality, our children are guinea pigs for not only a national set of standards that are experimental at best, but also ideas and concepts that challenge time-honored values and beliefs that are uniquely part of our American culture.

“My school district (South Eastern) recently changed its mission statement to: “Providing Progressive Education to Strengthen the Global Community . . .”

Charlie Martin, PJM: “Who Benefits from the Public Schools?

“What if we look at public schools as profit-making ventures?

“Public schools in the United States, particularly in “blue” cities like New York and Washington,D.C., seem to be an ongoing slow-motion train wreck. Recently the state of the New York City schools came to the top of the recurring-news pile. While Mayor (for life) Michael Bloomberg pursued his various important concerns, CBS News reported that 80 percent of New York City high school graduates required remedial classes in reading, arithmetic, or both, before they were prepared for classroom work in New York’s own community colleges.

“The report was originally headlined “80 percent illiterate” because not being prepared for college work is not the same as being actually illiterate. But then it’s appropriate to point out that the New York City schools have a graduation rate of only around 65 percent, and we can also assume that students applying for admission to the community colleges are to some extent self-selected as well. If only 20 percent of that selected population are prepared for a community college curriculum, what about the others?

“The automatic recommendation when school systems are performing badly is higher funding and more teachers, and when you first look at the New York schools, it seems plausible. After all, the schools in NYC have been reduced to holding bake sales to buy school supplies, and asking parents to bring toilet paper to the schools.

“But then we look at the actual school budgets. . .”

Anastasia Przybylski, FreedomWorks: Toomey – Defund

Thx Bob! “Senator Toomey has been coy and noncommittal in an interview on the Dave Madeira radio program 9 August 2013.

“Pat Toomey says ObamaCare is “fundamentally wrong” and “bad for our economy.” He should be doing everything he can to protect our state from Obama’s health care takeover.

“This includes standing with Mike Lee and refusing to fund ObamaCare. . .”

Call Sen. Toomey right now and urge him to stand with Mike Lee and defund ObamaCare.


UK Guardian: “New Jersey primaries: Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan win Senate nomination”

“Democrat and Republican confirmed as candidates to contest 16 October election triggered by death of Frank Lautenberg . . .”

“. . .In the Republican primary, former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan won handily over Franklin Township physician Alieta Eck, who had never run for office before. Eck received the support of some conservative Tea Party organisations.

“New Jersey has elected only Democrats to the Senate over the past 40 years.

“. . . Lonegan, who stepped down from his job as state director of the anti-tax group Americans for Prosperity, is a familiar voice in New Jersey politics, blunt and conservative. He ran in and lost gubernatorial primaries in 2005 and 2009. He was a leader of successful opposition to ballot measures that would have raised a state sales tax and funded stem cell research.”

Also: Josh Israel, Think Progress: “New Jersey Republicans Nominate Koch Brothers Operative For Senate

Barbara Hollingsworth, CNS: “What Global Warming? 2012 Data Confirms Earth In Cooling Trend”

( – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released its “State of the Climate in 2012” report, which states that “worldwide, 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record.”

“But the report “fails to mention [2012] was one of the coolest of the decade, and thus confirms the cooling trend,” according to an analysis by climate blogger Pierre Gosselin.

“‘To no one’s surprise, the report gives the reader the impression that warming is galloping ahead out of control,’ writes Gosselin. ‘But their data shows just the opposite.’

Although the NOAA report noted that in 2012, ‘the Arctic continues to warm’ with ‘sea ice reaching record lows,’ it also stated that the Antarctica sea ice ‘reached a record high of 7.51 million square miles’ on Sept. 26, 2012.

And the latest figures for this year show that there’s been a slowdown of melting in the Arctic this summer as well, with temperatures at the North Pole well below normal for this time of year. Meteorologist Joe Bastardi calls it ‘the coldest ever recorded.’. . .”

Also: Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner: “Interior Secretary: I don’t want any climate-change deniers in my department”

Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “The Mother of All Scandals

IRS, AP, NSA, Benghazi, Death, Military Protocol, Cover-up, Ron Ziegler, The engaged president;  National security, A false campaign . . .

“The election of 2012 may well have been altered by the Benghazi cover-up, in ways that transcend debate moderator Candy Crowley’s puerile and unprofessional efforts to shield Obama from Romney’s questioning about the deaths. Imagine the fallout on voters had we been told from the very beginning that an al-Qaeda affiliate had stormed our consulate — ill-prepared and unable to obtain needed beefed-up security, reliant for safety on local suspect tribal militias, in a country that had deteriorated into a failed society after our Libyan bombing — and slaughtered four Americans, apparently stationed in Benghazi to help in some way a covert CIA operation.

“So here we have it: a beleaguered “consulate” that was refused additional security and relied on local militias, apparently due to administration worry over destroying an Obama campaign narrative of a reborn Libya and dying al-Qaeda. A CIA operation of some sort supplied something to someone, but what and why and to whom, we are not supposed to know. Four Americans, the very best the country had to offer, are dead, denied assistance when assistance could have saved them — the why and the how and the when of it all we are not told. We fear it might have been a crackpot cost-benefit analysis: four lives versus another Mogadishu and an Obama November defeat.

“We know only that the dead were far more heroic than the leaders who chose not to aid them.

“And in reaction to all this, we jail a petty video maker, who makes the perfect scapegoat as a supposedly right-wing Islamophobic hate monger whose take-down advances our president’s politically correct narrative of Muslim outreach. That yarn required a president, secretary of state, and UN ambassador to lie repeatedly. When we ask questions, witnesses are browbeaten, the knowledgeable fade into the Washington woodwork, the luminaries have all left their offices, and we are left with “phony” scandal and “what difference does it make.”

“All in all — the mother of all scandals.”

Heather MacDonald, NY Post: “Ignoring the realities of NYC crime

“New York’s 20-year reprieve from debilitating violence may well be over. Yesterday, US District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the New York Police Department has been willfully targeting blacks and Hispanics for unlawful stop, question and frisks based on their skin color alone, in violation of the Constitution.

“She has appointed a federal monitor to oversee the department and to develop new policies to end its alleged practice of biased policing. If the monitor adopts Judge Scheindlin’s definition of unconstitutional policing, it is not too soon to start looking into relocation plans.

“The key moment of Scheindlin’s ruling comes with her discussion of the stops performed by one of the NYPD’s most hard-working members.

“During a three-month period of 2009, the high-crime Fort Greene area of Brooklyn had been experiencing a spate of robberies, burglaries and gun violence. The robbery victims described their assailants as four to five black males between the ages of 14 to 19; the burglary victims reported the suspect as a Hispanic male between 5’8’’ and 5’9’’, in his 30s; and the shooting suspect was described as a black male in his 20s.

“During that same period, Officer Edgar Gonzalez of Brooklyn’s 88th Precinct conducted 134 stops, 128 of which had black or Hispanic subjects. That stop ratio is consistent not only with the specific crime patterns then afflicting Fort Greene but also with the overall rate of crime in Gonzalez’s precinct. Blacks and Hispanics commit nearly 99 percent of all violent crime in the 88th Precinct and over 93 percent of all crime.

“Scheindlin, however, apparently believes that population ratios are the proper benchmark for measuring the legality of stop activity . . .”

Also: Rocco Parascandola  et al.: NY Daily News: “NYPD’s stop-and-frisk blasted by judge, Mayor Bloomberg fights back”

A federal judge blasted the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk as unconstitutional on Monday and appointed a federal monitor to oversee the program – a move Mayor Bloomberg warned could have deadly consequences.

“There is just no question that stop-question-frisk has saved countless lives. And we know that most of the lives saved, based on the statistics, have been black and Hispanic young men,” a combative Bloomberg told reporters at City Hall, where he denounced the finding by Judge Shira Scheindlin that cops had been making “unconstitutional stops and conducting unconstitutional frisks” based on race.

The mayor said, “It’s worth remembering that as recently as 1990, New York City averaged more than six murders a day. Today, we’ve driven that down to less than one murder a day.

“Think about what that change really means: if murder rates over the last 11 years had been the same as the previous 11 years, more than 7,300 people who today are alive would be dead” – and many of those lives were saved by stop and frisk.

“I worry for my kids and I worry for your kids,” Bloomberg said.

Also: NRO Editors: “Stop-and-Frisk Is Fair

“U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled that New York City’s so-called stop-and-frisk approach to crimefighting is unconstitutional, a form of “indirect racial profiling.” Judge Scheindlin bases this in part on the fact that blacks and Hispanics, who form the majority of New York City’s population, are stopped at rates higher than their share of the general population. If the NYPD were applying stop-and-frisk in a random, race-blind fashion, then one would expect more whites and Asians to be stopped, and fewer blacks and Hispanics. But of course the NYPD is not applying stop-and-frisk in a random or race-blind fashion: The measure is applied more commonly in high-crime areas, which tend to be more heavily black and Hispanic, and it takes into account crime victims’ descriptions of their assailants.

“That latter practice is what really is at issue here. Blacks and Hispanics make up 87 percent of stop-and-frisk targets, which is in fact lower than the share of crime suspects who are black and Hispanic, and significantly lower than the share of violent-crime suspects who are black and Hispanic. . .”

Michael Bloomberg, NY Post: “Frisks save lives”

“There is just no question that Stop-Question-Frisk has saved countless lives. And we know that most of the lives saved, based on the statistics, have been black and Hispanic young men.

“As recently as 1990, New York City averaged more than six murders a day. Today, we’ve driven that down to less than one murder a day. If murder rates over the last 11 years had been the same as the previous 11 years, more than 7,300 people who today are alive would be dead. . .”

Joel Pollak, Big Govt: “Breitbart News Interview: Mark Levin and the Liberty Amendments”

Breitbart News: With The Liberty Amendments, you’re attempting to launch a movement to amend the Constitution. Do you expect to be successful, and how long would it take?

“Levin: What I hope to do, at least in some small way, is begin a discussion among those of us who believe the Republic is unraveling, and find a way to re-establish the Constitution and reclaim our heritage.  When you look at the massive debt and reckless monetary policies of the federal government; the ability of five Supreme Court justices to pervert the Constitution and impose via fiat their personal policy preferences on the whole of society without any recourse; Congress’s legislating, through massive bills, outside its enumerated powers and its delegation of unchecked power to a massive and growing bureaucracy, which legislates thousands of times each year by regulatory fiat; and the increasing authoritarianism of presidents who issue executive orders to create their own law and also blatantly rewrite statutes by interpretation and execution (or not) based on whether they agree with them or not; I think this and much more evinces the growing and steady decline of constitutional republicanism.

“And I’ve concluded that Washington is incapable of reforming itself, which should seem fairly obvious. After all, it has designed the federal Leviathan, which is getting bigger and more aggressive.  And I was thinking: What has this federal government become? It is not a constitutional, federal, or representative republic, as our Framers understood those institutions. I believe the federal government is increasingly operating outside the Constitution and that we are in a post-constitutional period. This is how justices, presidents, and members of Congress are able to concoct and then impose such monstrous laws as Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, among thousands of other laws and rules every year, on an unwitting population.

“This book is written for those of us who fear what is happening to our nation–the increasing authoritarianism and abuse of the individual–and refuse to accept these events either by pretending they are not serious or as the inevitable decline of a great republic. . .”

Aaron Blake, WaPo: “North Carolina governor signs extensive Voter ID law”

“North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) on Monday signed into law one of the nation’s most wide-ranging Voter ID laws.

“The move is likely to touch off a major court battle over voting rights, and the Justice Department is weighing a challenge to the new law, which is the first to pass since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act.

“The measure requires voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls and shortens the early voting period from 17 to 10 days. It will also end pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-old voters who will be 18 on Election Day and eliminates same-day voter registration. . .”

Frank Rich, New York: “The Stench of the Potomac”

“Washington may be a dysfunctional place to govern, but it’s working better than ever as a marketplace for cashing in. And that’s thanks, more than anything, to the Democratic Establishment.”

You’d think that the market for Washington-bashing would be saturated by now. Not counting the nightly Comedy Central duo, four anti-Washington television shows were showered with Emmy nominations last month. Apocalyptic anti-Washington books with titles like It’s Even Worse Than It Looks and Throw Them All Out have become our daily bread in the Obama years—although none of them matches Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer’s Truman-era Washington Confidential, an enormous best seller in 1951 and forever to be cherished for describing the town (my hometown, I must disclose) as “the nation’s Forest Lawn, where is sunk its priceless heritage, killed by countless generations of getters and gimme-ers.”

Such bile never goes out of fashion. This is proving the summer of This Town, Mark Leibovich’s jaundiced take on “America’s gilded capital,” which leapt up the best-seller list the week of its publication, where it’s poised to end Sheryl Sandberg’s lock on No. 1. As if to ratify its relevance, its release was greeted by a new NBC News–Wall Street Journal poll in which Congress’s approval rating fell to an all-time low (12 percent) in that survey’s history, raising the prospect that it could flatline to zero if the government shuts down come fall. Though President Obama’s rating (45 percent) wasn’t stellar either, do pity John Boehner, who would have been the most unpopular man in America had the field not included Edward Snowden and George Zimmerman, the only names that polled worse. . .”

Matthew Vadum, FrontPage: “Obama’s Neighborhood Race-Watch Program”

“President Obama is quietly moving forward with a plan to use your tax dollars to loot American suburbs in order to help Democrats and fund their corrupt big-city political machines.

“The new plan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to use federal housing policy to uproot and change American neighborhoods is part of Obama’s effort at “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Long ago Democrats declared war on the suburbs and rural areas because, among other things, they tend to be Republican strongholds.

“HUD is the right vehicle for this scheme because its bureaucracy is adept at telling people how to live and where to live. It tells cities they are racially out of balance and pressures them to change their zoning to allow more “affordable housing” so communities have the politically correct mixture of economic development and racial diversity.

“HUD, by the way, ought to stand for the Department of Homewrecking and Utopian Development.

“Ripping apart the suburbs and throwing them back together under the guidance of central planners and bureaucrats would be done in the name of ‘fairness’ and ‘diversity,’ the twin obsessions that haunt the psyche of the modern leftist. . .”

Thomas Sowell, RCP: “Are We Serious About Education?”

“Two recent events — one on the east coast and one on the west coast — raise painful questions about whether we are really serious when we say that we want better education for minority children.

“One of these events was an announcement by Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., that it plans on August 19th to begin “an entire week of activities to celebrate the grand opening of our new $160 million state-of-the-art school building.”

“The painful irony in all this is that the original Dunbar High School building, which opened in 1916, housed a school with a record of high academic achievements for generations of black students, despite the inadequacies of the building and the inadequacies of the financial support that the school received.

“By contrast, today’s Dunbar High School is just another ghetto school with abysmal standards, despite Washington’s record of having some of the country’s highest levels of money spent per pupil — and some of the lowest test score results.

“Housing an educational disaster in an expensive new building is all too typical of what political incentives produce.

“We pay a lot of lip service to educational excellence. But too many institutions and individuals that have produced good educational results for minority students have not only failed to get support, but have even been undermined.

“A recent example on the west coast is a charter school operation in Oakland called the American Indian Model Schools. The high school part of this operation has been ranked among the best high schools in the nation. Its students’ test scores rank first in its district and fourth in the state of California.

“But the California State Board of Education announced plans to shut down this charter school — immediately. Its students would have had to attend inferior public schools this September, except that a challenge in court stopped this sudden shutdown. . .”

USA Today: “Rev. Patrick Dowling comes forward as ‘mystery priest’ who prayed at Missouri car crash scene”

“. . . Emergency responders had been working on extricating Katie Lentz, 19, from her damaged vehicle for at least 45 minutes when they saw her condition was drastically deteriorating. When Lentz asked if those around her would pray with her out loud, the priest stepped forward and said he would.

“After emergency responders successfully removed the teen from the wreckage and sent her off to the hospital via helicopter, they went to thank the priest and found he’d disappeared.

“Dowling wrote in the National Catholic Register that he was returning from mass when he came upon the accident scene.

“‘I absolved and anointed Katie and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not be hurt,’ the priest wrote. ‘I left when the helicopter was about to take off.’”

Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Is Ted Cruz the 2016 GOP frontrunner? In Iowa, maybe”

“There are no polls showing Ted Cruz leading the 2016 Republican presidential field in the Iowa. A PPP survey last month found Cruz in sixth place in the state, behind Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio. But after a particularly well-received appearance at a conservative event in Ames, Iowa over the weekend, there seems little doubt that Cruz, who has been in the U.S. Senate all of eight months, is zooming toward the front of the GOP pack in the nation’s first-voting state.

“The gathering, sponsored by the social conservative organization Family Leader, featured appearances by Rick Santorum, winner of the 2012 Republican caucuses, and Cruz, along with billionaire gadfly Donald Trump. From all accounts, Santorum was a popular speaker; the social conservative crowd appreciated not only his positions but the enormous effort he has made to get to know the state of Iowa and its conservative residents.

“But Santorum’s welcome could not compare to the wildly enthusiastic reception for Cruz.  . .”

Kris Nielsen: “ExxonMobil sends Mafia-style Letter to PA”

“UPDATE: A source has confirmed that Pennsylvania Governor Corbett’s office did indeed receive this letter.

“Now we’re starting to feel some heat!  Because of opposition movements (like my friends and me), Governor Corbett of Pennsylvania put the brakes on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (aka the Pennsylvania Common Core).  Or, who knows, maybe it was his own thoughtful idea that there might be something amiss and it should be put on hold for a while for consideration before burying PA’s kids in it.  Either way, Common Core is not going to happen just yet.

That move is not acceptable, according to the new godfather of Common Core.  ExxonMobil CEO R.W. Tillerson apparently sent a memo to the governor and his cabinet, as well as state House and Senate members, letting them know of his displeasure with the decision to wait.  Read the following, and try to imagine it being read in Marlon Brando’s voice:

“We made you an offer you refused . . .…bad move, Pennsylvania. Bad move.”

“Governor Corbett may soon wake to a horse’s head laying in his bed, which will smell vaguely of gasoline.

As an important side note, guess who is thetop fund owner at ExxonMobil?

NSA . . .

Jonathan Easley, The Hill: “Snowden: NSA targeted journalists critical of government after 9/11”

“Leaker Edward Snowden accused the National Security Agency of targeting reporters who wrote critically about the government after the 9/11 attacks and warned it was “unforgivably reckless” for journalists to use unencrypted email messages when discussing sensitive matters.

Snowden said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine published Tuesday that he came to trust Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who, along with Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, helped report his disclosure of secret surveillance programs, because she herself had been targeted by the NSA.

“Laura and [Guardian reporter] Glenn [Greenwald] are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics throughout this period, even in the face of withering personal criticism, and resulted in Laura specifically becoming targeted by the very programs involved in the recent disclosures,” Snowden said for the article, a profile of Poitras. . .”

Also: Liz Klimas, The Blaze: “Snowden Claims NSA Targeted Critical Media Post-9/11 (And Details How He Chose Journalists for His Leak)”

“Why Edward Snowden chose a documentary filmmaker and a British journalist to leak classified information about the NSA’s surveillance programs — and how he communicated with them — is an angle little covered in the saga of the epic whistleblowing thus far.

“But this is exactly what Peter Maass for the New York Times Magazine delves into in his feature about how filmmaker Laura Poitras ‘helped Snowden spill his secrets.’ Although there’s a whole profile as to how Snowden, Poritras and The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald interacted, Maass also has a revealing Q&A with Snowden as well. . . “


Bob Guzzardi: Petition to Defund Obamacare

Support Ted Cruz, Mike Lee  and Marco Rubio

Please consider signing this Petition to Defund Obamacare with the September 30th, 2013 “Must Pass” Continuing Resolution”.

Tell your elected officials: “If you fund it, you’re for it.”

Defund Obamacare: If not now, then when?

Heritage Action is acting to Defund Obamacarewith the September 30 “must pass” Continuing Resolution.

EVERY Democrat opposes HeritageAction, and Heritage’s President Jim DeMint and Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and any effort to Defund Obamacare. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, many Establishment Republicans have made common cause with the Democrats.

The Incoherence of the Republican Leadership:

If the Republicans are willing to fund Obamacare because they are afraid, what of the Debt Ceiling?

Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “The High Cost of ObamaCare”

This is the reason many people don’t like ObamaCare. It’s also part of why people wind up making fun of the president at state fairs. (On that, everyone should breathe deep and remember, as the noted political philosopher Orson Welles once put it: “It’s the business of the American people to take the mickey out of the president.” It’s not only what we do, it’s what we should do. Welles was speaking on a talk show; it was the 1970s; he was talking about people making fun of some Republican president, Nixon or Ford. So what? They can take it. And they’re not kings. Let me suggest a classy Obama move that might go over well. From his Vineyard vacation spot he should have the press office issue a release saying his reaction to finding out a rodeo clown was rudely spoofing him, was, “So what?” Say he loves free speech, including inevitably derision directed at him, and he does not wish for the Missouri state fair to fire the guy, and hopes those politicians (unctuously, excessively, embarrassingly) damning the clown and the crowd would pipe down and relax. This would be graceful and nice, wouldn’t it? He would never do it. He gives every sign of being a person who really believes he shouldn’t be made fun of, and if he is it’s probably racially toned, because why else would you make fun of him? . . .”

Fox: “ObamaCare cap on out-of-pocket costs delayed, Sen. Paul calls move ‘illegal’”

“A report that another provision of ObamaCare — one that would cap out-of-pocket health care costs — was being delayed brought a defiant challenge Tuesday from a top Senate Republican, accusing the president of “illegal and unconstitutional” acts in changing laws without congressional approval.

“The president doesn’t get to write legislation, and it’s illegal and unconstitutional for him to try and change legislation by himself,” Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Fox News.

The New York Times first reported on Tuesday                         that the administration is giving some insurers and employers a one-year grace period to adhere to the limit, which otherwise would have capped individual costs at $6,350 a year. The full requirement will go into effect in 2015, rather than 2014. The change means some employers — namely, those with more than one benefit provider — could use plans with higher limits or no limit at all on out-of-pocket costs during that period.

“The grace period apparently was granted earlier this year, though was buried in reams of regulatory material and was not publicly reported until now. Department of Labor guidelines published in February had addressed the delay.

“The confirmation comes weeks after the administration announced it was delaying a key insurance mandate — the requirement on mid-sized and large businesses to provide coverage to full-time workers. The mandate, and the cap on costs, were both delayed for one year, in a move officials claimed was meant to give businesses more time to prepare.  .  .”

Avik Roy, Forbes: “Yet Another White House Obamacare Delay: Out-Of-Pocket Caps Waived Until 2015”

Strongly recommended by Rushbo!

“First, there was the delay of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts until after the election. Then there was the delay of the law’s employer mandate. Then there was the announcement, buried in the Federal Register, that the administration would delay enforcement of a number of key eligibility requirements for the law’s health insurance subsidies, relying on the “honor system” instead. Now comes word that another costly provision of the health law—its caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs—will be delayed for one more year.

“According to the Congressional Research Service, as of November 2011, the Obama administration had missed as many as one-third of the deadlines, specified by law, under the Affordable Care Act. Here are the details on the latest one.

Obamacare contains a blizzard of mandates and regulations that will make health insurance more costly. One of the most significant is its caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs, such as co-pays and deductibles.  .  .” “VOTER ID . . .

PA . . .

Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Philly schools, Corbett administration at odds over $45 million in extra cash”

“HARRISBURG — The Philadelphia School District says kids in Pennsylvania’s biggest city will get an extended summer vacation unless the state releases another $45 million to the district.

“The state says it’s not giving the district another dime until an agreement is reached for $133 million in concessions from the district’s teachers’ union.

“Meanwhile, the first day of school – scheduled for Sept. 9 – ticks closer. . .”


Erick Erickson, Red State: “No One Showed Up at Organizing for Action’s Climate Change Rally Because #ScienceSaysSo”

“If a Climate Change rally fails in the woods and no one is around to hear it, did it really happen? How about in Washington, D.C.?

“Organizing for Action marched out of Mordor today to demand action on climate change. They held a rally in Washington, D.C. In Washington, of all places, you’d think liberal hipsters could at least depart Starbucks for just a few minutes to pump their fists in the air Soviet style.

“But alas it was not to be. No one showed up.

“Because #ScienceSaysSo I guess they felt they didn’t have to prove the point. Or something.”

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Our Postmodern Angst”

“In our unheroic age, victimhood has replaced valiant struggle.

“In the globally connected and affluent world of the 21st century, we thankfully have evolved a long way from the elemental poverty, hunger, and ethnic, religious, and racial hatred that were mostly the norm of the world until the last century.

Yet who would know of such progress — and the great sacrifices made to achieve it — from the howls of our postmodern oppressed? In fact, the better life has become, the more victimized modern affluent Westerners seem to act.

“Over ten women have come forward to charge Bob Filner, the current mayor of San Diego, with harassment — the liberal bookend to the political return in New York of former representative Anthony ‘Carlos Danger’ Weiner and former governor Eliot ‘Client #9’ Spitzer. Filner di”d not really deny that he has groped, grabbed, kissed, or verbally harassed lots of females; instead, he checked himself into some sort of sexual-therapy program. In the old days, Filner would have resigned in shame — suffering the stigma accorded a pervert, and terrified that an angry boyfriend or husband might surface to settle up with fisticuffs.

“Now, in our more progressive, enlightened days, the mayor need not fear much of anything. His lawyers have suggested that the city of San Diego was at fault because it did not ensure that its hormonally overcharged mayor took his required dose of sexual-harassment training. Ostensibly, Filner was victimized by not having his social meds. Without them, he was soon overwhelmed by animalistic passions and Neanderthal urges. In short, Filner seeks to be as much a victim as the women he offended. . .”

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