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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Paging Homeland Security

With summer approaching, it's time to raise the threat level.  This report comes from Sacramento:
Researchers found that when uric acid—a compound in our urine—combines with chlorine, the result is two potentially dangerous chemical byproducts.

“Not only do you make a nerve toxin, you make another toxin that’s known to be tear gas,” he said.

You heard him right: You pee in a pool, and you essentially turn it into a weapon of mass destruction.
Maybe Saddam Hussein was peeing in his swimming pools.
“It’s been noticed that lifeguards, avid swimmers have had sickness, nausea and essentially all of the symptoms you would expect to get from a nerve agent,” he said.

Those chemicals can also potentially affect the lungs, heart, central nervous system and other organs.

It’s worth noting that one in five American adults admit to peeing in a public pool.
Will Homeland Security now dispatch the TSA to squeeze your junk to make sure you aren't carrying ingredients for a WMD?  Will you now need a federal license to build a swimming pool in your back yard?  Will drones be spying to make sure there is no stealth peeing?

One thing is for sure....if we close urban swimming pools because of the perceived threat, it will be racist.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Today's Quote

“The real question of government versus private enterprise is argued on too philosophical and abstract a basis. Theoretically, planning may be good. But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity—and until they do (and find the cure), all ideal plans will fall into quicksand.
—Richard Feynman

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Food for Thought


If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally ...you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher "cute," but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested “homes”... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing and free cell phones ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If the government's plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied but can’t find work ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more "safe" according to the government ... you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.


By Junius P. Long


Stolen from The Feral Irishman.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ramirez nails it again

If there's a better editorial cartoonist than Michale Ramirez out there, please let me know.  I was a huge fan of the work of Jeff MacNelly, and I guess still am even though he is gone from our presence.  Steve Kelley, now at Town Hall, is also great.  But no one comes close to the work of Ramirez.

Here he notes the common theme of the players in the Obama administration, starting with The One.



Too bad the MSM won't run with this.

Catch all of his work at Investors  Business Daily.

Back from hiatus

Back again.  More and more to comment and post about, but you'll see that shortly.

It was a wonderful time away.  It's even better to be back.

See you around.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Hiatus

As I posted before, the OC will be on hiatus for about 7 weeks.  The plan is to be back up and running come the second week of March, perhaps sooner.  Or with an intermittent post along the way.  However, there will be no regular blogging during this period.  I hope you all will understand.

Please feel free to subscribe or sign up for our emails so you can be alerted when we are back to blogging.  Look to the right sidebar.

In the meantime, all the best to those on the right.  And keep your eye out for even more flim flam from The One.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Paging 007

It's not always politics here at the OC.  Today comes word from the UK.

London (AFP) - British spies are to be given a "licence to speed", allowing the likes of James Bond to drive fast with impunity in the name of national security.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill was to announce the motoring law changes on Monday, which will hand spooks the same exemption as the police, fire service and ambulance drivers.

Officers in the MI5 and MI6 domestic and foreign intelligence agencies will be able to break the speed limit on surveillance and covert operations once they have completed a training course in high-speed driving.

So, does that mean that 007 was breaking the law in all of those car chases we've seen over the last 50 years??

I can picture it now.  As Bond is pulled over to the side of the motorway by a motorcycle cop, he fumbles through his wallet muttering: "Let's see.....license to kill, license to womanize, license to drink, ah here it is", and with a flourish he pulls out "license to speed".

I guess our Congress thinks their pockets have a "license to ignore the American people".

H/T to Yahoo News.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Vets or Illegals

If given that choice, Harry Reid and his Democrat Senate cronies went with the lawbreakers, not those who served.  From Free Beacon:

Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked a Republican attempt to restore military pensions cut in last month’s budget deal, denying a vote that would save up to $20 billion by closing a loophole that allows tax refunds to go to illegal aliens.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) called an effort by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) to repeal the military retiree cuts “fiddling while Rome burns.”

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) “filled the amendment tree” on Thursday, ending debate and blocking any Republican amendments to a bill to extend unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.

Among them was Ayotte’s measure, which would repeal cuts to military pensions by ending a loophole in the tax code that allows illegal immigrants to receive the Additional Child Tax Credit. Her attempt to get a vote failed 42-54, with only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), voting with Republicans.

Yep....let's keep giving to those who have broken our laws by being here illegally.  And let's keep it from those who have served our nation.  I'm especially ticked at that line from Boxer.  She's one of the reasons why Washington is burning.  And why it's not being fixed.  Oh, how California has fallen.

My kind of Congressman

From Patterico comes word of how Justin Amash uses Facebook to communicate with constituents.  And the rest of us as well.

Reposted in full (because it's worth it):

Maybe you already knew about this, but I learned about it for the first time over the holidays, and want to share it with you here. Rep. Justin Amash, a Tea Party fellow from Michigan, explains all his votes on Facebook. Every single one.

Here is an excerpt from Amash’s entry on the Ryan/Murray budget deal:
Instead of real compromise to reform the biggest budget items contributing to our $17 trillion debt—Social Security, military spending, and Medicare—the bill increases federal spending for special interests by tens of billions of dollars and pays for it by raising taxes on millions of Americans. It unwinds the bipartisan agreement from 2011 that capped spending at lower levels, blowing a $45 billion hole in the cap for 2014 and a nearly $20 billion hole for 2015. To help pay for it, you can expect to spend more on airline tickets, and younger military retirees can expect to see smaller cost of living adjustments, among other things.
Here’s another way to think about this budget deal: Imagine that you and your wife have a couple teenage kids and a big spending problem. You love buying stuff for your car, and she loves buying shoes. But you’re headed for bankruptcy, and the kids hope you’ll save up some money to help pay for college. You and your wife promise the kids you’ll compromise with each other. The two of you strike a deal: You won’t cut back on car stuff, and she won’t cut back on shoes (but you both promise that one day you will cut back). You shake hands and tell the kids the good news. Responsible parents, huh? That’s the compromise that happens every time in Washington, and that’s what we got with this budget deal.
It passed 332-94.
OK, that’s a solid explanation of a vote that everybody is familiar with. But what I think is even more interesting are Amash’s explanations of his votes on bills you never heard of. For example:
I voted no on the motion to suspend the rules and pass H R 1204, Aviation Security Stakeholder Participation Act of 2013. The bill permanently codifies in statute an already existing federal advisory committee known as the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC). ASAC, which has been in existence off and on since 1989, has a charter instructing it to “examine areas of civil aviation security and develop recommendations for the improvement of civil aviation security methods, equipment, and procedures.” ASAC has been meeting semiannually since it was last re-established in mid-2011.
ASAC as it currently exists was established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), which formalized a process for establishing, operating, overseeing, and terminating advisory committees. Under FACA, advisory committees are intended to be established only when they are deemed essential and are to be terminated when they are no longer carrying out the purpose for which they were established. I see little benefit in permanently establishing this advisory committee in statute when it’s already performing its intended purpose. I support limited government; therefore, I favor allowing these types of federal advisory committees to dissolve when they begin to outlive their usefulness. The bill passed 411-3.
This kind of transparency not only helps fight the power of money in politics, by ensuring that votes have actual reasoning behind them, but it also gives voters a real insight into the day to day business of Congress. What are these bills they are constantly drafting and voting on? If you keep up with Amash’s Facebook page, you’ll know. Not only that, it looks to me like every post has a comment from Amash listing the roll call for the voting on the bill he just explained. For example, here is the vote on the Ryan/Murray budget deal. Want to see how your Congressman voted on a particular bill? Amash makes it easy.

I am going to do my level best to keep up with Amash’s Facebook page. He has explained well over 2000 votes. He says he makes it to every vote and explains every one. And he says he writes every entry. That is a laudable (if time consuming) thing to do. If you’re interested, keep up with Amash at this link: https://www.facebook.com/repjustinamash.

P.S. If you’re a Facebook person, you can always follow Patterico here. I hope to be more active on the Facebook thing if time permits.
That's the kind of open disclosure that we need from 534 more members of Congress.  And this serves his constituents more than just soundbites and "I voted for X".  Of course, he's making the assumption that his constituents are capable of understanding complex issues.  Good that he represents the Grand Rapids area rather than Detroit.

Where are the rest of the Justin Amashes out their in America?  Surely we can find them.  And support them.

I'm back

Excellent vacation.  Unfortunately, only home for another week or so, then away again - this time for over a month.  So this will be a short interlude of posts, then another dark period.  Hope you can all understand.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Vacation Time

The OC is off on vacation for two weeks.  Posting may or may not occur, predominantly as a function of internet access.  Will be quasi off  the grid so who knows.

Thanks to all of my readers and best wishes for a Happy New Year!  See you in 2014, if not before.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

On the Brotherhood

No...in this Christmas season I don't mean the brotherhood of men (cue the soundtrack for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying).  Nope, I mean the Muslim Brotherhood.  From Cairo comes this word:
Egypt's military-backed interim government on Wednesday declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, criminalizing all its activities, its financing and even membership to the group from which the country's ousted president hails.
When will the US government do the same?  Not as long as The One is still in the White House.  His administration has aligned itself with this enemy of freedom, with some Egyptian media reports saying that Obama is an actual member of the Brotherhood.

Whether an actual card carrying member or not, he's aligned ideologically.  Plus, his inherent hatred of western culture and civilization makes him a natural personal ally of those terrorists.  Will history ever understand how the American people got suckered twice into the self-destruction of having this man as President?

So...the question is:  What does the Egyptian government know that our press and government doesn't?

H/T to Fox News.

Northern NIMBY

From the Associated Press comes news of some NIMBY-like action in Iceland:

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — In this land of fire and ice, where the fog-shrouded lava fields offer a spooky landscape in which anything might lurk, stories abound of the “hidden folk” — thousands of elves, making their homes in Iceland’s wilderness.

So perhaps it was only a matter of time before 21st-century elves got political representation.

Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where the president has a home, to the Reykjavik suburb of Gardabaer. They fear disturbing elf habitat and claim the area is particularly important because it contains an elf church.
Just wondering when those folks at the Sierra Club will start invoking something like this into USA court actions.  Hmm??

H/T to The Blaze.

From our not so distant past

Reposted in its entirety from Powerline:

In today’s New York Times Richard Goldstein recalls:
As Christmas 1970 approached, 43 American prisoners of war in a large holding cell at the North Vietnamese camp known as the Hanoi Hilton sought to hold a brief church service. Their guards stopped them, and so the seeds of rebellion were planted.
A few days later, Lt. Cmdr. Edwin A. Shuman III, a downed Navy pilot, orchestrated the resistance, knowing he would be the first to face the consequences: a beating in a torture cell.

“Ned stepped forward and said, ‘Are we really committed to having church Sunday? I want to know person by person,’” a fellow prisoner, Leo K. Thorsness, recounted in a memoir. “He went around the cell pointing to each of us individually,” Mr. Thorsness continued. “When the 42nd man said yes, it was unanimous. At that instant, Ned knew he would end up in the torture cells.”

The following Sunday, Commander Shuman, who died on Dec. 3 at 82, stepped forward to lead a prayer session and was quickly hustled away by guards. The next four ranking officers did the same, and they, too, were taken away to be beaten. Meanwhile, as Mr. Thorsness told it, “the guards were now hitting P.O.W.s with gun butts and the cell was in chaos.”
And then, he remembered, the sixth-ranking senior officer began, “Gentlemen, the Lord’s Prayer.”

"And this time,” he added, “we finished it.”
Col. Thorsness tells the story in his moving memoir Surviving Hell: A POW’s Journey. In 2009 NRO excerpted the story from the memoir here. The Times recalls the story today as it notes the death of Commander Shuman earlier this month at the age of 82. RIP.

These, and other stories of American character, must never be forgotten.  And it is up to us to ensure that such a country never ends.

Merry Christmas!!

There, I've said it.  Now, between the NSA and the Political Correctness Thought Police, I should expect to be on two "naughty" lists for next year.

In all seriousness, Merry Christmas.  May all your presents fit.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Santa - Left or Right?

Many people, and you can count the OC among them, have compared the vast liberal giveaways to Christmas.  We've said that the American people don't want to vote against Santa Claus, in the form of ever increasing federal handouts.  Well, Adam Shaw has his spin on the question of whether Santa is on the right or the left.  Reposted in its entirety:

I’ve been making a list and checking it twice, and although I can’t tell you who’s been naughty or nice, I can say that Santa Claus has all the hallmarks of being a conservative.
Could it be true? Could everyone’s favorite Christmas figure be a right-winger? Well, let’s see the evidence:

1. Did you ever hear Santa wishing someone a “Happy Holidays?” No, for the man in red, it’s always “Merry Christmas” – no matter who it offends.

2. He lives in the North Pole – a tax haven with a zero percent tax rate – hardly a sign of someone who believes in government and wants to pay his “fair share.”

3. Santa’s whole mission is one of private charity. There are no records of the Santa Claus movement being given even $1 in public assistance. Santa epitomizes charity over welfare.

4. He is the sole employer in the area of huge amounts of unskilled elves. Does anyone really believe they are getting minimum wage? They certainly aren’t getting $15 an hour as the unions demand.

5. Speaking of unions, if one calculates the amount of work required at Christmas, there must be some solid all-nighters being pulled by the Santa team. There’s certainly no room for union-allocated breaks and hour limits. Santa’s factory would not meet the approval of the left.

6.Santa is almost single handedly responsible for the surge of consumerism that pounds our culture every year – a trend that benefits big corporations enormously, and something that our liberal friends despise.

7. On the subject of regulation, does the sleigh meet EPA regulations? Its unspecified power source is hardly an approved fuel – yet Santa seems not to care whether it damages the environment or not. Is Santa a global warming ‘denier?’ It sure sounds like it!

8. Santa also operates what would be an enormous factory right near the ice caps. Definitely no climate change concerns here then.

9. Also, flying reindeers must surely be a protected species. Is it ethical to be using them for intense labor lugging around tons of presents across the globe? PETA would surely have a fit, but Santa appears not to have any ethical concerns for Rudolph and his friends.

10. As for the children to whom he delivers gifts, these are no handouts. Kids must earn their gifts via good behavior, promoting a conservative work ethic, and Santa has no problem with snatching gifts away from naughty kids. Punishment is not a naughty word for Claus.

11. The naughty or nice list also shows an objective moral compass. Santa apparently rejects liberal relativism or explaining away bad behavior with pop psychology and ‘culture’ issues.

12. His love of cookies and large stomach shows a blatant disregard for Michelle Obama’s healthy eating program, as it encourages children to believe that eating vast quantities of cookies is perfectly acceptable. If he were a liberal, he’d be asking for broccoli and cranberry juice.

13. Finally, he works with Coca-Cola – one of the biggest corporations on the planet - something that no self-respecting liberal would even dream of doing.

The evidence is clear – Santa is a conservative. But our liberal friends should not worry, just like a good conservative, Santa excludes no-one! Merry Christmas!
 

On Hayek

Reposted in its entirety from Steven Hayward at Powerline:

It’s been a while since we checked in Friedrich Hayek (though I did write about him in connection with Obamacare in one of my first Forbes.com columns), but it is worth drawing your attention to a short series of video lectures about Hayek from Tyler Cowen of George Mason University.

In addition to writing an occasional column for the business pages of the New York Times, Cowen and his colleague Alex Tabarrok operate one of the more successful online education platforms, Marginal Revolution University.  This series walks through each chapter of Hayek’s essay collection Individualism and the Economic Order.  They’re all fairly short—about 5 minutes in length—but if you only have time for one, make it this one, about Hayek’s seminal essay, “The Use of Knowledge in Society.”  If there’s a single writing by Hayek that everyone should read and know, it’s this one.


Unfortunately, the state of economic knowledge in America is horrific.  If America is to once again return to its place as the world's economic powerhouse, the American people will have to up their own games in terms of knowledge of markets.  And knowledge of how government can destroy those markets.  Such as the insurance market.  But that's for another posting.

Here's to your health

Medical news to cheer you up:

According to a new study, alcohol can boost your immune system.

Researchers vaccinated animals and then gave them access to alcohol. Researchers found that the animals that had consumed alcohol also had faster responses to the vaccines.

According to Medical News Today, the researchers hope this study leads to a better understanding of how the immune system works, and how to improve its ability to respond to vaccines and infections. Researchers were able to show other data to back their findings. According to UCR Today, moderate alcohol consumption has long been associated with a lower mortality rate.

Moderate alcohol consumption boosts your immune system while chronic alcohol consumption leads to a suppressed vaccine response.

The difference between moderate and chronic is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. They define moderate as no more than four drinks on a single day and no more than 14 in a week for men. For women, it is defined as no more than three drinks on a single day and no more than seven in a week.
Of course, the OC prefers his either neat (for the scotch) or chilled (for the beer).  He also notes that the 14 drinks per week don't mention the size of the drink.  Hmmm.....

Anyhow, to your health!!

H/T to CBS Atlanta.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pre-website Obamacare commentary

With more and more rubble of the Obamacare edifice gathering around us, it's time to go back a few months.  Before the October roll-out, Obama publicly went on the attack, blaming Fox News for the bad news on Obamacare.  Neil Cavuto gave a great shot back to The One - a video that we should all remember, replay and share:



Neil sums it up nicely.  Imagine what an updated version with all of the post-October blunders and fixes would sound like.

On the Oregon Trail

News today out of Oregon courtesy of Fox News:

Some applicants for health insurance in Oregon have begun receiving robocalls from that state's health exchange warning that they will be forced to seek coverage elsewhere if they don't receive confirmation of enrollment by Monday.

The Oregonian reports that the robocalls from Cover Oregon consist of a woman's voice saying "If you haven't heard from us by December 23, it is unlikely your application will be processed for January 1 insurance coverage. If you want to be sure you have insurance coverage starting January 1, you have other options."

The phone call goes on to say that applicants who don't receive confirmation will be able to get coverage from an insurance company or agent, but will not be eligible for tax credits.
So....we make the insurance more expensive, but promise to offset it with tax credits.  But then we have a failed system which means you can't avail yourself of the credits.  Which means you pay more, and for a policy that fits some bureaucratic standard, not your preference.

That's what you get when government tries to get into business.  When government knows best.

At least someone remembers Harry Truman:

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber vowed in November to enroll all Oregonians who needed individual insurance by January 1. In an interview with the Associated Press earlier this month, Kitzhaber said that the process had been slowed due to incomplete applications, some of which had come back unsigned. However, he added "I'm certainly willing to be held accountable for the fact that everybody who wanted coverage by January 1 is not going to get it."
So, when are Sebelius and Obama going to be held accountable?  Or is it still George Bush's fault?

Friday, December 20, 2013

On "Tolerance"

Jonathan Adler posts at the Volokh Conspiracy:

Too often people forget that the idea of tolerance presumes that there is something objectionable that must be tolerated.  Toleration is not the same thing as acceptance, yet in the name of the former, many people demand the latter.
I'd say that last line hits modern progressives right between the eyes.

Ad hoc government

One of the hallmarks of the "Rule of Law" is that it was a fixed standard.  Unlike the days when a king could govern on the basis of a whim, laws established clear and defined standards for the application of governing.  But we are moving further and further away from that, back to the "Rule of Men".  Or perhaps that should include "Queen Seeb".

From Chris Stirewalt of Fox:

HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES: OBAMACARE REWRITTEN AGAIN - The federal government banned millions of insurance policies, forbidding what President Obama referred to as “bad apple” coverage. The new policies under ObamaCare were supposed to be, as his chief spokesman said, “an apple that’s fresh and delicious.” If you liked your produce but couldn’t, as promised, keep it, you would like the ObamaCare version even better. As it turns out, many of the people whose insurance policies the administration banned simply cannot afford the new, ObamaCare complaint offerings. What’s answer? To allow Americans to buy bare-bones plans previously available only in special cases. How about them apples?

Obama drives another fiat - As ObamaCare’s Web site gets under full steam after nearly three months of failure, it has become clear that the program will result in coverage disruptions for many Americans. Despite the administration calling on the insurance industry to try to accommodate the pandemonium created by contradictory orders from the administration, the latest rule change is essentially waiving a central provision of the law for anyone currently insured. The individual mandate was intended to boost insurance companies that are seeing profits crunched under new federal regulations – margins would go down but volume would go up. It matters to you because without enough paying customers, insurers will be forced to further hike rates. Waiving the mandate is a big change to make by proclamation.

Wormy - The worse apples now being pushed by Obama don’t provide much money to offset the risks, and that’s even if insurers are able to keep pace with the ever-changing Obama position on what is good and what is bad for American insurance consumers. The possibility of systemic collapse in the New Year looks increasingly real.
This is government on the fly, making it up as it goes.  Now, I'm a big fan of improvisational jazz and improv comedy.  But not for governing a country of over 300 million people.  That requires clear, consistent law.  Which is the furthest thing from the minds of those in the current regime.

Where are all those folks that complained about the Imperial Presidencies of Nixon, Reagan and Bush?  Oh yeah, it's different when it's our guy in the White House.


About Phil

There's been a lot of opinion posted, broadcast and printed over the dispute between Phil Robertson and the A&E Network.  So why not add a few more electrons to the mix.

First off, this is not about the 1st Amendment.  Go back and read the actual text of the Constitution. (FWIW, I've thought that Obama should do the same, but that's for another post.  But it did let me get in a swipe at The One.)  It's a prohibition on governmental restrictions on free speech.  Nothing in it prohibits individual or corporate restrictions.  So while the concept of "freedom of speech" is definitely in play, let's leave the 1st Amendment out of this.

Which leads to the question, just what is the basis for this confrontation?  It's plain and simple.  The corporate entity A&E finds that the speech of a contractor, Phil Robertson, is offensive to its corporate sensibilities.  As a result, it wishes to alter the terms of the contract between A&E and Phil.

That's it.  There's no "censorship".  There's no trampling of liberties.  It's a dispute that deals with the contract over a television show.

However.....there's more to it in terms of viewpoints.  What is happening is that A&E is saying "we don't want to provide content that features people with a certain viewpoint with which we disagree."  And they are perfectly within their rights to do that.  Any network can air what it chooses.  Logo is a totally gay network, proudly proclaiming it.  MSNBC is a progressive mouthpiece.  What we now have is that A&E has come out to say that they don't want Christian values on their shows.

Fine.  Works for me.  A&E used to show some great television.  Then it lost it's way.  Some have speculated that A&E scheduled "Duck Dynasty" as a way for the coastal elites to have folks to chuckle at and to feel superior over. Those rubes in the swamp...they don't eat arugula, they don't read the NY Times, they don't vote "the right way".  But it didn't work out that way.

Turns out, there are tens of millions of Americans for whom the Robertsons resonate.  And they don't like what A&E has done.  In other words, to satisfy their progressive social leanings, they have alienated a huge marketplace.

The Robertsons have shown that they are savvy businessmen.  A&E owns the name "Duck Dynasty". Now the question is....what network will run the sequel show?  Anyone for "Duck Empire"?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Short Break

With the Christmas rush and family activities, we took a short break from the blog.  But with Phil Robertson, Obamacare and more on the plate, we'll be back later today with more posting.

Just as a note, the OC will be taking a vacation break starting December 26th for 2 weeks.  And then a longer break for 6 weeks late in January.  Like John Beale, we'll be off on a secret mission for the CIA.  Unlike Beale, there won't be an EPA paycheck coming in.

Stay tuned.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The African Signing Guy

Flash news.  It seems that the African Signing Guy has a new gig.  He's been hired to translate Obamacare speeches for The One.  Here's his first effort in this new role.



Nicely done.

H/T to @RyanLGustafson via Ace of Spades HQ.

Today's Trinity

Jonah Goldberg, of National Review renown writes in the New York Post:

‘ObamaCare was sold on a trinity of lies.”

That ornate phrase, more suitable for the Book of Revelations or perhaps the next “Game of Thrones,” installment comes from my colleague Rich Lowry. But I like it.

Most people know the first deception in the triumvirate of deceit: “If you like your health insurance you can keep it, period.” The second leg in the tripod of deception was “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

But the third plank in the triad of disinformation hasn’t gotten much attention: ObamaCare will save you, me and the country a lot of money. This lie took several forms.

Much more good stuff in the full article, which can be found HERE.  BTW, Goldberg is the author of the splendid book, Liberal Fascism which every thinking Conservative should read.



But it's working fine

Think you might have actually submitted your information through healthcare.gov to get Obamacare?  Think again.

Nearly 15,000 enrollment records from Americans trying to sign up for Obamacare never made it to insurers — but the federal government does not know which records never made it to which insurer.

The federal analysis merely compares the number of times Obamacare enrollees clicked “enroll” to the number of plans HealthCare.gov sent to insurers, according to The Washington Post. Consumers who send the vanishing enrollments, or “orphan files,” are not notified that their information has not been processed and an insurer did not receive sensitive financial and health-related data, meaning that they could be in for an unpleasant surprise when the Dec. 23 deadline — the last day for customers to sign up for health insurance — comes and goes.

Yep...working just great.  And you know the sad part?  Most of those who get "bit" by this latest website error will probably be Obama supporters who'll blame the insurance companies.  Not those geniuses at HHS, led by Queen Seeb.

H/T to The Daily Caller.

It continues

More narcissism from the Mandela memorial:



Amazing how the whole world revolves around The One.  It's all about his image, his persona, his cult of personality.

H/T to Patterico for the image.

Is Santa on the Right?

From Patterico comes this gem:

Santa has a job, and he does it in a remarkably efficient manner. He performs a valuable service, delivering presents all across the world in a single night, while facing logistical nightmares that would terrify the average liberal. Here are some other indications that Santa is definitely a conservative.
  • He makes a list and checks it twice. Lefties wouldn’t bother re-checking the list, if they could bother to make it at all. Obama would delegate the list-making to Valerie Jarrett and go play a round of golf.
  • He cares if you’ve been bad or good. If you’ve been good, you get your presents. If you’ve been bad, you get a lump of coal. He believes in personal responsibility and consequences for bad behavior. What part about any of this sounds leftish to you?
  • He has a large workforce, albeit of elves, and knows what it means to make a payroll. You think elves work for free? And I’m told they’re not always that easy to work with. Managing problems like this tends to make one conservative.
  • He has chosen to locate his business in a remote and extremely cold location. I hear he made this decision because the North Pole is one of the few places on Earth not under the jurisdiction of a government, meaning Santa is free from laws, taxation, and regulation. This is an indication of rugged individualism. [UPDATE: A reader informs me that Canada recently laid claim to the North Pole, eh?]
I do have to acknowledge two counterarguments. He does take credit for others’ good deeds, which is kind of lefty behavior. And he seems to be quite a fan of the surveillance state — he sees you when you’re sleeping? He knows if you’re awake? Really? — which is a disturbing characteristic that crosses ideological lines, as Bush and Obama both went overboard in that area.

Listen, I’m not saying the guy’s perfect. But look: Reagan signed an amnesty bill. On balance, Santa is pretty danged conservative.

Gotta agree.....though The One is trying to take his place, at least in the giving of gifts department.  Or should we say giving to his favored supporters by taking from the rest of us.

Original post can be found HERE.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What's $300 million divided by 44?

That's the math question of the day, for those into cost/benefit analysis on Obamacare.  And for the rest of us as well.

The Oregon health insurance exchange signed up only 44 people through the end of November, according to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services. Oregon was unable to reach triple figures despite receiving nine figures in federal money to build and promote its exchange. The amount of federal aid exceeded $300 million.

As Philip Klein notes, Obamacare fans can’t blame Republican resistance for the program’s failure in Oregon. The state is run by Democrats and it embraced Obamacare from the start. Indeed, its outreach program has been praised by Obamacare supporters, according to Klein.
For those who don't have a pencil handy, that works out to over $6,800,000 per signup.  And we don't even know how many of those actually went through the whole process to get functioning insurance with payment.

And for anyone thinking, we'll that's Oregon's problem - remember that "federal aid" is just code for "USA taxpayer money".  As in you and me.

Personally, I think most of the 44 would have just rather gotten the money and worried about paying medical bills from it.  You know....that might even be the rational economic thing to do.  Anyone have a phone number in Salem, Oregon to call the governor with an idea?

H/T to Powerline.