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Journal Journal: Ace of Spades with your holiday cheer 3

Ace of Spades' Talking Points for Talking With Your Obnoxious Progressive Family Members About Obamacare This Thanksgiving
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6. Remember when you were so confident, arrogant, snotty, sneering, and dismissive about legitimate and informed concerns about Obamacare? You were wrong. And you weren't just wrong on the facts, but you were wrong on a human level. You very nearly screamed your ignorant opinions and shouted down dissent. You sneered at people as ignorant who actually knew more than you did, and you indulged in entirely-unwarranted moral preening about your alleged concern for the poor. Despite the fact that you never do anything to actually aid the poor. Apparently shouting at relatives is your idea of "charity."

Read the whole thing.

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Journal Journal: Obama the "Conservative", my neon white glutes 84

Andrew McCarthy is far less daft than certain of my interlocutors here on /.

The point of showing that Obama is carrying out a massive scheme to defraud â" one that certainly would be prosecuted if committed in the private sector â" is not to agitate for a prosecution that is never going to happen. It is to demonstrate that there is logic to the lies. There is an objective that the fraud aims to achieve. The scheme is the framework within which the myriad deceptions are peddled. Once you understand the scheme, once you can put the lies in a rational context, you understand why fraud was the presidentâ(TM)s only option â" and why âoeIf you like your plan, you can keep your planâ barely scratches the surface of Obamacareâ(TM)s deceit.
In 2003, when he was an ambitious Illinois state senator from a hyper-statist district, Obama declared:

I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal health-care program. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent of its gross national product on health care, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. . . . Everybody in, nobody out. A single-payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. Thatâ(TM)s what Iâ(TM)d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.

That is the Obamacare scheme.
It is a Fabian plan to move an unwilling nation, rooted in free enterprise, into Washington-controlled, fully socialized medicine. As its tentacles spread over time, the scheme (a) pushes all Americans into government markets (a metastasizing blend of Medicare, Medicaid, and âoeexchangesâ run by state and federal agencies); (b) dictates the content of the âoeprivateâ insurance product; (c) sets the price; (d) micromanages the patient access, business practices, and fees of doctors; and (e) rations medical care. Concurrently, the scheme purposely sows a financing crisis into the system, designed to explode after Leviathan has so enveloped health care, and so decimated the private medical sector, that a British- or Canadian-style âoefreeâ system â" formerly unthinkable for the United States â" becomes the inexorable solution.
Once you grasp that this is the scheme, the imperative to lull the public with lies makes sense. Like all swindles, Obamacare cannot work if its targeted victims figure out the endgame before it is a fait accompli.

Avail yourself of the full thing.

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Journal Journal: And some clowns want to call BHO "conservative" 24

Victor Davis Hanson:

The Obama presidency has had very little legislative success. Even the signature Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is imploding, and was dubbed a âoetrain wreckâ by one of its own Senatorial authors. The lead-from-behind retrenchment abroad from Americaâ(TM)s traditional leadership role has won few adherents. The Benghazi tragedy and the series of alphabet-soup debacles involving the IRS, the NSA, and the AP journalists are the most disturbing political scandals weâ(TM)ve seen since the Nixon administration.
What, then, is the Obama legacy? An insidious politicization of almost everything. Obamism has become a holistic concept of âoefundamentally transforming Americaâ that, like all ideologies, cannot be assessed solely by concrete laws and policies, but rather through a change in the mentality and spirit of Americans and those who govern them. Obama early on emphasized in messianic fashion that his hope-and-change agenda was not to be adjudicated by traditional metrics, but involved a cosmic transformation of hearts and minds: âoeI am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.â

Read the whole thing. VDH is one of the few modern academics worth a hoot.

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Journal Journal: Woo hoo, the GOP plan may suck less 16

Not that this is necessarily what the GOP would try to enact:
As with ObamaCare, this idea still leaves too much power in the hands of bureaucratic pencil-necks. I, for one, don't want to see any bogus 'Hey, we're going to fanny about with the tax code' ideas. I want the existing tax code melted down, like the iron rod of oppression that it is, and turned into some tasteful park furniture.
However, anyone burying their head in the sand about how jacked up ObamaCare is for starters, and how further jacked up BHO's "Oh, we'll just selectively enforce laws" approach is for dealing with it really is utterly mad and deserves to be ignored.
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Journal Journal: I guess I've completed Kübler-Ross, or something 42

I just can't figure out why anyone is upset with President Obama. Elections have consequences. It seemed important to try to oppose the inevitable, leading up to the election.
The rollout of has been a dose of serenity for me, though. We are all Ambassador Stevens now. We wanted this. We voted for it. We rejected sanity. Hugs and kisses to fustakrakich, damn_registrars, and Pope Ratzo. You guys won.
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Journal Journal: If only there were some natural mechanism 2

The report describes a planet in peril as a result of the human-caused buildup of greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution, where glaciers are shrinking and plants and animals have shifted their ranges in response to rising temperatures. As global warming continues through the 21st century, many species will face greater risk of extinction, marine life will shift toward the poles and seawater will grow more acidic, the report says.

I still go back to Ace of Spades:

If only there were some... natural mechanism by which to explain variations in global temperature. It would have to be massive, though. On the scale of our own Sun.

It's hard to imagine the sort of paradise that could erupt, if only smarmy elites weren't so keen on bossing other people around. But then we would be deprived of triumphs like ObamaCare, I guess.

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Journal Journal: Can't install OSX Mavericks 30

I've only got 40GB or so of disk space, and that's apparently insufficient.
Most of the time, Apple's "Trust us, we're like the government, only different" approach is OK, but now and then the total lack of (a) feedback or (b) breadcrumbs leaves one felling caught in a Benghazi firefight, screaming for help.

(Gratuitous political ref for damn_registrars, of course, who will be as unable to see the affection implied as Stevens, Smith, Doherty & Woods were unable to get anything useful from OccupyResoluteDesk.)

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