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Journal Journal: How about an olive branch? 93

Sorry, statist sycophants, the worst is yet to come:

It's true that Obamacare has been a debacle, wrapped in a catastrophe, shrouded in a disaster. But it's also become clear that it was founded upon a lie: Obama's "if you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it" statement was named by PolitiFact its lie of the year for 2013. Many Americans have already learned that their individual plans are being cancelled because they don't live up to Obamacare, causing enough chaos that the Obama administration has had to give certain people a last-minute "waiver" of the mandate that they buy insurance. But many more problems have just been kicked down the road -- into 2014 -- by Obama's unilateral decision. Ironically, the White House and Democrats were, just a couple of months ago, calling Republicans who wanted to delay the mandate anarchists and terrorists, and loudly proclaiming that Obamacare was "the law of the land." Regardless, the mandate delay doesn't solve problems, it just kicks the can down the road. And, as Bloomberg's Megan McArdle notes, the White House seems to be reacting to short-term political problems, rather than shoring up the system in ways that will make it work better:

However incoherent these fixes may seem, they send two messages, loud and clear. The first is that although liberal pundits may think that the law is a done deal, impossible to repeal, the administration does not believe that. ... This is at best, damage control. Which suggests that the administration is expecting a fair amount of damage.

I think that's right, and the damage will come in 2014. What we've seen so far, most likely, isn't the worst of it. Then there is the foreign affairs realm, where 2014 also looks to be worse than 2013. The Obamacare debacle did one useful thing for Obama: It drove the Syria debacle off the front pages. But Obama's precipitous decline in the polls didn't start with the Obamacare rollout; he was already slipping from the ineptitude displayed over Syria, where we went from "Syria Must Be Attacked!" to "Never Mind" in the space of three weeks. Obamacare -- and the NSA spying scandals, and the ongoing drip-drip of the IRS and Benghazi scandals -- has only made it worse.

If anyone has a heart for reform, the answer is going to come from We can pretty much write off anyone inside the beltway. Even if they retain some candle of integrity burning somewhere within, the fourth branch of government, the federal bureaucracy, isn't going to permit reform.
There really isn't any need to cling bitterly to the sinking ship of Progress, with its myriad of logical inversions. What matters is individual women, individual men, distinct families, and personal growth into mature humanity. Rule of law, balanced books, equality of opportunity, not condition. A rejection of the fascist Political Correctness that has claimed to bring unity, while sowing division.
I'll be working for the better next year, and I forgive those who've argued dishonestly with me, and ask forgiveness where others have thought me dishonest with them. I haven't been, but this is a medium that can breed confusion.

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Journal Journal: This is why I thought conservatives were incorrect to go after Jeremiah Wright 14

My good buddy, again:

Before paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 6, and summarizing that he thought homosexuality "illogical", Robertson had offered this:

"We're Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television," he tells me. "You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and letâ(TM)s get on with it, and everything will turn around."

Yep, that sure sounds like a man with a ZZ Top beard revving up the lynch mod, all right.
However, given the anti-Christian fervor of our day, it's been way too easy for the Usual Suspects to foam at the mouth.
I recall the same thing done with Jeremiah Wright. Now, I'm not in agreement with Black Liberation Theology, but the whole business of cherry-picking "God damn America" without offering analysis of the full sermon, if not Wright's career, seems dubious.
What's fascinating is that our purportedly superior academic overlords set such a terrible example in this regard.

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Journal Journal: In summary, damn_registrars has got nothing 5

damn_registrars accused Phil Roberson of delivering a "homophobic rant".
I asked him to be specific regarding the portion of Phil Robertson's remarks in GQ, where PR found homosexuality "illogical", that expressed fear, or was a indeed a rant.
damn_registrars seems to be falling short of delivering the goods.
Rational readers may draw their own conclusion.
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Journal Journal: Is #ObamaCare being whisked off to #Benghazi? 1

Upon the repeal of the individual mandate:

However incoherent these fixes may seem, they send two messages, loud and clear. The first is that although liberal pundits may think that the law is a done deal, impossible to repeal, the administration does not believe that. The willingness to take large risks with the programâ(TM)s stability indicates that the administration thinks it has a huge amount to lose -- that the White House is in a battle for the programâ(TM)s very existence, not a few marginal House and Senate seats.
And the second is that enrollment probably isnâ(TM)t what the administration was hoping.

On another plane, Ambassador Stevens is all: "Tell me about it."

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Journal Journal: Thanking damn_registrars for his tolerance & love of diversity 26

conservative commentator Mark Steyn spoke out against the groups he said were behind the hostile reactions to the remarks made by "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson made to GQ magazine about homosexuality and sin.
"I think in a strange way, this is the biggest story of the day, the week, the month," Steyn told fill-in host Rep. John Campbell (R-CA). "I'm actually quite worried that weâ(TM)re moving into an age of extremely heavy-handed ideological compliance. There was nothing this guy said in GQ that I think that should have rendered him banished from the airwaves. And I think it's interesting that what he said in fact is consistent with his character."
The syndicated columnist likened Robertson's suspension from his A&E television program to something out of post-World War II Eastern Europe under Communist rule.
"This is one of the biggest stories of our time--the strange need by the bureau of gay compliance or whatever the gay lobby group is calling itself these days and similar groups to enforce the most tedious ideological compliance," he said. "It's like something out of Milan Kundera's Eastern European novel about post-war communist Europe, The Joke, where you make one little comment and your life is over. And we're getting to that stage."

I guess the punchline would be to wait for the Priests of Cthulhu to come around for damn_registrars, and suddenly decide that all of his "President Lawnchair" remarks are beyond the pale, and watch him get led up to the altar of Political Correctness, to met the Ultimately Correct One.
Because there is nothing funnier than seeing one who has been a useful tool of the Priests find themselves on the receiving end. When all those days and weeks of trying to turn Phil Robertson's genuine, reasoned disagreement with and lack of understanding of homosexuality into something "homophobic" and a "rant" come home for him. As though by repeatedly characterizing things as hateful in a repeated way, irrespective of the baselessness of the claim, it can become true.
Lord have mercy on you and heal you, damn_registrars, and give you courage to pursue something proper while still here under the sun.

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Journal Journal: When did damn_registrars get his lobotomy? 23

While the point about A&E being private property is well-taken, I'd like to challenge d_r, who referred to Phil's remarks as a "homophobic rant" in his JE, to look at what was actually said and justify either adjective:

Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong... Sin becomes fine. Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men." Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians from the Bible: "Don't be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers--they won't inherit the kingdom of God. Don't deceive yourself. It's not right."
And if that wasn't explicit enough, the "Duck Commander" added: "It seems like, to me, a vagina--as a man--would be more desirable than a man's anus. That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical.

To call these remarks either homophobic OR a rant is to be either lobotomized or just an abject, lying fool. I fail to grasp how any sober, mature, honest person, even if not in agreement, can characterize the fauxtrage of d_r and ilk as anything other than "Utterly fascist and utterly Stalinist:

". . .this is the level of punitive [political correctness], utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades. It's the whole legacy of the free speech 1960's that have been lost by my own party."

All I can say, d_r, is: you GO, girl!

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Journal Journal: For my /. friend who increasingly sounds like he fell out of a Poe story 6

Kevin Kolbye, Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Dallas, served as the on-scene commander for the Benghazi investigation but has not yet testified before Congress about what he knows.
Republican Congressman Frank Wolf wants to know why.
Kolbye addressed the GovSec West Conference in Dallas in late November and discussed various aspects of the Benghazi investigation with attendees. During his presentation, Kolbye noted that, contrary to initial reports, FBI assets were on the scene in Benghazi within a few days after the attack.

I know, I know: we're supposed to by the Administration's "nothing to see here, move along" schtick.
My gut is that Boehner, himself, will get fragged by a special committee:

Rep. Wolf is leading the charge to untangle the complicated web of circumstances surrounding Benghazi. Wolf has been the driving force behind the idea of forming a Benghazi Select Committee to investigate the 2012 attack. While House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) appears unmotivated to appoint members to one, a recent McLaughlin-Caddell poll showed that two thirds of Americans want a Select Committee; this number includes 83 percent of Republicans as well as 58 percent of independents who "believe it is important for a special committee to get the truth about Benghazi."

We can no longer get justice for Mary Jo, but there's still hope for some for the Benghazi Four.

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