Ya’ Think?


Commenters on the Left are now beginning to worry that the rollout of Obamacare has been and will continue to be so inept that too many of the suckers public will become convinced it is was a scam all along or that the wonks are technical dilettantes rather than competent innovators or something else “bad.” This, they say, will allow the Right to run successfully against Progressivism as personified in Obama for a generation.

They may have a point. When I was a kid back in the ’50s, I remember Democrats who were still going on about Hoover.

Obamacare is going to be an expensive educational experience.

Let it burn.

Politifact Gets One Correct


pantsonfirePolitifact has rated Barack Obama’s recent attempt to weasel out of his “if you like your plan …” and “if you like your doctor …” promises. They must have noticed that his lips were moving. The Politifact rating is shown on the left.

Meanwhile, it’s being reported that the average age of people who are signing up for Obamacare is significantly older than the actuaries expected when insurance rates were initially calculated. If that continues, either rates will have to be drastically increased again in 2015 or the program will go bust financially.

Let it burn.

TSA Agent Goes Postal?


CBS News in LA is reporting that the LAX shooter this morning was an off-duty TSA employee.

UPDATE—And now CBS News is reporting that the government says that the shooter was not a current or former TSA employee.

UPDATE 2—Meanwhile, the LA Times reports that he was a TSA employee.

UPDATE 3—At a news conference around 3 pm ET, the Chief of the LAX Police said he was unable to confirm or deny anything about the shooter’s identity.

America Held Hostage: Obamacare Day 4


Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law

That’s a headline from a New York Times story with this opening paragraph:

A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times.

Of course, the Times goes on to blame the problem not on the inherent defects of the law but on the actions of those evil Republicans who control the governments of the states where those poor blacks and single mothers live.

Let it burn.

Car Control


Doug Hagin writes over at Daley Gator about how the mainstream media react to certain crime stories.

Of course, MSNBS and the rest will not make this story into a campaign for stricter car sales laws. Frankly, blaming the car would be idiotic. But had this woman shot at police, it would be all about blaming the gun. I wish the media could offer some consistency.

Read the whole thing.

OTOH, I’ll bet the car involved had one of those high-capacity (greater than 10 gallon) gas tanks.

Baghdad Bob Back at Work?


Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (better known as “Baghdad Bob”) must be coming out of retirement. Who else would be crazy enough to be peddling the meme now showing up on the left that the NRA on its last leg? First, The New Republic; then, The Boston Globe; then, The Philadelphia Daily News; now, The Guardian; and all pushing the idea that the NRA is finally facing real opposition and losing its clout.

Uh, huh.

That’s must be the reason why paid membership has soared past 5,000,000.

Stupid Is As Stupid Does


P. J. O’Rourke has an insightful column up at the Weekly Standard in which he explains why he believes President Obama is, in fact, stupid.

And there it is: Dopey stimulus, obtuse bailout, noodle-headed Obamacare, half-wit Dodd-Frank, damfool IRS Tea Party crashers, AP and Fox News beset by oafish peeping Toms and the Benghazi tale told by an idiot. One could go on. Stupid is a great force in human affairs. And the great force has a commander in chief.

Read the whole thing and see why he thinks other pundits won’t use the term.

When They’ve Lost the BBC …


… the Administration is in a heap of trouble. Here’s what Mark Mardell, the Beeb‘s North American Editor says:

The new documents contain two rationales for the changes in language. The first is that it would prejudice the FBI investigation. Perhaps, but I am not at all persuaded.

The other reason given – old-fashioned butt-guarding – is more credible. However you read the motives, the state department and apparently the White House did get the CIA to change its story.

This is now very serious, and I suspect heads will roll. The White House will be on the defensive for a while.

This is, as one former President put it, deep doo-doo.

Pigford


Today is the day that part of the blogosphere is focusing on the Pigford story. It’s basically about a scam wherein the Department of Agriculture was to pay settlements to certain “farmers”–whether a settlement is owed or not.

Breitbart broke the story and the Main Stream Media sat on it for years, but the New York Times did a 5,000 word story on it last week that confirmed the work done by the bloggers and Breitbart. So congratulations to all those who helped to expose the fraud, especially to my friend Lee Stranahan.

Listening to Solomon


Almost every single working hypothesis I had about the Marathon Murders case while the suspects were at large turned out to be wrong. Not knowing what was really happening, I’ve chose to let the situation play out rather than add to the wrongheadedness flying about. That hasn’t been good for traffic here at Hogewash!, but OTOH, I’ve also missed out on being the object of things like this.Matthews-Face-590-LI

There is a time to speak and a time to remain silent.

Thanks to Legal Insurrection for permission to use the cartoon.

On Political Correctness


When someone would point out an “inconvenient truth” to the left-wing folks I used to hang out with back in the ’60s (I’m a recovering Democrat), they would be told that it could not be discussed because “that’s not politically correct.” Truth has never been a defense to political incorrectness. Only those stories which advance the “proper” narrative may be spoken.

We see the result of that perverse approach in much of what passes for main stream journalism today. If coverage of the trial of a physician accused of mass murder might cause people to stop and think about what happens to babies in an abortion “clinic,” the story must be spiked. If it turns out that a District Attorney wasn’t murdered by right-wing extremists … we’ll be back after these brief messages. If the wacko who shot the congresswoman is a crazed lefty … [crickets]

The printing press broke a stranglehold on information by allowing the mass production and distribution of books, etc., but even into the 20th century, there were still relatively few mass media outlets. The Internet is changing that. Inconvenient facts are becoming harder to hide.

The truth is out there.

The AP is Technically Correct


The AP has changed it’s Style Book to deprecate the term “illegal immigrant.” Their reason is that the person is not illegal, and that’s true. The act of crossing the border or being in the country without lawful authorization is an illegal act, but the person committing the act isn’t illegal. He’s a criminal.

Thus, a more accurate term would be criminal immigrant.