Out of the office Wednesday and Thursday.  
Happy New Years to you all.

It is not that Gruber lied to us all. Rather, the issue is the fact that ObamaCare is not affordable without limiting services - ala the Palin death panels.

“The problem is it starts to go hand in hand with the mandate; you can’t mandate insurance that’s not affordable. This is going to be a major issue,” Gruber admitted in an October 2, 2009 lecture, the transcript of which comprised the policy brief.
“So what’s different this time? Why are we closer than we’ve ever been before? Because there are no cost controls in these proposals. Because this bill’s about coverage. Which is good! Why should we hold 48 million uninsured people hostage to the fact that we don’t yet know how to control costs in a politically acceptable way? Let’s get the people covered and then let’s do cost control.”   http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/68640

Something you will never see at a patriotic event. (Hint: the commies are everywhere, within and without).

Something you will never see at a patriotic event.  Don't get it?  "revcom.us" is the "revolutionary communist party."  They are everywhere within this Administration and on the streets in Ferguson,  New York, Berkeley, L.A.. Chicago, D.C. and where ever Rev. Al shows up.  Don't believe me?  Believe your lying eyes !!

De Blasio is about to learn a lesson taught him by a police force that has decided to play hardball.

New York Post:
Arrests plummet following execution of cops  —  It's not a slowdown — it's a virtual work stoppage.  —  NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned.  

Editor's notes: Think about this:  "minor offense" arrests are critical to the peace in violent oriented neighborhoods.  Take the cops out of those districts,  and,  in time,  you will have a citizenship begging for a police presence.  More than this,  loose 80 to 90 percent of your traffic ticketed income,  and you have a serious financial problem.  

Clearly,  the cops have decided to break the back of their cop hating mayor.  And,  they are playing hardball to make their point.  

Make no mistake,  Obama, as well,  has had his white-America hating backside kicked up to between his big ears,  by a conservative majority willing to fight a persistent battle and turn out for "the vote." 

He has been defeated in all of his agenda.  That is why he now acts alone,  as a dictator,  issuing executive memo's and abusing the regulatory process  . . . . .  all of which are temporary solution.  By anyone's standards,  "fundamental transformation" is legislative and permanent.  Clearly,  he has failed in this regard. 

There is a difference,  a big difference,  between "fundamental transformation" and,  simply,  making a mess of everything you touch  . . . . .    period.  

Never forget his initial goal for this country.  As you read that statement,  know that he has utterly failed in this regard:  

The words come from his activist wife,  on the campaign trail in Puerto Rico,  in 2008:  

"Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices; we are going to have to change our conversation; we're going to have to change our traditions, our history; we're going to have to move into a different place as a nation." 


We discuss Communism in Greece, and what works against Communism, in a world always searching for answers.

The future has begun, says leftist Alexis Tsipras as he scents power in Greece

Syriza is leading in polls after gaining support among millions of Greeks who are unemployed or facing poverty  (headline taken from the UK's Guardian). 
Editor's notes:  Understand that Marxist socialism is a classic failure all over the world.  Russia is a Marxist regime as is Cuba and Venezuela.  All three are failed economies.  China is a communist nation using capitalist processes,  not Marxist in its governance.   And,  seems to be doing well,  in terms of economics.  
Marxism, as a philosophy,  seeks to come into power following a domestic crisis.  Such was the plan as stated by Karl Marx.   And "crisis" is what you have in Greece.  Make note that Greece's fiscal failures have more to do with an unreal union legacy program,  than anything else.  After decades of union excesses,  the time has come when union demands have "broken the bank" in Greece, and,  the communist-union political partners,  are about to reap the benefits of this self-induced crisis.  
Understand that Communism is not a preferred form of government by people who have known or want personal freedoms.  In the end,  whether people vote in favor of Communism or not,  military force is used to maintain its governmental power.  
If the Syriza Party  (commies) win the day,  in Greece,  it will be by the smallest of margins.  As long as their margin of victory remains small,  fair elections are allowed,  and the military does not become an enforcer element,  there is hope for Greece.  So,  this report (the headline, above) is not the end of the world for that country,  but the danger of Greece getting sucked into the small malaise as Cuba or Russia remains a concern.  
Finally,  understand that there is nothing worse for a communist regime,  than prosperity.  Give people money,  security and a path to greater wealth,  and you have the end of a strict communist society.  People, after all,  will want to spend THEIR money.  
Individual prosperity spells the end of repressive,national communism.  China is a perfect example of this point.  China has allowed for the wealth-creation,  capitalist processes foster.  While China remains a repressive regime,  still,  there are more than a 100 million Christians in that country versus 84 million registered communists  !!! 

MSNBC, part of the JIHAD wing of the Progressive Party, was down 17% over 2013. Here is the Leftist spin on that fact:

“Our African-American audience is double that of CNN’s and more than seven times that of Fox News.”  MSNBC CEO.

A little background on Al Sharpton, Obama's new "right hand man" on race relations. (What does this tell you about Obama's belief regarding cops?).

Update:  this post is about the fool we know as Al Sharpton.  The fact that the Obama/Holder Administration embraces this radical moron,  tells the onlooker all he needs to know about this Administration.
Sharpton willing to use hate to win his point.  "No justice,  no peace" has been his chant for decades.  Of course,  "no peace" is an illusion to promised violence and he has been preaching this crap for 30 years.

Tawana Brawley and the Evil of Sharpton - Rev Al's most noted lie.  He was successfully sued for defamation,  but has ignored the court's ruling.  Apparently,  this is a black activist strategy,  in view of the fact that Obama also ignores court orders. 

Turns out there are more Christians in China than registered Communist. So who said that Christianity is a "white man's religion?" Hint: he lives in our White House.

Though the Chinese Communist Party is the largest explicitly atheist organization in the world, with 85 million official members, it is now overshadowed by an estimated 100 million Christians in China. It is no wonder Beijing is nervous and authorities are cracking down on Christian groups.  (read the full story at Breitbart.com)

Brooklyn's Chipotle Mexican Grill refuses service to NY Cops. Management remains silent.

Reminder: our Rogue President remains silent on the murder of the two NY police officers - more than a week after their deaths . . . . an extension of his cold-blooded nature. (no article). Updated

Cold-blooded?  Indeed.

1.  Obama goes to sleep on 9/11/2012,  fives hours before the two surviving Navy Seals trapped on roof tops at the Benghazi embassy,  are murdered,   not knowing that their Commander in Chief had already written them off.

2.  Afghanistasn:  Obama orders two helicopter warships,  flying overhead,  to "stand down" as rocket fire came from nearby house tops,  taking out a transport copter with 32 Navy Seals on board,  17 of them Navy Seal Team Six members.  All died in this incident while Obama worried about the well-being of the nearby civilian population. This was the worst such disaster in our military history.  It was never mentioned in the Marxist Media  . . . . .  not a word  . . . .  and not a hint of a concerted protest from the American people.  What a joke you all have become.  Just know,  you can't get more cold-blooded than this.

3.  Obama leaves the Pakistani doctor who helped locate Osama bin Laden,  to rot in a secret Pakistani prison.

I could go on,  but these are more examples than any other president in our history  . . . .    so I will end this post knowing my point is without debate.

De Blasio, after pretending to be a friend of the cops, comes too late to speak at Officer's Ramos funeral.

<<<  De Blasio cowardly sneaks into the Ramos funeral too late to participate,  after insisting on giving a speech.   

Mayor De Blasio,  the socialist mayor of NY City and a cop hating,  activist politician,  working in concert with Al Sharpton,  H Obama,  Eric Holder,  Louis Farrakhan,  Bill Aryers,  Van Jones,  and any number of other anarchists bent on “fundamental change” to our once great nation,  did not have the decency to show up on time,  at the funeral of Officer Ramos,  the first funeral of the two officers murdered by a black activist,  a week ago.  Blasio had scheduled himself to speak at the funeral/wake,  in opposition to the desires of the New York City’s police union’s request that he stay away from their funerals. 

After insisting on his funeral speech at Officer Ramos's wake, a controversial “middle finger”  to the police union, in and of itself, De Blasio didn’t bother to come to the funeral until it was too late to participate.  In fact,  the New York Times,  originally reported his absence from the funeral,  hence the retraction,  below. 

You should know that the Times did not bother to report Delasio's failure to speak at the service  . . .   typical Leftist media crap.  

Correction: December 26, 2014 
An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Mayor Bill de Blasio did not attend the wake. Mr. de Blasio had not at the time that version of the article was published, but he did attend later in the evening.

"Homeland," the series, is under fire from Pakistani Islam. Here is why we shouldn't care what they think:

Editor's note:  As things stand at this point in American history,  Central Planning still does not control our media,  except as the media surrenders itself to the Feds.  An example is  "Homeland," a very popular show series on HBO, or, is it Showtime?   Pakistani officials,  who pretend to be a "close partner and ally" of the US, despite its past allegiance to Osama bin Laden,   are actually complaining about the negative role it plays  in the Homeland series.  What this bunch of pagans do not understand is the fact of their unpopularity in this country.  "Homeland" is a very popular program series precisely because it mirrors how "we the people" see foreign borne Islam and the evil it either initiates are supports.  More than this,  they do not understand that American's are free to choose what they will believe.  Such is not the case in theocratic Islam outside of this country.  Understand that secular Islam is not nearly as repressive.  There is a higher degree of religious tolerance in Lebanon and Egypt,  for example,  both secular governments.  In fact,  Assad,  King of Syria,  is,  himself,  an Islamic secularist, continues to protect of Christian liberties in that country.  In fact,  that is a primary reason for the continued fighting in his country.  "They" want to end Christian freedoms in Syria and Assad refuses to do so.   (Shocked to read that?  You should be.  Get rid of Assad,  and thousands of Christian,  in that country,  will die in the weeks immediately following,  no thanks to morons such as Lindsey Graham and John McCain).  As much of a supporter of Islam as is Hussein Obama,  the show series continues.   The fact remains that we Americans are quite free to express our views and choose what we will believe.  I mean,  H Obama is "president"  because [even] the willfully ignorant have rights,  in this country.  

Out of the NY Post:  Pakistani officials are furious with Showtime after watching the fourth season of its hit show “Homeland,” which they say portrays their country as an ugly, ignorant, terror-plagued “hellhole.”
The diplomats took copious notes of every slight while binge-watching all 12 episodes — including the lack of greenery in the depiction of the nation’s capital, Islamabad.
They complained directly to producers of the Emmy-winning drama, but their gripes fell on deaf ears, Pakistani sources said.
“Maligning a country that has been a close partner and ally of the US . . . is a disservice not only to the security interests of the US but also to the people of the US,” Pakistan Embassy spokesman Nadeem Hotiana told The Post.

What do you want to bet this Administration will regard the charity payoffs as "income" and tax the two families? That is what repressive governments do, you know.


You do know that Obama has been silent with regard to the deaths of the two NY police officers? Most of us know what that silence, means . . . . and it ain't good.

I have been out of the loop,  during this Christmas season.  Two NY police officers were murdered a week ago, by a black man who bought into this black rebellion crap that is going on.   What kind of "president" says nothing of substance during the week?   If he has issued an offical statement,  I can't find it. 

If I said, "H Obama agrees with Louis Farrakhan,  Al Sharpton,  Bill Aryers, Van Jones, the Nation of Islam and others who have surrounded Obama,  during the past six years,"  you would have nothing to say in response.  We have never had as many people,  anarchists all,  surround a president as is the case with Obama.

But the point of this post is this:  The man has waited too long to say anything of merit with regard to the deaths of the two officers.  clearly,  he sides with De Blasio and other Occupy types.  

GOP prejudice, a proven myth. Did you know that Republican approval for Obama was 42% in January of 2009 ?! Today it is at 6%. "They" don't like him because he is a jerk, not because he is black. Here is proof.


Obama, in spite of all the reported nonsense of his resurgence, finished the 2014 year with a 42% approval rating (in December).

. . . . . .  underscoring the American public's very stable [but low ~ blog editor] rating of Obama in 2014 is the fact that his weekly averages at the extremes of the 2014 range -- 40% and 45% -- were the most rarely measured. His average approval rating was 45% for only two weeks this year, and he received an average 40% job approval in only five weeks. His most frequently occurring weekly averages were 42% and 43%, right around his overall yearly average through mid-December 2014 of 42%. In short, we have a portrait this year of a public whose evaluation of the president has become immune to substantial ups and downs -- a public whose opinions of the president have settled into a pretty stable low-40% range.


Proof that polling data for Obama (at least) is 6/7 points higher than election polling stats (the only polls that count !).

Read that headline again and consider this:  Obama was, supposedly,  wildly popular (60% and more) according to all 2008 pre-November polling,  yet he won election with just 53% of the vote.  In 2012,  he saw 4 million Americans move away from the Democrat Party.  His Gallup "approval" numbers came in at 57% when,  in fact,  his 2012 November election numbers saw him at 51%,  nearly identical to GW Bush's 2004 reelection number.   Understand that Gallup,  in the week before the 2004 election,  had Bush 43 at 48 % approval and loosing the election.  Gallup was consistently higher than reality with Obama and lower than reality with Bush.  

Accepting yourself is at the heart of a gracious Christmas wish for you all.

<<<  Me (your friendly editor) and the Babe.  

Speaking for myself, the single most important "divine" concept of all time, is that of "sovereignty." You might agree without knowing exactly what that word means when applied to a forgiving and accepting God. Again, speaking for myself, it means that nothing I might do, puts God in a corner, ties his hands, keeps him from saving me.

All those sins that "so easily beset us?" Well, He is not defeated by those sins, existent and disturbing as they are. Most of you will not share that "secret" sin you have been dealing with for years and years. You have gone to seminars, bought books, listened with rapped attention to a sermon that might be your salvation, your victory.

In the end, none of are perfect, even for a few seconds, in our lifetimes. None of us. There are historical sins, things we do in space and time, and then, there are those things that infect our character, our very personhood. It is one thing to commit adultery, it is another to BE an adulterer. It is one thing to be overweight, it is another to be a glutton in varying degrees. I mean, the list is endless.

I try to be perfect, but it is not an all consuming effort . . . . emphasis on "all consuming." Some theologians speak of our "insoluible dialectic." Translation: our human nature is flawed without end, in this life. We are not God, you know, and, because of that fact. "perfection" totally escapes us in terms of personal effort.

Today, we celebrate the birth of endless grace and the fact that God in Christ saves us from ourselves. It is our task, among other things, to accept our most inescapable sins without giving them permission to exist. If you cannot accept yourself and your pathetic nature, well, you will be among the unhappy but saved, because of what God began this day, 2000 years ago. Me? I am tickled to death with me, knowing that death holds nothing over me. My prayer for all of you is this: that you figure out how to accept yourself AS A SINFUL MAN. Don't agree? Well, I wish you happiness in spite of yourself . . . . . knowing that God is way ahead of you on this matter.

Merry Christ Mass

Here is why airline prices do not mirror the lower per-barrel oil prices . . . it has little to do with greed, btw.

Airlines buy their fuel well into the future.  According to finance experts,  the Airline Industry has already purchased most of their fuel for 2015 thru early 2017 at $85 per barrel and that is their cost regardless of current per-barrel pricing,  (today $55 per barrel).

Its final: Democrats are the party of Big Money. In fact, it is not even close.

WASHINGTON (AP) — For as often as Democrats attack the conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch for their heavy spending on politics, it's actually the liberal-minded who shelled out the most cash in the just completed midterm elections.
At least, that is, among those groups that must disclose what they raise and spend.
Among the top 100 individual donors to political groups, more than half gave primarily to Democrats or their allies. Among groups that funneled more than $100,000 to allies, the top of the list tilted overwhelmingly toward Democrats — a group favoring the GOP doesn't appear on the list until No. 14.
The two biggest super PACs of 2014? Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC — both backing Democrats.
In all, the top 10 individual donors to outside groups injected almost $128 million into this year's elections. Democratic-leaning groups collected $91 million of it.
Among the 183 groups that wrote checks of $100,000 or more to another group, Democrats had a 3-to-1 cash advantage. The biggest player was the National Education Association, at $22 million. Not a single Republican-leaning group cracked the top 10 list of those transferring money to others.

If its revolution they want, "they" are loosing the war.

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi donned a New York Police Department T-shirt on stage. Well-wishers delivered home-baked cookies by the hundreds to police in Cincinnati. In Mooresville, North Carolina, police and sheriff's officers were treated by residents to a chili dinner.  (per ABC News)

2014 last round draftee, Michael Sam, becomes a gay activist, probably ending any chance of playing in the NFL.


Lots of doubts about NKorea's involvement with Sony over "The Interview." What if Sony did it to itself, because the movie sucks and they need ratings?

The Official Google Blog:
“The Interview” now available on Google Play and YouTube Movies  —  Last Wednesday Sony began contacting a number of companies, including Google, to ask if we'd be able to make their movie, “The Interview,” available online.  We'd had a similar thought and were eager to help …

Holiday schedule:

Today is the first day of my time out of the office.  All that follows on the "scroll down" was posted yesterday (Monday)  and remains the "news of the day," this morning.  Which means,  everyone is taking time off,  even some of the communists.

Merry Christmas to all.  Ride with a friend.  I will talk to you after Christmas.

While Obama is busy granting freedom to terrorists, Pakistan is going to execute 500 of these pigs in the coming weeks.

Yahoo:   Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre.

Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday's slaughter in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which left 149 people dead including 133 children.

Even Left leaning Politico knows De Blasio is in deep trouble, but what do Progressives care about the loss of trust and confidence?

De Blasio's nightmare  —  New York's mayor has lost the police — and maybe much more than that.  —  Bill de Blasio, like his progressive political idol Barack Obama, is finding out that you can't do

CBS News reports lawsuit against organizers of Mall of America "die in." Its about time these moron have to pay for their "we hate America" protests.

City To File Charges Against 'Black Lives Matter' Organizers For Protest At MALL OF AMERICA...

Sharpton fully funded by NBC and Comcast.

Fox Business Channel's Melissa Francis: NBC and Comcast “funding and promoting” Al Sharpton “on every level”

Military approval of Obama ----------------- 15%


Its going to a slow week.

I will be out of the office Tuesday thru Thursday.  I might sneak in a few posts (it seems that I cannot resist the temptation) but I have gifts to deliver and grandkids (18 of the little ones) to visit.

I do want to make comment,  today,  before I leave my little study and it is:

Apparently de Blasio is going on the offence,  telling folks at a presser a few minutes ago,  that it is the media's fault, all these riots,  because the media has not done a good job of presenting the good things done by the police force(s) of this nation !!  Incredible.  More than than this,  he made a big point of saying that most involved in the past 5 months worth of demonstrations,  are peaceful.  It is the "few" who are acting violently.   To which I say,  "Dah."

What is the matter with this socialist moron?  His words (along with his racist buds') are inciting these riots.  There can be no debate about that.  Did Holder order an investigation into why blacks, in Ferguson,  destroyed millions of dollars worth of property without being prosecuted?  When the 200 black mob marched down the middle of a New York street,  three or four days ago,  shouting "What do we want?  Dead cops.  When do we want it?  Now,"  what in the world is  "free and acceptable speech" about that?    In fact,  he has told his police force to "stand down" on such inflammatory crap.   In fact,  he has ordered his police force to make as few arrests as possible.  In fact,  he is fooling no one,  and the nation is going up in smoke.

Don't these clowns know that  cops,  white folks,  military personnel,  and many on the Right,  voted for Obama and believed he represented the end of racism back in 2008?    One of his first acts as a "president,"  was the blame game he played concerning Professor Gates and his statement,  "The cops acted stupidly."  A statement spoken by this know it all,  without having talked to a single person who was in the know as to that incident.  That was the first time we all began to realize the degree of hate this man has for law and order.

Don't forget,  when De Blasio entered the hospital where the cops had been taken,  yesterday (?), every cop in the house  (a couple of hundred) turned their backs as this jerk walked into and through the crowded room.  The emotion that filled that room,   has not changed.  In fact,  de Blasio just made matters worse.  

I am so disgusted,  I really can't think.  And now,  I have to wish you all "happy holidays and merry Christ Mass."

You should know that as of the past midterm landslide victory of the GOP, the Left has declared a preemptive war on the Conservative Nation. This may its first volley.

Editor's notes:  Do you have any idea what is really going on with this Politico article (below) ?  Let me suggest this:  Mike Lee is not "in trouble,"  and that is precisely why Politico is publishing this nonsense.  When a political pundit does not know his facts or hids his facts,  his commentary must be considered "problematic,"  at best.  Huntsman Sr.,  " . . .  a former Utah GOP party chairman . . . . ?"  Well,  that may be true,  but he is no bystander.  His son,  Jon Huntsman Jr.,  was Utah's 16th state Governor  !!!!  No,  this article is all about the folks at Politico doing their part to slow down the demise of the Left.  Huntsman, Jr.,  was roundly rejected in the 2012 GOP primary process.  In fact,  he was never a serious contender. There is no reason,  whatsoever,  to believe folks think differently about Senior Jon.   But Politico wants you to believe that Huntsman Se., is a rising star (the man is 77 years old !!!),  coming out of the ranks of the grass roots of the GOP . . . .  blah, blah, blah is all this is.    

-- "Tea partier [Sen. Mike Lee of Utah] fears primary challenge on the left," by Manu Raju: "As the 43-year-old Lee plots his 2016 reelection bid, he is courting business leaders under the radar, hoping to head off a primary challenge backed by business leaders and other establishment figures in his home state, like billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr., an influential bank CEO and a former Utah GOP party chairman. Some powerful establishment Republicans in Utah are tired of Lee's hard-line positions. He stood with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas last year when the federal government closed and again this month when they tried to take on President Barack Obama on immigration." http://politi.co/1xDFfNI

What contributed to the murders of the two NY City officers? The same anti-cop atmosphere that is continuing the violent demonstrations of Ferguson, Chicago, Oakland, and, New York City (see video).

In case you can't make out what is being chanted:  "What do we want, Dead cops !   When do we want it, Now!"  That,  and,  the likes of Mayor de Blasio,  Al Sharpton,  all of the Congressional Black Caucus,  H Obama and his rebel wife,  and Eric Holder throwing the cops to the curb.  Heck,  de Blasio supports the abandonment of secret Grand Jury meetings and personal lawsuits against police officers;  ditto Obama, Holder and Sharpton. Sharpton runs all over the country chanting "No justice,  no peace."  No peace ???!!!  What does that mean? The execution of the two cops is your answer.  Obama is charging that police abuse of power is a "national problem,"  that the police,  all of them,  need another year of sensitivity training !!  And Holder is a much an opponent of the cops as Al Sharpton, the Black Panthers (who he has officially refused to prosecute for violent crimes against whites),  Louis Farrakhan and his cop-hating Nation of Islam,  Jeremiah Wright,  Bill Ayers,  and all the other friends of the president and his goons.   

de Blasio, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, H Obama, all have led a tsunami of hate/negative opinion against our nation's cops and, this afternoon, two officers were executed in their car in NY City. Thanks Leadership. This is on you.

Of course,  all four named in the headline,  above,  will express their "deep sorrow" at the news of this terrible event.  But they will not admit to their own complicity in inciting such action at the hands of the "oppressed" in this land.  Obama, earlier this week,  made the point that abuses within law enforcement had become a "national problem."  Sharpton ignorantly continues with his race-riot inducing "No justice,  no peace." Two days ago,  200 blacks marched down the middle of a New York Street shouting,  "What do we want:  Dead Cops.  When do we want it: Now."  And angry blacks all over this nation, are cheering this execution as I write. 

We are being governed by slim,  nationally and in New York City.  This is not to say that the shooter was not responsible.  But my point is clear:  race baiting excites the ignorant fools of this nation to commit violence against those who have been demonized by our leadership.  The cops are feeling isolated and on their own.  And,  it is time for our Marxist driven leadership to shut the hell up.  

The following is the product of the black and angry killer.

Meet Megyn Kelly - a rising super star, often challenging O'Reilly's numbers at Fox News. She was chosen "# 1" by those who grade cable Congrats to her.

And then there’s Megyn Kelly. Technically, Kelly has been with Fox News for a decade, joining as a Washington, D.C. correspondent in 2004. But it’s been in the last calendar year Kelly catapulted from rising star to being lauded as the heir apparent to Barbara Walters in terms of female TV news anchors. Inserted into Fox News’ primetime lineup in October, 2013 at 9pmET–the first major change Fox News chief Roger Ailes has made to the network’s lineup in over a decade–Kelly’s star was born in 2014
Compared to her launch month, Kelly is up double digits in total viewers and the coveted 25-54 demographic. She grew the 9 p.m. ET hour 25 percent in total viewer and 45 percent in the demo (Sean Hannity was her predecessor at 9 p.m.). November marked the first month Kelly was the top program in all of cable news in the younger demo, beating typical kingpin Bill O’Reilly by delivering 555,000 demo viewers; she also had her highest total viewers month in November with 2.8 million viewers.
But beyond the ratings, in a little over a year in Fox News primetime, Kelly has catapulted from popular TV news anchor to appointment TV. She’s also developed the key knack for creating viral TV news — in some instances–when you least expect it.  (text from The Wrap, here).  

I don't think Occam Razor works in American politics, not when the simpler solution is that of a dictator versus legislative consensus and the rule of law. Plus: there is a difference between "simple" and "simple mindedness," don't you know. (no article, just this gem of a thought).

I really don't care, but Obama called only on female reporters in the recent presser - obviously worried about his "fair play" legacy versus his bias for male reporters.

Obama's all-women press conference

rnes - 12/19/14 03:11 PM EST
The president called on mostly female print reporters and none of the major TV networks.

Palin supported an Independent/Democrat ticket for governor this past election.

In October 2014, Palin endorsed the "unity ticket" of Independent Bill Walker and Democrat Byron Mallott in the 2014 Alaska gubernatorial election, who are running against her successor and former Lieutenant Governor, Sean Parnell. 

The endorsement was prompted by Parnell's oil and gas industry tax cuts, which dismantled her administration's "Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share" (ACES) plan. She had previously supported a referendum to repeal the tax cuts, which was narrowly defeated in August 2014. Walker and Mallott have made the repeal of the tax cuts a centrepiece of their campaign.   (This came from a Wikipedia article,  found here.)

Update:  Walker,  a Republican turned Independent,  won the gubernatorial  election.  Mallot,  a Democrat,  was his running mate.   Before Palin tooks sides,  the race was to be a "cake walk" for Parnell.  Conclusion?  Palin sees principles as more important than party politics,  not to mention the fact that the Babe still matters,  often,  big time.  

Job growth and associated mythologies of the current Administration.

Never mind the continuing fact that the current American workforce is at it's lowest levels since mid-1970.  That's 9 million folks out of work and no longer looking.  They have given up and who cares?  No one in the current Administration,  that is for damn certain.   And now,  we have the following report to deal with.  Question:  does anyone care anymore or are political concerns the more important issue?  Good grief.  

Understand that I do not regret the employment of the immigrant population.  That is not the point of this complaint.  Rather,  what is sad is the fact that our Administrators want us to believe that things are better for all of us.  They are not.  

Despite Recent Job Growth,
Native Employment Still Below 2007
BLS data show all net employment growth

has gone to immigrants

President Obama recently announced plans to give legal status and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.    Many members of Congress and the president continue to support efforts to increase the level of immigration, such as Senate bill S.744 that passed that chamber last year. Yet data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on its website (see Table A-7) show that all of the net gain in employment since 2007 has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal), also referred to as the foreign-born.

Native employment has still not returned to pre-recession levels, while immigrant employment already exceeds pre-recession levels. Furthermore, even with recent job growth, the number of natives not in the labor force (neither working nor looking for work) continues to increase.

Additional findings:
• The BLS reports that 23.1 million adult (16-plus) immigrants (legal and illegal) were working in November
2007 and 25.1 million were working in November of this year — a two million increase. For natives, 124.01 million were working in November 2007 compared 122.56 million in November 2014 — a 1.46 million decrease.
• Although all of the employment growth has gone to immigrants, natives accounted for 69 percent of the growth in the 16 and older population from 2007 to 2014.
• The number of immigrants working returned to pre-recession levels by the middle of 2012, and has continued to climb. But the number of natives working remains almost 1.5 million below the November 2007level.
• More recently, natives have done somewhat better. However, even with job growth in the last two years  (November 2012 to November 2014), 45 percent of employment growth has gone to immigrants, though  they comprise only 17 percent of the labor force.
• The number of officially unemployed (looking for work in the prior four weeks) adult natives has declined in recent years. But the number of natives not in the labor force (neither working nor looking for work) continues to grow.
• The number of adult natives 16-plus not in the labor force actually increased by 693,000 over the last year, November 2013 to November of 2014.
• Compared to November 2007, the number of adult natives not in the labor force is 11.1 million larger in November of this year.

Despite Recent Job Growth, Native Employment Still Below 2007.  BLS data show all net employment growth has gone to immigrants.

By Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler and published here.  

Steven A. Camarota is the Director of Research and Karen Zeigler is a demographer at the Center for Immigration Studies.
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Maybe if I put the answer to the following question in picture form, Progressives will see the point. Maybe not.

The question?   Where do you suppose the moron in N Korea got the idea of threatening Sony?  I think this poor guy (pictured),  is still in jail.  Is James Rosen,  reporter for Fox,  still facing criminal indictment?  What about James Risen,  the NY Times reporter;  does Holder still have him under indictment?  Or how about the NSA and their spying on 160 Associated Press reporters?  News Flash:  Obama is just another thug, ala N Korea,   masquerading as someone important.

Weekly Update for Judicial Watch

Note to the reader:  I try to post four regular features on this blog.  Judical Watch and the Supreme Court weekly updates do not come to me as timely as I would like.  Not sure as to the delays,  but I post when they come to my mail box.  ~ editor.  

President's Political Junkets Continue Unabated

It has become a tiresome, tedious - and costly - routine. Hollywood calls with a passel of cash, and President Obama comes running - at great expense to taxpayers - to fill up his political coffers. That's what we discovered anew after obtaining records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force highlighting yet another Obama fundraising trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco, California. These documents came to us in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on October 20, 2014. Instead of advancing the nation's interests and keeping the public trust, the president is instead, once again, using taxpayer money to subsidize lavish political junkets.
On October 9, Obama attended a ritzy fundraiser hosted by Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow in Los Angeles.  Obama also attended "a $15,000-per person 'roundtable' discussion fundraiser for the DNC on Friday morning at the home of restaurateur Michael Chow and his wife Eva, a fashion designer."
Then he went to San Francisco for two more fundraisers, including one at a "private home." The AP reported that "the event, his fourth California fundraiser in three days, is closed to media coverage."

According to the newly released records JW obtained, transportation for Obama to Los Angeles, California, on October 9, 2014, for the Paltrow fundraiser cost taxpayers $1,011,051.30. Transportation for Obama to San Francisco, California on October 10, 2014, fundraiser cost taxpayers an additional $165,069.60.

Obama's fundraiser at the home of Paltrow marked his thirtieth Los Angeles fundraiser since he took office - though his July fundraiser at the home of Michael Rapino had been billed as "the last trip to Los Angeles the president will be making this year," according to KCAL TV. With the threat of a Republican sweep of Senate seats, however, Hollywood again opened its coffers in another attempt to raise money for the Democratic National Committee a month out from mid-term elections. The fundraiser at the home of A-list actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who also held a fundraising event for Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, came with a price tag of up to $32,400 per attendee.

While Obama benefits financially from the allure of Hollywood, some of the comments made by his host proved to be more than a little embarrassing. Paltrow showed an apparent disregard (or perhaps lack of understanding) for the constitutional separation of powers when at one point she gushed, "It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass." Even the editors at TMZ, a popular celebrity gossip news site, gave Paltrow and Obama a harsh tongue-lashing for that comment. "It's the latest example of how demeaning it has become for Presidents to act like circus animals - performing for crowds that will feed them..." TMZ editors concluded, "...the celebrity circus has sullied the Presidency of the United States."

On October 10, Obama took time out from his fundraising schedule to declare the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park part of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Dimas as a national monument via executive order, bypassing the constitutional authority of Congress to declare a national park - and making it more difficult to protect our border.

Even as Obama postures as a champion of average Americans, he continues to run up excessive tabs for taxpayer-funded political junkets. Over the Labor Day Weekend, for example, Obama ran up a total of $1,539,402.10 in taxpayer-paid transportation expenses.

The trip began in Westchester, New York, on Friday, August 29.  While in New York, Obama attended two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee, one of them a BBQ at the home of millionaire and former UBS CEO Robert Wolf. Obama later that day took off for Providence, Rhode Island, for a fundraiser at the plush private residence of former Nortek CEO Richard Bready and Betty Easton, where tickets cost up to $32, 400.  Although the president was initially scheduled to fly back to Westchester, New York, that Friday night, and then return to D.C. after attending the Saturday wedding of White House chef Sam Kass to MSNBC host Alex Wagner, he made some very costly last minute changes. Instead, according to White House press secretary Josh Ernst, Obama flew back to Washington on Friday to "sleep in his own bed, do a little work... spend time with his family ...." Then he flew back to New York on Saturday - at a cost total of $295,227.80 more in taxpayer-paid flight expenses. And that is nearly six times what the average American makes in a year - an amount which, critics would argue not so coincidentally, has actually fallen 8% since Obama became president.
Taxpayers are being gouged by President Obama for unnecessary travel for political fundraising and vacations.  There needs to be a reconsideration of the longstanding taxpayer subsidy that forces our nation's military and Secret Service into the service of political parties and candidates.  Prior presidents - Republican and Democrat - also made 30 plus trips on Air Force One for fundraising activities.  Reimbursement by the parties and candidates for the tremendous costs to taxpayers is ridiculously low - just relatively modest airfare and money for hotel, food.  It is a scam and the actual process for billing is secret, as the AP reports, in the most transparent White House in history:
When a presidential trip includes multiple stops, some of them for political events and some for official purposes, then travel costs get divided up between the campaign and the government. But following a decades-old White House tradition, Obama aides declined to share details on how that's done.
This is an area ripe for reform, which JW hopes its works can further.  Could you imagine an easier issue to unite Democrats and Republicans than the notion of requiring politicians to more fairly reimburse our decimated Defense Department and barely functional Secret Service for those agencies precious services that turns the President of the United States into the traveling Barnum and Bailey of political fundraising?
In the meantime, President Obama will abuse his presidential perks further by going to Hawaii for a 17 day "working vacation."  JW found that one prior Christmas vacation for Obama cost you and your grandchildren - and their grandchildren - $4,086,355.20 for flights alone!  Try not to think of how our country is going further into debt as you enjoy your Christmas. 
Your JW is the best source for details on Air Obama. A complete rundown of First Family vacations and junkets is available here.
Who is On the Obama Enemies List?  Judicial Watch Sues to Find Out.
We are pleased to announce that Judicial Watch has joined forces with investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed jointly against the Department of Justice (DOJ). We want "any and all records" relating to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks on the award-winning correspondent. The request includes correspondence between Attkisson and FBI agents.
According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch one month ago, the DOJ and the White House targeted the former CBS correspondent as a result of her investigations into the growing Operation Fast and Furious scandal.  In an October 4, 2011, email to White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, Attorney General Eric Holder's top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, described Attkisson as "out of control."  Schmaler added ominously, "I'm also calling Sharryl's [sic] editor and reaching out to Scheiffer" (an apparent reference to CBS' Chief Washington Correspondent and Face the Nation moderator Bob Scheiffer).  Schultz responded, "Good.  Her piece was really bad for the AG."
Leaving no stone unturned, the Judicial Watch/Attkisson lawsuit specifically asks for:
"Any and all records concerned, regarding or relating to Sharyl Attkisson. Such records include, but are not limited to, records of background checks of Sharyl Attkisson, records of communications, contacts, or correspondence between Sharyl Attkisson and employees, officials or agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and records of investigations concerning or regarding Sharyl Attkisson as a victim..."
Operation Fast and Furious, you will recall, was a Justice Department/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) "gun-running" operation in which the Obama administration allowed guns to go to Mexican drug cartels in hopes that they would end up at crime scenes, thereby advancing gun-control policies. Fast and Furious weapons have been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of other innocents in Mexico. Attorney General Eric Holder has already admitted that guns from the Fast and Furious scandal are expected to be used in criminal activity on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for years to come.
Attkisson, who in 2012 won both the Emmy and the Edward R. Murrow awards for investigative reporting, first began reporting on Fast and Furious in February 2011 when she broke the story, "Gunrunning scandal uncovered at the ATF." Since then, she has filed more than 100 stories relating to the gunrunning debacle, many of which were exclusive reports. In her new book, "Stonewalled," Attkisson reported that she had received inside information from government-related sources that the FBI, among other government agencies had hacked into both her personal and work computers over a lengthy period of time. 
The Fast and Furious lawsuit we have filed jointly filed with Attkisson is not the first collaborative effort. In August 2014, we teamed with Attkisson to file a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain records pertaining to the failed roll-out of President Obama's health care law. In May 2014, Judicial Watch released a 106-page document obtained from HHS, revealing that on its first full day of operation, Obamacare's Healthcare.gov received only one enrollment. The document also revealed that on the second day of Healthcare.gov operation, 48% of registrations failed.
JW is proud to represent Sharyl Attkisson, a fiercely independent journalist, who has a demonstrated track-record of refusing to play the Washington media insiders' game that covers up or covers over public corruption stories such as Fast and Furious. We know from the emails we have already obtained that the Holder Justice Department sought to silence this courageous reporter. Now, we need to find out just how far they went.
"I am pleased to once again partner with Judicial Watch, which is unmatched in terms of success in litigating Freedom of Information claims against the federal government, whether under Bush or Obama," added Sharyl Attkisson in our press statement on the new lawsuit.  "That I've had to sue to get my own FBI file is concerning.  This administration has a terrible record in respecting the First Amendment rights of journalists."

A QUICK FOOTNOTE: There are many added dimensions to the Fast and Furious scandal that continue to come to light thanks to JW's efforts. We have found, for example, that based on the information uncovered through a Judicial Watch public records lawsuit against the City of Phoenix, Congress has confirmed that an AK 47 rifle used in a July 29, 2013, gang-style assault on an apartment building that left two people wounded was part of the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning program.
And just as we went to press with this Weekly Update, we released graphic crime scene photos taken at the site of the assault in Phoenix. This includes a close-up photo revealing the serial number of the AK-47 rifle used by the assailants. Stayed tuned as we will continue provide updates on this deadly Obama administration scandal.
The President from ACORN
Remember ACORN? That's the nationwide network of community organizing groups Judicial Watch helped expose for organizing and implementing a plethora of voter fraud schemes and financial misappropriation exercises that undoubtedly helped put President Obama in office. It's the group for which Obama once served as an attorney and to which he proudly boasted, "I've been fighting alongside ACORN on issues you care about my entire career." Despite a 5-year-old congressional ban on federal funding for the notably corrupt Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and new offshoots, JW has now obtained documents that show a sizeable amount of taxpayer money went to an affiliate serving as Obamacare "Navigators."  My report to you here is based on our exclusive report that first appeared at our essential Corruption Chronicles blog.
Specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated the ACORN funding ban by awarding a Louisiana nonprofit called Southern United Neighborhoods (SUN) a hefty $1.3 million Obamacare Navigator grant to recruit customers for the president's disastrous healthcare law and help them sign-up for its costly and complicated insurance exchanges. Headquartered in New Orleans, SUN was founded with former ACORN members and claims on its website that it is dedicated to combating poverty, discrimination and community deterioration - all with your tax dollars, no less.
Not-so-coincidentally, the group shares its address-and government grants-with another like-minded nonprofit called United Labor Unions Council Local 100. Local 100 was established by Wade Rathke, the radical left-wing community organizer who also founded ACORN. It's not clear in the documents obtained by JW how much of the $1.3 million HHS grant actually went to Rathke's local, which is one of SUN's four partner organizations. But the point remains that the group is an ACORN successor specifically proscribed by federal law from receiving taxpayer dollars. But receive these illicit monies it does - at the pleasure and for the benefit of the Obama administration.
According to an investigative report by National Review, "Local 100 is a 'sub-grantee' providing Navigators for the Southern United Neighborhoods group." Other organizations profiting handsomely from the Navigator boondoggle, by the way, include the National Urban League, which was paid $376,000 for its Obamacare outreach in Texas, as well as such leftwing groups as Planned Parenthood and the Virginia Poverty Law Center Inc.
As JW has reported to you previously, serious questions have been raised about the requirements to be an Obamacare Navigator and the screening given to those who are hired. At a November 6, 2014, Senate Finance Committee hearing, former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted to Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) that the federal government conducts no background checks on Obamacare Navigators, and it was "possible" that they could be convicted criminals. Indeed, in January 2014, it was reported that as many as 43 convicted criminals were working as Obamacare navigators in California alone.
The controversial Navigator program is not the only way the Obama administration has found to funnel money to ACORN offshoots and its corrupt former officials.  As we have reported in the past, the money has flowed through various federal agencies. For instance, in 2011 a JW probe found that Obama's Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $79,819 grant to an ACORN reincarnation called Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) to "combat housing and lending discrimination."
A year later a separate JW probe revealed that the Obama administration gave an ACORN director named Joe McGavin nearly half a billion dollars to offer "struggling" Illinois homeowners mortgage assistance. McGavin was director of counseling for ACORN Housing in Chicago and operations manager for a Chicago ACORN offshoot called Affordable Housing Centers of America (AHCOA) shortly before getting the money. (Details of how ACORN offshoots and officials are continuing to soak up taxpayer money are available in the special JW report, "The Rebranding of ACORN"). We also have a slew of ACORN news here.
Remember, all of this occurred after Congress was forced to pass a law (Defund ACORN Act) in 2009 to stop the huge flow of taxpayer money that annually filled the corrupt organization's coffers. The Obama administration chose to do an end run around that law. And it continues to do so today.
The recent "Crominbus" bill that funds HHS and the departments of Labor and Education once again contains specific language restricting any money from going to ACORN. "None of the funds made available under this or any other Act, or any prior Appropriations Act, may be provided to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, allied organizations, or successors," the bill says. But, there is no reason to believe the Obama administration will abide by that law any more than they have by its predecessors. So, your JW will remain vigilant and keep you abreast of breaking developments.

Until next week...

Tom Fitton
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