By Larry Johnson on Nov 4, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 158 Comments
The debacle that is Obamacare becomes more profound, more disturbing and more widespread with each passing day. Apparently, Obama was too busy smoking dope back in 1992 and destroyed too many brain cells to learn the lesson of George H.W. Bush. Old Man Bush destroyed his credibility and legacy with his failure to live up to his promise, “READ MY LIPS, NO NEW TAXES.” The only good news for Obama? He is not running again. If he dared try again, he would be beaten into belly button lint from his failure to keep his promises–IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH CARE YOU CAN KEEP IT; IF YOU LIKE YOUR DOCTOR YOU CAN KEEP HIM OR HER. PERIOD.
For those younger than forty, you now have a modern example of the absurdity that was the Soviet Union. Soviet leaders were notorious for issuing totally idiotic statements trying to redefine reality. Empty butcher shops were touted as examples of great consumer demand rather than admit the reality–the Soviet centralized economy failed utterly to provide what Soviet citizens wanted.
The unraveling of Obamacare and his Administration is everywhere:
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By Larry Johnson on Nov 2, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 203 Comments
Facing heat from foreign governments, especially allies like Germany, France and the UK, over revelations (courtesy of young Mr. Snowden) that the United States is listening in on their conversations and email, both John Kerry and Barack Obama are being true to their cowardly nature and blaming the intelligence community for these so-called “misdeeds.” What a crock.
John Kerry told a British crowd this week that:
“The president and I have learned of some things that have been happening in many ways on an automatic pilot, because the technology is there and the ability is there,” Kerry said.
“In some cases, some of these actions have reached too far and we are going to try to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.”
He was quick to defend the US intelligence services for their efforts, however, arguing their motivation was clear. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 30, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 471 Comments
I apologize for my radio silence. Been on the road and unavailable. Words now escape me in trying to define the malevolent mendacity of the ass-clown who now inhabits the White House. Obama’s incompetence in all matters has been completely exposed thru the Obamacare SNAFU. An you remember what SNAFU means? SITUATION NORMAL ALL FUCKED UP.
And Barack Obama has achieved Olympian heights in the realm of major fuck ups. He is desperately trying to blame insurance companies for dumping customers they can’t afford. He is encouraging consumers who are in the process of losing their health coverage (notwithstanding Obama’s repeated assurances that you could keep your health care and your doctor) to go shopping. This clueless man-child, the son of an unstable single mother, genuinely does not understand what average folks are facing. They cannot find “Affordable” Health Care. Most are facing higher deductibles, higher premiums and less accessibility to care.
Heck of a job Barack Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 27, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 352 Comments
Some of you have referenced a discussion on Bill Mahrer’s show, Real Time, last Friday that focused on Muslims versus Christians.
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher clashed with his liberal panel over liberals not being allowed to criticize Muslims in fear of being called a racist. The panel consisted of Michael Moore, Al Sharpton, Valerie Plame and Richard Dawkins.
“I think the point we always try to make is that liberals somehow feel worried that they’re going to be called racist if they criticize people of the Muslim faith, which is stupid,” Maher said. “First of all, because it’s not a racist, Muslim. It’s a religion. And if I criticize Michael Vick, it’s not because he’s black, it’s because he electrocuted dogs. You know?”
“We need liberal voices to stand up for liberalism. This is the great irony here because we are standing up for liberal principles. Which I am sorry, but a lot of the Muslim world stands against, not just the radicals,” Maher said.
Unfortunately, none on the panel, including my friend Valerie Plame Wilson, got to the nub of the issue. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 26, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 41 Comments
This post was inspired by some of the breathless news reports from the right, all in an uproar over news that the Air Force Academy:
. . . on Friday announced that it will now be optional for cadets to recite “so help me God” at the end of its honor oath.
The academy made the change in response to a complaint from the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which advocates for the separation of church and state in the military.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has it right. What shocks me is how grossly ignorant most Christians are about a direct commandment from Jesus.
In the New Testament, Matthew 5:33-35, Jesus tells his followers:
33“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’
34But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. 37All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
You know what that means? Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 25, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 113 Comments
CBS Sixty Minutes takes on part of the Benghazi scandal this Sunday. Here’s a preview:
Benghazi, and the failure surrounding it, is likely to be the dead albatross around the neck of Hillary Clinton’s anticipated campaign to become the Democrat Presidential nominee. Her efforts to run from this stink are not likely to succeed. She lied to the American people and, more importantly, the families of those slain when she pushed the fable that the attacks were spawned by an anti-muslim video. They were not.
She, along with Patrick Kennedy, the Under Secretary for Management, ultimately signed off on the denial of additional security resources for the US diplomats in Libya. This includes the outpost in Benghazi.
The real scandal is Clinton’s failure to activate the State Department crisis response capability that resides in the Office of the Coordinator for Counter Terrorism. That unit has trained for years to respond to contingencies just like this. But as the attack unfolded in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton decided to exclude the Senior State Department Counter Terrorism official most qualified to advise on matters like these. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 25, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 56 Comments
The failure of the rollout of Obamacare is symptomatic of a broader reality that defines Obama’s Presidency–he’s incompetent. There is no other conclusion. The signs have popped up on multiple fronts. Especially in foreign policy. Consider Saudi Arabia. The Saudis, a longstanding but erstwhile ally, have been quite public in distancing themselves from Washington and voicing extreme displeasure with our fickle, shifting policies.
But it is not just the Saudis. Complaints and criticism of the United States from foreign allies flooded the airways this week–Germany, France, Mexico, Brazil and Pakistan. It is so bad that even Jon Stewart had to focus on it:
It was no mere coincidence that the Washington Post published a piece co-authored by Bob Woodward, exposing Top Secret details of US drone strikes in Pakistan. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 24, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 166 Comments
Let’s be very simple and clear about the unfolding debacle surrounding the rollout of Obamacare–this is more than a failure to properly set up a website capable of handling tens of thousands of queries. The fundamental relationship between Doctor and patient is being altered, and not in a good way. Nonetheless, I just heard Henry “Nostrils” Waxman (honestly, aren’t you tempted to want to park your car up his nose when his mug is on camera?) insist that everything else is wonderful about Obamacare. In his delusional universe, folks are unduly upset about some minor glitches in signing up for insurance.
One phrase for you Henry–HORSESHIT!
We only need to harken back to Barack Obama’s promises and determine whether or not his insistent assurances were correct:
For patients, he made a sweeping pledge that “no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what’s broken and build on what works.”
But we now know that is a lie. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 22, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 389 Comments
Jon Stewart certainly had a whale of a time last week blistering Republicans, but especially conservative tea partiers, over the Government shutdown. While he is quite open about his political leanings, he is not an in-the-tank apologist for Democrat incompetence. When Stewart asks plaintively, “How are the Democrats going to spin this turd?” you know there are problems:
When you start comparing Barack Obama to Vince Shlomi, the Sham Wow guy, you got problems. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 20, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 285 Comments
Word out today that Media Matter founder, David Brock, is putting out an e-book hoping to defend Hillary Clinton’s indefensible failure on Benghazi:
Media Matters founder and Hillary Clinton ally David Brock has co-authored a 90-page e-book called “The Benghazi Hoax,” a tome intended as a counterweight of sorts to criticisms of the former Secretary of State and President Barack Obama over the 2012 attacks in Libya.
Brock previewed the book in an interview with POLITICO last week in the liberal group’s Washington offices. He described it as an important and necessary resource on the Benghazi attacks that left four Americans dead last Sept. 11 — and which some congressional Republicans have shown continued interest in probing.
Brock insisted the book is not intended as a de facto defense of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she comes under scrutiny ahead of a likely 2016 presidential bid. Supporting the Clintons is a fraction of Media Matters’ mission, he said, and her role in the Benghazi attacks is not the sole focus of the book.
Calling David Brock an ally of Hillary is akin to calling George W. Bush an acquaintance of Barbara Bush. Brock is a direct action arm of the Clintons. Let me tell you how I know. It involves the infamous “whitey tape.” Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 19, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 71 Comments
My young old friend, Valerie Plame Wilson, has started a new career as a writer of thriller fiction and, from early reports, she has hit the proverbial home-run. Her book, BLOWBACK, out does Vince Flynn’s CIA character, Mitch Rapp (remember, I helped Vince develop that character) and does it from a woman’s perspective. It helps that the novel can draw on the life of a real case officer–Valerie Plame Wilson.
The reviews are sincere and effusive:
“Vanessa Pierson, a high-octane heroine who may remind you of Sara Paretsky’s impulsive detective V.I. Warshawski and the intense Carrie Mathison of TV’s Homeland, has an uncanny knack for reading faces to gauge how much trouble she is in… Be glad that the plot closes with a strong hint that Vanessa will return in future epic hunts for criminal masterminds. Between them, coauthors Lovett, the creator of forensic psychologist Dr. Sylvia Strange and five suspense novels (e.g., Dark Alchemy) and Plame, have delivered a tightly wound, vigorously deployed thriller echoing the real-life stories of CIA agents and their enemies.” – Publishers Weekly
Financial Times/ Gillian Tett piece on book release:
As a display of chutzpah, entrepreneurship and personal reinvention after a midlife career implosion, it is all rather impressive. Indeed, when I met Plame earlier this year, I felt tempted to cheer “Go girl!” In the past century, numerous other former military or intelligence officers have used their experiences to write spy novels: think of Somerset Maugham, Ian Fleming, John le Carré, Graham Greene, Andy McNab, Barry Eisler, Gene Coyle, Duane Evans and Jason Matthews. But aside from Dame Stella Rimington, they are exclusively male. Indeed, one factor that apparently motivated Plame to write her own novel was her frustration with the lack of strong female characters in spy novels: she wants to show that women can be taken seriously, even when they are blonde and beautiful. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 17, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 228 Comments
Americans need to grow the fuck up. I am not talking about any particular issue, rather I am frustrated by the clear evidence that the vast majority of the American public and our political leaders persist in lying about reality. It is not just Obama. This sickness crosses party lines and the symptoms are rampant on both sides.
Take social security as an example. I heard an AARP ad today insisting that the elderly deserve to get paid what they paid in. True. Only one little problem–most people get far more from Social Security than what they paid in. But most folks do not want to accept that fact. They view Social Security as their “right.” They just assume that the Federal Government has enough money to pay them, regardless of what they paid in.
Republicans talk a good game, but most are unwilling to take this beast on. Democrats are worse. They prefer to demagogue the issue, pander to voters and use scare tactics. Meanwhile, we are faced with the reality of a growing population of seniors dependent on Social Security and a shrinking number of employees paying taxes to support this program. This is the equivalent of a balloon. You cannot continue inflating it forever. One day it will pop.
Then there is the case of US leadership in the world economy. Go ahead, chant–USA, USA, USA. But no amount of chanting can hide the fact that we are busy running our national economy by borrowing money from foreigners. Only one little problem. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 15, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 378 Comments
America is on the brink of a genuine health care disaster. Whatever good intentions may have motivated Barack Obama and his crew in pushing forward the ironically named, Affordable Care Act, the chickens are coming home to roost and the vast majority of voting Americans are going to be pissed. This is at the heart of the battle being waged by the Tea Party and they are right to do so.
This is really a simple lesson in economics. For example, consider the following “benefit” of Obamacare:
ObamaCare provides small businesses with affordable insurance options, cost assistance and increased buying power via the SHOP exchange (explained below). Since small businesses with under 50 full-time equivalent employees can use the SHOP to get better deals on employee insurance, but aren’t mandated to do so, it’s safe to say small businesses will not be hurt by ObamaCare, but will in fact benefit. . . .
• Businesses with over 50 full-time equivalent employees are exempt from the fee on their first 30 full-time workers greatly reducing the negative affect the law could have on businesses who just barely qualify as a large firm.
But here’s the reality. Small businesses with more than 30 full time employees are cutting back on full time employees. Those folks not only are losing their previously supplied health care from the business, they are losing full time employment and are being forced to try to sign up for Obamacare. And we’ve seen how nifty that process is. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 13, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 184 Comments
Under the leadership of Special Operations Speaks (a group I am part of), thousands of men and women gathered this morning at the World War II memorial and opened it up for all Americans. This was put together at the last minute. Although hyped as the “Million Vets March,” the reality was we were hoping to get at least a thousand people to come out. This morning’s turnout exceeded our expectations.
Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee showed up and embraced the cause. Governor Sarah Palin, still a star, was there as well. But the real stars were the veterans–Korean War, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan–who filled the plaza.
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By Larry Johnson on Oct 11, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 164 Comments
I am truly fascinated by the name calling and vitriol directed at Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and other Tea Party folks. I understand it. Establishment Republicans and Democrats are scared shitless of the Tea Party crowd. Hysterical efforts by the left and the media to tag advocates to the Tea Party as racists and misogynists, underscores the threat.
The essence of the Tea Party is this–Government has grown too big and too hungry. The beast of the bureaucracy can only be tamed by cutting funds and cutting authority. That’s why nitwits (speaking of name calling) like McCain and King are so viciously attacking Cruz and Lee.
McCain and King are part of the old guard who don’t give a damn about limiting the growth or power of government. Just look at those mugs. These are crazy old men. And they are angry that the likes of Cruz and Lee are preventing business as usual in the high priced whore house that is Washington. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 9, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 311 Comments
We have reached the watershed moment in the shutdown showdown and Barack Obama has detonated his fiscal suicide vest. Obama, despite the acclaim heaped on him by a fawning media, is not too bright when it comes to political tactics. Yesterday, October 8th, was the day that Obama shot himself in the foot. Two events have put Obama on his heels. First, as I noted in a piece yesterday, Obama allowed illegal immigrants to take over the Mall in Washington, DC while maintaining restrictions on access to war memorials. Second, Obama directed that DOD stop paying death benefits to the families of military personnel killed in action. Obama’s strategists made a major strategic mistake in going down this road.
In what veterans call an outrageous slight after the ultimate sacrifice, the shuttered federal government is withholding a $100,000 payment, known as the death gratuity, that is normally wired to relatives of fallen service members.
It’s typically sent to families within three days to help cover funeral costs or travel to meet the flag-draped coffins of their loved ones.
“It is upsetting because my husband died for his country, and now his family is left to worry,” said Ashley Peters of Springfield, Mo., whose husband, Joseph, was a special agent assigned to the Army’s 5th Military Police Battalion and was among the five killed. “My husband always said if something happened to him we would be taken care of.”
Obama’s only interest is in demonizing Republicans. In this action he shows he has no regard for our troops or their sacrifice. Obama has awakened a sleeping beast. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 8, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 83 Comments
Kudos to Jon Stewart for exposing the full dimension of the clusterfark that is Obamacare. He put Health and Human Services Secretary Sibelius on the hot seat and grilled her good:
She is certain that the program is swell but has not a clue about how many have actually signed up. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 8, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 76 Comments
Just when you think that Barack Obama and his Choom Crew have descended into the darkest depths of incompetence, they manage to surprise and shock us at the same time by embracing a hate America meme. How else to explain the Administration’s decision to arrest US military veterans for visiting war memorials commemorating their service while embracing illegal aliens and allowing them to hold a political rally on the Mall in Washington, DC, which is closed to taxpaying, legal American citizens?
While this picture was taken last year in NYC, we’ve already seen the barriers erected at the various war memorials around the Mall in Washington, DC. The last guy sitting in the Oval Office who was ordering cops to arrest Vietnam Vets for exercising their Constitutional rights was Richard Nixon. Tricky Dick, meet Bungling Barack.
But if you are violating our nation’s immigration laws, Obama is cool with that. In fact, he’ll let you set up a stage and hold a rally in a place he will not allow real Americans to assemble. Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 7, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 138 Comments
Let me get this straight. Transforming how Americans buy health insurance and pay for their healthcare was THE SIGNATURE accomplishment of Barack Obama. Right? And they gave themselves three years to roll out this landmark achievement. Right? But Obama and his gang also realized that things were not going to work as promised and the law, once implemented, would hurt certain wealthy constituencies. So Barky gave business and Congress a temporary pass. The average American? Screw you.
Unless you have been living in a cave, you know that the debut of Obamacare sign up was a nightmare. White House flacks spun it as computer systems overloaded by overwhelming support, but the truth lies elsewhere. Washington Post did a public service by interviewing a techie on the roll out:
SK: The Obama administration has said that all these problems are happening because of overwhelming traffic. How good of an explanation is that? Read the rest »
By Larry Johnson on Oct 5, 2013 | In Current Affairs | 253 Comments
Each passing day of the contrived Government shutdown brings a new revelation of how unworthy Barack Obama is be called either a leader or the Commander-in-Chief. He does not give a damn about America and our heritage as a nation. All he cares about is whether he can gain political advantage. His decision–and it is his decision alone–to shutdown open air war memorials and prevent the veterans of those wars from honoring their dead comrades, is beyond despicable.
This is not about saving tax payer dollars. This is a deliberate provocation by a deranged narcissist. According to the National Review:
The Park Service appears to be closing streets on mere whim and caprice. The rangers even closed the parking lot at Mount Vernon, where the plantation home of George Washington is a favorite tourist destination. That was after they barred the new World War II Memorial on the Mall to veterans of World War II. But the government does not own Mount Vernon; it is privately owned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. The ladies bought it years ago to preserve it as a national memorial. The feds closed access to the parking lots this week, even though the lots are jointly owned with the Mount Vernon ladies. The rangers are from the government, and they’re only here to help. Read the rest »