Friday, October 25, 2013

Red State Democrats singing 'There's a tear in my beer'

(My new American Thinker post)

We've posted about Red State Democrats several times.  They are the ones running in places like Arkansas, North Carolina, West Virginia, Alaska and so on.  

It appears that ObamaCare has these Democrats singing Hank Williams tunes like "Lovesick blues" and "Tear in my beer". 

There is a lot of screaming between San Francisco and New York City and it ain't "yes we can":
"After 16 long days of vowing to Republicans that they would not cave in any way, shape or form on ObamaCare, Democrats spent their first post-shutdown week caving in every way, shape and form. With the GOP's antics now over, the only story now is the unrivaled disaster that is the president's health-care law.  
Hundreds of thousands of health-insurance policies canceled. Companies dumping coverage and cutting employees' hours. Premiums skyrocketing. And a website that reprises the experience of a Commodore 64.

As recently as May, Democratic consultants were advising members of Congress that their best ObamaCare strategy for 2014 was to "own" the law. ""     (Kimberly Strassel, WSJ)
Hundreds of thousands of health-insurance policies canceled. Companies dumping coverage and cutting employees' hours. Premiums skyrocketing. And a website that reprises the experience of a Commodore 64.

As recently as May, Democratic consultants were advising members of Congress that their best ObamaCare strategy for 2014 was to "own" the law. ""

Maybe it's "the roll out" or the aforementioned cancellations but ObamaCare has hit the iceberg and lots of Democrats are rushing to the lifeboats.

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Aren't you glad we have a 'smart' foreign policy these days?

(My new American Thinker post)

"And the hits just keep on coming", like DJ Ron Britain used to say on WCFL, the top 40 station that we listened to walking home from school in our days in Wisconsin.


We just learned that the US was listening to telephone conversations from sea to shining sea and beyond, according to news reports;
"German and French accusations that the United States has run spying operations in their countries, including possibly bugging Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone, are likely to dominate a meeting of EU leaders starting on Thursday."
The Europeans are so mad that they may act against the US. Some want to delay the free trade agreement under negotiation. Don't bet on that. 

To be fair, there is a little bit of "shocked Captain Renualt" in these reactions. It's hard to believe that these foreign leaders did not know that we'd be interested in what they did behind the curtains.

President Obama faces a unique satiation in these cases.  He ran for president as "the different man," "the 'change we've been waiting for" and how he was going to work with our allies unlike his predecessor.   In other words, a lot of leaders, and especially their constituents, never expected this Obama.

Are you starting to feel sorry for President Obama?  I am.  This is going to be one "hellish" of a second term!


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Babalu: The Ted Cruz Democrats!

(My new Babalu post)
Last month, Senator Cruz was called every name in the book for suggesting that ObamaCare should be repealed, or at least defunded.
Despite the vicious attacks, Senator Ted Cruz fought on because he understood just how unpopular Obama Care is outside of Washington.
Where are we now?   
"Lawmakers are pressing to extend the deadline beyond March 31 after the troubled roll out of Obamacare raised concerns that people might not be able to sign up in time to avoid the $95 fine that jumps to $695 by 2016.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who faces re-election next year, wrote to President Obama, noting the glitch-plagued roll out that began Oct. 1 and asked him to extend the deadline beyond March 31.
"The difficulty that people in New Hampshire and in other states that are relying on the federally facilitated marketplaces are experiencing is incredibly frustrating and disappointing," Shaheen wrote. "For over three years, we have been waiting for the creation of the health insurance exchanges, which now in their fourth week of existence, are riddled with problems."
Backing Shaheen are Sens. Mark Begich, D-Ala., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., two more more vulnerabP.S. le Democrats from red states facing competitive re-election bids next year.
Pryor, considered the most vulnerable Democratic Senator, said in a statement that "it makes sense" to extend the deadline and that the Obama administration "should state clearly how the enforcement mechanism will work if people can’t sign up in time." Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who is not up for re-election but whose state is more purple than blue, said he and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., would introduce legislation to delay the health care law's individual mandate by a year."
Will The White House call them reckless and irresponsible?  Terrorists and arsonists?
Yes, it's true that these red-state Democrats are looking out for themselves. They are also hearing from constituents, specially after the ObamaCare web site fiasco!  They are not hearing anything pretty from angry taxpayers who can't understand why the Obama administration spent $600 million on a website that doesn't work.
Let's welcome and cheer the first class of "Ted Cruz Democrats"!   
For more on these Democrats, check out Kimberley Straeel at The Wall Street Journal:
"The pressure for other Democrats to join will rise, as will the pressure for the party to embrace more extensive changes to the law."
Yes, slowly but surely they will become Ted Cruz Democrats, i.e. people who come to their senses about this horrific law!

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Babalu: “Que paciencia tiene la novia”: 80 years and a couple sing “Quiereme siempre” by Orquesta Aragon


(My new Babalu Blog)

This is a story that Fausta Wertz brought to our attention last week:
"An elderly Paraguayan couple have got married in a religious ceremony after living together for 80 years.
From his wheelchair, Jose Manuel Riella, 103, promised his eternal love to Martina Lopez, his 99-year-old bride, who wore a long white dress.
The wedding was held in the couple's garden, where an altar had been set up.
The ceremony was attended by many of their eight children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
The priest said they were the oldest newlyweds he had ever known."
I guess that some guys just have a hard time asking for the lady's hand.
Let's wish Jose and Martina another 80 years of love and happiness.  Maybe they will "populate" another village!
At the same time, this is probably not what the authors of  "Quiereme siempre" had in mind:
"Siempre, (siempre), quiéreme siempre,
(quiéreme siempre) , tanto, (tanto)
como yo a ti (como yo a ti) Nunca, nuca me olvides, dime, dime que si
Cuando, (cuando), beso tu boca, (beso tu boca),
nada (nada ), nada es mejor (nada es mejor)
Dame, dame tu vida, quiéreme siempre, dame tu amor,
Siempre, quiéreme siempre, tanto, como yo a ti
Nunca, nuca me olvides, dime, dime que si
Cuando, beso tu boca, nada, nada es mejor
Dame, dame tu vida, quiéreme siempre, dame tu amor, ...Amor..."



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