I just saw an interview with the Governor of Kentucky at his exchange call center blow away his Congressional delegation (nitwits Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul) with sound reasoning about Obamacare that will further shove the Republicans underground.
Kentuckians are signing up like crazy in the seemingly one state in the country that got their website right. I live in Vermont and they were another state to set up their exchange early and got the website wrong. Let people peruse the plans first and then have them register later and get their subsidy figured out seems to be the dealio.
When the websites get set up right and millions of people who had junk insurance get properly insured Americans will be far better off. The insurance companies are evil and had to have this shoved down their throat. They remain evil and lurking, trying as hard as they can to maintain their 20% profit margin. Their most egregious errors have now been outlawed. This was long overdue.
The last thing the governor said is that in one year, when everything is fixed, people will be further pissed at the deception of the Republicans like Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell. They are so far from the reality of their constituency that they are tripping-out, Washington style.
I foresee a wholesale slaughter of Republicans in the mid-term based on this issue and their never-ending obstructionism during the Obama years.
One further note: The Republicans are blocking the appointment of the next Fed Governor and have probably engineered the government shutdown to get the Fed to continue the faux stimulus that has the government pumping 85 Billion dollars of freshly printed currency into the marketplace every month. This should have stopped 18 months ago.
It effects you and your retirement. Printed paper can only lead to inflation. You can thank the Republicans for this gift.
I do not feel safe in my two-state area. The number of people packing concealed is going up and up and up. Still, the 300,000,000 guns in the US are concentrated in the hands of collectors, police, gangs, criminals, national armories and the military. That brings the percentage of everyday ordinary people walking around w/o a gun pretty high -- over 90% I should think. The NRA's claim that we should all be armed to the teeth because only the good guys with guns can stop the bad guys doesn't hold water.
And you can't own a handgun everywhere without a permit and another (with cause) to carry it concealed in Ma. and I think NY. There are mandatory jail sentences there. I know a guy who did a year in Ma. just passing through, because he was too stupid to know the law.
several weeks ago a couple of gentlemen here wanted to test their new found right to legally carry (concealed) firearms, so each one slung an AR-15 over their back and walked proudly around a large farmers market. Needless to say, they got quite a response, legally and otherwise. But all the police could do was ticket them and there wasn't one person interviewed who said they "felt safer" with those two all-American patriots exercising their federal and state rights. Apparently this is the new freedom that so many Americans have desired and voted for.
You can't bring nail clippers or shampoo on an airplane, BUT, you can carry a loaded, concealed firearm with you almost anywhere. Homeland security will seize 1/2 a dozen seeds of hope and innocence from a package while our government officials make sure we are "safe" during our holiday shopping experience by allowing it's adult citizens to be fully armed while getting 30% off China's finest plastic widgets.
Santa and 9mm's. That should be our new national mascot, Santa in a defiant stance with his arms crossed and in each hand a firearm. It's just so heart-warming. The perfect American dichotomy: love and the love of guns. And the parents can proudly explain,"Santa loves all of God's children, Janey, but he's nobody's fool. You'll understand when you get older and you're able to realize that you're living in a fucking insane asylum from sea to shining sea, sweety."
While I feel sorry, once again, for the victims and their loved ones, the TSA shooting will soon be eclipsed by another set of victims and their loved ones. All we have to do is stay paranoid.
Right now I'm watching the Boston Red Sox celebrate their World Series victory. They just stopped at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and had a rousing chorus of "God Bless America" and a moment of silence. Security is very tight. The bombing happened at the start of the Red Sox season this year so they feel they had to have some special tribute.
I have to admit that it is good to see hundreds of thousands of people celebrating without fear.
3 TSA (Transportation Security Administration agents were shot at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) and one killed. Several other people were shot, for a total of 6. I don't know if that total includes the perp. or not.
From the BBC:
The suspect "pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire in the terminal" inside the nation's third largest airport, he said. He then allegedly went to a security screening area and continued shooting.
President Barack Obama expressed concern about the shooting, but said he would leave law enforcement to talk about it.
Given my former post (on this page) in which I quote the gun nuts about the TSA (The Washington Times is reporting that TSA agents are being trained to save themselves in the event of a mass shooting at an airport security checkpoint.), I find this whole thing rather stunning. How the hell do crazy gun nuts pull this kind of prophecy out of their orifice?
Wish I could remember which gun nut made this prediction...
I've lived here for getting on 40 years. For most of that time all kinds of people lived here and got along. Now, not so much, in part because it is a playground and treasure trove for troublemakers of all kinds. My city council rep actually responded to complaints about the epidemic of people getting mugged for their phones by bleating about how the poor pitiful perps were only stealing phones so they could buy diapers for their babies. Um...
For the most part, at least on blocks like mine with determined neighbors, things are quite decent. But unlike in years past, you just never know when something weird is going to happen. You need more street smarts than you used to, for sure.
The President and the Congress have no meaningful oversight and control over the NSA. They are under the CIA and the Department of Defense, who provide the NSA the "National Intelligence Priorities Framework". The NSA then works to provide signals intelligence according to those orders.
In a democracy that changes leaders every 4-8 years there has to be a consistency in mission for the NSA. But the president and Congress should be in the loop. They are abdicating their democratic responsibility not to know and oversee things.
Who wrote the National Priorities Directive? Who benefits by it? Why did I have to learn about it from The Daily Show?
Former Mossad contract agent, Rahm Emanuel mysteriously and inexplicably left a key White House staff position to descend to the less lofty role of being the Mayor of Chicago. Emanuel could very well have been put into play to remove the barriers which could lead to an easier false flag attack. As mayor, Emanuel would have control over law enforcement response to any emergency. His actions could exacerbate any attack. Certainly, in his role as the city’s chief executive, he would be in a position to thwart a meaningful investigation into a coming massive false flag attack as well. He has the power to turn off security cameras, control the placement of personnel and provide a context of plausible deniability for the Obama administration if such an attack were to occur. I only know that if I lived in Chicago and I knew that Emanuel was going to be out of the city for a few days, I would be very nervous.
The mysterious death of Chicago activist, Jeff Joe Black, who claimed that Emmanuel was put into place in Chicago to oversee a coming false flag event. Black, at the last-minute, cancelled an appearance on my show and subsequently went into hiding and was eventually murdered while in hiding. In my mind, Black’s murder strongly validates the aforementioned assertions. Black had told me that we were going to witness Chicago becoming the site of a massive false flag operation which would be the catalyst for martial law. Black asserted that Chicago would experience a massive wave of house to house gun confiscations. It was Black’s contention that this was a lead up to the implementation of full-scale martial law and possible war.
Obama Moving Day
It is apparent that a similar warning has already been issued to key people from Chicago so that they can stay out of harm’s way. And along these lines, does anyone else find it interesting that President Obama is not planning to return to his former hometown of Chicago? In case you have not heard, Obama is in the middle of securing a residence in Hawaii while disposing of his Hyde Park properties in Chicago. Why? What does he know that the rest of us do not? Subsequently, Chicago does appear to be a likely target for a false flag attack.
The Washington Post Drops a Bomb
The Washington Times is reporting that TSA agents are being trained to save themselves in the event of a mass shooting at an airport security checkpoint. The obvious question remains, should O’Hare Airport be avoided at all costs? Should all airports be avoided in the context of the new TSA agent training? I do not think that question can be definitively answered, but again, the trend curve for a massive and dramatic false flag attack designed as an attack on the Second Amendment, is clearly in our immediate future.
I walked to the Burger King near my motel after midnight, found out it was closed, except for the drive-up, walked around to the drive-up and placed my order: no problem! The Oracle arena nearby had some kind of costume party going on and Raider fans were getting pumped. Sorry Steelers! Made it out alive!!
Still far better a place than Chicago.