Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Official Obamacare Pink Slip!


Under the heading of elections have consequences and that low-information voters deserve what they get, presenting the Obamacare Pink Slip!

Sadly though for the rest of us who knew what Barack Obama's intentions were with Obamacare and the entirety of his socialist agenda, are now being severely punished equally due to the ignorance of others and the fact that the mainstream media was complicit in the process.


H/T Doug Ross @ Journal

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cast Your Vote: Whose rhetoric is more believable, Barack Obama or Kim Jong Un?


In the global battle of rhetoric whose is more believable, Kim Jong Un or Barack Obama?

Ratcheting up the war of words North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to unleash nuclear weapons not only on South Korea but the United States as well.

Barack Obama on the other hand has uttered a great deal of rhetoric over his first four years in office concerning any number of threats against the U.S. and the world.

This has included a 'red line' in Syria over the use of chemical weapons, Iran's continuing and seemingly unfettered march towards a nuclear capability and now the U.S.'s unwavering stand with South Korea against the North.

To date regrettably Obama has done little to back-up any of his words with substantive action leading some around the world to view him as nothing but a paper tiger.

Therefore the question that sadly needs to be asked for the good of the world is whether more stock can be placed in Barack Obama's to date empty rhetoric on national and global security or the unknown rhetorical value of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un?

Flashback: With a look back at U.S. leadership, whatever your opinion of George Bush as Commander-in-Chief may be he was a man whose words could be taken at face value striking fear in our enemies.

The poll question for the week that unfortunately needs to be asked is:

In a war of words who is more believable or credible, Barack Obama or Kim Jong Un?

Vote Now!




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Friday, March 29, 2013

Watcher's Council 'Good to be the Prince' Edition!


Or 'The Boy Wonder' as Joe Biden is reported to be heading off on a taxpayer funded vacation, sequestration or no sequestration!

Wasn't it just yesterday that TPC looked at the fact that 'it's good to be the king' as the First Children spend their Spring Break, and our money, at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas?

Living it up while less fortunate school kids from around the country can't take a simple tour of the White House due to the politically motivated actions of Barack Obama and the Dems?

In other words it seems the Obama administration idea of sequestration is that it should cause as much pain as possible for the American people, unless of course you are certain privileged American people.

This brings clearly to mind the way things worked for leaders back in communist USSR days, where common citizens were forced to endure long lines for food and everything else while leaders relaxed and enjoyed time at dachas outside of Moscow!

The political equivalent of the parental line of do as I say and not as I do.

Well now it's Joe Biden's turn to take advantage of the trappings of power, and the American taxpayer, as he is going to be taking a 5-day trip to the luxurious Kiawah Island for some R and R.

I suppose that uttering gaffes day in and day out can eventually take a heavy toll, and that his recent trip to ski in Colorado was simply not enough to rejuvenate him or his mind.

Now for the Watcher's Council results, week of March 25, 2013.

Welcome to the Watcher's Council!

The Watcher's Council nominations for the week of March 25, 2013 were presented, the votes were cast and counted, and the winner will now been announced!

For those who may be enjoying their first Watcher's Council experience, it is a group that consists of some of the top conservative bloggers from around the world.

A group that The Political Commentator is extremely proud to have been asked to be part of going on three years ago!

Each week members select and submit an article that they have written in addition to one article from a non-council blog they find to be particularly topical and important.

While you may not always agree with what you read, that fact alone may make the experience much more valuable!

Once all of the nominated articles have been received at an undisclosed location by the Council leader, a location that is well hidden somewhere on the Left Coast of the United States, the Watchers Council members review and vote for their favorite entries.

These votes are protected and held by outside auditing firm Arthur Andersen until such time as they are counted and a winner has been chosen for the Grand Prize.

This Grand Prize which consists of the appreciation of ones peers.

In the end, however, we are all winners for having had the opportunity to read the analysis of the critical issues of the day.

In a nutshell, the Watchers Council is the ultimate conservative blog aggregator!

So without further ado the winner(s) of the Watcher's Council for the week of March 25 is (are)...?

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners




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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Which of the 50 U.S. states are the most free? (Video and Charts)



'Freedom In The 50 States' by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University!

That's 50 and not the 57 alluded to by our learned President Obama!





Read all about it at Freedominthe50States.org here.

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Sequester pain apparently is only for the little people and not for the King and his Court!


While WH tours were cancelled due to sequestration disappointing mere common schoolchildren, the First Kids are living it up during Spring Break at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas!
Good to be the kids of the King!

Once again hammering home the point that it's good to be the King!

From Judicial Watch:

"If you wondered what is being done about the extravagant spring break vacation taken by Obama’s daughters in the Bahamas, wonder no more. Breitbart News, who broke the first report on the girls’ latest vacation, is now reporting thatJudicial Watch is looking into the matter.

“The Obamas’ unnecessary personal luxury travel is an abuse of office in this age of sequester, unemployment, and out-of-control government debt,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Breitbart News. “Taxpayers are right to wonder why the Obamas repeatedly take personal trips with seemingly little regard for the resulting drain on precious tax dollars...”

The rest of the article is at Judicial Watch here.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What do Talk Radio listeners look like?


Listening to the inane blathering of some callers into talk radio shows, did it lead you to wonder how they ever made it through grade school?

Then do you wonder about the pearls of wisdom they could have possibly given to the call screener that got them through the gate and onto the air in the first place?

I know I wonder about both things, so I went looking for a demographic study of who it is besides me that is listening to to talk radio.

Here is the analysis from Talkers.com:




Source

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

60 ways the government wastes your money!


Update: #61 on the list of the ways that the federal government wastes our money is extremely topical! Joe Biden's limo tab alone on his recent trip to Paris was $321,665!

The American Dream provides 60 ways the federal government wastes taxpayer money, but there are likely well more than 60,000!

Here's 1-10 with a link to The American Dream for the next 50:
#1 The National Science Foundation has given $384,949 to Yale University to do a study on “Sexual Conflict, Social Behavior and the Evolution of Waterfowl Genitalia”.  Try not to laugh, but much of this research involves examining and measuring the reproductive organs of male ducks.
#2 The IRS spent $60,000 on a film parody of “Star Trek” and a film parody of “Gilligan’s Island”.  Internal Revenue Service employees were the actors in the two parodies, so as you can imagine the acting was really bad.
#3 The National Institutes of Health has given $1.5 million to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts to study why “three-quarters” of lesbians in the United States are overweight and why most gay males are not.
#4 The National Institutes of Health has also spent $2.7 million to study why lesbians have more “vulnerability to hazardous drinking”.
#5 The U.S. government is giving sixteen F-16s and 200 Abrams tanks to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt even though the new president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi (a member of the Muslim Brotherhood), constantly makes statements such as the following
“Dear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them”
#6 During 2012, the salaries of Barack Obama’s three climate change advisers combined came to a grand total of more than $370,000.
#7 Overall, 139 different White House staffers were making at least $100,000during 2012, and there were 20 staffers that made the maximum of $172,200.
#8 Amazingly, U.S. taxpayers spend more than 1.4 billion dollars a year on the Obamas.  Meanwhile, British taxpayers only spend about  58 million dollars on the entire royal family.
#9 During 2012, $25,000 of federal money was spent on a promotional tour for the Alabama Watermelon Queen.
#10 The U.S. government spent $505,000 “to promote specialty hair and beauty products for cats and dogs” in 2012.
Read the rest at The American Dream here.
H/T for #61 to The Right Scoop

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Man facing his own black hole! (Video)


From Adam and Eve to the present day man has faced temptations!

It's the decision of whether to give in or not to give in to temptation that defines the moral make-up of the individual, the institution or the country.

The black hole in this video is a prime example of what could and often does happen when one is faced with a decision that has clear right and wrong choices attached to it, and decides to take the wrong fork in the road in the road anyway!

As we all learn day in and day out, decisions have consequences!

The Black Hole



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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Is Barack Obama the Manchurian President? (2 Must-Watch Videos)

Is Barack Obama The Manchurian President?
This is certainly an idea that has been bandied about and discussed in a variety of forums over the years including here at The Political Commentator!

As an example in April 2011 I wrote, 'What is the Obama endgame vis a vis a nuclear Iran?' which among other things said this:

'Does Obama have a serious plan for Iran, is his plan to have no plan or could he have a dastardly plan?

Now while that is a little confusing, I have speculated here in the past about President Obama's true desire for the future direction of the United States. At one point I went so far as to refer to him, as others also have, as the Manchurian President...
'

On the subject of Iran we have since come to learn that there is no plan other than empty rhetoric which represents one of two things. Either failed foreign policy or President Obama calculatingly providing Iran with the time to develop a nuclear weapon.

And therein lies the problem in trying to analyze anything that Barack Obama says or does.

Is he merely a terrible president or, as speculated in this video, is he the Manchurian President?

And then the question is why, given all of the facts that openly exist about Barack Obama's past, has he been given a complete and total pass in the vetting department by the mainstream media and by a good deal of the American people?



H/T Western Journalism here, and
here Western Journalism
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Video of Americans experiencing Mexico the way that many Mexicans experience America!


It's politically incorrect all right but this video tells the story of what illegals who cross the border from Mexico to the United States expect to find here.

And, they are not disappointed. It also begs the question whether any other country in the world would be allowing this to happen at its sovereign border?

The video was originally from 2006 and as you will notice very little has changed.



H/T IOTW

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Memes: Obamacare's 3rd birthday with little to celebrate!


Happy 3rd Birthday Obamacare?

Should Americans celebrate the 3rd birthday of the signing into law of the Obamacare bill, legislation that will effectively destroy healthcare as we know it and further cripple any attempts to right the fiscal ship of the U.S.?

Not unless the present for the country is defunding it, because defunding it sounds like a pretty good idea!





H/T IWF


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Friday, March 22, 2013

The Rogue Rat of Fukushima!


A rat so large due to the effects of radiation exposure that it singlehandedly took down the cooling system in the crippled nuclear complex exposing 8,800 nuclear fuel rods!

The reality is that a crisis caused by a giant mutated rat has not yet occurred, although the scenario of mutated animals is certainly on the table for some time in the future.

No, in this case a potential nuclear crisis could have been caused by a basic rat simply getting into a control panel and eating through wires.

Is it a serious failing of security, do you suppose, that an animal loose in the reactor could have caused a situation that could potentially have led to renewed fear of a meltdown?

I suppose that it is but you wouldn't know by the lack of any news generated regarding the animal event.

Simply speaking, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima that was caused by an earthquake and subsequent tsunami is no longer the story du jour for 'journalists' after having been replaced by 'news' items like Kim Kardashian's pregnancy and a series of other critical stories similar to that.

That, however, does not mean that the all clear has been sounded or that the nuclear crisis in Japan is no longer creating havoc for that country or for the rest of the world ('Fukushima Update!', October 31, 2012).

It simply means that the limited attention span of people has reached its course. That said, here is the story about the 'Rogue Rat of Fukushima!'

"...The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant said Wednesday that it had found what it believed was the cause of an extended blackout that disabled vital cooling systems this week: the charred body of a rat.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, said that when its engineers looked inside a faulty switchboard, they found burn marks and the rodent’s scorched body. The company said it appeared that the rat had somehow short-circuited the switchboard, possibly by gnawing on cables.

The company, known as Tepco, has blamed problems with the switchboard for the power failure that began Monday, cutting off the flow of cooling water to four pools used to store more than 8,800 nuclear fuel rods. It took Tepco almost a day to restore cooling to the first of the affected pools, with cooling of the final pool resuming early Wednesday...
" Read the rest of the article at The New York Times here.

H/T Legitimate Government

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

King Abdullah of Jordan knows what the Obama administration is too blind to see! (Video)


That the Muslim Brotherhood mission is to have its crescent rise above the entirety of the Middle East and ultimately the world!

On-the-other-hand perhaps the problem isn't that Barack Obama is blind to the issues.

Perhaps the problem is that he is equipped with 20/20 vision and simply has other motives that are in play in Egypt and around the entirety of the Middle East when it comes to the balance of power there.

While Barack Obama and his new band of national security and foreign policy merry men and women keep pushing rhetoric over substantive action to try and stem the rise of radical Islam throughout the Middle East, the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran and others continue to spread their wings.

This because we are dealing with an enemy that smells fear, cowardice and weakness and who doesn't for a second buy the empty rhetoric that this administration has been dishing out for over four years.

The perfect example of failed Obama administration thinking could not be personified any better than by the giving of F-16's and tanks to a Muslim Brotherhood led Egypt ('Egypt - I brought a knife to the fight and gave my enemy guns?"

In short through his actions and inactions, Barack Obama is complicit in making the world a much more dangerous place!

King Abdullah of Jordan: Beware the Muslim Brotherhood!


H/T The Right Scoop

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The Long Island Fight for Charity


The Political Commentator, Mike Haltman, will be entering the boxing ring later this year to raise money for the charities supported by the Long Island Fight for Charity (501c3, LIFFC)!
While most of you know me as the staunch supporter and defender of values that are not being supported by our current administration, today I seek your support to whatever extent you are able.
I am currently training to enter the boxing ring later this year in the Long Island Fight for Charity “Main Event’ in support of three extremely deserving charities!

Along with my training I am fundraising as well.
Charities supported by LIFFC
I am working out at a local Boxing Club with two 35-year boxing veterans who have trained Olympic fighters and with one of the two being the former Marine Corp boxing champion in the 140 lb. weight class.
The Glen Cove Boxing Club
At the 'Main Event', approximately 1,500 Long Island businesspeople are expected to attend for the 12 3-round bouts each pitting two Long Island businesspeople against each other who have been matched by age and weight.



I seek to raise a minimum of $20,000 understanding that this goal will primarily be attained through the contributions of many people donating whatever they can whether $10, $25, $100 or more.



 Currently my total raised is $7,045!
I am also extremely aware that these are difficult economic times and that many individuals and family's cannot spare money for anything beyond the necessities of life.

However, if you find yourself in the position where you are able to donate, there are opportunities to do so in one of the many ways described below. If you have any friends or colleagues who you think might be interested in this cause, please forward this article on.

If you have any questions, please let me know! Thank you.

Mike
The Long Island Fight for Charity!

Long Island Fight for Charity (501c3) Tale of the Tape!

The Political Commentator will be stepping into the ring for charity in what is truly a bipartisan cause!

When: November 25, 2013
Where: The Long Island Hilton
What: 3-Round Fight
Why: Support of three extremely deserving Long Island charities!

Donate Any Amount Here.

Buy a VIP Seat at the Event Here ($195).

Buy a General Admission Seat at the Event Here ($125).

Learn more about LIFFC Here.

Sponsorship or any other Questions? Email me at michaelhaltman@me.com




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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ben Bernanke: Blather from the Ivory Tower!


Bernanke Q and A redux: Nothing but a snake oil salesman!

Back in December after a Ben Bernanke press conference like the one I am watching now, I wrote 'Ben Bernanke: Snake oil salesman! (Bonus animated video: QE explained)'. What I wrote then seems to still be just as relevant today. The video can be watched at the link above.

If any new writing had been required I would certainly offer it, however, what I heard from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke this afternoon is simply more of the same:

Watching Ben Bernanke answer questions am I the only one who thinks he sounds as if he is just throwing s--t against the wall hoping that something will stick!

(While the lemmings (business news pundits) in his audience just seem to listen and nod)

To date the aforementioned s--t that I speak of is comprised by QE1, QE2, QE3, Operation Twist and whatever name they give to his announcement today.

And so far, nothing has worked typified by an unemployment rate that drops only because people have lost hope and have given up looking for work!

In any event, in our lives all of us have known "that" one salesman who tries every gimmick and plays every angle in order to put as much into the pipeline as possible hoping it will all close, when in reality very little of it ever will.

Ben Bernanke is that salesman who is expanding the Fed balance sheet to a point at which it will be impossible to reverse and yet, nothing in the economy actually seems to improve when you scratch below the surface of the numbers.

At the same time government borrowing spikes higher with treasury debt outstanding now at a point where the country cannot afford to pay for that debt and needs to borrow more money simply to service the interest due bondholders. And these bondholders to a large extent is actually our federal government itself!

Sufficiently confused yet?

Now imagine for a second the impact on federal spending were yields ever to revert to historically "normal" rates. Therein lies the Fed Chairman's true quandary.

He warns us about the dangers of Washington kicking the can down the road when it comes to "solving" the fiscal cliff but, if any agreement is actually put together, the people we are forced to call our leaders will do exactly that because after all when difficult and unpopular decisions need to be made politicians will be politicians.

Bottom line - Ben Bernanke is an academic who will continue to try his Ivory Tower methodologies to get us out of the mess that we are in, and we can only hope that he is better in the future than the unmitigated failure that he has been in the past!

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Cartoon: Will Cyprus-style banking be coming to a U.S. branch near you?

H/T Pundit Press

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Video: Bracketology and budgets Obama style!

Governmental Bracketology Circa 2011
Nobody takes Bracketology more seriously than President Obama! If only the fiscal viability of the United States was half as important for him!

Barack Obama NCAA Brackets always on time!

United States budgets? Never!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mother Bloomberg strikes again: Keep tobacco out of sight!


Ironically this proposal comes one day after an article at TPC had Mayor Bloomberg proposing a New York Restaurant Liquor Limitation Law!

And only days after the Mayor's sugary drink ban was defeated by the courts.

Bloomberg: “We know that out of sight doesn’t always mean out of mind, but in many cases it can. And we think this measure will help reduce impulse purchases, and if it does, it will literally save lives.”  

Now read The Political Commentator's take at 'Elites Beware: The New York Liquor Limitation Law could be coming to a restaurant near you!'
 

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Video: Captain Hindsight goes to Washington!


Some Washington politicians have brought the use of selective hindsight and the blame game to an artform while displaying absolutely no affinity for forward looking problem solving!

Meet Captain Hindsight!

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