Monthly Archives: December 2013

Rees Lloyd: Obama political commissars kill Christmas at the VA

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics under Lenin, Stalin and their successor dictators infamously assignedstalin a “political commissar” to all military units on land, sea and air. Their purpose: To censor and shield from military members all speech that was not in conformity with the politically correct socialist, secularist, atheist, “party line” of the totalitarian ruling Communist Party, communism being socialism on steroids.

Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Workers Party, or Nazi Party, while competing with and denouncing the German Communist Party, aped Stalin’s policy by assigning Nazi political cadres to military units after Hitler’s rise to totalitarian dictatorial power in the 1930s.

Mao Tsetung also aped Stalin’s policy by assigning political commissars to censor all information that might reach Red Army members when Mao’s Chinese Communist Party came to power in China in 1949.

Now, in the transformed America of 2013, the progressive liberal Democrat regime led by President Barack Hussein Obama is mimicking Stalin by having its appointees censor speech at Veterans Administration facilities to prohibit schoolchildren from giving their hand-made “Christmas cards” or singing “Christmas carols” to veterans confined to VA hospitals during the Christmas holidays.

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That is, Americans are allowed by progressive liberal Democrats in power to utter the word “holiday” in VA facilities but are forbidden to utter the name of that holiday, i.e., “Christmas,” because it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, on Dec. 25, 0000, 2013 years ago, in what is now Israel, a land uniquely referred to as the “Holy Land” by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

So absurd is the politically correct secular extremism of progressive liberal Democrats that Iowa City censors actually prevented members of the American Legion, all of whom are wartime veterans, from giving Christmas gifts to their comrade hospitalized veterans if the “wrapping paper” contained the forbidden word “Christmas,” as in “Merry Christmas.”

This is further evidence of the truth of the proposition that if you scratch a sweet-talking, hopey-changey, “I love the people” progressive liberal, you’ll find a totalitarian hidden just beneath the surface, convinced that they should lead by the nose “the people” they claim to so profoundly love and “only want to help.”

The reality is that progressive liberals like Obama, et al., love people like they love dogs – as long as they are docile, willing to be led around, tail-wagging grateful for handouts of food and “treats,” and adoringly devoted and obedient to their masters, no matter how many incompetent decisions they make.

The late Richard John Neuhaus, brilliant American writer, thinker, theologian, Lutheran pastor, later Catholic priest and founder of First Things magazine, authored the seminal book “The Naked Public Square,” first published, fittingly, in 1984.

Neuhaus presciently warned that if Americans allowed the public square to be denuded of expressions and symbols of America’s own religious history and heritage, rendering it barren of religious expression, thought and values as part of the public discourse and debate on public issues shaping the culture and conscience of the nation, the vacuum would be filled – filled by the “state,” i.e., the government, which would dictate what speech, symbols and thought would be approved and allowed, just as in every totalitarian socialist state.

That is precisely what is happening as America is “transformed” by progressive liberalism, as Barack Hussein Obama promised he would do if elected in 2008. Extremist progressive liberals, epitomized by the ACLU, are attacking and removing from the public square practically every expression or symbol of our American history and heritage if it has a religious aspect, almost always the cross.

For example, consider the fanatical extremism of the ACLU, which has become the Taliban of American liberal secularism. The ACLU conducted a 10-year legal war in a failed attempt to destroy the cross honoring veterans at the remote Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial and is now in its 24th year of litigation to destroy the cross honoring veterans at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

Now, veterans confined to VA hospitals during the Christmas holidays are to be denied the comfort of Christmas cards or the singing of traditional Christmas carols by American children grateful for their military service, or even gifts from their comrade veterans if not politically correctly wrapped, by diktat of national government censors, another transformative “first time in history” policy of the Obama progressive liberal presidency.

Fortunately, some Americans, particularly veterans who have not been “transformed,” are fighting back.

The American Legion, the largest wartime veterans’ organization in the country with some 2.4 million members, announced it has “asked VA Central Office for an explanation of why it appears that Christians are being singled out for restrictions, especially when the holiday honors the birth of Jesus Christ.”

American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger said: “First of all, VA’s decision to prohibit the delivery of Christmas cards that mention Christmas is ludicrous. Second of all, VA has been down this road before, and recently. VA has been warned through a federal court decree to stop denying freedom of religious expression at its facilities. It’s pretty obvious the Dallas VA did not get that memo.”

Similarly, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, an Army veteran and an American Legionnaire whose 5th Supervisorial District has a larger population than some states, has called for repeal of banning of Christmas at the huge VA facility there. In a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, he wrote:

“The Veteran’s Administration policy requiring hospitals to refuse cards from schoolchildren that say ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘God Bless You’ is an offensive form of censorship that should be repealed. This policy violates freedom of speech and religion, along with denying American people the opportunity to express gratitude and support to those who have fought to preserve our freedoms through the words and thoughts of their choosing.”

Liberty Institute in Texas, which represents the Mt. Soledad Association in the fight against the ACLU, announced that it would sue if the VA does not rescind the ban on Christmas.

The Alliance Defending Freedom in Arizona, Thomas More Law Center in the Midwest, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund in San Diego and other public interest law firms defending freedom have offered support.

But this is not a battle veterans should fight alone, nor a fight which should be limited to courts. The American people should rise up loud and clear to demand that all members of the House and Senate should act to repudiate and demand repeal of this outrageous banning of Christmas in the VA by the Executive Branch of Barack Hussein Obama.

Consider: If we Americans, inheritors of the freedom bequeathed to us by the Founding Fathers and preserved for us by America’s veterans, cannot even protect and preserve the tradition of Christmas from desecration and abolition in the VA by intolerant progressive liberals, into what kind of people have we been “transformed”?

This piece is reproduced with permission and first appeared athttp://www.wnd.com/2013/12/democrats-ban-christmas-at-the-va/#y1gQlQcZSiPcREJ9.99

Rees Lloyd, a longtime California civil rights attorney and onetime ACLU staff attorney, is the co-founder and director of the Defense of Veterans Memorials Project of the American Legion Department of California. He is a Veteran’s activist and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.

Obama group deploys ‘GOP are Scrooges’ meme in time for 2014 midterms; media comply

Millions of people have been thrown out of work since the start of this recession and the Obama Administration has only made it worse. You’d think the Democrats would run from their liberty and cash sucking record like people from a burning building, but no. Instead, they’ll wholeheartedly ignore their self made parade of horribles and try to sell the narrative that the GOP is the repository of all evil. In fact, the new narrative from the Democrat spin machine claims all Republicans are “Scrooges.”

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Why? Because the Republicans may allow the end to a several years long program that gave nearly two years of extended federal unemployment benefits to people out of work. (HERE AND HERE). 

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Yes, millions of people sit on sidelines because of Obamaconomy, but it’s the GOP’s fault they’re still there? That’s what the Democrats are selling and that exactly what Salon and Daily Beast are peddling. 

If these folks hadn’t fallen off the active employment rolls the unemployment rate would be 10% right now.  These are not retirees, but people who could be working but for the horrible shape our economy is in and disincentives to business to hire. Obama has turned America into a part-time nation with 70% of new jobs being part-time due to his disastrous ObamaCare rules. 

 

And the GOP are “SCROOGES” for not extending jobless bennies to nearly two years? That’s the sales pitch. The people who killed the economy, impoverished millions and have prevented millions from getting jobs because of their Dodd Frank, ObamaCare bills and various EPA job killing regulations–are going on the offensive in the 2014 midterm elections attacking the GOP for allowing the end to the already sunsetted jobless benefits.

Writing in Salon, Joan Walsh reveals where she got the idea to write her story,

Americans United for Change, along with labor groups, plans an advertising and media push focused on vulnerable Republicans. Already, an effort to publicize the cost of cutting unemployment in those members’ home districts has paid off in remarkable local media coverage, as Greg Sargent laid out two weeks ago.

How can you hope to sell the idea that the people who killed your job are not to blame for your troubles but the people who gave you record unemployment benefits are? The Americans United for Change has already gotten the Daily Beast, Washington Post and Salon to do their bidding. Can MSNBC, NBC, and the New York Times be far behind?

Democrat Washington state lawmaker calls Arizona, “desert, racist wasteland” after Seahawks loss to Cardinals

H/T Tom Thurman

Democrat Washington state lawmaker Joe Fitzgibbons will have some explaining to do after his damning tweet calling the entire state of Arizona a “desert, racist wasteland.” The tweet was picked up by Associated Press reporter, Mike Baker, who screen capped the offensive tweet before Fitzgibbons could delete it.

After being called out for damning an entire state, he posted,

Meantime, at least one other lawmaker, JT Wilcox, was doing some damage control,

Eventually Fitzgibbons tried to do his own damage control, blaming the twittersphere for taking his original, now deleted, tweet too seriously,

Fitzgibbons’ attempt to lay his anger at the feet of the tough Seahawks loss (it was) and then heaping scorn on Arizona over the issue of illegal aliens was feeble, not to mention incoherent.

Dude, we know you’re a Democrat, but could you please remember that as a lawmaker you’re SUPPOSED to act like a grown up, um ‘kay? Just wondering where Phil Robertson can go to get his reputation back. 

Bob Filner voted America’s worst boss of 2013

fILNER grope“I’m a hugger”–Bob Filner

The website ebosswatch.com has named former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner America’s Worst Boss. All the “top” vote getters share this dubious distinction in this year’s voting,

The managers who made this year’s list of America’s Worst Bosses were named in workplace lawsuits filed by their employees or were accused of workplace harassment and/or sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and/or creating a hostile work environment.

And these boorish, buffoonish, mean (mostly) boys also cost a lot of people A LOT of money,

To date, the 2013 America’s Worst Bosses have cost their employers over $52 million in monetary damages and lawsuit settlement payments.  Of this amount, the 33 bad bosses in the public sector have cost their respective taxpayers over $21 million.

 

 

 

 

 

Herewith is the partial list of America’s Worst Bosses:

America’s Worst Bosses 2013

 

Boss Organization Location
1 Bob Filner City of San Diego San Diego, CA
2 Derek May Four Amigos Travel and Top Dog Travel Largo, FL
3 Raphael Olivo New York City Department of Correction Rikers Island, NY
4 Fred Fuller Fred Fuller Oil Company Hudson, NH
5 Maurice Wightman Simmons Institute of Funeral Service Syracuse, NY
6 Samy Bouzaglo andAmy Bouzaglo Amy’s Baking Company Scottsdale, AZ
7 Artur Zbozien Mangia 57 New York, NY
8 Bob Delaney St. Clair County Belleville, IL
9 Dr. Josef Fischer andPaul Levy Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, MA
10 Ed Eiswerth Peachtree City Fire Department Peachtree City, GA
11 Bill Latham Kroger Texas L.P. Plano, TX
12 Dr. Gerald Berke UCLA Los Angeles, CA
13 Larry Wippert Jr. National Food Corp. Lind, WA
14 Sgt. Randy Hoffmaster Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Van Nuys, CA
15 Sheriff Johnny Hatter Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Livingston, AL
16 Tomi Peck Sophia Police Department Sophia, WV
17 Christine Qualls Help at Home, Inc. Hillsboro, MO
18 Kostantinos Raptis,Nikolaos Raptis andAndrew Xenos Angelo’s Pizza & Grill Rouses Point, NY
19 Mauricio Gaytan The Spud Seller Inc. Monte Vista, CO
20 Sue Padilla Doña Ana County Las Cruces, NM

OrBamaCare robocalls Oregonians: You’re now Un-Covered, Oregon

The indignities of Cover Oregon–OrBamaCare–continue apace. First, the government bobbleheads smuggly insisted Oregon’s early adaption to ObamaCare would be the best thing for all Oregonians. Then, they began having fun with logos, marketing and expensive commercials,
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Then they pretended everything was fine, until, it turns out it wasn’t. There was no product to sell because the website wouldn’t work. No worries, said Cover Oregon chief Rocky King, we’ll do it alllllll by hand! We’ll have people fill out their health histories and wallet biopsies by hand and input it that information, uh—where are we inputting that information again? Oh, yes! the website that doesn’t work! Rocky is on “medical leave” with a case of the sniffles and now the CIO of the website is gone–fired this week. Did I say fired? I mean resigned. And the governor has called for a review of a program he didn’t bother to review himself. Finally now we have the coup de grace which basically is: remember that program you thought you signed up for? Yeah, about that…

From HotAir,

How did Oregon manage to go from one of the most enthusiastically pro-ObamaCare, gung-ho exchange-builders in the country to these shambles of lost administrative dignity? Two of their highest-ranking officials in charge of coordinating what they for months advertised as what would be a smooth, online, and hipster-friendly insurance-buying experience are already on the outs, and the 400 or so navigators they hired when they realized (too late) that they were in over their heads haven’t been quite enough to cope with the logistical struggle of signing people up for government-run insurance minus a functional website.

Er… why are they just telling insurance-seeking Oregonians this now? If they really have 11,000 people now enrolled in private plans, then they have been making some very slow but steady progress on the larger heap of applications they have going over the past week or so — but they must have known for awhile now that there was no way in heck they were going to be able to process the lot of the applications submitted by December 23rd in time to begin coverage January 1st, what with the slow and often erroneous processing that is part and parcel of doing things via paper application.

Merry Christmas! Remember when you could just buy your own insurance? 

Take over: Obama lawlessly orders insurance companies to change ObamaCare—AGAIN–without Congress.

After Obama’s latest move, why don’t we just call this what it is: A take over of the health insurance industry.

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The Obama administration, in an 11th-hour change, announced significant exemptions for people who recently lost their insurance coverage and are struggling to get a new plan — drawing immediate criticism from the insurance industry and Republican lawmakers. 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confirmed the changes, which include letting those individuals skirt the law’s individual mandate, in a letter to senators. She said she would allow people who got cancellations and could not find affordable new coverage to qualify for a “hardship exemption” in order to avoid a penalty next year for not having insurance. 

 

They–insurance companies–and we are being whipsawed by the whims of the ideologues running the failed ObamaCare program who are too afraid to look like the incompetents they are, so order the insurance companies to do their every bidding–regardless of how unlawful it is and how destabilizing it is to the industry and the American people. 

Lets be honest here, ok? It’s hard to stand up for insurance companies, but when the government abuses them while at the same time scape goating them even as they have an eye toward extinguishing them altogether via single payer, you have to say something. 

War on Christmas *NOT* a hot war, people! Bell ringer assaulted for saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”

Salvation Army kettle bell ringer slapped for failing to say “Merry Christmas”

Arizona Walmart kettle bell ringer is slapped for failing to say Merry Christmas
Arizona Walmart kettle bell ringer is slapped for failing to say Merry Christmas

From ABC News
A Salvation Army worker was accosted Monday for trying to avoid any Christmas controversy by wishing people “Happy Holidays,” ABC reports. Kristina Vindiola said a woman punched her while she was ringing a kettle bell and collecting money for the Salvation Army charity outside a Walmart in Phoenix, Ariz. The woman asked Vindiola if she believed in God before correcting her, “You’re supposed to say Merry Christmas,” followed by the physical attack.

 

If Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is banned, what then is to become of Dan Savage?

By now you’ve heard that in the latest edition of Gentleman’s Quarterly, GQ, Duck Dynasty TV show patriarch Phil Robertson remarked on the biblical view of sin and sexual immorality. He’s been suspended from his own TV show for the comments. Here’s the excerpt,
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“During a discussion about repentance and God, Robertson is asked what he finds sinful.
“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” he says. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”
He goes on to paraphrase Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.

Photo nearby is by Parade Magazine.

Immediately, the gay lawfare crowd from GLADD weighed in, claiming moral authority, knowledge of Christian beliefs and said what Robertson said was a pack of lies,

Phil and his family claim to be Christian, but Phil’s lies about an entire community fly in the face of what true Christians believe,” GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz said. “He clearly knows nothing about gay people or the majority of Louisianans — and Americans — who support legal recognition for loving and committed gay and lesbian couples. Phil’s decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors, who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT people and families.

As the story was breaking (via Hollywood Reporter and Drudge), Fox news assembled a panel to discuss it. This is where you hear from a Democrat Party strategist Bernard Whitman, who said he applauded A&E for removing Robertson for his “disgusting, reprehensible, hateful” comments saying that Robertson isn’t entitled to be on TV “spewing hate.

Phil Robertson offered this explanation,

Robertson released his own statement in response: “I myself am a product of the ’60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom and accepted Jesus as my Savior. My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together. However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.

These leftists, as usual, are engaging in projection. They’re fine with the vilest, basest, X rated rantings of gay celebureporter, Dan Savage.They don’t call what he says hate speech. I haven’t heard them complain about the sister wives show (how come that guy isn’t married to any men? Call GLAAD!). No, they’re just upset that someone dares say what the Bible says about sexual immorality. Where are the groups representing adulterers, drunks and the rest that Phil also said were committing sin? He called them out, too. 

We knew, of course, that one day we would get to the place where the biblical viewpoint would be considered hate speech. It has happened in the Netherlands and the UK where preachers have been put on trial for speaking biblical values from the pulpit and in the public square. Now this nation’s left wants that speech shut up too. The problem is, when one group is silenced then others follow. Pretty soon, there will be no one left to speak for you. 

George bows out, Thatcher jumps in to race for his state senate

Less than 18 hours after Larry George announced he wouldn’t run again for his senate seat, Representative Kim Thatcher jumped into the race. 

“I’ve been honored to serve in the Oregon House of Representatives over the past 10 years and work closely with Senator Larry George on a number of important issues,” explained Thatcher. “Senator George’s skills and leadership will be missed. I will do my best to go forward in some of the key areas the Senator and I have worked on and look for new opportunities to help the citizens of our great state.”

Thatcher is a good fit for the district since her house rep district covers some of George’s senate one. The senate district includes Keizer, Newberg, St. Paul, Sherwood, King City, Wilsonville, Hillsboro, Tigard and Bull Mountain. Thatcher is a warrior for her constituents and would get my vote. 

Rees Lloyd: Animal ‘civil rights’ to trump human rights?

I recently received a solicitation from a continuing education in the law provider, the Rutter Group,  to sign up for Rutter’s “new” online course from Lewis & Clark Law School which could lead  to what they advertize as an exciting, path-breaking, fulfilling “career in Animal Rights Law.”

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Animal civil rights? Animal civil rights enforceable by crusading liberal lawyers in the courts? Animal civil rights as a “legal career.” Yes. Its been out there for awhile, if not on the nightly news. And it is growing apace by progressive liberal self-anointed (the animals haven’t asked) defenders of newly perceived  or invented legal “rights” of animals. (It is unknown if these animal “rights” crusaders will specialize in different animals, e.g., pig rights specialists, chicken rights specialists, etc.)

Poor deluded me. Here I have spent the last thirty years or so as an attorney defending, mostly pro  bono, the civil rights, constitutional rights, workers rights, employment rights, and veterans rights of humans.

Alas, I have been blind to the newly asserted proposition that the true victims of “rights” deprivations are “animals,” whose heretofore unrecognized legal  “rights” are violated by — wait for it:  Humans!

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Apparently, it is only humans who can be sued for violation of an animal’s rights, and not other animals. Even predators, who naturally prey on the victim animals, apparently can sue for violation of their rights;  but are apparently immune from being sued for “civil rights” violations for violation of the rights of the animals on which they prey, on the basis that the predators are, after all,  “animals.”

According to the solicitation I received from the Lewis & Clark Law School by way of the Rutter Group,  “animal rights” law practice is not just growing, it is expanding  with “blazing speed.” (The solicitation is available on the websites of Lewis & Clark and the Rutter Group.)

It appears a new generation of liberal lawyers and law school academics are intent on going where no lawyers have gone before, enshrining in law “rights” of animals not heretofore recognized, and ensuring that evil carnivorous callous humans cease to violate the rights of animals, especially cows, pigs, chickens, and other edible ones, by filing lawsuits against humans who do violate those animals’ “rights,” including by eating them.

Will the “blazing speed” at which progressive liberals are advancing “animal rights law” trump the “rights of humans” for whom the Constitution was created by the Founding Fathers, who never mentioned or hinted that “animals” have “civil rights”?

I received a Rutter Group solicitation to enroll in the Animal Rights Law Conference of Lewis & Clark Law School because I am, and all lawyers are, obligated to meet the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements of the State Bar.

Thus, I receive solicitations from various MCLE course providers approved by the Bar for MCLE credit. It is a big, expensive, money-making business, and a there is no escaping the Bar’s MCLE mandates.  Continuing education credits are available at a price,  including in Animal Rights Law, even if you have no desire ever to sue a person for a pig for violation of “civil rights.”           

I admit I was surprised to receive from Rutter Group a solicitation for what it hailed as a “new program,” an  Animal Rights Law Conference which, should I enroll, would result in certification of 13.5-hours of MCLE credit. This would cost only “$540” for online vicarious attendance in the (taped) Animal Rights Law Conference.
The  conference was held at Stanford, but the sponsor of this “animal rights” MCLE training is Lewis & Clark Law School.

Where is Lewis & Clark Law School which is so enthusiastic and proud of being the tip of the spear, metaphorically speaking,  of defense of animals’ rights? Where else–Portland, OR, the Principality of Progressive Liberal Political Correctness.

One wonders, after reading Lewis & Clark’s extolling of the glories of pig and other animal “rights” legal defense, if the liberal academics and animal rights warriors of Lewis & Clark Law School will perhaps now set out to rewrite the history of the historic trek of the humans Lewis and Clark to shield from the school children the horror that Lewis and Clark killed and ate on their long journey to the Oregon Trail and the Pacific coast as many innocent animals as they could slay in the wild for life-sustaining meals. And snacks.

Animal “rights,” enforceable by lawsuits in American courts, may sound absurd. But it is no joke.  Indeed, there is an almost religious, messianic, “saving-the-world” fervor by the Progressive Liberal lawyers and law school academics in their solicitation of lawyers to attend their Animal Rights Law Conference to learn how to sue humans for violating the civil “rights” of animals, including of course, by eating them.

Sound impossible? Not in the “transformed” Progressive Liberal  America in the Age of Obama in which the government seeks to intrude into every area of citizens lives, including what they are allowed to eat or drink and in what amounts, and Progressive Liberal “transformers”  invent  Constitutional “rights” never dreamed of by the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution, nor perceived in the Constitution by any American generation until this one.

Don’t be surprised if one day you are served with a Summons to answer a law suit complaint filed on behalf of a pig, cow, chicken, for alleged violation of its “rights”  brought by some starry-eyed, self-righteous ACLU lawyer, or other narcissistic Progressive Liberal who self-righteously glares at you in court in quivering moral superiority as he or she alleges that you not only had bacon at breakfast but actually and cruelly had a steak with it, along with your eggs, potatoes, and orange juice.

When that day comes, just be thankful that progressive liberal lawyers, judges, and law school academics haven’t decided that eggs, potatoes, and oranges have civil “rights,” too. At least, not yet.

(Rees Lloyd, is a longtime California civil rights lawyer, a veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)

Kitzhaber calls for review of program he apparently didn’t bother to, uh, review

John Kitzhaber, who wants to be Oregon’s governor for a fourth term, has now taken a cue from the Health and Human Services Secretary and called for an “independent review” of the very program he screwed up: OrBamaCare. 

It’s a joke, of course. To call for an ‘independent review’ of a program you oversaw is like baking a and then calling for a review of the baker who made it. The program and its website are a debacle. 

Here’s what KATU says about the call for a review,

Cover Oregon acting executive director, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, made the announcements during a press briefing Monday morning. Goldberg revealed the state has hired contractors to investigate the problems surrounding the site but did not give any other details. Spokesmen for the governor’s office did not immediately return calls.

“I think that independent review will be helpful in answering those questions,” Goldberg said of the many looming questions surrounding the Cover Oregon website.

Goldberg said Cover Oregon will hire two experts to review software code written by Oracle Corp., the primary contractor developing the exchange technology, and he repeated a pledge to hold the company accountable.

“We need to get people enrolled. We need a website that’s usable, that helps people enroll and that’s what we thought we were buying,” Goldberg said. “I think that the contractor bears some responsibility for paying for that.”

At the same time, Goldberg said Cover Oregon is finalizing arrangements with legal counsel to consider options, in its contract, to hold Oracle accountable.

“I think it’s just prudent business and it’s what we need to do,” Goldberg said.

Cover Oregon has already withheld more than $18 million to $20 million from Oracle based on its lagging work performance. The software-development contract is not for a fixed price, but rather requires the state to pay an hourly fee.

And how many people have signed up via the website for Cover Oregon–OrBamaCare?  Zero.

44 people have signed up via hand written applications at a cost of $300 million dollars. 

ObamaCare ‘architects:’ what they say now and what they said then

obamacare gruber megyn kellyObamaCare ‘architects’ are a popular commodity on the Fox News circuit. From Zeke Emanuel to Jonathan Gruber, these folks have shown up to try and smooth over the human collateral damage from destroying the health care system. If real people weren’t actually dying it could be considered comical. Watch the fake concern over people tossed off their health insurance by MIT professor Jonathan Gruber on the ‘Kelly File’ Monday night,

 

Single payer, socialized medicine is the left’s cornerstone for full governmental control over your life. If you think the NSA intervenes too much into your life, imagine the IRS telling you what you must do to keep yourself healthy and penalizing you when you don’t comply. The government would have control over your very body. Whatever happened to freedom of choice again?