Ready for the Shutdown Blame Game?; Updated

At this point it’s looking like a shutdown is all but a given. Harry Reid’s certainly in no rush to get anything done before the clock runs out.

Here’s Reid’s response to the House Republican offer:


Even if a shutdown happens, though the Dems will try and freak out their low-info voter base (much like their fiscal cliff and sequester apocalyptic scare mongering predictions that never came to fruition), people will realize it’s not the end of the world. This is what panics Washington — the thought that people might realize they can live without large chunks of the federal government.

It’s looking like the military will be funded (the House submitted military funding on a separate resolution). So the only way the military and vets wouldn’t be paid or get their benefits would be if the Senate Dems really want to turn the screws and make the shutdown as painful as possible. We’ll find out later today.

The “this isn’t the way the system was designed to be” whiners are overlooking something: This is exactly the way the system was designed to be:

Article I, Section 7 states that all revenue bills shall originate in the House of Representatives but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on any other bills. The reason for this is that at the time the Constitution was written, it was felt that Senators would be more wealthy than Representatives and might be willing to spend more government money than the Representatives would. Also, the House with its greater numbers was seen as being the better gauge of the wishes of the people for spending measures.

Dems have to pretend this sort of squabbling is “unprecedented” (hardly) in part so they can keep pushing their “racist Republicans just hate the black president” meme. We’re going to hear a lot more of that, assuming a shutdown moves forward.

Oh, and if you were wondering, if there’s a shutdown, the president and Congress will continue to be paid. How surprising.

Update 9:50pm ET: The Senate, as expected, rejected the House CR that would fund government through mid-December but delay the entirety of Obamacare (what parts haven’t already been delayed, such as the individual mandate).

Earlier today the Senate did pass a separate funding bill that means the military will continue to be paid even in the event of a shutdown, which looks to be a certainty at this point.

Update II 11:59pm ET:

The shutdown is official… for now:

After a Good Cry Over the Latest IPCC Report, Global Warming Alarmist Pledges to Quit Flying and Never Have Kids

A voluntary thinning of the future gene pool of potential Gorebots is just alright with me.

From the UK Daily Mail via Weasel Zippers:

A meteorologist who has covered weather for the Wall Street Journal tweeted that he has decided not to have children in order to leave a lighter carbon footprint, and is considering having a vasectomy.

He also vowed to stop flying after the world’s recent climate-change report made him cry.

Eric Holthaus was reacting to the findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which released a report on Friday that found it was ‘extremely likely’ that humans are causing warming trends seen in the last several decades.

On Friday afternoon the weatherman tweeted: ‘No children, happy to go extinct, which in and of itself, carries a certain sadness. #IPCC’

His next tweet said: ‘Its a very emotional decision. Mixed feelings. adios babies?’

If he wept because of a climate change report the chances are his testosterone level is too low to father children anyway.

Here’s a dramatization of the man’s reaction after reading the IPCC report:

Of Course: Obama Blames Health Care Law’s Lack of Popularity on Fox News

Sorry, but there aren’t nearly enough Fox News viewers to account for the upside-down national public opinion of Obamacare.

This is one of the most disingenuous human beings ever to personally slow the rise of the world’s oceans:

Fox News isn’t the one sending out policy cancellation notices and cutting hours, but nice try, Prez.

For me this isn’t one of those stories where you just hear about the negative effects. I now personally know a half dozen people who are losing their current health insurance as a direct result of Obamacare. Obama is welcome to give them a call and tell them it’s because of Fox News, but I don’t think they’d buy it.

As Obamacare approaches full implementation, we’ll witness a disaster of epic proportions. DAMN YOU, FOX NEWS!

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

More Obama BS: Obamacare ‘Free Contraceptives’ Alone Could Make Up for What a Woman Spends on the Premium

President Obama really does rely on his base being total and complete morons who don’t know how to use the calculators on their Obamaphones.

Obama has been going around telling people that the “free contraceptive” coverage under Obamacare plans could be worth the price of the premium.

In a word: Bull:

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation Obamacare “subsidy calclulator,” a 27-year old woman, who is single, has no children, does not smoke, and earns $32,000 per year will pay an average annual premium of $2,657 in 2014 to buy a health-care plan in an Obamacare exchange. That works out to $221.42 a month–many times the cost of a month’s supply of birth control pills.

If the same woman had an annual income of only $29,500, she would still need to pay an average of $2,432 in annual Obamacare premiums–or $202.66 per month.

Birth control can be purchased for as little as $10 a month. So Obama’s claim that if a woman is on birth control the Obamacare plan “pays for itself” is only true if the women’s current form of birth control is paying a friend $55 a week to tell the guy “not tonight, f*#@head!”

Why John McCain Must Be Voted Out, Reason #3,405

After Ted Cruz finished his 21-plus hour marathon speech against Obamacare, the Democrats controlled the remaining 15 minutes. In order to help bash Ted Cruz, the Dems yielded their own time to John McCain, and the Maverick chastised Cruz for several minutes.

I saw it happen. It was beyond a joke. McCain needs to make it official and just switch parties.

The Dems would never vote to defund John McCain. He’s one of their greatest assets.


Here’s Harry Reid trying to work out some time for McCain to speak on behalf of the Democrats. I’d say “unbelievable” but it’s not:

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Meta: ‘Obama Express’ Store Owner Charged with $2 Million Food Stamp Fraud


What a, uh, surprise:

A federal grand jury indicted 10 Baltimore business owners or operators on charges of stealing nearly $7 million from food assistance programs by agreeing to debit cash for beneficiaries without selling food — then keeping a cut of the proceeds.

The owner of a corner grocery in West Baltimore called “Second Obama Express” is accused of obtaining more than $2 million in payments for food sales that never occurred, a practice that authorities call “food stamp trafficking.” Eight others are accused of taking between $348,000 and $1.4 million.

The store owner will probably now be forced to go into the “green energy” business and start a company called “Obamalyndra.”

Caroline Biden Succumbs to the Enormous Pressures of Being a Dunderheaded Vice President’s Niece

You’d think it would be awesome to be related to Joe Biden, just for how smart you’d look in comparison at the family reunions. However, some people just can’t handle the stress of being related to a goofy gaffe-machine who is one heartbeat away from being the second worst president in history:

Uncle Joe is making her life a living hell.

Friends say Caroline ­Biden is a “hot mess” with a history of booze and pill addiction — and she blames it all on the tremendous pressure she faces being the vice president’s niece.

“She would complain about it all the time,” a confidant, socialite Paul Johnson Calderon, said without a hint of sarcasm.

“She’s surrounded by a lot of people who use her because of who she is. Guys would want to date her because of who her ­uncle is.”

When I was younger, if women wanted to date me because of who my uncle was I totally could have handled that, but not everybody can.

Uncle Joe has probably already contacted her and said something incredibly embarrassing by now.

Obama: If Debt Ceiling isn’t Raised and Obamacare isn’t Funded America Will Turn Into a Banana Republic, or Something

Unsustainable, out-of-control, unchecked spending will impoverish America? What a joke — but then, jokes are all we’ve seen for several years.

Video via NRO:

President Obama contended that the United States would become reminiscent of a banana republic if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling and provide funding for Obamacare in upcoming budget negotiations.

“This is the United States of America — we’re not some banana republic, this is not a deadbeat nation, we don’t run out on our tab,” the president said during a speech at a Ford plant in Liberty, Mo., on Friday afternoon. “We can’t just not pay our bills.”

Coming from the guy hell bent to turn American into a banana republic, this is like Michael Moore warning that if he isn’t given more pizza he’ll get dangerously fatter.

Sarah Palin Shares the View From Her Window in Regards to the US/Russia/Syria Thing

Via Twitchy:


The Russian leadership must be laughing their asses off over tall glasses of Stoli these days, all while John Kerry pretends to be a cunning diplomatic genius.

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