November 27th, 2013
New York Post
Thomas J. Ritter wrote to the president expressing his dismay over the Affordable Health Care Act, and was surprised to get a response penned by Obama on official White House stationery.
Ritter, a fifth-grade teacher at Sally B. Elliott Elementary in Irving, Texas, had written to the president: “This bill has caused such a divisive, derisive and toxic environment . . . The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your administration is targeted and ridiculed.”
Ritter continued: “I hesitated to write for fear of some kind of retribution . . . I watched you make fun of tea baggers and your press secretary make fun of Ms. [Sarah] Palin which was especially beneath the dignity of the White House . . . Do the right thing not the political thing. Suggest a bill that Americans can support.”
Obama responded: “I . . . appreciate your concern about the toxic political environment right now. I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of tea baggers . . . [I] defend strongly the right of everyone to speak their mind — including those who call me ‘socialist’ or worse.
“I believe that health care reform will be the right thing for the country . . . It certainly wasn’t the smart ‘political’ thing! And I hope that in the months to come, you will keep an open mind and evaluate it based not on the political attacks but on what it does or doesn’t do to improve people’s lives. Sincerely, Barack Obama.”
Ritter, 49, is putting the letter up for auction through the Web site momentsintime.com for a reserve price of $24,000. Ritter said, “I am selling the letter because I am just so disappointed, and this ObamaCare bill is wrong. The president told me what he thought I wanted to hear. The letter is just words on a paper. It doesn’t mean anything to me because Obama doesn’t mean any of it.”
November 27th, 2013
Obama's Buddy: I Get Up Every Morning and Think ...Today I'm Going to End Capitalism ...Obama Kicked Off His Campaign in This Communist Terror Bomber's House
Investors Business Daily
Trust: We know ObamaCare was sold on a lie, but what about the Obama presidency itself? Rumors that Obama's violent leftist pal Bill Ayers ghostwrote the memoir that launched his political career may actually be true.
Obama has always claimed authorship of his bestselling "Dreams From My Father."
But Ayers is telling a different story. In promoting his new book, "Public Enemy," Ayers' publisher, Beacon Press, has written a blurb on Amazon.com that says Ayers "finally 'confesses' that he did write 'Dreams From My Father.'"
The boast appears in other promotions for the book as well. For instance, a Baltimore bookstore — Red Emma's — last week posted a similar claim that Ayers penned Obama's memoir as part of an announcement for a book-signing event at the leftist coffeehouse.
The reprehensible former terrorist twice before laid claim to Obama's book — once during a post-election interview and again during a speech two years ago.
In October 2009, Ayers told an interviewer at Reagan National Airport in Washington that he wrote "Dreams From My Father." Asked if he meant he "heavily edited" the book for his friend, Ayers insisted, "I wrote it."
He added that Michelle Obama asked him to help Obama, who had blown deadlines and was struggling with delivering a manuscript.
Then in March 2011, Ayers revealed his role in the book after giving a speech at Montclair State University in New Jersey. During a question-and-answer session, a member of the audience remarked how well Obama's first memoir was written.
Ayers agreed and offered that Obama's second autobiography — "Audacity of Hope" — paled in comparison. He said "the second one was more of a political hack book, but the first book's quite good."
Then Ayers volunteered, "Did you know I wrote it?"
"What's that?" the startled questioner asked.
"I wrote 'Dreams From My Father,'" Ayers asserted.
Obama's media protectors wrote those statements off as "sarcasm." But now Ayers is publishing the claim.
It's not as far-fetched as it sounds.
Ayers befriended Obama and his new wife well before Random House published his book in June 1995.
Ayers and Obama worked together on a panel approving grants for far-left causes. Later that year, Ayers and his radical wife launched Obama's political career during a fundraiser at their Hyde Park home.
If Ayers, who was an accomplished writer, aided Obama, it was a godsend.
Obama had a bad case of writer's block and couldn't produce. He had contracted to write his memoir almost five years earlier, when Simon & Schuster had given him a $125,000 contract after he was elected the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review. After Obama missed several deadlines, Simon & Schuster canceled the contract. Random House picked it up.
November 27th, 2013
It's been a tough year for the liberal cable news outlets.
The numbers were even worse in the all important demographic of people aged 25 to 54 as CNN's ratings dropped 59 percent and MSNBC's 52 percent.
In an off-election year, and with last November's numbers skewed higher as a result of the presidential election, it should be expected for ratings to decline.
However, Fox News didn't see close to these losses. In total day, FNC is only down 18 percent since last November and 30 percent in the demo.
As you might imagine, prime time numbers were also down.
CNN was off 54 percent in total viewers and 62 percent in the demo. MSNBC declined 50 percent in total prime time viewers and 57 percent in the demo.
By contrast, FNC was second in all of cable in prime time this November averaging over 2 million viewers. This represented a decline of 21 percent in total viewers and 41 percent in the demo.
As such, no matter how you slice it, the liberal cable networks fared much worse in the past twelve months than their far more centrist competitor.
November 27th, 2013
The train had 218 passengers and crew members onboard, but no injuries were reported. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Several cars of the New York City-bound Amtrak Crescent with 218 people aboard went off the tracks early Monday as bags flew and jolted passengers clung to each other, authorities and passengers said.
There were no serious injuries, Amtrak said, adding it arranged for trains and buses to take stranded passengers to their destinations further up the East Coast as the busy Thanksgiving travel week was opening.
Seven of the nine cars on Train 20 from New Orleans went off the track but stayed upright, Amtrak said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. It said it had no immediate word on the cause as investigators from several agencies and work crews converged at the site.
Passenger Carrie Lambert told The Associated Press by telephone that she was at the back of the train when she felt the car start sway and then tilt.
“The car felt like it was about to flip over ... I was holding on to my brother for dear life,” the Atlanta woman told AP by phone. “Bags went everywhere. It was crazy. Really scary.”
The train was carrying 207 passengers and 11 crew members, Amtrak said.
Spartanburg County Deputy Fire Marshal Tony Barnett said by telephone that the cars had derailed. But Amtrak in its later email said only that the train had become disabled when the seven affected cars lost contact with the tracks.
Two locomotives remained on the tracks, authorities said.
“There are no cars overturned,” Barnett told The Associated Press from the scene about six miles west of Spartanburg in a semirural area where railway officials, firefighters, sheriffs’ officials and emergency first-responders also were on hand.
Capt. Derrick Miller with the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department told WSPA-TV the seven cars came off the tracks onto gravel. The station reported that work crews were at the scene deciding how to clear the area.
Barnett said there were no serious injuries, though he added four passengers with some minor injuries were taken to a hospital for further evaluation. He added that rail service was continuing on a nearby track that was unaffected.
Amtrak said the two locomotives of Train 20 also remained upright along with the passenger cars and a baggage car at the rear.
“Heating, lighting and other systems were quickly re-established aboard the train, with meals and other refreshments provided to the passengers,” said the Amtrak statement. Temperatures were in the 20s during the early morning hours.
She said afterward only two cars had heat as passengers waited for hours aboard the disabled train in the pre-dawn cold.
Lambert told AP the train had electricity, but only two cars had heat, as the passengers sat in the dark and waited for help on a wintry morning.
November 27th, 2013
If Obamacare is a scheme designed to redistribute health to the impoverished via taxed wealth, then God help us all, if the Federal government ever figures out how to redistribute wealth to the Elite via taxed health....
By Barry Secrest
"When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all."
The bough that is Obamacare, for all intents and purposes, has broken, and even before taking full perch, as the Left-Wing politicos now frantically scramble about trying with all of their delicate might, to somehow find enough duct tape to patch the ill-structured abomination of the President's health act back into some form of rigged functionality.
Meanwhile, the Progressives' dream of an authoritarian enforced Utopia lies reefed and threatened to be smashed on the craggy shores of reality.
Watching all of this bemusingly unfold seems to leave many Americans with an odd mixture of nausea, fear, hope, and even some shagenfrauden satisfaction, to be brutally honest. The nausea stems from the widening debris trail that Obamacare increasingly leaves within its wake, while heightened fears continue to seep into an already weary populace, each of these prefaced on the already forseen effects that a stubbornly contrived Health Act will force Americans to eventually endure.
The satisfaction comes from having foreseen and warned millions of others for almost the last half decade, as to what we might expect of this artificial blight on America's future, many of our predictions having been proven startlingly accurate all too quickly. The hope exhudes from what we all thought may have been lost but is now being refound, that being the overall contention that government, while minimally useful in general, causes far more problems than it ever solves in practice.
The Carnage Unfolds
The jaundiced eyes of traditional America, even including the Tea Party, seem to hesitantly peer away from the carnage unfolding before our very eyes, as those architects of decline, that we thought to be at least well beyond cunning, now appear to be less than simply inept. This, despite the onslaught of persecution leveled at We the Opposition, which seemed to forever find our ranks in the crosshairs.
But, rather than a pensive treatment in over-analysis of that which truly no longer deserves to be studied to the nth degree, as in the past, I am reminded of something far more elemental.
In retrospect, watching all of this unfold serves to remind us of several things learned, more often than not, as mere children.
On Needful Things
I can remember those days so vividly, when as a young boy in North Carolina, I was occasionally able to talk my mother into buying me some colorfully constructed flying toy in our frequent visits to the local Belk's department store where my grandmother worked. After having a grand time romping around the aisles and playing on the store's amazing piece of new technology known as an escalator, I would often become turned around and lost.
Bursting into tears at the appropriate moment, it was unusual that I seemed to become lost in the same exact section each time, only to be found with an endearing hug of solace by that rather fetching young brunette bathed in lavender, who more often than not worked in the bolting cloth section.
After doing everything a child could conceivably do on a strip of mechanically articulated stairs, and upon being found after that dreadful and yet remote possibility of never seeing my mother again, we then would then visit the counter at the Rexall drugstore, across the street in downtown Monroe. The strangely compelling aroma of medications, soda, tobacco smoke and ice cream all woven together was unforgettable, and not a little appealing, if not completely lost in the present day.
After some bit of unseemly gossip between my mother and Betty, the chatty soda-jerk, plus a snack from behind the counter, we would eventually make our way back to the car. Once in, the scolding would begin as I plundered through the bags hanging precariously over the front seat, looking for my new prize. Upon rediscovery, I would carefully remove the contents from the box--car jostling down the road as the seatbelt dangled unused over my right shoulder--it was always an exercise in pent up excitement.