Pirate's Cove http://www.thepiratescove.us If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:49:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Fake Applicants Easily Sign Up For Ocare http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/fake-applicants-easily-sign-up-for-ocare/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/fake-applicants-easily-sign-up-for-ocare/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:49:50 +0000 prevent intercept costly fraud schemes obamacare fake identities fictitious identities undercover government investigators the sprawling health care program subsidized health coverage   makes processed the illegally extended fraudulent applications http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36115 Um, surprise?

(Fox News) Undercover government investigators were able to obtain thousands of dollars in taxpayer subsidies under ObamaCare using fake identities, according to findings being presented to Congress on Wednesday. 

The probe by the Government Accountability Office has raised fresh concerns about the ability of the sprawling health care program to prevent or intercept costly fraud schemes. In the case of the GAO investigation, 11 out of 12 applications submitted using “fictitious identities” were accepted, resulting in subsidized health coverage. 

Makes one wonder how many fraudulent applications were processed during the (illegally extended) sign up period. And how much money this will cost the Producers.

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If All You See… http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/if-all-you-see-1199/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/if-all-you-see-1199/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:20 +0000 patterico pontifications desert a gas plants love ocare republicans hadn kill obamacare i reduce the scope comment posts a president romney a republican president http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36107 …is a world made desert by too much of a gas plants love, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Patterico’s Pontifications, on how a Republican president could kill Obamacare.

I don’t usually comment in these posts, but, think about what a President Romney could have done to reduce the scope of Ocare if all those Republicans hadn’t stayed home.

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Aussie Possum Is The New Polar Bear Or Something http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/aussie-possum-is-the-new-polar-bear-or-something/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/aussie-possum-is-the-new-polar-bear-or-something/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:28:18 +0000 tropical rainforests expert and james cook university researcher professor sights a possum smh white lemuroid ringtail possums a rare australian possum survived the previous holocene warm periods polar bear a polar bear laurance told aap http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36111 Having failed with polar bears, which have seen most populations thrive, Warmists now turn their sights to a possum

(SMH) A rare Australian possum is being dubbed the new polar bear of climate change.

Just four white lemuroid ringtail possums have been found in the wild and scientists say the species could soon become the first creature to be wiped out by global warming.

“I think this really should be a wake-up call,” tropical rainforests expert and James Cook University researcher Professor Bill Laurance told AAP.

“We’re arguing this is a better icon for global warming than a polar bear because it typifies the type of biodiversity we will lose in the future.”

This is essentially a recycled story from 5 years ago. Warmists never forget a good meme.

I have to wonder how they survived during the previous Holocene warm periods, several of which were much warmer than today. Of course, there is also a real problem for the lemuroids in the form of deforestation and selective logging, which, as usual, is ignored in favor of the global warming/climate change hysteria.

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Worst “Best Barbecue In America” List Ever http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/worst-best-barbecue-in-america-list-ever/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/worst-best-barbecue-in-america-list-ever/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:14:51 +0000 bbq restaurants diners brisket awesome bbq sides texas bbq meccas and open table reservations therein lies the problem barbecue reservations explanation great southern barbecue waterparks anyhow real barbecue based open table reservations http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36113 Well, maybe not ever. I bet we could find a worse one. But this is pretty silly.

(HuffPost) America has a serious love affair with barbecue. It’s an adoration so profound, the people were unable to leave it in the South from whence it came. You no longer have to live in Alabama or make a trip to Texas to eat great ribs, brisket, or awesome BBQ sides. These days, you can get great barbecue in the center of Manhattan or a pulled pork sandwich worthy of a food coma in the Golden City.

A look at Open Table’s 2014 30 Best BBQ Restaurants Diners’ Choice Awards is proof of that — only a few restaurants on the list are actually located in the South. There are restaurants from both coasts, and a good amount hail from Chicago of all places. Fear not, this doesn’t mean that the South isn’t still top when it comes to barbecue. A more likely explanation would be that great Southern barbecue doesn’t exist at places that take Open Table reservations.

Therein lies the problem: this is based on Open Table reservations. Some of the best spots, especially throughout the areas in the South and Midwest known for barbecue, either take no reservations or do not use Open Table.

Let’s be clear, anyone who doesn’t understand that barbecue is only a noun should not be allowed to have an opinion on barbecue. I grew up in the North, where they would talk about barbecuing. Having lived more than half my life in North Carolina, we understand that the word is never a verb. Only a noun.

There are only 5 places in real barbecue country. Four in Texas, one in Oklahoma. The rest are in NY, California, Maryland, and other areas. Granted, many of them may be very good. I’ve seen Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on one of the food shows I love to watch, and it is supposed to be good. But nothing can touch what you’ll get in a good local spot down South/Midwest.  Memphis, Kansas City, the different types of Carolina BBQ, Georgia style, Texas. Those are your BBQ meccas.

And, no, I’m not going overboard. BBQ is serious business, and discussing the best is like putting the Crips and the Bloods in the same room for intensity.

BTW, I’ve kinda gotten in to lots of those cooking shows on the Travel Channel, Cooking, and Destination America, along with a few others. I love shows like Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Man Vs Food, Food Paradise, BBQ Pitmasters, and others. Very interesting, and a welcome diversion from all the rest of the garbage on TV. Lots of other interesting things, like the Buying homes series on Destination America, things on Travel like waterparks.

Anyhow, if you want real barbecue, come down and visit, I’ll take you to places that will blow your tastebuds away.

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Evil, Mean Republicans To Chop $1 Billion From Obama Illegal Kids Request http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/evil-mean-republicans-to-chop-1-billion-from-obama-illegal-kids-request/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/evil-mean-republicans-to-chop-1-billion-from-obama-illegal-kids-request/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:57:13 +0000 central america senate appropriations committee chairwoman barbara mikulski d md president obama’s emergency spending request request 1 840 billion here israel’s iron dome rocket defense mikulski attach 615 ends sept 30 the budget office projected mexican nations the original request emergency spending ” obama http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36105 Horrible, terrible, un-caring, super meanie people!

(The Hill) Senate Democrats will chop $1 billion from President Obama’s emergency spending request to secure the Texas border but have rejected Republican demands to change legal protections for child immigrants from Central America.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) told colleagues Tuesday that she will move a bill with $2.7 billion in emergency spending for the border, substantially less than the $3.7 billion requested by Obama, according to Democratic sources.

Oh, um, I guess it’s Democrats doing this. Mr. Obama and his minions have spent a lot of time bombarding Republicans for refusing to pony up the full $3.7 billion, yet, here we have Democrats in the Democrat run Senate refusing to fund the request fully. It’s actually more like a $1.840 billion cut

The legislation will not include language demanded by Republicans and some centrist Democrats giving the administration more flexibility to swiftly deport children from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and other noncontiguous countries, the Democrats said.

Hmm. Well, fortunately, all the money is going to deal with the border problem this year (stick around for more on that last part)

Mikulski will attach $615 million in emergency funding to combat wildfires and $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome rocket defense system, according to one Democratic source familiar with the bill.

While those are worthy goals, they deserve to be in a separate bill. Of course, Dems are blaming this on Republicans, who have questioned the need for the total amount, and demanded changes to the 2008 reauthorization law (passed by a Dem congress) about child illegals from Other Than Mexican nations. The original request was $3.7 billion, with another $600 million for fighting wildfires, so, if we do the math, this means that the Democrats are reducing the $3.7 billion request by $1.840 billion.

Here’s the kicker

Obama’s $3.7 billion ask suffered a political blow Monday when the Congressional Budget Office reported that only $25 million would be spent in fiscal year 2014, which ends Sept. 30.

The budget office projected only $25 million would be needed by the Department of Health and Human Services next month and $3.4 billion would be spent in 2015 with the remainder needed over the next five years.

That’s right, campers, what Obama has called an emergency, a crisis, seems to be anything but when it comes to actually spending the money. Let’s dig deeper, per The Blaze

“CBO analysis suggests that only $25 million out of the $4.3 billion request will be spent this year. What does that mean?” (Senator Jeff) Sessions asked. “It means we ought to slow down, and there is no basis to demand a $4.3 billion increase in spending, emergency spending.”

Obama has requested $3.7 billion for the border, and another $600 million to fight wildfires. But according to CBO, just $25 million would be spent during the rest of FY 2014, which ends in September. Most of the rest of it would be spent in 2015, and spending would continue through 2020.

In addition, all of the spending in 2014 would take place in the Department of Health and Human Services. Obama’s plan would give the Department of Homeland Security $1.1 billion, but none of that money would be used until FY 2015.

Not much of a crisis if most of the money is slated to be spent next year, and the following 5. Harken back to the Stimulus, which was needed because otherwise economic doom, yet, most was not spent immediately, but in 2010-2012, which, incidentally, was after the recession officially ended in July 2009. This almost seems like yet another Obama slush fund.

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Washington Post: Say, This Obama Guy Is A Pretty Passive President http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/washington-post-say-this-obama-guy-is-a-pretty-passive-president/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/23/washington-post-say-this-obama-guy-is-a-pretty-passive-president/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:34:02 +0000 the washington post editorial board notes obama passivity and weakness syrian death toll and extremist threat increases a tsk tsk tsk unite moderate syrian and iraqi forces the post’s david ignatius and the wall street journal effort arm and train moderate rebels obama vis a vis foreign policy syria’s secular rebels the independent militia the syrian army forces the administration proposes http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36103 Had it been a Republican acting in the manner we’ve seen from Obama, vis a vis foreign policy, members of the liberal media, including the Washington Post, would have excoriated that Republican. With Obama, they simply wag a finger with a tsk tsk tsk. Even so, it’s interesting to note that the Washington Post Editorial Board notes Obama passivity and weakness

Syrian death toll and extremist threat increases, but the U.S. does little

Is it American which is doing little, or this President? One of the dangers is finding fault with America for the actions, or, rather, lack thereof from Team Obama, particularly Obama himself, who seems to have a singular lack of vision on foreign policy, nor plans, nor does he really seem to, frankly, give a damn. He doesn’t seem to want to take the field himself. He’s disinterested.

Anyhow, the WP spends a few paragraphs discussing the issues in Syria, linked to the issues in Iraq, and moves into

The Obama administration, however, appears to be doing little to address this crisis. Secretary of State John F. Kerry is camped out in Cairo in pursuit of a Gaza cease-fire, but no senior envoy is trying to work out a political formula that would unite moderate Syrian and Iraqi forces against the Islamic State. President Obama, who has devoted a large part of his schedule in recent weeks to political fundraising, had nothing to say about Syria or Iraq during recent appearances to discuss Gaza and Ukraine.

Obama has little to say about most things foreign policy related, and little to offer when it comes to any domestic issue beyond his talking points about building bridges and roads and a 21st century economy, the same things he’s been yammering about since 2009. Mostly from the fundraising trail.

Even more disturbing are reports that the sole initiative undertaken by the administration on Syria since the collapse of an ill-conceived peace conference last winter is foundering. According to The Post’s David Ignatius and the Wall Street Journal, a promised $500 million effort to arm and train moderate rebels has emerged from the Pentagon as a pathetically underpowered scheme that would produce a force of just 2,300 over 18 months — and might not begin until next year.

Here’s the kicker on that

Senior congressional staff consulted about the plan told the administration to go back to the drawing board. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), usually an administration ally, pointed out at a hearing that the White House was making little effort to sell its own policy. Meanwhile, the Free Syrian Army forces the administration proposes to support are steadily losing ground to the regime and the Islamists. There’s a real risk that by the time the program gets off the ground — if it ever does — there will be no units left to support.

One has to wonder whether this is a case of Obama simply not giving a damn, or whether it is a case of Obama doing his Ramses schtick: you know, “so let it be written, so let it be done”, where he speaks and thinks people are going to run around like kids on Red Bull to make His Pronouncements come to fruition. Which never happens.

It’s not easy at this late stage for the United States to intervene in Syria or Iraq in a way that would be constructive. But if one principle seems obvious, it is that moderate forces willing to fight the Islamic State should be aided — and quickly. Foremost among these are Syria’s secular rebels. The independent militia of Iraqi Kurdistan, which faces the Islamic State along a 900-mile front, is another clear candidate. Mr. Obama’s decision to stand back from Syria and Iraq has done much to create the present threat to the United States. Continued passivity will only make it worse.

Is it passivity, or just that Obama couldn’t give a rats patootie about these issues? Perhaps he realized that he’s just not good at this foreign policy stuff, so he’s decided that he can’t be bothered. No matter what the reason, the world sees a United States Of America that is unengaged, unreliable, and can’t be counted on.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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If All You See… http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/22/if-all-you-see-1198/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/22/if-all-you-see-1198/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:50 +0000 are horrid fossil fueled vehicles anti keystone xl protests banned travel the lonely conservative a warmist the blog a post the day http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36095 …are horrid fossil fueled vehicles that should be banned, except for being used to travel to anti-Keystone XL protests, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is The Lonely Conservative, with a post on a really alarming debt number.

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Court Strikes Down Key Obamacare Component http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/22/court-strikes-down-key-obamacare-component/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/22/court-strikes-down-key-obamacare-component/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:05:36 +0000 a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid exchanges https twitter com kevinwglass statuses 491590413388873728 democrats the federal exchanges allahpundit notes plain and simple republican judges order obamacare defunded millions enrollees in a 2 1 ruling helped afford coverage only 16 states and the district the  strata sphere discusses progress the uber scary headline breaking http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36098 Big breaking news on a ruling that has been pending for a couple weeks

(CNN) The battle over Obamacare took a dramatic turn Tuesday with a federal appeals court rejecting subsidies paid by the government to millions of new enrollees.

In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel found the federal money that helped people afford health insurance only could go to those who signed up through exchanges run by states.

That’s what the law specified, the ruling said, meaning those who signed up through the federal government aren’t eligible for the subsidies that helped them afford coverage.

Only 16 states and the District of Columbia set up their own exchanges, meaning that most of the millions who signed up for subsidized health coverage overall under Obamacare could be affected.

Obviously, Team Obama will fight this, so it is surely headed to the Supreme Court. However, in the meantime, until all the legal battles play out, the subsidies will continue to be available to those who have obtained insurance through the federal exchanges.

Allahpundit notes

Plain and simple, if Congress wants to rewrite the law to extend subsidies to federal enrollees, they’re welcome to do it. That’s what legislatures are for. But the law, as written, says what it says, and that’s not the court’s problem.

He also points to an article by  Michael Cannon, which takes the position that this ruling means that the individual mandate would not apply in states without their own exchanges.

Democrats have no one but themselves to blame for refusing to, you know, read the fricking bill.

I wonder if this ruling will get Obama to cancel a fundraiser? Na, but he will certainly give a passionate speech during the fundraisers, more passion than he gave for the civilian airliner shot down in the Ukraine.

More: I truly love how so many liberals are whining about “activist judges”, that the 2 judges are Republican appointees, that it was simply a typo, and how people can now blame Republicans.

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If Everyone Is Not Forced To Go Vegan, We’re Doomed http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/22/if-everyone-is-not-forced-to-go-vegan-were-doomed/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/22/if-everyone-is-not-forced-to-go-vegan-were-doomed/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:33:27 +0000 oppenlander pronounced openlander oppenlander people crapping oppenlander concedes moved a fully plant based diet today dr richard oppenlander efficient means adopting fully organic oppenlander believes global depletion share a common http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36083 Cause doom

(HuffPo) “We’re creating irreversibility in areas of global depletion. If we’re going to make it as a civilization or species, we have to change,” says Dr. Richard Oppenlander. “To move the world in the direction that’s truly more sustainable, the most efficient way possible means adopting fully organic, plant-based agricultural systems.”

Oppenlander (pronounced OPENlander, as in open your eyes) admits, “I take a hard line,” but he has reason. His exhaustively researched books “Food Choice and Sustainability” and “Comfortably Unaware” document seven areas of global depletion. “My goal was to create a platform, a timeline,” he says. And time is running out. “Tipping points have already been reached. We have 50 to 60 years of top soil use, and with climate change, we have a 50 to 75 year range before things become unbearable.”

Deforestation, climate change, fresh water shortage and other environmental arenas on the brink of global depletion share a common cause — “our food choice, specifically animal agriculture. Even if we moved to a fully plant-based diet today, 30 percent of the oceans are more acidic than they’ve been in historical times. These figures were not created by me. They came from very respected organizations, scientific organizations. I’m just the messenger.” (big snip)

Oppenlander still believes it’s up to national if not global policymakers to pave the way for real change. “They can’t just put this on the back burner.”

You can’t either. Meatless Monday helps, but Oppenlander doesn’t want people crapping out on the planet the other six days of the week. We don’t have that kind of time. “It’s hard to change our food preferences,” Oppenlander concedes. “But we have to start looking beyond self. We’re not the only thing that lives on earth.”

There you go, Warmists: every single one of you needs to go meatless 7 days a week. If you don’t, it means you hate the planet.

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Exactly What Kind Of Crisis Does It Take For Obama To Change His Schedule? http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/22/exactly-what-kind-of-crisis-does-it-take-for-obama-to-change-his-schedule/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/07/22/exactly-what-kind-of-crisis-does-it-take-for-obama-to-change-his-schedule/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:19:31 +0000 white house spokesman josh earnest affirmed monday conducting a burger joint photo op events “when the president travels he’s fundraising trips obama job “from the road” and fundraising meet and greets week the major international crises israel and ukraine president barack obama http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=36093 And by “schedule”, I’m referring to all the non-POTUS business events, such as golf, campaigning, fundraising, meet and greets, that Obama constantly does

(Daily Caller) White House spokesman Josh Earnest affirmed Monday that the president won’t cancel any of his fundraising events this week despite the major international crises in Israel and Ukraine.

President Barack Obama, who was criticized last week for conducting a burger joint photo op while the downed Malaysian airliner was still smoldering on the ground, will be conducting a series of fundraisers on the west coast in the coming days.

When asked whether the White House was “concerned about the image that the president is going to be sending later this week — that he’s on fundraising trips while these two crises are going on at the same time,” Earnest replied that Obama can do his job “from the road” and that they won’t cancel any of his events.

“When the president travels he travels with an array of staff and advisers and communications equipment that allows him to do his job from where ever he happens to be, and that will be the case this week when he’s traveling,” he explained. “We want to make sure that the president has everything he needs to fulfill his responsibilities as the commander in chief and if it becomes clear that there is a need for him to come back to the White House in order to fulfill those functions then we’ll make a change in his schedule. Right now it’s not apparent that that’s the case.”

Interestingly, Liberals/Democrats assaulted George Bush for being at his home in Crawford, Texas, despite having all the same tools and staff, if not more. At the end of the day, it’s not about having the tools and staff, it’s about the optics. Obama typically had great optics during the campaigns in 2008 and 2012, but he and his political staff just do not seem to care whatsoever about the optics of continuing the non-POTUS events while Big Issues happen.

Now, Big Issues always happen. That said, is it appropriate to be seen shooting pool and drinking beer while avoiding visiting the border to see the “humanitarian crisis”? How about continuing his adulation while having a burger event when a civilian plane is shot down in the Ukraine? Add in a military confrontation between Israel and Hamas, Iraq in meltdown, Syria, and others, and one wonders what it will take to get Obama to focus on his job. Remember, not even the murder of 4 Americans, including our Ambassador to Libya, could get Obama to change his schedule (BTW, I’ve said before and I’ll say again, I believe the “it was a video” talking points were implemented in order to protect Obama refusing to do his job and going on the fundraising trip in the aftermath of Benghazi).

Politics rely heavily on optics. Obama just doesn’t seem to give a damn about his optics when it comes to Doing The Job.

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