Good news! Your tax dollars will pay Obamacare subsidies for immigrants! Huzzah!


Like Nancy Pelosi said, we had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it. Now, aren’t you glad you waited for the surprise?

via PJM:

A Department of Health and Human Services official told the House Ways and Means Committee that immigrants living in the United States on temporary visas are eligible for federally subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, “depending on their income.”

“It was my understanding it was just going to be those that are citizens of the United States or here as permanent legal residents,” Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach said at a Thursday hearing on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. “Are there folks beyond that that are eligible for tax credit – taxpayer subsidies under this program?”

HHS Insurance Oversight Director Gary Cohen replied, “You have to be a citizen or lawfully present.”

When Gerlach asked for further explanation, Cohen said immigrants “could be here on a student visa and be eligible.”

Gerlach clarified Cohen’s statement by saying, “So a student from Germany comes to the United States to do four years of college; that student is going to be subsidized by taxpayers for health insurance?”

“They are eligible for subsidies depending on their income, yes,” Cohen replied.

But, don’t worry, if these immigrant students overstay their visas, Mr. Cohen promises they won’t get a subsidy. Of course, he forgot to mention we have a lousy record of tracking expired visas…

Maybe the “Don’t fund it” crowd have a point.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Seattle: Do not say “brown bag” or “citizen,” for they are offensive and, yes, racist


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"Even the monkey is embarrassed"

“Even the monkey is embarrassed”

Once again, I’m relieved to know my beloved California doesn’t hold the West Coast monopoly on moronic political correctness. In Seattle, aka “San Francisco North” (1), the city Office of Civil Rights sent a memo around to Seattle employees and… Well, read on, but try not to hit your head against the tabletop too much:

The memo went on to offer politically correct alternatives that could be used in official documents and discussions.

‘Luckily, we’ve got options,’ Elliott Bronstein wrote in the internal memo, according to Fox News. ‘For “citizens”, how about “residents”?’

Mr Bronstein defended the ban on a Seattle radio station, and said that the term ‘brown bag’ had historically been used as a way to determine skin color.


To avoid bringing up its racist connotations, city workers in Seattle must now use ‘sack lunch’ or ‘lunch-and-learn’, according to Komo News.

Oh, for Pete’s sake. The memo says some workers were offended by the use of “brown bag” because it reminded them of a test for acceptable skin color used more than 50 years ago, and so obscure that I bet 90% of the nation hasn’t even heard of it.

You know what? “Mickey” and “Mick” were mildly offensive terms for Irishmen many years ago. My ancestors were Irish, and so this offends me. I demand everyone in Seattle with those names immediately stop using them.

But wait, there’s more!

They must also replace ‘citizen’ with ‘residents’ because many people in the northwest city are not U.S. citizens.

‘They are legal residents of the United States and they are residents of Seattle. They pay taxes and if we use a term like citizens in common use, then it doesn’t include a lot of folks,’ Mr Bronstein said.

According to City Data, 94,952 – or 16 per cent – of the city’s inhabitants are foreign, with most coming originally from Asia.

Call me a reactionary racist hater, but I thought “citizen” was a term of honor, something one aspired to become. It not only meant that you lived in a place, but that you that you had a special stake there in its governance, its prosperity, and, indeed,  in its fate. It was part of your identity.

The ancient Greeks took pride in being citizens of their city-states; Roman citizenship was a mark of distinction, something non-citizens sought to earn. Tens of millions have come to America over the centuries, leaving behind their old lives and striving to become citizens here.

And yet now for Seattle’s government, a government founded by citizens, “citizen” has become a word to be shunned for fear of giving offense.

This is another expression of the vapid multiculturalism the Left finds so attractive: not only that all cultures are equal, but that to assert any special distinction on the part of one’s own culture is somehow arrogant and chauvinist, something to be condemned. In fact, it’s a denial of American culture or civilization, for how is this culture defined and set apart? Not by land or language or religion, unlike much of the rest of the world, but by a set of shared ideals, among which is the concept of citizenship, of being a “citizen.”

Something which, in Seattle, is apparently a bad thing.

RELATED: At Legal Insurrection, William Jacobson discusses brown bags, chinks in the armor, and other weapons of control wielded by the Language Police.

(1) Or is that title held by Portland, now?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

This morning’s “head meets wall” moment, courtesy of Ron Fournier


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Fournier is editorial director for National Journal and, from what I’ve read, somewhat of an Obama fan, like most of the media, albeit a bit disappointed with our Sun King.

Which makes this headline a real “Oh, *now* it occurs to you??” moment:

What If Obama Can’t Lead?

It’s a rhetorical set-up for the rest of his article (and do read it; many parts are eyeroll-worthy), but, still…

I bet PJMedia’s Stephen Greene, the Vodkapundit, probably choked back a spit-take with his martini when he read that headline. But, instead of wasting good vodka, he penned a column in which he repeatedly whacks Fournier over the head with a rubber chicken while shouting “Next time, pay attention!”

Really? Five years in and now he’s asking?

On the right, we were asking in 2007-08 if this community organizing, guest lecturing, junior no-show senator had the executive experience to lead the nation — or even just to run the White House.

We asked it again when Obama tapped Joey “The Teeth” McHairplugs for Veep because of his “gravitas.”

We asked it again when Obama’s endless speeches failed to move the needle on health insurance reform.

We asked it again when Obama’s signature law, ObamaCare, was cobbled together in backroom deals by Harry Reid and twisted through the House by Nancy Pelosi, and with precious little input from its so-called author.

We asked it after his Cairo speech.

We asked it after Fast & Furious.

And on and on. Be sure to read the rest.

I’m not going to check the archives, but I recall writing many times during the 2008 election cycle about why Obama was not qualified to be president. From his background in Chicago to his ideology and his lack of any experience as an executive. And I was far from alone: David Freddoso, for example, wrote an excellent book about the case against Obama, detailing his rise from the mire of Chicago politics. Stanley Kurtz reported on Obama’s love of big government and his racialist views, as well as his close cooperation with Bill Ayers. All across the Right we were screaming this guy was unfit, yet only now are liberals and the MSM (but I repeat myself) starting to realize we were right?

Ron, baby. Next time, save yourself the embarrassment and listen to us. smiley headbang wall

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Robber tries to stick up gun store, learns meaning of “bad idea”


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You really didn’t think this one through, did you, Derrick?

Sheriff’s deputies say [Derrick] Mosley walked into Discount Gun Sales on Southwest Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway around 4 p.m. Thursday with a bat in hand and smashed a display case.

But they say when Mosley tried to steal a gun, the store manager simply pulled out his own personal firearm and pointed it straight at the would-be-robber. The manager then yelled some orders at the guy and got him to drop the baseball bat, the gun he had tried to take and a nine-inch long knife he had on him.

Trying to rob a gun shop with a baseball bat. That kind of genius, friends, is why Derrick Mosely is the major success he is.

I wonder how long it took the cops to stop laughing?

via Jazz Shaw

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Illinois state legislator: “Maybe the police are killing some of these kids”


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The stupid, it burns:

Illinois State Representative Monique Davis is blaming the Chicago Police Department for the high number of killings in the Windy City. She is not just blaming the CPD for bad policing, though. She wonders if the police are doing some of the killing.

Davis, a House member from Chicago’s South Side district, uttered the accusation on Detroit’s WCHB-AM radio on July 16.

“I’m going to tell you what some suspicions have been, and people have whispered to me: they’re not sure that black people are shooting all of these children,” Davis told the Detroit radio audience.

She continued saying, “There’s some suspicion — and I don’t want to spread this, but I’m just going to tell you what I’ve been hearing — they suspect maybe the police are killing some of these kids.”

She doesn’t want to spread rumors, but she’s “just sayin’, you know?”

People are suspicious because so few have been arrested and prosecuted for these crimes.  Couldn’t have anything to do with an overwhelming case load and city budgetary woes. Nope. It has to be a “death squad.”

And Representative Davis is right there to happily demagogue it.

via The Jawa Report

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Facebook flunks English, suspends user for writing “chigger.”


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The illiteracy, it burns:

It started yesterday, when SF author Michael Z Williamson was blocked by Facebook for 12 hours for using the word “chigger” in a post.  When his twelve hours were up — following massive derision against Facebook by all his friends — his block expired. He was promptly blocked again.

Read the rest of Charlie Martin’s post. Williamson finally got his account unblocked, but Facebook also couldn’t understand “niggardly,” and so banned another miscreant; Facebook tried the “we’re overwhelmed with reported posts and sometimes make mistakes” excuse, but that doesn’t explain why they continue to allow a page that calls for a man’s murder and others that repeatedly use an extremely offensive word for Blacks. (Not to mention various pages advocating violent jihad against the West.)

Facebook is a private company and has every right to monitor what’s written on its site, but one would think they should want to a) hire people with the vocabulary of at least a 7th-grader; b) try to be consistent; or c) just give up and let everyone vent. (At least option C is helpful for monitoring idiot jihadis.)

Flashback: It’s not the first time the use of the word “niggardly” has exposed the ignorant.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Obamacare: “You’re too poor to qualify for subsidies”


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Ran across this gem while reading Ben Domenech’s article on the “Delay and Defund” battle in Congress:

Here’s an interesting piece from Klein and Kliff on the implementation PR push, which contains multiple warning signs for the difficulty of making the law a reality. “In states that refuse the Medicaid expansion, residents whose incomes are above the poverty line ($11,490 for an individual) will still have access to tax credits for purchasing private insurance on the exchanges. Those below the poverty line, however, will not receive help obtaining coverage. That lessens the law’s reach, and creates an unexpected messaging problem: How does the White House tell certain citizens that they earn too little to qualify for any help? “How do you explain this in a way that seems fair and reasonable, that the higher income people get help but you don’t?” said Mike Perry, a founding partner at Democratic polling firm Perry Undem Research. “Advocates on the ground are really struggling with that group. They want to have a positive message but don’t know what to say.”

I really want to see one of those Obamacare “navigators” explain that to a “client.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

(Video) Hello, I’m from California. Please nuke my state, now.


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"Even the monkey is embarrassed"

“Even the monkey is embarrassed”

A noted 9-11 Truther circulates a petition to help Obama streamline government by eliminating the Bill of Rights… and people sign it!

The Blaze describes the man with the mission:

Well, to put it plainly, he’s … interesting.

A noted 9/11 truther and Illuminati enthusiast, Dice has been featured in documentaries including Invisible Empire, The 9/11 Chronicles, and has been featured on the History Channel’s Decoded, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, and the Sundance Channel’s Love/Lust: Secret Societies.

So, your garden-variety activist… if it happens to be a garden in Venice  or San Francisco.

As the writer notes, some people will sign anything to get rid of the petition taker, or because they think the idea is so outrageous, it would be funny to sign.  But… eliminate the Bill of Rights? Dude, put down the bong and back away.

It may surprise you, but there are times when my faith in the Golden State is shaken. At least a bit. smiley headbang wall

via birthday boy William Teach

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Mongolian Nazi Greens!!


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As in headlines that make you say “huh?”

Mongolian Neo-Nazis rebrand as environmentalists to harass foreign business

Mongolian neo-Nazis have latched on to environmentalism as a way new way to fight the influence of foreigners in the country.

The group Tsagaan Khass, or the White Swastika, is now one of several neo-Nazi groups linking the country’s vast mineral resources to Mongolian nationalism, going so far as to launch raids on mining projects of foreign-owned companies to demand things like paperwork and soil samples.

“We used to talk about fighting with foreigners, but some time ago we realised that is not efficient, so our purpose changed from fighting foreigners in the streets to fighting the mining companies,” Tsagaan Khass leader, Ariunbold Altankhuum told Reuters.

The White Swastika got their start like so many Fascist and Neo-Nazi groups: economic difficulties combined with a resentment of foreigners and a firm belief that Mongolians are being cheated, the mix of which gets funneled into a violent nationalism. But, according to the Mongolian police, they represent a very small threat. I don’t think we’ll have to worry about sieg-heiling Mongol hordes sweeping off the steppes while singing Die Wacht am Rhein.

What’s odd (1) at first glance is the redirection into environmentalism. But it really isn’t, when you think about it; a love of Nature was a large component of German Romanticism, which influenced the development of the Nazis, who themselves were strong environmentalists. Hitler was an ardent environmentalist, so I’m not surprised his Mongolian fans would adopt it as part of their National Socialism.

Oh, yeah, that “Socialism” part. Fascism, and its specific Nazi variant, are products of the Left, falling under the broader umbrella of “Statism,” along with Progressivism, Socialism, and Communism. And all, to one degree or another, use environmentalism as a means of extending state control over individuals.

And, no, I’m not saying that Progressives are Nazis, though they both share roots and an unhealthy reverence for the State;  nor does it make one a totalitarian to want to take good care of the land and the sea. But stray a ways into Environmentalism as a religious ideology, and those pretty Greens start turning Red.

I wonder what the Mongolian is for “Watermelons?”


(1) Aside from the combination of Nazis and Mongolia, which we all know is ludicrous; the Nazis are really hiding out in secret bases in Antarctica.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Great moments in bureaucratic stupidity: requiring a disaster plan for a magician’s rabbit


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And yet the bureaucracy wonders why we laugh and point at them. Magician Marty Hahne received a letter from the US Department of Agriculture ordering him to submit a disaster plan for the rabbit he uses in his act:

My USDA rabbit license requirement has taken another ridiculous twist. I just received an 8 page letter from the USDA, telling me that by July 29 I need to have in place a written disaster plan, detailing all the steps I would take to help get my rabbit through a disaster, such as a tornado, fire, flood, etc. They not only want to know how I will protect my rabbit during a disaster, but also what I will do after the disaster, to make sure my rabbit gets cared for properly.  I am not kidding–before the end of July I need to have this written rabbit disaster plan in place, or I am breaking the law.

Oh, he also has to prove he’s received training in how to implement Operation Save The Bunny.

My plan: In the event of disaster, Mr. Hippity-Hop is on his own.

File this under “Things so stupid, they have to be real.”

via Iowahawk

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)