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If you were watching Bill O’Reilly’s show tonight you got a glimpse of the new Project Veritas videos concerning Obamacare and the groups pushing them.

Shortly after the O’Reilly Factor report Project Veritas released a more complete version of what Bill the full video on their Youtube Channel that you can see below.

While these videos are being released to the public for the first time in the last hour I had the privilege of previewing some of them this weekend with Project Veritas’ Executive Director Daniel Francisco who granted me an exclusive interview on this new Project Veritas project:

Given the failures of Obamacare to this point, these revelations concerning Battleground Texas and Obamacare are revealing.

The Obama administration may  have  been unprepared when it came to people losing their insurance or handling the rollout of a web site, but they sure seemed ready willing and able to roll when it came to exploit the Obamacare law and funding thereof for their political benefit and the financial benefit of their allies. That part seems to be fully functional.

Priorities you know

Update: Megan McArdle (via Glenn) notes it’s unlikely things will be ready by Dec 1st.

It is possible to imagine contingency plans that the administration could have put into place before Oct. 1. At the very least, it could have been much more generous in allowing people to stay on grandfathered policies. And it could have had the government printing office print up booklets and mail them to every household, giving all the exchange policy options in your county, numbers to call for the insurers, and tables with the possible subsidies. This would still have been a problem, because the exchanges are supposed to attract the young, healthy consumers who are needed to keep insurance premiums affordable for everyone.

You can even imagine the administration having done things like this in, say, the second week of October. But you can’t imagine this being done now. It is one month until the deadline to buy insurance for January. Even if the administration started this morning, none of these things would work. There just isn’t enough time.

Well of COURSE there was no time to get the web site or contingency plans ready, there were too busy getting the political side up and running.

Update 2: NRO is on the story

Enroll America, O’Keefe reports, appears to be sharing data and working directly with an explicitly political group called Battleground Texas, activities that he notes “are prohibited unless certain conditions are met.” Adrian Bell, the regional field director for Battleground Texas, proudly notes the group was “started by President Obama’s national field director” and is “dedicated to turning Texas blue.”

As is Nice Deb who has been on the story a while

National Urban League is among several other left-wing, Obama Friendly organizations riding the Obamacare navigator gravy train:  Planned Parenthood, and Virginia Poverty Law Center Inc. and the United Labor Unions Council Local 100 are also helping Obama inflict “his signature achievement” on America.

ACORN Offshoot Tapped To Help With Multi-State ObamaCare ‘Navigator’ Drive:

Catching up are the Lonely ConservativeTwitchy:

And boom goes the dynamite!

Hotair:

In any big program, fraud can creep in. With Obamacare, it’s been invited over for a keg party.

Dan Riehl

This really shouldn’t surprise anyone. Same old suspects willing to mislead and bilk the system again and again. Yay, another government program. Let the waste, fraud and abuse commence.

and Stacy McCain who links and says:

 Permit me to suggest that this would be a good time to go make a contribution to Project Veritas.

I’ll give the last word (for now) to Pope Francis I

Christians who donated money to the church but stole from the state were leading a “double life” and were sinners who should be punished.

In fairness I doubt that any of that money will end up in church hands.

 

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My wife isn’t very political and gets sick of me talking politics so much. She hates going to political events and tends to tune out when I mention stories that interest me.

But when I mentioned this NY Post piece:

The FDNY let her graduate anyway — and gave her five more deadlines over the past six months to pass the running test.

She failed all five times, insiders said.

And Glenn’s reaction:

It’s almost like it’s about quotas over qualifications or something.

She cut the Gordian knot in just a few words.

It’s a lawsuit waiting to happen when she kills somebody because she’s not qualified.

and she put the exclamation point on the subject:

“How are they going to explain “diversity” to a grieving family when somebody dies from her not being qualified”

Given our litigious society I suspect my wife’s former words would have a lot more effect that the later.

As a general concept, homeschooling has a long history.  Private, in-home tutoring was quite normal in wealthy ancient Roman families.  The pioneers of the American west had to teach at home, at least until their settlement was big enough for a schoolhouse.

Homeschooling did not really begin as a modern cultural movement until the 1970s.  At that point a fellow named John Holt, a leftist and humanist educator, persuaded hippies to include homeschooling as part of life on the commune.

No matter what Holt’s political leanings were, I can’t help but agree with him:

“we must look beyond the question of reforming schools and at the larger question of schools and schooling itself.  Can they do all the things we ask them to do?  Are they the best means of doing it?  What might be other or better ways?”

John Holt’s influence is still strong today, embraced by a cross-section of homeschoolers who call themselves unschoolers.

Around the same time, Raymond Moore attracted socially conservative Christians to the idea of homeschooling, eventually getting the attention and approval of Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson.

In the 1980s, the hippie generation mercifully ended.  Meanwhile, the conservative Christian brand of homeschooling flourished, and with it came the stereotype:  the fundamentalist homeschool family.

This stereotype continued throughout the 80s and the 90s, perhaps fairly so.  Even today, families who resemble the parody are not altogether uncommon at homeschool functions I have attended.

I have also found a genre of bloggers who describe their childhood experiences in isolationist homeschool families–a trauma they must overcome.  As firsthand accounts, they cannot be simply dismissed.  Yet, my firsthand experience tells me these cases are aberrant, not representative of the homeschoool community.

The hundreds of families I socialize (“S” word!) with on a regular basis are Christian, but they certainly aren’t isolated.  There is tremendous diversity of background, religious practice, and daily life.  On park day, teenagers roam together, sharing stuff from their smart phones.  The younger ones are running wild, having sword fights and climbing trees.

Also, it’s hard to find a homeschool parent who was actually homeschooled themselves as a child.  The ‘fundamentalists’ may have paved the way, but they no longer define the movement.  As Professor Reynolds noted, Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself once asked, “What about home schooling?  You know, it’s not just for scary religious people any more.”

Buffy was right.  Today’s homeschool community is less defined by religion than it ever has been before:

“Many parents do not like the emphasis on standardized tests; others remove their children because of bullying.  Others, like Pedersen-Giles, realize their children struggle when asked to sit at a desk for extended periods.”

Many of my peers have told me they are homeschooling because the traditional school wasn’t working for them.  Like me, they have experienced the calcified rigidity of an educational system that can no longer treat children as individuals.  Like me, they have experienced the time-consuming impositions of a traditional school system, whether public or private.  Like me, they have noticed that our education system seems more interested in indoctrinating our children than educating them.

Homeschooling has been embraced by a whole new swathe of the American population, for reasons beyond the origins of the practice.  A twelve-year veteran of homeschooling recently remarked to me about a STEM class my son attends, “Ten years ago, no one would have paid for a class like this.  Now we are so overwhelmed with interest that we have to cut off participation and turn people away.”

This new sort of homeschooler, it seems, just unplugs from the traditional school and plugs into local homeschool scene, where they enjoy athletics, academics, field trips, and the very novel concept of being in charge of their children’s education.

It’s almost like they are redefining the very idea of “school.”

I’m just glad to be a part of it.  I hope that sharing my experience helps someone out there, looking for some sanity in education.  Ironically, a family member recently told me I was ‘insane’ to homeschool.

The truth is, if you are willing to take the plunge, then sanity awaits.

Everyone is talking about Chris Christie these days.

Chris Christie as candidate, Chris Christie as moderate, Chris Christie as conservative, Chris Christie as RINO, Chris Christie as Winner, Chris Christie as Governor, Chris Christie as Republican Savior  etc etc etc.

There is however one aspect of Chris Christie’s that nobody seems to be talking about at all.  Chris Christie as party leader.

Chris Christie is the highest ranking GOP official in the state of New Jersey.  As such one of his unofficial duties  is to promote the GOP brand within the state.

I would expect he would be good at it.  For all the complaints we Tea Party types have his record in the state of NJ is rather good.  He’s held back Taxes, Cut funding to Planned Parenthood and spending overall,  cut business taxes etc etc etc.  And all of this had to be done while dealing with Democrat majorities in both houses.

So naturally I expect he’s love to see more Republicans in the state house to vote with him and make this job easier.  My favorite speech of his discusses this.  While I talk about the “grandfather”  part a lot  the entire speech deserves to be noted in terms of why you need to elect Republicans.

“35 years ago we didn’t have an income tax in NJ no income tax like right here in NH, we had no income tax and Governor Brendon Byrne, a democrat said: If you just give me a small income tax, a little one, I will lower your property taxes, we had the highest property taxes in America back in 1977 so 35 years later, what have we got? We’ve STILL got the highest property taxes in America and the income tax that started at 2% under governor Byrne is now 9%”

We would expect that Gov Christie would make the same case in the state that he made on the campaign trail nationwide doing all he can to help elect more republicans in NJ. After all a swing of 8 seats in the NJ House and 4 seats in the Senate would mean at least one chamber behind him.

Since Christie is so popular and won re-election so decisively one would naturally expect he brought success for the party with him. After all , if he is the poster boy for the GOP nationally he would be the model to elect party members following his lead all over the state right?

Despite Christie’s 60 percent showing on Tuesday, Republicans didn’t make up any ground in the state Senate.

Somehow that line in the Washington Post story Chrissie’s win got no play nationally, neither did this piece from NJ.com (emphasis mine)

Democrats in the state Senate and Assembly withstood Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s decisive victory over Barbara Buono on Tuesday, retaining majorities in both houses of the Legislature and ensuring at least four more years of divided government in Trenton.

With most of the votes counted Tuesday night, Democrats said they would hold onto their 24-16 majority in the state Senate. They also appeared to hold a majority in the Assembly — currently 48 to 32 — though they lost at least one seat.

One house seat? That’s it? You mean to tell me Chris Christie, the Savior of the GOP, the model for Republicans nationwide,  success in advancing his party within his own state was barely more successful than a camel spotter in an election he won by 20 points?

Contrast this to what the Tea Party,  that the GOP establishment hates,  did for Republicans during the big read wave of 2010 down ticket

in 26 states the Republicans now hold majorities in both legislative chambers, up from 15 before the election.

The GOP took control of the New Hampshire House and Senate, the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate, the Minnesota Assembly and State Senate and, for the first time in decades if not more than a century, both legislative chambers in Maine, North Carolina, and Alabama. They also won back control of the Indiana House, the Pennsylvania House, the Ohio House, the Iowa House, the Montana House, the Colorado House, and the Michigan House of Representatives while not losing control of a single chamber they already held.

and that’s not even counting the 63 seats in the US house.

Given the lack of coattails for the GOP that Chris Christie beings vs the Tea Party I can certainly understand why the media and the left keep pushing him forward as the great GOP hope, the GOP establishment, not so much.

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