Today on his show “The Lead” Jake Tapper boiled down the political reality of Obamacare for Democrats in one sentence at the start of his show:

Politicians run to the front to take credit for a winner. This isn’t it.

Update: Stacy McCain isn’t as concise as Jake but this tweet is pretty damn close.

Call me old-fashioned, but isn’t Christmas meant to be a celebration of the birth of Christ our Savior? A season of fellowship and the sharing of blessings?

Then what the hey are the Unemployed Philosophers thinking?

Grant you, the Unemployed Philosophers are my source for Obamacare Mints (“Take two and call me a socialist in the morning”), and the ever-popular Obama Disappointmints (“Is this change?”) which keep selling out but will be back in stock on 11/18/2013.

So why are the Unemployed Philosophers selling Che Guevara dolls in their “Little Thinkers” series? Che is next to Socrates and Abraham Lincoln, but then, so is the devil, who is closer, much closer, to Che than the other two.

Should the Unemployed Philosophers be known instead as the Ignorant and Callous Philosophers? Let’s take a look at the Cuba Archive on Che Guevara’s Forgotten Victims:

Che played a leading or supporting role in the summary execution of at least 21 persons in the Sierra Maestra; at least one shot by his own hand.

This is the guy who, in January of 1957, wrote to his then-wife, Hilda Gadea, to tell her that he was “Here, in the Cuban jungle, alive and thirsting for blood.” Indeed he was – the Cuba Archive has documented 22 executions ordered by Che over a period of three days in 1959 in Santa Clara, and 88 at La Cabaña Fortress. There are 216 documented murders by Che.

In addition to being a murderer, Che was a racist, a homophobe and an anti-Semite.

Just the guy to bring in Christmas cheer.

But hey, Che is cool to the Unemployed Philosophers (which may explain why they’re unemployed), so let’s have the Che ornament join the 2009 White House Mao ornament. Yes, the Mao Zedong was on a Christmas ornament, too – and at the White House! The same Mao who Che admired and from whom he adapted his formulation of guerilla warfare,

Che published influential manuals Guerrilla Warfare (1961) and Guerrilla Warfare: A Method (1963), which were based on his own experiences and partly chairman Mao Zedong’s writings. Guevara stated that revolution in Latin America must come through insurgent forces developed in rural areas with peasant support. His international legacy of glorifying violence through an erroneous analysis of guerilla warfare, based on his experiences with the Batista army, which was too incompetent and corrupt to fight, and applying Zedong’s writings on the subject led to bloodbaths in Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Chiapas, Congo, Angola and decades of military dictatorship and political violence.

Maybe Josef Stalin will drop by and join them to top the Christmas tree with a shiny red star.

(h/t Rare)

For all his riches, Bill Gates could not approach the typical American and say, “Here’s a $100 bill. I’ll give it to you if you kiss my feet.” Most likely the person would tell Gates to go to hell! The American view is that the rich guy may have more money, but he isn’t in any fundamental sense better than anyone else.

Albert F Chestone  What America Means to Me  2009

No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Matthew 6:24

One of the great moments of the last 15 years came from NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani

Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the city would not accept a $10 million donation for disaster relief from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal after the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.

It was a an affirmation that at least in NYC under Rudy, America and its principles were not for sale at any price.

Rudy was followed by Michael Bloomberg.  As a Billionaire any amount of money proffered to influence him was going to as successful as expecting Sydney Greenstreet to dance for a Diet Coke.

But now that the Bloomberg era is about to end Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith reports during his tenure money still had an effect but not in the way it normally would:

In Mike Bloomberg’s New York, the mayor bribed you, buying the silence or cooperation of individuals, cultural organizations, and social service groups with hundreds in millions of dollars spent on small personal favors — a legal payment here, a medical procedure there — and charitable contributions.

While Mr. Bloomberg’s name is not the least bit Italian Professor Doug Muzzio describes the Mayor’s use of fund in terms normally associated in culture with the combination of vowels in his predecessor’s surname and my own saying it…

…was protection money. In many ways it inoculated him from potential criticism and stimulated people to do things that they might not have or shouldn’t have done

The article points not only to millions upon millions given to various groups but the potential of millions in the years after his departure from office that might be at stake

Well it’s an easy sell to a conservative like me and maybe even to a few liberals that $100,000+ might by off an Al Sharpton but any liberal will tell you,  unlike conservatives or Tea Party members who supposedly jump at the sound of a Koch brother’s check,  the liberals who faced off against Rudy Giuliani and those honorable non-profits weren’t going to just keep quiet over money right Patrick Markee?

Lots of not-for-profit groups that work in the field were quiet and sat on the sidelines while this was happening, and didn’t speak up publicly, and then public records kind of indicated that a lot of those groups that received large personal donations from the mayor

Given the amount of government money that invariably goes to liberal NGO’s and those who support the left’s agenda this is almost respectable in the sense that at least these liberals are being bought by a person who actually earned the money distributed unlike say the Obamacare navigators, but I hope this is remembered the next time we hear the MSM myth of the noble leftists and non profits speaking truth to power.

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