Barack 2012 (via The Pundit press)

Jonathan Gruber: “Make No Mistake: The Affordable Care Act Is Based On Massachusetts’s Success,” And Several Of The Architects Of Romneycare Worked Closely With The Obama Administration “To Translate The Lessons From Massachusetts Onto The National Stage.” Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics at MIT wrote, “The core of the ACA is the same ‘three legged stool’ that was first developed in Massachusetts. Several of the architects of Massachusetts reform, including myself, worked closely with the Administration and Congress to translate the lessons from Massachusetts onto the national stage. And experts project that the ACA will have similar success, reducing the number of uninsured Americans by 30 million.” [Jonathan Gruber Op-Ed, The Republican on MassLive, 4/11/12]

Jon Gruber Who Helped Write Obamacare And The Massachusetts Health Care Law: “The Federal Reform Is Simply A More Ambitious Version Of The Massachusetts Reform.” “‘The federal reform is simply a more ambitious version of the Massachusetts reform,’ said Jon Gruber, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge who helped policy makers write both laws. ‘Within three years, we should see that the federal reform has covered the uninsured and stabilized the non-group market covering individuals who now face much higher premiums, Gruber said in a telephone interview.” [Bloomberg, 3/26/12]

Barack Obama Today via JWF:

“I just heard about this,” Obama said at a new conference, after wrapping up two days of meetings with world leaders here at the G-20 Summit. “The fact that some adviser who never worked on our staff expressed his opinion that I completely disagree with — it is no reflection on the actual process that was run.”

The Pundit Press notes that the entries above were scrubbed from the Obama web site, I’d be very curious as to when that scrubbing actually took place.

Stacey Lennox asks a great question:

If ONLY the MSM had decided to cover Gruber’s remarks, maybe the President would have seen it.

You know maybe if I was willing to lie about Obamacare I wouldn’t have to shake DaTipJar.

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Reagan statue, Dixon, IL
Reagan statue, Dixon, IL

By John Ruberry

Ten years after his passing, the legacy of Ronald Reagan still resonates.

The Gipper has had a phenomenal autumn.

Eight days before Election Day, the 50th anniversary of Reagan’s A Time for Choosing address arrived and it reacquainted Americans with the 40th president’s core values–and for younger voters it exposed the fallacies of liberalism.

“We have so many people who can’t see a fat man standing beside a thin one without coming to the conclusion the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the thin one,” Reagan said in his televised speech to support the candidacy of Barry Goldwater. “So they’re going to solve all the problems of human misery through government and government planning. Well, now, if government planning and welfare had the answer—and they’ve had almost 30 years of it—shouldn’t we expect government to read the score to us once in a while? Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? The reduction in the need for public housing?”

Good points. Under President Obama, there are 14 million more food stamp recipients than there were during the George W. Bush presidency, despite what Democrats are calling an improved economy. Yet there is no call among liberals to lower the food stamp rolls. None of them are calling for the recipients of ObamaPhones to move on and sign up and pay for their own cell phone plans.

Last week was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. While most of the credit for the collapse belongs to the German people, Reagan of course deserves a spot on the rostrum of victory. Two years prior, Reagan stood in front of the “wall of shame” and demanded, “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Reagan believed in confronting the enemies of freedom. Obama, to my knowledge, has never used the word ‘enemy’ to describe hostile nations such as Iran, North Korea, or Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Berlin Wall segment, Eureka College
Berlin Wall segment, Eureka College, Illinois

There’s another landmark Reagan speech that deserves another look, his first inaugural address. “We are a nation that has a government—not the other way around,” he said.

Two weeks ago on Election Day–a majority of American voters said that’s just the way they want it.

Just last week, ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber chuckled about the “stupidity” of the American voter aiding in the passage of the unpopular bill. Reagan had something to say about such elitists in that same 1981 speech.

“From time to time,” Reagan remarked, “we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people.”  He continued, “Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?”

Someone should ask Obama and Gruber that question.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

I wrote about Senator McCaskill working early to establish a meme that will help her in election 2018.  Looking at this story running at the Hillary friendly site Politico  it looks like the Clinton team is playing the same game on offense with Elizabeth Warren concerning her appearance at  the Democracy Alliance an exclusive club of progressive activists with deep pockets.

How deep?  Well here is how you become a member or “Democracy Alliance Partner“:

Democracy Alliance partners, as the group calls its members, pay annual dues of $30,000 and are required to contribute a total of at least $200,000 a year to recommended groups.

Interestingly Politico seemed interested in Elizabeth Warren’s appearance there but was discouraged by security

Democracy Alliance staff and private security retained by the club stood sentry outside the basement banquet room where Warren spoke, preventing reporters from getting too close. And she avoided the media gathered for the conference by utilizing a side door to enter and exit the room.

And ignored by the Senator

POLITICO caught up with her as she made her way to a car waiting outside. But she ignored a question about whether her appearance — a closed-door speech to major donors who write huge checks, sometimes anonymously, to influence the political process — conflicted with her public denunciations of the role of conservative big money in politics.

“Excuse me,” an aide said, blocking access to Warren as she slid into the front passenger seat.

And Mrs. Clinton?

Clinton was not invited to any part of the Mandarin meeting

If I’m Hillary Clinton I’m making sure there are plenty of such stories out there & getting the hashtag #big$warren trending ASAP

I know, you’re thinking Mrs. Clinton hitting Warren on money in politics would be like me complain about someone wearing a fedora but the goal here isn’t to condemn money in politics, which the Clinton’s love so much, it’s to show progressives who might think otherwise that for all her fan base and talk of the rich when it comes to money Elizabeth Warren is no different that Hillary Clinton, just without the gravitas.

That’s the game & expect Clinton media allies to be playing it early & often.

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With the Season finale of the First Season of Peter Capaldi and only the Christmas Special between us and a long wait to for the next season it’s time to begin the process of passing the time as we wait for new episodes.

What better way than to pick out the best Scenes in the revived series?

Each Week we will take a look at each season and from that season pick out the three most Memorable Scenes. We will furthermore offer a poll with six choices so we can see if your picks match mine.

So lets start with Series one featuring the 9th Doctor Christopher Eccleston let me give you my big three in order

3rd place:

Episode #1 Rose circles the TARDIS & enters for the first time

Given this was the revival of the series it was almost axiomatic that some moments that would later become more common. For me the opening credits and the sound of the TARDIS leaving for the first time were huge but the big moment was that very first time that a “modern” 21st century companion entered the TARDIS .

This scene is a masterful use of choreography. The danger is behind her, the Doctor has entered this blue box Rose opens the doors and can’t believe her eyes. Without showing us the inside of the TARDIS she circles until with the enemy at the gates she finally comes inside. The first of our many “bigger on the inside” scenes.

2nd Place

Episode #11 Boomtown Dinner Date with a Slitheen

The dinner with Margaret the slitheen is masterful, My dinner with Andre on steroids, Margaret after some failed attempts to poison and slay the doctor at the dinner table with trickery decides to play psychological games playing on his mercy.

Alas she has picked the wrong re-generation to try this on, this Doctor still thinks he has destroyed his home planet and he knows the game that is being played. This is one of the best moments of the season and really shows Eccleston’s range as an actor.

My pick, the most memorable Scene of Series one.

Episode #10 The Doctor Dances Everybody Lives!

This was a very close call but there are two things that makes the Everybody Lives simply wonderful. Throughout the series both old and new death closely follows The Doctor. It’s not uncommon for characters we like or admire to be killed from Jemma in The Wheel in Space to Osgood in Death in Heaven.

There are some episodes like the Horror of Fang Rock where literally every character other than the Doctor and his companions die. While some regenerations of the Doctor handle it better than others it’s a source of great pain for the character. The sheer joy of Christopher Eccleston 9th Doctor, the one nearest to the Time War to be able to shout those words Everybody lives makes it of the the greatest moments for the character of the Doctor in any of his regenerations

And the second thing? The absolutely hilarious exchange between Doctor Constantine and a patient who has just noticed a limb in much better shape that it once was.

And yes for those not familiar with the series, he does save Jack too.

And if you don’t like my top 3 choices then lo and behold I’m offering you three extra scenes to add to the list for you to pick from, and we’ll use both your list and mine separately as we go forward

Episode #5 World War Three twelve months

I thought it was something that should have been addressed more often in the original series.

Episode #8 Father’s Day Another Stupid Ape

An angry doctor who thinks he’s been used

Episode #13 The Parting of the Ways Regeneration

OK how can we do this and leave out the first new regeneration of the new series.

So vote below and let me know which three Series 1 episodes are the most memorable to you, Voting will end Friday in anticipation of the Series 2 scene choices going up.

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And if you didn’t see your favorite choice on the poll list use this contact form to let me know what scenes you want added to this poll before it ends or scenes you want considered for series 2-8 plus the all Specials series

By Steve Eggleston

For decades, there has been a major criticism of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly known as Division 1-A); namely, that it didn’t have a playoff to determine a champion. That is a legacy of two things – the bowl game regime, and the fact that the football subdivision is the only sport/division combination where the NCAA does not run a championship. While various organizations, most notably the Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association (released by various media organizations throughout its history, currently USA Today) run polls to rank the teams, a post-bowl unofficial champion declared by the two biggest polls is a relatively recent feature, with the AP beginning a permanent post-bowl poll in 1968 and the AFCA doing so in 1974.

The biggest problem is that the various bowls had, and for the most part, still do have, well-guarded tie-ins with specific conferences well after the regular season (and later, conference championship games). That meant that, for decades, it was likely that the top two ranked teams would not play in a post-season bowl game, and that there could be multiple undefeated teams after all the games were played.

That changed a bit for the 1992 season, when 5 of the 7 “power” conferences, plus Notre Dame, and several bowl committees got together to ensure that the two best of their members would play in a bowl game, with the AFCA declaring the winner of that game their national “champion” despite not having any Big Ten team, the Pac-10 champion or any team either in a “mid-major” conference or independent not named Notre Dame eligible for that “championship”. The Bowl Coalition (1992-1994) and its successor the Bowl Alliance (1995-1997) lasted until it created a split “championship” in the third year that was a significant possibility going into the bowl season.

After that happened, the 4 surviving conferences finally convinced the committee that runs the Rose Bowl to release the Big Ten and Pac-10/Pac-12 champion to a “championship” game in exchange for hosting that game once every 4 years, and thus the Bowl Championship Series began. It survived a “split” championship in 2003 when the humans and computers disagreed on which two teams were the best, and a serious challenge from the “mid-major” conferences in the mid-to-late 2000s, but after the 2012 BCS “championship” game was a rematch of a SEC West matchup, plans were made for a very-limited, 4-team playoff.

Contrast that with Division I’s Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). It has a 24-team playoff, including all 12 of the conference winners from conferences that don’t bar its teams from post-season competition. The time of year isn’t an issue there, as since the NCAA expanded the field to 20 teams for the 2010 season, the championship game has been in January. The number of games isn’t an issue either – depending on how many Saturdays there are between the Labor Day weekend and the end of November, the champion can play as many as 17 games.

The reason I bring it up is Marshall, currently at 10-0 in Conference USA, and now one of only two unbeaten FBS teams, is likely going to be shut out despite having a good shot at going 13-0 through its conference championship game, with none of its wins thus far being closer than 15 points. Of course, the fact that only 2 of Marshall’s opponents had a winning record going into today might have something to do with that, but that didn’t stop either the coaches or the AP from declaring BYU the national “champions” after the 1984 season.