We are all interested in your sources of information, Hornblower,” prompted Cornwallis, apparently explaining something already asked. 

Hornblower shook his head in a decisive negation; that was his instant reaction , before he could analyze the situation, and before he could wrap up a blunt refusal in pretty words.

“No,” he said, to back up the shaking of his head

C. S. Forester Hornblower & the Hotspur 1962 p153

Burn this Letter

James G. Blane

Last night the 3rd Project Veritas video came out, showing state communication lead of Enroll America Christopher Tarango attempting to enable people attempting to purchase personal Obamacare info for political purposes, offering to talk to someone “who might be willing to have this conversation behind closed doors” .

As a person of the right who would like to see some coverage of this for a change I would push this video with one simple phrase:

“This conversation never happened”

Those words should be repeated over and over again by us, we should also stress that the media has totally bought into this phrase by their unwillingness to cover the story.

That phrase is the key to making this video break through.  If you are a blogger in any state where a Democrat is running for Senate this year, you want to call their office and ask for comment on this.

As far as the left goes their base plan is to take that phrase literally.  They will act as if the conversation never happened and like the first two videos will ignore it.

Plan B will be to attack James O’Keefe.  If you can’t contradict the contents of the video hit O’Keefe as  a “felon” and “unreliable”.  Even as I was typing this post this was taking place

 

Attack the messenger only goes so far when people have already lost their jobs over these videos.

If that easy to quote phrase still breaks through despite ignoring it, and attacking the messenger  the logical next tactic for the left is to point to the exculpatory parts of the video, and there are some.

Tarango offers several legal suggestions including the base registration list and repeatedly notes the law in terms of what he can and can’t do and I would expect the left to jump all over this although the back and forth is frankly what you would expect if someone is asking for something illegal.  The proper answer would have been a curt and blunt “No!” saying that if you continue to press the issue he would have to excuse himself.

Of course there is one defense that would be even more effective:  Why should anyone want to buy the Obamacare personal info when it’s so easy to hack online:

President Barack Obama’s HealthCare.gov site is riddled with security flaws that put user data of millions of people at risk and it should be shut down until fixed, several technology experts warned lawmakers on Tuesday.

The testimony at a congressional hearing could increase concerns among many Americans about Obama’s healthcare overhaul, popularly known as Obamacare. Opinion polls show the botched rollout of the online marketplace for health insurance policies has hurt the popularity of the effort.

they weren’t shy about it:

A panel of IT experts had one answer for Congress when asked if Americans should use the Obamacare exchanges on Healthcare.gov in light of its security concerns: “No.”

In fact they even demoed how a hacker would do it

Kennedy even ran a hacker demonstration, showing the congressmen the webstite’s vulnerabilities and how he could pull sensitive information from it. He was one of four experts who testified of the risks of 500 million lines of untested Healthcare.gov computer code.

Tarango would have been better off just saying:  “Cripes you don’t need me, just pay a high school hacker, he’ll have all the names you want at half the price.”

and THAT is more of a shock than the idea of political people willing to break or skirt the law.

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There is one side effect of Chick Fil-A’s policy of not opening on Sunday that isn’t talked about much.

Because Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday the business that normally would go to Chick-fil-A goes elsewhere.

While that business likely isn’t as big as the rest of the week and there are likely a few people for who no chicken sandwich can replace Chick-fil-A (personally I think the spicy fillet at Wendy’s is better) There are a lot of small eateries that are very grateful to not have to compete with Chick-Fil-A for at least one day a week.

MSM in general and MSNBC In particular is a lot like Chick-fil-A on Sunday to conservative sites. Ignoring stories and giving us the business

Case in point, Project Veritas and the Obamacare Navigator story:

Last week we had three posts on the subject of Project Veritas’ video showing navigators advising people to lie concerning their income including an exclusive interview with Daniel Francisco recorded before the release of the first video.

Since that time a second interview has been released with more navigators illustrating that Juan Williams not withstanding, this wasn’t an isolated incident.

And Saturday I interviewed Daniel again on DaTechGuy on DaRadio

and yesterday Project Veritas tweeted us that more is coming…

 

But if you aren’t reading conservative site, or watching fox news or local news in Texas you still haven’t heard of this.

Just like the breaking Census scandal. This broke Monday Night at the New York Post. Yesterday the census department said this:

“We learned about the information today, and we’re reviewing the information contained in that article,” said Luiz Santos, the acting director of the division of congressional liaison and communications in the Department of Labor’s inspector general’s office. Santos said he could neither confirm nor deny whether the IG’s office had opened an investigation.

Zero hedge put it well:

Following the White House’s ignorance of anything that could be going on at the Census Bureau (apart from knowing for sure that the report on jobs data manipulation was misleading), the Census Bureau itself has chimed in…

*CENSUS BUREAU SEES NO ‘SYSTEMIC MANIPULATION’ OF JOBS DATA

So that’s good then – just unsystematic?

So this is the first they have heard of it and even if it happened it is “unsystematic”.

Not according to the latest from the post today:

I don’t know how high up in the Census Bureau the orders to fake employment survey data came from, but the director of the Philadelphia region was aware of those charges against one of his field representatives back in 2010.

Fernando E. Armstrong, the regional director at the time, admitted as much in an internal Census report I have reviewed.

And that field representative, Julius Buckmon, who filed as many as 100 fake reports a month — and admitted to me faking household survey reports — was not the only field rep to do so, according to a Census source.

Lets review:

1. We have a report of fraud to manipulate labor states before an election
2. a statement by the Census bureau saying they just heard about it and it’s not systematic
3. A follow-up report that directly contradicts the statement of the Census bureau.

There is a word for a story like that: Newsworthy

But not if you are the MSM, not if you are MSNBC and not if you are Morning Joe who has yet to find either of these stories worth their time.

Perhaps  this  might because they like to spread the wealth. Because they leave these stories to sites like mine they give us traffic and visibility. They are simply trying to help the little guy by giving us a chance by giving people a reason to visit us and hit or tip jars.

However a more cynical person you likely conclude this is because they don’t want to change the Obamacare story focus from the web site and certainly not wanting to deal with fraud before the president’s election. They want to protect this administration & this president.

Hmmm maybe they ARE like Chick-fil-A. It’s all about loyalty to the religion of liberalism and to their God.

Update: The new Veritas video is out:

I’ll have more to say about this tomorrow.

A major job of the (Boston) Globe will be to determine not only what news will be of interest to its readers, but what news should be of interest.

John Henry Oct 27 2013

Less than 72 hours ago I posted on the new videos from Project Veritas along with my exclusive interview with Daniel Francisco the Executive Director showing Obamacare shenanigans in Texas

Well it didn’t take long for those caught on videos  to become expendable:

The Urban League of Greater Dallas has reportedly fired one person and suspended three others after an undercover video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas caught Obamacare “navigators” advising a potential applicant to “lie”and provide false information to get a lower premium and more subsidies.

In a statement Tuesday, the Urban League said it “does not condone, nor would we ever sanction, misleading the public or any individual who seeks our assistance about any issue, and particularly in this case, an issue as critical as health care,” KDFW-TV reports.

The local Dallas Fort Worth Fox station filed a report. Watch the news report.  It’s worth noting while the Feds aren’t talking to the press it was DHS the recommended “de-certifying” the navigators in question.

We’ve seen the standard response about “edited” video from the Urban League

The Urban League also called for the unedited video of the incidents to be released. It said the undercover applicants were told the people they were speaking to were Navigators-in-training and “the full context of these comments is not reflected in the video.”

It’s interesting to see that the left IS learning, for example they’re not accusing O’Keefe & company of lying this time around.

What I find more interesting however is, with Obamacare being THE story in the news, how the MSM is handling the story of these videos, and the firing/suspensions of these navigators for the program.

CNN

Veritas cnn

ABC

Veritas abc

CBS

Veritas cbs

and MSNBC

Veritas msnbc

Either none of these organization find a story of people fired for abuses involving administration of  obamacare THE most talked about subject in the country today,  newsworthy or apparently they’ve decided to go the full “Tree falling in the forest” figuring that with Bill Clinton et/al dominating the Obamacare story if nobody hears about it on their networks they won’t make a sound.

I would think such a story would immediately be recognized as newsworthy by any competent editor, but I don’t pay the bills at those news organizations so if they choose not to cover the story its their prerogative but perhaps the word “news” should be removed from their letterhead for the sake of accuracy.  .

Oh and in case you’re wondering I searched the Boston Globe for the phrase “project veritas” over the last 30 days as well

veritas globe 30 daysWhen John Henry said the Globe would decide what should be of interest to its readers, he wasn’t kidding.

 

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This is my third post on the Project Veritas story in three days. As I type these words that’s three more than CNN, CBS, MSNBC, ABC & the Boston Globe combined.

Think about it.

People often look at Pope Francis and only see one thing, mercy and forgiveness.

Now mercy is a vital message of the Church. Christ’s payment for man’s sins by his crucifixion makes possible salvation and the Pope is certainly correct in getting the message out inviting all to God forgiveness available to any willing to ask.

But if you think he is the type to simply excuse sin, you’d be wrong:

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

Quoting from the Gospel of St Luke in the New Testament, he said: “Jesus says ‘It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea’,” because “where there is deceit, the Spirit of God cannot be”.

He talked about the corruption as an addictive drug.

parents who earned through bribes or corrupt practices had “lost their dignity”, and fed their children “unclean bread”.

He said: “Some of you might say: ‘But this man only did what everyone does!’. But no, not everyone! Some company administrators, some public administrators, some government administrators… perhaps there are not even very many. But it’s that attitude of the shortcut, of the most comfortable way to earn a living.

I find the timing very ironic considering the new revelations from project Veritas concerning the Obamacare Navigators:

“You lie because your premiums will be higher,” one navigator advises an investigator for O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, who tells the worker he sometimes smokes. “Don’t tell them that. Don’t tell ’em.”

The investigator then poses as a low-income worker at a university who has unreported cash income on the side, worrying about how that might affect his premium subsidies. That’s no problem for a navigator, who says, “Don’t get yourself in trouble by declaring it now.”

“Yeah, it didn’t happen,” another navigator says. One more chimes in: “Never report it.”

and the amounts of money involved

In Texas, some of those people work for Local 100 United Labor Unions, a New Orleans group run by ACORN founder Wade Rathke. Local 100 is a “sub-grantee” providing navigators for the Southern United Neighborhoods group, which received a $600,678 grant to promote Obamacare enrollment. It also received a $270,193 grant for similar work in Arkansas and a $486,123 grant for Louisiana. Marcel Reid, a former dissident board member of ACORN who broke with the group in 2008 over its questionable practices, told me earlier this year, “ACORN is forming new groups under new mismanagement, and if Wade Rathke is involved in any of them, it spells trouble.”

Pope Francis again

in his sermon he described those involved in corrupt practices as “whitewashed tombs”, explaining that “they appear beautiful from the outside, but inside they are full of dead bones and putrefaction.” He said: “A life based on corruption is varnished putrefaction.”

Now of course the Pope wasn’t speaking directly to the Obamacare corruption any more than he directly linked these sermons to the Curia but I wonder if our friends on the left will be as anxious to repeat these words from the Pope in the MSM as they have been others?

I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for it.

Must credit DaTechGuy

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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“Bring it on”

Andrew Breitbart Lexington MA

Remember when the AG of New Hampshire was making noise about James O’Keefe? Well during an event in Nashua last night he had a message for the state:

I’m going to come to the 2016 presidential primary here in NH. And I’m going to expose the fact that I can be voting the names of dead people AGAIN.

The O’Keefe event in Nashua attracted a small crowd of GOP activists and pols to a local country club where O’Keefe gave a presentation about his work, a small clip:

When the presentation was done he took a couple of questions from me

and various voters on different subjects

He also sat for a longer interview on his book Breakthrough once the event was over

There was also a first-rate presentation by Andrew Hemingway which was one of the most intelligent breakdowns of how voter data should be used that I’ve heard. He spoke to me afterwards

His NH Republican leadership institute deserves a closer look.

and there was one more bit of news that was made last night on the NH Senate Race by Karen Testerman.


I’ve met and spoke to Karen Before, in my opinion she’ll make a fine Senator if NH is wise enough to elect her.

I’m posting this pretty early in the morning, but perhaps I’ll contact the NH AG’s office for comment on James’ statements, or perhaps he’ll take a trip to the Radison in Manchester on Thursday, because James will be speaking there from 5-7 and I wouldn’t be surprised if he repeats those statements there.

Update:  added the Breitbart quote and the text of what O’Keefe said.

Update 2. Pictures we’ve got Pictures!

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Our friends on the left and particularly in the media, are very loud and proud about declaring their opposition to guns. That is until it hits home:

If you want to know why James O’Keefe is so hated by the left, it’s simple, he shows them for what they are.

If you have a right to know who has a gun doesn’t that automatically mean you have a right to know who doesn’t?

…wasn’t shot by me.

More details here.

Exit question: Given the stakes in a presidential election year, the tactics we’ve already seen, the amount of money involved and the plausible deniability provided by superpacs, can any rational person without an agenda make the case that a campaign will NOT use such a tactic to win?

I submit that the most logical reason to oppose voter ID laws is to preserve the ability of one’s allies to commit fraud.

thus Sayith Carl Bernstein Watching Morning Joe, because of the resignation the NPR statement and the current fight was forced to cover the story. Yet although they played the key segments (stressing it was “edited” and that is was O’Keefe’s group while not mentioning that O’Keefe wasn’t in the video, nor mentioning the 2nd NPR person in the videos) the topic was instantly about how much of a non story this was, how unimportant it is and why we shouldn’t care.

Thus the show is able to say: “Yes we covered it.”, without giving it any credence.

Alas for them they had Cokie Roberts and her husband scheduled so it was impossible to not touch on it again. Again it was called a distraction, Cokie stressed how the small stations would suffer without federal funding and how much separation there is from the actual journalism and the exects.

This tells me that they can’t ignore it. The trap was the crank call against Walker. Morning Joe and the MSM went long on it, the media ate it up. Because they did and because it was Walker is still in the news. it became impossible to totally ignore it.

This is going to undermine democrats in the senate big time which already had problems:

In November, the same week that George Soros declared war on Fox News by giving $1 million to Media Matters, NPR announced it had accepted a $1.8 million grant from Soros’s Open Society Foundations for a 50-state local reporting initiative.

The grant, coming so close to Williams’s firing, stuck in conservatives’ craw.

“When NPR receives million-dollar gifts from Mr. Soros, it is an insult to taxpayers when other organizations, such as MoveOn.org demand that Congress ‘save NPR and PBS’ by guaranteeing ‘permanent funding and independence from partisan meddling,’ as the liberal interest group did last month,” DeMint wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week.

The increased scrutiny is certainly not going to be healthy for them.

Update: Vivian Schiller just resigned. Apparently this is no longer a half minute new story. Over to you Carl.

Update 2:
That half minute keeps getting longer and longer doesn’t it? Ron Schiller is now out of Aspen too, and apparently Vivian didn’t resign, she was fired.