The CIA counterterrorism chief who delivered the briefing regarding waterboarding to Nancy Pelosi has come forward:
In his new book, “Hard Measures,” [former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose] Rodriguez reveals that he led a CIA briefing of Pelosi, where the techniques being used in the interrogation of senior al-Qaeda facilitator Abu Zubaida were described in detail. Her claim that she was not told about waterboarding at that briefing, he writes, “is untrue.”
Yes, she actually said the biggest imposition on personal liberty in the history of this nation actually “helps to guarantee” the promises of the Declaration of Independence.
Speaking on the House floor, Pelosi called on her colleagues to remember “what our founders put forth in our founding documents, which is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And that is exactly what the Affordable Care Act helps to guarantee.”
Well, that wasn’t hard to predict.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) vowed today that she will join with the Obama administration in standing up against the Catholic Church in defending a new regulation that will require Catholic individuals to buy, and Catholic institutions to provide, health insurance plans that cover sterilizations and artificial contraceptives, including those that induce abortions.
There’s video at the link, but CNSNews gives us the heart of the discussion:
At her Wednesday press briefing, CNSNews.com asked Pelosi: “The administration has issued a regulation that will require all health-care plans to cover sterilization and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortions. This would force Catholic individuals and institutions to act against their consciences. All across the nation, Catholic bishops are saying:–
Pelosi responded: “Is this a speech, or do we have a question in disguise as a speech?”
CNSNews.com continued: “‘We cannot–we will not—comply with this law.’ Catholic bishops are saying they will not comply with this law. Will you stand with your fellow Catholics in resisting this law or will you stick by the administration?”
Pelosi: “First of all, I am going to stick with my fellow Catholics in supporting the administration on this. I think it was a very courageous decision that they made, and I support it.”
“Stick with my fellow Catholics in supporting the administration,” Nancy? What planet are you living on? Bishops across the nation are saying that they oppose this, with one bishop going so far as to call HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “a bitter fallen-away Catholic (who) now requires…coverage for evil and grave sin.” And it’s no wonder, given what Sebelius is reported to have said last November:
“We are in a war,” Sebelius told a recent pro-choice meeting. Opponents of the administration, she said, are trying to “roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America.”
It may not have been a war in November, Secretary Sebelius, but you sure seem to have started one now.
(Cross-posted at PJ Tatler.)
Nancy Pelosi has named the final 3 super-commissioners:
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi announced on Twitter that she has selected James Clyburn of South Carolina, Xavier Becerra of California, and Chris van Hollen of Maryland to serve on the joint select committee on deficit reduction (aka the supercommittee).
So says PolitiFact, a website that in the past has gone somewhat harder on conservatives than on lefties:
We find so much wrong with this chart that we don’t think it contains any significant approximation of the truth. It made a major calculation error that dramatically skewed the debt increase away from Obama and toward George W. Bush. It glossed over significant variations in time served in office. It cherry-picked the measurement that was favorable to its cause. And it is contradicted by statistics for GDP-adjusted debt, which show Obama to be the most, rather than the least, debt-creating president of the last five. None of this suggests that Obama can’t turn things around as the economy improves (and Democrats can also take some solace in the fact that Bill Clinton did remarkably well in all of our measurements). But in communicating which administrations contributed the most to growth of the debt, this chart is a failure. We rate it Pants on Fire.
Update: Rep. Pelosi’s office has since denied ANSA’s report and said it was not a fainting spell.
Original Post at 10:55 AM:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized in Rome today, according to Italian news agencies.
The ANSA news agency referred to her illness as a “fainting spell” and reports that Pelosi returned to her hotel after a two hour check up at the emergency room.
The former House Speaker was in Italy leading a bipartisan Congressional delegation to celebrate the country’s 150 year anniversary. The California Democrat had to cancel one meeting with the Italian Minister of Defense due to her feeling unwell, but Pelosi still could attend a concert tonight in honor of the celebration.
The U.S. Embassy in Rome is aware of the reports, but had no further comment.
Over the weekend Pelosi and the bipartisan delegation flew to Kabul, Afghanistan to meet with President Hamid Karzai, U.S. troops and military officials.
Update: Nancy Pelosi said she will continue her schedule in Italy today. She tweeted, “Thanks to everyone for your well wishes-had a very productive trip to Afghanistan and am in Italy resuming meetings now.”
Today her office released the following statement: “After several flights yesterday in Afghanistan, and a long flight back to Italy that arrived early this morning, Leader Pelosi was not feeling well. This morning in Rome, the Leader was advised to visit a clinic, and the closest medical facility was a hospital. The Leader is now resuming her schedule in Italy.”
Politics aside, I wish Rep. Pelosi a speedy recovery from whatever ails her.
Some things are just beyond parody:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the House Republicans’ proposed cut to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget would hurt biomedical research’s “biblical power to cure.”
Pelosi, speaking at a press conference on Capitol Hill celebrating the first anniversary of the health care bill’s passage, said, “There’s a cut in funding for the National Institutes of Health. This is not a healthy thing for our country because that research has answers. You know that every family in America is one telephone call, one diagnosis, one accident away from needing the kind of biomedical research that can cure–really have the biblical power to cure in a very, very special way and so to cut back on that research is wrong.”
Perhaps Rep. Pelosi could quote the exact book, chapter, and verse where she found the government’s power to cure in the Bible… cause I’ve been studying the Good Book for decades now, and haven’t run across it yet.
That’s basically the message that the House Democratic Caucus is sending with their rejection of the tax-cut compromise worked out between the GOP and Obama.
This is pure political posturing. If the Pelosi-led House doesn’t pass this now, then the Boehner-led House will do it first thing in January, and it will give the GOP a great 2012 campaign slogan was well… “The Democrats didn’t want to let you keep the Bush tax cuts… we do!”
Even if Pelosi manages to wrangle her lefties in line and passes the bill now, the stories have already hit the news wires, so they’ve essentially given the GOP a lot of help.
House Speaker-to-be John Boehner is planning to install the first-ever women’s restroom next to the floor of the House of Representatives.
Boehner’s office says he’ll direct the Architect of the Capitol to convert an office into a ladies’ room just steps away from where lawmakers cast votes and debate legislation. It mirrors the space occupied by a men’s restroom on the other side of the House chamber.
Female members of the House have long complained that while their male colleagues can duck in and out of a men’s room right next to the chamber, their closest available restroom is much further away in the Congressional Women’s Reading Room, across the ornate Statuary Hall filled with sculptures of prominent Americans.
Nancy Pelosi, when she hands over the gavel in January, will have been Speaker for 4 years. And yet she couldn’t get this taken care of for members of her own gender?
But even before taking the gavel, Mr. Boehner is planning on making things easier for those of the other gender.
Makes ya wonder if Speaker Pelosi really cares about women, or if that’s just a convenient political pose.
Or, at least, that’s how this Politico story makes it look:
Red-district Democrats are pressuring Speaker Nancy Pelosi to extend Bush-era income tax rates for all brackets, revealing a high-stakes rift between the party’s vulnerable moderates and its safe liberals as the issue increasingly dominates the national debate.
POLITICO has obtained a draft of a letter from rank-and-file lawmakers to Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them not to let tax rates rise for Americans at the highest income levels.
“We believe in times of economic recovery it makes good sense to maintain things as they are in the short term, to provide families and businesses the certainty required to plan and make sound budget decisions,” the House members wrote in a letter that was being circulated for signatures on Friday and is expected to be delivered on Monday or Tuesday.
Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah, Glenn Nye of Virginia, Melissa Bean of Illinois and Gary Peters of Michigan drafted the letter and are working to gather support, mostly from the moderate Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions, for at least a temporary extension of the rates for top income earners as well as those in the lower brackets.
I must admit, however, that I’m not so sure that the authors of that letter are more concerned about the economy, or about saving their own hides in what seems to be shaping up as a very anti-Democrat election cycle. Either way, I am glad to have them fighting their own party leadership (Obama-Pelosi-Reid) on what amounts to a tax hike in a recession.
Of course, some Democrats are still desperately trying to spin things:
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen and Obama have accused Republicans of holding the middle class “hostage” because they want all of the tax rates extended.
In point of fact, there are not enough Republicans in the House to stop a tax cut if that’s really what Pelosi wants to pass. In the Senate they might be able to by filibuster, but it’s entirely possible that the Senate could push it through using the Reconciliation rules, which, if I remember right, were created at least in part for just this sort of thing. Therefore, saying that the GOP is holding the cuts “hostage” is at best misleading and at worst a bald-faced lie… not that we should be surprised at seeing the latter from Obamacrats.
I am going to retract an earlier statement of mine. Despite what I said last week, the fight over ObamaCare is not over yet.
The Obamacrats might want to think that it is, that they can go back to their districts and not have to talk about ObamaCare, but they’re in for a surprise, methinks. The American people are almost certainly going to be incensed about this, for many reasons, including the political bribery and arm-twisting, the blatant falsehoods about what the bill will and won’t do, and the absolute disregard for the clearly expressed views of the voters.
Her Pelosiness probably promised wavering Democrats that this would all blow over as soon as it was passed; now the Democrats will learn that they can’t trust this Speaker to have a firm grasp of what’s going on, and that should make it a lot harder for Princess Pelosi to ram through the rest of her far-left agenda.
This bill also will not do what was promised–it cannot, because it wasn’t designed to in the slightest. Thus the Democrats will soon be the recipient of a long and growing tide of disappointment and resentment, which should last at least through 2012, and quite likely longer. The fact that not a single Republican voted for this bill will insulate the GOP, and will make the Democrats the sole recipient of this anger. If it goes on long enough, that could actually weaken the Democratic Party to the point where another party takes its place as a major party.
Going forward, we must now work and vote against every single Democrat up for election to the House or Senate in 2010. Bart Stupak and the rest of the so-called “pro-life” Democrats have shown us that we cannot trust any of them, despite how conservative they might pretend to be. We also can’t have these people voting to give Pelosi the speaker’s gavel again if, by some long shot chance, the GOP doesn’t take the House this year. Some of the Democrats who voted no might think that they can slide through based on that vote, but ask yourself: would they have voted “aye” if it was needed to pass this bill? The defections of Stupak and several of his cronies should give you the answer.
The Democratic Party, as a whole, have thumbed their noses at the American voters. Come November, it will be our turn.
Many pundits are saying that the “question time” discussion between President Obama and a GOP retreat was a “win-win” for both sides.
I must, respectfully, disagree.
Overall, it’s a win for the GOP, but hardly a win for the President. Simply put, he’s painted himself into a corner.
In the first place, in order to accept any of the GOP proposals, Obama would have to apply some serious arm-twisting to Pelosi and Reid. It’s hardly likely that he would, or even if he did, that he could win, since he is so low on political capital right now. So, it’s far more likely that he (and the Dems in Congress) won’t adopt any of what the GOP offered; and that will just reinforce the concept that Obama is not listening to the American people, that he wants to push the country in a way that even the voters of deep blue Massachusetts are trying to stop, and that he is absolutely committed to this course of action regardless of the consequences. That is hardly a “win” for the President.
He could, of course, come out and say that he tried but that Pelosi and Reid decided not to, but that’s not really a win either. In the first place, there’s the believability factor, and after breaking so many campaign promises, that’s a real problem for Mr. Obama. There’s also the problem that saying that would amount to thumbing his nose at the left, and with just about every other political stripe turning against him, he really doesn’t want to alienate his only remaining supporters. It would also indicate that this President is so weak that he can’t get the Congressional leaders to do what he wants; this would pretty much relegate Mr. Obama to a very minor role, and he almost certainly won’t accept that.
So, what I think we’re going to see is what I outlined above; Obama, Pelosi, and Reid will completely ignore the Republican proposals that many people saw Obama listening to; this will prove to them that the Dems really don’t care what the people want, and that will cause even more problems for the Democrats.
Here’s how your elected representatives are listening to the mood of the people towards ObamaCare:
So if Brown wins, what does that mean for the health care bill?
“Certainly the dynamic would change depending on what happens in Massachusetts,” Pelosi told us and our notebook-toting brethren Monday in San Francisco at an MLK event. “Just a question about how we would proceed. But it doesn’t mean we won’t have a health care bill.”
She went on to say that Brown has said he want to go back to the drawing board on health care. Not in my House, Madame Speaker said.
“There is no back to the drawing board,” Pelosi said. “The Republicans in Congress have said we will kill health care reform. They are the handmaidens of the insurance company.”
“Let’s remove all doubt, we will have health care — one way or another,” Pelosi said. “Back to the drawing board means a great big zero for the American people.”
“We don’t care what the people say.”
If Brown does win tomorrow in Massachusetts, and they try to ram this past him and his vote, the voters are going to be that much angrier. Let’s hope that saner heads in the Democratic party prevail (but I doubt they will).
It seems that Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) has caved in the face of Harry Reid’s bribes. As I stated earlier, this could cause real problems for Nelson if he chooses to run again (he will be 71 in 2012, he may decide to retire).
However, it does look for the moment like Harry Reid has his 58 Democrats and 2 Independents ready to vote for cloture on his bill.
But, as a famous baseball sage said once, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”
Here’s a quick blueprint for what’s coming:
- First, Reid has to get all his Senators in DC to cast their vote. This is an issue because Joe Lieberman left DC on Friday to celebrate Hanukkah with his wife, and now there’s a huge blizzard hitting DC and surrounding areas. Depending on how the storm and subsequent cleanup goes, it’s possible Lieberman may not be in the Senate chambers when the first cloture vote is scheduled, at around 1am Monday 21 December. If he’s not, Reid doesn’t have 60 votes, because the rules for cloture require 3/5 of all senators “duly chosen and sworn,” not just those “present and voting.”
- Assuming Lieberman makes it back in time (and as desperate as Reid is, he might even send out the Army to bring Lieberman back) and Reid gets his 60 votes on each of the three (yes, three) cloture votes on this bill before Christmas, it then goes to the House.
- At that point, Nancy Pelosi has two choices. She can either bring up the Senate bill in the House and try to get it passed (technically, it’s a “motion to concur” with the Senate bill). This is not the slam-dunk it might appear at first glance, because the Senate bill allegedly–there seems to be some disagreement on this–doesn’t have a public option, trigger, or opt-out provision, something the lefties in the House are demanding, and demanding loudly. If they stick with the bill, the lack of strong wording barring Federal funds from being used for abortion may cause pro-life Representatives of both parties to refuse to vote for it. Losing either camp is likely to doom the bill in the House.
- Pelosi’s second option is to send the bill to a “conference committee” made up of members of both houses. Obviously, since Pelosi and Reid will be making the selections, they’ll almost certainly be True Believers in government control of healthcare. However, there are significant problems here too. After the conference committee refashions the bill, both houses have to pass it again. That means running the same gauntlet that’s already been run with the pro-public-option and pro-life groups in the House, and the anti-public-option forces in the Senate, among others that may object to other portions of the conference bill. Conference bills in the Senate are subject to cloture and therefore can be filibustered, meaning that Reid needs his 60 votes again.
Either option means that debate on this bill could go well into 2010, meaning that the public will keep getting reminders that the Democrats are determined to push this highly unpopular–some might even say toxic–bill down our throats.
In other words, Reid getting his 60th vote is hardly “game over.” It may be the bottom of the 7th, but there have been comebacks later in the game, and in this case our opponents’ bullpen is weak. We can still win this one for the Gipper (okay, I know that referred to football, allow me a little poetic license here).
AGW and ‘US healthcare reform’ (HCR) are siblings today. ‘Siblings’ in exhibiting signs of well-deserved (for their detractors) and painful (for their supporters) demise. Though, while I believe AGW is in its death spiral (AGW death throes), HCR seems to have more lives than a litter of kittens (HCR – proof of life).
The parallels of each ‘crisis’ are undeniable. On the AGW side there are the ‘warmists’ who are basically saying ‘if we don’t stop AGW by getting rid of all that contributes to it, the planet is doomed’. On the HCR side we have President Obama now saying,
If we don’t pass it, here’s the guarantee….your premiums will go up, your employers are going to load up more costs on you,” he said. “Potentially they’re going to drop your coverage, because they just can’t afford an increase of 25 percent, 30 percent in terms of the costs of providing health care to employees each and every year.
The president said that the costs of Medicare and Medicaid are on an “unsustainable” trajectory and if there is no action taken to bring them down, “the federal government will go bankrupt.”
Hence, according to President Obama, you and the nation are doomed. Link
Sen. Reid has done everything he could to get all 60 Senators who caucus with him to vote for cloture on his HCR bill (Sen. Lieberman – I (NH) ). This has angered those that demand a ‘public option’ such as Sen. Burris – D (IL), as noted by CW below: Democrat Infighting May Doom ObamaCare
With transparency finally coming to the data behind AGW theory, Cope – 15 in disarray, and legal preparation being made, AGW will die. The question that remains is exactly how long the ‘consensus’ theme will remain. The UN will do all it can to maintain it even though the theory itself is now scientifically untenable. That, by itself, should convince anyone who is ‘on the fence’ that AGW is nothing but a global Ponzi scheme.
HCR still has some legs. If Sen. Nelson – D (NE) falls into the ‘yes for cloture’ pile, Sen. Reid will have his 60. Then the conference committee will get to work torturing both versions into one that the negotiators (most likely all Democrats) like. The changes in conference may or may not be considered sufficient enough for another full debate in both houses and the bill could end up on the President’s desk in fairly short order. If the 60 yes votes don’t materialize, and soon, the signature agenda item President Obama demanded will most likely die on the vine thanks to the 2010 election year, notwithstanding Pelosi’s message linked above. Whether you are or not a constituent of Sen. Nelson – D (NE), contact him to let him know you support his “no” vote on cloture.
So, two liberal boondoggles in various stages of death. All that remains is to continue to the fight against both and hope zombification doesn’t take hold.
In a brazen act of defiance against over 50 percent of the American people, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her fellow leftist statists in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the monstrosity known as H.R. 3962 – Affordable Health Care for America Act [Article - House passes health care reform bill; Vote garners only one Republican].
The snag in the works was getting so-called “moderate” “Blue Dog” Democrats to vote for the “deficit neutral” bill. How did Pelosi get so-called “Blue Dog” Democrats to vote for passage of the bill? There was certainly some arm-twisting that was done by leftist Democrats and President Obama himself; however, by simply inserting a stipulation known as the “Stupak Amendment“, which limits, but does not eliminate coverage and funding for abortions, that’s all it took for so-called “moderate” Democrats to submit an “up” vote.
Never mind the insertion of items that don’t have anything to do with health care reform and that raise taxes on people whom President Obama promised would not be taxed. Never mind that over 50 percent of Americans do not want a public “option” or in other words, government-run health care [Rasmussen Report - Health Care Reform].
Self-serving, hyper-ambitious politicians on all levels of government do not care about the will of the American people. They do not genuinely care about the health and well-being of the American people. They have proven time and again that they are nothing but a group of haughty, arrogant, elitist power and money grabbers with an aristocratic sense of predestinate entitlement.
The next election cycle is only a year away. A lot can happen in a year and those who want to retain their positions of power will do their best (or worst) to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes in an effort to get re-elected. They know that the memories of the people they claim to represent are short. They are banking on that knowledge because it is a successful time-tested strategy.
So-called health care reform is only one link in a longer chain of enslavement that leftist bosses are forging for America. They are only a couple of links away from completing that chain. After the chain is complete, it will be almost impossible to break it.
What will you do? Will you vote for or against the chain? The 2010 elections should give us an indication.
Some of you may remember the chart that the GOP put together showing the mess of bureaucracy that HR 32oo would have created. That’s the chart that the Democrats wanted to prohibit Republican Members of Congress from sending to their constitutents.
That chart has now been updated for Her Speakerness Pelosi’s latest monstrosity, HR 3962 (link in .pdf format). As one might expect, the new bill adds lots of new bureaucracies to what was already a horrible mess.
It’s not too late… call your Representatives and tell them that if they vote for this, you will not vote for them!
UPDATE: Courtesy of NRO’s Campaign Spot, here’s a handy-dandy list of 55 House Democrats who might be swayed. Give them a call (call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask for their office, since Her Speakerness is keeping them all in DC) and tell them a vote for this means you will donate to their opponent next year. Remember, Representatives are all elected every 2 years, so each and every one of those names on that list will be up for re-election or defeat next year.
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) seems to have caught Speaker Pelosi in a bit of a double-standard:
Senate Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is raising concerns that a Department of Health and Human Services Web site that urges visitors to send an e-mail to President Barack Obama praising his health care reform plan may violate rules against government-funded propaganda.
The Web page is accessed through a “state your support” button featured prominently on the HHS Web site and carries a disclaimer that the Web site is maintained by HHS.
In a letter sent to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday, Grassley warned that “any possible misuse of appropriated funds by the executive branch to engage in publicity or propaganda in support of an Administration priority is a matter that must be investigated and taken seriously,” noting that in 2005 Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued that “the use of official funds for similar activities were ‘underhanded tactics’ and that these tactics ‘are not worthy of our great democracy.’”
It seems that these tactics are perfectly acceptable to the Speaker when it’s in an effort she supports, but “underhanded” when done to support something she doesn’t agree with.
I’m happy to be proven wrong… can anyone show me where Speaker Pelosi has denounced this part of the HHS website prior to this time? (Denouncements after people start talking about it don’t count, as she might have just been bowing to public pressure.) Post it in the comments, if you can find it.