Letters from the Lunar Outpost

Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
- Gibbon, English Historian (1737-1794)

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Well, we already know what the biggest lie of 2013 was . . .

Obama Says You Can Keep Your Health Care Plan

If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.

Not only did it top PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year list, but it topped their readers’ poll as well.

It was a lie the president repeated a documented 37 times, and if you thought the five million cancelled on individual insurance plans was bad, wait until as many as 93 million lose their health care plans once the employer mandate kicks in. That’s not Republican gloom and doom, that’s an estimate from Obama’s own administration (proving he knew he was lying when he made those promises).

So that was 2013. Here we are now, very first day of 2014 and I can already tell you what the biggest lie of this year will be.

Mark my words, this is the lie that will top PolitiFact’s list come year’s end.

Under the Obama plan, the typical family will save up to $2,500 every year.

source: Obama 2008 “Factsheet”.

This is the chicken that will come home to roost in 2014. You can bank on it, that’s the lie that will top the list.

Consider the following facts:

Yeah, good luck trying to get the young and healthy to subsidize everyone else. You really think the so-called young invincibles who were already avoiding insurance are suddenly going to have a change of heart now that premiums are two and a half times what they used to be? The Obama administration can create all the clever ads they want, no amount of taxpayer-subsidized propaganda campaign is going to change their minds. The “young invincibles” are going to look at you and your mandate and your IRS-imposed fines and tell all of you to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

The young are not going to subsidize it, and everyone who does buy in will be paying a whole hell of a lot more.

“The typical family will save up to $2,500 every year.” It’s hard to believe people actually bought it when he said it, but he did say it . . . over and over and over.

You heard it here first, when they make the list, that will be PolitiFact’s 2014 Lie of the Year. I’m calling it right now.

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Before we get to the 2014 predictions, let’s do a quick recap of the . . .

2013 Prediction Results

Prediction: Despite blatantly breaking D.C. gun law by waving around a high-capacity magazine in front of live cameras, anti-gun nut David Gregory will face no charges in doing something that would land any other American in jail.

Result: Nailed it, D.C.’s attorney general refused to file charges against Gregory, yet another example of how it’s one set of rules for the media elite, another for the rest of us.


Prediction: On February 3, 2013, Peyton Manning leads the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

Result: Missed it, but I think only by a year.


Prediction: Slight decline in global temperatures in 2013.

Result: Nailed it.


Prediction: Windows 8 makes modest but steady inroads on phones, tablets and hybrids.

Result: Missed it.


Prediction: Apple will release an iPad / laptop hybrid with slide-out keyboard.

Result: Nope. Still a great idea, though.


Prediction: Mama June of Honey Boo Boo will get lap band surgery and lose 100 by season’s end.

Result: Missed it, but the prediction still made for one of the better gifs of the year.

Mama June Gets Lap Band Surgery


source: http://www.mikecornelison.com/predictions-for-2013

Okay, nailed a few, missed a few, but I am feeling especially clairvoyant this year, so without further ado, let’s dust off that crystal ball and get to it!

2014 Predictions

  • Jodi Arias releases a sex tape from prison. It will be some pretty hot stuff (at least, that’s what my friends will tell me.)
  • In February, Peyton Manning makes good on my 2013 pridiction and brings home the Lombardi trophy to the fans in Denver.
  • Manti Te’o gets a girlfriend – a real, live girlfriend! They even meet face to face and go out on a date!
  • The economy will continue to improve despite Obamacare, but Obamacare will continue to disintegrate before our eyes with public approval even lower than it was at the beginning of the year.
  • A Chinese investor buys the New York Times. Irony reigns supreme as it takes a new owner from Communist China to help pull the Times from the far-left fringes of American politics.
  • Having tapped the well dry with the twerking and the skimpy outfits, Miley Cyrus finds a new way to grab headlines by checking into a rehab.
  • Republicans not only gain seats in the November election, they gain even more seats than they did in the 2010 landslide. Obama struggles to find a word even more emphatic than “shellacking” to describe it.
  • From taking office with a sky-high approval rating of 76%, Obama ends the year in the 30s. Still holding fast to their belief that all who disagree with the president do so because of race, Obama lovers struggle to explain how the same country that elected Obama has miraculously transformed from 20% racist to 60% racist.
  • Less than 10% of Americans will make good on their new year’s resolutions.

and while I pray that I’m wrong on this, here’s my final prediction for 2014:

  • Iran tests its first nuclear bomb. Obama blames it on Republicans.

Iranian Mullahs Get the Bomb

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Using search engine traffic as their guide, Yahoo just released the top 10 stories of 2013. I had a few comments, hope you do as well.

10. Aaron Hernandez arrest. In a story worthy of any top ten list, NFL star Aaron Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd this year. For a guy who could have had it all (and for a while, did have it all) you have to wonder – where did it all go wrong?

Reports allege that Hernandez was hanging out with gang members, involved in violent incidents and failing drug tests back in his college days, but (again, allegedly) coach Urban Meyer and the University of Florida covered it up to keep him on the field. You have to wonder, if he’d been held accountable for his actions earlier on, could things have turned out differently?

NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Arrested for Murder

9. Paula Deen lawsuit. The media gleefully made Paula Deen one of the top stories of the year for having admitted to using the n-word once in the 80s in speaking of a robber who’d held her at gunpoint. After they were done dragging her through the mud, however, what most of the media chose not to follow up with was that the man who actually stuck the gun in her face says he feels sorry for her and the way she was persecuted in the media for it.

Paula Deen's Tearful Apology

8. Papal transition. Pope Francis seems like a genuinely humble man and even Time magazine honored him with its Man of the Year award. The story I really want to know though, is what the heck lead to Pope Benedict to stepping down and becoming the first pope in 598 years to resign.

Pope Francis and Pope Benedict Seated

7. North Korean missile threats. I think Yahoo mislabeled the results here. 2013 didn’t see a surge in interest over the North Korean nuclear threat, this year’s flood of search inquiries was surely a result of Dennis Rodman’s bizarre trips to North Korea. In 1972, you had Nixon visits China. Now in 2013, we have Rodman visits North Korea. We’ve become a nation fixated on frivolity.

Kim Jong Un

6. Syrian civil war. Obama’s flaccid red lines aside, explain to me again why we would take sides in a war where both sides hate us? I think skeptical third world kid says it best here:

Bombing Syria Because Syria Is Bombing Syria

5. George Zimmerman trial. Black on black crime resulting in nearly 9,000 deaths every year, but this one debatable case of self-defense between a hispanic and a black teen? CRIME OF THE CENTURY! For the people taking to the streets over one death and with nary a peep of outrage over the 9,000, there is something seriously messed up in your priorities.

Justice for Trayvon vs. 9,000 Dead Each Year

4. Royal baby birth. Um yeah, I heard about it, good for them.

3. Boston Marathon bombing. I can’t imagine the depth of the tragedy for the victims and their families, but I can tell you this – from that day forward, the words Boston Strong will forever ring deep and true for me.

boston-strong

2. The Obamacare rollout. With three years and $630 million to get the website rolling, surprise, surprise, the rollout of Obamacare was a disaster.  Not even Obama’s most loyal propagandists in the Obama State Media could deny that.  I’ve got news for you – you thought the rollout was bad?  Trust me, it only gets worse from here.

Healthcare Website Crashing

1. Jodi Arias trial. Welcome to America, folks. That’s your number one story of 2013 as judged by search engine requests. How utterly bizarre was that when Jodi Arias went straight from having her conviction read in the courtroom to being led back to her cell with a reporter waiting there for an arranged interview? Now Arias has a website for her artwork and is reportedly making a killing of a different type on eBay.  You know where this is headed.  I’m calling it right now, the first of my 2014 predictions: Jodi Arias becomes the first celebrity to have a sex tape smuggled out of prison.

Jodi Arias Prison Sex Tape

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Oh, the irony of government ineptitude . . . the government mandates that every citizen of the land buy health insurance, then the government rolls out with a system that makes it next to impossible to comply. After 630 million taxpayer dollars spent and 3 full years to implement it, the healthcare.gov website has turned out to be a complete and total disaster which could take months or even years to fix. As National Journal’s Ron Fournier points out, building a website and getting people to sign up should have been the easy part, but in true Obamian style, the president held a press conference yesterday trying to convince the American people what a triumph this debacle really is.

Though the “most transparent administration in historywon’t even release their numbers (or even worse, perhaps they can’t even get a handle on the numbers) an independent analysis of the first week’s enrollment puts the number of people who have successfully signed up at a paltry 36,000. It’s a success the administration tells us, but “success” is definitely a relative term here.

Let’s put some perspective on it, shall we?

Putting Successful Obamacare Enrollments in Persepective

sources: Fox News and Space Industry News

That’s right folks, over 200,000 people are willing to sacrifice their lives on a one-way ticket to Mars, only 36,000 successfully enrolled in Obamacare. To tell you the truth, the people eager to flee the planet seem a lot more sane to me than the people trying to sign up for Obamacare.

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Harry Reid - Entitlement

So the House Republicans pass a measure to strip lawmakers and their staff of the exemptions for Obamacare and make them live by the same rules as the rest of us.

How did Senator Harry Reid respond?

This time the House has attached a poison pill that would punish 16,000 congressional staff.

source: The Hill

The Senate Majority Leader has so much disdain for the American people that he can’t even hide it. Reid says that any legislation proposing that lawmakers and their staff live by the same laws as the rest of us is a poison pill that they will never swallow. No sir, the poison pill of Obamacare is not for us, that poison pill is for all the rest of you little peons.

He just comes out and says it right there, don’t expect us to “punish” our staff with the same mandates we’re imposing on you.

The whole concept of public service died long ago. This is the ruling elite, authoritarian thugs who find the mere suggestion that they abide by the rules they make for us as being laughable, not even worthy of consideration.

I guess this kind of “do as I say, not as I do” mentality should be no surprise when you consider that these are many of the same liberal politicians who would think nothing of stripping law-abiding Americans of their gun rights as long as it doesn’t affect the armed guards they have protecting their own lives.

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