Who is Karmel Allison and why did she faint on cue?


Who is Karmel Allison?

Among other things she is a PhD. graduate student at UC San Diego. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2006 with a B.A. in Linguistics. She is married and has Type 1 Diabetes. You can read more about her here.

I’m gonna go out on a wild limb and say she’s probably not a Republican. Her Twitter account makes only one semi-political reference and that was a dig at Sarah Palin. She sure doesn’t have many tweets for someone who has a blog and spends a lot of time online.

The real question is why was she standing directly behind and a little to the right of President Obama during his speech when she apparently started to faint? Just the right position where the cameras would show her, and just close enough that he could magically sense that something behind him was wrong and turn around just in time to grab her arm and apply His Healing Touch.


You tell me. I mean, it’s not like any women have fainted in Obama’s presence before or anything.


White House Dossier:

She has health insurance, according to the White House, but is “researching” other lower-cost options in California that she can now buy even though she has a pre-existing condition, so she now is “finally feeling equal to others.”


Her husband is David Allison:

David Allison’s Overview

Current:Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder at Nulu
Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Minute7.com
President at Arcaio Inc.

Past: Chief Technology Officer at BrightScope
Technical Director at Hat Trick Media
Developer at FrameNet – International Computer Science Institute @ University of California, Berkeley

Education: University of California, Berkeley

But wait! There’s more!

Arcaio Inc

8875 Costa Verde Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92122 – map
Phone: (858) 353-8390


Categorized under Computers, Peripherals, and Software, our records show it was established in and incorporated in California, current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $200,000 and employs a staff of approximately 2.

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134 Responses to Who is Karmel Allison and why did she faint on cue?

  1. The Klown says:

    Here’s another question: Why was she there in the first place?

    About three weeks ago, as the federal government shut down, the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces opened for business across the country. Well, we’ve now gotten the government back open for the American people, and today I want to talk about how we’re going to get the marketplaces running at full steam, as well. And I’m joined today by folks who have either benefited from the Affordable Care Act already, or who are helping their fellow citizens learn about what this law means for them and how they can get covered.

    Which one is she?

    It would be nice if a real journalist would look into these things. I am Just a Blogger®.

    • Somebody says:

      Unless the CA system is completely different she should’ve been able to qualify for health insurance via through UC San Diego. Most universities offer their students a health insurance policy with no pre-existing conditions. Now it could be she’s stayed in school to maintain insurance or that she specifically went back to school and planned her pregnancy that way……….or she could be a good samaritan planning on helping her fellow citizens learn about Obamacare

      • Pwedz says:

        You obviously don’t understand the issue. She didn’t switch to the student plan because she had no reassurance that she would be able to switch back because of the pre-existing condition bar.. Should she have to remain a student and pay for overpriced colleges putting herself further in debt just to be covered ?? Please..

        • The Klown says:

          Where did she say that? Do you know her personally?

        • Why not? That’s what we all have to do to work.

        • Somebody says:

          I clearly understand the issues she has with diabetes and pre-existing conditions, my daughter’s best friend was in the exact same boat.

          The question posed in the original post was whether she was someone that got coverage or someone that was helping others learn about ACA. I postured since she’s a grad student she most likely had coverage, that was my point.

          BTW I know people in the construction field or that are self-employed that routinely take a couple of classes a year precisely so they can have student insurance. They do it because the student policies are cheap, even if you factor in the cost of the classes. Now that’s in Florida and as I said I don’t know enough about the CA system to know if it’s similar, my guess is that it is similar.

          • The Klown says:

            I was also wondering how she was identified and brought from SD to DC – who contacted who and who paid for her trip?

            BTW – I had an aunt who went blind and then died from Type 1 Diabetes. I have Type 2. One of my friends growing up had Type 1.

        • abc says:

          If she maintains that coverage, she can, by federal law. She can do it in the same way that people who have exhausted their COBRA can move to the individual market even if they have pre-existing conditions. It’s part of the PORTABILITY part of HIPAA

          Maybe she’s just stupid and didn’t figure that out? But she has a PhD in Science, so I dunno.

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  3. DeniseVB says:

    The WHD commenters are digging into Mrs. Fainty too….one also believes it was staged…..interesting stuff about her husband too.


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  5. driguana says:

    Everything with this farcical caricature of president is staged…..I can no longer watch or listen to him at all….As Bill Shakespeare once said, sonnetly….
    “As an unperfect actor on the stage
    Who with his fear is put besides his part,
    Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage,
    Whose strength’s abundance weakens his own heart.”

  6. wmcb says:

  7. The Klown says:

    I live in a town on the projected route in the San Joaquin Valley. It sucks. How close will the nearest stop be?

    If I need to drive to LA or SF I leave my house and go directly to my destination. If I were to ride the train I would have to go from my house to the nearest train station, ride the train to my destination city, then find transportation to my actual destination.

    When you consider all the extra steps and expenses it would be quicker and easier to drive or fly. Driving would probably be a lot cheaper too, especially if I was traveling with family, friends or co-workers.

    This is a huge Brown-doggle.


    • votermom says:

      The trains will be more efficient when transporting dissidents to the camps.

    • 1539days says:

      And that may be the legacy of Barack Obama. He made sure Democrats will be showered in graft for decades to come when people get totally sick of the party. How else would he inspire such loyalty from people who will probably lose their jobs?

    • According to the CHSR website the train from Fresno to Merced will not be operational until 2022, and even then will GO NO FURTHER until Phase 2 of construction is authorized – which looks to be sometime after 2029. Good luck with your travel plans, Klown. They won’t have the Pacheco Pass route between San Jose and “Merced” open until 2026, but it will actually come out at Fairmead, but that’s not important.

      Down in the Palmdale to Los Angeles section they actually expect to have high speed rail from LA to Vegas via Metrolink within 3 years. Nevada having more pull than Merced, I can understand that, but not holding my breath.

      • The Klown says:


        If they are going through Pacheco Pass then they are running that line through Silicon Valley and up the Peninsula! Not only is that some of the most expensive real estate on the planet it’s NIMBY tree-hugger country. I figured they would follow the Amtrak line to Manteca and then follow 580 all the way across the Bay Bridge into SF.

        FYI – There is no existing rail line from Bakersfield to LA. That will be expensive too. The cheap and easy part of the construction will be upgrading the old lines. Wait until they start using eminent domain to build new lines.

        The lawsuits will last decades.

  8. whm3 says:

    A Woman… Pregnant… Type 1 Diabetic… At the White House… during a speech about… Health Care…..


    Wait ….. she is possibly a …. minority………………?

    Nom nom nom nom munch munch munch …. oh this is good!!!!….. nom nom nom…. Eat it all up …. there you go….. Nom nom nom ……..

    • The Klown says:

      Trollin’, trollin’, trollin’, keep the hate a-flowin’, Kool-aid!

    • wmcb says:

      Is she really a minority? *goes to look* Ok, guess she is. Funny, I hadn’t even looked at the clip or pics until you mentioned it, just read the reports.

      But then, I’m not obsessed with race, and extra-protective of the “lesser peoples” like you are, you patronizing bigot.

    • angienc says:

      Yep, like the sexist bigot you are, your main focus is on (1) woman and (2) minority. Never mind that there is NO FUCKING REASON FOR A PROF AT UC-SAN DIEGO WHO HAS INSURANCE TO BE THERE. Your little mind just skips right over the *important* stuff & jumps right to the bullshit/trivial. No wonder you support Obama — important stuff is irrelevant to you.

    • Anthony says:

      whm3, you’ve outdone yourself. Fucktard.

      Don’t you know it was “Julia”?

    • Anthony says:

      I’m in spam because of a naughty word… I’ll try again:

      (Ahem) whm3, you’ve out done yourself, you fracktard.

      Don’t you know she is “Julia”?

  9. 1539days says:

    Woman fainting in Obama speech?
    Mission Accomplished

    • lorac1 says:

      I think he better start hiring some males to faint – he’s really stereotyping women, getting those old vapors and all. Maybe that’s why they hired a pregnant one this time, to make it look more believable, because people have caught on to him and his hiring fainters.

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  13. The Klown says:

    Welcome Insurrectionists!

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  15. wmcb says:

    Because I couldn’t exactly call her “Skippy”.

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  17. The Klown says:

    My nosy next-door-neighbor (the Block Warden) was out in front cleaning her house and windows. She spends a lot of time every day on property maintenance – everything is always trimmed and spotless. (It also allows her to keep an eye on everybody else on the cul-de-sac.)

    She mentioned my place with a snide/polite question: “When will you clean your house?” (She’s supposedly from Denmark but she sounds just like my German step-mom in Oklahoma – “Ven vill you kleen your house?”)

    I told her I wanted it to look like a haunted house for Halloween.

  18. John Gorentz says:

    Remember those fainters during the 2008 campaign? He’d rescue them by throwing them a water bottle. Presumably fake.

  19. The Klown says:

    How many people onstage with Obama today have successfully enrolled in ObamaCare?

    The White House communications team had three weeks to find 10-15 people who’ve actually enrolled in O-Care via Healthcare.gov to serve as human props for an Obama press conference on this subject. Three weeks. And yet, according to the WH’s own mini-biographies of the people invited to the Rose Garden today, just … three have successfully registered so far. Last week, Bob Laszewski estimated that no more than 20,000 people had managed to enroll in the site’s first 14 days or so online. If the White House had this much trouble finding a dozen or so for one of O’s biggest photo ops this year, I’ve got to wonder if the real number’s significantly less than that.

    Byron York has reproduced the full White House release on today’s attendees. Among the lucky 13 is someone who’s “looking forward to enrolling for health coverage this fall,” someone who “recently began researching her options” on California’s state exchange, someone who “plans to comparison shop” on Healthcare.gov, and someone who’s “exploring what new coverage options will be available,” as well as a few people who are happy they can stay on their parents’ insurance under the new rules about age. All of which, ironically, is true to the spirit of today’s presser: In theory, this was going to be a “mea culpa” moment for O in which he explained in some detail what’s gone wrong with the site and set a timetable for when it would be running smoothly. Instead it was an infomercial for ObamaCare with a few perfunctory references to the “kinks” crippling Healthcare.gov. “There’s no sugarcoating it,” O said at one point about the site meltdown — except that the whole point of the presser was to sugarcoat it, right down to inviting people onstage who haven’t managed to actually register yet thanks to HHS’s Geocities-caliber tech.

    Because . . . RACISM!!!!

  20. Anthony says:

    HELP! I’m in moderation for typing “J U L I A”!

  21. The Klown says:

    Canada Free Press:

    If you’re part of the MSNBC brain trust, things are…difficult…right now. You spent the last three years denying Obamacare’s shortcomings, refusing to entertain the notion that Obama was fallible, and promising your meager viewership that everything was going to be great once the American people saw how wonderful the ACA really was. Then it launched, and you looked like a complete sucker.

    No one likes to be so thoroughly embarrassed, which may be why the network has been sharpening its knives over the botched ACA rollout.

    This morning on “Morning Joe” the panel was – again – discussing the Healthcare.gov train wreck. Usually when they do this, they couch their observations in terms of Obama’s greatness and his inherent ability to fix the problem. This time, things were different. Joe and his guests went for the jugular. Watch as they portray the administration as a teenager throwing an out-of-control party, while accusing a “government in crisis” of “outright lying” to the American people about Obamacare’s enrollment numbers.

    Wow! if Obama loses MSNBC, the floodgates are open.

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  23. wmcb says:

    Texans are throwing Cruz a big ole welcome home party. It’s like streaming.


  24. The Klown says:

    I am NOT changing the baby!

  25. cahockeygirl says:

    I’d love to know how many of you naysayers actually deal with type 1 diabetes on a daily basis. I bet not one of you. So until you have walked a mile in some else’s shoes…

    • The Klown says:

      How old are you? Our skepticism has nothing to do with her having diabetes.

      If you walked a few miles in our shoes you wouldn’t be so gullible.

    • angienc says:

      Oh fuck off. She’s employed at UC-San Diego so she’s got insurance better & CHEAPER than mine, yours and everybody else on this site. She should be the one walking in my shoes– buying individual insurance in the private market before she allows herself to be used as a prop to spew talking points about something that will have NO/MINIMAL EFFECT ON HER but cost the rest of us plenty. Go baa somewhere else, sheep.

    • wmcb says:

      *sigh* We’re talking about factual details re: Obamacare, and insurance, and what would and would not have helped her, and whether the story makes sense.

      Being sick, or a minority (if she is), or a woman, or suffering, or whatever does not give you a free pass from being analyzed if you get on a national stage and make claims. Nor does doing that analysis have jack-all to do with compassion or lack thereof.

      PROTIP: Truth, and policy, and poltics, and all the whole wide world does not revolve around feelings.

      My God, the world has become incapable of thinking. It’s #AllAboutTheFeels

    • DandyTIger says:

      Oh nooooes, someone’s feeewings were hurt. Take a number.

    • Trolls’ attention spans are so short they bitch on one blog about something they thought they heard on another. Either that, or she’s played way too much field hockey without a helmet.

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  28. mcnorman says:

    I thought it was caused moo said boo stank.

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  30. piper says:

    Why is that woman wearing a sleeveless dress with cutouts on a chilly day?

  31. helenk3 says:


    maybe backtrack and his bunch including the DOD did not stand up for this soldier, but thousands of patriots did

  32. helenk3 says:

    this has to be a halloween trick, they can not be serious

  33. Pwedz says:

    I’ll bet she’s faking her pregnancy too…

    Gimme a break.

    Grow a brain and don’t be a dunce looking for conspiracy everywhere…

    • The Klown says:

      Yeah, and the IRS didn’t target the Tea Party either.

    • angienc says:

      “Grow a brain”?

      Why do you idiot progs hate science?

    • wmcb says:

      Piss off. You want to ignore that there is a history with Obama of convenient crowd faintings so he can look heroic. LOTS of them. None of us here categorically said she did this. But being skeptical is not unreasonable given the history.

      You know, the history you’d like to pretend doesn’t exist, so you can speak as if our skepticism is occuring in a vacuum.

  34. wmcb says:

    Hey, Klown, the prog trolls are out in force! I love it. That only happens when they are freaking out because Dear Leader is publicly shitting himself all over the place.


    • kanaughty says:

      true, they do only come out when their dear leader is really screwing up. they are on the defensive…

  35. kanaughty says:

    you know what is so funny about this whole obamacare-website-gate… they have no one to blame but themselves! they have no bogey-man, and they can’t blame bush or the repubs, or the tea party or even bin laden, for them hiring the wrong people for payola basically (the chicago way). and now they are supposedly bringing in verizon, and i bet that is also a campaign donation pat on the back too. this whole thing should in reality bring only the dems down for being stupid the longer this goes on. they are making themselves look stupid. i hope this is when the other shoe drops for them and when karma finally kicks in. if anyone is still on the side of these guys about this after a couple of months, then they are living in imaginary land.

    • angienc says:


      Also, people need to start highlighting non-stop the fact that Obama said the website was going to cost $92 million; the POS we got actually cost 3x that; and this emergenc “tech surge” is going to cost a whole lot more; and this (the website) was the EASY part of this Obamacare POS.

  36. SHV says:

    OFA trolls are being mobilized to shine shit….won’t work this time. I guess the only good news is that the Obot troll demographic is the one that will be hardest hit by the Obamacare scam. It’s the young, healthy, marginally employed group that is expected to provide the funding for this $2.6 trillion/ten year corporate welfare program.

  37. DandyTIger says:

    I figured out why Obamacare and its website are failing so much, and why Obama looks like a pathetic idiot. No fake greek columns. Turns out Obama gets his power from fake greek columns. True story.

    • angienc says:

      Funny ’cause it’s true.

      It was no mistake this passed-in-the-middle-of-the-night Christmas Eve-on-partisan-line POS was set to kick in *after* the 2012 election. It was the only way to keep *reality* from intruding on the fantasy Obama shills to his idiot followers. I mean hell, they don’t even care about reality as they’re *still* trying to polish this turd, but now others will see that WE have been right all along about how incompetent Obama is & how much of a train wreck Obamacare is.

      Seriously — how stupid are the Obots. Obama promised to cover 30 million more people while *lowering* premiums for the rest of us by $2500 a year with no change in the quality of our care and these morons *believed* it.

      • lyn says:

        I looked at the comments to the NYT article about Obama’s speech today, and the Obots are still drinking the Kool-Aid: “It’s not Obama’s fault, and ACA is a good law to help people like me.” Someone in Obamaland should be charged with waste, fraud and abuse.

  38. The Klown says:

    Lots of strange stuff in the spam filter these days:

    What’s more, the few bedbugs that survived in that time developed some resistance against the most effective family of antibedbug pesticides, called pyrethroids. To save a lot of time and hassle, and to ensure that you don’t have to break the bank to make your boyfriend appreciate your present, one of the best ways to get fantastic gift ideas for a boyfriend is to look at the ‘best selling’ gift lists and other lists such as the ‘most wished for’ and ‘most gifted’ lists. Shirt dresses are great pieces to have in your wardrobe, as they are easily dressed up and accessorized.

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    Okay, who broke Twitter??

  42. helenk3 says:

    this will be my standard answer to obots from now on. saves time and energy

  43. wmcb says:

    It really is a special little town. People think of polo games and fox hunts as only for the hoity toity, and yeah, there were plenty of rich horsey people around. But honestly, I’ve never lived anywhere where there seemed to be less class division. We all went to school together, played together, and even us poor kids jumped the fences and went to the polo field to watch the match and gleefully stomp down the divots between chukkers. I’ve been in Hitchcock Woods just walking so many times when a fox hunt came thundering by, horns blaring. (They use a scent lure, no live foxes.) It’s amazing. We were poor as dirt, but my sister’s best friend was (and is to this day) a wealthy heiress whose family lived on a freaking estate. Nicest people you ever met in your life: utterly unpretentious. No one cared. Maybe I’m just getting old. Maybe I just miss my family who are still there. But people just got along in that little town. Rich, poor, middle class, black, white, asian, whatever. I hate to make it sound like it’s idyllic but….it really was.

  44. wmcb says:

    Just saw what I think was some kind of nuclear accident open NCIS Los Angeles. You don’t see that much in TV shows anymore, since the Cold war ended. It’s been ages since I saw the flashing alarms and some dudes skin all bubbling up and peeling off in seconds and shit.

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  46. The Klown says:

    Watched the highlights of DWTS – I think she is underrated as an actress but the Showgirls critics were right – she can’t dance.

    Luckily for her the competion is weak this season.

  47. mothy67 says:

    Don’t know if I missed this up thread but this parody is pretty funny. Make sure you click apply now

  48. Blue says:

    Completely f$@%#ing staged! I don’t care what anyone says, that’s some straight BS and it’s funny how he waits patiently for the crowd to applaud his, talented ability to hear her about to faint and see out of the eyes in the back of his head in just enough time to magically turn around superhero moment lmao!!!! Is it really getting that bad??? Really? It’s funny how he’s the only one who came to her rescue with all the people standing around her all while the person standing next to her holding her hand had no clue. Hmmmmm……

  49. Howard Dean (democrat) says obalmycare is a bailout of the insurance companies in return for bribes (contributions) they paid out to BOTH democrats and republicans. That’s why republicans only put up token resistance to it.

    What industry wouldn’t want the government to force 50,000,000 people to become customers overnight?

    Of course, none of these “conservatives” bitched when auto insurance became mandatory. This is largely modeled after that.

    “People get the government they deserve.” – John Updike/Author


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