Can January 20th, 2017 get here any faster?
Boss Obama, speaking while meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, said that "unless an American citizen is a Native American, they potentially have a family history of illegal immigration."
Given that "progressives" are so adamant about "nuance" and "living history," how is it that "constitutional scholar" Obama can recognize NO difference between 400 years ago ... and today?
It's bad enough Boss Obama and his acolytes can't bring themselves to, in any way, associate terrorism with radical Islam -- now they're actively censoring the words of other world leaders who say it!
Here's what French President Francois Hollande had to say at a recent meeting (which was attended by Obama):
“But we're also well aware that the roots of terrorism, [Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we're doing within the framework of the coalition.] And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the strikes we've been able to launch with the coalition.”
Note what the official White House audio translation leaves out (hint: it's in brackets in the above quote) in the clip below:
And now it even appears the video from the White House website has been deleted!
"Man-caused disaster caused by radical adherents to a religion with whom we're not at war results in life-function stoppage of at least 23."
Boss Obama may send the name of Merrick Garland to the Senate for US Supreme Court consideration, but if you believe in the Second Amendment, beware.
[...] Garland has a long record, and, among other things, it leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalia’s most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms.
Back in 2007, Judge Garland voted to undo a D.C. Circuit court decision striking down one of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. The liberal District of Columbia government had passed a ban on individual handgun possession, which even prohibited guns kept in one’s own house for self-defense. A three-judge panel struck down the ban, but Judge Garland wanted to reconsider that ruling. He voted with Judge David Tatel, one of the most liberal judges on that court. As Dave Kopel observed at the time, the “[t]he Tatel and Garland votes were no surprise, since they had earlier signaled their strong hostility to gun owner rights” in a previous case. Had Garland and Tatel won that vote, there’s a good chance that the Supreme Court wouldn’t have had a chance to protect the individual right to bear arms for several more years.
And Boss Obama has suggested he'd nominate a "moderate." Right.
Kudos to CNN's Anderson Cooper for challenging Herr Leader on whether it's fair to call skepticism of Obama and guns a "conspiracy."
Once again, despite the Boss's typical snide condescension, it's not. He's brought up the example of Australia numerous times, a country that confiscated guns after a mass shooting there. In his recent crybaby speech about guns, he even referenced China. CHINA.
Keep in mind, too, that before becoming a senator Obama said he did not believe in the right of personal possession of firearms.
But yeah -- it's a "conspiracy." Just like "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."
It's not that he's so smart on policy, or even a terrific politician. It's because the Boss Obama administration engages in ridiculously dangerous politically correct bullsh** like this:
Fearing a civil liberties backlash and “bad public relations” for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end a secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, a former senior department official said.
“During that time period immigration officials were not allowed to use or review social media as part of the screening process,” John Cohen, a former acting under-secretary at DHS for intelligence and analysis. Cohen is now a national security consultant for ABC News. (Source)
People have WAY beyond had it with this simple-minded insanity, and Trump has tapped into that anger. I don't like it, but Obama and idiot "progressives" have no one to blame but themselves.
Attorney General Lynch made sure FBI Director James Comey "didn't go too far" in characterizing the San Bernardino terror attack.
Think she would have done that if the killers were right-wing militia types?
"Notice that ISIS does something terrible, and the overwhelming thrust of the conversation on Meet the Press is that the American people have done something wrong and must look inside their hearts and feel guilty over the overwhelming racism and Islamaphobia in their society. News flash: We're not the villains here." -- Jim Geraghty
Isn't just great how ObumbleCare was passed with such overwhelming public and bipartisan support??
He wants us to emulate Great Britain and Australia? They've confiscated guns.
Now how could Boss Obama actually effect such a program here?
We know repealing, or modifying, the 2nd Amendment is out of the question. Such will never garner the requisite votes.
His best hope is that the Supreme Court reverses course from its fairly recent decisions solidifying an individual right to own a gun. It wouldn't happen with the court's current make-up, but if just one of the conservative justices is replaced with a staunch liberal, they could then "revisit" the matter and do a 180.
Of course, it would be outrageously unpopular, and I'd wager it would lead to outright open defiance.
... we hear of this accusation of nigh traitorous activity:
On Monday afternoon, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who has served as the President of Argentina for nearly eight years, spoke for forty minutes during the 70th session of the General Assembly. While discussing the nuclear arms agreement involving several world superpowers in relation to Iran, Kirchner dropped what seems like a bombshell claiming that Gary Samore — the former White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction under Obama — tried to convince the Argentinians to provide the Iranians with nuclear fuel in 2010.
Thankfully, there's a real leader in the world who's willing to do something like this:
Iran gets: *Sanctions relief *Arms embargo lifted *Keeps 6k centrifuges *Keeps nuclear bunkers US gets: *A Deal! *Memes! *We did it!— L (@OrwellForks) July 14, 2015
Memes, etc.? Yep. Remember this:
Here's one for the current situation:
Megyn Kelly on Boss Obama's "priorities":
Kate [Steinle]’s murder has since exploded into a national debate on illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities, and crime. With the White House ducking the issue of its own acquiescence in these cities’ decision to flout the federal immigration laws which were duly enacted. When asked repeatedly this week to speak to this case, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to weigh in other than to refer folks to the Department of Homeland Security.
A stark contrast to what we saw after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. A man we know was attacking a police officer at the time of his death. His funeral saw three Obama officials in attendance, his death drew comments from President Obama personally and his administration also sent in the DOJ and 40 FBI agents dispatched to Missouri after Michael Brown was killed. Where is the swarm of agents in San Francisco?
Then there was Freddie Gray in Baltimore, a repeat drug offender who was killed in police custody. Here again his funeral was attended by three Obama administration officials and again the President spoke personally to Freddie Gray’s death. And again sent the DOJ in to investigate. When Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida, the president spoke to his death which was later ruled to be in self-defense. But Katie Steinle, nothing. No comments, no swarm of FBI agents, no DOJ investigation, nothing. Why?
Obama has a bit over a year left in office. If the answer isn't obvious by now, you're a moron.
Jim Geraghty from his e-mailed Morning Jolt adds:
The message from the White House was pretty clear after the Trayvon Martin shooting, Ferguson, and Baltimore: This is a legitimate reason for outrage, and we’re as outraged as you are. The silence from the White House indicates Katie Steinle’s murder is not a cause for outrage. And while Donald Trump made his comments about crimes committed by illegal immigrants from Mexico before Steinle’s murder, the gang-tackling denunciation indicates that quite a few media voices believe that just bringing up the issue of crimes committed by illegal immigrants is somehow illegitimate or morally wrong.
But of course. It's just like anyone who wants a secure border, better immigration enforcement, and no assorted perks for illegals (like drivers licenses, in-state college tuition) is "anti-immigrant." It's a pathetic, sad joke, put forth by "progressives" like Boss Obama and perpetuated by the dopes in the mainstream media.
Donald Trump is an opportunistic blowhard, but his I-don't-care honesty has struck a chord with the anti-PC segment of the population.
The "sanctuary city" bullsh** has to end. As WPHT radio's Rich Zeoli was tweeting last week, why don't people begin thumbing their collective noses at other laws ... and declare a "sanctuary city" against those laws?
Turns out it was a complete fabrication. Y'know, to get some popular will for the law.
Then there was this:
Then he "evolved" on the issue. So much so that we got this the other day:
So, remember this:
But there was always stuff like this prior to 2008, too. And, just like the above, we were treated to "palatable" answers necessary for election. The press didn't seem concerned about it (why would they? Stealth gun control fits their agenda), and just like the situation with Reverend Wright, in whose church Obama sat for twenty years, words speak louder than actions.
So get ready, America. The Second Amendment is next. If anything happens to a member of the conservative bloc of the SCOTUS, or even Anthony Kennedy, and Obama or Hillary get to nominate a new justice, watch out. McDonald v. Chicago will be revisited and overturned.
Or perhaps, the way things are going, Obama or Hillary won't even try to wait for that. There is a GOP-majority Senate, after all, which still has to approve a president's nominee. There still is that form of checks and balances. For now.
Would it really surprise anybody today if Obama (or Hillary) tried something like this? Sure, Kennedy (and Roberts, in one instance) gave 'em what they wanted this week.
But their palates have only been whetted.
ADDENDUM: Just to be clear, of these three items, I believe the (rightful) gay marriage conclusion was inevitable, either via the SCOTUS or the states. Obama's (and Hillary's) supposed "evolution" on the issue, while obviously brazenly politically calculating, no doubt hastened the settlement of the issue.
But ... I thought Boss Obama promised that ObumbleCare would lower costs, by like $2,500 or so?
Like this, you mean?
... but this is just ridiculous, not to mention yet another example of how deranged our administration is:
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing deep concerns over Veterans Affairs evaluations classifying veterans as "mentally defective" and banning them in the federal background check system from purchasing or owning a firearm.
According to Grassley's office, the VA "reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits," keeping them from exercising their Second Amendment rights.
"The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is effectively a national gun ban list and placement on the list precludes the ownership and possession of firearms. According to the Congressional Research Service, as of June 1, 2012, 99.3% of all names reported to the NICS list’s "mental defective” category were provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) even though reporting requirements apply to all federal agencies. And that percentage remained virtually unchanged as of April 2013. Given the numbers, it is essential to ensure that the process by which the VA reports names to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for placement on the NICS list recognizes and protects the fundamental nature of veterans’ rights under the Second Amendment," Grassley wrote in the letter. "Specifically, once the VA determines that a veteran requires a fiduciary to administer benefit payments, the VA reports that veteran to the gun ban list, consequently denying his or her right to possess and own firearms.
We know how President Lemon feels about guns; this is just yet another swarmy end run around the Constitution by this cadre of elitists.
Remember -- obeying the law starts at the top. Pretty soon there's going to be a helluva lot of "F*** yous" said to those at the top if this garbage doesn't cease.
And if you want to be freaked out further, be sure to read this.
.@instapundit Obama blames Global Warming for his daughter's asthma. Hey, you know what does cause asthma? Living with a father who smokes.— John Rivers (@JohnRiversToo) April 8, 2015
Boss Obama says "if a nuclear deal is fully implemented, it will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb."
And if we like our doctor, we can keep our doctor.
And healthcare costs will go down.
And there wasn't a smidgen of corruption with the IRS targeting conservative groups.
And the Benghazi attack was due to a video.
And 2011 was the "recovery summer."
And ISIS is a "JV team."
And Gitmo will be closed in one year.
Boss Obama when he was running for the Lemon Presidency in 2007: “I think Iran is like North Korea ... they see nuclear arms in defensive terms, as a way to prevent regime change.”
Uh huh: Iran militia chief: Destroying Israel is ‘nonnegotiable.’
Boss Obama: ISIS is a "JV team."
Boss Obama: Yemen is "success story."
Boss Obama: Bowe Bergdahl, the Army deserter who "served with honor and distinction" and who was swapped for five radical Islamists bent on killing Americans and is now facing formal court martial -- the swap was "still worth it."
Boss Obama: Iranian leaders who chanted "Death to America" were merely pandering to a domestic audience, so our secret nuke deal is still ongoing.
Boss Obama: Sends political hit squad to Israel to defeat (real) man who dared to offend our Dear Leader. (Thankfully, said hit squad was unsuccessful.)
Boss Obama: What Lois Lerner and Hillary Clinton emails?
Boss Obama: What DHS favoritism towards a Clinton relative?
Boss Obama: Representatives dispatched to Ferguson, MO based on complete fabrication.
Maybe they really will discover a parallel reality ... only it sure seems we're living in it right now.
Funny, only twenty-six countries have mandated voting, but many, many more require showing a form of ID to vote. (Along with three-quarters of the American public.)
Guess who's on the wrong side -- again?
Tweet from the White House yesterday:
... can infer that a killing is based on Islamophobia, even when the evidence is scant:
“No one should ever be targeted because of who they are, or what they look like or how they worship,” [Obama] said. “Most recently with the brutal murders at Chapel Hill of three young Muslim Americans, many Muslim Americans are worried and afraid.”
The motive for those killings is a parking dispute. This may change, of course, as the investigation continues, but really? Our president can't utter say "Islamic" and "terrorism" in the same sentence, but like a good "progressive" can immediately infer "hate crime" even when the motive appears to be anything but.
If you're a lib and even MSNBC laughs at you, you just might want to try a different strategy ...
No more trying to fool the masses, it seems, from Boss Obama. He's got a little under two years left, and the gloves -- and mask -- are off.
First, no more interviews by "tough" news outlets like Fox. Only "I'll rub your leg" venues like MSNBC and Vox.com.
Speaking of the latter, President Lemon gave just such an interview to them the other day. In it, he fell back to the absolutely lame tactic of blaming Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for "making things seems worse than they are."
Awwww, poor baby. Just imagine how a Republican president feels when he has to deal with every other media outlet criticizing him.
He said that the media is "overstating" the threat of terrorism because of "if it bleeds, it leads."
"Overblown?" Wait -- you mean like how state voter ID laws are "surpressing" black votes? How police are "looking to kill black people?" Like that?
Also make note of how Obama described the shooting at that kosher deli in Paris -- how Islamic zealots (minus the "Islamic," natch) "randomly shot a bunch of folks in a deli."
Except that it wasn't randomly. They specifically targeted the deli because it was kosher. As in Jewish. Y'know, the folks radical Islamists hate.
But President Lemon continues to refuse to even acknowledge such.
Despite the utter insanity of all this, part of me hopes he continues since it'll make it that much better for the GOP presidential candidates come next November.
He's taking credit for low gas prices. But of course.
Boss Obama wasn't happy with Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call, according to David Axelrod's new book:
President Obama was shocked and irritated by Mitt Romney's concession call in the 2012 presidential election—and claimed Romney insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by presidential campaign strategist David Axelrod.
Obama was "unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over," Axelrod writes.
The president hung up and said Romney admitted he was surprised at his own loss, Axelrod wrote.
"'You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,' in other words, black people,'" Obama said, paraphrasing Romney. "That's what he thinks this was all about."
Right. But if the situation was reversed and Obama had remarked that Mitt "had done a great job of getting out the vote in Kansas and Texas," think Mitt would have thought "in other words, black people"?
... Boss Obama is going to cut his India trip short so he can pay his respects to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, but he (and every other administration official) skipped out on Paris following the Charlie Hebdo attack.
Even worse, President Lemon is ditching the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
can believe in slap your knees at.
President Lemon to supposed YouTube star on what he does "if he has any free time":
"You know, I'm really big on sports. The truth of the matter is, I'm mostly watching SportsCenter."
Not reading or even exercising. Just watching the boob tube.
Though I certainly don't think this was his intention, I had a little rethink on the administration's lack of presence at this past weekend's Paris march attended by numerous world leaders.
You can thank, of all people, Fox's Juan Williams for bringing it up last night: WTF have European countries really done to thwart Islamic extremism ... let alone stand for free speech?
Boss Obama has tried to get them on board for numerous anti-terror efforts, only to be met with a middle finger. Maybe ditching the Paris march was his way of reciprocating. Of course, he couldn't say that, but I'd certainly buy that reason.
We can, however, laugh hard at Obama's "face saving" measure -- the February 18 "Summit on Countering Violent Extremism." You can bet that the term "[Radical] Islamic" will be hardly mentioned, if at all, by members of the administration.
ObumbleCare architect Jonathan Gruber in 2009: ObumbleCare will NOT be affordable; NO cost controls.
This, despite (or course) what President Lemon kept telling us.
... the "torture" of which most Americans could give a sh** about since 1) the "torture" involved some "harsh" interrogation tactics against barely-human radical Islamist fundies who only want to off Westerners, 2) happened around a decade ago, 3) sorta makes killing terrorists via drone -- along with "collateral" women and children -- seem tame in comparison, and 4) serves to distract from things like Jonathan Gruber continuing to lie (on Capitol Hill this time), and this:
Sadly, the 18 month investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups isn’t over, and it may be worse than anyone thought. A federal judge has broken loose more emails that the DOJ had surely hoped would never surface. The picture it reveals isn’t pretty. The documents prove that Lois Lerner met with DOJ’s Election Crimes Division a month before the 2010 elections.
It has to be embarrassing to the DOJ, which may not be the most impartial one to be investigating the IRS. In fact, the DOJ withheld over 800 pages of Lerner documents citing “taxpayer privacy” and “deliberative privilege.” Yet these internal DOJ documents show Ms. Lerner was talking to DOJ officials about prosecuting tax-exempt entities (yes, criminally!) two years before the IRS conceded there was inappropriate targeting.
Remember, Richard Nixon would have been impeached for much less than this. Look at Article 2, part 1 of his never-used impeachment:
1. He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.
Not to mention, the other parts seem pretty fitting, too.
Ah, the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers. They couldn't WAIT for this day. Something -- anything -- to get the subject of the biggest joke of a chief exec ever off the front pages ... even for just a bit.
MARVEL at their hilarious pomposity that "Republicans are for torture," knowing all the while that rendition began under Bill Clinton, and that President Lemon has droned the living f*** out of terrorists -- including known American citizens -- which has had the side effect of offing quite a few women and kiddies.
PONDER how waterboarding and preventing regular sleep of heinous terrorists is somehow "worse" than killing same without the coveted "rights" and "due process" we heard from "progressives" throughout the 2000s.
PUZZLE over why this had to be made public today, when Jonathan Gruber was testifying on the Hill about ObumbleCare and all the associated the lies about that train wreck. Not to mention that barbarians like al Qaeda and ISIS will use this for propaganda gold.
MULL over how Democrats, including the White House, can (laughably) claim some "moral high ground" by releasing this ... saying stuff like "We can do better," while the IRS has systematically targeted right-leaning groups and individuals for years now (something Richard Nixon never did), how we were lied to repeatedly about ObumbleCare which affects one-sixth of our economy, and ....
REALIZE, however, that next month is the beginning of the END for the inept charlatans who've been running our government.
Hey, does anyone think that tomorrow's release of that Senate report on CIA "torture" is anything but coincidental? Not to mention one big middle finger by the outgoing Democrat Senate to George W. Bush?
"There are some indications that the release of the report could lead to a greater risk that is posed to U.S. facilities and individuals all around the world," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. "So the administration has taken the prudent steps to ensure that the proper security precautions are in place at U.S. facilities around the globe."
Hey idiots -- then don't release it. If you're so f***ing concerned, then the solution is quite simple.
If you're actually willing to put more American lives in danger because a few hardcore, barbaric Neanderthals who are only dedicated to offing as many Westerners as possible were waterboarded for vital intel, yet you continually refuse to release vital emails about how the country's own quasi-secret police targeted conservative-leaning groups for audits and squelched their free speech rights ... well, that shows you plenty of how your modern Democrat Party -- and current chief exec -- operate.
"The president believes that, on principle, it's important to release that report, so that people around the world and people here at home understand exactly what transpired," Earnest said. He added that "something like this should never happen again."
Spare me. See my paragraph above. The president has no principles, other than to screw over anyone who doesn't agree with him.
And it doesn't matter one f***ing iota if American lives may be put in danger as a result.
Check out how President Lemon twists and scrambles to make "sense" regarding how a future GOP president should NOT be able to do what he has done:
This guy's credibility has LOOOOONG been shot.
He was "just an advisor" about the conflict, and even though he was, y'know, vice-president, he didn't really have any hand in war strategy.
In fact, George W. Bush "just heard about" Cheney talking about the war. He was "briefed" on it.
In fact, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he "never heard of" Dick Cheney.
Such is the complete and unbelievable nonsense that this farce of an administration -- and Democratic leadership -- has become ... especially with regards to Jonathan Gruber.
For your pleasure:
Here's the latest hilarity from President Lemon, this time about ObumbleCare architect Jonathan Gruber and his damning videos:
I just heard about this ... 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.
Here we go again. Either the president is outright lying (highly probable) OR he's ridiculously incompetent in that he's just now hearing about something important pertaining directly to him.
Hillary Clinton may have outdone her former boss with this insane comment:
Yes, she actually said “Don’t let anybody tell you that corporations and businesses create jobs.”
Don't be surprised, though -- like Boss Obama, WTF would you expect from someone who never held a job in the private sector??
What will be most interesting is how President Lemon reacts to having not just one legislative chamber in GOP hands, but both. All indications at this time point to a GOP takeover of the Senate.
As before, Boss Obama has promised to do what he can unilaterally; from what we’ve seen, many of those actions already implemented are of dubious legality.
Will Obama goad a GOP Senate into impeaching him? I certainly wouldn’t put it past him. But the GOP needs to be smart (unlike with Bill Clinton’s silly impeachment). They should let the president do as much extra-legal/constitutional stuff as possible … until outcry comes from other than the GOP and conservatives, however small.
The president, though incompetent, is not stupid. He knows any such movement or even talk about the “I” word will cause not only a political rift, but a racial one as well. His acolytes in the mainstream press will play up the race angle more than they already do routinely: “How will it look to world that we may impeach the first African-American president?” “How can the GOP hope to ever attract minorities after this?”
Probably the smartest strategy, though, no matter what Boss Obama does in the last two years of his term, is to do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Let Obama’s approval ratings continue to plummet right through 2016 so that a GOP president is virtually assured. He (or she) can then run on a “returning sanity and legality to the federal government” platform.
President Lemon's Ebola "czar" -- absent from an Ebola strategy meeting.
And this czar was ... involved in the Solyndra scandal. Lovely.
Then there's this classic:
Be honest -- which guy do you really feel would do a better job protecting us from a viral epidemic? pic.twitter.com/lesxAkxs8a— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) October 17, 2014
We're in the VERY best of hands.
(h/t to Insty.)
By my count, the Obama administration has secured 526 months of prison time for national security leakers, versus only 24 months total jail time for everyone else since the American Revolution. It's important – and telling – to note that the bulk of that time is the 35 years in Fort Leavenworth handed down to Chelsea Manning.
And guess what? We got two more years of this lemon. Two. More. Years.
The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises.
Be sure to read the whole thing, and then ponder our pathetic reaction to Ebola and ISIS. This is "progressivism" in a nutshell, folks: It's all about political dogma. National security and the general welfare be damned. Liberal power is priority NUMBER ONE. No exceptions.
Here's how the American public feels about
global warming climate change in general:
And check out your Democrat Party, people:
That's right, contemporary Democrats believe that climate change is a bigger threat to us currently than ISIS, other non-ISIS Islamist groups, Iran's nuke program, Ebola and other diseases, and issues between Russia and its neighbors.
Hopefully, at least, this November can help restore a bit of sanity ... or at least prevent some of the damage from Democrat insanity.
Even worse: the usual dolts at MSNBC forward the idea that -- wait for it! -- the NRA is exacerbating the Ebola situation. That's right, the National Rifle Association.
So, to wit: We can't stop flights from Ebola infected areas because slavery, so let's blame it on ... gun rights activists!
"Logic" in the Age of Obama.
President Lemon, who ripped George W. Bush's response to the avian flu epidemic, refuses to halt flights to (and from) west Africa to contain ebola.
But he quickly banned flights to Israel, though ...
Reports are coming forth that all the Secret Service nonsense that has come to light of late may not be entirely the fault of the still-inept Julia Pierson.
Reporter Carol Leonnig paints a picture of an out-of-touch administrator with very little real-world experience as an agent in a post-9/11 world who regularly succumbed to hectoring requests from White House staffers to tone down the security footprint of the Secret Service for appearances sake:
"In her 18 months in charge, Pierson also became the subject of derision among some lower-level agents for accommodating the White House staff’s wishes for less-cumbersome security over the warnings of her tactical teams." (Source)
But hey, the appearance was good, right -- a woman in charge of the unit?
Par for the course for this bunch of pathetic lemons: All style, zippo substance.
January 2017 can't come soon enough: Justice Department expected to ban profiling by federal law enforcement
Though details are not final, the new policy is expected to prohibit undercover surveillance without specific information about criminal activity, according to the Times.
Current rules, approved in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, give law enforcement wide discretion to monitor religious groups. The changes would extend current bans on racial profiling to religious and other groups, and for the first time would not include an exception for national security investigations.
Radical Muslim extremists in the US? No worries.
Tea Party groups interested in teaching about the Constitution? Must be STOPPED.
RELATED: The FBI is treating the Oklahoma beheading as "workplace violence." Joe Scarborough is having none of it.
"In a bizarre coincidence, a fired Oklahoma City nursing home employee was arrested Friday after a co-worker reported he threatened to cut her head off."
"The arrest came on the same day police in Moore revealed fired Vaughan Foods worker Alton Alexander Nolen beheaded a co-worker after he was fired Thursday. Nolen is a Muslim convert."
And Boss Obama and the lapdog media will cross their fingers and "wonder" about the motive ...
Boss Obama, on Constitution Day, refers to our basic rights as ... "privileges."
“Our Constitution reflects the values we cherish as a people and the ideals we strive for as a society,” Obama said in the release. “It secures the privileges we enjoy as citizens, but also demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.”
Because "privileges" can be taken away. Rights can't. And remember -- this lemon was (supposedly) a constitutional law professor!
"He was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings.”
Who is this statement referring to?
A) Barack Obama
B) Hillary Clinton
C) John Kerry
D) Joe Biden
If you guessed "A," you win!
From March of 2010:
The highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law spoke out on Barack Obama saying, “Professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings.”
I spent some time with the highest tenured faculty member at Chicago Law a few months back, and he did not have many nice things to say about “Barry.” Obama applied for a position as an adjunct and wasn’t even considered. A few weeks later the law school got a phone call from the Board of Trustees telling them to find him an office, put him on the payroll, and give him a class to teach. The Board told him he didn’t have to be a member of the faculty, but they needed to give him a temporary position. He was never a professor and was hardly an adjunct.
The other professors hated him because he was lazy, unqualified, never attended any of the faculty meetings, and it was clear that the position was nothing more than a political stepping stool. According to my professor friend, he had the lowest intellectual capacity in the building. He also doubted whether he was legitimately an editor on the Harvard Law Review, because if he was, he would be the first and only editor of an Ivy League law review to never be published while in school (publication is or was a requirement).
Either this guy is RACIST, or he's aptly describing the commander-in-chief we all know so well today. I say "well" because the very attributes noted above are precisely what we see today.
But hey, eventually the truth will emerge ... most likely when President Lemon is long out of office: How America -- encouragingly -- wanted to show how far it had evolved by electing a black president ... but as such overlooked each and every defect that demonstrated the man was way over his head.
(h/t to Ace.)
Here's Lurch Kerry explaining that "we're not at war with ISIS":
Pressed by a CNN reporter that it sure sounds as if we are at war with the Islamic (wait -- can't say that, either!) nutjobs, Kerry responded “I think that’s the wrong terminology.”
We're in trouble, folks.
Via Weasel Zippers:
Say what? A twelve percent drop for blacks since the start of President Lemon's tenure? How can that be?
How about this from the UK:
An estimated 1,400 children were victims of child sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013, according to an independent inquiry commissioned last fall by Rotherham’s Metropolitan Borough Council. But because the perpetrators were overwhelmingly “Asian” — for the most part, Muslim men from Pakistan — local authorities, from social-services managers to law enforcement, regularly neglected reports of rape, assault, and sex trafficking for fear of being deemed racist.
The Mirror notes that one teenaged girl was raped over 250 times during a two-year period. When she reported it to police, they did zippo: "She was told that, given that it was her word against her alleged abuser’s, her case 'probably wouldn’t go to court.'”
We've seen that here, albeit to a lesser extent (at least for now). The administration and the compliant media scoff at the term "War on Terror," and refer to acts of terrorism with ridiculous euphemisms like "Man-Caused Disasters." Identifying terrorists as radical Muslims, for the most part, is a big no-no -- we can't offend a religious minority, y'see ...
... and so on.
We don't have to go the UK route ... all we have to do is just wake the hell up.
From the news of "Doesn't Surprise One Damn Bit," Boss Obama's EPA chief -- Gina McCarthy -- says that
"Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice ... if we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.”
She goes to claim
“In just the first year these standards go into effect, we’ll avoid up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks — and those numbers go up from there.”
“These standards are also doing more than to just address public health. By the time these standards are fully in place in 2030, the average household will also save $8 a month on electricity and create thousands of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas.”
First, how in the hell can McCarthy make such predictions? Given just about everything else related to health in this administration, you can most probably take that 100K and 2,100 figure with a grain of salt.
Second, a whole eight dollars in 2030? By that time you'll be saving -- per month -- the price of a cup of coffee! WOW!
Echoing McCarthy, Deirdre Smith of the enviro-nut group 350.org says that it wasn't hard to make a connection between -- wait for it! -- the events in Ferguson, MO and climate change:
To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common sense and intuitive.
"Common sense and intuitive," huh?
Lord help us.
Your federal government will now track "false, misleading" ideas on Twitter. What could go wrong?
The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.
The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.
The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”
Ricochet's Jon Gabriel: "In 2004, dissent was 'the highest form of patriotism.' A decade later, it’s called 'subversive propaganda' ...”
And how 'bout this: "Truthy" would "add a button to Twitter so that people could report their neighbors and family members ..."
Again, look at the title of this post.
Obama sent several representatives to slain Ferguson, MO teen Michael Brown's funeral, but passed on sending anyone to the funeral of the highest ranking serviceman -- Major General Harold Greene, a 2-star general -- killed abroad since the Vietnam War.
In news that should surprise no one outside of the Boss Obama True Believers, news today says that President Lemon broke the law with regards to the prisoner deal for the Army's Bowe Bergdahl:
Officials neglected to give Congress a 30-day notification and illegally switched money from one account to another to conduct the swap, the Government Accountability Office said.
Mr. Obama defended the exchange as legal use of his powers as commander in chief and said he had to withhold information from Congress to preserve secrecy in delicate negotiations with the Taliban.
The GAO said the Defense Department did not break any law when it determined these five Taliban were no longer threats to the U.S. Rather, the violations were Defense officials’ failure to tell Congress ahead of time about the transfer and the $988,400 expenditure to conduct the operation.
Rear Adm. John Kirby said the Boss Obama's lawyers and the Justice Dept. said the deal was "a lawful exercise of presidential powers delegated to him as commander in chief under Article 2 of the Constitution."
The Justice Department? Of course it did!
Hey true believers -- regret that 2012 vote yet? No, I know 'ya don't. Dogmatists rarely, if ever, feel that emotion.
ISIS has beheaded journalist James Wright Foley. The Daily Caller has the linked vid of the butchery, so go forward at your own risk.
Remember, Boss Obama referred to these barbarians as the terrorist "JV team." They now hold a substantial portion of Iraq, and President Lemon had to be dragged kicking and screaming from the golf course to begin dropping a few bombs on 'em.
Fellow journalist Steven Joel Soltoff reportedly will be ISIS's next victim.
Someone tell Barack that when he makes the turn.
Seriously, how does anyone believe anything this guy says anymore?
Wait, I did find some suckers ...
NRO's Jim Geraghty from his e-mailed Morning Jolt:
The unsecure border is an entirely theoretical problem for most of our political class. Lawmakers rarely if ever encounter illegal immigrants, much less dangerous ones, on Capitol Hill, or at their high-dollar fundraisers. Illegal immigrants don't climb over the fence of Camp David or the White House. The president isn't likely to run into many illegal immigrants in his upcoming two-week vacation at Martha's Vineyard.
Indeed. Just like Robert Redford's recent example of "doing as I say, not as I do" (cripes, how many examples of such "progressivity" do we need??), you don't see the likes of Nancy Pelosi or Joe Biden (who yesterday said that the illegal children who have made it to the border and beyond are "our kids") lining up to open their spacious mansions for the very illegals whose "rights" they so vociferously defend ... do you?
This, and the predilection for the current administration to either thumb its nose at the law AND/OR sue anyone who gets in the way of what they want, is why I advocated what I did here: border state governors and other officials should do what they have to to secure and enforce the damn border. Let Boss Obama, Eric Holder or whomever else sue 'ya. And if you lose, just do what they've done: use agencies at your disposal to "do what you have to do." Y'know, like they did with the IRS. At least, in your case, you'll be adhering to and enforcing the law.
The administration in a nutshell:
It's bad enough (for the Boss Obama administration) that a recent court ruling said ObumbleCare subsidies are only available via states that have established health exchanges (as per the language in the actual law); it's worse that one of the law's architects said exactly that in the past.
Even though the administration, et. al. are arguing that the law "infers" that the federal government can offer subsidies.
Still worse are this architect's -- Jonathan Gruber -- pathetic excuses for his statements ... and the ObumbleCare law's actual language:
"It is unambiguous this is a typo. Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it's a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states."
Un-freakin'-real. The law has a TYPO, for cripe's sake. That NO ONE caught.
Then again, Nancy Pelosi did say that the bill had to be passed so that we could know what's in it, right?
"I honestly don’t remember why I said that. I was speaking off-the-cuff. It was just a mistake," he (Gruber) said.
He continued: "There was never any intention to literally withhold money, to withhold tax credits, from the states that didn’t take that step" [of creating their own exchanges]. That’s clear in the intent of the law and if you talk to anybody who worked on the law. My subsequent statement was just a speak-o—you know, like a typo."
Got that? Even though this Obamanaut has more than once stated what the recent court ruling said -- that, again, only states with exchanges can offer healthcare subsidies -- he "misspoke" ... just like the "typo" in the healthcare law.
Anyone who still buys anything that comes out of this administration really is living in an alternate reality.
Check out this sidebar headline via ABC News.com circa 11:15am EDT:
Why should they? Who has been held responsible for anything in this administration since day one??
People learn by example, natch.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border. But the Boss Obama administration suddenly is worried about the law and procedure:
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the White House has not yet received the formal communication required for Perry to deploy guard troops.
If I were Perry, I'd simply sit back and let out a huge guffaw at that.
Feel for Madison Miller, everybody. Because "it happened to her." She was -- gasp! -- denied an IUD because of a religious exemption, just like Hobby Lobby.
Quote of the article: "I’m a little tired of having to stop whatever I’m doing to take a pill at the same time every day."
That's like a guy saying "I'm a little tired of having to open up that damn condom wrapper right at the key moment."
But, alas, it's a whole new world in this, the Age of Obama. Ms. Miller's learned well from the Boss, he who once noted that he didn't want his daughters "punished" with a pregnancy if/when they had sex and made a "mistake." Miller likens having the "right" to prevent a pregnancy to a runner having the "right" to prevent a twisted ankle.
Boss Obama's Dept. of Justice investigates ... a parade float critical of Boss Obama:
The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama.
A Fourth of July parade float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk sparked criticism when it depicted a zombie-like figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the “Obama Presidential Library.”
The Nebraska Democratic Party called the float one of the “worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the presidency that Nebraska has ever seen.”
The Omaha World-Herald reported Friday that the Department of Justice sent a CRS member who handles discrimination disputes to a Thursday meeting about the issue.
"Discrimination??" Oh, sure, because this sure is an example of "discrimination," a'right.
My God, 2016 can't get here fast enough.
... Boss Obama was playing golf. While all this was happening (h/t to DrewM):
Yet, the true believers solider on ...
Tweet from President Lemon yesterday:
Hey genius -- Americans didn't walk on the moon until 1969.
President Lemon chews gum at D-Day ceremony.
"What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?” asked Brandon Friedman, a Boss Obama official regarding Bowe Bergdahl.
This question should be asked about President Lemon and his administration. Actually, it should be a statement -- no "if."
Boss Obama makes no apologies for the swap of five high ranking Taliban barbarians for the highly questionable Bowe Bergdahl.
"I make absolutely no apologies for making sure we get back a young man to his parents," President Lemon said, adding "we have a basic principle: we do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind."
Yeah, nice choice of words. Those who died at Benghazi thank you.
Nevertheless, if the "anybody" wearing the uniform cares not a whit anymore for what said uniform stands for, then why the f*** would we trade some of the most valuable detainees in Gitmo for the guy? It truly is incomprehensible.
Boss Obama continued with the talking points about "deteriorating health" (highly questionable), and that he had to act without consulting Congress due to the "fragile" negotiations. Uh huh.
You have a couple of partners whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land... As commander in chief of the United States armed forces, I am responsible for those kids.
Again, tell that to the Benghazi dead, you pathetic man-child.
If you didn't think this recent prisoner swap was a bad idea, maybe, just maybe, some of this will convince you:
And remember all this from earlier.
It's certainly convinced hard-leftie Michael Tomasky, who's compared this situation to Michael Dukakis's Willie Horton moment. Our Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers are totally silent on it. They're true believers, after all.
Boss Obama has traded five high-ranking Taliban/al Qaeda types who were imprisoned in Gitmo ... for a dude who, according to those who served with him, is a deserter.
Not to mention, this deserter's father, Bob Bergdahl, has been tweeting in favor of releasing more Gitmo prisoners:
That isn't all. Bergdahl had deleted a tweet which was even more explicit:
And what about him praising Allah at the Rose Garden event, followed by President Lemon giving him a big hug?
If you don't think something is fishy about all this, then you're a true believer. Five top Gitmo detainees for a guy who left his post to wander off into the desert and was captured? Whose father is sympathetic to those who nabbed his son? What is the positive here? Jay Carney couldn't answer the simple question of whether Bergdahl was a deserter. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel kept referring to POWs in his statements, confusing the issue between "illegal combatants" which are what the Gitmo inmates truly are.
Then there's the issue of Boss Obama ignoring the law -- again. The National Defense Authorization Act says that "the president must give Congress 30 days’ notice before transferring war prisoners out of Gitmo, along with an explanation of steps taken to mitigate any potential threat the release poses to the United States." This did not happen.
Obama certainly may be playing to his base here, attempting to close Guantánamo before the end of his second term, as well as assuage anti-war lefties by trading for a dude like Bergdahl. But really?? What harm is this going to do to Hillary? How will she be able to shield herself?
In the words of Liam Neeson's daughter's Albanian kidnappers, "Good luck."
Jim Geraghty has much more about this dubious prisoner swap.
This is why I usually refer to the president as "Boss Obama":
Either way, this is pretty pathetic.
The White House seeks to alter The NarrativeTM again.
Meanwhile, NPR(!) actually made sense five years ago by pointing out what I have (most recently yesterday) for years now: namely, that even stopping CO2 emissions completely today won't significantly alter the quantity of the gas in the atmosphere for 1,000 years. Which directly rebuts President Lemon who yesterday said "We also have a chance to turn back these rising temperatures if we take some bold actions now."
Well, yeah, if we're worried about temperatures in 3014. Which, sorry -- I'm not. Even the far-left Think Progress (via Ace) has noted that
climate change climate "disruptions" are largely irreversible at this point. Nevertheless, the lapdog mainstream media dutifully reported on Boss Obama's "climate summit" hyping the perils of climate change climate "disruptions" whilst ignoring there is pathetically little we can do to alter the situation in the here and now.
MOST RELATED: How to manufacture a consensus.
ALSO RELATED: Harry Reid blames the Koch Brothers for
global warming climate disruption.
Boss Obama: "The world disappoints him."
Via Ace: Secretary of State "Lurch" Kerry explained to world leaders that Israel would become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't make peace with its neighbors. I wonder how anxious Lurch would be to "make peace" if his neighbors were lobbing rockets over the fence at his multi-million dollar mansion. But even more (sadly) is idiot State Dept. spox Jen Psaki who, fresh on the heels of "telling off Russia" via Twitter hashtag, "backs up" Kerry's claims by citing two far-left sources: The Daily Kos and Think Progress.
Boss Obama: Comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling were "racist."
Two weeks ago: Boss Obama speaks at Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference.
UPDATE: Clippers owner Sterling is a -- wait for it! -- Democrat. Not only that, he was scheduled to receive -- wait for it, again! -- a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ... NAACP.
UPDATE 2: As commenter dan notes in the comments, it seems Sterling is a registered Republican. However, he has (as dan also notes via his link) donated
extensively to Democrats and Dem causes. Expect to hear the former a lot, now, in the MSM, natch.
Check out this State Dept. spokeschick's tweet and then slowly shake your head in despair:
This moron -- Michael Smerconish, long-time Philly talk radio host -- lost me long ago when he voted for President Lemon. He's now on CNN (where I'm sure he'll be a ratings smash ... /sarcasm) and happily proclaiming he's a "card carrying member" of ObumbleCare. Fellow CNN host Erin Burnett claimed yesterday was a "major achievement" for the Boss Obama administration ... but then stated the OBVIOUS:
What we still don't know about the numbers, though, is how many people have actually paid for health insurance. Because you can sign up without yet paying. And how many young people are enrolled. Of course, that's going to be the key to future success as well as things like how much will premiums, in many cases set low to encourage people to sign up, surge in the coming year.
Uh, gee, 'ya think? There's also the matter of how many people were actually previously uninsured. Not-at-all surprisingly, you won't get those answers from the administration. Along those lines, Charles Krauthammer:
If it turns out that the overwhelming majority of the so-called 7.1 were people who had health insurance, liked their health insurance, were renewing their health insurance, and got kicked off their health insurance, whose lives are disrupted, premiums are raised, deductibles are raised, and lost their doctors are now among the 7.1 . . . it’s a net negative.
Elsewhere at CNN, reporter Jim Acosta stated that yesterday the White House was "reacting with a lot of glee and happiness" over the "enrollment" numbers. Well, yeah, that typically happens when you live in a world of perpetual delusion. Reality tends to set in eventually, however, like in November of an election year.
Most infuriatingly of all is Boss Obama himself at his "victory" presser: “The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” The arrogance of this statement is astounding. Imagine if President Buchanan had said regarding the infamous Dred Scott decision that "The debate over whether blacks are property is over. Slavery is here to stay." It's amazing it has to be said but debate is never over about ANY law, Supreme Court decision, or whatever. That's the very nature of a free society. Or, what's supposed to be a free society. Nevertheless, it's also amazing that Boss Obama even called the ACA a "law" considering how many times he's unilaterally altered it. Should we redub it an executive order? A dictatorial edict? You tell me.
... well, let's just say "you're a true believer." From the AP today: Obama Plans Statement, 7 Million Sign-Ups Reached Key sentence of the article, left for the end, natch: "The administration has not said how many of those who signed up closed the deal by paying their first month's premiums."
Reminder: The 2013 Lie of the Year.
Via the Wilmington (DE) News Journal: Delawareans experience health care sticker shock.
Boss Obama fills out his NCAA bracket:
At least he's transparent about this!
That's what Boss Obama said to Bill O'Reilly on Super Bowl Sunday regarding alleged wrong-doing by the IRS -- "not even a smidgen of corruption."
In one email, [former director of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division Lois] Lerner referred to the Tea Party cases as “very dangerous” and suggested the Chief Counsel’s office should be involved in the review process.
In another email, Lerner forwarded an article to Nanette Downing, director of exempt-organization examinations, from the liberal news site Mother Jones about how “dark money” was being used to influence the political process.
Lerner expressed concern that the Citizens United vs. Federal Elections ruling would hurt Democratic senators seeking re-election in 2012. In response to an article sent to her by a colleague about Senate Democrats’ complaint to the FEC that political-oriented nonprofits were violating election law, Lerner writes: “Perhaps the [Federal Election Commission] will save the day.”
“The Supreme Court dealt a huge blow, overturning a 100-year old precedent that basically corporations couldn’t give directly to political campaigns,” Lerner said at an event sponsored by Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy in October 2010. “And everyone is up in arms because they don’t like it. The [FEC] can’t do anything about it. They want the IRS to fix the problem.”
Feel safe yet?
It's fine -- being a verbal klutz and a Democrat is A-OK:
Hey, remember when all the GOP wanted in exchange for extending the debt ceiling was a delay of ObumbleCare's individual mandate by one year? And remember how the Democrats reacted? Here's Boss Obama, for starters:
A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make this law fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me. But they’d just be sticking it to you.
Democrats called Republicans who wanted a delay -- a delay, mind you, not a repeal or anything -- were called "terrorists" and "extremists," among other colorful terms. Democrats chided the GOP: "[ObumbleCare] is THE LAW OF THE LAND!! NO CHANGES OR DELAYS!!"
But not only has Boss Obama change and/or delayed provisions of the "law of the land," he's done it several times. The latest came yesterday:
In a move that was pre-emptively attacked by House Republican leaders, the administration said plans that were grandfathered for one year after millions received cancellation notices in the individual market will now be able to continue, but will not be able to be renewed after Oct. 1, 2016. The announcement means an estimated 500,000 people in those plans won’t get cancellation notices right before the midterm elections, but does set up a situation where some could get cut off right before the next presidential election.
To coin a cliché, this is beyond parody. The administration, of course, [laughably] denies a political motive. But each and every GOPer running against a Democrat for the House or Senate should pound the airwaves with the numerous contradictions and lies of this pathetic cadre in the White House. And the future Republican chief exec should always remember the precedent President Lemon has set for him: Change laws as you see fit, enforce laws you like, and don't enforce laws you dislike.
Via Jim Geraghty's e-mailed "Morning Jolt":
Meanwhile, Charles Krauthammer says Boss Obama is "living in a fantasy world," and John McCain says President Lemon's foreign policy is "feckless." But George Will grants that there's little Obama could have done about Ukraine.
First Lady Michelle Obama has taken the lead in the administration's latest effort to fix something that doesn't need much fixing: Changing food labels.
The Obama administration has unveiled the most sweeping update to nutrition labeling on food packages in more than two decades — and Americans are in for a reality check about how many calories and how much sugar they are consuming.
What’s considered a serving size would get larger, the type used to display calories would get bolder and added sugars would have to be listed on about 700,000 consumer products — from cereal to energy drinks — in a proposal released Thursday morning by the Food and Drug Administration.
The total cost of this? Only about $2 billion. Where food companies will pass on this cost to consumers. In an economy which blows. When people have less take home pay than virtually ever. Makes sense, right?
Basically, this boils down to, once again, the federal government thinking you're just stupid. Compare the new proposed label to the old one. Gosh, thanks for making my food prices go up by making that calorie figure REALLY jump out at me! But notice -- the "calories from fat" figure disappears on the new label. Huh?
Y'know, government bureaucrats like those at the FDA are a lot like edu-crats -- supposed education "experts" -- that are routinely featured at inservices and such. They need to find something to do ... to make them feel like they're "accomplishing something." As such, we get inane "improvements" like these labels, and ridiculous theories about how to "improve" teaching. And the 'crats pat themselves on the back saying "Good job!"
Ace: Washington Post Rates Obama's "7 Million Have Signed Up for ObamaCare" Claim ... Four Pinnochios, the Highest Rating for Deception
On second thought ...
So let's see -- two of the most prominent GOP candidates for the presidency in 2016, New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker, just happened to have scandals erupt ... even as Boss Obama's poll numbers continue to plummet. As you know, Christie is dealing with "Bridgegate," whereas Walker is now dealing with a campaign finance matter. Naturally, the mainstream media is (and was, in Christie's case) is frothing at the mouth. As if this is really a surprise, right?
Now, just compare Christie and the whole bridge imbroglio to Boss Obama and the IRS scandal. Which do you think is a more important matter? Then compare Walker's investigation to that (if there even was one) of Boss Obama's 2008 presidential campaign's failure to enact proper security measures for online contributions, which included being able to verify the identities of donors. The MSM's response then? One big collective yawn.
The right-leaning (and many independent) American public is really growing quite weary of this media nonsense. Christie's favorability among conservatives has risen in the wake of Bridgegate, largely as a result of MSM overkill. If the Walker matter proceeds as Bridgegate did, expect same from the GOP and conservatives there, too. Anyone recall how Newt Gingrich rocketed up the standings in 2012's GOP primary?
AAAAAAND, in the wake of all the above, Boss Obama's FCC wants to have a "representative" "monitor" newsrooms and radio stations for "appropriate content":
Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.
The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”
If this doesn't chill you to the bone, then you're a complete moron. (The FCC has said they'll "re-evaluate" the program after its existence was leaked. Right.) I'd be saying the same exact thing if George W. Bush was in office right now. The difference with that, however, is that the mainstream press would be screaming about it ad nauseam too. But since liberal Democrat Barack Obama is doing it, again, there's a big collective MSM yawn and only the right-leaning press is covering it. At least as long as they're able to continue covering it if these Obama "monitors" begin showing up in newsrooms!
The U.S. currently ranks 46th in press freedom. It has dropped thirteen places in the latest rankings. Does anyone recall the media fracas when Robert Novak printed the name of Valerie Plame in 2003? "How dare a member of the GW Bush administration commit such a leak which could have repercussions to our intelligence community!" we were lectured. The coverage and punditry on the case was endless. Fast forward to today: The feds seize phone records and snoop on the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen. CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson's computer is mysteriously hacked. The feds also spy on Associated Press phone records. Where is the continuing coverage of this?? Why does the mainstream press appear to give less than two hoots??
The president of Venezuela has threatened to boot CNN from his country for doing some actual reporting on the current goings-on there; how is what Boss Obama is planning all that different with regards to his FCC move, not to mention his and his acolytes' continual war on Fox News and talk radio as "all lies" and "not real news?" The reason the US isn't worse than #46 on press freedom (when there's a liberal Democrat in the White House) is because of Fox News and talk radio. And more and more, right-leaning Internet media.
This is another perfect example of what I meant when I wrote that "progressives" view their domestic political opponents as worse than actual threats like al Qaeda.
Boss Obama: Climate science is "irrefutable."
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that no way will ObumbleCare cost any jobs. "No evidence," she said, and "every economist will tell you that," she added.
A recent CBO report said the economy "will lose the equivalent of over 2 million jobs because Obamacare will incentivize people to not work or to work fewer hours, and the taxes and mandates of the law will cause some jobs to be cut."
Meanwhile, Sebelius was also getting flack for the Obama admin's obvious racism -- the ObumbleCare website still isn't ready with authentic Spanish translations Recall the early mess this issue caused..Some of the examples sound just like my old Spanish teacher used to chide us about. For example, the website, "when trying to say 'out-of-pocket costs,' uses gastos de su bolsillo, which means 'cost of my pocket.'” One silly anecdote I always recall was one less-than-able student telling my HS Spanish teacher Dame mi pluma espalda. He wanted to say "Give me my pen back," but espalda means "back" as in "the back of your body."
The Spanish version of healthcare.gov ain't much better, it seems.
Like "climate change." First, "Lurch" Kerry, our illustrious Secretary of State, told Indonesia of all places, that climate change (not global warming) is like a weapon of mass destruction, and "the greatest challenge of our generation."
Elsewhere, Boss Obama ordered truck efficiency standards raised because, y'know, climate change.
Good thing the Boss Obama admin is keyed right in to the cares and worries of Americans, eh? I mean, climate change is WAY up there on the list of public priorities, right?
*Sigh* Amazing how we're supposed to be chomping at the bit to somehow curb climate change so that 500 years from now things won't be a bit warmer. Meanwhile, our federal debt screams along out of control, and no one seems to care one about that much more immediate concern not one bit. Anyone who makes an issue of that is demonized to the Nth degree as "holding the country hostage."
Boss Obama: "I think America is stronger where everybody's being treated ... with respect and dignity."
California Democratic congressman Xavier Becerra said that the major f*** up that is ObumbleCare requires Boss Obama to take unilateral action to "fix it" because it is like -- wait for it! -- a national security emergency.
As I said, perfect:
Poaching: If Obama is presuming to poach Congressional power, why doesn't the House of Representatives poach back?
Let the House pass a bill stating that no business has to comply with this, as it is unconstitutional.
Let them say further that their statement of intent on this matter shall be a perfect defense to all prosecutions or attempts of the executive to enforce the clause.
And let the House start doing more than that: Let the House pass a bill that in its opinion Obamacare is simply no longer the law of the land.
Now, Obama will object: One House of Congress has no right or authority to do this.
Lot of that going 'round, huh?
"It's the law." Yep, when the GOP was contemplating changes and/or outright repeal, this is what we heard. Yet, somehow, our president is permitted to change the law all by himself.
MOST RELATED: This administration has big cojones, I'll give 'em that. Today, Boss Obama's HHS is requiring employers to certify
... that they are not shedding full-time workers simply to avoid the mandate. Officials said employers will be told to sign a "self-attestation" on their tax forms affirming this, under penalty of perjury.
Penalty of perjury?? When this sour lemon keeps changing a LAW over and over again so that no one knows just WTF is going on??
Boss Obama: “That’s the good thing as a president. I can do whatever I want.”
Simple: Don't pay for 'em.
MSNBC resident microcephalic Chris Matthews yesterday: "Let me finish tonight with something that's been bothering me. Why do people hate this president so much?"
*Sigh* Of course, it's not hate. It is, as with anything else political, a disagreement and if anything else, a dislike. Ignore Matthews' absolutely false narrative as to why people (mostly GOPers and conservatives) "hate" Boss Obama; here's the real scoop (as if any loyal Colossus readers really need this, eh?) including many recent occurrences/revelations:
Make no mistake -- this is a "f*** you" appointment by Boss Obama. And if confirmed, you can bet Adegbile will try to do still more about Abu-Jamal. Is a Boss Obama pardon for the cop killer in the works? Why not? It'd just be one more middle finger he's given the American people.
The list could go on and on, natch. Benghazi. Fast and Furious. Unilaterally altering laws. And Matthews knows -- KNOWS -- if Obama was a Republican he's be in grave danger of impeachment about now.
... why is new IRS chief John Koskinen apologizing for targeting conservative groups?
Boss Obama lashes out at Fox News during O'Reilly interview. He blamed the network for promoting the notion that he didn't call the Benghazi attacks "terrorism," and for clamoring about the IRS scandal: "These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them," President Lemon said.
Correction, Mr. President: Fox News mentions them because they're doing the job the rest of your lapdog media won't do.
What do 'ya think? This Boss Obama pass:
A) went three feet
B) was so soft it was picked off by a six year-old girl
C) was used for a "If you like your football, you can keep it" commercial
D) ended up in Benghazi and a video was blamed
E) died because it couldn't afford its health plan deductible
Other Obama sports "classics":
By the way: Broncos over Seahawks 24-21.
I was rereading the comment section of this post yesterday whilst adding it to this one regarding comics writer Mark Millar being a socialist. Keep in mind the first link is from 2006, a little over seven years ago, to be more specific. One of things I complained about in the post was how Millar had Captain America kill his opponent, Colonel Abdul al-Rahman, who's basically an Iranian counterpart to Cap. (In my original post, I referred to al-Rahman as the "MCA," or "Muslim Country Analogue.") And who commented about this? None other than Delaware Liberal's Jason "Trust Fund" Scott:
This is an intersting [sic]post. You seem to be doing the kind of thinking that the writer hoped for. Without any trace of irony you say:*
...but certain characterizations are (or, should be) maintained. Like Cap's purity (or attempted purity) of purpose. Anyone who's anyone would simply not have Capt. America killing a person in cold blood. Unless, of course, he wanted to disparage a certain country!
How much more does it disparage out [sic] country to torture confessions out of people or hold them in solitary confinment [sic] without charging them with any crime?
How is Capt America different from our America when he kills in cold blood? Shouldn't we be more mindful of our national "purity of purpose"? Isn't that the very thing we chucked out the window when we decided that premptive [sic] war was okay? When we decided that Iraqi civilian deaths did not count as much as American civilian deaths?
Some of the "Terrorists" in Gitmo are called "Terrorists" because they are in Gitmo. It is supposed to be the other way around.
If, like Capt America, we set aside our principles for the sake of security, we are no longer America. I know you don;t like to face this reality, but the new habeas corpus rules mean that you are I could be held without being charged is Bush decided that our blogs were threats to national security.
I know you have a lot of faith in Bush not to grab you off the street and toss you in jail - but I don't.
You can see my responses to this at the original link; however, let's talk about *"traces of irony." When this original post was written, George W. Bush had two years left in his presidency, and in one month the Democrats were elected back into the majority of the House of Representatives. In two years, Boss Obama was elected president promising to end much of what Trust Fund complains about above. After five years of Boss Obama's presidency, what have we seen with regards to the above?
Words. Not actions. Words. He. Has. Done. Nothing.
In fact, in many areas, he's upped the ante from the Bush era: Unmanned drone strikes in sovereign countries. Drastic expansion of NSA wiretapping. Continuation of "black site" interrogations. Gitmo still wide open for business. And Trust Fund had "no faith" that Bush administration operatives wouldn't "grab you off the street and toss you in jail"? Tell that to Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Or, most recently, Dinesh D'Souza. And have I yet mentioned Boss Obama using the IRS as his personal vendetta team?
The DE Liberal (aka the LGOMB, or Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers) site was fledgling in October of 2006, for what it's worth. But head over there now (if you can stand it) and search the archives for Trust Fund's strongly worded complaints about Boss Obama and his continuation of Bush presidency policies. If you can find any. Best of luck.
RELATED: I saw Zero Dark Thirty this past weekend. If you don't know, this is the film that documents the behind-the-scenes machinations in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Despite what myriad "progressives" may say, the film is fairly plain in stating that the few waterboarded captured terrorists led to valuable information ... and it takes a jab at Boss Obama for ending the practice. However, don't think that G.W. Bush escapes unscathed; when the protagonist (Jessica Chastain) is growing weary of waiting for action to be taken on the bin Laden compound, her CIA boss confronts a Boss Obama official about the delay. The official, and administration, want as precise as possible intel. When the CIA boss says "It's as good as it's gonna get," the official says, "Sorry -- you gave us better odds on WMD being in Iraq."
As for the scenes featuring the waterboarding, if they were designed to elicit sympathy for the victims, it was a failure. Chastain is noticeably uncomfortable in the first of such instances (much less so, if at all, later on), but even then I, and those watching with me, didn't feel unease at all. And why should we? I know I've debated this issue at times very heatedly with folks like my friend Steve Newton; my stance hasn't changed. I often think of films like Taken when "enhanced interrogation" of terrorists is discussed. Why are films like the Liam Neeson actioner so damn popular? Would you do what Neeson did (given the skills) to rescue your own flesh and blood? I would. Most everyone I know would. Then why would you hesitate to discomfort a few barbaric individuals whose only goal in life is to kill as many "infidels" as possible?
Via CBS News.com:
Does anyone actually believe this is just a coincidence? Anyone? I'm sure these are, too:
Dare I ask if all this occurred to "progressives"/"progressive" groups during a Republican administration?
UPDATE: Regarding D'Souza, anyone recall what the Boss Obama campaign did in 2008? Namely, accepting untraceable credit card donations where the donor's ID could not be determined, and choosing not to utilize basic Internet security measures to prevent "potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts"?
I do. I also recall no one being indicted or arrested for it, too.
As we posted back here, some fans of Simone's comic The Movement were miffed that the TV show Arrow (based on the DC character Green Arrow) utilized a group by the same name who were a bunch of terrorists. We wrote "Isn't that pretty much the case?" and posted several images from various Occupy Wall Street demonstrations exhibiting violence, clashes with law enforcement, and holding up placards advocating violence and anti-Semitism. It seems The Movement aficionados are still miffed:
But that's how the feds see the Movement, as terrorists. @fodigg— Gail Cup Avenger (@GailSimone) January 23, 2014
So, Simone believes the feds view Occupy Wall Streeters as "terrorists?" Hmmm, well the head of "the feds" is a guy named Barack Obama, and here's his view on the Occupiers:
President Obama on Thursday called the "Occupy Wall Street" protests a reflection of a "broad-based frustration about how our financial system works" and pledged to continue fighting to protect American consumers.
"I think it (Occupy Wall Street) expresses the frustrations that the American people feel. I think people are frustrated."
Does that sound like the feds view "The Movement" as "terrorists?" Quite the contrary, actually. On the other hand, again, look at how comics treated that other protest movement known as the Tea Party:
“A grassroots anti-government army”
“I don’t exactly see a black man from harlem fitting in with a bunch of angry white folks…”
And our president's view on them? Well, let's see: The IRS targeted the Tea Party and similar groups for years. Powerful Obama allies even actively advocate this action. Obama thinks race plays a "key component" in Tea Party protests. And -- wait for it! -- the White House itself used the term "terrorists" for Republicans and groups that agree with them ... because they want federal spending cuts. Numerous Democrats have repeatedly used the term "terrorist" to describe Tea Party Republicans. And lastly -- are you ready for this? -- Obama supporters view the Tea Party as a bigger terror threat than ... radical Islamists!
All this, and the Tea Party has never engaged in the sorts of actions that the Occupy Movement has. Violence. Rape. Depravity. Property damage. Anti-Semitism.
But ... Gail Simone thinks our government views the Occupy Wall Street Movement as the "terrorists." Still yet another example of a "progressive" living in "the bubble" where The NarrativeTM never changes.
UPDATE: It's entirely possible Simone, in her tweet above, is referring to the feds of Arrow and how they view The [fictitious] Movement. But considering how the comicbook version is based on OWS, one would have grant us some leeway if we mis (or over) interpreted Simone's remarks.
(h/t: The Watcher)
You've probably seen this by now: Obama blames racism for poor poll numbers.
President Barack Obama said that racial tensions may have softened his popularity among white voters within the last two years, according to a story posted on the New Yorker magazine’s website today.
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president,” Obama said in the article by David Remnick, appearing in the magazine’s Jan. 27 edition.
Hmm, this guy gets elected twice but NOW when his poll numbers begin to really tank it's racism? It just couldn't be, y'know, the unbridled clusterf*** that is ObumbleCare, right?
Buuuuut, let's not be too hard on Prez Lemon; he did tell us to consider the "flip side": "Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president.” "Some" to Boss Obama must mean (in certain cases) "over 95%" since that's the rough percentage of blacks who voted for him.
All in all, this little anecdote should be no surprise whatsoever. It's meant to evoke [white] guilt and [black] "I told you so's." And, like pretty much everything else in his pathetic administration, it puts blame everywhere but on him.
This bunch of complete inept bunglers never ceases to amaze. But you can bet some higher-up in the administration is laughing his ass off saying, "So? Who the hell are they gonna vote for? Republicans??"
CuidadoDeSalud.gov was, however, the brainchild of the Obama White House, so these fundamental truths escape the Democratic political class and their allies in the press. This latest insult has led in the minority community, even those who charitably describe the Spanish-language federal insurance exchange site as having been translated into “Spanglish,” to ponder just how pivotal they really are to Democrats’ political futures.
New Mexico University political science professor Gabriel Sanchez told the Associated Press that Hispanics are unlikely to shrug off the insultingly ignorant website. “They will look at this, and think, ‘Man, they really don’t care about us,’” Sanchez said. (Source)
I kind of doubt that, as I noted above. Nevertheless, just consider how this was even remotely possible. A friggin' translation engine to build the Spanish version of the ObumbleCare site?? In a country where the second most common lingo is Spanish? A language which has tens of millions of speakers?? In addition, the site's instructions page link to English forms. The details of the health plans aren't all written in Spanish. ObumbleCare "navigators" end up having to translate for potential customers.
You can bet if the GOP created such a farce, Democrats would be spending endless hours preening about how Republicans, "as usual, are out of touch with minorities" ... and how they "could care less about Hispanics."
Just keep this yet-another ObumbleCare website hilarity in mind the next time you hear a "progressive" bitch about voter ID. Remember, to them, mandating such is "discriminatory," "hateful" and causes an "undue burden" on minorities and the poor. But three years to develop a Spanish-language website so Hispanics could sign up for healthcare -- with the above result -- and this is ... what? Empathetic? Helpful? Caring? Enabling?
One can only hope that Latinos will see the light, as Dr. Sanchez alluded to above.
The Obama administration is seeking racial quotas in the nation's public schools. No, not quotas for some perceived racial balance just for a school's population, but for the number of students disciplined. In other words, if the discipline figures for a school don't more or less equal that of the school's [racial] population ... then it's racist.
It’s part of a larger effort — backed by teachers unions, civil rights advocacy groups and other organizations — to combat the “school-to-prison pipeline,” in which minority students are disproportionately kicked out of school and subsequently end up in the criminal justice system.
But within its guidance, most of which is not controversial and merely reinforces existing nondiscrimination laws, the administration also declares that schools’ disciplinary policies cannot have a “disparate impact” on one particular group.
In plain terms, it means district rules, guidelines and enforcement cannot result in the punishment of more black students than white students for the same offense, for example.
With that in mind, school leaders surely will keep a close eye on whether the same number of children from given racial groups are disciplined in equal number and equal measure for the same behavior.
“You have to make certain that your school discipline cases match those percentages. If you don’t, you’ll have the feds on your doorstep,” said Joshua Dunn, a political science professor at the University of Colorado and director of the university’s Center for Legal Studies. “If they actually do enforce these guidelines, there will be unintended consequences. This creates some rather destructive incentives. I don’t think there’s any way around that.”
The feds are pushing methods "for creating safe and positive school climates, which are essential for boosting student academic success and closing achievement gaps.” In other words, things the schools should be doing that parents used to. Yet another thing on teachers' and administrators' plates all the while politicians clamor for accountability on the academic front. At any rate, you now can't just kick a kid out of the classroom for being a constant disruption; you have to find out why the kid is doing what he's doing, and then take actions to help "remedy" it. You know, while your 30+ other kids are still sitting in class awaiting instruction. Take a look at the doublespeak and wishful thinking on the part of the feds:
"Maintaining safe and supportive school climates is absolutely critical, and we are concerned about the rising rates and disparities in discipline in our nation’s schools,” said Secretary Duncan. “By teaming up with stakeholders on this issue and through the work of our offices throughout the department, we hope to promote strategies that will engage students in learning and keep them safe.”
Requiring racial quotas in discipline will make schools and classrooms anything but safe and supportive. Why in the world does the government care more about the chronic problem students than the vast majority of students who wish to ... learn?
Hans Bader, a former attorney with the [federal] Education Dept., notes that ultimately, this sort of federal "oversight" could get it into trouble:
“The only practical way for a school system to comply with the Education Department’s demands is to adopt a de facto racial quota in discipline. But this itself puts the school system in legal jeopardy, since at least one federal appeals court has said that schools cannot use racial targets or quotas for school discipline, since that violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.”
Bader added that in the case of People Who Care v. Rockford Board of Education, the court ruled that “a school cannot use race in student discipline to offset racial disparities not rooted in school officials’ racism (so-called “disparate impact”).”
Bader adds that, regarding People Who Care v. Rockford Board of Education,
... it didn’t just strike down overt use of race to achieve a racial target or racial balancing. It voided even the requirement of racial balance, thus disposing of any potential argument by the Education Department that it’s OK to require racial targets or balancing, as long as the school is merely told to achieve the target, but not (explicitly) told to use race to achieve it.
So, maybe a school district that'd be willing to stand up to Eric Holder and Arne Duncan (good luck, though -- money, after all) can emphasize this case, among others. Others such as United States v. Armstrong (an 8-1 decision) which held that "crime rates are not the same for different races, and that racial disparities in crime rates and conviction rates are not proof of racial discrimination." Bader continues that not disciplining black students for misbehavior or some other violation just because some other black students were previously disciplined (more than white students) is "as crazy as ordering police to stop arresting black criminals just because they previously arrested more blacks than whites."
The feds state also that even if a school discipline policy "is neutral on its face," and "is administered in an evenhanded manner," if it has that disparate impact on students of a particular race, it's bad. Ironically however, policies like much maligned "zero tolerance" measures (those applied to whomever no matter what whenever the policy is violated) came about partly because school officials were fearful of "lawsuits charging that principals disciplined unequally based on race or other factors." Setting straight, specific guidelines enabled administrators to say "Look, you did this. This is the consequence. It's written right here." Schools set up their own codes of conduct which did the same thing. But then ... the racial numbers still weren't "balanced" after the implementation of these measures! B-b-b-b-but ...! (Also take a look at Kilroy's coverage of Delaware's Christina School District's intervention by the feds regarding disparate disciplinary measures. One of the points of contention was that, yes, the district was using terminology that was too subjective, thus making the point about the origin of zero tolerance policies. What a Catch-22. A school board member even noted that the district's definition of "inappropriate behavior" needed to be "thoroughly defined.")
Let's cut to the chase: As was alluded to above, if law enforcement was required to arrest people in proportion to their numbers in the general population, the result would be chaos. Crime would be beyond rampant and society would crumble. (UPDATE: Has this already begun?) Why should we expect schools, then, to follow such a ridiculous idea? Would you want your child to attend a school where the most chronically disruptive students weren't only not removed from your kid's class, but weren't even disciplined period?? What do you think that class would be like? What do you think that school would be like? It seems that when consultants, lawyers, advocates, and school officials ask why there may be disparate disciplinary rates among races in schools, the reasons bandied about rarely, if ever, include the obvious: that maybe, just maybe, students in certain [racial/ethnic] groups actually misbehave more often than others. And then consider this: should we do away with penalties things such as lateness to school and/or class? If there is a preponderance of students of a particular race coming late to class, how would that be evidence of teacher/administrator/institutional racism? Would clocks now be considered prejudiced? (Well, yes, actually. Because staff would be treated to something akin to this, where they'd be "educated" on how certain groups are different, and that "linear time is an inherently Caucasian-Western concept." And, hence is discriminatory. Or something.)
Ultimately, this is all the product of the current Democratic-led Education Department which, as Bader says, "outsource[s] civil-rights policy to left-wing radicals" and leads to guidelines and interpretations "which were probably drafted by left-wing civil-rights bureaucrats with little understanding of how classrooms operate in the real world."
The Boss Obama administration, which "won't tell Congress what resources it is devoting to the IRS probe" ... and "has also doubled down by expanding the political vetting of 501(c)(4) groups seeking tax-exempt status," wasted not a second in "leak[ing] to the media that the U.S. Attorney is investigating the [New Jersey] lane closures as a criminal matter." That's the scandal currently enveloping NJ Gov. Chris Christie.
The mainstream media has the sort of scandal it always desires -- one involving a high profile Republican. There's already been a ton more MSM coverage of Christie's issues than the last six months of the IRS matter. Yet, as the Wall Street Journal notes, "compared to using the IRS against political opponents during an election campaign, closing traffic lanes for four days is jaywalking." (For good measure, take a gander: There's CNN idiot Piers Morgan comparing "Trafficgate" to ... Richard Nixon and the original "gate" -- Watergate.)
The media -- which for seven years made George W. Bush's "transgressions" against the Constitution (Gitmo, "enhanced interrogation," NSA spying, black sites, etc.) appear to be evil incarnate, has said nary a word in the last five years about Boss Obama's continuation -- and expansion -- of same. That, along with the other abuses of power like the IRS targeting, changing ObumbleCare unilaterally, and lying for several years about it. Keep all this in mind the next time a Republican is in the White House: The current Chris Christie scandal is what we're in for. Boss Obama and his acolytes are so brazen these days (thanks to the complicit MSM) that instances like these -- where the Democrat Party chairperson says with a straight face that Christie's political scandal is worse than Boss Obama's scandals -- aren't guffawed at as they should be.
Remember: To the media and the Boss Obama LIV crowd, when a "progressive" like President Lemon is in charge, it matters NOT what they do. He MEANS well. Anything he does, no matter how outrageous, illegal, or scandalous, comes without consequences. Because, again, he's "GOOD." Republicans are, as noted previously, evil incarnate. Anything they do has malevolent intent.
Boss Obama, while on vacation in Hawaii, rips the GOP for "going home for the holidays" and "abandoning the less fortunate."
Requiring calorie information to be displayed on roughly 5 million vending machines nationwide will help consumers make healthier choices, says the Food and Drug Administration, which is expected to release final rules early next year. It estimates the cost to the vending machine industry at $25.8 million initially and $24 million per year after that, but says if just .02 percent of obese adults ate 100 fewer calories a week, the savings to the health care system would be at least that great.
Yeah, because Boss Obama and crew have been soooo accurate and on the money with the healthcare projections thus far, right?
Only 497 of the almost 50,000 applicants who filed online have a new ConnectorCare plan. The agency can't say how long it will take to finish processing the other 45,000 applications or bring 89,000 residents who have subsidized coverage, but haven't even started to re-enroll, into the new, post Obamacare plans.
In Minnesota, "the average wait time for people calling MNsure for help on Thursday was 62 minutes."
Meanwhile, the Boss Obama admin is busy bullying nuns about covering procedures that violate their faith.
Here in Delaware, even our local go-along-to-get-along daily can't ignore the obvious: Medicaid 'surprise' will prove costly to state.
Lastly, a Harvard study shows that Medicaid expansion -- oops! -- increases hospital emergency room use. Lovely.
UPDATE: Han Bader has more on the last item above.
People "think it's been repealed." Say whaaaa ...? But hey, again, why the f*** not at this point??
Holmes Norton said that once those ObumbleCare fine deadlines approach, "you’re going to see people trotting to sign on like you’ve never seen it before.” And you'll still fine their asses if they cannot sign up, right, Delegate?
"A&E is now cancelling 'Duck Dynasty' and replacing it with a new show about life in the White House. It will be called 'Duck Responsibility.'”
There seemingly is no end to the utter buffoonery of this administration: Susan Rice: Hey, NSA Officials Didn't Lie, They Just 'Inadvertently Made False Representations'
Boss Obama and crew certainly aren't the only folks to engage in this sort of bullsh**; however, they've extended it to the Nth degree. Who remembers "Man-Caused Disasters" (terrorism), “captured people held at Guantanamo Bay” (enemy combatants), "jobs 'created or saved,'" “Overseas Contingency Operations” (War on Terror), “kinetic military action” (rapid military strike), and most recently, "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan" ("F*** you")?
Today is the deadline to sign up for ObumbleCare, peeps! And, because he's "one of us," President Lemon is going to "lead by example" and sign up for his disaster of a law. Today. Maybe we should call him President Procrastinator. And, maybe this move will help his poll numbers. Then again, maybe not.
What if ObumbleCare completely unravels? To quote the Albanian who snatched Liam Neeson's daughter in Taken: "Good luck."
The Oregon health exchange has some just-in-time Christmas news for everyone: “If you haven’t heard from us by December 23, it is unlikely your application will be processed for January 1 insurance coverage.”
Here's a good one: California is advising folks to send in a check for their healthcare premiums ... despite not getting an invoice. "Yeah, I'll get right on that," said thousands of Cali-ers.
Lastly, marvel at the unbridled chutzpah of this ObumbleCare tweet.
From CBS News: Poll: Many uninsured haven't explored Obamacare options. Shocker here: "A majority of uninsureds who visited Healthcare.gov (57 percent), say they found it difficult to use."
30,000 people in Illinois are getting notices that they need to redo their healthcare applications. They may have accidentally been referred to Medicaid.
Think Delaware's number of ObumbleCare enrollees is pathetic? Check out New Mexico's.
Maryland may have to ditch its state exchange ... entirely??
An AP poll finds that "Americans who already have health insurance are blaming President Barack Obama's health care overhaul for their rising premiums and deductibles, and overall 3 in 4 say the rollout of coverage for the uninsured has gone poorly." But ... the uninsured are happy, right? Right?? Wrong:
Less than a quarter—24%—of uninsured Americans think the health care law is a good idea, and half think it's a bad idea, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday. That's an 11-point dive in support from three months ago ...
(h/t to Jim Geraghty)
This is how ObumbleCare is being marketed to the gay community??
This is not a parody, folks.
Word has it the geniuses in the administration have more PSAs in mind for other specific communities:
(Note: The management does not intend to offend any racial/ethnic/religious/etc. group by omitting them from the bulleted list above.)
Here it is -- yet another ridiculous ObumbleCare ad:
I think the URL should be iamalyingSOB.com, though.
Tweet from the White House yesterday:
"We can choose a world defined not by our differences—but by our common hopes." —Obama at Mandela's memorial service: pic.twitter.com/GQdSdMLl8h— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 11, 2013
Yep, they still love him. In other countries.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has called for -- wait for it!! -- an investigation into "the contracting process, management, performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch of HealthCare.gov."
Best line: “I believe strongly in the need for accountability," she said. Oh, really. If you did, then Obama would have (click vid below for rest of sentence):
Boss Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt snap a selfie at Nelson Mandela's memorial:
Check out what's in issue #4 of IDW's The Other Dead comic:
Yep, that's Boss Obama saying "I only said they (guns) should be properly regulated ... I never said I couldn't shoot one." But is that true?
Just as with his statements on ObumbleCare ("If you like your healthcare, you can keep your healthcare") and just about anything else President Lemon says, Boss Obama talks a good game. Ever since his initial run for the presidency, he's said the "right" things ... like in the above panel. But look at this questionnaire from Obama's run for state senate back in 1996. Scroll to the last page. Question #35 asks "Do you support state legislation to: a. ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns? Obama's answer? Yes. When he ran for president, he had denied he answered thusly, blaming it on a staffer. (Boy, that sounds familiar.) Except that, if you look at the first page of the questionnaire, Obama's own handwriting can be seen.
If anyone still believes what comes out of this president's mouth now, well, let's just say that (to paraphrase Marvel Comics) you're a true believer.
The Boss Obama administration, speaking about ObumbleCare today, making their own case against government:
“While there is more work to be done, the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness, and will continue their work to improve and enhance the website in the weeks and months ahead,” the administration wrote in a report outlining its success.
Let that sink in for a good moment.
Here's an example of what happened:
Read some of the tweets, too, from people who followed Dear Leader's suggestion! Epic!
Michelle Obama on President Lemon: "He Keeps His Promises."
Didn't the so-called Birthers get in trouble for saying Obama "didn't look like he was from here?" Didn't people get called "racist" for it? Ah, but this is President Lemon, natch. The rules are different:
I guess we shouldn't be surprised. Considering how people think him some sort of god (himself included), they probably think he can deduce who's an immigrant and who's not!
So, as you may have heard, President Lemon didn't attend the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Apparently, there was a good reason for that:
That would be Boss Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer, by the way, actually claiming that that Prez Lemon can't take a little time to attend the marking of one of the most important historical events in American history ... because three years wasn't sufficient enough time to get a website up and running, so naturally he's needed NOW to make sure all gets done ... never mind all the golf, y'know. That is sacrosanct.
Speaking of the Gettysburg Address, shock of shocks Boss Obama used a version of the speech that omitted the words "under God." As noted in the post's title, at this point, does anything this dope says (or does) surprise you anymore? It seems Obama used the "Nicolay copy" of the speech, an early draft that does not contain the reference to God. But why not use what President Lincoln actually said? I certainly agree that in the whole scheme of things this matters not much at all, but a few points: 1) It's not as if Boss Obama hasn't done something like this before, but ... 2) then again why not read the early draft so as to piss off the Right? It's easily conceivable Prez Lemon chose to read the Nicolay version on purpose to do just that -- which helps, however little, to distract from the absolute debacle that is ObumbleCare.
Remember: There's nothing this dolt does that isn't totally calculated and/or is a straight middle finger to some group.
... that 1) Bush didn't force an "Affordable Hurricane Act" on the public, and 2) Bush didn't have three years to prepare for the hurricane. ABC News: 'White House Fumble' Leaves President 'Exactly' Like Bush After Katrina.
(With apologies to the e-mailed [Jonah] Goldberg File.)
This is a real ad for ObumbleCare. And what a "message": Don't worry, keep drinking, and don't worry about "beer money" ... because the good 'ol government got your back, dawg. I swear, I feel like Roddy Piper in They Live ... and when I put on my sunglasses Boss Obama, Joe Biden and the whole gang look like this, and plastered everywhere are these such messages.
MOST RELATED: Latest Obamacare Ads Are an Insult to All Americans.
How horrible is the ACA website? So bad it took three guys in their 20's several hours of their free time to fix.
I don't know which is worse. The fact that they fixed it so easily or the idea that once they get it working we're really going to see how bad this thing is.
... to set up its ObumbleCare website, our very own state of Delaware has enrolled ... FOUR PEOPLE via its website. That's right, FOUR.
In the last hour POTUS changed tune and said: "What I said was, you can keep your plan if it hasn't changed since the law was passed" #lies— My Cancellation (@MyCancellation) November 5, 2013
Pres Obama says if the plan you liked and wanted to keep was changed, it had to be changed for the better. "That was part of the promise."— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 4, 2013
Uh uh. Here's what was sold to us:
The only "if" was "If you like your plan ..." "Period."
Sen. Diane Feinstein said that Boss Obama meant that if you like your healthcare plan you could keep your healthcare plan ... until ObumbleCare is enacted.
Soon to be a common phrase? Obama lied, people died."
Remember the "grandfather" clause in ObumbleCare that would supposedly allow you to keep your healthcare plan -- that is, unless it was changed ever so slightly that the feds would then deem it a "new plan?" Well, the Republicans in the Senate wanted to block its implementation in 2010 ... because they worried it could lead to cancelled policies. Senate Democrats nixed the GOP resolution ...
Here's a local story about one's family's ObumbleCare sticker shock.
There's a new account on Twitter worth following: My Cancellation. It details what's happened to victims of ObumbleCare.
Perhaps the best part about this is that the "People Obama definitely lied to" section is actually two sections. Which makes no sense. Just like ObumbleCare.
Moonbat Democrat Rep. Frank Pallone was on the Megyn Kelly show last night and, well, just watch:
It's bad enough that Pallone is shoveling the bullsh** that ObamaCare is just "capitalism;" what's worse is that he is saying that HE -- and OBAMA -- "know" that the insurance plans which people had canceled were "inferior." Kelly tried to point out that millions liked those plans and are miffed they were canceled, so how were these so "bad?" But Pallone remained in moonbat-ville: As predicted, the talking point is that the insurance companies are the bad guys because they decided to drop coverage. Kelly attempted to point out to Pallone that the ObumbleCare law is precisely why the companies had to drop coverage. (It's actually the HHS minions who decided what a "change" in policy would be so as to disallow the "grandfathering" of policies.) But Pallone didn't waver. He just kept that swarmy smile on his face, saying "No, no ..." and swaying back and forth like the conceited d*** that he is.
Because he (and Obama) know better than us peons. Just shut up and accept it, dammit, and try not to be so ungrateful.
I want you to view this video again. And again, if need be. It's since been revealed that the administration knew this clearly wasn't the case. Your typical average American would call this a "lie."
Rewind back to 2002: Then-President G.W. Bush claimed that Saddam Hussein's Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and this was the major -- but not the only -- reason his administration used to justify a US invasion. Despite echoing exactly what numerous Democrats had said not very long prior, Bush was accused by Democrats of "lying" when US forces turned up no (or outdated) WMD in Iraq. I think Scott Monje pretty much encapsulates my view about the whole Iraq mess during Bush's two terms. It wasn't that Pres. Bush lied about WMD; it's that after Sept. 11, 2001, he and his administration were going to use any and every excuse to once and for all stop Saddam from f***ing around with us and the UN. Questionable intel was overlooked or ignored. Do I exonerate Mr. Bush for the invasion? Absolutely not. But besides him selectively choosing the best intel to "make his case," again I ask: Why would Bush "lie" knowing American forces would find zilch WMD? This makes no sense. It's as if W had a presidential suicide wish.
Or, to put it more succinctly, Bush made a [big] mistake.
But nothing will ever convince hardcore moonbats of this. Yet, they'll make every excuse in the book for Pres. I-Don't-Knowbama's outright falsehood about keeping your health insurance if you want to ... among [many?] other things. I wonder if the LGOMB's "El Somnambulo," for instance, will ever change his avatar from a pic of Pres. Bush holding up a prison number, to one of Boss Obama doing same.
Cheeyeah, right. How silly of me. That'd be racist.
... there's NO wiggle room for this one, President Lemon:
RELATED: Boss Obama managed to delay ObumbleCare to secure his re-election last year, but woe is upon these thirteen Democrats who're up for re-election next year. Well, except for Delaware's Chris Coons, who's on the list, to name one. He might have been vulnerable ... if the state's GOP wasn't such a hot mess. Massachusetts' Ed Markey is also likely safe in that heavily blue state, which amazingly elected "Native American" Elizabeth Warren last year.
ALSO RELATED: Pres. Lemon's fibs are infectious, it seems. Today before the House, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius actually claimed that the ObumbleCare website ... has never crashed. Oh really? Check out this image of the day!
Check out Ace today: He notes that the ACA law does grandfather in health insurance policies that were in effect from March 23, 2010 ... with one big caveat.
... [but] the agency writing the regulations for this law wrote them as narrowly as possible -- any change in premium, copay, benefit package, or anything at all would be taken as a whole new policy, and thus be stripped of grandfather status and required, by law, to be terminated. And the White House, of course, oversees the executive agencies writing regulations -- including the one that that almost completely took back the law's promise that you could keep your current policy.
And they've known they were doing this, and they knew they were taking back Obama's promise via bureaucratic regulation, for three years.
I note as forcefully as I can: While laws are the creatures of Congress, regulations are entirely within the Executive's power. Obama's decision to break this promise is his own action. He could direct the regulation-writing agency to revise the regulations so that they honor the promise that Obama himself made; I do not believe he will.
So, what will be President Lemon's response to this? As the title notes, it's good money it'll be "I didn't know." Even though, y'know, as Ace said, the regulations were written by an Executive Branch agency.
Hey, look, I understand the need to make it seem as if the prez didn't know in this post-Nixon age, but this is, frankly, getting beyond parody.
RELATED: Chicago Tribune writer Clarence Page says Obama "‘probably’ knew he was lying" about ObumbleCare.
ALSO RELATED: How predictable. [Radical] White House advisor Valerie Jarrett is blaming insurance cos. for the millions losing coverage. She says "There's nothing in ObumbleCare that forces people out of their plans." Except that, y'know, there is, which she also notes in her tweet: "No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans." Of course she doesn't mention what is noted above -- that Boss Obama's own HHS made the rules as to what constitutes "a change." And those rules say "any modification at all, no matter how small or trivial."
In addition, House Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer admits that President I-Don't-Knowbama lied to us all. “We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” he said.
"We used to launch men to the Moon. Now the U.S. government can’t launch a website." -- Glenn Reynolds
Want a conspiracy about ObumbleCare? Try this:
On PBS’s Inside Washington Friday, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Politico’s Evan Thomas both advanced single-payer as the solution to all that ails us (with ObamaCare) with host Gordon Peterson agreeing ...
Noel Sheppard then asks: "This of course raises the question: is it possible the disastrous rollout of the health insurance exchanges was intentional?"
Let's honest: With the group we have in power at present, it makes a helluva lot more sense than the Koch Brothers hacking the ObumbleCare website!
Y'know, the thing about this clusterf*** is that there is no way Boss Obama can blame Republicans. No. Way. Not a single GOPer voted for this disaster.
But that won't stop them from trying, of course. No matter how insane it is. Case in point: Some "progressives" are blaming -- wait for it! -- the Koch brothers for the failure of the ObumbleCare website.
"If I were writing the Obamacare launch as a novel, it would turn out the Koch brothers hired someone to sabotage the ACA website," one person said.
"I believe the Koch Bros even tried to sabotage the ACA website. I put nothing past these devils," another person added. The tweet was deleted, but not before being captured by Twitchy.
"Why haven't you commented on the obvious sabotage of the ACA website by the Koch Bros and Tea Prty?" asked one person.
Avi Green found a comics/culture writer who tweeted a slew of such comments, including her belief that being against ObumbleCare is "treasonous."
Let's face it, though -- this is pretty much all President Lemon and the Left have left. I just wonder if the MSM acolytes (and especially MSNBC) will start "investigating" such lunacy.
Successful Del. Affordable Care Act enrollee visits White House is the headline. Article author Kelly Bothum does her best to keep the positive spin, for sure.
Baker, 59, of Selbyville, spent Monday morning in the White House Rose Garden, where she introduced President Barack Obama during a media event addressing some of the glitches that have surfaced in the first weeks of the health care exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
"Some of the glitches"?? The entire freakin' system is virtually completely unworkable. Baker is the ONLY person in a state of just shy of one million people to sign up for this boondoggle. ONE! But hey, Bothum points out that, despite having taken over seven hours to successfully register for ObumbleCare, Baker is tickled pink -- especially since President Lemon asked her to the White House:
“I’m just beside myself. I just had no bit of imagination that this could possibly happen,” Baker said. “I am just so thrilled.”
You're just a prop, ma'am -- a tool to make people buy into more of the snake oil that has personified this administration since day one.
Next, Bothum hits the Boss Obama talking points:
Baker was among a select group of small business owners, students and others invited to the White House for the Monday event, intended to highlight those who have had success getting health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The insurance marketplaces opened Oct. 1 to help the estimated 15 percent of Americans who don’t have health insurance, either because they can’t afford it or aren’t offered it through their employer.
"Highlight those who have had success"? "SUCCESS"??? Are you kidding me?? No mention of the hundreds of thousands of people who have been dropped from their employers' coverage due to ObumbleCare? And what about those who now can't afford health insurance because ObumbleCare has caused their premiums to skyrocket?
It’s hard to pinpoint how many people have actually enrolled in the plans offered through the marketplace.
And that's because Prez Lemon and his acolytes don't want you to know just how dismal of a failure this mess is.
During Monday’s event, Obama acknowledged his own disappointment in the enrollment snafus that have plagued the roll-out of the health care exchanges. “There’s no sugarcoating it: The website is too slow; people have been getting stuck during the application process,” he said. “And I think it is fair to say that no one is more frustrated by that than I am.”
Absolute bullsh**. If you were so concerned about it all, sir, you'd have made sure this thing was running smoothly from the start. But you didn't want the TRUTH about it to come out before the 2012 election. To keep that info secret meant that the designers had to operate with insufficient information to enable a smoothly running site. And if you're sooooo concerned, Boss, why is Kathleen Sebelius off attending a gala instead of making sure all these problems get FIXED?
Baker’s once-in-a-lifetime day began at 2 a.m. Monday. By mid-afternoon, she had done interviews with CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets. She had time for a quick cup of coffee before another interview was scheduled. It was a whirlwind for Baker, who was notified Friday about participating in the event. The next day, the White House called to confirm.
“I thought it was a joke,” she said. “I put my name out to help other people in my same situation. I never expected something like this.”
It was a joke, Ms. Baker. To use you as a prop to tout the "success" of a miserably-designed failure of clusterf*** of a SNAFU ... the joke was on you. And, sadly, the whole of the American public in the long run.
At today's White House press briefing starring Jay Carney:
Carney: No response.
Carney: Could not say he agreed.
Carney: No response, other than to refer to HHS.
Carney: "There's no question that the website has not performed up to expectations.”
As Geena Davis said in The Fly: "Be afraid. Be very afraid."
Five Predictions for Boss Obama's "Glitch" Speech Today. It's a very good bet all will be met, especially number one.
In 2014, the fact that their insurer is dumping their health insurance plan and making them pay twice as much for a crummier one -- now that will get their attention. They will have an opinion on that, plus they will be plenty interested in who is responsible for it. And does anyone want to guess who is responsible for ensuring that the Scarlet "O" of Obamacare is tattooed right onto the forehead of every Democrat running in 2014?
Boss Obama may have been able to hide the truth about this fiasco before the 2012 election, but it had to come out sooner or later. And now that it has, 2014 presents a prodigious problem for him and his minions. Prez Lemon will do all he can to sugarcoat it all (and his MSM allies will assist), but nothing beats the reality of a huge hit to one's wallet ... along with a worse product.
Via, of all places, NBC News: Thousands get health insurance cancellation notices.
Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.
“My impression was …there would be a lot more choice, driving some of the rates down,” said [Seattle resident Kris] Malean. Oops.
Just another gullible Obama-voting LIV, it seems.
UPDATE: Be sure to check out this Yuval Levin piece about Boss Obama's health exchanges -- and the impending disaster they'll cause if not fixed quickly.
Because only presidential elections matter, it seems:
President Obama: "You don’t like a particular policy, or a particular President, then argue for your position and win an election."— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 17, 2013
Uh, President Lemon? The GOP won elections in 2010 precisely because of your train wreck of a healthcare law.
And this guy has a law degree??
And that is to let ObumbleCare explode in its makers' faces. Seriously, when folks like these are getting royally pissed off, you know President Lemon will have to do something. Ace predicts Boss Obama will "voluntarily" delay ObumbleCare for a year -- y'know, to show what a great guy he is. But, he'll "pretend it has nothing to do with the law's disastrous implementation and its unavoidable structural flaws." But of course.
Sign of things to come? ObumbleCare website asks users if they want to register to vote. Y'know, "by the way, don’t forget which party is giving you 'free' healthcare. Wink."
In the meantime, visits to Healthcare.gov have plummeted 88% since the first week of availability. Wonder why that is?
In Delaware, a 27 year-old adult's costs will increase 99.9%. A 50 year-old's costs will increase 65.1%, and a family of four's costs will increase 19.4%.
Here's the, er, "lucky" resident. Check it out:
But get this: The article suggests that clearing one's computer cache, browsing history and cookies might allow you to get through to sign up. “It might not be the government computers, it may be your own sitting in front of you,” Baker said. Uh huh. Right. But I'm sure Boss Obama will be all over that excuse; after all, he's a master at blaming problems on everybody but himself.
Naturally, Janice's story is portrayed as a net positive, as she was to pay around $1,600/mo. for insurance for her and her hubby, but she (not her hub) ultimately got turned down due to "minor pre-existing conditions." I wonder when the News Journal will do a story on how ObumbleCare has significantly raised many people's health costs ... even those of Boss Obama-loving "progressive" LIVs.
Yeah, I wonder ...
UPDATE: Did you catch White House spoke-idiot Jay Carney touting Ms. Baker as an example of ObumbleCare success today at the press briefing? Of course, he neglected to mention that she is the ONLY person in the state to have signed up.
At least the foreign press pretty much knows that Boss Obama is a complete bullshi**er:
Many thanks to loyal Colossus reader for Fred G. for sending this along.
There has not been a single confirmed enrollment in Delaware's state-run healthcare exchange since ObamaCare was "rolled out" ten days ago.
The state site has seen approximately 18K hits, but again, no confirmed enrollments. The fact that it's been a technological clusterf*** like everywhere else in the country probably has a lot to do with that.
Regarding the ObamaCare sign-up websites:
"It wasn't designed well, it wasn't implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it," Luke Chung, an online database programmer, told CBS News.
"It's not even close. It's not even ready for beta testing for my book. I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that," he said.
Just how small is the current occupant of the White House? Take a look:
In a nutshell, here's what a park ranger said: “We’ve been told to make life as difficult for people as we can. It’s disgusting.”
This is your federal government. And it currently wants to run our healthcare system, by the way.
The Dems have seen a jump in the "generic ballot" immediately following new of the government shutdown; however, in their zeal (as they always do) to make the GOP look "extreme," "childish," "petty," etc, they may be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory (h/t to Insty): Sending more personnel to the World War II Memorial than Benghazi, Libya. Closing parks the [federal] Park Service doesn't even run. The Boss Obama administration paying union thugs to protest WWII vets (see also here) who showed up at said memorial. Grocery stores on army bases are closed ... but the golf course at Andrews AFB (where Boss Obama plays) is open.
But perhaps most vile of all is Harry Reid stating "Why would we want to do that?" in response to a reporter's question about allowing funding for child cancer patients.
But hey, if you're into all this crap, then you actually believed President Lemon's preposterous promises about ObamaCare (among many other things) in the first place. You're beyond help now.
RELATED: Ace reports on a poll that includes the following distressing info:
A Harris Poll for the American Bar Association in 2005 found that 22% of respondents thought the three branches of government were "Republican, Democrat and Independent." Two-thirds of Americans couldn't name a single sitting Supreme Court justice in 2003, and fewer than 1% could name all nine. In 1987, about half of Americans thought Karl Marx's dictum "from each according to his ability to each according to his needs" was in the U.S. Constitution. In 1964, only 38% of the American people were certain the Soviet Union wasn't in NATO.
Courtesy of "Terry Jim" over at Twitchy: "More security sent to parks and monuments today than Obama sent to Benghazi on 9/11/12."
Via the Indy Star:
Can anyone imagine what the mainstream media -- and complete tools like these -- would be saying if a Republican was about to implement the complete and utter disaster that is ObamaCare? Let's face the facts: This plan makes what Hurricane Katrina did to the Big Easy look like a gentle rain. Even the WaPo knows this. Anyone who bought what President Lemon was selling you about this debacle should take a basic skills test now. You know you just failed.
Don't take it from me. Take it from Boss Obama's traditional allies. Union leaders: "The unintended consequences of the ACA [Affordable Care Act] are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.” And then there's
-- Far from “bending the cost curve down,” consumers in many states will find coverage offered through the ObamaCare insurance exchanges stick them with average premium prices next year that are 30% or 40% higher than what they would have paid last year.
-- The federal government’s new “data hub” that the state insurance exchanges will use to screen applicants won’t be fully functional in time. Thus, the exchanges won’t be able to verify some applicant’s incomes when determining how big a subsidy they get. They also won’t be able to verify if the applicant has employer coverage, and thus is ineligible for subsidies.
-- The federal government may also be unprepared to protect ObamaCare’s information technology system from hackers and identity thieves. Security testing is months behind schedule, Reuters reports. Writing in The Weekly Standard, former HHS General Counsel Michael Astrue warned that unless delayed and fixed the ObamaCare exchanges will inflict on the public the most widespread violation of the Privacy Act in our history.
Of course, there's a lot more. But you won't hear about this insanity from the MSM. Or, very little. And then, it'll usually be speckled with excuses or "it's not all that bad, actually" kind of stuff.
If this was a Republican rolling out such a boondoggle, the MSM would be relentless, and we'd see protests (all covered prodigiously by the MSM) all across the country -- all with loving commentary. With the actual situation,there are protests, but since they're from folks like Tea Partiers, they're dubbed "extreme," "far right-wing," and, of course, "crazy." Just look at what Texas Senator Ted Cruz is dealing with. (Remember, 'tho, what happened when another person from Texas pulled a filibuster defending her position. Yeah, quite the opposite of what Cruz gets.)
But we deserve every bit of this crap. The original bill passed the Senate by one [filibuster-proof] vote (which later led to Massachusetts' Scott Brown's election to the Senate), and complete twits like Nancy Pelosi said stuff that-would-be-headlines-for-weeks-had-a-GOPer-said-it like "We have to pass the bill see what's in it." And then we re-elected President Lemon last year. So, again, we deserve what we get.
Those of us with actual brains knew it was just hype all along. Nevertheless, Americans Rate Obama’s Foreign Policy Same Or Worse Than Bush’s.
Now, what to make of this? This take from Instapundit says it best, IMO:
“That’s pretty harsh on Bush.” Yeah, but that’s what’s striking — Bush’s image is filtered through a decade of nonstop media negativity; Obama’s through nearly a decade of nonstop media promotion. And yet Obama only scores “Same or Worse.”
Or, you could look at it this way: "Desperate man tries to convince world he has faintest idea of what he’s doing." Just imagine how much better President Lemon's poll numbers would be if he had even a semblance of a clue, especially given the MSM adoration.
Ah, the administration of President Lemon continues to amaze. Now? They actually thought they could get -- wait for it! -- Iran on our side ... against Syria:
"... we thought perhaps a shared evidentiary base could convince Russia or Iran — itself a victim of Saddam Hussein’s monstrous chemical weapons attacks in 1987-1988 — to cast loose a regime that was gassing its people.”
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has warned the Obama administration against any proposed military strike on Syria.
Khamenei, who wields the ultimate authority in Iranian affairs, said Washington would "certainly suffer loss" if it attacked Bashar al-Assad's forces.
"In the case of Syria, the chemical attack is a pretext. The Americans try to play with words and pretend that they've become involved in this case for humanitarian aims.
"The Americans are making mistakes in Syria and they have felt the impact and will certainly suffer loss," the Iranian leader said.
Gad, isn't it wonderful to be led by such "smart" people?
This time, he's denying he set that "red line" against Syria on using chemical weapons: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line.”
Oh, wait -- he also blamed Congress: "And Congress, Obama said, 'set a red line when it ratified that treaty.'”
As the cliché goes, "Let's go to the videotape":
Y'know, at this point, the only thing anyone should ever say when this dope utters a word is simply "Yeah, whatever dude ..."
From Jim Geraghty's e-mailed "Morning Jolt" -- it so perfectly describes President Lemon's administration to a tee:
As we await Congress's decision on authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Syria, Democrats are suddenly realizing that their foreign-policy brain-trust completely misjudged the world.
Being nicer to countries like Russia will not make them nicer to you. The United Nations is not an effective tool for resolving crises. Some foreign leaders are beyond persuasion and diplomacy. There is no "international community" ready to work together to solve problems, and there probably never will be.
You can pin this on Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Susan Rice, but most of all, the buck stops with the president. Those of us who scoffed a bit at a state senator ascending to the presidency within four years on a wave of media hype and adoration are not quite so shocked by this current mess. We never bought into this notion that getting greater cooperation from our allies, and less hostility from our enemies, was just a matter of giving this crew the wheel and letting them practice, as Hillary Clinton arrogantly declared it, "smart power." (These people can't even label a foreign-policy approach without reminding us of how highly they think of themselves.) They looked out at the world at the end of the Bush years, and didn't see tough decisions, unsolvable problems, unstable institutions, restless populations, technology enabling the impulse to destabilize existing institutions, evil men hungry for more power, and difficult trade-offs. No, our problems and challengers were just a matter of the previous hands running U.S. foreign policy not being smart enough.
Read the rest of this spot-on gem here.
RELATED: Predictable -- Delaware's trio of US lawmakers all support President Lemon in taking military action against Syria.
"Operation Enduring Hesitation." (courtesy of Ace commenter "garrett")
Inspector General's report: Obama’s IRS ‘HINDERED’ Efforts To Stop Illegals From Misusing Social Security Numbers.
Just another day in the administration of President Lemon.
Whose military? MY military, says Boss Obama:
Just a refresher: Here's what candidate [Boss] Obama said in 2008: “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
Does Syria's use of chemical weapons qualify?
As always, it's amazing how quickly positions change depending on the power a political party wields. Boss Obama is contemplating unilateral action (that is, without Congress's approval) against Syria, and he has loyal columnists to back him up. This, despite popular approval for such action of less than 10%.
Steve Newton makes the much more eloquent case about all this (sans the bit about atomic weapons, FWIW).
Seen at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington yesterday:
And so, from the late 1980s:
Don't expect this to deter the usual suspects, however:
Obama had announced at the beginning of the year his push for three major gun control initiatives — universal background checks, a ban on “assault weapons,” and a ban on “high-capacity” magazines — to prevent future mass shootings, no doubt hoping that the CDC study would oblige him by providing evidence that additional gun control measures were justified to reduce gun violence. On the contrary, that study refuted nearly all the standard anti-gun narrative and instead supported many of the positions taken by gun ownership supporters.
For example, the majority of gun-related deaths between 2000 and 2010 were due to suicide and not criminal violence.
In addition, defensive use of guns “is a common occurrence,” according to the study.
The current report from the CDC echoed findings the CDC published back in 2003 that showed that suicides were responsible for 58 percent of all firearms-related deaths in 2000. Also noted is that back in 2003 Americans owned an estimated 192 million firearms, while today that number is estimated to be closer to 300 million, an increase of more than 55 percent.
Said the CDC back in 2003, “Evidence was insufficient to determine the effectiveness of any of these laws" (Emphasis added.):
Bans on specified firearms or ammunition,
Restrictions on firearm acquisition,
Waiting periods for firearm acquisition,
Firearm registration and licensing of owners, and
Zero tolerance for firearms in schools.
As noted above, this won't change one iota the dogma of those supposedly interested in "science" and "facts." Just recall the condescending "brain child" comics creator Ron Marz shortly after Newtown:
Please,don't bother tweeting at me about your right to bear arms and how it's "people, not guns." Dead children. Again. Just STFU.— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) December 14, 2012
Yep. "STFU" about facts and let me spout off like an overly emotional five year-old, dammit!!
That's about the size of it.
Via the WaPo:
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.
The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
In one instance, the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans.
Boss Obama's response?
(Image/caption h/t to the e-mailed "Morning Jolt.")
The A.P. helps out President Lemon:
[T]he AP is still hoping to keep the ugly truth under wraps, and in his write-up of Obama’s “Tonight Show” appearance, he shamelessly demonstrated why the AP has become a trusted member of the president’s Lapdog Media Corpse.
Here’s how Obama is quoted in reporter Russ Bynum’s story:
"If we don't deepen our ports all along the Gulf — (and in) places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. — if we don't do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we'll lose jobs," Obama said.
Yep -- Bynum corrected Boss Obama's idiot geography gaffe by adding the words in bold: "(and in)." In the original, President Lemon mentioned those ports as being Gulf ports.
It amazes me that Old Media dinosaurs still think they can get away with this sh**. With outfits like Newsbusters and Twitchy (which caught Bynum's lapdoggery) around, you're just asking for trouble. Bynum had to add a "correction" later: "Charleston, Savannah and Jacksonville are not Gulf ports. It wasn't known if the president was suggesting they were. The AP should not have added the phrase in an effort to clarify his statement."
Gee, 'ya think?
Numerous embassies across the Muslim world are closed due to a heightened terror alert, and what does Boss Obama do? Go on The Tonight Show to yuk it up with Jay Leno. Part of the "yuks" included the Boss telling Leno that we don't have a domestic spying program.
Oh, and the Boss is really miffed at Russia's anti-gay laws, too. He said he has "no patience" for such and "the anti-gay laws in Russia are a prime example of violating 'universal rights.'” Of course, you'll never hear Obama pontificating about such regarding Muslim countries whose human rights record -- most especially including homosexuals -- are arguably much worse than Russia's. Oh, and did you catch Obama's gaffe on Leno when he threw in the bit about Russia hosting the upcoming Olympics? They're hosting the winter Olympics, but the Boss mentioned numerous summer Olympic sports like gymnastics, swimming and track. What a freakin' dope. Just imagine (sigh) if he was G.W. Bush or Dan Quayle.
This lemon is beyond parody.
UPDATE: Here's still more from President Lemon:
“The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately,” President Obama told NBC’s Jay Leno last night.
“The Panama [Canal] is being widened so that these big supertankers can come in. Now, that will be finished in 2015. If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – places like Charleston, South Carolina, or Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida – if we don’t do that, those ships are going to go someplace else.”
(There are major ports along the Gulf of Mexico, most notably the Port of South Louisiana and the Port of Houston. But Charleston, Savannah and Jacksonville are all on the Atlantic coast.)
Via Twitchy, check out the ENTHUSIASM! The SHEER NUMBERS!! The DEMAND!!!
This lone attendee is so enthused, he's probably busy texting his dog:
And this, er, uh, duo "aren't backing down!"
Perhaps, just perhaps, the hype is so subdued due to sh** like this:
The White House has approved a deal that will exempt members of Congress and their staff from some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Politico reported late Thursday. Under the law, popularly referred to as Obamacare, lawmakers and their aides were required to source health insurance “created” by the law or offered through one of its exchanges, and without the subsidies they currently enjoy, the members of Congress would have faced thousands of dollars in additional premium payments each year, the report said. However, the Office of Personnel Management now plans to rule that the government can continue to make a contribution to the health-care premiums of the lawmakers and their staff, it said, citing unnamed congressional sources and a White House official.
ObamaCare: For us peons only.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial page editor was later ousted. The newspaper released a statement Thursday saying Johnson had been fired for "placing a headline on an editorial outside of normal editing procedures."
But in an interview with Fox News, Johnson said that policy -- requiring that last-minute changes to headlines be approved -- was only implemented after they published his piece.
Sounds exactly our current Administration, doesn't it? Making rules/laws on the fly, ignoring laws when it's convenient ... makes perfect sense, now.
Yeah, no sh**. Now tell us something we don't know.
... in three images.
(h/t to Insty.)
As you probably well know, I'm no fan of COD, but this is absolute bullsh**, man:
On March 9, 2010, the day she revealed her plan to run for the Senate in a press release, a tax lien was placed on a house purported to be hers and publicized. The problem was she no longer owned the house. The IRS eventually blamed the lien on a computer glitch and withdrew it.
Now Mr. Martel, a criminal investigator for the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration, was telling her that an official in Delaware state government had improperly accessed her records on that very same day.
Beyond that, Ms. O’Donnell and Senate investigators who have tried to help her have run into a wall of silence, leaving more questions than answers about whether abuses of the IRS system extend to private individuals and not just the tax-exempt groups already identified as victims.
Cripes. I remember that lien story and many [local] bloggers and commenters made issue of it. I can't recall if I did, but if so I and everyone else should have blamed the freakin' Boss Obama IRS. COD's vociferous objections to this story were spot-on.
I still think O'Donnell is a deeply flawed candidate with many other problems; however, this IRS abuse garbage is incredibly frightening. Everyone should be worried about it for, once the GOP regains the White House, would you want to face "payback?" Be honest.
UPDATE: Rep. Darrell Issa Has Information That Will Link IRS Scandal Up Into the White House.
UPDATE 2: Go figure -- Delaware's largest news source has zippo on this story.
UPDATE 3: Commenter "anon" wrote in the comments:
The Tax Lien on O'Donnell dated back to 2006, you can pull up the documents and verify that fact. The Lien was never on her house, she posted a transcript of a conversation she had with the IRS in March of 2010 and the agent on the phone repeatedly tells her the lien wasn't on the house. The Lien was never called a "glitch" or a "mistake" by anyone but O'Donnell, again, the letters between her and the IRS prove that, and the Lien was never "withdrawn" she was claiming deductions with no documentations, and she did, in fact, end up paying the IRS some amount that was never disclosed.
Wow. Interesting information that is at odds with the article. Much more information regarding this is available here.
UPDATE 4: The News Journal covers the story today.
In Audio Recording, Department of Justice Official Urges Protesters to Seek ‘Justice’ for Trayvon Martin.
JW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested with the DOJ on April 24, 2012; 125 pages were received on May 30, 2012. JW administratively appealed the request on June 5, 2012, and received 222 pages more on March 6, 2013. According to the documents:
March 25 – 27, 2012, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.
March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent $892.55 in Sanford, FL “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida.”
March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent an additional $751.60 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”
April 3 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $1,307.40 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
April 11-12, 2012, CRS spent $552.35 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.” – expenses for employees to travel, eat, sleep?
Wow. Just ... wow. Geez, it's a shame the whole Martin-Zimmerman matter wasn't about a late term abortion doctor. Then, the national media would have totally ignored it, calling it a "local matter." Which means, then, Boss Obama and co. wouldn't have cared less either.
After repeatedly denying that Secretary of State John Kerry was aboard his boat in Nantucket, the State Dept. conceded that ... Secretary of State John Kerry was aboard his boat in Nantucket.
Boss Obama in Senegal: "... we have to respect the diversity of views of people who personally oppose gay rights ..."
Uh, riiiiiight. If there's one thing that isn't respected here in America, it's the "diversity of views" that are contrary to anything the Left believes. Period.
Oh, and by the way -- the prez of Senegal basically told Barack "Cheeyeah, right."
This guy's descended into the "beyond parody" realm:
Saw a great quote on Twitter last night about the whole NSA/spying flap: It used a classic line from M*A*S*H's Colonel Flagg (from the episode "Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler"). In the episode, a shell-shocked bombardier has come to believe he is Jesus Christ, so Hawkeye and BJ call in Dr. Sidney Freedman, the show's every-now-and-then psychiatrist. Unbeknownst to the protagonists, recurring CIA nutjob Flagg has also been dispatched to investigate the matter.
In the conclusion, Flagg lets Freedman have it in Col. Potter's office:
You're not smart, Freedman. You're dumb. Very dumb! But you've met your match in me! Chandler may get out as a psycho -- he's small potatoes. The army can teach my mother how to drop bombs. But, you, Major, are here to stay! Right here, shrink! Where we can make sure you remain loyal to the country that's gonna hound your every step!
Lindsey Grudnicki details the brazen hypocrisy. Here's a taste:
1. December 15, 2005, Senate floor statement on the PATRIOT Act:
This is just plain wrong. Giving law enforcement the tools they need to investigate suspicious activity is one thing – and it’s the right thing – but doing it without any real oversight seriously jeopardizes the rights of all Americans and the ideals America stands for.
2. February 16, 2006, Senate floor statement on the PATRIOT Act Reauthorization:
Soon after the PATRIOT Act passed, a few years before I ever arrived in the Senate, I began hearing concerns from people of every background and political leaning that this law didn’t just provide law enforcement the powers it needed to keep us safe, but powers it didn’t need to invade our privacy without cause or suspicion.
I reiterate: How can we believe anything from this inept administration ever again?
That's the question of the day.
Via Ace: We've already seen the lengths to which this clownish administration will go to snoop on people; now a US attorney suggests that anti-Muslim comments on social media might be a federal crime:
[US attorney Bill] Killian referred to a Facebook posting made by Coffee County Commissioner Barry West that showed a picture of a man pointing a double-barreled shotgun at a camera lens with the caption saying, “How to Wink at a Muslim.”
Killian said he and Moore had discussed the issue.
“If a Muslim had posted ‘How to Wink at a Christian,’ could you imagine what would have happened?” he said. “We need to educate people about Muslims and their civil rights, and as long as we’re here, they’re going to be protected.”
Killian said Internet postings that violate civil rights are subject to federal jurisdiction.
Except that, aside from incredibly bad taste (which isn't a crime), what [Muslim] civil rights were violated in that case? Is this yet another instance of Boss Obama's promise to "fundamentally transform" America -- here being an example of how the First Amendment will be curtailed further by an expansion of "hate speech" statutes? Hell, we've already seen what happened to that sap who made the YouTube vid which Boss O., Hillary, Susan Rice and others blamed for Benghazi: He was arrested ... and is still in the clink.
From the Next Generation episode "The First Duty":
Then there's this from earlier today:
Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller said indicated he did not know who was responsible for the targeting of conservative groups by IRS agents. ”I don’t have that name, sir,” he told GOP congressman Dave Reichert in today’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the scandal, which came to light last Friday.
Reichert persisted, “Did you ask anybody?”
“Yes,” Miller responded — he asked the senior technical adviser, Nancy Marks.
“And what did Nancy tell you, who’s responsible?” Reichert asked.
“That I don’t remember, to be honest with you,” Miller said.
Hopefully, next year and in 2016, much more "won't remember" to vote for any of these associated peons.
Considered one the classic Silver Age/Bronze Age stories in Marvel history, "The Secret Empire" from the early 1970s in the pages of Captain America had the star-spangled hero on the trail of a "high government official," and led to Cap resigning his role for a time. Writer Steve Englehart used Watergate as the basis for his tale (in 1973, mind you, at least six months before Richard Nixon resigned), and the connections were less than subtle in most cases. For example, there was the Committee to Regain America's Principles (C.R.A.P.) (instead of C.R.E.E.P. -- the Committee to Re-Elect the President), and the devious Quentin Harderman (instead of H.R. Haldeman).
As I noted here, Englehart said about his story "I could not see any way that a character named Captain America could not react to something like Watergate." About which I tweeted this morning: "I wonder if any comics writers out there would be brave enough to have Capt. America fight the Secret Empire again ... but this time with Barack Obama as Number One?" Y'know, because of a little thing like the IRS under his watch is going after political enemies? Because Obama's Justice Dept. is snooping at reporters' phone records ... and even the Capitol? Because the administration concocted a totally phony story to blame for an attack on one of our embassies?
Think there'll be any takers? Who wants to be the one creator to really go out on a limb? Y'know, instead of taking the easy, PC and let's-pat-ourselves-on-the-back route like this. Or this. Or this. Or this. Etc.
I won't hold my breath.
Boss Obama's second cousin, who is a conservative writing for the Washington Times and an outspoken critic of ObamaCare ... was targeted by the IRS back in 2010:
Milton Wolf is a physician practicing in Kansas City, and he’s also President Barack Obama’s second cousin. During the health care debates of 2010, Dr. Wolf began speaking out against the ObamaCare proposal. Because he is an articulate, knowledgeable, passionate conservative, he began getting national attention, appearing on outlets including PJTV and Fox News. He also became a regular columnist for the Washington Times.
During the 5/14/2013 White House press conference, Dr. Wolf tweeted:
The same year the #IRS held up my tax refund for months w/o ever saying why, the WH urged the @WashTimes to drop me.
I asked him for more details. He explained what happened back in 2010 (quoted with his permission):
They called my editor and feigned concern that the Washington Times was taking advantage of me… by publishing my op-eds critical of Barack Obama. Around the same time the IRS put a hold on our tax refund that required an arbitrator and several months to resolve. We finally received our refund (and interest) but never an explanation. The local IRS office and the arbitrator seemed genuinely confused by the ordeal using terms like “very strange” and “unusual” but never could explain why it happened. One wonders.
Oh. gosh, did I neglect to note before the blockquote that the White House wanted him canned by the Times? Chicago politics at its "finest." And it now inhabits the White House ...
Culled from the comment section at Newsbusters:
REV WRIGHT racist statements - "didn't know"
BILL AYERS - "didn't know him from that era"
AIG EXECUTIVE BONUSES - "didn't know"
SOCIAL SECURITY SCANDAL lavish parties- "didn't know"
VAN JONES resignation - "didn't know his radical past"
ACORN wide-spread scandals - "didn't know"
SECRET SERVICE scandal - "didn't know"
ALIAS EMAILS / EPA - "didn't know"
EPA RADICAL ARMENDARIZ, RESIGNATION - "didn't know"
FAST & FURIOUS - "didn't know"
BENGHAZI - "didn't know"
IRS TARGETING CONSERVATIVES - "didn't know"
AP PHONE WIRETAPPING scandal - "didn't know"
And then some: Justice Department secretly obtained AP phone records.
UPDATE: Via Insty:
The Internal Revenue Service inappropriately flagged conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status, a top IRS official said Friday.
[Lois] Lerner (who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups) said the practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and was not motivated by political bias. (Uh huh.) After her talk, she told The AP that no high level IRS officials knew about the practice. She did not say when they found out.
About 75 groups were inappropriately targeted. None had their tax-exempt status revoked, Lerner said.
Anyone buying the "coincidence" BS raise your hand. Anyone? Bueller?
Saudi Arabia ‘warned the United States IN WRITING about Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012.’ Hmm ... Russia and Saudi Arabia warned us?? The DHS claims it never got the Saudi tip. Maybe that's because it's been too focused on ways to tie groups like the Tea Party to virtually any act of domestic violence.
Funny, the insane Left wants to hold George W. Bush solely culpable for "allowing" the 9/11 attacks to occur because of a general warning about an al Qaeda attack presented to his then-nascent administration -- and despite Bush's predecessor turning down an opportunity to capture the 9/11 mastermind -- but somehow specific warnings and clues regarding Boston will, I'm sure, have some sort of "logical explanation."
From CBS.com's main page at 4:45pm EST:
Gosh, look how determined our president is! What a leader! What a shining example!
Uh, but, didn't Boss Obama promise just this ... during the presidential campaign? The 2008 presidential campaign?? And ... wasn't one of his first acts as president to sign an edict that Gitmo would close in one year? Meaning early 2010??
Answer to all of these: Yep. But all CBS says is that Boss Obama is going to "revisit" that "longstanding" promise. Because, y'know, some of the inmates there are throwing a hissy fit.
Dude, I haven't played in years and I could do better than 2 for 22:
Bleeding Cool notes that DC Comics has Boss Obama explicitly written into the continuity of their new universe. We're also "treated" to this panel:
Uh, "putting truth and justice back into the American Way?" I know you detect the ridiculous irony in that. Maybe that explains the grimace on the woman's face, uh?
White House spokesmouth Jay Carney didn't like ABC reporter Jonathan Karl's question about the cost of Boss Obama's golf outings ... especially since the sequester supposedly has led to canceled White House tours:
Carney: “Jon, again, you’re trivializing an impact here. People will lose their jobs. Three-quarters of a million people will lose their job.”
Uh, no, Jay. Boss Obama is by spending countless thousands on trivial recreational pursuits while three-quarters of a million people lose their jobs. Because our leader refuses to lead.
The Air Force chaplain who created the PowerPoint showing how to properly handle a Koran has ... been awarded the Bronze Star.
The. Bronze. Star.
From the comments section:
"Being able to do it using a Windows 8 computer must be deserving of the Air Force Cross."
"My dad was awarded the Bronze Star for landing an aircraft in enemy territory and rescuing some downed airmen in Vietnam. Of course, this was before the hazardous duty that is working with anything Microsoft makes."
"Wow, I knew Microsoft software was dangerous, but I had no idea ..."
It's truly amazing how anyone believes this hack anymore ...
Just as the crickets keep chirping in the MSM and locally here regarding the insanely preposterous 180s in which our president keeps engaging, Boss Obama minions keep falling in line by either outright contradicting themselves, or by outright lying. First we see gun grabber Diane Feinstein laughingly claiming that due to US drone strikes, "the number of civilian casualties from drones strikes 'each year has typically been in the single digits.'” Uh, yeah. Riiiiiight. And gas prices have fallen to a $1.50/gallon. A studey by Columbia University estimates that upwards of 155 civilians were killed in 2011 alone.
Elsewhere, John Brennan, Boss Obama's nominee to head the CIA, said in testimony the other day that
... waterboarding is “reprehensible” and “never should’ve taken place in my view." "As far as I’m concerned, waterboarding is something that never should’ve been employed,” Brennan told Senator Carl Levin, “and, as far I’m concerned, never will be if I have anything to do with it.”
Except that, y'know, he said just the opposite back in 2007:
... the practice was a useful means of gathering intelligence, but that it saved American lives. “There has been a lot of information that has come out from these interrogation procedures that the agency has, in fact, used against the real hard-core terrorists,” Brennan said. “It has saved lives.”
Wow. What's next? Obama stating that WMDs really were in Iraq? At this rate I wouldn't be the least bit surprised.
It'll still be George W. Bush's fault, natch.
... well, you know well by now: Obama ‘kill list’ paper leaked, includes criteria for assassinating US citizens.
Just remember, though: Waterboarding is still 100 times worse. Because it happened under George Bush. Or something.
So writes the WaPo's Krissah Thompson:
The first lady’s critics “are reacting to the culture in which they’ve grown up or they are using it as a code to racialize Michelle Obama and remind people that she’s black,” says Andra Gillespie, an associate professor of political science at Emory University. “It is unreasonable to expect a nearly 50-year-old woman to have the body of a 25-year-old. She looks great for her age.”
Who knew? Everyone I know who says Michelle Obama has a fat ass says so because ... Michelle Obama has a fat ass.
Once again, we see how so-called "progressives" are uniquely "qualified" to ferret out the clandestine racism of the body politic. Whether it's using golf to equate Boss Obama to Tiger Woods' extra-marital dalliances, or noting how referring to the president as "cool" is racist, to claiming peanut butter sandwiches are racist ... the typical garden variety American hears all this and goes "WTF??"
And here's a little advice for Boss Obama and crew, and the racer mainstream media: Obama and co. are from Chicago, for cripe's sakes. So grow up. If you can't stand the legitimate political heat and political comedy, make way for someone who can.
As one of Kaus’s readers put it,
My wife is a staff physician [at] a major East Coast hospital. Her employer was one of the first to sign up for federal money to implement a system which hospital management freely acknowledges is “terrible” but there was so much money on offer that they couldn’t say no. Probably the biggest problem with electronic records is simply that it requires the physician to input all notes and orders, rather than dictate them.
As a result, as my bride puts it, “they’ve taken the highest-paid person in the department and turned him/her into a data entry clerk”. On average, she and her colleagues spend more time per patient wading through drop-down menus, clicking boxes and filling in required but utterly irrelevant information than they do at the bedside, actually treating the patient.
In short, it’s her experience that they see fewer patients per shift than they did previously, and spend less time with each one, now that they are required to sit down at a computer after seeing each patient and jumping through hoops to place orders instead of, as previously, simply telling the nurse what is needed and then moving on to the next patient.
Just arrest the filmmakers. Hey, that's what happened to the dude whose video "sparked" the Benghazi riots, right?
From ABC News: FBI Warns of Violence in America Over Anti-Islamic Movie.
As in Neville Chamberlain.
In his inaugural speech today, the president said the following:
We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice. Not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes.
Not exactly the words world leaders should be fond of using. As Britain's Chamberlain said in 1938 after giving much of Czechoslovakia to Germany:
My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is "peace for our time."
Hopefully, you know what followed.
That's how Newsbusters' Mark Finkelstein puts it regarding Tom Brokaw's moronic comparison:
BROKAW: And all these component parts claim it's not their responsibility. NRA says it's not about the guns. It's about violence. It's about mental health. Mental health people say we can't share information because we have privacy issues here. The video game industry says we have a right under the First Amendment. Reverend Al, it reminds me a lot of what happened in the South in the 1960s during the civil rights movement. Good people stayed in their houses and didn't speak up when there was carnage in the streets and the total violation of a fundamental rights of African-Americans as they marched in Selma, and they let Bull Connor and the redneck elements of the South and the Klan take over their culture in effect and become of face of it. And now a lot of people who I know who grew up during that time have deep regrets about not speaking out. There were a few brave souls who did and they were knocked down pretty hard within their own communities for coming out and speaking out in a moderate way, not even in a liberal way about the right of African-Americans to be able to vote, for example, and to walk into any restaurant they wanted to. But there was a lot of silence at the time. Now it's time for the people who do have strong feelings, who are feeling that they can't do anything about it, to kind of band together and have something to say here. And again, it's got to be the whole approach.
Yeah, I get it -- not speaking out about curtailing constitutional rights for all Americans is akin to not speaking about protecting the constitutional rights for [a group of] Americans. Got it.
"Progressives" have this proclivity for naming virtually anything they fervently desire as the "civil rights issue of our time." Like "Plugs" Biden declaring that "transgender discrimination is the civil rights issue of our time'." Or Boss Obama claiming that education is. Or Democrat New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez stating that immigration reform is.
And so on.
Like it would be George W. Bush's fault if he was still prez: "Gasoline prices, which hit a 2012 low of $3.22 a gallon Dec. 19, are up 8 cents in the past two weeks and will likely continue climbing through April."
I just wanted to take a minute to explain to everyone what we were able to achieve this week. In the face of looming deadlines that would have taken a big chunk out of everyone’s bottom line, you know my top priority has been preventing a tax hike that would have hit 98 percent of all Americans in 2013, because the last thing middle-class families could afford now would be to pay upwards of $2,000 more in taxes this year. . . . We’ve stopped that middle-class tax hike.
As Jean-Luc Picard informed Wesley Crusher in "The First Duty," a lie of omission is still a lie. And in this case, Boss Obama neglects to inform that the expiration of the payroll-tax holiday (it goes up two percent) means virtually all Americans (like me) will face a tax increase.
"The 'fiscal cliff' fiasco has made it clear that President Barack Obama is entirely irrelevant to the everyday task of governing. He is not interested in it, and he is not good at it. He is great at campaigning and terrible at leading. He is essentially a symbol, a political celebrity who could be re-elected forever because people seem to like what they think he stands for, and what he tells them he stands against. But he does nothing positive for the country." -- Joel Pollak
(Thanks, as always, to RWR.)
We've said it here many, many times: Forced proportionate representation is a laughable joke, yet the Obama DOE's civil rights division has chimed in on Delaware's Christina District. Kilroy has all the details.
It's worth noting here Hans Bader's past column wherein he notes,
Crimes and infractions are not evenly distributed among racial groups, as the Supreme Court noted in United States v. Armstrong, 517 U.S. 456 (1996). As that 8-to-1 Supreme Court ruling emphasized, there is no legal “presumption that people of all races commit all types of crimes” at the same rate, since such a presumption is “contradicted by” real world data.
Kilroy shares a News Journal analysis which found that
... black students made up about 32 percent of the state’s public school population but accounted for 55 percent of students who were suspended or expelled.
Which, according to the United States Supreme Court, this in and of itself means zilch. But then again, this is Obama's America -- where the mere suspicion of racism means ... racism. School officials, instead of enforcing standard, rational discipline, will look the other way now -- because they certainly do not want to be labeled a "racist."
Get ready for chaos, American teachers.
Head of Obama’s jobs council and the CEO of GE Jeffrey Immelt says "one thing that 'actually works' is 'state-run Communism'”:
UPDATE: Deleted the embedded video as it was one of those annoying auto-play vids. Check the link above for the video snippet.
Via Fox News:
The CEO of popular pizza chain Papa John's says his employees may face reduced hours and he expects his business costs to rise because President Obama's re-election most likely insures the president's health care reform law will be implemented in full.
NaplesNews.com reports John Schnatter made the remarks to a small group at Edison State College's Collier County campus the day after the election.
Schnatter, who supported Mitt Romney in the election, said all Americans having health insurance under ObamaCare is a good, but estimates the change will cost Papa John's $5 million to $8 million annually.
Schnatter estimated that these rising costs could adversely affect his workers. Since only full-time employees working 30 hours or more must be covered under the new law, he said he expects franchise owners will be forced to cut employees' hours because they can't afford the costs of health insurance plans.
n addition, the Applebee’s family restaurant chain is under public attack, including the threat of boycotts after New York-area franchisee Zane Tankel told Fox Business Network that cost increases related to implementing ObamaCare might result in no expansion or additional hiring. Critics appear to have interpreted Tankel’s comments to mean he will layoff customers as a result of ObamaCare.
Need I add the 'ol adage "elections have consequences"?
Via Doug Ross@Journal:
1) Virtually every retailer, restaurant and grocery store south of 38th street is CLOSED. This is in an area covering 8 square miles. I only observed a handful of bodegas in Soho and the East Village, along with Ben’s Pizza on W3rd and MacDougal serving customers. Whole Foods Union Square had a sign reading “because there is no electricity, we cannot open.” There is no food, other than what you have in your refrigerator.
2) To that point, there are close to 400,000 people living below 38th street without power. The mayor earlier said it could be 3 days without power; some Con Ed guys I spoke with in the East Village think it could be longer. Nobody knows.
3) No working traffic lights in this region (drivers are generally being cautious and appropriately yielding to pedestrians). Apartment stairwells are pitch black. High rises have no elevator access...
5) There is no running water or flushing toilets for people living in the Jacob Riis Houses and surrounding NYCHA buildings on the Lower East Side. In my estimate, this is roughly 20,000 people. One family I spoke with is packing their bags and moving to Brooklyn until services are restored. But it did not appear that all residents were evacuating, even as their toilets did not flush.
6) I did not witness a single Red Cross Truck or FEMA Vehicle or in lower Manhattan. Recall the assistance these agencies provided after 9/11 - this is NOT HAPPENING. There are bound to be hundreds of elderly people, rich and poor, who live on the upper floors of buildings with elevators that are now disabled. IF POWER IS NOT RESTORED, THIS WILL MOVE FROM BEING AN ECONOMIC DISASTER TO A HUMANITARIAN DISASTER.
Despite a 0.1% rise in the national unemployment figures today, here's how the Boston Herald reports the news:
The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent in October as the nation added 171,000 jobs.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics report also revised the number of jobs created in September to add another 34,000, increasing the number to 148,000. The August jobs number was revised upward to show 192,000 jobs created.
The October employment report solidified the picture of the U.S. job market that’s emerged this year: Companies are hiring steadily, but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.
“It seems to me if the folks who are working for Gov. Romney were hoping the story this weekend would be the deteriorating U.S. economy and the declining jobs situation, then they’ve got to be disappointed this morning about that,” said Michael Goodman, public policy professor at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. “I don’t think anybody looks at the employment situation in the United States and says, ‘we’re out of the woods,’ but certainly this data and the data over the last couple of years suggests we’ve been slowly and steadily moving in the right direction. ... We’re adding jobs; people are returning to the work force. This is a stronger report than I expected. It’s very encouraging.”
Yeah, Mitt Romney is gonna be "disappointed" by today's report because after last month's unemployment figures dropped to under 8.0% for the first time in Boss Obama's term ... now have gone up again?? YEESH. And the number rising again is "stronger than expected" and "very encouraging"??
And then there's this, as noted earlier by our own Duffy: NYC Mayor Mikey Bloomberg is going ahead with his city's marathon -- despite the fact that Staten Island residents are still without power OR water. Or, as Boston radio host Michael Graham notes,
Sunday, America is going to watch a bunch of skinny, self-righteous, left-leaning joggers snatching bottles of water from the hands of Bloomberg’s NYC marathon crew—while families in Staten Island who have no power OR water sit amid the wreckage of their homes, still waiting for help.
Ah yes ... just imagine if this was, say, Dallas, Texas, and Boss Obama's predecessor was in in office. Thousands of residents without power or water, and the Dallas mayor insists that his city's marathon go on. The MSM would be screaming bloody murder about "WHERE'S FEMA, MR. PRESIDENT??!!" Y'know, like they did in these cases. Oh wait, that's right -- they didn't, then. Oh, and don't forget this little nugget.
UPDATE: As of around 5:15pm local time, it was announced that the NYC marathon is canceled.
Of course, if this was Mitt Romney's LDS pastor (do they call them "pastors?"), the mainstream media would pound this for days. As it is, a small outlet in Georgia reports the following (via the Georgia Tipsheet):
[Dr. James] Lowery said that when he was a young militant, he used to say all white folks were going to hell. Then he mellowed and just said most of them were. Now, he said, he is back to where he was.
"I'm frightened by the level of hatred and bitterness coming out in this election," said Lowery.
Reverend Wright, Dr. Lowery, Father Pfleger, Bill Ayers ... yeah, we're all supposed to believe that Boss Obama shares nothing in common with what these folks fundamentally believe.
Yeah. Again, just imagine if Romney had even the remotest connection to someone like them on the other side of the poli spectrum.
Headline today on MSN News: Obama visits storm victims, Romney campaigns. The actual article is more fair; however, in the lightning fast world of Internet news, that headlines are all.
Elsewhere, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell slammed Mitt Romney for -- wait for it -- collecting storm supplies during Hurricane Sandy. Another MSNBC idiot, Martin Bashir, did the same thing, emphasizing that the Red Cross wanted monetary donations and not food or supplies. He (and Mitchell) must've missed the way-too obvious large television screens where Romney was asking people to donate to the Red Cross.
It truly is head-scratching how the MSM can turn something so innocent (and charitable) into something so "sinister." All the while blatantly -- in a fit of journalistic malpractice, really -- ignoring the cover-up that is Boss Obama and the Benghazi terrorist attack non-reaction/lie.
Bill O'Reilly once posited that the bias of the MSM gives the Democrat presidential candidate (in this case Boss Obama) a three-to-five percent bump in poll numbers. Frequent O'Reilly guest Bernie Goldberg thinks it's worse:
I tend to believe that number is much larger. After all, we’re not just talking about the media promoting Obama and disparaging Romney. We’re talking about the stories the media chooses to hype and the ones they choose to downplay. We’re talking about the information they willfully omit, and the partisan assertions they fail to challenge. We’re talking about the narratives that they help the president advance, and the messages from the Romney campaign that they work to bury. We’re even talking about the entertainment industry and late-night comedians, who by their own admissions can’t bring themselves to make sharp jokes at the president’s expense.
Again, if a Republican was president and something like what happened in Benghazi, Libya occurred, it would be endless headlines day after day -- especially if the prez offered up the excuses and lies that Boss Obama has. Hell, just look at the much less severe Valerie Plame story, for example. The MSM was determined to find a link to Pres. Bush for the supposed "outing" of a "covert" agent (who was stationed comfortably in Washington, DC), yet it now could care not at all that Boss Obama has offered up numerous conflicting stories about what happened in Libya, most especially why his administration pushed the now-false narrative that a ridiculous YouTube video was responsible for the carnage at our consulate there. (The video whose maker remains in jail, by the way!) Four people, including our Libyan ambassador, were killed, and the reason for these deaths pushed for a week by Boss Obama is a known LIE. And only Fox News and various right-leaning media outlets report on it.
It's beyond disgusting.
Boss Obama has canceled an event in Florida to head back to DC so he can monitor Hurricane Sandy.
Funny how he didn't do precisely that when the whole Benghazi, Libya thing was going down, eh?
Be sure to check Insty for all sorts of Boss Obama-Benghazi attack story links ... the vast majority of which, natch, say that the president is an incompetent boob.
Michelle Obama on her husband, Boss Obama: “See, but your president, he didn’t point fingers. He didn’t place blame. Instead, he got to work, because he was thinking about folks like my dad and like his grandmother.”
Be sure to check here for a pretty comprehensive list of blame-placing and finger-pointing.
Boss Obama's applause-generating second debate "zinger" about Romney's pension backfires -- the president's pension is quite a bit more substantial than the challenger's!
Check out what Boss Obama told the guy who asked the question about Libya last night (that moderator Candy Crowley injected herself into):
President Obama, though, wasn’t done with Kerry Ladka. “After the debate, the president came over to me and spent about two minutes with me privately,” says the 61-year-old Ladka, who works at Global Telecom Supply in Mineola, N.Y. According to Ladka, Obama gave him ”more information about why he delayed calling the attack a terorist attack.” For background, Obama did apparently lump Benghazi into a reference to “acts of terror” in a Sept. 12 Rose Garden address. However, he spent about two weeks holding off on using the full “terrorist” designation. The rationale for the delay, Obama explained to Ladka, was to make sure that the “intelligence he was acting on was real intelligence and not disinformation,” recalls Ladka.
Of course, he and his administration wasted absolutely NO time naming the culprit as the ridiculous anti-Islam YouTube video!!
Cripes, Romney is far from the ideal candidate, but how anyone can take the current guy in White House even remotely seriously anymore is beyond me.
10. "I told you I would cut taxes for middle-class families, and I did. I told you I’d cut taxes for small businesses, and I have."
9. "...[H]e was asked, is it fair for somebody like you, making $20 million a year, to pay a lower tax rate than a nurse or a bus driver....And he said, yes, I think that’s fair."
8. "He called the Arizona law a model for the nation."
7. "I want to make sure our timekeepers are working here."
6. "They rely on it for mammograms."
5. "You can ship jobs overseas and get tax breaks for it."
4. "And the production is up....What you’re saying is just not true."
3. "In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?"
2. "He wanted to take them into bankruptcy without providing them any way to stay open."
1. "He did call it an act of terror."
Be sure to click the link to get the specifics on each one.
Boss Obama in 2010:
(h/t to The Right Planet.)
Has there ever been a bigger pu**y to hold the office than our current "commander-in-chief?" Someone who perpetually accepts all the accolades when something goes right ... yet constantly points his finger to someone else (usually George W. Bush) when something goes awry?
This time, Hillary Clinton proves she'd be a better prez than Boss Obama: Hillary Clinton takes responsibility for Libya US deaths.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she takes responsibility for the security failure at the Benghazi consulate that led to the killing of four Americans in Libya last month.
Mrs Clinton said ensuring the safety of US diplomatic staff overseas was her job, not that of the White House.
US Republicans have strongly criticised President Barack Obama over the attack.
And Republican challenger Mitt Romney is likely to raise it again in the second campaign debate with Mr Obama.
"I take responsibility," Mrs Clinton told CNN. "I'm in charge of the state department's 60,000-plus people all over the world [at] 275 posts."
It seems Mrs Clinton is trying to draw criticism away from Mr Obama, who needs a strong debate performance if he is to recover his lead in the polls, says the BBC's Adam Brookes in Washington.
Mrs. Clinton has much bigger balls than Boss Obama. And Team Obama really wonders how Mitt Romney has closed the gap among women??
The Harry Truman placard truly is dead with this inept bunch of bunglers. I can't wait to see how this is handled at tonight's debate, especially since the State Dept. has denied that that anti-Islam YouTube vid had anything to do with the attacks of 9/11/2012. Y'know, the video which Boss Obama and his cohorts for up to a week claimed were responsible for the attacks.
Lawyer: Education Department ignored the law in pressuring Oakland to use race in student discipline.
No one could have seen it coming? Hmm. Odd thing that they were begging for more help and were refused:
State Dept. acknowledges rejecting requests for more security in Benghazi - The Washington Post: "The State Department acknowledged Wednesday that it rejected appeals for more security at its diplomatic posts in Libya in the months before a fatal terrorist attack in Benghazi"
and that the budget had nothing to do with it:
Top Revelations from Libya Hearing - By Katrina Trinko - The Corner - National Review Online: "But when questioned, Lamb denied that budgetary concerns had influenced her decision. committee “It has been suggested that budget cuts are responsible for a lack of security in Benghazi, and I’d like to ask Miss Lamb,” said Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R., Calif.). “You made this decision personally. Was there any budget consideration and lack of budget which lead you not to increase the number of people in the security force there?”
“No, sir,” said Lamb."
Who could have seen this coming? Hmm. Perhaps the man responsible for security on the ground?
Nah, I'm sure he's just shilling for Issa, right?
Oh and that "classified" site you're blathering about on the other post was over-run on the night of the attack and still has not been secured. The NYT reported on this very site on 9/24/11
What was the plan prior to these attacks?
The plan was to "hope" things would get better. This is a theme for Obama. He didn't meet with his jobs council for a year in the midst of the worst economic crises in our lifetimes. Instead the idea was to use QE, stimulus, hope and unicorn farts to make things all better.
The US Ambassador to the UN is now cheerleading that the UN is slightly more inclusive of gay people. No, seriously.
Susan Rice (AmbassadorRice) on Twitter: "Susan Rice @AmbassadorRice
Together with #LGBT allies & #humanrights defenders, we've made history. The #UN is far different than it was 4 years ago."
Our country is being run by total amateurs. The Middle East is in flames, a NATO ally is trading artillery shells with Syria and our embassy in Libya was over-run and four Americans are dead and she's banging on about this crap.
The 3 AM call came to Obama in the form of the economy and he had no idea what to do. The 3 AM call came to Hillary and she passed the buck to Obama who had no idea what to do. Clinton, in keeping with her name, lied about the reason for the attack, the nature of the attack and virtually everything thereafter.
The furious spin on this from the Left all circles back to the endless bleating about how Bush ignored the warnings before 9/11. Which is more damning? Bin Laden determined to strike US targets? Or the long line of ignorance and incompetence that we see listed above?
Boss Obama supporter/faux objective news reporter Andrea Mitchell gave GOP pundit John Sununu a chance to "take back" his comments that the president is "lazy":
"Governor, I want to give you a chance to maybe take it back. Did you really mean to call Barack Obama, the president of the United States, lazy?" she asked.
Why should Sununu take it back? Boss Obama himself said he is lazy:
The California man behind a crudely produced anti-Islamic video that has inflamed parts of the Middle East was arrested Thursday for violating terms of his probation, authorities said.
[The filmmaker] has been on probation for a 2010 federal check fraud conviction that brought a 21-month prison sentence. Under terms of his probation, he was not to use computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer…
A U.S. District Court hearing was scheduled for [him] on Thursday afternoon. It was closed to media and the public.
'Ya think if George W. Bush's DOJ investigated a dude who, say, put up parody of American troops torturing Iraqi civilians and then was subsequently arrested on a parole violation ... that the mainstream media would ignore it? No, neither do I.
Meanwhile, "Piss Christ" is on display this week in Manhattan. No word yet on whether the Boss Obama administration will produce a commercial for Manhattanites (like it did for Pakistan for the YouTube video) urging them to remain calm in the face of this blasphemous disgrace, and reminding them that the administration "had nothing to do with it."
UPDATE: The inimitable Hans Bader thrashes the Boss Obama administration for its handling of the YouTube video/Islamist riots in an aptly titled post, "Scapegoating Free Speech." An excerpt:
The Obama administration has not advocated criminalizing speech against Islam. But at the United Nations, it has argued in favor of civil liability for speech that incites “discrimination” or “hostility” to Islam, based on the false assumption that civil liability is less subject to First Amendment limits. (The Supreme Court’s Hess and Brandenburg decisions protect even speech that incites violence or legal violations unless the speech intends and is likely to cause imminent lawless action. The Administration is apparently unaware of, or does not agree with, federal appeals court rulings that apply those decisions to bar civil liability for speech that incites “discrimination.”)
To this, I point to this recent post of mine. Because it explains the Boss Obama mindset to a tee.
Brutally disappointing especially considering he brought up Holocaust denial -- again.
Oh wait -- calling Boss Obama "cool" is racist. I forgot.
Afghan security forces, our supposed allies, are slaughtering American troops. Thirty-three soldiers have been killed by “green on blue” attacks this year alone. The situation is so bad that the training of Afghan forces has been temporarily suspended.
How has the Pentagon responded?
By blaming our troops.
Top officials believe culturally offensive behavior is the motivation behind the killings, so it’s stepped up Islamic sensitivity training for our troops.
If you don’t want to be shot in the back by your Afghan training partners, the Pentagon advises, don’t offend their religious sensibilities. Don’t kick your feet up on a table, for instance, and never ask to see a picture of their wives and kids. “There’s a percentage [of attacks] which are cultural affronts,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a recent interview.
Of course, the fact that we're there to thwart, y'know, radical Islamist barbarians from torturing, mutilating and killing Afghan civilians can in no way excuse occassional lapses in cultural judgment now, right?
Absolutely unbelievable. Get. Our. Troops. Out. Now.
President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, hit the Sunday talk show circuit yesterday to defend the administration’s Middle East policy in light of a week’s worth of spreading violence and the first murder of a U.S. ambassador since Jimmy Carter was president. In the course of defending Obama, Rice claimed: 1) that the security at the Benghazi consulate was adequate; 2) the attacks on the Benghazi consulate were not pre-planned; and 3) all of this violence is due solely to one 11-minute video on YouTube. All three of these positions are preposterous.
The reality is that Obama has failed internationally for the same reason he has failed at home: arrogance.
Here's just a bit more of Boss Obama's alternate reality:
And on and on and on ...
The good news is that, in this latest Boss Obama fiasco, the American people -- unlike the current administration -- recognize that freedom of speech is more important than the delicate sensibilities of people who maintain seventh century moral and societal codes.
Via Rhymes With Right comes word that the Boss Obama administration has officially intertwined political correctness into our Constitution. Federal agents took into custody the alleged maker of the anti-Muslim YouTube video which radical Islamist barbarians used as an excuse to go on a rampage and kill (among others) our ambassador to Libya. They did this based on supposed "parole violations" the filmmaker allegedly engaged in.
As Insty says,
WHY BARACK OBAMA SHOULD RESIGN. Just for the record, this is what it looked like for a man who made a film that made the Obama Administration uncomfortable:
As DE Libertarian's Steve Newton notes, "I have a simple, politically incorrect answer for this (Muslims being offended by a silly video): Tough shit.
UPDATE: Insty provides the following and asks readers for more:
Boss Obama spokes-mouth Jay Carney: "the protests in the Middle East are not directed at the United States.”
Uh huh. And chickens have lips.
In response to a film that mocked Mohammed, journalists on MSNBC, a professor, and the Egyptian government called for punishment of the film’s producers. Prominent left-leaning law professors have similarly advocated that such speech be restricted, citing customary international law. Their position, if accepted, would seriously menace free speech in America, and harm the publishing and film industries. (At the UN, the Obama administration has also lent qualified support to restrictions on “hate speech” and speech that incites hostility to Islam and other religions.)
(h/t to Hot Air for several links.)
Our ambassador to Libya was killed yesterday in that country's riotous attack on our consulate in Benghazi. KILLED. Our AMBASSADOR. And this is Boss Obama's response?
"I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens."
If Mitt Romney cannot capitalize -- rightly -- on showing Boss Obama and his cohorts to be the incompetent boobs that they are, then say "hello" to another four years for the current dolt in the White House.
Meanwhile, look at what complete idiots Mike Barnicle and Donny Douche suggested today on MSDNC's "Morning Joe":
MIKE BARNICLE: Given this supposed minister's role in last year's riots in Afghanistan, where people died, and given his apparent or his alleged role in this film, where, not yet nailed down, but at least one American, perhaps the American ambassador is dead, it might be time for the Department of Justice to start viewing his role as an accessory before or after the fact.
DONNY DEUTSCH: I was thinking the same thing, yeah.
How are these cretins even in the position they are?? They'd run roughshod over the 1st Amendment ... because a bunch of radicals with a Bronze Age mentality can't control their animalistic impulses and kill people as a result? I reiterate from yesterday: Would these two buffoons wish to prosecute Andres Serrano for his insulting "Piss Christ"? Cheeyeah, right. They'd be the first to scream and holler about any threats and violence offended Christians engaged in.
In effect, Barnicle and Douche -- like those who believe Voter ID laws are voter "suppression" -- are engaging in the bigotry of low expectations. We somehow cannot expect Muslims to behave rationally when some dolt puts out an offensive video.
Here's the vid of these two numbskulls:
RELATED: Has Egypt apologized? Not quite. The government there has said the "U.S. government should not be blamed" for the offensive film, and that the attack on our embassy was "regrettable." But it was only "regrettable" because the US government had nothing to do with the film, not because the rioting Egyptians acted like complete a**holes.
Egypt's president also said,
“We ask the American government to take a firm position toward this film’s producers within the framework of international charters that criminalize acts that stir strife on the basis of race, color or religion.”
Sorry dude. How about you try elevating yourself to the 21st century where words and actions are two entirely different things. But then again, considering who occupies the White House presently, I fear you might just get your way.
ALSO RELATED: Hans Bader shows that the lame Boss Obama excuse that the Cairo embassy issuing its statement without "clearing it" first is, well, just that -- lame.
First the spectacle of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and God being excised from the Democratic platform; now, Boss Obama nixes a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The excuse? Tight campaign schedule.
Uh huh. Maybe Boss Obama oughta change his mind -- especially since that "Arab Spring" he (and his acolytes in the mainstream media) touted is disintegrating into a frigid winter.
UPDATE: Unbelievable: The US embassy in Cairo APOLOGIZES on behalf of "misguided individuals" who may have offended the "religious feelings" of Muslims. (Why are they upset? See the second link in the original post. Same 'ol f***in' story.)
You know the answer in that if a GOP administration did this ....
Senior Obama Campaign adviser David Axelrod reportedly contacted The Gallup Organization to discuss the company's research methodology after their poll's findings were unfavorable to the President. After declining to adjust their methodology, Gallup was named in an unrelated lawsuit by the DOJ.
How convenient. Don't like the polls, so you sue them. Oh, and that "unrelated lawsuit?" Check it:
Since Axelrod first contacted Gallup, the DOJ has become interested in an old allegation made by a former Gallup employee, claiming that the firm violated the False Claims Act by overcharging on their contracts with other federal agencies. Michael Lindley, a former Gallup employee, filed suit against Gallup in 2009 and Gallup was served and responsed to Lindley's suit in 2010. The DOJ signed on to Lindley's suit in August of 2012.
Lindley, was a former field organizer in Iowa for the Obama campaign in 2008.
Be sure to also see this.
Just like the Al Gore campaign attempted to disqualify military ballots in Florida in 2000, the Boss Obama campaign in 2012 has won the first round in nixing early voting for military personnel in Ohio. (Or, as Boss Obama spells it, "O-I-H-O")
That's right -- with a photo of himself. Surprise, surprise.
Jay Nordlinger nails it:
. . . is that you can’t do it about Obama. You just can’t. The “culture” — the media, academia, etc. — won’t let you. He is off limits. A holy racial object — a holy racial left-wing object. He won’t joke about himself, and others aren’t allowed to. Therefore, he is unjoked about. Unjokable about. Or something.
Remember this past week when Mitt Romney made a cute little quip about his birth certificate? MY GOD! WHAT A NO NO!!
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign quickly hit back at rival Mitt Romney’s birth certificate joke, declaring that America “doesn’t need a birther-in-chief.”
“Embracing unfounded conspiracy theories, distracting from real issues,” the [new Obama ad] narrator says. (Link)
Yeah -- you mean unfounded conspiracy theories like Mitt Romney hasn't paid ANY taxes in ten years? Like that?
This is what you do when your record is beyond pathetic. You turn obvious little humor bits into political anathema. But if you keep it up, maybe Romney will call your ridiculous bluff and point out that Obama has no one to blame but HIMSELF for the conspiracy theory that is Birtherism. And you can bet this is why he keeps his college records sealed.
Hans takes on the ridiculous Dept. of Justice hiring scandal. Yours truly gets a mention.
Ah yes, another Republican has made a dumb -- outrageously dumb -- comment, this time about rape. US Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin, who had a terrific opportunity to get the GOP a new Senate seat this fall, said that "in instances of what he called 'legitimate rape,' women’s bodies somehow blocked an unwanted pregnancy." Dumb? Yep. Stupid? Sure. Preposterously outrageous? Definitely.
Of course, the mainstream media predictably is having a field day with this. ABC notes that Akin's comments "may have repercussions for Mitt Romney." CNN points out that abortion is now at the center of the 2012 campaign debate, while its 9:00pm EDT host Piers Morgan notes that Mitt Romney has his "worst nightmare" with the controversy. MSNBC, to virtually no one's surprise, is using Akin's comments to tarnish the entire pro-life plank of the GOP. And, of course, Boss Obama chimed in (naturally), saying "rape is rape":
"Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me."
Ah! Is that so, Mr. President? Would you parse words about abortion considering you favor legal abortion for sex selection? Would you parse words about infanticide considering you opposed a state law in Illinois that would protect the life of a newborn after a failed abortion?
And where was all the mainstream media attention given to these way-out-of-the-mainstream positions that Boss Obama held (holds)?? Absent, as per usual.
And while the GOP was almost universally vocal in condemning Akin's comments, the usual MSM idiots -- like Piers Morgan above, and Juan Williams on "O'Reilly" last evening -- perpetually strive to paint the statements of one moron as "representative" of all the Republican Party ... just like they always do when there's been [politically motivated] violence. When Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot by a lunatic, these media dolts immediately jumped on Sarah Palin's use of "target" lingo as "the cause" -- despite the fact that Democrats had been using the same terminology for years. Cretin Brian Ross virtually immediately tried to implicate the Tea Party with the Aurora, Colorado shooter despite there being ample evidence via Google to prove the T.P. was in no way involved.
On the other hand, when a volunteer at a local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual center walked into the Family Research Council HQ in Washington, DC last week armed and then shot a security guard, well, let's just say the MSM took its sweet time even mentioning the story. And when they did finally "discover" what happened, coverage wasn't exactly in-depth. Oh, and did I mention that at least one prominent "progressive" talk show host said the shooting was the target's -- the Family Research Council's -- fault! Hey!! That sounds like someone telling a rape victim that she "asked for it" because she was dressed provocatively ... doesn't it?
*Sigh* It's the world we live in, after all. Conservatives/Republicans will never get a fair shake in the mainstream media merely because of who they are -- what they believe. And the old guard MSM will continue to (ridiculously) insist that they're fair when they're anything but, and that Fox News isn't a legitimate news organization ... ignoring against all evidence that that news outlet's meteoric rise is the ratings is precisely due to the MSM's preposterous bias, and that center and center-right individuals were craving a fair shake in news reporting -- reporting that Fox News gives them.
Lastly, maybe Fox can pick up this story about a Democratic Minnesota lawmaker who got caught a sex scandal with an under-aged boy. It can ask whether this will "put pressure on Barack Obama's campaign," and if this is Obama's "worst nightmare." But they won't. Fox does some silly stuff, yes, but they don't attempt to turn the actions of one individual into an indictment of a whole group. That's the MSM's and "progressives'" job.
UPDATE: Hey, has anyone heard of this Democratic US Senate candidate from Tennessee? Neither have I. That's probably because he's an anti-gay Democrat and the MSM can't be seen as reporting on something "so out of the ordinary," right?
Look what our "investment" to Solyndra led to: Glass tubes used as modern art.
A "DLer" being a member of the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers, by the way. At any rate, the Boss Obama campaign actually wants you to believe that it's limiting the size of its campaign crowds because, well, check it out (h/ to The Corner):
“We have plenty of time for big rallies,” a campaign spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said between the rallies on Thursday. “Our focus right now is on exciting our supporters and winning over undecided voters and the smaller and medium-size events are the best venue to accomplish that because the president can closely engage with the crowd.”
Big rallies are expensive, especially given the logistical and security challenges for a president as opposed to a mere United States senator. And Obama campaign operatives, both at the Chicago headquarters and in swing states where Mr. Obama recently has stumped, say the campaign intentionally limits crowds by restricting tickets. The reason is to allow the president to better connect with supporters, aides say.
And Guantánamo would be closed in one year. And the stimulus would bring unemployment down to six percent by this time. And Boss Obama would halve the deficit by the end of his first term. And ...
Boss Obama moans that Ms. Extravagant Vacation (aka the First Lady) doesn't get paid.
Well, he's lied so f***ing much already these past three and a half years, what the hell would it hurt with yet another one?
Chee-yeah, right. Up is down, white is black, right is wrong. Mitt Romney has to release a lifetime's worth of tax returns, but Boss Obama's college records remain sealed. Heck, even Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman's academic records have become known!
UPDATE: As if on cue, the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers' Jason "Trust Fund" Scott praises a Boss Obama ad which "kick(s) Romney while he is down." He also likes how "this ad slyly revisits Harry Reid’s '0%' tax rate assertion."
Hilarious. These moonbats will jump on the far-right's use of, say, Birtherism in less than a heartbeat; however, Harry Reid's use of a total fabrication is "a bare knuckle beat down." Then again, Scott is the same 'bat who once said that "reasonable people can disagree about whether or not George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks."
'Nuff said, natch.
Two follow-ups to this post from lawyer Hans Bader; the first is Hans' letter to the Maryland State Board of Education about their racial quotas in school discipline, and the second is titled "Obama Administration Aggravates The Minority Achievement Gap, Increases Risk Of School Violence."
Be sure to check them out!
Here's Deputy Boss Obama Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter saying “I don’t know the facts of when Joe Soptic’s wife got sick, or when she died.” This, in regards to an outrageous ad in which Mitt Romney is laughably blamed for Mrs. Soptic's [cancer] death:
May 14, 2012: Mr. Soptic, talking about his job loss and death of his wife, saying "Now I’ll turn the call back over to Stephanie.” Ms. Cutter: “Thank you, Joe. We really appreciate you sharing your experiences”:
Wow. Then, based on this standard, Boss Obama has caused almost sixty thousand deaths.
An ICE agent faces suspension for ... doing his job -- right here in Delaware:
A veteran Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is facing suspension after he refused to release an illegal immigrant who was not considered a priority target under the Obama Administration’s new immigration enforcement policies, according to documents provided exclusively to Fox News.“They’re punishing law enforcement officers who are just trying to uphold U.S. law,” said Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council. Crane is a union representative acting on the unidentified officer’s behalf.
And, ready for this? "The acting field director sat down with the illegal and explained that he was going to be let go because he was not a 'presidential priority.'"
The ICE agent faces suspension, but the illegal -- who is here illegally and has ten traffic violations -- is free to go.
Welcome to Boss Obama's America, folks.
The mainstream media had a field day ripping Mitt Romney for his concerns over the UK's security at the Summer Olympics; however, they certainly didn't notice much when all of these occurred now, eh? My personal fave:
President Inspector Clouseau gifts Prime Minister Gordon Brown with a cheap box-set of DVDs incompatible with British DVD players:
As he headed back home from Washington, Gordon Brown must have rummaged through his party bag with disappointment.
Because all he got was a set of DVDs. Barack Obama, the leader of the world's richest country, gave the Prime Minister a box set of 25 classic American films - a gift about as exciting as a pair of socks.
Gordon Brown is a well-known movie fan so I'm sure he not only appreciated the White House laying out a cool two-hundred bucks or so for a pile of DVDs he couldn't watch, but also gifting him with movies any movie fan would already own.
And, who can forget (aside from the MSM) this classic Boss Obama moment?
To quote Insty, that is. GM Ramps Up Risky Subprime Auto Loans To Drive Sales:
President Obama has touted General Motors (GM) as a successful example of his administration's policies. Yet GM's recovery is built, at least in part, on the increasing use of subprime loans.
Near the end of 2010, GM acquired a new captive lending arm, subprime specialist AmeriCredit. Renamed GM Financial, it has played a significant role in GM's growth.
The automaker is relying increasingly on subprime loans, 10-Q financial reports shows. Potential borrowers of car loans are rated on FICO scores that range from 300 to 850. Anything under 660 is generally deemed subprime.
Again, what could go wrong?
White House big mouth Jay Carney refuses to name the capital of Israel:
I'd like to grant that this is just a simple mistake, but I really doubt it.
(h/t to the H.F.)
It was bad enough that Rush Limbaugh hypothesized that Hollywood was releasing The Dark Knight Rises -- whose villain is named Bane -- to coincide with the latest round of Boss Obama attacks against Mitt Romney ... those linking him (or not linking him) to Bain. Now, Team Boss Obama is doing the same in reverse:
"Bane" is the terrorist in the new movie who drives the caped crusader out of semi-retirement in the final Batman movie. Democrats, who believe they have Romney on the ropes over the president's assault on his leadership at Bain Capital, said the comparisons are too rich to ignore. "It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood," said Democratic advisor and former Clinton aide Christopher Lehane. "Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society," he added.
Thankfully, one of comicdom's few conservative-leaning creators and co-creator of Bane, Chuck Dixon, throws ice water at this nonsense:
As for his appearance in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane is a force for evil and the destruction of the status quo. He’s far more akin to an Occupy Wall Street type if you’re looking to cast him politically. And if there ever was a Bruce Wayne running for the White House it would have to be Romney.
The Washington Times' Kerry Picket continues:
The DC Comics character Bane is best known for releasing all of Gotham City's criminals from Arkham Asylum. Batman is pushed to the point of exhaustion as he rounds them all back up, but Bane is waiting for him and breaks Batman's back. Bane brings forth chaos, anarchy, and lawlessness. Mitt Romney is not the first person to come to mind as far as the character of Bane is concerned. In fact, the chaos that Bane brings is reminiscent of Occupy Wall Street protests.
If anything, Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, would be better suited to what the Dems have in mind -- based on what she whispers to Bruce Wayne in the flick's trailer: "There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches. Because when it hits you're all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us."
That's still nonsense -- the premise that if others gain someone has to lose -- but it makes a helluva lot more sense than tryin' to make Mitt Romney out to be an Occupy Wall Street guy!
DE Libertarian has the sad details about federal tax delinquency ... among federal employees:
A new report just out from the Internal Revenue Service reveals that 36 of President Obama's executive office staff owe the country $833,970 in back taxes. These people working for Mr. Fair Share apparently haven't paid any share, let alone their fair share.
The tax offenders include employees of the U.S. Senate who help write the laws imposed on everyone else. They owe $2.1 million. Workers in the House of Representatives owe $8.5 million, Department of Education employees owe $4.3 million and over at Homeland Security, 4,697 workers owe about $37 million. Active duty military members owe more than $100 million.
The Treasury Department, where Obama nominee Tim Geithner had to pay up $42,000 in his own back taxes before being confirmed as secretary, has 1,181 other employees with delinquent taxes totaling $9.3 million.
The biggest offender is the US Post Office, with over 25,000 employees owing a total of almost $270 million.
Personally, I'd exempt active military members from paying federal income taxes (and others, too) ... for reasons I've made quite plain on this site numerous times.
It's truly amazing how Dan Quayle-esque Boss Obama is. Of course, our illustrious mainstream media will never harp on it with regards to Obama like they did with Quayle (surprise), but the sad fact is that our Boss may actually beat the former veep for verbal blunders. Here's the latest:
Well, here’s what I know, we were just talking about responsibility and as president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you.
Actually, Truman said "the buck stops here." Saying that Truman said "the buck stops with you" allows Boss Obama to point his finger at someone else -- "Yeah, you!" Y'know, like his favorite target for assigning blame: George W. Bush. And knowing Boss Obama like we do, he'll likely twist it further: "Well, he was president too, so the buck did stop with him!"
Nevertheless, Boss Obama's overall "point," such that it is, is beyond laughable. As Conn Carroll notes,
That is an interesting line of attack for Obama to be making. Romney is claiming he should not be held accountable for decisions made by Bain Capital from 1999 through 2002 because he was on leave and did not make any of the decisions in question. Sounds straight forward enough.
But what about everything that has happened under Obama sine he was sworn into office? The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Fast and Furious. The Solyndra bankruptcy. The GSA Las Vegas spending scandal. Twenty-three million Americans either under or unemployed. 8.2 percent unemployment.
Will Obama claim he’s been on leave since 2009? Who would Harry Truman say should be held accountable for all of that?
"On leave since 2009." Heh.
"John McCain ran for president and released two years of tax returns. John Kerry ran for president and his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow this wasn't an issue," Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee, said in the interview.
"The Obama people keep on wanting more and more and more, more things to pick through, more things for their opposition research to try and make a mountain out of and distort and to be dishonest about," Romney continued, reissuing his pledge to release two years worth of returns.
Mitt's right, of course. But will it hurt him? In the short run, yes, a little, but perhaps not as much in the long run.
I think Donald Trump is a pompous blowhard, but I agree with him here: Romney should agree to release more tax returns as soon as Boss Obama agrees to release all of his college records/transcripts. Fair enough? White House spokesmouth Jay Carney has already attempted to equate such requests with those of Birthers, but that's plain silly. If anything, what such a revelation may reveal is that Boss Obama himself lied about his birthplace in order to secure the college entrance that he did. After all, Obama's literary agency noted that he was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii" right up through 2007.
So, if the Obama campaign's mantra is that it is "impossible to know" whether Mitt Romney violated the law with regards to his relationship with Bain Capital, the GOP nominee should use the exact same terminology against Boss Obama: It is "impossible to know" whether Obama lied on his college application, especially since he spent his last two years in high school "in a daze" due to heavy drinking and drug use.
Via The Hill:
The Obama administration has agreed to let Florida use a national law enforcement database to purge residents suspected of not being U.S. citizens from their voter rolls.
The decision was announced in a letter to state GOP Gov. Rick Scott, who has pushed for Florida to receive access to the Homeland Security (DHS) registry of noncitizen residents, the Associated Press first reported.
The administration had blocked Florida’s request for access to the database for months, but the decision to allow access was spurred by a court decision in another voting-rights case in favor of the state.
As a commenter to the article writes, "That the federal government would even attempt to block ANY state from this information is unconscionable." Well, it's not if you're afraid that common sense voter integrity measures will diminish the number of votes your side will receive in elections. Which, of course, is unethical as all hell, but this is what modern "progressives" have been diminished to.
Of course, you'll never hear about this Dan Quayle-esque gaffe in the mainstream media!
Rhymes with Right fills us in on a little story:
I wrote about it one month ago today -- three voter registration documents for non-existent individuals arrived in my mailbox from a liberal group.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The voter registration form arrived in the mail last month with some key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston's name was complete, as was her Seattle address.
Problem is, Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998.
A group called the Voter Participation Center has touted the distribution of some 5 million registration forms in recent weeks, targeting Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as unmarried women, blacks, Latinos and young adults.
But residents and election administrators around the country also have reported a series of bizarre and questionable mailings addressed to animals, dead people, noncitizens and people already registered to vote.
Brenda Charlston wasn't the only person to get documents for her pet: A Virginia man said similar documents arrived for his dead dog, Mozart, while a woman in the state got forms for her cat, Scampers.
"On a serious note, I think it's tampering with our voting system," Charlston said. "They're fishing for votes: That's how I view it."
RwR has pics of the phony registrations mailed to him. Check 'em out.
Boss Obama quickly hired Truther Van Jones to his staff ... and remained on staff until [the conservative] media continued to point the ugly truth (pardon the pun) out. Most recently, MSNBC hired Truther Touré as part of its latest pundit show. Locally, Jason "Trust Fund" Scott of the Local Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers once wrote
While reasonable people can disagree about whether or not George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, nobody disputes the fact that he wanted a "pearl harbor" [sic] type event to happen in order to create a pretext for attacking Iraq.
Now, in Missouri, a prominent Democrat -- and 9/11 Truther -- is running for statewide office:
MD Rabbi Alam is an Obama campaign ally and Missouri-based Democratic activist who chairs the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (NDPAAC), a Democratic National Committee-sponsored organization that liaises with Asian minorities.
Alam, who was born in Bangladesh, served as a “satellite campaign manager” for then-candidate Barack Obama and the Democratic Party during the 2008 elections, and has since been invited to the White House.
Alam has speculated about Jewish involvement in the September 11th terrorist attacks and participated in an event with a Muslim cleric who has accused Israel of terrorism and alleged that the U.S. invented the HIV disease.
“Why [was] 9/11 was a official holidy [sic] for all jewish [sic] people worked in the the [sic] WTC?” Alam asked in an Internet discussion titled, “Was 9/11 a conspiracy??”
Alam went on to tout the 9/11 Truther film Loose Change 9/11, and challenged readers to “tell me how many of the Jewish people died on the 9/11 tragedy?”
Asked in an interview Monday about his provocative views, Alam stood by his controversial writings, admitting that he has been “waiting to discuss it with somebody.”
“My question was, ‘What’s the reason not a single Jew was killed on that day,’” Alam said, maintaining that his inquiries are based on facts, rather than a bias against Jewish people. “Was there a single Jew killed on that day?”
For what it's worth, the State Dept. estimates that between 200-400 Jews died in the 9/11 attacks.
Don't politicians and pundits who even raise (not agree with) the issue of Obama's birthplace get roundly -- and quickly -- panned? Are there any Birthers with their own show (or routinely featured) on Fox News?
Yep, that's what our illustrious attorney general said at the annual NAACP conference in Houston.
In a speech at the annual NAACP conference, in Houston, Holder said many voters would have to travel “great distances” to get a government-issued photo ID and that some would “struggle” to pay for the requisite paperwork. “We call these poll taxes,” Holder said.
I wonder if I can sue for an unconstitutional poll tax for the stamp I used to send in my voter registration form. Or for the gas cost incurred by traveling to my polling place.
But that sarcasm aside, the best part is ... a government issued photo identification (and a second form of identification, as well) was necessary to get in to the NAACP conference!
Gotta love it.
President Obama is personally calling on Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns.
In an interview Monday night with Manchester, N.H., ABC affiliate WMUR, Obama stressed the need for transparency when asked whether Romney’s offshore finances, including a Swiss bank account, disqualified him for office or made him unpatriotic.
“What’s important is if you are running for president is that the American people know who you are and what you’ve done and that you’re an open book. And that’s been true of every presidential candidate dating all the way back to Mitt Romney’s father,” Obama told reporter Josh McElveen.
True for you, Mr. President? Riiiiiiiiight.
"Open book" my arse.
Boss Obama's 30 instances of saying “not to read too much into” monthly jobs reports. From November 2009 to June 2012.
President Obama’s Secretary Paid Higher Tax Rate Than He Did. But he wouldn't have been affected by the so-called "Buffett Rule."
So? Why the f*** doesn't he voluntarily pay more taxes, then?? It's quite simple, actually.
And why not? Boss Obama has refused to cooperate and coordinate with law enforcement in Arizona regarding immigration violations. Boss Obama has refused to deport certain illegal immigrants because, well, he doesn't want to. His Dept. of Justice refuses to prosecute the attorney general after he's held in contempt of Congress. Various liberal mayors and legislators refuse to go after illegal immigrants by declaring their towns "sanctuary cities." The feds suing states for requiring a photo ID to vote, yet refusing to prosecute outright -- and videotaped -- voter intimidation. A big city mayor ignores state law and allows gay "marriages" in his burg.
Why is it "right" when so-called "progressives" refuse to uphold and/or enforce laws, but it's anathema for people like Scott to do same? Obviously, a huge part of it is the mainstream media: The rule of law only matters when it benefits the interests of the Left. It is easily jettisoned when it contradicts those interests.
Keep in mind this isn't merely about legal and political disagreements -- it's the hypocrisy. If Boss Obama and his fellow "progressives" were at least even a little consistent in their application and enforcement of the laws, maybe you wouldn't see actions like this taken by Gov. Scott. Or, for that matter, actions like that taken by states like Arizona.
Despite [at least some of the time] arguing just that before the Supreme Court and despite the Supreme Court majority agreeing with just that:
(h/t to RWR.)
UPDATE: I also like this (via Legal Insurrection):
Look how Boss Obama celebrates the Supreme Court ruling from yesterday.
Nothing like hawking merchandise featuring a three-letter saying which includes the word "f***ing." On the president of the United States' own website.
Remember Mitt Romney talking about visiting the local "Wawas."
In reaction to the mixed Supreme Court ruling yesterday on the controversial Arizona immigration law, our illustrious boss did the following:
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police.
To call this "immature" is an understatement. In essence, because Arizona prevailed in court in what was arguably the key part of its disputed law, our boss is saying "Oh yeah? Well how about this?? Nyah nyah!!" And it is a perfect illustration of why Arizona (and other states) have passed laws like the one that went before the high court: Because our boss picks and chooses which laws he likes and dislikes ... and doesn't enforce the latter. Y'know, even though that's what his branch of government is supposed to do.
And it gets better: Though Homeland Security may refuse to answer the phone from Arizona law enforcement, the Dept. of Justice has set up a special hotline "for those who believe their civil rights have been violated by local Arizona law enforcement officers." How 'bout that? As Susan Berry says over at Breitbart.com, "This is the response of Barack Obama, the leader of our nation who is supposed to have vowed to protect and defend us and our borders." Or, as Antonin Scalia wrote in his dissent in the Arizona case (my emphasis),
Must Arizona's ability to protect its borders yield to the reality that Congress has provided inadequate funding for federal enforcement—or, even worse, to the executive's unwise targeting of that funding?...What I do fear—and what Arizona and the States that support it fear—is that “federal policies” of nonenforcement will leave the states helpless before those evil effects of illegal immigration.
The federal government does not want to enforce the immigration laws as written, and leaves the states' borders unprotected against immigrants whom those laws would exclude.
President Obama once again shows us all that he is a boss, not a leader. Courtesy of a friend on Facebook, I found the perfect illustration which depicts the differences:
*Sigh* Those in the "Boss" column illustrate our current boss perfectly. Why border states like Arizona or New Mexico would ever consider voting for this boss boggles the mind.
That's how James Taranto ends his column today on "Race and Privilege." It comes from his last paragraph which reads,
In our view, cries of racism are becoming more intense because they are becoming less effective. Obama is in political trouble not because he is black but because he has done a poor job as president. We will hear a lot about the scourge of racism between now and November, in part because his supporters need to blame somebody other than him for his failures of leadership and in part because they hope that black fear and white guilt will help him to win re-election. In the absence of the latter outcome, things ought to calm down after the election.
The first sentence really says it all. Precisely because more and more people guffaw at spurious charges of "racism," the methods by which it is invoked then become more outrageous -- so outrageous, in fact, as to almost defy reality. Here's just a recent sampling:
I don't want to start too much forest fire here, but it is my instinct: Is this ethnic?"
And it'll only get more and more ridiculous as November approaches. And, if Obama wins re-election, all of the above will quickly be forgotten, and these folks will invoke the same meme as the immediate post-2008 election: That, despite the first black president being elected and then re-elected, race relations still have a looooong way to go.
After all, if they didn't, these folks would be out of a job.
UPDATE: Flashback from 2007: Obama accused the Bush administration of “hiding behind executive privilege” after [Larry] King asked him for his opinion on its utilization.
Obama administration to offer Immunity to younger immigrants. Bypassing Congress. Y'know, the branch of government that makes the laws.
UPDATE: Saw this rather excellent question on Twitter: Why is Obama issuing work permits to people? It's not like they'll be able to find a job in the Obama economy.
He claims that Europe is the US's biggest trading partner.
URRRNT!! Try Canada.
If this was George W. Bush, this'd be the stuff of mocking humor for days.
It's gone ahead and sued Florida to stop its "purge" list of non-citizens on voter rolls. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says the feds have failed "to provide us the information necessary to identify and remove ineligible voters from Florida’s voter rolls." The Feds accuse the state of violating the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) and the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
On the scene reporter Marc Caputo says "So far, there’s less evidence of suppression and more evidence of fraud."
Our idiot Attorney General, Eric Holder, who's aggressively suing states that pass voter ID laws because they're somehow "discriminatory," didn't know that federal courts require people to show a photo ID before being permitted entrance:
“If I were to go to the federal courthouse here in D.C., either as a party or as an attorney, wouldn’t I have to show a government-issued photo ID?” Lungren asked.
“That’s not been my experience, here in DC. I don’t — you know,” Holder replied.
“Some federal courts — are you aware that’s required in some federal courts in this land?” Lungren said.
“I don’t know,” Holder replied.
As Insty's Glenn Reynolds likes to say, "The country's in the very best of hands."
It's a heckuva lot more qualifying than being a community organizer, that's for sure.
If asked, Toot [Obama’s maternal grandmother, Madelyne Payne Dunham] would turn her head in profile to show off her beaked nose, which, along with a pair of jet-black eyes, was offered as proof of Cherokee blood.
That's from pages 12 and 13 from The Messiah's book, Dreams of My Father. And, as we also noted yesterday, the mainstream media wasn't who picked it up. As with practically anything to do with liberal Democrats, that's left to the right-wing new media (in this case, Breitbart).
And, like the case of Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts US Senate race, Obama has no way of proving this:
But, as we all know, family lore does not Cherokee ancestry make, and following the line back, neither Franklin McCurry’s parents, grandparents, nor great-grandparents were Cherokee, based on all available records.
What a riot. So, we've learned Obama himself is the original Birther, and now, like the original Occupier (Warren), he claims Indian ancestry -- all to prop himself up in the eyes of his politically correct racial bean counting academic overlords.
Again, no -- I am not saying Obama was born in a foreign land; this just further proves the notion that The Messiah was embellishing his résumé right up until the point (2007) when he decided to become a contender for the presidency.
At least he never claimed Native American ancestry. Well, as far as we know. You don't expect the mainstream media to investigate the president, do 'ya?
This is the most plausible theory to me:
Roger Simon speculates that the reason the president refuses to release transcripts from college is that they might reveal his claim of foreign birth. That is certainly a possibility. Falsifying information in order to receive financial assistance is fraud. And while the statute of limitations would mean that Obama couldn't be prosecuted, it would end his political career.
For the clueless out there: Notice it says "his claim of foreign birth." Simon (and I) are not Birthers; far from it. As noted here, it is highly likely Obama embellished his background for the same reason Massachusetts Democrat Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren did: it delighted the "progressive" academics with whom the two chose to surround themselves.
Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."
The booklet, which was distributed to "business colleagues" in the publishing industry, includes a brief biography of Obama among the biographies of eighty-nine other authors represented by Acton & Dystel.
It also promotes Obama's anticipated first book, Journeys in Black and White -- which Obama abandoned, later publishing Dreams from My Father instead.
Here's the Obama bio used in the booklet:
Breitbart was never a Birther, nor does this bio contradict Obama's birthplace as being Hawaii. Nevertheless,
the biography does, however, fit a pattern in which Obama -- or the people representing and supporting him -- manipulate his public persona.
And what's more, the agency used this Obama bio ... until 2007.
UPDATE: Miriam Goderich assumes blame for the mistake:
You're undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me -- an agency assistant at the time. There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.
Funny how this "simple mistake" hung around for sixteen years.
Courtesy of James Taranto (via Soccer Dad): "Obama is under the mistaken impression that America's symbol is the bald ego."
The Messiah razzing Mitt Romney on his supposed waffling statements about killing Osama bin Laden:
“I assume that people meant what they said when they said it,” Obama said at a White House news conference. “That’s been at least my practice. I said that I’d go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did. If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they’d do something else, then I’d go ahead and let them explain it.”
You can the full context of Romney's past statement(s) at the link, but just take in the absolute chutzpah of that first sentence from The Messiah. Shall we, Mr. President, take you by what you said when you said it? Y'know, like closing Guantanamo prison in one year.
How your stimulus package would keep unemployment below eight percent.
That you wouldn't approve of a budget that added one dime to the deficit.
That adding so much to the debt/deficit is "unpatriotic."
Shall I continue? If I did, this would probably be my longest post in the blog's history.
We learn from the Washington Post that Democrats in Congress have a "fallback" plan in case the US Supreme Court upholds the Arizona immigration law. Included in that plan are the following:
NY Democrat Senator Chuckie Schumer said,
“If the court upholds the Arizona law, Congress can make it clear that what Arizona is doing goes beyond what the federal government and what Congress ever intended.”
He called the Arizona law an “assault on the domain of the federal government” that Congress will need to address if the court allows it to stand.
'Ya gotta love this, folks. As Mark Krikorian notes,
So, for open-borders legislators, running to the courthouse is Plan A, while actually going through the deliberative process of legislating is Plan B. Because, you know, they might lose if it were put to a vote, and there’s no sense in taking that chance if you don’t have to. That pretty much sums up the governing philosophy of the Left: Only when all else fails should you try democracy.
And, of course, if Schumer and his idiot pals had done their job long ago, Arizona might not have felt compelled to act on its own behalf.
Meanwhile, Congressional Dems and our illustrious Justice Dept. could care less about so-called "sanctuary cities" which outright ignore federal immigration laws by providing a safe haven for illegal immigrants!
A week after suing Arizona and arguing that the state’s immigration law creates a patchwork of rules, the Obama administration said it will not go after so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with the federal government on immigration enforcement, on the grounds that they are not as bad as a state that “actively interferes.”
”There is a big difference between a state or locality saying they are not going to use their resources to enforce a federal law, as so-called sanctuary cities have done, and a state passing its own immigration policy that actively interferes with federal law,” Tracy Schmaler, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., told The Washington Times. “That’s what Arizona did in this case.”
Right. Arizona doing what the feds essentially REFUSE to do is "actively interfering." In other words, the state is "actively interfering" in ... nothing. And the author of the actual law that requires -- requires -- [sanctuary] states and localities to cooperate with the feds when it comes to immigration laws says Eric Holder and the administration are full of it:
For the Justice Department to suggest that they won’t take action against those who passively violate the law who fail to comply with the law is absurd,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and chief author of the 1996 immigration law. “Will they ignore individuals who fail to pay taxes? Will they ignore banking laws that require disclosure of transactions over $10,000? Of course not.”
This is your modern Democrat Party, folks. Go after states/localities that actually enforce the law, and look the other way at states/localities that piss on same. And if the highest court in the land upholds the rights of a state to enforce federal immigration law, our Democrats in Congress will thwart the state by ... passing more laws. Which, again, Democrats will only enforce when they want to. And they won't want to in those sanctuary cities, just like they don't approve of voter ID laws. Because scamming a few illegal votes in the upcoming elections just might make the difference between victory and defeat.
That's according to one Lonnie Peek, a self-described "racial militant" from Michigan:
“A thousand dollars is a lot of money,” Lonnie Peek, one of the fortunate few to touch Obama personally, told CBS. “But other folks are kickin’ in for their candidates, so what you do is you bite the bullet. You wanna have your conscience good, to feel that this is what I did. You know, you go without a couple of meals. We can miss a couple meals.”
No wonder Obama still has so many supporters despite his dismal economic performance while in office. Soaring gas prices? We can go without driving if we can just shake The Messiah's hand. Pay more taxes? No problem -- I'll pay a grand, as long as I can shake The Messiah's hand. Most debt racked up by any president in history? Let me personally assist with $1,000 by being able to shake The Messiah's hand.
And once Michelle and I had our girls, she gave it her all to balance raising a family and pursuing a career. And something that, could be very difficult on her, because I was gone a lot. Once I was in the state legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I’d be traveling. And we didn’t have the luxury for her not to work. And I know when she was with the girls she’d feel guilty that she wasn’t giving enough time to her work, and when she was at work, she was feeling guilty she wasn’t giving enough time for the girls. And like many of you, we both wish there were machines that could let us be in two places at once.”
Awwww ... poor baby!
Look, let's be 100% real here: The Obama's certainly DID have the luxury for Mrs. Obama not to work. My wife and I had that option, and I was then a lowly public school teacher with a mere three years experience under my belt. What was my salary back then -- the high $20 thousands? Low $30s? Obama was all the things he mentioned above; think he made more cash than I did? Without a doubt -- and a lot more.
As mentioned, this nonsense preceded idiot Hilary Rosen's remarks that Mitt Romney's wife "never worked a day in her life." Of course, Mrs. Romney was a stay at home of five children. "So what," many a "progressive" have said today on Twitter. "She probably had numerous housekeepers, au pairs, etc. doing all the work for her." Well, Mrs. Romney may have been like Sean Young as Mrs. Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, but Rosen doesn't know that, nor does any other idiot liberal gabber. Knowing the many Mormons as I do, I would tend to doubt it considering their views on family -- like the "Family Home Evening" just to name one example.
Honestly, I hope The Messiah and his acolytes keep this nonsense up. Mitt Romney is in a much better situation poll-wise than Ronald Reagan was at this time back in 1980; Obama's continued idiocy will only make this even better.
... our president is recycling speeches. And verbatim, too:
(h/t to Buckhorn Road)
Energy Secretary Steven Chu gives himself top marks for controlling gas prices:
Delaware's own Joe Biden on the Osama bin Laden raid:
You can go back 500 years. You cannot find a more audacious plan. Never knowing for certain. We never had more than a 48 percent probability that he was there.
To bring up other much more audacious plans would insult your intelligence. Just like Joe insults all of ours.
What to do when you suck and you're frustrated? Yep -- blame Fox News.
[David] Corn writes that after the midterm elections, Obama told labor leaders in December 2010 that he held Fox partly responsible for him “losing white males.”
“…Fed by Fox News, they hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7, and it begins to seep in…The Republicans have been at this for 40 years. They have new resources, but the strategy is old,” Corn recounted Obama as saying.
"Hear Obama is a Muslim 24/7?" I watch FNC fairly regularly and heard that maybe a few times -- during the 2008 election and not from any show hosts. It was from some invited [nutty] guests. FNC's "Special Report" host Bret Baier notes, "For the record, we found no examples of a host saying President Obama is a Muslim."
*Sigh* What freakin' baby. Any GOP president has every mainstream media outlet in his face, and that occurs 24/7. Obama has one network that dares to question him, and he has a royal cow. Someone give him a hug -- quick.
Attorney General Eric Holder in 1995: "We must 'brainwash' people against guns."
Now, while the intent of the idea -- using guns isn't "cool" -- is obviously laudable, this attitude of Holder's goes a long way in explaining "Fast and Furious," doesn't it? And, we all know what the saying is regarding intentions, right?
Numerous people complained about Florida Democrats using a version of Old Glory ... with The Messiah's image on it:
And think I'm joking about the title? Try again:
[Chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party Nancy] Hurlbert said Tuesday's incident was the first time anyone had complained about the flag, which she received as a gift two months ago. "It leads me to believe that it's not about the flag," she told FoxNews.com. "Certain elements cannot accept Barack Obama as president."
But of course.
The Messiah has to get re-elected!!
In 2008, Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that he wanted to ramp up gasoline taxes over the next 15 years until they eventually were consistent with Europe’s rates. “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” he stated clearly.
Now, four years later, Chu has come remarkably close to achieving his goal (albeit a little too rapidly), and the American people are not pleased. With gasoline prices at record highs, and approval numbers at record lows, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) asked Chu at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday whether he still wants America’s gas prices at Europe levels, which could more than double our current rates.
According to the National Journal, “Chu seemed to equivocate, pause, and stumble over his words when responding to Lee’s question about high gas prices,” but ultimately stated, “I no longer hold that view.”
When asked whether he regretted his 2008 statement, Chu said “let me not comment on that.” (Link)
Don't dare believe it. This douche is just saying this because Obama is getting hammered for rising gas prices -- and his (and Obama's) past words don't bring out a hell of a lot of confidence (as they shouldn't) from folks that they really care 'em. Because, frankly, they don't.
He did the job the old media refused -- and refuses -- to do. Like thoroughly vet our president. Below is a video which Obama advisor Charles Ogletree outright admits he hid from the public back in 2008. Why did he hide it? Because it shows Obama telling everyone to embrace the words of Professor Derek Bell, a far-left radical who helped invent "Critical Race Theory" (discussed here at Colossus previously), an idea so out-there even leftist judges won't give it any weight.
Bell also wrote The Space Traders, a science fiction story where aliens promise the United States enough gold to solve all of its monetary problems ... if only the country gives them all its black citizens. The US does just this (of course) and the story has a not-so-subtle anti-Semitic message as well. This story was turned into a TV drama in the early 90s. It's hard not to notice in this drama how the head alien looks and talks just like Ronald Reagan, not to mention the ridiculous caricatures that are the [GOP] US president and his advisers in this scene.
Bell is just like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright but with greater academic cred. And our president embraced him, literally. Can Obama say that, like he did about Wright, that he "didn't hear anything" vitriolic from Bell? He states outright that we should "open our hearts and minds" to Bell's words.
No wonder Ogletree had to hide that tape.
And from Hot Air, watch as CNN's Soledad O'Brien (among others) demonstrates perfectly why Breitbart's efforts are needed.
Y'see, if O'Brien had her way, none of this would have ever come out (well, it didn't until Breitbart got into the mix) because she has determined that it is all "no big deal." She has. She doesn't want to leave it up to you to determine that for yourself. And need I mention, this is the same mainstream media that sent an army of reporters to sift through Sarah Palin's e-mails, and determined that a rock on a hunting ground -- rented by former prez candidate Rick Perry -- that had a racial epithet on it was a major [negative] story against the former TX governor. Among many other examples.
I read this report at several other sites (like this one) before happening upon Robert VerBruggen's piece at The Corner. He references the NY Times coverage of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights report on <"harsher" school discipline meted out to minority students. As you might expect (especially from the current Education Dept.), racism is heavily implied, whereas there is absolutely no mention of the possibility that minority students actually commit more [school] suspendable offenses than white students. (Asian students, by the way, aren't even mentioned as they frequently are not, mainly because they 1) do better academically than whites, and 2) are a minority that doesn't get into trouble a whole lot in school, making the "case" the Ed. Dept. wishes to make just a bit tougher.)
As VerBruggen writes,
Most liberals know that not all racial gaps are attributable to racism. At any rate, they should know this if they’re paying any attention to the facts; for example, scholars Glenn Loury and Bruce Western have conceded that the black-white gap in incarceration rates largely results from the fact that blacks break the law more than whites. Heather Mac Donald has made the case at length, which is almost a waste of her considerable talents, because the evidence is so overwhelming it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.
Yet we see this ridiculous spectacle in the Times: a story that reports the fact that black students are more likely to be disciplined in school, quotes some lefty sources about how this is a “civil rights” issue, and doesn’t even mention the possibility that black students might misbehave more.
Liberals always claim we need to have an open conversation about race in this country, but ignoring the reality of racial differences in behavior does nothing to move that conversation along.
We've long discussed the oxymoron that "brave" conversations about race are, whether they're called "Courageous Conversations," "Difficult Dialogues," or whatever. They're only "brave" insofar as whites must accept the blame for any and all racial disparities. There can be no other explanation permitted (and "Courageous Conversations" says this outright). Sorry, but if this is the case, then nothing will ever get solved.
But liberals will feel good about themselves. That's for sure.
Of course. I'm certain it'll contain as many factual errors as I.T. did.
GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE. NOW.
Our illustrious commander-in-chief quickly apologized for the burning of numerous Korans in Afghanistan recently (y'know, because even though proper procedure appeared to have been followed, militant Islamists still rampaged and killed a lot of people); ironically, we now read this:
Military personnel threw away, and ultimately burned, confiscated Bibles that were printed in the two most common Afghan languages amid concern they would be used to try to convert Afghans, a Defense Department spokesman said Tuesday.
The unsolicited Bibles sent by a church in the United States were confiscated about a year ago at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan because military rules forbid troops of any religion from proselytizing while deployed there, Lt. Col. Mark Wright said.
Such religious outreach can endanger American troops and civilians in the devoutly Muslim nation, Wright said.
I wonder if/when Barack will apologize to American Christians for this travesty, eh? Yeesh, again, see my very easy solution to this nonsense at the beginning of the post.
Greg at Rhymes With Right has further thoughts on this.
UPDATE: And then there's the utterly beyond-ridiculous PC when it comes to reporting on all this stuff. Like here:
The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack Saturday inside the Afghan interior ministry that killed at least two American officers.
NATO and Afghan officials reported the deaths of two American officers inside the ministry in Kabul.
According to the International Security Assistance Force, initial reports indicated that "an individual" turned his weapon against NATO service members.
A Taliban spokesman said the attack was in response to the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base.
The Americans killed were a colonel and a major, the Afghan official said earlier.
"They were part of the advisory mission there," the official said. "At this stage we can't say why they were killed."
Um, excuse me, but besides it being f***ing obvious, A TALIBAN SPOKESMAN JUST TOLD YOU WHY!
UPDATE 2: Andrew McCarthy has a must-read on all this.