A Cancer On The Presidency, Part II: #Benghazi #IRS #DOJ And The Media Whores Offline

Update: The Treasury Inspector General Report is out proving to the DailyKooks that you’re not paranoid if you really are being followed. We wanted to weep as we read it but then we pictured Michelle Obama scowling angrily at her lunkhead husband and we laughed.

Two of our favorite quotes of the day:

“For fear of stating the obvious,” Kuhnhenn began, “the White House right now is confronting a confluence of issues: Benghazi talking points, IRS reviews of political groups, Justice Department’s review of journalists’ phone records, and in every instance either the president or you have placed the burden of responsibility someplace else… But it is the president’s administration, so I wonder, doesn’t responsibility for setting tone, for setting direction ultimately rest with the president on these matters?”

and

“Before taking a few questions,” McConnell said, “let me just add one thing. As you continue to file your stories on this subject, ask yourself before you write, how would I be writing this story if this were a Republican administration?

Now that it is their interests threatened, their colleagues investigated, their god that failed – some in Big Media are bitter and full of remorse –




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It’s sad to think of all those young people who so believed in HOPE and CHANGE now so disillusioned on the political system as they discover they cast, some for the very first time, their valuable vote for a cheap hustler from Chicago with less ethics and smarts than Richard M. Nixon. Many of these young voters, Barack Obama promised, would be so proud of their first vote for Barack Obama that they would become lifelong churchgoers in the cult of Obama Dimocratic worship. To think of the heartbreak of black voters who cast content of character aside in favor of the skin color of an Obama who has destroyed in so many ways the present and future of the black community. It’s sad to think of the older, mostly white liberal voters, who so foolishly sneered at common sense to vote for an inexperienced, cheap, Chicago hustler – they said reminded them ever so much of the young and dashing John F. Kennedy of their youth. Now these old fools discover they voted for worse than Richard M. Nixon.

How sad it is to… oh… well… who are we kidding? It’s not sad at all. We’re not hypocrites. It’s not sad at all. Truth be told we are, uncorked champagne bottles at hand, luxuuuuuuuuuuriating in the mud bath swamps imported from Chicago to the nation at large. After our mud bath we’re headed to Blacks Fifth Avenue so that Olga will give us a fresh coat of Jungle Red on our fingernails.

For now, in our Chicago imported buckets of mud, bath we reminisce sweetly of our Big Media friends. We recall with fondness an ABC anchor of their then prestigious evening news telecast who once literally saved our lives in a valley in Pennsylvania. We also remember, with a smirk, that top financial reporter who pleasured a much older woman friend of ours and after every liaison with the cougar he would break off the relationship. This dance heightened as this top reporter became engaged to another woman but still he visited our cougar friend. Even when he married, the nocturnal visits continued as did the early morning breakup farewells. We would see our friend regularly and it became a regular custom to ask her “how is Mr. hump and dump?” A wan, satisfied smile would cross her lips as she lit a Dunhill Blue. That reporter eventually did leave – his job – to work for one of the most powerful broadsheet publications.

We recall another reporter who was known to have many “toys” with which to pleasure himself and the strangely beautiful “boys” he frequently had dinner with. Another prominent reporter we knew, now on a national broadcast, had some lovely leather strap garments he regularly wore on his nightly club rounds. We can’t really count how many of the boys on the bus we knew had a Jeff Chandler style proclivity for lovely undergarments even though they were indisputably heterosexual. There was also that curly haired operatic beauty that works for the widest circulation newspaper who was so anal retentive and on bitter edge her stool regularly had blood in it. Ah, memories. There are many more but we don’t have too much time as Olga is usually fully booked and we shouldn’t be late for our manicure.

We recall these lovely stories of the ladies and gentlemen of the press because of the latest Barack Obama scandal to erupt. We’re talking the AP DOJ scandal.

How sad, that the ladies and gentlemen of the press who so whored themselves in service to Barack Obama now find themselves “humped and dumped“. Or are they battered wives who crave attention from their love even if it is a beating?

In the hierarchy of Barack Obama scandals the AP DOJ scandal is without doubt the most important to the ladies and gentlemen of the press. It’s NOT because these ladies and gentlemen are concerned about their “sources” as they so loftily proclaim – suddenly awake to the importance of the Constitution (though not the Second Amendment – that’s for those “bitter clingers”).

No, what has the ladies and gentlemen who hide behind constitutional protections when it affects them is neither the Constitution nor the plight of their sources. What the ladies and gentlemen of the press are scared about is the laughably named Department of Justice having possession of their personal phone records. The phone records which contain phone numbers of their dominatrix brothels, drug dealers (you can’t stay up all night without a little blow now can you?), boyfriends/girlfriends of the paid for variety (they are ever so busy so who has the time for romance when you can hump and sign?), doctor appointments for those anal warts and herpes, and who knows what other depredations. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

There’s also that little matter of Finlandization. If the “Department of Justice” has their phone records maybe they should be a bit careful in what they write. There’s no need for a threat, the Soviet never had to actually threaten Finland, you just know they know that you know that they know and so you keep your mouth shut.

What does the scandal cascade teach us about trust in government power? Beware of power. Beware of power because it corrupts. Beware of giving power to the corrupt because they become even more corrupt. That’s how Republics fall.

The strength of our republic is a system of checks and balances which has almost failed because of Big Media corruption. But there is still hope to rescue ourselves and our system of government.

Today on another Barack Obama scandal front we hear from Darrell Issa: No way we’re going to let Obama administration investigate the IRS by itself. That’s fine but not enough. From Eric Holder we hear has recused himself from the AP Big Media whores offline phone records scandal. That certainly is not enough.

We need special prosecutors. We need select committees from both houses of congress. For now, until after the 2014 elections, we’ll have to settle for select committees from the House of Representatives. We’re going to need a Judge Sirica. We’re going to need a Woodward/Bernstein and that entity won’t emerge from Big Media. The new Woodward/Bernstein will have to come from the internets.

We need investigations with subpoena power to follow up on what the new Woodward/Bernsteins write. The Investigations must be thorough. Don’t bother with a scapel – get a chain saw.

It’s time to savagely rip open the source of the corruption and remove the cancer on the presidency.

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146 thoughts on “A Cancer On The Presidency, Part II: #Benghazi #IRS #DOJ And The Media Whores Offline

  1. I have been waiting since 2008 for this to happen.
    sadly its taken this long to reach a tipping point

  2. “We recall with fondness
    “We also remember, with a smirk
    “We recall another reporter who was known to have many “toys”
    “Another had some lovely leather strap garments
    “also that curly haired operatic beauty
    “Ah, memories. There are many more but ”
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    Looks like admin has given them some of their proper due & proceeds with the merriment:” uncorked champagne bottles at hand ”
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    sweet.

  3. http://riehlworldview.com/2013/05/obama-doesnt-take-cheap-date-media-seriously-lol.html

    Hilarious. Why should this administration take what the press does seriously? He’s owned them since even before he secured the Democrat nomination, let alone his inauguration.

    “People are pretty mad — mad that government has not taken what we do seriously,” one reporter said on Tuesday.

    This is sort of a like a cheap date wondering why they aren’t respected in the morning, if you get my drift. Now, pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off, smooth out your clothes light a cigarette and call a cab journalists, party time is over.

    We’re sorry if it wasn’t as good for you, as it was for Barry!

    via Inside the AP: Fear, determination – Dylan Byers and Katie Glueck – POLITICO.com.

  4. It’s about freakin’ time that this house of cards corruption gets blown to high Heaven.

    Payback is a bitch and there needs to be a house cleanin’ that leaves us only with the best of the best, and REAL news reporters we can trust, not a president’s fan club pretending to report the news.

    Lock ‘n load, mud baths and popcorn.

  5. Barry can’t put out all the fires at once, nor can he blame them on Bush.

    I would love to have a web cam in the WhiteHouse and watch MO and Jarrett screaming up and down the halls at BO for fu@king up their gravy train.

  6. One of the more tense and interesting exchanges during Tuesday’s White House briefing occurred when NBC’s Chuck Todd exposed White House spokesman Jay Carney as not exactly being honest regarding a talking point involving a piece of legislation that might have protected the Associated Press from the Department of Justice seizing the phone records of 20 reporters.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/05/14/Jay-Carney-Caught-In-Falsehood-Over-Obama-Support-of-Press-Protection

  7. The legislation was the “Free Flow of Information Act”. The president effectively killed it by telling congressional leaders that he would not support the bill. Congress then tabled it, rather than have any discord within the party between the White House and Congress.

  8. I fear they dumped these scandals to hide something even MORE DIABOLICAL. You know the old, ”watch this hand” trick.
    Or LOOK A SQUIRREL!!! 🙁

  9. BOMBSHELL… ABC Analyst: West Wing Of White House Authorized IRS-Gate Targeting (Video)

    ABC News’ Trey Hardin: West Wing Of White House Authorized IRS-Gate Targeting

    Gee, it wasn’t a local IRS office scandal after all.
    ABC’s Trey Hardin suggested “with a very strong sense of certainty” that the West Wing of the White House authorized the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

    Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 3:49 PM

    obama nixon
    Barack Hussein Nixon (M.Ryan)

    ABC News’ Trey Hardin: West Wing Of White House Authorized IRS-Gate Targeting

    Gee, it wasn’t a local IRS office scandal after all.
    ABC’s Trey Hardin suggested “with a very strong sense of certainty” that the West Wing of the White House authorized the IRS targeting of conservative groups.
    Via ORYR:

    From the video:

    Trey Hardin: “I will tell you this on the IRS front. I’ve worked in this town for over 20 years in the White House and on Capitol Hill and I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it. It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization.”

    Trey Hardin was on with Doug McIntyre on 790 KABC this morning.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/05/bombshell-abc-reporter-west-wing-of-white-house-authorized-irs-gate-targeting-video/

  10. I want to know the details of why Bill is blowing his cork.

    Is it because Obama wants to make her the sacrificial lamb?

    Or perhaps because Barry has screwed the Democratic pooch so badly Hillary won’t run?

    Or is there more dirty laundry to come out that ticks off the big dawg?

  11. The more whistle blowers that come out over these scandals, the more will get the courage to come forward.

    Let there be a parade….

  12. http://www.salon.com/2013/05/14/obamas_cronkite_moment/

    If President Obama has lost Jon Stewart, has he lost his base? It’s a question worth considering after “The Daily Show” host tore into the president Monday night for a series of scandals and controversies that seem to be piling up by the hour this week. In a shouty, expletive-laden segment, Stewart said the IRS scandal will be fodder to the right-wing conspiracy theories he’s been battling for years and that it single-handedly ”shifted the burden of proof from the tin foil-behatted to the government:”

    “Well, congratulations, President Barack Obama, conspiracy theorists who generally can survive in anaerobic environments have just had an algae bloom dropped on their f–king heads, thus removing the last arrow in your pro-governance quiver: skepticism about your opponents.”

    By the time Stewart got around to the Department of Justice taking AP reporters’ phone records, he couldn’t even muster the energy for outrage, mumbling blankly, “mother f–cker.”

    Stewart, more than any other broadcaster or political figure, has become a voice for the millennial generation and a conduit for its political awakening in the Obama era. Stewart has never withheld criticism for the president, but the tone is usually like that of a comedic roast, ribbing but generous, or the kind of sober, but compassionate warning a friend may give about the need to shape up. But Stewart’s performance last night suggests the host is losing his patience with the president. Could his viewers and a core constituency of the Obama base be not far behind him? [snip]

    Meanwhile on CNN, Piers Morgan, who is also usually quite friendly to the president and willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, said Obama’s failures on transparency is America “at its worst.”

    “Four months into a fresh four years, President Obama is already assuming the familiar crouch of a scandal-struck second-termer,” Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote today.

  13. Democratic Senators asked the IRS to investigate political groups back in 2010

    Senate Dems Have as Much to Explain as the IRS

    Over the last three years, Democratic senators repeatedly and publicly pressured the IRS to engage in the very activities that they are only now condemning today. At the same time, Republicans repeatedly and publicly warned against this abuse of government power and pointed to a series of red flags that strongly suggested conservative political organizations were being targeted by the IRS. Those warnings were deliberately ignored by the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress.

    As the New York Times reported back in 2010 :

    With growing scrutiny of the role of tax-exempt groups in political campaigns, Congressional Republicans are pushing back against Democrats by warning about the possible misuse of the Internal Revenue Service to audit conservative groups….And the Republicans are also upset about an I.R.S. review requested by Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who leads the Finance Committee, into the political activities of tax-exempt groups. Such a review threatens to “chill the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights,” wrote two Republican senators, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and Jon Kyl of Arizona, in a letter sent to the I.R.S. on Wednesday. … Democrats dismissed the Republicans’ complaints as groundless.

    [See a collection of political cartoons on Congress.]

    You read that correctly.

    The same Democratic chairman of the Senate Finance Committee who this week is calling for hearings into IRS activities, specifically called on the IRS to engage in that very conduct back in 2010. And he wasn’t the only one. Just last year, a group of seven Senate Democrats sent another letter to the IRS urging them to similarly investigate these outside political organizations.

    As the New York Times also reported just one week before they sent this letter:

    The Internal Revenue Service is caught in an election-year struggle between Democratic lawmakers pressing for a crackdown on nonprofit political groups and conservative organizations accusing the tax agency of conducting a politically charged witch hunt.

    Voters in New Hampshire may be interested to learn that Jeanne Shaheen was among the signatories of that letter urging action by the IRS.

    http://bit.ly/12ytcOq

    or

    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/brian-walsh/2013/05/14/senate-democrats-pushed-for-irs-tea-party-snooping-before-criticizing-it

  14. I expect that Tom Donilon was the White House official who changed the talking points. It that turns out to be true, then on that point at least, I have been right from the beginning. He is the same guy who was leaking top secret information to NYT on the bin Laden business. I would say Rhoades, but he is too young and does not have the chops to do it. He is the practical equivalent of Peggy Noonan, who was Reagan’s speech writer, and is now the Hedda Hopper/Beatrice Fairfax of the political scene. Which ain’t saying much.

  15. Add another name to the list . . . .

    Franklin Graham: IRS targeted us, too

    The IRS came after Billy Graham, too, his son charged Tuesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.

    Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the family’s international humanitarian organization Samaritan’s Purse, said that the IRS notified the organizations in September that it was conducting a “review” of their activities for tax year 2010.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/franklin-graham-irs-targeting-91362.html

  16. We need special prosecutors. We need select committees from both houses of congress. For now, until after the 2014 elections, we’ll have to settle for select committees from the House of Representatives. We’re going to need a Judge Sirica. We’re going to need a Woodward/Bernstein and that entity won’t emerge from Big Media. The new Woodward/Bernstein will have to come from the internets.
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    Impeachment will depend on the ability of the Republicans to win the Senate in 2014, and the willingness of their leadership to uphold the rule of law as opposed to the path of least resistance. Two formidable obstacles.

  17. Shadow, in response to your question as to why Bill is spitting bullets, I think it has to do with the fact that the Obama Administration released only that string of emails that would be damaging to Hillary, and has refused to release the rest (which would point the investigation and responsibility in Obama’s direction). You get a sense of that when you see how deftly they played Tapper, who swallowed it hook line and sinker. If I am reading this right, then I would renew my admonition to Hillaryland which was and is to fight or die, because as I read the tea leaves, they are getting outmaneuvered again by the Obama people.
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    Was Jake Tapper played by White House through selective leak of just one email?

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 5:15pm

    ABC News source stands by reference to State Dept in leaked Benghazi talking points emails — White House defenders get the controversy they want

    Jake Tapper reports that the White House is disputing that the Benghazi talking points were edited in the way ABC News and The Weekly Standard presented them, leading to charges that the emails were doctored. The ABC News source is standing by the leaked emails.

    Based on Jonathan Karl’s updated report (quoted below), it looks like the White House played Tapper to create a controversy by releasing just one in a chain of emails. Regardless of how it turns out, this provides the dodge White House defenders were looking for, and they are relishing it.

  18. That bastard Gosnell did a plea deal and will serve life in prison
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    He brutally murdered the most vulnerable and innocent human beings in this society. Brutally. Shame on the prosecutor who agreed to this sentence.

  19. Corruption in the sacred temple of socialism

    By: John Hayward | May 14th, 2013 at 05:17 PM | 2

    As we watch a string of scandals detonate across the Obama Administration, we should all be able to agree that the abuse of government power to punish political opposition is hideously wrong. Sometimes we struggle to define the precise boundaries of “corruption,” as a growing government extends its power into the private sector, and the daily conduct of its business becomes inherently corrupt. Special interests swarm around the Leviathan State like remora fish around a shark. Everyone is either getting punished or subsidized by the government. Political connections become the most valuable economic resource. (If only President Obama’s cronies in the “green energy” racket had been given half the scrutiny this Administration directed at Tea Party groups, imagine how much money taxpayers would have saved!)

    The ruling class reaches the apex of its power when it no longer has to tax and spend money to promote its agenda, or even deploy coercive regulations that could be traced back to particular administrators; instead, the ruling class need only express its desires, and those eager to curry favor will scramble to obey. For an example, watch the unfolding scandal around Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ efforts to squeeze money out of the industries she regulates.

    But even in that thick stew of corruption – as competition under the impartial rule of law is replaced by a struggle to win the zero-sum affections of the State – we can easily see that government itself is the greatest “special interest” of all. When politicians and bureaucrats abuse power to protect themselves, we should recoil in disgust. There are right and wrong ways for politicians to win support, but there is no “good” way for them to punish opposition.

    This disgust grows particularly acute when the Internal Revenue Service is corrupted. We are obliged to place a great deal of faith in the IRS. The agency carries an extraordinary burden of public trust.

    Our tax system is no simple matter of computing a flat percentage against easily documented income. Both individuals and corporations must submit an enormous amount of information to the IRS, so their compliance with the State’s agenda can be measured. The tax code is an instrument of control, not just a method of gathering revenue. If that’s all it was, it would be much less intrusive, and the IRS would be much smaller.

    The government distributes a great deal of favor through the tax code. Behaving in the “right” way earns various deductions and credits. Excessive success and “incorrect” investment is punished. In order for this system to function, the behavior of citizens and their corporations must be carefully monitored. Failure to comply with this surveillance brings unfortunate consequences (unless the offender has powerful political connections, of course.)

    As the tax code grows, and exerts greater levels of control, the volume of information Americans must place into Internal Revenue’s trust necessarily grows. It can’t work any other way. Every activity with tax ramifications must be monitored. Very few activities are without tax ramifications now. ObamaCare is one prominent example of a bill that makes vast new segments of American life the business of the IRS, at both the individual and corporate level.

    The IRS must fulfill this trust with the highest level of fidelity, respecting the privacy of every American. Whatever moral legitimacy Big Government retains depends upon this utterly. The IRS is a socialist’s favorite agency, nourishing the State with blood drawn from the unruly private sector, while simultaneously imposing the economic preferences of wise and benevolent government. It brings in revenue to fund the State, and it controls private behavior. It must conduct itself as the sacred temple of socialism, in which the sanctity of the tax confessional is absolute.

    Otherwise, a system that has already been criticized as tyranny becomes completely indistinguishable from it. The IRS is not meant to serve as an opposition research team for the ruling Party. Its power is not meant to stifle discourse. No one should believe that more fervently than a sincere liberal. No one should have less tolerance for the corruption of that sacred encounter between citizens and their rulers, in which the property of individuals is transformed into sustenance for the divine general will of The People.

    Liberals believe with all their hearts that every citizen should have a voice in shaping the general will, do they not? They measure “freedom” not by independence from the government, but rather by the ability to influence its course. Everyone is allowed to speak, then an election settles our differences, and everyone is expected to obey the winners. If the government is able to use its power to suppress that noble democratic process – especially the singular power of the IRS – what are we left with, except the mere tyranny that liberals claim to oppose?

    To be honest, our gigantic central government already has many other resources for influencing the electoral process. It has many resources for purchasing votes and intimidating dissent. The ideal of a giant government that humbly serves The People is the absurd primal delusion of the modern Left. Let us begin with the absolutely unacceptable sin of corrupting the IRS, work our way back through every agency, and see how many Americans we can set free from that delusion.

  20. That bastard Gosnell did a plea deal and will serve life in prison
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    He brutally murdered the most vulnerable and innocent human beings in this society. Brutally. Shame on the prosecutor who agreed to this sentence
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    When you are dealing with a mass murderer there are times in which there is a rational basis for a prosecutor to offer a life sentence as opposed to a death sentence. Here King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng offered a life sentence to the Green River killer, in order to induce him to identify and locate the bodies of the young women he murdered. I sat next to the son of one of those women on an airplane trip to Denver, and that was enough to convince me that Norm was wrong. There are cases that warrant the death penalty, which do not require the convicted to locate bodies and the Gosnell case is one of them. For those cases, the death penalty is the only way that justice can be served.

  21. If Bill Jacobsen is right, and he usually is, and Obama played Tapper like a fiddle, then how does that petty indiscretion affect his relationship with big media as a whole. I have it on good authority that regardless of how I might feel about Tapper, he is highly respected by his colleagues, and theirs not mine if the one that counts. How do they like it when Obama plays them? Honestly, I do not know the answer to that question. They have had their collective heads up his ass for so long, that they may be seeing stars. I just don’t know. If they were honorable men and women then they say, as the old Teamsters logo reads–an injury to one is an offense to all. But with the dysfunctional media we have today, I do not know, and I submit, neither does anyone else.

  22. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/elijah-cummings-laws-probably-broken-91365.html?hp=l2

    The most senior Democrat on the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday said laws were “probably broken” in an incident concerning reports that the IRS targeted conservative groups for additional monitoring, calling the issue “one of the most alarming things” he’s ever seen.

    “I think laws were probably broken, but at the least there have been some improper actions on the part of the IRS,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), speaking on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” “If it’s not against the law we need to create some laws to make it so.”

    Cummings, the ranking member on House Oversight, said he wanted to see the issue come before his committee — something the chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), has indicated he will do.

    I’d love for my committee to have a hearing on this,” Cummings said, saying he has a slew of questions for the former and acting directors of the agency. “Because I have great concerns about what they knew, when they knew it, and what if anything they did about it, whether or not they were honest with the Congress.”

    “This is one of the most alarming things that I have ever seen,” he continued. “I’m very concerned about it, we gotta get to the bottom of it, and by the way…we gotta do it in a bipartisan way.”

  23. Some have suggested that establishment Republicans who don’t like the Tea Party groups either also asked the IRS to “investigate” these conservative groups. If this is the case, I wonder if how effective any hearings concerning the IRS will be?

  24. [WWB, per your comments on the previous thread (5/13) I agree Brooks is a snake. Just wondering how his comments concerning Nuland’s innocence on the Benghazi talking-points will play out with the WH (and CIA) who are bent on pinning this all on the State Dept. (i.e. Hillary). Perhaps by clearing Nuland this will clear the way to go after Hillary.]

  25. trixta
    May 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    [WWB, per your comments on the previous thread (5/13) I agree Brooks is a snake. Just wondering how his comments concerning Nuland’s innocence on the Benghazi talking-points will play out with the WH (and CIA) who are bent on pinning this all on the State Dept. (i.e. Hillary). Perhaps by clearing Nuland this will clear the way to go after Hillary.]
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    I think big NYT has already decided to support Hillary, their former editor Bill Keller has indicated as much. I think Brooks is simply doing what he always does, which is calling himself a conservative, loving Obama and taking the Republican Party to task for everything it does. In that respect he is like McCain, who is now a much reviled figure among conservatives.

  26. It’s time to savagely rip open the source of the corruption and remove the cancer on the presidency.
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    Yes indeed.

  27. On the Justice Department issue, let us set the reaction of big media to verse (with a little help from Dorothy Parker):

    The sun’s gone dim, and
    The moon’s turned black
    We loved Obama, and
    He didn’t love back

  28. There is a book called Superbrain which I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested. It is written by Deepak Chopra–the doctor and ethical teacher and Rudolph Tanzi who is a doctor and Harvard professor who is doing the leading research on Alzheimer disease. It may sound esoteric but it is not only practical but readable. I mention it here because of a particular passage which discusses how the brain reaches a higher state of enlightenment, which may well apply to big media as they confront this new evidence with respect to the Great Santini, I mean the Great Obama:

    “These aha moments do not appear all at once. They are part of a process. In the movies, and sometimes in real life, a woman exclaims to a man, wait a minute, we are not just friends, you are in love with me. How could I have missed it? This moment of awakening can upend one’s life. But even if it doesn’t the person experiences an internal shift. The mind stops computing the world in terms of we are just friends in favor of a world in which it gets recomputed in terms of you love me.”

    And so it is likely to be here. Big media saw Obama as their friend and they trusted him. Therefore, they charged in like Sir Galihead to defend him at every turn. But what they are learning now, which is really too late to do any good, the bad choice of 2008 was repeated in 2012 and that will be their cross to bear moving forward. However, the net effect of the current disclosure, is they can no longer indulge in the illusion that he loves them. And they are likely to act like a lover spurned. I seriously doubt he realizes this, and evidently Carney does not either. But it is the way the human brain works, according to these experts. And no amount of spin by his minions can alter billions of years of evolution on the neocortex. Not even the Great Santini, I mean Obama, can perform that miracle.

  29. And I tell you what I really love: not necessarily the comparisons to Nixon, but the way the extreme left feels compelled to say he is not Nixon and that the comparison to Nixon is ridiculous. By addressing the charge and denying the charge, they are unwittingly adopting it. It is like Nixon saying I am not a crook. They would have been much smarter not even addressing it. But they are so invested in hating Republicans, and Nixon was most assuredly a Republican–even though he was a RINO, they cannot let the comparison slide. In that sense, people like Limbaugh have really boxed them in. Too fucking bad for them.

  30. KARMA IS A ‘B’

    We were lied to by the IRS for months and now they’re sending a clear message to our sources:

    Don’t embarrass the administration or we’re coming after you.”

    **********************************************************************

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/dc-turns-on-obama-91386.html?hp=t1_3

    D.C. turns on Obama

    By MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI | 5/14/13 9:10 PM EDT

    The town is turning on President Obama – and this is very bad news for this White House.

    Republicans have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama – and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now. Establishment Democrats, never big fans of this president to begin with, are starting to speak out. And reporters are tripping over themselves to condemn lies, bullying and shadiness in the Obama administration.

    Buy-in from all three D.C. stakeholders is an essential ingredient for a good old fashioned Washington pile-on — so get ready for bad stories and public scolding to pile-up.

    Vernon Jordan, a close adviser to President Bill Clinton through his darkest days, told us: “It’s never all right if you’re the president. There is no smooth sailing. So now he has the turbulence, and this is the ultimate test of his leadership.” Jordan says Obama needs to do something dramatic on the IRS, and quick: “He needs to fire somebody. He needs action, not conversation.”

    Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little reservoir of good will, even among Democrats. And the press, after years of being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.

    This White House’s instinctive petulance, arrogance and defensiveness have all worked together to isolate Obama at a time when he most needs a support system. “It feel like they don’t know what they’re here to do,” a former senior Obama administration official said. “When there’s no narrative, stuff like this consumes you.”

    (Also on POLITICO: Watchdog: IRS used ‘inappropriate criteria’)

    Republican outrage is predictable, maybe even manageable. Democratic outrage is not.

    The dam of solid Democratic solidarity has collapsed, starting with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s weekend scolding of the White House over Benghazi, then gushing with the news the Justice Department had sucked-up an absurdly broad swath of Associated Press phone records.

    Democrats are privately befuddled by the White House’s flat-footed handling of this P.R. and legal mess, blaming a combination of bad timing, hubris and communications ineptitude. The most charitable defense offered up on background is that Obama staffers are scandal virgins, unaccustomed to dealing with a rabid press.

    Chris Lehane, who spent so much time managing scandals in the 1990s that it inspired him to write a textbook on managing them, is among the contingent of Clinton-era scandal hands that thinks the Obama team has botched its second-term image. “One cannot get caught up with chasing news cycles in a crisis, as that is a prescription for putting out inaccurate information that does not withstand scrutiny or the test of time,” said Lehane, whose book is titled “Masters of Disaster.”

    One Democrat who likes Obama and has been around town for many years said elected officials in his own party are no different than Republicans: they think the president is distant and unapproachable.

    “He has never taken the Democratic chairs up to Camp David to have a drink or to have a discussion,” the longtime Washingtonian said. “You gotta stroke people, and talk to them. It’s like courting: you have to send flowers and candy and have surprises. It’s a constant process. Now they’re saying, ‘He never talked to me in the good times.’ ”

    This makes it easier for Democrats like House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings to pop off, like he did on CNN Tuesday, calling the IRS scandal “one of the most alarming things” he’s ever seen. Ouch.

    None of this is going away. Top Republicans tell us the Benghazi investigations will last at least months, and probably until the midterms of 2014 and beyond. Same for the IRS scandal – and new scrutiny of how the Obama White House clamps down on its critics. Republicans are also working up plans to use the backdrop of government incompetence and over-reach to try to further undermine implementation of the new health care law.

    This is a dangerous — albeit familiar — place for a second-term president. Once the dogs are released, they bark, they bite, and it takes a very long time to calm them down. Bill Clinton got hit early and often, and George W. Bush never really recovered from it.

    No doubt, the hysteria cools. But, once you hit this point, it takes time, often lots of it.

    The long-term danger is that the political system and the public start to view the president, his motives and ideas through a more skeptical lens. The short-term danger is the press races for new details, new scandals, new expressions of indignity with each passing day. Read Tuesday morning editorial pages of every paper for a taste of things to come. Or watch a re-run of Tuesday’s “Morning Joe,” where reporters made it sound like Obama is a modern day Nixon.

    ““And it goes beyond even the story,” National Journal’s Ron Fournier, who covered the Clinton and Bush scandals and was once the AP Washington bureau chief, said on the show. “One common thing with Benghazi and the IRS scandal, is we’re being misled every day. We were lied to on Benghazi, on the talking points behind Benghazi, for months. We were lied to by the IRS for months and now they’re sending a clear message to our sources:

    Don’t embarrass the administration or we’re coming after you.”

    *********************************************************************

    it’s every man for himself…

  31. wbboei
    And I tell you what I really love: not necessarily the comparisons to Nixon, but the way the extreme left feels compelled to say he is not Nixon and that the comparison to Nixon is ridiculous. By addressing the charge and denying the charge, they are unwittingly adopting it. It is like Nixon saying I am not a crook. They would have been much smarter not even addressing it.

    ————-
    A big YUP to that, I have been thinking the same thing.

  32. There is no smooth sailing. So now he has the turbulence, and this is the ultimate test of his leadership.” Jordan says Obama needs to do something dramatic on the IRS, and quick: “He needs to fire somebody. He needs action, not conversation.”
    ————————————-
    No. That might work if we had only one scandal to deal with, but we now have three pending and a fourth is likely to emerge with the CIA. And this is one of those situations where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. He is the common element in all of these situations, and his I was not aware of any of this or that is AT BEST a confession of incompetence, and at worst yet another lie from a man who has been shown to be a chronic and habitual liar. As this gotterdamerung proceeds, the story will be less about Hillary, and she needs to get as far away from it as fast as possible. The motive of big media is now changed: to get even with Obama and to reclaim some part of their tattered reputation.

  33. Byron York on the topic we wrote about yesterday:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-irs-scandal-raises-fears-about-enforcing-obamacare/article/2529589?utm_source=Washington%20Examiner:%20Opinion%20Digest%20-%2005/14/2013&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Washington%20Examiner:%20Opinion%20Digest

    The Internal Revenue Service scandal would be bad enough if the IRS just handled issues like collecting income taxes and granting nonprofit status. But the immensely powerful federal agency is about to become even more powerful with the arrival of national health care, and that makes the still-unfolding scandal even more troubling.

    “When I hold town meetings, a great deal of distrust comes through about the size and increasing power of government,” says Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa. “The IRS targeting crystallizes that distrust in a very big way because of the IRS’ reach into taxpayer information. What’s happened heightens fears about how the IRS will handle taxpayer information and wield its power when it enforces Obamacare starting next year.”

    The IRS is critical to Obamacare. [snip]

    In addition, the IRS will keep track of even the smallest changes in Americans’ financial condition. Did you get a raise recently? You’ll need to notify the IRS; it might affect your subsidy status. Have your hours been reduced at work? Notify the IRS. Change jobs? Same.

    Last August, IRS official Nina Olson testified before Congress on the changes Obamacare will bring to Americans’ dealings with the nation’s tax collector. “Do you believe that most Americans are going to update the IRS or state exchanges when they change jobs, get married, move states, whatever?” Michigan Republican Rep. Tim Walberg asked Olson.

    “I think it’s going to be a very great learning curve,” Olson answered. If Americans don’t keep the IRS up to date on their financial status, they might incur penalties, which the IRS will collect by withholding income tax refunds. “I think it will be a surprise to taxpayers if they don’t update their information,” Olson said.

    And now the IRS has been exposed abusing its authority for apparently partisan purposes. [snip]

    And that will mean even more anxieties about the coming of Obamacare. “Now every American understands there are elements of the IRS that go off on their own,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told MSNBC Monday morning. “Why would you trust the bureaucracy with your health if you can’t trust the bureaucracy with your politics?

  34. We have been waiting so darn long for the unicorns to come home to roost…

    D.C. turns on Obama

    The town is turning on President Obama – and this is very bad news for this White House.

    Republicans Hillary supporters have waited five years for the moment to put the screws to Obama – and they have one-third of all congressional committees on the case now. Establishment Democrats, never big fans of this president to begin with [Oh really, since when?], are starting to speak out. And reporters are tripping over themselves to condemn lies, bullying and shadiness in the Obama administration.

    Buy-in from all three D.C. stakeholders is an essential ingredient for a good old fashioned Washington pile-on — so get ready for bad stories and public scolding to pile-up.

    more:
    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/dc-turns-on-obama-91386.html?hp=t1_3

  35. I have no idea what goes on in the minds of comcast. They are a de facto monopoly and so their decisionmaking does not need to be that good. Nevertheless, unless they are brain dead, they have to be asking themsleves, and by implication, the management of their subsidiary NBC how did you get so far out of position and how are you going to restore your credibility and by implication your audience. Beyond that I see the ghost of Emile Zola rising like a thin cloud of smoke from the grave, and pointing his outstretched arm at the executives who have shrunk from their sacred obligation to speak truth to power and saying: J’accuse: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4ypv_zola-j-accuse_school

  36. S, here is another bag of goodies:

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=6EF7CEB0-59AB-4913-B2D2-25ACDE74EB48

    The IRS scandal puts President Barack Obama in the worst possible position: all of the blame, none of the power to fix it.

    The Republicans finally have a scandal with potential staying power: One of the most reviled federal agencies improperly targeted conservative groups. The House will hold hearings. Republican leaders are making the media rounds and expressing their disgust.

    And the White House is stuck waiting. [snip]

    But Democratic operatives with crisis experience say there is a playbook for regaining a measure of control — if he does it quickly. Several said he should quickly move for an independent investigation.

    “He has to demand full accountability and then heads have to roll,”said Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist close to the White House. “Everybody has to condemn it, no one can be defending this, and the White House has to be at the top of the list in condemning it.”

    So far, that’s not the approach. [snip]

    Sympathetic crisis veterans are shaking their heads.

    “A muscular response is needed to deal with this,” said Phil Singer, who worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “Republicans have waited a long time for an issue that plays to their perceived strength. Even though this doesn’t involve a tax hike, any kind of bad interaction on the part of the IRS, they’re going to glom on to it and not let go.”

    Stop the equivocations, said Clinton White House veteran Chris Lehane, and accept the inevitable outcome: The only way to satisfy the public demand will be with an outside, independent investigation that will be free of White House fingerprints.

    There is going to need some kind of an external review that people feel is objective,” Lehane said.“I think they need to find some type of a vehicle like that will allow them to look like they are getting the bottom of it without them getting involved in it.” [snip]

    “It could be really challenging to the White House, having the White House under an intense review with a limited capacity to respond,” Lehane said. “The White House can’t inject itself into it,then it looks it looks like they’re trying to manage it and that compounds a challenging situation.”

  37. We must steer clear of any suggestion that this gotterdamerung is in any way the result of what the Republicans did. They are neither smart enough or bold enough to have Obama’s impending fall from grace. This was an entirely self inflicted wound. But it plays into a larger theme, which was described eloquently by George Kennan who was one of FDR’s four wise men, which goes like this:

    “No regime lasts forever. Human mortality assures this even when the hazards and vicissitudes of political life do not. In this sense, all political regimes are only temporary occupants of the heights of power to which they have ultimately climbed and from which they must ultimately fall. None is entirely secure. None lives in a political vacuum. The heights each occupies always become sooner or later a beseiged fortress. Each is confronted by others anxious and striving to occupy those same heights in their place. And awareness of this fact is what causes each of them, whether brought to power by democratic processes, or by other means to constitute to some extent, a conspiracy against all that lies outside their own ranks and presents a real or potential threat to their power.” Around The Cragged Hill.

  38. The guy at the beginning of the above video is Ari Fleisher. I saw him crush Matthews in a debate. During that debate however Matthews faulted Bush for having vague information that al Qaeda was going to attack on some day at some place in the United States. But one of the things we have learned from the Bengazi incident was that our troops were under attack at a certain place, at a certain time, but Matthews could not find it in his heart to blame Obama. With Matthews, it is crystal clear that gate swings one way. Power not principle is the force that motivates him:

  39. Update: The Treasury Inspector General Report is out proving to the DailyKooks that you’re not paranoid if you really are being followed. We wanted to weep as we read it but then we pictured Michelle Obama scowling angrily at her lunkhead husband and we laughed.

    Two of our favorite quotes of the day:

    “For fear of stating the obvious,” Kuhnhenn began, “the White House right now is confronting a confluence of issues: Benghazi talking points, IRS reviews of political groups, Justice Department’s review of journalists’ phone records, and in every instance either the president or you have placed the burden of responsibility someplace else… But it is the president’s administration, so I wonder, doesn’t responsibility for setting tone, for setting direction ultimately rest with the president on these matters?”

    and

    “Before taking a few questions,” McConnell said, “let me just add one thing. As you continue to file your stories on this subject, ask yourself before you write, how would I be writing this story if this were a Republican administration?

    Now that it is their interests threatened, their colleagues investigated, their god that failed – some in Big Media are bitter and full of remorse –




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  40. If Hillary can get away from this thing, and have her ducks in a row when the issue returns to Benghazi, then she can be around to pick up the pieces, and he will discover that revenge is sweet as she sits there applauding from a front row seat, etc. Just so you understand why I posted the following video.

  41. Now that it is their interests threatened, their colleagues investigated, their god that failed – some in Big Media are bitter and full of remorse –
    ———————–
    As Martin Luther said: “justice depends on WHOSE ox is being gored”.

  42. How bad is it for Obama? Wanda Sykes was on Leno tonight. She usually does the cheerleading thing for him every time she is on. Not tonight. Not one single mention of him.

    BTW, Romney is going to on Leno on Friday. This should be interesting.

  43. When I presume to indict all Republicans for gross negligence and spinelessness, I over reach. I can think of two people who I regard as heroes, who are bold and smart: Issa and Cruz. There are a few others I could include as well. If they would reject McCain, Graham, Hatch, Murkowski, Collins, Rubio and a few other slackers they might be effective. Rove aka Porky Pig should be given the bums rush.

  44. I agree with Krauthammer on this point, stop saying “Watergate”.

    Make it fact-driven, not sound-bite driven. Sound-bites last a news cycle or two. Facts can just keep on going.
    ____________________________________________________

    “Lastly, the talking points, which are a fiction. And compounded by the fact that the president now say, ‘I said it was a terror attack on the day after.’ That is not true. Even The Washington Post has said today, it was absolutely a falsehood. It’s a falsehood on top of falsehood. But the one advice I give to Republicans is stop calling it a huge scandal. Stop saying it’s a Watergate. Stop saying it’s Iran Contra. Let the facts speak for themselves. Have a special committee, a select committee. The facts will speak for themselves. Pile them on but don’t exaggerate, don’t run ads about Hillary. It feed the narrative for the other side that it’s only a political event. It’s not. Just be quiet and present the facts.”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/05/14/krauthammer_to_gop_stop_calling_everything_a_watergate_be_quiet_and_present_the_facts.html

  45. I agree with Krauthammer on this point, stop saying “Watergate”.

    Make it fact-driven, not sound-bite driven. Sound-bites last a news cycle or two. Facts can just keep on going.
    ____________________________________________________

    “Lastly, the talking points, which are a fiction. And compounded by the fact that the president now say, ‘I said it was a terror attack on the day after.’ That is not true. Even The Washington Post has said today, it was absolutely a falsehood. It’s a falsehood on top of falsehood. But the one advice I give to Republicans is stop calling it a huge scandal. Stop saying it’s a Watergate. Stop saying it’s Iran Contra. Let the facts speak for themselves. Have a special committee, a select committee. The facts will speak for themselves. Pile them on but don’t exaggerate, don’t run ads about Hillary. It feed the narrative for the other side that it’s only a political event. It’s not. Just be quiet and present the facts.”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/05/14/krauthammer_to_gop_stop_calling_everything_a_watergate_be_quiet_and_present_the_facts.html

  46. There is a reason why lawyers–good ones at least, do not waste time trying to defend an indefensible position. In the case of Obama, it has been shown repeatedly that he is a chronic and habitual liar. Yet, democrats, and until this very moment members of big media have felt an obligation to defend him. But in defending a liar, they themselves become liars as well. One of the first people to jump ship and show great integrity is Kirsten Powers. In so doing, she has become an object lesson to other democrats who wish to part company with Obama’s lies to save their own reputations, and to avoid the perception that they are zombies. She did this in that USA Today article condemning her colleagues in the press for ignoring the Gosnell story, and now she does it by calling a lie a lie.
    ——————————————
    KIRSTEN POWERS: What I don’t understand about what the president is doing is, to a certain extent, you could argue that he wasn’t really involved in a lot of this stuff. But he is so centrally involving himself with these repeated lies. And, I’m just going to call them lies because they’re lies. They’re on tape. Nobody thought that he called it a terrorist attack. Last night I went and I looked up at The New York Times how they reported it the day after. They never reference that we’ve had a terrorist attack against the United States. On September 20th, however, they run a story that says, “Libya envoy’s killing was a terrorist attack.” And they say, “Until now White House officials have not used that language in describing the assault.” That is September 20th. That is The New York Times. Now, at what point are people going to get tired of the president coming out over and over saying things like, “Don’t believe your lying eyes”?

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/05/14/powers_obama_involved_in_repeated_lies_on_benghazi.html

  47. Of all the lies he has told, the biggest lie, the ganddaddy of all his prevarications is that he gave the order to save the four people who lost their lives in Benghazi. He never gave that order. The problem is we have these “experts” like Col. Hackworth who get the critical point backwards. He says that the secretary of defense gives the order with the approval of the White House. When you say it that way, it is unclear who initiates the order and who in the White House approved it. Col. Bing West, a marine, who was an assistant secretary of defense and was present when such orders are given provides the clarity required to put the blame where it belongs. He says the president gives that order, and when he does so it is reduced to writing. In this case no written order was ever produced, which warrants the belief that Obama never gave the order, which warrants the belief that when he claimed otherwise that was yet another lie. I hope this point does not get lost in the shuffle, because if we drill down on it, the democrats will run away from him like he is Typhoid Mary.

  48. VotingHillary
    May 15, 2013 at 12:30 am
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    He is right of course. If the Republicans lead with accusations as opposed to facts then big media will reverse the process and force them to prove every detail and assume the role of skeptic. Perhaps you noticed how the inept David Gregory tried to lure Issa into that trap, and Issa did not fall for it. We are not here to accuse anyone. We are here simply to find the facts for the American People and for the families who lost their sons in this horrible and avoidable act. Instead of falling into Gregory trap, he flummoxed him by arguing god, mother, apple pie, and how dare you accuse me of partisan motives. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that like every politician, Darryl has such motives, but he is not going to concede the point. As long as he resists he is on the offensive, and the moment he concedes a partisan motives, at that point and forever more whatever he says, does, proves, can be dismissed as partisan. That is not a particularly esoteric point, but I doubt that many other Republicans really understand it. I am sure the smart ones do, but how many of them are there?

  49. Big media has to be asking themselves is my support for Barack Obama an asset or a liability to me moving forward. Certainly the DOJ surveillance was a wake up call. But the bigger issue is the IRS issue. The reason is simple: it is a subject which both sides of the aisle in Congress are keen to pursue, and it is an issue which the public can relate to without much context. Big media can ill afford to get itself on the wrong side of that issue, present indications are that the decision to harrass Obama opponents emanated from Washington, and it relates to the enforcement of Obamacare. If Barack and Carney do not realize that by now, they need to. Statements such as there is no there there, or trust me, now beg the obvious question why should we?

  50. Where it all goes from here remains to be seen. If this immigration bill passes he will claim credit and his supporters will call him the comeback kid. I see where Representative Steve King, who has fought to good fight against all of Obama’s left wing programs says he would rather get stuck with Obamacare than this gang of 8 proposal. If the true costs of the immigration debacle were known to the American People, I suspect they would agree with him. If it passes, I believe it will mean the destruction of this country, not because of the 18 million it will legalize, but because of its failure to address border security or chain immigration. Either way however it has shown Rubio’s true colors, and the things he is trying to do now to criminalize what the IRS has done prospectively must be seen for what they are namely a political stunt to reclaim his supposed conservative credentials.

  51. …precise boundaries of “corruption,” as a growing government extends its power into the private sector, and the daily conduct of its business becomes inherently corrupt. Special interests swarm around the Leviathan State like remora fish around a shark. Everyone is either getting punished or subsidized by the government.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    This is my fear…and nothing will really change…

    ************

    I didn’t realize we had to repot such minute changes to the IRS, change in hours, raise…terrifying

  52. I was thinking the same thing when I heard zero say those words.
    *********

    Barack Obama’s rank hypocrisy over his shameful snubbing of Lady Thatcher’s funeral
    n his joint press conference yesterday with David Cameron at the White House, President Obama began with warm words for the former British prime minister, who passed away on April 8. “Here in the United States,” declared Obama, “we joined our British friends in mourning the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, a great champion of freedom and liberty and of the alliance that we carry on today.” The British Prime Minister responded by saying: “Thank you for what you said about Margaret Thatcher. It was a pleasure to welcome so many Americans to her remarkable funeral in the UK.”

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100216767/barack-obamas-rank-hypocrisy-over-his-shameful-snubbing-of-lady-thatchers-funeral/

  53. Let’s hope this editorial board has it right.
    …Liberals and “progressives” were quite quick to dismiss the import of the revelation that the Internal Revenue Service had been targeting for bureaucratic hell those of a conservative bent. But with the revelation that the Justice Department went on a secret fishing expedition through the telephone records of The Associated Press …many of those same liberals and “progressives” are having second thoughts about the role of government. Heck, if the federal government keeps up this kind of behavior, even liberals and “progressives” will be singing the praises of the Second Amendment. The Obama administration is running roughshod and amok over the very fabric of America. “Where law ends, tyranny begins,” William Pitt reminded in advance of the American Revolution. Or to take liberties with another quotation from Mr. Johnson, again from “Boswell”: “No government power can be abused long. Americans will not bear it.”
    http://triblive.com/opinion/editorials/4017240-74/government-tyranny-america#axzz2TARNQ7LO

  54. All we need now is a Declaration of Independence from Barack Obama, who has arrogated on to himself the absolute rights of King George, while pretending to be a democrat and a traditional liberal, when he is, in fact, a full blown Marxist, leading a band of Marxists, bent on destroying this country. The original Declaration of Independence provides the logical and historical predicate:

    “when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce (the American People) under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    Today, we have a Constitution which provides a vehicle for doing that without resorting to other means. Let us hope that both parties see the higher purpose at stake here, and do not take refuge in crass political partisanship, because if they do that, it will backfire on them, and they will be harshly judged to be either accomplices, or rogues. Let us also hope that a media which has been an accomplice in his schemes and has violated the trust placed in them by the Constitution, and has earned the enmity of the American People will see in this series of scandals as an opportunity for them to get off the hook.

    Where it goes from here is an imponderable. All we can say for sure is big media now has motive and opportunity to go after Obama.

  55. Try as I might, I cannot see the Republican Party having the self discipline to keep their powder dry. Too many Todd Akins, Dana Rhoerbackers etc. who will be asked about this and will want to tell the world how right they were about Obama and how they really feel. Worse, there are too many consultants, hangers on and ramora fish who know exactly how the party should exploit this process for 2014. A similar issue arises in cross examination, where the lawyer is advised to never let his level of outrage exceed that of the jury. If he does, he will lose credibility. I am afraid they will blow it here, and while it may not matter so much if the media does its work, it could become a problem. If the public who trusted Obama suddenly loses their faith in him, then their ire can easily transfer to Republicans as well if they take the low road here. The low ratings of congress are a known fact.

  56. For instance, on Sept. 12, immediately after the Rose Garden statement the day after the attack, Obama sat down with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes and acknowledged he purposely avoided the using the word “terrorism:”

    KROFT: “Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word ‘terrorism’ in connection with the Libya attack.”

    OBAMA: “Right.”

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2013/05/14/washington-post-points-to-barack-obama-you-sir-are-a-liar/

  57. When the Lewinsky scandal broke, a member of congress called me and proudly announced that she had just been on talk radio and had condemned Bill for it. This played well to her evangelical constituents. But it played hell in Washington and it was only a matter before they turned the tables on her. She asked me what I thought, and all I could say at that point was well its done and now it cannot be helped. A week later I was back in Pennsylvania and the Republicans were giddy about Bill’s problem. They were certain that the public would see it their way. They never understood why in the weeks and months that followed the public stood by Bill and blamed the Republicans for cynically exploiting the issue. Consequently, I for one tend to be a little reserved when Republicans start putting on the war paint here. It would not take much to turn the tables on them. They really need to let the process play out and not overreach. They owe that much to the American People. And if they are smart, they will also realize they owe it to themselves, when dealing with a grave matter such as this.

  58. If the Republicans can keep their powder dry and aid the media in uncovering the truth here that is the strongest position they can take. Do not let the constituents or the staffers get out of control here, as they are wont to do.

  59. Correction: Do not let the CONSULTANTS or the staffers get out of control here, as they are wont to do.

  60. If you get down to the real gut issues, the ones that resonate across party line, and history, two are salient:

    1. leaving Americans to die on the battlefield

    2. using the IRS to intimidate political enemies

    If either of those can be laid at the feet of Obama, then they will have to call a halt to the Mount Rushmore project.

  61. holdthemaccountable
    May 15, 2013 at 11:00 am
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    Even if a defense of plausible deniability were plausible here, which it is not, big media now has an incentive to reject it.

  62. Media now including Axlerod trying to make case Obama could not have known IRS activity.
    ——————–
    You can dismiss Axelrod from as a serious affiant. He is too larded with self interest to be taken seriously.

    Concerning the possibility that Obama did not know, it deserves to be considered and rejected at the same time. Simply put, it is not credible. Not given his history. And by the way, this I know nothing response, which is his standard response to every one of these scandals should wear pretty thin.

  63. foxyladi14
    May 15, 2013 at 11:19 am

    From the very beginning(they bring a knife we bring a GUN)
    Lawless!! :shock
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    I think it is even more fundamental than that. If you go back to the primaries two things about him and his approach to government were salient, at least to me. And big media or even FOX never made mention of it, but it was right there in plain view and it explains much of what we are seeing now:

    1. first, his statement that he did not see his role as chief operating officer, who would immerse himself in the mechanics of government. Rather, his role would be to position himself above that process and provide guidance and direction like Plato’s philosopher king.

    2. second, he deplored the divisions which existed over major issues for which people had fought and died. He promised to bridge those differences by sitting down with the leader of Iran within one year. He failed to recognize that there are reasons why adversaries do not agree, often it involves calculations of power, and yet in his consummate egotism, he thought that his powers of persuasion were such that he settle those differences. But even if he could do that, it would require more than a meet and greet, my people will meet with your people. On the contrary he would need to immerse himself in the process, which he was categorically unwilling to do.

    At the time, it occurred to me that I was listening to the maunderings of a 12 year old. But then I realized that big media and many democrats were eating up this cloud cuckoo land nonsense and rejecting the voice of experience epitomized by Hillary. At that point, I knew the country had taken leave of its senses. And now, four years later, those chickens have come home to roost.

  64. big media now has an incentive to reject it
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    They will look like fools if they take this lying down. I hope public could see that.
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    I’m not getting too far with housework today … or that search either. But I did find a FoxNews video of it with followup. It shows Obama denying while continuing down the meet and greet line. He was too far away from teleprompter to wade into a real discussion. Too wrong as well.
    http://video.foxnews.com/v/1112225273001/obama-vs-tea-party-leader/

  65. holdthemaccountable
    May 15, 2013 at 11:43 am
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    True. Moreover he has gotten into their knickers.

  66. wbboei
    May 15, 2013 at 11:39 am
    …above that process and provide guidance and direction like Plato’s philosopher king.”

    That detachment with stated moral and movement goals is also the crazy ass rambling of dangerous religious leaders. They are authoritarians usually. Obama always reminded me of a cleaned up Ivy League Khomeini.

  67. My research project to turn up the instances of Democrats vs TP yielded very little once I’d gotten through all the “false positives”.
    CSPAN3 to air House/Holder interrogation at 1 PM.

  68. The insider on Ulsterman has indicated that Holder is/was the key henchman for Obama. If you look at the refusal of his justice department to enforce voter intimidation laws for non-blacks, his attack upon state voter identification laws, his evasions on Fast and Furious, and now this targeting of journalists, that conclusion appears to be sound. The powers of the attorney general are vast, which means that when you have a corrupt man in that position, the opportunities for mischief are exponential. We saw that with John Mitchell who eventually went to jail. Holder is appearing today before the House, and both sides of the aisle have an incentive to question him closely.

  69. Mormaer, your reference to Khomeini is right on target. First thing we thought of too was Khomeini – and a picture of him that widely circulated at the time. It was an austere Khomeini sitting squat during an interview, always looking down at the floor below him, never at the interviewer. He was looking down at the world from on high.

  70. Media Matters, a Soros controlled enterprise, is endeavoring to fight back. I hope what comes of this is a growing realization that you can be a true liberal, or an Obama supporter, but not both.
    ————————————————————

    Choreographing The News On The DOJ’s AP Investigation With Media Matters

    While the ORS* busies itself with the deliberate political harassment of Barack Obama’s political opponents, his Department of Justice seems to be busily engaged in doing similar things to members of the previously untouchable 4th Estate. Some of these previously loyal Professional Democratic Party Activists with press credentials have the utter effrontery to have gotten their backs up. Jake Tapper sticks it to Jay Carney in the exchange below.

    Jake Tapper, the senior White House correspondent for ABC News, asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney how public support of those journalists’ work “square[s] with the fact that this administration has been so aggressively trying to stop aggressive journalism in the United States by using the Espionage Act to take whistleblowers to court. There just seems to be a disconnect here,” Tapper added. “You want aggressive journalism abroad; you just don’t want it in the United States.”

    As the vassals of Barack Obama busily minding the 4th Estate threaten to go rogue and commit spontaneous acts of professional reportage, the alarm claxon sounds and the highly trained manipulators of Media Matters man the trebuchets in defense of the empire. They tell us all what key issues must be raised. A discussion can’t flow freely – it must be channelized in the manner suggested below.

    http://www.redstate.com/2013/05/15/choreographing-the-news-on-the-dojs-ap-investigation-with-media-matters/

  71. Boehner: My question re IRS isn’t who’s going to resign. My question is who’s going to jail.
    ——————–
    Finally, he grew a pair.

  72. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/charlie-rangel-irs-associated-press-comments-91398.html?hp=r6

    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he believes President Barack Obama owes the American public explanations for both the seizure of Associated Press phone records by the Department of Justice and the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

    I don’t think anyone truly believes that the president has given us a sufficient answer for America, much less the press,” Rangel said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I think this is just the beginning and the whole idea of comparing this with Nixon, I really think is just, it doesn’t make much sense. But the president has to come forward and share why he did not alert the press they were going to do this. He has to tell the Americans, including me: What was this national security question? You just can’t raise the flag and expect to salute it every time without any reason and the same thing applies to the IRS.”

    They are terrified of the Nixon comparison because even liberals might begin to look at Obama differently.

  73. Once this issue is fully vetted, the next area of intimidation by this administration, and Holder, should be the speech codes on campus. Professor Jacobsen has focused on that particular topic and so has David Horowitz.

  74. Admin: they are indeed scared of the Nixon comparison. They have spent their adult lives pinning that tail on the Republican Party, only to find that now with Obama at the helm it can just as easily be pinned on the donkey.

    Bye bye.

  75. Admin: appropos of your point that the hard left is terrified of Nixon comparisons, the May 14 headline of HuffPo reads that Obama’s problem is reminiscent not of Nixon but of Clinton:

    It is all leading to comparisons with the second term of President Bill Clinton, in which his agenda was severely disrupted by the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Obama, unlike Clinton, has not been accused of personal misconduct. But his ability to steer the Washington “conversation” could be compromised.

  76. The issue here as in Watergate was the abuse of government power to attack ones political enemies. That was not the issue in the Bill Clinton episode. Therefore the attempt by HuffPo leftist to steer wide the most apt comparison which is to Nixon should be seen for the kind of evasion it is.

  77. 21 minutes and not one question yet. Conyers (D-Michigan) rambling on and on.

    Holder is just now getting sworn in. Sheesh.

  78. Wbboei, along the themes of the Nixon discussion:

    http://blogs.rollcall.com/rothenblog/obamas-new-political-reality-is-bad-news-for-dems-in-14/

    The current triple play of Benghazi, the IRS and now the Justice Department’s seizure of journalists’ phone records has the potential to be a political game changer for 2014.

    It’s hard to overstate the potential significance of the past week. What we are witnessing is nothing less than a dramatic reversal of the nation’s political narrative — from how bad the Republican brand is and how President Barack Obama is going to mobilize public opinion against the GOP in the midterm elections to whether the Obama administration has become so arrogant that it believes it can stonewall Congress and the public.

    The series of revelations presents an unflattering picture of an administration that just 10 days ago looked poised and confident. Now it looks out of touch and unresponsive.

    The danger for Obama, of course, is that many Americans will start to doubt his administration’s veracity and values. If that happens — and for now it is only a danger, not an inevitability — then the president could well turn into a serious liability for Democrats in next year’s elections. [snip]

    Longer term, it isn’t clear whether the current controversies will hurt the president and his party in 2014. But if the administration’s problems linger or even grow, Democratic enthusiasm could wane, depressing turnout in next year’s elections. Weaker turnout would have serious ramifications for Democratic candidates, particularly in swing and red districts and states. It could also hurt party recruiting and lead to a flurry of retirements.

    It’s unlikely that the three controversies will pass quickly. The IRS scandal, in particular, is likely to linger, as drips of news and allegations come out over the next few weeks.

    The White House is likely to have to spend many hours and much energy responding to questions and generally dealing with these issues, making it more difficult for the president to push his legislative agenda. If history is any guide, that could add to the impression of an embattled president who is merely trying to keep his administration afloat.

    And that definitely is not the message that Democratic strategists have been hoping would carry the party to a successful 2014 midterm elections.

    It is a criminal thug government not to be trusted. The danger for Obama is that even his voters begin to see him as clearly and corrupt as we do.

  79. ObamaCare:

    http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/irs-face-lawsuit-over-theft-60-million-patient-health-records

    The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges.

    According to a report by Courthousenews.com, an unnamed HIPAA-covered entity in California is suing the IRS, alleging that some 60 million medical records from 10 million patients were stolen by 15 IRS agents. The personal health information seized on March 11, 2011, included psychological counseling, gynecological counseling, sexual/drug treatment and other medical treatment data.

    “This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents,” the complaint reads. “No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records,” it continued.

  80. admin
    May 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm
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    Right on. The Roll Call article understates the risk to Obama. Whether it is a jury or an electorate, the public mind is less interested in details and more drawn to analogies. The Watergate analogy is the proper one here. The Lewinsky analogy offered in defense of Obama, does not fit the facts of the case. Republicans do not need to pound on it. It is already part of the case. This was always the end game of Obama’s hard left policies–control of the people. There is no other way to explain this confluence of scandals.

  81. Another reason to fear govt health. I can hardly believe this.
    Feds ease rules for ‘smart pills’ that track patients from their stomachs
    By Julian Hattem – 05/15/13 12:15 PM ET
    …Last year, the FDA approved a tiny sensor from California-based Proteus Digital Health that can be ingested with a placebo or other drug.
    Once it reaches the stomach, the sensor collects information on timing of digestion and sends a signal via the patient’s body tissue to a patch worn on the skin, which also collects heart rate and activity data. All that information is relayed to a mobile phone application and can be accessible to doctors and clinicians to monitor patient behavior and ensure they are taking pharmaceuticals correctly….
    http://thehill.com/blogs/regwatch/healthcare/299907-fda-relaxes-smart-pills-regulations#ixzz2TNeaxpci

  82. admin
    May 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    ObamaCare:

    http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/irs-face-lawsuit-over-theft-60-million-patient-health-records

    The Internal Revenue Service is now facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it improperly accessed and stole the health records of some 10 million Americans, including medical records of all California state judges.
    ————————-
    Well . . . . . .

    What can I say???

    I have got it

    Its on all the bumper sticker here

    “Obama cares”

    What they neglect to say was

    “Only about himself”

    Time for another well earned vacation?

    Or, time to get out of town

    It is getting too hot in Washinton

    But first, a speech about the sacred role of the press in a free society

    A custom more honored in the breach than in the observance with this administration.

  83. Under Messiah Obama, everything is in melt down.
    ——————————————–

    Russia Snags CIA in Clever Sting

    By Larry Johnson on May 15, 2013 at 2:17 PM in Current Affairs

    Lost amidst the furor over the Obama Administration’s use of the IRS as a political weapon, bullying the Associated Press and failing to protect American diplomats in Libya is a new story of incompetence at the CIA. It appears, based on news reports from Russia and the US State Department’s muted response, that a CIA officer working at our embassy in Moscow was nabbed in the act of trying to recruit a Russian to spy for America.

    This story is troubling on several levels. First, it is a damning indictment of the incompetence of the CIA in its training of new case officers–the guy arrested, Ryan Fogel, was a total ass clown. Second, who in the CIA chain of command authorize this madness? Needless to say, the Russians are having a field day with this:

    Stick a fork in Fogel. He’s done.

    You do not do a recruitment of this type in Russia much less Moscow. And a cold pitch? Good Christ! Fogel, based on the tape recording, did not appear to have much of a relationship, if any, with the target. If so, why did he have to ask on the recorded phone call, “where are you?”

    I applaud the Russians for exposing the shitty tradecraft of the CIA. Hopefully, this serves as a wake up call to John Brennan and crew to wake up and get back in the business of training case officers and their supervisors in the art of espionage. What was on display in Moscow was Keystone Cop amateur hour.

  84. Found this quote elsewhere:

    Obama’s aloof mien and holier-than-thou rhetoric have left him with little reservoir of good will, even among Democrats.

    And the press, after years of being accused of being soft on Obama while being berated by West Wing aides on matters big and small, now has every incentive to be as ruthless as can be.

    This White House’s instinctive petulance, arrogance and defensiveness have all worked together to isolate Obama at a time when he most needs a support system.

  85. Here is a fascinating analysis of a breakdown in command on the Benghazi incident. What it suggests is that during the seige, Obama spent three hours on the phone talking with Bibi, with Biden listening in, and taking notes. And during that three hour interregnum one of the two big strapping Irishmen whom Brian Williams refers to neither of whom is big, strapping or engaging in any way, just political hacks, gave the stand down order. Both of these hacks are Hillary haters. And, if this can be corroborated it provided further exoneration for Hillary.
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    One of Obama’s closest advisers is his Deputy National Security Adviser. The person acting the part of Deputy National Security Adviser is one Denis McDonough. While McDonough enjoys the credentials of a well-educated 41-year-old, he has sparse work experience. Working on the hill as a legislative aide before transferring to a liberal think tank before campaigning for Obama before becoming Deputy National Security Adviser, is good for McDonough but embarrassing to the position which he holds. […]

    McDonough has a reputation around D.C. – as a rabid mind-fixer in his mission to ‘set the record straight’ with democratic politicians and mainstream media types, who dare veer off the political reservation. It’s rather humorous in a way to see a glorified political functionary like McDonough act the part of a seasoned and experienced political heavyweight. McDonough was promoted out of ideological loyalty over convention. Try telling McDonough that and he’ll likely piss ideological vinegar all over you. But the thing with McDonough’s verbal piss, it doesn’t stain things, it can’t… it’s too inexperienced.

    Above said, guess who is guiding Obama on the crisis in Egypt and the pending melt-down in the Middle East? If you guessed the low cal aperitivo named Denis McDonough, you would be correct. The United States’ official response to the crisis in Egypt has so far been one big massive embarrassment. President Obama is getting bad advice; advice that is fueling his ideological ego; advice that is clearly immature in nature and devoid of geopolitical experience. (link)

    Perhaps this insight from Newt Gingrich , after he spoke to a “key senator” provides some clarity to the “fog”:

    “There is a rumor — I want to be clear, it’s a rumor — that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Adviser’s office [Denis McDonough? or Tom Donilon?] telling a counterterrorism group to stand down,” [Newt] Gingrich said.” (link)

    Newt Gingrich was specifically talking about his knowledge of a communication known by at least one Senator, and given to two media outlets – who did not use it. It makes sense:

    Did Denis McDonough tell people to “stand down” while POTUS and VPOTUS were on the phone with BiBi and unable to be interrupted ?

    At 7:26pm (DC) 1:30am (Benghazi) -when this picture was taken – Ty Woods and Glen Doherty were fighting for their lives.

    While Denis McDonough was bringing POTUS up to speed, at that exact moment, events in Benghazi had spiraled. What took place next, and why they did not reverse the “stand down call” is unknown.

    Perhaps, as they later espoused ad infinitum, they considered it too late, after all, this 7:26pm update probably revealed the status of Ambassador Stevens as “Missing presumed Dead”.

    Damage control time….. Here comes the origin of the talking points…..

    Denis McDonough jumped into action and provided the good cover story.

    The cover story already existed because earlier in the same day the State Dept was getting questioned about the attack in Cairo, Egypt. Again, at another embassy – and a story had already begun about a U-Tube video.

    McDonough just needed to continue the same narrative story.

    Which he did, effectively, the following day: [McDonough on Sept 12th]

    “This work takes on added urgency given the truly abhorrent video that has offended so many people–Muslims, and non-Muslims alike—in our country and around the world.” (link)

    There you have McDonough, the next day, attaching the little known U-Tube video from the Cairo Embassy explanation, directly to the Benghazi, Libya attack.

    What followed in the days, weeks, and even months ahead, was just a continuance of the same manufactured explanation during the “peak” of the 2012 election cycle.

    After all, it was this same 41-year-old “kid”, McDonough, who was the key deflector between POTUS and the crisis that was “Fast and Furious“:

    “Investigative journalists have provided details on McDonough’s background and work history in politics, but the information that makes McDonough relevant to the continually breaking news on the Fast and Furious scandal is his role in silencing complaints from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)…” (link)

    What’s more likely? Flawed intelligence, or having already succeeded in stemming the investigative crisis that became “Fast and Furious, McDonough just applied the same mindset and skillset to the Benghazi crisis. Creating a firewall between the absence of executive leadership during the critical crisis hours, and the State Dept/DoD failed response.

    If the media would set their mind to it they might find this picture is worth “A Thousand Words” indeed:

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/05/13/the-epicenter-of-benghazi-denis-mcdonough-deputy-national-security-advisor-in-2012-and-white-house-fixer/

  86. oh…the poor ‘used and abused press’…is finally awaking to find out they have been had…maybe they can try to redeem themselves by doing their job…unless they fear the O admin “going after them”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-obama-the-uninterested-president/2013/05/14/da1c982a-bcd7-11e2-9b09-1638acc3942e_story.html

    Dana Milbank
    Opinion Writer

    Obama, the uninterested president

    President Passerby needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency.

    Late Monday came the breathtaking news of a full-frontal assault on the First Amendment by his administration: word that the Justice Department had gone on a fishing expedition through months of phone records of Associated Press reporters.

    snip

    *******************************************************

    Dana starts to go there…

    however all the critiques we are now hearing of O…just stop short of just telling it like it is…that Prez O is distracted…he is a figurehead, but not really present…that the reason he does not know about all these things that are going on in his administration is because he has been “winging it”…and really does not care…and if he does know or has even instigated any of these scandals he is just going to play plausiable deniability…

    …once they start to engulf him…then he plays dumb…and outraged…he is “outraged” he tells us…”he will not stand for this”

    but in truth…we here at Hill44 know he has been distracted since the beginning…he farmed O’care out to Congress…after he did his secret deal with the drug and insurance companies…and kept them under his belt for future donations and support…

    and hence forward…he has no knowledge of anything that threatens to hurt him…

    no knowledge of Fast and Furious, Benghazi, AP, IRS…on and on…

    He is like an apparition…or a clone that appears perfuntorily…and reads the words written for him to speak on the telepromptor…

    …then he gives the camera a big grin or a big glare…depending on the meaning of the words…

    and then he is gone…off to some event, party, golf, fundraiser…anything but work…or being present for whatever his administration is responsible for…

    **************************************

    this am, caught Morning Joe…O was catching it from everyone…Matthews laid into to O, Joe, Tina B, Fournier, the plagerizer…all took hits on O…just shy of calling him distracted and MIA…everyone but Axelord…who tried the spin…but no one was buying it…

    if that crew uttered that much on camera…one can only imagine what is being said behind the scenes all over town…

  87. wbboei
    May 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    The issue here as in Watergate was the abuse of government power to attack ones political enemies. That was not the issue in the Bill Clinton episode. Therefore the attempt by HuffPo leftist to steer wide the most apt comparison which is to Nixon should be seen for the kind of evasion it is.
    **********

    That’s it in a nutshell!…Abuse of Power…

  88. I have to say I have little faith in the “people” turning on the fraud. I did a little impromptu survey this past w/e at work,and 98% of the people had no idea what Benghazi was.

    The liberal media will have to turn strong, hard and consistently for the dial to move. They have convinced the American people the fraud is a God that the Right is willing to lie, cheat, and slander, because he is Black, and any negativity is because we are all racist.

    Not sure they have the stomach for it. Actually pretty sure they do not.

  89. I am in no position to vouch for the above. But if it is true, then you can see how embedded big media is with this administration. If two networks had the goods on what happened and buried it, then they are complicit are they not? And whom might those two networks be? On the odds, NBC and CNN. No wonder they wanted to ignore the story of Benghazi. And here we thought, or at least I did, that their de facto censorship was just to protect Obama. They were also protecting themselves, assuming once again that the above is true.

  90. foxyladi14
    May 15, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Watching the Holder hearings on C-SPAN 🙂
    ———————-
    And?

    What if anything are we learning?

  91. Gonzo, I meant to mention this to you earlier. There is a publication called Great American Fighters, the last edition of which featured a cover story article entitled Patton in Charge: How America’s Toughest General Turned Disaster into Triumph at the Battle of the Bulge. Thought you might be interested.

  92. Let me make one further assumption. If Gingrich knows then Murdock knows, knows that these networks buried the information, and knowing that he is squeezing their balls, just like he has been squeezing the balls of young Arthur at NYT. Lets hope it is not true, because I still hope that despite all the right wing propaganda Obama is innocent as the driven snow. To learn otherwise would be worse than hearing that there is no Santa Clause.

  93. The two networks that have the information are estopped from using it. Why? Because were they to do so, the first question for them would be when did you first learn of this? And the second question would be why did you sit on it prior to the election?

  94. wbboei
    May 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks! I will check it out. Just yesterday I was wishing for a Pattonesque individual to step forward and help deliver us from this evil…

    I know Issa is trying…but Patton, well that is a horse of a different color…

  95. Eric Holder Slams Darrell Issa During House Judiciary Committee Hearing (VIDEO)
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    When Herman Goering was tried at Nuremberg, he gave a speech which caused some people to think he had outwitted the prosecutor. Later however faced with the certainty of conviction, he swallowed a cyanide pill. If Goebbels had been around, he would have reported the entire event the same way HuffPo did. After all,they are a Soros enterprise.

  96. Holder is as big a liar as his boss. He can make speeches and left wing blogs can revel in them. But they are of no moment and they prove nothing. This is why a special prosecutor is necessary in order to find out the truth.

  97. Gonzo, I will make one further observation on the subject. If you have noticed, HuffPo editorials are directed to a fairly narrow band of voters, and are not widely accepted in the broader community. The opposite is true of Krauthammer. I will be interested to see how he evaluates the truth and veracity of Mr. Holder.

  98. My take on Holder is this is getting to him. This eruption proves it. But rather than losing his cool, he would be better served by examining his own actions, where he has been at the epicenter of one scandal after another. Tactically, this tells me he has no defense. As they say, when the law is on your side argue the law, when the facts are on your side argue the facts, and when neither the law or the facts are on your side pound the table.

  99. O’s scandals take nation by storm
    By MICHAEL GOODWIN

    Last Updated: 2:49 AM, May 15, 2013

    Posted: 2:09 AM, May 15, 2013

    As a metaphor for big government, it is hard to top the Justice Department’s seizing of journalists’ phone records from The Associated Press.

    Unless, of course, you think the best example is the Internal Revenue Service turning the screws on groups it viewed as conservative and, therefore, unworthy of fair treatment.

    Or maybe the winner is the sneaky spreading of ObamaCare’s tentacles, with insurance companies now predicting the law will drive up the cost of individual premiums by as much as 400 percent.

    There are no losers in this race to the bottom — except the American people. It is tempting to ask whether they’ve had enough Hope & Change, but the question is premature. With 44 months to go in the reign of the Great Mistake, the gods are not done punishing us.

    Meanwhile, back at the White House, the growing cloud of trouble must have the bunker boys longing for the good old days. You know, those idyllic days of yesteryear, a k a early last week, when Benghazi was the only scandal on the horizon.

    Everything was much simpler then. All the president had to do was cry “Politics!” and the Pavlovian media mutts declared Benghazi a “partisan witch hunt” and started digging into really important things, such as whether Republicans are evil or just stupid.

    Then the dam broke. First, it was the sensational Benghazi hearing, where previously muzzled whistleblowers detailed the administration’s bungles before, during and after the terror attack. Throw in reports showing the infamous Susan Rice talking points were rewritten 11 times, going from fact to fiction, and Benghazi suddenly became the important story it should have been all along.

    If that were all, it would have been enough. But the near-simultaneous revelations in recent days about the IRS playing political favorites, the massive phone grab at the AP news operation, and ObamaCare’s cost impact combined to demonstrate something I believed for a long time.

    The Obama administration is both corrupt and incompetent. It is a double whammy that spells trouble for the nation, at home and abroad.

    The corruption is not like that in Albany, where officials stuff their pockets with taxpayer cash. The corruption in Obama-Land is the selective use of government power to reward friends and punish opponents. Or, as the president calls them, enemies.

    Political allies — think Solyndra and unions — get special goodies, while those who oppose the regime’s agenda are demonized and singled out for scrutiny. The IRS targeting of groups with “Tea Party” or “patriot” in their names and those that advocate less spending smacks of the tactics of banana republic strongmen. Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro would be proud.

    But America is a nation of laws and not of men, of individual liberty and not of centralized power. And that national dynamic explains the firestorm of anger aimed at the White House. The headlines have sparked a wide and genuine outcry over Obama’s push against the nation’s roots.

    He’s been doing it for four years, and mostly getting away with it, but suddenly, there is a critical mass of evidence against him. Maybe the AP case made the media realize they were not exempt from Obama’s overreach.

    Whatever the reason, what we see so far is certainly not the end of it. You can bet other nasty, intrusive surprises are hiding in the vast deep of the expanding bureaucracy.

    The ultimate danger is a lack of accountability. The idea that ordinary citizens hold the power has no meaning when the political class circles the wagons and the press looks the other way while the president accumulates more power and control.

    That is where we have been, but hopefully, not where we are going. Their liberty DNA kicking in, more and more citizens, including some in the media, finally are expressing shock and anger at how big, clumsy and crooked our government is. They are welcome to the discovery, belated though it is.

    For those of us not shocked by the inevitable, there is vindication but no satisfaction. Each example of Obama’s chickens coming home to roost just makes more obvious how much damage he’s already done.

    The repair begins by throwing open the doors and windows of Washington. We’ll need a lot of sunshine to disinfect this rot.

    Read more: Goodwin: Storm clouds brewing in Obama-Land over Benghazi, IRS, AP scandals – NYPOST.com http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/scandals_take_nation_by_storm_XDfi2w8sSByyRmvPgL5XiP#ixzz2TOlnMDYg

  100. AOL headlines the hearings!
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    That is the Time Warner organization which has been in bed with Obama since the beginning.

  101. wbboei
    May 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I believe that also, about Huff, but they do own AOL and many people read the headlines and nothing else and assume Holder is giving it to the racist lying right winger Issa.

  102. Regarding the Reporter Shield bill Obama now says he wants re-introduced (and this is from HuffPo!)
    ____________________________________________________

    During a press conference on Tuesday, Holder said that both he and the president had long supported “a reporter shield law.”

    “If you remember, back in 2009 during my confirmation hearings, I testified in favor a of a reporter shield law,” Holder said. “We actually as an administration took a position in favor of such a law. Didn’t get the necessary support up on the Hill. It is something that this administration still thinks would be appropriate.”

    The actual backstory was more complex than Holder let on. In fact, the Obama administration played a significant role in weakening the reporter shield law under consideration, which led ultimately to its shelving.

    In the fall of 2009, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and then-Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) put forward a bill that sought to prevent federal officials from compelling journalists to reveal sources or information under threat of jail time.

    The bill would have required prosecutors to pursue every possible avenue for obtaining information without reporters’ input before seeking information from them. It also would have required a court to sign off on a prosecutor’s effort to subpoena a reporter by balancing the public’s right to a free press with prosecutorial interests. It included narrow exemptions for information that would prevent an act of terrorism or a violent crime, and for eyewitness accounts of a crime.

    The Obama administration worked to water down the bill by seeking a far broader national security exemption. It would have given members of the administration the prerogative to declare certain types of leaks a matter of national security, and require federal judges to defer to prosecutors’ claims that the information involved was indeed an important national security issue.

    “The White House’s opposition to the fundamental essence of this bill is an unexpected and significant setback,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told The New York Times in 2009. “It will make it hard to pass this legislation.”

    Civil liberties advocates also noted that the administration’s efforts had a dramatic effect on the bill’s propsects for passage.

    “They requested a specific exception for national security leaks, and that killed the bill,” ACLU Legislative Counsel Gabe Rottman told HuffPost.

    A month after the administration objected to the Schumer-Specter bill, the parties reached a compromise that largely reflected the Obama administration’s preferences. The compromise also would not have protected reporter notes and other records from a prosecutor’s subpoena.

    The bill cleared the Judiciary Committee, but was unable to garner the votes necessary to pass the Senate, even though Democrats had a filibuster-proof 60 seats at the time. Members of Congress began debating whether bloggers should receive the same protections as journalists employed by traditional media outlets. When WikiLeaks released its first trove of documents in 2010, the legislation lost its remaining support.

    UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. — Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Schumer, told The New York Times that the senator would reintroduce the compromise version of the bill, not the original version that didn’t include Obama’s edits.

    “This kind of law would balance national security needs against the public’s right to the free flow of information,” Schumer said. “At minimum, our bill would have ensured a fairer, more deliberate process in this case.”

    It’s unclear what the compromise shield law would have accomplished in the case of the current controversy over the AP subpoena. The administration, after all, has cited compelling national security concerns as a justification for seizing those phone records.

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, meanwhile, skirted questions about the dubious timing of the administration’s push for a shield law. The president, he said, has long supported such a measure and “does think it is appropriate to resubmit that legislation and try to convert it into law.”

    “We are glad to see that that legislation will be reintroduced because [the president] believes strongly that we need to provide protections to the media that this legislation will do,” said Carney.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/15/reporter-shield-law-obama_n_3280025.html

  103. Obama going to speak about the IRS scandal at 6:00 Eastern Time
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    gee, that’s novel.

  104. Turns out that Obama through his Secretary of Human Services is soliciting money from the health insurance providers he is supposed to be regulating and making an end run around Congress in violation of the Constitution. In the process he his also receiving bad legal advice.

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