After Oklahoma, Are The Barack Obama Scandals Already Fading Away?

Update III: Lois Lerner asserted her Fifth Amendment constitutional rights against self incrimination today. However, Lerner also asserted her innocence as well as authenticated a document. Did she waive her Fifth Amendment privilege by doing so?

CNBC and Weasel Zippers think Lois Lerner Pleading The Fifth Is Worst Possible Outcome For The White House… Yes indeedy. The more legal hubbub over the waiver question and the more attention to Lerner and the Fifth the more the public will hear what Big Media/Obama work so hard to suppress.

Our tweet today sums it up:

First they came for the Second Amendment. Second they came for the First Amendment. Now they plead the Fifth Amendment. #Lerner #IRS”


Update II: Scandals are everywhere in the Barack Obama Mud House if you are willing to open your eyes and see the evidence right before you. Today we have a trifecta of fun – Open thread, live video: Oversight hearing into IRS non-scandal featuring official taking the Fifth. It’s not a fifth of Scotch, it’s the Fifth Amendment we’re witnessing here. It’s Chicago on the Potomac.


Update: Many scandals in one quick video:

CHILD#1: In regards to Benghazi, what did you know and when did you know it?

CHILD#2: Mitch McConnell says you govern my intimidation. Is that true?

CHILD#3: Isn’t it unconstitutional to secretly obtain phone records of AP reporters?

CHILD#4: Are Eric Holder’s days numbered?

CHILD#5: Who inside hatched the plan to target conservatives?

And Krauthammer sings “Not Fade Away”:


On television we are watching round the clock coverage of the tornado disaster in Oklahoma. We wish Oklahoma and its wonderful Obama-rejecting citizens well in these hours of post-disaster search and rescue.

We wish Oklahoma well and we do not begrudge the attention provided to the natural, weather induced, disaster. Still, for those of us happy at last to see some scrutiny of the Barack Obama Mud House there is some concern. The concern is that this natural disaster will cover-up the unnatural disaster which is Barack Obama and his tenure in national office.

Some might wonder, “Are the Barack Obama scandals already fading?

In our previous article we stated that our test for Big Media is how clear Big Media sees and how clearly Big Media communicates to the American public that “All the scandals erupting now have one common theme and that is the reelection of Barack Obama. Every recent crime, “lapse of judgment”, “ethically questionable action” committed has been done to reelect Barack Obama.

Some reporters such as Lisa Myers have inched perilously close, like a ballerina on a high wire, to passing our test. But that was before the winds of Oklahoma blew away Barack Obama scandal coverage from the front pages of Big Media. What has happened in Big Media since Oklahoma’s disaster? Is it already over? Is flim-flam man Barack Obama once again one step ahead of the sheriff?

Consider the latest column from one of the ugliest and persistent Barack Obama defender priests – Eugene Robinson:

“Obama administration mistakes journalism for espionage

The Obama administration has no business rummaging through journalists’ phone records, perusing their e-mails and tracking their movements in an attempt to keep them from gathering news. This heavy-handed business isn’t chilling, it’s just plain cold.

It also may well be unconstitutional. In my reading, the First Amendment prohibition against “abridging the freedom . . . of the press” should rule out secretly obtaining two months’ worth of the personal and professional phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, including calls to and from the main AP phone number at the House press gallery in the Capitol. Yet this is what the Justice Department did.

The unwarranted snooping, which was revealed last week, would be troubling enough if it were an isolated incident. But it is part of a pattern that threatens to redefine investigative reporting as criminal behavior.

The Post reported Monday that the Justice Department secretly obtained phone and e-mail records for Fox News reporter James Rosen, and that the FBI even tracked his movements in and out of the main State Department building. Rosen’s only apparent transgression? Doing what reporters are supposed to do, which is to dig out the news.

In both instances, prosecutors were trying to build criminal cases under the 1917 Espionage Act against federal employees suspected of leaking classified information. Before President Obama took office, the Espionage Act had been used to prosecute leakers a grand total of three times, including the 1971 case of Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. Obama’s Justice Department has used the act six times. And counting.”

Obama lovin’ Robinson recognizes that the real aim of these acts is intimidation. “Every investigative reporter, however, has been put on notice.” Eugene Robinson is loathe to write even a teeny-weeney bad word about his darling Barack, but even Eugene is chillin’ on B.O.

Eugene Robinson writing something honest might be a sign of the Apocalypse but soon Robinson will be back on the Obama protection beat. One column does not dispute the possibility that the Barack Obama scandals are fading. Does it? Here we go: IRS official Lois Lerner to plead the Fifth at congressional hearing tomorrow

“Hey, remember when Steve Miller insisted there’s nothing illegal about the IRS targeting a particular political faction for extra scrutiny? He was wrong, potentially: There are civil-rights laws in play as well as the Hatch Act, plus some of the IRS’s own regulations for employee conduct. Lois Lerner and her lawyer know the score:

Lois Lerner is relying on the constitutional protections Barack Obama has been systematically destroying. Lerner wants to be excused from testifying before the House Oversight and Reform Committee tomorrow but Chairman Issa subpoenaed her and is demanding her compliance and appearance.

We might be deluded but it seems to us that this will not help fade the scandals away. Is there another indicator of potential “scandal” progress? Journalists notice “shifting” White House account of IRS scandal. Bloomberg News is watching and reporting:

“Carney said Ruemmler was informed by the Treasury Department’s General Counsel’s office April 24 that the Inspector General for Tax Administration was completing a report that found that IRS employees improperly scrutinized political organizations seeking tax exempt status by searching their applications for words including “Tea Party” and “patriot.”

The previous week, on April 16, Ruemmler had learned more generally that there were a number of Inspector General reports being finalized and an IRS investigation was among those investigations, Carney said.

Carney’s comments today are at odds with what he told reporters last week, when he said the White House counsel “only found out about the review being conducted and coming to conclusion by the inspector general.”

Politico is perplexed:

“The White House on Monday once again added to the list of people who knew about the IRS investigation into its targeting of conservative groups — saying White House chief of staff Denis McDonough had been informed about a month ago.

Press secretary Jay Carney said again that no one had told President Barack Obama ahead of the first news reports: not his top aide McDonough, nor his chief counsel Kathy Ruemmler, nor anyone from the Treasury Department.

Monday’s revelation amounts to the fifth iteration of the Obama administration’s account of events, after initially saying that the White House had first learned of the controversy from the press.

Republicans said they were on the lookout for the next installment in the White House’s ever-shifting narrative.

Notorious fishwife Howard Fineman might be the next ballerina on the highwire because he is connecting the dots in a way we applaud:

“It’s been only a week since the president told the world that he had learned about the “outrageous” actions of the IRS’ Cincinnati office from “news reports” on May 10. We now know that those reports stemmed from a disclosure the administration had planned and that, in fact, “senior officials” in the White House knew the essence of a damning inspector general’s report on the matter as early as April 24. [snip]

Last Tuesday, I asked White House press secretary Jay Carney about a passing reference he had made the day before in his briefing: that the White House Counsel’s Office had been informed about the impending report “several weeks ago.”

How did that square, I wanted to know, with the president’s own statement that he hadn’t learned about the matter until May 10? And what did the counsel’s office learn in April? Weren’t those explosive matters worth being passed on to higher-ups? [snip]

With two winning presidential campaigns built on successful grassroots fundraising, with a former White House counsel (in 2010-11) who is one of the Democrats’ leading experts on campaign law (Bob Bauer), with former top campaign officials having been ensconced as staffers in the White House (David Axelrod, who left for the reelection campaign in early 2011, and Dan Pfeiffer among others), it’s hard to imagine that the Obama inner circle was oblivious to the issue of what the IRS was doing in Cincinnati.

That may well be true. Maybe they didn’t care one whit what the IG was going to say. But they sure haven’t been behaving that way in the last week.

Shorter Fineman: something stinks.

A lot stinks. There are a lot of scandals still not getting the coverage they deserve. But thanks to Carney the Clown even the under “appreciated” scandals are getting some of the penumbral light. Carney: Asking about Sebelius fundraising for ObamaCare a lot like being a birther, or something:

“You know, a White House that just got exposed for spying on journalists probably should be doing some bridge-rebuilding, especially for an administration who needs a friendly media as much as this one does. What’s the worst possible way to get back in the media’s good graces? Accusing them of being conspiracy nuts for asking about Kathleen Sebelius’ fundraising for ObamaCare, starting with CBS’ Major Garrett, who just got done fronting the Benghazi e-mail defense demolished by Glenn Kessler today.”

Yeah, that’s the ticket. That’s how not to draw attention from the Oklahoma disaster.

Benghazi is not going away either. The recent lies by Barack Obama defenders have been debunked. Hillary Clinton will eventually be asked to testify once again and under oath. News that the Benghazi killers have been identified but not arrested due to lack of evidence is as stupefying as a Harry Potter spell. There will be new whistle blowers and new questions that will require months of investigation. Benghazi is not fading away.

For the next few days or perhaps into Memorial Day weekend Oklahoma will grab the nation’s attention and that is entirely proper. But on May 31st, it will be a real Memorial Day of Barack Obama scandals. Why is May 31st a date that will live in scandal history? Senate Finance Committee issues request for detailed information on IRS targeting scandal by May 31st.

It’s a Senate hearing, not a Republican House hearing, which will be chaired by Max Baucus. Read the letter sent by the Finance Committee to the IRS (pdf format) and you will see what amounts to an proctologist’s exam:

“1. Provide a copy of any and all questions, questionnaires and information requests used by the IRS to attempt to elicit additional information from 501(c)(3)-(6) applicants from February 1, 2010 to the present regarding their donor lists, volunteer lists, financial support for, and relationships with, political candidates, and any and all other similar information. [snip]

4. How many applications for each tax-exempt status, 501(c) (3)-(6), were filed and processed each year from FY 2005 through the present? In addition, provide the number of people in the Determinations Unit tasked with handling these applications during each fiscal year. [snip]

29. Provide copies of all documents, between any IRS employee and anyone else, including, but not limited to, individuals outside of the IRS, that were generated as a consequence of, or relate to, the letters sent by members of the Congress to the IRS since 2012 regarding the issue of inappropriately targeting organizations seeking 501 (c) (4) status for heightened scrutiny. [snip]

39. Provide documents relating to communications between any and all IRS employees and any and all White House employees including, but not limited to, the President, regarding the targeting of organizations seeking 501 (c)(3), (4), (5), or (6) tax-exempt status for full development or heightened scrutiny based on the existence of certain words or phrases in their applications, from February 2010 to the present. This includes any documents relating to communications received by any IRS employee from the White House or Treasury, whether or not the IRS employee was simply the recipient of such a communication from either the White House or Treasury.”

Still think these scandals are fading away?


343 thoughts on “After Oklahoma, Are The Barack Obama Scandals Already Fading Away?

  1. “How many applications for each tax-exempt status, 501(c) (3)-(6), were filed and processed each year from FY 2005 through the present?”
    The data that they need are the names of the organizations that applied for 501 and the disposition of those requests. That would kill the meme that there was no targeting but just an ill advised administrative procedure.

  2. These scandals are just the beginning of the end for the tin calf. The corporations and their media have stuffed so many stink-bombs in their closets, that even the sleeping obots can smell them.

    Didn’t these idiots think this $hit would come home to roost?

    This is a documentary I was telling Wbb about on the last thread. Seems like some reporters have been canned for trying to report the news, and if the numbers have grown in the past year, Barry may have sat on a hornets nest.

    Wbb –


    JAY LENO: Actually President Obama made a surprise visit to a school in Baltimore on Friday. And these kids, you know these little kids are so much more sophisticated nowadays. Here’s the video. Take a look.

    (Begin video clip of Obama meeting with children)

    BARACK OBAMA: Hello everybody!

    TEACHER: Here’s our special guest.

    OBAMA: Hi, how ya doing?

    CHILD#1: In regards to Benghazi, what did you know and when did you know it?

    CHILD#2: Mitch McConnell says you govern my intimidation. Is that true?

    CHILD#3: Isn’t it unconstitutional to secretly obtain phone records of AP reporters?

    CHILD#4: Are Eric Holder’s days numbered?

    CHILD#5: Who inside hatched the plan to target conservatives?

    (End clip)

    LENO: Who are these kids? These kids are so sharp!

  4. Shadowfax
    May 21, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    These scandals are just the beginning of the end for the tin calf. The corporations and their media have stuffed so many stink-bombs in their closets, that even the sleeping obots can smell them.

    Didn’t these idiots think this $hit would come home to roost?

    This is a documentary I was telling Wbb about on the last thread. Seems like some reporters have been canned for trying to report the news, and if the numbers have grown in the past year, Barry may have sat on a hornets nest.

    Shadow, I so hope you’re right. So far the media have lived up to our low expectations of them, wiping away every speck of dirt from Barack – and as we all know that was at least a two towel job. Thanks to his staff of thugs and the media, Obama has become the new “Teflon Don”. If they do decide to feign a little integrity, and report the truth for a change, it will be because Barack has thrown them under the bus – not because they actually gave a damn about their obligation to report the facts. Their motivation will be strictly self-interest and self-preservation. But, a little truth, too late, is better than the lies they have fed the public so far.

    Admin, I hope your instincts prove as reliable as usual.

  5. New guidelines are coming from the American Psychiatric Association. They will all be part of obamacare. And they are frightening!

    YOU ARE CRAZY: New Psychiatric Guidelines Target Hoarding, Child Temper Tantrums, and a Host of Other “Illnesses”

    In the next few weeks the American Psychiatric Associations is releasing their updated fifth version their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5); the so-called ‘bible’ of psychiatric diagnoses. The new manual promises to take mental illness and the use of prescription drugs to a whole new level.

    You may not be considered “crazy” or “mentally ill” today, but under the new guidelines experts say half of us will be diagnosed with a psychiatric condition in the future.

  6. This administration is even worse than those of Lincoln, Wilson and FDR. And at least those presidents had wars to use as excuses.

    Holder DOJ Even Targeted FOX News Reporter’s Parents Home Phone (Video)

    Tonight on The O’Reilly Factor, Kimberly Guifoyle dropped this bomb on the Holder Justice Department:

    “Also, James Rosen, I emailed with him tonight and he told me that even his parents’ home phone records in Staten Island were taken. So when you talk about overreaching here… It’s an overreach.”

  7. 22 May 2013
    Bill of Rights copy from 1789 to go on display here [Philly] 22 May 2013
    As the result of a historic agreement between the New York Public Library and the State of Pennsylvania, the National Constitution Center will exhibit one of the original copies of the Bill of Rights that President George Washington dispatched to the states in 1789 for ratification. Pennsylvania and the library will jointly care for and display the document for the next century. Announcement of the agreement is set for a Wednesday news conference at the center on Independence Mall… The agreement is unusual in many ways, perhaps chiefly because many scholars believe the copy that has been in the New York library’s archives since the late 19th century most likely belongs to Pennsylvania. “The widely held belief is that in the mid- to late 1800s, there was a guy who was systematically stripping the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania of important historic documents and selling them in New York City,” said lawyer Stephen Harmelin, a trustee of the Constitution Center who conducted negotiations with the library and New York state officials for more than six years before the sharing arrangement was reached. The stolen copy was probably sold to a New York collector, scholars believe, and was donated to the public library in 1898. But “widely held belief” is one thing, proof in a court of law another. “It’s pretty hard, 100 years later, to prove something like that,” said Harmelin, cochairman of Dilworth Paxson L.L.P., who approached New York officials. “What we said was, ‘Look, all we want to know is, is this ours?’ Then their counsel said, ‘It’s not good enough to conclude simply that the document may or may not have originated in Pennsylvania. If you’re asserting a legal position, then you also have to demonstrate that it unlawfully left Pennsylvania.'”There’s an interesting challenge – prove that a document that’s been missing 100, 200 years did or did not leave Pennsylvania with authority. “In the end, Pennsylvania and New York agreed to set aside the issue of ownership and work out joint stewardship. As a result, the Constitution Center will begin exhibiting the document in 2014 for three years. Other venues in the state will be allowed to show it as well if they meet standards for security and exhibition. The New York library last displayed the document many decades ago and has never shown it for an extended period because of preservation concerns, officials said. Jeffrey Rosen, just named president and CEO of the Constitution Center, hailed the agreement as “a milestone.” For Harmelin, it marks a satisfying conclusion to a quest going back more than a decade. In fact, almost exactly 10 years ago, Harmelin believed the center was about to acquire its very own Bill of Rights from a antiques dealer. But instead of buying the document, Harmelin and then-center president Joe Torsella agreed to participate in an FBI sting to capture the seller. That copy now resides in North Carolina – where it started out in 1789.
    Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania are all missing the copies sent out by Washington and signed by Vice President John Adams in 1789. (There were 14 original copies – one for each state and one for the federal government.)
    There are two more-or- less-unidentified copies – the one in the New York Public Library that is subject to the agreement between New York and Pennsylvania, and a copy held by the Library of Congress. New York’s original copy most likely burned in an Albany fire in 1911. The copy belonging to the Library of Congress was acquired in the 1940s in a sale brokered by Philadelphia’s renowned collector, A.S.W. Rosenbach. The document “had to be stolen property,” author David Howard notes in his book, Lost Rights. Twists and turns aside, Harmelin, the Constitution Center trustee, is elated about the New York-Pennsylvania agreement. Not only is the ownership issue off the table, but an essential American document will now be exhibited just blocks from where it was first discussed in Independence Hall more than two centuries ago.”I cannot think of a historic document more important to Pennsylvania than the document that binds every Pennsylvanian to the federal government, to America,” he said. ….

  8. Obama: Serial Liar

    Fourteen days after the September 11, 2012 attacks, Obama appeared at the United Nations to deliver a eulogy for the man he had not troubled to save and to declare that the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.

    Obama denounced the “crude and disgusting video” that had “sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world” and explained that it couldn’t be banned only because of the pesky Constitution. Two days later, the man behind the video, a Coptic Christian protesting the Muslim persecution of Christians in Egypt, had been arrested. The actual perpetrators of the attack still walk the streets of Benghazi.

  9. Witnesses have just been sworn in. Russell George is first up and he is reading a statement. Lois Learner will soon be asserting her constitutional right against self-incrimination.

  10. In August, State Senator Shirley Huntley told a crowd in Jamaica, Queens — her representative district — that she would be arrested the following day on embezzlement charges. It was discovered later that, between 2008 and 2009, she used an educational nonprofit to embezzle $90,000 for personal spending. The investigation left Huntley with a destroyed political career and, more important for the Big Picture, an FBI wire. Apparently, after she admitted to her wrongdoings, Huntley was approached by the FBI because they needed her help — the same tactic used with Assemblyman Nelson Castro to sniff out corruption in the Bronx last month. Today, Huntley’s attorney, Susan Butler, released a sealed letter to the courts that partially reveals what the hell actually happened between now and then beyond the basics: corrupt politicians doing corrupt things.

  11. Lois Lerner, as expected, pled the Fifth Amendment. Issa played a fast one and asked her to authenticate a document which she did. This authentication response might be viewed as a waiver of her rights. Her lawyers sat immediately behind her but did not act to prevent her from answering.

    This was most odd and standard operating procedure is that you refuse to answer all questions, not just some. The common understanding is that she did testify and did waive her rights. Expect legal maneuvering to force her to give testimony.

  12. OT, and with awareness that this comment is a little like telling Noah about the flood, I just have to say the questions/comments of some of the insensitive “reporters” from several different networks, define absurdity: A CBS reporter asks an official of OK City, “Do the people here appreciate the support they’re receiving from the rest of the country?” From CNN, “How did you feel when you heard your child’s school had been struck?” “Were you relieved to learn your child was alive?” To the pregnant teacher who saved children’s lives by acting as a human shield – now, lying flat of her back in a hospital bed: “How does it feel to hear yourself referred to as a hero?”

    Please!! Breaking to MSM: In any disaster, people who have lost a loved one “feel” devastated and heartbroken. People whose loved ones survived are overjoyed – but, yes, they do “feel” sorrow for the losses of their neighbors. Would they appreciate some help? Wouldn’t you, jackass? Are they grateful for the prayers, assistance, and support? It beats the hell out of a sharp stick in the eye! Enough! Report the facts. Tell people how we can contribute. Then STFU!

  13. Monday’s revelation amounts to the fifth iteration of the Obama administration’s account of events, after initially saying that the White House had first learned of the controversy from the press.
    That is not bad. I know a guy who is an inventor of technological things. He is fond of saying if I could just get the tenth generation of my invention first, it would save a lot of time. Well, the same goes for Obama lies.

    In dealing with the big media fall-out, he needs to remember what got them to support him in the first place. He bribed them, with lavish White House parties, leaks and attacks on their one competition. That will be his strategy moving forward, and for that they will resume their grovelling.

    The emerging theme will be it was the IRS–not him, the State Department–not him, the Justice Department–not him. Anyone who claims otherwise is a racist. And the public, as he said, I can make them believe anything I want them to believe. Even now, his poll numbers are holding steady. At least they are not racist.

    Shake it off Obama, big media. You are wedded at the hip and everyone knows it. Don’t let a lovers spat end a lifetime of marital bliss.

  14. Update III: Lois Lerner asserted her Fifth Amendment constitutional rights against self incrimination today. However, Lerner also asserted her innocence as well as authenticated a document. Did she waive her Fifth Amendment privilege by doing so?

    CNBC and Weasel Zippers think Lois Lerner Pleading The Fifth Is Worst Possible Outcome For The White House… Yes indeedy. The more legal hubbub over the waiver question and the more attention to Lerner and the Fifth the more the public will hear what Big Media/Obama work so hard to suppress.

    Our tweet today sums it up:

    First they came for the Second Amendment. Second they came for the First Amendment. Now they plead the Fifth Amendment. #Lerner #IRS”


  15. Stephen Lynch (D) of Massachusetts: ‘I hope the IRS does not continue to stonewall. We know where that will lead. That will lead to a special prosecutor.”

  16. Knowing what Lynch is all about, I can see what he hopes this will not lead to a special prosecutor. This is like a famous exchange between Darrow and a judge. The judge said I hope you did not intend by your comment to insult the court. To which Darrow responded: Well, your Honor has a right to hope.

  17. Lois Lerner, as expected, pled the Fifth Amendment. Issa played a fast one and asked her to authenticate a document which she did. This authentication response might be viewed as a waiver of her rights. Her lawyers sat immediately behind her but did not act to prevent her from answering.
    Yes, that does raise an issue.

    In a normal set of affairs, this might not matter. After asserting the priviledge, the government could offer immunity and then she would testify. But here, they could drag it out, and Obama could find ways to be obstructionist, while appearing to be supportive.

    Much better it be waived.

    But whether it is worse for the White House depends entirely on whether these actions can be linked to Obama, and my guess is that will be very hard to prove. Meanwhile, his strategy and that of the Democrats will be to confine it to the agency.

    What they need here is a John Dean–an insider in the White House who will roll over on him.

  18. The other problem we have here is the US Attorney for the District of Columbia who would be the proper party to pursue prosecution is an Obama operative.

  19. I wonder if Learner did not go to someone at the White House and/or the Obama campaign–let us not forget them, with this, rather than going through the chain of command. Shulman and Miller come across as incompetents, but not criminals.

    The other point that gets missed–even Chris Wallace missed it in his examination of that idiot Dan Feiffer is that there has never been an investigation which would uncover the who what why where and how of it. There has merely been an audit. They have never gone to the logical next step. Therefore the I don’t know and I don’t remember responses are winning the day. They show corruption, but not criminal activity.

    The only sign of criminal activity here is Leaner pleading the Fifth. The White House cannot be happy about that, because it takes it to a different level. The democrats cannot like it either.

  20. Lame Cheery, Josheph Curl-The Drudge Editor, and now this site is implying oBama was up to NO GOOD on the night of the Benghazi assault:

    Shock! Obama Was ‘Incapacitated’ Due To ‘Staggering, inapt activities’ between the hours of 1800 and 2300 on the night of Benghazi…

    Joseph Curl ‏@josephcurl 20 May Tweet:

    CIA source says Fox News scandal the “4th Shoe”; says it goes much deeper; says WH also sitting on “something” that has top aides terrified.

  21. I remember reading years ago, after the HUAC, Mafia, etc hearings, that the 5th rules were changed. Congressional inquiry doesn’t have protections of a court hearing and the all or nothing rule was severely abused. Don’t have time for research so relying on my old memory.

  22. Shock! Obama Was ‘Incapacitated’ Due To ‘Staggering, inapt activities’ between the hours of 1800 and 2300 on the night of Benghazi…

    Not a shock to most of Big Pink that knew Barry was only interested in his trip to Vegas the next morning.

    He did care not care to watch the live stream all night from Benghazi and he was either so cold blooded that he just Zzzzzzzzz’ed the night away, or he was doing something he doesn’t want the public to know about. Let’s ask MO what he was doing between those hours, if she knows.

  23. Congressional inquiry doesn’t have protections of a court hearing
    By that, I assume that you mean immunity.

    I looked at the John Dean precedent. It does not appear he was given immunity in exchange for testimony. Rather, it appears that they did not hit him with the full book of charges which could have been launched against him, and received a reduced prison sentence.

    John Wesley Dean III (born October 14, 1938) served as White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973. In this position, he became deeply involved in events leading up to the Watergate burglaries and the subsequent Watergate scandal cover-up. He was referred to as the “master manipulator of the cover up” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).[1] He pleaded guilty to a single felony count in exchange for becoming a key witness for the prosecution. This ultimately resulted in a reduced prison sentence, which he served at Fort Holabird outside Baltimore, Maryland.

  24. The entire effort to link this IRS scandal may falter on that fine legal point. If Congress cannot grant immunity then it is unclear to me that Learner has any incentive to show the White House connection we are looking for. Better to hold her current position, in the hope that Obama will pardon her on his way out the door. But if she does that, she should reflect on how well that ploy worked for Uncle Tony.

  25. “By that, I assume that you mean immunity.”
    No, I was thinking of not having a judge rule on the questions. With “with all or nothing” a congressman can ask “do you beat your wife” and you have to say “I blah..blah decline, etc.” which to the casual observer indicates that he does beat his wife. This was the circus of the HUAC hearings.

  26. I agree with you Admin– Lerner’s invoking the 5th has put even a bigger spotlight on this hearing that Obama wants to go away. Now, Issa just concluded that BECAUSE of Lerner’s invoking of her 5th Amendment rights and the question as to whether she is able to do this given Gowdy’s commentary, he has just extended the hearing. Now the MSM will have to address this hearing and put it back in the spotlight as they debate whether Lerner has violated her constitutional right. Legal analysts will be forced to comment, and since they LOVE to hear their own voices, this inquiry will dominate the media and talk shows. Lerner just gave us a gift in strange wrapping paper. Is this a sign that she is really seeking immunity? It seems clear to me that the Obama team is making her the sacrificial lamb.

  27. Shapiro is right on one point, and wrong on another. He is right when he says that the sudden appearance of Little Ezra, ly’n Josh et al at the White House raises an inference that they are convened for the express purpose of concocting yet another story to support the dictator. After all, the five Obama people have given us to date is hardly enough, especially when you compare it to the 12 evolutions that took place with respect to the Beghazi sideshow. But when he says they must be careful because obstruction of justice is a crime, I differ. I think obstruction of justice by this group of Obama supporters will never be prosecuted. The enforcer of the law would be Ron Manchen, an Obama bundler. How likely is it that he will find probable cause to go after these Obama supporting jurnolists. It is those who oppose Obama whom he and his boss are keen to take down. It reminds me of the old rhetorical question posed by Milton Freidman: does a cat bark?

  28. FemBotsForObama, this is getting some notice and jibes with what you write:

    Ezra Klein and Josh Marshall, Who Got a VIP Briefing at the White House Yesterday, Are Curiously on the Same Page Today

    Marshall and Klein have portrayed all the scandals as faux scandals. Ezra Klein notoriously predicted — wishcast, actually — last week that the wheels were coming off the scandal wagon and that everyone would see how silly all of this is.

    But today, they sing a different tune:

    Josh Marshall (10:15a.m.): Lerner Must Go… Ezra Klein (9:45a.m.): Heads should roll at IRS…
    — John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) May 22, 2013

    Both of those tweets argue that Lerner should be fired.

    I imagine they’re arguing for this because Obama has already decided to fire her.

    Thus, they put out a Possible Solution Which Will Completely Solve This Whole Scandal-Business, Obama implements this Solution, and then there’s no more scandal!

    What I glean from this is that the previous White House position — nothing more needs be done, this is all a “partisan fishing expedition” — is now inoperative, and a new defense — fire Lois Lerner and then claim that nothing more needs be done, this is all now just a partisan fishing expedition, again — is now in effect.

  29. At this point, I do not think the promise to reduce the potential charges against Learner will be enough to pry her loose. The ability to grant immunity would be the optimal lever. However, if there to be such an offer of reduced charges only, then it needs to be made clear to her lawyer that this offer will be revoked upon discovery of new evidence or with the passage of time, consequently the only way to secure its benefits is to provide a full confession now. Does anyone see it differently than I do on that point. Obama still has the pardoning power, and hypothetically he could strike a deal with her to that effect, if necessary. You may think that it too big of a risk, but I say that depends entirely on what she would say if she were to testify. I am sure White House Counsel could advise him better than I could on that issue. She has done what can in keeping certain information from him in order to construct a defense of plausible deniability. How much easier life would be if we can dig up a John Dean for this White House. It could be his counsel, if the right evidence is found. There is a part of me that says there are so many people involved in trying to figure out who done it, and as holdthemaccountable correctly reports there has been some temporary slippage in the Messiahs numbers and that if it continues, then one of the conditions for the appointment of an independent counsel noted by Robert Ray would appear to have been met. On the other hand, if we have learned anything at all from the past five years, it is that big media (excepting FOX) are a chorus of castades, and given the right inducement, meaning the right array of carrots and sticks, there will be a reversion to the mean in their reporting. A friend of mine tells me over and over you must be patient, and I respond with something Keynes said: in the long term we will all be dead. And thanks to Obama, our nation is now half way there.

  30. While all this is going on, I am quite sure that Obama is not obsessing about it. He has bigger issues to obsess about. Like that sand trap in front of the green on the third hole at Congressional which has a bad habit of swallowing his ball every time he has to face it down. Little Ezra has raised the possibility that the greenskeeper who tends that trap and the tight pin placement which is enough to bedevil even a Messiah is a racist. CNN and NBC have had him under close surveillance for months now because he was once seen in the same county as a Tea Party, and it has been rumored on the cocktail circuit that he is, therefore, a legitimate IRS target. To which Obama knows nothing, but merely says: who will rid me of that meddlesome greens keeper–Lois?

  31. Once again, I agree with Trump…

    Billionaire businessman Donald Trump helped pack a fundraising dinner for Oakland County Republicans Tuesday night…

    Trump making this prediction about the 2016 Presidential election:

    “I happen to think that it was easier to beat Barack Obama than it will be to beat, probably, Hillary Clinton … I think she is going to be very, very hard to beat unless the Republicans put up the absolute right candidate,” said Trump.

  32. SHV, the Kefauver hearings and the HUAC hearings often degenerated into Fifth Amendment travesties. But the rules for the use of the 5th are still the same since Watergate and the Iran/Contra hearings. You’ve got a good memory so we will continue to check for changes.

    Issa does think Lerner waived the Fifth:

    Darrell Issa: Lois Lerner lost her rights

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said embattled IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights and will be hauled back to appear before his panel again.

    The California Republican said Lerner’s Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination was voided when she gave an opening statement this morning denying any wrongdoing and professing pride in her government service.

    “When I asked her her questions from the very beginning, I did so so she could assert her rights prior to any statement,” Issa told POLITICO. “She chose not to do so — so she waived.” [snip]

    She appeared before Issa’s committee this morning under the order of a subpoena and surprised many by reading a strong statement to the panel.

    “I have not done anything wrong,” she said. “I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any other committee.” [snip]

    Lerner’s decision to speak at all immediately triggered a dust-up among lawmakers who were confused about whether she gave up her Fifth Amendment protections when she made an opening statement.

    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a former federal prosecutor, said Lerner lost her rights the minute she started proclaiming her innocence, and that lawmakers therefore were entitled to question her. But Ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland said hearing rules were not like those of a courtroom. [snip]

    By the afternoon, Issa was taking a harder stand.

    “The precedents are clear that this is not something you can turn on and turn off,” he told POLITICO. “She made testimony after she was sworn in, asserted her innocence in a number of areas, even answered questions asserting that a document was true … So she gave partial testimony and then tried to revoke that.”

    He said he was not expecting that.

    “I understand from her counsel that there was a plan to assert her Fifth Amendment rights,” he continued. “She went ahead and made a statement, so counsel let her effectively under the precedent, waive — so we now have someone who no longer has that ability.”

    Lerner is an attorney and she had legal representation with her so we are really perplexed why she answered the authentication question and gave a statement. Our understanding is that you do not even answer questions about the weather if you are claiming 5th Amendment privilege.

  33. It seems clear to me that the Obama team is making her the sacrificial lamb.
    If they do not know exactly what she will say, and what she has in her files to prove it, then they are taking a risk. It is a tough one for them however, because they cannot afford to be seen as condoning what was done, but neither can they now count on her keeping quiet. The leverage has passed to the other side of the aisle. Issa is masterful. And his counterpart, Kwalija, has done a credible job, which surprised me, to the point that I had to slap some cold water on my face and say wake up, you are falling for bullshit. The test will come when there is evidence that this leads to the White House, because that is when he will be forced to choose between following the evidence or following Obama. A profiles in courage test which may be awaiting him, I hope.

  34. Ironically, under the right circumstance, and only under those circumstances, Elija Cummings could become the Howard Baker of the process, willing to stand for what is right, and recognizing the peril to his party if he does not. I put the chances of that as no better than 10%, but remains a hypothetical possibility.

  35. wbboei

    May 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Wbb, your decimal is in the wrong place. It’s more like a 0.1% chance.

    Hillary 2016

  36. Lerner is full of hubris. She is an ideologue who harassed the Christian Coalition in the 1990’s while having a very similar job at the FEC. The FEC lost in court completely. Her sense of superiority in which she has rights but targets that she chooses do not is symptomatic of the group-think of in DC. I would bet her attorneys told her not to do this but since she is so special she did it anyway. I hope she understands she is the scapegoat for the White House.

  37. I guess this is OT – except for the fact that it will be coming soon to a neighborhood near you….

    HORROR! Islamist Talks to Camera After Beheading UK Soldier on Street of Woolwich (SHOCK VIDEO)
    “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”
    The Islamists charged police when they arrived.

  38. FWIW:

    Had this been an actual criminal trial, in an actual courtroom, and had Lerner been an actual defendant, then yes, it would not have been permissible for her to testify in her own defense and then refuse cross-examination on Fifth Amendment grounds. But a congressional hearing is not a criminal trial in two important ways, Duane tells Daily Intelligencer.

    First, unlike in a trial, where she could choose to take the stand or not, Lerner had no choice but to appear before the committee. Second, in a trial there would be a justifiable concern about compromising a judge or jury by providing them with “selective, partial presentation of the facts.” But Congress is merely pursuing information as part of an investigation, not making a definitive ruling on Lerner’s guilt or innocence.

    “When somebody is in this situation,” says Duane, a Harvard Law graduate whose 2008 lecture on invoking the Fifth Amendment with police has been viewed on YouTube nearly 2.5 million times, “when they are involuntarily summoned before grand jury or before legislative body, it is well settled that they have a right to make a ‘selective invocation,’ as it’s called, with respect to questions that they think might raise a meaningful risk of incriminating themselves.”

    In fact, Duane says, “even if Ms. Lerner had given answers to a few questions — five, ten, twenty questions — before she decided, ‘That’s where I draw the line, I’m not answering any more questions,’ she would be able to do that as well.” Such uses of selective invocation “happen all the time.”

  39. A former insider at the World Bank, ex-Senior Counsel Karen Hudes, says the global financial system is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned U.S. Federal Reserve. The network has seized control of the media to cover up its crimes, too, she explained. In an interview with The New American, Hudes said that when she tried to blow the whistle on multiple problems at the World Bank, she was fired for her efforts. Now, along with a network of fellow whistleblowers, Hudes is determined to expose and end the corruption. And she is confident of success.

  40. TheRock
    May 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm
    Okay you win. My only defense is I said “no better than”, which leaves me with a colorable argument that no better than 10% means anywhere from 10 percent down to .000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001. With an emphasis on the laddah.

  41. @ foxy

    You have to wonder if she didn’t do this on purpose? She has to look like she is actually doing something to protect papa. Then on the other hand, why should she take the fall for him? Many don’t really have a true vision of what Obamacare and the IRS mean when working in tandem. Tying zerocare to the IRS credibility in the minds of citizens will surely have a down side.

  42. Duane, a Harvard Law graduate
    Which can only mean he is the final authority. I do think he is most probably right, but his Harvard patina raises the opposite inference in my mind, and at best it is utterly irrelevant, except to a blog that is seeking to promote his opinion over the opinion of others in the field, including certain sitting congressmen who have prosecutors who have reached the opposite conclusion. Forgetting about Lois for the minute, I think that has to be the law. If the rule is applied as it would be in a courtroom, then it would preclude the ability for the trier of fact to obtain other information which might be relevant. In her case, she did not go that far, merely asserting her innocence which the Constitution which she conveniently ignores in other areas, does not go even that far. If you were advising her, you would encourage her to do exactly this. Why? Because it extracts a price for cooperation with authorities. Whether that will happen here however depends upon what her true motivations are. If she is an ideologue, and the record to date so indicates, then she may be willing to go down with the ship, rather than rat out Obama. She may turn out to be a Gordon Liddy in that respect. But I for one think it is unlikely.

  43. Either he’ll reverse himself on this or he’ll bring her back simply to have her sit there and plead the Fifth repeatedly in response to the committee’s questions. He won’t hold her in contempt.
    He needs to bring her back, lay out a series of counts, including one that she spoke with Obama or his campaign and/or administration operatives (including Austin Goolsbee) about this. And have her take the Fifth on that count and every other. The democrats will howl when the does so. Naturally. But it is what needs to happen in order to capitalize on her refusal to testify, and to make it vivid to the audience who is sitting there half asleep that something important is coming.

  44. A former insider at the World Bank, ex-Senior Counsel Karen Hudes, says the global financial system is dominated by a small group of corrupt, power-hungry figures centered around the privately owned U.S. Federal Reserve.
    Finally . . . the one we have been waiting for. The John Dean of this ugly cabal. Let us see whom these corrupt insiders are, how much the contributed to the Obama campaign and how much they profited from the 2008 crash. Without question, George Soros is one of them. Primus inter pares–first among equals, he is.

  45. U.S. Federal Reserve
    Are they not in fact the ones who are printing money at a rate that cannot go on, building a stock market bubble, and ready to get out at just the right time. Soros did that with the British pound in 1991, and the Asian currency crisis of 1998. His middle name is corruption.

  46. “Which can only mean he is the final authority”
    The NYmag makes him an authority by citing Harvard Law grad and his You tube video on 5th amendment. He also said the issue was well settled law without citations, another red flag. But best I could do on short notice. :>) Also downloaded the PDF of House Rules but that wasn’t much help.

    That said, his argument about compelled testimony and selective invocation is “logical”.

  47. SHV
    May 22, 2013 at 7:04 pm
    You saw perhaps that I agreed with him. It was the gratuitous notation of Harvard grad that I found superfulous. Hell, they are all Harvard grads and just look at the problems this country is facing. But time and again that point gets pounded into the public mind, like it is even relevant. My old evidence teacher who was #1 in his class a University of Chicago used to say this about that: “if the entire faculty of Harvard law school caught tomaine poisoning, died and were replaced with baboons Harvard would still have a great reputation for fifty years. And gratuitous references to that obscure fact by big media, many of whom are themsleves “Harvard trained” are reasonably calculated to do exactly that.

  48. Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting for Public Opinion to Turn Against Obama
    The president has a base of loyalists that won’t quit and, at least for now, there’s no evidence he was involved in any scandals.

    By Jill Lawrence
    Updated: May 21, 2013 | 6:10 p.m.
    May 21, 2013 | 4:05 p.m.
    Nice work from an Obama shill. The minute she renders this clairvoyant opinion, what happens? His poll numbers drop. A survey of her work shows you pretty clearly who side she is on. Hint: not the side of fair and objective journalism:

    Jill Lawrence | National Correspondent | Follow:

    Obama Goes on the Offensive, Hold the Charm
    How Obama Could Start Fixing the IRS
    Why the AP Phone Records Bombshell Could Threaten Eric Holder’s Job
    Will the Benghazi and IRS Probes Do More Damage to Obama or the GOP?

  49. The political question is not just whether he directly participated in these scandals, but whether he encouraged them indirectly, and/or whether his management skills were so deficient that his legacy is one of failure on many fronts writ large.

  50. Wbb

    I agree about the stigma of the Harvard law grad.

    All grads of any good University, be it in law or anywhere else are not all equal.

    So many a-holes have come out of Harvard and love to blow their own horns for the rest of their lives, no matter how little they accomplish.

    I was under this same cloud of pretense when I hired a Hardvard grad lawyer as my divorce attorney. Recommended by a close friend, and this guy was terrible. How do I know?
    I ended up taking the lead in the direction we should go because he didn’t. I never went to law school, although I wanted to, but he sucked so badly he told me I would make a great lawyer.

    Changed my whole perception many moons ago.

  51. Lois Lerner’s Attorney from Firm with Unusually Close Ties to the White House

    by Peter Schweizer 22 May 2013, 3:26 PM PDT 9 post a comment

    On Wednesday, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) senior official Lois Lerner, the director of the division that singled out conservative groups for scrutiny, pleaded the 5th Amendment at congressional hearings. The lawyer by her side at the hearings, William Taylor III of Zuckerman Spaeder, comes from a firm with unusually close ties to the Obama White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice.

    Zuckerman Spaeder has remarkably close ties to the Obama Administration. As The Washingtonian reported in 2012, “it appears that no other law firm has sent a higher percentage of partners into the Obama administration than Zuckerman Spaeder, a litigation boutique with fewer than 100 lawyers.” Among them:

    Kathryn Ruemmler, the White House Counsel, is a former associate at the firm. Ruemmler was a White House official who knew in advance that the IRS Inspector General Report would show the targeting of conservative groups before it was released to the general public.
    Leslie Kiernan, a partner at Zuckerman, is the Deputy White House Counsel and works for Ruemmler. Kiernan represented Obama 2012 Campaign Manager David Pflouffe in a 1990s government investigation concerning illegal foreign donations to Robert Torricelli during his 1996 run for the Senate. Pflouffle was Torricellis campaign manager that year. He was cleared of all charges by the FEC.
    Norman Eisen, a partner at the firm, was Obama’s “Ethics Czar” in the White House. Eisen attended Harvard Law School with Obama and was appointed by the President to be Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

    Beyond the White House, several senior Department of Justice officials come from the firm. Presumably, it would be the DOJ that would conduct any criminal investigation. These include:

    Elizabeth Taylor, a partner at Zuckerman, is the principal deputy associate attorney general at DOJ. Taylor attends the Daily Senior Management Meeting with the Attorney General, according to DOJ records.
    Ronald Welch, a partner at the firm, was the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at DOJ until 2012.

    Beyond those two power centers, Zuckerman Spaeder attorneys also pepper other agencies. William Schultz, a partner at the firm, is General Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services. Lisa Barclay, a partner at the firm, is the Chief of Staff at the Food and Drug Administration.

    Although the legal community is Washington can be tight knit, this sort of interlinking relationships is unusual when one considers previous high profile cases involving political scandal. Scooter Libby, aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, hired Ted Wells of Paul Weiss as his attorney when he faced legal inquiries concerning the leak of CIA information. That legal firm did not have unusually close ties to the Bush Administration. Oliver North chose Brendan Sullivan of Williams and Connolly, which likewise had no unusually close ties to the Reagan Administration.

    One case that does fit the pattern: Edith O’Brien, the central figure in the Jon Corzine MF Global case, selected Reid Weingarten as his attorney. Weingarten is Attorney General Eric Holder’s self-described “best friend.” O’Brien has yet to be charged or granted immunity in the case.

  52. he told me I would make a great lawyer
    Whatever his deficiencies may have been in all other matters, shadow, he was right on that point.

  53. This is not the first time a law firm got close, arguably too close to an administration. When you get too close, then there is a fine line between lawyering and influence peddling. The Holder Weingaten conclave raises that inference. When you get too close, you can become part of a criminal enterprise. The lawyer for Gotti was accused of that. It is a tricky business striking the right balance, but the rules of ethics can provide some guidance, and beyond that it is a matter of judgment. When you look at things like this it is not always individual events but patterns. In this case there are some curious coincidences, and if Obama throws her under the bus, then this law firm may be conflicted out of further representation.

    What is your opinion jbstonesfan? Given their close, almost incestuous relationship with the Administration was it a wise decision for them to take on this representation?

    That is not to say that law firms do not assume this role. A hundred years ago, it was widely known that the New York firm of Sullivan and Cromwell ran American foreign policy. Frankly, a local law firm here has similar ties to the Obama Administration, i.e. Perkins Coie, and that raises similar questions. But there has been no showing that they have acted improperly.

  54. You have to wonder if she didn’t do this on purpose? She has to look like she is actually doing something to protect papa. Then on the other hand, why should she take the fall for him? Many don’t really have a true vision of what Obamacare and the IRS mean when working in tandem. Tying zerocare to the IRS credibility in the minds of citizens will surely have a down side.
    It is a very hard position for her to be in. It is not just the jail time that could eventuate from this, and already Boehner has woke up from a hangover long enough to sound that chord. But even more than that, it is like having the sword of Damocles hanging over your head every waking moment, the effect this has on family and friends who rally around you initially, and then retreat to the sidelines. It is the uncertainty of who else will come forward. And finally, as I say, her attorney she chose to represent her and in whom she has confided may be here today and gone tomorrow, not just by choice, but by necessity. I do not envy her, but neither do I condone what the preliminary evidence suggests she did–target people for the mere exercise of constitutional rights in order to influence an election. I do not think she realized until now perhaps the damage her partisanship has done to the country, and the people’s confidence in government. The best thing she can do for herself and for the country is to come clean, explain why she did this, and lay out the White House connection, if as I suspect, there is one.

  55. I agree wbboei. There is extraordinary pressure on this woman. I also think that this backhanded payback to the WH would be icing. I don’t see a win situation possible for her. I suppose I’m just thinking in terms of returning the fire in the cruelest way possible. It is highly improbable that she will stay to oversee ObamaCare now. I do think that there was great miscalculation on her attorney’s part as well. He will bow out as soon as is possible.

  56. mcnorman
    May 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm
    I was sizing SHV up for the role of Chief Justice. The one we have today, Roberts, is not up to the job. If SHV were Chief Justice, our cherished liberties would be safe in his competent hands. Furthermore, he would not be seduced as many are by the street theater of the uniparty.

  57. It is highly improbable that she will stay to oversee ObamaCare now.
    No doubt about it. Part of me wishes she would stay because it would remind people of the dangers of Obamacare and the concomitant need to revisit the entire issue. The tendency in Washington is to talk reform, and then simply tinker around the edges. That serves the interests of the uniparty. The dimocrats can remove her and say see problem solved. And the Republicans who secretly like this program enough to have proposed it initially as a fallback to Hillay care, can beat their chests and say it is a violation of everything we stand for, publicly. The backroom is a different story, because we want those insurance companies who benefit from this toxic legislation to be filling our pockets, rather than those of the other party. If you saw the hearing today there was one very junior representative who talked about a silver lining in this IRS scandal, namely the fact which was more apparent to him than it was to me, that this has created an environment of bi-partisanship. We shall see whether the bipartisanship he sees through his rose colored glasses stays glued together once evidence emerges of White House involvement. That would be a good time to ask him whether he still believes in the tooth fairy. But I am a firm believer in the law of unintended consequences, and the silver lining I see here is the public seeing past the prevailing media image of the tea party as an organization of old white men who were bitter clinging racists and potential terrorists, to borrow the words of their innamorta Obama, but rather some very eloquent, attractive and non threatening people who simply believe in the constitution and want nothing more than to participate in their own small way in a national dialogue, dominated today by the likes of Little Ezra and big money interests. Here is my tribute to the incestuous relationship between Obama and big media. The thing that needs to be remembered here is they hid the ball and made sure he was re-elected. That is the enduring truth. What they do now in a futile attempt to undo some of that will not confer redemption. Monteverdi who invented opera, once said that which is too ridiculous to be said can neveretheless be set to music and libretto, so let us describe the torrid love affair between big media and Obama thusly:

  58. The backroom is a different story, because we want those insurance companies who benefit from this toxic legislation to be filling our pockets, rather than those of the other party.

    The day that zerocare passed, United Healthgroup’s stock rose significantly. Absolutely the pockets are lined. Anyone in healthcare will tell you that insurance companies NEVER lose.

    OMG wbboei, ROFLMAO

    I will never be able to listen to Dean Martin again without seeing those lips locking in utter contentment.

  59. wbboei
    May 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm
    he told me I would make a great lawyer
    Whatever his deficiencies may have been in all other matters, shadow, he was right on that point.

    That means a lot to me coming from you Wbb, thank you.

  60. “It is highly improbable that she will stay to oversee ObamaCare now.
    No doubt about it. Part of me wishes she would stay because it would remind people of the dangers of Obamacare and the concomitant need to revisit the entire issue.”
    Different lady:

    “Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today.”

    The IRS and the WH seem to be going all out to protect Sarah Hall who is probably the real bad IRS actor in this mess and likely knows where all of the bodies are buried.

  61. Different lady:
    Mea culpa.

    But there is a silver lining to this one too.

    If she elects to testify.

    Would you care to place a small wager–no more than 10 cents, on whether she invokes the Fifth as well?

    If she does not it will get very intersting.

    If she does it will get even more interesting because it will provide a further challenge to the press.

    It will be interesting to see if she shows up with the same law firm.

    Would you care to place a small wager on whether she does not–no more than 10 cents.

  62. Sarah Hall Ingram
    It will be interesting to see if the democrats on the committee protect her as well, and whether they offer boilerplate about her absolute right to invoke the Fifth Amendment and no negative inferences to be drawn. Then we will see the bipartisanship come unglued rather quickly. And for the junior democrat who saw the silver lining to this scandal because it has achieved what nothing else could–a robust bi-partisanship, Issa so impressed with his observation that he told him he could see sunshine in a snowstorm, which he took as a high compliment. By the way, how long does it take for a land lubber like him to get his sea legs. Evidently, eight month of study was not enough in his case.

  63. The IRS is now building the largest personal database on the American people. Sarah Hall Ingraham will be in charge of this database. With the use of such a database, it would be very easy to make political decisions regarding enforcement, personal costs for healthcare, and the limitation or denial of health care.
    Surely not Sarah. Hall. Ingraham.

    She has such an honest face.


    Barack, The Clueless, Obama

    By Larry Johnson on May 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM in Current Affairs

    When you lose Jon Stewart, it is a sign that the Obama ship is sinking:

    What a worthless, ignorant moron we have for a President.

    Obama does not have time to read briefing papers. He has no time to be briefed by his staff. Nope. He has to wait for MSNBC to broadcast what his Administration is doing to find out anything.

    Are you buying this bullshit?

    Didn’t think so.

    Obama chooses to not be informed. He is opting for the “plausible deniability” defense. If he really is this disengaged then we have proof that he is unfit to continue as President.

  65. I think what Larry is saying is, in order for a defense of plausible deniability to work, it must be plausible.

  66. Meanwhile, this “little” story broke today becaus the WH knew the big news would be the IRS taking the 5th.


    “The Obama administration publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that U.S. drone strikes have killed four American citizens since 2009, including the previously undisclosed death of a North Carolina resident who left the United States for Pakistan and was later indicted on federal terrorism charges.

    Attorney General Eric Holder, in a letter to congressional leaders and chairman of key congressional committees made public on the eve of what was billed as a major counterterrorism speech by President Barack Obama, also confirmed the deaths in drone attacks in Yemen of three other Americans that already had been widely reported: those of radical cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki , his teenage son, Abd al-Rahmn Anwar al-Awlaki; and Samir Khan, the American who ran al Qaeda’s web-based propaganda magazine Inspire. Previously the Obama administration had only acknowledged the senior Awlaki’s killing and refused to publicly confirm or deny reports of the other deaths.

    The letter also confirmed that U.S. drones had killed Jude Kenan Mohammed of Raleigh, N.C., more than a year after a local news report quoted a friend as saying he had died in an attack in Pakistan in November 2011.

    Holder said in the letter that the senior Awlaki was the only U.S. citizen targeted in a drone strike.”

    Due process in the Age of Obama. God help us.

  67. A brilliant analysis. Just brilliant.
    Why the IRS Went After the Tea Party Instead of Establishment Republicans

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    by Craig Shirley 22 May 2013, 6:06 PM PDT 25 post a comment

    As the old saying goes, beware of Greeks bearing gifts; but as the new saying goes, beware even more of Republicans bearing bribes. In either case, one could get destroyed (or at least corrupted) from the inside by trusting the wrong people.

    Since 2006, with the beginnings of the breakaway of populist conservatives from the national Republican Party via the Tea Party movement, the GOP has been trying to figure out how to co-opt and capture it once again, just as George W. Bush did with many elements of the conservative movement in the early years of the 21st century.

    But with the unofficial (and official) rise of the Tea Party movement, this development has struck fear in the Washington establishment because it represents an intellectual challenge to the anti-intellectual status quo of the Democrats and the Big Government Republicans.

    Dorothy Parker observed her own destructiveness and the “curling smoke” of the “burning bridges” of her escapades. The IRS and the Washington Establishment may have irreparably burned down the bridge of legitimacy granted it by the American people, and the national Republicans smell an opportunity in the curling smoke.

    Men and women of the Establishment Republican Party like Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who previously regarded the Tea Party Movement as something unpleasant and unsophisticated, are now trying to be their friends. That sound you just heard was thousands of Tea Party individuals choking with laughter at the thought of Susan Collins defending them. Same goes for Mitch McConnell and other majoritarian Republicans. Already well known is the GOP establishment had and has nothing but contempt for the Tea Party. As my grandfather used to say, “Cover your wallet,” as the GOP desperately tried to inject itself into the debate.

    The appropriation of conservative populist issues by the Republican Establishment for its own gain is not without precedent. In 1977, after campaigning against the Panama Canal Treaties for more than a year, the RNC asked Ronald Reagan to sign a direct mail piece for the committee. Reagan agreed, and over a million dollars cascaded into the RNC. But when Reagan asked RNC chairman Bill Brock to release some of the funds for a “Truth Squad,” Brock refused, in part because his friends former president Gerald Ford and Senator Howard Baker supported the treaties. Reagan was furious and vowed never to raise money again for the RNC, and he didn’t until after he became president in 1981.

    The unspoken 600-pound gorilla in the room is that the IRS did not go after Republican Party groups. There has been some noise made in that direction, but it is just that–noise. The real IRS vendetta was aimed at the Tea Party movement and not at the myriad GOP inside-the-beltway groups like American Crossroads or Americans for Job Security or any of the other interlocking GOP seen as front groups for corporate America.

    As I stated elsewhere recently, The Republican Establishment is pea green with envy but also embarrassment “that the IRS did not think them worthy of harassing, or even worse, on the same side as the IRS. In other words, the IRS saw the GOP as too feckless to worry about. Either explanation is not very appealing for the national Republicans.”

    Of course, the only thing going through the minds of the pecuniary consultants who run the Republican Party is they are missing out on a fundraising bonanza which is necessary to feed their army of mediocre consultants.

    Let’s face it, the Tea Party movement is comprised of breakaway elements of populist conservatives disgusted with the Big Government Bush Republicans beginning in 2006. They remain separate and apart even today, seven years later, because they perceive the national GOP has not changed, still a part of the corruption of Washington.

    The crimes committed by the IRS have yet to be completely catalogued, but unless millions are paid out in damages and people go to jail, then justice will not be served. What they did was not rinky dink. There was a twenty-seven month criminal conspiracy inside the IRS to deny the Tea Party their basic civil rights to political speech and action and association while rubber stamping any liberal group’s application.

    Conspiracy is not too tough a word to use or to say in polite company that the Tea Parties were denied their civil rights to political participation by their own government and outside agitators.

    Many questions are begged. Did outside liberal groups conspire with the IRS against the Tea Party? Did Republican Establishment types conspire with the IRS to censor the Tea Party? If so, how high up did the conspiracy go inside the two major parties, both of which had something to gain with the marginalization and/or destruction of the Tea Party movement?

    As far as the Tea Party and it sympathizers are concerned, nearly everybody in Washington is a suspect. The Tea Party has found the enemy, and it is the Washington Establishment.

    Isn’t it ironic that the Tea Party now stands for the rule of law and that elements of the United States government and the Washington establishment have become the rogue, criminal element in America?

    Craig Shirley is the author of two bestselling books about Ronald Reagan including Rendezvous with Destiny and Reagan’s Revolution, he is the author of the bestselling December, 1941; 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World and is the president of Shirley & Banister. He is now completing a biography of Newt Gingrich and writing several more books about Reagan including Last Act. He has lectured at the Reagan Library, is the First Reagan Scholar at Eureka College and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Reagan Ranch.

  68. wbboei

    May 23, 2013 at 12:58 am

    A brilliant analysis. Just brilliant.

    Here is what I feel went wrong with the Tea Party. They started out as fiscal realists which garnered support from citizens across the political spectrum, myself included. But somewhere along the line they got co-opted by the far-right and into espousing far-right social views thus chasing away many and found themselves to be yet another fringe group.

    To this day, I still find that such a shame because when it stuck with the fiscal issues, it truly had real power.

  69. Here is what I feel went wrong with the Tea Party. They started out as fiscal realists which garnered support from citizens across the political spectrum, myself included. But somewhere along the line they got co-opted by the far-right and into espousing far-right social views thus chasing away many and found themselves to be yet another fringe group.

    To this day, I still find that such a shame because when it stuck with the fiscal issues, it truly had real power.
    In some cases that is true. And in Missouri and Indiana elections were lost because of it. But in other places, such as where I live, it is not. Because the Tea Party is a loose confederation it will tend to take on the tone and tenor of the local population. Hence, in the Bible Belt, it will tend in the direction you describe, but in other areas it tends to be more secular in its approach. I may have mentioned that years ago, Jim Hoffa approached Karl Rove and offered to support the Republican Party as his father once did with Nixon. Whereupon Rove waived him off and told him I do not need your people. I have a more potent ground army, namely the religious conservatives. That is no longer the case. In fact, this is a real problem for the Republican Party, not unlike the fate of actor Dabney Coleman who puts one foot on the pier and the other on the row boat as the boat drifts away from the dock, and he faces the imminent threat of drowning. I think it was a huge tactical error to put Rubio on the point in this Amnesty debate. It forced him, a supposed Tea Partier, to disclose his inner RINO. As a result the tea parties will be loathe to support him.

  70. VotingHillary
    May 23, 2013 at 1:11 am
    Your viewpoint is shared by the way by my friend who has a family background with the best small town newspaper in the United States so do not think that I am dismissing it. On the contrary it has merit. But where I look I see the secular constitution focused mission still intact, and in the ascendent.

  71. I believe this entire discussion portends of a break-up in the Republican Party. I think it is more probable than not that Hillary will run, secure the nomination and beat the Republican candidate. That will mean three RINO candidates and three lost elections in a row. At that point conservatives will abandon the Washington DC based Republican party and will form a third party.

  72. I will tell you . . . Obama never ever fooled me, not even for one nano second. But this guy . . . Rubio . . . he did. He is as full of shit as a Christmas goose. Watch his reaction when Cavuto puts the question to him. Hey mon, does dis amnesty make yo stone cold dead in de market with conservatives. And then listen to his response. Its like if I can just talk fast enough, then maybe I can slide this bullshit past them before they understand what I have said. Hell, he is still yapping about enforcement first, even though that is not how the bill reads. For me, the bloom is off the rose with this guy. See tape at 5:25/

  73. freespirit
    May 22, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I am afraid you are right. Where is the out rage?

    Meanwhile, while we are all distracted, back at the farm, the Senate continues to hammer away on the immigration bill.

  74. wbb,

    From the same article at Legal Insurrection, it is noted that a wolf in sheep’s lothing Rubio is, among the usual suspects of course!

    Greg Sargent at WaPo, a liberal blogger with deep Democratic sources, was thinking along the same line in his morning post today, As conservatives celebrate scandal-mania, immigration reform marches forward:

    The celebratory tone among Republicans and conservatives caught up in Beltway scandal-mania continues this morning. But the real story is that behind all the hoopla, immigration reform continues to march forward, with conservatives suffering one defeat after another in their efforts to derail it. And that means the day is fast approaching when House Republicans will have to decide whether they are going to pass reform and suffer the consequences from their base, or take the blame for killing it….

    This caps a period in which far right Republican Senators introduced amendment after amendment designed to undermine the core of reform, efforts that were slapped down by a bipartisan group of Senators, demonstrating that the coalition behind real reform seems to be holding….

    The prospects for passing the bill out of the House are uncertain, to put it mildly. But some Dems think all the scandal mania actually improves the prospects for immigration reform. As one Dem remarked to me, by sucking up all the right’s energy and attention, it could distract conservatives just enough to sneak immigration reform past them.

    I don’t know if that will prove true or not, but that dynamic does seem to be one that pro-reform GOP Senators are trying to use to their advantage. Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham, for instance, go before the cameras and rail about Obama’s scandalous, Nixonian conduct, then turn around and do the hard work — along with Mr. Amnesty himself, Chuck Schumer — of moving immigration reform past one conservative hurdle after another.

    In other words, the people using the scandals to maximum advantage are not the Democrats, but McCain, Graham, Rubio, etc.

  75. A Trick Question (ACE)

    You’re Mitt Romney and it’s October 31, 2012 and a witch comes to you and says, “I can help you win 72 percent of the Hispanic vote or give you an extra 4 points of the white vote.” Which one do you pick?

    Looking at the raw politics of the immigration debate, it’s amazing to me that more GOP pros haven’t asked themselves some version of this and then bothered to run the numbers to find out which is best for them.

    But what if Romney had been able to reach a mind-blowing 70 percent of the Hispanic vote? Surely that would have meant victory, right? No, it wouldn’t. Romney still would have lost, although by the narrowest of electoral margins, 270 to 268. (Under that scenario, Romney would have won the popular vote but lost in the Electoral College; he could have racked up huge numbers of Hispanic votes in California, New York and Texas, for example, and not changed the results in those states.)

    According to the Times’ calculator, Romney would have had to win 73 percent of the Hispanic vote to prevail in 2012. Which suggests that Romney, and Republicans, had bigger problems than Hispanic voters.

    The Great ‘Naturally Conservative’ Hispanic Vote

    Doesn’t seem all that likely to vote for republicans and more importantly doesn’t appear to change who it votes for according to major immigration debates or reform.

    Here is the Republican share of the Hispanic vote in those elections:
    1980: 38 percent
    1984: 37 percent
    1988: 30 percent
    1992: 29 percent
    1996: 23 percent
    2000: 36 percent
    2004: 43 percent (probably more like 38 percent)
    2008: 32 percent
    2012: 28 percent
    Meanwhile the Immigration bill just gets better and better: Detained Illegal Immigrants Now Get Free Attorneys

  76. I think you may remember this reporter, he was just fired…

    Reporter Claims IRS Harassment After Tough Obama Interview *UPDATE: Conners Muzzled
    Posted on May 14, 2013 by danaradio
    St. Louis Reporter Larry Conners revealed via Facebook yesterday that he has been “hammered” by the IRS since his much-discussed interview with President Obama. Conners, a veteran reporter, asked tough, but fair question during the interview which was slammed by progressives in media. Conners says:

  77. Ezra Klein and Josh Marshall, Who Got a VIP Briefing at the White House Yesterday, Are Curiously on the Same Page Today

    Marshall and Klein have portrayed all the scandals as faux scandals. Ezra Klein notoriously predicted — wishcast, actually — last week that the wheels were coming off the scandal wagon and that everyone would see how silly all of this is.

    But today, they sing a different tune:

    Both of those tweets argue that Lerner should be fired.

    I imagine they’re arguing for this because Obama has already decided to fire her.

    Thus, they put out a Possible Solution Which Will Completely Solve This Whole Scandal-Business, Obama implements this Solution, and then there’s no more scandal!

  78. Gutless Call: FBI Has Identified Benghazi Attackers, Obama Does Nothing
    —DrewM. (ACE)

    Lawfare 1- Justice 0.

    The U.S. has identified five men who might be responsible for the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year, and has enough evidence to justify seizing them by military force as suspected terrorists, officials say. But there isn’t enough proof to try them in a U.S. civilian court as the Obama administration prefers.
    The men remain at large while the FBI gathers evidence. But the investigation has been slowed by the reduced U.S. intelligence presence in the region since the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks, and by the limited ability to assist by Libya’s post-revolutionary law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which are still in their infancy since the overthrow of dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

    The decision not to seize the men militarily underscores the White House aim to move away from hunting terrorists as enemy combatants and holding them at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The preference is toward a process in which most are apprehended and tried by the countries where they are living or arrested by the U.S. with the host country’s cooperation and tried in the U.S. criminal justice system. Using military force to detain the men might also harm fledgling relations with Libya and other post-Arab-Spring governments with whom the U.S. is trying to build partnerships to hunt al-Qaida as the organization expands throughout the region.

    3 words…Drone their asses.

    This is my favorite part.

    There was a worry that the men could get spooked and hide, but so far, not even the FBI’s release of surveillance video stills has done that.
    It’s almost as if they know Obama is impotent and don’t fear the US.

    This is what happens when you treat terrorism as a crime like bank robbery and not war.

    Heck of a job America! Heck of a job!

  79. Breaking: Lois Lerner Sued Christian Coalition In Largest FEC Action in History – Then Was Promoted to IRS Where She Targeted Conservatives (Video)

    Under the direction of Lois Lerner, the Federal Election Commission sued the Christian Coalition in the 1990s. She harassed the Christian Coalition for three election cycles. She lost her case. Lerner even asked one conservative during the case if Pat Robertson prayed over him. (Sound familiar?)

    These actions landed her at the IRS where she used the same tactics against conservatives and Christians – only on a much larger scale. 500 conservative and Christian groups were illegally targeted by the Obama IRS during her tenure. For twenty-seven months the Obama IRS refused to approve any Tea Party applications for tax-exempt status. At the same time the Obama IRS approved dozens of progressive applications.

  80. wbboei
    May 22, 2013 at 11:49 pm
    Sarah Hall Ingram

    She was in charge of the tax exempt unit. Lerner was her deputy until she was bumped up quite recently in 2012. Miller didn’t know anything except what a superlative civil servant Ms Ingram is. Her Wikipedia was scrubbed 21 May 2013 at 00:40. It says she was head of tax exempt from 2009-2012. Before the scrubbing it had more information including she went to Princeton and Georgetown Law and started with IRS in the 1980’s. Now her deputy has pleaded the 5th. Since they have had her superiors, Shulman and Miller, and her deputy who took her place, Lerner, on the hot seat, I hope Issa is doing a pincher movement. I would like to know what she told the IG (if she was even interviewed), when exactly she was made the head of enforcement for Obamacare, why she was awarded over a 100G in performance awards, why Obamacare enforcement is not on the organizational chart for the IRS (obviously to hide it), and why the WH has kept her head off the chopping block. Lerner’s whining hysterics (with her WH connected counsel’s blessing) at the hearing yesterday may have been orchestrated to draw attention away from Ingram.


    FYI. the neighboring school district here has instituted a Spanish Academy. A representative of Spain came and they will confer a Spanish degree.
    As difficult as it is for some to get jobs in the US, if they don’t speak Spanish, they will have no hope. our standard of living will never recover from the cost.

  82. Mormaer
    May 23, 2013 at 6:56 am
    Superb analysis, Mormaer. I think he was prepared to do the pincer movement by examining Learner, but that she did not cooperate. Instead she pleaded the fifth, which set up the new Klein/Marshall White House orchestrated meme that she should be fired. Most likely, it foreshadows similar a similar invocation of the Fifth Amendment by Ingram. In that case, they will be faced with the prospect of hard jail time–not club fed. The reason I say that is if they abused their position of power in such a way as to undermine the rule of law and the constitutional rights of millions of Americans in order to sway an election, and refused to cooperate with Congress, then they cannot expect clemency, or a favorable plea arrangement. That said, it is always possible that a politically connected firm like the one they have could whistle up an Obama friendly judge to sprinkle holy water on them, and go easy on them. Or, Obama could pardon them, along with Rezko and the terrorists at Gitmo when he leaves office. But that begs the inevitable question who else is willing to throw themselves on the sword for the corrupt messiah.

  83. Thus, they put out a Possible Solution Which Will Completely Solve This Whole Scandal-Business, Obama implements this Solution, and then there’s no more scandal!
    They are living in lala land gonzo if they think firing Learner will shut down the investigation. What they are really hoping is that it will shut down press interest in the investigation. As Clarence Darrow once said: your Honor has a right to hope. Any one of these negotiations could fade away in the course of daily events and new crises. But three of them at the same time, one which threatens all democrats, and Obamacare i.e. the IRS, one that threatens the Press, i.e. the justice department attack upon the press, consisting of secret surveillance followed by the criminalization of jurnolist activity, and Benghazi, i.e. how could he let those American die, and why did he lie, means that the Messiah has violated the rights of too many powerful interests for this to all just go away, particlarly as his lame duck status grows with every passing day. The sum is greater than the whole of the parts, and what that means, or what is should mean to the likes of Learner and Ingram is they are hitching their wagon to a falling star.

  84. History and unfolding events have a way of defining the legacy of presidents, which defies the attempt by their unctuous biographers. In this case, Obama’s legacy is being defined as we speak. One scandal could be cured through delay, covering up, and wagging the dog. But there is something portentous about the number three, as in three strikes you are out. So git ready Bambi, fate is fixing to kick your ass. If you are king, then your crown of thorns will be at best the most incompetent president in history. Notice how the line of defense is moving away from big media to the Caesar’s Pratorian Guard that being the jurnolister set.

    If you think about it though there is great irony here, is there not? Forty years ago, WashPo was heavily invested in uncovering government abuse through the likes of Woodward and Bernstein, whereas today they are invested in covering it up, through the likes of Little Ezra.

  85. I have been wrong too often, but my best guess is that this amnesty plan will get stopped in the House. I think it would be suicide for them to pass this legislation prior to the 2014 election. And, that is not a mere matter of politics, or even corporate donors. It is a matter of survival.

  86. One of the great things in that video was seeing the proponents of amnesty cheering as the key republicans buckled and shouted yes we can. Whereupon, Cavuto gently asked Rubio whether his advocacy of this toxic bill was not a defacto support of Obama. I swear I saw him wince. Lincoln said it best: if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

  87. Jeb Hensarling is a mindless republican. Mindless. No sense of urgency. No appreciation for the threat to our liberty. Just this good old boy oh we will get to the bottom of this, and I do not know who when what why where. Mr. Casper milktoast. I looked at his bio, and he is a big supporter of the Patriot Act. No need to wonder about whose side he is on. As I say, party labels anymore are not reliable predictors of character or commitment to American values. This guy has this calm sing songy voice and he talks on and on and on, and says absolutely nothing.

  88. Leanora
    May 23, 2013 at 10:28 am
    Agreed on both points. Very sad.

    If the sense of urgency is what Lew says it is, and if they think the way they obviously do, then how can 401(k)s not be next? And, if they need to sell this theft to the American People, then why not call on the junior senator from Florida, aka speedy gonzales. He can tell us what a great country this is, and then turn around and steal our strawberries.

  89. “Jeb Hensarling is a mindless republican. Mindless. No sense of urgency. No appreciation for the threat to our liberty. Just this good old boy oh we will get to the bottom of this, and I do not know who when what why where. Mr. Casper milktoast. I looked at his bio, and he is a big supporter of the Patriot Act.”
    I’m sure that Jeb was quick to call people who opposed the Bush/Cheney Police State “un_American, terrist enablers, treasonous, etc., etc.”

    Perhaps Obama is the right person to be President, at the right time in American history. 10 years ago, 71% of Americans were willing to give up personal freedom for “safety” and most thought that the President’s #1 job was to protect American citizens. Over the last four years, the Dem faction of the UNI-Party has dramatically expanded the now Bush/Obama Police State without even recording a vote in Congress. A year ago I didn’t see any way that the trend was going to be stopped, much less reversed. Now, I think that there is a small chance.

    Years ago, I read an article about what happens when a sociopath becomes the CEO of a company and surrounds himself with enablers and narcissists; it is always a poor outcome for the company. Hopefully the excesses and criminality of our Sociopath-in-Chief will be so blatant and offensive that even a low life such as Jeb will wake the fuck up. Perhaps Obama will be this generations Joe McCarthy.

  90. I would like to see a change in the poem by the Statue of Liberty –

    “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

    Here at our sea-washed, sunset hates shall stand

    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

    Is the imprisoned lighting, and her name

    Mother of Exiles. From her beacon hand

    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, hardworking and honest,

    Your huddled masses creative people , yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse entrepreneurs of your teeming shore,

    Send these, the homeless, ‘dreaming to be an American’ -tost to me,

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

    But, if you sneak over my borders, be prepared to get kicked in the ass all the way back to your country, on your dime!

    The free ride is over!

  91. Two things that may or may not have been widely reported.

    1. The first one concerns the secret surveillance of FOX News White House Correspondent James Rosen. Apparently, Reginald Reyes (hereinafter Reggie II), the FBI agent who filed the affidavit to secretly monitor Rosen’s communications, described him therein as a “flight risk”. I agree. But for diligent public servants like Reggie, Rosen would be free to change his identity and book secret passage to Havana. Good work Reggie, I mean Elliot Ness. But that is not the end of it. A federal magistrate who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution bought that line of bullshit. I posted his bio in a link above. Furthermore, if memory serves, Reggie II treated Rosen as a target, which the Department of Justice has since disavowed. This leaves no legitimate justification for this action. National security? Bullshit. The goal here was to invade Rosen’s privacy, criminalize investigative journalism and discover who is leaking information embarrassing information about the Obama Administration to FOX News, which has taken the lead in exposing a long sequence of Obama scandals. Yes, there is a lot here for dimocrats and Little Ezra to cheer about here just as long as they do not do so too loudly. (Note: it was mentioned that the Chief Judge of that circuit Royce Lambert who was a big opponent of Hillary care has issued an apology for not posting some documents on the court website.)

    2. The second one concerns where the push for IRS corruption came from. Well, Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin (. Yes Schumer and Durbin wrote letters telling the IRS to target Tea Party groups. This is fundamentally different from the normal letter which Congressmen write to the IRS which is typically an inquiry as to why an application for tax exempt status has not been granted. Here Schumer sicked the IRS on Tea Parties by letter and now that this scandal has erupted he has keep his head below the FOX hole. He is corrupt on the one hand and cowardly on the other. (Memo to Marco: when you go to bed with rats do not be surprised if you wake up with the bubonic plague)

  92. SHV
    May 23, 2013 at 11:36 am
    The ability of the uniparty to label conflate the destruction of civil liberties with patriotism, as in the Patriot Act is Orwellian. During World War II, Learned Hand gave a speech which addressed the narrow question of whether we must adopt the tactics of our enemy in order to prevail, including the suppression of civil liberties. He maintained that the answer was an emphatic no, because if we do that, then we forfeit the moral high ground, and we become a society governed by fear.

  93. Is it just my imagination, or are we beginning to see a fox hunt here? It seems to me that the wiley and elusive Obama is on the run and the hounds of three scandals are hot on his trail. It is a who done it, worthy of Inspector Hercule Puriot. And in the midst of all this, where is that elder statement and paragon of sobriety, Uncle Joe? Our nation needs his wisdom and character, which were on full display during the Ryan debate, to navigate the troubled seas.

  94. admin
    May 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    I hope he is right, and that I am wrong! In a court room there would be question about this. But in a congressional hearing I still believe the rule would be different. And I love the idea of suing her attorney for malpractice. On the issue of security, Alan is a little extreme. He favored torture warrants.

  95. So lets play this one out. Suppose Alan is right, i.e. Learner waived her right against self incrimination. Issa calls her back before Congress, instructs her that she has waived her right, requires her to testify and she refuses. Issa holds her in contempt and the matter is referred to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia. His name is Ron Manchen. He is a fierce Obama loyalist and bundler. And he refuses to press the matter. I do not see how that strategy benefits Obama. On the contrary, what it suggests is yet another cover-up by the Administration. And now, as we learn that White House insiders had early knowledge of these scandals, and failed to inform Obama, the defense of plausibility must yield to the white collar crime doctrine of benign neglect.

  96. Obama is being interupted during his big speech by a woman who is talking back to him.

  97. wbboei
    May 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    May 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    I hope he is right, and that I am wrong! In a court room there would be question about this. But in a congressional hearing I still believe the rule would be different. And I love the idea of suing her attorney for malpractice. On the issue of security, Alan is a little extreme. He favored torture warrants.

    That’s also what Trey was implying/saying. He said, “This should be treated like a courtroom…”

    What is the difference between a hearing like this and a courtroom, and the 5th?

    Does a courtroom have strict rules that the hearing before congress doesn’t? Is the 5th held to a different standard????

  98. Wbboei, Lois Lerner had three options: (1) testify fully; (2) refuse to testify and plead the 5th; and (3) give a statement and answer one question then plead the 5th. Lerner could have read her statement outside the committee room or had her attorneys deliver her statement while she stayed on the completely safe side of 5th Amendment assertion. Lerner’s decision as to what option to exercise might or might not hold up in court but there is no dispute that her attorneys failed her and that she has hurt herself.

    The other night Ann Coulter appearing on the Hannity show suggested that Issa should delay the hearing to next week because the Oklahoma disaster would provide Big Media with the unneeded excuse to ignore the hearing. Issa did not do as Coulter suggested but thanks to Lerner’s foolishness Issa now has his second apple and second bites.

    Lerner will now appear on TV again, to plead the 5th again. This second appearance will be harder for Big Media to ignore especially as Oklahoma will recede as a breaking story. Lerner will become a bigger liability for Obama. Instead of a one day story Lerner is now a week(s) long story.

  99. I was wondering about the 5th Admin, if she could make a statement before ‘taking the fifth’, which would be ‘out side’ her claim to stay mum.

    Kinda sounds like the hearing might be a different kind of animal, where no one holds anyone to the normal rules of law.

    Many times Greta has asked Issa why he doesn’t just subpoena people he wants to testify…and Issa rolls around on the floor saying he wants to try and lead them with a carrot a little longer. Sounds kind of soft and mushy instead of like cracking the whip in court.

  100. This morning on a radio show, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted that more lewd photos could come out:

    “It is what it is,” Weiner told the radio host in his first live interview since announcing his mayoral bid. “People may decide they want to come forward and say, here’s another email that I got or another photo. I’m certainly not going to do that. So people may hear things that are true, they may hear things that are not true, but I’m going to try to keep being focused on issues that are important to New York City.”

    Weiner resigned from Congress after getting caught sending lewd photos to women on the Internet.

  101. How do you know when the world is too much with you? When good friends tell you that you are too impatient to see this administration held accountable. When you deal with a sales lady named michelle and keep calling her Lois. And when you see a drudge headline that says cockroaches evolve to avoid poison in just five years and you think the article is about Barry, when it is not.

    I read someplace this morning that the question of immunity was being referred to House council. I do not know whether he has given them a ruling yet. I expect it will be along the lines you have opined.

    It appears to me that Lois may be a bit of a loose cannon on the gun deck for this Administration. No doubt that is why they gave her a law firm that represents the Obama Administration to defend her at the hearing. And, his goal, presumably was two fold: first, to get her under control; and, second, is to find out what she knows and to pass it along to his other client, the Administration, to help them limit the political damage. If the Washington Post is to be believed, then White House Counsel, Denis McDonouh, et. al. had connived a plan to roll the IRS scandal out to the public in a way that would protect the Administration, but Learner and perhaps others in the IRS decided instead to do an Edgar Bergan Charlie McCarthy routine at an ABA seminar involving a law firm I was close to for years, and get it out prematurely through an alternative channel. That upset the Administration apple cart. And if it is true that she waived her fifth amendment right, whether through the bad advice or counsel, or through too much free thinking, then she has upset the apple cart yet again.

  102. POS Rubio is a solid member of the Uni-Party:

    “Yet apparently, the issues that trouble Americans on both the right and left regarding Pritzker’s nomination were not the most pressing to the Senator:

    Senator Rubio won’t prejudge the nominee. As a member of the Commerce Committee he has a great interest in several issues, including how Penny Pritzker plans to manage the nation’s fisheries, specifically red snapper in the Gulf and South Atlantic region, and how she’ll oversee data collection vital to proper fisheries management. Sen. Rubio also wants more wireless spectrum available for commercial use and broadband deployment, and therefore is interested in Ms. Pritzker’s plans for overseeing NTIA and ensuring that government spectrum is being used efficiently.”

  103. Weiner resigned from Congress after getting caught sending lewd photos to women on the Internet.
    I hope this does not go unnoticed by Advertising Age, which gave highest honors to the 2008 Obama campaign. In Oscar Meyers case, they could quote a former boss of Tammany Hall who said I seen me opportunities and I tookem. Or, they could assume a detached scholarly pose and say using the technologies of the Information Age, Weinerman drove the concept of constituent service to a whole new level.

  104. If you give them amnesty and a pathway to citizenship, then you cannot build a fence high enough to deter future illegal immigration. And if you do not make it a felony for employers to hire people who are in this country immediately, and enforce that law, then you are doing the exact same thing. And if you do not address the anchor baby problem as you do those other things, then you have sunk the ship. Marco baby. Bush was a big proponent of illegal immigration and a North American Union. Rubio is a Bush proxy.

    House Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday flatly ruled out chances of the House passing the Senate’s immigration bill, saying his chamber will debate its own bill instead.

    Mr. Boehner and his top GOP lieutenants issued a joint statement that seemed designed to tamp down some of the momentum behind the Senate bill, which emerged from a Senate committee on a bipartisan 13-5 vote earlier this week, and to stake out a House GOP position.

    “While we applaud the progress made by our Senate colleagues, there are numerous ways in which the House will approach the issue differently,” the GOP leaders said in their statement. “The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system, but we will not simply take up and accept the bill that is emerging in the Senate if it passes. Rather, through regular order, the House will work its will and produce its own legislation.”

    Mr. Boehner is playing a proxy game of political checkers with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a bipartisan gang of lawmakers tries to write a broad immigration deal that would include legal status for illegal immigrants and a rewrite of the legal immigration system.

    Even as those lawmakers are working, however, the Homeland Security and Judiciary committees are writing individual bills on border security, agricultural guest-workers and an electronic verification system for businesses to check workers’ legal status — all pieces of the broader immigration debate.

    The SenateJudiciary Committee cleared its bill on Tuesday with the support of 10 Democrats and three Republicans, and that legislation heads to the full Senate for what promises to be a bruising and extensive debate next month.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, told reporters on Thursday that getting the immigration bill done is his top priority right now — so much so that he won’t pick any other fights with the GOP so as to avoid upsetting bipartisan momentum. That includes not pushing a contentious vote on President Obama’s Labor Department secretary nominee, Thomas Perez.

    “I am not going to do anything to interfere with the immigration bill,” Mr. Reid said.

    SPECIAL COVERAGE: Immigration Reform

    Already there is some speculation that if a bill emerges from the Senate, Democrats would call on the House to pass it as well.

    The House GOP statement seemed designed to shut down that avenue.

    “Enacting policy as consequential and complex as immigration reform demands that both chambers of Congress engage in a robust debate and amendment process,” the leaders said.

    Mrs. Pelosi said Thursday that one issue holding up the bipartisan House negotiations on immigration is over how insistent Congress should be that the administration create a nationwide electronic verification system to check workers’ legal status.

    “If E-Verify is not effectively accomplished in five years, then all of these people revert to the status they have now. I think that’s pretty drastic,” the California Democrat said.

    But Mrs. Pelosi shot down reports that she was insisting on broader health coverage for illegal immigrants, saying that she accepts the decision in the 2010 health law that makes them ineligible.

    “I’m saying that there is no obstacle to our support of a bill if it says no taxpayer funding. That would be a subsidy in the Affordable Care Act, and it would also be Medicaid,” she said.

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  105. Da Weinerman was just trying to make some new friends. After all, his wife was preggos and he wanted to share his best friend with Twitter followers.

    Who wouldn’t want a mayor like that?

  106. “Coverage of routine, predictable services is not insurance at all; it’s a spectacularly inefficient prepayment plan.”

    If large numbers of employees are enrolled in “skinny” health insurance plans, as the Journal article suggests, ObamaCare will have produced an unanticipated outcome no one wants.

    People stuck with these policies will have insurance that pays for the equivalent of oil changes (up to six a year!) but not for the equivalent of wrecked car. Just the opposite of real insurance.
    Any competent risk manager will tell you that you cannot buy insurance to cover every conceivable risk. If you do you will run out of money. So what you do is self insure the routine risks–the burn layer is what they call it, and you buy insurance for the catastrophic risks. Only a blithering incompetent like the Secretary of Health and Human Services would presume to turn that pyramid upside down and force people to by insurance for the routine risks and self insure the catastrophic. Fortunately, Obama is a hands on manager as well as a Harvard grad. What the fuck does that mean? Well for starters it means that he is smarter than the rest of us. And because he is smarter he has thought the problem through and come up with an elegant solution: death panels. Behold, oh yea of little faith.

  107. From Foxy’s PJ Media link above:

    Article is quoting Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.):

    “Remember that this is the administration that came in on a — on a high horse saying they were going to be that most transparent administration in history. What we’ve seen are lies, deception, a web of intrigue. Everybody knew everything except the president,” the congresswoman said. “…So everybody is on board was saying we’ve got to protect the president at all costs and heads may roll, a little head here and a little head there but it’s protecting the king. This is what is happening. They’re — they’re conducting this administration as if it were an imperial presidency.”


    As foxy said, nothing new here, but I do like the term “Imperial presidency”. That’s what the Naked Emperor wants his presidency to be. It’s up to the American people to remind him that we don’t want no stinkin’ monarch. Trouble is, we regular Americans depend upon MSM and congress to nail elected officials who push the limits of their power a little too far – and none in recent memory has pushed as far and as hard as Barack. As we know, we can count neither on media nor our senators and representatives to do what needs to be done.

    I hate to feel hopeless. Worse – I hate to feel helpless. But, Barack’s capos seem to have found scores of ways to enhance his power, and probably, ensure the reelection of whomever he selects. And our elected officials do nothing. They repeatedly choose to protect their own power or that of their party, rather than to try to summon some character and guts, and protect the interests of this republic. Obviously, media can’t be counted on to expose the truth. If Barack’s attempts to throw them down don’t spur them into actual reporting, I hope there is a huge backlash, resulting severe financial losses, and eventually, closure of the most offensive of MSM. I would so love to see a huge boycott of sponsors of several networks and outlets.

  108. Erickson has an article which recounts an attack on Peggy Noonan by Silver. Silver tells her she does not know shit from shinola, because unlike him she misread the 1012, unlike him she read the electorate based on feelings rather than scientific data. Erickson replies that whereas Silver has been more successful than his republican pollster counterparts, the scientific approach he advocates can cannot measure long term voter behavior and how opinion shifts over the course of time. But then he turns to Noonan and suggests that her view of the political scene is seen through the lens of the traditional American demographic which Republican candidates from Reagan to Romney have managed to carry, only in 2012 that was not enough. And then he raises a point which I fear may be accurate, and if it is it will be the death of liberal democracy in this nation, for sure not for maybe:

    “It is entirely possible that none of the things Noonan thinks of as factors that would lead to a loss of voter confidence in Obama and his Administration – incompetence, pettiness, abuse of power – are things that matter to the people who make up his political base.

    I have begun to wonder the same thing. But if that is true, what then does matter to this growing demographic? Well, if you look at the black, hispanic and asian demographic race appeared to be the factor that mattered most. And second, most likely free money. When I dealt with unions, the typical answer to the question what do you want was simply: more.

  109. I guess I would have to add one more factor–being cool. And not in the adult sense of the word, but in the adolescent sense of it.

  110. ““Coverage of routine, predictable services is not insurance at all; it’s a spectacularly inefficient prepayment plan.”
    Inefficient for whom??? This is a brilliantly efficient corporate welfare plan that uses the Feds to funnel trillions of $$$ through private corps who then skim off 25-30%. (Under AHC law, the insurance companies are limited to 18% for admin and profits, however, even before the law was passed, the industry was rearranging the accounting books so that such things as “helplines” were moved from admin cost to patient care.) The most brilliant thing about this scam was to convince a significant number of Americans that Obamacare is SOCIALIST!!!

  111. SHV
    May 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    You are right of course. Efficiency is in the eye of the beholder.

    The question I am pondering is what happens when the majority of voters no longer care whether their “leaders” are incompetent, petty and abusive. All they care about is whether they are cool, and willing to give them bread and circuses? What is the endgame?

    “Manor Farm is a former prosperous farm that has fallen on hard times, and suffers under the now ineffective leadership of its drunken and aggressive owner, Mr. Jones. One night, Old Major, the prize boar and the second-oldest on the farm, calls the animals on the farm for a meeting, where he compares the humans to parasites and encourages them to break free from their tyrant’s influence, while reminding them that they must hold true to their convictions after they have gained freedom. With that, he teaches the animals a revolutionary song, before collapsing dead mid-song to the animals’ horror.

    The next morning, Jones neglects to feed the animals for breakfast, and they decide to break into the storehouse to help themselves. When Jones wakes up and attempts to intimidate them with his whip, the animals revolt and drive the drunken and irresponsible Mr. Jones from the farm, renaming it “Animal Farm”. They set to work destroying every trace of Jones’ influence, mainly the weapons used against them. An investigation of the farmhouse leads them to concede against living there, though one of the head pigs, an antagonistic boar named Napoleon, takes interest in the abandoned house, and even more so in a litter of puppies left motherless.

    The Seven Commandments of Animalism are written on a wall of the barn to illustrate their community’s laws. The most important is the seventh, “All animals are equal.” All the animals work, but the workhorse, Boxer, and his friend Benjamin, the donkey and the film’s protagonist, put in extra work. Snowball attempts to teach the animals reading and writing; food is plentiful, and the farm runs smoothly. The pigs elevate themselves to positions of leadership and set aside special food items ostensibly for their personal health. Napoleon takes the pups and trains them privately.

    When Snowball announces his idea for a windmill, Napoleon opposes it. Snowball makes a speech in favor of the windmill, whereupon Napoleon has his dogs chase Snowball and kill him. Afterwards, Napoleon declares himself leader with fat pig Squealer as his propagandist, and makes changes. Meetings will no longer be held and instead a committee of pigs will run the farm. The animals work harder with the promise of easier lives with the windmill.

    During this time, the pigs also decide to start altering their own laws. “No animal shall sleep in beds” is changed to “No animal shall sleep in beds with sheets” when the pigs are discovered to have been sleeping in the old farmhouse as well as discovering Jones’ whiskey.

    Before long, Napoleon’s greed drives him to negotiate with a local trader named Mr. Whymper for a supply of jellies and jams. The price is all the hens’ eggs. When the hens discover this, they attempt to revolt by throwing their eggs at the pigs during an attempted seize by force. To instill fear, Napoleon holds a “trial” and a sheep and duck join the hens accused as traitors. They are taken outside and murdered by the dogs, with their blood used to edit a commandment regarding killing to being legal “with cause”. After the deaths, the revolutionary song is banned because Napoleon claims the dream of Animal Farm has been realized and the revolution is over.

    Growing jealous of Whymper’s financial success due to his trading with Animal Farm, a hostile group of farmers attack the farm, and Jones, shunned by his failure before, uses blasting powder to blow up the windmill. Though the animals win the battle, they do so at great cost with deaths and Boxer is wounded. Boxer continues working until he collapses one night while working on rebuilding the windmill. Napoleon sends for a van to take Boxer away which Benjamin recognizes as the “death wagon” from Whymper’s glue factory. That night a supply of alcohol is delivered. The next day, Squealer delivers a phony speech, claiming to have been at Boxer’s side at his deathbed, and states that his last words were to glorify Napoleon. The upset animals are driven away by the snarling dogs before anything can be done.

    Years pass, and the pigs have now learned to walk upright and wear clothes. The Seven Commandments are reduced to a single phrase: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Napoleon holds a dinner party for a delegation of outside pigs, who congratulate Napoleon on having the hardest-working and lowest-consuming animals in the country. Napoleon gives a toast to a future when pigs own and operate farms everywhere.

    Benjamin, overhearing the conversation, imagines the faces of the pigs changing into the face of Mr. Jones, as he realizes the similarity between the two. Realizing that things have become “worse than ever for ordinary creatures”, all of the animals unite together to overthrow Napoleon. The film closes with a bottle being thrown at the portrait of Napoleon as he and the other pigs are killed by the oppressed animals”.

  112. The decline and fall of the Obama-media industrial complex.
    And not a moment too soon.

    By: Moe Lane (Diary) | May 23rd, 2013 at 06:30 PM | 2

    I read this piece by Ed Morrissey…

    Remember when the Obama administration had a relaxed and fruitful relationship with the media?


    Less than a month later, the party is over. It’s been raided by the Department of Justice, and the media suddenly seems a lot less interested in making the president the celebrity-in-chief, and a lot more focused on demanding accountability — now that they have a personal stake in doing so.

    …and I can’t say that I’m surprised. I’ve always considered the relationship between Barack Obama and the Media to be a lot less genuine than is commonly believed: there’s no real emotional connection on the corporate* level. Barack Obama has always approached the Media with a certain inherent cynical contempt that only got more and more brazen as the years went on and nobody reacted to never being given press conferences and seeing local media be punished for non-flattering coverage and having reporters stuffed in closets and whatnot.

    And, for its part… the Media as a corporate entity likes Barack Obama the way that I like a rib-eye steak. They loved reporting his rise; they loved celebrating his victories; they love narrating his travails; and they will absolutely love chronicling his fall.

    And once they’re done with all of that, the Media will write sad, brave little pieces about the endgame for the latest iteration of the Camelot myth – and never explain that they themselves helped set up that scenario, because it’s one of their favorite stories. One that they will revisit, just as soon as they can.

    All of which would be infuriating, except that it’s actually going to rebound in my party’s favor for a change and there’s not a blessed thing I can really do about it anyway.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    PS: The President should probably take some comfort in knowing that eventually he’ll see the other side of these particular scandals, largely because neither the Media nor the Republican party leadership really wants to impeach him. But that’s not exactly good news for the President: after all, if Obama is successfully impeached then he would no longer be either group’s chew toy. And it’s a long time until 2016.

    *Oh, sure, individual reporters might have a largely unrequited affection for the President, for a variety of reasons both noble and ignoble. But that’s just personal.

  113. “The question I am pondering is what happens when the majority of voters no longer care whether their “leaders” are incompetent, petty and abusive. All they care about is whether they are cool, and willing to give them bread and circuses? What is the endgame”
    Exactly…the game and endgame are economic and I don’t either party or proto-party that can deal with those harsh realities. The bread and circuses are the political street theater that is passed off as serious politics today.

  114. The Benghazi episode proves that Obama is unfit for command.

    Sergeant Schultz Obama
    by Larry Johnson


    From the White House perspective the goal was to protect Barack Obama. Obama, who was running on the mantra that, “Al Qaeda is on the run and Bin Laden is dead,” would have a tough time explaining on the campaign trail why a terrorist attack by elements of Al Qaeda and Ansar Al Sharia succeeded, especially when the CIA had warned earlier in the week of a threat. If you activate the counter terrorism response system headed by the CSG, you were tacitly admitting that the President’s claim was hollow. Ignoring intelligence warnings? Inexcusable.

    The attack on the US Government facilities in Benghazi also fell under the authority of the US African Command (aka AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany. It’s Commanding General at the time, General Carter F. Ham, was in Washington, DC at the National Military Command Center (aka NMCC), which is housed in the Pentagon. It is THE COMMAND Center for US military operations. General Ham, I am told, requested permission to deploy the Commander’s In-Extremis Force aka the CIF. The CIF is an army unit comprised of Special Forces soldiers. Part of the unit (which was attached at the time to European Command aka EUCOM) was in Croatia completing a counter terrorism exercise. Had they been alerted when Ambassador Stevens was under attack, they could have arrived in Benghazi within five hours. The CIF would have been on the ground before the second attack started on the CIA Annex.

    Only two people could have turned down the AFRICOM recommendation–Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Barack Obama. Which of them gave the stand down order? We still do not know.

    What we do know is that Barack Obama did not stand up and lead the crisis response operation that night. He only met once with Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A true Commander in Chief when confronted with the fact that his Ambassador had been attacked and was missing would have activated all available military, law enforcement, intelligence and diplomatic resources.

    Here is the critical point–Barack Obama and his NSS did none of those. They only decided to deploy one of the National Mission Forces (a special ops unit based in the United States) and ordered the FBI to stand by. The President should have demanded a Secure Video Teleconference (aka SVTC) where he could communicate with AFRICOM in Stuttgart, our Embassy in Tripoli, as well as key decision makers from State, DOD, the FBI, DOJ, CIA, the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC), and the Director of National Intelligence. He did not do this. Although the White House Situation Room was monitoring the event and the NSS staff (Donilon, Brennan, Denis McDonough, et. al.) were communicating with Hillary Clinton and Patrick Kennedy, the response was weak and ineffective.

    We know the results of that failure of leadership. Four dead Americans, the sacking of a CIA annex and a special diplomatic facility, the failure to get the FBI on the ground to investigate for almost three weeks, and a public relations campaign that avoided describing the attack as “terrorism” and falsely blaming the matter on a weird anti-muslim video posted to You Tube.

    We might chalk this up to a small error of judgment. But we now have evidence that when it came to Fast and Furious, the IRS investigation of conservative groups and the prosecution of reporters for trying to do their job, Barack Obama was missing in action. He claims he only learns about these things by watching the news. For those of you raised on TV in the Sixties, this type of leadership was demonstrated by Sergeant Schultz on Hogan’s Hereos.

    You think the whereabouts of the President when a terrorist attack is occurring is, to quote a White House lackey, “IRRELEVANT?” Remember the scorn heaped on George W. Bush for staying in an elementary classroom for 15 extra minutes on the morning of September 11, 2001? At least when he left that classroom he took charge and got our national security bureaucracy around the world up and moving.

    Barack Obama did nothing other than hold a brief meeting with the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He went to bed even before the body of Ambassador Stevens had been recovered. He had a fund raiser to attend. Couldn’t be bothered by a terrorist attack in Libya.

    So we are left with having to assume that Obama was derelict in doing his duty or incompetent. Why incompetent? He did not have the presence of mind to order his National Security team to stand up and do something. Maybe he was poorly served by his staff, but that is a lame excuse. There is no middle ground. Americans were under attack, no one knew how long the attacks would last, no one knew for more than six hours where our Ambassador was and Barack Obama declined to marshal his inter-agency national security team and do all in his power to try to save American lives.

    That failure means Barack Obama is unworthy to be called President and not qualified to lead our Armed Forces. There is no other logical conclusion.

  115. O’Reilly, always the fraud boot licker stated tonight that the fraud gave a wonderful speech and did what he had to to begin regaining his “Leadership”


    Rubio is on full speed promoting his Amnesty bill…

    Initially I liked him, but when he came out with his Dream act Light PRIOR to Romney selecting a VP. I knew he was a wooden horse.

  116. I Immigration like fraud care, we thought surly we could stop it, and we didn’t.

    Boy scouts today changed policies and will let in “gay” boys.

    Never thought that was going to happen, but then my son had a woman who was a ball busted as a leader….it didn’t go very well. She was a bit insane. I really think boys scouts should have a male leader…especially after that experience.

  117. Way to go Rubio!


    osted by Ace at 02:11 PM Comments
    Shock: Obama’s Nominee for Secretary of Commerce is a Chicago Billionairess Mega-Donor Crony Who By the Way Understated Her Income by $80 Million

    From the Chicago Tribune:

    Pritzker, 54, a member of Chicago’s wealthiest family, is a business executive whose family founded Hyatt Hotels. She is a Democratic mega-donor and was nominated by longtime friend President Barack Obama, whom she helped get elected.
    She’s being questioned today by the Senate. They’ll be asking about a failed bank of hers, Superior Bank.

    Among the issues she likely will be asked about is the 2001 failure of Superior Bank, based in Hinsdale, where Pritzker was chair from 1991 to 1994. Pritzker also handled the matter after her uncle Jay died in 1999. The bank was co-owned by the Pritzker family and aggressively pursued subprime mortgages and car loans.
    After having filed a lowball figure for her income, she’s recently amended her financial disclosure statements to note “Oh yeah, I received an additional $80 million too, forgot to mention it, such a trifling figure, so sorry about that, shan’t happen again.”

    Her net worth is estimated at $1.85 billion.

    So, 99%.

  118. The Weiners used Chelsea without her knowledge. This is sneaky!

    A Wife With Powerful Ties Is an Unexpected Architect of a New York Comeback
    When Chelsea Clinton wanted to make a low-key visit to the hurricane-stricken Rockaways last fall, she arranged to take a trip with her close friend Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    So some members of the Clinton camp were surprised and unsettled to learn that Ms. Abedin also brought along her husband, Anthony D. Weiner, the former congressman who had rarely been seen in public since resigning his seat the previous year.

    The next day, Mr. Weiner reactivated his Twitter account to post a video about the Rockaways. Photographs soon surfaced in New York news outlets of the former congressman in the ravaged Queens neighborhood, the former first daughter at his side.

  119. Strassel: Conservatives Became Targets in 2008
    The Obama campaign played a big role in a liberal onslaught that far pre-dated Citizens United.
    By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL 23 May 2013 7:19 PM
    The White House insists President Obama is “outraged” by the “inappropriate” targeting and harassment of conservative groups. If true, it’s a remarkable turnaround for a man who helped pioneer those tactics…
    …The Bauer letters were the Obama campaign’s high-profile contribution to this effort—though earlier, in the spring of 2008, Mr. Bauer filed a complaint with the FEC against the American Leadership Project, a group backing Hillary Clinton in the primary. “There’s going to be a reckoning here,” he had warned publicly. “It’s going to be rough—it’s going to be rough on the officers, it’s going to be rough on the employees, it’s going to be rough on the donors. . . Whether it’s at the FEC or in a broader criminal inquiry, those donors will be asked questions.” The campaign similarly attacked a group supporting John Edwards.
    None of this proves that Mr. Obama was involved in the IRS targeting of conservative nonprofits. But it does help explain how we got an environment in which the IRS thought this was acceptable… Much more at

  120. gonzotx
    May 24, 2013 at 2:57 am

    I Immigration like fraud care, we thought surly we could stop it, and we didn’t.
    As expected, the Gang of Eight Schumer Rubio travesty is DOA in the House. The House has a bill, the contents of which has not been made known. Even if it is one we could live with, the risk then lies in the reconciliation process. If you trust Boehner and Cantor to protect the interests of the American People over those of big business and the Republican Party’s cowardly approach to governance, then I guess it is okay. If not, then not.

    We know now for sure that Rubio cannot be trusted. If he runs for President the base will not turn out, so they will have to win the election with millions of cross over democrats, and the RINOS in Washington. How likely is that. Michael Barone whom I very much respect claims that the immigration deluge is over, therefore there is no need to fear this bill. What he fails to realize is the degree to which amnesty, citizenship, welfare, chain immigration, and no effective enforcement plan will create a new wave of massive immigration which will swamp our safety nets. On this one he is whistling past the graveyard, I am afraid.

    Numbers USA, an organization that is fighting the Gang of Eight travesty, is promoting a bill introduced by a Democrat House Member, John Barrow (D-Ga) which is aimed at plugging the holes in the 1984 Amnesty Bill which is the source of the problem. I do not know how many co-sponsors he has, but usually you need around 200 for the bill to have a chance of passage. I doubt he has that. Nevertheless, the following sound and sensibile features are prominent in that bill:

    Require E-Verify for all employers within 2 years
    Increase penalties for making/selling/using fake or stolen documents
    Restrict SCAAP (law enforcement) funding for sanctuary cities
    Increase the number of ICE agents
    Require ICE agents to be stationed at every federal, state, and county jail or prison and work with state drug or gang task forces that request assistance
    Increase the number of detention beds for ICE
    Increase the number of judges, clerks, and prosecutors to process immigration violators
    Deny certain visas for countries that refuse to repatriate illegal aliens ordered deported
    Achieve operational control of the entire border
    Require full implementation of entry/exit system at all ports within 2 years
    Require equipment sharing between Department of Defense and Border Patrol

  121. Holder is likely to step down. The left wing extremists at HuffPo, Kos, et. al. are now calling for his head. And he is a convenient sacrificial goat. Holder’s departure could mitigate the Fast and Furious litigation, and the Press outrage over his secretly spying on them. On the other hand it could re-focus attention on Obama, and make him vulnerable, as Insider has speculated. But it will not solve Obama’s newly created press problem. Where the press and Obama are concerned, it is a case of gone is the romance that was so divine, its broken and cannot be mended, etc. Besides, we are well past the middle of the book, hence the author must be thinking about how he is going to move things along to a graceful conclusion which reads something like all power corrupts and without a media (like us) that speak truth to power, the county would fail. Of course that is nothing but fiction. The truth is we have a corrupt press, and the country is failing because of it.

  122. I for one would like to see Holder hang around. Why? Because he has launched a secret attack upon the press, and has been roundly condemned for it. As a result, he has graduated from radical leftist AG to tar baby all in the course of a couple weeks. (Note: a tar baby is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br’er Rabbit, or in this case Br’er Barack). Sadly, I doubt that I will get my wish. I think he will be forced to leave.

  123. Huma Abedin
    I met her on the campaign trail. She is well liked. All this right wing bullshit about her is just that–bullshit. Hillary is lucky to have her.

  124. I see Holder as the Queen on the chess board. Without him, the ‘King’ is more of a sitting duck. Jarrett may be equal to a Bishop, but Holder controls the DOJ, that controls most of the scandals.

  125. Shadowfax

    May 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I see Holder as the Queen on the chess board. Without him, the ‘King’ is more of a sitting duck. Jarrett may be equal to a Bishop, but Holder controls the DOJ, that controls most of the scandals.

    Couldn’t agree with you more Shadow, though Jarret’s effect on the chess board is more akin to the rook after a castling. She exerts influence across both white and black board spaces and is a greater long distance threat than a bishop. The queen, as you correctly stated, is the primary defender/attacker in service of the King and that is undoubtably Holder.


    Hillary 2016

  126. Da Rock

    Thanks for that added knowledge of a castled rook 😉

    I must confess that I didn’t think a Bishop was perfect enough to describe Jarrett, I just visualized her slithering from one place to another, never going in a straight direction to avoid attention, but having her mits in all corners of the governments business.

  127. More pixie dust wears off…

    Some labor unions that enthusiastically backed President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul are now frustrated and angry, fearful that it will jeopardize benefits for millions of their members.

    Union leaders warn that unless the problem is fixed, there could be consequences for Democrats facing re-election next year.

  128. Will Christie finish cooking his goose with Republican’s today?

    Will it be a lovefest, a continuation of a bromance?


    President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are getting back together for another tour of the Jersey Shore.

    Obama will travel to New Jersey on Tuesday to inspect the Shore’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy, a White House official said Thursday.

  129. Poll: Hillary Clinton tops in Iowa for 2016

    Hillary Clinton beats Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in potential 2016 matchups in Iowa, according to a new poll Friday.

    Clinton, a Democrat, would best Rubio 48 percent to 37 percent and she runs ahead of Paul 46 percent to 42 percent, the Quinnipiac University poll found.

    A closer look at a potential Clinton-Paul matchup shows Paul leading among Iowa independents 44 percent to 38 percent. He also leads among men 49 percent to 39 percent. Clinton wins among women 53 percent to 34 percent.

    Hillary needs to start reconnecting with the male vote. Blue and white collar workers.

  130. Cruz is a great Senator. Not a hypocrite like Graham, not an anachronism like McCain, but a truth teller. And the only question it begs to me is do the American People want the truth, can they handle the truth, and when it is presented to them, will they recognize it and act upon it. That is an imponderable.

  131. It’s called karma!
    Obama does handshake do-over with Marine guard after failing to salute
    By Susan Crabtree 24 may 2013
    President Obama forgot to return the salute of a U.S. Marine while boarding Marine One Friday morning, then came back out to shake the Marine’s hand, according to a tweet by CBS News’ Mark Knoller. The timing was particularly awkward because Marine One was about to whisk Mr. Obama away to Annapolis, Md. to give the commencement speech at the U.S. Naval Academy commissioning of U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officers. Mr. Obama later chatted with the Marine and gave him another hand shake just for good measure, Mr. Knoller tweeted later. The exchange comes after the president riled some Marine Corps officers last week by asking Marines to hold umbrellas over him and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan so they wouldn’t get wet while they were giving a press conference in the White House’s Rose Garden. Marine Corps regulation prohibit Marines from carrying umbrellas while in uniform. Later Friday morning, Mr. Obama was forced to endure light rain sans umbrella while delivering the commencement speech to roughly 1,000 midshipmen. His efforts to make light of the situation fell a little flat, considering last week’s umbrella incident. “I know it’s a little wet but the superintendent told me that folks in the Navy and Marine Corps don’t mind a little water,” he said to tepid laughter.

  132. Notice the form of the argument by Cruz: it takes the form of the indictment of Brutus by Marc Anthony’s. In this case, McCain, the senior Senator from Arizona is an honorable man. Believe me, this is firing for effect. which proceeds from the premise that even though Brutus (McCain) killed Caesar who loved Rome, Brutus is an honorable man.

    “If a friend should demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is my answer: Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more(Shakespeare 421). Brutus had honored Caesar but Brutus felt that Caesar was to ambitious. Brutus also felt that Caesar made the Romans as slaves. Therefore, Brutus is an honorable man.

  133. gonzotx
    May 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Must be some issue with Huma or She wouldn’t still be with the sick wiener
    Yes. It is puzzling.

  134. Remember Gibson??? 🙁

    Federal agents dressed in paramilitary gear swooped into Gibson Guitar’s Tennessee headquarters on August 24, 2011. The agents from the US Fish and Wildlife Service claimed that Gibson was using illegally imported foreign wood in their guitars. When the dust settled, Gibson was out countless lost work hours while its manufacturing was shut down, and it agreed to pay a total of $350,000 in fees, even though it had not knowingly done anything wrong. In fact, it had done nothing that its competitor, C. F. Martin guitars, had not done, but the feds never dispatched any armed troops against Martin.

    The Gibson raid never made much sense. There was no risk of fight or flight. Businesses are inspected and fined routinely every day by any of a number of federal agencies. Gibson’s case, supposing there even was a legitimate one, could have been sorted out with phone calls, not a swoop resembling a raid on a terrorist hideout. The tactics alone never made much sense.

  135. foxyladi14
    May 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm
    It appears to me that the entire federal government is out of control. And, if Obama’s make weight defense is true (which it is not) then the inmates are running the asylum. And what is Dr. Obama’s miracle cure to the problem of big government. Why, more big government of course.

  136. Politico: Attkisson Fights Bias of ‘CBS Evening News’ Producer

    by John Nolte 24 May 2013

    Politico’s Dylan Byers leads his own site today with a revealing portrait of Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, one of the few non-Fox News reporters willing to dig into the Obama administration’s many scandals, going all the way back to Fast and Furious. Byers not only paints a portrait of a dogged journalist willing to butt heads with the most powerful man in the world, but also with her own left-wing superiors–including the producer of the “CBS Evening News”:

    [I]n light of the Washington press corps’ current distrust of the Obama administration, much of Attkisson’s reporting now seems prescient — the sort of thing one might expect CBS News executives to celebrate publicly.

    Instead, suspicions of partisanship have made Attkisson a polarizing figure within her own organization.

    CBS News president David Rhodes is said to value her diligence, but there are others, most notably Pat Shevlin, the executive producer of CBS Evening News, who are wary of her motives and have even dismissed her, in private, as a partisan carrying water for Republicans.

    Alternatively, some sources suggested that Shevlin’s own political bias, which they described as liberal, was to blame.

    When you work at CBS in the capacity Attkisson does, getting on the “CBS Evening News” is what it is all about — it is why you get up in the morning. Therefore, Attkisson’s willingness to rub one of the holders of the keys to that kingdom the wrong way says a lot about her character.

    Byers makes another key point when he writes:

    Attkisson has written many stories about GOP failures as well as Democratic ones. Her 2008 investigations into the so-called “TARP Bait & Switch” under then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson won her an Emmy award for investigative reporting. In March 2012, she reported on GOP freshman betraying their promises of reforming Washington and instead hobnobbing with fundraisers at a resort in Key Largo.

    It is probably a safe bet that Attkisson doesn’t have any problems getting those stories past Shevlin.

    Byers’ story is yet more confirmation that there really is a Narrative Plantation controlled by the left. Recently, we learned that Attkisson was/is having trouble getting Libya reports on the air. What does that tell you, especially now that her Libya reporting (as Byers points out) has been vindicated.

    Those who control the levers of media power understand the power they hold and how that power can damage a politician. So Obama gets protected from legitimate scandals dug up by the likes of an award-winning reporter like Attkisson, while a nothingburger like PlameGate is exploded like a nuke above the head of George W. Bush.

    While we are praising Attkisson for her willingness to uphold the ideals of journalism, let’s not to forget to praise Byers for his reporting of that fact.

  137. CBS News president David Rhodes is said to value her diligence, but there are others, most notably Pat Shevlin, the executive producer of CBS Evening News, who are wary of her motives and have even dismissed her, in private, as a partisan carrying water for Republicans
    The problem here is Rhoades. With a brother in the administration, he does not want his network to report negative stories on Obama. So what he does is Pat Sharyl on the back and say go get them tiger. And then he turns around and whispers in Shevlin’s tin ear, do not broadcast anything she gives you which will embarrass Obama, my brother or me. I guarantee you that is what going on here. Bear in mind one thing: Rhoades is president of that network, and Shevlin is merely an executive producer. If Rhoades was on the level, he would find the appropriate channel through which to register his dissatisfaction with Shevlin and if Shevlin persisted, he/she would be out of a job. Sharyl is getting the run around here, and so are the American People.

  138. I do not give a goddamn what kind of Chinese wall they have set up at CBS to prevent interference with decisions by an Executive Producer. If the issue is important, it is easy to find a way around it. Easy.

  139. Rhoades is not an isolated example. We have become such a passive aggressive society that nobody says what they really mean anymore. We tell ourselves it is because we do not want to make waves. But the truth is nobody likes to confront people, and so most people have given up on telling the truth anymore.

  140. Never forget Patriots Peaceful assembly and free speech are not terrorism, they are our Constitutional RIGHTS, and we need to fight to protect them!, 🙂

  141. The New Yorker reported that U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen fought to keep the seizure of the emails secret, voicing concern that disclosing the warrant could prevent the government from monitoring the messages.
    Prior to his appointment Machen was a big Obama bundler. After his appointment, he has served as an Obama protector–much like Holder. Not surprisingly, he has singled out the one network which has been critical of Obama and sought to criminalize legitimate investigative journalism which had the potential to reach the White House. In a word, he was looking to take down FOX News, and you begin to wonder whether the AP surveillance wasn’t merely a cover. At a minimum, Ron needs to recuse himself from the investigation and prosecution of those involved in the IRS, AP and Benghazi scandals. This would include the enforcement of contempt citation issued by Congress against Lerner and/or Ingram. Frankly, I think his entire office needs to recuse itself, which may be difficult.

  142. On Larry King Live in 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama attacked Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and called on him to resign for carrying out the President’s “political vendettas.”

  143. The Justice Department acknowledged late Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder was on board with a search warrant to obtain the personal emails of a Fox News reporter, as media and civil liberties groups continued to raise concerns about the case.

    Following prior reports indicating that Holder had likely signed off on the search warrant, the Justice Department acknowledged Holder’s involvement and defended the decision. It insisted the call to seek these files — in the course of an investigation into a leak allegedly made by State Department contractor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim — was legal.

    “The Department takes seriously the First Amendment right to freedom of the press,” the department said in a written statement, provided late Friday at the start of the holiday weekend. “In recognition of this, the Department took great care in deciding that a search warrant was necessary in the Kim matter, vetting the decision at the highest levels of the Department, including discussions with the Attorney General.”
    His words are belied by his actions. That explanation does not pass the red face test, in my opinion. Bear in mind, he also secretly spied on Rosen’s parents, called Rosen a flight risk, and accused him of being a co-conspirator. Yes, Reyes was the FBI fool who signed the affidavit. But now, Holder, by his own admission signed off on it. That admission suggests to me that he has outlived his usefulness to the Administration, and there is no showing that he has ever been much use to the American People, beginning with the Black Panther case, the attack on voter ID laws, his machinations on Fast and Furious, etc. Well, we will see what happens. I have been wrong before in my predictions, but since this involves the media I think the stakes are higher.

    Read more:

  144. ‘Asshats’ – I’ve been pondering this term for months and have come up with possible uses:

    Baracko = All hat and no ass

    Queen MO = All ass and nothin’ under the hat

    (Ooo, the Feds are gonna get me for that.)

  145. foxyladi14
    May 23, 2013 at 10:05 am
    Poor Nancy still blaming Boosh!!

    I get it, Pelousy lays the blame for the IRS on the guy that occupied 1600 Penn Ave last back on Jan. 19, 2009.

    But are we supposed to believe that the IRS targeting of conservative groups started under Bush???

    Yeah, thought so.

  146. I just watched Rubio on Hannity, trying to sell the immigration bill. On the surface, it sounds reasonable. But I don’t see how the “path to green card” will work. According to Rubio, those who are already in the country illegally are supposed to turn themselves in, pay a fine, etc. and then enter a program where they have to remain employed and out of trouble for so many years. Those who do so get a green card, which they have to renew every six(?) years. In all that time, they are not eligible for public assistance. Yadda, yadda, yadda. OK, fine, whatever. But if I were in the audience, I would have asked Rubio who will bother to jump through all those hoops when all they need to do is have a child while they’re here? The kid is automatically a US citizen. Even if the parents aren’t eligible for public assistance, the child is. So in the end, we’re right back where we started. And that doesn’t even include the “dreamer” kids.

  147. Jen, I agree…and the ‘dreamer kids’ get a free ride that legally born American’s don’t get.

  148. Obama cannot claim plausible deniability on the IRS scandal. Why not? Because the attorney he used during the 2008 campaign made similar threats toward conservative groups and Hillary supporters. And that means that contrary to his present claim that he is outraged and never knew about this, he has known about it and approved it for the past five years.

    Who would have thunk that Bauer’s bad behavior five years ago would bite his client Obama in the ass, now, as he pretends to have no prior knowledge conservative groups were being targeted. Brilliant work by Kimberly Strassel at WSJ in uncovering this sordid past chapter. Bauer is a dirt ball. He’s married to Anita Dunn.
    Also on Sept. 8, Mr. Bauer complained to the Federal Election Commission about AIP and Mr. Simmons. He demanded that AIP turn over certain tax documents to his campaign (his right under IRS law), then sent a letter to AIP further hounding it for confidential information (to which he had no legal right).

    The Bauer onslaught was a big part of a new liberal strategy to thwart the rise of conservative groups. In early August 2008, the New York Times trumpeted the creation of a left-wing group (a 501(c)4) called Accountable America. Founded by Obama supporter and liberal activist Tom Mattzie, the group—as the story explained—would start by sending “warning” letters to 10,000 GOP donors, “hoping to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions.” The letters would alert “right-wing groups to a variety of potential dangers, including legal trouble, public exposure and watchdog groups digging through their lives.” As Mr. Mattzie told Mother Jones: “We’re going to put them at risk.”

    President Obama with Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Mona Sutphen and White House Counsel Bob Bauer.

    The Bauer letters were the Obama campaign’s high-profile contribution to this effort—though earlier, in the spring of 2008, Mr. Bauer filed a complaint with the FEC against the American Leadership Project, a group backing Hillary Clinton in the primary. “There’s going to be a reckoning here,” he had warned publicly. “It’s going to be rough—it’s going to be rough on the officers, it’s going to be rough on the employees, it’s going to be rough on the donors. . . Whether it’s at the FEC or in a broader criminal inquiry, those donors will be asked questions.” The campaign similarly attacked a group supporting John Edwards.

    American Leadership head (and Democrat) Jason Kinney would rail that Mr. Bauer had gone from “credible legal authority” to “political hatchet man”—but the damage was done. As Politico reported in August 2008, Mr. Bauer’s words had “the effect of scaring [Clinton and Edwards] donors and consultants,” even if they hadn’t yet “result[ed] in any prosecution.”

    As general counsel to the Obama re-election campaign, Mr. Bauer used the same tactics on pro-Romney groups. The Obama campaign targeted private citizens who had donated to Romney groups. Democratic senators demanded that the IRS investigate these organizations.

    None of this proves that Mr. Obama was involved in the IRS targeting of conservative nonprofits. But it does help explain how we got an environment in which the IRS thought this was acceptable.

  149. Threatening litigation for the purpose of harrassment was a crime and a tort at common law. It is called barraty. What Bauer was doing comes pretty close to that.

  150. It appears that this guy Bauer, was involved in going after Romney donors, which includes to Koch Brothers. I rather suspect that Ted Olson will be head hunting him on behalf of his client the Koch Brothers. Olson is a vastly superior lawyer. And here is about what he will say:
    Ted Olson: Obama Attack On Koch Brothers Is Like Nixon’s Enemies List

    By Martin Gould

    The Obama administration pursuit of the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers is akin to McCarthyism at its worst or Richard Nixon’s enemies list, former Solicitor General Theodore Olson has charged.

    And it’s all because Charles and David Koch are an attractive punching bag for the left due to their public stances promoting liberty and free enterprise, Olson said in a Wall Street Journal op-ed article.

    Olson – now an attorney with the brothers’ Koch Industries – said the brothers have become “the targets of a campaign of vituperation and assault, choreographed from the very top.”

    “How would you feel if aides to the president of the United States singled you out by name for attack, and if you were featured prominently in the president’s re-election campaign as an enemy of the people?” Olson asked.
    “What would you do if the White House engaged in derogatory speculative innuendo about the integrity of your tax returns? Suppose also that the president’s surrogates and allies in the media regularly attacked you, sullied your reputation and questioned your integrity.”

    Olson, who served for three years as solicitor general under President George W. Bush, said, “This is precisely what has happened to Charles and David Koch, even though they are private citizens, and neither is a candidate for the president’s or anyone else’s office.”

    He pointed out that Democrats are demanding that the brothers, whose Wichita, Kan.-based firm is the second-largest private company in the country, should answer questions about the Keystone XL Pipeline, even though they “have repeatedly — and accurately — stated that [they] have no involvement.”

    Olson said government attacks on private citizens should be resisted by all. “If a journalist, labor-union leader or community organizer on the left can be targeted today, an academic or business person on the right can be the target tomorrow.

    “If we fail to stand up against oppression from one direction, we abdicate the moral authority to challenge it when it comes from another.

    “The misuse of government power to damage or demean one’s political enemies is abhorrent and the very antithesis of a free society and a government of laws, not men. It is time for the public to ask those engaged in these practices, ‘Have you no sense of decency?”

  151. Given the fact that when he was counsel to the Obama campaign, Bauer targeted conservatives for personal attacks, and while he was White House Counsel (November 2009-June 2011) the IRS targeted conservatives as well, and the head of the IRS visited the White House 118 times, I would not overlook the possibility that Bauer was the architect of these multiple agency attacks on conservatives. Obama is not a hands on manager. In fact, he could not run a whorehouse in a gold rush. So there was plenty of room for a guy like Bauer who had a history of this kind of thing to pursue it without telling Obama. His successor and protoge did the same thing with the IRS audit, never told Obama about it. I am not saying this is true. I am merely suggesting that it is worth investigating. As I say, Kim Strassel has done fine investigative work here. It needs to continue.

  152. Schiff: 2/3 of America to Lose Everything Because of This Crisis
    By Money Morning Staff Reports

    A record breaking stock market is distorting a frightening reality: The U.S. is being eaten alive by a horrific cancer that will ultimately destroy the economy and impoverish the vast majority of its citizens.

    That’s according to Peter Schiff, the best-selling author and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, who delivered his harsh warning to investors in a recent interview on Fox Business.

    “I think we are heading for a worse economic crisis than we had in 2007,” Schiff said. “You’re going to have a collapse in the dollar…a huge spike in interest rates… and our whole economy, which is built on the foundation of cheap money, is going to topple when you pull the rug out from under it.”

    Schiff says that, despite “phony” signs of an economic recovery, the cancer destroying America stems from a lethal concoction of our $16 trillion federal debt and the Fed’s never ending money printing….

  153. foxyladi14
    May 25, 2013 at 11:02 am
    When immigration is badly handled, as it is in the Schumer-Rubio bill, with no opportunity for assimilation, and no control over the border, this is the first thing that happens. The second thing is a collapse of the safety nets. And the third thing is government repression. When the public at large can be made by a repressive federal government to feel threatened, they will opt for security over liberty and a dictator of some kind will emerge. Illegal immigration should have zero never be allowed to confer a windfall to the violator. It should never be used to confer citizenship. Period. None of this nonsense of paying back taxes, etc. and waiting a few years, etc.

  154. Admin: I am changing my opinion on the relative merits of appointing a special counsel. Even if we could circumvent the Obama-Holder-Manchen Juggernaut, and appoint independent of them, someone with the sublime legal skills and integrity of Judge Posner, ultimately that would defeat our purpose and delay the day of reckoning indefinitely. Our purpose must center around education and deterrence.

    With respect to education, the public needs to witness as would a jury the arrogance, incompetence and corruption of officaldom. Cicero spoke of this and so did Reagan, but see is believing. Also, they need to see those officials summoned before congress and subjected to appropriate degree of scrutiny–meaning a painful proctological examination. And most important, the public must see them twist in the wind. There is no other way for the public to appreciate the problem of big government, and the concommitant risk of expanding its scope and intrusiveness pursuant to Obamacare, et. al.

    With respect to deterrence, there is no other way to convince those in the bureaucracy that when they go beyond their legitimate role, and aspire to the calling of Nemesis, there can and will be dire personal consequences for them. The temptations of power are such that there is no other way to restrain them.

    Don’t Criminalize the Investigations. Immunize the Witnesses!

    Michael Ledeen PJMedia

    We want the truth, the whole truth. The best way to get it is to immunize congressional witnesses who tell the story. That way, they will be part of a common effort to understand what went wrong, rather than targets of a criminal investigation. It may surprise you to learn that there are many civil servants who have quietly asked to be subpoenaed so their superiors will not accuse them of ratting out their bureaucratic cohorts. Fair enough. Subpoena them, and give them the protection of immunity, provided they tell the truth.

    The cudgel of criminal action should be reserved for those who insist on clamming up, for they are obstructing investigations desperately needed to protect and advance our freedoms. But, as Andy McCarthy argues with his usual brilliance, for heaven’s sake let’s not have special prosecutors, who will throw a mantle of secrecy (“can’t talk about it, there’s a criminal investigation here”) over the whole thing. We want transparency, not secrecy. Secrecy is part of the problem and no part of the solution.
    Keep your eye on the mission, which is to save us from an ambitious tyranny. We cannot accomplish this life-and-death task if we turn it over to the lawyers. It’s a political mission, not a law enforcement roundup. We need to know, in detail, what happened. We have to know the details, which will, if we are good, enable us to dismantle an enormously ambitious attempt to change America in precisely the way Alexis de Tocqueville predicted. As I wrote four years ago, American tyranny would not resemble those of the past. It would consist of a series of rules and regulations than would enervate us, and reduce us to objects of manipulation by an arrogant state:

    That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

    We can see this impulse at work in an amazing number of governmental initiatives, from the truly terrifying new speech code for all American colleges and universities that receive federal funds, to the previously unimaginable intrusion of the Feds into our privacy, whether via the IRS or the Justice Department, as in the criminalization of journalists doing their jobs. It goes on and on, from Obamacare to the greatly expanded role of Washington in corporate enterprise, and to myriad regulations–many of which we do not even know–and executive orders.

    For the future of the American enterprise, it does not matter if Obama and his colleagues deliberately set out to create a Tocquevillian American tyranny, or if it is simply a hell that grew out of good intentions. It’s there, and it’s getting worse. We need to block and undo it, which requires that we have a full picture of it.

    The scandals give us a chance. They open windows into the progress of that “absolute, minute, regular, and provident” power, and we need to look through all of them. But if we criminalize the investigations, if witnesses are afraid they will be indicted, prosecuted, and punished if they tell the truth about what they’ve been up to, our chances of getting the full picture will be enormously, maybe even fatally, diminished.

    This requires Congress to carry the burden, and ferret out the truth. It’s hard to imagine our elected representatives will do themselves proud. So be it. It’ll be messy. But then, democracy is messy. Chaos can be creative. The pols will need an attentive and responsible press to call attention to their errors and their omissions. Hard to imagine that, too. So be it. There’s a lot of journalists, editors, talk show hosts, bloggers and even entertainers out there. I think we can sort it out. Bring it on. Give us a chance.

    I sure hope we can get this right, even approximately right. When we elected Obama I said that we were in for a hell of a fight. We’ve got it. Let’s make the best of it. It’s political, stupid, in a very fundamental way: it’s about freedom and tyranny, the essence of American politics. Don’t turn it over to the lawyers. Get the story. Tell it all. Then we’ll figure out how best to deal with the mess we’re in.

  155. Obama tries again to nominate top lawyer on embattled labor relations board Published May 25, 2013
    “…Lafe Solomon has been serving as acting counsel since June 2010. The president had nominated him once before, in January 2011, but the Senate didn’t act.
    The president announced the Solomon re-nomination late Thursday, at the same time he nominated State Department official Victoria Nuland to be an assistant secretary of state. Nuland is the former agency spokeswoman who was involved in changing the Obama administration’s early explanation of how four Americans were killed in a September 2012 attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya.
    Solomon found himself in more hot water last year when the NLRB inspector general found he violated the agency’s ethics standards by participating in a case involving a company in which he had a financial stake….”

  156. wbboei
    May 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I agree let it drip, drip, drip till no one can deny it and everyone knows about it and any attempt at spin will fool no one. And thanks you for posting: Don’t Criminalize the Investigations. Immunize the Witnesses! Michael Ledeen PJMedia

  157. foxyladi14
    May 25, 2013 at 11:02 am
    The religion of peace!!!! 🙄

    It’s happening everywhere!

    Behold, The Fruits Of Liberalism – Muslims Gone Wild [Reader Post]

    Behold, the fruits of liberalism. What idiots Westerners are for letting the Muslims in by the millions. The culture and traditions of Islam has no place in it for Democratic institutions, liberty, and the traditional culture of others. True Islam only provides three alternatives for all those it comes into contact with; conversion, submission, or death. Western Civilization continues to slit its own throat and has no one to blame for it but itself. When will people learn?

  158. Shadowfax

    May 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    ‘Asshats’ – I’ve been pondering this term for months and have come up with possible uses:

    Baracko = All hat and no ass

    Queen MO = All ass and nothin’ under the hat

    I think I was the first to use the term in an effort to beat the Spam dragon. If you let me, I will pirate your usage as well. The manner in which you expand the definition is poetic. 😀

    Hillary 2016

  159. I found this on FB???

    Secret surveillance footage from inside the White House the night of Sep. 12, 2012, when word arrived about the Benghazi attack.

  160. 😆
    It’s from the movie, “Downfall”. That has been a very handy movie to make parodies of the left in general, and this administration in particular. If you liked thiks, check out Downfall parodies.

  161. I miss Hillary.

    Kerry is an idiot. I honestly don’t believe he knows what is going on in my country, and his stupid statements are fuel for the wrong fire. You can’t govern an African country the same as you would a European country. Sectarian violence back home must be met with brutal force. I know that might not be the popular view, but it is the truth, and President Goodluck is finally coming around to this viewpoint. You can’t reason with someone who just cut off an innocent woman’s head. Period. And while Boko Haram does have some legitimate areas that the Nigerian government needs to address, their methods hurt too many innocents. Also, in the Northeast, there are pockets of radical islamist groups that are allied with al-Queda. Those ones are the bigger problem, and truly merit the more aggrsive solution. Again, it’s very hard to consider the human rights of a radical that disemboweled an innocent person whose only crime was waking up that morning. Kerry is an idiot.


    Hillary 2016

  162. TheRock

    If you let me, I will pirate your usage as well.

    Have at it Rock, it’s your baby and I am a believer in freedom of the internet. 🙂

  163. CAIR-MI is currently in discussion with Melvindale Public Schools to get similar accommodations for students that are now in place for Dearborn Public Schools.

    Unexcused absences for Muslims who leave taxpayer-funded public schools early on Fridays for Muslim prayers? WTF?

    Do not kid yourself. Islamic sharia law is in full effect in areas of the once United States.

  164. I have no problem with any religion. However we are the USA and I feel that anyone that comes here to live should follow the laws of the nation. 🙂

  165. It is not only the warriors who need the tale, or those left behind. Future generation learn who they are from this tale. “We are the people who died for this land,” is the unseen moral of each tale. “We bled for it. Now it is yours to bleed and die for.”

    The warrior’s tale tells each generation that they stand on the wall against a hostile world. And that the wall is made not of stones, but of their virtues. Their courage, their integrity and their craft. Theirs is the wall and they are the wall—and if they should fail, then it will fail. And the land and the people will be swept away.

  166. Friedman is a lap dog for Ovomit. He claims Ovomitcare will spur a great innovation in the entire medical field, by changing the emphasis from procedures and testing, to health outcomes. In return for that flawed analysis, he has a verbal promise from Obama that the will not be audited by the IRS, but a verbal promise is not worth the paper it is written on where Ovomit is concernced. But then again, given who he is and where he works Friedman was never at risk of being audited, any more than he was at risk of telling the truth in his columns. He is a bought and paid for sample of pond scum.

  167. I have no problem with disclosure of donors in the abstract. If you believe that he who pays the piper calls the tune, it is important that we have that information, so we are not led by campaign speeches. However, in the world of today, when those in power target conservative groups, or groups critical of the status quo, then disclosure of donor lists provides them with ducks in a barrel for the agencies those powerful interests control. When we get to the bottom of these scandals, if we ever do, and the name Bob Bauer becomes a household name, then perhaps this exception to the overall objective of full disclosure will be seen as a way to protect our liberty, against the machinations of dictators and their underlings.

    Thank you, @GovernorPerry

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | May 26th, 2013 at 11:32 AM | 1

    Governor Perry vetoed SB 346, the legislation designed to force political groups to reveal their donors to the Texas legislature.

    The measure, pushed by Republicans at the same time the IRS stories have been breaking, was concocted by a number of squishy Republicans who wanted to shut down conservative groups that had been forcing the squishes to move right. The squishes figured if they knew who the donors to those groups were, they could cut off funding through intimidation.

  168. One more reason to keep your children out of government schools. This is SO sick!

    Wrong, Sickening and Parents Need To STOP this! Milwaukee School Holding “Gender Bender” Day For Students To Dress As Transvestites
    Deidri Hernandez’s seven-year-old son won’t be in school today, after officials at Tippecanoe School for the Arts and Humanities confirmed they’re still holding “Switch It Up Day” – a time for students to come dressed as members of the opposite sex.

    Hernandez tells EAGnews the day was originally billed as “Gender Bender Day,” but Tippecanoe officials made the name change after she called Principal Jeffrey Krupar to complain.

    The Milwaukee mother was not impressed. “I didn’t have a problem with the title. I had a problem with the activity taking place,” Hernandez says.

  169. Wow. Watch this. Holder lied under oath. He claimed he knew nothing about the secret surveillance of the press, etc. Then suddenly a document appears under his signature proving that he signed the court documents requesting such surveillance:

    The take down of the arrogant Mr. Holder commences 2:30. It is very effective. And it ends with the rhetorical question–now that he has been caught lying under oath, what if anything is congress willing to do about it?

    The res gestae of this is interesting as well. Holder did a little forum shopping here. He selected Judge Royce Lambert, who is a national security buff. But when this became public, Royce ran for the hills.

    In a rational universe, this lie would be grounds for prosecution–and removal. But in today’s world, will probably receive the Nobel Prize.

    (Chief Judge of the District Court, a Reagan appointee) released the document that proved he lied, partly I suspect to get himself off the hook for authorizing the secret subpoena of emails and telephone records,

  170. The above video came from Breitbart, who, along with FOX (sans O’Reilly), is doing the best work in the county in exposing Obama. It is a tragedy that the founder of Breibart, for whom this beacon of truth is named, did not live to see the fruits of his work. Jointly and severally, they put big media to shame.

  171. foxyladi14
    May 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    You are welcome. If I knew you were on it, I would have waited.

    In any event isn’t it interesting.

    The only defense Holder had–and they have tried it already, is that they never intended to prosecute Rosen, but merely to gain evidence for an criminal investigation of a leaker by secreting monitoring Rosen’s communication. That is too hyper-technical to wash.

    Most people are inclined to see this for exactly what it was: an attempt by Obama to find out who was leaking information critical of Obama, so those witnesses could be forced by various means to keep their mouths shut, or else.

    To do that, they selected the one judge in the DC circuit who was a national security fanatic. So much so that he is a former army judge advocate general prosecutor, and a member of a national security court.

    They brought their case to him, in strictest confidence. And he approved their application to conduct their fishing expedition, also in strictest confidence. And he failed to post the papers on the court website, yet again in strictest confidence.

    But then investigative reporter Michael Isakoff came along, and the mighty might learned of this secret surveillance of Rosen. He went to his bosses at NBC, and they saw this as a great opportunity to take down FOX by accusing their chief reporter of espionage. They were so fixated on that objective that they failed to realize that in doing so, they would reveal the fact that Holder had perjured himself. They missed that obvious fact.

    So when the light went on all the cockroaches scattered. Royce apologized for failing to publish the document on his website. Holder’s people took the position of national security and they never intended to prosecute. And NBC realized that they had inadvertently exposed the Administration attempted to bury the story. Maybe they will fire Isakoff, so he can return to the now defunct Newsweek.

  172. Leanora
    May 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    Get ready for Hillary’s ‘tell all’……


    Seriously Leanora, you drag some of the wackiet stuff on to this blog…and we all do at one time or another, but you believe this below?

    In a series of bombshells sure to rock the nation’s capital and her politi­cal supporters all across America, Hillary will finally admit the truth about her sexuality, [that Hillary has a women lover?] her recent brain cancer agony and what really happened to Osama bin Laden’s corpse.

    The ambitious politico will also disclose what former White House intern Monica Lewinsky confessed about her affair with then-president Bill Clinton and divulge the Monica baby news that she’s kept secret for 17 years [So Monica has had a baby with Bill and hidden it for 17 years?], sources say.

  173. Mark Twain once talked about history not necessarily repeating, but he noted that history sure does rhyme.

    Richard Nixon was unable to survive one direct hit upon his administration, namely, the Watergate scandal. Conversely, Obama is facing five scandals which dwarf Watergate in terms of criminality, abuse of power, malfeasance of office and outright treason.

    The damage inflicted upon the American people by the criminal syndicate occupying the White House is unparalleled in American history. Yet, Obama is going to survive and this article

  174. holdthemaccountable

    That Mad Magazine cover is perfect!!!!

    I am going to have to print that one in color as a keeper.

    Those of us old enough to have watched the Lone Ranger and his sidekick, Tonto know what Tonto looked like. In a movie theater yesterday I saw the previews of this movie, and when I saw Johnny Depp all painted up with this dead bird on his head I almost fell out of my chair in laughter. Only the Deppster could take the character to this level and I can’t wait to see it.

    Photoshopped Oh and Joe, too darn funny.

  175. The other thing NBC did to cover their tactical error was they sent the word down their chain of command that people like Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and other should criticize the Administration, and proclaim the virtues of something which no longer exists in big media–freedom of the press. This was a major deviation from their standard practice, because normally they keep these high profile “reporters” on a very short leash. Why? To ensure that they do not deviate from the pre-approved narrative, which is all things bright and beautiful Obama made them all.

    As you may recall, a few weeks ago, Obama appeared at a you get one question news conference. Todd tried to ask an aggressive question. And true to form, Obama evaded it. Then, that very that night, Brian Williams went on the nightly news and belittled Todd for behaving like a journalist. I think they have muzzled Andrea Mitchell in much the same way. Liberal or not, she is married to a Republican, and I cannot believe that her head is so saturated with the corporate narrative she endlessly parrots, that a contrarian thought does not creep into the neo cortex once in a while. But as the head of NBC probably said, the truth be damned, the people be damned, the show must go on.

  176. Thanks to all veterans,,past, present and future . May G-d bless you for your sacrifices to preserve our liberty.

  177. “I did Recon,” he said, pulling his left sleeve up to reveal an enormous USMC tattoo that covered his bicep and shoulder. “You stuck around for Desert Storm?” I asked. “Oh yeah,” he said, adding, “Payback’s a bitch, but it was sweet, ya know, thanking them for what they did to my friends.” He said he regretted his decision to separate from military service prior to retirement. “But I don’t think I would have made it. I like being in the [expletive] too much,” he said with a rather deadly smile, reinforcing the reality of what it takes to keep us free. Then, his expression changing, he began talking of comrades he had lost in the bombing. He was taking photos of the the Ride of Pride, when I asked if he’d like me to use his camera to take one of him with the truck. “Would you do that?” he asked, and I was happy to oblige. He didn’t want to actually stand in front of the truck for fear of blocking any portion of the artwork. So this born warrior went to one knee beside the truck. If Heaven isn’t guarded by Marines, it will be mighty disappointing.

  178. Shadowfax

    May 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    ‘Asshats’ – I’ve been pondering this term for months and have come up with possible uses:

    Baracko = All hat and no ass

    Queen MO = All ass and nothin’ under the hat

    I have to disagree on MO. She has plenty under her hat. It’s just that most of it is rotten. She is actually the Havard Law Graduate who “mentored” Barry’s Graduation.

  179. foxyladi14
    May 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    I see where Rove has opined on the same set of facts discussed in the Levin article. However, rather than calling for a special prosecutor to investigate a clear lie, Rove simply says that when Holder is called back to Congress where he has a lot of explaining to do. That is not good enough. How do you explain a lie to Congress? Rove needs to consider what obligation Congress has under these circumstances, and whether they take their own oaths of office seriously. Or, whether as Mark Levin suggests, they are simply there to clang the pots and pans. As for Rove, we know what his is there for, which is to advance the interests of his elite donors over those of the American People. When a little shit like Silver can out think you in assessing poll projections, it is time to retire. If he would do that he could do Porky Pig commercials. That is something he would be much better at.

  180. foxyladi14
    May 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    I will wait to read Hill’s book before I comment on it 🙂

    Same here Foxy. Can’t wait.

    LUfor PUMA

    I don’t think MO is all that smart, she thinks she deserves to be recognized for more than she has been ‘given’, pushed up by black community, just like her husband. I am not saying she is dumb, just that she is as deserving as Obama’s Peace Prize.

  181. from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:

    The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

  182. jbstonesfan
    May 26, 2013 at 3:51 pm
    Thanks to all veterans, past, present and future . May God bless you for your sacrifices to preserve our liberty.

    I couldn’t have said it better, and I agree.

    I would also like to thank the families of our veterans that have also sacrificed so much.

  183. It is funny isn’t it. For all the efforts McCain and his junior partner Graham make to attend White House dinners, play the role of butler, and make nice to Obama, he does not respond to their criticisms. Why does he disrespect them in this manner? Simple. They are too squishy to take seriously. A pair of paper tigers, they are.

    But, with Rand Paul, it is entirely different. He does respond. Why? Because he knows that Paul, Kruse and Lee will get in his face when he is wrong. And he also knows that when he violates the civil liberties of American citizens Paul will challenge him for it, and some elements of Obama’s base will begin to stir.

    This should be a lesson to McCain and Graham. But they are too focused on marginalizing Paul, Kruse and Lee, and too cowardly, to do what is right. RINOs they are.

  184. How Long Before the Media Is Back in the Tank for Obama?

    The state of journalism and the media business in general is actually working in favor of expansive coverage of the scandals. While the relatively uninteresting business of covering politics and government day to day may play into the obvious biases of the media relating to how they cover the administration, when it comes to scandals — especially those that touch directly on the interests of the press as with the AP story — competition drives the intensity of coverage.

    Uncovering the facts of the IRS scandal for a media outlet means a ton of online clicks and increased readership. In these very tough times for newspapers, especially, getting the story first and accurately is of paramount importance.

    In any big story like the IRS, AP, and even Benghazi scandals, reporters don’t see red or blue; they see green. While some journalists will continue to carry water for the administration, most will rush to expose the facts as this means more eyeballs watching their network and more newspapers sold. It really is that simple.

    Wehner is correct that eventually the stories will peter out, the well will run dry, and it will be back to business as usual. But the damage will have been done, and even if the press will be in the tank for Democrats in 2014, it’s hard to see the media maintaining the same level of adoration and complicity in pushing the Obama narrative forward.

  185. Bob Bauer, Obama campaign counsel, later Chief White House attorney wrote letters to dry up contributions to Hillary. He told her contributors:

    “There’s going to be a reckoning here,” he had warned publicly. “It’s going to be rough—it’s going to be rough on the officers, it’s going to be rough on the employees, it’s going to be rough on the donors. . . Whether it’s at the FEC or in a broader criminal inquiry, those donors will be asked questions.”

    Source: Kim Stassel, Wall Street Journal.

    Bauer’s tactic is unethical. It calls to mind the Black Hand letter which was a tool of the Mafia (Sicilian crime organization) and the Camora (Neopolitan crime organization) at between 1890 and 1920 in New York, except the threat was directed at donors, and it did not involve violence, but rather a form of extortion which threatened attacks on reputation, regulatory attack and possible criminal prosecution, if they donated to Hillary.

    The Black Hand Letter (La Mano Nera) was sent to the victim threatening bodily harm, kidnapping, arson, or murder. The letter demanded a specified amount of money to be delivered to a specific place. It was decorated with threatening symbols like a smoking gun, hangman’s noose, skull, or knife dripping with blood or piercing a human heart, and was in many instances, signed with a hand, “held up in the universal gesture of warning”, imprinted or drawn in thick black ink.

    This is why I believe that the black hand of Bauer is at the center of the IRS scandal. I hope the investigation goes far enough to prove or disprove that. One of the witnesses Congress will need to hear from is the current White House Counsel and she should be asked about Bob’s involvement in any of this targeting when he was White House Counsel. And she must be asked about that under oath.

  186. Well, I am back to square 1. We do know that the Justice Department cannot be trusted to investigate itself. If that is all that occurs, then it will find itself not guilty and will suggest a series of superfluous bureaucratic regulations which add cost and achieve no tangible improvement. So let us take that off the table as a remedy here, and recognize that the only reason Obama is keen on doing it is to provide further cover-up of misdeed which emanated from the White House, about which he claims to know nothing. The reason I am back to considering the special prosecutor is because if the scandal investigation is confined to Congress, and further complicated by the Justice Department investigation (spelled cover-up) then Congressional democrats will oppose any attempt to expand the investigation to the White House. But that is precisely where the investigation will need to go, once a factual predicate for doing so is established.

  187. This targeting of tea parties by this administration is part of a much larger agenda. It hearkens back to an interview with Patrick Buchanan that occurred shortly after he was fired by MSNBC. His view was that the hard left has decided to censor conservative and centrist opinion in this country, just as the IRS and Treasury they now control have done. In addition, the hard left has developed a black list of people who express traditional views and values to get them fired. This is going on at universities too, as Professor Jacobson and David Horowitz has reported. Behind it are organizations like Media Matters, and behind them is Soros.

  188. With the following homily, I’m hoping to stir up some of my friends/family who see no need for oversight of officials elected to serve this Republic: If this country is worth dying for, it should be worth living for.
    Lest we underestimate what horseface is doing out there:

    John Kerry unveils $4 billion Palestinian [PRIVATE] investment plan AFP May 27 2013
    …He has tasked Tony Blair with drawing up a plan…aided by some global business leaders who are giving their time free….

  189. Obama has been given a speech to read concerning Memorial Day.

    And so he reads it, just as Alinsky would have him do.

    Suffice it to say the spectacle of it makes me nauseous.

    The men and women who died for this country gave their lives so it could survive.

    Whereas Obama and his minions are keen to destroy it.

    Therefore, I regard the spectacle of Obama celebrating Memorial Day as akin the devil quoting scripture.

    I strongly suspect that he would prefer to be celebrating the birthday of his mentor Franklin Marshall Davis.

    Along with his close friend Bomber Bill Ayers.

    If politics can be compared to theater, Obama is simply wrong for the role. Very wrong.

  190. foxyladi14
    May 26, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    When Holder was asked what he knew about spying on journalists, he testified under oath that he knew nothing about it and that it was something he would never do. Now we learn from NBC that contrary to his sworn testimony, not only did he know about it, he approved it, ergo it was something that he would do and did do. There is one word for this and that word is perjury. Levin nails it, when he says Holder lied. Rove however characterizes this as misleading congress. To me there is a profound difference between lying and misleading. Lying consists of making on a false statement of a material fact knowing that it is false. Misleading may not be lying per say, but rather a form of spinning which is common in the political sphere. So when Rove and other RINO’s characterizes what Holder did as misleading, it seems to me that they are evincing an unwillingness to confront the issue, and that is a problem. Not only does it let Holder off the hook, but it tends to legitimatize efforts by this administration to investigate itself. I believe the unwillingness of RINOS to confront the issue is driven by the polls and by the money interests behind the scene. But this is the bridge to nowhere. Oversight should be made of sterner stuff.

  191. Lt. Schulte could have attended an Ivy League school. Instead she chose the Air Force Academy

    Remembering Air Force Lt. Roslyn Schulte, of Ladue, Missouri, and others
    Posted by William A. Jacobson Monday, May 27, 2013 at 8:15a

    She was buried on Memorial Day 2009, as we discussed in Remembering Lt. Roslyn Schulte – buried on Memorial Day 2009, which has many further details, videos and photos.

    As described at Gateway Pundit, on May 26, 2009:

    Lt. Roslyn Schulte was the first female Air Force Academy graduate to be killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. She died last week in Afghanistan after the vehicle she was riding in was struck by a roadside bomb.

    Lt. Schulte could have attended an Ivy League school. Instead she chose the Air Force Academy. She dreamed of being a fighter pilot since she was 12. At the academy, she was among the top in her class.

    Her funeral was yesterday at the Congregation Temple Israel in St. Louis. Her boyfriend U.S. Air Force Cpt. Bruce Cohn announced that he was going to propose to Roslyn this summer.

  192. State lawmakers in Texas have passed legislation that permits public
    schools to display nativity scenes, menorahs, or Christmas trees, and
    allows students and school district staff to use greetings such as,
    “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah,” and “Happy Holidays.”
    According to Fox News in Austin, the legislation (HB 308), introduced by Rep. Dwayne Bohac

    GO TEXAS!!

  193. Obama’s Chief of Staff and White House Counsel will be hauled before Congress in the next couple weeks. They are the ones who knew about the IRS investigation for some time, but allegedly failed to inform Obama. They did this for the presumed purpose of giving him plausible deniability of the scandal. If, as expected, they follow the same tack as Learner, i.e. take the Fifth, then this Administration is in trouble. In that case, adulation will give way to investigation and the pirannahs will move in. The WSJ has a video on this and it reflects the opinion of Steve Moore. I will try to find it.

  194. I’m continuing the Happy Memorial Day wishes begun above; I hope you all have enjoyable days. Weather here very sunny and morning chill has eased.

    Obama did not appear at all happy and just barely conscious LOL while delivering remarks somewhere earlier today. He’d utter a few words and then a virtual [yawn] seemed to appear. Over and over. No enthusiam or even common decency. On the fly, I looked hastily and did not find a link to that ABC video.

    But Always Obama Crap network did give me a laugh: suggested I go over to CSPAN. org where I could watch videos for free. Sigh. What does that mean? That we are being/will be charged for accessing ABC news?

  195. FEMA Plans Clear-Cutting 85,000 Berkeley and Oakland Trees 🙁

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is moving to chop down 22,000 trees in Berkeley’s historic Strawberry and Claremont Canyons and over 60,000 more in Oakland. This destructive plan is rapidly moving forward with little publicity, and FEMA cleverly scheduled its three public meetings for mid and late May while UC Berkeley students were in finals or gone for the summer.

  196. foxyladi14
    May 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Notice the structure of the Hill article. Even though it is faintly Republican, it is RINO to the core. Therefore, it tends to reflect the viewpoints, and the economic interests of the Washington elite class, in the new Versailles.

    Consequently, it begins with the brave prognostications of Democrat consultants that Precious will prevail and he should not obsess over these short term “mishaps”, but concentrate on the long term agenda, a.k.a. perfect communism. In the meantime, they caution a strategy of damage control.

    If that is the strategy, then they are whistling past the graveyard.

    The truth is for four years, big media has given Obama, and all his all czars, bureaucrats, and fellow travellers a license to abuse their power and ride roughshod over the traditions and rights of the people of this county, many of whom are too ignorant to understand what has happened.

    Consequently, there is no telling which scandal will pop up next. They do not know, and neither does anyone. Today, there are four scandals. Next week who knows, there may be five or six or whatever. Again, no one knows.

    When scandal is in the air, then suddenly, the color of press coverage is neither red or blue, but green.

    This is why I agree with the Republican pundit’s assessment on this one. Effective damage control in these circumstance is impossible, towit:

    “It is unlikely that they will be able to correct the course by playing damage control because of the capacity for an unexpected turn of events. They could be focusing on deploying a message on Tuesday morning, hoping to get the president back on track. But as they are doing so, another revelation breaks about the IRS probe.

    “It is almost impossible,” he added.

    Impossible even for a messiah. His only option is to wag the dog.

  197. Marco Rubio: Unwavering leadership needed on immigration

    So reads the title of an article in The Hill

    Wait, it gets worse: they call him right wing.

    In the venacular: no es verdad.

    Two questions ab initio:

    Q-1: “needed” for whom? business leaders who wish to undercut the labor market, bureacrats who hope to see a rise in unemployment so there is more need for the social services they claim to offer, lobos who favor provide an underground railroad, those who wish to defy our laws, or people like Soros who are on record as wanting open borders? Certainly the gang of eight proposal is as good for them as it is bad for the American People.

    Q-2: who is it that is making the spurious claim that the Gang of eight proposal is needed? A-2: Vargas, J.D., is director for the DREAM Action Coalition and national activist for the DREAM Act. Matos, J.D., is co-director of Get Equal. Hardly a credible source.

  198. Today in my corner of sunny CA, it is cool and gloomy. Seems appropriate for Memorial day.

    May God protect our military except for the big brass that sits in the cushy leather chairs and defends the corruption of their President.

  199. The clear intent of the Obama Administration is to exclude the public, and outside parties in general from any constructive input into decisions affecting the future of this country, and to vest that power, that res, that authority in a bevy of platonic guardians. In the absence of clear rules established by duly elected representatives, the elite decision makers rely on little more than intuition and stereotypes to set forth new rules which constrain liberty.

    In so doing, these elitists stagger and sway between their own intuition on the one hand, and a bureaucratic complexity and aestheticism reminiscent of Kafka on the other. Not only is this process anti-democratic per se, it does not deliver justice, or the appearance of justice to the public. Social pychologists have identified the characteristics that tend to confer legitimacy upon institutions and practices: neutral, respectful, participatory, with equal access to channels of information and mechanisms of control.

    These characteristics are conspicuous by their absence with this Administration. They claim transparency where there is none. The current scandals are symptomatic of a fatal disease. They claim legitimacy based on elections they manipulate. But even if those elections were tamper proof, and even if we had an honest media, presidential elections happen only once every four years, and with big media support that four years can easily be extended to eight. When the world is changing beneath our feet that is too damned long between drinks.

  200. Some of the above insights are based on a new book called The Death of the American Trial, for which the legal profession must bear considerable responsibility. In particular pages 131-2. The cross over from the legal conundrum to the political one was one short step I trow.

  201. Notwithstanding all this, I believe that Hillary’s prospects have brightened considerably over the past several days, for those of us who still care about such things. The reason I say that is because Benghazi is no longer the only game in town. Other scandals have superseded and displaced it. Those new scandals are very exciting, have resonance with big media and do not force them to explain why they deep-sixed the original story. Furthermore, she has separated herself from this administration, while Obama’s incompetence has become the overarching theme which connects every one of these scandals.

  202. foxyladi14
    May 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm
    John Adams was a great surfer.

    John Quincy Adams, his son, was a habituae of the north end of the big Island.

    Dare he ask them whether they voted for Obama?

  203. wbboei
    May 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    If the Repub candidate has any sense, it will be revisited. My hope is we get to the bottom of this horrific chapter in American history. Let the cads fall where they belong.

  204. gonzotx
    May 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm
    I know it will be revisited Gonzo. And to you and me, it means something. But the surfers don’t care. For them is just another Big Wednesday.

  205. The IRS’s rank and file may not be understanding their problem. Yet.

    whining IRS agents emailed querulous apologies for their fellows’ actions.

    Ooh, most government employees only vote Democrat because the Democratic party is big government! Doesn’t matter. Don’t bring politics into your job.
    Ooh, the IRS union only gives money to Democrats for the same reason! Doesn’t matter. Don’t bring politics into your job.
    Ooh, that mean old Grover Norquist [me: :rolls eyes:] and the rest of the Right are being horrid to us! Doesn’t matter. Don’t bring politics into your job.
    Ooh, those awful Republican elected officials Boehner, Boustany, and Issa keep getting into our business! Doesn’t matter. Don’t bring politics into your job.
    Ooh, the way that those Tea Party hussies were dressed groups were talking they were totally asking for it! Doesn’t matter. Don’t bring politics into your job.

    We have previously tolerated government bureaucrats largely being of one political party because they have largely been wise enough not to push the issue in any but an essentially incremental fashion. But apparently this has changed, under Barack Obama… and here’s a little secret: no government bureaucracy can in fact survive except under at least the forbearance of both American political parties. And it is not currently in the Republican party’s best interests to extend that forbearance to the Internal Revenue Service.

    Bottom line: the bureaucrats can police themselves, or they can have us police them for them. Either way will be fine.

  206. Sharyl Attkisson is a superb investigative reporter. She believes that power corrupts and it is the duty of the press to report the stories, rather than being intimidated by those in power. Consistent with that philosophy, she challenged Republicans when they were in power. And now that Obama is in power she has challenged him on the solar energy pay to play schemes, fast and furious and Benghazi. In so doing, she went where no other big media reporter was willing to go. Obama obsessed over her, just as has obsessed over FOX, because he does not believe that he should be challenged. Consequently, he has refused to acknowledge CBS reporters at press conferences on account of her, he has sicked left wing hack organizations like Media Matters to slander her work, and more recently she has had her emails hacked raising suspicions that he is being targeted in the same manner as James Rosen was. In addition, the producer of the nightly news, Pat Shevlin has made disparaging remarks about her and has refused to carry her stories, while the president of the network, and brother of a close Obama advisor plays possum. Shevlin is a left wing partisan and a bureaucrat–not an investigative reporter. As a result of doing her job, Sharyl found herself in a hostile environment, and she entered into negotiations to leave CBS before her contract expired. But then a funny thing happened. Several scandals broke and almost overnight her skepticism about the Obama administration became mainstream opinion in mainstream media. Now CBS does not want her to leave–which is hardly surprising. We shall see whether Shevlin changes her tune. If not then perhaps CBS should be talking to Shevlin about her own early retirement. She could use a good retirement. The American people need truth tellers, not lemmings.

  207. I have no idea how the CEO of CBS thinks. None. But if I were him, I would regard Attkisson as a high value asset. Having her in my stable of reporters would give me a competitive advantage over NBC, CNN and ABC. None of those organizations have a single reporter who was willing to challenge Obama. Tapper came closer than anyone. He was tough on press secretaries Gibbs and Carney, but pathetic when he had to confront Obama. Also, as long as CBS has Sharyl they can claim that FOX was not the only network willing to confront Obama. And if Hillary decides not to run, and the Republicans win the White House by default, then FOX will become the lap dog, while Sharyl will be there confronting them for their abuses of power. Isn’t that precisely what we want from a journalist, someone who is cognizant of their role and responsibility in the democratic system, and someone who will not sell out their integrity for a mess of pottage–like Moyers, Brokaw and so many other have done.

  208. In Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, there was no provision for Benghazi. So perhaps he will permit some members of our armed services to fill in the blanks. If not, then fuck him. Just kidding. Everybody loves Obama. It is all those people around him that keep screwing up.

    There are warriors, and there are wimp pols….this covers the thoughts and analyzes of warriors; not the wimps and the weaklings elected to Washington. This was from my friend, who flew for USAF and later for Pan Am, ferrying supplies into Berlin, when the Russians stopped the road and rail supplies. The remarks are about the air base in Italy.
    Just in case you aren’t up on internet lingo…YGBSM, translates to “You’ve Gotta Be S**tting Me

    I would say every US fighter pilot, retired or on active duty, knows that Panetta and Dempsey both are full of crap when they said there was no time to send help to Benghazi . They claim it was a problem of “time/space.” All my friends and I said, “Bullshit.” We know they could have gotten F-16s there from Aviano. “Hands” Handley is a well-respected USAF fighter pilot. Here is his short resume and what he just wrote about Benghazi below that. If anything, Handley is pessimistic in his timeline of when F-16s could have reached Benghazi . I think they could have been airborne even sooner and turned quicker at Sig.

    The decision to not try was not based on capability. We had the operational capability in every way.

    I hope Handley’s taxes are in order. His IRS audit is forthcoming.


    Eagle Biography
    Colonel Phil “Hands” Handley

    Colonel Phil “Hands” Handley is credited with the highest speed air-to-air gun kill in the history of aerial combat. He flew operationally for all but 11 months of a 26-year career, in aircraft such as the F-86 Sabre, F-15 Eagle, and the C-130A Hercules. Additionally, he flew 275 combat missions during two tours in Southeast Asia in the F-4D and F-4E. His awards include 21 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Silver Star.

    > Betrayal in Benghazi
    > Phil “Hands” Handley
    > Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
    > The combat code of the US Military is that we don’t abandon our dead or wounded on the battlefield. In US Air Force lingo, fighter pilots don’t run off and leave their wingmen. If one of our own is shot down, still alive and not yet in enemy captivity, we will either come to get him or die trying. Among America ’s fighting forces, the calm, sure knowledge that such an irrevocable bond exists is priceless. Along with individual faith and personal grit, it is a sacred trust that has often sustained hope in the face of terribly long odds.
    > The disgraceful abandonment of our Ambassador and those brave ex-SEALs who fought to their deaths to save others in that compound is nothing short of dereliction-of-duty. Additionally, the patently absurd cover-up scenario that was fabricated in the aftermath was an outright lie in attempt to shield the President and the Secretary of State from responsibility.
    > It has been over eight months since the attack on our compound in Benghazi . The White House strategy, with the aid of a “lap dog press” has been to run out the clock before the truth is forthcoming. The recent testimonies of the three “whistle blowers” have reopened the subject and hopefully will lead to exposure and disgrace of those responsible for this embarrassing debacle.
    > It would appear that the most recent firewall which the Administration is counting on is the contention that there were simply no military assets that could be brought to bear in time to make a difference… mainly due to the unavailability of tanker support for fighter aircraft. This is simply BS, regardless how many supposed “experts” the Administration trot out to make such an assertion. The bottom line is that even if the closest asset capable of response was half-way around the world, you don’t just sit on your penguin ass and do nothing. The fact is that the closest asset was not half-way around the world, but as near as Aviano Air Base , Italy where two squadrons of F-16Cs are based. Consider the following scenario (all times Benghazi local):
    > When Hicks in Tripoli receives a call at 9:40 PM from Ambassador Stevens informing him “Greg, we are under attack!” (his last words), he immediately notifies all agencies and prepares for the immediate initiation of an existing “Emergency Response Plan.” At AFRICON, General Carter Ham attempts to mount a rescue effort, but is told to “stand down.” By 10:30 PM an unarmed drone is overhead the compound and streaming live feed to various Command and Control Agencies… and everyone watching that feed knew damn well what was going on. At 11:30 PM Woods, Doherty and five others leave Tripoli, arriving in Benghazi at 1:30 AM on Wednesday morning, where they hold off the attacking mob from the roof of the compound until they are killed by a mortar direct hit at 4:00 AM.
    > So nothing could have been done, eh? Nonsense. If one assumes that tanker support really was not available… what about this:
    > · When at 10:00 PM AFRICON alerts the 31st TFW Command Post in Aviano Air Base, Italy of the attack, the Wing Commander orders preparation for the launch of two F-16s and advises the Command Post at NAS Sigonella to prepare for hot pit refueling and quick turn of the jets.
    > · By 11:30 PM, two F-16Cs with drop tanks and each armed with five hundred 20 MM rounds are airborne. Flying at 0.92 mach they will cover the 522 nautical miles directly to NAS Sigonella in 1.08 hours.
    > · While in-route, the flight lead is informed of the tactical situation, rules of engagement, and radio frequencies to use.
    > · The jets depart Sigonella at 1:10 AM with full fuel load and cover the 377 nautical miles directly to Benghazi in 0.8 hours, arriving at 1:50 AM… which would be 20 minutes after the arrival of Woods, Doherty and their team.
    > · Providing that the two F-16s initial pass over the mob, in full afterburner at 200 feet and 550 knots did not stop the attack in its tracks, only a few well placed strafing runs on targets of opportunity would assuredly do the trick.
    > · Were the F-16s fuel state insufficient to recover at Sigonelli after jettisoning their external drop tanks, they could easily do so at Tripoli International Airport , only one-half hour away.
    > · As for those hand-wringing naysayers who would worry about IFR clearances, border crossing authority, collateral damage, landing rights, political correctness and dozens of other reasons not to act… screw them. It is high time that our “leadership” get their priorities straight and put America ’s interests first.
    > The end result would be that Woods and Doherty would be alive. Dozens in the attacking rabble would be rendezvousing with “72 virgins”… and a clear message would have been sent to the next worthless POS terrorist contemplating an attack on Americans that it is not really a good idea to “tug on Superman’s cape.”
    > Of course all this would depend upon a Commander In Chief that was more concerned with saving the lives of those he put in harm’s way than getting his crew rest for a campaign fund raising event in Las Vegas the next day. As well as a Secretary of State that actually understood “What difference did it make?”, or a Secretary of Defense whose immediate response was not to the effect that “One of the military tenants is that you don’t commit assets until you fully understand the tactical situation.” Was he not watching a live feed from the unarmed drone… and he didn’t understand the tactical situation? YGBSM!
    > Ultimately it comes down to the question of who give that order to “stand down?” Whoever that coward turns out to be should be exposed, removed from office, and face criminal charges for dereliction of duty. The combat forces of the Untied States of America deserve leadership that really does “have their back” when the chips are down.

  209. McCain Sneaks Visit With Syria Rebels
    The ones who declared their allegiance to al Quaeda?


    He is so senile he thinks he is Indiana Jones.

  210. Maybe the truth is finally coming out . . .

    Global warming debunked: NASA report verifies carbon dioxide actually cools atmosphere

    (NaturalNews) Practically everything you have been told by the mainstream scientific community and the media about the alleged detriments of greenhouse gases, and particularly carbon dioxide, appears to be false, according to new data compiled by NASA’s Langley Research Center. As it turns out, all those atmospheric greenhouse gases that Al Gore and all the other global warming hoaxers have long claimed are overheating and destroying our planet are actually cooling it, based on the latest evidence.

  211. wbboei
    May 28, 2013 at 1:08 am
    CBS doesn’t want her to leave because she would go somewhere else where she could not be watched and controlled for the benefit of the White House. Her contract is not up and they won’t release her from it. CBS actively hid her reporting or did not allow it to go forward. All of this kissy-face stuff is because they know she has been vindicated. She is reciprocating because she knows she can’t get away from them-YET. The carefully worded hit piece by Politico, the Jarrett White House’s best errand boys, has just enough slime-ing (anonymous of course)to make sure she is seen as over-zealous (fanatic) and partisan (conservative) to counteract any playacting praise on the part of Obama’s flunkies. I bet Roger Ailes has a desk waiting for her and CBS (the WH’s little helper) knows it. And DOJ has been illegally spying on her to flush out her sources and anyone with a brain knows it.

  212. Will the tee vee gods soon find mercy enough to cease with the hyping this story?
    Obama, NJ’s Christie Together Again in Mutual Aid
    By Associated Press | May 28, 2013
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama and Gov. Chris Christie, the odd couple of politics, are finding common cause again.
    Obama was to tour New Jersey’s beach communities with Christie on Tuesday, examining the recovery from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating damage last October.
    The trip gives Obama a chance to showcase the widely praised Federal Emergency Management Agency at a time when attention has focused on the Internal Revenue Service and its targeting of conservative groups. The president also gets to draw attention to the kind of bipartisanship that has been harder to find in the nation’s capital.
    The visit occurs as Congress is away for a Memorial Day break, a weeklong recess that likely will silence the daily attention lawmakers, particularly Republicans, had been paying to the IRS political upheaval as well as the ongoing debate about the fatal attacks at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year and an investigation of media leaks that has stirred opposition from the media and many lawmakers.

    There’s a picture of the two there that you might be interested in viewing.

  213. Mormaer
    May 28, 2013 at 6:53 am
    Yes. It does make sense. Politico is a subsidiary of WashPo. Obama people say they have “no problem” with WashPo, which can only mean that like NYT they are a de facto part of the White House. And CBS is in the same league. I can think of no other reason why the young man who is bother to an Obama advisor should become its president–hell he just started shaving last year, and the pre frontal lobes have barely developed. But if you believe that the problem is not confined to one individual, and not the organization as a whole then two problems remain. How does the theory explain Bob Scheiffer’s position on the Obama administration–is he just too much of an institution for them to fuck with. Second, depending on the language of her employment contract, e.g. covenant not to compete, etc. she could just leave. Most likely it runs for two years. But if their entire goal is to muzzle her, it will explode in their faces. Depending upon how far one extends the theory that this conniving idiot Jarrett is the dark mover behind the scenes of everything, someone who is safe so long as she stays in the shadows, but would melt like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz into a pool of poison if forced to confront the charges again in the broad light of day, she is undoubtedly that sort, I am inclined to think that the problem is more local than that–the brother.

  214. Jarrett is alot like Adelman in the Nixon White House. If she did not exist they would have to invent her. I am quite sure she has acquired enemies along the way, and I would not be surprised if, at the most opportune time, a number of them decided to strike. Probably it will happen when one or more of these scandals blows wide open, and people are lined up to take the fall who refuse to do so. There may come a point where she is subpoenaed to appear before a congressional committee. Just suppose for example that she was the one who issued the stand down order. It is not unlikely. Lest we forget, she was the one who counselled Obama NOT to go after Osama Bin Laden when we had him in our sites, because if it failed he would suffer a political setback. Now that sort of fits the facts of rescuing our people in Benghazi does it not? Remember, both of them were focused only on he campaign and politics.

  215. And if someone wants to say she had no legal authority to issue the stand down order, I would be the first to agree. That is not protocol. But there are so many other aspects of protocol that were broken by the White House that night—failure to convene the national security committee, failure to issue a written order, etc. that legal niceties of this nature, including but not limited to the Constitution mattered not a farthing. It was enough for her, a voice of defacto, if not de jure authority to go to people like Panetta and Demsey and say, the president has decided that there are too many risks to save these Americans. We cannot risk a wider conflict. It is not in the national interest. Tell the rescue troops to stand down.

    Now am I saying that is how it happened? No I am not. But to turn a phrase that fuckstick Axelrod uses from time to time, can Obama prove that it did not happen? His word is not enough. It is the word of a chronic and habitual liar. If he says he gave the opposite–a rescue order, then it would have to be in writing. So show me the rescue order Obama. Show it to me, so we can do what you say you want, to move on. Where is the order sir? Where, where, where?

    The FEC knew about this problem and had four years to fix it, but failed to do so. What does that tell you? It tells me that as with other agencies the Obama campaign qua administration put their own people in there and they shut down any investigation into this loophole. It does explain an otherwise incoherent foreign policy but at this point who cares? Why bring it up now? It is too late. For the future? There is no future once the corruption has become this pervasive. The democrats have no interest in fixing the problem. And neither do the rinos.

  217. wbboei at 2:07 is correct tho. Nothing really funny about how invasive Obama is.

  218. I think Rubio has killed himself for 2016 by his advocacy of his amnesty now, citizenship soon, and border security, Chuck Schumer crafter gang of eight piece of shit. Byron York tends to agree with me, and his problem starts in Iowa. I would not hold Iowa up as an example of common sense but they come first and it would be very hard for Rubio to recover from a humiliating loss in that venues. Christie is out as well, because of his close relationship with Obama.
    Now, potential Republican presidential candidates are making their way to Iowa again. So far Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Scott Walker have made the trip, with Rick Santorum planning to go soon. And despite the belief in some quarters that immigration will be a less potent issue among Republican voters this time around, so far it appears to be having a serious effect on Rubio, the potential candidate most identified with the issue.

    Over the weekend I emailed a number of Iowa conservatives to ask them a few general questions about the GOP field. I didn’t mention immigration or any other issue; I just wanted their thoughts. What I got back, as far as Rubio was concerned, was all about immigration, and nearly all negative

    “Over the last three months, Marco Rubio’s name and face and voice have been so attached to the comprehensive immigration bill that it has virtually killed any enthusiasm among Republicans in Iowa for a Rubio presidential candidacy,” said GOP State Central Committee member Jamie Johnson. “Most Republicans here now see Rubio as the amnesty candidate.”

    “Rubio seems to be so damaged it will be very difficult for him to recover here in Iowa,” said Rep. Steve King. “My perspective is that the immigration issue will sort Republican candidates.”

    “Rubio has hurt himself immeasurably with his support of the current immigration bill,” said Sioux City conservative radio host Sam Clovis. “The rule of law still trumps all the feel-good aspects of the bill.”

    “Immigration will be a separator issue, for sure,” said Chuck Laudner, a longtime GOP activist allied with King and an influential supporter of Santorum in 2012.

    Those are all opinions from the party’s more conservative wing, but of course conservatives remain quite influential in Iowa. Take a step back, though, look at the whole Iowa GOP, and some will argue that immigration hasn’t sunk Rubio’s chances at all. The problem is, it has made him a divisive figure.

  219. It was these Iranian-backed men in the FBI photos, Ansar al Sharia, who went to Benghazi to build up a militia and radicalized some locals. As my source explained, “when you have an Iranian funded group sent into Benghazi to radicalize the locals that means you are in a proxy battle with the war in Iran.” Why? That’s a two-part answer.

    First do you think Iran was happy when seven Iranian Red Crescent workers were kidnapped by gunmen in Benghazi on July 31, 2012? Recall how these Red Crescent workers (equivalent to the Red Cross), still held captive during the Benghazi attack, were released less than a month after, and flown out of the Benghazi Benina International Airport. These weren’t your typical aid workers handing out food and supplies. According to my source,they were taken off the streets because they were probing the gunrunning operation into Syria when someone picked them up.

    Next it’s been well documented that the Saudis have been heavily involved in everything in Benghazi and Libya in general, the Muslim Brotherhood in the region, as well as supplying arms to the rebels in Syria to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—with US assistance despite the line drawn by Russia.

    Who else was in Benghazi? A faction of AQIM Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb backed by Syria. Syria, like Iran was in Benghazi. What was going on in Syria? There was gunrunning and arms smuggling from Libya through Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan into Syria as well as bringing in fighters to engage in a war with Syrian President Assad—the backdoor to Iran.

    Meanwhile shortly after the Benghazi attacks reports of secret meetings with Obama’s chief advisor, Valerie Jarrett, with representatives of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Qatar regarding Iran’s nuclear weapons program that had been going on before the Benghazi attack began to widely surface. The Obama administration

  220. Da Won is whining again.. 😆

    “And I’ve got to say, if they ever let me have any fun, I’d have some fun here. I was telling my staff on the ride over, yeah, I can see being a little younger and having some fun on the Jersey Shore. I can’t do that anymore. Maybe after I leave office. I think a friend of mine from here once put it pretty well, ‘Down the Shore everything’s all right.’”

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