Hillary Clinton Caught In VA Scandal?!?!?

Say it ain’t so! Say it ain’t so!

We need to point out something that is obvious, something staring everyone in the face. That seems to be our job lately, which is a pleasant change.

For years our job was to drag ignored or unknown facts into the open and then connect the dots. Recently though, much of what we wrote for years is being regurgitated by blogs and Big Media so all we have to do is shove the narrative along and point out the obvious – that all too many miss or choose not to declare. And there is one obvious fact that needs to be underlined and bolded and capitalized because sometimes you just have to clearly state the obvious – as the little boy did when he saw a naked emperor parading by.

Since April of this year the Veterans Administration scandal has taken the center stage and swallowed almost all the wattage of the Klieg lights. In the penumbra, the Benghazi scandal, valiantly kept on stage by the survivors of the dead. Occasionally highlighting the corrupt Lois Lerner is the only way the IRS scandal has gotten any attention. The rising oceans of ObamaCare corruptions assures all that killer ObamaCare will continue to stay in the light regardless of what Big Media does. Sadly, the Fast & Furious scandal fell into darkness along with others such as the oily devastation in the Gulf coast.

For years Barack Obama and allied Big Media have kept stories like Rezko, the missing boxes of Obama records, Michelle and Jarrett’s patient dumping past, all the promises of the Obama campaign (when was the last time Big Media noted Obama’s broken promises of posting legislation on line days before a vote, or his lies on FISA, renditions, etc.?) quiet and forgotten. Ron Fournier of National Journal, who once so assiduously protected Barack Obama is now raising many of the points we raised for so long:

You helped elect an untested presidential candidate, a man almost as liberal as you. He promised to heal the oceans, make health care an inalienable right, and transform Washington’s toxic culture. You mocked Republicans, independents, and squishy Democrats who had the audacity to criticize your guy, much less doubt the inevitability of his victory. President Obama won—twice—and then didn’t live up to anybody’s expectations, including his own.

What do you do? Well, if you’re Ezra Klein and a coterie of inflexibly progressive pundits, you repurpose an attack used against President George W. Bush’s bombastic approach to geopolitics. You call anybody who questions Obama’s leadership style a Green Lanternist. In a post for Vox stretching beyond 2,500 words, Klein makes his case against Obama critics.

“Presidents consistently overpromise and underdeliver,” he begins, a fair start. [snip]

Now, wait. A Harvard-trained lawyer and constitutional scholar like Obama didn’t stumble into the 2008 presidential campaign unaware of the balance of powers, the polarization of politics, the rightward march of the GOP, and other structural limits on the presidency. He made those promises because he thought those goals were neither unreasonable nor unattainable. Either that, or he was lying.

Notice that the broken promises are pawned off to nonhuman forms (“his 2008 campaign” pledged … “It also promised … “) rather than Obama himself. The verbal gymnastics are an early hint that the main purpose of the essay is to shelter Obama from blame.

Barack Obama lied. It’s the obvious truth. There is no need for Fournier to provide an alternate explanation. To provide an alternative is to “shelter Obama from blame”. Journolister Ezra Klein is solely in the business of Obama protection but why doesn’t Fournier call a liar a liar? It’s not as if there is no evidence. There is evidence in abundance sufficient to move “liar Obama” from theory to fact.

Remember in 2008 when Barack Obama swore up and down the campaign trail that he would lead a filibuster against FISA and telecom immunity? Once he was sure of the nomination Obama voted FOR FISA. Remember all the Obama attacks against the Patriot Act? Obama and the congress he controlled voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act. The NSA?

Remember Obama screeching against the unitary executive? Instead of fighting against executive branch expansion Barack Obama is a proven despot happily attaching non-constitutional signing statements to laws he signs, ignoring laws he does not like and not enforcing them, and despotically twisting laws he has signed.

“Shelter Obama from blame” is the priority for many in Big Media and in the party once called the Democratic Party. The self-proclaimed “fact checkers” at PolitiFact claimed in the election year of 2012 that Barack Obama’s promises on the VA had indeed been kept. PolitiFact waters that down now to a promise that has been “stalled”. WTF?

The K-K-K of Krugman, Kristof and Klein praised the VA hospital system in order to defend ObamaCare and its atrocities. Cooked books make for great recipes but unsavory dishes:

And herein lies the problem for the left: the failures at the VA, including its bureaucratic incompetence, its waiting lists, and its deaths, all debunk the notion that a government-run healthcare system will work. It’s a fresh slap in the face to all those commentators who, in pushing Obamacare, endorsed the VA as a model.

There are some pretty big names on that list.

Democrat Brent Budowsky is at least displaying some shame:

Virtually all members and the leaders of both parties in both houses of Congress owe veterans an apology. The media owes veterans an apology. Shame on them. I owe veterans an apology for not having written a column this brutally blunt the moment I learned that every day, 22 more vets commit suicide. Shame on me.

I do not call for the resignation of Shinseki, but the president owes veterans more than another White House staff, spin and stall operation, which he offered on Wednesday with the same cast of characters waiting for yet another report. Congressional Republicans, who share responsibility for the VA scandal, owe vets more than another attack, deride and exploit operation that plays politics with the health of those who serve.

Budowsky shames himself further by blaming others. Why bring Republicans into the shame distribution? The VA scandal belongs entirely to Barack Obama. Barack Obama is the president. Barack Obama is the one who made the promises. Barack Obama is the one who lied. Barack Obama is the one to blame.

“Shelter Obama from blame” is what Budowsky is up to. Are problems with the VA long term? Yes. And Obama promised to fix them. “The buck stops here” is now “pass the buck by Barack Obama’s desk because he is too busy with celebrities and other distractions.”

What is Barack Obama up to? Well the other day he took time off from fundraising, vacations, and golf to finally pretend in public that he cares at all about the VA scandal. Immediately afterwards Obama went to meet with burly tall men with arms as muscular as Michelle’s. Barrack Obama always has time to rub shoulders with muscular men:

Obama is making a week of it, celebrating games large and small. A day after feting the National Football League champion Seattle Seahawks at the White House, Obama is going to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, today to promote tourism and economic development.

He started the week by dropping in on co-ed Little League players at a neighborhood recreation field in Washington, tossing a ball and posing for photos. [snip]

Obama, who calls Chicago home, stepped in to belatedly honor that Bears team at the White House in 2011. He reached into the past again last year to hold a ceremony for the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only NFL team to compile an undefeated record for the season.

Obama, 52, an avid basketball fan and golfer, has expanded the scope of the spotlight presidents put on athletes.

Soccer teams, men’s and women’s professional and collegiate basketball teams, hockey teams and NASCAR champions all have been accorded the White House treatment by him.

Obama has also given Super Bowl Sunday interviews with the network broadcasting the NFL championship and appeared each year on sports cable channel ESPN to reveal his picks for the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament. He even took U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to an NCAA tournament game in 2012 in Ohio before a state dinner.

Flanked by Seattle’s first Super-Bowl-winning squad yesterday, Obama talked about a sports team exceeding expectations with a reference to his own story.

It’s always about “his own story”. But hearing Barack talk about how excited he becomes when watching burly men “overcome the odds” is ugly. We don’t object to Barack Obama desire to sniff the testosterone infused air surrounding muscular sweaty men but thinking about him whimpering about these men like a lonely dog finally getting attention we can’t help but recall his homophobic campaign of 2008.

In the Barack Obama politics of distraction no male sports shoulder will go unrubbed nor unsniffed. Sports figures will not be the only distraction.

As with Budowsky’s Obama protection blame shifting, many attempts will be made to shift the blame from Barack Obama to someone/something else. Eric Shinseki is a hero to the left so he is safe from Obama’s blame shifters.

In order to “shelter Obama from blame” others will be blamed. George W. Bush will be blamed. Bill Clinton will be blamed. George H. W. Bush will be blamed. George Washington will be blamed. “Shelter Obama from blame.”

On the day of her resignation we wrote that Kathleen Sebelius was not the one to blame for ObamaCare. The one to blame for ObamaCare is Barack Obama. It is also Barack Obama who is to blame for the corruption and lies at the VA. It is Barack Obama to blame for Fast & Furious. Barack Obama is to blame for Benghazi. Barack Obama is to blame for the IRS scandal. Barack Obama is to blame for low esteem the U.S. suffers in the world. Barack Obama is to blame for the weak American response in the Ukraine. Barack Obama is to blame for the faltering economy. Barack Obama is to blame. Barack Obama is to blame for all of it.



That is the obvious truth few will dare speak. It’s not Shinseki, Sebelius, Kerry (although he has 2008 to pay for), Clinton, Geithner, Summers, Holder, or any of them to blame. It’s Barack Obama that is to blame.

It is the corrupt, treacherous, boob that cares only for his self-advancement and profit that is to blame.

Stop trying to “shelter Obama from blame.” Barack Obama is the one – to blame.

The obvious truth that few will outright say is that it is Barack Obama that is to blame. This is so obvious, it is staring everyone in the face, but few will say it. The dots do not get connected.

All the dots have one variable that never varies: Barack Obama. Don’t blame Lois Lerner, we wrote, blame Obama. Sebelius is not the disease, she is a symptom. It’s not the NSA but Barack that sets the policy. It’s not a lack of resources at the VA, it’s a lack of leadership from a corrupt lying boob.

Consider: imagine Hillary Clinton is the worst person in the world. Imagine Hillary Clinton is to blame for everything bad that happened at Benghazi. Is Hillary Clinton to blame for the IRS scandal, the NSA scandal, the Rezko scandal? No. Is Sebelius responsible for the IRS scandal or Benghazi, or the NSA scandal? No. Is Eric Holder responsible for Benghazi or the NSA or the IRS or ObamaCare? No. The one variable that appears in all the equations of potential blame is Barack Obama.

In midterm elections one of the most important data points to determine the results is the popularity or non-popularity of the president. An unpopular president destroys the party in midterm elections. That’s the #2 reason why so many will attempt to “shelter Obama from blame.”

The #1 reason why so many will attempt to “shelter Obama from blame?” It’s a cult with no where else to go. The cult will blame Hillary or anybody but not Obama. But it is Obama that is to blame. It is Barack Obama that is to blame for it all.

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137 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton Caught In VA Scandal?!?!?

  1. George Bush is not innocent by a long shot, however, it is Obama, Obama, Obama who is to blame for his own incompetent administration.

    Good article as always, Administrator.

  2. Admin, I’m impressed, as always, with your ability to see through the BS. Before reading your article I would have seen the Fournier and Budowski articles as (not terribly sincere) acknowledgement of O’s ineptness and failures. I would’t have recognized that even as these authors were ostensibly holding Obama accountable, they were shifting blame away from him. WTF is wrong with these so called journalists? Why do they continue the protection campaign? Even with herculean effort by media to protect Barack from the beginning, everyone knows what a mess he has made of so many things.

    This VA issue is perhaps the most shameful of all of the Obama failures.

  3. Freespirit, Kevin Williamson gets it:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/378523/victim-presidency-kevin-d-williamson

    As many have remarked here, Barack Obama has a strange habit of acting like somebody else has been president these past years. It’s really odd.

    In his speech on the VA, the president said that he would not stand for things that he clearly and undeniably has stood for some years now, and swore that he would not tolerate that which has has been tolerating since 2009.

    He’s been described as acting like a bystander to his own presidency, but it’s more like he’s a victim of it, as though the presidency were this terrible thing that just happened to him one day that he’s now courageously dealing with. [snip]

    It’s a remarkable talent he has. When he was getting beat up politically for his association with that goofy racist clergyman, he lectured us on the evils of racism, as though we’d been the ones sitting in on those hateful sermons. Every time he has some spectacular screw-up, which seems to be about once a quarter, he pronounces himself outraged, as though he had not failed us but had been failed himself.

    So Barack Obama has sworn that he will not tolerate the incompetence of the Obama administration. I’d like to think that that means he is going to resign, but I don’t think that’s what he meant.

    It’s important that the dots be connected. Williamson gets kudos for connecting the Jeremiah Wright dot to this VA narrative.

  4. btw…another layer to the VA scandal that is surfacing is that drugs are being stolen form the hospitals and sold, even brazenly right on the outside grounds of the hospitals…

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/05/22/4132607/miami-va-hospital-employee-alleges.html

    you just know this kind of activity is being duplicated across the country in the hotbed of corruption going on at the VA hospitals where so many are looking for an angle to make or steal money…

    …once again, the Rahm Emmanuel ‘never let a crisis go to waste’ ethic is at work…

  5. i realize the left is in fear of losing any power they have via O…but just how low can they go?

    Have they no morals or ethics left at all? are they not embarrassed by this man and his blatant distractions to do anything but his job? and then read a speech of indignation on a teleprompter…

    what an empty, souless core these enablers have become…

  6. Yes Admin, Obama is to blame for it all.

    He is not an innocent bystander just watching the Game of Thrones on TV. He is one of those idiot kings that grabs every perk he can, until in 2016 his head is on the stake outside of DC.

    Watching MO and BO preform their materialistic scams is nothing new for these two people. This is how they have lived their entire lives. They are the chosen minority and damn well are going to set themselves up for the rest of their lives with money, free passes to everything and coast though the rest of their lives on someone else’s dime.

    Slick Rick the Poverty Pimp and his sleeveless angry, almost ex-wife.

  7. S

    May 23, 2014 at 12:52 am

    i realize the left is in fear of losing any power they have via O…but just how low can they go?

    Have they no morals or ethics left at all? are they not embarrassed by this man and his blatant distractions to do anything but his job? and then read a speech of indignation on a teleprompter…

    what an empty, souless core these enablers have become
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    These people are morally corrupt. They are the personification of what George Orwell experienced and wrote about and warned us in haec verba: caveat emptor the Obama cult:

    1. “The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”

    2. The ideal set up by the Party was something huge, terrible, and glittering—a world of steel and concrete, of monstrous machines and terrifying weapons—a nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting

    3. “A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp.”

    4. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent there will be no need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed. But always—do not forget this Winston—always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler. Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”

  8. Fournier is no different from the rest of these assholes. They got in too deep with Obama and now as it becomes clearer by the day that he is absolutely, positively, the worst president evah, they can’t quite bring themselves to say mea maxima culpa for leading the nation down a path which leads only to despair. And even now, when Obama proposes some goofy new idea like raising minimum wage and causing the loss of half a million jobs in an economy where 2 out of 5 people of working age are not working, what do these assholes do? Do they call it a goofy idea? Hell no. They parrot the talking points of Obama, which is that the Republicans hate the working poor. Don’t let anyone tell you different. The fault for the demise of this country rests entirely with big media. They cross the Rubicon from a check and balance to a promoter of serial lies.

  9. Who would have thought that the scandal that bought Obama down was the one Mrs Obama ran in Chicago. Medical neglect is an ugly, ugly thing. It is done so the money can be given to someone else often as payola. She initiated and oversaw patient dumping in Chicago for pay. Now we are going to find the same reason it was done in the VA. Follow the money. The Obama’s don’t find anything wrong with patient dumping because they have done it before and it can be very lucrative and easy to cover up with cries of “I didn’t know”. Obamacare is a complex scam of patient dumping for money. It is also a variation of genocide. They thought they could run it out until after his term is over. That is not to be.

  10. snip We need to point out something that is obvious, something staring everyone in the face. That seems to be our job lately, which is a pleasant change. snip
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    Ride on, admin! And thanks for adapting as required. 🙂

  11. Apparently unfazed by the destruction the president they forced upon this country has wrought, the progressives call for one of their own to seek the Dem nomination in 2016. Someone needs to inform them that their poor judgement and lack of regard for country have rendered them irrelevant as hell, and they need to STFU!
    ____________

    May 22, 2014, 08:42 pm

    “Run, Elizabeth, Run, cries left”

    By Kevin Cirilli

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) received a standing ovation at a progressive conference in Washington on Thursday, as the left continues to urge her to run for president in 2016.

    “Run, Elizabeth, run!” they chanted, as one supporter asked her whether she’d launch a presidential campaign.

    “I appreciate the thought,” Warren told the crowd, smiling. “I am not running for president.”

    Her well-received speech at the liberal Campaign For America’s Future (CAF) conference only underscores liberals’ growing frustration in finding an alternative to all but undeclared frontrunner and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Progressive groups such as CAF, which helped launch then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, have become increasingly more vocal about their concerns with Clintons’ economic policies

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/207043-run-elizabeth-run-cries-left#ixzz32XeE6lTw
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  12. If Republicans want to win in 2014 they must stay focused on Obama, not Shinseki. Obama is the problem:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/barack-obama-veterans-affairs-scandal-inaction-107029.html?hp=f3

    President Barack Obama wants to talk about flexing his administrative and executive power to do more. Instead, he got stuck talking about a clear administrative and executive failure that, at least so far, he hasn’t done much about. [snip]

    The latest stumbles have been a fresh reminder of the story line the White House has been trying to recover from since the fall, when the Obamacare website flopped, the key poll numbers about the president’s competence collapsed so deeply that they’re still far from recovering, and Democrats went into an apocalyptic panic about the midterms.

    That’s exactly what Republicans have been hoping for.

    GOP leaders and officials have spent the past week talking about the backlogs and misconduct, but what they’re hoping voters hear is: Obama is still an unprepared executive who needs to be stripped of power in the midterms. Once again, they say, he’s presenting himself as an angry bystander, confronted with high-profile management failures on his watch that he says he learned about from news reports.

    Unlike in October, when Republicans focused their message on calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to be fired, they’ve gone broader now, saying this is about more than VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, whom most have avoided calling on to resign or be fired.

    This, they say, is much, much bigger: The phrase that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his colleagues have been emphasizing is “systemic failure.”

    For Republicans hoping to make every election in November a referendum on the president, the VA situation is another weight to add to the anchor around Democrats’ necks, deepening Obama fatigue and frustration.

    “Whether it’s talking about accountability without holding anyone accountable or relying on internal political investigations instead of getting the truth, we are seeing a pattern in Obama’s lackluster management style,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS targeting scandal and now the deaths at the VA, Americans don’t want to be asked for more time, they want to know action is being taken.” [snip]

    But even Democrats have begun to ask: If this really is the Obama administration’s “year of action,” why wait for action on the VA?

  13. Mormaer, one would think someone in Big Media would be interested in Michelle/Jarrett’s patient dumping plots in light of the VA and ObamaCare.

  14. admin
    May 23, 2014 at 10:39 am

    If Republicans want to win in 2014 they must stay focused on Obama, not Shinseki. Obama is the problem:
    ______________________________________

    Exactly Admin ha is Da Man after all. 🙁

  15. admin

    May 23, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Mormaer, one would think someone in Big Media would be interested in Michelle/Jarrett’s patient dumping plots in light of the VA and ObamaCare.
    *****************************************************

    yes, and coupled with the fact that fast forward MO and Jill Biden took on such a high profile campaign to protect military families and be connected to their needs…

    Are we too believe they never heard of any problems at the VA from these military families? I guess they are just finding out about it from reading about the scandal in the newspaper!

    …just yesterday CNN’s reporter covering the VA scandal reported that injured military returning from Iraq and Afghanastan also go on these lists and have to wait like everyone else for care…there is no urgency for injured military returning from the war front for care…

    but lots of money can be found at the VA for bonuses and new furniture…etc…and no one gets fired becaused they are protected by unions…

    organized, unionized corruption…

  16. …make that protected by the government that hires them that they are using to take advantage of the people they are supposed to take care of…the govt allows this corruption to continue and prosper…in the public arena these people would be fired and probably arrested for some form of fraud, embezzlement, or stealing

  17. wbboei

    May 23, 2014 at 1:25 am

    S

    May 23, 2014 at 12:52 am
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    Wbboei…well said…and add to that the “thought police” where now ‘individuals’ are not allowed to have their own thoughts or opinions or to express them…and if they dare, they are hounded and their property/possessions stripped from them…

    people are only allowed to think one way or else…freedom of thought is abolished…

  18. Ha Ha:

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/decision-due-us-rep-conyers-election-appeal

    U.S. Rep. John Conyers, No. 2 in seniority in the House, lost his appeal Friday to get on the August primary ballot after Michigan election officials found problems with the Democrat’s nominating petitions.

    The Secretary of State’s office affirmed a decision by Detroit-area election officials to keep Conyers off the ballot.

    But the decision does not necessarily end Conyers’ 50-year career in Congress as his campaign manager has said Conyers would mount a write-in effort if necessary in the heavily Democratic district.

  19. Even Poland knows that Baracko has been asleep at the wheel…

    Poland’s former president and Nobel Peace laureate, Lech Walesa, says he plans to deliver some critical words to President Barack Obama when he visits Poland in June to mark 25 years since the country emerged from communism.

    Speaking to The Associated Press Friday, Walesa said the “world is disorganized and the superpower is not taking the lead.” The former Solidarity leader said that when he meets Obama in Warsaw, he wants to tell him that the U.S. should inspire and encourage the world into positive action.

    “I will say: Either you want to be a superpower and guide us, or you should give the superpower to Poland and we will know what to do with it. Amen,” he said.

    http://news.yahoo.com/polands-walesa-says-us-no-longer-world-leader-191843026.html;_ylt=AwrBEiQBoX9T7hIAzCvQtDMD

  20. Conyers? After 50 years of experience you’d think he’d have name on ballot process down pat.

  21. Goldberg attacks Hillary 2016 but it appears his heart is not into it. Some of Goldberg’s analysis is actually pretty good:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/378612/hillary-industrial-complex-jonah-goldberg

    Hillary Clinton is in a pickle. She’s a shoe-in for her party’s presidential nomination because of Barack Obama’s failures. But those failures might keep her from getting the job. Her husband’s “law of politics” is that elections are always about the future, but she’s stuck in the past.

    In 2008, Obama pandered to liberal hopes while Clinton appealed to their good sense. Obama promised miracles and magic. Clinton promised more homework.

    “Cynicism” was Obama’s real opponent, he explained. And he used Clinton as a stand-in for it. She played her part, pointing out that the Civil Rights Act got through Congress because of LBJ’s hard work, not Martin Luther King’s speeches. She insisted that politics was toil, not performance art.

    And, as we have learned from a president who so often thinks giving a speech is a substitute for solving a problem, she had the better argument. One need only look at the reaction from Democrats to President Obama’s handling of the VA scandal to see that even they would trade some inspirational claptrap for a bit more old-fashioned competence.

    That attitude helps Clinton immensely. Burned by disappointment, many liberals want to vote with their heads, not their hearts, this time around. [snip]

    They may think Clinton would be a fresh start, but will normal voters not similarly invested in her? Americans almost never reward a party with a third consecutive term in the White House, and when they do, it’s because they want more of the same. Anyone want to wager on how much of a “more of the same” mood America will be in come 2016?

    Clinton’s clearly not taking any chances. In her first campaign-style speech on the economy last week at the New America Foundation, Clinton mentioned Obama exactly once. (He’s worked hard, she said.) She referenced her husband a half-dozen times and talked at great length about how we need to return to the policies of the 1990s. (The Clintons remain convinced that the 1990s boom was a function of Bill’s expert tweaking of the dials and knobs on the master control board of the economy.) It wasn’t even subtle. No mention of the stimulus, cash-for-clunkers, Obamacare, or Dodd-Frank. As economics writer James Pethokoukis noted, “It was like Hillary was placed in suspended animation in 2008 and just recently revived to give a stump speech about the evils of the Bush tax cuts.”

    Not only was there precious little talk of Obama, there was precious little talk of her four years on Obama’s once-vaunted “team of rivals.” [snip]

    You can understand why Clinton might want to pretend that the Obama years never happened. I certainly get why she wants to run on her husband’s record rather than her own. But I can’t see how this adds up to a compelling message outside the Hillary-Industrial Complex, which may be stuck with a lot of bumper stickers.

  22. ’nuff said:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/378648/resign-kevin-d-williamson

    I wrote in passing yesterday that if President Obama or the people of this country had any self-respect, he’d resign over the scandal of the Veterans Affairs hospitals, which needlessly sentenced an unknown number of American veterans to death through their combination of managerial incompetence, medical malpractice, and monstrously cruel indifference to their clients. Other heads of government have resigned for less. President Obama presented himself to the public as an authority in the field of health-care management and as an executive who not only would insist upon but also would in fact achieve the highest standards in transparent, honest, competent government. He has failed, comprehensively. An honest man acknowledges his failures.

    Perhaps it is the case that he did not know how bad things were in the VA system. Set aside the question of whether he should have known, for instance by finding the time to take the occasional meeting with General Shinseki, a task the president had not undertaken in more than two years. Sitting behind the Resolute desk means taking responsibility for the totality of the executive branch of the U.S. government, which includes a great many things that are outside of one’s immediate knowledge or control. [snip]

    If you want credit for the happy unexpected consequences of every snail hiccup across the fruited plains, then you have to take responsibility for the actions of your government — the things that are, after all, directly your responsibility.

    President Obama clings to his sad little throne even more desperately than does General Shinseki. Faced with evidence of the incompetence of his administration, the president pronounced himself outraged, vowed that he would not tolerate it, would not stand for it — he in fact did everything except take responsibility for the actions of his government. The dishonesty and malpractice he vowed never to tolerate were, after all, the actions of his own administration, and the fact that they (may have) happened at some degree of separation from his own sacred person is hardly a defense. We made the head of the VA a cabinet-level position in order that the secretary might report directly to the president. The president, however, must be paying attention. President Obama was not.

    It may not be fair, exactly, but one aspect of big-time leadership is that one must bear responsibility even for that which is not necessarily one’s fault. The responsibilities of the presidency did not descend upon an unsuspecting Barack Obama while he was going about his own inexplicable business in Chicago; he sought the office, twice, offering promises about what kind of a man he is, and what kind of leader — and he has failed to deliver. My friend and colleague Andrew C. McCarthy has just written the book Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment, and it isn’t quite what you’re probably expecting. (Chapter 1 bears the straightforward title: “We Don’t Have the Votes.”) Mr. McCarthy argues that there is a very strong legal case for removing the president, but that this is beside the point: Unless there is a political case, and political will, then the law is toothless, because impeachment is a political process.

    Mr. McCarthy’s argument is a compelling one. Americans voted for those dead veterans, regardless of whether they understood that they were doing so, and they’d do it again. If there were a way for them to resign, it would be the honorable thing to do.

    Memorial Day weekend could not have started any better than with the above.

  23. Wow. That author does not mess about, Admin. He is absolutely right in saying that the responsibilities of the office “did not descend up an unsuspecting Barack Obama…” Certainly this is true of the VA problems as, we know. His knowledge of these problems came straight from the Light Bringer’s mouth, along with his promise to fix them. On the record, undeniable, un-spinnable – or can MSM find a way to “reshape the narrative” – also known as Lying their asses off?

    When other Obama failures and/or “glitches” have surfaced the excuse usually has been that the WH didn’t know about the problem until they saw it on news, read about it in paper, etc. The sophomoric expectation apparently is that this excuse – which is the equivalent of the “dog ate my homework ” excuse – will remove responsibility, accountability and blame from Barack. Even if this claim of ignorance were true, which it’s not, in what business, company, organization, etc. does the CEO get a pass for not being aware of serious problems therein? Obvious answer: none.

    It’s a BS excuse, offered by a BS press secretary, confirmed by a BS president, repeated and supported by a BS media, and apparently accepted by Barack supporters, who are well known for placing Barack’s best interest ahead of the country’s.

    It is becoming increasingly hard from the WH to hide from the VA failure – even with the help of MSM. It’s a damn tragedy, and will doubtless get much coverage over the next few days, as would be expected on Memorial Day weekend.

  24. I have been struggling to find the words to fit the tragic, untimely, and racially inspired refusal by the Detroit election commission to re seat that magnificent man of the people John Conyers who once made a cogent defense for the failure of congress to read bills before it passes them.

    This is the best I could come up with:

    In his fifty years of glorious service to this nation, nothing so distinguished his as the manner in which he left political life, i.e. by failing to file.

    Or-

    Senility should not be grounds for exclusion from public office, if it can be shown that even in his senile state he is much smarter than those who elected him.

  25. I have said many times that Obama is guilty of “willful blindness”.

    This is a legal term of art.

    “Willful blindness is a term used in criminal law to refer to the acts of a person who intentionally fails to be informed about matters that would make the person criminally liable. It describes an attempt to avoid civil or criminal liability for a wrongful act by intentionally putting oneself in a position to be unaware of facts which create liability.

    This is a tactic of evasion. It cuts cuts across every scandal by in administration. And the liability it seeks to avoid is political liability, criminal liability and the possibility of impeachment.

  26. But every single step of the way, big media is there to protect Obama. Their cover-ups and serial lies have made them his co-conspirators in the destruction of this nation. They need to be ridiculed and then ignored.

  27. The responsibilities of the presidency did not descend upon an unsuspecting Barack Obama while he was going about his own inexplicable business in Chicago; he sought the office, twice, offering promises about what kind of a man he is, and what kind of leader — and he has failed to deliver.


    What amazes me the most, is all the people that are just realizing that Baracko is the most incompetent President of our lifetime, and it has only taken a few of them to say what Hillary Clinton supporters have been saying since 2007. We were the people that were told to shut up, sit down and join hands with the Dimocratic Party. Solidarity and all that bull shit.

    Were Admin or any Big Pinker’s clairvoyants?

    If we were, we would know if Hillary is going to be the next President of the United States.

    We are regular folks, okay, maybe smarter than the average Joe, but we have no superpowers, we just pay attention, listen, investigate and care about the person that takes charge of our country.

    We are not impressed by skin color, or if it’s the half black guy’s turn, if he reads decently from someone else’s text, or even if it’s a woman’s turn. Those are high school games, this is life or death to our citizens and our way of life.

    We want to hold our head high, be proud of our leaders and country, and Baracko Bama has made America weaker, poorer, less trustworthy and has made everyone laugh at us.

    Time for the grownups to take over.

    Hillary, if you want this election, start taking those gloves off and show them what a real woman can do to make America great again. Hat in the ring or not.

  28. I’m getting conflicting info about Ancient John Conyers and his MI ballot problem, but this article specifies the offenses and is worth your time to read. snip Conyers needed 1,000 petition signatures to get a spot in the Democratic primary. But many petitions were thrown out because the people who gathered names weren’t registered voters or listed a wrong registration address. That left him more than 400 short. snip U’d THINK AFTER 50 YEARS JOHN WOULD KNOW PROPER WAY.SO it is probably what he always did but this time he got caught. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/23/judge-allows-rep-conyers-on-ballot/

    [It seems as if every candidate has to collect signatures to be on ballot every time? I did not realize. Correct me if it is otherwise.]

  29. “Hillary, if you want this election, start taking those gloves off and show them what a real woman can do to make America great again. Hat in the ring or not.”
    _____________

    Hell Yeah! Well put, Shadow and spot-on.

  30. http://news.yahoo.com/poll-health-care-law-still-fails-impress-082915807–politics.html

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama celebrated when sign-ups for his health care law topped 8 million, far exceeding expectations after a slipshod launch. Most Americans, however, remain unimpressed.

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that public opinion continues to run deeply negative on the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s signature effort to cover the uninsured. Forty-three percent oppose the law, compared with just 28 percent in support.

  31. Common core has pretty much been off our radar, but I see articles put up occasionally. This today has a stunning description of typical WH strategy:
    snip President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan often say that the Common Core standards were developed by the states and voluntarily adopted by them. This is not true. They were developed by an organization called Achieve and the National Governors Association, both of which were generously funded by the Gates Foundation. There was minimal public engagement in the development of the Common Core. Their creation was neither grassroots nor did it emanate from the states. In fact, it was well understood by states that they would not be eligible for Race to the Top funding ($4.35 billion) unless they adopted the Common Core standards. Federal law prohibits the U.S. Department of Education from prescribing any curriculum, but in this case the Department figured out a clever way to evade the letter of the law snip
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/26/why-i-oppose-common-core-standards-ravitch/

    And if you check BostonHerald dot com /business/healthcare/2014/05/connector_enrollees_could_lose_plans you can see where the MA connection to Ocare is on support: People enrolled through the Massachusetts Health Connector could once again lose their health plans this year as insurance carriers struggle to comply with the state’s eleventh-hour “dual track” solution to rescue the woeful Obamacare health exchange, a professional association warns

  32. O administration issues regulatory agenda outlining thousands of new rules for government agencies.

    You have to wonder why they bother with all of this rule making, when the most important rules and norms are ignored – the ones like don’t make veterans wait so long for medical care that they die – still waiting.

    Obama needs to get this rectified before worrying about more rules and minutia.
    _________________________________

    White House unveils regulatory agenda

    By Benjamin Goad – 05/23/14 06:23 PM EDT

    The White House unveiled its semiannual regulatory agenda Friday, detailing its plans for thousands of rules in the pipeline at agencies across the federal government.

    The release is the fourth consecutive time that the Obama administration has issued its regulatory roadmap on the eve of a major federal holiday, as many Americans depart for long weekends and there is typically less media coverage.

    Formally known as the Unified Agenda, the document is an agency-by-agency list of rules in the works at some 60 departments and offices. It includes both executive branch agencies, such as the Transportation or Commerce Departments and independent agencies, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Reserve.

    Regulators have a statutory obligation to release the rule-making agenda in the spring and fall, historically in April and October, that details the plans and anticipated deadlines over a 12-month period.

    The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) posts all the agency agendas on its website.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/regulation/pending-regs/207152-white-house-unveils-regulatory-agenda#ixzz32foPcd3n
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

  33. NancyPelosi now blaming #GWB for VA faults. I gave $100’s to her 2006 campaign which incl impeachment of #43. She pulled 180 as Spkr.

  34. freespirit
    May 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm
    _______________________________

    Freespirit I think this is Absolutely deplorable.
    And I agree with your comment. 🙂

  35. This is an organ called Mother Jones in which a writer claims, with proof in hand, that the Benghazi investigations for the last 20 months, and the upcoming select committee investigation, are all a Hillary Clinton smear campaign.

    This Is How the Right Milks Benghazi for Cash

    And more proof it’s all about Hillary Clinton.

    —By David Corn

    If you had any iota of doubt that the right’s never-ending obsession with Benghazi is not driven by its antipathy toward (or fear of) Hillary Clinton and by a desire to raise money for conservative outfits, then please see the fundraising email below that was sent out this week by the Stop Hillary PAC. Dispatched to conservative mailing lists, the solicitation depicts the Benghazi inquiry as all about Clinton, accusing her and her comrades of mounting a cover-up and successfully (apparently) neutering all previous congressional investigations.

    The letter is not subtle:

    As you know, previous attempts to uncover the truth were met with stonewalling by Hillary Clinton and Obama administration apologists.

    Make no mistake: this stonewalling has EVERYTHING to do with protecting Hillary Clinton’s chances of becoming President in 2016. You could hear the desperation in Hillary’s own voice when she shrilly yelled, “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE!!!!” at a fact-finding hearing.

    Clearly, Hillary Clinton and those surrounding her think the deaths of 4 brave Americans makes no difference. Clinton simply cannot be troubled with anything that might stain the red carpet that has been rolled out for her Presidential run by the liberal elite and their accomplices in the media.

    But now that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) has been appointed by House Speaker John Boehner to run a select committee on Benghazi, the Stop Hillary PAC notes, there is finally a chance the truth will emerge. Unless, of course, Clinton and her henchmen destroy Gowdy. The Stop Hillary gang presents this as a real possibility:

    Remember, those that dared to uncover the truth about the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton affair and Clinton’s lies under oath about it? The Clinton’s methodically destroyed the careers and reputations of those that dared to lead the impeachment proceedings, including Congressman Bob Livingston, Bob Barr, Henry Hyde, Newt Gingrich, Helen Chenoweth, and Dan Burton.

    Yet these supposed Clinton victims either were not undone by the Clintons or did not fare so badly. Livingston did resign from the House—but because of an extramarital affair. Gingrich was forced out of the House speakership by his fellow GOPers. Still, his career seems still to be kicking. Barr remains in the game; he ran as the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate in 2008, and days ago he won enough votes in a Georgia primary to make it to the runoff for a GOP congressional nomination. Burton—who relentlessly pursued the conspiracy theory that Clinton White House aide Vince Foster was murdered (and did not commit suicide)—stayed in the House until 2012, when he resigned. Chenoweth, too, left the House on her own accord, sticking to a pledge to serve no more than three terms. Hyde carried on in the House until his 81st birthday in 2005, when he announced he would retire.

    But the Stop Hillary PAC warns that Americans who want the truth about Benghazi ought to be worried about Gowdy’s fate. There is, however, a way for these Americans to help: They can sign the Stop Hillary PAC’s “statement of support” for Gowdy and, of course, send money to the PAC. If you cannot part with $50, $100, $250, $500 or more, the group suggests a symbolic donation of $20.16. “If Congressman Gowdy can finally uncover the truth, then, perhaps we can stop Hillary once and for all…because, she MUST BE STOPPED,” the group notes.

    The letter, not surprisingly, does not say how the Stop Hillary PAC will use these contributions to help Gowdy—who with subpoena power shouldn’t need that much assistance. But the group’s filings with the Federal Elections Committee might cause a potential donor to be concerned. From the start of 2013 until the end of this past March, the group raised $462,749. In this time period, it spent $407,970. About $110,000 of that went straight to fundraising consultants. And most of the rest was paid out to direct mail, political consulting, and PR firms. According to Open Secrets, the PAC has devoted about 90 percent of its expenditures to fundraising overall. This stat gives the impression that the group exists largely to raise money for itself. (The honorary chairman of the Stop Hillary PAC is Colorado state Sen. Ted Harvey, a Republican who once claimed that California wildfires were set by Al Qaeda. They were not.)

    Democrats who charge that the new Benghazi committee was established to allow conservatives to bash Clinton and keep milking their movement grassroots for cash need look no further than the Stop Hillary PAC. Its email ends with this enticement: “the first 2,500 patriots” who send $20.16 or more to the PAC to support Gowdy will receive “our extremely popular Stop Hillary window sticker.”

  36. This organ, called Stabley Times – “A New Kind of News” (puh-lease) seriously claims that Obama is positioning Julian Castro as HUD Secretary so he can be HRC’s 2016 running mate.

    http://www.stableytimes.com/news/obama-positioning-julian-castro-hillary-clintons-2016-vp/16920/

    If this guy seriously thinks HRC would saddle herself with this lame empty suit just to please Obama, then maybe he also thinks Donna Brazile’s new coalition is alive and well and the Clintons need his help to take back the D Party.

  37. Title of video: CNN: After VA Scandal, Democrats Privately Call Obama “Detached,” “Flat Footed,” “Incompetent”

  38. SORRY TWASN’T A turkey after all but a dead DUCK. 😉

    Sandwiched between a week of outrage over Veterans Affairs mismanagement and a major foreign policy speech to West Point graduates Wednesday, President Barack Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday to pledge “a responsible end” to all American combat operations there by year’s end.

    Standing in a bomber jacket on stage at a rally with some of the 32,000 troops still stationed in the country, Obama told them that they would be coming home soon, with Afghan forces finally ready to take over responsibility and security.

    http://politi.co/1hnFG20

  39. Happy Memorial Day to all here!! 🙂 (I know its not until tomorrow, but hopefully, we will all be spending time eating bbq, sharing time with family, and taking a moment to remember those that have fallen so that we can enjoy those things).

    Great post admin (as usual). The Hillary haters are out in full force. Forget Benghazi for a moment, they are bringing everything to bear. Its actually quite comical the nonsense being said about her. The one thing that bumbles did right in ’08 was that he did successfully rally blacks to his corner, and then in turn, other darker minorities, to the tune of more than 70% support across the board. Should Hillary run, she MUST do that with women. Women of all races, creeds, and political affiliations. 65% of women on her side and she wins without a hitch.

    In other news, like foxi said, bumbles was in Afghanistan on a surprise visit, but not everyone was happy to see him….

    Karzai refused to meet Obama at Bagram Air Base: US official http://www.afp.com/en/node/2432479

    From article…
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai was offered a meeting with President Barack Obama at Bagram Air Base outside Kabul but declined, a US official said Sunday.

    The official said that Washington was not surprised that the meeting did not work out at short notice, after Obama arrived at the base on a surprise visit after night fell on Sunday.

    “As we said, we weren’t planning for a bilateral meeting with President Karzai or a trip to the palace, as this trip is focused on thanking our troops,” the official said.

    “We did offer him the opportunity to come to Bagram, but we’re not surprised that it didn’t work on short notice.”

    In news from home, Boko Haram is at it again. You will notice in the story that one of the attack sites is adjacent to the village where the girls were taken. That is the region that surveillance should be concentrated on. That area is very desolate and they are VERY good at hiding. Most of Northern Nigeria is like that. Also, the AU as a group has been very slow to respond to terrorism across the continent. With so much international attention on the BH situation, that may change. Our president is much like bumbles. He is worried more about re-election than what is good for the people.

    Asshat.

    Nigeria’s Boko Haram kills 28 in three village attacks
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/25/us-nigeria-violence-idUSBREA4N0DD20140525

    From article….

    (Reuters) – Suspected Islamist Boko Haram gunmen rampaged through three villages in northern Nigeria, killing 28 people and burning houses to the ground in a pattern of violence that has become almost a daily occurrence, according to police and witnesses.

    All three attacks happened on Thursday in remote parts of Borno state, the epicenter of Boko Haram’s increasingly bloody struggle for an Islamic kingdom in religiously mixed Nigeria.

    One took place right next to Chibok, by the Cameroon border, from where more than 200 school girls were abducted last month.

    The most deadly was in the town of Kerenua, near the Niger border. Scores of militants opened fire on residents, killing 20 of them, and burned houses, a police source said.

    Since the girls’ abduction on April 14, at least 450 civilians have been killed by the group, according to a Reuters count.

    Finally, more ammunition for the GOP to use against bumbles. Remember how Iran would never get a nuclear bomb under bumbles watch? Oh and remember how Hillary’s rhetoric against Iran was so inflammatory? How is that working out right about now?

    Asshats.

    Iran’s Supreme Leader: Jihad Will Continue Until America is No More

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/25/irans-supreme-leader-jihad-will-continue-until-america-is-no-more/#ixzz32lRci200

    From article…..

    Khamenei emphasized that without a combative mindset, the regime cannot reach its higher Islamic role against the “oppressors’ front.”

    “The reason for continuation of this battle is not the warmongering of the Islamic Republic. Logic and reason command that for Iran, in order to pass through a region full of pirates, needs to arm itself and must have the capability to defend itself,” he said.

    “Today’s world is full of thieves and plunderers of human honor, dignity and morality who are equipped with knowledge, wealth and power, and under the pretence of humanity easily commit crimes and betray human ideals and start wars in different parts of the world.”

    In response to a question by a parliamentarian on how long this battle will continue, Khamenei said,“Battle and jihad are endless because evil and its front continue to exist. … This battle will only end when the society can get rid of the oppressors’ front with America at the head of it, which has expanded its claws on human mind, body and thought. … This requires a difficult and lengthy struggle and need for great strides.”

    Khamenei cited the scientific advancement of the country. “The accelerated scientific advancement of the last 12 years cannot stop under any circumstances,” he said, referring to the strides the regime has made toward becoming a nuclear power.

    Hillary 2016

  40. jeswezey

    May 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    This is an organ called Mother Jones in which a writer claims, with proof in hand, that the Benghazi investigations for the last 20 months, and the upcoming select committee investigation, are all a Hillary Clinton smear campaign.
    —————
    Are you serious?

    A fundraising letter “proves” that the entire purpose of the Benghazi hearing is to smear Hillary?

    In other words impute the intentions of some political hack set forth in a fundraising letter to Trey Gowdy and call it proof?

    Then, by your lights, Trey Gowdy must be a political hack as well, for whom the fate of this nation means nothing. Put differently he is just another Obama.

    That assessment does not square with the man we have been watching on video these past two years. In fact, it is the opposite of what he gives every indication of being.

    Nobody with any objectivity and any common sense believes that Benghazi is a phony scandal (Obama), all questions about it have been answered (Pelosi), that it happened a long time ago and is no longer relevant (Carney) or that the sole purpose of this hearing is to take out Hillary (Corn).

    The purpose of the Benghazi Select Committee is to vindicate the principle of government accountability, with respect to an administration that has thwarted every attempt at government oversight, and made a mockery out of the rule of law.

    The prior efforts to find accountability have been a joke. It will be up to Trey and to whoever speaks for the Democrats on the committee to ensure that does not happen.

    Finally, you need to be aware of who Corn is. He is an investigative reporter in name only. In reality he is a jurnolister, a bitter partisan and someone who is bent on misleading the reader just as we see here.

  41. If your interpretation of the Benghazi hearing were accurate, then it is unclear why Hillary operatives pushed Democrats to participate rather than boycott the proceeding. And, it is also worth noting that her people went around Pelosi to individual democrats when they did that. Since Pelosi and Obama are joined at the hip, that to me is probative, that the intent was to let the committee find facts which she could not accuse others–Obama, Donolin, Rice of since she was part of the Administration and was not cut out to be what John Dean was to Watergate.

    In politics, things are seldom what they seem. I just hate to see anyone fall for anything David Corn says.

  42. This is an organ called Mother Jones

    ———-
    ‘Mother Jones’ hasn’t said anything worth listening to since they drank from the fountain of O’Koolaid in 2007.

  43. A letter to the editor of The Cap Times – ‘Your Progressive Voice’ out of Kentucky has this take on the “Grand Obstruction Party” in that state, and it’s one of the reasons I think Hillary will be there in support of Grimes, who currently has a chance of beating BMitch McConnell:

    Paul Lam Whiteley Sr.: Hillary Clinton’s sound mind, big heart hard to match

    Dear Editor: These lines, “The whole country’s talking about Hillary, Hillary! The whole country’s talking about Hillary,” would fit well in a new song like the old Mills Brothers tune about “the whole town’s talking about the Jones boy.” For sure, Hillary Clinton does not lack name recognition.

    Republicans are aware that Clinton has proven she is qualified to be president. They know she will be very hard to beat should she be the Democratic nominee in 2016. That’s why Karl Rove and the GOP have already begun attempting to portray Clinton in negative ways, even before she has officially announced she’s running.

    If Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, the Republican nominee will have a difficult time matching her sound mind and big heart. If she wins the presidency, will the Grand Obstruction Party vow to do everything they can to make sure she’s a one-term president?

    Defeating incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in November would lessen significantly Republican obstructionism. That would be good for the state of Kentucky and America.

  44. wbboei May 25, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    The purpose of the Benghazi Select Committee is to vindicate the principle of government accountability, with respect to an administration that has thwarted every attempt at government oversight, and made a mockery out of the rule of law.

    That is indeed the stated purpose. However, the political result will be to place accountability squarely on the head of HRC. That is the only reason Benghazi is still an issue and has continued to be an issue for 20 months now: pin as much blame as possible on HRC.

    Again, I would agree with you if the committee held closed-door interrogations and issued a report of its conclusions.

    But that’s not the way it’s going to happen. It’s going to be open-door with media coverage and everyone will be waiting to get more sound bites like “What difference… does it make?” or something they can twist into a lie from HRC. That’s all the Republican establishment cares about. If they gave a shit about accountability, Holder and Obama would be out of office now.

    wbboei May 25, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    In politics, things are seldom what they seem. I just hate to see anyone fall for anything David Corn says.

    Rather than impugn David Corn, it would be more appropriate to recognize that your first sentence here – “In politics, things are seldom what they seem” – is a two-edged sword.

  45. According to The Durango Herald, Benghazi is only a part of the GOP approach to 2016 politics – already now, in 2014:

    http://durangoherald.com/article/20140524/NEWS03/140529709/-1/s

    GOP tries to define Clinton

    Republicans prepare for her presidential bid

    By KEN THOMAS and CHARLES BABINGTON


    Associated Press

    As the former secretary of state, first lady and New York senator prepares for a high-profile book tour in June, Republicans are using a variety of approaches to try to define Clinton and drive down the mostly positive approval ratings she built while in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet….

    “Ultimately, our goal is to stop Hillary Clinton,” said Garrett Marquis of the Stop Hillary PAC…. “If we can do that by dissuading her from running for president in the first place, then we’ll consider our effort a success.”

    …. Researching Clinton’s past has been a major task for America Rising LLC, a Republican group founded by Matt Rhoades….

    StopHillary2016.org and has 20 paid trackers who follow Democratic candidates in search of “gotcha” moments that can shift momentum in campaigns. Executive director Tim Miller said the group will send camera-carrying trackers to some of Clinton’s book events…..

    Stop Hillary PAC… warns… that by 2016, “it will be too late to stop Hillary. We’ve got to hold her accountable right now.”

    Many Democrats say Republicans attack Clinton almost nonstop because they see her as the strongest possible presidential opponent by far, and it conveniently fires up conservative voters who are crucial in the fall elections.

    “Republicans are singularly focused on turning out their base,” said Mo Elleithee, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee. He said harping on Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service, the president’s health-care law “or something to do with the Clintons” {like the IRS ??} is one tactic….

    Steve Schmidt, a veteran strategist on GOP presidential campaigns, said Republicans may be erring by focusing on the Clintons now. The criticisms are unlikely to dissuade her from running, he said, and the ruckus could backfire on Republicans in states such as Kentucky, where Obama is unpopular, but the Clintons are widely liked. Former President Bill Clinton has campaigned alongside Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat trying to oust Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.

    “The degree to which Hillary Clinton is positioned in front and center, and not the president, I think it hurts Republicans at the end of the day,” Schmidt said.

    So, the article ends on a positive note for us; but essentially, the authors agree, based on the facts, that the GOP is hurling all it can at HRC and will certainly not be stopped by the “truth” about Benghazi. They want, as Garrett Marquis says, to “hold her accountable” and it doesn’t matter what HRC says, or anybody else for that matter.

  46. 5/25/14.The White House inadvertently blew the cover of the CIA’s top officer in Kabul during President Obama’s surprise trip to Afghanistan on Sunday. The name of the spy agency’s station chief in Kabul was included on a list provided to news organizations of senior U.S. officials participating in Mr. Obama’s visit with U.S. troops….
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/25/white-house-blows-cover-cias-kabul-station-chief/

    Clueless in Kabul.

  47. Shadowfax
    May 25, 2014 at 11:56 pm
    ————-
    Absolutely correct.

    The beginning of political wisdom is to realize that we should not confuse the truth of some of the things left wing media says about Bush et. al. with any commitment on their part to the truth. What happened in 2008 including but not limited to their politics of destruction against Hillary and their subsequent refusal to hold their messiah Obama accountable for the very things Bush did, and worse, impeaches whatever credibility they might have and “proves” that they are not in the game of truth but in the game of power and any means to that end, however perverse, are acceptable. They are, in fact, the mirror image of what Orwell wrote about. Same people, different names, and David Horowitz a former member of the left has proven that point to a fair thee well, for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. In short, they are, and will always be the enemy within. As for the stupid rich people who fall for their bullshit, and even now refuse to open their eyes, there is one antecdote: a net worth tax. That little idea would flush out their hypocrisy, and end the process of using other people’s money to finance their flights of fantasy and calculated inattention to detail. Rather than the god Mannon, let them worship St.Frances of Azizi.

  48. jeswezey
    May 26, 2014 at 6:16 am
    ———
    Let them write their little essays. The motives of the AP are clear and transparent. And, let the minions of the Republican half of the uniparty give their spin. The only calculation that matters is the bona fides of the chairman and Republican members of that panel. I have already stated the reasons why I believe their cause is just and in the interests of the nation, and if Hillary’s actions are above reproach she will survive the process stronger than ever. As for the politics of this, they do not matter. I am convinced that the electorate are idiots, and have no capacity to evaluate the credentials or performance of candidates. None. Our electorate and our elections have degenerated into multi billion dollar productions which are a cross between American Idol and Survivor, thanks to the machinations of big media. She will survive the process. What worries me is the potential for obstruction, because this administration will fight the committee every step of the way. And that is where the real politics will start stop and end. And that is the bigger problem here. What happens when Obama stone walls?

  49. wbboei
    May 26, 2014 at 9:03 am
    jeswezey
    May 26, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Steve Schmidt, a veteran strategist on GOP presidential campaigns, said Republicans may be erring by focusing on the Clintons now. The criticisms are unlikely to dissuade her from running, he said, and the ruckus could backfire on Republicans in states such as Kentucky, where Obama is unpopular, but the Clintons are widely liked
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    He is right about that.

    The last effective strategist they had was Lee Atwater/

    The Republican strategists are buffoons.

    Strike that: overpaid buffoons.

    The Hillary hate they think is coin of the realm is a dead end.

    If they were smart, they would forget about that and tie her to Obama, and his failures.

    There will come a point where they tap their way through to that conclusion.

    And when they do it is imperative that Hillary put as much space between herself and Obama as humanly possible.

    If she can do that then this effort will fail as well.

    But the converse is equally true.

    If he clings to him she will be very vulnerable.

    Because by 2016 his destruction of this nation will be undeniable to all but the most committed cultist Obamanazi.

  50. If you stop the music right now, and do not investigate the Benghazi matter, then Hillary is more vulnerable, not less. Why? Three (3) reasons:

    1. first, sometime after the event she made a public statement that she took responsibility for what occurred.

    2. second, in her appearance before Congress, she acted agitated, and demanded to know what difference does it make?

    3. third, a statement of attributed to her that she ran foreign policy and Obama ran domestic policy.

    Each of those statements were absolute.

    If you were a Republican strategist then you would gladly run ad campaigns based upon them.

    And you would ignore Obama, Rice, Power, Donolin, Jarrett, and Brennan–all Obama insiders were the real culprits.

    If the Benghazi investigation is conducted in good faith by both sides, then these facts will be brought to light.

    And that will tend to exonerate or mitigate Hillary’s role in this, thus diluting the Republican argument.

    Those who claim the real target here is Hillary are seeking to protect Obama.

  51. jeswezey
    May 26, 2014 at 6:16 am
    ————-
    You and I have a very different world view. We support Hillary for very different reasons. And we disagree often. I am not afraid of the Benghazi investigation, prior efforts to do so have been farcical, and I believe it is the best way to achieve the accounting which the rape and death of a US ambassador demands, rather than an Obama-big media orchestrated cover-up. If the Democrats are unwilling to do so, then it is up to the opposition party to do so, because history, if not an electorate too dumb to spit, demands answers. And those answers must begin with a full statement of the facts which have been buried from public view and legitimate scrutiny. Without that, the notion that we have a democracy and a government by the people becomes nothing more than a hollow mockery, in which case, why should the public pay taxes, obey the laws and pursue the course of civility. In sum, there is more at stake here than Benhazi, which is simply the culmination of a series of scandals and big media cover-ups which spell big trouble for this nation in the years ahead. Big trouble.

  52. I could be wrong(I do that a lot)
    But I think Trey just wants the truth to be known.
    I also believe it will lead all the way to the CIC.
    I also agree with Admin that Hillary will come out smelling like a Rose. 🙂

  53. That is the only reason Benghazi is still an issue and has continued to be an issue for 20 months now: pin as much blame as possible on HRC.
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    You see, I think she has put it there with her own words. She was out of the country when she made the first statement, and I looked for any evidence that the corrupt big media had misquoted her in order to do what they always do which was, is, and will always be to protect Obama. Recalling how big media had bought the racist allegations of the Obama campaign in South Carolina, and how at the conclusion of the primary militant blacks were threatening her with any political career because she had campaigned against their messiah, I believe she took responsibility so she could not be blamed for the loss of the 2012 election over this issue At that point, she was not thinking about 2016.
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    Again, I would agree with you if the committee held closed-door interrogations and issued a report of its conclusions.
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    It will be up to Gowdy to make sure that does not happen. He must make it clear than any premature disclosure or leak will be prosecuted. In my view, the risk comes more from the staffers, who know someone whom they absolutely trust to confide in, rather than telling that individual along with everyone else that I am not at liberty to discuss what I know about this investigation, and have been told that if I breach that obligation, I will be prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated. I am not about to take that risk for you or anyone else.

  54. Putin is happy the EU not so much. 🙂

    KIEV, Ukraine – Ukrainian billionaire Petro Poroshenko prepared to take over as Ukraine’s leader Monday, vowing to end hostilities in the east with Moscow’s cooperation, as pro-Russian separatists fought gun battles with Ukrainian forces at Donetsk’s international airport.

    As Poroshenko, 48, was speaking at a press conference in Kiev, heavy fighting between separatists and Ukrainian forces around Donetsk International Airport forced local police to seal off the main road to the airport after the airport was closed Monday morning. There were two bursts of machine-gun fire from the direction of the terminal just after 1 p.m. followed by heavy fighting.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-ukrainian-leader-prepares-to-take-power-vowing-peace-in-eastern-ukraine/2014/05/26/ba185dd0-2b17-4647-bf58-e3798ff00b2e_story.html?tid=ts_carousel

  55. Trey was a prosecutor, and unlike Holder and others he took that job seriously, rather than using it as a political stepping stone. I doubt very much that he is interested in higher office. But I think he wants to be known for conducting a fair thorough investigation in service of the nation. As a prosecutor, Trey was bound by the Brady rule, which is the antithesis of what political operatives and big media adhere to. It requires fairness to the other side. I believe he is a man of character and that rule is part of his political thinking:
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    Brady Rule

    The Brady Rule, named for Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963), requires prosecutors to disclose materially exculpatory evidence in the government’s possession to the defense. “Brady material” or evidence the prosecutor is required to disclose under this rule includes any evidence favorable to the accused– evidence that goes towards negating a defendant’s guilt, that would reduce a defendant’s potential sentence, or evidence going to the credibility of a witness.

  56. I cannot summon up the will and capacity to worry about what Putin does. I see it as the inevitable result of Obama’s weakness and the stupidity of the nation that elected Obama. It is not worth my time, save to say, I do not blame him for what he is doing. I have a good friend who voted for Obama, only to now see the light, and he is highly critical of Putin. I reserve my criticism for the man who empowered Putin to act as he is acting, Barack Hussein Obama, the scourge of this nation, and the free world. For me, it is a matter of causation and proportionality.

  57. The White House inadvertently included the name of the top CIA official in Afghanistan on a list of participants in a military briefing with President Barack Obama that was distributed to reporters on Sunday, the Washington Post reported.
    ——————
    So . . . what little Scooter Libby and gelatinous Karl Rove did intentionally, our big media beloved messiah did carelessly, recklessly, and more dangerously. But . . . big media covers it up and proclaims Obama forever. Under Obama, the only safe haven is to be an enemy of the United States. Then you get coddled. But if you are an ally, you get sold down the river. That’s the glorious messiah for you, who is much beloved by our corrupt big media. If he had stopped at one term, they could have succeeded with their cover-up, whereas now they have to suppress 90% of what is happening, in order to save their savior. It is so heartwarming to see the links big media goes to, and the steps they take to punish anyone in their ranks who dares to utter the truth. With big media owned and controlled by business conglomerates who want crony capitalism and weak political leaders who will climb in bed with them, how could it be otherwise?

  58. wbboei
    May 26, 2014 at 11:50 am
    _____________________________

    Wbboei there are those that think he outed Seal Team 6 too and got them all killed. 😡

  59. I just hate to see anyone fall for anything David Corn says.

    Rather than impugn David Corn, it would be more appropriate to recognize that your first sentence here – “In politics, things are seldom what they seem” – is a two-edged sword
    ———–
    He deserves to be impugned.

    His analysis is always one sided. The gate swings one way. And the color of his analysis is the same as his alma mater–Brown.

    I have seen people try to give him the rest of the story and he resists. It reminds me of the paradigm of singing to a pig. It is a waste of time. And it annoys the pig.

  60. Corn was one of the people Obama called to the White House to deliver the party line.

    That is not my idea of an “investigative journalist”.

    But then at Rolling Stone, they make it up as it goes and you can pretend to be anything you want.

    Another example: Matt Tabbi. Another ideologue masquerading as an investigative journalist. I told you one time what his reckless and poorly researched article did to a friend of mine.

  61. As far as I am concerned, there is only one investigative journalist worth their salt: Sharyl Attkisson. She exposes corruption deceit and self dealing which is endemic on both sides of the aisle and does not play favorites. Her commitment is to the truth, which is rare as hens teeth in this corrupt political system. It is out of control . . .

  62. foxyladi14

    May 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    wbboei
    May 26, 2014 at 11:50 am
    _____________________________

    Wbboei there are those that think he outed Seal Team 6 too and got them all killed

    ————————
    I would be one of them. Between Obama and his national security advisor Donolin who routinely spills his guts on national secrets to a certain writer for NYT according to Pat Caddell, which is an open secret in Washington, to many others in this benighted administration, the nation is not safe, and neither are those who put their lives on the line to defend it, and are either killed by enemy fire or relegated to the tender mercies of Obama’s VA hospital.

  63. RIP to all our military hero’s that put their lives on the line for our country.

    Without our brave soldiers on the ground, America would have never become the homeland we have now.

    Thank you to these brave people and their families and loved ones.

  64. Here is a typical example from my own life. During the 2008 primary I spent time explaining to my brother and her that Obama was a wrong G, and why. They seemed to agree. Then they went to Spain and came back told me how elated the Spanish people the ran into were about Obama. What we had at that point was ignorance piled on ignorance. After the election, my sister in law told me that both of them had voted for Obama. My brother looked a little sheepish, but she was proud. Today, she still lives in the pink haze of the 2008 campaign, and when I mentioned the problems I am having dealing with the flotsam and jetsome of Obamacare on our health care system, she said well, something needed to be done. I told here that was easy for her to say, because she is covered by my brother’s employer insurance, but when that coverage is terminated both of them will be thrown on the Obama exchanges, and will realize the perils of Obamacare first hand. She told me that I should not worry because I will be on Medicare in another year. I told her I do worry for all of us, because Obamacare has taken have a trillion out of medicare, and there part of the strategy behind medicare is to take back the generous benefits it provides to the aging population, according to several doctors I spoke to. At that point she began screaming that we will not have political discussions in her house, and that there was a similar blowup over Obama care in her own family. I told her, that if she wants to avoid those discussions, then she should open the door by parroting the lies of the Obama Administration and look at the impacts this legislative monster is imposing on real people/

    My sister in law is a housewife who voted for Obama twice, and still lives in the pink haze spun by his campaign people. She is completely blind to his failures, and has a political IQ of approximately zero.

  65. wbboei May 26, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Those who claim the real target here is Hillary are seeking to protect Obama.

    Puh-lease. I am not trying to protect Obama and I am not making this up either.

    I have a Google Alert for Hillary Clinton and it fetches 20 to 30 articles a day now (as opposed a couple of articles per week when she was Secretary of State).

    Of those 20 or so articles, there are at most 1 or 2 that have something supportive to say about HRC. Almost all of them are from right-wing nut jobs or GOP hatchet men (and a couple of women too, like Jennifer Rubin), and they’re all about Benghazi and how the select committee is going to put an end to her career. These people don’t care about Obama. They want to bring HRC down, and they’re the people in charge of publicizing the work of the committee.

  66. I also have mixed feelings on the intentions of this second Benghazi hearing.

    Since the Dimocrats do not want the truth out, it is up to the special committee of mainly, Rethugs to keep digging with the information that was redacted and 5th amendments were used to hide the truth.

    Trey is the only Repub I have seen that tries to get to the truth in a more honest way. If he has to go though Hillary to get to the truth that lands square in Obama’s lap, then so be it. I know Hillary was not running the show that told the military to stand down and not help Stephens, so let us find out who did.

    The other side of the coin for me with this hearing, is why wasn’t this done with Fast and Furious, many more lives were taken on both sides of the border and those guns are still in play.

    The obvious reason this didn’t happen, in my eyes, is because Hillary Clinton was not involved in it.

  67. Wbb

    My sister in law is a housewife who voted for Obama twice, and still lives in the pink haze spun by his campaign people. She is completely blind to his failures, and has a political IQ of approximately zero.

    ———
    Yup Wbb, most of the people I know that voted for Obama say similar things. I can’t think of any of them that admit they made a mistake.

    I have to look back at the days I was so invested in the Dim party and voted for people like HorseFace. Maybe the Rethug candidate was worse, but I was somewhat of a lemming too.

  68. wbboei May 26, 2014 at 9:58 am

    You and I have a very different world view…. And we disagree often.

    That’s in the cards and I think it’s to everyone’s benefit. I’m not afraid of disagreement, any more than you are of the Benghazi investigation. In fact, I’m not afraid of the Benghazi investigation either. All I’m saying is that, in open-door session, it will be no more than an Obama-like media stunt but carried out by the opposition party.

  69. Me: Rather than impugn David Corn….

    wbboei May 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    He deserves to be impugned. His analysis is always one sided…. I have seen people try to give him the rest of the story and he resists.

    What I meant was that you are ignoring the message and taking it out on the messenger. The StopHillary email that Corn received and which he forwarded in full in his little article could be interpreted no other way than the way he interpreted it. If you think it’s futile to “give him the rest of the story,” then give the rest of the story so I can be enlightened on how StopHillary is not really trying to Stop Hillary.

  70. Shadowfax May 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I have to look back at the days I was so invested in the Dim party and voted for people like HorseFace. Maybe the Rethug candidate was worse, but I was somewhat of a lemming too.

    Hey look, nobody knows how the loser would have been. Remember I told you I was an RFK crazy who wound up voting for Humphrey pretty much because he was Democrat, whereas the top issue was the Vietnam war. Since Humphrey lost, I’ll never know if that was a smart vote.

    Horseface lost too, so we’ll never know… but I can’t say I voted like a lemming in 2004. I mean, Dubya was super bad news already, and I think it was the people who voted for Dubya who were the lemmings. Just like the people who voted for Obama in 2012 (and in 2008 already!).

    Whoever votes for the loser may or may not be smart, but is certainly not a lemming – it’s vice versa.

  71. what a big joke…O’s ‘George Bush’s Bomber Jacket Moment’…except a scrawnier version…

    is O trying to be a spoof on himself…

    tonedeaf and delusional…

  72. jeswezey

    Okay, maybe not lemmings but definitely uninformed. I have actually learned to be more critical of any candidate I vote for and not just vote party line without considering the opponent.

  73. jeswezey
    May 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm
    ————-
    I do not mean you personally. You are simply buying without question what partisans are saying, rather than examining it from the standpoint of bias, motive and interest. What I am saying is the clear strategy of Obama and his minions in big media to make the issue here Hillary, rather that confronting the fact that the failure of Benghazi belongs to Obama. Same thing with Obamacare–sebelius, not Obama. Same thing with the VA scandal–the general not Obama. Same thing with Obamacare–just some rogue agents in Cincinati–not Obama. Same thing with Fast and Furious–not Obama. Same thing with 2008 general election–if Obama loses, it is Hillary’s fault, not Obama. Sooner or later, you begin to see a clear and unambiguous pattern. A pattern of serial lies, and cover-ups all to protect a man who is the most polarizing and sociopathic president in history.

  74. There is the law of holes. It says when you are in one, stop digging. Big media places no stock in this law, where Obama is concerned. They say when you are in a hole dig deeper, and bamboozle. The problem is when they do this, they take the nation down with them. This is where an elder statesman like Brokaw should be giving them guidance. Instead he says very little, and lines his pockets with money from Soros. His passivity and mawkish comments have contributed significantly to the demise of big media. An honest elder statesman would have spoken up. Instead he wastes his energy trading barbs with O’Reilly.

  75. Wbb

    What I am saying is the clear strategy of Obama and his minions in big media to make the issue here Hillary, rather that confronting the fact that the failure of Benghazi belongs to Obama. Same thing with Obamacare–sebelius, not Obama. Same thing with the VA scandal–the general not Obama. Same thing with Obamacare–just some rogue agents in Cincinati–not Obama. Same thing with Fast and Furious–not Obama. Same thing with 2008 general election–if Obama loses, it is Hillary’s fault, not Obama. Sooner or later, you begin to see a clear and unambiguous pattern. A pattern of serial lies, and cover-ups all to protect a man who is the most polarizing and sociopathic president in history.


    A big YUP to that!

  76. Same thing with IRSGATE–rogue agents in Cincinati. All of these, they say, are phony scandals, which is exactly what Obama calls them. Funny how that works. And it goes to show that the 12 emails per day which his press department sends to the outlets of big media are parroted back in military fashion. What then are we to make of people who call themselves journalists, but behave like sock puppets of this corrupt administration?

  77. VotingHillary

    May 26, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Finally, someone in the media gets it.
    ****************************************************

    Why does the O admin even have to bother getting all their news from the media when they have their vaulted NSA spy system that is monitoring everyone’s phone calls, emails, whereabouts and every breath they take…

    what’s the use of that NSA and the vortex for all the spying and collection of personal information in that Hub if they can’t even stay aware of current events that O’s admin is responsible for…

    this admin is becoming a bigger joke by the day…and now even his supporters look ridiculous if they don’t acknowledge how distracted and uninvolved the O admin is in the O admin…

    but what does anyone expect…O has to make time for the NFL and the NBA and go to see elementary school kids with MO…and he’s such a jokster…he has to work on his one liners…he can’t be bothered with world affairs…

  78. Speaking of world affairs, have any of you been following the voting that went on last week in the different EU countries?

    The EU elites are in serious trouble and looks like the UK is leaning toward leaving the EU.

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    “How big was the “Euroskeptic” uprising in the elections for the European Parliament on Sunday? Martin Schulz of Germany, who is the left-wing candidate to become the next president of the European Commission, admitted that the results across the 28 member countries showed voters’ “total loss of trust” in pro-Europe parties. Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister who heads a centrist bloc of deputies in the Parliament, told a reporter that he, too, is now a Euroskeptic who wants reform in Brussels.

    But the reality is that most committed supporters of an ever more powerful European Union will be tempted to ignore Sunday’s results, hoping that public dissatisfaction with bailouts and bureaucrats will abate. But the public might not play along. The best economic estimates are that Europe is facing another “lost decade” of economic growth — stagnant economies will do nothing to reduce sky-high unemployment among young people, and the need for more Eurocrisis bailouts will keep taxes high.

    In Britain, the political earthquake was huge as the United Kingdom Independence Party, an avowedly Euroskeptic party, won 29 percent of the vote and became the first party other than the Conservatives and Labor to place first in a nationwide election in 108 years. Graham Watson, a defeated Liberal Democratic member of the European Parliament from Cornwall, told the BBC, “Britain is now more anti-European-integration than at any time since Napoleon.”

    Daniel Hannan, a National Review contributor and Conservative member of the European Parliament, told me last month that “the elites who promised us that greater centralization of power in Brussels would lead to peace have instead delivered what I warned against: animosity between nations and the rise of extremists.”
    In bemoaning the bureaucratization, Hannan mentioned the remarkable showing of France’s National Front, which came in first in Sunday’s vote with 25 percent. (It won only 6 percent of the vote in the 2009 European Parliament elections.) While the party has moderated its xenophobic message since founder Jean-Marie Le Pen retired as its leader, the Front still harbors enough sketchy characters to make UKIP leader Nigel Farage promise that he will not formally cooperate with them in the European Parliament.

    All across Europe, voters have lost faith in traditional parties in direct proportion to the collapse of economic growth. In countries with free-market growth policies — such as the Baltic states — ruling parties actually gained votes in Sunday’s vote. But in Spain, France, Greece, and other countries, the traditional major parties of the Left and Right won less than half the vote. Even in Germany, the large nation most clearly committed to European integration, an openly Euroskeptic party pulled in 7 percent of the vote and will enter the European Parliament for the first time.

    The reason for all this ferment is clearly economic dissatisfaction. In France, where growth is zero, two-thirds of voters recently told pollsters for the Financial Times that the economy is worse now than it was a year ago. In Italy, too, most voters said the economy is weaker than it was a year ago. Asked if they felt more secure in their jobs, 58 percent of Italians answered: “No, not at all.” In the five largest European countries, more than half of voters in the FT poll agreed with the statement that their country had “too many immigrants from the EU.”

    Sadly, European Union leaders have in the past demonstrated a bullheaded refusal to listen to voters who are skeptical of European centralization. The bureaucrats at the helm ignore referendums that go against the wishes of Brussels, dismiss protests against economic bailouts, and give only lip service to addressing the public’s desire for greater accountability and transparency.

    Hannan says that despite such a record, there is still time for Europe to preserve the best of the postwar progress it’s made in bringing nations together — the free movement of goods, services, capital, and tourists — while avoiding the mistakes of misbegotten political union. “The voters are making their views clear,” he told me. “The question now is whether any of the political elites will finally pay attention and engage in real reform.”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/378782/european-earthquake-john-fund

  79. Shadowfax May 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I also have mixed feelings on the intentions of this second Benghazi hearing.
    ….
    The other side of the coin for me with this hearing, is why wasn’t this done with Fast and Furious, many more lives were taken on both sides of the border and those guns are still in play.

    The obvious reason this didn’t happen, in my eyes, is because Hillary Clinton was not involved in it.

    Everything I’ve been reading in the past few weeks, and everything I can surmise from the events of the past few years, bear out what you are saying here: The Republicans don’t give a perfumed shit about Obama, Holder, Donilon, Panetta or any of his generals, Chris Stevens or the CIA operatives who were killed. These are all people of the past.

    HRC is about the future. She’s still more popular and respected than anything the Republicans can scrape out of their septic tank full of candidates. Democrats are begging her to campaign for them this year; and if she does, the Republicans may not even have the Senate fall into their laps as they expect. They may even lose their dear Minority Leader.

    And then there’s 2016: She beats Bush and Rubio in Florida, she beats Kasich in Ohio, she beats Christie in New Jersey. People are laughing at the brain-damaged Karl Rove.

    So what are the poor Republicans to do? Tear down Hillary Clinton, of course! They have websites, specialized Hillary hate PACs and their own biased media salivating over the coming hearings: Benghazi is all about bringing down HRC.

    In the meantime, we might get some truth. But just wait and see how the Republican attack machine focuses on and blows up every little factoid about HRC and twists it into an avalanche of spin.

    When wbboei says:

    What I am saying is the clear strategy of Obama and his minions in big media to make the issue here Hillary, rather than… Obama,

    all he is saying is that it’s not only the right wing that wants to get HRC, but also the “big” left-wing media, which is willing to throw her to the wolves to save their plastic calf.

    So HRC has it coming at her from both sides. No wonder she hates the press, period.

    Go find the truth in all that.

    The American public doesn’t care about the truth because it doesn’t care about Benghazi. This is all getting away from the issues that concern the public, which are essentially about jobs and Obamacare. If HRC and the Democrats spend their time campaigning about these real issues, they stand a chance of holding the Senate while the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot.

  80. [HAVEN FOR ILLEGALS? Criminals released by DOJ? I THINK SO.]
    Tornado injures 9, destroys trailers at camp in North Dakota oil patch
    http://WWW.FOXNEWS.COM
    The National Weather Service says a tornado has severely damaged about 15 trailers at a man camp in North Dakota’s oil patch.
    snip The oil boom has fueled a population boom for the area, bringing in tens of thousands of people looking for work. Many live in hastily-assembled trailer parks or man camps, which contain pre-fabricated structures that can resemble military barracks. Some companies rent blocks of hotel rooms for employees to live in, and some workers sleep in their cars or even tents. Housing developments are constantly popping up in big areas of town that didn’t exist on maps a couple of years ago. But they are still not enough to keep pace with demand and oil money has pushed rents to among the highest in the nation: A simple one bedroom apartment in Williston can easily cost $2,000 per month in rent. Even a spot to park a trailer can cost over $800 per month. snip
    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/27/tornado-damages-trailers-at-camp-in-north-dakota-oil-patch/

  81. Wbb,

    My sister and BIL are very much in the pink fog as our most of my friends in Wisconsin. Sick really. They make no attempt to understand the issues. All Democrats all union 24/7.

  82. 5/26/14. Democratic campaign groups fight for cash, face discredit for bogus attack ads – Washington Times:
    Snip The House Majority PAC, a big-money super PAC dedicated to electing Democrats to Congress, has produced TV ads in several congressional races that proved not just misleading but completely “bogus,” according to campaign watchdogs and advocacy groups unwittingly included in the commercials. At the same time, President Obama’s permanent campaign machine, Organizing for Action, has suspended its fundraising efforts for the year. The move follows complaints from Democrats that the group’s aggressive money hunt threatened to tap out big-dollar donors that the party desperately needs.
    The nonpartisan FactCheck.org stamped the “bogus” label on a House Majority PAC ad in West Virginia that accused Republican candidate Evan Jenkins, a state senator trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, of vowing to repeal black lung disease benefits for coal miners. The watchdog group also questioned a TV spot by the super PAC in Arizona that heaped praise on Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, calling her an Obamacare whistleblower. This month, AARP in West Virginia disavowed the super PAC’s use of the AARP logo in another TV ad attacking Mr. Jenkins. The ad suggested that the seniors group opposed the Republican and said he wanted to privatize Social Security. “AARP had no prior knowledge of, nor authorized, any ad from the House Majority PAC that mentions AARP and uses the AARP logo, and we did not participate in its production,” West Virginia AARP State Director Gaylene Miller said in a statement.
    The super PAC used the same tactic early this year in a TV ad against Republican candidate David W. Jolly in a Florida special election for the House. The AARP in that state likewise rebuked the ad. Mr. Jolly ultimately won the March special election against Democrat Alex Sink to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, a contest widely viewed as a bellwether for the midterm elections. Republican officials say the Democratic super PAC suffers either from incompetence or desperation because Democrats face so many political obstacles this election cycle.
    The super PAC was undaunted by the criticism, showing little inclination to back off in the face of independent critique.
    “House Majority PAC stands behind the facts in our ads,” said Matt Thornton, communications director for the group. He declined further comment.
    Democratic Party operatives formed the super PAC in 2011 after the landslide election in which Republicans took control of the House, in order to compete with outside groups backing GOP candidates and conservative causes. Separately, Democratic fundraisers celebrated the news that Organizing for Action finally would stop competing with them for big-donor money.
    The advocacy group, which transformed from Mr. Obama’s re-election committee into an organization to promote his agenda as president, raised more than $30 million in its first 15 months. With Mr. Obama not on the national ballot this time, the question of how to spend that money has become more urgent.
    Story Continues →
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/26/democratic-campaign-groups-fight-for-cash-face-dis/

  83. Shadowfax May 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I have to look back at the days I was so invested in the Dim party and voted for people like HorseFace. Maybe the Rethug candidate was worse, but I was somewhat of a lemming too.
    ________________

    Same here, Shadow.

    As awful as the 2008 primary experience was, it was a real learning experience. I learned some difficult, much needed lessons. I think that was true for many of us Hillary supporters.

  84. Shadowfax
    May 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    I also have mixed feelings on the intentions of this second Benghazi hearing
    _______________

    Yes, intention is critical. Like others here, I believe that in a fair hearing, Hillary will be exonerated. But, the Republicans are understandably, (given her strength and popularity) desperate to take Hillary down, and spinning the facts to place total blame for Benghazi on her may be their best shot at beating her in 2016. Plus, the Obamadims will facilitate a Hillary take-down, if they can find a way to do so, while removing blame from Barack.

  85. The American public doesn’t care about the truth because it doesn’t care about Benghazi. This is all getting away from the issues that concern the public, which are essentially about jobs and Obamacare. If HRC and the Democrats spend their time campaigning about these real issues, they stand a chance of holding the Senate while the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot.
    ———————-
    Good luck with that one. Polls indicate that the Democrats have far less credibility on the issue of jobs and Obamacare. Perhaps that is why their strategists have decreed that their best hope in 2016 is to avoid those issues. At this point, the only dim I want to see win is the one who is running against McConnell, because his phony, hypocritical and self serving cabal of staffers and lobbyists are a blight on the system. As to your second point, I think Gonzo’s observation is accurate, i.e. they have no will and capacity to educate themselves on the issues. What they want is American Idol–candidates who are young, with an attitude and a promise of a free lunch.

  86. Shadowfax
    May 26, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    I also have mixed feelings on the intentions of this second Benghazi hearing
    _______________

    If you look at the composition of the committee and the issues at stake–one side which has maintained that Benghazi is important, and the other side who claim it is not, then you can see that there will be some effort in the beginning, and at critical moments to throw the thing off track. If you go back on the blog, you will see that I made a cursory effort to evaluate the Republican members of the committee, and concluded that they will make every attempt to get at the truth, and through the chairman will avoid the temptation to get off track. Chairman Gowdy sees the mandate here to first determine the facts, and only thereafter to make political arguments. Much of this will be done outside the purview of the public, thereby avoiding the problem of politicizing the process. As I see it, the risk comes from the other side of the aisle, and most especially from Elija Cummings, who has shown his bona fides as an investigator in previous cases. Specifically, unbeknownst to Chairman Issa, he went around the committee and had private discussions with Learner, while proclaiming at various times, that there was no scandal, that the IRS problem did not extend to Washington, and finally throwing public hissy fits. He is the weak link in the chain, and it will take all the skill and persuasion Trey can muster to make sure Cummings does not scuttle this hearing. There are others on his side of the aisle who can be appealed to when Cummings starts his shit. I believe that Tammy Duckworth, who is a disabled vet will see this investigation differently than Mr. Cummings. Unlike him, she will take it seriously, and follow the evidence wherever it leads. For her, my surmise is that this is more important than covering up the misfeasance and malfeasance of our first black president.

  87. White House scrambles to contain damage after outing CIA chief in Afghanistan

    Snip The official’s name, identified as “chief of station,” was included in the White House press office’s basic list of senior officials President Obama met with during his surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday. The list of 15 names apparently came first from the military, and was circulated by the White House press office.
    The list then went to a much wider audience when it was included as part of what’s known as a “pool report,” which in this case was filed by The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson.
    It was only after Wilson raised the issue with the White House, according to the Post, that officials sought to circulate a new list without the officer’s name. But by that point, the mistake already had been noted on Twitter.
    “There’s simply no excuse for it,” John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told Fox News on Tuesday, saying the blunder left him “speechless.”
    “In a White House that is filled with press flacks … was there no one who understood the significance of what they were doing?” he said. “Somebody’s head should roll for this. … This is utter incompetence.” Snip

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/27/white-house-scrambles-to-contain-damage-after-outing-cia-chief-in-afghanistan/

  88. Think of the following: the Fast and Furious scandal, the VA mess, the tapping of the communications of the Associated Press reporters, the NSA monitoring, Benghazi in all of its manifestations, the serial lies about Obamacare, the failed stimuli, the chronic zero interest/print money policies, the serial high unemployment, the borrowing of $7 trillion to no stimulatory effect, the spiraling national debt, the customary violations of the Hatch Act by Obama cabinet officials, the alter ego/fake identity of EPA head Lisa Jackson, the sudden departure of Hilda Solis after receiving union freebies, the mendacity of Kathleen Sebelius, the strange atmospherics surrounding the Petraeus resignation, the customary presidential neglect of enforcing the laws from immigration statutes to his own health care rules, the presidential divisiveness (“punish our enemies,” “you didn’t build that,” Trayvon as the son that Obama never had, etc.), and on and on.

    http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/lord-obama/?singlepage=true

  89. In her new book, Hillary asserts that the assassination of Obama was as crisp and courageous a display of leadership by Obama) as she has ever seen,”??????

    Oh, really?

    That does not square at all with the inside story, i.e. that on the advice of Jarrett, Obama balked at making a decision for fear it would go badly. Consequently, Hillary and Panetta to made the decision for him.

    This is a strange time to be cheerleading for Obama, when fellow democrats are using words like detached and incompetent to describe his leadership style, as opposed to crisp and courageous.

    Put differently, since when is hiding under the bed while others make the decision, or flying off to a fundraiser without giving the order to rescue troops, crisp and courageous leadership.

    To say such things makes Hillary sound dated and irrelevant. It opens her up to attack from the right, and does noting whatsoever to placate the left.

    It is the very antithesis of what many of us on this blog are recommending–that she distance herself from Obama.

    At this point, the left has no credible candidate to challenge her. Hence, the rattling of pots and pans we see from them is an effort to drive her from a Wall Street friendly centrist to a hard left successor to Obama.

    And perhaps to placate the nazi who is determined to destroy this country, i.e. George Soros.

    The problem is there is a sea change afoot in the country, and more from the hard left will play hell in the general election.

    (Hot Air has an article on this)

  90. Hillary must decide what the theme of her campaign will be:

    Stay the course, or time for change.

    That is the most critical decision a candidate can make.

    If the left had a credible candidate then it might be wise to play it safe.

    But in the absence of such a candidate

    And in the presence of one failure of leadership after another

    And with the dire condition the country finds itself in today

    Stay the course is a program for failure.

  91. Crisp and courageous leadership while hiding under the bed–that is Obama for you
    —————
    His previous position was leading from behind. Now it is leading from under the bed. How far can this man retreat from making consequential decisions for this nation? How far can he shrink from the responsibilities of leader of the free world. The man is not merely a disgrace. He is a full blown farce.

  92. Fournier is an idiot. An Obama lover who ventures gingerly out on a limb and says the republicans are . . . terrible, but Obama is not necessarily, unconditionally and unequivocally blameless. Why is he an idiot? Because he tries to analyze Obama’s abject and consistent failure of leadership on virtually every front in terms of political factors, and fails to realize and confront the root cause. Obama is a sociopath. And that is where all of it starts, stops and ends. This is why Obama is obsessed with proving that he is the hero, and Republicans are all villains. To repeat, Obama is a sociopath. And all of his actions flow from that central premise. Every last one of them. To try to explain him in political terms is a lifetime exercise in futility. That dog won’t hunt.

  93. There can be no doubt: in 2008 and again in 2012 Obama was running out of steam. In BOTH cases, big media dragged Obama across the finish line. It therefore follows that they are responsible for his multiple failures and the damage he has done to this nation. Their responsibility is clear and unambiguous.

  94. Wbb

    In her new book, Hillary asserts that the assassination of Obama was as crisp and courageous a display of leadership by Obama) as she has ever seen,”??????

    —-
    I take it that this is not a direct quote.

    Unless Barry wanted to assassinate himself and Hillary thought that was courageous.

    Do you have the direct quote and the context she used it in?

    Not to be picky, but it’s like Trey and some on this blog quoting Hillary saying, “…So what does it matter anyway?”
    By itself, it sounds awful, but in context of the questions she was being asked in that hearing, it has a less than lackadaisical meaning.

  95. The tragedy in Benghazi–what did and did not happen was more than simply a failure of leadership. At an even deeper level, it was a failure of policy and grand strategy. The following except from an article by Roger Simon on the subject entitled The Day Obama’s Presidency Died–get to the root of it, per stirpes. This is a CIA led foreign policy identical to what Soros and Brzeskneski launched against the old Soviet Republics, which is impossible to explain to the American People and must therefore be covered up. Spying on American citizens, drones, regime change, evil alliances, false cover stories, i.e. the video, and moral ambiguity are part and parcel of this. It is straight from the playbook of arch leftist and the world last surviving Nazi, George Soros. The only flaw in Simon’s analysis is it realize the source of this perverse grand strategy and give credit where it is due:
    ———–

    “Benghazi had its roots in an alternative theory of foreign policy formed in Obama’s team at around the time of the Surge in Iraq. From that experience, Obama’s advisers persuaded him that it would be possible to “turn” America’s enemies by taking control of them instead of fighting them. It was a dazzling prospect which offered victory on the cheap.

    It was to be built on three pillars: covert action, targeted assassinations and diplomacy. The idea was simple, instead of relying on the regular military, the Obama administration would take over the most dangerous jihadi groups through intelligence agencies. Through this mechanism they would become their patrons and cement the relationship with diplomatic deals with their Gulf funders. Drones and hunter killer squads would be employed to promote chosen intelligence assets — American agents — to positions of responsbility in the terror cells. The drones would clear the way for designated jihadis to rise within the ranks. Eventually America would own the jihad and neuter it from within.

    America would out ISI the ISI.

    But of course there had to be a genuine political component as well. A bone needed to be thrown to genuine Muslim aspirations. Why not give the Muslim Brotherhood Egypt and hand over Syria to al-Qaeda? And why not use American diplomatic muscle to force a deal between Palestine and Israel. That way al-Qaeda could have their own countries and presumably be satisfied with that.
    This scheme has a certain superficial attractiveness. It sounds wildly daring, incredibly smart and its formulators must have felt like Cortez on a Peak in Darien. “Boy are we cool to have thought of this.”
    There is only one problem with this scenario. It could never be sold to a public who had given their sons to fighting the Jihad in Iraq and Afghanistan. It could never be peddled to crusty old guys who’d see it as a crazy-ass scheme. The solution to meeting the objections was simple. Don’t tell anyone and conduct a secret foreign and counter-terrorist policy, which when it succeeded could be unveiled as proof of Obama’s genius.

  96. Shadowfax

    May 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Wbb

    In her new book, Hillary asserts that the assassination of Obama was as crisp and courageous a display of leadership by Obama) as she has ever seen,”??????

    I take it that this is not a direct quote.
    ————–
    No. It was a Freudian slip. Or, Osama, Obama, they’re all the same–other than a single letter. It was the Navy Seal operation which took out Osama that I was referring to. Thanks for catching the typo Shadow.

  97. Obama’s foreign policy is an example of life imitating art, i.e. The Day of the Condor. And yet it is praised to high heaven–or scrupulously avoided as in hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil, by our glorious sycophant big media.

  98. Wbb

    I have nothing against typos, God knows I must be the Peace Prize winner of Typos, it’s just that I would be totally impressed if this quote you gave was really true. 😉

    I just hate to see Hillary judged by one-liners without it’s context.

  99. The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree of Obama’s Grand Strategy Described Above–or, if you prefer . . . pssst, tell Vlad the impaler that I, I, I, the grand messiah and a greater than Lincoln will have more . . . flexibility . . . after my next and last election . . . . Or, understanding and appreciating the flower of Islam:
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    Iran’s Supreme Leader: Jihad Will Continue Until America is No More
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    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, all but said on Sunday that negotiations over the country’s illicit nuclear program are over and that the Islamic Republic’s ideals include destroying America.

    “Those [Iranians] who want to promote negotiation and surrender to the oppressors and blame the Islamic Republic as a warmonger in reality commit treason,” Khamenei told a meeting of members of parliament, according to the regime’s Fars News Agency.

    Khamenei emphasized that without a combative mindset, the regime cannot reach its higher Islamic role against the “oppressors’ front.”

    “The reason for continuation of this battle is not the warmongering of the Islamic Republic. Logic and reason command that for Iran, in order to pass through a region full of pirates, needs to arm itself and must have the capability to defend itself,” he said.

    “Today’s world is full of thieves and plunderers of human honor, dignity and morality who are equipped with knowledge, wealth and power, and under the pretense of humanity easily commit crimes and betray human ideals and start wars in different parts of the world.”

    In response to a question by a parliamentarian on how long this battle will continue, Khamenei said,“Battle and jihad are endless because evil and its front continue to exist. … This battle will only end when the society can get rid of the oppressors’ front with America at the head of it, which has expanded its claws on human mind, body and thought. … This requires a difficult and lengthy struggle and need for great strides.”

    Khamenei cited the scientific advancement of the country. “The accelerated scientific advancement of the last 12 years cannot stop under any circumstances,” he said, referring to the strides the regime has made toward becoming a nuclear power.

    As reported on May 19 on The Daily Caller, Iran has put up new roadblocks to reaching a deal with the P5+1 world powers over its illicit nuclear program. The powers are the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany.

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    Three days of negotiations in the fourth round of Geneva meetings ended recently without concrete results when the Iranian team presented the country’s new “red lines” — diminishing any hope by the Obama administration to claim victory in its approach to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, according to reports from Iran.

    The Obama administration had hoped that with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif showing an eagerness to solve the nuclear issue and address the West’s concerns, there would be a possibility for a negotiated solution. An interim agreement penned last November in Geneva was touted as an “historic nuclear deal.”

    Under that agreement, Iran, in return for billions of dollars in sanctions relief, limited its enrichment activity to the 5 percent level with a current stockpile of over 10 tons (enough for six nuclear bombs), converted much of its 20 percent enriched stock to harmless oxide, and agreed to allow more intrusive inspections of its nuclear plants by the International Atomic Energy Agency, whose inspections were limited to only agreed-upon facilities.

    The Iranian delegation last week presented new red lines that could not be crossed, including the expansion of the country’s research and development for its nuclear program, the need of the country to continue enrichment, and the fact that the country’s ballistic missile program — despite U.N. sanctions — is not up for negotiation.

    At the same time, IAEA officials met again with their Iranian counterparts last week in Tehran to discuss information on the work on detonators and needed collaboration by the regime to clear outstanding issues on its nuclear program as part of seven transparency steps Iran had agreed to fulfill by May 15, which has yet to take place.

    Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and author of the award winning book “A Time to Betray” (Simon & Schuster, 2010). He serves on the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the advisory board of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran (FDI).

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/25/irans-supreme-leader-jihad-will-continue-until-america-is-no-more/#ixzz32wpij7mm

  100. The Ayatola and Obama–good time Charlies. The only difference is when the Ayotalla draws a red line, it means something. They are a Hope and Crosby team, and need to take their little act on the road.

  101. During the 2008 primary, Obama promised us that when he became president he would sit down with the head of Iran in the first year of his presidency and heal the wounds between the countries.

    Well, that was six years ago, and to date this has not happened. Another lie? Par for the course.

  102. Shadowfax

    May 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Wbb

    I have nothing against typos, God knows I must be the Peace Prize winner of Typos, it’s just that I would be totally impressed if this quote you gave was really true. 😉

    I just hate to see Hillary judged by one-liners without it’s context
    ————–
    Well, you are right Shadow, as usual.

    Typos are the direct result of not proof reading the work. I do not proof read my work. Typically, it is bad enough the first time. But to have to re-read what I have written would be unbearable.

    Your second point is rather profound.

    You hate to see Hillary judged by one liners.

    And to that I say amen.

    In 2008 I tried like hell to give people context, and even a clue that a man with no resume was a stupid choice for president.

    I was determined to appeal to their intellect, their logic and the better angels of their dead souls.

    What a fool I was to even try. You do not need a rational argument to appeal to those who already agree with you. It is a waste of words. And for those who disagree, it is a challenge to distort whatever you say and hurl invectives, like the petulant children. And, for the great undecided, history shows that they never actually decide anything in politics–they respond to the very unexamined one liners we detest.

    Again, the name Soros comes screaming to the forefront. Three word chants and flash mobs and regime change is his stock and trade. When I keep coming back to him, many people who are not familiar with the sheer perversity of the man, and the breadth of his influence in the party, the intelligence community and world banking will recoil and say, stupid bastard with a one track mind. To which I say, in the words of a dearly departed Teamster boss I knew, I may be dumb but I am not stupid.

    Which brings us back to your wonderful insight. All such one liners must be put into context, so they are not twisted like a pretzel by bitter partisans, and so that fools like me who really fuck up with a misquote now and then can say mea culpa.

  103. Well, that was six years ago, and to date this has not happened. Another lie? Par for the course
    ————–
    Which is the only par he will ever see. That golf swing of his is as manly and athletic as he fast ball pitch from the mound. The best word to describe it is incorrigible. The only way he gets a par is by cooking the books or by selective amnesia. He is far more proficient at those than he is at hitting a golf ball. Lest I sound partisan however, I freely admit that Boehner is susceptible to the same tendencies. Like the time he borrowed my driver at The Plateau, hit one in the lake and took a mulligan saying it was not his real driver. Or the time he hit one 20 miles out of bounds, but stumbled across it on the edge of the fairway barely in bounds thank to the hole in his pocket which enabled him to covertly deposit a second golf ball at the desired spot, and pretend it was all legit. Or the time he just lost count of a couple strokes. Since he has been at this longer than Obama, and they both have larceny in their souls, I think Obama could learn something from tearful John. Let’s put it this way: Obama is as good at golf as he is at governing.

  104. And, for the great undecided, history shows that they never actually decide anything in politics–they respond to the very unexamined one liners we detest.
    ———–
    That is about it. All they want to know is how their friends are voting, and a few key words to latch unto so when someone asks how will you vote, they will not look ignorant and uninformed. In my town, we still have all these yo yos with Obama 2008 and 2012 bumper stickers. If they were paying any attention and had half a clue how bad he is and how he is wrecking their future, then they would tear off those bumper stickers and pretend they never supported him. Some of the those who are not comatose have done this already, but the true believers will never repent. That includes the denizens of big media. They are the real dead souls.

  105. There is that old politically incorrect joke about how many Poles does it take to screw in a light bulb. Brezneski is not just a Pole, he is a Polish prince, but this is not really about him. Here the relevant question is how many secret service agents does it take when Obama goes traipsing around the golf course, and could they possibly find a better way to waste their time and the taxpayers money. All this and more, so the money men on Wall Street could plant their shill at 1600 Louisiana Ave.

  106. Wbb

    Typos are the direct result of not proof reading the work. I do not proof read my work. Typically, it is bad enough the first time. But to have to re-read what I have written would be unbearable.

    Amen to that!!

    I can’t tell you how many times I tried to proof read what I said, and end up deleting the post all together, and not responding. I tell myself, no one wants to hear that!

    So to keep the color in the blog, let those posts, proofread or not, FLY HIGH. So what if we have to catch a little Hell from jeswezey every now and then for typos. 😉

    The rest of your post is ever so thoughtful, no mea culpa is necessary Wbb.

  107. For the few Obama bumper stickers I have seen in the past two years,

    I bless the car itself or the driver as I pass by with a greeting of,

    “You’re an idiot!”

    Before guns became so popular to carry around in your car, I would have just flipped them off.

    My way of setting the record straight.

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