Witch’s Will For A Mourning In May
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless. ~ Thomas A. Edison
This week marks the 37th time House Republicans have tried to repeal Obamacare. If Republicans really wanted to do away with Obamacare they should just endorse it as a conservative non-profit and let the IRS take it down.
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There’s a fly in my soup
In such grim proceedings one should be grateful for unintended humor. Horrible customer service is when every patron in a restaurant finds a fly in his soup. But when the maitre d’ screens patrons for their politics and only conservatives find flies paddlewheeling through their consomme, the problem is not poor service. It is harassment and invidious discrimination.
And yet two IRS chiefs (Steven Miller and Douglas Shulman) insisted that the singling-out of groups according to politics was in no way politically motivated. More hilarity. It’s definitional: If you discriminate according to politics, your discrimination is political. It’s a tautology, for God’s sake.
The IRS responds that this classification was for efficiency, to cut down on overwork. Ridiculous. How does demanding answers to endless intrusive and irrelevant questions, creating mountains of unnecessary paperwork for both applicant and IRS, reduce workload?
The Case Against Congressional ‘Comprehensive Reform’ of Anything
“Yes we can!” chanted visitors to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room when the final vote on comprehensive immigration reform of 13-5 was announced on Monday night.
Actually, we’d rather not.
Forget the particulars of the bill, which are, indeed, bad enough. It is the notion that a large dollop of American society can successfully be “reformed” by the stroke of a pen, with little consequence to this and future generations, that makes “comprehensive” legislation a symbol of bad and imprudent governance.
How bad and imprudent? The law of unintended consequences figures mightily into any comprehensive reform that seeks to predict what a particular situation will be like 5 or 10 years down the road. Anyone who doubts that need only look at Obamacare to realize that almost everything on which the administration sold comprehensive health care reform is falling apart. Also, most of the benefits promised not only will never be realized, but the bill will have created exactly the opposite of the effects intended. Costs of insurance will skyrocket, far fewer people will sign up for insurance via the exchanges than was imagined, and the legislation will have almost doubled in anticipated costs by 2020.
And yet, here we go again. “Comprehensive” immigration reform will hit the Senate floor, and the immigration system, groaning under the 800 pages already written with some promised amendments to come, could be entirely undone by the time the House and Senate are through with their “historic” reformation.
What is the impulse that drives politicians to eschew the common-sense idea of incrementalism — taking on problems piecemeal with carefully considered legislation dealing with one aspect of the question at a time?
I am SO in agreement with this article. These giant “comprehensive” bills are a disaster. This one will be shot down in the House and it will all be for naught, other than a bunch of posturing by the pols who wrote it. McCain has all ready started his asshole rhetoric.
Key House chairman: Senate immigration bill repeats mistakes of 1986
by Byron York
Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will be one of the most important men on Capitol Hill in the fight to pass comprehensive immigration reform. With the Gang of Eight bill looking more and more likely to make it through the Senate in short order, Goodlatte is one of the lawmakers who will determine whether a reform measure — a bill produced by House negotiators, or the Gang of Eight, or somebody else — will make it through Congress.
So lots of people involved in the reform battle were watching Wednesday when Goodlatte, whose committee will have initial jurisdiction over immigration reform, convened a hearing to consider the Gang of Eight bill. The hearing didn’t have much of an official purpose — the Gang bill has just gotten out of committee and debate on the Senate floor hasn’t even begun — but the meeting was important as an indicator of Goodlatte’s thinking on reform. He gave an early hint to his approach when he chose the title, “S. 744 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: Lessons Learned or Mistakes Repeated?”
The “S. 744″ in the title is the Gang of Eight bill, while the 1986 law is widely viewed as a disastrous policy decision that led to millions of immigrants coming illegally to the United States. Just by asking the question, Goodlatte was expressing doubt about the Gang of Eight proposal.
Roger Ailes’ letter to Fox employees
The recent news about the FBI’s seizure of the phone and email records of Fox News employees, including James Rosen, calls into question whether the federal government is meeting its constitutional obligation to preserve and protect a free press in the United States.
We reject the government’s efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter to a Federal judge as a “co-conspirator” in a crime.
I know how concerned you are because so many of you have asked me:
“why should the government make me afraid to use a work phone or email account to gather news or even call a friend or family member?”
Well, they shouldn’t have done it. The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth.
I am proud of your tireless effort to report the news over the last 17 years. I stand with you, I support you and I thank you for your reporting with courageous optimism. Too many Americans fought and died to protect our unique American right of press freedom. We can’t and we won’t forget that. To be an American journalist is not only a great responsibility, but also a great honor.
To be a Fox journalist is a high honor, not a high crime. Even this memo of support will cause some to demonize us and try to find irrelevant things to cause us to waver. We will not waver.
As Fox News employees, we sometimes are forced to stand alone, but even then when we know we are reporting what is true and what is right, we stand proud and fearless. Thank you for your hard work and all your efforts.
Cruz To McCain:
“There May Be More Whacko Birds In The Senate Than Is Suspected”
Report: Holder signed warrant to seize Fox reporter’s private email
Attorney General Eric Holder personally signed off on the search warrant that named Fox News reporter James Rosen as a potential criminal “co-conspirator,” a law enforcement official told NBC News on Tuesday.
That controversial warrant, revealed for the first time earlier this week, enabled federal law enforcement officials to seize Rosen’s private emails as they sought to determine who leaked the journalist confidential intelligence about North Korea.
The move, coupled with the Justice Department’s recent seizure of the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors, has led to tough questions for the White House about press freedoms.
The revelation that Holder personally signed off on the warrant also comes on the same day that President Obama announced the attorney general would lead a review into Justice Department guidelines on leak investigations.
At a national security speech, the president said he was “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable,” and had expressed that concern to Holder.
Will Holder use Hillary Clinton’s defense, he doesn’t pay attention to what he signs? It seems to have worked for her. Cause not knowing much of anything seems to be what the Dems are all about. Or at least claiming they know nothing. Since their supporters don’t either it makes for a cozy relationship.
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National Republicans Send Staff to Massachusetts
National Republicans have dispatched staff to Massachusetts to assist with the Senate special election that has become tantalizingly close.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has committed at least four staffers to help nominee Gabriel Gomez in the final weeks of the June 25 contest. The moves come amid fresh polling that showed Gomez running just behind Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey in this solidly Democratic state.
Money remains a major hurdle for Gomez to overcome against the well-funded Markey. So the NRSC sent two fundraisers to help Gomez open some financial doors. Sarah Morgan, a regional political director, arrived Wednesday to organize volunteer efforts over the next few weeks. And Kevin McLaughlin, a senior adviser, is in Boston to assist with communications and general strategy.
Obama’s Assault on the First Amendment Unites the Media in Defense of Fox News
By Willie Deutsch
During yesterday’s IRS hearing, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WIS) stated, “If there is a silver lining in the IRS’s wrongdoing, it’s that it has united Republicans and Democrats against a common enemy: that evil IRS.”
The IRS scandal isn’t the only one to unite Americans. We’ve seen a blistering attack on the Obama administration about the Benghazi attacks, but it is Obama’s assault on the first amendment which seems to have done more than anything else to unite the media against Obama. Defending others from a “vaguely tyrannical” administration is one thing, but nothing makes the press more upset than when the government comes after them. It began with the AP being wiretapped, continued with FOX Reporter James Rosen being investigated after he was investigating the White House, and now with CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson reporting her computer being compromised following her reporting on the White House reporters are alarmed.
The rationale the Obama administration used to investigate Rosen is particularly chilling. Rosen is being accused of being a coconspirator in leaking classified information. The FBI affidavit accuses Rosen of, “asked, solicited and encouraged Mr. Kim to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information.”
Media law experts said, “the Justice Department had crossed a line by equating routine reporting practices with possible criminal activity.” The idea that reporting is a crime is what has the White House press corps in arms, and the media everywhere rallying to the defense of Fox News.
Jonathan Karl of ABC News and Major Garrett of CBS News were visibly angry at a recent White House Press Conference. “A stunned Garrett asked Carney whether he considered the ordinary activity of journalism–which relies on administration sources–to be a crime. Carney ducked, emphasizing the importance of preventing national security leaks.” Another journalist tried to put the issue in terms Carney could relate to asking “what he would have done had he, as a former journalist, faced the sort of crackdown at Time for reporting on the Valerie Plame scandal that Rosen faced at Fox News for writing about North Korea.” Carney refused to answer the question calling it a “hypothetical” and quickly tried to move on.
As the White House has refused to give honest answers on an issue so important to the press, the press is becoming more and more skeptical of every answer Carney gives. Fox News has been the outcast child of the White House Press Conferences.
Uniting the rest of the media in defense of Fox is something only the Obama administration could do. In doing so, it has made the media openly hostile towards them. This is something Democrat administrations are not prepared to handle, and it will be interesting to see how the next three year proceed for Obama as a result.
Obama’s war on leaks undermines investigative journalism
For the past five years, beginning with his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama has promised that his government would be the most open and transparent in American history. Recently, while stating that he makes “no apologies” for his Justice Department’s investigations into suspected leaks of classified information, the president added that “a free press, free expression and the open flow of information helps hold me accountable, helps hold our government accountable and helps our democracy function.” Then, in his National Defense University speech Thursday, Obama said he was “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.”
But the Obama administration’s steadily escalating war on leaks, the most militant I have seen since the Nixon administration, has disregarded the First Amendment and intimidated a growing number of government sources of information — most of which would not be classified — that is vital for journalists to hold leaders accountable. The White House has tightened its control over officials’ contacts with the news media, and federal agencies have increasingly denied Freedom of Information Act requests on the grounds of national security or protection of internal deliberations.
Leonard Downie Jr. is a vice president at large of The Washington Post, where he served as executive editor from 1991 to 2008. He is the Weil family professor of journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and a board member of the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Watergate-Era Judiciary Chief of Staff: Hillary Clinton Fired for Lies, Unethical Behavior
The now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, says Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes.
Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.
“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
How could a 27-year-old House staff member do all that? She couldn’t do it by herself, but Zeifman said she was one of several individuals – including Marshall, special counsel John Doar and senior associate special counsel (and future Clinton White House Counsel) Bernard Nussbaum – who engaged in a seemingly implausible scheme to deny Richard Nixon the right to counsel during the investigation.
Some leopards never change their spots. Hillary Clinton is, and was, a liar. Nuff said for me. I loathe Elizabeth Warren for being a liar. I can do no less for the Clinton POS!
A Lesson in Thrift
Chris Matthews Trashes ‘Morning Joe’ for Being ‘Open to All People’s Points of View’
Chris Matthews on Thursday made it crystal clear that he sees his role at MSNBC is to present only one side of any issue.
Clearly oblivious to how he was letting the cat out of the bag for all to see, the Hardball host trashed his own network’s Morning Joe for being “open to all people’s points of view” (video follows with transcript and commentary):
Chris Matthews accusing anyone of being a “lightweight” is a hoot. Want to see a “lightweight” Chris? Look in the mirror. Once again Matthews shows why he has such low ratings. Where was his goofy sidekick, Joan Walsh to second his notion?
Cockroach (s) Of The Day:
Report Says IRS Has Placed Lois Lerner On Administrative Leave – Update: Refused To Resign…
Or as government workers call it, paid vacation.
Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s director of exempt organizations, has been placed on administrative leave, according to a source in the agency’s Cincinnati office.
Lerner on Thursday afternoon sent an e-mail to employees in the exempt organizations division she oversees stating, “Due to the events of recent days, I am on administrative leave starting today. An announcement will be made shortly informing you who will be acting while I am on administrative leave. I know all of you will continue to support EO’s mission during these difficult times.”
She concluded, “I thank you for all your hard work and dedication,” adding, “The work you do is important.”
Letters Show Lois Lerner Directly Involved In IRS Targeting…
Ridiculous they couldn’t/didn’t fire her.
A series of letters suggests that senior IRS official Lois Lerner was directly involved in the agency’s targeting of conservative groups as recently as April 2012, more than nine months after she first learned of the activity.
“One thing is clear: this correspondence shows [Lerner’s] direct involvement in the scheme,” wrote Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the ACLJ.(American Center for Law and Justice)
“Further, sending a letter from the top person in the IRS Exempt Organization division to a small Tea Party group also underscores the intimidation used in this targeting ploy.”
Fire this vile POS! Fire her now!