SUNDAY MOURNING SUNBIRDS

Witch’s Will For A Sunday Mourning

Joke for a Sunday Morning

The Liberal Democrat Way

Fifty thousand people go to a baseball game, but the game was rained
out and a refund was due.

The team was about to send out refunds when someone stopped them and suggested that they send out refund amounts based on the their interpretation of fairness. After all, if the refunds were made based on the price each person paid for the tickets, most of the money would go to the richest people.

Their plan says:

- People in the $10 seats will get back $15, because they had less
money to spend.

- People in the $15 seats will get back
$15, because that’s only fair.

- People in the $25 seats
will get back $1, because they already make a lot of money and don’t need a
refund.

- People in the $50 luxury seats will have to pay
another $50, because they already have way too much money to spend.

- People driving by the stadium who couldn’t afford to watch the game
will get $10 each, even though they didn’t pay anything in, just because they
need the most help.

For Best Articles This Morning:

The new F-word: Father

  by Kathleen Parker

News that women increasingly are the leading or sole breadwinner in the American family has resurrected the perennial question: Why do we need men?

Maureen Dowd attempted to answer this question with her 2005 book, “Are Men Necessary?” I responded three years later with “Save the Males.”

With each generation, the question becomes more declarative and querulous. Recent demographic shifts show women gaining supremacy across a spectrum of quantitative measures, including education and employment. Women outnumber men in college and in most graduate fields. Increasingly, owing in part to the recession and job loss in historically male-dominated fields, they are surpassing men as wage-earners, though women still lag behind at the highest income and executive levels.

My argument that men should be saved is that, despite certain imperfections, men are fundamentally good and are sort of pleasant to have around. Most women still like to fall in love with them; all children want a father no matter how often we try to persuade ourselves otherwise. If we continue to impose low expectations and negative messaging on men and boys, future women won’t have much to choose from.

We are nearly there.

more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-the-new-f-word-father/2013/05/31/a5f92aba-ca22-11e2-8da7-d274bc611a47_story.html#

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Serving the press

  by Michael Goodwin

If you can judge a man by his friends, surely you can judge a president by the complaints he cares about most. By that rule, it is revealing that President Obama, beset by scandals and anger across the land, is making the care and feeding of the media his first priority.

The president ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to meet with journalists upset over prosecutors seizing Associated Press phone records and labeling a Fox News reporter a potential “co-conspirator” in a leak case. Obama also ordered Holder to solicit proposals for changing the rules governing such cases — and did it publicly to demonstrate his concern about “government overreach.”

Leave it to the media barons to miss the irony — and the joke at their expense. The president who has made government overreach the defining issue of his tenure is now concerned about it when it gores their ox. Aren’t they special!

Even more telling, Holder’s demand that the meeting be off the record didn’t bother some of the credulous people normally regarded as cynics. The Washington Post, one of the few organizations to attend, reported in breathtaking fashion that Holder “completely endorsed the president’s statement that reporters should not be at legal risk for doing their job.”

Holy scoop! If journalists are good children, next week the president and the attorney general might deign to say they believe in the First Amendment — off the record, of course.

No wonder the mainstream press is about as popular as an undertaker. It covered for Obama while the economy tanked and millions lost their jobs. Its loud outrage over American losses in Iraq under George W. Bush went mute when losses in Afghanistan soared under Obama.

You would think the snooping on them would alert journalists that their biases had betrayed them, and that because Obama came after them, he would be absolutely ruthless with those who opposed him.

But their callous indifference to other cases of government abuse of power reveals why much of the public correctly views the media as just another special-interest group. You’ve heard of crony capitalism — crony journalism is its grubby twin.

Instead of being the watchdog that holds the government accountable, much of the Washington press corps plays lapdog and falls into a deep swoon as soon as Obama rubs its belly. To hell with their fellow Americans whose rights were also violated.

more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/serving_the_press_a8QLU9W0xWQWiMGINqD02N

Sunday Kind of Quote

 “Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.” – Larry Winget

Things of Interest

Placing the Obama IRS Scandal Into Perspective

by Ed Driscoll

Americans, particularly those who aren’t as obsessed with politics as you and I are, tend to have very short memories when it comes to politics. But comparing the IRS and Eric Holder scandals with how the left acted towards the Bush administration in the immediate wake of 9/11 helps to place it into rather sharp perspective. Here are a couple of attempts from this past week.

First up, Jonah Goldberg, in the latest edition of Ricochet’s “GLoP” Podcast, named for its hosts, Goldberg, Rob Long, and John Podhoretz, had this to say:

It’s funny. On the IRS front, in some ways, the best thing that could happen from a conservative perspective, is if this doesn’t reach all the way to Obama. And I’m no long sure that it doesn’t; I think that it may in fact lead to Obama, in more than a sort of rhetorical, set the tone, kind of thing…

Regardless, it would certainly be better for us if it turns out that this is a sort of systemic scandal, a policy scandal, that lets us make arguments about the size of government, rather than arguments that are about Obama’s criminality, that are going to lead to impeachment nonsense, and all that. Better to sort of put the system on trial, as it were.

On the press thing, I’m torn…the analogy or the comparison that keeps coming to my mind isn’t necessarily the Valerie Plame thing; it is what Christopher Hitchens referred to as “Ari Fleischer’s Reign of Terror.” Remember when Ari Fleischer said, in response to an idiot congressman who said something bigoted about Sikhs in Louisiana who have turbans on their heads, or as he said, diapers on their heads, and something absolutely idiotic Bill Maher said about how the 9/11 terrorists were braver than Americans. And all Ari Fleischer said, off the cuff was: people should probably watch what they say these days.

You can go back and look in Nexus at the things that people like Frank Rich said about this. Frank Rich said that that comment will be remembered as culturally more significant than 9/11 itself. He would constantly refer back to it as if this was the day that changed America, when the government said people have to watch out for what they say.

Now, if your response to those kinds of claims is anything other than bald-faced laughter and ridicule, then the idea that somehow using the friggin’ Espionage Act against [Fox News’] James Rosen, which is basically saying that James Rosen is an enemy of the state – that’s what the Espionage Act is all about, right?  If you can’t get worked up about that, but you thought that Frank Rich and all those jackwads were completely right about Ari Fleischer, then you’re just an idiot.

And second, Brian Cates at Big Journalism recalls how another post-9/11-attempt at pushback from the left against President Bush helps to place the Obama administration’s IRS scandal into context:

The reason the IRS scandal is so awful is that the power of the Federal Government was used by political partisans to single out citizens for abuse based on their completely legitimate political views.

The AP/Fox News scandals are also important because abuse of Federal power threatens a free press, something that is vital to the survival of a democratic republic.

And it definitely puts a burr under the saddle of Liberals that they can’t use their usual tu quoque arguments to try to head off any consequences for what’s been done.

Their usual ‘Bush/Republicans Did It Too’ argument can’t be used.

When did Bush’s administration:

  • lie about a terrorist attack?
  • go after the Left with the IRS?
  • spy on reporters using the DOJ?
  • kill American citizens with no due process through drone strikes?

The things Progressives fear-mongered about, that Bush was going to have people thrown in jail for checking out the wrong library books, didn’t happen.

Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Liberals want to pretend the things that are coming to light only now, that went on  from 2009-2013 are nothing, a sideshow, a circus, just a political witch hunt. Well it was a witch hunt.

Federal bureaucrats used the power of their offices to suppress & single out citizens & groups based on their political views when they weren’t busy spying on reporters.  This is a subversion of the entire American governmental system.

Our electoral system has government power as the PRIZE of winning elections after arguments have been made on a level playing field. You cannot have a system in which one party is entrenched and using the power of Federal agencies to suppress all other political parties.  Whatever kind of governmental system that would be, it would not be an American or a Constitutional one.

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What Progressives claim Conservative will do in abusing State power to thwart their Utopian aims, Progressives will THEMSELVES do to ADVANCE those same Utopian goals.

Liberals spent 8 long years claiming Bush wanted to target them & suppress their speech and their views by using State power. Then a Progressive administration turned around and *did* what they accused Bush of wanting to do.

Or as Jonah wrote back in 2006:

Liberals are geniuses at unleashing social panics because A) it never occurs to them that their motives are anything but pure and B) because they are almost exclusively focused on short term tactics. And yet they are invariably shocked when these moral frenzies come back to bite them. McCarthyism was a direct consequence of both the Red Scare and the Brown Scare. And when the tactics they mastered were turned on them, they acted as if they came from nowhere.

link: http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2013/06/01/placing-the-obama-irs-scandal-into-perspective/

Bipartisan Tango and Lawless Justice

By Clarice  Feldman

Two  things caught my attention this week: first, the ridiculous way Democrat  partisans, erroneously appointed by President George W. Bush to government  positions from which they exercised their power, to undercut Republicans are by  reason of the Bush appointment tagged “bipartisan” by the media.

Secondly,  the widespread ignorance of the Bill of Rights and their obligations by oath to  obey the Constitution by government lawyers in Washington and at the state  level.

Bipartisan  Tango

Two  “bipartisan” exemplars are James Comey, whom President Obama nominated this week  to head the FBI and Douglas Shulman, whom Bush had appointed to head the IRS and  under whom that agency began a partisan attack on Obama  opponents.

James  Comey, as you may recall, came to Washington from the U.S. Attorney’s office in  New York, where he made his name by successfully prosecuting Martha Stewart. His  selection is praised this week by the New York Times as proof of  Obama’s bipartisanship. Those of us who, like Thomas Maguire, have a better  sense of history, remember Comey otherwise as a fiercely partisan anti-Cheney  force.

The Times reminded readers that Comey refused to authorize  warrantless wiretaps.

The  Washington Post also referred readers to the hospital room  confrontation pitting White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card,  Bush’s chief of staff, against Comey over waterboarding. It also reminded  readers of Comey’s role in selecting his former colleague Patrick Fitzgerald to  conduct a special investigation into who leaked the name of CIA officer Valerie  Plame, which led to the conviction of Vice-President Cheney’s aide, Scooter  Libby (not for the leak but for remembering something different than perhaps Tim  Russert did.)

Like Thomas Maguire, I remember Comey’s role as more partisan than  heroic:

Which  leads to my perspective — a Republican group was pushing back on a number of  fronts against Dick Cheney’s aggressive view of Executive power and the best way  to fight the war on terror. Warrantless surveillance and enhanced interrogation were two disputed areas.  The Plame “investigation” was never a serious attempt to  find out who may have leaked information about Valerie Plame (hence the cursory  non-investigation of Armitage and Powell at State and the utter pass given to NBC’s Russert, Mitchell and Gregory) — the focus was on bringing down Scooter Libby and  Dick Cheney.

Just  to review the timing — Jack Goldsmith took over the Office of Legal Counsel in  October 2003 and promptly raised questions about enhanced interrogation and  warrantless wiretapping. He tried without success during the fall of 2003 to get  James Comey, then a Deputy AG, read into the surveillance program. On Dec 30,  2003 Ashcroft recuses himself from the Plame investigation and Comey appoints  Special Counsel Fitzgerald. A month later, Comey was read into the surveillance  program, and by March we had the famous hospital showdown.

Cheney  had made a lot of enemies, not all of whom were on Team Blue.

The  Commissioner is In (the White) House

Much  is made of the fact that former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, now at  Brookings, a Democratic think tank, was also a Bush appointment and therefore,  it is supposed, readers should ignore the outrageous partisan activities of the  agency instituted under his watch. Shulman not only had been a Democratic  political contributor, but his wife is a senior program advisor for Public  Campaign, which describes itself as an “organization dedicated to sweeping  campaign reform that aims to reduce the role of big special interest money in  American politics.”

In  case you’ve been sleeping or your name is John McCain, “special interests” are  not defined in the press or “public interest” world as unions, George Soros, or  the Rockefeller Foundation — they are farmers, small businessmen, anti-abortion  groups, and the NRA. In other words, just as Shulman turned the IRS into an arm  of the Democratic Party, his wife was plowing the same field from outside the  government.

How  bipartisan could Shulman have been when he spent somewhere in excess of 150 days  visiting the White House during his term?

And  how hand in glove was the harassment aimed at the conservative grassroots, and  why is Comey’s appointment of concern? Because the IRS obviously coordinated it with other government agencies.

This  matryoshka doll of a scandal just keeps on opening up. How many figures will be  scattered around when it’s all over?

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/06/bipartisan_tango_and_lawless_justice.html#ixzz2V3mzEidh 

Taking a Wrecking Ball to the Ivory Tower

By Kyle  Peterson

It’s no secret that American higher education is broken, and that it has been  for a long time. Animal House, the gold standard for  party-till-you-puke college comedies, the film that made “Toga!”a rallying cry for generations, was released, let’s not forget, in 1978.

But things have only gotten worse in the past thirty-odd years. The Western  canon has been supplanted by grievance studies and esoterica, classes with  dramatic names like The Clothmakers: Queer Weaving Techniques of the Late  Sumerian Epoch. I exaggerate, but not much. Try these actual course names  on for size. The Unbearable Whiteness  of Barbie (Occidental College). How  to be Gay (University of Michigan). Dead  White Men (Macalester College). Invented  Languages: Klingon and Beyond (University of Texas at Austin). And my  favorite, the excellently titled “Oh,  Look, a Chicken!” Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing (Belmont  University).

Market forces that once governed the speed of cost increases have come  uncoupled, and administrators have pushed the accelerator to the floor. Tuition  at public institutions has soared 300 percent since just 1990. Politicians’ education subsidies beget tuition hikes, which beget further subsidies. Students  pay the same interest rates on student loans whether they get As in a lucrative  field like nuclear engineering, or Ds in puppetry.  American student loan debt has reached $1 trillion, surpassing what we owe on  credit cards.

It would be tempting to blame this state of affairs on lazy students and  rogue professors, or maybe on our Congressmen, since nobody  likes them anyway. But though each of those groups is culpable to some  extent, the biggest and most pernicious culprits are cultural. These are the  enemies that talk show host and former U.S. Secretary of Education William  Bennett and his co-author David Wilezol take on in their new book, Is  College Worth It?, recently released by Thomas Nelson. Chief among them is  the veneration of the bachelor’s degree, variously manifested in college’s role  as a class indicator and in the widespread idea that a university diploma is a  prerequisite for a middle-class life.

more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/06/02/taking_a_wrecking_ball_to_the_ivory_tower_118650.html#ixzz2V3rez2SC

Worth a Read:

Judge Jeanine Pirro: “Eric Holder Should Be Indicted”

More Than “A Few”: Targeting Scandal May Involve 88 IRS Officials

  by Kate Hicks

Was the IRS scandal just the work of “a few low-level employees” in Cleveland providing bad “customer service?” It seems the targeting of conservative groups may have been more widespread than top officials initially let on, with 88 IRS employees now tasked with providing “relevant documents” in the search for the culpable parties. A few…a lot…not much of a difference, right?

more: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katehicks/2013/06/01/more-than-a-few-targeting-scandal-may-involve-88-irs-officials-n1610976

Head of Anti-Gun Group Accused of Beating his Wife

link: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/head-of-anti-gun-group-accused-of-beating-his-wife/#.UarLGz9fHCo.twitter

Court challenges could tear down major pieces of ObamaCare

President Obama’s healthcare law is under attack in the courts even as the  administration sprints toward full implementation.

Despite  surviving a stiff challenge at the Supreme Court last year, some of the law’s  biggest provisions remain at risk from legal challenges.

more: http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/302895-court-challenges-could-tear-down-major-pieces-of-obamacare#ixzz2V3x5Ctt5

Last But Not Least

Why This Scandal Is Different

by Peggy Noonan

Sometimes when you’re writing part of a column you keep getting close to the meaning of what you want to say but you don’t quite get there, the full formulation of the idea eludes you.  Then two days later, relaxing in conversation with friends, the thought comes to you whole, and you think: That’s what I meant to say.  That’s what I was trying to get.

This week I had one of those moments.  I kept trying, the paragraph kept not quite working, the deadline came.

I got an email last night that had the effect of a clarifying conversation.  It was from a smart friend who works in government.  He understood the point I was trying to make about how the current IRS scandal is different from previous ones and more threatening to the American arrangement.  I had written that this scandal isn’t a discrete event in which a president picks up a phone and tells someone in the White House to look into the finances of some steel industry executives, or to check out the returns of some guy on an enemies list.

But my friend got to the essence.  He wrote, “The left likes to say, ‘Watergate was worse!’  Watergate was bad—don’t get me wrong.  But it was elites using the machinery of government to spy on elites. . . . It’s something quite different when elites use the machinery of government against ordinary people.  It’s a whole different ball game.”

It is.

That’s exactly what I meant.

link: http://blogs.wsj.com/peggynoonan/2013/05/31/why-this-scandal-is-different/

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