Witch’s Will For A Mourning In June
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. ~ George Orwell
A new poll shows that 76% of Americans want a Special Prosecutor to investigate the IRS Scandal. The other 24% said they’d settle for a guy with a cattle prod who hasn’t had his morning coffee yet.
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Ushackle Us From Progressive Mob Rule
by John Ransom
Barbara1247 wrote: The Republicans have helped bring us to this sorry state of affairs. – How About More Scandal, Incompetence, Venality, Hubris, Vanity and Error to Start
Dear Comrade 1247,
You’re a liberal, so even when you are right- like you are now- it’s accidental.
So as a public service, let me explain to you, in the simplest terms, what you got right, accidentally.
Certainly the GOP has helped establish a track record of what might be the sorriest 25 years of governing in American history. But it’s because they have supported watered-down versions of the Democrat agenda.
For every frick we have in government, we have another frack on the other side, proposing something equally idiotic.
I mean really: How do you run against each other for president as Mitt Romney and Barack Obama did and pretend like there is that much substance between the two parties at times?
Obama spied, so did Bush.
Was Mitt Romney going to stop the NSA spying program? Heck and no.
Obama declared war, as president, without the consent of Congress. Bush waged an unpopular war, which was poorly justified and poorly run.
Obama’s kept GTIMO open, killed American citizens by assassination, which he claims he has the legal authority to do.
George Bush on the other hand opened GITMO as a prisoner of war camp and allowed the torture of enemy combatants, which he claimed that he had the legal authority to do.
But here’s the difference: Bush isn’t some moralizing, Nobel-peace prize-winning, hypocrite wannabe who thinks America’s problem is that he’s not emperor.
Obama, on the other hand, is.
State watchdog blasted for keeping hooker claims from Congress
The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday accused the State Department’s watchdog of violating its mission by keeping Congress in the dark about accusations of political cover-ups at the department.
In a letter to the department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) blasts the agency over a February report that was scrubbed of specific references to misconduct allegations that included eight cases of State Department officials sleeping with prostitutes and other misconduct.
“The final version of the report submitted to Congress in February 2013 was bereft of any reference to these specific cases,” Royce wrote to Harold Geisel, the deputy inspector general.
“Instead the OIG concluded, without the requisite context, that ‘The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) Special Investigations Division (SID), which investigates allegations of criminal and administrative misconduct, lacks a firewall to preclude the DS and Department of State (Department) hierarchies from exercising undue influence in particular cases.’
According to reports, some or all of these omissions came at the behest of senior State Department officials.”
All In the Family
by Matthew Continetti June 14, 2013
Last week John Nolte of Breitbart observed that the mainstream media had failed to break any of the controversial news occupying Washington. This week Paul Farhi of the Washington Post, without intending to, explained why.
There are four stories harming President Obama’s approval rating, and the heirs of Tarbell and Woodward and Novak uncovered none of them. The long-simmering tale of what happened before, during, and after the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, was all but ignored by media other than Fox until Gregory Hicks’ blockbuster testimony before the House Oversight Committee last month. It was the IRS, in a carefully planned “apology,” that revealed to the world it had targeted the applications of conservative and Tea Party groups for special scrutiny.
The Justice Department, not the press, announced it had been scouring AP phone records to plug national security leaks. And Edward Snowden, the contractor who exposed secret intelligence, went to the Guardian, a left-wing British rag, with his scoop. (Only when Snowden’s anti-anti-terror accomplice Laura Poitras suggested, in the words of Guardian writer Glenn Greenwald, “It would be good to have the Washington Post invested in the leak, so it wasn’t just us—to tie in official Washington in the leak” did the three filtradors approach former Post reporter Barton Gellman.)
Four stories, four separate races in which the establishment press, the major print dailies and the heavily watched network broadcasts, are sweating to catch up. “We are getting big stories wrong, over and over again,” said Scott Pelley, the anchor of the CBS evening news, in a speech at Quinnipiac University in May. Did he, did anybody, read the June 13 Washington Post, I wonder; did Pelley’s eye scan the innocuous headline—“Media, administration deal with conflicts”—and the well-kneaded copy below? If so he would have learned much about life in the capital city.
“Conflicts” is not the best description of Farhi’s subject. His topic is marriages, unions, and blood, legal and romantic and familial connections between individuals where one party works in media and another works in politics. The extent of such links is staggering.
Farhi has to interrupt his story to announce, in a parenthetical, that Post reporter Sari Horwitz, who covers the Justice Department, is married to William B. Schultz, who is Kathleen Sebelius’ top lawyer at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Ben Sherwood, the president of ABC News, is brother to Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, “a top national security adviser to President Obama.” Another Obama national security aide, Ben Rhodes, is brother to David Rhodes, president of CBS News.
One of CNN’s top D.C. hacks is married to Tom Nides, whose upward career trajectory has taken him from the office of Democratic congressional powerbroker Tony Coelho to, where else, Fannie Mae, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley, as well as a two-year stint as an undersecretary of state for Hillary Clinton. Whose daughter is on contract with NBC.
White House spokesman Jay Carney, who worked for many years at Time magazine, is married to Claire Shipman, a correspondent for ABC News. The White House correspondent for NPR, Ari Shapiro, has been married to former White House counsel Michael Gottlieb since 2004.
Longtime NPR personality Michele Norris went on leave in 2011, when her husband Broderick Johnson, a corporate lawyer who served in the Clinton White House, joined the Obama reelection campaign as a full-time adviser.
Wall Street Journal political reporter Neil King is married to Shailagh Murray, who serves as communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, and who used to report on Congress for the Post.
Savannah Guthrie of NBC recently became engaged to Mike Feldman, a former Gore aide who is now part of the Democratic Glover Park Group consultancy. Syndicated columnist Connie Schultz is married to Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio.
Tracing these associations is enough to keep busy any student of the caste. Assurances from mainstream media outlets that “they’ve worked out the conflicts” that might arise from deep ties between reporters, editors, and government employees, Farhi reports, “hasn’t stopped a few eyebrows from being raised.” You can guess whose eyebrows are those.
Farhi quotes the great Mark Steyn, who wrote on National Review Online in May, “The inbreeding among Obama’s court and its press corps is more like one of those ‘I’m my own grandpaw’ deals.” The journalists, though, aren’t laughing. “Such insinuations make media types bristle.”
And oh, how they bristle. “There is zero evidence, zero, that [Sherwood’s relationship to his sister] has had any impact on our coverage,” ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider tells the Post. Employing the old reporter mind trick of using paraphrase to inject one’s viewpoint into an article, Farhi writes of “media types” who “take exception to the notion that complicated judgments about the news—often made by others within an organization—have anything to do with personal favorites or familial relationships.”
Media types take precautions. Work is “closely monitored.” Recusals are sometimes demanded. Journalists can be reassigned.
The mainstream media says it goes to great lengths, then, to avoid the whiff of bias, to guard against a reputation for compromised integrity. But there are no prophylactic measures against living in a shared culture, attending the same schools, uttering the same clichéd small talk, and breathing the same atmosphere of conventional wisdom. What matters here are not the relationships themselves but the closed and impenetrable bubble in which they exist.
Why would network executives and New York Times editors put resources into investigating Benghazi when their friends and relatives and trusted informants tell them the only people who care about the story are the cranks at Fox?
Why would journalists adopt an adversarial relation to the government for which their spouses, relatives, romances, friends, and social betters work? No specific conflict can be easily identified because all of the bias occurs prior to the actual manufacturing of news: in the punches pulled, in what stories are selected, in what position is assumed by writers and editors, in which experts are judged knowledgeable, “objective,” “straight-shooters” and which are not.
And meanwhile these “elite” insiders often crack jokes and write smears about “inbred” bumpkins in the south. Bumpkins who have the temerity to disagree with these inside the beltway incestuous people. How droll.
IRS Refunds $4 Billion Child Tax Credits Per Year to Illegal Immigrants Whose Kids Do Not Live in US (and May Not Exist at All); Earned Income Fraud Another $13 Billion
Worth a Read:
Krauthammer: Obama A “Bystander To His Own Presidency”
Shuffle Subtext at the CIA: Connecting the Points of Scandals and Agenda
The Obama Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million
President Obama and his family will be going to Africa later this month. But the trip won’t be cheap; it’s expected to cost American taxpayers $60 to $100 million, according to the Washington Post.
“When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa later this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances. Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of emergency,” reports the Post.
“Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet-proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. Fighter jets will fly in shifts giving 24-hour coverage over the president’s airspace so they can intervene quickly if an errant plane gets too close.
How nice. And yet Mr. & Mrs. Average America Citizen, who pays for all this crap, can no longer have a tour of the White House.
Sequester doesn’t seem to have caused any problems for the King and Queen of America.
Supreme Court sides with Oklahoma in water fight
WASHINGTON — With water, water virtually everywhere, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that thirsty Texas counties can’t run a pipeline into Oklahoma for more drops to drink.
The decision, which upholds two lower court rulings, is a victory for states’ rights over multistate water compacts that are common throughout the West. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the opinion for a unanimous court.
On one side of the dispute was Texas, accused of trying to divert water from Oklahoma under terms of a four-state compact that entitled each state to up to 25% of the water from a segment of the Red River. On the other was Oklahoma, asserting that Texas can get the water from within its borders or elsewhere.
Finally a Supreme Court decision I can agree with. Even with POSs Sotomayor, Kagan and Ginsberg.
It must also make some other people in Great Lakes states heave a little sigh of relief. We know that other “thirsty” states have greedily eyed the water in the Great Lakes.
Marco Rubio: We need to legalize immigrants so they can pay for border security
And this statement? Is he related to Ninny Pelosi?
Reporters Laugh at Serious Question to Nancy Pelosi About Gosnell, Abortion
Most press conferences are very serious affairs, with reporters seeking important information to distribute to the public about a wide variety of issues. That wasn’t quite the case on Thursday, when John McCormack of the Weekly Standard magazine asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to explain the moral difference between Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s murder of infants born alive and legalized late-term abortion.
Not only did the question anger the California Democrat, it also resulted in laughter from other reporters in the room.
The incident began when McCormack noted that members of the House Judiciary Committee passed Arizona Republican Trent Franks’ bill banning most abortions nationwide after 22 weeks.
They argue that there really isn’t much of a moral difference between what someone like Dr. Gosnell did to infants born at 23, 24, 25 weeks into pregnancy, and what can happen at a clinic down the road in Maryland where a doctor says he’ll perform an elective abortions 28 weeks into pregnancy.
“So the question I have for you is what is the moral difference between what Dr. Gosnell did to a baby born alive at 23 weeks and aborting her moments before birth?” he asked.
“You’re probably enjoying that question a lot. I can see you savoring it.”
Savoring or not, and after a lot of obfuscation and yadda, yadda by Pelosi, she never did answer the question. And her continuel remarks about being a “practicing” Catholic are another bit of bullshit. Or maybe she’s “practicing” because she just can’t get it right. And she is at odds with her church so perhaps her “sacred ground” is a fiction.
Cockroach Of The Day:
The Obama Administration
Obama Administration Thugs Threaten State Department Whistleblower… And Her Kids
State Department whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, who accused the Obama State Department of covering up eight investigations including accusations of child prostitution, says she is being threatened and so are her kids.
Fedenisn released documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks.