Saturday, May 25, 2013

op ed review 5/25

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails.
The US Attorney for the District of Columbia, the man who carried out the aggressive surveillance and phone record scrutiny at Fox News - is also a big donor to the Obama Campaigns.
Now Holder will investigate himself to see if he did anything improper:

“Criminality Appears To Lie at the Heart of the IRS Scandal”  The IRS was taking the Tea Party out of play for the 2012 election, as it looked to avoid a repeat of 2010 and another Tea Party landslide.
“IRS official pleads the Fifth after insisting she did nothing wrong.”
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanded information about conservative groups’ college-aged interns, prompting outrage from one of the country’s top conservative activist organizations and leading one former intern to wonder whether his family’s pizza parlor would be endangered.

The brother of a top Obama administration official is the president of CBS News, and the network may be days away from dropping one of its top investigative reporters for covering the administration’s scandals too aggressively.

White House Aide calls Criticism of Obama ´Offensive´

Triumph of the social engineers:  The Boy Scouts of America have reversed their longstanding membership guidelines to allow homosexuals to join the organization. In an email to, the BSA public affairs office said the vote on the resolution to “remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone” was passed with 61.44 percent in favor and 38.56 percent opposed.

After a British soldier wearing a Help for Heroes charity T-shirt was run over, stabbed and slashed with machetes and a meat cleaver, and then beheaded, the British government advised its soldiers that it is probably best not to appear in uniform on the streets of their capital.
British-born suspect became 'obsessed with radical Islam as schoolboy'
Youth gang riots in the Swedish capital have entered the fifth straight night. Hundreds of mostly immigrant teenagers tore through the suburbs, smashing windows and burning cars in the country’s worst outbreak of violence in years.  “For years, Sweden – one of Europe’s most tranquil countries, famous for its attractive immigration policies and generous welfare system – has been accepting an influx of immigrants, which now make up about 15 per cent of its population. These migrants have failed to integrate into Swedish society, and are only in the country to enjoy the country’s social benefits system”
Steyn:  “Stockholm has been ablaze every night with hundreds of burning cars set alight by "youths." Any particular kind of "youth"? The Swedish Prime Minister declined to identify them any more precisely than as "hooligans."

On “Fox News Sunday”, White House aide Dan Pfeiffer was asked about President Obama’s whereabouts the night of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi. Since the president is commander in chief, one would think where he was and what he did during such an event would be of obvious public concern.  Pfieffer said it was “irrelevant.”
Pfeiffer on IRS Scandal: 'Law Is Irrelevant'

The Democratic Party´s edge over the GOP on who the public trusts more on ethics and corruption issues has flipped in the wake of the IRS and Benghazi scandals, according to Rasmussen Reports. Not only do voters trust Republicans more now, they have their highest level of confidence in the GOP and the lowest level in Democrats in seven months.

“Three Labor Unions, Including Teamsters, Want ObamaCare Repealed; When Will Media Report?”

Texas and other Red States Beat Blue States On Jobs, Growth
“Obama Meets With Illegal Aliens in White House” (‘undocumented democrats’)
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to allow illegal immigrants who get legal status to begin collecting tax-welfare payments. Over 150 conservative leaders, groups and grassroots activists have signed an open letter opposing the Senate immigration reform bill.

The Tea Party wants former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to join their favorites in the Senate, Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). They say she can win and they have a poll to prove it.

A large majority of Americans hold a bleak outlook on the state of morality in the United States, as 72% said the nation’s moral values are “getting worse,” and only 20% said that moral values are “getting better,” according to a recent Gallup survey.

The 9th Circus Court of appeals struck down Arizona´s ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Doctor Who Did 1,200 Abortions Tells Congress to Ban Them

Thomas Sowell  5/8

If there is ever a contest for words that substitute for thought, "diversity" should be recognized as the undisputed world champion.  You don't need a speck of evidence, or a single step of logic, when you rhapsodize about the supposed benefits of diversity. The very idea of testing this wonderful, magical word against something as ugly as reality seems almost sordid.

To ask whether institutions that promote diversity 24/7 end up with better or worse relations between the races than institutions that pay no attention to it is only to get yourself regarded as a bad person. To cite hard evidence that places obsessed with diversity have worse race relations is to risk getting yourself labeled an incorrigible racist. Free thinking is not free.

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the government has a "compelling interest" in promoting diversity -- apparently more compelling than the 14th Amendment's requirement of "equal protection" of the law for everybody.

How does a racially homogeneous country like Japan manage to have high quality education, without the essential ingredient of diversity, for which there is supposedly a "compelling" need? Conversely, why does India, one of the most diverse nations on Earth, have a record of intergroup intolerance and lethal violence today that is worse than that in the days of our Jim Crow South? Even to ask such questions is to provoke charges of unworthy tactics, and motives too low to be dignified with an answer. Not that the true believers in diversity could answer anyway.

Among the candidates for runner-up to "diversity" as the top word for making thought obsolete is "fair."
Apparently everyone is entitled to a "fair share" of a society's prosperity, whether they worked 16-hour days to help create that prosperity or did nothing more than live off the taxpayers or depend on begging or crime to bring in a few bucks. Apparently we owe them something just for gracing us with their presence, even if we feel that we could do without them quite well.

At the other end of the income scale, the rich are supposed to pay their "fair share" of taxes. But at neither end of the income scale is a "fair share" defined as a particular number or proportion, or in any other concrete way. It is just a political synonym for "more," dressed up in moralistic-sounding rhetoric. What "fair" really means is more arbitrary power for government.

Another word that shuts down thought is "access." People who fail to meet the standards for anything from college admission to a mortgage loan are often said to have been denied "access" or opportunity. But equal access or equal opportunity is not the same as equal probability of success. Republicans are not denied an equal opportunity to vote in California, even though the chances of a Republican candidate actually getting elected in California are far less than the chances of a Democrat getting elected.

By the same token, if everyone is allowed to apply for college admission, or for a mortgage loan, and their applications are all judged by the same standards, then they have equal opportunity, even if the village idiot has a lower probability of getting into the Ivy League, and someone with a bad credit history is less likely to be lent money.

"Affordable" is another popular word that serves as a substitute for thought. To say that everyone is entitled to "affordable housing" is very different from saying that everyone should decide what kind of housing he or she can afford. Government programs to promote "affordable housing" are programs to allow some people to decide what housing they want and force other people -- taxpayers, landlords or whatever -- to absorb a share of the cost of a decision that they had no voice in making.  More generally, making various things "affordable" in no way increases the amount of wealth in a society above what it would be when prices are "prohibitively expensive." On the contrary, price controls reduce incentives to produce.

None of this is rocket science. But if you don't stop and think, it doesn't matter whether you are a genius or a moron. Words that stop people from thinking reduce even smart people to the same level as morons


"Many countries around the world have introduced government health systems since 1945, but ... only in America does 'health' 'care' 'reform' begin with the hiring of 16,500 new IRS agents tasked with determining whether your insurance policy merits a fine. So now not only are your books and Facebook posts legitimate tax issues but so is your hernia, and your prostate, and your erectile dysfunction. ... Big Government is erecting a panopticon state -- one that sees everything, and regulates everything. It's great 'customer service,' except that you can never get out of the store."
                  -Mark Steyn

"[T]his will be a scandal like Watergate if it turns out that the IRS was acting under orders from Barack Obama or Valerie Jarrett. If the White House's conduct turns out to be unimpeachable, then it is something far worse: a sign that the government itself has become a threat to the Constitution."
                 -James Taranto

"Mr. Obama didn't need to pick up the phone. All he needed to do was exactly what he did do, in full view, for three years: Publicly suggest that conservative political groups were engaged in nefarious deeds; publicly call out by name political opponents whom he'd like to see harassed; and publicly have his party pressure the IRS to take action."
                -Kim Strassel

"[T]he left suggests that only greater government can fix the issues that trouble Americans. That's because, according to the left, one grand, unifying problem underlies all the other problems: Americans are nasty. Some Americans are poor because other Americans are greedy. Minorities are disproportionately poor because white Americans are racist. Women are trapped in socioeconomic oblivion because male Americans are sexist. America is not a melting pot. America is a hell pit designed to consume its non-white, female, non-Christian inhabitants. How then can the patriarchal, xenophobic majority be defeated? Only with a coalition of victims. ... The true American experience, according to Obama ... is marginalization. And marginalization justifies massive government interventionism to foster e pluribus unum."
                 -Ben Shapiro

"The White House issued new embassy personnel guidelines. They guarantee rescue. From now on, every U.S. embassy must include a gay basketball player, an illegal alien and a woman in need of free contraception, and the Marines will be there in minutes."
                 -Argus Hamilton

BBC:  Since 1998, there has been an unexplained "standstill" in the heating of the Earth's atmosphere.

But “the science is settled”.  The new Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz on global warming: “I am not interested in debating what is not debatable.”

A vomitous human being. This is really the only way to describe one Lizz Winstead, the co-creator of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. She’s also the author of following tweet that went out to her 75,000 followers not long after a two-mile-wide tornado destroyed the town of Moore, Oklahoma. Among the 51 dead are a reported 20 children.  “The IRS targeted conservatives. God is doing the same with this tornado.”

A British soldier was decapitated a few hundred yards from a UK Army base by two men with large knives and saying ‘we swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you’.
What does a murderous jihadist terrorist have to do to get some recognition for his cause? You hack a British soldier to death in broad daylight on a London street while shouting “Allahu akbar” and then “swear by the almighty Allah” that you’ll never stop fighting, and the U.S. broadcast networks still can’t bring themselves to utter a word about Islam.

That seeming inability to quickly connect moments of national outrage with meaningful legislation on the part of Republicans will be on display in the weeks, months and perhaps years ahead as it struggles to figure out how to channel the national rage that is building over the revelations about the IRS's insidious effort to single out conservative groups for increased scrutiny.        As anger against the current tax system grows, the Democrats' only hope to avoid such a debacle will be to rely on the GOP's historic inability to capitalize on moments of national anger and outrage and channel it into the legislative process. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the party that loathes government doesn't understand how to harness its power. If they ever become adept at legislating as their Democratic counterparts across the aisle are, the IRS may be in for the greatest defensive battle in its hundred year history……..“Does the GOP understand IRS scandal opportunity?  If the Republicans could unify around anti-IRS message, the results could be a national landslide.”

The contrast between Republican voter turnout in 2010 and 2012 can be summed up in two words: Tea Party.  Now we know the answer to all those questions about what happened to the Tea Party.  It was busy being abused and silenced by the Obama Administration IRS. You think it coulda had an effect on the election results? _________________________________________________________________________

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Any scandal investigation that expects a "Eureka!" moment, a White House e-mail, or Oval Office smoking gun will be misguided. In fact, the dots are already connected directly to the president. Barack Obama is not foolish enough to have a tape recording system hidden in his desk. And his administration staff are not careless enough to send one another incriminating e-mails……we can be sure the communications were all sotto voce and in persona, like any good Chicago political operator. But….Obama's 2008 campaign was demanding the Justice Department criminally prosecute conservative groups with 501(c)4 tax-exempt status. Then, last year, President Obama's re-election campaign "targeted private citizens who had donated to Romney groups."

Richard Milhous Obama

Noonan:  "I don't know." "I don't remember." "I'm not familiar with that detail." "It's not my precise area." "I'm not familiar with that letter."  These are quotes from the Internal Revenue Service officials who testified this week before the House and Senate. That is the authentic sound of stonewalling, and from the kind of people who run Washington in the modern age—smooth, highly credentialed and unaccountable. They're surrounded by legal and employment protections, they know how to parse a careful response, they know how to blur the essential point of a question in a blizzard of unconnected factoids. They came across as people arrogant enough to target Americans for abuse and harassment and think they'd get away with it.

From the Washington Post: "For years, administration officials have used the power of the federal government to isolate their opponents." Meanwhile, the unionized employees who populate the IRS and other agencies across the country routinely take their cues from union bosses, whose political donations and speeches show their support

Marijuana is drug most often linked to crime, study finds

A very comprehensive guide to IRS abuse.

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
                        -John Adams

"Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon."
                        -Winston Churchill

Leno:  You know, if Republicans really want to do away with ObamaCare, they should endorse it as a conservative non-profit -- let the IRS take it down. ... President Obama announced the appointment of a man named Daniel Werfel as the new acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue. The other guy was fired. See, they're called 'acting' commissioner because he has to act like the scandal doesn't involve the White House

Sunday, May 19, 2013

op ed review 5/17

The targeting of conservatives by the IRS started earlier and was more extensive than the IRS acknowledged last week, according to a draft IRS inspector general report obtained by ABC News…. the IRS began targeting “Tea Party or similar organizations” in March 2010.
Anti-conservative effort was directed from Washington, D.C., and was not a rogue operation as the administration has claimed.
Conservative Hispanic Groups Targeted In IRS Scandal
IRS ordered conservative educational group to turn over a list of high school and college students it trained
IRS asked pro-life group about  “the content of their prayers”
The IRS came after Billy Graham, too, his son charged Tuesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.
IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Obamacare Office
Oh, and she got more than $100,000 in bonuses between 2009 and 2012 for doing a good job.
A liberal group admits the IRS gave the progressive group nine confidential applications of conservative groups whose tax-exempt status was pending.
California congressman David Nunes says the Justice Department wiretapped telephones in the House of Representative's Cloak Room.
Attorney General Holder denies knowing anything about it 57 times.
Noonan:  “This is no ordinary scandal”
“Pundits have compared the current scandal to Watergate, but this one, frankly, is worse.”

The White House released 94 pages of emails which directly contradict claims by White House press secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the revisions of the famous Benghazi talking points were driven by the intelligence community and show heavy input from top Obama administration officials, particularly those at the State Department.
In Benghazi, Obama ‘traded lives for votes’

The campaign that never ends:  Obama to Attend 3 Democratic Fundraisers in one week.

President Obama forced a violation of Marine Corps regulations, so he wouldn’t get wet.
“They´re Marines, Mr. President, not Butlers...”

Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

The House voted to repeal ObamaCare on Thursday for the third time since Republicans took over the chamber in 2011.

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Obama Administration’s decision to deny asylum to a German homeschooling family. The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States – where they hoped to home school their children. Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical Christian family deported.

Homeland Security Funded Exercise Portrayed Homeschoolers as Terrorists. 

Conservative groups seeking information from the Environmental Protection Agency have been routinely hindered by fees normally waived for media and watchdog groups, while fees for more than 90 percent of requests from green groups were waived.

Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder.

Socialism:  More than 8,000 French households' tax bills topped 100 percent of their income last year.
And Venezuela has run out of toilet paper

Michael Graham  5/17
Has President Nixon been replaced by Sergeant Schultz? The “Smartest President Ever” has disappeared. The Barack Brain Trust long-touted by liberals is gone — replaced by hacks whose rallying cry is straight from Stalag 13—“I know nothing. Nothing!”

The top law enforcement agency in the land spied on the top news-gathering organization, secretly seizing phone records from their home and cell phones. They did so without the legally required notice to the Associated Press. And what did Attorney General Eric Holder say when asked why his Department of Justice would do such a thing? “I do not know why that was or was not done,” the attorney general told the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. “I simply don’t have a factual basis to answer that question.” Notice his answer isn’t just “I don’t know why we didn’t notify the AP as required by law.” It’s “I don’t know whether we did or not.”

This isn’t Attorney Stephen J. Shmuck of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe. This is the attorney general of the United States, whose agency has just been caught conducting a potentially illegal surveillance dragnet against 100 reporters and editors. And he knows nothing about it? Folks, your attorney general knows nothing about everything:

At one point, when asked who authorized the AP spying, he actually said “I can’t say as a matter of fact I would probably 95 percent, 99 percent certain the deputy attorney general acting in my stead was the one who authorizes the subpoena.” A staffer finally brought him a note confirming it was the deputy AG.

Holder told Congress the White House found out about the Obama administration’s surveillance when they “read it in the paper.” He said he wasn’t involved because “I recused myself.” When asked when he recused himself: “I am not sure.”

And thus the Obama defense is laid bare: “We’re not corrupt — we’re just really, really stupid!”

How did U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice end up with carefully whitewashed talking points regarding Benghazi? Who knows? Except that the email trail “directly contradict claims by White House press secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the revisions of those talking points were driven by the intelligence community and show heavy input from top Obama administration officials,” Stephen Hayes reports in The Weekly Standard.

Hillary Clinton testified that she was a hands-on part of the State Department’s response to the Benghazi attacks. So who stripped the talking points of their facts? She has no idea. And why was Rice — who had nothing to do with Benghazi — picked to hit the Sunday TV show circuit and spread the bogus “it was a videotape!” story in the first place? Your guess is as good as Obama’s.

What we do know is that the final talking-points product — that Carney assures us came directly from the CIA and no one else! — was so devoid of facts that then-CIA director David Petraus said, “Frankly, I’d just as soon not use this.” So why did the White House use it? Nobody knows!

After a week of shoulder-shrugging “whatevers” regarding the IRS scandal, Obama now tells us he’s mad as heck and not going to take it anymore when it comes to targeting people based on politics. He claims he found out about his administration’s IRS abuses by reading it in the papers, too (Note to self: Make sure White House newspaper subscriptions stay paid in full!) But this story has been around for at least two years. Congress held hearings featuring members of the Obama administration. According to media reports, people inside the White House were aware of the practice at least a year ago.

Forget “we’re smarter than you.” The new White House motto is: “Dumb — It’s the New Hotness!”


"[L]ook at Obama in this statement in Denver: 'I am constrained ... by the system that our Founders put in place.' That is an unwitting statement of truth. He is constrained. What does constrained mean? It means things I can't do. Why is he even thinking about things he can't do? There are things he wants to do. There are all kinds of executive orders and waiving of the presidential wand to make it happen he would love to do. But the Constitution's in his way, and he wishes it weren't. Be wary, folks, of any politician who talks about the Constitution and uses [phrases] like 'I am constrained.'"
                           -Rush Limbaugh

It happens about once a month here, on the barren foothills of one of America´s green-energy boomtowns: A soaring golden eagle slams into a wind farm´s spinning turbine and falls, mangled and lifeless, to the ground. Killing these iconic birds is not just an irreplaceable loss for a vulnerable species. It´s also a federal crime, a charge that the Obama administration has used to prosecute oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits, and power companies when birds are electrocuted by their power lines. But wind farms get a pass.

You know the worm has turned when even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow hold their noses at the stench from Barack Obama’s scandals — when so many stories from the so-called liberal press now describe the erstwhile Messiah as “aloof,” “arrogant” and “holier than thou.”

The Islamic Society of Boston, the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, posted an article on its website in September 2004 that advocated for the beating of women as a last resort to force them to behave. “40 Recommendations for the Muslim Home.”

Robert Spencer:  How Mothers from Hell Raise Their Boys to Do Evil.   Zubeidat Tsarnaeva is all too typical of a Muslim world where children drink in conspiracy theories with mama's milk.

The note in the boat. The Joker said his brother Speedbump was a “martyr in paradise,” and that the victims in Boston were “collateral damage” for Muslim civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. He praised Allah and said, “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.” The big question is, Why the monthlong blackout on the note in the boat? Why didn’t the feds release it immediately? And the answer is obvious. It didn’t fit the Politically Correct narrative, that the reasons for this shocking atrocity remained a mystery, a riddle, an enigma, wink wink nudge nudge.
Second Amendment rights advocates are fuming today over words from three Democratic state senators caught on tape.  The three female senators are heard discussing the just-closed hearing. “We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate.” _________________________________________________________________________

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Malkin:  It´s always the "low-level" peon´s fault, isn´t it? When Democrats get caught red-handed abusing government powers and bullying their political enemies small and large, nobody at the top knows nuttin´. The buck stops ... in the janitors closet or something. Here´s what I know: While they pretend to champion privacy rights, top left-wing operatives have routinely ransacked and plundered through the private documents and personal records of conservative groups, business owners and public figures. Through it all, those on the right standing against government tyranny have refused to stand down. During the Clinton years, senior IRS official

Benghazi Reveals the Heart of Progressivism

As a metaphor for big government, it is hard to top the Justice Department’s seizing of journalists’ phone records from The Associated Press. Unless, of course, you think the best example is the Internal Revenue Service turning the screws on groups it viewed as conservative and, therefore, unworthy of fair treatment. Or maybe the winner is the sneaky spreading of ObamaCare’s tentacles, with insurance companies now predicting the law will drive up the cost of individual premiums by as much as 400 percent. There are no losers in this race to the bottom — except the American people. It is tempting

No contemporary American politician has benefited more from the power of good storytelling than Barack Obama. He vaulted from obscurity to the presidency on the power of narrative – invoking his biography and personal values to make a larger point about how he would lead the nation. So presumably no one understands more vividly than Obama and his close aides just how toxic and potentially paralyzing his situation has become this spring, as four distinct ethical and policy controversies have simultaneously converged.

20 Reasons To Dislike The Democrat Party

Kleenex warning:  One-eyed dog's heart-warming hug with woman who saved his life by rescuing him from 'high-kill' pound

"All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree."
                   -James Madison

Leno:   This week will mark 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……..President Obama announced the appointment of a new acting commissioner of the IRS — the other guy was fired. See, they're called "acting commissioner" because you have to act like the scandal doesn't involve the White House…….A lot of critics are now comparing President Obama to President Nixon. The good news for Obama? At least he's no longer being compared to President Carter