Axelrod was quick to blame the R-words for the collapse of the I-5 bridge in WA. But, by using the Wayback machine we can discount his comments as hyperbole.
So, the Recovery Act which was supposed to stimulate the economy and boost the sectors of said economy which were damaged by the Recession, signed by a bi-partisan Congress, didn’t come to fruition. Why? Well, women’s groups were just furious that those sectors hardest hit, mostly male dominated jobs, were getting the lion’s share of the cash influx. They couldn’t stand for that!
Women’s groups were appalled. Grids? Dams? Opinion pieces immediately appeared in major newspapers with titles like “Where are the New Jobs for Women?” and “The Macho Stimulus Plan.” A group of “notable feminist economists” circulated a petition that quickly garnered more than 600 signatures, calling on the president-elect to add projects in health, child care, education, and social services and to “institute apprenticeships” to train women for “at least one third” of the infrastructure jobs. At the same time, more than 1,000 feminist historians signed an open letter urging Obama not to favor a “heavily male-dominated field” like construction: “We need to rebuild not only concrete and steel bridges but also human bridges.” As soon as these groups became aware of each other, they formed an anti-stimulus plan action group called WEAVE–
Women’s Equality Adds Value to the Economy.
It didn’t matter to the feminists that men in the area of construction and manufacturing were the ones who lost the most jobs (80%) or that men in general were hardest hit by the crash.
The president-elect’s original plan was designed to stop the hemorrhaging in construction and manufacturing while investing in physical infrastructure that is indispensable for long-term economic growth. It was not a grab bag of gender-correct programs, nor was it a macho plan–the whole idea of economic stimulus is to use government spending to put idle factors of production back to work.
The feministas persevered, with the backing of Pelosi and Reid.
Our incoming president did what many sensible men do when confronted by a chorus of female complaint: He changed his plan. He added health, education, and other human infrastructure
components to the proposal. And he tasked Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, Joseph Biden’s chief economist, with preparing an extraordinary report that calculated not only the number of jobs the plan would likely create, but the gender composition of the various employment sectors and the division of largess between women and men….snip
In triumph, Gandy, Smeal, and their sister activists turned their attention to Congress. They perfected a special “handshake pitch” for members of Congress to be used when reminding them of the importance of rebuilding our human infrastructure, intoning, “That infrastructure is fragile too.” With Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on board, the revised recovery act sailed through Congress, and President Obama signed it into law on February 17.
A few months into the implementation of the Recovery Act a team of AP reporters who were tracking the funds found out $300 billion sent to the states, meant to kickstart the economy, “invest in roads and bridges” and infrastructure, was being used mainly for health care, education, unemployment benefits, food stamps, and other social services.
They lie when they don’t really have to.
If you think the IRS, EPA and DOJ targeting of conservative groups is new, it isn’t.
The White House insists President Obama is “outraged” by the “inappropriate” targeting and harassment of conservative groups. If true, it’s a remarkable turnaround for a man who helped pioneer those tactics.
On Aug. 21, 2008, the conservative American Issues Project ran an ad highlighting ties between candidate Obama and Bill Ayers, formerly of the Weather Underground. The Obama campaign and supporters were furious, and they pressured TV stations to pull the ad—a common-enough tactic in such ad spats.
What came next was not common. Bob Bauer, general counsel for the campaign (and later general counsel for the White House), on the same day wrote to the criminal division of the Justice Department, demanding an investigation into AIP, “its officers and directors,” and its “anonymous donors.” Mr. Bauer claimed that the nonprofit, as a 501(c)(4), was committing a “knowing and willful violation” of election law, and wanted “action to enforce against criminal violations.”…..snip
The Bauer onslaught was a big part of a new liberal strategy to thwart the rise
of conservative groups. In early August 2008, the New York Times trumpeted the
creation of a left-wing group (a 501(c)4) called Accountable America. Founded by
Obama supporter and liberal activist Tom Mattzie, the group—as the story
explained—would start by sending “warning” letters to 10,000 GOP donors, “hoping
to create a chilling effect that will dry up contributions.” The letters would
alert “right-wing groups to a variety of potential dangers, including legal
trouble, public exposure and watchdog groups digging through their lives.” As
Mr. Mattzie told Mother Jones: “We’re going to put them at risk.”
Big ‘L’ liberals take note, you’ve been scammed by a vacuous and shallow man and his thugs. Since you are smarter, more educated, why didn’t you see that? We did!
- Conservative Groups, Donors Became Targets in 2008: ‘We’re Going to Put Them at Risk’ (pjmedia.com)
- Obama Thinks Your Speech Is Illegitimate (freebeacon.com)
- Flashback: Obama Promised His Stimulus Would Fix Crumbling Roads and Bridges (rushlimbaugh.com)
- 10 Signs That You Are One Of The ‘Sheeple’ (secretsofthefed.com)
When did this happen? When did “the people” become Big Government’s enemy and target? The upper echelons are so fearful of dissent and being exposed for their ham handed ways they trample all over the First Amendment rights of the citizens calling people “mentally disturbed“. The only disturbing thing is the targeting of citizens by a government gone rogue. When people of the media march in unison to the White House to get their talking points, there is a problem. When the IRS can use its power to intimidate dissenters, it’s a problem. When Big Government can decide certain media can be targeted, it’s a problem. When elected officials and their staff are above the laws they pass, it’s a problem. Obama is just a result of the problem, he’s too stupid to actually govern. That governing stuff is hard. Our government is run by petty people doing their level best to silence those opposed to Big Government and its overreaching into every single aspect of our daily lives.
I was in such a snit yesterday, spent the whole day furiously pulling weeds, getting the garden ready for veggie planting. The previous night, at an orientation meeting for a grant, a city worker in my ward decided to assume I am a R-word. The reasoning behind this statement was beyond illogical. Because I am “confident”, ”well off”, use words of more than one syllable to communicate, I must be a R-word. What?!? I very politely told her I am a registered D-word. Her assumption is based on nothing more than what she has heard about me and the extent I will go to right a wrong. How dare anyone go up against the D-word city government by using their rights as a citizen. Thinking outside the box is not allowed and creative use of the very entities established to protect our rights is frowned upon. One does not call the Police Commissioner when a bad decision is made that will negatively impact our district. No one should have the audacity to file a complaint with the State Attorney General against a city run entity that refuses to address a problem. There comes a time when you have to stand your ground and wake the pols up and make them face reality. Being so attached to any political party that one goes along blindly with everything they do and believe is not my cup of TEA. We all should be proud of those who dissent without violence, who believe in the Bill of Rights and are willing to stand up against an aggressive government, and the pols, that do everything in their power to shut down Freedom of the Press and Free Speech. “Isn’t it ironic that the Tea Party now stands for the rule of law and that elements of the United States government and the Washington establishment have become the rogue, criminal element in America?”
Foreign banks receiving the largesse of QEternity. They hold over One trillion in government reserves thanks to Bernanke.
Uh-oh, Trumka is on a tear.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a blistering statement on Hatch’s amendments Tuesday afternoon, calling them “unambiguous attacks on American workers,” as the federation vowed to fight them on the Senate floor
As if the flagging support from the AFL-CIO on the illegal immigration bill wasn’t enough, BO also is losing the Unions due to Obamacare. I guess the “we have to pass the bill for you to see what’s in it” meme lost it charm.
Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare.
Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.
Lois Lerner isn’t the “innocent victim” of oversight. Her days at the FEC are much the same as her tenure at the IRS.
Insisting Lerner, and the IRS more broadly, were not not politically motivated has been a central contention of those trying to minimize the impact of the scandal.
The trouble with this defense is that, prior to joining the IRS, Lerner’s tenure as head of the Enforcement Office at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) was marked by what appears to be politically motivated harassment of conservative groups.
NannyBloomberg gets nasty…threatens Taxi owner
Mayor Bloomberg went on a spitting-mad rant against a city cab-fleet boss who won a court victory over Hizzoner’s planned “Taxi of Tomorrow” — vowing to “destroy your f–king industry” when he leaves office
Update after the Preezy “speech”
Pfeiffer came out on Sunday and told everyone how “irrelevant” it is to want to know where BO was on the night of the Benghazi attacks. As Americans were dying, it would be nice if BO had been involved or, in the briefing room. Makes one wonder where he was and what he was doing at that point in time. Of course, since the spokespeople for the administration says “we’re just dumb”, we would like to know who the hell is minding the store. Chris Wallace asked Pfeiffer several time in several ways, Sunday, where BO was the night of the attacks in Benghazi. Pfeiffer ran and stuttered and tried to shift the conversation getting more then a little perturbed at Wallace.Wallace was having none of it. No one in the BO administration ever gives an honest answer, always playing politics when there isn’t a reason to lie and obfuscate. Running the government like a bunch of mafia dons. Maybe he had J-Z and Beyoncé over that evening and the situation room was occupied. Wherever BO was it is a source of embarrassment or they wouldn’t be hiding the truth from us. So, they just make stuff up. Nakoula is still in jail over the lies of BO and Clinton.
Wallace pressed him further: “With due respect, you didn’t answer my question: what did the president do that night?” Pfeiffer said that Obama was in touch with his national security team, but as Wallace pointed out, he didn’t talk to the Secretary of State except for one time after the attack was over, didn’t talk to the Secretary of Defense, didn’t talk with the Joint Chiefs of Staff as it developed.
Finally, Wallace asked whether Obama was in the Situation Room. “I don’t remember what room the President was in on that night,” shot back Pfeiffer, “and that’s a largely irrelevant fact.” Wallace continued to press the point, and Pfeiffer continued to evade.
This isn’t going away….IG report paints a grim picture of the illegal goings on in the DOJ. All of this scandal around “Fast and Furious” doc leaks from the DOJ to smear a whistleblower. Of course, Eric Holder knows nothing about this as well. For all the bragging BO does about his appointees, how “smart” these people are, they sure do plenty of dumb stuff and usually know nothing when it’s brought to their attention. They hold us to the standards they refuse to live up to.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report Monday that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson.
The DOJ IG said it found “Burke’s conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney.”
“We are referring to OPR our finding that Burke violated Department policy in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to a member of the media for a determination of whether Burke’s conduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct for the state bars in which Burke is a member,” the IG wrote.
The DOJ actions are really speaking much louder then words. It’s been discovered the dept. went after 3 employees of FOX, two reporters and a producer, their personal emails. While the left may keep up their defense of everyone of BO’s buds, this is tyranny. Nothing more and nothing less. Corruption, cronyism, unwarranted surveillance of the media, what’s next, re-education camps?
“We are outraged to learn today that James Rosen was named a criminal co-conspirator for simply doing his job as a reporter. In fact, it is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend his right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”
So, gathering, investigating, and reporting the news is now a crime if you don’t agree with BO and his henchmen. Video at the link
As for the IRS, wait, the other shoe will drop shortly. It’s not over. Nothing stays quiet in DC for very long once the ball starts rolling and the first person speaks out.
The US is agreeable to the UN Arms Treaty and will sign it. It has to get 67 votes in the Senate to pass. BO says it won’t have any effect on Second Amendment Rights……… uh-huh. Right along with this non-announcement we find out the person who will push for its passage, Susan Rice, is going to be appointed as National Security advisor……uh-huh.
Oh, and the Senate is doing the mark-up on the Immigration Bill….going nowhere in the House. Shumer says “our Republicans”, hopefully they won’t go for this mess of a lie either.
UPDATE: Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of OK. If you are able, please make a donation, they do need our help.
Representative Kelly (R-word, PA) didn’t mince words at the hearings with IRS Commissioner Miller. His rant brought the House down and got a standing ovation. You really don’t want to miss this one.
You know, you can put anybody out of business that you want. Any time you want. I gotta tell you. You could talk about how you’re a horribly run organization, if you’re on the other side of the fence, you’re not giving that excuse. And the IRS comes in, you’re not allowed to be shoddy, you’re not allowed to be run horribly, you’re not allowed to make mistakes, you’re not allowed to do one damn thing that doesn’t come in compliance, and if you do, you’re held responsible right then. I just think the American people have seen what’s going on right now in their government. This is absolutely an overreach and this is an outrage for all Americans. (video at the link)
It all trickles down from the top. “Punish your enemies” is the main theme of this current administration, it came from the top and has burrowed itself into every single aspect of the government. From the EPA to the IRS, the “enemies” BO spoke of are being targeted by the ideological believers holding government office. Half the country is now a part of BO’s enemies list. We know this because they have said so and acted in ways that prove our worst case scenario. If there is any doubt the Obama administration did not know about the IRS targeting, the IG has certainly dispelled that theory
The inspector general gave Republicans some fodder Friday when he divulged that he informed the Treasury’s general counsel he was auditing the I.R.S.’s screening of politically active groups seeking tax exemptions on June 4, 2012. He told Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin “shortly after,” he said. That meant Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.
Tom Perez, BO’s new appointee to the NLRB, must be fuming after the DOJ lost its battle to enforce “disparate impact” on the NYFD.
Oddly enough, the case was not based on any particular act of discrimination. It was based purely on the fact that somebody somewhere decided that too many NYFD applicants had failed a job exam. The DOJ argued that these multiple failures were undeniable evidence of “disparate impact.” That’s the quack legal theory that it isn’t necessary to show discriminatory intent to prove discrimination. All that is required is evidence that a policy or procedure has “the effect of disproportionately excluding members of a particular protected group,” to quote from DOJ’s website.
A district judge in 2010 awarded $128 million in damages to those applicants and appointed a monitor to oversee NYFD’s hiring practices. Earlier this week, thankfully, a federal appeals court overturned that ruling, calling it an “excessive intrusion.”
I don’t know how you feel but, when I need a police officer or fireman the color of their skin, gender, or culture is the least of my worries. If my house is burning down I want the firemen to meet a certain set of criteria and skills. I’m not going to check to make sure 12% are minorities. New York City’s Deputy Fire Chief Paul Mannix put it well, saying “there can’t be any diluting of standards … if candidates don’t measure up, they can’t be kept on because of gender or skin color. It hurts firefighters and citizens of the city of all races and genders.”
Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative is now calling for museums, zoos, gardens, science and technology centers to “join the call to action,” to decrease obesity among children.
It takes about 3 hours of hiking uphill and downhill to see all the exhibits at the Cleveland Zoo. Strollers and wagons for younger children are available for parents at the entrance (no charge). The only people who ride the trams to the various compounds are mostly elderly, handicapped, or obese adults and their children. When you’ve hiked for three hours, a Mickey D’s burger and fries isn’t going to destroy anyone’s health. I am so tired of this woman and her food fetish. She wants to put the whole country on a diet because she was fat and too lazy to stay in shape. Now, since she has decided to curb her wolfing of food, the whole country is supposed to follow her diet plan? BTW, after 3 years of harping, the women in my neighborhood who are obese haven’t changed one iota. It’s all about their chosen lifestyle. Oh, and they can’t afford the personal trainer and chef to get them in shape and eat right. MO wouldn’t be quite as svelte if she didn’t have that going for her. From June 2009, we do remember what you looked like before you decided to gain a little self control.
- AWESOME! Rep Mike Kelly Receives Standing Ovation After Epic Rant at IRS Hearing (Video) (thegatewaypundit.com)
What a hoot! BO comes out and makes the stern and angry announcement that Miller is gone from the IRS. Then we find out his time at the IRS is over in June anyway. Sooooo, phony, fakester BO came out yesterday to make a huge announcement that really has no effect on Miller or the IRS. Don’t you think he knows the “acting head of the IRS” will be leaving his post in June? So the melodrama of Preezy and his “heads will roll” statement is so much smoke and mirrors.
“The misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable. It’s inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it and I am angry about it,” the president said in a brief prepared statement. “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency—but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives.”
Obama said the “responsible parties” will be held accountable. Lew “took the first step by requesting—and accepting—the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS because given the controversy surrounding this audit, it’s important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward,” Obama added.
See how easy that was? But, now there is this.…..a symbolic resignation.
The president’s big statement today was a big nothing as far as accountability goes. The only head that has rolled was already scheduled to roll even if the scandal had never come up. It now looks like Obama came out with that statement for two reasons: To look like he was doing something useful, and to bully Republicans not to aggressively pursue the scandal
Since BO has done his best to create an atmosphere of hatred for conservatives, why is he so surprised and angry? What is really inexcusable is how much damage has been done by this Preezy, which will impact the US for years to come.
MO went on a book signing May 7th. It was “closed to the press”. I now see why…..and just look at the shiny. She urged patrons to buy ‘her’ book for Mother’s Day, the one she didn’t write along with photos she didn’t take. But, like BO, it is all about her.
- Confused by Obama’s Incredibly Brief IRS Statement? Here’s Krauthammer’s Take (theblaze.com)
- ‘Angry’ Obama: IRS Chief Is Out, and New Safeguards Are Coming (theatlanticwire.com)
R-words and D-words alike call for a “compassionate” and “moral” fix to the problem of illegal aliens. I don’t see the “moral obligation” to help anyone who breaks the law by entering the country illegally. Rep King has it exactly right. Illegals are not “victims” and we do not owe them anything.
“Why do I have to do anything to solve a problem that people created willingly for themselves?”
They choose to come here illegally and live in the shadows. They are happy enough to take the risk of sneaking into the United States or overstaying their visa, sneaking around and using fraudulent documents to get a job or tapping into welfare and living here in the shadows for the balance of their lives. That was their best option; the worst would be prison or deportation.
The answer to that question is: I don’t have to do anything to fix that problem
300 Amendments, and waivers, only guarantees another mess. Why is it so hard for Congress to write a clean bill and pass it? When has it ever been okay to just ignore existing law and pick and choose which laws should be enforced? Our ‘betters’ on the Hill and in the West Wing are doing exactly that. The new immigration bill is like a block of swiss cheese, so full of holes as to make it a joke
The “Gang” legislation makes this process worse, however, by granting the Executive Branch wide ranging authority to wave away hundreds of specific requirements. The current “Gang” bill blocks members of criminal gangs from a path to citizenship, but allows DHS to waive that prohibition. Immigrants seeking citizenship have to show they work, but that requirement can also be waived. Immigrants seeking expedited citizenship status under the “Dream Act,” have to show 2 years of college instruction, except in cases where DHS rules that isn’t necessary.
Reform the current system and give some clarity to the legal immigration system. Stop giving taxpayer dollars to illegals in the form of welfare and, secure the border. We are not obligated to save or support illegals who knowingly break the law and sneak in to the US. The cost of the “Gang” bill has been quoted as 6.3 trillion to implement. With all the loopholes, why bother to even have a new immigration bill? It’s all smoke and mirrors.
BO’s having another really terrible week. Must be hard to keep justifying all those illegal tactics they are using against conservatives and anyone else who gets in their way. Using the IRS as a political hammer to bludgeon any group or outspoken opponent points to lack of character and morals. But, in BO’s political realm of Chicago those are the kind of tactics used to win in a campaign. Well, that and getting court records unsealed to bludgeon his political opponents running for office. So, why is it a big surprise to anyone this current bunch in Big White would operate any differently then in the past? The IG’s report is damning to say the very least.
By June 2011, the unit had flagged over 100 Tea Party-related applications and the criteria used to scrutinize organizations had grown considerably, flagging not just “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in group names, but also groups that were working on issues like “government debt,” “taxes” and even organizations making statements that “criticize how the country is being run.”
The report, done by the Inspector General for the IRS, also shows that senior IRS officials in Washington was aware of what was going on as early as August 4, 2011 when, according to the report, the IRS chief counsel held a meeting with the IRS’s Rulings and Agreements unit “so that everyone would have the latest information on the issue.”
“The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a ‘massive and unprecedented intrusion’ into how news organizations gather the news,” the AP reported on Monday.
“The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.
Maybe it would have been smarter to not create an “enemies list” and then proceed to break the law to “punish” them. BO and his appointees are acting like mafia thugs intent on suppressing anyone who would investigate or speak out against them. Never, in my lifetime, have I ever been so disgusted and so furious at any sitting President of either party.
The good news; Gosnell is guilty of three counts of felony murder and one count of manslaughter. The jury got it right! Kudos to them for a job well done. Because of Gosnell, state health depts. all over the country are running around closing abortion clinics that are equivalent to the Gosnell clinic. Planned Parenthood must be very unhappy. Those are the clinics they refer women to who are seeking abortions, mostly poor or minorities. The people at Planned Parenthood have no shame, just excuses.
It’s going to be an exciting week, we get to see who blinks first.
- OBAMA ADMIN. BESIEGED BY SCANDAL – DOJ sought House Press Gallery phone records – Struggles hamper Dem recruitment – WEINER ADDS STAFF – Gosnell found guilty – Landrieu gets a challenger (politico.com)
- Immigration Bill Expands Authority Of DHS Empire, Allows Big Sis To Overrule Enforcement (personalliberty.com)
- How Criminal-Gang Members Can Get Amnesty (nationalreview.com)
- Ted Cruz Lays Down Gauntlet on Immigration Bill (+video) (joemiller.us)
- 5 myths about amnesty for illegal immigrants in Senate bill (csmonitor.com)
- UH OH: Obama Says We Have A ‘Moral Obligation’ In Syria (businessinsider.com)
- Obama: U.S. has a ‘moral obligation’ to help end civil war in Syria. (thesunnews.typepad.com)
There are none so blind as he who will not see…even with blood on their hands
The day after Benghazi, the parents of Navy SEALS from Seal Team Six, along with military experts and former military officials, appeared at the National Press Club to demand a congressional investigation. The media responded with a collective shrugs and resumed providing non-stop coverage of the Jodi Arias case. Some Lady Macbeths go to prison. Others are meant to go to the White House.
“Why was there no pre-assault fire?” Karen Vaughn, the mother of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, asked. “We were told as families that pre-assault fire damages our efforts to win the hearts and minds of our enemy. So in other words, the hearts and minds of our enemy are more valuable to this government than my son’s blood.”
This Mother’s Day is dedicated to the moms whose sons and daughters are at the mercy of a corrupt and misguided government who treat them and their children with utter disdain.
“Under the current Rules of Engagement, if the enemy fires on you then runs behind a rock,” Karen Vaughn told a press that was busy pressing its fingers into its ears as deep as they could go, “when he pops his head out from behind the rock, you’re not allowed to engage him unless you can verify that he has not laid his gun down… in other words you must be fired on twice.”
To all the moms who have made the ultimate sacrifice and whose children have been forgotten, we do remember you today and every other day.
I love pushback, especially when it proves we were right all along. Lying and cover ups haven’t worked out well for any incumbent since Nixon. If they would lie to the public about Benghazi, than what else would they lie about to the American public.
ABC News has obtained 12 different versions of the talking points that show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows the Sunday after that attack.
White House emails reviewed by ABC News suggest the edits were made with extensive input from the State Department. The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack. That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November.
Prince Harry made a visit to DC and the female staffers acted like kindergarteners. They had to be ordered back to their offices due to the teeny bopper squealing as he toured and spoke with McCain at an exhibit by Halo Trust, who provides aid in the removal of landmines all over the world.
As well as meeting Sen. John McCain at Capitol Hill, he was welcomed by a bevvy of grinning female staffers – who were promptly ushered back inside by police, according to their colleagues’ tweets.
‘If all the women on Capitol Hill were dust bunnies, #princeharry would be a Dyson Vacuum. Every woman is gone. Every. Single. One,’ Chris Mickey tweeted before the royal’s arrival.
When the women were asked to leave, sparking ‘grumpy faces’ according to further tweets, they swiftly found other balconies over which to peer at the prince.
The IRS made news on Friday…..targeted “conservative groups”. Yep, even the IRS is in the pocket of the Progressives. Does an apology suffice? No, it surely doesn’t, those involved won’t be fired, and they should be.
The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
Though IRS officials blamed “low-level” employees in the Cincinnati office, which is the central IRS office in charge of tax exemptions, French said the abuse was far more widespread.
More here…..just because it happened during the 2012 elections doesn’t make it “political bias”. OH PLEEEZE!
Just a joke? I doubt it…..from 2009
Barack Obama owes his presidency in no small part to the power of rhetoric. It’s
too bad he doesn’t appreciate the damage that loose talk can do to America’s tax
system, even as exploding federal deficits make revenues more important than
At his Arizona State University commencement speech last Wednesday, Mr. Obama
noted that ASU had refused to grant him an honorary degree, citing his lack of
experience, and the controversy this had caused. He then demonstrated ASU’s
point by remarking, “I really thought this was much ado about nothing, but I do
think we all learned an important lesson. I learned never again to pick another
team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA brackets. . . . President [Michael] Crowe
and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.”
The Preezy’s actions and words speak far louder than most people imagine. He is the problem, not the solution. His constant blame game and contempt for anyone who thinks differently than he does is a signal to those working for the Federal government to “punish their enemies”. That would be anyone who disagrees with BO. Let’s face it, it’s not a “conspiracy theory” when powerful government agencies are out to get you. Just ask the government whistleblowers how they feel in the wake of Benghazi.
- Now it’s the little people in Cincinnati? (washingtonpost.com)
- IRS admits improperly targeting conservative groups (rep-am.com)
- White House Spokesman: Demands to Release Benghazi Memos Are ‘Political’ (pbs.org)
- PM Note: Today Is Why There Are Conspiracy Theories (abcnews.go.com)
- White House Intentionally Removed Terror References From CIA Talking Points. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
Does anyone remember the day the flag draped caskets of Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans, who fought off the Benghazi attack for hours, were met by BO and Hillary? Do you remember how they stood there and, with straight faces, told us this attack was caused by a 15 minute video? Both of them looked the American people in the eye and lied to us, not once but twice, all for political gain. The Obama administration, State Dept, et al just left them. Not one of those people had the courage or the honor to make any effort on their behalf. It’s totally unforgivable. After making Egypt and Libya a total mess, doubling down on a false narrative, Obama and his cohorts in crime have done nothing to secure the perpetrators of the Benghazi attacks. BO didn’t even want to call it a “terrorist attack” but, was finally forced to do so by some intrepid reporting (Sharyl Attkinson and FOX News). Nothing BO or Clinton, or anyone else in the current administration, can say will ever make them trustworthy again. The lies and obfuscation, the refusal to deal with the people in a straightforward manner, have made this not just a lame duck -residency, but a really lame one. Why the great need to hide the truth? Because the Leader-from-Behind knew how bad his decision was and knew the American public would think so too. Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told “you can’t go” to Benghazi during attacks
Ambassador Susan Rice and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially indicated the attacks were not planned acts of terror, but an outgrowth of a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islamic YouTube video. Unidentified government officials removed references to terrorism and al Qaeda from so-called “talking points” released to the public shortly after the attacks……snip
The account from Gregory Hicks is in stark contrast to assertions from the Obama administration, which insisted that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized. Hicks gave private testimony to congressional investigators last month in advance of his upcoming appearance at a congressional hearing Wednesday.
According to excerpts released Monday, Hicks told investigators that SOCAFRICA commander Lt. Col. Gibson and his team were on their way to board a C-130 from Tripoli for Benghazi prior to an attack on a second U.S. compound “when [Col. Gibson] got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said, ‘you can’t go now, you don’t have the authority to go now.’ And so they missed the flight … They were told not to board the flight, so they missed it.”
Remember this, Nakoula is still in jail over the lies told by BO, Clinton, and Rice. The full force of the Federal Government came down on this man to perpetuate a lie told by the highest officials in the land. The cruelty of that act is beyond the pale, totally unacceptable behavior. The harsh part is, it could happen to anyone at any time. Being made a scapegoat by an abusive powerful government to cover up incompetence on a grand scale is a breach of trust.
The fast-tracking of Nakoula’s jailing was highly irregular. Among other things, I’d like to see the Congressional investigators get Nakoula’s prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Dugdale — and perhaps his boss, U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. — under oath about communications from the White House or the Justice Department regarding this case.
Good luck on that 2016 run Hillary. If this is as bad as we know it is, you will have a very hard time staying relevant. Hillary cut State’s counter-terrorism bureau out of Benghazi loop
On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut the department’s own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making, according to a “whistle-blower” witness from that bureau who will soon testify to the charge before Congress, Fox News has learned.
That witness is Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for operations in the agency’s counterterrorism bureau. Sources tell Fox News Thompson will level the allegation against Clinton during testimony on Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Fox News has also learned that another official from the counterterrorism bureau — independently of Thompson — voiced the same complaint about Clinton and Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy to trusted national security colleagues back in October.
BO is off to the races…again. He’s planning a “campaign style tour” to talk about “JOBS”. It costs $181,000 an hour to run AF1 to cart BO around to make ridiculous speeches and get the photo-ops he so loves. He’ll be visiting Austin, TX. Nothing like jumping on the bandwagon of a Republican run state that’s successfully creating jobs. Why not go to CA, IL or NY? Those Dem strongholds are following his ideas and creating lots of wealth for the masses, non?
Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.
We have never been a people who place all our faith in government to solve our problems. We shouldn’t want to. But we don’t think the government is the source of all our problems, either. Because we understand that this democracy is ours. And as citizens, we understand that it’s not about what America can do for us, it’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government. And class of 2013, you have to be involved in that process.
I don’t know about you, but this governing style, and policies, seems pretty sinister to me. If that’s gumming up the works, so be it. I would rather see the works gummed up than to let BO get away with abuse and turn executive power into a slimy dictatorship.
- Benghazi ‘emerging evidence’: White House ‘knowingly misled’ Americans (examiner.com)
- Issa: ‘Everybody’ in Libya thought Benghazi attack was terrorism (thehill.com)
- Breaking: Sharyl Attkisson tweets reveal Obama admin lies; US Special Forces stopped from going to Benghazi; Update: ‘Might have saved American lives’ (twitchy.com)
- House Releases Report on Benghazi Attack (breitbart.com)
- Much worse than Watergate: Americans need a fullscale investigation of Benghazi (worldtribune.com)
- Benghazi Boils Over (freebeacon.com)
If it doesn’t fit the political narrative……it never happened and, “What difference at this point does it make”? I am sure it makes a “difference” to the only person being held in a jail cell over the Benghazi debacle. You know, the guy who made a 15 minute video and was blamed by the Administration for inflaming the Muslim sensitivities, which then led to the full force of the Fed coming down on his head.
One senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that “three or four members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” or AQAP, took part in the attack.
Another source briefed on the Benghazi investigation said Western intelligence services suspect the men may have been sent by the group specifically to carry out the attack. But it’s not been ruled out that they were already in the city and participated as the opportunity arose. …
If the AQAP members were dispatched to Benghazi, it would be further evidence of a new level of co-operation among jihadist groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa, counterterrorism analysts say.
It seems the Obama narrative has fallen apart on Benghazi. One thing Bush figured out with the Iraq invasion, depose a dictator but do not leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill.
As for Syria…..dithering is the “course” taken by BO….never mind the “red line”. Libya plays hard in this decision.
The Obama administration has returned to the idea of arming moderate Syrian rebels, current and former officials said, because many officials see it as one of the few steps available to shore up the opposition without drawing the U.S. military into the two-year-old civil war.
Advocates see delivering weapons as the least invasive of the alternatives available to President Barack Obama. One former official called it the “best of the bad options.”
About the Jason Collins coming out party….spent 8 years lying to his fiancé. Yeah, what a guy, so courageous.
“But Collins did attempt to obscure his engagement. This is what he wrote: “When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged.”
That sure sounds like someone who got engaged young, not someone who cancelled a wedding at the age of about 30 after an eight year relationship. While his statement was technically true (everything in our past was when we were younger), it had to have been intentionally misleading, especially coming from a Stanford grad.”
BO is busy telling the Mexicans how grateful he is for their “votes” and how deeply sorrowful he is that “90% of the guns” used by crime lords are from the US (that has been totally debunked). In reality major illegal guns going across the border came from a government which heralded and supported the Fast and Furious gun running debacle.
“And we also recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” he said. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms, and as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right and I always will.
“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to [pass] common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people, that can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do.”
Sounds like he’s running for Preezy in Mexico too. Same speech, different country.
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- IG Is Investigating Benghazi Review Panel (ARB) (sweetness-light.com)
- Three Big Developments in the Benghazi Investigation (nationalreview.com)
- Pressure Coming Down on Benghazi Witnesses from Obama Administration (gopusa.com)