Stories of the Day
Remember folks, we’ve got two and a half years more with this man in charge. “One more thing—I think we need to retire the old “fool or knave?” question. Now it’s down to “lunatic or traitor?” I know which one I choose.” One crisis after another
“Extraordinary ignorance.” “Professor Kagan’s assessment of Obama hits home with me; the New York Times reports that he characterized Obama’s recent West Point speech as “pathetic.” Of Obama himself, Professor Kagan observed: “We should not underestimate the possibility of extraordinary ignorance.” This is how liberalism looks when the consequences of liberal policies become manifest.” THE GREAT UNRAVELING
Obama’s week in review. “It was an amazing week for Barack Obama — perhaps the most remarkable in his disastrous presidency. We watched history unfold as it did in Greek mythology — with all of the ills that would confront mankind escaping from Pandora’s box.” SLIDING INTO THE ABYSS: A disastrous week for the president.
Never let a crisis go to waste. “This is a purposeful attempt by the Obama administration to shift the 2014 election conversation to immigration, as opposed to Obamacare – and the designed humanitarian crisis has been purposefully created, in violation of law, to give President Obama the supposed moral impetus for unilateral executive action, as I wrote back in early April. The Obama White House’s decision not to prosecute or deport the so-called DREAMers – illegal immigrants between the ages of 16 and 30 who arrived as minors in the United States – did not constitute an exercise of prosecutorial discretion. It was pure obstruction of justice.” OBAMA’S IRS, BORDER CRIMINALITY AND ‘THE PEOPLE VS. BARACK OBAMA’
Emphasis mine. “The only way to convince illegals that there’s no mass amnesty in effect is to … pass a mass amnesty. Not even Josh Earnest could float that argument with a straight face, so Biden’s headed to Central America this week to try to convince would-be illegals in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras that, technically, they aren’t allowed to stay even if they make it across to Texas. I’m skeptical that that’ll be true in practice: If Obama’s worried enough about his base to consider anexecutive order relaxing deportations, he’s surely worried enough to hold off on shipping eight-year-olds back to their home countries. He’s also worried about red-state Democrats being punished in November if it seems like he’s not trying to solve this problem, though, which is why he’s rolling out the vice president instead of some lesser diplomatic apparatchik. Biden’s audience is as much American voters as it is Central American migrants. Exit quotation via theDaily Caller: ‘Anytime the administration sends Joe Biden to solve a problem, it’s clear evidence that the administration doesn’t see it as a problem worth solving.’” Young illegals tell Border Patrol: We’re coming because we heard about a “new” U.S. law that lets minors stay
Self interest over what’s best for the citizens of this country. “What a sad bunch we have become. Add them all up: a demagogic president at war with the Constitution and eager to nullify existing law for partisan purposes; the conniving employer who wants cheap labor to drive down the cost of doing business as he praises the “free market”; the scheming Mexican government in need of remittances and apparently desirous to have fewer of the poor, indigenous people of Oaxaca; the racialist identity activists who in projection call everyone else racist; the calculating Democratic politician eager to have more impoverished constituents who need him to give them stuff; the bankrupt educationalists who dreamed up ethnic-studies classes that would retard integration and assimilation.” The New Children’s Crusade: Almost everything we are told about illegal immigration is both a lie and amoral.
Shut up and do as you are told. “And Gates stands to profit:
Some liberals are angry, too, with a few teacher groups questioning Gates’s influence and motives. Critics say Microsoft stands to benefit from the Common Core’s embrace of technology and data — a charge Gates vehemently rejects . . .
Gates grew irritated in the interview when the political backlash against the standards was mentioned. “These are not political things,” he said. “These are where people are trying to apply expertise to say, ‘Is this a way of making education better?’” . . .
Note the typically leftist, statist assumption at the heart of Gates’ comment. THE EXPERTS KNOW BEST. Voters don’t need to think about this. We’ll figure it out for you. It’s not political. Well, everything is political. Otherwise it’s anti-democratic.” How Obama Instituted Common Core on the Sly
How long are we going to continue to let them get away with using the “racism” card? Let’s start with the cover: superimposed over a photo of the governor standing by his desk is the title: “Scott Walker is So Hot Right Now: Too bad he owes his success to a toxic strain of Racial Politics.” Inside the issue, the title becomes: “The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker: A Journey Through the Poisonous, Racially Divided World that Produced a Republican Star.” [Snip] Whatever the future holds for the governor, this story reveals something that was not TNR’s or the author’s intent. They are worried that Scott Walker has broad appeal and that he would make a formidable opponent. This article is meant to nip any Walker candidacy in the bud, and to assure that he will not even try to enter the race. In carrying out this task, journalist Macgillis has written an article devoid of any real charges of merit against Walker, and in which he brings up much that cannot be tied to Walker in any meaningful way.” TNR’s Hit Job on Scott Walker: The Real Reason They Ran this Cover Story
Democrats to the rest of us: Paying taxes is for the little people. “Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth. That doesn’t mean they want to pay it.To reduce the tax pinch, the Clintons are using financial planning strategies befitting the top 1 percent of U.S. households in wealth. These moves, common among multimillionaires, will help shield some of their estate from the tax that now tops out at 40 percent of assets upon death.” Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back
Maybe America is not that into her after all. “That’s Simon & Schuster’s problem, of course, but Hillary has bigger problems. The real sales job wasn’t the book itself but Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate. The lack of enthusiasm for the book in its sales figures hurts the perception of Hillary, but nowhere nearly as badly as Hillary herself has damaged it over the past eight days. She has made gaffe after gaffe, underscored her lack of accomplishment at State, and provided no real answers on how she would govern. Indeed, her book and her testimony on the tour the past week has raised a lot more questions about her leadership and her honesty than it answered. So the book sales may be a flop, but the bigger flop is Candidate Hillary. Even a boost in book sales wouldn’t fix that.” Is Hard Choices a “bomb”?
A good review of the “why’s” of the current state of Iraq. “On October 22nd, 2007, Osama bin Laden admitted in an audio tape, entitled “Message to the people of Iraq,” that al Qaeda was losing the war in Iraq because it had made mistakes and no longer had the allegiance of Sunni insurgents who had switched sides. When Barack Obama became president on January 20, 2009, the war in Iraq was essentially won. The al Qaeda-backed insurgency was reduced to smoldering embers. George W. Bush’s surge had succeeded. Safely behind bars at the time was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, an al Qaeda-linked point man who was imprisoned at Camp Bucca in Iraq, after being captured by U.S. forces in 2005. According to a Pentagon assessment at the time, al Baghdadi “would kidnap individuals or entire families, accuse them, pronounce sentence and then publicly execute them.” However, the Obama administration decided to shut down the Bucca prison camp and hand over its prisoners to the Iraqi government, including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2009. The Iraqi government later released him. Al Baghadi boasted to the U.S. soldiers who had held him prisoner, “I’ll see you in New York.” Leader of Jihadist Onslaught in Iraq Released on Obama’s Watch
It’s okay to golf, as many times as you want, as long as you’re a Democrat president. “In all, Bush played 24 rounds during his time in the White House. Obama has played more than seven times that many – so far. Of course, Obama did not start the war in iraq, or in Afghanistan, although he seriously escalated the latter, and nearly 1,700 American troops have died in Afghanistan since he entered the White House. “Obama does not style himself as a ‘war president,’ and many Americans seem content with that,” noted the Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt in 2010. “Unlike his predecessor, Obama is not chided for playing golf in his off hours.” But there is still the signal-sending. “I understand presidents need to relax and get away, but symbolism matters,” says another former Bush aide, Pete Wehner. “It matters because it speaks to something deeper. You send signals to the country about your priorities. I would prefer that he not do it because he is commander in chief and things are unraveling.” Obama has never made the golf missteps Bush did, in part because he would never allow the public a good look at him playing what some still consider a frivolous, rich guy’s sport. “Like JFK, he had downplayed his love of golf during the  campaign for political reasons,” wrote sympathetic journalist Jonathan Alter in The Promise, a book about Obama’s first year in office. “Obama barred cameras from the course when he played. Wrong Image.” Now, perhaps more than ever, it’s still the wrong Image. Will the president keep playing while his – and the world’s – problems mount?” Barack Obama Golfs While the Middle East Burns
The anatomy of how to handle an Obama crisis: They’ve had so many that they’ve been able to perfect the process. “As the scandals mount, they all seem to follow something of a pattern. Reluctant Revelation: First you have the reluctant revelation of the scandal. It’s not that the media go digging for some dirt. Usually something incontrovertible comes up unrelated to media curiosity – like a U.S. Border Patrol agent ends up being killed by a gun the U.S. put into the hands of dangerous Mexican drug cartels or the IRS publicly admits that it had targeted Obama’s political enemies or it turns out that the Justice Department had secretly seized the phone records of more than 100 AP reporters. Slow Roll: Then the Obama administration does the slow roll. Agencies and officials claim they’re unable to release relevant information to the media or Congressional overseers. FOIAs are thwarted or delayed. The administration might claim executive privilege or, if you can believe it, computer crashes. Politics: The media then frequently analyze the scandal in terms of politics. Perhaps partly because they’ve been stymied in their attempts to get real details, press reports focus on whether they’re hurting one party or another or whether the general public cares enough about the scandal to matter on voting day. Old News: Finally the administration dismisses the scandal as old news (e.g. “Dude, this was, like, two years ago.“) and the public, for its part, gets fatigued by the sheer number of scandals and just gets overwhelmed. This is not the sign of a healthy republic. In any case, for those looking to learn more about this latest update to the scandal, here’s the Wall Street Journal on the basics, the original AP story, another AP story, Ron Fournier calling for a special prosecutor, Sharyl Atkisson has some good questions for journalists to start asking.” Lacking Curiosity, Lacking Credibility: The Media’s IRS Scandal Problem
Those in the mainstream media might not be buying it, but they’re going to do their best to hide the story in order to let Obama get away with it one more time. “No one is buying the IRS’ excuse that it “lost” the critical two years of Lois Lerner’s emails. On CNN today, the network’s John King, AP’s Julie Pace and Politico’s Manu Raju all express skepticism over the tale. King opens with a flippant question set: “Do you believe in the Easter Bunny? Do you believe in Santa Claus? Do you believe that Lois Lerner’s emails suddenly went poof?” None of the three believe that. Pace says, “There is nothing good about the way this had been handled?” None of the three reporters express outrage that the administration is lying to them and the rest of us. They seem bemused, if anything.” CNN on the ‘Lost’ Lerner Emails: ‘Do You Believe in the Easter Bunny?’
“DiGenova concluded by saying that President Obama is “the President Richard Nixon always wanted to be,” due to his ability to orchestrate scandals while keeping his hands clean of any responsibility. Ouch, those are some harsh words. However, diGenova’s logic for censure is solid. As our nation’s Commander-in-Chief, Obama is ultimately responsible for making sure justice is upheld in all aspects of government. If Congress has compelling reasons to doubt that justice has been upheld, they most certainly have a right to ask the President about it.” Legal Expert: Obama’s Secret Message To IRS Officials Would Have Made Nixon Proud
We need to pray for more brave whistle blowers. “The former IRS IT worker adds that in his time on the prime contract, “I have worked for many federal agencies and the IRS had some of the best people.” “This reason is why I scoff at the story being put out. Those folks would not have had such a short retention period for email unless they had it in writing from the highest levels. It would have made the local IT water cooler gossip if the IRS had screwed up and lost tons of email by accident.” Yet the IRS claims that it lost the emails a year ago, and is only now telling congressional investigators.” Exclusive: Former IRS Information Tech Worker Doubts Agency’s Claim to have ‘Lost’ Lerner’s Emails
If you wondered why this story went away so quickly, this is why. “According to CBS Chicago:
While living in Lafayette, Jerad and his wife Amanda took part in last November’s “Million Mask March” – a gathering of protesters from the Occupy movement, anarchists, and hacktivists.
“Stand clear and sneer.” “If he’s so miserable, he could end that tenure right now. Today. He could get out before his ineptitude and dishonesty cause even more problems for the world, and, most importantly, for himself. But he won’t, because his ego won’t let him. He’s willing to destroy the Democrats’ brand just to hold onto his power, no matter how miserable it makes him. No matter how many times he screws everything up, and part of him can’t push away the shame. Even now, there are people with an emotional investment in this guy. They believed in him, and no matter how he disappoints them, no matter how many outrageous lies he tells them, they can’t bring themselves to abandon him. There’s nothing the rest of us can do but laugh at them. You can point at them as you do so, but either way works. Just laugh at them. They hate it. And the more they seethe, the better it gets. History will remember what this man did to America, and who stood by him. There’s nothing we can do to change that now, but at least we can stand clear and sneer.” Is Obama Tired of Being President?