http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57566003/hackers-take-over-govt-website-to-avenge-swartz/* AND...http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-hacks-us-sentencing-commission-distributes-files-7000010369/Citizens of the world,Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern. We have marked the departure of this system from the noble ideals in which it was born and enshrined. We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the "discretion" or prosecutors. We have seen how the law is wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control, authority and power in the interests of oppression or personal gain."* HARD TO ARGUE...(*SHRUG*)
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/01/biden-mental-health-check-may-have-prevented-virginia-tech-shooting/Vice President Biden says a mental health check on gun sales may have averted the 2007 mass shooting on Virginia Tech‘s campus. Biden’s comments came after a roundtable discussion in Richmond today that included experts involved with the gun control commission convened after the university tragedy.The vice president reported the panel had reached “pretty broad consensus” over what criteria they proposed should deny a sale, including “mental capacity.”* DEFINE "MENTAL CAPACITY." * FOLKS... LIKE IT OR NOT, THE SECOND AMENDMENT IS THE SECOND AMENDMENT... OF THE CONSTITUTION... OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS OF THE CONSTITUTION. IT MUST NOT BE TAKEN AWAY LIGHTLY. IF ONE IS NOT COMPETENT TO EXERCISE ONE'S SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT... WELL... THEN CERTAINLY ONE ISN'T COMPETENT TO RETAIN THE RIGHT TO VOTE... TO RETAIN THE POWER TO ENTER INTO LEGAL CONTRACT... TO PARENT... (*SHRUG*).* FOLKS... I KNOW THAT THINKING HURTS THE AVERAGE AMERICAN'S HEAD... BUT THOUGHT IS REQUIRED HERE!“One of the problems that was pointed out here was that there was an adjudication of the young man that committed the crime at Virginia Tech, and yet he was able to go out and purchase two weapons,” he said.* WHAT "ADJUDICATION?" (NOTICE THE LACK OF SPECIFICITY, FOLKS? IT'S NOT SIMPLY AN "OVERSIGHT.")In April 2007 student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 at the Blacksburg, Va., campus using two handguns. Cho had purchased the weapons legally, but subsequent investigations following the deaths found Cho had a well-documented history of mental health issues. * OF... WHAT... SORT...? IF HE WAS OFFICIALLY DEEMED A THREAT TO HIMSELF AND/OR OTHERS THEN HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN INSTITUTIONALIZED. IF NOT... THEN WE'RE BACK TO THE PROBLEM OF ALL CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS BEING EQUAL AND THUS THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T SIMPLE PICK AND CHOOSE WHICH ONES IT RECOGNIZES, RESPECTS, AND UPHOLDS vs. WHICH ONES IT DOESN'T.Biden also said convicted felons and those found guilty of domestic abuse should be denied the ability to own firearms.* FRANKLY, FOLKS, I DON'T KNOW AS MUCH AS I'D LIKE CONCERNING CASE HISTORY REGARDING TAKING THE FRANCHISE AWAY FROM CONVICTED FELONS. WHILE I'VE ALWAYS APPROVED OF THE PRACTICE... FRANKLY I MIGHT HAVE BEEN WRONG TO HAVE APPROVED. I'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE. AGAIN... STRIPPING A PERSON OF HIS OR HER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IS (OR OUGHTA BE) A HUGE FRIGGIN' DEAL.The remarks come amid a push by activists and Democratic lawmakers to strengthen gun control measures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting last month in which 20 first graders and six adults were killed.* FOLKS... LET'S BE HONEST... MANY OF THESE "ACTIVISTS" AND DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS WANT TO EVISCERATE THE SECOND AMENDMENT... (AND THE FIRST!)Last week President Obama proposed universal background checks for all gun sales, and expanding the data involved with those histories. * WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE RIGHT OF PRIVACY? HELL... IT'S NOT EVEN AN EXPLICIT RIGHT YET THE SUPREME COURT TIME AND AGAIN HAS RULED THAT IT'S A RIGHT. NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN IT'S NOT...???* FOLKS... AGAIN... APPLY LOGIC - AND INTELLECTUAL CONSISTENCY - TO YOUR RUMINATIONS ON THIS TOPIC. I BEG YOU!Obama’s proposals also include a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.* AT THIS POINT THEY'RE COMING RIGHT OUT AND SAYING THAT THEY'RE LABELING "ASSAULT WEAPONS" ASSAULT WEAPONS PURELY BASED UPON LOOKS IN MANY CASES. THIS IS INSANITY!An ABC News/Washington Post poll released yesterday found 53% of Americans favored Obama’s gun control plan favorably, 41% unfavorably.* WE... HAVE... A... CONSTITUTION! YOU DON'T LIKE IT AS WRITTEN...? TRY AND CHANGE IT THROUGH THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROCESS!
http://wgntv.com/2013/01/26/illinois-credit-rating-downgraded-state-drops-to-worst-in-the-nation/Illinois’ credit rating has taken another hit. Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service downgraded the state from an “A” rating to “A-minus”, making it the worst in the country.* YOU'D THINK THE WORST RATING IN THE COUNTRY WOULD BE WHAT... A D-? (*CHUCKLE*) OH, WELL... I SUPPOSE THE POINT REMAINS THE POINT.The New York ratings firm’s ranking means taxpayers may have to pay tens of millions of dollars more in interest when the state borrows money for roads and other projects.* EVENTUALLY THE HOUSE OF CARDS WILL COLLAPSE...* OF COURSE... ILLINOIS... AND CALIFORNIA... AND NEW YORK... AND ALL THESE IRRESPONSIBLE BLUE STATES ARE BANKING ON A FEDERAL BAILOUT - WHICH OF COURSE THEY'LL GET...(*SHRUG*)The downgrade now ties Illinois with California, but California has a positive outlook. Illinois’ fragile overall financial status netted it a negative outlook, putting it behind California overall.* FOLKS... THIS IS ALL UTTER BULLSHIT. THERE'S NO "POSITIVE OUTLOOK" FOR CALIFORNIA. IT'S ALL A BIG CON.The ratings came out now because Illinois plans to issue $500 million in bonds within days.* IN ENGLISH: ILLINOIS PLANS TO GO ANOTHER HALF-BILLION DOLLARS INTO DEBT WITHIN DAYS.
* TWO-PARTER... (Part 1 of 2)http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/279231-immigration-reform-could-add-millions-under-obama-health-law#ixzz2J5kxjSpYComprehensive immigration "reform" could make millions of people suddenly eligible for assistance under President Obama's healthcare law...* WELFARE, FOLKS; THE DOLE. (THIS WAS THE PLAN ALL ALONG...)Illegal aliens are now prohibited from purchasing coverage through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, which will launch next year.* SO THEY GO TO TAXPAYER SUPPORTED CLINICS AND THEIR KIDS ARE GIVEN "FREE" HEALTH INSURANCE AND HEALTH CARE COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AND REGULAR AMERICANS WHO PAY MORE IN INSURANCE PREMIUMS AND CO-PAYS SO THAT OUR OVER-PAYMENTS CAN BE USED TO FURTHER SUBSIDIZE THIS KIND OF SHIT.They are also ineligible for Medicaid under most circumstances, making the law's expansion of the program fruitless for people without documents.* AGAIN... THEIR KIDS... THEIR "ANCHOR BABIES"... STILL GET TO SUCK AT THE PUBLIC TIT.Even young illegal immigrants with "deferred action" status, known as "DREAMers," cannot access the law's benefits.* THEY'RE ACCESSING OTHER "BENEFITS!"But the picture could change completely if Hispanic lawmakers get their wish — an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy that includes a path to legalization.(*LITERALLY CRYING*)* TO BE CONTINUED...
* CONCLUDING... (Part 2 of 2)"We have to figure out a way in which undocumented immigrants incorporate themselves into the larger workforce, and into our society in general, and not be a burden," said Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), a leader in the immigration debate.* GEEZUS..."Do we want them to go to the exchanges? Absolutely we do — if and when they don't have healthcare through their employer," he said.* WE WANT THEM TO GO HOME! WE WANT THEM TO STOP LIVING AS LEACHES!Immigration is expected to be a major issue for President Obama's second term, and advocates like Gutierrez are pushing hard to make "reform" a reality.Recent polls show the public is increasingly on board. According to a CNN/ORC poll from Jan. 21, 53% want a path to legalization for illegal immigrants — a major shift from 2011, when most wanted Washington focused on deportations.* DON'T BELIEVE IT, FOLKS. (NOTICE... "PATH TO LEGALIZATION," NOT "PATH TO CITIZENSHIP." AND EVEN WITH "PATH TO LEGALIZATION" THESE PEOPLE WHO SAY "YES" AREN'T BEING ASKED THE FOLLOW-UP "SHOULD ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS GRANTED A PATH TO LEGALIZATION BE ALLOWED TO COLLECT WELFARE OR HAVE THEIR LIVES SUBSIDIZED BY TAXPAYING CITIZENS AND LEGAL RESIDENTS WHO PAY TAXES?")(*SMIRK*)Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said the legalization of undocumented people would benefit hospitals now burdened by uncompensated care.* THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PROVIDE UNCOMPENSATED CARE IN THE FIRST PLACE. SUCH LAWS ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WANTS TO ENSURE HOSPITALS TREAT ILLEGAL ALIENS THEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PAY FOR SUCH TREATMENT AT MARKET RATES! Federal reimbursement for uncompensated care was also slashed under the Affordable Care Act, raising the stakes for hospitals that serve low-income populations.* AGAIN... HOW ANY OF THIS PASSES CONSTITUTIONAL MUSTER... (*SHRUG*)"I think hospitals and healthcare providers would see it as a huge plus," Grijalva said, referring to an immigration policy that legalizes undocumented people and makes them eligible for federal benefits.* FOLKS... THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS BROKE... IT CAN'T PAY IT'S BILL EXCEPT VIA MORE BORROWING AND MORE DEBT... AND NOW THEY WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND "SERVICES" TO ILLEGAL ALIENS. IT'S SICK."The bottom line is, these people would be contributing toward their own healthcare and not being dependent. They'd be paying taxes. I'd see that as a plus rather than a negative," he said.* NONSENSE. ILLEGAL ALIENS COST US MUCH MORE THAN WE GAIN FROM THEIR ILLEGAL PRESENCE.The idea of providing "ObamaCare" benefits to immigrants has long inflamed partisan rancor. Most famously, it prompted Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) to shout "You lie!" during Obama's 2009 healthcare address on the House floor, when the president pledged that healthcare reform would not cover undocumented aliens.* OF COURSE OBAMA LIED! WE KNEW IT THEN... THIS JUST FURTHER ILLUMINATES THE REALITY JOE WILSON KNEW WAS COMING!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/former-cia-officer-john-kiriakou-sentenced-to-30-months-in-prison-for-leaks/2013/01/25/49ea0cc0-6704-11e2-9e1b-07db1d2ccd5b_print.htmlA former CIA officer who was among the first to go public with details about the agency’s use of waterboarding and other interrogation techniques was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Friday for disclosing a covert operative’s name to a reporter.* A... COVERT... OPERATIVE. John Kiriakou, 48, of Arlington has portrayed himself as a whistleblower concerned about the use of the harsh tactics, but U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema emphatically rejected that idea in federal court in Alexandria. “This is not a case of a whistleblower,” Brinkema said. “This is a case of a man who betrayed a solemn trust.”* SO WHY 30 MONTHS? WHY NOT A FIRING SQUAD?She added that she would abide by the 30-month sentence Kiriakou and federal prosecutors had reached as part of an October plea deal but said it was “way too light.” * "FEDERAL PROSECUTORS." MEANING THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR ERIC HOLDER... WHO WORK FOR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA...(*SMIRK*)Prosecutors said Kiriakou’s action endangered the officer and damaged the CIA’s ability to collect intelligence.* AND YET... THEY NEGOTIATED A DEAL WITH HIM THAT THE JUDGE CALLS NOT JUST "LIGHT" BUT "WAY TOO LIGHT." UH-HUH.Kiriakou was the first person in 27 years to be convicted of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. His prosecution is part of a broader Obama administration crackdown on the disclosure of national security information. * UH... I SUPPOSE THAT'S ONE WAY OF PUTTING IT... (*SNORT*)* A BETTER WAY OF PUTTING IT WOULD BE TO NOTE THAT OBAMA IS NOW POLITICIZING WHISTLEBLOWING PROSECUTIONS.There have been five other leaks-related prosecutions since the president took office — more than every other previous administration combined.* GIVE IT A BREAK! THIS IS BECAUSE OTHER CHARGES WERE LEVIED INSTEAD! (IT'S NOT LIKE THE WASHINGTON POST NEVER HEARD OF SCOOTER LIBBY OR OF ACTUAL SPIES CAUGHT, PROSECUTED, CONVICTED, AND JAILED!) In 2008 and 2009, Kiriakou gave a journalist the name of a CIA operative who had taken part in interrogations, according to court documents. His indictment also states that he leaked the name of a second operative and the person’s involvement with the capture of al-Qaeda operative Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein, better known as Abu Zubaida, to the first journalist and to a New York Times reporter. Prosecutors said in court Friday that the disclosures were just the “tip of the iceberg.” They said search warrants on Kiriakou’s e-mail revealed he had given journalists information about dozens of other CIA officers, as well. However, Kiriakou only admitted guilt in the first leak as part of the plea deal.* WOW... HOLDER'S "JUSTICE" DEPARTMENT REALLY DID SUCCEED IN LIMITING A PUBLIC ACCOUNTING OF THE DAMAGE!Prosecutors said Kiriakou’s motive was simple: He wanted to raise his media profile so he could get consulting work and sell copies of a forthcoming book about his involvement in the war on terrorism. * AND I'M SURE THAT IN YEARS TO COME PROMINENT DEMOCRATS WILL ENSURE KIRIAKOU MAKES A FINE LIVING ONCE HE'S PAID HIS "ABBREVIATED" DEBT TO SOCIETY. (AND NO... I'M NOT KIDDING; OBVIOUSLY THE FIX IS IN.) “Kiriakou betrayed the trust bestowed upon him by the United States and he betrayed his colleagues whose secrecy is their only safety,” said U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride.* AND YET... 30 MONTHS.... (NOT EVEN THREE FULL YEARS!) (AND I WONDER IF HE'S ELIGIBLE FOR TIME OFF FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR - OR WHETHER HE'LL BE CREDITED TIME ALREADY SERVED...?) (OH... AND WHAT SORT OF PRISON WILL HE BE SENT TO? THE ONE WITH TENNIS COURTS...?)After the sentencing, Kiriakou made brief remarks, saying he “came out of court positive, confident and optimistic.” (But he said nothing during the sentencing - a fact that wasn’t lost on the judge.)(*JUST SHAKING MY HEAD*)
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_DETROIT_EX_MAYOR_PRISON?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-01-25-18-57-07Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was locked up for the weekend Friday for violating parole in a 2008 criminal case that bounced him from office.* NOTICE HOW HE'S NOT DESCRIBED AS FORMER DEMOCRAT MAYOR KWAME KILPATRICK...Kilpatrick was not arrested but arrived on his own after another day at the federal courthouse, where he's on trial for alleged corruption in a completely separate matter.* WHERE HE'S ON TRIAL FOR CORRUPTION IN A COMPLETELY SEPARATE MATTER...(*SNORT*)The Michigan Department of Corrections said Kilpatrick committed 14 violations related to his failure to report certain financial transactions last fall, especially money transfers to his wife, Carlita. * FOURTEEN, HUH? ONLY FOURTEEN...???(*SNORT*)He still owes Detroit $855,000 in restitution and is required to report gifts and other income as a condition of his parole.(*ROLLING MY EYES*)Kilpatrick agreed to waive the formal process for parole violations and instead serve three days at a Detroit lockup as punishment, Corrections Department spokesman Russ Marlan said.* HOW... er... BIG OF HIM...He's being housed at a former prison that is used by the state to keep parole violators in short-term custody. The dinner menu Friday was baked fish or a bean patty.(*SMIRK*)Officials earlier this month told Kilpatrick to give up the names of people who wired him $4,000 that he had failed to disclose. He was fitted with an electronic tether at the time for not disclosing money sent in December from a Chicago pastor. Officials have expressed concern that Kilpatrick is hiding assets that could be applied toward the restitution he owes. "Additional charges and/or sanctions could be possible should new information on potential parole violation behavior come to light," Marlan said.Kilpatrick's attorney, Todd Flood, said the ex-mayor accepted three nights behind bars rather than be locked up for at least 45 days while awaiting an administrative hearing. "Waiving the hearing is not an admission of guilt. ... Life is difficult. He's got a lot of things on his plate. He's doing the best he can while on trial," Flood said.Since Jan. 10, Kilpatrick has been barred from traveling to the Dallas area where his wife and three sons live. * IS KILPATRICK THE BLACK DEMOCRAT POLITICIAN CROOK WHOSE WIFE IS ALSO A BLACK DEMOCRAT POLITICIAN CROOK...? (IT GETS SO CONFUSING...) (OR AM I THINKING JOHN CONYERS...? OR JESSE JACKSON...?)He's staying at the Detroit home of his mother, former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, while on trial on corruption charges.* AH... THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY... THE PARTY OF THE PEOPLE... THE LITTLE PEOPLE...Kilpatrick is charged with a series of crimes related to an alleged scheme to pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars through racketeering and extortion.* DON'T FORGET THE TAX EVASION!The government says many of his targets were contractors who did business with the city and were desperate to keep it. His father, Bernard, and a close friend, Bobby Ferguson, also are on trial.(*SNORT*)An Internal Revenue Service agent testified Friday that Kilpatrick should owe $200,000 in back taxes tied to unreported income.* AS... I... WAS... SAYING...(*SMILE*)Kilpatrick, a Democrat, was elected Detroit mayor in 2001. He resigned in 2008 and pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by lying in a civil case about having sex with an aide. He subsequently served 14 months in prison for violating his probation in that case.* AH... SO... PARAGRAPH 15... THE VERY LAST PARAGRAPH OF THE STORY... IT'S MENTIONED AT KILPATRICK IS A DEMOCRAT. (GOTTA LUV THE AP!)
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-continues-violate-his-own-stimulus-law-not-releasing-quarterly-reports_697896.htmlHave you heard much about President Obama’s $787,000,000,000 economic “stimulus” (now estimated to cost $831,000,000,000) lately? * NOPE...In its last report, published in 2011, the president’s own Council of Economic Advisors released an estimate showing that, for every $317,000 in “stimulus” spending that had by then gone out the door, only one job had been created or saved. (*CLAP...CLAP...CLAP*)Even in Washington, that’s not considered good bang for the buck.* YA THINK...?!Moreover, that was the fifth consecutive “stimulus” report that showed this number getting progressively worse.* THE FIFTH...(*CLOSING MY EYES*)Alas, that was the last report we’ve seen; never mind that Section 1513 of the “stimulus” legislation, which Obama spearheaded and signed into law, requires the executive branch to submit a new report every three months. It reads:“In consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Secretary of the Treasury, the Chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers shall submit quarterly reports to the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and House of Representatives that detail the impact of programs funded through covered funds on employment, estimated economic growth, and other key economic indicators.”* WASN'T "FUCK THE LAW" AN OBAMA BUMPER STICK THIS PAST CAMPAIGN...???Indeed, the old reports that the administration released begin, “As part of the unprecedented accountability and transparency provisions included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 [the ‘stimulus’], the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) was charged with providing to Congress quarterly reports on the effects of the Recovery Act on overall economic activity, and on employment in particular.”(*SNORT*)Section 1513 further specifies, “The first report…shall be submitted not later than 45 days after the end of the first full quarter following the date of enactment of this Act….The last report required to be submitted…shall apply to the quarter in which the [Recovery Accountability and Transparency] Board terminates under section 1530.” Section 1530 declares, “The Board shall terminate on September 30, 2013.”In other words, the Obama administration is required by law to submit quarterly reports on the “stimulus” through the third quarter of 2013. * SO...???By now, it was supposed to have released fourteen such reports. It has released only eight. The last one covered the period ending in June 2011. * DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME, KIDS! (ESPECIALLY NOT WITH THE IRS!)With only 58.6% of Americans currently employed — down 2.4% from the time of Obama’s first inauguration — it’s not surprising that the Obama administration doesn’t really want to fulfill it legal responsibilities and release subsequent reports on its failed “stimulus.” * INCOMPETENT AND ABOVE THE LAW... WELCOME TO AMERICA 2013!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2268268/String-emails-reveal-FBI-investigation-claims-New-Jersey-Sen-Bob-Menendez-hired-underage-prostitutes.html* GOD BLESS THE FOREIGN PRESS!A Democratic senator has been accused of hiring underage prostitutes during trips to the Dominican Republic, it was claimed today.* BILL CLINTON...? CHARLIE RANGEL...? KWAME KILPATRICK...???Sen. Bob Menendez, 59, from New Jersey...* AHH......allegedly hired girls as young as 16 years old for sex, according to an email exchange between a source and an FBI agent published online.Menendez, a divorced father of two, has denied the allegations.* DID HE WAG HIS FINGER AT THE CAMERA AND SAY "I DID NO HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN..."?(*SMIRK*)The Daily Caller first reported the email exchange between FBI Special Agent Regino E. Chavez and a source named Peter Williams. David Martosko, the executive editor of the Daily Caller, linked to a website from his story where the email exchanges have been published. The website appears to have been created within the last 24 hours.* CHECK THIS OUT, FOLKS: http://fedsinvestigationonsenmenendez.wordpress.com/e-mail-exchange-between-fbi-and-the-main-source/According to the email exchange, Chavez reached out to Williams in August of 2012 concerning information about Menendez's activities in the Dominican Republic, which Williams had reported to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Identifying himself as a special agent who works cases involving crimes against children, Chavez asked for Williams' help tracking down the women who claimed to have engaged in sex with the senator for money.* SEX... WITH... MINORS... FOR... MONEY...* CHILD PROSTITUTION...The Daily Caller first reported on the allegations of Menendez's sexual misconduct in November 2012, just before the election. Two women claiming to have engaged in sex for money with Menendez came forward in video interviews with the news website. One woman claimed she was celebrating her 17th birthday when she met Menendez.Menendez won re-election by 18 points shortly after the story was published.* INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY... BUT AS THE CHARLIE RANGEL CASE SHOWED... (*PAUSE*)... HELL... AS THE BILL CLINTON CASE SHOWED... ACTUALLY BEING GUILTY ISN'T REALLY AN IMPEDIMENT TO SERVING IN OFFICE IF ONE IS A "NAME" DEMOCRAT.* FOLKS... WE'RE A SICK COUNTRY.
* TWO-PARTER... (Part 1 of 2)http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/338863/obama-simulacrum-mark-steyn* BY MARK STEYNThe whole event had the air of a simulacrum: It looked like a presidential inauguration, but the sound was tinny and not quite in sync. Obama mouthed along to a canned vocal track: “We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.” (That’s great! It’s always reassuring to know the head of state is going to take issue with all those people wedded to the “belief” that America needs either to shove every granny off the cliff or stake its newborns out on the tundra for the wolves to finish off.)A couple of days later, it fell to the 45th president-in-waiting to encapsulate the ethos of the age in one deft sound bite: What difference does it make? Hillary’s cocksure sneer to Senator Johnson of Wisconsin made it explicit. At a basic level, the “difference” is the difference between truth and falsity, but the subtext took it a stage further: No matter what actually happened that night in Benghazi, you poor sad loser Republicans will never succeed in imposing that reality and its consequences on this administration.And so a congressional hearing — one of the famous “checks and balances” of the American system — is reduced to just another piece of Beltway theater.“The form was still the same, but the animating health and vigor were fled,” as Gibbon wrote in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In the very same self-serving testimony, the secretary of state denied that she’d ever seen the late Ambassador Stevens’s cables about the deteriorating security situation in Libya on the grounds that “1.43 million cables come to my office” – and she can’t be expected to see all of them... or any. She is as out of it as President Jefferson, who complained to his secretary of state James Madison, “We have not heard from our ambassador in Spain for two years. If we have not heard from him this year, let us write him a letter.” Today, things are even worse. Hillary has apparently not heard from any of our 1.43 million ambassadors for four years. When a foreign head of state receives the credentials of the senior emissary of the United States, he might carelessly assume that the chap surely has a line of communication back to the government he represents. For six centuries or so, this has been the minimal requirement for functioning inter-state relations. But Secretary Clinton has just testified that, in the government of the most powerful nation on earth, there is no reliable means by which a serving ambassador can report to the cabinet minister responsible for foreign policy. And nobody cares: What difference does it make?* FOLKS... READ THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH AGAIN. IGNORE THE DRIPPING SARCASM. FOCUS ON THE BOTTOM LINE. IF PRESIDENTIALLY APPOINTED, SENATE CONFIRMED AMBASSADORS DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE...(*SHRUG*)* TO BE CONTINUED...
* CONCLUDING... (Part 2 of 2)* FRANKLY... I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S SCARIER - BELIEVING HILLARY IS SIMPLY LYING... OR BELIEVING SHE WAS TELLING THE TRUTH!Nor was the late Christopher Stevens any old ambassador, but rather Secretary Clinton’s close personal friend “Chris.” It was all “Chris” this, “Chris” that, when Secretary Clinton and President Obama delivered their maudlin eulogies over the flag-draped coffin of their “friend.” (Gosh, you’d think if they were on such intimate terms, “Chris” might have had Hillary’s e-mail address, but apparently not. He was just one of 1.43 million close personal friends cabling the State Department every hour of the day.)Four Americans are dead, but not a single person involved in the attack and the murders has been held to account. Hey, what difference does it make? Lip-syncing the national anthem beats singing it. Peddling a fictitious narrative over the coffin of your “friend” is more real than being an incompetent boss to your most vulnerable employees. And mouthing warmed-over clichés about vowing to “bring to justice” those responsible is way easier than actually bringing anyone to justice. And so it goes:Another six trillion in debt? What difference does it make?An economic-stimulus bill that stimulates nothing remotely connected with the economy? What difference does it make?The Arab Spring? Aw, whose heart isn’t stirred by those exhilarating scenes of joyful students celebrating in Tahrir Square? And who cares after the cameras depart that Egypt’s in the hands of a Jew-hating 9-11 Truther whose goons burn churches and sexually assault uncovered women?Obama is the ultimate reality show, and real reality can’t compete. Stalin famously scoffed, “How many divisions has the Pope?” Secretary Clinton was more audacious: "How many divisions has reality?"Not... enough....
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/01/27/abc-gives-sen-menendez-six-minute-interview-no-questions-about-fbis-h#ixzz2JCXgdyuVOn Friday it was revealed that the FBI is investigating Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for allegedly sleeping with underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic.Despite this, when Menendez was given a six-minute interview with Martha Raddatz on ABC's This Week Sunday, he was not asked one question about the investigation or the allegations.With a total of six minutes of air time, Raddatz didn't ask one single question about the FBI's investigation of Menendez.Can you imagine her ignoring such an issue if she were interviewing a Republican?
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