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May 14 2013

Open Thread


Via Liberal Logic 101, on a tip from TED.

May 14 2013

Jon Leibowitz Acknowledges Some Obama Outrages, but Not Benghazi

Sometimes firefighters will start smaller, controllable fires to stop the spread of major conflagrations. That could be why left-wing establishmentarians are suddenly willing to acknowledge that scandals like the IRS harassing patriot groups and the Injustice Department secretly helping itself to journalists’ phone records are unacceptable, just as the still more serious Benghazi debacle gets ready to explode into full public consciousness:

On a tip from The Only Other Conservative in Seattle.

May 14 2013

Seattle Police to Recruit Criminals in the Name of Diversity

It wasn’t easy to take Affirmative Action to a more absurd extreme than electing Obama president, but for the kooks in charge of hiring at the Seattle Police Department, that was no reason not to try:

In an effort to promote diversity on the force, candidates with troubled backgrounds will be evaluated on what they have overcome in their lives.

That is, instead of a criminal background counting against you when you apply for a job as a police officer, it will be considered a point in your favor. Alex’s droogs in A Clockwork Orange — the ones who became cops because of the opportunities it afforded them for random acts of the old ultraviolence — would be delighted.

Past gang membership, tattoos and a record of driving while intoxicated will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in screening applicants for the Seattle Police Department under new policies designed to boost diversity on the force and hire officers who reflect the makeup of the community.

This was deemed necessary in response to pressure from Eric Holder’s Department of Injustice, which could be expected to regard law enforcement by the law-abiding to be “discriminatory.”

As part of the changes, the city will no longer require a $25 application fee, which was seen as a barrier.

What kind of recruit would be prevented from applying by a $25 fee? Just the kind you would expect to see policing the streets in a country where Eric Holder is the Attorney General.

Racially incorrect, but otherwise suitable recruits.

On a tip from Tchhht!!!

May 14 2013

Then and Now


Other than the malfeasance being much more varied and serious this time around, the differences between the Obama Regime and Nixon’s collapsed administration mostly boil down to party affiliation.

Compliments of Gary A.

May 14 2013

Biden Endorses Chocolate Bullets

Remember when Obama put Biden in charge of his anti-gun initiative? It took him awhile, but Slow Joe has finally come up with a policy to stop people from hurting each other with guns. However, he didn’t come up with it all on his own:

[A] 7-year-old, second-grade student at Downtown Montessori Academy [in Milwaukee] wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden and other officials a few months ago with a simple idea for making the world safer.

His teacher Jenny Aicher says his letter suggested that if guns shot chocolate bullets, no one would get hurt.

The student — and the rest of the school — got a surprise Monday when Biden’s handwritten response arrived in the mail.

In the note, the vice president says he agrees that chocolate bullets would make the country safer and happier. The note concludes: “People love chocolate. You are a good boy, Joe Biden.”

Obediently indulging in hoplophobia earns a pat on the head for Americans of all ages.

Hopefully it was not rash to trust Biden with the serious responsibility of answering letters from schoolchildren.

On a tip from Wiggins. Graphic compliments of Jim Lavery.

May 14 2013

MSNBC Discovers Cure for Poverty

Poverty has plagued mankind since before recorded history, but now at last an ingenious solution has been discovered. All we have to do is give people money:

Chris Hayes is what passes for a progressive intellectual at MSNBC. Which makes his simple-minded and manifestly mistaken proposal that much more maddening. Making a peek-a-boo video-clip appearance on [Sunday]'s Melissa Harris-Perry's show, which focused on finding solutions to poverty in America, Hayes was seen holding up a hand-written sign with his solution, reading “Giving people money: It’s actually that easy.”

Hopefully it won’t spoil Hayes’s bid for the Nobel Peace in economics if I point out that this has been tried. Since LBJ’s catastrophic “War on Poverty” was commenced in 1964, the federal government has given people over $15,000,000,000,000.00 that other people worked for, a sum too vast to properly comprehend. This has done nothing to alleviate poverty.

If you want less of something, you tax it. If you want more of something, you subsidize it. Our rulers tax wealth creation and subsidize poverty. The results were predictable to anyone not rendered imbecilic by leftist ideology.

They’re actually that delusional.

On a tip from Clingtomyguns.

May 14 2013

Obama Blames Rush Limbaugh for His Disintegrating Presidency


Between the IRS caught targeting Tea Partiers, Eric Holder caught snooping through AP’s phone records, and the press finally being forced to take an interest in Benghazi, the wheels are predictably coming off the farcical Obama Administration. But at least the President is stepping forward to accept responsibility for his many failures. Just kidding:

President Obama told donors like Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake (who was wearing hipster glasses), and Tommy Hilfiger that Washington gridlock is pretty much Rush Limbaugh’s fault on Monday evening at a fundraiser at Harvey Weinstein’s house in New York’s Greenwich Village. Obama admitted that his theory — that after the 2012 election, the Republican “fever” would break, and they’d decide to co-sign some of his agenda — was wrong. “My thinking was when we beat them in 2012 that might break the fever, and it’s not quite broken yet,” Obama said, according to the White House pool report. This is because of a certain corpulent radio host. “I genuinely believe there are Republicans out there who would like to work with us but they’re fearful of their base and they’re concerned about what Rush Limbaugh might say about them. And as a consequence we get the kind of gridlock that makes people cynical about government.”

Actually, we’ve got the kind of incompetence, corruption, power-drunkenness, and malignant left-wing radicalism that make people cynical about government.

Obama left Weinstein’s home for another DNC fundraiser at the home of Alexandra Stanton in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, before a DCCC/DSCC event at the Waldorf Astoria, capping a busy day in which he addressed the dueling scandals about the IRS and Benghazi — and maybe even cried.

The reader is left to wonder who might be performing the duties of the presidency as this whiny adolescent goes from fundraiser to fundraiser to stonewaller to fundraiser.

Encouragingly, this piece appeared in the Atlantic. Now even liberals are laughing.

Tears of a clown.

On tips from A. Levy, G. Fox, and Sean C.

May 14 2013

Holder’s Approval Was Needed to Seize AP Phone Records

S.O.P. for Obama Regime scandals is to stonewall for months and then scapegoat a few low level flunkies. That won’t be easy to do with the AP phone scandal:

On Monday afternoon, the Associated Press reported that the U.S. Department of Justice had “secretly obtained two months of telephone records” from 20 phone lines assigned to reporters and editors from the global news organization.

The reason throwing a few cube-dwellers under the bus might not do the job is that

requests to subpoena news organization records require the approval of Attorney General Eric Holder. …

So, either attorneys ignored procedure in obtaining phone records without proper approval, or Holder directly approved an operation that involved obtaining journalists’ work and personal phone records.

Hopefully someone in the GOP will show a little spine when Holder testifies before the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow. Considering that Obama et al. are now biting the hand that feeds by spying on the “mainstream” media, a journalists might want to join in to finally get Holder thrown out of office.

eric holder
This skunk’s demise will be the beginning of the end for Hopey Change.

On tips from Clingtomyguns, Sean C, Muddypaw, G. Fox, Dr. 9, and Sam Adams.

May 14 2013

Hillary Clinton Quote of the Year


Via God and Country Molon Labe.

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