Saturday, June 15, 2013

Petraeus' Mistress Speaks


Congressman Says NSA Does Not Get Warrants to Eavesdrop on Phone Calls

Cnet is not generally a source of political information. For those not familiar with the website it is now owned CBS and focuses on consumer technology such as computers, cell phones, cameras etc.
The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed "simply based on an analyst deciding that."
If the NSA wants "to listen to the phone," an analyst's decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. "I was rather startled," said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.
Not only does this disclosure shed more light on how the NSA's formidable eavesdropping apparatus works domestically it also suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.
I can find no other source to verify the assertion so presumably Nadler made it to Cnet. In addition to not needing a warrant to listen to phone calls the article states that the same legal principle applies to internet content such as emails and text messages.

Special Forces Were Just Hours From Benghazi

Recent testimony by General Martin Dempsey before the Senate Budget Committee essentially confirms a Fox News report by Adam Housley. Maybe by design or maybe by innocent oversight this testimony has gone unreported in the media, including Fox News. In Housley's report an unidentified special operation officer claims that the United States had military forces at the ready but refused to deploy them to rescue the defenders of the CIA annex in Benghazi.
“I know for a fact that C-110, the EUCOM CIF, was doing a training exercise in … not in the region of North Africa, but in Europe, and they had the ability to act and to respond.”
The operator told Fox News the C-110 forces were training in Croatia.
“We had the ability to load out, get on birds and fly there, at a minimum stage,” the operator told Fox News. “C-110 had the ability to be there, in my opinion, in a matter of about four hours … four to six hours.”
Senator Ron Johnson asked General Dempsey about the Housley report during a Senate Budget Committee hearing. Dempsey confirmed that Fox News was correct in that C-110 was on a training exercise in Croatia. In the clip below notice that Dempsey also testifies that this unit was transferred from EUCOM to AFRICOM command during the attack. This lends credence to the rumor that circulated wildly about the internet immediately following the Benghazi raid that AFRICOM Commander General Carter Ham had assembled a rescue force but was refused permission to proceed.

Dempsey was asked whether he agreed with the Fox News timeline that the C-100 could deploy in four to six hours.
“No, I would not agree to that timeline,” he stated. “The travel time alone would have been more than that, and that is if they were sitting on the tarmac.”
Really? If one assumes that military aircraft travel at least as fast as commercial airlines that statement is absurd. A quick check with Travel Math reveals that distance from the capital of Croatia, Zagreb to Benghazi is just slightly further than JFK to St. Louis. When is the last time it took 6 hours to fly from New York to St. Louis?

Can't We Put This Silly Birther Thing To Rest?

Apparently we cannot. I am more focused on metadata and the IRS's abuse of power and sharing of information but let's face it: Barack Obama is the most duplicitous human being in American history! Bar none! He has zero credibility!

With that in mind, let us review the ONGOING deception of Barack Barry Hussein Soetoro Onemorenameweneverheardbefore Obama.


Has Rush Limbaugh Lost The Will To Fight?

I usually listen to Rush Limbaugh for about forty five minutes/day, switching off to local programming when he goes to commercial. I used to think of Limbaugh as an often-entertaining bag of wind but I grew more appreciative of him post 9/11 and even more so post-Obama. He is simply more truthful than the mainstream media especially in regards to the anointed one.

Twice recently Limbaugh has told us to forget about impeachment. I understand Obama's fortified status but so what? There is a preponderance of evidence that leads us to conclude that Barack Hussein Obama is not just a fraud, a thug, a tyrant, a slob, a bully, a buffoon, an incompetent, and a pathological liar, he is more importantly....a habitual criminal!

If we do not fully investigate the Obama Administration's ongoing abuse of power, then we put our seal of approval on their crimes. We must investigate. We must fight. And should the preponderance of evidence rise to a level beyond reasonable doubt (and I strongly suspect it will) then we must impeach and/or prosecute. Damn the torpedoes.

Getting back to Limbaugh. On Friday, Rush expanded his futility rant and said that Lerner and Shulman and Holder and a rogues gallery of unsavory characters were also made of Teflon and would ultimately escape justice. We should forget all about the rule of law and the pursuit of justice and the righting of wrongs. Huh?

Men like Jim Jordan and Trey Gowdy and Darrel Issa disagree, Rush. They have not betrayed us just yet and they are willing to fight. Maybe it's time for Rush Limbaugh to play the back nine. Pass that golden microphone to someone who still has functioning gonads.

They have been tough on you, Rush, but you always fought back. Now, we need to know. Do you still have the will to fight?

Tim Stanley and 'The Telegraph'

I heard Tim Stanley on talk radio last night (must have been the Jerry Doyle show given the time of evening but Doyle's website is not worth navigating so I cannot verify that.) Tim Stanley seemed like a level-headed guy and like other Brit journalists, he is not afraid to report on Obama. Stanley was commenting on the Snowden/NSA situation and he seemed worth looking into.

So then today Limbaugh described Stanley as a far leftist or some such and claimed that he was trying to discredit Snowden in part because of 'The Telegraph's' rivalry with 'The Guardian.' I think Rush might be wrong with his assessment.

Stanley did write an article about Snowden's story unraveling. Possibly, but the gist of Snowden's revelations is still valid.

Please do not dismiss Tim Stanley as a wacky leftist because Limbaugh has mischaracterized him. Tim Stanley is well worth reading. Below is a link that is worth sharing.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sarah Hall Ingram Visited the White House 165 Times

Our trivia question today is; Who from the IRS made the most trips to the White House? If you guessed Doug Schulman, wrong! Sarah Hall Ingram visited 165 times compared to Schulman's insignificant 157. That's a combined total of 322 and their visits did not overlap. For her trouble Ingram racked up $100,000 in bonuses and was promoted to oversee Obamacare. Keep in mind she was in charge of TE/GE, the division that targeted tea party groups, at the time. Doug Wead asks?
During those 322 visits to the White House, which represents almost every other working day, did they ever encounter the president?  And if so, what did they talk about?  Baseball?  Did they ever talk about work?
Did they feel comfortable about quizzing nonprofit applicants about their prayer language because they knew the president wouldn’t mind?  How could Barack Obama possibly not know what was going on?  When they met with him, did they lie to him?

Senate Attempts to Unring the Bell

One might expect this sort of lame brained behavior from a zero tolerance public school but not from the United States Senate. Not even the greatest deliberative body in the world can untell a secret but it's trying. Actually it was NSA's secret until Snowden told the world and the Daily Mail uploaded the first 6 pages of a power point presentation of a top secret program known as PRISM. Now one would think that once a secret is broken it can no longer be a secret but the Senate Security Staff advises that just because PRISM has been discussed 24 hours a day for the last week in every medium save smoke signals it is still nevertheless classified.
Please share with your staff the guidance below.
Classified information, whether or not posted on public websites, disclosed to the media, or otherwise in the public domain, remains classified and must be treated as such until it is declassified by an appropriate U.S. government authority.

Senate employees and contractors shall not, while accessing the web on unclassified government systems, access or download documents that are known or suspected to contain classified information.
Got that. Don't read it or you'll grow hair in the palm of your hand. But what if you read it but didn't know it was classified? Confession is good for the soul.
Senate employees and contractors who believe they may have inadvertently accessed or downloaded classified information via non-classified Senate systems, should contact the Office of Senate Security for assistance.
It's a classified document but one would think these people are talking about herpes or some other STD. Good luck with this, Harry Reid.

Has Glenn Beck Jumped The Shark?

I respect Glenn Beck for his courage and his honesty. And I have to admit that I watched Fox News more when he was the evening lead off (Man, do I loathe the insipid, inane, contrived, predictable "The Five." We Want Beck!!!) And I certainly respect him for wanting to start his own news service from the ground up. But Glenn...

A couple of days ago Beck announced that within 24 hours he would have an announcement that would bring the power structure to its knees. The clock ran out and there was no announcement. Thanks for jerking us around, big guy.

After the April 15 Boston bombing Beck was going to release earth shattering information about a Saudi national who happened to be a student in Boston. The student was originally a person of interest but was cleared by the authorities. As I recall Beck did reveal a few degrees of separation between the Saudi national and some jihad advocates but the dots were never connected.

Years ago, Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone's vault on prime time television. It was empty. Geraldo took some some ribbing for that one and he has laughed about it over the years. Significantly, Rivera never made claims that anything of supreme import was contained in the safe. He hyped the opening, the safe was opened and the results were anticlimactic.

Beck on the other hand, alludes to the known content that will be revealed right before your very eyes. And then he does not open the safe. Fool us once Glenn, shame on you. Fool us twice and you're still more honest and forthright than any member of the mainstream media but you ain't what you used to be.

Put up or shit up, Glenn.

Has Holly Paz Been Fired?

There are rumors that the IRS has fired Holly Paz. NRO Online reports calls to her phone are directed to her inbox. If true, Paz would be the first person fired in the IRS scandal.
Paz became the subject of controversy when, in an interview with the House Oversight Committee, she revealed that she participated in an IRS internal investigation about the agency’s discrimination against tea-party groups and was aware of its findings, which emerged a year before the inspector general’s report and reached similar conclusions. Paz, however, did not notify Congress of those findings.
Lawmakers have also raised eyebrows at the fact that Paz was present when members of the inspector general’s team interviewed her subordinates during the course of their investigation. In a May 23 Oversight Committee hearing, chairman Darrell Issa expressed his astonishment, saying he was “shocked” to find that Paz “participated in virtually every one of the interrogations or interviews with her own subordinates.” He added: ”In those, of course, one of the questions the IG had to ask was, ‘Did anyone tell you to do this?’ If that question was asked, their own superior was in the room.”

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Dianne Feinstein: No Court Order Needed, Just Reasonable Suspicion

One would think that someone in Washington would know what was going on. As of late Senator Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein is telling the press that NSA doesn't need a court order to query metadata.
“To search the database, you have to have reasonable, articulable cause to believe that that individual is connected to a terrorist group,” Feinstein told reporters. “Then you can query the numbers. There is no content. You have the name, and the number called, whether it’s one number or two numbers. That’s all you have… if you want to collect content, then you get a court order.”
Before we were told that the data couldn't be touched without a court order. Also we were told there were numbers without names.( anyone can get a name for a number just Google it). So even though the NSA or other intelligence agencies must return to the secret FISA Court to get authorization to eavesdrop on a call, they do not need to ask the court to search the “metadata” that NSA collects from phone providers. Officials must only conclude for themselves that they have a “reasonable, articulable” suspicion about someone and then they may query their database. No probable cause, no court order-just reasonable, articulable -whatever the hell that means-suspicion

Congress May Subpoena White House Phone Logs From NSA

Talk about something coming back to bite you in the ass! I doubt if the White House ever thought that there was a downside risk to NSA's metadata collecting but if Congressman Steve Stockman has his way it could the biggest White House revelation since Alexander Butterfield told Sam Erwin's committee about the White House taping system. In a letter to Darrell Issa Stockman asks him to subpoena all NSA records of phone calls between employees of the White House and the IRS. OMG!
“Obama says the PRISM program is perfectly legal, so there should be no problem whatsoever in providing the information on White House and IRS phone calls.”
Here is Stockman's letter:
Chairman Issa:
Thank you for your ongoing efforts to investigate abuses of civil liberties by employees of the Internal Revenue Service.
These abuses seem to indicate a larger, higher pattern of ideologically-driven harassment of Americans which Congress has an obligation to fully investigate with every tool at our disposal.
Frankly I am disappointed by revelations Obama administration personnel have been less than forward about what they knew and when they knew it.
As you know, recent revelations the National Security Agency has been keeping an “ongoing, daily” log of every domestic phone call in the United States.
I respectfully request your Committee subpoena the records of every phone call made from all public and private telephones of all IRS personnel to all public and private telephones of all White House personnel.
If President Obama is collecting such information, he certainly would want us to use it.  If he has nothing to hide he has nothing to be afraid of.
Warmest wishes,
Member of Congress

NRA Backed Candidate Wins Special Election in Connecticut

Something is going on here. Republican Sam Belsito won a special election to fill a 53rd District General Assembly seat in Connecticut. Two things stand out. Belsito won by 17 % in a district that has not elected a Republican since 1972 and he enjoyed the backing of the NRA.
"This was the first chance we had to put in a legislator who cares about the Constitution,'' said Brian Saucier of Windham, a member of both the National Rifle Association and the Connecticut Citizens Defense League.
Jerri MacMillian of Essex, another NRA member who volunteered to help Belsito, said she spoke with many voters in the district. "The 2nd Amendment was driving their vote,'' she said
To make matters worse for Connecticut Democrats Rick Perry was in state to woo the entire gun industry to Texas.
Multiple gun manufacturers from the state are scheduled to hear a sales pitch Monday on why they should up and leave. Their suitor is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican and avid sportsman who has invited reporters for target practice and addressed the National Rifle Association convention.
The courtship will take place at the Max Downtown, a Hartford restaurant mere blocks from the Capitol and the office of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the face of a new state gun law considered the strictest in the nation.
Don't get too excited. Even with Belsito's win Democrats still hold a 151 to 53 advantage in the General Assembly.

The Immigration Bill Might Not Be A Sure Thing Just Yet.

The Blaze reports that a revolt is brewing amongst Republican Congressmen. The Immigration Bill might not be a done deal after all. Beware the Hastert rule.

NSA Revelation only "tip of the iceberg" says Democratic Congresswoman

Let's hope there a few more Edward Snowdens out there. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is not one of my favorite people and is a certified Obamabot. She told her C-Span interviewer that what we the public knows about NSA intelligence gathering is just the tip of the iceberg.
"What we learned in there is significantly more than what is out in the media today."
That's candid if not reassuring. Eventually the details of the closed door briefing will leak out simply because too many House members have reservations about everything NSA is doing. Not too many people are going to get elected hiding behind the "national security" excuse especially if details are leaked to their opponents who are under no obligation to keep them secret.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Senator Barb Mikulski Pulls a Weiner

It seems somewhat untoward to always be criticizing the hard working men and women who serve us in Congress. Senator Barbara Mikulski was doing her best to chair a committee hearing on NSA when she came under a Twitter attack from Rosie Gray of Buzzfeed. Isn't it enough that the dear old lady just conduct the hearing with a minimum of decorum? No. Because of the demands of her office she was forced to monitor her Twitter feed while presiding over her committee. Caring very much what the media thinks, if not the people who elected her, the former community organizer was forced to interrupt the hearing to tweet a response to her critic. Where would we be without people like Babs?

Hong Kong Rally in Support Snowden Planned

From the South China Morning Post:

A march from Chater Garden to the US Consulate in support of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been set for this Saturday at 3pm, the organiser said on Wednesday.
In-media, a website supporting freelance journalists, that organised the march urged people voice their concerns because Snowden had sacrificed his personal safety and freedom to defend internet freedom and the right to free speech.
Snowden, a 29-year-old American, is believed to be holing up in Hong Kong after he admitted disclosing classified information about National Security Agency to British newspaper The Guardian.
Some prominent local pro-democracy politicians have agreed to join the rally. They include legislators Albert Ho Chun-yan, Claudia Mo and Charles Mok, Director of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor Law Yuk-Kai, and In-Media’s Ip Iam-chong.
“We call on Hong Kong to respect international legal standards and procedures relating to the protection of Snowden; we condemn the US government for violating our rights and privaallycy; and we call on the US not to prosecute Snowden,” the group said.
Next we'll have to import democracy from China!

Is Snowden a Potential Drone Target?

Four times American citizens have been killed by CIA drones on foreign soil by edict from President Obama. It would seem that Edward Snowden, if he could be lured into a remote area where collateral damage would be limited, would be a prime candidate for assassination by drone. As crass as that statement may be, it is consistent with Obama policy. Hell, it took filibuster by Rand Paul to force Eric Holder to admit it would be illegal to do it on American soil. Maybe Senators Graham and McCain should be more interested in the homicides in Obama's past than the unproven risk to national security that supposedly results from Snowden's leak.

No, Most Americans Don't Like Having Their Privacy Invaded

Every pollster knows that to get the right answers one must ask the right questions. To hear the folks who ran the Washington Post /Pew Research poll tell it Americans are really down with the idea of the government invading their privacy in the name of national security. Yup, PRISM is the greatest thing since canned beer. When asked the question,
"As you may know, it has been reported that the National Security Agency has been getting secret court orders to track telephone call records of millions of Americans in an effort to investigate terrorism. Would you consider this access to telephone call records an acceptable or unacceptable way for the federal government to investigate terrorism?"
Notice the question the does not inform the respondents that the records are of ordinary Americans, substituting millions and pushing the respondents to to respond in favor of more governmental snooping. In the Post/Pew poll 56% were not worried about their loss of privacy.
The CBS poll asked the proper question;
In order to reduce the threat of terrorism, do you approve or disapprove of federal government agencies collecting phone records of ordinary Americans?
Surprise! 58% disapprove of the federal government collecting phone records of ordinary Americans. What a difference a word can make!


 The CBS poll is consistent with an earlier Rasmussen poll that found 59% of respondents opposing the government's collecting phone logs.

Why does NSA and Obama have a credibility problem?

Why does NSA and Obama have a credibility problem?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We Are the 98 Percent!

The number of U.S. government employees and contractors holding security clearances jumped to 4.86 million last year from 4.7 million the year prior, according to the 2011 Report on Security Clearance Determinations. This would include 1.4 million top secret clearances. When the Verizon data issue first broke there was a perceptible difference in the way members of Congress reacted as opposed to the chairmen and ranking members on the intelligence committees. Those privy to the program were quite proud of the part they played in stripping away the constitutional rights of everyday Americans while the remaining members reacted with disbelief, anger, outrage, acceptance, and befuddlement.
Putting aside Obama, who, parenthetically couldn't pass a simple FBI background check mandated for many construction workers who work near rivers and lakes and whose privacy has been defended at considerable expense to the taxpayers to see to it that his college records remain sealed, one begins to see an eerie divide between those with security clearance and their friend and the outsiders. Almost 2 percent of the population is in the business of keeping secrets from the rest of the country. If we would break this down to a percentage of the workforce engaged in this skulduggery it would look much worse.
Inasmuch as the CIA, NSA, and the Pentagon are all located in the general Washington area one would expect the percentage of those holding secure paper to be considerably higher to the point that it permeates Washington social life. This Potomac fever, if left untreated, could be fatal for democracy.
I don't give a good goddam what started under Bush, what started Obama, and what started under Truman it has to stop. To those who say, "I don't do anything wrong so I don't worry", I answer it's not about you, you ignorant, conceited, dumb ass. It's about the country that is dividing insiders against the majority. It's about future congressmen, governors, and judges whose careers can snuffed aborning by an intelligence establishment that will brook no threat to its power. It's not that it will vet every aspiring office holder; it will vet only those it distrusts. Those who would bring about reform will find themselves victims of leaked embarrassments.
Suppose a man in his mid-twenties for a period of 2 years paid for a hotel room in the same city in which he resided every Tuesday with a credit card. Suppose his home phone showed a series of calls to a prominent divorce lawyer. Suppose the man and his wife worked through their problems and 10 years later he decided to run for congress and suddenly his past sins are brought to light in a most unflattering way. There will be no statute of limitations on moral failings when data is stored forever. Nor will there be for substance abuse treatment, nor membership in organizations that have fallen from public favor. For those willing to take on the intelligence establishment privacy will be destroyed.
Suppose an very important decision is pending before the Supreme Court (whose Verizon Blackberry records are already held by NSA). A phone call to a pivotal justice reminding him that he had made a series of calls to a medical center and to a neurologist who specialized in the treatment of Alzheimer's might swing his vote.
Personally, I would like to buy Edward Snowden a drink but concentrating on the single issue of purloined phone logs is secondary to the compelling need to dismantle much of the bloated intelligence bureaucracy.

Speaking of 501 (c) (3) Agencies That Escaped IRS Scrutiny...

President Barack Hussein Obama’s older half-brother is Malik Obama.  Malik is the child of Obama’s father Barack Obama Sr and his first wife Kezia.  He was born and raised in Kenya, where he received a degree in accounting at the University of Nairobi.
In addition to illegally operating the non-profit organization, Barack H. Obama Foundation, Malik Obama currently works as the Executive Secretary of the Islamic Da’wa Organization (IDO).  The US State Department considers the government of Sudan to be a terrorist organization and it just so happens that the IDO was created by that same Sudanese government.

Read more:

On a related note, remember those chipper Tsarnaev Brothers?

A question about the Barack Hussein Obama Foundation. Were they targeted by IRS?

Just Curious. If You Had To Decide Between Obama And Putin....

On a Related Note...Soldiers Are Not Just Targeted But Prohibited From Reading About NSA/Verizon

Apparently President Obama has decreed that his soldiers aren’t allowed to read about his scandals via the U.S. Military’s Internet system. Obama’s Pentagon has issued a decree telling soldiers not to look at stories about his scandals.
A notice went out to users of the Air Force NIPRNET (Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network)–the Internet service that most soldiers use at stations all across the world–telling them to turn away from news about Obama.
Link below

NSA Targeting Troops With Anti-Obama Views

The NSA is systematically monitoring the Internet posts and telephone conversations of U.S. military returning from Afghanistan, according to a civil-liberties attorney.
“The FBI and the Secret Service are showing up to request an interview to question specific Internet posts the veteran has placed on websites such as Facebook,” explained attorney John Whitehead, founder of the Rutherford Institute.
Whitehead said the agencies are looking for “anti-Obama views that can be interpreted to reflect psychological problems of sufficient seriousness to disqualify the veteran from ever owning a firearm.”


They Came For The 501(c) (4)s But I was not a 501(c) (4), So I Said Nothing.

Dude, you seem to have hit a nerve with that NSA thingy. PBS and other sensitive types could find more worthy news stories when that Lois chick was in the spotlight. Dude, even NPR was talking about Verizon and there was like, bad vibes in their tone.

Dude, you might have to start a war or something. Like some folks don't want everyone to know they called an oncologist or an obstetrician or a psychiatrist or the addiction hot line. And there are like folks who are like married and stuff and they called a divorce lawyer. And there are like folks who like work a job--you know, suckers--who might call pigs who can exploit them for more than their current employer might exploit them. And dude, even progressives don't want their old ladies to know that they chat with the hottie from Starbucks.

Dude, can you like do another Justin/Jayzee show so we can put all this phone jive behind us?

Could Northern Colorado Become The 51st State?

Yes, there is a down side to instate secession. New York could become five or six blue states. Or Connecticut. Or Chicago.

Then again, we could have a dozen Alaskas.  Meanwhile, a second Colorado has been proposed.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Want A Piece Of The Media Action?

Until recently Ben Swann was employed at Fox 19 in Cincinnati where he did more investigating of the local IRS field office than all other media outlets combined. Now he is launching a new venture and he is seeking well-deserved contributions.

Check it out.


I heard Limbaugh say that we should look past Obama. He is a sacred cow and no matter how guilty he might be it might not be worth it to fight the uphill battle. Better to fight big government liberalism, etc.

There are a couple of reasons I disagree with that. Obama plays by a different set of rules. Who would have believed that six years after he announced his campaign, Barack Obama would still be unvetted. He was completely invisible to his Columbia classmates. He was visible to certain gay men in Chicago who would end up either jailed (Larry Sinclair) or dead (Donald Young.) And we would not learn who financed his pricey education. There are more holes in his biography as well.

Which leads me to believe that Obama has to be viewed through a conspiratorial lens. Someone extremely powerful has pulled strings for this guy. Who? I don't know. Someone with deep pockets. We can speculate but I prefer not to just yet.

Yes, the news media have a left wing bias but they have never been so obsequious. They ratted out Bill Clinton when they realized that Monica Lewinsky could sell newspapers. Contrast the media of fifteen years ago with General Electric, parent company of MSNBC. They are willing to spend big dollars on small audience shows that prop up the administration. Virtually every other American news outlet has cooperated with the Obama agenda with varying degrees of subtlety.

I have a friend I will call H. H is convinced that Obama will attempt the a dictator for life maneuver. Through martial law or some other heavy-handed tactic, Obama would hold onto the reins of power until they pried them from his cold dead fingers.

I used to tell H that he was silly. Now I am not so sure. The force behind Obama has gone to great lengths to emphasize his transcendental nature. Worse, I think Obama has come to believe his own self-generated mythology.

 His transcendentalism and the mental state of his followers is why this blog is called Post Obotomy Syndrome. This is not Red vs. Blue blog or Left v Right blog or some other variation on that theme (although I welcome input on those matters.) The religiosity has to be taken seriously. Until we can "deprogram" Obama's followers, evidence of corruption, tyranny, sleaze and ineptitude will be immaterial.

Emperor Hirohito was hyped as an arahitogami, an incarnate deity. On the Battleship Missouri, he was humanized. We don't need a World War to humanize Barack Obama. Articles of impeachment would do the trick. Follow the IRS abuses upstream and you will find a president who was complicit in the crimes or who did nothing when crimes were committed.  Follow the Benghazi scandal upstream and you will find a president who was at the very best, derelict of duty. At worst, a president who is criminal or possibly has more sympathy for terrorists than for his countrymen. The Benghazi cover-up starts at the top. Not a lot of upstream paddling required.

The mysterious powers who finance the Ivy League home-schooler's network might not let their mythical entity jet into the sunset. Do they think they can get lightning to strike twice in the same bottle? Give Corey Booker a halo and watch the followers swoon? I don't think so.

The mysterious benefactors might have surprised themselves at how well this all worked out for them. Maybe they have gotten used to the levers of power. Do you think they will give up the illusion they have worked so hard to cultivate? I laughed at the idea of martial law or civil war or emergency powers but then again, I never thought an unvetted president and a band of unwavering followers to be possible either.

Despite the boatload of scandal, crime, malfeasance and incompetence, Obama's approval ratings remain high. Attribute that to his followers unique spiritual orientation.To maintain their power, the mysterious benefactors need to continue the illusion of transcendence. It is up to us to show them that their president is a bigger crook than Richard Nixon could ever dream of being. Only the disgrace of impeachment will drive that point home.

Markey Hurt by Obama Scandals

Something is going on in the Massachusetts senate race. In an earlier post I cited a poll that showed the race to be a dead heat with Ed Markey leading Gabriel Gomez by a single point, 45% to 44%. I went on to express skepticism of that poll since I was not familiar with the pollster but did opine that the Real Clear Politics average of polls of 10.4% for Markey overstated his strength.
The latest Suffolk poll shows the race to be tightening, which of course is to be expected, but I doubt if anyone expected it would tighten so much so quickly. The May 8 Suffolk poll had Markey up 17- 52% to 35%. The June 9 poll finds Markey still leading but by a only a 7 point margin, 48% to 41%. Notice Markey has dropped below the magical 50 percent mark. Gomez remains a long shot 2 week before the election but a low voter turnout in a special election could make him competitive.
Suffolk blames Markey's faltering support on recent Obama scandals.
On the issue of the IRS targeting of conservative groups applying for tax exempt status, 88 percent of likely voters were aware of the story and 50 percent said that Obama was being truthful when he said he learned about the issue through the news media. Thirty-nine percent said he was not being truthful.
Eighty-eight percent were aware of the Benghazi story and 43 percent said that Obama deliberately misled the public about the attack on the embassy, while 50 percent said he did not.
Although 80 percent were aware of the Associated Press phone records story, a strong majority – 61 percent – said that there should be stricter limits on the federal government’s power to investigate journalists. Twenty-five percent disagreed
A win for Gomez or just a close miss should send shivers through Democrats who won't be running in deep blue districts.

IRS Investigation Complete-Elijah Cummings

Wow! That was fast. Case solved; time to move on. Congressman Elijah Cummings tells us the IRS investigation is complete. Let's see. We have on IRS supervisor invoking the 5th, we have a former director who can't explain his 157 trips to the White House, we have 25 tea party groups who are still waiting to hear their exempt status after waiting over 2 years, we have a Senate committee still waiting for the documents it requested approaching 2 weeks after the deadline.That's a wrap!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Where Would We Be Without "The Guardian" ???

Or "Russia Times."  Or Lois Lerner for that matter. Show me a major news story--not a tornado or explosion or something everyone knows about even if they are not familiar with the details--and I will show you a story not broken by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox, AP, ad nauseum.

Then again, maybe they were all busy covering the Kermit Gosnell trial.

Does Spying on Congress Violate the Separation of Powers Principle?

Is NSA spying on Congress. Evidently yes. The Congressional Blackberries, used by congressmen and staff alike are serviced through both ATT and Verizon. A person identified as a senior Congressional staffer by Breibart states;
“I have grave concerns over the privacy of communications between staff and their member of Congress. All of our communications go through Verizon or ATT to reach our Blackberries." The staffer added, "Through a blanket seizing of these communications, the NSA is permanently intercepting and storing privileged material. This rasies further constitutional issues regarding separation of powers."
A Senate staffer concurred;
"Senators and staff all use Verizon phones. So the executive branch is monitoring the meta data of the Senate. This seems like a violation of the Speech and Debate Clause of the Constitution." 
Not to worry, says Obama;
Nobody is listening to your telephone calls
Correct it's only metadata. What difference would it make if the White House knew Congressman Darrell Issa called Victoria Nuland at home and then called David Petraeus at the Kitty Kat Lounge? And by the way where was NSA during the Weiner Twitter pic scandal?
In the video below Eric Holder has a hard time saying "no" to Senator Mark Kirk's question which essentially was, is NSA spying on Congress?

Snowden: A Ron Paul Patriot?

Many will remember this weekend for the strange bedfellows it produced. National Review praised the Guardian while Glenn Beck saluted Glenn Greenwald. Running through the conversation was a streak of libertarianism and a very traditional American distrust of big government. The star of the show was Edward Snowden who may be remembered as either a Nathan Hale or a Benedict Arnold but probably not forgotten for a generation. What are Snowden's politics? Reason Magazine suspects he is a closet libertarian who twice donate $250 to Ron Paul's campaign.

Revisiting John Roberts' Betrayal

Chief Justice Roberts' individual mandate betrayal will never pass the smell test. Never! You don't need William Ayers to know which way the wind blows.

In a comment to Hoosierman, I speculated that Roberts could have been corrupted in much the same way General Petraeus was brought to his knees. I was shocked to learn that there was indeed an effort to discredit, if not blackmail, Chief Justice Roberts.

Disclaimer: A lot of this is speculative. But given the highly irregular Supreme Court decision and the ongoing revelations concerning the Obama Administration's abuse of confidential information for political gain, we have to reconsider what really happened. In short, John Roberts and his wife adopted two children from Ireland and they might have broken Irish law in doing so. Roberts stood to lose not only his credibility, but his children as well. That would be a heavy blade to hang over someone's head.

Hey, what's one more scandal for the King of Sleaze and  his brain dead followers?

The Obama Administration Summarized In One Minute, Twelve Seconds


Et Tu Cenk?

Cenk Uygur likes to portray himself as an independent progressive voice. I don't know. I can't sit through his 15,000+ Youtube videos, his MSNBC, Algorezeera appearances to find the independent part. When I do run across him, he is in Obama-worship mode. His love for the Pampered One is balanced by an intense hatred of the Pampered One's critics. He is the kind of guy who gives suck asses a bad name.

So Cenk has put down the Kool-Aid? Not for very long. He is still a follower. Make no doubt about it. But even Cenk has his limits. Death might not take a holiday but even TYT wander off the road to Jonestown. One might view this as a sea change or or it could be viewed at just how far the Obama Administration has gone to abuse its power. When even the brown lips turn catty, the schmoochee might be in trouble.