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Even Paranoids Have Enemies

By Patty On July 17th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Is it paranoid to think that  the BBC/Guardian  “axis of hypocrisy”  is working to bring down the Coalition in the UK?  Of course it isn’t. It’s entirely reasonable.  Consider the following:

In 2009,  supposedly paranoid right-wingers in America accused the Obama White House of maligning and attempting to side-line Fox News. The White House denied…but the White House lied; it’s 2011 and we read in a  Yahoo News article titled:  “Looks Like the White House Went After Fox News in 2009 Afterall” :

“Rewind to October 2009: Fox News Channel and the White House were at war. In one particularly heated incident, Fox claimed the Obama administration had tried to oust the “fair & balanced” network from an interview with Treasury official Kenneth Feinberg, when the other four news nets in the TV coverage pool had been offered access. In the end, Fox was included, and a Treasury Department spokesman snarled: “There was no plot to exclude Fox News, and they had the same interview that their competitors did. Much ado about absolutely nothing.”

Emails that surfaced last week, however, through a public records request by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, suggest otherwise.

“We’d prefer if you skip Fox please,” a White House broadcast media staffer advised a Treasury Department public affairs secretary ahead of the interview. In other emails during the same time frame, deputy White House communications director Jennifer Psaki called Fox News anchor Bret Baier “a lunatic” and boasted that “I am putting some dead fish in the fox cubby–just cause.” In yet another email, another White House press officer wrote: “We’ve demonstrated our willingness and ability to exclude Fox News from significant interviews …”‘

HT: Big Journalism

Operation Fast and Furious

By Patrick Van Roy On July 17th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

It seems the DOJ has been caught witness tampering, an agent testified the other day that Eric Holder made available a link to all DOJ & ATF employees that has copies of every document that the House Oversight Committee has been leaked.

We have recently learned that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has afforded potential witnesses for the Committees’ investigation into Operation Fast and Furious access to a shared drive on its computer system replete with pertinent investigative documents, including official ATF e-mails. Although our staff has been advised the Department has since terminated access to this document cache, we write to seek additional information relating to this egregious decision. We also ask that you promptly self-report this matter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG).”

“Allowing witnesses access to such documents could taint their testimony by allowing them to tailor their responses to what they think the Committees already know. Additionally, witnesses who gain access to documents they have not previously seen could alter their recollection of events. This practice harms not only our investigation, but also the independent investigation that you instructed the Inspector General to conduct.”

Here is a Good Comparison to an Old Scandal from Breitbart

Which was Worse Fast and Furious, or Iran/Contra?

In the summer of 1985, persons within the Reagan administration sold hundreds of anti-tank missiles to Iran in exchange for the release of an American hostage named Benjamin Weir. For more than a year afterward, hundreds upon hundreds more missiles and missile parts were sold for the release of other hostages being held in Iran as well.

The money received for the missiles was then sent to Contras in Nicaragua to support their efforts against the communist Sandinistas. (The Sandinistas were revolutionaries who had seized power in Nicaragua a year before Reagan was elected president, while the Contras were counter revolutionaries whom persons inside the Reagan administration were relying on to curb the further spread of communism.)

With subtle changes along the way regarding the price paid for the weapons, the way the weapons were delivered, and the recipients of the weapons, the sales to Iran and the flow of money to the Contras continued unabated for over a year.

Then, in late 1986, everything came to light and what we all know now as the “Iran/Contra scandal” was underway. It would result in an independent prosecutor, Lawrence E. Walsh, charging 14 members of the Reagan administration, 11 of whom were convicted: included in these 11 were “employees of the National Security Council staff, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the Central Intelligence Agency.”

Reagan was not found guilty, as there was not sufficient evidence that he knew about the sales or the subsequent monies that were sent to the Contras. (There definitely weren’t any speeches wherein he boasted of overseeing the program, as there are with Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder and Operation “Gun Runner.”)

Now, jump to 2011. It’s simply undeniable that Holder is smack dab in the middle of “Gun Runner” and “Fast and Furious.”

 

It’s also undeniable that as a result of these two programs, approximately 2,500 guns were sold to “straw purchasers” who were then allowed to smuggle the weapons illegally into Mexico with the DOJ’s knowledge.

It’s undeniable that only 1300 of the approximately 2500 guns have been recovered: which leaves 1200 guns in the hands of criminals in Mexico and, according to one of the ATF’s own supervisors, has to be factored into the mix when one considers that in March 2010 alone, 958 people were killed in Mexico.

It’s undeniable that U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed with weapons obtained via “Gun Runner,” and roughly 150 Mexican law enforcement agents are believed to have been killed by weapons from “Gun Runner” as well.

Moreover, with the recent new gun control mandate which requires gun stores in Arizona, California, Texas, and New Mexico to make a special ATF report for multiple long gun sales, it’s become hard to deny that the plan all along was to use “Gun Runner” and “Fast and Furious” to create chaos sufficient to persuade American citizens that we need more gun control.

And I haven’t even mentioned the fact that Representative Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley have uncovered a cheat sheet of shorts, which someone in the ATF conveniently made available to those who might be asked to testify in any “Fast and Furious” investigation.

Said Issa and Grassley:

We have recently learned that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has afforded potential witnesses for the Committees’ investigation into Operation Fast and Furious access to a shared drive on its computer system replete with pertinent investigative documents, including official ATF e-mails.

Iran/Contra was overseen by a few mavericks without official administration approval. Yet even those involved appear to have been motivated by the chance to curb the influence of a fanatical anti-Western regime in Iran and a freedom-crushing communist regime in Nicaragua.

On the other hand, Operations “Gun Runner” and “Fast and Furious” were conducted with the current administration’s knowledge, and over a thousand people are dead as a result. And now, in the midst of the desperate cover-up before us, participants in the operations are apparently being coached on what to say to investigators. (And don’t forget that the ultimate goal of these operations was not near as lofty as that of Iran/Contra. Rather, it seems to have been to pass new laws infringing even further on our 2nd Amendment freedoms.)

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that the Stimulus package Obama signed, and of which he is so proud, included $10,000,000.00 in funding for “Gun Runner.”

Unlike Iran/Contra, it looks like this mess goes all the way to the top.

What a Marooon

By Patrick Van Roy On July 17th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Obama’s Senior Moment: ‘I’ll be turning 50 in a week.’

Actually…he’ll be turning 50 in three weeks. His birthday is August 4, two days after the debt ceiling deadline. Senior moment? He messed up Malia’s birthday, too, calling her 13 when she was at the time 12.

HACKGATE – THE MOVIE

By David Vance On July 17th, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Coming to a screen near you?

Playing with Race, Avoiding Debate

By Patty On July 17th, 2011 at 1:28 am

Sheila Jackson (Democrat,Texas) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to play the race card – yet again.  As if the debt debates were not complicated and contentious enough, here is Ms. Jackson’s desperate attempt to get the upper hand in the debt ceiling debate by playing the race card:

“…I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this President, only this one, only this one has received the kind of attacks and disagreements and inability to work ..what is different about this President that should put him in a position that he should not receive the same kind of respectful treatment…it’s all right to disagree….in fact, in this House the Republicans are getting their way….I understand that…but I do not understand what I think is the maligning… of this President …Why is he different? In my community that is the question that we raise. In the minority community, that is the question that is being raised: why is this President being treated so disrespectfully?…”

HT: Big Government

Etiquette in the Year of Our Lord, 2011

By Patty On July 16th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I don’t quite know how she manages to pull off “shy and demure” with her cadre of Marine Corps hommies behind her –   slightly menacing, tongue-in-cheek, arms folded  –  but she does. Wearing her not-so-feminine  Marine Corps camouflage outfit, hair glued down, slicked back,out of sight, she is nonetheless charming.

I’m talking about Marine Corporal Kelsey De Santis, the only female at the Martial Arts Center for Excellence (MACE) at the Marine Corps Base, Qauntico. The youtube below is an invitiation to a ball,  from her to Justin Timberlake: “I’m going to call you out and ask you to come to the Marine Corps Ball with me on November 12 in Washington D.C.”

Now all Justin Timberlake has to say is: “Yes. I said. Yes. I will. Yes.”

Kelsey’s facebook.

Lost in Translation

By Patty On July 15th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Obama made a speech today addressing the US Federal Government’s  on-going struggle to address the looming debt ceiling and his  need/desire to keep spending money we don’t have.  He said this:

“You have 80% of the American people who support a balanced approach. 80% of the American people support an approach that includes revenues and includes cuts. So the notion that somehow the American people aren’t sold is not the problem. The problem is member of Congress are dug in ideologically.”

Note that Obama uses “revenues” as a synonym for “taxes” when they are nothing of the sort.  This is part of the problem with Obama; more often than not, Obama doesn’t say what he means.  You need a BS translator to understand him….a “war” becomes a  “kinetic military operation,”  “tax increases” become “increases in revenue.”

The other part of the problem is that Obama is really bad at both math and history. 80% of the American people do not support his vague idea at addressing the debt ceiling and it doesn’t take a history buff to remember the 2010 election and the trouncing he got at the voting booth. The Republican Party is not “dug in ideologically” but reflect the recent 2010 election results. The House of Representatives is now controlled by the Republicans thanks to the Tea Party and candidates promising to reduce the size of government.

Crank it UP

By Patrick Van Roy On July 15th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

A Clinic In Honesty – RIP Betty Ford

By Mahons On July 15th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Betty Ford died at age 93 and far removed from the days when she was the First Lady.   As a public figures she was admired and known best for something that seems to be rare among public figures – honesty.

Back in the 1970’s people really didn’t mention cancer.  Betty Ford did, and her candor about her own mastectomy in 1974 helped save womens lives by raising awareness, a phrase too often used now but not used often enough then.   She was also very truthful about addiction, and her own addictions.  The famous clinic she founded people think of as a spa for the rich and famous, but it actually treated thousands of us common folk.   She helped take some of the stigma off of addicition so that those who needed treatment could get the courage to get treatment. 

I admired her husband, a nice man and a politically brave man.  And I admired her speaking her mind, even when I didn’t agree with her.  She didn’t buy into the great partisan divide and was a genuine lady.  I am glad she had a long life and one that was measured in who she helped and the good works she accomplished.

There he goes again

By Patrick Van Roy On July 15th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

If this man really believes what he said, I am sorry he is smoking dope.  The United States government under Barry (pass the joint) Obama, spends $307 billion  out every month. While it takes $172 billion in taxes.  I don’t know about you, but if I was writing checks for more than my income I would be arrested. Now I will admit that I have robbed Peter to Pay Paul and juggled funds on occasion to make ends meet. but that’s ridicules.

Well our President believes that this will get him and Democrats re-elected. Oh and for those who don’t speak Obamapotsmokinese “Revenues” means tax increases.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPV9qPRvedg