Another One-Sided Conversation on Race

In lieu of an actual conversation on race—you know, a dialogue—sometimes, I just start talking.

There are so many misconceptions on race, it seems to me, particularly on the harm done to black people by black people. We spend so much time huffing and puffing about Michael Brow and Trayvon Martin (both of whom were willing collaborators in their own deaths, we now know), we forget the thousands of black people executed in cold blood by other black people. It’s practically sui-genocide (or geno-suicide). The facts don’t lie.

But facts don’t tell a story, pictures do:

If you’ve been reading us for any length of time, you know my heartache over Hadiya Pendleton, a beautiful, promising young woman from Chicago who got caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting in Chicago. She had just returned to that “killing field” of black people after performing at President Obama’s second inauguration (a symbolism too painful for me to explore). But Hadiya is just one face among thousands of the victims in the War on Blacks By Blacks. Some (many) don’t even have faces. Yet.

Abortion in the black community is at an epidemic:

“Black women in New York City aborted more than half of their pregnancies in 2012, topping the number of abortions recorded by women of every other racial or ethnic group in the city.” The report revealed that more than any other ethnic group in NYC, black women were the leading abortion patients and also had the highest pregnancy and miscarriage rates.

[A]according to the 2010 census data, blacks made up 12.6% of the population. And, as Abort73.com broke down:

In 2009, a total of 286,623 blacks died in the U.S.14 That same year, an estimated 1.21 million abortions took place in the United States.15 If 35.4% were performed on black women, that means almost twice as many blacks were killed by abortion as by all other causes.

This being the 50th anniversary of various civil rights and Great Society acts and programs, it is a time for reflection on those movements too. Regular readers here will know (because I mention it all the time) that the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act passed not only with Republican support, but that Republicans out-supported racist, segregationist Democrats.

But this is something I did not know, and I bet you didn’t either:

According to economist Walter Williams, “[f]rom 1900 to 1954, blacks were more active than whites in the labor market. Until about 1960, black male labor force participation in every age group was equal to or greater than that of whites … As early as 1900, the duration of black unemployment was 15 percent shorter than that of whites; today it’s about 30 percent longer.” According to economist Thomas Sowell, “[t]he poverty rate among black families fell from 87 percent in 1940 to 47 percent in 1960, during an era of virtually no major civil rights legislation or anti-poverty programs … In various skilled trades, the incomes of blacks relative to whites more than doubled between 1936 and 1959.”

[B]lack economic progress was advancing steadily during the first half of the twentieth century, but proceeded to flat-line in the 1960s and 70s.

What happened, then? Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1960s-era big government happened. Welfare laws were constructed that didn’t view black men and women as human beings in the image of God, but as useless children and at best tools for political gain.

Okay, maybe I could have cut that last sentence, which is more editorialization than fact. Or is it?

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Laws like the Davis Bacon Act, which barred federal contracts from paying less than union wages, pushed black men out of federally funded or -financed construction jobs at the behest of white unions; segregated public housing pushed blacks into inner-city ghettos where poverty was concentrated and its impact worsened; government handouts punished those who tried to work; and, most evil of all, men who had limited employment prospects were offered a way to feed their families via the federal government—as long as they packed up and left.

A century of Jim Crow made America almost uniquely shameful—more so than slavery itself (which was once commonplace across the world—apartheid much less so). It’s abolishment was long overdue, and required “by any means necessary”. But fifty years is more than enough time to admit they made mistakes—that there are things to fix that don’t go back to the status quo ante. It may be too late for this generation of young black men (and women, and their babies), just as it is too late for the two generations before them. But can we offer real Hope for genuine Change for any children they see to term?

PS: Not if Obama has anything to do with it. Granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens will open the floodgates and inundate the job market. If it was a goal to put black people back to work they were before Liberalism ruined their lives, Liberalism will have dashed that hope once and for all.

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Who You Gonna Crawl To?

Like an aphorism, a haiku, or a parable, there’s so much wisdom to discover in this miniature:

The Al-Jazeera network reported Saturday that members of the UN Disengagement Observer Force stationed in Daraa in southern Syria are abandoning their posts and fleeing to the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.

If you haven’t been following, UN (ahem) “peacekeepers” in Syria got routed by some of the myriad rebel groups. Some Philippine and Fijian forces were captured. Now, those that are left are running scared to safety in Israel. Oh well.

What are we to learn? The uselessness of the UN, for starters, but if we don’t know that already, as Bob Dylan wrote in “Idiot Wind”, it’s a wonder that we still know how to breathe. Expecting someone from Fiji to face down the coldest-blooded killers stalking the planet today—there’s a bright idea.


Ready, aim, watch.

Let us not forget the daily lesson (like spelling or long division) of the hostility of the part of the world Israel inhabits. Hamass runs Gaza, Hezbollocks runs Lebanon, Assad runs Syria (if we’re lucky—if we’re unlucky, ISIS does, along with Iraq), messianic mullahs run Iran, leaving the fraternal order of Jordan and Saudi Arabia as Israel’s bosom buddies in the region. (You read right.) It’s never clear whether Israel’s neighbors want to kill each other or the Jews more.

We also learn that what is true of the individual is also true of the institution. Israel is vilified by every element of the United Nations, from the diplomats to the committees to the General Assembly to the Security Council. Add the various UN spinoffs like UNRWA, UNESCO, and UNICEF that also demonize Israel every chance they get, and you have an entire world body riven by faction but united by a loathing of the Zionist state.


Abandoned UN post (Photo: AFP)

Until the shooting starts.

As long as hating Israel is safe, and anything but submission to Islam is punishable by death, I see market conditions continuing in this manner: a surfeit of Jew hating, and precious little of anything but submission to Islam.

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Let’s Have No More of This

The Grand Duchy of Bloodthirstan sends its best wishes to George Galloway, MP (blech), and prayers for a speedy recovery.

On the other hand, George, a diet of milkshakes and smoothies doesn’t suck!

Respect MP George Galloway was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw on Friday night after being attacked in the street.

Police arrested a British man over the incident, which is believed to have been prompted by comments Galloway has made about Israel in past weeks.

The 60-year-old was posing for pictures in Notting Hill, London, on Friday evening when a man lashed out at him, his spokesman said. Galloway gave a statement to police after a man aged 39 was arrested.

“George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him,” his spokesman said.

“It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust. George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in pretty bad shape.”

Why would someone so beset the honourable MP for Bradford West?

Last week, the MP was interviewed by police under caution after he was accused of inciting racial hatred by declaring his constituency, Bradford West, an “Israel-free zone”.

In a speech he gave in Leeds on 2 August he said: “We don’t want any Israeli goods; we don’t want any Israeli services; we don’t want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college; we don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford, even if any of them had thought of doing so.”

Surely, that’s how his constituents want it.

Surely, there must be more:

“What else is Gaza but a Warsaw Ghetto? When the people, the heroes, of the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto, who decided they’d rather die on their feet, than live on their knees, desperate for food and water, rose up and tackled their besiegers – those who were keeping them in that Warsaw Ghetto – they were rightly hailed and are remembered in history as freedom fighters, as heroes. Yet the Palestinians, when they rise up out of their Warsaw Ghetto, are called terrorists in your country, and in my country, never mind in the country that is doing the besieging,” charged Galloway.

Who knew that the Warsaw Ghetto had luxury hotels and malls, teeming markets, and water parks, as Gaza does (or did)? Learn something new.

Is that all?

According to Galloway, “the Zionists” engineered the situation in Ukraine in order to bring “the Nazis” to power and have the Ukrainian Jews “settle in Palestine”.

“The bizarre alliance in the Maidan between former Israeli army officers [is] the most ugly alliance you can possibly imagine. [This] is part of the thinking of this… Well, if these Nazis come to power in Kiev, and they hate Jews so much, the remaining Ukrainian Jews will feel that they have to go and settle in Palestine,” he continued.

Isn’t a person entitled to his own opinion, no matter how bat[bleep] crazy?

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West claimed that the Jewish state had given rebel groups affiliated with Al Qaeda chemical weapons for use against Syrian civilians.

“If there’s been any use of nerve gas, it’s the rebels that used it…If there has been use of chemical weapons, it was Al Qaeda who used the chemical weapons,” claims Galloway in a video distributed on the internet.

“Who gave Al Qaeda the chemical weapons? Here’s my theory: Israel gave them the chemical weapons.”

Slander and libel are not enough for Galloway: there must also be lying:

[D]uring a debate in the British Parliament on whether to take part in a military offensive against Syria, Galloway was challenged by Matthew Offord, a representative of Hendon in North London.

Offord said he had received several e-mails from constituents on Galloway’s hateful remarks, then said, “I would find that very hard to believe that the honorable member said that, so would he like to take this opportunity to refute that, or provide the evidence to satisfy my constituent?”

In response to Offord, Galloway said that letters from constituents were “unreliable”, because, he claimed, “I said no such thing.”

A nut, a liar, and a bully, sure, but debate is healthy. Isn’t it?

British lawmaker George Galloway, known for his vehemently anti-Israel views and support for Hamas, stormed out of a debate at Oxford University on Wednesday night after learning that his opponent was Israeli.

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West advocated that “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank”, while his opponent, Eylon Aslan-Levy, claimed that a withdrawal should take place only as part of a negotiated peace agreement.

After Levy used the term “we” to describe Israel’s stance, a perturbed Galloway interrupted asking “You said ‘we,’ are you Israeli?”

After his opponent answered in the affirmative, Galloway said, “I don’t recognize Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis,” as he stormed out of the room.

Galloway attempted to justify his behavior on his Facebook page saying, “I refused this evening at Oxford University to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the Apartheid state of Israel.”

“The Reason is simple: No recognition, No Normalization, Just Boycotts, divestment and sanctions, until the Apartheid state is defeated.”

Look, everyone agrees that George Galloway is, to be kind, a pig. But do we go around beating pigs in the face and breaking their jaws?

Let me think about it:

“The story, for those who don’t know it, is Scarlett Johansson. She’s a very famous Hollywood actress, I think of Swedish or Danish origin [don't tell George she's Jewish---he'll have a stroke!], who is a big star. She’s taking money from a company called SodaStream to promote their product, which is a kind of spray which sprays soda water into drinks,” said Galloway.

I’ve got to say to her: You are an absolute disgrace. Your face should be scarlet now – scarlet with embarrassment that you chose a few shekels from SodaStream over Oxfam and over your international reputation.”

“Because your hands are certainly scarlet – they are scarlet with the blood of the Palestinian people, whose land has been stolen so that these illegal settlements can produce products like SodaStream,” he said.

Time was, a man would punch the pig square in the face for those remarks alone. Or buy a cigar for the man that did.

Not that we condone such senseless violence—oh no. Though come to think of it, Galloway is lucky not to have been assassinated for his incitement against Jews, as happened to Meir Kahane for his remarks about Arabs. Six weeks of cream of broccoli soup versus an eternity underground—see what I mean?

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He Said It, Not Me

James Foley could not be reached for comment:

It’s too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

ISIS? What’s that?

The Islamic State group has a long history of expanding its power and preying on the weaknesses of its regional rivals, according to a new report that challenges the notion that the militant organization has only recently emerged as a threat.

Despite some assertions that the group only achieved prominence in June 2014 — about the time it began sweeping across Iraq in a violent offensive — the militants have steadily been gaining power in the region since 2010, the report by the West Point counterterrorism center concludes.

Over those four years, the report says the Islamic State patiently prepared operations that managed to dissolve some of Iraq’s security forces by targeting and demolishing the homes of its soldiers or, in some cases, assassinating troops.

Warning signs that the Islamic State was becoming increasingly dangerous became evident after leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “rebooted” the organization in 2010, the report notes. As a result, the Islamic State has been able to develop a highly motivated infantry force since 2012, enabling its members to launch a wave of 20 multicity synchronized car bomb attacks that lasted until the end of 2013, the report states.

Can ya hurry it up with the strategy there, Mr. Prez?

President Obama will be in New York this weekend to attend the wedding of his personal chef and an MSNBC host.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama will be in attendance on Saturday when chef Sam Kass and journalist Alex Wagner tie the knot at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, Politico reported.

Kass is the personal chef of the First Family and also the executive director of Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move,’ which aims to change eating and exercising habits among Americans. Wagner hosts the weekday MSNBC program ‘Now with Alex Wagner.’

They’ve has been described by Vogue as politics’ ‘It’ couple of the year.

Is that supposed to be some crack about Chef Kass’s chrome dome?

Go ahead and take the weekend off, sir. You’ve been working nonstop lately.

It will be a busy weekend for the Obamas.

On Friday, the president is expected at two fundraisers in Westchester and a third one in Rhode Island.

On Sunday, the Obamas will attend the US Open before heading out, according to Talk of the Sound, which first broke the news of the president’s visit to Westchester.

Oh, by the way. Remember that curious, unexplained trip back to the mainland that Obama took in the middle of his Vineyard vacation—at an additional cost of more than a million dollars when Air Force and Marine Ones are accounted for, along with the motorcade and other security protocols?

Can you say “bachelor party?”

Speculation for why Obama returned focused around the possibility of a secret foreign leader meeting or the rollout of a new administration initiative on immigration or corporate taxes.

But no such explanation materialized.

The most unusual deviation from a normal day at the White House was Obama’s dinner Monday night at Sam Kass’s home. The president, joined by deputy chief of staff Anita Breckenridge, spent nearly five hours at the White House chef’s Dupont Circle duplex apartment.

It’s possible that the party may have been a celebration of Kass’s impending nuptials to MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The couple announced their engagement last September. But the White House provided no details of the meal.

There better not have been cupcakes for dessert. Michelle would have been waiting by the door with a rolling pin.

In summary, while ISIS has been getting the caliphate band back together, Obama and his Merry Men (and underpaid women) have been gamboling in the sand and sea, downing lobster tails and vinagrette-d arugula, partying like Kennedys (though not driving like them), and generally behaving about as unseriously as a person could behave in the face of chaos and perfected evil.

No wonder “we don’t have a strategy yet.”

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Look What the Media Discovered

Terrorist summer camps!

The little boy looks barely old enough to walk, let alone understand the dark world he’s now inhabiting.

He should be toddling around a playground with his friends. But instead, he wears a black balaclava, crouched down in a desolate street with his tiny hands clenched around an AK-47.

He pulls the trigger and the recoil of the shot knocks him back, his limbs unable to control the rifle. An adult takes the weapon from the boy’s hands as he stands up and steps away, casting a blank glance into the camera.

It’s just one of the many videos that ISIS — the Sunni terror group that has declared an independent Islamic state stretching from northern Syria to central Iraq — has produced to boast of its youngest “recruits.”

And as the radical Islamist group strengthens its hold on this huge swath of land in the heart of the Middle East, it is cramming its warped ideas into minds that are often too young to understand.

Mohammed, whose name has been changed out of fears for his safety, was one of them. He has now fled to safety in Turkey, but was just 13 when ISIS said he should attend one of their children’s camps in northern Syria.

“My friends and I were studying at the mosque, and they taught us that we should enrol in jihad with the [Islamic State],” Mohammed told CNN. “I wanted to go, but my father did not allow me to.”

When ISIS found out that Mohammed’s father had prevented him from attending, the militants sent a patrol to their house.

“[They told me] ‘if you prevent Mohammed from coming to the camp, we will cut off your head,’” his father, who declined to be named for this story, told CNN. “They were armed … and you saw the slaughter in your own yes.”

So off Mohammed went to the camp.

There’s a good little shahid.

But where have you been, CNN? Arab terrorists have been holding terrorist summer camps as long as there has been terrorism, summer, or Arabs!

Here’s one from our archives:

The Hamas government in Gaza celebrated the graduation on Monday of paramilitary camps geared at training high-school children “to follow in the footsteps of the suicide martyrs.”

“Beware this generation,” Haniyeh said, addressing Israel. “This is a generation which knows no fear. It is the generation of the missile, the tunnel and the suicide operations.”

The Hamas prime minister added that female trainers are also on staff “to oversee the training of the young women to follow in the footsteps of the female suicide operatives.”

Here’s another:

As the hot weather arrives in Gaza, children head to the town of Rafah for summer camp — not to play sports but to join war games organized by the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, the AFP news agency reports.

Youngsters wearing military fatigues and the movement’s black insignia capture a fellow camper posing as an Israeli soldier and drag him away — all
part of being trained to “resist” the enemy.

Around 100 children under the age of 16 learn from members of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing Al-Quds Brigades how to strip down an AK-47 assault rifle, crawl through tunnels and run across burning tires amid the sound of explosions on their assault course.

“When I’m older I want to fight in Al-Quds Brigades and capture Israeli troops,” said 12-year-old Ezz, who was this time playing the role of the unfortunate enemy soldier taken from his position atop a scorching sand dune.

Ezz is a pupil at a school in the Gaza Strip run by the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA.

See, CNN? Not only are these camps common as muck, and hardly secret, they’re run by the United Nations!

And learning how to hate and kill Jews is not just fun and games.

It’s serious business:

This connection between education and terrorism was demonstrates in the clearest and most shocking way possible in photos published Tuesday. The images from a year-end party at a Gaza kindergarten show young children wearing army fatigues and waving toy guns. These same youngsters also chanted anti-Israel slogans, expressing their desire to attack the Jewish state with missiles, blow up in buses, and die as martyrs.

Your shock—shock!—at terrorist training camps for Arab youth would be adorable if it weren’t so despicable. Hamass, Islamic Jihad, Fatah have been running these child abuse mills for years. Years. Sometimes with UN funding. And some parents don’t wait until school age.

I ask again, CNN: where you been? Or is it not so shocking if the targets of the genocide are of the Jewish persuasion?

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Nice Bank Ya Got There

Shame if somethin’ happened to it:

Extortion: Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America.

Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation’s largest bank to create a massive slush fund for Democrat special interests.

If there are leftover funds in four years, the settlement stipulates the money will go to Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Account (IOLTA), which provides legal aid for the poor and supports left-wing causes, and NeighborWorks of America, which provides affordable housing and funds a national network of left-wing community organizers operating in the mold of Acorn.

In fact, in 2008 and 2009, NeighborWorks awarded a whopping $25 million to Acorn Housing.

According to the list provided by Justice, those groups include come of the most radical bank shakedown organizations in the country, including:

• La Raza, which pressures banks to expand their credit box to qualify more low-income Latino immigrants for home loans;

• National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Washington’s most aggressive lobbyist for the disastrous Community Reinvestment Act;

• Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America, whose director calls himself a “bank terrorist;”

• Operation Hope, a South Central Los Angeles group that’s pressuring banks to make “dignity mortgages” for deadbeats.

Worse, one group eligible for BofA slush funds is a spin-off of Acorn Housing’s branch in New York.

He’s written back-door funding for Democrat groups into other major bank deals he’s brokered, including the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase settlement and the $7 billion Citibank deal. They stand to reap millions more from those deals.

I never really understood the concept of “predatory lending” anyway. It implies—heck, it all but shouts—that the recipients were too stupid to understand the terms of their loans. You wouldn’t catch me claiming that.

But also the banks were all but ordered to increase mortgage loans to “marginal” neighborhoods: no more “red-lining”. How is it a scandal (let alone a surprise) that many people who wouldn’t have qualified for a loan under typical terms failed to keep up with a mortgage practically gifted to them?

I do see a conflict if the government both requires loans to unqualified borrowers and guarantees the loans if the borrowers default. That’s just free money for the banks, who can lend with abandon, without regard to financials, knowing someone will pay them. But that’s at least as much the fault of government as it is of the banks. Capitalism works if there’s a possibility of profit and a threat of loss. Tilting the balance for political ends was bound to end badly. And it did.

But the Left always lands on its feet—thanks to someone else’s parachute. And money.

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Try Not to Let This Destroy Your Faith in the IRS

Enough already, BTL! You’ve already written about Lois Lerner, the Madame Defarge of the Obama Terreur. Can’t you write about something else?

Okay, how about another ethically challenged woman in the IRS?

A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.

The disciplinary arm of the D.C. Court of Appeals has recommended that Takisha McGee, a section manager in the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, lose her law license over the charge, which stems from a personal injury case she worked about a year before she joined the tax agency.

The case could pose a credibility issue for the IRS, whose professional conduct office is the watchdog charged with ensuring all tax professionals “adhere to professional standards and follow the law.”

Don’t. Make. Me. Laugh.

By the way, this story broke in the Washington Times two days ago. It’s been picked up by Breitbart, the National Review Online, and a couple of smaller sites. No CNN, no NY Times, No WaPo. Try not to let that destroy your faith in mainstream media.

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Welcome to the 21st Century

“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pre-text.”

Oh really?

Pro-Moscow rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, backed by Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers, battled government forces on two fronts Thursday, a Ukrainian military official said.

The fighting was taking place southeast of Donetsk, and along the nation’s southern coast in the town of Novoazovsk, about 12 miles (20 km) from the Russian border, according to Mykhailo Lysenko, the deputy commander of the Ukrainian Donbas battalion.

“This is a full-scale invasion,” Lysenko said, referring to the fighting in the south.

In a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, called for an immediate U.N. Security Council meeting.

“Russia has very much increased its military presence in Ukraine,” he said.

Then again, this administration finds much out of place in the modern era:

“One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.”

These poor boys. They see the Summer of ’14 as a time of yachting and golf, of gins and tonic and cucumber sandwiches, of Vineyard Vines and Tommy Bahama, of cycling, wind-surfing, ice cream, watermelon (for Kerry, I assure you!), and corn on the cob.

They see the world as it appears from the inarguable Edens or Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

Elsewhere, however, but also in the sand, exists the world as it really is:

Michelle Obama would counsel a hat or other head covering. The sun is awfully strong in Iraq. Or Syria. Or wherever ISIS squats and defouls the land.

But I wonder if a world that is admittedly more 19th century in behavior (or 12th century) needs 19th (or 12th) century leaders? Maybe we need a real wartime president, like the Republican Abraham Lincoln. Or the Republican General William Tecumseh Sherman (who may be persuaded to reconsider his statement: “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”)

I don’t think Genghis Khan was a Republican, but I’m sure he’d be up to the job. And John Kerry is all too familiar with him.

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By the Way

I don’t want to waste your time with “phony scandals” or other trivial matters that detract from the Most Transparent Administration Evah!™, but as the old saying had it:

“The IRS is the most intrusive and potentially punitive institution of the federal government and it is a law-enforcement institution and it is off the rails and it is now thoroughly corrupted,” Will said. “And people are saying, ‘Well, the Justice Department can take care of this.’ There’s a reason why Jack Kennedy had his brother [be] attorney general. There’s a reason why Richard Nixon had his campaign manager, John Mitchell, [be] attorney general. It’s an inherently political office and it can’t be trusted in cases like this.”

Just to keep you up to date on this trifling, inconsequential issue:

Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration.

Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.”

That date – June 2012 – is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups.

“If you intentionally destroy evidence, that is a crime. If you make a statement in court saying the evidence is not available and it is, that is also a crime,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice.

News of the Blackberry’s destruction followed Monday’s statement by Judicial Watch that Justice Department attorneys said in a Friday phone call the federal government backs up all computer records to ensure continuity of government in event of a catastrophe, but retrieving the Lerner emails would simply be “too onerous.”

An administration official told Fox News Monday night that Judicial Watch misinterpreted the Friday phone call. “There was no new back-up system described last week to Judicial Watch,” he said. “Government lawyers who spoke to Judicial Watch simply referred to the same email retention policy that Commissioner (John) Koskinen had described in his Congressional testimony.”

But Cleta Mitchell, an attorney who represents other conservative groups suing the IRS, cited a whistleblower who bolsters Judicial Watch’s interpretation.

“I received information from a former Department of Homeland Security official who had security clearances. He just retired in April,” Mitchell said. “He contacted me and he contacted Judicial Watch and some members of Congress and said there is backup material.”

The dueling versions are not likely to sit well with District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is presiding over Judicial Watch’s lawsuit against the IRS. “He gave the IRS not one, but two opportunities in court filings with him to tell him where they were,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “There was no mention of this backup system to the court at that time.”

Let me cut through the blizzard of lies.

After the emergence of the Tea Party and the stunning correction in the course of the country in the 2010 midterms, establishment Democrats (Chuck Schumer most vocally) called for conservative grassroots organizations (“astroturf” according to Nancy Pelosi) to be cut down to size. Lois Lerner, the Madame Defarge of the Obama Terreur, happily complied. Any group with “tea party”, “patriot”, or other dog whistle in its name was singled out for scrutiny. A few Lefty groups were tossed in for seasoning, but were soon cleared. Conservatives, however, entered a mire of bureaucratic slime that they never escaped. Rarely turned down for 501(c)(4) tax status—which rejection they could appeal—they were instead delayed, given the runaround. Justice delayed was justice denied—all the way through the 2012 election. Obama, who was severely rebuked in 2010, won in 2012. Funny that.

It took some doing, but Congress began to investigate. Lerner was called to testify. She made a statement, then clammed up, citing the 5th Amendment. There is still a legal debate whether she had waived the 5th by making her statement, but with Lois lawyering up, Congress understandably turned to her record as Director of the Exempt Organizations Unit at the IRS. Which weren’t there. Her emails were gone, no backups available (in violation of archive and record-keeping laws), hard drives either lost, scratched, erased, destroyed (the story kept changing). And not just hers, but those of several other IRS employees. And not just her hard drive, but now her Blackberry as well. And we were expected to believe it all. Or, rather, they didn’t care if we believed it—what were going to do about it if we didn’t?

Then just the other day, the story veered wildly: there was a back up. It existed, had always existed (as IT people assured us it must), but was a real drag to gain access to. (You remember what a pain those floppy disks were.) And when that story didn’t fly, they now say it was all a misunderstanding, there is no backup: evidently, a senior officer in one of the most punitive bureaucracies in the federal government can run a political hit squad for months to years, and leave not a trace behind. Even the Teflon Don, John Gotti, left behind more incriminating evidence.

Lerner is just the face of the scandal, but it reaches much higher. IRS Commissioner Douglas Schulman signed into the White House visitor logs 158 times during that period—solely to talk about the IRS’s role in ObamaCare, we are assured, and he maybe didn’t even actually show up every time he was cleared to. You silly amateurs see the most alarming things in every innocent thing.

Like this:

Last night on The Kelly File Chief Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice Jay Sekulo revealed that the former chief of staff to former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, Nikole Flax, visited the White House 35 times after talking with former head of tax exempt groups Lois Lerner about working to criminally prosecute conservative tea party groups for “lying” about political activity. At the White House, Flax met with a top Obama aid during some of those visits.

The email discussed in the segment above is detailed in this previously reported story, along with Lerner’s contact with Democrat Elijah Cummings and suggestions from former FEC Attorney Larry Noble and Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse that conservative groups should be targeted for criminal prosecution in order to “make an impact and they [conservative groups] wouldn’t feel so comfortable doing the stuff.”

You mean voting. Organizing and contributing. Democracy, in other words. That sort of stuff.

Change the political affiliation from a D to an R, even change the skin from black to white, and this administration would have been impeached a year ago.

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Run Him Up the Flag Pole and See Who Salutes

Boy, President Obama really knocked ‘em dead at the Legionnaires meeting yesterday!

Just ask him:

Remarks by the President to the American Legion National Convention
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2014
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

12:07 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Please, everybody, have a seat. Hello, Legionnaires!

AUDIENCE: Hello!

They love him. They really love him.

Don’t they?

A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that ‘a small group of Obama’s admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.’

‘They didn’t get much pickup,’ the retired lieutenant colonel said of the ‘instigators’ gathered at the Charlotte, North Carolina event, but ‘they were persistent. You could tell when the applause was genuine and when it wasn’t. It was obvious to everyone here.’

Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations.

‘Some of these guys – well, most of them – remember that Obama sent Biden to speak to us last year in Houston, and blew us off entirely during his 2012 campaign.’

That year, the president sent a 3-minute video message instead of coming to Indianapolis. Mitt Romney, his Republican rival, flew 1,000 miles to speak in person.

The veteran asked MailOnline to conceal his identity. ‘I don’t need that kind of trouble,’ he said. ‘I work for a government contractor.’

But the crickets gave him two antennae up!


“Hello!”

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At Sea

I don’t have a problem with Obama sending people to Michael Brown’s funeral. Their level in the administration, and their roles in it, seemed appropriate for what became, for better or worse (mostly worse), a big story.

But there was another death that became a big story, too:

The Obama White House sent three officials to attend Monday’s funeral of slain teenager Michael Brown in Missouri, but sent no one to represent the president when photojournalist James Foley, decapitated by a terrorist on video, was memorialized Sunday in a New Hampshire church.

Foley’s remains haven’t been found, leaving his family to mourn him without the funeral and interment that Roman Catholics believe is an integral part of the end of life.

‘There was nobody that represented the White House,’ church office assistant Connie Hammond told CNS News.

Politicians do funerals; it’s part of the job. Biden had a conflict?

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and Rep. Ann Kuster came to the mass, along with both of the state’s U.S. senators, Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen – three Democrats among them – according to the Catholic Diocese of Manchester.

Pope Francis sent a message of condolence to the Foley family in a letter read aloud during the service.

‘It’s pretty embarrassing,’ a former White House official told MailOnline, on condition of anonymity.

‘In the last two years the White House has become more and more myopic. When you don’t have to face voters anymore, some politicians let it all hang out. I’m afraid this one is especially prone to that.’

We know what Obama was doing:

The President spent his last day on the Vineyard tucked out of sight in Chilmark where his family had been renting a home overlooking the north shore for the past two weeks.

Not good enough:

CNSNews.com asked the White House why no White House official attended James Foley’s memorial Mass.

“The President expressed his profound condolences to the family in his statement last week,” responded Ned Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council. “He was speaking on behalf of his Administration—as well as the American people—in offering these words to the Foley family, and he continues to keep them in his thoughts as we attempt to bring the other American hostages home.”

Put more simply:

Okay, maybe Biden isn’t whom you send to show your respect. But I don’t care if you don’t like the “optics” of being represented at a service that reflects poorly on American power and prestige. You send someone.

Maybe the Secretary of State.

Although the Instagram user identified the above boat as Kerry’s, it might be impossible to confirm for certain, and it’s also unclear whether Kerry was in fact on the boat when the photo was taken. But the number on the sail does match the number borne by Kerry’s boat in at least one past photo, and the boat itself appears to be the same.

Never mind. Dumb idea.

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Would I Lie to You?

By universal acknowledgement, the Obama regime is the most secretive, closed, media-hostile gang since William Howard Taft was in short pants (waist size 48).

Many are also coming around to our way of thinking that it is the most corrupt since US Grant put out his last cigar in his last shot of bourbon.

Obama’s response? Am not!

The White House on Friday rejected findings by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) that President Obama broke the law when he swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders from Guantánamo Bay.

“We strongly disagree with GAO’s conclusion, and we reject the implication that the administration acted unlawfully,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. “The president has the constitutional responsibility to protect the lives of Americans abroad, and specifically to protect U.S. servicemembers.”

The GAO report, released Thursday, said the Pentagon violated a law that requires the administration to inform Congress at least 30 days before any prisoner exchange from Guantánamo Bay. It also said the Defense Department wrongly used $988,400 from a wartime appropriations to facilitate the transfer.

“The Department of Defense violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 when it transferred five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar without providing at least 30-days notice to certain congressional committees,” the GAO wrote in its report.

Nuh-uh! I’m rubber, you’re glue! You can’t make me!

See how honest we are? Just ask us!

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