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Lost and Found

Lost: One Republic, 238 yrs old, fixer-upper; red, white, and blue; friendly, but do not abuse; answers to “America”.

Found: 30,000 emails (see above):

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.

Just “weeks” and “effort”, huh? That’s all it took to recover the irrecoverable? On a Friday, the Friday before Thanksgiving week, no less? And they accuse us of cynicism!

The missing emails extend from 2009 to 2011, a period when Lerner headed the IRS’s exempt-organizations division. The emails were lost when Lerner’s computer crashed, IRS officials said earlier this year.

In June Koskinen told Congress the emails were probably lost for good because the disaster recovery tape holds onto the data for only six months. He said even if the IRS had sought the emails within the six-month period, it would have been a complicated and difficult process to produce them from the tapes.

The IRS also lost the emails of several other employees who worked under Lerner during that period.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee he chairs will be one of the committees that will examine the emails.

“Though it is unclear whether TIGTA has found all of the missing Lois Lerner e-mails, there may be significant information in this discovery,” Issa told the Examiner. “The Oversight Committee will be looking for information about her mindset and who she was communicating with outside the IRS during a critical period of time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups. This discovery also underscores the lack of cooperation Congress has received from the IRS. The agency first failed to disclose the loss to Congress and then tried to declare Lerner’s e-mails gone and lost forever. Once again it appears the IRS hasn’t been straight with Congress and the American people.”

I said the other day that Putin is to Obama as Obama is to Congress. Putin flouts the law, abuses norms, lies, justifies, and laughs in the face of argument or protest. Oh, did I write “Putin”? That’s Obama. Putin doesn’t even bother prevaricating; he just takes. It’s time for Ukraine—and Congress—to fight back. Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

In lieu of good men, we’ll just have to hope for the best from the Republicans—i.e. we’re hosed.

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The Fascist President

Why be coy?

And why say it myself when I have my own liberal law professor to say it for me?

“No president can take on the power of all three branches and that’s what he seems to be doing. He certainly seems to be taking on legislative authority. He isn’t be particularly coy about this, you know he says ‘this is what I wanted to get out of legislation and I’m going to do it on my own’ and that does become a government of one.”

Actually, I have said that. Exactly that. But it’s nice to get the affirmation. But I then asked: what happens next? If the act is invalid—a president cannot make law—how is it enforceable? And if he violates the Constitution, isn’t his removal from office and deposit in the dustbin of history compulsory and inescapable?

Yet someone has to act to make these things so. Even an invalid, unconstitutional act by a criminal president has authority merely from the respect of the office (if not the man) from which it comes. How can a diktat with no legal authority be acted upon as if it were “the law of the land” (to coin a phrase)? As the old robot in Lost in Space used to say, “that does not compute”.

Anyway, Turley had more to say:

“It’s a very sad moment but it’s becoming a particularly dangerous moment if the president is going to go forward, particularly after this election to defy the will of Congress yet again. I can understand the frustration, these are two political parties that cannot get along but as you said, we have a Democratic process and a Congress that’s coming in with the full voice of the American people behind them, that’s what an election is, you may disagree with the outcome, but you have to respect the outcome,” Turley continued. “What the President is suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the constitution. We have a separation of powers that gives us balance and that doesn’t protect the branches. It’s not there to protect the executive branch or the legislative branch, it’s there to protect liberty. It’s there to keep any branch from assuming so much control that they become a threat to liberty.”

“I always tell my friends on the Democratic side, we will rue the day when we helped create this uber presidency,” he said. “What the Democrats are creating is something very very dangerous. They’re creating a president who can go at it alone and to go at it alone is something that is a very danger that the framers sought to avoid in our constitution.”

Uber is German, by the way, as in deutschland über alles. Just pointing it out.

So, this self-described liberal says Obama’s behavior is a “threat to liberty”. I don’t want any harm to come to any of the Obamas—not George, way over there in his dusty hut, not even Uncle Omar, bagging six-packs of Coors up on the North Shore—but this man needs to be stopped.

Who’s going to do it, and how?

PS: I describe his behavior as fascistic, but any fascist worth his salt has the military at his beck and call. I don’t think Obama can count on that. Not when the going gets tough.

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Noli Me Tangere

At least somebody gets news from MSNBC!

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd appear to have a much better relationship with senior Democratic leaders than President Obama does.

“I actually had a senator–and it happens quite a few times where senators will call us saying, what are you hearing over at the White House? What are they thinking on this bill?” Scarborough said. “I’ll go, are you kidding me?”

“I’ve had those conversations…” Todd said.

The distance between the president and senior Democratic leaders on the Hill is not a recent development, Scarborough said.

“One of the things that we’ve all heard from so many people–and it wasn’t like six years in–it was like two months in from the most senior Democrats–senators, on the Hill–‘He never calls; he never talks to us,’” Scarborough said.

To be fair to the big-eared galoot, you didn’t want him anywhere near you the past six months. Now it’s all “he never writes, he never calls”. He’s your goddamn president, you told us how dreamy he was! You don’t like him, vote to impeach. Then we’ll know you’re serious. Otherwise, shut up.

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They Can’t Help Themselves

Didja catch the iconic image the media used in covering Obama’s latest about-face on Ebola?

No, that’s not the waiter at the upscale restaurant who told Obama his credit was no good; that’s Abraham Lincoln. Or 16.com, as his website would have been named, had he had one. (He tweeted under the handle @TheRealEmancipator.)

I suppose we should be thankful that Obama is now equated with martyrs, rather than saints and angels, as the aurae of his early days suggested.

Excuse me, however, if I would make a more honest comparison:


If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.

PS: I say that they can’t help themselves, but so what? Do we let raging alcoholics drive school buses? Knowingly? For eight years?

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Teapot Dumb

Victor Davis Hanson compares the Obama regime with the scandal-plagued Harding administration.

Warren Hussain Obama doesn’t come out looking so good:

[T]he proper Obama comparison is not Carter, but rather Warren G. Harding. By that I mean not that Obama’s scandals have matched Harding’s, but rather that by any fair standard they have now far exceeded them and done far more lasting damage — and without Obama’s offering achievements commensurate with those that occasionally characterized Harding’s brief, failed presidency.

Ow! Take it easy, Vic.

The list of scandals is quite staggering. In aggregate, it makes Harding’s Teapot Dome mess seem minor in comparison.

The rest is a lengthy, enjoyable list of scandals, disgraces, and misjudgments all too familiar to regular readers here. By all means click over if you’d like to see Lois Lerner, the Secret Service, Eric Holder, and the architects of ObamaCare in an orgy of corruption and incompetence. In fact, I wonder if a better comparison might not have been to Caligula. The Roman emperor notoriously nominated his horse for the Senate. We’re lucky if our senators are half the horse (if you know what I mean) Incitatus was.

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Life, Liberty, and Fence-Jumping

Obama invents a new “right”:

“Hope is what gives young people the strength to march for women’s rights, and worker’s rights, and civil rights, and voting rights, and gay rights and immigration rights,” Obama told union supporters gathered Sept. 1 in Milwaukee, Wisc.

What does that even mean?

That “immigration rights” phrase “implies that some people have the right to move here,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center of Immigration Studies.

Krikorian’s response was echoed — in a progressive format — by David Leopold, an immigration lawyer and the former general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Obama’s “’Immigration rights’ [phrase] carries with it political, social and cultural significance while [the familiar term] ‘immigrants’ rights’ is a more direct reference to redress of rights through the courts,” said Leopold.

“Obama’s statement is significant because if he truly views “immigration rights” with the same reverence as he does ‘civil rights’ he can neither politically nor morally justify further delay in the use of his lawful authority to make the immigration system work better until Congress acts,” he said.

Keep your pants on, shyster. The only thing Obama views with “reverence” is a mirror. It was a throwaway line, another piece of low-hanging fruit (and no, that’s not swipe at gay rights). He may well grant amnesty to millions and take out all border fences with drone strikes, but he won’t do it out of “reverence”.

If Obama is the most cynical operative in the illegal immigration mess, these folks run a close second:

EL PASO — With recent waves of Central Americans seeking to reach the U.S., human smuggling along the Texas border has, at least for the moment, become more lucrative than smuggling illicit drugs for criminal organizations such as the Gulf and Zetas cartels, according to two U.S. intelligence officials.

U.S. agents tracking the money flow as part of the anti-smuggling Operation Coyote say that in just over six months, human smuggling has generated nearly $50 million, mostly in the area around the Mexican border city of Reynosa. The revenue has helped sustain the Gulf cartel during a bloody internal split, the officials said. Some factions of the Gulf cartel are now working with the Sinaloa cartel, they said, and another faction has joined forces with the Zetas, increasing violence and making the situation along the border more perilous.

“I’m not suggesting that the cartels have abandoned their drug-smuggling activities,” said Oscar Hagelsieb, assistant special agent-in-charge of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso. “But with all the money to be made in human smuggling, they clamped their claws into it as well. Big time.”

Imagine that, someone so low, so depraved, to pray upon the most vulnerable, to trade their misery for material gain. And the cartels ain’t much better.

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A la Recherche du Chumps Perdue

President Obama’s tireless search for a strategy takes him from Washington, DC to Westchester County, NY back to Washington, DC.

He will not rest until he gets a clue:

President Obama took advantage of the Washington area’s hot weather Sunday by playing an afternoon game of golf with three White House staffers.

The presidential motorcade arrived at Fort Belvoir, just outside Washington in Fairfax County, Va., just after 1 p.m. for the game, according to a reporter travelling with the president.

Playing golf with the Obama were Joe Paulsen, Luke Rosa and Mike Brush. All three work in the White House’s advance office, which coordinates sites before presidential visits.

The pool reporter noted that Obama appeared to have a bandage on his left middle finger.

From overuse, no doubt.

Obama retuned to the White House from Sam Kass’s wedding at 3 AM. A quick eight hours sleep, a hastily eaten breakfast, then four hours on the links (not including time on the road). I’m sure when he returned home he helped the girls with their algebra and French homework and decided upon a strategy for ISIS, Putin, Libya, China, illegal immigration, etc.

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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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Another Bitch-Slap From Lady Justice

Justice is blind, they say. Which is just as well, since the Most Transparent Administration Evah!™ is getting more opaque all the time:

A federal judge has issued a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration’s recent attempt to shield documents from disclosure in a case that could yield important clues about the Treasury Department’s relationship with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Government lawyers had argued they could redact key information before releasing records to the public by saying the documents related to the “deliberative process.” But in a ruling last month, U.S. Federal Claims Court Judge Margaret M. Sweeney rejected that, saying the government was illegally cutting corners.

“Defendant asserts that the court should merely take its word that the documents — some of which defendant itself has not reviewed — are privileged. This is contrary to law.”

That’s legalese for “don’t bring that [bleep] into my courtroom.”

[G]overnment watchdogs cheered the ruling, saying it represented an important pushback against a tool in the administration’s increasingly use of the exemption to try to keep embarrassing information secret.

“Theft is not privileged,” Tim Pagliara, head of shareholders group Investors Unite, said in a statement after the ruling.

That’s legalese for “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” Here’s another, in the original Latin, Praeses Obama gramen anus: Obama’s ass is grass.

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Comforting the Comfortable

Many conservatives have come to realize that to win the contest of ideas, you have to compete on the field of culture. It does one no good to be right (as in correct) when Hollywood, academia, the media are all left (as in wrong).

They tell us so themselves:

At last, we know the reason why comedy writers don’t make fun of President Obama much.

It turns out the man is completely unmockable.

We learn this from Jim Downey, the longtime “Saturday Night Live” specialist in political japery. “If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, ‘Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10,’” the writer says in the expanded new edition of the “SNL” oral history book, “Live from New York.”

“It’s like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled,” Downey says. “There’s not a single thing to grab onto — certainly not a flaw or hook that you can caricature. [Al] Gore had these ‘handles,’ so did Bush, and Sarah Palin, and even Hillary had them. But with Obama, it was the phenomenon — less about him and more about the effect he had on other people and the way he changed their behavior. So that’s the way I wrote him.”

Got that? The charter Choom Ganger, confessed eater of dog and snorter of coke. The doofus who thinks the language spoken by Austrians is “Austrian,” that you pronounce the p in “corpsman” and that ATMs are the reason why job growth is sluggish. The egomaniac who gave the queen of England an iPod loaded with his own speeches and said he was better at everything than the people who work for him. The empty suit with so little real-world knowledge that he referred to his brief stint working for an ordinary profit-seeking company as time “behind enemy lines.” The phony who tells everyone he’s from Chicago, though he didn’t live there until his 20s, and lets you know that he’s talking to people he believes to be stupid by droppin’ his g’s. The world-saving Kal-El from a distant solar system who told us he’d heal the planet and cause the oceans to stop rising. The guy who shared a middle name with one of the most hated dictators on earth.

Nope, nothing there to mock. No way to get a grip on this polished, oiled obsidian. So comedy writers didn’t and mostly still don’t.

In a new book, “Politics Is a Joke!” three academics tabulated 100,000 jokes told by late-night comics over the last 20 years. They found that in 2008 only 6% of the jokes were about Obama (Palin attracted nearly as many jokes in four months as a public figure as he did all year). And those jokes had a tendency to be about as barbed as cotton candy. Example cited by Tevi Troy in The Wall Street Journal: Jon Stewart said Obama visited Bethlehem so he could see “the manger where he was born.”

In every presidential campaign since 1992, the researchers found, comedians aimed more jokes at Republicans than they did at Democrats. Overall, twice as many barbs flew at the GOP.

“Our job is, whoever is in power, we’re opposed,” “SNL” chief Lorne Michaels told The New York Times in 2008.

And 2008 is when that policy ended.

Anyone who cares deeply about a story—say, the way we do about Israel—sees the distortions in the media and the culture at large. We often despair. Obama, global warming, big government, race—we see (and share with you) report after report, story after story highlighting the misconceptions and hypocrisies in the coverage in the media and culture, yet we feel like we get nowhere.

To many young Americans, Jon Stewart is their John Chancellor, and Tina Fey is their Sarah Palin.

Speaking of whom, who says Obama isn’t comedy gold?

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Travel Like an Obama

I don’t mean one of those poor Obamas, like his late illegal alien welfare queen, Auntie Zeituni, or his dipso Uncle Omar, or his hutted brother, George, or any of the other less fortunate Obamas scattered like so many seeds across the landscape. I mean Barack Hussein Obama, who never met a getaway he didn’t let get away.

First, after a serious speech—or at least a speech given while looking serious—the chopper:

If you look closely enough under the president’s left ear, you can see the First Golf Clubs (or you could if his ears weren’t so darn big). You’d hardly know from his demeanor that he’d just announced that he had lost Iraq after Bush won it. That’s talent.

All aboard!

Guess Sasha’s staying at home with Bo.

Oh wait!

Thence a short jump from the back yard to Andrews AFB:

Next, the jetliner. Wheels up!

Peanuts, sir?

Then touchdown on the Cape (Cod to you out-of-towners):

And final destination, “this blessed plot”, Martha’s Vineyard:

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Where, of course, a motorcade awaits to take you to your secluded estate:

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Of course, any journey must have a destination:

All of this brought to you by that bulldog, the independent press:

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That’s about 150 square feet of good old American First Amendment right there.

There you have it. The rest of you are stuck in vacation traffic or frantically awaiting the next rest stop so the kids don’t wet themselves. But the Obamas show us how it should be done. In style.

PS: The Griswolds-in-Chief are still missing one family member. Isn’t it time for an Amber Alert for poor Sasha?

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The Monday Morning After

After that exhausting weekend cavorting with golf buddies on the links and at Camp David, President Obama returns to work:

Obama Schedule || Monday, August 4, 2014
by KEITH KOFFLER on AUGUST 3, 2014, 9:30 PM
Today is President Obama’s 53rd birthday.

11:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:45 am || Meet with Treasury Secretary Lew

He could sleep till 10:45, haul his hungover ass in to the Oval Office for the briefing (mug of coffee in hand), do the Sudoku until Lew shows up, then go back to bed.

And people say he’s checked out.

PS: What do you give to the man who has everything?

President Obama has made it clear that he has a pen and a phone, and that he is willing to go around Congress and the Constitution to get his way. So for his birthday, the RNC is delivering a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the White House so Obama can read it before he picks up his pen or phone.

PS: Of course, as this writer observes, the only good President Obama is a golfing President Obama:

[T]he best we can hope for is presidents who simply do nothing. Going back to 2009 when he reached the White House, had Barack Obama hung around the White House bowling alley these last six years he would be presiding over a booming economy today as previously mentioned.

Fast forward to 2014, Obama is finally doing very little, and unsurprisingly the health of the economy is starting to reflect stock market optimism about a do-nothing president that began to register many years before this one. To be consistent, conservatives should now be praising our listless, exhausted, unfocused president. Let the economic boom begin!

The jobless economic boom, he means.

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