Benghazi Talking Point

On Sept. 12, 2012, President Barack Obama vowed to “bring to justice” the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. On Oct. 26, 2012, Obama said his “biggest priority” was bringing the “folks” in Libya responsible for murdering four Americans to “justice.” Tick, tock, tick, tock.

While White House press secretary Jay Carney sneers at the GOP’s “obsession” with what went wrong at the besieged Libyan consulate, Obama continues to ply his emptiest talking point. On May 13, 2013, more than eight months after the bloody disaster, Obama snippily reminded reporters that he had told us all back in September that “we would find out what happened, we would make sure that it did not happen again, and we would make sure that we held accountable those who had perpetrated this terrible crime.”

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Justice delayed is justice denied.

A little more “obsession” from this administration with hunting down the jihadist killers would be a good thing. How about a little more anger directed at the perpetrators and a little less rage aimed at the conservative press? Nah. Team Obama seems more singularly focused on blaming its opponents, smearing whistleblowers and deriding those who are trying to hold the president to his words, words, words.

Perhaps with their newfound skepticism toward the lying liars of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the former lapdogs of the White House press corps will start asking questions like this: Where the hell is Sufyan Ben Qumu a.k.a. Abu Sufian bin Qumu?

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The Obama Defense

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

On May 14, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post Stenographer wrote of our poor president. He called him “President Passerby”.

Milbank wrote pleadingly that Obama “needs urgently to become a participant in his presidency.”

Gee Dana, why start now? He’s done such a great job from the sideline or leading from behind.

That’s why polls all say the people hate his policies, but yet still love him. He has achieved something remarkable; a president that bears no responsibility for anything in the eyes of the low information voter. Quite an achievement.

Milbank writes of what he considers a “full frontal assault on the first amendment by his administration.”

It was a revelation that the Justice Department “had gone on a fishing expedition through months of phone records of the Associated Press reporters.”

And yet Milbank is surprised that his president seemed astonished by the news. He claimed: “as astonished as the revelation that the IRS was targeting conservative groups based on their ideology.”

Dana seemed quite bemused that Obama claimed he heard of such things on the news and was concerned: “now that Obama has learned about this extraordinary abuse of power, he’s not doing anything about it.”

Now, is Milbank really surprised by these “revelations” or is he, as is usually the case, colluding to provide cover for his monarch. I choose the latter.

Dana pointed out what Jay Carney had said about comparing Obama to Nixon: “Nixon was a control freak. Obama seems to be the opposite.”

I believe, no, I know that those in the press, and other assorted leftists are rapidly crafting the image of a completely uninterested leader – President Passerby – the drive-by president, if you will. He is Sgt. Barack Schultz: he knows nothing!

And just in case that excuse doesn’t fly with the Beyoncé and Jay-Z crowd, David Axelrod has a backup excuse.

Axelrod posited that the government is so “Vast” Obama couldn’t possibly have his finger on the pulse of every department. He stated: “part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast.”

Off topic alert: would this not be the perfect time for some conservative lawmakers to come forward and demand that we shrink the size of government? Why yes it would!

Anywho, now the leftists believe they have a great defense to insulate the King from the possible wrath of his peasants.

But wait… Now I’m confused. Let’s go back to when the Arab spring was welling up and subsequently spinning out of control. Remember, a White House spokesman named Tommy Vietor and what he said of Obama?

Vietor said the president didn’t need briefings because he is “among the most sophisticated consumers of intelligence on the planet.” If he is so bloody intelligent how could he know nothing? You don’t get to be that intelligent by being ill-informed. So which one is Obama; the smartest, most informed guy on the planet or Jerry Lewis playing President Passerby?

I’d say neither. Barack Obama is Philip Dru – Administrator. He is not the Chief Executive. He appears more like the head of human resources. Obama hires a person to head up a department and then moves on to the next hire. He bears no responsibility for that hire after the fact.

Levin Pressured IRS

Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) repeatedly pressed the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax-exempt status of specific conservative nonprofit organizations in letters to then-IRS commissioner Doug Shulman and director Lois Lerner in 2012.

Levin said he was concerned nonprofit organizations were abusing their tax-exempt status and engaging in partisan politics and requested information from the IRS on 12 organizations.

“Organizations are using Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(4) to gain tax exempt status while engaging in partisan political campaigns,” wrote Levin in one letter on July 27, 2012. “Making the problem worse is that the IRS knows there is a problem because of the public nature of the activity but has failed to address it.”

He asked whether the 12 organizations “applied for [tax-exempt status]; and if so … received the described exemption for political activity from the IRS.”

Levin’s list contained nine conservative groups, including Club for Growth, Americans for Tax Reform, and Americans for Prosperity. It also included two liberal groups and one centrist group.

The IRS officials were reportedly already aware that the agency had been targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny during the time Levin was corresponding with Shulman and Lerner.

The IRS acknowledged on Friday that agency officials singled out conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

Levin is a prominent supporter of the DISCLOSE Act, which would require the disclosure of corporate donors to tax-exempt organizations. He was an original cosponsor of the legislation.

He told New York Times columnist Joe Nocera he would take on groups he believed were abusing their tax-exempt status.

“Tax-exempt 501(c)(4)s are not supposed to be engaged in politics,” he said. “We’re going to go after them.”

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The Squishy Kimberley Strassel

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

As far as conservative newspapers go, there are very few. The most recognizable being IBD, the Washington Times, the New York Post (at times) and of course, the Wall Street Journal.

While I agree for the most part, I challenge those who trust the Wall Street Journal to be conservative. In my opinion it only masquerades as a conservative newspaper.

Case in point: A recent article penned on May 2 by Kimberly Strassel entitled, “About Those Conservative ‘Squishes’”. In it she tows the typical Republican line. You know, the faux-conservative Karl Rove, Bill Kristol republican line.

She began the article with: “Texas Sen. Ted Cruz recently gave a speech to some FreedomWorks activists, delivering a fascinating retelling of the Senate-it gun control fight. After taking credit for killing the bill with his filibuster threat, Mr. Cruz went on to divide the Republican caucus between those who have ‘principles’ and those who are a bunch of ‘squishes’.”

FreedomWorks activists eh? Not a group of FreedomWorks patriots; no, activists. I also enjoyed the implication that Ted Cruz is nothing but a glory hound.

She continued with: “… The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.”

Although I am not, I could stop here as she reveals her hand in one word: “progress”. The watchword of both Republican and Democrat big government Statists.

She claimed that Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Lee screwed up the perfect storm of Obama’s failed gun control bill. She, of course, was all about the Republican win. No mention of preserving the Second Amendment. It’s all about the party.

And not a word regarding the left’s ultimate strategy, assuming she even knows it. What was supposed to happen was the Bill was to sail through the “squishy” Senate and get soundly defeated in the Republican-controlled House, giving Obama and his minions the issue they can hammer into 2014. The strategy was, that if the bill was approved, it would further their gun confiscation agenda. If it was defeated, they have an issue for 2014.

Strassel said the Cruz “faction” wanted to make a point that the GOP believed in the Constitution. He’s right and what’s sad is that there seems to be but a few senators standing up for the document.

She went on to describe how the House was on the verge of scoring a political victory over the Democrats on some minor funding for Obamacare insurance exchanges. (Yes I know, it’s $5 billion, but that’s minor for Obamacare.) Wow, the Republicans would force the Dems to choose between sick people and some money. Big win!

She then explained that if not for the Cruz “absolutionists” the reasonable Republicans could’ve force the Dems to kill off a tiny portion of Obamacare. Cruz and his buddies, she claims, insist on full repeal or nothing. Oh the nerve of them.

Does Ms. Strassel fail to realize that trimming around the edges of Obamacare is utter futility? Sen. Cruz and his few allies along with Heritage and the Club for Growth seem to be the only ones in Washington that know or care of the devastation that is Obamacare.

She then points out that, “the majority of Republicans are ardent supporters of the second amendment, passionate about repealing Obamacare, in favor of lower taxes.” Tells you a lot that she has to point it out!

“Yet”, she states, “disagree with Mr. Cruz on his filibuster strategy and you are a ‘squish’.”

Well, Ms. Strassel, Ted Cruz is the upstart you make him out to be. He and a few other relative newcomers have so far been uncorrupted by the DC moderate “Squishes”, and the big government Republicans don’t know how to contain them and that, no doubt, is quite frustrating.

So since the moderates can contain these rebels, they run to the so-called conservative press to do their dirty work.

It appears to me at least that the inside the Beltway Republicans think, as do the leftists, that these conservative rabble-rousers are the biggest threat to our country and certainly to their power. Bigger than joblessness, the debt, taxes, Obamacare and terrorism.

If they could just get rid of, or turn, those uncompromising conservatives, Washington would run like the well oiled machine we all know it to be. (Kinda choked on that one).

Government Secretly Obtains AP Records

Although this is a travesty, one part of me can’t help but be delighted by it. This should never happen to anyone or organization, left or right. But after you finish reading, don’t you just want to tell them we told you so. At the end of the day these thugs don’t care who they take down. The press now knows not to ever step out of line! …And they came for the press…

 

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and home phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.

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The Great Green Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

What will we tell our children and grandchildren? When they look us in the eye and ask how we could’ve let it get this bad and what we did to help prevent it?

Did we just stand by and watch as our governments, local, state and federal frittered away trillions of dollars on giveaways and boondoggle projects?

One such boondoggle project that comes to mind is that of the U.S. Navy’s “Great Green Fleet”.

Having been in the Navy and spent some time aboard a carrier, this is particularly disturbing to me.

Defending the nation is one of a very few things our government is actually constitutionally charged with. So it’s more than just upsetting when in February it was announced that the aircraft carrier Lincoln (CVN 72) would have to indefinitely postpone it’s refueling and overhaul due to budgetary constraints.

Great news! A carrier that is undeployable. Oh wait… make that two. The deployment of the carrier Harry S Truman (CVN 75) will also be delayed for the same reason.

Yet the Marine Corps can spend $350 million on solar panel field communications equipment. As with all dimwitted government programs, they have charming acronyms. The programs are called “GREENS”, Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network System and “SPACES”, Solar Portable Alternative Communication Energy System.

As an aside, you know darn well that some bureaucrat thought up the acronym GREENS first, then just assigned words to each letter.

Col. Bob Charette said: “Solar is the best technology for us.” He explained that the Marines could lay the array on the ground to achieve a low profile.

Well, that all sounds great until the soldiers realize it can take up to 12 hours to recharge their equipment. “Wait, Mr. Insurgent, we are not finished recharging!”

Not to be one-upped, the Navy, or should I say the hacks in the White House that command the military, have been purchasing biofuel to power the “Great Green Fleet”. My goodness, how the Chinese and Russians must be laughing about this one.

In 2009 the Pentagon bought 20,000 gallons of algae oil. It was a bargain at $424 a gallon. They paid a mere $27 a gallon for 450,000 gallons of biofuel. Why pay $3.60 a gallon for diesel? Genius!

The grand theory of the brainiacs in Washington is these purchases will create demand, which will drive the price down to be competitive with petroleum products. But as long as the dolts in Washington are happy to pay 20 some bucks a gallon, the suppliers will happily oblige.

To make things worse, the Navy, Agriculture and Energy departments will “invest” $170 million each in bio refineries. That’s $510 million! Why? Because the private sector knows it’s a waste of time and money.

So when your children ask how this could’ve happened, you can assure them that it wasn’t due to projects like the “Great Green Fleet”. You can tell them, with a straight face, that it was a smashing success, a wise “investment” and we helped save the planet for you, little Johnny.

Just Make Them all Citizens

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Will problems with immigration ever be solved? Frankly, do those who appear to fight for “reform” really want the issue to go away? After all, immigration advocacy has become quite the cottage industry.

And for dishonest politicians, as practically all of them are turning out to be; they are always looking for a good PC cause to latch on to.

I will give at least a few of them credit for the courage to appear on conservative talk radio to plead their cases.

A few weeks ago Marco Rubio was on Rush Limbaugh’s show. Rush tried his best to be civil, but as a veteran listener, I and I’m sure many others, knew Rush wasn’t buying what Marco was dishing out.

Jeff Flake, just last week or so, spoke on the Glenn Beck radio program. Man, did they NOT agree with Flake’s positions! Did these politicians really think they would convince anyone in these audiences?

We often wonder just what happens to these guys when they go to Washington. Is the capital building like some Death Star? During freshman orientation they are brought before the Emperor Darth Sidious and shown the power of the dark side. I just don’t get it?

Off topic: new rule for Congress and the Senate. 75% of your time must be spent in your home district. With today’s technology – votes and committee meetings will be conducted by secure link video conferencing. Could you imagine the wails of dissent if someone were to propose that?

Anyway, Ali Baba Schumer and his seven other thieves have picked up two more for their merry band, progressive Republicans John Cornyn (R- Texas) and Orrin Hatch (R – Utah). Sorry Mark Levin, but Orrin is a big government progressive.

With their help many amendments to at least slow this train have gone down to overwhelming defeat. Amendments such as requiring full operational border security before granting illegals, legal status. Wow! What a radical proposal. Sure am glad it was defeated.

What was passed was a Patrick (Leaky) Leahy (C – Vermont) (C for communist) amendment to give Big Sis Napolitano and DHS the leeway to secure the border… or not. I’m going to guess not. How about you?

Another proposal was to require just six months of border control before legal status was granted to criminal aliens. That too was soundly defeated. To it, Diane Feinstein said: “I have no doubt to this nation’s commitment to enforce the border.” Jeff Flake added that they shouldn’t delay amnesty for security. Fear not Jeff; they won’t. There will be full amnesty and no security. Heck, even if they vote for security, it won’t get done.

Remember the 2006 border fence agreement? I believe it was to construct 750 miles of double-layered fence. And remember Duncan Hunter at the time insisted it would be built due to the language in the bill? Not that the fence should be built, but he exclaimed, the fence “Shall be Built.”

Nearly everyone, Republican and Democrat alike voted for it at the time. That was seven years ago. We now have 35 miles built and no plans to complete it. Liars!

Another amendment that was passed is to allow Big Sis to cut back or stop altogether the reimbursements to states that imprison illegals.

By law, the feds must reimburse at least some of the cost of housing the criminal aliens.

But really, how much could that be? Don’t illegals wish to come to America for a better life? Yeah, some for a better life of crime.

In 2005 the GAO (Government accounting office) issued a report on just this. Keep in mind this was eight years ago.

The report discovered in just the federal prisons, 27% of prisoners are illegals and the majority of that percentage was Mexican. Between 2001 and 2004 reimbursements to state and local prisoners was $5.8 billion. It was estimated that reimbursements from the feds was no more than 25% of the cost the states had incurred.

So the feds refuse to do what they are charged to do, secure the border and deal with illegals and the states are left holding most of the bag. And now thanks to this bill and the DHS, probably the whole bag.

Bear in mind that states have no deportation authority, so they are truly stuck.

This 867 page and growing debacle will pass. We will have mass amnesty. There is already an ever-increasing influx of illegals coming over in anticipation. The border will not be secured and the country’s demise will be hastened because of it.

This is textbook Cloward and Piven – overwhelm the system, not to mention one party rule for a long long time.

It’s a win-win!