Quotes of the day

posted at 8:41 pm on May 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they’re seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration’s credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don’t look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone.

Something big has shifted. The standing of the administration has changed

The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him. He’s shocked, it’s unacceptable, he’ll get to the bottom of it. He read about it in the papers, just like you…

What happened at the IRS is the government’s essential business. The IRS case deserves and calls out for an independent counsel, fully armed with all that position’s powers. Only then will stables that badly need to be cleaned, be cleaned. Everyone involved in this abuse of power should pay a price, because if they don’t, the politicization of the IRS will continue—forever. If it is not stopped now, it will never stop. And if it isn’t stopped, no one will ever respect or have even minimal faith in the revenue-gathering arm of the U.S. government again.

***

The president derided “tea baggers.” Vice President Joe Biden compared them to “terrorists.” In more than a dozen speeches Mr. Obama raised the specter that these groups represented nefarious interests that were perverting elections. “Nobody knows who’s paying for these ads,” he warned. “We don’t know where this money is coming from,” he intoned.

In case the IRS missed his point, he raised the threat of illegality: “All around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates . . . And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation.”

Short of directly asking federal agencies to investigate these groups, this is as close as it gets. Especially as top congressional Democrats were putting in their own versions of phone calls, sending letters to the IRS that accused it of having “failed to address” the “problem” of groups that were “improperly engaged” in campaigns. Because guess who controls that “independent” agency’s budget?

The IRS is easy to demonize, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It got its heading from a president, and his party, who did in fact send it orders—openly, for the world to see.

***

Imagine for a moment if black civil-rights organizations, gay groups, or teachers’ unions loudly complained to members of Congress and the press that the IRS was discriminating against them. How long would it take for the White House to investigate? Answer honestly: Minutes? Hours? Okay, maybe days if there was an attack on one of our embassies that the administration was busy ignoring. Obviously, it would take longer for Obama to actually get to the bottom of the accusations and, if they’re true, punish those responsible. But you can be sure that the moment he heard credible allegations of political persecution of liberal groups — outfits with “progressive” or “civil rights” in their names — he would have moved heaven and earth to make things right.

But when such allegations came from the right, the response from the president — and from a press corps that until recently acted like a king’s guard — ranged from smirks and eye-rolling to flat-out lies and virtual applause…

He’s made it clear that people who disagree with him are fevered, illegitimate, weird, creepy, dangerous, stupid, confused, ignorant, or some other adjective you might assign to a revamped version of the Seven Dwarfs. He’s explained that he doesn’t mind “cleaning up after” Republicans but he doesn’t want to hear “a lot of talking” from them. The time for democratic debate is always behind us with an administration that began with the mission not to let a crisis go to waste, for as Obama said in his second inaugural address, “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time, but it does require us to act in our time.”…

So fine. Obama probably didn’t order the IRS to keep his opponents from talking. But these bureaucrats certainly acted like ones he’d been waiting for.

***

The recent spate of Washington scandals has some liberals finally confessing in public what many of them have said privately for a long time. The Obama administration is arrogant, insular, prone to intimidation of adversaries, and slovenly when it comes to seeing that rules are followed. Indeed, the Obama White House is a strange place, and it’s good that its operational model is now likely to be finally dissected by the media…

But it was Chris Matthews of MSNBC who cut even deeper in his Hardball show on Wednesday. A former speechwriter for President Carter, he wondered if Obama “really doesn’t want to be responsible day-to-day for running” the government. He savaged the White House for using “weird, spooky language” about “the building leadership” that must approve the Benghazi talking points. “I don’t understand the model of this administration: weak chiefs of staff afraid of other people in the White House. Some undisclosed role for Valerie Jarrett. Unclear, a lot of floating power in the White House, but no clear line of authority. I’ve talked to people who’ve been chief of staff. They were never allowed to fire anybody, so they weren’t really chief of staff.”…

The Obama White House management team doesn’t share the bunker mentality of the Nixon White House (though there are similarities). Nor does it have the frat-house atmosphere of the early Clinton White House, or the “happy talk” air of unreality of the latter George W. Bush administration. But its “all politics, all the time” ethos demands scrutiny now that the scandals are mounting and its shortcomings are becoming all too clear.

***

Obama says: Trust me, I do not advocate universal preschool simply to swell the ranks of unionized, dues-paying, Democrat-funding teachers. Trust me, I know something not known by the social scientists who say the benefits of such preschool are small and evanescent.

Obama says: Trust me, the science of global warming is settled. And trust me that, although my plans to combat global warming, whenever the inexplicable 16-year pause of it ends, would vastly expand government’s regulatory powers, as chief executive I guarantee that these powers will be used justly.

Obama says: Trust me. Although I am head of the executive branch, I am not responsible for the IRS portion of this branch…

Because Obama’s entire agenda involves enlarging government’s role in allocating wealth and opportunity, the agenda now depends on persuading Americans to trust him, not their lying eyes. In the fourth month of his second term, it is already too late for that.

***

That ubiquitous scrutiny makes it even more important that a president remain resolute and clear-eyed about his mission. It is critical that he look bigger than his critics. And, as is always the case in politics, that he project optimism about his leadership.

It is in that regard that Obama has faltered in the days since the story of the misdeeds at the IRS broke, cranking up the political and media intensity. One can argue whether the White House was too slow to respond and stanch the bleeding. In some ways, that is a question for lawyers, who can debate how cautious a president must be in responding to such allegations. But it is hard to disagree that this president has lost his footing in the way he presents himself

But a successful president has to appear in control of events, or at least on top of them. If people think their president has lost that control, they get frightened. And if Obama lets that perception take hold, he may look back on this week with a deep regret, and perhaps an abiding sense of a moment lost.

***

The investigations and recriminations pose a double threat to a presidency already in jeopardy of irrelevance. Not only does the president suffer when he loses control of the metanarrative that determines the assumptions behind media coverage of his administration. He also suffers by looking passive, aloof, and academic. Lately the top officials of the executive branch have seemed always to be in another room, on another call. Hillary Clinton says she was not aware of cables warning of lax security in Benghazi. Eric Holder says he is not sure when he recused himself from the investigation into the AP leak, or if he told the White House, or, really, of anything. Obama says he learned about the IRS IG investigation from the news. He says the Benghazi talking points were a matter of dispute between State and CIA, not the White House. A Martian reading the statements of senior officials on subjects of public controversy would conclude that the U.S. government operates at the whims of midlevel career personnel. But why pick on Martians. Chris Matthews concludes the same thing: “The steering wheel doesn’t control the car anymore.”

The president, however, isn’t even in the car. He is a bystander, a commenter on the passing scene. He moves only when compelled by outside forces. Domestic policy was ceded to Congress during the first half of his term. Only after Scott Brown’s upset in 2010 did Obama take a lead part in passing his health care law. The threat of American default forced him into botched negotiations with John Boehner on the debt ceiling. His tax increases on the wealthy came about only because the entirety of the Bush tax rates were set to expire on Jan. 1, 2013, anyway. On foreign policy he was pulled kicking and screaming into Libya, joining the British and French in overthrowing Qaddafi only when it became clear they were prepared to go to war without him. The Syrian civil war has raged for years, 90,000 have died, as the president does what little he can to convince the Russians to abandon Assad. When natural or man-made disasters strike Americans, he acts, but not before. He is a reactive president, whom only Reinhold Niebuhr could love.

One of his sympathizers describes him, favorably, as “Barack the Buck-Passer.” And pass bucks he has, trillions of them in fact, mostly in the direction of the American people and obstructionist Republicans. Still, Obama’s supporters must recognize, one can only buck-pass for so long. There comes a reckoning of accounts. Have we finally reached that moment, in the confluence of the Benghazi and IRS and AP stories, when Obama no longer will be able to blame his predecessor and adversaries for his own failings?

***

We clearly have a values problem in the federal government. We clearly have a few or many agencies where the leaders don’t emphasize that workers need to check themselves, or risk losing what remains of the people’s trust.

The rest of us just have to be more wary. For example, I generally support the little behavioral nudges that Cass Sunstein describes in his outstanding book “Simpler” — the subtle policy shifts that induce people to save more, or eat healthier. I’d trust somebody with a minimalist disposition like Sunstein to implement these policies. But I wouldn’t necessarily trust the people at the I.R.S. or Justice Department to implement them. They’d take a nudge and expand it into a shove.

And what are we to make of financial regulatory reform and the new health care law? In a culture of unrestraint, will federal regulators use these rule-writing opportunities to expand their reach beyond anything now imagined?

People can only have faith in a government that self-restrains, and there’s little evidence of that now.

***

While “others may get distracted by chasing every fleeting issue that passes by,” he said, “the middle class will always be my number one focus, period.”

***

“You can’t make up these narratives,” he remarked. “This is beyond any conservative’s wildest dream.”


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I hate that picture. Can’t we find one with horns and a pitchfork.

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM

The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him.

In charge of everything, responsible for nothing.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM

This work,Beach dude?

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him.

Well he always was a dim-wit.

GarandFan on May 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

The buck stops here.
- Harry Truman

I’m shocked, shocked to learn that partisanship is going on at the IRS.
- Barack Obama

aunursa on May 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Bish + 7

Jackalope on May 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM

The dude is just a stone-cold azshole, no need to dig further into his psyche.

Bishop on May 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM

At no point did the Obama Administration have any idea what the Obama Administration was doing…

/Carney

Jackalope on May 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM

More Obama going against our allies…Nigerian Forces are attacking the evil Boko Harem jihadist group and what does John Kerry, henchman of Obama, have to say?

http://news.yahoo.com/nigerian-forces-bomb-islamist-camps-110910162.html

Secretary of State John Kerry issued a strongly worded statement saying: “We are … deeply concerned by credible allegations that Nigerian security forces are committing gross human rights violations, which, in turn, only escalate the violence and fuel extremism.”

Kerry said: “We urge Nigeria’s security forces to apply disciplined use of force in all operations, protect civilians in any security response, and respect human rights and the rule of law.”

sadsushi on May 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM

It is time to eliminate the IRS altogether. Go to a consumption tax to get the black market revenue. Even pimps and drug dealers would pay tax if you paid it at purchase time.

But it will never happen, because it takes power away from the Congress. It’s time to refresh the tree of liberty.

Wino on May 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM

But it was Chris Matthews of MSNBC who cut even deeper in his Hardball show on Wednesday. A former speechwriter for President Carter, he wondered if Obama “really doesn’t want to be responsible day-to-day for running” the government. He savaged the White House for using “weird, spooky language” about “the building leadership” that must approve the Benghazi talking points. “I don’t understand the model of this administration: weak chiefs of staff afraid of other people in the White House. Some undisclosed role for Valerie Jarrett. Unclear, a lot of floating power in the White House, but no clear line of authority. I’ve talked to people who’ve been chief of staff. They were never allowed to fire anybody, so they weren’t really chief of staff.”…

So I look outside my window and guess what I see ?

burrata on May 17, 2013 at 8:52 PM

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 8:46 PM

LOL…yeah, that works.

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Polished and well-dressed incompetence.

The left hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.

TimBuk3 on May 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM

“I actually know of at least 3 different Obama administrations.”

-Cornball

Bishop on May 17, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I hate that picture. Can’t we find one with horns and a pitchfork.

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM

It’s not fair of you to compare obambi to the devil. barky is much worse. At least the devil wears his evil.

VegasRick on May 17, 2013 at 8:56 PM

The dude is just a stone-cold azshole, no need to dig further into his psyche.

Bishop on May 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I concur, can we go off topic now?

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 8:57 PM

The fro is looking mighty gray.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Comzo is a weasel.
O/T.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

The president, as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him.

Right.. you can’t expect a CEO to be responsible for anything in his company.
Can’t expect a Captain to be responsible for his ship.
The owner of a business certainly isn’t responsible for what goes on in his business.
The owner of a restaurant can’t ever be held accountable for what goes on in his kitchen.
A homeowner can’t be held liable for the condition of his home.

We all know this. Ask any lawyer.

JellyToast on May 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Fellow beach bum..
which coast are you bumming at?

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Duh, tell me something I don’t know.

I am a cute weasel though.

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I am a cute weasel though.

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I plead the 5th. :)

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Obama’s a nice guy, just in over his head.

arnold ziffel on May 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

In fact… Obama doesn’t know anything going on anywhere within his administration. This is proof he’s on top of everything.

The very fact that he knows nothing is the very evidence of his great intelligence.

JellyToast on May 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

The fro is looking mighty gray.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

An angry Moochelle incensed at the prospect of her high living, lobsterfest and vacaytin’ being curtailed / disenfranchised lost her temper and dumped an entire bowl of White House grade nose candy over him.

viking01 on May 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

The buck stops here.
- Harry Truman

I’m shocked, shocked to learn that partisanship is going on at the IRS.
- Barack Obama

aunursa on May 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Trust no one.
- Fox Mulder

trigon on May 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:00 PM

East coast of central Florida on a barrier island.

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:02 PM

You make me cry.*
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* – NSFW

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Cool. The strikeout bug strikes again.

viking01 on May 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

JellyToast on May 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM

A+ Barry is Capt. Edward Smith.

PS..your handle always makes me hungry.
So does, tatersald.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

For example, I generally support the little behavioral nudges that Cass Sunstein describes in his outstanding book “Simpler” — the subtle policy shifts that induce people to save more, or eat healthier. I’d trust somebody with a minimalist disposition like Sunstein to implement these policies. But I wouldn’t necessarily trust the people at the I.R.S. or Justice Department to implement them. They’d take a nudge and expand it into a shove.

David Brooks is one of the most gullible idiots of all time. I guess that’s why the NYT likes him so much. He’s their useful idiot.

Curtiss on May 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

“People can only have faith in a government that self-restrains, and there’s little evidence of that now.”

I think there has been no time in present history as now that a case can be made to abolish the IRS and go to a flat tax that even the ‘low information voters’ can understand…

… But we need to do it, while we still have the time.

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

East coast of central Florida on a barrier island.

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

no shite..me too.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Just wait until Congress discovers that Obama has had the IRS engaged for the last couple of years on a massive hunt for the missing strawberries.

trigon on May 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

All of us crazy Conservatives were right about ol’ Scooter.

…Unfortunately.

By the way, I believe that bluegill has a sockpuppet. I just can’t prove it…yet.

She stopped posting…and a new poster appeared.

kingsjester on May 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

@AP Have a great weekend. :)

The IRS is easy to demonize, but it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It got its heading from a president, and his party, who did in fact send it orders—openly, for the world to see.

Followed by an argument that he never had to physically pick up the phone. I’ve made similar arguments myself, but I hope in this case someone in the West Wing spent some time typing at the computer.

BECAUSE IF THEY DIDN’T, the IRS is autonomous — the IRS just makes up any sh!t it wants, whenever it wants. That reality would be a much uglier than Obama’s White House using the IRS as a weapon.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324767004578487332636180800.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:07 PM

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Get Outta Town!!….where, if I may ask? I’m in New Smyrna Beach.

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Hope and Change

John the Libertarian on May 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Comzo is a weasel.
O/T.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 8:58 PM

But, at least, he’s not a squirrel….and, it’s a good thing considering his penchant for pants-less weekends.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

For example, I generally support the little behavioral nudges that Cass Sunstein describes in his outstanding book “Simpler” — the subtle policy shifts that induce people to save more, or eat healthier. I’d trust somebody with a minimalist disposition like Sunstein to implement these policies. But I wouldn’t necessarily trust the people at the I.R.S. or Justice Department to implement them. They’d take a nudge and expand it into a shove.

David Brooks is one of the most gullible idiots of all time. I guess that’s why the NYT likes him so much. He’s their useful idiot.

Curtiss on May 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Note the subtle “nudge”. Yep I really like government nudging me while bending me over and then shaking me upside down by the ankles.

arnold ziffel on May 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

haha..no hate.
Wuv for feisty as$.
I see your okay..was worried about you and the hoteeee wife (her mostly) ;)
Glad your here.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

But, at least, he’s not a squirrel….and, it’s a good thing considering his penchant for pants-less weekends.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

NO ONE CLICK THAT!

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Uh, oh…I just divulged my position…is that the sound of helic…

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Think Nasa. :)

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

“I wish I had a father who was around and involved”
 
- President Barack H. Obama, March 2013

rogerb on May 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

I think I will go put pants on…and a cup.

And some aspirin, and a drink.

You should have included a warning.

Really

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

NO ONE CLICK THAT!

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

:p

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

I should have listened to axe man.
agggghhhhh!
thx rwm..you damn ruined my last rib.

Bill in the mail.

Oh hell..your a lawyer..I’m screwed.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I think I will go put pants on…and a cup.

And some aspirin, and a drink.

You should have included a warning.

Really

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Get Outta Town!!….where, if I may ask? I’m in New Smyrna Beach.

BeachBum on May 17, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Many Florida commenters here.

Curtiss on May 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM

hehehehehe

It’s only 9:15 on Friday night and Cozmo has abandoned his pants-less week-end already!

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM

I saw it a couple of days ago.

My bride asked me why I was speaking so high.

kingsjester on May 17, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM

I should have dedicated the previous tune to you…

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 17, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I am with you 7%.
Eliminate the damn agency.
If I didn’t pay an accountant, i wouldn’t know what to do. All BS.
Time for some real change. that would be a superb starter.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Evening All!!!!

ROFLMAO…RWM…priceless :) lol

CoffeeLover on May 17, 2013 at 9:16 PM

But, at least, he’s not a squirrel….and, it’s a good thing considering his penchant for pants-less weekends.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

That picture needs to be burned already.

NotCoach on May 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

kingsjester on May 17, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Considering how lucky I have been with some of the crazy crap I have done, that picture will give me nightmares.

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Many Florida commenters here.

Curtiss on May 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

U too?
I will add you to the list.
Lots of ladies. Who happen to be awesome..but of course.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:18 PM

*shakes head*

Fine. Don’t listen.

*sip*

DON’T YOU PEOPLE SEE SHE’S EVIL!

E-VEEEL!

– No. Fine. Shiny.

My mellow won’t be harshed by all this disbelief and squirrel torture.

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM

hehe,haha,hoho.
He is gonna put on his sports cup. lol

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Evenin’.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2013 at 9:20 PM

evening twerpie

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I did hear that squirrel has gotten the lead in the Michael Jackson Bio-pic, though.

kingsjester on May 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Evenin’.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2013 at 9:20 PM

*half-hearted thwack — more of a thwa*

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

DON’T YOU PEOPLE SEE SHE’S EVIL!

E-VEEEL!

– No. Fine. Shiny.

My mellow won’t be harshed by all this disbelief and squirrel torture.

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Snort.

Hey, Coffee, Coach, KJ, Baz, ALT, Coz!

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Even KJ. And KJ deserves better.

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Kerry said: “We urge Nigeria’s security forces to apply disciplined use of force in all operations, protect civilians in any security response, and respect human rights and the rule of law.”

sadsushi on May 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Nigeria has joined hands with Kenya and Camaroon ( and one other country I can’t recall right now ) to fight jihadies who train and then infilterate these countries from Somalia.
Please remember here, in both Kenya and Nigeria, there are Christian governments ( duly elected ofcourse) which are facing cross border islamic terrorism.
Obama ‘s cousin Sharia Odinga has been reduced to nothing in Kenya now, after he was hoisted on a pedestal by Obama using American taxpayer money ofcourse .
If my prediction is right , Kerry’s statement means Obama will be arming Sharia Odinga to bring down the Christian governments of both Nigeria and Kenya.
And then the slaughter of Christians will begin.
I give it a timeframe of about 6 months.

Remember Ivory Coast ?

burrata on May 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Note the subtle “nudge”. Yep I really like government nudging me while bending me over and then shaking me upside down by the ankles.

arnold ziffel on May 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

David Brooks is such a fool. You know what the IRS thought it was doing in Cincinnati? Yeah, giving conservatives a “nudge”.

Curtiss on May 17, 2013 at 9:23 PM

“I wish I had a father who was around and involved”

- President Barack H. Obama, March 2013

rogerb on May 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM

I wonder how that fellow that looks like his son is doing. You know that guy that took good care of them womyn in Cleveland?

CW on May 17, 2013 at 9:23 PM

E-VEEEL!

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

That creeped me out..for some reason.
wtf is wrong with u people!

balls, eye balls, ball warmers-
no wonder I go to bad with nightmares after qotd.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM

and somewhere tonight, Justice Alito is chuckling to himself.

can_con on May 17, 2013 at 9:24 PM

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM
Hiya!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Evenin’.

Y’know, Nixon didn’t want a special prosecutor, either.

And, Watergate was nothing compared to all of this.

kingsjester on May 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Obama has just taken a huge dump on the heart of our democracy. Even daft liberal idiots like Piers Morgan are starting to wake up. It’s only the brownshirts like HotAirLib who are still goose-stepping to the Fuehrer.

John the Libertarian on May 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM
What up.
It is Friday ya know. ;)
shhh…tell axe your saying tgif.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

*half-hearted thwack — more of a thwa*

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:21 PM

*Whole-hearted FLINK! I’ve got tomorrow off so me and the mister can attend a graduation. SATURDAY OFF! WOO-HOO!*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2013 at 9:27 PM

But, at least, he’s not a squirrel….and, it’s a good thing considering his penchant for pants-less weekends.

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:09 PM

NO ONE CLICK THAT!

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:11 PM

OK Now I Really want to click…

Jackalope on May 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Can we still say TGIF?
God is being banned everywhere..
except in islamic circles.
Allah tis okay.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Evenin’.

Y’know, Nixon didn’t want a special prosecutor, either.

And, Watergate was nothing compared to all of this.

kingsjester on May 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Can’t tell what will happen in this soup. The media is openly cheer-leading, now openly hand-wringing; the country (a swath of the country) went a’ worshiping, and so on. No clue what actually gets punished, by whom it’s punished, anymore.

*shrug*

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Quotes of the day

Punish your enemies

BobMbx on May 17, 2013 at 9:29 PM

*Whole-hearted FLINK! I’ve got tomorrow off so me and the mister can attend a graduation. SATURDAY OFF! WOO-HOO!*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2013 at 9:27 PM

You mean Thursday, right? :) Weren’t you on some weird Joo calendar?

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

OK Now I Really want to click…

Jackalope on May 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

You were warned.

RickB on May 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Snort.

Hey, Coffee, Coach, KJ, Baz, ALT, Coz!

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Hello evil creature. I guess torturing us males last night with that image wasn’t enough for you. :P

NotCoach on May 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

OK Now I Really want to click…

Jackalope on May 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM

*sip*

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:31 PM

shhh…tell axe your saying tgif.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

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Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Hello evil creature. I guess torturing us males last night with that image wasn’t enough for you. :P

NotCoach on May 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I didn’t make you open it a second time. lol

Baz gave me the puuurrrrrrrrrrrfect opening. Cozmo is back wearing pants. Behold my power!

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

WH,IRS, EPA, DOE, DOEd, These letters stand for CORRUPTION.

pat on May 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

TGIF! TGIF! TGIF! TGIF! TGIF! TGIF! TGIF! TGIF! TGIF!

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Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:31 PM

*deep sigh*

I dunno. I’ve dated crazier, and . . . she’s special, somehow.

*rubs temples*

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

And, Watergate was nothing compared to all of this.

kingsjester on May 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

This makes Watergate look like a third-rate fratboy prank.

Laura in Maryland on May 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

It’s noteworthy how an ideologue is beholden to the political philosophy that a bigger, more expansive/intrusive centrally planned government is preferable yet lacks the competence to know who’s doing what underneath him. And that’s obviously being generous assuming his deniability is plausible. If nothing else, I hope, at least some of those inclined to vote for a statist give pause.

anuts on May 17, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Hey, Girlfriend!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Hey, ‘twerp. Here’s one for you.

Don pelts, the owner of world famous Corky’s Barbeque in Memphis, died at 72 this week from a massive heart attack. All the restaurants were closed today.

Services were at Temple Israel.

I guess pork with barbeque sauce on it is OK.

kingsjester on May 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

You mean Thursday, right? :) Weren’t you on some weird Joo calendar?

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:30 PM

The graduation is at a church. I might be the first Jooo some of these folks have ever seen. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on May 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

“I wish I had a father who was around and involved”

- President Barack H. Obama, March 2013

rogerb on May 17, 2013 at 9:12 PM

He has had so many fathers, what the hell is he complaining about ?
He had a biologica father,
a grandfather who raised him,
a mentoring father Frank Marshal Davis,
a father from Indonesia–Sotero
a father who bought him his college degree –Al Mansoor,
a father who bought him his house –Rezko,
a religious father Jeremiah Wright
a father who started him in politics and wrote a book for him–Ayers
a father who bought him a puppy–the drunk slob Kennedy
and then he ulimate sugadaddy –Soros, who bought him the White House .
The dolt is never happy !!

burrata on May 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

The president derided “tea baggers.” Vice President Joe Biden compared them to “terrorists.” In more than a dozen speeches Mr. Obama raised the specter that these groups represented nefarious interests that were perverting elections. “Nobody knows who’s paying for these ads,” he warned. “We don’t know where this money is coming from,” he intoned.

In case the IRS missed his point, he raised the threat of illegality: “All around this country there are groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity, who are running millions of dollars of ads against Democratic candidates . . . And they don’t have to say who exactly the Americans for Prosperity are. You don’t know if it’s a foreign-controlled corporation.”

Short of directly asking federal agencies to investigate these groups, this is as close as it gets…

Working towards the …

farsighted on May 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

A jock anyway.

cozmo on May 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

I didn’t make you open it a second time. lol

Baz gave me the puuurrrrrrrrrrrfect opening. Cozmo is back wearing pants. Behold my power!

Resist We Much on May 17, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I didn’t open it a second time! You made me recall it!

NotCoach on May 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Irony..
1974 Killary was a member of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington, D.C., advising the House Committee on the Judiciary during the Watergate scandal.

2013-She is a member and responsible for of one of the biggest scandals to rock the USA.
She is now being probed and ready for the shredder. She helped bring down Nixion..then worked years later for Nixon on steroids.
Guess she didn’t learn well back in the good ol’ days.

Slightly amusing.

bazil9 on May 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

@b9

if you can tear yourself away from your fascinating bowl of lettuce, spin something. :) i need to reinforce my mellow against these standing negative waves.

Axe on May 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

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