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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Good evening Moon Goddess!!

You dance!! Good isn’t it :-D

Scrumpy on May 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

My Choice

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Ken, where are you from before TX..if I may ask?
VA?

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Trust – The Cure

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

the left is on offense…barry is just responding to the awful right wing scotus decision and the evil conservative $$$$$.

Durbin has been a big backer of ‘investigations’ since 2010

Long before the extensive questionnaires and document requests levied on conservative applicants fell under the scrutiny of Congress, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, a Democrat appointed by George W. Bush who served through President Obama’s first term, “to examine the purpose and primary activities of several 501 (c)(4) organizations that appear to be in violation of the law.”

At the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS scandal today, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) led the bandwagon of members on the panel who claimed the root cause of the problem was the Supreme Court’s Citizens United campaign finance decision in 2010.

no doubt the prog Rs like McCain et al. agree entirely with Durbin…and really enjoy working with him on the Big Issues like immigration.

i guess that includs rubio and flake too, now. Charming

r keller on May 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Today was so hinky here, I didn’t know where I was or at what time I was!! Was I there or here? Real freaky… did I post or not? I was faster than the internet at one time I got here before I left!!

Crazy

Scrumpy on May 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Dare ain’t no friggin’ square fishies down here/there !!
Trust moi.
Carry on … swish !!!!
:-)

pambi on May 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

^This mermaid never answers me you know.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I don’t “get” axe but I “get” willaiam..
hmmmmmm

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM

It was like was there a there here or there?

Scrumpy on May 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Scrumpy on May 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Good evening, Spritely One! :) It’s very good to see you. Yes…dancing. :)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM

You want to preempt rogue agents? Remove their immunity.

Just as “ignorance/mistake is no excuse for the taxpayer” so should it be for the agents.

If the agent is wrong then the IRS is liable for triple damages; with 1/6 coming directly out of the agent’s paycheck and another 1/6 out of the supervisor. A few losses in court will force the bad apples out of the business out of self preservation. Simple.

But where are our representatives getting out there pushing a Bill of Rights for taxpayers? If a law is unclear then judgement must default to taxpayer advantage until changed.

Better yet eliminate the IRS and the 16th. But barring that then definitely give the taxpayers tools to fight back, fight being the operative word.

AH_C on May 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Ken, where are you from before TX..if I may ask?
VA?

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Sure you can ask! Place called Portsmouth VA. Armpit of the Norfolk/VA Beach area.

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Dude! Ther is no mermid. You know this….right?

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 12:56 AM

If she sings,or whispers, to a man, she can compel him, should she choose. It’s in her nature. :)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Dude! Ther is no mermid. You know this….right?

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

I’m vowel challenged.

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Ken (20 questions)
why is your handle linked to an expired FB page?

Sorry about the armpit. lol

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

What up J?

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 1:00 AM

This one goes out to all the disillusioned Obama pole smokers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsRHj9ZaPCc&list=ALBTKoXRg38BAWCdq2oOhDZR4gSQfAR4EK

NotCoach on May 18, 2013 at 1:00 AM

I don’t “get” axe but I “get” willaiam..
hmmmmmm

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Well, I’m not sure what you are getting at, but . . . I know for a fact you get me. Just FYI. Better than most. If I missed something, skip this. :)

Nice upholstery.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Pambi is our mermaid. I conjured her a special salt water pool in the Glade… there is a passage directly to the sea in the bottom of the pool. :)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Nice upholstery.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

see!
lol

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Dude! Ther is no mermid. You know this….right?

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Don’t be ridiculous. Who’s talking to the pony?

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Waited all day to share this :)

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Ken (20 questions)
why is your handle linked to an expired FB page?

Sorry about the armpit. lol

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Did it by accident while trying to figure out how it works. Left it.

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

left the link or FB?

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

I know. Just picking on Axe, good naturedly, of course.

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Good evening, B9 :) I’m relaxing now that I’ve spent the last week on a particularly difficult and troublesome project and wrapped it up. My main computer won’t be repaired until Monday afternoon, so they tell me, and I’m taking a few days to recooperate. :) I hope you’re well. I understand your cruise didn’t agree with you. I hope you feel better soon.

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

The link. I don’t have a site or anything, so I kinda forgot about it.

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 1:04 AM

If she sings,or whispers, to a man, she can compel him, should she choose. It’s in her nature. :)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Ug. No more of that. :)

See this spider? Creepy isn’t it? And I’m just ignoring it. It has every right to the garage, as far as I’m concerned.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:04 AM

I understand your cruise didn’t agree with you. I hope you feel better soon.

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:03 AM

Not me..family visiting.
But thx. :)

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 1:05 AM

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 1:04 AM

okay..my interrogation is over. ;P

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 1:05 AM

I like spiders..cool little creatures.
The web.

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 1:06 AM

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Awwwwwwwwwwww so cool I luvs Budgies… :-)

BTW I showed my neighbours the Giraffes, they loved it!!

Scrumpy on May 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

LOL! That was delightful! :) I love parakeets… and those hand raised birds were wonderful! Thank you for cuing that up. :)

Good evening, Schadenfreude. :) Wonderful to see you, my friend.

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM

W

aited all day to share this :)

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Very cool! Thanks for the link!

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Waited all day to share this :)

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

That. Was awesome.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Heh. That was great.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 18, 2013 at 1:13 AM

okay..my interrogation is over. ;P

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Anytime!

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Lazy river

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Moonlight Serenade – Miller

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Good evening, Schadenfreude. :) Wonderful to see you, my friend.

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:11 AM

:) I knew you’d like it, incl. the fancy attire of the audience.

Evening fair lady.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Truth or dare.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

I gonna fly the coop!!

God Bless everyone!!

Good night and sweet dreams to all!! :-D

* swoosh *

Scrumpy on May 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Fabulous. Thank you. :)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Good night Chrissy!

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Scrumpy on May 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Goodnight, Spritely One. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Here’s another one

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Where?

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

* swoosh *

Scrumpy on May 18, 2013 at 1:15 AM

Night Scrump, published poet. :)

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

Where?

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

*tilts head*

*stares at question*

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

I’m invisible.

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:18 AM

That was remarkbaly well done. Very moving, and wonderfully concieved and executed.

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Dude! Ther is no mermid. You know this….right?

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

I’m vowel challenged.

KCB on May 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Vowel movement.

Just be thankful you still have verbs.

Resist We Much on May 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Waited all day to share this :)

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:02 AM

Thanks.

I love birds in Escher lithographs and rhombus fish.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:20 AM

LOL!:)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

let it be

jrsrigmvr on May 18, 2013 at 1:24 AM

My favorite two poets are Shelly and Scrumpy.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Pambi is our mermaid. I conjured her a special salt water pool in the Glade… there is a passage directly to the sea in the bottom of the pool. :)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

I found this cool mermaid song last night and posted it here for pambi.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:25 AM

Serenade – F.Schubert

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

My favorite writers are Melville and Jackie.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:25 AM

How wonderful. I’m sure she enjoyed it. I think it’s great that we have a mermaid in the Glade. A very fine addition. :)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:28 AM

SparkPlug on May 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

LOL! You certainly put me in stellar company, Spark.

“Call me Jackie. I am born.”

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:29 AM

This one goes out to all the disillusioned Obama pole smokers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsRHj9ZaPCc&list=ALBTKoXRg38BAWCdq2oOhDZR4gSQfAR4EK

NotCoach on May 18, 2013 at 1:00 AM

No sir, they were this and now they are this.

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2013 at 1:33 AM

My favorite writers are Melville and Jackie.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Mine is Axe.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:34 AM

No sir, they were this and now they are this.

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Lol.

NotCoach on May 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Eyes wuvs yews two bitcoins.

Resist We Much on May 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM

^bump

(Sorry. Just tired of flipping back and forth.)

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Mine is Axe.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Schad!

*beam*

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Thanks.

I love birds in Escher lithographs and rhombus fish.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2013 at 1:23 AM

You sir are continually awesome. I mean it.

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2013 at 1:36 AM

My favorite writers are Melville and Jackie.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Spark, really? Present company excluded, Shelly and Melville?

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Ave Maria – Schubert (Callas)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:38 AM

You sir are continually awesome. I mean it.

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Indeed, indeed!

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:39 AM

nite

Adios: vaya con dios

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Lazy river

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:13 AM

Was that Goldie Hawn in the middle of the clip?

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

jrsrigmvr on May 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Goodnight, Fred. I hope you and yours are well. Sleep well. :)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

Night Fred. :) Apologies for not saying anything til now. Thread wasn’t easy to track tonight.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Mine is Axe.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Yeah – I’ll have to toss in with Schade – provided that Schade and Axe are included as a combination “literary package”……

……well….and Philip K. Dick……

williamg on May 18, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Nessun Dorma – Pavarotti

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Ave Maria – Schubert (Callas)

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:38 AM

That’s beautiful, Jackie! Why did you play this? Did you remember something?

williamg on May 18, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Present company not available, except for comments, having gone through entire universal literature, at least the masterpieces…if I had only two weeks to live, I’d reread as much as possible by Will Durant.

If you have not read Transition, yet, start with it, if inclined to look into his writings. America doesn’t appreciate and deserve him.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:45 AM

I seem to remember an unknown redneck chillbilly laying out almost exactly what was going to happen if Obama was elected. She was laughed at by many of these “intellectuals” that today, are finally telling us how bad O is.

A-holes

CTSherman on May 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM

Nite Jackie

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM

If you have not read Transition, yet, start with it, if inclined to look into his writings. America doesn’t appreciate and deserve him.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 1:45 AM

I haven’t. I am. I will.

I bid you all a fond goodnight. It’s been a pleasure, as always. See you soon.

thatsafactjack on May 18, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Not soon enough, graceful Jackie. :) Have a great night.

I hope Spark sees my Q soon. I really want the answer, and I’m running out of steam.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM

I seem to remember an unknown redneck chillbilly laying out almost exactly what was going to happen if Obama was elected. She was laughed at by many of these “intellectuals” that today, are finally telling us how bad O is.

A-holes

CTSherman on May 18, 2013 at 1:47 AM

:) *uptwinkles*

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Philip K. Dick

williamg on May 18, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Major impact on everything that happened after.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:53 AM

I bet Obama is thinking that it really stinks that he has another 10 months to go before he gets to fill out his March Madness brackets.

KMav on May 18, 2013 at 1:57 AM

I haven’t. I am. I will.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 1:51 AM

It’s short and absolutely delightful. He was born in Canada, to a very Catholic family and Transition is all about how his mom wanted him to become a priest but he didn’t…even the powers to be in the seminary helped him not to. Not giving away much. It is simply a delightful read, all autobiographical, and how he began to write. He was one of the greatest as far as documenting humanity/civilization, or as I call them ‘humanity’ and ‘civilization’, because they are mostly neither.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Was that Goldie Hawn in the middle of the clip?

arnold ziffel on May 18, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I thought so too.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 2:03 AM

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. In his Tuesday press grilling, no question agitated White House Press Secretary Jay Carney more than the one that got to the heart of the matter: Given the president’s “animosity” toward Citizens United, might he have “appreciated or wanted the IRS to be looking and scrutinizing those . . .” Mr. Carney cut off the reporter with “That’s a preposterous assertion.”

Preposterous because, according to Mr. Obama, he is “outraged” and “angry” that the IRS looked into the very groups and individuals that he spent years claiming were shady, undemocratic, even lawbreaking. After all, he expects the IRS to “operate with absolute integrity.” Even when he does not.

– Kimberley Strassel – she is grat.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 2:04 AM

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

Indeed.

AesopFan on May 18, 2013 at 2:09 AM

In his 2012 State of the Union address, Obama lamented that the American people couldn’t function more like the military. Soldiers aren’t “consumed with personal ambition. They don’t obsess over their differences. They focus on the mission at hand. They work together. Imagine what we could accomplish if we followed their example. Think about the America within our reach.” Never mind that we have a military to keep us free, not to be a role model. Translation: I wish Americans would fall in line and follow orders.

It’s a funny thing. In his address to Congress right after the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush said, “Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.” For the better part of a decade, many liberals bizarrely insisted that this warning to terror-supporting states abroad was in fact a kind of fatwa encouraging persecution of Bush’s political opponents at home.

And yet, nearly every day, President Obama divides the country between the forces of truth and reason and the forces of deceit and selfishness. He and his supporters are the “ones we’ve been waiting for,” while his opponents, well, we don’t need any more talk out of them.

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.

–Jonah Goldberg

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM

I just thought of something that I need to write down. :) Before I pass out. And I’m about to pass out. I’ll just grill Spark later.

Night Sophie, who is probably asleep. :) Dreaming nougat dreams, dreaming of troll-slaughter. God, please bless Sophie.

Night Schad. :)

Night everyone.

– About “Barack the Buck-Passer,” above: I’m against it.

Axe on May 18, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Nite Axe.

We tease you because we like you.

Schadenfreude on May 18, 2013 at 2:22 AM

More than a little apropos:

Final graf:

Alinsky did not of course invent this sort of ends-justifies-the-means moral inversion. But he preached and perfected it. The fact that Obama was always known to be an Alinskyite should have engendered a great deal more skepticism and loathing than it did. We are reaping the dubious rewards now.

AesopFan on May 18, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Obama will shortly decide to spend the rest of his term onboard the International Space Station.

Where his weightlessness will be more natural.

profitsbeard on May 18, 2013 at 2:58 AM

For viking01 (this rules! – it was one of the first vids I saw on YouTube years ago)

Cheech And Chong – “Basketball Jones”

Anti-Control on May 18, 2013 at 3:13 AM

calling anti-co[n]trol~
I see ur back.
Smooch.

bazil9 on May 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

You got my attention – smooches, beautiful :)

This is for you, bmine9, one of the best of the ’80s imo

Rubber Rodeo – “Anywhere With You”

Anti-Control on May 18, 2013 at 3:23 AM

bmine9, some of the lyrics from that song:

I will go anywhere with you
Call my name
And I’ll be there

Say the word
And I’ll pack my bags tonight
I’ll go anywhere
If you are there

:)

Anti-Control on May 18, 2013 at 3:31 AM

My favorite Philosophers are Searle and Schad.

SparkPlug on May 18, 2013 at 3:41 AM

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