Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

While denying involvement in high crimes and misdemeanors, the Obama administration appears to be pleading guilty to lesser crimes of bureaucratic incompetence. But that is an unsustainable position for a president who wants Americans to believe again in the power and grace of good government, particularly as it relates to the implementation of Obamacare.

–IRS agents targeted conservatives. Their bosses lied about it for months.

–Justice Department investigators violated internal guidelines to secretly spy on The Associated Press.

–White House and State Department officials minimized their role in shaping initial explanations for the Benghazi attack…

The backdrop to this parade of buffoonery is a decades-long decline in the public’s faith in government, a trend continued under Obama. Restoring the public’s trust in his governance is the only way Obama can survive the controversies with his agenda and legacy intact.

***

Benghazi. The IRS targeting the Tea Party. Feds snooping on the Associated Press. These dizzying controversies around the Obama administration all carry the same lesson:

Watch what you say

All of these stories broke this month. But the Obama team has shown intolerance to dissent from the beginning. Remember during the Obamacare debate when the White House asked Americans to report any “fishy” emails about the health care bill? Linda Douglass, communications director for Obama’s Office of Health Reform, said at the time her job includes collecting “disinformation” about Obamacare — probably stuff like, if you like your health plan, you might not be able to keep it.

***

Richard Milhous Nixon was thin-skinned, felt persecuted by the opposition party, had a penchant for classifying political adversaries — and journalists — as “enemies,” and tried to control his image so fiercely that, ultimately, zealous aides committed illegal acts to further his re-election.

But even before that had happened — and before Nixon himself began directing a coverup — truth had become a casualty of his administration. This is the parallel between Richard Nixon and Barack Obama

In the Obama administration, it’s not uncommon for a White House press official to scream profanely over the phone at journalists whose stories they dislike, plant questions from friendly media outlets, and deny access to briefings to reporters who ask tough questions. This administration has aggressively used the Justice Department to ferret out news leaks, declared open season on a media organization out of sync with his philosophy (Fox News), and routinely questioned the professionalism of reporters and the patriotism of the opposition political party. That disquieting sound you hear is an echo from the Nixon years…

Like Nixon, Obama also fancies himself a press critic. Although the man received press coverage in 2008 and 2012 that Nixon would have killed for, there are considerable irritants out there, including radioman Rush Limbaugh, but primarily Fox News, which Obama and his aides have attempted to delegitimize by name.

In so doing, Obama has actually gone places in public Nixon only dared go in private.

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But presidents also wield power by influencing those who deeply admire, strongly identify with or highly respect them. This is referent power, which focuses on ability to exploit others’ trust.

Celebrities — with no formal power and little expertise — wield influence through referent power; some people feel so close to and trustful of celebrities that they act upon their perceptions of what a celebrity wants them to do.

“To be clear, referent power does not work through order, command or threat,” Nichols explained. “Instead, it works through suggestion and the creativity of the fawning admirer.”

We don’t know yet how involved the White House was in today’s scandals. Yet, at a minimum, they suggest a government — from the State Department to the CIA, the military leadership, the IRS and Justice — filled with sycophants under the sway of Obama’s referent power.

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[I]t’s important to consider these events in their broader context of the Obama administration’s long-running war against the free press. Last year, Bloomberg reported that Attorney General Eric Holder “has prosecuted more government officials for alleged leaks under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft.” The administration has also received a failing grade for its ignoring of Freedom of Information Act requests.

Taken together, all such actions have a toll. They mean that federal officials are less likely to blow the whistle on government wrongdoing and that journalists are less likely to obtain damning information that they can pass along to the public. The suggestion by the DOJ that Rosen broke the law, if followed to its logical conclusion, would mean the end of investigative journalism in America.

During his first term, liberal journalists often remarked at how “scandal free” the administration was, despite Solyndra, Fast and Furious and other revelations. But maybe what really happened is that the administration’s concerted effort to suppress the reporting of news was actually quite successful.

***

I think that critiques that focus on the government’s size miss an important factor. This isn’t just a problem of bigness or smallness. It’s a problem of power.

When public servants have the power to make life difficult for narrowly defined groups of people—their political enemies, or disfavored causes, or people on the wrong side of a national discussion—they’ll end up using, and abusing, that power. It’s all but inevitable, whatever the reason. Sometimes they’ll do it because they’re out to punish their foes. Sometimes because they honestly believe it’s the fairest and most reasonable way to do their jobs. Sometimes because they’re mean and petty people. Sometimes because they think they’re making the nation a better place for all. Sometimes because they’re instructed to do so from on high. Sometimes because they’re not given enough instruction. Sometimes because they’re just plain incompetent.

It’s not that the reasons don’t matter at all. They do. But in some ways the particular reasons miss the larger point. Power will find a reason. It always does.

***

When I look at Obama’s travails, he seems to be suffering less from a Nixon complex than a Harding syndrome, after the ill-fated Warren G. Harding…

Harding has been blamed for an illegal kickback scheme at the Veterans Bureau and the infamous Teapot Dome scandal that sent his secretary of interior, Albert Fall, to prison. In fact, Harding was involved in no wrongdoing whatsoever regarding these scandals. When Harding got the first whiffs of illicit activity, he was outraged and demanded answers. A trusting man, he took those involved at their word and proceeded to play his weekend golf games, and then took a trip to Alaska, on which he died. Because he had failed to take more decisive action, history has blamed him for scandals that developed after his death. Harding’s lack of action ruined his presidency…

In the tradition of Harding, Obama played golf this past weekend and instructed his staff to largely ignore the emerging scandals. Yet as many presidents discover to their chagrin, inattention won’t end a scandal; it’s more likely to do the opposite.

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Obama debuted on the political scene with an atmosphere of messianic excitement. A July 2008 column by Mark Morford in the San Francisco Chronicle asked, with no detectable sarcasm, whether Obama was a “Lightworker” — described as “that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet.”

These moments, when self-righteousness shines from every pore, are probably when politicians should be most careful — and since they rarely are, these are the moments when the public should be most vigilant. For almost every scandal is rooted in the belief that what you and your allies are doing is so good, so noble and so necessary that it can justify some moral shortcuts

Good screenwriters know every villain believes he is the hero of his own story. The human capacity for self-justification can be pretty epic even outside a highly charged political atmosphere in which each side sees itself as the living embodiment of everything that makes America great — and the other side as a motley amalgamation of petty, corrupt, selfish special interests.

And now, we see what happens when an administration and the ranks of the federal bureaucracy become filled with folks who are convinced they can cut some corners because they’re doing the Lord’s work. Or, perhaps, the Lightworker’s work.

***

The fact that likability covers a multitude of sins shouldn’t surprise us. Nor should we be surprised that perception is reality. As Postman also argued, “the dishonor that now shrouds Richard Nixon results not from the fact that he lied but that on television he looked like a liar.”

Richard Nixon was never Mr. Charisma, and he eventually grew to look like a crook. But that wasn’t always the case. Don’t forget, Nixon was (to borrow a phrase) likable enough to win his 1972 re-election by a landslide. But there is something about being relentlessly attacked — and watching your power slowly erode — that takes the polish off of even the world-class politicians. And when the press turns on you, too, you’re probably toast.

And it may be that that the decline of Barack Obama is likewise a work in progress. This is not to say he will meet the same fate as Richard Nixon, but it is to say that Nixon didn’t become Nixon over night, but over years. We are now on just week two of the convergence of three scandals. And there is reason to believe we might see a week three.

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Via Mediaite.


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If there isn’t even talk about impeaching Obama, it will just reinforce his belief that he can get away with anything.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

Bingo! It means he wins by default and can go, right on as before unchecked. Why would he stop? After all, he got permission to behave this way because no one at least attempted to call him out on it.

There needs to be action with or without The Media’s permission…

Sharr on May 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

SparkPlug on May 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Did you see what I did with your words of last night?

Hope you don’t mind :-D

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Nixion all right,me thinks

its Hopey/Changeys 1,000,000 National Civilian Brown Shirted
Thug Security Forces,

intermingled and Politically Strategically placed in all facets
if Government!!

canopfor on May 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

So Glad you are SAFE, Jackie!

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Knowing where you live and knowing your safe are two different things, besides you should know by now when something like that happens those closest would be a bit concerned.

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

Good to know you’re ok. I just happened to turn on the tube right before that tornado touched down and watched the whole thing, horrified. do you know if any of our other friends were in harm’s way?

I’ve been to Tulsa a couple of times for the big gun show. Didn’t really see much except the show and the hotel.

novaculus on May 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

We’re all of us agrieved, Scrumpy. I’m glad you’re well. I immediately checked the map of the tornadoes and was greatly releived when I knew your area had been spared.

We got tremendously lucky here. No tornadoes hit our immediate area.

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

They will rescue more children tonight I hope.

SparkPlug on May 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

canopfor on May 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

That right there is scary part…

how many who work for the govt are sympathetic to and would anything for Obama…even the IRS…

Sickening my friend…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

God be Praised!

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Wonder how many reporters are currently working on any leak stories…?

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:38 PM

You’re here!!!

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

novaculus on May 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Good evening, Nova. To the best of my knowledge no one else from HA was from the area or from here, however, that may only mean they didn’t mention their location.

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

SparkPlug on May 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Hoping and praying so too Sparky (:

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Glad to see J and Srump r okay..
Only people I know in OK.
This is heartbreaking tho. Hard to swallow.

bazil9 on May 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Good evening, Schadenfreude. Yes… I’m still here, thanks for caring. :)

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM

AXE! Heard from Jackie??

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Any word from Jackie yet?

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM

I’m sorry. :) She said she was going to check in, and I had to step away. Sorry for the lag.

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

On the tornado thread many Okies showed up…some with stories to tell… worth a read!

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM

She will contribute far better than me that is for sure!

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Wonder how many reporters are currently working on any leak stories…?

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

I would imagine quite a few. Some to make public the truth, with many others trying to get ahead to impart the proper spin to nullify as much damage to Obama as possible.

Liam on May 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Many cared for you today, on sevearal threads, mainly the tornado thread. Axe was badgered about news from you. Glad you’re safe and ok.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Never said that – neither does the article. Of course it’s a scandal – but ask yourself this:

Why did Three Other Scandals that have been ongoing for 9 months or longer – and been IGNORED by The Media for over 9 months show up on The Media’s Radar ALL OF A SUDDEN and ALL IN THE SAME WEEK? and RIGHT when The Truths of Benghazi were becoming evident?

Coincidence?

Or more use of The Media by the political experts in The Political Art of Distraction?

Do you Think that ANY of these “Scandals” will RESULT in ANYTHING? They weren’t PICKED by Obama and his COHORTS in The Media because they would LEAD anywhere!

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Of course not. You said Benghazi was the only scandal that mattered.

I guess I disagree.

tom daschle concerned on May 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

bazil9 on May 20, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Thank you sweety :-) it is…we rally and do what we can each in our own way!

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Streaming Live Now

Video: KFOR-TV live coverage of Oklahoma tornado

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on May 20, 2013 at 11:50 PM

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

That is dispicable…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

intermingled and Politically Strategically placed in all facets
if Government!!

canopfor on May 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

THIS…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

DEMOCRAT Politicians USE the Tornados for Political Ends and Walking On The Bodies of The DEAD in 3,….2,…..1,……

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Just like at Sandy Hook Elementary. The bodies have yet to be found and removed, and Democrats are ‘politicizing’ a natural disaster.

Democrats are death-worshipping ghouls.

Liam on May 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Good evening Schad!!

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Lila said she would help mediate yours and Sophie’s relationship, she has the credentials you know;) Also, when your ready she is ready to start featuring you on Wednesdays.

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Thanks Fox, and Mrs. Fox (Lila Munro). I just followed Mrs. on Twitter (Thanks Scrumpy).

I’ve got to straighten a couple things out, then I’m really, really looking forward to it. It’s an honor. :) And fun.

Need to scroll back and see if Resist said anything interesting . . .

doubt it.

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Wonder how many reporters are currently working on any leak stories…?

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Waiting to find out that also part of the DOJ investigations were:

Catherine Herridge
Jennifer Griffin
Sharyl Attkisson

War on Women indeed!

can_con on May 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM

DEMOCRAT Politicians USE the Tornados for Political Ends and Walking On The Bodies of The DEAD in 3,….2,…..1,……

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

williamg:Typical:)

canopfor on May 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I don’t know about that, but I know she will be a quality addition!

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Sorry…

… I should have first said “Prayers for all in Oklahoma!”

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Most welcome

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

David Axlerod says Obama thinks the tornado was caused by a combination of global warming and a video disrespecting the prophet.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Got any eye bleach!! Lmao…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Glad you and Jackie are safe. Saw the one pic of the neighborhood in Moore flattened. Looks like any usual suburban neighborhood—driveways, sidewalks but yet the houses are flattened. Awful awful. Makes ones own problems seem not so bad.

arnold ziffel on May 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Joseph Curl ‏@josephcurl 7h

CIA source says Fox News scandal the “4th Shoe”; says it goes much deeper; says WH also sitting on “something” that has top aides terrified.

Joseph Curl ‏@josephcurl 7h

… says only a few in WH know that “something” — “It’s been deep sixed, like Osama bin Laden.” Will there be a Fifth Shoe?! #ImeldaObama

Resist We Much on May 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Any guesses? What part of the nation hasn’t the REB corrupted yet? Roberts and Obamacare? Bugging the Romney campaign? Getting his internet pals to crash Orca? These are all guesses…

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

THIS…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

It’s all about collaboration…

d1carter on May 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

DEMOCRAT Politicians USE the Tornados for Political Ends and Walking On The Bodies of The DEAD in 3,….2,…..1,……

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

williamg:Typical:)

canopfor on May 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM

and 3…2…..1:

Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

Excerpt:

Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both Republicans, are fiscal hawks who have repeatedly voted against funding disaster aid for other parts of the country. They also have opposed increased funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers federal disaster relief.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/20/oklahoma-senators-disaster-relief_n_3309234.html

can_con on May 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

You know they had to have Sharyl Attkisson wired eight ways to Sunday. Katie Pavlich?

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Poor Axefellow. He did his best. I wasn’t aware that he was trying to contact me. I’m grateful that you guys cared about my wellbeing.

thatsafactjack on May 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

200 mph a mile wide. That’s some serious hurt.

wolly4321 on May 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Waiting to find out that also part of the DOJ investigations were:

Catherine Herridge
Jennifer Griffin
Sharyl Attkisson

War on Women indeed!

can_con on May 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM

It would not surprise me to hear that ALL of Fox News has been bugged by Eric Withholder.

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

When I look at Obama’s travails, he seems to be suffering less from a Nixon complex than a Harding syndrome, after the ill-fated Warren G. Harding…

Harding has been blamed for an illegal kickback scheme at the Veterans Bureau and the infamous Teapot Dome scandal that sent his secretary of interior, Albert Fall, to prison. In fact, Harding was involved in no wrongdoing whatsoever regarding these scandals. When Harding got the first whiffs of illicit activity, he was outraged and demanded answers.

Even accepting the analogy, the difference is that if Warren G. Harding were President now, he would have given Eric Holder and Sarah Hall Ingram such a tongue-lashing that they would have committed suicide by now… as did Attorney General Jess Smith and Veterans Bureau worker Charles Cramer. So far… just empty words from the empty suit.

Glenn Jericho on May 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Puh. “Old Axe.” Axe is young and handsome. Just an FYI. If anyone’s running around with F’d I.

–brb, computer needs me.

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM

No worries, she is asking about your twitter handle. We will be getting on the road at the end of the next week, and heading across the country but we’ll be checking in periodically. Glad Jackie is safe:)

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Ty arnie!! :-)

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

David Axlerod says Obama thinks the tornado was caused by a combination of global warming and a video disrespecting the prophet.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

…AAAAAND….REPUBLICANS!!!

…Apparently Sarah Palin was sighted in Oklahoma today…….what was SHE DOING THERE?!!

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 11:48 PM

I’ll get to it as soon as I can, Scrumpy. I’m very tired. Some of the neighborhoods have been organizing relief. You’d be amazed how quickly people responded.

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM

KCB on May 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

???

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM

intermingled and Politically Strategically placed in all facets
if Government!!

canopfor on May 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM
THIS…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Excellent work 7%,

so,all those years of the Million Man Army that we yucked about on
H/A,has really come true,to Political Fruit-ation!!

As the Spectators shows!!

Now me thinks,this is a very Deep Rabbitt Hole,maybe deeper then
the Hopey Black Hole!:)

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

David Axlerod says Obama thinks the tornado was caused by a combination of global warming and a video disrespecting the prophet.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

…and rednecks and assorted Christian hicks…

However, there must be a god, contrary to Obama’s beliefs. He sends him storms every time he needs to deflect. See Nov. of last year and today.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Thank you, MarshFox. I’m delighted to see that you and Mrs. MarshFox are doing well, too. :)

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Sorry hon, get to what ?

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

…Apparently Sarah Palin was sighted in Oklahoma today…….what was SHE DOING THERE?!!

williamg on May 20, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Removing the target she placed there earlier. She is evil! I know. Read it in the interwebs. O/T.. Did the gilled one get the hammer? Haven’t seen her Lately.

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

and 3…2…..1:

Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

Excerpt:

Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both Republicans, are fiscal hawks who have repeatedly voted against funding disaster aid for other parts of the country. They also have opposed increased funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers federal disaster relief.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/20/oklahoma-senators-disaster-relief_n_3309234.html

can_con on May 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Did they oppose victim-focused and geographically limited disaster aid? As I recall, the hilariously-labeled ‘Sandy Relief Package’ was loaded up with pork for states all across the country.

I have no problem with my representatives voting against porky crap like that.

slickwillie2001 on May 21, 2013 at 12:02 AM

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Sorry. Attributed to the wrong commenter…..I drink wine…..

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Yep, don’t fvck with the spooks.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

More: Obama orders Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Oklahoma – via @politico

Submitted 7 mins ago from http://www.politico.com by editor

US President Obama declares major disaster in Oklahoma after devastating tornado – @AP

Submitted 25 mins ago by editor
===============================

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Evening Scrumpy. Thank you so much for keeping us posted this afternoon. You are a blessing.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

David Axlerod says Obama thinks the tornado was caused by a combination of global warming and a video disrespecting the prophet.

VorDaj on May 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM

A sick ” joke” by Hussein’s joke writer :
http://twitchy.com/2013/05/20/too-soon-lizz-winstead-takes-a-stab-at-political-tornado-humor/

burrata on May 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM

and 3…2…..1:

Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

Excerpt:

Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both Republicans, are fiscal hawks who have repeatedly voted against funding disaster aid for other parts of the country. They also have opposed increased funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers federal disaster relief.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/20/oklahoma-senators-disaster-relief_n_3309234.html

can_con on May 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

They’ve already said that they will seek offsets for any money requested, ie, they will seek cuts to other money the state is supposed to receive.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

The tornado thread you mentioned and the stories from the Okies. I thought you wanted me to take a look at it. Sorry. :)

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Lady, the MarshFox’s will always be concerned with our freinds out there in OK. Guessing you have had a long day so I shan’t trouble you anymore tonight, but again we are glad that you are well.

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

You too Schad! A blessing to us all :-D

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Also, people across Oklahoma are responding now… without any urging or help from any outside source. I’m very proud of the people of Oklahoma.

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Need to scroll back and see if Resist said anything interesting . . .

doubt it.

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Snicker.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:08 AM

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

You MarshFox’s are some pretty wonderful people. :)

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:08 AM

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM

No hon! I know your time is precious… was just mentioning it…

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:03 AM

That will do it everytime;)

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Tears in Heaven

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Yes they are!! I second that!!

Wonderful folks :-)

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:10 AM

They’ve already said that they will seek offsets for any money requested, ie, they will seek cuts to other money the state is supposed to receive.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Good to hear. Star with the obamaphones and go from there.

can_con on May 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM

No worries, she is asking about your twitter handle. We will be getting on the road at the end of the next week, and heading across the country but we’ll be checking in periodically. Glad Jackie is safe:)

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

@SketchbookAxe :)

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM

Any guesses? What part of the nation hasn’t the REB corrupted yet? Roberts and Obamacare? Bugging the Romney campaign? Getting his internet pals to crash Orca? These are all guesses…

slickwillie2001 on May 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

5 days before Stevens and the three others were murdered, Turkey briefly detained a ship that had sailed from Benghazi in a port about 40 miles from the Syrian border. In it, they found 400 tonnes of supplies, including American SAMs and other weapons. It was only after they received a phone call from the US government that it was allowed to be unloaded.

If the ’5th shoe’ has to do with the CIA, then it is almost certainly something to do with foreign policy.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Also, people across Oklahoma are responding now… without any urging or help from any outside source. I’m very proud of the people of Oklahoma.

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Hi Jackie. :) I’m glad you’re safe. Having done that, I’m glad your stuff is also safe. Those things ended neighborhoods. Crazy.

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Yep, don’t fvck with the spooks.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Rule 1: Don’t piss off the spooks.

Rule 2: Never forget rule 1.

can_con on May 20, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Missed it by that much RWM. ;)

can_con on May 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Also, people across Oklahoma are responding now… without any urging or help from any outside source. I’m very proud of the people of Oklahoma.

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:07 AM

You should be. You guys are hearty and compassionate people.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

MarshFox on May 20, 2013 at 11:57 PM

I wish you both a very safe and uneventful journey!!

Gods blessings on you both :-)

Take care!!

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

The Messiah Will Come Again – Moore

I bid you all a fond goodnight.

You’re the best.

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

These pictures are heartbreaking.

The one of the teacher hugging his student just made me lose it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2328000/US-tornadoes-Yet-heartbreak-Oklahoma-massive-tornado-touches-highly-populated-suburb.html

gophergirl on May 21, 2013 at 12:14 AM

thatsafactjack on May 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

God Bless and good night jackie :-)

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Good night Jackie. Particularly nice to see you tonight….

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

100 miles away but it still hurts my heart and soul…

Thank you Ken, am worried about Jackie…

Scrumpy on May 20, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Me, too. Does she live in Moore or nearby?

Glad you’re okay, Scrumpy, what a day!

TXUS on May 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

gophergirl on May 21, 2013 at 12:14 AM

That did it for me too GG…

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:16 AM

TXUS on May 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

She’s fine. You just missed her.

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:16 AM

TXUS on May 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Just south of Tulsa…. wasn’t in danger!!

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:17 AM

Howdy all……..;)
Jackie, been looking for you, glad to here your safe and still around, I’m kinda back, gotta get used to a new shift.
To anyone else in OK, prayers sent……………..

angrymike on May 21, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Nite Jackie. Stay safe.

Very glad you did check in.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:18 AM

<a href="Text to click on“>The Religion of Peace………………………..

williamg on May 21, 2013 at 12:19 AM

christine – fleetwood mac

chrissy, jackie: i am so glad you’re okay.

Fred

jrsrigmvr on May 21, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Mike!

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:19 AM

1975 : Tornado Outbreaks Blamed On Global Cooling

ESAD, Sheldon Whitehouse.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 12:11 AM

What is Sophie’s handle?

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

canopfor on May 20, 2013 at 11:53 PM
and 3…2…..1:

Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

Excerpt:

Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both Republicans, are fiscal hawks who have repeatedly voted against funding disaster aid for other parts of the country. They also have opposed increased funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers federal disaster relief.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/20/oklahoma-senators-disaster-relief_n_3309234.html

can_con on May 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM

can_con:

I’m pretty sure the vote was close,heres the GOP Voting FEMA Sumpins!

To Temporarily Increase the Borrowing Authority Of the Federal Emergency Management Agency For Carrying Out the National Flood Insurance Program

BillsH.R. 41

To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program
(More..)
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http://www.gop.gov/votes/113/1/7

Oh,but we do know who cut back in FOREST FIRE FIGHTING!!

TEAM ProGressiveTards!:)

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

The Religion of Peace…………….

williamg on May 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Fred, Mike!! Thanks Fred and Hi Mike!! :-)

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

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