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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Thanks, Scrumpy and Ken. Glad Jackie’s okay.

TXUS on May 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Dang it I missed her again……….;(
Well just stopped in to say howdy, and hope everyone is safe, 4:30 comes up fast.
I’ll be back tomorrow evening, everyone have a great night ………;)

*poof*……..;)

angrymike on May 21, 2013 at 12:22 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

There has to be something much bigger going on re Benghazi to warrant all the lies and coverups. Running arms to Syria without Congressional approval or funding, ie Iran-Contra, could be big. I would consider that just further development of the Benghazi scandal though. This possibility has been discussed for months.

slickwillie2001 on May 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Yep, don’t fvck with the spooks.

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

Missed it by that much RWM. ;)

can_con on May 21, 2013 at 12:13 AM

I was agreeing with you. :-)

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

What is Sophie’s handle?

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:21 AM

@SophieRo3 :)

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

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

Thanks. I wasn’t doubting the votes, just pointing out the left using Oklahoma as a political weapon even before the winds wind down.

can_con on May 21, 2013 at 12:24 AM

williamg: disgusting isn’t it…

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Dude drops in, pulls a page 3 Bishop and disappears…. Style points!

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:24 AM

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

So the Turkish Ambassador is the last guy to meet Ambassador Stevens,
the Turks find a ship full of arms for Syria routed from the same Benghazi and Hussein winks his request to let it go , 5 days before Stevens is killed,
before that,
Turkish PM Cardigan organizes a flotilla of weapons , which many Obama supporters jump on, while Ayers and code pink and other Obama’s terrorists flood Gaza via Egypt,
and we all know that Hussein is phone buddies with this Cardigan.
Now, since Benghazi is fastnfurious–islamic edition,
which is making Hussein so jittery that he is retaliating against Rosen and FNC, I hope the 5th shoe is the proof of Hussein actually sending cables to Stevens about running guns to Syria from Benghazi under the collaboration of Turks.
Ofcourse, it would be a good time to see that video of Hussein that LATimes is holding on to !

burrata on May 21, 2013 at 12:26 AM

God Bless and Comfort the Good Folks of Our Great Northern Neighbor Oklahoma Tonite…And Bless and Keep those people working in the rescue and relief efforts.

Texas is sending help and Texans are praying for you.

workingclass artist on May 21, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

You are now being followed and you can now follow back, however be careful you know what circles she travel in, the tweets may be a bit racy;) The Duck boys are on I may be a bit distracted now.

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM

I was agreeing with you. :-)

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

The spooks used to be the best of the best, shady lives for some, but always the best of the land at heart/mind.

In the last years they are almost entirely a CYA, lawyered up entity, one Obama thinks is there to serve him/his whims.

He scapegoated the wrong elite. Some are still of the old guard. His azz is gon’ fry. It could even be that the idiot Petraeus might be freed, the sandal being outed, to tell the truth. The tornado will dampen the scandals, but just for now.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM

Lena Horne……………….

williamg on May 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

See, I’m good KCB, but really got to get to bed, just checking in on everyone, have a great night…………:)

angrymike on May 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Nite angrymike

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

I was agreeing with you. :-)

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

;) I agree with you, it’s got to be foreign policy related.

can_con on May 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

angrymike on May 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Later.

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Too good to hope for….the presser when a reporter asks Obama if the IRS scandal is a cover up or simply incompetence and big government run amuck.

R Square on May 21, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Funny thing that Erdogan just visited. That was just coincidence.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Ofcourse, it would be a good time to see that video of Hussein that LATimes is holding on to !

burrata on May 21, 2013 at 12:26 AM

I’d forgotten about that. Won’t it be interesting if the Koch brothers buy the paper?

gh on May 21, 2013 at 12:33 AM

You are now being followed and you can now follow back, however be careful you know what circles she travel in, the tweets may be a bit racy;) The Duck boys are on I may be a bit distracted now.

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:28 AM

I was already following her. Scrumpy told me her address in an email few hours ago. :)

As for dirty talk — why not? At this point, it will probably kill me, but, if not now, then when? Put me out of my misery. That’s my vote.

@KCB. Wine. Share.

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM

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

slickwillie2001:Heres the Roll Call:)
======================================

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 23
(Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

H R 152 YEA-AND-NAY 15-Jan-2013 7:25 PM
QUESTION: On Passage
BILL TITLE: Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll023.xml
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H.R. 152
The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013

http://www.gop.gov/bill/113/1/hr152
***********************************

The AINS to H.R. 152 provides for $17 billion in immediate support to the victims and communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy. A breakdown for the funding for is as follows:
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) – $5.4 billion

This funding will fulfill near-term needs for the DRF, the most immediate source of relief and recovery funds available to individuals, families, and communities to support ongoing recovery through affected areas. This includes providing individual assistance such as temporary housing, crisis counseling, and disaster unemployment assistance. It also provides funding for public assistance to local communities and certain nonprofits for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repair, replacement, and restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain nonprofit organizations.

Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority Emergency Relief – $5.4 billion

This funding will provide reasonable assistance and recovery to the four major affected transit agencies –New York’s MTA, the Port Authority of NY/NJ, New Jersey Transit, and the City of New York DOT Ferries. Language is included in the legislation to provide stringent oversight on the use of funding and the administration of grants.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – $3.9 billion

This funding through HUD’s Community Development Fund will support critical and immediate community needs. This includes repairs to damage sustained by publicly owned hospitals, local roads and utilities, and small businesses.

Army Corps of Engineers – $1.35 billion

The bill fully funds the Administration’s updated estimates for Army Corps of Engineers projects for response and recovery to Hurricane Sandy. As was done after previous disasters, these funds will help restore navigation channels, beaches, and other damaged infrastructure to pre-storm conditions. In addition, the bill will provide funds to continue response and recovery activities for flood control, coastal emergency projects, and emergency dredging. The legislation also directs the Corps to submit plans for reducing the threats of future flooding to ensure future funding is responsibly and effectively utilized.

Department of the Interior – $287 million

This funding will help repair national parks, lands and facilities under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior that sustained damage during Hurricane Sandy. This includes funding for immediate repair and recovery needs for national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries along the East Coast, and National Parks, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Department of Health and Human Services – $100 million

The bill provides $100 million in funding for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for disaster response and recovery efforts directly related to Hurricane Sandy. This includes funding for the Social Services Block Grant program for repairs to social services facilities, repairs to Head Start centers, replacement of equipment and resource losses within National Institute of Health.

Department of Veterans Affairs – $235 million

This funding will go to repairs and reconstruction at the Manhattan VA hospital and other VA medical facilities, which sustained significant flood damage during the storm. These repairs are urgently needed to provide adequate medical services and care to veterans in the Northeast region, many of whom have had to move to other VA facilities following the storm.

Small Business Administration – $161 million

This funding will provide for the immediate needs of the SBA Disaster Loan Program to provide timely, low-interest financing for the repair and rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property for homeowners, renters, and businesses. This funding would also provide grants to assist small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy with disaster recovery and response problems.

National Guard – $24.2 million

This funding will provide for repairs of a variety of Army National Guard buildings and structures damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Department of Agriculture – $6 million

This will support replenishing stocks at food banks and soup kitchens in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, via the Commodity Assistance Program through the Food and Nutrition Service.

Amtrak – $32 million

This will provide funding to repair Amtrak infrastructure that sustained hurricane damage. The bill does not fund Administration-requested offsets for operating revenue losses or for construction of a long-planned Hudson River tunnel.

Federal Aviation Administration – $14.6 million

This will provided funding to repair or replace equipment and facilities damaged by Sandy. These include navigation systems, control towers, and power systems.

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The Amendment to the AINS offered by Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman Frelinghuysen adds an additional $33.7 billion in the following areas to cover current and anticipated needs:

Agriculture — $218 million

This funding will go to emergency conservation and restoration efforts, as well as flood prevention and watershed repairs.

Commerce, Justice, Science — $513.25 million

A large portion of this funding will go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to improve severe weather forecasts and warnings, to assess the impacts of Hurricane Sandy on coastal communities, and to support local recovery efforts. Other funding will help agencies and departments replace and repair property and equipment damaged during the storm.

Department of Defense — $88.335 million

Hurricane Sandy inflicted damage to various bases, arsenals, ammunition plants, and other installations along the East Coast. This funding will support repairs to and clean-up for various military equipment and facilities affected.

Energy and Water — $3.997 billion

The amendment addresses additional needs to help the Army Corps of Engineers respond to damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy. As was done with previous disasters, these funds will help restore beaches, navigation channels, and other damaged infrastructure to pre-storm conditions, and assist with dredging and sustainability, as well as repairs and authorized improvements to flood control efforts in the affected areas.

Financial Services — $651 million

The amendment will provide further funding for the SBA, Disaster Loan Program to provide low interest financing for the repair and rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property for homeowners, renters, and businesses. It will also provide additional grants to assist small businesses affected by the storm, and provide $7 million for repairs to various federal buildings damaged by the storm.

Homeland Security — $6.544 billion

In this amendment, FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund will receive additional funding for disaster recovery and relief efforts, including individual and public assistance. In addition, the funding will restore funding for operational losses to DHS agencies like Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Coast Guard.

Interior and Environment — $1.166 billion

The amendment provides funding to address storm-damage repairs to Department of the Interior buildings and facilities, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, and other sites. Funding will also be used for wetland restoration. In addition, the amendment provides funding for EPA state grants for water and wastewater treatment infrastructure and environmental mediation.

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education — $725 million

This funding will go to help provide health services, including mental health treatment, education and training either directly or through dislocated worker emergency grants, case management, domestic violence services, and child welfare/youth services in the wake of the storm. In addition, the funding will support the reconstruction and repair of health and child care facilities, damaged Head Start facilities, and damaged Social Security Administration buildings and equipment.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development — $19.773 billion

The amendment provides funding for repairs to Sandy-related damage to roads, bridges and tunnels through the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program as well as the repair backlog for previous disasters. It also provides supplementary funding for repairs, replacement, and reconstruction for various transportation infrastructure: Federal Aviation Administration facilities and equipment; Amtrak rails and equipment; and affected public transportation infrastructure in the New York City metropolitan area (including the MetropolMetropolitan Transit Authority, the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, New Jersey Transit, and ferries operated by the New York City Department of Transportation). To support community and housing needs for Sandy and other 2011-2013 eligible disasters, the amendment also provides added funding for the Community Development Block Grant program to assist state and local governments meet needs for public infrastructure like hospitals, utilities and roads, repairs for small businesses, rental assistance, and other community development projects.

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 12:36 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

They are heartbreaking, but the Left has some ‘splaining to do. Oklahoma is supposedly one of those racist, ‘Teabilly’ states, but I see a lot of love between the people with nary any indication of skin colour being a factor.

Resist We Much on May 21, 2013 at 12:37 AM

@KCB. Wine. Share.

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Some people think the big Merlot glasses are stylish, or put you nose in the right place to enjoy the bouquet. Maybe so, but more importantly, they hold more wine! *LONG POUR*

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Dang it I missed her again……….;(
Well just stopped in to say howdy, and hope everyone is safe, 4:30 comes up fast.
I’ll be back tomorrow evening, everyone have a great night ………;)

*poof*……..;)

angrymike on May 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

angrymike:Right back at ya Mike,you too,have a great night:)

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

I said this earlier today. It’s still appropriate.

Memo to Rudy Giuliani:

Please contact Darrell Issa and Dave Camp at your earliest convenience.

They need your experience in investigating organized crime ASAP.

Thank you.

–The American people

either orr on May 21, 2013 at 12:40 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

(speechless)

:(

Seven Percent Solution on May 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM

Pals for life! we are out for the night, much more work to do to get ready for the movers. Night everyone and God bless OK.

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Watch that film of Lena Horne and you realize that the racial acrimony and strife in this country was healed by people like:

Lena Horne
Jackie Robinson
and Chuck Berry

……not Martin Luther King….

williamg on May 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Pals for life! we are out for the night, much more work to do to get ready for the movers. Night everyone and God bless OK.

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Night Fox. :)

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Good Night Marshfox and Lila!!!

Be safe…

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I made a comment, hit submit, and landed on another thread talking about a completely different subject! Luckily, there were a few folks who knew me, so it seemed normal. Seriously, when are they gonna get the site stable? It’s like Quantum Leap, and Quantum Leap sucked!

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Prayers for all the Oklahomans. And strength to deal with the days ahead.

either orr on May 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM

MarshFox on May 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Good Night.

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Nite MF

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM

God Bless and prayers to Okies tonight and in the coming days…

Good Night HA’ers!!

You guys all rock!! :-)

God Bless you all too …

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM

I said this earlier today. It’s still appropriate.

Memo to Rudy Giuliani:

Please contact Darrell Issa and Dave Camp at your earliest convenience.

They need your experience in investigating organized crime ASAP.

Thank you.

–The American people

either orr on May 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

If Rudy needs help bringing them in

VorDaj on May 21, 2013 at 12:52 AM

Heres the RADAR Page I use,if you scroll down,
theres,

a sh*t-load of Vortex/Mesocyclone/Hail Signatures!

http://www.wunderground.com/radar/map.asp
===========================================

And,GOES North American Satellites at 22,500 Miles up:

http://goes.gsfc.nasa.gov/

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Small wormhole. Watch out for the big ones. You might wind up at HuffPoop or the NY Slimes.

novaculus on May 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM

I’d forgotten about that. Won’t it be interesting if the Koch brothers buy the paper?

gh on May 21, 2013 at 12:33 AM

This is the perfect time for LAT to cash on it and get a bailout

burrata on May 21, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Nite Scrumpy

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 12:57 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
(speechless)

:(

Seven Percent Solution on May 21, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Seven Percent Solution:

I concur,its going to be a loooooong night for searchers/parents,
and another kick in the gut,as Childern once again,are lost.

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

Good night Chrissy.

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 1:03 AM

God Bless and prayers to Okies tonight and in the coming days…

Good Night HA’ers!!

You guys all rock!! :-)

God Bless you all too …

Scrumpy on May 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Scrumpy:Nite Scrumpy,Sweet Dreams:)

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 1:04 AM

novaculus on May 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM

True. It could be worse. Good night HotAir!

KCB on May 21, 2013 at 1:05 AM

Oooh its after 1:00AM,

Prayers to those affected/effected by
the Storms,le ugh,

GoodNight Everyone:)

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Nite Canada, nite Ken.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Evenin’. Can’t sleep.
Spawn made Deans list for the Spring Semester. Woo!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Congratulations alt.

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Schadenfreude on May 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

He had a good freshman year. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

Evenin’. Can’t sleep.
Spawn made Deans list for the Spring Semester. Woo!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Congratulations, ALT! Well……I’ve got some *cheetos*……..you could always come over here….

williamg on May 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Congrats.

Dean made the Spawn list. Must have been a good spring break.

SparkPlug on May 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Spawn made Deans list for the Spring Semester. Woo!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

Congrats. :)

– Night to everyone that said night but I didn’t see because I’m actually working and not here. And night, Resist, if you’ve gone to bed. :) If not . . . well, nevermind then. Substitute something else.

Dang it I missed her again……….;(
Well just stopped in to say howdy, and hope everyone is safe, 4:30 comes up fast.
I’ll be back tomorrow evening, everyone have a great night ………;)

*poof*……..;)

angrymike on May 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

That timing . . . was sad. :)

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

For those who want a proper analysis of Obama’s “great speech” that was so heralded on another hotair thread -

As more and more evidence is uncovered by congress, it doesn’t look good for President Obama. But he does have a couple of cards left up his sleeve – the race card and the victim card. And on Sunday during his commencement speech at the graduation of predominantly black Morehouse College, President Obama decided to go all-in and play both cards at once.

Masked in his personal responsibility speech to the Morehouse College graduates, President Obama clearly identifies himself as being down with the struggle and no less a victim of racist America than any other black man. He told the crowd, “As Morehouse men, many of you know what it’s like to be an outsider, to be marginalized, to feel the sting of discrimination. That’s an experience that a lot of Americans share.” Obama also spoke of his personal mistakes saying, “Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. I had a tendency to make excuses for me not doing the right thing.” But it’s important to understand that the underlying message President Obama is trying to convey to his supporters has nothing to do with responsibility, but everything to do with excuses. More specifically, that he is a victim of racism, and that attacks on his administration in any form are just another attempt to “keep a black man down.”

It’s obvious from Obama’s move that there are more revelations to come from the scandals in the coming weeks and months. So Obama’s playing both the race and victim card is clearly a desperate move on his part. That’s because he knows he needs to win over the low-information voters and win back the liberal media as soon as possible so they can begin to do his bidding in the arena of public opinion. The talking point will be that America’s first black president is under attack. And you can bet that their voices will be heard loud and clear as the liberal media will cover each and every one of their demonstrations, rallies and marches wall-to-wall in conjunction with any possible damaging revelations that come out the Obama administration.

Watch closely the next few weeks as the liberal media begins to latch on to Obama’s victim and racist narrative as more and more damning facts emerge on Benghazi, the IRS and the Justice Department.

VorDaj on May 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

williamg on May 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

I’ve been a freshman in junior college since..’89. Where did we go wrong with him. LoL
*He’s paying for his own education-which is a huge motivator.*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

He could be afraid of the nerve pinch if he doesn’t do well. hehe.

SparkPlug on May 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

And there is reason to believe we might see a week three.

more likely we will continue to see these stories until Obama is forced out of office or his term ends. either way Obama will never stop doing what he has been doing for the last 5 years. he will turn the screws over and over again. He isn’t suddenly going to become a stand up guy. The fact that the press is still considering the scandals a curosity and not normal behavior shows they still are clueless.

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

He could be afraid of the nerve pinch if he doesn’t do well. hehe.

SparkPlug on May 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM

A relative left him some college money. If he does it right-he won’t be stuck w/ a huge loan to pay of in 2016. If he effs around…well when that ‘help’ it gone-it’s gone!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2013 at 1:38 AM

In his speech to the Morehouse college graduates, Obama was clearly doubling down on the racism meme and rallying the troops. He is meaner than a snake and not only that, he is a cornered snake. That display, amidst the fancy words, is a glimpse of the fangs that are set to tear our country limb to limb if he feels more cornered. That anyone could see his speech as anything else, as positive, is simply astounding.

VorDaj on May 21, 2013 at 1:44 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 21, 2013 at 1:38 AM

He is doing the right thing. That’s good.

SparkPlug on May 21, 2013 at 1:52 AM

more likely we will continue to see these stories until Obama is forced out of office or his term ends.

unseen on May 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

I agree with this. Because we’ve barely scratched the surface on this scumbag. The Republican talking point of saying “we see a pattern emerging” was just the right tone. The pattern is going to more and more resemble a coordinated effort using all branches of the administration, from FBI, ATF, OSHA and EPA to the IRS to intimidate and cower citizens into submission far more effectively than the KGB ever did.

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Oh crap I split my infinitive. Ouch!

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2013 at 1:59 AM

. . . . . . . What matters is this: while I was scripting you in, it occurred to me that you could link your own YouTube channel through your nick. Have you ever thought about it? You aren’t using your nick; it might be wasted opportunity. Maybe go blue? :)

Anyway, wanted to mention it.

Axe on May 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM

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Thanks, dude. I hadn’t thought of that, and I believe that would be a great idea.

Now … how do I go about it ?

listens2glenn on May 21, 2013 at 1:59 AM

Now … how do I go about it ?

listens2glenn on May 21, 2013 at 1:59 AM

On the type-in-your-text window, it says “Logged in as listens2glenn. Log out >”

Click listens2glenn — takes you to your profile (don’t click Log out — two different links, side by side).

It has a slot for “website”. :)

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 2:03 AM

So Obama’s playing both the race and victim card is clearly a desperate move on his part.

VorDaj on May 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

Well of course. He’s a Marxist. Tribalize and divide.

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2013 at 2:05 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
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(speechless)

:(

Seven Percent Solution on May 21, 2013 at 12:40

AM

Seven Percent Solution:

I concur,its going to be a loooooong night for searchers/parents,
and another kick in the gut,as Childern once again,are lost.

canopfor on May 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

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Dittos on that photo GG.

All able-bodied persons at the scene will work their “butts off”, and “their hearts out” hoping to find kids (and teachers) alive under all of that.
It invokes a sense of “false-guilt” that I’m not there lending aid.
Any normal person would feel a sense of duty to free trapped adults as quickly as possible, but whenever kids are involved, it creates an undeniable extra sense of urgency.

listens2glenn on May 21, 2013 at 2:14 AM

Now … how do I go about it ?

listens2glenn on May 21, 2013 at 1:59 AM

On the type-in-your-text window, it says “Logged in as listens2glenn. Log out >”

Click listens2glenn — takes you to your profile (don’t click Log out — two different links, side by side).

It has a slot for “website”. :)

Axe on May 21, 2013 at 2:03 AM

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Thanks ! … : )

listens2glenn on May 21, 2013 at 2:16 AM

Well of course. He’s a Marxist. Tribalize and divide.

John the Libertarian on May 21, 2013 at 2:05 AM

I’m sure some handler is right now working his behind off to upload the TOTUS with a speech about global warming and how if those darned evil Republicans just allow Hussein to give a few hundred billion dollars to his bundlers , he will actually ban tornadoes and hurricanes and there will never ever be a tragedy like OK again . Afterall, Hussein has already slowed the rise of the oceans and healed the planet.
If a few hundred billion dollars to his bundlers can save the life of just one child, just one, it’s all worth it ….

burrata on May 21, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Captain Barack of the S.S. DemoTitanic refuses to believe his vessel is sinking.

He has sent out the crew to deny the relevance of icebergs.

And promises he will get to the bottom of it.

Not realizing it will be the sea bottom.

profitsbeard on May 21, 2013 at 3:15 AM

Good morning to all of the H/A crew……….
As I said, 4:30 comes in real early, have a great day all, and bless the ppl of OK ……………..

angrymike on May 21, 2013 at 5:14 AM

He seems to have lost Eugene Robinson. Wow.

Naturally Curly on May 21, 2013 at 5:56 AM

Obama is the worst, most unfit man to ever hold the office of President.

HOWEVER – we must not allow all of this to taint him and him alone. Obama’s attitude and corruption are rampant within the Democrat Party itself, and we should make damn sure every Obama scandal reflects upon the Democrat Party as a whole – so they can’t regain power for at least another generation or more.

No Hillary, no Biden, no O’Malley, no Senate or House majority for the foreseeable future. They have driven our country to the point of economic extinction, fiscal collapse…and they don’t even have respect for our Constitution, the American people, or freedom itself.

We can’t afford to let them wiggle out of this and maintain power. If we do, America really will be a banana republic – and our children will be little more than government slaves.

DRayRaven on May 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

good morning HA

extra prayers sent to OK this am….mika and joe are are broadcasting from OK this am….

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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.

ALL HAIL DEAR LEADER

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 6:21 AM

Naturally Curly on May 21, 2013 at 5:56 AM

agree….

too bad it is a little late in the game…we’ve known this from the beginning…

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 6:24 AM

I’m in Fayetteville, NC for about a month. I met with one of my old platoon leaders and his wife for lunch. She was one of the family readiness groups key wives and a big Obama supporter. She called him and his administration a bunch of crooks now. I didn’t ask if she’d had the change of heart before the last campaign but it was amazing to hear her say that.

smoothsailing on May 21, 2013 at 6:43 AM

There are two big forces at work, external and internal. We have very little control over external forces such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, disasters, illness and pain. What really matters is the internal force. How do I respond to those disasters? Over that I have complete control.

Leo F. Buscaglia
My Take

Play pray for Oklahoma.

kingsjester on May 21, 2013 at 6:43 AM

kingsjester on May 21, 2013 at 6:43 AM

excellent KJ

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 6:46 AM

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Thank you, ma’am.

I fully expect more ghouls like Sen. Winehouse to attempt to make political hay over this tragedy.

kingsjester on May 21, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Next Shoe?

esr1951 on May 21, 2013 at 6:49 AM

kingsjester on May 21, 2013 at 6:48 AM

guaranteed

esr1951 on May 21, 2013 at 6:49 AM

now that I believe….

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 7:03 AM

The problem with claiming ignorance or having a ‘hands off’ attitude is that when it goes across so many agencies that, alone, is a high crime or misdemeanor: it is NOT DOING YOUR JOB on a massive scale and VIOLATES THE OATH OF OFFICE.

If ‘government is too big’ then cut it down to the bone and start over. Get a Congress in there to disestablish everything and clean sheet that baby. Pain? Sure. Better that than what we got now.

And no screenwriter would DARE to put such a screenplay forward: it isn’t believable that ANYONE would be this incompetent or this duplicitous depending on your writer. Fiction must adhere to plausibility standards. Reality, unfortunately, is not so constrained.

These asshats floating these ridiculous memes need to have it pointed out to them that if they MEAN WHAT THEY SAY then they are in fact calling for the President to step down or be impeached. The excuses, themselves, are reason enough to do so if they are TRUE.

Do remind these MFM and talking points idiots that this is the case. The very things they float to protect Obama show that he is incapable of being President and must go. Period. That is where their logic MUST lead, not to having such a bumbling, incompetent fool in office. And if he is duplicitous on that level, then NO ONE IS SAFE IN THIS NATION until he is out of office and the government swept hard and clean by a fire hose, with the drain being Stripe City and Club Fed.

ajacksonian on May 21, 2013 at 7:07 AM

***

She was one of the family readiness groups key wives and a big Obama supporter. She called him and his administration a bunch of crooks now. I didn’t ask if she’d had the change of heart before the last campaign but it was amazing to hear her say that.

smoothsailing on May 21, 2013 at 6:43 AM

She was what? One of the family readiness groups key wives? WTH is that? The Obamites are creepy as hell.

BuckeyeSam on May 21, 2013 at 7:12 AM

extra prayers sent to OK this am….mika and joe are are broadcasting from OK this am….

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 6:18 AM

I’m surprised. I would have bet they couldn’t even find Oklahoma on a map. Too fly-over and red for a couple of east coast liberals. What the hell are they doing there anyway except getting in the way of those working recovery efforts?

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 7:16 AM

they are the ‘feel your pain’ hosts…

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Obama is the worst, most unfit man to ever hold the office of President.

HOWEVER – we must not allow all of this to taint him and him alone. Obama’s attitude and corruption are rampant within the Democrat Party itself, and we should make damn sure every Obama scandal reflects upon the Democrat Party as a whole – so they can’t regain power for at least another generation or more.

DRayRaven on May 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

And full accountability for all. The IRS scandal has resulted in the “resignation” of a guy who was already planning to retire by the end of June. Where is the accountability for those who decided to use their official positions to harass and hinder the efforts of organizations who oppose the administration’s policies? I want public trials and jail time for these criminals.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 7:23 AM

they are the ‘feel your pain’ hosts…

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Well, until they are “roll up their sleeves and actually help somebody” hosts they should stay in Manhattan.

Good morning CMS, I guess I’m just a little cranky this morning.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 7:25 AM

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 7:25 AM

morning HN…no worries…

never fear dear leader will be speaking at 10am

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 7:30 AM

never fear dear leader will be speaking at 10am

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Well that will make all the difference to those who lost loved ones last night.

We know from Texas tragedies that places like OKC are deliberately cut off from federal assistance dollars while pigs like Chris Christie rolls in federal funds because of the color of his state on a political map.

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

tHE IRS Union (that many of us just became aware of), NTEA (National Treasury Employees Union), urges its membership to write Congress regarding Obamacare. Suggested letter to the House:

I am a federal employee and one of your constituents. I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

H.R. 1780 would put federal employees in a special class where they would be prohibited from receiving health insurance through their employer. It would treat federal employees differently from state and local government employees and most employees of large private sector companies who receive health insurance benefits through their employer. The primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to provide a marketplace for the sale and purchase of health insurance for those who do not have such coverage – not to take coverage away from employees who already receive it through their employers.

I work hard and am proud of the services that I provide to your constituents every day. One of the main benefits I receive as a federal employee is the ability to purchase health insurance coverage through the FEHBP with an employer contribution towards those benefits. Please let me know your views on this legislation. I look forward to hearing back from you.

http://capwiz.com/nteu/issues/alert/?alertid=62634726&type=CO

Just thought it was funny…

Fallon on May 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

tHE? LOL What the heck happened to “The”.

Fallon on May 21, 2013 at 7:35 AM

[I]t’s important to consider these events in their broader context of the Obama administration’s long-running war against the free press.

“We in America are proud of our free press. I can assure you that they are free to agree with me at any and all times…but as you all know, the Supreme Court ruled that freedom has limits and the press can not be allowed to shout fire in a crowded theatre…even if it’s in roaring flames, unless I permit it….I won!”

Don L on May 21, 2013 at 7:39 AM

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

*sigh*

Jim Cantore on right now…I wondered if he was going to be there…

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 7:41 AM

She was what? One of the family readiness groups key wives? WTH is that? The Obamites are creepy as hell.

BuckeyeSam on May 21, 2013 at 7:12 AM

All units have FRGs. Its not new to the Obama presidency. The FRG leader was my Company Commander’s wife and this lady was an organizer for her, for us younger single guys. FRGs are a good thing as long as they don’t get authoritative. That’s happened though.

smoothsailing on May 21, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Happy Nomad on May 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

A guy that Shep was taking to on the phone yesterday afternoon said,

We’ll do it ourselves.

Americans will take care of our own. Toby Keith is from Moore. he will probably contribute.

How many bets can I get that he will make this morning about himself?

kingsjester on May 21, 2013 at 7:42 AM

Next Shoe?

esr1951 on May 21, 2013 at 6:49 AM

It’s like Imelda Marcos’ frickin’ closet lately.

Fallon on May 21, 2013 at 7:44 AM

never fear dear leader will be speaking at 10am

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Another campaign speech tucked in along with everything else? Maybe MSNBC can get back that Dem senator who blames AGW and Republicans. Damned ghouls…

There are 91 dead. I saw the photos, and Moore looks like a nuke hit it. Two schools just…gone.

I wish Obama would just issue a statement and be done. I think I woke in a bad mood.

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 7:47 AM

I am a federal employee and one of your constituents. I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

I hope to blazes that Dave Camp had brains enough to include negation of any and all waivers under this bill. It will be fun watching the left stutter as they create a reason that the president mustn’t sign it.

“It’s Jim Crow all over, mumble, mumble. Bush did it, mumble,mumble. Right-wing terrorism, mumble, mumble. Shear homophobia, mumble, mumble. More tornados and school shootings, mumble mumble…”

Don L on May 21, 2013 at 7:47 AM

kingsjester on May 21, 2013 at 7:42 AM

you bet he will

I wish Obama would just issue a statement and be done. I think I woke in a bad mood.

Liam on May 21, 2013 at 7:47 AM

no worries…

cmsinaz on May 21, 2013 at 7:49 AM

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