Indeed. Perhaps if the Obamacrats spent more time on their actual jobs and less time settling scores and going after their opponents…
As you may recall, the Democrat/Media machine spent much of 2012 hounding Mitt Romney for his tax returns. Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid even claimed he had inside info that Mitt Romney never paid any taxes. When Romney did finally release his tax returns, they showed nothing improper, only that he gave a lot more to charity than most people do; which the Democrats also said was a scandal.
“You’re really going to call police,” I said as he dialed 911. “OK. I’ll record this and I’ll leave.”
How are you liking the New Authoritarianism?
As expected, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has really sleazed up Virginia politics. In order to stop a Democrat legislator from resigning and giving the Republicans a majority in the Virginia State Senate — which would be a speed bump on the Democrats’ plans to implement Obamacare, raise taxes, and enact new gun control and anti-coal policies — the McAuliffe regime apparently offered to give the legislator’s daughter a job, perhaps even an appointment to the Federal bench. Now, it has come to light that Virginia Democrat Senator Mark Warner — who was easily winning his re-election campaign against anodyne establishment Republican Ed Gillespie — was also involved in attempts to bribe the legislator to stay.
The son of a former Virginia state senator has told federal investigators that U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner discussed the possibility of several jobs, including a federal judgeship, for the senator’s daughter in an effort to dissuade him from quitting the evenly divided state Senate.
On June 6, three days before the state senator’s resignation became official, Warner called Puckett’s son, Joseph, and discussed an appointment to the federal bench as well as a potential corporate position for Martha Puckett Ketron, according to Joseph Puckett’s attorney, Charles E. “Chuck” James Jr. of Williams Mullen.
In the past, Democrats have shown a high tolerance for political sleaze within their own ranks, so this probably won’t tarnish Mark Warner’s prospects too much. It does point out, however, that for all the left’s keening about “white privilege” and “male privilege” the real privilege in our culture comes from being politically connected. Ordinary people do not have the access to easy, well-paid jobs that the friends and relations of the political class do.
The Progressive Left defense of Roman Polanski is, “Hey, the girl he rape raped is a grown woman now, and she’s okay with it. So, who are we to judge?”
The Progressive Left defense of gay Democrat lecher Gerry Studds is, “Hey, the boy he molested is a grown man now, and he’s okay with what happened. So, who are we to judge?”
The Progressive Left defense of Kevin Jennings is, “Hey, the boy he instructed on the finer points of cruising bus station toilets is a grown man now, and he’s okay with it. So, who are we to judge?”
“But it’s different because it was an act of violence,” simpers the progressive left. “So, rape isn’t an act of violence?” “Only if it’s rape-rape.” “So getting someone drunk and drugged and then having sex with them like Polanski and Studds did isn’t rape?” “Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t; if it’s a fellow progressive whose down with the struggle, it isn’t.” “As a woman, doesn’t Janay Rice have a right to make her own decisions without being judged.” “Not when she’s wrong.” “When is she wrong?” “When we say so.”
I have no conflict. I think Roman Polanski, Gerry Studds, Kevin Jennings, and Ray Rice are all scumbags. Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Mark Foley, Bob Filner, Anthony Weiner, John Edwards, Eric Massa, Keith Farnham, and Charles Rust-Tierney are all scumbags, too.
And if Janay Rice were to ask me what she should do, I would tell her, “Get yourself away from that man. He’s like MSNBC… Bad News.”
This is not a defense of Ray or Janay Rice, this is just a question: Why the inconsistency?
And does MFM saturation of this story have anything to do with riling up the feminist vote before a midterm election?
I’m just asking.
Okay, Bob McDonnell and his wife have been convicted for accepting gifts from It’s illegal for an elected public official to accept gifts from sleazy businessmen, even when the sleazy businessman gets nothing in return. Got it. It’s illegal, it should not be tolerated.
And… why was it OK for the wife of Illinois Senator Barack Hussein Obama to accept a $300,000 a year no-show job at a hospital that subsequently received millions of dollars in taxpayer earmarks courtesy of Senator Barack Hussein Obama?
Is it okay because… Democrats are just exempt from rules that Republicans are subject to? Is that because Democrats essentially control the media and legal apparatus of the country and have fully weaponized them for use against political opponents?
Because if Ed Fitzgerald were a Republican instead of a Democrat, being caught in a parking lot at 4:30 AM with a woman who was not his wife and driving without a license might be kind of scandalous.
Officers responding to a call of a suspicious car found the Cuyahoga County executive – now a Democratic candidate for governor – with a woman who was not his wife at 4:30 a.m. parked at an industrial complex.
From there, the story really gets strange. It’s come to light that Fitzgerald didn’t even have a license for the 5 years prior to that incident.
But, hey, considering the previous Democrat Governor of Ohio had as a member of his staff a sexual predator with a conviction for exposing himself to minors and the press didn’t go all Mark Foley on him, it’s a safe bet this little imbroglio won’t tarnish Fitzgerald’s image at all either.
Over at Draw and Strike, Brain Cates… in a series of Twits … explains how so much of what ails the country is a direct consequence of the MFM having the Democrats’ collective back, never holding them to account, and making sure that no scandal — Ted Kennedy drowning a woman, Gerry Studds diddling an underage House Page, Jon Corzine’s squandering of billions of dollars of investor’s money, Liz Warren’s lies about her “Native American” heritage, and any of Obama’s plethora of failures and corruptions — ever sticks to them. Rather than reproduce them, here’s a summary.
- What’s the point in remembering Chappaquiddick, an event from 45 years ago, especially since Ted Kennedy is dead. Because the Democrats & their DNC-Media Complex allies buried most of the truth, that’s why.
- Before you can understand why the country is where it is now, you need to look back & see how it got here.
- And 1 of the big reasons the United States is in the bad place it is now is because Democrats never have to pay for their crimes.
- Democrats do stupid policy, get people killed, waste billions of our tax dollars, & skate on it because they aren’t held accountable.
- When Republicans screw up, they get called on it; which is why Government is more accountable when Republicans are in charge
- Obama stumbles from failure to failure, from scandal to scandal, and the MFM covers for him every bumbling step of the way.
- And now where are we? The world is breaking down into chaos & the leader of the free world is actually enabling the chaos by doing nothing.
Fact: The IRS Targeted 104 Conservative and Tea Party groups to deny them tax exempt status during the 2012 election cycle.
Fact: Not a single progressive group (of the 7 audited) was denied tax exempt status in this period.
Fact: Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive “crashed” within ten days of Congress beginning an inquiry into the IRS targeting of Conservative groups. According to the IRS, this resulted in the loss of all of her emails to outside agencies… including the White House.
Fact: The IRS abruptly canceled its contract with a company that backed up its emails externally after Congress initiated an inquiry.
Now, a reasonable person looking at the above set of facts might say that the pattern is consistent with an agency that did something wrong and then undertook to destroy the evidence of wrongdoing.
But according to the Democrats, to draw such a conclusion from that set of facts is akin to believing that the Earth is Secretly Run by Alien Lizard People.
You begin to wonder how any intelligent person could still be a Democrat and not be in it for anything other than the graft.
Little known IT fact: If your hard drive crashes, every email you ever wrote on that computer will be lost forever.
That is the explanation for how the IRS lost all of Lois Lerner’s emails during the exact period the IRS, under her direction, was targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups for IRS harassment.
A white Republican president who harassed progressive groups through the IRS then covered it up by destroying evidence would have been impeached by now.
Also, is it just me, but doesn’t Lerner’s email in the article come across as stilted, and maybe a wee bit blase for someone who’s just been told none of the data on her hard drive is recoverable?
Update: Wow, what are the odds. Six other Obama drones involved in the targeting of conservative groups ALSO lost all of their emails in computer crashes.
What are the odds?
Do even Obama’s hardcore true-believers really, REALLY accept without question that the IRS just happened to accidentally delete all of Lois Lerner’s emails to outside agencies during the period the IRS was harassing conservative Tea Party groups?
House Committee on Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp revealed today that he has been informed by the IRS that Lois Lerner’s emails between Jan. 2009 and April 2011 have been lost “due to a supposed computer crash.” The IRS says the crash destroyed all of Lerner’s emails to outside agencies such as, for instance, the White House.
Come on, torrent prime, don’t let me down now.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s State Department provided the Qataris with a shipment of highly advanced Stinger Ground-to-Air Missiles. The Qataris were supposed to pass them to anti-Khadafy rebels in Libya. Instead, they ended up with the Taliban, where one was used to shoot down an American helicopter.
But, considering no one got upset over the hundreds of dead Mexicans and one dead American from arms supplied to Mexican Drug cartels by Obama’s Justice Department, this would be obviously just another phony scandal from people who hate the president because he’s a black man.
President Obama probably had no idea those missiles ended up with the Taliban until he saw it in “media reports.”
But George W. Bush was personally responsible for every bad thing that happened in the world from 2001 – on.
Recall how in 2003, a massive scandal erupted when Richard Armitage, a State Department official under then-Secretary Colin Powell, happened to leak Valerie Plame’s name to a journalist. Plame was a CIA Stateside employee (arguably NOT under cover). Armitage was basically gossiping, and he never underwent any prosecution because it was no big deal. Except, of course, the Left/media had a field day pushing the scandal complete with the darkest possible allegations against President Bush, lionization of Plame and her partisan-liar of a husband, a federal prosecutor and a ‘gotcha’ conviction of Scooter Libby (a Bush staffer who was not the key leaker; Armitage was).
Recently, the White House leaked the name of a top CIA officer in Kabul, Afghanistan. His name was really a secret. He does serve abroad (and in a danger zone), and he is endangered by the leak. As the Washington Post puts it:
The Post is withholding the name of the CIA officer at the request of Obama administration officials who warned that the officer and his family could be at risk if the name were published…
The CIA officer was one of 15 senior U.S. officials identified as taking part in a military briefing for Obama…Their names were included on a list…circulated by e-mail to reporters…
It is unclear whether the disclosure will force the CIA to pull the officer out of Afghanistan…The identities of at least three CIA station chiefs in Pakistan have been exposed in recent years. In one case, a CIA officer became a target of death threats after his cover was blown, forcing the agency to rush him out of the country.
Should we expect any big scandal, Left/media outrage, federal prosecutors or trumped-up convictions over this?
A GOP House member says that the House of Representatives has passed “at least 12″ Veterans Administration reform bills, only to have Koch-obsessed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid block them from being voted on.
REP JACKIE WALORSKI (R-IN): In the past 18 months, since I’ve been a member of Congress, we’ve passed, on the House floor, at least 12 reform VA bills. Mandating the VA to fix different things, mandating the VA to report different things, mandating them to fix their website, bipartisan bills that went to the Senate, and they are DOA on the Senate side
Unknown whether that list includes a bill passed last week that would allow those responsible for the most recent abuses and corruption to be fired; Senate Democrats have blocked action on that bill, too. (I guess they were too busy with more important things like demanding the NFL change the name of the Washington Redskins football club.)
Gee, I wonder if President Obama is #MadderThanHell that his senate Democrats are obstructing VA reforms. (Oh, no wait, he went and played round of golf number 173 this weekend.)
Also, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed Socialist who feels right at home the Democrat Caucus, says the VA scandal is no big deal. “People die every day.”
But one Democrat, at least, is demanding accountability: Nancy Pelosi says George W. Bush is responsible for the VA corruption and abuses that took place under Barack H. Obama, and should be held accountable.
Before it was known that VA Bureaucrats were denying care to Veterans, creating phony paperwork to hide their shame, and punishing anyone who threatened to reveal the scheme… all the while rewarding themselves with bonuses and luxurious new offices… left wing economists were praising the VA as the Epitome of what could be achieved with single-payer health care.
And they were right. The VA is the epitome of single payer… the corruption, incompetence, and shortcomings aren’t bugs, they are inherent features in any Government bureaucracy.
If left-wingers were reasonable, thoughtful people, they might consider that the VA scandal demonstrates all of the reasons conservatives oppose Government-run health care; contrary to the President’s assertion that Republicans just want people to not have health care.
But if you can imagine the left-wing brain trust as represented by Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Alan Grayson, Chris Matthews, and Melissa Harris Perry having a reasonable thought… you have more imagination than I do, friend.
So, How Long Will This Be a Scandal and How Long Will the Administration Pretend to Be Angry About it?
Question: How long will it take before the Democrats declare the VA Scandal a “Phony Scandal?” My bet is, we don’t get to the weekend.
And isn’t strange that when a Private on the other side of the world put a dog-leash on an Iraqi prisoner, George W. Bush was said to be personally responsible. But Obama bears absolutely no responsibility for agencies under his direct executive command (the IRS, the EPA, the VA, the ATF)?
Ace’s take on the testimony of VA Secretary Shinseki was interesting:
“I take full responsibility” stopped meaning “I take full responsibility” around 15 years ago. Now it only means “I’m willing to say the words I take full responsibility.”
Watch the video to see what “mad as hell” sounds like. What “mad as hell” now sounds like, in 2014, is a bloodless bureaucratic robot reciting scripted talking points.
A drone, in other words?
Two loosely related items:
1. $75,000 in television equipment was stolen at the Democrat National Convention in 2012, presumably by delegates and other attendees.
But remember; the only real crime is being opposed to the redefinition of marriage.
It was well-known Terry MacAulliffe was sleazy and corrupt, but he was elected Governor of Virginia on the basis that his opponent was supposedly going to outlaw gay sex or somesuch. And when you vote stupidly, this is the kind of thing you can expect.
[Virginia Governor Terry] McAuliffe said aides sent a fundraising solicitation without his knowledge or approval. The request asked for donations to the new Common Good Virginia PAC in increments of $10,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000, with corresponding levels of access to the governor.
Donors who gave $100,000 were promised a private dinner with the Democratic governor and his wife. The fundraising letter, first posted on the conservative website BearingDrift.com, also promised large donors monthly meetings with unnamed policy experts.
Let’s review how this week has been going for the Democrat Party, the party of good progressive Government, the party that works selflessly for the people.
- Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid caught siphoning campaign funds to family members and trying to hide it from the FEC.
- California Democrat Senator charged with corruption, bribery, and gun-running.
- North Carolina Democrat Mayor resigns amid charges of bribery, theft, and coercion.
- Democrat Rhode Island House Speaker Resigns after being caught in corruption probe.
- Democrat New York Assemblyman’s home raided in corruption probe.
- Illinois Democrat Senator resigns after being caught with kiddo pr0n.
- Pennsylvania Democrat State Senator to stand trial for using state funds for campaign fundraising.
And remember, these are just the ones who got caught.
Democrat California State Senator Leland Yee has been a strong advocate for every gun control bill the far left People’s Republic of California has passed. Now, in addition to bribery and corruption, Senator Yee has been charged for illegally importing and selling the same guns he would outlaw to his law-abiding constituents.
The affidavit charges that the $2 million worth of weapons to have been secreted into the country from the Philippines included rocket launchers and machine guns, some of which Yee himself had fired while on Mindanao. A portion of the weapons Yee conspired to bring into the U.S. through New Jersey were to have been forwarded on to North Africa via Sicily.
Or, maybe he’s just following the example of his party’s leader; making it illegal for law abiding citizens to own guns while supplying guns to criminal drug gangs.
Update: Oh, my, it seems like Sen. Yee also offered to set up an arms deal with Islamic rebels for $2 Million in cash.
In the video after the break, Senator Yee explains how he wants to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens. “To protect the general public is my priority.”
The powerful Democrat Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives resigned this weekend as Federal Agents and Rhode Island State Police raided his home and office collecting evidence of corruption in state Government. Gordon Fox was the first openly gay statehouse speaker in the United States and a champion of the cause of same sex marriage; also a crook, apparently. Fox was once hailed by the media as “courageous” for his stance on gay marriage. “Courageous” is a word the media use to describe politicians who agree with the majority opinion of the media and the Democrat left. As he once described himself, in a weird sort of self-victimizing compliment:
Fox once summed up his unlikely rise to become one of the most powerful figures in Rhode Island government this way: “I’m a biracial gay kid that wasn’t supposed to be speaker.”
Giving people high office and power on the basis of their being “Historic Firsts” has never worked out well, has it?