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Progressive Democrats Against Energy, Commerce, and Civilization

The Portlandia City Council demonstrates the fanaticism and weapons-grade-stupidity of the Gaia Cult.

Portland’s city council unanimously approved a resolution Friday effectively preventing any new gas stations from being built.

The city’s resolution prevents the construction of new facilities to transport or store oil, gasoline, coal, and natural gas within Portland, Ore.

“Our work is not done yet, but we feel that with this unanimous vote, there is good chance that the codifying language is going to be strong and signal to the fossil fuel industry that Portland is not open for their business” Adriana Voss-Andreae, director of a local environmental group, told the left-wing news site Climate Progress.

Environmentalists claim the resolution is a huge victory over energy interests. Not passing the resolution would have been “apocalyptic” according to activists, because Portland is an important crossroad for the global energy trade and contains several oil refineries and pipelines.

Does anyone see, now, that the stereotype of the Democrat Left as anti-business, environmental extremist fanatics ia more than a little bit justified?

Moonbat Actor Demands Ban on Fossil Fuels

Mark Ruffalo plays a scientist in the Avenger movies; this, to the left, makes him an authority on science. He is now demanding that California ban all fossil fuels.

Actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo is calling on California Gov. Jerry Brown to end the state’s usage of fossil fuels for oil extraction and move to 100 percent renewable energy.

“This is really mankind’s greatest threat, and it should take some serious problem solving on all of our parts,” Ruffalo told the paper. “And we don’t really have to give up anything to do it.”

Nothing except warm homes, affordable food, reliable transportation, middle class jobs, and… oh, yeah, Freedom.

Nothing important.

Speaking of Hollywood Moonbats, Quentin Tarantino… who because he makes incredibly violent movies featuring criminals is regarded as an authority on matters of law and order… says that the police are “murderers.”

The “Pulp Fiction’’ director took part in an anti-cop rally less than a week after an officer was killed on the job.

“When I see murders, I do not stand by . . . I have to call the murderers the murderers,” the director — notorious for his violent movies — told a crowd of protesters in Washington Square Park on Saturday, adding that cops are too often “murderers.”

Nevertheless, when his new film opens, he will protected by these same “murderers,” and not representatives of the#BlackLivesMatter movement.

Happy Urf Day

Today (I think it’s today, not totally up on these things), the hippie left celebrates “Earth Day,” which was co-founded by a radical hippie environmentalist who murdered his girlfriend and composted her body.  You can honor Earth Day by starting a tire fire, or burning 9,180 gallons of jet fuel like the president did. They have roughly the same environmental impact.

This was making the rounds on Teh Facebooks earlier today:

Predictions made on the first Earth Day, 1970:

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” – George Wald, Harvard Biologist

“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” – New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day

“By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” – Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” – Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” – Life Magazine, January 1970

This is the same crowd assuring us that “Global Warming is real, it is caused by human activity. The science is settled!”

Then, as now, the solution was the same: Enact the progressive socialist agenda, submit to Government control, dismantle global enterprise.


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California Priorities

California is a deep blue, one-party state where even the last “Republican” governor signed on to the Democrats’ reckless spending, Amnesty, and environmental extremism. The drought that is ravaging California has nothing to do with Global Warming, it’s just normal cyclical weather.  It has everything to do with environmental extremism and a political class that will spend $100Billion on a Train-to-Nowhere, but can’t find the money to develop a sustainable water infrastructure.

But the biggest problem in California is that the government has refused to build the reservoirs and dams necessary to actually save water when the rain does come. As the Wall Street Journal points out, Israel has weathered droughts for years. So has Arizona. Both built infrastructure. California has not, largely because politicians like Jerry Brown stopped such construction decades ago. The Wall Street Journal points out:

Money is not the obstacle. Since 2000 voters have approved five bonds authorizing $22 billion in spending for water improvements… desalination projects have been abandoned…

Because no sooner is an infrastructure project proposed than the Sierra Club and a hundred other Environmentalist Denominations file lawsuits demanding it be stopped. Environmentalists have actually put a measure on the ballot to dismantle existing water reservoirs. Environmentalism is a fundamentalist, extremist religion that says nothing should ever be built anywhere if it could potentially annoy wildlife. It’s not “NIMBY,” it’s “BANANA: Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody.”

It also doesn’t help California’s problems that they flush 2.6 million acre-feet of usable water into the ocean because environmentalists are worried about their sacred fish.


The Cult of Gaia Casts Shame Unto Sinners

Environmentalism is a religion of the Left, and one they are quite keen to use the Power of the State to convert and/or punish non-believers. Case in point, in Seattle WA … a state so manifestly leftist they have an open revolutionary socialist on their city council … those who sin against Gaia are… literally…. receiving scarlet letters.

In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate.

The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you’ve violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans.

“I’m sure neighbors are going to see these on their other neighbors’ cans,” says Rodney Watkins, a lead driver for Recology CleanScapes, a waste contractor for the city. He’s on the front lines of enforcing these rules.

Yeah, one of the wonders of progressivism is the way it gives enough power to annoying busybodies to turn them into Der Kommissarr. One can only imagine the horrors that Rodney Watkins daydreams about inflicting on the sinners and heretics who offend Gaia with their filth and defiance.


“We have found a shameless harlot who doesn’t properly sort her recyclables; shall we burn her?”

Charles Koch Speaks

We allowed the Eich/Mozilla brouhaha to obscure this, but it addresses the same underlying problem: the fascist intolerance of the “progressive” Left.

Last week, one of the Koch brothers responded to Harry Reid’s outrageous attacks demonizing them:

Charles Koch: I’m Fighting to Restore a Free Society

Updated April 2, 2014 7:47 p.m. ET

I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.

Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government…[and] we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

…In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you…

More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that this could happen. “The natural progress of things,” Jefferson wrote, “is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” He knew that no government could possibly run citizens’ lives for the better. The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle…

Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced…

…I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished…

He gives more, including some facts/details. (I’d reprint the article fully, except I haven’t obtained permission.) RTWT.

UPDATE: Also not to be missed is Kevin D. Williamson on The Liberal Gulag.

Welcome to the Liberal Gulag.

That term may be perverse, but it is not an exaggeration. Mr. [Adam] Weinstein [of Mother Jones] specifically called for political activists, ranging from commentators to think-tank researchers, to be locked in cages as punishment for their political beliefs. “Those denialists should face jail,” he wrote. “You still can’t” — banality alert! — “yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. You shouldn’t be able to yell ‘balderdash’ at 10,883 scientific journal articles a year.” “Balderdash” — a felony. At the risk of being repetitious, let’s dwell on that for a minute: The Left is calling on people to be prosecuted for speaking their minds regarding their beliefs on an important public-policy question that is, as a political matter, the subject of hot dispute. That is the stuff of Soviet repression.

And much more.

Climate change is real

…It’s just probably not man-made.

Bruce re-tweeted this graphic from Sam Thiessen’s stream. I don’t necessarily agree with its exact argument about volcanism. But it is a nifty reminder that we’ve always had climate swings – and our latest swing is within the natural norms:

swings in global temperatures, 2500 BC to 2007 AD

From what I understand (feel free to update me/everyone in the comments), the man-made CO2 increases are insufficient to explain any of these swings, and recent atmospheric measurements show a distinct *lack* of effects or “signature” that should come from any CO2 Greenhouse effect.

Given that, and given the normality of global climate change, there is precious little reason to blame it on humankind. The major advocates of Blaming Man are people with axes to grind: they want to keep getting their multi-billions of research & conference grants, they want their companies to be given government subsidies, they want world socialism, etc.

Last Week in Global Warming

In case you missed these (as I had):

1) Climate scientist Roy W. Spencer‘s takedown of the Global Warming ‘Nazis’:

On February 20th, the noted meteorologist, Dr. Roy W. Spencer, fed up with being called a “denier” of global warming, posted a commentary on his blog titled “Time to push back against the global warming Nazis.”

“When politicians and scientists started calling people like me ‘deniers’, they crossed the line. They are still doing it,” said Dr. Spencer. “They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics’ view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem with (2) the denial that the Nazi’s extermination of millions of Jews ever happened.” The Holocaust happened, but global warming’s latest natural cycle ended about 17 years ago and, as a lot of people have noticed, it has been getting cold since then.

“Like the Nazis,” said Dr. Spencer, “they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause…”

2) Greenpeace co-founder questions ‘Climate Change’ ideology. From Breitbart’s coverage:

Mr Moore, 67, told a U.S. Senate Committee: “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.”

“Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on Earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species.”

…”I describe the climate change movement as a combination of an extreme political ideology and a religious cult all rolled into one. It’s a very, very dangerous social phenomenon. It causes them to think they have the right to dictate what we do.”

More from the Washington Times coverage: (more…)

ManBearPig Blamed for Future Rapes

The Schizophrenic Rape Hysteria of the left continues unabated. Did you know Global Warming causes rape?

Global Warming Will Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099

Whoopi Goldberg has yet to comment on whether these would be “rapes” or “rape-rapes.”

It occurs to me that if Christian bakers and florists had compared being forced to participate in gay marriage to rape, they would have been mocked mercilessly; rightfully so. But leftwing nutjobs comparing an ultrasound to rape? A-OK.

Democrats have also blamed budget cuts for rapes.

And, of course, Richard Mourduck’s outrageous statement that children that were the product of rape were still worthy of love and protection cost him a senate seat.

But Planned Parenthood, an organization that protects rapists as a matter of policy, are progressive-left heroes.

Global Warming: The Obamacare of Science

In Global Warming Climate Change Polar Vortex news, Lake Superior has 90% frozen over and will freeze over completely before the end of Winter.  This has not happened since 1996; typical ice cover for this time of year is 30%.

And the East Coast is facing another Snowpocalypse and Atlanta (Atlanta!) is being hit by a blizzard.

But we have to outlaw coal and energy costs must “necessarily skyrocket” because “the Earth has a fever.” The science is settled! There’s scientific consensus! It’s the law!

And to fight the menace of ManBearPig, Obama’s EPA is preparing to jack up your energy costs 70-80%.


If You Like Your Climate, You Can Keep Your Climate

Mr. Barack Obama, addressing the 35-40% of the country that still supports him last night, proclaimed that “Climate Change Is a Fact.”

At the precise time he was making this comment:

Also, my homeland looks like this:


The Climate Change Cultists (is that word too rude to describe people who fanatically believe that everyone must radically alter their behavior in order to avoid a scientifically implausible apocalyptic doomsday scenario?) will say, “But Climate Change can mean weather will get colder OR warmer, and there may be more OR fewer extreme weather events.” Forgive my skepticism, but is that not tantamount to saying, Climate change means the weather will continue doing what it always has done?

Mr. Albert Gore Wishes to Manage Your Fertility

Mr. Albert A. Gore, Jr… Nobel Laureate and Widely Respected Environmental Policy Expert… while meeting in Switzerland last week with a group of global dignitaries advanced the opinion that Government-run programs in “fertility management”  were essential to stopping the menace of climate change. And he highlighted as his example the dangerous rise in the population of dark-skinned people from Africa.

“Africa is projected to have more people than China and India by mid-century; more than China and India combined by end of the century, and this is one of the causal factors that must be addressed,” the failed presidential candidate added.

So, if you oppose the Government forcing third parties to pay for a woman’s contraception, that means you want the Government *in* the bedroom. But if you support the Government taking active measures to regulate human reproduction, does that mean you want Government “out* of the bedroom?

Or maybe the left is just willing to make an exception in this case because if we put just enough of the right kind of Government in people’s bedroom, we can stop the climate from changing.

P.S. Mr. Gore has four children.

The Event Horizon of a Lie

thImagine if the day after tomorrow, all of the climate scienticians at the UN, the EPA, and around the world released the following statement: “Our predictions of catastrophic global warming have not been borne out by the empirical data collected over the last thirty years. The models we used to predict global warming failed to take into account such factors as cloud formation, solar activity, and numerous other natural phenomena. All evidence gathered to data suggests that human activity has a negligible impact on the global macroclimate compared with other natural phenomena.”

All of the above is true, but to imagine the pushers of Global Warming admitting it is impossible. The progressive secular left has gotten into the gravity well of the Global Warming myth so deeply it is impossible for them to escape. Ponder how that came to be.

Certainly, there is money involved; there is a vast gravy train of Government and private grants to study Global Warming, and an even larger gravy train of Government (taxpayer) subsidies to well-connected cronies in the “Green Energy” field. But another reason the progressive left can’t give up on Global Warming is that to do so would mean admitting that what they call “science” was wrong.

This latter point is important. The progressive left treats science not as a structured and rational way to explain natural phenomena but as a cudgel against religious belief,traditional values, and individual liberty. “Your archaic superstitions and magical sky-gods are no match for our almighty and infallible Science!” they proclaim. Admitting that the empirical data does not support catastrophic global warming … the Ragnarok of secular progressivism… would be tantamount to admitting their God had failed.

It would be a lot easier to back off now if they had been more honest thirty-odd years ago, and said, “We have a hypothesis that human activity may contribute to warming of the global climate. We need to study this phenomenon and determine if the hypothess is valid.” Instead, they leapt immediately to, “The Earth has a fever, and free enterprise is going to destroy the planet unless the global capitalist system is dismantled and individual liberties are subjugated to Government for the collective good.” (This was the central thesis of Al Gore’s “Earth in the Balance.”)

The left likes to say “The Science is settled.” But the fact is, as far as they were concerned, the science was settled as soon as it became apparent that Global Warming could be used to advance the progressive socialist agenda. At that point, the progressive left abandoned real science in favor of “Science.”

Real science is infallible, because real science does not jump to conclusions and try to backfill them with data afterwards. Real science admits when the hypothesis is unsupported by the data. Real science has no political agenda. Real science is not inherently hostile toward religion, but merely indifferent to it.

It’s an ironic twist, is it not, that the secular progressivism left has more to fear from real science than the Religious Right? And just as ironic that because they abandoned real science, the progressive left has to maintain a lie for fear of losing the credibility they claim from “Science.”


The Psychology of the Global Warming Cult

The ONT on AoSHQ last night linked to this article on how easy and fun it is to pick on the Global Warming Cult.

The global warming alarmists are the easiest people to troll in the entire world. You don’t even have to make a particularly good or original joke to set them off. Just say “Man, this cold weather sure does disprove global warming,” sit back, and watch the fireworks.

The thing about the Global Warming Cult is that the vast majority of them know as little about climatology, atmospheric science, meterology, or indeed basic science as the average Obama voter knows about economics; that is to say damn little and what they think they know is wrong.

Those ignorant dupes believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming (a.k.a. ManBearPig) because they believe that nature is good and people, especially male white capitalist people, are bad. This narrative has been drilled into them by schools, media, and politicians since they were young and it shapes their worldview.

They don’t believe in ManBearPig because of science, but because ManBearPig aligns with a fairytale narrative that they can understand: White people with money are giving mother Earth a fever and killing polar bears.

This is what makes them incredibly easy to mock; and incredibly hopeless to see reason.


MSDNC Is Totally Cereal About ManBearPig

Record, bone-snapping, super-bitter cold has spread across most of the North American landmass. -25F (-31C) in Fargo, North Dakota, -31F (-35C) in International Falls, Minnesota, and -15F (-26C) in Indianapolis and Chicago. Also, a cabal of climate scienticians on a mission to prove Global Warming got stuck in Antarctic ice and had to be rescued (although the MFM went out of their way to avoid mentioning that they were climate scienticians on a mission to prove Global Warming is real).

As the Empirical Data stubbornly refuses to align with the Holy Climate Change Prophecies Models, there is a chance that some might lose their faith in the Cult of Smart People. Fear not, brethren, for MSDNC has put forth a highly respected, completely credible voice of reason to assuage any of your climate change doubts; and he’s wearing a white lab coat and everything.


Global Warming and the Endumbening of the Left

The circular reasoning of the Global Warming Cult goes like this: WE ARE SMART BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING. GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL BECAUSE SMART PEOPLE LIKE US BELIEVE IN IT. There is no room for facts or logic within the circle. And when unfortunate facts emerge outside the circle, like a group of Global Warming cultists getting stuck in Antarctic ice after traveling to Antarctica in the middle of summer to prove that Antarctic ice was melting, the Global Warming cultists in the MFM dutifully hide such facts from the public; lest the infallibility of the Cult of Smart People come into question.

The Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was stranded in the ice while on a climate change research expedition, yet nearly 98 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers failed to mention their mission at all. Forty out of 41 stories (97.5 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to do with the expedition.

In fact, rather than point out the mission was to find evidence of climate change, the networks often referred to the stranded people as “passengers,” “trackers” and even “tourists,” without a word about climate change or global warming.

The left claims that they refuse to debate Climate Change because they have confidence in the infallibility of science; but refusal to debate opponents… and obsessive ridiculing of opponents … is not a sign of confidence, it is a sign of fear. The left has been invested in Global Warming for over two decades, and the histrionic predictions … such as the one that the polar ice caps would be completely gone by 2012 … haven’t come true.
The left can never let go of the Global Warming myth no matter how much the real world data refutes it. There’s still a lot of grant money and carbon credit flim-flam money to be made. But even worse that that, admitting that the bitter-clinger Jesus-people were right all along would just be too humiliating for the Cult of Smart People.

Greens Behaving Badly; Evil Corporations Doing Good

The UK Daily Mail has exposed how the Green Movement has enabled the wealthy to become wealthier by using green energy initiatives to extract money from the working class. (This does not come as a surprise to those of us who have long found it curious that all the answers to Global Warming involved giving billions of dollars to organizations run by Global Warming activists.)

And in the USA, the highest paid employee at the EPA has been revealed to be perpetrating  a massive fraud. (Two, if you count both impersonating a CIA officer and Global Warming.)

Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin — the evil defense contractor that Left Wing Nut/fat sack of crap Job Michael Moore blames for somehow causing school shootings — has developed a revolutionary desalination process that has the potential to bring clean drinking water to millions of poor people around the world and lessen global tensions over water supplies.

I know there is outrage on the left over the private distribution of water, but, come on. Delivering clean potable water requires massive investment in infrastructure. The private sector, with an appropriate level of oversight, is well-equipped and incentivized to provide this service. And one need look no further than socialist Venezuela to see that putting bureaucrats in charge of public utilities doesn’t work out so great.

In any case, my guess is that due to Green interference, this technology will never reach its full potential.

The left-wing Apocalypse

City Journal has a wonderful piece from Pascal Bruckner on “climate change” as the left-wing version of the Apocalypse: a dogma, anti-technology, impervious to reason, wherein Gaia (the new left-wing God) rains destruction upon humanity as punishment for its sin of not living by leftism.

Around the turn of the twenty-first century, a paradigm shift in our thinking took place: we decided that the era of revolutions was over and that the era of catastrophes had begun…

How did this change happen? Over the last half-century, leftist intellectuals have identified two great scapegoats for the world’s woes. First, Marxism designated capitalism as responsible for human misery. Second, “Third World” ideology, disappointed by the bourgeois indulgences of the working class, targeted the West… The guilty party that environmentalism now accuses—mankind itself, in its will to dominate the planet—is essentially a composite of the previous two, a capitalism invented by a West that oppresses peoples and destroys the earth…“There are only two solutions,” Bolivian president Evo Morales declared in 2009. “Either capitalism dies, or Mother Earth dies.”

So the planet has become the new proletariat that must be saved from exploitation—if necessary, by reducing the number of human beings…

There’s more.

Via NRO (Stanley Kurtz), who delves into a different angle: how left-wing environmentalism lets rich, white college kids join the ranks of the oppressed. “Global warming allows the upper-middle-class to join the proletariat, cloaking erstwhile oppressors in the mantle of righteous victimhood.”

Global Cooling

A few days old, but it deserves wider acknowledgment. “A cold Arctic summer has led to a record increase in the ice cap, leading experts to predict a period of global cooling.”

There has been a 60 per cent increase in the amount of ocean covered with ice compared to this time last year, they equivalent of almost a million square miles…

…The news comes several years after the BBC predicted that the arctic would be ice-free by 2013…

…changing predictions have led to the UN’s climate change’s body holding a crisis meeting…

I’ll bet they have. Global Warmism is a Big business on its own, as well as a key justification for Big Government. They all gotta protect their funding and profits.

More here:

Arctic ice in August, 2013 much larger than 2012

Capricious Enforcement: A sign of the times

Back in October 2010, blogger Tigerhawk recalled what one of his Princeton classmates, who was originally from Romania, said about the nature of life under socialism:

One recurring tool of socialist tyranny is the capricious enforcement of unworkable laws.

He quoted the passage in making a point about the “capricious enforcement” which was an inevitable feature of the unworkable mess better known as Obamacare.

But two and a half years later, it’s evident that observation could just as easily have been applied to our byzantine tax code, our environmental regulations, and even laws pertaining to press freedoms under the Obama administration.  As Dan wrote earlier today, the only folks who are surprised by any of these scandals are the ones who haven’t been paying attention to what has been going with our government since January 20, 2009.

In the case of the Obama administration, though, it’s not strictly capricious enforcement, but selective enforcement, always with a partisan goal in mind.  The IRS targeting of the Tea Party and conservative organizations is appalling, but one would have to be naive not to believe, as ABC’s Trey Hardin noted today, that it wasn’t authorized by someone in the West Wing.  Hardin observed (audio at the link):

I will tell you this on the IRS front. I’ve worked in this town for over 20 years in the White House and on Capitol Hill and I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it. It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization.

And it’s not just the IRS.  Earlier today it came out that the EPA waived fees for leftist organizations and leftist journalists who requested information, but not for conservative ones:   “Conservative groups seeking information from the Environmental Protection Agency have been routinely hindered by fees normally waived for media and watchdog groups, while fees for more than 90 percent of requests from green groups were waived, according to requests reviewed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.”  Yes, this would be the same EPA that has classified carbon dioxide as a pollutant, making the mere act of exhaling potentially troublesome.

A coincidence?  I think not.  This is the same administration committed to picking winners and losers on most matters.  Hence, it should surprise no one that while oil companies are prosecuted for the deaths of eagles and other protected species, the bird-killing wind farms are naturally given a pass.   Clearly, some energy companies are more equal than others.

It’s the same with journalists.  Just a day after the AP snooping scandal broke, the administration is playing favorites again.  Jake Tapper has gained a reputation as one who can be counted on to ask tough questions of the White House with greater frequency than the reporters at most of the other lamestream news organizations.  Well, today Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection is reporting that the White House played Jake Tapper by selectively leaking one e-mail with the apparent aim of creating a diversion in the reporting about the Benghazi cover-up.  Jacobson writes: “Like I said, this entire diversion of leaking a single email out of a chain of emails to Tapper was simply meant to put critics of the administration back on their heels and to provide an excuse for White House defenders to throw around words like ‘doctored.’”

And so what else do we see today?  Well, all of a sudden the administration’s lackeys in the press such as Hilary Rosen are now out expressing their sympathy for poor Jay Carney.  I guess they’re afraid of ending up as the subject of a DOJ snooping scandal or an IRS investigation or a selective leak.