Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Today's commentary will be short and (not very) sweet, simply because Hope n' Change is feeling tired and pissed off today. And while the roots of these feelings are many, the idiocy du jour is the false flap about whether or not the dreaded sequester cuts were going to cause cancellation of the annual Whitehouse Easter Egg Roll.

But this was all just another distraction; the Easter Egg Roll was never in jeopardy and the story was floated by the Whitehouse simply to give the MSM some puff piece they could use to fill news minutes on-air while ignoring genuinely important stories.

So the networks charged after the "Easter Egg" story like a fat kid diving on a Cadbury egg, while completely ignoring the nearly unreported story that the survivors of the Benghazi terror attack are being hidden from Congress, the Press, and the American people - and for good measure, their being warned not to talk to anyone about what really went wrong in the weeks leading up to that hellishly successful terror attack. Forget the Easter Egg Roll- let's find out Obama's role, Hillary Clinton's role, and the roles of all the other incompetent liars with blood on their hands.

It's an old refrain here, but it's still important and it still burns: the mainstream media is dead in this country as far as showing even marginal interest in anything which could make this administration look bad. Which is, not coincidentally, virtually everything this administration does.

By accepting fluffy, fictitious "news" stories handed out by the administration, Whitehouse "journalists" have shown themselves to be basket cases.

Or in this case, Easter Basket cases.

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Velcro said...

I have had a similar week, for similar reasons. I am hoping for a break of some kind, somewhere, that will become the spark that sets BOs pants on fire.

Those 4 dead Americans deserve better.

TrickyRicky said...

Of all the brazen, boneheaded, and downright treasonous actions taken by the most wonderful, transparent administration evah, this disgusting episode truly will live in infamy. If the facts are ever allowed to see the light of day. If this totally forseeable and preventable debacle had taken place during ANY other administration, we would have had mass resignations and certainly impeachment proceedings. In Japan the would have been multiple hari kari episodes. Swine, disgusting lying swine. The regime and the press make me puke.

Earl Allison said...

We have no Media. What we have is the unapologetic propoganda arm of the Democratic Party. I dearly hope and pray that Obama and the Hildebeest are brought down by Benghazi, and that the collateral damage is the entire Democratic Party.

On a lighter and funnier note, my word verification was 'likenom.'

Yes, I like noms very much, thank you :)

Oooh, a Carbury Egg! Nomnomnom

John the Econ said...

You need to take your good news where you can find it. The good news? The sequester scam is not working for Obama.

Over the weekend, I couldn't believe what I saw on the MSM; a sob story about a group of grade-school kids who'd spent the last year raising money for a trip to Washington DC and the White House, only to discover upon arriving that it was closed due to the phony sequester crisis.

So John Boehner invites them over to the capitol, which is open and personally gives them a tour!

PR coup! I do hope in the background, his aides were educating those kids that what Obama spent on his single little weekend trip to play golf with Tiger Woods would have funded White House tours for at least the next generation.

The nearly unbelievable news is that it's starting to appear as though Obama is losing the PR war he started over the sequester. Even the pliant media can't keep him from looking hypocritical and silly as it becomes more and more undeniably obvious that the the sequester is a scam designed to blackmail America from demanding fiscal responsibility.

Heck, he's even lost Jon Stewart, who actually applauded Rand Paul over domestic drone attacks:

An aside: I don't know how much coverage outside of the financial world this is really getting, but over the weekend Cyprus, facing a financial collapse and seeking a bailout, openly considered confiscating as much as 10% of every depositor's bank account.

The more paranoid amongst us started asking "could the same thing happen here?" My response? It already has!!! The Fed's cheap money policy over the last decade and declared intent to continue indefinitely into the future has already sized far more than 10% of your savings, both by inflating the currency, and denying you the ability to make nearly any interest on those savings!

So, like I've said before, the government really doesn't need to seize your bank account as long as they have control over the currency, which the Cypriots do not.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Velcro- Sorry you're having a tough week. I'm dealing with some personal business and trying to do my taxes, and just have no patience with the drumbeat of nonsense out of Washington. And I'm still angry as Hell about Benghazi: the dead, the wounded, the lies, and the coverup. For the Easter Egg roll to be a "bigger" story than Benghazi sends me into a rage.

@TrickyRicky- Amen, brother. Make no mistake, the initial lies were told with the sole purpose of winning the election for Obama - and their wretched strategy worked.

@Earl Allison- I'm not a huge fan of Lindsey Graham, but he's not letting Benghazi go - and God bless him for that. I want answers and I want accountability.

And now that you mention it, I'd like some chocolate, too.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@John the Econ- I thought I was having a deja vu until I realized that your comment was somewhat repurposed from a post you made Monday. Absolutely on target, though.

As you say, Barry's PR offensive (and has one ever been MORE offensive?) seems to be showing cracks. Which isn't enough, but as you say, we need to enjoy what little victories we can find.

txGreg said...

@John the Econ, It's not an attack on bank accounts yet, but California is edging ever closer as they hit up small businesses retroactively for "tax code changes."

Liberalism isn't just a disease... it's truly evil.

Earl Allison said...


I saw that, and I wonder, if someone had the cash to fight it, how legal that stunt in CA actually is.

Basically, if I understood it correctly, CA gave small businesses a 50% tax break five years ago -- and now they want that money back.

That just CAN'T be legal -- and if it is, I'd damn well be seeing Hollywood get retroactively taxed for their decades-long tax breaks.

Lord knows, Hollywood can afford it more than most!

John the Econ said...

Yes, @txGreg, isn't that something? It wasn't even a "tax code change", but a chain-reaction cluster-f&#@ on the part of the state, which then decides to add insult to injury by assessing interest and fines to businesses that did absolutely nothing wrong. It should serve as a lesson to those who base their business plans mainly on "gifts" offered by the tax code; What the state so easily gives, it can also take away.

But you don't have to tell me about how f&#@ed up California is. The Econ family is currently at war with the Franchise Tax Board, which a decade ago decided that they were entitled to tax Mrs. Econ's income even though she never earned a dime in the state, then sent a letter saying that they weren't going to, and then proceeded to seize assets anyway.

Is it any wonder they are in trouble?

Well over 20 years ago, I was pointing out to anyone who'd listen the trend where people making 6-figures were leaving the state only to be replaced by those making 5, 4, and less figures. Nonsense like this only validates the choices made by those who left.

CenTexTim said...

It's not just the people on the ground who are 'missing in action.' Some of the key military commanders that potentially were involved have also vanished from the radar screen. (more here)

I'm not a conspiracy nut, but it does make you wonder...

CenTexTim said...

@Earl - sadly, it looks like retroactive tax increases are legal. Prior cases have been heard by the Supreme Court, which has affirmed the legislative acts.

Shades of obamacare...

Mike Porter said...

John the Econ: I think your last sentence almost says it - it won't be long until the legal population of California is comprised of those on the left and those who left. And once there, those on the left won't mind giving the state back to Mexico when they discover that they can't continue to tax those who left. Unless, of course, the feds start bailing out the blue states, which is entirely possible.

As to all of the madness we've witnessed to date, I'm convinced that the history channel depicts the devil with reasonable accuracy:

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@txGreg- Retroactive tax changes make a mockery of business planning. Although at this point, any company that is still planning to do business based in California is out of their minds.

@Earl Allison- Sadly, "legal" is a very flexible concept. Moral, ethical, logical, or fair? No.

@John the Econ- Sorry to hear about your woes with the Franchise Tax Board. Few things are worse than fighting a big, stupid, uncaring bureaucracy. Your "best case scenario" is simply getting back what was already yours - and there's no getting back the time and stress (and probably money) expended along the way.

Even Bill Maher is talking about the possibility of leaving California to avoid confiscatory taxes - although New York wouldn't be much better, and the rest of the country doesn't want him.

@CenTexTim- Everything about Benghazi stinks. Top military brass are suddenly retired or reassigned and the survivors are afraid to speak about what they know. Imagine that: the survivors of a radical Islamic terror attack are now afraid of the United States government if they dare to speak. That's effed-up on so many levels.

@CenTexTim- Again, "legal" is whatever the courts decide they want it to be. "Right" is something else entirely.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Readers- I just want to give a Hope n' Change salute to Catherine Herridge of Fox News, who is one of the very few still bravely pursuing the Benghazi story.

Grafton Cheddar said...

What I wouldn't give to see that arab with the gun turned into jello with a Hellfire missile. A fitting conclusion to his sorry existence.

Colby said...

I think the truth about what happened in Benghazi will eventually come to light in... oh about December 2016. About the same time we find proof that multitudes of so called "Americans" voted multiple times in 2008 and 2012. This will also be about the time we wake up to a dollar that is roughly the same value as the leaf, and we have to go to a hut in India to see a person who "supposedly" graduated medical school about our rampant liver cancer from drinking too much coffee.

I seriously don't see how crap weasel can continue keeping ever growing numbers of people from blabbing. Eventually, SOMEBODY with a sound reputation will squeal, right? If so, the MSM will start covering their asses like a naked boy in a prison shower... right? Please throw me a bone here.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Grafton Cheddar- I'll admit that I occasionally visit to look at aerial nightscope footage of the bad guys being kinetically rearranged.

@Colby- I think the truth will come out, but I'm less confident that a significant number of people will care. I'm not sure how much the truth matters anymore, though that's not a point I like to dwell upon because it doesn't lead to a good place.

Jim Hlavac said...

All of this will see the light of day. It has proven impossible to hide incompetence and illegality ... people talk. They write memoirs. There are cracks in the wall now, the internet is abuzz. At a certain point the coverup becomes too obvious. Even the most devout defenders eventually defect. It will be messy, as liberty is. For a constitutional crisis and impeachment are really not good for the country while it's happening, however good when it's done. We'd get Biden anyway, then have to impeach him. It will, alas, take another term or two after this one before the left's overreaching is seen for what it is. Liberty and free markets is a worldwide trend, it will happen here too. The left has all their Cadbury eggs in one basket, and they're melting.

JustaJeepGuy said...

I just wonder what it would take for the "news media"/Obama propaganda machine to grow a conscience. I wonder if it's possible for the Obama shills to feel guilt for what they've done to America. I'm fearful about the first and I seriously doubt the second. What happened to my country??

Queso Grande said...

Sadly, I destroyed your Country. I and the rest of my generation that followed the Boomers, idolizing their 'rebelling' against the 'man'. All that our parents held dear, we mocked and rejected. Only to find-in my case at least that they were right all along, that the old America was worth fighting for, and defending our traditions was necessary and good. Then we were ripe for 'post modernism' and 'deconstructionism'.
After that, there isn't a journo who has a conscience since that would require realizing an objective truth.
Witness Candy(ugh, her visage makes me want to rid my diet of sugar entirely) Crowley et al bemoaning the impact that the Steubenville will endure when all they did was RAPE that drunk, unconscious girl!!!

No, it was me and mine. And none are sorrier. I only wish it hadn't taken me until 1990 to realize my error.

@Velcro, been there. Buck up buddy. SJ keeps this place here for just this reason. You are not alone.

Emmentaler Limburger said...

@Colby: Perhaps Team Ă˜bama has taken a cue from the Clinton Whitewater playbook? I mean: dead men tell no tales. Uh - Make that: "Men dead of "totally-unsuspicious-but-incredibly-convenient natural causes." Not that I'd ever accuse someone of Clinton's (ahem) "caliber" to do such a thing as (merm um) "eliminate" a potential witness to a crime...

Seems the democrats are actually the party of no. Dr. No...

Grizzly said...

Brilliant piece SJ. Quite apropos. My dictionary gives the first meaning of the word "sequester" to be:

"to isolate or hide away (someone or something)"

As in "Obama is sequestering the Benghazi survivors and the truth."

Yes, "sequester" is Obama's favorite word.

Pete(Detroit) said...

Jim H, the order of succession (after Joe Blow and John The Boner) is SO awful that (assuming the Prezzy and VP were DQ'd at the same time) that Bohner actually looks good... I mean sh*t, #15 on the list? REALLY?!?!?

1 Vice President of the United States Joe Biden (D)
2 Speaker of the House John Boehner (R)
3 President pro tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy (D)
4 Secretary of State John Kerry (D)
5 Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew (D)
6 Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (R)
7 Attorney General Eric Holder (D)
8 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar (D)
9 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (D)
-- Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank (D)[3]
-- Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris (D)[3]
10 Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (D)
11 Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan (D)
12 Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood (R)
13 Secretary of Energy Steven Chu (D)
14 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (D)
15 Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki (I)

Pete(Detroit) said...

Yeah, no, Chuck Hagel, and Ray LaHood we will not speak of...

Velcro said...


Earl Allison said...

Queso Grande,

You know, I've been scratching my head on the entire Steubenville rape issue. Isn't this the same media that villified the Duke Lacrosse team for rape -- a rape that was made up and never actually happened?

Yet here, with video and photographic evidence, with court convictions, we have rumpswab apologists like Candy Crowley, as you state, feeling bad for the RAPISTS? Wow, that's some mighty fine propoganda, isn't it?

But remember, it's the Republicans waging the War on Women, not Liberal Media pundits like Candy Crowley who completely ignore the ACTUAL rape victim.


The Media never HAD a conscience to lose, or ultimately to find. They overall have too much invested in Obama's agenda to really turn on him. IF they turn, it will be on the man, not the agenda itself. And really, if the deaths of Americans on 9/11/12, the hundreds dead in Mexico due to Holder, and an economy in freefall aren't getting attention, I can't imagine how bad it would have to get for anyone to say anything.

Woodward, a HERO to the Left, spoke out against President Zero Dark Squirty, and got pummeled for it! Woodward!

No, what needs to happen is that we need to play by the Alinsky playbook. Isolate and destroy (figuratively) some high-profile media types, and show that they are not invulnerable, nor are they revered.

Candy Crowley would probably be a great start. From her putting her thumb on the scale, as it were, during the debate, to her blatantly anti-woman and pro-rape comments in regards to Steubenville, she should be very publicly attacked and humiliated, just as she and others have done to Repubs over and over. Hammer away at her until she won't even show her face on television, make an object lesson of her, make her (and by extension the rest of the Media/Propoganda Arm of the Dems) live by the same rules they hold their opponents to.

It's ugly, but it needs to happen, and sooner rather than later. The Media is the reason we are where we are. They give free publicity to the Leftists every day, in what is covered, what is not covered, etc.

War on Women? I'd say Crowley fired a rather sizable shot across the bow of the USS Women, so to speak. Let's make her own it, shall we?

Thanks for posting!

American Cowboy said...

I wonder what the penalty will be when one of the survivors, IF in fact they were allowed to live, tells the truth? Do I think that someone in this regime would actually stoop to killing American citizens without any reason other than to protect the higher-ups? Well they already have intentionally tried to make the pain of a miniscule reduction in future spending as painful to American citizens as possible, by cutting current programs and turning loose level 1 criminals on the unsuspecting public. IF even one person is murdered as a result the blood will be ultimately on "The Ones" hands. So what is just a little more? The one source of comfort is that NO dictator, fuhrer, El Presidente, or human leader of any government has lived forever. Age catches them all. And when the inevitable happens they are just as impotent as the dust they return to.

John the Econ said...

Thank you @Earl Allison for this morning's pre-sunrise blinding flash of clarity.

Mrs. Econ and I just happened to have CNN on when Candy Crowley uttered her insipid comment. Like so many of her liberal media cohort, Candy Crowley is ethically retarded. This is a perfect example of how the real "war on women" is being conducted by the left.

The Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine said it best: "There seems to be an unbelievable casualness about rape and about sex. It's a caviler attitude. A belief that somehow there isn't anything wrong with all of this".

And why should these basically-feral young men think there was anything wrong with what they did? The pop culture promulgated by the mainstream media certainly fosters that attitude. I'll also bet anything that these thugs consumed no small amount of pornography which certainly endorses this nihilistic attitude towards sex and women.

This was clearly demonstrated by the completely amoral exchanges that took place on social media between those involved, those who witnessed, and those who knew about the rape.

Talk about war on women, even the victim's female peers are taking shots at her! The "war on women" actually being conducted by women!

And being budding young football stars, they certainly see the thuggish behavior perpetrated by their professional heroes with minimal consequence. They are literally coddled through school, and get to live to a different social, academic, and moral standard. Everybody knows that the teams that employ Micheal Vick, Ben Roethlisberger and their ilk also employ a staff of people solely devoted to cleaning up after their collateral damage. The message is clear: As long as dogs aren't hurt, you can pretty much get away with whatever you want. And even if you do get busted, the lawyers will get you out of it and as long as you can still play, the fans will eventually forgive you. You'll still get to make money and keep your stuff.

To be continued...

John the Econ said...


So what is the difference between this and the Duke Lacrosse case?

Earl, I think this is all just another example of how liberalism is the lazy ideology, where one responds based entirely by how one feels as opposed to applying critical thought to the issue.

Where the mindless liberal falls on these issues isn't about what actually happened, but is about how they feel about who was involved. The alleged perpetrators in the Duke Lacrosse case were perceived as mainly affluent white males from an elite university who victimized a poor black girl. Slam dunk. Before the alleged rape they were already guilty just for existing as privileged white males at an elite school while the alleged victim was already a victim of society as merely being a black woman marginalized by slavish-capitalism to work as a dancer. Even if the two parties had never met, liberals would have already "felt" that the rich white guys needed to pay for the poor black woman's plight in life.

Class envy combined with implied racism versus marginalized victim means the liberal favors with the victim.

In Steubenville, it's a lesser-affluent blue-collar environment and one of the perpetrators is black.

And the victim? Since she's a juvenile and we never hear her name or get to see her face, liberals weren't given the opportunity to be confronted by any emotions about her. They simply can't have any sympathy for her since she's completely abstract to them. In the end, she's just anonymous collateral damage for the cause.

So sympathy for middle-lower class plus subconsciously already considering one of the perpetrators as a "victim of society" versus the faceless victim means the liberal favors with the perpetrators.

You can apply the above concept to where lazy liberals fall on practically any issue today. Heck, we have a whole presidency based upon it!

Bacon said...

In response to some of the comments about California changing the rules and wanting their tax breaks back, That type of behavior is one of the major reasons I closed my business in Cali and moved to TN. I became so SICK of dealing with that state I had to get out, or I was going to explode. California lost an employer, and 9 jobs when I left. Some of the guys I had to lay off still don't have steady work. The state is imploding and they just don't get it.

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@Jim Hlavac- I don't believe that lies can be hidden forever, but as I've stated above, what happens when a majority of the people don't care about those lies as long as they keep getting their "stuff" from a corrupt government? The political winds may change, but until the people change I'm not hopeful.

@JustaJeepGuy- I sometimes wonder the same thing when I'm watching attractive, wealthy, highly-educated people on television lying their asses off for Obama. Do they have no sense of shame or guilt? They can't believe what they're saying, but believe they're serving a greater good by steering the sheeple to the shears. I hate them.

@Queso Grande- Good comment and all too true. Not about you specifically, but about the national mindset that has taken this country to such an unfortunate place. Moral relativism has made right and wrong into archaic concepts and we're paying the price.

For those who don't know, Candy Crowley expressed sadness that two young men with promising futures are having their lives derailed by going to jail. And all they did was rape a teenaged girl who was rendered unconscious by alcohol and possibly drugs.

What's the mindset here? That if we all would just pay for birth control and abortion for kids that rape should no longer be a crime? Should the government match the distribution of birth control pills for women with free Rohypnol for guys to slip into drinks?

I'm actually sorry I wrote that. Some Dems will probably now float the idea.

@Emmentaler Limburger- The Benghazi survivors would do well to never gather in a single jet, bus, or target site. Just sayin'...

@Grizzly- Good catch on the proper use of the word "sequestration" and how it's really being applied.

@Pete(Detroit)- I have to admit that there were more laughs in Schindler's List than your list of presidential succession. Holy crap.

@Earl Allison- Looking at the whole "War on Women" campaign (and a good speech from CPAC), one can almost understand Candy Crowley's position by realizing that in the eyes of liberal democrats, women aren't people - they're simply vaginas. Their primary purpose is for sex (not to be confused with reproduction) - and just like the left wants those blessed with money to spread their wealth, they want those blessed with vaginas to spread their legs (whether conscious or not, and at any age) - with the taxpayer cleaning up any ancillary damage.

I don't know if Candy Crowley can be beaten over the head for such a concept...but I hope people will try.

John the Econ said...

@Bacon, don't worry too much. California has already replaced you. Even though your replacement will be far less likely to create any wealth for the state, they will almost certainly be voting Democrat. That's all that counts.

@Stilton, if we learned anything by watching the protesting gender feminists last summer, it's that women are just dancing vaginas:

(I challenge anyone to watch the video in the above link without laughing out loud at these morons)

If that's the identity that they choose to promote, why should be we surprised when our young men treat them as little more than that?

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

@American Cowboy- I'm not going to start worrying too much about death squads going after the survivors. I'm sure there are other ways to assure silence - perhaps as simple as reminding them that they've probably taken oaths of secrecy which, if broken, could lead to jail time.

That being said, do I think that Obama would draw the line at having someone killed for his political benefit? No.

@John the Econ- As is frequently the case, I'm just going to agree with you right down the line. Very, very well expressed.

And your analysis of this case versus the Duke Lacrosse fiasco is exactly right. I wish this was published where more people would see it!

@Bacon- Why would anyone stay in California to do business? The trend of business owners like you leaving the state is clear - and yet California seems unwilling to change. Maybe they think they're "too big to fail," but I'd personally like to see the state fail and receive no bailout. The rest of the country needs the object lesson.