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Obama’s Abusive Staff
Commentary, by Peter Wehner

Original Article

Posted By:pineledger, 3/1/2013 3:58:18 PM

There’s been a lot of attention to the battle between the White House and Bob Woodward, but this article by National Journal’s Ron Fournier, on the toxic relationship he has with some high-ranking White House sources, is also worth reading. Last week Fournier sent out a tweet that angered the White House.(Snip)The official angered by my Woodward tweet sent me an indignant e-mail. “What’s next, a Nazi analogy?” the official wrote, chastising me for spreading “bull**** like that” I was not offended by the note, mild in comparison to past exchanges with this official.

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"You will regret staking out that claim" seems to be the WH´s standard put-down to reporters that show a spine.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: grambo, 3/1/2013 4:14:44 PM     (No. 9203368)

Don´t look for honor in that den of thieves.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Coy860, 3/1/2013 4:36:13 PM     (No. 9203395)

What do you expect from a crowd of 4th graders?
Obama can´t afford to have anyone in the room smarter than himself.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 3/1/2013 4:45:01 PM     (No. 9203422)

I´m sure it all started as self abuse.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pinons, 3/1/2013 6:35:20 PM     (No. 9203589)

Chicago thuggery.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 3/1/2013 6:36:22 PM     (No. 9203591)

They abuse people at the behest of Obama, so he can pretend he has done nothing wrong. You can get away with doing a lot of dirty things when you have psychophants who are willing to take the blame.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 3/1/2013 6:40:22 PM     (No. 9203595)

"sycophants" not "psychophants", although the latter may be a Freudian slip of the fingers.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: raspberry, 3/2/2013 7:26:48 AM     (No. 9204141)

I like "psychophants."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: udanja99, 3/2/2013 7:36:04 AM     (No. 9204157)

The staffers are just parroting the boss. Isn´t that the way it works in departments and companies - the boss sets the tone?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/2/2013 7:44:19 AM     (No. 9204168)

My favorite is ´sniveling sycophants´, or perhaps ´snivelers sycophants´.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: uno, 3/2/2013 7:58:05 AM     (No. 9204184)

Try to imagine what goes on in all the off-the-record back-channel conversations that occur every day with the fair-haired boys in the knee-pad media. Just try!
Wouldn´t that be a real eye-opener!
Someday...maybe...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: JAN, 3/2/2013 8:11:18 AM     (No. 9204212)

Yup #4....chicago thuggery

writ large

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Reply 12 - Posted by: eoddad, 3/2/2013 8:11:45 AM     (No. 9204214)

A levy once broke in the city of New Orleans and decimated the city called Katrina. Maybe Obama finally has a levy problem.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: strike3, 3/2/2013 8:13:09 AM     (No. 9204219)

"We Won." Somehow, the entire bunch of goons lost the concept that they work for us.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Jebediah, 3/2/2013 8:17:09 AM     (No. 9204227)

And yet you should see how the "cast" of "Morning Joe" has characterized all of the above: just normal give and take, says the lovely Mica, squinting, once again, to mimic thought. And Heilman and the other Obama sycophants nod sagely-----they forego the Mica squint as they OSTENSIBLY have less to prove re: I.Q.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: knarfski, 3/2/2013 8:18:59 AM     (No. 9204233)

Maybe the grandchildren of the worst offenders will one day discover how granddaddy attacked the concept of free speech.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: pineledger, 3/2/2013 8:19:22 AM     (No. 9204235)

Back at the dawn of time when I took an undergraduate elective titled "Journalism," there was talk of such a thing as "journalistic ethics" revolving around such concepts as honesty, responsibility, fairness, and personal integrity.

Obviously an antediluvian concept. With such moral dwarfs penning our daily news and holding forth on the tube, is it any wonder that the Dwarf King himself can lord it over them?



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Reply 17 - Posted by: jglas, 3/2/2013 8:21:04 AM     (No. 9204239)

´Psychophants´ says it all.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: LAW428, 3/2/2013 8:27:30 AM     (No. 9204253)

It all flows downhill from the petulant child at the top.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Newtsche, 3/2/2013 8:27:40 AM     (No. 9204254)

It would appear the knee-pad press isn´t a unilateral phenomenon, it´s a motley crew -- ideological scheming connivers, those looking out for number one, herds of sheep, the running scared and the simply stupid. Any and all are easy pickings for the White House fascists...so far.



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Reply 20 - Posted by: controlfreak, 3/2/2013 8:32:15 AM     (No. 9204259)

If ´psychophants´ is not a word, it should be. Lostinmassachusetts has made my day.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 3/2/2013 8:38:13 AM     (No. 9204270)

Of course, psychophants is a word. I think it became popular because of the MSM. You know, the proselyphants.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 3/2/2013 8:40:09 AM     (No. 9204277)

Ahhh...a Mussolini redux. Well, anything that insults, angers, lessens the esteem of the media, gladdens my heart.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Ivehadit, 3/2/2013 8:45:29 AM     (No. 9204291)

Yes, Ron, you have seen something like it. History is writ large with it. Common, common, common.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 3/2/2013 8:47:05 AM     (No. 9204296)

Now comfortably ensconced in his second term, a time about which he said he will be more “flexible,” Obama is able to hide from responsibilities and tough decisions even more than before. Perhaps the most telling earmark (if you’ll excuse the expression) of the childlike way he confronts things is his now famous history of voting “Present” rather than facing problems head-on. Were it not for his staff of sycophants and the lapdog media members who allegedly cover him, it’s unlikely he’d be able to get away with such pre-adolescent behavior. Skirting & shirking seems to be his modus operandi for dealing with the things and stuff that reach his desk. But, why stop there? He’s also proven to be a master at evading, averting, avoiding, eluding, escaping, sidestepping, forestalling and circumventing issues which deserve his attention but he finds much too onerous to deal with. Better to hop aboard AF1, candidate-style, and head somewhere an adoring crowd awaits a speech from him.

Four years of on-the-job-training just don’t seem to have accomplished much, have they?


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Reply 25 - Posted by: bob913, 3/2/2013 8:51:35 AM     (No. 9204302)

“What’s next, a Nazi analogy?”

Here´s one:
George Soros who is one of obama´s puppeteers was and is a Nazi sympathizer. He by his own admission on 60 minutes stated he turned in over 150 people to the Nazi´s just so he could sell their belongings. They of course were murdered.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: krause, 3/2/2013 8:52:26 AM     (No. 9204303)

All you have to do is imagine the type of person that would want to work for this administration, given Obama´s background and acquaintances. It´s not pretty.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: LZK, 3/2/2013 9:08:27 AM     (No. 9204325)

It´s a "turf" war......with these people....

They feel entitled to be the "running class" -- and by God no one is stepping in their way....

I think the bamster calls it "bullying" in his directive to the American school system....

LZK

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Reply 28 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 3/2/2013 9:13:24 AM     (No. 9204333)

Ah, come on, you guys - Barry only does what President Jarrett tells him to do. Those scars on his scalp are from the implant into his brain whereby President Jarrett communicates with him wirelessly.

I expect she has set the tone for all WH staffers to be bulldogs with anyone who dares to question Zippy. I´ll bet she sends out a morning briefing every day, and they get badges (like the boy scouts get) for every toxic remark they make to journalists who get "out of line".


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Reply 29 - Posted by: tnorling, 3/2/2013 9:26:06 AM     (No. 9204354)

These WH staffers sound like they were hired off the "Comments" pages of Salon. They share the same traits of being angry, abusive, profane, ideologically rigid, immature, vindictive, and controlling, among others.

This is the typical lefty attitude, if you aren´t with them, you are agin´ ´em, and deserve everything that comes at you.

Also, as we all know, the tone is set at the top.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 3/2/2013 9:32:51 AM     (No. 9204363)

´“This can’t be what Obama wants,” Fournier writes.´
I recall that people in the old USSR who were in Siberia in the Gulags or in prisons expressed this same sentiment about Uncle Joe. That the outrages were being done by underlings and that all would be corrected if only their plight could be brought to Stalin´s attention.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/2/2013 9:42:55 AM     (No. 9204381)

To make it even more disgusting #25, Soros is a Jew who collabarated with the Nazis. To this day, he still sees nothing wrong with what he did during WWII.

I am stealing psychophants. Rush probably will too.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Dragonslayer2, 3/2/2013 9:57:04 AM     (No. 9204408)

Some terribly witty stuff coming down the pike this morning. Keep it up.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 3/2/2013 9:59:23 AM     (No. 9204413)

"What’s next, a Nazi analogy?”

Another Alinsky tactic being used right there.

I´d have responded "No need for analogy when a direct comparison is appropriate."



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Reply 34 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 3/2/2013 10:04:10 AM     (No. 9204425)

Is anyone here really surprised by all this? Come on, these are people trained and indoctrinated by the likes of Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and their cohort of gangsta wannabes, who indeed are the sort of people Obama thinks make good staff.

My only question is, why do conservative columnists like Fournier (and politicians) keep chanting the ritual mantra: "Obama is a nice guy" when anyone who isn´t a brainwashed lefty or paralytically drunk can see he is a nasty, vindictive, egomaniacal piece of work who surrounds himself with mini-mes?

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Reply 35 - Posted by: stryker714, 3/2/2013 10:05:29 AM     (No. 9204429)

On some other blogs the lefties are spinning the Woodward incident as mischaracterized and nothing threatening about it, even claiming Eric Boling/Fox redacted any interpretation of threats. Oh sure.

The Woodward incident shows a glimpse into why so many illicit deeds of the administration go unreported. Many of the "salon journalists" must be brainwashed and think there is a promised land somewhere down the pike while the rest are too cowed to actually be a journalist.

Remember the "how dare you daggers" in Nancy botoxlousy´s eyes when Joe Wilson correctly shouted, "you lie!"? The assessment above is correct: disagree and you automatically become an enemy.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Happy Trails, 3/2/2013 10:11:05 AM     (No. 9204437)

Does anyone think they might have an opportunity to do something patriotic, down the road, about these criminals? Do you imagine how this might end?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 3/2/2013 10:13:54 AM     (No. 9204447)

This is sounding like children running to mommy about the bully, which is fine for children to do, but not so much for adults. Okay, we all understand BHO and crew are not playing by the rules, they are cheating, and otherwise not acting as they are suppose to. So come out swinging, biting, clawing, and kicking. He cheated in the election to win. So what? Who didn´t know that that was exactly what he was going to do. What steps did we take to counter it? Did we expect mommy to spank him and give us the election? He lies. Same thing. We are electing cowards and then complain that they don´t fight back. Because of our failure from the start (McCain) to deal with this guy we are stuck with him. If we want it to change then we need to fight back. We are going to get blamed anyhow; as with the sequester, but we got the cuts. If we are right then who cares about the blame - we are going to get it anyhow. Boehner has the purse strings. Use them. BHO can´t get away with what he is doing without cooperation. Don´t cooperate. Have him submit a list for appropriations. Abusive staff? Only if you let him. The other edge of the access sword is outlet. The Pubs need to figure out how to deal with this now, not wait for the election; and crying about it is not the answer.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: fed-up, 3/2/2013 10:29:21 AM     (No. 9204471)

Well said #37... about time to take the abuse from the press for doing something if you are gonna be blamed anyway! And say it everytime you are aked about it. It never hurts to DO the right thing.. in the end.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 3/2/2013 10:34:18 AM     (No. 9204480)

This is classic ´use ´em and lose ´em´, stabbing in the back the ones who have your back, biting the hand that feeds you, etc. Eventually the worm turns and bites back. Now
that´s something I long to see. How long would this bunch of ´abusers´ last if the press actually did their job?

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Reply 40 - Posted by: 4LadyK, 3/2/2013 10:38:41 AM     (No. 9204492)

Ok Ldotters, listen up: do you have a fb or twitter account?
Get one. Start posting these and all other lucianne articles.
We need to flood the Internet/media/friends/family with this information.
Obama is at war with us: time to fight back instead of just complaining about it.
Contact your congressperson on a weekly basis. Sign petitions, attend rallies.
Again: Obama/progressives/democrats/liberals are at war with us! They are ahead of us & fighting dirty.
Time to expose them via Internet/social media.
Overwhelm them as we did in 2010. It CAN be done.
Let the rallying cry be: "I am a Founder!"


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Reply 41 - Posted by: 4LadyK, 3/2/2013 10:42:00 AM     (No. 9204496)

Also be sure to comment on all articles at the source-(USA today, wapo, etc.), not just here. Here, we´re preaching to the choir.
Also "like" other like-minded-comments at the source.


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Reply 42 - Posted by: Arby, 3/2/2013 10:44:00 AM     (No. 9204501)

No surprises here.

They lie, cheat and steal and take great umbrage at the fact that people are noticing.

The Fauxbama WH is simply the embodiment of down-and-dirty Chicago politics. This is how the city that works, works.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 3/2/2013 10:46:40 AM     (No. 9204513)

“What’s next, a Nazi analogy?”

Well, if the jackboot fits ... .

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Reply 44 - Posted by: fire_mission, 3/2/2013 10:57:14 AM     (No. 9204533)

This makes me happier than Christopher Columbus with speed boats.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 3/2/2013 11:01:47 AM     (No. 9204543)

Surprise! Its the communists and Goebbles way ,nothing new.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: iamtinman, 3/2/2013 11:19:34 AM     (No. 9204565)

When Obama was elected those who have studied recent history knew that he and his staff would use "Chicago style" tactics to get his way. This should be no surprise. The surprise is that the media is finally getting tired of being brutalized by these creeps. Maybe if more than Bob Woodward and Lanny Davis would open up the rest would start reporting instead of mouthing the White House talking points.


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Reply 47 - Posted by: pickle1, 3/2/2013 11:24:07 AM     (No. 9204573)

Apparently this guy doesn´t know the Clintons. They were just as bad.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: R. Edgar, 3/2/2013 12:00:21 PM     (No. 9204656)

I´m afraid the only way to really deal with this will eventually require hurling bodies from the top of the Washington Monument.

For now, I´m with what #37 says. Time to grow a pair and get in the face of these punks. And leave no doubt, they are punks. All of them.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: integrity7, 3/2/2013 12:03:18 PM     (No. 9204663)

The mantra that Obama is a nice guy is so easily fixed.

Obama PRETENDS to be a nice guy one minute, and in the next minute he´s savaging Republicans as being the meanest, stingiest people on earth just because they disagree with HIM.

That isn´t nice...

A more apt word for it would be Schizophrenic.

A perfectly descriptive word for a politician who does this is Demagogue.



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Reply 50 - Posted by: reilly, 3/2/2013 12:28:40 PM     (No. 9204717)


Busy-body know-it-all political commissars, the Soviet type which the German Army executed immediately upon capture. (Speaking of Nazis...)




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Reply 51 - Posted by: killerbee, 3/2/2013 12:55:29 PM     (No. 9204767)

Bob Woodward never claimed "you will regret staking out that claim" was a threat, but anyone who has seen The Sopranos or the Godfather knows that threats are not issued in an "I´m gonna get you!" way. They are issued in the most polite way possible. And they are issued with a smile and kindly concern: "Nice kid you´ve got there. It´d be a shame if something happened to him/her."

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Marilu, 3/2/2013 1:04:20 PM     (No. 9204785)

Right on #16. My journalism course of yesteryear also included the Who, What, When, Where, and Why questions every good reporter should ask with an emphasis on Report....certainly not how to tell people what they should think.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: flatwater, 3/2/2013 1:16:58 PM     (No. 9204793)

Obama is a malignant narcissist. He is mentally ill. Bob Woodward and others can´t seem to see that this man suffers from delusions of grandeur, is horribly thin-skinned, and can´t suffer any amount of criticism without responding with torrents of venom and abuse. Obama is a three year-old throwing a tantrum. He is a hateful, spiteful, vindictive, pathologically dishonest little man. The abuse from his staff simply reflects the mindset necessary to serve such a man.

Pray for America. We have a mental patient in the Oval Office.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 3/2/2013 1:33:23 PM     (No. 9204820)

The reason the white house gets away with this behavior is that the "high-ranking White House sources" have still not been identified by these reporters.
The responsibility of the press is to examine and expose the politicians to the people. The reporters are deluded into thinking that their talent lies in becoming friends with the administration. The friendship ends when you start demonstrating freedom of the press, and stop pushing their agenda...MORON!

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Reply 55 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 3/2/2013 1:51:54 PM     (No. 9204855)

FTA: Mr. Fournier’s experience is, I think, a good barometer of the cast of mind of the Obamacons. They are a rather thuggish, thin-skinned group who tend to view criticisms as a declaration of war. Many of them seem to view their opponents as enemies...

This perfectly describes those miscreants in the 0bama regime and their behavior is illustrative of their Supreme Leader. I would only quibble with the fact that all of them view their opponents as enemies. This is not surprising considering their reprehensible, appalling behavior during the election. It is indeed the Chicago way. What´s extremely disappointing is that this is now coming out and this skirmish didn´t happen before the election. It might have helped, or maybe not.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: lana720, 3/2/2013 1:59:13 PM     (No. 9204868)

What Fournier did was the best - he told this unnamed official that future e-mails would all be on the record - brilliant! Push it back on them and they wilt.
We have power and are unwilling to use it.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: knarfski, 3/2/2013 2:14:01 PM     (No. 9204886)

Exactly #16.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: freffy16, 3/2/2013 2:34:44 PM     (No. 9204908)

Anyone remember Rambo´s congressional shower escapades?

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Reply 59 - Posted by: veritas, 3/2/2013 3:06:40 PM     (No. 9204932)

1. "Abusive staff"? Start with Obama! But half the time, he lags ol´ Mooch by several furlongs when it comes to "abusive." Mo tells us how much we had better exercise and what we had better be eating. Then we have Obama treating AF1 [not to mention the entourage of planes and limos, etc., that few know or remember are encompassed by the term "Air Force One"] like a taxicab. And Mooch; Pelosi [when Speakeress -- don´t forget her onboard booze-bills!]; Panetta; and who knows how many others treating big, honkin´ executive-jet-outfitted Boeings like taxicabs!

2. As the specific issues have been pretty well addressed, I would also note that Fournier should never excuse the unnamed WH jerk [bully? toady? self-imagined "muscle"?] for his behavior and language. It´s not just coarse or out of place, it´s inexcusable -- unless the person who "knows better" accepts it in not objecting? Why? Hey, if [bleep] stinks, it still stinks as much and as badly even if you claim the smell doesn´t bother you.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: 4Justice, 3/2/2013 5:55:45 PM     (No. 9205120)

I too like "psychophants"!!

#40, I like the idea of using Facebook and Twitter to get the message out, but I don´t use the L.com links because there are a few people here that still say racist and bigoted things (even if they may not really mean it to be). I refuse to let the left perpetuate the myth that our side is full of bigots just because a couple of people can´t be more thoughtful about what they say. So, I will continue to link articles directly to FB. It´s a shame because this was always a wonderful forum and more people should see it.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 3/2/2013 7:21:06 PM     (No. 9205193)

Chicago.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 3/2/2013 8:44:48 PM     (No. 9205285)

They are abusing everyone else, why not the press?

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Reply 63 - Posted by: peterfleming, 3/3/2013 12:04:27 AM     (No. 9205410)

Alinsky, Jaret, his comrades. Have any of you given a thought, yeah, maybe a few
where this all comes from? Go back to NY theater late 20´s, early 30´s, read a few pages, where all this Marxist, Leninist junk got a foothold. Agitprop theatre, agitation agitate it´s all about what comrade obamsky and his cell do, practice the Party Line, you´ve heard that phrase before, create class differences, agitate do anything to create dissension and distrust. That´s the Communist way, the Party Line. Google Cleon Skousen´s list of 40 Communist things to look out..from his 1950´s book, "THE NAKED COMMUNIST". It´s a plain talking gem, he predicted correctly what´s happening now. Others did, too. Zygmond Dobbs wrote KEYNES AT HARVARD, showing how all this started back in the early 1900´s. Both written sixty years ago when Ayn Rand was warning us of Stalinist Soviet communism that she escaped. It´s all on record for those who care to look, and today Democrats are all robot socialists, and socialists are all on the direct path to the ultimate tyranny, Stalinist Soviet communist enslavement.

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Reply 64 - Posted by: grundoon, 3/3/2013 3:32:54 AM     (No. 9205480)

No 37 has it---BUT---the 900 pound gorilla in the room is the media. Until we control the dialog in the country everything we do is an uphill battle. Job one should be for a couple of rich conservatives (notice I didn´t say Republicans) buy, steal, hostile take over, whatever, at least two of ABCCBSNBCCNN and make honest news outlets out of them. For 50 years that I know of, ABCCBSNBC, the "mushroom" media (keep the public in the dark and cover them with manure) have tauted the liberal line and they have dumbed down the populace so far through their news censorship that we ended up with the likes of Zippy. It´s either buy ´em or use a Molotov cocktail on them.


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