With serious and demonstrable charges of administration wrongdoing popping up every day, conservatives are rightfully angry at the desultory treatment they get from the media. At Just One Minute, the poster known as "daddy" summarizes that feeling well: Worth mentioning how the NY Times and the WaPo and Andrea Mitchell and ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN etc, were all so interested in Sarah Palin´s Emails, that they recruited volunteers across the nation to help them pore thru them. Yet when Lisa Jackson specifically uses false email aliases like "Richard Windsor" (unethically and probably illegally) to conduct Government business, and Sebelius today is discovered
Lots of interesting points as per usual. Love how she suggests our side ´leak´ that Palin was seen entering the IRS to talk to Lerner about targeting tea parties, and that Palin was with Obama during Benghazi...all so the media might show interest in the two areas of concern since only Palin or Bush can get them to follow a trail. Mrs Clarice reminded us of the scads of people who flew to Alaska to find dirt on Palin and not one reporter has questioned where Obama was during Benghazi. She also raises the the idea that the release of the snooping program is to derail the major corruption probes.
Don´t forget that one of the tactics for overthrowing a government is to foster mistrust of said gov´t. I don´t think that the originators of the idea were thinking that the government was looking to overthrow itself but if you are looking to "fundamentally change" the type of government then maybe overthrowing yourself is a valid tactic. Just a thought.
Our system of government is a good one. But individual administrations can abuse the system. Alinsky, of whom Obie and Hill are disciples, was big on tearing down all institutions - including the system of government - and rebuilding from scratch. We just need a change of administration.
Much has been made over the NSA spying programs starting under Bush and being perfectly ´legal´. The fact that Bush and the Courts have sanctioned this should not make anyone feel better about it. This is huge and scary.
In re #7, I´m originally from the north side and raised during the Mayor Richard M. Daly dynasty. My dad, WW II vet and a union guy from the IBEW did not have any kind words for the mayor. That´s funny, with Denver as home now, I have the same problem not only with the governor Hickenloooper, but with Denver Mayor Hancock. The political culture here stinks and has come down to Chicago´s levels. Scandals here in Denver? You betcha. As only one example of many, google, "Denver Players Denver Sugar", which never even made it to the Denver media and the local TV reporter who covered it on her own was fired from her job and forbidden to talk about it afterwards.
Leave it to the inimitable Clarice Feldman to do the heavy lifting when a straightforward explanation is needed to make clear an overly complicated hornets’ nest of government chicanery headed by a stone-cold socialist or worse.
I especially appreciate Clarice’s references to Sarah Palin. Despite all the derision in recent years heaped upon the words “Death Panels,” they’re now front and center in our discourse and exceedingly appropriate. Aren’t they, Barack?
Clarice is starting to read like Mark Steyn in spots, which is a good thing. That aside, she did a great job here on this substantive piece.
...various reputable conservative reporters including John Podhoretz, James Taranto, and Andrew McCarthy have asserted there is no scandal in this and it does not involve wiretapping of all of our communications, although most sensible commentators do or, I think, would, concede the administration´s credibility is so low at this point, it is not paranoia to question the possible misuse of this program by Obama and his appointees.
Well, that´s exactly right. By their own behavior, the Administration has crushed whatever trust we had, which wasn´t much to begin with. It isn´t paranoia when people really are out to get you, and every scandal so far has been about our government being out to get conservatives.
I think we sometimes take to lightly the fatal nature of bias in the press. Biased reporting is akin to irrational mathematics. Bias yields reporting just as worthless as lack of rigorous rationality yields mathematics meaningless. The tiniest bit of bias immediately and fatally turns reporting into cheap propaganda. The reporter, having breached trust with the reader with his bias, is reduced to a blathering hack.
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#7, for many years I´ve advocated kicking northern Illinois out of the Union. It is so corrupt and evil it shouldn´t be allowed to exist except as it´s own little banana republic. It could be called "Northern Haiti."
Yes, it´s all true and the LSM could care less. They never will until they´re owned by people like Rupert Murdoch. We can complain about their bias and inattention until the bovines return to chez bovine. If we want to actually solve the problem we´ll have to take them over and put the blighters on notice that it is their job to uncover the truth, wherever the chips may fall. Those who are obviously biased and inattentive can seek other employment.
It seems that the good Clarice is suggesting that the administration is "leaking" these new scandals to take away our attention on the real scandals(Fast & Furious, IRS, Bengahzi, ect.). That´s an old trick that the CIA has used for decades. Get attention on the left hand while the right hand is doing something else. It just doesn´t seem credible to have so much happening at the same time. It has to be to draw attention away to the real problems they face.
It is troubling that Clarice joins McCarthy and others downplaying the NSA ´scandal´. They cling to the idea that the programs have been put into place to defeat evil and support good, without acknowledging that there are those who call good evil and evil good and that they may well have assumed the reigns of power.
This matters to the few of us who actually exercise critical thinking. But let´s face it, we are in the vast minority. The dirty secret is that none of this matters because the lo-fo´s don´t care and/or cannot understand. The dems have succeeded - they have so dumbed-down the population and coerced them with "free stuff" that they are now programmed to go to the polls on Election Day (ideally multiple times) and vote that straight Dem ticket. It matters not that most of these people are so stupid that they cannot even be counted on to vote properly, through absentee ballots, dem "poll watchers" and other means, their vote will always be consistently D. We need to go to Plan B.
Finally got to #18 to find an L-dotter who thinks about the latest scandal the way I do. No American should ever shrug and so "oh well" when they find the givernment has been spying on them relentlessly and storing every bit of information about them as they go about their daily life. It is incredibly alarming. I´d rather have freedom and privacy, than safety.
I can´t help but feel that this is leading to some big crescendo this week.
Lastly, I feel that Benghazi is the worst scandal since 4 Americans tragically died, but do you think the elite ruling class is every going to let the truth be known? Not if they can prevent it, and not if it would deter Shillary from being our next potus. Even though the last is a big ptooey to me.
My point as always is about the commie/fascist tendencies of the American left. They implement gazillion complicated laws sole purpose of them is to being able to make guilty all of us, but they will prosecute only the ones they hate (yes, hate, lefties hate sane, sensible people). Tea Party groups vs Black panthers and acorn are the examples. It will get only worse, and we instinctively know it. Imo, the only cure is the conservative mainstream media exposing the shady dealings of the leftists.
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