Friday, June 28, 2013

NFL Slayers: Gangstas For Obamacare

According to reports from CBS News, the National Football Felons League is experiencing a bit of a crime wave.

Twenty-seven players have been arrested just since the Super Bowl on February 3, 2013.  Oh, and over the last few days two slayers are now facing murder charges.  New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd while Cleveland Browns rookie Ausar Walcott was charged with attempted murder for allegedly punching a man in the head outside a club in New Jersey.

A massive PR push is underway by The Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the NFL to pimp Obamacare using their thugs and gangstas to sell this monstrosity because the government is hell-bent to get Americans to sign up for something they can neither afford nor want.  And let’s not forget, even Congress is trying to exempt itself from its own Obamacare rules and exorbitant expenses.



Monday, June 24, 2013

Empty Chair Seeks Empty Chair

A plane took off from Moscow Monday headed for Cuba, but the seat booked by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was empty, and there was no sign of him elsewhere on board.

Please pardon my unbridled chuckling.  After all, you can’t make this stuff up.

The Hand Of Beijing And The Finger Of Putin

The blustering blowhard, Chuck Schumer (D-NY) appeared with Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union and was he angry.

He blasted China’s leadership for the decision made by Hong Kong which allowed Edward Snowden to flee to Moscow on Sunday, June 23, 2013.  Snowden faces espionage charges from the United States for leaking top secret government surveillance programs.

Schumer said, “I have a feeling the hand of Beijing was involved here.  What’s infuriating here is…Putin of Russia aiding and abetting Snowden’s escape. The bottom line is very simple.  Allies are supposed to treat each other in decent ways, and Putin always seems almost eager to put a finger in the eye of the United States.”

Allies Chuck?  Since when has Russia been an ally of America?  God, this man is remarkably ignorant.  He was first elected to the Senate in 1998.  He is not a member of the Foreign Relations Committee nor the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  Membership in either committee might qualify him to make statements about allies.  Instead, he sits on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Finance, Judiciary, and Rules and Administration committees.

Perhaps Mr. Schumer, after 15 years in the Senate, has become addled.  Russia is not a NATO member.  It is merely a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace.  In fact, Mr. Schumer apparently has forgotten when Former Secretary of State, “Cankles” Clinton, embarrassed our country by presenting a “gift” to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.  That gift was an emergency stop button, better known as an “E-stop”.  It’s cost:  $117.81.

Besides being chintzy, the “gift” bore an incorrect translation, one that implied hostility rather than peacemaking.  The button had two words (Reset and Peregruzka) emblazoned on it via the use of a label maker and Lavrov called her out on it.  It wasn’t a good move by a bunch of useful idiots when you’re trying to improve relations with a notorious Cold War enemy.

Snowden arrived in Hong Kong on June 10, 2013.  On Monday, June 17th he conducted a live Web chat.  What I find interesting is that CIA director John Brennan paid an unannounced visit to Moscow on Wednesday June 19th according to sources at Interfax.
“CIA Director John Brennan paid an unannounced visit to Moscow on Wednesday and Thursday, sources told Interfax on Friday.”
“Russian Foreign Intelligence Service declined to confirm or deny that Brennan had been to Moscow, but senior Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov told reporters in mid-May that ‘a contact with the director of CIA is being planned.’"
“According to U.S. media, Brennan was on a visit to Romania on Tuesday, and the following day an Interfax reporter saw an impressive motorcade consisting of vehicles with U.S. Embassy license numbers at Moscow's Vnukovo 2 airport.”
Coinkydinky?  I. Think. Not.



Saturday, June 22, 2013

Obama’s Contras

I have not, until now, weighed in on the civil war raging in Syria.  On Thursday, June 13, 2013 the president announced a major shift in U.S. policy that would see America begin arming the Syrian rebels. The dilemma inherent with this decision is that the arms will likely wind up in the hands of radical Islamist elements savage beasts within the Syrian rebels’ camp.

With Susan Rice as the newly appointed National Security Advisor and Samantha Power awaiting Senate confirmation, it is abundantly clear, at least to this observer, that these two Obama loyalists want a more robust involvement in the region.

Surely, we can look to her 2003 essay at New Republic for The Insufferable Airhorn’s apology tour following his inauguration in 2009.  It was that essay in which she appealed to U.S. officials to institute “a doctrine of the mea culpa” publicly apologizing for past “sins” and undertaking “a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States.”

The “Interventionista”, as she was referred to on the magazine cover of The National Interest, successfully goaded Obama to send military forces into Libya to stop Khaddafy from butchering his people.  We all know how that worked out.  Just ask Ambassador Christopher Stevens, the two Navy Seals and the information management officer who were never rescued when the consulate in Benghazi came under attack.  Oh wait.  You can’t.  They’re dead.  They were abandoned to die at the hands of barbarians.  But I digress.

Secretary of State Kerry wanted an immediate no-fly zone established to stop Bashar al-Assad from continuing to use his air power to crush rebel forces and kill innocent civilians.  Let me interject my utter disgust for this fake war hero who threw away as many as nine of his combat medals to protest the war in Vietnam.  So any military strategy he suggests should be dismissed out of hand.

Supporters of a no-fly zone in Syria, like John McLame and Miss Lindsey Graham, point to the one that NATO established in 2011 in Libya.  It’s important to note that little appetite has been shown by European nations for getting directly involved in Syria because of one very simple fact—Assad’s forces command an air defense system made far more robust with Russian-bought weapons than what Khaddafy had.

Last month, Russia acknowledged it had agreed to sell Syria advanced S-300 air-defense missiles, which are considered to be the cutting edge in aircraft interception technology and could make a no-fly zone very costly.

I’m not a military tactician, but some facts to consider are that Syria is 71,398 square miles in size; roughly the size of the state of Washington, shares 600 miles of border with Turkey and it has 16 air bases.  They are located at Damascus International Airport, Deir Zzor Air Base, Dumayr Air Base. Hama Air Base, Jirah Air Base, Khalkhalah, Marj As Sultan, Marj Ruhayyil, Minakh, Qabr as Sitt, Rasin el Aboud, Saigal. Shayrat, Tabqa, Taftanaz and Tiyas. 

The decade-long no-fly zones, Operation Northern and Southern Watch, imposed by the U.S. over Iraq cost about $1.3 billion dollars a year.  With our national debt at $16,879,124,703,927 as of 4:06AM EDT on 6/22/13 we, as a nation cannot afford to pump money into an open war across an ancient sectarian faultline that has been in existence since the schism in Islam surfaced some 1,400 years ago.

The Syrian army and its security apparatus remain loyal, al-Assad’s cabinet has suffered few defections, and the key population centers of Damascus and Aleppo have not joined the rebellion according to Itamar Rabinovich, a former ambassador of Israel to the United States and a Brookings Institute Fellow.

The latest Gallup Poll results from June 15-16 reveal that 54% of Americans disapprove of this administration’s decision to direct the CIA to send direct military aid to the Syrian rebels while 37% approve.

Reports out of Aleppo seem to clearly indicate that Assad’s regime has inserted spies behind rebel lines.  This would explain a disturbing video that purports to be a rebel group in Syria testing a nerve agent intended to be used against civilians.

The video pans across a room where massive quantities of industrial-sized packages of Tekkim® potassium permanganate, potassium nitrate and potassium chlorate are stored on shelves and countertops.  Tekkim is a Turkish company.  If you have a weak stomach, you might consider not watching it.  It is not a particularly slick production, but I regard it as something the regime may have produced.  The voices are haunting and the visage of the test results is sickening.  The website, My Peta Jawa, finds it to be too convenient.  I couldn’t agree more.

At the conclusion of the G8 Summit, Vladimir Putin warned that the opposition forces include criminals that he likened to the animals who beheaded and hacked to death Ian Rigby in the streets of Woolwich, England last month.  He asked, “Do the Europeans want to provide such people with weapons?”

Just ask Nadia Umm Fuad who watched her son being shot by Islamist rebels in Syria after the 14-year-old referred to the Prophet Mohammed as he joked with a customer at his coffee stall in Aleppo.  “I saw rebels execute my boy for no more than a joke.”

Let the fool gape and shudder at the inhumane beasts of radical Islam.  It is a cancer on the world body.

Syria is a geopolitical nightmare.  Islam is not a religion.  It is a way of life.  It is savage and has been so since its inception fourteen centuries ago. The question then is when will Islam tire of its devotees slaughtering each other? Historically the answer may be never.

For that reason and that reason alone, America should not insert itself in the unrest in Syria.  It cannot end well.  We have expended enough blood and treasure for the ingrates of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr. Jefferson Visits The White House


I understand, my dear sir, that you recently gave a very confused speech to university students upon their graduation.

You seemed quite fretful at the time.  Perhaps it was because you felt the winds of change rustling against your brow.  You lamented, nay, chillingly suggested to these impressionable young men and women that they had grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that you felt was at the root of all the problems of this great republic.

You sir, went on to say that those same voices would warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner.

I thought I should pay you a visit in an attempt to school you on the subject of tyranny; something about which, I am intimately familiar.

Need I remind you sir that the arduous work of the Founding Fathers to resist tyranny established the brave, creative and unique experiment in self-rule to which you referred?

I further remind you that King George III had established tyranny over our thirteen original colonies and it was his tyranny that helped us to forge The Declaration of Independence.

After our struggle to gain independence from The Crown, I along with the other patriots, worked to the point of exhaustion to create The Constitution, a document for which I perceive you have great disdain.

Indeed sir, I tremble at your vanity. My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.  You have accepted the kingly crown placed upon your head by sycophants and flatterers.

Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

You sir, are not king of the world.  I listed twenty-seven abuses that King George directed at our colonies for the sole purpose of creating a tyrannical government.  You are following his path and the tyranny of which you spoke is well on its way.

Fate is fickle.  Soon you will learn that the citizenry much prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?

It is a happy truth that man is capable of self-government, and only rendered otherwise by the moral degradation designedly superinduced on him by the wicked acts of his tyrant.

Your humble servant,

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Berlin Sun Melts The Insufferable Airhorn

President John F. Kennedy spoke to the frightened people of West Berlin on June 26, 1963.  The crowd of 450,000 heard his pledge of solidarity when he uttered the iconic phrase, “Ich bin ein Berliner.”

On July 29, 2008, candidate Obama spoke to an estimated 200,000 Germans.  On June 19, 2013, an estimated 4,500 (one one-hundredth the size of Kennedy’s) witnessed The Insufferable Airhorn being hampered by teleprompters that were on the fritz and a baking Berlin sun.

Average highs are normally in the 70s in Germany's capital city in June, but they were in the 90s as Obama delivered his speech.

MSNBC host and charter member of the Unicorn Tribe blamed the evil yellow eye in the sky for ruining his speech.
“I think a lot of the problem he had today was the late afternoon sun in Berlin ruined his use of the teleprompter and so his usual dramatic windup was ruined,” Matthews said immediately after the speech. “I think he was really struggling with the text there.” 
“Speaking behind a glass bulletproof shield, Obama appeared to be using the text of the speech rather than reading off of Teleprompters.”
Chuck Todd, groupthink press poodle and another member of the Unicorn Tribe, grasped at straws to explain why the sweat-drenched, bumbling errand boy sent by grocery clerks gave such a poor performance to such a small crowd.
“…you had that very distracting glass and you could just see that the President himself wasn't feeding off of the crowd. And I think look, part of it, it was hot. Those folks were out there for two and a half hours...it can sap your energy a little bit. And I just wonder if that added a little bit to this.”
Tomorrow all the folks at MSNBC, CNN, ABC and NBC will squeal and squawk that the Insufferable Airhorn’s snowflake specialness was clearly absent in Berlin but the Germans, like the snail, have finally made it onto the ark.

Ralf Fücks, head of the board of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, diagnosed today this way:  “Germans have undergone a brutal sobering up with regard to Mr. Obama.  It is as overdone as the euphoria of 2008, but also a bit alarming.”


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Barry Does Berlin

The Insufferable Airhorn wraps up his G8 Summit with a bilateral meeting with French President Francois Hollande today, boards Air Force One around 1:30PM Eastern and arrives in Berlin around 2:25PM.

On Wednesday he’ll get the opportunity he was denied as a presidential candidate in 2008 to give a speech at Berlin’s most famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate.

Germany’s Deutche Welle notes that, “when he came to the German capital five years ago, Barack Obama was given a regal reception. But as he heads back to Berlin for the first time as US president, he'll find that ‘Obamania’ is a thing of the past.”

Constanze Stelzenmueller, a transatlantic relations expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Berlin confesses that, "He's become somewhat demystified."

Germans who viewed him as the great hope of world politics in 2008 are markedly disappointed that his regime hasn’t changed U.S foreign and security policies.

Revelations about the scale of the U.S. National Security Agency’s Internet surveillance program Prism have caused great angst in Germany, where data privacy is seen as an important aspect of personal freedom—so much so that even Google Street View has raised hackles.

Past comparisons overshadow the Insufferable Airhorn’s Berlin visit.  Fifty years ago this month, John F. Kennedy wowed a large crowd with the morale-boosting words “Ich bin ein Berliner.” In 1987, President Reagan stood with the gate behind him and demanded that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev "tear down this wall."

With his favorability tanking back home, the errand boy sent by grocery clerks is seeking to stroke his ego with his mostly symbolic visit to Berlin.  He’s hoping that he can show the sheeple that he is still liked abroad.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Insufferable Airhorn And Ba-Donk-A-Donk Butt’s Excellent Adventure

The First Lady, according to British and Irish press reports, will quarter in the $3,300-a-night Princess Grace Suite of Dublin’s Five-Star Shelbourne Hotel along with her entourage of 30 and secret service for the family.

Air Force Two was flown to Europe along with Air Force One because the president and the rest of the family will be separated.  This we can blame on Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron who announced in late February that he was declaring the G8 Summit “WAG-free” to ensure that leaders remain “focused” on issues without the distraction of having their wives and girlfriends in tow.

“The White House is billing Michelle’s trip to Dublin as having diplomatic significance, but her itinerary suggests otherwise. She and her daughters will visit the Trinity College library to explore President Obama’s Irish family roots, attend a performance by the world-famous Riverdance troupe, and visit the Wicklow Mountains national forest.”

After visiting Dublin, Ba-Donk-A-Donk Butt and her daughters will join the Insufferable Airhorn in Berlin for the second leg of his European trip.
“I am the leader of the free world, the deity of demagoguery, the remarkably absent president, the emperor with no clothes and my messianic status does not allow me to descend to a lower level.”—Barack Obama
A note from our attorneys: This is not a real quote

CNN Cheerleaders Devastated; Snowballing Scandals Begin To Manifest Themselves

We learned today that a CNN poll is showing that the errand boy sent by grocery clerks cannot be trusted.  He’s dishonest, untrustworthy, a liar.

57% of those polled disagree with his views on the size and power of the federal government and 53% say he cannot manage the government effectively.  No shit, Dick Tracy.

This poll, coming from the same people that have habitually showed better presidential approval numbers than any other pollster, reveals that this remarkably absent president is at his lowest rating in more than a year-and-a-half.
The CNN/ORC International survey released Monday morning comes as the White House has been reacting to controversies over a massive U.S. government surveillance program; the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status; the administration's handling of last September's attack in Benghazi that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead; and the Justice Department's secret collection of journalists' phone records as part of a government investigation into classified leaks.
The poll indicates that for the first time in Obama’s presidency, half of the public says they don't believe he is honest and trustworthy. And Americans are split on the controversial National Security Agency anti-terrorism program to record metadata on U.S. phone calls, but they support the NSA program that targets records of Internet usage by people in other countries. That doesn't mean they necessarily like what is going on: Just over six in 10 believe that government is so large and powerful that it threatens the rights and freedoms of ordinary Americans.
Gee, I hope this news doesn’t hurt his chances for reelection.  I kid.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Woodsterman Channels Sally Field

I have to say when I announced the winners of the 2013 Paul Revere Awards I never dreamed that one winner in particular would be so appreciative.  He’s acting like he won the Publishers Clearing House contest.

He’s over at his site displaying photographs of the awards ceremony replete with celebrities offering their congratulations.  It’s like its Christmas in June over there.

The NSA crept over to Odie’s humble abode, bugged the joint and set up some surveillance cameras.

Odie had already rolled up the carpet, installed an Academy Awards-like stage with spotlights, took a bath, brushed his teeth, raked through his beard and even put on a tuxedo.

I think he’s almost proud enough to channel Sally Field.  If the NSA is still recording the celebration, they just might catch him saying, “You like me, you really like me.”

Calm down hon.  Yes, we do like you.

And then there’s this demonstration of astonishment—Earl of Taint went and changed his website banner citing that he was now the “Award Winning Earl of Taint” and even included his “hunk of InnerWeb Candy.” 

He wrote in his blog post, “There you go. The award is 100% authentic. Meaning it was obviously sent to me by mistake because I clearly don’t belong in this elite group of people that write things, with words, in a linear fashion, consistently. I’m deeply honored regardless. And I’m not giving it back.  I cannot live without it.”

All the winners have written to me in emails or in the comment section expressing their appreciation for the recognition of their hard work, but these two guys take the cake.

I’m proud of all the winners.  Next year, the winners will get a big bag of personalized M&Ms to go with the trophy.

Right Jabs For June 16, 2013

Politics is not a playground, it’s a battlefield.  Here are a few links from conservative bloggers who are waging a war of words against the misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism of the mainstream media bobble-head dolls and groupthink poodles of the press corps.

But first, this little tale (pun most certainly intended):

The strapping young Marxist and his shrill spouse will be trekking to sub-Saharan Africa later this month.  They are due to travel to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

Originally, their plans included a Tanzanian safari to drink in the beauty of that fascinating travel destination where they could view the splendor of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, relax on the beaches of the islands of Zanzibar, Mafia or Pemba and tour The Serengeti National Park known for its unbelievable density of animals.

That density of animals would have required the president’s special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds “that could neutralize (or what we poor folks like to call killing) cheetahs, lions and other vicious predators if they became a threat according to a leaked document.

But, alas, the safari has been canceled.

Gun grabbers are pissed finding hypocrisy in the president’s “short-lived plan to rely on armed men for protection from wildlife, using the same kind of weapons his administration wants banned from public use to protect against human predators.”

“Mr. Obama shouldn’t need special counter-assault teams to neutralize threats,” Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb said.  “He’s got the IRS for that doesn’t he?”

And now, on to other news from the dextrosphere:

And thus, the bozo leviathan blunders on. Big Politically Correct Brother sees everything…and nothing.

… be patient.  The White House powers-that-be have a plan, and they will implement that plan on their schedule. 



The left provides tyranny with the social motive to come into being, but in the long run the left is only the midwife of tyranny. Its ideology and activists dismantle democracies and burgeoning democracies and replace them with tyrannies.
 

If Sarah Palin had become president…

The disbelief you once had that a society could willingly stroll to a totalitarian condition?  You’re watching it happen.

It’s almost like it was designed to fail or something.

It is a great irony, and history will marvel at it, that the president most committed to expanding the centrality, power, prerogatives and controls of the federal government is also the president who, through lack of care, arrogance, and an absence of any sense of prudential political boundaries, has done the most in our time to damage trust in government.

Benghazi had death under terrifying circumstances, the IRS scandal had the most feared federal agency on the rampage against innocent citizens, the Justice Department scandal had reporters targeted for doing their jobs. But it is the NSA scandal that has provided the context for all the others, that has brought them together as a bleak and brooding menace threatening American life as it has always been lived.


Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and a special thanks to all my readers.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Announcing The 2013 Paul Revere Awards

Last Sunday, BC the proprietor of I’m 41, presented the winner of the 2013 Coolest SOB in the Conservative Blogosphere Award.  Many excellent sites were listed as nominees for the award and those who walked away with top honors certainly are deserving of the recognition.

BC was honoring the late Andrew Breitbart when he envisioned the awards and wanted to call attention to bloggers that espoused “class, common courtesy, etiquette, selflessness and a genuine respect for the efforts of other conservative bloggers—no matter how minimum.”

I was disappointed that so many of the bloggers I know didn’t fare well in the voting process.  The sites listed below in alphabetical order are being presented the First Annual Paul Revere Award sponsored by Political Clown Parade.
 

I chose Paul Revere as the icon for the award because he was an American patriot who’s legendary “Midnight Ride” to warn the colonists of Massachusetts before the historic battles at Lexington and Concord played a vital role in America’s struggle to gain independence from Britain.

Paul Revere was not born to wealth—he was an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life. Revere was a patriot, a businessman, an involved citizen, and a popular and well-respected member of his community.

An obituary in the Boston Intelligence commented, "Seldom has the tomb closed upon a life so honorable and useful."

These bloggers are but a few of the brave and resolute men and women who hold down jobs and raise their families while standing guard over liberty. They don’t have big advertising on their sites nor do they have a bevy of contributing writers.  They pore over information and bring their opinions to their readers in order to inform and warn.

They have the keen zest of the citizen whose patriotism is of the lusty type that causes them to take an active part in politics.  They add humor and common sense.  They deserve to be recognized.

I will be contacting each winner via email to provide them with a personalized badge which they can place on their website if they so chose.

Thank you to each of them for all that they do and may God bless them.

UPDATE:  Two of my favorite bloggers who were never nominated but are tops on my list are Adrienne’s Corner and Zilla of the Resistance.  They are receiving the Paul Revere Award as well.  Thank you both.

Linked by Doug Ross

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sit Quietly And We Will Control All That You See And Hear

When I was just a kid there was a TV show I loved to watch.  That show was The Outer Limits.

Each episode would open with a “Control Voice” warning the viewer, “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image; make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to—The Outer Limits.”

Throughout history, compassionate minds have pondered the dark and disturbing question:  what is society to do with those members who are a threat to society, those malcontents and misfits whose behavior undermines and destroys the foundations of civilization? Different epochs have found different solutions to this disturbing problem.

Peggy Noonan, in her Op-Ed for The Wall Street Journal writes, “The security age began on Sept. 12, 2001. The enormity of the surveillance state since has grown. Americans, in the shock after 9/11, didn’t mind enhanced security, and in fact were mostly grateful for it and supportive of it. But built into that support, and the acceptance of the surveillance mentality’s intrusions, was I suspect, a broadly held assumption that we’ll just do it now, and down the road we can stop it. It’s just an emergency thing. We can make it go away when we no longer want it. But can we? Do government programs tend to remain static, or wither? Or do they tend to grow?”

The web is ablaze with debates about government surveillance of ordinary citizens.  The focus is on the Fourth Amendment and the FISA courts, the NSA and the recently revealed Code Name PRISM.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution reads, The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Back to The Outer Limits.  One episode, O.B.I.T., opens with this narrative:

“In this room, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, security personnel at the Defense Department's Cypress Hills Research Center keep constant watch on its scientists through O.B.I.T., a mysterious electronic device whose very existence was carefully kept from the public at large. And so it would have remained but for the facts you are about to witness…”

The Outer Limits was a science fiction anthology created in 1963.  Science fiction then.  Now, not so much.

There is another electronic device with which we became familiar.  The “telescreen” in George Orwell’s 1984 enables “the Party” to monitor its members almost all of the time. In Orwell’s dystopian novel, technology (the telescreen and microphones) are generally perceived as working toward moral good but can also aid and abet the most diabolical evil.

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,” is the first line in 1984.

WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

These are the official slogans of “the Party” and are referred to as “doublethink”.  They are illogical but are central to the psychological control of the masses—the low information voter, if you will.

If the government’s constant propaganda induces fear and doubt then its citizens will accept anything.  A common enemy keeps the people united.  The man who is independent is doomed to fail and the man who accepts the collective is free from want and danger.  The powerlessness of the people to recognize the contradictions bolsters the power of the authoritarian regime. Every citizen lives to serve the nurturing mother state.

Keith Koffler at White House Dossier opines, “President Obama and his fully politicized White House have shown their contempt for the Constitution, the rule of law, the other branches of government and the watchdog institutions of our society time and time again.”

“Laws are meant to be circumvented. The Supreme Court is to be vilified for making the ‘wrong’ decisions. The press is to be bullied and intimidated. Opponents in Congress are cynical, politically motivated extremists who want to oppress Americans they don’t like.”

In the dark and brooding video below, a totalitarian propaganda world is ruled from above.  A young girl witnesses the fate of a tortured worker and the murder of her protesting mother.  The girl rises up and confronts the dehumanized regime occupying her Motherland.

She can be all it takes to spark off a revolution…




Monday, June 3, 2013

Old McBama’s Farm Of Scandals

On Friday, May 31, 2013 Sen. Rand Paul brought the funny while he outlined his vision for the growth of the Republican Party to a sold-out crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

Moments after taking the podium, he began drilling the Obama Administration over the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny last year.

“You know, I hardly know where to start. It’s kind of like Old MacDonald’s farm of scandals,” said Paul. “Here a scandal, there a scandal, everywhere a scandal.”

(My apologies to artist Grant Wood for parodying his 1930 American Gothic painting.  I simply couldn’t resist.)

Photoshop™ Of The Day: Insufferable Airhorn


Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Art Of Deceit And The Paid Liar


There was an interesting exchange between House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and CNN’s R2DoubleD2 today on the cable new channel’s “State of the Union” program.

Issa’s bluntness was uplifting.  The scandal surrounding the IRS’s decision to target Tea Party groups was, he believes, “mostly likely the employees in the Cincinnati IRS offices were acting on orders from Washington, DC.

Issa said, “The administration is still—their paid liar, their spokesperson, picture behind, he’s still making up things about what happen[ed] and calling this local rogue.” [Emphasis mine.]

“The reason that Lois Lerner tried to take the Fifth [Amendment] is not because there’s a rogue in Cincinnati,” he added. “It’s because this is a problem that was coordinated. in all likelihood, right out of Washington headquarters.”

On May 21, Carney said: “I think that the tenor of the president’s public comments about it, both in his statement Tuesday night and his public comments the next day reflect his feelings upon learning about the apparent conduct by our IRS officials in Cincinnati.” A day earlier, Carney discussed “matters involving the office in Cincinnati” in an exchange about when the White House learned of the episode.

IRS officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved with investigating conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. So, the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati, where IRS official Lois Lerner initially said actions were undertaken by “front-line people.”

An IRS employee was asked if the scandal could be the work of a few local rogue agents. "It's impossible," the employee said. "As an agent we are controlled by many, many people. We have to submit many, many reports. So the chance of two agents being rogue and doing things like that could never happen."

The interrogator then asked: "With respect to the particular scrutiny that was given to Tea Party applications, those directions emanated from Washington, is that right?"

"I believe so," the IRS employee said.




2013 Coolest SOB In The Conservative Blogosphere Contest

Everybody likes a little good, clean fun right?  BC, at I’m 41, has launched the second annual Coolest SOB in the Conservative Blogosphere Contest.

The contest is so named out of a reverence for the late Andrew Breitbart.  Breitbart, to whom BC had sent an email tip, replied thanking him for the tip and BC was impressed that he had taken time from his busy day to respond to “a nobody blogger.”

BC contends that Andrew was not the only blogger out there that excels in all-around coolness, class, common courtesy, etiquette, selflessness, and genuine respect for the efforts of other conservative bloggers.

This year, your humble scribe has been nominated as “The Coolest SOB in the Conservative Blogosphere.”

I’m still giddy over my award from Zilla and by the 2012 PUK Award sponsored by IOwnTheWorld.  I hope that my readers and their friends will help Political Clown Parade rake in another award.

Voting began today and runs through Saturday June 8th.  Vote often for your favorite SOB.  There are some awesome blogs vying for the title of The Coolest SOB.

Thanks in advance for your support and best of luck to all the nominees.

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