Scoff if you like-but it’s true. A paranormal event has escaped the attention of the mainstream media. Not only is the White House haunted, we know the name of the ghost: It’s “Not Me”. It’s not like he’s unknown either! Bil Keane made him famous in the wildly popular syndicated comic strip Family Circus.
Remember in the famous strip when something at the family home went wrong and no one would take responsibility? “Did you break the lamp?” Immediately there was a choir of instant denials. But, there in the background was the little ghost called Not Me. “Who spilled the milk all over the floor?” There he was again running through the kitchen with milk clearly on his shoes. Well, clearly the little devil has moved from the comic strip to the White House!
Four Americans were savagely killed in our country’s service in Benghazi. Something went terribly wrong. We now know that months before the disaster our personnel on the ground in Libya begged for more protection and it was denied. We also know that on the night of the attack there was a desperate cry for assistance and no one came. Our government was warned on numerous occasions that an attack was very possible and yet no preparation was made for the defense of our citizens. Someone or possibly many were responsible for these terrible miscues and yet when questions are asked of basically anyone in this administration, the answer is always the same: Not Me did it!
The Secretary of State said she took “full responsibility” and yet when really pressed as to who was responsible she defiantly declared, “Not Me!” When the Press Secretary for the President was asked similar questions, he named the rascal who was responsible and sure enough it was Not Me. When the President himself was questioned, even the President admitted that the little ghost had come to live in the White House residence and told the world that Not Me was responsible.
Evidently, however, the little specter is not confined to the White House grounds but moves around the entire administration. The IRS scandal hit the news cycle like a cyclone. Conservative groups were intentionally and unconstitutionally targeted and harassed by the incredibly powerful taxing wing of our government. Daily, we are learning that it was much more widespread than we were first led to believe. Dozens had to be involved and the decision making had to rise to levels of considerable authority. Yet, when anyone at IRS is asked about the scandal, guess who actually did it? That’s right-Not Me!!…
Father, we consider Jesus’ solemn warning that “due to the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved”. We want to be diligent to make our calling and election sure so that no enemy or deceiver shall ever prevail against us, causing our hearts to harden toward that which we learn through the Scriptures. Though troubles assail us daily our hearts are not weighed down when we cast all our daily cares upon You who cares for us. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who loves us unconditionally and gave His all for us completely.
It is in His name that we pray.
On Sept. 12, 2012, Obama vowed to “bring to justice” the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. On Oct. 26, 2012, Obama said his “biggest priority” was bringing the “folks” in Libya responsible for murdering four Americans to “justice.” Tick, tock, tick, tock.
While White House press secretary Jay Carney sneers at the GOP’s “obsession” with what went wrong at the besieged Libyan consulate, Obama continues to ply his emptiest talking point. On May 13, 2013, more than eight months after the bloody disaster, Obama snippily reminded reporters that he had told us all back in September that “we would find out what happened, we would make sure that it did not happen again, and we would make sure that we held accountable those who had perpetrated this terrible crime.”
Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Justice delayed is justice denied.
A little more “obsession” from this administration with hunting down the jihadist killers would be a good thing. How about a little more anger directed at the perpetrators and a little less rage aimed at the conservative press? Nah. Team Obama seems more singularly focused on blaming its opponents, smearing whistleblowers and deriding those who are trying to hold the president to his words, words, words.
Perhaps with their newfound skepticism toward the lying liars of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the former lapdogs of the White House press corps will start asking questions like this: Where the hell is Sufyan Ben Qumu a.k.a. Abu Sufian bin Qumu?
Qumu, a suspected Libyan Islamic Fighting Group militant with ties to the financiers of the 9/11/01 attacks, was held at Guantanamo Bay for six years. The Bush administration foolishly handed him over to the Gadhafi regime on the promise that he would remain imprisoned. In 2010, Qumu was granted amnesty and released.
Contrary to the delusions of the International Gitmo Bleeding Hearts Fan Club, the supposedly poor and oppressed Qumu did not content himself with writing poetry or farming potatoes. A week after the 9/11/12 attack, the Ansar al-Sharia leader was named a possible chief plotter in the deadly terrorist assault on our consulate personnel, staff and private security contractors in Benghazi. In April, international media outlets reported widely that Qumu had survived an assassination bid.
Two weeks ago, the FBI finally got around to publicizing photos of three individuals at the Benghazi murder scene who are wanted for questioning…
So, we are to believe that it is just a coincidence that tea party groups oppose the Obama administration and for 27 months, beginning in March 2010, the Internal Revenue Service didn’t approve even one tea party application for tax-exempt status? Is it also a coincidence that during the same time period, dozens of liberal organizations involved in political advocacy practically saw their applications fast-tracked?
Do you now want to pause and consider whether I’m exaggerating? Feel free, but be advised that USA Today, no conservative rag, reported that “as applications from conservative groups sat in limbo, groups with liberal-sounding names had their applications approved in as little as nine months.”
But the IRS official responsible for granting the exemption status told reporters on a conference call that ideology was not involved. She said “progressive groups” were also selected for greater scrutiny based on their names.
But when asked to identify those groups, she demurred. “I don’t have them off the top of my head,” she said. Well, why not? Surely, she would have anticipated that such a question would be asked on the call.
IRS officials have attributed the agency’s extra scrutiny on conservative groups to a spike in their applications over the past few years, but a just-released inspector general’s report obliterates that excuse by revealing an even bigger spike in applications for tax-exempt status from labor organizations, which received no such scrutiny.
Now, with the Benghazi and Associated Press scandals raging, both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have denounced the IRS’ actions as “outrageous” and promised to hold those responsible to account. Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller has already been cashiered.
But President Obama looked more “flat-affect” than outraged and seemed to be far more distracted than engaged, let alone angry, during his news conference denouncing the agency’s actions.
The administration wants us to believe that the two IRS employees in Cincinnati responsible for this wanton political discrimination were just “rogue” agents who became “overly aggressive.”
Well, let me ask you: Do you think President Obama would consider such agents “rogue” — as opposed to, say, “exemplary” — had this scandal not been exposed?
Also, I seriously doubt that this was either isolated or accidental. I think we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg.
Cleta Mitchell, a Washington election attorney, told Newsmax that she has proof that high-ranking IRS officials in Washington were completely aware of the IRS’ effort to target conservatives in this process. She said an IRS agent in Cincinnati told her that the applications for two of her conservative clients were being processed by officials in Washington, who would also decide whether to approve or disapprove…
Experts can’t always predict exactly how public policy will affect the nation, despite our best efforts. But when it comes to immigration policy, we have tried many of the types of reforms advocated by today’s Gang of Eight—so we should consider the effects these reforms had in the past.
In the mid-’80s, many Members of Congress advocated amnesty for long-settled illegal immigrants. President Reagan considered it reasonable to adjust the status of what was then a relatively small population, and as his attorney general, I supported his decision.
The path to citizenship was not automatic. Immigrants had to pay application fees, learn to speak English, understand American civics, pass a medical exam, and register for military selective service. Those with convictions for a felony or three misdemeanors were ineligible.
This should sound familiar, as it’s quite close to the path and provisions set forth by the Gang of Eight.
Today they call it a “roadmap to citizenship.” Ronald Reagan called it “amnesty.” And he was right.
The 1986 reform did not solve our immigration problem—in fact, the population of illegal immigrants has nearly quadrupled since that “comprehensive” bill.
Why didn’t it work? Well, one reason is that everything else the 1986 bill promised—from border security to law enforcement—was to come later. It never did. Only amnesty prevailed, and that encouraged more illegal immigration.
Today, we have many of the same needs we did then. We need to work on better securing our border. We need to modernize our legal immigration system, including effective temporary worker programs. And we need strong enforcement of the laws we already have, including those that enforce immigration policies in the workplace.
The Gang of Eight is making promises now. “Border security” is a big promise. But their proposal spends money and grants amnesty without the guarantee that this promise will be kept.
We are having much the same debate and being offered much the same deal in exchange for promises largely dependent on the will of future Congresses and Presidents.
Instead, we should learn from our mistakes.
America welcomes more immigrants than any other country. As Ronald Reagan said:
In this free land a person can realize his dreams—going as far as talent and drive can carry him. In return America asks each of us to do our best, to work hard, to respect the law, to cherish human rights, and to strive for the common good. The immigrants who have so enriched America include people from every race, creed, and ethnic background. Yet all have been drawn here by shared values and a deep love of freedom. Most brought with them few material goods. But with their hearts and minds and toil they have contributed mightily to the building of this great Nation and endowed us with the riches of their achievements. Their spirit continues to nourish our own love of freedom and opportunity.
But in keeping open that door of opportunity, we also must uphold the rule of law and enhance a fair immigration process, as Reagan said, to “humanely regain control of our borders and thereby preserve the value of one of the most sacred possessions of our people: American citizenship.”
Father, we join our spirits with Your spirit so that the whole world will know that we are one in You. We unite in purpose and oneness of heart as we go into the world and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to every region and every race. A people that is divided against itself will surely fall, but a people united by a common foundation, motivated by the same purpose, will be strengthened. We look to You, as our Head, to impassion us with the desire to work together in rescuing the perishing as we trample down the forces of evil. Your redemptive love binds our hearts together in perfect unity.
Glory to the Father…
As the Bay Delta Conservation Plan comes closer and closer to becoming a reality, the NorCal interests are getting more and more opposed. The Sacramento Bee is trying their best to poo-poo the idea that sewage, ammonia, pathogen and pharmaceutical pollution from their sewage treatment plant are to blame for the Delta’s demise, and are merely being used as misguided arguments by water interests in the San Joaquin Valley to blur the issue.
We would like to point out that farmers have suffered water cutbacks purportedly for the health of the Delta since the Central Valley Project Improvement Act in the early 90′s. We have seen further flow reductions since the adoption of the biological opinions regarding the smelt and the salmon. No matter how flows have been reduced, the health of the Delta has continued to decline. It doesn’t make any difference to the Delta polluters. Delta area interests continue to support bigger and bigger cuts to water flows pumped out of the Delta. We think this is a perfect example of Einstein’s definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
We have had 20 years of reduced water exports out of the Delta and at the same time continued sewage, ammonia, pathogen and pharmaceutical dumping into the Delta from the Sacramento sewage treatment plant. How about we try giving the Central Valley the water it’s due, and cut off the sewage for 20 years? We’ll see if the Delta gets any better. It’s only fair.
The fact of the matter is that Sacramento area polluters can no longer claim the moral high ground in this argument. They were ordered in 2010 in a decision by the State Water Resources Control Board to clean up their sewage. All they have done in the past 2&1/2 years is to fight the decision in court. They have been given until 2021 to clean up the ammonia, another 10 years to 2023 in the case of pathogens and pharmaceuticals. So, how do we deal with their pollution in the meantime? They cut off our water so they can use more of it for dilution of their pollution.
The Bee cites some scientific evidence to back up their theory, but the last scientific evidence we saw said science could not prioritize Delta stressors. According to Richard Noorgard, chair of the Delta Independent Science Board, “We’re not in a position now – we may be in a position later – to say it’s these three stressors that are causing 90 percent of the problem, or one stressor causing 45 percent of the problem.” So, until the scientists figure it out, or until the pollution is cleaned up, can we please get some water?
One more thing that could be done right now: increase the limit on the not-endangered striped bass so they don’t eat as many endangered smelt and salmon. How this could be such a brain-strainer for the powers-that-be is still a mystery to us.
For more than a decade, the big farm and urban districts that have grown dependent on water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have tried to discredit scientific findings that greater Delta flows are needed to recover endangered species.
“We don’t think that these (proposed flows) do a lot of good for fish,” said Daniel J. O’Hanlon, who represents the Westlands Water District and other contractors, at an April law conference in San Francisco. “We can’t find a relation between fish abundance and flows.”
The water contractors, which include Westlands and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, have argued that restored habitat and reduced ammonia pollution would be better for smelt, salmon and other fish. In fact, they are trying to make the claim – through the Bay Delta Conservation Plan – that new habitat and other non-flow measures should be enough to allow them to divert extra water from the Delta through a pair of proposed tunnels.
It’s a convenient theory for water exporters. The only problem? Few, if any, independent scientists agree with them. Recently the Public Policy Institute of California asked 122 scientists with Delta expertise about the major stressors facing the estuary. The PPIC compared their responses with those of water exporters, Delta interests and other stakeholders.
Asked which stressors were most important in the degradation of the Delta ecosystem, 78 percent of scientists included flows in their top-two list, with 77 percent including habitat restoration. By contrast, water exporters ranked flows the least important, putting a high value on improving habitat and reducing discharges and invasive species, according to the report “Scientist and Stakeholder Views on the Delta Ecosystem.”
As the PPIC concluded, “The lack of shared understanding on Delta science is a major obstacle to effective ecosystem investments. Most engaged stakeholders consult scientific and government reports regularly, but key groups that would be affected by change often come to different conclusions than most scientists (and other stakeholder groups) on the nature of both the problem and solutions.”
As the PPIC is careful to point out, it is not just water exporters who put their own self-interested stamp on science. Delta interests put a low value on restoring parts of the Delta for new habitat, even though scientists put that in their top-two list of priorities.
Yet it is not the Delta interests who are driving the train in the Delta. Quite the opposite. For six years, the water exporters have been the force behind the hugely expensive Bay Delta Conservation Plan, arguing that little or no extra water is needed for the Delta, even though freshwater flows through the estuary have been reduced by half in most years. Meanwhile, the exporters have teamed up to finger ammonia from Sacramento’s treatment plant as a major stressor, even though most scientists see it as a lower priority to flows and habitat restoration.
This editorial board has called on Gov. Jerry Brown not to approve any tunnel or other “conveyance” project for the Delta until there is a clear understanding among all parties on how much water would be available for the ecosystem, and how much is leftover for water exports. He and his aides want to study that question while the tunnels are built.
That is unacceptable. It doesn’t mesh with sound science. It won’t pass legal muster, and if it is put to a statewide vote, there is a good chance Californians will reject it.
It’s always the “low-level” peon’s fault, isn’t it? When Democrats get caught red-handed abusing government powers and bullying their political enemies small and large, nobody at the top knows nuttin’. The buck stops…in the janitors closet or something.
Here’s what I know: While they pretend to champion privacy rights, top left-wing operatives have routinely ransacked and plundered through the private documents and personal records of conservative groups, business owners and public figures. Through it all, those on the right standing against government tyranny have refused to stand down.
During the Clinton years, senior IRS official Paul Breslan revealed that the administration’s auditors specifically targeted conservative critics. On the hit list: Judicial Watch, Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers, the National Rifle Association, National Review, The American Spectator, Freedom Alliance, National Center for Public Policy Research, Citizens Against Government Waste, Concerned Women for America, and the San Diego Chapter of Christian Coalition.
Steven Miller, one of the Clinton IRS agents who helped conduct those witch hunts in the 1990s, is currently the head of the Obama IRS department that has now admitted it discriminated against tea party groups. Jackboot history repeats itself.
In 1997, far-left Congressman Jim McDermott obtained and leaked an illegally taped phone call involving House GOP leaders to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The New York Times. Far from a low-level underling, McDermott was the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee at the time. Ohio GOP Rep. John Boehner won a $1 million civil lawsuit against McDermott. McDermott’s leak was condemned by U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan as “willful and knowing misconduct (that) rises to the level of malice in this case.”
In 2005, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — headed by New York Sen. Charles Schumer — targeted then Maryland GOP Lt. Gov. Michael Steele as he considered a U.S. Senate bid. Two of Schumer’s staffers illegally obtained Steele’s credit report by using his Social Security number, which they got from public documents. They set up a fake email account and then impersonated Steele on a website to filch his financial information.
Democrats framed the sleazy move as the work of junior staffers. But the supervising operative involved, Katie Barge, was senior research director of the DSCC, a former researcher at the George Soros-funded attack group Media Matters for America and a researcher for presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards…
This week saw the utter implosion of the Obama second term. First, a hearing for whistleblowers over the Benghazi terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2012, revealed that the White House had failed in their duty to provide security to Americans on the ground in Libya. Then, ABC News reported that the Obama administration had manipulated talking points to minimize the organized nature of the terror attacks. The Obama administration’s response: “sideshow!”
Next, the Internal Revenue Service acknowledged that during the 2012 election cycle, it gave heightened scrutiny to non-profit applicants who happened to have the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their titles. The media quickly reported that the discrimination went deeper than that: Any group that wanted smaller government, pushed Constitutional education or even wanted to improve quality-of-life found itself under the IRS microscope. Then, it turned out that the IRS hadn’t merely been targeting conservative groups — it had been targeting Jewish groups that didn’t meet the Obama administration’s foreign policy criteria of being ambivalent about the state of Israel. The Obama administration’s response: “low-level staffers!”
Finally, the DOJ admitted that for two months, it had been secretly grabbing telephone records for reporters and editors at the Associated Press. The head of the Associated Press called the action “a massive and unprecedented intrusion.” The Obama administration’s response: “shocking!”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has now morphed into Sgt. Schultz from “Hogan’s Heroes”: “I know nothing! I hear nothing! I see nothing!” As David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner aptly tweeted, “Once again, Seal Team 6 is the only agency Obama actually runs.”
This is the legacy of the Obama administration: blaming everyone else. It began with Bush. Then it became Congressional Republicans. Now it’s everybody within the Obama administration with the sole exception of the President. Michelle Obama is only moments away from being thrown under the bus should anything happen inside her “Let’s Move” program.
To call this unpresidential would be the understatement of the year. It is cowardly. Obama has spent his entire career leading from behind then jumping forward to take credit when things go right. He drafted off the Bush administration’s anti-terror policies to find and kill Osama Bin Laden, then he ran his re-election campaign on that kill as his entire foreign policy. He tried to crush small business then claimed credit for the jobs they created in spite of his policies…
Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to vote Thursday to repeal all of Obamacare. Given that the House voted to repeal the law last year, some commentators and observers have questioned the need for another repeal vote. However, the scandals coming to light over the last week perfectly make the case for why Congress must eradicate the law from the statute books.
On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service finally disclosed that it had spent years targeting tea party and other conservative groups, delaying their applications for non-profit status and giving those applications additional scrutiny — solely because of those groups’ political beliefs.
Also on Friday, The Washington Post revealed that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius personally asked health industry groups to contribute to Enroll America, a pro-Obamacare front group working to “educate” the public about the law’s supposed benefits.
While we don’t yet know all the details about these scandals, we do know that the IRS grossly abused its power at a time when Obamacare grants it massive new authority. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General has said Obamacare represents “the largest set of tax law changes in 20 years,” with at least 42 provisions adding to or amending the tax code.
Obamacare taxes most people with health insurance, and most people without health insurance. Likewise, the law taxes many employers who provide health insurance, and most employers who don’t provide health insurance.
Obamacare’s heavy reliance on the IRS seems somehow fitting, as the entire law relies on a scheme of government controls and regulations to work its will on the health care system. The law imposes price controls on insurance companies and extends a system of price controls for pharmaceutical companies. Obamacare also places a board of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at the center of its plans to control health care costs.
A 2010 Congressional Research Service report found that the number of new bureaucracies “that will ultimately be created” by Obamacare “is currently unknowable.” Little wonder that Vice President Biden boasted shortly before the law was passed, “We’re going to control the insurance companies.”
That’s what Obamacare is about. It’s not about health care. It’s about government control and power. And the record of this Administration shows its willingness to use this power in arbitrary and harmful ways.
Secretary Sebelius’s recently disclosed fundraising campaign tried to make an end-run around Congress, forcing private companies to give money for a pro-Obamacare marketing campaign that Congress itself has refused to fund.
It isn’t the first time the secretary has skirted the law, either. HHS’s infamous waivers, the majority of which went to individuals in union health plans, weren’t mentioned in Obamacare. And in recent weeks, Democrats who support the law have criticized the secretary for taking funds from other programs to fund Obamacare implementation.
Just like the IRS, HHS has also targeted the First Amendment rights of private organizations. In 2009, the department applied an infamous “gag order” on Medicare Advantage plans, ordering them not to communicate with seniors about how Obamacare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage would affect their coverage…