And par for the course, of course:
- A brief history of slimy Dem snoops and dumpster divers.
- Barack “The Silencer” Obama’s Gangland Assault on Free Speech.
- Obama’s war on watchdogs and whistleblowers.
- Obama’s campaign bully brigade rides again.
- Bully boys: A brief history of White House thuggery.
Update (DP): Fox News now says three staffers — two reporters and a producer — were targeted by Obama’s Justice Department.
Weasel Zippers: “You know it’s bad when the left is defending Fox News.”
Related: At the Big Journalism link above:
…The thing you have to keep in mind here is that if Kim and Rosen did what the Obama administration says they did — it is something that happens almost every day between reporters and their sources. It is called everyday journalism; and the Obama administration is attempting to criminalize everyday journalism.
If sources are not leaking information to journalists, what is the alternative? Well, the only alternative is that the media write what the government tells them to write.
Here is Rosen’s article in question.
Obama DOJ formally accuses journalist in leak case of committing crimes. Yet another serious escalation of the Obama administration’s attacks on press freedoms emerges
It is now well known that the Obama justice department has prosecuted more government leakers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all prior administrations combined – in fact, double the number of all such prior prosecutions. But as last week’s controversy over the DOJ’s pursuit of the phone records of AP reporters illustrated, this obsessive fixation in defense of secrecy also targets, and severely damages, journalists specifically and the newsgathering process in general.
New revelations emerged yesterday in the Washington Post that are perhaps the most extreme yet when it comes to the DOJ’s attacks on press freedoms. It involves the prosecution of State Department adviser Stephen Kim, a naturalized citizen from South Korea who was indicted in 2009 for allegedly telling Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent, James Rosen, that US intelligence believed North Korea would respond to additional UN sanctions with more nuclear tests – something Rosen then reported. Kim did not obtain unauthorized access to classified information, nor steal documents, nor sell secrets, nor pass them to an enemy of the US. Instead, the DOJ alleges that he merely communicated this innocuous information to a journalist – something done every day in Washington – and, for that, this arms expert and long-time government employee faces more than a decade in prison for “espionage”…
…It is virtually impossible at this point to overstate the threat posed by the Obama DOJ to press freedoms…
Written by the very liberal Brit Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian. Read the whole thing.
ABC and CBS Ignore Obama Administration Investigating FNC’s James Rosen
More Targeting? CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson: “There’s Definitely been an Intrusion into my Computer System” – Audio
No Bush warrant for e-mail correspondence of NYTimes reporters
But don’t worry, this guy’s covered:
While Rosen Is Pursued, Gregory’s Gun Violation Gets a Pass
If there is one lesson I have learned over my decade and a half at Judicial Watch, it is this: you must never overestimate the hypocrisy of the Left–especially in covering for their own…
Update: ‘First they came for Fox News…’
…In her column, [Kirsten] Powers notes how most of the media shrugged when the Obama administration attacked Fox News in the past. But their silence then means they are at the mercy of the administration now…
US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse From Rhode Island Provides Erroneous Information To American Public in Global Warming Rant
Just The Facts
Watts Up With That?
First, I’m sure I speak for everyone at WUWT when I say that our hearts go out to all the families in Oklahoma affected by the weather tragedy there today.
In the video [at WUWT] US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse states that:
“When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover. And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn’t just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas.”
Read more: Daily Caller
If Senator Sheldon Whitehouse did more reading and less ranting, he might know that Continental US Temperature Lower Troposphere (TLT) – 1979 to Present;
is currently below average…
The article continues, with video, with Watts Up With That?
Also at the site, Stunning ignorance on display from Senator Barbara Boxer over Oklahoma tornado outbreak
…[Boxer] also plugged her own bill, cosponsored with Sen. Bernie Sanders that would put a tax on carbon. “Carbon could cost us the planet,” she said. “The least we could do is put a little charge on it so people move to clean energy.”…
…Tell us, what could any tax, law, edict, or protest have done to stop yesterday’s tornado outbreak? And what makes this one somehow different from the F5 Oklahoma city tornado of 1999 that also hit the city of Moore?…
The article continues (with video and graphics at full size) at Watts Up With That?
Related: USA Today, 10th May 2013: Tornado activity hits 60-year low
The USA in the past 12 months has seen the fewest number of tornadoes since at least 1954, and the death tolls from the dangerous storms have dropped dramatically since 2011.
Just two years after a ferocious series of tornado outbreaks killed hundreds of Americans, the USA so far this year is enjoying one of the calmest years on record for twisters. Through Thursday, tornadoes have killed only three Americans in 2013; by the end of May 2011, 543 Americans had died.
The seven people killed from May 2012 to April 2013 is the fewest in a 12-month period since five people died in September 1899-August 1900, according to Harold Brooks, research meteorologist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla…
Articles H/T Climate Depotwhere Marc Morano has dozens of related links.
But Obama’s been throwing billions at “green energy” projects! Economic insanity: Obama spends $11 million to create each ‘green’ job
Groundhog Day: Obama proposes $2 billion fund for ‘clean energy’ research
Update: Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Exploits Oklahoma Tornado
…he actually accused Oklahomans of bringing the tragedy on themselves by refusing to pretend that tornadoes are caused by insufficient federal regulation.
Meanwhile, at least 24 people are dead in Oklahoma. They were not killed by global warming, since there hasn’t been any for 16 years now.
There truly is no lower life form than a left-wing politician.
Read the whole thing!
Tolerant, caring liberals think OK deserves this:
“Daily Show” co-creator on Twitter: “This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives.”
— Lizz Winstead @lizzwinstead
Update 2: leftist shitboxes who once upon a time politicized a hurricane rush to politicize a tornado
Here’s my response to Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who took the occasion of the OK tornadoes to launch a political broadside against the GOP and those who don’t buy into the politically-concocted notion that human exhalation…
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse And Lizz Winstead Refuse To Let A Crisis Go To Waste
It’s an open question of whether Obama has anything in common even with the Black middle class. But the idea that he has anything in common with the underclass is a cynical joke…
…Obama’s pretense that he had a common experience with the kid on the streets is willfully dishonest. He didn’t.
“The brothers who have been left behind – who haven’t had the same opportunities we have – they need to hear from us. We’ve got to be in the barbershops with them, at church with them, spending time and energy and presence helping pull them up, exposing them to new opportunities, and supporting their dreams,” Obama said.
A quick look at the unemployment rate for Brothers will show how well Obama has done that. What has Obama actually done about that? Every now and then he gives a speech in which he pretends that his time goofing around doing drugs gives him some understanding of the “brothers”.
“Whatever success I achieved, whatever positions of leadership I’ve held, have depended less on Ivy League degrees or SAT scores or GPAs, and have instead been due to that sense of empathy and connection – the special obligation I felt, as a black man like you, to help those who needed it most; people who didn’t have the opportunities that I had, because but for the grace of God, I might be in their shoes,” Obama said.
It’s highly unlike that Obama, the son of privilege on his mother’s side, and of a foreign diplomat on his father’s side, whose stepfather was a colonel in Indonesia, would ever be in their shoes…
Read the entire article at FrontPage Magazine.
Related: Obama exhorts good deeds by Morehouse graduates
Obama delivers intensely personal commencement speech at historically black Morehouse College
The Ulsterman is unimpressed.
The Washington Examiner
A story in the Washington Post yesterday about the Internal Revenue Service’s Cincinnati office, which does most of the agency’s nonprofit auditing, clearly contradicted earlier reports that the agency’s targeting of Tea Party groups was the result of rogue agents.
The Post story anonymously quoted a staffer in Cincinnati as saying they only operate on directives from headquarters:
…“We’re not political,’’ said one determinations staffer in khakis as he left work late Tuesday afternoon. “We people on the local level are doing what we are supposed to do. . . . That’s why there are so many people here who are flustered. Everything comes from the top. We don’t have any authority to make those decisions without someone signing off on them. There has to be a directive.”…
Read the complete article at The Washington Examiner.
Related: The Liberal Union Behind the IRS Obama, IG Report refuse to touch powerful Treasury Employees Union headed by ex-IRS agent.
At Pat Dollard, Busted? Obama working with the IRS the whole time? In 2010 the Koch brothers asked the WH how in the hell it got its [sic] tax returns.
…Holden claims that the revelation of tax information could have been improper, depending on how the information was obtained by the White House:
“I’m not accusing any one of any illegal conduct. But it’s my understanding that under federal law, tax information, is confidential and it’s not to be disclosed or obtained by individuals except under limited circumstances. … I don’t know what [the senior administration official] was referring to. I’m not sure what he’s saying. I’m not sure what information he has. But if he got this information–confidential tax information–under the internal revenue code … if he obtained it in a way that was inappropriate, that would be unlawful. But I don’t know that that’s the case.”
Holden says that to his knowledge the tax status of Koch Industries has not been previously reported in the press…
Soros Gave $6.1 Million to Groups Linked to Pressure on IRS to Target Conservative Nonprofits
As IRS efforts targeting politically-conservative groups gained momentum, George Soros-funded liberal groups repeatedly called on the IRS to investigate conservative nonprofit organizations.
While the first reported instances of extra IRS scrutiny for conservative groups began in Cincinnati in March of 2010, the attacks began to pick up steam on a national level soon after Soros-funded groups began firing off letters to the IRS in October of that year – following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling…
…The Soros-funded Center for Public Integrity ($2,716,328) published a “study” on 501(c)(4) groups, on October 31, which drew heavily from, and referenced, the CLC and Democracy 21. The Center for Public Integrity has strong media connections and boasts an advisory board that includes Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News, and Michele Norris, an NPR host, as well as a board of directors with such prominent names as Huffington Post CEO Arianna Huffington, Steve Kroft of CBS News’s “60 Minutes” and Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist)…
Uppdate: IRS as Weapon: History Repeats
The news is electric with stories of Obama’s IRS targeting Tea Party and conservative groups, and his harassment of news organizations. This is nothing new and did not begin with Richard Nixon.
The 1930s saw the country in the grips of an economic collapse the likes of which it had never seen. With millions of Americans out of work and starving, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his Democratically-controlled Congress began an unprecedented expansion of federal power, determined not to let – as was said years later – “a crisis go to waste.” And FDR used federal power to secure his own.
The great legacy of Roosevelt’s Progressive policies is that they condemned America to repeat its evils under Republican and Democratic administrations, magnifying in malevolence at every appearance…
Riehl World News
Peter Ingemi asks: Is this the first Post American Administration? Well, if nothing else, can we settle on first post-Constitutional at this point?
The president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press on Sunday called the government’s secret seizure of two months of reporters’ phone records “unconstitutional” and said the news cooperative had not ruled out legal action against the Justice Department…
The article continues at RiehlWorldView.
Flippant Obama: Not ‘distracted by chasing every fleeting issue’
As Americans begin to wake up to the massive cover-up that took place in the aftermath of the attack in Benghazi and struggle to grasp the extreme abuse of power by the IRS, the president said in a speech Friday that he will not be “distracted by chasing every fleeting issue.”
In the face of these still emerging scandals, President Obama suddenly wants to talk about the economy.
While speaking at a factory in Baltimore, displaying the “galling political hubris” that former Gov. Sarah Palin spoke of in a scathing Facebook post Thursday, Obama tried to pivot to jobs and the economy.
While “others may get distracted by chasing every fleeting issue that passes by,” he said, “the middle class will always be my number one focus, period.”
Does this mean that Obama views the IRS terrorizing citizens because of their political views as a “fleeting issue?” Even as it emerges that his administration was aware of this well before November’s election and sat on the information?
Or that he sees misleading the country on what really took place in Benghazi to protect his political fortunes as a “fleeting issue?” We report, you decide.
Watch the video at BizPac Review.
Update: What the Obama Scandals Reveal About Progressive Ideology. Why it’s no accident that soft despotism emerged on the Left’s watch.
Update 2: Judge Jeanine Pirro RIPS the Obama administration in another fantastic monologue [video]