Tuesday, 04 June 2013

THE LIE-RS SCANDAL: A VIDEO

Ken Berwitz

How bad is the Lie-RS Scandal getting?  Watch this video of the execrable Rep. jim mcdermott lying and obfuscating to try to defend the indefensible, then Paul Ryan making him look like the pathetic left wing hack he is, and has always been.

The video is a little more than five minutes, and 1000%  worth your time:

 

It is this kind of thuggery, which appears to be Standard Operatiing Procedure for the Obama administration and its mcdermottesque sycophants, that makes me wonder whether I unknowingly crossed a border and wound up in a different country than the one I grew up in.

The Lie-RS scandal.  Getting worse by the day.

And the worst is yet to come.  Count on it.


CHRIS CHRISTIE'S NON-DILEMMA

Ken Berwitz

The network news, the New York Times, the morning shows (AKA the usual suspects) are at it again. 

This time they are trying to frame New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision on a replacement for deceased Senator Frank Lautenberg as a "dilemma" of some kind - with his "dilemma" involving whether or not to appoint a Democrat, given how favorably it would be looked upon by the Democrat Party and how it might bolster his chances to get Democrat donations and maybe even help him in a future run for national office.

They're so full of excrement their eyes are brown.

Let me lay this out for you as simply as possible.

Chris Christie, who in his younger days was pro-choice (he has referred to it as his "default position" at that time), became pro-life in 1995, claiming that hearing his yet-unborn daughter's heartbeat made him realize it was not just some glob of something or other in there, but a real human being.  Today he is strongly pro-life - to the point where he has enraged Planned Parenthood by eliminating "Family Planning" (an umbrella term which includes funding for Planned Parenthood among other groups) from his budget.

You can stop right there.  Chris Christie has no future in today's Democrat Party.  None.  Zero.  Zip.  Pro-life Democrats have as much chance of succeeding in national politics as pro-Israel hamas members have in Gaza.

And this is before we get to all the other Republican positions Christie has, which would put that many more nails in his political coffin if he pandered to Democrats.

You might then ask, "Well, how about this love affair Christie has had with Barack Obama since Hurrican Sandy hit?".  The answer is, whether you like the way he went about it or not, by canoodling with Mr. Obama -which certainly alienated some Republicans - Christie probably maximized the level of federal help New Jersey got for its ravaged shore communities (this, not incidentally, makes a persuasive argument that he put his commitment to the state ahead of partisanship). 

So let's dispense with the "dilemma" over whether he will appoint a Democrat.  He won't.

Now let's talk about which Republican it will be. 

The names I have heard (and they all make sense in their own ways) are himself (that's what West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin did), his Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, former Governor Christie Whitman, former Governor Tom Kean Sr., his close political pal and last year's unsuccessful senate candidate vs. Bob "Mendacious" Menendez, Joe Kyrillos, and Tom Kean Sr., who run unsuccessfully against Menendez in 2006.

Let's take them one by one:

-Appointing himself would not only look like the most crass self-promotion, but would almost certainly elevate Democrat candidate Barbara Buono, currently known as "Barbara Who?", as the favorite to become Governor in November.  That is political suicide.  Plus, Christie is far more an executive than a senate pontificator.  He'd be a fish out of water.

-Appointing Ms. Guadagno?  I suppose he could.  But she would be seen as nothing more than a stopgap until Democrats win the seat in an election.  What's the point?

-Christie Whitman?  Not a bad choice.  She has won two state-wide elections in New Jersey (albeit by small margins), and has demonstrated her personal independence by being critical of fellow Republicans.  However, Ms. Whitman has been out of political office for a decade (since being George Bush's EPA secretary), and there is no guarantee she would accept the appointment if it were offered.  Plus, unless Whitman committed to running for a full term in 2014, it probably would mean the seat reverts straight back to Democrats.

-Former Governor Tom Kean Sr.?  Nice guy, good Governor, but a poor choice.  He is 78 years old and has been out of politics for a long time.  He would be nothing more than a caretaker for the next Democrat winner. 

-Joe Kyrillos?  A 20 year state senator.  On the plus side, he and Governor Christie are close political allies. But on the minus side, during his losing campaign to Menendez last year, Kyrillos was only slightly less anonymous than Waldo.  He may be a very nice man (I don't know one way or the other) but, politically, outside of his home district Kyrillos is nowhere.  He reminds me of that famous put-down Ed Koch laid on his friend Paul Tsongas when Tsongas ran for President:   something along the lines of "I like him but there's a personality problem.  He doesn't have one".

-Tom Kean Jr.?  High name recognition.  Even looks a lot like his father.  Young (45 years of age).  A political moderate with a strong social conscience, which will not hurt him with Republicans, but would help with at least some Democrats.  Served in the New Jersey Assembly and, now, in the State Senate, where he has been one of its most active, productive members.  He lost against Menendez in 2006 -- but it was a big year for Democrats in general and, in any event, Kean Jr. got the highest vote total of any Republican running against a Democrat incumbent Governor that year.  His biggest problem is, I have read (though the specifics are surprisingly hard to come by), that he and Mr. Christie have not gotten along especially well.

The obvious pick here is Tom Kean Jr.  He is highly capable, has demonstrated a talent for working within two different legislative bodies, wants the job (elsewise, why did he run in 2006) and has the best shot of winning a full term in 2014.

Plus, if it is true that Christie and Kean Jr. have been at loggerheads in the past, it will demonstrate that the Governor is capable of rising above such things for the good of the state (if he can do it with Democrat President Barack Obama, he certainly can do it with Republican Tom Kean Jr.).

So what's the "dilemma"?  I sure don't see one.

Zeke .... ... The obvious strategy would be to win the 2014 Senatorial race. ... ... The person selected by Christie would have almost 1.5 years to gain name recognition and build a track record. .... .... (06/04/13)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's choice for Quote Of The Day was easy as can be.

From Jay Leno, last night:

"President Obama says he's renewing his efforts to close Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay? How about closing the IRS? Why dont we do that?"

The applause and cheering was so great that, in order to toss his next line, Leno had to tell them to pipe down.

And the next line, which started "How about shipping the IRS to Guantanamo Bay", got every bit as much applause and cheering as the first one.  Leno then finished up with a third line nailing Obama & Co. for targeting conservatives, which got an excellent response as well.

Here, from Noel Sheppard's blog at newsbusters.org, is the video.  Enjoy.

Quote Of The Day honors?  But of course.  How could that not win them?


CHRISTIE'S HUGE MISTAKE (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

And another thing:

I wrote an analysis this morning about who Governor Christie might pick as the replacement for Frank Lautenberg.  But his huge blunder in coming out for a special election renders it meaningless.

If Christie were offering someone a year and a half to be in the senate, build credentials, and then run for a full term with the power of incumbency, a young, dynamic, ambitious guy like, for example, Tom Kean Jr. would probably jump at the chance. 

But what is Christie offering now?  Four months, minus the summer recess?  No time to build an organization, no time to build credentials, no time to do anything but exist with a hand-me-down title, until October -- for the privilege of having to run against a high recognition, highly thought of, big city mayor with an organization largely in place already?  Kean Jr. would have to be either desperate or crazy to take that deal.

And what does this do for Christie's chances in 2016?  He has buried those chances so deep you'd have to dig through to China and then launch a rocket ship to find them.  

Many Republicans will despise Christie as a turncoat.  And Democrats - including the ones who are going to spend the next few weeks telling us what a great non-partisan Christie is, that he is what a Republican ought to be, blah, blah blah - are laughing up their sleeves at the thought that a pro-lifer could ever think he would be able to jump parties, then bypass Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden (among others) to wind up on their national ticket.

So now Chris Christie can replace Frank Lautenberg with anyone he wants.  Even Geraldo Rivera or, for that matter, the ghost of Henry Krajewski, the New Jersey pig farmer who used to run for President on a slogan of "No piggy deals in Washington" and, in 1954, actually got 23,000 votes as a candidate for the senate. 

Mr. Christie has rendered his senate replacement decision academic.  Just like his chances in 2016.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's choice for Quote Of The Day was easy as can be.

From Jay Leno, last night:

"President Obama says he's renewing his efforts to close Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay? How about closing the IRS? Why dont we do that?"

The applause and cheering was so great that, in order to toss his next line, Leno had to tell them to pipe down.

And the next line, which started "How about shipping the IRS to Guantanamo Bay", got every bit as much applause and cheering as the first one.  Leno then finished up with a third line nailing Obama & Co. for targeting conservatives, which got an excellent response as well.

Here, from Noel Sheppard's blog at newsbusters.org, is the video.  Enjoy.

Quote Of The Day honors?  But of course.  How could that not win them?


CHRIS CHRISTIE'S NON-DILEMMA

Ken Berwitz

The network news, the New York Times, the morning shows (AKA the usual suspects) are at it again. 

This time they are trying to frame New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision on a replacement for deceased Senator Frank Lautenberg as a "dilemma" of some kind - with his "dilemma" involving whether or not to appoint a Democrat, given how favorably it would be looked upon by the Democrat Party and how it might bolster his chances to get Democrat donations and maybe even help him in a future run for national office.

They're so full of excrement their eyes are brown.

Let me lay this out for you as simply as possible.

Chris Christie, who in his younger days was pro-choice (he has referred to it as his "default position" at that time), became pro-life in 1995, claiming that hearing his yet-unborn daughter's heartbeat made him realize it was not just some glob of something or other in there, but a real human being.  Today he is strongly pro-life - to the point where he has enraged Planned Parenthood by eliminating "Family Planning" (an umbrella term which includes funding for Planned Parenthood among other groups) from his budget.

You can stop right there.  Chris Christie has no future in today's Democrat Party.  None.  Zero.  Zip.  Pro-life Democrats have as much chance of succeeding in national politics as pro-Israel hamas members have in Gaza.

And this is before we get to all the other Republican positions Christie has, which would put that many more nails in his political coffin if he pandered to Democrats.

You might then ask, "Well, how about this love affair Christie has had with Barack Obama since Hurrican Sandy hit?".  The answer is, whether you like the way he went about it or not, by canoodling with Mr. Obama -which certainly alienated some Republicans - Christie probably maximized the level of federal help New Jersey got for its ravaged shore communities (this, not incidentally, makes a persuasive argument that he put his commitment to the state ahead of partisanship). 

So let's dispense with the "dilemma" over whether he will appoint a Democrat.  He won't.

Now let's talk about which Republican it will be. 

The names I have heard (and they all make sense in their own ways) are himself (that's what West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin did), his Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, former Governor Christie Whitman, former Governor Tom Kean Sr., his close political pal and last year's unsuccessful senate candidate vs. Bob "Mendacious" Menendez, Joe Kyrillos, and Tom Kean Sr., who run unsuccessfully against Menendez in 2006.

Let's take them one by one:

-Appointing himself would not only look like the most crass self-promotion, but would almost certainly elevate Democrat candidate Barbara Buono, currently known as "Barbara Who?", as the favorite to become Governor in November.  That is political suicide.  Plus, Christie is far more an executive than a senate pontificator.  He'd be a fish out of water.

-Appointing Ms. Guadagno?  I suppose he could.  But she would be seen as nothing more than a stopgap until Democrats win the seat in an election.  What's the point?

-Christie Whitman?  Not a bad choice.  She has won two state-wide elections in New Jersey (albeit by small margins), and has demonstrated her personal independence by being critical of fellow Republicans.  However, Ms. Whitman has been out of political office for a decade (since being George Bush's EPA secretary), and there is no guarantee she would accept the appointment if it were offered.  Plus, unless Whitman committed to running for a full term in 2014, it probably would mean the seat reverts straight back to Democrats.

-Former Governor Tom Kean Sr.?  Nice guy, good Governor, but a poor choice.  He is 78 years old and has been out of politics for a long time.  He would be nothing more than a caretaker for the next Democrat winner. 

-Joe Kyrillos?  A 20 year state senator.  On the plus side, he and Governor Christie are close political allies. But on the minus side, during his losing campaign to Menendez last year, Kyrillos was only slightly less anonymous than Waldo.  He may be a very nice man (I don't know one way or the other) but, politically, outside of his home district Kyrillos is nowhere.  He reminds me of that famous put-down Ed Koch laid on his friend Paul Tsongas when Tsongas ran for President:   something along the lines of "I like him but there's a personality problem.  He doesn't have one".

-Tom Kean Jr.?  High name recognition.  Even looks a lot like his father.  Young (45 years of age).  A political moderate with a strong social conscience, which will not hurt him with Republicans, but would help with at least some Democrats.  Served in the New Jersey Assembly and, now, in the State Senate, where he has been one of its most active, productive members.  He lost against Menendez in 2006 -- but it was a big year for Democrats in general and, in any event, Kean Jr. got the highest vote total of any Republican running against a Democrat incumbent Governor that year.  His biggest problem is, I have read (though the specifics are surprisingly hard to come by), that he and Mr. Christie have not gotten along especially well.

The obvious pick here is Tom Kean Jr.  He is highly capable, has demonstrated a talent for working within two different legislative bodies, wants the job (elsewise, why did he run in 2006) and has the best shot of winning a full term in 2014.

Plus, if it is true that Christie and Kean Jr. have been at loggerheads in the past, it will demonstrate that the Governor is capable of rising above such things for the good of the state (if he can do it with Democrat President Barack Obama, he certainly can do it with Republican Tom Kean Jr.).

So what's the "dilemma"?  I sure don't see one.

Zeke .... ... The obvious strategy would be to win the 2014 Senatorial race. ... ... The person selected by Christie would have almost 1.5 years to gain name recognition and build a track record. .... .... (06/04/13)


THE LIE-RS SCANDAL: A VIDEO

Ken Berwitz

How bad is the Lie-RS Scandal getting?  Watch this video of the execrable Rep. jim mcdermott lying and obfuscating to try to defend the indefensible, then Paul Ryan making him look like the pathetic left wing hack he is, and has always been.

The video is a little more than five minutes, and 1000%  worth your time:

 

It is this kind of thuggery, which appears to be Standard Operatiing Procedure for the Obama administration and its mcdermottesque sycophants, that makes me wonder whether I unknowingly crossed a border and wound up in a different country than the one I grew up in.

The Lie-RS scandal.  Getting worse by the day.

And the worst is yet to come.  Count on it.


THE LIE-RS SCANDAL: $50 MILLION STRONG...AND GROWING

Ken Berwitz

This week we found out that, over the past three years, the IRS has spent something like $50 million on "conferences", in which expensive hotel rooms - sometimes presidential suites - were procured negotiating lower prices for them, and IRS personnel engaged in such important activities as line-dancing and art classes.  (I wonder how they'll try to pin this on Bush....).

But that's not the end of it.  The hits keep coming.

Excerpted from Scott Johnson's latest piece at powerlineblog.com, in the form of information from his informant - a former IRS Criminal Investigation employee:

IRS's IT people handled all of the computer systems for the Service, including CI's, and everything was backed up periodically to a server. You get email messages telling you to do it if you're late. Also, I got a new computer three times over the years, and each time, the hard drive was backed up to the server by IT before the switch. 

Lots of people "got the memo," so the odds are vanishingly small that any one or even several employees could successfully erase all trace of something that happened two or three years ago. Very unlikely. Knowing IRS, it's much more likely that there's a paper trail a mile wide...

...although Treasury Inspector General J. Russell) George danced around it quite a bit in his testimony, he did clarify a little that THE AUDIT found no evidence of a political motive behind the targeting. That's not surprising because a TIGTA audit looks at processes. A TIGTA investigation looks at people. IG auditors aren't supposed to do investigations of people, just as that isn't a CPAs function. Those are done by Special Agents.

Every day this stinks worse. 

And the worst is yet to come. 

Bet on it.  And also bet on Obama's Accomplice Media desperately trying to bury this scandal as best they can.  Why am I so sure?  Experience in watching them do it on other scandals.  Lots of it.

Zeke .... ..... .... Sgt. Schultz is doing his job.... reporting, "I know Nothing .... Nothing". ...... .... (06/04/13)


MORE CHRISTIE NONSENSE

Ken Berwitz

Today the New York Times has an article which notes that Chris Christie might possibly run an October election to replace Frank Lautenberg, one month before the scheduled Gubernatorial election, because he does not want to appear on the same ballot with Cory Booker, the popular Newark Mayor who intends to run for Lautenberg's vacated seat.  The idea is that Booker might show Christie up by getting more votes than he will, and might also help the currently hopeless Gubernatorial candidacy of Democrat Barbara Buono.

Don't bet on it happening.  Chris Christie is anything but dumb, and he has to know that intentionally blowing an estimated $24 million dollars to invent a new election day - and screw up the school day statewide in the bargain - will make him look a lot worse than Booker could.

There is also an article by Peter Grier of the Christian Science Monitor speculating that Christie might pick TV and radio personality Geraldo Rivera for the seat.  That would be even dumber, make Christie look even worse, and  is just as bad a bet.

==========================================

Have I overestimated Chris Christie, or what?  

No sooner do I post this blog, than CNN reports he's going to go the October election route.

If true, it is a big mistake.  Make that a HUGE mistake.  

More on this as the story develops.

Zeke .... .... HeeRaldo ReeVera is actually Christie's second choice, ..... ... right after Atilla the Hun. .... ...... Actually, here is what was announced: ..... Christie said the Democratic and Republican primaries will be held on Aug. 13, and the general election on Oct. 16. The winner of the general election will serve out the remainder of Lautenberg's term, and the next election will be held, on schedule, in November 2014. ........ The Star Ledger confirms your $24 million cost of the extra primary and Senatorial election. (06/04/13)


KEEP 'EM IGNORANT AND YOU OWN 'EM: ANOTHER PROOF

Ken Berwitz

No need to explain this chart, from the latest IBD/TIPP poll. 

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Like the title says:  keep 'em ignorant and you own 'em.


KEEP 'EM IGNORANT AND YOU OWN 'EM: ANOTHER PROOF

Ken Berwitz

No need to explain this chart, from the latest IBD/TIPP poll. 

 View Enlarged Image

Like the title says:  keep 'em ignorant and you own 'em.


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