Saturday, 08 June 2013

PROOF OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S TRANSPARENCY

Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from my blog just two days ago:

Is Carter Hull the IRS go-to guy in Washington (NOT Cincinnati, but Washington), who concocted, those obnoxious, probably illegal questions? 

Patrick Howley, at dailycaller.com, has what looks to me very much like the smoking gun which implicates Hull in this ugly, abusive, borderline fascist little enterprise. 

A Washington IRS attorney named Carter Hull closely oversaw the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups and suggested questions that IRS employees could ask of conservative and Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt nonprofit status, according to interviews that two IRS employees gave with congressional investigators.

"I was essentially a front person, because I had no autonomy or no authority to act on [applications] without Carter Hull's influence or input," said Elizabeth Hofacre, an employee of the Cincinnati IRS office, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.

And today?  Carter Hull's facebook account has been shut down, and he has announced his retirement, effective this summer (which means sometime in the next three months). You can read all about it in Patrick Howley's latest blog.

Isn't this the same kind of disappearing act we saw with just about everyone connected to the Operation Fast and Furious scandal?  And now with the people connected with the IRS scandal, for whom "administrative leave with pay" seems to be a fast-moving epidemic?

So, is the Obama administration transparent?  Are you kidding?  What could possibly be more transparent than this?


WHICH BOOB PROOFREAD THAT INFOMERCIAL?

Ken Berwitz

This morning, while channel-surfing, I came upon an informercial for the Shark Rotator Liftaway vacuum.  I'm sure it is an excellent product (we bought a Shark vacuum a couple of months ago to replace our ancient Electrolux, and we couldn't be more pleased with it).

But there is a bit of a problem.   The part I saw informed me - in big, bold letters - that this unit was "SCIENTITFICALLY PROVEN to reduce allergies".

I repeat:  "SCIENTITFICALLY PROVEN to reduce allergies".

Let me assure you, that is Shark's typo, not mine.  

While it is nice to keep abreast of this vacuum's attributes, I think, just maybe, the company might want to consider a small correction in its spelling.  Or possibly a tie-in deal with Victoria's Secret....


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us in the form of a comment about Michael Isikoff's article, at nbcnews.com, informing us that, according to "Officials" (like whom?), the National Security Agency (NSA) did intercept private information from people not suspected of any wrongdoing...but it was all just a mistake.

Here is what commenter "Lanikai Ron" had to say, in answer to another commenter's defense of the NSA:

These clowns will deny, deny, deny, just like Clinton did when he stood in front of this nation and said, "I did not have sex with this woman", until they have been completely exposed. Obama stood in front of cameras today and said our phone conversations are not being listened to. All of a sudden, our President, who by his own admission usually first hears about these issues on the news when we do, knows exactly what the NSA does and doesn't do. He sure as hell didn't know what the IRS was doing to conservative groups and reporters, or was that a lie too? He sure as hell knew that the attack on our unprotected diplomats in Benghazi, that lead to the deaths of four of them, was because of terrorism and not because of some movie like the BS line put out to the rest of us citizens by his administration, or did he? I voted for the fraud in the White House in '08. I was a fool, but not anymore!

I concede that the grammar and syntax could use a little work.  And Clinton's actual quote was "I did not have sexual relations with that woman...".  But on the quality of his content, LR's realization he was being made a fool of, and his obvious fury over being duped this completely?  The marks could not be higher.

Congratulations to Lanakai Ron.  A comment like that is worthy of a sip of Kailua (a little spelling liberty there) and a loud, resounding Oahu!!!!!!

Quote Of The Day honors are yours.


THE NEW YORK TIMES: JOB RECOVERY AND REALITY

Ken Berwitz

I have no illusions about the fact that the New York Times still is in love with Barack Obama.  But that love affair no longer seems to be unconditional.

Illustratively, in a Thursday editorial, the Times editorialized that, because of the Obama administration's pervasive spying on all of us - not just suspected terrorists - "The administration has now lost all credibility" (however, it later amended that blanket condemnation to say "The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue".)

And today?  In a page 1, above-the-fold, article by Nelson D. Schwartz, The Times informs us that, while it is true there is a recovery of sorts in progress, even that is lagging behind other countries.  Read these excerpts and see for yourself:

The government reported Friday that the nation added 175,000 jobs in May, continuing a 32-month run of job gains. The unemployment rate moved up slightly to 7.6 percent, from 7.5 percent in April.

But overall employment in the United States remained 2.1 percent below where it was at the end of 2007, according to the statistics bureau. By comparison, over the same period, between December 2007 and March 2013, the number of jobs was up 8.1 percent in Australia; Germany, the biggest economy in the troubled euro zone, has managed a 5.8 percent gain in employment.

While several European countries have fared worse, Canada, Sweden and even Britain, which is trapped in yet another recession, have enjoyed healthier job gains than the United States. In fact, of the nine countries surveyed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only perennially-troubled Italy and Japan performed worse.

Although the construction field gained 69,000 jobs in the first five months of 2013, with 5.8 million jobs in May, that was still nearly two million fewer jobs than in 2007, according to the Labor Department.

Elsewhere in the article, Mr. Schwartz assures us that there are mitigating factors which make it harder for the USA to recover as quickly as other countries.  Maybe you will agree with this and maybe you will not.

But, even with the constant reference to 2007, the tone of the article is clear:  we are 4 1/2 years into President Obama's second term, and the economy still sucks wind.

That may not seem like much of an attack on an administration which plunged us into trillion-dollar-plus deficits every year of its existence with the promise that it would turn the economy around.  But let's remember; this is still the New York Times.  The move from adoration to considerable adulation, to approval, to tacit approval, to circumspection, to change, to reality is not a fast one.

Let's keep watching and see if it continues.


OBLACKMAIL?

Ken Berwitz

Did Barack Obama use surveillance information, ostensibly gathered to protect us from terrorism, to try and shut up people in our own government/military who disagreed with his administration's actions and methods?

Watch the following 1:24 interview segment, which I pulled from breitbart.com, between RT (the Russian News Channel) and William Binney, a former long-time crypto-mathematician for the National Security Agency (NSA) and decide for yourself:

Did you watch it? 
 
Now, seriously:  would you put anything at all past this administration?

Zeke ..... ...... " . RT (the Russion News Channel) . " ..... .... all the way from Russio ? ..... .... did many Russions listen ? (06/08/13)

Ken Berwitz arrrrrgggggggghhhh I'll change it. Thanks for the laugh. (06/08/13)


OBLACKMAIL?

Ken Berwitz

Did Barack Obama use surveillance information, ostensibly gathered to protect us from terrorism, to try and shut up people in our own government/military who disagreed with his administration's actions and methods?

Watch the following 1:24 interview segment, which I pulled from breitbart.com, between RT (the Russian News Channel) and William Binney, a former long-time crypto-mathematician for the National Security Agency (NSA) and decide for yourself:

Did you watch it? 
 
Now, seriously:  would you put anything at all past this administration?

Zeke ..... ...... " . RT (the Russion News Channel) . " ..... .... all the way from Russio ? ..... .... did many Russions listen ? (06/08/13)

Ken Berwitz arrrrrgggggggghhhh I'll change it. Thanks for the laugh. (06/08/13)


STEVE HAYWARD'S WEEK IN PICTURES

Ken Berwitz

Steve Hayward has, for the past month or two (and, I hope, forevermore) done a Saturday feature called "The Week In Pictures". 

Here is the link to this week's collection.  And, below, are just a few of the maybe 25 he has up there. 

Important message:  if you only look at I just posted, you will have grossly deprived yourself of both great political commentary and great entertainment.  Don't do it.

Thank you Steve.  I'm looking forward to next week's edition...and to sending folks over so they can see it on your web site.


THE NEW YORK TIMES: JOB RECOVERY AND REALITY

Ken Berwitz

I have no illusions about the fact that the New York Times still is in love with Barack Obama.  But that love affair no longer seems to be unconditional.

Illustratively, in a Thursday editorial, the Times editorialized that, because of the Obama administration's pervasive spying on all of us - not just suspected terrorists - "The administration has now lost all credibility" (however, it later amended that blanket condemnation to say "The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue".)

And today?  In a page 1, above-the-fold, article by Nelson D. Schwartz, The Times informs us that, while it is true there is a recovery of sorts in progress, even that is lagging behind other countries.  Read these excerpts and see for yourself:

The government reported Friday that the nation added 175,000 jobs in May, continuing a 32-month run of job gains. The unemployment rate moved up slightly to 7.6 percent, from 7.5 percent in April.

But overall employment in the United States remained 2.1 percent below where it was at the end of 2007, according to the statistics bureau. By comparison, over the same period, between December 2007 and March 2013, the number of jobs was up 8.1 percent in Australia; Germany, the biggest economy in the troubled euro zone, has managed a 5.8 percent gain in employment.

While several European countries have fared worse, Canada, Sweden and even Britain, which is trapped in yet another recession, have enjoyed healthier job gains than the United States. In fact, of the nine countries surveyed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only perennially-troubled Italy and Japan performed worse.

Although the construction field gained 69,000 jobs in the first five months of 2013, with 5.8 million jobs in May, that was still nearly two million fewer jobs than in 2007, according to the Labor Department.

Elsewhere in the article, Mr. Schwartz assures us that there are mitigating factors which make it harder for the USA to recover as quickly as other countries.  Maybe you will agree with this and maybe you will not.

But, even with the constant reference to 2007, the tone of the article is clear:  we are 4 1/2 years into President Obama's second term, and the economy still sucks wind.

That may not seem like much of an attack on an administration which plunged us into trillion-dollar-plus deficits every year of its existence with the promise that it would turn the economy around.  But let's remember; this is still the New York Times.  The move from adoration to considerable adulation, to approval, to tacit approval, to circumspection, to change, to reality is not a fast one.

Let's keep watching and see if it continues.


PROOF OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S TRANSPARENCY

Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from my blog just two days ago:

Is Carter Hull the IRS go-to guy in Washington (NOT Cincinnati, but Washington), who concocted, those obnoxious, probably illegal questions? 

Patrick Howley, at dailycaller.com, has what looks to me very much like the smoking gun which implicates Hull in this ugly, abusive, borderline fascist little enterprise. 

A Washington IRS attorney named Carter Hull closely oversaw the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups and suggested questions that IRS employees could ask of conservative and Tea Party groups applying for tax-exempt nonprofit status, according to interviews that two IRS employees gave with congressional investigators.

"I was essentially a front person, because I had no autonomy or no authority to act on [applications] without Carter Hull's influence or input," said Elizabeth Hofacre, an employee of the Cincinnati IRS office, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.

And today?  Carter Hull's facebook account has been shut down, and he has announced his retirement, effective this summer (which means sometime in the next three months). You can read all about it in Patrick Howley's latest blog.

Isn't this the same kind of disappearing act we saw with just about everyone connected to the Operation Fast and Furious scandal?  And now with the people connected with the IRS scandal, for whom "administrative leave with pay" seems to be a fast-moving epidemic?

So, is the Obama administration transparent?  Are you kidding?  What could possibly be more transparent than this?


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