Thursday, 20 June 2013

THE LIE-RS SCANDAL... AND SEQUESTER WATCH

Ken Berwitz

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Obama administration...for giving me the chance to combine two areas I have frequently written about into one blog:  the IRS (or, as I call it - with good reason - Lie-RS) scandal and the sequester, which is now nearing the end of its fourth month, with the country somehow avoiding the complete cataclysmic collapse Mr. Obama warned about.

Excerpted from an article in the Washington Post:

Already reeling from a pair of scandals, the Internal Revenue Service is drawing new criticism over plans to hand out millions of dollars in employee bonuses.

The Obama administration has ordered agencies to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts, but the IRS says it's merely following legal obligations under a union contract.

The agency is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses, said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, a senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over the IRS.

Grassley says his office has learned that the IRS was to execute an agreement with the employees' union Wednesday to pay the bonuses. Grassley says the bonuses should be canceled under an April directive from the White House budget office.

The directive was written by Danny Werfel, a former budget official who has since been appointed acting IRS commissioner.

"The IRS always claims to be short on resources," Grassley said. "But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses. And it appears to be making an extra effort to give the bonuses despite opportunities to renegotiate with the union and federal instruction to cease discretionary bonuses during sequestration."

Let me get this straight. 

In the middle of an allegedly horrific sequester, in which every dollar has to be squeezed so hard that George Washington grimaces in pain, and in the middle of the most vile IRS scandal in memory, the Obama administration is going to magically "find" $70 million dollars to hand out in bonuses to unionized IRS employees -- even though the White House budget office issued a directive cancelling such bonuses.  And if that isn't enough, the directive cancelling such bonuses was written by the same Obama hack who has just been appointed to head the IRS.

School children cannot be given tours of the White House by unpaid volunteers, because that would cost too much money.  But there is plenty of money for this.

I am wracking my brain trying to come up with a way that this could possibly be more disgusting, or could possibly demonstrate more clearly what a dishonest, hyporcritical administration this is...and I am coming up as dry as the Sahara desert.

But who do we have to blame for this?  The answer, lamentably, is that we have no one to blame but ourselves.  We elected this unqualified, incompetent Chicago machine politician to the Presidency - and after four years of his incompetency, put him right back in the oval office for another four.

What were we thinking?  WERE we thinking at all?


VENUS WILLIAMS GETS IT RIGHT

Ken Berwitz

World class tennis player Venus Williams is taking a lot of flak for comments she has made about the 16 year old Steubenville, Ohio high school girl who got drunk at a party and was raped by at least two members of the school's football players, one of whom photographed her naked as well.

What, exactly did she say?  Well, in an interview between Ms. Williams and Rolling Stone magazine, she said "I'm not blaming the girl, but if you're a 16-year-old and you're drunk like that, your parents should teach you:  don't take drinks from other people...she shouldn't have put herself in that position..."

Now, what exactly did she say that was wrong....besides nothing?

The young men in question are rapists.  They took advantage of a drunken girl.  They were correctly charged and correctly convicted of their crimes.  Ms. Williams is not saying otherwise.

What Ms. Williams is saying, however, is that a 16 year old girl should know better than to get hopelessly drunk - very especially at a high school party with boys who would then be tempted to do what they did.  She is not saying what the boys did was right, or in any way acceptable, she is saying that the girl behaved stupidly, and without her stupid behavior this would not have happened.

To which I reply:  yep. 

I suggest that the people who don't like what Venus Williams said should either assure us that if they have a teenage daughter and she is heading out to a high school party, they will tell her to get as drunk as she wants...or get off their high horses and grow up. 

free' Ken, I want to thank you for this post, I saw the MSM headline 'Venus blames girl for rape' but didn't bother reading the story. I am not really into any celebrity news. (06/20/13)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote of the day goes to MSNBC's perennially low-rated Chris Matthews, AKA "Chrazy Chris".  While the competition is fierce for this honor just about every day, Matthews, who is as unconditional an Obama supporter as you are likely to find anywhere, pulled ahead of the pack by blaming Mr. Obama's most recent shortcoming on....so help me.....the sun.

It seems that, yesterday, Mr. Obama made a speech in Berlin, Germany.  Four years ago, when he spoke in Berlin, Mr. Obama drew a crowd of something like 200,000 people.  But this time around, estimates of the crowd range around 4,500 - 5,000...which even the Matthews' of the world would probably acknowledge is a bit less impressive.   As was Mr. Obama's speech.

So who is to blame for the relatively tiny crowd, and for the not very well delivered speech?   Well, in Matthews' opinion, it is not so much who as it is what.  Here is his explanation:

"I think a lot of the problem he had today was the late afternoon sun in Berlin, I think ruined his use of the teleprompters, and so his usual dramatic windup was ruined. I think he was really struggling with the text there."

How do you like the nerve of that damn sun, ruining Barack Obama's speech by forcing him to speak as if he knew what he was talking about instead of reading off a teleprompter?   Heck, I'll bet the moon was in on it too.

I award quote of the day honors to the most significant or the most ridiculous comment out there.  In this case, Chris Matthews wins hands down....and significant doesn't even enter into the picture.

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UPDATE:  In fairness, an honorable mention should also be given to Chuck Todd of NBC news.  Read Kyle Drennen's piece at newsbusters.org and see why.


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